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Spring Valley News...2019



Amanda Timm Gasperlin, Age 80
Amanda Timm Gasperlin, age 80 of Saint Paul, formerly of Spring Valley, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Jerry; children, Troy (Becki) Bisbee, Shawn (Beth) Bisbee, and Melody Rae (Chuck) Wilson; grandchildren, Page and Harley; sister-in-law, Judy (Allen) Yanke; and beloved dog, Freckles. Mandy was preceded in death by her son, Arlyn "JJ"; husband of 16 years, Arlyn Sr.; siblings, Agnes, Alex and Andy; and brother-in-law, Jay.

Amanda graduated from Spring Valley High School with the Class of '56.
Visitation begins at 9:00AM, with Funeral Service at 10:00AM on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home, 1401 Arcade Street (Hwy 61), Saint Paul. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Luncheon to follow.

Barry Moran, Age 82
Barry Moran, age 82, of Spring Valley, died Sunday, December 29, 2019 at home in El Paso Township.
    Barry was born November 14, 1937 to Frank and Ida (Larson) Moran in El Paso, Wisconsin. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1955. He enlisted in the Navy from 1956-1960. Barry married Rosalie Gaustad in 1961 and they celebrated 52 years together.
    Barry worked at the Ford assembly plant in St. Paul, MN for 34 years. After retiring, he lovingly cared for his wife until her passing in 2013. He enjoyed tending to his yardwork, his garden, feeding the birds, but mostly spending time with family.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Rosalie, son Brendan, great grandson Logan, Godson Jeffrey Anderson, and other beloved family members and friends.
    Barry will remain in the hearts of his children: Cheryl (Randy), Patricia (Mike), Brian and Melissa; grandchildren: Luke (Emmy), Alex, Morgan (Tyler), Cierra, and Ashtyn; great granddaughters Brianna and Marley; his sister Harriet Anderson; sisters-in-law Marlys DeSmith, Charlene Snyder, Janice, Knipfel, Sandra Gaustad; many other relatives, friends, and neighbors, and his favorite pet, Sheldon.
    Funeral service is on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley.  Visitation will be on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 1-3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church.

Ethel Whirry, Age 97
   Ethel Whirry, age 97, of Spring Valley, died Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
  Ethel Anna Myrtle (Bemis) Whirry was born at home in Lucas Township, Dunn County, Wisonsin on February 5, 1922, to Glenn and Myrtle (Casper) Bemis. Ethel was the first of 11 children.  Ethel was baptized at home in Knapp, Wisconsin and Confirmed at St. Mathews Lutheran Church Spring Valley, St. Croix County. She attended Knapp School, graduated 8th grade from Spring Valley School, then  helped on the farm.
  On July 27, 1941 Ethel was married to George Whirry in Hudson, WI.  When George returned from service, they lived in Eau Claire, then moved to Spring Valley and raised five children.
  She worked at Duffy’s Dry Cleaners in Spring Valley and was a long-time member of St John’s Lutheran Church.  Ethel was a hard worker but was also full of fun. She loved to fish, color with the grandchildren and was also known to join the kids in a game of ball.  She was a very good seamstress, making lots of Barbie doll clothes for her girls and granddaughters.
  Ethel was a member of the Spring Valley Legion Auxiliary and sold poppies for Veterans Day. She was a ground observer, identifying friendly and enemy planes from 1949 to 1959. She was acknowledged by the Government and awarded a certificate and set of wings.  The certificate from the United States Air Force thanked her for her service and named her an Honorary Life Member of the U.S.A.F Air Defense Team.  She was always very patriotic and watched her husband, brothers, all her sons, grandson and now great grandson service in the armed forces.
    Ethel  was a big Elvis fan. She loved photos of her family and friends and saved cards of special events in scrapbooks.  Ethel enjoyed sending and receiving cards, never forgetting a birthday for every member of the family.  For many years she made beautiful birthday cakes and wedding cakes, and her beautiful Gingerbread men every year for the grandchildren.  Ethel’s greatest pleasure was spending time with her family.
  Preceding her in death were her parents Glenn and Myrtle; step father John Hampton; husband George; brothers Louis, Robert and Marvin Bemis; sisters Betty  Johnson and Arlene Judkins; her 2 beloved daughters: Lynette Whirry and Sharon Hofacker; daughter-in-law Mariann Madline Whirry; grandson Douglas; grandson-in-law Richard (Rick) Boardman; three brothers-in-law  Dan Traynor, Don Johnson, and Derald Zimmer.
  Survivors include: sons Larry (Jane), Calvin (Sue) and Dennis (Sue) all of Spring Valley; sisters Shirley Zimmer of Beloit; Margaret (Gerald) Neidermyer of River Falls; Darla (Howard) Nordine of Sauk Centre, MN; Laurene Traynor of Star prairie; sister-in-law Ann Bemis of Spring Valley; one brother Donald (Pat) Bemis of Osceola; son-in-law Jerome Hofacker; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
  Pallbearers were Ethel’s Grandchildren:  Miranda Whirry, Malissa Whirry, Kevin Whirry, Theresa Boardman, Tracey Boardman, Joseph Whirry, Brian Whirry, Jeremy Whirry, Kim Hofacker, Laurence Hofacker, Brenda Krogstad, and Debra Hofacker.
    Funeral service is on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11 a.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation will be on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church and on Saturday one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Barbara Johnson Peterson, Age 84

   Barbara Peterson, age 84, of Simi Valley, CA, was born in Wisconsin on August 8, 1935 and passed away on December 4, 2019 at home with her family at her side. She moved to California with her family in the early 40’s; returned to Wisconsin in 1951, and finished high school at Spring Valley High School in 1953. She married John Howard Peterson (Class of '50) in 1954.
    Barbara was proceeded in death by her husband, both parents, Kermit and Marie Johnson, a sister Muriel and a baby brother.
    Barbara and Husband lived in Illinois, Minnesota and settled in California in 1982. She is survived by her daughter, Starlie (David) Espinoza and 4 grand children and 6 great grand children: Jessica (Gene Strojek) Brandon and Trevor; Jennifer (Tracy Brown); Jamie (Kareem Jubran) Luna and Laith; Johnathan Espinoza (Ann-Marie) Briar and Landon.

   Mom, Barb, daughter, wife, G’ma, Gramma Barb was a selfless caregiver. She loved us all in her quiet way. Always there, never asking and always giving. She will be missed but we are so happy she is free of that old broken body.
    She is the only person I know that parakeets, love birds, wild birds would find themselves to our house; she loved going to the movies with her dad, fishing with her husband and her family. She was kind soul.
“You will be with me in Paradise.” —LUKE 23:43. Barbara saw paradise in earth through her gardening, the web of an orb spider, the bloom of a geranium, a cup of coffee or a kind smile.

Stanley L. Gray, Age 86

   Stanley L. Gray, age 86 of Roseville, MN passed away on October 19, 2019. Stanley was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. He graduated from SVHS in 1951.    Stanley is survived by his wife of 63 years, LaVonne; son John (Cheryl); grandchildren, William Conroy, Terrance, Zander and Elijah Gray; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Colton, Mason and Jillian Conroy. He is preceded in death by parents, John and Virgie; daughter, Constance Conroy. 

Funeral service was held at 11 AM Wednesday, October 23 at NORTH HEIGHTS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2701 N. Rice St., Roseville.  Interment Roselawn Cemetery.  Visitation was at the church from 10-11 am. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred.

Please Note: I am not sure that I have his graduate year right - please confirm that I have it right or let me know the right year.

Richard Arnold Wood, Age 85

   Richard Arnold Wood, 85, of Glenwood City, WI, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday November 16, 2019. Dick was born on August 2, 1934, in Spring Valley, WI to Florence (Traynor) and Arnold Wood. Dick graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1952. He attended College at UW-River Falls in the field of education. He took a break from school to serve his country in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He resumed his studies and graduated from UW-River Falls.

   Dick married Kathy (Gross) on June 29, 1957. They were blessed with a family of four girls. Dick taught in River Falls and Baldwin before settling in Glenwood City. While in Glenwood City Dick taught History, he also coached football, wrestling, and track. He also received his Master’s Degree and became the High School Guidance Counselor, which he held until he retired. He later married Linda Troutman. Dick enjoyed camping, woodworking and spending time with his family.
     Dick is preceded in death by his parents Florence and Arnold Wood. His wife Kathy. Siblings Mary Johnson, Bob Wood and Colleen Malm; several brothers and sisters-in-law.
    He is survived by his spouse Linda. Daughters: Connie Posey, Brooklyn Park, MN; Lori (Doug) Johnson Woodville, WI; Jennifer (Ed) Koren Oakdale, MN; Beth (Grant) Jacobson, Lakeville MN. Grandchildren: Jeremy (Amie), Cory and Natasha (Peterson) Johnson; Terry (Deanna Draz), Katie and Nicholas Koren; Mitchell, Jeremiah, Nicole, Joshua, and Gabriel Jacobson. Great Grandchildren: Baily (Jamie), Devon, Riley, Zander, Izabelle, Breckin, and Zayne. Great-Great Grandchildren: Kinsley, Jace, and Avery. Siblings Dave Wood, Pat Kane, and Sister-in-law Shirley Nofsinger. Special lifelong friends Barb and Al Delander. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, step family and friends.
    Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 19th from 5-8: p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City, WI. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20th at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glenwood City, WI. Internment is in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Glenwood City, WI.

LaVonne Safe Ellingson, Age 83

   LaVonne (Safe) Ellingson, 83, passed away peacefully on November 23 at Oak Park Senior Living in Stillwater due to complications caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

   Her legacy of love, compassion, and joy survives through her 5 children: Mark (Kay), Brett (Alison), Gregg (Robin), Heidi West, and Todd (Beth) along with 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

   LaVonne was born on July 7, 1936, in Red Wing, MN to Burt and Minnie Safe. The family moved to Spring Valley, WI following the death of Minnie as a result of complications at childbirth. Burt married Luella Satrum, who raised LaVonne as her own daughter, alongside LaVonne’s 4 treasured siblings and step-siblings.

   LaVonne was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran church in Spring Valley and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1954. She attended Luther College and Wisconsin State College-River Falls where she graduated in 1958. She married Ken Ellingson and took her first job as a teacher in Osceola, WI. Teaching children was a passion for LaVonne and she worked in the Osceola school system until her retirement in 1996. Her role as an elementary librarian for 26 years allowed her to share her love for the written word with thousands of young people. Her primary passion in life however was her children and subsequent grandchildren. She was a special mentor to each of them and supported them with an unconditional love that will never be forgotten.

   Following retirement, she moved to St Paul, MN to be closer to her post-employment passions, volunteering for a variety of causes that she treasured. She was a docent at the Wiseman Museum, an usher at the Fitzgerald Theater, a guardian ad-litem for Washington County, a board member and volunteer at the History Theater, and an ardent supporter of public television among many other organizations. She was an adventurous traveler, seeing much of the world during her retirement years.

   We thank the many friends and family who supported her through this battle along with the talented and loving staff at Oak Park Senior Living. A visitation will be held Thursday, December 5 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Bradshaw (2800 Curve Crest Blvd, in Stillwater. A funeral service will be held December 6 at 2:00 PM at Central Presbyterian (500 Cedar St, St. Paul with visitation one hour prior to service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to her family for disbursement to LaVonne’s favorite charities. The funeral will be a celebration of life and LaVonne requests her friends and family wear bright colors in her memory.

Ted Olson, Age 89

   Ted Olson, a 89, was born November 14, 1930, in Gilman Township, WI, to Joel and Ellowen Olson. Born on a farm and being one of five siblings, Ted learned the value of family, hard work, and integrity and he exemplified these characteristics throughout his life. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1949 and enlisted into the Navy to serve his country on the U.S.S. Midway.
    Ted and Bev (Mattison - Class of '52) were married in 1953 and had four children. They moved to various parts of the country as Ted continued to excel in his professional career. They spent most of their days in Cleveland, Minn., until retiring to Isle, Minn. Ted always believed that actions spoke louder than words, and while in Cleveland, this was demonstrated by his willingness to serve. He taught Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF), coached the Legion baseball team, was a Scout Master, and he served on the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce. During retirement, Ted became a Mason and he loved to fish, golf, and work in his ship. He always joked about the struggle he had deciding what to do on any given day: Fish? Golf? or, Woodworking?

Richard (Dick) Brooke, Age 86

   Richard "Dick" Brooke, age 86 of Shakopee passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, MN.
    Dick was born on April 28, 1933 in Spring Valley, WI, the son of Arthur and Marie (Ray) Brooke. He graduated from SVHS is 1952. He is a veteran of the United States Army. Dick retired after 30 years of being a teacher in Hudson, WI where he specialized in 9th grade math.
    Dick enjoyed hunting birds and deer and going fishing, especially for trout in the stream with his twin brother, Bob. He also liked to play golf and spend time in his backyard feeding the animals. Getting together with friends to enjoy a cup of coffee were times that he cherished, along with playing cards and going out dancing.
    Dick is survived by his significant other, Betty Nelson-Matton; daughter, Jeannie Bickell; Betty’s daughters and step-sons, Tammy (Jeffery) Mesenbrink, Tanya (Shawn) Brandt and their daughter, Hope Brandt, Dave Matton, Dan (Melinda) Matton and their son, Joe; grandchildren, Jetti-Colette, Alexandra and Ariana Bickell; sisters, Ida Hughes and Gloria Duffy; sisters-in-law, Margie and Dianne Brooke.
    He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Marie; 2 sisters, Eunice Dahms and Adeline Langer; 5 brothers, Walter, Colburn, John, Byron, twin brother Robert, and Dale Brooke.

   Visitation will be Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 12:00PM - 1:00PM and a Celebration of Life at 1:00PM at the McNearney - Schmidt Funeral and Cremation, 1220 3rd Avenue East,
Shakopee, MN 55379.

Gerald Lee “Jerry” Wilk, Age 76
   Gerald Lee “Jerry” Wilk, age 76 of Balsam Lake, formerly Hudson, died on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at his home. Jerry was born on  December 29, 1942 in Spring Valley, to Frank and Celia (Colburn) Wilk. He grew up in Spring Valley and was a 1962 graduate of Spring Valley High School.   
    On May 2, 1964, Jerry was married to Bonnie Lee Bowell at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley, and the couple were blessed with two children; a daughter, Susan and a son, Matthew. For 10 years, Jerry worked at the Hart Ski Corporation in St. Paul. In 1980, he began a 27 year career with the City of Hudson, beginning as a maintenance man at the courthouse before taking a position with the Parks Department. Jerry would retire from the Department of Public Works where he helped maintain the streets of Hudson. 
    Jerry held a great love for the outdoors, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was fond of spending time with family and truly adored his grandchildren. Jerry was a staple at all of his grandchildren’s sporting events and school activities. He enjoyed playing cribbage and various card games, but was often caught playing by his own rules. In his younger years, he participated in softball and bowling leagues in Hudson. Before his wife’s death in 2009, Gerald and Bonnie enjoyed traveling with their camper to destinations in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Recently, Jerry and his companion Audrey delighted in making friends as they wintered in Bullhead City, AZ.
    Jerry will remain in the hearts of his children, Susan (Mark) Brathol of Lake Nebagamon, and Matt (Peggy) Wilk of Menomonie; friend and companion, Audrey Moldenhauer of Balsam Lake and her children, Traci (Jerry) Goossens of Clear Lake and Todd Moldenhauer of Wilson; grandchildren, Derrek (Kayla) Pedersen of New Richmond, William Pedersen of Superior, Megan Wilk (Bryce Pittman) of Woodville, Mattie Mae Wilk of Menomonie, and Alex Goossens of Clear Lake; siblings, Betty Hunter of Menomonie, and Harold (Darlene) Wilk of Menomonie; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Bonnie; grandson, Dyllon Pedersen; his parents; brother, Frank Wilk Jr. and his wife Colleen; and Audrey’s son, Troy Moldenhauer.
    Mass of Christian Burial for Jerry will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 21st at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., with a 6:45 p.m. prayer service, on Thursday, June 20th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, and one hour prior to mass at church on Friday. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery in Hersey. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family.

James R. Price, Age 84

  James R. Price, age 84, of Centerville, OH, passed away Thursday October 3, 2019 at Hospice of Dayton.

  Jim was born August 17, 1935 in Menomonie, Wisconsin to George Carl and Gertrude Helen (Klaenhammer) Price. He moved, with his family, to Spring Valley, Wisconsin at the age of 8. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1953.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marjorie, and a son, Thomas George. He is survived by daughters Karolyn Hunter and her husband Donald, Dawn Lange and her husband Brent, son James and his wife Marianne, step-daughters Laura (Griffin) Thomas and Nancy (Griffin) Keller and her husband Michael, grandchildren; Tom (Shawna) Hunter, Kristin Hunter (Adam), Alyssa Hunter, Andrew (Arianna) Hunter, Kyle (Lyndsey) Thie, Amy (Raul) Archundia, Amanda Thie, Daniel Keller, David Keller, Allison Keller , Mary Price and Kathleen Price; 1 great-granddaughter, Amara; and his sister Dawn Brown.

   Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Wyoming and his Master of Science degree in Research and Development Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Jim served the United States Air Force for 42 years in the military, as a support contractor, and with Civil Service, retiring January 1, 1997.

   The family will receive relatives and friends from 4-6:30 pm Friday October 18, 2019 at The Tobias Funeral Home-Far Hills Chapel 5471 Far Hills Ave at Rahn Rd. and 2-3 pm Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Epiphany Lutheran Church 6430 Far Hills Ave with a Funeral Service beginning at 3 pm. Pastor Tracy Paschke-Johannes officiating. Private interment at David’s Cemetery.

   Memorial Contributions may be made to Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45459 or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45420. On line condolences may be sent to  You will have to do a search for his obituary. There will be a link to a memorial video of his life that his family has posted.

Wayne Supri, Age 84

   Wayne Supri, age 84, of Spring Valley died Saturday, October 5, 2019 at The Neighbors of Dunn County in Menomonie.

   Wayne was born August 17, 1935 to Lawrence Supri and Violet Webb Supri Johnson in El Paso Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin.  He grew up in rural Spring Valley.  His freshman year he moved from Spring Valley to River Falls, graduating with the Class of 1953. His yearbook states, after class he could be seen cruising in his blue Chevy.

   On July 16, 1955, Wayne married Marilyn Peterson at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Beldenville.  In 1959, they moved to Vermillion, South Dakota where they lived for two years before they moved back to Spring Valley where they raised their family.  Wayne was a trucker his entire working career.  He worked for Shawano Livestock traveling from coast to coast, and later was owner/operator of his own semi.  Wayne kept on driving until his health forced him to retire at age 75.  Wayne was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing.  He was also a sports fan, and especially enjoyed following the Minnesota Twins.

   Preceding him in death were his parents, infant brother Leon; his wife Marilyn, son Scott, grandson Chas Jund; and brother-in-law James Peterson. Survivors include one son: Larry (Connie) Supri of Menomonie; daughter-in-law Barbara Supri of Spring Valley; 3 daughters: Brenda (Joel) Stark of Spring Valley, Sue (John) Waggoner of Menomonie, and Mitzi Peterson of Chippewa Falls; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law: Wanda Mathison of St. Paul, MN., and Sharon (Joe) VandenBerge of Spring Valley, many other relatives and friends.

   Funeral service will be Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Menomonie Seventh Day Adventist Church in Menomonie (E6451 S Co Rd E, Menomonie). Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at church prior to the service. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Hatchville, Wisconsin. Pallbearers are grandchildren: Bryce Supri, Jacob ‘Jake’ Supri, Jared Supri, Joseph Waggoner, Ryan Waggoner, Kayla Weihing, and April Jund.

Julie K. Hopkins, Age 67

Julie K. Hopkins, age 67, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at her home in Hudson, Wisconsin.
    Julie was born on July 13, 1952 in Baldwin, WI, to parents Arlo (SVHS '51) and Darlene (Alton) (SVHS '54) Johnson. Julie grew up as the oldest of five children, spending her childhood in Lake St. Croix Beach, MN, Hudson, WI, and finally Hammond, WI, where she graduated from St. Croix Central High School in 1970.
    Julie met the love of her life, Gerald Hopkins, later in 1970. They were married in Baldwin, WI, on December 11th of that year. Julie and Jerry became parents to Keri Jo in October of 1971, and to Jeffrey Allen in January of 1975. Julie spent her working years at Newton’s Grocery Store, the Hammond Post Office, and Andersen Windows. Julie held many positions during her time at Andersens, from which she retired in 2001. The title she was most proud to hold, though, was “Grandma Julie,” which she held for nearly 30 years and adored every minute of.
    Julie was a social butterfly who always wanted to surround herself with family and friends. She loved life and could always find a reason to celebrate, whether it be a holiday, happy hour, or even a pet’s birthday. Julie also enjoyed traveling, preferably with as many family members as possible. As a July baby she loved to visit any place sunny, sporting her memorable sunglasses and sandals. She loved wintering with Jerry in Arizona and, recently, in Florida; she formed many wonderful friendships during their time down south. During the summer, she could be found up at the cabin in Webster, WI, tubing behind the pontoon, enjoying a good bonfire, and trail-riding in the side-by-sides with Jerry and other family members. She was a dedicated mom and grandma and would never miss one of Keri or the grandkids’ events. She loved spoiling them rotten, even as they became adults. They were the center of her world.
    Julie will be remembered for her love of her friends and family, as well as her fun and “let’s party!” attitude. She will be missed greatly by her husband Jerry; daughter Keri Jo (Tim) Thurmes; grandchildren Brittany (Ben Collette) Herink, Ashley Herink, and Jacob Thurmes; parents Arlo and Darlene Johnson; siblings Bruce (Cris) Johnson, Pam (Barry) Grant, Randy (Nanci) Johnson, and Shari Schultz; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey, and parents-in-law William and Florence Hopkins.
    A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019, at O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI. A time to visit will be from 10am to 12pm with a service starting at 12pm. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family.

William K. Collins, Age 88

   William K. Collins, age 88, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the Woodbury Health Care Center, Woodbury, MN. He was a resident in the Memory Care Unit since August 29, 2016.
    Bill graduated from Hastings High School in 1948 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in education in 1952 from River Falls College. From 1954 to 1956, he served his country in Japan and Korea. In 1956 he took an English teaching position in Spring Valley, WI until 1962. He then attended Colorado State College in Greely, CO and received his Masters of Art Degree in Educational Administration. Bill became the Principal at Isle High School, Isle, MN from 1965 to 1968. His final years in education was the Principal at Rush City High School, Rush City, MN where he spent his next 13 years, retiring in 1981. He then was employed part time at Koch Refinery for 14 years. He was very proud of his Irish heritage, thus he would like a lot of green attire at his Celebration of Life.
    Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Helen; brothers Don & Richard “Feets” Collins; brother in law, Paul “Gus” Huberty.
    He is survived by sisters, Patricia Buska; Margaret Huberty; brother James (Faye) Collins; sisters in law, Kathy (Richard) Collins & Betty (Don) Collins; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

   Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel in Hastings, with Father Martin Siebenaler officiating. Interment, with Military Honors provided by the Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210, will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Cemetery.
    Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home.
    No flowers please. Memorials preferred to Alzheimers Association, Hastings Family Service or the American Legion Post #47.

   For guestbook and further information including a slideshow of his life, please visit

Maryjane Brown, Age 75
   Maryjane Brown, age 75, wife of Allen Brown ('57), of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Spring Valley Health Care Center.
    Memorial service will be on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church-Brother Michael Mandernach Center in Spring Valley. A luncheon will follow at the Spring Valley Community Center. Visitation will be from 12:30 until 2 p.m. at Br Michael Center prior to the service. Burial will be in Spring Lake Cemetery, rural Spring Valley.

Sharon Roatch, Age 77
   Sharon Roatch, age 77, of Spring Valley, died Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
  Sharon was born August 24, 1941 to Martin and Blanche (Hetrick) Thompson at Alma, Wisconsin. She attended School at Durand. On August 11, 1958, Sharon married Wayne Roatch at Durand. They lived in Spring Valley most of their married life. Sharon worked at Sons Tool in Woodville for 30 years before retiring. She loved mowing the lawn and gardening and enjoyed playing cards and trips to the casino.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Danny and Jerry Thompson; sister Joann Longsdorf and her husband Larry; in-laws: Bob Seger, Laverne Bauer and LaMoine Roatch and his wife Jan.
    Survivors include husband Wayne; children: Terry Roatch, Cindy (Steve) Brorson, Tony Roatch, all of Spring Valley; and Laurie Sperstad of Lakeland, MN; 8 grandchildren: Dustin Roatch Kendra, Rachel, Ellen and Christa Brorson, and Toby Roatch, Amanda (Josh) Hanson, and Isaac (Jessica) Sperstad; great grandchildren: Ari and Harper Hanson and Cameryn and Evan Sperstad; siblings: Rita Seger, Mitch (Julie) Thompson, and Carol Bauer; in-laws: Dian Thompson, Marcia Thompson, Mary Hines, Donna (Eugene) Anderle, and Richard Roatch; may nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
    Visitation will be Monday, July 15 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at church on Tuesday. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.

Carol Marie Bergum, Age 73   
    Carol Marie Bergum, of Naples, Florida, formerly Oakdale, MN, passed away on June 18, 2019 at home, at the age of 73 years.
    Carol was born in Spring Valley, Wisconsin to Lester and Vera Gilbertson on April 6th 1946 . She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1964 and entered UW-River Falls, to obtain a teacher's degree. She married Ted Bergum on February 15,1969, and together they raised two children.
    She taught elementary students in New London, Wisconsin. Carol also taught at Muffin Man Nursery School at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Oakdale Minnesota. Her most recent employment was with the State of Minnesota Department of Revenue in the Collection Division, where she made many life long friends. Carol retired in 2008 and moved to Florida.
    For the last 11 years Carol was thrilled to be a nanny for her granddaughter, Ava. Carol will be sadly missed by daughter Tania Bergum, son Nicholas (Michelle) Bergum, and granddaughter, Ava Bergum.
    She will also be missed by brother Dennis(Claudia) Gilbertson, sister Vivian (Leon) Mundt, brother-in-law Gail Lynum, special friend Courtney and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
    Carol was predeceased by parents Lester and Vera Gilbertson (Stratton) and sister Ruth Lynum.
    A Celebration Of Life Open House, hosted by Vivian Gilbertson Mundt and Dennis Gilbertson will be held Sunday July 21st from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00P.M. at Peace Lutheran Church, 1744 Walnut Street, Lauderdale, Minnesota 55113. A time for remembrance will begin at 4:00 P.M

James Spindler, Age 77

   James Spindler, age 77, passed away on June 11, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah surrounded by his family. He was born September 25, 1941 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin to Joe and Mary (McCardle) Spindler. Jim graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1959. In February of 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as an advisor in South Korea until being honorably discharged in January of 1963. He attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as an English major where he began dating Joy Stefon. He took a job with Sperry Univac in Roseville, Minnesota in 1965.

   On July 30, 1966 he married Karen "Joy" Stefon at the Catholic church in New Brighton, Minnesota. They were blessed with their daughter Stephanie in 1967. Jim was transferred to Salt Lake City in 1976 and Utah became his new home. He fell in love with the mountains and cowboy life of the west. Many weekends were spent camping, hunting and skiing with friends. For years he was an active member of the Utah Paint Horse Club assisting with horse shows. Jim was very fond of traveling. He spent countless hours relaxing on the beaches of Mexico, Hawaii, and the Caribbean and on cruises with family and friends. Jim was a passionate sports enthusiast supporting his Green Bay Packers and the Utah Jazz. Jim lived life to the fullest and made friends wherever he went. Nothing was more enjoyable to him than having friends over for a good time.

   Jim is survived by his wife Joy of 52 years; daughter Stephanie (Brock) Varoz; brother Tom (Elizabeth) Spindler; nephew Matt (Kate) Spindler; his Stefon family; and his Utah "family." He is preceded in death by his parents; and uncles Dan McCardle, Bob and Ralph Spindler. We would like to thank the amazing nursing staff and doctors at St. Marks Hospital.

   A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, June 27 at Starks Funeral Parlor in Salt Lake City, 3651 S. 900 E. from 6-8 p.m. Interment will be Saturday, July 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Spring Valley, Wisconsin at 4:00 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at the Spring Valley Golf Course from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Steve Kapping, Age 69

   Steve Kapping, age 69, of Spring Valley died on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at his home in Cady Township.

   Steve was born July 4, 1949 to Jack and Bonnie (Trealoff) Kapping in Durand, Wisconsin. He grew up in Spring Lake Township where he attended elementary school and Spring Valley High School, graduating with the Class of 1967. After high school Steve entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart for injuries received, and a Navy Achievement Medal for meritorious service. After returning from active duty, he served in the reserves until 1973.

   When he returned home, he worked for Sweeney Brother’s and Timme Construction. On April 5, 1975 he married Sandi Zenzen. They were blessed with 3 children: Ryan, Wes, and Alissa. He enjoyed playing euchre, visiting the casino, and watching the Green Bay Packers with friends. He was always a hard worker and believed in personal accountability.

   Preceding him in death were his parents, brother Wayne and sister Terri. Survivors include Sandi Kapping, life companion and mother of Steve’s children; Ryan (Lori) Kapping of Spring Valley; Wes (Sarah) Kapping of Winsted, MN; and Alissa (Adam) Johns of Berwyn, IL; 5 grandchildren: Ryan’s children Landry, Hayden and Everly; and Wes’s children Grace and Clara; his siblings: Sue Gregg; Judi (Mark) Hammer; Roger (Sue) Kapping; Pam (Kelly) Falde and Linda (Ron) DeMotts; many other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at the Wilson Legion in Wilson, Wisconsin. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Legion with Military Honors by the Matson-Miller American Legion Post 330 followed by a luncheon also at the Legion.

Gerald Ralph Cain, Age 70

   Gerald Ralph Cain, age 70 of Prescott WI, died on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. Jerry was born June 8, 1948 in Plum City WI to Ralph and Laura (Brantner) Cain. Jerry attended school in Spring Valley, and graduated from Spring Valley High School with the Class of 1966. After high school, Jerry enlisted with the United States Navy and served overseas during Vietnam. On August 2, 1971, Jerry was united in marriage to Linda Lou Lansing at the Gilman Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. This union in marriage would be blessed with three children, Michael, Suzanne, and Ashley.

   Jerry was a hard worker who spent many years with Jacques Seed Co. as a field manager, a plant manager, and also in international sales. In later years, Jerry had his own business, Lien Guaranty. Outside of work, Jerry loved time spent with family and friends, especially his grandkids. Jerry enjoyed yard work, flowers and gardening, golfing, hunting and fishing, and playing cards and cribbage. Jerry had a talent for fixing things, and loved to help others with any construction projects. Jerry loved jokes and singing. His sense of humor was always evolving, right unto his final days, and he could make every situation into a song. His love and laughter will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

   Jerry is survived by his children, Michael (Samantha) Cain, Suzanne (Greg) Fifield, and Ashley (John) Rugel; his grandchildren, Delaney (Austin), Madison, Bailey, Chailyn, Wyatt, Sylus, and Brayden; his siblings, Margaret (Larry) Rootes, Bernadette Kwasny, Ron Cain, Jan (Chuck) Walz, and Linda Markus; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; his parents; and siblings, Loretta, Jim, Chuck, and Ken.

   To honor Jerry’s wishes, a private family burial with military honors will be held. His final resting place will be with his wife Linda at the Pine Glen Cemetery in Prescott. Services were entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Prescott, WI. 715-262-5404

Dan McCardle, Age 95

   Dan McCardle, 95, of Elmwood, passed away peacefully at his home on May 8, 2019. Dan was a kind, caring and gentle man who leaves behind many friends and admirers with his passing.
   Dan was born in Olivet, WI, on March 16, 1924 to William and Hazel McCardle. He was the youngest of three children having an older brother, Neil and sister, Mary.
   Dan attend Olivet Country School for grades 1-8 and was an active member of the area softball team, serving as the catcher for many years. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1941 where he was a trumpet player in the school band. Upon graduation, he promptly enlisted in the military only to receive a medical deferment
   Dan married Lorraine Baier in 1949 after meeting at a dance at Proch’s Ballroom in Ellsworth. From this union, four children were born. Lorraine passed away in 1973 from an extended illness. Dan married Kathleen Christensen Johnson in 1976, and another sibling joined the McCardle family.
   Dan was a dairy farmer in the Olivet area, proudly raising purebred Belgian Draft horses, palomino Tennessee Walking horses and Dalmatian dogs. He also worked for Iowa Pork Industries and for the Emerson and Erickson families in their Arabian horse-breeding operations. Also, Dan was a longstanding member of The Belgian Draft Horse Association, showing his award-winning Belgians at various events.
   Dan proudly served on the Pierce County Board, Elmwood Area School Board, the Federal Housing Administration Board and the Federated Library System Board of Trustees.
Dan always respected and appreciated the friendship and support he received from the Baier and Christensen families. Their support during life’s challenges was always remembered fondly. He was a life-long member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Churches of Spring Valley and Elmwood and always active in church activities.
    Dan is preceded in death by his parents, William and Hazel McCardle, brother Neil, sister Mary Spindler and wife Lorraine.
   He is survived by his wife, “Kitty,” son Pat (Cheryl) of River Falls, WI, daughter Sue Christenson (Jim) of Spring Valley, WI, son Jeff (Mary) of Fort Myers Beach, FL, daughter Lori Platz (David) of Madison, WI, son Kristopher Johnson of St. Paul, MN, along with 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and numerous other family members.
   Dan always recognized the good virtues in everyone and practiced modesty and humility throughout his life. He acquired numerous friends through his life and gained the respect of many. He will be greatly missed, but remembered forever by those who felt his kindness and compassion.
   A sincere thank you is extended to St. Croix Hospice and Dr. Edward Wojciechowski for their compassionate care and concern.
   Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday May 13, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Prince Raja officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Spring Valley.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to0 7:00 PM Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.  Memorials may be made in Dan’s name to the organization or charity on one’s choice.

Mary J. Meyer Christiansen, Age 84
   Mary J. Meyer (Christiansen) passed from this life on April 7, one day before her 85th birthday. Mary was in a good place; happy to be residing at the gracious Bay Oaks Historic Retirement Home, among dear friends and very close to her children, Marya and Paul, granddaughter Lucia, and daughter-in-law Claudia, in Miami, Florida.
    Mary was born in Knapp, Wisconsin, graduated from Augsburg College and began teaching in Oakland, California, before moving to her beloved La Crosse, Wisconsin, to be close to her sister, Marjorie Wheeler. There she met and married attorney Bill Meyer. Mary loved her students, teaching both Spanish and music, directed the Chapel Choir at English Lutheran Church and performed as an organist, vocalist and pianist across the city until visiting, and eventually residing, close to her children in Madrid, Spain, from 1984-1992. That year she fell in love with Orcas Island in the San Juans and purchased the historic cook’s house in the iconic Rosario Estates. Mary became a vibrant part of the island’s music scene, playing for, performing with and being cared for by a kind and creative community.
    Born on a farm near Menomonie, Wisconsin, Mary hit the ground running; she could throw a ball farther than all the boys in her one-room country grade school and taught herself how to play piano by ear when she was four years old. Her parents, Ben and Mabel, loved to recount the story, “We walked into the room and there she was, playing up a storm!” Mary graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1953. From Knapp and La Crosse to Madrid and Orcas Island, Mary Meyer made her contagiously joyful mark. She was a true people-person, teacher, storyteller, cheerleader, elegant entertainer, lover of nature and humanity, full of punny humor and a terrific cook to boot. In the words of family friend and author Marcelline Thomson, “… [an] indelible image is of her in the kitchen, elbows on the counter, face propped in her hands as she fixed you with that penetrating gaze. At those moments you were the sole object of her attention, her interest and curiosity unbounded.”
    Her former students often told her family how she was one of those teachers who had changed their lives. She gave people energy and the faith in themselves that whoever they were was exactly the authentic person they should be. With her irreplaceable and larger-than-life persona, she met health and other challenges with a characteristic tenacity and resilience, living a rich and full life before transitioning peacefully, loved and cared for.
    To celebrate her legacy, Marya and Paul suggest that you sing a song you love out loud. Memorial donations, if desired, can be sent to support the residents, musical programs and three pianos at Bay Oaks, 435 NE 34th St., Miami, FL, a 501(c)(3) founded some 60 years ago by the Soroptimists Club who believed that retirement should be dignified.

Richard Glen Forthun, Age 88
    Richard “Dick” Glen Forthun left us on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Phoenix, Arizona on April 14th, 2019. He was 88 years old. His wife was nearby and his sons Glen and Ken were able to spend some quality time with Dad shortly before his passing. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gloria; his sons Glen (Carla) of Phoenix, Richard of Thailand, and Ken (Donna) of Phoenix; his sister Mary, brother Jerry, and is predeceased by a brother, Thomas; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
    Richard joined us in Minneapolis, MN on July 24,1930, the oldest son and second child of “Doc” and Clara Forthun and was raised in Spring Valley, WI graduating from high school in 1949. He left Spring Valley to join the Air Force in January of 1951 and was eventually stationed at Luke AFB near Phoenix, Arizona where he was a member of the 547th Air Force Band. After leaving the Air Force and a short stay back in Wisconsin, Richard fired up his Studebaker and moved back to Phoenix. Within a few months of his return, he met his wife of 63 years, Gloria, at a dance at St. Mary’s church and they were married soon thereafter.
    Although Dick had many jobs and businesses over the years, his passion was his music. Introduced to the trombone in the 8th grade, he quickly became quite good at playing and before he finished high school he headed up “The Dick Forthun Orchestra” comprised of two trumpets, a trombone, bass horn, drums, and a piano. They played regularly at school parties, weddings, and various special events. Over his lifetime, he continued to play and enjoy his music and although the trombone was his favorite he also played the alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, ukulele, string bass, and keyboard/piano.
A family man, he always looked forward to getting together with the family and especially to family reunions over the years where he would get an opportunity to “jam” with his siblings who also had a love of music. Well loved by all his family, he will be truly missed but is in a better place now. Many of us believe he is playing now again with his younger brother in Rock ‘n’ Roll heaven...

Isabelle Agatha O’Connell, Age 99

   Isabelle Agatha O’Connell, age 99, peacefully passed away with family at her side on April 30, 2019 in The Deerfield Retirement Community at New Richmond, WI.

   Isabelle was the first, of 5 children, born to Benedict and Mae Donnelly Murphy on November 17, 1919. She grew up on a farm in Gilman Township, Pierce County, WI. She attended 8 years of school in Olivet, WI and graduated from Spring Valley High School, class of 1936. After 2 years of school at UW River Falls, she earned her teaching certificate and started teaching in rural schools in Pierce County in 1938. Later she attended night school and summer school classes earning her Bachelor of Education degree in 1960.

   She married Bernard O’Connell on June 29,1944. As they farmed together in rural Elmwood, WI they were blessed with 4 children; Richard, Jeanne, Brian and Sue Ellen. In 1954 Isabelle returned to teaching at South Hill, WI school and continued teaching in the Spring Valley school district as a fourth grade and reading specialist teacher a total of 38 years.

   While raising her family, helping on the farm and teaching, Isabelle continued to use the skills learned in her youth playing piano. She became the choir director at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in El Paso, WI. When that church closed in 1980, she joined the Ecumenical choir in Elmwood, WI. For many years she and Bernard would participate in those concerts throughout Pierce County. After Isabelle and Bernard retired, they enjoyed vacations in Ireland, Germany, and Peru. They also loved spending time at their cabin on Balsam Lake with their children and grandchildren.

   Upon Bernard’s passing in 1989 she moved to New Richmond. Later she married Joe Spindler who passed away in 2004. Isabelle continued her love of music and pursued a new hobby of painting. She created some award-winning paintings which hung in her home and were shared with her family. She also continued to travel with her family to Ireland, France, Venezuela, and Italy. As the years passed Isabelle suffered declining vision which halted her ability to travel, paint, and read music. That did not stop her from singing or enjoying music. Daily it played in her home. Isabelle was listening to music playing in the background as she peacefully passed away.

   Isabelle will forever be remembered by her children, Richard (Diane) O’Connell; Jeanne (Bob Hasewinkle) O’Connell; Brian (Kristie) O’Connell; Sue Ellen O’Connell; grandsons Daniel (Carlene) O’Connell, David O’Connell, John (Maggie) O’Connell, Micheil O’Connell; great grandchildren Alexis O’Connell, Shawn O’Connell, Ashley O’Connell, Abraham O’Connell, and Bernadette O’Connell; many nieces and nephews.

   Isabelle was preceded in death by her parents Ben and Mae Murphy, her husband Bernard; Joe Spindler; brothers John Murphy, James Murphy, Robert Murphy; sister Jean Joynt.

   The family wishes to sincerely thank the staff at The Deerfield and the St. Croix Valley Hospice for the kindness and care they showed Isabelle.

   A visitation will be held on June 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond, WI. The funeral mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served after mass.

   On June 5, 2019 A celebration of life will be held at the Brother Michael Center in Spring Valley, WI from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. Inurnment will be held at the El Paso Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. for family members.

   In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to The Deerfield, 1127 W. 8th St. in New Richmond, WI 54017 or to St. Croix Hospice, 7200 Hudson Blvd, Suite 100 in Oakdale, MN 55128.

Arnold Brorson, Age 88
    Arnold Brorson, age 88, of Spring Valley, died Monday, April 15, 2019 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center. Arnie was born January 3, 1931 to Carl and Elvina (Anderson) Brorson in Gilman Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Arnie attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1949.

   In 1951, Arnie entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served 2 years. On August 27, 1955 he married Dorothy Timm at Wilson Lutheran Church. They were blessed with 3 children: Dawn, Duane and Deanna.

   Arnie worked for Ray Hammond for a while, and then worked at the Spring Valley Elevator for 4 years. He worked for Everett Brown Plastering from 1957 until 1970. He then went to work for Ralston-Purina in Hager City and retired in 1993. He assisted at Keehr Funeral Home from 1995 until 2008.

   His favorite pastimes were golfing, hunting, fishing, and bowling. He served on Gilman Lutheran Church Council and was president for many years. He was a member of the Spring Valley School Board and volunteered for 25 years on the Spring Valley Fire Department, 12 of those years he served as fire chief.

   Preceding him in death were his parents; wife Dorothy in 2013; sisters: Evelyn (Corvin) Halvorson; Audrey (Mike) Grant; brother Dale (Gladys); and brothers-in-law Roy Johnson, Rodney Timm, and Dennis Timm.

   Survivors include his three children: Dawn (Steven) Wood of Elmwood; Duane (Elaine) Brorson of Spring Valley; and Deanna (Jeff) Powell of Spring Valley; 6 grandchildren: Jason (Avril) Wood, Ben Brorson, Pam (Tim) Gartmann, Mandi (Corey Norby) Wood, Lynnette Wood, and Nova Wood; 9 great grandchildren: Jacob and Courtney; Cori and Aubree; Kaydence and Brayden; Emelynn and Henry; Amber; Jesse; Kloe and Kyra; Stephanie and Brittney; 3 great great grandchildren: Theo and Ellie, and Claira; sister Joann Johnson of Spring Valley; in-laws: Mary Timm, Jan Timm, Don & Arlys Olson (all of Menomonie), Jerry & Sandy Timm of So. St. Paul, MN., many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

   Funeral Service is Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and also on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. Military honors by Spring Valley American Legion Post 227. Burial will be in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Jack D. Mattison, Age 87

   Jack D. Mattison, age 87, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the Spring Valley Health and Rehab center of Spring Valley, WI. 

   Jack was born on September 7, 1931, the son of Glen and Edna (Esanbock) Mattison. Jack attended and graduated from Spring Valley High School; he left his home in service to his country during the Korean War as a member of the United States Army. On April 19, 1952, he was united in marriage to Barbara Ninneman in Camp Polk, Louisiana. 

   Jack began work as a laborer for Sweeney Brother Construction following his honorable discharge from the Army, as well as running the family farm along side his brother, Jerry, for many years. Eventually Jack’s hard-nosed work ethic granted him the opportunity to reach a buyout with Sweeney Brothers as he took over the company as its owner. Jack succeeded in merging Sweeny Bros. and Timme Construction who bought half interest in 1980. Jack retired from the industry in 1991. Because of Jack’s relentless desire to provide good business, the Mattison name has been well-known in the highway construction industry for over 60 years. 

   Aside from working “nine out of seven days per week,” Jack enjoyed his time fishing, occasionally gardening with Barb, spending time with his family, and frequently expanding on his fascination with nature, especially bald eagles.

   Jack will remain in the hearts of his children, Connie Anderson, Mark (Brenda) Mattison, Tammie (Jim) Anger, and Adam (Delaine) Mattison; grandchildren, April (Shawn) Miller, Aimee (Carter Nelson) Olson, Whitney Mattison, Brandon (Linsy) Margelofsky, Eric (Abby) Margelofsky, Tessa (Paul) Langer, Shalane (Adam) Wick, Jimmie Anger, McKenzie (Luke) Bakkum, McKenna (Adam Newton) Mattison, McKayla Mattison, and Jack Mattison; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry (Dianne) Mattison; his beloved King Charles dog, Buddy; as well as other extended family and numerous friends.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Barb; parents, Glen and Edna; and son-in-law, Orlin Anderson.

   A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 12 PM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, WI, immediately followed by a Memorial Service for Jack at 3:00 PM. Military Honors will be held for Jack following the service, as well as a lunch. Interment will be held at a later date.

Gerald Ducklow, Age 74

Gerald Ducklow died Monday, April 1, 2019 at Promise Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. Gerald was born October 22, 1944 to Alois and Betty (VanNortwick) Ducklow at Spring Valley, Wisconsin. He grew up in Spring Valley where he attended Spring Valley Schools. He graduated with the Class of 1962.

   After high school, Gerald worked for Ryan Construction and Everett Brown Construction. He was drafted in 1965 and served in the U.S. Army. He served in Viet Nam and was trained as a surveyor. On August 10, 1968 Gerald married Colette Benson at the Congregational Church, in Spring Valley. They lived at Spring Valley for many years before moving to Woodville. Gerald retired from Ford Motor Company in 1998. They enjoyed spending their winters at Apache Junction in Arizona.

   Gerald had many passions in his life, but none as precious as his love for family and friends. He did enjoy working around his houses to make it a home for his family: their Spring Valley Country Home, Woodville twin home, Apache Junction winter home, and the most treasured place of all – his cabin in Remer, Minnesota. He loved deer hunting, putzing around the house and especially fishing with his fishing buddy Ryan. Most important was spending time with his family and friends.

   Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Alois ‘Jr’ and his wife Lorraine; in-laws Dick and Phyllis Standaert; and godson Bryan White.

   Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Colette; daughters Lisa Starwood and Kristin ‘Cricket’ (Jay) Gregory all of Woodbury, MN; grandchildren: Taylor, Christopher, Jaylen, Anna, and Ryan Gerald; brothers: Dick (Shirley) Ducklow of Glenwood City; Steven (Bonnie) Ducklow of Amery; Bob (Mary) Ducklow and Duane (Mary) Ducklow of Spring Valley; many other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville, Wisconsin. Funeral service will be on Sunday at 5 p.m. following the visitation at Zion with a dinner after the service.

Mary Anne Neisinger Timm, Age 85

   Mary Anne Timm​ passed away on March 30, 2019, at the age of 85. Preceded in death by daughter, Lori and granddaughter, Marissa. Dearly loved wife of Gerald for 65 years; beloved mother of Barb (Jim) Ylinen and Debbie (Chris) Brown; loving grandmother of Amanda, Natalie (Jack), Markie, Elizabeth, Mary, Rebekah (Tyler), and Nathan; sister, Maxine Larson; brothers, Daniel (Lois) Neisinger and Larry Neisinger; many nieces, nephews and friends.

   A very special thank you to her wonderful caregivers at The Gables at Boutwells Landing. A special and wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. We cherish every memory and will love you forever.

   Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019, at Simonet Funeral Home, 6429 Osgood Ave N., Stillwater, MN 55082. Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019, and also one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment at Fairview Cemetery. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mary Anne Timm please visit our Sympathy Store.

Kenneth A. Raasch, Age 73

   Kenneth A. Raasch, age 73, of Spring Valley, WI passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Hayward, WI.   Kenneth Allen Raasch was born July 5, 1945 in Eau Claire, WI, the son of Dale and Doris (Schueler) Raasch. He was raised in Spring Valley, WI and did his schooling there. Ken graduated from high school in 1963 and then worked with his parents at their car dealership in Spring Valley.

   Ken was married to Susan Kohn in 1966. On March 14, 1967, Ken joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed on the USS Coral Sea, a Midway-class aircraft carrier. He served during the Vietnam War and earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Ken was honorably discharged on January 12, 1969 and returned to Spring Valley and worked with his parents. He then began a career selling farm equipment for some time before going into dairy farming. He operated his dairy farm for several years and then began work as a over the road truck driver which he did until his retirement. Ken enjoyed going to the casino, smoking his pipe and watching football and college basketball.

   Ken is survived by his two sons, Chad Raasch of Hayward, WI, Brady Raasch of Cumberland, WI; granddaughter, Aivree Raasch; one sister, Sharon Strom of Balsam Lake, WI; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Judy.  

   Military honors will be held at 1:45 P.M. on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI.

Judy Holerud Jensen, age 87

   Judy Jensen, age 87, of Spring Valley died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood. She was born July 12, 1931 at the Holerud home farm to Herman and Jennie (Formoe) Holerud. She attended the Highland Ridge grade school and Spring Valley High School, graduating in 1950.

   She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. On June 10, 1950 she married Lyman Jensen at the Holerud home farm. They raised 6 children on the Jensen home farm.

   Judy loved going to Birthday Club, gardening, preserving and canning. Later on she loved growing flowers of all kinds. All of you who ever visited her in Elmwood would always find her playing cards somewhere. She also loved bingo, arts and crafts.

   Judy will be forever remembered by her children: Richard Jensen, Susan (Ralph) Raymo, Donald (Cindy) Jensen of Spring Valley; Julie (Glen) Rasmussen of Roberts; and Karen Wilson of Hayfield, MN; her precious grandchildren: Josh (Kelly) Werner, Nick (Liz) Raymo, Abby Jensen, Brock Jensen, Cole (Kylie) Jensen, Jessica (Issac) Sperstad, and Tyler Rasmussen; great grandchildren: Rodney, Danica, Taylor, Cameryn and Evan; siblings: Lucille Gedatus and Helen Lorentson; sisters-in-law: Virginia Holerud, Rose Holerud, and Mardell Lewis; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

   Judy is preceded in death by her adored husband Lyman; her dear son Roger; daughter-in-law: Nancy Jensen; son-in-law: Chris Wilson; her parents: Herman and Jennie Holerud; siblings: Glen, Raymond, James and Merlin Holerud and Harriette Sorenson; sisters-in-law: Delores Holerud, Shirley Holerud; brothers-in-law: Dale Sorenson, Virgil Gedatus, Wayne Lorentson, and Alfred Lewis Jr.

   Funeral service is Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Spring Lake Lutheran Church, rural Spring Valley. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 2-6 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and also at church on Monday for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Spring Lake Lutheran Cemetery.

Leta Moore Powell, Age 79

   Leta Powell, age 79, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minnesota.

   Leta was born June 19, 1939 to Norman and Marjorie (McCulloch) Moore in Weston Township, Dunn County, Wisconsin. She grew up and attended school at Spring Valley with the Class of '58. On September 21, 1957 Leta married Virgil Powell. Together they raised 5 sons, Jeff, Greg, Rodney “Ron”, Brian, and Dan.

   Leta worked at Duffy’s Cleaners, Mark Anderson Industries, managed the Spring Valley Cenex Store, and did house cleaning for a few of years. She loved her boys and all her grandchildren and faithfully followed them through all their school and sports activities.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Norman Jr, Calvin, and John Moore; and sister Corrine Victoria.

   Survivors include her sons: Jeff (Deanna) of Spring Valley; Greg (Kathy) of Birchwood, WI; Rodney (Sandy) of Spring Valley; Brian of Spring Valley; and Dan (Kristine) of Coon Rapids, MN; 8 grandchildren: Jason, Brooke, Masen, James, Sydney, Adam, Jacob and Calli Mae; 1 great grandson Brantley; brother Orin (Linda) Moore of Spring Valley; sister Barbara Sackman of Terry, Montana;

   Visitation will be on Monday, March 18 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. A prayer service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Knapp, Wi at a later date. Leta’s grandchildren were honorary bearers.

Ronald R. Wilkens, Age 72
    Ronald R. Wilkens, age 72 of Elmwood, died January 1, 2019 at his home in Elmwood. Ron was born on October 25, 1946 in River Falls. He was the son of Edward and Erma (Wentlandt) Wilkens. Ron grew up in the Spring Valley area and graduated from Spring Valley High School, Class of '64. After high school, Ron joined the Army National Guard and was Honorably Discharged. Ron spent most of his career working on cars and selling retail auto parts for various businesses in the Menomonie area, most recently at Auto Value.

   Ron enjoyed horses, from raising them, training them and riding them. Over the years, he has owned and cared for Clydesdales and quarter horses. He also liked hunting, fishing and trail riding on ATVs. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

   Ron is survived by his children; Troy (Kristine) and their son Brock of Menomonie, Brady (Mary) and their son Sawyer of Wisconsin Rapids, one brother; Jerry (Carla) of River Falls, one sister; Gloria (Doug) Smart of Bemidji, MN, special friend; Betty Humphrey of Baldwin, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and Roxanne Bowell.

   Per Ron’s wishes, the family held a Celebration of Life in August with Ron. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arnold "Arnie" J. Berendsen, Age 89

Mr. Berendsen, as

Spring Valley students

remember him.

   Arnold "Arnie" J. Berendsen, age 89, of Waukegan, IL passed peacefully on February 21, 2019 in the presence of his loving family. He was born on March 31, 1929 in Green Bay, WI, to Joseph Berendsen and Emma (Brockman) Berendsen. On November 26, 1953 he married Jeanne Ann Stein, and the two were happily married for 65 years. They had 5 children together.

   Arnie's lifelong career as an educator began as the principal and superintendent at Spring Valley High School in Wisconsin. In 1963, Arnie and his family moved to Waukegan, IL, where he served first as a guidance counselor and then, guidance director at Waukegan East High School.     "Mr B.", as he was known to students for 25 years, was a fixture at high school concerts and sporting events as well as class reunions, where he thoroughly enjoyed catching up with former students.

   After retiring in 1988, Arnie worked for a travel agency. He and Jeanne enjoyed traveling the world together, making frequent trips to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and meeting new friends at every stop.

   Arnie was an avid musician and music lover. As a young adult, he played in the University of Wisconsin Marching Band and the Green Bay Packer Lumberjack Band (yes, there was such a thing). He played clarinet and saxophone in the Waukegan Municipal Band and several local big bands, and was bandleader of the Last Dance Band.

   Arnie enjoyed musky fishing, watching the Cubs, and cheering on (or cursing) his beloved Packers. He served his parish, Immaculate Conception, and sang in the choir. He was also a private pilot who, much to the horror of his wife and children, could be found barnstorming northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin in a two-seater Cessna.

    He was known for his joy of life and quick wit, often bringing down the house with laughter (or groans) elicited from the frequent puns he inflicted on family and friends alike.

   Arnie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his five children, Ann (Craig) Gagnon, Chris (Greg) Peterson, Kurt (Robyn) Berendsen, Peggy (Steve) Scuglik, and Mark Berendsen (Kristin Hitchcock). Grandchildren: Christopher Slavik, Stephanie Slavik, Brian Gagnon, David Gagnon (Courtney), Benjamin (Eve), Peterson Amy Peterson, Emma Hegarty (Sean), Gabriel Scuglik, and Sylvie Berendsen. Great-Grandchildren - Audrey, Solanus, and one on the way.

   The family expresses our deepest gratitude to Karessa and all the caregivers who cared for and comforted him during the last years of his life. Dad, you touched so many lives with your generous spirit. Thank you for always being there whenever we needed you, for teaching us that the rests between the musical notes are as important as the notes you play, and for showing us how contagious kindness and laughter can be.

   Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Peterson & Patch Funeral Home, 408 N. Sheridan Rd. Waukegan. Funeral mass will be 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church 508 Grand Ave., Waukegan. A private interment will be at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association. Please sign our online guestbook at

Published in the Lake County News Sun from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2019

Judy Raasch, Age 76

  Judy Raasch, age 76, of Spring Valley died Thursday, February 21, 2019 at United Hospital in St Paul. Celebration of her Life will be on Friday, March 1, from 3-6 p.m. at Wilson Lutheran Church, Wilson, Wisconsin.

   Judy was born July 21, 1942 to Dale and Doris (Schuller) Raasch at Baldwin, Wisconsin.  She attended Spring Valley School, graduating with the Class of 1960 and was a longtime member of Wilson Lutheran Church. 

   On November 23, 1963, Judy married Robert Harbek. They had 4 children: Jeff, Kris, Mike and Cindy.

   Judy worked for many years at the Spring Valley Health Care Center as a cook and CNA.  She enjoyed knitting and cooking, and western and animated movies.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Doris. Survivors include her children: Jeff (Kelly) Harbek of Florida; Kris (Kevin) Smetana of Spring Valley; Mike Harbek of Ridgeland; and Cindy (Doug) Mace of Winneconne; sister Sharon Strom of Balsam Lake; and brother Kenny Raasch of Menomonie; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

   A Celebration of her Life will be held on Friday, March 1 from 3-6 p.m. at Wilson Lutheran Church, Wilson, Wisconsin.

Jeannette Reid, Age 98

Jeannette Reid, age 98, of Bayport, Minnesota, formerly of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Croixdale Assisted Living in Bayport. MN. Jeannette was born November 19, 1920 to Oscar and Laura (Nauman) Jacobson in Glenwood City, Wisconsin.  Jeannette attended Glenwood City Schools, graduating with the Class of 1938.

   On July 20, 1940, Jeannette married Warren ‘Wayne’ Reid in Cresco, Iowa.  They lived in Spring Valley Wisconsin and owned and operated Reid’s Valley Hatchery.  She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Jeannette enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, knitting, card games, and MahJongg.

   Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Wayne, sister Margaret (McCall), Edith (Campion), Dorothy (McCall), Barbara (Gabrielson), brothers Carl, John, Duane, and Bill.  She is survived by her three sons, Mike (Judy) of Shoreview, Minnesota; Bob (Dianne) of Stillwater, Minnesota; Don (Jane) of Neenah, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sister Nancy Bjornson of Menomonie, Wisconsin and many other relatives.

   A Celebration of Life service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Wisconsin on April 26th with Rev. Bob Bipes and Rev. Annie Ladnier officiating.  Visitation will be at 11:00 a.m., service at 12:00 noon with graveside service and lunch to follow.  Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Spring Valley, Wisconsin.

Eugene ‘Gene’ Geiger, Age 92

   Eugene ‘Gene’ Geiger, age 92 of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

   Gene was born October 26, 1926 in Spring Lake Township, Pierce County to Robert and Marthine (Bjornstad) Geiger.  He was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.

  Gene attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of ‘44.  On September 5, 1948 Gene married Audrey Russell at Trinity Lutheran Church in Glenwood City. They farmed in Cady Township where they raised their 5 children. They owned and operated Geiger’s Grocery Store Spring Valley from 1967 until 1988.

   Gene worked briefly on the pipeline going through his land and also worked on the Spring Valley Dam (1965-1967); worked for Madson Lumber Mill (1945-1955); and worked for Genesis Company for 16 years (1999-2016) and stated that he “doesn’t plan to retire.”  He enjoyed playing pool at the Spring Valley and Ellsworth Senior Centers.  Gene enjoyed many meals at Sneaker’s Pub and visiting with others.  He made many visits to the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center and Park View Home in Woodville.

   He played on the Gilman Mines Softball team on Sundays for many years; loved his tractor collection and participating in ‘tractor-cades’; and loved showing his collection to anyone who asked. He built 3 sheds with some assistance from others, the last shed at age 83.  While working all the other jobs, he also farmed for many years until he sold the cows in 1998.  He continued farming the land, selling hay to many, up until his death.  He played the French Horn with Mckernon’s Band and the Chippewa Valley Symphony.  His favorite music was Strauss waltzes.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Audrey; son Robert “Bob”; son-in-law Bill Hinzman; sisters-in-law: Georgia “Jo” Hagen, Margaret Johnson; brothers-in-law: George “Steen” Russell, Bryce Russell, Kenneth Matter, Charles Johnson, Arthur Jersild and Gene Hagen; granddaughter Kim Hinzman; and nephew Alan Jersild.

   He is survived by daughters: Linda (Wayne) Miklian of River Falls; Chris (Randy) Jensen of Spring Valley; Sandy Bock of St Joseph, MN; and son Gary of Spring Valley; daughters-in-law Donna Abd El Malak (Amir) of Stillwater, and Marlene Backhaus of Menomonie; grandchildren: Josephine Geiger of St Paul; Nicholas Geiger Stillwater; Jason (Ashild Falch) Miklian of Norway; Jessica (Erik) Olson of River Falls; 2nd Lt. Mark Hinzman of Qatar/UAE; Jessica (Eric) Stark of Baldwin; Mary Jensen (Matt) of Hersey; great grandchildren: Emma Abbott (fiancé Michael Braun) , Orion and Elliot Miklian Falch, Gabe and Madelyn Olson, Amanda (Ben Struve) Leach, Danielle, and Katie Leach; Mya, Drew, and Jordyn Stark; Dylan, Kaylee, and Briley Eggen; sister Bertha ‘Betty’ Jersild of Milwaukee; sisters-in-law: Barbara Matter of New Richmond; Ann Russell of Rockford, IL; and Charlene Russell of Garrison, MN; many other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Funeral service will be on Friday, February 8 at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Pallbearers are: Wayne Matter, Jeff Matter, Brad Matter, Brian Matter, Myron Stark and Eric Duhnke. Burial will be at a later date in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley. Burial will be at a later date in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery.

Roger Ralph Brandt, Age 82
    Roger Ralph Brandt died peacefully at his home in Sonoma, California, surrounded by family, on January 8, 2019. Roger was born in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, on December 17, 1936, to Lucille and Ralph Brandt. He grew up on the Brandt family farm outside of Wilson, WI, attending the neighborhood elementary school and graduating from Spring Valley High School in 1954, where he played various sports and won the Scholar-Athlete Award his senior year. He attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, where he majored in physical education and history.
    Between his junior and senior years of college, Roger served in the United States Army, specializing in cryptography work in Germany and was later re-called during the Cuban Missile Crisis to teach cryptography at a US Army base.
    Roger began his teaching and coaching career at Bloomington (Wisconsin) High School and later taught and coached at Melrose-Mindoro High School in Melrose, Wisconsin. He left teaching when he was recruited by New York Life Insurance Company, working first in the Milwaukee office, then in Philadelphia, New York City, and finally San Francisco. After retirement from NYLIC, Roger joined ABD, an insurance company in Redwood City, CA, where he worked as a lead underwriter until his second retirement, in May of 2002.
    Roger loved travel and was interested in learning about new places, starting way back at Cady Lane School, when he kept looking at that bold black line down the western coast of the United States map in the front of the room and decided he wanted to be there, in California. He had visited almost all of the United States, including Hawaii, and had traveled to Australia, New Zealand, most Western European countries, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and the Baltic countries, as well.
    Having enjoyed singing as a boy, Roger resumed singing in his retirement and sang with community chorales in both Hollister and Sonoma, California, where he lived in his retirement.
    Throughout his life, he enjoyed playing and watching sports, and played his last round of golf in July of 2018 at Glen Hills Golf Course. Roger had been living at Grand Oaks/Glenhaven, in Glenwood City, since April of 2018; he enjoyed being back in the area where he had grown up, among siblings and their families, taking in Spring Valley Cardinal athletic events and local music and theatrical events, as well. He was a member of Wilson Lutheran Church.
    Roger is survived by his partner of 28 years, Linda Scholer; by his daughter, Tracy (Tom) Heiner, and his son, Jason Brandt; by Linda’s son, Andrew (Amy) Scholer, and Linda’s daughter, Leah (Ben) Spero; by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; by his sisters, Beverly Brooke ('52), Barbara (John) Kirk ('53), and Klover (Dennis) Schafer ('65); by his brothers, Douglas (Mary) Brandt ('62), and Rex (Janet) Brandt ('74); and by numerous other relatives and friends.
    There will be a memorial service held in the Spring with the date and time yet to be determined. It will be at the Wilson Lutheran Church, rural Wilson, WI.

Barry Schafhauser, Age 85

   Barry Schafhauser, age 85, of Menomonie died Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Neighbors of Dunn County in Menomonie.

   Barry was born July 31, 1933 to Ignatius W. and T. Eleanor (Baierl) Schafhauser in St Croix County, Springfield Township. Barry spent his childhood in the town of Wilson. He attended Wilson School, grades 1-7. He spent 8th grade with his maternal grandmother in Blenker, WI where he attended St. Kilian’s. After 8th grade graduation, Barry returned to Wilson and attended Spring Valley High School graduating in 1951.

   After graduation Barry worked at the Wilson Garage. In 1953, Barry joined the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in 1955. At this time, Barry moved back to Wilson and began working for the railroad in Hudson, WI. With layoffs imminent and railroad shops closing, Barry moved to St Paul in 1956 and began working for Montgomery Wards in their garage. In 1957, he started working for NSP (now Xcel Energy). At this time, he took many classes at Dunwoody Institute.

   On August 17, 1957 he married Linda Timm at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church. He served as head usher and Missions Funds treasurer for several years at St Matthew’s. The Schafhausers lived in South Minneapolis after their marriage, moving to New Brighton, MN in 1965. In 1989 Barry and Linda moved from the Twin Cities to Menomonie to enjoy country living once more.

   Barry held many positions during his 35 years at Xcel Energy. He retired Superintendent of Transportation in March 1992. After his retirement Barry became a farmer, helping Linda’s brother on the family farm. He also had more time to enjoy his Green Bay Packers.

   Barry and Linda enjoyed traveling, which included 2 trips to Europe, several trips to the Caribbean, and their dream trip to Australia and New Zealand in 1996. They also took many cross country car trips until Barry’s health began to fail. Barry liked the country living in Menomonie and remained there until the time of his death. Barry’s gentle spirit, kind and calm demeanor will be remembered.

  Barry is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Delores Grunow; and niece, Mary Hull. He is survived by his wife, Linda; nephews; Jerry (Sue) Grunow, Randy (Cathy) Grunow; nieces; Pat (Dale) Simonson, Theresa Grunow; brother in law, Alan Timm.

   Funeral service will be January 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with visitation from 9-11 a.m. at church prior to the service. Burial will be in St Michael’s Cemetery, Spring Valley. Memorials are preferred to St Michael’s Cemetery.