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Spring Valley News...2022



Gordon Olaf Hendrickson, Age 76
Gordon Olaf Hendrickson, 76, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at St. Pius X Catholic Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the Mass. Committal services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, at Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

Gordon was born December 27, 1946, in Spring Lake Township, Wisconsin, to Olaf and Margaret (Oare) Hendrickson. He was a proud graduate of Spring Valley Schools in 1964, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and Colorado State University. He served with the US Army from 1969 - 1971, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Army Commendation Medal.

Following his service, while earning his Ph.D. in History at the University of Wyoming, he met Barbara Louise Flasch, and they married on June 8, 1974, in the Bronx, New York. Gordon worked his entire professional career as an archivist, beginning in Wyoming, Minnesota, and Missouri. He retired in 2008 after 21 years as the State Archivist of Iowa.

In his retirement, Gordon enjoyed woodworking, Norwegian baking, traveling with his wife, and volunteering both with Habitat for Humanity and with the ORFs at Camp Mitigwa. He was a member of American Legion Post #663, the St. Pius X Holy Name Society, the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and numerous professional historical organizations.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Barbara Flasch Hendrickson; his children, Anders O.F. (Marie) Hendrickson of Waukesha, WI, Rosina B.F. Hendrickson of Chicago, IL, and Karl F.F. (Renee) Hendrickson of South Saint Paul, MN; six grandchildren, Maria, Thomas, Gianna, Andre, Stella, and Cora Marie; six siblings, Wayne (Ann) Hendrickson of New York City, NY, Janet Lomoljo of Reno, NV, Mary Thompson of River Falls, WI, Jerry (Bonnie) Hendrickson of Crivitz, WI, Thomas (Janet) Hendrickson of Hager City, WI, and Karen (Leroy) Esanbock of Baldwin, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday, January 2, 2023 at Iles Westover Chapel, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. Contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #663, Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America, or St. Pius X Foundation. Online condolences will be welcomed at

Margaret Bemis Neidermyer, Age 87
Margaret Neidermyer, age 87, died on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Prescott Health and Rehab in Prescott, Wisconsin. She was born the daughter of Glen and Myrtle Bemis on January 20, 1935 in Menomonie, WI. Margaret grew up in Spring Valley, graduating from Spring Valley High School, Class of 1953.

She married Gerald “Jerry” Neidermyer on June 7, 1963 in Spring Valley. Margaret worked for a few years in the Twin Cities until her youngest child was born. She then stayed home to take care of the children. Margaret loved gardening, taking care of her indoor plants, and herb garden. She enjoyed watching NASCAR and reading. Margaret was loving and compassionate.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Myrtle Bemis; stepfather, John Hampton; granddaughter, Kayla Neidermyer; siblings, Ethel, Arlene, Betty, Louis, Bob, and Marvin. Margaret is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jerry; sons, Paul (Ann), Mark (Gindy), Scott (Cindy); grandchildren, Katie Martin and Dan Neidermyer, Russell Neidermyer, Katelynn Neidermyer and Cortney LaVey; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirley, Jean, Don, and Rene; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

A Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 2:00PM at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (805 E Division Street) in River Falls with a visitation starting at 1:00PM. Private family interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls at a later date.Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Gary Kent Madson, Age 85
Gary Kent Madson, 85, of Woodstock, VA, died Sunday, November 6th at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. He was born October 3rd, 1937, in Spring Valley, WI, the son of the late Clarence Arthur Madson and Alice (Swenson) Madson.

Gary graduated from SVHS in 1955 and then the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in agriculture and journalism, leading to his first job reporting on farm issues for the local Mendota, MN newspaper, while serving in the Army Reserves.  His subsequent involvement in the Illinois Farm Bureau led to a career in Washington, D.C. Gary served in the agricultural sector, appointed to Congressional Relations in the USDA.  Gary was an avid sailor and woodsman, and spent much of his free time with Mary Lou on the Chesapeake Bay and the woods of Bayfield, WI, in the cabin imported from Norway, the country of his family’s origin. 

 Gary is survived by his wife Mary Lou (Ramsey) Madson, daughter Sara Madson Wilson (Ken) of Kansas City, MO, son Peter Nils Madson (Erin) of Alexandria, VA, Monica Mullin Palme (Gareth) of Huntsville, AL, Sam Mullin (Jeannie) of Woodstock, VA; grandchildren Morgan Palme of Front Royal, VA, Tristan Palme of Huntsville, AL, Madeline, Maxwell and Jack Wittman of Kansas City, MO and Cyrus and Alyssa Madson of Alexandria, VA.  He is also survived by two sisters, Nola Gehn (Dale), Katherine Beeson (Robert) and brother Dean Madson (Sandy), Aunt Sylva Anderson (Alan) and a number of cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with visitation for one hour prior to the service at church. A luncheon will follow the service. Burial will be in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.  Military Honors by Rickerd-Danielson American Legion Post 227 of Spring Valley.

Gerald Timm, Age 88
Gerald August Timm, of Stillwater, passed away on September 4th, 2022, at the age of 88. Jerry graduated from SVHS in 1952. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Anne, daughter, Lori, and granddaughter, Marissa. Dearly loved father of Barb (Jim) Ylinen, and Debbie (Chris) Brown; loving grandfather of Amanda (Nik), Natalie (Jack), Markie (Gabe), Elizabeth, Mary (Richie), Rebekah (Corbin), and Nathan (Sara); special great-grandpa to Harvey and Bennett; brother of Ken (Sally) Timm; and many nieces, nephews, and cherished friends.
He was a loving, fun, supportive and wonderful husband, father, and grandpa and great-grandpa who devoted his life to his family, and was a true and caring friend to many.
We will miss the twinkle in your eye, visiting over coffee, Norwegian smiles, and making more memories. We will hold you close in our hearts and love you forever. 
Funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, September 12th at Simonet Funeral Home, 6429 Osgood Ave., N., Stillwater, MN 55082 with visitation beginning at 11:30. Burial at Fairview Cemetery, Stillwater, MN.

Mary Rudesill Place, Age 87
Mary Rudesill Place, age 87, of Oshkosh broke the bonds of planet Earth on October 28 and was welcomed through the pearly gates into heaven. She is probably marching and playing her trumpet or cheerleading newcomers into the heavenly sports arena.

She was born on May 18, 1935, the fourth of six children, to Andrew and Elsie Rudesill at Spring Valley, WI. She graduated as salutatorian from Spring Valley High School with the class of 1953. Mary was united in marriage to Leonard Place on September 2, 1955. The wonderful and exciting journey spanned 67 years. This union was blessed with two lovely daughters, Patti and Kristi. Her earthly journey was packed with love, adventure, sharing, and caring.

She had been under the loving care of the staff at the Parkview Health Center since June of 2019. Loss of her eyesight (2021) and Alzheimer’s (6 years) overtook that precious life.

She graduated as a registered x-ray technician in 1955 from Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. Her training was applied while working for doctors at Fairview Hospital Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, and Oshkosh. She was a cherished companion to her husband and a loving and caring person to her family, community, and her church. She guided a group of young girls as a Campfire leader. She took pride in being a substitute mother for two foreign exchange students (Venezuela and Australia) while they attended Oshkosh North High School. Bible studies and many volunteer activities at First English Lutheran strengthened her faith.

She loved golf (hole in one), bowling, gliding across the floor in a good old-time dance, and traveling. Two journeys to experience beautiful Norway, while engaging in ancestry searches, were notables. A vacation in New Zealand with an extended stop in Australia to visit a former AFS student and her family were memorable. A vacation in Alaska with all its natural beauty was a favorite.

Despite having lost her eyesight and memory her daily joy was listening to and singing along with hymns while at Parkview. Her smile, interest and loving concern for others will be sadly missed by her immediate family, her Rudesill family, and many friends. Let the sadness quickly fade and be overtaken by the celebration of her life.

She is survived by her husband Len, two daughters Patti Porto (Terry), and Kristi Clark (Eric). Grandsons include Adam and Josh (Paige) Porto, Andrew (Kerry) Clark, William and Evan Clark and great-granddaughters Hazel Mae and Ruby James.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Troy and Kenny, and three sisters (Lorraine Turner, Audrey Mentor and Judy Olson).

Special thanks and warm hugs to the dedicated staff at Parkview Health Center for all their TLC (tender loving care) during her stay. They were truly earth’s angels.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at First English Lutheran Church (1013 Minnesota St) on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 11:30AM. a visitation will be held from 10AM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Parkview Health Center, First English Lutheran Church Women’s Bible Study in Oshkosh or the Alzheimer’s Association (

Norbert Forrest Jensen, Age 87
Norbert Forrest Jensen, age 87 of Lakeville passed away peacefully on Sunday October 23, 2022. Preceded in death by his wife, Shirley and son David. Survived by son, Bradley Jensen and daughters: Kristy (John) Bertsch and Peggy (Jim) Spadafore; also survived by his loving grandchildren;, Katie, Bryan, Cari, Kaylin (Mitch), Celia, Marty (Kailey), Jack (Holly) and great grandchildren; Quinn and Piper.

Norbert Jensen, loving dad of 4, passed away– only a couple weeks ahead from his 88th birthday. Born to Opal and Severrean Jensen of Spring Valley, WI.  Norbert grew up on a dairy farm with his siblings brother Wayne and sister Sharon. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1953, and went on to earn an apprenticeship in glazing/glass working and spent 38 years at Hoffer Glass in Bloomington. He enjoyed his work and was known for his skills at trouble shooting challenging projects.

He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Baier from Elmwood, WI. After several months of dating, they married at the Elmwood Catholic church, and three years later their first son, Bradley, was born. Two years later, David was born with Kristy and Peggy to follow over the next 6 years. Their first home was in South Minneapolis until Norbert could convince Shirley to move to the country. They purchased an old home with a couple acres of land in Lakeville and never moved. They spent the rest of their years fixing the home and raising their family.

Norbert and Shirley enjoyed traveling to nearly all 50 states and wintering in Phoenix area. He built their first couple of pick-up campers and would later restore a few mobile homes as their time traveling increased.

An avid hobbyist, Norbert loved restoring classic antique cars back to their original condition - He  was particularly fond of Fords from the 1930s. He was active in local car collector clubs and would enjoy time looking for missing car parts at car shows. On more than one occasion, he would travel with a trailer and return home with a tough, rusty looking old car that he would turn into a beautifully restored collector’s dream.  When he wasn’t laying under an old car working on repairs, he would work in his woodshop creating beautiful turned wood bowls, rolling pins or detailed wood boxes.

Norbert was best known for his happy and positive disposition, fierce love for his family, and generous spirit. He was described as both interesting and interested. He was great at conversations and enjoyed hearing about peoples story.  He loved to learn, explore and meet new people.

In lieu of giving flowers, the family asks that those who are able instead make a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The MDA provide a lot of assistance to the Jensen family and their son David over the years.

Memorial visitation Wednesday, November 9th from 5PM-8PM and a Memorial Service service on Thursday, November 10th at 11AM with visitation one hour prior at 10AM at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Tr., Lakeville (952-459-2723). Burial of ashes at All Saint Catholic Cemetery, Lakeville, MN

Dennis Sorenson, Age 62
Dennis Sorenson, age 62, of Spring Valley, died Monday, October 17, 2022 at United Hospital in St. Paul.

Dennis was born February 9, 1960, to Dale and Harriette (Holerud) Sorenson in Baldwin, Wisconsin.  He grew up and attended Spring Valley Schools, graduating with the Class of 1978. After graduating, Dennis worked various jobs before deciding to pursue a career in law enforcement.  He attended Chippewa Valley Technical College, while working, to receive his training.  Dennis worked for the Police Department in Spring Valley for a short time before being hired by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.  He served 26 years before retiring on Feb 16, 2012.   He worked 1 year as dispatcher, 5 years as patrolman, 10 years as investigator, and 10 years as Lieutenant Investigator.

   On April 27, 1991, Dennis married Theresa Turner, later divorced.  He helped raise her two sons, Jeremiah and Christopher, and also a number of foster children.  He volunteered with the Spring Valley Fire Department and Ambulance.  He had a strict routine and was well organized. His calm demeaner was an asset as a police officer to defuse a situation.

He enjoyed going up north to his camper, ATV riding with trips out west with family and friends. He was an avid Packer and Badger fan. He loved having friends and family stop for a cold beer in his Man Cave (garage). Favorite snacks were Bugles, Cheetos and anything peanut butter.

Preceding him in death were his parents and sister-in-law Carolyn.

Survivors include siblings: Larry Sorenson; Shelby (David) Pittman; Karl (Cheryl) Sorenson; Chuck Sorenson; and Tom (Arla) Sorenson; step children: Jeremiah (Jessica) Turner and daughter Veronica; and Christopher (Jacquie) Schlosser; nieces and nephews and families:  Heather (Ben) Hardy Brown; Craig (Sara) Pittman and children Katie, Norah, Ellie and Mandy Jo; Chris Pittman and son Drew; Nathan (Lisa) Sorenson and children Cashton and Cobi; Trisha (Jared) Forster and children Trevor, Landon, and Bentley; Carter, Ella, and Charlee Sorenson and Alex Schmitt; Chasity Sorenson; Jaden Sorenson; many other relatives and friends.

Visitation for Dennis will be on Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 2-5 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley with a Masonic Service at 4:30 p.m. Funeral service will be on Monday, October 24, at 11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Burial will be in the Gilman Lutheran Cemetery.Honorary pallbearers are Ella and Charlee Sorenson.  Pallbearers are Craig Pittman, Chris Pittman, Nathan Sorenson, Trisha Forster, Chasity Sorenson,  Jaden Sorenson and Carter Sorenson.

Orlan Youngren
Orlan Youngren, age 85, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away in his home in Stillwater, MN on October 17th, 2022.

He was born to Merl and Alice Youngren in Spring Valley, Wisconsin in 1937. He first met his wife-to-be, Rita, while attending Spring Valley High School. After getting a degree in science from the University of River Falls, he was drafted into the Army. He was stationed at Fort Ord in California. Upon being discharged, he relocated to Minnesota and accepted a job at the University of Minnesota. He then dedicated himself to performing research for over 35 years and published multiple articles in his field.

Orlan and Rita were married in 1960, and began their family with a son, Mark, in 1967. Who was later joined by a brother, Eric, in 1972. Eventually, they ended up with 7 grandchildren, Connor, Calvin, Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Maxwell and Emerson, whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by his wonderful sister Mavis.

Reading was a true passion of his, he especially loved science fiction. And he was skilled at fixing up his old house in Stillwater. He created many cherished memories with those he loved in this beautiful home.

His friends and family are invited to share fun memories and celebrate his life in the way he would want to be remembered, as a happy and loving man who enjoyed life. A special tribute will be planned for the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

Carol Hanson Poff, Age 88
Carol Poff, age 88, died on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at Comforts of Home-The Lodge in River Falls, WI. She was born on June 17, 1934 in River Falls to Marcus and Alma Hanson. Carol was raised by her aunt and uncle Austrum for a year during her adolescence after Carol’s mother died.

Carol grew up in Martell, graduating from Spring Valley High School, Class of 1952. She started working at Northwest Airlines after graduation, beginning her love of travel. Through her travels she met her former husband, Jack Poff, whom she married in 1955 at Rush River Lutheran Church. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Service in 1985 from UW-River Falls. Upon graduation she began working as a social worker, and later went back to school for massage therapy, graduating in the 1990's. She truly loved helping people ease their pain, and worked as a massage therapist until she was 80. Carol loved traveling, dancing, hiking, and reading. She was an activist and passionate about making the world a better place. Carol was serious but light-hearted, especially with her family, all of whom were extremely important to her.

Carol is preceded in death by parents, Marcus and Alma Hanson; daughter, Karen Fasching; sister, Lois (Erwin) Larson; and brother-in-law, Dave Westbrook. She is survived by her children, Mark (Kelly), Eric (Thureya), and Janet; grandchildren, Chris Fasching, Marcus Poff, Erik (Laurel) Poff, Andrea (Tim Meyer) Fasching, Nafla (Ross Dainty) Poff-Dainty; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Holly Poff; son-in-law, Jim Fasching; sister, Betty Westbrook; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 11:00AM at HOPE Lutheran Church (3337 Kingsbarn Ave) in River Falls with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Martell Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

David ‘Sonny’ Litzell, Age 84
David ‘Sonny’ Litzell, age 84 of Menomonie, WI, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 3, 2022.

David was born on May 18, 1938, in Duluth MN, to Bernard Litzell and Eleanor (Gunderson) Dahlberg and grew up in Spring Valley, WI where he met his wife of 63 years, Barbara (Blegen) Litzell.  Dave and Barb graduated from SVHS in 1956.

He is preceded in death by his siblings: Darlene, Darwin ‘Hap’, and Donald. He is survived by his wife Barbara, their daughter Kirsten, granddaughters Sonny and Bobbi, step-granddaughter Trudy, and his great-grandchildren, as well as many other relatives. 

David was a wonderful provider and was much loved by his family. He was well-known for his lifelong love of motorcycles and cars. Dave spoke of his service in the Navy fondly, and was proud to have served. In recent years he was rarely seen without his dog, Rhino, and carried him everywhere.

Services will be arranged at a later date at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner WI.

Rose Hovde, Age 97
Rose Hovde, age 97, of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Rosie as she was known to most people went to school at Locust Grove and then to Spring Valley High School graduating with the class of 1943.

In 1947 Rosie was united in Holy Matrimony to the love of her life, Glenn E Hovde at the St Joseph’s Catholic Church in El Paso, Wisconsin by Father George Hardy.

This union was blessed with 10 children. She helped Glenn on the farm for many years. After selling the farm, they build a home on one corner of the farm where they lived until Glenn died in 1976. Rosie remained at the house and with Gods help took care of her family. She sold the house later and moved to Spring Valley.

Over the years Rosie wore many hats She was active in her church on many committees, choir, quilting,  pastoral council, Social justice, plus a eucharistic minister for the nursing homes for over 30 years. She had been a Welcome Wagon Hostess 20 years, active in many organizations such as the Locust Grove Community Club, American Legion Auxillary, Flower Hat Ladies, 4-H Extention Office, Office of Aging, and did a lot of volunteering.

Rosie loved to bake and cook. She made many loaves of bread, and her specialty was doughnuts. She also enjoyed embroidery, reading, and word puzzles. She dearly loved her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed having a cup of coffee with family and friends when they dropped in for a visit. She loved dancing and her Irish Ancestry.

Proceeding her in death were her parents, husband Glenn, son Glenn Jr, daughter Mary Ellen Platson, infant daughter, Sisters: Sister M. Murial Carr, Frances Merth and LaMoine Hanson, Brother-in-laws Frank Merth, and Lorne Hanson.

Left to mourn: Rosalie (Raymond) Timm, David Platson, Charles (Cheryl) Hovde, Gerald (Marilyn) Hovde, Robert (Kay) Hovde, Elizabeth (Todd) Dull, David (Rita) Hovde, Kevin (Lisa) Hovde) 23 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Bless be the memory of the Irish Lady.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 22, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Rosary service will be at 7 p.m. following visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Douglas D. Lansing, Age 79

Douglas D. Lansing, age 79, of Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, died peacefully at his home, July 10, positioned on his couch with one foot on his coffee table, looking out at the view of Lake Pepin that he loved and in the home that he loved and helped build with his fiancee Dixie. Their life together was filled with happiness, travel and many fun gatherings with friends and family.

Douglas was born, also at home, in Pierce County, El Paso Township, in February, 1943. He completed 8 years of elementary education in the one-room Waverly school, and four years of high school at Spring Valley, graduating in 1961. He then completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. In 1966 Doug was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years in the Medical Company at Kenner Army Hospital in Fort Lee, Virginia. His time in the Medical Company launched a pharmaceutical sales career that lasted for 20 years. That work began in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he met and married Julie Bower. They moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1968 where they lived until they divorced in1987. That year Doug moved back to Pierce County where he purchased the Waterfront Cafe in Maiden Rock. He operated the Waterfront for more than a decade, specializing in great breakfasts and custom burgers. He was committed to the community and active in its civic life. He served for many years on the Maiden Rock Village Board and as Village President. He was interested in the history of the surrounding area and had an avid interest in antiques, particularly early and rare versions of National Cash Registers. This interest fostered his small business, "Anytyme Antiques.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orvie and Annabelle [Roatch] Lansing, fiancee Dixie [Schneider] Brown, brothers-in-law Robert Sanford and Wesley Bol. He is survived by six siblings, Mary Ann Bol, Baldwin; Reta Sanford, River Falls; Peggy [Fred] Koehler, Rock Elm; Bert [Sharon] Lansing, Spring Valley; Harriet Lansing [Allan Klein], River Falls; Jane Lansing [JoAnn Haberman], River Falls; former wife Julie Bower, Vancouver, Canada; fiancee’s daughter, Dawn Boroff, Siren; many beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, and valued friends and neighbors. According to Doug’s express wishes, a brief graveside service will be held at the Poplar Hill Cemetery in Rock Elm on Friday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. Bert Lansing will officiate, along with the Maiden Rock Post #158 Honor Guard. Doug faithfully participated in Honor Guard Activities, serving as a chaplain and loyal member of his Post. Anyone wishing to send a memorial should direct it there or to a charity of the donor’s choice in Doug’s name. Following the service, friends and family will gather at The Six String Saloon in Maiden Rock.

We had not expected to have Douglas leave us this soon, but our entire family is deeply grateful for his life, his resolute self-reliance, his reflective independent thinking, his creative sense of humor and quick wit, his great cooking skills, and his deep and unwavering commitment to his family and to his country.

Norma Jean Larson, Age 89
Norma Jean Michaelson Larson, age 89, of Oakdale, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2022. Norma was a loving wife and mother. She loved bowling, telling Ole and Lena jokes, and Casinos. Norma was a life member of the North St. Paul VFW Aux. #1350.

Preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Esther Michaelson and 4 siblings. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Russell (Class of '50); 2 sons, Jeff (Debbie) and Jerry (Barb); grandchildren, Jon (Kelly), Bobby and Lisa Karpowicz; great – grandchildren, Joey Schwantes and Jayden Larson; brother, Denny (Nancy) Michaelson and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service 11:00 AM Wednesday July 20 at Sandberg Funeral Home, 2593 E. Seventh Ave., North Saint Paul. Visitation Tuesday 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Funeral Home and 1 hour before the service Wednesday. Burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.

Sylvia Sandvig, Age 84
Sylvia Sandvig, age 84, of Woodville, Wisconsin, was born on March 5, 1938 and passed peacefully Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at Park View Home in Woodville.

Sylvia Joan Sandvig by Grandson Zachariah Walker: I can’t remember a single day with my grandma Sylvia where we didn’t laugh together. I can’t remember her kitchen counter ever being without perfectly sliced mild colby and crackers. I can’t remember her arms ever failing to wrap all the way around me when we hugged. I can’t remember ever leaving her house without feeling warmer than when I arrived. There’s so much I do remember, though. So much we all remember. So many conversations and bits of wisdom and perfectly wrapped Christmas gifts and warm apple pies and hands of cribbage and delicately embroidered cloths and guessing games on Easter and the way she said hello that just made everything feel magical for a moment. All of this she gave to us. We thank God that she did.

On July 13, 2022, Sylvia Joan Sandvig traded a blue and white patterned gown for pair of wings so white you’d think she washed them herself. She spent her final moments in the Park View Nursing Home room next to the one her husband Tim spent his in six months prior. On the windowsill beside her bed sat a small framed photo of the two of them as 20-somethings, holding each other below the skyscrapers in the falling Saint Paul snow. The frame read, “Forever and always. That’s how long I’ll love you.” After 64 years together and an eternity to go, she’s proving the frame right.

Even before she married Tim, she was loving forever and always. She was born Sylvia Joan Albrightson on March 5, 1938 in her parents’ farmhouse in Woodville, WI, and as a girl, she loved that town. She loved the barn where she would bale hay with her brothers and the driveway outside the house where the three of them would play imaginary trucks, even though Buz and Dave always got mad at her for shifting too many gears. She loved the girls she waterskied with on a nearby lake, all weaving and bobbing between each other through the wake. Woodville was home—the place she became the second ever Syttende Mai Queen and ran a root beer stand with her friends one summer that they would close down whenever they thought of something more fun to do. And it will always be home.

For a while, home shifted for Sylvia. She met Timothy Charles Sandvig in grade school, started dating near the end of high school, and after a few squirrel hunts and hamburger dates, she was smitten. They were married on September 14, 1957 and soon after moved to Escondido, CA, where Tim was stationed with the Navy. They rented an apartment with a pomegrante tree in the backyard for $35 a month, and Sylvia painted a giant rooster across the yellow kitchen wall because she thought the space looked a little bare. After contemplating with Tim about buying a Chicken Delight franchise in Milwaukee, they opted instead to both enroll at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and moved into a trailer home on campus, where they raised their first two children, Julie and Susan. A few years later, David was born, who she’d play games with every single time he asked, no matter what.

She studied education at River Falls and went on to be a lot of 2nd, 4th, and 6th graders favorite teacher at St. Croix Central Elementary School. She’d wear belts around her waist and high heels on her feet, and some of the girls called her Mrs. High Heels. But it wasn’t her style the kids admired most. For one girl, who was blind, she would trace the lines of a coloring sheet with liquid glue and let it harden so the girl could feel where to color. For another, who came to class with messy hair, she lent the hairbrush she kept in her desk for anyone to use. She wanted to serve, and that didn’t stop after the final bell rang.

At home, she raised a family. Julie, Susan, and David joined Tim in enjoying her pot roasts and fresh baked bread. She would make lefse and krumkake on Christmas, and she always made sure to slick up her lutefisk like a good Norwegian should. She’d let her girls use the kitchen, too. They’d clutter up the counters and dirty the dishes, but Sylvia didn’t mind. They were smiling and laughing and learning, and that’s all that mattered. If she wasn’t in the kitchen, you could probably find her outside, pounding fence poles in leather gloves and cutoff jean shorts, planting tomatoes and peas in the garden, or cleaning pool rocks through a homemade sieve with a smile. A lot of the time, you could find her where the music was, singing in the Zion Lutheran Church choir or playing gentle melodies on the piano at home. Or, of course, she could be fishing.

She and Tim took any chance they could to be on the water. They reeled in silver salmon from Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska, fought 20-pound northern pike on Trout Lake in Ontario, and casted for redfish off South Padre Island during their snowbird summers in Texas. Tim practically dedicated himself to the sport, but Sylvia always caught the bigger fish, her biggest a 50-pound Lake Trout that still hangs in the basement of their last home on Highway BB just outside of Woodville. She tempted panfish with nightcrawlers off their dock in Chippewa Falls, just outside the living room where she’d read to her grandchildren as they fell asleep on cots during weekend sleepovers. But at the family cabin on Trego Lake those last few years, she didn’t fish much at all. She was content just sitting by the water, watching everyone else enjoy themselves.

That’s where I imagine my grandma when I think of her now. Relaxing at the cabin, surrounded by her family. She’s smiling, which quickly turns to a laugh. Now everyone’s laughing. Happy. Content to be existing there for a while with her, the funniest, kindest, most joyful spirit any of us have ever had the privilege to hold close. A few months ago, when we thought she still might be able to make it up there, my aunt Julie asked her what she was most looking forward to about being up at the cabin. She said she was excited to get up early in the morning to make coffee for everyone.

I spent close to 50 nights at that cabin with my grandma. There wasn’t a single morning the coffee wasn’t hot. And by late afternoon, the pot would be empty. She had filled everyone’s cups, and we’re still enjoying every drop.   

Visitation will be on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 12:30-2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Woodville, in the fellowship hall. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran with a luncheon and time of fellowship following the service until 4 p.m.

Kathleen Dahlman, age 95
Kathleen Dahlman, age 95, of Hudson, Wisconsin died peacefully on Monday, July 11, 2022 at The Estates At Greeley in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Kathleen was born May 13, 1927, the seventh of nine children born to Jim and Emma (Moll) Harshman in Spring Valley, Wisconsin.  She attended Spring Valley Schools in the mid 40's.

On December 7, 1944, Kathleen married Robert Dahlman at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.  They were blessed with 3 children: Erlene, Karen, and Robert.

They lived at Middleton, Wisconsin for a short time, and lived in California for a couple years before moving back to Spring Valley.  They moved to Hudson in 1965.

Kathleen was a bar tender in Spring Valley for several years.  She worked as a housekeeper at the Hudson House and Vittorio’s Motel in St. Paul.  She had also worked for about 20 years for Model Cleaners in St. Paul before retiring.

She was a big Packer fan, enjoyed several hot air balloon rides, and spending time with her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents; daughter Karen Hudson; brothers: Virgil, Clinton, Vernon, Willis, Robert, and Ronald and their spouses; sisters: Lorraine (Gerhardt) Odahlen and Carol Johnson; grandson Jeremy Barriault; great grandson Austin Robert Hudson; and former husband Robert Dahlman.

She is survived by daughter Erlene Barriault and husband Gerald of Hudson; son Robert Dahlman and wife Dawn of New Richmond; 11 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brother-in-law Duane Johnson; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 4-6 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley with prayer service at 6:00 p.m.

Theodore ‘Ted’ or ‘Red’ Wellington Davis, Age 94

Theodore Davis passed away peacefully on the morning of June 11, 2022 at the age of 92. Ted was being visited and comforted by family and friends at the Hammond Health Services care center in Hammond, Wisconsin, where he resided in an assisted living apartment for several years.

Ted was born in Glenwood City in St. Croix County, Wisconsin on October 19, 1927. He was the second child and only son of Almeda (Wenum) Davis and Ralph Davis. As a skinny freckled auburn-haired boy growing up on Eau Galle Road in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, ‘Red’ attended St. John’s Lutheran Church with his parents and sister, although the pastor teased Red that he was a bit lax in attendance. Ted told many stories about his Spring Valley life, his school days, winter speed skating, swimming and diving in the Eau Galle River in summer, playing snare drums in the school’s marching band, his first job at age 12 nailing egg crates — and of course, the harrowing flood of 1942 when he was 15.

In early 1945 at age 17, Ted joined the U.S. Navy and took part in the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign, serving his country as a seaman in the 23rd Naval Construction Battalion on the island of Guam. After the war, he finished high school and met his future wife at a dance in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Mavis Thompson, “the girl with the big brown eyes.” They married and traveled west, living and working in Oregon, Washington and Montana, then settled back in Pierce County, Wisconsin, with their 5 children. Ted worked for the M.A. Mortenson construction company as a carpenter, built a house for his family in Trimbelle Township, and retired at age 62.

Ted loved nature, especially the majestic purple mountains of the American West. He took his young family often to Yellowstone Park, later the Black Hills, and raised his children in the country near hills, woods and streams. He loved horses, hunting trips, tours of Europe, drives along the Mississippi River, gardening, woodcrafts, and his riding lawn mower. He enjoyed funny TV shows, live theater, music of all kinds, and history. His favorite book was “Team of Rivals,” favorite movie “Lonesome Dove” and favorite music the soundtrack from “Amadeus” and his favorite football team was the Green Bay Packers. He passed on to his family his love for nature, his curiosity, his restlessness, and his humor. We’ll never forget his expressive curses, his struggles and resilience, his distinctive laugh over the funny stories he told, and his work and sacrifice for family.

Ted was preceded in death by parents Ralph and ‘Mede’ Davis, wife Mavis, and sister Glydden Moskewitz.

Ted is survived by his children Judy Davis, Leslie Jo Davis (Jim DeYoung), Jill Davis (Nick Reeder), Susan Davis and Theodore Scott Davis; grandchildren Brandon and Zachary Greenland and their families, Victoria Griffin and her children Dezeray, Izayah and Kaylib; Maddison Davis and son Khai; and niece Terre Moskewitz and family.

Special thanks to the providers at the Hammond Senior Living for such compassionate and attentive care, all the loving people at Adoray Home Health & Hospice, and the graciousness of the folks at O’Connell Family Funeral & Cremation Services. Most of all, thanks to his cousin and godchild Jackie Davis Langer for her great help and friendship to Ted in his final years, and to cousin Andrea Burns, Geriatric NP, for her medical care and calm presence all the way to the end.

A memorial service celebrating Ted’s life will be 11AM, Saturday July 23rd at St. John’s Lutheran Church, S520 Church Avenue in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at St. John’s. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Memorial and cremation services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Homes.

Dorothy Hovde Cudd, Age 89

Dorothy I. Cudd, age 89, of Hudson, WI, passed away on July 6, 2022 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond.

Dorothy was born on November 12, 1932 in Spring Valley, WI to Harris and Inga (Kjelmo) Hovde. Love at first site, at a high school dance, she met her soul mate, Thomas H. Cudd, and the two would be married on March 15, 1952 in River Falls. She graduated from Spring Valley High School, in the class of 1950. She went on to further her education at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, CA. Together, Dorothy and Tom owned and operated the Dairy Queen in Baldwin from 1955-57, a reupholstering business in North Hudson and later opening the Country Squire Furniture Store in downtown Hudson from 1966-86. After that, they continued to sell window coverings and did reupholstering until 1988.

Dorothy and Tom were avid travelers, and cherished their many winters in Arizona. After retirement, most mornings, Dorothy could be found doing crossword puzzles, or out and about on the golf course with Tom. She was a wonderful baker, and spoiled her kids and grandkids with her delicious sweets. Above everything, faith and family were important pillars to Dorothy’s life.  She was a loving wife, supportive mother, doting grandmother, and caring sister, aunt, and friend.

She is survived by her children, Patti Cudd (Nelson Zamora) and Phillip Cudd; grandchildren: Sabrina Cudd, Tere Cudd-Zamora, and Wade Cudd; along with many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; parents; and siblings: Russell, Norma, Bobby, Bernice, Glen, Harlan, Helen and Jim.

Visitation for Dorothy will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church – West Campus, 1205 6th St., Hudson. Funeral Service to follow at 3:00 p.m. at the church. The service will be livestreamed on Trinity’s YouTube page HERE. Interment at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson.

William Joseph Pence, Age 88

William Joseph Pence (Bill or Doc to his friends) died on June 8, 2022, having enjoyed a wide-ranging chat with family members in his hospital room the evening before, where he expounded in his unique vernacular on the current state of the world, religion, and the magic of fly-fishing, among many other subjects with his last martini in hand. It brought him bittersweet joy in his final week of life to get the daily report about trout fishing on the Wolf River from his son Dick. How he missed fishing the river.

Bill was born to Homer Orville Pence and Irene Katherine Pence nee Golden on December 17, 1933, in Menomonie, WI. After several moves, the family eventually settled in Spring Valley where Bill graduated from high school in 1952. He learned welding and machining from his father and worked in the two trades during the summers. Once his father had talked him out of following in his footsteps and becoming a machinist, he attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and then the University of Minnesota Dental School, graduating in 1958.

As a teen in Spring Valley, Bill met Ruth Gueldner, they married in 1955 and had five children together. Their married life was flavored with fun, hard work, humor, and a shared commitment to family. They found fun everywhere they went, be it with their kids at the family cottage or socializing heartily with a wide variety of friends from all walks of life. Bill practiced dentistry in Neenah for over 30 years. Dentistry was a good fit, as Bill was extremely talented with his hands, whether he was modeling crowns and bridges, restoring Model A Fords, or building wooden row boats, radio-controlled airplanes, and violins. His craftsmanship was always near perfect.

Bill and Ruth retired from Neenah to a house they had built across from the old family cottage on Sawyer Lake in Langlade County. In what he called "God's Country," Bill continued to enjoy the fishing and hunting of his younger self for as long as his health allowed, and took up golf, which he enjoyed mostly for its social aspect. But, he spent the bulk of his time in his shop, contentedly listening to classical music and building stuff through a permanent haze of cigarette smoke. Life at the lake was sweetened by several Labrador retrievers, kids and grandkids waterskiing, fish fries, bird and wildlife watching, and boisterous meals around the dining room table whenever any of the kids visited. Sharing a cocktail and meal with those he loved, capped off with spirited debate and good music on the stereo, was one of Bill's greatest joys in life. His sense of humor is legendary, and his stories will continue to be told for years to come, albeit without his unique flair. Bill was a complex man who loved music, literature, and WW2 history as much as he loved off-color jokes, clever pranks, and hunting adventures into the wilderness.

Bill is survived by his children Lynn Leazer (Dick), Mary Pence (Chuck Croal), Jennifer Goodwin (Erik), and Richard Pence (Diane); 7 grandchildren Elizabeth Palvere (Justin), Steven Leazer (Erin), Sara Stanton, Katherine Pence, William Pence, Joseph Goodwin, Kelly Goodwin; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard, wife Ruth, and daughter Kathrine.

Prior to Bill's final hospital stay, he lived briefly at Assisted Living for Lakewood, and the family would like to thank Jackie and the staff there for their kind and caring attention to and appreciation of "Pence."

Friends and family are invited to an Open House at Bill's home on August 6 from 3-7 pm to celebrate his life.

For those wishing to make donations in Bill's memory, the family suggests two of his favorite organizations: Wolf River Trout Unlimited Chapter, P.O Box 156, White Lake WI 54491, and the ADRC-CW Meals on Wheels Program, 1225 Langlade Rd., Antigo WI 54409

Trisha “Pat” Nehring, Age 68

Trisha “Pat” Nehring, age 68, of Hudson passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at her home. She was born the daughter to Melvin and Irene (Johnson) Everson on June 29, 1953. Trisha grew up on a small family farm in Spring Valley. She graduated from Spring Valley High School with the class of 1971. Following graduation, she moved to River Falls and then to Hudson to work at the Montessori School in North Hudson. Her love of children showed as she ran her own daycare in Hudson for several years. Trisha enjoyed traveling, garage sales, reading and just having fun.

She is remembered by her family as an extremely kind person with a big heart. Trisha is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Irene; two brothers, Michael and Myron; and brother-in-law, Howard. She is survived by her siblings, Betty Baillargeon, Shelley (Michael) McGee, Lila (Gary) Dienger, Wanda (Fitzroy) Ambrose, Heidi (Todd) Freking, Laurie (Steve) Helgeson; many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Trisha’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Sharon Kay (Miley) Nelson, Age 77
Sharon Kay (Miley) Nelson, age 77, of Spring Valley, died Monday, May 23, 2022 at Park View Home in Woodville.  Sharon was born on June 22nd 1944 in Eau Claire to George and Alta Miley.  Sharon grew up in Spring Valley with sister Sandy (Bune) and brother Pat.  She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1962.  After graduation she worked for St. Paul Title and Abstract.  Soon after she married Duane Nelson of Hammond, where they lived for two years. They were blessed with two children, Stacey Marie and Carter William.  In 1968 they moved to Spring Valley.  Over the years Sharon worked at Dunn County and Spring Valley Health Care Centers and was a stay-at-home mom where she did daycare for family and friends in her home.  In 1977 she was part of the first class of Spring Valley residents to complete the EMT training where she served the community for almost 10 years.  Sharon also worked in the business office at the River Falls clinic and the collections department at the Red Cedar Clinic in Menomonie where she retired after 17 years.

Sharon was President of Gilman Lutheran Church and a member of WELCA. She loved to sing and participated in the Spring Valley Community Choir, Gilman Lutheran Church Choir, and a small travelling women’s choir.  She played the accordion and was in a quilting group at church, but she is probably most fondly remembered for her performances in the Spring Valley Folliez with her sister as the infamous “Lollipop Sisters”. Friends and family were always welcome around the kitchen table on McKay Street for coffee, conversation, and lots and lots of laughs. Sharon was a second mom/grandma to all the neighborhood children, which she loved.

Sharon will be greatly missed by her husband, Duane, daughter Stacey (Mark), granddaughters Patti and Annika, son Carter (Tracy), beloved dog, Cookie, her large close-knit family, and many, many friends.

She is predeceased by her father George, mother Alta, sister Sandy and her brother Pat. 

Sharon’s funeral will be Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.  Visitation will be Tuesday, May 31 from 5-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service at church.  Burial will be at Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Gilman Township, Wisconsin.

Vickie Lucking Huebel, Age 66
Vickie Huebel, age 66, of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, died unexpectedly at her home in El Paso Township, on Friday, May 20, 2022. Vickie was born July 5, 1955 to Fran and Barb (Larson) Lucking in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The Luckings moved to Spring Valley in 1967 where Vickie attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1973. On January 25, 1975, Vickie married Steve Huebel at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley.  She lived almost all her married life on the Huebel family farm in El Paso Township.

Vickie loved Jehovah God and Jesus, her Steve, her children and grandchildren, her family, her friends, her congregation, really humanity as a whole. She was like a mom to many, many people.

She placed her confidence in Jehovah and talked to him daily. One of her favorite things to do was share the Bible’s promised hope of Gods Kingdom and that someday all of our tears and pain will be wiped away in Paradise on earth. She also loved to dance with Steve, sing, garden, and absolutely always take care of her babies and grandbabies!

With Vickie, you could ALWAYS count on her to be there, ALWAYS see the good in people, ALWAYS open her home to help anybody, and ALWAYS have a ton of food for everyone.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

She will be greatly missed by the love of her life, Steven Huebel, and all their children and their families: Stephanie (Christopher) Coffman and their children: Aidan, his wife Alyssa and their son, great grandchild Eric; Brennen and Titus; David (Tanna) Huebel and their children: Devin and wife Nicole, Addisyn and husband Jake Hoadley, Paityn, Cohen, and Finn; Shawn (Stephanie) Huebel and their children: Sophia, Alex and Oliver; Matt Huebel and fiancé Laura; Melissa (Wade) Risler and their children: Bellamy and Wesley; Sarah (Bryce) Eno and their children: Lorna, Alayna and Freya; and Jeannette (Cory) Roed and their children: Xander, Roman and Emery.  She is also survived by her siblings: Shane (Mary) Lucking; Carrie Austin; Darcy (Mike) Webster; Cindy (Glenn) Sotona; Jaime ‘Butch’ (Julie) Lucking; and Tony (Angie) Lucking; many other relatives and friends.
    A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, June 19, 2022 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Phoenix Grill & Event Center in Baldwin, Wis. Memorial talk is scheduled 2 – 2:30 p.m.

Beverly Mulvaney Bune, Age 90

Beverly Bune, age 90, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie.

Bev was born Beverly E. Mulvaney to Matthew and Eva (Franklin) Mulvaney on April 18, 1932 in Elmwood, Wisconsin.  She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1950 and attended Minneapolis Business College where she earned a Secretary Degree.  She worked in Menomonie until 1953 when she married Bill Bune at the Gilman Lutheran Church.  They lived on a farm in Gilman Township where Bill farmed.

Bev worked at the Bank of Spring Valley as a secretary and assistant cashier.  After 48 years, she retired and Bill and she moved to town.  They had a dance band called the Bevalaires and played for many wedding dances and other events.  They both loved to dance and sing.

She loved spending time with her son Jack and wife Connie, her grandsons and 11 great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Bill, siblings and in-laws:, Dolores and Kenneth Kongshaug, Joan and Harlen Stene, Loren and Molly Mulvaney.

She will be greatly missed by her son Jack (Connie) Bune; grandsons: Beau and Sarah Bune; Ryan and Jenna Bune; and Trevin and Kristine Bune; her 11 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Bev’s funeral will be Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation will be Thursday, May 26 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at church prior to the service. Burial will be at Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Gilman Township, Wisconsin. Honorary bearers were Pat Gavic, Donna Lien, Corrine Stockman, and Craig Kongshaug.  Pallbearers are Beau Bune, Ryan Bune, Trevin Bune, Brian Bune, Brent Bune, and Jeffrey Johnson. Honorary bearers were Pat Gavic, Donna Lien, Corrine Stockman, and Craig Kongshaug.  Pallbearers are Beau Bune, Ryan Bune, Trevin Bune, Brian Bune, Brent Bune, and Jeffrey Johnson.

Schuyler J. (Sky) Ofstie, Age 85

Schuyler J. (Sky) Ofstie, age 85, of Spring Valley, WI died May 4, 2022 at Park View Home in Woodville, WI following a short battle with bladder cancer.

Sky was born on July 9, 1936 in Spring Valley, WI to Harvey and Grace (Braford) Ofstie. He grew up in Spring Valley attending Spring Valley Schools, graduating with the class of 1954. He enlisted in the Air Force, spending 4 years in the US and Germany, was discharged in 1959 returning to Spring Valley. On November 24, 1967 Sky was united in marriage to Mary Ann Reynolds in Watertown, SD. They spent their entire 51 years of married life in Spring Valley until her death in 2018. To this union came 1 son Darin, along with Mary Ann’s 2 sons, Jeff & Steve Nelson, from a previous marriage.

Sky was a jack of all trades and there was nothing he couldn’t do. He spent most of his life working in the trades, the last 13 years with CTS in Baldwin in maintenance and retiring in 1998. They spent their retirement years traveling, dancing, or tinkering…always doing something or helping someone with a project. He was a lifelong member of the Collins-Spring Valley Masonic Lodge for 59 years, Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Dept for 64 years, and very proud of his service to both. Sky was a talker and loved to socialize. He couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone he knew. He had been at Parkview Home since January 2021 due to failing mobility.

Sky is survived by his son Darin (Kim) Ofstie of Baldwin, grandchildren Connor and Keegan Ofstie, step-grandchildren Luke and Amber Nelson, Tyler Palmer, brother Reece of Michigan and sister-in-law Judy Ofstie of AZ, brother in law Gary (Pam) Thom, many nieces, nephews, close cousins, friends, and special friend Angela Brunotte.

Preceding him in death were his parents Harvey and Grace, wife Mary Ann, stepsons Jeff (Pam) and Steve Nelson, sister Barb, brothers Steve and Doug, sisters in law Vonnie, Kathy, and Ramona, brother-in-law Jim Alseth, mother and father-in-law Marian & Donald Thom and Everett Reynolds.

No services are planned. Memorials are preferred in Sky’s name to Collins-Spring Valley Lodge or Spring Valley Fire Department.

Betty L. (Sorenson) Rudolph, Age 92

Betty L. (Sorenson) Rudolph passed away April 9, 2022, at the age of 92 at Woodbury Care Center, Woodbury, MN. She was born July 3, 1929, to Norman and Eda Sorenson on the home farm in Eau Galle Township. She attended all 8 grades at one room country Wildwood School. Then to Spring Valley High School, graduating with the Class of '47. After graduation she worked short time at Waldorf Paper Factory, where she met Paul Rudolph (love of her life). She worked at Northwest Airlines, Paul went on to barber school, and Barber for many years. Betty and Paul married on May 7th. 1949, lived in Oakdale, MN, where they raised 6 children (Betty a stay at home Mom) having a big garden, and very involved in activities at Gethsemanee Lutheran Church. After children grown, she did alot of quilting, even teaching some quilting at church and headed up Funeral lunches for over 30 years. She lived a good and happy Christian life, loving her God and Family!!

Betty was preceded in death by her Parents, 2 Sons-Michael and Robert, and 4 siblings, Dale, Stanley, Robert Sorenson and sister Norma (Sorenson) Bee. Leaves to mourn Paul - her husband of 72 years, Sons Richard and Steve, daughters Luanne (Jeff) Peltier and Jean Modrow, Granddaughters- Roxanne Modrow and Rachel (Logan) Brand, and Sister Esther '54 (Richard) Nelson. Services were held April 13th, 2022 at Gethsemanee Lutheran Church, burial at Union Cemetary, Oakdale, Mn.

Gloria Brooke Duffy, Age 94

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, opened Heaven’s Gates to our mother, Gloria Yvonne (Brooke) Duffy, on the morning of March 14, 2022. Gloria was residing at the Comforts of Home Assisted Living when she passed from congestive heart failure.

Gloria was born to Arthur and Severina ‘Marie’ (Ray) Brooke on November 8th, 1927. She was the 7th of 11 children born to this pioneering family of Spring Valley, WI. Her parents and siblings Walter, Adeline (Langer), Colburn ‘Cub’, Byron, Eunice (Dahms); John ‘Sonny’, Ada (Hughes); Robert ‘Bob’, Richard ‘Dick’, and Dale have all preceded her in death.

She met our father, Lawrence Duffy, in Spring Valley. They were married on August 29, 1947. She and Larry owned an A&W restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico before moving back to Spring Valley and Ellsworth, WI. Larry passed away in 1988 and Gloria continued with her job as a bookkeeper and store clerk for the Ben Franklin Store in Ellsworth. Upon her retirement, she moved to River Falls, WI.

She enjoyed playing cards, reading, making the occasional trips to Treasure Island with her sister, Eunice Dahms, attending church at St. Bridget’s in River Falls, and she seldom missed an episode of Wheel of Fortune. Gloria was also a member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Upon learning of her eligibility for membership in DAR, she remarked “Dad always told me we [the Brooke Family] had been here for a long time, I didn’t know it was that long ago!” Her apartment was often very busy with visits from friends, nieces and nephews, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. There were always treats, coffee, and coca cola.

Her passing leaves an emptiness in our hearts but we have the blessed assurance of seeing her again and sharing in the eternal life that Jesus Christ offers us. Her love and family stories will stay in our hearts. She is survived by her children, Patricia Duffy of Fridley, MN; Gayle (Charles) Nelson of Ellsworth, WI; Julie (Michael) Daly of Northfield, MN; Mike (Allison) Duffy of Three Forks, MT; Tom (Cheryl) Duffy of Ellsworth, WI; Jim (Susan) Duffy of New Richmond, WI. She is survived by several grandchildren, Joleen Gutting, Jennifer Duglin; Larry Nelson; Shad Christenson; Nick and Brad Duffy; Nathan Duffy; Marissa Jourbert and Will Daly. One grandchild preceded her in death, Sara Christenson of Montana. Pictures of her great and great great grandchildren filled her apartment.

A very special thank you to all the staff at Comforts of Home-The Falls in River Falls and St. Croix Hospice for their support, patience and loving care.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church (211 E Division St) in River Falls. Lunch will be served following the mass.
Visitation will be on Friday, at the church, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Darlene Joyce Litzell Richards, Age 88

Darlene Joyce Litzell Richards, age 88, passed away peacefully Wednesday March 16th, at the Kinnic Nursing Home in River Falls, Wi.

Darlene was born to Bernard Litzell & Eleanor (Gunderson-Dahlberg) on September 15th, 1933 in Duluth, Mn. She spent most of her childhood in Spring Valley, Wi. where she attended Spring Valley schools, graduating with the class of 1951.

On March 15th, 1951 she was united into marriage with Raymond Richards. They were blessed with 4 children Steve, Debra, Ronald and Jodine “Jody”. They raised their child in the River Falls area. In 1973 they moved to a farm home on highway 29 in River Falls. It was there that Darlene’s passion for gardening and canning began. They spent many years on the farm before moving to a Lake home in Amery, Wi in 1991.

During her working career she spent many years at Armors in St. Paul, Mn. and 15 years at Nor-Lake, Inc in Hudson, Wi. where she was affectionately known as “Ma”. Darlene is described best as a hard working woman with a love of chocolate, gardening, knitting, crochet, bowling, canning and spending many weekends playing poker with her children and later grandchildren.     

Darlene is survived by her children Steven (Beverly) Richards of Turtle Lake, Wi., Debra (Gary) Vindal of Hudson, Wi., Ronald of Mellen, Wi., Jody (Mark) Suchy of Hastings, MN; grandchildren Lori (Jamie) Dezern, Jennifer (Brett) Slunaker, Lisa (Tom) Christensen, Michele (Travis) Bonse, Jeff (Rebecca) Grinnell, Jacky (Paul) Smith, Abby (Edwin) Sutton; 14 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren; brother David (Barb) Litzell, sister-in-law Cindy Litzell and many other family and friends.

Darlene is preceded in death by her husband Ray, infant son, Parents, Brothers Donald Litzell and Darwin “Hap” Litzell, Niece Elizabeth “Lizzy” Litzell. 7 sister-in-laws and 4 brothers-in-law.   

Visitation will be held Thursday March 24th from 1pm-3pm at O’Connell Funeral home in River Falls, WI. The funeral will be immediately following the visitation. Burial will be following the funeral at the Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Lori Dezern, Jennifer Slunaker, Lisa Christensen, Jeff Grinnell, Abby Sutton and Ashley Wolff.

Ramona Christopherson (Sorenson Sanders), Age 81

Ramona Christopherson (Sorenson Sanders), age 81, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2022 with her children at her side after multiple courageous battles with cancer. Ramona was born on June 9, 1940 to Raymond and Edna (Taylor) Christopherson in Spring Valley, WI. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1958.

Two of her proudest personal accomplishments were her decades long career at 3M and obtaining her bachelor’s degree acquired late in life from Metropolitan State University.

She was a talented pianist and was the organist for Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, MN for many years. She was an avid reader and a book club member. She also loved knitting and participated in a knitting group at St. Andrews Village in Mahtomedi, MN where she lived for the past 4 years. She had a strong faith and was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN.

Her world revolved around her family and friends and she will be dearly missed. Everyone always enjoyed her fantastic lefse that she made for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Survivors include sister, Judith Hoops (Marvin) of Duluth MN; brother, Lyle Christopherson of Spring Valley WI; children, Todd Sorenson (Susan) of Minneapolis, MN, Timothy Sorenson (Julie) of Minnetonka, MN, Kari Hallowell (Jim) of San Clemente CA, Scott Sorenson (Bonny) of Granite Falls WA; grandchildren, Celinda, Davin, Kyla, Tristan, Erik, Bryan, Jenna; and great-grandchild, Kyler. She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to thank both Lakeview Hospice and the Pillars Hospice Home for their kindness, love, and support.

A celebration of life will be held 11 AM Saturday, May 21, 2022 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, with visitation beginning one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society or The Pillars Hospice Home (please mail directly to 6025 Upper 35th Street North, Oakdale, MN 55128).

Bruce Jerry Larson, Age 58
Bruce Jerry Larson, Age 58, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Sunday, Feb. 27th,2022.

Bruce was born on September 29, 1963, the second of three children of Jerry & Joyce Larson. He was raised on the family farm, growing up doing daily chores- milking cows and baling hay. As a Spring Valley High School Cardinal, he lettered, won all-conference honors and was part of the Div. 5 1978 State Champion football team. He was also an outstanding heavyweight wrestler and competed in the state tournament twice. Being coached by the legendary Bob Thomas, Bruce’s love for sports and coaching took root. He graduated from Spring Valley H.S. in 1982 and moved on to UW- River Falls. He continued his football and wrestling career there and earned his degree in Physical Education. It was there that he met his sister’s college roommate, Kelly Christopherson. After they both graduated, they married on July 25, 1987. They moved to Somerset and began to raise their children and their football centered family.

Bruce was hired in 1987 by Somerset (WI) High School. His Spartan coaching career included Girls Basketball (87-88), Wrestling (88-99) and Football as an assistant to his longtime friend, Brad Nemec from 87-1998 and took over as head coach in 1999 after Brad retired. He remained in this position through the 2021 season.  As head football coach, his teams claimed nine Middle Border conference championships, and went on to win state titles in 2002, 2012 & 2014, as well as state runner-ups in 2004, 2005 & 2011. In 2013 he was inducted into the UWRF Sports Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Wisconsin High School Coach of the Year in 2014 and the Don Shula National High School Coach of the Year in 2015. Most recently, he was honored with the inaugural Wisconsin Bell Cow Leadership award in 2021. Under Bruce’s guidance, Somerset H.S. has had several players reach the NFL. Bruce’s greatest accomplishment was all of the students he impacted daily at Somerset High school for the past 36 years. He affirmed this in a quote he shared: “I think we have made many good fathers [and mothers], some great employees, people that will look you in the eye and will do what is right and honest.”

Bruce also founded and owned the Bumper to Bumper School of Driving and has trained thousands of drivers over the past 10+ years. He loved to cook- especially grilling meat to everyone’s delight. Bruce’s wardrobe color selection was small, black and red, and green and yellow, but growing. In recent years he added in blue and orange, but he would have never ever added in purple. Bruce was a dedicated Packer fan and could be found every Sunday cheering them on. After a 40 year wait, this Bruce finally got his Packer season tickets.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly; sons, Rocky (Richell), granddaughter, Lettie, Mayville, ND, Reggie (fiancé’, Bailey Walz), New Richmond, WI. and daughter, McKell, Somerset. Gaelin (Micaela) and daughter, Laniah Elmore are also part of the Larson’s cherished extended family. Bruce and Kelly’s influence on education and coaching impacted their children’s future careers. Rocky is currently the Head Football Coach at Mayville State University, ND. Reggie is a Physical Education Teacher and Head Football Coach at New Richmond High School, WI. McKell is an 8th-grade Social Studies Teacher at Osceola Middle School, WI, and was at her dad’s side during every single game. Gaelin advocates for youth and foster care improvement. Parents, Jerry & Joyce Larson, Spring Valley (who rarely missed any Spartan games), brother, Fred (Lori), Spring Valley, and sister, Beth Carlson (Ross), Murdock. Nieces and nephews, Justin, Easten Larson and Mallory (Ryan Vos, fiancé), Regan Carlson. Mother-in-law, Kathy Christopherson, Ridgeland, WI. Brother-in-law, Jeff (Diana) Christopherson. Nieces and nephews; Austin, Lee, Beau and Veda.

Bruce was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred & Grace Larson, Spring Valley, and Walter & Verna Larson, Minneapolis, MN; and his father-in-law, Larry Christopherson, Ridgeland, WI.

None of us will ever forget that small spark of mischief in his eyes, infectious smile, and quick-witted one-liners.

Visitation Friday, March 4, 2022, 4:00-7:00 P.M. at SOMERSET SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 645 Sunrise Drive, Somerset, WI with a celebration of Bruce's life at 7:00 P.M.  Spartan or Packers attire is encouraged.  Funeral service Saturday, March 5, 2022, 11:00 A.M. at CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 510 Germain Street, Somerset, WI with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Robert Freiberg, Age 78

Robert Freiberg, age 78, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Bob was born August 6, 1943 to Arnold and Lillian (Aamodt) Freiberg in Spring Lake Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church-Hatchville, and presently a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Woodville.

Bob grew up and attended grades 1-8 at Reed School and Spring Valley High School graduating with the Class of 1962. After graduating, Bob worked with his parents on the home farm.

On October 5, 1968 Bob married Barbara Fritz. They were married at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church due to the fire at St. John’s-Hatchville. They purchased the home farm and lived and worked there until 1992 when they purchased a home south of Hatchville and Bob started his Welding & Repair business.

Bob was well known for his goofy sense of humor and his love of talking to anyone that had the time. His family and his Christian faith were very important to him. His passion was welding, forging, and helping others.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Brothers - Gordon, Leroy, & Dennis. Sisters - Joan Styer & Delores Afdahl.

Survivors include his wife Barb of Spring Valley; children: Susan (Curt) Turner and Sara (Wally) King both of Spring Valley; Grandchildren: Kelsey (Adam) Barstad, Faith (Brandon) King, Austin (Jenna) Turner, and Hope King: Great Grandchildren: Blakely, Brylynn, & Brewer and Savannah, Mckenna, & Annabelle; Siblings: Sister, Marilyn (Charles) Gjovig of East Bethel, Mn. and Brother-in-law, Herb Afdahl of Anthem, Arizona; Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Brenda and Duane Kado: and, Many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service at church on Thursday, March 17. A memorial service will be on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Woodville, Wisconsin. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery-Hatchville in Weston Township, Wisconsin.

Barb and the family wish to thank the staff of Spring Valley Health & Rehab and St. Croix Hospice for their wonderful loving care. They made Bob's and our lives as easy and comfortable as possible during his stay.

William Wayne Kittleson, Age 73

William Wayne Kittleson, age 73, of River Falls, WI passed away peacefully Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at his residence with his daughters seeing him off. William was born on August 31, 1948 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, the son of Wayne and Pearl (Wenum) Kittleson. He was raised in Spring Valley where he graduated from high school in 1966.

He would be married to the former Diane Huebel. To this union daughters Colleen and Aimee were born. This union would later dissolve. He would later marry Doris Field. To this marriage, daughters Nikki, Carrie, and Angie were born. William would later start up his own business, Kittle’s Mobile Repair Company, where he would help move, repair, and fix up mobile homes. He later worked for KolPak in River Falls for several years. Sadly, he injured his back with a work-related accident and was forced to retire.

William’s greatest passion was jumping on his Harley Davidson and going for a drive. Unfortunately, his motorcycle was a complete loss as it was swept away in Hurricane Katrina when he was down south. He enjoyed going to the local classic car shows, grilling with his family, and cheering the Green and Gold to a victory. In earlier years, many great memories were made camping and fishing on the Red Cedar River with his kids.

He is survived by his daughters, Colleen (Bob) Kittleson, Aimee O’Donnell, Nikki (Brandon) Backhaus of River Falls, Carrie Kittleson of River Falls, and Angie Kittleson of River Falls; grandchildren, Grace, Mariah, Madison, Evelyn, Kyleigh, David, Gabi, John, Emma, Jo and Cooper; mother, Pearl Kittleson of River Falls; siblings, Bonnie (Rich) Richardson of Menomonie, Kathy Starr of River Falls, and Mike (Patty) Kittleson of Spring Valley; many nieces and nephews, other family, and friends. His father, Wayne precedes him in death.

Mass of Christian Burial for William Kittleson will be 2PM, Thursday, February 24th at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in River Falls. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at church. Memorials are preferred to the family. Funeral and cremation services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of River Falls.

Karen Dahlman Hudson, Age 73

Karen Hudson, age 73, of Hudson, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at her home in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Karen was born September 27, 1948 to Robert and Kathleen (Harshman) Dahlman in Baldwin Township, St. Croix county, Wisconsin. She grew up and attended school at Spring Valley until her Junior year in high school. Her family moved to Hudson and she graduated from Hudson High School in 1966. She worked many years as a stocker at Walmart. She was an avid Packer fan. Most important to her were her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Bob, grandson Austin.

Survivors include her mother Kathleen of Hudson; 4 children: Shaun (Dana) Hudson of Glenwood City; Steven (Angela) Hudson of River Falls; Jamie Hudson of River Falls; and Jennifer Hudson of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren: Samantha Hudson, Hunter Lewis, Zach Marek, Haley Lewis, Kimberly Hudson, Mathew (Brittany) Evenson, Marne Lewis, Isabelle Hudson, Landon Moore, Michaela Hudson, and Abigail Hudson; 2 great grandchildren: Liam and Dakota Anderson; siblings: Erlene (Jerry) Barriault of Hudson and Robert ‘Butch’ (Dawn) Dahlman of New Richmond.

A Celebration of Life will be on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley.

Timothy Louis Traynor, Age 62

Timothy Louis Traynor, age 62, of Louisville, KY, passed away unexpectedly in his home on January 28, 2022.

Tim was an amazing father, "grandpa", brother, son, and friend. He loved his children fiercely and absolutely adored his grandchildren. Tim was always smiling, always positive, he radiated happiness and that great cackle he had for a laugh was the best. He was intelligent, compassionate, loving, caring and would do anything to help anyone in need. He loved the beach, being by the water, golfing, and loved to cook, especially his favorite chicken salad.

Tim graduated from River Falls High School in 1978 and joined the Air Force shortly after where he proudly served for 4 years at Reece Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas. Tim moved back to Wisconsin and started working at the Ford Plant in St. Paul, MN in 1992 and then transferred to Louisville, KY in 2012 to finish out his retirement.

Tim is survived by his daughters, Tosha and Alicia "Steak Sauce" (Rory); son, Josh (Anna); grandchildren, Izaac, Elainna, Landon, Lilah, Kade, Gage and Skyla. His Mother, Sandy Mrozek; brothers, Tony(Bernice) Traynor and Tom(Nicole) Traynor; sister Tracie(Sonny) Poulin, many nieces and nephews and former spouse Cindy Jacobson.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Traynor ('56).

He will be greatly missed by his kids: mom, Sandy Mondor Mrozek ('58); family, Alicia "No Sauce", close friend Billy (Laura) Wiley, Sherry Valentino and the many other people he has touched the lives of.

A celebration of his life will take place at a later date in Wisconsin to share favorite memories, stories, to laugh and to cry, and to remember a wonderful man. A memorial service will be held at the Ford Union Hall in Louisville, KY. Date to be determined.

Larry Hopwood, Age 79

Larry Hopwood, age 79, of Elmwood, Wisconsin died Monday, January 31, 2022 at the Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin, Wisconsin.

Larry was born May 29, 1942, to Will and Olive (O’Connell) Hopwood in El Paso Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1960. A year later, on June 10, 1961, Larry married Cathy Falde. They were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood. After marriage they lived in St. Paul for a while before purchasing their farm in Rock Elm Township. They were blessed with 4 children: Suzanne, Steve, Shawn and Sandra.

Larry was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed fishing. He worked as a tool and die maker and kept busy on his hobby farm raising beef cows and hogs.

Preceding him in death were his parents; stepmother Hazel; daughter Sandra Binkowski; granddaughter Amber Wheeler; brother Morris ‘Dick’ Hopwood; brother-in-law William Van; mother-in-law and father-in-law Gordon and Jean Falde.

Survivors include his wife Cathy of Elmwood; children: Suzanne (Dave) Casey of Menomonie; Steve (Jamie) Hopwood of Elmwood; Shawn Hopwood of Roberts and sons-in-law: Corey Binkowski and Dave Wheeler; 9 grandchildren: Jordan (Hannah) Wheeler; Miranda (Tanny) Flowers; D.J. Wheeler; Justin (Tasha) Hopwood; Jesse Hopwood, Hunter Hopwood; Zac Binkowski; Hayley (Brandyn) Seipel; and Paige (Mike Erlitz) Binkowski; 6 great grandchildren: Braylon and Ellie Hopwood; Lydia Hopwood; Camdyn and Carter Seipel; and Donavin Erlitz; sisters: Marilyn (Robert) Slonecker, Sterling, CO.; Ramona Van, Plum City, WI.; Karen (Jim) Olek, Andover, MN.; sister-in-law Wanda Hopwood, Spooner, WI.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A private family service is planned.

Kent Rudesill, Age 91

Kent Rudesill, 91, of Baldwin, died of heart failure on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at his home in Baldwin, Wisconsin.

Kent was born on January 18, 1931, to Scottie and Elsie (Knerr) Rudesill in Martell Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was a graduate of Spring Valley High School (Class of '48) and top graduate of United Electronics Laboratories in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kent met his future wife, Ann Turner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa at a youth group roller skating party at the Hammond Hall. It was love at first sight for both of them. Kent served his country for two years during the Korean War. He did his basic training in Camp Chaffee, Arkansas and served in Heilbronn, Germany as a company clerk. Kent and Ann were married on October 11, 1953 at St. James Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa between basic training and deployment to Germany. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in 2021.

Kent and Ann farmed with Kent’s parents from 1955 to 1968 and continued farming on the family farm in Gilman Township, Pierce County into the 1990s. His dream was to build a prized herd of registered Holsteins. By the early 1980s he accomplished that dream. He along with his sons continued to improve the herd and became a top butterfat producer in Pierce County for several years.

In the 60s and 70s, Kent had a side job operating ‘Kent’s TV and Radio Repair’ for extra income. He installed many antennas and changed out tubes in many TVs in the area. In addition to farming and TV repair, he served as Gilman Township Clerk for many years.

Kent was an avid sports participant, viewer, and coach. As a young adult, he played baseball for the well-known ‘Duffy’s Darlings’ in Spring Valley and also for Elmwood town team. He fondly told tales of playing against Bud Grant who was a pitcher for various town teams as a young man. Kent shared his knowledge by coaching youth in 4-H and church softball. He also enjoyed playing league golf and bowling. He even appeared on the TV show ‘Bowl-a-rama’ in the 1960s. His most memorable golf success was a hole-in-one at a Casa Grande golf course in Arizona.     

Kent rarely missed watching the Twins and Vikings on TV. Fishing too was a passion as he and Ann, along with friends, made many trips to lakes in Northern Minnesota and Canada.Kent loved to play cards, especially bridge. He taught many people how to play the game he loved. He was always up for playing some kind of card game.

Kent and Ann were fortunate to spend 35 winters in the Phoenix and Casa Grande Arizona area where they made many wonderful life-long friends.

Kent is survived by his wife Ann, sons Doug (Sue) Rudesill of Shell Lake, Andy (Rose) Rudesill of Baldwin, Kurt (Becky) Rudesill of Menomonie and daughter Jane (Jeff) Ducklow of Maple Grove, Minnesota; Grandchildren: Ben (Suzannah) Rudesill, Greg, Jacob and Troy Rudesill, Tony (Lacey) Ducklow, Alex (Katie) Ducklow, Samantha Rudesill (Samuel Roesler), Vince (Tana) Rudesill, Heather Rudesill and Jenna (Brock) Sletner; 7 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in law Mary-'53 (Len) Place, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, brother-in-law, Charles Olson, Alden, Michigan and sister-in-law June Gwynn, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Kent was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-laws Lorraine-'50 (Harold) Turner , Audrey-'57 (Joe) Menter, sister, Judy-'61 Olson and brother, Troy Rudesill-'51.

Kent was a life-long member of the New Centerville United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, New Centerville, Wisconsin after the celebration of life service in the spring.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 11 a.m. at New Centerville United Methodist Church, located at: 36 County Rd Y, rural Baldwin. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Martell Township. Visitation will be on Friday, May 13, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. at New Centerville United Methodist Church.

Special thanks to Pastor Tim Matthaei of New Centerville United Methodist Church and Adoray Home Hospice Care.

Duane Clarence Larrieu “Spook”, Age 74
Duane Clarence Larrieu “Spook”, age 74, of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at his son’s home in Spring Lake Township. With his family at his side.

Duane was born February 26, 1947, to Ervin and Signa (Larson) Larrieu in Menomonie, Wisconsin.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Cady Township.   Duane attended Spring Valley Schools.  He worked all his life in Spring Valley for Gilbertson Lumber Company and Oak-Dale Hardwoods. He also worked for Elmer Miller skinning coon, foxes and mink as a side job for many years.  On June 21, 1969, Duane married Judy Gilbertson at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.

Duane would give you his shirt off his back if you needed it. He enjoyed the company of everyone, always looking for the good in you. He enjoyed going to the bars and Cenex where he could have a drink and play some Lottery (I’m going to win big one day, wait and see!!). He enjoyed the outdoors (hunting, cutting wood and camping). He was a collector of many things, hats, stuffed animals, and whatever else he liked. (“it’s going to be worth something someday”) He always enjoyed going ‘thrift sailing’, especially with Darcie and Donna because they would let him buy anything.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Bill Larrieu; nephew Josh Larrieu; and niece Amy Larrieu.

Survivors include his wife Judy; sons: Jim (Lisa) Gilbertson and Lloyd (Darcie) Larrieu; 4 grandchildren: Zach and Cody Gilbertson and Trenton (Jennifer) Larrieu and Alexzandria Larrieu; 3 great grandchildren: Addy, Brantley, and Harleigh;  Special niece Jamie (Michael) Hall; siblings: Bonnie (Gail) Mick; Timothy Larrieu; and Tina Cotts; several in-laws; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and his beloved dog Bandit.

Memorial service will be on Monday, January 10, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 9, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, and one hour prior to the service on Monday.