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home : obituaries April 15, 2014


George Helpap
George Edward Helpap Sr., age 87, of Plymouth and formerly of Brill, Wisconsin, died on April 2, 2014 at Plymouth Care Center. He was born on September 25, 1926 in Brill, son of the late Victor and Alice (Handorf) Helpap.
He attended Brill schools until the 8th grade. After working with his father on the farm, he went to North Dakota. In North Dakota he did some farming and worked for the railroad. From there he went to South Dakota to help build dams. In 1954 he was drafted into the United States Army and was ...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Doug Dostal
Doug "Gussie" Dostal, age 59, of Rice Lake passed away on April 4 after a valiant battle with cancer, at his childhood home surrounded by his loving family. Cremation was provided by Chippewa Valley Cremation Services of Altoona. A private family service will be held at a later date.
 He was born on June 15, 1954 to Gus and Edna (Nelson) Dostal, who preceded him in death. Although he lost his mother when he was young, he was blessed with another loving mother, Mary (Wickman) Dostal, who had ...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
RuthAnn Basacker
RuthAnn Clara Basacker, 63, of Eau Claire, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. RuthAnn was born on April 7, 1950 to Marshall and Ruth (Dennis) Basacker in Eau Claire.
RuthAnn graduated from North High School in 1968. After high school, she began her loving and devoted career at Syverson Lutheran Nursing home and worked there for 25 years. Later, RuthAnn took a couple of years off to care for her mother and worked for five years at First Imagine.
RuthAnn devoted her life to her family and friends. In her younger years, she spent many days at the cabin her father built in Barnes, WI with her ...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Ralph Smith
Ralph Keith Smith, age 61, of Amery, WI, passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 after battling cancer. He was born on June 1, 1952 in Webster, WI to Donald and Goldie Mae (LaGrew) Smith.
Ralph was a people person. He enjoyed time with family and friends and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, no matter what was going on in his life. Ralph enjoyed the outdoors and spending time hiking and camping as well as fishing. He was a very ambitious man for someone with health problems but it seemed, no matter what, he always had a smile on his face. He always had a special place in his heart for ...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Michael West
Michael LaVerne "ML" West, age 67, of Sarona, passed away on Monday evening, March 24, 2014. He was born in Rice Lake on August 14, 1946, son of LaVerne E. and Elfreda E. (Larson) West.
He attended public schools in Sarona and Spooner, graduating in
1964 from Spooner High School. ML served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He enlisted on January 12, 1965 and was honorably discharged on January 10, 1969. He primarily served as a radioman on ...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Lillian Subrt
Lillian Subrt passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at age 96. She was born on December 15, 1917 in Adams, ND to Bedrich and Julia (Bata) Cesik.
As a child, Lillian grew up on the prairie before moving with her family to Cadott, WI. Later the family moved to the Rice Lake area where the family farm was located in Stanfold Township.
Lillian was married to Joseph Subrt on October 19, 1937 at the Barron County courthouse. They farmed in Bear Lake Township during the early years of their marriage. Lillian's first job, outside of the farm, was ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Bev Hanson
Beverly M. "Bev" Hanson, age 79, of Rice Lake, died on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at her home. She was born on May 11, 1934 in Rice Lake, WI, the daughter of Howard and Frieda (Wuethrich) Dahle.
Bev graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1951 and on August 23, 1952 she was united in marriage to Keith Hanson in Rice Lake. They farmed together for many years. She was a talented cook and baker with a wonderful sense of humor. Bev enjoyed sewing and gardening, especially flowers, reading, hunting, and fishing. Most of all she ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
James Roberge
Deacon James E. Roberge, age 75, of Rice Lake, WI. died on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Dallas Care & Rehab. He was born on February 22, 1939 in Rice Lake, WI to Raymond and Helen (Ring) Roberge.
Jim graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1957 and was married to Carolyn Reed on May 31, 1958 in Rice Lake. Jim was a shoe salesman for Sockness Shoe Company. He worked for Bell-Tronics in Addison, IL and owned and operated Rice Lake Electric from 1970 until 1973. He worked for Coil-Tran in Hobart, IN, then moved back to Rice Lake in ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Virginia Osterbauer
Virginia "Ginger" Brey Osterbauer passed away peacefully after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Even at the height of her decline, she touched lives with her outstretched hand and sweet smile.
Ginger's remarkable life began in tiny Wabasso, MN. One of six siblings, she was brought into this world by her father, Dr. Frank Brey, the town's only physician.
At age twelve her idyllic childhood came to an abrupt end when her father, at age 54, died from brain cancer. Eventually her mother was forced ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Warren Wood
Warren Allen Wood, 52, of Chetek, passed away at his home on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 with his loving family at his side. Warren was born on February 20, 1962 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. He was the son of Linda May Swant and Edward Lloyd Wood.
Warren was a lover of the great outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, motorcycling, working on vehicles and being a jack-of-all trades. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
Warren leaves behind to celebrate his memory, his ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Richard Dakins
Richard "Dick" LeRoy Dakins, age 84, of Birchwood, WI, died peacefully with his family around him on Monday, March 17, 2014. Dick was born on March 21, 1929 in Birchwood, WI to Roy and Mabel (Christensen) Dakins.
Dick attended Wilson Center School through the eighth grade and then moved to Luck, WI to attend his four years of high school.
Following graduation in 1947, Dick moved back to the farm in Birchwood to help his dad with farming and logging. In 1952, Dick took over the family farm after the tragic death of his father as the result of ...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Raymond Olson
Raymond H. Olson, age 87, of Cameron, WI, died on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Our House Memory Care in Rice Lake. He was born on August 3, 1926 to Bernard and Gladys (Romsos) Olson in Cameron. He spent his entire life there, with the exception of the past five years spent at Our House. Raymond attended school in Cameron and graduated in 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy in the West Pacific until being honorably discharged in 1946.
Upon his return home he worked with his father in the billboard posting business for a number of years before owning a small tavern in ...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
James Effertz
James B. Effertz, 85, of Cumberland, died on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at his home. He was born on December 26, 1928, in Eau Claire, WI, to William and Catherine (Naser) Effertz.
Jim attended Coolidge School near Cumberland, then farmed with his family. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea, where he earned a Purple Heart.
Jim was married in Turtle Lake, WI on October 17, 1953 to Marcella Hammer. He worked for Armour, Inc. in South St. Paul while the ...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Walter Amundson
Walter Tillman Amundson, age 95, of Rice Lake, WI,, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Woodstone Senior Living Center in Rice Lake. He was born on June 2, 1918 in Dallas, WI to Ole and Amy (Moness) Amundson.
On November 15, 1940, in Barronett, WI, he was married to Rose Nelson. Walter served in the United States Army during World War II and was medically discharged from the ...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Debbie Poznikowich
Deborah K. "Debbie" Poznikowich, 59, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at her home in Weyerhaeuser. She was born in Rice Lake on June 12, 1954, a daughter of Mike and Antonia
She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Weyerhaeuser and the Weyerhaeuser VFW Auxiliary. She was employed at Woolworth's in Rice Lake for many years.
Her greatest joy was picking rocks with ...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


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