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home : obituaries September 14, 2014


Allen Robert Laney
Allen Robert Laney, age 51, of Rice Lake WI was born on April 1, 1963 to Robert and Gloria Laney of Crown Point IN. He made his journey home on September 2, 2014 surrounded by loved ones at Rice Lake Convalescent Center.
Al was a high school graduate of Crown Point High School in 1981. Al has struggled for the last nine years with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). It was Al's wish that his body be donated to University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest program.
On August 16, 2002, Al and Cheryl ...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Patty Swanson
The world lost a rare and beautiful lady on August 30, 2014 when Patty Swanson left this life. Patty was born in Norfolk, VA but moved to Wisconsin as a toddler.
She grew up on a farm and attended elementary school in Prairie Farm, WI. She later graduated from Barron High School. She married Randy Swanson, moved to San Diego and started a family, having her son, Nick, in 1979.
In 1981, Patty moved back to Virginia. She had her daughter, Sarah, in 1987. She worked hard raising her family ...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
William J. Addington
William J. Addington, age 84, of Birchwood, WI, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake from heart failure. He was born in St. Croix Falls, WI on August 20, 1930 to Hardy and Hazel (Ahlstrom) Addington.
William graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1948 and Carleton College in 1952. He then served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954 in the Counter Intelligence Corps.
He began his banking career ...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Anita Joy Peterson
Anita Joy Peterson, age 69, of Rice Lake, WI, passed away on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at home, surrounded by her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Evelyn Lowman; and brother, Wayne Lowman.
Anita worked her way up to plant manager at Cray Research in Rice Lake from 1980 until the plant closed. It was very important to Anita to assist in the fight to have higher wages for women to raise their families. Anita was always a fair and trustworthy manager ...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Ralph Henry Rubenzer
Ralph Henry Rubenzer, 80, was called home on Saturday morning, August 30, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. He was born on July 17, 1934 in Tilden, Wisconsin.
Ralph worked at Klinger Farms while attending Chippewa Falls McDonell High School where he graduated in 1952. After graduation, he enlisted with the U.S. Army where he served in Korea. Then he worked ...

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Howard L. Baker
Howard L. Baker, age 89, of Rice Lake, WI died on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at his home in Rice Lake. He was born on March 7, 1925 in the Township of Georgetown, Kennan, WI, the son of Ralph and Georgia (Youse) Baker.
He graduated from Phillips High School. He attended two years at UW-River Falls and two years at UW-Madison graduating with a BS degree in dairy industry and bacteriology.
In 1948 he married Lois Keefer. Howard serve ...

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Ernest Hamblin Welch,
Ernest Hamblin Welch, age 80, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Heritage Manor in Rice Lake. He was born on July 23, 1934 in
Minong, WI.
Ernest is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Srayi (Mohammed) of Deforest, WI; his son, Terry Welch ...

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Reuben R. Riedell
Reuben R. Riedell, age 92, of Rice Lake, WI died Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, WI.
He was born on December 2, 1921 to Ralph and Anna (Nelson) Riedell. After graduating from high school, he entered the United States Army and served during World War II and was then honorably discharged.
Reuben was married to Martha Larson ...

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Lorraine E. Raether
Lorraine E. Raether, 90, a long-time resident of Fall Creek, WI, journeyed to heaven on September 1, 2014. Her eternal optimism, enjoyment of life, generosity and unconditional love will be missed but fondly remembered by all who shared in her life.
Lorraine Esther Roberts was born on July 8, 1924 to Guy and Freda (Ramseier) Roberts, in rural Cadott, WI. Her family also included a sister, Maxcyne (Robert) Gangstad ...

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Elsie Agnes Kent
Elsie Agnes Kent, 93, of Barron, WI passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 at Barron Care & Rehab. Elsie was born November 29, 1920 to Carl and Matilda (Kunkel) Ernst in Ladysmith, WI.
Elsie and her family moved to a farm in the Almena area, where she attended Midway Grade School. She helped on the farm and picked company beans and potatoes. Elsie met Adolph Kent at the Avalon...

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Ronald P. Husby
Ronald P. Husby, age 73, of Birchwood, WI, died on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Dallas Care and Rehab in Dallas, WI. He was born on November 11, 1940 in Menomonie, WI to Ronald and Margaret "Riley" (Jones) Husby.
Ron graduated from Menomonie High School in 1958 and then entered the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1962.
He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Stout and also attended University of North Dakota-Grand Forks.
Ron was married to Anne Jeatran ...

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Paul R. Radloff
Paul R. Radloff, age 87, of Cable, WI, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Hayward, WI. Paul R. Radloff was born on January 31, 1927 at the family farm in Cable, WI, the son of Emil and Pansy (McMillian) Radloff.
Paul was raised in Cable and attended Leonard Country School and Cable High School.
On May 11, 1947 he was joined in marriage to Dorothy M. Lundberg at Trinity Lutheran Chapel in Cable. They moved to Oregon in 1948 and Paul spent 10 years working in sawmills.
Paul and Dorothy returned to Cable in 1958 ...

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Johnathon Fankhauser
Johnathon Fankhauser, age 31, of Lauderdale, died on August 17, 2014. He was born on June 26, 1983 in Rice Lake, WI.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Charlotte Wiltzius; and mother-in-law, Cheryl Streckert. He is survived by his beloved wife, Angela; baby boy, due in October; parents, Randy and Janet Fankhauser; siblings, Gwen (Moses) Deutsch and ...

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Noreen F. Lieberherr
Noreen F. Lieberherr, age 53, of Cameron, WI, died on Monday, August 25, 2014 at her home. She was born on July 17, 1961, in Burlington, WI, to Jerome and Theresa (Gindt) Hurt.
Noreen graduated from Bloomer High School in 1979 and then attended Western Technical College in LaCrosse, WI as a surgery technician.
She was married to David Waskow in April 1986 in Rice Lake, WI and later married Mark Lieberherr in August 2001 in Cameron.
Noreen worked for Kitting Medical Center in Dayton, OH and Marshfield Clinic and Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. She also worked ...

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Edward J. Mechura
Edward J. Mechura, age 76, of Birchwood, WI, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. He was born on September 28, 1937 in St. Paul, MN to Edward and Hilda (Eastreem) Mechura.
Edward graduated from Sibley High School in West St. Paul, MN. He worked at Arrow Space as a machinist.
On November 6, 1958 he was married to Sonja Blechinger in St. Paul. He then worked for Gillette Company in St. Paul for many years.
He loved working with his horses ...

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Irene B. Jasicki Kocik
Irene B. Jasicki Kocik, 94, of Weyerhaeuser, WI, passed away on Friday, August 1, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland Center in Barron, where she was a patient for one night.
Funeral services for Irene will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Weyerhaeuser with Fr. Chris Kemp and Deacon Tom Fuhrmann officiating.
Irene's family will receive friends at Nash-Jackan Funeral Home in Bruce from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and also at the church ...

Friday, August 8, 2014
Michael A. Lee
Michael A. Lee, age 59, of Birchwood, WI, died on Monday, July 28, 2014 at home, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 15, 1955 in Minnesota to Kenneth and Theresa (Hartnell) Lee.
He attended schools in Baldwin-Woodville School District. Michael did mechanic work and worked for McMillan Electric Company in Woodville, WI and at Birchwood Best for 15 years. Michael was ...

Friday, August 8, 2014
Donald D. Neuendorf
Donald D. Neuendorf, age 73, of Rice Lake, WI, passed away on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. He was born on November 14, 1940 in Montfort, WI to Robert and Ethelene (Gulson) Neuendorf.
He graduated from Montfort High School in 1958. He then moved to Madison, WI and attended Madison Business College.
On June 10, 1961, Don married Marlene Miller in Racine, WI. They lived in Madison until 1977 when the family moved to Rice Lake.
Don was employed by Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a driver's license examiner in Madison and later in Rice Lake until his retirement.
Donald Neuendorf is survived ...

Friday, August 8, 2014
Dennis H. Hein
Dennis H. Hein, age 72, of Rice Lake, WI passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was born in Chicago, IL on April 29, 1942 to Herbert and Joan (Kiaurakis) Hein.
After graduation he served in the United States Marine Corps, mostly as a drill instructor.
Dennis Hein is survived by his wife, Anna Hein of Rice Lake, WI; two daughters, Misty of ...

Friday, August 8, 2014
Joseph L. Posta Jr
Joseph L. Posta Jr., age 69, of Barron, WI, died on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Barron. He was born on May 1, 1945 in Rice Lake, WI to Joseph and Virginia (Hahn) Posta.
He attended schools in the Rice Lake School District. Joseph helped his parents on the family farm. Joseph was involved with Sheltered Workshops and Barron Co. Day Development Center for 40 years and Ventures for a few years. He lived with Bud and Sue Hansen since 1985. Joseph loved the outdoors, ...

Friday, August 8, 2014
Lawrence E. Flach
Lawrence E. Flach, age 83, of Rice Lake, WI, passed away on Friday, August 1, 2014 at Heritage Manor in Rice Lake. He was born on November 9, 1930 in Stanfold Township to Fred and Hazel (Hustad) Flach.
Lawrence was married to Clarice Johnson on September 28, 1952 in Yuma, AZ. He entered the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1952 to 1954. He was honorably discharged and returned to the Rice Lake area where he worked for Coca Cola Bottling Company and later Skelgas ...

Friday, August 8, 2014
Steven A. Robotka
Steven A. Robotka, age 57, of Williston, ND, died on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. He was born on June 8, 1957 in Rice Lake, WI to Frank and Joyce (Stursa) Robotka.
He graduated from Birchwood High School in 1975. He later married and had one son, Christopher, who was born in 1979.
Steve moved to Chicago in the early 1980s ...

Friday, August 8, 2014
Gregory James Emerson
Gregory James Emerson, 52, of Hillsdale, WI, passed away on July 23, 2014 at home, surrounded by his family. Greg was born on June 27, 1962 in Rice Lake, WI to William and Judith (Mewhorter) Emerson.
Greg grew up and graduated in Rice Lake, WI in 1980. He married his loving wife, Keli Gerner, on March 30, 1985. They were married for 29 years and four months.
Greg was a big family man who loved and valued his family very much. He also loved outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.
Greg is survived by his parents, William Emerson ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Jeffrey J. Gilbertson
Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, 56, passed away on July 14, 2014. Jeff was born on June 19, 1958 in Racine, Wisconsin. He moved in 1962 to Chetek with his parents, Bob and Lorraine Gilbertson and his brothers Mark, Kurt, Paul, and Tommy.
Jeff and his wife, Maria worked as missionaries which took them around the globe where they raised their children, Patricia, Alexander, Taylor,
and Phillip.
After moving back to Chetek in 2006, Jeff worked as a substitute teacher in school districts around
Barron County.
Jeff was passionate about his faith ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Charlotte Scott
Charlotte Scott, age 69, of Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (formerly National Naval Medical Center) in Bethesda, Maryland on Wednesday July 23, 2014 after a 33 month battle with lung cancer.
She was an avid swimmer for over thirty years, attentive to good nutrition and workouts at the gym as well as a lifelong non-smoker. She loved to sew, bake (especially bread), work crossword puzzles ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Diane Kay Adams
Diane Kay Adams, 72, of Chetek, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Lake Hallie Memory Care in Chippewa Falls, WI, where she had resided since March. Diane was born to Thea and Norman Nelson of Northfield, WI.
The family farm in Northfield provided much of the entertainment, including impromptu singing performances from the hay loft "stage," building snow forts and making and "selling" mud pies using leaves ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Howard Arthur Olmstead
Howard Arthur Olmstead, age 62, of Cameron, died quietly on Friday, July 18, 2014 at Manor Care in Green Bay. He was born to the late Fern and Glen Olmstead on March 15, 1952 in Birchwood, WI.
Howard graduated as a letterman in football, baseball and basketball from Birchwood High School in 1970. Shortly after that he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served overseas for two years.
Howard was married in 1978 to Diana Olmstead and started his family of four. He worked at Wright Products for ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Maxine Dutilly
Maxine Dutilly, age 93, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Monday, March 3, 2014 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Maxine Dutilly is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann (John) Hollenbeck of Auburn, NE and Deborah Dutilly of San Diego, CA; a sister, Ellen Fredericks of Turtle Lake, WI; a brother, Dr. John E. Butler of Iowa City, IA; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Dutilly; ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Pamela Bednar
Pamela Bednar, age 91, widow of John Bednar of Haugen, WI died Friday, July 25, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital after an overnight stay. She was the daughter of Ernest and Nellie Hipwell of Wigan, Lancashire, England and was born July 11, 1923.
She served as a radar operator on the anti-aircraft battery during World War II where she met John Bednar who was stationed in Britain during the war. They were married in Wigan, England in January 1945 ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Burma J. Scharnke
Burma J. Scharnke, age 86, of Rice Lake, died on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was born on July 2, 1928 in Spring Valley, MN to Clarence and Blanche (Nelson) Dent.
She graduated from Logan High School in LaCrosse, WI. She was married in LaCrosse, WI on November 5, 1949 to Robert Scharnke and they moved to Indiana, where they raised their family. They ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Bertram "Bert" Sprague
Bertram "Bert" Sprague, age 78, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was born on October 14, 1935 in Rice Lake, WI to Edward and Lolita (Severson) Sprague.
Bert graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1953 and then entered the National Guard. He worked with his father at Pioneer Sand and Gravel.
Bert enjoyed watching the Packers and Brewers, playing dice and horseshoes, deer hunting, snowmobiling, camping ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Miller
Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Miller, 64, of White Lake, South Dakota, formerly of Rice Lake, passed away suddenly at his home in White Lake, SD.
He was raised on a dairy farm with his grandparents, Herman and Amelia Miller. As a young boy and teenager, he attended Gospel Tabernacle in Rice Lake. He attended Loan Elm and Loveland Corners elementary schools, Rice Lake and graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1968.
He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Frances "Kitty" Drolson
Frances "Kitty" Drolson, age 97, of Rice Lake, died on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at her home. She was born on May 28, 1917 in England to Thomas and Kathleen (Moger) Marriott.
Frances graduated from high school in Oxford, England. She was a war bride, marrying Marvin Drolson, who preceded her in death. She had a lot of lovely little jobs. Frances loved dogs and going to the dog park.
Frances Drolson is survived ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Niel J. Rischmueller
Niel J. Rischmueller, age 73, died on July 19, 2014 at his home. He was born in Sauk County on February 4, 1941, the son of the late John and Florence (Zick) Rischmueller.
Niel was a 1960 graduate of Prairie du Sac High School. He was united in marriage to Darleen Yanke on June 29, 1975.
He was a member and past exalted ruler of Baraboo Elks Club. He was a member and past president of Honey Creek ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Betty A. Broten
Betty A. Broten, age 86, of Rice Lake, died on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Dallas Care and Rehab. She was born on January 12, 1928 in Minneapolis, MN to Orville and Ethlyn (DeMowlin) Nelson.
She was married in Minneapolis, MN on December 24, 1947 to Donald L. Broten who preceded her in death on October 26, 1982.
Betty loved spending time with her grandchildren and shopping. She also enjoyed arranging the seasonal decoration ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Maxine Mae Dutilly
Maxine Mae Dutilly, age 93, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Monday, March 3, 2014 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. She was born on May 2, 1920 in Rice Lake, WI to Edward and Ida (Fredrick) Butler.
After graduating from Rice Lake High School, she attended Barron County Normal School. She taught in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Maxine was married to Leonard Dutilly on May 29, 1943 in Rice Lake. She was an active member of United Presbyterian Church, ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Jerald Linn "Jerry" York
Jerald Linn "Jerry" York, age 73, of Birchwood, WI, died on Monday, July 14, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. Jerry was born on January 13, 1941 in Rapid City, SD.
He had a lifelong passion for horses. His knowledge of equine care and equine training was unsurpassed. He had a love for the outdoors throughout his life. Jerry was an amazing horse trainer, hunter, fisherman, gardener and archer. He spent many, many hours ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Michelle (Dahle) Goforth
Michelle (Dahle) Goforth, age 53, of Waxahachie, TX, passed away unexpectedly on December 2, 2013. She was born on July 18, 1960 to Dean and Karen (Strand) Dahle.
Michelle is survived by her husband, Paul; children, Christian and Kevin Goforth and Lonny Adair; six grandchildren; and one sister, Cheryl (Randy) Zink of Palmer, TX.
She was preceded in death ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Frederick W. "Fred" Swant
Frederick W. "Fred" Swant, age 76, of Birchwood, WI, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at his home. He was born on July 31, 1937 in Barron, WI to Carl and Alice (Selvig) Swant.
Fred graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1955. He then joined the United States Air Force and was eventually honorably discharged.
He was married to Jessie Davidson on June 28, 1958 in Mount Clements, MI. They moved to Rice Lake in November of 1959. He worked for Swant Motor Company with his father. He later owned....

Thursday, July 24, 2014


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