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home : obituaries February 26, 2015


Dennis D. Ladner
Dennis D. Ladner, age 60, of Cumberland, WI, died on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at his home. He was born on November 23, 1954 in Washington state to Vaughn Ladner and Joyce Seger.
Dennis graduated from high school in Mississippi and then attended college and later electrical college. He worked for Jennie-O Turkey Store for the past 14 years.
Dennis enjoyed ocean fishing, building and tinkering around the house and garage.
Dennis Ladner is survived by his significant ...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Frieda La Plante
Frieda La Plante, age 81, passed away on December 24, 2014 in Arkansas. She was born on July 4, 1933 in Rice Lake as the fifth child of 12 born to the late Walter and Clara (Wampfler) Baumberger. She graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1951.
On June 5, 1954 Frieda married Darwin Avery. This marriage ended in divorce. She then moved her family to Green Bay where she met and married Ray La Plante in November of 1972. After they had both retired they moved to northern
Frieda was preceded in death by her husband ...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Dorla Graczyk
Dorla Graczyk, age 78, passed away on Friday evening, February 20, 2015, at her home south of Canton, just three miles from where she had been born. Dorla Charlene was born on October 28, 1936 to Robert and Minnie (Brandt) Bartsch.
She attended a little country school, Greenwood, for eight years. She was a member of the Class of '54 at Cameron High School but she graduated in Mitchell, South Dakota, where the ceremony was held in the Corn Palace. In order to help with college expenses, Dorla worked as a nurse's aide. Dorla attended Rice Lake Normal School, which became Barron County Teachers College during her second year. She later completed her bachelor's degree ...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Albert Evans
Albert Evans, 83, of La Crosse, WI, passed away on February 19, 2015. He was born and raised in Birchwood, WI.
Albert was a Korean War veteran and served his country proudly as an Airborne Ranger.
Albert was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Lois, who passed away on December 22, 2001; his daughter, Laura; ...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Theresa Buss
Theresa Buss, age 75, of Birchwood, WI, passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 after a courageous two year battle with cancer.She was born on January 31, 1940 to Bud and Evelyn (Thibedeau) Hayes in Birchwood, WI.
Theresa was the second of thirteen children. She attended school in Birchwood. She was married to Roy Beffa and had four daughters. They later divorced. Theresa later had a son with Don Marcinske.
Theresa was a cook at many local restaurants ...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Gen Heiland
Gen Heiland, age 81, of Rice Lake, WI, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 16, 2015 at Rice Lake Convalescent Center after a short stay at Lake-view Medical Center in Rice Lake. She was born on July 13, 1933 in Baldwin, WI to Rolf and Marguerite (Abbe) Geisness.
Gen was baptized on October 12, 1933 in Baldwin. She graduated from Baldwin High School in June of 1951 and went on to receive her RN degree on June 6, 1957 from Bethesda Hospital in Saint Paul, MN. She returned to Rice Lake and worked as an RN at Lakeside ...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Emily Saracino
Emily Saracino, age 94, of South Bend, IN, died on February 17, 2015.
A Memorial service was held on Saturday, February 21 at St. Paul's Retirement Memorial Chapel in South Bend, IN.
Hahn Funeral Home, Mishawaka has been entrusted with handling the final arrangements.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Bob Simenson Sr.
Bob Simenson Sr., 91, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, formerly of Lockport, Illinois, went to be with the Lord on February 3, 2015 at Heritage Manor in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
Bob was a WWII Navy veteran and former founder and publisher of The Shopper Publications, Lockport, Illinois. For thirty years he published a monthly newsletter, Pass It On reaching over a dozen countries. He was the past founder and publisher of the Cameron Chronicle newspaper, Cameron, Wisconsin. He owned many businesses ...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Marge Mathews
Marge Mathews, age 101, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Rice Lake Convalescent Center. She was born on June 11, 1913 in Omaha, NE to Valentin and Frances (Sojka) Kuti.
Marge graduated from Omaha Technical High School in 1930. She worked in Chicago, IL as a stenographer for many years and was also a bookkeeper and secretary for a tool and die company.
Marge was married to Jack Mathews in the late 1950s. He preceded her in death in 1961. She moved to Haugen in the 70s and later to Rice Lake in the 80s. Marge loved to go to the senior center ...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Leo Elliott,
Leo Elliott, age 63, of Barron, WI, died on Friday, February 6, 2015 at his home. He was born on July 15, 1951 in Rice Lake, WI to Leo and Genevieve (Coleman) Elliott.
Leo graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1969 and later entered the United States Army. He served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1973.
Leo was married to Marcia Biron on September 29, 1990 in Rice Lake. Leo was a tool and die maker for Wright Products, Hickory Hardware and Henry WI, LLC. He retired in 2011.
Leo enjoyed hunting, fishing, auto mechanics, racing, ...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Lesla Reali
Lesla Reali, age 95, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Our House Assisted Living in Rice Lake. She was born February 24, 1919 in Pepin, WI to Orlando and Helen (Schweitzer)
Lesla was married to Carmelo Reali on September 11, 1938 in Iowa. She was a mother and homemaker. Lesla also worked at Sears in the inventory control department. She enjoyed refinishing furniture, antiquing and ceramics.
Lesla Reali is survived by a daughter, LaRayne ...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Maynard Holcomb
Maynard Holcomb, 72, of Willow River, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at his home. He was born on September 28, 1942 in Elmira Township to Miles and Armella (Boury) Holcomb.
Maynard was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Army. Maynard was united in marriage to Barbara Watters on June 3, 1965 in
St. Paul.
Maynard worked at Keebler for 30 years until retiring in 1999. Maynard was a member of Sturgeon Lake-Denham American Legion Post #361. Maynard enjoyed camping, fishing, cross stitch embroidery and walking in the woods. He especially enjoyed time with his family ...

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Edward Coe
Edward Coe, age 88, of Rice Lake, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. Edward, the son of Laurence Smith Coe and Helen Marguerite Coe (Harmon), was a lifelong resident of Rice
Lake, WI.
Edward married his high school sweetheart, Audrey, in 1950. She was the love of his life and his partner to the end.
Edward lived for his family and his faith, and he loved camping and the law. His adventurous nature took the family across the country, motor biking mountains, traversing lakes and rivers, and hiking woods. Edward's quick wit and determination were always present keeping ...

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tom Penzkover
Tom Penzkover, age 67, of Rice Lake, WI, died on January 29, 2015 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He was born on March 12, 1947, in Rice Lake, WI, to Carl and Vernice (Bilodeau)
Tom was a 1965 graduate of Rice Lake High School. He worked for Paul's Sheet Metal before entering the United States Army in 1967. He served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1969.
Tom attended vocational school in Rice Lake for carpentry and later worked in Milwaukee building houses. From 1974 to 2007, when he retired, Tom worked for Chicago Northwestern and Union Pacific Railroad. ...

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Logan Paulson
Logan Paulson, 26, of Almena, WI, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Logan was born on March 23, 1988 in Cumberland, WI to Lane and Valerie (Steffen) Paulson.
Logan grew up in the Almena area and graduated from Barron High School in 2006. He worked at Sanmina for a year before attending WyoTech in Wyoming for a year. He received a degree in chassis fabrication and high performance engines. His love for his family and friends is what brought him back to this area. He was employed at St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake, WI.
Logan loved the outdoors, whether it was hunting ...

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Janice Ebert
Janice Ebert, age 76, of Cameron, died on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. She was born on March 10, 1938 in Pewaukee, WI to Howard and Rachel (Williams) Crowell.
On August 8, 1959, she married Jack Ebert in Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. He preceded her in death on July 23, 2004.
Janice grew up in Barron County and graduated from Cameron High School in 1956. She volunteered for many years at Cameron Food Pantry ...

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Joyce Busick
Joyce Busick, age 78, of Minong, WI, died on Monday, January 26, 2015 at her daughter's home in Lake-ville, MN. She was born on July 22, 1936 to Melvin and Alta (Byrd) Nelson in Birchwood, WI.
Joyce was married on July 3, 1953 in Barron, WI, to Richard Busick. She held several jobs before retiring in 1993 with her husband. For 20 years they split their time between Wisconsin and New Mexico. Joyce loved to paint, tend to flower gardens and attend bingo with her friends.
Joyce Busick is survived by her husband, Richard ...

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Rena Rose Brown
Rena Rose Brown, age 93, of Rice Lake, WI, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. She was born in Chisholm, MN on June 26, 1921 to Felix and
Lucy Roy.
Rena graduated from Chisholm High School in 1939 and graduated from Hibbing Junior College in 1941. She married her college sweetheart on January 23, 1943 in Chisholm, MN.
While Russ was serving in World War II, she was employed as a bookkeeper at Montgomery Ward in Hibbing. They moved to Rice Lake with their daughter in 1950 when her husband started his new job as manager of WJMC.
She was active in her daughter's Catholic school and church. She was a member and officer of the Catholic women's club. She also taught Wednesday night religion classes. Rena was a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, a fifty year member of Fortnightly Club ...

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Mildred Lenora (Box) Moore
Mildred Lenora (Box) Moore of Port Republic, Maryland, and formerly of Rice Lake, WI, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 25, 2015. She was born on June 26, 1924, in Deer River, MN, the second of ten children to Thomas E. and Amelia (Grossell) Box.
Mildred met her husband, Wallace Earl Moore while working in Washington, DC. They married in 1946. They made their home in Maryland and enjoyed 58 years of marriage before his death in 2004.
She worked for the federal government, FBI and REA in the nation's capitol until her disability retirement in 1961. She then volunteered ...

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Jacob Herman
Jacob Herman, age 40, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Monday, January 26, 2015 at his home. He was born on December 10, 1974 in Albert Lea, MN to Michael and Sharon (Aasen)
Jacob attended school in St. Paul and Plymouth. He attended college at Normandale Community College and UW-BCC. He loved to work on computers and to play games on the computer. Jacob loved to read, collect stamps and baseball cards. He was a chess player and enjoyed card games.
Jacob Herman is survived by his father, Michael Herman of Alden, MN; mother, Sharon Aasen of Rice Lake, WI; a son, Michael Herman ...

Friday, January 30, 2015
Larry Gill
Larry Gill, age 62, of Cumberland, WI, died on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at his home. He was born on June 7, 1952 in Cumberland, WI to William and Irene (Balko) Gill.
Larry graduated from Cumberland High School in 1970. He was married to Peggy Larson on September 11, 1971 in Rice Lake.
Larry dairy farmed in Cumberland Township all of his life and also worked for Rice Lake Implement for 5 years.
Larry played pool and cards, loved telling jokes, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, riding his Harley Davidson, going 4 wheeling and going camping with his family.
Larry Gill is survived by Peggy Gill of Rice Lake, WI; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kelly Clausen-Kohnhors ...

Friday, January 30, 2015
Bob Benjamin
Bob Benjamin, 91, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Saline Evangelical Home in Saline, Michigan. Bob was born on June 24, 1923 in Cumberland, Wisconsin to Harvey Edward and Elsie (Parker) Benjamin. He was one of eleven children.
Bob graduated from Cumberland High School, joined the Army and served overseas in World War II. After the war, he resided in Jackson, Minnesota where he was employed by Rural Electrical Association. Later he became an electrical inspector.
He married Doris Moore in 1946 at Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Minnesota. They had four children ...

Friday, January 30, 2015
Dick Olson
Dick Olson, age 74, passed away (tipped over) on January 20, 2015 in Waukesha, WI. He was born on September 25, 1940 to J.C. and Agnes M. (Bernard) Olson.
Dick attended school in Verona and went on to work for Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a materials engineering specialist. He retired at age 55 after 35 years of service to the state. He was among the first in the state to receive professional certifications in materials testing and sampling.
On February 2, 1963, he married Loretta Shefka and they raised three children.
Dick built his own stock cars and raced them at the Oregon, Jefferson and Columbus raceways ...

Friday, January 30, 2015
Nancy Maurina
Nancy Maurina, 81, in Zephyrhills, FL, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, William Maurina; her children, Tom Maurina, Adell, WI, Michael Maurina, Billings, MT and Mary (Maurina) Scott, Lake Elmo, MN; and grandchildren, Katie, Spencer, Sydney, Mara, Sofia and Ely.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Dennis, Milwaukee; and her parents, Alice and Lawrence Carroll, also of Milwaukee.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI she was a graduate of Washington High School, then UW-Stout where she studied dietetics ...

Friday, January 30, 2015
Trish Olson
Trish Olson, 62, of Comstock, died at her home on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. She was born on November 13, 1952 in Rice Lake, WI to Vernon and Dorothy (Blechinger) Leisz.
Trish grew up and attended high school in Turtle Lake, WI. She was married to Ronald Olson on August 1, 1970 in
Cumberland, WI.
The two began management of the family farm in Comstock in 1971, later purchasing the operation from Ron's father. Her passion for farming, love of the animals and management skills helped build Bethany ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Marvin Hammer
Marvin Hammer, 90, of St. Paul, MN, died on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in St. Paul, MN. He was born on December 21, 1924 in Spooner, WI to Emil and Margaret (Wirthman) Hammer.
Marvin joined the US Army on July 26, 1944. Following the war, he worked for Waldorf paper for a time, then for Major Tire recapping tires for a few years. He owned and operated Marvin Hammer Landscaping Service for over 30 years.
Marvin is survived by his siblings, Vernon "Bud" Hammer of Turtle Lake and Marcella Effertz of Cumberland; along ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Lillian Zeman
Lillian Zeman, age 87, of Chetek, WI, died on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. She was born on July 24, 1927 to William and Mary Bauer in Chicago, IL where she was raised and attended school.
On October 3, 1953, she was married to her loving husband of 53 years, Paul Zeman. The couple moved to Chetek in 1972 and operated Lakeview Resort for 18 years. Lillian worked as a telephone operator at Illinois Bell, Wisconsin Bell and Rice Lake Telephone Company for many years.
Lillian enjoyed doing volunteer work for the Joint Rehabilitation Department at Lakeview Medical Center. She also loved spending time ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Joe Hellstern
Joe Hellstern, 84, of Turtle Lake, died on Monday, January 19, 2015 at Barron Care & Rehab. He was born on March 21, 1930 in Kansasville, WI to John and Eva (Donaker) Hellstern.
Joe was married in Turtle Lake, WI on November 24, 1951 to Jean Hughes. Together they farmed in Turtle Lake until 1989 when they retired.
Even in retirement he enjoyed driving tractors and working in the fields. He was an avid collector of toy John Deere Tractors and enjoyed being out on the lake fishing, feeding and watching the birds and doing woodworking.
Joe is survived by his wife, Jean of Turtle Lake; ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Roger A. Flach
Roger A. Flach, 72, of Shell Lake, died on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake. He was born on May 19, 1942 in Rice Lake, WI to Fredrick and Hazel (Hustad) Flach.
Roger was married at Heart Lake Lutheran Church near Shell Lake, WI on January 25, 1964 to Mavis Parks. He worked at 3M-Cumberland for 33 years.
Roger was a hard worker, but it wasn't his passion.Roger loved life outdoors, whether that meant ice fishing, ATVing, hunting, mowing his huge lawn with his John Deere or tending a campfire surrounded by family and friends. He also truly enjoyed supporting sports teams ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Lona Holub
Lona Holub, age 83, of Arkdale, Wisconsin, entered into eternal life on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Villa Pines Living Center in Friendship, Wisconsin.
Lona was born on April 11, 1931 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin to Willis and Ethel (Hodgson) Burchell. She attended schools in Chippewa and Dunn Counties where she received several awards of honor for academics and attendance. Lona attended Colfax High School before transferring to Chetek High School where she graduated on June 1, 1949. She married the love of her life, Robert J. Holub on October 19, 1949, with ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Orv Hicks
Orv Hicks, age 91, of Barron, WI, died on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Wissota Health and Regional Vent Center at Chippewa Falls, WI.
Decorated World War II veteran and long-time respected Barron resident, Orv Hicks was surrounded by loving family and at peace when he went to be with his Lord on January 16, 2015, following heart bypass surgery. He would have been 92 on January 18.
Enlisting in the Army Air Force at the age of 20, Orville became a gunner with the 8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 389th Bomb Group, 564th Squadron, also known as The Sky Scorpions. His job was to man a ball turret with twin .50 caliber machine guns on B-24 bombers. ....

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Donna Meyers
Donna Meyers, age 83, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Woodstone in Rice Lake. She was born on May 17, 1931 in Rice Lake, WI to Charles and Delphine (Chartier) Mercier.
Donna graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1949. She was married to Art Meyers on June 3, 1950 in Rice Lake. She worked at Birchwood Manufacturing and at St. Joseph Hospital; but her career was Activity Director at Rice Lake Convalescent Center for over 31 years. She was a caregiver, volunteer, enjoyed knitting, quilting and singing in the St. Joseph Choir. Donna also loved to play cards and travel with her brothers ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Dolores Prince
Dolores Prince, 86, of Lakeland, FL, died at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, January 12, 2015 at OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth. She was born on May 23, 1928 in Rice Lake, WI, the daughter of George and Karolina (Ladman) Kohl.
Dolores was raised and educated in Rice Lake. She graduated from Marquette University in 1948.
Dolores married Richard J. Prince on May 6, 1950 in Haugen, WI. He died on April 6, 2009.
Dolores was a dental hygienist in Eau Claire, WI and Chicago for several years before taking on her most rewarding job as a homemaker and mother.
Survivors include her two ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Betty LaBlonde
Betty LaBlonde was born on January 9, 1929 to Carl and Beatrice Fullerton Lokker in Rice Lake, WI, she was baptized in the hospital on January 10, 1929.
They moved to Lady-smith when she was an infant. She was confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church in Ladysmith on June 24, 1934. She attended school in Ladysmith.
Betty was united in marriage to Eugene LaBlonde on February 17, 1957 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hampton, IA. To this union a son, Robert Eugene "Bob" was born on December 1, 1962.
Betty passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Heritage Manor ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Sis Shilkrot
Sis Shilkrot, 86, died on January 14 in St. Louis Park, MN. She was born in Rochester, New York.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sydney Grossman and Ray (Banditson) Grossman; brother, Donald Grossman and sister-in-law, Joan (Smith) Grossman.
Sis is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Herman A. Shilkrot, sons Rod (Cheryl Levy) Shilkrot, and Alan Shilkrot; daughter, Susan (James) Duchon; grandchildren, Jayme Shilkrot (Jonathan) Lopuch, Josef (Katie) Shilkrot, Jesse and Justin Duchon; two nephews; and a niece.
Sis was born and raised in Rochester, NY where she studied ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Alice Babcock
Alice Babcock, age 102, of Rice Lake, WI, passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Heritage Manor in Rice Lake. Alice Phillipsen was born on September 17, 1912.
She was married to George R. Babcock. Alice lived her entire life in Rice Lake where she worked for 30 years for Schultz Brothers Store in the cashier office. Alice was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.
Alice Babcock is survived by six grandchildren, Stephen Babcock of Berlin, MD, Thomas Babcock of Whaleyville, MD, Carri Morones of Fullerton, CA, Sandi Frank of Jacksonville, FL, Shari Neumann of Norfolk ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Nila Myren
Nila Myren, age 96, passed away on Wednesday January 14, 2015, in Minneapolis, MN, with her family at her side. She was born on October 15, 1918 just outside of Chetek.
Daughter of Amy and John Goodenough, she was preceded in death by three sisters; two brothers; two daughters, Bonnie and Barbara; and her husband, James Myren.
Nila owned "Nila's Cut 'N' Curl," a beauty shop in her home, in Rice Lake for over 30 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Sara Myren of Minneapolis ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Irene Morris
Irene Morris, age 93, of Birchwood, WI, died on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at her home in Rice Lake, WI. She was born on August 3, 1921 in
Fargo, ND.
Irene was married to John Morris on June 27, 1941 in Fargo, ND. They moved to Illinois in 1950 where John went to school and was later employed. Irene worked for a laundry service, babysat, waitressed and was employed by Bear Brand Hosiery Company. She was a member of Salvation Army Church.
Irene and John retired to Birchwood, WI in 1980. Her enjoyments were sewing, crocheting, knitting, reading and crossword ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Katrina Lee Stout
Katrina Lee Stout, beloved daughter of Rob and Amy Stout, was born into our Lord's hands on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:03 a.m., at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake, WI.
Though she never met us, she touched our lives forever more.
She is survived by her parents, Robert John Stout and Amy Lee Stout; brother, Alec; sisters, Taylor, Hannah and Addison; maternal grandparents, Jeff and Michelle Loew; paternal grandmother, Gloria Halter; paternal grandfather, John Stout; maternal great-grandmothers, Eva Rihn ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Nila Myren
Nila Myren, age 96, passed Wednesday January 14, 2015 In Minneapolis, MN with her family at her side.
Born Oct. 15,1918 just outside of Chetek.
Daughter of Amy and John Goodenough, she is preceded in death by 3 sister's and 2 brothers and 2 daughters, Bonnie and Barbara, and her husband James Myren.
Nila owned "Nila's Cut 'N' Curl", a beauty shop in her home, in Rice Lake,for over 30 years.
She is survived by her daughter Sara Myren of Minneapolis and Nigel Zerwes her grandson, and 2 great granchildren Zoe and Jasir, ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Lorraine Davis
Lorraine Davis, 91, of Rice Lake, died peacefully on January 3, 2015 at Heritage Court Memory Care in Eau Claire, holding her granddaughter Tiffany's hand. Lorraine was born on the family farm west of Rice Lake, on May 24, 1923.
The daughter of Swedish immigrants John Holmstrom and Anna Peterson-Holmstrom, Lorraine was the youngest of nine children, Lillian Holmstrom Stromberg, Amelia Holmstrom Miller and brothers, Casper, Raymond, Elmer, Arthur, Leonard and Lloyd Holmstrom. Her older brothers were fiercely protective; young men who wanted to date Lorraine had to be brave ...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Carol Gilbert
Carol Gilbert, age 96, was born in Swanburg, MN on October 16, 1918. She was a resident of Rice Lake, WI from 1950 to 2014.
Carol will best be remembered for her generosity and giving of her time and endless energy to Bethany Lutheran Church as President and server of Circle One. She prepared many pounds of lefse each year, served the annual bazaar and many years as blood mobile chairperson, including being a major donor. She was a Sunday School teacher and Cub Scout Den Mother....

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Irene LaBrie
Irene LaBrie, 88, of Eau Claire, passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Wisconsin Veteran's Home in Chippewa Falls. Irene was born on June 15, 1926 in Hammond, Wisconsin in St. Croix County to George and Mabel
(Sampson) Wall.
In her teen years, she moved to Rusk County with her parents. She attended rural schools, graduated from Tony High School
in 1944.
After graduation, she worked at Greyhound Bus Depot in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in ticket sales.
In Eau Claire she met and married Adolph LaBrie on July 3, 1951. They lived in Rice Lake and Bruce, Wisconsin. After her husband retired from Wisconsin Northern Transportation, they moved to Eau Claire. Adolph passed away on September 3, 1993.
Irene is survived by her three sons, ...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Bob Cipra
Bob Cipra, age 66, of Rice Lake, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, January 3, 2015. He was born on August 29, 1948 to Roger and Arlene (Borgen) Cipra.
He was a graduate of Rice Lake High School, Class of 1966. Bob was drafted into the US Army and did a tour of duty in Vietnam.
He married Carol Krause in 1974. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on December 29, 2014.
Bob is survived by his wife, Carol; a son, Cory (Jenni); and a daughter, Stacy (Rogelio); three grandsons, Isaiah, Elias ...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Carolyn Harvey
Carolyn Harvey, 94, of Barron, WI, passed away at Monroe Manor on
December 29, 2014.
Carolyn Cudo was born on June 22, 1920 to Lawrence and Mary (Jaskowiak) Cudo in Minneapolis.
She moved with her parents to Weyerhaeuser in 1935 where she was prom queen and graduated in the class of 1938.
In 1939 she married Frank Makuck of Weyerhaeuser and two sons were born, Carl and Don. They owned Log Bar in Bruce and then moved to
Frank passed away in 1945. Carolyn then ...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Mary M. Shimek
Mary M. Shimek, 96, of Sarona died on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Lake-view Medical Center in Rice Lake. She was born on December 5, 1918 in Sarona, WI to Matt and Caroline (Volk) Wenzel.
Mary attended Kegema Lake School and Sarona Schools. She was married in Sarona, WI on May 25, 1937 to Frank Shimek.
While her children were at home, she worked seasonally during the potato harvest. Later in life, she worked for Nickell Home Sheilds for over 10 years, receiving an award for ...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Bob Rogstad
ob Rogstad, age 79, of Greenwood, passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI.
A visitation will be held at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Greenwood, on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be no service held. A celebration of his life will be held at Greenwood Legion, until 3 p.m. following the visitation.
Bob Rogstad was born on December 4, 1935 to Peter and Bertha (Hansen) Rogstad in Rice Lake WI. He was raised in Rice Lake and moved to Milwaukee with his family where he finished his education, graduating in 1953.
Robert was drafted into the United States Army where he served until 1962. He met his wife of 47 years ...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Bill Ludy
Bill Ludy, 92, of Barron, WI, passed away on January 1, 2015 at Barron Care and Rehab in Barron, WI. He went peacefully to be with his Lord in Heaven. Bill was born on May 28, 1922, the firstborn son of Fred and Rosa (Glauser) Ludy, then recent immigrants from Bern, Switzerland.
Bill grew up with his two brothers, Kenneth and John, in White Clover and Twin Town Cheese factories near Almena. He assisted his parents with manufacturing cheese and hauling milk for the family business. Bill graduated from Turtle Lake High School, where he was a member ...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Virginia Clark
Jesus had a great birthday as he received Virginia Clark into heaven. She passed away in her sleep on December 25, 2014. She was born to James and Lily Brown on December 17, 1918.
She leaves behind three sisters; one brother; eight children, Charlotte Sargent, John Culver, Janice Culver, Dorothy Thompson, David Clark, Paul Clark, Mark Clark and Mary Carlson; many grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Howard Culver and Allen Clark; one daughter, Debra Hawkins; three sisters; and one brother.
She was a strong Christian woman who ...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Daniel Peterson
Daniel Peterson, 69, of Altoona, passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls.
Daniel enjoyed fishing, riding his motorcycle, and in earlier years, loved to attend NASCAR races. He served our country in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his two sisters, Mary Jane (Hank) Drinken of Rice Lake and Susan (Bill) Gordon of Lake Forest, California.
Daniel was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is serving the family.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Carson Timblin
Carson Timblin, age 79, of Plum City, formerly of Birchwood, died on Thursday, December 25, 2014 at his home in Plum City with his family by his side. Carson was born on February 3, 1935 in Barron. He was the son of John Edward and Pearl Elizabeth (McManus) Timblin.
Carson grew up in the Barron area and graduated from Barron High School in 1953. After high school, Carson moved to Wyoming to work on a ranch for several years.
Carson returned to marry Evelyn Parent on March 14, 1956 in Pine City, MN. After marriage they moved to Boyceville where they raised their family and Carson worked in the agriculture and electrical industries. In 1973 ...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Audrey Horvat
Audrey Horvat, age 90, of Bayside, WI, passed away on Friday, December 26, 2014 at Elizabeth Residence in Bayside. She was born on May 9, 1924 in Chicago, IL to Joseph and Harriet (Pott) Kajohn.
Audrey graduated from nursing school in 1947 from Illinois Masonic Hospital. She married her high school sweetheart, George Horvat, on August 1, 1948.
Audrey was active in Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron in 1949. Audrey was a homemaker and was devoted ...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Mark R. Philip
Mark R. Philip, age 64, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Monday, December 22, 2014 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. He was born on November 27, 1950 in Chicago, IL to Charles Robert and Rosemary (Vranek) Philip.
He was a graduate of Franklin Park High School in Illinois. Mark was married to Marcia White, the mother of his children. They were later divorced. He was together with Carol Randall from 1988 until his death.
He worked for Philips Grocery Store in Haugen, WI, the Rice Lake Elks Club, Murphy Trucking Company, Wright Products ...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Barb Holcomb
Barb Holcomb, 69, of Willow River, passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at her home. She was born on July 12, 1945 in Norfolk, Virginia to Raymond and Evelyn (Nielsen) Watters.
Barb was united in marriage to Maynard Holcomb on June 3, 1965 in St. Paul. Barb worked at Institution Sales in St. Paul as well as being a homemaker for 48 years. She was a Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader, PTA and Drill Team Leader before she and Maynard moved to Willow River in 1978. Barb continued as a Girl Scout Leader, Cheerleading Advisor as well as foster care and volunteer at the Food Pantry. Barb was ...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


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