Arnold V. Jansa, 88
RIVER FALLS - Arnold V. Jansa, age 88, died Saturday, March 6, 1999.
He was born in Cherma Jan. 12, 1911, to John and Ursula (Schallbetter) Jansa. He lived in the River Falls area, working as a carpenter and farmer.
He married Marie Yanish, June 15, 1937, in the Cherma Catholic Church and they had seven children. She died April 14, 1989.
Survivors include: Marie (Ted) Kressly, Helen Jansa, Cecelia (Ted) Knack, Bernice (Bob) DeLong, Arnold (Henrietta) Jansa, Marlys (Ron) Johnson; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were: his parents; his wife; daughter, Alice; and grandsons, Ken and Lucas.
Funeral will be Thursday, March 11, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Bridget's Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cashman Mortuary in River Falls.
Gertrude M. Husnik, 71
Gertrude M. Husnik, age 71, of Ellsworth, died Saturday, March 6, 1999 at the Ellsworth Care Center.
She was born march 14, 1927 in Hillman, Minn., the daughter of Michael and Caroline (Wacker) Kapsner. She married Otto Husnik in Hillman October of 1950, he died March 2, 1963.
She worked as a cook for a short time for the Krummel Homes.
She is survived by three children, Pat (Chuck) Fish of Roseville, Minn., Dawn (Doug) Lone, of Minneapolis, Perry Husnik of Ellsworth; five grandchildren; three brothers and six sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Otto; and one sister, Rita.
Mass of Christian Burial will at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 10 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 171 Elm St., Circle Pines, Minn. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church for one hour prior to Mass on Wednesday.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth (715) 273-4421, is handling arrangements.
Donald M. Nelson, 76
Donald Melvin Nelson, 76, Ellsworth, died Wednesday, March 3, 1999, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born Aug. 1, 1922, to Arthur and Clara (Hilden) Nelson and graduated from Prescott High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1945 as an honor guard for Gen. Douglas McArthur.
He married Margaret Naseth Sept. 11, 1948, in Red Wing. A farmer in Trimbelle Township, he was vice president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union Board and active with the Ellsworth Creamery Board and Marketing Processing Board in Redwood Falls, Minn. He also was chairman of the Trimbelle Town Board and served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's task force during the Kennedy administration. He was a member of Kinne-Englehart American Legion Post and attended Bethel Covenant Church in Ellsworth.
He is survived by: his wife; one son, Brian (Becky) of Ellsworth; three daughters, Beverly (Bill) Zeien, Sandra (Scott) Hanson and Merry (Jeff) Hines, all of Ellsworth; 11 grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Longley of Crystal, Minn.; three brothers, Percy (Eileen) of Bryan, Ohio, Robert of Ellsworth and Orville (Doris) of Prescott.
Preceding him in death were: one son, Thomas; two brothers, John and Frederick, and one sister, Alice Paulus.
Funeral was Sunday at Bethel Covenant Church with the Revs. Dave McDowell and Marvin Eppard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth, handled arrangements.
Terrence W. Baker, 58
Terrence "Terry" W. Baker, age 58, of Ellsworth, died Sunday, March 7, 1999 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn.
He was born Aug. 16, 1940 in Red Wing, the son of Oscar and Grace (Evans) Baker. He was a graduate of Ellsworth Senior High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 until 1963. He married and later divorced Polly Dunn. He married Susan Crogan in 1975 in Red Wing.
He owned and operated his own semi. He enjoyed socializing with his friends.
He is survived by his wife, Susan of Ellsworth; five children, Terrence Baker of Ellsworth, Debra (Steve) Ferm, Rosemount, Minn., Jeff (Stacey Larson) Baker of Ellsworth, Kristin (William) Mann of Lino Lakes, Minn., Kathryn Baker of Ellsworth; two grandchildren, Isabelle and Wyatt; one brother, Gordon (Bev) Baker of Red Wing; one sister, Susie (Wayne) Holmstadt of Plum City.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Warren Baker.
A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. at Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth on Wednesday, March 10 where there will be a time of remembering Terry beginning at 7:45 p.m. No other services will be held. Private interment of his cremains will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis on Monday, March 15.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth is handling arrangements.
Francis Baarley, 76
Francis Baarley, age 76, of Ellsworth died Monday, March 8, 1999, at River Falls Area Hospital.
He was born Dec. 23, 1922, in Aurora, Ill., to Clark and Ida Baarley. At age six, he moved to Red Wing. He entered the second grade at Ellsworth and graduated in 1941. He was on the basketball team which went to state in 1941. After graduation, he was employed with Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Wash. He entered the Army Jan. 15, 1943. He trained at Fort Hood, Camp Gruber, Fort Jackson and left for overseas from Camp Kilmer, N.J. On Feb. 12, 1945, while leading a patrol of seven men in Belgium, they stepped on a land mine. "Ponsie" was the only survivor, but as a result of this action both legs were amputated. After spending 13 months in Bushnell Veterans Hospital, he was discharged and returned to Ellsworth. He later enrolled at the University of Washington in a program to counsel amputees. He worked with the veterans in Seattle.
In 1950, he returned to Ellsworth and was employed for 12 years by Thom's Jewelry Store, learning to repair antique clocks. For the next 32 years, he did work for Swanson's Jewelry Store and started to rebuild player pianos and coin-operated machines. He married Dorothy Imhoff on Oct. 10, 1980.
He liked to travel and spend winters at their home in Pahrump, Nev. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Zor Temple and the American Legion Post 204. He will always be remembered by young and old for his player piano music at the Round Barn at the Pierce County Fair.
He is survived by: his wife; two stepdaughters, Linda (Gerald) Christiansen and Vicki (Dale) Nelson; four step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Curtis.
There was a memorial service at English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth on Friday, March 12. A private burial will be at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ellsworth. Memorials are preferred to Hospice, English Lutheran Church or of your choice.
Carol Gilles, 54
BAY CITY - Lenore Carolyn "Carol" Gilles, age 54, of Frontenac, Minn., died Sunday, March 14, 1999, at Fairview University Medical Center.
She was born April 25, 1944, in Brainerd, Minn., to Edwin and Lenore (Jackson) Stark and attended school in Farmington, Minn. She moved to the Red Wing area in 1963.
She married Edward Gilles in October 1964 in Brookings, N.D. She worked at Larry's Broiler, Riedell Shoes, Inc., and Fairview Seminary Home. A member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Minn., she taught Vacation Bible School. She gardened and sewed.
She is survived by: her husband; her mother of Lake City, Minn.; two sons, Bradley (Jole) of Red Wing and Rick (Cathy) Osness of Dassel, Minn.; one stepson, Francis of Red Wing; three stepdaughters, Diana (John) Stewart of Red Wing, Cindy (Jason) Whitmore of Bay City and Tammi (Craig) Mueller of Red Wing; two sisters, Linda Ristow of St. Croix Falls and Kris (Mark) Tesch of Coon Rapids, Minn.; two brothers, Daniel (Cathy) Stark of Oregon and William (Pat) Stark of Alexandria, Minn.; 18 grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were: her father; her paternal grandmother, Mary Stark; and an infant grandchild.
Funeral will be Wednesday, March 17, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Belvidere, with the Rev. Jonathan Nack officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Joshua Davis, Bradley and Francis Gilles, Jacob and Rick Osness, and Jesse Reglin. Honorary pallbearers will be Simon Mueller and Peter Osness.
Mahn Family Funeral Homes, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, handled arrangements.
Joseph H. Gutting, Sr., 92
Joseph H. Gutting, Sr., age 92, of Ellsworth died Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at the St. Croix Care Center in Prescott.
He was born Jan. 23, 1907, in Trimbelle Township, the son of Christian and Marie (Bedner) Gutting.
He married Mary Hruska April 9, 1940, in Kilkenny, Minn. He lived in Beldenville and was a long time member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Ellsworth.
He is survived by: his wife, Mary Gutting of Ellsworth; three children, Stephen (Rachel) Gutting of Prescott, Therese Gutting of Duluth, Minn., and Joseph A. (Marla) Gutting, Jr. of Hager City; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters, William Gutting of Ellsworth, Leo (LuVerne) Gutting of Siren, Sister Hope Gutting of Auburndale, Sister Laura Gutting of La Crosse, Hilda Stoetzel of Ellsworth, Bernard Gutting of Geneva, Ia.; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents and one son, Francis J. Gutting; one brother, Carl Gutting; and one sister, Sister Mary Gutting.
Mass of Christian burial was Friday, March 12, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth with Father Thomas Donaldson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Religious Retirement Fund.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth, handled arrangements.
Phyllis Fischer, 73
ELMWOOD - Phyllis I. Fischer (Kilgore), age 73, of South St. Paul, Minn., died Wednesday, March 3, 1999, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
She was born April 24, 1925, in Rock Elm to Vernon and Bernice (Hawn) Kilgore. She attended school in Rock Elm and graduated from Elmwood High School in 1943.
She worked in St. Paul until her marriage to Orville Fischer, June 8, 1946. They lived in So. St. Paul until her death.
She is survived by: her husband, Orville; one daughter, Helen Miller; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her sister, Mary (Eldon) Jacobson; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Linda Pinette.
Funeral was held March 7 at United Methodist Church of So. St. Paul, of which she was a member.
Rosalie M. Van Duren, 60
PRESCOTT - Rosalie Marguerite (Tobiassen) Van Duren, age 60, died Thursday, March 4, 1999, at United Hospital, St. Paul, after a brief hospitalization. Death was due to pneumonia.
She was born Oct. 28, 1938, in River Falls to Stanley H. and Rose Virginia (Roehl) Tobiassen. She attended grade school in River Falls and graduated from high school at Elk River, Minn.
She married Kenneth D. Van Duren at Elk River in 1966. The marriage ended in divorce in 1997. She owned and operated the Century 21-Van Duren Real Estate Agency in Prescott for many years. She retired in 1992 due to increasing debilitation from multiple sclerosis.
Both parents preceded her in death.
Survivors include: her brother, Craig Bolivar; aunts, Stella Tobiassen, Effie Tobiassen and Ruby (Roehl) Jankus; several cousins; and best friend, Sharon Berning.
A memorial service is to be conducted by the Rev. David Roberts, Sunday, March 21, at the United Church of Christ, Prescott, with 1 p.m. visitation and a 2 p.m. service.
Arrangements by Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home with private interment at The German Settlement Cemetery, St. Croix County, Hudson.
Marie M. Walther, 92
HAGER CITY - Marie M. Walther, age 92, Red Wing and formerly of Hokah, Minn., died Friday, March 5, 1999, at Red Wing Health Center.
She was born March 25, 1906, in Brownsville Township, Minn., to John and Katharina (Lampert) Hensel. She married Henry Walther Nov. 26, 1927, in Brownsville Township. They farmed for 18 years in Mound Prairie, Minn., before moving to Hokah in 1947. He died July 11, 1969. She moved to Red Wing in 1995 and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hokah.
She is survived by: one daughter, Lorraine (Ben) Mann of Hager City; two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandsons; one niece and one nephew.
Preceding her in death were her husband, two sisters and five brothers.
Funeral was Wednesday, March 10, at Zion Lutheran Church, Hokah, with the Rev. Daniel Borgwardt officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hokah. Memorials are preferred to the church or the American Diabetes Association.
Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home in La Crescent, Minn., handled arrangements.
Lucille E. Knudsen, 81
Lucille E. Knudsen, age 81, of Trenton Township died Monday, March 15, 1999, at the Ellsworth Care Center.
She was born May 14, 1917, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Andrew and Ellen (Anderson) Boleen.
She married LeRoy Knudsen Nov. 16, 1935. They farmed in the Town of Trenton.
She loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, gardening and flowers. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, and Christian Women's Group in Red Wing.
She is survived by: two children, Norman (Karen) Knudsen of Hillsboro, Mo., and Joanne (Lee) Skog of Bay City; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Stanley (Irene) Boleen of Golden Valley, Minn.; and one sister, Virginia Boleen of Ellsworth.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband, one grandson and three brothers.
Services were held Friday, March 19, at the First Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth, with Rev. Paul Martin officiating. Interment will be later this spring in Trenton Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Children of Promise, Int., P.O. Box 200, Alma, MO 64001.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth, handled arrangements.