Francis A. 'Bud' Foley, 76
Francis A. "Bud" Foley, age 76, of Ellsworth died Wednesday, May 5, 1999, at the Ellsworth Care Center at about 9 p.m. He entered the care center just a few days earlier.
He was born Jan. 26, 1923, to John T. and Agnes (Langer) Foley in Gilman Township. He grew up and attended school at Prescott.
On Feb. 6, 1945, he married Audrey Janisch and they resided in Ellsworth. He was a dairy farmer and laborer at the St. Paul Stock Yards. In January 1977, he was hospitalized and treated for brain cancer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. They continued to live on their farm in El Paso Township, operated by their son Chuck.
He remained an active parishioner at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth. He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, neighbor and friend.
Survivors include: his wife, Audrey, of Ellsworth; their 12 children, Ron and Mary Kay Foley of Ellsworth, Ger and Sharon Foley of Menomonie, Jim and Belinda Foley of Beldenville, Mary Ann and Pat Fee of Birchwood, Pat and Jan Foley of Ellsworth, Rick and Rhoda Foley of Beldenville, Chuck and Joan Foley of Ellsworth, Jane and Ron Matzek of Hager City, Mike and Ann Foley of Ellsworth, Julie and David Coleman of Minneapolis, Bill and Michele Foley of Ellsworth, and Jackie Foley of River Falls. He is also survived by: 29 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five brothers, Robert and Alene Foley of Red Wing, Stanley and Dorothy Foley of Withee, Roger and JoAnn Foley of Port Charlotte, Fla., Dr. Don Foley of Hartland and Walter and Ruby Foley of Hager City; two sisters, Grace Johnson of Brainerd, Minn., and Carmen Foley of Ellsworth, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Preceding him in death were: his parents; sisters, Florence Cotter, Sister Jerome Foley; and two brothers-in-law, John Cotter and Don Johnson.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 8, at St. Francis Catholic Church with Fr. Thomas Donaldson officiating. Music was provided by organist Connie Cobian with congregational singing. Burial was in St. Francis Catholic Cemtery, Ellsworth.
Bearers were: his grandsons, Craig Foley, Scott and Aaron Foley, Jeff Foley, Patric and Tucker Fee, Brady Foley, Andy Foley, Aric and Adam Matzek, Mitchell Foley and Daniel Coleman. Servers were: grandsons, Nick Foley and Elliot Foley. Special music was provided by: granddaughters, Jessie Foley, Heather Johnson and Jena Matzek. Gift bearers were: grandchildren, Megan Foley, Ryan Foley and Derek Foley. Placing the pall was by: granddaughters, Angie Foley, Molly Fee, Mandy Foley and Jenny Foley.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, handled arrangements.
Elwood F. Burke, 67
SPRING VALLEY - Elwood F. Burke, 67, of Spring Valley, formerly of St. Paul, died Wednesday May 12, 1999, at United Hospital in St. Paul.
He was born May 9, 1932, in Holmen, the son of Francis and Mary (Young) Burke. He grew up in the Holmen-Midway area. He graduated from Holmen High School in 1951. He joined the U. S. Navy during the Korean War and served for five years. During this time, he met and married Nieves Munoz on July 9, 1955, in California. After the service, they returned to Wisconsin. Through his employment with IBM, they lived in Michigan, New York and later St. Paul. In 1977, they purchased a farm in Gilman Township, rural Spring Valley, and he has remained there the rest of his life.
He is survived by: his wife Nieves; three daughters, Marcella (Jon) Tweedale of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; Loretta (William) Poppleton of Tracy, Calif.; Janet (Tony) Hunter of North St. Paul, Minn.; three sons, Richard (Cathi) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Paul of Elmwood and Michael (Tami) of Wisconsin Rapids; eight grandchildren; one brother, Patrick Burke of Rhinelander; five sisters, Rita Hauser of Galesville, Veronica Burke of Onalaska, Linda Fischer and Jacqueline Burke, both of Beaver Dam, and Sharon Keller of Warroad, Minn.
His parents preceded him in death.
Funeral services were Monday May 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Varkey Velickakathu officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery-El Paso, rural Spring Valley.
Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood handled arrangements.
Anna J. Anderson, 97
MARTELL TOWNSHIP - Anna Johanna (Jorgenson) Anderson, age 97, of Martell Township died Monday, May 10, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care Center in River Falls.
She was born on March 24, 1902, in Martell Township to Hans J. and Anna Christine (Olson) Jorgenson. At the age of two weeks, she was taken into the home of John and Marie Monnes for a time, who later became her uncle John and aunt Marie. She was baptized and confirmed at the Martell Lutheran Church and, at the time of her death, was a member of the Rush River Lutheran Church and, until her health failed, was very active in church. She attended the Clay Corner School and Norwegian Parocial School. She spent her entire life on the home farm. On April 20, 1929, she married John Anderson and they had one son, Algot.
She is survived by: her son, Algot; one niece, Betty (Myron) Morrow of River Falls; two nephews, Helmer Jorgenson of Hammond and James Jorgenson of River Falls; and special friend, Irene Hilden of Minneapolis.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, John; her parents, Anna and John; stepmother, Caroline (Monnes) Jorgenson, whom she cared for until their deaths; also, one infant daughter; Sister Olivia Jorgenson; four brothers, Charles, Willis, Edwin and Axel; and several nieces and nephews.
She enjoyed her housework and loved cooking, baking and creating delicious recipes out of her own skills, doing many of these things until recently. She also loved gardening and tending the flowers.
Services were Friday, May 14, at Rush River Lutheran Church. Officiating were Rev. John Sutherland and Intern Pastor Karna Baseman Stark. Interment was at Martell Lutheran Cemetery, Martell. Pallbearers were: Luvern Larson, Kenneth Jacobson, Bob Bennett, Glenn Knutson, Dale Lund and William Christenson. Organist was Georgia Menk; soloist was Richard Ulvilden.
Arrangements were by Cashman Mortuary, River Falls.
James E. Matzek, 55
James E. Matzek, age 55, of Ellsworth, died Thursday, May 13, 1999, at his home after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born Oct. 30, 1943, in Red Wing, to Charles and Roseann (Gwilt) Matzek. He was a 1962 graduate of Ellsworth Senior High School. He married Rosemary Langer on April 4, 1964, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Big River. They were married for 35 years.
He worked for the Pierce County Highway Department for 25 years. Over the years, he performed different jobs and developed strong relationships with his co-workers. As a member of the A.F.S.C.M.E. Union Local #556, he developed a commitment to job security, serving as officer/president since 1978.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and bird watching. He shared his love and devotion with all family members, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of St. Francis Parish, Trimbelle Rod and Gun Club and other outdoor affiliations.
He is survived by: his wife; three children, James A. (Becky) Matzek of Hager City, Julie (Charles) Casler of Ellsworth and Eugene (Tracy) Matzek of Ellsworth; two granddaughters; his parents; five sisters, Jeannie Patrick of Onalaska; Jeri (Lonnie) Reps of Onalaska; Judy (Dale) Fredendall of Janesville, Karen (Dan) Lemke of La Crosse and Georgia (Glen) Luhman of Madison; a brother, Charles (Rosemary) Matzek of La Crosse; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Pat.
Funeral services were Monday, May 17, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Father Thomas Donaldson officiated. Burial was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Big River.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home in Ellsworth handled arrangements.
Pearl L. Jensen, 84
RIVER FALLS - Pearl L. Jensen, age 84, of River Falls died Friday, May 14, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care facility.
She was born March 30, 1915, in Martell Township to Marshall and Ida Osen. She graduated from Ellsworth Senior High School in 1932 and attended business college in Minneapolis. She was married to Stanley Jensen on Nov. 9, 1940, in Minneapolis. They moved to Brainerd, Minn., where she typed court transcripts for her husband, who was a district court reporter. While in Brainerd, she was active in Camp Fire Girls and League of Women Voters. Her hobbies included reading, music, cards, current events and traveling.
She is survived by: a daughter, Thea Parisse of Plymouth, Minn.; three grandchildren, Andrew Parisse, Amber Parisse and Joseph Parisse; one great-granddaughter, Trina; a sister, Fern Anderson of Ellsworth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her husband; a grandson, Ryan Parisse; brothers, Hiram and Clarence Osen; and sisters, Evelyn Halverson, Inez Gipford and Lillian Baar.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 21, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls at 2 p.m. Memorials may be sent to the American Lung Association of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 500, Hudson 54016.
Gordon R. Hanson, 79
Gordon Reynold Hanson, age 79, of Hudson died Sunday, May 16, 1999, at the Christian Community Home in Hudson, where he had been a resident since April 10, 1996.
He was born on Feb. 9, 1920, in Grantsburg, the son of John William and Margrethe (Petersen) Hanson. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from July 31, 1942, until Dec. 5, 1945.
He was married to Norma Corbett in Portland, Ore., in 1943. They lived in Portland until 1948, where he was employed at the shipyards at Alcoa Aluminum Company. They were divorced in 1968. From 1948 until 1965, he lived in Beldenville. He moved to Hudson in 1965, where he built a home on Kinnickinnic Street. While living in Beldenville, he did road work for Kenall Construction Company of Ellsworth and worked at the Deiss-Nugent Feed Mill in Ellsworth. He was employed at United Refrigeration in Hudson and, for 32 years, he was employed at Nor-Lake Refrigeration until retiring in 1985.
He was married to LaVaun Tillman on Dec. 21, 1969. She preceded him in death on Jan. 17, 1991.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson, Masonic Lodge of Hudson and the Kinne-Englehart American Legion of Ellsworth. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and deer hunting. He loved gardening and gave most of his produce away to family and friends.
He is survived by: his daughters, Diane (William) Stoetzel of Lakeland, Minn., and Palm Cole of Cameron; grandsons, Paul Stoetzel of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Josh Cole of Cameron; brothers, Harold (Orella) of Goodhue, Minn., and Lyle (Rita) of Olympia, Wash.; sister, June (Richard) Johnson of Lakeland, Fla.; and 10 nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, LaVaun, he was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation was to be held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, at the Murphy Funeral Home, Hudson, where a Masonic service was to be held at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19, at the First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, with Rev. Peg Pfab, pastor, officiating. Delores Willi is organist and Lynda Sunderland soloist. Interment will be at Willow River Cemetery, Hudson, where the American Legion and the VFW posts will conduct military rites.
Pallbearers are: Verlyn Benoy, Herbert Hahn, David Kvarens, Kenneth Larson, Don McGinley and James Steel.
Murphy Funeral Home, Hudson, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Palmer G. Wenum, 80
SPRING VALLEY - Palmer Gordon Wenum, age 80, of Spring Valley died Monday, May 17, 1999 at Myrtle Werth Hospital, Menomonie.
He was born April 9, 1919, the son of Theodore and Ida (Forseth) Wenum at Spring Valley. He was baptized and confirmed at Gilman Lutheran Church and has been a member of St. John's Lutheran Church since about 1955.
He was born and raised in Spring Valley where he attended Spring Valley schools. He graduated with the Spring Valley High School Class of 1938. After high school he attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa for a year before transferring to the University of Minnesota. He was one quarter short of receiving a degree in Aeronautical Engineering when his mother died. He returned to Spring Valley after he death, but never gave up his love of planes. He built and flew many radio controlled airplanes.
On June 2, 1945 he married Genevieve Gilbert at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He worked for the Bank of Spring Valley from 1946 until about 1959 and then worked as a draftsman for Gavic and Gavic in Spring Valley for about a year. He then received a job as Bank Examiner with the F.D.I.C. which he held until retiring in 1983.
He was also an avid photographer and had several pictures published. One of his photos made the cover of the first issue of "Wisconsin Tales and Trails" magazine. He also has numerous pictures documenting the flood of 1942 and the construction of the Spring Valley Dam. He was a classical music buff and had served as treasurer and taught Sunday School at Gilman Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Genevieve of Spring Valley; seven children and nine grandchildren: Ted and Bev Wenum of Spring Valley; Paul and Mary Wenum of Bloomington, Minn. and their children Corrina and Angela; John and Sherry Wenum of Milwaukee and their children Catherine and Jessica; Jean and Doug Blegen of Spring Valley and their children Laura, Andrea and Brian; Jim Wenum and Liz Burhans of Spring Valley; Mary and Jerry Nelson of Spring Valley; and Gordy and Debbie Wenum of Albert Lea, Minn. and their children Mitchell and Sarah. He is also survived by his closest cousin, Glenn Forseth of Bartlesville, Okla.; one nephew, Ted Davis of Ellsworth; one niece, Glydden Moskewitz of Jackson, Miss.; many other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Almeda 'Mede' Davis.
Funeral services were Friday, May 21 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. Reinhold officiating. Music was provided by organist Mary (Wenum) Nelson with congregational singing. Burial was in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley. Honorary bearers were grandsons Brian James Blegen and Mitchell Gordon Wenum. Bearers were Palmer's sons and sons-in-law.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.
Viletta H. Campos, 83
ELMWOOD - Viletta H. Campos, age 83, of Elmwood died Friday, May 21, 1999 at her home in Elmwood.
She was born July 20, 1915 in Maiden Rock the daughter of Frank and Ida (Perkins) Dewey, and grew up in that community. She moved to Ellsworth for several years then on to Red Wing, St. Paul and Illinois. In 1990 she moved to Spring Valley and in 1994 she moved to Elmwood where she has remained the rest of her life.
She is survived by four sisters, Dorothy Simenson of Red Wing, Jean Weldon of Plum City, Alice Anderson of Spring Valley, and Rayella Dewey of Birchdale, Minn.; one brother, Floyd Dewey of Red Wing; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Her parents, two sisters and one brother preceded her in death.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 25 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood with Rev. Ambrose Blenker officiating. Burial was in the Ono Cemetery, Township of Salem.
Rhiel's Funeral Service served the family.
Anna J. Anderson, 97
MARTELL - Anna Johanna (Jorgenson) Anderson, age 97, of the Town of Martell, died Monday, May 10, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care facility.
She was born on March 24, 1902, in the town of Martell the daughter of Hans J. and Anna Christine (Olson) Jorgenson. At the age of two weeks she was taken into the home of John and Marie Monnes for a time, who later became her Uncle John and Aunt Marie.
She was baptized and confirmed at the Martell Lutheran Church and at the time of her death was a member of the Rush River Lutheran Church. Until her health failed, she was a very active member of the church.
She attended the Clay Corner School and Norwegian Parochial School. She spent her entire life on the home farm. On April 20, 1929 she married John Anderson. They had one son, Algot. She enjoyed her housework. She loved cooking and baking and creating delicious recipes out of her own skills. She did many of these things until recently. She also loved gardening and tending flowers, sewing and traveling.
She is survived by her son, Algot of Beldenville; one niece, Betty Morrow of River Falls; two nephews, Helmer Jorgenson of Hammond and James Jorgenson of River Falls; and a special friend, Irene Hilden of Minneapolis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her mother, Anna; her father, Hans; and her stepmother, Caroline (Monnes) Jorgenson whom she cared for until their deaths. She was also preceded in death by one infant daughter; her sister, Olivia Franzen; four brothers, Charles, Willie, Edwin and Axel; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Friday, May 14, at the Rush River Lutheran Church in rural River Falls with the Rev. John Sutherland officiating, assisted by Karna Baseman Stark. Organist was Georgia Menk. Vocalist was the Rev. Richard Ulvilden. Burial was in Martell Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Glen Knutson, Luvern Larson, Bob Bennett, William Christenson, Kenneth Jacobson and Dale Lund.
Cashman Mortuary, River Falls, handled arrangements.
Gordon Olson, 83
Gordon E. Olson, age 83, of Ellsworth and formerly of Red Wing died Thursday, May 27, 1999, at the Ellsworth Care Center. Arrangements were pending at Mahn Family Funeral Homes, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.
Nanna G. C. Bjurquist, 94
Nanna Grace Caroline Bjurquist, age 94, of Stockholm, died Sunday, May 30, 1999, at Fairview Red Wing Hospital, where she had been a patient since May 22.
She was born on Nov. 7, 1904, in Plum City, the daughter of Charles and Nanna (Roseland) Peterson. She attended Cotter Hill School and Sabylund School, and she was employed as a clerk in general stores in Minneapolis, Stockholm and Lake City, Minn., as a young woman.
She was married on Nov. 12, 1924, to Leonard John Bjurquist at the Lutheran Parsonage in Red Wing. They farmed in the Lund area until her husband's death. She moved into the Village of Stockholm in November of 1965. She was employed as a cook at Pepin Schools from 1963-1973.
She was a member of Sabylund Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid Society. She love quilting, gardening, flowers and music; and a priority in her life was being with family.
She is survived by: six sons, Charles (Edna) Bjurquist of Prescott, Franklin (Delores) Bjurquist of Plum City, Elliott (Betty) Bjurquist of Stockholm, Jerry (Karen) Bjurquist of Eastman, Lee (Kathy) Bjurquist of Colfax and Nolan (Jenny) Bjurquist of Menomonie; three daughters, Wanda (Leonard) Olson of Pepin, Nonie (Morris) Nielsen of Plaza, N.D., and Lois (Jim) Albarado of Ellsworth; one sister, Ethel Peterson of Madison; 31 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband on June 8, 1961; one daughter, Laurel Haglund on April 14, 1996; three grandchildren, Lonnie Haglund, David Bjurquist and Nancy Bjurquist; two brothers, Paul and Roy Peterson; and six sisters, Hilda Peterson, Mary Erickson, Edith Peterson, Ruth Rundquist, Myrtle Peterson and Dorothy Peterson.
Visitation will be at the Swandby-Murphy Funeral Home, Maiden Rock, on Wednesday, June 2, from 3-5 p.m., and 7-9 p.m., and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 3, at Sabylund Lutheran Church, rural Lund, with Rev. Lynne Rigg, pastor, officiating. Katie Johnson will be organist accompanying congregational singing.
Interment will be in the Old Sabylund Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Dan Haglund, Mike Bjurquist, Peter Olson, Todd Bjurquist, Dan Bjurquist, Jeff Albarado, Nathan Bjurquist and Matthew Bjurquist and Steven Albarado.
Swandby-Murphy Funeral Home, Maiden Rock, assisted the family with arrangements.