Francis 'Frank' A. Bodelson, 83
HAGER CITY - Francis "Frank" Ambrose Bodelson, age 83, of Hager City died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
He was born Oct. 20, 1915, in Belle Creek Township, Minn., the son of Martin and Alice (Bengtson) Bodelson.
He attended school in Red Wing and Goodhue, Minn. On Oct. 18, 1941, he married Ruth Ryan. They lived in Red Wing and later moved to White Rock, Minn., where he worked as a cashier of the White Rock State Bank, and later became president and owner of the bank. After retiring from the bank, they moved to Rochester in 1979. She died on Feb. 8, 1981. He remarried Sophie Earney (Tollison) on Feb. 11, 1987, and the couple moved to Diamond Bluff, where they have since resided.
He was a member of the Vasa Lutheran Church, and served on the church board and was also the church treasurer, as well as the treasurer of Belle Creek Township (Minn.) In Rochester, he was a member of SCORE (Service Corporation of Retired Executives) and the Quarterback Club. In addition, he was also a member of Eidsvold Lutheran Church in Esdaile.
He enjoyed working on the daily crossword puzzles, watching sports, mowing, driving and being with his grandchildren.
He is survived by: his wife, Sophia; one daughter, Mary (Dennis) Kruger of Lake City, Minn.; one son, Bruce (Suzanne) of Eagan, Minn.; three stepsons, Gene (Jeannie) Earney of Big Lake, Minn., Charles (Patricia) Earney of Galesburg, Ill., and Collin (Shirley) Earney of Ellsworth; four grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Blanche Fellman of Red Wing.
Preceding him in death were: his first wife, Ruth; and two brothers, Sargent Sidney and Gordon Bodelson.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 10, at Vasa Lutheran Church with Rev. Carol Peterson officiating. Burial was in the Vasa Cemetery in Vasa Township. Memorials are preferred to the Handicap Access Project underway at Eidsvold Lutheran Church.
Mahn Family Funeral Home, Red Wing, handled arrangements.
Joshua D. Beyer
Joshua Dean Beyer, age 9, of Canon City, Colo., died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at the home of his grandparents, David and Nancy Beyer of Salem Township of Pierce County as a result of a house fire.
He was born May 7, 1990, in River Falls to Pam (Duran) and Tony Beyer. He lived with his parents in Washington State for five years and moved to Colorado four years ago where he had finished third grade. He played T-Ball in the municipal sport program.
He is survived by his parents, Pam and Tony Beyer; his three sisters, Jordana, Jacqueline and Jane, all of Canon City; his maternal grandparents, David and Nancy Beyer of Maiden Rock; his paternal grandparents, John and Gloria Breidenbach of Canon City; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
His funeral service will be held in conjuction with the funerals of his godmother, Elly Mae Pickerign and his cousins, William, Alexis and Natalie Pickerign at 11 a.m., Friday, July 16, at Zion Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the Spring Valley Bank in Plum City.
Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, 44 E. Columbia St., Chippewa Falls, is handling the arrangements.
Elvera C. Deiss, 75
Elvera Clara Deiss, age 75, of Hudson died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at Baldwin Care Center after a short illness.
She was born on March 30, 1924, in Oak Grove Township, the daughter of William J. and Veronica (Engel) Huppert. On Oct. 10, 1944, she was married to Marvin E. Deiss at St. Mary's Church, Big River. After she married, she became a homemaker and farm wife, raising three children, Karen, Thomas and Richard.
In recent years, she enjoyed her work at Cub Foods in Stillwater, Minn., gardening, traveling and bingo.
Survivors include: her husband, Marvin; children, Karen (Ken) Kreye of Hudson, Tom Deiss of Ellsworth and Dick (Sherry) Deiss of Hammond; grandchildren, Kandi Kiesler of Hudson, Jim and Robyn Cicchese of River Falls, Kevin Deiss of West Virginia, Trent and Heidi Kowalchyk of Hudson. Also great-grandchildren, Kayla and Katelyn Kiesler; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Ginny Huppert of Big River; aunts, Marge (Leo) Engel, Ida Dalow, Matilda Brickner, Marie Brickner, Idell Huppert, Evelyn Huppert; one uncle, William Brickner; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding her in death were: her parents, William J. and Veronica Huppert.
Funeral was Friday, July 9, at St. Bridget's Church in River Falls with Rev. Gerald Harris officiating. Interment was in St. Bridget's Cemetery, River Falls. Pallbearers were: Kevin Deiss, Jim Cicchese, Trent Kowalchyk, Dan Reis, Joe Huppert, and David Ray. Honorary Pallbearers were: Kandi Kiesler, Robyn Cicchese and Heidi Kowalchyk. Gift bearers at the service were brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Ginny Huppert. Readers at the service were Jim and Robyn Cicchese. Music was provided by St. Bridget's Church.
Cashman Mortuary of River Falls handled arrangements.
Lawrence E. Bowell, 89
SPRING VALLEY - Lawrence Elmer Bowell, age 89, of Spring Valley died Monday, July 5, 1999, at the Spring Valley Health Care Center.
He was born April 20, 1910, at Hatchville, the son of Elmer and Gertrude (Ferber) Bowell. He was baptized and confirmed and a life long member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Hatchville. He grew up at Hatchville and attended the Reed School.
In the fall of 1954, he married Ruby Ziehme. In 1956, he was injured by a bull. The resulting injury forced him to enter the Mondovi Nursing Home. He resided there for about two years, then entered the Spring Valley home in 1972.
Survivors include: two brothers, Owen (Ruby) Bowell of Luck and Elmer "Junior" (Sue) Bowell of Mancos, Colo.; two sisters, Mary Ann Dallman of River Falls and Phyllis (Neil) Webb of Elmwood; three sisters-in-law, Vera Bowell of Spring Valley, Marlys Bowell of Menomonie and Phyllis Bowell of Menomonie; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were: his parents; his wife, Ruby, who died in 1970; four brothers, John, Donald, Jack and Gordon Bowell; three sisters, Florence Bowell, Margaret Voelker and Lois Mattison; and three brothers-in-law, Francis Voelker, Orville Dallman and Wilbur Mattison.
Funeral services were Wednesday, July 7, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hatchville. Rev. Shawn Kauffeld officiated. Burial was in Rosehill Cemetery, Downsville.
Bearers were: Charles Bowell, Duane Bowell, Michael Mattison, Bob Bowell, Carey Dallman and Steven Webb.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, handled arrangements.
Jaime J. Dohrer, 19-days-old
Jaime Jane Dohrer, 19-days-old, died Monday, July 5, 1999, in Webster of natural causes.
She was born June 16, 1999, in Red Wing, the daughter of Jennifer (Wroge) and James Dohrer of Ellsworth.
She is survived by: her parents; one brother, Jonathan Dohrer at home; one sister, Jenna Dohrer at home; paternal grandparents, Harvey and Jane Dohrer of Ellsworth; maternal grandparents, Jerry and Janice Wiech of Omaha, Neb.; maternal great-grandparents, Hank and Helen Florence of Topeka, Kan. and Dolores Lamb of Red Wing; paternal great-grandparents, Russell and Alice Hanson of Beldenville and Raymond and Dorothy Dohrer of Elizabeth, Minn.; paternal aunts and uncles, Petra Dohrer, Timothy Dohrer, Anthony Dohrer, Mitzi Dohrer, all of Prescott, and Rebecca Dohrer of Ellsworth; maternal aunts and uncles, Sherri Denzer of Bay City, Patrick Wiech of Old Frontenac, Minn., Ardis Wroge of Minneapolis, Joy McDonnel of Red Wing, Langford Wroge of Minneapolis, Mark Wroge of St. Paul; further survived by other relatives.
Services were Friday, July 9, at the River Falls Assembly of God Church. Interment was in Our Savior's Cemetery, Beldenville.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth, handled arrangements.
Caroline B.J. Meier, 101
PRESCOTT - Caroline B.J. Meier, age 101, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at the Kinnic Long Term Care Center in River Falls.
She was born Dec. 1, 1897, in Oak Grove Township, the daughter of Herman and Eda (Malueg) Kuss. She attended Sunnyside School on Hwy. 10 for eight years. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. John's United Church of Christ in rural Prescott, where she was a life long member. She was also a charter member of the St. John's Women's Guild. She married Alfred Meier June 16, 1916.
A highlight of her life was her first airplane ride at the age of 91 with her son Harvey as pilot.
She is survived by: three children, Harvey (Geraldine) Meier, Elaine (Lorin) Huber and Eugene (Dorothy) Meier, all of Prescott; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by: her husband in 1987; one son, Stanley; two grandchildren, Pamela Sue and Richard Meier; five brothers, Herman, Ferdinand, John, Carl and Arnold; two sisters, Etta and Esther.
Services were Saturday, July 10, at St. John's United Church of Christ in rural Prescott with Rev. Keith Trembath officiating. Interment was in Pine Glen Cemetery, Prescott.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Prescott, handled arrangements.
Robert L. Flynn, 75
PLUM CITY - Robert L. Flynn, age 75, of Wabasha, Minn., and a former longtime resident of Prairie Island, Minn., died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at his home.
He was born March 29, 1924, in Welch, Minn., to Charles and Rosella (Kuhns) Flynn. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe. He married Mary Bollinger June 5, 1956, in Payette, Ida. He worked for Swift Meat Packing Company in St. Paul for 23 years until it closed. He worked for Smead Manufacturing in Hastings, Minn., for nearly 10 years and then did over-the-road trucking for several years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Red Wing.
He is survived by: his wife; two daughters, Michele (Melroy) Hokanson, Jr. of Hastings and Melinda (Bryan) Helmer of Red Wing; one son, DuWayne (Bonnie) of Plum City; six grandchildren; two brothers, Fuller of Wabasha and Donald (Mary Jane) of Welch; three sisters, Fern O'Day of St. Paul, Evelyn (Carl) Nauer of Cannon Falls, Minn., and Ann (Rex) McMillan of Bakersfield, Calif.; nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were: two sisters, Margaret Kicher and Abigail Mosher; and two brothers, Earl and Chauncey.
Funeral was Wednesday, July 14, at Abbott Funeral Home, Wabasha, with the Rev. Thomas Winkler officiating. Burial was in Greenfield Cemetery, Kellogg, Minn. Military rites were provided by the Wabasha American Legion and Burkhardt-Romer VFW posts. Pallbearers were: Melroy, Benjamin and Heather Hokanson, DuWayne and Shauna Flynn, and Bryan Helmer. Honorary pallbearers were: Kyle and Ryan Flynn, and Curtis Helmer.
Eleamae L. Olson, 73
Eleamae L. Olson, 73, of Plum City, died July 19, 1999, at the Chippewa Valley Hospital, Durand.
Eleamae was born Nov. 6, 1925, the daughter of Oscar and Lucy (Stein) Anderson. She was born and raised in the Nerike Hill community, Town of Maiden Rock, Pierce County.
She married Raymond Olson on Nov. 2, 1946, in Stockholm. After marriage, they farmed on the Olson home farm, Town of Maiden Rock, rural Plum City. Her husband, Raymond, passed away August 12, 1990.
Eleamae is survived by two daughters: Karen (Carl) Johnson of St. Louis Park, Minn., and Mary Ann (Jeff) Jergensen of Montrose, Minn.; three grandchildren; two sisters, Ruby Bocksell of Plum City and Irene Hoffman of Arkansaw. She was preceded in death by, besides her husband, her parents, one son Steven, and two brothers, Morris Anderson and Melvin Anderson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 22, at the Lund Covenant Church, Stockholm, with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, at the Rhiel Funeral Home, Durand, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Arrangements were by Rhiel Funeral home, Durand.
Hanna O. Hargrave, 98
SPRING VALLEY - Hanna O. Hargrave, age 98, of Hudson, formerly of Spring Valley, died Sunday evening, July 11, 1999, at the Christian Community Home in Hudson.
She was born Aug. 7, 1900, the daughter of Erik and Stina (Nordback) Gronlund at Dollar Bay, Mich. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. She was always active in church and used her musical talents as organist and choir director. She had been a member of Bethesda Lutheran at Bayfield, St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley and presently a member of Bethel Lutheran in Hudson.
She graduated from Dollar Bay High School in 1917 and went to Ferris Institute, a business college, in Big Rapids, Mich. She studied to be a bookkeeper.
On Sept. 26, 1921, she married Bert Hargrave at Hancock, Mich. They lived at Lake Gogebic, Mich. She and her husband built and operated the Hillcrest Inn there. They had five children.
In 1937, the family moved to Bayfield, where she continued to raise her children. She worked in two government offices during WWII and, at times, was employed by two local fisheries. When she was 47-years-old, she went to Washington, D.C., to attend the Lewis Hotel Training School. However, she continued her bookkeeping career and worked for Town and Country Golf Club in St. Paul, and two private girls' schools in Illinois and Minnesota. She also continued her musical skills and studied organ and was always active in church choir.
She moved to Spring Valley in 1970 where, during her 25 years there, she helped establish the community Senior Citizen Center, was active at St. John's and helped others by providing rides to church or circle, shopping and social events. She moved to Hudson and lived at Wintergreen and most recently the Christian Community Home. She was gracious and at peace about aging and a model for many who looked up to her.
Preceding her in death were: her parents; her husband; three sons, Jack, Lloyd and Arthur Hargrave; grandson Steven Hargrave; son-in-law Vern Gavic; three sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include: two children, Elton Wilkes "Bill" (Hazel) Hargrave, of Sandston, Va., and Janet Gavic of Hudson; 18 grandchildren, Kaye Gavic, Anne (Mel) Ott, Karen (Earl) Gunderson, Paul (Debbie) Gavic, Tom (Jeri) Gavic, Jim (LaRae) Gavic, Susan Hargrave, Scott (Jayne) Hargrave, Jed (Nancy) Hargrave, Lloyd (Vivian) Hargrave, D. Anne (Bill) Guard, Joan Smith, Dan Hargrave, Paul Hargrave, Pam Korach, Dart Hargrave, Lance Hargrave, Kathy (Mike) Sheryzk; 24 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Visitation was Friday at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Funeral services were Saturday, July 17, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Rev. JoAnne Sorenson and Rev. Reinhold Markwart officiated the service. Music was provided by organist Mary Nelson with congregational singing. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley. Bearers were: Paul Gavic, Tom Gavic, Jim Gavic, Scott Hargrave, Paul Hargrave, Earl Gunderson and Mel Ott.
Estella M. Hunt, 86
HAGER CITY - Estella Margaret Hunt, 86, Red Wing, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Red Wing Health Center.
She was born Dec. 15, 1912, in Red Wing to Joseph and Mabel (Klingensmith) Graetz and attended school in Red Wing. She married LeRoy Hunt Sept. 19, 1937, in Nashua, Ia.
They lived in Red Wing, where she worked at Red Wing Shoe Company and the Pottery Coffee Shop. She also worked at the Country Kitchen Root Beer Stand in Wacouta, Minn. They owned and operated an antique shop in Martell, and moved to Hager City in the late 1970s. She then moved to Maple Hills Apartments in 1996 and to Red Wing Health Center in 1998. She enjoyed singing, dancing and watching country music videos.
She is survived by: one daughter, Terri (Charles) Vold of Red Wing; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and one niece.
Preceding her in death were her husband and one sister, Edna Foster.
Funeral was Monday, July 19, at Christ Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Philip McNairy officiating. Burial was to be in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be: Charles and Jeffrey Vold, Gary Trunkel, Bradley Johnson, Ronald Reeverts and Michael Quatmann.
Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, is handling arrangements.
Carolyn M. Raehsler, 67
Carolyn Marie Raehsler, age 67, of Hayward, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at her home.
She was born June 14, 1932, in Hammond, the daughter of J. Frank and Myrtle (Knipfel) Werline. She graduated from Hammond High School in 1951. She worked for the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis as an X-ray technician. She was married to Marvin Raehsler on Nov. 17, 1956, in Hammond. After her marriage, she worked part-time as an X-ray technician for clinics in Spring Valley, Menomonie, Ellsworth, Red Wing and River Falls, and 10 years for Medical Specialities Clinic in Hayward. She retired in 1997.
She was a member of the Hayward Quilters Guild.
She is survived by: her husband, Marvin; three sons, Robert (Sheri) Raehsler, Ellsworth, David (Tina) Raehsler, Ellsworth, and Edward Raehsler of Menomonie; one daughter, Susan (Peter) Schlichting of Baldwin; seven grandchildren; two half-great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard "Bud" (Patrichia) Werline of Austin, Tex.; one sister, Mannette (Paul) Hawkins, Cottage Grove, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A funeral service was held on Monday, July 26, at the United Methodist Church in Hayward with Pastor Paul Yoder officiating. Music was provided by Ken Frame, Paul Yoder and Marjorie Schifflet. Interment was in the Hammond Cemetery in Hammond.
Honorary bearers were: Dr. E.R. Jonas, Tom Moore, David Streater and Gerald Swanson. Casketbearers were: Donald Henning, Jim Hines, Donald Lamberg, Dave Manz, Hollis Moore and Bob Washkuhn.
Memorials may be directed to the Hayward Regional Hospice at 11040 N. Hwy. 77, Hayward.
The Anderson-Nathan Funeral Home, P.O. Box 307, Hayward 54843, was in charge of arrangements.