Bertha Betterley, 99
EL PASO - Bertha Betterley, 99, Red Wing, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, in Red Wing.
She was born July 11, 1900, in Lake City, Minn., to Brede and Christina (Bergstrom) Knutson. She married Elmer Betterley on Sept. 18, 1921, in El Paso. She was a homemaker and a member of First Covenant Church, Red Wing.
Survivors include: one son, Robert (Rosemary) of Hastings, Minn.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Elmer; one brother, Wilford; one sister, Ellen; one son, Richard; and one daughter, Gloria Rogers.
Funeral was to be Tuesday at First Covenant Church, Red Wing, with the Rev. Rich Theilen officiating. Burial was to be in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be her grandsons. Memorials are preferred to First Covenant Church.
Thomas Ellis Funeral Home, Hastings, handled arrangements.
Anna M. Grotenhuis, 85
Anna Margaret Grotenhuis, 85, River Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at the Lutheran Home in River Falls.
She was born on March 8, 1914, in rural Ellsworth (Beldenville), the daughter of Oscar and Petra (Hokling) Peterson. She attended the one-room country school at South Rush River. Following school, she worked as a live-in nanny in the Twin Cities.
On Nov. 16, 1938, she married George Grotenhuis at the Norwegian Lutheran Parsonage of South Rush River, currently Our Savior's Lutheran Church. They had five children: Darlene, Diane, Donna, Deloris and Allen. The couple lived in Martell Township until the early 1960s, when they moved into the City of River Falls.
She delivered Meals on Wheels, was involved with a homemakers club, and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at the First Reformed Church in Baldwin.
She is survived by: her husband of 61 years, George of River Falls; daughters Darlene (Tom) Myers of Hastings, Minn., Diane (Bob) Erickson of Belle Plaine, Minn., Donna (Gary) Johnson of Tomah, Deloris (Tom) McArdle of Shoreview, Minn.; son, Allen (Donna) Grotenhuis of Palm Harbor, Fla.; grandchildren, Scott (Sandy) Myers, Jodi (Steve) Nielsen, Jeffrey (Emily) Myers, Amy (Jens) Winkel, Jason Erickson, Adam Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Melissa McArdle, Sarah McArdle, Kim (Ryan) Barker, Kelly Grotenhuis; great-grandchildren, Britteny and Trent Nielsen, Alex and Alaina Myers, Zach Biermaier, Jazmine Barker; sisters, Esther Hoklin of Sioux City, Ia., Alice (Russell) Hanson of Beldenville, June Cunningham of Chippewa Falls; and brother, Newell (Mabel) Peterson.
She is preceded in death by: her granddaughter, Julie Biermaier; and brothers, Arthur, Edor, Palmer and Walter Peterson.
Funeral service was Saturday, Dec. 18, at the First Reformed Church in Baldwin with Pastor Harlan DeJong officiating. Organist Brenda Lokker accompanied soloist Theresa Johnson and congregational singing. Burial was in the Baldwin Cemetery. Casketbearers were: Scott Myers, Jeffrey Myers, Jason Erickson, Adam Johnson, Ryan Johnson and Bradley Johnson. Memorials are preferred.
O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin handled arrangements.
Leonore W. Quinn, 95
Leonore Waller Quinn, 95, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at her son's home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
She was born to Mary and Joseph Haberman of Ellsworth on March 31, 1904. She was educated in the Ellsworth public schools and was a graduate of St. Teresa's College in Minnesota.
She married Theodore Waller, Pierce County District Attorney, in 1927. He died of cancer in 1944. She remarried in 1962 to Ed Quinn of Red Wing and Prescott. He died in 1982. She then moved to New Orleans in 1983.
She is survived by: two sons, Barry of California and Craig of Bay St. Louis; one brother, Roger Haberman of Long Beach, Calif.; two grandchildren, Barry R. Waller and Diane Grego, both of New Orleans; and several great-grandchildren.
Her parents and one brother, Russell, preceded her in death.
Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Ellsworth. Edmond Fahey of Bay St. Louis handled arrangements.
Herbert E. Jacobson, 63
Herbert Earl Jacobson, age 63, of Red Wing died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at his home.
He was born Dec. 1, 1936, in Hastings, Minn., the son of Harold and Elsie (Fosberg) Jacobson.
He attended Ellsworth schools. He worked at the Red Wing Shoe Company from Jan. 12, 1953, to Sept. 30, 1994. He served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 4, 1959, to Jan. 31, 1965. He married Norma Jensen on March 23, 1962, in Frontenac, Minn. She died Nov. 3, 1992. He was a member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Welch, Minn. He enjoyed gardening and hunting.
He is survived by: six children, Ricky (Sandy) Cibert of Lake Stevens, Wash., Judy Irvin of Red Wing, Emma (William) Fuller of Hager City, James (Tammy) Irvin of Goodhue, Minn., Susan Heck of Elkins, W. Va., and Herbert (Jenny) Jacobson, Jr., of Red Wing; his mother, Elsie Jacobson of Ellsworth; 13 grandchildren; seven brothers and sisters, Harry (Margeret) Jacobson of Red Wing, Helen Jacobson of Ellsworth, Elaine (Ronald) Edlund of St. Louis Park, Minn., Dorothy (Wayne) Rehder of Red Wing, Richard (Kathy) Jacobson of Red Wing, Adeline (Bernie) Schroeder of Hastings, Minn., and Carolyn (Leon) Meixner of Ellsworth.
Raymond W. Pechacek, 14
RIVER FALLS - Raymond W. Pechacek, 14, of River Falls died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999.
He was born in Red Wing on March 7, 1985, the son of Peter and Sheila Pechacek. He was in ninth grade at River Falls High School. He played football on the ninth grade team.
He went to St. Bridget's Grade School, where he graduated in 1999. He was a member of the basketball team and played every year for St. Bridget's. He was an altar boy at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
He went to Australia in the summer of 1999 with People to People Student Ambassadors. He went to College for Kids and Teen University. He liked to hunt and fish. He went to Canada with his grandfather fishing and, this fall, shot his first buck.
His favorite sport was football and his favorite team was the Packers. He liked playing football with his cousins at family get-togethers.
He is survived by: his parents, Peter and Sheila Pechacek; sisters, Rose and Rachel; grandparents, Lawrence and Henrietta Pechacek; great uncle, George Pechacek; many aunts, uncles and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Walter and Hattie Christiansen.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 18, at St. Mary's Big River Church, with Fr. John Beckfelt and Fr. Jerry Harris officiating. Interment was in Cherma Cemetery, River Falls. Pallbearers were: Bob Merta, Dennis Hildebrandt, Paul Schmidt, Donny Merta, Ronnie Hildebrandt and Jeff Holte. Honorary pallbearers were: Bob Buckner, Walter Schuck, Duane Chapman, Mikey Lubich, Mike Mathys, T.J. Christiansen, Leon Matthews, Lynn Berning, Brandon Cernohous, Brian Mathys and Haven Schuck.
Cashman Mortuary, River Falls, handled arrangements.
His wife and father preceded him in death.
Funeral services were to be held Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 1:30 p.m. at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church with Rev. Iver Torgerson officiating. Burial was to be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing with full military honors. Pallbearers were to be: Jeremy Gerdes, Brian Jacobson, Scott Jacobson, Tony Matthews, Michael Schmelzer and Shelly Simanski. Honorary pallbearers were to be: Rick and Ryan Cibert, Jon Irvin, Jess Schmidt, Joseph Heck, Nicholas Jacobson, Benjamin Schmidt, Anthony Irvin and Brandon Jacobson.
Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, handled arrangements.
Goldie M. Washer, 92
Goldie M. Washer, age 92, formerly of Minneapolis, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at Ellsworth Care Center.
She was born Sept. 21, 1907, in Hayward to Charles and Rose Mae Schnekloth. She was raised in Plum City. She was a PBX operator for Dayton's in Minneapolis for 30 years and retired in 1972.
Survivors include cousins, other relatives and friends.
Graveside service was Thursday, Dec. 16, at Free Home Cemetery, Plum City. Memorials are preferred to Booth Manor (Salvation Army), 1421 Yale Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Albin Chapel of Minneapolis handled arrangements.
Harold C. Long, 84
BAY CITY - Harold Charles Long, age 84, of Stockholm died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Pepin Manor of complications from a stroke.
He was born Nov. 17, 1915, the son of Charles and Christina (Magnuson) Long in Stockholm. He received his education at the West Bluff School. He was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed the nature and wildlife of the area. He was a lifelong member of Sabylund Lutheran Church.
He is survived by: his sister, Mabel C. Long of Stockholm; sister-in-law, Lucille Long of Bay City; and many cousins, relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by: his parents, Charles and Christina; and brothers, Milton, George and Fred.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Sabylund Lutheran Church in Stockholm with the Rev. Lynne Rigg officiating. The organist was Luella Dettling and the soloist was Howard Larson. Interment was in Sabylund Cemetery in Stockholm. Pallbearers were: John Anderson, Gaylord Erickson, Tom Heaton, Glen Anderson, Patrick Grant and John Neslund.
Swandby-Murphy Funeral Home of Maiden Rock handled arrangements.
Olive J. Robeck, 87
ESDAILE - Olive Josephine Robeck, age 87, Red Wing, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Fairview Red Wing Hospital.
She was born Oct. 14, 1912, in Hartland Township to Jacob and Ovedia (Lynner) Tollison. She attended rural Esdaile school and worked at the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Minneapolis for more than 20 years. She married Frank Robeck Sept. 19, 1970, in Red Wing. He died March 9, 1985.
She enjoyed cooking and baking.
She is survived by: two sisters, Ruth Tollison of Red Wing and Sophie Evans of Eau Claire.
Preceding her in death were: her husband; one brother, Norman Tollison; and one sister, Harriet Cady.
Funeral was Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, with the Rev. Tim Fredrickson officiating. Burial was in Eidsvold Lutheran Cemetery, Esdaile. Pallbearers were: Curtis and Elroy Cady, Jerry and John Evans, Sheridan and Stephan Tollison. Memorials are preferred to Plum City Free Church or the donor's choice.
Leona A. Nelson, 79
PLUM CITY - Leona Avis Nelson, age 79, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Fairview Seminary Home, where she had been a resident since 1996. She was born July 11, 1920, in Plum City to Charles and Mary (Hophan) Sands. She graduated in 1939 from high school in Plum City and worked at various businesses in Plum City and Lund.
She married Harlan Nelson Oct. 14, 1942, at Sabylund Lutheran Church. They farmed for a number of years in the Lund area. They moved into Lund and she was a homemaker. In 1961, they moved to Red Wing, where she was a nurses aide and pink lady at St. John's Hospital. A member of First Lutheran Church, she was active in the women's circle and a former member of Sabylund Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday school at both churches.
She enjoyed writing poetry, cooking and sewing.
She is survived by: one son, Bruce (Susan) of Red Wing; one daughter, Diane Van De Walker of Red Wing; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband and one sister, Ann Collet.
Funeral was Thursday, Dec. 23, at Sabylund Lutheran Church with the Rev. Lynne Rigg officiating. Burial will be in the spring.
Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, handled arrangements.
Warren C. Magadanz, 79
Warren C. Magadanz, age 79, Ellsworth, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999 at the Kinnic Long Term Care in River Falls.
He was born Nov. 2, 1920, in Salem Township to Walter and Alma (Staugfield) Magadanz, and married Violet Larson July 14, 1942, in Webster, S.D. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from July 1942 until November 1945 in the Pacific Theater, participating i the Battle of Iwo Jima. He worked at the Ellsworth Co-op Creamery until retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Ellsworth Volunteer Fire Department, serving as chief from 1982 to 1985. He was a past member of the Ellsworth Village Board and a member of First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Janet (Barry) Barringer and Karen (Chris) Meyer of Ellsworth; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Irwin (Stella) of Garden City, Mich., Ralph (Sally ) of Minneapolis and Donald (Ione) of Engelwood, Fla.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter.
Funeral was Monday, Dec. 27 at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Paul Martin officiating. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Ellsworth.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home in Ellsworth handled arrangements.
H. Marvin Strom, 92
SPRING VALLEY - H. Marvin Strom, 92, of Spring Valley died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at the Baldwin Area Medical Center, Baldwin.
He was born Feb. 28, 1907, the son of Albert and Clara (Johnson) Strom in Cady Township, St. Croix County. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.
He grew up in Cady Township, where he attended Highland Ridge School and Spring Valley High School. He farmed at home with his father for several years.
On Aug. 11, 1928, he married Bertha Donely at Red Wing. They farmed just north of Spring Valley on CTH NN for about 19 years. In 1946, they bought a farm in Gilman Township. He also did carpentry and woodworking.
In 1961, they moved to Mondovi, where they lived for five years. In 1966, they moved to Baldwin, where they lived for 13 years before moving to Spring Valley in 1979. He continued his woodworking during this time and recently built many bird houses, feeders and wishing wells. He also enjoyed gardening and, in his younger days, played softball and baseball.
Survivors include: his wife, Bertha of Spring Valley; three daughters, Marvel Larsen of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Francis Ruka of Kerkhoven, Minn., and Rita (Wayne) Jensen of Spring Valley; two brothers, Carl Strom of Spring Valley and Almer Strom of Menomonie; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were: his parents; one sister, Olga Strom; two daughters, Sharon Strom and Betty McKahan; two sons-in-law, Ray McKahan and Kenneth Ruka; and two infant great grandchildren.
Visitation was held Monday at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Funeral services were to be Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Keehr Funeral Home. Rev. Keith Holste was to officiate. Music was to be provided by vocalist Dora Holm.
Burial was to be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley. Bearers were to be: Jeff Jensen, Kirk Birkman, Keith Ruka, Steve Ruka, Josh Ruka and Rick McKahan.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, handled arrangements.