Clarence A. Huppert
Clarence A. Huppert of Ellsworth died on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1998, at Ellsworth Care Center. He was 78.
He was born on April 25, 1919, in Trimbelle Township, the son of Joseph and Barbara (Thom) Huppert. He attended school at Big River. He worked on the family farm until he entered the U.S. Army in 1941, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was discharged in 1946. He married Susan A. Sundberg, Feb. 9, 1948.
He enjoyed music, playing the guitar and banjo and attending steam engine shows and threshing bees. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Susan Huppert of Beldenville; three brothers and three sisters, Ted (Anna Mae) Huppert of Ellsworth, Herbert (Leona) Huppert of South Range, Angeline (Joe) Falteisek of River Falls, Joseph Huppert of Ellsworth, Marcella (George) Haebaus of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Lillian (Robert) Johnson of St. Paul.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth with Father Thomas Donaldson officiating. Friends were to call at the Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home in Ellsworth on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and for one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Earl L. Lemon
SPRING VALLEY - Earl L. Lemon of Red Wing died Friday, April 10, 1998. He was 80.
He was born March 22, 1918, in Spring Valley to Eliziar and Lucinda (Diedrick) Lemon. He moved to Red Wing in 1944.
He married Elaine Peterson Dec. 29, 1951, in Decorah, Ia. They lived in Red Wing, and he worked at Josten's Diploma Division until retiring in 1980. He was a past member of the Red Men Club.
He is survived by: his wife; a son, Bruce of Green River, Wyo.; two daughters, Sue (Jamie) Strasser of California and Nancy (George) Laqua of Red Wing; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Monica Lemon, and a sister, Marie Brinkerhoff.
Funeral was to be Tuesday, April 14, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with the Rev. William Eisenmann officiating. Burial was to be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Red Wing. Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association.
Mahn Family Funeral Homes, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, handled arrangements.
Robert Michael Shafer
SPRING VALLEY - Robert Michael Shafer of Wilson died Saturday, April 4, 1998, at the Baldwin Hospital in Baldwin. He was 55.
He was born Aug. 26, 1942, the son of the late Carl and Marie (Weber) Shafer in El Paso Township. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in El Paso, and presently was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley.
He grew up in El Paso, where he attended country school. He graduated from Spring Valley High School with the Class of 1960. After high school, he went to work for Great Northern Railroad.
On Sept. 6, 1962, he married Jean Wentlandt at St. Paul. He worked for the railroad all his life, retiring from Burlington Northern Railroad after 37 years. They moved to Cady Township last fall.
Survivors include: his wife, Jean of Wilson; one son, David Shafer of Cheyenne, Wyo.; two daughters, Debra (Terry) Moran of San Ramon, Calif., and Dawn Shafer of Ithaca, N.Y.; one granddaughter, Nicole Shafer of Cheyenne; two brothers and seven sisters, Ron (Gladys) Shafer of Beldenville, JoAnn Brenner of Hastings, Minn., Jean Nelson of Hastings, Judy (Doug) Harer of Cottage Grove, Minn., Mary (Mike) Casey of Cottage Grove, Jim (Val) Shafer of Woodbury, Minn., Lana Carpenter of Wauwatosa, Bonnie (Ron) Drabowicz of Wauwatosa and Kathy Falde of Sarasota, Fla. He is also survived by: his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harry and Peg Wentlandt of Wilson; two sisters-in-law, Verla (Herb) Solberg of Hammond and Kathleen (Roger) Hellendrung of Baldwin; one brother-in-law, Barry (Charlotte) Wentlandt of Spring Valley; many aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Preceding him in death were: his parents, Carl and Marie; and one brother-in-law, Joe Brenner.
Funeral services were Wednesday, April 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley. Fr. George Becker and Sister Karen Freund officiated the service, with music provided by organist Ellen Rominski and the Sacred Heart Church Choir. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Spring Valley.
Bearers were: Jerome Shoeder, Ross Taplin, Wesley Wentlandt, Scott Brenner, Jeff Shafer and Thomas Hellendrung.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, handled arrangements.
Helen V. Simonson
Helen V. Simonson of Ellsworth died on Wednesday, April 8, 1998, at the Ellsworth Care Center. She was 91.
She was born on Feb. 16, 1907, in Pierce County, the daughter of Lauritz and Emilie (Holter) Simonson. She attended Morton Corners School and was a graduate of Ellsworth Senior High School.
She worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis for 30 years. After retiring, she moved back to the family farm in Beldenville to live with her brothers.
A sister, Louise Hutchins of Litchfield, Minn., and nieces and nephews survive her.
She was preceded in death by: five brothers and two sisters, Alfred, Robert, Morton, Edgar and Bernard, Gertie and Ruth.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 11, at Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home in Ellsworth with Rev. Bruce Stunkard officiating. Interment of cremated remains will be in the Martell United Methodist Cemetery at a later date.
RIVER FALLS - Josephine Swenson of River Falls died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at Regions Hospital, St. Paul. She was 89.
She was born Sept. 9, 1908, in Red Wing. She was a member of the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, Ezekiel Lutheran Church and the Kinnickinnic Ladies Aid, for which she was a charter member.
Survivors include: one son, Eugene (Betty) of River Falls; one daughter, Yvonne (Joe) Jajtner of Oshkosh; one sister, Irma Nelson of Red Wing; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, George; one son, Duane; and one sister, Mary.
Funeral was April 3 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Bill Montgomery officiating. Burial was in Rush River Lutheran Cemetery, Martell. Pallbearers were: Eric, Donald and Roger Swenson, Gary Grimm, Jerry Nelson and Rodney Miller.
Nelson Funeral Home, River Falls, provided arrangements.
Francis E. Diesing
MAIDEN ROCK - Francis E. Diesing of Maiden Rock died Monday, April 13, 1998, at the Plum City Care Center. He was 74.
He was born Dec. 22, 1923, in Salem Township, the son of John and Mary Diesing.
He was married to Wilma Gilbertson in July 1958. She died Feb. 7, 1990. He lived and farmed in Salem Township all of his life.
He is survived by: two sons, Randy Diesing and Rickey (Sara) Diesing, both of Prescott; three step-sons, Larry Gilbertson of Maiden Rock, Duane (Betty) Gilbertson of Ellsworth and Lamoine Gilbertson of Minneapolis; one step-daughter, Carleen (Donald) Gilles of Durand; two grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, John (Alice) Diesing of Medford, and one sister, Cecelia (Murlin) Sycks of Red Wing.
He was preceded in death by his wife and one brother.
Memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 16, at St. John's Catholic Church in Plum City, with father Ambrose Blinker officiating. There will be one hour visitation prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date in the Maiden Rock Cemetery, Maiden Rock.
Funeral arrangements were by Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth.
Betty June Scott Wolter
LUND - Betty June Scott Wolter, Alma, died Friday, April 10, 1998, at House of Dove Nursing Home in Marshfield. She was 61.
She was born July 12, 1936, in Dunn County to Charles and Mabel (Peppinger) Joynor.
She married Fred Scott Sr. in Alma; he died in 1970. She later married Edward Wolter in Lund.
She enjoyed cooking and traveling.
Survivors include: her husband, Edward; 10 children, Pauline Holdaman of Indiana, Fred Jr. (Cheryl) of Maiden Rock, Robert (Jean) of Sparta, Barbara (Ron) Moline of Black River Falls, Dorothy Hayes of Menomonie, Orville (Rose) of Tomah, Dale of Ellsworth, Virginia Amick of Menomonie, Patricia Hayes of Black River Falls, Richard (Mary) of Sparta; four stepchildren, Kay (Stan) Rask and Mike, Randy and Debbie Wolter; 31 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother, William Joynor of Durand; five half brothers, Donald, Vernon and Howard Heller, and Orville and Robert Eastland; and one half sister, Mary Honeycutt.
She was preceded in death by: her first husband, two sisters and her stepfather.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, at Stohr-Hagen-Wozney Funeral Home, Alma, with the Rev. Ward Jones officiating. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Burial will be in Nelson Cemetery. Visitation was held on Tuesday, and one hour before the service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Dorothy I. Kittleson
Dorothy I. Kittleson, Ellsworth, died Tuesday morning, April 14, 1998, at Rochester Mayo, Rochester, Minn. She was 71.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 16, from 4-8 p.m. at Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Funeral service will be Friday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, Ellsworth.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Richard C. Gelo
RIVER FALLS - Richard C. Gelo died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, at the River Falls Area Hospital after a long illness. He was 82.
The son of August and Emma Gelo, he was born on Sept. 26, 1915, in Roseville, Minn. Later, the family moved to River Falls, where he went to school and college. He married Ethel V. Stelter of Hudson. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II.
He worked for the railroad before becoming a service manager for Moody's Chevrolet of River Falls. He later went to work and was retired from Carol Lindquist Oldsmobile of River Falls.
He enjoyed football, fishing and baseball. He was also a well-known pool player.
Survivors include: a daughter, Loreen Ryden of Ellsworth; a son, Randy Gelo; a daughter, Leslie Robey of River Falls; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel; his parents, August and Emma; three brothers; one sister; and a great-grandchild.
Funeral was Saturday, April 18, at the Cahsman Mortuary with the Rev. Richard Ulvilden officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. The American Legion Post #121 of River Falls held military services at the cemetery.
Gerald D. Lindquist
PRESCOTT - Gerald D. Lindquist of Goodhue, Minn., died Wednesday, April 15, 1998, at his home. He was 56.
He was born Feb. 22, 1942, in Grand Rapids, Minn., to Elia and Dorothy (Brown) Lindquist. He attended school in Big River and Prescott. He served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 26, 1959, to Feb. 23, 1962. He worked at various establishments and was married twice. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and animals.
He is survived by: four children, Christina (Aramando) Appari of Germany, Gerald P. (Kim) Lindquist, Jr.; David Lindquist of Red Wing; and Briana Rubin of Hastings, Minn.; nine grandchildren; one sister, Betty (Charles) Buggs of Hastings; one brother, Marvin (Carol) Lindquist of Minot, N.D.; and his former wife, Darlene Rightman of Red Wing.
He was preceded by his parents.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 20, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Walker officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Big River. Pallbearers were: Warren Brown, Charles Buggs, Delwin and Dennis Cook, Duane and Paul Lindquist.
Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, handled arrangements.
Joanne Leona O'Connor Russo
MAIDEN ROCK - Joanne Leona O'Connor Russo of Yreka, Calif., died at her home on Friday, March 27, 1998, after a long illness. She was 63.
She was born in Pierce County on Nov. 17, 1934, to David and Ruth O'Connor. In her early school years, she attended school in Maiden Rock. Moving in 1948 to Jacksonville, Ore. with her parents, she attended Jacksonville Elementary and High School.
She was married to Anthony "Tony" Russo in Tonopah, Nev., on May 24, 1980. The couple moved from Tonopah to Siskiyou County eight years ago. She worked as a cook for Nature's Kitchen and had planned on working for the Purple Plum Restaurant.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville. She enjoyed homemaking, her grandchildren, cooking and tending plants.
In addition to her loving husband Tony Russo of Yreka, survivors include: her mother, Ruth I. O'Connor of Yreka; four children, Yvonne Berg and Janet Beard, both of Tonopah, Sandra Wright and Steven Misener, both of Yreka; a sister, Jeanne (Gary) Brinkman of Yreka; a brother, Jerry O'Connor of Fallon, Nev.; 13 grandchildren; her uncle and aunt William and Coral Webb of Jacksonville; a special friend, Joyce McCain Love, former Rock Elm resident, now of Medford, Ore.; many other family, including many in Pierce County and friends.
She was preceded in death by: her father, David O'Connor.
A memorial service was held at the home of Wesley and Sandra Wright in Yreka on Sunday, March 29.