Dorothy Irene Kittleson
Dorothy Irene Kittleson of Ellsworth died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn. She was 71.
She was born March 11, 1927, in Prescott to Edwin and Irene Seifert.
She married Bernard Kittleson Sept. 1, 1953. They lived in Prescott from 1953-93 and then moved to Ellsworth. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Ellsworth.
She is survived by: her husband; one son, Jeffery (Joanne) of Prescott; six daughters, Sharon (Robert) Kunash of Coco, Fla., Shiela Kittleson of Prescott, Julie (Alan) Elleffson of Chippewa Falls, Kristie Kittleson of White Bear Lake, Minn., Renee (Roger) Radandt of Eau Claire and Joan (Cory) Veirtel of St. Croix Beach, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Edwin Seifert of Elmwood; two sisters, Judy (Norman) Kirchner of River Falls and Grace Beverlin of Memphis, Tenn.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 17, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Ellsworth, with the Rev. Thomas Donaldson officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Prescott.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth, handled arrangements.
Harold W. Ruckle
RIVER FALLS - Harold W. Ruckle of River Falls died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, at home after a short battle with cancer. He was 73.
He was born Feb. 2, 1925, in Trimbelle Township to Francis and Irma (Ranney) Ruckle. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He married Delores Gustafson May 6, 1950. He worked for the River Falls Police Department and at UW-River Falls, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, National Wood Carvers Association and American Legion Post 121.
He is survived by: his wife; one son, Mark of River Falls; two daughters, Julie (Bob) Ashbaugh of Eau Claire and Gail (Tom Kwiatkowski) Ruckle; three grandchildren; and one brother, Norman (Dorothy) of Minneapolis.
He was preceded in death by: his parents and a brother, Francis.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 17, at First Baptist Church, River Falls, with the Rev. Robert Lillo officiating.
Cashman Funeral Home, River Falls, handled arrangements.
PRESCOTT - Dorothe Evert of Hastings, Minn., formerly of Prescott, died on Friday, April 24, 1998, at Augustana Care Center in Hastings. She was 98.
She was born on Sept. 21, 1899, in Prescott, the daughter of William and Jessamine (Bailey) Costelloe. She attended public schools in Prescott, McPhail School of Music in Minneapolis and UW-Superior and La Crosse. She began her teaching career in a small town in North Dakota. From there, she went to Osceola, Iowa and, in the meantime, attending the Universities of Iowa and Oregon.
She was an instructor of vocal music in the Fort Madison (Ia.) High School for many years. During this time, she had numerous award-winning vocal groups in Iowa State music contests. Some of her former students had kept in touch with her through the years.
She married Harry Evert in 1960, they moved back to the Bailey family home in Prescott, which was originally constructed around 1849. She lived there until about three years ago.
She was always interested in local history, she was a member of Prescott and Pierce County historical societies. Many items of historical value were given to the State of Wisconsin Historical Society by her. She and her husband enjoyed traveling, making many trips to California, Oregon, Texas and Ontario to visit relatives. She lived an active and involved life up until a few years ago. She was a member of Prescott Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, Rebecca Circle and Prescott United Church of Christ.
Survivors include: her stepchildren, John (Carol) Evert of Apple Valley, Minn., and Marilyn Greenhow of Rogue River, Ore.; cousins, John (Alice) Heckel of Prescott and Barbara Wyatt of Prescott.
She was preceded in death by: her husband; one stepson, Harry Evert, Jr.; two brothers, Jack and Mark "Bailey" Costelloe.
Funeral services were to be held Tuesday, April 28, from United Church of Christ in Prescott with Rev. David Roberts officiating. Burial was to be at the Pine Glen Cemetery in Prescott.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Prescott, handled arrangements.
Charles Clinton Anderson
BAY CITY - Charles Clinton Anderson of Red Wing, formerly of Bay City, died Thursday, April 23, 1998, at Fairview Red Wing Hospital, where he had been a patient since March 31. He was 70.
He was born in rural Stockholm, the son of Harry and Olga (Bjurquist) Anderson. He attended Box School in Lund. He farmed the family farm with his father and, at age 16, he started work for Funk's Transfer in Esdaile, where he was employed as a bulldozer operator until retiring due to health in 1973. He served in the U.S. Army during the Koren Conflict from June 5, 1953, to July 28, 1954.
He was married to Mary Lavina Bergstrom on June 7, 1952, at the Tabor Lutheran Church. They lived on a farm in Warrentown (Maiden Rock Township), until moving to Bay City in 1973. They moved to Red Wing in 1994.
He was a current member of the First Lutheran Church of Red Wing and a past member of Tabor Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Bay City American Legion, Post #357 and the North American Fishing Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also loved gardening and visiting with his friends.
He is survived by: his wife, Mary; two daughters, Dorothea (Wayne) Stahlkopf of Hillsboro, and Kathy (Don) Klein of Mesa, Ariz; three grandchildren, Dan (Tracy) Stahlkopf of Milwaukee, Shanna and Chris Klein of Mesa; one sister, Lorraine Althoff of Minneapolis; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends.
Services wee held on Monday, April 27, at the First Lutheran Church in Red Wing with Rev. Paul Knutson, pastor, officiating. Rev. Edward Groop, pastor of Tabor Lutheran Church, and Rev. Don Ehler assisted. Susan Welsch was soloist, accompanied by pianist Susan Johnson. Organist was Bill Chouinard and Charles' daughter, Dorothea Stahlkopf, playing two solos. Interment was in Sabylund Cemetery in Lund.
Honorary pallbearers were: Darrell Anderson, Delmar Efterfield, Bill Ficcocello, Jim Whipple and Gaylen Yates. Pallbearers were: Dan Stahlkopf, Chris Klein, Charles Trout, David Trout, Tony Trout and Paul Trout.
Swandby-Murphy Funeral Home, Maiden Rock, assisted the family with arrangements.
Clara Barbara Possehl
ELMWOOD - Clara Barbara Possehl of Red Wing, Minn. died Saturday, April 25, 1998 at Red Wing Health Center. She was 81.
The daughter of Frank and Mary (Kerg) Geiger, she was born May 6, 1916, in Elmwood. She attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Red Wing.
She married Edward Possehl Oct. 12, 1937, in Decorah, Iowa. They operated the Bellechester Bar, and she also worked for Riedell Shoe Co. until retiring in 1986. A member of St. Joseph's Church, where she was active in the Ladies Society, she enjoyed playing cards and crocheting.
Surviving are one son, Ken of Red Wing; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson; one sister, Catherine (Floyd) Mehrkens of Red wing.
Preceding her in death were her husband; one brother, Anthony Geiger; and one sister, Margaret Geiger.
A private family graveside service was held in Calvary Cemetery with the Rev. Thomas Walker officiating. The family prefers memorials to the church.
Mahn Family Funeral Homes handled arrangements.
LeRoy A. Berglund
LeRoy A. Berglund, Red Wing, died Friday, May 8, 1998 at his home. He was 75.
The son of Allert and Hilda (Anderson) Berglund, he was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Red Wing. He attended school in Bay City, graduated in 1939 from Red Wing Central High School and then attended the University of Minnesota. He served during World War II, enlisting in the U.S. Army Nov. 6, 1942, at Fort Snelling. He was discharged Jan. 22, 1946, in France.
He married Jean Budenski Dec. 18, 1944, in Tacoma, Wash. They farmed in the Bay City area until moving to Red Wing in 1968. He worked at S.B. Foot Tanning Co. and later was manager at the Erickson service station, retiring in 1984. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he served on the council and was an usher for a number of years. He also was a member of Leo C. Peterson American Legion Post.
Surviving are his wife; one son, Steve (Judy) of Minnetonka, Minn.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Burnside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the church.
Arrangements are by Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, Minneapolis.
Edna J. Bowen
ELMWOOD - Edna J. Bowen of Elmwood died Friday, May 8, 1998, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home. She was 93.
She was born April 15, 1905, in the Eau Galle area of Dunn County to Herman and Mary (Hofacher) Reitz. She grew up in the Eau Galle area. She later moved to Elmwood and married George Bowen. After marriage, they made their home and farmed in the El Paso area for many years.
After his death, she retired and moved into Elmwood, where she has remained the rest of her life. She has been a resident of the Heritage of Elmwood since 1996.
She is survived by: two brothers, Robert (Mildred) Reitz of Edgerton and Elmer Reitz of Elmwood; two sisters, Grace (Herman) Schwartz and Anna Seipel, both of Elmwood; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; two sisters, Marie Kuehl and Vera Schwabach.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 11, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. George Becker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Rhiel Funeral Home, Elmwood, handled arrangements.
Erwin "E. P." Diercks
BAY CITY - Erwin "E. P." Diercks of Red Wing died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Fairview Red Wing Hospital. He was 93.
He was born Dec. 22, 1904, in Featherstone Township (Minn.) to William and Margaret (Matthees) Diercks and attended St. John's School in Goodhue, Minn. He married Mabel Johnson Feb. 16, 1929, in Red Wing.
During his life he was a carpenter, farmer, trucker and painter. He also graded and plowed township roads, and managed the Trout Brook and Red Wing Scarlets baseball teams. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Redmen Club and Red Wing Elks. He enjoyed playing cards and pool, and stock car racing.
He is survived by: six sons, Dwain (Eleanor) and Glen (Audrey) of Red Wing, Donald of Byron, Minn., Roger (Pat) and Burton (Doris) of Red Wing, Thomas (Carole) of Bay City; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; four step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Stella Raasch and Celia Puppe, both of Red Wing, Helen Willers of Thief River Falls, Minn., and Elsie Strusz of Zumbrota, Minn.
He was preceded in death by: his wife; one son, Reynold; two great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Clarence, Bernard and Ernest.
A memorial service was held Friday, May 8, at St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Martin Mielke officiating. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren. Memorials are preferred to the donor's choice or the church.
Mahn Family Funeral Homes, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, handled arrangements.
Sister Roberta Gilles
PLUM CITY - Sister Roberta Gilles, FSPA, died Friday, April 24, 1998, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 61st year of her religious profession. She was 80.
She was born to Paul and Louisa (Roth) Gilles on Aug. 4, 1917, on a farm a few miles out of Plum City. At baptism, she was given the name Dorothy Frances. She entered St. Rose Convent on Aug. 12, 1931, and later given the name Sister Roberta. She professed her final vows on Aug. 9, 1942.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Viterbo College with a major in education and minors in English and history. She was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Library Science from Rosary College in River Forest, Ill. She served for 44 years as a teacher, principal and librarian in elementary and secondary parish schools in Iowa, Mississippi and Wisconsin. She retired to St. Rose Convent in 1989 and then to the villa in 1994.
She is survived by: her Franciscan Community; four sisters, Viola (Thomas) King and Marie (James) Glaus of Plum City, Jeanette Sass of Cochrane, Eva (Franklin) Storm of Spring Lake Park, Minn.; two brothers, Marvin (Mina) Gilles of Plum City, Arnold (Florence) Gilles of Madera, Calif.; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; three brothers, Leon, Melvin, and Robert; three sisters, Mildred, Rosella and Phyllis.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, April 30, at Mary of the Angels Chapel in La Crosse. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.
Leona E. Hilgert
Leona E. Hilgert died Friday, May 1, 1998, at the Apple Valley Nursing Home in Apple Valley, Minn. She was 83.
She was born April 12, 1915, to Lynn and Verta Taplin in Elmwood.
She is survived by: two sons, Roger (Carol) of Apple Valley and Russell (Mary) of South Minneapolis; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Also three sisters, Betty (Woodrow) Wallin of Red Wing, Virginia Purfeerst of Phoenix, Ariz., Faye Larson of Ellsworth; two brothers, Donald (Norma) Taplin of Ellsworth and Lynn (Whilma) Taplin of Beldenville; several nieces and nephews.
Her husband Bernard preceded her in death in 1995.
Funeral services were Wednesday, May 7, at St. Helena's church in South Minneapolis with interment in Fort Snelling Cemetery.
Myrtle A. Richter
Myrtle A. Richter died on Monday, April 13, 1998, in Northridge, Calif. She was 99.
She was married to William J. Richter.
The Richters are former residents of East Ellsworth. The Richter family owned the hotel and bar that was purchased from the Richter Estate by the Vernon Snow family.
Survivors include: her two daughters, Geraldine (Harvey R.) Huber of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Clotilde (Richard J.) Bennett of North Hollywood, Calif.; and four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. There are many Pierce County relatives also.
Preceding her in death was her husband of 72 years, William J. Richter in July, 1989.
Father Andrew Diviney of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church officiated at a memorial service held on Saturday, April 25, at J.T. Oswald Mortuary, Reseda, Calif.