Karl N. Krings
Karl N. Krings of Belle Plaine, Minn., died Friday, April 10, 1998, at Belle Plaine Lutheran Home. He was 79.
He was born Nov. 8, 1918, in Pierce County to Peter and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Krings. He attended eight years of school. He entered the Army on Jan. 6, 1941. He was a member of Company DFA Motor Pool. He served in the Aleutian Islands Campaign and received Conduct Medal. He was discharged from the Army on Oct. 3, 1945.
He married Eloise M. Anderson Feb. 15, 1947. He was a warehouse worker for the Veterans Administration all of his working career.
He is survived by: two sons, Peter (Patricia) and Jeffrey (Audrey), all of Belle Plaine; one daughter, Katherine Ash of Belle Plaine; six grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Kassara of Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife in June 1991; two brothers, Fritz and Clarence; three sisters, Marie Werden, Helen Karls and Agnes McKernan.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 14, at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine with the Rev. Thomas McCabe officiating. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
Fenske-Hayes Funeral Home in Belle Plaine handled arrangements.
Minnie D. "Kelly" Maynard
Minnie D. "Kelly" Maynard of Jupiter, Fla., died Friday, April 24, 1998, at her home. She was 80.
She was born in Garden City, Tex. After World War II, she resided in the Canal Zone of Panama for 20 years with her husband, Bob D. Maynard. After returning to the U.S., she lived in Ft. Myers, Fla., and Lake Placid and moved to Jupiter after the death of her husband in 1991.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a devoted grandmother.
She is survived by: one son, Robert (Denise) Maynard of Jupiter; one sister, Madeline Copeland of Lockhart, Tex.; a stepmother; one half-brother, Dewane Kelly of Abilene, Tex.; one sister-in-law, Myrtle Olson of Ellsworth; one nephew, Dr. Roy Olson of Eau Claire; four grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Friday, May 1, in Jupiter. Contributions in her memory may be made to hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407.
Taylor and Modeen Funeral Home of Jupiter handled arrangements.
Mary Kathryn Brunner
Mary Kathryn Brunner of Ellsworth died on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998, at River Falls Area Hospital. She was 67.
She was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Salem Township, the daughter of Joseph H. and Sarah L. Ortwerth. She attended the Carpenter School in Maiden Rock and graduated in 1948 from Ellsworth Senior High School. She attended River Falls Normal School for two years and taught for one year at the Forest School.
She married Lloyd Langer June 8, 1950, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Clayfield. He died in September of 1970. She then married Calvin Brunner May 27, 1972.
She returned to college in River Falls and received her bachelors degree in 1973. Throughout her teaching career, she taught at Maiden Rock, Hillcrest school and she retired from Prairie View Elementary School in 1991.
She loved working in her flower beds and getting ready for Christmas. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth.
Survivors include: her husband, Calvin Brunner, Ellsworth; children, Rita (David) Mountain of River Falls, Jerry Langer of River Falls, Greg Langer of Somerset, Sue (Steve) Ferkingstad, Robbinsdale, Minn., Annette O'Brien, Osceola, Al (Michelle) Langer of Ellsworth, Bob Langer of Ellsworth and Scott (Deb) Langer of Red Wing; her mother, Sarah Ortwerth of Plum City; brother, Jack Ortwerth of Ellsworth; two sisters, Frances (Frank) Lubich of River Falls and Edna Brunner of Elmwood; two sisters-in-law, Judy Ortwerth of Ellsworth and Judy Ortwerth of Hager City; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandson; many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her father, Joseph, and two brothers, Bud and Jim Ortwerth.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 10, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth with Father Thomas Donaldson officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date at Lost Creek Cemetery.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home, Ellsworth, handled arrangements.
Virgil Jessie Chilson
PRESCOTT - Virgil Jessie Chilson of Prescott died on Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, at the St. Croix Care Center in Prescott. He was 72.
He was born April 24, 1925, in Warroad, Minn., the son of Herman and Anna (Roy) Chilson. He married Lorraine Jackson Sept. 22, 1943. She died in 1990.
He worked as a cook for the Green Parrot Restaurant in Rochester, Minn. He also worked construction for many years. He always welcomed those who were in need into his home, no one was turned away. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include: eight children, Virgil (Marilyn) Chilson of Oronoco, Minn., Sammy Chilson of Dodge Center, Minn., Wayne II (Charlotte) Chilson of Ellsworth, Edd (Wanda) Chilson of Chatfield, Minn., Karen (Bruce) Burgdorf of Waseca, Minn., Jim Chilson of Austin, Minn., Karla Olson of Red Wing and Jason Chilson of Ellsworth; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Loren (Marge) Chilson and Elton Chilson, both of Pine Island, Minn.; four sisters, Melva Eberhardt of Kasson, Minn., Venetta MacGowan of Buckley, Minn., Darlene (Rick) Tchrochet of Maple Valley, Minn., and Lorna (Richard) Bennett of Las Vegas; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife and one grandson, Sam.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 12, at the Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home in Ellsworth with Rev. David Roberts officiating. Burial was at the Othello Cemetery in Manor, Minn.
Elaine (Danielson) Empey
Elaine (Danielson) Empey died on Dec. 28, 1997. She was 81.
She was born in Ellsworth Township on Dec. 23, 1916 to Alvina and Edwin Danielson. She was baptized and confirmed at South Rush River Church. She attended school at Freier and Ellsworth High School. She worked as a nurse in Minneapolis before her marriage.
She married Clare Empey in Minneapolis on Nov. 2, 1947. They were married 33 years before his death in 1980.
She is survived by one daughter, Jan and her husband Dave Nelson; two grandchildren, Mandy and Tyman; three sisters, Yvonne Taylor of Seattle, Enid Davidson of Ellsworth and Nonnette Johnson of Ellsworth; two stepsons, Donald and Richard Empey.
A memorial services was held Jan. 3 in Ellsworth.
Shirley Ann Meacham
Shirley Ann Meacham of Prior Lake, Minn. (formerly of Ellsworth) died on Tuesday, April 28, 1998. She peacefully passed to her eternal rest surrounded by the love of her family after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. She was 63.
She is survived by her husband, Clifford; daughters, Kim (Jay) Olson of London, England, Cindy (Ron) Diger of Burnsville, Minn., Angela Meacham of Prior Lake, Amy (Jim) Wessling of Rosemount, Minn.; sons, Steven (Molly) of Plymouth, Minn., David (Mary) of Apple Valley, Minn., Tom (Sarah), Pat Meacham and Kris (Lisa) all of Lakeville, Minn; 19 grandchildren; sisters, Bonnie (Jim) Zeilinger of Cottage Grove, Minn., Myrna (Glen) Raethke of Pepin and brother-in-laws, Bernard (Wanda) Meacham of East Ellsworth and Leon (Marj) Meacham of Red Wing.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer Ann Meacham and son-in-law, Ryan Kalisch.
Norman L. Christianson
Norman L. Christianson, 86, of River Falls died Friday, May 15, 1998, at the Christian Community Home in Hudson. He was 86.
He was born Dec. 31, 1911, in Minneapolis to Johan and Anna (Apsahl) Christianson. As a young boy, he and his family moved to the Bay City area. He graduated from Red Wing High School and then attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. He later graduated from UW-River Falls with a bachelor's degree.
On Aug. 13, 1938, he married Marion Scheide. They made their home in Prescott, where he taught at the high school in 1942. Later that year he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy, taking his training at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
He began his rank at Lt. J.G. and advanced to the rank of Lt. Commander. He served as an instructor of Naval cadets in Corpus Christi, Texas, before being assigned to a naval air station in North Africa. With the ending of the war, he was assigned to the FDR aircraft carrier as an administrative officer on the carrier air group 75 in the Pacific.
After the war he purchased and operated a farm in the town of Kinnickinnic and raised Angus cattle, and also grew hybrid seed corn for the State of Wisconsin for more than 30 years. Being civic minded, he served many organizations over the years.
He was on the River Falls School Board for 14 years, and was president from 1958-1967. He was director and chairman of the board of the Central Livestock Association in St. Paul from 1962-1980. He was a member of the National Livestock and Meat Board. He was a longtime member of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.
In 1965, he was appointed by Gov. Warren Knowles to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, serving until 1972. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in River Falls, and the Masonic Lodge #109.
For his interest and dedication to the various organizations, he received many recognitions and honors. Among them were: River Falls Mason of the Year in 1965, Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau in 1967; listed in Who's Who in Wisconsin Agriculture; Distinguished Service Award from the College of Agriculture in the University of Wisconsin System, and Distinguished Alumnus Award by UW-River Falls.
After retiring he lived in River Falls. He and Marion spent much time traveling. He was especially proud of his Norwegian heritage, and made many trips to Norway. He was a kind, gentle and understanding man and had great love of home, family, friends, relatives and his country.
He is survived by his wife, Marion; two sons: Terry of St. Louis Park, Minn., and Tom and Karen of Woodbury, Minn.; two grandsons: Kipp and Chad Christianson, both of Woodbury; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Stanley and John.
Funeral was Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in River Falls with the Rev. Don Stannard officiating. Harriet Christianson was the organist and James Scheide was the soloist.
Pallbearers were: Michael Norman, James Scheide, Peter Scheide, Kipp Christianson, Chad Christianson and Lee Christianson.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Madge Harris of Red Wing died Sunday, May 17, 1998 at Red Wing Health Center. She was 99.
She was born Nov. 25, 1898 in Trenton Township, the daughter of James and Catherine (Boyle) Ryan. She attended schools at Alleho in Trenton Township.
She married Mark T. Harris on Sept. 12, 1917 in Ellsworth. They farmed in Trimbelle Township and moved to Ellsworth in 1928. They moved to Red wing in 1936. He died May 7, 1971.
She was a homemaker, an active member of the Church of St. Joseph and its Ladies groups, she was a member of the St. Anne's Altar Society, she worked with the Craft Group to raise money for building the present church, she was named Grand Matriarch of Red Wing Irish. She also enjoyed needlework, baking and traveling.
She is survived by five children: J.V. (Grace) Harris and Betty Freij, both of Red Wing, Tom (Rosie) Harris of Ava, Mo., Joanne (Tom) Keute of Lake City, Minn. and John Harris; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Sadie Bowen of Red Wing.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one infant daughter; one daughter, Allenye Carlson; two sisters; three brothers; four grandchildren; one great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 22 at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Joseph, with Father Thomas Walker officiating. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Ellsworth. Visitation will be at the Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-7 p.m., with prayers at 6 p.m. and on Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to St. Joseph's Building Fund or donor's choice. Pallbearers will be Mike Carlson, Kevin Freij, Mark Freij, Scott Harris, Brian Keute and Max Prescott.
Effie M. Holden
ELLSWORTH - Effie M. Holden of Ellsworth died Thursday, May 14, 1998, at the Ellsworth Care Center. She was 97.
She was born on Dec. 24, 1900, in Hartland Township, the daughter of Charles F. and Hulda M. (Swanson) Kenall. She worked in the local area and in La Crosse. She married Clarence Holden April 22, 1925 in Minneapolis. She lived the remainder of her life in Ellsworth. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth.
She is survived by two brothers, Eldon Kenall of Ellsworth and Troy (Helen) Kenall of Ellsworth; two sisters, Evelyn Swanson of Ellsworth and Margery Lemke of Denver, Colo.; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 16, 1998, at First Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. Rev. David Eaton officiated. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ellsworth.
Hill-McLaughlin Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Mary Martha Jenkins
Mary Martha Jenkins, a life-long resident of River Falls, died at her home on Sunday, May 17, 1998. She was 70.
She was born Feb. 22, 1928, to Joseph and Martha (Krejicie) Kordosky in Cherma. She graduated from River Falls High School in 1946. After graduation, she worked as a waitress at the Temple Cafe and then as a secretary for the River Falls School District. After taking time off to raise six children, she then owned and operated Mary's Cafe in downtown River Falls for 20 years. She retired April 1, 1996, when Fred and Ann Dravis took over ownership of Mary's Cafe.
She married Edward Jenkins on June 10, 1950, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls.
She was an avid supporter of many different activities, but especially enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in various sporting activities. She was a long-time and active member of St. Bridget Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Edward Jenkins; her children: Steve and Lynn Jenkins, Mike and Ann Jenkins, Mark and Sandy Jenkins, Todd and Lois Jenkins, Pam and Steve Wunrow, and Tom and Jennifer Jenkins; 15 grandchildren: Nick, Jessica, Emmy, Joe, Tony, Dan, Elizabeth, Sam, Zach, Tanner, Jack, Alex, Eric, Brittni and Luke; one sister, Annie and Clair Janish; four sisters-in-law: Sally and Lois Kordosky, Eloise and Loyal Creswell, and Cathy Jenkins; and one brother-in-law, Doug and Rita Jenkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Martha; and two brothers: Joe and Stan Kordosky.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, at St. Bridget Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerry Harris officiating. Visitation was Tuesday at Cashman Mortuary.
Burial was at St. Bridget's Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were her sons: Steve, Mike, Mark, Todd, and Tom, and daughter, Pam Wunrow.
Cashman Mortuary handled arrangements.