Grace Ruth (Lundberg) Alen, 77, of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, passed away on Good Friday, April 10, 2020, at Amery Hospital. She was born in Milaca, Minnesota, on Aug. 30, 1942.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents, Axel “Herman” and Ruth (Olson) Lundberg; brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Vergean Lundberg; and sister-in-law, Cheryl Stock.
Grace is survived by Darrel, her loving husband of 50 years; children, Stephanie (David) Horak of Maple Plain, Minnesota, Rochelle (Myrko) Balaban of Bakersfield, California, and Ryan Alen of Boston, Massachusetts; grandson, Nick Balaban; sister, Jeanette (Orvin) Finnesgard; brothers, the Rev. Robert (Doris) Lundberg and the Rev. Duane (Marian) Lundberg; sister-in-law, Velda Alen; and many nieces, nephews and special friends.
Grace faithfully followed Jesus Christ as she generously loved others, most of all her family. Her kindness, hugs, encouraging notes and gifts were a blessing to everyone she touched.
Kenneth William Beecroft, 68, died Friday, March 27, 2020, at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, Minnesota, as a result of injuries suffered during a motor vehicle accident. Ken was born on June 9, 1951, in Cumberland, Wisconsin, to parents William and Dorothea Beecroft.
He was raised in Indian Creek, Wisconsin, and graduated from high school in Frederic. Ken owned and operated his own well-drilling business and in his spare time enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. He would often sit outside watching birds, listening to wind chimes and absorbing the sounds of nature around him. He will be missed by many, but will live on in our hearts.He is survived by his parents, William and Dorothea (Gohl) Beecroft; wife of 38 years, Diana (Robison) Beecroft; sons, Will (Ashley) and Matt (Brittany) Beecroft; four grandchildren; sisters, Jane (Brock) Gibson and Virginia Beecroft; brother, Dan (Alex Till) Beecroft; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
Brandon C. Grabow, 37, a resident of Siren, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. A full obituary will follow. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at swedberg-taylor.com.
John H. Taylor, 61, a resident of Webster, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. A full obituary will follow. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at swedberg-taylor.com.
Joyce (Swenson) Christian, 94, a longtime resident of Grantsburg, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Due to the COVID-19, a private family burial took place on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg, at which time a full obituary will be published. Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Grantsburg. Online condolences may be expressed at swedberg-taylor.com.
Edward O. Gaetke Jr., 75, lost his battle with cancer on April 5, 2020. Ed was born on Nov. 10, 1944. He is survived by his daughters, Christine (Mattees) Lorge (Joe) and Amy Mattees; five grandchildren; brother, Terry Gaetke; sisters, Patty (Gary) Yechout, Donna (Bob) Grambow and Mary (Herschel) Brown; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Gaetke Sr. and Mary Gaetke; and brother, Pete Gaetke.
Elizabeth A. Herrli, 102, of Webb Lake, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the early morning of April 8, 2020, at the Maple Ridge Care Center in Spooner, Wisconsin.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at swedberg-taylor.com.
Elizabeth was born on Oct. 14, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, to parents, Mabel (Burrington) and Alexander Scott.
On April 20, 1940, Elizabeth married Walter Herrli in Chicago. From this union, four daughters were born, June, Betty, Nancy and Donna. Elizabeth was a wonderful homemaker and loved to cook and care for her family. She enjoyed being on the lake, swimming, fishing, gardening, crocheting, knitting, raising chickens and her beloved Pomeranian dogs. Elizabeth will be deeply missed and always remembered for her caring personality, generous spirit and the love she had for others.
In 1978, Walt and Elizabeth retired to Nicaboyne Lake in the Webb Lake area.
Elizabeth's faith was very important to her; she was a born again Christian and a devoted member of Spooner Baptist Church. A true prayer warrior, she liked to read and study the Bible and memorize Bible verses, heavily influenced by her mother's strong faith and her love for the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter Herrli; sister, Evelyn Hajek; and sons-in-law, Albert Ashworth and Thomas Faudree III.
She is survived by her children, June Faudree, Betty (Jim) Murawski, Nancy Barkdoll and Donna (Rex) Morelock; grandchildren, Paul (Dulcie) Ashworth, Margaret (Ken) Strotheide, Jim (MaryBeth) Murawski, Brian (Jolee) Murawski, Mary (Nels) Gebben, Karen Nielsen, Joan (Hans) Miller, Amy Anderson, Dixie (Kyle) Luedtke and Niki Kiriakopoulos; 25 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; nephew, Edward (Billie) Hajek; and many relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Regional Hospice in Spooner, Crossroads Christian Church at A&H;, Webster, and Spooner Baptist Church.
Special thanks to the caring, compassionate and attentive nurses at Maple Ridge Care Center and Regional Hospice. Mom also wants us to send special thanks to Dr. Laura Boehlke-Bray at Spooner Health for her attentive, thorough and loving care for Mom over the years.
Due to the current health crisis, a Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.
Louis Pete Jappe, 88, of Siren, Wisconsin, passed away Jan. 3, 2020, at Polidori Hospice House in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
He was born to Nels and Gertrude Jappe of Superior, Wisconsin.
Louis lived most of his life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Siren. He was a veteran, having been stationed in Germany. He worked 35 years as an organ technician.
Louis enjoyed fishing and the pine trees in the Siren area and many friends and family.
Louis is survived by his wife, Donna; son, Peter; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and cousins, Dave and Lorayn Thompson.
The family is thankful for the great care he received from St. Croix Regional Medical Center and the Hospice of Havasu.
Donna Claire (Everts) Lindh, 91, of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Comforts of Home in St. Croix Falls surrounded by her family.
Donna was born on Oct. 14, 1928, to George and Anna Marie (Lucken) (Jensen) at home in Milltown, Wisconsin. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Milltown High School in 1947. After graduation she worked at the hospital in Frederic, Wisconsin, where she studied and became a licensed practical nurse. It was during this time that she met and cared for a patient named Junior Fred Lindh who became her husband on Oct. 27, 1951, at the Milltown Lutheran Church. The marriage lasted 68 years and three children were born to this union.
After living in Red Wing, Minnesota, for three years they returned to St. Croix Falls and then moved to Eureka Center in 1959 where Donna lived until February 2019. She worked at the St. Croix Falls and Grantsburg Hospitals before working at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, Wisconsin, for 18 years prior to retiring. Upon retiring she volunteered at the St. Croix Regional Medical Hospital and the St. Croix Falls Good Samaritan Home auxiliaries.
Donna was a longtime member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls and sang in the choir. She also sang in the Sweet Adelines choir and was a member of the Sons of Norway. She enjoyed traveling, camping, music and spending time with her grandchildren which included an annual trip to Valleyfair where her favorite ride was the Northern Lights! She had a passion for collecting Red Wing pottery, Beanie Babies, Copenhagen plates and Dickens Village houses.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; siblings and their spouses, Laura (Henry) Biederman, Warren (Charlotte) Everts, Howard (Barbara) Everts, Lester “Jocko” (Lois) Everts, Grace (Fred) Petersen and Lucille Everts and Ronald “Bud” Everts.
She will be greatly missed by her husband, Junior; her children, Dana (Marsha) Lindh of Sturgeon Bay, Jana (Ted Brua) Lindh of Hudson and Lori (Jim) Raymond of Frederic; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lael “Jean” Everts; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to send a special thank-you to the staff of the Comforts of Home in St. Croix Falls and to her special friend and caregiver Beverly Bystrom.
Carlton Royce Shull, 82, of Branson, Missouri, passed away April 1, 2020, of a massive stroke. He was born to Rose and John Shull and was raised in the Frederic area, attended the Frederic Schools and graduated in 1956. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and a retiree of the Oscar Mayer meat company in Madison, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harlan, Lowell, Myron and Roland; sisters, Frances (Schroeder), Yola (Holmes), Phyllis (Engebretson), Marlys (McCulley) and Allison (Haney). He is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Greg and Matthew (Justine); grandsons, Ryan, Jason, Bailey, Reiley and Whitley; granddaughter, Kieley; brother, Gerald (Joan); and many nieces, nephews and friends. A private burial will be held at the Springfield, Missouri, Veterans Memorial Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Milton Thor Waldon, 85, of St. Paul, Minnesota, passed away peacefully April 3, 2020, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Milton is survived by his children, LaVonne, Julie, Annette, Barb, Laura, Curt and Jennifer; siblings; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Location is 1531 127th St., New Richmond, WI 54017. For further information contact Curtis Waldon at [email protected] or Annette Foltz, [email protected] You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown.
Janice Nelson, 73, of Luck, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2020, after a 22-year battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 14, 1946, in Ashland, Wisconsin, to Kenneth and Leona Larson. Her family lived in Hayward before moving to Frederic in 1954. She attended Frederic Schools, where she graduated in 1964. Next was beauty school in Minneapolis, and hair care for a number of years. After that, she worked as a bookkeeper for Early Oil in Frederic, at the Milltown meal site, and as a bus driver for the Luck School District. Janice’s biggest joys in life were her grandsons, who she loved dearly. She was a big part of their lives growing up. Janice finally got a girl in her life with a great-granddaughter, Sara, who she cherished. Janice enjoyed traveling. She was very fortunate to travel to dozens of countries, on four continents. Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Ken and Leona Larson. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Roger; son, John (Mandi) Nelson; sister, Vonnie (Steve) Anderson; and brother, Terry (Janet) Larson. Janice had four grandsons and a great-granddaughter. As per her wishes, there will be no funeral service. A family Celebration of Life and burial will be in the future. Arrangements were entrusted to Kolstad Family Funeral Home.
Rodney “Rod” Alan Mott, 85, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2020, in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Rod was born on May 10, 1934, at home in Trade Lake, Wisconsin, to Clifford Mott and Nina (Johnson) Mott. Rod graduated from Frederic High School, Frederic, Wisconsin, in 1952, where he acquired the nickname "Nails" while playing on the high school football team. After graduation, Rod enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served during the Korean War, and was stationed for three years in Germany, and in his leisure Rod enjoyed playing football with the Air Force team. Upon release from the USAF, Rod entered college in River Falls, Wisconsin, where he graduated with a degree in business in 1964. He began working for Minnesota Mutual Insurance Co. and was eventually transferred to Dallas, Texas, where he spent 14 years working for that company. In 1969, Rod married Doreen, an airline stewardess, and they both quit their jobs, bought a motor home and traveled the country. While in Dallas, Rod became friends with the owner of a BBQ restaurant, named Gaucho, and they served the Dallas Cowboys weekly on the field. After Rod and Doreen divorced, Rod moved back to Minnesota, where he opened a BBQ restaurant downstairs at the Rock Garden Lounge, Rock Creek, Minnesota, owned by family. Rod worked in many sales positions prior to his retirement in Siren, Wisconsin. While in Siren, Rod was active as commander at the VFW in Lewis, Wisconsin, and also provided transportation for many veterans from Burnett County to the VA hospitals in the Twin Cities or Twin Ports of Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota, areas. Rod was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Mott; mother, Nina Dickey; stepfather, Philip Dickey; infant brother, Thomas Mott; brothers, Lowell Mott, Dennis Mott and Gerald Mott; sister, Ramona Schmoll; and brother-in-law, Wally Schmoll. He is survived by his sisters, Maxine (Jim) Nolby and Dianne (Dick) Kuzel; sisters-in-law, Jennie Mott and Gloria Mott; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Rod will always be remembered for his good sense of humor and close family ties. He will be greatly missed by all. A Celebration of Life is currently pending. Interment will be held at Union Cemetery in the town of Trade Lake. Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at swedberg-taylor.com.
Ronald A. Everson, 89, passed away March 28, 2020, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, Wisconsin. As a man of both extraordinary height and strong character, many have described Ron as a man they looked up to.
Ron was born Jan. 19, 1931, in Stoughton, Wisconsin, to the Rev. James and Olga Everson. The family moved to Atlas in 1935, where Ron attended the Alabama Grade School and confirmed his Christian faith at the Atlas United Methodist Church. A 1949 graduate of Luck High School, he was a standout in football and basketball, playing in the sectional basketball tournament in Spooner his junior and senior years.
After working at the Co-op filling station in Luck, Ron moved to Madison to pursue an apprenticeship in carpentry. His progress was interrupted by the onset of the Korean War and his enlistment in the Navy. After completing boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, he shipped out to Anacostia Air Station in Washington, D.C. He played on the station’s basketball team, winning the Potomac River Naval District Championship. He next attended aviation preparatory school in Jacksonville, Florida, and trained in electronics at the Naval Support Base in Covington, Tennessee. It was an easy trip from there into Memphis, where Ron attended many all-night singing events and developed his love of gospel quartet music. He made starting center on the base’s basketball team, going all the way to the Navy’s East Coast playoffs. He was then stationed for a year at the Naval Air Station at Barber’s Point, Hawaii, and another year at Alaska’s Kodiak Naval Operating Base.
Following his service in the Navy, Ron returned to Madison and completed his carpentry apprenticeship. He founded and operated his own construction business, building homes and churches throughout the Madison area. While singing bass in the choir at Bethany Free Church, he met Betty Skinner, a sweet, fun-loving gal in the soprano section. They were married May 12, 1956, and were blessed with four children, Jane, Jim, Jan and Jon. They were charter members of the Buckeye Evangelical Free Church in Madison, with Ron overseeing construction of the new church building and serving for a time as church chairman.
The family moved back to Cushing in 1973, where Ron took up farming and continued building on occasion. He was an active member at the Atlas United Methodist Church, and later at Trade Lake Baptist Church. After a fire damaged the Luck school in 1976, he chaired the Citizens Advisory Committee that developed recommendations for rebuilding the school. He sang with the Indianhead Chorus for many years and served briefly as the constable for Laketown Township. Many area residents remember Ron as their school bus driver, a position he held for 27 years until a stroke forced his retirement in 2003.From his early years, Ron loved the outdoors and excelled in many sports. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer, bowler, gardener and woodworker. He followed the Packers, Vikings, Brewers and Badgers, and enjoyed watching pro bowling and golf. He will be remembered for his fun-loving personality, sense of humor and adventure, beautiful singing voice and dedication to his family.
Ron inspired many with his resilience and pursuit of purposeful activity in the face of many physical challenges. He struggled for decades with chronic pain due to sports injuries and his active lifestyle, and suffered numerous health problems in his later years. After a stroke curtailed his mobility in 2003, Ron responded by taking up painting and designing and building dozens of unique birdhouses. Upon moving to the United Pioneer Home in September of 2019, he designed a small art studio for his room and created a new painting almost every day. In appreciation for the wonderful care and loving community he experienced there, he donated 80 paintings that were given as gifts to the staff and residents.Although he enjoyed many hobbies, the most important thing to Ron was for everyone to know that God loves them, and that they can be sure of their eternal destiny by placing their faith in Jesus Christ.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. James and Olga Everson; sister, Marguerite Walsten; and brothers, James Jr. and Everett Everson.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of 63 years; sister, Joan Phillips of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; children, Jane Quick Hanson (Norm) of St. Croix Falls, James (Julie) Everson of Roseville, Minnesota, Jan (friend Jeff) and Jon (Cherie) Everson of Luck; eight grandchildren, Jason and Josiah (Britta) Quick, Christina (Sama) Sandy, Eric and Leah Everson, and Andrei, Masha and Isaac Todd; six great-grandchildren, Amelia, Coen, Ivy, Bram, Marlowe and Soren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Betty in care of the United Pioneer Home, 623 South Second St., Luck, Wisconsin, 54853.
Daniel Patrick Cummings, 52, of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, passed away on March 30, 2020. Dan was diagnosed with fibrosis of the lung over a year ago and died of complications from a double lung transplant. He was a fighter until the very end. Dan grew up in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, and graduated from Simley High School. Dan was a machine tech for 26-plus years at Wilbert Plastic Services.
He enjoyed golfing and spending time in Wisconsin at Round Lake and walking the beaches on Anna Maria Island in Florida.
Dan was preceded in death by his father, Donald Cummings, of Luck.
Dan is survived by his wife, the love of his life for 22 years, Jennie; children, Brendan (Amber) Malmstedt and Zack Cummings; mother, Nancy Cummings, of Frederic; brother, Michael Cummings, of Luck; aunt, Caroline Schoch; Jennie’s parents, Chris and Dave Malmstedt; and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Kathleen Carufel, 83, of Spooner, Wisconsin, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Maple Ridge Care Center in Spooner. A memorial service will be held for Kathleen later in the spring, due to the current public-gathering restrictions. A full obituary with service information will run at that time, when the restrictions have been lifted. Arrangements were entrusted to the Spooner Funeral Home in Spooner. Online condolences may be left for Kathleen’s family at bratley-nelsonchapels.com.
Jacob “Jake” Roy Mangelsen, 43, of Siren, Wisconsin, reached out to grasp the right hand of Jesus at 8:13 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Jake was born on Oct. 4, 1976, to Henry and Karen (Romsos) Mangelsen. He grew up milking cows on the family farm in Hertel, Wisconsin. He attended Siren Schools where he was active in football, basketball, track, band and choir. Outside of school, he enjoyed playing fast-pitch and church league softball and making friends through 4-H. Jake graduated in 1995 as the valedictorian of his class and was voted homecoming king. After high school, Jake went to UW-Eau Claire where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and earned his CPA license.
In 1994, Jake’s friend, Kyle Lindquist, brought him to the family cabin on Big Wood Lake to hang out with Kyle’s cousin, Christy (Ferrie) Paulson, who brought her friend, Holly Erickson, from Stewartville, Minnesota. Jake and Holly met and they never looked back. They went to college at UW-Eau Claire and were married on May 30, 1998. After college, Jake worked as a CPA. He and Holly bought their first home in Chetek, Wisconsin. While there, they welcomed their first daughter, Hannah, on Feb. 19, 2001.
From there, they moved to Austin, Minnesota, to be closer to Holly’s parents, and Jake worked as the controller for the Austin Public School District. In 2004, they moved to Stewartville, where they welcomed their second daughter, Grace Mae.
In 2007, they bought the Acorn Pantry kitchen store and moved to Siren. They purchased the Chattering Squirrel Coffee Cafe in 2009 and opened Tesora Restaurant and Event Center in 2013, both in Siren. The same year, they opened the Cook’s Pantry kitchen store in Rochester, Minnesota.
Jake was actively involved in the community as a member of the Siren Chamber of Commerce, Siren School Board, Frederic Crosswalk Community youth group and as a coach for Grace’s traveling volleyball and basketball teams.
Jake’s strong faith in his Savior Jesus Christ sustained him through his courageous four-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His favorite Bible verse was James 1:2-3: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you face trials of various kinds, for the testing of your faith leads to steadfastness.”
Jake loved people and was a light to everyone who met him. He will be remembered for his love of his family, his willingness to help anyone who needed it, his passion for the Packers and Bucks (especially watching with Grace) and his hilariously terrible dad jokes. His greatest joy was being a dad and he extended that fatherly love to his daughters’ friends and the kids in his youth group.
He is survived by his loving wife, Holly Mangelsen; daughters, Hannah “Hans-banans” and Grace “Chicken Nugget;” parents, Karen and Henry Mangelsen; sister, April (Dave) Close; brothers, Larry (Traci) Mangelsen and Randy (Georgia) Mangelsen; nieces and nephews, Patty, Mandy, Seeley, Baxter, Emma, Justin, Henry, Josephine and Kaia.
The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of kindness and love. They are truly humbled by the support from family, friends and the community.
Private family services will be held. A Celebration of Life gathering is currently pending.Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at swedberg-taylor.com.
Preston "Kunu" Decorah, 27, of Webster, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly on March 30, 2020.
Preston was born on July 17, 1992, in Amery, to parents, Andrea Trimbell and Patrick Decorah.
Preston enjoyed golfing, shooting pool and occasionally gambling at the casino. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed, but forever remembered for his free spirit, adventurous personality and the love he had for others.
Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Stuart and Frances Decorah; and aunt, Kimberly Phernetton.
Preston is survived by his father, Patrick Decorah; mother, Andrea Trimbell; brother, Justin (Abigail Mitchell) Decorah; niece, Gracie; maternal grandparents, Patrick and Russy Trimbell; aunts and uncles, Wayne Trimbell, Sandi Frion, Joe Frion, Shelly Ward, Ryan Decorah, Danielle Decorah, Mike Decorah and Marla Henseler; and other relatives and many friends.
Private family services will be held.
Duaine Morris Anderson, 89, of Siren, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2020, at Traditions of Frederic Nursing Home. Duaine was born on Feb. 19, 1931, in the town of Daniels to parents, Eunice (Johnson) and Morris Anderson. On April 6, 1957, Duaine was united in marriage to Nancy Mae Johnson and together they ran their family farm in Falun for over 36 years. They loved dancing and playing cards. Duaine enjoyed hunting with brothers, fishing and spending time with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents; loving wife of 56 years, Nancy Anderson; brother, Wallace Anderson; and sister-in-law, Mary Lou Anderson. Duaine is survived by his children, Kae (Mike) Engstrom of Rice Lake, Allen (Peggy) Anderson of Grantsburg and Bryan (Debbie Williams) Anderson of Siren; grandchildren, James (Desiree) Anderson, David Anderson, Bradley (Stephanie) Anderson, Benjamin (Sarah) Anderson, Christopher (Alison) Anderson, Jennifer (Steven) Benhardt and Andrea (Reuben) Zook; great-grandchildren, Levi, Ryder, Elly, Lewis, Taylor, Adeline, Adrian, Aubrey, Finley, Aiden, Jackson, Evelyn Jo, Marlee and Madisyn; brothers, Lawrence (Connie) Anderson and Jerry Anderson; sister-in-law, Vonnie Anderson; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A private family service is currently pending. Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Siren. Online condolences may be expressed at swedberg-taylor.com.
Janet (Struck) Brewster, 69, passed away peacefully at her home in Siren, Wisconsin, on Thursday, March 26, 2020. She was surrounded by family. Janet was born June 29, 1950, in Frederic, Wisconsin. She was the third of eight children born to parents William (Junior) and Rosemary Struck. Like her siblings, she spent a lot of her youth working, roller-skating and dancing at the Frederic Rec Center. She also participated in the women’s bowling league where she was on a family team for several decades. Janet’s home has been a place of comfort for many family members and friends since she and Bob were married in the home in 1974. They raised their own children and many foster children in that home. Janet always welcomed everyone into her home and treated everyone like family.
Janet will be remembered as a fun, welcoming, caring person who loved to take care of other people. Janet began her career in the medical profession as a lab tech and later attended St. Catherine’s University to get her degree in nursing. Janet worked as a registered nurse at Frederic Hospital and then later at Burnett Medical Center. She retired from Burnett Medical Center in the fall of 2017. Being a nurse was not just her career, it was who she was. She enjoyed traveling, especially her vacations in Mexico, visiting the casinos and spending time with family and friends. There was nothing more important to her than her family.
Janet is survived by her mother-in-law, Florence Brewster of Frederic. She is also survived by her daughters, Jill (John) Tinman and Rachael (Gary) Bearhart of Siren; son, James (Sarah) Brewster of Frederic; 11 grandchildren, Autumn, Austin, Chris, Damon, AJ, Rilee, Chance, Tanner, Calvin, Walter and Olen. She is also survived by her siblings, Susie (Bobby) Houston, Joel (Cary) Struck, Teri (Rich) Larson and Julie (Todd) Hall; brother-in-law, Lee Pomerleau; sister-in-law, Lori Struck; aunt, Pat Berman; and dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Rosie and Junior Struck; husband, Robert “Bob” Brewster; sisters, Judy Kuchenmeister and JoAnn Pomerleau; brother, John Struck; and granddaughter, Savanna Bearhart.A Celebration of Life will be held for Janet later in the year. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren. Online condolences can be made at swedberg-taylor.com.
William “Bill” Jerome Olinger, 81, born April 18, 1938, in Webster, Wisconsin, passed away March 15, 2020, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Bill married Shirley (Hoover) Olinger in 1961. They resided in Bloomington, Minnesota, Des Moines, Iowa, and White Bear Lake, Minnesota. After working 35 years at Valspar Corp., they moved to their home on Bone Lake in Luck, Wisconsin. Bill loved golfing, fishing, hunting and traveling. The days on the lake were his most enjoyable with family and friends whether he was fishing, enjoying water sports or just cruising on the pontoon. Golfing at the golf course in Luck was very important. They wintered in Scottsdale where they eventually made their home. He loved his grandchildren, who he spoke of with pride and delight, his family, friends and his faith in God. His storytelling, sayings and zest for life were enjoyed by all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Agnes; brothers, Jim and Richard; and his daughter-in-law, Lisa Olinger.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley; sons, Wm. Gary of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, and Randy (Kristi) of Edina, Minnesota; grandchildren, Charlie (Linden), Dina, Marshall and Jacob; siblings, John (Barb), Jerry (May) and Rosemarie (Bob) Lindberg; sisters-in-law, Carol and Donna Olinger, Kristi (Al) Beshire and Lauretta Hoover; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
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