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    Evelyn Smith

    Evelyn Smith, age 104, of Osseo, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Dove Healthcare Center in Osseo, only a few weeks short of her 105th birthday. She was born on October 11, 1913 in Mondovi to Forrest and Edith (Elliot) Smith. She grew up in the Mondovi area and taught country school. Evelyn drove a horse and buggy to her first teaching job. She later went on to earn her Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and taught at many different Wisconsin schools over her long career. After her retirement, she settled in the Eau Claire area. Evelyn was an avid reader, especially of historical…

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    Ethyl Mae Hagen

    Ethyl Mae Von Wald Hagen February 2, 1920–September 12, 2018 One small dash between two dates but so much living: 98 years, 10 decades, 36,017 days…. ….so many world changes but above all Ethyl Hagen was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her family always came first throughout this nearly century of life. Ethyl’s life began on Groundhog’s Day, 1920–February 2, born at home in Mill Creek on the bluffs not far from Alma, Wisconsin. Her mom, Veronica Von Wald hoped she would arrive on February 3, her birthday; but her father Richard Evon Von Wald was suffering with an earache the prior evening and Veronica…

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    Eunice Elizabeth Gehrke

    Eunice Elizabeth Gehrke, age 90, of Mondovi, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand. She was the oldest child born to John and Vernie (Dienger) Roessler at St. Anne’s Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin on October 24, 1927. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Alma. When she was four years old, the family moved to Buffalo County. She graduated from Alma High School in 1945 and went on to attend Eau Claire Vocational School. She was employed as a pastry cook at Mount Washington Sanitarium in Eau Claire. On September 11, 1946 she was united…

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    Genevieve Harriet Pederson

    Genevieve Harriet “Gen” Pederson, age 95, of Eleva, died on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the American Lutheran Home in Mondovi. She was born on March 6, 1923 to Olaf and Mabel (Gilbertson) Gunderson. She grew up in Eau Claire and attended 9th Ward (Lincoln) Grade School and graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School in 1942. Gen was united in marriage to Lawrence Pederson on April 17, 1943 at the Eleva Lutheran Church parsonage. Six children were born to this union. Gen worked at several jobs through the years: Presto during the war, Demler Florist in Eau Claire, and at the University in Eau Claire as a waitress for…

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    David Lee Bloom

    David Lee Bloom, age 67, of Mondovi, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center. He was born in Mondovi, WI on December 9, 1950 and was the son of Lester and Darlene (Zenger) Bloom. David graduated from Eleva-Strum High School and was a farmer for most of his life until retiring to Strum, WI. David was a member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church. He enjoyed golfing, farming, watching old movies, classic country music, and reading. David will be remembered for his sense of humor and his jokes. He loved his grandchildren and spending time with his family. David is survived by his two daughters, Carrie (Cory)…

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    Aldene Elizabeth Opland

    Aldene Elizabeth Opland, age 82, of Chippewa Falls, formerly of Eleva, died on Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home. She was born on July 25, 1935 in Ettrick to Edwin and Alice (Swenson) Peterson. She attended the Lee School in rural Melrose and later Melrose High School. Aldene was united in marriage to Bronson Matthew “Bud” Opland on April 16, 1955 in Waukon, IA. The couple made their home in the Eleva-Strum area and welcomed three children. Bud died on December 21, 2014. Aldene was a member of Eleva Lutheran Church and the ladies’ circle there. She loved to read and always read every article in the…

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    Deanna May Eckwright

    Deanna May Eckwright, age 79, of Mondovi, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Eau Claire. She was born on October 9, 1938 in Waukesha to Walter and Marcella (Meiers) Drews. She and her family later moved to Eau Claire. Deanna was united in marriage to Robert Harry Eckwright, Sr. on September 9, 1954 in Mason City, IA. The couple made their home in Rock Falls and welcomed nine children. Deanna was a homemaker throughout her life. She was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. She was a very kind-hearted person and was always…

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    Roger Lynn Kent

    Roger Lynn Kent, age 85, of Gilmanton, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at his home. He was born on February 20, 1933 in Buffalo County to Roy and Lillian (Larson) Kent. He grew up on his family’s farm in Gilmanton and went on to graduate from Gilmanton High School. Roger moved to Racine and worked various jobs before beginning his career at Racine Plating Company, where he retired as the plant manager in 1995 and returned to Gilmanton. He liked to hunt in his younger years and later enjoyed visiting the casino, playing cribbage weekly with his brothers, and feeding his birds. He was also a lawn mower…

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    Bruce Lyle Belmore

    Bruce Lyle Belmore, age 74, of Strum, went home to be with his beloved wife, Linda, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. He was born on February 22, 1944 in Eau Claire to William and Ione (Belknap) Belmore. He grew up there and graduated from Memorial High School. Bruce worked at Auto Glass Specialists before starting at EC Chmel, where he was a dental technician for over 30 years. He also met the love of his life while working there. On September 16, 1967, he was united in marriage to Linda Rose Johnson in Eau Claire. The couple made their home in Strum and welcomed three children: Mike, Jeff, and Laurie.…

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    Judy Lillian Sandberg

    Judy Lillian Sandberg, age 72, of Eleva, went to her eternal home on June 22, 2018 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends. Judy was born on November 9, 1945 at Buffalo Memorial Medical Center in Mondovi. On March 27, 1965 she was united in marriage to Martin Lyle Sandberg at Drammen Lutheran Church in Drammen, WI. She was baptized on April 19th 1946. They were married 53 years when Martin passed away. Judy was employed as a Medical Records Technician at the American Lutheran Home in Mondovi for many years. She was very kind hearted and gentle and was happiest…

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    Vincent Arthur Haas

    Vincent A. Haas, age 97, of Eau Claire, WI, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Dove Healthcare West in Eau Claire, surrounded by family. He was born on July 8, 1920 to Arthur P. and Helen (Johnson) Haas in Eau Claire. He attended the 10th Ward School and graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1938. Vince was a veteran of WWII, entering active service for the US Army on September 9, 1942. He served as a radio operator and combat infantryman with the HDQs Co, 2nd BN, 310th Infantry, 78th “Lightning” Division and attained the rank of S/Sgt. He participated in several battles in Europe, including the Battle…

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    Anthony Douglas Topper

    Anthony Douglas Topper (21) of Altoona, WI died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 31, 2018. He was born January 20, 1997 in River Falls, WI; son of Adam (Kelly) Topper and Angela (Darrel) Engen. He graduated from Eleva/Strum High School in 2015. Following high school, he attended Chippewa Valley Technical College and earned his degree in welding. He was currently working at Waste Water Research in Eau Claire. Anthony enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and playing football. He was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers. Mostly he loved to spend time with his pride and joy, his daughter, Paisley. He is survived by his daughter, Paisley; parents,…

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    Diane Margaret McLorn

    Diane Margaret McLorn, age 69, of Mondovi, died on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the American Lutheran Home. She was born on December 5, 1948 in Santa Monica, CA to John and Vera (Tollefson) McLorn. She grew up in California and moved to Mondovi in her early 20s. Diane was a longtime resident of the American Lutheran Home. She loved to visit with her brother, Gary. Diane is survived by her two brothers, Michael (Gloria) McLorn of Lemon Grove, CA and Gary McLorn of Mondovi; two nephews, Daniel (Angela) McLorn of San Diego, CA and Patrick McLorn of Austin, TX; three great nieces and nephews, Hailey, Angelina, and Alex; and…

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    Inez Marie Becker

    Inez Marie (Tolleson) Becker, age 84, of Eleva, passed away early Friday morning, May 25, 2018, at American Lutheran Home in Mondovi with her family by her side. She was born to Lawrence and Laura (Emberson) Tolleson on November 21, 1933, as the youngest of nine children. Inez graduated from Eleva-Strum High School. She married the love of her life, Stanley Becker at Eleva Lutheran Church on June 5, 1954. Inez passed away 10 days short of their 64th anniversary. Inez was a lifetime member of Eleva Lutheran Church. Her faith was an important part of her life where in her early years she sang in the choir and taught…

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    Marian Ruth Rudy

    “I have made you, and I will carry you, and I will sustain you, and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:4) Marian Ruth (Semingson) Rudy, age 92, of Eleva, died on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire. She was born on January 1, 1926 in Eleva, Pleasant Valley Township, Eau Claire County, the oldest of seven children born to Herman and Selma (Tweed) Semingson. She was baptized on February 21, 1926 by Pastor H.A. Wichmann and confirmed on June 9, 1940 at Eleva Lutheran Church, also by Pastor H.A. Wichmann. Her memory verse was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave…

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    Janice Evonne Knudson

    Janice Evonne Knudson, age 82, of Strum, went home to be with her soulmate, David, on Sunday, May 6, 2018. She passed away at home, surrounded by her family. She was born on February 11, 1936 in Mondovi to Leslie and Avenelle (Bartholomew) Langert. She grew up and attended school in Mondovi. Janice was united in marriage to David John Knudson in 1951 at Our Savior’s United Methodist Church in Mondovi. The couple made their home on a dairy and beef farm in Pleasant Valley and welcomed six children. David died on August 14, 2014. Janice was a longtime member of Pleasant Valley Methodist Church. She loved to go shopping,…

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    Lavonne Jean "Bonnie" Gifford

    Lavonne Jean “Bonnie” Gifford, age 89, of Eleva, died on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. She was born on August 17, 1928 in the Town of Naples, Buffalo County, to Arthur and Margaret (Frendel) Gibson. She was united in marriage to Warren Kirkwood Gifford on June 22, 1946. Together, the couple welcomed six children. Warren died on June 15, 1993. Bonnie is survived by her four children, Daniel Gifford, Vicki Holland, James Gifford, and John Gifford; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert Gibson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Gifford; daughter, Kathleen Roth; son, Donald Gifford; parents; and two sons-in-law, Larry Holland and Jerry Roth. Visitation will…

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    Martin Lyle Sandberg

    Martin (Marty) Lyle Sandberg, 72, of Eleva, WI went to his eternal home on April 25, 2018. Martin was a resident at the Homeplace in Mondovi at the time of his death. Martin was born July 4, 1945 at the Mondovi Clinic Hospital in Mondovi. Martin was baptized on July 26, 1945. On March 27, 1965 he was united in marriage to Judy Lillian Bartholomew at Drammen Lutheran Church in Drammen, WI. They were married 53 years when Martin passed away. Martin was employed as a logger for many years. He was also employed as a timber buyer. He was very hardworking, honest, and dependable. Martin was a member of…

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    Margaret Helen Hazen

    Margaret Hazen (97) of rural Eleva passed away Friday afternoon, April 20, 2018 at River Pines in Altoona, WI. Margaret Helen (Tweet) Hazen was born December 11, 1920 in Pleasant Valley, WI to the late, Ole and Tillie (Olson) Tweet. She was baptized and confirmed at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church in Eleva. She married Stanley Hazen on June 29th, 1940. They had three children. Stanley and Margaret enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling in their motorhome. Margaret is survived by her children, Gary (Sharon) Hazen, Lois (Hazen) Hove, Ron (Joann) Hazen; five grandchildren, Stacy (Dennis) Hendrickson, Craig (Amy Rider) Hazen, Kirk Hove, Amy Hazen, Matthew (Rhonda) Hazen; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Hendrickson…

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    Alice June Lee

    Alice June Lee, age 83, of Altoona, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Communities – River Pines in Altoona. She was born May 28, 1934 in Mondovi; daughter of Elmer and Alvina (Preifert) Smeltzer. She grew up in the Mondovi area and graduated from Mondovi High school. On May 28, 1954 she was united in marriage to Allen Lee. Alice worked for Gillette Hospital and Mondovi Implement before beginning her 49-year career at the Bank of Mondovi (later Alliance Bank). She was well known for her dedication and service as an officer of the bank. Alice always said that her work was her life. She was a…

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    Duane D. Segerstrom

    Duane D. Segerstrom (86) of Mondovi, WI went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 10, 1932 in Mondovi; son of Rangnar and Margaret (Olson) Segerstrom. He graduated from Mondovi High School in 1950. On June 23, 1951 he married the love of his life, Rose Kisicki at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Eau Claire. Duane farmed and was a salesman for Brave Harvestore in Menomonie for thirty years. While at Brave Harvestore he achieved top sales man for all of North America in 1980. He then was a seed corn salesman for over…