9/30/14) Douglas J. Oliver, age 86, of Alma Center, WI died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in his home in the Town of Alma, Jackson County.
Doug was born Nov. 2, 1927 in Jackson County to Frank and Alice (Galster) Oliver. He graduated from Alma Center High School in 1945.
On May 9, 1953, he married Odana Stenerson in Black River Falls. Odana preceded Doug in death on Oct. 28, 1990.
On January 1, 1994, he married Betty Quast Gilles in Hatfield.
Doug owned and operated the family farms in the Town of Alma. He also worked as a mechanic for Adolph Borufka Pontiac-Buick. Following his retirement, he started woodworking.
Doug played the saxophone early in life and then played the guitar and occasionally sang. He played in the Joe Gilles Band, the Merton Schnur Band, he and Gene Olson did radio shows in Sparta, he played with LaVern and Dick Moldenhauer, and with the Wildwoods.
Zyduck, River Falls, WI, one step- son, Howard (Beth) Gilles, Mayer, MN, 5-step daughters, Lonny (Clark) Bergerson, Northfield, WI, Denise (Todd) Olson and Theresa (Rob) Elvaker, both of Taylor, WI, Melissa Gilles, Hixton, Mona (Mike) Young, Shiocton, WI, 6-grandchildren, 14-step grandchildren, 8-great grandchildren, 16-step great grandchildren, one nephew, Earl Oliver, Black River Falls.
In addition to his wife, Odana, he was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Virginia “Jenny” Oliver.
Funeral services for Douglas J. Oliver will be at 11 A. M. Friday, October 3, 2014 from the Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Eric Bakken and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at Torgerson’s Funeral Home (715-284-4321) 408 N. Water St. on Thursday from 5 until 7 P. M. and at the church on Friday from 10 A. M. until the time of services.
9/30/14) Gertrude “Gert” Genevive Wener, 90, of Galesville, WI died on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Gundersen Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Whitehall.
She had been a resident of Grand View Care Center in Blair, WI.
Gert was born on August 5, 1924, in Dodge, WI to Joseph and Helen (Gora) Tulius. She married George A. Wener on November 9, 1943, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Creek, WI. They farmed near Pine Creek and she and George owned and operated Wener Bus Service, where she drove bus for 38 years. Gert was also the secretary at Arcadia Elementary School for 28 years. After retirement, she worked at Wal-Mart as a cashier for 4 yrs. Gert especially enjoyed traveling to Alaska to spend time with her family in many remote locations.
Gert was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Creek and its Rosary Society. She was currently a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Galesville and belonged to the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.
Gertrude is survived by her son Bob (Cindy) Wener of Fairbanks, AK, her grandson Brett (Missy) Wener of Fairbanks, AK, her two great- grandsons, Reid and Evan Wener of Fairbanks, AK, and her brother, Richard (Marge) Tulius of Rochester, MN as well as many beloved nieces and nephews and her devoted neighbors and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, George.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 6, 2014, at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Creek with Rev. William Kulas officiating. Friends may call on Sunday from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Wozney-Killian Funeral Home where there will be a 6:30 PM Rosary. They may also call on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of services at the church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Pine Creek.
Wozney-Killian Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. www. wozneykillianfh.
9/30/14) Loyal H. Guenther, 78, of rural Fountain City died on Monday, September 15, 2014, at the American Lutheran Home in Mondovi, after a long battle with cancer.
Loyal was born on December 9, 1935, in the Town of Cross, Buffalo Co. WI to Henry and Bernice (Ratz) Guenther.
Loyal attended Eagle Valley Grade School and graduated from Arcadia Public High School. He received a B. S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1958 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He then received a master’s degree in physics in 1962 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He worked for McDonald-Douglas Corporation in St. Louis, MO for 24 years. Loyal retired at the age of 45 and moved to the farm where he grew up in Eagle Valley, between Arcadia and Fountain City, WI. He planted many nut trees on the farm and enjoyed gardening. At one time, he was President of the Midwest Nut Growers Association.
In his younger days Loyal played softball and basketball. After moving back to Wisconsin he enjoyed attending high school sports events in both Arcadia and Fountain City. Loyal was named Top Fan in Arcadia 2 times. He endowed a scholarship at both high schools that is awarded annually to the top mathematics senior at each school. He also enjoyed playing cards and golfing. He served on the Town of Cross Board, was involved with the Buffalo Co. Historical Society, served as treasurer of the Eagle Valley Cemetery Board and was involved with the Friends of the Eagle Valley Church.
Loyal is survived by his brother: Ronald (Leatrice) Guenther of Farmington, MN; sister: Edith Thompson of Rushford, MN; aunt Violet Comero of Arcadia; uncles Jim (Rosemary) Guenther of Eau Claire and Ernest (Jane) Guenther of Albuquerque, NM; 2 nieces and 3 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Karen Belden.
A Memorial Service will be held on October 4, 2014, at 3:00 PM at the Eagle Valley Church with Pastor Lora Sturm officiating. Burial will be in the Eagle Valley Cemetery in rural Fountain City.
Wozney-Killian Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. www. fh.
9/29/14) Daisy Turina Gunderson, age 94, of Black River Falls, WI and formerly of Mondovi and Eau Claire died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 in the Family Heritage Care Center in Black River Falls.
Daisy was born on Nov. 23, 1919 near Mondovi, in the Town of Naples, Buffalo County to Ralph and Mabel (Borson) Larson.
She graduated from Mondovi High School in 1938. Following graduation, she attended Eau Claire Teacher’s College for two years and then she attended Eau Claire Technical College.
On October 9, 1946, she married Martin Gunderson at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Norden, Mondovi.
Daisy worked in the merchandising department at the Samuelson’s Store in downtown Eau Claire for twenty years.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran Churches in Eau Claire.
She was very interested in her Norwegian Heritage, and she participated in group activities associated with her churches. She also enjoyed classical music and traveling near and far.
In 2008, she moved to Black River Falls where her daughter, Muriel Gunderson, lived and served as librarian at the Public Library.
and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin, and her four brothers, Lester, Homer, William, and Robert Larson.
A memorial service for Daisy T. Gunderson will be held at 11 A. M. Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Lower Shelter in the Lunda Park, Black River Falls. Services will be conducted by Rev. Sandra McKinney from the Unity Christ Center in Eau Claire.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be given to either the National Audubon Society, or to the Nature Conservancy.
Buswell Funeral Home (715-284-2231) of Black River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
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9/29/14) Gwendolyn A. Ring, 95, of Tomah, Wisconsin, passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Close to Home in Tomah.
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 12:00 p. m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Reverend William McBride will officiate. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Mather, Wisconsin. Family and friends are invited for visitation Wednesday from 11:00 a. m. until the time of service at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah.