Wisconsin Genealogy Trails
Chippewa County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices

 


Mary Pecha
Source: Bloomer Advance (9 Oct. 1941)
Miss Mary Pecha, aged 78, died at the home of her brother-in-law, John Yakish, in the city at 11:30 o'clock Monday morning.  Miss Pecha was born in Bohemia in 1863 and came to the United States with her parents in 1883 and the family settled in Cooks Valley, where she has since made her home. She is survived by her brother-in-law and by three nieces and three nephews. Funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic church in Cooks Valley yesterday morning at 9:00 o'clock, with interment in the church cemetery. Rev. Father Eberhardy officiated.

James E. Pevan, Sr.
James E. Pevan, Sr., 72, of 807 Prentice St., Chippewa Falls, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at the Chippewa Manor, Chippewa Falls. He was born Aug. 12, 1935, in Kenosha, the son of Earl and Edwina (Raymond) Pevan. He graduated from McDonell High School in 1953 and attended UWEC. James served in the National Guard and then enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis. He worked for 35 years for the city of Chippewa Falls, retiring as the assistant to the city engineer. He married Carol Boettcher on April 27, 1963, at St. Charles Church, Chippewa Falls. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Goldsmith Council #974, Rod & Gun Club and Notre Dame Church. James loved gardening, the Packers, Brewers and Badgers. He is survived by: his wife, Carol; three sons, James, Jr. of Chippewa Falls, Patrick (Katie) of Apple Valley, Minn. and Matthew (Stacey) Pevan of New Richmond; two daughters, Jackie (Barry Schaffner) of Hudson and Erin Pevan of Chippewa Falls; one brother, Pierre Pevan of Chippewa Falls; one cousin, Gale Miller of Chippewa Falls; four grandsons, Ryan, Jack, Max and Owen Pevan; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by: his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at Notre Dame Church, Chippewa Falls. Rev. James Weighner will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery, Chippewa Falls. Military rites will be conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, and until 10 a.m. Thursday at the Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls. There will be a Christian Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Anne Marie Prince
Source: Bloomer Advance (7 Dec. 2008) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
Anne Marie Prince, 84, a resident of Hetzel Care Center, Bloomer, formerly of Jim Falls, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at the home. She was born Jan. 7, 1924, in Chippewa Falls, the daughter of William and Katherine (Toussaint) Bowe. Anne Marie married Keith Prince on Oct. 2, 1946, at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls. She had worked as a nurses' aide for Chippewa County and also worked at Klinger Farm Market. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Jim Falls. Anne Marie enjoyed gardening and doing arts and crafts and puzzles. She was a member of the Senior Citizens Club and Women's Club. Anne Marie is survived by four sons, Darrell, Steven (Terri) and Bryan (Janelle), all of Chippewa Falls, and Paul (Jackie) of Jim Falls; five daughters, Jean Moucha of Cadott, Lois (Bernie) Mazer of Annandale, Va., Marcia Anderson of Cottage Grove, Wis., Sandra Prince of Racine, Minn., and Marilee Prince of Chippewa Falls; four sisters, Helen Bowe and Genevieve Bowe, both of Chippewa Falls, and Christina Steinmetz and Sylvia Prince, both of Bloomer; 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith, in 1993; two sons, Keith Jr. and Roddy Prince; her parents; two brothers, Oscar and Stephan Bowe; two sisters, Katherine Calkins and Josephine Hallum; one grandson, John; and one great-granddaughter. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Brian J. Jazdzewski officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Chippewa Falls. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, and until the time of services Wednesday at Horan Funeral Home. There will be a Christian vigil service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Denis Peter Prince
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (11 Dec. 1996) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
BLOOMER -- Denis Peter Prince, 69, of Cooks Valley, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at his home.  He was born Aug. 4, 1927, in Cooks Valley, to Gilbert and Leona (Meinen) Prince. He married Doris Zwiefelhofer July 13, 1948, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Bloomer. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, CooksValley. He farmed in the Cooks Valley area all his life. He is survived by his wife, Doris of Cooks Valley; two brothers, Clyde Prince of Colfax and Rolland (Lorena) Prince of Bloomer; two sisters, Patricia (Arnold) Sumstad of Colfax and Jackie (Dennis) Oldenberg of Bloomer; one sister-in-law, Nancy Prince of Colfax; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Terry Prince; one brother, Thomas Prince; two nephews, Dean Zwiefelhofer and Mark Prince; one niece, Jean Marie Prince. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at St. John's Catholic Church, Cooks Valley, with Father Daniel DuChez and Father William Felix officiating. Spring burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Schriver Funeral Chapel, Bloomer, where there will be an 8 p.m. Christian wake service. Friends may also call until 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.

Donald J. Prince
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (13 May 2005) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
PRINCE, Donald J., 82, died Wednesday at Lakeside Nursing & Rehabilitation, rural Chippewa Falls. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mae Rowan Ecumenical Chapel, Lakeside Nursing & Rehabilitation, with burial and military rites in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, town of Cooks Valley. Friends may call an hour before services at the nursing home chapel. Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls is handling arrangements.

Jerome L. Prince
Date: May 16, 2008
Jerome L. Prince, 72, of 11462 County Hwy Q, Chippewa Falls, town of Tilden, died Thursday, May 15, 2008 at Wissota Health, town of Eagle Point. He was born May 10, 1936 in Cooks Valley, the son of James and Leona (Kressin) Prince. He married Joanne Zwiefelhofer on August 6, 1960 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Tilden. He worked at the Northern Center for the Developmentally Disabled for 36 years. He was a member of St. Peter’s Church. He enjoyed watching the Packers, Badgers and Brewers games and also enjoyed being around his friends at the trailer, but most of all he loved watching his grandchildren and the sports they played in. He is survived by: his wife, Joanne; one son, James (Kelly) of Appleton; one daughter, Brenda (Randy) Sanford of River Falls; three brothers, Gerald (Vi) and Dale both of Chippewa Falls and Howard (Charlotte) of Eau Claire; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at St. Peter’s Church, Tilden. Rev. William P. Felix will be officiating. Burial of cremains will be immediately following in St. Peter's Cemetery, Tilden. Friends may call 2 hours before the time of services Tuesday, May 20 at St. Peter’s Church, Tilden.  Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Leona C. Prince
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (9 June 1995) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
CHIPPEWA FALLS Leona C. Prince, 87, of Chippewa Manor Retirement Center, 756 Irvine St., Apt. 210, Chippewa Falls, died Thursday, June 8, 1995, at her residence. She was born April 7, 1908, in Bloomer, the daughter of Frank and Minnie (Steinmetz) Kressin. She had worked at the Northern Center for the Developmentally Disabled for 21 years, retiring in 1973. Leona married Andrew James Prince Jan. 14, 1929, at St. John's Church in Cooks Valley. She was a member of Holy Ghost Church in Chippewa Falls. She enjoyed watching sports on television, playing Yahtzee, knitting and crocheting. She is survived by four sons, Gerald (Viola) of Chippewa Falls, Howard (Charlotte) of Eau Claire, Jerome (Joanne) of Tilden and Dale (Benita) of Chippewa Falls; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew James in 1973; three brothers, Gilbert in infancy, Alfred Kressin and Herbert Kressin; a sister, Beatrice Wescott. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 12, at Holy Ghost Church, Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Charles J. Scherman, S.J., officiating. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery, Chippewa Falls. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 11, and until time of services Monday, June 12, at Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls. There will be a 7 p.m. Christian Vigil Service Sunday at the funeral home.

Lorena Prince
Source: Bloomer Advance (13 May 2009) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
BLOOMER - Lorena J. Prince, age 72, passed away Monday, May 11, 2009, at Luther Midelfort Chippewa Valley Hospital in Bloomer. She was born Oct. 7, 1936, in Chippewa Falls to Harold and Mabel (Kressin) Schlender. She married Rolland G. Prince on June 29, 1957, at St. John's in Cook's Valley. Lorena worked as a hair stylist for more than 50 years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, ladies aide and church choir, Maturity Matters and was one of the founders of the Bloomer Jaycetts. She enjoyed traveling, reading, knitting, baking and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Rollie, of Bloomer; one son, Greg (Anne) Prince, of Elkhorn; one daughter, Debi Prill, of Bloomer; one sister, Sharon Steinmetz, of Waupaca; five grandchildren, Eric, Ryan and Brent Prill of Bloomer, Justin and Adam Prince of Elkhorn.  She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Mark Prince; and infant daughter, Jean Prince. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2009, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bloomer, with the Rev. Robert Otto officiating. Interment will be in Bloomer Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Margaret Prince
Source: Eau Claire Leader (10 Feb 1898)
[The following appeared in the Calgary Herald, Feb. 5th, 1898, and was reprinted in the Eau Claire Leader, 10 Feb. 1898] contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
DEATH OF MRS. P. A. PRINCE
With sincere regret The Herald announces the death of Mrs. Prince, the wife of Mr. P.A. Prince, the manager of the Eau Claire Mills. The melancholy event occurred last evening about six o'clock, at the family residence on Reinach Avenue West. Up in the early part of last summer Mrs. Prince enjoyed fairly good health, but since that time she suffered a good deal, and gradually became weaker. till Wednesday last when she became extremely weak. She had been for the last day or two been gradually sinking till last night, when death released her from her suffering. The deceased lady was born in the township of Mara, Ontario, exactly 68 years ago, and married Mr. Prince, in 1857. In 1866 the family moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where they resided until their removal to Calgary in 1886. During her residence in this city Mrs. Prince's heart and purse have been always open to cheer and help the poor and the afflicted. Her charity was bestowed freely and without ostentation. She was a noble hearted Christian woman, and her loss will be deeply felt by all who knew her. Beside her sorrowing husband, she leaves two children, Mrs. Peter Eide, and Mr. John E. Prince, and four grandchildren. The funeral procession will leave the family residence at nine o'clock on Monday morning and will proceed to the church of St. Mary's - the church she loved so well and for which she laboured so earnestly. The internment will take place in the new Catholic cemetery. Her bereaved husband and relatives will have the sincere sympathy of this community in their sad bereavement. The above is taken from the Herald daily paper published at Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Feb. 5th. We are indebted for the copy to Messrs. I.E. Kerr and Allen Cameron. Many of our citizens remember Mrs. Prince, and will be grieved to hear of her death.

Marion L. Prince
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (24 May 1993) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
COLFAX -- Marion L. Prince, 68, Colfax, passed away Sunday, May 23, 1993, at The Maple Wood in Bloomer. She was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Stanley, to Vernon and Valborg (Solie) Prince. She was last employed at Amoco in Chippewa Falls. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Cooks Valley and St. Theresa's Circle. Survivors include a brother, Eugene (Karen) Prince of Colfax; two sisters, Geraldine (Carol) Stoffel of Bloomer and Letty (LaVerne) Alman of Colfax; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Johnny. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 28, at St. John's Catholic Church in Cooks Valley with the Rev. William Felix officiating. Interment will be in Cooks Valley Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. with a 4 p.m. Parish Rosary and an 8 p.m. Christian Wake Service Thursday, May 27, at Olson Funeral Home, Bloomer, and an hour before services at the church Friday.

Sr. Mary Charles (Catherine) Prince
Source: Ladysmith Advocate (25 April 2007) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
Sister Mary Charles Prince, OSM, (Catherine Mary Prince), age 89, of the Servants of Mary, Ladysmith, Wis., died at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., on April 24, 2007. She was born in Cook’s Valley, Wis., on January 1, 1918, daughter of Peter Anthony Prince and Nellie Margaret (Frantz) Prince. Sister entered the Servants of Mary Convent in Ladysmith on February 20, 1935. She entered the convent just nine days after her first cousin, Sister Mary Roberta Prince. Her sister, Sister Mary Peter Prince, followed her in August of 1936. Sister M. Charles professed vows as a Servant of Mary along with her cousin on August 16, 1936. She graduated from St. John’s Catholic Grade School in Cooks Valley, 1931, and from Colfax High School in 1934. She received a bachelor’s degree at Loyola University in Chicago in 1957, and a master’s degree in education there in 1964. She also studied French, 1961-1962, at Laval University in Quebec, and received a master’s degree from the Sorbonne in Paris in 1972.
Sister taught at the parochial schools staffed by the Servants of Mary in Hillside and Chicago, Ill., Carteret, N.J., Weirton, W.Va. , St. Paul and St. Louis Park, Minn., and Ladysmith and Washburn, Wis. From 1951 to 1957, she was the administrator of the newly enlarged Addolorata Villa Convalescent Home, founded by the Servants of Mary in 1942 in Wheeling, Ill. For the next years, she again taught in parochial schools of the Servants of Mary; and from 1974 to 1984 taught French in the Pinella County Schools in Florida and at the Senior High School in Clearwater, Fla.
Sister Mary Charles happily spent her retirement years serving with the food pantries and caring for and leasing apartments for foreign students and those families needing less costly housing in St. Petersburg, Fla. The care of these apartments was given to Sister by Miss Jesse Schenk whom she had met while studying at the Laval University in Quebec. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Royce, John, Edward, Kenneth and Keith Prince; a brother-in-law, Tony Hassemer; and a sister, Sister Mary Peter Prince. Those surviving her are sister, Rita Hassemer; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Prince and Marie Prince; and her cousin, Sister Mary Roberta Prince; numerous nieces and nephews; and her Community, the Sisters, Servants of Mary of Ladysmith. Funeral Mass will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2007, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cooks Valley conducted by Father James Arthur. Following the Mass, a luncheon will be served in the parish hall. Burial will be later in the afternoon at the Servants of Mary Cemetery in Ladysmith. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Schriver Funeral Chapel, Bloomer, and one hour before the Mass on Monday. There will be a 4 p.m. rosary followed by a 7:30 p.m. Christian wake service on Sunday at the funeral chapel.

Mary M. Prince
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (17 Nov. 1994) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
BLOOMER: Mary M. Prince, 70, of Bloomer, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1994, at her home in the town of Cooks Valley. She was born May 3, 1924, in Chippewa County to John and Katherine (Borofka) Sykora. She married David Prince Oct. 16, 1945, in Cooks Valley. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cooks Valley. She is survived by her husband, David of Bloomer; six sons, Joe (Carolyn) of Bloomer, Mike (Michelle) of Eau Claire, Pat of Bloomer, James R. (Carmen) of Eau Claire, Stan (Laurie) of Bloomer and David (Candyce) of Bloomer; six daughters, Rose (Robert) Theurer of Stratford, Elizabeth (Jerry) Rubenzer of Bloomer, Theresa (Larry) Calkins of Bloomer, Dotty Prince of Bloomer, Virginia Prince of Nashville, Tenn., and Victoria (Christopher) Kelly of Corpus Christi, Texas; three brothers, Archie Sykora of Jim Falls, John Sykora of Chetek and Richard "Dick" Sykora of Chippewa Falls; eight sisters, Christina Hagen of Chetek, Sister Mary Jane of Wausau, Helen Pecha of Bloomer, Anna Langman of Chetek, Agnes Prochnow of Chetek, Regina Rogge of Bloomer, Rose Quinlan of Kewaunee and Theresa Shakal of Bloomer; 32 grandchildren; a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Aloyius, Joseph and Ernest Sykora.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cooks Valley, with Father William Felix officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Cooks Valley. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Olson Funeral Home, Bloomer, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary recited and an 8 p.m. Christian Wake Service. Friends may also call an hour before services Saturday at the church.

Mary Martha Prince
Source: Bloomer Advance (14 Oct. 2003) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
Mary "Martha" Tafoya Prince, 64, passed away on September 29, 2003, at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. Martha was born on April 26, 1939, in Salida, Colorado to Robert and Agnes Tafoya and lived in Reno, Nevada for the past 35 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 36 years, Royce A. Prince, Sr. Martha is survived by one son, Royce Prince, Jr., four daughters, Sharolyn Wilson, Audrey Demonte, Teresa Prince-Norris, and Stephanie Prince, and sons-in-law, Foster Wilson, Louie Damonte, Jr. and Chuck Norris, all of Reno, Nevada. She is also survived by brother, Robert J. Tafoya of Denver, Colorado, sister, Virginia Samora of Salida, Colorado, granddaughter, Grace Wilson, grandsons, Vance Wilson, Royce Prince III, Ian Prince, Louis Damonte III, Anthony Damonte and Joseph Damonte and numerous nieces and nephews. After graduating in 1958 from Saguache Consolidated High School as valedictorian, Martha attended and graduated from Central Business College in Denver, Colorado. She was a homemaker from 1961 until 1974 when she returned to the workforce. She was planning to retire from John Ascuaga's Nugget in May 2004, after achieving 30 years of service. Martha was a member of Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Martha was a kind and gentle spirit, beloved by all whose paths she crossed. She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren and the many friends that were blessed to have been part of her life. Graveside services were held on Friday, October 3, 2003 at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Memorial Celebration at 12 noon at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 100 Bishop Manogue Drive, off South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada.

Mary Peter (Angeline) Prince
Source: Ladysmith Advocate (14 Oct. 2003) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
Sister Mary Peter Prince, OSM, (Angeline) age 83, of the Servants of Mary, Ladysmith, died at Addolorata Villa, Wheeling, Illinois on October 13, 2003. She was born in Cooks Valley, Wisconsin on January 27, 1920, the daughter of Peter and Nellie Frantz Prince. Sister entered the Servants of Mary Convent in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, August 30, 1936, and professed vows on August 16, 1938. She received a Degree in Education from Viterbo College, La Crosse, Wisconsin and taught in the parochial schools staffed by the Servants of Mary, in Wisconsin, New Jersey, West Virginia, New Mexico, Minnesota, California and Illinois. She lectured in Basic Skills and also tutored students at Mount Senario College from 1974 until 1982 when she retired at the Motherhouse where she continued research on her family tree.  Sister is survived by two sisters, Sister Mary Charles Prince and Rita (Anthony) Hassemer. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Royce, John, Edward, Kenneth and Keith.
Visitation was opened with a Prayer Service on Friday, October 17, at 1:00 p.m. in the Servants of Mary Convent Chapel and visitation continued until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. John Anderson officiating. Burial was in the convent cemetery in Ladysmith. The Nash-Jackan Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.

Sr. Mary Roberta (Margaret Dorothy) Prince
Source: Bloomer Advance (5 April 2010) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
Sister Mary Roberta Prince, 92, died peacefully on April 1, 2010, at Addolorata Villa in Wheeling, Ill. She was born on September 7, 1917, in Cooks Valley, Wis., the fifth of seven children, and baptized Margaret Dorothy. She entered the Servants of Mary in 1935. She received a bachelors degree from DePaul University, Chicago, where she majored in French and history, and a masters in educational administration from Loyola University Chicago. She studied French at the University of Laval in Quebec, Canada, and at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She spent much of her religious life as a teacher and administrator in elementary and secondary schools in New Jersey, West Virginia, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and California. She was principal of Servite High School in Ladysmith from 1960 until it closed in 1967. She was a member of the Servants of Mary Leadership Team from 1971 to 1980. She served as administrator at Addolorata Villa from 1981 to 1990, and she was the last Servite sister to serve in that capacity. As Villa administrator, she oversaw the expansion of the campus from a 94-bed nursing home to a 300-unit continuing care retirement community. She retired in 1990 and continued to serve the Villa as a volunteer.

Nancy J. Prince
Source: Bloomer Advance (30 May 2004) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
Nancy J. Prince of Colfax died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.  Nancy was born June 13, 1930, in Colfax to J. Howard and Evelyn (Bratten) Paul. She was raised in Colfax and graduated from Colfax High School in 1948. On August 9, 1952, she married Thomas Prince in Cheyenne, Wyo., and together they raised five children. Nancy was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a member of the Senior Citizens Organization and a devoted volunteer at the Area Nursing Home, all in Colfax. Survivors include two sons, John of Arizona and Mark of Illinois; three daughters, Susan (Scott Housenga) Prince of Colfax, Pam (Pat Michels) Secora of Chippewa Falls and Paula (Tarry Turner) Prince of Colfax; one sister, Jane (Orville) Larson of Colfax; seven grandchildren, Chad, Kyle, Blake, Michelle, Ryan, Mallory and Marlley; Pat Michels children, Jennifer, Kevin, Kyle and Brittney; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas; a granddaughter, Chenoa; her mother and father-in-law, Gilbert and Leona Prince; two brothers-in-law, Arnold Sumstad and Denis Prince; and a nephew, Terry Prince.
Funeral services for Nancy will be held Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at 11 a.m. from St. Joseph?s Catholic Church in Elk Mound. Father Hoerburger will officiate, with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax, where there will be a 7:30 prayer service.

Sarah Prince
Source: Eau Claire Leader (16 Dec. 1913)
Saturday afternoon at two o'clock occurred the death of Mrs. Andrew Prince at her home in Cook's Valley after a brief illness. Sarah Corrigan was born in Canada seventy-two years ago, and came to Chippewa forty-seven years ago, coming into the Chippewa Valley, one of the early pioneers. Always hospitable and kind. Those who knew her will deeply regret to hear of her demise. She is survived by her husband, and the following children: Mrs. Al Powers, Mrs. Chas. Emmerton, Cook's Valley; Mrs. Frank Scritsmier, Portland Ore.; Joseph , John, Peter, and William Prince of Cook's Valley.

Thomas J. Prince
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (8 Dec. 1991)
Thomas J. Prince, 61, Colfax, died Friday at Luther Hospital. He was born Oct. 8, 1930, in Cooks Valley, rural Bloomer, to John and Leona (Meinen) Prince. He graduated from Colfax High School and married Nancy Paul Aug. 9, 1952, in Cheyenne, Wyo. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was in the sportings good business in Eau Claire for many years and later was employed at the Colfax Public School. He served on the Colfax Village Board and was active in ``Over 30'' softball. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, girls softball and umpired high school baseball. He is survived by his wife Nancy, Colfax; two sons, John, Phoenix Ariz., and Mark (Leslie) Eau Claire; three daughters, Susan Prince, Pam (Jeff) Sikora and Paula Prince, all of Colfax; three brothers, Denis (Doris), Bloomer, Clyde, Colfax, and Roland (Lorena), Bloomer; two sisters, Patricia (Arnold) Sumstad, Colfax, and Jacqueline (Dennis) Oldenberg, Bloomer, and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, from St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Elk Mound, with spring burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Colfax. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m., today, at Goodrich-Sampson Funeral Home, Colfax, and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. A rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Valborg O. Prince
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (7 May 1992) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
COLFAX -- Valborg O. Prince, 88, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 1992, at Bloomer Memorial Hospital.  She was born May 21, 1903, in Stanley, to Oscar and Inga Solie. She married Vernon Prince Sept. 24, 1924, in St. Paul. She cooked at St. John's Catholic Church for the school hot lunch program for many years. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, the Rosary Alter Society and St. Theresa Circle. Survivors include a son, Eugene (Karen) Prince of Colfax; three daughters, Marion Prince of Colfax, Geraldine(Carol) Stoffel of Bloomer, Letty (LaVerne) Alman of Colfax; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a great-greatgrandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vernon; a son, Johnny; two brothers, Norman Solie and Elmer Solie; three sisters, Lydia Woldt, Elaine Schmidt and Elise Solie. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church, Cooks Valley. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. with a 4 p.m. Rosary recited, and an 8 p.m. Christian Wake Service Friday at Olson Funeral Home, Bloomer, and an hour before services at the church Saturday.

Charles Quinn
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 29 Nov. 1906; transcribed by MZ
Stanley, Wis., Nov. 26 – Charles Quinn, a cigar salesman, was killed and Morris Schaecter of Chippewa Falls and James Hubbard of Eau Claire were probably fatally injured in a collision in the Wisconsin Central railway yards tonight. The men, with seven others, were returning from a hunting trip and were riding in the caboose of a freight train. While their train was standing in the yard another freight ran into it. The others in the party escaped unhurt.

Henry Reider and Simon Swartz
Two boys named Henry Reider and Simon Swartz, were drowned near the Central railroad bridge at Chippewa Falls while catching driftwood. They were both in a boat when Swartz fell in endeavoring to rescue him Reider lost his life. Reider was seventeen and Swartz ten years of age. Reider's body has been secured. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN)  Aug. 3, 1892, Sub by RL]

Mrs. B. B. Richter
Source: Minneapolis Journal (MN) Friday, 8 Dec. 1899; transcribed by FoFG mz
Chippewa Falls, Wis., Dec. 8. – Mrs. B. R. Richter, wife of the manager of the Chippewa Valley Mercantile company, died last evening of heart disease. She was among the prominent women of this city and until two years ago resided in Milwaukee. She leaves a husband and four children.

Anita M. Roder
EAU CLAIRE — Anita M. Roder, 79, of Chippewa Falls, died Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Dove Healthcare in Eau Claire.
She was born March 23, 1931, in Cornell to Madeline (Manley) and Charles Downer. She grew up in Cornell and graduated from Cornell High School in 1949. Anita married Irvin Roder on June 24, 1950, in Chippewa Falls. She worked as a secretary at Cornell High School for the draft service and Thaler Oil in Chippewa Falls. They moved to Texas in 1988 where she worked as a camp facilitator at the Girl Scout Camp, Steven's Ranch. They moved back to Chippewa Falls in 1998. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls. Anita enjoyed typewriting and loved visiting with her family and friends. Most recently, she enjoyed spending time with her friends at Grace Adult Day Services, who became like a second family to her. Survivors include: a daughter, Cheryl (Verne) Patrow of Pisgah, Ala,; two sons, Charles (Joan) Roder of Elk Mound, Chris (Julia) Roder of California City, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Tony (Jenni) Roder, Kurt (Kelly) Roder, Jill (Mike) Nyberg, Michelle (Jon) Terrell, Melissa Landrum, Michael (Carrie) Clough, Stephen (Tammy) Clough, Tina (Keith) Yukumoto and Samuel (Dejonnee) Roder; 14 great-grandchildren, Michael and Stephanie Landrum, Zachary Clough, Alora, Caitlin and Jonathan Luke Terrell, Sam and Grace Roder, Anna and Allie Roder, Josie and Carlene Yukumoto, Nathan and Noah Clough.  She was preceded in death by: her parents; and her husband Irvin on April 11, 2009.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 7 at Faith Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls with Rev. Craig Mathews and Rev. William Plautz officiating. Interment will be on Saturday in Cornell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls, is serving the family. [The Chippewa Herald (Chippewa Falls, WI) - Tuesday, May 4, 2010; Sub by JD]

G. W. Rossiter
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Friday, 27 Sept. 1889; transcribed by FoFG mz
G. W. Rossiter, a Chippewa Falls Boniface, aged 29, who died a few days ago leaving a young wife, carried insurance to the amount of $16,000 on his life. A $10, 000 policy was taken out only a few days since.

Noah John Rubenzer
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (22 Feb. 1998) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
BLOOMER -- Noah John Rubenzer, son of Jerry and Betty (Prince) Rubenzer, was stillborn on Thursday, February 19, 1998, at The Bloomer Community Memorial Hospital.  He is survived by his parents; five brothers, Benjamin, Sam, Robert, Matthew and Troy; maternal grandfather, David Prince, Sr. and paternal grandparents Clarence and Eileen Rubenzer.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mary Prince.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Cook's Valley with Father William Felix officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Catholic Church Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Schiesel
Source: Stanley Republican (Stanley, Chippewa County, Wis.) Friday, 10 Apr. 1925; transcribed by MZ
Elizabeth Zimmerman, wife of Anton Schiesel, died at her home in the Town of Edson on Monday morning, aged 48 years. She had been suffering from an incurable malady for two years. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Zimmerman and she was born in the Town of Edson, December 23, 1876. She was married to Anton Schiesel in 1899 and they settled in the farm home where they have since resided continuously. In addition to her husband she is survived by nine children, Clara, Mrs. John Schuebel; Laura, Mrs. Mike Drace; Helen, Margaret, Mary, Theresa, Fred, George and Edward. The funeral was conducted from the Sacred Heart Church at Edson on Wednesday morning.

Emmanuel J. Schwartz
ALTOONA — Emmanuel J. Schwartz, 86, of 9519 136th St., Chippewa Falls, town of Eagle Point, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007, at the Oakwood Villa, Altoona. He was born Nov. 7, 1920, in the town of Tilden, the son of John and Eva (Beaudette) Schwartz. He married Angeline Swoboda on Nov. 18, 1941, at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls. Emmanuel had farmed until his retirement in 1978 and also worked at Morrison’s Implement until 1998. He was a member of St. Charles Church. Emmanuel is survived by: one sister, Lucy Liedl of Chippewa Falls; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by: his wife, Angeline on Dec. 20, 2006; and his parents. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at St. Charles Church, Chippewa Falls. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Chippewa Falls. Friends may call one hour before the time of services Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. Charles Church, Chippewa Falls. Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Theresa Smetana
Source: Chippewa Falls Herald-Telegram (Tuesday, 3 Feb. 1953)
Funeral services for Mrs. Theresa Smetana were held at the Rock Funeral Home in Bloomer and at the St. Paul's Catholic church there at 9:30 o'clock this morning, with Msgr. Paschal Hirt officiating. Interment was in the South Catholic cemetery. The deceased was born Theresa Smetana on May 17, 1875, in the town of Tilden. On May 19, 1903, she was married to Joseph Smetana at St. Peter's church in Tilden. She resided in the town of Woodmohr until her death at St. Joseph's hospital in this city on January 31st. Her husband preceded her in death in 1935. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Frank (Mary) Schneider of Tilden, and Mrs. Phillip (Lucille) Schneider of Wheaton; four sons, Raymond and Albert of New Auburn; Erwin of Bloomer, and Jerome of Hastings, Minn.; one sister, Mrs. Emily Meinen of Cooks Valley, and 14 grandchildren. Pallbearers at the funeral this morning were James, Thomas and Wm. Smetana, Gilbert Meinen, and Theodore and Albert Stoffel. Relatives and friends from Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Stanley and Wisconsin Rapids attended the services.

Anna Stoffel
Source: Bloomer Advance (Thursday, 3 Apr. 1913 Edition)
Mrs. Anna Stoffel died at her home in the town of Tilden Sunday afternoon at the ripe old age of 80 years, after a residence in that town of forty-five years. She was the widow of the late Peter Stoffel and is survived by the following children: Sister Mathisa, a nun, of West Allis, Wis., Mrs. S. Dachel, Edson, Mrs. Peter Hunz, Tilden, Mrs. Joseph Bowe, Tilden, Mrs. Joseph Smetana, Mrs. Peter Meinen, town of Bloomer, Michael, Peter and John Stoffel, Tilden. The funeral will be held this forenoon from St. Peter's church in Tilden. -Independent.

Geraldine M. Stoffel
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (25 Jan. 1999) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
BLOOMER -- Geraldine M. Stoffel, 72, of Bloomer, passed away Saturday, January 23, 1999, at Luther Hospital, Eau Claire. She was born June 26, 1926, in the town of Howard, Wisconsin to Vernon and Valborg (Solie) Prince. She married Carl Stoffel November 6, 1943, at St. John's Catholic Church, Cooks Valley, Wisconsin. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She worked at Bloomer Medical Center for 22 years as a nursing assistant. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She is survived by her husband, Carl B. Stoffel of Bloomer; four sons, Charles (Rosemary) Stoffel of Elk Mound, Daniel (Linda) Stoffel of Colfax, Richard Stoffel of Bloomer and Wayne (Deborah) Stoffel of Bloomer; five daughters, Patricia (Matthew) Schley of Clintonville, Mary Kay Stoffel of Bloomer, Carla (John) Reetz of Antigo, Ann (Jeff) Lane of Bloomer and Nancy (Jeffery) Glanzman of Mondovi; one brother, Eugene Prince of Colfax; one sister, Letty (Lavern) Alman of Colfax; 14 grandchildren (with one grandchild due in May) and two greatgrandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, John Prince; and one sister, Marion Prince. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 27, 1999, at St. John's Catholic Church, Cooks Valley. Spring burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 1999, at Schriver Funeral Chapel, Bloomer and an hour before services Wednesday at the church. There will be a 7:30 p.m. Altar Society Rosary followed by an 8 p.m. Christian Wake Service Tuesday at the funeral chapel.

John Stoffel
Source: Bloomer Advance (Thursday, 4 Apr. 1929 Edition)
The community was saddened by the death of John Stoffel, who passed away at his home in Cooks Valley on Friday evening. He underwent an operation a year ago at the Chippewa hospital, from which he never fully recovered and he has been in poor health for the past year. John Stoffel was born in Belgium, May 11, 1866, and came to America with his parents at the age of two years. For several years the family lived in the town of Tilden, where he was united in marriage to Theresa Meinen, Oct 13, 1896. In 1912 he sold his farm to Gust Kelm and purchased the Z. C. Willis farm in Cooks Valley, where he has since resided. Mr. Stoffel is survived by his wife and ten children, as follows: William of Popple Creek, Leo of Eagle Point, Adolph, Eugene, Joseph, Anna, George, Peter, Norbert and Carl all living at home. He is survived by two brothers Peter of Woodmohr and Nick of Tilden, and five sisters, Mrs. Joseph Bowe, Mrs. Sebastian Dachel, Mr. Peter Huntz, Mrs. Peter Meinen and Mrs. Jos. Smetana Sr. The funeral was held on Tuesday morning at St. John the Baptist church in Cooks Valley, Rev. Chas. Rudolph officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery. Those from a distance who were here for the funeral: Norbert Dachel, Wisconsin Rapids; William Meinen, Milwaukee; Albert Bowe of Lafayette; Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Bowe of Chippewa Falls and several other relatives and friends from Tilden, Wheaton, Bloomer and other surrounding points.

Michael Stoffel
Source: Chippewa Herald-Telegram (Saturday, 13 Oct. 1945 Edition)
Michael Stoffel, aged 74, died at St. Joseph's hospital Friday, October 12, at 4 p.m., following complications of a fractured hip. He was born May 4, 1871, in the town of Tilden and had lived there all his life. He had a large circle of friends in this community and was very active until the last week. On April 12, 1904 he was married to Elizabeth Hansen of Bloomer at Holy Ghost church by Rev. Roth. He is survived by his widow, one son Albert at home, six daughters, Mrs. John Zwiefelhofer, Mrs. Charles Zwiefelhofer, Mrs. Agnes Miller, Mrs. Sylvan Zenner, Mrs. Herman Bohl, all of Tilden, Mrs. Frank Libersky of Bloomer; twenty-three grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Catherine Bowe of Chippewa Falls, Mrs. Emily Meinen, Cooks Valley. The remains will lie in state at the LaFrania Funeral Home Saturday evening and will be taken to the farm home Sunday at 2 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at St. Peter's church in Tilden with Rev. R. Raschke officiating.

Peter Stoffel
Source: Bloomer Advance (Thursday, 24 Feb. 1944 Edition)
Peter Stoffel, beloved pioneer farmer of the Bloomer community, died at his farm home in the town of Woodmohr on Monday morning, Feb. 21st. He had been in failing health, due to the infirmities of age, for some time past. Peter Stoffel ws born in Belgium, Jan. 11, 1860 and was 84 years, 1 month and 10 days old. He came to America with his parents when eight years of age, settling at once in the town of Tilden. There he grew to manhood and in 1892 was married to Theresa Harings. To this union was born seven children, one of whom preceded him in death. Mrs. Stoffel passed away in 1933. Surviving are four daughters and two sons: Adelaide Stoffel of Chippewa Falls, Mrs. Harry Lloyd of Eau Claire, Sister M. Theodore, O. S. M. of Washburn, Wis., Mrs. Casper Steinhagen of Waconia, Minn., Theodore Stoffel of Woodmohr and Bernard Stoffel of Cooks valley. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Katherine Bowe, of Tilden, Mrs. Anna Meinen and Mrs. Theresa Smetana of Woodmohr; one brother, Michael Stoffel of Tilden, and four grandchildren. Following the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Stoffel they moved to a farm in Woodmohr where the deceased has since resided. He has served in various offices in his town and was for a time a member of the county board. He was a devoted church man and for many years was an officer in the Catholic Knights and other organizations of the church. By hard work and conservative habits he had become a substantial farmer and his advice and co-operation were always eagerly sought after. He was one of the community's outstanding citizens. Funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic church in Cooks Valley this (Thursday) morning at 9:30 o'clock with interment in the church cemetery. Rev. Fr. Frank Knopp officiated.

Theresa Stoffel
Source: Bloomer Advance (Thursday, 15 Nov. 1951 Edition)
Mrs. Theresa Stoffel, 74, passed away suddenly at St. Joseph's hospital in Chippewa Falls Thursday morning. She was born Theresa Meinen, on June 11, 1877, in Tilden, where she grew up, and on Oct. 13, 1896 she was united in marriage to John Stoffel in St. Peter's church in Tilden. She made her home in Tilden until 1914, when she moved to a farm in the town of Cooks Valley, where she resided until seven years ago, when she moved to Bloomer and resided with her son, Joseph. She was a member of the Christian Mother's Society and the Franciscan Order. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1929. Mrs. Stoffel is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Felix (Anna) Yakish, of Cooks Valley; nine sons, the Rev. Father Elmer, of Huntington, Ind., William, Adolph, Eugene, George and Carl, of Cooks Valley, Joe and Leo of Boomer, and Peter of Winona, Minn. She is also survived by two brothers, Louis Meinen of Chippewa Falls and Joseph of Eau Claire, and 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Theresa Stoffel were held at the Rock Funeral Home and at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Bloomer Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock with the Rev. Elmer Stoffel, O. F. M. as celebrant officiating at the solemn High Requiem Mass. Reverend Stoffel was assisted by Rev. N. W. Thomas of Athens as Deacon. Sub Deacon, Rev. Leo Novitt, O. F. M., of Cooks Valley. Master of ceremonies, Rev. P. Hollern of Bloomer, Acolyte, Robert Yakesh, Stephen and John Stoffel, all grandchildren of the deceased. Rev. Raschke of Tilden was also in attendance. Interment was made in the St. John's cemetery in Cooks Valley. Pallbearers were all Nephews of the late Mrs. Stoffel, Gregory, Gilbert, Julius, Roman, Edmund and Walter Meinen. Out of town relatives and friend attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Louis Meinen, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bowe, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Bowe, Mrs. Bernard Butak, Mr. Joseph Herbert, Mr. and Ms. Homer Hebert, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Herbert, Louis Herbert, Mrs. William Herbert, Mrs. P. J. Murphy, Robert Schultz, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barthiaume, Misses Ramona and Charlotte Yakesh, Helen and Shirley Stoffel, all of Chippewa Falls; Bernetta Stoffel of Cadott, Henriette Meinen of Athens, George Yakesh and daughter, Peter Stoffel and family of Winona, Minn.

Denise Marie Stoley
Source: memorial leaflet & obituary; contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Residence: Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Birth: Oct. 19, 1956 (Miller, SD)
Parents: Loren & Evelyn (Mason) Stoley
Death: Jan. 31, 1990 (Luther Hospital, Eau Claire, WI)
Age: 33
Funeral: Monday (Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Highmore, SD)
Education: Aberdeen Central High School (Aberdeen); South Dakota State University; Chippewa Falls Technical College
Occupation: Bookkeeper (Chippewa Falls Farmers Union Co-op, 1978 onward)
Locations: Highmore to Aberdeen, college in Brookings, Chippewa Falls (1978)
Preceded in death by: Father (1982)
[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Elizabeth Hoffman Stuttgen
Source unknown, dated 24 Dec. 1926 submitted by Donna Stein Miller
[Date of death 20 Dec 1926]
Stuttgen, Elizabeth Hoffman, wife of Bernard Stuttgen, died at her home in this city on Monday last. She was born in Granville, Wis., April 7 1855 and was married to Mr. Stuttgen on Sept 2, 1878, when they moved to Menomonee Falls where they resided for 13 years, thence to Appleton for nine years and then they settled on the farm west of the city where they resided for 23 years, moving to this city about three years ago. Eight children were born to them, six of whom with the husband survive. They are: Mrs. Peter Lauer [Anna Margaretha], Henry, Sylvester, William and Paul Stuttgen of this place and Phillip of Oconto Falls. She is also survived by a brother and a sister, 15 grandchildren and great grandchildren. The funeral was held on Thursday, from St. Ann's Church.  [Note son "Sylvester" is actually Servatus.]

Paul Frank Stuttgen
Source: Eau Claire Leader Telegram (17 Jan. 1986) submitted by Donna Stein Miller
Stanley - Paul Stuttgen, 93, died Thursday at Victory Memorial Hospital. He was born in Appleton and farmed in the Stanley area until moving into Stanley in 1946. He worked for the Tri-County Implement Shop in Stanley for many years. Survivors include many nieces and nephews. Services will be at 11 am Tuesday at Holy Family Church, with burial in St. Mary''s Cemetery both in Stanley. Friends may call from 3 to 9 pm Monday at Plombom Funeral Home, Stanley, where a parish vigil will be at 8 pm. Burial: Holy Family Cemetery, Stanley.  [Paul was the son of Bernard "Barney" and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Stuttgen of Stanley.]

Servatus Stuttgen
Source unknown, dated 1 May 1968; submitted by Donna Stein Miller
S. M. Stuttgen To Be Buried From St. Anne's
[date of death 30 Apr 1968]
Last rites for Servatus M. Stuttgen, 80, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 from St. Anne's Catholic Church, the Rev. Edmund Cramer officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. The Parish Rosary will be recited tonight, Thursday, at 8:00 p.m. at the Plombon Funeral Home.  Mr. Stuttgen, who died suddenly Tuesday afternoon at the home of his son, Joseph, was born on December 28, 1887, in Little Chute, Wisconsin, the son of Bernard and Elizbeth Stuttgen.  He came to the Town of Delmar with his parents in 1900 and had lived in this area since. On September 2, 1913, he was married to Mary Dachel at Sacred Heart Church, Edson. After their marriage, they farmed in the Town of Edson until 1959 when the retired and moved to a farm est of Stanley.  He was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society.  Survivors include his wife, Mary; one son, Joseph, Town of Edson; two daughterrs, Dorothy (Mrs. Robert Hazuga) and Viola (Mrs. William Hazuga) of Stanley; one brother, Paul, of Stanley and fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Arnold Sumstad
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (21 Apr. 2001) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
Arnold Sumstad, 79, of Colfax, died Friday, April 20, 2001 at his home in Colfax. Arnold was born July 29, 1921 in Carryville, Wis., to Kornelius and Mary (Lindholm) Sumstad. He served his country in the Navy on a P.T. Boat during WWII in both the Pacific and Mediterranean Seas. On November 12, 1955 he married Patricia Prince. Arnold was employed with Northern States Power as a hydroelectric operator for 25 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the Colfax Catholic Community. Survivors include his wife Patricia of Colfax; one son James (Shari Anderson) of Mound, Minn.; one brother John of San Antonio, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother. Funeral services for Arnold Sumstad will be Monday, April 23, at 11 a.m. from the United Methodist Church-Colfax Catholic Community. Father Hoerburger will officiate with burial in The Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Sampson Funeral Chapel. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Friends also may call one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Theresa Swoboda
Source: Eau Claire Leader (9 Sept. 1923) page 7; submitted by Sue Balow Parker.
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Theresa Swoboda, pioneer resident of the town of Tilden, were hed (sic) yesterday morning at the Bloomer Catholic church. She was 38 years old and grew to womanhood in Tilden. She was twice married, first to Joseph Rothbauer who died several years ago. Later she was married to James Swoboda, who survives with eight children. Mrs. Swoboda's maiden name was Theresa Rubenzer.

Jack Sybeldon
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 10 May 1934; transcribed by MZ
Jack Sybeldon, of Chippewa Falls, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sybeldon of this city, and a former resident of Abbotsford, passed away at the sanitorium at Chippewa Falls, Thursday, May 3. Mr. Sybeldon had been in poor health for the past several years. Funeral services were held at 3 o’clock Monday at the Nottre Dame Catholic church in Chippwa Falls. A requiem high mass was celebrated with the Rev. Father Hard officiating.  Mr. Sybeldon was 41 years of age at the time of his death. He was born at Hurley, Wis. About 18 years ago he was married to Gertrude Busch at Rice Lake.  Surviving are his wife and two daughters, Gladys and Marjorie; his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sybeldon; five sisters, Mrs. A. Marks, Helen Sybeldon and Mrs. Agnes Lester, Chicago; Clara Sybeldon, Chippewa Falls; and Mrs. Joseph Fischer, Abbotsford; two brothers, Ed Sybeldon, Abbotsford and Henry Sybeldon, Kenosha. One child, Gertrude, preceded him in death about 12 years ago.  The pallbearers at the funeral were Clarence Rouse, Stevens Point; Harry Ketcham and Peter Dolan, Abbotsford; Al Popple, Chippewa Falls; Joe Whitman, Stevens Point and Garney Westcott, Park Falls.  Among those who attended the funeral from Abbotsford were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ketcham, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dolan, Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Dolan, Mrs. Charles Hoffman, Mrs. Maxwell Jenks and Mrs. Joseph McCabe.

Annabelle M. Sykora
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (24 Dec. 1994) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
Annabelle M. Sykora, age 72, of Chetek, died Thursday, December 22, 1994, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN.  She was born August 26, 1922, in Cooks Valley to Michael J. and Maude (Bergeron) Prince. She attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and grade school, and graduated from Colfax High School. She married John Sykora, Jr. on July 1, 1941 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She lived in Cooks Valley all of her life and moved to Chetek after retirement. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and the Bloomer VFW Auxiliary.  Survivors include her husband, John Sykora, Jr. of Chetek; nine sons, Thomas J. (Annette) of Chippewa Falls, Peter J. (Esther) of River Falls, WI, Raymond C. (Linda) of Deer Park, WI, Anthony F. (Patrice) of Bloomer, Theodore F. (Laura) of Milton, WI, Mark J. of Minneapolis, MN, Matthew R. (Mary) of Menomonie and Luke E. (Jeanne) Sykora of Prairie Du Chien; two daughters, Jeanette (Ron) Kirchner of Red Wing, MN and Kathleen (Gary) Spaeth of Chippewa Falls; one brother, David Prince of Cooks Valley and one sister, Sister Mary Roberta Prince of Wheeling, Ill. Also survived by 38 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, James, Frank and Robert Prince; one sister, Bernice Peterson. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 26, 1994, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Cooks Valley with the Rev. William Felix officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, December 25, 1994, at the Schriver Funeral Home, Bloomer, and one hour before the mass at the church. There will be a Parish Council of Catholic Women Rosary at 7:30 p.m. followed by a 8:00 p.m. Wake service Sunday at the funeral homress Company.

John Sykora Jr.
Source: Chippewa Herald (19 May 2010) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
John Sykora, Jr., 89, of Bloomer passed away Monday, May 17, 2010, at Our House Memory Care in Chippewa Falls. John was born on May 21, 1920, in Bloomer to John B. and Katherine (Borofka) Sykora. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving from 1942 to 1945. He married Annabelle Prince on July 1, 1941, at St. Johns Catholic Church, Cooks Valley. He was a member of St. Pauls Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Bloomer American Legion and Life Member of the Bloomer V.F.W. John is survived by: sons, Thomas (Annette) of Chippewa Falls, Peter (Esther) of River Falls, Raymond (Linda) of Deer Park; Anthony (Patrice) of Altoona, John, III (Audrey) of Bloomer, Theodore (Laura) of Milton, Mark of Palm Springs, Calif.; Matthew (Mary) of Chippewa Falls and Luke (Jeanne) of Prairie Du Chien; daughters, Jeanette Kirchner of La Mesa, Calif. and Kathleen (Gary) Spaeth of Chippewa Falls; brother, Richard Sykora of Colorado; sisters, Agnes Procknow of Chippewa Falls, Anna (Raymond) Langman of Chetek, Regina Rogge of Bloomer, Rose (Dave) Quinlan of Kewaunee and Theresa (Clarence) Shakal of Bloomer; sister in law Eileen Sykora; 39 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews He is preceded in death by: his parents; wife; brothers, Al, Ernest, Archie and Joe; sisters, Kristina Hagen, Sister Jane Sykora, Mary Prince and Helen Pecha; brothers-in-law, Irvin Hagen, David Prince, Richard Pecha, Delmar Rogge and Alvin Procknow; sisters-in-law, Esther and Mary Sykora; and son-in-law Ron Kirchner. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 21 at St. Johns Catholic Church, Cooks Valley, conducted by Father James Arthur. Burial will be at St. Johns Catholic Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Bloomer American Legion and V.F.W. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 20 at the Schriver Funeral Chapel, Bloomer, and one hour before the Mass at the church on Friday. There will be a 7:30 p.m. Christian Wake Service and Knights of Columbus Service at the Funeral Chapel on Thursday.

Harold M. Taylor
528 E. Summit Ave., Chippewa Falls died Monday May 2, 2005. He was born February18, 1926 in the town of Bloomer to Frank and Orpha (Tallman) Taylor. He married Joann Sneen on November 6, 1948 at Notre Dame Catholic Church. He was employed as a butcher at Consumer's Co-op (Mega Foods). He is survived by two daughters Ellen (Dennis) Baldeshwiler, Cindy (Rick) Turner, three sisters Rosa (Kenneth) Blake, Lillian (Floyd) Wilson, Ruby (Lawrence) Hakes, two brothers William (Jean) Taylor, and Richard (Ruby) Taylor. Seven grandchildren Eric (Nicole) Turner, Christopher (Fiancee Ashley Nayes) Turner, Joseph, Andrew, Sara, Michael, and Anthony Baldeshwiler, Great-grandson, Colton Turner, two brother in laws, Ronald Clark and William Kukuk and special nephew Lloyd Kukuk. He was preceded in death by his wife on October 27, 1991, his parents, a sister Mary Jean Taylor, and two brothers, Alvin and Henry Taylor. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Chippewa Falls.

Mabel I. Taylor
Died Monday October 24, 2005 at the Maplewood in Bloomer. She was born October 21, 1912 in the town of Sampson to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Davis. She graduated from Bloomer High School. She married Melvin F. Taylor in Wabasha Minnesota. They farmed on the Taylor homestead until her husband’s death on January 14, 1976. She is survived by one son Duane (Kathleen) Taylor, four grandchildren Dwight Taylor, Dean Taylor, Theresa Johnson, and Deanna Johnson, and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two brothers Axel and Loren Davis. Interment will be at Bloomer City Cemetery.

Len Underhill
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 25 Sept. 1958; transcribe by MZ
Len Underhill, a former resident of Abbotsford, died at a Chippewa Falls hospital, Sept. 13. Burial was made at Chippewa Falls. Mr. Underhill was born May 7, 1870, at Plymouth, and married Anna Swanson at Abbotsford on June 5, 1906. An employee of the Soo Line Railroad, he retired as a locomotive engineer in 1939. Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. (Ella) Colbath, Medford; and Mrs. (Rachel) Arthur, Green Bay. His wife and one sister preceded him in death.

William Walsdorf
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (16 Nov. 1901) Sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy
Chippewa Falls, Wis., Nov. 16 - William Walsdorf, employed in a logging camp on the Jump river, in this county, was shot and killed by a hunter yesterday. A farmer named Martins, who came here last spring and settled on land, was shot by a stray bullet while sitting at a table in his home eating supper. The bullet entered one ear and came out the other. Death was instantaneous. The woods are full of hunters and it is un-safe to travel on any, of the old logging roads.

John Wellner
Source: Stanley Republican (Stanley, Chippewa County, Wis.) Thursday, 10 June 1954; transcribed by MZ
John Wellner, 74, passed away at Victory Memorial Hospital on Wednesday morning at 6:45 following a lingering illness. Born in Manitowoc county on December 15, 1879, he moved to the Town of Edson with his parents in 1883. He married Theresa Smassal at Sacred Heart church in Edson in 1908 and they farmed in Edson until 1942, at which time they retired and moved into Stanley. Mrs. Wellner passed away in 1943. In 1944 he went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Frank Weyenberg, Stanley. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic church. Left to mourn are one daughter, Magdalline (Mrs. Frank Weyenberg) of Stanley; two sons, Frank and Joseph, of Boyd; two brothers, Frank of Chippewa Falls, and Ed. of Gordon; and two sisters, Rose (Mrs. Matt Zimmerman) of Stanley, and Anne (Mrs. John Swatzina) of Boyd. The body will lie in state at the Plombon Funeral Home from Thursday evening until the time of the funeral. Rev. Ralph Geissler will lead the rosary at the funeral home Friday evening at 8:30. Funeral services will be conducted at St. Mary’s church, Rev. Geissler officiating, at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Nephews will serve as pall bearers.

Mrs. Alexander Wiley
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 26 Aug. 1948; transcribed by MZ
Funeral services for Mrs. Alexander Wiley, 65 years old, wife of Senator Wiley, were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Chippewa Falls Methodist church, with burial in Forest Hill cemetery there. Mrs. Wiley died of a heart attack Thursday at Valparaiso, Indiana, while she and her husband were on their way to their home at Chippewa Falls after the special session of Congress. Mrs. Wiley was born in Wisconsin. Besides her husband she leaves a son, three daughters and six grand children.

Leslie Wilson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Friday, 7 Dec. 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. Dec. 6. – Leslie Wilson, one of the pioneers of Chippewa Falls, and leading business man, died last night from enlargement of the heart. He had been ill several weeks. He was president and manager of the Chippewa Valley mercantile company, and president of the Progressive league.

Beatrice M. Woodford
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (9 Dec. 1996) contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy
Osseo - Beatrice M. Woodford, 84, of Osseo Nursing Home, died Sunday, December 8, 1996, at the home. Beatrice was born April 38, 1912, in Cooks Valley, Chippewa County, to George amd Clara Prince. She married Leslie B. Woodford Sept. 15, 19311, in Eau Claire. He preceded her in death March 18, 1993. She was a resident of the Cleghorn area for 63 years, farming with her husband and working with him in the cattle business and at Woodford Auto Sales in Eau Claire in the early 1950's. She is survived by a son, John Woodford of Osseo; a daughter Barbara Jean (Richard) Orlikowski of Emmett, Calif.; a cousin, Leila Emmerton of Bloomer; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Clarence. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Holy Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Brackett with Father Paul Gitter officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Schiefelbein Funeral Home in Osseo.

Donna Mae Wozniak
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 31 July 1958; transcribed by MZ
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Weix attended the funeral of her cousin, Donna Mae Wozniak, at Stanley Tuesday. Donna Mae, 3, fell off a load of gravel on which she was riding with her father and the wheel crushed her head.

Agnes Yakesh
Source: Bloomer Advance (Thursday, 3 Oct. 1918 Edition)
Mrs. Peter Yakesh, a much beloved Cooks Valley lady, died at the Chippewa hospital on Sunday morning as a result of injuries received on Friday. At about four o'clock Friday afternoon she took a lunch out to the men who were harvesting corn. The men had a load of corn ready to take to the barn and Mrs. Yakesh volunteered to drive it in. She road on the whiffle trees and in passing from the field into a road the front wheels dropped into a furrow or ditch and Mrs. Yakesh was thrown under the wagon and the load passed over her chest, crushing her frightfully and injuring her internally. Mr. Yakesh took her to the hospital at Chippewa Falls at once, little thinking that she would live to reach it. Her injuries were such that medical skill and tender nursing could avail but little and she passed away on Sunday morning after the most intense suffering. Agnes, daughter of Mr. Mrs. Lawrence Boehm of New Auburn, was born in Eau Claire, Dec. 27, 1873, and has lived in the vicinity of Eau Claire, New Auburn and Bloomer all her life. She was joined in marriage to Peter Yakesh in her young womanhood and moved to their farm in Cooks Valley where they have since resided. She was one of a family of seventeen children and is the first of this fine big family to be called from this earth. Besides her parents, brothers and sisters, she is survived by her husband, three sons and one daughter. The funeral was held yesterday morning from the Cooks Valley Catholic church, Rev. A. H. Rosenthal officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery at the church. We join friends innumerable in expressions of sincere sympathy to the sorrowing family in their bereavement.

Jacob Yakish
Source: Eau Claire Leader (Wednesday, 9 Feb. 1949 Edition)
BLOOMER-(Special) - Funeral services for Jacob Yakish will be held at 9 a.m. this morning in St. Paul's Catholic church with Rev. M. Haas officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Yakish, 82, died early Saturday morning at his home in Cook's Valley. He was born in Bohemia May 1, 1866, and came to this country in 1882, settling on a farm in Cook's Valley, west of here. He is survived by a brother, John Yakish, and a number of nieces and nephews. The body will remain in the Rock Funeral home here until the time of the services.

John Yakish
Source: Bloomer Advance (Thursday, 4 May 1950 Edition)
John Yakish, aged 85, of this City, passed away at St. Joseph's hospital early Saturday morning. He was born June 2, 1864, in Czechoslovakia, and at the age of 18 years came to the United States with his parents, and settled in Chippewa County. In 1895 he was married to Anna Pecha at Bloomer. They resided in the town of Cooks Valley until 1935 when he retired and moved into this city. His wife preceded him in death and one son, John Jr. was killed in World War I. Mr. Yakish is survived by three daughters and three sons, Mrs. William Stoffel, Cooks Valley; Miss Mary Yakish, of this city; Mrs. Oscar Hassemer, town of Woodmohr; Felix, Cooks Valley; Vernon of Bellingham, Wash; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandson. The remains were in state at the Rock Funeral Home, in this city, from Sunday morning until the hour of the funeral. Services were held Tuesday morning at 9:00 o'clock at St. Paul's Catholic church with Msgr. Hirt officiating. Interment was made in St. John's cemetery, Cooks Valley. Funeral services for the late John Yakish were held at the Rock Funeral Home at 8:45 Tuesday morning and at St. Paul's Catholic Church at nine o'clock, with Msgr. Hirt officiating. Pallbearers were: Albert Schwartz, Albert Bleskacek, Walter Samens, Theodore Wolf, Eugene Stoffel and John Schwartz. Interment at the St. John's cemetery in Cooks Valley. Out-of-town relatives attended included: Mr. and Mrs. George Yakish and family from Winona; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sbatlik of Neilsville; Mrs. James Marx of Eau Claire.

John Yakesh
Source: Bloomer Advance (Thursday, 9 Jan. 1919 Edition)
The news of the death of John Yakesh was conveyed to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Yakesh of Cooks Valley, Monday in the following telegram from the war department at Washington: "Musician John Yakesh died Nov. 10, from wounds received in action." This news came as a shock to his family and old friends here, as the last heard from him before was to the effect that he had practically recovered from his wounds. John Yakesh was born in Cooks Valley on Aug. 7, 1896. He attended the rural schools until he had completed the course to fit himself as a railway mail clerk. He passed the examination and received an appointment soon after his enlistment, he was appointed a second time soon after he arrived in France. He enlisted on April 13, 1917, at Eau Claire and sailed for France June 10, 1917, being among the very first to arrive on French soil. He was with Pershing's original men and was assigned to duty in the trenches some six weeks after landing in France, where he had seen service almost continuously, with the exception of the time he was in the hospital. He was gassed three times and wounded once. The last time he was gassed his flesh was badly burned and was very painful. On Oct. 25th he wrote his parents that he practically recovered from his wounds and had transferred to membership in the regimental band. It must be that blood poisoning developed in the burns which caused his death. The deceased is survived by his parents, three brothers and three sisters, besides many other relatives and a host of friends. He had considerable musical ability which made him a general favorite among all classes. For several years he was a member of the Bloomer band. His death is a distinct loss to the community, and all join the Advance in expressions of sympathy to his sorrowing family in their bereavement.

Mrs. John Yakesh
Source: Bloomer Advance (Thursday, 1 June 1939 Edition)
Mrs. John Yakesh passed away at her home in this city at 12:45 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, following a lingering illness. She had been failing in health for many months. Mrs. Yakesh was born in Czechoslovakia in July, 1873, and came to America with her parents when a young girl. The family settled in Cooks Valley, where she resided until a few years ago. She was married in 1895 to John Yakesh, and they continued to reside on a farm in Cooks Valley until they retired and moved into this city about six years ago. To this union was born seven children. One son, John, died in France during the World War. Surviving are her husband and six children: Mrs. William Stoffel and Felix of Cooks Valley, Mary and Lillian at home, Vernon of Bellingham, Wash., and George of Milwaukee. One sister, Miss Mary Pecha of Cooks Valley and eleven grandchildren also survive. A few years after the war Mr. And Mrs. Yakesh made a tour of Europe to their birth places and to the grave of their son, John, who died in service. It was a happy experience for them both and an event from which they have drawn a great deal of satisfaction. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's Catholic church in this city at 9:00 o'clock tomorrow (Friday) morning, with interment in the cemetery at St. John's Catholic church in Cooks Valley. Rev. Father Aug. Frisch will officiate.

Peter Yakish
Source: Bloomer Advance (Thursday 11 June 1925 Edition)
The death of Peter Yakish, 71 years pioneer resident occurred Friday night at his home after suffering a paralytic stroke. Mr. Yakish was a Native of Austria, coming here some forty years ago. His wife preceded him in death some seven years ago. Ten years ago they purchased the Frank German farm. He is survived by three sons, James, Edward and Richard and one daughter, Mrs. Edward Zwiefelhofer. Funeral services were held Tuesday at nine o'clock, Rev. Charles Rudolph officiating.

Loyd Zook
Died Thursday July 23, 1992 at Fall Creek Nursing Home. He was born November 9, 1917 in Jackson County. He graduated from Augusta High School in 1936. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1940 and was on active duty in Pearl Harbor on December 12,1941. He married Mary Robertson in California on September 1, 1945. He was also employed delivered milk for Land O' Lakes and was a carpenter for Lampert Yards in Augusta. He also was a member of Augusta American Legion and served on the Augusta City Council. Survived by his wife Mary, Three daughters Jill Zook and Suzy (Bernie) Matysik, and Jean (Joe) Traver, Three sons Dane (Connie) Zook, Dale (Cathrine) Zook, and Kent(Susan) Zook, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jason Zunker
January 4, 2008
Chippewa County Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty
A Chippewa County sheriff's deputy is dead after a car hit him near the scene of a semi fire. The State Patrol says 31-year-old Jason Zunker was setting up cones and flares on southbound Highway 53. That's when a driver hit Zunker outside his squad car - resulting in head injuries that turned fatal. The State Patrol says it all started around 9:30 Friday night. Troopers, along with Chippewa County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a semi, fully engulfed in flames near Milemarker 109. "Due to the traffic on 53, with the emergency response out of Tilden, it was decided by the State Patrol officer to close the highway down," said Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk. A stretch of Highway 53 at Highway 40 was shut down for hours overnight. But it was only a matter of minutes before an crash ended Deputy Jason Zunker's assignment. "Jason Zunker was assigned to detail traffic north of that intersection onto State Highway 40," Kowalczyk said. "And in the process of setting up flares and cones, the officer was struck by a southbound vehicle." Deputies say 21-year-old Erika Kressin hit Zunker while he was standing outside his squad car in the left lane. Doctors at Luther Hospital pronounced him dead shortly after Noon. "We're devastated," Kowalczyk said. "There's not enough words that I can say to the Zunker family to the members of our department, to the deputies that worked hand-in-hand with Jason. This is a loss that will never be replaced." Zunker had been working for the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department for four years - first, as a reserve deputy patrolling water, snowmobile and ATV trails before being hired full-time. "Jason was a deputy that always went above and beyond, always had a smile on his face," Kowalczyk said. Colleagues say the crash is a sad reminder of the dangers of the job. "It reminds us how difficult it is on these roadways, how all the people play such an important role - both those of us who enforce the laws and those who them themselves," said Lt. Jeff Lorentz, of the Wisconsin State Patrol. "You can't really let down your guard." Troopers say the driver of the semi and Kressin are both OK. Troopers say charges are possible, but Kressin is not under arrest. And they say she's a victim in this tragedy as well. A reconstruction team from the State Patrol has already started what could be a lengthy investigation.


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