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John William Collison

John William Collison, 89, formerly of Bloomfield Hills passed away at Milestone Senior Living in Eau Claire, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, after declining health due to dementia.

John was born May 14, 1928, in Detroit, Mich. to Charles and Alma Collison.

John was raised by his mother, in Detroit and his uncle, John and aunt, G in Bermuda.

John served in the Army Second Infantry during the Korean War Conflict from 1948-1952. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War.

John met the love of his life, Barbara Gene Bondy, who he married and raised three children with in Pontiac, Mich.

John was interested in electronics and went to Radio Electronic Television School. He also registered for a patent for an ultrasonic transducer. He was a salesman, selling venetian blinds, cleaning chemicals, ultrasonic cleaning equipment, and aerial lift equipment. In spirit, he was an entrepreneur, and a successful one at that. He worked hard to provide for his family, which was very important to him. He started his own business, Michigan Hi-Reach in Madison Heights, Mich. in 1975.

John loved to travel. In his younger days he hitch-hiked across the country. Many family vacations were taken visiting the east coast, Arizona and all over Michigan. In retirement John and Barbara traveled to six continents.

His interests included ceramics, photography, the stock market, golf, sailing, and was a do-it-yourselfer. He was involved with Lighthouse of Oakland County and New Horizons Rehabilitation Services.

He is survived by his daughters, Karen (John) Possley, Chippewa Falls, Syndee Collison, and son, Charles F. Collison both of San Rafael, Calif.; grandchildren, Nicholas Possley of Tilden, Wis. and Jocelyn Possley of Stevens Point, Wis.; and his sisters-in-law, Joanne (Paul) Halick and Susanne (Robert) Sack all of Novi, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years; his parents; sister, Mary Wilkins; and brother, Allen Collison; and sister-in-law, Olie Collison .

The family is grateful to the staff at Milestone Senior Living for their tender care and laughter with him and Mayo Clinic Hospice.

Funeral services will be held at Great Lakes Veterans Cemetery in Holly, Mich. at a date to be determined.

Memorials may be given to Mayo Clinic Home Health and Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Albert Louis Brown


NEW HOLSTEIN, Wis. — Albert Louis Brown, 88, of New Holstein died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Marathon County.

He was born Dec. 3, 1928, in Menomonie son of the late Albert and Anne (Ortner) Brown. He married Mary Lou Groom, Dec. 23, 1951, and together they raised three sons. He celebrated 60 years of marriage with Mary Lou before she passed away in 2012.

Al served in the Army before returning to college and he went on to be an educator and school administrator for 38 years. He was most proud of his family; he enjoyed having them come to his house or visiting at family events. He loved his home: that is where he built his house, his woodshop, and other buildings/structures. He took pride in his woodworking skills and spent hours on his projects. His family remembers him as a generous man with a kind heart. Al was always willing to help his friends and family. He enjoyed his neighbors who would come by to drink coffee, play cards, debate politics and discuss current events.

Albert is survived by his sons, Al (Gail) Brown, Chip (Jody) Brown, and Mike (Barb) Brown; his grandchildren, Matt Brown, Chris (Angie) Brown, Eric (Becky) Brown, Greg (Claire) Brown, Amanda (Wayne Neubecker) Brown, and Megan Brown; his great-grandchildren, Jayda Brown, Drayven Brown, Stella Brown, Lydia Brown, Stevie Brown, Greta Brown, Mya Brown, and Nora Brown; and his sister, Patricia Reidt.

Albert was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou; his parents, Albert and Anne Brown; and his sister, Jean Harris.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at the Wieting Family Funeral Home, 411 W. Main St., Chilton. Friends may call at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the funeral home. A committal service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the St. Paul Cemetery in Menomonie.

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The family requests that memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice in Al’s name.

Police-Sheriff calls: Monday, Sept. 11

Law enforcement and emergency response agencies in Chippewa County responded to the following calls:

Monday, Sept. 11

7:40 a.m. Disorderly conduct, 100 block of Durch Drive, Chippewa Falls.

9:24 a.m. Counterfeit $100 bill, Walmart, Lake Hallie.

12:08 p.m. Grass fire, Highway 53 south/Milepost 117 southbound.

1:30 p.m. Gas line struck, 700 block of N. Prairie St., Chippewa Falls.

3:31 p.m. Theft, 500 block of E. Summit Ave., Chippewa Falls.

4:28 p.m. Two vehicles stolen, 27000 block of 263rd St., Holcombe.

4:57 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 400 block of Chippewa St., Chippewa Falls.

Man who died in Town of Ruby crash identified

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who died Wednesday, Sept. 6, in a traffic crash in the town of Ruby.

Steven J. Hurlburt, 47, of Conrath and formerly of Cadott and Cornell, died in the one vehicle crash on County G at 307th Ave.

Hurlburt was ejected from the vehicle.

Jean A. Schleusner

OJIBWA, Wis. — Jean A. Schleusner, 72, of Ojibwa passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at her home.

Jean Ann was born April 17, 1945, in Stillwater, Minn., the daughter of Harold and Ethel (Kimker) Richert. She was raised in Stillwater and graduated from high school there. After high school, she started working at Honeywell in their Aerospace Division in Minneapolis, Minn. While working at Honeywell, Jean was introduced to Billy A. Schleusner. Jean and Bill were married May 27, 1967, in Lake Elmo, Minn. and moved to Chippewa Falls. While living in Chippewa Falls, Jean worked for Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. Jean and Bill moved to Mahomet, Ill. and Jean worked as secretary for the General Manager of Eisner Foods in Urbana, Ill. In 1972, Jean and Bill moved to Menomonie where they farmed and Jean worked as a secretary for Preston Chiropractic Clinic. While living in Menomonie, Jean and Bill purchased a lot near Winter, Wis. where they began to vacation and camp at. In 2004, Jean retired and moved to their cabin in Sawyer County. Jean enjoyed horseback riding, all-terrain vehicle riding, fishing and camping. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward.

Jean is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bill; two children, Tammy (Mike) Polta of Amery, Wis., Shane (Jana) Schleusner of Larkspur, Color.; one granddaughter, Michaela; sister-in-law, Joan Richert of Stillwater; nephews, Jeff (Karen) Richert and Doug (Sue King) Richert; and niece, Pam (Ron) Schleusner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Harold Richert Jr.

A memorial service celebrating Jean’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward, with Pastor Tony Stoutenburg officiating. A time of gathering with family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, at the church. A private interment will be held at a later time at Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Lake Elmo, Minn.

Honorary bearers will be Sue King, Betty Koch, Don Koch, Mike Polta, Doug Richert and Jana Schleusner.

Jeanne E. (Pierce) Nelson

HAYWARD, Wis. — Jeanne E. (Pierce) Nelson, 93, of Hayward passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Sept. 10, 2017, at Waters Edge Care Center in Hayward.

Jeanne is survived by her children, Gary (Kathi O’Malley) Nelson of Lake Wales, Fla., Dianne (Robert) Marsh, of Rice Lake, Wis., and Terry (Cheryl Huenink) Nelson, of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Cheryl (Ken) Mileski of Pardeeville, Wis., Andrea (Phil) Neubich of Spooner, Wis., Chris Nelson of Eureka, Calif., Vanessa (Dave) Dahlstrom of Shell Lake, Wis., Terry (Sarah) Walport of Hayward, Nora Nelson of Lake Wales, Fla; great-grandchildren, Megan Gedart, Levi and Laci Neubich, Ben and Jenna Walport, Kyle, Justin and Bradley Mileski; and loyal sister, Judy Warburton.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; great-grandson, Ryan Gedart; parents; brother, Robert Pierce; and sisters, Helen Dunavin and Dorothy Morris.

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Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Hayward Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hayward.

Brenda J. LeMay

CHIPPEWA FALLS/EAU CLAIRE — Brenda J. LeMay, 68, of Chippewa Falls and formerly of Eau Claire, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at her home. A prayer service 4 p.m. Thursday, at Borton-Leiser Funeral Home in Cornell, with memorial visitation 1 to 4 p.m.

William K. Berg

William K. Berg, 91, of Chippewa Falls died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Chippewa Manor. Arrangements are pending. Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family.

Terrence S. Bill

EAU CLAIRE — Terrence S. Bill, 65, of Eau Claire died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Funeral arrangements are pending with Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls.

Erik W. Larson

Erik W. Larson, 31, of Chippewa Falls died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. There will be no services. Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls is in charge of arrangements.