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Wilfred J. Simon

CHETEK, Wis. — Wilfred J. Simon, 90, of Chetek passed away Tuesday, Jan. 02, 2018, at Monroe Manor in Barron, Wis.

He was born July 16, 1927, to Katherine (Turany) and Louis Simon in the township of Tilden.

Wilfred married Elizabeth Ryan May 10, 1957, at Incarnation Church in Minneapolis, Minn. Together they raised their six children in Brooklyn Center, Minn. and Osseo, Wis. before moving to Chetek in 1972. He worked for Dolly Madison as a milkman, delivering to many homes in the area. Wilfred was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, he taught CCD, was a Eucharist Minister and choir member for many years. He enjoyed gardening, canning, fishing, outdoor activities but mostly spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Wilfred is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; children, Bruce Simon of Washington, D.C., Michael (Lori) Simon of Appleton, Wis., Mary (Scott) McPherson of Annendale, Minn., Joseph (Diane) Simon of St. Paul, Richard (Cheryl) Simon of Rhinelander, Wis., Annette Simon of Rockford, Minn.; grandchildren, BrieAnna Simon, Karie (Alec) Miller, Kayla Simon, Samantha Simon, Alyssa Simon; brothers, Tony (Jane) Simon of Bloomer, Allen (Yvonne) Simon of Chippewa Falls; sisters, Dorothy Boos, Ann Marie Schemenauer and Fran (Don) Girard all of Chippewa Falls, Armilla Geist of Chetek, Joan Morain of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Rosanna (Larry) Winrich of Eau Claire; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William, Norbert, Ernest Simon; sisters, Josephine Humbert and Alice McDonald.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Tilden, with the Rosary to begin at 10:40 a.m. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at the funeral home and again one hour prior to Mass at Church on Saturday. Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in the spring.

The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Funeral Home in Chetek has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Roger R. Rubenzer

BLOOMER — Roger R. Rubenzer, 77, passed away at his home Sunday, Dec. 31 2017.

He was born Feb. 4, 1940, in Bloomer, to Richard and Mary (Schwartz) Rubenzer. He married Lois Conrad Feb. 15, 1958, in Bloomer. He worked as a concrete layer, carpenter, maintenance supervisor and in construction. Roger enjoyed a good joke, whether he was ice fishing, hunting or playing cards. Roger always had a story to tell and if you have ever been in his garage you know he loved collecting “treasures.” He loved spending time with his family and friends and will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Lois of Bloomer; sons, Randy (Anita), Greg (Melanie), Jeff (Leann) Rubenzer all of Bloomer; daughter, Lorre (Curt Arendt); brothers, Rodney (Elaine), Jim (Judy), Charlie (Lorraine) Dan (Catherine ) David (Lori), and Jerry (Lennis) Rubenzer; sisters, Karen Ahlm and Judy (Mark) Dahl; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Mary Rubenzer; daughter, Dawn Lueck.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer with a spring burial in the Rufledt Cemetery. There will be a visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Funeral Home before the service and a luncheon to follow at the Pines Ballroom. Online Condolences may be expressed at

Curtis N. Haugestuen

CHETEK, Wis. — Curtis N. Haugestuen, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at Oakwood Health Services in Altoona, Wis. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer with visitation from 5 to time of service.

Meetings: Wednesday, Jan. 3

Thursday, Jan. 4

4 p.m. Chippewa County Facilities and Parks Committee, room 302, Courthouse.

Monday, Jan. 8

8:30 a.m. Chippewa County Veterans Service Commission, room 226, Courthouse.

Tuesday, Jan. 9

6 p.m. County Board, room 302, Courthouse.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

4 p.m. Chippewa County Aging and Disability Resource Center, room 302, Courthouse.

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National TV show features Chippewa County murder

A murder case in the town of Eagle Point in 2000 was featured in a national TV program Monday afternoon.

The program, “True Convictions,” focused on the case of Bill Paul Marquardt, who was acquitted of the murder of his mother, Mary Jane Marquardt.

The prosecutor in that case, then Chippewa County District Attorney Jon Theisen, was able to trace evidence in the Eagle Point murder with a double murder in Florida. Bill Paul Marquardt, now 42, was convicted of those two murders and is on Florida’s death row.

Theisen, now a judge in Eau Claire County, was interviewed for the program, as was former Chippewa Herald reporter Jeff Hage. Parts of the program were shot last year in downtown Chippewa Falls and City Hall.

The program, “A Match to a Murder,” is available to view online at:

Police-Sheriff calls: Saturday, Dec. 30-Monday, Jan. 1

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

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

8:17 a.m. Person not paying for taxi ride, Cadott. Corey J. Gilbert, 21, taken into custody. No charge listed.

2:49 p.m. Possible break-in to residence, 900 block of Bridge St., Chippewa Falls.

5:12 p.m. House fire, N11887 County W. Bloomer Fire Department called. Chippewa Fire District, New Auburn and Tilden departments provide mutual aid. Bloomer rehab trailer called at 5:33 p.m.

7:18 p.m. Drug paraphernalia found, Walmart, Lake Hallie.

8:22 p.m. Theft, 600 block of N. High St., Chippewa Falls.

9:05 p.m. Intoxicated driving, County SS/north of 230th Ave. Jason R. Schindler, 42, arrested for intoxicated driving sixth offense.

11:58 p.m. Intoxicated driving, County O/178th St. Carlee S. McNamara, 24, cited for intoxicated driving first offense.

Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

8:11 a.m. Damage to fence, 1500 block of 12th Ave., Bloomer.

9 a.m. Coyote reported living out of back yard, 4600 block of 144th St., Lake Hallie. Animal made bed of leaves. Property owners told to destroy the leaf pile and to call the DNR if the coyote does not leave the area.

11:23 a.m. Incoming aircraft has engine fire, with on board. Plane landed at Wissota Skydive, County K, at 11:34 a.m.

11:50 a.m. Domestic, 900 block of N. Kelly St., Cadott. Ice M. Nye, 18 and Hunter A. Leland, 20, in custody. No charge listed.

12:04 p.m. Man in hardware department with knife cutting open merchandise, Walmart, Lake Hallie. Unnamed suspect arrested for retail theft, carrying a concealed weapon and drug charges probation.

2:44 p.m. Theft of power tool on Dec. 30, Farm and Fleet, Lake Hallie. Suspect dropped his wallet while leaving the store.

4:11 p.m. Vehicle fire, Highway 29 westbound/Milepost 78, Lake Hallie.

5:45 p.m. Fire in portable ice shack, 5600 block of 183rd St.

6:26 p.m. Intoxicated driving, Highway 40/north of 290th Ave. Barbara A. Wildenberg, 75, cited for intoxicated driving first offense.

9:49 p.m. Domestic, 4100 block of 125th St., Lake Hallie.

11:51 p.m. Intoxicated driving, 1300 block of County F. Matthew W. Rose, 39, arrested for intoxicated driving third offense.

Monday, Jan. 1, 2018

2:23 a.m. Intoxicated driving, 130th St./County OO, Lake Hallie. Kelsey N. Flack, 25, arrested for intoxicated driving second offense.

2:47 a.m. Chimney fire that looks to be in ceiling, 2300 block of 150th Ave.

3:49 a.m. Structure fire, 1123 Huron St., Chippewa Falls. Red Cross contacted for 25 personnel at scene and two people displaced by fire. Anson and the Chippewa Fire District provided mutual assistance.

4:36 a.m. Fight, two people in a tavern, 2700 block of 250th St., Holcombe.

8:22 a.m. Intoxicated driving, County X/Brown St., Cadott. Alexander P. Pozarski, 23, arrested for intoxicated driving second offense.

9:14 a.m. Small fire in barn, 6095 270th St., Cadott.

10:02 a.m. Theft of medications, 2300 block of County I, Chippewa Falls.

2:11 p.m. Theft of dog, 19000 block of 138th St., Jim Falls.

5:21 p.m. Vehicle fire, 21838 45th Ave., Chippewa Falls.

Maddaline Marie Stevens

Maddaline Marie Stevens, 64, of Chippewa Falls has entered into the joy of the Lord Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, after a brave battle with cancer.

She was born Sept. 12, 1953, in Chicago, Ill. to Sam and Georgia (Sanfratello) Paxin. She graduated from Bloom High School, class of 1971. She then earned an Associate’s Degree from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill.

On Oct. 25, 1975, Maddaline married Robert L. Stevens Jr. They resided in Chicago Heights until moving to Chippewa Falls in 1986, where they have since resided.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Robert of Chippewa Falls; four daughters, Gina (Weng) Liew of Kronenwetter, Carla of Chippewa Falls, Keturah “Kitty” (James) Christian of Weston, and Carissa of Chippewa Falls; two sons, Joshua (Cori) of Evansdale, Iowa, Caleb (Kayla) of Minneapolis, Minn.; two brothers, Joseph “Gene” (Marie) Pancamo of Glenwood, Ill., and Sebastian “Sam” (Tammy) Paxin of Alpharetta, Ga.; one sister, Francis “Fran” (Larry) Lewis of Kent, Wash.; and 17 beloved grandchildren with two more coming soon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Anthony “Tony” Pancamo.

Maddaline was a beloved pastor’s wife at Bridgewater Baptist Church in Chippewa Falls. She loved music and her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a wonderful Nana to all 17 of her grandchildren. Her favorite bible verse was Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls. Burial will be in the spring.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of service Friday evening at the funeral chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family.

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Betty A. Capek


CORNELL — Betty A. Capek, 85, of Cornell passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at the Cornell Area Care Center.

Betty was born the daughter of Frederick and Ellen (Chevrier) Polzin Feb. 6, 1932, at home in the town of Arthur. She moved to Cornell in 1936 and attended school there, after she moved to Madison, Wis. and worked at the Rayovac Battery Co. On Sept. 11, 1954, Betty was united in marriage to Francis Capek in Nashua, Iowa at the Little Brown Church in the Vale. They resided in Cornell where Betty was a full time house wife and assisted her husband working in the woods.

Betty is survived by her sons, Terry (Kay) Capek, Scott (Sharon) Capek, and Francis Capek; grandchildren, Christina, Kevin, Heather, Tyler, Danielle, and Elisha; and seven great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis; and two sisters, Melvina and CeCelia.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Borton-Leiser Funeral Home in Cornell, with Scott Capek officiating.

Interment will be at the Cornell Cemetery following services.

Visitation will be held noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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David Price Dorsey

David Price Dorsey, 76, formerly of Chippewa Falls, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at UW Hospital in Madison. Funeral arrangements are pending. Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family.