A kind and thoughtful person, Emmett A. Keller, 85, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire after a sudden decline in his health. He was born in Cochrane, Wis., Jan. 7, 1935, to Oliver and Esther (Bade) Keller. He graduated from Cochrane High School in 1952 and continued his education at Winona State and UW – Madison, obtaining an M.S. in education in 1963.
Emmett taught at Milltown and Shell Lake and also served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1956-1963, including active duty during the Berlin Crisis.
On Sept. 2, 1961, he married Anne Adams in Sheboygan, Wis. They resided in Madison for three years and then moved to Chippewa Falls in 1964, where they became members of Central Lutheran Church. He was a guidance counselor at Chi-Hi for 30 years, also serving as president of the NWEA and helping build the Chippewa Falls School Foundation. He volunteered many hours at Luther Park and the hockey rink and enjoyed attending community events.
Emmett had many interests, including fishing, model railroading, and wood carving. He especially enjoyed meeting with his coffee friends and Tuesday morning teacher buddies. He traveled to Germany and Switzerland and to most states, including Alaska. Fishing on the Mississippi River, Lake Michigan, and Eagle Lake in Ontario were special outdoor activities for him, along with deer hunting in the hills of Buffalo County.
He is preceded in death by his parents; son Paul; brother, Leigh; nephew, Tom; parents-in-law, George and Blanche Adams; and sisters-in-law, Alethea Keller and Violet Keller.
Emmett is survived by his wife, Anne; daughter, Sarah (Frank) Hoefflin; and grandchildren, Christoph and Annikka, of Baden, Switzerland; older brother, David Keller of Cochrane; sisters-in-law, Alice Keller and Patricia Baas; and brother-in-law, Richard (Diane) Adams. Emmett loved his nieces and nephews, Katherine, Dan, Steve (Susan), Mike (Paula), Jim and John Keller, Amy (Jeff Mehne) and Dan (Jen) Adams, and Wendy (Mike) Knowles. He enjoyed spending time with them, their spouses and children, and his many good friends. He was thankful to have Doctors Ippel and Steinmetz taking care of his medical needs.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Central Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service.
The memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Central Lutheran Church, Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Aaron Sturgis officiating. Burial will be at Buffalo City Cemetery, near Cochrane, at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to Central Lutheran Church, Luther Park, Irvine Park or the Paul Keller Memorial of the CFAUSD Foundation.
Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family.
With deep sadness and broken hearts the family of Leonard Vincent LaFaive was lovingly by his side when he died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at Sacred Heart Hospital-Eau Claire. He was born June 17, 1939, the first of six children born to the late Vincent and Clara (Semanko) LaFaive. Len grew up in the Chippewa Falls area and graduated from Chi High. He served his county in the Navy after high school.
He returned to the area and married Eileen Ritter July 2, 1983. Len worked in electrical construction, in food service and retired from the Northern Center as a BMH. To know Len was to love him. He was a very kind, gentle and patient man who always wore a smile.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 36 years, Eileen; his stepsons, Ron (Donna) and Larry (Leah) Korn; grandchildren, Amber, Ashley, Linsey, David and McKenzie; great-grandchildren, Logan, Oliva, Raylee and James; sadly missed by his sisters, Mary (Gene) Flodeen and Sharman (Al) Balsiger; as well as his cousins, nieces, nephews and four good Ol’ Valentine friends from Lafayette. Len was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roger; and sisters, Eileen and Cindy.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the Plombon Funeral Home-Stanley with burial and full military honors at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior on Monday.
EAU CLAIRE — William “BI” A. Bartingale, 74, of Eau Claire died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System – Eau Claire.
Bill was born Nov. 8, 1945, in Eau Claire, the son of Thomas and Beulah Bartingale. Bill married Judy Wood Sept. 7, 1974. He enjoyed golfing and was lucky enough to go the Master’s in Augusta, Ga. He also liked watching the Packers and Brewers, watching his nieces and nephews play sports while they were growing up and refereeing basketball and umpiring softball games. He received the prestigious Umpire of the Year award for umpiring softball. Spending time at the cabin on Weber Lake near Hurley was his favorite thing to do.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; brother-in-law, Roger (Val) Wood; sisters-in-law, Barb (Dale) Thomas and Vicki (Jim) Rundberg; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding him in death are his parents; and a brother, Tim Bartingale.
A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel, 535 S. Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Burial will take place in Forest Hill Cemetery, Eau Claire at a later date.
The family would like to thank the Mayo Hospital System – Eau Claire and the staff at Grace Edgewood.
Barbara A. Liedl, 66, of Chippewa Falls passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls.
Barb was born June 25, 1953, to Bernard and Shirley (Smithers) Liedl at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. She attended Holy Ghost School and McDonell High School, graduating in 1971.
Barb retired from Mason Shoe Company in July 2015, after working there for 40 years. She was a sports enthusiast, participating in softball, while playing for the Bateman Babes and Pizza Hut. She enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, golfing, fishing, trap shooting and hunting. She loved watching the Brewers and the Packers, especially when she had a winning ticket, which was quite often.
Barb is survived by her mother, Shirley Liedl; sister, Linda (Thad) Hebert; her cat, McGee; and aunt, Margaret Bennett. She lived life to the fullest and leaves behind many friends and acquaintances, including Marina “Sis” Thompson, Sandy Merrell, Chris Jacobson, Donna Rockwell, and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bernard Liedl; three brothers in infancy, Bernard, Steven and Joseph; her grandparents, Frank and Mary Liedl, and George and Ida Smithers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. The Very Rev. Justin Kizewski will be officiating. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Chippewa Falls, at a later date.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 and from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. There will be a Christian vigil service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to a charity of donor’s choice in memory of Barb. Family and friends may express condolences online at www.horanfuneralhome.com.
Sharon F. Ouimet, 80, of Chippewa Falls passed away at home Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, surrounded by her loving family and under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice.
Sharon was born May 19, 1939, in Bloomer, William and Martha (Gehring) Weiher. She graduated from Bloomer High School and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She married James Ouimet July 11, 1975, in Iowa. James preceded her in death in 1983.
Sharon is survived by her daughters, Janine (Dave) Mackie, Julie Nelson and Jessica (Ted) Hermann all of Chippewa Falls; grandchildren, Luke (Kayla) Frome of Bloomer, Riley Wogernese of Appleton, Wis., Karson, Lincoln, Gunnar and Hunter Hermann of Chippewa Falls; great-granddaughter, Leah Frome of Bloomer; brother, Bob Weiher of Bloomer; brother-in-law, Duane Ryan Sr., of Cadott; best friend, Barb Abraham of Chippewa Falls; her faithful four legged companion, Miss Muffet; nephews, extended family and friends.
She is further preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Sandra Ryan.
Sharon worked as a registered nurse at American Motors in Kenosha, Wis., for several years and then moved to the Chippewa Falls area and worked at The Rutledge Home and retired from The Northern Wisconsin Center.
Sharon loved to go old time dancing, going on casino trips, traveling and spending time with her family. She enjoyed quilting and made many beautiful quilts for her family to enjoy for a lifetime.
Sharon’s daughters would like to send a special thank you to Pat, Karen and Darlene, for their friendship and support shown to their family and to Dr. Dickson and staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services—Celebration of Life Center. Pastor David Irgens will officiate. Visitation will be held that morning from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services—Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona, (located behind Charter Spectrum.) Inurnment will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls, in the spring of 2020.
As Sharon would say “turn the lights off and lock the door, I’m going to bed.”
Chippewa Valley Cremation Services—Celebration of Life Center has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.chippewavalleycremation.com.
CHIPPEWA FALLS/CADOTT — Patricia J. Pfaff, 80, of Chippewa Falls and formerly of Cadott passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Dove Healthcare-Rutledge Home in Chippewa Falls.
She was born Dec. 29, 1939, the daughter of Hans and Elizabeth (Shieg) Horne in Chippewa Falls. Patricia Horne was united in marriage to Joseph Pfaff Oct. 20, 1990, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cadott. Pat was employed at Chippewa Yellow Bus Company, as a bus driver and for Chippewa County, as a home health aide.
Pat is survived by her children, Marie (Michael) Krager of Chippewa Falls and William (Pamela) Bollom of Cadott; grandchildren, Joshua (Jessica) Krager of Jim Falls, Jessica (Jordan) Bergeman and Jamie (Aaron) Court, both of Chippewa Falls, William Leonard Bollom and Christopher Lee Bollom; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Susan and Samuel Bergeman, Johnathon and Jacob Krager, Jaiden, Amarah and Shirley Court and Liam Bollom; a brother, Dr. William Horne; and also by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, David Bollom, husband, Joseph Pfaff; a brother, Einer Horne; sisters, Mildred Ottoway, Frances Feiler and Betty Thompson; sons, Larry Bollom and David “Chip” Bollom; and a grandson, Hans Bollom.
A service of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb, 17, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 415 N. Maple St., Cadott, with Deacon Ned Willkom officiating. Interment will be in St. Rose Cemetery in the town of Sigel, following the service.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, with a rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. at the Leiser Funeral Home, 511 N. Main St., Cadott. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service Monday morning at the church.
Eileen C. Reed, 85, of Chippewa Falls, town of Wheaton, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Sept. 15, 1934, at home in the town of Wheaton, to William and Ida (Zwiefelhofer) Swoboda. She attended St. Charles Grade School and graduated from McDonell Memorial High School in 1952.
Eileen worked for Dr. Frank B. Sazama and Dr. John J. Sazama, as a secretary until her marriage. She met Dayton C. Reed while attending high school. He asked her to the senior prom in March 1952. From that time, they dated and Dayton asked her to be his wife four years later. They were married July 24, 1956, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Chippewa Falls.
Eileen and Dayton worked together on their dairy farm in the town of Wheaton, until their retirement in 1999. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they were the love of her life.
She was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers and Notre Dame Football.
She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo and volunteered for church and school functions.
Eileen is survived by her husband, Dayton; children, Susan Wyland of La Crosse, Jean (Clyde) Bowe of the town of Wheaton, Carol (Craig) Bowe of the town of Tilden, Daniel (Kathryn) Reed of Lake Elmo, Minn.; grandchildren, Amanda (Matt) Goettl, Ashley (Tyler) Kisner, Bridget (Alex) White, Alesia (Eric) Vavra, Kathryn (Tom Pevan) Mullenberg, Alex (Rachel) Bowe, Myranda and Dawson Reed; great-grandchildren, Breanna Rasmus, Lincoln and Brody Kisner, Myles, Marcus and Margaret Goettl, Kendra, Nolan, Colton and Reece Vavra, Avery, Haven and Henley Bowe, Britynn and Lahni White, Owen Mullenberg-Pevan; and a great-grandchild due in March; sisters, Rosanna Richmond, LucyAnn LeCleir, Helen (James) Schemenauer, Ione Hebert; brother-in-law, Robert Carroll; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sibling in infancy; in-laws, Dayton D. and Agnes Reed; brothers, Arnold (Margaret) Swoboda, Bernard (Bernadette) Swoboda, George (Vernetta) Swoboda; sisters, Lillian (John) Butak, Florence (Gerald) King; brothers-in-law, Delbert Richmond, John LeCleir, Stephen Hebert and James Reed; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Carroll and Marcella “Sally” Reed; and son-in-law, Dan Wyland.
The Reed family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Sacred Heart Hospital for their passionate care during Eileen’s final days. She was our ray of sunshine, be it a bright or gloomy day. She will be forever in our hearts. We all love you and will miss you Eileen, wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt and friend.
A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Chippewa Falls, with Msgr. Michael Gorman, celebrating the Mass. Interment will follow at Hope Cemetery, Chippewa Falls. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated and may go to St. Charles Borromeo, 810 Pearl St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.
Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family. Please share your memories and condolences online at pedersonvolker.com.
Elaine M. Zimmerman, 76, of Chippewa Falls died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born April 10, 1943, in Stanley, to Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Ramminger) and Herman Mahr. She was raised in the Boyd area on a farm. She graduated from Cadott High School in 1960.
Elaine married Donald Pizzella July 1, 1961. They resided in Roseville, Minn. They had five children together and later divorced.
She was employed at 3M in St. Paul.
On Oct. 12, 1985, Elaine married Richard Zimmerman at Zion Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls.
She was employed at Lasker Jewelers in Eau Claire for 25 years, retiring in 2008.
Elaine loved cheering on her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting events, especially hockey and figure skating. She was instrumental in organizing the Eau Claire Figure Skating Club. She loved feeding and watching her birds in the back yard and enjoyed being outside and taking care of her yard. She also loved Polka dancing and traveled to Slovenia, on three separate occasions. She was well liked and loved by all.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Brown of Colfax, Deanne (Michael) Shaw of Bloomington, Ill.; three sons, Donald Pizzella Jr. of Oakdale, Minn., David Pizzella of Chippewa Falls, Dennis Pizzella of Oak Grove, Minn.; two stepdaughters, Sara (Mickey) Modl of Chippewa Falls, Stacie Zimmerman of Eau Claire; a sister, Evelyn (James) Bandoli of Chippewa Falls; a sister-in-law, Janice Mahr of Hudson; special friend and dancing partner, Donald Pizzella of Savage, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Kenneth Mahr; and her husband, Richard.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls, with Pastor Philip Pitt of Our Hope Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls, following the funeral service. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral chapel.
Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family. Please share your memories and condolences online at pedersonvolker.com.
Together again: On Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, Gladah (Nelson) Grunewald left this world to join the love of her life, Ray Grunewald, who preceded her in death June 20, 2015.
Gladah was born to Arthur and Alice Nelson Dec. 13, 1936, in Frederick, Wis. Gladah married Ray Grunewald May 17, 1958, in Eau Claire. They spent many years together fishing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Ray’s passing left a hole in her heart. She kept her days occupied, by spending a lot of time with her friends. She would meet them for breakfast on a daily basis, where there was much laughter, enjoyment and a lot of chitter, chatter, and “BS” spread. Afterwards, she and her friends would go to the casino and play her favorite game Keno which Gladah was a master of. Gladah also enjoyed puzzles, reading, playing cards on the computer, and watching television.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Shirley.
Gladah thanks all of her friends and neighbors, who did so much for her. She was appreciative of all of your help!
Special friends are hard to find, hard to lose, and impossible to forget. True friends are never apart, maybe by distance, but not by heart.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Greenwood Cemetery in Hayward, Wis. with Pastor Gary Hilgendorf officiating.
STANLEY — David W. Stuttgen, 59, of rural Stanley passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at home. He was born in Stanley, May 31, 1960, to the late Joseph Bernard Stuttgen and Barbara Ann Mueller. David attended local schools and graduated from Stanley High School. After high school he survived his country in the Army.
He worked as an Ironworker and was part of Laborers Union Local 268. David enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He could also be found riding his Harley and tinkering in his garage.
He is survived by his sister, Patricia (Patricio) Dorantes of Milwaukee; his brother, Daniel (Kim) of Stanley; his nieces and nephews, Cristy Dorantes, Marty Dorantes, Coco (Jeff) Bohlmann, Gaby Dorantes, Derek (Julie) Stuttgen, Darrin (Kaiti) Stuttgen, Shawn Stuttgen, PJ Dorantes, Joey Stuttgen, Kyle Stuttgen and Tony Dorantes; nine grandnieces and nephews; his best friends, Dewey (Sue) Kmieciak and Ronnie (Mary) Hazuga.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday Feb. 10, at the Plombon Funeral Home in Stanley, with Deacon Ned Willkom officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery-Stanley. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.