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Charles Allison

Charles Allison, age 90, a long time resident of Couderay, Wis., died in Rice Lake on Friday, August 26.

He was born in Missouri, Feb. 13, 1887. He came to Couderay, Wis., in 1928 to make his home. He owned and operated Charley's Tavern in Couderay until 1965 when he retired. He was married June 25, 1965 to Mattie Patterson.

Survivors are his wife, Mattie; one son, Orin Allison of Janesville, Wis.; 7 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Presbyterian Church in Couderay with Rev. Tom Eggebeen officiating. The interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Couderay.

Edward Anderson

Edward Anderson, age 72, well known resident of the Couderay community, died in Hayward on Monday, May 15.

He was born in Lindsey, Nebraska on December 14, 1899. At the age of fourteen years he came to Couderay where he resided for the past 58 years.

For many years he owned and operated a grocery store in Couderay, now known as the Argetsinger's Store.

The past years Mr. Anderson served as a custodian of the local school and was a school bus driver for several years. He took a great deal of interest in athletics for the young people of the community.

On July 10, 1918 he was married to Elizabeth Goodsell in Couderay, Wisconsin.

Survivors are his wife; 4 sons, Russell of Jefferson City, Mo., Delmar of Kenosha, Wis., Gerold (Sam) of Couderay and Gary of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 11 daughters, Mrs. Vernon (Sis) Keith, Hayward, Mrs. Elmer (Helen) Koepke, Minneapolis, Mrs. Donald (Gertrude) Black, Mrs. Eugene (Mary) Kanymann, Mrs. Frederick (Catherine) Jelinek, Mrs. Norman (Jean) Cody of St. Paul, Mrs. Nick (Mitzi) Boss and Mrs. William (Sue) Rogers, Couderay; Mrs. Robert (Sharon) Biller, Loretta, Wis., Mrs. Gene (Sandra) Christensen, Ashland, Wis., Mrs. Mike (Terre) Sanders, Anoka, Minn.; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ray Dorr and Mrs. Christina Keihn, LeMars, Iowa; 47 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Two sons preceded in death.

Mable Argetsinger

Mrs. Argetsinger, Couderay Civic Leader, Dies

Mrs. Elmer Argetsinger, 69, Couderay, died Monday following a long illness.

Born Mable Dorland in Chippewa Falls on Feb. 10, 1889, she received her education there and in 1904 was married to Elmer Argetsinger. The couple came to Iron River to make their home, later moving to Solon Springs, Radisson and to Couderay, where they purchased a farm which they kept up for many years. Mr. Argetsinger, rural mail carrier, preceded his wife in death in 1955.

Mrs. Argetsinger was a charter member of the Presbyterian Church at Couderay and was affiliated with the Royal Neighbors of America. She took an active part in church and civic events of the community.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jerry Parkos of Minneapolis, Mrs. Harvey Willy of St. Paul; three sons, Elmer of Park River, N.D., John of Klamath Falls, Ore., Ray of Couderay; one sister, Mrs. Irene Bulou, St. Paul; 13 grandchildren.

The body is in state at the Anderson Funeral Chapel until Friday, when it will be removed to the Couderay Presbyterian Church for services at 2 p.m. The Rev. Harold C. Stark will officiate. Burial will be in the family lot in Couderay Cemetery.

Ray Argetsinger

Funeral services for Couderay store owner Ray W. Argetsinger, 69, who died at Shell Lake July 20, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at the Presbyterian Church in Couderay, with Dr. Robert Koenig officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Couderay.

Born March 11, 1909 at Couderay, he attended school at Couderay and was a graduate of Glidden High School. He attended Eau Claire State College, and in 1931, became the owner of Argetsinger's Store, a business he operated until the time of his death.

He was married to Hazel Holmquist at Hayward in 1935, was village clerk for almost 40 years, and was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Norman, Couderay; two brothers, Elmer, Park River, N.D., and John, Klamath Falls, Or.; two sisters, Ruth Parkos, Minneapolis, Minn., and Hazel Willy, St. Paul, Minn.; three grandchildren.

The Anderson Funeral Home, Hayward, was in charge of arrangements. Serving as pallbearers were Dale Scharlau, John Block, Herb Block, Chet Poradish, Frank Hoeft and Bernie Rich.

A.O. Atherton

HAYWARD (Special) - Arden O. Atherton, 78, prominent resident of Couderay. died Tuesday at Hayward.

He was born at Gaines, Mich., on Nov. 28, 1882. When 21 he came to Fond du Lac, Wis. and on Nov. 12, 1908 he married Ellen Dougherty in Chicago. The couple resided in Chicago, where he was employed on the Soo Line Terminal. At retirement the couple came to Couderay in 1947 to make their home.

He was a member of the Oglivie Masonic Lodge, Radisson.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Ellen Forrester, Couderay, and Mrs. Edwina Rubenstein, Shreveport, La.; three sons, Stephen of Couderay, Arden D. of Chicago and Neil F. of Milwaukee; one sister, Mrs. E.G. Grimes of Etheridge, Tenn.; three brothers, Arthur of South Branch, Mich., Albert of Emily, Minn., and Walter of Lyons, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; four great grandchildren.

The body will be in state at the Anderson Funeral Chapel at Hayward from Wednesday evening until Friday at noon, when it will be removed to the Couderay Presbyterian Church for rites at 2 p.m. The Rev. Robert Thrasher will officiate. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Couderay. Graveside services will be conducted by the Oglivie Masonic Lodge.

Steven Atherton

Stephen E. Atherton, 77, of Couderay passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015, at his home.

Stephen Edward Atherton Jr. was born Feb. 26, 1938, in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Stephen and Clara (Hill) Atherton Sr. In 1948, he moved with his family from Franklin Park, Illinois, to Couderay, where his family farmed and his father was a teacher. Stephen graduated from Winter High School in 1957 and then attended Scott Atwater Outboard Motor School in Minneapolis.

He went to work in the Hayward area and had several jobs before taking a position with the Sawyer County Highway Department. Stephen served in the National Guard and was called into active duty in October 1961 and was sent to Ft. Lewis, Washington, during the Berlin Crisis.

On Dec. 28, 1968, Stephen was joined in marriage to Kathryn Ellen Kyle at the Presbyterian Church in Couderay. He then took a 10-week course at WITC in Rice Lake for carpentry and masonry so he could build a home for Kathy and himself. Stephen worked for Sawyer County for 35 years on the road maintenance crew. He served as assessor for the Township of Couderay from 1959 to 1961 and as first supervisor for the Township of Couderay from 1967 until present.

Some of his favorite pastimes were model railroading and camping in South Dakota. He lived for his gatherings with the 7th Calvary Drum and Bugle Corp in Rapid City, South Dakota, where he played the bugle. Stephen will be remembered as a very patriotic person who deeply loved his country.

Oscar Bekkedahl

Oscar Bekkedahl, age 95, well-known resident of the Couderay area, died in Hayward on Monday, July 24, 1978.

He was born December 16, 1882 in Stange, Norway. At an early age he came to this country, in 1901 to Westby, Wisconsin, and later moved to Hillsboro, North Dakota where he worked for his uncle in a store. He attended school there and graduated with honors from the high school in Hillsboro.

In 1915 he came to Couderay and worked in the Bekkedahl Store. In 1915 he took over the store and operated it and owned it until 1958 when he retired.

He was married to Martha Haugseth on Nov. 6, 1938 in the First Lutheran Church in Hayward. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Couderay, a past member of Oglivie Lodge No. 326 of Radisson, a past secretary of the Republican party, and he oldest member of the First Presbyterian Church of Couderay.

Survivors include his wife; two brothers, Helge Bekkedahl and Ole Bekkedahl of Stange, Norway; one sister, Anna of Stange, Norway; also nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Couderay with Dr. Robert Koenig of Chippewa Falls and Pastor Ronald F. Pechauer of Hayward officiating. the interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Hayward.

Wenceslaus "Windy" Borrie

Wenceslaus "Windy" Wardell Borrie, 67, of Couderay, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, at his home.

He was born on April 14, 1939 in Green Bay. He moved with his mother to Couderay to be near his grandparents. After his mother and grandfather Harry died when he was only six years old, he was raised by his grandmother Laura. He attended the Couderay and Winter schools and then received a degree from the Barron County Teachers' College. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1962 and served two years in Germany and then 35 years in the Reserves. He was very proud of his time in the service.

After returning from Germany, he went to work for Goldsmith Brothers Metal Refining in Chicago. He was joined in marriage to Mary Hill on April 12, 1969 in Pawnee, Ill. The couple moved to California where he also worked in metal refining. In 1982, they moved back to Wisconsin to the family farmstead where he had spent much of his youth. He worked as a nutrient educator for the UW-Extension program in Sawyer County. He was very involved locally with many activities, including cooking for the Headstart program and serving on the Winter School Board. He loved to collect things having to do with trains and with different types of cooking. Most of all, he loved to visit with people and came by his nickname of "Windy" quite naturally.

He is survived by his wife Mary of Couderay; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, his grandparents, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral: The Mass of Christian Burial was at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Radisson. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Anderson-Nathan-Koerpel Funeral Home and again on Saturday at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment: Evergreen Cemetery in Couderay.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army, the USO, or St. Jude Children's Hospital. The Anderson-Nathan-Koerpel Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sawyer County Record, January 3, 2007.

Steven M. Carryl

Steven M. Carryl, 28, Exeland, died early Saturday, Oct. 11, as a result of injuries received in a one car accident near Exeland.

Steven Michael was born December 16, 1951, the son of Neal B. Carryl and Dorothy Sander. He was a 1970 graduate of Winter High School and a Viet Nam Army veteran. He received his associate degree from Rice Lake Vocational Technical School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout at Menomonie. On December 4, 1976 Steven was married to Lori Boss at Couderay.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Adam; his mother, Dorothy Tate of Exeland; two brothers, Jim Tate of Exeland and Neal (Butch) Carryl of Jackson, WY; two sister, Jennifer Tate of Exeland and Sheryl McFadden of Tonapah, AZ; his maternal grandmother, Luzenia Sander of Couderay; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 13 from St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Couderay, Rev. Fr. Francis Pakosta was the celebrant. Burial was at the Couderay Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Radisson Post #297. Visitation was held Sunday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Hayward with a Bible Vigial Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m.

Casket bearers were Art Hemminger, Tom Mapes, Bruce Cody, Rocky Aken, Sam Clements and Lou Seffinga.

Jocyne Clements

Sawyer County Record, 2001

Jocyne F. Clements, 64, Exeland, died on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Jocyne Frances was born on Jan. 23, 1937 in Chippewa Falls, WI the daughter of John and Dorothy (Ray) Block. She was raised in Couderay and graduated from Winter High School. Jocyne was married to Ben Clements on June 25, 1958 in Pine City, MN. She was the owner and operator of the Buckhorn Bar in Exeland for six years and they owned Clements' Hardware for 18 years. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Exeland.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Jocyne is survived by two daughters, Susan (Denny) Kopras, Exeland, and Sherry (Dave) Samardzich of Bruce; two grandchildren, Conner and Kelsie Kopras; brothers- and sisters-in-law; aunts and uncles; nephews and nieces; and special friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 3 at the First Lutheran Church in Exeland with Rev. Larry Sturgis officiating. Music was provided by organist Mark Bartlett and vocalist Nancy Gerber.

Pallbearers were Norm Rademaker, Dick Veness, Mike Paul, John Villiard, Don Gerber, Jim Gerber and Ed Aspsetter.

Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Couderay.

Ina Crye

Mrs. Ina Crye, Couderay, Dies; Rites Thursday

HAYWARD (Special) - Mrs. Ina Crye, 59, Couderay, died at a local hospital on Sunday.

Born Ina Campbell in Olive Hill, Ky., on March 30, 1903, she came with her parents to North Dakota at the age of 12 and four years later to Birchwood. On May 1, 1922, she married Arthur Crye in Rice Lake. The couple resided at Yarnell until 1933, when they moved to Couderay. She was an active worker in her community. She was a member of the Couderay Presbyterian Church and its ladies aid.

Surviving are her husband; one son, Gerald of Milwaukee; two daughters, Phyllis Donahue of Park Falls, Mrs. Carole Noyes of Poolsville, Md.; four sisters, Mrs. Lulu Crye of Milwaukee, Mrs. Lucretia Madsen, Oregon, Mrs. Ora Stump, Milwaukee, and Mrs. Mildred Busse of Exeland; Six brothers, Perry and Kenneth Campbell of Birchwood, Leonard of Marinette, Louis of Kenova, W. Va., Walter of Bruce and Alvin; six grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Couderay Presbyterian Church, the Rev. James Hervey officiating. Interment will be in the Couderay Cemetery. Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Chapel from 7 p.m. Tuesday.

William DeBrot

William DeBrot, Resort Owner, Dies Thursday

William DeBrot, 86, a lifelong resident of northern Wisconsin, died Thursday following a short illness. He was born May 31, 1879, at Chippewa Falls.

For the past 46 years he has resided at New Post where he owned and operated Indian Post Resort, the original resort being at the site of Old Post. Among his regular summer resort guests for many years were the late Cardinal Meyer of Chicago and the late Sen. Robert LaFollette.

He was also engaged in the lumbering and construction business. "Uncle Billy," as he was familiarly known, was a leader among the Chippewa Indians.

He is survived by two sisters, Nellie Oleson and Susie DeBrot of New Post; five foster children, John Anderson, Superior; Clayton Wabschall, Chicago; Dorothy Prochasba, Racine; and Mrs. Arnold Hanson, Chicago; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, New Post, with the Rev. Fr. Laurus Rhode officiating. Interment will be in the family lot in the New Post Cemetery.

Larry DeSmith

1979

Lawrence E, DeSmith, the son of Edward and Catherine DeSmith, died in the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday, March 19.

He was born January 11, 1915 in Glenwood City, Wisconsin. He was married to Bernice Olson on September 17, 1936 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He served 3-1/2 years in the Armed Forces in the United States Army, having enlisted on May 14, 1942, and served until September 28, 1945 in the European Theater.

In 1946, the couple came to Couderay to make their home. He worked for the Couderay Oil Company and was forced to retire because of ill health.

He was a member of the DAV and the VFW and American Legion Post 297.

Benjamin Max Eckl

Benjamin Max Eckl, age 23, a Korean War veteran who had returned to his home in the town of Couderay in January of this year, was instantly killed in a car accident on Monday morning, April 6, when the car he was driving struck the road bridge south of Radisson on County Road H. His companion, James VanGilder, escaped with serious head cuts and lacerations. He was the only passenger in the car. The accident was investigated by Coroner Lester Anderson and Deputy Sheriff Clyde Williamson.

Benjamin was born in the town of Couderay on July 20, 1930. He attended grade school at Lemington and the first year of high school at Couderay. His second year of high school was at Winter.

On April 26, 1951, he was called for military service. He was sent to Fort Leonard Wood for two months and then to El Paso, Texas, for training in heavy artillery. On Sept. 1, 1951, he went overseas and spent 11 months on the front lines in Korea. He was given the Certificate of Distinction, having served with the 10th Field Artillery in Korea. In October 1952, he returned to Camp Atterbury, Ind., where he was stationed for three months. He was discharged Jan. 26, 1953, and returned to the home of his parents in Couderay.

Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Eckl of the town of Couderay; one sister, Mrs. Marion Erickson of St. Paul,; four brothers, Joseph W. of Killeen, Texas, John A., Arcadia, Calif., Raymond E. of Las Vegas, Nev., and Norman G. who resides at the home.

The body lay in state at the Anderson Funeral Chapel until Wednesday noon, when it was taken to the family residence. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday morning from St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Couderay, with Rev. Father Lewandowski officiating at the mass. Interment was in the Couderay cemetery with the Couderay American Legion post in charge of the military rites.

Hanna Gavin

Mrs. Hanna Gavin, Pioneer Resident, Succumbs at 86

Mrs. Hanna M. Gavin, 86, a pioneer resident of Couderay, passed away Jan. 2, 1962 in Hayward where she had made her home for the past two years.

Mrs. Gavin was born in New Auburn, Wis., on March 1, 1875. On Feb. 22, 1894 she was married to Ogden S. Gavin at New Auburn. The couple resided there for a time, and fifty years ago they moved to Couderay to make their home. Mr. Gavin preceded his wife in death in 1945.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Henry (Clara) Brooks of Rhinelander, Wis., Mrs. William (Nora) Isham of Hayward, and Mrs. Woodrow (Marie) Brown of Spooner, Wis.; six sons, Frank of Friendship, Wis., Richard of Ladysmith, Wis., Robert of Port Washington, Wis., Reuben of South Carolina, William of Loretta, Wis., and John of Park Falls, Wis.; also several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted this (Thursday) afternoon at 1:00 o'clock from the Anderson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Virgil Holmes of Spooner officiating. Interment was made in the family lot in the cemetery in New Auburn, Wis.

Elsie Harnitz

Miss Elsie Harnitz, 79, a former Couderay resident, died at the Hayward Hospital Sunday. She was born Nov. 12, 1885 in Milwaukee and resided there until 1930 when she came to Couderay. Four years ago she moved to Hayward to make her home.

Surviving is her sister, Mrs. Augusta Osbourne, Riverside, Calif.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m., at the Couderay Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Robert Thrasher officiating. Burial will follow in the Couderay Cemetery.

Elizabeth Hemminger

Elizabeth A. Hemminger, 48, of Couderay, died at the Indianhead Memorial Hospital at Shell Lake on Sunday, August 3 after a lengthy illness.

Elizabeth Ansley Rice was born February 26, 1932 at Valdosta, Georgia, the daughter of Robert T. and Sadie A. Rice. She married Richard G. Hemminger at Great Falls, Montana, on February 17, 1955. The couple left Montana in 1966 and moved to Winter, Wis., and later to Couderay in 1968. Mrs. Hemminger was employed by the Credit Union at Couderay as a bookkeeper for several years.

Surviving are her husband, Richard; two sons, David R. of Radisson and Edwin A. of Ladysmith; two daughters, Mrs. Edythe M. Hull of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and Mrs. Patricia P. Clark of Birchwood, Wis.; four grandchildren and her father, Robert Rice of Pearson, Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at graveside in Couderay Cemetery in Couderay. Rev. Ken Loomans will officiate. Visitation was at the Anderson Funeral Home in Hayward on Tuesday evening. Casketbearers for Mrs. Hemminger were Norman Argetsinger, Louis Bauer, Fred Ortwig, Lon Seffinga, Robert Weatherhead and Aaron Zesiger.

Marion Hill

Mrs. Fred M. Hill, a resident of Couderay, died at a Madison Hospital on Oct. 15, after a long illness.

Marion Deming was born in Chicago on Dec. 20, 1914, and was the daughter of the late Hicks and Irene Galland. She was educated in the schools of Chicago and for a few years she was a traveling sales-lady for the Cain Paper Company of Peoria, Ill.

On Nov. 2, 1945 she was united in marriage to Fred M. Hill in Chicago. On July 2, 1955 the couple came to Couderay where they purchased the Oscar Bekkedahl Store in Couderay.

Survivors are her husband; one brother, James Galland, Washington, Ill., and two nephews.

Mrs. Hill was removed to Rockford, Ill., where cremation took place. Her ashes will be returned to Couderay where a memorial service will be held at a later date.

The Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Dora Hofer

Mrs. Dora Hofer Called, Aged Couderay Resident

Mrs. Dora Hofer, age 92 years, a pioneer resident of Couderay, passed away in Hayward on June 30, 1966.

She was born in Chenoa, Illinois, on January 12, 1874.

In 1918 she was united in marriage to Orrin Peter Hofer in Hayward. The couple farmed for many years near Couderay. Mr. Hofer preceded his wife in death on November 11, 1955.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Couderay and its Ladies Aid for many years.

Survivors are her one brother, Edward Fischback of Peoria, Ill.; one niece, Mrs. Donald Rinebarger of Highland, Indiana; also nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Presbyterian Church in Couderay with Rev. Robert Thrasher officiating. The interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Couderay. The Anderson Funeral Home of Hayward was in charge.

Pallbearers were Dale Scharlau, Elmer Severson, Ed Forrester, Charles Allison, Ed Anderson and Fred Hill.

Orrin "Pete" Hofer

Missing Couderay Man's Body Found

The body of an aged Couderay resident was found by searchers Sunday afternoon in woods within a mile from his home. He had been missing since Friday afternoon.

Coroner Lester Anderson at Hayward said Monday it appeared Orrin Hofer, 80, overexerted himself when he became lost and aggravated a heart condition which led to a fatal heart attack. The coroner said Hofer died sometime Friday afternoon.

Hofer had been in the woods watching the cutting of Christmas trees and it is believed he became confused when he left the group, the coroner said.

Sheriff Clyde Williamson of Sawyer County and Deputy James Rankin, Couderay, were called Friday night when Hofer's wife, 82, became anxious when her husband didn't report home toward evening. A search was made that night.

On Saturday, the party was assembled again and bloodhounds were brought in from Eau Claire to aid to locate [sic] the aged man, described as very weak and senile. Searchers came upon his body Sunday about 11 a.m.

Mr. Hofer was born in Peoria, Ill., on July 2, 1875. He was married in Hayward in 1918 to Dora Fischbach.

Surviving are his wife; a brother, Leon of Peoria; a sister, Mrs. Abbie Brutcher, Peoria.

The funeral will be at the Couderay Presbyterian Church Wednesday, 2 p.m. The Rev. Harold Stark will officiate. Interment will be in Couderay.

Almond Jackson

COUDERAY - Almond Jackson, 64, died at his home in Couderay on June 15, following a short illness. Funeral services were held June 18 from the Presbyterian Church with the Rev. S. A. Lay of Winter officiating. Burial took place in Couderay cemetery.

Mr. Jackson was born in Paxton, Minn, on May 10, 1883. He moved to Couderay with his parents when a young boy.

Survivors include a sister in Washington.

Della Jackson

Elder Couderay Lady is Dead, Grandma Jackson

Mrs. Della Jackson, age 87 years and who had lived in the Couderay community since 1917, passed away last Thursday at hospital in Ladysmith, where this elder lady had been taken only short time before due to critical condition, brought about through illness and infirmities of her advanced age.

Funeral services for the deceased were held Saturday afternoon in the Couderay Presbyterian Church, with Rev. W. Waide, pastor of that congregation and at Radisson, officiating. The Anderson Funeral Home of Hayward was in charge of interment which followed at adjacent cemetery. A girls choir sang two songs accompanied by Mrs. Oscar Bekkedahl as pianist. Pall bearers comprised Elmer Argetsinger, Ed Anderson, Thomas McClaine, Orrin Hofer, Charles Carlson, John Dregor.

The deceased was born May 10, 1858, in New York state, and had attained the age of 87 years, 7 months and 17 days. In early young ladyhood she was married to a Mr. Newton, that couple having one son. With her parents, she moved to Renville, Minnesota, where later she was married a second time, to Stephen Dodge, former resident of Vermont. To them four children were born, two of which are living: Almond and Mrs. Bertha Marcks.

Subsequently, the deceased was wed to Mr. Jackson, they moving in 1917 from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Couderay, where she had resided since her husband passed away in 1928.

Mrs. Jackson leaves one son, one daughter, twenty-six grandchildren, thirty-three great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, besides two brothers to mourn her loss.

John Jamros

Couderay Resident, John Jamros, Taken By Death

COUDERAY - Funeral services for John Jamros, who died at his home Friday were held Monday at the Catholic Church here. Interment was in the local cemetery. The Rev. Fr. T.L. Lesniak officiated.

Mr. Jamros was born in September 1983 in Poland and migrated to America when 17 years old. He resided in New York and Milwaukee before arriving in Couderay in 1921. After five years here the family moved to Chicago, where they made their home until 1931. They returned to Couderay and settled on a farm adjacent to the village.

Mr. Jamros is survived by his wife; one son, Ed; two daughters by a former marriage, Mrs. Oscar Shoop and Mrs. A. Anton Masiewiz, Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Idze Krzywkowski of Milwaukee, and two nephews, Henry and Joe Jamros of City Point.

Eric H. Johnson

Eric H. Johnson, age 69, resident of Couderay, died Friday in Couderay.

He was born Sept. 3, 1903 in Stockholm, Sweden, coming to the United States when a young man. He resided at Grand Forks, North Dakota where he was employed as a semi-truck driver for the Glendenning Company. He was also associated with the Red Wing Farms of Mekinack, North Dakota prior to coming to Sawyer county to make his home. He was a member of the Couderay Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by a sister Ann of Stockholm, Sweden. He wife and young son preceded him in death.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, 2:00 o'clock, the Couderay Presbyterian Church, Rev. Robert A. Koenig, M.A., B.D., officiating. Interment in the Couderay cemetery. The Koerpel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Agnes Mapes

Mrs. Agnes C. Mapes, Couderay Resident Dies After Illness

Mrs. Agnes C. Mapes, age 67 years, a long time resident of Couderay, Wis., passed away at Couderay on Wednesday, Oct. 5. She had been in ailing health the past 2 years.

Mrs. Mapes was born in Sawyer County on June 18, 1893. She attended school in Hampton Institute at Hampton, Virginia and Haskell Institute at Lawrence, Kansas.

In November of 1915 she was married to Leonard Mapes at Couderay. They made their home there until 1918 when they moved to Washburn, Wis. In 1921 they returned to Couderay to make their home. She was a member of the St. Mary Magdalene Church of Couderay.

Surviving are her husband, Leonard; five sons, Jess of Milwaukee, Terrance of Los Angeles, Calif, Neil of Couderay, George of Ashland, and Harry of Couderay; two daughters, Mrs. Jeanette Ruby and Mrs. Berardine Kruell of Radisson, Wis.; one brother, Benjamin of Stone Lake, Wis.; one sister, Mrs. Delia Jones of Madison, Wis.; seventeen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Rosary services were held on Friday evening from the Anderson Funeral Chapel and from the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church at Couderay.

Funeral services were conducted at 9 o’clock Saturday morning from St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr, Edward Powell officiating. Interment took place in the Couderay Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ted Scharlau, Harry DeKezel, Charles Ellison, Edward Anderson, Frank Cadotte and Frank Patterson.

Martha Metcalf

Martha Metcalf, 71, Hayward, died Friday, May 18 at the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

Martha Bernice Sheptick was born Jan. 3, 1930 in Couderay, the daughter of Alex and Sophie Sheptick. She was married to Floyd Metcalf on June 7, 1952 in Couderay. Martha enjoyed polka dancing with Floyd, gardening, and taking care of her grandchildren. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post #7233.

Martha is survived by her husband, Floyd; four children, Linda (Randy) Stark, Columbia Heights, MN, Gaylene (John) Wendle, Sierra Vista, AZ, Rick Metcalf, St. Cloud, MN, and Audra (Dave) Wilkozek, Hayward; five grandchildren; one brother, Alex Sheptick; and five sisters, Anne Dudzik, Julie Wadas, Helen Drag, Josephine Jamrozik, and Annette Heck.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and four sisters.

Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hayward. Casket bearers were David, Larry, and Mike Jarvis, Dwight Metcalf, and Eugene and Wayne Slayton. Members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post #7233 served as honorary bearers.

Claude Mizener

Claude Mizener, Prominent at Couderay, Dies

HAYWARD - Claude (Cap) Mizener, 85, Couderay, died in Hayward on Thursday. He was born in Mitchell, S.D., on Nov. 16, 1882. When a young man he enlisted in the U.S. Army in Galveston, Texas. He served in Panama. He attended various Army schools for electrical and artillery training. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a chief electrician's mate.

Forty-seven years ago he came to Couderay to make his home and farm. He served as chairman of the Sawyer County board of supervisors and chairman of the Town of Couderay He was a member of the Richson-Anderson American Legion Post No. 513 of Couderay.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Dacotah Underwood of Alhambra, Calif.; one niece, Mrs. James Marker of Boulder, Colo.; and other nieces and nephews.

The body is in state at the Anderson Funeral Home Saturday afternoon and evening. According to Mr. Mizener's wishes, there was no funeral service. The interment in the spring will be in the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery at Hayward with military rites to be accorded by the Legion Post No. 513 of Couderay.



Beulah Ann Mooney

Ann Mooney, age 80, of Hayward and formerly of Radisson, WI, died Wednesday, October 13, 2004, at the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

Beulah Ann Scrimsher was born October 6, 1924, in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Otis and Ivy (Handley) Scrimsher. She graduated from Seaman High School in Topeka. Ann was the owner and operator of the Indian Post Resort on the Chippewa Flowage for almost 30 years. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Couderay, particularly its music ministry, for many years.

She is survived by her son, Gary (Carol) Mooney, Eleva, WI; her daughter, Carol Williamson, Black River Falls, WI; two grandsons: Christopher (Melissa) Mooney, Madison, WI and Ryan (Shannon) Mooney, Stevens Point, WI; one granddaughter, Bryn (Travis) Hand, Hayward, WI; and one great granddaughter, Regan Clare Mooney; one sister, Gladys (Arlo) Bell, Lyndon, KS; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Alan.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16th at the First Presbyterian Church in Couderay with Rev. Dr. Robert Koenig officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening at the Anderson-Nathan Funeral Home and again at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Couderay. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to First Presbyterian Church.

Elizabeth Moyer

Mrs. Elizabeth Moyer, Couderay Pioneer, Stricken at Hayward

Mrs. Elizabeth Moyer, age 87, a pioneer resident of Couderay, passed away in Hayward on Friday. She was born in Earling, Iowa, on October 5, 1894. During her early life she lived in Earling and was united in marriage there to John H. Moyer. In 1905 the couple came to Sawyer County, to Couderay, and arrived here by "covered wagon." They were the first people to build and own a residential home in Couderay.

Mrs. Moyer was an associate member of the Presbyterian Church for many years. She taught Sunday School for several years and took an active part in the church mission work. She was a member of the Goldenrod Camp 7939 Royal Neighbors of America of Couderay; and the Homemakers of Couderay of which for many years she took an active part.

Survivors are one son, John Moyer of Oak Park, Washington; four daughters, Mrs. Elmer (Bessie) Severson, Couderay, Mrs. Hugh (Amanda) McLean of Stone Lake, Mrs. Allen (Gertrude) Boury of Mt. Vernon, Washington, and Mrs. Victor (Helen) Carlson of Stone Lake; two sisters, Mrs. Matt Treweiler of Milwaukee and Mrs. Amer McMullen of Santa Clara, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Couderay on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Koenig, Pastor, officiating. The interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery at Couderay.

Pallbearers were Charles Balczewski, Robert Balczewski, Elmer Severson, Victor Carlson, Wilson McLean and Edward Maloney.

John Moyer

Special to Telegram

COUDERAY - Funeral services for John H. Moyer, Couderay, who died Thursday at St. Joseph's hospital in Rice Lake, were held at the home Monday, with burial in the local cemetery. The Rev. W. Wade officiated at the ceremony. Masonic rites were held at the grave.

Mr. Moyer was born at Orangeville, Ill., February 23, 1867. He married Miss Elizabeth Wahl at Earling, Iowa, in 1905, moving to Couderay as one of the early pioneers. He was employed at the Heffelfinger saw-mill and on the railroad, prior to becoming postmaster in 1918, which office he has filled for 22 years, retiring January 31, 1940. Surviving are his wife, four daughters, Mrs. Elmer Severson (Bessie) and Mrs. Al Borrie (Gertrude) of Couderay; Mrs. Hugh McLean (Amanda) of Hauer; Mrs. Victor Carlson (Helen) of Gilmanton, one son, John, Inglewood, Cal., and 11 grandchildren.

Out-of-town relatives who attended the funeral were Mrs. Frank Hartman, George Moyer and John Frankenburger of Orangeville, Ill.; Mrs. Matt Twieler, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Small of Trego; Arthur Campbell and Mrs. Adolph Robehl, Rice Lake; Elsie Wang and Harold Severson, Hayward; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Severson, Superior; Mrs. Thomas Boury, Winter; Mr. and Mrs. Don McLean and Mr. and Mrs. William Libby of Yarnell.

David Nordgren

David E. Nordgren, 88, of Couderay, passed away on July 26, 2015, in Ashland, Wisconsin. David was born October 18, 1926 in DeKalb, Illinois to Eugene L. Nordgren and Millicent (Kellison) Nordgren. He grew up in Wausau and was a 1944 graduate of Wausau High School.

David was a WW II veteran of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, 1944-46, serving on the USS Rushmore as a machinist's mate. He operated the ship's water desalinization system, and piloted landing craft and PT boats in the Philippines and at Okinawa.

He was employed by 3M Corporation in St. Paul, MN, first as a research technician, then as supervisor of maintenance for the 3M Central Research Center.

David was married on February 3, 1949 to Mary L. Rohland in St. Paul. David and Mary purchased Badger Boats of Couderay in 1963, operating the business until 1991. Together they manufactured nearly 1,000 canoes as well as fishing boats, sailboats, and furniture for education.

David enjoyed canoeing, fishing, skiing, and camping. He was active in Scouting for many years. He was an avid reader, and closely followed political affairs. He served as chair of the executive committee of the Sawyer County Republican Party.

David was preceded in death by his parents, brother J. Daniel Nordgren, and sister Marianne Muggenburg. He is survived by his wife Mary; four sons, Peter (Deb) of Cornucopia, WI, Douglas (Brenda) of Strasburg, VA, Daniel (Carrie) of Mosinee, WI, and Thomas (Veda) of Pulaski, WI; one granddaughter, eight grandsons, and two great-granddaughters.

David's family thanks the first responders of the Couderay area, Lakeview Medical Center Hospice, and Regional Hospice of Ashland.

C.M. Olson

Philanthropist Charles Olson dies at age 89

Charles M. Olson, 89, a former [Sawyer County] Record correspondent of longstanding and a longtime resident of the Couderay region who gave generously so that people might enjoy educational, cultural and recreational advantages, died Sunday at a Spring Valley nursing home, where he had spent the past several years in frail health.

A railroad employee who became interested in lumbering in the Sawyer County region, Mr. Olson accumulated considerable wealth, which in his later years he portioned out to many philanthropic interests such as scholarships for students and nurses, conservation projects, to churches, to hospitals and for a home for boys.

He and his wife, Elisa Moan, who died in 1954, came to Couderay as a young married couple about the turn of the century. Olson served as depot agent and telegrapher for the Omaha Railroad, which in those days established a spur line between Rice Lake and Park Falls. The couple resided at the depot in those years, until the construction of a home in the village in the 1930s.

He was born Nov. 24, 1877 in Eau Galle township, St. Croix County.

While agent, Olson started his logging interests, buying stumpage and then land and employing loggers to fell the trees, he processed this lumber into ties to sell to the railroads.

With concern for the young people of his and nearby communities as to their education, he is reported to have put bonds aside each Christmas to aid young people in their going to college. He had no stipulation as to creed or race and his gifts were outright contributions.

Over eight years ago, scholarships for seniors at Winter High School were established by Olson. Originally, there were three such scholarships and then this was augmented to seven. Funds are accumulated through stock dividends and the scholarships will continue for the seniors long after his death.

He is known to have aided some 30 students to secure a college education. He contributed to many private colleges, one in this region being Northland College at Ashland, and throughout the country as far south as Piney Wood College in Kentucky. His contributions also were made to Lutheran hospital construction work, including the Baldwin Hospital and the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

To commemorate the early logging industry of the Upper Chippewa River and that in Sawyer County, in 1956 Mr. Olson had a marker erected at a site of one of his land donations to the public. This marker stands at a point located to the east of Highways No. 27 and 70, between Couderay and Radisson. A small body of water, known as Eddy Creek Pond, through arrangement of Olson with the Wisconsin Conservation Department, is stocked each spring with hundreds of legal-sized brook trout, so that fisherman of Eddy Creek may have successful catches.

Near the early logging marker is a smaller one, the "Tubby Forest" marker. This he erected to signify planting of pine along the highway in memory of his pet dog.

A few years back, the Couderay lumberman donated a cottage on property at Wittenberg for the Homme Home for boys, a Lutheran-operated institution. A staunch supporter of the Minneapolis Gospel Mission project, he provided the Thanksgiving dinner there each year for the men on skid row of that metropolitan city.

A member of the Couderay Presbyterian Church, he served on its boards. He was interested in the organ as an instrument for use for worship and saw to it that his church, those at Radisson and Winter and other nearby communities had electronic organs.

For many years he served as president of the directors of the Chippewa Valley State Bank at Winter and in late years held an honorary office on the board.

Surviving are eight nieces and four nephews, Mrs. Lawrence De Smith, Couderay, Mrs. Charles Walsverd, Downing, Mrs. Irv Aune, St. Paul, Mrs. Glade Carlson, St. Paul, Mrs. Gerhart Solberg, Woodville, Mrs. Jennie Timm, Wilson, Mrs. Hattie Olson, St. Paul, Mrs Renee Carlson, Woodville; Raymond Olson of Baldwin, Orland Olson of Spring Valley, Adolph Moan and Alvin Moan, both of Woodville.

The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church at Couderay, the Rev. Robert Thrasher officiating. The body was to be removed to Baldwin for rites on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Woodside Church. Interment will be in the Woodside Cemetery.

Chelcie "Red" Overman

Sawyer County Record, 2000

Chelcie "Red" Overman, 77, Hayward, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000 at the Hayward Nursing Home, where he had been a resident for the past two months.

Chelcie Daniel Overman was born July 21, 1923 in Couderay, the son of Clyde D. and Anna (Michaelis) Overman. He attended school in Couderay. He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the area, including at Pattison Park in Superior. During World War II he was an army military policeman, serving in Europe and in the Pacific. On Nov. 8, 1947 he was united in marriage to Merl Mae Holcomb in Hayward. He worked at the Hayward Nursery for 10 years and then as a custodian at the Hayward Post Office, retiring after 31 years. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Butler-Lindner Post #218 in Hayward and served as its sergeant of arms. He enjoyed wood working, flower gardening and hunting for deer.

He is survived by his wife; five children: sons, Jerry (Kathy), John (Darlene) and Russ, all of Hayward, Jim (Jeri), Drummond, and daughter, Lynn (Mike) Kavanagh, Hayward; ten grandchildren; one great-grandson; and nieces and nephews.

A funeral was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Anderson-Nathan Funeral Home in Hayward with Rev. David Perkins officiating. A visitation was held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Music was provided by Marilyn Loder and Rebecca Iverson. Military rites were accorded by the Hayward Veterans Council. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hayward.

The honorary bearer was Everette Gaede. Casket bearers were Basil Cline, Don Glessing, Howard Henk, Basil "Chip" Holcomb III, Dale Pederson and Jon Rezarch.

Cora Preuss

Services Held for Mrs. Preuss, Couderay

COUDERAY - Funeral services were held Sunday and Monday for Mrs. Robert Preuss, Couderay, who died Friday, June 5, after a long illness.

Mrs. Preuss, whose maiden name was Cora Adell De Champ, was born at Marion, January 25, 1874. She was married to Henry Patterson in 1890 and made her home at Marshfield. To them were born five children: Esther, who died in infancy; Archie, Elroy; Claudie and Frank, Couderay, and Mrs. Clifford Bergum, Hayward, at whose home she died.

Following Mr. Patterson's death 21 years ago, she married Robert Preuss, the couple making their home in Couderay.

Mrs. Preuss was a member of the Ladies' aid, Women's club, Garden club, PTA, and held office in the Royal Neighbors for the past 22 years.

Services were read at the funeral home by the Reverend Bennett, rector of the Episcopal church, after which the body was removed to the Preuss home where the Rev. W. Walde, pastor of the Presbyterian church, was in charge.

Besides her husband, her daughter and her two sons, Mrs. Preuss is survived by 24 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Bernard Rich

Sawyer County Record, 2000

Bernard F. Rich, 87, Bernard "Bernie" Rich, 87, Hayward and formerly of Couderay, died Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Hayward Nursing Home.

Bernard Frederic Rich was born July 11, 1913 in Shell Lake, the son of George and Grace (Eastman) Rich. He attended school in Cumberland and at the age of 14 went out and started logging. He was joined in marriage to Myrtle Paulson on Oct. 1, 1938. Bernie and Myrtle moved to Winter, where they farmed and lived until 1945, when they moved to Couderay. They ran a small dairy farm in Couderay and Bernie worked for the Sawyer County Highway Department as a truck driver. He worked 32 years for Sawyer County and retired in 1975. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Couderay, and he liked to fish and hunt.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle; son, Bernard (Diane) Rich, Barrington Hills, IL; three daughters, Jackie Seddon, Hayward, Barbara (Norman) Argetsinger, Couderay and Jeanne (Andy) Timberlake, Hayward; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Mary Kellogg and Shirley Seffinga; one granddaughter, Kimberly Kellogg; and two sisters, Susan Kellberg and Eva Guttke.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church in Couderay with Rev. Dr. Robert Koenig Ph.D. officiating. Visitation was held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church on Tuesday. Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Couderay.

Casket bearers were Keith Argetsinger, Gregory Argetsinger, James Kellogg, Bernie Rich Jr., Doug Seddon, Troy Seffinga and Jesse Walczak.

Ben Ruby

Ben C. Ruby Called, Well Known Area Resident

Ben C. Ruby, age 92 years, a resident of Sawyer County for 44 years, died at his home in Couderay on Tuesday, August 20.

He was born in Ollie, Iowa on June 24, 1876. He lived there until the age of 22 years when he moved to Devils Lake, N.D. In 1924, he came to Sawyer County and settled in Couderay to make his home. He worked for several years as railway postal clerk. He was married to Minnie Kesling in Sigourny, Iowa on March 2, 1898. She preceded him in death in 1948.

He worked for C.M. Olson, the Forest Products Company, and was a well known woodsman and conservationist. he took an active part in all civic organizations in his community and had served on the town board.

Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Chester (Mabel) Poradish of Couderay, Mrs. Robert (Martha) Seffinga of Radisson, Mrs. James (Jessie) Randall of Seattle, Wash., Mrs. W.J. (Carrie) Johnson of Seattle, Wash.; two sons, Sam of Radisson and Louis of Exeland; two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Orner of Stockton, Calif., and Mrs. Belle Hartman of San Jose, Calif.; 28 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Couderay on Friday at 2 p.m. with Student Pastor Glen Rankin officiating. Interment took place in the Evergreen Cemetery in Couderay.

Pallbearers were six grandsons: Robert Seffinga, Chester Seffinga, Lonny Seffinga, James Ruby, Norman Ruby and Jess Ruby.

John Sander

Sawyer County Record, 2001

John G. Sander, 62, Rice Lake, and formerly of Couderay, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at his home.

John George Sander was born August 19, 1938 in Radisson, the son of Alfred H. and Luzenia (White) Sander. He graduated form Hayward High School and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He moved to the Couderay area and started working as a counciler. Over several years he worked with the LCO Ojibwa School, Alpha House in Menomonee, and the St. Croix Camp as a councilor. He also served for two years in the Hayward National Guard Company B. For the last six years he resided in Rice Lake. He retired from the LCO Human Resources Department in August of 2000. He enjoyed playing golf, baseball, and other outdoor sports. When he was in college he was active in theatre groups and then performed with the Milwaukee Players. Some of the productions he was in were "Oklahoma," "My Fair Lady," and "Little Mary Sunshine."

He is survived by two daughters, Candace Sander, Stevens Point and Kay Cee Sander, Milladore, WI, and their mother, Jackie Schueller; his fiancé, Sonja Olson and her sons, Jason and Eric Flora; five grandchildren; their blended families have been a blessing; three brothers, Alfred, Mike (Terri), both of Couderay, and Robert (Phyllis) of Exeland; five sisters, Dolores Sander and Fran Whitney, both of Couderay, Dorothy Tate, Exeland, Grace Wills, Abrams, WI, and Joy (Hal) Corsette, Crown Point, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lawrence "Sonny"; and his son, "little" John.

A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2001 at the Anderson-Nathan Funeral Home in Hayward with Rev. Marvin Wilber officiating. Visitation time was held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday also at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later time in the Couderay Evergreen Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Eric Flora, Jason Flora, Jim Helsing, James Holmstrom, Larry Sander, and Robert J. Sander.

Dale Scharlau

Dale G. Scharlau, age 84, of Couderay, WI died Saturday, August 23, 2008 at Brentwood Senior Communities in Rice Lake, WI.

He was born to Corabell (Frasier) and Frederick Scharlau on August 3, 1924, at home in Couderay. He attended school in the Winter School District before graduating from Hayward High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March of 1943, and served on the U.S.S. Van Valkenburgh. His tour of duty included Saipan, Iwo Jima and the Philippines. He returned to Wisconsin after his honorable discharge in 1946.

Dale was married to Carol Carlson on September 4, 1948, in Radisson, and resided in Milwaukee, where he worked at Briggs + Stratton, before returning to Couderay. He then worked for the Couderay Oil Company, which he later owned & operated for nearly 30 years. After retiring, he served as Sexton for the Couderay Evergreen Cemetery.

Dale loved to tell stories, play cards, travel with Carol, and spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also loved music, reading, local history and many other hobbies.

He was proud to be a Mason, and was an active member of the Oglivi Masonic Lodge serving as its Secretary for many years.

Dale Scharlau is survived by 2 daughters, Cynthia (Gary) Gerber of Exeland, WI and Judith (James) Miller of Hillsborough, NC; a son, Jeff Scharlau of Minneapolis, MN; 7 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and 2 brothers, William and Edward Scharlau of Milwaukee, WI. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Scharlau.

Graveside Services will be held 10 AM Friday, August 29, 2008 at the Couderay Evergreen Cemetery where Military Rites will be accorded him.

James Scharlau

James F. Scharlau, age 84 years of Rice Lake, WI, died December 14, 1997 at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center.

James Scharlau was born February 10, 1913 at Rice Lake the son of Frederick and Corabell (Frasier) Scharlau. He spent his younger years in Couderay, WI, and later was employed in carpentry work in Milwaukee, WI. From 1942 to 1946 he spent in the U.S. Army. James has been a resident of Rice Lake since 1978.

James Scharlau is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David and Chen Scharlau of Milwaukee; a daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Sam Doakes of Trenton, TN; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Dale (Carol) Scharlau of Couderay, Robert Scharlau of Melbourne, FL, Edward (Catherine) Scharlau and William (Lois) Scharlau of Milwaukee; a sister, Lucille (Tony) Berget of Milwaukee; and many nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mona; a son, Donald; and a sister.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, 1997 at Appleyard's Home for Funerals. Fr. Kevin Gordon officiated with interment in Nora Cemetery in Rice Lake.

Peter Schemanski

Peter Schemanski, 78, Couderay resident since 1919, died at the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital Sunday following a brief illness.

Born May 13, 1881 at Silver City, Minn., he resided in Canada and the Dakotas prior to coming to Couderay. He was a farmer for the past 40 years.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Stanley Jalowitz of Hayward, Mrs. Henry Stuckgart of Eau Claire, Mrs. Ann Laugenback of Kenosha, and Mrs. Helen Moyer of Hayward; four brothers, Walter of Redfield, S.D., Anthony of St. Paul, Stanley of Floodwood, Minn., and Michael of Minneapolis; 10 grandchildren; four great grandchildren. His wife died in 1950.

The funeral will be at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Couderay, on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Fr. Edward Powell will officiate. Interment will be in the family lot in Couderay Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary will be Tuesday, 8 p.m. at the Koerpel Funeral Home.

Terrance Seddon

Sawyer County Record, 2000

Terrance Robert Seddon, 60, Hayward, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000 at the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

Terry was born Aug. 19, 1940 in Roselle, IL to Hugh and Elizabeth (Letsch) Seddon. After graduation from high school, Terry was employed at Illinois Gas Company. Terry's parents purchased Pat's Landing Resort on the Chippewa Flowage in 1964. Terry moved to Wisconsin in 1966 and was employed at Argentsinger's IGA in Couderay, together with helping his parents with the operation of the resort.

Terry was united in marriage to JoAnn (Jackie) Rich on Sept. 14, 1968 at Couderay.

Terry's father passed away in 1970 and Terry and his wife Jackie continued to help Terry's mother with the business until 1974, at which time Terry and Jackie purchased Pat's Landing and have operated it until the present time.

Terry enjoyed golfing, building model airplanes and snowmobiling. Terry was the treasurer of Sno-Trails Snowmobile Club. He was an active member of many local snowmobile clubs and the Sawyer County Snowmobile Alliance and the Chippewa Flowage Resort Association. He was a member of the Couderay Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife JoAnn (Jackie); one son, Douglas and one daughter, Kari, both of Hayward; two brothers, Hugh of Hayward and David (Donna) of Montello, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronald.

Visitation was held on Friday, Oct. 20 from 5-8 p.m. at Anderson-Nathan Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. at the Couderay Presbyterian Church in Couderay with visitation an hour before services. Burial was at the Evergreen Cemetery at Couderay.

Casket bearers were Peter Burke, Paul and Bruce Wick, Bob Rentner, John Badagliacco, and Bob Fitzgerald.

Shirley Seffinga

Shirley Seffinga, 57, Couderay, died Friday, Aug. 20, at her home.

Shirley June Rich was born July 9, 1942, in Winter, the daughter of Bernard and Myrtle (Paulson) Rich. She graduated from Winter High School. She was joined in marriage to Chester Seffinga on June 10, 1961 in Couderay. Shirley worked several years as a cook for the Couderay school. She lived in Couderay her entire life.

Shirley was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Couderay, and its Ladies Aid. She loved fishing, cooking, sewing, baking, and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Chester; one son, Troy (Terri) Seffinga, Waukesha; one daughter, Cindy (Don) Grindheim, Kaukauna; four grandsons, Adam Grindheim, Charlie Seffinga, Matt Seffinga, Ryan Seffinga; one granddaughter, Stephanie Grindheim; parents, Bernard and Myrtle Rich; one brother, Bernie (Diane) Reich, Berrington Hills, FL; three sisters, Barbara (Norm) Argetsinger, Couderay, Jackie (Terry) Seddon, Hayward, Jeanne (Andy) Timberlake, Hayward, and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Kellogg.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Aug. 23 at the First Presbyterian Church in Couderay with Pastor Mary Grade officiating. Music was provided by Nancy Gerber and Ann Mooney.

Troy Seffinga

Sawyer County Record, 2001

Troy D. Seffinga, Waukesha, was born on June 14, 1962 in Hayward, the son of Chester and Shirley (nee Rich). He died Monday, Oct. 8, at home at the age of 39 years. He was a member of St. William Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Troy will be sadly missed by his wife, Terri (nee Weber), whom he married on Sept. 3, 1988; his sons, Matthew, Ryan, and Charlie; his father, Chester, of Couderay; his sister, Cindy (Don) Grindheim of Kaukauna, Wis.; and other relatives and friends.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from noon until time of service. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Durand.

Martha Seffinga

Sawyer County Record, 2000

Martha M. Seffinga, 84, Hayward, and formerly of Couderay, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000 at the Valley Health Care Center in Hayward.

Martha M. Ruby was born July 31, 1916 in Knox, ND, the daughter of Benjamin and Minnie (Kiesling) Ruby. Her family moved to Delta, WI in 1921 and a few years later moved to Lemington, WI. She was joined in marriage to Robert J. Seffinga on May 10, 1933. They moved to the Couderay area in 1944 and operated a farm. Starting in the mid-1960s she worked for 10 years as a nurse's aide at the Marion Nursing Home in Radisson. After retirement she and her husband moved to Hayward in 1981. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and its ladies aide group, Hayward Homemakers, and was a founding member of the Sawyer County Senior Center.

She is survived by her daughter, Myrtle Hill, Hayward; four sons, Robert (Darlene) Seffinga, Hayward, Chester Seffinga, Couderay, Lon (Frances) Seffinga, Madison, and Helmer "Shorty" (Jean) Seffinga, Leveen, AZ; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister, Carrie Johnson, Seattle, WA; sister-in-law, Gert Ruby, Lemington; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; infant son; four brothers, Sam, Lou, Fred, and Les; and three sisters, Jess, Mert, and Mable.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the First Presbyterian Church in Couderay with Rev. Dr. Robert Koenig, Ph.D officiating. Music was provided by Nancy Gerber and Marie Ellickson. Visitation was held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday at the Anderson-Nathan Funeral Home in Hayward and a half hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Couderay.

Casket bearers were Robert Hill, Scot Seffinga, Spencer Seffinga, Troy Seffinga, and Calvin Seffinga.

Bessie Severson
1974

Funeral services for former Couderay Postmaster, Mrs. Elmer L. (Bessie) Severson, who died at Hayward on Wednesday, Jan. 9, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the United Presbyterian Church, Couderay, Dr. Robert A. Koenig, officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Couderay.

Mrs. Severson received her appointment to the Postmaster position in 1940, serving in that capacity until her retirement in 1970. At the time of her death she was a resident of the Hayward Nursing Home.

Born at Earling, Iowa on October 22, 1902, she came to Couderay with her parents, John and Elizabeth Moyer, at the age of two. She attended grade school at Couderay and was a graduate of Hayward High School with the Class of 1921. She was a graduate of teacher's training in Hayward and taught school in Meteor. On April 16, 1924 she was married to Elmer Severson in Duluth.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church and the Ladies Aid in Couderay. She was also a member of the Garden Club, "Cou-Ra-Wa," the Homemakers Club, a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary of Couderay, and a fifty-year member of the Royal Neighbors of America.

She is survived by her husband, one son, John L., Covington, La., two daughters, Mrs. Charles "Elizabeth" Balczewski, Exeland, Mrs. Ed "Mary" Maloney, Kenosha; three sisters, Mrs. Allen Boury, Mount Vernon, Wash., Mrs. Amanda McLean and Mrs. Victor Carlson, Stone Lake; one brother, John Moyer, Oak Harbor, Wash.

Pallbearers included John Block, Herbert Block, Chester Poradish, Edward Forrester, Robert Seffinga and Ray Argetsinger. The Anderson Funeral Chapel was in charge of local arrangements.

Elmer Severson

Elmer Severson, 81 of Couderay died at the Luther Hospital of Eau Claire on August 12th. He was born at Hayward on April 2, 1899, the son of Louis and Anna Dwang Severson. He attended Hayward schools and worked in the Hayward area until marrying Bessie L. Moyer on April 16, 1924 at Duluth, MN. The couple lived a short time at MacGregor, MN and Hayward until moving to Couderay in 1929. He began working for the Sawyer County Highway Department in the late 1930s and retired in 1963. He then worked in Couderay as a postal clerk for seven years.

Mr. Severson was a member of the Scandinavian American Fraternity and the Odd Fellows. he was an active member of the Couderay community and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; infant son; four brothers, Sam, Lou, Fred, and Les; and three sisters, Jess, Mert, and Mable.

Preceded in death by his wife in 1974, he is survived by a son, John of Chicago; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Betty) Balczewski of Exeland, WI, and Mrs. Ed (Mary Lou) Maloney of Kenosha, WI; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was also preceded by two brothers.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 16th at the First Presbyterian Church in Couderay with Rev. Ken Loomans officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Couderay. Music was provided by Martha Bekkedahl. Casket bearers were Bernard Baldridge, Herbert Block, Kenneth Campbell, Earl Carlson, Robert Seffinga and Lester Smith.

Alex Sheptick

Funeral services for Alex Sheptick, 83, were held Friday at 11 a.m. from Saint Mary Magdalene's Catholic Church in Couderay, Celebrant, the Rev. Father Alphonso Zoltowski officiated at the Mass of the Resurrection.

Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Couderay, Wis. Rosary services were held in the Anderson Funeral Chapel in Hayward at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Mr. Sheptick died Wednesday morning at the Hayward Memorial Hospital. He was born in Poland on Dec. 27, 1890 and came to the United States when a young man. He settled in the state of Pennsylvania where he worked in the coal mines. He was married to Sophie Sheptoski in Pennsylvania and the couple came to Couderay to make their home in 1919 where he farmed until his retirement.

He and his wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary August 30, 1973.

He was a member of the Saint Mary Magdalene's Catholic Church of Couderay and the Polish National Alliance of Radisson, Wis.

He is survived by his wife; four sons, John of Minneapolis, Alex of Northville, Ill., Joseph of Couderay and Stanley of Hayward; nine daughters, Mrs. Edward (Ann) Dudzik, and Mrs. Chester (Sophie) Rokosz of Chicago, Mrs. Mary Pachowicz, Madison, Wis., Mrs. Edward (Julia) Wadds, Highbridge, New Jersey, Mrs. Casmir (Helen) Drag, Elmwood Park, Ill., Mrs. Alvin (Stella) Kutz, Arlington Heights, Ill., Mrs. John (Josephine) Jamracik, Des Plaines, Ill., and Mrs. Floyd (Martha) Metcalf, Hayward, and Mrs. Bruce (Annette) Patterson, Isanti, Minnesota; 33 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. One daughter preceded in death.

Pallbearers were Alvin Kutz, Bruce Patterson, Casey Drag, Ed Wadds, John Jamrozek and Ed. Dudzik.

Joseph Sheptick

Sawyer County Record, 2000

Joseph Sheptick, 67, Couderay, died Thursday, Nov. 23 at the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

Joseph Sheptick was born Dec. 22, 1932 in Couderay, the son of the late Alex and Sophia (Sheptoskie) Sheptick. Joe married Ruth Markman in Hayward, who died on May 22, 1983.

Joe is survived by one brother, Alex (Jackie) Sheptick, Northlake City, IL; seven sisters, Martha (Floyd) Metcalf, Hayward, Ann (Ed) Dudzik, Chicago, Helen (Casey) Drag, Plainfield, IL, Annette (Phil) Heck, Cedar, MN, Stella (Alvin) Kutz, Rola, MO, and Josephine Jamorizk and Julie Wadas, both of Des Plaines, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three sisters; and two brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Radisson. Father Vincent Bromley officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Couderay.

Dr. Joseph S. "Doc" Stevens
1965

HAYWARD (Special) - Dr. Joseph S. Stevens, 69, a former resident of Chicago, died at his home on Chief Lake at Couderay on Monday.

He was born on Feb. 13, 1896 in Poland. When a young man he came to Chicago, where he attended schools. He was a graduate of Northwestern University, becoming a doctor of dentistry.

Dr. Stevens started his practice in Chicago and on Feb. 21, 1916, enlisted in the United States Army and became a private first class in the 122nd Field Artillery, Battery A. He served overseas in all of the major battles and was discharged at Camp Grant, Ill., on July 7, 1919.

Dr. Stevens was married to Mary P. Soltis on Oct. 6, 1934 in Chicago. In 1939 he retired from practice and moved with his family to Couderay, where they established their home and a business known as Stevens Resort on Chief Lake.

Survivors besides his wife include a daughter, Ruth, Hayward; a son, Robert, at Couderay; a brother, the Rev. Fr. Wojniak in Formosa; a grand-daughter, Mary Jean Melchert. A daughter, Carol Melchert, preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 1962.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Anderson Funeral Home. The Rev. Fr. Leonard Lewandowski will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Couderay. There will be a recitation of the Rosary at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Karolina Styskal

Funeral services for Karolina Styskal of Couderay were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday in St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church at Couderay, Rev. Fr. Francis Pakosta was the celebrant. Interment was in the Couderay Cemetery. Casket bearers were Stephen Atherton, Jr., Gerald Atherton, David Atherton, Dale Scharlau, Erwin Reindl and Cletus Melchoir. Visitation was at the Anderson Funeral Home on Thursday evening with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.

Karolina Stribrnska was born in Czechoslovakia on October 25, 1895, the daughter of Joseph and Elenora Beranek Stribrnska. She had been a resident of Couderay since 1949. Her husband, Robert, preceded her in death in 1965 and her son, Frank, in 1977.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Frank (Bertha) Ekl of Couderay and Ludmila Slamova of Czechoslovakia; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Bertha Skulinek and Elenora Hradecka, both of Czechoslovakia.

Barbara Ellen (Forrester) Tappan

Our precious Versenurse, who loved people, books, poetry, classical music, Impressionist art, the crossword puzzle, birding, politics, and dark chocolate, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2009.

Born May 13, 1933 to Edward Forrester, Sr. and Ellen (Atherton) Forrester, in Chicago, IL; she also lived in Couderay, WI; Edina, Braham, and South Minneapolis, MN. Barb's formal education included Winter (WI) High School and the Cook County School of Nursing (Chicago). She, however, was a life-long learner and recently studied Shakespeare and Chinese History on DVD, and never missed C-Span book shows. Barb was witty, outgoing, and loved to laugh! She spread joy around a campfire or the kitchen table. Ours was the house on the block where all the kids flocked to play. Barb was creative and painted, played the guitar and harmonica, knit, and attended her poetry group. She was passionate about social justice and carried her values to her RN nursing career in Public Health, at the VA, for Isanti County (MN), in several psych units, and to the voting booth.

Barb is survived by her grateful daughter, Margo De Los Santos (Richard) of Harlingen, TX; son, Theodore Tappan, daughter-in-law Beth Tappan of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Benjamin and Brittney Tappan, and Nicole De Los Santos; her devoted brother, Edward Forrester, Jr. (Margaret) of Cumberland, WI; niece, Rebecca Solberg (David); nephew, Justin Forrester (Heather); the Hall Family, and many cousins, friends and fellow poets.

James Van Gilder

James L. Van Gilder, age 86, of Birchwood, WI died Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at his home.

He was born on March 11, 1929 in Couderay, WI to Delbert and Frances (White) Van Gilder. Jim attended school in Couderay and also in Yarnell. He worked on his parents Dairy Farm and then entered the United States Army and served in the Korean Conflict and was later honorably discharged. Jim was married to Bonnie Nordback on November 21, 1956 in Pine City, MN. He also worked for the Sawyer County Highway Department for 35 years as a grader operator and truck driver. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing and puttering around the yard and garage.

James Van Gilder is survived by his wife, Bonnie Van Gilder of Birchwood, WI; many special nephews and nieces; 2 brothers, Delbert Van Gilder of Rice Lake, WI and Gerald Van Gilder of Birchwood, WI; a sister, Betty Amundson of Rice Lake, WI; and a special brother-in-law, Bill Nordback of Stone Lake, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Frances Van Gilder; 2 brothers, Robert and William Van Gilder; and 2 sisters, Dorothy Skar and Laura Walczak.

Herbert Wagner

Couderay Man Dies in Blaze

An accidental blaze that apparently started when the ashes were being removed from the kitchen stove took the life of a Couderay man on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Dead when his home burned on the ground in Herbert Wagner, age 67, of Couderay, Wis. Wagner, an invalid and who has been confined to his home for some time, lived with his aunt, Elsie Harnitz.

They were alone in the house at the time of the mishap. Miss Harnitz, according to first witnesses on the scene, had tried to put the fire out, suing all available water in the house, but to no avail. The fire itself was spotted by residents of the town and the Couderay Volunteer Fire Department responded, but were too late to save either Mr. Wagner or the house. Miss Harnitz was taken to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital with second and third degree burns on her hands, arms and back, where on Wednesday she was listed as in "good condition" by the attending physician, Dr. M.E. Wyant of Hayward.

Acting Coroner, Ubbie Bloom, Hayward, listed the death as accidental.

Mr. Wagner was born Jan. 29, 1893 in Milwaukee, and had been a resident of Couderay for about 40 years. Graveside services were conducted in the Couderay Cemetery, the Rev. Robert Thrasher officiating. The Koerpel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Edward Walczak

Edward C. Walczak, 92, a lifelong resident of Couderay, passed away on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Edward was born on March 17, 1923, in Ojibwa to Frank and Frances (Janiszewski) Walczak. He married Delores Mae (Gavin) on June 17, 1944, in Radisson. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed. Edward was a man of many talents and had several job titles throughout the course of his life such as being a logger, railroad worker, county worker, heavy equipment operator, mechanic and a farmer. Edward also proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and most importantly spending time with his grandkids, family and friends.

Edward is survived by his children, Delores (Daryl) Roux, Rose Chafer, Frances (George) Geringer, Mary (Edward) Evans, Chester (Cheryl) Walczak, William (Sandra) Walczak, Barbara (Kent) Petit, Rod Walczak and Debra (Kevin) Witkiewicz. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; several nieces, nephews, and other close relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Mae; his parents; two infant children, Edward and Gloria Walczak; two brothers, Joseph and John Walczak; and four sisters, Barbara Visockis, Helen Prasnicki, Josephine Stibak and Florence Helms.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Radisson. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Bratley Funeral Service in Hayward, and will resume on Saturday at the church for one hour prior to Mass. Interment will be in the Radisson Cemetery at a date to be determined in the spring of 2016.

Merritt Warner
1965

Merritt Warner, Couderay, Dies; Rites Saturday

HAYWARD (Special) - Merritt Warner, 74, Couderay, died in the Shell Lake Hospital on Wednesday.

He was born in Elroy on May 31, 1890. He attended schools there and later was employed in West Allis from 1912 to 1932, when he came to Couderay. He served as town clerk in Couderay at the time of his death and had been in that office since 1937. He served on the school board until the consolidation with the Winter school in 1962.

Surviving are his wife, Violet; four sons, Charles of Couderay, Dale and Douglas of Milwaukee, David of Kenosha; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Rampacek, Milwaukee, and Mrs. Marilyn Spreckles of Couderay; one brother, Harold of New Lisbon; one sister, Mrs. Ed Flora of West Allis; several grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Couderay Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Gunderson officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Couderay in the spring. Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Home at Hayward from 3 p.m. Friday.



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