STANLEY -- Gerald "Jerry" Edward Simon, 68, died Monday, May 3, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.
He was born March 24, 1931, in Stanley to Larry and Frances (Samplawski) Simon. Jerry was a lifelong resident of Stanley. He graduated from Stanley High School and served in the National Guard for 20-plus years. He was married to Joan Svoma on October 28, 1953, at St. Anne's Church in Stanley, WI. Jerry worked at Simon & Son Feed Mill and took over ownership from his father, Larry, which he ran until his retirement in 1992.
He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Knights of Columbus, Emer-Quinn Council #3249 and Stanley Fire Department for 30 years.
Jerry was an avid sportsman and loved to hunt and fish. He also refinished furniture. He was known for his sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Simon of Stanley; daughter, Lynda (Randy) Schneider of Stanley, son, Kirk Simon of Stanley, daughter, Karen (Ray) Nawrocki of Boyd, daughter, Judy Simon of Stanley, son, Jim (Julie) Simon of Fall Creek, son, John (Jill) Simon of Wausau, daughter, Lisa Simon (Tom Jakubowicz) of Boyd; mother, Frances Simon of Stanley; brother, Donald (Marion) Simon of Stanley; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father, Larry; and one brother, Earl.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church, with Fr. Robert Nelson officiating. Burial of cremains will be at a later date.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Plombon Funeral Home, Stanley, with an 8 p.m. rosary service.
LEOMINSTER, Mass. -- Daniel W. Bortle, 65, of Leominster, Mass., formerly of Eau Claire, died Monday, October 25, 1999, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester.
He was born in Eau Claire to Gilbert and Teckla (Wicklund) Bortle. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Barbara B. Hellman in Massachusetts. He worked for Honeywell until his early retirement in 1988.
He is survived by four daughters, Susan B. (Joe) McGinly of Norton, Mass., Beth A. (Kev) Ferruccio of Hudson, Mass., Heather J. (Eddie) Yow of Belmont, Mass, and Dawn S. (Mike) Clark of Clinton, Mass.; five brothers, Clayton (Geraldine) of Eau Claire, Gary (Jean) of Yuba City, Calif., Ramon (Carol) of Bellevue, Neb., James (JoAnn) of Acton, Mass., and David (Marie) of Trego, Wis.; eight grandchildren; a brother-in-law, William E. Hellman of Turners Falls, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara in 1998; and two brothers, Dale and Patre.
Memorial services were held Thursday, October 28, 1999, at Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury, Mass., with Rev. Ms. Lisa Schoenwetter officiating. Burial was in Wadsworth Cemetery in Sudbury.
Memorials may be made to the American Hearth Association.
M. Leo Howard
M. Leo Howard, 83, formerly of Eau Claire, died Saturday, October 30, 1999, at Chippewa Manor Nursing Home in Chippewa Falls.
Leo was born October 9, 1916, in Gravette, Arkansas to Robert and Mary Howard. He attended schools in Pittsburgh, Kansas, including Kansas State Teacherís College from which he graduated.
In 1937, he started in radio as an announcer at KOAM in Pittsburgh. Later he went on to KWTO in Springfield, Missouri, KFBI in Wichita, Kansas, and WEDC in Chicago, Illinois. At this point, he entered the Army as a Private and was honorably discharged as a Captain, having been Company Commander with the 84th division in the European Theater. Among the decorations he received were; a Bronze Star with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Croix de Guerre, the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross.
Leo returned to the broadcasting industry in 1946, working as Commercial and General Manager in Oklahoma City, Nashville, Des Moines and Tulsa. In 1955, he came to Eau Claire as General Manager of WEAU-TV. He was also General Manager at WAXX-AM and WEAU-FM of Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire.
Leo has also served as the President of the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce, Chippewa Valley Board of Trade, Director of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, a member of the Commerce and Industry Advisory Committee, Masonic Lodge and Zor Shrine. Due to illness, Leo retired in 1971.
Leo was married to Edith McNamara in 1947, and had three children.
He will be sadly missed by his children, Susan Grothen and Bill (Tammy) Howard; and five grandchildren, Stephanie, Abby, Amy, Kimberly and Kyle.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith; and son, Robert.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Smith Funeral Chapel, with interment in Prairie View Cemetery in Chippewa Falls.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the chapel.
Bernice B. Johnson, 78, of 221 Allen St., Chippewa Falls, died Sunday, October 31, 1999, at Lakeside North Nursing & Rehabilitation in Chippewa Falls.
She was born July 7, 1921, in the town of Woodmohr to Elsie (Albrecht) and Joseph Hilger. She graduated from Bloomer High School in 1939.
Bernice married Edward W. Johnson in 1948. She was employed at the Northern Center for the Developmentally Disabled for over 30 years, retiring in June 1983. She became a resident of Lakeside North Nursing & Rehabilitation in July 1999. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls and the Chippewa Valley YMCA.
Survivors include two daughters, Deborah (Gary) Krauter of Colby and Karen (Gerald (Overhulser) of Eau Claire; one son, Joseph (Sandi) Johnson of Yuma, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Benjamin Johnson, Lori Evans and Matthew Overhulser; one sister, Florence Pederson of Chippewa Falls; her sister-in-law, Lucille Hilger of Bloomer; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband on June 18, 1996; one sister, Lorraine Gallagher; and one brother, Walter Hilger.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 4, 1999, at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls, with Rev. Donald C. Thorson of Christ Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Chippewa Falls.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and until the time of services Thursday at the funeral chapel.
Bernice was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Mildred "Dottie" S. Miller, 83, peacefully joined her beloved husband of 56 years, Dr. George Miller on Saturday, October 16, 1999, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was surrounded by her family and held in love.
Dottie was born July 6, 1916, in McKinley, Minnesota, to Arthur and Josephine Sanders. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1938, and practiced as a dietician. On September 16, 1941, she married her high school sweetheart, George Miller. In 1955, they settled in Eau Claire and raised five children. Dottie was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, and was active as a volunteer at Lutheran Hospital. In addition to her busy life as homemaker, she enjoyed golf (had a hole in one), was a passionate bridge player and loved cooking, needlework and crafts. She and George retired to Haines City, FL in 1981. She spent the last five years in Colorado Springs near her son, George and daughter-in-law, Mary Ann.
Dottie is survived by a sister, Delores Sanders of Scottsdale, Ariz.; five children, David L. Miller of Harshaw, Wis., Barbara L. Miller of Goldens Bridge, NY, George S. Miller of Colorado Springs, Colo., Elizabeth "Betsy" A. Miller of Bedford Hills, NY, and Catherine "Trinkie" M. Miller of Boise, Idaho; and five grandchildren, Jeffrey Gramowski, George Miller, Ryan Miller, Tara Miller and Jaime Miller.
A memorial service will be held this summer in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.
As Dottie was severely affected by macular degeneration, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to The American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, Mass. 01061-0515, with acknowledgement to Barbara Miller.
Mae Wismeg, 87, formerly of Grace Apartments, Eau Claire, died Saturday, October 31, 1999, at The Clairemont.
She was born in Minnesota and has been an Eau Claire resident for the past twelve years. She loved card playing, bingo and the theater.
Survivors include her husband, Edward of Cicero, Illinois; a daughter, Lorraine (Charles) Bishop of Eau Claire; a son, George (Tina) Switak of Florida; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lucille Gallager of River Grove, Illinois.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Smith Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Edmund Klimek officiating. Interment will be in Rest Haven Gardens.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and an hour before services Friday at the chapel.
Helen C. Bonnin, age 86, of Altoona died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Dove Healthcare Center.
Helen was born on June 8, 1913, in Eau Claire to the late Herman and Louise (Hehl) Huse. She married Alfred "Buster" T. Bonnin on July 23, 1932, in Eau Claire. Helen was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. She loved flowers, gardening and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Gloria (Gerry) Running of Eau Claire, Lucy Anderson of Altoona, Douglas (Sharon) Bonnin of Eau Claire, Donald Bonnin of Eau Claire, Josephine "Joey" (Ray) Henning of Altoona, Vicki (Dennis) Sigmund of Sarona, Anita (Rod) Morissette of Mukwanago; 17 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred "Buster," three grandsons, one great-grandson, five brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at Evergreen Funeral Home, corner of Golf and Commerce Valley roads, Eau Claire, with the Rev. Joel Hoelter officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today and a half-hour before services Monday, both at the funeral home. Interment will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in Eau Claire. Evergreen Funeral Home is serving the family.
James C. Herrick, a prominent trial lawyer and labor negotiator, died on Feb. 19 at the Meriter Health Center in Madison, Wis., after a long bout with cancer. He was 81 years old and lived in Oregon, Wis.
Described by the Wisconsin State Journal as "a big man who has a cracker-barrel philosopher style," Mr. Herrick lived and worked according to his own set of principles. "Never lie to them" was one of the tenets of his philosophy and he practiced this in his personal life and in his negotiations. He also believed in working hard and saving his money.
He negotiated for many businesses in Madison and Meriter Hospital, when it was still called Madison General. He specialized in serving management, but believed in labor unions.
Born in North Dakota, Mr. Herrick grew up in Eau Claire, Wis., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire in 1940, when it was still a teacherís college. He moved to Madison and worked his way through the University of Wisconsin Law School by carrying hogs at night at Oscar Mayerís.
After graduating from law school in 1943, Mr. Herrick worked a year for the firm of Schubring, Ryan, Petersen and Sutherland. In 1945 he went back to Eau Claire, where he headed his own law office. In 1954 the Madison firm offered him a partnership and he returned to Madison. Mr. Herrick was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was active in the Association of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Herrick enjoyed gardening, muskie fishing and deer hunting and spent a good deal of his last years at his cottage in Sawyer County.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary C. Gesteland of Madison and her husband, Richard; his son, James C. Herrick, attorney in Fond du Lac, and his wife, Lynn; his grandsons, Richard Gesteland of Milwaukee and his wife, Maria, James H. Herrick of Milwaukee and his wife, Daphne, John Herrick of Fond du Lac and his wife, Renee, Lester Gesteland of Chicago, Reed Gesteland of Chicago, Thor Gesteland of Chicago, Joseph Herrick of Chicago; his granddaughters, Kamala Gesteland of Madison, Clio Gesteland of Los Angeles; and his great-grandchildren, David and Jennifer, Steve and Michael Herrick. Most importantly he is survived by his wife, Emma, without whom Mr. Herrick could never have achieved what he did.
Mr. Herrick was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lula Herrick; a sister, Margie; and a brother, Duane.
Funeral services will be held at St. Johnís Lutheran Church, 625 E. Netherwood Drive, Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, with Rev. Steven Ristau Hanson presiding. Private burial will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery, Eau Claire, at a later date. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at the Booth-Gunderson Funeral Home, 431 Soden Drive, Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Johnís Lutheran Church Building Fund.
Carol L. Pritchard, age 52, of Menomonie, Wis., died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.
The former Carol Louise Jacobson was born May 11, 1947, in Baldwin, Wis., to Emil and Irene (Brown) Jacobson. She grew up on a farm south of Woodville and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1969 with a degree in special education.
Carol married Terry Pritchard on June 21, 1969, at St. James The Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire. She taught one-half year at Osseo-Fairchild schools, then quit to have three sons. She gave foster care to 28 children over 20 years. In 1978 Terry and Carol opened a group home in Menomonie and it was a wonderful experience for Carol. In 1987 she began working for The ARC of Dunn County as well. But she always enjoyed the group home.
Mostly she enjoyed being home and making a household the very best it could be.
Carol is survived by her husband, Terry of Menomonie; three sons, Joel, Matt and Andy, all of Menomonie; five sisters, Eleanor Voelker, Lorraine Punchard, Doris Bunge and Joan Edwards, Karen Zabrowski; one brother, Walter Jacobson; two sisters-in-law, Betty Schoettle and Jeanine Adams; and one brother-in-law, Bill Pritchard. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and scores of friends, family and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Irene Jacobson.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Dan Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Iron Creek Cemetery in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, Wis. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church an hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Carolís family would like to thank the wonderful neighborhood in which they reside, and all extended family and friends for the support and help they have received during these troubled times.
Memorials are preferred to The ARC of Dunn County, Befrienders at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church or the Iron Creek Church Ladies.