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Claire L. Erickson, 83, of Hudson, died with his wife of 60 years, Betty, at their home on Tuesday, March 24. He was born the son of Herman and Hazel (Sundstrom) Erickson on Feb. 23, 1926, in Barron, Wis. He attended grade school in Clayton prior to graduating from Hudson High School. He was a proud alumnus of Virginia Military Institute and was honorably discharged from the United States Army. He furthered his education at Ohio State University. On March 18, 1949, he was united in marriage to his soul mate, Betty Lou Lohman, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson.
Carol Clark Walbrandt, 100, a longtime resident of Hudson, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, in St. Louis. Born Carol Clark Murray in Roberts on Dec. 18, 1908, Mrs. Walbrandt moved to Hudson in 1930, where she taught history in the Junior High School. She married Harold R. Walbrandt in 1935. They had two sons, James of Philadelphia, Penn., and Charles of St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Walbrandt started as a church organist at the age of 15 at The Congregational Church in Roberts.
Neil Charles Wenzel, 59, of North Hudson died unexpectedly on Thursday, March 19, at his residence. He was born the son of Clarence and Loretta Wenzel on Nov. 18, 1949, in St. Paul. Neil was united in marriage to Jill Therneau on Oct. 17, 1982, in Stillwater, Minn. They would be blessed with a daughter, Emily. Neil had been working as an auto mechanic for Maplewood Imports. He was very proud of his large extended family and especially enjoyed the time they spent up north on family vacations.
Steven M. Ekblad, Gone Bowling! Steven M. Ekblad, 56 of Menomonie died on Thursday, March 19, at Luther Hospital. Steven was born Oct. 19, 1952, in St. Paul to Silas and Helen Ekblad. He graduated from Eau Claire Memorial in 1970. Steve served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1975. He married Victoria Gilbert on July 23, 1977, in Eau Claire. He then moved to Hudson, Wis., living there until 1996. From there, he found Menomonie, and it became home. He worked for 3M in St.
Delores "Dory" Benoy, 93, of Clam Falls, Wis., formerly of Hudson, Wis., died on Tuesday, March 17, at Hudson Hospital. Delores was born in Hudson on Sept. 22, 1915, the daughter of Samuel and Rosella (Murphy) Rose. As a girl, Delores attended school in Hudson. She was married to Alton "Bill" Benoy on Aug. 7, 1937. Their union in marriage was blessed with six sons. Dory's life revolved around her family, as she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
F. Iola McDiarmid, 98, of Hudson died Wednesday, March 18, at the River Falls Area Hospital. She was born the daughter of Robert and Gertie (Larson) Millin on Jan. 16, 1911, in Patch Grove. Iola graduated from UW-River Falls in 1957 and started her career as a special-needs teacher. After her retirement, she gave free, private art lessons from her home. She always felt as though teaching was her life's calling; it was her ministry which she felt compelled to share. Iola had also been an active member of St.
Randall W. "Randy" Teed, 49, of Houlton died Wednesday, March 11. He was born April 22, 1959, in Stillwater to Ernest H. and Yvonne M. Reese Teed. A Celebration of Life service was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center, 2800 Curve Crest Blvd., in Stillwater Minn. Visitation was Monday, March 16, from 4-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to his daughter Amanda's trust fund.
Luella (Tieszen) Penner, 86, born Jan. 12, 1923, near Marion, S.D., died Saturday, Feb. 28, in Freeman, S.D. Luella married Randolph (Randy) Penner, an outdoor/aviation artist, Dec. 29, 1946. The Penners lived in North Hudson until 1999 and moved to Freeman, S.D. Services were Friday, March 6, at Salem Mennonite Church outside of Freeman.
Winifred Marion Grunke, 82, Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Saturday, March 7. A celebration of Win's life is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of June 28 in Hudson, Wis. Winifred was born June 2, 1926, in Vermillion, S.D., to Frederick and Winifred Wagner. She attended the University of Minnesota and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in theater and speech. Win met James Grunke in the theater in 1947. They were married shortly thereafter and were active in the theater their entire lives. Win and Jim moved to Hudson in 1961.
Ronald Valdene Krager, 83, of Baldwin, formerly of Hudson, died Thursday, March 12, at his residence following an illness with cancer. Ronald was born on Feb. 15, 1926, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., the son of Harold and Margaret (Larson) Krager. He was raised in Chippewa Falls, where he graduated from high school. He enlisted in the armed forces, where he proudly serviced in the United States Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. Earlier in life, he worked for UPS and the Post Office, as well as Ken's Mobile in Hudson. On Nov.