Bio: Eichstadt, Sidney (High Honors - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Hood, Eichstadt

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/02/2023

Eichstadt, Sidney (High Honors- 2023)

The academic high honor and honor list (dean’s list) for the past spring semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN have been announced by provost and senior vice president for academic affairs David Hood.

Among 3,434 students, a total of 1,081 students qualified for the high honor list by achieving a 4.0 straight, “A” average, while 2,353 students earned a 3.5 to 3.99 average to qualify for the honor list.

To qualify for academic honors, undergraduate students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for the semester.

Sidney Eichstadt of Thorp was named to the high honor list.


Bio: Halopka, Jordyn (Dean’s List - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Halopka

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/02/2023

Halopka, Jordyn (Dean’s List - 2023)

Jordyn Halopka of Colby has been named to the spring 2023 dean’s list at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main Campus in Davenport, IA.


Bio: Koski, Sierra (Bachelor of Science Degree - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Koski

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/02/2023

Koski, Sierra (BS - 2023)

The UW-Oshkosh 149th spring commencement recognized the accomplishments of students from all three of its campuses (Fond du Lac, Fox Cities, Oshkosh). Nearly 1,300 students earned bachelor’s, master’s associate and doctoral degrees and joined the ranks of more than 100,000 UW-O alumni.

Among the recipients were Sierra Koski of Loyal, college of nursing, bachelor of science, nursing.


Bio: Steward Family (5 Generations - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Steward, Dawes, Pluger

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/02/2023

Steward Family (5 Generations – 2023)

Gladys Steward (seated) celebrated with her family as they gathered for a five-generation family photo. Pictured are Gladys holding her great-great grandson, Hank Lee Dawes; (back, l-r) Hank’s father, Brian Dawes Jr. of Black Creek, WI; Hank’s grandmother, Anna Dawe’s Pluger of Shiocton, WI; and Hank’s great grandmother, Kathy Pluger of Shiocton, WI. Gladys and her husband, Lyle, used to live in the Neillsville area when Lyle was the darkroom tech for the Clark County Press for many years.

Submitted photo


Bio: Wiesner, Leo – Memorial Bench Tribute (2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Wiesner

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/02/2023

A Tribute to Wiesner (Park Bench - 2023)

The Clark County Law Enforcement Association invited the public to witness the placement of a memorial bench for Deputy Leo Wiesner #721, placed July 22. Wiesner had nearly 50 years of service between the Neillsville Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Wiesner was known for his transports and his time in the parks during the summers. The suggestion was brought to Clark County Law Enforcement’s attention that a bench could be made and placed at Russell Park at Hatfield where Wiesner was well known. Submitted photos


BioM: Marriage Licenses (Aug - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Burkholder, Zeist, Gates, Haberle, Gabel, Larson, Cruz, Mares, Weaver, Horning, Masloske, Torkelson, Beyer, Pankratz

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/02/2023

Marriage Licenses (Aug - 2023)

Norman N. Burkholder, to Lois A Zeist, both of the Town of Hixon, Aug. 3, at the Town of Hixon.

Jordon A. Gates, to Paige C. Haberle, both of City of Neillsville, Aug. 15, in Columbia County.

Jedidiah D. Gabel, to Michael Lynn Larson, both of Greenwood, Aug. 26, in Wood County.

Jose C. Cruz, to Dora E. Mares, both of Abbotsford, Aug. 19, at Abbotsford, Marathon County.

Kevin K. Weaver, to Rhoda L. Horning, both of Town of Sherman, Aug. 12, at Town of Green Grove.

Andrew Masloske, Town of Green Grove, to Kendra L. Torkelson, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 4, at Town of Green Grove.

Riley W. P. Beyer, to Brooke C. Pankratz, both of Neillsville, Aug. 26, at Town of Weston.


News: Clark Co - UW-Green Bay (Honors – Spring Sem. 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org
Surnames: Olson, Rivas, Koprek, Langreck, Kawa

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/02/2023

Clark Co- UW-Green Bay (Honors - 2023)

The UW-Green Bay had made public the name of undergraduate students receiving semester honors for Spring 2023 semester academic achievement. Students who earn a 4.0 grade point average (GPA), which represents all “A” grades, receive highest honors. High honors go to students earning 3.99 to 3.75 GPAs. Honors are given to students earning 3.74 to 3.50 GPA. All were fulltime students in the spring term, earning 12 or more credits graded coursework. This list includes students attending all four UW-Green Bay campuses (Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc, Sheboygan).

Recipients from Clark County were Kaden Olson of Chili, semester highest honors; Nathaly Rivas of Dorchester, semester honors; Midi Koprek, semester high honors and Alex Langreck, semester high honors Neillsville; and Alicia Kawa of Owen, semester honors.


Obit: Below, Lawrence Harry “Lugs” (1927 - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Below, Moen, Toltzman, Fosberg, Hoops, Groleau

----Source: Life Tributes Funeral Home (Spencer, Clark Co., WI) 8/01/2023

Below, Lawrence Harry “Lugs” (23 June 1927 – 31 July 2023) With Flag

Lawrence Harry Below, “Lugs”, 96, formerly of Spencer, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2023, at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester, Minnesota, surrounded by his loving family.

Lawrence was born June 23, 1927, on the family farm on Veefkind Road in Spencer, to Martin and Jennie (Moen) Below. As a young boy, he attended the nearby country school, worked hard on the farm, and enjoyed many nearby outdoor activities like fishing and berry picking. Lawrence was active in 4-H and took great pride in the awards he received for his garden.

Lawrence graduated from Spencer High School in 1945. He was a dedicated student and talented athlete who excelled at basketball.

Lawrence was called to serve his country with the Army’s 45th Infantry Division during the Korean War. He received the Purple Heart for his injuries during combat. The experiences, injuries, and sense of dedication learned during the war would affect Lawrence for the rest of his life.

Lawrence worked a variety of jobs before finding his passion in the Dairy Foods Industry. He worked for Parkin Ice Cream, M&M Candy, Spencer Milk Products, and Dairy Belt, before eventually working over 40 years at Land O’Lakes. Lawrence was often recognized with awards during his career.

Lawrence married Marlene Toltzman on September 2nd, 1957. They enjoyed 36 happy years of marriage before Marlene passed away in 1993.

Lugs was a busy man who always “had work to do”. In his spare time, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cross-country skiing. He also enjoyed bowling and supporting the Green Bay Packers. He was known for his quick wit and sense of humor. Lawrence liked to be warm, often sporting a fleece vest (even in the summertime) and letting you know if your hands were cold. He enjoyed his retirement years attending auctions, collecting antiques, and spending time with his special friend, Inez.

Lawrence is survived by his son, Kent (Krista) Below of Rochester, MN, and granddaughters, Kayelynn Below and Kenzie Below; special friend, Inez Fosberg; his brother, Jerry (LaVonne) Below of Dickinson, ND, and numerous nieces and nephews. Lawrence was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene; brother, Arnold (Ruth) Below; sister, June (Lloyd) Hoops and by his parents.

Lawrence’s family wishes to thank the staff at Cottagewood for their kind and compassionate care. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencer WI, or to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer with Rev. James Groleau officiating. He will be laid to rest in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Brighton. Family and friends are invited to gather at the church on Saturday from 9:30 A.M. until time of services.

His arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home-Spencer. To share a memory or offer condolences, please visit www.lifetributesfuneralhome.com.

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Obit: Bussard, Paula (1951 - 2022)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Bussard, Jones, Ringstad, Floyd, Comte

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/02/2023

Bussard, Paula (20 February 1951 – 11 October 2022)

Paula Ringstad Bussard, 71, of Houston, TX, sadly passed away Oct. 11, 2022, after a prolonged illness.

Paula was born Feb. 20, 1951, in River Falls, to parents John and Marilyn (Jones) Ringstad. The family lived in Viroqua from December 1952 to July 1956, before settling in Neillsville. The oldest of three children, Paula graduated from Neillsville High School in 1969 with honors. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and graduated in 1973 as a registered nurse. After graduation, she moved to Milwaukee and worked at St. Michael’s Hospital, and then as a public health nurse for the city of Milwaukee. She also worked as a nurse in the Army Reserves as a first lieutenant.

Paula moved to Houston, TX, in 1978 and had her daughter Lauren, there in 1981. Paula worked as a nurse at Methodist Hospital in Houston for 35 years before retiring in 2016. She was extremely dedicated to her job and also enjoyed reading, gardening and dinners with friends. Her greatest joy, however, came from spending time with her daughter and being a loving “Gigi” to her three beautiful grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marilyn Ringstad.

She is survived by her daughter, Lauren (Nick) Floyd; grandchildren Alice, Matilda and Henry of Houston, TX; her sister, Jill Comte of Oakland, CA; her brother, Tom Ringstad of Neillsville, WI; as well as six nieces and nephews, and five great nieces and nephews.

She will be interred Aug. 5, 2023, in a private ceremony.


Obit: Marvin, Elda Johanna (1927 - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Marvin, Blasberg, Boldt, Ternes, Jennings, Tozer, Fisk, Kabus, Seabury, Laabs, Johnson, Baartz, Dallman, Babbitt, Hansen, Ranaivoson

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/02/2023

Marvin, Elda Johanna (8 April 1927 – 27 July 2023)

Elda Johanna (Boldt) Marvin was born April 8, 1927, and received into her Lord’s arms on July 27 at a wonderful 96 years young. She was born in Edgar, the 7th child of Louis and Clara (Blasberg) Boldt. She was baptized and confirmed at St John’s Lutheran church in the town of Wien. The family then moved to Unity, then Colby where she graduated from and went to work in Marshfield for Lang & Scherman, Woolworth’s and Knotts Insurance Agency. She loved roller skating and going to the Eagles Club where she met Charles Marvin.

Charles and Elda got married on July 7, 1948, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran in Marshfield, now Faith Lutheran. They moved to Milwaukee so Chuck could go to engineering school. Together they raised eight children: Diane (Leland) Ternes, Knapp; Wanda (Kenneth) Jennings, Neillsville; Kathleen (Bert) Tozer, Bloomer; Lois (John) Fisk, Clintonville; Christine (Al) Kabus, Eau Claire; Robert (Kay) Marvin, Mesa, AZ; Brian (Danette) Marvin, Colfax; Michael Marvin, Bloomer.

Elda worked for Sears in Neillsville, and in Menomonie. Chuck and Elda ran a restaurant in Neillsville called the Bo-Mar for a few years until they moved to the Colfax area where they helped stock the new Walmart store, Elda worked in the eatery in the store.

She loved her church family and was an officer in the Women of the ELCA group, also an officer for the Seniors club the Merry Mixers where she loved playing bingo with friends. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible school. She loved watching fireworks, sewing, enjoyed playing games with family, especially Scrabble, which she played with her sister whenever she got the chance. She also loved putting puzzles together and watching wild animals around her home where she would see bears, deer, turkeys, groundhogs and lots of birds which were all fed by her.

Elda is survived by her eight children, 21 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Chuck; in-laws Charlie and Velma (Seabury) Marvin; brothers Arnold, Fredrick, and Carl; sisters Irma Laabs, Elfrieda Johnson, Ruth Boldt, Gertrude Baartz, and Dorothy Dallman; their husbands and wives; also many cousins and nieces and nephews; one son in law, Al Kabus; granddaughter Laura Babbitt-Hansen.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4 at Norton Lutheran Church in Colfax, WI with Pastor Mamy Ranaivoson officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at Norton Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Tainter, Dunn County, WI.

She will be missed by all. To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

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