Genevieve Doolittle 03/26/2015

Genevieve A. Doolittle, longtime Ellsworth resident and former co-owner of the Pierce County Herald, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Comforts of Home in Hudson. She was 95.
She was born Sept. 25, 1919, to Bertha and Joseph Lauer in St. Cloud, Minn., one of eight children. She grew up and was educated at schools in St. Cloud and later attended business school, learning secretarial skills.
She met her future husband, Stanley, in 1938 while both were employed with Minneapolis Milling Co. The couple married in 1940.
They moved to Ellsworth in 1948, while Stan, an Army veteran, was working as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Following the untimely death of his brother, Stan took leave from the Bureau to assist is father Harold -- second-generation owner of the PCH -- in operating the newspaper. Stan was soon named publisher and operated the newspaper until its sale in 1978.
Along with assisting at the newspaper, Genevieve worked as a secretary to former county agents H.G. Seyforth and Bernard Drewiske. The Doolittles also owned and operated Lord Abstract for a time.
Gen was a Renaissance woman.  She was a member of the Ellsworth 946 Club that was founded right after WW II to promote sociability and help families acclimate to their community.
She studied watercolor and oil painting. She pursued Ukrainian egg decorating and rosemaling. Gen could tap dance, play piano, did Air Force fitness exercises, studied public speaking, French and German. She was a master gardener and an exceptional seamstress.  She quilted, knitted, and crocheted.
Gen was also an avid golfer. Her trophies and those of her husband filled a wall.  Genevieve always dressed up each day with her hair and makeup in place.  She loved to cook and bake.  She enjoyed entertaining her family and friends and threw wonderful parties.
She epitomized the meaning of life -- seize the moment and make it count.
Gen followed her dreams and lived life to the fullest.  She poured her heart and soul into each day’s work.  She had a strong work ethic, deep values and beliefs, and a love of sports.  She found the beauty in nature and family. Her memory will always live in those who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses:  Marilyn and Joe Musgrave, of Leesberg, Fla.; Renee and John Kouris, of Munster, Ind.; Brian and Diane Doolittle, of River Falls; and Yvonne and Robert Mayer, of Germantown, Tenn.; and one sister, Lorraine Saldo of Minneapolis. Also seven grandchildren and their spouses:  Noelle and Chris Barg; Eric and Sharalee Flesche; John B. Kouris and friend Delaney Nichols; Ryan and Sharon Kouris; Jim Doolittle; Austin and Lindsey Mayer; and Lindsay Mayer; and four great-grandchildren:  Lucius and Lola Kouris and Lily and Jack Barg.
She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley Doolittle, former editor of the Pierce County Herald; four brothers, Willard, Arthur, Valentine and Clarence; and two sisters, Josephine and Viola. 
“When God lets my body be/from each brave eye shall sprout a tree/fruit that dangles therefrom/the purpled world will dance upon/between my lips which did sing/a rose shall beget the spring”   E. E. Cummings
The family is planning a memorial service at St. Francis Catholic Church, Ellsworth, to be announced at a later date.

Steve Allers 03/21/2015

Steven Aller colorSteven J Allers, passed away peacefully at home after a short battle with cancer, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, surrounded by his partner Ellen and his family. Survived by parents, Dick and Helen Allers; children, Chad Allers and Kelly (Jeremy) Gess; grandchildren, Madelyn, Jaden and Tanner Gess; sisters, Debra (Larry) Brown and Lorrie Adams (John); special friends Ellen and Kyle Ensign; and nieces, nephews, great niece and nephew, and many cherished friends.
Steve was born and raised in New Richmond and graduated from New Richmond High School in 1970.  He lived in many states over the years and returned to New Richmond in the mid 1990s. He was a very skilled professional plumber. He had a great eye for design and learned construction skills throughout the years. He was not afraid to take on any project – for himself or a friend.
He was able to retire and enjoy the loves of his life – spending time with his family and getting to know his children again, getting together with friends, golf, Green Bay Packers (especially his once-a-year Packer game with his special friends), and of course his Miller Lite! His favorite saying and life moto – I’m just trying to have a little fun!
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 4 pm at the Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel. Visitation will also be Tuesday from 1 to 4 pm at the funeral home.  Immediately following, please join the Allers family for a toast and lunch at Champs Bar and Grill. Bring your stories to share.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Marcia Bowen 03/19/2015

Marcia Bowen obitMarcia Jean Bowen, age 68 of Baldwin died on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  Born March 29, 1946 in Red Wing, Goodhue County, MN to Harry and Helen (Bergstrom) Claflin.  In 1963 she married Eldon J. Bowen of Waverly, WI where they lived for 38 years.  They moved to Trego, WI for 10 years and back to Baldwin.  Eldon passed away on April 9, 2013.  Marcia enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and quilting.  She traveled to over 40 states, Scotland, England, and Iceland.  She loved going on adventures with her sons, spending time with her grandchildren, and trips to the casino.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Helen Claflin; husband, Eldon Bowen; and brother, Frank Claflin.  Marcia is survived by her 6 sons, Randell (Dan'a) Bowen, Richard (Jamie) Bowen, Michael (Amy) Bowen, Marcus (Sarah) Bowen, Matthew (Rachel) Bowen, and Robert (Colleen) Bowen; 21 granchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Deanna (Jack) Brua; brother, Ronald (Annette) Claflin; sister-in-law, Delane Claflin; aunt, Lillian Larson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  A Memorial Service was held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 1750 8th Avenue Baldwin, WI.  Visitation was also Friday from 3-7 pm at the funeral home.  Interment wll be Monday, March 30, 2015 at 12 pm at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in Spooner, WI.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Baldwin.


Mae Vehrs 03/19/2015

M Vehrs obitMae Marion Vehrs, age 95 of New Richmond, died on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the St. Croix Health Center.  Born May 16, 1919 as Mae Marion Rylander to Carl Edwin Rylander and Mabel Anderson Rylander in Barronett, WI.  In her youth, Mae was raised n Barronett.  She attended the Rylander School which her grandfather Frank Rylander built.  She attended her first year of high school in Minneapolis, MN, then graduated from Shell Lake High School with the class of 1937.  On April 29, 1938 she married Carl F. Schmidt from Sarona, WI.  To this union was born a son, Wayne Carl and daughter, Donna Mae.  They farmed in Long Lake, WI for approximately 15 years.  The family moved to Chisholm, MN where Carl worked for Prudential Life Insurance.  When the company promoted him in 1957, the family moved to Minot, ND.  Mae and Carl divorced in 1961 and Mae moved back to live with her parents in Barronett.  She also lived with her brother, Edwin Bud Rylander in Cumberland, WI for a time.  On September 14, 1968, Mae married Harlan R. Vehrs at the First Lutheran Church in Cumberland.  They moved to New Richmond.  After farming in Long Lake, Mae was employed by the Arrow Shirt Factory in Chisholm where she sewed leather jackets and dress shirts for men.  In Minot she worked for Tollefson Furniture Store where she became a professional drapery maker.  After returning to Barronett she worked for Falcon Drill Company.  Mae continued her skill of drapery making for many years.  She was active in the Homemakers Association for over 50 years, a member of the Bee Keeping association, Order of the Eastern Star, and an active member of both the Lutheran and Methodist churches.  Mae started the Peace Corp Sewing Group at the New Richmond United Methodist Church which she chaired for 27 years.  She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Glen (Marge) Rylander, Lawrence (Dorothy) Rylander, Bud (Ruth) Rylander; and daughter-in-law, Karen Schmidt.  Mae is survived by her husband, Harlan Vehrs; children, Wayne Schmidt of DeKalb, IL and Donna Zorn of Seattle, WA; 5 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Roger Vehrs, Allan Vehrs both of New Richmond; and many nieces and nephews.  A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11 am at the New Richmond United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 5-7 pm with an Order of the Eastern Star service at 7 pm at the Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond and on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment will be in the New Richmond Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Virginia Hoogheem 03/17/2015

Virginia “Jinny” Forrest Hoogheem age 94 of New Richmond died Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the St. Croix Health Center in New Richmond.  She was born to William and Edna (Thalen) Forrest, on August 9, 1920, on a farm 2 miles East of Forest, WI.  Jinny began school at 6 years of age and walked the 2 miles to a one room school where all 8 grades were taught.  She attended school in Roberts from the 6th thru 8th grades and was one of the five in St. Croix County, that were on the honor roll for 8th grade.  She was united in marriage to Leonard Hoogheem on April 27, 1938 in Stillwater at the Baptist pastor’s parsonage.  They lived in the same farmhouse as her parents.  At home she cooked on a wood stove where you just put your hand in the oven to determine the temperature.  Jinny taught Sunday school (kindergarten thru 3 and 4th grades) for 20 years from 1970 to 1990, (when she then needed to have heart surgery).  She relates that she learned right along with the Sunday school children.  Jinny has been very active in many capacities of the United Methodist church all of her life.  She was considered the “HUG” lady.  Jinny greeted everyone with a hug every Sunday morning at 8:15.  Some of Jinny’s greatest memories include phrases from her Sunday school class.  The class requested to sing “We Shall Come Rejoicing Bringing in the Thieves.” “Praise Him, Praise Him, Naughty Little Children.” One child’s recitation of the 23rd Psalm was “The Lord is My Shepherd and that’s all I want.”  Jinny is lovingly remembered by her children, Alan (Diane) Hoogheem of Hudson, Elaine (Duane) Beebe of Deer Park, Geraldine Frank of Baldwin, Judy (Wally) Bice of Frederic, William “Gary” Hoogheem of New Richmond, Dan (Charlotte) Hoogheem of Somerset, Steve (Madelyn) Hoogheem of New Richmond, Lona (Earl) Thompson of Luck and Barb (Kevin) Holm of Luck; 30 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and many, many nieces and nephews.  Preceding her in death are her mother and father; husband, Leonard; a grandson, Philip; her brothers and sisters, Idell, Inez, Zerelda, Evelyn, Benjamin, Ivan, Ralph, Lionel, Carl, Lynn; and son-in-law, Ronnie Frank.  A funeral service was held Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:00 am at the New Richmond United Methodist Church.  Visitation was held Friday, March 20, 2015 from 4-8 pm at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond and on Saturday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.