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David G. Lavey, 83, died October 7th, 2015
David Lavey, age 83, of Granton, WI died Tuesday, October 7, 2015 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, WI.

David Glenn Lavey was born on May 15, 1932 in York Township, Clark County to Glen and Elizabeth Lavey. He received his elementary education at Romadka Grade School. Dave graduated from Loyal High School in 1950, and from vocational and Adult Education School in Eau Claire on October 26, 1951 with a degree in barbering. He married his high school sweetheart Beverly Rollins August 27, 1952 at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Chili, Wisconsin. He worked in Waterford and Eau Claire for a short time then for Milo Mabie in Neillsville for three years. They moved to Granton in 1956 where he started Dave’s’ Barbershop. In 1997, Dave sold his shop, but continued working part-time until 2012.

Dave was a member of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Chili from 1956 to 1998 where he taught CCD classes, lectored and sang in the choir. When the church closed, he became a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church from 1998 until the present where he was also a lector. He sang with a barbershop quartet in his teen years and then with the Clark County Male Chorus. Dave was a member of the Granton Rotary for over 50 years, receiving the Paul Harris Award. He was a life-time member of the FFA Alumni and a member of the Granton Fire Dept. Dave also helped organize the Granton Community Park and was an Honored Citizen in 1992. He loved to fish, hunt, trap and play cards with his family and friends.

Dave was a very humble and gentle man. He loved his customers and teaching his trade. He loved his family and was a very proud grandpa.

Anyone who knows Dave knew how much he loved people and it was rare to ever find him without a smile. Although Dave has clearly touched the lives of many people it was his faith, family, friends and customers that made his life happy and fulfilled. May we honor his precious life by living with a little more kindness, compassion and patience.

A sincere thank you to all his medical care staff – including the Marshfield Clinic, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield and the House of the Dove. The care given was exceptional. He especially loved all of his nurses.

Dave is survived by his wife, Beverly, four children, Sherry (Dennis) Rogstad of Breckenridge, CO, Shelly (Lawrence) Schultz of Spencer, WI, Jeffrey (Peggy) Lavey of Mesquite, TX and Mark (Cheryl) Lavey of Franklin, TN, eight grandchildren, Jill (Ryan) Brovold, Kevin (Sarah) Schultz, Kimberly (Ben) Crawford, Stephanie (Terrace) Clayton, Sara Lavey, Justin Lavey, Breann Lavey and Preston Lavey, four great grandchildren, Sydney Schultz, Julia Schultz, Zachary Schultz and Kallee Clayton. Dave is also survived by a sister, Joan Buchanan of Dayton, OH, a sister-in-law, Jean Lavey of Nekoosa, WI and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Elizabeth Lavey, a brother, Norbet Lavey, a brother-in-law, Jack Buchanan, a grandson, Brett Lavey, nephews, Jay Rollins and Chad Pernsteiner, a niece, Rebecca Pernsteiner, a sister-in-law, Marlene Wesenberg and brothers-in-law, Doc Wesenberg and Tom Pernsteiner.

The Mass of Christian Burial for David will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 12, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph. Music will be provided by Vicente Cortez, organist, St. Mary’s Choir and Jody and Judy Conner, vocalists. Interment will be in the Windfall Cemetery in Granton, WI. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, with a performance by the Clark County Male Chorus at 8:00 p.m., followed by a Rosary Service. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Casket Bearers are: Kevin Ress, Chris Pernsteiner, Greg Mahoney, Matt Rollins, David Rollins, Brian Lavey, Dennis Buchanan and Dale Rollins.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Dave’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Bernard P. Rueth, 90, died October 5th, 2015
BERNARD P. "BUN" RUETH, age 90, of Loyal, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2015 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Marshfield.

Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Friday, October 9, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Friday, from 10am until time of service.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Duane “Chip” Chapiesky, 76, died October 3rd, 2015
Duane Chapiesky, 76, of Neillsville, WI, passed away on Saturday evening, Oct. 3, 2015 in Neillsville, WI.

Chip was employed at O’Hare Field in Illinois. He also worked as the Town of Seymour Road Supervisor and he worked at the Presto Corporation, Caterpillar and was self-employed as a welder in his “Hobby Shop” in Fall Creek. He was married to Betty Landers for 38 years. They later divorced. He married Pamela Meyer in 1995 and moved to Neillsville, where he continued to enjoy gun collecting, hunting, camping, travelling and motorcycling. He and Pam traveled through 46 states and 7 Canadian Provinces together. They wintered in Texas for 19 years.

Duane is survived by his wife, Pamela (Meyer) Chapiesky, daughter, Regina (Dan) Mauer of Eau Claire, WI, a son, Regan (Robin) Chapiesky of Chippewa Falls, WI, grandchildren; Matthew and Mark Mauer, step-children; Todd (Jenny) Meyer of Fairchild, Darren (Balbina) Meyer of Maryland, Melanie Kicl of Camp Douglas, WI and Darcy (Steve) Guntner of Augusta, WI and 6 step-grandchildren.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at the Prairie View Cemetery in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Chip’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Leonard J. Rueth, 90, died October 2nd, 2015
LEONARD J. RUETH, age 90, of Loyal, died on Friday, October 2, 2015 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Monday, October 5, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm, with a 7:30pm prayer service, and again at the church, on Tuesday, from 10am until time of service.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kaia Deborah Chose, 52, died October 1st, 2015
Kaia Deborah Chose, 52, of Neillsville, WI died on Thursday October 1, 2015 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI.

Kaia Deborah Knudson was born on February 4, 1963 in Orlean, France the daughter of Thomas Allan and Joan Patricia (Wood) Knudson. When Kaia was very young her family moved to Springfield, MA and then eventually Bridgewater, MA where Kaia graduated from High School in 1981. She spent a summer working at a camp for the deaf where she learned sign language. Then Kaia attended Massasoit Community College where she earned an Associate Degree. She moved to Neillsville, WI and was united in marriage to Richard Chose.

Kaia had a very generous giving soul and shared that with everyone she met. She loved working with children and it shined in her work as a Teacher’s Aid with the Neillsville Public School system for many years. Kaia was also a colorful person who had many talents including cooking, photography and cross stitch. She loved to go camping, scuba diving, sailing, riding mules and loved music. She attended numerous concerts throughout her life but her favorites were Jethro Tull and the Eagles. Kaia loved being a mom and grandma and taking care of her mom. Kaia also loved nature and was a member of the Winx Club and was a volunteer with the Hunter’s Safety Course. She also worked at Speakeasy Saloon in Neillsville.

Kaia is survived by her parents, her husband, Richard Chose, a daughter, Kaia Patricia Lee (Jeffery Luther) Knudson and a granddaughter, Kaia Audreyanna of Neillsville, WI, a sister, Inger Patricia (Philippa Judd) Knudson of Denver, CO and her beloved companion, Danny Schnabel of Neillsville.

A Celebration of Kaia’s life will be held at 2 p.m, Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Speakeasy Saloon in Neillsville, WI.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Kaia’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Nathan M. Collins, 37, died October 1st, 2015
Nathan Collins, age 37, of Neillsville, WI, formerly of Danville, IL died Thursday, October 1, 2015. Nathan Michael Collins was born on November 14, 1977 in Downey, CA. He graduated from Westville High School in Westville, IL. On July 11, 1997 he was united in marriage to Salina Vascura in Danville, IL. Nathan worked as a truck driver for many years. In 2008, the year they moved from Danville to the Minnesota and Wisconsin areas, he began working for the Canadian National Railroad. He worked his way up from Conductor to Yard Master to, most recently, Engineer. Nathan was a member of the BLET Union – the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineer Trainmen. He enjoyed doing yard work and keeping his yard well groomed. But, he mostly enjoyed his time with his family, extended family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Salina, three children, Brandon Collins of Neillsville, WI, Emily Collins of Columbus, OH and Kassidy Collins of Neillsville, WI, eleven siblings, Kara Woods of Clayton, WI, Luke (Laycia) Dynes of Hermiston, OR, Mia Woods of Potomac, IL, Greg Swaim Jr. of Oregon, Misty (Jared) Cota of Sidell, IL, Michael Lenover of Danville, IL, Eliza Lenover of Waupaca, WI, Jessica Lenover of Danville, IL, Houston Lenover of Hermiston, OR, Destiny Lenover of Danville, IL and Rachel Duckworth of Hermiston, OR. Nathan is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including a very special niece, Natalie Collins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Collins and two brothers, Shawn Woods and Darrell Lenover Jr.

A graveside service for Nathan will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville, IL.

Visitation in Neillsville, WI will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Gesche Funeral Home.

Casket Bearers are: Brandon Collins, Luke Dynes, Jared Cota, Jerry Ricketts, Michael Vascura, Mike Hodgson

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family in the name of Nathan Collins to the Co-op Credit Union, 100 East Main St., Black River Falls, WI 54615

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Nathan’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Richard D. Standiford, 85, died October 1st, 2015
RICHARD D. "RED" STANDIFORD, age 85, of Greenwood, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Kourtland House, where he has resided for the last four years.
Red donated his body to science for educational purposes, and a celebration of his life will take place at a later date.

Richard Duane Standiford was born on May 22, 1930 in Wilton, WI, to Atley "Bill" and Helen (O'Rourke) Standiford. He graduated from Elroy High School in 1947 and worked for the Elroy Dairy until he enlisted into the Army Regional Combat Division in 1949. Red served in the Pusan and Mason areas of Korea, and was also in "Recon" behind enemy lines. He received multiple awards and was discharged in 1952. Red was employed in various jobs in the Dakota's, California and Wisconsin until his retirement.

He was a longtime member of the Greenwood American Legion Wallace Hinker Brux Post #238.

Red loved sports and played baseball in Elroy, Loyal and Greenwood. He had a quick wit, was good natured and enjoyed living life to the fullest. All kids were his favorites. He liked to tease them, but also always had a treat for them.

He is survived by three siblings: Vivian (Bob) Vesel, Roger (Diane) Standiford, Karen "Kandi" (Mike) Podrovitz, all of Greenwood; one sister-in-law: Nancy Standiford of Appleton; two nieces, nine nephews, other relatives and friends..

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Justin; and two nephews.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mary Dergance, 95, died September 21st, 2015
MARY DERGANCE, age 95, of Wausau, formerly of Willard, passed away peacefully at Stone Crest Residence, in Wausau, WI, on Friday, September 21, 2015.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1pm on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the American Legion Hall, in Greenwood, WI. Burial of Mary's cremains will be held in the Willard Cemetery.

Mary Auman was born on September 11, 1920, on the home farm in Willard, WI, one of eight children born to Frank and Angela (Frankel) Auman. She was raised and received her education in Willard. As a young woman, Mary left Willard and moved to Chicago to find work. Mary was united in marriage to Vernon B. "Barney" Dergance on September 21, 1945 in Chicago, IL. They lived most of their married life in Chicago, except for 8 years when they owned and operated a motel in Duluth, MN. After her husband's retirement in 1975, they moved back to Willard and lived in Mary's parents house.

Mary enjoyed bird watching and flowers.

She is survived by two sisters: Antonia Panyan of Esko, MN, Angeline Verhunce of Marshfield; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Barney, on August 26, 1995; three brothers: Frank Jr., Felix and Victor Auman; and two sisters: Anne Haugen and Stephie Gabrovic.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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