Beck, Richard "Dick"
Richard "Dick" Beck, 55, of Duluth, Minn., died Monday,
March 17, 2003, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, March 20, at the
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, with Rev. James Crossman
Bielefeldt, Melvin A. "Red"
Melvin A. "Red" Bielefeldt, 64, of Gilmanton, Wis.,
died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at the American Lutheran Home in
He was born May 30, 1938, in the Town of Gilmanton, Buffalo County,
Wis., to Helmuth and Elfa (Michaels) Bielefeldt.
He was a U.S. Army veteran. He loved riding and working with
Survivors include five sisters, Mildred (Eldon) Adams of Alma,
Wis., Bernice Jones of Reinbeck, Iowa, Delores Bielefeldt of
Winona, Jane Lorenz of Buffalo City, Wis., and Peggy Benoit of
Cochrane, Wis.; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, three brothers,
one niece, and one nephew.
Funeral services were Friday, March 21, at the Stohr-Hagen-Wozney
Funeral Home in Alma, with Rev. Joel Bacon officiating. Burial
with military rites conducted by the Forrest-Gunderson-Klevgard
American Legion Post #264 of Gilmanton, was in the Gilmanton
Pallbearers were Jerry Bauer, Gary Amidon, Morris Amidon, Larry
Rud, Dean Johnson, and Bob Bauer.
Honorary pallbearers were David Bauer, Gary Bauer, Leland Johnson,
and Ben Seltrecht.
Stohr-Hagen-Wozney Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.
Riska, Hubert C.
Hubert C. Riska, 76, of 953 East Fourth St., died Thursday, March
20, 2003, at Lake Winona Manor.
He was born November 30, 1926, in Winona, to Clemens and Bertha
(Hill) Riska. He married Helen E. Malotke. She died January 10,
He was employed at RTP for 27 years, prior to his retiring. He
served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Hubert was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish.
He is survived by a daughter, Tammy Riska of Winona; and two
sisters, Dorothy Dionysius and Bertha "Bussy" Modjeski,
both of Winona.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, March 24,
at 11 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, with Rev. Daniel
R. Dernek officiating. Friends may call Monday from 10 a.m. until
time of the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary's
A Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Service.
Wieczorek, Lawrence S. "Sam"
Lawrence S. "Sam" Wieczorek, 77, of Buffalo City, Wis.,
died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Community Memorial Hospital,
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday, March 22, at
the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church, with Rev. John M. Sauer
officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Veterans
of Foreign Wars of Buffalo City, was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Sylvia Riebau, 85, of 358 East Sarnia St., Sugar Loaf Apartments,
and formerly of 520 East Belleview, died Thursday, March 20,
2003, in the Intensive Care Unit of Community Memorial Hospital.
Sylvia was born April 11, 1917, in Peterson, Minn., to Albert
and Alice Bye Olness.
She attended the Peterson Public School, graduating from high
school in 1934. She received an elementary education certificate
from Winona Teachers College in 1936. She taught in Fillmore
County rural schools and the Peterson Public School.
Sylvia also was employed by the W.T. Grant Co. in Winona, and
the Winona Daily News. She retired in September of 1980.
She married Forrest Paulson on June 15, 1940. He died June 10,
1944. She married Louis Riebau on June 11, 1955. He died May
Sylvia was a member of Central Lutheran Church and its women's
organizations; Nor-Win Lodge #505, Sons of Norway; and Friends
of the Winona Public Library.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands.
She is survived by one brother, Arland (Betty) Olness of Stewartville,
Minn.; three nieces, Dawn (Kevin) Warren of Winona, Debbie (David)
Turnquist of Eyota, Minn., and Deanna (Kevin) Brossard of West
Concord, Minn.; one nephew, Doug (Robin) Olness of Rochester,
Minn.; fourteen great-nephews; seven great-nieces; one great-great-niece;
and one great-great-nephew.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, at Central Lutheran
Church, with Rev. Michelle Rem officiating. Burial will be in
West Grace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Peterson, Minn.
Visitation will be held at the church on Monday from 9 a.m. until
Casketbearers will be Chris, Josh and Jake Warren, Derrick Turnquist,
and Ryan and Chad Brossard.
Memorials may be directed to Central Lutheran Church.
Martin-Myhre Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Motszko, George J.
George J. Motszko, 62, of Galesville, Wis., passed away after
a short, courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, March 20,
2003, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Nursing Home in Arcadia,
He was born in Arcadia on September 14, 1940, to John and Monica
(Suchla) Motszko. On September 21, 1968, George married Anita
George was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country from
1963-1965. He was a member of the Tickfer-Erickson American
Legion Post #17 of Arcadia and of St. Bartholomew's Parish in
Trempealeau, Wis. George enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening,
and watching sports.
He is survived by his wife, Anita Motszko, of Galesville; two
sons, Capt. John (Jodi) Motszko, of Kileen, Texas, and Mark (Sharon)
Motszko, of Trempealeau; three sisters, Marion Waldera, Joan
(Vilas) Hanson, and Rosalie Weltzien, all of Arcadia; and one
brother, Dennis Motszko, of Arcadia.
Preceding George in death were his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday,
March 24, at St. Bartholomew's Parish in Trempealeau, with Rev.
Robert Wagner officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery,
Friends may call from 3:00 -8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Wozney Funeral
Home in Arcadia, where there will be a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service.
Friends may also call from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Monday, at the church.
Serving as casket bearers will be Dan Motszko, Gary Waldera,
Dean Weltzien, Brian Brenengen, Chris Schwertel, and Lavern Milek.
George's family respectfully asks that memorials be directed
to "Family Wishes."
Fritchman, Earl R. "Bud"
Earl R. "Bud" Fritchman, 81, of 508 Chatfield St.,
Winona, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2003, surrounded by
his family, after a short battle with cancer.
Earl was born January 16, 1922, in Pequot Lakes, Minn., to Earl
and Mary Tuffs Fritchman. He married Joan C. Jenks on August
He served his country during World War II in the Army Signal
Corps, stationed in Calcutta, India.
Earl and Jo lived many years in different states before settling
in Winona in January 1974.
He is a member of McKinley United Methodist Church and the Leon
J. Wetzel American Legion Post #9.
He worked for Winona Knitting Mills until retiring in 1987.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Rose Marie,
and a daughter-in-law, Barb.
He is survived by his wife, Jo; children, Nancy Sawyer, of Phoenix,
Ariz., Peggy (Dennis) Schaible, of Minnesota City, Minn., Russel
Fritchman, of Maple Grove, Minn., Janet (Todd) Wilts, of Phoenix,
Betty Thilmany, of Winona, Caron Brown (Mike) Bauer, of St. Charles,
Minn., and Mary (Jim) Hemmelman, of Winona; special family friend,
Karen Fisher, of Phoenix; twenty-one grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren;
brothers, Henry (Kay) Fritchman, of Bloomington, Minn., Carl
(Lois) Fritchman, of Milltown, Wis., and Paul (Jo) Fritchman,
of Farmington, Minn.; a sister, Mary Lu Estlick, of Clarkedale,
Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, March 26, at 2 p.m.
at McKinley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dr. Donald D.
Budd officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Fort
Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church
on Wednesday after 1 p.m.
Earl was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be
sadly missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be directed
to Hospice of the Valley or McKinley United Methodist Church.
Martin-Myhre Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pellowski, June Bernice
June Bernice Pellowski, 84, of 213 Vine St., Winona, died Saturday,
March 15, 2003, at St. Anne Extended Healthcare, Winona.
She was born in Rushford, Minn., on January 17, 1919, the daughter
of Edwin H. and Hannah (Johnson) Berg Sr. She was united in marriage
to Daniel J. Pellowski on June 26, 1943, in Winona.
June was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and a dedicated
homemaker to her husband, Dan.
June is lovingly survived by her husband, Dan; daughters, Barbara
Pellowski, of Winona, and Judy (Bill) Shay, of Green Bay, Wis.;
a son, David (Karen) Pellowski, of Trempealeau, Wis.; and four
grandsons, Jason and Aaron Pellowski, Daniel and Timothy Shay.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Harold
and Edwin Berg Jr., and a sister, Evelyn Pagels.
June was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, who lived her
life with dignity, grace and respect. Her family was the most
important thing to her; they were everything. She was unassuming,
but a very caring person. She leaves a lasting impression on
all who knew her. We love you, Mom.
In celebration of her life, a Mass of Christian Burial was held
on Wednesday, March 19, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church with
Rev. Daniel Dernek officiating.
Casketbearers are Daniel Shay, Aaron, Matt and Mark Pellowski
Jr., Timothy Laib and Robert Crandall.
Arrangements by the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation