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The loss of a major sponsorship has brought about the restructuring of the Special Olympics Wisconsin. Kelly Kloepping, director of marketing and communications for the organization, says eight positions have been eliminated from offices around the state. These losses come in the face of an estimated $300,000 deficit for this year. She says the shortfall stems primarily from the end of ShopKo's Charity Golf Classic. Kloepping says these losses will not affect the services offered by Special Olympics.
Harold Nicholas "Jack" Gootee, age 89, of Elmwood, Wis., died on Jan. 27, 2010, at the Heritage Nursing Home in Elmwood. Services will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin. A memorial gathering will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer service starting at 11:30 a.m.. The service will conclude with military honors performed by the Baldwin American Legion - Cave Dahl Post #240. Services are in the care of the O'Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory - Baldwin.
Juli Lynnay Knegendorf passed away peacefully August 12, 2009, at Sacred Heart Hospital. Juli Osborne was born June 12, 1962, to Gordon and Donna (James) Osborne in Spooner, Wis. Juli lived in the Cameron area through 8th grade. She moved with her family to Menomonie in 1976, and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1980. Juli married Donald Knegendorf on June 14, 1980. In 1985, they took up a residence in Baldwin, where they raised their family for the next 19 years. Five years ago, they bought a small house near Bruce, Wis. Juli worked many years at the Hammond Nursing Home.
Norris John Samb, age 55 of Baldwin, Wisconsin, died suddenly Monday evening, July 13, 2009, at his home in Eau Galle Township. Norris was born April 15, 1954, the twin son of Johnnie and Gladyce (Jacobson) Samb at Baldwin. He grew up at Spring Valley, where he attended school, graduating with the Class of 1972. After high school, he attended Red Wing Vo-Tech for truck driving. He drove for a number of years and most recently was rural carrier for the Post Office at Roberts and New Richmond. Everyone who knew Norris knew of his love for music and how much he loved to visit. For many year
James "Wimp" Schillinger, age 73 of Hersey, Wis. died Monday, June 15 at his home in Hersey. Memorial service Saturday, June 27 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Glenwood City. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday. Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley is handling arrangements.