In memory of our lost classmates


Jack Dale Menting,
May 24, 1945 - December 19, 1993

JACK D. MENTING
Jack D. Menting, 48, of Japan and formerly of Alma, died Sunday; December 19, 1993 at the Air Force Base Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan.

He was :born May 24, 1945 in Alma to Leonard and Vivian (Seifert) Menting.

He married Edith Herold of Alma, Wis., in California. He served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years in such areas as Turkey and Japan. He retired in July 1984.

Survivors include his wife Edith of Misawa, Japan; his father, Leonard Menting of Alma; five brothers, James Menting of Lafayette, IN., Charles Menting of St. Paul, MN, Donald Menting of Knightdale, NC, Merl Menting of Fountain City, and Joel Menting of Minneapolis, MN; four sisters; Darlene Lehtola of Mound, MN, Connie Menting of Bloomington, MN, Judy Laehn and Nola Call, both of Fountain City.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vivian.

A memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the StohrZHagen-Wozney Funeral Home in Alma. Rev. John Beckfelt will officiate. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Friends may call from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Military Rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post of Alma.


Susanne M. (Bautch) Koscielecki,
June 4, 1945 - March 29, 1997

CANTERBURY, Conn. - Susanne M. (Bautch) Koscielecki, 51, of Canterbury died peacefully in her home Saturday, March 29, 1997, following a long illness.

She was born June 4, 1945, in Nelson, Wis., to the late Adolph L. Bautch and Evelyn I. (Urnes) Bautch. She was valedictorian of Alma High School class of 1963 and an honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where she earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature.

She was a Fulbright Fellow in Quito, Ecuador, in 1968. She married Thomas E. Koscielecki on July 24, 1971, in Madison while employed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mrs. Koscielecki moved with her husband to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in 1972 where she was employed as a program officer by the International Development Research Centre.

In her work there, she traveled extensively throughout Asia and the Near East assisting in the development and monitoring of applied research projects in the health sciences.

While in Canada, she earned a master's degree in educational measurement & experimentation from the University of Ottawa.

After her return to the United States, she continued her work in the health care field, most recently with the State of Connecticut as a Planning Specialist in the Alternative Care Unit of the Department of Social Services.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Koscielecki of Canterbury, Conn.; her sister, Barbara A. Hartman of St. Paul; four brothers, Richard G. Bautch of Houston, Texas, Robert F. (Susan) Bautch of Evanston, Ill., David J. (Sonja) Bautch of Alma, and Thomas A. Bautch of Nelson, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Alma. Friends may call at 11 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Northeastern Connecticut, P.O. Box 203, Pomfret Center, CT, 06259-0203.


Thomas Slawatyniec,
December 28, 1945 - February 23, 2001

Dunn County News, Wed, Feb. 28, 2001.

Thomas M. Slawatyniec, age 56, of Menomonie, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at his home.

Thomas was born Dec. 28, 1944, in Thorp to Michael and Mary (Dudra) Slawatyniec. He was raised in Alma where he graduated in 1963 from Alma High School.

Tom served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. Following his time in military service, Tom returned to Menomonie and worked at Sanna Dairies for 35 years.

He was a member of Hosford-Chase Post #32 of the American Legion. He also enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening and his flowers.

Tom is survived by his mother, Mary Slawatyniec of Withee; three brothers, Theodore (Joyce) Slawatyniec of Neenah, Malin Slawatyniec of Thorp, and Nicholas (Carol) Slawatyniec of Buffalo City; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Carol Reuth.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will take place in the spring.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.


Ronald Metzler,
May 24, 1945 - February 2, 2005

From Linda: In searching for information about Ron, I contacted Winona State College where he graduated in 1973 with a BS in Nursing. They passed on some Social Security information where I was able to gather his birth and death dates. If anyone has further information, please email me by clicking on the "Email Linda" button at the left of this page.


William Charles Gunning,
June 12, 1945 - March 24, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Bill "Gunner" Gunning, 65, of Bloomington and formerly of Eagan, Minn., passed away March 24, 2011. Preceded in death by parents, Edwin and Arlene; sister, Mary Kay Gunning; and brother, Jerry. Survived by significant other of 23 years, Linda Stahl; nephew, Ted Marum; aunts, Pat Lind and Gin (Bob) Feiler; and many wonderful friends.

Gunner served in the Navy from 1962-66. Retired from Northwest Airlines after 37 years of service.

Memorials preferred to Alzheimer's Association or Animal Humane Society.

Interment at 11 a.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Thursday, at Lane 4. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with visitation one hour prior at Washburn-McReavy Werness Brothers Chapel, (952) 884-8145, 2300 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431.

Brochure details from his service:



May 2011 - A message and some photos from Al Jastzabski:

Throughout the years, I did searches for the guys I served with in Hawaii and Viet Nam. I correspond with four regularly and have made contact with a few more, but never had any luck contacting Bill until the other night when I did a search and came up with Bill's obituary. I passed it on to a couple of guys that also knew Bill. We all agreed he was a happy-go-lucky guy and never took things too seriously.

The pixs that I am enclosing show:

Bill with John Wayne at the time they were filming "In Harm's Way", 1964 or 65. Bill was chosen to be an extra in the movie.

A couple of pixs showing Bill "shucking" coconuts. On our base we had plenty of coconut trees and had a banana tree in front of the receiver site where we worked. Our base was surrounded by pineapple fields owned by Dole.

There's a picture of our barracks and the swimming pool behind the barracks.

NOTE: Our base (Navy 85) was located in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

I am originally from Utica, New York. We moved to Sanford, North Carolina, in 2007 to be with our son and his family. We sure don't miss the winters in Upstate NY.

Thanks again for your reply,

AL JASTZABSKI



Leonard Charles (Chuck) Purrington, Jr.,
June 25, 1945 - August 25, 2019

From Buffalo County Journal - Thursday, September 5, 2019

LEONARD CHARLES (CHUCK) PURRINGTON, JR. Chuck Purrington passed away on August 25, 2019 in Berlin, Germany after a courageous battle with cancer.

Chuck was born June 25, 1945 in Riverside CA, to Leonard Charles Purrington and Mabel Alice (Ellingson) Purrington. After WWII was over the Purrington family returned to Minnesota here his father pursued a career in public school administration. Chuck grew up in a series of small Minnesota communities including Pipestone, St. Charles, Royalton, Nevis, Cosmos, and Morristown. While in Morristown he received the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout award. When his parents bought the Buffalo County Journal in 1960 the family relocated to Alma, Wisconsin. Chuck graduated from Alma High School in 1963 and from Winona State College in 1967 with a BA in Music Education. For two years he was the band director at Houston High School in Houston MN.

Chuck’s career goal was to be a professional trumpet player. He auditioned for the the U.S. Army band program, was accepted, and enlisted in the army. After basic training he was assigned to the army band at Ft. Wadsworth, New York City. While there he became friends with Doc Severinsen, leader of the Tonight Show Band. After a year in NYC he was transferred to the 33rd Army Band based in Heidelberg, Germany. The band traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East, including behind the Iron Curtain.

Chuck said that he had traveled to countries he had never heard of, but if you traveled with generals and other dignitaries you always ate better than anyone else in the service.

After processing out of the army Chuck returned to Europe and worked as a professional trumpet player for nearly 40 years. He played with many orchestras, ballets, and theatres throughout Germany and Switzerland, including National Theater, Mannheim, Philharmonics Orchestra, Bremen, and Essen Symphony Orchestra. From 1979 to 1981 Solo Trumpet in Zurich Symphony Orchestra. 1981-82 Solo Trumpet for Radio Orchestra RIA Turin, Italy. In 1983 he moved to Berlin to focus on his passion for playing Jazz, Big Band, and Rock music. He was a studio musician for many music celebrities, recorded theme shows for European TV series, played for several European Academy Award shows, and recorded many children’s songs. He performed and recorded with “Elefanten”, “Otto’s Big Band”, Udo Jurgens, Harald Juhnke, Veronika Fischer u.a. Theater: Schiller-Theater, Theater des Westerns, Frederichstadt-Palast seit.

In 1986 Chuck married Marina Rozowski. They have two sons, Christopher and Eric. Chuck and Marina divorced in 2000.

Chuck also taught trumpet and Big Band Jazz. His students would share with his family that each music lesson came with a history lesson. He was a collector of historical and vintage trumpets and other instruments. His pride and joy was owning one of Dizzy Gillespies’s original trumpets, as well as several pre-world war French Besson trumpets and fluegelhorns. He was always making deals on horns. If you needed a horn and couldn’t afford one, he would give you one. If you were famous and wanted a horn you paid full price.

After retirement Chuck became an even more avid sports fan, often staying up during the night to watch his favorite sports team the Minnesota Twins. He always attended his sons’ games and loved going to watch hisgrandson Ayden play baseball.

Chuck’s final days were spend with family and close friends. His wishes were to be cremated and interred in the American Forces Sector of the Waldfriedhof Dahlem Cemetary, Berlin.

Preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Joanne Purrington.

Survived by his sons Christopher and Eric (Teresa), grandsons Ayden and Theo, siblings Barry (Linda) Purrington, Eagan MN, Judy Purrington, San Jose, CA, Mary (Roger) Cornelius, Racine WI, and Bret (Renee) Purrington, Shakopee MN and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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