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Alvin Abegglen

In Loving Memory of Alvin F. Abegglen

Family and friends mourn the loss of Alvin Abegglen, of Stetsonville, age 90, who peacefully passed away at home on Sunday, May 21, 2023, while under the loving care of his daughter and son in-law, International Quality Home Care, VA/ Home Based Primary Care, St. Croix Hospice, and Nicolet Staffing for the past 4 months.  Alvin was a devoted father, husband, and grandfather whose warm heart touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him.


A Service of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday May 27, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stetsonville with Pastor Richard Russow officiating.  Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetry ll in Medford WI. 

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at  11:00 a.m.  Pallbearers are Kayla and Doug Albrecht, Joshua and Nicole Brown, Jacob and Jennifer Brown, Danial Brown and Katie Gjelhaug. 


Born on July 26, 1932, in Deer Creek, Alvin was the son of the late Alfred and Lydia Abegglen. He attended Pleasant Valley School and graduated from Medford High School. From an early age, he developed a deep connection with the land, fostering a passion for farming that would define his life. Alvin embraced the challenges and rewards of agricultural life, embodying the true spirit of a farmer. He owned and operated a Registered Holstein Dairy Farm with his brother Donald from 1957 until retirement in 1990.


Alvin served his country from Oct. 6, 1953  until Sept. 24, 1955 with honor and valor during the Post Korean War.  He bravely answered the call of duty, displaying remarkable courage and selflessness in the face of adversity with his  service in the U.S. Army for protecting the freedoms we hold dear. His details included quartermaster field equipment repairman, and parts clerk.  Metal honors received in the National Defense Service, United Nations and a Korean Service Ribbon.


Alvin's dedication to his work was matched only by his commitment to his family. On May 14 1960 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Colby he married his beloved wife, Genevieve Apfelbeck, who preceded him in death on Jan. 7, 2022.  Alvin and Genevieve were blessed with three children—Dawn (Paul) Klingbeil, Diane (James) Brown, and Debra Abegglen (deceased). Grandfather of Kayla (Doug) Albrecht, Joshua (Nicole) Brown, Jacob (Jennifer) Brown, Daniel Brown and  Katie Gjelhaug.  Great Grandfather of Iaasc Albrecht, Sylas Brown and third Great Grandchild on the way. 


Alvin was a proud member of the American Legion, where he found camaraderie among fellow veterans. He recognized the importance of honoring and remembering the sacrifices made by those who served. He served military honors at funerals and Memorial Day celebrations. He was a member of the Registered Holstein Association and hosted a Twilight meeting at the dairy farm. 


Faith was also a significant aspect of Alvin's life. He was a devout member of Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church, finding solace and strength in his spiritual beliefs. Alvin actively participated in church activities, supporting his fellow congregants and contributing to the growth and well-being of the church community. He served the church council, cemetery committe and ushering duties.


He enjoyed woodworking,welding, planting trees, his wetlands, John Deere tractor and in later years driving his Bob Cat. He also enjoyed family, friends and his good buddy John Pfaff.


Alvin is survived by daughters: grandchildren: great grandchildren: sister Janet (Jim) Steinbruecker: Sister in-law Ivadene Abegglen. He was preceded in death by parent’s Albert and Lydia Abegglen: and siblings Adeline (Lester) Schoenike, Gordon Abegglen, Donald (Mildred) Abegglen, brother in-law Marvin Schrader and nephew’s Gary Schoenike and Gregory Abegglen.


The family of Alvin would like to express sincere gratitude to the staff of St. Croix Hospice and VA Home Base Primary Care.  Special Thanks to Karen Staples, Frankie the dog, Sue Olson, John Pfaff, David and Therese, Kelsy, Kristy, Nova the dog, Kreklau, John Oliver, Kathy Trimner, and Rebecca Hein.  


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  Online condolences can be left at www.hemer funeralservices.com.


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