Miscellaneous La Crosse County, Wisconsin Obituaries

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Edna Olson
SOLDIERS GROVE, Wis. - Edna Olson, 87, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997, at the Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove. Burial will be in the Sylvan Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services.

Kenneth G. Bills
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Kenneth G. Bills, 61, of Black River Falls, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997, in Pine View Nursing Home.
Memorial services will be on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. from the Buswell Funeral Home and burial, with full military honors, will be in the Irving Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until services.

Theodore ``Teddy'' Birkholz
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Theodore ``Teddy'' Birkholz, 92, of Black River Falls, Wis., died on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, in the Pine View Nursing Home, Black River Falls, where he had been a resident since Nov. 18, 1993.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from Torgerson's Funeral Chapel. Burial in Riverside Cemetery.
Friends may call at Torgerson's Funeral Chapel on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Mathilda R. Hunder
WESTBY, Wis. - Mathilda R. Hunder, 92, of Westby, died Wednesday, October 8, 1997, at the Norseland Nursing Home.
She was born March 4, 1905, in La Crosse to Peter and Georgine (Gunderson) Aasen. She married John Hunder and he preceded her in death on July 28, 1997.
She is survived by four brothers, John (Frances) Aasen of Westby, Kenneth Aasen of Oconomowoc, Selmer (Alveda) Aasen of Oconomowoc, Emil (Norma) Aasen of Lake Geneva; a sister-in-law, Helen Aasen of Lake Geneva; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
Funeral services will be Monday, October 13, at 11 a.m. at the Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church. The Reverend Steve Jensen will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
The Sletten-McKee-Hanson Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Stella May Mouritsen
NEW LISBON, Wis. - Stella May Mouritsen, 94, formerly of the New Lisbon area, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, at the Heritage Nursing Manor of Elroy, Wis.
Funeral services will be held at the Hare Funeral Home Friday at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow in the New Lisbon City Cemetery.
Visitation at the funeral home 6 to 8 p.m. today. A vigil will be conducted at 7:45 p.m.

Hazel Lee Malin
Hazel Lee Malin, age 89, died Tuesday, October 7, 1997, at Bethany Riverside.
She was born December 20, 1907, in rural Westby, Wis., to Emer and Hilda (Melby) Lee. She attended high school in Westby and was a 1930 graduate of the Grandview School of Nursing. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
She is survived by a son, Dr. Frank R. Malin and his wife, Doreen of San Francisco, Calif.; and two granddaughters, Catherine and Jordan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Frank R. Malin; her parents and two brothers.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The family will have a private graveside service.
The Sletten-McKee-Hanson Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Dr. Gaylord A Rybolt
Dr. Gaylord A. Rybolt, age 60, of 2705 Longview Court, La Crosse, died Monday, October 6, 1997, while traveling in Aurora, Colorado.
He was born January 31, 1937, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. On May 15, 1965, he married Esther Schiefelbein in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Rybolt received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He was employed as a Psychologist at the Tomah Veteran's Hospital for 22 years until his retirement in May of 1996. Dr. Rybolt served as a member of the La Crosse School Board for nine years, eight of which he served as president. He was a member of the Franciscan-Skemp Healthcare Community Board and a musician with the La Crosse Da Capo Band.
Survivors are his wife, Esther; a son, Andrew from Tucson, Arizona, a son, Daniel and his wife, Michelle from Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin; a daughter, Mary and her husband, Tom Asenbrenner; and a grandson, Alex Asenbremmer of St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also survived by his mother, Katherine Rybolt of Chester, Illinois; and a sister, Ann Lahr and her husband, Donald of Annandale, Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1990.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 11, 1997, at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette Street, La Crosse. The Reverend Al Townsend will officiate.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 1997.
Burial will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.
Memorials to local charities are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Emma Marie Clements
Emma Marie Clements, 86, of La Crosse, died at the Bethany-St. Joseph Care Center on Tuesday, October 7, 1997.
She was born in the Town of Greenfield, La Crosse County, on July 10, 1911, to Henry and Anna (Kendhammer) Kreibich. She married Emil F. Clements on October 1, 1930, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on St. Joseph Ridge. He preceded her in death on January 14, 1989.
Emma helped operate the South Side Motel in La Crosse for 26 years. She was a long time member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in La Crosse and was a member of the St. Anne's Altar Society. She later became a charter member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in La Crosse and was an active member of the Parish Council of Catholic Women.
Emma is survived by four daughters, Dorothy (Eugene) Hohlfeld of Stoddard, Wis., Catherine Meier of Perris, Calif., Beverly (Thomas) Tormey of Madison, Wis., and Shirley (James) Fema of La Crosse; three sons, Lloyd (Mary) Clements, James (Clara) Clements and Larry (Judy) Clements, all of La Crosse; 31 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Ida (George) Servais of La Crosse; one brother, Clarence (Lucille) Kreibich of La Crescent; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four grandchildren; two brothers, Carl and Henry Kreibich; one sister, Thresia Servais; and an infant sister.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 11, 1997, at 11 a.m. from St. Pius X Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph J. Rafacz will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. where a rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services.

Alvina L. Lenser
Alvina L. Lenser, 95, formerly of Chaseburg, died Wednesday, October 8, 1997 at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse where she had been a resident eight years.
She was born August 1, 1902 in Chaseburg to Ernest and Emma (Grosskopf) Lenser. Alvina greatly enjoyed needlework. She was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Alvina is survived by two nieces, Doris (Rueben) Koll and Edna (Herb) Lietke, both of La Crosse and one nephew, Donald Lenser of Chaseburg; one great-niece Linda Ghelf and one great-nephew, Duane Lietke.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 1997 at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. Rev. Lyle Schalow officiating with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Seland Funeral Home, Coon Valley is assisting the family.

Hazel Lee Malin
Hazel Lee Malin, age 89, died Tuesday, October 7, 1997, at Bethany Riverside.
She was born December 20, 1907, in rural Westby, Wis., to Emer and Hilda (Melby) Lee. She attended high school in Westby and was a 1930 graduate of the Grandview School of Nursing. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
She is survived by a son, Dr. Frank R. Malin and his wife, Doreen of San Francisco, Calif.; and two granddaughters, Catherine and Jordan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Georg F. Malin; her parents and two brothers.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The family will have a private graveside service.
The Sletten-McKee-Hanson Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Marian Sutton
Marian Sutton of La Crosse, died Wednesday, October 8, 1997 at St. Francis Medical Center. No visitation, private family services. Memorials may be given to St. Claire Health Mission, 916 Ferry St., La Crosse.

Candace A. Helgeson
Candace A. Helgeson died at Yavapai Regional Medical Center on Oct. 2, 1997.
Candace Stephenson was born in La Crosse, March 31, 1922. She attended public schools in La Crosse and received her bachelor's degree with honors from UW-La Crosse in 1943.
She married Arlan Helgeson in 1944.
Mrs. Helgeson taught in high schools in Reedsburg and Bangor, Wis. before beginning graduate studies first at UW-Madison and later at the University of Ill., where she earned a master's degree in English and did advanced graduate work as well.
She served on the English faculty at Ill. State University for many years before retiring and moving to Prescott with her husband in 1982.
Surviving are her husband; daughter, Fleur Rilett of St. Joseph Island, Ontario, Canada; sons, John and Eric Helgeson of Bloomington, Ill.; and her brother, Dr. Henry Stepheson of Newcastle, Wyo.
Mrs. Helgeson is also mourned by four grandchildren, John and Stephanie Rilett of Ontario, Canada and Kathleen and Maria Helgeson of Bloomington, Ill.
Mrs. Helgeson was a member of the Prescott Branch of the American Association of University Women.
Ruffner Funeral Home is in charge of private funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials may be made to the Friends of Prescott Public Library, P.O. Box 1765, Prescott, Ariz. 86302.

William Dean Hirschuber
STODDARD, Wis. - William Dean Hirschuber, 45, of Stoddard, Wis., died at his home on Wednesday, October 8, 1997.
He was born in La Crosse on August 29, 1952 to William and Marge (Joseph) Hirschuber. He married Susan K. Strand on March 29, 1975 at DeSoto Lutheran Church in DeSoto, Wis. He had been a member of St. Matthew's Ev. Lutheran Church since 1981.
Bill is survived by his wife, Susan; by one son, William Joseph Hirschuber of Winona, Minn.; his parents of Stoddard; two brothers, Terry (Kelley) Hirschuber of Onalaska and Rick (Lorna) Hirschuber of Holmen; two sisters, Tami Gruntzel of La Crosse and Tanya (Bob) Juen of Onalaska. He was preceded in death by one brother, Tim, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 11, 1997 at 11 a.m. from St. Matthew's Ev. Lutheran Church in Stoddard. Rev. R.W. Kloehn will officiate. Burial will be in the Stoddard Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services.

Edward W. Snyder
SPARTA, Wis. - Edward W. Snyder, 68, of Sparta died at his home on Monday, October 6, 1997. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Elenor Hix, San Luis Obispo, Calif. and several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 of Sparta at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Angelo Oak Grove Cemetery, with Rev. Mark Walljasper officiating. The Page-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Bucheger
GREENWOOD, Wis. - Edward J. Bucheger, 91, Greenwood, died on Thurs., Oct. 9, 1997.
Funeral services will be on Mon., Oct. 13, 1997, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood, with Rev. Joseph Follmar officiating. Burial will be in St. Cecelia's Cemetery in Butternut, Ashland County.
Visitation will be at St. Mary's Church in Greenwood on Sun., Oct. 12, 1997, from 6 to 9 p.m., with 8 p.m. scripture service, followed by the Knights of Columbus rosary. Visitation 9 a.m. Mon. until services at the church.
Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and mentor to his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by his wife ``Lou'' of 62 years; five sons, Dave (Carol) of Rothschild, Dennis (Darlene) of Greenwood, Joe (Candi) of Onalaska, Jerry (Judy) of Crystal Lake, Ill. and Jeff (Rose) of Farmington, Minn.; two daughters, Jackie (Ross) Fritz of North Powder, Ore. and Judy (Noel) White of Cheney, Wash.; three brothers; three sisters; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; three sisters. Memorials may be given in his name to St. Mary's Catholic Church Educational Fund in Greenwood.

Florence A. Harris
WAUKON, Iowa - Florence A. Harris, 89, of Waukon, died Thursday, October 9, 1997 following a brief illness at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 11 at 1 p.m. at Salem United Church of Christ in rural Waukon. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Ethel M. Saunders
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - Ethel M. Saunders, 86, of Prairie du Chien, Wis. died October 8, 1997 at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, October 11, 1997 at Thornburg-Hanson Funeral Home in McGregor. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. on Friday, October 10 and one hour prior to services on the 11th at Thornburg-Hanson Funeral Home.

Julius Jacobson
READSTOWN, Wis. - Julius Jacobson, 87, of Readstown, passed away on Thursday, October 9, 1997, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 13 at 1 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Readstown. Burial will be in the Readstown Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. until time of services at the church. The Sime Funeral Home is serving the family.

Robert H. Winnie
NECEDAH, Wis. - Robert H. Winnie, 48, of Necedah died in a drowning accident at Petenwell Lake in Armenia Township, Juneau County, Wisconsin.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 11, 1997, 1 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Family request memorials be given in his memory.

Olga S. Ballsrud
WESTBY, Wis. - Olga S. Ballsrud, of Westby, died at the Bethel Home in Viroqua, on Wednesday, October 8, 1997, at the age of 94 years one month. She was born in Portland Township, Monroe Co., Wis. to Olaf H. Brown and Stella (Pederson) Brown on September 8, 1903. She attended Sparta High School and graduated from Wisconsin Business University at La Crosse. On November 17, 1928, she married Charles N. ``Stub'' Ballsrud. They operated the Shell Service Station and a trucking business in Westby.
Olga was the secretary at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Westby for many years. In addition, she was a volunteer for various church activities and sang in the church choir for 47 years.
Olga is survived by three children, Ona Harpestad of Champaign, Ill., Charlotte (James) Sneyd of Mc Kinney, Tex. and Clyde (Judy) Ballsrud of Cincinnati, Ohio.; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1978; one brother, Glen Brown; and two sisters, Ester Anderson and Alice Bronson.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, 1997 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Westby. Pastor Gary Daines will officiate with burial in the Portland Cemetery, rural Cashton. Friends are invited to greet the family in the church basement following the service.
Memorials may be given to Our Savior's Lutheran Church. The Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby is assisting the family.

Valeria Mary Blumka
MT. STERLING, Wis. - Valeria Mary Blumka, 78, of rural Mt. Sterling, Wis. died Thursday, October 9, 1997 in the Vernon Memorial Hospital, Viroqua, Wis. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 1997, at the St. Paul of Cross Catholic Church, Niles, Ill. Burial will follow in the Maryhill Cemetery, also in Niles. Friends may call at Dommersnaes-Bertram Family Funeral Home, Gays Mills on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. Prayer Service. On Monday friends may call at the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, 7812 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, Ill. from 5-9 p.m.

Kenneth Welsh
Kenneth Welsh, 81, of La Crosse, died Friday, October 10, 1997 at Bethany Riverside Health Care Center. Funeral services scheduled for Tuesday with complete obituary to follow by the Woodruff Funeral Home.

Donald E. McNulty
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Donald E. McNulty, 75, of R.1 Black River Falls, Wis. died on Friday, October 10, 1997 in his home in the town of Adams, Jackson County. Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 15, 1997 at 11 a.m. from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Black River Falls. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at Torgerson's Funeral Chapel on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. There will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary service Tuesday evening at 8 p.m.

Edward R. Calvert
ONALASKA, Wis. - Edward R. Calvert, age 97, formerly of Onalaska died Thursday, October 9, 1997 at the Columbia Hoffman Estates Medical Center, Hoffman Estates, Illinois. He was born July 22, 1900 in Newark, New Jersey to Frederick and Ida (Spitzer) Calvert. He married Mareta Smith and she preceded him in death on December 16, 1994.
Funeral Services will be Monday, October 13, 1997 at 11:30 a.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska. Fran Browning, Pastoral Care Coordinator of the funeral home will officiate. Burial will be in the Onalaska Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Captain Gregory A. Bushnell
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Captain Gregory A. Bushnell, U.S. Navy (Ret.) died suddenly in his Rancho Bernardo home on October 8, 1997.
Capt. Bushnell was a senior executive responsible for systems development at Advanced Telecommunications, Inc. Information Sciences and Simulation Division in San Diego, Calif. He joined ATI in February 1997 after a 27-year Navy career which culminated as Dean of Students at the Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. Prior to that assignment, he was Chief of Staff for the Commander, Fleet Air Western Pacific in Atsugi, Japan.
Capt. Bushnell, the son of Vernon and Geneva (formerly Elsie Wright) Bushnell of Rancho Bernardo, Calif. and formerly of La Crosse, Wis. was born in Brookings, S.D. in 1946. He graduated from Logan High School in La Crosse, Wis., earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from California State University Fullerton, earned postgraduate degrees in management and human relations from Webster University and completed graduate studies at the Naval War College.
Capt. Bushnell earned his Naval Aviator designation in 1968 and served in Patrol Squadron 17, Training Squadron 28, Patrol Squadron 50 and was commanding officer of Patrol Squadron 48. He also served aboard USS Ranger and earned surface warfare qualifications. His shore assignments included duty with the Chief of Naval Personnel, the Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower), the Commander, Patrol Wings Pacific, and the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as his overseas tours.
Capt. Bushnell was the recipient of a number of military personal awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal. He also received a lifesaving medal from the Prime Minister of Japan.
Capt. Bushnell was a devoted father and husband, and his wife, Kishie, was active in Navy community activities wherever he was stationed. His principle pastime was the pursuit of his interests in Japanese history, culture and antiques.
He leaves his wife of 30 years, the former Linda Kish ``Kishie'' of La Crosse; his daughter, Stacy (Mrs. Mike Ruffell) of Laguna Niquel, Calif.; his mother, Geneva; his brother, John of Poway, Calif.; his brother, Willit of Wasilla, Alaska; and a sister, Becky (married to Dr. Bill Sullenberger) of Walnut, Calif.
A military memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 1997 at Fort Rosecrans in San Diego. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the nearest chapter of Navy Relief Society.

Suzanne `Suzie' H. Hium
VIROQUA, Wis. - Suzanne ``Suzie'' H. Hium, age 54, of Viroqua died on Friday morning, October 10, 1997 at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. She was born in La Crosse on July 11, 1943 to Raymond and Helen (Forer) Springer, Sr. She was raised in the Stoddard area and on October 21, 1967 married Paul Hium at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Viroqua. They have lived in Viroqua since that time.
She is survived by her husband, Paul and son, Raymond Hium, both of Viroqua; four sisters, Diane (Thomas) Elsen of Coon Valley, Carol (Harvey ``Lee'') Cade, Linda (Marvin) Elsen, both of Stoddard, Mary (Doug) Domnie of La Crosse; four brothers, Larry Springer of Stoughton, Raymond (Cindy) Springer of Beloit, Steven (Julie) Springer of Stoddard, Daniel (Janice) Springer of La Crosse; many nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, 1997 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Viroqua with Father James Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Sunday after 1 p.m. The Thorson Funeral Home (1-800-657-6741) of Viroqua is serving the family.

Edna M. Gilbertson
Edna M. Gilbertson, age 57, of La Crosse, died in her home, October 9, 1997. She was born March 19, 1940 in Racine, Wis. to Raymond and Martha (Kramer) Norup. She married Chauncey Gilbertson, April 22, 1961 in Waukon, Iowa. She retired from La Crosse Footwear after working there from 1974 until her retirement in 1995. She is survived by her husband, Chauncey; one daughter, Susan (Steven) Dolan of Holmen; four sons, Robert, Joseph Michael, Gary ``Jim'' and Jeffrey, all of La Crosse. She is further survived by seven grandchildren, Timothy, Matthew, Christopher Dolen, Kimberly and Travis Steers and Joseph Tyler and Michael Walter Gilbertson; and one niece, Deborah Gilman. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Dorothy Gilman. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 1997 at the Nelson-Woodruff-Blaschke Funeral Home, 1007 Caledonia St., La Crosse, Wis. Rev. Dean Staffanson will officiate with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 13, 1997 and from noon until the time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Rain R. Stein
GALESVILLE/LA CROSSE - Rain R. Stein, 20, of Galesville/La Crosse, died Friday, October 10, 1997 as a result of a car accident at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. She was born in La Crosse on November 8, 1976 to Lauren and Darla (Chamberlain) Stein. She worked at Northern Engraving at Galesville before her death. She is survived by her mother Darla Stein of La Crosse; one daughter, Misty Rain Garcia of Wauzeka; five sisters, LeAnne (Edward) Milde of Guttenburg, Iowa, Dawn Tyler, Hail Stein, both of La Crosse, Wind Stein of Ettrick, Barb Stein of Galesville; four brothers, Willard Tyler fo Winnebago, Gene Tyler of Lynxville, Nick Stein of Soldiers Grove, Shane Stein of Wauzeka; six nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 13, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Nelson-Woodruff-Blaschke Funeral Home, 1007 Caledonia St. The Rev. Andrew K. Buhrow of Temple Baptist Church will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the Nelson-Woodruff-Blaschke Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. and on Monday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.

Marie I. McKevitt
MERRILLAN, Wis. - Marie I. McKevitt, 83, formerly of Merrillan, died on Thursday, October 9, 1997, at Family Heritage Care Center where she had resided for the past eighteen months. She was born on February 16, 1914, in Merrillan, to parents Byron and Augusta (Buttke) Rhoades. She graduated from high school in Merrillan and married Howard ``Gene'' McKevitt on September 11, 1936, in Merrillan. She worked for her brother, Leslie, for many years in the Leslie B. Rhoades & Son Christmas tree and seed business. She was a member of the Merrillan Methodist Church and also the American Legion Auxiliary in Merrillan. She was an avid sports fan, especially of the Packers as well as the local sports teams. Marie was a very compassionate woman. She raised her husband's two half-brothers, Forrest and William De Lapp, her own two sons, and her grandson, Daniel, upon the ultimately death of his parents. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, on February 6, 1989; her son Barrie, daughter-in-law Mary and granddaughter Luanne on February 14, 1962; her half-brother Harry Rhoades and brother Leslie Rhoades.
She is survived by her son, Michael ``Mick'' (Jean) McKevitt of Two Rivers; sister Hattie Rosenberger of Merrillan; grandsons Daniel (Carrie), Todd (Jackie), Micky (Cori) and Patrick (Angela) McKevitt and step-granddaughter Tammy Tester; and great-grandchildren Joshua, Andrew, Caitlin, Ericka, Nickolas, Dylan, Daryn and Brandon.
Funeral services for Marie I. McKevitt will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 13, 1997, at the United Methodist Church in Merrillan, with Reverend William Swan officiating. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery, Merrillan. Friends may call at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton, on Sunday from 5-8 p.m. and at the church on Monday one hour prior to services.


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