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Elmer F. Erdmann
RUSHFORD, Minn. - Elmer F. Erdmann, 81, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997 in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, after undergoing heart bypass surgery. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday in St. John's Lutheran Church, Hart. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Hoff Funeral Homes-Cook Rushford Chapel; and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Memorials may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church, Hart.

Eldor `Spike' Becker
BANGOR, Wis. - Eldor ``Spike'' Becker, age 90 years, of Bangor, died Thursday, October 16, 1997 at the Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse. He was born October 9, 1907 in the town of Burns to William and Ida (Stegerman) Becker. He married Inez N. Hodgkins on March 5, 1929 in Rockland, Wisconsin and she preceded him in death in 1961. He formerly lived in the Burns Valley area, where he farmed, and hauled milk for the Pet Milk Company in Sparta for 32 years. After his wife's death, he sold the milk route and worked for the street department in Sparta for seven years until his retirement.
He is survived by two sons, DeWitt ``Sonny'' (Beverly) Becker of Sparta and Levi (Kathaleen) Becker of Round Lake, Illinois; one daughter, Ilene Van Kirk of Union Grove, Wisconsin; nine grandchildren, Diana Bellaire, Bonnie (Steven) Miller, Randy (Traci) Becker, Lori (Timothy) Anger, Lisa Becker, Joseph Becker, Michael Becker, Gladys (Michael) Durst and Louis Van Kirk; five great-grandchildren, Charles Bellaire, Dustin Becker, Nichole Becker, David Anger and Timothy Anger Jr.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Walter; and three sisters, Helen, Anna and Alma.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 20, 1997 at the Fossum Funeral Home in Bangor. Rev. Richard Krocka of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Sparta will officiate. Burial will be in the Burns Cemetery. Friends may call at the Fossum Funeral Home on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

Edith (Brevig) Brace
VIROQUA, Wis. - Edith (Brevig) Brace, age 90, of Viroqua, died Friday, October 17, 1997 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. She was born July 18, 1907 in McKenzie County, North Dakota, to Ludwig and Clara (Aasterud) Brevig. The family moved to Starbuck, Minn., in 1914. Edith graduated from the Starbuck High School in 1926, and from Stout State University in Menomonie, Wisconsin, in 1930. Additional courses at Fort Collins, Colorado and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, provided further home economics training.
She taught Home Economics at Hixton, Wis., for six months, and at Arcadia High School from 1930 until 1936. She worked as Home Economics Extension Agent in Vernon County from 1937 until 1947 and in La Crosse County from 1947 until 1964.
On March 7, 1964 she was married to Charles Brace. They lived on his farm in Richland County until his death in 1974. Edith moved to Viroqua in 1975.
She is survived by her special friend, Pearl Larson of Viroqua; cousins; as well as many friends she has known through her association with home demonstration, 4-H clubs and co-workers throughout the state.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 20, 1997 at 11 a.m. in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. Pastors Roger Hjelle and Stephanie Steiner will officiate, with burial in the Bear Valley Cemetery in Richland County. Friends may call at the Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Monday after 10 a.m. Memorials may be given to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or the Bethel Home.

Elroy D. Seidel
VIROQUA, Wis. - Elroy D. Seidel, 74, of Viroqua, passed away Friday, October 27, 1997 at the Vernon Manor, where he had been a patient since September 29, 1997. He was born on March 3, 1923 to Sam and Olga (Johnson) Seidel. He owned and operated Seidel Trucking and Excavating. He was married to Doris Swenson.
Elroy is survived by his wife; one daughter, Yvonne (Donald) Nash of Janesville, Wis.; one son, David (Sherrie) Seidel of Viroqua; four grandsons, Randy and Robbie Nash of Janesville, and Sean and Michael Seidel of Viroqua; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Verdell (Barbara) Stenslien of Janesville; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Viroqua. Rev. Dr. Steven Fossum will officiate. Burial will be in Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call at the Thorson Funeral Home, Viroqua, Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m., with an 8 p.m. prayer service; and at the church Monday from noon until the time of services. Memorials may be given to Viroqua Community Arena or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Jay B. Lawrence
LANSING, Iowa - Jay B. Lawrence, 82, of Lansing, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997 in Thornton Manor Care Center, Lansing. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in United Methodist Church, Lansing. Interment will be at a later date. The Burke-Thornburg Funeral Home, Lansing, is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Lincoln
TOMAH, Wis. - Virginia Lincoln, 69, of Tomah, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997 in University Hospital, Madison. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today in the Gilman Lincoln Sr. residence, with burial following in Blue Wing Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of services at the Lincoln residence. The White Funeral Home, Tomah, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Merton E. Hagen
PIGEON FALLS, Wis. - Merton E. Hagen, 77, of New London, Wis., and formerly of Pigeon Falls, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997 in the St. Joseph Residence, New London. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday in Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pigeon Falls. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Jack Funeral Home, Whitehall; and one hour prior to services Monday in the church.

Jacob `Steve' Olson
READSTOWN, Wis. - Jacob ``Steve'' Olson, 65, of Readstown, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997 in Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home, Soldiers Grove. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Sime Funeral Home, Readstown. Burial will be in Manning Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and from noon until the time of services Tuesday, both at the funeral home.

Donald Joseph Ward
DORCHESTER, Iowa - Donald J. Ward, 61, of rural Dorchester, died of cancer Friday, Oct. 17, 1997 in his home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dorchester. Burial will be in St. Mary's Hanover Cemetery, rural Waukon, Iowa. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Martin Funeral Home, Waukon, where there will be a 5 p.m. scripture service and a 7 p.m. KC rosary.

Edith Erdman
SPARTA, Wis. - Edith Erdman, 82, of R.3, Sparta, died early Friday morning, October 17, 1997 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. She is survived by her husband, Carl; three sons, James Erdman of Sparta, Richard (Judy) Erdman of Naperville, Ill., and Robert Erdman of Sparta; four grandchildren, Cynthia, Catherine, Timothy and Todd; great-granddaughters, Samantha and Danielle; and two brothers, Robert (Ruth) Ascott of Port Richie, Fla., and John (Agnes) Ascott of Kahoka, Mo.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Rev. Del Begalka officiating. Burial will be in Mound Prairie Cemetery in Coles Valley. Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta, on Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and at the church on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Doris M. Hagen
MABEL, Minn. - Doris M. Hagen, age 68, of Mabel, Minnesota, died Friday, October 17, 1997 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
The former Doris Lien was born August 27, 1929 in Becker County, Minnesota. On October 16, 1950 she married Robert Hagen in Mabel. The couple has farmed near Mabel since.
Doris is survived by her husband; one daughter, Karen Traufler of La Crosse, Wisconsin; two grandchildren; two brothers, Alden of Mabel and Harland of Caledonia; and three sisters, Mavis Larson and Ione Myhre, both of Mabel, and LaVonne Walhovd of Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 21, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Mabel First Lutheran Church, Mabel, Minnesota, with the Reverend Lloyd Menke officiating. Burial will be in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 1997 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel, and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Nancy Barkla
RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Nancy Barkla, former Regent of the University of Wisconsin System, died Friday, October 17, 1997, at Regions Hospital, in St. Paul, Minnesota from the effects of Temporal Arteritis.
Barkla is survived by her mother, Mrs. John Murry of River Falls; and her mother-in-law, Edna Johnson of Springfield, Oregon.
She is also survived by her husband, Paul of River Falls, and their two dogs, Wolfie and Sparky. The Barkla Children; daughter Ann and husband Steve Fedders, and three grandchildren, Alison, Alanna and Rory Gauthier, who live in Emerald, Wis. Daughter, Sidney Scott, and her husband, Tom Walsh, and their children, T.J., Lindsay, Patrick, Alex, and Michael, who live in Hudson. Son, Paul M. Barkla and his wife, Heather, and daughter Jaelyn, live in Osceola, Wis.
Her father, John Murry, her brother-in-law, James Schauer of South Milwaukee, Wis., and father-in-law, Joris O. Johnson of Springfield, Oregon, predeceased Barkla.
Services for Barkla will be held at St. Bridgets Church, River Falls, Wis., on Sunday, October 19, 1997. Visitation is at 5:30 p.m., with Mass at 7 p.m. Reverend Jerry Harris and Reverend Dan Dahlberg will be the Co-Celebrants.
Memorials to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Kinnikinnick Land Trust, The Emogene Nelson Scholarship, and the University of Wisconsin Law School are suggested in lieu of flowers.

Katherine V. McBain
SPARTA, Wis. - Katherine V. McBain, 63, of Sparta, died Friday, October 17, 1997 at Rolling Hills Nursing Home, Sparta. Funeral services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta. Burial will be in the Shamrock Union Church Cemetery, Shamrock. Friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 until 7 p.m. and on Monday from 8 a.m. until the time of services.

Edna Marie Rosendahl
SPRING GROVE, Minn. - Edna Marie Rosendahl, age 88, of Spring Grove, Minn., passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Spring Grove, Minn. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Roble Funeral Home, Spring Grove, Minn.; and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Ralph George Blum
Ralph George Blum, age 75, of La Crosse, died October 18, 1997 at his home. He was born on April 9, 1922 to Oscar and Anne Blum.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Beverly (Bell) Blum whom he married in La Crosse on February 23, 1946; by his two sons, Larry (Debra) and Rick Blum, both of La Crosse; three grandchildren, Justin, Lisa, and Ryan; two sisters, Dorothy Wuensch of La Crosse, and Helen (John) Weiker of Coon Valley; one brother, William (Dorothy) Blum of Holmen.
A memorial service will be held at the First Church of Christ, 724 Cass St., on Wednesday, October 22, 1997 at 2 p.m. Reverend Charles Robinson will officiate. Private burial will take place at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park.
Ralph was a World War II veteran.

Philip T. Kelly
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Philip T. Kelly, 67, of 1035 Prince Phillip Drive, Dubuque, died Thursday evening, Oct. 16, 1997 at home of cancer.
He was born August 8, 1930 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Philip and Mildred (Danaher) Kelly, Sr.
He attended George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and attended Brown Institute for Radio Training. He married Mary Urban on November 27, 1954 in St. James Catholic Church, La Crosse. He served in the U.S. Army and Navy during the Korean Conflict. He started with WKTY in La Crosse, Wis., and moved to Dubuque in 1958 to manage WDBQ radio station. He later became president and owner of Communications Properties, Inc. which ownes WDBQ-AM, KLYV-FM, WJOD-FM, and KXGE-FM. He was former president of the Iowa Broadcasting Association and President of the National Radio Code Board.
He was active in the community, serving on the Clarke College Board of Trustees, including a term as chairman. He worked with other community groups, including the Five Flags Commission. He was a member of the YMCA/YWCA, Dubuque Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Dubuque Golf and Country Club, of which he was a former board member, Dubuque Shooting Society, and a director of the former First National Bank. He was also a member of St. Raphael Cathedral and Knights of the Holy Sepulcher.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Beth (John) O'Connor of Dubuque, Molly Kelly of Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Caroline (David) Bauer of Dubuque; two sons, Kevin T. (Carrie) Kelly of Dubuque, and Lt. Commander Michael D. Kelly of State College, Penn.; six grandchildren, Michael Kelly O'Connor, Catherine Mary O'Connor, John Kelly O'Connor, Patrick Kelly O'Connor, William Philip Kelly, and Daniel Patrick Kelly. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Raphael Cathedral. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, with military rites by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 12 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Raphael Cathedral. A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be given to the Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center, Clarke College, or the Boy Scouts of America. Arrangements are by the Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque.

Morris P. Kilen
WESTBY, Wis. - Morris P. Kilen, age 86, of Westby, died early Saturday, October 18, 1997 at his home.
He was born on June 25, 1911 to Thomas O. and Mary (Larson) Kilen. On December 20, 1932 he was united in marriage to Helen Schye. Morris was a farmer until his retirement when he and Helen moved into Westby.
He is survived by one daughter, Marlene (Richard) Huebner of New Berlin, Wis.; two sons, Richard (Elizabeth) Kilen of Westby, and Milo (Vicki) Kilen of Sauk Prairie, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Karen (Curt) Bemann, John (Angie) Huebner, Nancy Huebner, Christopher (Tina) Kilen, Benjamin (Courtney) Kilen, Nathan Kilen, and Rebecca (Robert) Glynn; eight great-grandchildren, Stacy, Brett, and Nicolette Bemann, Jamie and Alison Huebner, Savannah, Shakanah and Truman Kilen; and one sister, Bessie Kaye of Delavan, Wis. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen on January 22, 1997; his parents; three brothers, Olaf, Lawrence, and Thomas; and two sisters, Myrtle and Agnes.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 1997 at 1 p.m. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy. 14 in Westby. Pastor Paul Jordahl will officiate with burial in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Visitation is after 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Vosseteig Funeral Home in Westby. Memorials may be directed to Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church or the Door of Hope Pregnancy Care Center in Viroqua.

Harry A. Meyer
NEW ALBIN, Iowa - Harry A. Meyer, 87, of New Albin, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997 at the Lutheran Home, Caledonia. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Eitzen. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m., and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Raymond P. Nontelle
Raymond P. Nontelle, 89, of La Crosse, died at the Hillview Health Care Center on Saturday, October 18, 1997.
He was born in Taconite, Minnesota on February 22, 1908 to Joseph and Laurel (Bedard) Nontelle. He was raised in Bark River, Michigan. He later moved to Schofield, Wisconsin, where he became a motorcycle police officer. He married Martha ``Marty'' Berlik on November 26, 1936, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wausau. While working for the North Atlantic Constructors, in 1952, he crafted a tabernacle for the chapel at Sondrestrom Air Base at Thule, Greenland, for which he received the Papal Medallion from Pope Pius XII. He worked for many years as a craftsman, welder, home builder, and cabinet maker. Raymond had been employed with Allis Chalmers, Torrance Foundry, La Crosse Trailor Co., and Warner-Swaze in Winona. Raymond was a charter member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in La Crosse and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #1920. He was an avid sportsman, a gifted storyteller and musician.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Marty; three daughters, Mary Ellen (Rudy) Schmidt of La Crosse, Deanna (Douglas) Hart of La Crosse, and Gloria Weisbecker of La Crosse; two sons, Donald (Deon) Nontelle of La Crosse, and Robert (Kathy) Nontelle of La Crosse; a loving grandfather to 15 grandchildren, Steve Schmidt of Menomonee Falls, Sue Schmidt of Milwaukee, Jeanne (Ken) Wead of Cedarburg, Jim (Ramona) Schmidt of Bangor, David Hart of Dallas, Texas, Dana (Jeff) White of San Francisco, Dawn Hart of La Crosse, Dean (Jean Geiwitz) Hart of Holmen, Kelly (Bill) Worner of Oklahoma City, Okla., Colleen Schlueter of Oklahoma City, Okla., Marc, Brandon, Nichole Nontelle, all of La Crosse, Kathleen Weisbecker of Portland, Oregon, and John Weisbecker of Minneapolis; seven great-grandchildren, Melissa Wead of Cedarburg, Alex and Ethan Schmidt of Bangor, Seamus White of San Francisco, Dustin and Hunter Hart of Holmen and Kaitlyn Worner of Oklahoma City, Okla.; four sisters, Marcella Degeneffe of Merrillville, Indiana, Margaret Luskin of Wyoming, Michigan, Yetive Derouin of Escanaba, Michigan, and Madeline McCann of River Falls, Wisconsin; a son-in-law, Curtis (Joan) Schlueter of Winona.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, James; a daughter, Judith Schlueter; two granddaughters, Deborah Hart and Maria Laurel Schmidt; a great-grandson, Nicholas Brian Hart; five sisters, Sister Mary Medarde S.S.N.D., Marie Engh, Christina, Irene and Thresella Nontelle; four brothers, Cyril, Joseph, Woodrow, and Leo Nontelle.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The Reverend Joseph J. Rafacz will officiate and burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, on Monday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until the service. A scripture service will be held on Monday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Alice C. Schmidtknecht
WAUMANDEE, Wis. - Alice C. Schmidtknecht, 81, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997 at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare/Arcadia Hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Waumandee. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the church, with an 8 p.m. prayer service; and from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Wozney Funeral Home, Arcadia, is assisting with the arrangements.

Grace C. Omodt
HOUSTON, Minn. - Grace C. Omodt, age 92, of Houston, died Saturday, October 18, 1997 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Houston.
She was born on January 20, 1905 in rural Caledonia to Joshua and Sigri (Odejord) Heintz and raised there. She lived in the Houston area all of her adult life. She married Harris Omodt on December 16, 1941 in Minneapolis.
She is survived by her husband, Harris; one daughter, Lucille (Richard) Omodt Crow of Excelsior, Minn.; three grandchildren, David of Burnsville, Bennet of Excelsior, and Andrew of Excelsior; six nieces and nephews, Jerry, Barton, and Wayne Heintz of Caledonia, Donald Heintz of La Crescent, Marcia Fischer of Lewiston, Karen Bangs of Cresco, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Mildred Scheich, and Mrs. Olga Heintz of Caledonia. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Lloyd, Erlin, and Everett Heintz.
Funeral services are at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, October 20, at Bethany Evangelical Free Church in Houston with Rev. T. Wayne Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Money Creek Cemetery in Money Creek. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at Hoff Funeral Homes-Houston Chapel and also one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.

Malinda J. Sandvick
DESOTO, Wis. - Malinda J. Sandvick, age 32, died Sunday morning, November 30, 1997 at her home in the Town of Wheatland, rural DeSoto of cancer. She was born on February 19, 1965 in Prairie du Chien to Gerald D. and Dawn (Caja) Grimsled, Sr. She was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Viroqua and attended Viroqua High School. On January 28, 1984 she married Kenneth Sandvick. She was an avid outdoors person raising, peacocks, pigeons, horses, and a large garden. Although ill, she went deer hunting this past season and got her deer of which she was very proud.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth, one daughter, Ashley and one son, Jesse, both at home, her parents, Gerald and Dawn Grimsled, of Viroqua, two brothers, Gerald ``Bucky'' Grimsled, of Wisconsin Dells, Barry (Jean) Grimsled of Westby, two sisters, Heather (Carlyle) Hoff, of Cashton, Amy Grimsled and her fiancee, Kurt Baumgartner, of Westby, her paternal grandmother, Camilla Grimsled of Viroqua, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 1997 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Viroqua with Rev. Dr. Steven Fossum officiating. Friends may call at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. from 5 to 8 p.m on Wednesday evening, December 3, 1997. Friends may also call at the church from noon until time of service on Thursday.

Lorraine F. Baker
VIROQUA, Wis. - Lorraine F. Baker, age 69, of 507 Nelson Court in Viroqua went home to be with the Lord on Saturday evening, November 29, 1997 in her home after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Milwaukee on June 19, 1928 to Benjamin and Emelia (Borowski) Jankowski. The family moved to Chicago in the late 1930's. On December 22, 1959 she married Earl Baker in Chicago. In 1969, they moved to Viroqua. She was an active member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Viroqua.
She is survived by her husband, Earl, one son, Mark (Linda) Baker, of Viroqua, one daughter, Tricia (Christopher) Rost, of Viroqua, seven grandchildren, two brothers, Ervin (Beth) Jankowski, of Greer, S.C., Norbert (Edith) Jankowski, of Chicago, Ill., one sister, Delores Wyatt, of Rockford, Ill., other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Irene Wedeking and Gertrude Jankowski.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning, December 3, 1997 at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Viroqua with Pastor Roy Tellier officiating. Burial will be in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church after 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Stephen A. Hauser
BRODBECK, PA. - Stephen A. Hauser, age 48, of Brodbeck, PA, former graduate of Holmen High School, died Wednesday, November 26, 1997 in his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Sand Lake Coulee to Eugene and Irene (Sobkowiak) Hauser on July 15, 1949. He was a graduate of UW-La Crosse and was currently employed as plant manager at Wampler-Longacre, Inc. (Round Hill Foods), New Oxford, PA. On February 5, 1982, he was united in marriage to Nancy Fissel of Brodbeck, PA.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, three children, Margaret, David and Andrew, all at home. His parents, Eugene and Irene Hauser, seven brothers, Kirk (Sue), Ron (Sue), Lonnie (Jackie), Stanley (Diane), Russell (Cindy), Hugh (Kathy), Kenneth (Jolene), three sisters, Susan (Robert) VanRiper, Barbara (John) Snyder, Kristine (Steve) Visher, maternal grandmother, Lillian Sobkowiak, many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frank and Margurite Hauser, and his maternal grandfather, Walter Sobkowiak.
A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 3, 1997 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1031 Main St., Onalaska. Fr. Wm. J. Matzek will officiate.
Steve loved his family, friends, work, his garden and golf. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Robert A. Schmidt
BOSCOBEL, Wis. - Robert A. Schmidt, age 74, of Boscobel, passed away on Saturday, November 29, 1997 at the Prairie Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997 at 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Boscobel. Father John Urban officiating. Private burial in the Boscobel Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Boscobel from 4 p.m. until services at 7 p.m. Military service conducted by the Boscobel American Legion and VFW. In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Boscobel Rescue Squad, Boscobel Fire Dept. or the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Boscobel.

Margaret Bergum
WESTBY, Wis. - Margaret Bergum, age 85, of Westby, died Sunday, November 30, 1997 at the Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.
Services tenatively scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m. Further funeral arrangements will be announced by the Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby.

Christopher A. Fisher
SPARTA, Wis. - Christopher A. Fisher, 19, of Sparta, died Friday morning, in an accident in Tampa, Florida.
He is survived by his parents, Duane and Barbara Fisher, Sparta; two sisters, Melissa and Lisa, Sparta; maternal grandparents, Harold (Mary) Wissestad, Sparta; paternal grandmother, Mabel Fisher, Sparta and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, Sparta with Rev. Randy Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.
Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the service.

Deborah L. Durfee
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Deborah L. Durfee, age 47, of Black River Falls, died Saturday, November 29, 1997 in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
Native American Church services will be Tuesday, December 2, 1997 at 2 p.m. from the Old Magestic Pines Building, rural Black River Falls and burial will be in the Shamrock Union Cemetery, rural Black River Falls.
Friends may call at the Old Majestic Pines today from 4 p.m. until services on Tuesday. Native American Church devotional services will begin at 6 p.m. today.
The Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, is in charge of arrangements.

Louise E. Denef
TOMAH, Wis. - Louise E. Denef, 87, of Tomah, died Nov. 29, 1997 at the Tomah Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, 2 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St., Tomah. Rev. Gilbert Splett will officiate. Burial will be in the Memorial Garden Oak Grove Cemetery at Tomah. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

Amy L. Viner
Amy L. Viner, 94, of La Crosse, died Saturday, November 29, 1997 at the Mulder Health Care Center, West Salem. She was born on March 20, 1903 Soldier's Grove, Wis. to Aaron and Bessie (Pugh) Strahl. She married Ellsworth Viner on May 25, 1925.
She is survived by five sons, Ellsworth (Marge) Viner Jr., Wayne (Joan) Viner, Eldon (Helen) Viner, Harland (Ruth) Viner, Harold (Leslie) Viner, all of La Crosse; four daughters, Irene (Earl) Eveland of Backus, Minn., Garnet (Len) Fleming of Glenview, Ill., Darlene Lassig of La Crosse, Carole (Jan) Whitbeck of Baraboo; one brother, Harold (Maybelle) Strahl of Phoenix, AZ., 43 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ellsworth, one son, Eugene, one grandchild, four brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Woodruff Funeral Home, 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd. The Rev. John Parcher will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Woodruff Funeral Home on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Clarence C. Brohmer
TOMAH, Wis. - Clarence C. Brohmer, 78, of Tomah, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997 at Hillview Nursing Home in La Crosse. He was born April 6, 1919 to August and Mary (Von Ruden) Brohmer at St. Marys Ridge. He was united in marriage to Esther Schild on May 30, 1975. She preceded him in death Dec. 14, 1994. Prior to retirement Clarence worked as a car salesman. He was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at Tomah.
He is survived by four sons, Curt (Michele) of Union Grove, Michael (Maureen) of La Crosse, Neil and Steve (Trudy) both of Tomah, five daughters, Mary (John) Libke of Lansing, Iowa, Shirley (Bob) Judd of Gurnee, Ill., Diana (Dave) Wampole of Sun Prairie, Barbara (Lamont) Schroeder of Tomah and Julie of Houston, Texas; two step-daughters, Lynette Felber of Tomah and Jolene (Randy) Lamb of Vashon, WA; 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one brother, Albert of Holmen, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Ceil Bemis, a brother, Tony, a great-grandson Ricky Libke and a step-grandson, Damion Miller.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, 11 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 310 W. Elizabeth St., Tomah, Rev. Robert C. Toso and Rev. Linda Dutton will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery at Tomah.
Relatives and friends are invited to call today from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St., Tomah and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.


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