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Mae H. Hicke
Mae H. Hicke, 88, of 2531 Sunrise Drive, died on Thursday, December 4, 1997. She was born September 14, 1909, in the Town of Farmington, to Henry and Josie (Houk) Clark. She married Ray Hicke on July 19, 1930, at Winona, Minnesota.
In addition to her husband, Ray, she is survived by a son, Richard (Jenette) Hicke of Fort Myers, Florida; by a sister, Ruth Sawyer of Hayward, Wis.; and by three grandchildren, Ronald, Randee (John) Molitor and Rachelle (Scott) Bailey and by six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by son, Gary Lee and eleven brothers and sisters.
Memorial services will be Saturday, December 13, 1997, at 11 a.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street. Fran Browning, Pastoral Care Provider for the funeral home will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date.

Anthony M. Hagen
Anthony M. Hagen, passed away December 4, 1997 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 13, 1997 at one o'clock at the United Methodist Church in La Farge.

Delbert H. Randles
FRIENDSHIP, Wis. - Delbert H. Randles, age 66 years, of Friendship, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 1997 at the Wisconsin Veteran's Home at King, Wisconsin.
He was born on November 7, 1931 to John and Carol (McClurg) Randles at Viroqua, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948. He was a graduate of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD), served on tour in Korea and Vietnam. He was married to Loma Lind, the daughter of Lyle C. and Enoid (DeWitt) Lind, on December 1, 1957 in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. He retired from active duty after 22 years, holding the rank of Master Sergeant in 1970. They made their home at Friendship, Wisconsin and had three sons, Timothy, Michael, and Mark. Among Delbert's many other achievements, he retired from the Oxford Correctional Institute after 16 years, in June 1991. He spent his final three years at the Wisconsin Veteran's Home in King, Wisconsin, where he moved onto a greater place, where he will still feel the love and caring of his family and friends. He was a kind and loving man who will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Loma of Friendship, two sons, Michael of Wisconsin Dells and Mark of Friendship, two brothers, Calvin of Viroqua and Adrian of California, two sisters, Merle Ford and Beverly Skrede both of Westby. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Timothy.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 15, 1997 at 1 p.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro, with Rev. Donald Ehler officiating. Burial with military rites will be held at the Mount Vernon Cemetery at Hillsboro. Friends may call at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro on Monday from noon until the time of services.

Rev. J.A. (Joyce) Nestingen
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. - Rev. J.A. (Joyce) Nestingen, age 78, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., died peacefully at home, Sunday, December 7, 1997. Preceded in death by first wife Ruth (Vinge). Survived by loving wife, Rev. Beverly Jacobson; sons, Rev. James (Carolyn), Rev. Rolf (Sandy)l daughters, Mary, Janann (Larry) Sims; step-children, Carol sue (Rev. John) Andreason, Sarie Dale, John (Deb) Dale, Thomas (Renae) Dale; brothers, Myron (Edna), Dale (Ruth); sisters, Elaine Cordes, Marlene (Bob) Behanna; many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Graduate of Luther College and Luther Seminary. Served parishes in Wis., N.D. and Minn. Chaplain at Lyngblomsten Care Center, St. Paul. Most recent ministry as Visitation Pastor at Christ English Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. Funeral service Wednesday 11 a.m. Christ English Lutheran Church, Lowry at Oliver Ave. North. Visitation Tuesday, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Washburn-McReavy Swanson Chapel, Lowry at Irving Ave. North, and one hour before service at church. Interment Coon Valley, Wis. Memorials preferred to Christ English Lutheran Church or donor's choice. Washburn-McReavy Swanson Chapel.

Richard L. R. Engler
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Richard L. R. Engler, 70, a long time resident of Lakeview Health Center, West Salem, died Thursday, December 4, 1997, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born November 20, 1927 in La Crosse to Esther (Engler) Koenig. Richard is survived by two nephews, John and Bill Hellerud. He was preceded in death by his mother; his sister, Grace Hellerud and an uncle, Walter Engler.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 10, at 10 a.m. from the Lakeview Health Center Chapel, 902 E. Garland St., West Salem.
Rev. J. David Bersagel will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may call at the health center chapel on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements.

Lorenz ``Tuffy'' Engebrecht
WAUSAU, Wis. - Lorenz ``Tuffy'' Engebrecht, 78, of Wausau, Wis., died Saturday, December 6, 1997 at a local nursing home. Tuffy was born December 14, 1918 in Athens, Wis., to the late Gustave and Anna (Bramm) Engebrecht.
Tuffy married Bernice (Toddy) Bauman on January 3, 1953 in Wausau, Wis. She preceded him in death on August 8, 1992.
Tuffy was a Sales Representative for Eau Claire Book and Stationary Co. for 25 years. Tuffy served in the Army Engineer Corps in World War II, from 1941 to 1945, was a 50 plus year member of Wausau Barbershoppers, and a life member of VFW Burns Post 388. Survivors include two daughters: Debra (Andrew) Dinger, La Crescent, Minn., Janet (Martin) McCowan, Minneapolis, Minn., one son: John (Diane) Engebrecht, Onalaska, Wis., two granddaughters: Marie Engebrecht and Nicole McCowan, nieces and nephews.
Tuffy was preceded in death by one son: James Paul Engebrecht, four brothers and two sisters.
Services will be held today at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Anne in Wausau, Wis. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of services at the church today. Father Steve Brice will officiate. entombment will be in the Restlawn Memorial Chapel Mausoleum at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Wausau, Wis. The Helke Funeral Home, Wausau, Wis. is in charge of arrangements.

Jane Engelien
BRANDON, S.D. - Jane Engelien, 45, of Brandon, S.D., passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 1997, in Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Born January 22, 1952, in La Crosse to Robert and Irene (Kriesel) Schaller. A 1970 graduate of Holmen, she later attended Viterbo College and married James Engelien of Blair on Oct. 21, 1977, in Sparta. They lived in Tomah and Sparta before moving to Brandon in 1985. She served as VP and secretary of their family business, Brandon Wood Preserving, Inc., in addition to working as a food service trainer at Sioux Vocational Service.
She is survived by her husband, James Engelien of Brandon, S.D.; a son, James Engelien; three daughters, Rana, Della and Tessa Engelien; one stepdaughter, Dawn (Gary) Bender; one granddaughter, Sydney; three step-grandchildren, Leanna, Allison and Neal; her mother, Irenen Schaller of Onalaska, Wis.; seven brothers, Thomas Schaller, Onalaska, Barry (Susan) Schaller, Rapid City, S.D., Jake (Marly) Schaller, Columbia, South America, Dick (Susan) Schaller, Morthbrook, Ill., Joseph (Susan) Schaller, Onalaska, Father Robert Schaller, Marshfield, Wis., and John (Barbara) Schaller, Onalaska; and four sisters, Joan Schaller, Onalaska, Judy (John) McHugh, Holmen, Wis., Janet (Ron) Bertelson, Onalaska and Joyace (Jeff) Tabbert, Brandon, S.D.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Holmen, Wis. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 1997, in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Blair, Wis.

Frank Fred Freno Bechtel
WAUKON, Iowa - Frank Fred Freno Bechtel, 84, of Waukon, died on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church, rural Waukon. Burial in Old West Paint Creek Cemetery.
Friends may call after 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

Lillian Doris Ericson
WAUKON, Iowa - Lillian D. Ericson, 79, of Waukon, died suddenly at her home in Waukon on Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Center Baptist Church, rural Lansing, Iowa. Burial in Center Baptist Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Martin Funeral Home, Waukon.

Dorothy B. Bratland
Dorothy B. Bratland, 94, died at the Bethany-Riverside Nursing Home on Monday, December 8, 1997.
She was born August 22, 1903, in La Crosse to Lauritz and Dorothea (Larson) Caspersen. She married Odin Bratland on June 4, 1931, and he preceded her in death on August 7, 1983.
She is survived by three sisters-in-law, Elida Petersen, Judy Christiansen and Gusta Highum; and by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, La Crosse. The Reverend Roger Balcom will officiate and burial will be in the Rushford, Minnesota Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the service.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements.

Herbert Carl Klemp
Herbert Carl Klemp, 83, died at Bethany St. Joseph's Nursing Home, Tuesday, December 9, 1997.
He was born August 30, 1914, to Charles and Alvina (Rhode) Klemp. He married Leone Gamuoth on February 3, 1939, in Portage, Wis. He worked for the Milwaukee Road Railroad for 43 years.
He is survived by his wife, Leone; two daughters, Ruth Ann (John) Elver of Cataula, Georgia, and Barbara (Jim) Jarrett of Stoddard, Wis.; and one son, Charles of Onalaska, Wis. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Curt (Julie) Elver of Midland, Georgia, Brett (Kim) Elver of Upatvia, Georgia, Nicki and Sara Eckland of La Crosse, Wis., Mike Jarret of Stoddard, Wis., Annette Elver of Anchorage, Alaska; two step-grandchildren, Tammy and Troy Jarret of La Crosse, Wis.; 16 great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Russell Klemp or Portage, Wis. He was preceded in death by his sister, Arlene Killian; his parents; one grandson and one great-grandson.
Services will be Friday, December 12, 1997, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Reverend Rachel Mithelman will officiate and burial will be in the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park.
Visistation will be Thursday, December 11, 1997, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, Gillette Street Chapel.

Sigfreed ``Sig'' Pederson
VIROQUA, Wis. - Sigfreed ``Sig'' Pederson, age 85, of Viroqua, died Monday, December 8, 1997, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua.
She was born in Viroqua on April 18, 1912, to Stener and Mina (Thompson) Jacobson. She graduated from Viroqua High School in 1930 and the Vernon County Normal School. She also attended La Crosse State Teachers College and taught at rural schools in the Viroqua area until about 1950. She was united in marriage to Ernest Peterson on March 10, 1934. She served as secretary and bookkeeper for the Mobil Bulk Plant in Viroqua from 1959 until 1974. Sig was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church; Royal Neighbors; Homemakers; and the Vernon County Retired Teachers Association.
She is survived by one son, Steven (Cathy) Peterson of Wisconsin Rapids; one daughter, Signe Peterson of Davie, Fla.; one daughter-in-law, Gloria (Gordon) Fetty of Viroqua; one son-in-law, Randy (Jan) Olson of Marshfield; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; one daughter, Ann Lee Olson; one son, Jerome Peterson; one granddaughter, Judy Buckli; one great-granddaughter, Nicole Buckli; two brothers, Art and Ray Jacobson; and two sisters, Myrtle Jacobson and Bessie Jacobs.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 12, 1997, at 11 a.m. in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The Revs. Roger Hjelle and Stephanie Steiner will officiate with burial in Viroqua Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Friday after 10 a.m.

Clara O. Volden
VIROQUA, Wis. - Clara O. Volden, age 87, died on Tuesday morning, December 9, 1997, at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Viroqua where she had been a resident since September 1, 1995.
She was born at rural Viroqua on March 28, 1910, to Gilbert and Julia (Johnson) Hanson. On February 5, 1931, she married Theodore A. Volden. They lived in Viroqua until 1948, when they farmed at Mt. Sterling and later rural Viroqua. Upon retiring they moved into Viroqua where she worked at the Bethel Nursing Home for nine years. She loved the outdoors and spread cheer wherever she went, especially with her singing. Theodore died in 1982.
She is survived by three daughters, June (Leslie) Leirmo of rural Ferryville, Mary Lou (Eston) Townsend of Viroqua and Margaret (Bob) Frank of Readstown; one son, Gerome ``Jerry'' (JoAnn) Volden of Viroqua; sixteen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Gladys Fauske and Mary Ellefson, both of Viroqua and Bessie (Arnold) Evenson of Florida; and three brothers, Daniel of Bangor, Joseph and Jacob ``Jake'' (Frances) Hanson, both of Viroqua. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Alma (Gerald) Buxton; and two brothers, William and Melford Hanson.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 12, 1997, at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua with Pastor Kimberly Riebe officiating. Burial will be in the Viroqua Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. where a prayer service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Friends may also call at the funeral home on Friday after 8 a.m.

Winfred Willis Waller
HARDIES CREEK/GLASGOW, Wis. - Winfred Willis Waller, 77, passed away at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital, December 8, 1997, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Winfred was born August 19, 1920, to Lemuel and Mary (Tucker) Waller. He lived his youth and grew up helping work the family farm in the town of Gale in Trempealeau County.
On August 6, 1944, Winfred married Irene Nelson in Blair, Wisconsin. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1994.
At the age of 23, he was called by his country to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served bravely in the battle of Okinawa as a machine gunner while a member of the 7th Division Infantry. He also served in Korea before being discharged, having risen to the rank of Sargent First Class. After the war, he eventually settled on the family farm where he and Irene farmed and raised their family.
For eight years, while still in good health, he enjoyed working part-time with Irene at the Riverview Inn in North Bend.
He was a member of the Hardies Creek Lutheran Church where he had served as a church council member. As his children grew, he was a supporter of the 4-H Club and the Glasgow Community Club. He was an active member of Runnerstrand-Pederson American Legion Post 354 in Ettrick.
He is survived by his wife, Irene; and four children, Renee (Robert) Ramsdell of Madison, Ronald of Fennimore, Wis., Mary (Clarence, Jr.) Bendel of Onalaska and Jeffrey at home; six grandchildren, Robert, Leah and Nathan Ramsdell, Jessica (Waller) Nowasatako, Tabatha Waller and Christopher Bendel; two sisters, Victoria (Arnold) Hanson of Osseo, Wis., and Alice Aleckson of Galesville; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was eagerly anticipating the birth of his first great-grandchild in January.
Winfred was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and five brothers.
Winfred will be remembered for his devotion to his family and community, his sense of humor, his honesty and most of all his kindness which he showed to everyone who knew him. He will be sadly missed.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Hardies Creek Lutheran Church, rural Ettrick, with the Rev. John Ashland officiating. Burial, with military rites, will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at Smith Morturary, Galesville, on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 12:30 p.m. until services.

Shirley J. Baker
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Shirley J. Baker, 56, of West Salem, was called home to be with her Lord on Monday, December 8, 1997 after a courageous fight with brain cancer.
She was born September 24, 1941 in Ladysmith, Wis. to Kenneth and Florence (Young) Fenner. On May 6, 1967 she married Keith Baker in North Prairie, Wis. She was a past member of Bethany Evangelical Free Church and then became a founding and active member of Hope Evangelical Free Church in West Salem.
Shirley was our wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, care provider, fishing and craft partner, our friend and now our guardian angel.
Survivors include her husband, Keith; two daughters, Terri J. Baker of Seattle, Wash. and Tracy L. Baker of Sparta; a grandson, Jonah Baker of Sparta; her omther, Florence of Ladysmith; a sister, Phyllis (Guy) Kneeland of Grandview, Wis.; a brother, Gary (Barb) Fenner of Grand Island, N.Y. and seven nieces and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and an infant daughter, Penny.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. from Bethany Evangelical Free Church, 3936 Cth. B., La Crosse. Pastor Tom Mason of Hope Evangelical Free Church, West Salem, will officiate. Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery.
Friends may call at Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be given to establish the Shirley Baker Christian Education Scholarship Fund.
``...I notice that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why you left my side when I needed you most.'' The Lord said: ``My precious child, I never left you during your time of trial. Where you see only one set of footprints, I was carrying you.''

Eva M. (Stifter) Flug
Eva M. (Stifter) FlugčEva M. (Stifter) Flug, 98, died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997.
She was the wife of the late Herbert Flug; mother of Judy (Ted) Kowalski; grandmother of Toby (Cathy) Kowalski and Kate (Tyler) Dorbritz; proud great-grandmother of Jason, Diana, Nicole, Karisa, Kyle and the late Tony.
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home, Tebo-Peppey-Klemmer & Scheuerell Chapel, 6615 West Oklahmoa Avenue, Milwaukee, Wis.
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the funeral home. Burial will be at noon Friday, Dec. 12, in the Catholic Cemetery of La Crosse, Wis.
Eva is a former county nurse of La Crosse; and a life member of the St. Francis Hospital Schol of Nursing Alumni Association.
In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated.

Keith A. Smith
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Keith A. Smith, age 54 years, of 480 East Tilson Street, West Salem, and formerly of Lincoln, Nebraska, died Tuesday, December 9, 1997, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse after a courageous battle with cancer, due to complications of agent orange.
He was an 18-year veteran and served with the Navy during the Vietnam Era. He served aboard the USS Yorktown and USS Coral Sea and for 13 months, he wintered at the U.S. Naval Station at McMurdo, Antartica. He was a retired Lincoln, Nebraska, firefighter and 911 emergency member and before his illness was employed at Pischke Motors in West Salem. He married Barbara Baker Nehman on August 20, 1994, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of West Salem; his mother-in-law, Jeanette Baker of Onalaska; one son, Michael (Kyla) Smith of Mesa, Arizona; one daughter, Wendy Smith of Mesa, Arizona; one brother, K.B. (Sue) Smith of Lincoln, Nebraska; two sisters, Billie Busch and Phyllis (Eugene) Farleigh, both of Lincoln, Nebraska; one stepson, Robert Nehman of Portland, Oregon; two stepdaughters, Cameron (Don) Schreier of Lincoln, Nebraska and Cynthia Clemens of Charles City, Iowa; one step grandson, Jacob Schreier; one step granddaughter, Breanna Schreier; two brothers-in-law, Russ Baker of West Salem and Richard (Melinda) Baker of Pepin, Wis.; his life long school buddy, Darrell Best of Lincoln, Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one stepdaughter, Michelle Nehman.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 12, 1997, at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska. Rev. Caroline Garman will officiate. Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Onalaska Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the West Salem American Legion Berg-Hemker-Olson Post No. 51.
Friends may call at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of services. Masonic services by the Onalaska Masonic Lodge No. 214 F&AM will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Martha T. Zok
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Martha T. Zok, 82, of Independence, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997, at Burlington Memorial Hospital in Burlington, Wis.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with burial in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Edison Funeral Home, Independence, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. followed by a rosary at 8 p.m.

Herbert Carl Klemp
Herbert Carl Klemp, 83, died at Bethany St. Joseph's Nursing Home, Tuesday, December 9, 1997.
He was born August 30, 1914, to Charles and Alvina (Rhode) Klemp. He married Leone Gamroth on February 3, 1939, in Portage, Wis. He worked for the Milwaukee Road Railroad for 43 years.
He is survived by his wife, Leone; two daughters, Ruth Ann (John) Elver of Cataula, Georgia, and Barbara (Jim) Jarrett of Stoddard, Wis.; and one son, Charles of Onalaska, Wis. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Curt (Julie) Elver of Midland, Georgia, Brett (Kim) Elver of Upatoia, Georgia, Nicki and Sara Eckland of La Crosse, Wis., Mike Jarrett of Stoddard, Wis., Annette Elver of Anchorage, Alaska; two step-grandchildren, Tammy and Troy Jarrett of La Crosse, Wis.; 6 great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Russell Klemp or Portage, Wis. He was preceded in death by his sister, Arlene Killian; his parents; one grandson and one great-grandson.
Services will be Friday, December 12, 1997, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Reverend Rachel Mithelman will officiate and burial will be in the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park.
Visistation will be Thursday, December 11, 1997, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, Gillette Street Chapel.

Fred C. Sentz
Fred C. Sentz, 80, passed away at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital on Tuesday, December 9, 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Bettie; and three children, Daniel (Patricia) of Wasilla, Alaska, Diana (Richard) Rowe of Niceville, Florida, Karen (Randall) Condit of La Crosse; and grandchildren, Cameron and Laura Rowe, and Lindsey and Adam Condit.
He moved to La Crosse one year ago to be closer to his children.
The funeral will be held in Milwaukee, Wis., his lifelong residence.
He will be greatly missed.

Helen Schmitt
ARCADIA, Wis. - Helen Schmitt, 82, of Arcadia, Wis., died on Friday, Dec. 12, 1997 at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Monday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Killian Funeral Home, Arcadia, where there will be a 7 p.m. Rosary; and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Robert C. Wais
ONALASKA, Wis. - Robert C. Wais, 70, died at the Franciscan/Skemp Health Care Facility on Friday, December 12, 1997.
He was born October 18, 1927, in Cashton to Joseph and Viola (Heiser) Wais. He served with the United States Navy from 1945-1946, and was a member of the Bangor American Legion Post. Robert and Colletta (Klos) were married on October 17, 1950.
He played semi-pro baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization, and later played for the local semi-pro teams. He was an avid sports fan, sports man, and loved to hunt and fish.
He worked as a meatcutter for Skogens IGA, and since his retirement, had worked part time for Festival Foods.
He was the best husband, dad and grandpa in the whole world, and is survived by his wife, Colletta; two daughters, Jean Marie (Mark) Smith of La Crosse, and Cloann (Ron) Schultz of Winona; two sons, Michael (Deb) Wais of West Salem, and Charles (Jayne) Wais of Pardeeville, Wisconsin; his grandchildren, Bobbie Jean and Jessie Smith; Kylie, Alyssa, and Ian Schultz; Samantha, Danielle, Rachel, and Robert Waiss; three sisters, Mary Wolf of Bangor, Dorothy (Frank) Zahn of La Crosse, and Betty Wais of Cashton.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The Reverend William Matzek will officiate and burial will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska on Sunday from 7 to 8:30 and at the church on Monday from 10:30 a.m. until the service. A rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Olean A. Pettis
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Olean A. Pettis, age 92, of Eden Prairie, Minn., and formerly of La Crosse, died Dec. 12, 1997 in Castle Ridge Care Center, Eden Prairie, Minn.
She was born in Owatonna, Minn., on Aug. 24, 1905, to Andrew and Molina (Nelson) Thompson. She married Spencer Pettis on Aug. 5, 1939 in The Little Brown Church in the Vail in Nashua, Iowa. She was a proud charter member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse.
She is survived by one daughter, Jane (James) Nichols of Bloomington, Minn.; two grandchildren, Matthew and Amalia (Mia); and two sisters, Verna Coughlin of La Crosse, and Mildred Harris of Austin, Minn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Spencer, on Dec. 13, 1983, both parents, one sister, Neta, and one brother, Alex.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4141 Mormon Coulee Road. Rev. Glenn Leaf will officiate with entombment to be in Garden of Peace Mausoleum, Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends and family can call from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services in the church. The Blaschke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mina Huber, nee, Nash
Mina Huber, nee, Nash, quietly passed away at 98 years of age at Bethany-Riverside Nursing Home in La Crosse on Friday, December 12, 1997.
Mina was born on May 26, 1899 in Houston, Minnesota but she lived in La Crosse for most of her adult life. She moved to La Crosse shortly after high school to attend La Crosse Business College after which she worked for Moen Photo. She then married Harry Huber who preceded her in death on January 2, 1973. Mina was very active in the Order of Eastern Star and had served as Worthy Matron. She was also an active member of the English Lutheran Church. She lived at Bethany-on-Cass from 1989 until she moved to Bethany-Riverside just a few months ago. She was a neat lady who will be much missed by all who knew her!
She is survived by her son, Charles of Elmhurst, Illinois; four grandchildren, Kathleen (Wayne) Kubich of Barrington, Ill., David (Carol) Huber of Lakewood, Colo., Christina (John) Ughetta of Katy, Texas, and Anne (Scott) Martenson of Wheaton, Ill.; five great-grandchildren, Colin Kubick, Erika Kubick, Connor Ughetta, Andrew Ughetta, and Rachel Martenson; and a sister, Lylah Campbell of Houston, Minn. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, and a brother.
Services will be held on Monday, December 15, 1997 at the English Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. Reverend Roger Black will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10:30 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for the English Lutheran Church. Dickinson Family Funeral Homes are assisting with arrangements.

Helen D. Wavra
Helen D. Wavra, age 82, of La Crosse, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 at Bethany Riverside Care Center.
She was born in La Crosse on Aug. 11, 1915 to Joseph and Anna (Kotek) Wavra. Helen graduated from Aquinas High School in 1934. She retired as a legal secretary.
She is survived by two brothers, Joseph L. (Bonny) Wavra and William F. (Merlyn) Wavra, both of La Crosse; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the Marian Chapel of St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, Sixth and Main St., La Crosse. Rev. Robert Cook will officiate with burial in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials of your choice are requested. The Blaschke Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Eugene J. Fuchs
Eugene J. Fuchs, age 101, a resident of the Franciscan Skemp Nursing Home, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997.
He was born March 21, 1896 in La Crosse to Jacob and Anna (Auberger) Fuchs. He married Rose Kucera on May 26, 1924 in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. He was employed at the La Crosse Tribune since he was 17 years old, retiring at age 67 with 50 years of service. He loved to fish on the Mississippi River, going every day until he was well into his 90s.
He is survived by his daughter, Rosemary (Edwin) Miller of Elburn, Ill.; five grandchildren, Mary Beth, David, Jon, Sue, and Joel; and three great-grandchildren, Michael, Alyssa Rose, Brian Jacob; two sisters, Alberta Fuchs, Marcie Christopher, both of La Crosse; and a brother, Herb of La Crosse; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Rose on July 25, 1986; two sisters, Marie and Angie; and three brothers, Joseph, John, and Adrian.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Marian Chapel of St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral. Rev. Anthony Wolf will officiate with burial in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. The Blaschke Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Janice Lee Petersen
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Janice Lee Petersen, age 57, Black River Falls, Wis., died at her home on Friday, Dec. 12, 1997. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial of cremains will be in Riverside Cemetery, Black River Falls. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, at the Torgerson's Funeral Chapel, Black River Falls; and from 9 a.m. until time of services Monday at the church.

Roy C. Van Riper
ETTRICK, Wis. - Roy C. Van Riper, age 74, of Ettrick, died Friday, Dec. 12, 1997 at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Tomah, Wis. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Living Hope Lutheran Church in Ettrick, Wis. Burial will follow in South Beaver Creek Cemetery in rural Ettrick. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Smith Mortuary in Galesville, and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Steven Edgar
READSTOWN, Wis. - Steven Edgar, 33, of rural Viola, died Friday, Dec. 12, 1997 in the University Hospital in Madison. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Sugar Grove Church of Christ. Burial in Readstown Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Sime Funeral Home, Readstown; and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Louise M. Staxrud
WHITEHALL, Wis. - Louise M. Staxrud, age 88, of Whitehall, Wis., died on Friday, December 12, 1997 in the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. John's Catholic Church, Whitehall. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Barnum, Minn. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, with a 7:30 p.m. parish rosary, at the Jack Funeral Home, Whitehall; and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Bernice M. Johnson
HOUSTON, Minn. - Bernice M. Johnson, 80, a resident of the Valley View Nursing Home in Houston, died at the nursing home on Friday, December 12, 1997.
She was born in Mound Prairie Township, rural Houston County, on March 16, 1917 to Frederick and Minnie (Thompson) Unnasch. She married Frank J. Johnson on April 27, 1935 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, South Ridge. He preceded her in death in 1982. Bernice farmed with her husband until moving to La Crescent in 1988. She had been a a resident of Valley View Nursing Home in Houston for the past 2 1/2 years.
Bernice is survived by a daughter, Lois (James) Morcomb of St. Charles, Minn.; three sons, Victor (Judy) Johnson of La Crescent, Benjamin (Joyce) Johnson of Winona, and Richard (Linda) Johnson of La Crescent; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Eleanor (Edward) Steinfeldt of Winona, Mildred (Art) Erdman of La Crescent, and Geraldine (Rollie) Steinfeldt of Houston; one brother, Arden (Charlotte) Unnasch; and three sisters, Harriet Papenfuss Sebo, Marion Paulson Winsky, and Dorothy Kinstler.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 15, 1997 at 2 p.m. from First Ev. Lutheran Church, La Crescent. Rev. Oliver H. Lindholm and Rev. Paul A. Ibisch will officiate. Burial will be in Bush Cemetery, rural Ridgeway, Minn. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of services. The family requests that memorials be given to either St. Matthew's Ev. Lutheran Church in Winona or to First Ev. Lutheran Church in Winona or to First Ev. Lutheran Church in La Crescent.

Robert Brague
CAMBRIDGE, Minn. - Robert Brague, 77, of Cambridge, Minn., died December 12, 1997 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.
Robert S. Brague was born Nov. 27, 1920 at La Crosse to Oliver and Ragna Brague. It was there that he was raised and lived his early years. He served in the Navy during WWII. On June 23, 1973 he married Ardis Haselius at Kenyon, Minn. They made their home at Isanti, Minn. until moving to Cambridge a year ago. He was a lifetime member of the Isanti VFW and a member of American Legion Post 595 at La Crescent. He was employed as a carpenter. His hobbies included making furniture, toys and doll and bird houses.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian; four brothers, and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Ardis of Cambridge; two sons, Allan and Diane Brague of Winona, Larry and Beth Brague of Cincinnati; two step-sons, Mike and Marie Chalstrom of Las Vegas, Keith and Cheri Chalstrom of Albertville, Minn.; one step-daughter, Julie and Pete Erlendson of Zimmerman, Minn.; sister, Verna Hjelsand of La Crosse; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are Monday, December 15, 1997 from the Strike Funeral Chapel in Isanti with Rev. Carl Taylor officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Isanti Union Cemetery.

Theodore ``Ted'' Raaum
VIROQUA, Wis. - Theodore ``Ted'' Raaum, 83, of Viroqua, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997 in the Vernon Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Southwest Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua. Friends may call Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home, Viroqua, where there will be a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. Complete obituary will follow.

Richard `Dick' J. Blowers
Richard ``Dick'' J. Blowers, age 71, of La Crosse, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997 in Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Center.
He was born in Austin, Minn. on Aug. 18, 1926 to James A. and Anna T. (Ulwelling) Blowers. He proudly served his country during WW II in the Pacific Theatre with the United States Navy. He enjoyed the culinary arts, such as his noted ice sculptures, the art of preparing food, and his expertise as a chef at Viterbo College and other area fine restaurants. He also loved to refinish furniture.
He is survived by three daughters, Judy Schneider of Waterloo, Iowa, Nancy Wright and her special friend, Richard of Sparta, Peggy (Gary) Severson of West Salem, Wis.; two sons, David J. (Lori) of La Crosse and Dean ``Dino'' (Debbie) of La Crosse; ten grandchildren, Robert, Steven, Jeremy, Krista, Dana, Tina, Amy, Robin, Tiffany, and Kayla; one sister, Marguerite Burton of Austin, Minn. and his companion, Portialee. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.
Memorial services will be held Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 at 7:30 p.m. at the Blaschke Funeral Home, 401 S. West Ave. Rev. Brian King will officiate with burial to be in Austin, Minn. at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Helen Rebarchek
ARCADIA, Wis. - Helen Rebarchek, 74, of Arcadia, Wis., died Friday, December 12, 1997 at the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.
She was born May 16, 1923 in the Town of Burnside to Joseph and Agnes (Sluga) Severinske. On October 25, 1949, Helen married Clifford Rebarchek at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Independence, Wis. Clifford preceded her in death on November 21, 1996.
Helen has been employed for four years at the A-G Boiler Plant in Arcadia, Wis.
She is survived by two sons, Roger Rebarchek and Wayne (Shelly) Rebarchek, all of Whitehall; two stepgrandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Florence Garepi of California; brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. Monday, December 15, 1997 at the Wozney Funeral Home Chapel in Arcadia, with Rev. Raymond Pedretti officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Helen's family respectfully asks that memorials be directed to ``As Family Wishes.''

Esther P. Haugland
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Esther P. Haugland, 88, of Caledonia, Minn., and formerly of Black Hammer, died Saturday, December 13, 1997 at the Lutheran Home, Caledonia.
She was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1909 in Jefferson Township, Minn. to Claus and Christina (Olson) Gran. She attended school at District No. 95 in Jefferson Township and graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1927. Esther then attended the Teacher's Training Department in Spring Grove until 1928 and the Teacher's college in La Crosse. She then taught rural schools in Houston County, Minn. and La Crosse County, Wis. for several years. On June 18, 1938 Esther married Henry Haugland at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia. Together they lived and farmed the Haugland farm in Black Hammer where they were members of Faith Lutheran Church. Esther served on the ladies groups and taught Sunday School and High School Bible Class for several years. She and her husband were 4-H Adult Leaders of the Black Hammer Swift Scooters for many years and Esther also accompanied her husband when he presented ``Chalk Talks'' at various churches, schools, and community gatherings. In February of 1967 Henry preceded Esther in death. In 1968 Esther moved to Caledonia, Minn. and owned and operated a Book Store in Spring Grove for three and a half years. She became a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and served on the ladies groups and she was also a member of the Caledonia Hospital Auxiliary. In 1991 Esther moved into the Caledonia Lutheran Home.
Survivors include a sister, Edna Goetzinger of Apple Valley, Minn.; a nephew, Al (Fran) Olson of Cottage Grove, Minn.; four nieces, Shirley Ziegelmeier of Madison, Wis., Carol Sundell of Bloomington, Minn., Jean (James) Zeimet of Hastings, Minn., and Laurie (Robert) Baker of Indianpolis, Ind.; and a sister-in-law, Ella Gran of Caledonia. In addition to her husband, Esther was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Clara Olson-Lager and a brother, Arthur Gran.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 16, at 11 a.m. from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia. Rev. Rolf T. Storlie will officiate. Burial will follow in the Faith Lutheran church Cemetery of Black Hammer, Minn. Friends may call at the Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia, on Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.


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