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Ardythe Z. Meyer
NORWALK, Wis. - Ardythe Z. Meyer, 81, of Norwalk, died Saturday evening, Dec. 13, 1997, at the Tomah Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by three daughters, Nancy (Jon) Hanson and Cherilyn (Charles) Hare of Greenwood, Wis., and Connie (Dennis) Hammon, Ontario; one son, Kenneth Betts, Norwalk; nine grandchildren, Shella (Mark) Christopherson, Dana (Tim) Kramer, Paul Hanson, Wendy (Kent) Hinker, Brian Hare, Jennifer, Jake, Skylar and Bailey Hammon; five great-grandchildren, Kari, Emily and Cody Christopherson, Megan and Sean Kramer; three sisters-in-law, Jennie Maatanen, Lake Bluff, Ill., Laura Arnold, Tuscon, Ariz., and Winifred Hiesel, Valley, Wis.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Immanuel United Methodist Church, Norwalk, with the Rev. Jennie Schroeder and Rev. Allan Tripp officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Norwalk, on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8 to 11 a.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m.

Richard William Hoenshel
KENOSHA, Wis. - Richard William Hoenshel, 59, of Kenosha, Wis., died Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997, in the Washington Manor.
He was born March 16, 1938, in La Crosse, Wis., the son of John William and Margaret (Stoehr) Hoenshel. He was educated in schools in La Crosse and moved to Kenosha in 1959. He was in the Army from 1956 to 1958. He worked for AMC then Chrysler for 30 years until retiring in 1989. He is a former member of Local 72 UAW. He was also active in bowling leagues for many years.
He is survived by his father, John W. Hoenshel of La Crosse; two sisters, Yvonne Potter of Buffalo, Minn., and Louise Smith of Maud, Texas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret and stepfather, George Holdt.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 16, at 7 p.m. at the Proko Funeral Home-West 5111 60th Street, Kenosha. Interment on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Prospect Hill Cemetery, La Crescent, Minn.
Friends may call on Tuesday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

Theodore ``Ted'' Raaum
VIROQUA, Wis. - Theodore ``Ted'' Raaum, age 83, of rural Viroqua, died on Saturday morning, December 13, 1997, at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home where he had been a resident since July 25, 1996. He had suffered a severe stroke on July 15, 1997.
He was born on October 26, 1914, in the Town of Sterling, Vernon County, on the Raaum home farm to Peter and Mary (Torgerson) Raaum. He was baptized, confirmed and a lifetime member of South West Prairie Lutheran Church. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1933. He worked for three years at Marachowsky's Grocery Store in Viroqua. He then began farming. On November 18, 1950, he married Jeanette Churness at the Mount Sterling Lutheran Church. He also was a member of the Gideons, Christian Business Men's Club and participated in other fellowships. He retired from farming in 1991. He enjoyed gardening, including raising strawberries and raspberries. His love for the outdoors included making firewood.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; one son, Peter (Diane) Raaum of rural Ferryville; two daughters, Gloria (Nardy) Stascavage of Plaine, Mont.; Anita Raaum of Minneapolis, Minn.; seven grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Carline Kandall and Julia Raaum; and four brothers, Thomas, Julius, Henry and Herman Raaum.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 1997, at the South West Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua, with Pastor Helen Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call on Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua where a prayer service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church after 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Thomas A. Bicha
BURNSVILLE, Minn. - Thomas A. Bicha, 51, of Burnsville, Minn., died Sunday, Dec. 14.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy; children, Tim (Lisa), Jeremy, Curtis, Chrissy and Jennifer; granddaughter, Makenzie; parents, Edward Sr. and Marian of La Crosse, Wis.; brother, Edward Jr. (Paulette); sisters, Jane (Robert) Lash of Canton, Mass., JoAnn (Gary) Raymond; other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4625 W. 125th St., Savage, Minn.
Visitation Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m. at the church. Interment in St. John's Cemetery.
Burnsville Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Albert F. Fruechte
NEW ALBIN, Iowa - Albert F. Fruechte, 91, of New Albin, Iowa, died Sunday, December 14, 1997 at the Thornton Manor Care Center, Lansing, Iowa. He was born January 12, 1906 in Allamakee County, Iowa, to Herman and Sophia (Deters) Fruechte. On January 23, 1951, Albert married Norma Paus in Frankfort, Ill. Albert was employed by the New Albin Savings Bank from 1926 until 1986, when he semi-retired. He then continued to work at the bank on a part time basis. Albert was active in the community, serving on many organizations. He also was an active member of the St. Peter's United Church of Christ in New Albin.
Survivors include his wife, Norma of New Albin; a daughter, Renee (Mark) Hammell of Lansing, Iowa; two sons, Steven Fruechte of La Crosse, Wis., and Barry (Lisa) Fruechte of New Albin; six grandchildren, Nicholas and Levi Hammell, and Betsy, Bart, Jay and Sophia Fruechte; a sister, Hilda Bunge of Spring Grove, Minn.; and a sister-in-law, Helen Fruechte of Caledonia, Minn. Albert was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be Thursday, December 18 at 11 a.m. from St. Peter's United Church of Christ, New Albin. Rev. Roger Peterson will officiate. Burial will take place at a later time. Friends may call at the New Albin Funeral Chapel on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.; and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia, is in charge of arrangements.

Richard H. Babcock
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Richard H. Babcock, 62, of La Crescent, Minn., died on Sunday, December 14, 1997 at the Tomah VA Medical Center. He was born in Viroqua, Wis., on October 26, 1935 to Hollis and Florence (DeWitt) Babcock. Richard was a winter resident of Floral City, Fla., and was active in the Floral City Lions Club. He was a member of the Gittens Leidel American Legion Post 595, La Crescent, and had proudly served in the United States Navy for 25 years.
He is survived by three sisters, Marilyn Owen of La Crosse, Margaret (James) Fritsch of Sun City, Ariz., and Louise Heintz of Holmen; one brother, Ted Babcock of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; and many special friends in Floral City, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, December 18 at 1 p.m. from the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. The Rev. J.L. Mattes will officiate. His body was cremated, and disposition at sea, with military rites, will be done by the Navy at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from noon until the time of services.

Bernice F. Swartz
Bernice F. Swartz, 95, of La Crosse, passed away on Monday, December 15, 1997 at the Bethany Riverside Nursing Home. She was born on March 5, 1902 in La Crosse to John and Aldace (Hagenbaugh) Ash. She married Arnold Olin Swartz on April 16, 1919 in the Baptist Church Rectory in La Crosse. Bernice was very active, in the Swartz Office Supply Company, which her husband founded, and as a member of the Chapter BX of the PEO Sisterhood. Her volunteer efforts included the Red Cross Blood Bank; the Lutheran Hospital Gift Shop; and the La Crosse Historical Society. Her happiest days were spent at the family cottage on the Mississippi River near Dresbach, where she instilled in her family a love of nature and an appreciation of American antiques and crafts.
Bernice is survived by her son, Arnold O. (Janet) Swartz Jr. of La Crosse; her daughter, Jean Swartz (Robert) Rennebohm of Madison, Wis.; a brother, Richard C. (Mavis) Ash of La Crosse; two sisters, Gladys Ash Weihaupt of Dresbach, Minn., and Jane Ash Hess of Tomah, Wis.; a son-in-law, Ray A. Sundet of La Crosse; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Swartz Sundet; three brothers, John, Gilbert and Thomas Ash; and three sisters, Imogene Ash Scharpf, Alice Ash Boland and Aldace Ash.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Bethany Riverside Nursing Home for the care and comfort Bernice received while living there, and to suggest that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to Bethany Riverside Nursing Home.

Sandra J. Shirven
Sandra J. Shirven, 53, of 1747 Cass Street, died at the Meriter Hospital, Madison, Monday, December 15, 1997. She was born June 8, 1944 in La Crosse to Francis and Adeline (Hellwig) Shirven. She graduated from La Crosse Central High School in 1962. She completed training to be a medical technician and had worked in both St. Francis and Lutheran hospitals, and in the Chicago area. She was an active member of English Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday school and was a member of ELCAW and mission circle.
In addition to her mother, Adeline, she is survived by a sister, Gail (Richard) Beyer of La Crosse; by a sister-in-law, Charlotte Shirven of Mukwonago; and by 10 nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her father; by a sister, LaVonne Shirven; and a brother, Richard Shirven.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at English Lutheran Church. The Reverend Roger Black will officiate. Entombment will be in Gardens of Peace Mausoleum at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, La Crosse, Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.; and at the church on Thursday from noon until the service.

Mary Seielstad
Mary Seielstad, 75, of 2622 Prospect Street, died Sunday, December 14, 1997 at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born June 14, 1922 in La Crosse to P.R. and Bertha (Hintz) Emmert. She married Elmer Seielstad on May 25, 1946 in La Crosse. He preceded her in death on January 3, 1987. She graduated from La Crosse Central High School and then from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, with a B.S. and a M.A. in education. She served with the U.S. Navy, as a WAVE, during WWII as an aerographer; worked with the U.S. Weather Bureau in Lansing, Michigan, before, and in Minneapolis after, her naval service. She taught at St. Thomas More in La Crosse. She was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church, serving on the church council; as a member of the WELCA; and in mission circle. She enjoyed stitchery and made church paraments and banners and also enjoyed knitting and quilting.
She is survived by three daughters, Jeanne (Mike) Reynolds of Hartford, Wisconsin, and Susan and Laura Seielstad of La Crosse; by two sons, Paul (Barbara) Seielstad of Pueblo, Colorado, and Peter Seielstad of Sparta; by a brother, David Emmert in California; by nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Barbara; half sisters, Margaret, Elizabeth and Jean; and half brother, Dudley.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church. The Reverend Richard Gilmore will officiate. Burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Homes' Gillette Street Chapel this evening from 6 to 8 p.m.; and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service. Memorials may be given to Bethel Lutheran Church.

Juanita L. Semlar
Juanita L. Semlar, 74, of La Crosse, died Sunday, December 14, 1997 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born March 25, 1923 in La Crosse to Haskall and Roberta (McHenry) Stone. She married Edward Semlar on March 27, 1941 in La Crosse. She worked for many years for the La Crosse Rubber Mills and Empire Silk Screen Printing.
She is survived by a son, Douglas (Marilyn) Semlar of La Crosse; by three daughters, Kathleen (Donald) Craig and Louise (Bernard) Hutschenreuter, both of La Crosse, and Debra Semlar Roberts and her husband Ted, of Jonesborough, Tenn.; by two sisters, Leona Burr and Corrine McDougle, both of La Crosse; by four grandsons and four granddaughters; by 14 great-grandchildren; a special cousin, Clarence Kampa; several nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law, Jack (Charlotte) Semlar. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and a grandson.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette Street, La Crosse. The Reverend Michael Mandsager will officiate. Burial following cremation will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until the service.

Bessie L. Hobson
SPARTA, Wis. - Bessie L. Hobson, 85, of 331 So. Water Street, Sparta, died Sunday, December 14, 1997 at the Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta.
She is survived by three sons, Norman (Marilyn) Baker of Sparta, Merlin (Ruth) Baker of Stockholm, N.J., and Richard (Doris) Hobson of Racine; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lester (Doris) Baker of Linden, Wis., and Harley (Betty) Baker of Linden, Wis.; and two sisters, Alice Fall of Linden, Wis., and Ruby (Donald) McKillip of Shullsberg, Wis. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1949.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Reverend Del Begalka officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church Cemetery. Friends may call at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church on Wednesday from noon until the time of services. Memorials may be given to the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta. The Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta, is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Frances L. Wensel
MELROSE, Wis. - Frances L. Wensel, 95, of Melrose, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997 in Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, Wis. Her body will be cremated. Private graveside services will be held in Irving Cemetery, rural Black River Falls, Wis. The Smith Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Cecelia A. Delaney
HARPERS FERRY, Iowa - Cecelia A. Delaney, 99, of Harpers Ferry, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997 in Thornton Manor, Lansing, Iowa, after a lingering illness. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Wexford, rural Lansing, Iowa. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2:30 to 9 p.m. today in St. Anne-St. Joseph Church Hall, Harpers Ferry, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. scripture service. The Hanson Funeral Home, Waukon, Iowa, is assisting the family.

Pauline S. Eickman
HOLMEN, Wis. - Pauline S. Eickman, 50, of Holmen, died Monday, Dec. 22, 1997 at home, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born August 3, 1947, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Felix and Antonia (Veloria) Salvador. On Sept. 9, 1968, she married Christopher J. Eickman at Fort Sheridan, Ill. She is a veteran of the United States Army. She worked for many years in the jewelry business, first, at Cremer Jewelers in La Crosse and for the last seven years at Helzberg Diamonds in La Crosse.
She is survived by her husband, Christopher of Holmen, Wis.; one daughter, Michelle (Frank) Biermeier of Lake Nebagamon, Wis.; one granddaughter, Allison Biermeier; special friends, Francie and David Nolasco of Mililani, Hawaii, and Helen Pagonis of La Crosse, Wis.; three brothers, Paul (Debbie) Salvador, Waialua, Hawaii, Stephen (Lani) Salvador of Kapulei, Hawaii, and John Salvador of Waialua, Hawaii; and one sister, Gail (Terrance) Cabalce, Wahiawa, Hawaii. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service will be conducted on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 515 McHugh Road, Holmen. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Bernice F. Swartz
Bernice F. Swartz, 95, of La Crosse, passed away on Monday, December 15, 1997 at the Bethany Riverside Nursing Home. She was born on March 5, 1902 in La Crosse to John and Aldace (Hagenbaugh) Ash. She married Arnold Olin Swartz on April 16, 1919 in the Baptist Church Rectory in La Crosse. Bernice was very active in the Swartz Office Supply Company, which her husband founded, and as a member of the Chapter BX of the PEO Sisterhood. Her volunteer efforts included the Red Cross Blood Bank; the Lutheran Hospital Gift Shop; and the La Crosse Historical Society. Her happiest days were spent at the family cottage on the Mississippi River near Dresbach, where she instilled in her family a love of nature and an appreciation of American antiques and crafts.
Bernice is survived by her son, Arnold O. (Janet) Swartz Jr. of La Crosse; her daughter, Jean Swartz (Robert) Rennebohm of Madison, Wis.; a brother, Richard C. (Mavis) Ash of La Crosse; two sisters, Gladys Ash Weihaupt of Dresbach, Minn., and Jane Ash Hess of Tomah, Wis.; a son-in-law, Ray A. Sundet of La Crosse; 10 grandchildren, Ann Sundet of Minneapolis, Sam (Anna) Sundet of Oshkosh, Wis., Barbara (Terry) Davis of La Crosse, Jennifer (Bruce) Nordeen of La Crosse, Cathy (Jeff) Jungbluth of La Crosse, Robin (Stephanie) Swartz of La Crosse, Laura (Joe) Pryor of Edina, Minn., Robert (Mary Anne) Rennebohm of Des Moines, Iowa, Jane (Larry) Mialik of Verona, Wis., and Julie (Tom) Jacobs of Madison, Wis.; and 20 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband Arnold, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Swartz Sundet; three brothers, John, Gilbert and Thomas Ash; three sisters, Imogene Ash Scharpf, Alice Ash Boland and Aldace Ash; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held today, December 17, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. The Rev. John Klein will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Bethany Riverside Nursing Home for the care and comfort Bernice received while living there, and to suggest that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to Bethany Riverside Nursing Home.

John L. Prew
WYOMING, Minn./PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - John L.Prew, age 55, of Wyoming Minn., and formerly of Prairie Du Chien, died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Gabriels Catholic Church, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie Du Chien, Wis. Military rights will be held graveside by the Prairie Du Chien Honor Guard. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today, Dec. 17, 1997 at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie Du Chien, Wis., where there will be a rosary at 4:15 p.m. and a wake scripture at 8:00 p.m.
He was born Feb. 7, 1942, in Prairie Du Chien, Wis., son of Paul and Laurayne (Phillip) Prew. He married Nancy Anderson in 1978. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked for General Motors in Janesville, Wis., and later for Advance United in Minneapolis, Minn. He was currently employed in maintenance for the city of Minneapolis for the past nine years.
He is survived by one son, Kevin Prew of White Bear Lake, Minn.; his mother, Laurayne Prew of Prairie Du Chien, Wis.; three brothers, Edward (Chris), William and Daniel Prew, all of Prairie du Chien; six sisters, Joanne (Roger) Wilhite and Ardelle Prew, both of McFarland, Wis., Pauline (Larry) Clanton of Prairie Du Chien, Mary (Ronald) Clements of Onalaska, Wis., Phyllis (John) Lane of Freeport, Ill., and Geraldine Prew of McGregor, Iowa. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jeannie; his father; two brothers, Allen and Arthur; along with one infant sister.

Marian E. Smith
SPARTA, Wis.- Marian E. Smith, 87, of R.1, Sparta, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997 in Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, Sparta. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, both in Sparta. Friends may call from noon until the time of services in the funeral home.

Arthur L. `Art' Mattson
NORTHFIELD, Wis. - Arthur L. ``Art'' Mattson, 85, of Northfield, died on Sunday, December 14, 1997 at Pine View Nursing Home, Black River Falls, where he had resided for the past 13 years. He was born on March 4, 1912 in the town of Northfield, Jackson County, to parents Charles and Mary (Johnson) Mattson. He married Ruth V. Lyon on November 16, 1935 in Pigeon Falls, and she preceded him in death on January 3, 1988. He was a dairy farmer in the Northfield area for many years. He also worked at the Trempealeau County Health Care Center in Whitehall for 12 years. He was a member of the Northfield Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and cemetery board. For many years, he and his wife were caretakers of both the church and cemetery. His favorite pastimes included hunting and fishing.
He is survived by one son, Charles (Nancy) Mattson of Hixton; two daughters, Mary (Fred) Kleba of Oconomowoc and Carol (Jim) Larson of Monroe; one daughter-in-law, Doris Mattson of Hixton; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Besides his wife, Ruth, he was preceded in death by his son, Alan; a daughter, Louise; an infant daughter, Elizabeth; three brothers; and five sisters.
Funeral services for Arthur L. Mattson will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 18, 1997 at Northfield Lutheran Church, with Reverend C. Dale Harrison officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton, this evening from 5 to 8 p.m.; and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Mildred E. Cure
NEW LISBON, Wis.- Mildred E. Cure, age 86, of New Lisbon, died on Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 at Hess Memorial Hospital in Mauston. She was the daughter of Robert `Bert' and May (Smith) Ritchart and was born Oct. 20, 1911 in Juneau County. She was united in marriage to Roy M. Cure on Dec. 23 1929 in Winona, Minn. Mildred has lived in Juneau County all of her life. Mildred and her husband farmed in the New Lisbon area until his death in 1960. She then was employed by F.M. Reed Lumber Co. as a bookkeeper from 1961 until she retired in 1975. She also worked as a clerk at the local grocery store. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school, was a deaconess, a Ladies Mission Aid officer and a choir member for many years. Mildred was an avid sports fan and loved to knit and crochet for her family, and also a champion scrabble player.
Mildred is survived by her children, a son Robert (Shirley) Cure and three daughters, Janice (Harold) Davis, Harriet (David) Davies, and Brenda (Stephen) Day, all of New Lisbon. She is further survived by a sister-in-law, Elnora Ritchart of New Lisbon/Madison; and by 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers, Gordon, Greylan, and Robert.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in New Lisbon, with Pastors Lance Ketchum and Glen Teasdale presiding. Burial will be in the New Lisbon City Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hare Funeral Home on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

William F. Rommel Jr.
MINDORO, Wis.- William F. Rommel Jr., 60, of Mindoro, died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19 in the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Hazel Marston
VIROQUA, Wis. - Hazel Marston, age 98, formerly of 220 West South Street in Viroqua, died Tuesday, December 16, 1997 in the Bethel Home in Viroqua. She was born in Seneca, Wis., on February 17, 1899 to Wilford and Anna (Griest) Marston. She lived in Columbus, Miss., for many years where she worked as a dietitian for the Mississippi State College for Women until her retirement. In 1974 she moved to Viroqua and has been a resident of the Bethel Home for about 10 years.
She is survived by a niece, Marjorie Wallestad of Viroqua, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Leota Nelson, and a sister in infancy. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 18, 1997 at 11 a.m. in the Larson Funeral Home, Viroqua. The Rev. Kenneth Melby will officiate, with burial in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday after 10 a.m.

Louis A. Kulas
HOUSTON, Minn. - Louis A. Kulas, age 84, of Houston, died Tuesday, December 16, 1997 at Valley View Nursing Home in Houston. He was born in Athens, Wis., on August 14, 1913 to Andrew and Frances (Pepowska) Kulas. He married Leola Hollister in 1940. She died in 1986. He then married Dorothy Kercher in 1988. Louis graduated from Athens High School in 1932; graduated from River Falls State Teacher College in 1936; and attended the University of Minnesota for two years. He spent 39 years as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent: nine years at Prescott, Wis., Plum City, Wis., and Sharon, Wis., as teacher and school administrator; and 30 years as superintendent in Minnesota at Byron, Brownton, and Houston (for his last 13 years) before retiring in 1975. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Houston.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Thomas (Kathy) Kulas of Houston, and Brian (Donna) Kulas of Medford, Wis.; two daughters, Jane Kulas of Rochester, Minn., and Mary Kulas of Minneapolis, Minn.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, John Kulas of Athens, Wis.; and two sisters, Lucy Rajek of Marathon, Wis., and Leona Braun of Athens, Wis. He was preceded in death by one brother.
There will be a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 19 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Houston, with the Rev. William Kulas officiating. The Hoff Funeral Homes-Houston Chapel, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

William Bortz
William Bortz, 73, of La Crosse, died Monday, December 15, 1997 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born on January 24, 1924 in Houston County, Minn. to Stanley W. and Louise Perkins. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the U.S. Army.
He is survived by wife Marie (Schoenberger) of La Crosse; one son, Jack (Elizabeth) Bortz of Ridgefield, Conn.; and three grandchildren, Christina, Matthew, and Gregory Bortz all of Ridgefield. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Family and friends may call at the Woodruff Funeral Home, 4239 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse, on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Private services, following cremation, will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Freda E. Reimann
BOSCOBEL, Wis. - Freda E. Reimann, 90, of Boscobel, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997 in Boscobel Area Health Care. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 1997 from the Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home in Boscobel. Burial will be in Boscobel Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Emma C. Reardon
TOMAH, Wis. - Emma C. Reardon, 87, of Tomah, died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997 in Tomah Care Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Ninneman-Steele Funeral Home, where there will be a 9:30 a.m. P.C.C.W. rosary.


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