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Henry Vatland
Henry Vatland, 91, a resident of the Hillview Health Care Center, died on Thursday, January 1, 1998, at the care center. He was born in Mabel, Minn. on September 8, 1906, to Hans and Bertha (Garness) Vatland. He married Myrtle Bjergum on October 22, 1931, in Spring Grove, Minn. She preceded him in death on September 26, 1996. Henry and his wife had farmed in rural Minnesota for many years until moving to La Crosse in 1955. He then worked for Taushe Hardware until his retirement in 1967. Henry was an avid sports fan and baseball fan.
Henry is survived by six children, Betty Jane (Leonard) Ambrose of La Crosse, Kloy ``Kay'' (Rudolph) Arlt Jr. of Onalaska, Lynden (Rose) Vatland of La Crosse, Howard (Shirley) Vatland of La Crosse, Marlene (Charles) Sargent of Rochester, Minn. and Gerald (Astor) Vatland of Sheboygan, Wis.; fourteen grandchildren, David Ambrose, Steven (Barbara) Ambrose, Paul (Leslie) Ambrose, Rudolph (Wendi) Arlt III, Kevin (Carol) Arlt, Robert Arlt, Donavon Vatland, Scott (Lisa) Vatland, Heather Vatland, Wayne Vatland, Michael Sargent, Matthew Sargent, Janice Vatland and Kerrie Vatland; five great-grandchildren, Leah, Jacob, Joseph and Michael Ambrose and R.J. Arlt; one brother-in-law, Harold Benson of Mabel, Minn.; and two sisters-in-law, Bernice Bjergum of Spring Grove, Minn. and Lorraine Harkness of Mabel, Minn. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Julius, Alvin, Oscar, Carl and Bennet; one sister, Gladys; and two grandchildren, Lynda Rose Vatland and Kenneth Matthew Arlt.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 3, 1998, at 11:30 a.m. at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. The Rev. Luther Borgen will officiate. Burial will be in the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be given to the Garnes Trinity Lutheran Church in Mabel, Minn.

Bernice Ann Radell
SUN CITY, Arizona - Bernice Ann Radell, 83, a resident of Sun City, Ariz. for the past 20 years died Monday, December 29, 1997. She was a Home Maker and belonged to the B.P.O.E.
Survivors include two sons, Jack Radell of Peoria, Ariz. and Mike Radell of Henderson, Nev.; two daughters, Karen Stylen and Barb Dauphin, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held December 31, 1997, in Sun City, Arizona. Memorials to Alert Adult Care Home, 7003 W. Columbine Dr. Peoria, Arizona, 85381. Sunland Mortuary of Sun City, Arizona assisted the family with arrangements.

Ruby M. Haywood
MCGREGOR, Iowa - Ruby M. Haywood, 88, of McGregor, Iowa, died Wednesday, December 31, 1997, at Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis. after a long illness. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 1998, at First Lutheran Church, rural McGregor, Iowa. Friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Thornburg-Hanson Funeral Home in McGregor and one hour prior to services at the church.

Raymond A. Nelson
Raymond A. Nelson, 83, of La Crosse died Thursday, January 1, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center. He was born in Stanley, North Dakota on August 29, 1914, to Peder and Anna (Haugland) Nelson. He worked at the Trailer Company and the YMCA before his retirement in 1977.
He is survived by his wife, Jennie (Gilbertson) of La Crosse; three sons, Richard, Steven, Roger (Tina); and one daughter, Joan Nimmo, all of La Crosse; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one nephew; and two nieces. He is preceded in death by one son, Darvin; grandson, Forrest Nimmo; three sisters, Alma, Anna and Sophie; and one brother, Palmer.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 5, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mike Mandsager will officiate and burial will be at North Branch Cemetery at Osseo, Wis. Family and friends may call at the Nelson-Woodruff-Blaschke Funeral Home, 1007 Caledonia Street on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Irene E. Wojahn
ONALASKA, Wis. - Irene E. Wojahn, age 74, of 1553 West Young Drive died in the Franciscan Healthcare Center on Wednesday, December 31, 1997. She was born in La Crosse on November 9, 1923, to John and Anna R. (Oertel) Miller. She married Edward Wojahn in La Crosse on September 16, 1948. Irene was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Coulee Region Chapter of Ex-Prisoners of war and she had a great love for all the children that she cared for throughout her entire life.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Schoenfeld of Onalaska and Darlene Nicolai of Whitehall; four grandchildren, Erika and Elissa Schoenfeld and Joey and Scott Nicolai; three sisters, Evelyn (Elwin) Hesselberg of Bangor, Helen (Robert) La Sarge of La Crosse and Deloris Paisley of Mindoro; and four brothers, Harold Miller of La Crosse, Richard Miller of Milwaukee, David (Doris) Miller of Nekoosa and Wilbur Miller of West Salem. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Alfred.
Services will be held on Monday, January 5, 1998, at 11 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Reverend Steven Staude will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for the First Evangelical Lutheran Church or Luther High School.

Helen L. Roellich
LA CROSSE, Wis. - On New Year's Eve, Helen Roellich was called to eternal rest. Helen was born on Nov. 14, 1922 to Henry and Mary Moeves. She married Ralph Roellich on June 17, 1944. Helen was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who devoted much of her time to serving others.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph; three daughters, Mary Foley, Susan (Arden) Schock and Michelle (Terry) Olson; eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alice Woestman and many nieces and nephews.
Her departure leaves a great void in our hearts, but she will live forever in our treasured memories. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 2, 1998, in the Marian Chapel of St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral Catholic Church, 530 Main St. Rev. Robert Cook will officiate with entombment at the Gardens of Peace Mausoleum, Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends and family may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service in the church. Blaschke Funeral assisted the family with arrangements.
I'd like the memory of me, to be a happy one I'd like to leave an after glow, of smiles when life is done I'd like to leave an echo, whispering through the trees Of happy times, and laughing times and love all mixed with these I'd like the tears of those who grieve to vanish in the sun Just cherish happy memories when my life is done.

Betty J. Voss
WINONA, Minn. - Betty J. Voss, 70, 68 W. Howard Street, Winona, Minn. died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, in the Emergency Room of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wis.
She was born Nov. 13, 1927, in Winona to Wayne and Ruth (Stinson) Westerman. On Feb. 8, 1947, she married Wallace J. Voss at Faith Lutheran Church in Winona. Betty was a long time employee in the Children's Department of the H. Choare & Co. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and its Martha Circle.
Survivors include her husband, Wallace; two sons, Richard Voss, Chicago, Ill. and Robert Voss, Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter, Lynn (John) Ferris, Colleyville, Tex.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert (Jenney) Westerman, La Crosse. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Fawcett Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Dumke officiating. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday 7 to 9 p.m. and after 12:30 p.m. Monday. A memorial is being arranged.

Beverly J. Staats
ONALASKA, Wis. - Beverly J. Staats, 63, of Onalaska, died at her home on Friday, January 2, 1998.
She was born January 5, 1934, in La Crosse to Oscar and Mabel (Anderson) Bakken. She married George Buisse on July 7, 1984, at Seward, Alaska.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1971 and taught in the Onalaska Middle Schools for 23 years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Sally Weber of Wauconda, Ill., Jacqueline (Richard Oberst) Staats of Manhatten, Kansas, and Nicky (Tom) Reisenhauer of Cambridge, Wis.; by a son, Thomas (Jamie) Staats of Indianapolis, Ind.; by four stepdaughters, Barbara Mundform of Lime Springs, Catherine Sagen of Harmony, Minn., Patricia Buisse of La Crescent, Minn., and Mary Beth Strong of Bastrop, Texas; by two sisters, Audrey Herold of Stoddard, and Lois Berra of Albany, Wis.; by three brothers, Orin, Clifford, and Roland Bakken of La Crosse; and by six grandchildren, John Weber, Michael, Jennie, and Matthew Reinsenauer, and Jessie and Megan Staats. She was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Hammes.
Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska, on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Albert J. Hammes
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Albert J. Hammes, 81, of West Salem, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born January 30, 1916, at St. Joseph Ridge to August and Caroline (Schumacher) Hammes. On August 27, 1940, he married Jeanette Schmidt at St. Joseph Ridge. They enjoyed almost 55 years of marriage until Jeanette preceded Albert in death on August 1, 1995. Albert dairy farmed and raised tobacco for 37 years before retiring from farming in 1961. He then enjoyed many other trades in addition to farming, such as his employment at Lakeview Health Care Center in West Salem as a nurse's aid until 1976. Albert and Jeanette also worked as houseparents for the St. Francis Group Homes and on their free time, they traveled much of the world. Albert was a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church of West Salem; a member of the Moose Lodge No. 1920, La Crosse and past President of the AFL-CIO Local No. 1403.
Survivors include eight children, John (Sharen) of Bangor, Marilynn (Richard) Thompson of Salt Lake City, James (Dawn), Bernard (Sharon) and Gary (Nancy), all of Onalaska, Daniel (Julie) of Holmen, Karen (Jeffrey) Lynch of Roanoke, Va., and Patrick of West Salem; 24 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Caroline Weber of La Crosse, Rita Weber of St. Joseph Ridge, Loretta Galstad of La Crosse and Mary (David) Quinn of Sparta; and a brother, Arthur (Evelyn) Hammes of La Crosse. In addition to his wife, Albert was preceded in death by his parents; two infant daughters, Mary and Kathleen; and ten sisters and brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, January 6, at 11 a.m. from St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 210 W. Hamilton St., West Salem. Father Bob Hegenbarth will officiate. Entombment will be in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum, Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse.
Friends may call at the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, on Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. where there will be a rosary at 8 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Virginia A. Luedke
Virginia A. Luedke, 83, of La Crosse, died at Bethany Riverside Nursing Home, Wednesday, December 31, 1997.
She was born July 2, 1914, at Savannah, Ill., to Frank and Roseanne (Gerlich) Willard. She married William Luedke on April 23, 1938, in La Crosse. She had been a cub scout den mother, an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a member of Miriam Circle.
In addition to her husband, William, she is survived by a daughter, Karen (Raymond) Poellinger of La Crosse; a son, Dr. Dan (Dr. Susan) Luedke of St. Louis, Mo.; a sister, Irene (Paul) Coneway of Hereford, Texas; and grandchildren, Brian (Dawn) Poellinger, Scott Poellinger, Kristi (Paul) Egland, Dana Luedke, and Matthew Luedke.
Funeral services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Reverend Ted Dewald will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette Street, on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 1 p.m. until the service.

Fay `Scoop' Jacobson
VIROQUA, Wis. - Fay ``Scoop'' Jacobson, age 84, of Vernon Estates, Route #4, Viroqua died suddenly Friday morning, January 2, 1998, at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. He was born in September 12, 1913, in Viroqua to Jacob and Sarah (Bowman) Jacobson. On October 5, 1935, he married Millicent ``Millie'' Matthes in Viroqua. She died on April 18, 1991. He worked for the Ford Garage, Viroqua Body Shop and for several years prior to his retirement was a partner in the B & B Body Shop in Viroqua. In his early years he raced stock cars and his love for harness racing never ceased. For many years he trained horses.
He is survived by four daughters, Frances (Keith) Smith of Viroqua, Betty (Charles) Dunnum of Richfield, Minn., Marlene (Richard) Bertschinger of Milwaukee, Jean (Donald) Hall-Riley of Viroqua; fourteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert ``Rob'' Jacobson of Viroqua; other relatives and many friends. He will also be missed by his companion, Winnie, his dog. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Hilda Stoll, Violette Dittmer; and seven brothers, Harry, Harold, William, Carl, Henry, Ray, and Fred Jacobson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 1998, at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua with Pastor Frank Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the Viola Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends may also call after 8 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Dollie Smith
BOSCOBEL/STOUGHTON, Wis. - Dollie Smith, 91, of Stoughton formally of Boscobel passed away on Friday, January 2, 1998, at the Skaalen Nursing Home in Stoughton. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 4, 1998, at 1 p.m. at the Thoni-Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel. Burial in the Tavera Cemetery Richland County. Friends may call on Sunday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the Thoni-Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel.

Verna L. Linberg
HIXTON, Wis. - Verna L. Linberg, 74, Hixton, died on Thursday, January 1, 1998, at Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 5, 1998, at 1 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hixton, with burial in Sechlerville Cemetery. Friends may call at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton, on Sunday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday one hour prior to services.

Coral N. JarrettM
MERRILLAN, Wis. - Coral N. Jarrett, 91, of Merrillan, died on Thursday, January 1, 1998, at Sunset Memorial Nursing Home, Neillsville. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 5, 1998, at 10 a.m. at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Merrillan. Friends may call at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to services Monday.

Alice J. Ruedy
BANGOR, Wis. - Alice J. Ruedy, 87, of Bangor, died early Friday morning, Jan. 2, at home. She is survived by two sons, Alan (Catherine) Ruedy, Sparta and Donald (Judy) Ruedy, Bangor; daughter-in-law, Betty Ruedy, Dakota, Minn.; brother, Lee (Charlotte) Jorgenson, Fayetteville, Ark.; sister-in-law, Ardis Jorgenson, Sparta; brother-in-law, Gerald Dickenson, Sparta; very special friend, Kay Strehl, La Crescent, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Michael (Sherry) Ruedy, Winona, Minn., Wanda (Wayne) Boehnke, Dakota, Minn., Debbie (Dean) Kerrigan, Houston, Minn., Jenny Ruedy, Minnesota City, Minn., Michelle (Mike) Rapp and Mark (Kristi) Ruedy of Sparta, Laura (Steve) Warnke, Sheboygan, Wis., Ed Ruedy, Bangor; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta with Rev. Tiff Bates officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Monday from 8 a.m. until the service.

Ellsworth S. Sweno
BLAIR, Wis. - Ellsworth S. Sweno, age 58, of Blair, Wis. died on Friday, January 2, 1998, in his home.
Ellsworth was born February 13, 1939, at home in rural Taylor, Wis. to Glen and Eva (Littlejohn) Sweno. He married Sharon L. Hardie on May 31, 1964, in Blair, Wis.
Mr. Sweno served with the Red Arrow Division of the 32nd. Infantry during the Berlin Crisis and was stationed in Fort Louis, Wash.
Ellsworth farmed and owned purebred Guernseys and was active in the Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders Association. He drove bus for ORC Industries in Arcadia and later for the Blair-Taylor School District.
Ellsworth enjoyed his woodworking and was active in the Lutheran churches.
Mr. Sweno was a member of the North Beaver Creek Parish Faith Lutheran Church of rural Ettrick and the Knudtson-Mattison American Legion Post #231 of Blair.
Ellsworth is survived by his wife, Sharon; his children, Sarah (Calvin) Lebakken and David Sweno, both of Blair, Wis.; two grandchildren, Kristin and Justin Lebakken; his mother, Eva Sweno of Blair, Wis.; a brother, Wayne (Marguerite) Sweno of Blair, Wis.; and a sister, Linda (Ralph) Lusk of Hixton, Wis. In addition to his father, Ellsworth was preceded in death by two sons, Kris and Stephen and a brother, Carl.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 5, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the North Beaver Creek Parish Faith Lutheran Church with burial in the church Cemetery, both in rural Ettrick, Wis. Rev. Tim Ehling will officiate. Graveside military services will be conducted by the Knudtson-Mattison American Legion Post #231.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 4, 1998 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Blair, Wis., also one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.

James `Jim' L. Olson
ELROY, Wis. - Jim Olson, age 46 years, died peacefully at his residence on Thursday, January 1, 1998. He was born on January 23, 1951, in Mauston to Norris and Elizabeth (Grandeau) Olson. On April 22, 1972, he was united in marriage to Ruth Holloway in the Fountain Lutheran Church. He lived in Elroy all his life, where he loved his farm and animals. He was a member of the Fountain Lutheran Church and was a plant supervisor for the Land O' Lakes in Mauston.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Elroy; two sons, Keith of Green Bay and Tim of La Crosse; father, Norris of Elroy; three sisters, Barb Olson of New Lisbon, Evonne Olson of Wonewoc and Darlene Richards of Crystal Lake, Ill. He was preceded in death by his mother.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 5, 1998, at 1:30 p.m. at the Fountain Lutheran Church, rural Elroy with Rev. Soren Flessen officiating. Burial will follow in the Fountain Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call at the Picha Funeral Home, Elroy on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday from noon until 1:30 p.m.
``He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, sons, father and sisters.''

Clara C. Fennigkoh
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Clara C. Fennigkoh, 81, of West Salem, died Friday, January 2, 1998, at Mulder Health Care Facility, West Salem.
She was born on July 21, 1916, in Hamburg Township to Fred and Tilla (Sorbergshagen) Carson. On March 12, 1941, she married Fred H. Fennigkoh in Chaseburg and he preceded her in death on June 15, 1995. Clara farmed with her husband on the family farm in rural West Salem for many years.
Survivors include a son, Byron (Gloria) of West Salem; three grandsons, David (Teresa), Karl and Paul, all of West Salem; two great-grandchildren, Jordan and Amber, both of West Salem; a sister-in-law, Hilda Carson of Stoddard; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, John and Reuben.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 7, at 11 a.m. from Christ Lutheran Church, 500 Park St., West Salem. Rev. Paul R. Johnston will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem, on Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Van Vey Zweifel
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Van Vey Zweifel, 92, a resident of Lakeview Health Center in West Salem, died at the center on Thursday, January 1, 1998.
She was born in Mukwonago, Wisconsin on October 10, 1905, to Albert and Mary (Van Buren) Grutzmacher. She married Henry Zweifel on December 23, 1937, in Stoughton, Wis. He preceded her in death on February 3, 1965.
She was a long time member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
She is survived by one son, Dennis (Virginia) Zweifel of La Crosse; two grandchildren, Jay Zweifel and Andrea (Zweifel) Graves; and one great-grandson, Chase Zweifel, all of St. Paul, Minn.; and one sister, Janice Erichsen of Dunwood, Ga. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jay, who died in the sinking of the U.S.S. Thresher submarine in 1963; and one brother, John Grutzmacher.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 5, 1998, at 1 p.m. from the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. Rev. Michael Frandsen will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from noon until the time of services.

Emma Kreis
ONALASKA, Wis. - Emma Kreis, 93, of Onalaska, died at the Franciscan Health Care Center on Friday, January 2, 1998. She was born on August 12, 1904, at Trienz, Germany.
She is survived by a daughter, Doris Hammes, of Onalaska; a granddaughter, Rose Hammes of Onalaska; and a sister, Rosa Riedinger of Dossenheim, Germany. She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, William Hammes and several brothers and sisters.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The Reverend William Matzek will officiate. Entombment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum at the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the service.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska is assisting with the arrangements.

John Englerth
STODDARD, Wis. - John Englerth, 59, of Stoddard, passed away suddenly at home of cardiac arrest on Friday, January 2, 1998.
He was born in Winona, Minnesota on May 2, 1938 to Grover and Laura (Guenther) Englerth. He received both his Bachelors degree in Mathematics and his Masters degree in Education Administration from Winona State University.
John taught math for a short time in Port Huron, Mich. He then served as a math teacher and Assistant Principal at West Salem High School for several years, and later served as Principal at Cassville High School for several years. For the following 22 years, John served both as Principal and as a math teacher at DeSoto High School from 1975 until his retirement in 1997.
He was a member of the Wisconsin National Guard for many years and was also a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in La Crosse.
John is survived by his wife, Phyllis; one daughter, Kristine Englerth of Fresno, Calif.; three sons, Michael (Linda) Englerth of Eden Prairie, Minn., Mark (Karlene) Englerth of West Salem, and Matthew (Jody) Englerth of Gilbert, Ariz.; two step-sons, Kevin Kelling of Big Rapids, Mich., and Timothy Kelling of Hartford, Conn.; three grandchildren, Jenna, Jordon, and Troy Englerth; two sisters, Gwen Sabolyk of Terrytown, La., and Ione Morissette of St. Scolastique, Quebec, Canada; one brother, James (Helen) Englerth of Winona, Minn.; one brother-in-law, Ed Ambrosen of Winona; and one sister-in-law, Betty Englerth of Winona. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Bette Ambrosen; and one brother, Thomas Englerth.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 1998 at 11 a.m. from St. Pius X Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph J. Rafacz will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m., where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m., and again on Wednesday from 10 until 10:30 a.m.

Glen D. Hansman
TOMAH, Wis. - Glen D. Hansman, 81, of Tomah, died Saturday, January 3, 1998 at his home in Tomah. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Tomah. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Memorial Garden. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the White Funeral Home, Tomah; and 12:30 p.m. until services Tuesday at the church.

James J. Smieja
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - James J. Smieja, 61, of Independence, died Saturday, January 3, 1998 in his home after a 15 month courageous battle with cancer.
He was born March 7, 1936 to George and Clara (Sobota) Smieja. He married Josephine (Jo) Skroch, daughter of Dr. Joseph and Mabel Skroch (both deceased) in Arcadia on Jan. 13, 1968. Jo is the Assistant Administrator of the Trempealeau County Health Care Center. Jim and Jo have one son, Joseph who currently helps manage their mink ranch. To his son he was a hero, always there, always caring. He provided a stable home and an atmosphere of love. To his wife he was a soul mate, a love at first sight and a companion for life.
Jim was a graduate of the Independence High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960 and in the Army Reserve from 1960-64. After serving his country he returned home and became involved in mink ranching with his father and eventually established his own mink ranch. Jim enjoyed working outside and took pride in his work and accomplishments. He was an active member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and had a deep and strong faith. He was a man who knelt by his bed each night to pray.
Jim was an avid snowmobiler, belonged to the local club and helped mark and prepare trails. His snowmobiler friends will remember ``Jim's Bridge'' over the river. Other active interests included hunting, fishing the Mississippi and the Great Lakes, the Packers and his home. His greatest accomplishments were as a husband and father and he excelled at both. He was a big, quiet, strong, loving, sensitive, and compassionate man.
Through the years Jim employed many men and boys to work on his mink ranch, including his son and nephew Wayne. For many it was their first job and a place where they learned work habits and ethics. Jim enjoyed working and teaching all and often spoke of the good and at times humorous experiences.
He is survived by his wife, Jo; son, Joseph; brother, Ed (Mary) Smieja and their daughter Susie and friend Tim; brother, Ray (Delores) Smieja and their children, Tom and Jan (Tom) Olson, and their children Aaron and Jamie Ray; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Tom and Mary (Skroch) Flaherty and their daughter, Jenny (Kirk) DeCarlo and their triplets, Amanda, Luke, and Jacob; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dan and Jane (Skroch-Boland) Truog and their children, Wayne Boland and Anne; niece, Margaret Runkel (Ken) Suchla and their children, Jennifer and Emily; nephew, Gene (Patty) Runkel; and many other relatives, friends, current and former employees.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ruth (Smieja) Runkel.
Services will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 1998 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with Rev. Edmund Klimek officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Edison Funeral Home, Independence. Tuesday evening there will be a rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jean M. Ziebell
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Jean M. Ziebell, 74, of West Salem, formerly of La Crosse, died Friday, January 2, 1998 at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse.
She was born May 24, 1923, in Pipestone, Minn. to Earl and Helen (Peterson) Wakefield. On September 26, 1943, she married Everett W. Ziebell in Seattle, Wash. Jean and Everett formerly owned IGA stores in La Crosse and Winona for many years. She enjoyed boating, spending time on the river, watching birds and doing crossword puzzles. Jean liked to travel and was also an avid Green Bay Packer fan.
Survivors include her husband, Everett; four children, Tim (Jennifer) of Zumbrota, Minn., David (Kathryn) of Humble, Texas, Randy and Debra, both of West Salem; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Alice Theis of Winona, Minn.; one brother, Kenneth (Roberta) Wakefield of South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.
Funeral services will be Thursday, January 8, at 10 a.m. from the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem. Burdett W. Wakeman, Minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Winona, Minn. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and also on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Ina L. Evans
SPARTA, Wis. - Ina L. Evans, 93, of Sparta, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998 in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wis.
Survivors are a sister, Zella McLaughlin of Sheboygan, Wis., and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, and five brothers.
Her body will be cremated.
Graveside services will be Saturday, January 17, 1998 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta, at 1 p.m. Smith Mortuary, Melrose, assisted with arrangements.

Merle Koopman
CEDARBURG, Wis. - Merle Koopman, age 84, of Cedarburg, Wis., and formerly of Tomah, died Wednesday evening, Dec. 31, 1997, at his home in Cedarburg. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Ninneman-Steele Funeral Home in Tomah. Private burial services will be held Thursday at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Tomah. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ruth K. Rice
SPARTA, Wis. - Ruth K. Rice, 91, of Hudson, Ohio and formerly of Sparta, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1997 in Hudson.
She was born on August 6, 1906 in Merrill, Wis. to Samuel and Victoria (Mlynek) Klick. She grew up in the Whitehall-Independence area and graduated from Independence High School in 1927. She attended Beauty School in Milwaukee. She worked in Eau Claire and Thorp and then moved to Sparta in August of 1932. She owned and operated the Carol Beauty Shop in Sparta. She married Mathias H. Rice on May 29, 1936 in Wausau. They resided in Sparta. Ruth retired in 1972 and moved to Hudson, Ohio to live with her son in 1994.
She is survived by her son, M. David (Joy Diane) Rice of Hudson, Ohio; five grandchildren, Scott Rice, Kathy Rice, Kristin Rice, Jennifer Easton and Marc Easton; three great-grandchildren, Lauren Rice, Adam Rice, Emily Rice; a sister, Dolores (Roy) Melvin of Glenbuelah, Wis.; a brother, Ralph Klick of La Crosse.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mathias on December 30, 1985; a brother, Raymond; and two sisters, Blanche and Eunice.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 7, 1998 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father Mark Walljasper officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.
Friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta, on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the funeral home on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.

Oliver H. `Bud' Glanzman
MONDOVI, Wis. - Oliver H. ``Bud'' Glanzman, age 76, went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 31, 1997.
He was born June 19, 1921, in Gilman Valley, the son of Oscar and Hilda (Schultz) Glanzman. Oliver attended Gilman Valley Grade School and graduated from Gilmanton High School in 1938. He attended River Falls High School between 1942 and 1946. He also served as speech coach and assistant principal. After retiring from teaching, Oliver married the former Phyllis L. Moy on June 7, 1947, at Central Lutheran Church in Mondovi. He farmed between 1947 and 1967 when ill health forced an early retirement. Despite his disability, he worked as a part-time sales representative for DeKalb AgResearch, a hybrid seed company for 27 years. Oliver worked diligently for his church, Zion Lutheran of Mondovi, as a choir member, Sunday School and High School Bible class teacher, superintendent, and other activities such as leading devotions at the American Lutheran Home. He was also the last clerk of Devaney Graded School before it consolidated with Mondovi.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; four sons, Terry (Jean), Scotty (Cathy), Gary (Karen), Jeffrey (Nancy); three daughters, Shelley (Dan) Dal Pra, Becky (Charles) Forster, Mary (Randy) Carlson; 10 grandchildren, Mariah and Gabriel Forster, Alyssa and Brianna Glanzman, Doran and Darah Dal Pra, Malia, Jared and Bailee Carlson, and Tyler Jeffrey Glanzman. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Nancy; and a brother, Hilmer.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 1998, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mondovi. Reverend Roger Goetz will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Edison-Poeschel Funeral Home in Mondovi. Friends may also call on Tuesday from 8 to 12 p.m. at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until time of services at the church.

Marcus Jeffrey Osterhout
Marcus Jeffrey Osterhout, infant son of Krisa Ann Osterhout, died Wednesday, December 31, 1997 at the Gundersen-Lutheran Medical Center.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Christopher Osterhout of La Crosse; maternal grandparents, Jeff and Pat Osterhout of Victoria, Texas; maternal great-grandmother, Helen Osterhout of La Crosse; two aunts, Kim Osterhout of La Crosse, Tracy (John) Silva of Kingsland, Ga.; one uncle, Jeffrey Osterhout of Rochester, Minn.; and numerous cousins. Marcus was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandfather, Marcus G. Osterhout; and an aunt, Tamara Osterhout.
A private family funeral service will be held at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse, with burial at the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery.

A Cradle Song
Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
Smiles awake you when you rise.
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby:
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.

Care is heavy, therefore sleep you;
You are care, and care must keep you.
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby:
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.
Thomas Dekker (1572-1632)

Clara H. Lehrke
CHASEBURG, Wis. - Clara H. Lehrke, 78, of Chaseburg, died Saturday, January 3, 1998 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse.
She was born in Newton Valley, Vernon Co. on Dec. 8, 1919 to Hans and Amelia (Olson) Myhre. She married Orville Lehrke on October 3, 1942 in Coon Valley. The couple farmed their married life in the Chaseburg area until moving to Chaseburg in 1986. She was a longtime member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. Clara enjoyed gardening, fishing, crossword puzzles and most of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Orville, she is survived by two sons, Marvin (Marcy) and Daniel, both of Chaseburg; one daughter, Patricia (Theodore) Johnson of Onalaska; two sisters, Evelyn Hanson and Ruth Schuster, and one brother, Roy Myhre, all of Chaseburg; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 1998 at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. Rev. Lyle Schalow officiating with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley and at the church on Tuesday from noon until the time of services.
Memorials preferred to St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Kathleen Kay Hegenbart
HOLMEN, Wis. - Kathleen Kay Hegenbart, age 34, of N7135 Birch Street, Holmen, died in her home on Friday, January 2, 1998.
She was born in La Crosse on February 20, 1963 to Roger and Kay (Lund) Bjorge. She was married to Scott Hegenbart on May 7, 1994 in the First Lutheran Church of Onalaska.
Kathleen graduated from Onalaska High School in 1981 and has been employed at Crescent Printing Co. as Human Resources Manager for nine years. In addition to her husband, Scott, she is survived by her parents, Roger and Kay Bjorge of La Crosse; a brother, Scott Bjorge of La Crosse.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 6, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, Onalaska. The Reverend Fred Ohlrogge will officiate and burial will be in the Onalaska Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, Onalaska, on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Emma Kreis
ONALASKA, Wis. - Emma Kreis, 93, of Onalaska, died at the Franciscan Health Care Center on Friday, January 2, 1998.
She was born on August 12, 1904 in Trienz, Germany.
She is survived by a daughter, Doris Hammes of Onalaska; a granddaughter, Rose Hammes of Onalaska; and a sister, Rosa Riedinger of Dossenheim, Germany. She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, William Hammes and several brothers and sisters.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The Reverend William Matzek will officiate. Entombment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum at the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the service.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska is assisting with the arrangements.
``Then God in His mercy shall give her a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last.''

Ralph E. Schulze
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Ralph E. Schulze, age 73, of Caledonia, Minn., died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Eitzen, Minn. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia; and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

Alice Frances Valentine Strupp
OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Alice Frances Valentine Strupp, 82, died suddenly following a brief illness on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1997 at her home in Oceanside, Calif.
Mrs. Strupp was born in Rolling Stone, Minn. and attended Winona State Teachers College, where she received her teaching certificate. She taught elementary school for three years in the Winona area prior to marriage and for 20 years at St. Thomas More School in La Crosse, Wis. before retiring.
She married Joseph William Strupp of La Crescent, Minn. in 1939. The couple had three children and lived in La Crescent until 1989. Mrs. Strupp was a member of the Church of the Crucifixion in La Crescent and a longtime member of the church's Kateri Circle.
Surviving are three sisters, Florence Sestini of Oceanside, Jane Sherman of Minnesota City, Minn., and Aileen Ebinger of San Pedro, Calif.; one brother, Rod Valentine of Waukee, Iowa; two daughters, Sharon Horacek of Omaha, Neb., and Kathleen Seigel of Oceanside; one son, James of New York, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her granddaughter, Jennifer Horacek; two sisters; and three brothers.
Funeral services are set for Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Church of Crucifixion, 407 S. Second St., La Crescent. Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m., with mass beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow immediately afterward at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Ridgeway, Minn.
Flowers may be sent to the church or donations may be made in Mrs. Strupp's name to the new homeless shelter of the Mission San Luis Rey Parish, 4070 Mission Ave., San Luis Rey, Calif., 92068. Attention: Father Michel Gagnon, pastor, (760) 757-3250.


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