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James J. Smieja
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - James J. Smieja, 61, of Independence, died Saturday, January 3, 1998, in his home.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. 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.
Casket bearers will be Broney Matchey, Randy Symicek, Wayne Boland, Anne Truog, Dan Truog and Tom Flaherty.

Edith Harris
TREMPEALEAU, Wis. - Edith Harris, 91, of Trempealeau, died Sunday, January 4, 1998, in Marinuka Manor Nursing Home, Galesville, Wis.
She was born August 26, 1906, in Trempealeau to Robert and Winifred (Gibbs) Trowbridge. On Sept. 9, 1924, she married Theodore ``Ted'' Harris in Minneapolis, Minn. He died in 1989.
Edith was a member of the Trempealeau United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women, West Prairie Homemakers, and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors are six daughters, Winifred (Les) Grover, Betty (Arild) Engelien, Peggy (Wendell) Hilton, Norma Jean (Irvin) Wagner, all of Trempealeau, Wanda (Carroll) Sacia of Galesville, Lois (Cletus) Casey of Ettrick, Wis.; 21 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert Trowbridge of Trempealeau and Harry (Delores) Trowbridge of Arcadia, Wis.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandchild; six great-grandchildren; two sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998, in Trempealeau United Methodist Church with Rev. Betsy Miller-Ruben officiating. Burial will follow in Trempealeau Public Cemetery.
Friends may call at Smith Mortuary, Galesville, on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday at the church from 1 p.m. until services.

Ralph E. Schulze
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Ralph E. Schulze, age 73, of Caledonia, died Saturday, January 3, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse, Wis..
He was born October 12, 1924, in Wilmington Township, to Herman and Wilhelmina (Kohlmeyer) Schulze. He attended country school in Wilmington Township. On June 1, 1968, he married Lois Marin Welper in St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Eitzen, Minn. She preceded him in death August 14, 1970.
Ralph was an active farmer in Wilmington Township all his life. He was a member of St. Luke's United Church of Christ and the Eitzen's Lions Club.
He is survived by a sister, Elsie Salverson of Milwaukee; three stepchildren, Daniel Welper, Pam Olmsted and Wade Welper; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Wanda; two sisters, Ora and Ruth; and two brothers, Ormond and William.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Eitzen. The Rev. Tom Laufer will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday.

Edwin R. Braathen
HOUSTON, Minn. - Edwin R. Braathen, 85, of Houston, Minn., died Saturday, January 3, 1998, at Valley View Nursing Home in Houston, Minn.
Edwin was born July 21, 1912, in Houston County to Truls and Nettie (Nelson) Braathen. In 1936, Edwin married Alice Vix in Decorah, Iowa. She later died on February 17, 1996. Edwin was a carpenter for over 50 years with Iverson Lumber Yard in Houston. He was a member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston and served on the Houston City Council. Edwin had been at Valley View Nursing Home for the past three weeks.
Edwin is survived by a daughter, Edith (Paul) Beckman of Houston; a stepson, Irvin (Diana) Smith of Clarksville, Tenn.; three grandchildren; a brother, Paul Braathen of Houston; and a cousin, Erna Larson of Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother, one sister and a step-grandson.
Funeral services are planned for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 1998, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church with the Reverend Lane Zaffke officiating.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hoff Funeral Homes-Houston Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Burial will be in the Stone Church Cemetery in Houston.
The family suggests that memorials be given to Cross of Christ Lutheran Church or Valley View Nursing Home.

Ines Boebel
BOSCOBEL, Wis. - Ines Boebel, 80, of Boscobel, Wis., died on Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Boscobel. Burial will be in the Boscobel Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home, Boscobel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Willard V. Parker
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Willard V. Parker, 80, of Pine Bluff, Ark., died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, Wis.
Local survivors include his mother, Milly E. Dittinger Parker Ashdown of Augusta, Wis., and a sister, Phyllis Woodward of Augusta, Wis.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Ralph, Robinson & Son Funeral Home, Pine Bluff, Ark. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Austin Michael Loveless
Austin Michael Loveless, infant son of Kurt and Amie Loveless of La Crosse, died Monday, Dec. 29, 1998, in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. Funeral services were held in Chicago.

Stanley Jarvis Olson
LAKELAND, Fla. - Stanley Jarvis Olson, 80, of Lakeland, Florida, passed away December 19, 1997, in the Lakeland Regional Hospital. He was born to Oscar and Ella (Ottum) Olson March 31, 1917, in Westby, Wisconsin. Stanley was a home builder for most of his life. He also designed and built a mobile home park near Holmen, Wisconsin, which he later sold. He and Elverda moved permanently to Lakeland, Florida in 1992 after spending many winters there. He was a member of St. Paul's Church in La Crosse since 1957. He was a member of the Moose Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elverda (Oiurn) Olson; and a son, Dr. Dennis (Jeanette) of Saint Paul, Minn.; two grandchildren, Susan (Kevin) Cole and Craig, all of Turlock, California; one brother, Orbin (Beverly) of Westby; two sisters, Muriel Skrede of Cashton and Elaine Bjerkos of Westby, Wisconsin. Also many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be remembered as a trusted husband, grandfather, brother, advisor, father and my best friend. Memorial services will be held January 10th at 1 p.m. at Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home, 605 West Ave. South, La Crosse. Burial of cremated remains will be held at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park at a later date.

Norman A. Champlin
FERRYVILLE, Wis. - Norman A. Champlin, 83, Route #1, Ferryville, died suddenly in his home in the town of Freeman (Crawford County) of an apparent heart attack. He was born at Lyndon Station on November 25, 1914 to Harry and Ruth (Schroeder) Champlin. He graduated from Portage High School in 1933. On July 8, 1942, he married Florence Voigt at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Mauston. He then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Following his discharge they moved to Milwaukee where he worked for A.O. Smith until 1975 when he retired. They moved to rural Ferryville and built a home across from their son's farm. He was a member of the English Ev. Lutheran Church in Viroqua, Smith Steel Workers No. 19806 AFL-CIO, and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5970 of Lyndon Station.
He is survived by his wife, Florence, one son, Roger (Sheila) Champlin, of rural Ferryville, two daughters, Sharon (Murphy) White, of Okeechobee Fla., Linda Clemmons, of Charleston, S.C., eight grandchildren, Ryan and Kimberly Champlin, Ted Peterson, Kris Rucks, Steven White, Jamie, Bryan, and Christopher Clemmons, and two great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Garrett Rucks. He is also survived by one brother, Roland Champlin, of Omaha, Neb. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Harland, Gordon, and Russell Champlin, and four sisters, Eleanor Bulgrin, Dorothy Podrasky, Helen Hawes, and Margie Geisser.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 8th at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Mauston with Pastor Dennis Kempf officiating. Burial will be in the Lyndon Cemetery at Lyndon Station with military rites by VFW Post No. 5970 of Lyndon Station. Friends may call at the church from noon until time of service on Thursday. The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua (1-800-657-6741) is serving the family.

Mary A. Buch
Mary A. Buch, 82, of Lake Villa, Ill., and formerly of La Crosse, died on Sunday, January 4, 1998 at the home of her daughter in Lake Villa. She was born on March 24, 1915 in East Troy, Wis., to John and Mary (Sheedy) Crowley. She was orphaned in infancy and adopted by Joseph and Florence Toohey of Tomah, Wis. She married Stephen J. Buch on February 14, 1942 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tomah. He died on May 26, 1981. Mary was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, where she served as secretary and treasurer of the Catholic Women's League, and also as a Eucharistic Minister.
Mary is survived by three daughters, Mary Jo (William) Schriver of Belvidere, Ill., Terri Buch of Gurnee, Ill., and Margaret (Greg) Linder of Lake Villa, Ill.; a son , Peter (Karen) Buch of Rockford, Ill.; six grandchildren, Kristin Schriver of Minneapolis, Minn., Marnie Schriver of Island Lake, Ill., Stephanie (Brian) Gauerke of Rockford, Ill., and Sarah, Stephen and Mason Linder, all of Lake Villa, Ill.; and a great-granddaughter, Natalie Randall of Rockford, Ill. In addition to her husband, Steve, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Daniel Crowley. During the last weeks of her life, Mary was attended by Tricia Garcia of Skokie, Ill.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 9, 1998 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman. The Rev. Anthony J. Wolf will officiate. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery of La Crosse. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. There will be a wake service at the funeral home on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Alan F. Jones Sr.
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Alan F. Jones Sr., 76, a resident of the Lakeview Health Care Center, West Salem, Wis., died on Monday, January 5, 1998 at the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center. He was born on February 5, 1921 in Bangor, Wis., to Jesse and Minnie (Capper) Jones.
Alan is survived by three children, Alan E. Jones of Kenosha, Wis., Larry A. Jones of La Crosse and Judy Baralani of Genoa, Wis.; three sisters, Gladys Schilling and Virginia Miller, both of West Salem, and Luella Harr of Sparta, Wis.; and one brother, Marvin D. Jones of Cashton, Wis. He was preceded in death by his wife Janet (Morgan) Jones.
There will be no funeral services. He will be cremated and his cremains will be buried in the Burns Cemetery, Bangor, Wis., at a later date. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.

Kim LaDale Marson
ONALASKA, Wis. - Kim L. Marson, 40, died at the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center on Sunday, January 4, 1998. She was born March 3, 1957 in La Crosse to Dale R. and Betty (Clark) Thomas. She married Gary Marson on April 6, 1996. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and daughter.
She is survived by her husband, Gary; a daughter, Brittany West; and two sons, Nicholas and Christopher West, all of Onalaska; her mother, Betty Thomas of La Crosse; a sister, Pamela (Richard G. ``Dick'') Williams of La Crosse; her paternal grandmother, Alva Thomas of Norwalk; a stepdaughter, Heather Humfeld and a stepgrandson, Austin of Waterloo, Iowa; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dale R. Thomas, her maternal grandparents and a paternal grandfather.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Onalaska. The Reverend Ryan Aarstard will officiate and entombment will be in the Gardens of Peace Mausoleum. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, in Onalaska, on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the services. Memorials may be given to the Kim Marson memorial fund.

Margaret M. Woerm
MCGREGOR, Iowa - Margaret M. Woerm, 83, of McGregor, Iowa, died Tuesday, January 6, 1998, at the Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis. following a long illness. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday, January 9, 1998, at the First Congregational UCC in McGregor, Iowa. There will be no visitation at the Thornburg-Hanson Funeral Home in McGregor.

John William Wuttke
John William Wuttke, 53, of 2519 South 17th Street, died in his home on Monday, December 29, 1997. He was born in La Crosse on October 28, 1944 to Fred and Evelyn (Kildow) Wuttke. John was a machinist for the Trane Company. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited.
He is survived by two sisters, Mary (Carl) Oelfke of Holmen and Nancy (Rob) Rasmussen of Kenosha and three brothers, Fred (Sara) of Houston. Tex., Tom of La Crosse, and Jim (Marilyn) of Onalaska. He was preceded in death by his parents. Private services were held on Monday, January 5, 1998 at the Oak Grove Cemetery. Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Clarence H. `Christy' Christensen
Clarence H. ``Christy'' Christensen, 80, of La Crosse, died on Monday, December 29, 1997 at the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born in Pulaski, Wisconsin, on July 29, 1917 to Hans and Clara (Erickson) Christensen. He married Edna V. Eggen on September 10, 1938 in Waukon, Iowa. He worked as a tool and die maker throughout his life, and last worked at Northern Engraving in Sparta before retiring.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Edna; one daughter, Clarice (Louis) Favre of La Crosse; two grandchildren, Donald Gerke and Nancy Gerke; two sisters, Alice (Al) Hovey of Shawano, Wis., and Ann (Dallas) Heinz of Pulaski, Wis.; one brother, Donald (Barbara) Christensen of Green Bay, Wis.; two sisters-in-law, Agnes Christensen of Pulaski, Wis., and Doris Jarosinski of Milwaukee; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, James and Andrew.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 10, 1998 at 11 a.m. from First Presbyterian Church in La Crosse. Rev. Michael Frandsen will officiate. Friends may call on the family at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is assisting the family with arrangements.

Elma Edith Randall
BOSCOBEL, Wis. - Elma Edith Randall, 91, of Boscobel, Wis., died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998, in Boscobel Area Health Care in Boscobel. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in United Methodist Church in Boscobel. Burial will be in the Westfork Cemetery in Richwood Twp. Friends may call at the Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home in Boscobel on Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Georgetta W. Gibney
ELROY, Wis. - Georgetta W. Gibney, 75, of Elroy, died Monday, Jan. 5, 1998 at her residence. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the Picha Funeral Home, Elroy. Burial will follow in Millards Prairie Cemetery, rural Elroy. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from noon until services Friday, both in the funeral home.

Clinton Dale Winters
WAUKON, Iowa. - Clinton Dale Winters, 74, of Waukon, Iowa, died suddenly Sunday, Jan. 4, 1998, in his home. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Zion United Church of Christ, Waukon, Iowa. Burial with military graveside rites will be in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call after 3 p.m. today at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Charlotte A. (Freng) McArdle
Charlotte A. (Freng) McArdle, age 81, of La Crosse, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 1998, in the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center.
She was born in La Crosse on September 24, 1916, to John and Mary Ellen (Roche) Freng. She graduated from Central High School in 1934, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin as a Registered Nurse in 1940 and received her bachelor's degree in 1941. She married James E. McArdle of Bailey's Harbor, Wis., on April 6, 1942, in La Crosse. Together with her husband they moved extensively throughout the U.S., due to his career with the FBI. Her nursing career began with public health care nursing in Vernon County, and progressed to a teaching assignment at Garfield Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. Upon their return to La Crosse in 1961, she was appointed as the Director of La Crosse Public Health Nurses (1963-1965). In 1965, she assumed the duties of Director of Nursing Services at St. Francis Hospital, retiring from that position in 1969 due to her health.
Her accomplishments include: City Board of Health 1966-1970; State Board of Nursing 1967-1973; she served as Chair for La Crosse Mental Health & Mental Retardation Committee. She was a charter member of the Western Wisconsin Health Planning Organization and a member of the La Crosse District Nurses Association. For two years she served on the Wisconsin Department of Welfare Advisory Committee.
Charlotte was the first woman to chair the City-County Health Council. She was a member of the Catholic Women's League; and the Cathedral Women's Organization.
She is survived by six children, Jim (Jane Weigel) McArdle of Carmichael, Calif., Terry (Ally Schuetz) McArdle of Stoughton, Wis., Mike (Marianne Marcou) McArdle of La Crosse, Wis., Mary Ellen ``Myk'' (Gail Behrens) of Minneapolis, Minn., Kevin (Sue Haedt) McArdl of Stillwater, Minn., and Mark (Peg St. John) McArdle of Livonia, Mich.; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James in 1984.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral on Saturday, January 10, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. The Reverends Robert Cook and Bernard McGarty will concelebrate, with entombment to be in the St. Francis of Asissi Mausoleum in Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Blaschke Funeral Home, 401 West Ave. So., on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service to be at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.
Memorials are requested to: McArdle Cancer Research Center of U.W. Madison, the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation or the Boys & Girls Club of Greater La Crosse.

Sidonie G. Kelly
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sidonie G. Kelly, age 82, of St. Paul, Minn., died Jan. 6, 1998.
She was preceded in death by daughters, Kathleen and Dianne Elizabeth; and son, Sean Anton; sisters, Eugenie and Jeanette.
Survived by her husband of 48 years, J. Donald; and sister, Catherine Pinker. She is also survived by sons-in-law, Chris Cuneo and Thomas Montgomery.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 1640 Montreal Ave. There will be a private inurnment.
Memorials preferred to American Cancer Society or Our Lady of Good Counsel Home.
Arrangements were made by O'Halloran and Murphy Funeral Home, 575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 55116, (612) 698-0796.

Carl M. Diersen
CALEDONIA, Wis. - Carl M. Diersen, 87, of Caledonia, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998, at the Lutheran Home, Caledonia.
Funeral services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. from St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church and burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, both in Caledonia.
Friends may call at the Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia, from 4 to 8 p.m. today; and at the church on Friday form 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

Selma Tietze
Selma Tietze, 94, a resident of the Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, died on Wednesday, January 7th, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.
She was born on March 24, 1903, in Chaseburg, Wis., to John and Louise (Springer) Lietke. She married Gustave O. Tietze on June 16, 1923, in Winona, Minn. Selma was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in the Town of Hamburg, Wis., until she moved to La Crosse in 1947. She joined Mount Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church in La Crosse and had been a member until the time of her death. Selma had worked at Lutheran Hospital for over 18 years until her retirement in 1966.
She is survived by two daughters, Louise (Benjamin) Helke of Stoddard, Wis., and Dorothy (Kenneth) Severson of Holmen, Wis.; six grandchildren, Benjamin (Diane) Helke of La Crosse, Michael (Holly) Helke of La Crosse, Kristine (Lawrence) De Bauche of La Crosse, Gloria (Tony) Seever of Stoddard, Sharon (Wendell) Pfaff of Mindoro, Wis., and Arlin (Karla) Severson of La Crosse; twelve great-grandchildren, Eric, Angie (Paul) Franke, Danielle, Brandon, Julia, Elizabeth, Joshua, Cassandra, William, Jennifer, Lucas and Hayley; one sister, Louise (Ludwig) Grosskopf of Bangor, Wis.; and a brother, Herbert (Edna) Lietke of La Crosse.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gustave; an infant daughter, Karen; a sister, Minnie Neurauter; a brother, Eddie Lietke; and an infant sister and infant brother.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 10th, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Mount Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church. The Rev. Edward C. Ungemach III will officiate. Burial will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Hamburg.
Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. A prayer service will be held Friday evening at 6:45 p.m.

Alta M. Hagen
Alta M. Hagen, 82, of La Crosse, died at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, on Tuesday, January 6, 1998.
She was born March 1, 1915, in Monroe County, to Evan and Hilda (Olson) Erickson. She married Riley F. Hagen. He preceded her in death on September 24, 1975.
She was a retired teacher, having taught in both rural schools and in the La Crosse Public School System.
She is survived by a brother, Harley Erickson.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. The Rev. Rachel Thorson-Mithelman will officiate. Burial will be in the Portland Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Cashton. Friends may call at he church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the service.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, is assisting with the arrangements.

Henry Linrud
STODDARD/WESTBY, Wis. - Henry Linrud, 88, of Stoddard and formerly of the Westby area, died Wednesday morning, January 7, 1998, in La Crosse.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. from Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Westby. Burial will be in the Coon Prairie Cemetery.
Friends may call on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, Westby; and after 1 p.m. on Monday at the church.
A complete obituary will follow.

Homer W. Anderson
ETTRICK, Wis. - Homer W. Anderson, age 82, of rural Ettrick, Wis., died on Tuesday, January 6, 1998, at his home.
Homer was born on April 15, 1915, in rural Ettrick, Wis., to Claus and Mina (Olson) Anderson. He was a life-long area resident who farmed and also did carpentry and mechanical work prior to his retirement in 1989.
Mr. Anderson is survived by a brother, Irvin (Evelyn) Anderson of Lebanon, Tenn.; two sisters, Alice Swenson and Celia Olson, both of Ettrick, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Homer was preceded in death by five brothers, Lester, Albert, Norman, Melvin and Vernal.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 10, 1998, at 1:30 p.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.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 9, 1998, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Blair, Wis., and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.

Ethel M. Wiley
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Ethel M. Wiley, 99, of the Shamrock area of Jackson County, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998, in Pine View Nursing Home, Black River Falls.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Shamrock Union Church and burial will be in the Shamrock Union Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until services.

Merlin ``Mike'' Meinking
SPARTA, Wis. - Merlin ``Mike'' Meinking, 68, of Sparta, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Tomah.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta. Burial, with full military honors, will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.
Friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta, on Friday from 4 until 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Eunice M. Burkhalter
Eunice M. Burkhalter, 83, of rural Winona County, Minn., died on Tuesday, January 6th, 1998, at her home.
She was born on a farm in the town of Burns, rural Bangor, Wis., to Engbert and Annie Johnson. She married Fred Burkhalter on June 26, 1954, at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Winona. They spent their lives working on their farm until Fred retired. He then preceded her in death on July 19, 1982. Eunice had a heart of gold and loved helping the elderly and handicapped.
She is survived by two stepsons, Ed (Lucille) Burkhalter of Winona and Everett (Jeanette) Burkhalter of Arizona; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one sister, Serena ``Toots'' Vian of Sparta; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Johnson also of Sparta; many nieces and nephews; many special friends and supportive neighbors.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by six sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 10th, at 11 a.m. from the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent. The Rev. Duane Baardseth will officiate. Burial will be in the Dakota Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be given to the American Lung Association.

Malinda C. Reinhard
Malinda C. Reinhard, 87, a resident of the Bethany-St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse, died on Monday, January 5, 1998, at the Care Center.
She was born on June 15, 1910, in the Town of Shelby, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, to Andrew and Mattie (Simonson) Nelson. She married Peter P. Reinhard. He preceded her in death. Malinda had been a registered nurse at Grandview Hospital in La Crosse for many years. She was a member of English Lutheran Church.
She is survived by one son, Peter M. Reinhard of Howell, Michigan; one niece, Marilyn (Darwin) Ward of La Crosse; and one nephew, Milton (Irene) Hanson of La Crosse. In addition to her husband, Peter, she was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
There will be no services. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.

Adah L. Schaller
BELLS COULEE, Wis. - Adah L. Schaller, 77, of Taylor, Wis., formerly of Bells Coulee, died Tuesday, January 6, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse.
She was born November 24, 1920, in the Town of Burns to Carlton and Olga (Dahl) Freng. On February 22, 1943, she married Leo F. Schaller, Sr., in Florida and he preceded her in death on September 14, 1979. Adah was a member of Bells Coulee Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday School Superintendent for many years. She was also an honorary member of the Gunderson-Gilbertson American Legion Post 507 Auxiliary, Mindoro.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen (Dan) Rhyme of Mindoro and Joann Schaller of Taylor; six sons, Leo Jr. (Gena) of Bangor, Ronald (Barbara) of Lakeside, Ariz., Alan (Jodi) of Muscoda, Wis., Dennis (Virginia) of Sparta, Duane (Dawn) of Taylor and Forrest of Black River Falls; 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Duaine (Mildred) Freng of La Crosse. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two grandsons, Donald and Donovan; and two brothers.
Funeral services will be Saturday, January 10, at 11 a.m. from Bells Coulee Lutheran Church. Rev. Ron Nowland will officiate. Burial will be in Burns Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, on Friday from 7 until 9 p.m.; and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.


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