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Fritz Nicklaus
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Fritz Nicklaus, age 76, died Sunday, January 11, 1998. He was the beloved husband of Maria (Nee Engl), dearest father of Gerhard and Fred (Kate) Nicklaus, loving grandfather of Kirk and Samantha and fond brother of the late Gerhard. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.
Funeral services are Monday, January 19, at 6 p.m. at Bruskiewitz Forest Lane Chapel, 355 W. Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee, Wis. Private interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service. Special thanks to the staff of Hillview Care Center for their kindness and care. In lieu of flowers, memorials to The Ranch Community Services or ARC Milwaukee are suggested.

Emma Johnson
VIROQUA, Wis. - Emma Johnson, age 96, of Viroqua, died Friday, January 16, 1998, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. The location and visitation times will be announced later by the Larson Funeral Home.

Olga C. Parr
WESTBY, Wis. - Olga C. Parr, age 89, of Westby, died early Friday morning, January 16, 1998, at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Viroqua. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 19, 1998, at 1 p.m. at the Dell United Methodist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, Westby. A complete obituary to follow.

Cecil Lombard
LA FARGE, Wis. - Cecil Lombard, age 74, formerly of La Farge, died Friday morning, January 16, 1998, in Florida. Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Thursday and will be announced by the Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby.

Erma Langrehr
SPARTA, Wis. - Erma Langrehr, 95, of Sparta, died early Friday morning, January 16, at the Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta.
She was born in the Town of Burns, La Crosse County, Wis. on February 15, 1902, the daughter of August and Emma (Cook) Young. She was united in marriage to Edward F. Langrehr on March 7, 1928. They lived in the Town of Burns for three years and then farmed at Sparta Arms for 12 years.
She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sparta and their Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Striped Homemakers Club in Burns.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Hannah (Henry) Youncke and Sarah (Arthur) Hugo; four brothers, Marshall and his twin brother, Martin who died in infancy, Alfred and Ralph.
She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Young of West Salem and Elsie Bernett of Tomah; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sparta at 11 a.m. Monday with Rev. Del Begalka officiating. Burial will be in the Burns Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10-11 a.m.

Amelia G. Olson
NELSON, Wis. - Amelia G. Olson, age 92, of Nelson, died Wednesday, January 14, 1998, at the Hartford Care Center in Hartford, Wis. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Lyster Lutheran Church, rural Nelson, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Stohr-Hagen-Wozney Funeral Home in Alma, Wis., where there will be a 4 p.m. prayer service. Friends may also call from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the church.

Ada Mae Reichelt
Ada M. Reichelt, 99, formerly of 2126 Prospect Street, died at the Lakeview Health Care Center on Thursday, January 15, 1998. She was born July 12, 1898, in La Crosse to August and Bertha (Trader) Fregin. She married Harold Reichelt on January 22, 1924, in La Crosse, and he preceded her in death on January 4, 1975. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church. The Reverend Ted Dewald will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the service. Memorials may be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Trust. Dickinson Family Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements.

George (Tjeerd Durk) Oedsma
GALESVILLE, Wis. - George (Tjeerd Durk) Oedsma, 102, of Galesville, died Friday, January 16, 1998, in Mulder Health Care Facility, West Salem, Wis.
He was born January 2, 1896, in the Netherlands to Durk and Berendje (Schapp) Oedsma. In 1922 he came to America to work on his uncle's farm in Michigan. While visiting Wisconsin he met Marie De Groot whom he married March 26, 1925, in Winona, Minn. The couple farmed in various Galesville area locations. She died January 12, 1978. George enjoyed children and was known to many as the Galesville Santa Claus. His carving hobby reflected his love for America. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, curling and cards, especially euchre.
George was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Galesville, Order of the Eastern Star, the Decorah Masonic Lodge F & A. M. #177 of Galesville and the Zor Shrine.
Survivors are two sons, Durk (Lois) and Stanley (Sharon), both of Galesville; three daughters, Beatrice (Walter) Balmer of West Salem, Hazel Grace (Floyd) Richardson of Holmen, Wis. and Kathleen (Gil) Machin of Kansas City, Missouri; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Yahnke (Berend) Roorda of the Netherlands. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, John; four sisters; and a brother.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, January 19, 1998, in First Presbyterian Church, Galesville with the Rev. Dr. R. Steven Krueger officiating. Burial will be in Green Mound Cemetery, Holmen. Friends may call at Smith Mortuary, Galesville on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7:30 Eastern Star Service, followed by a Masonic Service and Monday at the church from 12:30 p.m. until services.

Arthur Henry Klawitter
Arthur H. Klawitter, 85, died at the Gundersen/Lutheran Medical Center on Thursday, January 15, 1998. He was born September 4, 1912, to Carl and Louise (Meyer) Klawitter. He was a graduate of Central High School. He married Verna (Gollnick) on September 6, 1941. Mr. Klawitter was a veteran of World War II. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Trane Company for forty-one years. Art loved to garden and fish.
He is survived by his wife Verna; two sons, Dave (Jane) Klawitter of Onalaska and Ron (Cheryl) Klawitter of Auburndale, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Rick) Kline, Emily, Matt and Alysia Klawitter; a brother, Edwin (Jenora) Klawitter of La Crosse. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lillian.
Funeral services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. The Reverend Edward Ungemach will officiate and entombment will be in the Chapel of Devotion Mausoleum at the Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, La Crosse, on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the services.
Memorials may be given to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church or the Hospice Unit of Gundersen/Lutheran Medical Center.

Freda Elizabeth Mitby
Freda E. Mitby, 89, formerly of 644 North 22nd Street, died at the Bethany-Riverside Health Care Facility. She was born February 4, 1908, in St. Paul Park, Minnesota to Oliver and Freda (Winberg) La Bathe. She married Ralph Mitby and he preceded her in death. Prior to retirement, she owned and operated Freda's Beauty Mode.
She is survived by nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the English Lutheran Church. The Reverend Robert Olson will officiate and burial will be in the Westby Coon Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the service. The Dickinson Family Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements.

Carl J. Hallanger
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis./MC GREGOR, Iowa - Carl J. Hallanger, age 90, of McGregor, Iowa and formerly of Prairie du Chien, Wis. died Friday, January 16, 1998, at the Great River Care Center in Mc Gregor. Funeral services will be held graveside on Monday, January 19, 1998, at 1:30 p.m. at the North Beaver Creek Faith Lutheran Church Cemetery, in Ettrick, Wis. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.

La Vanche (Bartlett) Murphy
LAKELAND, Fla. - La Vanche (Bartlett) Murphy died in Lakeland, Florida on Jan. 15, 1998. She was 87 years old.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip C. Murphy, they were married for 63 years; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson. She is survived by three children, Dean (Mary) Murphy of Racine, Wis., Betty (Lowell) Snyder of Emlenton, Penn. and Charles (Brigitte) Murphy of Galesville, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. The time of a Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

Glen E. Lockington
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Glen E. Lockington, 82, of West Salem, died Friday, January 16, 1998, at Mulder Health Care Facility, West Salem. Funeral services will be announced by the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem.

Irene Almyra Gaustad
SPRING GROVE, Minn. - Irene Almyra Gaustad, age 77, of Sunny Valley, Oregon and formerly of Spring Grove, Minn., died Wednesday, January 14, 1998, at Three Rivers Hospital-Washington Campus, Grants Pass, Oregon. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 24, 1998, at 1 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, Blackhammer, Minn., rural Spring Grove. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call Friday, January 23, 1998 from 4-7 p.m. at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove, Minn. and one hour prior to service at the church on Saturday.

Walter R. Goede
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Walter R. Goede, 88, of La Crescent, died on Friday, January 16, 1998 at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. He was born on September 4, 1909, in rural La Crescent, Minn. to Theodore and Clara (Otto) Goede. He married Irma T. Veglahn on May 12, 1932, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural La Crescent. Walter and Irma lived in Pine Creek for five years and moved to La Crescent in 1937. In 1942, they moved to Houston, Minn. They returned to La Crescent in 1984. Walter and Irma were charter members of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Crescent and Walter served as President of the church council. He also served on the Houston Public Schools, Board of Education.
Walter is survived by three sons, Eugene (Joann) Goede of Mound, Minn., Melvin (Louise) Goede of Cleveland, Minn. and David (Sharon) Goede of Spring Valley, Minn.; sixteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by three brothers, Herbert, Victor and Arthur.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 19, 1998, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Crescent. The Rev. Paul A. Ibish will officiate. Burial will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural La Crescent. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed by First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Michael A. SimončCALEDONIA, Minn. - Michael A. Simon, age 85, of Caledonia, Minn. died Thursday, January, 15, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.
Michael was born on June 22, 1912, in Freeburg, Minn. to Michael and Mary (Miller) Simon. He attended country schools and then worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps. He then worked in road construction in different places including Alaska and Greenland. On April 8, 1961, he married Margaret Hingsberger-Fisch in Brownsville, Minn. The couple moved to Caledonia in 1968, and Michael retired in 1978. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Caledonia and former member of the Eagles.
Michael is survived by his wife, Margaret; four step-sons, John (Bob) Fisch and his wife, Helen of Caledonia, Francis (Butch) Fisch and his wife, Barbara of Athelstane, Wis., Giles Fisch and his wife Maurine of Ripon, Wis. and William Fisch of Boynton Beach, Florida; three step-daughters, Valeria (Mrs. John) Robiego of West Allis, Wis., Terryl Becker of Roy, Utah and Mary Ranzenberger of Caledonia; step-daughter-in-law, Elaine Fisch of Caledonia; 28 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Anna Schutz of Rolling Meadows, Ill.; sister-in-law, Lucille Simon of Brownsville; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a step-son, Leon Fisch and three brothers.
Funeral services will be Monday, January 19, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Caledonia with the Reverend Donald Schmitz officiating. Burial will be in the St. Nicholas Cemetery in Freeburg, Minn. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, 1998, with a 5 p.m. Rosary and 7:30 p.m. prayer service, at the McCormick Funeral Home in Caledonia and one hour prior to services at the church.

Fay Smith
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Fay Smith, 76, of West Salem, died Thursday, January 15, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born February 15, 1921, in Beetown, Wis. to Oliver and Mellie (Fischer) Smith. On April 11, 1953, he married Pat Obershaw in West Salem. Fay was a Navy veteran of WWII having served three and one-half years aboard a destroyer and later worked in the reconstruction of Okinawa. Fay was a self-employed painter/decorator and after his painting years he kept very busy helping his son, Ken, with his La Crosse businesses, Deliver-Ease for 14 years and Smith's Nite Club for five years. Recently, he has been a two-day a week volunteer at Lutheran Hospital and worked three days a week at Fazoli's. Fay was a member of the West Salem Lions Club and was recently honored for his forty year membership. He was named Lion of the Year 1996-97 and was also Citizen of the Year in 1987. He was a past member of the West Salem Planning Committee.
Survivors include his wife, Pat; a son, Ken (fiancee Raven) of La Crosse; a daughter, Trudy (Steve) Hegge of Eagan, Minn.; and his two most precious grandchildren, Nicholas and Matthew, who were the apple of his eye; two brothers, Clyde of Lancaster, Wis. and Harold (Jan) of Flint, Mich.; two sisters, Lou (Rick) Backenkeller of Janesville, Wis. and Iona Wildman of Cassville, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and one sister.
Funeral services will be Sunday, January 18, at 2 p.m. from Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem. Rev. Michael Hylton will officiate. Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and also on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of service.
Fay will be most remembered for his wonderful sense of humor. Ken's fiancee said it best, ``Like everything else today, they just don't make them like that anymore.''

Olga C. Parr
WESTBY, Wis. - Olga C. Parr, age 89, of Westby, died Friday, January 16, 1998, at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Viroqua. She was born on April 7, 1908, in Minoqua, Wis. to John and Marie (Lovstad) Martinson. On April 7, 1928 she was united in marriage to Hugh ``Tate'' Parr. She was a member of the Dell United Methodist Church and had been an active member of the United Methodist Women of the Church. She had also been a member of the Royal Neighbors for many years.
She is survived by her son Hubert ``Bud'' (Yvonne) Parr of Westby; three daughters, Marie Pervenanze of Buhl, Minn., Shirley Laufenberg of Geneso, Ill. and Nancy Bohland of Stewartville, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Martha Cowan of Stoughton, Ona Thomas of Madison and Swanhild Durst of Kenosha.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband in 1984; one son, Tyrone L. Parr; one sister, Minola Crye; one brother, Ole Martinson; three sons-in-law, Don Laufenberg, Richard Pervenanze and Marion Bohland; and her granddaughter, Kristine Laufenberg.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 19, 1998, at 1 p.m. from Dell United Methodist Church. Pastor Richard Kraemer will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy 14 in Westby.

Fritz Nicklaus
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Fritz Nicklaus, age 76, died Sunday, January 11, 1998. He was the beloved husband of Maria (Nee Engl), dearest father of Gerhard and Fred (Kate) Nicklaus, loving grandfather of Kirk and Samantha and fond brother of the late Gerhard. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.
Funeral services are Monday, January 19, at 6 p.m. at Bruskiewitz Forest Lane Chapel, 355 W. Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee, Wis. Private interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service. Special thanks to the staff of Hillview Care Center for their kindness and care. In lieu of flowers, memorials to The Ranch Community Services or ARC Milwaukee are suggested.

Ada Mae Reichelt
Ada M. Reichelt, 99, formerly of 2126 Prospect Street, died at the Lakeview Health Care Center on Thursday, January 15, 1998. She was born July 12, 1898, in La Crosse to August and Bertha (Trader) Fregin. She married Harold Reichelt on January 22, 1924, in La Crosse, and he preceded her in death on January 4, 1975. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church. The Reverend Ted Dewald will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the service. Memorials may be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Trust. Dickinson Family Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements.

Loren A. Porath
WATERLOO, Wis. - Loren A. Porath, age 41, died on Thursday, January 15, 1998, at home.
He was born on November 4, 1956, in La Crosse, the son of Glenn and Joyce (Prellwitz) Porath. He married Dawn Gutheridge on September 6, 1996, in Jefferson.
He worked at Trek Bicycle for eight years.
He is survived by his wife, Dawn of Waterloo; one daughter, Briann White of La Crescent, Minnesota; two step-daughters, Jennifer Wischmann and Cassandra Gutheridge; one step-son, Shaun Wischmann; four brothers, Terry (Joan) of Holmen, John (Maureen) of Onalaska, David (Carol) and Grant (Bernadine), both of La Crosse; his mother-in-law, Isabelle Bentheimer of Jefferson; four nieces and three nephews; many aunts and uncles; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 19, 1998, with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth A. Comstock officiating. Burial will be private.
Friends may call at the Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 18, 1998. Friends may also call at the church on Monday after 10:30 a.m. until the time of services.

Robert W.Loeffler
Robert W. Loeffler, 85, of La Crosse, died on Saturday, January 17, 1998. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Dickinson Family Funeral Homes.

Martin L. Schlegel
Martin L. Schlegel, 78, of La Crosse, died at Hillview Health Care Center, Saturday, January 17, 1998. He was born July 27, 1919, in La Crosse, to Martin and Dorothy (Mueller) Schlegel. He married Colleen Manning and she preceded him in death in 1952. He married Dorthy Doerr on April 10, 1953, at Caledonia, Minn.
He served with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during WWII. He retired as an engineer with the Burlington Northern Railroad after forty-five years of employment.
He was a life member of Moose Lodge #1920, a life member of VFW Post 1530 and a member of Eagles Aerie #1254.
In addition to his wife, Dorthy, he is survived by two sisters, Margaret (Melvin) Evans of Marco Island, Fla. and Elizabeth Weiler of Rochester, Minn. In addition to his first wife, he was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerry.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street. The Reverend Robert Olson, of English Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. A Moose Lodge memorial service will be conducted at 6:45 p.m.

Robert G. Squire
WHITEWATER LAKE, Wis. - Mr. Robert G. Squire, age 57, of Whitewater Lake, died Friday, January 16, 1998, at his residence after a bout with cancer.
He was born February 11, 1940, in Cashton, Wis. to parents Leonard and Magdahlen (Leuck) Squire, graduating from Cashton High School in 1958. He graduated with honors from DeFry Technical School in 1960 (Chicago, Ill.). He worked for ATT as a technician for over 34 years. He married Jeanne Mill on June 25, 1989, and they made their home in Whitewater Lake.
He associated with St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Palmyra.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; three children, Michael of Palmyra, Debra (Joel) Orchard of Palmyra and Susan (Roger) Lilly of Milton; three step-children, Scott (Teri) Mill of Eagle, Tamara (Roy) Lempsa of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Rochelle (Peter) Schroeder of Wales; five grandchildren, Nick, Katie and Jeffrey Orchard and Shelby and Brady Lilly; seven step-grandchildren; sister, Janet (Jim) Stanek of Arlington Heights, Ill.; brother, Terry (Jeanne) Squire of Madison; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services 11 a.m. Monday, January 19, 1998, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 313 W. Main Street in Palmyra with interment Hillside Cemetery in Palmyra. Rev. Charles Peterson officiating. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 1998, at church only. Andrews Funeral Home in Palmyra is assisting the family. Memorials appreciated to St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Kenneth R. Fish
Kenneth R. Fish, age 84, of La Crosse, died Thursday, January 15, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center. He was born March 29, 1913, in Viroqua, Wis. to Cliff and Hattie (Cowden) Fish. He graduated from the Foraker Rural School, the Viroqua High School in 1931, and the Vernon County Normal School in 1932. He earned a Bachelor of Education degree from La Crosse State Teachers College in 1948, a Masters of Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1951, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley in 1958. Dr. Fish was a professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He taught in the elementary education department of the University from 1955, until his retirement in 1978. Dr. Fish began his teaching career in Vernon County rural schools in 1932, where he taught for ten years. He also taught in junior high schools in Onalaska from 1946 to 1947, Beloit 1948 to 1951 and at La Crosse Campus School 1951 to 1955 before joining the faculty of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In 1965 and 1966, he was a program director for Ford Foundation teacher training project in Nigeria, West Africa. A dedicated educator, Dr. Fish continued supervision of UW-L student teachers in over 60 school districts across the state after his retirement. Dr. Fish was a member of numerous education and civic organizations. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Wisconsin Educators' Association, Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association and the National Educational Association. While teaching in Vernon County, he was an active member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Viroqua. He served in the Eighth Air Force Weather Squadron in World War II.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret (Oliver); his son, Revel and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Scholz; his daughter, Ellen; his two grandsons, Sam and Andy; his sister, Lois Schulz of Viroqua; six nephews and nieces; and ten grandnephews and grandnieces. A private family ceremony will be held next week. The date for a memorial service will be announced later. The Blaschke Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Memorials may be sent to: Kenneth & Margaret Fish Scholarship Fund in Elementary Education University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation, Inc., Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, 615 East Ave. N., La Crosse, Wis. 54601; Friends of Hixon Nature Center, 2702 Quarry Road, La Crosse, Wis. 54601; or La Crosse Public Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1811, La Crosse, Wis. 54602.

Anna E. Lawrynk
Anna E. Lawrynk, age 96, of La Crosse died Sunday, January 17, 1998, at the Bethany St. Joseph Care Center. Funeral services will be announced by the Sletten-McKee-Hanson Funeral Home.

Doris M. Vieth
SPARTA, Wis. - Doris M. Vieth, 76, of Sparta, died Friday evening, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse.
She was born in the Town of Adrian, Monroe County, Wis. on January 7, 1922, the daughter of Fred and Emma Schaller. She was united in marriage to Wesley William Vieth on November 22, 1941. They enjoyed 38 years of marriage. They lived in Farringtons Camp in Coles Valley and later farmed for seven years and lived in W. Beaver Creek for a total of 15 years. Doris' life was busy with her family of which she always had time for them.
During this time, Doris worded at Ft. McCoy in the kitchens, the Dinner Bell Cafe, Mary's Cafe and DecoMet and then later at the Monroe County Telephone Co. She retired in 1982.
On August 22, 1981, Doris was married to James Vieth and have been together for 16 years. Together they have been active with family and mutual friends. Doris enjoyed sewing, card playing and was a member of the PCCW and the Senior Citizens. She liked country western music. She lived her entire life in Monroe County.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta and a participating member of the Coles Valley Homemakers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Wesley; one daughter, Darlene Maack; one son, Joseph; one grandchild, Nicole Rae Vieth; one step-grandchild, Charity Vieth; and one brother, Earle Schaller.
She is survived by her husband, James; four sons, Gilbert (Mary) Vieth, Richard (Sylvia) Vieth, Curtis and Brian (Vicki) Vieth of Sparta; five daughters, Carolyn Berry of Killeen, Tex., Laureen (Bill) Calloway of Buffalo, Wyo., Joanne (Kevin) Abbott of Sparta, La Vonne (Tom) Livangood of Sparta, Marcia (Bobby) Crocker of Sparta; one son-in-law, Ralph Maack of Sparta; one brother, Claude (Marie) Schaller of Sparta; one sister-in-law, Margaret Schaller, Norwalk; two step-daughters, Kathy (Jim) Markevitch, Sheboygan, Wis., Debbie (Mike) Crocker, Jackson, Wyo.; two step-sons, Ronnie (Kaye) Vieth, Marthasville, Missouri and Tom (Kris) Vieth, Sparta. She was surrounded by the love of 41 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta with Rev. Mark Walljasper officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta on Monday from 5-9 p.m. with a prayer service at 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8-10:45 a.m.

Olga G. Schwake
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Olga G. Schwake, 84, of La Crescent, died on Saturday, January 17, 1998, at the La Crescent Healthcare Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent.

Emma Strang Johnson
VIROQUA, Wis. - Emma Strang Johnson, age 96, of Viroqua, died Friday, January 16, 1998, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. She was born September 2, 1901, in Iowa County to Ole and Anna (Venden) Engen. She was united in marriage to Merval Strang in 1921 in Iowa County. He died in 1930 and in 1950 she married Gerhard Johnson who also preceded her in death in 1984. Emma was employed by the Viroqua Telephone Co. and the Bethel Home. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Royal Neighbors and Sons of Norway.
She is survived by one son, Merval (Kathleen) Strang; one daughter, Anna Mae (Stewart) Groves, all of Viroqua; four grandsons, Cory (Lynn) Groves of Onalaska, Tim (Meg) Groves of Madison, Toby (Cathy) Groves of Atlanta, Ga. and Trent Strang of Viroqua; one granddaughter, Lynette (Richard) Getter of Viroqua; eight great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Scott Groves; five sisters; and seven brothers.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 19, 1988, at 11 a.m. in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Pastors Roger Hjelle and Stephanie Steiner will officiate with burial in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday after 10 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Bethel Home. Larson Funeral Home of Viroqua is assisting the family with arrangements.

Glen E. Lockington
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Glen E. Lockington, 82, of West Salem, died Friday, January 16, 1998, at Mulder Health Care Facility, West Salem.
He was born November 17, 1915, in Vernon County to Ross and Grace (Woodhouse) Lockington. On April 2, 1946, he married Eleanor E. Finch in Decorah, Iowa and she preceded him in death on June 6, 1996. Glen was a member and past commander of the Gunderson-Gilbertson American Legion Post 507, Mindoro.
Survivors include four daughters, Sharon Jepson of Birchwood, Wis., Peggy (David) Teal and Debra (William) Rommel, both of West Salem and Glenda Waters of La Crosse; one son, Richard (Diane) of Holmen; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Kathryn Lockington of Stoddard, Wis. and Victoria Lockington of Mindoro. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Marion and Elwin.
Funeral services will be Monday, January 19, at 11 a.m. from the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem. Rev. J. David Bersagel will officiate. Burial will be in Black Oak Cemetery, Town of Farmington, with military rites by the Mindoro American Legion, Post 507. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Rebecca `Becky' Lynn Hayes
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Rebecca ``Becky'' Lynn Hayes, 26, of North St. Paul, Minn. died at home Thursday, January 15, after a six year battle with Hodgkins disease. Survivors include her mother, Jeanne Hayes; father, Tim Hayes; step-mother, Brenda Hayes; her brother, Tony Hayes; grandmothers, Millie Vogel and Rosemary Beane; and a very special friend Bradley Baker. Becky was preceded in death by her grandparents, Pat and Ardelle Hayes and her Aunt Maureen ``Jane'' Nelson.
Funeral services are Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Presentation Church, Maplewood, Minn. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Sanberg Mortuary, 2593 East Seventh Ave., North St. Paul.
Gone too soon, but forever in our hearts.

Cecil `Chuck' Lombard
LA FARGE, Wis. - Cecil ``Chuck'' Lombard, age 74, of Golden Gate, Fla. and formerly of La Farge, Wis. died Thursday, January 15, 1998, in Florida. He was born on July 15, 1923, the son of Emmett and Margaret (Stinson) Lombard. He had been a resident of Golden Gate since 1970 when he moved from Greenwood, Wis. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the European Theater of WWII and consequently became a member of the VFW. Prior to his move to Golden Gate, he had been an insurance agent for 13 years, as well as working for the Tri-State Cattle Breeders Co-op during the many years he lived in Greenwood with his family. On May 14, 1946, he married Emogene Mary Tryggestad.
He is survived by his daughter, Jana Kay Lombard Schneider of Rice Lake, Wis.; four sons, Charles Eugene Lombard of Queen Valley, Ariz., Richard Craig Lombard of Whitewater, Wis., Randall Ray Lombard of Altoona, Wis. and John Stephen Lombard of Payson, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four brothers, Dorian (Bettie), Richard (Thora), Calvin (Yvonne) and Francis (Irene); two sisters, Ruth (Willard) Greene and Dorothy (Donald) Chambers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Merritt and three sisters, Esther, Gladys and Mildred.
Chuck will be remembered by both friends and family for his quick wit and independent (some thought stubborn) nature. He was known and respected for his strong work ethic as well as his humble and quiet spirit. Most importantly, however, Chuck (Dad) will be remembered for the absolute and unquestionable love that he had for his family.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 22, 1998, at 11 a.m. from the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy 14 in Westby, Wis. Pastor George Shick will officiate. Burial with military rites by Syverson-Funk American Legion Post #155 will be in the Sugar Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home in Westby.

Norma E. Sommerfield
TOMAH, Wis. - Norma E. Sommerfield, age 88, of Tomah, Wis. died Friday, January 16, 1998, at the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta, Wis. She was born June 14, 1909, in the Township of Tomah to Rudolph and Myrtle (Ludeking) Gerke. Norma retired February 16, 1928, after working for 30 years in the Finance Department at Fort McCoy. She was a member of the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tomah.
She is survived by one son, Arthur D. (Mavis) Sommerfield of Bangor; two daughters, Shirley (Arlan) Bowen of Sopchoppy, Fla. and Lois (William) Amick Sr. of Prosperity S.C.; one brother, Harold (June) Gerke of Tomah; one sister, Lila (Orval) Stufflebeam of Payson, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Raymond, Eldon and Gerald; and one grandchild, Barbie Bowen.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 20, 1998, 11 a.m. at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tomah. Pastor Richard Waldschmidt will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday at the Ninnemann-Steele Funeral Home in Tomah. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. until the time of services Tuesday at the church.


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