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Marilyn A. Wittenberg
Marilyn A. Wittenberg, 75, of La Crosse, died at her home Sunday, January 18, 1998. She was born December 27, 1922, in La Crosse, to Robert E. and Leona (Lee) Moore. She married James J. Wittenberg on January 13, 1943, at Tampa, Fla. He preceded her in death on September 25, 1979. She graduated from Logan High School in 1941. She had been employed at Birnbaum's and later Skogen's grocery store on the northside for 37 years prior to her retirement in 1991. She had been a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
She is survived by two sons, James R. Wittenberg and his friend, Cheryl Amsrud of La Crosse and John (Carol) Wittenberg, of West Salem; by a sister, Beverly "Betty" (Robert) Seitz, of La Crosse; by two grandchildren, Jenny (Troy) White and Benjamin Wittenberg; and by her fiance, Robert J. Goschke. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Staff Sergeant Robert V. Moore.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Reverend Ted Dewald will officiate. Burial, following cremation, will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service. The Dickinson Family Funeral Homes and Crematory are assisting with the arrangements.

Mary Dina (Ellingson) DuBois
Mary Dina (Ellingson) DuBois, 43, died Saturday, January 17, 1998 at University Hospital, Madison, Wis., of complications following a heart transplant two years ago. She was a 1972 graduate of Central High School, La Crosse.
She is survived by her parents, Don and Nancy Ellingson; one sister, Laurie (Eric) Schindler; a brother, Thomas (Kay) Ellingson; a grandmother, Luella Hohl; four nephews; and one niece.
Funeral services will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 1998. Burial, following cremation, will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Wis. Memorials will be given to the American Heart Association.

Ruby L. Seppo (Helgerson)
CHICAGO, Ill. - Ruby L. Seppo (Helgerson), 75, of Chicago, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998 at the Sheridan Health Care Center, Zion, Ill. She was born Oct. 10, 1922 in Mount Sterling, Wis., one of twin daughters, to Oliver and Julia Helgerson. Ruby and her sister, Ruth, began harmonizing at the age of five on the ``Kiddie Hour'' at WKBH in La Crosse. Through their childhood they sang and played with Jack Martin's ``Uncle Josh Barn Dance Troupe,'' which performed around the Coulee Region.
Upon graduation from Central High School, Ruby and her sister Ruth sang and danced with various touring groups. They auditioned for and were accepted to sing and play their guitars with ``The Renfro Valley Folk,'' heard on station WHAS in Louisville, Ky. In the years spent there, they became featured performers known as ``The Travers Twins.'' On their many tours throughout the South and East, they crossed paths with many entertainers who went on to become big names in country music.
Ruby spent most of her life involved in work for her church.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paavo. She is survived by her sister, Ruth of Chicago; two brothers, Orville of La Crosse and Orlando of La Crescent, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Benson and Park Funeral Home, Chicago, on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998. Rev. Ray Maldonado officiated. Burial was in Irving Park Cemetery, Chicago.

Charles E. Hendrick Jr.
WINONA, Minn. - Charles E. Hendrick Jr., 52, of 314 Mankato Ave., Winona, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998 at his home. He was born in Hampton, Va., on Feb. 27, 1945 to Charles E. and Elizabeth J. Harter Hendrick.
He married Kathleen R. Raseman in La Crosse, Wis., on Oct. 26, 1968. Charles had been employed in the maintenance department of Fleming Foods of La Crosse, formerly Gateway Foods. He earned a B.A. degree in 1980 from Winona State University and is a member of First Baptist Church of Winona. He served eight years in the National Guard.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen of Winona; one son, Kelly C. Hendrick of Winona; two daughters, Heather (Patrick) Kelley of Red Wing, Minn., and Colleen Hendrick of Winona; one granddaughter, Soibhan Kelley; his mother, Elizabeth Hendrick of La Crosse; two brothers, Clifford and Calvin (Joan) Hendrick, both of La Crosse; and two foster sisters, Susan Mengel and Gale Kinderman, both of La Crosse. He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Winona. Rev. William Shermer will officiate. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. A memorial is being arranged. The Fawcett Funeral Home, Winona, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Laura I. Guehlstorf
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Laura I. Guehlstorf, 92, of Black River Falls, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998 in Family Heritage Care Center, Black River Falls, where she had been a resident since 1995. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Torgerson's Funeral Chapel, Black River Falls. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Milwaukee. Friends may call from noon until the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Richard `Dick' Larson
WESTBY, Wis. - Richard ``Dick'' Larson, age 64, of R.2, Box 40, Seas Branch Road, rural Westby, died on Sunday evening, January 18, 1998 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, after complications of kidney disease and diabetes. He was born on December 3, 1933 in Richland Center to Sigert and Hattie (Johnson) Larson. On April 23, 1955 he married Barbara Phillips at the Methodist Parsonage in Viroqua. He farmed, was in construction, and worked as a mechanic. He had worked for Sloane Foods and as a patrolman for the town of Viroqua prior to retiring due to disability. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and especially his grandchildren. He was well-known for Dick's beans. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children, Dennis (Barb) Larson of Winterpark, Fla., Laura (Karl) Lavold and Lisa (Randy) Pederson, all of Viroqua, and Benjamin ``Ben'' Larson of the Marshall Islands; seven grandchildren, Craig, Travis and Timmy Larson of Winterpark, Fla., Missi, Mandi and Tina Lavold and Morgan Pederson, all of Viroqua; two adopted grandchildren, Alex Roth and Matthew Skaaland; a special great-niece, Sheena Burkum; three special brothers, Sigert (June) Larson Jr., Art (Carol) Larson and Terry (Karen) Larson, all of Westby; a special sister, Margaret Inman of Westby; two special aunts, Mary Johnson of Janesville and Freda (Stan) Baltes of Middleton, Wis.; and other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, with Pastor Hubert Groves and Mark Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the Coon Prairie Cemetery, rural Westby. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Thorson Funeral Home, where there will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. Friends may also call after 8 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ernest F. Dobbs
VIROQUA/READSTOWN, Wis. - Ernest F. Dobbs, 90, of Viroqua and formerly of Readstown, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998 at the Bethel Home, Viroqua. He was born in Richland County on Sept. 14, 1907 to Clyde and Addie (Alderman) Dobbs.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the African and Italian theatres; and had been a member of McCormick Rose American Legion Post #308, Gays Mills. He farmed and did a lot of carpenter work in Richland and Vernon counties; and was an avid coon hunter.
He is survived by his wife, Delia of Viroqua; by five stepchildren, Vic (Dollie) Coleman of Gays Mills, Darleen Johnston and Richard Skolas of Gays Mills, Richard (Lois) Coleman and Larry (Janet) Coleman, all of Readstown, and Darold (Bonnie) Coleman of Soldiers Grove, Wis.; 23 stepgrandchildren; 34 stepgreat-grandchildren; seven stepgreat-great-grandchildren; by his sister, Bernice Ray of Richland Center, Wis.; and two brothers, Leon Dobbs of Rockford, Ill., and Earl (Eleanor) Dobbs of La Crosse. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lola May Dobbs; three brothers, Darold, Keith and Robert; one sister, Edna; and two stepgrandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998 at the Dommersnaes Bertram Family Funeral Home, Gays Mills. Chaplain Kenneth Melby of the Bethel Home will officiate. Burial, with graveside military services provided by McCormick Rose American Legion Post #308, will be in the Gays Mills Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 4 to 8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service; and at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Charles R. Nichols
SPARTA, Wis. - Charles R. Nichols, 84, of Colorado and formerly of Sparta, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998 in Colorado. Graveside funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sparta, with burial to follow. The Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta, is in charge of arrangements.

Irene Almyra Gaustad
SPRING GROVE, Minn. - Irene Almyra Gaustad, 77, of Sunny Valley, Ore., and formerly of Spring Grove, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1998. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Faith Lutheran Church at Blackhammer, rural Spring Grove. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Roble Funeral Home, Spring Grove; and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Aloysie B. Halama
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Aloysie B. Halama, 81, of Independence, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998 in Strum Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Independence. Spring burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and 8 p.m. rosary, and from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, both at the Edison Funeral Home, Independence.

Joseph Larson
Joseph Larson, 93, of La Crosse, died on Sunday, January 18, 1998 at the Hillview Health Care Center. He was born on January 7, 1905 in Clermont, Iowa, to Ole and Randi (Nelson) Larson. He had worked at Allis Chalmers for 25 years until its closing, and then worked at the Holiday Inn in La Crosse for 17 years until his retirement in 1987.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Armilla; one son, Joseph D. Larson of La Crosse; two daughters, Patricia (Cletus) Du Charme of Eastman, Wis., and Erma (Gary) Dahlquist of La Crescent, Minn.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and three sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 22, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The Rev. John Cain will officiate. Burial will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of services. A rosary will be recited Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.

William A. `Bill' Olson
HIXTON, Wis. - William A. ``Bill'' Olson, 96, of Hixton, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998 in Osseo Area Medical Center Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Northfield Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton; and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Evelyn Florence Kalb
ONTARIO, Wis. - Evelyn Florence Kalb, 86, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998 in Vernon Manor, Viroqua. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. today from the Torkelson Funeral Home, Ontario. Burial will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Irving Park Cemetery, Chicago, Ill. Relatives and friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service today at the funeral home.

Robert Siebenaler
ARCADIA, Wis. - Robert Siebenaler, 68, of Arcadia, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998 in Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Hospital, Arcadia. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Wozney Funeral Home, Arcadia. There will be no funeral services. Spring burial will be at Fountain City Public Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to University of Minnesota ``Heart and Lung.''

Melvin John Schettler
ARCADIA, Wis. - Melvin John Schettler, 94, of Arcadia, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998 in Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Whitehall. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today in Christ Lutheran Church, Arcadia. Spring burial will be in Glencoe Lutheran Cemetery, Arcadia. Friends may call from noon until the time of services in the church. The Wozney Funeral Home, Arcadia, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bernice Meistad
ARCADIA, Wis. - Bernice Meistad, 87, of La Crosse, Wis., and formerly of Arcadia, Wis., died Sunday, January 18, 1998 at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Nursing Home in La Crosse.
She was born October 16, 1910 in the town of Arcadia to Mark and Lena (Erickson) Scow. On September 6, 1932, she married Harry Meistad. He preceded her in death on October 4, 1966.
Bernice was employed for many years at Abts Shoe Store in Arcadia.
She is survived by four daughters, Arlyn (Mike) Anthon of Columbus, Wis., Joyce (Bill) Benusa of Concorde, Calif., Marlys (Gordon) Schultz of Arcadia, Wis., and Karen (Gerald) Gleason of La Crosse, Wis.; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Myron (Hazel) Scow of Arcadia, Wis.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and three brothers, Raymond, Palmer and Maurice.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 1998 at Christ Lutheran Church in Arcadia, with Rev. Arthur Sharot officiating. Spring burial will be at Glencoe Lutheran Cemetery, Arcadia. Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday at the church.
The family of Bernice Meistad respectfully asks that memorials be directed to Christ Lutheran Church or to Franciscan Skemp Hospice.
The Wozney Funeral Home, Arcadia, is assisting the family with arrangements.

John F. Maier
John F. Maier, 81, of 713 North 10th St., died at his home on Monday, January 19, 1998.
He was born to Sophie (Pederson) Maier on September 5, 1916 in Milwaukee, Wis. He worked at the Electric Auto Lite plant in La Crosse from 1940 until the plant's closing in 1959. He then worked as a self-employed carpenter until retiring in 1979. John was an avid outdoorsman who especially loved fishing and duck and goose hunting.
He is survived by one daughter, Jean (Kevin) Kronebusch of Minnesota City, Minn.; three sons, Gary (Joyce) Maier of La Crosse, Jeffrey (Betty) Maier of Brice's Prairie and John R. Maier of Eau Claire, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Kelley (Kevin) Dohlby, Troy (Dawn) Maier, Todd (Debi) Kronebusch, Earl Gittens, Jennifer Maier, Nicholas Kronebusch, Chelsea Kronebusch and Christopher Maier; and five great-grandchildren, Kurtis and Katie Dohlby, Seth and Cody Maier and Carstin Gittens. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sophie; and one brother, Joseph.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 23, 1998 at 11 a.m. from St. James the Less Catholic Church. Rev. Martin Mankowski will officiate. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. There will be a rosary recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Helen Marie Mooney
HARPERS FERRY, Iowa - Helen M. Mooney, 92, of rural Harpers Ferry, Iowa, died Tuesday, January 20, 1998, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception, Wexford, Catholic Church in rural Lansing, Iowa. Burial will be in the Wexford Cemetery, rural Lansing.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon where there will be 7 p.m. scripture service.

Helen O. (Mrs. Kenneth) Evenstad
WESTBY, Wis. - Helen O. (Mrs. Kenneth) Evenstad, age 76, of RFD 3 Westby, died Wednesday, January 21, 1998, at her home.
She was born on August 20, 1921, in the township of Christiana, Vernon Co., Wis., to Martin and Tina (Lee) Holte. On November 22, 1948, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Evenstad. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Westby and a church circle and WELCA.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; her son, Michael (Connie) Evenstad of Coon Valley; her daughter, Martha (Lenny Lakatos) Evenstad of Westby; four grandchildren, Dustin and Jamey Evenstad of Coon Valley and Tom and Jeanette Lakatos of Westby; three sisters, Lydia Melvin of New Lisbon, Elenora (Hilmar) Christianson of Viroqua and Gladys Hanson of Viroqua.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five sisters, Nora, Alida, Myrtle, Borghild, Thelma and one sister in infancy; one brother, Alf; and one infant son.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 24, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Westby. Pastor Gary Daines will officiate with burial in the Our Saviors Cemetery.
Friends may call on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy. 14, in Westby; and after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Harriette A. Smith
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Harriette A. Smith, 83, of West Salem, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Mulder Health Care Facility, West Salem.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. from St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, West Salem. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Medford, Wis. There will be no visitation.
Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will follow.

Bernadine C. Patzner
ARCADIA, Wis. - Bernadine C. Patzner, 88, of Arcadia, died on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare/Arcadia Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the spring at Calvary Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Killian Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. where there will be a 7 and 8 p.m. rosary. They may also call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Charlotte E. Jarzemski
Charlotte E. Jarzemski, 74, of La Crosse, died on Tuesday, January 20, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.
She was born on June 27, 1923, in La Crosse to Thomas and Lucille (Spears) Pittman. She married Edmund Jarzemski on September 28, 1946, in La Crosse. Charlotte was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge 1526, La Crosse, and a member of the National Catholic Foresters.
In addition to her husband, Edmund, she is survived by two daughters, Susan (Kim) Krueger of Sparta, Wis., and Sarah (Richard) Luebke of Wisconsin Dells; two sons, David Jarzemski of Mankato, Minn., and Donald (Barbara) Jarzemski of Onalaska, Wis.; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and three brothers, Meredith (Charlotte) Pittman of Lyndon, Kansas, and John (Delores) Pittman and Gilbert (Margaret) Pittman, both of Wichita, Kansas. She was preceded in death by a brother, Elwin Pittman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 1998, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The Rev. Joseph Rafacz will officiate. Entombment will be in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum, Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. A rosary will be recited at the funeral home, Thursday at 6 p.m. The Women of the Moose will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Robert Shaw
TOMAH, Wis. - Robert Shaw, 58, of Tomah, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Tomah Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Light House Assembly of God Church in Tomah.
Friends may call at White Funeral Home from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Palma ``Polly'' McKeeth
GALESVILLE- Palma ``Polly'' McKeeth, 94, lifetime Galesville resident, died Tuesday, January 20, 1998, in Family Heritage Care Center, Black River Falls, Wis., where she had been a residence since May 1, 1985.
She was born August 12, 1903, in Gale Township, Trempealeau Co., Wis., to Peter and Gurina (Erickson) Westlie. On May 28, 1927, she married Miles P. McKeeth. As a couple they farmed in Galesville. He died Feb. 11, 1981.
Polly was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Galesville and its Sarah Circle of the W.-E.L.C.A.
Survivors are a son, Daniel (Marilyn) McKeeth of Black River Falls; a granddaughter, Mari McKeeth of Normal, Ill.; a brother, George Vilas (Audrey) Westlie of Huntington Beach, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband she was preceded in death by six sisters and four brothers.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, January 23, 1998, in Zion Lutheran Church, Galesville, with Revs. M.C. Parkhurst and Arnold Flater officiating. Spring burial in Pine Cliff Cemetery, Galesville.
Friends may call at the church from 11:30 a.m. until services at the church on Friday.
Smith Mortuary, Galesville, assisted the family with arrangements.

Alice K. Zwicke
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Alice K. Zwicke, 98, of Black River Falls, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 1998, in Pine View Nursing Home where she had resided since Dec. 10, 1986.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. from the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, and entombment will be on Monday in the Garden Mausoleum at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, Wis.
Friends may call at the Buswell Funeral Home on Friday from 9 a.m. until services.

William S. Postel
HILLSBORO, Wis. - William S. Postel, 69, of Hillsboro, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at the St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital in Hillsboro.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Burial will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hillsboro.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home.

James L. Price
WINONA, Minn. - James L. Price, 48, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, in the C&R Unit of Community Memorial Hospital in Winona following a long courageous battle with cancer.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday at 12 p.m. in Vineyard Christian Church, Caledonia, Minn. Additional services are planned on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 12 p.m. in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Minneapolis.
Memorials are suggested to the Winona Hospice.
Hoff Funeral Homes - Burke Winona Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

Myrtle O. Otto
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - Myrtle O. Otto, 97, a lifetime resident of Prairie du Chien died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at the Sunnyhill Care Center, Madison, Wis.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien.
Friends may call after 4 p.m. on Friday at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien where there will be a rosary at 4:15 p.m. and a wake scripture at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until departure for the church.

Raymond D. Gilbeck
COON VALLEY, Wis. - Raymond D. Gilbeck, 78, of Coon Valley, died Wednesday morning, January 21, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born May 18, 1919, in the town of Portland, Monroe Co., to Alfred and Anna (Hanson) Gilbeck. He was baptized and confirmed at Skogdalen Lutheran Church where he was a lifelong member. On June 9, 1951, he married Hilda Becker in La Crosse. The couple farmed their married life in the Town of Coon. Ray also hauled milk for over 15 years. He greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.
Surviving are his wife, Hilda; one son, Gary (Terry) of Coon Valley; one stepson, Ray (Marilyn) Solberg of Beloit; one grandson, Chad of La Crosse; two sisters, Alice (Elmer) Amundson of Rockland and Edna (James) Dahlen of Cashton; one brother, Virgil (Beverly) of Cashton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Lloyd, Chester and Clarence.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Skogdalen Lutheran Church, rural Westby. Rev. Gary Danies will officiate with burial in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 8:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of services.
The family requests memorials to the Skogdalen Building Fund.

Molly M. Neururer
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Molly M. Neururer, 76, of 811 Spruce Drive, La Crescent, died on Tuesday, January 20, 1998, at the La Crescent Health Care Center.
She was born on January 29, 1921, in Manchester, England, to John and Matilda (McNulty) Malone. She married Raymond Neururer on June 16, 1945, in Manchester, England. Molly was an avid reader. She also enjoyed poetry, music and writing. She was a member of Crucifixion parish.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond; two daughters, Paula (Stephen) Krenzke of La Crescent and Julie Neururer and her husband, David Rotholz, of Columbia, South Caroline. Five grandchildren, Kate, John, Philip and Genna Krenzke and Jonah Rotholz. Two sisters, Meg (Frank) Daniels of London, Ontario, Canada, and Jo Ryan and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter; and a brother, John.
A private family service will take place at a later date. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent is in charge of arrangements.


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