|Gregory M. Olson
Gregory M. Olson, 35, of Onalaska, died Saturday, January 24, 1998
in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, following a courageous battle with
He was born in La Crosse on June 11, 1962 to Walfred M. and Sally L.
(Arttus) Olson. He married Diane L. Christianson on April 16, 1983 in La
Greg worked as an automotive mechanic in the La Crosse and Winona area,
most recently at Brenengen Chevrolet in West Salem. He was an avid outdoorsman
who especially enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.
Greg is survived by wife, Diane; by two daughters, Lindsay and Erin
Olson of Onalaska; his parents, Walfred and Sally Olson of La Crosse; one
sister, Lori (Randy) Lentz of Harvard, Ill.; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 28,
1998. from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in La Crosse. Rev. Rachel Thorson
Mithelman will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends
may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of Onalaska on Tuesday from
5 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of
Stanley R. Halama
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. Stanley R. Halama, 46, of rural Independence, died
Saturday, Jan, 24, 1998, in Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at SS Peter and
Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with spring burial in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday
at Edison Funeral Home, Independence. Wednesday evening there will be a
rosary at the funeral home.
HATFIELD, Wis. Shirley (Mrs. Dewey) Reinstra, 63, of Thunderbird Lane,
Hatfield, and formerly of Sparta, died Sunday, January 25, 1998 in Pine
View Nursing Home, Black River Falls.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 1998 from
the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, and burial will be in the
Friends may call at the Buswell Funeral Home on Thursday from noon
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. ð Jane Hutchison, 91, of Prairie du Chien,
Wis. died Saturday, January 24, 1998 in Memorial Hospital in Prairie du
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at the
United Methodist Church in Prairie du Chien, with Rev. Richard Strait officiating.
Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Eastside Cemetery, Dodgeville, Wis. Friends
may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Thornburg-Hanson Funeral Home
in Prairie du Chien and one hour prior to services at the church.
Frederick William Tetzlaff IV
Frederick William Tetzlaff IV, infant son of Frederick W. and Nadine
(Melzer) Tetzlaff III of Onalaska, died Thursday, January 22, 1998 in Franciscan
Skemp Healthcare Center.
He is survived by his parents, paternal grandfather, Frederick and
(Mary) Tetzlaff, Jr., of Onalaska, paternal grandmother Jean (Terry) Polyak
of Hardford, Wis., maternal grandparents, Joseph and Theresa Melzer of
Allenton, Wis., two aunts, Barbara Krome of La Crosse, Brenda Fox of Mindoro,
uncle Jason Melzer of Allenton.
Private family funeral services will be held at Tuesday at 11 a.m.
at the Nelson-Woodruff-Blaschke Funeral Home. The Rev. Ted DeWald of Trinity
Lutheran Church will officiate and burial will be in Baby Land at the Oak
Wayne W. Broadfield
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. ð Wayne W. Broadfield, 76, of Prairie du
Chien, Wis., died Sunday, January 25, 1998 in Memorial Hospital in Prairie
du Chien. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 1998
at the Thornburg-Hanson Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien.
Eleanor E. George
Eleanor E. George, 68, a resident of Ping Manor in La Crosse, died
at her home on Saturday, January 24, 1998.
She was born in Omro, Wis. on November 28, 1929 to Elmer and Mary Emma
(Hueston) Woods. She married Raymond George on May 16, 1952 in La Crosse.
He preceded her in death on February 1, 1990. She and her husband owned
and operated the Rustic Inn in La Crosse for 37 years before retiring in
Eleanor was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in La Crosse and also
the Women of the Moose.
Eleanor is survived by a daughter, Roxanne (Tom) Thiesen of La Crosse;
one son, Raymond "Ray" (Sue) George, Jr. of La Crosse; three grandchildren,
Robert Tooke, Nahmie George, and Anissa George; five sisters, Jean Lee,
Maxine (Floyd) Sheely, Marjorie (Al, "Ray") Lubben, and Lauretta Hether,
all of La Crosse, and Doris Martine of Chaseburg; two brothers, John (Jean)
Woods of La Crosse and William (Judy) Woods of Atwater, Cal.; a special
niece and nephew who gave so much of their time and energy to help and
befriend Eleanor, Kathy and Duane Roesler of La Crosse; and many other
nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Eleanor was preceded in
death by four brothers and a sister.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at 6:30
p.m. from Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. Rev. John Wm. Klein
will officiate. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery at a later
date. Friends may call on the family on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until the
time of services at the funeral home.
Harold Norman Hanson
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn./VIROQUA, Wis. ð Harold Norman Hanson, 72, formerly
of 3541 Minnehaha in Minneapolis, died on Sunday morning, January 25, 1998
in Hennepin County Hospital. He had been a resident of the Nile Health
Care Center since April, 1996.
He was born on April 9, 1925 in Davis, S.D. to Hans and Amy (Strom)
Hanson. His father was a pharmacist and his mother a nurse. During his
childhood in the 1930's he vacationed with his mother, brother Charles,
and sister Betty alternate years in Viroqua, Wis. and Minneapolis. Harold
never married. He graduated from Washta (Iowa) High School in 1943 where
he was active in sports. During World War II he saw considerable combat
as a Radioman Third Class on the destroyer, USS WATTS (DD-567) in the Pacific
Theater. He worked for various airlines in Rochester, Minn. and Washington
D.C. From 1960 until his retirement he worked in theatre management in
Minneapolis and St. Paul. He is survived by his brother, Charles, of Des
Moines, Iowa, a special friend and caregiver, Kathy West, of Minneapolis,
other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and
one sister, Betty Haburn.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28th,
1998 at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, Wis., with Rev. Dr. Steven
Fossum officiating. Burial will be in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may
call on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Henry N. Anderson Funeral Home
at 3640 23rd St. S. in Minneapolis where there will be a service at 7:30
p.m. Friends may also call in Viroqua after 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Clarietta Strelow, age 85, of La Crosse, died in the Gundersen Lutheran
Medical Center, La Crosse, on Sunday, January 25, 1998. She was born in
Dakota, Minnesota, on June 6, 1912, to John and Anna (Erickson) Peterson.
She married Reinhold Strelow on May 25, 1957, and he preceded her in death.
Clarietta was a member of the Sons of Norway, AARP, the Moose Lodge and
St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Prior to her retirement, she was the head bookkeeper
at Doerflinger's in La Crosse for many years.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol (Richard) Thill of La Crosse;
five sons, Richard (Rose) Strelow of Trempealeau, Gerald (Sharon) Strelow
of Rancho Cordova, California, William (Lola) Strelow of East Jordan, Utah,
Daryl Strelow of Lampasas, Texas, and Diane (Julie) Strelow of La Crosse;
14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband,
she was preceded in death by two sisters, Stella Peterson and Geneva ``Jenny''
Peterson; and two brothers, Ole Maynard Peterson and Joseph ``Joe'' Peterson.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 29 at 1:30 p.m.
at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (420 West Ave. So.). The Reverend Duane Kamrath
will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may
call at the church on Thursday from noon until time of services. Memorials
are requested for St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral
Home of La Crosse is assisting with arrangements.
Golden Orilee Betts
LA FARGE, Wis. - Golden Orilee Betts, 78, of La Farge, died Sunday,
Jan. 25, 1998 in her home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the
Seland Funeral Home and burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, both in
La Farge. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with an 8 p.m. prayer
service, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Friday, both at the
Russell O. Bakkum
Russell O. Bakkum, 86, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully at the
Hillview Health Care Center Sunday, January 25, 1998. He was born March
19, 1911, in La Crosse, to Olaf and Anna (Nonstad) Bakkum. He married Mae
Netwal on February 17, 1933, in La Crosse. They had almost 65 years of
married life together.
He was employed by the Milwaukee Railroad for 34 years. He had been
retired for 21 years and enjoyed every minute of it.
Russell loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman, golfer, bowler,
duck hunter, and archer, and a wonderful painter. His family has his trophies,
medals and beautiful paintings as a remembrance.
He is survived by his wife, Mae; by one daughter, Shirley (Obbie) Merfeld;
a son, Ronnie (Margaret) Bakkum; by four grandchildren, Cindy, Tom, Shelly
and Mary; and two great-grandchildren, Billy and Loni. He was preceded
in death by three sisters and five brothers.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Dickinson Family
Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street Chapel. The Reverend Michael Frandsen
of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Mormon Coulee
Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home this evening from 5
to 7 p.m.
Luana Gladys Utecht
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Luana Gladys Utecht, 76, of La Crescent, Minn.,
died on Monday, January 26, 1998 in her home. She was born on September
27, 1921 in Viola, Minn., to Elmer ``Happy'' and Gladys (Stinson) Hill.
Luana was married to Jerome Jorstad in 1941 in Hokah, Minn., and they later
divorced. She married Richard ``Dick'' Utecht on October 19, 1953, in Ecueille,
France. Luana was a member of Crucifixion Catholic Church in La Crescent,
and the Ex-POW's Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Dick; a daughter, Joyce Ann (Sam) Johnson
of Orange, Calif.; four sons, Gene (Janice) Utecht of La Crescent, Michael
(Paula) Utecht of Spring Grove, Minn., Roger Jorstad of Boise, Idaho, and
Douglas (Diane) Jorstad of Onalaska; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
two brothers, Jack (Louise) Hill and Mark (Janice) Hill; and several nieces
and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Sharon
Moore; and a brother, Richard Hill.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 29, 1998,
at noon in the Church of the Crucifixion, La Crescent. The Rev. Donald
W. Grubisch will officiate. Burial will be in the Crucifixion Catholic
Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent
on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.;
and again on Thursday from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Celia A. Heilman
Celia A. Heilman, 87, a resident of the Lakeview Health Center, West
Salem, died on Sunday, January 25, 1998 at the health center. She was born
on January 23, 1911 in Sparta, Wis., to Frank and Elizabeth (Michaels)
Heilman. Celia had worked at Gundersen Clinic and Skemp Clinic in La Crosse
for many years.
Celia is survived by two sisters, Gertrude Madden of La Crosse and
Mary Poehling of Ogden, Utah; two sisters-in-law, Bernice Heilman and Geraldine
Heilman, both of La Crosse; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded
in death by her parents; two sisters, Julia Riddlestine and Florence Schreiner;
and three brothers, Leonard, Leo and Frank.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 1998
at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The Rev. Joseph Rafacz
will officiate. Entombment will be in the Gardens of Peace Mausoleum, Mormon
Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from
9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be given to St. Thomas
More Catholic Church or the charity of the donor's choice. The Schumacher-Kish
Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.
Celia will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Margery R. Kramer
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Margery R. Kramer, 59, of West Salem, died Monday,
January 26, 1998 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
She was born March 7, 1938 in La Crosse to Vincent and Alvina (Zander)
Peterson. On February 11, 1958, she married Fredrick Kramer at St. Bridget's
Catholic Church in Ettrick. Margery owned and operated Tots-R-Love Day
Care Center out of her home in West Salem. She was a member of St. Leo
the Great Catholic Church in West Salem and the church's Altar Society.
Survivors include her husband, Fredrick; one son, Joseph Kramer of
West Salem; one daughter, Kari (Kenneth) Warmack of Jacksonville, N.C.;
one grandson, Brian Lee Warmack of Jacksonville, N.C.; her parents, Vincent
and Alvina Peterson of Ettrick; one sister, Maureen (Patrick) Keaveny of
Bloomington, Minn.; three brothers, Richard (Kathy) Peterson of Le Sueur,
Minn., Thomas (Deb) Peterson of Pinckney, Mich., and Francis (Lauri) Peterson
of Richfield, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death
by an infant daughter, Judy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, January 29 at 11 a.m.
from St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 210 W. Hamlin St., West Salem.
Father Bob Hegenbarth will officiate. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery,
La Crosse. Friends may call at the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon
St., West Salem, on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary to be recited
at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m.
until the time of service. Memorials may be given to the Religious Education
Program at St. Leo's Catholic Church.
Henry J. Wieland
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Henry J. Wieland, 94, formerly of rural Independence,
died Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998 in Franciscan Skemp Healthcare-Arcadia Nursing
Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Wedmesday in the Edison Funeral Home, Independence.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, rural Whitehall. Friends may call
from 4 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Wednesday, both at
the funeral home.
Wayne E. Blumentritt
Wayne E. Blumentritt, 61, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998 in Las Vegas,
Nev. He was born on Sept. 5, 1936 in La Crosse, Wis. He married Darline
Gordon on April 5, 1980. They lived in the area until 1974, when they moved
to Las Vegas.
He is survived by his wife; a sister, Beth Mitchell of Onalaska; and
a brother, Dean (Delpha) of Onalaska. In addition to his parents, he was
preceded in death by a sister. The body will be cremated.
Ruby Eileen Baltz
ELROY, Wis. - Ruby Eileen Baltz, of Elroy, Wis., passed away on Sunday,
January 25, 1998, at the home of her son and his wife, Mark and Gail Baltz,
of Sparta, Wis.
The daughter of Gerald and Marvel (White) Collins, she was born May
22, 1923, in Union Center, Wis. Ruby was baptized and confirmed at St.
Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church at South Ridge, Ontario, Wis. On May
31, 1947, she was married to Lyle E. Baltz at St. Matthew's. They farmed
in the Town of Wellington for 40 years.
She worked at Badger Ordinance near Lake Delton and Parker Pen in Janesville
and later worked for the printing office in Elroy, Wis. Ruby was a devoted
member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, having been a member
and past officer of the Ladies Aid and serving as a Sunday School teacher.
Ruby loved music and she used her lovely alto voice to praise her Lord
and Savior in the church choir for many years. Throughout the years she
was associated with and served a an officer in the following organizations:
President of Wisconsin Wool Growers Auxiliary, member of Monroe County
Sheep Producers, past president of the Kendall Senior Citizens and a project
leader for the Happy Farmers 4-H Club of Kendall.
Ruby is survived by her children: Nancy (Wayne) Close, of Tomah; Janet
(Ronald) Bladl, of Yuba; Janice (Donald) Fanta, of Hillsboro; and Mark
(Gail) Baltz of Sparta; 13 grandchildren, Timothy (Roberta), Dawn, Jamie,
Jeffrey, Wendy, Matthew, Kenneth, Shelly, Daniel, Paul, Sara, Patrick and
Jenna; and four great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Jacob, Ashley, and Jesse.
She is also survived by a brother, Horace "Bub" (Eleanor) Collins of La
Crosse, and sisters-in-law, Phyllis Baltz, of Kendall; Martha Collins of
Mauston; and Jean Collins of Elroy.
In addition to her husband, Lyle, Ruby was preceded in death by her
parents; an infant son, Michael; a grandson, Christopher Baltz; a brother,
Douglas; and a sister, Carol.
The funeral will be held Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at 1 p.m. at St.
Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Town of Wellington, with the
Reverend Fred Fedke officiating. Interment will be in the Lutheran Cemetery
at South Ridge.
Relatives and friends may call at the Smith-Nelson Funeral Home in
Kendall on Tuesday, January 27 from 4 to 9 p.m. and may call at the church
on Wednesday from 12 p.m. until the time of service.
Rolf H. Rude
BLAIR, Wis. - Rolf H. Rude, 82, of Blair, Wis. died Saturday, January
24, 1998 at his home.
Rolf was born January 23, 1916 in the Trempealeau county town of Preston,
Wis. to Harold and Regina (Christopherson) Rude. He married Inez Otterson
June 14, 1941 in Blair, Wis.
Rolf and Inez farmed in rural Blair prior to moving to Blair in 1979.
Rolf was also employed with the Trempealeau County Highway Department prior
to his retirement.
Mr. Rude was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Blair and served
terms on the Board of Deacons, the Board of Trustees and was a member of
the choir. He was also a past director of the Preston Co-op Creamery, AMPI,
WBI Co-op and Blair Shipping Association.
Rolf is survived by his wife, Inez Rude of Blair, Wis.; a daughter,
Beverly (William) Schlink of Bloomington, Minn.; a son, Ron (Karen) Rude
of Sandusky, Ohio; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two
sisters, Mable Jackson of Albuquerque, N.M. and Helen (Milton) Lokken of
In addition to his parents, Rolf was preceded in death by a brother,
Oswald and two brothers-in-law.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at 11
a.m. in the First Lutheran Church with burial in the Rest Haven Cemetery,
both Blair, Wis. Revs. Kevin Jones and John Twiton will officiate.
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 27, 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 Wednesday.
Myrtle Hallan Brueggeman
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Myrtle Hallan Brueggeman, 90, of Caledonia, Minn.,
and formerly of Spring Grove, Minn., passed away Monday, January 26, 1998,
at the Lutheran Home of Caledonia.
She was born August 2, 1907, in Spring Grove to Oscar and Nellie (Onsgard)
Hallan. She married George Brueggeman on September 28, 1935. He preceded
her in death on August 28, 1970. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church
in Spring Grove, where she was baptized and confirmed. She was a graduate
of the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in La Crosse, Wis., and practiced
her profession as a registered nurse until her marriage, when she and her
husband moved to Janesville, Wis., where George was employed by General
Motors Company. They were members of the First Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her son Fred (Jeanne) Brueggeman of Los Alamos,
N.M., three grandchildren; Jeffrey (Wendy) Brueggeman, Denver, Col., Christine
Brueggeman, Santa Fe, N.M. and Karin (Thomas) Anderson, Everett, Wash.;
four sisters, Neva (Elmer) Bunge, Spring Grove, Minn., Ona (Bertrand) Ryan,
St. Paul, Minn., Edna (Robert) Burns, Caledonia, Minn., Gladys (Orval)
Omodt, Aberdeen, S.D., and a special cousin, Valborg Hallan, Northfield,
Minn. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great-nephews,
and great-nieces, other relatives and friends.
Besides her husband George, she was preceded in death by her parents,
a baby brother, and three brothers-in-law.
Funeral services will be Thursday, January 29, 1998 at 11 a.m. in Trinity
Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Minn. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pastor Zane Anderson will officiate.
Friends may call at the Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove, Minn. Wednesday
from 4 to 6 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Myrtle was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend with a cheerful
smile, and a sunny outlook on life. A good friend to all who knew her and
to all who so lovingly cared for her these last years. We will miss her
and thank God for the years we have had together.
Kenneth A. Falk
Kenneth A. Falk, 59, of La Crosse, died on Sunday, January 25, 1998
at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born on June
27, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wis., to Dean and Magdalene (Wiedemann) Falk. He
married Arlene Johnson on October 24, 1970 in La Crosse. Ken was an Air
Force veteran, having served with the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
from 1957 to 1961. He attended Marquette University and worked at the G.
Heileman Brewing Co. in La Crosse, as an accountant. He was a member of
the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1254 of La Crosse.
In addition to his wife, Arlene, he is survived by his stepmother,
Louise Falk of Milwaukee; a sister, Geraldine (George) Musil of Milwaukee;
a brother, Roland (Doris) Falk of Wichita Falls, Texas; and many nieces
and nephews. His parents preceded him in death.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday,
January 29, 1998 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The Rev. Lawrence B.
Berger will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends
may call at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the American
Heart Association. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in
charge of arrangements.
Harry H. Miyamoto
Harry H. Miyamoto, age 80, of La Crosse, died at his home on Monday,
January 26, 1998.
He was born in Hilo, Hawaii, on July 14, 1917, to Tatsugoro and Taki
(Yoshinaga) Miyamoto. With the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in
the United States Army and became a decorated veteran of the heroic 100th/442nd
``Go For Broke'' battalion. After training at Fort McCoy, he went overseas,
where he received a battlefield commision to second lieutenant and was
eventually wounded in battle in Italy. Harry never forgot his fallen comrades.
After the service, Harry settled in La Crosse and worked at the Post
Office for 30 years, retiring in 1977. He married Marcella Fouter in 1943
and they later divorced. He then married Dorothy Hackbart in 1951. Harry
was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Ernest; and Marcella
Harry is survived by his brother, Paul (Cici) Miyamoto; and his nephew,
Randy and his family of Honolulu, Hawaii. Furthermore, he is survived by
his children and grandchildren: Ken (Sue) Miyamoto of Bloomington, Minn.,
and their children, Trevor and Mariko; Bud (Mitzi) Miyamoto of La Crosse
and their sons, Chad and Kenny; Margaret (Steven) Beulow of Los Alamos,
N.M., and their daughters, Hana and Sara; Donna (Ken) Groetsch of Des Moines,
Iowa, and their daughter, Amelia; and Mick (Anne) Miyamoto of La Crosse,
and their children, Monica and Terry.
In addition to loving his family, Harry was passionate about a wide
array of sports. Earlier in life, he was an avid ice fisherman, but then
spent his later years ``honing his skills'' as an armchair quarterback.
He treasured his past involvement in the Central High School Red Raider
Rooters and the UW-La Crosse Quarterback Club.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 1998 at 11
a.m. from the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. Rev. J.L. Mattes
will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10
a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
that memorials be sent to the Hospice Nursing Services at Gundersen Lutheran
Home Care, 811 Monitor St., La Crosse.
Harry's cremains will be interred in the Punch Bowl Military Cemetery
in Honolulu at a later date.
Stanley LeRoy Thurston
Stanley LeRoy Thurston, 81, a resident of the Tri-County Lutheran Home
in Pigeon Falls, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997 at the Whitehall
Stanley was born March 7, 1916 in the town of Curran, Jackson County,
to Reynardt and Thea (Johnstad) Thurston. He graduated from Taylor High
School, attended Winona Teachers College and taught elementary education
in various communities. Stanley was inducted into the U.S. Army July 16,
1942, and served as a medical technician until honorably discharged, with
a rank of sergeant, Sept. 25, 1944. He was a lifetime member of the American
Legion Post #368, Hixton-Taylor.
Music was Stan's life and livelihood during the post-war years. A multi-talented
musician, he played piano, violin, and was a premier trumpeter. His father
was widely known for his old-time fiddle prowess, and his mother and sister
played the piano. His brothers Richard and Robert were drummers, and brother
Lloyd ``Bud'' was proficient on several instruments. As a bandleader, Stan
led one of the midwest's more popular dance bands. He joined forces with
brother Bud in forming the Gale Taylor Band.
In the early 1950s, Stan and his elderly parents relocated to Torrance,
Calif., where he continued his education, earning a degree in engineering.
He worked for the state of California until retirement, and cared for his
parents through their years. Married at age 70, his wife of three years,
Faye, succombed to cancer in 1989.
Stanley is survived by a loving nieces, Jo Ellen (Mark) Schmitt and
Janell Webster; a sister-in-law, Olive Thurston; and many cousins, including
bandleader Conrad Johns.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a sister and three
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff in Pigeon Falls, Social
Services, the American Legion and the Prock-Beede Funeral Home. A memorial
service will be at a later date.
Stanley Thurston, a humble man of integrity, talent, intelligence and
wit; all of which reflect his values. May God bless his memory.
James F. Zeisler
SPARTA, Wis. - James F. Zeisler, 56, of 303 W. Wisconsin Street, Sparta,
died Monday, January 26, 1998 in his home. He was born on September 25,
1941 in La Crosse to Richard and Mary (Reinhard) Zeisler. He grew up in
La Crosse and graduated from Aquinas High School in 1959. James attended
the Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse for four years and then attended two
years of seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965, being discharged in 1969. After
the service he worked at the Trane Co. in La Crosse for 20 years. On December
31, 1994, he married the former Jean Allen in Sparta. James worked for
Leer Manufacturing in New Lisbon for the past four years. He enjoyed woodworking
and was an avid reader.
He is survived by his wife, Jean of Sparta; three children, Catherine
(Bryan) Behun of Minneapolis, Minnesota, James Zeisler of Milwaukee and
Thomas Zeisler of Milwaukee; a stepson, Laudy (Natalie) Allen of Holmen,
Wisconsin; two brothers, Richard P. Zeisler of La Crosse and Michael J.
(Rose) Zeisler of Oxford, Wisconsin; two sisters, Anne M. Zeisler of La
Crosse and Kathleen J. (Neil) Goldman of Manhattan Beach, Californis; two
nieces; and eight nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his aunt, Lucille. Memorial
services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral,
La Crosse, with Father Robert Cook officiating. Burial will be in the Mormon
Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery, La Crosse.
Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time
of services. The Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta, is in charge of arrangements.
Laurence J. Eden
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Laurence J. Eden, 85, of La Crescent, died on
Monday, January 26, 1998, at the La Crescent Health Care Center in La Crescent.
He was born on November 1, 1912 in rural La Crescent to Herman and Catherine
(Schnedecker) Eden. Laurence married Marlys Darling in La Crescent in 1940.
She died in 1977. On September 1, 1979 he married Helen Anderson in La
Crescent. Laurence farmed in Pine Creek Valley from boyhood until 1958.
He then purchased and operated the Mobil Oil station in La Crescent. He
later worked as a driver for Purolater Courier of Minneapolis. He retired
in 1974. He was a longtime member of the Church of the Crucifixion in La
Crescent, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 5115.
In addition to his wife, Helen, he is survived by a son, Larry (Donna)
Eden of Dearborn, Mich.; a daughter, Janet (Steve) Markwell of Bloomington,
Minn.; four grandchildren, Brad and Brian Markwell and Todd and Kim Eden;
three stepgrandchildren, Marc, Dion and Mike Eden; eight great-grandchildren;
three sisters, Malinda Wieser and Dorothy (Frank) Mader, both of La Crescent,
and Theresa Woodruff of Menomonie Falls, Wis.; and a brother, Henry Eden
of La Crosse. In addition to his first wife, Marlys, he was preceded in
death by his parents; a brother, Edward; and a sister, Marie Williams.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January
30, 1998, at the Church of the Crucifixion, La Crescent. The Rev. Donald
W. Grubisch will officiate. Burial will be in the Pine Creek Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent on
Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Friday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. A rosary will
be recited at the funeral home on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests memorials be directed to Crucifixion Parish School.
Spencer J. Mohring
IPSWICH, S.D./SPARTA, Wis. - Spencer J. Mohring, 87, of Ipswich, S.D.,
and formerly of Sparta, died Saturday, January 24, 1998 at the Colonial
Manor Nursing Home in Ipswich.
He was born on January 6, 1911, the son of Fred and Lena Mohring. He
was a longtime resident of Sparta before moving to South Dakota. He owned
the Sparta Construction Co. and Sparta Ready Mix Concrete Co. for many
years. He was a past president of the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gerald of
He is survived by his former wife, Edith Jepson; two daughters, Jeanne
(Roy) Dahlin of Coon Valley, Wis., and Linda (Bruce) Gjerde of Newport
Richey, Fla.; one son, Gary Mohring of Copperas Cove, Texas; five granddaughters;
five grandsons; and several great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 29 at
the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta. Rev. Jack Mithelman will officiate.
Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Sparta. Friends may call at
the funeral home on Thursday from noon until the service.
Stephina M. Morovits
EASTMAN/PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - Stephina M. Morovits, 94, of Prairie
du Chien and formerly of Eastman, died Monday, Jan. 26, 1998 in Prairie
Health Care Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday in St. Wenceslaus
Catholic Church, Eastman. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends
may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Garrity Funeral Home, Prairie
du Chien, where there will be 7 p.m. rosary and a 7:30 p.m. wake scripture.
Friends may also call at the funeral home Friday from 9:30 a.m. until departure
for the church.
Gabrielle Lea `Gabi' Trim
GALESVILLE, Wis. - Gabrielle Lea ``Gabi'' Trim, 16, of Galesville,
died Monday, January 26, 1998 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La
Crosse, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born December 29, 1981, in La Crosse, to Edward and Lori (Corcoran)
Trim. Gabi was a sophomore at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School and
was involved in basketball, softball and curling. Her love for children
was evident in the many children she was called upon to babysit.
Survivors are her parents; three brothers, Nate, Cody and Scotty, all
at home; paternal grandparents George and Eileen Trim of Galesville; maternal
grandparents, Carol Corcoran and Adolph Johnson of Galesville; paternal
great-grandma Arra Brenengen of Trempealeau, Wis.; and several aunts, uncles
She was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Jr.; maternal grandfather
Michael Corcoran; maternal great-grandparents; and paternal great-grandfather.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Zion Lutheran Church, Galesville,
with the Revs. M.C. Parkhurst and Arnold Flater officiating. Spring burial
will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Centerville, Wis. Friends may call at the
church today from 5 to 8 p.m., with an 8 p.m. prayer service, and Thursday
from 11:30 a.m. until the time of services.
The Smith Mortuary, Galesville, assisted the family.
Gordon Raymond Sivesind
WAUKON, Iowa - Gordon Raymond Sivesind, 62, of Waukon, Iowa, died Monday,
Jan. 26, 1998 in Thornton Manor Care Center, Lansing, Iowa, following a
lengthy illness. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday in St. John's
Lutheran Church, and burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, both in Waukon.
There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Thornton Manor Care
Center or Franciscan Skemp Hospice.
Marcella Ann Rommes
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Marcella Ann Rommes, age 88, of Caledonia, died
Tuesday, January 27, 1998 at the Lutheran Home, Caledonia, following a
She was born December 4, 1909 in Caledonia, to John P. and Elizabeth
Roerkohl Schiltz. On September 9, 1931, she married Nicholas Rommes at
St. Peter's Catholic Church, Caledonia. He preceded her in death January
Marcella was a member of St. Elizabeth's Society, Catholic Daughters
of the Americas, St. Mary's Parish and its Council of Catholic Women, and
Caledonia Senior Citizens. She enjoyed people and will be greatly missed
by her family and friends.
She is survived by three sons, Dale, Donald (Marge) and Paul (Nel),
all of Caledonia; two daughters, Mary Ann (Gerald) Mitchell of Alburnett,
Iowa, and Jeanne (Raymond) Kelly of Boca Raton, Fla.; 18 grandchildren;
23 great-grandchildren; a brother, Leo (Antoinette) Schiltz of La Crosse;
and four sisters, Sister M. Illuminata, OSF, of Rochester, Minn., Irma
Klug and Lorraine Thimmesch of Caledonia, and Mary (John) Carlson of Stoddard.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Gerald;
a granddaughter, Lora Mitchell; and three brothers, Wilfred, Myrel and
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's
Catholic Church, Caledonia. Rev. Donald Schmitz will officiate and burial
will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m.
today at the McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia, where a Catholic Daughter
rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. and a prayer service will be held at 7:30
p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church
Lavern `Brownie' Olmstead
WOODMAN, Wis. - Lavern ``Brownie'' Olmstead, 83, of Woodman, died Tuesday,
Jan. 27, 1998 in his home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday from
the Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home, Boscobel. Burial will be in Prairie Cemetery,
Fennimore. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Beulah J. Nelson
WESTBY, Wis. - Beulah J. Nelson, age 86, of Westby, died early Tuesday
morning, January 27, 1998 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. She was born on
June 25, 1911 in Westby to John and Johanna Bakken. She graduated from
Westby High School and worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Nestingen in
Westby prior to her marriage to Arnold ``Rudy'' Nelson on October 26, 1941.
She was a life member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Westby, where
she had taught third grade Sunday school for many years. She was also a
member of a church circle and the WELCA. Beulah had worked as a nursing
assistant at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.
She is survived by her daughter, Jann (Curtis Pierce) Nelson-Pierce;
and two grandsons, Andrew and Lucas. In addition to her parents, she was
preceded in death by her husband Arnold ``Rudy'' Nelson on February 11,
1992; and four sisters, Kalma, Till, Olga and Phoebe.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 30, 1998 at 1 p.m.
from Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Westby. Pastor Gary Daines will officiate,
with burial in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call after noon at
the church on Friday. The Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby is assisting
WAUWATOSA, Wis. - A memorial service is planned Saturday, January 31,
1998, for Donald Woodruff, former Director of Tourism for the state of
Wisconsin who died on Monday, January 26, 1998, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran
Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wis.
Born March 19, 1930, in La Crosse, Wis., Don moved to the Milwaukee
area after he served five years in the U.S. Navy. Recognized as one of
Wisconsin's foremost outdoor sports authorities, Don was a frequent guest
on radio and television talk shows. As a member of the Outdoor Writers
Association of America, hundreds of his fishing and hunting articles and
expert advice columns appeared in regional, national and foreign outdoor
sports magazines. Don was one of the original editors of Fishing Facts
magazine, and founder and publisher of Wisconsin Outdoorsman. He was also
the originator and first host of the popular television series, Outdoor
Wisconsin. As national advertising manager of OMC Evinrude, Don was instrumental
in bringing co-op TV advertising to Evinrude dealers nationwide, resulting
in the positioning of Evinrude outboards as the number one fishing motor
in the U.S. Don, while serving as executive director of the Wisconsin Division
of Tourism, introduced the now famous, ``Escape to Wisconsin'' slogan and
initiated a marketing program for tourism that revolutionized Wisconsin's
tourism industry. A veteran of submarine warfare during World War II and
the Korean conflict, Don completed twelve successful submarine patrols
and received an Honorable Discharge as a senior petty officer. He was one
of a handful of U.S. submarine men qualified in both German and American
submarines, having served on the captured German submarine U-3008, as well
as American submarines, USS Sennet, USS Medrigal and the USS Odax.
Don is survived by his wife, Theresa nee Eden of Menomonee Falls; five
daughters and a son, Pam (Jim) Wareing of Waukesha, Toni (Andy) Eckmayer
of Madison, Lorie (Steve Costello) Woodruff of Grafton, Kurt (Ann) of Menomonee
Falls, Mary (Bob) Radtke of New Richmond and Wendy (John) Wiza of Stone
Bank as well as thirteen grandchildren. He also is survived by three brothers
and a sister, Maxine Kasper, Richard (Helen) of California, William (Margie)
of Washington, Robert (Betty) of La Crosse.
The family extends their gratitude to the ICU nurses, Jennifer, Laura
and Mary as well as his doctors, for the loving care and kindness shown
to Don and his family during his stay at Froedtert Hospital.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at the Wisconsin Memorial
Park Family Center, 12875 West Capital Drive, Brookfield, Wis., with visitation
beginning at 11 a.m. and the service at 11:30 a.m. Not in state.
Schramka-Herrick Funeral Home assisting the family. (414) 251-0330.