|Rachel K. Tooke
Rachel K. Tooke, 91, formerly of 2240 South Ave., died on Wednesday,
January 28, 1998, at the St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Houston, Minnesota, on March 3, 1906, to Joseph and
Agnes (Faye) Schubert. She married Robert F. Tooke on May 16, 1925, in
Breese, Ill. She and her husband owned and operated Quality Lumber and
Coal Co. in La Crosse for many years. She was an avid sports fan and helped
sponsor one of the top softball teams in the state for many years.
Rachel is survived by her son, Robert A. Tooke of La Crosse; five grandchildren,
Patrick Tooke and Roxanne Weber of La Crosse, Michael Tooke and Kathleen
Valentine of Onalaska and Robin Fricke of Indialantic, Fla.; twelve grandchildren;
one sister, Fae Ebner of La Crosse; and many nieces and nephews. She was
preceded in death by her husband; one granddaughter, Rachelle Tooke; one
sister, Dorothy Rendler; and four brothers, Harold, Wenzel and Ralph Schubert
and an infant brother, Joseph Schubert.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, January 31,
1998, at 11 a.m. from St. Pius X Catholic Church. Rev. Thomas J. Smith
will officiate. Entombment will be in the Chapel of Devotion Mausoleum
in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on
Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.,
and at the church on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services.
Rachel, who was known as ``Granny'' to many, was a devoted and caring
wife, mother and grandmother, who dearly loved her grandchildren. She will
be missed by her family and all who knew her.
Jean M. Soller
Jean M. Soller, 76, died on Monday, January 26, 1998, in Poway, California,
while visiting her daughter.
She was born January 14, 1922, in La Crosse to John and Myrtle (DesRocher)
Wing. She married Walter Soller on December 8, 1943, and he preceded her
in death on October 25, 1975.
She worked as a registered nurse at the St. Francis Hospital and the
Holy Cross Seminary.
Jean was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by
two daughters, Suzanne (Dennis) King of La Crosse and (Nannette) Forsythe
of Poway, California; three sons, John (Karen) Soller of Las Vegas, Nevada,
Anthony (Jessica) Soller of Minot, North Dakota and Joseph Soller of Las
Vegas, Nevada; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters,
Peg (Ronald) La Luzerne of Levenworth, Kansas, and Beverly (Donald) Finnigan
of Indianapolis, Indiana; three brothers, Robert (Irene) Wing, Richard
(Peg) Wing and Kenneth (Pat) Wing, all of La Crosse.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter,
Michelle on January 28, 1975; her parents and a sister, Geraldine.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Crucifixion,
in La Crescent, Minnesota. The Reverend Donald Grubisch will officiate
and burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the services.
Memorials may be given to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration,
912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the
Florence E. Smith
KENDALL, Wis. ð Florence E. Smith, 92, of Kendall, passed away
Monday, January 26, 1998, at St. Joseph Nursing Home in Hillsboro following
a long illness.
She was born December 28, 1905, to Austin and Amelia (Miller) Sutton,
in the town of La Grange. She was raised on a farm with three sisters and
one brother. Florence received her Teachers Training during her high school
years and started teaching at age 17. After teaching two years at Farmers
Valley School near Sparta, she taught at the State Grade School at Melvina
along with her sister, Emma. She moved to Kendall and taught first and
second grades. She was united in marriage to Elmer (Smeeder) Smith on October
31, 1934. They owned and operated Smiths Furniture and Funeral Service
in Kendall for 40 years. ``Smeeder'' died August 25, 1972.
She is survived by one daughter, Pat (Floyd ``Pete'') Nelson of Kendall;
two sons, Rodric ``Rick'' (Phyllis) of Beloit and Dudley (Mary) of DePere;
seven grandchildren, Robin (John) Barnes IV of Racine, Guy (Lynne) Nelson
of Kendall, Perry (Mary) Nelson of Seattle, Wash., Ryan (Sarah) Nelson
of Milwaukee, Bill (Lisa) Smith of Green Bay, Janice (Eric) Enli of De
Pere and Steven (Linda) Smith of West Bend; nine great-grandchildren, Anthony
``Tony'' and Zachary Barnes, Britt, Ashley, Erica and Andrea Nelson, Phillip
and Zachary Smith and Michala Enli; one sister, Maybelle (Harold) Cole
of Rogers, Ark.; a faithful niece, Reita (Walter) Witkowski of Plover;
other nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters, Laura and Emma;
and one brother, Rollin E. Sutton.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 31, 1998, 11 a.m. at
the Evangelical Free Church, Kendall. Rev. Robert Waschek will officiate.
Burial will be in the Glendale Cemetery.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 2 p.m. until
4 and 7 until 9 p.m. at the Smith-Nelson Funeral Home, Kendall; and at
the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the service. A prayer
service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Family requests memorials be given to Evangelical Free Church, Kendall,
St. Joseph's Foundation, Hillsboro or the National Parkinson Foundation
in her memory.
May God Bless Her Memory.
WARRENS, Wis. ð Teresa Cooper, 30, of Warrens, died Tuesday, Jan.
27, 1998, at Tomah Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Lighthouse
Assembly of God Church.
Friends may call at White Funeral Home in Tomah on Friday from 4 until
8 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the
Mary Maxine (Alderman) Collins
FRIENDSHIP, Wis. ð Mary Maxine (Alderman) Collins, age 79, of Friendship
and formerly of Sparta, Wis., died Monday, January 26, 1998, at the Villa
Pines Nursing Home in Friendship, Wis.
She was born May 18, 1918, in the Township of Clinton, Vernon County,
to William and Nellie (Mossholder) Alderman. She was a housewife most of
She married Clayton R. Cavanaugh Sr. on November 21, 1936. To this
union there were three children. This marriage ended in divorce. She then
married Harold T. Collins on May 26, 1951. He preceded her in death on
October 7, 1977.
She is survived by one son, Clayton R. (Helen) Cavanaugh, Jr., of Schuter,
Okl.; two daughters, Marie L. (Dale) Lauritzen and Virginia A. (Donald)
Schonasky, Sr., both of Sparta, Wis.; two brothers, Raymond Alderman of
Adams, Wis., and Garland Seeger of Rockford, Ill.; 16 grandchildren, 34
great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 31, 1998, 11 a.m. at
the New Life Assembly of God Church, Hwy. 13 South in Adams, Wis. Pastor
Gary Olson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Mount Repose Cemetery,
Friendship, Wis. Cty. Hwy. J.
Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday at Roseberry's Funeral
Home in Friendship. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. until the time of
services Saturday at the church.
SPARTA, Wis. ð Dorothy Isensee, 77, of Sparta, died Tuesday, Jan.
27, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
She is survived by two daughters, Janet (special friend Robert Hanssen)
Isensee, Sparta and Carol (George) Strozewski, Wisconsin Rapids; two sons,
Gerald Isensee, Wisconsin Rapids and Charles (Heidi) Isensee, Hayward,
Wis.; four grandchildren, Christopher, Theron, Aaron and Megan; two step-brothers,
Robert Neville and Richard Neville of California.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John's
Episcopal Church, Sparta, with Father Bruce Gardner officiating and Deacon
Jerome Kuehn assisting. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Sparta.
The Page-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ROCKFORD, Ill. ð Charlotte Ervin, 81, of Rockford, Ill., died on
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at her home in Rockford.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. from Beeman-Patchak
Funeral Home, Boscobel. Burial will be in the Gays Mills Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home in Boscobel on
Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Prakseda ``Praxie'' Skroch
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. ð Prakseda ``Praxie'' Skroch, 84, of Milwaukee
and formerly of Independence, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at Marian Franciscan
Center in Milwaukee.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at SS. Peter & Paul
Catholic Church, Independence, with spring burial in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Edison Funeral Home, Independence.
SOLDIERS GROVE, Wis. ð Niel Burke, 76, of Soldiers Grove, passed
away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at the Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Sime Funeral
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and
on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services.
Bernice Ross Polivoda
Bernice Rose Polivoda, 79, died at her home on Tuesday, January 27,
She was born June 2, 1918, in La Crosse to Wenzel and Elsie (Jaekel)
Tikal. She married Clarence Polivoda on June 25, 1938, in the Holy Trinity
Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on June 3, 1991.
She is survived by her son, Thomas of Amarillo, Texas; and his children,
Lisa (George) Rogers, U.S.A.F., stationed in Montgomery, Alabama, Tonya
(Cruz) Arce of Amarillo, Anton, Melissa Santiago and Nicholas (Melanie),
all of Amarillo; her daughter, Rose Mary (Larry) Richardson of Onalaska,
and her three sons, Jeffery of San Francisco, Jarrod, U.S.A.F., stationed
in Great Falls, Montana, and James of Onalaska; her daughter, Mona (Dan)
Hanson of Onalaska and her daughters, Wendy (Chip) Cantwell of Onalaska,
and Robyn and son Don (Becky) and his daughters, Caitlin and Lillia of
La Crosse; nine great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents
and a brother, James.
Bernice was a generous and caring mother, grandmother and friend who
never complained, showed kindness to everyone and will continue to inspire
us with her love, dignity and strength. She will be dearly missed by her
loving children, her grandchildren and her friends (especially those in
her neighborhood knitting club).
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:45 a.m. at the Dickinson Family
Funeral Home, 809 Gillette Street, and at 11 a.m. at St. James the Less
Catholic Church. The Reverend Mancin Mankowski will officiate and burial
will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and
on Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Thursday
evening at the funeral home.
Robert Joseph Lanz
ST. PAUL, Minn. ð Robert Joseph Lanz, 63, St. Paul, Minn., died
Jan. 27, 1998, at Southview Acres Nursing Home.
He was born Oct. 12, 1934, in St. Anthony, N.D., to Joseph and Rose
He was employed with UNIVAC in St. Paul for many years.
Survivors are his former wife Donna Mae (Bolstad) Lanz, La Crosse;
three sons, Steven, Brian (Christine), and Robb, all of La Crosse; one
daughter Karen and her finance Scott, both of La Crosse; one grandaughter,
Stephanie; two brothers, Richard (Patty) and Ed (Barbara); five sisters,
Joanne (Ralph) Buchie, Rosella Lanz, Emily (Herbert) Fritzke, Margie Lanz
and Mary Ellen (Gail) Gaston. He was also survived by many neices and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Funeral services will be at Southern Funeral Home, South St. Paul,
Minn. Thursday, Jan. 29, at 10:30 a.m. with cremation at Fort Snelling
in St. Paul on Friday morning.
Look down and smile, dad, because we will look up and do the same.
Maurice J. Thompson
ROCKLAND, Wis. ð Maurice J. Thompson, 94, of Rockland died Wednesday,
Jan. 28, 1998 at Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta after a long illness.
He was born June 4, 1903 in Coon Valley to John and Mathilda (Ophus)
Thompson. He married Emma Lamke June 11, 1936. The couple farmed the family
farm for canning companies in Onalaska and Green Bay. He retired to Rockland
in 1979. Maurice was a member of the United Methodist Church of Rockland.
Survivors include his wife, Emma; three daughters, Joan (John) Dolbier
of Mindoro, Maralyn (William) Hubbard of Monroe and Vivian (Ronald) Robertson
of Bangor; five grandchildren, Jill Hubbard Gunderson, Gail Hubbard Grossen,
Gregory Hubbard, Trifton and Torek Dolbier; and five great-grandchildren;
one sister, Mrs. Ray (Helen) Revor of La Crosse.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 20, 1998 at
the Seland Funeral Chapel in Coon Valley. Pastor John Brower will officiate
with burial in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park, rural La Crosse. Friends may
call at the funeral chapel Friday from noon until the time of services.
Augusta ``Gussie'' Mann
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Augusta ``Gussie'' Mann, age 90, of the Shamrock
area of Jackson County, died Thursday, January 29, 1998, at the home of
her daughter at Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 4, 1998, at 2 p.m. from
the Shamrock Union Church and burial will be in the Shamrock Union Cemetery,
both in rural Black River Falls. Friends may call at the Buswell Funeral
Home, Black River Falls on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on
Wednesday from 1 p.m. until services.
Doris M. Sveen
PIGEON FALLS, Wis. - Doris M. Sveen, age 74, of Pigeon Falls, Wis.
died on Wednesday, January 28, 1998, in the Tri-County Memorial Hospital
in Whitehall, Wis.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 2, 1998, at 11 a.m.
in the Pigeon Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pigeon Falls, Wis. Burial
will be in the Old Whitehall Cemetery in rural Whitehall, Wis.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 1, 1998, from 4 to 8 p.m.
in the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall, Wis. and also one hour prior to
the services at the church on Monday.
Gary H. Steele
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Gary H. Steele, age 63, of 213 S. Roosevelt
Rd., Black River Falls, died Wednesday, January 28, 1998, in the Tomah
VA Medical Center.
Funeral services will be Saturday, January 31, 1998, at 11 a.m. from
the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls and burial with military honors
will be in the Trout Run Cemetery, rural Black River Falls. Friends may
call at the Buswell Funeral Home on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Gary L. Witt
WORTH, Ill./DAKOTA, Minn. - Gary Witt, 48, died Wed., Jan. 28, 1998,
following complications from Liver Transplant surgery on Dec. 2, 1997.
Gary was born July 27, 1949, in La Crosse, Wis. to LeRoy and Annabelle
(Stinson) Witt. Gary married Mary Havrilla on Nov. 15, 1975.
Gary is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughter, Jamie (Chris) Barta;
son, Shawn (Tracey) Witt; granddaughters, Amber and Ashley; grandson, Kyle;
five sisters, Sandra (Stan) Stetzer of Mindoro, Wis., Vicky (Dave) Monson
of Ruskin, Fla., Connie (Herbie) Ball of Chicago Ridge, Ill., Laurie (Brad)
Houghton of Appleton, Wis. and Karrie (George) Gaulrapp of Freeport, Ill.;
and also 13 nieces and nephews and many aunts and uncles. He was preceded
in death by his parents and grandparents.
Memorial services will be Sat., Feb. 7, 1998, at 2 p.m. in Prince of
Peace Lutheran Church, La Crescent, Minn. Pastor Mark A. Anderson will
officiate. Wake services will be Fri., Jan. 30 from 2-9 p.m. at Schmaedke
Funeral Home in Worth, Ill. Fellowship will follow until 5 p.m. at the
La Crescent American Legion.
``Gary lived life to the fullest, but now will have eternal life.''
Jean Tobey (Grandma Jean)
NAPA, Calif. - Jean Dolores (Chichester) Tobey died January 20, 1998,
of cancer in Napa, Calif. Her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter were
by her side.
She was born in Hampton, Iowa on March 12, 1916, to Forrest and Marguerite
She attended school in La Crosse, Wisconsin and graduated in 1934 from
Logan High School.
She met and married her first husband, Cyril J. Wright, in Wisconsin.
They made their home on French Island outside of La Crosse where she was
employed by the Auto-Lite Factory. Many times she told stories of her adventures
with her ``Wild'' friends on French Island.
Upon Cyril's death she made her home in Richmond, California, with
her mother. While there she obtained a California Realtors and a Cosmetology
In 1964, she married Merlin C. Tobey and they made their home in Pinole,
California. They enjoyed their time together until his death in 1969. At
this time, she had bowled on several leagues, even traveling to San Antonio,
Texas for a tournament.
Jean was then employed by the Doctors Answering Service in Richmond,
California, until her ``retirement'' in 1982.
She can out of ``retirement'' on March 13, 1989, when her great-granddaughter,
Holly was born. She babysat for Holly throughout the years, instilling
in Holly a love of art, music, dance and humor.
Over the years she made many trips between California and Wisconsin,
one of her favorites being with her grandson, Jeff and daughter-in-law,
Doris; including their event-filled side trip to Mr. Rushmore, ``the old
pile of rocks.''
Her many interests included playing the organ, singing, writing poetry,
painting, dancing, fishing, playing cards and scrabble, working crossword
puzzles, watching game shows and football and baseball games; especially
her sons ``Senior Softball.''
One of her greatest joys was putting on ``family functions.''
Her greatest fulfillment came from devoting her life to the happiness
of her family and her friends.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Forest (Butch) and
Doris Wright; her granddaughter, Kim Yoho; her grandson and his wife, Jeff
and Stacy Wright; her great-grandchildren, Holly Yoho and David and Sammy
Gallegos; her sister-in-law, Marjorie Vick and many friends whom she considered
``Grandma Jean'' touched many lives. A memorial service will be held
on Saturday, January 31, 1998, at Treadway & Wigger Funeral Home, 623
Coombs Street. The Rev. Erwin E. Bollinger, pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian
Church, will officiate. Casketbearers are Ray Goyette, Joe Nichelini, Ron
Herring and Mike Nichelini. Internment will follow at Tulocay Cemetery.
Dora A. Utke
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Dora A. Utke, age 100, of La Crescent, Minn. died
Wednesday, January 28, 1998, at the Bethany-St. Joseph Nursing Home in
La Crosse. She was born on March 15, 1897 in Caledonia, Minn. to William
and Emma (Heintz) Kuecker and married Edward J. Utke on February 17, 1925,
in Caledonia, Minn. He preceded her in death on March 5, 1986.
Dora worked with her husband on the family farm in Brownsville, Minn.
until 1928 when they moved to rural Caledonia where they continued to farm
until 1968 when they moved to La Crescent. She was a member of the First
Ev. Lutheran Church in La Crescent.
Dora is survived by a daughter-in-law, Mary Lorraine Utke of La Crescent;
three grandchildren, Wayne (Charmaine) Utke of Goodwine, Ill, Steve (Sonja)
Utke of Highlands Ranch, Colo. and Sandra Utke of La Crescent; 11 grandchildren
and five great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was
preceded in death by her son, Raymond Utke and two brothers, Ervin and
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 31, 1998, at 10:30
a.m. at the First Ev. Lutheran Church in La Crescent with Rev. Paul A.
Ibisch officiating. Burial will follow at St. Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery,
rural Caledonia. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m.
until the time of services. Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent
is in charge of arrangements.
George A. Jeffers
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - George A. Jeffers, age 84, of Prairie du Chien,
Wis. died Thursday, January 29, 1998, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial
Hospital. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 31, 1998 at 11 a.m.
at St. John's Catholic Church, Rev. Burton Pratt SJ officiating with burial
in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Military rights
will be held graveside by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard. Friends may
call after 4 p.m. today at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien,
where there will be an Eagles Club Tribute at 7 p.m., a Knights of Columbus
Rosary at 7:30 p.m. and a Wake Scripture at 8 p.m.
He was born January 12, 1914, in Caledonia, Minn., son of George and
Mary (Darling) Jeffers. He married Dorothy Bremmer on November 15, 1945,
in Prairie du Chien, Wis. She preceded him in death on November 20, 1984.
He served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He owned and operated Jeffers
Black Angus in Prairie du Chien for over 50 years until his retirement
in 1975. He was a member of St. John's Parish, The Eagles Club Aerie 1502
and The Knights of Columbus Campion Council 1840.
He is survived by two daughters, Ginger (Zeke) Des Rocher of Prairie
du Chien and Peggy (Dale) Sorenson of Richland Center, Wis.; one brother,
Ben Jeffers of Prairie du Chien; one sister Jenny Gaulthier of Lansing,
Iowa; four granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; numerous nieces and
nephews and a very dear friend, Dorothy Herrity of Prairie du Chien. He
was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.
Almyra Huck, age 72, died Wednesday, January 28, 1998, at Franciscan
Skemp Hospital in La Crosse. Memorial services will be held on Sunday,
February 1, 1998, at 7 p.m. at White Funeral Home in Tomah, Wisconsin.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. Sunday until the time
of the service. A second service will be held at the Ritter-Larsen Funeral
Home in Milwaukee at 3 p.m. Monday, February 2, 1998. Visitation will be
from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
William ``Bun'' Markin
EXCELSIOR, Minn. - William ``Bun'' Markin, age 76, of Excelsior passed
away on Wednesday, January 28, 1998, at the Boscobel Area Health Care in
Boscobel after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 31, 1998, at 11
a.m. at the Thoni-Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel. Burial in the Boscobel
Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Thoni-Kendall
Funeral Home in Boscobel. Military services conducted by the Boscobel American
Legion and VFW.
Marlin Gilman Hanson
WAUKON, Iowa - Marlin G. Hanson, 81, of Waukon, died Wednesday, January
28, 1998, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 31, 1998, at 11 a.m. at
Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, Iowa. Burial will be in Oakland
Cemetery in Waukon. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. today at Martin Funeral
Home in Waukon. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon.
Russell ``Russ'' W. Balfany
Russell ``Russ'' W. Balfany, 84, died at the Hillview Health Care Center
on Wednesday, January 28, 1998. He was born November 13, 1913, in Redwood
Falls, Minnesota to Albert and Esther (Conrad) Balfany. He married Genevieve
M. Schrader on July 3, 1937, in Decorah, Iowa, and they celebrated their
60th wedding anniversary in July of 1997. Employed by the Milwaukee Railroad,
for over fifty years, he retired as a conductor. Russ loved to talk and
tell stories about his early years.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived
by his wife, Genevieve; daughter, Patricia A. (Don) Knutson of La Crosse;
three grandsons, Timothy L. (Tammy) Franzini of Onalaska, Thomas Russell
(Kris) Franzini and Terrence R. Franzini, both of La Crosse; three great-grandchildren,
Ryan L., Matthew J. and Allison J., Franzini; four brothers, Russell (Gen)
Balfany, Floyd Balfany and Ford Balfany, all of La Crosse and Francis (Genesee)
Balfany of Sun City, Arizona; and one sister, Florence Lemke of Aurora,
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Alma, Alberta
and Myrtle; and two brothers, Robert and Elmo.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Dickinson Family
Funeral Home, 809 Gillette Street, La Crosse. The Reverend John Parcher
will officiate and burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may
call at the funeral home on Saturday from noon until the service.
Anton ``Tony'' Lee
STODDARD, Wis. - Anton ``Tony'' Lee, age 90, died Wednesday, January
28, 1998, in his home in Stoddard. He was born on June 10, 1907, to Anton
and Sina (Brenden) Lee in Stoddard. Tony received a Bachelor of Science
and Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He
owned and operated the Artcraft Company on La Crosse's northside for many
years, retiring in 1983. He served as a Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers
in the Phillipines. Tony was known for his innovative design and construction
of many of the areas finest supper clubs. He was a member of the American
Legion Post #52.
He is survived by his sisters, Alma Lee Eacurce of Stoddard, Sylvia
Spears of Mountain Home, Arkansas and Olga Bluske and Lucille Furlong,
both of La Crosse; nieces, Sally Lewis of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Betty
Warja of Springfield, Missouri and June Crawford of Mountain Home, Arkansas;
nephews, James Spears and Robert Spears, both of Kansas City, Kenneth Blake
of Mountain Home, Arkansas and Steven Bergsten and Lee Bluske, both of
La Crosse. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister,
Mabel Denny and a nephew Donald Blake.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 31, at 2 p.m. at
the Sletten-McKee-Hanson Funeral Home. The Reverend Wm. V. Stevens will
officiate and burial will be in the Stoddard Cemetery. Friends may call
at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of services. Memorials
are requested for the United Methodist Church of Stoddard.
Philip D. Halverson
TAYLOR, Wis. - Philip D. Halverson, 78, of Taylor, died Wednesday,
January 28, 1998, at the Pine View Nursing Home, Black River Falls, where
he had been a resident for three years. Funeral services will be held at
2 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 1998, at the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran
Church with burial in Trempealeau Valley Lutheran Cemetery, both in rural
Taylor. Friends may call today from 5-8 p.m. at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral
Home, Hixton and also one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Clara A. Alt
Clara A. Alt, 96, died on Thursday, January 29, 1998. Funeral arrangements,
tentative for Monday, at St. James the Less Catholic Church, will be announced
by the Dickinson Family Funeral Homes.
Hilmer C. Harris
VIOLA, Wis. - Hilmer C. Harris, age 82, of Viola, died Wednesday, January
28, 1998, at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. He was born September
16, 1915, in Crawford County to Ora Harris. He served with the Army Infantry
during World War II in Africa, Sicily, France, Germany, Austria and in
Italy, where he was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. On
January 1, 1945, he was united in marriage to Jennie Syverhus. They farmed
in the Westby and Viola areas until 1965 when they moved to Viola. Hilmer
was a school bus driver for Kickapoo Area Schools for many years. He was
a member of the Hamilton-Harris American Legion Post 447 of Viola. He is
survived by his wife, Jennie of Viola and cousins. He was preceded in death
by his mother.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 31, 1998, at 1:30
p.m. in the Henthorn Memorial Center, Viola. The Rev. Kenneth Melby will
officiate with burial in the Viola Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted
by members of the American Legion Post. Friends may call at the Henthorn
Memorial Center on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and after 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Larsons Funeral Home of Viroqua is assisting the family.
Arthur Henry Johll
Arthur H. Johll, 95, died at the Hillview Health Care Center on Wednesday,
January 28, 1998. He was born April 4, 1902, in Bagley, Wisconsin to John
and Philomena Johll. He married Margaret Roberts on November 25, 1944.
He was a veteran of World War II. Prior to his retirement, he had been
employed by La Crosse Footwear for over thirty-nine years. He was a member
of the La Crosse Eagles Club and the R.E.A.C. He had also been involved
in the north and southside senior citizens and had served as a volunteer
for the nutrition programs for Sauber Manor.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a daughter, Carol (Leo) Loomis
of La Crosse; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two sisters,
Dorothy Brothers of Dubuque, Iowa and Ann (Richard) Ackerman of Cassville,
Wisconsin; two sisters-in-law, Marcella Johll of Cuba City and Viola Johll
of Lancaster. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Norma; two sisters
and five brothers.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. James the Less
Catholic Church. The Reverend Mancin Mankowski will officiate and burial
will be in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday
from 10 a.m. until the service. A rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, at the church. The Dickinson Family Funeral Homes are assisting
the family with the arrangements.
Edgar L. `Andy' Andres
Edgar L. ``Andy'' Andres, 79, of La Crosse died on Thursday, January
29, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born
in Portage, Wis. on September 2, 1918, to Earl and Esther (Christiansen)
Andres. He married Vera M. Anderson in La Crosse on November 29, 1941.
Andy had worked at the Trane Co. of La Crosse for 35 years and retired
in 1984. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective order of Elks
Lodge 300 La Crosse and a member of the Trane 25 year Club. Andy loved
to spend time in his garden and had a passion for golf that few could match.
In addition to his wife, Vera; he is survived by two sons, Richard
(Barbara) of Alma, Wis. and Mark of Riverside, Calif.; four grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren; one sister, Frances Stamm of Falls Church,
Va.; one brother, John (Dawn) of West Salem, Wis. He was preceded in death
by his parents.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 31, 1998, at 2
p.m. from the Asbury United Methodist Church, La Crosse. The Rev. Larry
Moody will officiate. Entombment of his cremains will be in the Garden
of Peace Mausoleum, Mormon Coulee Memorial Park at a later date. Memorials
may be directed to the Asbury United Methodist Church or the Gundersen
Lutheran Medical Center Cancer Research Department. The Schumacher-Kish
Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.