Miscellaneous La Crosse County, Wisconsin Obituaries

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James E. Mills
James E. Mills, 81, died on Wednesday, February 12th, 1997, at the Bethany Riverside Nursing Home where he had been a resident since November of 1996.
He was born James Emmett Mills to James E. and Alice (Slenker) Mills on June 22, 1915, in Brookville, Vernon County, Wisconsin. He attended local schools and the University of Wisconsin. On October 8, 1938, he married Esther Gutsch. She preceded him in death on November 8, 1990. They farmed along with his family on the Mills family farm until 1943 when he was inducted into the United States Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific. Upon returning from his military duty he was employed by Dairyland Power Cooperative, where he worked for 30 years until his retirement in June, 1977. He and his wife lived in La Crescent, Minn., for several years and then moved to La Crosse where they resided at Salzer Square and Bethany on Cass.
James is survived by cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 15th, 1997, at 11 a.m. at La Crescent United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mark Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Viroqua Cemetery, Viroqua, Wis.
Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. where a Masonic Service by the Morning Star Lodge #29 will be held at 6:30 p.m., and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Evelyn M. Chandler
ONALASKA, Wis./CALEDONIA, Minn. -- Evelyn M. Chandler, 78, of Onalaska, Wis., died Tuesday, February 11, 1997, at the Bethany-Riverside Nursing Facility, La Crosse.
She was born April 5, 1918, in La Crosse to Alfred and Bessie (Smith) Evenson. On August 2, 1952, Evelyn married Walter Chandler and he preceded her in death on February 16, 1976. She then married Jesse Burroughs on January 3, 1981, and he preceded her in death on April 2, 1984.
Evelyn was employed as a Nurse's Aid at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. After her retirement she remained active serving as a Volunteer for the La Crosse Area RSVP. She also enrolled in a course to become a Minister and received her certificate of completion in 1988.
Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Winkels of Winona, Minn.; two sons, Wally (Barbara) Chandler of Melrose, Wis., and Coby (Kathryn) Chandler of La Crosse; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lona Plompen of Lakeland, Fla., and Marion (James) Barnes of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; three brothers, Arnold (Bessie) Evenson and Glenn (Betty) Evenson, both of Dade City, Fla., and Irvin (Maisie) Evenson of Zepher Hills, Fla. In addition to her first and second husband, Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and two granddaughters.
Funeral services will be Sunday, February 16, at 2 p.m. from the Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia. Rev. Mark Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 12 noon until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Marlene F. Erskine
ONALASKA, Wis. -- Marlene F. Erskine, 47, of N5645 Quarterback Drive, Onalaska, died Tuesday, February 11, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.
She was born in Kenosha, Wis., on January 6, 1950, to Fredrick and Helen (Andersen) Osinga. She graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha in 1969. She married Ed Erskine in Kenosha on August 14, 1971. She was employed by the Wisconsin Telephone Company from 1971-1983 and by the Trane Federal Credit Union from 1986-1997.
Marlene is survived by her husband, Ed; two sons, Eric and Patrick, both at home; her maternal grandmother, Helena Andersen of Kenosha, Wis.; her parents; four sisters, Diane (Thomas) Werbie of Racine, Wis., Patricia (Craig) Waswrick of Woodstock, Ga., Kathy (John) Kink of Madison, Wis., and Krista (John) Borger of Oak Creek, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents and a maternal grandfather.
Memorial services will be Saturday, February 15, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church. The Reverend Tim Duesenberg will officiate.
Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Marlene F. Erskine Memorial Fund.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Leeward C. Lee
Leeward C. Lee, age 84, formerly of 2832 South 29th Court, died in the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center on Wednesday, February 12, 1997.
He was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on October 4, 1912, to Peter and Lily (Grimsrud) Lee. He married Phyllis Rank in La Crosse on March 29, 1952, and she preceded him in death on April 23, 1989. Leeward served in the U.S. Navy aboard a minesweeper during WWII. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in journalism and prior to retirement was a columnist for the La Crosse Tribune.
He is survived by two sisters, Valborg Ferguson of Michigan City, Ind., and Lily Holm of Vancouver, Wash.; and a brother, Arnott (Esther) Lee of Richfield, Minn. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, February 14th at 1:30 p.m. at the Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home. Reverend Walter Larson will officiate and burial will be in the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Lilian Sarazin
LAKE LINDEN, Mich. -- Mrs. Lilian Sarazin, 79, a resident of Lake Linden, died early Tuesday morning, Feb. 11, 1997, at the Keweenaw Memorial Medical Center following a long illness.
The former Lilian Bonini was born on November 6, 1917, in Franklin Twp., a daughter of the late James and Estelle (Gale) Bonini. She attended the Quincy School and the Hancock High School. She lived in the Houghton-Hancock area, lived at the Dreamland Hotel in Bootjack. She moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin, and lived there until 1976 when she returned to Lake Linden to make her home. Most of her life she was a summer resident of Bootjack.
On November 26, 1937, she married George Sarazin in Lake Linden. He preceded her in death on June 24, 1975. Her parents; a brother, Albert ``Bob'' Bonini; and a sister, Ruth Malgren, also preceded her in death.
Lilian had a lifelong interest in lapidary and silversmithing. She was past president of the Coppertown Auxiliary and had been very active in the Coppertown Museum and the Copper Country Rock and Mineral Club. While living in La Crosse she was one of the founders of the Coulee Rock Club.
Surviving are two sons, Richard (Greta) Sarazin of Onalaska, Wis., and Dr. William (Robin) Sarazin of Houghton; one daughter, Gale (Donald) Anderson of Lake Linden; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, James Bonini of Sebawaing, Mich., Roy (Lenore) Bonini of Bootjack and Charles (Pauletta) Bonini of Bootjack; two sisters, Alberta St. Andre of Lake Linden and Eleanore (Robert) Weber of Manistique, Mich.; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church in Lake Linden with Rev. Eric Olson officiating. Spring burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lake Linden.
Friends may call at the Pearce Funeral Home today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Evelyn L. Franks
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Evelyn L. Franks, 74, of Black River Falls and formerly of Sparta, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, in Black River Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. from the Family Worship Assembly, Black River Falls, and burial will be in the Shamrock Cemetery, rural Black River Falls.
Friends may call at the Buswell Funeral Home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from noon until services.
Memorials may be given to the Franciscan/Skemp Hospice or the Piano Fund of the Family Worship Assembly.

Lucille M. Perz
WILTON, Wis. -- Lucille M. Perz, 53, of RR 2 Wilton, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, at her home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the White Funeral Home in Tomah. Burial will follow in the Hillside Cemetery in Wilton.
Friends may call Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the White Funeral Home in Tomah.

Elbin E. Sletten
DE SOTO, Wis. -- Elbin E. Sletten, age 74, of De Soto, died Tuesday, February 11, 1997, in his home.
He was born July 16, 1922, in Vernon County to Elmer and Ruth (Henry) Sletten. He served with the 5th Army during World War II. He worked for the Heinz Co. in Milwaukee for about two years before returning to De Soto. He was a member of the De Soto VFW Post 8123.
Elbin is survived by one sister, Patricia Johnson of Viroqua; one aunt, Alice Yanzer of La Crosse; four nephews, Terry (Marlene) Johnson of Orlando, Fla., Rick (Mary) Johnson of Chaseburg, Dennis (Cindy) Johnson of Midlothian, Va., and Lyder (Simone) Johnson of Orlando; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by one sister, Leda Martincichi; and one brother in infancy.
The funeral service for Elbin will be held on Saturday, February 15, 1997, at 1:30 p.m. in the Larson Funeral Home, De Soto. The Rev. Kimberly Riebe will officiate. Burial will be in the De Soto Cemetery with military rites by the De Soto VFW Post.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday after 12:30 p.m.

Barbara Jean DeVault
Barbara Jean DeVault, age 60 years, of 420 Fanta Reed Road, La Crosse, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at her home after a four year courageous battle with cancer.
She was born January 15, 1937 in Moultrie, Georgia, to D.J. and Lillian Collins. She married Jay DeVault on March 31, 195,3 in Sedalia, Missouri. Jean and her husband owned and operated Jay's Mobile Home and R.V. Center in La Crosse. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 22, of La Crosse, and president of the Elkettes Lodge 300, of La Crosse, and a member of the Tri-State Pheasants Forever Organization, Chapter 61. This year she and her husband, Jay, received the award plaque of Hen and Rooster for dedicated services to the chapter. She was an accomplished seamstress and an avid hunter, fisher, trapper and gardener. Her strength throughout her illness was an inspiration to her family.
She is survived by her husband, Jay of La Crosse; three sons, Richard DeVault, and his fiance, Margaret Stoehr, of Coon Valley, Steven (Jane) DeVault of La Crosse and Kevin DeVault of La Crosse; two daughters, Victoria (Allan) Hoel of Randolph, Minn., and Theresa (Rick) Stetzer of Onalaska; eight grandchildren, Audra, Erik, Annie, Brandon, Nicholas, Brian, Dillon and Dane; two brothers, Jimmy (Penny) Collins and Samuel (Brenda) Collins, both of Albany, Georgia; one sister, Shirley Greene of Leesburg, Georgia; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 1997, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in La Crosse. Rev. Donald Iliff will officiate. Burial will be in the French Island Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska from 4 till 8 p.m. on Friday, and at the church on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Eastern Star Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Just think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost
and she was loved so much

Clifford T. Kirking
CASHTON, Wis. - Clifford T. Kirking, age 75, of Cashton, died Friday, August 29, at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse.
He was born April 6, 1922 in Vernon County to Clarence and Gladys (McDaniel) Kirking. His Baptism was on July 16, 1922 in Westby. Clifford and his wife, Elaine Olson were united in marriage on September 19, 1942, shortly before Clifford left for military service. While in the service he was involved in military campaigns and battles including Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. Citations and decorations include European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with one Silver Battle Star, four Overseas Service Bars, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, and TSFET 44. He was a member of the Portland Lutheran Church. After his retirement as a semi driver, he enjoyed delivering meals for the Cashton Nutrition Center and working at the Cashton Farm Supply.
Clifford will be remembered and missed by his wife, Elaine of Cashton; three children, Shirley (Ron) Griggs of Farmington Hills, Mich., Alan (Rita) Kirking of Viroqua, Wis., and Mary (James) Silha of DePere, Wis.; one daughter-in-law, Faye Kirking; seven grandchildren, Kevin, Jonathan, Kirsten, Amanda, Tammy, Jennifer, and Allyson; and one great-grandchild, Johanna. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Betty; one son, Jeffrey; and two brothers, Donald and LeRoy.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 1, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Portland Lutheran Church near Cashton. Pastor John Stennes-Spidahl will preside. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Relatives and friends are asked to call at the Torkelson Funeral Chapel in Cashton on Sunday, August 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. They may also call on the day of services from 10 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be given to the American Cancer Society.

Daniel T. Pittman
Daniel T. Pittman, 44, of La Crescent, died on Friday, August 29, 1997 at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born on June 24, 1953 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Elwin and Geraldine (Hovde) Pittman. He married Elaine Nasseth on October 8, 1977 in La Crescent. Daniel had worked at the G. Heileman Brewery for 20 years. He loved to ride his Harley's, especially on his yearly trip to Sturgis. He was an avid collector of Science Fiction Memorabilia.
Daniel is survived by his wife, Elaine; a daughter, Amy Pittman, and a son, Shannon Pittman, both living at home; three sisters, Victoria Hart of La Crosse, Pat (Randall) Christenson of West Salem, and Jeannette Pittman of La Crescent; one brother, Steven Pittman of Roebling, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2, 1997 at the Church of the Crucifixion. The Rev. Donald W. Grubisch will officiate. Burial will be in the Crucifixion Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. There will be a rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Helen M. Stoda
Helen M. Stoda, age 82, of La Crosse, died Friday, August 29, 1997 in the home of her daughter.
She was born April 13, 1915 in Ferryville, Wis. to Grant C. and Minta B. (Glass) Williams. She married Dareld C. Stoda, August 4, 1932 in Victory, Wis. She loved her family and had a wonderful sense of humor. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by one daughter, Pat (Steven) Lundsten of La Crosse; one granddaughter, Lonnie Lundsten; one sister, Irene Ferguson of Missouri. She is further survived by Raymond and LaVerna Copper of La Crosse, and Valdo and Virginia Stoda of Tomah; as well as special friends, the Norenberg family, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dareld, February 3, 1978, and two daughters, Bonnie Jeann and Marlene Joanne, her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, 1997 at the Blaschke Funeral Home, 401 West Ave. So. Reverend Brian C. King will officiate with burial to be in the Victory Cemetery, Victory, Wis. Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Memorials preferred to Gundersen Medical Foundation.
To my mother
Heaven saw this world was such it would not amount to
much, so it send us mothers true to sweeten life the
way you do.

Andrew James Moen
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Andrew James Moen, infant son of Daniel and Kari (Wahl) Moen, of West Salem, died Thursday, August 28, 1997 at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born August 23, 1997 in La Crosse at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center.
Survivors include his parents; his twin sister, Hannah Elizabeth; his maternal grandmother, Patricia Wahl of Neillsville, Wis.; his paternal grandparents, James and Helen Moen of West Salem; his maternal aunt, Nancy Wahl of Neillsville, Wis.; his maternal uncle, Thomas Wahl of Las Vegas, N.V.; his paternal aunt and uncle, Judi and Michael Shepherd of La Crosse; and two cousins, Alyssa Wahl of Neillsville, Wis., and Brooke Shepherd of La Crosse. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Roger Wahl.
A private family graveside service and burial will be held on Sunday, August 31, 1997 in Neshonoc Cemetery, West Salem. Pastor Philip A. Borleske will officiate. There will be no visitation. Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements.

Sylvia M. Erickson
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Sylvia M. Erickson, 81, of Caledonia, died Friday, August 29, 1997 at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
She was born August 22, 1916 in Wilmington Township, Minn. to Alfred C. and Ingeborg (Buxengard) Johnson. On December 20, 1936 she married Gerhard Erickson at the Wilmington Lutheran Church, Wilmington Township. Together they farmed in Wilmington Township for 16 years before moving into the city of Caledonia. After more than 47 years of marriage Gerhard preceded Sylvia in death on July 20, 1984.
Survivors include a foster-daughter, Julie Johnson of McGregor, Iowa; three foster-granddaughters, Kristine Johnson, and Jennifer and Nicole Troester, all of McGregor, Iowa; two sisters, Iveda Sauer of Spring Valley, Minn., and Selma Clark of Heath, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Elsie Johnson of Austin, Minn., and Odys Johnson of Byron, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Alice Hagen; and an infant, Nora Johnson; and five brothers, Harry, Gilbert, Tilman, Burton, and Orlando Johnson.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 3, at 11 a.m. from the Wilmington Lutheran Church, Wilmington Township. Rev. Rolf T. Storlie and Rev. Elizabeth Stempinski will officiate. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Friends may call at the Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia, on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m., and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Wilma June Johnston
Wilma June Johnston, age 93, of 2501 Shelby Road, died in the Bethany-St. Joseph Care Center on Sunday, August 31, 1997. She was born in Pepin County on June 22, 1904 to Charles and Jessie (Broatch) Valine. She had married Roy B. Sampson and he preceded her in death in 1952. She then married Thomas Johnston and he preceded her in death in 1979. Wilma was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Following the death of her husband Roy Sampson, she completed his term as sheriff, making her the first lady sheriff in the state of Wisconsin.
She is survived by her son, Roy L. Sampson of Springdale, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Deanne Bouska of Blue Ridge, Texas, Kim Hinckel of Cedar Hill, Texas, Laura Mathews of Russellville, Arkansas and Roy C. Sampson of Springdale, Arkansas; a stepdaughter, Sharon Haas of Manitou Springs, Colorado; a stepson, Clyde Johnston of Marina del Rey, California; and a stepgrandson, Tim Haas of Manitou Springs, Colorado. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother Harry.
Services will be held on Wednesday, September 3 at 11 a.m. at the Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home. Reverend Wesley White will officiate and burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Pepin, Wisconsin. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services.

Donna Louise Dohlin Copper
TOMAH, Wis. - Donna Louise Dohlin Copper, 69, of Tomah, died Sunday, August 31, 1997 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, after a long illness. She was born March 19, 1928 to Louis and Delia (Ghelfi) Dohlin in New Albin, Iowa. She is a graduate of Aquinas High School in La Crosse and later graduated from the La Crosse School of Beauty. On November 20, 1948 she married the late Ross G. Copper Jr. She worked as a beautician in La Crosse, as a wedding cake decorator in Fifield, Wis., the Tomah Cafe, Badger Restaurant, Bandbox Laundry, Union Camp and as a houseparent at the Schaller Group Home in Tomah. She was also employed by the La Crosse Visiting Nurses Association in La Crosse.
She is survived by seven loving children and their partners: Glen (Karen) Copper of Milwaukee, Julie Liska of La Crosse, Teresa Fulton of Tomah, Penelope Retzlaff of Sparta, Jennifer (Lon) Greeno of Camp Douglas, Cody Copper (David Brzeczek) of Warrens and Abby (Jeff) Duebler of Tomah; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two aunts; an uncle; several cousins; and many cherished friends, all who will dearly miss her. She also leaves behind a loyal companion, Buffy, her cocker spaniel.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 East Monowau Street, Tomah, on Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m., and from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Thursday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, 1997 at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home in Tomah. Rev. Edwin Stigen will officiate. Burial will be held in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Tomah.

Amelia Mary Parlow
TOMAH, Wis. - Amelia Mary Parlow, 80, of Tomah, died Sunday, August 31, 1997 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born March 15, 1917 to Joseph and Mary (Matzke) Honel at Indian Creek, town of Clifton, Monroe County, Wis. She was united in marriage to Vernon Otto Parlow on January 20, 1938 at Winona, Minn. He preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 1996. Amelia worked as a housekeeper for Frank Drew and Peter, Pat and Walter Ninneman. She worked at Tomah Memorial Hospital and Tomah Care Center. In 1977 she retired from working at Tomah Care Center because of disability from a car accident. She was an active and faithful member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in Tomah. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
Survivors include three sons, Kenneth (Bonnie) of Tomah, Donald (Maxine) of Belvidere, Ill., and Gerald (Robin) of Camp Douglas; two daughters, Verna Jean Robinson of Enon, Ohio, and Sharon Noth of Plover, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, four brothers, a son-in-law, Allen Robinson and four brothers-in-law.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 East Monowau Street, Tomah, Wis. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery at Tomah. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home today from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Family requests memorials be given to St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in her memory.

Bertha Brudos
VIROQUA, Wis. - Bertha Brudos, age 95, of rural Viroqua, died on Sunday, August 31, 1997 at the Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove, where she had been a resident since January, 1980. She was born in North Dakota on April 4, 1902 to Knute and Carrie (Hendrickson) Erickson. On December 15, 1920 she married Theodore Brudos. They farmed in the town of Sterling in Vernon County. Mr. Brudos died on September 19, 1971. She was a member of the South West Prairie Lutheran Church and the Martha Circle.
She is survived by one son, Robert (Lucille) Brudos of rural Viroqua; three sisters, Beatrice Boyer of Bagley, and Elaine (Gerald) Sidie and Ione (John) Watson, both of Janesville; 17 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Joseph Erickson; and three sisters, Cora Honaker, and Nellie and Nora Erickson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 4, 1997 at South West Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua, with Pastor Helen Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3, at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church after 10 a.m. Thursday. The family requests memorials to the South West Prairie Lutheran Church.

Mary L. Hetznecker
Mary L. Hetznecker, age 78, formerly of La Crosse, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997 at the University Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin. Mary was born in La Crosse May 21, 1919 to Joseph and Virginia (Spettel) Hetznecker. She had attended Cathedral Grade School and graduated from Aquinas High School in 1936. Mary had been an employee of the State of Wisconsin in Madison until her retirement.
She is survived by one sister, Marcia Wagner of Bremen, Indiana; and 12 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Rita Fahey.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marian Chapel of St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral. Rev. Anthony Wolf will officiate with burial to be in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. The Blaschke Funeral Home, La Crosse, is assisting with arrangements.

Floyd Dean Knuppe
NEW ALBIN, Iowa - Floyd Knuppe, 73, of New Albin, died from heart disease Sunday, August 31, 1997 in Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, New Albin. Burial, with graveside military rites by the New Albin veterans, will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the New Albin Funeral Chapel, where there will be a 7 p.m. scripture service. The Martin Funeral Home, Waukon, Iowa, is assisting with arrangements.

Merlin C. Gilbertson
HOLMEN, Wis. - Merlin C. Gilbertson, age 68 years, of Holmen, died Sunday, August 31, 1997 at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born October 28, 1928 in Holmen, Wisconsin, to Clifford and Mabel (Sjuggerud) Gilbertson. He married Rosetta M. Jerome on October 29, 1949 in Mindoro, Wisconsin. Merlin formerly worked for Pure Foods, and later for the Sealtest Ice Cream Company. In 1955 he started his own refrigeration business and operated it for 30 years, until his retirement in 1981, when he sold the business to Hammes Refrigeration. He was active with the Onalaska American Legion and various other civic groups in Onalaska.
He is survived by his mother, Mabel Gilbertson of La Crosse; his wife, Rosetta of Holmen; two sons, David (Deb) Gilbertson of Onalaska and Tom Gilbertson of Onalaska; three daughters, Rosemary (Glen) Johnson of Holmen, Judy (Richard) Placek of Onalaska and Karen Gilbertson of Warrens, Wisconsin; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford; and a sister, Alice.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 1997 at the Mindoro Presbyterian Church in Mindoro. Pastor Cindy Hutson will officiate. Burial will be in the Farmington Cemetery. Friends may call at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska from 5 to 8 p.m. today, with a prayer service to be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of services.


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