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Fay J. `Bud' Hillyer 
Fay J. ``Bud'' Hillyer, 75, of La Crosse, died on Friday, February 6, 1998, in his home. He was born on October 14, 1922, in La Crosse to Walter and Anna (Balzer) Hillyer. He married Lois Erickson on August 26, 1947. 
Bud retired from Trane Company in 1985 after 39 years; his first years as a welder followed by 35 years as a supervisor/foreman. He was a member of the La Crosse Lodge 1920, Loyal Order of Moose. 
In his youth, Bud boxed Golden Gloves and attended Aquinas High School. He was also a chef on the Burlington Northern Railroad during World War II. He was also an avid Packer and Cub fan. 
Bud is survived by his son, Ken (Carol) of West Salem; by his two special grandchildren, Aaron and Monika, both of West Salem; by a sister, Lila Meier of La Crosse; three sisters-in-law, Pearl Hillyer of Rockford, Ill., Lois Hillyer of La Crosse and Bev (Robert) Engelien of Onalaska; and his special canine friend, ``Doobie.'' He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; his parents; his brothers, Carl and Charles; a sister, Jeanette Fogel; and by his vary special nephew, Rodney ``Butch'' Fogel. 
Bud will be greatly missed by all his many special friends at the La Crosse Moose Lodge and at Trane Company. He was a very loving husband and father and an extraordinary grandfather who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 10, 1998, at 11 a.m. from Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Rev. Lawrence B. Berger will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday form 10:30 a.m. until the time of services. 

Darlene M. Thorson 
HOBE SOUND, Fla. - Darlene M. Thorson, 68, of Hobe Sound, Fla. and formerly of La Crosse passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, at Martin Memorial Hospital, Stuart, Fla. after a long and courageous battle with a respiratory illness. 
Darlene was born Aug. 19, 1929, to Luke and Helen Squires in Sparta, Wis. She married Ken Thorson in 1953. 
After her retirement as club manager of the VFW in La Crosse, she moved to Florida. 
She will be sadly missed by her children, grandchildren, relatives, friends and all who knew and loved her. 
Darlene is survived by two daughters, Patty Thorson of Hobe Sound, Fla and Beverly (Mike) Kiesling of Onalaska, Wis.; three sons, Mark Thorson of Wilton, Wis., Ken Jr. (Wanda) Thorson of Wilton, Wis. and Mike Fritsch of Sparta, Wis.; five grandchildren, Brian (Pat) Kiesling of La Crosse, Amy (Todd) Stinson of La Crosse, Libby Thorson of Wilton, Mark Thorson Jr. of Chaseburg and Todd (Sheri) Fritsch of Sparta; six great-grandchildren, Hunter and Noah Stinson, Derek Thorson and Luke, Ashley and Krista Fritsch; and her faithful and loving dog, Benji. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Beverly Jean Squires; and one granddaughter, Sheila Fritsch. 
It was Darlene's wish to be cremated. Interment at Sparta, Wis. will be at a later date. 

Robert Lewis Byrne, Jr. 
PARK CITY, Ill./ARCADIA, Wis. - Robert Byrne, Jr., 24, of Park City, Ill., died Friday, February 6, 1998, as the result of an automobile accident. Killian Funeral Home, Arcadia, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Joseph V. Breidel, Jr. 
- Joseph V. Breidel, Jr., age 90, of La Crosse, died Friday, February 6, 1998, in La Crosse at the home of his daughter. He was born January 22, 1908, in La Crosse to Joseph V. and Helena (Dowiasch) Breidel. On February 3, 1932, he married Helen Swartz in La Crosse, she preceded him in death on January 31, 1994. 
Joseph worked as a patrolman for the La Crosse County Highway Department for 50 years until his retirement. He then worked part time for Johnnie's Bar and Restaurant and also for Schmidty's Bar and Restaurant. Joseph loved to hunt and garden. 
He is survived by one daughter, Betty (Eugene) Gerke, Sr. of La Crosse; one son, Harold (LaVonne) Breidel of La Crosse; one brother, Robert Breidel of La Crosse; ten grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, February 9, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph Rafacz officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Sunday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.; and again on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. 

Lloyd A. Cowan 
GALESVILLE, Wis. - Lloyd A. Cowan, age 81, of Galesville, died Wed., Feb. 4, 1998, at Marinuka Manor Nursing Home in Galesville. He was born June 12, 1916, to Hugh and Mary (Dobbs) Cowan in Toledo, Ill. He came to this area in 1935 with the C.C.C., where he worked on the Perrot Park project. He was employed by the Burlington Northern formerly C.B. and Q. railroad for 20 years and then as an Electrician and maintenance for the village of Trempealeau, until he retirement. Lloyd married Muriel Pedersen on July 2, 1975, at St. Bartholemew's Catholic Church in Trempealeau. 
Lloyd is survived by his wife; two sons, Charles (Christine) Cowan of Peoria, Ill. and John Cowan of La Crosse; six daughters, Margaret (Richard) Wing and Ellen Pratt, both of La Crosse, Catherine Knopf of Milpitas, Calif., Virginia (Peter) Stanislawski of Trempealeau, Vivian (Mort) Simerson of Peoria, Ill. and Teresa (Steve) McAllister of Gulf Port, Miss.; 23 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; three sisters, May Heckman of Hales Corners, Wis., Estilene Walker of Albuquerque, N.M. and Mildred McMillan of Mattoon, Ill. 
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Margaret (Shrake), three brothers, two sisters and two great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, February 9, 1998, at St. Bartholemew's Catholic Church in Trempealeau. Fr. Robert Wagner will officiate. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery in Trempealeau. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Smith Mortuary in Galesville on Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998. 

Judith S. Payne 
SENECA, Wis. - Judith S. Payne, 71, of Seneca, died Thursday, February 5, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 9, 1998, at the Mt. Sterling Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Mt. Sterling Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dommersnaes Bertram Family Funeral Home, Gays Mills from 4-9 p.m., Sunday with a 8 p.m. Prayer Service; and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her name to The Prairie Memorial Hospice, Prairie du Chien, or the Seneca First Responders. 

Barbara Struxness 
VIROQUA, Wis. - Barbara Struxness, age 34, of R. 4 Viroqua, died Friday, February 6, 1998, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 1998, at 1:30 p.m. at the Franklin Lutheran Church in Folsom. Burial in Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call at the Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday after 12:30 p.m. 

Vernon W. Rauk 
KALISPELL, Mont. - Vernon W. Rauk, age 79, formerly of Taylor, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 1998, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Montana. Private family services are being planned for later this summer. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home is in charge of cremation and arrangements. 

Alice L. Bagan 
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Alice L. Bagan, age 87, of Black River Falls, Wis. died on Thursday, February 5, 1998, in the Pine View Nursing Home where she had been a resident for two weeks. Funeral services will be Monday, February 9, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Black River Falls. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at Torgerson's Funeral Chapel on Sunday from 6 until 8 p.m. There will be a prayer service at the funeral chapel on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. 

Michael Asada 
VIROQUA, Wis. - Michael Asada, age 49, of Mason City, Iowa, died on Thursday evening February 5, 1998, at North Iowa Merce Health Center in Mason City. Funeral services will be announced by Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua. 

Donald Lobe 
TOMAH, Wis. - Donald Lobe, age 86, of Tomah, Wis. died Friday, February 6, 1998, at the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 9, 1998, 8 p.m. at the White Funeral Home in Tomah. Burial will take place at the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m. Monday until the time of services at the White Funeral Home. 

Charles W. Fees 
HUMBIRD, Wis. - Charles W. Fees, 94, of Humbird, died on Friday, February 6, 1998, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, 1998, at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton. Burial will take place in Mentor Cemetery, Humbird. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5-8 p.m. and also on Tuesday one hour prior to services. 

Melfred O. Anderson 
Melfred O. Anderson, 86, of La Crosse and formerly of the Taylor area, died on Friday, February 6, 1998, at Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 1998, at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton. Burial will take place in Curran Valley Cemetery, rural Taylor. Friends may call at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Wednesday. 

Alvin `Hoppy' Hopkins 
CASHTON, Wis. - Alvin ``Hoppy'' Hopkins, age 77, of Cashton, died on Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. 
Alvin was born November 14, 1920, in Rockton, Wis. to Aaron and Tillie (Jacobson) Hopkins. He was married to Myrtle Frydenlund April 4, 1944, and she died Feb. 2, 1979. He then married Martha Johnson-Marx October 24, 1982. 
Hoppy was a machinist for International Harvester many years. When he moved to Cashton he was employed by The Village and Wonder Wash Car Wash. He served his country in the Armed Forces and was a member of the Cashton V.F.W. and the American Legion. 
Hoppy is survived by his wife, Martha; three children, Allyn and (Elvena) Hopkins of San Antonio, Texas, Nancy (John) Reynolds of Waukegan, Ill. and Ricky (Sue) Hopkins of Kenosha, Wis.; eight step-children, Richard (Cindi Bortz) Marx of Rochester, Minn., Robert (Cyndee) Marx of Washburn, Wis., Rolland Marx of Westby, Wis., Russell (Kathy) Marx of Rockland, Wis., Mary Jo (Tim) Severson of Holmen, Wis., Rodney (Lori) Marx of St. Joseph Ridge, Wis., Roger (Laura Renau) Marx of Ashland, Wis., Randy (Stephine Moss) Marx of La Crosse, Wis.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 22 step-grandchildren. In addition to his first wife, Myrtle, he was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Otto, Bertrum and Louie; four sisters, Lelia Stout, Goldie Hopkins, Vivian Hopkins and Elizabeth Watkins. 
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. from the Immanuel Lutheran Church near Cashton with Pastor Gregory Geier officiating. Relatives are asked to call at the Torkelson Funeral Chapel in Cashton on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 8 p.m. They may also call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. to the time of the service. Burial will be on Tuesday in the Highland Park Cemetery in Libertyville, Illinois. 

Jared Patrick Byrnes 
DORCHESTER, Iowa - Jared P. Byrnes, 19, of Dorchester, Iowa, died Friday, Feb. 6, of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Waukon. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in St. Mary's Hanover Catholic Church, rural Waukon. Burial will be in St. Mary's Hanover Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the Martin Funeral Home, Waukon. 

Damien David Louis Vian 
SPARTA, Wis. - Damien David Louis Vian, four months, of Sparta, died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998 in his home. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta. Burial will be in Farmers Valley Cemetery, rural Sparta. Friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 until 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 8 to 11 a.m. 

Michael J. Asada 
MASON CITY, Iowa/VIROQUA, Wis. - Michael J. Asada, age 49, of Mason City, Iowa, died on Wednesday evening, February 5, 1998 at the North Iowa Mercy Health Center in Mason City from complications of multiple sclerosis. 
He was born on December 4, 1948 in Racine, Wis. to Frank and Patricia (McCoy) Asada. He served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from University of Long Beach in California. He had been a professional landscaper and was a teacher before being disabled. He had been a resident of the Good Shepherd Care Center in Mason City. 
He is survived by his mother, Patricia Asada of Mason City; four sons, Frankie Asada of Santa Ana, Calif., Steven, Sean and Daniel of Forest City, Iowa; one daughter, Michelle Quimby of Huntington Beach, Calif.; two sisters, Katie Homentowski of Citrus Heights, Calif., Terry Koett of Parker, Ariz.; and a special friend, Linda Thompson of Mason City, Iowa. 
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 1998 at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, Wis., with Rev. Dr. Steven Fossum officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Cemetery at La Farge, Wis. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday after 11 a.m. 

Lawrence A. `Larry' Sage 
ONALASKA, Wis. - Lawrence A. ``Larry'' Sage, 80, of Onalaska, died on Saturday, February 7, 1998 at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Medical Center, La Crosse. 
He was born November 1, 1917 in Glasgow, Montana to Edwin and Frances (Russell) Sage. He married Helen Pierce in St. James Catholic Church, La Crosse, on November 18, 1939. Larry retired from the plumbing trade in 1982. He had worked for many local plumbing contractors and was a member of the plumbers and steamfitters union Local #31. In his youth he graduated from Logan High School where he participated in sports and lettered in track. He served in the Navy during WWII. For many years he participated in various softball leagues. He was also an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Larry and his wife were charter members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Onalaska. 
In addition to his wife, Helen, Larry is survived by three daughters, Patricia (Jon) Fort, Deb (Mike) Talle, all of Onalaska, Lori (Jerry) Bollard of Pocahontas, Iowa; three sons, Leland (Kathleen) of Onalaska, Richard (Mary) and Michael, all of La Crosse; 11 grandchildren, Jeffery and Barbara Moss, Julie Reynolds, Kristine Daley, Steven, Thomas and David Safe, Jennifer Sage-Altmann, Jonathan Talle, Brock and Phillip Altman; five great-grandchildren, Melissa and Rebecca Moss, Lindsay and Garrett Reynolds, and Alicia Sage-Altmann. In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by two brothers, Russell and Donald. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 10, at 11 a.m. from St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The Rev. William J. Matzek will officiate. Entombment will be in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of Onalaska on Monday, from 6 until 8 p.m., where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., and again on Tuesday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services. The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Patrick's Catholic Church. 

Neal Orlando Nottestad 
CASHTON, Wis. - Neal Orlando Nottestad, age 93, of Cashton, died Friday, February 6, 1998 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua, Wisconsin. 
He was born April 26, 1904 in Westby, Wisconsin to Nels and Ottina (Johnson) Nottestad. He was married to Betty Jane Malphy on October 11, 1950. Neal farmed for many years in the La Farge area before retiring and returning to Cashton. Grandpa Neal will always be remembered for his love toward his children, music, and the outdoors. 
He is survived by one step-son, James Malphy of Evansville, Wis.; one daughter-in-law, Joanne Malphy of Janesville, Wis.; two sons, LaVonne of Fort Atkinson, Wis., and Larry of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; one daughter, Sonya (Jack) Fowler of Sacramento, California; nine grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two brothers, four sisters, and one daughter-in-law. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 10 at 1 p.m. at the Sandhill Bethany Lutheran Church. Pastor Gregory Geier will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Torkelson Funeral Chapel in Cashton on Monday, February 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on the day of services from 12 to 1 p.m. 

Casper F. `Skip' Anderegg 
Casper F. ``Skip'' Anderegg, 56, of La Crosse, died on Thursday, February 5, 1998 at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. 
He was born on June 13, 1941 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Casper H. and Helen (Hoier) Anderegg. 
He is survived by a daughter, Amy Anderegg of Milwaukee, Wis.; two sons, Denver Anderegg of Onalaska, Wis., and Ryan Anderegg of Madison, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 1998 at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. The Rev. Mark F. Bartling will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Barre, La Crosse County, Wisconsin. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. 

Robert Byrne, Jr. 
PARK CITY, Ill./ARCADIA, Wis. - Robert Byrne, Jr., 24, of Park City, Ill., died Friday, February 6, 1998 as the result of an automobile accident. 
He was born August 19, 1973 in Fort Riley, Kan. to Robert and Sharon (Urbick) Byrne, Sr. 
Robert served for three years in the U.S. Army Airborn and was a member of the Reserves. He was employed by the Motorola Co. of Libertyville, Ill. 
He is survived by his parents, Robert and Sharon (Urbick) Byrne, Sr. of Park City, Ill.; one sister, Christina Byrne of Park City, Ill.; two brothers, Timothy and Steven Byrne, both of Park City, Ill.; paternal grandmother, Lillian Byrne of Galesville, Wis. 
Robert was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather. 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 10, 1998 at Christ Lutheran Church in Arcadia, with Rev. Arthur Sharot officiating. Spring burial will be in the Glencoe Lutheran Cemetery, Arcadia. 
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Killian Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. 

Aelred H. `Al' Stellpflug 
Aelred H. ``Al'' Stellpflug, 79, of La Crosse, died Friday, February 6, 1998 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. 
He was born January 11, 1919 in the town of Gale to Francis and Winnifred (Byrne) Stellpflug. On October 14, 1946 he married Shirley Laufenberg in La Crosse. Al was employed by the La Crosse Fire Department for 31 years and retired in 1978 as Assistant Fire Chief. He was an army veteran of World War II serving with the 32nd Division and later attained the rank of Colonel with the USAR. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in La Crosse and an active volunteer with many organizations including the Red Cross. Al was also an active member of American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse and the post firing squad. 
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; five children, Susan (Jerry) Bell of Montville, Ohio, Louise (Gary) Genske of Elkhorn, Wis., Mark (Renee) of Columbus, Wis., Tim (Debra) of Sparta, Wis., and John (Nilda) of Appleton, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Bender of Eustis, Fla. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael, and a grandson, Torin Wagner; one brother and three sisters. 
A memorial service will be Monday, February 16, 1998 at 1 p.m. from Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem. Rev. Alfred Hemmersbach will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse, with military rites by American Legion Post 52. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, February 16, from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials are preferred. 

Scott A. Kast 
SPARTA, Wis. - Scott A. Kast, 35, of Sparta, died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998 in Sparta. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta. Burial will be in the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Sparta. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta; and on Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. There will be a prayer service at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Monday. 

Dustin David James Vian 
SPARTA, Wis. - Dustin David James Vian, 2, of Sparta, died Friday in his home. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta. Burial will be in Farmers Valley Cemetery, rural Sparta. Friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 until 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 8 to 11 a.m. 

Wesley W. Gerke 
NORWALK, Wis. - Wesley W. Gerke, 70, of Norwalk, died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998 suddenly at his home. 
He was born September 15, 1927 to August and Matilda (Radloff) in the town of Ridgeville. He was united in marriage to Geraldine Henry on Nov. 12, 1954 at St. Johns Ev. Lutheran Church. His life long love was farming. He received awards for farming and several years ago was named ``Farmer of the Year.'' He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a lifelong member of St. Johns Ev. Lutheran Church, Ridgeville. 
In addition to his wife, Geraldine, he is survived by four sons, Tom (Michelle), Terry (Deanne) and Dave, all of Norwalk, and Brian of Kendall; five daughters, Sandy (Rollie) Campfield and Susie (Jim) Friedl of Kendall, Barb (Gary) Sime, Cheryl (Mark) Stees, and Gail (Kitt) Storkel, all of Tomah; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Reatha (Merwin) Wyatt of St. Paul, Minn.; and three brothers, Robert (La Vonne) of Norwalk, Alfred (Ruth) and Martin (Darlene) of St. Paul, Minn. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Delores Grabitski and Virgil Gerke. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, 11 a.m. at St. Johns Ev. Lutheran Church, Ridgeville. Reverend Mark Panning will officiate. Burial will be in the South Ridge Lutheran Cemetery, town of Wellington. 
Family and friends are invited to call Monday, Feb. 9, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Smith-Nelson Funeral Home in Wilton and Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. 

Alvin `Hoppy' Hopkins 
CASHTON, Wis. - Alvin ``Hoppy'' Hopkins, age 77, of Cashton, died on Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. 
Alvin was born November 14, 1920, in Rockton, Wis. to Aaron and Tillie (Jacobson) Hopkins. He was married to Myrtle Frydenlund April 4, 1944, and she died Feb. 2, 1979. He then married Martha Johnson-Marx October 24, 1982. 
Hoppy was a mechinist for International Harvester many years. When he moved to Cashton he was employed by The Village and Wonder Wash Car Wash. He served his country in the Armed Forces and was a member of the Cashton V.F.W. and the American Legion. 
Hoppy is survived by his wife, Martha; three children, Allyn and (Elvena) Hopkins of San Antonio, Texas, Nancy (John) Reynolds of Waukegan, Ill. and Ricky (Sue) Hopkins of Kenosha, Wis.; eight step-children, Richard (Cindi Boortz) Marx of Rochester, Minn., Robert (Cyndee) Marx of Washburn, Wis., Rolland Marx of Westby, Wis., Russell (Kathy) Marx of Rockland, Wis., Mary Jo (Tim) Severson of Holmen, Wis., Rodney (Lori) Marx of St. Joseph Ridge, Wis., Roger (Laura Renau) Marx of Ashland, Wis., Randy (Stephine Moss) Marx of La Crosse, Wis.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 22 step-grandchildren. In addition to his first wife, Myrtle, he was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Otto, Bertrum and Louie; four sisters, Lelia Stout, Goldie Hopkins, Vivian Hopkins and Elizabeth Watkins. 
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. from the Immanuel Lutheran Church near Cashton with Pastor Gregory Geier officiating. Relatives and friends are asked to call at the Torkelson Funeral Chapel in Cashton on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 8 p.m. They may also call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. to the time of the service. Burial will be on Tuesday in the Highland Park Cemetery in Libertyville, Illinois. 

Earl E. Sanders 
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Earl Sanders, 74, of 1420 N. Marshall St., Milwaukee, Wis., died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998 at St. Mary's Hospice in Milwaukee. He was born to the late Elmer and Rachel Lund Sanders in Ashland, Wis. He was a 1950 graduate of Northland College in Ashland. He served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II. 
He married Betty Anderson of Coon Valley, Wis. in Chicago, Ill. on July 27, 1968. He taught high school science and biology for 33 years, retiring in 1986. He owned and operated Waverly Beach Campground on Lake Superior, with his wife, Betty for 20 years. 
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Arvella Fuller of Byron, Ill. and Lois Lewis of Ashland, Wis.; one niece, Juliette (Robert) Summers of Byron, Ill.; a great-nephew, Michael Earl; and a great-niece, Sandra Rae. 
Memorial services will be held at a later date in Ashland, Wis. If desired memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Hospice or the American Cancer Society. 
Weiss Funeral Home is handling the Milwaukee arrangements. 

Elsie A. Kraus 
Elsie A. Kraus, 89, a resident of the Hillview Health Care Center, died on Saturday, February 7, 1998 at the care center. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Asbury United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Hillview Health Care Center. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will follow. 

Kenneth R. Riepel 
Kenneth R. Riepel, 67, of La Crosse, died at his home on Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998. A Memorial Mass will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until the time of services Tuesday in the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials. A complete obituary will follow. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements. 

Amy M. Herman 
WHITEHALL, Wis. - Amy M. Herman, age 74, of rural Whitehall, Wis., died on Friday, February 6, 1998 in the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare in La Crosse, Wis. Amy was born on July 3, 1923 in Whitehall, Wis. to Marcus and Anna (Eagen) Arneson. She married George M. Herman on October 25, 1941 in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Whitehall, Wis. He preceded her in death on May 20, 1988. 
Amy and George farmed in rural Whitehall. Amy was also employed with National Presto Industries in Eau Claire, Wis. and later with Gale Manufacturing and Gale Products, both in Galesville, Wis. 
Mrs. Herman was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and was active in its various organizations. 
Amy is survived by a daughter, Grayle Berg of Blair, Wis.; two grandsons, Mark (Becky Johnson) of Taylor, Wis., and Brian (Lisa) Berg of Ellsworth, Wis.; three great-grandchildren, Teddi Lynn Johnson and Justin Andrew and Ian Matthew Berg; four brothers, Roy Arneson of Whitehall, Wis., Floyd (Ruth) Arneson of Taylor, Wis., Vernon (Doris) Arneson of Antigo, Wis., and Lloyd Arneson of Tomah, Wis.; a sister, Helen (Vernon) Vold of Whitehall, Wis. 
In addition to her parents and husband, Amy was preceded in death by two sisters. 
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 1998 at 1:30 p.m. in Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery, both in rural Whitehall, Wis. 
Visitation will be on Monday, February 9, 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 Tuesday. 

Ella E. Parker 
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Ella E. Parker, age 98, of Hillsboro, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998 at the St. Joseph's Nursing Home, Hillsboro. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, in the Picha Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, near West Lima. Friends may call at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. 

Carol J. Kuester 
SPARTA, Wis. - Carol J. Kuester, 57, of Sparta, died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998 at the University Hospitals in Madison. 
She is survived by her husband, Paul; one daughter, Paula W., Trenton, N.J.; one son, Scott, Silver Springs, Md.; her mother, Louise Janes of Sparta; and one brother, Merlin Janes of Sparta. 
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Rev. Del Begalka officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. 

Walter Fredrick Zimmerman 
WAUKON, Iowa - Walter F. Zimmerman, 76, of Waukon, died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon. Burial, with graveside military rites, will be in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Martin Funeral Home, Waukon. 

Carolyn Geneva Berg 
WAUKESHA/BANGOR, Wis. - Carolyn Geneva Berg, 53, of Waukesha, formerly of Bangor, died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, February 7, 1998 in the Hillview Health Care Center, La Crosse, following a courageous battle with cancer. 
She was born on June 9, 1944, in Tampa, Florida to Oscar G. and Della (Feak) Berg, both of Bangor. She married Homer Armagost on March 28, 1965 and they were later divorced. 
Carolyn attended St. Paul's Lutheran Grade School in Bangor, Bangor High School and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 
She taught music at Lincoln Junior High in La Crosse and Gale Ettrick High School. 
She had a long history of involvement in the Wisconsin State Teacher's Union. She was the former president of the La Crosse Education Association. She was employed as a Government Relations Specialist in the Northeast Service area for the Wisconsin Education Association Council for 22 years. 
She was a member of the state Democratic party, serving on the Administration Committee. She was elected to serve as a delegate to numerous state Democratic party conventions. She was also an elected delegate to several National Democratic Party conventions and was elected to serve on the National Democratic Committee. 
She is survived by her mother, Della Berg of Bangor; a sister, Christine (Jim) Prucha of La Crosse; a grandmother, Darlene Feak of La Crosse; and aunts and uncles, Cynthia (John) Gaylord of Santa Monica, Calif., and Robert E. Feak of Ventura, Calif. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Oscar G. Berg, an infant brother, David, and a sister, Syda J. Berg. 
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 1998 at the Fossum Funeral Home, Bangor. The Rev. Roy Hefti will officiate. Burial will be in the Burns Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home in Bangor on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. 
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Soceity or a charity of the donor's choice. 

Beverly M. Stewart 
Beverly M. Stewart, age 81, of La Crosse, passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. 
She was born March 5, 1916 in La Crosse to Edward and Minnie (Morley) Koops. She was a graduate of St. Mary's Elementary School, a member of the first graduating class of Aquinas High School, and graduated from La Crosse State Teacher's College (UW-L) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She taught in elementary schools in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and during WW II she helped conduct remedial classes for soldiers in the U.S. Army. She married John Stewart in 1942. Together with her husband, she spent many years in Pittsburgh, Pa. Beverly enjoyed painting and was an accomplished pianist, accompanying the Variety Singers for several years. She also wrote children's stories, and founded the Jack and Jill Kindergarten in Pittsburgh. She wrote and directed a television program called ``Home is Happiness'' in 1949. She was a member of the La Crosse Area Jazz Society. She and her husband John traveled throughout the world. 
She is survived by her husband, John; two daughters, Roxane (Peter) Gaal of Pittsburgh, and Sharon Blake, also of Pittsburgh; one son, Bruce (Tina) Stewart of Virginia Beach, Virg.; four grandchildren, Christopher and Corinna Gaal, and Braden and Elliot Blake. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Valerie; and a brother, Edward. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Marian Chapel of St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral. Rev. Robert Cook will officiate with entombment in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. The Blaschke Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. 


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