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James R. Kunde
WEST SALEM, Wis. - James R. Kunde, 75, of West Salem, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998, at Lakeview Health Center, West Salem.
A graveside service will be held today at 11 a.m. in Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse. There will be no visitation.
Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements.

Mabel Olevia Rosenwater Kvigne
FERRYVILLE, Wis. - Mabel Olevia Rosenwater Kvigne, age 93, passed away Feb. 10, 1998, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital.
She was born June 3, 1904, on a farm near Rising Sun, Crawford County, to Mark and Maria (Rand) Rosenwater. She was united in marriage to Julius B. Kvigne on June 12, 1929, he preceded her in death in 1973.
Surviving are three sons, Merlin (Francille), Stephen (Marilyn) of Ferryville and William (Shirley) of Mt. Sterling; 12 grandchildren, Mary Kvigne, Mark Kvigne, Marlys (Ike) Oldenburg, Marcia (Warren) Haugen, Miriam (Darrel) Oldenburg, Anne (Clayton) Heath, Steven (Patricia) Kvigne, John (Dawn) Kvigne, Karen (Kevin) Benzing, Ben Kvigne, Kevin (Marcia) Kvigne and Kris Kvigne; by 24 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothea Jurgensen of Soldiers Grove, Wis. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Almira Kvigne and Serena Fryseth.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, at the Utica Lutheran Church. Pastor Paul Finger will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the Dommersnaes Bertram Family Funeral Home, Gays Mills, on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and at the church on Friday from noon until the time of services.

Florence F. Cunitz
NORWALK, Wis. - Florence F. Cunitz, 82, of Norwalk, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Facility, La Crosse.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary (Richard) Marx, Sparta and Judy (Roger) Hyatt, Norwalk; two sons, Robert (Theresa) Cunitz, Norwalk and Donald (Darlene) Cunitz, Rockford, Ill.; one son-in-law, Leo Kruk, Jr., Rockford, Ill.; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Norwalk, with Rev. Kevin Louis officiating. Burial will be in the St. John's Catholic Cemetery at Summit Ridge.
Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Norwalk, on Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 8 p.m. and on Friday from 8 to 9:45 a.m.

Robert J. Schueler
TOMAH, Wis. - Robert Schueler, 73, of Tomah, Wis., died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998, at Tomah Memorial Hospital.
There will be no public visitation or funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Tomah Hospice Touch are preferred.
The Ninneman-Steele Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ivanelle Le Von (Livingood) Soland
HOUSTON, Minn. - Ivanelle Le Von (Livingood) Soland, age 70, of Houston, died Tuesday, February 10th, 1998, at the La Crescent Health Care Center.
She was born on June 6, 1927, to Kenneth and Mildred (Johnson) Livingood in Postville, Iowa. She married Marven Soland on July 24th, 1945. They were later divorced. Ivanelle lived most of her life in various towns in Northeast Iowa and Southeast Minnesota.
She is survived by four sons, Larry, Roger (Carol), Jeffrey (Susan), all of Hokah, Minn., and Brent of Dakota, Minn.; one daughter, Linda Soland of Houston, Minn.; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; four brothers, Robert Livingood, Fountain, Minn., Milton (Marlys) Livingood, Rochester, Minn., Paul (Janet) Livingood, Ripon, Wis., and Garland Livingood, Waterville, Minn.; four sisters, Donna Geerdes, Rochester, Minn., June Livingood, Redwood City, Calif., Mavis (Carleton) Vine, St. Cloud, Fla., and Mary Ann Virgilits, Red Wing, Minn.; her mother, Mrs. Mildred Livingood, Rochester, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her father; one sister and one brother.
There will be a 2 p.m. memorial service on Sunday, February 15, at the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston with the Rev. Mark M. Rydberg officiating. Burial will take place in the spring.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Hoff Funeral Homes-Houston Chapel.

Harriet M. Conway
HOUSTON, Minn. - Harriet M. Conway, age 61, of Houston, died Wednesday, February 11th, 1998, at Valley View Nursing Home in Houston.
She was born February 14th, 1937, in Hokah, Minn., to Harry and Loreen (Grodevant) Shawley. She grew up in the Hokah area and attended school in Hokah. She married Tom Conway on February 25th, 1955, in Decorah, Iowa.
Harriet is survived by her husband, Tom, Caledonia, Minn.; one daughter, Connie Conway, Caledonia; one granddaughter, Hannah Fitting; three brothers, Cliffton (JoAnn) Shawley, Martin Shawley, both of Sparta, Wis., and Frank Fogel, La Crosse, Wis.; four sisters, Betty (Jack) Holain, Orlando, Fla., Daisy (Bob) Buchanon, Sparta, Wis., Sharon Sheehan, La Crosse, Wis., and Melody (Donald) Getter, Sparta, Wis. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Harry Shawley.
Private family services have been scheduled for Saturday, February 14th. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Hokah.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 13th, at Hoff Funeral Homes-Houston Chapel.

Edmund C. Smerud
NEW ALBIN, Iowa - Edmund C. Smerud, 82, of New Albin, Iowa, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, New Albin. Burial, with military rites, will be in the New Albin City Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the New Albin Funeral Chapel.
Burke-Thornburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Roland L. Friedl
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Roland L. Friedl, 77, of Hillsboro, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Picha Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Burial will be in the South Ridge Lutheran Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Frank W. Rueckheim
NORWALK, Wis. - Frank W. Rueckheim, 76, of Norwalk, died Tuesday, February 10, 1998, at the V.A. Medical Center, Tomah.
He was born August 20, 1921, to William and Amelia (Buchholz) Rueckheim in the Town of Wellington, Monroe County, Wis. He was united in marriage to Emma Van Kirk, January 26, 1962, at Green Bay. He was a WWII Army veteran. After his discharge he farmed on the family farm in the Pleasant Valley area near South Ridge. In 1961, he started working in commercial construction for John Cox in Tomah, and Howard Emmil Construction in Green Bay until his retirement in 1979. He was a member of V.F.W. Post #1530 La Crosse and American Legion Post #100, Sparta.
In addition to his wife, Emma, he is survived by one brother, Gilbert Rueckheim of Kendall; and one sister, Freda (Marvin) Reeck of Wilton; a brother-in-law, Vernon Van Kirk of Arizona; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister and six brothers.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wilton. Rev. Daniel Dibbert will officiate. Burial will be in the South Ridge Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Wellington.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Smith-Nelson Funeral Home in Wilton on Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Michael L. Fitzgerald
Michael L. Fitzgerald, 56, a resident of Lakeview Health Center, West Salem, Wis., died on Wednesday, February 11, 1998, at the health center.
He was born on July 23, 1941, in Mount Shasta, California, the only child of Harold and Ethel Fitzgerald. Michael and his family moved to the La Crosse area in 1956. Mike has been a resident of several area nursing homes, most recently Lakeview, which became his home in 1994. His interests included baseball, reading and writing.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 1998, at the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse. There will be no visitation. The Rev. Roger Hegenbarth of St. Leo's Catholic Church in West Salem will officiate.
The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.

Lois Groezinger
WAUKON, Iowa - Lois Groezinger, 99, of Waukon, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ, Waukon. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.
Visitation 3 to 7 p.m. today, Martin Funeral Home, Waukon, where there will be an American Legion Auxiliary service at 4 p.m.

Cora E. Decker
WAUKON, Iowa - Cora E. Decker, 89, of Waukon, Iowa, died Wednesday at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Waukon. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.
Visitation after 4 p.m. Friday in Martin Funeral Home, Waukon.[ql]

Jack Wadsworth
WAUKON, Iowa - Jack Wadsworth, 83, of Waukon, died Wednesday at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon following a long illness.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Martin Funeral Home, Waukon.

Bernice M. (Wiggert) Groeschel
Bernice M. (Wiggert) Groeschel, age 92, of La Crosse, died Tuesday, February 10, 1998, at the Hillview Health Care Center, where she had been a resident for the past six years.
She was born on January 29, 1906, in La Crosse to Frank and Katherine (Kendhammer) Wiggert. Bernice worked at Paramount Studios in La Crosse for several years. On October 15, 1949, she married Henry J. Groeschel; he preceded her in death on November 28, 1979.
Bernice is survived by a son, Donald (Shirley) Wiggert of La Crosse; a granddaughter, Debra (Edward) Wurzel of La Crosse; two grandsons, Larry (Lavone) Wiggert of Onalaska and David (Pamela) Wiggert of La Crosse; four great-grandchildren, Ryan and Kristin Wurzel and Casey and Amanda Wiggert, all of La Crosse; a brother, Robert (Mavis) Wiggert of La Crosse. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mildred Mitchell; and a brother-in-law, Jerome Mitchell.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 14, 1998, at 11 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 Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. with a prayer service to be held at 7:30 p.m.; and again at the church on Saturday from 10:30 until the time of services.

Ottis A. ``Jim'' Adamson
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Ottis A. ``Jim'' Adamson, age 79, of La Crescent, Minn., former two-term mayor for the city of La Crescent, Minn., died Tuesday, February 10, 1998, at the La Crescent Healthcare Center.
Ottis was born on January 1, 1919, in Goodwater, Ala., to Walter M. and Theresa V. (Parker) Adamson. He attended school in Goodwater and entered the U.S. Army in 1938, serving during World War II and the Korean Conflict, retiring in 1960 with the rank of Major. On August 14, 1943, he married Elizabeth ``Betty'' Jungbluth in La Crosse. Ottis graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and received three Master's Degrees from Winona State University.
Ottis served as principal at Emerson Elementary School in La Crosse and also at Harry Spence Elementary School in La Crosse retiring in 1975. He served two terms as mayor for the city of La Crescent from 1974-1975 and again from 1980-1981.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jim Adamson and Tom (Dawn) Adamson, both of La Crosse; two granddaughters, Erin and Kristin Adamson; two brothers, Malcolm M. (George) Adamson of Chatanooga, Tenn., and Claude Max (Kathryn) Adamson of Folcy, Ala. Ottis was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 14, 1998, at 1 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent with Rev. Mark Anderson officiating.
Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children Burn Center in Minneapolis or the La Crescent School District ``300'' Foundation.

Sylvia I. Helgerson
MOUNT STERLING, Wis. - Sylvia I. Helgerson, 91, of Mt. Sterling, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital, Viroqua.
She was born in Gays Mills, August 27, 1906, to Arch and Pearl (Potter) Moore. She married Marvin J. Helgerson on Dec. 27, 1930; he preceded her in death on May 13, 1985.
Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl (Jim) Kinney, Richland Center, Wis., and Joyce (Julius) Ward, Muscoda, Wis.; by a son, Ronald (Gloria) Helgerson, Madison, Wis.; by nine grandchildren, Randy (Colleen) Helgerson, Rhonda Helgerson, Renee (Tim) Ryan, Jayne Ward, Julie (Joe) Dirtberner, Jody (Rusty) Jones, Brent (Denise) Kinney, Kelly (Roger) Weber, Kerri (Jeff) Dalberg; and eleven great-grandchildren; by two sisters, Esther Sime, Rockford, Ill., and Colleen (Shelby) Cushman, Gays Mills; three brothers, Wesley (Doris) Moore, Mauston, Wis., Dale (Buelah) Moore, Oxford, Wis., and Bert (Mabel) Moore, Lancaster, Wis.; by sisters-in-law, Joyce Moore, Adams Friendship, Wis., Pat Moore, Gays Mills, Wis., and Helen Selck of La Crosse; brothers-in-law, Nordahl Helgerson, Mount Sterling, Andrew (Evelyn) Helgerson, Mount Sterling and Joe Michel, La Crosse.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Blanche Olson and Velma Proudfoot; adn two brothers Frank Moore and Berlie Moore.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998, at the Mt. Sterling Lutheran Church. Pastor Paul Finger will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the Dommersnaes Bertram Family Funeral Home, Gays Mills, on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her name to the Mt. Sterling Lutheran Church or charity of your choice.

Jasper D. Gill
VIROQUA, Wis. - Jasper D. Gill, age 78, of Leitchfield, Ky., and formerly of Viroqua, died on Tuesday, February 10, 1998, at the Heartland Hill Care Center in Elizabethtown, Ky.
He was born in Oray, Colo., to Jasper and Bertha (Fisher) Gill. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army seeing action in Normandy, Rhineland, Ardnennes and Central Europe.
On December 4, 1945, he married Mary Walling in Viroqua. They moved to Milwaukee where they both worked at Briggs and Stratton. In 1966, they moved to rural De Soto and farmed until 1972 when they moved to rural Viroqua. Mary died on May 15, 1987. On October 2, 1992, he married Nellie Roberts in Leitchfield, Ky. They continued to make their home in Leitchfield after their marriage.
He is survived by his wife, Nellie, and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Almyra Zerepy and Lettie Gill; and four brothers, Milton, Pressley, Ira and John Gill.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 13th, 1998, in the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua with the Rev. Dr. Steven Fossum officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Mound Cemetery at Retreat, rural De Soto.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 9 a.m. on Friday.

Irene M. Palmer
WAUKON, Iowa - Irene M. Palmer, 74, of Waukon, Iowa, died Monday, Feb. 9, 1998, in Las Vegas, Nev., following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Waukon. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today in the Martin Funeral Home, Waukon.

Julie E. Wurster
SPARTA, Wis. - Julie E. Wurster, 82, of Sparta, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998, at Rolling Hills Nursing Home, Sparta.
She was born in Sparta on June 22, 1915, the daughter of Archie and Emma (Kiefer) Hoffman. She graduated from the La Crosse State Teachers College in 1937. On February 22, 1938, she was united in marriage to Delbert Wurster in Davenport, Iowa. They lived all of their married lives in Sparta. She worked as a bookkeeper for Wurster Insurance and retired in 1980. Del died July 28, 1991.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Masters and Ann Schaitel; five brothers, Spencer, Roger, Stephen, Thomas and George Hoffman.
Surviving is one sister, Marge Devereaux, Sparta.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta, with Rev. Mark Walljasper officiating. Burial will be in the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 9 a.m. until the service.

Ivanelle Le Von (Livingood) Soland
HOUSTON, Minn. - Ivanelle Le Von (Livingood) Soland, age 70, of Houston, died Tuesday, February 10th, 1998, at the La Crescent Health Care Center.
She was born on June 9, 1927, to Kenneth and Mildred (Johnson) Livingood in Postville, Iowa. She married Marven Soland on July 24th, 1945. They were later divorced. Ivanelle lived most of her life in various towns in Northeast Iowa and Southeast Minnesota.
She is survived by four sons, Larry, Roger (Carol), Jeffrey (Susan), all of Hokah, Minn., and Brent (Kristi) of Dakota, Minn.; one daughter, Linda Soland of Houston, Minn.; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; four brothers, Robert Livingood, Fountain, Minn., Milton (Marlys) Livingood, Rochester, Minn., Paul (Janet) Livingood, Ripon, Wis., and Garland Livingood, Waterville, Minn.; four sisters, Donna Geerdes, Rochester, Minn., June Livingood, Redwood City, Calif., Mavis (Carleton) Vine, St. Cloud, Fla., and Mary Ann Virgilits, Red Wing, Minn.; her mother, Mrs. Mildred Livingood, Rochester, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her father; one sister and one brother.
There will be a 2 p.m. memorial service on Sunday, February 15, at the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston with the Rev. Mark M. Rydberg officiating. Burial will take place in the spring.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Hoff Funeral Homes-Houston Chapel.

Victor F. Schroeder
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Victor F. Schroeder, 82, of Caledonia, died Thursday, February 12, 1998, at his home. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia.

George E. Goyette
George E. Goyette, age 65, of La Crosse died in the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center on Wednesday, February 11, 1998. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday and complete arrangements will be announced by the Dickinson Family Funeral Homes.

Mary L. Kregger
Mary L. Kregger, 90, of 2516 Hoeschler Dr., La Crosse, died in her home on Thursday, February 12, 1998. Services announced later. Fossum Funeral Home, Onalaska.

Iona A. Olson
VIROQUA, Wis. - Iona A. Olson, age 91, a former resident of Park View Manor in Viroqua, died Wednesday, February 11, 1998, at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby, where she had resided for the past 1 1/2 years. She was born December 24, 1906, in the Sugar Creek area of Crawford County to Amund and Ingri (Nash) Emerson. She was united in marriage to John (Jack) Olson on October 28, 1931, in La Crosse. They farmed for many years in the Viroqua area. For a time they owned and operated a Lake Resort near Brookings, South Dakota. After returning to the Viroqua area, Iona worked as a nurses aid for Vernon Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua.
She is survived by her two daughter, Janet (Henry) Jacobson of Green Bay and Geraldine (Paul) Ellefson of Viroqua; six grandchildren, Bonnie Maloney of Longwood, Fla., Christi (David) Reed of Viroqua, Jim Jacobson of Green Bay, Eric (Pamela) Ellefson of Minneapolis, Heidi (Andy) Gruse of Monroe, Hans Ellefson and His fiance, Tara of Raleigh, N.C.; and 11 great-grandchildren. Iona was preceded in death by her husband, John on September 26, 1968; one grandson, John Jacobson in June of 1975; one sister, Stella Anundson; and six brothers, Lloyd, Emert, Emil, Palmer, Albert and Arthur Emerson.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 14, 1998, at 11 a.m. in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The Revs. Roger Hjelle and Stephanie Steiner will officiate with burial in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call at the Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Saturday after 10 a.m.

Jeanette Deeney
WAUKON, Iowa - Jeanette Deeney, 81, of Waukon, died Wednesday, February 11, 1998, at Northgate Care Center following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Waukon. Burial in St. Mary's Lycurgus Cemetery, rural Waukon. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a scripture service at 4 p.m.

Lester Busness
WAUKON, Iowa - Lester Busness, 86, of Waukon, died Wednesday, February 11, 1998, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon following a sudden illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at East Paint Creek Synod Lutheran Church, rural Waterville. Burial will be in East Paint Creek Synod Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Paul F. Murphy
SOLDIERS GROVE, Wis. - Paul F. Murphy, 81, of rural Soldiers Grove, died peacefully at his home Thursday, Feb. 12, 1998. He was born Oct. 20, 1916, in Clayton Township to Philip and Rose (Malone) Murphy. He married Grace Monahan Jan. 3, 1940, in the St. Philip's Catholic Church.
They farmed in the Rolling Ground area and he was a lifetime member of St. Philip's Catholic Church. He was longtime member of the Gays Mills and North Crawford School Board from 1942 to 1972; starting with the Mook School District (Rolling Ground). He had been the caretaker for the Gary Comer Estate for many years.
Surviving are his wife, Grace; sons, Phil (Nancy) of Boscobel, Bill of Gays Mills, Pat (Amy) and Ron (Bonnie) all of Rolling Ground; and daughters, Jane (Mick) Killey of Boaz, Wis. and Mary Kay Murphy of Milwaukee, Wis.; by eleven grandchildren, Steve (Christy) Murphy, Lisa (Minh) McKenzie, Angie (Jeff) Adams, Sara, Kelly, Scott, Jennifer, Jeff, Lindsey, Jonathan and Jacob; by four great-grandchildren, Brandon, Brittany, Kellen and Kayla; by a brother, Clifford (Lorraine) Murphy, Soldiers Grove; and two sisters, Ann Martin, Boscobel and Arlene (Lyall) Hehn of Hartland, Wis. He was preceded in death by a son, Rich in 1963; by his parents and three sisters, Leona Dawson, Mary Johnson and Rosella Bowers.
The Funeral Mass will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, at St. Philip's Catholic Church. The Reverend Leon Rausch will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family and friends may call at the Dommersnaes Bertram Family Funeral Home, Gays Mills, on Saturday from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and at the church on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the North Crawford Rescue Squad, Soldiers Grove or the charity of your choice.
``Paul loved his farm and his family; and he will be sadly missed by them all.''

Albert Dach
VIROQUA, Wis. - Albert Dach, age 67, of Route #1, Box 42A, Viroqua died on Thursday afternoon February 12, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. Funeral services will be announced by Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua.

Edmund Oscar Smerud
NEW ALBIN, Iowa - Edmund Oscar Smerud, 82, died Tuesday, February 10, 1998, at St. Francis Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. He was born on October 11, 1915, in New Albin, Iowa to Oscar and Clara (Wild) Smerud.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 14, 1998, at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, New Albin with visitation on Friday 4 to 8 p.m. at the New Albin Townhouse. Fr. Henry Charipar will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in the City Cemetery located next to his farm land and his home.
He served during World War II with the Navy Seabee's at Guadalcanal in the South Pacific.
On January 13, 1944, he married Betty M. Gantenbein at St. Joseph's Church in New Albin. They moved out west and homesteaded near Riverton, Wyoming in 1946. Then they moved back and framed in rural New Albin. Ed worked for a number of years with the Army Corp of Engineers as a tugboat pilot. He also worked as bulldozer operator and did commercial fishing on the Mississippi River near his home.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; five sons, Steven (Sue) of Lovelock, N.V., George (Evelyn) of Anchorage, Alaska, Carver (Linda) and Eddie (Janice) of New Albin and Gus (Patti) of Onalaska, Wis.; two daughters, Alana (Clarence) Fee of White Cloud, Kan. and Sally (John) Fink of New Albin; 27 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four brothers, Alfred of La Crosse, Donald of Waukon and George and John of New Albin; four sisters, Sara Smerud of Tomah, Wis., Vangie McKenna of Clutier, Iowa, Margaretta Keenan of Waukon and Rosemary Intelkofer of Las Vegas, N.V. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Rita Ann Carroll and Clara Louise Baal.
Pallbearers will be Steven, George, Carver, Eddie and Gus Smerud and John Fink. Honorary Pallbearers will be grandsons, Ben, Kenny and Joey Smerud; Luke, John and Sawyer Fink; Eric Wiedner and Peter Fee.

William Karl (Bill) Kinstler
William Karl (Bill) Kinstler, 97, of La Crosse died Thursday, April 12, 1998, at Bethany Riverside Health Care Center. He was born in the Township of Richmond, Minn. on April 22, 1900 to August and Ida (Papenfuss) Kinstler. He worked for La Crosse Auto Lite of La Crosse and at Wesley United Methodist Church before his retirement. He married Helen Warren on August 4, 1939, in Decorah, Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 10, 1978.
He is survived by two sisters, Lillian Stork of Correll, Minn. and Cordelia (Gerald) Hansen of La Crosse; three brothers, John Kinstler of La Crescent, Donald (Jean) and Harry Kinstler, both of La Crosse; several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen; three sisters, Anna Harlos, Hazel Yates and Mabel Scott; three brothers, Erwin, Alfred and Arnold. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Don Iliff will officiate and burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials are requested. The Woodruff Funeral Home of La Crosse is assisting the family with arrangements.

Nansen T. Spande
MABEL, Minn. - Nansen T. Spande, age 84, of Mabel, Minnesota died Wednesday, February 11, 1998, at his home. Arrangements are pending with Mengis Funeral Home, Mabel, Minn.

Myrtle J. Knobloch
Myrtle Jeanette Knoblock, 78, of La Crosse died peacefully in her home among family members on February 11, 1998, at 5 p.m.; ending her courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. Myrtle was the eldest child of ten, born to Oscar and Emma (Kendhammer) Grabhorn on January 8, 1920. She was married to Robert John Knobloch on September 30, 1938. Together they farmed in the early years of their marriage.
In addition to being a wife and mother of four children, Myrtle touched the lives of many others in the community through her independently operated domestic care work, which she carried on until the onset of her disease in 1997. Many of her clients and their families became cherished lifelong friends.
Myrtle lost her husband, Robert, in 1984, to heart disease and stroke. Since the time she focused her life on family, particularly her grandchildren and her many close friends. Myrtle's joy in life was in giving selflessly to others, and she will be always remembered in this spirit. Myrtle touched the lives of many and will be sorely missed now that she has been called to her ultimate reward.
Myrtle is survived by three daughters, Barbara (Darryl) Wright of Onalaska, Vicki (Jim) Cordes of Brownsville, Minn. and Jeannette (Cy) Harris of Genoa, Wis.; one son, Dale (Claudia) Knobloch of Racine, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Todd, Tara, Tanya, Amanda, Debra, Jim and Ann; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mildred Johnston of Hokah, Minn., Irene Stahl and Leona (Ken) Johnson, both of La Crosse; three brothers, Calvin (Mary) Grabhorn of La Crosse, Reuben Grabhorn of Stoddard, Wis. and Albert (Eunice) Grabhorn of Rockland, Wis. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 16, 1998, at 11 a.m. at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse with Rev. C. Philip Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 5 until 7 p.m.
``She is our grandma, and she will always be with us, for she left a part of herself in all of those who loved her.''


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