Miscellaneous La Crosse County, Wisconsin Obituaries

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Naomi E. Kruse
ALMA, Wis. - Naomi E. Kruse, age 89, of Alma, died Friday, February 13, 1998, at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 16, 1998, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Alma. Spring burial will be in the Alma Public Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. today at the Stohr-Hagen-Wozney Funeral Home in Alma, where there will be a 5 p.m. Rosary. Friends may also call from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the church.

Helen I. Powell
HOKAH, Minn. - Helen I. Powell, 87, of Hokah, died on Saturday, February 14, 1998, at the home of her daughter in La Crosse. She was born on May 10, 1910, in New Hartford Township, Winona County to August and Clara (Funk) Boehm. Helen enjoyed travelling, gardening and in her earlier years, horseback riding. Helen was very active in church functions at St. Peter's Catholic Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann (Dwayne) Becker of La Crosse; four sons, Richard (Lydia) Powell of Appleton, Wis., Claude (Phyllis) Powell of Hannibal, Mo., Thomas Powell of Hokah, Minn. and Daniel (Karen) Powell of Barre Mills, Wis.; twenty-four grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren; one sister, Gertrude Thesing of La Crescent. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; one son, Jim; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 1998, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Hokah. The Rev. Paul J. Breza will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Hokah. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent is in charge of arrangements.

Marie A. Johnson
Marie A. Johnson, 100, a resident of the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Nursing Home, died at the nursing home on Saturday, February 14, 1998.
She was born in rural La Crosse on August 15, 1897, to Joseph and Frances (Smola) Silha. She married William G. Krueger on June 16, 1924, in Winona, Minnesota and he preceded her in death. She then married Harold Johnson on September 28, 1935, in Crown Point, Indiana and they were later divorced.
Marie was employed at Doerflinger's Department Store for 25 years, where she was the buyer and manager for the children's department. She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and was active in the St. Joan of Arc Altar Society at the parish.
Marie is survived by a niece, Irene Kaiser of La Crosse; a nephew, Maurice Kocimski of La Crosse; and many grandnieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Agnes Stormoen; an infant sister, Anna Silha; and one nephew, Theodore Kocimski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 1998, at 11 a.m. from St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph J. Rafacz will officiate. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services with a rosary recited at 10:30 a.m. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.

Philip A. Beckley
Philip A. Beckley, 88, of La Crosse, died on Friday, February 13, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Medical Center.
He was born in Beach, North Dakota on January 24, 1910, to Arthur and Isabell (Fraser) Beckley. He married Ferol Stauffer on December 26, 1931, in Waukon, Iowa.
Phil graduated from La Crosse Business College and was employed by Trane Heating and Air Conditioning Company for 45 years, where he worked as a department manager. He served on the Board of Directors of the Trane Company Credit Union from 1947-1968 and also served as Treasurer for the credit union. He was later recognized by the Trane Company for his long time service and commitment; and he was also honored by the La Crosse Jaycees as ``Outstanding Boss'' in 1964.
Phil was a member of First Ev. Lutheran Church in La Crosse where he served on the School Board and Church Council and as an usher. He was also an avid golfer and fisherman and a member of the La Crosse Curling Club.
He is survived by his wife, Ferol; two daughters, Bonnie (Ralph) Mann of Onalaska and Sherry (John) Kapanke of Minneapolis; two sons, David (Alesea) Beckley of Onalaska and Daniel (Sandra) Beckley of Bel Aire, Calif.; ten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rosemary (Paul) Tarara of Rochester, Minn. and Rosalie (Warren) Bush of Elmira, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 16, 1998, at 1 p.m. from First Ev. Lutheran Church. Rev. Steven Staude will officiate. A dessert will follow in the church fellowship hall. His body will be cremated with burial to take place in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park at a later date. The family requests memorials to be given to First Ev. Lutheran School. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is assisting the family with arrangements.

Evelyn M. Wolfe
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Evelyn M. Wolfe, 77, of Independence, died Saturday, February 14, 1998, at Tri-County Memorial Nursing Home, Whitehall. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with spring burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday and 8-10 a.m. Tuesday at Edison Funeral Home, Independence. Monday evening there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. followed by a rosary at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Betty M. Endres
SPARTA, Wis. - Betty M. Endres, 68, of Sparta, Wis. died Saturday, February 14, 1998, at Franciscan-Skemp Nursing Home in Sparta, Wis. Funeral services will be Monday, February 16, 1998, at 3 p.m. at Page-Smith Funeral Home in Sparta. Burial at Cataract Cemetery following services. Relatives and friends are asked to call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Monday, February 16, 1998 from 2 p.m. until the time of service.

Vincent William Poppe
HOUSTON, Minn. - Vincent William Poppe, 80, of Houston died unexpectedly on Friday, February 13, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. He was born on Houge Ridge, Houston County on May 27, 1917, to Henry and Lydia (Wiebke) Poppe. He graduated from the U of M School of Agriculture in 1942. From 1946 to 1989, he farmed just West of Houston. After retirement he began working at the Houston Group Home as custodian/maintenance man. He married Marjorie Thronson on March 2, 1946, in Houston. He was a member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church having served as President of the congregation and the building committee. He currently served as a trustee on the church council and was the chair of the Stone Church Steeple Restoration Committee. Vince served for over 30 years on the Houston Township Board and currently was acting as treasurer of the Houston County Township Officers Association.
In addition to his wife, survivors include one son, Charles (Diana) Poppe of Rushford; four daughters, Sharon (Joel) Schulze of Ellsworth, Wis., Dianne Poppe of Houston, Jeanne Poppe (Bob Vilt) of Austin, Minn. and Sandra (Kevin) Dixon of Wheaton, Ill.; his ten grandchildren, Tyler, Emily and Carter Schulze, Krin, Krist and Kjersta Poppe, Lydia, Casey and Skyler Vilt, Sophia Dixon; and three sisters, Erma (Arlin) Anderson of Sherburn, Minn., Norma Randall of Wanamingo, Minn., Vera Jones of Wheatridge, Colorado; and one brother, Harold of Jacksonville, Oregon. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dale and a sister, Ruby.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 16, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston with the Revs. Mark M. Rydberg and Lane Zaffke Co-officiating. Burial will be in the Stone Church Cemetery, Houston. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Hoff Funeral Homes-Houston Chapel and also one hour prior to service on Monday at the church.

Bernice Pampuch
ARCADIA, Wis. - Bernice Pampuch, 75, of Arcadia, Wis., died Friday, February 13, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare/Arcadia Nursing Home.
She was born September 21, 1922, in the Town of Lincoln, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin to Victor and Eleanor (Bisek) Smieja. On January 12, 1942, she married Herman Pampuch at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Arcadia. He preceded her in death on March 10, 1967.
Bernice was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. She worked for a time at the factory in Arcadia and then worked at various restaurants in Arcadia.
She is survived by four sons, James (Judy) Pampuch of Joliet, Ill., Richard Pampuch of Arcadia, Wis., David (Jan) Pampuch of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Gary (Patricia) Pampuch, Whitehall, Wis.; 11 grandchildren, Brian (Laurie) Franks, Kelly Franks, Shane (Lynn) Pampuch, Shannon Pampuch, Shilo Pampuch, Vickie (Donnie) Kriebich, Brenda Pampuch, Steve Pampuch, Tessa Pampuch, Jeremy (Sandy) Pampuch, Bradley Pampuch; seven great-grandchildren, Jamie Pampuch, Katie Pampuch, Amber Toby, Angie Soltis, Jacy Franks, Jared Franks, Nicholas Pampuch; one sister, Darlene (James) Kamla of Arcadia, Wis.; two brothers, Aaron (Toni) Smieja of Arcadia, Wis., Maynard (Irene) Smieja of Fountain City, Wis.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herman Pampuch; and daughter, Janet.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 16, 1998, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Arcadia, with Fr. Raymond Pedretti officiating. Spring burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Arcadia. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. today at the Wozney Funeral Home in Arcadia, where there will be an 8 p.m. Rosary. Friends may also call from 8-10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Serving as casketbearers will be Brian Franks, Brian Kamla, Lee Smieja, Jeremy Pampuch, Bradley Pampuch and Shane Pampuch.

Mabel H. Gilberg
HOLMEN, Wis. - Mabel H. Gilberg, 94, of Holmen, Wisconsin, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, February 13, 1998, at the St. Francis Medical Center in La Crosse. She was born December 16, 1903, in French Creek, Rural Ettrick, to Olaf and Jennie (Halverson) Hough. She married Arthur I. Gilberg, on October 31, 1925, in La Crosse, and he preceded her in death in 1992. Mabel, was a lifelong member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in La Crosse. She was active with several Ladies organizations, and was a member of the choir. She was a talented soloist and lefse maker. Mabel, was a charter member of the Sons of Norway, and was very active with the Holmen Nutrition Center.
She is survived by two sons, Richard (Patricia) Gilberg of Spooner, Wisconsin and Roger (JoAnn) Gilberg of Holmen; eight grandchildren, Barbara Schieffer, Debora Thompson, Rick, Dan and Dave Gilberg, Evie Olson, Joan Hauser and Lisa Gilberg; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Harold and one sister, Myrtle, and her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 1998, at the Bethel Lutheran Church in La Crosse. Rev. Merill Herder will officiate. Burial will be in the Long Coulee Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. till time of services. Memorials may be directed to the Bethel Lutheran Church. The Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska is assisting the family with arrangements.
We had a very special mother and grandmother. 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.

Mary L. Kreger
Mary L. Kreger, 90, of 2516 Hoeschler Drive, La Crosse, died in her home of Thursday, February 12, 1998. She was born December 2, 1907, in Waukon, Iowa to Charles and Louise Kreger.
She is survived by one sister, Emma (Frank) Bennington of La Crosse; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and four brothers.
Memorial services will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date. The Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska is assisting the family with arrangements.

Albert G. Dach
VIROQUA, Wis. - Albert G. Dach, age 67, of Route #1, Box 42A, Viroqua died on Thursday evening, February 12, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. He was born on December 20, 1930, in the Town of Franklin, rural Viroqua to William and Pearl (Craw) Dach. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1949. On July 24, 1957, he married Patricia Weber Ames. They farmed on the family farm on Dach Ridge, rural Viroqua for over forty years. Albert enjoyed fishing and hunting, but his love for his family was primary. He was a member of the Viroqua United Methodist Church, Viroqua Eagles Aerie No. 2707 and a social member of VFW Post No. 3032. He will be remembered as a friendly, tender hearted man who was very caring in his family and his relationship with his many friends. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; four children, Hazel (Luther) Hendrickson, Diana (Richard) Stalsberg, Kathy Ames and her special friend, Steven Sherry and Steven (Meredith) Ames, all of Viroqua. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Heidi, Jacob and Caleb Hendrickson, Tim and Dan Ames, Chad Erickson and a special friend, Becky Graham, Jason Erickson, Scott Stalsberg; one great-granddaughter, Rachel Erickson; one sister, Mary Stokke; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Dach.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua with Pastor Frank Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Pole Cemetery, rural Viroqua.
Friends may call from noon until time of service on today. The family requests memorials to either the Viroqua United Methodist Church or charity of the donor's choice.

Dewain Hansen
VIROQUA, Wis. - Dewain Hansen, age 61, of 128 East Maple Street, owner/operator of Hansen's Pastries in Viroqua died Saturday morning at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. He had fallen down his basement steps shortly after noon on Friday. Funeral services are tentatively set for Tuesday afternoon. Complete arrangements to be announced by Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua.

Fred A. Yarolimek
DRESSER, Wis. - Fred A. Yarolimek, 51, of Dresser, died peacefully in his home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 1998, ending his battle with pancreatic cancer. Fred was born July 13, 1946 to Fred and Rose Yarolimek of Dresbach, Minn. He graduated from Logan High School in La Crosse in 1964, where he was the vice-president of his senior class and active in sports and many other extra-curriculars.
Fred graduated from Winona State University in 1968 with a bachelors degree in Education. He taught at Galesville Elementary School in Galesville, Wis., for hour years.
He earned his masters degree in Administration from Winona State in 1972. His career as an elementary principal began in Cashton, Wis. He was middle school principal and director of elementary education for the Dodgeland School District in Juneau, Wis., from 1979 to 1990. From there he moved to Mishicot, Wis., from 1990 to 1992. After the 1992 school year, he moved to St. Croix Falls, and was the elementary principal until he retired in July of 1997 for health reasons.
``Mr. Y.'', as he was known to children, was very devoted to all the students he has had over the 30 years he was involved in education. He especially enjoyed taking the students camping, a program he developed in his schools to give children an understanding and appreciation for the world around them.
Fred was a 25-year member of the Lions Club. He served as president of the Cashton Lions and held a variety of offices in other chapters. He was also a 25-year member of AWSA (Association of Wisconsin School Administrators). His hobbies included hunting, fishing, golf, playing cribbage and ``telling stories.''
Fred is survived by his wife, Sandra (Lash); three sons, Eric of Des Moines, Iowa, Troy of Oshkosh and Christopher, still living at home; two sisters, Jan Wall of Cashton and Roxy (Darwin) Anderson of Lancaster, Wis.; two brothers, Dean (Marianne) Yarolimek of St. Charles, Mo., and Ron Yarolimek of Hayward, Calif.; a half brother, Larry Schiedigger of Crystal, Minn.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Fred will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his zest for life and his dedication to community projects.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the St. Croix Falls High School scholarship fund; Lions International; or St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Osceola, Wis.
Visitation was held Sunday, Feb. 15 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the funeral was Monday, Feb. 16. Fred will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, along the banks of the Mississippi River, in Dakota, Minn., today.

Dorothy G. Sagen
Dorothy G. Sagen, 81, formerly of 1908 Kane Street, died at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Center in Onalaska on Sunday, February 15, 1998. She was born April 9, 1916 in La Crosse, to Porter and Geneva (Jorgensen) Wheeler. She married Leonard P. Sagen on December 5, 1936 and had been married for 59 years at the time of Leonard's death on December 8, 1995.
She had been employed at the Auto-Lite prior to its closing, and then as a clerk at Barron's and Herberger's Department Store. Dorothy was an active member of Northside TOPS-Wisconsin 725 for many years.
She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Ann (Paul) Johnson of Onalaska; by a son, L. John (Kay) Sagen of Onalaska; by a sister, Edythe (Russell) Kroner of La Crosse; two brothers, Porter (Marion) Wheeler Jr. of Onalaska and John, a resident of Rolling Hills Nursing Home at Sparta, and formerly of La Crosse; and by four grandchildren, John Bernt Sagen of Redlands, Calif., and Shayn Elizabeth Johnson, Eric Paul Johnson and Heidi Louise Johnson, all of Onalaska.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kristian Marie Sagen.
``She will always be remembered for her kind ways and the cheerful attitude she had toward all of life. She truly enjoyed people and extended herself to them with kindness. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.''
The Mass of Christian Burial will be today at 11:30 a.m. at St. James the Less Catholic Church. The Reverend Roger Scheckel will officiate. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may call at the church today from 10:30 a.m. until the service.
Memorials may be given to St. James the Less Catholic Church or to the charity of your choice. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette Street, is assisting with the arrangements.

Albert G. Hundt
ONALASKA, Wis. - Albert G. Hundt, 80, of Onalaska, died on Monday, February 16, 1998 at the Bethany St. Joseph Care Center. He was born on January 25, 1918 in Middleridge, Wis., to Arthur and Anna (Wuensch) Hundt. Albert married Eileen Everson on February 20, 1943 in Lawton, Okla. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, having served in the European Theater from 1941 to 1945. Albert had worked at La Crosse Breweries until its closing and the Crane Company in La Crosse for many years. He was a member of the Thomas Rooney VFW Post 1530, La Crosse; the American Ex-POWs; and the Coulee Region Chapter of POWs.
Albert is survived by his wife, Eileen; three sisters, Esther (Sy) Enstoss of Ventura, Calif., Annabelle Hughes of Winona, Minn., and Edith Everson of Tomah, Wis.; two brothers, Arthur (Celia) Hundt of La Crosse and Edward (Germaine) Hundt of Green Bay, Wis.; three sisters-in-law, Katherine Hundt of West Salem, Wis., Rosella (Gerald) Kammel of La Crosse and Irene Hundt of La Crosse; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Leo, Wilfred and Howard.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 19, 1998 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Onalaska. The Rev. Edward Thome will officiate. Entombment, with military rites by the Thomas Rooney VFW Post 1530, will be in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum, Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of Onalaska on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., where a rosary will also be recited.

Jennifer Rae Schaper
INMAN, S.C. - Jennifer Rae Schaper, 19, of 117 Bentwood Drive, Inman, died Saturday, February 14, 1998 in Greene County, Ohio. A native of Oshkosh, Wis., she was the daughter of Dean A. and Rae Shaurette Schaper of the home. She was a 1997 honor graduate of Spartanburg Day School and was presently a student at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in graphic arts, where she was a member of the Honors Class. She was a member of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church.
Survivors also include two sisters, Angela Schaper and Jessica Schaper; paternal grandmother Dorothy Schaper of La Crosse; and maternal grandmother Irene Shaurette of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 1998 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, S.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 16024, Spartanburg, S.C. 29316; or Spartanburg Day School, 1701 Skylyn Drive, Spartanburg, S.C. 29307. The J.F. Floyd Mortuary, Spartanburg, assisted the family.

Kendall A. Paulsen
CASHTON, Wis. - Kendall A. Paulsen, age 66, of Cashton, died on Monday, Feb. 16, 1998 at the Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison.
Kendall was born May 23, 1931 to Kendall and Alice (Johnson-Paulsen) Mitby on the home farm in the town of Christiana in Vernon County. He was married on Nov. 18, 1953 to Darlene Geier.
Kendall was a member of the Western Wisconsin Saddle Club for many years, a board member of the Hiawatha Valley Dairies and the American Legion Post in Cashton.
Kendall is survived by his wife, Darlene; five children, Sharon Paulsen and friend Bob Naatz of Edgerton, Wis., Allyn Paulsen and friend Sherry Finch of Camp Douglas, Helen (Darrell) Miller of DeForest, Wis., Bonnie (Roger) Hehn of Sparta, Wis., and Chris (Jennifer) Paulsen of Cashton, Wis.; four grandchildren, Chad adn Amanda Paulsen, Darrell Miller and Collin Paulsen; one sister, Mary (Reuben) Birkholz of Lake Montezuma, Ariz.; one brother, Paul (Clarice) Paulsen of Edwardsville, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Leona Paulsen of Mauston, Wis.; and two stepbrothers, Paul (Carol) Mitby of Cashton and John (Arlene) Mitby of Rochester, Minn.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Leroy; and his stepfather, Lester Mitby.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998 at 11 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton, with Father Kevin Louis officiating. Burial will be in the St. Peter and Paul Cemetery at Pine Hollow. Relatives and friends are asked to call at the Torkelson Funeral Chapel in Cashton Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., with a rosary at 8 p.m. They may also call at the chapel on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Ora Jane Miller
Ora Jane Miller, 54, of La Crosse, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998 in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. Funeral services will be noon Wednesday in North Clayton United Methodist Church. Burial will be in North Clayton Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday in the church. The Sime Funeral Home, Readstown, is serving the family.

Theodore C. `Ted' Doely
SPRING GROVE, Minn. - Theodore C. ``Ted'' Doely, 96, of Spring Grove, Minn., died Monday, Feb. 16, 1998 in Tweeten-Lutheran Health Care Center, Spring Grove. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Trinity Lutheran Church, Spring Grove. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Roble Funeral Home, Spring Grove; and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Angeline Waldera
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Angeline Waldera, 81, of Independence, died Monday, Feb. 16, 1998 in Tri-County Memorial Nursing Home, Whitehall. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with spring burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, both at the Edison Funeral Home, Independence, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. prayer service followed by an 8 p.m. rosary Thursday evening.

Samuel James Gierok
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Samuel James Gierok, 2, of Independence, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998 in Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Whitehall. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Independence Lutheran Church, Independence. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Edison Funeral Home, Independence; and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

William J. Schieche
William J. Schieche, age 86, of La Crosse, died in the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse, on Sunday, February 15, 1998. He was born in La Crosse on February 19, 1911 to Joseph and Tillie (Pederson) Schieche. He married Irene Meyer in La Crosse on July 7, 1934.
In addition to his wife, William is survived by three daughters, Barbara (Donald) Frank of La Crosse, Linda (David) Stark of La Crosse and Sandra (Thomas) Goetzman of West Salem; three sons, Donald (Sue) of La Crosse, Robert of La Crosse and Walter (Deanna) of Wales, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, a sister and a daughter-in-law.
William loved his family and was a generous, talented and energetic man who liked helping his family, friends and church. He had a bright and curious mind and enjoyed working with electronics, short wave, model airplanes, and rocks and fossils.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 19 at 11 a.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ. The Reverend Donald Fox will officiate. Friends may call at the Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for St. John's United Church of Christ.

Lillie I. Thompson
MABEL, Minn. - Lillie I. Thompson, 99, formerly of Mabel, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998 in Martin Luther Manor Nursing Home, Bloomington, Minn. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday in Mabel First Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Mabel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services in the church. Memorials are suggested to Mabel First Lutheran Church or Martin Luther Manor. The Mengis Funeral Home, Mabel, is in charge of arrangements.

Agnes B. Hawkins
WAUKON, Iowa - Agnes B. Hawkins, 95, of Waukon, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998 in Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon, following a brief illness. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Martin Funeral Home, Waukon. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, rural Rossville, Iowa. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Curtis L. Stavlo
WEST SALEM - Curtis L. Stavlo, 74, of West Salem, died Sunday, February 15, 1998 at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minn.
He was born March 16, 1923, in the town of Burns to Clifford and Hilma (Olson) Stavlo. Curtis was baptized and confirmed in Bells Coulee Lutheran Church. On June 10, 1946, he married Catherine ``Dorothy'' Olson in West Salem. She preceded him in death on May 29, 1995. Curtis graduated from Mindoro High School. He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army and was a 50-year member of Berg-Hemker-Olson American Legion Post 51, West Salem. Following military service, he started his own trucking and excavating business, C. L. Stavlo Trucking. Curtis also drove school bus for the West Salem School District for 17 years. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, West Salem and Salem Lodge #125 F&AM.
Survivors include three children, Sandra Stavlo of West Salem, Paula Boardman of Onalaska, and James (Jacalyn) Stavlo of West Salem; six grandchildren, Isaac Freitag, Kristin and Stephanie Boardman, Joseph Stavlo and Kimberly and William Stavlo; two brothers, Don (Ruth) Stavlo of West Salem and Harold ``LaVerne'' (Wanda) Stavlo of Sparta and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 18, 1998 at 11 a.m. from Our Savior's Lutheran Church, West Salem. Rev. J. David Bersagel and Rev. Mitzi Miyamoto will officiate. Burial will be in Burns Cemetery, with military rites by the West Salem American Legion Post 51. Friends may call at the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, today from 5 to 7 p.m., with a masonic service to be held at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.


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