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Erven M. Burkum
GAYS MILLS, Wis. - Erven M. Burkum, 91, of rural Gays Mills, died Monday, Feb. 6, 1998 at the Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home, Soldiers Grove. He was born in Crawford County Jan. 9, 1907, to Henry and Gusta (Anderson) Burkum. He married Myrtle A. Olson Feb. 22, 1929. She preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 1990.
They farmed in the Soldiers Grove area until 1944, when they moved to their home in Crow Hollow. They had been members of Mount Sterling Lutheran Church, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Soldiers Grove, and he was a charter member of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Gays Mills.
Surviving are two daughters, Lola Jean (Ronald) Peterson of Gays Mills and Ellen (Theodore) Kobs of Adams, Wis.; two sons, Herbert (Donna) and Rodney (Linda) Burkum of Gays Mills; 15 grandchildren; a sister, Geneva Flanigan of Rockford, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Borghild Burkum of Soldiers Grove and Cornelia Burkum of Florida; a brother-in-law, Howard Olson of Verona, Wis.; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two infant daughters, Arlene and Anita; a granddaughter, Jodi; a sister, Stella Olson; four brothers, Oscar and his wife Borghild, Alert, Milford and Ruby; and a brother-in-law, Paul Flanagan.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday. Feb. 21, 1998, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Soldiers Grove. Pastor Leif Espeland will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Sterling Lutheran Church Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dommersnaes Bertram Family Funeral Home, Gays Mills, on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service; and on Saturday at the church from noon until the time of services.

Germaine Marie `Gerry' Lash
Germaine Marie ``Gerry'' Lash, 72, of La Crosse, died on Tuesday, February 17, 1998 in her home. She was born on March 2, 1925, in Bowler, Wis., to Gertrude Welch. Gerry married Edward Lash on October 20, 1945, in North Bend, Wis. She had worked as a waitress and had operated a child care service before starting A-1 Catering, which she ran for 15 years. She then operated the ``Bow Wowserie'' dog grooming parlor on French Island until her retirement. Gerry was a member of the Mohican Stockbridge Muncee tribe and was very proud of her Native American heritage. She was also very helpful to the Coulee Region Humane Society with grooming and placement of animals.
Gerry is survived by her husband, Edward; two sons, David Lash of La Crosse and Kenneth (Terry) Lash of La Crosse; two daughters, Collette (Barry) Fagan of La Crosse and Rochelle (Randy) Steiger of La Crosse; her grandchildren, John Lash, Brook Lash, William Fagan, Edward Fagan and Clinton Steiger; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother and two brothers, Paul and Gene Welch.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 20, 1998 at 1:30 p.m. at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. The Rev. Donald Fox will officiate. Committal services will follow in the Chapel of Devotion Mausoleum, Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be given to the Coulee Region Humane Society.

Rolland (Stub) Griffin
TOMAH, Wis. - Rolland (Stub) Griffin, age 81, of Tomah, died Monday, February 16, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
She was born February 8, 1917 in the town of Grant, Wisconsin to Albert and Estella (Purdy) Griffin. He was united in marriage to Leola Gregoroff on October 9, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa.
Rolland cleared the land and built buildings for Fort McCoy during his younger years. He then started working as an auto mechanic in Sparta, Wis., and later he worked most of his years at Norris Vernier in Tomah, Wis., until his retirement in 1974. Rolland also loved working with wood.
He is survived by his wife, Leola; three sons, Eugene (Barbara) of Plover, Wis., Howard (Lynn) of Bellevue, Neb., Vernon (Janet) of Madison, Wis.; three daughters, Virginia (Charles) Picard of Beaumont, Calif., Veva (Robert) Knutson of Rosholt, Wis., and Lisa Griffin of Tomah, Wis.; one daughter-in-law, Bernadine Griffin; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Roger; six brothers, Johnnie, Delbert, Lyle, Kenneth, Virgil, and Arnold; and two sisters, Betty and Violet.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 19, 1998, at 11 a.m. at the White Funeral Home in Tomah. Burial will follow at the La Grange Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the White Funeral Home. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the White Funeral Home.

Ruth Cecelia Fletcher
Ruth Cecelia Fletcher, 94, of La Crosse, Wis., died at Bethany-Riverside Nursing Facility on Monday, January 16, 1998.
She was born on January 28, 1904 in Cumberland, Md., to George and Ella Fletchinger. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Charlotte; 12 brothers and sisters; and husbands, George Leidinger and Harry Fletcher. She is survived by a daughter, Virginia Brown of La Crosse; a daughter, Dorothy Gordon (Elison), of Middle Granville, N.Y.; and a son, Raymond Leidinger (Bernadette) of Cumberland, Md. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Carolyn Brown of Minneapolis, Michael Brown of St. Paul, Veronica Eagan (Gary) of Cumberland, Md.; John Filler (Pat) of Warner Robins, Ga., Mary Fox (Tom) of North Granville, N.Y., Raymond Leidinger Jr. of Baltimore, Md., Francis Stokes (Steve Weidman) of Racine, Wis., and Paulette Zettlemoyer (Robert) of Waynesboro, Va. She also leaves seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held with the family at a later date in Cumberland, Md., and burial will be in Cumberland.
Woodruff Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

James M. Pinorsky Sr.
WHITE SPRINGS, Fla./TREMPEALEAU, Wis. - James M. Pinorsky Sr., of White Springs, died Monday, Feb. 16, 1998, at his home, following a long illness. The Trempealeau native moved to White Springs in 1997 from Plantation, Fla. Mr. Pinorsky retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 with Security, after 30 years in the Air Force. He served during World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, D.A.V. and V.F.W., and was a member of the St. Frances Xavier Catholic Church in Live Oak. Fla.
Survivors are his wife, Catherine Pinorsky of White Springs; five daughters, Donna Rothblatt and Patricia Cumbow, both of Fort Lauderdale, Marie Thomas of The Colony, Texas, Rose Villa of Fort Lauderdale, and Theresa and John McIntosh of Lake City, Fla.; three sons, James M. Pinorsky Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Robert A. Pinorsky of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Richard and Patty Pinorsky of Lake City, Fla.; two sisters, Lucille Gilles and Frances Childers, both of La Crosse; a brother, Vincent Pinorsky of Trempealeau; 18 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Graveside services, with military rites, will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 1998 in Holy Cross Cemetery, Trempealeau.
The Smith Mortuary, Galesville, assisted the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Hospice of North Central Florida, 4200 N.W. 90th Blvd., Gainesville, Fla. 32606, for the Lake City office.

William J. Gleiss
SPARTA, Wis. - William J. Gleiss, 77, of 701 W. Main Street, Sparta, died Monday, February 16, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, La Crosse.
He was born on March 26, 1920, in Tomah, to William M. and May (Rice) Gleiss. He grew up in Sparta and graduated from Sparta High School in 1936. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then graduated from the UW-Madison Law School.
William enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served until being discharged as Lieutenant in 1945. He married Blanche Vail on March 10, 1945, in Evanston, Illinois. After marriage they lived in South Bend, Indiana, and then moved to Sparta in the fall of 1946, where he practiced law with the Gleiss Law Office. William served as Monroe County District Attorney from 1948 until 1962.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Sparta Rotary Club and served on the board of directors for Western Federal Savings and Loan, Sparta, and the First Bank of Sparta.
He is survived by his wife, Blanche of Sparta; three daughters, Harriet (James) Gadbaw of Olympia, Wash., Katherine (Michael) Gleiss/Monar of Evanston, Ill., Elizabeth (Andrew Kaftan) Gleiss of Rt.3 Sparta; a son, William V. (Jean) Gleiss of Sparta; ten grandchildren; and a sister, Ann Mulvany of Sparta.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Mary Phalen.
Memorial services will be Friday at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father Floyd Dwyer and Father Mark Walljasper officiating.
Military honors will be provided by V.F.W. Post 2112 and American Legion Post 100, Sparta.
The Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Brandon M. Jamesson
SPARTA, Wis. - Brandon M. Jamesson, 15, of 407 Merrill Street, Sparta, died Monday, February 16, 1998, as the result of an automobile accident.
He was born on October 25, 1982, in La Crosse to Michael and Brenda (Robson) Jamesson. He grew up in Sparta and was a student at Sparta High School. Brandon enjoyed music and singing, looking at semi trucks and driving tractors. He was volunteer at the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta.
He is survived by his father, Michael Jamesson of Cashton; his mother, Brenda Jamesson of Sparta; a brother, Christopher Jamesson of Cashton; two sisters, Serenity and Angela Jamesson, both of Sparta; maternal grandparents, John and Judy Jamesson of Sparta; and a paternal grandmother, Ann Jamesson of Sparta.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Jeremy.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Sparta, with Reverend David Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Pole Cemetery, Liberty Pole, Wis.
Friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta, on Friday from 4 until 9 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

Agnes Gillitzer
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - Agnes Gillitzer, 79, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., died Tuesday, February 17, 1998, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 1998, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien, Wis., with burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Thornburg-Hanson Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, with the rosary at 4:15 p.m. and scripture service at 7 p.m.
She is survived by brothers and sisters, Rita (Lyle) Lester of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Anna Marie (John) Lathrop of Boscobel, Wis., Eugene (Mary) Gillitzer of Seneca, Wis., Catherine (Richard) McGrath of Madison, Wis., Loretta (Tom) Check of Milton, Wis., John (Norma) Gillitzer of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Roger (Janice) Gillitzer of Janesville, Wis.; sister-in-law, Marcella Gillitzer of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; and a special friend, Shirley Gelback of Prairie du Chien, Wis.
Agnes was born May 23, 1918, in La Crosse, Wis., to parents Aloysius and Anna McNamara Gillitzer. She graduated from Mercy Hospitals Nursing Program in Dubuque, Iowa, and worked there for almost 18 years moving to Prairie du Chien in 1940. She worked at the hospital, convalescent center and for Dr. Wong until her retirement in 1980.

Don A. Shumate Jr.
GARDEN CITY, Kansas - Don A. Shumate Jr., 43, of Garden City, died Monday, Feb. 16, 1998 in St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary Catholic Church, Garden City. Burial with military rites will be in Valley View Cemetery, Garden City. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, both at the Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City. There will be an 8 p.m. vigil service Thursday in the church.

Milton John Running
BOSCOBEL/WESTBY, Wis. - Milton John Running, 72, of Boscobel and formerly of Westby, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998 in Boscobel Area Health Care Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday from the Vosseteig Funeral Home, Westby. Burial will be in North Coon Prairie Cemetery, Newry. Friends may call after noon Friday at the funeral home.

Glenn D. Miller
MERRILLAN, Wis. - Glenn D. Miller, 46, of Merrillan, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998 in Black River Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Torgerson's Funeral Chapel, Black River Falls. Burial will be in Hatfield Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday, both at the funeral home.

Scott S. Mills
VIROQUA, Wis. - Scott S. Mills, age 83, of R.2, Viroqua, died Monday, February 16, 1998 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born Scott Samuel Mills to Thomas and Kathryn (Melvin) Mills on November 15, 1914 in the town of Jefferson, Vernon County, Wisconsin. He attended local schools and remained on the Mills farm for his entire lifetine.
On February 8, 1941, he was united in marriage with Thelma Jacobson. He was active in the Circle V Riders Club as a charter member, and served as a 4-H leader of the Victory Pigeons Club. He also served on the school board of the White Pigeon School for several years and drove school bus for Viroqua Area Schools for 20 years. He was a member of the Viroqua United Methodist Church for over 50 years, and the Viroqua Eagles Club. All who knew Scott were aware of his admiration and enjoyment of horses. There was never a time when horses were not included among the farm animals. He was very proud of his Irish heritage and the fact that his father emigrated from Ireland.
Scott is survived by his son, Howard (Nancy) Mills of La Crosse; two grandsons, Scott and Erick Mills, both of La Crosse; one brother, Charles (Betty) Mills and one sister-in-law, Hazel Mills, all of Viroqua; plus nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma on December 31, 1997; two sisters, Etta (Iver) Espe and Willis (Francis) Ghelf; and one brother, George M. Mills.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 21, 1998, at 11 a.m. in the Viroqua United Methodist Church. The Rev. Frank Thompson will officiate, with burial in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call at the Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., and at the church on Saturday after 10 a.m. 

Elizabeth ``Betty'' L. Maloney
MADISON, Wis. - Elizabeth ``Betty'' Maloney of Madison, died in her sleep on Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, at her home.
She was born on Nov. 28, 1908, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of Otto and Sophie (Wermuth) Brietzke. She married John C. Maloney in Milwaukee in 1937. Betty was a graduate of Central High School in La Crosse and of the La Crosse Teachers College. She taught elementary school in Spooner, Wis., and in Lake Bluff, Ill. She was active in gardening and gardening clubs and volunteered her time at Gompers Elementary School. She was a member at St. Peter Catholic Church. Betty enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends and was an avid Cub, Packer and Badger fan.
Survivors include her husband, John C. Mahoney of Madison; a brother, Albert H. Brietzke of La Crosse; a sister-in-law, Nell Brietzke of Stoughton; nieces, Katherine (Michael) Munson of Milwaukee, Barbara Brietzke of Cudahy, Sharon (Jim) McFadden of Coral Gables, Fla., Christine Maloney of Madison, Mary Beth Maloney of Florida, Gretchen (George) Boldt of Deerfield and Adrienne (George) Palermo of Milwaukee; nephews, Rick (Sarah) Brietzke of Ft. Atkinson, Paul Brietzke of Trempealeau, Pat Maloney of San Diego, Calif., Dick (Bunny) Maloney of Oconto, Tim (Judy) Maloney of Sedona, Ariz., Terry (Mary) Maloney of Oconto; and many other nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Adrian P. Brietzke and Frederick O. Brietzke.
Funeral services will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church, 5001 North Sherman Ave., Madison, on Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Roger Nilles will officiate. Burial will be at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Ryan Funeral Home, 2418 North Sherman Ave., on Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998, from 2 to 5 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Memorials may be given to St. Peter Catholic Church.

Emily M. Buck
TOMAH, Wis. - Emily M. Buck, 86, of Tomah and formerly of Green Bay, Wis., died Feb. 19, 1998, at her son's home in Tomah.
Memorial services and entombment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in Nicolet Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Green Bay, in the chapel of the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel in the mausoleum.
Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joseph P. Curtin
WAUKON, Iowa - Joseph P. Curtin, 79, of Waukon, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center, West Union, Iowa, following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Waukon. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, West Ridge, rural Waukon.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Martin Funeral Home where there will be a 5 p.m. scripture wake service.

Helen A. Tolvstad
HOLMEN, Wis. - Helen A. Tolvstad, 90, of Holmen, died at St. Francis Medical Center, Friday, February 20, 1998.
She was born August 6, 1907, at Stevenstown, to Odell and Ogla (Gullickson) Ekern.
She is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Donald) Downing of Holmen; by a son, Dennis (Betty) Tolvstad of Holmen; by a sister, Lu Becker of La Crosse; by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; by a sister and a brother.
Funeral services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Holmen Lutheran Church. The Reverend Charles Evavold will officiate. Burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 515 McHugh Road, Holmen, on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 12:30 p.m. until the service.

Ruby M. Molzahn
Ruby M. Molzahn, 77, formerly of 3321 South 27th Street, died at the Hillview Health Care Center Thursday, February 19, 1998.
She was born November 14, 1920, at Bremerton, Washington, to Olaus and Olga (Melby) Flugstad. She grew up in Westby and graduated from Westby High School in 1937. She married Theodore Molzahn on September 29, 1944. He preceded her in death on December 17, 1989. She had been employed by the La Crosse Cooler Credit Union and the La Crosse Community Credit Union prior to her retirement.
She was a member of Naomi-Ruth Circle at English Lutheran Church and was a member of the Postal Workers Auxiliary and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary L. Johnson of La Crosse; by a daughter-in-law, Nancy Molzahn of La Crosse; by a sister, Liala (Louis) Trapp of Lemon Grove, Calif.; a brother, Raymond Flugstad of Cypress, Calif.; by seven grandchildren, Keith J. and Nicholas J. Molzahn and Tanya L., Alicia M., Bryan A., Andrew R., and Patrick S. Molzahn; and by two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeffry Molzahn; and by two brothers.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at English Lutheran Church. The Reverend Roger Black will officiate. Burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park.
Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Loretta Gleason Merchant
BLACK RIVER FALLS/ARCADIA, Wis. - Loretta Gleason Merchant, 84, of Black River Falls and formerly of Arcadia, died on Thursday, February 19, 1998, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis.
She was born on July 12, 1913, in the town of Glencoe, Buffalo Co., Wis., to Christian and Lena Doelle Gleanson. Loretta taught elementary school in the Trempealeau Co. area and the developmentally disabled at the Southern Colony and Training School. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Arcadia and its St. Anne's Rosary Society. She was a member of A.A.R.P., was a strong Democrat and a member of the Humane Society. She was also a member of the Wisconsin Educational Association.
Loretta is survived by two daughters, Joan (Ed) Sveen of River Falls, Wis., and Carol Bolster of Sparta, Wis.; four grandchildren, Larry Bolster and Jason Bolster of Sparta, Mark Sveen and Laura Sveen of River Falls; and a great-grandson, Jason Stark of Sparta; and a special friend, Neilan Hulett of Black River Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Miltilda.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 23, 1998, at 12 noon at Our Laddy of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Arcadia with the Rev. Raymond Pedretti officiating. Spring burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Friends may call on Monday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Killian Funeral Home, where there will be a rosary said at 11 a.m.
Casket bearers will be Larry Bolster, Jason Bolster, Mark Sveen, Jennifer Sveen, Laura Sveen and Jason Stark.
Killian Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Helen K. Neubauer
Helen K. Neubauer, 69, of La Crosse, died on Thursday, Feb. 19th, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Medical Center.
She was born August 10, 1928, in Holmen, Wis., to Edward and Esther (Brown) McCabe. Helen was a 1946 graduate of Holmen High School. She then worked for the La Crosse Autolite prior to her marriage and raising her family. She married Walter M. Neubauer on September 10, 1949, in St. James Catholic Church, La Crosse. She had worked at La Crosse Printing for 23 years, retiring in 1992. Helen was a member of T.O.P.S. and one of her proudest accomplishments was reaching the status of K.O.P.S. for twenty-nine years. She was also the current Co-President of the St. Anne's Altar and Rosary Society at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. Her hobbies included traveling, shopping, baking and making quilts and afghans.
Helen is survived by her husband, Walter; two daughters, Theresa M. Kistler and her longtime friend Robert Ratigan of La Crescent and Diana H. (Rock) Johnson of La Crosse; three sons, David W. (Debra) of Holmen, Robert J. of Galesville and John C. (Shari) of La Crosse; eight grandchildren, Heather (Cris) Morales, Amber and Courtney Kistler, Heidi, Justin and Latasha Neubauer and Andrew and Christopher Neubauer; three sisters, Grace (Lyman) Halverson of Kenosha, Wis., Angeline (James) Haug of Holmen and Mary (Richard) Hanson of Holmen; three brothers, William (Irene) McCabe of West Salem, John (Marlene) McCabe of Holmen and Joseph (Arlone) McCabe of Holmen; her mother-in-law, Lauretta Neubauer of Sparta, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Francis McCabe; two sisters, Margaret Davidson and Agnes Kofta; two grandchildren, Chelsea and Ian Kistler; and her father-in-law, Mathias Neubauer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Feb. 23rd, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The Rev. Lawrence B. Berger will officiate. Entombment will be in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. A rosary will be recited Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Catherine M. Vingers
Catherine M. Vingers, age 84, of La Crosse, died Friday, February 20, 1998, at the Hillview Health Care Center.
She was born on December 12, 1913, to William and Lillian (Plunkett) Ipsen and graduated from La Crosse Central High School. She married Leslie A. Vingers in La Crosse on June 30, 1934.
Catherine worked for Electric AutoLite for 25 years, and later worked as a school crossing guard and an Avon Cosmetic Representative for many years. She was a member of the Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post No. 52 Women's Auxiliary and St. Thomas More Catholic Church Altar Society. Catherine was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and her family will miss her very much.
In addition to her husband, Catherine is survived by one daughter, Gloria (Richard) Nimmo of Holmen; grandchildren, Linda (Len) Deschaine of Holmen, Richard Nimmo of La Crosse, Robert Nimmo of Sparta and Cindy Nimmo of Holmen; four great-grandchildren, Joseph and Jacob Deschaine, Kristen and Richard Nimmo, all of Holmen; three brothers, Wilbert (Jean) Ipsen and William (Mary Jane) Ipsen, both of La Crosse and Henry (Arlene) Ipsen of Florida; along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Geraldine Fazzio and Virginia Mach.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 23, 1998, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Rev. Edward Thome officiating. Burial will follow at Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call on Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.

Homer J. Wardwell
Homer J. Wardwell, 83, of La Crosse, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at his home after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Oct. 10, 1914 to William and Hattie (Jacobus) Wardwell at Retreat, Wis. He served with the U.S. Army for four years during WWII. He married Ethel Erickson on March 27, 1948, in Curtiss, Wis. and enjoyed 50 years of marriage. Homer worked for the Trane Co. for 45 years was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church for over 50 years. He was a member of VFW Post 1530.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel; by two children, Bill Wardwell and his wife, Kathy Emery of Sauk City, Wis., and Karen (Lenny) Jenks of Burnsville, Minn.; by five grandchildren, Mark, Jenny, Alexandra, Joseph and Max; by a brother, Loren (Earleen) Wardell of La Crosse; and by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Maurice and Halsey; and three sisters, Myrtle, Audrey and Ardys.
``He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be forever missed.''
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The Reverend Duane Kamrath will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dickinsn Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the service.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or to the Gundersen-Lutheran Hospice Program.

Lenore M. Stenslien
WESTBY, Wis. - Lenore M. Stenslien, 86, of Westby, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at the Norseland Nursing Home in Westby. She was born on July 13, 1911, in Coon Valley to Nordahl O. ``Dinty'' and Maren (Wang) Nelson. She was baptized and confirmed at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church. In 1929, she graduated from Westby High School and attended St. Olaf College where she studied music. On Feb. 14, 1931, she was united in marriage to Pearly J. Stenslien. She was the organist for Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Westby, and then became a member there: She was the church organist for over 50 years. Lenore played for Baccalaureate and Commencements for many high school graduations. She also played for the silent movies and in later years with the Snowflake Band and for community events.
She is survived by her six children, Patricia (Roger) Jaeger and David (Audrey) Stenslien, both of Westby, Paul (Linda) Stenslien of West Salem, Judy (Robert) Hebl of Greenfield, and twins, Mary (John) Tuff of LaMirada, Calif. and Marty Stenslien of Westby; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Delaine (Donald) Jefson of Westby and Inez (Tennes) Navrestad of Greenwood; and her brother-in-law, Norman Melby of Westby.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Odell Nelson on March 3, 1978; her grandson, Jeffrey Jaeger on Aug. 30, 1978; her husband, Pearly on May 29, 1984, and her sister, Valborg Melby on Aug. 8, 1991.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 1, 1998, at 1 p.m. from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Westby. Pastor Gary Daines will officiate with burial in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy 14 in Westby, and after 12 noon on Sunday at the church.

Herbert D. Olson
ROCKLAND, Wis. - Herbert D. Olson, 67, of Rockland died of cancer on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. He was born July 19, 1930, in Sparta to John and Mary (Olson) Olson. He married Delores Langrehr on April 1959 in Bangor. Herbert, grew up in the Fish Creek Valley Area, and farmed the family farm his entire adult life. He was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Delores of Rockland; four sons, James (Sheryl) Olson of Bangor, David (Kris) Olson of Cashton, Paul Olson of Sparta and Howard Olson of Bangor; one daughter, Kathryn (Allen) Herman of Bangor; two grandsons, Tyler Allen Herman and John David Olson; one step-grandson, Kent (Diane) Kisow of Sheboygan; three great-grandsons, Josh, Ryan and Sam; one brother, Clarence Olson of Rockland; six sisters, Verna (Ernest) La Due of La Crosse, Stella Holmberg of Sparta, Hazel Olson of Naperville, Ill., Ethel (Charles) Warren of Bloomfield, Michigan, Florence Olson of West Allis, Wis. and Joyce (Harold) Arrowood of West Allis, Wis.; several nieces and nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Myrtle Rutlin; two brothers, Everett and Lloyd Olson and a great-step-granddaughter, Abbie.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998, at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bangor. Rev. Roy Hefti will officiate. Burial will be in the Rockland Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. till time of services. The Fossum Funeral Home in Bangor is assisting the family with arrangements.

James J. Volden
VIROQUA, Wis. - James J. Volden, age 74, of Viroqua, died Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 24, 1998, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.
He was born on Feb. 12, 1924 to Mandus and Anna (Olson) Volden. On June 7, 1947 he was united in marriage to Arlene Peterson. They had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June.
In addition to his wife, Arlene, he is survived by nine children, Duane (Connie) of La Crosse, Richard (Judy) of Onalaska, Ron (Janice) of Madison, Gary (Kathy) of Viroqua, Vickie (Herb) Moore of Owatonna, Minn., Mark (Brenda) of Viroqua, Judy (Larry) Williger of Viroqua, Elaine (Wayne) Kelly of Waterville, Iowa, and Diane (Ron) Christianson of Westby.
He is also survived by his 30 grandchildren, Laine (Kelly) Volden, Ryan Volden, Brent, Ryan and Chris Kimm, Jeff Volden, Stephanie Volden, Kim Volden, Scott (Stacy) Volden, Brian (Tina) Volden, Cory Volden, Marsha and Wendy Olson, Troy, Travis and Eric Volden, Kari Moore, Carolyn Adsit, Melissa, Brooks and Megan Volden, Angie Iverson, Shane Iverson, Nicole Williger, Mandy (Charles) Robitaille, Tiffany Schaller, Patrick and Michael Kelly, Ryan and Kyle Christianson; three great-grandchildren, Michael Volden, Samantha Johnson and Taylor Olson; one brother, Ardel (Mary) of La Crosse; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Arlene; one brother in infancy; and two sons-in-law, Loren Christianson and Daryl Iverson.
James will be remembered as a loving husband, dad and grandpa who enjoyed his family.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998 at 1 p.m. from Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church. Pastors' Paul Jordahl and Steven Meyer will officiate with burial in the Vang Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a 7:45 p.m. prayer service at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy. 14 in Westby. Friends may call on Saturday after 12 p.m. at the church.

Delores Lange Kruse
Delores Lange Kruse, 72, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Bethany Riverside Nursing Home in La Crosse, where she had been a resident since Aug. of 1995. She moved to La Crosse, in May of 1994, so that she might receive the care she needed from Hearten House in Holmen.
Delores was born to Elizabeth and Ora Miller on April 28, 1925, in Elgin, Ill. In addition to being Mom to her daughters Connie and Joan, Delores enjoyed knitting, sewing, creating stained glass pieces, shopping, golfing with her husband, Don, and her profession as a realtor.
She is survived by her husband, Don Kruse of Elgin, Ill.; two daughters, Connie (John) Stahly of Elgin, Ill. and Joan (Robert) Witte of La Crosse, Wis.; a step-daughter, Karen (Arnie) Rohlwing of Elgin, Ill.; a step-son, Joe Kruse of Elgin, Ill.; and grandchildren, Amanda, Ben and Cory Witte of La Crosse, Wis. and Todd Stahly of Elgin, Ill.
Funeral services will be today at 1 p.m. at the Madison Funeral Home in Elgin, Ill. The Dickinson Funeral Home has been in charge of the arrangements in La Crosse.
The family of Delores Kruse is very thankful for the care she received during these past four years in the Bethany Lutheran system in La Crosse.

Dorothy H. Kolb
DAKOTA, Minn. - Dorothy H. Kolb, 83, of Dakota, Minn., died Feb. 24, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wis.
She was born Jan. 20, 1915, at Fargo, N.D., to Charles and Mary (Otterstetter) Holt.
On May 10, 1932, she married John N. Kolb in St. Paul, Minn. He died March 30, 1980.
She lived in Dakota, for the past 33 years and previously in Winona, Minn.
Dorothy was a member of the First Congregational Church in Winona, and formerly active in the Republican Party at the state level.
Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia (Gerald) Robb, Fridley, Minn. and Karen (Donald) Nelton, St. Cloud, Minn.; three grandchildren, Laura (John) Garaffa, Vienna, Va., John (Dareth) Berg, Eagan, Minn., Sabrina (Tom) Munchow, Rush City, Minn.; and six great-grandchildren, Gabriella Garaffa, Mallory, Jennifer and Taylor Berg, Andrea and Joshua Munchow.
Cryptside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, followed by a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church with Rev. Robert Vornholt, interim pastor officiating.
Memorials may be directed to Arthritis Foundation, Minnesota Chapter.
Fawcett Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

James L. Slama
EASTMAN, Wis./MARQUETTE, Iowa - James L. Slama, 53, of Marquette, Iowa, and formerly of Eastman, Wis., died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. Funeral Services will be Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998, at 11 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Eastman, Rev. John Cassidy officiating. Friends may call today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, Wis., where there will be a wake scripture at 8 p.m.
He was born Jan. 31, 1945, in Racine, Wis., son of Daniel and Agnes (Smethurst) Slama. He married LeAnn Kessel on October 14, 1967, at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman, Wis. He worked for 3M Company in Prairie du Chien for 32 years. He was a member of the Prairie du Chien National Guard for 16 years.
He is survived by his wife, LeAnn of Marquette, Iowa; one son, Travis (Cindy) Slama of Marquette, Iowa; two daughters, Michele Slama of Prairie du Chien, Wis. and Gail (Dr. Paul) Kunch of Ft. Madison, Iowa; his mother, Agnes Slama of Eastman, Wis.; one brother, Roger (Kathy) Slama; and one sister, Roseann (Roger) Feye, both of Eastman, Wis.; three grandchildren, Brett, Sarah and Evie. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Robert.

Kevin L. Nott
Kevin L. Nott, 20, of Onalaska, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998. He was born in La Crosse to Thomas and Nancy (Byrne) Nott. Kevin was employed by Truss Specialists of La Crescent, Minn. He was a 1997 graduate of Onalaska High School. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Anne Nott, serving with the U.S. Navy; by a brother, Greg Nott of Onalaska; two aunts, Joan Byrne of Onalaska and Mary Byrne of La Crosse; by two uncles, Larry (Paula) Byrne of Onalaska and John Byrne of La Crosse; by his nephew, Elijah; and by his Big Brother, Brad Heineck of La Crosse. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Edmund and Leona Byrne.
Memorial services will be held Monday, March 2, at 1 p.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main St., Onalaska. Fran Browning, Pastoral Care Coordinator for the funeral home will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from noon until the time of services.

Adeline N. Heilman
NORWALK, Wis. - Adeline N. Heilman, 68, of Norwalk, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Nursing Home, Sparta.
She was born on Summit Ridge, Town of Ridgeville, Monroe County, Wis., on Nov. 12, 1929, the daughter of Leo and Ella (Von Haden) Muehlenkamp. She graduated from Tomah High School in 1947. She started working at the Community State Bank in Norwalk the same year. She worked as a Cashier, Asst. Cashier and Loan Officer and consultant.
She was united in marriage to Linus J. Heilman on Oct. 25, 1950, at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Norwalk. They purchased the local feed mill known as the Heilman Elevator Co. and they ran the business until 1995, when they sold the business. Adeline continued working at the bank until she retired in October of 1996. Even though she retired she continued working 1-2 days a week when she was able until December of 1997.
She was a member of St. Augustine's Catholic Church and the PCCW and the Wisconsin Bankers Assn. and received an award for 50 years of service from the Wisconsin Bankers Association in June of 1997.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Linus; one daughter, Linda (Robert) Baker, Norwalk; five grandchildren; one grandson-in-law; her father-in-law, Lloyd Dreier, Norwalk; one brother, Glenn (Jenny) Muehlenkamp, Norwalk; one sister-in-law, Freda Heilman, Jefferson, Wis.; nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
The funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Norwalk with Rev. Kevin Louis officiating. Burial will be in the church Cemetery, Norwalk.
Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Norwalk, today from 4-9 p.m. with a rosary conducted by Rev. Kevin Louis and the PCCW at 8 p.m. today, and on Saturday from 8-10:15 a.m.

Harry E. Rawson
BLAIR/WHITEHALL, Wis. - Harry E. Rawson, 75, of Blair, Wis., died on Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, in the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wis. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998, at 11 a.m. in the Reaching Out Ministries Church in rural Whitehall, Wis. Burial will be in the St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in rural Foster, Wis. Visitation will be held today from 4-8 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall, Wis., and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.


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