|Martha June Marx-Hopkins
CASHTON, Wis. - Martha June Marx-Hopkins, 66, of Cashton, died Sunday,
July 12, 1998, at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse after a long, courageous
battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 2, 1931, to Oscar and Emma (Hanson)
Johnson in Monroe County. Martha was married to Levi J. Marx Nov. 14, 1950.
He preceded her in death Aug. 6, 1979. She then married Alvin Hopkins Oct.
24, 1981. He preceded her in death Feb. 5, 1998.
Martha is survived by eight children: Mary Jo (Timothy) Severson of
Holmen with children Misty and Erin; Richard (Cyndi) Boortz-Marx of Rochester,
Minn., with children Jonathan and Carly; Robert (Cyndee) Marx of Washburn,
Wis., with children Sarah, Joel, Ryan and Kristyn; Rolland Marx of Westby,
Wis., with children Brandon and Dustin; Russell (Kathy) Marx of Rockland,
Wis., with children Debbi Marx Jewel Fuchs, Amy Marx and Scott Marx; Rodney
(Lori) Marx of St. Joseph's Ridge, Wis., with children Shelby and Christopher;
Roger (Laura Rannow) Marx of Ashland, Wis., with their daughter Brittany
Marx; and Randy (Stephanie Maass) Marx of La Crosse, with children Arianna
Zinski Tyler Marx and Madeline Marx. She is further survived by one sister,
Esther Pulham of Cashton; three step-children: Nancy (John) Reynolds of
Waukegan, Ill., Allyn (Alvina) Hopkins of San Antonio, Texas, and Ricky
(Sue) Hopkins of Kenosha, Wis.; seven step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren;
as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents,
one son, one grandson, Michael Rolland Marx; and two half-brothers, Clifford
and Morris Homstad.
Martha loved her family and lived for them in everything they did.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 15, 1998, at 10 a.m.
from Immanual Lutheran Church. Pastor Gregory Geier will officiate. Burial
will follow in the St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Pine Hollow. Relatives
and friends may call at the Torkelson Funeral Chapel in Cashton on Tuesday,
July 14, 1998, from 6 to 9 p.m. They may also call on Wednesday at the
church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.
``God saw that she was getting tired And a cure was not meant to be;
So he put his arms around her And whispered come with Me. With tearful
eyes we watched her suffer And saw her fade away. Although we loved her
dearly, We could not make her stay. A golden heart stop beating, Hard working
hands to rest; God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.
Elizabeth M. Gavin
LANSING, Iowa - Elizabeth M. Gavin, 83, of Lansing, died Saturday,
July 11, 1998, at Thornton Manor Care Center in Lansing. Services will
be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 1998, at Immaculate Conception Church
in Wexford with Fr. Louis Trzil officiating. Interment in Wexford Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 13, 1998, at the Burke-Thornburg
Funeral Home in Lansing. Scripture service at 7 p.m.
Anna Marie Slindee
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Anna Marie Slindee, 57, of Minneapolis, died peacefully
after a courageous and lengthy struggle with cancer.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Irma Slindee,
and a sister, Kathryn (Slindee) Krueger.
She is survived by two nephews, a niece, and step-nephew; three grand-nephews
and three grand-nieces, many cousins and a host of friends.
Service in celebration of her life will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim
Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3901 First Ave. S., Minneapolis. Visitation
will be Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Werness Brothers, 3700 Nicollet Ave.
S., Minneapolis, and one hour prior to service at the church. Graveside
service will be Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery, Hokah, Minn.
Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society, Pilgrim Evangelical
Church, Minneapolis, or Zion Evangelical Church (WELLS), Hokah, Minn.
Herbert H. Lee
WHITEHALL, Wis. - Herbert H. Lee, age 79, of Whitehall, died on Saturday,
July 11, 1998, in the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
Herbert was born on Sept. 23, 1918, in Hillsboro, Wis., to Melvin and
Anna Louise (Heinze) Lee. He graduated from the West Salem High School
in 1937 and from the agricultural short course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Herbert married Audrey Vogel on Sept. 23, 1939, in Decorah, Iowa. Together
they farmed in Hillsboro, West Salem and Pleasantville, Wis., for 21 years.
In 1960, Herbert began employment with the Trempealeau County Highway
Department and worked there for 20 years prior to his retirement in 1980.
Herbert was an avid golfer, loved to fish, enjoyed woodworking and
spent many winters in Florida.
Mr. Lee is survived by his wife, Audrey A. Lee of Whitehall; four sons,
David (Jane) of Eau Claire, Wis., Melvin of Whitehall, Daniel (Karen) of
La Crosse, and Peter (Pam) of Ferryville, Wis.; two daughters, Carol (Michael)
Daniel of La Crosse, and Mary (Dennis) Bautch of Watertown, Wis.; a sister,
Janet Cox of West Salem, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
In addition to his parents, Herbert was preceded in death by a brother,
George, and a sister, Betty.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 1998, at 11 a.m.
in Our Savior's Lutheran Church with burial in the Lincoln Cemetery both
in Whitehall. Rev. LaMoine Jacobs will officiate.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 1998, from 4 to 8 p.m.
in the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall, and also one hour prior to the service
at the church on Wednesday.
Helen M. Peacock
Helen M. Peacock, 82, died at the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center on
Sunday, July 12, 1998. She was born Feb. 15, 1916, in La Crosse to August
and Inga (Johnson) Weigel. She married Russell Peacock on Nov. 12, 1938.
She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mary K. (Jack) Mills
of La Crosse; five grandchildren, Mark J. (Debra) White of La Crescent,
Robert W. White of La Crosse, Scott A. (Amy) White of Tomah, John P. White
of Louisville, Ken., and Kathleen M. (Tony) Curtis of Onalaska; eight great-grandchildren;
a special niece and her husband, Joanne and Lorin Wuensch.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers.
Private memorial services will be held by the family.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family
Louise Kabat, 98, of La Crosse, died in her home on Saturday, July
11, 1998. She was born in La Crosse on June 3, 1900, to Henry and Emma
(Zirke) Harder. She married William Kabat in La Crosse on April 8, 1931,
and he preceded her in death in 1995.
She is survived by four daughters, Rita (Donald) Hutzenbuehler of La
Crosse, Patricia (Robert) Senn of Ettrick, Marlene (Richard) Bauer of Chaseburg,
and Louise (Richard) Senn of Ettrick; a son, William (Loretta) Kabat of
La Crosse; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Elsie
Pabst of Onalaska.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters
and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 14, at 11:30 a.m. at
First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. Steven Staude will officiate
and burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Sletten
McKee Hanson Funeral Home today from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday
from 11 a.m. until time of services.
``Louise was a very loving and wonderful mother, grandmother and friend
and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.''
Henry William Hinck
WEST SALEM, Wis - Henry William Hinck, 84, of West Salem, died Saturday,
July 11, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse, with his
family at his side.
He was born April 15, 1914, in Scranton, Pa., to parents Henry and
Mabel (Stricker) Hinck. Henry served in the Air Force during WW II as a
staff sergeant. His duties included the testing and selection of aviation
cadet candidates. He was also secretary to the Commanding General in the
Pacific Ocean areas. After the war, Henry studied at Yale and the University
of Iowa and completed a Ph.D in English Literature in 1954. He taught at
eight colleges and universities and was chairman of the division of language
and literature at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa, before teaching
at the University of La Crosse (1964-1984). Henry was known for his expertise
in medieval English literature.
Survivors include his wife, Elsbeth; a son, Jonathan; a daughter, Caroline
(Kristjan) Sells; two grandchildren, Ethan and Lydia Sells, all of West
Salem; a sister, Madeleine Lambert of Moline, Ill.; and a niece, Barbara
(Jerry) Primm of River Falls, Wis.
There will be a private family gathering in lieu of a memorial service.
Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ramona Delores Schreier
Ramona Schreier, 76, of La Crosse, passed away on July 10, 1998. She
was born in Independence, Wis., to Frank and Hattie (Kampa) Skroch. She
married Joseph Schreier on July 3, 1943, in Camp McCall, N.C. She was a
graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing, a member of St. Joan of Arc
Alter Society, Catholic Women's League, Catholic Order of Forresters, and
a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. She enjoyed golfing
and craft work.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph and her parents.
She is survived by daughter Roberta (Jim) Gill; sons, Mike (Martha),
Paul (Cleone), and six grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at St. Thomas Moore Church at 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 18, 1998. The Blaschke Funeral Home, 401 West Ave. S., is
assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials are preferred to St.
Thomas Moore Church, American Red Cross or charity of your choice.
Paul W. Zielke
VIROQUA, Wis. - Paul W. Zielke, 84, of Viroqua, died on Wednesday morning,
July 18, 1998, at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Viroqua where he had
been a resident since July 1, 1997.
He was born in La Crosse on July 27, 1913, to Paul and Christine (Januk)
Zielke. On Dec. 12, 1938, he married Emma Vieth in Waukon, Iowa. They farmed
in Monroe County and in 1947 moved to Chaseburg Ridge in Vernon County
where they farmed until 1978. He also worked at Torrence Foundry in La
Crosse for 17 years while farming. They continued to live on the farm,
moving to Viroqua in September 1989. He was a member of the Lighthouse
Baptist Church in Viroqua.
He is survived by five sons, Daniel (Janet) of Viroqua, Conrad (Carol)
of Ontario, Larry, Barre Mills, Carl (Janice) of Viroqua, James (Debbie)
of Princeville, Ill.; four daughters, Ruth Sabel of Cudahy, Margery (David)
Totten of Rockford, Ill., Jeanne Zielke of De Soto, Angela (Dennis) Lavota
of Racine; 28 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter;
one brother, Leonard Zielke of La Crosse; one sister, Delores Heiser of
La Crosse; and two sisters-in-law, Elinor and Pauline Zielke, both of La
Crosse. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma in December of 1990;
an infant daughter, Irene; two grandsons, Steve and Keith Zielke; one sister,
Evelyn MacPhetridge; and five brothers, Walter, Frank, Clarence, William
and Clifford Zielke.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 1998,
at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua with Pastor Richard Demastus officiating.
Burial will be in the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park in La Crosse.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. where
there will be a prayer service at 6 p.m. Friends may also call after 8
a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Sara K. McKittrick
WARRENS, Wis. - Sara K. McKittrick, 45, of Warrens died Wednesday,
July 15, 1998, at her home, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in La Crosse to Henry and Myra (Bergh) Hanson. Sara grew
up in rural Viroqua, Wis., and was a 1970 graduate of Viroqua High School.
She received her Associate Degree in Marketing from WWTC, La Crosse, in
1972. On May 5, 1973, Sara was united in marriage to Larry McKittrick the
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Viroqua. They moved to Warrens in 1984. Sara
was a member of the Trail Twisters Snowmobile Club in Warrens and worked
in the office at Ocean Spray in rural Tomah, Wis. Sara was a loving wife
and devoted mother.
She is survived by her husband, Larry; three sons, Ryan McKittrick
and his fiance, Kristi Biermeier, both of La Crosse, Todd McKittrick of
La Crosse and Kyle McKittrick living at home; three brothers, David (Shirley)
Hanson of Viroqua, Kenneth (Jo) Hanson of Beloit, Wis., and Howard (Linda)
Hanson of Viroqua; two sisters, Mary Semeizer of Westby and Susan (David)
Humfeld of Chaseburg, Wis.; her mother and father-in-law, Arland and Dorothy
McKittrick of Viola, Wis.; one sister-in-law, Ellen (Robert) Miller, also
of Viola; one brother-in-law, Tom (Christe) McKittrick of Evansville, Wis.;
and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Myra Hanson; and
one sister-in-law, Arlana (McKittrick) Merry.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 18, 1998, at 11 a.m. at
the Open Door Baptist Church, near Warrens. Pastor Jay Cronholm will officiate.
Burial will follow at the Warren Mills Cemetery in Warrens.
Friends may call Friday, July 17, 1998, from 4 until 8 p.m. at the
White Funeral Home in Tomah. Friends may also call Saturday from 10 a.m.
until the time of service at the church.
The White Funeral Home in Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements.
Paul ``Pug'' Collins
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Paul ``Pug'' Collins died June 16, 1998, in San
Paul was cremated. A memorial service will be held July 22, 1998, at
10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 134 S. Main St., Stoddard, Wis.
Reverend William Stevens will officiate. Ruth Stevens will be the organist.
Paul is survived by a son, Greg and Brenda Collins of Cajon, Calif.;
and a daughter, Paula Collins of Texas.
Paul is also survived by mother, Alice and Clinton Withrow of Fennimore,
Wis.; seven brothers, Roderick and Margaret Collins of Ottawa, Ill., Neil
and Mavis Collins of French Island, Donald Collins of La Crosse, Larry
and Marcia Wilson of La Crosse, Donald Wilson of Fennimore, James Wilson
of Fennimore, and Leo and Jennifer Withrow of West Salem, Wis.; four sisters,
Esther and Clifford Williams of West Salem, Betty and Harold Munns of Fennimore,
Bonita Guenther of Stoddard and Delores and David Taylor of West Salem.
Arlene (Brose) Sueker
BUFFALO, Minn. - Arlene (Brose) Sueker, 51, of Buffalo, Minn., died
Sunday evening, July 12, 1998, at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park,
Minn. She fought a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Arlene was born on May 13, 1947, in Dresbach, Minn., to the late Arthur
and Selma (Morkri) Brose.
Arlene was baptized on June 8, 1947, at the First English Evangelical
Lutheran Church in La Crescent, Minn. She was also instructed in the Lutheran
Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on May 6, 1962, in Westby,
Arlene Brose was joined in holy matrimony to Robert Sueker on March
17, 1973. God blessed their marriage with two daughters, Christie Jane
and Stacie Marie.
Arlene was employed by the Tenney Tax Company for many years.
Although Arlene had a job outside of the home, her favorite job was
CEO of the household. She thoroughly enjoyed taking care of her family
and did so very well.
Some of Arlene's hobbies included cooking, traveling, sewing, crafts
and antiques. Her favorite activity was spending time with her family.
She sought a lifelong relationship with the Lord and has now started a
new life with the one she was seeking.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Sueker; daughters, Christie
and Stacie, both of Buffalo; brothers, Richard (Judy) Brose of Coon Valley,
Wis., Peter (Pam) Brose of La Crosse, Wis., and Alton (Gloria) Brose of
Viroqua, Wis.; sisters, Dorothy (Don) Kjelland and Donna (Mike) Johnson,
both of Coon Valley; mother-in-law, Eileen Sueker of Watertown, Minn.;
brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donald (Cheri) Sueker of Excelsior,
Minn., Audrey Sueker of St. Paul, Minn., and Beverly Sueker of Chicago,
She is further survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services for Arlene Sueker were held on Wednesday, July 15,
at 1 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Buffalo. Reverend Stan
Henderson officiated and interment followed at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery
Friends called at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo on Tuesday, July 14,
from 6 until 9 p.m. A prayer service was held at the chapel on Tuesday
evening, July 14, at 8 p.m.
Mrs. Karin Wickman was the service's organist.
``Beautiful Savior,'' ``Amazing Grace,'' ``How Great Thou Art,'' and
``As the Door,'' were sung as congregational hymns.
Eric, Brent and Mark Sueker, Shawn Brose, Brandon and Luke Kjelland,
Troy and Nick Johnson served as the casket bearers.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.
Eric G. Gilbertson
Eric G. Gilbertson, 37, of La Crosse, died Tuesday, July 14, 1998.
He was born on July 12, 1961, in La Crosse to Walter and Audrey (Marson)
Gilbertson. Eric married Diane M. Roesler on Nov. 2, 1985, in La Crosse.
He had worked as a baker at Quillin's Bakery, La Crosse, for 22 years and
was currently a full time student at Western Wisconsin Technical College,
majoring in computer programming. Eric's many interests included hunting
In addition to his wife, Diane, he is survived by two daughters, Sara
and Alyssa, both at home; a son, Benjamin at home; his parents of La Crosse;
three sisters, Linda (Scott) Smith of Onalaska, Wis., and Valorie Peterson
and Pamela (Gerald) Willer, both of La Crosse; a brother, Kevin (Mary)
Gilbertson of La Crosse; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July
17, 1998, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The Rev. Lawrence B. Berger
Friends may call at the church on Friday from 3:30 p.m. until the time
In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be directed to the
Eric G. Gilbertson Memorial Fund which has been established at the Franciscan
Skemp Healthcare Credit Union.
The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.
John M. Olson, Sr.
ETTRICK, Wis. - John M. Olson, Sr., 41, of rural Ettrick, died Tuesday,
July 14, 1998, in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
Funeral services will be at noon Friday in South Beaver Creek Lutheran
Church, rural Ettrick. Burial will follow in church cemetery.
Friends may call one hour prior to services Friday in the church.
Smith Mortuary, Galesville, assisted the family.
Tilford A. Rosaaen
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Tilford A. Rosaaen, 87, of Caledonia, died Tuesday,
July 14, 1998, at the Lutheran Home, Caledonia.
He was born Nov. 11, 1910, in rural Caledonia to Martin and Emma (Anderson)
Rosaaen. On June 6, 1938, he married Mavis Eglinton. Together they raised
livestock and turkeys on their farm in rural Caledonia. After divorcing
in 1955, Tilford moved to Alaska where he was employed in the construction
of the Alaskan Pipeline as a food service worker. In the 1970s, Tilford
retired back to Caledonia and later became a resident of the Lutheran Home.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon (Blaine) Liudahl of Spring Grove,
Minn.; two granddaughters, Michelle (Charles Jr.) Ardinger of Pensacola,
Fla., and Nicole Liudahl of Spring Grove, Minn.; a sister, Emelia Wohlers
of Caledonia; and a nephew, Glenn W. (Barbara) Meyer of Caledonia.
Tilford was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mrs. Gynther
(Marie) Bjorge, Mrs. Elmer (Rhoda) Happel and Mrs. Walter (Myrtle) Meyer;
and a brother-in-law, Leonard Wohlers.
A private family service for the family will be Friday at 7 p.m. from
the Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia. Rev. James Arends of Trinity
Lutheran Church, Spring Grove, will officiate. Burial will follow in the
Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia. There will be no visitation.
The family requests no memorials or flowers.
Winifred M. Christenson
WESTBY, Wis. - Winifred M. Christenson, 96, of Westby, died on Tuesday
evening, July 14, 1998, at the Norseland Nursing Home in Westby where she
had been a resident since November 1996.
She was born in Vernon County on May 31, 1902, to Isaac and Iona (Morrison)
Best. On Sept. 14, 1919, she married Virgil L. Christenson at Pleasant
Valley. They spent most of their life in the Viroqua area with the exception
of two years in Colorado and two years in Rockford. In 1953, they purchased
a farm on Nottingham Ridge, rural Viroqua, when they sold in 1973, moving
to their retirement home between Viroqua and Westby in the old Smith School.
She was a faithful member of the Viroqua Church of Christ and served both
God and her family to the best of her ability.
She is survived by three daughters, Iona (Stanley) Skrede, Verna Tryggestad,
both of rural Viroqua, Margie (Charles ``Pete'') Erickson of rural Westby;
20 grandchildren, including three grandsons, Michael, Robert and James
Christenson who made their home with Virgil and Winnie. Other survivors
include many great and great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and many
She and her husband had also provided a home for her brother, Fred
Best, who at the age of nine lived with them.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil, in May 1982; three
sons, Darrell, Virgil Jr., and Clair; four brothers, Lonnie, Fred, Floyd
and Wilbu Best; and two sisters, Edna Rood and Mable Helgeson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 1998,
at the Viroqua Church of Christ with Pastor Ron Ahlgren officiating. Burial
will be in the Brush Hollow Cemetery, rural Viroqua.
Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral
Home in Viroqua her there will be prayer service at 7 p.m. Friends may
also call at the church after 10 a.m. on Friday.
The family suggests memorials to the Viroqua Church of Christ.
Kenneth J. Heintz
SPARTA, Wis. - Kenneth J. Heintz, 73, 602 Eyler Street, Sparta, died
Wednesday, July 15, 1998, at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lillie Jeche Heintz of Sparta;
two sons, Ricklin (Pamela) Heintz of Winona, Minn., Gary (Barbara) Heintz
of La Crosse; two daughters, Gayle (Bruce) Elbert of Beaver Dam, Wis.,
Sherrie (Thomas) Renaud of Fenton, Mich.; eight grandchildren, Marni, Geoffrey,
Jared, Shane, Karli Heintz, Nathan Diederick, Neil, and Peter Renaud; two
sisters, Sr. M. Claudine of Milwaukee, Claudia Kissel of Janesville; and
a brother, Urban Heintz of Hartford, Wis.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Lanham-Kann Funeral
Home, Sparta, with Father Mark Walljasper officiating. Burial with full
military honors provided by the American Legion Post 100 and the V.F.W.
Post 2112 will be in St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church Cemetery, Sparta.
Friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta, on Friday
from 5 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until the time of services.
Martha M. Sonsalla
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Martha M. Sonsalla, 95, of Arcadia and formerly
of Independence, died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare-Arcadia
She was born July 29, 1902, in Lewis Valley, Trempealeau County, to
William and Barbara (Sluga) Pietrek. She married Luke To Sonsalla on Nov.
21, 1923, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, North Creek. He died April
5, 1970. Martha was a homemaker, an avid reader and enjoyed writing, painting
Martha was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, its Women's
Organization and Rosary Society. She was a member of the American Legion
Auxiliary and volunteer group for senior citizens of Trempealeau County.
Survivors include five children, Maryan (Justin) Dantonio of Zanesville,
Ohio, Luke J. (Peggy) Sonsalla of Chippewa Falls, James M. (Rosetta) and
William (Louise) Sonsalla, both of Plant City, Fla., and Grace (Gerald)
Wolfe of Arcadia; a sister, Mary Martha Stelmach of Arcadia; 14 grandchildren
and 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Martha was preceded in death by her husband; son, Edmund; three sisters
and seven brothers.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul
Catholic Church, Independence, with Rev. Leonard Kaiser officiating. Burial
will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday
at Edison Funeral Home, Independence. Friday there will be an American
Legion Auxiliary service at 5 p.m., prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and a rosary
at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Julie A. Hess
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Julie A. Hess, 36, of La Crescent, died peacefully
in her home surrounded by the love and support of her family and friends
on Tuesday, July 14, 1998, following a three year battle with cancer.
She was born in La Crosse on May 25, 1962, to Dan and Geri (Schroeder)
Hess. She was a 1980 graduate of Aquinas High School. She worked in management
for Hardees Restaurants for about 15 years, and for the past four years
has served as an administrative secretary for Hess Excavating.
Julie was a fun loving and caring person; very dedicated and loyal
in both her professional and personal life. She easily made friends with
both young and old alike. She enjoyed boating, snowmobiling and skiing.
She also loved animals, enjoyed traveling and was an avid Packer fan who
dared to live in Minnesota.
Julie loved her nieces and nephews and was known to revel in her role
as the ``favorite aunt.'' She placed special value on the times she spent
Julie is survived by her parents, Dan and Geri Hess of Coon Valley,
Wis.; her brothers and sisters and their families, Terri (John) Pedace
and their children, Angela and Anna of Westby, Wis., Jan (Dave) Belmore
and their children, Brianna and Natalie of Burnsville, Minn., Don (Sandy)
Hess and their children, Dana and Jordan of Coon Valley, Mike (Kris) Hess
and their children, Greg and Karina of Coon Valley, and Bob (Mary) Hess
and their children, Jenna, Dani, Hayden and Adam of Coon Valley; her paternal
grandmother, Irene Hess of R.1 La Crosse; and a special friend, Paul Houdek
and his daughters, Jade and Tierney of Winona, Minn.
Julie was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Martin Hess;
and her maternal grandparents, Herb and Bernice Schroeder.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 18, at 10:30
a.m. from St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Joseph's Ridge, with the Most
Rev. Raymond J. Burke, Bishop of La Crosse, presiding, and Rev. Robert
P. Hundt concelebrating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on
Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., and
on Saturday from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
Julie's family requests that memorials be given to Aquinas High School
or to the La Crosse Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Helen J. Surdick
Helen J. Surdick, 75, of La Crosse, died Wednesday, July 15, 1998,
in her home.
She was born Aug. 31, 1922, in La Crosse, to John and Julia (Petzel)
Miehl. Helen married Joseph J. Surdick on Oct. 27, 1951, at St. John's
Catholic Church in La Crosse. Joe preceded her in death on July 5, 1995.
She is survived by a daughter, Susan (John) Blancher; and a son, Joseph
S. (Julia) Surdick; grandchildren, Steve, Julia and Katrina Blancher and
Joanna Surdick; a sister and brother-in-law, Veronica (Sherman) Stellpflug;
a brother, George (June) Miehl; a sister-in-law, Margaret E. Erickson;
and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother,
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 17, 1998, at 11 a.m.
at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1333 S. 13th St. Reverend Larry Berger
will officiate. A private family burial will follow.
Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of
Memorials are requested to Holy Trinity School or of your choice.
The Blaschke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Millard G. Johnson
BLAIR, Wis. - Millard G. Johnson, 82, formerly of Galesville and Trempealeau,
and presently a resident of the Grand View Care Center in Blair, died suddenly
surrounded by his family, at the home of his daughter, La Vonne Thompson
in rural Galesville, on Tuesday, July 14, 1998.
He was born Nov. 14, 1911, in rural Jackson County to Menford and Gena
(Seljestad) Johnson. He married Stella Brenengan on June 15, 1932, in Winona,
Minn., and they have spent 66 happy years together. Millard worked for
the Gale Packing Company, as head mechanic of the field crew for many years.
He also farmed in the Galesville and Blair area. He was also a professional
butcher by trade, for various stores and for the general public. He enjoyed
the outdoors, all sports, antique collecting, socializing with his many
friends, and his yearly trip to the West Coast to visit relatives. His
greatest joy and treasure were his family.
He is survived by his wife, Stella, a resident of the Grand View Care
Center in Blair; one son, Donnie (Helene) Johnson of Galesville; two daughters,
La Vonne (Rolly) Thompson of Galesville and Jean (Harland) Gabrielson of
Holmen; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren;
one sister, Lillian (Elmer) Christopherson of Preston, Minn.; and one sister-in-law,
Helen Johnson of Oregon City, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Orene.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 1998,
at the French Creek Lutheran Church in Ettrick. Rev. Kathryn Ingbritsen
will officiate. Burial will be in the French Creek Cemetery.
Friends my call at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska on Friday from
5 until 9 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of
Clarica C. Paulson
CLERMONT, Iowa - Clarica C. Paulson, 78, formerly of Clermont, Iowa,
died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, in Thornton Manor, Lansing, Iowa, after a
brief illness. She was born Jan. 8, 1920, near Elgin, Iowa.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the West Clermont Lutheran
Church, Clermont. Burial will be in Gods Acre, Clermont.
Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. today in the Schutte's Clermont Funeral
Bernice J. ``Bea'' Hutson
RAPID CITY, S.D. - After a lingering fight against cancer, Bernice
J. ``Bea'' Hutson died in her Rapid City home.
Bea was born Jan. 29, 1923, to Emil and Emma Antonson, at Granite Falls,
Minn. She grew up on their farm and attended school in Granite Falls.
She married John E. Hutson in 1953. They were married in Warrenton,
Va., at Vint Hills Farm Military base. John and Bea moved to John's hometown
of Sparta, Wis., in 1956, where they lived until 1988. In 1988, the couple
moved to Rapid City, S.D.
Bea dedicated a greater portion of her life to the support of youth
activities. She was a co-founder of the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association.
Involved at both the State and National High School Rodeo Association,
Bea touched the lives of young cowboys and cowgirls throughout the United
She was a lifetime member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
with over 20 years of professional secretary and timing experience.
In Sparta, Bea was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church
and in Rapid City, she was involved with church circles and activities
at the Faith Lutheran Church. She was also active in Rapid City's New Neighbors
Bea died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, in Rapid City, S.D., at the age of
She is survived by her husband, John of Rapid City; and her son, Jon
of Chicago, Ill.; her brothers, Arnold Antonson and Ervin Antonson of Granite
Falls, Minn.; her sister, Ruth Hanson of Montivideo, Minn.; her brother
and sister-in-law, Gordon and Dot Hutson of Sparta; her brother-in-law,
Pat Patton of Minneapolis; and mother-in-law, Verna Hutson of Sparta.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Evelyn Strasheim;
and her father-in-law, Claude Hutson; and her sister-in-law, Darlene Hutson
A visitation will be held Thursday, July 16, between 4 and 7 p.m. followed
by a 7 p.m. memorial service at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City,
S.D. Church and graveside services will be held Saturday, July 18, 1998,
in Sparta, Wis. In Sparta, services will be held at the Trinity Lutheran
Church with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Formal service will be at 11
a.m., followed by interment at the Mount Hope Cemetery.
Osheim-Catron Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements in Rapid City
and Page-Smith Funeral Home is responsible for services in Sparta, Wis.
Memorials will be given to the National High School Rodeo Foundation,
American Cancer Society and the Rapid City Garden Club.