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Hilda Solberg
ARCADIA, Wis. - Hilda Solberg, 85, of Arcadia, Wis., died Thursday, July 16, 1998, at the Grandview Nursing Home in Blair, Wis. Killian Funeral Home, Arcadia, will be assisting the family with arrangements.

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) Blanchar; and a son, Joseph S. (Julia) Surdick; grandchildren, Steve, Julia and Katrina Blanchar 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, John.
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 services.
Memorials are requested to Holy Trinity School or of your choice.
The Blaschke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain When you awaken in the morning Hush I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight I am the soft star that shines at night Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not here, I did not die

John Francis Keenan
ST. PAUL, Minn. - John Francis Keenan, 75, of St. Paul, formerly of La Crosse, Wis., died suddenly on Thursday, July 16, 1998.
Survived by wife, Jacqueline; brother, Joe Keenan of La Crosse; sons, Gary and David; daughters, Sandy, Linda, Diana and Denise; many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; also many nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed.
Funeral service 1 p.m. Monday at Olivet United Methodist Church, Armstrong Ave. and View St. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Kessler and Maguire Funeral Home, 640 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, Minn.

Raymond F. Kane MSgt. Ret. USAF
NEW LISBON, Wis. - Raymond F. Kane MSgt. Ret. USAF, 64, of rural New Lisbon, died on Wednesday, July 15, 1998, at his home after a battle with cancer. He was the son of William and Hazel (Mindham) Kane and was born Dec. 29, 1933, in Davenport, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Agnes Robison on May 29, 1976, in New Lisbon. Ray served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1971, serving in Thailand, France, Germany and Korea. After the military he enjoyed driving truck and farming along with feeding deer and turkeys and birds at his home. Ray was a member of New Lisbon American Legion Post 110, St. Paul's Catholic Church and of the Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes (Johnnie) of New Lisbon; a son, Jim (Terri) of North Ogden, Utah; step-children, Sandy (Bruce) Schulz of Waterford, Wis., Patricia (Mike) Southworth of New Lisbon, Ed (Jennifer) Robison of New Lisbon; a brother, Kenneth (Viola) of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; by five sisters, Florence Folbrecht of Stoughton, Wis., Mary Sabin of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Helen (Bob) Portratze of Stoughton, Wis., Ruth (Pat) Ertel of Glenhaven, Wis. and Rose Mason of Verona, Wis.; brother-in-law, Bruce Johnson of Stoughton, Wis.; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bernard and Paul; and two sisters, Lucille Kane and Alice Johnson.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 20, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in New Lisbon with Fr. Steven Bauers and Fr. Arnold Reuter. Burial with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 110 will be in St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the Hare Funeral Home in New Lisbon on Sunday, July 19, 1998, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a vigil services at 7:30 p.m.

William A. `Big Bill' Zimmer
GREEN BAY, Wis. - William A. Zimmer, 62, Green Bay, died Thursday morning, July 16, 1998, at a local nursing home.
Survived by wife, Janet; 11 children and spouses, Debbie Peters and special friend Butch of Green Bay, Diane and Tom Kroll of Green Bay, Donna and Bernie Havlovick of Stevens Point, Danita and Paul Deppe of Tucson, Ariz., Richard Schmidt of Green Bay, Lisa Coppersmith and special friend Brad Kutska of Green Bay, Carl Zimmer, William Zimmer, Jr., Mary, Lucy and Sara; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother and spouse, Joe and Rose Zimmer of La Crosse; one sister and spouse, Carolyn and Floyd Newman of La Crosse.
Friends may call at Malcore Funeral Home, 701 North Baird St., Green Bay, Wis., from 9 a.m. Saturday until the time of the funeral service. Funeral Saturday 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Monsignor Roy Klister officiating.

Dena Tostrud
WESTBY, Wis. - Dena Tostrud, 89, of Westby and formerly of Newry, died Thursday, July 16, 1998, at the Norseland Nursing Home in Westby. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby.

Laurayne Mary Batteen
LANSING, Iowa - Laurayne Mary Batteen, 85, of Lansing, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 1998, at Thornton Manor Care Center in Lansing. Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, at Immaculate Conception Church in Lansing with Fr. Herbert Tegeler officiating. Interment in Gethsemane Cemetery. Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Burke-Thornburg Funeral Home in Lansing. Scripture service at 7 p.m.

Jeremy Jaye Diercks
SPARTA, Wis. - Jeremy Jaye Diercks, 23, of Westby, and formerly of Sparta, died as the result of an automobile accident, Tuesday, July 14, 1998. He was born July 6, 1975, in Wisconsin Rapids to Dennis Diercks and Marlene Kath.
Survivors include his father and step-mother, Dennis (Jodie) Diercks; mother, Marlene Kath; six brothers, Joshua, Trevor, Justin, Torrence, Kasey, Caleb; grandparents, Eugene (Wahnita) Diercks and Walda Kath and Margaret Dietz; paternal aunts and uncles, Barb (Pete) Bushmaker and their children, Ryan and Korie, Karen Hildebrandt and children Brandis, Noah and Walker; maternal aunts and uncles, Georgia, Verna, Alvin, Russell, Dale and Angie. He will also be missed by his special companion Samantha LaPage. He was preceded in death by one brother, Travis Patrick and one nephew, Tanner Patrick Diercks.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 19, 1998, at 1:30 p.m. from the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta. Pastor Ronald Knapp will officiate. Relatives and friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home in Sparta on Saturday, July 18, 1998, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Vernon A. Walters
ONALASKA, Wis./BARRE MILLS, Wis. - Vernon A. Walters, 91, of Onalaska, formerly of Barre Mills, died Wednesday, July 15, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse, surrounded by his beloved family. He was born Dec. 27, 1906, in Barre Mills to John and Elmira (Bruemmer) Walters. On Aug. 23, 1933, he married Allaura Fryseth in Barre Mills and they have spent nearly 65 happy years together. Vernon farmed almost all of his life in Barre Mills, where he was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church. His family was his greatest joy and treasure.
Survivors include his wife, Allaura; three sons, Richard (Patricia) of La Crosse, Reuben of Onalaska and Daniel of Holmen; two daughters, Sandra Holt of Apple Valley, Minn. and Caroline (Harlan) Hein of Onalaska; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Vernon Jr.; and a brother, George.
Funeral services will be Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. from St. John's Lutheran Church, Barre Mills. Rev. Walter Westphal will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, today from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

John Francis Keenan
ST. PAUL, Minn. - John Francis Keenan, 75, of St. Paul, formerly of La Crosse, Wis., died suddenly on Thursday, July 16, 1998.
Survived by wife, Jacqueline; brother, Joe Keenan of La Crosse; sons, Gary and David; daughters, Sandy, Linda, Diana and Denise; many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; also many nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed.
Funeral service 1 p.m. Monday at Olivet United Methodist Church, Armstrong Ave. and View St. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Kessler and Maguire Funeral Home, 640 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, Minn.

Julia S. Nieber
ONALASKA, Wis. - Julia S. Nieber, 93, of Onalaska, died at the St. Francis Nursing Home, Friday, July 17, 1998. She was born July 1, 1905, at Norwalk, Wis., to Louis and Louise (Vieth) Bell. She married Harry Nieber on May 28, 1926.
She is survived by two daughters, LaVonne (Jim) Lepsch and Gwen Whitehead, both of La Crosse; by four grandchildren, Richard Lepsch, Linda (Jerry) Johnson, Laura Lee Hollis and Clifton (Linda) Whitehead; by six great-grandchildren, Jamie and Kevin Johnson, Michelle, Michael and Matthew Whitehead and Scott Hollis; by two sisters, Dorothy Kronschnabel of Fertile, Minn. and Helen (Victor) Bauer of Milwaukee; and by three very special friends, Marilyn Jorgenson, Leona Phelps and Doris Frick. She was preceded in death by her husband; by three brothers, Irvin, Harold and Robert Bell; by a son-in-law, Jerry Whitehead; and a grandson-in-law, Steve Hollis.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Onalaska United Methodist Church. The Reverend Bruce Bartel will officiate. Entombment will be in Gardens of Peace Mausoleum at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the services. Memorials may be given to the church. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main St., Onalaska is assisting with the arrangements.

Julia Jeneva Guttormson
SPRING GROVE, Minn. - Julia Jeneva Guttormson, 85, of Spring Grove, Minn., died Friday, July 17, 1998, at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Minn. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove, Minn. and at the church on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Dorothy Balts
OSHKOSH, Wis. - Dorothy Balts, 74, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Friday, July 17, 1998, due to cancer complications. She was born April 4, 1924, to Ben J. and Mildred (Green) Anderson in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Dorothy attended school in Chippewa Falls and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and La Crosse. On June 29, 1944, she married Eugene C. Balts, a noted Wisconsin educator, who died suddenly in Rice Lake, Wis., in 1980.
Dorothy was an English teacher, realtor and free-lance writer. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Oshkosh. In her church, she was active in the choir, bible school and work camps to Montana and Mississippi. Dorothy also aided in flood relief in Missouri. Mrs. Balts was a volunteer for Hospice and an illiteracy tutor. Dorothy loved life, to sing, dance, read, sew and cook. She delighted in writing poetry, sketching and painting watercolors. Dorothy made lifelong friends wherever she went, and her family was her joy and pride. She left a legacy of faith and love.
Dorothy had five children who survive, they are: Carol (Tom) Klabunde and Ruth (Tony) Greisinger of Oshkosh, Wis., Jane (Bryce) Crawford of LeClaire, Iowa, Vicki Lynn Balts of La Crosse, Wis. and David (Joyce) Balts of Ridgewood, Miss.; two grandsons, Kurt Flack and Andrew Nichols; five granddaughters, Chelsea and Brittany Crawford, Amber Nichols, Carley Williams, Sarah (Don) Benson; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Ruth Benson; Dorothy's mother, Mildred Korn of Cadott, Wis.; a brother, Rollin (Betty) Anderson of Holcombe, Wis.; several in-laws, Lloyd (Carol) Balts, Margaret Larkowski, Len Crogg, all of Chippewa Falls area and Effie Anderson of Cudahy, Wis.; two maternal aunts, Letha Gaier and Olive (Claire) Bellinger; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father; a sister, Donna Crogg; and a brother, Robert Anderson.
Funeral services will be held 12 p.m. noon Monday, July 20, 1998, at First United Methodist Church, 700 Linwood Ave., Oshkosh, with Rev. David Warren officiating. Burial will be in Prairie View Cemetery, Chippewa Falls. Friends are invited to the Seefeld Family of Funeral Chapels, 300 N. Eagle St. on Sunday, July 19, 1998, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Monday, July 20, 1998, at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. A memorial has been established in Dorothy's memory to First United Methodist Church and/or a cancer fund of your choice.

Norma G. Robinson
TOMAH, Wis. - Norma Gladys Robinson, 80, of Tomah, died Saturday, July 18, 1998, at the Tomah Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was born June 29, 1918, the daughter of Otto and Olga (Henning) Zahrte in the Town of Grant, Monroe County, Warrens, Wis.
She graduated from Tomah High School in 1936 and teachers training in 1937. She taught school for four years in the Tomah area, worked for Barber Coleman and Burson Knitting in Rockford, Ill. On July 25, 1942, she was married to Roy Robinson in her parents home. After living in Rockford, Ill., she and her husband moved back to the Tomah area where they farmed for a few years. They later moved into town where she was employed by the Foss Bakery, Scotts Bakery and Band Box Cleaners. Norma loved gardening and preserved many fruits and vegetables. She was baptized in the St. Matthew's Church of Kirby, became of member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, which later merged with the United Methodist Church. There, she and her husband became faithful members. Norma was also a member of her Rebecca Circle and church historian.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Roy; two sons and one daughter: Burdette (Sharon) Robinson of Chippewa Falls, Larry Robinson of Tomah and Nancy (Wayne) Gillette of Tomah; five grandchildren, Stacy Robinson of Eau Claire, Alicia (Andy) Brinkmoeller of Eau Claire, Scott Robinson and Terry Robinson of Chippewa Falls, Becky (Darren) Arttus of Madison and great-grandchild, Garrett Robinson of Chippewa Falls.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Leona; two brothers, Hurley and Ruland and a grandson, Burdette Robinson Jr. She passed away July 18, 1998, at the age of 80.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 1998, at 11 a.m. from the 1st United Methodist Church in Tomah. Pastor William Jannusch will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Tomah. Relatives and friends may call at the White Funeral Home on Monday, July 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. They may also call at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Donald Walker
LA FARGE, Wis. - Donald Walker, 87, of R.1 La Farge, died Saturday, July 18, 1998, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital, Viroqua. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the La Farge United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Mount Tabor Cemetery, Mount Tabor, Wis. Friends may call at the Seland Funeral Home, La Farge today from 5 until 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 8 p.m. and they may also call at the church on Monday from noon until the time of services.

Liela J. Carlson
HOUSTON, Minn. - Liela J. Carlson, 72, of Houston, died July 19 at her home in Houston. She was born July 23, 1925, in Houston to Orvin and Martha (Elias) Benson. On May 19, 1947, she married Allen Carlson in Houston. Liela worked at Belle's Cafe in Houston for three and a half years, and retired in 1993 from Lucas Body Systems in Rushford after 23 1/2 years. She was a member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston and served on various church and community organizations, including volunteering at Valley View Nursing Home and the Houston American Legion Auxiliary. Liela enjoyed Norwegian Baking and crocheting.
She is survived by four daughters, Marsha (David) Benson, Houston; Norma (Dean) Rentmeester, Lockbourne, Ohio, Rebecca (Mike) Waara, Tucson, Ariz., and Barbara (Charlie) Vix, Houston; two sons, Jeffrey (Chris) Carlson, Rochester, Minn., and Randy (Pat) Carlson, Hokah, Minn; 16 grandchildren; seven step grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; 17 step great-grandchildren; three sisters, Eva Albee, Caledonia, Minn., Florence (Dick) Johnson, Preston, and Dorothy (Ron) Greseth, Rochester, Minn.; and one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law, Donald (Jean) Carlson, Houston; and Emma Olson, Houston; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one brother, Ralph Benson.
The memorial service will be at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, with the Revs. Mark M. Rydberg and Lane Zaffke co-officiating. Burial will be at Stone Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Hoff Funeral Homes-Houston Chapel.

Myrle Ryder Bequette
HOLMEN, Wis. - Myrle Ryder Bequette, 88, of Holmen, died on Saturday, July 18, 1998, at the Onalaska Nursing Home. She was born in Trempealeau County on Dec. 11, 1909, to William H. and Amy G. (James) Ryder. She married Paul F. Bequette on April 9, 1946, in Leland, Miss. He preceded her in death in 1966. Myrle had worked as an executive-secretary for McDonald-Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis, Mo., from 1937 to 1945. She then worked as a secretary for the County of La Crosse Guidance Clinic until her retirement in 1973. Myrle was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church where she was also a member of the Elizabeth-Kinley Circle and was a Sunday School teacher. She also served as a cub scout leader.
She is survived by a son Paul (Cheryl) Bequette of Holmen; three grandchildren, Renee M. (Ron) Lund of Havelock, N.C., Rochelle L. Bequette of La Crosse, and Ryan P. Bequette of Holmen; two sisters, Doris McCracken of Onalaska and Phyllis (Harold) Schuman of Galesville, Wis., and one brother, Earl ``Bob'' (Orrie) Ryder of Trempealeau. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harold.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 22, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with Rev. Wesley White officiating. Burial will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Trempealeau Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of Onalaska on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, St. Luke's United Methodist Church or the donor's choice.
``I will life up my eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help.''

Robert J. Haase
MAUSTON, Wis. - Robert J. Haase, 51, of Mauston, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 1998, at Hess Memorial Hospital.
He was born on June 6, 1947, in Berlin, Wis., the son of Arnold and Elaine (Kantorowicz) Haase.
He was united in marriage to Marilyn Gilbert on June 18, 1984, in Mauston.
He was a retired deputy sheriff for the Juneau County Sheriff's Department.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn; three children, Christopher Haase of Madison, Deborah Haase of Reedsburg, Jennifer Haase of Reedsburg; three step-children, James Heineman of Mauston, Wendy Heineman of Sheridan, Wyo., Angela Heineman of Billings, Mont.; three grandchildren, Dillon, Haley and Natasha; his parents, Arnold and Elaine Haase of Mauston; his mother-in-law, Mildred Gilbert of Mauston; a brother, Ken (Claudette) Haase of Hillsboro; two sisters, Mary (Duane) Bloor of Hillsboro, Shirley (Michael) Yeager of Onalaska; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 1998, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Mauston, with Rev. Glenn Borreson officiating. Burial will be at the Mauston Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, July 20, 1998, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Crandall Funeral Home, Mauston.

Zorah ``Dolly'' Violet Jackson
ST PAUL, Minn. - Zorah ``Dolly'' Violet Jackson, 76, of St. Paul, Minn., and formerly of La Crosse, died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, at St. Joseph Hospital, St. Paul.
She was born Dec. 15, 1921, in Glouster, Iowa, to Scott and Elma (Fish) Schilling. She worked for NSP in St. Paul for 25 years and retired in 1984. She then went on to cook for the priest at her church and volunteered for several organizations.
She is survived by two daughters, Jane (Dale) Biever and Rosealie (Jack) Williams, both of La Crosse; a stepson, Arnie (Betty) Abraham of Bloomington, Minn.; five grandchildren, Pam Osley of Cottage Grove, Minn., Teresa Puge of Milwaukee, Kitty Williams and Alan Williams, both of La Crosse, and George (Chris) Williams of West Salem; 13 great-grandchildren; and two step grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She will be sadly missed by her special friend, James Puype.
She is preceded in death by three brothers, one sister and one son.
A Mass will be held at St. Bernart in St. Paul, Minn., at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, 1998.
Friends may call (612) 645-1233 for additional information.

Pamela K. Welter
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - Pamela K. Welter, 50, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Gabriel's Catholic Church with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the Garrity Funeral Home, Prairie du Chien, where there will be a rosary at 4:15 p.m. and a wake scripture at 7:30 p.m.

Richard ``Rick'' Haas
TOMAH, Wis. - Richard ``Rick'' Haas, 37, passed away suddenly, Tuesday, July 22, 1998, at his home in rural Tomah.
Funeral services will be at noon Friday in the Ninneman-Steele Funeral Home, Tomah. Burial will follow at the Wyeville Cemetery, Wyeville, Wis.
Friends and relatives may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and also one hour prior to services Friday, both in the funeral home.

Lyman A. Stutlien
BLAIR, Wis. - Lyman A. Stutlien, 55, of rural Blair, died Wednesday, July 22, 1998, at the Luther Hospital, Eau Claire.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Jack Funeral Home, Blair. Burial will be in the Fagernes Lutheran Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Gina Nohre
HOUSTON, Minn. - Gina Nohre, 96, of Valley View Nursing Home, died Monday, July 20, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born May 12, 1902, in Twin Ridge, Houston County, Minn.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Houston. Burial will be in the Stone Church Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hoff Funeral Homes - Houston Chapel; and one hour prior to services Friday in the church.
Memorials are suggested to Cross of Christ Lutheran Church or donor's choice.

Scot A McGrath
Scot A. McGrath, 32, of La Crosse, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 1998.
Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Saturday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
A complete obituary will be announced later by the Blaschke Funeral Home.

Matthias A. ``Matt'' Heimerman
Matthias A. ``Matt'' Heimerman, 80, of La Crosse, died at Bethany St. Joseph Nursing Home on Tuesday, July 21, 1998, after a long illness.
He was born Nov. 4, 1917, at Haverhill, Iowa, to Anton and Magdelan (Ginstaerblum) Heimerman. He married Jean Marie Philibert on Aug. 22, 1950, at DeWitt, Iowa.
Matt served as Captain with the U.S. Army during WWII, from 1942 to 1947, commanding a half track unit under General George Patton. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor for his actions during the Battle of the Bulge.
He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1949 and fro the Wisconsin School of Banking in 1969. Matt was a founder of the Coulee State Bank in 1961, serving as Executive Vice President and then as President and member of the Board of Directors until his retirement at which time he was elected Director Emeritus.
Matt was very active in local, state and national banking activities. He started, and served, as director of two banking schools while involved in the management of the Coulee State Bank. He served as Director of the Wisconsin Basic Banking School, was the President of Group VIII of the Wisconsin Bankers Association, was a member of the Wisconsin and American Bankers Association and served on the Council of the Wisconsin Bankers Association for three years.
Matt was active in civic and community affairs, having served on the Board of Directors of the Gateway Area Council B.S.A. and the Riverland Council, G.S.A. He served as Co-Chair for the first Girl Scout Building Campaign and was a member of the finance committee for 15 years. He served as Chairman for the Community Chest Campaign, was a member of SCORE, the Southside Business Association, past member of the Board of Directors of the Greater La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, served on the board of the Wisconsin Heart Association and was an adviser to Delta Sigma Chi for ten years.
``Matt has a deep commitment to, and has been profoundly nourished by his Catholic faith for his entire life.''
Matt was active in Blessed Sacrament Parish where he was a member of the Men's Club, served as Eucharistic Minister, lector and usher. He was a life member of Council 839 and Bishop Schwabach Assembly, 4th Degree, Knights of Columbus.
He had been a member of the La Crosse Country Club for 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; by four daughters, Jan Ellen (Wayne) Eudy of Cornwall on the Hudson, N.Y., Victoria (Dan) Steinhoff of La Crosse, Mary Sue Weber of Madison and Patricia (Ronald) Gleason of Morris Springs, N.J.; by two sons, James (Mary) Heimerman of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jeffrey (Linda) Heimerman of Cleveland, Ohio; by three sisters, Mary (Leness) LaLiberte of Fargo, N.D., Rita (Walter) Alley of Libertyville, Ill., and Ruth (Byron) Spear of Albert Lea, Minn.; by three brothers, Wilber (Marge) Heimerman of Sioux Falls, S.D., the Reverend Francis Heimerman of Nashua, Iowa, and Quentin (Sally) Heimerman of Stillwater, Minn.; and by 12 grandchildren.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The Reverend Bernard McGarty will officiate. Entombment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum at the Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until departure for the church. A rosary will be recited on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Aquinas Foundation, Franciscan Skemp Foundation, Gundersen Medical Foundation or to the Blessed Sacrament Endowment Trust.

Jason J. Smikrud
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Jason J. Smikrud, 18, of Black River Falls, died Wednesday, July 22, 1998, in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident which happened on Monday, July 20.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Black River Falls United Methodist Church and burial will be in the Upper Beaver Creek Lutheran Cemetery, rural Taylor.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls; and one hour prior to services Saturday in the church.

Leona M. Wruck
NORWALK, Wis. - Leona M. Wruck, 92, of Norwalk, died Wednesday, July 22, at Rolling Hills Nursing Home, Sparta.
She is survived by her two daughters, Belva Zimmerman, Wilton; Beverly (Jerome) McGarvey, Verona; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edith Sullivan, Sparta; Lillian Radtke, Janesville.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Immanuel United Methodist Church of Norwalk with Rev. Jennie Schroeder officiating. Burial will be in the Wanderers Rest Cemetery, Norwalk. Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Norwalk, today from 5-7 p.m.

Frances Malli
WAUKON, Iowa - Frances Malli, 82, of Waukon, Iowa, born Jan. 31, 1916, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 1998, at Northgate Manor Care Center, Waukon, Iowa, after a lingering illness. Funeral services 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Waukon. Burial in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hanson's Funeral Home, Waukon. There will be a 4 p.m. scripture service and 7 p.m. rosary Sunday.

Helen E. Howard
Helen E. Howard, 91, of La Crosse, died Wednesday, July 22, 1998, at the La Crescent Healthcare Center. She was born in La Crosse on Aug. 13, 1906, to Earl and Minnie (Turner) Scholl. She married Willard H. Howard in Winona, Minn., on Nov. 19, 1923. He preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 1984.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Joyce Atchison of Rossville, Ill., by her son, Richard E. Howard of Shoreview, Minn., by a daughter-in-law, Beverly A. Howard of Arden Hills, Minn., by six grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home, 605 West Ave. South. The Reverend Michael Frandsen of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 5-7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church.
Our family extends a very special ``thank you'' to the La Crescent Healthcare Center for the tender loving care they shared with our mother and grandmother during her four year residency.

Hellmuth O. Theiss
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Hellmuth O. Theiss, 82, of Clearwater, Fla., died Thursday, July 16, 1998, at home under care of Hospice. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and came to Florida in 1973 from Holmen, Wis., where he made cabinets and owned and operated a cabinet shop. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was an officer in the European Theater. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marjorie; a son, Douglas, Lakewood, Wash.; a daughter, Barbara Carson, Canton, Ga.; a sister, Anna Carsone, Brookfield, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Memorials can be sent to: The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 300 East Bay Drive, Largo, Fla., 33770-3770.


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