|Wallace A. Paulson
ARCADIA, Wis. - Wallace A. Paulson, 74, died Friday, July 24, 1998
in Tomah Care Center, Tomah, Wis. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday
in the Fagernes Lutheran Church. Burial, with military rites, will be in
the church cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services Wednesday
in the church. Wozney Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Harriet G. Guepfer
Harriet G. Guepfer, 68, of La Crosse, died on Friday, July 24, 1998
at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.
She was born on Oct. 18, 1929 in La Crosse to Ellett and Harriet G.
(Dilks) Howard. She married Joseph Guepfer on June 16, 1950 in La Crosse.
Although having divorced at a later date, they have remained good friends.
Harriet had worked at the La Crosse Trane Co. for 42 years and retired
in 1988. She was a member of the Trane 25 Year Club and the La Crosse Traffic
She is survived by three daughters, Carol (Larry) Howe and Gail Guepfer,
both of Onalaska and Nancy Guepfer and her fiancee, Dave Case, of Solon,
Ohio; two sons, Howard (Nancy) of La Crosse and David (Donna) of Onalaska;
five grandchildren, David, Ryan, Kyle, Kayla and Makenna; two step-grandchildren,
Mike and Mandy; two sisters, Irene (Joseph) Brown of La Crosse and Mary
Howard; a brother, William (Marlene) Howard of La Crosse; and a special
friend, Roland ``Rollie'' Beranek of La Crosse.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 1998
at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. The Rev. William J. Reese
will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 12:30
p.m. until the time of service.
Robert R. Janikowski
DAKOTA, Minn. - Robert R. Janikowski, 58, of Dakota, Minn. died on
Friday, July 24, 1998, at his home.
He was born on Oct. 30, 1939, in Winona, Minn. to David and Marie (Armitage)
Janikowski. He married Bonnie Lynn Beach in August of 1968 in La Crosse.
Bob served with the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1963 and was a member of Gittens-Leidel
American Legion Post 595 in La Crescent. He had worked at Allied Signal
Laminated Systems of La Crosse for over 30 years. Bob was an avid baseball
fan and had managed and played for the Dakota Baseball Team.
He is survived by his former wife, Bonnie of Dakota; a daughter, Holly
Jane Janikowski of St. Paul, Minn.; a son, Paul Robert and his fiancee,
Michelle Marie Mauss of La Crosse; a twin sister, Betty (Arnold) Olson
of La Crescent; and a brother, Glen (Fran) Janikowski of Dakota. He was
preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Irene Manley.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 1998 at
the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent. The Rev. Mark A. Anderson
will officiate. Burial, with military honors by American Legion Post 595,
will be in the Oakland Cemetery, Dresbach, Minn. Friends may call at the
funeral home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 12 noon
until the time of service.
Gene J. Taylor
TUNNEL CITY, Wis. - Gene J. Taylor, 75, of Tunnel City, died Friday,
July 24, 1998 at home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Tomah. Burial will be in
the Memorial Garden, Oak Grove Cemetery, in Tomah, with military honors
by Tomah American Legoin Post #201. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday
at the Sonnenburg Funeral Home, Tomah; and one hour prior to services Monday
in the church. Family request memorials be given to Tomah Hospice Touch
in his memory.
Roman G. Hartman
CADOTT/LA CROSSE, Wis. - Roman G. Hartman, 86, of Bethany St. Joseph's
Care Center in La Crosse, and formerly of the Cadott area, passed away
on Friday, July 24, 1998 at the center.
Roman was born Oct. 12, 1911 on the family farm in Tilden, the son
of Godfrey and Theresa (Bohacek) Hartman. He attended St. Peter's School
in Tilden and graduated from McDonnel High School in 1928. In 1945, Roman
and Rita Rada were married in Batavia, New York. He lived and worked on
the family farm in Tilden with Rita and his sister, Marceline Hartman,
until 1975 when he and Rita moved to his own farm in the Cobban area until
As a young man, Roman was very active in 4-H. He was a member of the
Catholic Order of Foresters of St. Peter's Church in Tilden and Sacred
Heart Church in Jim Falls. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his best
friend and brother-in-law, Dick Koshoshek.
Roman is survived by his wife, Rita; one daughter, Sandra (Rod) Van
Tol of La Crosse; one sister, Marceline Hartman of Chippewa Falls; one
granddaughter, Tracy (Dean) Smith; and three great-grandchildren, Katie,
Robin and James Smith, all of La Crosse; one nephew, Ron (Karen) Koshoshek
of Cornell Lake; and one niece, Judy (Fred) Fey of Minnesota.
Roman was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Elaine Koshoshek,
and one grandson, Curtis Van Tol.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 1998
at St. Peter's Church, in Tilden. Reverend William Felix wil be celebrant
of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, town of
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 1998 and until
12:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls. There
will be a Christian Vigil Service at 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Charles R. Holmes
TOMAH, Wis. - Charles R. Holmes, 85, of Tomah, died Friday, July 24,
1998, at the Tomah Health Care Center. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m.
Tuesday in the Tomah Baptist Church, Tomah. Burial will be with military
honors by Tomah American Legion Post #201 in the Warren-Mills Cemetery
at Warrens, Wis. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 11 a.m.
until the time of services Tuesday at the church. The Sonnenburg Family
Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Margie C. Pettera
WILTON, Wis. - Margie C. Pettera, 74, of Wilton, died Friday, July
24, 1998 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. Funeral mass
will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Wilton.
Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery, Wilton. Friends may call from
4 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Smith-Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton; and one hour
prior to services Tuesday at the church.
Deborah M. Williams
SPARTA, Wis. - Deborah M. Williams, 40, of Sparta, died Saturday, July
25, 1998 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. Funeral services
will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Gospel Baptist Church, Sparta. Burial
will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sparta. Friends may call from 1:30 p.m.
until services Tuesday in the church. The Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta,
is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Barbara J. West
Barbara J. West, 65, of La Crosse, died Saturday, July 25, 1998 at
Bethany St. Joseph Health Care Center.
She was born in La Crosse on June 4, 1933 to Lawrence and Verna (Spears)
Topel. She was a cook and waitress before her retirement.
She is survived by her mother, Verna Topel of La Crosse; two sisters,
Violet (John) Rediske of La Crosse, Marilyn (William) Hollis of La Crosse;
six brothers, Harold (Darlyene) of Stoddard, Kenneth (Mary) of Bangor,
Maine, Phillip (Rita) of Lewiston, Maine, Fredrick (Pat) of Midwest City,
Okla.; Robert (Lynn) of Blea Raton, Fla., Alan (Dawn) of Onalaska; several
nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Lawrence, who
died April 18, 1984, husband, Henry Bud West, and one sister, Rita Kaiser.
A private family funeral service will be held Monday at the Woodruff
Family Funeral Home. The Rev. Duane Kamrath of St. Paul's Lutheran Church
will officiate and burial will be in the Middle Coon Valley Cemetery. There
will be no visitation. Dave Woodruff is assisting the family with arrangements.
Rita L. McCabe Branham
MABEL, Minn. - Rita L. McCabe Branham, 60, of rural Mabel, Minn. died
Friday, July 24, 1998 at the St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. following
a brief illness. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the St.
Agnes Catholic Church, Plymouth Rock, Iowa. Burial will be in the church
cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Mengis Funeral
Home, Mabel; and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.
Donna S. Forde
VIROQUA, Wis./RICHFIELD, Minn. - Donna S. Forde, age 65, of Richfield,
Minn., wife of the former Rev. Kermit Forde of Viroqua, died Friday, July
24, 1998 in St. Paul, Minn.
She was born Jan. 18, 1933 in Helena, Mont. to William and Clara (Minde)
Coleman. As a child she lived in Montana and Idaho. She married Kermit
Forde on June 29, 1952. Together they served churches in Montana, Idaho,
Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. After Kermit's retirement they moved
to Minnesota. Donna graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S.
in Human Services and worked in the health industry for a number of years.
She also volunteered many hours of her time to the American Red Cross and
local schools as a tutor.
Donna was preceded in death by her loving husband, Rev. Kermit; a daughter,
Ingrid Rokke; and her parents.
She is survived by two daughters, Jennifer (Keith) Olson of McLaughlin,
S.D., and Valerie (James) Kaskie of Mesa, Ariz.; former son-in-law, Jerome
(Jean) Rokke of Minneapolis; her step-mother, Clara Coleman of Sister Bay,
Wis.; granddaughters, Jessica, Candice, Kirsten, Kari, Kimberly and Stephanie;
special grandsons, David and Jimmy; two sisters-in-law, Gladys (Leslie)
Nash, Luther (Ilene) Forde of Plymouth, Minn.; one aunt, Zella Ramlo of
Kalispell, Mont.; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 1998 at 11 a.m.
in Southwest Prairie Lutheran Church. The Rev. Helen Johnson will officiate
with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday
after 10 a.m. Larson Funeral Home of Viroqua is assisting the family. Memorials
may be given to Southwest Prairie Lutheran Church or the American Cancer
Mabel E. Randall
SPARTA, Wis. - Mabel E. Randall, 91, of 310 W. Main St., Sparta,
died Sunday, July 26, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Nursing Home,
She was born on April 30, 1907, in Leon, Wis., to Christ and Carrie
(Oleson) Olson. She grew up on Fish Creek Ridge and married Jean O. Randall
on Sept. 17, 1926. After marriage, they lived in Sparta all of their married
lives. Jean passed away on Sept. 11, 1981. She became a resident of Franciscan
Skemp Healthcare Nursing Home in January of 1996.
She is survived by three daughters, Patricia (Ruland) Heser, Donna
(Warren) Kastberg, Carol (Roger) Thorsen, all of Sparta; two sons, Carlyle
(Marie) Randall of Sparta, Gerald (Beverly) Randall of Glastonbury, Conn.;
six grandsons, Greg Heser, Richy Thorsen, Scott Randall, Bruce Randall,
Jeff Randall, Mark Randall; eight granddaughters, Sherry Heser, Shelley
Nichols, Lori Ferries, Tracy Buccelli, Julie Hogan, Hollie Peth, Susan
Harbert, Robin Purcell, and 26 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran
Church, Sparta, with Rev. Cindy Arndt officiating. Burial will be in the
Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.
Friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta, on Tuesday,
from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until
the time of services.
Memorials may be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund.
Betty M. Mills
VIROQUA, Wis. - Betty M. Mills, 69, of Rt. 1, Viroqua, died Saturday,
July 25, 1998, at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. She was born Sept.
8, 1928, in Clayton Township, Crawford County, to Hans and Mary (Natwick)
Hoffland. She was united in marriage to Charles Mills on Dec. 3, 1947,
in Winona, Minn. They lived in the city of Viroqua for a short time before
starting a farm at rural Viroqua. In 1962, they moved to their present
farm on Nottingham Ridge. They belonged to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
in Viroqua where Betty was a member of the Priscilla Circle.
She is survived by her husband, Charles of Viroqua; one daughter, Cathryn
Mills of Long Beach, Calif.; three sons, David (Janet) Mills of DeForest,
Jeffrey (Brenda) Mills of Viroqua, and Christopher (RoxiAnne) Mills of
Mauston; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Freda
(Richard) Gorman of Viroqua, and Doris Iannitelli of Greenville, R.I.;
four brothers, Marcus (Muriel) Hoffland of Mesa, Ariz.; Howard (Merle)
Hoffland of Soldiers Grove, Robert Hoffland of Madison, and Donald Hoffland
of Mesa, Ariz.
Betty was preceded in death by one son, Daniel; her parents, two brothers,
George and Robert Hoffland; and two sisters, Grace Gorman and Ruth Oliver.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 1998, at 11 a.m.
in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Viroqua. The Rev. Stephanie Steiner will
officiate with burial in Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call at the Larson
Funeral Home in Viroqua on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and also at the church
on Wednesday after 10 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Vernon Memorial
Hospital Hospice Program.
Gary Allen Rogness
Gary Allen Rogness, 54, of La Crosse, died on Saturday, July 25, 1998,
at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born on Feb.
26, 1944, in Black River Falls, Wis., the only child of Gaylord and Verna
(Brown) Rogness. Gary was united in marriage to Janice Udulutch on Sept.
4, 1971, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in La Crosse. They made their home
in the Viroqua, Wis., area for the first 10 years of their marriage and
Gary was a sales representative for Nabisco Inc. In 1981, they moved to
La Crosse and he established Gary Rogness Inc. At the time of his death,
he was also employed by Kent Investments of Seattle, Wash., as a regional
Gary had an entrepreneurial spirit and was involved in many endeavors
throughout his life. He was an avid reader and had a great sense of humor.
Gary enjoyed classical music and simple things, like exploring the rustic
backroads of Vernon County. He was a loving husband and will always be
In addition to his wife, Janice, he is survived by four sisters-in-law,
Ruth Senn, Carol Udulutch, Ellen (Brad) Filzen and Mary (Gerald) Guentner,
all of La Crosse; two brothers-in-law, Charles (Eleanor) Udulutch of Oshkosh,
Wis., and William (Suzanne) Udulutch of Onalaska, Wis.; his godson, Jaren
Knutson of La Crosse; several aunts and uncles; a large number of nieces
and nephews and many lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his
parents and his step-father, Lloyd LaMere.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 1998,
at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse. Burial will be in the Oak
Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of
La Crosse on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from
10:30 a.m. until the time of service.
``Goodnight my sweet Gary. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.''
Mary Kay Wuensch
ONALASKA, Wis. - Mary Kay Wuensch, 53, of Onalaska, died Thursday,
July 30, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Center, La Crosse. Funeral
arrangements will be announced by Fossum Funeral Home, Onalaska.
Mrs. Anne E. Burr
MADISON, Wis. - Mrs. Anne E. Burr, formerly, Anne E. Peppard, 82, died
on Thursday morning, July 30, 1998, at Hebron-Oakwood Lutheran Home, Madison,
Wis. She was born on April 8, 1916, in Solen, N.D.; the fourth of five
children born to Frank and Genoveve Wetsch.
She grew up in the loving companionship of her family that included
deceased brothers: Art Wetsch of Washington; Julius Wetsch of Onalaska,
Wis. and Lucas Wetsch of South Dakota.
She is survived by her younger sister, Emma Sauer of La Crosse, Wis.
and by her three children, Terry Peppard of Madison, Wis.; Foster Peppard
of Appleton, Wis. and Georgia Alcorn of Loveland, Colo. She is also survived
by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Anne attended college in Mount Angel, Ore. She was a fine horsewoman,
who transported her students to the one-room schoolhouse in which she taught
in North Dakota. She was a beauty shop owner/operator for a brief period
of time. She attended nursing school in North Dakota and worked at the
state hospital in Jamestown and later at the old Grandview Hospital in
La Crosse. She was in charge of tools at an installation for repair of
aircraft in Ohio during WWII. She was married to Leon F. (Pep) Peppard
for 27 years. Together, they owned and operated two different businesses
in La Crosse and Onalaska. During this same period of time, Anne was in
charge of the lunch programs for St. James School, then St. James and St.
John's and then, St. Michaels, for a total of 25 years.
After her first husband died, she remained in Onalaska. During this
time she completed an AD in Food Service Management from the then WWTI.
She also met and married Edwin (Sarge) Burr. They continued to reside in
Onalaska until his death. Shortly thereafter she moved to Madison, Wis.,
to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Memorial Mass will take place at St. Patricks Church, Main St., Onalaska,
Wis., on Aug. 7, 1998, at 11 a.m.; Father Bill Matzek officiating. Interment
will follow the Mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Arleen H. Roiland
Arleen H. Roiland, 74, of La Crosse, passed away Thursday, July 30,
1998. Funeral services scheduled for Tuesday will be announced later by
the Blaschke Funeral Home.
Noel L. Gander
BOSCOBEL/GAYS MILLS, Wis. - Noel L. Gander, 90, of Boscobel and formerly
of Gays Mills, died Thursday, July 30, 1998, at the Memorial Nursing Home,
Boscobel. He was born May 28, 1908. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday
at the Dommersnaes-Bertram Family Funeral Home, Gays Mills. Burial will
follow in the North Clayton Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home
on Saturday from noon until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be given to the family to be used as the family wishes.
Edward E. Bouzek
WAUZEKA, Wis. - Edward E. Bouzek, 90, of Wauzeka, Wis., died Thursday,
July 30, 1998, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. Funeral services
will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church and burial
in the Evergreen Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Friends may call
today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien,
where there will be a wake scripture at 8 p.m.
Marcella L. Dammon Hurley
Marcella L. Dammon Hurley, 90, La Crosse, died on Thursday, July 30,
1998, at the Hillview Health Care Center. Funeral services are tentatively
arranged for Monday and will be announced by the Schumacher-Kish Funeral
Home of La Crosse.
Thomas Selck Sullivan
ARCADIA, Wis. - Thomas Selck Sullivan, 85, of Eau Claire, Wis., was
born into heaven on Wednesday, July 29, 1998. He was born Sept. 13, 1912.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Killian Funeral Home
in Arcadia, Wis. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Killian
Funeral Home. The family requests memorials to the Dialysis Unit at Luther
Hospital, Eau Claire.
Lucille C. Knutson
Lucille C. Knutson, 84, a resident of the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare
Nursing Home in La Crosse, died at the nursing home on Thursday, July 30,
She was born in La Crescent, Minn., on Feb. 19, 1914, to John and Delia
(Post) Oldenburg. She married Laurence A. Knutson on Aug. 18, 1933, in
La Crosse. He preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1989.
Lucille graduated from Aquinas High School in 1932. She had worked
at Gamble's Department Store in La Crosse from 1948 until her retirement
Lucille is survived by her five children and their families; Shirlee
(William G.) Schams and their children, Steve (Chris) Schams, Charles Schams,
Sherry (Tim) Wuebben, William L. (Heidi) Schams, Lori Marx (Rodney) and
Larry Schams, all of La Crosse; Jo Anne (Jerry) Jewett of Nesbit, Miss.,
and their children, Julie (Bill) Brown of Houston, Tex. and Jeff Jewett
and Jene (Jack) Rogers, both of Nesbit, Miss.; La Verne (Al) Thelen of
Eagan, Minn. and their son, Mike Thelen of Eagan; Dorene (Glen) Boland
of Meridian, Idaho, and their children, Mick (Sharon) Boland of Boise,
Idaho, Caren (Jerry) Massari of Seattle, Wash., and Dan Boland of Boise;
and Eugene L. (Rose) Knutson of Davenport, Iowa, and their children, Jamie
Forsee and her fiancee Tom Doman of Charlotte, N.C., Christina (Vincent)
Jewell of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Dan (Maggie) McMahon and Andrew (Melissa)
McMahon, both of Rock Island, Ill.; 23 great-grandchildren; seven sisters
and brothers, Kathryn Mach, Odelia Trocinski, and Art (Jean) Oldenburg,
all of La Crescent, Jean (Bud) Wetchen of Willow River, Minn., Virginia
(Bill) Huerkamp of Houston, Minn., Zita (James) Huerkamp of Dresbach, Minn.,
and James (Rose) Oldenburg of La Crosse; many nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law,
Bernice Sjoblum of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a brother-in-law, Joe Hodge
of La Crescent. In addition to her husband, Lucille was preceded in death
by three sisters, Ethel Abnet, Rose Lathrop and Elaine Hodge; and one brother,
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m.,
from St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph J. Rafacz will officiate.
Burial will be in Crucifixion Cemetery in La Crescent. Friends may call
at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Friday, from 6-8 p.m.,
where a rosary will be recited at 7:45 p.m., and at the church on Saturday
from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be given to the
Aquinas Schools Foundation.
She wasn't just our Mother, she was our dearest friend, To share her
words of caring, on that we could depend. A smile. A hug. A tender kiss.
Devotion without end. Good Mother, we will miss you, you were our dearest
friend. She went to God in Heaven, her spirit did ascend, Right up there
with the angels, our dad, her folks, old friends. She left behind her legacy
of loving to the end. Good Mother, we will miss you, you were our dearest
friend. Rest in Peace.
Evelyn L. Handrich
Evelyn L. Handrich, 89, of La Crosse, formerly of Milwaukee, Wis.,
died Thursday, July 30, 1998, at Hillview Health Care Center, La Crosse.
Funeral services will be announced by Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem.
Harold Delmar Coleman
LA FARGE, Wis. - Harold Delmar Coleman, 80, of La Farge, died Wednesday,
July 29, 1998, at his home after a long illness.
He was born May 2, 1918, to John and Esther (Tuhus) Coleman in a log
house on Weister Creek, Vernon County. He attended Weister Creek grade
school and graduated from La Farge High School in 1936. He was married
to Lorraine Jensen on June 7, 1941. She preceded him in death on May 21,
1989. He was a member of the La Farge United Methodist Church, a charter
member of the Jones-Lawrence V.F.W. Post 9075, and a member of the Masonic
After graduating from high school, he was employed by the National
Forests as a member of the U.S. Civilian Conservation Corps from 1936 to
1939. He entered the U.S. Air Force in July 1943. His Theater of Operations
was Asiatic-Pacific. He went to Greenland after the war to help build air
bases at Thule and in South Greenland in 1951, 1953 and 1954. He was employed
by the Arthur Overgaard Company of La Crosse for seven years.
In 1962, Harold and Lorraine purchased a farm and started his life-long
passion of breeding and raising horses for 17 years. He eventually raised
only registered Morgan horses and was known nationally by horse lovers
under his registered American Morgan Horse trademark, ``Kickapoo.'' One
of his horses, ``Kickapoo Dandy'' was in President Jimmy Carter's inauguration
parade. Another of his horses, ``Kickapoo Cracker Jack'' became a Grand
National Western Champion at the National Show in Oklahoma City, Okl. He
retired from raising his beloved Morgans in 1979. His last horse was purchased
by actress Jessica Lange.
He is survived by a loving companion, Margie Dennison of Genoa, Wis.;
two daughters, Julie Hanna of Phoenix, Ariz., and Candice (Joseph) Bucheger
of Onalaska; two sons, Thomas (Krista) Coleman of Viroqua and John Coleman
of San Diego, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Dawn (Richard) Roe, Debra Hanna,
Tara and Daryn Bucheger, Kyle, Chad and Quin Coleman; two great-grandsons,
Austin and Tanner Roe; three sisters, Ruth Muller and Doris (Duane) Muller,
both of La Farge, and Pat Kennedy of La Crosse; a sister-in-law, Carmen
Coleman of Troy, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ralph Coleman;
and two brothers-in-law, Jimmy Muller and Ronald Kennedy.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the La Farge United
Methodist Church. Pastor Julio Alvarado will officiate. Burial will be
in the Star Cemetery, with military rites by the Jones-Lawrence V.F.W.
Post No. 9075.
Friends may call at the Seland Funeral Home, La Farge, from 6 until
9 p.m. today, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. followed by a prayer service.
Friends may also call at the church on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time
Those who die never truly leave us, but live on in the memory of those
who loved them.
Blessed be the memory of Harold D. Coleman.
Thomas Dale Gallagher
WAUKON, Iowa - Thomas D. Gallagher, 73, of Waukon, Iowa, died of a
lengthy illness, Thursday, July 30, 1998, at the Good Samaritan Center
in Waukon, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at St.
Patrick's Catholic Church in Waukon. Burial will be at St. Mary's Hanover
Cemetery in rural Waukon. Friends may call Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Martin
Funeral Home in Waukon where there will be a scripture service at 4 p.m.
Marcella L. Dammon Hurley
- Marcella L. Dammon Hurley, 90, of 825 South 19th St., died on Thursday,
July 30, 1998, at the Hillview Health Care Center.
She was born in Lansing, Iowa, on Jan. 27, 1908, to Frank and Johanna
(Haas) Troendle. She married Lawrence J. Dammon on Sept. 25, 1925, in La
Crosse. He preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1962. She then married Joseph
D. Hurley on Jan. 10, 1970, in La Crosse. He preceded her in death on Jan.
30, 1993. Marcella worked at the Hillview Nursing Home and the La Crosse
Hospital for 20 years before retiring in 1969.
She is survived by four daughters, Gladys M. Neff of Mesquite, Tex.,
Leonette K. Hether of Onalaska, Jean A. Privett and Patricia D. Haas, both
of La Crosse; ten grandchildren, Victoria J. Thompson, Dianna D. (Jack)
Kerr and Carolyn K. (Harold) Flanery, all living in Texas, Mary K. (John)
Thomas and Lawrence J. Hether, both of Onalaska and Denise A. (Kurt) Bendel,
Thomas M. Haas, Valerie M. (Paul) Martell, Jacqueline K. Haas and Alessia
J. Haas, all of La Crosse; eighteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husbands, Marcella was
preceded in death by one son, Richard L. Dammon; two sisters; and three
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m.
from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Rev. Bernard J. McGarty will officiate.
Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish
Funeral Home of La Crosse on Sunday from 4-6 p.m., where a rosary will
be recited at 5:30 p.m., and again on Monday from noon until departing
Maxine M. Peterson
STODDARD, Wis. - Maxine M. Peterson of Stoddard, died Thursday, July
30, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. She was born in
Viroqua to Thomas and Addie (Huntington) Tollackson. She graduated from
Viroqua High School and spent most of her earlier years in Newton Valley,
farming with her father and uncle Theodore. She married Clinton Peterson
in 1963. The couple lived their married life in the Chaseburg and Stoddard
area. Maxine greatly enjoyed sewing and cooking for her grandchildren.
She also enjoyed wildlife and pets, especially her cats and birds and collecting
Survivors include her husband, Clinton; five grandchildren, Theodore
(Debra) and Tabatha Kruezer of La Crosse, Terry (Jackie), Tommy and Teejay
Kruezer and one great-granddaughter, Kassidy, all of Chaseburg; two brothers,
Austin (Bernice) Tollackson of Westby and Bryce (Beatrice) Tollackson of
Viroqua; one daughter-in-law, Linda Kreuzer and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Thomas Kruezer;
and her favorite uncle Theodore Tollackson.
Private family services will be held at the Seland Funeral Chapel in
Coon Valley on Monday, Aug. 3, 1998. It was her request that no memorials
Maxine is now peacefully at rest with her son. She will be missed greatly.
Blessed by her memory.
Evelyn L. Handrich
Evelyn L. Handrich, 89, of La Crosse, formerly of Milwaukee, died Thursday,
July 30, 1998, at Hillview Health Care Center, La Crosse.
She was born June 30, 1909, in Houghton, Mich., to August and Bertha
(Otto) Ballmann. Evelyn was a 1927 graduate of Milwaukee Lutheran High
School. On Nov. 29, 1934, she married Carl M. Handrich in Milwaukee and
he preceded her in death in 1968. Evelyn was a charter member of Christ
Memorial Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara (Jim) Hemker of La Crosse; a
son, Warren (Cathie) Handrich of Mayville, Wis.; seven grandchildren, David
(Pamela) Hemker of Fremont, Calif., Susan (James) Schwiebert of Eau Claire,
Wis., Dawn (Mark) Challoner of Wauwatosa, Wis., Beth (Gary) Hach of La
Grange, Ill., Steven Handrich of Milwaukee, Wis., Jennifer (fiance Chad
Uebersetzig) Handrich of West Bend, Wis. and Daniel Handrich of Milwaukee,
Wis.; five great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Olga Handrich and six
nieces. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers,
LeRoy and Harvey.
Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m. in the West Chapel
of the Family Center at Wisconsin Memorial Park, 13235 W. Capitol Dr.,
Brookfield, Wis. Rev. Phillip Otten will officiate. Burial will follow
in Wisconsin Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the West Chapel
on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Jostad-Jandt Funeral
Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, (608-786-1990) is in charge of arrangements.
Marie O. Fischer
ONALASKA, Wis. - Marie O. Fischer, 85, of Onalaska, died Friday, July
31, 1998, at the St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center in La Crosse. She was
born May 2, 1913, in New Amsterdam, Wis., to Henry and O'Tillia (Stoen)
Spangler and graduated from Galesville High School in June of 1931. On
June 30, 1933, she married Earl C. Fischer in Waukon, Iowa. Marie worked
as a tailor for many years in both Sparta, Wis. and Harmony, Minn.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by five sons, Richard (Judy)
Fischer of Green Bay, Wis., Carl (Wanita) Fischer of Harmony, Minn., Gordon
(Rosemary) Fischer of Chicago, Ill., Terry Fischer of Onalaska, Wis., and
Irwin (Sandy) Fischer of Holmen, Wis.; four daughters, Ruth (Willis) Hand
of Mullberry, Fla.; Sharon (Edward) Davis of Lansing, Mich., Sally (Joel)
Riley of Logan, Utah and Judy (Tom) Woods of Trempealeau, Wis.; two sisters,
Berniece Bonsack of La Crosse and Jeanne Rastall of Stoddard, Wis. and
numerous grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Marie was preceded in death
by a son, Ronald along with two sisters and one brother.
A private family memorial service will be held at the Schumacher-Kish
Funeral Home of Onalaska with burial in the Trempealeau Cemetery, Trempealeau,
Arleen H. Roiland
Arleen H. Roiland, 74, of La Crosse, died July 30, 1998, in Franciscan-Skemp
Health Care after a long illness. She was born in Caledonia, Minn., on
Jan. 16, 1924, to Edward and Lilly (Schroeder) Welscher. She married Alvin
Roiland Feb. 5, 1951, in Caledonia, Minn. Arleen attended rural Caledonia
schools and was an active 4-H member. Arleen and her husband spent all
of there married life together in La Crosse. She is survived by her husband,
Alvin; one son, Arnold Roiland of Nashville, Tenn.; one brother, Harley
(Margie) Welscher and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4,
1998, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 130 Losey Blvd., La Crosse.
Rev. Bernard McGarty will officiate with burial to be held in Oak Grove
Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends and family may call at the Blaschke Funeral
Home, 401 West Ave. So., La Crosse, Wis., from 6-8 p.m. on Monday with
a rosary to be recited at 8 p.m. Friends and family may also call at the
funeral home from 10 a.m. Monday until departure for the church. In lieu
of flowers, memorials are preferred to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
Leone G. Thorud
ONALASKA, Wis. - Leone G. Thorud, 62, died at St. Joseph's Rehabilitation
Center, on Friday, July 31, 1998. She was born Nov. 13, 1935, at La Crosse,
to Leo and Helen (Folkedahl) Abraham. She had been employed by the G. Heileman
Brewery for twenty years prior to her retirement.
She is survived by her mother, Helen Williams of La Crosse and by three
brothers, Richard (Mary) Abraham of La Crosse, James (Barb) Williams of
Durand, Wis. and Tracey (Debbie) Williams of St. Paul, Minn.
Private family funeral services will be Monday at the Dickinson Family
Funeral Home, 401 Main St., Onalaska. Burial will be in the Ettrick Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.
Anna Marie Atkinson
VIROQUA, Wis. - Anna Marie Atkinson, 79, of 402 Woods End in Viroqua
died on Friday morning, July 31, 1998, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua, where
she had been a resident since Monday, July 27. She was born on June 10,
1919, in Viroqua to Winston and Sarah ``Sally'' (Levine) Moore. She graduated
from Viroqua High School in 1937 and attended Sparta Business College.
She worked in Viroqua prior to moving to Denver, Colo., where she married
Harry MeGregor. He died in 1977 and on Jan. 1, 1978, she married Willard
Atkinson at Santa Barbara, Calif. On Sept. 15, 1993, she suffered a stroke
which limited her mobility and on Feb. 7, 1995, they moved to Viroqua.
She is survived by her husband, Willard ``Will'' Atkinson of Viroqua
and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. No local services
were held and burial will take place in the Santa Maria Cemetery in Santa
Maria, California. The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua is serving the family.
Roy B. Kastad
PIGEON FALLS, Wis. - Roy B. Kastad, 92, of Pigeon Falls, Wis., died
on Sunday, July 19, 1998, in Pigeon Falls Health Care Center in Pigeon
Falls, Wis. Graveside services will be held in the Arcadia Public Cemetery
in Arcadia, Wis., at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall,
Wis., assisted the family with arrangements.
Darrel L. Coulson
TOMAH, Wis. - Darrel L. Coulson, 39, of Tomah, died Thursday, July
30, 1998, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Funeral services
will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, rural Camp Douglas.
Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Cutler. Relatives and friends
are invited to call at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah, on Sunday
from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 1 p.m. until the time
of the services.
Mary Kay Wuensch
ONALASKA, Wis. - Mary Kay Wuensch, 53, of Onalaska, died Thursday,
July 30, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Center, La Crosse.
She was born on Sept. 17, 1944, in La Crosse to Vernon and Leona (Parmenter)
Knudson. She graduated from Bangor High School in 1962. She represented
La Crosse as Miss Oktoberfest, 1963. She attended the University of Wisconsin
at Madison and the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, where she met
her husband. She married Marc Wuensch on Jan. 29, 1966.
Mary Kay's life was centered on her faith in God. She devoted her tireless
energy and love on her family. As a military wife she provided a stable
environment for her children through sixteen moves and was mother and father
during Marc's many absences for military duties. After military service,
the family lived in Bangor for ten years. There were then moves to Rochester,
Minn. and Altoona, Wis., before Marc and Mary Kay settled in Onalaska to
be near her mother, children and grandchildren.
Mary Kay always put her family's needs before her own. We will miss
her glowing smile that lifted everyone's spirits. She always took time
for others. Her loveliness, vibrance and charm were God's gifts to her
and her legacy to everyone she touched. Mary Kay was a living wife and
companion to her husband, a proud and giving mother and grandmother, a
devoted daughter and a compassionate friend.
Mary Kay is survived by her husband, Marc of Onalaska, Wis.; two daughters,
Marla (Troy) Duerwachter of Onalaska, Wis. and Michelle (Brent) Burkhardt
of Holmen, Wis.; a son, Paul (Karyn) of Honolulu, Hawaii; her mother, Leona
Knudson of Bangor, Wis.; a brother, Doug (Lyn) Knudson of Madison, Wis.;
and three beloved grandchildren, Tyler and Alicia Duerwachter and Chelsea
She was preceded in death by her infant son, Andrew John Wuensch; her
father, Vernon Knudson; and her sister, Diane Knudson.
Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bangor,
Wis., at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 3. The Reverends Roy Hefti and Norris
Baumann will officiate. Burial will be at the Neshonic Cemetery in West
Salem. Friends may call at the Fossum Funeral Home, Onalaska, from 4 to
8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services at
St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bangor.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Onalaska.
``Our family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth and
every union, the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every crisis
faced together makes the circle stronger.''