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Margaret Frances (Robbins) Staats
Margaret Frances (Robbins) Staats was born in Syracuse, New York, on Oct. 4, 1922 to Dr. and Mrs. Edward Robbins.
She attended St. Lucy's Academy and graduated in 1940. She met her future husband, George Staats, while they were both employed by the Carrier Corporation in Syracuse. Margaret and George were married in St. Lucy's Catholic Church on Aug. 11, 1951.
They made a new home in La Crosse upon George's acceptance of a position at the Trane Company. Margaret graduated from UW-La Crosse in 1977, an avid lifetime learner.
She was a member of the Legion of Mary in Syracuse and a long time member of St. Thomas More Parish in La Crosse.
She served as den mother in the local Cub Scouts. She enjoyed boating, sewing, gardening, lively debate and discussion of topical issues and spending time with her eight grandchildren.
Margaret died at home, surrounded by family in the early morning hours of Aug. 14, 1998. She is preceded in death by her husband, George.
She is survived by Edward and Rhonda Staats of La Crosse and their children, Alexander, Christopher and Jonathan, Elizabeth and Joe Blonigen of Stevens Point and their children, Jason, Andrew and Emily, Robert and Catherine Staats of Palatine, Ill., Sherry and David Poellinger of Green Bay, and their daughter, Melissa, and Kathy and Bill Gianoli of Coon Valley and their son, Troy.
Visitation will be held at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home (200 West Ave.), La Crosse on Sunday evening, Aug. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary to begin at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on Monday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m., followed by entombment at Chapel of Devotion Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorials preferred to New Horizons Shelter-Women's Center.

Ruth I. Johnson
ONALASKA, Wis. - Ruth I. Johnson, 85 years of Onalaska, died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 13, 1998 at the Onalaska Care Center, where she was a resident.
She was born Jan. 20, 1913 in Burns Township to Ray and Isabelle (Indahl) Scafe. She was confirmed in the Bells Coulee Lutheran Church by the Rev. Otterson. She married Vernie Johnson on Dec. 24, 1932 in West Salem. Ruth served as Club Leader for the Onalaska Merry Makers 4-H Club for 40 years. She also spent summers with the group at Upham Woods in Wisconsin Dells. Ruth was an active exhibitor with the La Crosse County Fair, and with fair judging, and had a special talent for tying fish flies, and she continued this work for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Vernie L. Johnson of Onalaska; one son, Donald V. (Myra) Johnson of Onalaska; two daughters, Leona M. (Arlan) Gilbertson of West Salem, Lois J. Crady of Sparta; one brother, Albert (Helen) Scafe of Ashton, Idaho; one sister, Isabel (Elmer) Kastenschmidt of Mindoro; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Clifford; one brother, Harry Scafe; and two sisters, Ethel Staff, and Evelyn Freier.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, 1998 at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Onalaska. Rev. Norris Baumann will officiate. Burial will be in the Neshonoc Cemetery in West Salem. Friends may call at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska from 5 until 8 p.m., and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services.

Loren F. Ghelf
GENOA, Wis. - Loren F. Ghelf, age 61, of Genoa, died on Friday morning, Aug. 14, 1998 at his home.
He was born on June 3, 1937 in Jefferson Township, rural Viroqua to Francis A. and Willis (Mills) Ghelf. He graduated from De Soto High School in 1955. He then served in the U.S. Army and on May 26, 1962 married Jean Venner in Genoa. They lived in Redmound, rural DeSoto where he hauled milk and then in Victory, prior to moving to Genoa. He had worked at Trane Company and for the past 30 years worked in customer service at Ferguson Plumbing Supply in La Crosse. He retired due to failing health in February, 1998. He had served as Mayor of Genoa for 18 years and was a member of the Genoa-DeSoto American Legion Post No. 246 of which he was a past commander, and St. Charles Catholic Church in Genoa. He also had served on the Genoa Fire Department. One of the greatest enjoyments for Loren was to go to his brother, Wayne's farm near Redmound and help with field work. After the death of his brother he would assist his nephew, Kirk Ghelf.
Loren is survived by his wife, Jean; one daughter, Joan (Steve) Kennedy of Des Moines, Iowa; three grandchildren, Sean Bagniewski, Matthew Kennedy, and Kristen Kennedy. He is also survived by one sister, Debbie Wickham of De Soto; one sister-in-law, Mary Ghelf of Genoa; 14 nieces and nephews; and 18 great-nieces and great-nephews; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father in 1991, his mother in 1997, and three brothers, Tom in 1964, Ronald in 1987, and Wayne in 1992.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, 1998 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Genoa with Father Larry Dunklee officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites by Genoa-DeSoto American Legion Post No. 246. Friends may call on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church after 9:30 a.m. on Monday.

Gladys E. (Thompson) Dale
BLAIR, Wis. - Gladys E. (Thompson) Dale, age 87, of Blair, Wis., died on Friday, Aug. 14, 1998 in the Grand View Care Center in Blair, Wis.
Gladys was born on April 18, 1911 in Tappen Coulee, rural Blair, Wis. to Brede and Jonette (Johnson) Austad. She was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church in Blair, Wis.
Gladys attended the Sunnyside Elementary School in Tappen Coulee and graduated from the Blair High School. She attended beauty school in Winona, Minn. and was employed as a beautician. Gladys was also employed as a cook and waitress at area restaurants and the bakery and also worked at the Countryside Lefse Company prior to her retirement.
Gladys married Norman Thompson on June 3, 1944 in Blair, Wis. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1957. She later married Thomas Dale on April 14, 1973 in Blair, Wis. He preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 1990.
Mrs. Dale is survived by a son, Michael (Kathryn) Thompson of Osseo, Wis.; three daughters, Alta (Roger) Fuchs, Joanette (Duane) Stenberg and Glenda (Michael) Berg, all of Blair, Wis.; two step-sons, Allan Dale of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and La Vern Dale of Galesville, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Craig (Jennifer) and Cory (Jennifer) Thompson, Kayla (Mark) Skoyen, Angela (Sid) Moen, Paula (Steven) Zastrow, and Jason (Heather), Gregory and Carol Stenberg; five great-grandchildren, and a sister, Isla Berg of the Grand View Care Center in Blair, Wis.
In addition to her parents and husband, Gladys was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonita; a granddaughter, Kelli; two sisters, Mable Solberg and Clara Gunderson and two brothers, Omar and Albert Austad.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 17, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery both in Blair, Wis. Rev. Kevin Jones will officiate.
Gladys's grandchildren will serve as casket bearers.
Visitation will be Sunday, August 16, 1998 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Blair, Wis. and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.

Wilbert LeRoy Oliver
Wilbert LeRoy Oliver, 76, of La Crosse, died on Thursday, Aug. 13, 1998 in his home.
He was born on Oct. 22, 1921 on Chaseburg Ridge, Wis. to Chester C. and Maple Oca (Burkhardt) Oliver. He married Ruth Lockington on Jan. 4, 1941 and they divorced in 1991. Wilbert farmed for nine years and then owned and operated a grocery store on Stoddard Ridge for eight years. He worked as a welder at Joseph J. Leinfelder & Sons, Inc. for 21 and 1/2 years and at Ted Mannsted's for two years. He also worked at the Cooler Company running a press and break for two years and building houseboats for Skipperliner and Sam Mattie for 6 1/2 years and at ORC Fabricating for 6 1/2 years. Wilbert also loved to fish and dance.
He is survived by two sons, Wayne D. (Bonnie) Oliver of Onalaska and Jerry A. Oliver of French Island; two daughters, Janie L. (Richard) Staszewski of La Crosse and Angela D. (Steven) Holinka of La Crosse; seven grandchildren, Darrin of Lexington, Ky., Parker of Lawrenceville, Ga., Timothy of Georgia, Becky and Sarah Oliver of La Crosse and Kate and Tony Holinka of La Crosse; four great-grandchildren; his ex-wife, Ruth; one brother, Orbin E. Oliver of Cadot, Wis.; two sisters, Marjorie Renner and Marilyn McGowan of La Crosse; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 17, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse with Rev. Luther Borgen officiating. Burial will be in the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m., where a Moose Lodge Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m., and again on Monday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Derek R. Boehlke
Derek R. Boehlke, age 31, of Hudson and formerly of La Crosse, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1998 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born June 11, 1967 in La Crosse to Richard and Carole (Kaiser) Boehlke.
Derek was a 1986 graduate of Logan High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in microbiology. He worked for Menards of La Crosse while attending UW-La Crosse. He currently was working in the microbiology field for the Alexon-Trend Co. of Ramsey, Minn. Derek was an organ donor.
He is survived by his parents, Richard and Carole of Mindoro; by a sister, Christine (Mike) Miller of Hastings, Minn.; by a brother, Randy Boehlke and his fiancee, Jean Freybler of La Crosse; by two nephews, Jake and Cole Miller; and by his girlfriend, Lee Morgan, and her daughter Laura of Coon Rapids, Minn. His grandparents preceded him in death.
Memorial services will be Sunday, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m. at the North Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Allan Townsend will officiate. Memorials may be given to the Boys and Girls Club of La Crosse or to the North Presbyterian Church.
Dickinson Family Funeral Homes are assisting the family with arrangements.

Dr. Richard K. ``Dick'' Wines
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Dr. Richard K. ``Dick'' Wines, 56, of West Salem, died Friday, Aug. 14, 1998 at his home after a long battle with lung cancer.
He was born June 15, 1942, in Kokomo, Ind. to Merel and Thelma (Cone) Wines. Dick served in the U.S. Army from 1962-1965. On Aug. 31, 1963, he married Nora Jane Grainger at Grace Methodist Church in Kokomo, Ind. Dick received a bachelor degree in marketing, a bachelor of science degree in optometry and in 1972 a Doctorate of Optometry, all from Indiana University. He was a Doctor of Optometry with Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in the Coulee Region, completing 25 years of practice in January, 1998. Dick was a former member of the Onalaska and Sparta Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the West Salem Rotary Club, a former member of the Onalaska Jaycee's and a member of the National Muzzelloaders Association. He was also a member of the Coulee Region Optometric Association, the Wisconsin Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. Dick enjoyed woodworking and golfing and was an avid reader of history.
Survivors include his wife, Jane; two daughters, Stephanie (fiance Mike Greene) Wines of De Kalb, Ill., and Erica (Jeremy) Parsneau of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; three sisters, Rebecca (Clint) Smith of Russiaville, Ind., Rita Wines of Kokomo, Ind., and Rhenda (Kent) Acton of Logansport, Ind.; four brothers, Robert (Shirley) Wines of Ellettsville, Ind., Ronald (Shelby) Wines of Plainfield, Ind., Roger (Marcia) Wines of Evansville, Ind., and Randall (Becky) Wines of Plainfield, Ind.; one brother-in-law, Jack Behny of Greentown, Ind.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rosalie Behny.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. from West Salem Presbyterian Church, 134 E. Hamilton St. Rev. Jonathan V. Eastman and Dr. John Sterling will officiate. Interment will be at a later date at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Kokomo, Ind. Friends may call at the church on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Gundersen-Lutheran Medical Center Oncology Department. Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret R. McMillan
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Margaret R. McMillan, 85, formerly of the Hillsboro area, died Friday, Aug. 14, 1998 at the Sauk County Health Care Center of rural Reedsburg. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Picha Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Burial will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hillsboro. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the funeral home.

Vern F. Hammon
SPARTA/CATARACT, Wis. - Vern F. Hammon, 97, of Cataract, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 1998 at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Nursing Home, Sparta.
He was born on Aug. 14, 1900 at Black Valley near Wilton to William and Pauline (Claire) Hammon. He was baptized on Oct. 21, 1900 at St. Mathew's in Wilton. In 1917 he moved to Chicago and learned the machinest trade and worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad for 15 years.
He returned to Cataract in 1929 and married the former Dorothy Zellmer on April 9, 1939 at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in Tomah. They owned and operated the Moonlight Pavilion Dance Hall and Tavern from 1940 until they retired in 1965.
He is survived by a brother-in-law, and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy on May 5, 1992; three sisters, Caroline Koehler, Rachel Brahm, Rose Parmenter; two brothers, Clyde and William.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church, Cataract with Reverend Paul Kante officiating. Burial will be in the Cataract Cemetery, Cataract.
Friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta on Sunday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Judy A. Hanson
Judy A. Hanson, 54, of La Crosse, died on Thursday, Aug. 13, 1998 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. from complications of congestive heart failure.
She was born on April 27, 1944 in La Crosse to Russell B. and Lois J. (Dalsasso) Phillips and attended schools in De Soto, Wis. On June 24, 1961 she married Roger C. Hanson in Genoa, Wis. Judy worked as a clerk for the Brick Oven Bakery in La Crosse for 13 years, retiring in June of 1997 due to ill health. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Chapter 1526 in La Crosse. Judy enjoyed her grandchildren, her various collections and traveling with her husband.
In addition to her husband, Roger, she is survived by a daughter, Connie (Scott) Hurd of Tomah, Wis.; a son, Russell Hanson of La Crosse; four grandchildren, Benjamin Hurd, Steven Hanson, Christopher Hanson and Katlyn Hanson; her mother, Lois Phillips of Chaseburg, Wis.; three brothers, Ronald Phillips of Chaseburg, Wis., Dave (Kathy) Phillips of Brownsville, Minn., and Ken Phillips of Bremerton, Wash.; mother-in-law, Irene Hanson of Viroqua, Wis.; along with several nieces and nephews. Judy was preceded in death by her father, Russell B. Phillips and her father-in-law, James Hanson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Lawrence B. Berger officiating. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Monday from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. A Women of the Moose Prayer Service will be held at 6 p.m. followed by a Christian Wake Service at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Norma Pozanc
TREMPEALEAU, Wis. - Norma Pozanc, age 70, of Onalaska, and formerly of Trempealeau, died Thursday at the Onalaska Nursing Home.
She was born July 5, 1928 to Harold and Bertha (Hunter) Mossberger in Evansville, Ind.
Norma is survived by five daughters, Barbara (Hubert) Hoffman, Pat (David) Zweifka, Kathy ``Kate'' Malles, all of Trempealeau, Robyn and Marlyn Pozanc of Cashton, and Vicki (Jerry) Johnston of Trempealeau; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Wayne (Judy) Mossberger and Harold Jr. (Marilee) Mossberger, both of Evansville, Ind.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, three sisters and one brother.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1998 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Trempealeau. Rev. Jerry Hanson will officiate. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Smith Mortuary in Galesville and from 1 p.m. until services at the church on Tuesday.

Arnold G. `Prof' Storkel
TOMAH, Wis. - Arnold G. ``Prof'' Storkel, 88, of Tomah, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 1998 at the Tomah Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services Tuesday, both at the funeral home.

David Neitzke
BLAIR, Wis. - David Neitzke, 39, of rural Blair, died on Sunday, Aug. 16, 1998, at his home.
David was born on Oct. 11, 1958, in Whitehall, Wis., to Vernon and Irene (Sluga) Neitzke. He attended elementary school in Whitehall, graduated from the Whitehall High School in 1977, and attended the Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse, Wis. He was currently employed as a heavy equipment operator with the Hoffman Construction Company in Black River Falls, Wis.
David married Rhonda Jacobs on Oct. 11, 1997, in the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran Church in rural Taylor, Wis.
David is survived by his wife, Rhonda; two stepchildren, Jessica and Casey Mathson, both at home; his father, Vernon (Lillian) Neitzke of Osseo, Wis.; three brothers, Joseph (Pamela) and Wallace Neitzke, both of Osseo, Wis., and Dennis (Pat) Neitzke of Blair, Wis.; a sister, Linda (Scott) Rongstad of Osseo, Wis.; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his grandparents and mother, David was preceded in death by a brother, Gordon.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, at 1:30 p.m. in the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran Church, rural Taylor, Wis. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Rev. Duke Johnson will officiate.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Blair, Wis., and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.

Debbie McKenzie
STOUGHTON, Wis. - Debbie (Joni) McKenzie, 41, died on Sunday morning, Aug. 16, 1998, at the Meriter Park Hospital in Madison. She was born on Feb. 24, 1957, in Oshkosh, Wis., the daughter of Willis and Gloria (Kralapp) Johnson. She was the consummate big sister to her younger brothers Bruce and Scott. She graduated from Appleton West High School in 1975. She received a degree in public health from UW-La Crosse in 1983. It was there, between visits to the ``ozone'' and the planetarium, that she first cast her spell on her future husband. Debbie and ``Mike'' McKenzie were married in 1984. Their friendship and love grew every day they were together.
Conor Michael was born in 1986, followed by Kelsey Marie in 1988, and Morgan Beth in 1989. Her family was the most important thing in her life, and she was proud of her kids.
Despite being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Joni continued to embrace life to the fullest. Her spirit, energy and love were evident in everything she did. She was always a fulltime mom. She loved her current job in information technology as a contractor with the state of Wisconsin, especially because of the people she worked with and being able to have lunch with Mike. She still made time to volunteer as a Brownie leader and at the kids' school. She tried to attend every school and sporting event that her kids (or husband) participated in.
Joni inherited her love of reading from her mom, and it was not unusual to find books in three different rooms that she was reading at the same time. She treasured her garden, particularly the pond. She enjoyed sewing quilts for friends, dresses for her girls, and creating decorations for any holiday. She cherished going to the cottage, especially when she could go sailing with her dad.
She loved sports, whether it was playing basketball or softball, or cheering for the Badgers and Packers (especially when they beat the Vikings!).
Joni is survived by her husband, Mike; her son, Conor; her daughters, Kelsey and Morgan; her parents; her brothers and their families; and of course, the whole McKenzie clan.
We will treasure her smile, laughter and spirit forever.
Funeral services for Joni McKenzie will be held at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 18, 1998, at the First Lutheran Church, 310 East Washington Ave., Stoughton. Reverend James Schwarz will officiate. A visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services today.
Her family wishes to thank everyone for their support and love in this difficult time. They extend a special thanks to the Physicians Plus Oncology staff for everything they have done for Joni the last several years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Joni McKenzie Memorial Fund. The Olson-Holzhuter-Cress Funeral Home, Stoughton, is assisting the family.

May the road rise to meet you;
May the wind be always at your back;
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
May the rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand.
Old Irish Blessing

Wilfred G. Peterson
BLAIR, Wis. - Wilfred G. Peterson, 85, of Blair, died Friday, Aug. 14, 1998 at the Grand View Care Center in Blair, Wis.
Wilfred was born Dec. 29, 1912, in Whitehall, Wis., to Otto and Sena Ulven. Wilfred married Olga Knudtson in 1935. He was employed with the Thompson Lumber Company prior to his retirement.
Mr. Peterson is survived by two daughters, Olga Helle of Blair, Wis., and Opal Olson of Arcadia, Wis.; one son, Allen Peterson of La Crosse; eight grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, Olga, he was preceded in death by two sons, Roger and Ardell; and three grandsons.
Funeral services will be held today, Aug. 18, 1998, at 1:30 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home, with burial in the Rest Haven Cemetery, both in Blair. Rev. Kevin Jones will officiate.

Irene M. Weiss
TOMAH, Wis. - Irene M. Weiss, 79, of Tomah, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, at her home in Tomah. She was born Sept. 30, 1918, in the town of Tomah, to George and Lillian (Libbey) Wilson. Irene attended the Council Creek School. She was united in marriage to Benedict ``Bennie'' Weiss on June 24, 1937, at the St. Michael's Catholic Church in Indian Creek, by Father Spooner. They moved to Oakdale, Wis., where they farmed. After farming Irene worked at the Oakdale Post Office from April of 1981 until August of 1998.
Irene was secretary and treasurer of Catholic Family Life Insurance, Wisconsin district 18, for many years. She belonged to the Happy Hour Club in Oakdale, and was a member of the Indian Creek Homemakers.
She is survived by two brothers, Glenn (Arlene) Wilson of Tomah and Burton Wilson of Sparta; three sisters, Violet Mattes of New Lisbon, Gladys (Leonard) Harmel of Tomah and Lillian Schedler, also of Tomah; nieces, nephews and many longtime friends and traveling companions, especially Nell Worthington. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernie, on Nov. 10, 1991; and one niece, Clarabelle ``Mickey'' White.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998, at 11 a.m. at the St. Michael's Catholic Church in Indian Creek, near Tomah. Father Arnold Reuter will officiate. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Friends may call today, Aug. 18, 1998, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ninneman-Steele Funeral Home in Tomah. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church.
The family requests that memorials be given to the Tomah Hospice Touch c/o Tomah Memorial Hospital, 321 Butts Ave., Tomah, Wis. 54660, in her memory. The Ninneman-Steele Funeral Home in Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements.

Erma M. Bohland
Erma M. Bohland, 80, of La Crosse, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, in Bethany Riverside Healthcare, La Crosse, Wis. She was born in Mount Sterling, Wis., on March 10, 1918, to James and Lillian (Sutton) Heal. She married Gearld H. Bohland in 1958, in a Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. During WWII, she worked and traveled to help the war effort with her husband, wherever he was stationed.
During her life, she did dry cleaning, farming, and was a salesperson for Raleigh products, and worked for Gundersen Clinic. She enjoyed fishing, dancing, and was an Elvis Presley fan. Some of her proudest moments were precious times spent with dear friends and family.
She is survived by one son: Daniel Lee Bohland of La Crosse; three grandchildren: Jennifer, Alan, and Sadie; one sister: Floella Tollefson of Prairie Du Chien, Wis. She was preceded in death by her husband Gearld, on Dec. 22, 1990; her parents and four sisters: Mamie Heal, Mildred ``Dolly'' Stevenson, Katherine Holton, and Florence heal; three brothers, Floyd, Luke, and James.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 1998, in The Marian Chapel of St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, 530 Main St., La Crosse, Wis., Rev. Anthony Wolf will officiate, with burial to be held at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park, La Crosse, Wis. Friends and family may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services, in the church. The Blaschke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kenneth Carl Hutson
Kenneth Carl Hutson, 65, of La Crosse, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born in Kendall, Wis., on Oct. 16, 1932, to Carl T. and Selma G. (Cleven) Hutson.
Ken served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated from UW-Platteville in 1956, with a B.S. degree in agriculture education. He taught high school agriculture at Blue River and Viroqua. Ken worked at WKBT as a farm director and in tv sales. In 1968, he started the Hutson Advertising Agency which he was still active with at the time of his death. He married Marian (Schumacher) Kruse of La Crosse, on June 22, 1996.
He is survived by his wife, Marian; two daughters, Julie Deshler on Minneapolis, and Jane Hicks of Honolulu; one stepson, Michael Kruse of La Crosse; one stepdaughter, Kristina Kruse of La Crosse; one sister, Shirley (Robert) Peterson of Janesville; one brother, Clare (Nancy) Hutson of Madison; one granddaughter; and two grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ken enjoyed gardening, golfing, fishing and football. He was active in the Ad-Club and taught several years at Western Wisconsin Technical College.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church. The Dr. Larry A. Moody will officiate. Following cremation, burial will be at a later date. Family and friends may call at the Woodruff Funeral Home, 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., and at the church Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested.

Sister Carolyn Schumacher, FSPA
Sister Carolyn Schumacher, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 88, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 1998, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse.
Sister Carolyn was born to Matthias and Mary (Bielmaier) Schumacher on Dec. 2, 1909, in Willey, Iowa. She entered St. Rose Convent on July 28, 1928. Ministering in the field of education, she served for 55 years as a musician and music teacher in elementary parish schools in Iowa, Montana and Wisconsin. She retired to St. Rose Convent in 1986, and to the Villa in 1994.
Sister Carolyn is survived by her Franciscan community; a sister, Ms Bertha Schumacher of Des Moines, Iowa; a brother, Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Marie) Schumacher of Carroll, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Mildred Schumacher of Carroll, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, including twins, Reverends Blase Schumacher, OSB, in 1989, and Leo C. Schumacher in 1998; six sisters, including five members of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration: Electa (Veronica) Schumacher, FSPA, in 1982, Damase (Mary) Schumacher, FSPA, in 1987, Leola (Frances) Schumacher, FSPA, in 1986, Marita (Anna Mary) Schumacher, FSPA, in 1992, and Milburga (Catherine) Schumacher, FSPA, in 1976.
Friends may call after 4 p.m. today, Aug. 18, when the body will be met at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse, where a prayer service will be held at 7:15 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Reverend Edwin Thome, retired, St. Patrick Parish, Onalaska, will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial in Mary of the Angels Chapel on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse. Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wis., 54601-8800.
The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home, La Crosse, is in charge of arrangements.

Bernadine D. Gavigan
VIROQUA, Wis. - Bernadine D. Gavigan, 73, of R.3, Viroqua, died Monday, Aug. 17, 1998, in Vernon Memorial Hospital, Viroqua. Funeral arrangements, tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday in Immanual Lutheran Church, rural Cashton, will be announced by the Vosseteig Funeral Home, Westby.

Raymond G. Bakalars
Raymond G. Bakalars died in the Hillview Nursing Home, Monday, Aug. 17, 1998. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Dickinson Family Funeral Homes.

Curtis J. Bunderson
ALMA CENTER, Wis. - Curtis J Bunderson, 50, of rural Alma Center, died Friday, Aug. 21, 1998, in his residence. Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, in the Jenson-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call one hour prior to services in the funeral home.

Sarah Jane (Padesky) Fellows
Sarah Jane (Padesky) Fellows, 80, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, in the Hillview Health Care Center, La Crosse. She was born in La Crosse, Wis., on Sept. 5, 1917 to Jacob J. and Eilein (Burns) padesky. She was united in marriage on July 9, 1955, to Samuel F. Fellows II, in the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, La Crosse. Sara graduated from Central High School, and attended the University of La Crosse, and WWTC. She was employed by the Padesky Food House.
Sara is survived by her husband Sammuel F. II; one son Samuel F. III (Patty) Fellows of La Crosse; three grandchildren: Samuel F. IV, Tyler Scott, and Sierra Marie; a sister-in-law: Barbara Padesky; and one brother James E. (Virginia) Padesky of Moline, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister Elizabeth padesky; and one brother John Padesky.
Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, at 11 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 130 Losey Blvd., La Crosse. Rev. Bernard Mc Garty will officiate with burial to be in the Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are requested to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Alzheimer's Association, or Aquinas Schools.
The Blaschke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Helen V. Balentine
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Helen V. Balentine, 70, of Caledonia, Minn., died Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, at the Tweeten/Lutheran Health Care Center, Spring Grove, Minn., after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 12, 1927, in Freeburg, Minn., to Greg and Esther (Arndt) Thimmesch. Helen attended schools in Freeburg and New Albin, Iowa, and graduated from New Albin High School in 1945. Helen married Albert Meyer and they later divorced. She then married Eulis Balentine and they also later divorced. Helen loved to cook and she had much joy in living for her children and her grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Balentine and fiance Kirk Galitz of Pleasant Dale, Neb., and Wanda (Terry) Steele of Caledonia; a daughter-in-law, Cynthia Meyer of Eitzen, Minn.; five grandchildren, Melissa and Kristopher Meyer of Eitzen, and Tyler, Travis and Tanner Steele of Caledonia; a brother, John Thimmesch of Machesney Park, Ill.; and a stepmother, Olga Thimmesch of New Albin, Iowa.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Randall Meyer in 1997; and a grandchild in infancy.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia. Rev. Rolf T. Storlie will officiate. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia. Friends may call at the Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia (use McPhail Street access road), today from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services.

Bertha L. Gates
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Bertha L. Gates, 91, of Black River Falls, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, in Pine View Nursing Home, Black River Falls. A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday, in Easton Cemetery, Adams County, Wis. In accordance with Bertha's request, there will be no visitation or funeral services. The Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, is serving the family.

`Betty' Elizabeth Davis Clemmerson
TOMAH, Wis. - ``Betty'' Elizabeth Davis Clemmerson, 80, of Tomah, died Monday, Aug. 17, 1998, in her town of Ridgeville home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Lighthouse Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Wyeville Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the White Funeral Home, Tomah; and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the church.


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