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Martha (Mrs. Harry) Hagen
WESTBY, Wis. - Martha (Mrs. Harry) Hagen, age 100, of Westby, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 1998 at the Norseland Nursing Home in Westby. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1:00 p.m. from the Vosseteig Funeral Home, with burial in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday after 12:00 noon at the Vosseteig Funeral Home in Westby.

Arthur J. Sullivan
Arthur J. Sullivan, 81, of La Crosse, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, following a brief illness.
Art was born Jan. 25, 1917, in Springfield, Ohio, to Joseph H. Sullivan and Mary McConnell Sullivan. He was baptized at St. Joseph's Church and attended St. Joseph's Grade School and Catholic Central High School in Springfield.
Following service in World War II with the Army Signal Corps in China, Burma and India, Art attended Loyola University, Chicago, where he earned his Bachelor's degree.
On May 3, 1952, he married Eleanor Skemp of La Crosse at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. In 1954, they settled on a farm on St. Joseph Ridge. After farming for about five years, Art taught at Cashton High School for nine years, and during that period earned a Master's degree from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Following his years at Cashton, Art spent 14 years on the faculty of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Rice Lake, Wis. He retired from teaching in 1982.
Art engaged in local politics throughout his life. Recently, he was involved in Democratic Party activities, served on the Greenfield Township Board and was a member of the Ecumenical Group for Peace and Justice. He was also well known for his letters to the editor.
During his retirement he especially enjoyed designing cachets for First Day Covers. These led him to a happy association with the La Crosse Society of Arts and Crafts.
Art is survived by his twin brother, Thomas J. Sullivan (Mary Jane Hauk) of Columbus, Ohio and his sister Elizabeth (Louis) Baldini of Santa Rosa, Calif., and by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, James, and two sisters, Helen Hagan and Rita Sullivan.
His children were able to spend precious time with him prior to his death. They are Joseph Martin (Bobbie Garthwaite) of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Mary, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Bernadette of Los Angeles, Calif.; Cait, of Dodgeville, Wis.; Gerard (Marilyn Flater) of Elmhurst, Ill.; John Dominic of La Crosse; and Grace (Jane Cee) of Oakland, Calif.
Art's grandchildren, James Arthur and Amelia Grace Sullivan of Elmhurst, Ill., children of Gerard and Marilyn, visited Art in the hospital during his illness.
The family expresses their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare and to Art's many friends who offered their prayers and sent cards and flowers to show their affection and esteem for him.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Ridge Catholic Church, or to the La Crosse Society of Arts and Crafts c/o The Pump House.
Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m. at St. Joseph Ridge Catholic Church, on Hwy. 33. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery. May Art rest in peace.
The Blaschke Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Katherine J. `Kay' (Hundt) Moon
HALES CORNERS, Wis. - Katherine J. ``Kay'' (Hundt) Moon, 87, was born to Eternal Life Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998. Beloved wife of the late Raymond C. Dear mother of Patricia Springer and Raymond J. (Donna) Moon. Loving grandmother of Denise Lynn (Eric) Kopecky, Kenneth Jeremiah and Justin Ray Springer and Michael Ray and Katie Lynn Moon. Great-grandmother of Alexander John Lovas. Dear sister of the late Marie Schmidt, Mabel (Walter) Cavadini, Bernard (Catherine) Hundt, Irene Martinek, Emil Hundt, Josephine Clements, Sally Oswald, Peter (Bernice) Hundt, David (Marcella) Hundt, Delia (Bernard) Bina, Delores (George) Althoff, Arnold (Madonna) Hundt, and Arlene (Norbert) Schmidt. Further survived by her special nephew, Fr. Robert Hundt: other nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.
Services Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11:30 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Church, N. 39th St. at W. Courtland Ave., Milwaukee. Visitation Saturday at the Church from 10 a.m. until the Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Interment Holy Cross.
Kay as well as her late husband, Ray, were former employees of Evinrude. Kay was an active member of Holy Redeemer-Blessed Trinity Church, being involved with the Christian Women group, the church goods store, and the gift bearers at the weekend liturgies. Memorials to Easter Seals appreciated.
Jelacic Funeral Home, Milwaukee, is serving the family.

Thomas Marshall Scott
Thomas Marshall Scott, 55, of La Crosse, died on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. He was born on June 8, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Tom was a Vietnam Veteran, serving with the U.S. Army Infantry from 1968-1969. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Purple Heart and the Air Medal. He was a lifetime member of the Roy Vingers American Legion Post 52 and the Thomas L. Rooney V.F.W. Post 1530.
Tom is survived by his fiance Jacqueline Sullivan of La Crosse; a son, Thomas M. Scott, serving with the U.S. Army in Indiana; his special friends, Ken and Sandy McClurg of Coon Valley; and his special dogs, Jasmine and Bear.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998, at 6 p.m. at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse.

Kenneth P. Holley
ONALASKA, Wis. - Kenneth P. Holley, 74, died at the St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, Aug. 27, 1998. He was born July 12, 1924, in La Crosse to Julius and Tillie (Bergum) Holley. He served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster. Ken was a member of Carpenters Union #1143 for forty-one years.
He is survived by his wife, Angeline (LaFleur); five sons, Mike (Della) Dolato of Merrill, Wis., David Dolato of Utah, Timothy and William (Maxine) Dolato, both of La Crosse, and Doug Dolato of Sparta; two daughters, Patricia (Herbert) Seidel of Kenosha and Cynthia (Peter) Bolcerek of Bangor; twenty-three grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Ansel (Ruth) Holley of La Crosse; a sister, Ardelle (Irvin) Elliott of Bangor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Ronald and Jeffrey; two sisters; and two brothers.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette St., La Crosse. The Reverend Ted Dewald will officiate and burial will be in the Neshonoc Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

Leonard P. Johnson
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Leonard P. Johnson, 89, of Black River Falls, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, in Family Heritage Care Center, Black River Falls. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until services.

Henry J. Michaels
Henry J. Michaels, 69, of La Crosse, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse.

Norbert W. Smith
SPARTA, Wis. - Norbert W. Smith, 57, of Sparta, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Facility, La Crosse. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Menominee Falls, Wis. Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta, on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. and on Monday from 8-9:45 a.m.

Lawrence M. Huff
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Lawrence M. Huff, 75, of rural Independence, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare in Arcadia. He was born Dec. 14, 1922. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church in Whitehall. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Whitehall. Friends may call from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Edison Funeral Home, Independence, and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Sunday evening there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. followed by a rosary at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Rose M. Schoenberger
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Rose M. Schoenberger, 86, of Independence, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 1998, at Tri-County Memorial Nursing Home, Whitehall. She was born Sept. 28, 1911. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Independence. Burial in church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Edison Funeral Home, Independence. Saturday evening there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ervin O. Nerison
WESTBY, Wis. - Ervin O. Nerison, 75, of rural Westby, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998, in Vernon Memorial Hospital, Viroqua. Complete arrangements will be announced by Seland Funeral Home, Coon Valley, Wis.

Robert ``Bobby'' William Richard
Robert ``Bobby'' William Richard, 71, of rural La Crosse, died on Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born in Madison, Minn., on June 17, 1927, to John and Catherine (Kiechler) Richard. He was a 1945 graduate of Aquinas High School. He served in the Army in Germany during the Korean occupation. He had farmed in the Newburg Corners area for most of his life. Robert was a member of the Catholic Foresters, the Bangoe American Legion Post 40, and the Bangor V.F.W.
He is survived by a brother, John (Sonja) Richard of La Crosse; 14 nieces and nephews; and an aunt, Agnes Lueck of Cashton, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents; two nieces; and a sister, Veronica Schmitz.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 1998, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Rev. Robert Hundt officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church, on Tuesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Wednesday, from 9:30 until the time of services. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.

Edward C. Senty
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Edward C. Senty, 89, of Independence, formerly of Montana Township, Buffalo County, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, in his residence. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, in Edison Funeral Home, Independence. Burial will be at a later date in Montana Methodist Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Tuesday, in the funeral home.

Florian A. Lins
READSTOWN, Wis. - Florian A. Lins, 69, of Readstown, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, in Vernon Memorial Hospital, Viroqua. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998, in Viroqua United Methodist Church, with burial in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, in the Larson Funeral Home, Viroqua, and after 10 a.m. Wednesday, in the church.

Lola M. Zacharias
Rural GENOA, Wis. - Lola M. Zacharias, 82, of rural Genoa died on Saturday evening, Aug. 29, 1998, at her home of cancer. She was born on Jan. 7, 1916, in Delton, Wis., to Rev. David and Bessie Brown. Her father served as a pastor in many churches in Wisconsin, including De Soto, Retreat, Liberty Pole, Viola, Springville, and Bishop Branch.
Lola graduated from Viroqua High School in 1934. On June 29, 1940, she married Herman Zacharias in a double wedding with her twin sister, Lois, officiated by her father in Phillips, Wis. In 1948, she and Herman moved to Oregon and retired to rural Genoa in 1988.
She is survived by her husband, Herman; four sisters, Grace Outcelt, of Lansing, Iowa, Lois (Harold) Dyke, Velma Storll, and Hope (Robert) Ivey, all of De Soto; one brother, Delos (Marilyn) Hill, also of De Soto; other relatives, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Dorothy Baumgartner; and six brothers, Carrol, David Jr., Marvin, Harold, Truman, and Rolland ``Bunker'' Hill.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998, at the New Hope United Methodist Church at Redmound, rural De Soto, with Pastor Alice Richards officiating. Burla will be in the Walnut Mound Cemetery, at Retreat, rural De Soto. Friends may call the church from noon until the time of service Tuesday. The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua is serving the family.

Delores K. Zitzman
SPARTA, Wis. - Delores K. Zitzman, 67, of 818 Longcourt St., Sparta, Wis., passed away at her home Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, suddenly.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. at the Page-Smith Funeral Home in Sparta. Rev. David Carlson of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial to follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of services.
Delores was born in Peterson, Minn., on June 12, 1931, daughter of the late Henry Tudahl and Clarice Haugen of Rushford, Minn. She was united in marriage to Carol Hanson on Feb. 11, 1950, in Winona, Minn. On Sept. 16, 1981, she married Ronald Zitzman in Sparta, Wis., who survives. She had moved from Winona, Minn., to Sparta, Wis., in 1954. During her life time, she drove school bus for Sparta's schools and also was a food server at the Southside School for 22 years.
In addition to her mother and husband, she is survived by one son, Randie Jo Hanson, Waupon, Wis.; one daughter, Mrs. Debbie (Bernie) Esser of Cataract, Wis., three step-sons, Gregory (Brenda) Zitzman, Cashton, Wis., Grant Zitzman, Coon Valley, Wis., and Ronald (Jackie) Zitzman Jr., Norfolk, Va.; two step-daughters, Mrs. Sheila (Wendell) Lawrence, Appleton, Wis., and Mrs. Mary Jo (Steve) Jaukowski, Janesville, Wis.; two brothers, Curtis (Audrey) Tudahl, Rushford, Minn., and Milton (Leslie) Tudahl, Joppatown, Md.; five sisters, Mrs. Beverly (John) Hallum, Mrs. Patricia (Mervin) Stennes, Mrs. Rebecca (Allan) Hanson, Ms. Cheryl Tudahl, all of Rushford, Minn., and Mrs. Janice (Kenneth) Gaustad, Houston, Minn.; five grandchildren, Jonathan, Douglas, Joseph, David, and Coral; 16 step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father and two sisters.

Glen E. Chandler
HIXTON, Wis. - Glen E. Chandler, 88, of Hixton, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, in Family Heritage Care Center, Black River Falls. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton. Burial will be in Pigeon Creek Cemetery, rural Northfield. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Wednesday, both at the funeral home.

Ida Mae Barrett Wrabel
PEORIA, Ill. - Ida Mae Barrett Wrabel, formerly of La Crosse and now of Peoria, Ill., passed away in St. Francis Hospital in Peoria on Friday, Aug. 28, 1998, at the age of 64.
She is survived by her husband Bob, two daughters, Marcie and Becky, and one son, Michael, all of Peoria. Also Ida has two sisters, Marjorie Retzlaff of La Crosse and Margaret Jensen of Streamwood, Ill.; and three brothers, Kenneth Barrett of La Crosse, David of Artesia, N.M., and John of Louisville, Ky.
Funeral services will be held today, Sept. 1, in Peoria.

Harold W. Baumbach
Harold W. Baumbach, 77, of La Crosse and Coulee Spring, near Genoa, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998, in Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born in Sparta on April 19, 1921, to Julius and Lizzy Baumbach. He married LaVonne (Bonnie) G. Deal and they later divorced. He enjoyed working as a carpenter and on his farm until the time of his death. He served with the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict.
He was a life member and past commander of VFW Post 10532 of Coon Creek and a life member of American Legion Post 52 in La Crosse. He was to be recognized this month as a 50-year member of the AFL-CIO Carpenters' Local 140 in La Crosse. Harold was active in the Genoa area and enjoyed participating in the village meetings.
He is survived by three daughters, Lorna Lynn (Thomas) Schini of Onalaska, Beth Ann (Joel) King of Appleton, and Bonita Jean (Richard) Enberg of La Crosse; grandchildren, Paul H. (Lynn) Manske, Kelly R. Seloover, Rebecca L. Schmeckpeper, Robert M. Schmeckpeper, Benjamin M. Schmeckpeper, Laurabelle J. Enberg and Travis R. Enberg; one sister, Shirley Logan and one brother, Jerry Baumbach, both of Iowa; and a loving and caring lifetime friend, Elaine Jeffers. He was preceded in death by one brother, Alvin.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. Richard T. Pamperin will officiate and burial with military rites by the American Legion Post 52 will be in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Sparta. Family and friends may call at the Woodruff Funeral Home, 4239 Mormon Coulee Road this evening from 6 to 8 p.m., and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Florian A. Lins
READSTOWN, Wis. - Florian A. Lins, 69, of R.1, Readstown, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. He was born Oct. 11, 1928, in Spring Green, Wis., to Albert and Anna (Pronold) Lins. After graduation from Spring Green School, he attended Madison Business College. He then enlisted in the Air Force and while serving in England, he was married to Sigrid Anderson on June 12, 1954. They were later divorced.
Florian worked for Chamberlan Manufacturing in Waterloo, Iowa, as an industrial engineer before moving to the Readstown area, where he served as the Readstown village clerk and treasurer. On Dec. 27, 1978, he was united in marriage to Willeene Otterson. For the past few years he has served as custodian of the Viroqua United Methodist Church.
Florian is survived by his wife, Willeene of Readstown; two daughters, Karen (Bob) Hunter of Celina, Ohio, and Dierdre (Ronnie) Baker of Leawood, Kan.; one son, Gary Lins of Cedar Falls, Iowa; four stepchildren; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Marian Maxwell of Spring Green and Margaret (Robert) Stewart of Brookings, S.D.
His parents; one stepson, Tim Otterson; one brother, Norman; and three sisters, Agnes Berres, Alice Lins and Bernice Serdy preceded him in death.
Florian took pride in his yard and garden, and loved to feed and watch the birds.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998, at 11 a.m. in the Viroqua United Methodist Church. The Rev. Frank Thompson will officiate, with burial in the Viroqua Cemetery. Members of the Viroqua VFW Post 3032 and American Legion Post 138 will conduct military rites. Friends may call at the Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua today from 4 to 7 p.m., and at the church on Wednesday after 10 a.m.

Le Roy V. Gilbertson
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Le Roy V. Gilbertson, 60, a longtime resident of Lakeview Health Center, West Salem, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born March 5, 1938, in Whitehall, Wis., to Hansel and Ovedia (Olson) Gilbertson.
Survivors include his father, Hansel (Ellen) Gilbertson of La Crosse; two brothers, Bob (Nancy) Gilbertson of La Crosse, and Kenneth Gilbertson of West Salem; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ovedia.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept 3, at 2 p.m., from the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem. Rev. Ryan Aarestad of First Lutheran Church, Onalaska, will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, West Salem. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church in Onalaska, and Lakeview Health Center in West Salem.

Donald C. Crogan
TREMPEALEAU, Wis. - Donald C. Crogan, 68, of Trempealeau, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998, in Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born Oct. 1, 1929, in the town of Gale, Trempealeau County, Wis., to Clement and Anastacia (Schwarzhoff) Crogan. Donald served in the U.S. Army during Korea, in the 34th General Hospital Unit. On Feb. 12, 1955, he married Berniece I. Skaar in Galesville, Wis. He loved his family, the river, snowmobiling and the outdoors, especially hunting. For most of his working life, he was employed as a machinist for J.I. Case of Racine, Wis. Retiring in August of 1989, the couple moved to the Trempealeau area.
Survivors are his wife; two sons, Michael C. of Sturtevant, Wis., and Mark D. (Laura) of Mount Pleasant, Wis.; two daughters, Melanie A. Crogan of Zion, Ill., and Michele (Mike) Olsen of East Troy, Wis.; five grandchildren, Colette, Daniel, Benjamin, Myles and Mikelyn; a sister, Roseann Ristow of Galesville; his father-in-law, Bert Skaar of Hixton, Wis.; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Mary's Catholic Church of Galesville, with Fr. Robert Wagner officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in Pine Cliff Cemetery, Galesviille.
Friends may call at the Smith Mortuary, Galesville, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a liturgical vigil at 8 p.m.

Susan M. (Kyle) Baker
Susan M. Baker, 71, formerly of Onalaska, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998, at Baxter County Hospital in Mountain Home, Ark. She was born Nov. 2, 1926, to James M. and Lydia M. (Elliott) Kyle in Marshall, Ark.
Survivors include a son, Phillip R. Baker of Marshall, Ark.; a daughter, Cynthia G. Wojahn of Onalaska; three brothers, Otis Kyle of Cotter, Ark., and Johnny and Jesse Kyle, both of Marshall, Ark.; five grandchildren, Cathryn Baker of Denton, Texas, Stephanie Crowther-Benson of Janesville, Wis., Phillip A. Baker of Batesville, Ark., and Coral S. and Jake Baker of Casablanca, Morocco; and two great-grandchildren, Micyla and Danielle Baker of Batesville, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Jesse Baker; a brother, Olin Kyle; and a granddaughter, Coral D. Baker.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Rock Creek Cemetery, Harriet, Ark., with Jim Ragland officiating. Arrangements were made by the Roller-Coffman Funeral Home of Marshall, Ark.

Ervin O. Nerison
WESTBY, Wis. - Ervin O. Nerison, 75, of rural Westby, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998, at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. He was born Aug. 13, 1923, in Vernon County, Wis., to Oliver and Esther (Gronning) Nerison. Ervin was baptized and confirmed at Vang Lutheran Church, rural Westby, where he was a lifelong member and served as treasurer. He attended the Nerison School and later was the school clerk for 15 years. On Feb. 24, 1945, he married Alice Ihle at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.
Ervin was on the Vernon County fair board for 15 years; served as town of Jefferson chairman for 16 years; was elected to the Vernon County board in 1974; and began his 14th term in 1998. On the county board, he served as chairman of the personnel committee; chairman of the highway committee; and as a member of the health committee and the unit on aging committee. In addiiton, he was a Vernon County Farm Bureau board member for 30 years; served as president of Vernon County Farm Bureau and Great Rivers FS for many years; was elected to the State Farm Bureau board; and was on the Vernon Coop Association board for several years. Ervin was a dairy leader for Mills North Springville 4-H Club and a member of the Coon Valley Lions Club.
He served as a director of the Midwest Livestock Coop.; the Rural Mutual Insurance Co., Madison; the Rural Security Life Insurance Co., Madison; and the Wisconsin Marketing Association, Madison.
He is survived by his wife, Alice; his son, Lee (Laura) of rural Westby; his daughter, Linda (Gary) Johnson of Loyal, Wis.; one grandson, Ryan Johnson; and four granddaughters, Heather (Leslie) Ormond, and Thea, Seri and Erin Nerison; three sisters, Katherine (Donald) Johnson of La Crosse, Orvella Nustad of Aurora, Colo., and Lucille (Dick) Wrobel of La Crosse; aunts, Ruth Burke, Enola Iverson and Ruth Nerison; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1979, and his mother in 1995.
Blessed be his memory.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 1998, at the Vang Lutheran Church, rural Westby. Revs. Paul Jordahl and Steve Meyer will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Seland Funeral Chapel in Coon Valley on Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m., and at the church on Thursday from noon until the time of services.

Solveig Marie Tweito
SPRING GROVE, Wis. - Solveig Marie Tweito, 61, of Cottage Grove, Minn. and formerly of Spring Grove, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, in the Woodbury Care Center, Woodbury, Minn. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, in Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Minn. Burial will be in the Trinity Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, at the Roble Funeral Home, Spring Grove, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, in the church.

Kathleen Grams Bader
SUNNYSIDE, Wash. - Kathleen Grams Bader, 92, died Monday, Aug. 17, 1998, in the Sun Terrace Residential Home in Sunnyside. She was born July 22, 1906, in La Crosse, Wis. She was preceded in death by her husband, John. Kathleen was a graduate of St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind., class of 1927.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, survived by her three sons, John of Seattle, Wash., William of Richmond, Va., and August of Kent, Wash.; and two daughters, Elise Lacher of Seminole, Fla., and Kathy Shiels of Sunnyside. She is the grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of 10.
Memorial services were held for the immediate family at the home of Hugh and Kathy Shiels on Aug. 22. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Maurice A. Brown
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Maurice A. Brown, 80, of Black River Falls, died Monday, Aug. 31, 1998, in Black River Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday from Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Upper Beaver Creek Lutheran Cemetery, rural Taylor. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, and from 10 a.m. until services Friday at the church.

Mildred B. Finch
BAKERSFIELD, Calif./WYEVILLE, Wis. - Mildred B. Finch, 82, of Bakersfield and formerly of Wyeville, died Monday, Aug. 31, 1998, in Castlewood Retirement Center, Bakersfield. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah. Burial will be in Wyeville Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday, both at the funeral home.

Allene E. `Curly' Schultz
OWEN/CHASEBURG, Wis. - Allene E. ``Curly'' Schultz, 85, of Owen, Wis., and formerly of Chaseburg, died Monday, Aug. 31, 1998, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. She was born Aug. 21, 1913, in Ostrander, Minn., to Albert and Anna (Rude) Halling. She married Walter Jon Schultz in Minnesota. The couple operated Schultz's Tavern in Chaseburg for over 40 years. She belonged to the Chaseburg Lioness Club and was a lifelong and very active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.
Survivors include one son, Terry (Darlene) of Willard, Wis.; one grandson, Rob (Ann) of Union Grove, Wis.; one granddaughter, Terri of New Berlin; and one great-granddaughter, Carrie and one great-grandson, Michael, both of Union Grove.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter in 1975; four brothers, Lawrence, Elmer, Victor and Rudolph; and one sister, Rosie.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 4, 1998, at 2 p.m. at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. Rev. Lyle Schalow will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will also be held at St. Peter's Church in Chaseburg, on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and again at the church on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of services.
The Seland Funeral Home, Coon Valley, is assisting the family.

Bernice L. Ness
SPARTA, Wis. - Bernice L. Ness, 82, of Sparta and formerly of La Crosse, died Monday, Aug. 31, 1998, in Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse.
Bernice was born in Chetek, Wis., on May 5, 1916, to Lyman and Emma (Sell) Tallman. She married Leslie C. Jerome in 1933 and had four children. The couple later divorced and Bernice married Melvin Ness in 1973. He passed away in 1977.
Bernice is survived by three daughters, Laura Johnson of Sparta, Beverly Gunderson of La Crosse, and Mary Dokkebaken of Holmen; one son, Duane (Myrtle) Jerome of Taylor; two brothers, Lester (Lucy) Tallman of Shasta Lake, Calif., and Ellsworth (Christina) Tallman of Horicon, Wis.
Bernice regretfully leaves behind 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Helen Pederson of La Crosse; and one brother, Bernard Tallman of Onalaska.
Funeral services will be held at the Fossum Funeral Home of Bangor on Thursday, Sept. 3, 1998, at noon. Rev. Jonathan Eastman with the Presbyterian Church, West Salem, will officiate. Family and friends may call at the Fossum Funeral Home in Bangor from 11 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday. Burial will be in the Burns Cemetery.
Bernice was a very special lady to all she knew and touched. She will be sadly missed by many for the compassion, thoughtfulness and devotion that she so willingly offered to her family and friends. May God bless her and keep her safe and warm.

Thomas D. McDonald
VIROQUA, Wis. - Thomas D. McDonald, 64, of RFD 3, Viroqua, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998 at his home. He was born Dec. 31, 1933, in Wonewoc, to Thomas and Pauline (Solchenberger) McDonald. He served in the U.S. Army. On Sept. 29, 1979, he was united in marriage to Emma Wood Lombard. He farmed, and at the same time, was willing to help anyone who needed help. In addition to being a partner in life, he was a partner with his wife in ``Aunt Emma's Bakery''.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two stepsons, James (Barb) Lombard of Elroy, and John (Donna) Lombard of LaCrosse; five grandchildren, Tammy (David) Hatfield, Tina Lombard, John Lombard, Kevin Lombard, and Kimberly Lombard; one brother, Francis McDonald of Cochrane; one sister, Pat (Jack) Doesher of Wisconsin Dells; one aunt, Madge Walstead of Madison; two nephews, Wayne (Cindy) Doesher and Lee (Robin) Doesher; and one niece, Lynn (Antonio) Lazcano. He was preceded in death by his parents, and aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 3, 1998, at 1 p.m. from the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy 14 in Westby. Pastor George Shick will officiate, with burial in the Sugar Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Thursday after noon, both at the Vosseteig Funeral Home in Westby.
Blessed be the memory of Thomas D. McDonald.
``The Lord is my rock and my refuge, my God in whom I trust.'' Psalm 91:2

Carol V. Widner
VIROQUA/AVALANCHE, Wis. - Carol V. Widner, 83, a resident of Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Viroqua, and formerly of Avalanche, died Monday, Aug. 31, 1998, at Vernon Manor. She was born on July 20, 1915, in the town of Webster, Vernon County, to Fred and Amelia (Lokken) Widner. She was a lifelong member of Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church and the Avalanche Ladies Aid. She enjoyed growing flowers and was interested in gardening.
She is survived by her sister, Helen Udulutch of Milwaukee; one sister-in-law, Lucille Widner of Viroqua; two nephews, Larry (Lenore) Widner of Viroqua and Sid (Lisa) Widner of Westby; and three great-nieces and three great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Orville and Arnold; one nephew, Fredrick Widner; and one brother in law, Ted Udulutch.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 4, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. from the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy. 14, Westby. Pastor Paul Jordahl will officiate, with burial in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday after 9:30 a.m., both at the Vosseteig Funeral Home in Westby.

Debbie L. (Olson) Sprecher
BARABOO/WESTBY, Wis. - Debbie L. (Olson) Sprecher, 41, of Baraboo and formerly of Westby, died Sunday evening, Aug. 30, 1998, at University Hospital in Madison, of injuries received in a motorcycle accident. She was born March 28, 1957, to Alden and Beatrice (Stakston) Olson in Viroqua. She graduated from Westby High School in 1975. She worked at various jobs in the Westby and Baraboo areas. Debbie moved to Baraboo in 1982. She was an artistic and talented person who was very giving - a devoted mother, a loving daughter, sister and friend. She was an avid reader; her interests were many. She loved the country, especially animals and gardening.
Survivors include her son, Lucas Sprecher and daughter, Kristen Sprecher; her life partner, Robert Stafford; her parents, Alden and Beatrice Olson of Westby; three brothers, Bruce (Lisa) of Coon Valley, Brian (Sara) of Chaseburg, and Jon (Teresa) of Westby; two sisters, JoAnne Olson (Lisa Quindel) of East Troy, Wis., and Diane Berger of Westby; the father of her children, Scott Sprecher; 11 nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. They will all miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Olaf and Mabel Olson; and her maternal grandparents, Philip and Olga Stakston.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 1998, at Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Rev. Jack Mithelman will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Seland Funeral Chapel in Coon Valley on Thursday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Memorials may be given to Debbie's children, Lucas and Kristen.

Adeline Doris Wappler
TOMAH, Wis. - Adeline Doris Wappler, 72, of Tomah, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998, at the Tomah Health Care Center. She was born Feb. 26, 1926, to George and Edna (Sommerfield) Roscovius in the town of Tomah. She was united in marriage to Lloyd A. Wappler on Dec. 12, 1946, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ridgeville. They farmed in the town of Tomah, Valley of Bear Creek, from 1947 to 1992, when they moved to Tomah. Adeline was an active and faithful member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church at Indian Creek. She was active in the ladies aid and was a Sunday school teacher. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
In addition to her husband, Lloyd, she is survived by a son, Robert (Sharon) of Tomah; a daughter, Linda (Dale) Jessie of Cataract; four grandchildren, Emily, Nathan and Garrett Jessie, and Cherryl (Darrel) Chambers; a sister, Beatrice (Rodney) Calkins of Tomah; four sisters-in-law, Florence Roscovius of Tomah, Marcella (Norman) Austin of Tomah, Berness Hartz of Ashland, and Carol Wappler of Onalaska; and a brother-in-law, LaVern (Lillian) of Tomah. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Raymond; and a brother, Roland.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 4, 1998, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in the town of Clifton. Rev. Paul G. Heiderich will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Clifton.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.


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