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Randy W. Peer
ONALASKA, Wis. - Randy W. Peer, 38, of Onalaska, formerly of Avoca, died on Monday, Aug. 31, 1998, from injuries resulting from an auto accident in Iowa County. He was born on Nov. 16, 1959, to William and Shirley (Olson) Peer in Beloit, Wis. Randy worked in construction most of his life and had been presently employed with Terry White Construction Company.
Survivors include parents, Bill Peer-Avoca and Shirley Peer at Riverdale HealthCare in Muscoda; two brothers, Terry Peer and family of Gotham and Rick Peer and family of Rapid City, S.D.; Randy's aunts, Donna Rakow of Muscoda, Connie Canoy of Muscoda, Rita Draves-Avoca and Lorraine Hilleshiem of Cambridge; Randy's uncles, Dewey Peer of Madison and Monty Logue of Janesville; and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 1998, at the Godager Funeral Home in Muscoda. Rev. Richard Orchard will officiate with burial in the Avoca Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. or on Friday from 8 a.m. until the time of the services. The Godager Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements.

Richard `Dick' Tichenor
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - Richard ``Dick'' Tichenor, 62, a lifetime resident of Prairie du Chien, Wis., died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998, at his home. He was born March 22, 1936. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Gabriels Catholic Church and burial, with military rites, in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Garrity Funeral Home, Prairie du Chien, Wis., where there will be a wake scripture at 7 p.m.

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.

James E. Jirsa
James E. Jirsa, 65, of La Crosse, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998.
He was born in La Crosse on Oct. 24, 1932, to John and Marie (Spah) Jirsa. He married Betty Sinniger on June 2, 1956, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in La Crosse.
Jim attended St. Wencelaus Grade School and was a 1950 graduate of Aquinas High School. He served in the United States Air Force following high school.
He worked as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for 34 years before retiring in 1988. Jim was an active member of the Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse where he served on the Post 52 Firing Squad. He was also a Golden Eagle in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1254 of La Crosse, a member of the Catholic Order of Sokols, and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1920 of La Crosse. Jim was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church where he served as an usher. He was also very active in the Holy Trinity Men's Club at the parish, and served two terms as the organization's president. He also played softball with the battling Bo Hunks.
Jim was an avid golfer and bowler. He was a member of Virg's Golf Group at the Hillview Golf Club, and was a member of Chapter 1 of the 700 Bowlers Club of America. Jim also enjoyed his many fishing trips to Canada and working in his garden.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; one son, Tim (Barb) Jirsa of La Crosse; two daughters, Kathy (Stephen) Janquart of Winona, Minn., and Jane (Brian) Kapanke of Bangor, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Linzi, Kyle and Megan Jirsa, Jakob and Benjamin Janquart, and Jennifer and Jessica Kapanke; one sister, Barbara (Allen) Gutzel of La Crosse; one brother, Gene (Sharon) Jirsa of La Crosse; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John ``Red'' Jirsa, Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. from Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Rev. Lawrence B. Berger will officiate. Entombment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Friday, from 5-8 p.m., where a Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9 a.m. until departing for church. Memorials will be given in Jim's name to an organization to be designated later.
Jim was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by his family.

Coddie Gamroth
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Coddie Gamroth, 90, of Altoona, formerly of Independence, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998, at Oakwood Villa in Altoona. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Edison Funeral Home, Independence, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mary Ann Novak
Mary Ann Novak, 62, of La Crosse, died on Monday, Aug. 31, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center. She was born Sept. 16, 1935, at Stoddard, Wis. to Albert and Grace (Riley) Adams. She had lived at Bethany on Cass for the past five years. She married John F. Novak on April 24, 1954, in Rockland, Wis. John died April 8, 1992. Mary attended school in Stoddard and La Crosse Public Schools.
She is survived by four sisters, Eva Lamprech, Dorothy Leo, both of Stoddard, Ada Ramin, Alma Ekholm and one brother, James (Mauvette) Adams, all of Michigan; one brother-in-law, Clarence Schultz of Minnesota; many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she is also preceded in death by her parents and one sister.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998, at 2 p.m. at the Woodruff Funeral Home, 4239 Mormon Coulee Road. The Rev. William Stevens will officiate and burial will be in the Stoddard Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Stoddard United Methodist Church.

Christel Hermann Degner
SPARTA, Wis. - Christel Hermann Degner, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998, at the age of 62 years. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sparta, Pastor Del Begalka officiating. Visitation will be held at the Page-Smith Funeral Home in Sparta from 5 to 8 p.m. and at 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will be held following funeral services at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Sparta.
Christel was born on Feb. 20, 1936, the daughter of Fritz and Elli Hermann in Frohnhausen, Dillkreis, Germany. She was baptized as a child of God and heir of everlasting life in the Lutheran church in Frohnhausen. She spent her younger years with her family in Frohnhausen. She and her brother and sister were raised by their mother since her father was declared missing in action near Leningrad, Russia, in 1942.
Christel moved to the United States in 1955 where she lived with relatives in Madison, Wis. and Chicago, Ill. On June 10, 1961, she married Herbert L. Degner in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wonewoc, Wis. Together they raised two sons, Fritz Alfred Degner and Mark Herbert Degner. She became a U.S. citizen in March of 1965. She and Herbert lived in a number of states, including Alaska, during his military career. They resided in Germany for three years, from 1978 to 1981 and then resided in Sparta, Wis., following Herbert's retirement from the military.
In 1973, she received her GED and began part-time studies in child psychology at the University of Alaska. She enjoyed bowling and received many trophies for league and individual bowling accomplishments. In 1981, she finished fourth in the All European Master Amateur Bowling Championship Tournament in Worms, Germany. She was the only woman to bowl a perfect 300 game in the Sparta Bowling Alley.
As Mr. Degner's health deteriorated in the years after retirement, Christel dedicated herself faithfully to the care of her husband. She herself became ill with cancer several years ago and though she recovered for a time, she became more ill herself and could not continue the role of caregiver. Finally, the Lord brought an end to her suffering and called her home to himself in heaven last Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998, having reached the earthly age of 62 years, 6 months and 11 days.
Christel is survived by her husband, Herbert; two sons, Fritz, wife Kristine of Sparta and Mark of Chicago; two grandsons, Cody and Joshua Degner of Sparta; a sister, Eleonore Buckart, husband Heinz of Frohnhausen, Germany; and a brother, Alfred Hermann of Frohnhausen, Germany. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Eunice W. Burns
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Eunice W. Burns, 78, of La Crescent, Minn. died on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born on Jan. 15, 1920, in La Crosse to John and Alma (Hegge) Gerhart. She married Robert J. Burns on Feb. 13, 1960, in Caledonia, Minn. He died on June 1, 1993.
Eunice is survived by a daughter, Susan (Richard) Radde of Onalaska, Wis.; two sons, Donald (Laurie) Luce of La Crescent and John Burns of La Crescent; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pearl Coster of La Crosse and Audrey Reynolds of St. Paul, Minn. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leon Luce in 1959.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998, at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent. Monsignor Donald W. Grubisch will officiate. Burial will be in the Crucifixion Cemetery in La Crescent. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.


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