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Dorothy L. `Dottie' Papacek
WAUKESHA, Wis. - Dorothy L. ``Dottie'' Papacek, 76, of Waukesha, Wis., and formerly of La Crosse, died on Friday, Sept. 4, 1998, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Waukesha.
She was born on Sept. 16, 1921, in La Crosse, to Leo G. and Emily (Shedesky) Kihm. Dorothy graduated from Aquinas High School in 1939. She maintained close friendships with many classmates and was actively involved in the planning of their class reunions. She worked at Camp McCoy during World War II.
She met Upton Nordstorm while involved with the La Crosse Community Theatre. They married in 1946 and moved to Owatonna, Minn., where they owned and operated a photography studio. Following his death in 1951, she returned to La Crosse with her two children. She began work at the Chancery Office of the Diocese of La Crosse and later became assistant to Bishop Frederick Freking. On May 29, 1954, she married John E. Papacek. They were owners of the Pla-Mor Bowling Center until the time of his retirement in 1989. He died on Oct. 7, 1991. Dorothy was the Grand Regent for the Catholic Daughters of America. As an active member of the St. Joan of Arc Altar Society, she served as president and on several chairmanships. For several years, she volunteered with the Meals on Wheels program. She served on many committees within St. Thomas More parish, with youth organizations, parish fund-raising and social organizations. Dottie was an avid bridge player all her life. In 1995, she moved to the Brookfield Highlands, Brookfield, Wis., to be closer to family.
Dottie is survived by children Janet F. Nordstrom of New Berlin, Wis., Gregory L. (Rebecca Maas) Nordstrom of Biloxi, Miss., Mary S. (Al) Guerrera of Wauwatosa, Joanne (John D.) Heup of Oconomowoc, Wis., and Carol J. (John) Pesch of Seattle, Wash; nine granchildren, Stephanie Perkins, Gregory and Tristana Nordstrom, Cassandra and Lindsay Radliff, Katherine, Andrew and Michael Heup, Kasey Pesch and her soon-to-be-born great-grandson, Dennis H. Perkins III; a sister, Arlene Long of Madison, Wis.; and a brother, George (Jean) Kihm of La Crosse. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Jeanne Wateski.
Dottie often reminisced about days of tennis and nights of jitterbugging at the USO. Her wry sense of humor and those sparkling blue eyes will be missed by her family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The Rev. Joseph Rafacz will officiate. Entombment will be in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum, Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse from 5 to 8 p.m. today, where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., and again on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until departing for church.

Leland O. Clark
CASHTON, Wis. - Leland O. Clark, 86, of R.3, Cashton, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, in his home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Dell United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Dell Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 8 p.m., at the Seland Funeral Home, La Farge; and from noon until the time of services Wednesday at the church.

H. Sylvia Jacobson
H. Sylvia Jacobson, 77, of La Crosse and formerly of La Crescent, Minn., died on Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Nursing Home, La Crosse. She was born on Nov. 5, 1920, in Moose Lake, Minn., to William and Gunhild (Sande) Olson. She married Adolph H. Jacobson on July 20, 1940, in Decorah, Iowa. He died on Aug. 6, 1985. Helen was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent and was a member of the Altar Guild and Martha's Circle. Her favorite pastimes included gardening and bowling. She was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Twins baseball fan.
Sylvia is survived by three daughters, Grace (Bill) Peloquin and Marj Jolin, both of Sheboygan, Wis., and Nanci (Glenn) Sina of La Crosse; three sons, Art (Linda) of Onalaska, Les of La Crosse and Dave (Phyllis) of Coon Valley; seventeen grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Adolph, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene Jacobson; a granddaughter, Shannon Peloquin; two sisters; and a brother.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent. The Revs. Duane Baardseth and Mark A. Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in the Prospect Hill Cemeter, La Crescent. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society or to the American Diabetes Association. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent is in charge of arrangements.

Emma J. Krol
Emma J. Krol, 76, of La Crosse, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, in Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, La Crosse. She was born in New York on June 26, 1922.
She is survived by one daughter, Barbara (David) Sewell of Hartford, Wis.; two stepsons; one stepdaughter; her grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She is further survived by her friend and companion, Jack Lachman.
Private family services will be held, with private family burial to be in Wood National Memorial Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wis.
The Blaschke Funeral Home, La Crosse, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Douglas C. Schoenberger
WINONA, Minn. - Douglas C. Schoenberger, 45, of Winona, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, in his home. He was born Sept. 8, 1952, in Whitehall, Wis., to James and Angeline (Sosalla) Schoenberger. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Alma, Wis. Burial will be in Alma Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. The Stohr-Hagen-Wozney Funeral Home, Alma, is in charge of arrangements.

Alvina Brandau
SPARTA, Wis. - Alvina Brandau, 99, of Sparta, died Monday morning, Sept. 7, 1998, at the Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta.
She is survived by three daughters, Ardith (Orland) Sletten of Kendall, Dorothy Waterman of Eau Claire, and Leora (Wallace) Daniels of Butler, Ind.; one son, Byron (Beverly) Brandau of Sparta; 23 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Helen Gajewski of Sparta.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, Sparta, with Rev. David Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the Wanderers Rest Cemetery, Norwalk.
Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta, on Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m., and at the church on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Norbert Frank Weibel
CASHTON, Wis. - Norbert Frank Weibel, 81, of Cashton, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at the Clark County Health Care Center in Owen, Wis. He was born on Aug. 17, 1917, at St. Mary's Ridge, to Anton and Mary (Rademacher) Weibel. He was married to Ida Schmitz on Nov. 12, 1940. Norbert was a member of the Catholic Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, served on the Cashton village board, and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He served in World War II in the Phillipines and spent most of his working life as a mechanic.
Survivors include his wife, Ida; six children, Richard (Mary) of Cashton, Cleo (Judy) of Madison, Dale (Becky) of Mondivi, Joyce (Jim) Kroll of Muskego, Dennis (Lynne) of Knapp and Dean (Shirley) of Sparta; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Freda Heilman of Jefferson. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Veronica; and six brothers, Alfred, Peter, Sylvester, William, Alfons and John.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton. Father Joseph Hirsch will officiate. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Chapel in Cashton, with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. They may also call at the chapel on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Rana M. Wiser
BOSCOBEL, Wis. - Rana M. Wiser, 32, of Boscobel, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998, as the result of an automobile accident near Blue River, Wis. She was born Dec. 9, 1965, in Boscobel, to Clark and Ann (Hudson) Leffler. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Thoni-Kendall Funeral Home, Boscobel. Burial will be in Sand Prairie Cemetery, town of Richwood, Richland County, Wis. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Margaret Blanche Grant
TOMAH, Wis. - Margaret Blanche Grant, 93, of Tomah, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998, in Tomah Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday from St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, and burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, both in Tomah. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church.

Clarence `Buster' Knutson
Clarence ``Buster'' Knutson, 80, of La Crosse, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born July 17, 1918, in Helena, Mont., to Martin and Helen (Barrett) Knutson. Buster was a 20-year veteran and served as a sergeant with the Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He later worked for the Trane Company and retired after 14 years of service. He married Beverly Gardner on July 4, 1963, in Caledonia, Minn. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and the French Island American Legion Post #417.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly of La Crosse; one son, Scott W. Knutson of La Crosse; one daughter, Roxanne (Rick) Pederson of La Crosse; one granddaughter, Lori Pederson of La Crosse; one uncle, Arlo Barrett of Mindoro; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; four sisters; one son; and his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Zastrow of Tomah.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska. Rev. John Parcher will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in La Crosse. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.; and at the funeral home on Thursday from noon until the time of services.

Theresa A. Skundberg
ETTRICK, Wis. - Theresa A. Skundberg, 91, of Ettrick, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at the Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Whitehall. She was born Oct. 31, 1906, in Blair, Wis., to Theodore and Alma (Blum) Grinde. She married John Skundberg on Nov. 17, 1924, in Blair, Wis., and he preceded her in death in 1980.
Theresa is survived by one daughter, Gladys Kleppen of Ettrick; one brother, Orvis Grinde of Blair; two sisters, Adeline Stozewski of Black River Falls, and Lucille (Don) Hessler of Blalir; two grandchildren, Darrell (Joan) Kleppen of Blair and Darlene Walls of Ettrick; three great-grandchildren, Richard (Pauline) Peterson of Augusta, Wis., Jason Kleppen and his special friend Laura of Blair, and Lisa Kleppen and her special friend Joel of Blair; three great-great-grandchildren, Ryan, Steven and Harley Peterson of Blair; one sister-in-law, Pearl Grinde of Aurora, Colo.; and several nieces, nephews and close friends.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one infant son; and three brothers, Francis (Bud), Ernest and Truman.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, at the French Creek Lutheran Church in rural Ettrick. Rev. Kathryn Ingbritsen will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Living Hope Lutheran Church in Ettrick today from 4 to 8 p.m.; and at the French Creek Lutheran Church on Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services. The Fossum Funeral Home in Ettrick is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dawn Lynn Swenson
SPARTA, Wis. - Dawn Lynn Swenson, 26, of Sparta, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, Sparta.
She was born Aug. 1, 1972, in La Crosse to Richard and Diane (Crawford) Dunlap Jr. She was a 1991 graduate of West Salem High School. On July 17, 1993, she married Todd Swenson at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in West Salem. Dawn loved animals since her early childhood and she was farming with her husband in the Sparta area.
Survivors include her husband, Todd; two daughters, Bobbi Lynn and Tayler Lynn, both living at home; her parents of West Salem; a brother, Paul (Angela) Dunlap of Cadott, Wis.; maternal grandparents, James and Jeanine Hardie of West Salem; paternal grandmother, Sylvia Dunlap of West Salem; maternal great-grandmother, Stella Grimslid of West Salem; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Charlotte Swenson of Bangor; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Richard Dunlap Sr.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 10, at 1:30 p.m. from the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem. Rev. J. David Bersagel and Rev. Mitzi Miyamoto will officiate. Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be given to establish an educational fund for Bobbi Lynn and Tayler Lynn.
Dawn was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and sister, and was a friend to everyone.

Rae M. McFadden
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Rae M. McFadden, 63, of La Crescent, died on Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at her home. She was born on May 3, 1935, at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill., to George and Marie (Wolfert) Neiweem.
Rae seems to have come to this earth knowing she would be a nurse. Her earliest memories include nursing all her sick dollies and bears. Her mother recalls her nursing anyone who unknowingly lay down on a couch or bed near her. She went on to become a great nurse, educator, lifelong learner and traveller.
Rae attended grade school at St. Faith, Hope and Charity, and high school at New Trier, both in Winnetka, Ill. In high school she focused her studies toward a career in nursing by electing for Latin and science courses. She was awarded a partial scholarship from the Rotary Club for having a high GPA and a dedicated goal of becoming a nurse. She was later awarded a second Rotary scholarship for outstanding performance during her first year of nurse's training.
She attended St. Francis School of Nursing in Evanston, Ill., and graduated as a registered nurse in 1956. She did her psych rotation at Great Lakes Naval Hospital, where her love of psychiatry was sparked. She also experienced a great polio epidemic during rotation at a Chicago hospital for contagious disease. She and her co-workers sacrificed their own polio vaccines to their infected patients, yet not one doctor or nurse at that hospital contracted the disease (at that time).
After graduation, Rae and a friend decided on a vacation to California, taking Route 66 to Oxnard. There they sought out employment at a local hospital to earn money for their trip home. The Catholic sister who was the director of nursing was moved to tears at their arrival. She had been praying for weeks for two more nurses due to shortage of staff. Rae and her friend remained in employment there for several months. She returned home and took employment as a head nurse at Highland Park Hospital. One cold Christmas Eve, she returned home from work to find the narcotics key in her pocket. Her mother, father and brother all drove her back to the hospital to return the keys, but ran out of gas on the way back home. The police assisted the stranded group, and a memorable Christmas Eve was created.
At Highland Park Hospital, Rae met Dr. Clare Close who propositioned her to become his office nurse at his private practice. Rae accepted the position and worked for him for three years, returning occasionally when needed. From there Rae took employment at Northcrest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. There she was responsible for establishing a recovery room for the new hospital. Next she worked at St. Theresa Hospital in the emergency room over the weekends at night. This employment occurred in the early 1960s, during the riots. She then transferred to the psych unit, again touching base with her preferred focus as a nurse.
In 1965, Rae took a job as the first ever district nurse in Gurnee, Ill. She was responsible for the elementary school and later, the junior and senior high school. She also started night classes to earn a bachelor degree in psychology. She was awarded a B.S. in psychology in 1975.
Rae then moved to Topeka, where she was hired at the famous Menninger Clinic. There she spent three years revamping an existing psychiatric unit that was experiencing difficulties. She also worked at Stormont Vail Hospital. During that time she earned her masters degree in adult education.
In 1978, Rae was hired by her beloved departed friend, Sr. Grace Clair, to teach psych nursing at Viterbo College in La Crosse. She remained there for four years until accepting a head nurse position at St. Francis Hospital, La Crosse, in the psych department. In 1984, Rae was invited to tour Shanghai, Nanjing, Beijing and Hong Kong on a trip to China for psychiatric nurses. This international education program allowed Rae to view many psychiatric hospitals in China, and was one of the highlights of her career.
Rae was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1986, when her employment with St. Francis ended. After returning to work, she was employed by the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tomah. There she assumed a head nurse position in the post traumatic stress disorder unit, the chemical dependency unit, and dual diagnosis (mental illness with chemical abuse). While there, Rae co-facilitated a medical professions career-shadowing program for Native American youth. She also implemented a study to reduce drug usage on her PTSD by offering alternatives such as herbs, exercise, relaxation methods, prayer, natural remedies and pet therapy (Rae appealed to the VA for several years before being granted permission to purchase a unit dog). Her project was so successful that she and dear friend Vivian Edwards took this study to the International Society of Trauma Stress Disorders, where they were invited to co-present their finding in 1993 in the Netherlands. She also toured other European countries while overseas.
Rae was a strong advocate for Native American health and education. she was a member of Indian Nursing and Education and attended a conference at Arizona State University in 1994. She also traveled to Pine Ridge, S.D., to teach psych nursing at the Oglala Community College. She so loved this experience that she set her goal to return each year to teach psych nursing. A relapse of her cancer interfered with her goal, but she was able to return for the graduation ceremonies of the students she had taught.
Rae took a medical retirement in 1995, due to her health. She continued learning by attending learning-in-retirement classes at UW-L, and attended Elderhostel in Duluth, Minn. She was also able to volunteer for a short time at the Salvation Army. She traveled many places, including Glacier National Park and many of the contiguous forty-eight states. Her last trip took place in the spring of 1998, along the Appalachian Mountains, from North Carolina to Maine.
She is survived by her mother and father, George and Marie Neiweem of La Crescent; one brother, Jim and Ann Neiweem of East Hampton, Conn.; one son, Raymond J. McFadden of Davie, Fla.; and one daughter, Marie (McFadden) and George Hanson and two grandchildren, Sara Rae Hanson and Clayton George Hanson, of La Crescent.
She will be sadly missed by her family, her many friends and the medical community. Rae asked that anyone wishing to make a memorial in her honor please bring a bag of groceries to the Salvation Army. Her children will be using any cash donations to establish a scholarship for needy students at Oglala Community College in Pine Ridge, S.D.
There will be a memorial service beginning around 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, 1998, at Vivian Edwards home at 1305 Juniper Street, La Crescent, Minn. Friends are invited to attend. Rae's ceremony will be officiated by educators and medicine people, John Anderson and Ginger Wilcox of the Lac Courte Orielles Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa. A Mass will be said at a later date at the Viterbo Campus Church. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph W. Edgett Jr., M.D.
Joseph W. Edgett Jr., M.D., 65, retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill.
Beloved husband of Patricia nee McGarvey. Devoted father of Janice K. (Dale) Neglay, James W., William J. (Vicky), Jacqueline M. (David) Edgett Bakken. Loving grandfather of Justin Ryan, Brandon James, Jared Thomas, Jonathon Joseph, Spencer Joseph, Alexis Jean and Macie Marie.
Graduate of the University of Idaho and the University of Oregon Medical School; assistant in Cardiology at Walter Reed Genral Hospital; assistant chief, Cardiology, Fitzsimmons General Hospital, Denver Colo.; chief medical consultant, U.S. Army, Vietnam; appointed medical director at La Crosse Exercise and Health Program; chief, Cardiology, at Gundersen Clinic Ltd.; director, Cardiac Rehabilitation, San Francisco Heart Institute, Seaton Hospital, Daly City, Calif.; interventional cardiologist, Cardiovascular Renal Consultants, Blue Island, Ill.; commander, 801st General Hospital USAR, Chicago, Ill.; director, Interventional Cardiology, Mercy Hospital, Chicago, Ill.; awarded Legion of Merit; and past director, Cardiac Catherization Laboratory, St. Francis Hospital and Health Center.
Visitation at the Schmaedeke Funeral Home, 10701 S. Harlem Ave., Worth, Ill., Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m. Lying in state at Hope Chapel, 9520 S. Merton, Oak Lawn, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Cancer Wellness Center would be appreciated.

Louise E. Raymond
ONALASKA, Wis. - Louise E. Raymond, 48, of Onalaska, Wis., died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, at the Onalaska Nursing Home. She was born May 10, 1950, in La Crosse, to Ernest and La Verne (Geske) Thomack. Louise was a 1968 graduate of Onalaska Luther High School. She married Phillip Raymond on Dec. 3, 1977, in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Onalaska. She and her husband operated Raymond Painting and Carpentry. Louise had made many excellent friends. She loved ceramics and also was a volunteer at Irving Pertsch Elementary School. She had worked for Dr. David Matelski of Matelski Chiropractic in Onalaska for 14 years.
Louise is survived by her husband, Phillip; a daughter, Kristin Louise; two sisters, Anita (Leland) Lemke of Ettrick, Wis., and Darlene (Rev. Dennis) Kempf of Viroqua, Wis.; her father-in-law and stepmother-in-law, Loring and Malita of Onalaska; many brothers- and sisters-in-law on her husband's side; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; her very, very special friend, Kathy Booher of Onalaska, who was with her from the beginning to the end; and her very special dog, Lisa, and her bird, Snow. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; mother-in-law, Lillian; and sister-in-law, Judy.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 11, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, with Rev. Lionel O. Skamser officiating. Committal services will be held at a later date. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of Onalaska on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be given to Louise's family.
Louise was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend. Thanks to God and to all who prayed for her. She is now resting and free of her pain.

James L. Alens
MINDORO, Wis. - James L. Alens, 83, of Mindoro, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Nursing Home, La Crosse.
He was born July 2, 1915, in the town of Farmington, to William and Lulu (Wilson) Alens. On June 12, 1943, he married Marjorie Stapert in Mindoro, and they celebrated their 55th anniversary this year. James farmed on his home farm in the town of Farmington his entire life until his retirement. He also owned and operated a school bus in the Mindoro school district for a number of years. James loved his tractors and enjoyed volunteering as a 4-H leader in the tractor project for many years. He was a member of Mindoro Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of Mindoro; a daughter, Cheryl (Russ) Schleifer of Melrose; four sons, Aaron (Marsha) of La Crosse, Larry (Nancy) of Onalaska, Lynn (Nancy) of Campbell, Calif., and Todd (Valerie) of Folsom, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Stacey (Robert) Sylla and Stephanie Alens, both of Bangor, Rob and Jenny Alens of La Crosse, Lucas and Valerie Schleifer of Melrose, Jamie and Justin Alens of Campbell, Calif., and Colin Alens of Folsom, Calif.; and four stepgrandchildren, Denver Anderegg of La Crosse, Ryan Anderegg of Madison, Amy Anderegg of Wauwatosa, Wis., and Halee Elmore of Folsom, Calif.
James was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister and brother in infancy.
Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 11, 1998, at 11 a.m. from Mindoro Lutheran Church. Pastor Mark Jolivette will officiate. Burial will be in the Farmington Cemetery. Friends may call at the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

John W. Fitzpatrick
John W. Fitzpatrick, 89, of La Crosse, died in his home on Monday, Sept. 7, 1998. He was born in La Crosse on Oct. 2, 1908, to Archie and Clara (Peterson) Fitzpatrick. He married Esther Hill in Winona, Minn., on Oct. 2, 1927. Prior to retirement, he was a salesman for Stark Electronics. John was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Richard W. (Patricia) Fitzpatrick of La Crosse, and Donald R. (Janice) Fitzpatrick of Weslaco, Texas; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and a daughter-in-law. He was preceded in death by a son, John Michael; a great-grandson; one sister; and one brother.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Bethany St.-Joseph Care Center. The Reverends Ron Nowland and Michael Frandsen will officiate and burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home today from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the care center on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials are requested for the First Presbyterian Church or the Bethany-St. Joseph Care Center.

Elmer R. Walchak
Elmer R. Walchak, 87, of La Crosse, died at his home on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998. He was born March 13, 1911, in Muscatine, Iowa, to Anton and Julia (Kampa) Walchak.
Prior to his retirement, he had worked as a lithographer for La Crosse Printing for 25 years, and Inland Printing. He was a well known area musician.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two sons, Paul of Rosemount, Minn., and Ramon (Sue) of La Crosse; two daughters, Audrey (Bernard) Maney of La Crosse and Colleen (Phillip) Tykwinski of Richfield, Minn.; a stepdaughter, Sherry Plager of La Crosse; a stepson, Timothy (Deb) Lisick of La Crosse; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and a great-grandson.
Memorial services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette Street, La Crosse. Fran Browning, F.S.P.A., pastoral coordinator of the funeral home will officiate and burial of the cremains will be at a later date in the French Island Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from noon until the services.
Memorials may be given to the hospice unit of the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse.

Lyman W. `Red' Saunders
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Lyman W. ``Red'' Saunders, 69, of Black River Falls, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, in his home. Funeral services, with full military honors, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday from Faith Baptist Church, Black River Falls. Burial will be at a later date in Melrose Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls; and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church.

Kathleen `Kay' Nordrum
WINONA, Minn. - Kathleen ``Kay'' Nordrum, 76, of Winona, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, in the C&R unit of Community Memorial Hospital, Winona. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday in Redeemer Lutheran Church, Winona. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hoff Funeral Homes-Burke Winona Chapel; and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Patricia `Pat' Jefson
Patricia ``Pat'' Jefson, 51, of La Crosse, died peacefully with dignity, of cancer, on Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998 at the Onalaska Nursing Home, surrounded by her family and friends, and we are comforted by knowing our loved one has found eternal peace, after her never ending will to live. She graduated from Aquinas High School in 1965, and then attended nursing school in La Crosse. She raised two children and spent some of her lifetime in Australia. She married Tony Anthony Jefson, and they were later divorced.
She is survived by her mother, Audrey Sanny of La Crosse; two daughters, Tammy Jefson of Milwaukee and Cristy Jefson of Milwaukee; one brother, Mike Sanny of La Crosse; two sisters, Jackie (Tim) Reagles of La Crosse, and Sue (Tim) Carrier of Onalaska; and one grandchild, Tommei Jefson-Rhodes of Milwaukee.
She was preceded in death by her father, John ``Jack'' Sanny.
Memorial Mass for Patricia will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Onalaska. Rev. William Matzek will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. The Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska is assisting the family with arrangements.
``How fortunate I was to have been able to experience the love of my family and friends, while here on earth, and to have heard their kindness spoken to me before my death. To my two beautiful daughters, that encouraged me and offered me words of wisdom, the words I gave to them as children, and then gave to me in return, before my death.''


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