|Joan L. Cox
APPLETON, Wis. - Joan L. Cox, 532 N. Ida St., Appleton, 50, entered
into eternal glory on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, following a sudden medical
emergency. Joan was born in La Crosse on July 22, 1948, daughter of the
late Harvey Wehrenberg and Violet (Leonhart) Wehrenberg of Appleton. She
was a 1966 graduate of Luther High School in Onalaska and in 1970 received
a bachelor degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin. On Sept.
5, 1970, Joan married John Gary Cox at Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran
Church in La Crosse. She accompanied Gary on his three-year tour of duty
with the U.S. Army in Germany, and upon their return the couple resided
in Sleepy Eye, Minn., and in Hortonville, Wis. In 1989, the family moved
to Appleton where Joan had already begun work as a certified nursing assistant
at the Outagamie County Health Center. During the mid 1980's, Joan was
a proud volunteer for the AAA Pregnancy Counseling Center. The family has
been active and faithful members of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church
Joan is survived by her mother, Violet Wehrenberg of Appleton and her
husband of 28 years, Gary Cox of Appleton. The Lord blessed Joan and Gary's
marriage with four children, Jonathan Cox of Stillwater, Okla., Caroline,
Stephen and Catherine Cox, all at home. Also surviving are her brother,
Dr. James Wehrenberg of Honolulu, Hawaii; her mother-in-law, Jeanette Cox
of Tomah; a sister-in-law, Margie (James) Dowling of Benton Harbor, Mich.;
three brothers-in-law, Richard (Pat) Cox of Galesville, Wis., Stuart (Lynette)
Cox of Grand Forks, N.D. and Carl (Mona) Cox of La Crosse. Joan is further
survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and
by many dear friends and co-workers. She was preceded in death by her father,
an infant brother, an infant son, Benjamin and by her father-in-law, John
Funeral services for Joan will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11,
1998, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 302 North Morrison St. in
Appleton with Rev. Kenneth L. Frey officiating. Graveside services will
be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Tomah with Rev. Donald
Buch of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tomah officiating. Friends
may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and again Friday
at the church after 12 noon.
Joan will be remembered by all as a Christian wife and mother whose
greatest joys in life came from attending to her family and helping others
who were in need. She was a cheerful person who was always quick to smile
and who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Jazmyn H. Stumpf
PORTAGE, Wis. - Jazmyn ``Hope'' Stumpf, five week old infant daughter
of Marcie and Jeffrey Stumpf, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at Children's
Hospital in Milwaukee.
She was born on Aug. 4, 1998, at Froedhert Hospital in Milwaukee with
a very rare heart defect. Jazmyn was immediately taken to Children's Hospital
where the following day she underwent a five to six hour operation to have
her heart placed back into her chest. She came through that initial surgery
with flying colors and continued to have surgeries about once a week. Jazmyn
was a true fighter in every sense of the word. She continued to surprise
the doctors and nurses daily, not to mention mom and dad. She fought right
up to the end, her little heart never gave up. She finally was overcome
by an infection she couldn't fight off. Jazmyn died in the arms of her
mother and with the comfort of family. Her death was very sudden and unexpected
because she had been recovering so well.
Jazmyn is survived by her parents, Jeffrey and Marcie Stumpf of Portage;
four sisters, Kami, Taylor, Mackenzie and Brooke; two brothers, Jeffrey
and Ben; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Sherry Bornick of Portage; paternal
grandparents, Jim and Elaine Stumpf of Onalaska; great grandparents, Marion
and David Lloyd of Cambria; an uncle, Mark Bornick of Portage; an aunt,
Roxanne Stumpf of Idaho; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Jazmyn was preceded in death by her great grandparents, Elmer and Mildred
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 11, 1998, at 11 a.m.
from the Portage Presbyterian Church. Rev. Julie WaterDu will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Portage. Friends may call at
the Port-Axtell Community Funeral Home in Portage on Thursday, Sept. 10,
1998, from 5 to 8 p.m. and at church on Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Jazmyn was very lucky because she touched so many people in the short
time she was with us. She received cards and letters from all over the
state, country and world. She has truly been an inspiration to people and
children everywhere. She was called ``Baby Hope.'' Although she was given
to us for only a short time, we enjoyed every moment we had with her. She
will always be a large part of this family and the community.
``Hope:'' Trust, reliance, desire accompanied by expectation of fulfillment,
something hoped for. ``One that gives promise for the future.'' There is
an old saying, ``Hope springs eternal'' and Jazmyn will remain in our hearts
forever. Love Mom and Dad
Helen L. Knitt
VIROQUA, Wis. - Helen L. Knitt, 90, of rural Viroqua, died Wednesday,
Sept. 8, 1998, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. She was born
on Oct. 1, 1907, at the now historic, Thoreson House in Westby, which was
the home of her parents, Bennett and Mathilde (Jefson) Thoreson. She graduated
from Westby High School in 1925, then attended St. Olaf College. While
teaching Kindergarten in Oregon, WI, she met Elmer Knitt. They were married
on Sept. 17, 1938, at the Thoreson House and on Sept. 17 of this year would
have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together. In 1950, Bernice,
Tim and Eileen became part of the Knitt family. Helen was a lifelong member
of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Westby where she was an active member
of the Hannah Circle and had also made over 100 quilts.
In addition to her husband, Elmer, she is survived by her three children,
Bernice (Donald) Stalsberg of Westby, Tim (Norma) Knitt of Mauston and
Eileen Knitt of Viroqua; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren;
two brothers, Myron (Val) Thoreson of LaCrosse and Elton (Coral) Thoreson
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Theophil Thoreson
and one sister, Berna Thoreson.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 1998, at 1:30
p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Westby. Pastor Gary Daines will
officiate with burial in the Our Savior's Cemetery. Friends may call on
Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy
14 in Westby. Friends may also call at the church on Saturday after 12:30
Peter O. Bieri
WHITEHALL, Wis. - Peter O. Bieri, 78, of Whitehall, Wis., died on Tuesday,
Sept. 8, 1998, in Bethany-Riverside, La Crosse. Funeral services will be
held 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Our Savior's Lutheran Church with burial in the
Lincoln Cemetery, both in Whitehall. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday
in the Jack Funeral Home, Whitehall; and also one hour prior to the services
Sunday in the church.
Erva M. McDougal
BOSCOBEL, Wis. - Erva M. McDougal, 89, of Boscobel, passed away on
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, at the Boscobel Area Health Care in Boscobel. She
was born on April 28, 1909. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday,
Thoni-Kendall Funeral Home, Boscobel. Burial in West Fork Cemetery, Richland
County. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Marcia J. Seifert
- Marcia J. Seifert, 63, of La Crosse, died on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998,
in her home. A complete obituary will be announced by the Schumacher-Kish
Funeral Home of La Crosse.
Mary L. Hildebrand
WAUKON, Iowa - Mary L. Hildebrand, 77, of Waukon, Iowa, died Tuesday,
Sept. 8, 1998, at Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon, following a lengthy
illness. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's
United Methodist Church, Waukon. Burial in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends
may call at the church from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday. Martin Funeral Home
of Waukon, Iowa, is in charge of the arrangements.
Carol J. McCurdy
ONALASKA, Wis. - Carol J. McCurdy, 61, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998,
in her home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Sept. 22, 1936, to Floyd and Nina (Dettinger) Clott. Carol
and her husband, Richard, opened Mac's Sport Shop in 1961. They have enjoyed
the last nine years in the mild winters of Overton, Nev. Her passions in
life were bingo, football, gambling, golf, fishing, hunting, bowling, quilting,
dancing and crocheting.
She is survived by her husband of forty-one years, Richard; the biggest
joys in her life, her children, Tim (Jill) McCurdy and grandchildren, Tommy,
Kimberly and Kaitlyn of Springfield, Va. and Coleen (Dan) Wilhere and grandchildren,
Kelsey and Ryan of Langhorne, Penn.; a sister, Gloria (Bob) Guck of Viroqua;
several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her mother-in-law, Leona McCurdy
of La Crosse.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Lyle (Janice)
and a sister, Jeanette (Sonny).
She will be sadly missed by all.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church.
The Reverend Ryan Aarestad will officiate and burial will be in the Onalaska
Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main
St., Onalaska, today from 3 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from
10 a.m. until the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer
READSTOWN, Wis. - Ella Whitt, 91, of Readstown, passed away on Tuesday,
Sept. 8, 1998, at the Vernon Manor in Viroqua.
She was married to Fred Setinsky in Chicago in 1922. He passed away
in 1971, and she married Hobart Whitt in 1975. He passed away in 1979.
She is survived by two daughters, Emily Lee Oliver of Viola and Linda
(Roger) Nelson of Viroqua; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. at Peace
Lutheran Church in Readstown. Pastor Michael Wollman will officiate and
burial will be in the Readstown Cemetery. Friends may call at the Sime
Funeral Home in Readstown on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday at
the church from noon until time of services.
Vernie C. Clark
CASHTON/DELL, Wis. - Vernie C. Clark, 73, of rural Cashton, died Wednesday
morning, Sept. 9, 1998, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. Funeral
services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Dell United Methodist
Church. Burial in Dell Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday evening from
5 to 7 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. devotional service at the Vosseteig Funeral
Home, Westby. Friends may also call on Sunday after 1 p.m. at the church.
The Vossetieg Funeral Home of Westby is serving the family.
Ferne F. Inman
DE SOTO, Wis. - Ferne F. Inman, 83, of R.1 De Soto, died Tuesday evening,
Sept. 8, 1998, at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. She was born in
Crawford County on June 28, 1915, to Marion and Mabel (Cox) Gilman. She
was united in marriage to Ellsworth Inman on May 10, 1933. They lived and
farmed on the Inman family farm all their married years. Ellsworth died
on Jan. 17, 1996, and Ferne continued to live on the home farm until the
present time. She was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church and
the United Methodist Women.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia (David) Engen of Wales,
Wis. and Avanelle (Jay) Washburn of Clinton, Ill.; two sons, Terry (Donna)
Inman of Waukesha and Rickie (Colleen) Inman of Two Rivers; ten grandchildren;
13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one brother, Rolland
(Joyce) Gilman of Retreat; four sisters, Irene Ross of La Crosse, La Verne
(Edwin) Brudos of Viroqua, Lucille (Tom) Dagnon and Elaine (Kenneth) Elliott,
both of Stoddard; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to
her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Ronald; one grandson,
Michael Long; two sisters, Blanche Hammond and Anita Reynolds; five brothers,
Keith, Cleo, Carlyle, Emerald and Marlin Gilman.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, 1998,
in the New Hope United Methodist Church at Redmound. Pastor Alice Richards
will officiate with burial in the Walnut Mound Cemetery at Retreat. Friends
may call at the Larson Funeral Home in De Soto on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church
on Saturday after 10 a.m. Family suggests that memorials be given to New
Hope Methodist Church.
William E. `Bill' Houlihan
William E. ``Bill'' Houlihan, 75, of La Crosse, died on Wednesday,
Sept. 9, 1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Nursing Home.
He was born in Caledonia, Minn., on July 17, 1923, to Edward and Crescenthia
(Hunt) Houlihan. He married Corrine J. Fogel on April 14, 1967, at the
Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman in La Crosse.
Bill had worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad and for the city
of La Crosse before retiring. He and Corrine also served as childcare providers
for many years.
Bill was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, and was a life-time
member of Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse.
He is survived by his wife, Corrine, and was preceded in death by his
parents and two brothers, Merle and Earl Houlihan. Bill was also blessed
with many close friends and family that have been very supportive. Much
extended gratitude goes out to two sisters-in-law, Joyce and Vicki; two
nieces, Cheryl and Julie; and special friend, Milo Shepardson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Sept. 11, 1998,
at 10:30 a.m. from the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman. Very Rev. Robert
J. Cook will officiate. Burial, with military rites by American Legion
Post 52, will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the
Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.,
where a Christian wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. and at the church
on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be given
to the charity or organization of the donor's choice.
Bill will be loved and missed by all who knew him.
Rose J. Konop
Rose J. Konop, 92, of La Crosse, died on Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998, at
the Bethany-St. Joseph Care Center. She was born on March 19, 1906, in
La Crosse, to Martin and Margaret (Pinker) Konop. She had lived at 1518
S. Ninth St., La Crosse, all her life until she entered Bethany-St. Joseph
Care Center in 1993. Rose had never married, but chose to care for her
mother following her father's death in July of 1939. She worked for the
La Crosse Telephone Company, now Century Telephone, until her retirement.
She was a telephone operator, then chief operator, and later became supervisor.
Rose was a longtime member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Parish in La
Crosse, where she was baptized and confirmed. In the 1960s, when parish
boundaries were established, she became a member of Holy Trinity Parish.
Rose had a very strong love of the Lord along with a very deep belief in
prayer. All of her family relied on her prayers and encouragement in their
times of need, and she never let them down. She was a very loving and caring
person, always helping those in need. She had a wonderful sense of humor,
loved parties, family get-togethers and music. She could harmonize any
Rose is survived by nieces and nephews, Marian (Ervin) Crogan, Dorothy
(Hugh) Boschert and George Konop, all of La Crosse, Margaret Hanrahan of
Onalaska, Donald Konop of Minneapolis, Minn., and Delores Condreva of Illinois;
many grand-nieces and -nephews, and three very faithful grand-nieces, Kelly
(Steve) Thompson and family, Denise Hanrahan and family, and Tammy (Scott)
Isensee and family, all of Onalaska. She was preceded in death by three
brothers, Tony, Martin and John Konop; and two sisters, Mary Dvorak and
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday,
Sept. 16, 1998, at the Bethany-St. Joseph Care Center chapel. The Revs.
Thomas J. Smith and Lawrence B. Berger will officiate. Burial will be in
the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the care center chapel on Wednesday
from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests memorials be directed to the Bethany-St. Joseph Care Center. The
Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.
Eldred Jay Clift
VIOLA, Wis. - Eldred Jay Clift, 92, of Viola, died Sunday, Sept. 13,
1998, at Vernon Manor in Viroqua, Wis. He was born in Viola, Vernon County,
Wis., on Dec. 26, 1905, the son of Charlie and Rhoda (Taylor) Clift. He
married Freda M. Felton on May 7, 1943. They farmed near Viola for many
years and were known statewide for their quality-registered Guernsey cattle,
having received many county and state awards, and were recognized by the
American Guernsey Club of New Hampshire. Eldred was a member of the Vernon
County and the Wisconsin Guernsey associations.
He was a proud American and a United States Army World War II veteran,
having served in Italy. He was a member of the Viola Hamilton Harris American
Legion Post #447. He was recently awarded his 50-year pin and was the post's
He lived his entire life in or near Viola and had been able to live
in his own home until only recently. After retiring in 1970, and moving
to Viola in 1990, he was proud to be living in a home built by his father.
He was a devoted husband, brother and brother-in-law, and was a special
uncle to his many nieces and nephews.
He is survived by many nieces; nephews; and four sisters-in-law, Frances
(Robert) Beatty of Sebring, Fla., Helen (Harold) Rasmussen of Prairie du
Chien, Thelma (Frank) Hanifl of La Crosse, and Geraldine Felton of Richland
He was preceded in death by his wife, Freda, on Jan. 2, 1991; his sister,
Georgia Beth Abelt; and three brothers, Herbert, Arnie and E. La Verne
His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, in
the Viola United Methodist Church. Pastor Doris Richardson Clark will officiate,
with burial in the Viola Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted
by the Hamilton Harris American Legion Post #447. Visitation will be held
at the church on Wednesday after 10 a.m. The Larson Funeral Home of Viroqua
is assisting the family.
Olive I. `Ollie' Wargin
ELROY, Wis. - Olive I. ``Ollie'' Wargin, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 13,
1998, at her residence. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in
St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Picha Funeral Home, Elroy;
and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Roger W. Stone
HOLMEN, Wis. - Roger W. Stone, 71, of Holmen, died peacefully on Monday,
Sept. 14, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, of complications
from pneumonia. He was born Nov. 28, 1926, to Aaron and Mae (Campton) Stone,
at Rockton, Wis. He married Clarice Bergh on Oct. 2, 1950, at Holmen.
He retired from Accelerated Genetics, formerly Tri-State Breeders Cooperative,
after 38 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
``Roger loved the outdoors and was an avid sportsman until his illness.''
He is survived by his wife, Clarice of Holmen; by a daughter, Jerrine
(Dwayne) Page of Holmen; two sons, Verdayne (Shelly) Stone and Terry Stone
and his fiancee Rhonda Peterson, all of Holmen; by a sister, Esther (Harold)
Hickcox of Janesville; and a special niece, Betty Anderson; by two brothers,
Everett ``Pub'' Stone of Westby, and Roy Stone of La Farge; and by his
four granddaughters, in whom he took special pride, Jada (Page) Callahan
and her husband, Andy, Sharon Page and her fiance, Bil Schmidtnecht, and
Shawna and Kessia Stone. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters,
Erma Bredenstein and Ethel Stone; and an infant brother.
Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 515 McHugh Road,
Holmen, on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. A private family service will be
conducted at 7 p.m., with the Reverend Charles Evavold officiating. Consistent
with Roger's wishes, he will be cremated.
Donald E. Frei Sr.
BLACK RIVER FALLS/SPARTA, Wis. - Donald E. Frei Sr., 77, died Monday,
Sept. 14, 1998, at the Tomah VA Medical Center.
Don was born on April 27, 1921, in Black River Falls, to William and
Stella (Olson) Frei. He was raised in Black River Falls and graduated from
high school in 1939. On Sept. 12, 1942, he married the former Marcia Janke
Don served his country in the U.S. Army infantry during World War II
and was a Purple Heart recipient. He also managed and worked at the Dairy-State
(IGA) grocery store in Black River Falls for 12 years. He later was employed
as the supervisor of the maintenance department at Fort McCoy until retiring
in 1977. Don resided at the Fairchild Healthcare Center during the last
few years due to poor health.
He was a member of the Sparta VFW post and a former member of the Black
River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Don is survived by Marcia Frei of Onalaska; a daughter, Sandra (Gaylord)
Simonson of Onalaska; a son, Donald Jr. (Sue) Frei of Altoona; two brothers,
Warren (Jean) Frei of Pottsville, Penn., and Richard Frei of Loveland,
Colo.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, June Toma and
Fern Jeffery; and a brother, William.
Friends may call at the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, on
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, from 4 to 7 p.m. Private graveside services
will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, at East Lawn Cemetery, Alma Center.
Siera Bayley Kaatz
The HOME ABOVE
ONALASKA, Wis. - ``In the Beginning God created the Heaven and Earth
God Blessed us with twins; One is in heaven, One is on earth''
Siera Bayley Kaatz, infant twin daughter of Chad and Jennifer (Jones)
Kaatz of Onalaska, died at birth on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, at the Gundersen
Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
She is survived by her parents, Chad and Jennifer Kaatz of Onalaska;
her twin sister, Sheridan Taylor Kaatz at home; a sister, Olyvia Jones-Kaatz
at home; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Virginia Kaatz of Holmen;
maternal grandparents, Robert and Virginia Briggs of La Crosse; paternal
great-grandmother, Sara Jane Thrune of La Crosse; maternal great-grandparents,
Bertha Sherman of Richland Center, Wis., and Dorothy Briggs of La Crosse;
maternal great-great-grandmother, Coral Jones of Richland Center, Wis.;
and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998,
at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska. Rev. Michael Frandsen will officiate.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 p.m. until the
time of services.
We feel so sad when those we love
Are called to live in ``The Home Above''-
But they have but gone to prepare the way
And we'll meet them again some happy day-
For God has told us that nothing can sever
A life He created to live on forever-
So let God's promise soften our sorrow
And give us new strength for a brighter tomorrow.
Michael David Witt
``I thank my God every time I remember you.'' Philippians 1:3
Michael David Witt, 48, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998. He
was born on June 30, 1950, in Monroe County, to Ralph and Edith Witt of
Ontario, Wis. He graduated from Brookwood High School in 1968. He received
his B.S. and M.S. in civil/environmental engineering from the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. Mike married Jeanne Wrobel Thomas on Sept. 14, 1996.
He worked for the Department of Natural Resources, where he was instrumental
in pollution control efforts. As chief of Specialized Discharges Section
in the DNR's Bureau of Watershed Management, he oversaw complex permits
for paper companies and other large industries discharging waste into Wisconsin's
waterways. He was recognized for his knowledge of environmental issues
in the pulp and paper industry and was consulted nationally and internationally.
Mike co-chaired a work group for revising Wisconsin's nonpoint sources
pollution abatement program and was instrumental in developing initial
animal waste rules for the state.
He served as a member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental
Policy and Technology, and co-chaired an Effluent Guidelines Task Force
to advise the EPA on the development of national regulations for dischargers
of industrial wastewater.
Mike enjoyed the outdoors, cross-country skiing, biking, gardening,
woodworking and traveling. He was an active member of Wisconsin Lutheran
Chapel and was a member of the church council.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Witt of Madison; daughters Elizabeth
and Katherine, both attending UW-Eau Claire; his parents, Ralph and Edith
Witt of Ontario, Wis.; a sister, Ann Everson of Holmen, Wis.; a brother,
Scott (Genise) Witt of Ontario, Wis.; his maternal grandmother, Mabel DeLap
of Cashton, Wis.; nieces Kim Everson and Nicole, Rachel and Sarah Witt;
nephew Ben Everson; his father-in-law, Leyton Wrobel of Viroqua, Wis.;
his sisters-in-law, Cheryl Wrobel and her children, Brian and Renee Wrobel,
and Lory (Keith) Bauer of Viroqua, and JoAnn (David) Steinich and their
son, Jon, of Columbus, Wis.; and a brother-in-law, John (Nancy) Wrobel
of chaseburg, Wis.
He is preceded in death by his paternal Grandma and Grandpa Witt; and
Maternal Grandpa DeLap.
Funeral services will be held at Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran
Church, 1701 McKenna Blvd., Madison, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 19,
1998, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Reverend Thomas Trapp
will preside. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 1998,
at the Gunderson Funeral Home, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison.
There will be another memorial service at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
in rural Ontario on Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, at 11 a.m., with Reverend Fred
Fedke III presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service
Monday at the church. Burial will follow in South Ridge Lutheran Cemetery,
Mike was a loving and caring husband and father.
Henry F. Waldenberger
Be not sorrowful when I die,
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Henry F. Waldenberger, 94, of West Salem, died Wednesday,
Sept. 16, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born Nov. 23, 1903, in rural Genoa, Wis., to Henry F. and Eva
(Metz) Waldenberger. He grew up on a farm in Midway and attended rural
school in Midway. Henry then attended La Crosse County Agricultural School
in Onalaska for two years. On Aug. 1, 1927, he married Elsie Sandman in
Winona, Minn. He worked for the C.B. & Q. Railroad for several years
and then was employed by the Trane Co. in La Crosse for 26 years until
his retirement in 1968. He was a member of the Trane Co. ``25-Year Club'';
a lifetime member of the West Salem Rod and Gun Club; and a charter member
of the West Salem Senior Citizens. Henry was an avid hunter and trapper.
He enjoyed playing cards and also was a bowler until he was 87 years old.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Elsie; two daughters, Loris
Ann (Harold) Griffin and Wilma Kastenschmidt, both of West Salem; three
sons, Dean H. (Wanda) of Greer, S.C., Lynn C. (Lynnette) of Montevideo,
Minn., and Henry F. Jr. of St. Paul, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Randy (Carol),
Laurie, Scott (Mary) and David (Janet) Griffin, Denise (Robert) Hansen,
Gina (Jeff) Scholl, Suzanne Waldenberger, Michael (Heather) and Gregory
(Jennifer) Rommes and Ami Lynn Waldenberger; 13 great-grandchildren; and
two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a son-in-law, Arlan
Kastenschmidt; seven brothers; and four sisters.
Funeral services will be Monday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. from the Jostad-Jandt
Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem. Rev. Jonathan V. Eastman will
officiate. Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery. Friends may call at the
funeral home on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., and also on Monday from 10 a.m.
until the time of service. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association-La
I have fought a long, hard battle.
The prize of rest in mine,
Earned through pain and strife.
Be not sad, for the prize of peace is finally mine.
Kenneth N. Witte
ETTRICK/MELROSE, Wis. - Kenneth N. Witte, 85, of Ettrick and formerly
of Melrose, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, in Gundersen Lutheran Medical
Center, La Crosse. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Jostad-Jandt
Funeral Home, West Salem.
Christopher James Brown
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Christopher James Brown, age 36, of Altoona, passed
away Sept. 12, 1998, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn., after a
courageous battle with cancer. Chris was born Jan. 4, 1962, to Richard
and Marcella (Zillmer) Brown in Black River Falls, Wis. Chris graduated
from Black River Falls High School in 1980, and from the University of
Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1984 with a major in Finance and Economics. Chris
met Karrie Mehlum while attending college in La Crosse, and they were married
Aug. 11, 1984 in Viroqua, Wis. Chris was currently Vice President of Investments
and manager of Morgan Stanley-Dean Witter in Tomah, Wis., and resided with
his wife and four children in Altoona, Wis. Chris was known for his friendly,
outgoing personality; his love for his family, deer hunting, and the Green
Bay Packers. He especially loved attending and coaching his childrens'
many sporting events and activities.
Chris will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Karrie; sons, Ryan,
Cuyler, Casey, and his daughter Kayla; siblings, Wayne (Nancy), Jerry (Tamara),
Linda Chapman, Eugene, Jeff, Steve (Mary), Ron (Kristy), Debby (Jim) Bound,
David (Danette), Peggy Brown, Art (Monica); parents, Richard and Marcella
`Sally` Brown; many nieces; nephews; god-children; and other loving relatives
and friends. Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wayne and
Josephine Brown, and Fred and Elma Zillmer; and his brother-in-law Stephen
Funeral services were held 10;30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, at
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1722 Highland Ave., Eau Claire,
with Father Norbert Wilger officiating. Internment was at 2:30 p.m. at
Riverside Cemetery, Black River Falls, Wis. Visitation was held 4 to 8
p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Prock Funeral Home, 405 North Hastings Place.
There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Prock Funeral
Home is serving the family.
Marcella E. Schoh
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Marcella E. Schoh, 82, of Caledonia, Minn., died
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, in her home. She was born Aug. 22, 1916, in
Union City Township, Allamakee, County, Iowa, to John and Frieda (Vonderohe)
Meyer. On July 22, 1935, Marcella married Roy H. Schoh in La Crosse. Together
they farmed near Eitzen on Cabbage Ridge until 1958, when they moved into
Caledonia. Marcella then was employed at various places such as: Mansfield
Industries in Spring Grove, Minn., the Caledonia Hotel as a cook, Albert's
Grocery Store, and Phyllis Shoppe both in Caledonia.
Roy preceded Marcella in death on June 12, 1988. Marcella was a member
of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia and the Ladies Auxiliary of the
VFW, Houston County Post 3833 of Caledonia.
Survivors include three daughters, Bonnie Jean Schoh of Black Canyon
City, Ariz., Dianne Krueger of Winthrop Harbor,Ill., and Mary Lee Meyer
of Alexandria, VA; a son, La Vern (Nancy) Schoh of La Crescent, Minn.;
eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Laurence (Doris)
Meyer; and a sister-in-law, Lois Meyer, both of Eitzen.
In addition to her husband, Marcella was preceded in death by her parents;
a brother, Elmer Meyer; and a son-in-law, Donald Krueger.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church,
413 E. Grove St., Caledonia. Rev. Rolf T. Storlie and Rev. Elizabeth Steminski
will officiate. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia. Friends
may call at the church on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday from
10 a.m. until the time of service. The Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home,
Caledonia, is in charge of arrangements.
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Anna Stowell, age 77, died on Thursday, Sept. 17,
1998, at St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held
at 10;30 a.m. on Saturday, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hillsboro.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, where a St. Ann's Alter Society
rosary will be prayed at 4;30 p.m., and a bible vigil will be held at 7:30
p.m. at the Fick-Hoof Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Graveside services will
be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Czech National Cemetery, rural
Leonard G. TuckerMILWAUKEE, Wis - Leonard G. Tucker, 94, of milwaukee
and formerly of La Crosse, died in Milwaukee Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998.
Funeral services are set for Monday at 11 a.m. at the Woodruff Funeral
home. Complete arrangements and obittuary will follow.
Alice M. Frankie
HIXTON, Wis. - Alice M. Frankie, 80, of Hixton, died Wednesday, Sept.
16, 1998, at her home. Services will be 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, at the United
Methodist Church, with burial in the Trinity Rest Cemetery, both in Hixton.
Friends may call today fro 5 to 8 p.m. at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home,
Hixton; and also one hour prior to services at the church.
BROOKFIELD, Wis. - Mathilda Richling, 93, formerly of La Crosse, died
on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, at the home of her son in Brookfield, where
she had been living for the past 10 years.
Funeral services are tentatively arranged for Saturday, Sept. 26, and
will be announced by the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse.
ARCADIA, Wis. - Lester Rohleder, 88, of arcadia, Wis., died Wednesday,
September 16, 1998 at his home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, at the Wozney Funeral Home
Chapel, Arcadia. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Gertrude Salzer Gordon
A memorial service celebrating the life of Gertrude Salzer Gordon will
be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 20, 1998, at the First Presbyterian
Church, West Ave. and Cass St.., La Crosse, Wis. Gertrude Gordon, 92, died
Tuesday Aug. 25, 1998, in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
She was born on Jan. 26, 1906, To Henry and Clara (Kremers) Salzer of La
Crosse. She attended and graduated from Campus School and Central High
School. Mrs. Gordon obtained a B.A. degree cum laude from Connecticut College,
New Lisbon, Conn. She married Donald Alexander Gordon on Nov. 22, 1930.
Mrs. Gordon is survived by a great-nephew, Alexander Campbell of La
Crosse; a cousin, Josephine Kremers of Milwaukee; two nephews, Robert (Blanche)
Gordon of Oklahoma City, Okla., and George (Barbara) Gordon of Grand Rapids,
Mich.; and special friends, Judy and David Bouffleur and their sons, Scott
(Beth) and Paul. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband,
Donald Sr., in 1943; her son, Donald `Sandy' in 1995; and her brother,
Mrs. Gordon devoted her life to her family and this community. She
served on the board of the Family Welfare Society for 10 years; spent 17
years on the board of the La Crosse Home for Children; served on the original
board of the Community Chest; and was a member of the board and past president
of the YWCA. She served on the board of Elder care and Bethany Home Board
as a representative of the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Gordon was an ordained
elder and served as a trustee at the First Presbyterian Church, La Crosse.
Mrs. Gordon gave, not only her time and talent, but also her treasure.
Mrs. Gordon was one of the most wonderful philanthropists this community
has ever known. She has supported the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation,
the Allied Health Consortium for reading remediation and literacy center,
the UW-La Crosse Jazz Scholarships and Gertrude Gordon Jazz in the Park
Series, the La Crosse Community Foundation, the North Presbyterian Church,
First Presbyterian Church, La Crosse Public Library, Salvation Army, Big
brother/Big Sister Program, WWTC, The La Crosse Education Foundation, Family
and Children's Center, Boys and Girls Club, Coulee Region Humane Society,
United Fund for the Arts and Humanities and the Gertrude Salzer Gordon
Children's Museum. She was a woman of compassion and caring; she loved
life and lived it to the fullest. We loved her and she will be missed greatly
by her family, friends and this community.
At the memorial service we will celebrate her life in music and word.
Please join her family and friends in paying tribute to this wonderful
woman. Again, the service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 20, 1998,
at First Presbyterian Church, La Crosse. The Rev. Michael Frandsen, the
Rev. Allan Townsend, the Rev. Dan Duggan will officiate. Friends may call
at the church from 12:30 until the time of service. It was Mrs. Gordon's
wish that memorials be given to the Gertrude Salzer Gordon Children's Museum
or the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation.
The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is assisting the family