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Kenneth E. Newman
ONALASKA, Wis. - Kenneth E. Newman, 76, of Onalaska, died in his home on Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998.
He was born in Ontario, Wis., on July 17, 1922, to Thomas and Agnes (Clark) Newman. He married Marian Klein on Nov. 21, 1942, in Viola, Wis. He had worked at Allis Chalmers until retiring due to ill health.
Ken was a decorated World War II veteran, receiving a Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart Medal. He was wounded while fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 12 of La Crosse.
Ken was an avid racing fan and loved to travel and spend time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Marian; his eleven children, Jerilyn Newman of Carmichael, Calif., Alona (Allen) Eidsmoe of La Crosse, Robin (Judy) Newman of Rochester, Minn., Mary (Roger) Rhodes of Black River Falls, Wis., Gary (Karla) Newman of La Crosse, Wayne (Sue) Newman of Kingston, Wash., Peggy (Tim) Mormann of Dresbach, Minn., Lorrie (Woody) Newman of Milton, Fla., Julie (Mark) Newman of La Crosse, Jodi (Shawn) Scarlett of Orangebole, Calif., and Shelly (John) McMahon of La Crosse; 18 grandchildren; two brothers, Miles Newman of West Salem and Lloyd (Carolyn) Newman of La Crosse; numerous nieces and nephews; and his dearly beloved dog, ``Minnie.'' He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. from the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of Onalaska. Rev. Andrew K. Buhrow will officiate. Burial will take place in the Onalaska Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from noon until the time of services.

Neal R. Gross
Neal R. Gross, 72, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, following a long battle with heart disease, diabetes and leukemia. He was born on Aug. 25, 1926, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., to John ``Bud'' and Hulda (Strack) Gross. He married Ruby C. Howe on Aug. 20, 1955, in La Crosse. Neal was an Army veteran of World War II. He had worked as terminal manager for the former Gross Common Carrier in La Crosse, and retired in 1989.
In addition to his wife, Ruby, he is survived by two sons, Gary (Carol) Gross of La Crosse and Mark (Tami) Gross of rural Onalaska, Wis.; three grandchildren, Nicholas Scott, Kristina Ann and Emily Ann; a brother, Richard (Becky) of Tempe, Ariz.; his mother, Hulda of La Crosse; two nieces; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father in 1978.
Neal will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. He has left a legacy of love and kindness that will be remembered by all.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, at the First Congregational Church, La Crosse. The Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Jordan will officiate. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.

Calvin Paul `Kelly' Marx
VIROQUA, Wis. - Calvin Paul ``Kelly'' Marx, 92, of the Friendship House in Westby and longtime businessman from Viroqua, died on Friday morning, Sept. 18, 1998, at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. He was born on June 10, 1906, in Cashton, to William and Jennie (Johnson) Marx. On June 24, 1933, he married Harriett Collins. They moved to Viroqua in 1934, and owned and operated Marx Insurance Agency prior to his retirement. He had served on the Viroqua city council, Vernon Manor board of trustees, director of Electric Cleaner Co. of Osseo, and a charter board member of Capital Transamerica Insurance Company of Madison. Harriett died on June 6, 1995.
Kelly is survived by one son, John Marx of Alliance, Neb.; one daughter, Mary Huddleson of Wyneewood, Okla.; and three grandchildren, T.J. Marx of Gillette, Wyo., Carrie Marx of Alliance, and Molly (Josh) Crokell of Wyneewood. He is also preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Matt Huddleson.
Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, with Rev. Steve Zastrow officiating. Burial will be in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Melvin J. Fink
BELOIT, Wis. - Melvin J. Fink, 85, of 507 Merrill St., Beloit, died Friday evening, Sept. 18, 1998, in U.W. Hospital in Madison. He was born Aug. 24, 1913, in rural Alma Center, Wis., the son of William C. and Regina V. (Strobel) Fink. He married Belva Myhre on Aug. 14, 1935, in rural Hixton, Wis. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Beloit, was employed as a machinist with Fairbanks-Morse, was a WWII veteran and was the past adjutant of the American Legion in Coon Valley, Wis.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Belva; his loving children, James (Faye) of Beloit, and Beverly (Alan) Bobholz of Helenville, Wis.; seven grandchildren, James (Sue) Fink Jr. of Cottage Grove, Wis., Cindy (Jerry) Plummer of Rockton, Ill., Shannon (Doug) Dean of Roscoe, Ill., Jennifer Schenk of South Carolina, Michael (Cindy) Fink of Beloit, Jeffrey (Vickie) Bakken of East Troy, and Brenda (Shawn) Eckhardt of Stoughton; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Leroy (Lorraine) Fink of Branson, Mo., Robert (Betty) Fink of Tucson, Ariz., and Jerome (Bernice) Fink of Oshkosh; two sisters, Helen Mischo of Urbana, Ill., and Caroline (Gene) Sickels of Tomahawk, Wis. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jerry; a brother, Earl; grandsons, Vaughn Fink, Doug Bakken and Jeffrey Bobholz; and granddaughter, Angela Bakken.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in Coon Valley Lutheran Church, Coon Valley, Wis. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Schoenfeld Funeral Home, 1000 Inman Parkway, Beloit; and at the church Wednesday from noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family will establish a memorial at a later date.

Loran J. Day
EAST MOLINE/PORT BYRON, Ill. - Loran J. Day, 81, of East Moline and formerly of Port Byron, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, at home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John's Catholic Church, Rapids City, Ill. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today, with a 4 p.m. prayer service, in the church. Memorials may be made to the church or the American Cancer Society. The Gibson Funeral Home, Port Byron, is in charge of arrangements.

Donald G. Silbaugh
TAMPA, Fla. - Donald G. Silbaugh, 71, of Tampa and formerly of La Crosse, died in Tampa on Friday, Sept. 18, 1998. He was born June 9, 1927, in Wisconsin to Cleitus and Alice (Clark) Silbaugh. He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Larson and Diana (Les) Kam of Hawaii; three grandchildren; two brothers, Lyall (Marilyn) of Onalaska and David (Rose) of La Crosse; one sister, Kathryn (Walt) Verdon of Tiffin, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Private family services will be conducted in Hawaii at a later date.

Loren S. Kowitz
SPARTA/NORWALK, Wis. - Loren S. Kowitz, 79, of Sparta and formerly of Norwalk, died Sunday morning, Sept. 20, 1998, at Rolling Hills Nursing Home, Sparta.
He was born in Lyons Valley, Monroe County, Wis., on June 14, 1919, the son of Otto and Myra (Wells) Kowitz. On Dec. 14, 1940, he was united in marriage to Muriel Sullivan in Sparta. They farmed in Lyons Valley and lived on the family farm until 1997.
He was a 4-H leader and a member of the Norwalk school board and was the Lyons Valley clerk for the rural school board.
He was preceded in death by one grandchild, Mary Jo Downing.
He is survived by his wife, Muriel; three daughters, Janice (Ronald) Schendel of Sparta, Joyce Murphy of Cashton, and Joan Solberg of Sparta; one son, James (Patricia) Kowitz of Norwalk; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A private family service will be held. The Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta, is in charge of arrangements.

Martin S. Ellefson
LA FARGE, Wis. - Martin S. Ellefson, 92, of R.2, La Farge, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, in Vernon Manor, Viroqua. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Zion Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, with an 8 p.m. prayer service, at the Larson Funeral Home, Viroqua; and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Zion Cemetery fund.

Raymond `Ray' Aune
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Raymond ``Ray'' Aune, 98, of Rochester, died Sunday evening, Sept. 20, 1998, of natural causes, in Charter House Retirement Center, Rochester. He was born April 15, 1900, in Starbuck, Minn., to Martin and Emma (Larson) Aune. He married Laura A. Brye on June 22, 1929, at Coon Valley, Wis.
He graduated from high school in Starbuck, Minn., and earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in agriculture from the University of Minnesota. He served as agriculture agent in several Minnesota counties, and as agriculture lending officer at Olmsted Count Bank in Rochester. He was secretary/treasurer of the Olmsted County Fair Board from 1965 to 1987. Laura is a retired school teacher.
He was a member of Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester; a life member of the Farm Bureau; Rochester Kiwanis Club; Olmsted County Historical Society; and Sons of Norway. He was involved in several agriculture, 4-H and extension service projects as well.
He is survived by his wife, Laura; one son, Robert B. Aune of Rochester; one daughter, Linda C. Kyyra of Rochester; one sister, Helen Kyvig of Starbuck; and two brothers, George Aune of Starbuck, and Henrik Aune of Florence, Ala. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, at Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester. Revs. Lester Horntvedt and Gary Benson will co-officiate. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Coon Valley Lutheran Cemetery, Coon Valley, Wis., with Rev. Jack Mithelman officiating. Friends may call at the Vine Funeral Home, Rochester, Minn., from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and at the church Thursday one hour prior to services. Memorials are suggested to Zumbro Lutheran Church or the donor's choice.

Frank J. Gerth
FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. - Frank J. Gerth, 52, of W324 Lipinski Road, Fountain City, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
Frank was born in Winona, Minn., on March 24, 1946, to Henry and Mary Malewicki Gerth.
He married Kathleen Oberfoell on July 20, 1991, at Faith Assembly of God Church, Winona. Frank is an Army veteran, serving from 1965 to 1967 as a light vehicle operator, attaining the rank of SP4(T).
Frank was employed by Cytec-Fiberite for 34 years, currently as a master scheduler.
He is a member of American Legion Post #9, Winona, and a member of the National Rifle Association. He was an avid bow and rifle hunter. He also enjoyed fishing and bicycling, and was an expert slalom waterskier.
Frank is survived by his wife, Kathy; one son, Nick of Fountain City; one daughter, Jenny Gerth of Winona; one brother, Henry J. (Ann) Gerth Jr. of Winona; and five sisters, Henrietta Gerth of Winona, Phyllis Fredricks of La Crosse, Polly (Phil) Johnson of Louisville, Ky., Helen (Rich) Flores of Winona, and Irene (Al) Mulyck of Winona. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Frank was preceded in death by his parents and aunts and uncles.
A funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Winona. Rev. Joseph Keefe will officiate. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona.
Casketbearers are Robert Oberfoell, Jeremy Dormanen, Steven Schabacker, Henry Gerth Jr., William Weifenbach and Richard Flores.
Honorary bearers are Albert Mulyck, Donald Wille, Phillip Johnson, Roger and Gregory Lemmer, Ronald Ruben, Charles Nagle, Scott Fredricks and Arthur Thurley.
Members of American Legion Post #9, Winona, will conduct military burial rites at the cemetery.
The Fawcett Funeral Home, Winona, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Delores `Dee' Otteson
WESTBY, Wis. - Delores ``Dee'' Ottesen, 64, of Westby, died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20, 1998, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua, where she had resided for a very short time. She was born on Oct. 24, 1933, in Beloit, Wis., to Milford and Helen Haase. On Aug. 10, 1957, she was united in marriage to Ronald Ottesen at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Beloit.
Dee was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Westby, where she had been the Sunday school superintendent and had also served on the kitchen committee. She was active in Syttende Mai and the Vernon Co. Salvation Army. She was involved in various bridge clubs and the Westby Historical Society. Dee was currently president of the Norseland Auxiliary in Westby.
In addition to her husband, Ronald, she is survived by her three daughters, Jody (Richard) Schroeder of Viroqua, Jacki (Donald) Swiggum of Westby, and Julia Metzger of Tampa, Fla; five grandchildren, Erik Swiggum, Kate Swiggum, Kyle Swiggum, Raelen Kelly and Neala Kelly; one sister, Marciel (Roger) Schuman of Janesville; one brother, Harlie (Linda) Haase of Davy, Fla; one brother-in-law, Delmer (Virginia) Ottesen of Beloit; one sister-in-law, Rubyanna Skrede of Beloit; and nieces and nephews. Her parents preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, at 1 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Westby. Pastor Gary Daines will officiate, with burial in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call after 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
The Vosseteig Funeral Home, Westby, is serving the family.

Raymond `Doc' Hulett
TAYLOR, Wis. - Raymond ``Doc'' Hulett, 92, of Taylor, died Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, at the Onalaska Nursing Home, Onalaska. He was born on Feb. 6, 1906, near York, to parents Edward and Regina Hulett. He moved with his family in 1916, to a farm east of Taylor. He graduated from Taylor High School in 1924. He worked at various jobs in the Taylor area, but mostly helped on the family farm.
Doc lost the thumb of his left hand in an accident while a teenager, and had it surgically replaced with the ring finger of his left hand while he was in the U.S. Army. It was one of the first operations of its kind and the Army made a film of the surgery for use as a medical training aid.
Doc joined the U.S. Army on April 9, 1941, and served over 22 years, attaining the rank of master sergeant in the medics. He was always quick to add ``also in the infantry.'' He served overseas a total of over 80 months. Most of the combat time was in the European, Pacific and China Burma India theatres during World War II. He received many awards, decorations and commendations during his service, but the one he was most proud of was simply ``I was a good soldier just doing my job.''
After leaving the Army, Doc became interested in junior baseball. He was always of the belief that teaching young kids, both boys and girls, discipline and preparing them for the life ahead could be accomplished best through sports. He made up teams of players from Taylor, Blair, Black River Falls, Pigeon Falls, Hixton and Alma Center. This involved a great number of children over the years. He spent thousands of dollars of his own mony on traveling out of town as well as tournament fees, equipment, meals for the kids and maintenance of the baseball diamond.
Doc was never married and lived alone in Taylor for over 30 years. He had five brothers, Arthur, Stanley, Alvin, Selmer and Normey, as well as two sisters, Sadie Molstad and Dorothy Stevens, who have all preceded him in death. He is survived by 11 nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Doc was a patriot to the country and Army that he served and loved, while applying his love of baseball and discipline to many children. He will be sadly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton. Burial with military rites will be held in the Woodlawn Cemetery, rural Taylor. Friends may call on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Adella M. Bangsberg
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Adella M. Bangsberg, 94, of West Salem, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. Funeral services will be announced by Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem.

Carl G. Johnson
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Carl G. Johnson, 60, of rural Black River Falls, town of Irving, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. Funeral services 10:30 a.m. Saturday from Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Black River Falls. Burial in church cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, and at the church from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until services in the church.

Allene D. Richgruber
SPARTA, Wis. - Allene D. Richgruber, 72, of rural Sparta, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and burial in the Cataract Cemetery, both in Cataract. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta, and from 10 a.m. Saturday until time of services in the church.

Justice Robert Allan
MOUNT STERLING, Wis. - Justice Robert Allan, 2, died following a brief illness, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born on June 13, 1996 to Robert Allan and Bonnie Henthorn. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Utica Lutheran Church. Burial in church cemetery. Visitation from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Dommersnaes-Bertram Family Funeral Home, Gays Mills; and from noon Saturday until time of services.

Elizabeth M. Schulze
BURLINGAME, Calif. - Elizabeth M. Schulze of Burlingame, Calif., formerly of La Crosse, born July 31, 1911, in La Crosse, Wis.; died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, in Seattle, Wash. Married for 58 years to Arthur R. (Bob) Schulze. They had two children, Arthur R. Schulze, Jr. of Edina, Minn. and Peg Schulze Kehret of Redmound, Wash. Elizabeth was a homemaker, golfer, civic volunteer, devoted mother and grandmother and friend to many. Member of California Golf Club, PEO, and Assistance League of San Mateo.
Preceded in death by her husband and her brother, Bill Showers. She is survived by her son, Art and his wife, Joan; her daughter, Peg and her husband Carl; her sister, Barbara Davidson of Onalaska, Wis.; her grandchildren, Brett Schulze, Bob Kehret, Mark Schulze, Anne Konen, David Schulze, Anne Gutierrez; eight great-grandchildren and her special friend, Govind Karki. Memorial gifts to the Historical Society or a charity of your choice.

Leone L. Hass
Leone L. (Hammes) Hass, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998. Leone was 82 years old. She was born on Aug. 30, 1916, in La Crosse County to Joseph and Anne (Schams) Hammes. She married Goodwin D. Hass, Sr. on May 5, 1942, in La Crosse. Leone had worked at a variety of place throughout her lifetime. For 16 years she served the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as a baker for the Whitney Food Center. She was an active member of both the American Legion, Post 417 Auxiliary, La Crosse and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1530 Auxiliary, La Crosse. Leone will be sadly missed by the many people whose lives she touched.
In addition to her devoted husband, Goodwin, she is survived by their eight loving children, Karen L. (Robert) Johnson of Lakeville, Minn., Goodwin D. (Patricia) Hass, Jr. of Cape Coral, Fla., Terry M. (Mary Sue) Hass of San Diego, Calif., Patricia A. (Robert) Formanek of Viroqua, Wis., Diane M. (Jeff) Cooley of La Crosse, Marilyn C. (Douglas) Quinn of La Crosse, Teresa M. (Ron) Martin of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Linda L. (Terry) Greene of French Island. Grandma Leone will be greatly missed by her 26 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They will especially miss her hugs and cookies. Mrs. Hass was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Donna Marie; her parents; three brothers, Wilbert, Franklin and Hilary Hammes; and a sister, Margaret Brockel. Leone was a dedicated wife and mother to her husband and children. She was most proud of her family. Leone's legacy of faith, love and kindness will live on in the hearts of her family.
A Mass of Christian Burial, in celebration of her life, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The Rev. Joseph J. Rafacz will officiate. Entombment will be in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum, Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 12:30 p.m. until departing for church. A rosary will be recited on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Robert J. Roggensack
Robert J. Roggensack, 80, of La Crosse, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, at his home. He was born June 8, 1918, in Lansing, Iowa, to Carl and Elizabeth (Rooney) Roggensack. He married Norma Hanson in Sacramento, Calif., Dec. 19, 1941. During WWII, Robert was a navigation instructor for the Army Air Corps. He was on his way to Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped ending the war. He was an employee of Northern States Power Co., retiring in 1981. Robert was a long time member of the American Legion Post #52, the Sokols, the Knights of Columbus, SIRS and St. James Parish. Bob loved to golf; he accomplished what every golfer would cherish; a hole-in-one, not once, but twice.
He is survived by his wife Norma, three sons, Dennis of Minneapolis, Minn., Paul of Sacramento, Calif., Neil of West Salem, Wis.; four daughters, Carol Matthusen of Tempe, Ariz., Alice Bauer of Durand, Wis., Mary Lilljeqvist of Cologne, Germany and Janette Reget of Butte, Mont.; 11 grandchildren; one sister, Rita Collins of La Crosse. He was preceded in death by his son, Eric; his parents; two brothers, Wayne and George; and two sisters, Irene and Mae.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. at St. James the Less Catholic Church, Rev. Roger Scheckel will officiate. Graveside services with military rites by the American Legion Post #52 will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may call at the Blaschke Funeral Home, 401 West Ave. S., on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Friday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services.

Henry E. `Hank' Hanson
CHASEBURG, Wis. - Henry E. ``Hank'' Hanson, 92, of Chaseburg died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, very peacefully at home with his loving family by his side. He was born April 1, 1906, to Ole and Matte (Tomte) Hanson. On June 27, 1934, he married Evelyn Myhre in Coon Valley. They farmed their married life in the Chaseburg area and he worked at the Chaseburg Creamery for 30 years. Henry was a member of the Chasebury Lions for many years and also a member of Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; one son, Harlan (Elaine) Hanson, Chaseburg; two daughters, Barbara (Gary) Kromke, Racine and Linda Kreuzer, Chaseburg; 13 grandchildren, Teresa (Harlan) Helseth of Coon Valley, Bob (Shelley) Hanson of Westby, Brian Hanson of Merrill, Jeff (Laurie) Lunde and Rick (Michelle) Lunde of Racine, Deb (Mike) Muleiski and Curt (Becky) Kromke of West Salem, Cory (Sonya) Kromke of Racine, Ted (Deb) Kreuzer of La Crosse, Terry (Jackie) Kreuzer of Chaseburg, Tom Kreuzer Jr. of Coon Valley, Tabatha Kreuzer of La Crosse and Teejay Kreuzer of Chaseburg; 20 great-grandchildren, Christopher, Andrea and Emily Helseth, Dustin and Jamie Hanson, Elizabeth, Greg, Anthony and Megan Hanson, Tyler and Mathew Lunde, Kelsey, Andrew and Tanner Lunde, Jimmy, Brianna and Alex Muleiski, Andrew Kromke, Carston Kromke and Kassidy Kreuzer; two brothers, Lloyd (Vi) Hanson of Chaseburg and Aldor (Bev) Hanson of La Crosse; one sister-in-law, Ruth Schuster of Chaseburg and two brothers-in-law, Orville Lehrke and Roy (Mary) Myhre of Chaseburg and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Gregory Hanson; one son-in-law, Thomas Kreuzer; three brothers and five sisters.
He has left a wonderful legacy of `love and life' to his wife of 64 years and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. God Bless his memory. He will be missed greatly by all.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, at the Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Rev. Steve Jensen will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Allen J. Hogden
Allen J. Hogden, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in Bethany Riverside. Woodruff Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Beverley J. Schlicht
Beverley J. Schlicht, 68, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998. She was born on Aug. 27, 1930, in Chicago, Ill. to Alberta (Dyer) and James Walsh. Her father passed away when Bev was three and the family returned to Alberta's hometown of Eagle River, Wis. After graduation from high school, Beverley attended Milwaukee Business College. In 1950, Beverley moved to La Crosse and became one of the first medical secretaries for Dr. Adolf Gundersen, Sr. She worked at the clinic for 41 years and retired in 1992 as the Surgical Residency Coordinator. She was well liked and respected by all her friends and co-workers at the clinic. In 1960, Beverley married Richard Schlicht in La Crosse. They were married for 38 years and had a wonderful life together. Beverley was a longtime member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She was very active in the Women's Circle and other church activities. Beverley enjoyed retirement and traveling across country with Richard. She also enjoyed reading, cooking, playing cards and taking care of her friends and family.
Beverley is survived by her husband, Richard; two daughters, Meg (Joseph) Buchner of Ferryville, Wis. and Mary (William) Johnson of Rockland, Wis.; two grandchildren, Greg Johnson and Katie Johnson of Rockland; her brother, James (Joan) Walsh of Eagle River; her uncle, Lyle Dyer of Eagle River; many sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Rev. Roger A. Hjelle officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or the Macular Degeneration Foundation.
Beverley was a very caring wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was her pride and joy and the most important part of her life. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

John A. Sahlstrom
GALESVILLE, Wis. - John A. Sahlstrom, 73, of Galesville died Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, in his home.
He was born Jan. 30, 1925, to Archie and Hannah (Peterson) Sahlstrom in Galesville, Wis. He attended area schools.
On Sept. 11, 1954, he married Alta June (White) in Rockford, Ill. They farmed in the area for many years. John also was a very active member of Holmen Baptist Church.
John is survived by four sons, James (Susan), Leland and Curtis, all of Galesville, Kenneth (Julie) of Tulsa, Okla.; two daughters, Karen Sahlstrom of Galesville and Carole of Newberry Springs, Calif.; five grandchildren, Rachel, Ruth, Rebekah, Renee and Anna; two brothers, Carl (Betty) of Holmen and Melvin (Anna Mae) of Galesville. John was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, at Holmen Baptist Church. Rev. Keith Habegger will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Cliff Cemetery in Galesville. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, at the Zwickey Funeral Home in Galesville and from noon till services at the church on Monday. Zwickey Funeral Home, Galesville, assisted the family with arrangements.

George R. Allen
DAKOTA, Minn. - George R. Allen, 83, of rural route Dakota, Minn., died at his home on Friday, Sept. 25, 1998. He was born Nov. 14, 1914, in La Crosse County, to Henry and Martha (Tolvstad) Allen. He served with the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a retired farmer.
He is survived by a sister, Ethel Knudson of Denver, Iowa; by a brother, Donald (Lois) Allen of Winona; and by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Viola Allen and Sylvia Culpitt and by four brothers, Durward, Harvey, Eugene and Willard Allen.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main St., Onalaska. The Reverend David Worm will officiate. Burial will be in the Onalaska Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 10 a.m. until the services.

Gordon W. McCoy
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Gordon W. McCoy, 86, of Hillsboro, passed away on Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, at the Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Picha Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Burial in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hillsboro. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Picha Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

Mary Wehrs
BANGOR, Wis. - Mary Wehrs, 91, of Sparta, and formerly of Bangor, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, at the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta, where she has been a resident for the past ten years. She was born April 14, 1907, in Bangor, Wis. to William and Sophia (Wehrs) Wehrs. She married Carl Wehrs in August of 1946 in Bangor, and he preceded her in death in 1993. Mary, was formerly employed by the Farmer's State Bank in Bangor, for many years. She was a lifelong member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid. She was an avid bowler, and she especially enjoyed her flowers and garden.
She is survived by one brother, Harry (Dorothy) Wehrs of West Salem and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998, at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bangor. Rev. Roy Hefti will officiate. Burial will be in the Burns Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday, from 12 until time of services. Memorials may be directed to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The Fossum Funeral Home in Bangor is assisting the family with arrangements.
We are comforted by knowing our loved one has found Eternal Rest.

Richard A. `Dick' Lynne
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Richard A. ``Dick'' Lynne, 71, Black River Falls, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, at home. Memorial services will be Friday at 2 p.m. from the Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church. Committal services, with military honors, will be on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Clarkfield Cemetery, Clarkfield, Minn. Memorials may be given to the Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church, the American Red Cross, or the Jackson County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. The Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, is serving the family.

Lawrence J. Sylla
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Lawrence J. Sylla, 81, of Independence, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, at Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Whitehall.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with burial in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 8-10 a.m. Tuesday at Edison Funeral Home, Independence. Monday evening there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Shirley Rose Oppert
VIROQUA, Wis. - Shirley Rose Oppert, 76, of 15 South Washington Heights died on Saturday morning, Sept. 26, 1998, at Vernon Memorial Hospital. She was born on Nov. 13, 1921, to Seth and Eva (Sutton) Sigford in Waushara County. She graduated from Wautoma High School in 1939 and also the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. Degree in Dietetics. On Aug. 29, 1943, she married Harold Oppert at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison. They lived in Detroit, Mich., where he did a medical internship. He was then called into the military and they lived in San Antonio, Tex. and later at Fort Worth. In 1948, they moved to Gays Mills where he had a general medical practice until 1950, when he was recalled into the military during the Korean War. They lived in Madison and in November 1952, they moved to Viroqua when Dr. Oppert became associated with the Hirsch Clinic. Shirley was a stay at home mother who was very active in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the Magdalene Circle and the Altar Guild. She also was a member of the Vernon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Literary Guild and bridge club. When her children were young she was a girl and cub scout leader. She and her husband also were members of the Wisconsin Orchid Society and the Coulee Region Orchid Guild.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Harold Oppert; two daughters, Margaret (Bruce) Peters of Rochester Hills, Mich., Jane (Peter) Petersilie of La Crescent, Minn.; three sons, Lawrence ``Larry'' Oppert of Black River Falls, David (LaDonna) Oppert of Dubuque, Iowa, John (Lori) Oppert of Viroqua; eleven grandchildren, Corina Peters, Katherine, Elizabeth and Matthew Oppert, Andy and Amy Petersilie, Seth and Eric Oppert and Carl Oppert, Jessica (Jeremy) Hayes and Stacey Conrad; two great-grandchildren, Taylor Conrad and Triston Oppert. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Janet Sigford.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua with Pastor Stephanie Steiner officiating. Burial will be in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. Friends may also call at the church after 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

James K. Ness
ONALASKA, Wis. - James K. Ness, 79, of Onalaska, formerly of Tomah, died at his home on Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998. He was born March 31, 1919, in Lee Valley, Modena, Wis., to Thomas and Anna (Nelson) Ness. He was baptized and confirmed at Modena Lutheran Church. He graduated from Gilmonton High School and from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
Jim entered the U.S. Army in 1941, and served until the end of WWII. He was united in marriage to Betty Brink from Nelson, Wis., on Feb. 12, 1944, at Houston, Tex.
After the war, they moved to Tomah where Jim taught vocational agriculture in the Tomah School System for twenty-eight years and then served with the University of Wisconsin Extension Service as the County Agent for nine years until his retirement in 1982.
``Jim was a loving and kind husband, father and grandfather who is going to be missed by his family and his many friends.''
He had been a member of the West Salem Rotary Club for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; by a daughter, Joneen (Bruce) Blado of Plymouth, Minn.; by two grandchildren, Jeffrey of New Hope, Minn. and Ann Marie Blado, who is attending Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; and by three brothers, Leslie (Bernita) Ness of Buffalo City, Raymond (Patricia) Ness of Eau Claire, Wis. and Arnold (Anita) Ness of Nelson, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Sylvia Hansen and Esther Larson.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Onalaska. The Reverend Ryan Aarestad will officiate. Burial will be at the Lyster Lutheran Church Cemetery, Nelson, Wis. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main St., Onalaska, on Monday from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the service.
Memorials are suggested to Sugar Creek Bible Camp or to First Lutheran Church.

Jeannette M. Kindschy
BLAIR, Wis. - Jeannette Mary Ann Kindschy, 73, of Blair, Wis., died on Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.
Jeannette was born on June 12, 1925, in Joe Coulee, rural Blair, Wis. to Julius and Thea (Herried) Bratland. She attended Lone Star Elementary School in rural Blair and graduated from the Blair High School in 1944.
Jeannette married William Kindschy on Oct. 26, 1946, in the North Beaver Creek Parish Faith Lutheran Church in rural Ettrick, Wis.
Jeannette and William farmed in rural Blair prior to moving to Blair in 1955. Jeannette was employed part time as a bookkeeper for the Kolve Chevrolet Garage in Blair and later as a teacher's aide for nine years.
Mr. and Mrs. Kindschy purchased the Gamble's Store in Blair in October of 1969 and operated it for 21 years prior to their retirement in 1990.
Jeannette is survived by her husband, William of Blair, Wis.; three sons, Ronald (Beth) of La Crosse, Wis., James (Karen) of Holmen, Wis. and Tab (Nancy) Kindschy of Blair, Wis.; six grandchildren, Heath (Josh) Seidel, Jared, Adam, Ryan, Andy and Kelley Kindschy; a great-granddaughter, Anna Seidel; and a sister, Theresa Wheeler of Blair, Wis.
In addition to her parents, Jeannette was preceded in death by a sister, Irene.
Memorial funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998, at 1:30 p.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery, both in Blair, Wis. Rev. Kevin Jones will officiate.
Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, from 4-8 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Blair, Wis. and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Tuesday.

Priscilla Hermanson
MABEL, Minn. - Priscilla Hermanson, 83, of Mabel, Minn., died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Mabel. Burial, with military rites, in church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services in the church.

Bernice `Bun' Sacia
GALESVILLE, Wis. - Bernice ``Bun'' Sacia, 77, of Galesville, died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. She was born April 7, 1921, to Frank and Mary (Wilczek) Waldera in Arcadia, Wis. She graduated from Arcadia High School.
On May 4, 1940, Bernice married Wendell Sacia in Gutenberg, Iowa. Together they owned and operated a restaurant in Centerville, the Galesville Golf Club for many years and Bernice later worked at various grocery stores and bakery.
She loved playing cards, and was a member of the card club for over 50 years. Bernice also loved her Green Bay Packers.
She was a memeber of St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Mary's Altar Society and the Curling Club.
She is survived by one son, Dennis (Faye) Sacia of Guymon, Okla.; two daughters, Rita Johnson of Onalaska and Laurie (Bob) Jaszewski of La Crosse; four grandchildren, Nick (Shiela) Sacia and Neil (Jeanie) Sacia, both of Amarillo, Tex., Trisha (Jim) Squire of La Crosse and Tara (Craig) Newsome of Green Bay, Wis.; two great-grandchildren, Matt and Cole Squire; one brother, Marcel (Sue) Waldera of Milwaukee, Wis.; four sisters, Grace (John) Galuska and Martha Schubbe, both of Arcadia, Marian Jaszewski of Dodge, Wis. and Angie (Bob) Frey of Milwaukee, Wis.; special in-laws (Sacia's) and special friends.
Bernice was preceded in death by her husband on Jane. 25, 1996, and nine brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Galesville. Fr. Robert Wagner will officiate. There will be time for fellowship after the service at Artic Springs in Galesville. Zwickey Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

William A. Thomas
GALESVILLE, Wis. - William A. Thomas, 90, of Galesville, died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, at Marinuka Manor Nursing Home in Galesville, Wis. He was born Feb. 28, 1908, to James and Jennie (Wilson) Thomas in North Bend, Wis. He attended area schools graduating from high school in Galesville.
On June 11, 1932, William married Gertrude Steiger, she preceded him in death in August of 1969. In October of 1972 he married Elnore Johnson, she preceded him in death in December of 1988.
William was a farmer in the Galesville area for many years.
He was very active in the First Presbyterian Church in Galesville, a member of Decora Lodge 177, La Crosse Consistry, Madison Consistry Zor shrine, a 4-H leader for 25 years, Assessor and Town Clerk for the town of Gale and on the Marinuka Manor Advisory Board for a number of years.
William is survived by four daughters, Marilyn (Ray) Anderson of Galesville, Dorothy (David) Trachte of St. Joseph, Mich., Kay (David) Vosseteig of Westby, Wis., Janet Quinn of Ellsworth, Wis.; two step-daughters, Mary (Dick) Kiedrowski of Ettrick, Wis. and Pat (Mario) Alvarez of the Beaver Dam area; ten grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Jedele of Antioc, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Edna Thomas of McHenry, Ill., and Alvina Thomas of La Crosse, Wis.
William was also preceded in death by six brothers.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998, at First Presbyterian Church in Galesville, Rev. Dr. R. Steven Krueger will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Cliff Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, at the Zwickey Funeral Home in Galesville. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until services at the church on Tuesday.


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