|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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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,
Frank was born in Winona, Minn., on March 24, 1946, to Henry and Mary
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
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,
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.
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
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.