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Darlene McNulty
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Darlene McNulty, 61, of Black River Falls, died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in Pine View Nursing Home. In accordance with her wishes, Darlene's body was donated to the UW-Madison. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. The Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, is serving the family.

Alfred V. `Jiggs' Straight
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Alfred V. ``Jiggs'' Straight, 64, of White City area of the Town of Manchester, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, in Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, in the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Milton. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; and 1 p.m. until services Wednesday, both in the Funeral Home.

Paul W. Van Riper
Paul W. Van Riper, 81, of La Crosse, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, at his home. He was born March 15, 1917, at Mindoro, to William and Anna (Hansen) Van Riper. He married Florence Stankey and she preceded him in death. He served with the U.S. Army during WWII.
He had been employed by American Motors for 19 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of Eagles Aerie 1254, the Moose Lodge, and American Legion Post 52.
He is survived by three daughters, Sue (Dean) Tilson, of Hastings, Minn., Jean Miller, of La Crosse, and Debra Van Riper; by two sons, Dennis (Theresa) Van Riper, of Michigan, and Jeff Van Riper, of La Crosse; by two brothers, Harold Van Riper, of La Crosse, and Merle Van Riper, of Minnesota; and by twelve grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette St. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from noon until the time of services.

Gustav H. Laumer
ONALASKA - Gustav H. Laumer, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, at the Onalaska Nursing Home. He was born June 13, 1917, at Rib Falls, Wis., to Gust and Elvina (Amelung) Laumer. He married Gertrude Obermeyer on June 25, 1946, at Poniatowski, Wis. He had been a foundry foreman prior to his retirement.
In addition to his wife, Gertrude, he is survived by a daughter, Judy (Doug) Karge, of Racine; a son, Ronald (Anne) Laumer, of Eagan, Minn.; by a sister, Elsie Schultz, of Marathon, Wis.; and by six grandchildren, Briony (Brad) Bohn, Stephanie (Heath) Matthew, Brindan Laumer, Alexander Laumer, and Matt and Sam Karge. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Viola and Loretta; and a brother, Albert.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The Rev. William Matzek will officiate. Entombment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until the service.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska, is assisting with the arrangements.

Evelyn C. Williams
CASHTON, Wis. - Evelyn C. Williams of Cashton, died on Sept. 26, 1998, at the Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. She was born Aug. 5, 1922, near Melvina, Wis., to Edwin and Selma (Allison) Olson. On Dec. 28, 1942, she married Harvey Simonson, he preceded her in death on Sept. 7, 1953. On April 30, 1955, she was married to Norman Dunnum, who preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 1966. She then was married to William Williams on June 7, 1980.
Evelyn was a graduate from the Sparta High School on June 3, 1936, she then graduated from the Viroqua Normal Teacher's College and later received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the UW-La Crosse. She taught at several area schools: Lyons Valley Elementary, The Cleveland School, near Newburgs Corners, and finally 23 years at the Norwalk-Ontario Elementary Schools. She was known for her love and compassion towards everyone.
In addition to her husband, William, she is survived by two children, Tom (Geri) Simonson of Cashton, and Debra Glick of West Salem; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Simonson of Cashton; 10 step-children, James (Marilyn) Dunnum of Phoenix, Ariz., Sharon (Rodney) Truog of Overland Park, Kan., Enid (James) Neubauer of Westby, Earl (Natalie) Williams of Huston, Texas, Gene Williams of Hastings, Minn., Larry L. (Debra) Williams of Fort Collins, Colo., Lonie J. (Julie) Williams of Scottsdale, Ariz., Curtis (Theresa) Williams of Worthington, Minn., Michael (friend Bobbie) Williams of Hastings, Minn., Carol (Steven) Fair of Hastings, Minn.; one sister, Irene Stoddard of Ontario; and one sister-in-law, Fern Olson of Sparta; 43 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two husbands; a son, Ron; and brother Norman. Funeral services will be held Wednesday Sept. 30, 1998, at 11 a.m. from the Portland Lutheran Church near Cahston, with Pastor George Schick officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Torkelson Funeral Chapel in Cashton, Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. They may also call at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to the time of service.

Hollis E. Benson
HOUSTON, Minn. - Hollis E. Benson, 79, of Houston, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. Hoff Funeral Homes-Houston Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

Alice L. Weiland
Alice L. Weiland, 86, of La Crosse, died on Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, at the St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center, La Crosse. She was born on Jan. 8, 1912, in La Crosse to Ely and Martha D. (Overn) Shafto. She married Bernard F. Weiland on May 6, 1934, in La Crosse. Alice and her husband owned and operated Weiland's IGA in La Crosse for 25 years. She later served as a librarian at Holy Cross Seminary and at St. Pius X, parish school. She was a member Holy Trinity Catholic Church and had served as past president of the parish Rosary Society.
In addition to her husband, Bernard, she is survived by three daughters, Marie (Kent) Thurston of Timonium, Md., Delores ``Lori'' Patros of La Crosse, and Suzanne (Michael) Welch of Caledonia, Minn.; two sons, Richard (Mary Jane Gantenbein) Weiland of Northfield, Wis., and David (Carol Schraeder) Weiland of Lombard, Ill.; 19 grandchildren, Maureen (Dan) Sherman, Jeanne (Jim) Cerceo, Dan (Kathleen) Weiland, Kathryn (Dave) Johnson, Mary Therese (Richard) Mayerchek, Tony Weiland, Amy (Martin) Smith, Andy Weiland, Leif (Lisa) Thurston, Tina (Fred) Brandt, Kirk (Brenda) Thurston, Cindy (Eric) Baeder, Doug (Colleen) and Dan (Ann) Patros, Jeannette Patros, Michelle and Steven Weiland and Brent and Reed Welch; 22 great-grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Weiland of North Hollywood, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Pittenger.
Alice was a very special wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be missed by her family and many friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The Rev. Lawrence B. Berger 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 Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., and again on Wednesday, from 12:30 p.m. until departing for church. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Lillian A. Schams
Lillian A. Schams, 83, of La Crosse, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, in Onalaska Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home, La Crosse.

G. Malinda Roehrl
G. Malinda Roehrl, 95, of La Crosse, died on Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, in the Hillview Healthcare Center, La Crosse. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Hone, La Crosse.

LeRoy L. Tamminen
ONALASKA - LeRoy L. Tamminen, 54, of Onalaska, died in his home on Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Fossum Funeral Home, Onalaska.

Emma E. Passon
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Emma E. Passon, 87, of Independence, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, at her residence. Private family services will be held at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with burial in the church cemetery. Edison Funeral Home, Independence, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Malcolm `Pork' Warner
WHITEHALL, Wis. - Malcolm ``Pork'' Warner, age 82, of Whitehall, Wis., died on Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in the Tri-County Memorial Nursing Home in Whitehall, after a losing battle with emphysema, courageously fought, having been a resident there since Sept. 21, 1998.
Malcolm was born on Oct. 27, 1915, in town of Hale, Trempealeau County, Wis., to David and Anne (George) Warner. He attended the nearby school which he fondly referred to as ``Wagner Tech.'' After graduating from the Whitehall High School in 1935, he attended Eau Claire and Whitewater colleges and taught school at the Lake Coulee country school.
Malcolm was a World War II veteran and had enlisted in the United States Navy on Jan. 6, 1942. After four years of service, he was discharged honorably on Feb. 1, 1946, with the rank of yeoman 1/C.
Malcolm married Marjorie (Klick) Edwards in Independence, Wis., on April 29, 1950, and they made their home in Whitehall. He was a member of the United Methodist Church; a member and past commander of the VFW Post #8288 and in later years, a volunteer driver for the Trempealeau County Agency on Aging for 18 years; and a loyal Packer fan.
Malcolm enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent many vacations on northern Wisconsin lakes. He was at home ``behind the wheel'' of a car as he and his wife took a motor trips to the lower Canadian Provinces and an Alaskan ferry voyage through the Inland Passage. Malcolm especially enjoyed the winter months spent along Florida's Gulf Coast with his wife.
Mr. Warner is survived by his wife Marjorie Warner of Whitehall; one son, Greg (Ruth) Warner; grandchildren, David J., Kyle, and Maria all of Onalaska; a step-granddaughter, Ellissa Edwards Doherty of Muskegon, Mich.; a sister, Edith (Tony) Costa of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Warner of Whitehall; two nieces and four nephews.
In addition to his parents, Malcolm was preceded in death by a step-son, Jeffrey Edwards; and three brothers, Grant, Sidney, and Donald.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, at 11 a.m. in the United Methodist Church in Whitehall, with the Rev. Tom Elliott officiating. Private graveside services will be held in the Greenwood Cemetery in Independence, Wis., at a later date.
Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall, is assisting the family with arrangements.
You are loved, Pork, and will be sorely missed by your family.

Salome A. `Sally' Lenox
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Salome A. ``Sally'' Lenox, 72, of West Salem, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, at the Mulder Health Care Center, West Salem, after a battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was born Feb. 27, 1926, in La Crosse, to Thomas and Salome (Kaminsky) Pretasky. Sally attended St. James School and Aquinas High School, graduating in 1943. On Oct. 5, 1946, she was united in marriage with Gordon Lenox at the St. James Catholic Church in La Crosse.
Sally was a beautiful piano and organ player and played for several weddings, funerals and other activities in the community. She also served as the organist for St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in West Salem for 25 years. Sally was employed as a caregiver for the La Crosse County Health Center for 25 years. She also worked for the St. Francis Community Programs for seven years, and she volunteered at the Mulder Health Care Center in West Salem for eight years.
Sally was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband, Gordy of West Salem; two daughters, Peggy (Scott) Dennison of Waunakee, Wis., and Diane (Steve) Brevins of Newport News, Va.; three sons, Gordon James (Becky) of Pekin, Ill., David (Sandy) of Chicago, Ill., and Steven (Jeanine) of Sandstone, Va.; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marion (Farrell) Pahs of La Crosse; and two brothers, Edward (Zita) Pretasky of La Crosse and James (Theresa) Pretasky of Tripoli, Wis.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and one brother.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, at 11 a.m. from St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 210 W. Hamlin St., West Salem. Father Bob Hegenbarth will officiate. A private burial with the family will follow in Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. The Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements.

Julia Kaukl
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Julia Kaukl, 92, of Madison and formerly of Hillsboro, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in Karmenta Nursing Home, Madison. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, and burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, both in Hillsboro. Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Picha Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

Clarence G. Larson
WAUKON, Iowa - Clarence G. Larson, 84, of Waukon, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in Good Samaritan Center, Waukon, following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in St. John's Lutheran Church, Waukon. Burial will be in God's Acre Cemetery, Clermont, Iowa. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Martin Funeral Home, Waukon.

Genevieve Knutson
VIROQUA, Wis. - Genevieve Knutson, 84, of 999 Western Ave., in Viroqua, died on Monday afternoon at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center following open heart surgery. She was born on Jan. 11, 1914, in Lakota, Iowa to Gus and Belle (Shannon) Koppen. She lived at West Prairie at rural Viroqua prior to moving into Viroqua. She worked at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home for over twenty years as a nurse's aide. She had continued to work cleaning houses for many Viroqua people and was an active volunteer at the Viroqua mealsite.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Altar Society, and the Viroqua Eagles Aerie No. 2707 Auxiliary.
Genevieve is survived by one son, Carlyle (Debbie) Knutson of Viroqua; one daughter-in-law, Karen Knutson of Sparta; six grandchildren, Nachalle Ford of Littleton, Colo., Chad (Tina) Knutson of Marshfield, Kristina (Kelly) Olson of Littleton, Colo., Cody Knutson of Viroqua, Anthony (Laura) Knutson of Sparta, Brian (Stace) Knutson of Tomah; five great-grandchildren, Taylor, Madison, Brista, Alysha and Mercedes Knutson. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Donald and Harold Koppen; one sister, Marcella ``Toots'' Hetland; and one son, Eugene Knutson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Viroqua, with Father James Miller officiating. Burial will be in St. James Catholic Cemetery at Rising Sun. Friends may call at the Thorson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. where there will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. Friends may also call at the church after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Earle V. Burkhalter
WONEWOC, Wis. - Earle V. Burkhalter, 69, of Wonewoc, passed away on Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse.
Survivors include his wife, Ina; a son, Larry (Debbie) Burkhalter of Union Center; two daughters, Linda Ramage of Smithland, Ken. and Tari Carlyle of Wonewoc; three step sons, Steven (Debbie) Field of Viola, Dennis (Mary) Field of Hastings, Minn. and Rick (Rose) Field of Bangor, Wis.; six grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; four brothers, Dan Burkhalter of Fridley, Minn., Bill (Marlene) Burkhalter of Rosemont, Minn., Ed Burkhalter of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Ervin ``Bud'' (Edith) Burkhalter of La Valle; two sisters, Carol (Grover) Sorenson of New Brighton, Minn. and Rosemary ``Cookie'' Burkhalter of New Orleans, La.; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, at the Elroy United Methodist Church with Rev. Blake Overlien officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Wilton. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Wilton American Legion Post #508. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Thompson Funeral Home in Wonewoc and after 12 p.m. noon on Thursday at the church.

Nicholas P. Hartung
Nichols P. Hartung, 73, of Kendall, died on Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, at St. Joseph Nursing Home in Hillsboro, Wis. He was born Oct. 12, 1924, in Hoven, S.D. to Frank and Elizabeth (Mullenberg) Hartung. On June 5, 1971, he was united in marriage to Lois Behnke in Kendall, Wis.
Survivors include his wife, Lois of Kendall; two brothers; six sisters; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and one sister.
Private burial services will be held at a later date. Smith Nelson Funeral Home, Kendall, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Arline H. Oswald
SPARTA, Wis. - Arline H. Oswald, 79, of Sparta, died at home Monday afternoon, Sept. 28, 1998.
She is survived by seven daughters, Donna (Gary) Whitehead, Sparta; Jeanne (Richard) Cornett, Warrenton, Mo., Marge (Raymond) De Witt, Janesville, Barbara (Gary) Everson, Marshfield, Wis., Linda (Charles) Heilmann, Montfort, Wis., Rose Oswald, Sparta; Kathy (Steve) Robertson, Rice Lake, Wis.; one son, Raymond ``Butch'' (Sue) Oswald Jr., Hayward, Wis.; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta, with Rev. Mark Walljasper officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta. Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta, on Wednesday, from 5-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 8-10:45 a.m.

Lydia H. Zenke
SPARTA, Wis. - Lydia H. Zenke, 86, of Sparta, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 29, 1998, at Rolling Hills Nursing Home, Sparta.
She is survived by one daughter, Jean (Lloyd) Brown, Sparta; four grandchildren, Rodney Brown, Tempe, Ariz., David (Anne Marie) Brown, Wauwatosa, Curtiss Brown and friend Donna Kowal, La Crosse and Paula (Lee) Williams, Sparta; five great-grandchildren, Dylan and Sydney Brown, Wauwatosa, Curtis Ray Brown, Stewartville, Minn., Justin and Heather Williams, Sparta; sister-in-law, Esther Dobrunz, La Crescent, Minn., many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Rev. Del Begalka officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta, on Friday from 4-8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10-11 a.m.

Eileen L. Jacobson
HOLMEN, Wis. - Eileen L. Jacobson, 65, of Holmen and formerly of Onalaska, died at her home on Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 16, 1932, at Melrose to Frank and Irene (VanRiper) Schlifer. She married Melvin Jacobson on May 9, 1953, at Caledonia, Minn. He preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 1982.
She is survived by three daughters, Connie Jacobson of West Salem, Christy Jacobson of Holmen and Carrie (Michael) Goyette of Holmen; five sons, Arthur ``Butch'' Schleifer of Cottage Grove, Melvin ``Skip'' E. (Diane) Jacobson of Dakota, Minn., Marvin (Debbie) Jacobson of La Crosse, Randy Jacobson of Cottage Grove, Minn. and Robert Jacobson of Melrose; by a brother Leonard (Dora Lee) Schlifer of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; by 15 grandchildren, Kimberly (Jeff) Brock, Duane (Tanya) Schlifer, Dion Schleifer, Brittany Schleifer, Stephanie Brown, Amber, Jennifer and Shelby Jacobson, Tracy and Steve Jacobson, Gina Jacobson, Jason Jacobson and Aaron, Alex and Tricia Goyette; and three great-grandchildren, Dylon, Sara and Zachary. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Ted Dewald will officiate. Burial will be in Onalaska Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 515 McHugh Road, in Holmen, on Thursday from 5 until 8 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Darold Myron (Jim) Devine
Darold Myron (Jim) Devine, 84, of La Crosse, died Monday, Oct. 12, 1998, at his home, of emphysema and heart failure. He was born in Genoa, Wis., on Dec. 28, 1913, the third eldest of seven boys to Charles M. and Carrie (Emberson) Devine. As a young man, he worked for his father, commercial fishing and constructing the locks and dams.
In 1937, he married Berdine Lorenz, a teacher in Genoa. The couple resided briefly in Milwaukee and then settled permanently in La Crosse. Berdine died of cancer in 1960.
In 1962, Jim married Mildred (Evelyn) Hunter. Evelyn died of sudden heart failure in 1987.
Besides working 35 years as a custodial engineer for the La Crosse Education Dept., Jim was well known throughout the Coulee Region for his hobby of collecting rattlesnakes. Known for years by local residents as ``the Snake Man,'' he spent most of the summers on the surrounding bluffs and often caught as many as 500 in one year. He was frequently called to assist homeowners and the police department when an unknown snake was encountered. He also enjoyed lecturing on snakes at school assemblies and various clubs and groups. At one time he served as president of the La Crosse Zoo Association.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church; a 50-year member of La Crosse North Lodge #190 of Free and Accepted Masons; Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem; Golden Rule Shrine #21; and a life member of Ruth Chapter #23, Order of the Eastern Star.
He is survived by two sons, Richard of La Crosse and Dennis of Salem, Ore.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Embert of Milwaukee.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 Sill Street, La Crosse. The Rev. Ted Dewald will officiate and burial will be at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Family and friends may call at the Woodruff Funeral Home, 4239 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse, this evening from 6 to 8 p.m., and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Gerhard J. Nilsestuen
Arcadia, Wis. - Longtime rural, co-op and community leader, Gerhard J. Nilsestuen, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998, two weeks after surgery for a broken and dislocated hip. He was 85. He had been a resident of the Franciscan Skemp (St. Joseph's) Nursing Home, Arcadia, since November of 1997, and had demonstrated great resiliency, recovering from a half dozen previous surgeries over the past decade.
Gerhard lived his strong belief in community service. He served as director and board chairman of: Western Wisconsin Cable Cooperative (WWCC); A-G Cooperative; Arcadia Co-op Association; Arcadia School Board; Trempealeau County Mental Health Association and Unified Services Board; Trempealeau County Association of Co-ops; and Tamarack Lutheran Church. He was appointed by the governor to serve on the Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Commission and served as director on the Trempealeau Electric Cooperative Board and Trempealeau County board, as well as being active in many other cooperative and community groups.
Known as an innovator and advocate for change, Gerhard was a founding director and first president of the Western Wisconsin Cable Cooperative, the nation's first interactive cable television cooperative.
Gerhard devoted years of effort, first helping to organize and then lobbying for start-up funding for WWCC. He went door-to-door to sell memberships to prove to potential leaders that there was strong community support. The co-op not only delivered cable service to rural communities, but also linked Trempealeau County's eight school districts together and thus provided otherwise unavailable expanded curriculum to rural students.
Gerhard also provided similar leadership and work for: the consolidation of rural schools; establishlment of the kindergarten program in Arcadia; the creation of adequate mental health services in Trempealeau, Buffalo and Jackson counties; the expansion of soil and conservation programs; and the development of cooperatives to serve farmers and rural people. Gerhard farmed the Nilsestuen homestead in Tamarack his entire life, first with his parents and then his own family.
Gerhard and his wife, Margaret (Hammond) were married in 1942. They raised seven children: daughters Karen (Deane) Peterson of Delafield, Wis., and Wilda Skroch of Fairfax, Va.; and sons, Wayne (Joni Sarles) of Teguciagalpia, Honduras, C.A., Rod (Carol) of Deforest, Wis., and Randy and Kent (Beth) of Arcadia; and nephew Leo (Mona) Hovell of Seymour, Wis. Gerhard is survived by grandchildren Andrew and Matt Peterson, Eric, Jonathan and Benjamin Skroch, Joel, Mark and Ryan Nilsestuen, Kyle, Jeff and Erin Nilsestuen, and Francisca Nilsestuen; a grandniece, Leota Hovell; and grandnephews Mitchell and Lyndon Hovell. He is also survived by two sisters, Ruth McMahon of Seattle, Wash., and Sylvia Bolton of Forest, Va.
Visitation will be at the Wozney Funeral Home, Arcadia, from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Oct. 14, with a brief prayer service held at 8:30 p.m. The funeral will be held at the Tamarack Lutheran Church, rural Arcadia, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Memorials may be given to the Gerhard Nilsestuen Memorial Fund and will be donated to the causes Gerhard championed.

Shirley M. Freeman
Shirley M. Freeman, 50, loving wife and companion of Richard J. Stillinger, passed away on Friday, Oct. 9, 1998. She was born March 2, 1948, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of James W. Freeman and Margaret Jane Fish. She spent her early years in La Crosse, graduated from Logan High School in 1966, and moved to Oklahoma in 1982. She was a graduate of Southern Nazarene University (1993) and worked professionally at Kerr McGee Corporation, Tinker Credit Union and Mercury General Corporation.
Shirley was the perfect hostess whose first love was to entertain family and friends in her home. ``Just Desserts,'' her small business, was a result of her desire to share with others her love of baking.
She is survived by her husband; stepchildren Mark and Michele; sisters Sharon, Sandra, Sheila and Susan; brother James and his wife, Andrea; her nieces and nephews; and the many friends and co-workers she touched.

Arlan D. VandeWater
REEDSBURG, Wis. - Arlan D. VandeWater, 65, of Reedsburg, passed away on Monday, Oct. 12, 1998, at the Hillview Nursing Home in La Crosse. He was born on April 16, 1933, in La Crosse, the son of Harry and Agnes (Cook) VandeWater, and grew up on the family farm in rural La Crosse County. Arlan was a 1951 graduate of Holmen High School and he studied agriculture at UW-River Falls for the next two years.
On July 25, 1953, he was united in marriage to Alice Romskog in Holmen, Wis., and they happily spent the next 45 years together.
He proudly served his country as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., from 1953 to 1955, then returned to Wisconsin to graduate from UW-River Falls in 1957. From 1957 to 1960, he taught at Chetek High School, then returned to school to earn a masters degree at UW-Madison while working as a field representative for Wisconsin Farm Bureau from 1960 to 1963. In 1963, he moved to Reedsburg to become guidance counselor at Webb High School, and was named high school principal in 1965, where he served until 1990. In 1990, Arlan returned to counseling, serving as a career counselor at MATC, where he retired on July 1, 1998.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Reedsburg; was an active member of the Reedsburg Kiwanis Club for over 30 years; served on the UW-Baraboo Advisory Board; and was a true friend and supporter of education in Reedsburg. Arlan enjoyed reading, was an avid auto-racing fan, enjoyed long walks with his dog, Dusty, and especially treasured spending time with his four grandchildren.
Survivors include Alice, his wife of 45 years; two sons, Dave (Cindy) of Plain, and Keith (Robin) of New Freedom, Pa.; two daughters, Karen (Chris) Larsen of Mequon, Wis., and Kristin VandeWater of Janesville, Wis.; four grandchildren, Kenny and Caroline VandeWater of Plain, and Emily and Timmy VandeWater of New Freedom, Pa.; a sister, Eileen Tuseth of Rochester, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Agnes VandeWater.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, 1998, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Reedsburg, with Dr. James Steinbrecher and Rev. Charles Wilson officiating. Visitation will be held today, Oct. 14, 1998, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Hoof Funeral Home in Reedsburg. Interment will take place in St. John's Cemetery in Reedsburg. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to the Arlan VandeWater Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.

Donald B. `Don' Harris
TOMAH, Wis. - Donald B. ``Don'' Harris, 72, of Tomah, Wis., died quietly at his home Monday, Oct. 12, 1998. He was born Nov. 5, 1925, to Carl ``Pete'' and Vila (Chamberlain) Harris at Necedah, Wis. He grew up in the Necedah area and attended Necedah High School, graduating in 1943. He entered the Navy at age 17 and served in the South Pacific aboard the USS California (BB44) during W.W.II. After being discharged from the Navy he returned to Wisconsin, where he met and married Marie M. Hale of Mauston, Wis., on Nov. 2, 1947.
After working in a jewelry and flower shop in Mauston, he moved to Tomah where he founded Harris Jewelers on April 6, 1950, and operated it until July of 1989. Don was a Certified Gemologist and Registered Jeweler. He was active in professional organizations, the American Gem Society, Jewelers of America and Wisconsin Retail Jewelers Association. He served a term as president of the Wisconsin Retail Jewelers Association. He was active in community organizations, serving as president of the Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce and on many other committees.
Don is survived by his wife, Marie of Tomah; his sons, Craig (Andrea) of Virginia Beach, Va., and Cameron (Ann) of Rochester, Minn.; his daughter-in-law, Jodi of Rhinelander, Wis.; his grandchildren, Marisa and Arianna of Virginia Beach, Va., Stephanie and Elizabeth of Rochester, Minn., and Joshua and Megan of Rhinelander, Wis.; his sisters, Alberta (Carol) Ellingson of Park River, N.D., Dorothy (Hank) Wegner of Necedah, Joan Stevenson of Lisle, Ill., and Connie (John) Kovel of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and his brother-in-law, Richard (Gladys) Hale of Mauston.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Scott.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, at 1:30 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 310 W. Elizabeth St., Tomah. Reverend Robert C. Toso will officiate. Burial with military honors by Grassman-Sowle-Larsen-Senz American Legion Post #201 will be in Memorial Garden Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah.
Relatives and friends are invited to call today from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 East Monowau St., Tomah, and at the church on Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.
Family requests memorials may be given to the Hospice Touch, c/o Tomah Memorial Hospital, 321 Butts Ave., Tomah, Wis., 54660, and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 310 W. Elizabeth St., Tomah, in his memory.

Norman Frank Loeffler
Norman F. Loeffler, 77, died at his home on Monday, Oct. 12, 1998. He was born Oct. 9, 1921, in Caledonia, Minn., to Frank and Norma (Niebeling) Loeffler. He married Norma Mc Adam on June 25, 1949. Norman had worked at Allis Chalmers for twenty-five years, prior to their closing. He then worked at River Steel until his retirement. During his retirement, he worked as a crossing guard at numerous intersections.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; two sons, Ted A. (Marta) Loeffler of Sparta and Thomas G. (Linda) Loeffler of La Crosse; four grandchildren, Amy Jo Cantu, and Shawn, Mark and Amanda Loeffler; two great-grandchildren, Brianna and Cory Cantu; two sisters, Ellen (Carl) Willenberg of La Crosse and Shirley Stetzer of Onalaska; a sister-in-law, Eileen Scheitzach of La Crosse; a nephew, Michael Scheitzach of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, a sister, Violet and one brother. Memorial services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. The Reverend John Parcher will officiate and the cremains will be eniched in the mausoleum at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the services.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Evelyn M. Jungen
Evelyn M. Jungen, 77, of La Crosse, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998, at her home. She was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Menomonie, Wis., to Fred and Harriet (Hutchins) Patridge. She married Erwin Kramer and he preceded her in death. She married Harry Jungen and he preceded her in death. She had worked for Gateway Glass Products of La Crosse for 25 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Donna J. Budnik of La Crosse; by a son, Daniel (Margaret) Kramer of West Salem; by a son-in-law, Larry L. Budnik of West Salem; by a sister, Goldene Mondragon of New Mexico; by six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husbands, her parents, and infant son, a daughter, one sister and two brothers preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home, La Crosse. The Reverend Doug Graham of River of Life Assembly of God will officiate. Burial will be in the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Dorothy Mae Morrissey
Dorothy M. Morrissey, 87, died at the Bethany-St. Joseph Care Center on Monday, Oct. 12, 1998. She was born Feb. 10, 1911, in La Crosse, to Frank and Mary (Mossholder) Welch. She married Charles Morrissey on Nov. 8, 1936, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1992. She had worked for the Woolworth Company, Hebbard Drugs and Marcus Theaters.
She is survived by two nephews.
She will be placed in the Chapel of Devotion Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Dickinson Family Funeral Homes are assisting with the arrangements.

Allyn Mettille Ramsden
HOMER, Minn. - Allyn Mettille Ramsden of Homer, Minn., died Monday, Oct. 12, 1998, at Community Memorial Hospital, Winona. He was 92.
Born at home on Feb. 4, 1906, he was the son of John W. and Leona Mettille Ramsden. He attended Homer District #12 school as did his father and grandmother. He graduated from Winona High School and attended St. Mary's College: he graduated with a degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota at the beginning of the Great Depression.
Mr. Ramsden began work at the J.R. Watkins Company on Dec. 1, 1929. Starting in the laboratory as a pill and tablet maker, he spent some time in all departments of the company with the exception of sales. He was the engineer in charge of building the Winona Mineral Plant and the new plant in Montreal. When he retired after 41 years he was in complete charge of all manufacturing in Winona and branches.
Retirement did not mean leisure, since he and his wife, Gertrude Lynskey Ramsden continued to operate Cider Knolls Orchards in partnership with their son-in-law Dale E. Welch. He continued to work until 1986. The orchards were situated on land that had been in Mr. Ramsden's family since 1866. His grandfather, Samuel Alling, was one of the earliest settlers of Winona County, arriving in 1853. Mr. Alling established a homestead claim near Witoka and lived there until he came to Homer in 1866. There he assumed care of Allyn Ramsden's father John in 1873.
Mr. Ramsden and his wife traveled to many places in the United States, Mexico and Canada, particularly enjoying the Rocky Mountains. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, director of the Winona County Old Settlers Association, a member of the Winona County Historical Society, and was clerk of Homer School District #12 for many years, following in his father's footsteps. Additionally he was clerk of Homer township for two terms and moderator for township annual meetings. He belonged to the American Chemical Society for more than 40 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Gertrude Lynskey Ramsden; and by his daughter, Margaret ``Peggy'' Welch. Survivors include his son, John and his wife, Yvonne; his daughter Elizabeth Susie and her husband, Paul; his on-in-law, Dale Welch and his wife Jeanette; granddaughters, Kathleen Moser and Joan Susie; grandsons, Paul and Allen Susie, Thomas and David Welch and Sam and Ben Ramsden. He had nine great-grandchildren.
A mass will be offered in celebration of Allyn's life at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona. Concelebrants will be Rev. Msgr. Roy Literski and Rev. John Sauer. Friends may call at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Winona, from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening and after 9 a.m. on Thursday. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 8 p.m. this evening and preliminary services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, both at the funeral home. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Winona.
Casketbearers will be Paul Susie, Dale Welch, Thomas Welch, David Welch, Ben Ramsden and Greg Moser.
Memorials in his name may be contributed to the Community Memorial Hospital Remembrance Fund, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, St. Mary's University or Homer First Responders.
The Fawcett Funeral Home of Winona (507-452-3624) is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Wayne Fredrickson
VIROQUA, Wis. - Wayne Fredrickson, 74, of Viroqua, died Monday, Oct. 12, 1998, in Vernon Manor, Viroqua. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday in Zion Lutheran Church. Burial, with military rites by Viroqua VFW Post 3032 and American Legion Post 138, will be in Zion Cemetery. Friends may call after 12:30 p.m. Friday at the church. The Larson Funeral Home, Viroqua, is serving the family.

Eunice E. Hall Johnson
SPRING VALLEY, Minn. - Eunice E. Hall Johnson, 86, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Tuesday morning, Oct. 13, 1998, at the Ostrander Care Center in Ostrander, Minn.
The former Eunice Hall was born Jan. 30, 1912, in Maiden Rock, Wis., the daughter of Dean and Emily (Nordin) Hall. She was raised and attended school in La Crosse, Wis. area. She married Allen Johnson on Feb. 12, 1932, in Preston, Minn. The couple made their home on various farms in Fillmore County, Minn., until moving to Spring Valley in 1948. Eunice was a homemaker and did babysitting. Allen Johnson died Nov. 7, 1989. She became a resident of the Ostrander Care Center in December of 1994.
She is survived by two daughters; four sons; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Iris (Mrs. Arnold) Anderson and Juanita Cole, both of La Crosse; and two brothers, Charles Hall of La Crosse and Dean Hall Jr. of Wyoming.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander, with Rev. Norman Bauer officiating. Burial will be in Watson Creek Cemetery in rural Preston.
Friends may call at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, and at the church on Saturday one hour before the service.


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