|Lucille J. `Tiny' Briggs Sneath
ONALASKA, Wis. - Lucille J. ``Tiny'' Briggs Sneath, 85, died at the
Franciscan Skemp Medical Center on Friday, Oct. 16, 1998. She was born
June 28, 1913, in La Crosse, to Frank and Alma (Knudson) Hicke. She attended
Central High School. On May 3, 1930, she married Otto Briggs and they later
divorced. She married Perley Sneath on Oct. 17, 1959, and he preceded her
in death on March 14, 1988. Lucille had worked at the Electric Auto-lite
for twenty-five years. Perley and Lucille had lived in Okauchee, Wis. until
they retired and moved to Onalaska.
Lucille enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards, bowling, dancing
and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by two daughters, Patti Briggs of Onalaska and Barbara
(Keith) Huber of Holmen; seven grandchildren, Vicki (Shannon) Remus of
Westminster, Md., Susan (Gene) Waldenberger, Sally (Tom) Granum, Jeff (Cindy)
Ammerman, Greg (Sue) Ammerman, all of Holmen, Michael and Paul Ammerman,
both of La Crosse; sixteen great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ray Hicke
of La Crosse, Shirely Hicke of Oak Park, Ill. and Wallace Hicke of Sacramento,
Calif.; a sister, Ione Lingard of La Crosse; numerous nieces and nephews;
stepgrandchildren, Sandy (Rick) Feyen of La Crosse, Rhonda Mullen of Holmen
and Pam (Dennis) Kaye of Vertura, Iowa; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and
stepchildren from her second marriage.
In addition to her husband, Perley, she was preceded in death by two
grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Dolores Krajewski.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Dickinson Family
Funeral Home, 809 Gillette St., La Crosse. Burial will be in the Oak Grove
Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette
St., La Crosse, on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Carol A. Rogge
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Carol A. Rogge, 66, of West Salem, died Thursday,
Oct. 15, 1998, at her home. She was born July 1, 1932, in Milwaukee, Wis.,
to Vernon and Eleanor (Riesen) Mickelson. In June, 1949, she married Anthony
D'Amato and he preceded her in death in November 1980. She then married
L. Allan ``Bud'' Rogge on May 21, 1983, in Milwaukee and they lived there
until 1996, when they moved to West Salem.
Survivors include her husband, L. Allan ``Bud''; two sons, Mark D'Amato
of Minneapolis, Minn. and Joseph (Peggy) D'Amato of Hartford, Wis.; one
daughter, Susan D'Amato of Milwaukee; three stepchildren, Stephan (Sandra)
Rogge of La Crosse, Mark (Holly) Rogge of Boston, Mass. and Paul (Melissa)
Rogge of West Salem; five grandchildren, Andrea, Nina, Adam, Michael and
Nicholas; her mother, Eleanor Mickelson of Milwaukee; a brother, Evan Mickelson
of South Milwaukee; her father-in-law, Ernest H. Rogge of Tomah; three
sisters-in-law, Sarah Giddings of Milwaukee, Ruth (Merlin) Baker of Stockholm,
N.J. and Evelyn (Lloyd) Hanson of Kendall, Wis.; and nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends. In addition to her first husband, she was preceded
in death by her father and a brother.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. from the Jostad-Jandt
Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem. Rev. Paul R. Johnston of Christ
Lutheran Church, West Salem, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove
Cemetery in Tomah, Wis. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday
from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and also on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time
of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to any cancer research
or heart disease research fund.
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Sophie Miller, 103, of La Crescent, Minn., died
on Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, at the La Crescent Healthcare Center. She was
born on March 12, 1895, in rural Hokah, Minn. to Fred and Louise (Fuhrer)
Truempi. She married William Miller on Nov. 28, 1916, in La Crescent. They
had been married for 53 years at the time of his death in 1970. Sophie
was a member of Church of the Crucifixion Parish in La Crescent and a member
of St. Bridgett's Circle and the Honorary Golden Age Circle.
She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Groen of Plymouth, Iowa
and Angeline (James) Hofer of La Crescent; two sons, Ernest (Mary) Miller
of La Crescent and George (Evelyn) Miller of St. Joseph Ridge, rural La
Crosse, Wis.; two daughters-in-law, Mary Joan Miller of Beaverton, Ore.
and Betty Miller of Houston, Minn.; twenty-four grandchildren; forty-five
great-grandchildren; and twelve great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by two sons, William and Harvey Miller; two grandchildren, Darryl
Miller and James B. Miller; two sisters and a brother.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct.
20, 1998, at Crucifixion Catholic Church, La Crescent, with Msgr. Donald
W. Grubisch, Celebrant and Msgr. Richard Speltz and Rev. John F. Vincent,
Concelebrants. Burial will be in the Crucifixion Cemetery. Friends may
call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent on Monday from
6 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until departing for the church.
A rosary will be recited on Monday at 8 p.m.
Mariann Mildred Hesik
Mariann Mildred Hesik, 63, of La Crosse, died on Thursday, Oct. 15,
1998, at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Medical Center. She was born on
July 31, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., to Frank and Frances (Zavesky) Hesik.
Her father preceded her in death in 1945, and up until her own death, Mariann
had lived with her mother.
Mariann dedicated her entire life to Catholic Schools. After receiving
her Bachelor's Degree in Education she worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago
Catholic Schools, first as a teacher and then as a principal. After relocating
with her mother to Rock Island, Ill, she served as a principal in the Jordan
Catholic School System and later became its area coordinator. For the last
eleven years she served as the Assistant Director of Schools for the Diocese
of La Crosse where she helped oversee 86 catholic schools. Mariann also
received her Master's Degree in Education and served as a reader and lecter
at St. Pius X parish in La Crosse.
Mariann is survived by her mother, Frances Hesik of La Crosse.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Oct. 19, 1998, at
11 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke,
Bishop of La Crosse will be the principal celebrant and Rev. Joseph J.
Rafacz will be homolist. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends
may call at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. and again
on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. A Rosary will be recited
Sunday evening at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to
the family. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Amanda R. Nelson
WESTBY, Wis. - Amanda R. Nelson, 92, of Westby, died Friday, Oct. 16,
1998, in La Crosse. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1:00 p.m.
at Vang Lutheran Church, rural Westby. Friends may call on Sunday evening
from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, Westby. Friends may also
call after noon on Monday at the church. A complete obituary þwill
appear in Sunday's Tribune.
Gladys Dahl Scott
LA CROSSE, Wis./COON VALLEY, Wis. - Gladys Dahl Scott, 87, a resident
of the Bothne House in Coon Valley and formerly of La Crosse, died Friday,
Oct. 16, 1998.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran
Church, rural Viroqua. Friends may call on Monday at the church after 10:00
a.m. The Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby is serving the family. A complete
obituary will appear in Sunday's Tribune.
Bryce D. Tryggestad
GENOA, Wis. - Bryce D. Tryggestad, 65, died suddenly on Thursday evening,
Oct. 15, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse of an
apparent heart attack after collapsing in Genoa. He was born on June 7,
1933, at rural Viroqua to Vernon and Helen (Skrede) Tryggestad. He graduated
from Viroqua High School in 1951, and then served in the U.S. Army. On
Dec. 17, 1955, he married Rachel Hilton. He worked at Bucyrus Erie in Milwaukee
for over thirty-five years and traveled extensively to China, Europe, South
Africa, Japan and most of North America as a representative for the company.
They had been charter members of St. Stephens the Martyr Lutheran Church
in Greendale. In 1989, they retired to rural Genoa where they became members
of the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Rachel died on May 2, 1998.
Bryce was also a member of the Genoa-De Soto American Legion Post No. 246,
and the Genoa Lions Club of which he had served as president and also had
received the Melvin Jones Award.
He is survived by four daughters, Kimberly Tryggestad of La Crosse,
Renee Tryggestad of South Milwaukee, Christine Tryggestad of Milwaukee
and Tina (Richard) Baumgartner of Brookfield; four grandchildren, Devon,
Chelsea, Anna and Elise; three sisters, Luan (Ronald) Fredrickson of Viroqua,
Sharon (Tom) Steiner of Eden Prairie, Minn., Linda (Charles) Ashley of
Las Vegas, Nev.; two brothers, Gary (Susie) Tryggestad of Warner Robins,
Ga., Lynn (Mary) Tryggestad of Viroqua; his step-mother, Jennie Tryggestad
of Boscobel; other relatives and many friends. He was also preceded in
death by his mother in 1964 and his dad in 1989.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, 1998,
at the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church, rural Chaseburg with Pastor
Luther Borgan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military
rites by Genoa-De Soto American Legion Post No. 246. Friends may call on
Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua.
Friends may also call at the church after 10 a.m. on Monday.
Joan M. Long
MANSFIELD, N.J. - Joan M. Long, 44, of Mansfield township, died Friday,
Oct. 16, 1998, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Penn.
She was born in La Crosse, Wis. She resided at Columbus for the past six
years. Joan was employed as a Sales Manager Coores Products for Hub City
Distributing Company, Lawrence township, for ten years.
She also was the manager for Greenstreet and Hudalbrau Restaurants,
Trenton. She was a 1992 graduate of Trenton State College with a BA in
Business Administration. She was a member of Holy Assumption Catholic Church,
Roebling and was the Fund Raiser Chairperson for the Trenton Sunshine Foundation.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest R. Long; a daughter and son-in-law,
Desieree and Chris Barker, Columbus; a son and daughter-in-law, Ernest
and Debbie Long, Florence; two sisters, Lois Stemper, Caledonia, Minn.
and Jane Strittmater, La Crescent, Minn.; a brother, David Roesler, La
Crosse, Wis.; two grandchildren, Darian and Jeffrey; mother-in-law, Irene
Long; Aunt and Uncle Rose and Steve Ducsai, all of Roebling; and many nieces
Funeral will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. from Koschek and Porter Funeral Directors,
1115 Hornberger Ave., Roebling. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Holy Assumption Church,
Roebling. Burial in the parish cemetery. Friends may call Monday 5 to 9
p.m. at the funeral home. Christian wake services will be conducted during
Donald A. Bisek
ARCADIA, Wis. - Donald A. Bisek, 64, of Arcadia, Wis., died Thursday,
Oct. 15, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Monday, at Our Lady of Perpetual
Help Catholic Church in Arcadia. Burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Wozney Funeral Home,
Arcadia, where there will be a Rosary at 7:30 and 8 p.m. Friends may also
call from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Arthur Peterson, 85, died at a La Crosse nursing home on Friday, Oct.
16, 1998. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Dickinson Family
Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson St., La Crosse.
Alexina `Sandra' Devenport
Alexina ``Sandra'' Devenport, 61, died at her home on Friday, Oct.
16, 1998. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Dickinson Family
Funeral Home, 809 Gillette St., La Crosse.
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Noel Halama, 10, daughter of Kenneth J. and Janell
Halama, of rural Independence, died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998, at Gundersen
Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic
Church, Independence. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 to 10 a.m. Monday at
Edison Funeral Home, Independence, where there will be a prayer service
at 3:30 p.m. Sunday for the school children and parents, a public prayer
service at 7:30 p.m. followed by a rosary at 8 p.m.
Ole S. Skorge
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Ole S. Skorge, 88, of Minneapolis and formerly
of Galesville, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, in his home.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, 1998, at Zwickey
Funeral Homes in Galesville. Burial will follow in the Trempealeau Public
Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Alice L. Sobkowiak
Alice L. Sobkowiak, 88, of La Crosse passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 1998,
at the Hillview Health Care Center. Funeral services are scheduled for
Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church. A complete obituary
VIROQUA, Wis.- Henry Atkins, 76, of Viroqua, died on Friday, Oct. 16,
1998, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. Funeral services are planned for 2
p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. Complete
obituary to follow on Monday.
Roberta V. Larson
VIOLA, Wis. - Roberta V. Larson, 97, of R.2 Viola, died Friday, Oct.
16, 1998, in the Bethel Home, Viroqua. Funeral services will be held at
2 p.m. Tuesday, in the La Farge United Methodist Church. Burial will be
in the Bear Creek Cemetery. Friends may call at the Seland Funeral Home,
La Farge, on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 8 p.m. They
also may call at the church on Tuesday from noon until the time of services.
Mary E. Knutson
Mary E. Knutson, 85, of La Crosse, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 1998,
at the Bethany St. Joseph Care Center. She was born on May 31, 1913, in
La Crosse to Margaret (Wolfgarten) and Frank J. Dockendorff. She was a
1930 graduate of Central High School and a 1932 graduate of the La Crosse
College of Commerce. She also had one year of nurses training at the St.
Francis School of Nursing. She was a medical secretary and record librarian
at the Grandview Hospital and Clinic, a position she held for 5 1/2 years.
During WWII, she ran her husband's service station and was a successful
manager for Standard Oil Co. for 2 1/2 years. She was, at that time, believed
to be the first woman in the Midwest to manage a station for Standard Oil
Co. After Mr. Knutson's return from the service, together they were owners
of the Recreation Lanes, Walt's Restaurant and the Cavalier Inn over a
period from 1945-1975 and then retired.
Mary was a past member of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Beta Sigman
Phi sorority, the Zonta Club, American Red Cross, League of Women Voters,
Vice-president of Elkettes, Vice-president of the La Crosse Women's Bowling
Association, and the National ``600'' Club for women bowlers. In 1959,
Mrs. Knutson was instrumental in organizing the La Crosse County Club Women's
Bowling League. She was a past member of the Maple Grove and La Crosse
Country Clubs, American Legion and Lutheran Hospital Auxiliaries, and the
Ladies Club of Blessed Sacrament Church.
She had served on the Executive Board of Directors of the La Crosse
Boys and Girls Club in La Crosse from 1981 through 1987. While serving
on the Board she was the recipient of the 1981 Treasurers Award in appreciation
of her outstanding support of the Boys and Girls Club. At the time of her
death she was a member of the St. Francis Auxiliary, the Ladies Club of
St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral and on the Corporate Board of Directors
of the Boys and Girls Club.
She is survived by her brother, Joseph Dockendorff of Skokie, Ill.
and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Borge (Bugs) Knutson; a sister, Margaret Dockendorff of La Crosse; a brother,
Tony of Ocala, Fla.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Marian
Chapel of St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral. Revs. Anthony Wolf and Carl
Dockendorff will concelebrate with entombment in St. Francis of Assisi
Mausoleum in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Blaschke Funeral
Home, 401 West Ave. S., on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service
at 7 p.m. Friends may also call on Monday at the funeral home from 9:30
a.m. until leaving for church. The family requests memorials to St. Joseph
the Workman Cathedral, the Boys and Girls Club, the Gundersen Lutheran
Foundation of La Crosse or the Franciscan Skemp Medical Foundation.
Richard F. Blaschke
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Richard F. Blaschke, who resided in South Bend,
Ind., went to God on Oct. 13, 1998. He was born in La Crosse, Wis., July
9, 1924, lived at 2115 Main St., and graduated from Aquinas High School.
In 1944, in Gulfport, Miss., he married Joan Mae Satek, also of La Crosse,
just before going overseas to serve his country in World War II. He flew
a B-17 in the European Theater, logging many missions, sometimes as squadron
leader, and as one of the youngest pilots in the Army Air Force. After
the war, he attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned
a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Bendix and Allied Signal
in the Brake and Steering Division, designing and testing automotive brakes
until his retirement. After retirement, he formed his own company and continued
in the engineering field as a consultant.
He was gentle and kind: a loving husband and father, friend and neighbor.
His daughter, Janet, summarized his effect on others most succinctly when
she said "Everyone who knew him fell in love with him."
He is survived by his loving wife, caretaker and friend of almost 54
years, Joan. He has four living children, Janet Frost, Craig Blaschke,
Mary Kay Blaschke, and Kim Felser. A sister, Dorothy Kamperschroer, eight
grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren will also miss him, along with
A funeral mass was held Friday, Oct. 16th at 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi
Church, South Bend, Indiana.
VIROQUA, Wis. - Harry Atkins, 76, of 633 East Court Street, died on
Friday morning, Oct. 16, 1998, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. He was born
on July, 18, 1922, at Longbenton, Northumberland, England, to William and
Nellie (Hankin) Atkins, Sr.
At age 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served during WWII
on the HMCS Ontario. He was a member of the Ontario Provincial Police Department
for 15 years. For several years he participated in the intermediate hockey
league in Canada and was an avid hockey fan.
On July 20, 1968, he married Jeanne Streeter at Northbrook, Ill. They
lived in Ontario, Canada, for one year and then moved to Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., where he owned and operated a refrigeration and air conditioning
repair business. In 1985, they moved to Viroqua. He had been a member of
the Officer's Club and Masonic Lodge in Canada, and currently was a member
of the Viroqua Eagles Aerie No. 2707.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; three sons, David, Brian, of Simcoe,
Ontario, Canada, Greg (Joy) Atkins of Holmen; one daughter, Carrie Atkins
and her special friend, Larry Davids of Viroqua; four grandchildren, Sherry
(Neal) Hachey, Melanie (Kevin) Considine, Christian Atkins, Kirstin Atkins;
three great-grandchildren, Levi Atkins-Considine, Mason Hachey, and Taylor
Considine. He is also survived by two sisters, Anne (Bill) Richmond of
Essex, Ontario, Canada, Etta Barber of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada; and two
brothers, Bill (Peggy) Atkins of Waterford, Ontario, Canada, and Dennis
(Mary) Atkins of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Fred and
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 , 1998,
at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, with Bert Gebert officiating. Burial
will be in the Liberty Pole Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home
today, Oct. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. where there will be a prayer service at
6:45 p.m. Friends may also call at the funeral home after 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
Vernon R. Lokken
BLAIR, Wis. - Vernon R. Lokken, 80, of Molalla, Ore., and formerly
of Blair, Wis., died on Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, in his home.
Vernon was born on Oct. 11, 1918, in the town of Preston, Trempealeau
County, Wis., to Alf and Lucy (Anderson) Lokken. He was baptized in Nov.
of 1918, and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church in Blair, Wis., on May
Vernon was a skilled carpenter by trade, and was involved in the construction
of large dams all over the United States. He was a member of the Moose
Lodge #1408 of Eau Claire, Wis., a life long member of the Elks Lodge #538
of Grass Valley, Calif., the Eagles Lodge #3284 of Woodburn, Ore., and
the Grace Lutheran Church in Molalla, Ore.
Mr. Lokken is survived by his special friend, Lucille Walch of Molalla,
Ore.; six children, Beatrice (David) Erickson of Longboat Key, Fla., Gerald
(Shelby) Lokken of Eau Claire, Wis., Donna Runice of Berlin, Wis., Richard
Lokken of San Diego, Calif., Roger (Sharon) Lokken of De Forest, Wis.,
and Vicki (Leslie) Otterson of Everett, Wash.; two brothers, Milton (Helen)
Lokken of Loyal, Wis., and Clayton (Voris) Lokken of Nevada, Iowa; a sister,
Adella (Ray) Brey of Pittsville, Wis.; an aunt Myrtle Lokken of La Crosse;
12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, at 1:30
p.m. in the First Lutheran Church with burial in the Rest Haven Cemetery;
both in Blair, Wis. Rev. Kevin Jones will officiate.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1998, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the
Jack Funeral Home in Blair, Wis., and also one hour prior to the services
at the church on Wednesday.
Alexina `Sandra' Devenport
Alexina ``Sandra'' Devenport, 61, died at her home on Friday, Oct.
16, 1998. She was born Nov. 16. 1936, in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Roderick
and Christina Finlayson. She married John Devenport on June 16, 1973. Sandra
was extremely proud of her Scottish heritage.
She is survived by her husband John; two sons, Roderick Urquart of
Scotland, Patrick (Sandra) Hill of Georgia; two daughters, Marion (Burt)
Coffman and Charmian (Eddie) Curry, both of Alabama; eleven grandchildren;
two brothers, Charles Finlayson and Alisttair, both of Scotland; nieces
and nephews; and special pets, Precious and Frankie.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dickinson Family
Funeral Home, 809 Gillette St., La Crosse. The Rev. Phil Somsen will officiate
and burial will be in the Retreat Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral
home today from 4 to 7 p.m.
Roberta V. Larson (Nee Steinmetz)
LA FARGE, Wis. - Roberta V. Larson (Nee Steinmetz) age 97, of rural
La Farge, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 1998, in the Bethel Home, Viroqua,
She was born April 9, 1901, on a Jug Creek farm near La Farge to Charles
Henry Steinmetz and Mary Jane (Shattuck) Steinmetz.
On May 3, 1925, Roberta married Olen E. Larson of rural La Farge. Roberta
and Olen resided and farmed almost all of their many years together on
the present farm site near La Farge from 1931 on.
She was a long time member of the La Farge United Methodist Church.
Roberta was active in the Womens Relief Corps, Rebekah Lodge, Black Hawk
Chapter D.A.R., Bear Creek Birthday Club, United Methodist Women, and served
for many years on the West Lima School Board. Roberta organized the original
4H Club on Bear Creek.
Roberta attended Jug Creek rural school, graduated from La Farge High
School, and subsequently graduated from the Vernon County Normal School
with a teaching degree. Roberta taught in rural schools at Seas Branch,
Otter Creek, Pleasant View, and Middle Bear with as many as 40 students
some of whom spoke only Norwegian until she converted them to the English
language in the class room.
Roberta accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of 13 years and was
baptized at the Jug Creek United Brethen Church. She later became a member
of the La Farge United Methodist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Beatrix Larson of Richland Center, Phyllis
(Mrs. John) Widstrand of Cedarburg, and Mary (Mrs. Ernest) Mosher of Topeka,
Kan.; seven grandchildren, John Widstrand Jr. of Kohler, Paul Olen Widstrand
of Cedarburg, Mrs. Susan (Widstrand) Kowaleski of Mequon, Allen Mosher
of Washington D.C., Mrs. Melinda (Mosher) Diamond of Naperville, Ill.,
Mark Mosher of Olathe, Kan., and Matthew Mosher of Independence, Kan.;
seven great-grandchildren, Mrs. Amy (Widstrand) Wiltzius, Andrew Widstrand,
Kelsey Mosher, Elizabeth Mosher, Emily Kowaleski, Aubree Mosher, and Nathan
Mosher; and one sister, Mrs. Beatrix (Steinmetz) Hanson of Mayville.
Roberta was preceded in death by her husband Olen; her parents; an
infant son; two brothers, George P. Steinmetz, and Charles Donald Steinmetz;
and an infant sister, Ruth.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1998, at 2 p.m., in
the La Farge United Methodist Church. Pastor Julio Alvarado will officiate.
Musicians will be Organist Jean Steinmetz, and Vocalist Christy Leatherberry.
Interment will be in the bear Creek Cemetery, rural La Farge.
Pallbearers will be Kent Steinmetz, grandsons, John Widstrand Jr.,
Allen Mosher, Mark Mosher, Matthew Mosher, and great-grandson, Andrew Widstrand.
Visitation will be held Monday, Oct. 19, 1998, at the Seland Funeral
Home, La Farge, from 7 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 8 p.m., and at
the church on Tuesday, from noon until the time of services.
We know Roberta is reunited in her heavenly home with friends and family
that have preceded her. Loving prayers of family members and friends and
acquaintances will be with her living soul.
Marcel J. Lyga
INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Marcel J. Lyga, 84, of Independence, died Sunday,
Oct. 18, 1998, in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. Services
will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic
Church, Independence, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call
from 4 to 8 p.m., with 7:30 p.m. prayer service and an 8 p.m. rosary, Tuesday;
and 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, in Edison Funeral Home, Independence.
GALESVILLE, Wis. - Hazel Kohlmeyer, age 86, of Galesville, died Sunday,
Oct. 18, 1998, at Marinuka Manor Nursing Home in Galesville, Wis.
Hazel was born June 5, 1912 to Ole and Gudrum (Whiteberg) Oanes in
She graduated from Galesville High School and attended the Winona Business
College. On Oct. 1, 1934, she married Wilfred ``Bill'' Kohlmeyer in Red
Hazel worked at the Coast to Coast Store in Galesville.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Galesville.
She is survived by two sons, Hugh (Bev) of Galesville, Wis., and Gene
and special friend Marylee Doud of Black River Falls, Wis.; two granddaughters,
Karie (Tim) Tolvstad of Holmen, and Karen (Brian) Sandmire of La Crosse.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, and
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, at
Zion Lutheran Church in Galesville. Rev. Arnold Flater will officiate.
Burial will follow in Pine Cliff Cemetery in Galesville.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1998, at the Zwickey
Funeral Homes in Galesville, and from noon until 1 p.m. at the church on
MABEL, Minn. - Elsie Tangen, 88, of Mabel, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998,
in Green Lea Manor Nursing Home, Mabel, Minn., where she had been a resident
since 1993. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, in Stavenger
Lutheran Church, with burial in the church Cemetery, rural Ossian, Iowa.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with an 8 p.m. prayer service,
in Mengis Funeral Home, Mabel, Minn.