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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.

Sophie Miller
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 and nephews.
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 this time.

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
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.

Noel Halama
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 will follow.

Henry Atkins
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 many others.
A funeral mass was held Friday, Oct. 16th at 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church, South Bend, Indiana.

Harry Atkins
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 Brian.
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 14, 1933.
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, Wis.
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.

Hazel Kohlmeyer
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 McKenzie, N.D.
She graduated from Galesville High School and attended the Winona Business College. On Oct. 1, 1934, she married Wilfred ``Bill'' Kohlmeyer in Red Wing, Minn.
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 two brothers.
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 Wednesday.

Elsie Tangen
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.


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