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Bessie Marie Salmon
VIROQUA, Wis. - Bessie Marie Salmon, 97, formerly of 115 1/2 South Main Street in Viroqua, died on Thursday evening at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home, where she had been a resident since July 18, 1994. She was born on Feb. 23, 1901, in the town of Franklin, Vernon County, to McClint and Julia (Hanson) Munyon. She married Henry Davis and they later divorced. She then married Orvyn Salmon and they farmed near Towerville in Crawford County. For several years, she would play the violin for local dances. Mr. Salmon died and in September, 1980, she moved to Viroqua to make her home with her daughter, Virginia Longworth.
Bessie has no immediate survivors. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jessie and Otto Munyon; one sister, Ruth Fehlberg; her son-in-law, Frederick ``Freddie'' Longworth in 1978; and her daughter, Virginia Longworth in 1996.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, 1998, at the Thorson Funeral Home, Viroqua, with Rev. Dr. Steven Fossum officiating. Burial will be in the Readstown Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 9 a.m. on Saturday. Memorials will be going to the activity department at Vernon Manor.

Bonnie R. Parker
WEST LIMA, Wis. - Bonnie R. Parker, 82, of West Lima, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, in her home. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday in West Lima Church of Christ. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hillsboro. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Picha Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

Josephine D. (Gerke) Kendhammer Evenson
WABASHA, Minn. - Josephine D. (Gerke) Kendhammer Evenson, 89, of Wabasha, Minn., and formerly of La Crosse and Mondovi, Wis., died Thursday morning, October 22, 1998, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Wabasha. She was born Sept. 4, 1909, on Grandad Bluff in La Crosse, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Stroeh) Gerke. On Jan. 21, 1930, she married William Kendhammer in La Crosse. He died February 14, 1949. Following her husband's death she went to work to support her three children. She waitressed at Club 14 restaurant in La Crosse, later becoming its owner. In 1959, she moved to Mondovi, where she owned and operated Jo's Sportsman's Bar. She sold the business in 1968. She then worked for the Presto Co. in Eau Claire, where she made ammunition for the Viet Nam War. She retired in 1974. She moved from Mondovi to Wabasha in 1979.
Josephine was a member of St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha, and its Council of Catholic Women. She was also a member of the Wabasha American Legion and VFW auxiliaries. Her accomplishments include raising three children as a widow; a survivor of the Great Depression; and working in the first union shop in La Crosse. She also was a fundraiser for St. Thomas More facility in La Crosse. She was an avid Minnesota Twin and Green Bay Packer fan. She also enjoyed traveling around the continent, and bird watching, especially cardinals. She also had a never ending quest for a picture of a white squirrel.
Josephine is survived by daughters, JoAnn Swain of River Falls, Wis., Judith and her husband, Hardy Schierts of Wabasha, Minn., and Jeannie Kendhammer and her companion, Rodney Tousey of Fond du Lac, Wis.; grandchildren, Amy Schierts, Hal Schierts, Dawn Engel and Shawn Tischer; great-grandson, Travis Engel; sisters, Matilda (Tillie) Beranek, Mildred (Millie) Kaiser and Dolores Knobloch, all of La Crosse; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray and Ronnie Gerke Clarence and Marian Gerke, Gilbert and Joyce Gerke, Liz Gerke, Doris Gerke and Bonnie Gerke, all of La Crosse; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William; brothers, Alvin, Leo, Edward and Carl Gerke; and sister, Florence Schames.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, at 11 a.m. at St. Felix Catholic Church, with the Reverend Gerald Conway officiating. Interment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, La Crosse, at 2 p.m.
Casket bearers will be Amy Schierts, Hal Schierts, Dawn Engel, Shawn Tischer, LaVerne Kaiser and Bruce Kaiser.
Friends may call at St. Felix Catholic Church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials are preferred to the Wabasha Public Library. The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements.

Paul C. Hagen
MELBOURNE, Australia - Paul C. Hagen, of Melbourne, Australia, was born July 2, 1945. He died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1998, of natural causes. He was an Aquinas graduate. He joined the Navy and followed his dream to Australia. He was employed professionally there, married and had four children. He is survived by his wife, Sharri; their four children, Keith, Linsey, Carl and Melissa; his mother, Leona Hagen of French Island; his brothers, Robert (Peggy) of Onalaska and David of Onalaska; and his sister, Wanda Blaine of Alexandria, Va.

Bette F. Daily
ONALASKA, Wis. - Bette F. Daily, 58, died at the Onalaska Nursing Home on Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998. She was born Nov. 9, 1939, in La Crosse, to Frank and Edna (Wells) Daily.
A 1957 graduate of La Crosse Central High School, she earned an associate degree in data processing at Western Wisconsin Technical Institute. After four years with the Highway Safety Department of the Department of Transportation, she was employed as a computer programmer/analyst by her current employer, Western Wisconsin Technical College.
She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Jack) Daily and Gloria (Robert) Daily; 13 nieces; six nephews; and many grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Marjory (Raymond) Kozelka; and four brothers, Ronald Daily, Robert (Gloria) Daily, Jack (Dorothy) Daily and James Daily.
Visitation will be Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the dickinson Family Funeral Home, 515 McHugh Road, Holmen. Burial will be in the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Hjordis Pauline `Judy' McKean
TOMAH, Wis. - Hjordis Pauline ``Judy'' McKean, 103, of Tomah, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, in Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday in First Congregational United Church of Christ, and burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, both in Tomah. Relatives and friends may call from noon until the time of service Monday in the church. The White Funeral Home, Tomah, is assisting the family with arrangements.

William G. Mellin
TOMAH, Wis. - William G. Mellin, 74, of Tomah, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, in Tomah Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomah. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the White Funeral Home, Tomah; and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the church.

Faye Elaine Patak
Faye Elaine Patak, 56, of La Crosse, died Monday, Oct. 19, 1998, in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. Born Dec. 16, 1941, she is survived by her husband, Larry; daughter, Heather; son-in-law, Greg; and sister, Jane. She will be missed by many, many friends. The funeral will be 11 a.m. today in Hosanna Lutheran Church, Forest Lake, Minn.

Ervin E. Schmitz
SPARTA, Wis. - Ervin E. Schmitz, 55, of Sparta, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, in Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, Sparta. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, with an 8 p.m. prayer service, and from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, both at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta.

Mildred A. Marsden
WAUKON, Iowa - Mildred A. Marsden, 95, of Waukon, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1998, in Waukon Good Samaritan Center, after a long illness. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday in St. John's Lutheran Church, and burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, both in Waukon. Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday in the church. The Hanson Funeral Home, Waukon, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Greg J. Bullock
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - ®MDNM¯Greg Bullock, 43, died on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, in his parents' home. He was born Aug. 3, 1955, in Milwaukee, Wis. He graduated from Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wis., class of 1974.
He moved to La Crosse and worked at La Crosse Floral. Greg is survived by his parents, Edward and Marion Bullock of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; a brother, Terry Bullock of Viroqua; a sister, Laureen (Rick) Griffin of Onalaska; nephews, Nate and Clinton Griffin; niece, Kristin Griffin; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by a sister, Bobbi Bullock.
Greg will be missed by a special friend, Roxanne Price, and Greg's little pal, Claus.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Lydia E. Peterson
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Lydia E. Peterson, 89, of Caledonia, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at the Lutheran Home, Caledonia.
She was born Dec. 3, 1908, in Union township, Houston County, Minn., to August and Clara (Burmester) Ranzenberger. On March 29, 1932, she married Oscar H. Peterson in Caledonia, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 1966.
Survivors include a son, Donald (Marlyn) Peterson of West Salem; three grandchildren, Jeffrey Peterson of Upper Marlboro, Md., Steven (Naomi) Peterson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Julie (Jay) Gerondale of Sandy, Utah; a great-grandchild, Madisyn Gerondale, also of Sandy, Utah; a brother, Arlyn (Ruth) Ranzenberger of North Fort Meyer, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, Lydia was preceded in death by a son, Gale; her parents; a sister, Olga Ranzenberger; and a brother, Theodore Ranzenberger.
Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at 11 a.m. from St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Caledonia. Rev. William Runke and Rev. Bill Limmer will officiate. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Home, both of Caledonia. The Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia, is in charge of arrangements.

Roy N. Svebakken
DECORAH, Iowa - Roy N. Svebakken, 85, of Decorah, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, in Aase Haugen Home, Decorah. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday in Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church, rural Waukon, Iowa. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Martin Funeral Home, Waukon.

Harry G. Cooper
BELOIT/ALMA CENTER, Wis. - Harry G. Cooper, 71, of Beloit and formerly of the Alma Center area, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, in Beloit Memorial Hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in United Methodist Church, and burial with military rites will be in East Lawn Cemetery, both in Alma Center. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton; and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Melvin G. Goetzka
WARRENS, Wis. - Melvin G. Goetzka, 75, of Warrens, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, at Tomah Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 18, 1923, to Alvin and Amanda (Biegel) Goetzka in the town of Lincoln. Prior to his retirement, he farmed.
He is survived by two sisters, Ruth Olson of Warrens and Mildred Goetzka of Chicago; a nephew, Alan Olson of Warrens; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Minnie, Irene and Louise; and a nephew, Les Olson.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at 11 a.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 East Monowau St., Tomah. Burial will be in the Warren-Mills Cemetery at Warrens.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

La Verne R. `Ole' Geary
La Verne R. ``Ole'' Geary, 73, of La Crosse, died on Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on Oct. 30, 1924, in Winona, Minn., to Albert and Millie (Neumann) Geary. He grew up in both the Winona and La Crosse areas and graduated from Logan High School. Following graduation, Ole served with the United States Army Air Corps in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre during World War II, from 1943 to 1946.
Ole married Myrtle Koepke on July 9, 1949, in La Crosse. For several years, he and his brother, Harvey, operated Badger Floor Services, tiling many schools, churches, and other buildings in the area. Before he retired, Ole also owned and operated Shimshak's Tavern and Wittenberg's Cigar Store for many years. A great Green Bay Packer fan, he also enjoyed pheasant and deer hunting and fishing with family. Ole was also an avid golfer, hitting two holes in one during his golfing years. He and his family were members of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in La Crosse for many years.
Ole is survived by his wife, Myrtle; by one son, Tom (Betty) Geary of Apple Valley, Minn.; two daughters, Cheryl Coots of Appleton, Wis., and Susan Geary, also of Appleton; four grandchildren, Tara Coots of Madison, Wis., Derek Coots of Appleton, and Alicia and Gabriella Geary of Apple Valley; two sisters, Vera (Sherman) Miller of La Crosse, and Ruth Manske of Chaseburg; four sisters-in-law, Lucille Geary and Annie Geary of La Crosse, Georgia Nelson of Whitehall, Wis., and Gerene Olson of Anchorage, Alaska; and three brothers-in-law, George Olson of Anchorage, Orville Dahl of Whitehall, and Sherman Miller of La Crosse. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harvey and Ralph Geary; and three brothers-in-law, Carl ``Bud'' Koepke, Raymond Manske and Otis Sather; and one sister-in-law, Delores Dahl.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m., at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. Rev. J.L. Mattes will officiate. Burial, with military rites, will take place at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Monday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services. The family requests that memorials be given to the Oncology Department at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

Gerald L. `Jerry' McFarlin
FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. - Gerald L. ``Jerry'' McFarlin, 45, of Fountain City, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cochrane, Wis. Burial will be in the Buffalo City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the J.S. Wozney Funeral Chapel in Cochrane, where there will be an 8 p.m. prayer service. Friends may also call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church in Cochrane.

Mabel Pauline Kruk
WESTBY, Wis. - Mabel Pauline Kruk, 79, of Westby, died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at the Vernon Manor, Viroqua. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, in the La Farge United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Bear Creek Cemetery, rural La Farge. Friends may call at the Seland Funeral Home, La Farge, on Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 6 p.m. They may also call at the church on Monday from noon until the time of services.

Joyce M. Wilsey
Joyce M. Wilsey, died at her home on Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, from complications of diabetes and cancer. She was born Dec. 10, 1934, in Winona, to Larry and Alice (Kinder) Stencel. She married Robert A. Wilsey on Nov. 9, 1956.
She is survived by her husband, Robert; her mother, Alice Stencel of La Crosse; and a sister, Bette (Cecelia) Maliszewski of Trempealeau. She was preceded in death by her son, Douglas ``Digger'' Wilsey and her father.
There will be no services or visitation. She will be cremated and buried at a later date.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.

Wilfred W. Starkey
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Wilfred W. Starkey, 81, of Hillsboro, died on Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. He was born on Aug. 21, 1917, in Arthur, Neb., the son of Fred and Edith Starkey. On Jan. 20, 1943, he was united in marriage to the former Lucy E. Gibbs. He was a veteran of World War II serving from 1940-1943. Bill worked as a mechanic for many years and later as a farmer until his retirement.
Survivors include five children, Lucy June (Roger) Dickhaut of Georgetown, Tex., Judy Ann Copus and her friend, Earl Dalberg of Viola, Betty Jane (Daniel) Sanchez of Bettendorf, Iowa, Wilfred Ray Starkey of Tomah and Larry Dean Starkey and his friend, Cheryl Burch of Hillsboro; eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Clydie) Starkey of Scottsbluff, Neb. and Joe (Charlene) Starkey of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five sisters, Norma (Walter) Brott of Ogalla, Neb., Daisy Richarson of Grand Island, Neb., Faye (Jerry) Brown of Grand Island, Neb., Ethel (Noel) Hale of Virginia and Patsy Kershaw of Colorado; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy, on May 24, 1993; one grandson, Michael; one brother, Bob Starkey; and three sisters, Grace Kemplin, Deloris Lane and May Hayes.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at the Fick-Hoof Funeral Home in Hillsboro with Rev. Willis Graves officiating. Interment will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Florence E. Tabbert
ONALASKA, Wis. - Florence E. Tabbert, 88, of Onalaska, died Monday. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Dickinson Funeral Home of Onalaska.

Effie A. Freng
MINDORO, Wis. - Effie A. Freng, 78, of Mindoro, died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at her home. She was born May 18, 1920, in West Salem, to Alfred and Mabel (Erickson) Breiwick. On Sept. 2, 1939, she married LaVern A. Freng in Waukon, Iowa, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 1985. Effie took great pride in her flower garden and her special baking. She also enjoyed birdwatching. Most important to Effie was her love for her Maker and her family.
Survivors include her nine children, Bonnie (Ray) Paisley, Mary (Sid) Welda and Patricia Woodliff, all of Onalaska, Joan (Harold) Danielson and James (Sandra) Freng, both of Mindoro, Lawrence `Larry' (Luana) Freng of Northglenn, Colo., David (Bernice) Freng of Colorado Springs, Colo., Orlando `Fred' (Pat) Freng of La Crosse, and Steven (Rosa and Sara) Freng of Melrose; 29 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Robert Kastenschmidt of Rosendale, Wis.; three sisters, Margaret Bringe of Holmen, Gladys Nelson of Marinette, Wis., and Lillian Hill of Onalaska; three brothers, Arthur (Alma) Breiwick of Minneapolis, Minn., Allison (Caroline) Breiwick of Anoka, Minn., and Stanley (Marge) Breiwick of Racine, Wis.; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Breiwick of Holmen. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Jason Freng; and three brothers, Raymond, LaVern, and Clarence Breiwick.
Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. from Bells Coulee Lutheran Church. Rev. Ron Nowland will officiate. Burial will be in Burns Cemetery. Friends may call at the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, on Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.; and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Gloria S. Lego
BATAVIA, Ill. - Gloria S. Lego, 75, of La Crosse, Wis., died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at her son's home in Batavia, Ill. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday from the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home to Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia, Ill., for a funeral mass at 10 a.m. Internment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, in St. Joseph's Cemetery in River Grove, Ill. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Funeral Home, where a liturgical wake service will be held at 5 p.m. Contributions may be made to V.N.A. Hospice, Aurora, Ill. 60504, or to the American Cancer Society, Batavia, Ill., or Gundersen Lutheran Hospice, La Crosse.

Ines E. Dinger
HOKAH, Minn. - Ines E. Dinger, 79, of Hokah, Minn., died on Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at her home. She was born on April 5, 1919, in Sparta, Wis., to William and Ethel (Kroll) Schultz. She married Herman G. Dinger on Dec. 18, 1941 in Norwalk, Wis. He died on July 15, 1988. Ines was a member of St., Peter's Catholic Church in Hokah and a member of the Parish Alter Society. She had worked at the La Crosse Autolite for many years and later worked at St. Michael's Childrens Home for twenty years, retiring in 1980.
She is survived by a daughter, Rita Watters of Hokah; four grandchildren, Laura (Paul) Giertych of Holmen, Wis., Brian Watters and Rodney Watters, both of La Crosse, and Jeff Watters of Hokah; six great-grandchildren; five sisters, Margaret Semann and Ruth (Delmar) Donsky, both of Norwalk, Wis., Beulah Sanders of Mindoro, Wis., Marion Semann and Edwina (Maurice) Olson, both of Sparta, Wis.; seven brothers, Harvey (Ann) Schultz and Theodore Schultz, both of Mindoro, Wis., Leo (Katherine) Schultz, Ervin Schultz, Victor Schultz, Kermit Schultz, and William (Carrie) Schultz all of Sparta. In addition to her husband, Herman, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Eunice Dinger; two granddaughters, Sarah and Patricia Watters; a grandson, Daniel Watters; and two sisters, Blanche Wagner and Eveline Schmitz.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Hokah. The Rev. Paul J. Breza will officiate. Burial will be at St. John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery in rural Norwalk, Wis. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent, Minn. on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.; and at the church on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. A rosary will be recited Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Nellie B. Wolf
TOMAH, Wis. - Nellie B. Wolf, 93, of Tomah, died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at the Tomah Health Care Center. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Tomah. The Ninnman-Steele Fu7neral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Helen Elizabeth Lund
TOMAH, Wis. - Helen Elizabeth Lund, 68, of Tomah, died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998. A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tomah. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah. Relatives and friends may call at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St., Tomah; from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and also from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at the church.

Forest A. `Harkey' Harkness
Forest `Harkey' Harkness, 86, of La Crosse, died at the Hillview Health Care Center, Monday, Oct. 26, 1998. he was born July 7, 1912, at Mabel, Minn., to Adelbert and Fannie (Sherburne) Harkness. He married Margaret C. Housker on Jan. 21, 1939, at Calmar, Iowa.
Forest was an over the road driver for the Gateway Transportation Co. for thirty-five years, during which time he never had an accident. He then served as a crossing guard at the Emerson Elementary School until he began employment with Inland Printing Co. he retired on Dec. 31, 1986.
Forest and Margaret enjoyed traveling. He was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church where he served as head usher for many years.
In addition to his wife, Margaret, he is survived by two sons, Dale Harkness and Don (Trish) Harkness, both of La Crosse; by a sister, O.live Sveen of Rushford, Minn.; by five grandchildren, Tim Harkness, Kate (Tim) Hansen, Sara (Abhijat) Pochanayon, Chris and Corie Harkness; by five great-grandchildren, Danny Harkness, Haeli, Alyssa and April Hansen, and Jordan Pochanayon; by daughters-in-law, Donna Harkness and Mary Harkness, both of La Crosse; and by good neighbors, Tom and Joan Gushiken and their children, Lonnie and Robbie. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Darryl Harkness; a sister, Florence Seegmiller; and two brothers, Claude and Alton Harkness.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. The Rev. Brian King will officiate. Burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson St., Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.; and at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the service.
Memorials may be made to Our Savior's Lutheran Church or to the Hillview Auxillary.

Lloyd S. Kast
BOSCOBEL, Wis. - Lloyd S. Kast, 96, of Boscobel, Wis., died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998, at the Boscobel Area Health Care. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, at the Thoni-Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel, and burial with military rites in the town cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the Thoni-Kendall Funeral Home, Boscobel.

Kenneth J. Bloyer
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - Kenneth J. Bloyer, 70, of Prairie Du Chien, Wis., died Sunday Oct. 25, 1998, at the Prairie Du Chien Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. at St. Gabriels Cathloic Church, followed by the burial with military rites in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie Du Chien. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Wednesday at Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie Du Chien, where there will be a Wake Scripture at 8 p.m.

Kurt A. Johnson
ELLENWOOD, Ga. - Kurt A. Johnson, 53, of Ellenwood, Ga. and formerly of Galesville, Wis., died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998, in Southern Regional Hospital, Riverdale, Ga. Arrangements are pending with Zwickey Funeral Homes, Galesville, Wis.

Mildred B. Harrie
SPARTA, Wis. - Mildred B. Harrie, 92, of 331 S. Water St., Sparta, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998, at the Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta.
She was born on June 26, 1906, in Big Creek in Monroe County to Charles and Minnie (Stark) Morgan.
On May 8, 1924, she was united in marriage to William F. Harrie in Ontario, Wis. After a brief residence on a farm near Ontario, they moved to Sparta. In 1945 they purchased the general store in Leon, which together with the adjacent mill, was operated as a family business. In 1965 they returned to Sparta.
Mildred was a long time member of the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed caring for her flowers which were much admired in the neighborhood on Central Ave. She also spent countless hours making afghans and `yo-yo' spreads for her family, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband on July 3, 1971.
She is survived by a daughter, Beverly (Glen) Schuknecht of Hudson, Wis.; four sons, Lloyd (Willy) and Russell (Pat) Harrie of Sparta, William Jr. (Rita) Harrie of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Dale (Phyllis) Harrie of Bloomington, Ill.; two sisters, Laura Roberts of Sparta, and Buelah Grant of Baraboo, Wis.; 18 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Sparta, with Rev. David Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.
Friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta on Wednesday fro 6 to 8 p.m.; and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Memorials may be given to the Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta or the Sparta United Methodist Church.

Robert `Bob' Ziel
ONALASKA, Wis. - Robert 'Bob' Ziel, 80, of Onalaska, died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at the Onalaska Nursing Home. Services to be announced later by Fossum Funeral Home, Onalaska.

Elaine R. Stintzi
BANGOR, Wis. - Elaine R. Stintzi, 80, of Bangor, died Monday Oct. 26, 1998, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse. Arrangements will be announced later by Fossum Funeral Home, Bangor.

Orion S. Hanson
CASHTON, Wis. - Orion S. Hanson, age 67 of rural Cashton, died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, October 25, 1998 in Viroqua. He was born on October 16, 1931 to Helmer and Maria (Larson) Hanson. On November 10, 1951 he was united in marriage to Shirley Johnson in Barron, WI. From 1952 to 1954, he served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a heavy equipment operator for Williamson Construction in LaCrosse. He also worked for J.I. Case Co. in Rockford, IL, and for 17 years he worked for Beloit Pipe and Dredge. He had worked for J.P. Cullen Co. in Beloit, retiring in 1982. In 1978, he and Shirley moved to this area.
He belongs to the Operating Engineers Union, #139, and he was a member of the Antique Club, Syverson-Funk American Legion Post #155, and a former member of the Eagles.
In addition to his wife, Shirley, he is survived by two daughters, Debra (Thomas) Fischer of Rincon, GA, and Sandra (Ernie) Hass of Westby; four grandchildren: Sean Fischer, Christopher Fischer, Wayne Kast, and Mark Kast; two great-grandchildren, Nicolette Kast and Kyle Kast; four sisters: Mabel (Ernest) Bekkum of LaCrosse, Pearl Overgard of Cashton, Hazel Blihovde of Baron, and Delores (Curtis) Larson of River Falls; one brother, Harold (Marie) Hanson of Beloit; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two nephews, Everett Bekkum and Gary Hanson; two brothers-in-law, Leonard Overgard and Orville Blihovde.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 29, 1998 at 10:00 a.m. at the Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church. Pastors Steven Meyer and Paul Jordahl will officiate. Burial with military rites by Syverson-Funk Post #155 will be in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy 14 in Westby. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church.


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