Miscellaneous La Crosse County, Wisconsin Obituaries

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Josephine Reshel
CITY POINT, Wis. - Josephine Reshel, 89, of City Point, Wis., died at her home Wednesday, Oct.28, 1998. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, from the Martyrs Chapel, near City Point. Burial will follow in the Spalding Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, at the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, with prayer service at 8:30 p.m.; and also from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the chapel.

Margaret B. Yanz
GALESVILLE, Wis. - Margaret B. Yanz, 83, of Galesville, formerly of Fort Atkinson, Wis., died at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wis., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998. She was born Aug. 2, 1915, at Abbotsford, Wis., to Frank and Sadie (Brown) Schimek. She married Joseph Yanz in 1938 and he preceded her in death in 1978.
She is survived by a son , Gerald (Kathleen) Yanz of New Ulm, Minn.; by a daughter, Veronica (David) Keenan, of Trempealeau, Wis.; by a sister, Florence Hess, of Watertown, Wis.; by seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and three sisters.
Memorial services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Dunlap Memorial Home, Fort Atkinson, Wis. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from noon until the services. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Fort Atkinson. The Dickinson Family Funeral Homes and crematory are assisting with the arrangements.

Barton E. Nelson
Barton E. Nelson, age 76, of La Crosse, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, in his home. A service of remembrance is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, in the Blaschke Funeral Home, 401 West Ave. S. A complete obituary will follow in Sunday's paper.

Kevin E. Stratton
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Kevin E. Stratton, 44, of Indianapolis, Ind., died Oct. 17, 1998, at the Veteran's medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. He was born on Dec. 18, 1954, to Virgil and Mary Stratton in Indianapolis, Ind.
He served in the United States Air Force, and was active in the community with the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Indianapolis.
He is survived by his daughters, Dosha Taylor of Tomah, and Roberta Fitzpatrick of West Salem; his son, Todd Fitzpatrick of La Crosse; his grandchildren, Ben Fitzpatrick, Nicholas Koboski, Bret and Arika Taylor of Tomah, and Taylor Fitzpatrick of West Salem; his sisters, Dosha Stratton of Hobbs, N.M., Diane Scott of Jacksonville, Fla., Kera Turner of Mooreville, Ind.; his brother, Mike Hurst of Indianapolis, Ind.; and his special friend, Greg Drake.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Karla Benge; and brother, Steve Reinhart.
Memorial services will be at a later date at Washington Park Mortuary in Indianapolis, Ind.

James T. Arenz
DUBUQUE, Iowa - James T. Arenz, 81, of 275 North Grandview Ave., Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, at Mercy Health Center. He was born on Aug. 5, 1917, in La Crosse, Wis., to Albert and Kathryn (Rooney) Arenz.
James married Mary Margaret Malin on June 22, 1942, in La Crosse. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After returning to La Crosse, Jim Managed the Arenz Shoe Co., founded by his Grandfather in 1902. In 1951, Jim moved to Dubuque, Iowa, to operate the Arenz Shoe Stores, which he owned until his retirement in 1987.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Margaret; one daughter, Mary Kathryn `Miki'(Dr. Edmond) O'Neill of Dubuque; two sons, Thomas J. (Kathleen) Arenz, and John (Cynthia) Arenz, both of Milwaukee; seven grandchildren, Carolyn Arenz, Patrick Arenz, Kathryn O'Neill, Michael O'Neill, Allison Arenz, Jamie Arenz, Ana Arenz; four sisters, Margaret Nekola of La Crosse, Cassy Specht of Prairie Du Chien, Alberta Atkinson of Seneca, Wis., and Roslyn Kellock of Calif. James was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Ellen Shihata; and one brother, Edward Arenz.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at St. Joseph The Worker Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, both in Dubuque, Iowa. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, with a Parish Wake service at 7 p.m., at the Ed Siegert-Al Didesch Colonial Funeral Home, 390 N. Grandview Ave., Dubuque, Iowa. Memorials may be sent to St. Joseph The Worker Church, Wahlert High School, or Mercy Health Center.

Irene Vitcenda
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Irene Vitcenda, age 80 years, of valley, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, at the St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Hillsboro, Wis. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Burial will be in the Bear Creek Cemetery near LaFarge. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Picha Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

Sharon L. Capek
Sharon L. Capek, age 52, passed away from cancer Oct. 29, 1998, while at her home. We wish to thank all the people that offered help and prayers.

Sister Ellen Grace (Serena) Rice, O.P.
RACINE, Wis. - Sister Ellen Grace (Serena) Rice, O.P., 93, passed away at Lincoln Lutheran Home on Oct. 29, 1998.
She was born in Wilton, Wis., on Sept. 26, 1905, to James W. Rice and Anna Probasha. She was a member of St. Mary Parish in Tomah, Wis., at the time of her entrance into the Racine Dominicans.
Sister Ellen Grace, a Racine Dominican for 63 years, had taught in various places for the community, in Michigan at St. Clement, Center Line, and Assumption Grotto, Detroit; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Fe, N.M.; and in Wisconsin at St. Patrick, St., Rose, St. Rita and Sacred Heart in Racine; St. Francis Xavier Merrill; Holy Angels, Milwaukee; St. Bernard, Madison; St. Mary, Kenosha; St. John, South Milwaukee; SS. Peter and Paul, Green Bay; St. Patrick, Sparta and St. Mary, Tomah. She was principal at Sacred Heart, Racine from 1959-1961.
She came to Siena Center in 1993 where she continued to work in community service.
Sister Ellen Grace is survived by a sister, Mary Rice of Tomah, Aunt Agnes Waters of California, nieces and nephews and the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Sister Carmel, O.P. and Mrs. Loretta Ducklow; brothers, Connie, Fritz, Pat and Joe.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Siena Center Chapel on Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998, at 7 p.m. with Fr. Al Metzger, OSA presiding. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Highway 32. Visitation will be at Siena Center on Sunday from 3:30 until time for the Liturgy. Memorials to Racine Dominican Ministry Fund have been suggested.

Irene Parker-Vitcenda
VALLEY, Wis. - Irene Parker-Vitcenda, 80, of Valley, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, at the St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Hillsboro, Wis.
She was born on March 25, 1918, to Henry and Mittie (Breidung-Stenerson) Taylor at Valley. She grew to adulthood in the Valley area and attended the Salem and Valley Schools. She was united in marriage to Austin Parker on Nov. 7, 1938. He preceded her in death on April 15, 1957. She later married Paul Vitcenda on Oct. 23, 1959. He preceded her in death on May 17, 1991. She has lived in the Valley area all of her life and operated the Vitcenda Store for 30 years.
She is survived by a son, Norman (Pat) Parker of Valley; a grandson, Robert (Lynette) Parker of Ontario; three great-grandchildren, Samuel, Mike and Cortney Baldwin; a stepson, Donnie (Kathy) Vitcenda of Elroy; two stepgranddaughters, Tammy and Angie; and two sisters, Josie Lawrence of La Farge and Nellie Stenerson Knadle of Elroy. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a stepson, Paul E. Vitcenda; brothers, Archie Taylor, Joe Taylor, Jay Taylor, Roy Taylor and Clifford Stenerson.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998, at 1:30 p.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro, with Rev. Charles Anderson and Rev. Alan Tripp, co-officiating. Burial will be in the Bear Creek Cemetery, near La Farge. Friends may call at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro on Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m.

Dr. Alvin E. `Doc' Kuehn
VIROQUA, Wis. - Dr. Alvin E. ``Doc'' Kuehn, 91, longtime Viroqua Physician, died on Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. Funeral services will be announced by the Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua.

Barton E. Nelson
Barton E. Nelson, 76, of La Crosse, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, in his home. A service of remembrance is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998, in the Blaschke Funeral Home, La Crosse. A complete obituary will follow in Sunday's paper.

Nancy Bacon
CATARACT, Wis./SPARTA, Wis. - Nancy Bacon, 53, Sparta, died Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, in her home. Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church, Cataract. Friends may call at the Lanham-Kann Funeral Home, Sparta, on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Gertrude F. Young
ROCKLAND, Wis. - Gertrude F. Young, 87, formerly of the Rockland, Bangor-Burns area, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, at the Mulder Health Care Facility in West Salem, where she was a resident. She was born Sept. 12, 1911, in Rockland, Wis., to Clifford and Mary (Gaylord) Richmond. She married Ralph Young on Feb. 3, 1934, in Bangor, and he preceded her in death in 1978. Gertrude was a lifelong member of the Rockland Methodist Church and Ladies Aid, and was a very active church member.
She is survived by three sons, Roland (Phyllis) Young of Rockland, Harland (Shirley) Young of Montgomery, Ill. and Command Sgt. Major Richard (Betsy) Young of Fort Riley, Kan.; three daughters, Nina (Ronald) Garbers of Dasel, Minn., Linda (Gerald) Le Jeune of La Crosse and Mary Cassel of Champagne, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Judson and Lee Richmond; and one sister, Nina Sorenson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, 1998, at the Rockland Methodist Church in Rockland. Rev. John Brouwer will officiate. Burial will be in the Burns Cemetery. Friends may call at the Fossum Funeral Home in Bangor on Sunday, from 6 till 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services.

Dorothy M. Lokken
BANGOR, Wis. - Dorothy M. Lokken, 89, formerly of Bangor, died on Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, at the Mulder Health Care Facility in West Salem. She was born Jan. 29, 1909, in Viroqua, Wis., to Monroe and Ida (Hennen) Reed. She married Joseph Lokken and he preceded her in death. Dorothy, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bangor for many years.
She is survived by two sons, Donald (Lois) Lokken of La Crosse and Raymond (Sylvia) Lokken of Milwaukee, Wis.; one daughter, Doris Johnson of Merritt Island, Fla.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; five stepgrandsons; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-granddaughter.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, 1998, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bangor. Rev. Louis Stoker will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Sunday, from 4 till 8 p.m. The Fossum Funeral Home in Bangor is assisting the family with arrangements.
A special thank you, to two special friends, Eunice Gerke and Margie Korn, for their many years of friendship.

Delia I. Von Haden
TOMAH, Wis. - Delia I. Von Haden, 91, of Tomah, died Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, at the Tomah Care Center. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah, on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Arlene L. Omodt
Arlene L. Omodt, 75, of La Crosse, died at Franciscan-Skemp Health Care Center, Friday, Oct. 30, 1998. She was born Sept. 22, 1923, at Stoddard, to Oscar and Esther (Wehling) Kuester. She married Wesley Omodt in 1955.
She graduated from Houston High School in 1941, and attended the Minnesota Secretarial School at Minneapolis. She was a Certified Professional Secretary and a member of Badger Chapter IAAP (Formerly Professional Secretaries International). She began her career with the U.S. Government at Matthews Field, Sacramento, was employed by IBM for sixteen years and was employed by Photo Art Metal, Mid-City Tool and Die and the Downtown Rotary Club.
``An unbroken chain of love existed with Arlene's many cousins and friends. She will live in their memories forever.''
She had been an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
She is survived by her husband, Wesley and by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Reverend Ted Dewald will officiate. Entombment will be in the Gardens of Peace Mausoleum, Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette St., Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Wayne R. `Cagy' Calhoun
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Wayne R. ``Cagy'' Calhoun, 68, of rural Black River Falls, died on Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, in Black River Memorial Hospital as the result of injuries sustained in a car/pedestrian accident which happened near his home.
Wayne was born on Sept. 14, 1930, in La Crosse to Clyde R. and Hazel (Gillen) Calhoun. He was raised in the Ontario area and graduated from Ontario High School. He also attended Western Wisconsin Technical College.
He married the former E. Lorraine Thomas on June 7, 1951, at Cashton, Wis. The couple first lived at the Oak Ridge fire tower cabin for a year before moving to Black River Falls.
Wayne had been a member of the Wisconsin National Guard for 25 years. He served on active duty at Fort Lewis, Wash., from 1961-1962, during the Berlin Crisis.
He was employed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in fish management and field operations for 39 years. At the time of his retirement, Wayne was the DNR district field operations supervisor. He also was a master plumber and owned and operated Calhoun Plumbing of Black River Falls with his son, Steve. Wayne and the late James Hagen also were partners in H & C Rentals for 10 years. He owned a business with Tom Theiler for four years.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; a daughter, Cynthia (Galen) Neubarth of Hudson; a son, Steven (Jeanne) Calhoun of Black River Falls; two grandchildren, Contessa and Cody Calhoun; his father, Clyde Calhoun of Sparta; a sister, Jeanette (Donald) Berg of Wilton; and two brothers, Donald (Doris) Calhoun of Onalaska and William (Delores) Calhoun of Janesville.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Hazel Calhoun on Oct. 20, 1998.
Wayne was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Miles-Hagen American Legion Post 200 and the post's firing squad, the Jackson County Wildlife Fund, and the Turtles Club and was a life member of AmVets. He also was an honorary member of the Masonic Lodge No. 74-F. & A.M. Wayne currently was a town of Adams supervisor.
Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 2, 1998, at 11 a.m. from St. Joseph's Catholic Church and burial, at a later date, will be in Riverside Cemetery, both in Black River Falls. Military honors will be accorded Wayne at the church by the Miles-Hagen American Legion Post 200 and the Thompson-Redcloud VFW Post 1959.
Friends may call at the Buswell Funeral Home on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until services. There will be a public prayer service at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home.
The family prefers memorials to either St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Black River Area Foundation-Community Park, the Black River Falls Public Library, the Jackson County Interfaith Caregivers, or any local charity of the donor's choice.

Myron Moore
BARABOO, Wis. - Myron Moore, of Baraboo, died on Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, at the Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, at the age of 79.
Myron was born on Sept. 7, 1919, in Lone Rock, to Dwight and Elizabeth Moore. He married Francis Phelps in 1941, in Dodgeville. Myron resided in Lone Rock, where he operated a grocery business, in Lake Delton, where he operated a motel, and in Baraboo, where he retired. Myron served in the U.S. Army for 39 months and was active in the American Legion in Lone Rock and in Baraboo. He loved golf, and boating, and fishing on the Mississippi river and all of his new friends on Dock 5 of the La Crosse boat harbor.
Myron is survived by, one son, Michael (Ruth) Moore, New Lisbon; one daughter, Linda (Bill) Fleming, Madison; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four sisters; nieces; nephews; cousins; and other relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Baraboo, with Father Gerald Vosen officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Wisconsin Dells. Friends may call today from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home, and on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

Gloria C. Starch
STODDARD, Wis. - Gloria C. Starch, of rural Stoddard, Wis., died on Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, in her home. She was born in Viroqua, Wis., on Dec. 8, 1930, to Henry and Ragna (Bakken) Fortun. Gloria married Robert Starch on Aug. 16, 1950 in Coon Valley, Wis.
She is survived by her husband Robert; four children, Kathleen Starch of La Crosse, Rodney (Lisa) Starch of Elmwood, Wis., LaMont (Jennifer) Starch of La Crosse, and Peter (Cheri) Starch of La Crosse; five grandchildren, Wayne and Melissa Schmeckpeper, and Nicole, Jonathon, and Amanda Starch; and three great-grandchildren, Sabastian, Tristin, and Anika.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her twin brother Gerald; and an infant sister.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998, at 2 p.m. at good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Rev. Roger A. Hjelle officiating. Burial will be in the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse today, from 6 to 9 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be given to the St. Claire Health Missions or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Mae E. Grupp
Mae E. Grupp, 82, of La Crosse, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. She had been a resident for a short time at Bethany St. Joseph Health Care.
She was born June 8, 1916, at Etheridge, Mont., to Tobias and Clara Thompson. She married Harold Grupp on July 26, 1935, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 31, 1990.
She is survived by two daughters, Delores Christianson, of Minneapolis, and Diana Trickel, of Burnsville; by two grandchildren, Kiel (Jennifer) Christianson and Tonja Trickel; and by a great-granddaughter, Sophia Christianson. In addition to her husband, Harold, she was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Tilford Thompson.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998, at Bethel Lutheran Church. The Rev. Judd Larson will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, Wednesday, from 4 to 6 p.m., and at the church on Thursday, from 10 a.m. until the service.

Evans D. `Bill' Sawyer
MELROSE, Wis. - Evans D. ``Bill'' Sawyer, 74, of Melrose, died on Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at home following a courageous battle with cancer.
Bill was born on Sept. 26, 1924, in Melrose, Wis., to William and Mary (Dean) Sawyer. He was raised in the Melrose area and graduated from Melrose High School. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
On May 22, 1948, he married the former Elaine Norgaard. He farmed in the Melrose area and later was employed by Mathy Construction. He also owned the Champlin Service Station and Auto Body Shop. Prior to his retirement he was a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.
Bill was a member of the Melrose Volunteer Fire Department for 42 years during which time he served five years as fire chief. He was a lifetime member of the Melrose United Methodist Church. Bill was a 53 year member of the Neil S. Lewison American Legion Post 439 of Melrose, of which he served two terms as Commander.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine; three daughters, Mary Jane (John) Chitwood of Green Bay, Ann (Arnie) Peterson of Onalaska, and Dawn (Howard) Tracey of Mindoro; seven grandchildren, Paulette Wheeler of Sparta, Brent and Scott (Jennifer) Seifert of Milwaukee, Jennifer and Gregory Peterson of Onalaska, and Haven and Melanie Tracey of Mindoro; and three great-grandchildren, Kaitlin and Alaina Wheeler and Sean Seifert. He's also survived by one sister, Dorothy Wenzel of Janesville; three brothers, Dean (Enid) of Westminister, Colo., Harry (Lorraine) of Prairie du Sac, Donald (Joyce) of Melrose; two sisters-in-law, Harriet Sawyer of Onalaska, and Ruth Sawyer of Hayward, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lester and Robert; and one great-grandson.
Funeral services, with Military Honors, will be Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998, at 11 a.m. from Melrose United Methodist Church. Rev. Jim Verkest will officiate. Burial will be in the Melrose Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Zwickey Funeral Home in Melrose today, from 6;30 to 8:30 p.m., and at the church Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

HEAVEN
I've found a place where I can be free,
I've found a whole new beginning just made for me.
I know why you mourn me, I see how you weep,
Your heart's full of aching from the love that was so deep.
I'm grateful for loved ones that hold me so dear,
But remember, I've found a better place here.

Olga Dahl Bahr
VIROQUA, Wis. - Olga Dahl Bahr, 85, of 757 N. Main, in Viroqua, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born in Viroqua on Feb. 25, 1913 to Ole T. and Anna (Oftedahl) Ostrem. She was baptized and confirmed at the Bethel Lutheran Church where she has been a member for all her life.
She was united in marriage to Olav Dahl in 1934, and he preceded her in death on April 2, 1949. On Aug. 26, 1952, she married Dr. Herbert Bahr. She lived most of her life in Viroqua. She belonged to Bethel to the Bethel Rachel Circle; Bethel Ladies aid and was secretary of her bowling league for 30 years. Olga enjoyed her flowers and garden.
She is survived by her husband, Herbert Bahr of Viroqua; one son, Ronald (Marilyn) Dahl of Viroqua; her daughter-in-law, Sandra Dahl of Viroqua; seven grandchildren, Debbie (Daniel) Vogel of Apple Valley, Minn., Dean (Terry) Dahl of Chaseburg, Matthew (Gena) Dahl of Viroqua, Sheila (Bill) Justin of Westby, Bridget, Andrea, and Christpher Dahl of Viroqua; three great-grandchildren, Brandon and Dustin Dahl, and Katie Justin; two sisters, Thelma (Rudolph) Skrede of Viroqua, and Alice Nimocks of La Crosse; two brothers, Tilfred Ostrem and Cliferd (Ethelmae) Ostrem both of Viroqua; one half sister, Betty (Daniel) Stalsberg of Westby; three half brothers, Howard Olson of Deerfield, Kenneth (Francee) Ostrem of Viroqua, and David Ostrem of Viroqua; many nieces and nephews; cousins; and friends.
In addition to her first husband; she was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Larry Dahl; one brother in infancy; and one half brother, Gary Ostrem.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998, in the Bethel Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua. The Rev. Peter Beckstrand will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua today, from 5 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 8:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Tuesday after 12:30 p.m.

Winnie M. Mahlum
ETTRICK, Wis. - Winnie M. Mahlum, 87, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998, in Grandview Care Center, Blair. Funeral services will be announced later by the Fossum Funeral Home, Ettrick.

Wilma France
Wilma France, 87, of La Crosse, wife of the late Charles E. France, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998. Cherished and loving mother of Judy Fallona, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Charles France, Atlanta, Ga. Beloved mother of Andy Winslow, Michael Winslow, and Jennifer Winslow, Long Island, N.Y. Dear sister of Alberta Tryggestad, La Crosse, and Stanley Huston, Avon Park, Fla. Devoted mother-in-law of Kevin Fallona and Pat France. Wilma is survived by many nieces and nephews; great-nieces; and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, at 9 a.m. at the Sletten-McKee-Hanson Funeral Home, 605 West Ave. South. Internment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998, at 7 p.m.

Marvin R. Ramsay
Marvin R. Ramsay, of 2145 Adams St., La Crosse, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998. He was born in Portage, Wis., Aug. 30, 1912, to Robert and Lydia Ramsay. He married Dorothy Mather June 29, 1937. She preceded him in death in 1995.
After graduating from high school in Portage in 1930, he worked for C.C.C., P.W.A., C.W.A. until 1933. He was employed for 29 years by Pillsbury in La Crosse until 1962, and then worked as a salesman for Wiggert Brothers, Jersee Security Foods, Kennard Buick, and Eversole Motors. He retired from Ad Aids in 1990.
Marvin has lived in La Crosse since 1939, and was a very active member of the La Crosse Community. He was a member of Frontier Masonic Lodge No. 45 A.F. & M., Scottish Rite, Zor Shrine, Past President of the Zor Oriental Band, Past President of the La Crosse Shrine Club, York Rite Commandery, Grand Commandery and Order Malta. Marvin was Co-Chairman of the La Crosse Shrine Circus for 20 years.
He was one of the key organizers of the UW-La Crosse Shrine Football game that celebrated its 30th year this season. He received the Zor Award of Merit in 1984, and the La Crosse Shrine Club Merit Award in 1997. He was 1998 Zor Ambassador, and 1998 Chaplain of the La Crosse Shrine Club. Marvin was also a member of the Elks for 58 years and served as Chaplain, Treasurer, Secretary, and was recognized as the Elk of the Year in 1992. In addition, Marvin was an usher for over 35 years. He also was a member of the UW-La Crosse Quarterback Club.
He is survived by two sons, Marvin B. (Candy) Ramsay of Rochester, Minn., and Richard W. (Mary) Ramsay of Mahtomedi, Minn.; six grandchildren, Jeanne Halderson and Robert Ramsay of La Crosse, and Russell, Scott, Kip, and Brady Ramsay, all of Minnesota; and a brother, Willard Ramsay, of Portage, Wis.
Memorial services will be at noon, Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998, at the English Lutheran Church, La Crosse. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until services at the church. The family prefers memorials to the Shrine Children's Hospital.
The Sletten-McKee-Hanson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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