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Michael J. Malin
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - Michael J. Malin, 48, died September 14, 1997 at Baxter County Hospital. He has resided in Mountain Home since 1995. Michael's former residence was in Delafield, Wis. He was born July 14, 1949 in Escanaba, Mich. Michael was a butcher and a fishing guide. He owned ``Uncle Mike's Fishing Service'' in Mountain Home.
He is survived by his mother Betty (Baxter) Malin. He was preceded in death by his father, James P. Malin and one sister.
Michael was a member of the Twin Lakes Marines-White River Guide's Association and of St. Peter's Catholic Church. He served in the United States Marine Corps and is a Vietnam Veteran. Michael was a member of ``The Ugly Angels,'' a helicopter rescue team.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 17, 1997 in Mountain Home, Ark. Arrangements by Roller Funeral Home of Mountain Home, Ark.

Kenneth W. Reed
Kenneth W. Reed, 87, of La Crosse died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.
He was born in La Crosse on July 23, 1910, to Clarence and Hilda (Michaelson) Reed. He was retired as an aircraft mechanic working for Viking Aviation.
He is survived by his wife, Carol (Nonstad) of La Crosse; one daughter, Marilyn (Glen) Foner of St. Charles, Mo.; one son, Walter of La Crosse; two grandchildren, Zachary and Nicole Reed. He is preceded in death by one brother, Robert C. Reed.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, at 1 p.m. at the Oa[qr] [qr] [qr] k Grove Cemetery Chapel, 1407 La Crosse Street. The Rev. Don Iliff will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call at the chapel on Friday from noon until time of service.
The Woodruff Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Doris I. Riede
CALEDONIA, Minn. - Doris I. Riede, 76, of Caledonia, Minn. and formerly of White Bear Lake, Minn. died Thursday, September 18, 1997 at the Lutheran Home, Caledonia.
She was born July 12, 1921 in Spring Grove, Minn. to Oliver G. and Minnie (Trehus) Ellingson. Doris attended school in Spring Grove graduating from High School in 1938. She then attended college at Brenau College in Gainsville, Ga. and then Winona State University graduating in 1942. Doris taught school in Bagley, Minn. for a short time until uniting in marriage with John R. Ri[qr] [qr] ede on June 23, 1943 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Minn. They lived in Pittsburgh, Penn. until 1944 and then moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico where Doris taught Junior High School. In 1947 they moved to White Bear Lake, Minn. where Doris again taught school at the Junior High level. They lived there for most of their married life until 1982 when they moved to Caledonia. On May 20, 1994 John preceded Doris in death after over 50 years of marriage. Doris was a past-president of the Delta-Zeta Sorority and also a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Caledonia where she served on the ladie's organizations.
Survivors include a brother, Oren (Alvina) Ellingson of Spring Grove, Minn.; a sister, Margaret Oneill of Spring Grove, Minn.; five nephews, Charles (Audrey) Ellingson of Caledonia, Thomas Ellingson of Spring Grove, Minn., Mark Ellingson of Lakewood, Colo., Dean (Jennifer) Ellingson of Spring Grove, and James (Andrea) Oneill of Babylon, N.Y. In addition to her husband, Doris was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Gladys.
Funeral services will be Sunday, September 21, at 1 p.m. from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia. Rev. Rolf T. Storlie will officiate. Burial will follow in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Grove, Minn. Friends may call at the Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at the church on Sunday from 12 noon until the time of the service.

Joyce Patricia Kult
Joyce Patricia Kult, 62, died September 17, 1997 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Private Funeral Services will be held. Arrangements by Bruch Funeral Home in Kenosha, Wis.

Kenneth Sanders
VIROQUA, Wis. - Kenneth Sanders, 88, of Viroqua, passed away on Wednesday, September 17, 1997, at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. until time of services on Sunday. Burial will be in the Willwood Burial Park in Rockford, Ill. Memorial may be given to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Soldiers Grove.

Robert L. Larson
Robert L. Larson, age 72, of La Crosse, died in the Franciscan Skemp Health Care Medical Center on Thursday, September 18, 1997. Services will be announced by the Sletten-McKee-Hanson Funeral Home.

Lawrence A. Martine
Lawrence A. Martine, 69, New Auburn, died Tuesday, September 16, 1997 at his home. He was born in La Crosse on November 28, 1927. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Smith Funeral Chapel. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Smith Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to service at the chapel on Saturday.

Odie Caroline Lindvig
VIROQUA, Wis. - Odie Caroline Lindvig, age 72, of rural Viroqua, died Wednesday, September 17, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. She was born on September 15, 1925 to Erling and Gjerda (Clement) Evenson. She was baptized, confirmed, and a life member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Westby. She was also a member of the W.E.L.C.A. On September 8, 1951, she was united in marriage to Maynard ``Gruff'' Lindvig.
In addition to her husband, Maynard ``Gruff,'' she is survived by her three children, Kathy Lindvig of La Crosse, Kelly (Karol) Lindvig of Tomah, and Peggy (Jim Bobenage) Lindvig of Oakton, Va.; three grandsons, Matthew, Eric, and Timothy Lindvig, all of Tomah; one brother, Clem (Hjordis) Evenson, and one sister, Clara (Walt) Mehlum, both of Westby; nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth in 1954.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 21, 1997 at 1:30 p.m. from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Westby. Pastor Gary Daines will officiate with burial in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday after 12:30 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be directed to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Westby.
The Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby is assisting the family.

Alida H. Loken Christianson
BLAIR/BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Alida H. Loken Christianson, age 99, of Black River Falls, Wis., and formerly of Blair, Wis., passed away Thursday evening, September 18, 1997 (30 days short of her 100th birthday), at Family Heritage Care Center in Black River Falls, where she had resided (by her own decision) since January of 1993.
Alida was born October 17, 1897, to Peter and Signe (Knutson) Heiberg in old Camp Eleven near Pray, Jackson County, Wis. She was schooled and grew up in Superior-Duluth, where her family had moved at the turn of the century.
On September 26, 1921, she married Oscar Loken of Blair, Wis., and through the years assisted him in his meat market businesses in Independence, York and Northfield. In 1931, they took over the Finn Farm south of Taylor and remained there until early 1945, when they returned to the present farm in rural Blair, where Oscar died in March of 1953.
Three Loken sons survive their parents, Ralph (Known as Rol) of Black River Falls, Earl (Betty) of Ettrick and Don (Lorraine) of Blair. Alida's Heiberg siblings, two sisters and two brothers, preceded her in death.
In June of 1959, Alida married Oscar Christianson of Black River Falls, and she resided their until her death. Oscar passed away in 1964.
During her business years, Alida was active in women's study and garden clubs, in the American Legion Auxiliary, in amateur theatricals and in music, which she loved all her life: as a soloist, choir member and director, as church organist and pianist, as well as guitarist in a string band. She also ran a restaurant in York.
During her farming years, Alida was busy with rural school and church activities, active in county Homemakers club/s and chorus; she organized her local community and 4-H clubs. She became known for her vegetable and flower gardens.
During her last decades, she devoted time to senior activities and her church groups, and was a regular volunteer at the local nursing homes for a number of years. She continued her lifelong interests in music, reading, sewing, quilting, handiwork and tending her flowers. She loved to travel.
Besides the Loken sons and their wives, Alida is survived by five grandchildren, Duane (Pam) Loken of Blair, Lori (Tim) Holesinger of Farmington, N.M., Lisa (Brent) Janzen of Blair, Ron (Jan) Loken and Vicky Stellflue of Ettrick. There are five great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Loken and Mary Beth Stellflue of Ettrick, Nicole Loken of Holmen, Andrew and Allison Loken of Blair. There is one great-great-grandchild, Essence Armani Loken of Holmen; as well as nieces and nephews in Superior, Wis., and Clinton, Ill., area, with numbers of Heiberg and Knutson cousins throughout the U.S.A. and Canada.
Despite her advanced years, Alida remained lucid to the end. Her self-effacing humor, her tolerance and consideration, and her gentleness will be deeply missed. May she rest in peace.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, September 22, 1997, in the First Lutheran Church with burial in the Rest Haven Cemetery both in Blair, Wis. Revs. John Twiton and Kevin Jones will officiate.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 21, 1997, 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 Monday.

Bernadine H. Kunkel
Bernadine H. Kunkel, 94, of La Crosse, died on Friday, September 19, 1997, at the St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center, La Crosse.
She was born in Arlington, Illinois, on July 14, 1903, to Frank Henry and Anna Elizabeth (Prendergast) Kunkel. She was raised and attended school in Antler, North Dakota. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Minot University in Minot, North Dakota and later received her Masters degree in Physical Education from Columbia University in New York.
Bernadine began her teaching career by teaching in a rural school in Minnesota for one year. She then taught elementary school in Oglesby, Ill., and later at La Salle High School in La Salle, Ill., where she taught physical education and became the Dean of Women. Bernadine arrived at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the fall of 1949 where she served as a Professor of Physical Education and Dance until her retirement in 1978. She created the L-X Dancers and served as their director for 25 years.
Bernadine was nationally recognized as an expert in square dance and was the first woman to call a square dance at a national convention. She loved to travel and experience other cultures and ways of life, and made many journeys to all parts of the world. Her family, friends, and faith were her life, and meant so very much to her.
Bernadine is survived by a niece, Gail (Sam) Chedester of Bothel, Wash.; a great-niece, Tracy (Albert) Thomas and their daughter, Dominique; a great-nephew, Sam (Michele) Chedester, Jr., and their son, Zachary, all of Bothel, Wash.; her cousins, Jim and Laura Prendergast and family of Princeton, Ill., Rita Kersten and Dorothea Dunn, both of Downers Grove, Ill.; and special friends, Betty and John Nicka of Madison, Wis., and their daughter, Karyn Wood. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Irene Kunkel, Ann Tracy and Francis Jiminez; and one stepbrother, Walter Mills.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, September 23, 1997, at 10:30 a.m. from the Marian Chapel of the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman. Rev. Robert J. Cook will officiate. Her body will be cremated following the Mass with burial to take place at a later date at Acacia Cemetery in Seattle, Wash.
Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Sunday, September 21, 1997, from 3 to 5 p.m. where a wake scripture will be held at 4:30 p.m. and also at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.
The family requests that memorials be given to the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman or the American Cancer Society.

Evelyn M. Myers
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Evelyn M. Myers, age 83 years, of Rt. 1, La Farge, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 1997, at Heritage Manor in Elroy, Wisconsin.
She was born on February 23, 1914, to William and Emma (Wemer) Appleman at Viroqua. She attended the Viroqua High School and Normal School obtaining a teaching degree. She was united in marriage to Doyle T. Myers on June 5, 1937, in Iowa. They farmed at Burr Ridge, Town of Forest for many years. She was also a rural school teacher. He preceded her in death on September 16, 1993.
She is survived by two sons, Larry (Sheila) Myers of Hillsboro and Gary (Judy) Myers of Ontario; seven grandchildren, Bryan (Diane) Myers of Kendall, Kristine (Theodore) Raspiller of Hillsboro, Rebecca Myers of Hillsboro, Angel (Russell) Bach of North Carolina and Melanie, Adam and Seth Myers of Ontario; two great-grandchildren, Michaela Bach and Jessica Raspiller; a half brother, Fredirick (Alene) Gudgeon of La Farge; a half sister, Barbara Guertin of Colorado; a sister-in-law, Elaine Myers of Hillsboro; and a brother-in-law, Hollis Haggerty of Blue River.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 1997, at 2 p.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro, with Pastor Charles Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Rockton Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Dorothy R. Larsen
SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. - Dorothy R. Larsen, 87, of Sun City Center, Fla., died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997, in the Columbia South Bay Hospital.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin, Fla.

Clyde B. Lund
GAYS MILLS, Wis. - Clyde B. Lund, 70, of Gays Mills, Wis., died Thursday, Sept. 18, 1997, at the Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home, Soldiers Grove.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Dommersnaes Bertram Family Funeral Home, Gays Mills. Burial will be in the Haney Ridge Cemetery, with military graveside rites provided by McCormick Rose American Legion Post No. 308.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service; and one hour prior to services Monday in the church.

Roma Dell
TUCSON, Ariz. - Roma Dell, 65, of Tucson, Ariz., and formerly of St. Paul, Minn., Chicago, Ill., and La Crosse, Wis., died Sunday, Sept. 14, 1997.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris P.; her parents, Emil and Ruby Benson; and a brother, Max Benson.
She is survived by her children, Larry (Barbara) Himli of St. Paul, Minn., Robert (Kathy) Himli of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Linnea (Alan) Oty of Albuquerque, N.M., and Morris P. (Marissa) Crandall of St. Paul, Minn.; her stepsons, Leroy Crandall of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mike (Anita) Crandall of La Crosse; her sisters, Linnea Shinault, Jarda (Bud) Parrish and Jane (Phil) Hengel, all of La Crosse; sisters-in-law, Ethel Graham of Chicago and Violet Crandall of La Crosse; many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
To all of you who touched Roma's life, we thank you for your friendship, your laughter and the time you shared with our Mom.
There was a private celebration on Mount Lemmon at Tucson.
Memorials may be made to charity donor's choice.

Robert Lee Larson
Robert Lee Larson, La Crosse, died suddenly in his home on Thursday, September 18, 1997.
``Bob'' was born October 30, 1924, in West Salem, Wis., to Floyd and Dorothy Larson. He attended West Salem public schools until his graduation from West Salem High School. Robert attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and was a member of Beta Theta Phi fraternity. He then came home to West Salem where he worked at his father's store - the West Salem Farmers Store. In 1949, he became an employee of Dairyland Power Cooperative in La Crosse. May 1, 1954, he married Patricia Ann Cameron in La Crosse where they have lived all their married life. ``Bob'' continued his employment at Dairyland and became Chief Surveyor. He was a proud employee for more than 40 years until his retirement on November 3, 1990. He was known as a very avid golfer and duck hunter.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; a daughter, Karen (Steve) Nelson; and two grandsons, Christopher and Matthew Nelson, all of La Crosse. He is also missed by his ``beloved'' companion, his dog Thor.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be Monday, September 22, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church. The Reverend Dr. J.M. Jordan will officiate. Burial will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Sletten-McKee-Hanson Funeral Home on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
Memorials may be given to the Humane Society or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Lynn M. Fields
TOMAH, Wis. - Lynn M. Fields, 34, of Tomah, Wis., and formerly of Hardwood, Mich., died Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, in her home.
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Boyce Funeral Home, Escanaba, Mich. Burial will be at Foster, Dickenson County, Mich.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of the services.

Clara D. Billings Eaton
AUBURN, Kansas - Clara D. Billings Eaton, 87, of Auburn, Kansas, formerly of Camp Douglas, died Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, in Tomah Memorial Hospital, Tomah, Wis.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah. Prayer services will be held at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday in the Federated Church, Burlingame, Kansas. Burial in Burlingame (Kansas) Cemetery.

Ella M. Harris
BOSCOBEL, Wis. - Ella M. Harris, 90, of Boscobel, died Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, in the Boscobel Area Health Care. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday in the Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

William `Bill' F. Morrison
MAUSTON, Wis. - William ``Bill'' F. Morrison, 66, of Mauston, died Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, at his residence. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday in the Elroy United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Rose Cemetery, rural Mauston. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Picha Funeral Home, Elroy; and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Esther M. Buttke
ALMA CENTER, Wis. - Esther M. Buttke, 86, died Friday, Sept. 19, 1997 in the Pine View Nursing Home, Black River Falls. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, in the Grace Lutheran Church, with burial in the East Lawn Cemetery, both in Alma Center. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton; and also one hour before services Tuesday at the church.

Frances M. Kahle
Frances M. Kahle, age 95, of La Crosse, died Sept. 19, 1997 in St. Joseph's Nursing Home.
She was born July 10, 1902 in La Crosse to Joseph and Julia (Ikert) Gautsch. She married John Kahle Oct. 17, 1933, in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, La Crosse. She was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity, and sang in the church choir until she was almost 90 years old. She was also a member of the La Crosse Diocesan Choir and a member of the Catholic Daughters. Fran was a devoted mother and grandmother and took special joy in her great-grandchildren. Her wit and wisdom will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by one daughter, Patricia (Dr. Paul) Lyga of La Crosse; one son, Jack (Susan) Kahle of Foster City, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Tony (Karen) Lyga, Tom (Jean) Lyga, Jane (Kenny) Jones, Sam Lyga, Nancy (Bob) Flottmeyer, Patty Lyga and her fiance, Mike English, and Amy Lyga; five great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Trevor, Alison, Jessica, and Rebecca. She is further survived by three sisters, Laurie Fuchsteiner of Coon Valley, Wis., Gertrude Herlitzka of La Crosse, and Rosemary Bentzen of La Crosse; one brother, Len (Leone) Gautsch of La Crosse; and one sister-in-law, Vi Gautsch of La Crosse; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband John on Aug. 26, 1985; three brothers, Paul, Julius, and George; and one sister, Louise Fuchs.
A Mass of Christian Burial and a Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1333 S. 13th St. Rev. Larry Berger will officiate with burial in the Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends and family may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials preferred to the Aquinas Foundation and Holy Trinity Foundation. The Blaschke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Roma Dell Crandall
TUCSON, Ariz. - Roma Dell Crandall, 65, of Tucson, Ariz., and formerly of St. Paul, Minn., Chicago, Ill., and La Crosse, Wis., died Sunday, Sept. 14, 1997.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris P.; her parents, Emil and Ruby Benson; and a brother, Max Benson.
She is survived by her children, Larry (Barbara) Himli of St. Paul, Minn., Robert (Kathy) Himli of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Linnea (Alan) Oty of Albuquerque, N.M., and Morris P. (Marissa) Crandall of St. Paul, Minn.; her stepsons, Leroy Crandall of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mike (Anita) Crandall of La Crosse; her sisters, Linnea Shinault, Jarda (Bud) Parrish and Jane (Phil) Hengel, all of La Crosse; sisters-in-law, Ethel Graham of Chicago and Violet Crandall of La Crosse; many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
To all of you who touched Roma's life, we thank you for your friendship, your laughter and the time you shared with our Mom.
There was a private celebration on Mount Lemmon at Tucson.
Memorials may be made to charity of donor's choice.

Ruth Stalsberg
WEST SALEM, Wis. - Ruth M. Stalsberg, 70, of West Salem, died Saturday, September 20, 1997, at the home of her sister, Shirley, in Bangor.
She was born June 4, 1927 in Fish Creek Valley, La Crosse County, to Sidney and Mabel (Knudtson) Knutson. She married Gerhard ``Shorty'' Stalsberg on October 18, 1946 in La Crosse. Ruth was employed at the West Salem High School for many years up until the time of her death. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and Berg-Hemker-Olson American Legion Post 51, Auxiliary both in West Salem.
Ruth's favorite past-time and hobby was her needle work.
Survivors include one daughter, Marilyn (Jim) Schoolmeesters of Harris, Minn.; one son, Bruce (Brenda) Stalsberg of Fairfax, Virg.; five grandchildren, Lynnette (Chad) Buehring and Jamie Schoolmeesters, Lee Emery, Sarah and Alston Stalsberg; one sister, Shirley (Bob) Horstman of Bangor; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerhard ``Shorty'' on May 30, 1987 and four brothers, Joseph, George, Orville, and Robert Knutson.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 23, 1997 at 1:30 p.m. from Our Savior's Lutheran Church, West Salem. Rev. J. David Bersagel will officiate. Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery. Friends may call at the Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem, on Monday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be given to Franciscan-Skemp Hospice and the American Cancer Society, Wis. Division.

Iva Mae Armoto
VIROQUA/VICTORY, Wis. - Iva Mae Armoto, age 72, of Viroqua, and formerly of Victory, died on Friday afternoon, September 19, 1997 at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.
She was born to Walter and Cora (Pitzenburger) Shaw in Wauzeka on June 14, 1925. She married James Armoto, Jr. on October 12, 1941 and he died on October 26, 1965. She worked several years at Sisters of Charity Home in Dubuque, Iowa as a nursing assistant. The past five years she has made her home with her daughter, Bonnie in Viroqua.
She is survived by three sons, David (Carol) Armoto, of Prairie du Chien, James (Sandra) Armoto of Wausau, John (Carolyn) Armoto of Indianapolis, Ind.; three daughters, Bonnie (Darold ``Fred'') Rolff of Viroqua, Barbara (Bill) Kaufman of Bloomington, Ill., Judith (Ray) Paggi of Wolfe City, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three brothers, James (Helen) Shaw of Excelsior, Walter (Bonnie) Shaw of Juneau, Ark., Bernard (Joanne) Shaw of Juneau, Alaska; three sisters, Edna Greene, Alma Engelkins, of Thompson, Ill., Shirley (Ambrose) Daniels of Amarillo, Texas; and a special friend, Erma Overbo, of Viroqua, her caregiver.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, a special companion, Maynard Stanton, one son, Nicholas Dean Armoto, one brother, George Shaw, one granddaughter, Patricia Ann Rolff, one grandson, William D. Kaufman, one great-granddaughter, Katherine Mae Christianson, and two brothers-in-law, Bruce Greene and Jake Engelkins.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 1997 at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. Burial will be in the Victory Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua and also on Wednesday morning after 8 a.m.

Mary A. Miller
ONALASKA, Wis. - Mary A. Miller, 33, of Onalaska, died on Friday, September 19, 1997 at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
She was born in La Crosse on November 8, 1963 to Harold and Irene Lowery. She married Roy J. Miller, Jr. on July 7, 1990 in La Crosse.
Mary is survived by her husband; one daughter, Christa Mason of Terre Haute, Ind.; two sons, David Mason of Terre Haute, Ind., and Dustin Miller of Onalaska; two sisters, Alice (Larry) Myhre of La Crosse, and Susan Evenson of Viroqua; and three brothers, Robert Steele, Richard Steele, and Leonard Steele, all of La Crosse. She was preceded in death by one son, Corey Anthony Miller on June 8, 1993, and one sister, Rose Riel.
Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Tuesday, September 23, 1997 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. At Mary's request, there will be no funeral services. Her body will be cremated with burial to take place in Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date.

Moneta M. Bessinger
VIROQUA, Wis. - Moneta M. Bessinger, age 95, of Viroqua, formerly of Blue Earth, Minn., died Friday, September 19, 1997 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua.
She was born March 15, 1902 in Pilot Grove Township, Faribault County, Minnesota to Alfred and Charlotte (Sailor) Ogilvie. After graduation from Mankato Teacher's College she taught three years in rural Minnesota schools. On December 25, 1931 she married William Bessinger who preceded her in death on December 11, 1979. She worked as a secretary in her husband's family owned monument business in Blue Earth, Minn., until he retired and sold the business in the early 1950s. She enjoyed working with young people for many years as a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Sunday School teacher. Her love of flowers and gardening led into her membership in the Blue Earth Garden Club which she enjoyed even after moving to Viroqua, Wis. in 1983. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Rebecca Circle, and helped with the Good Shepherd Quilters in Viroqua.
Moneta is survived by one son, Nial (Judy) Bessinger of Viroqua; two grandsons, Kory and Karl Bessinger, both of Orlando, Fla.; nieces; nephews; and several cousins. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Paul Ogilvie; and a sister, Prudence Arndt.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 1997 at 2 p.m. in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Viroqua. Pastors Roger Hjelle and Stephanie Steiner will officiate with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth, Minn. on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Friends may call at the Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Tuesday after 1 p.m.

Kenneth D. Dregne
VIROQUA, Wis. - Kenneth D. Dregne, age 79, of Viroqua, died Saturday, September 20, 1997 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua, where he had been a resident for about one week.
He was born May 5, 1918 at Liberty Pole, Wis. to Neil and Olivia (Swenson) Dregne. After graduation from high school he served with the Air Force during World War II. He was united in marriage to Eloise Wheeler on February 16, 1942. Kenny worked for the Viroqua Dairy in Viroqua for 35 years. After his retirement from the dairy he continued to assist local resident's with lawn care. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, VFW Post 3032, and the Eagles Club in Viroqua.
Kenny is survived by his wife, Eloise of Viroqua; one daughter, Kara (Peter) Kremenski of La Crosse; one granddaughter, Erin Kremenski of La Crosse; one sister, Catherine McEvoy of East Dubuque, Ill.; one niece, Kay Morwrey of Port Orange, Fla.; and one nephew, Charles McEvoy of East Dubuque. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Bernette Dregne.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 22, 1997, at 11 a.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Viroqua, with The Rev. Dr. Steven Fossum officiating. Friends may call at the church on Monday after 10 a.m. The Larson Funeral Home of Viroqua is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be given to Vernon Memorial Hospice or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Christine M. Sinkule
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Christine M. Sinkule, 90, of Hillsboro, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 1997 at St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, at St. John's Catholic Church, Dilly. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Fick-Hoof Funeral Home, where an altar society rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. and a Bible vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m.


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