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Leona Patricia Dohanik Foss
ORLANDO, Fla. - Leona Patricia Dohanik Foss, 63, of Orlando, Florida, died Tuesday, September 9, 1997 of cancer. A memorial service was held in Florida on Sunday, September 14, 1997, at her home.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Mrs. Foss graduated from Women's College Hospital School of Nursing and from the University of Western Ontario. She practiced as a registered nurse in the Toronto area and taught nursing at Woodstock (Ontario) General Hospital. Mrs. Foss made her debut into Toronto society at the Royal Canadian Artillary Ball in 1954. She married Karl Frederic Foss of Onalaska and moved to the United States where their children Rebecca Jean and Steven Peter were born. While in the Orlando area, Mrs. Foss operated two businesses: a floral business, Floral Fantasies and a wedding consulting business, Fairytale Weddings, since 1978. She is survived by her husband, Karl, formerly of Onalaska; her children; and her Mother of Toronto; and a sister of Molakai, Hawaii; and her husband's brother's family, Peter Foss, of the Detroit area. Her in-laws, J. Dewey and Elsie Foss of Onalaska, pre-deceased her.
Memorial donations in the name of Leona Foss may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Elnora Louise Moe
ONALASKA, Wis. - Elnora Louise Moe, 73, of Onalaska, Wis., died on Friday, September 26, 1997 at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born on August 25, 1924 in Viroqua, Wis., to Irvin and Esther (Rose) Getter. She married Ralph Moe on March 15, 1948 in La Crosse, Wis. Elnora was a faithful member at the Salvation Army Church for 13 years and loved to volunteer her time for bell ringing or whoever needed her. She had a love for life that was infectious and whoever knew her loved her. Elnora touched many lives. She had many hobbies she enjoyed besides her volunteer work. She loved her friendships, embroidery, baking, reading and her beloved cats.
Elnora is survived by four daughters, Linda (Albert) Rogge of Genoa City, Wis., Carolyn Girard of La Crosse, Barbara Yanske of Hokah, Minn., and Darlene Leaks of Onalaska; one son, Gary Moe of Galesville, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandson; a sister, Lois Pittenger of La Crosse; a brother, Maurice Getter of Virginia Beach, Va.; and her three cats, Tinkerbell, Pumpkin and Mokie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; a son, Robert Moe; her parents; a brother, Bernard Getter; and a son-in-law, Darrell Leaks.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 29, 1997 at 1 p.m. at the First Fellowship Baptist Church. Rev. Jerry Armstrong and Major Larry Thorson will officiate. Burial will be in the Stoddard Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday from noon until the time of services.

Evelyn R. Torrey
TOMAH, Wis. - Evelyn R. Torrey, 62, of Tomah died Friday, September 26, 1997 at her home. Private Family Funeral services will be held on Tuesday. The White Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Josephine F. Larson
WAUKON, Iowa - Josephine F. Larson, 90, died Friday, September 26, 1997 at Northgate Manor Care Center, Waukon after a long illness. Funeral services will be Monday, September 29 at 1 p.m. at Seventh Day Adventist Church, Waukon. Burial in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hanson Funeral Home, Waukon.

Earl Eugene Briggs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Earl Eugene Briggs born November 25, 1914 in Holland Township, Wis., Earl entered into rest on September 14, 1997, in Sacramento, Calif. Loving husband of Katherine Briggs, and devoted father to children, Kay Briggs, Sacramento, Calif., George Briggs, Tulare, Calif., Conrad Briggs, Placerville, Calif. and Annette Risedorf, San Miguel, Calif. Loving brother to Lorraine Huggett, Onalaska, Wis. and Raman Briggs, Kokomo, Ind. He is survived by beloved grandchildren, Vikki Reimer, Randy Calvin, Renee Calvin, Anthony Briggs, Christina Briggs, George Briggs Jr., Sandra Briggs, Samantha Fisher, Melissa Greeno, Troy Risedorf, Alisha Risedorf and 12 great-grandchildren.
A native of Wisconsin, Earl lived in Holmen, Wis. for many years where he worked for Holmen Co-op Creamery. He moved his family to La Crosse, Wis. in 1956, where he owned and operated Briggs' Bluff View Dairy. He retired from Land O' Lakes Dairy in 1982 when he and Katherine moved to California to be closer to their children. Earl began working for California Veterinary Diagnostics Lab after he moved to California, suffered a stroke in early 1996 but continued to work there until December 1996 when he fell and broke a hip. He began singing in Barbershop choruses and quartets many years ago in La Crosse, and remained an active member of the Highwheelers Chorus in Davis, Calif., joining in their singing when they visited him in Somerset Nursing Center in West Sacramento, Calif. Earl's family, Barbershop friends and many other friends participated in the celebration of his life on September 17, 1997. Earl will be remembered by all who met and loved him as a gentle, kind and caring man with a winning smile and one who contributed much to family, church and friends. He will be greatly missed, but finally will rest in peace with God. Condolences may be addressed to Katherine Briggs, Post Office Box 10, 3901 Lake Road, West Sacramento, Calif. 95691. Memorials may be made to Sing America/Sing Canada, Harmony Foundation, SPEBSQSA, 6315 Third Avenue, Kenosha, Wis. 53143-5199.

Mary Margaret (Sheehy) Cantlon
ETTRICK, Wis. - Mary Margaret Cantlon, 84, of Ettrick, Wis. died on Saturday, September 27, 1997 at the Grandview Care Center in Blair, Wis. A complete obituary will follow.

Dr. Charles J. Hodulik
TOMAH, Wis. - Dr. Charles J. Hodulik, 74, of Tomah and formerly of Wilton, died Sept. 26, 1997 at his home in Tomah. He was born Oct. 30, 1922 to Anthony and Elizabeth Hodulik in Clinton, New Jersey. He graduated from Michigan State Veterinary College, East Lansing, Mich. in 1944. Prior to his retirement in 1987 he worked in his own veterinary practice and as a district veterinarian for the state. He was united in marriage to Beatrice Limp on May 26, 1947 in Clinton, N.J. She preceded him in death Jan. 15, 1994. He was united in marriage to Maleda Erbs Drinkwine on June 17, 1995 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Wilton. They have resided in Tomah since that time. He was a member of Wilton American Legion Post #508, past member of the Wilton Lions Club, a member of various veterinarian organizations, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife Maleda of Tomah; two daughters, Rosemarie (Bruce) Hoesly of Waunakee and Susan (Jeff) Essenmacher stationed with the U.S. Air Force in the Netherlands; four sons, Dr. Charles Hodulik and his fiancee Tammy King of Madison, Steven (Lynn) Hodulik of St. Paul, Minn., James Hodulik of Wichita Falls, Tex. and Dr. Michael (Jenny) Hodulik of Florence, Ore.
Three step-sons, John (Betty) Drinkwine of Olympia, Wash., Stuart (Cathy) Drinkwine of Tomah, and Curtis (Vicki) Drinkwine of Forest Lakes, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer and Sarah Hodulik, Emily and Elizabeth Hoesly, Alex and Laura Essenmacher, and Hannah Hodulik; eight step-grandchildren, Leo, Rebecca, Mirmani, Keri, Tashina, Derrick, Christopher, and Dominick Drinkwine. One brother, Joe (Betty) Hodulik of Vero Beach, Fla., two sisters, Rose (Joe) Follayttar of Bergenfield, N.J. and Margaret (Ed) Miska of Staunton, Va. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. In addition to his first wife Beatrice he was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Julius, George and Anthony.
Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Wilton. The Very Rev. James P. McNamee will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery at Wilton with military honors by American Legion Post #508.
Family and friends are invited to call at the Smith-Nelson Funeral Home, 702 Center St., Wilton on Tuesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayer services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Lawrence V. Garavalia
BLAIR, Wis. - Lawrence V. Garavalia, age 77, died Sept. 26, 1997 at his home in Blair, Wis. He was born in Genoa, Wis. June 10, 1920, the son of Vincent John Garavalia and Mary Katherine Trusoni. He married Vera May Snider on July 9, 1955 in Waukon, Iowa. As a young man, Lawrence farmed in Genoa, Wis. and later worked as a welder at Warner N. Swazey in Winona, Minn. Vera and Lawrence made their home in Orlando, Fla. where Lawrence worked as a welder at Hubbard Construction for 21 years. He and Vera moved to Blair in 1990. Lawrence enjoyed selling produce at the La Crosse Farmers Market. Friends will remember him as Grandpa.`
Survivors include his wife, Vera of Blair; their children, William (Judy) Fuller of Vicksburg, MS., Arnold (Pauline) Fuller of Orlando, Fla., David (Rita) Fuller of Kingsport, Tenn., Bruce (Nova) Fuller of Tangerine, Fla., Leah (Allen) Dias of Orlando, Fla. and Mary Garavalia of Los Angeles, Calif. Also two brothers, Ralph Garavalia of La Crosse, Wis. and Douglas (Caron) Garavalia of Racine, Wis. and a sister-in-law, Ardyce Garavaliz of Warrens, Wis.; 15 grandchildren, ten step-grandchildren, ten great-grandchildrena and ten step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Gregory and Carl and one grandson.
Services will be held at the Jack Funeral Home in Blair on Tuesday, September 30, 1997 at 11 a.m. with David Tschanze conducting the Service. Visitation will also be at the Funeral Home in Blair on Monday, September 29, 1997 from 4 till 8 p.m. Burial will be at the Green Mound Cemetery in Holmen.

Lorraine L. Mutschler
Lorraine L. Mutschler, 65, of La Crosse, died on Saturday, September 27, 1997 in her home. She was born on July 14, 1932 in Mormon Coulee, Wis. to Art and Ethel (Mosemite) Beier.
Lorraine is survived by her husband Richard; two sons, Ryan (Jodi) Mutschler of Sparta, Wis. and William (Cindy) Broadhead of Palastine, Tex. and two grandchildren, Richard Broadhead and Derek Mutschler. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Wilford Beier.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 1997 at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ. The Rev. Wayne T. Lura, Sr. will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Marks
DESOTO, Wis. - Robert Marks, age 58, of DeSoto, died Saturday, September 27, 1997 in his home. He was born March 4, 1939 in Vernon County to Homer and Irene (Bohland) Marks. He married Bonnie Amann on October 8, 1960. They farmed the home farm, near Retreat, until one year ago when they moved to DeSoto.
Robert is survived by his wife, Bonnie of DeSoto; his mother, Irene of Viroqua; one daughter, Joanne Marks of La Crosse; one son, Rodney (Rose) Marks of rural DeSoto; two grandchildren, Ashley and Russell Marks of rural DeSoto; a special nephew, Ernie Helgeson of Genoa; one brother, Raymond (Sharon) Marks of Houston, Minn.; five sisters, Marjorie (Kenneth) Getter of Viroqua, Arlene (Gordon) Hanson of DeSoto, Charlotte (Rick) Miller of Conger, Minn., Elinor (Donnie) Robertson of Richland Center, and Ellen (John) Runice of Viroqua; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Homer.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 1997 at 11 a.m. in New Hope United Methodist Church at Redmound. Pastor Alice Richards will officiate with burial in the Walnut Mound Cemetery at Retreat. Friends may call at the Larson Funeral Home in DeSoto on today from 4 to 7 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Tuesday after 10 a.m.

Sister Margaretta Milder, FSPA
Sister Margaretta Milder, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 85, died Sunday, September 28, 1997, at Villa St. Joseph.
Sister Margaretta was born to John and Gertrude (Smith) Milder on May 18, 1912, in West Liberty, Iowa. She entered St. Rose Convent on August 16, 1933. She served as a homemaker and housekeeper for over forty years in parish convents and Iowa, Washington and Wisconsin. She retired to St. Rose Convent in 1989 and to Villa St. Joseph in 1991.
Sister Margaretta is survived by her Franciscan community; eight brothers: Edward Milder, Columbus Junction, Iowa; Paul Milder, Bernard Milder, Gerald Milder and Eugene Milder, Iowa City, Iowa; Maurice Milder, Davenport, Iowa; John Milder, Silver Cliff, Colorado and Leonard Milder, Solon, Iowa; five sisters: Louise (Mrs. Harris McMullen) Port Richey, Florida; Wilma (Mrs. Clarence Dietsch) and Elizabeth (Mrs. Lyle Frantz) Hills, Iowa; Mrs. Gertrude Nicholas, Ames, Iowa and Patricia (Mrs. Glenn Kasper) Oxford, Iowa; her sister-in-law Mrs. Barbara Milder, Edgewater, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Lawrence.
Friends may call Wednesday, October 1, after 4 p.m., at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A Remembering Service will be held on October 1, at 7:15 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Reverend Thomas O'Neill, Viterbo College Chaplain, will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, October 2, 11 a.m., in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse.
Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market St., La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-8800. Blaschke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Margaret (Sheehy) Cantlon
ETTRICK, Wis. - Mary Margaret Cantlon, 84, of Ettrick, Wis. died on Saturday, September 27, 1997, at the Grandview Care Center in Blair, Wis. despite a valiant effort to recover after surgery. Margaret was born November 16th, 1912, to Pat and Lena (Kaiser) Sheehy. Displaying the spirit which became her trademark, Margaret made her way through the La Crosse Normal Teachers' College. She then returned to Ettrick where she taught at Whalen School before becoming an employee at the Ettrick Post Office. She married La Verne Cantlon in 1940 and they tended their Cantlon Coulee farm and family for nearly 50 years. In addition to these commitments, Margaret found time to be an active member of St. Bridget's Church, various parent/teacher projects, the Democratic Party and in recent years, a volunteer for the agency on aging.
She was preceded in death by her husband, La Verne, and oldest daughter, Ann, as well as four brothers, Gerald, Leonard, Alphonsus, and Jack and one sister, Theresa (Francis) Christianson.
She is survived by two sons, Patrick and Michael (Alicia), both of Ettrick; four daughters, Colleen (Jim) Greenwald of Madison, Bridget of La Crosse, Joan Cantlon Simkins of Amherst Junction, and Angela (Michael) Kroenke of Florence, Wis.; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, Etrrick, Wis. Burial in church cemetery following the service. Family and friends may call at St. Bridget's from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening. The rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the St. Bridget's Decorating Fund.
Mom, Grandma, Margaret, thank you! Thank you for the gifts received `round your table ----the incomparable food, the quick, genuine laughter, the tireless spirit---even the admonitions ``for a good life''---good, clean fun; hardwork; dedication to family and friends; laughter; music; home cooking; books; straight thinking and straight talk; and, above all, God. For this, and so much more, thank you!

Clifford G. ``Cubby'' Hannum
ATCHISON, Kansas -Clifford G. ``Cubby'' Hannum, 79, of Atchison, Kansas and formerly of Sparta, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997 in Atchison.
He was born in Midway, Wis. on November 3, 1917 the son of Samuel Wallace Hannum and Sadie Francis (Rooker) Hannum. He worked at the Sidney Hotel in Sparta in the kitchen for 4 years and later for the G.I. Case Co. making tanks for WWII in Racine. He also worked for the U.S. Mail on the Milwaukee Railroad Co. until his retirement in 1962. In 1992 he went to live with his sister Joyce in Atchison, Kansas.
He is preceded in death by two sister, Grace Hannum and Ruth Rheindart.
He is survived by two sisters, Joyce (Roland) Dutton, Atchison, Kansas, Margaret Harrington, Janesville, Wis.; two brothers, Edward (Marillee) Hannum, La Crosse, Wis.; Herbert (Florence) Hannum, Libertyville, Ill.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta with Rev. Mark Walljasper officiating. Burial will be in the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 8 a.m. until the service.

John E. Proksch
John E. Proksch, 76, of La Crosse, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997 at Hillview Health Care Center.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday. Complete arrangements will be announced by the Woodruff Funeral Home.

Gunnar Storbakken
WESTBY, Wis. - Gunnar Storbakken, 68, of RR1 Westby, died Sunday, September 28, 1997 at his home.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Seland Funeral Home, Coon Valley.

Fern R. Petry
Fern R. Petry, 70, of La Crosse, died on Saturday, September 27th, 1997 at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born in La Crosse on May 25, 1927 to Charles and Helena (Lechleidner) Kelly. She married Donald Petry on August 2, 1947 in La Crosse. Fern was a 1945 graduate of Aquinas High School. She devoted her life to her family and friends, and loved spending time with her grandchildren and meeting new people. Fern enjoyed bowling, golfing, cards, casinos and bingo, woodworking, cooking and baking, football games, as well as being a proud member of St. Pius X parish and the Moose Lodge.
Fern will be sadly missed by her family, her husband Donald, six children, Jean (Lyle) Kothbauer of Mondovi, Wis., Bob (Sharon) Petry of Delafield, Wis., Mary (George) Slusser of Cottage Grove, Minn., Rich (Kay) Petry of West Salem, Wis., Kathy (Frank) Smaby of Onalaska and John Petry of West Salem; eleven granchildren, Tom (Cindy) Kothbauer, Brian Kothbauer, Kara Kothbauer, Christopher Petry, Erin Petry, Ryan Petry, Jason Slusser, Jeff Slusser, Nick Slusser, Kristina Smaby and Ben Smaby, one sister Marian (Ed) Bicha of Onalaska, a brother and sister-in-law, Jim (Sally) Petry of Bagley, Wis. and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Art Kelly and two sisters, Dorothy Olson and Helen Morton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 30th, 1997 at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church. The Rev. Joseph J. Rafacz will officiate. Entombment will be in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum, Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at St. Pius X Cathlic Church today from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., where a prayer vigil service will be held at 8 p.m., and again at the church on Tuesday from 9:15 a.m. until the time of services. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.
Mom was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who devoted her entire life to us. We are as proud of her accomplishments as she was of ours. ``Love you mom!''

Gunnar A. Storbakken
WESTBY, Wis. - Gunnar A. Storbakken, age 68, of rural Westby passed away suddenly at home Sunday, September 28, 1997. He was born April 19, 1929 in the town of Christiana to Henry and Malla (Dauve) Storbakken.
Gunnar never married. He farmed his adult life on the family farm with his mother and brothers, Trygve and Henry Jr. He enjoyed hunting, wood working and self taught construction work.
He was baptized and confirmed in the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.
Gunnar leaves to mourn, two brothers, Myron (Kay) and Trygve Storbakken, rural Westby and three sisters, Marian Storbakken rural Westby, Evangeline Sykalski, Milwaukee, and Helen Sutton, Dayton, OH. Several nephews and nieces, Michael Storbakken, Seattle, WA, Patti Ogle of Arizona, Sharon Tschann, Northfield, Minn., Bruce Sykalski, Milwaukee, Sue Ann Sutton of California, Nancy Johnigan, Stephanie Elma, David and Mark Sutton all of Dayton, OH; great-nieces and nephews, Lewis, Lee, Rebecca, Eric Sykalski, Sarah Tschann, Heather and Mark Johnigan, Karta and Dashmesh Ogle, John, Mathew, Cynthia and David Elma, Daniel and Felipe Sutton and several cousins.
Gunnar was preceded in death by his father in 1931 and his mother in 1976; a brother, Henry Jr. in 1981 and a nephew, Randy Buford Storbakken in infancy in 1954.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 1997 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church, Rev. Jack Mithelman will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from noon until the time of service. The Seland Funeral Home, Coon Valley, is assisting the family.

Barbara L. Banker
MONTFORT/BOSCOBEL, Wis. - Barbara L. Banker, age 58, of Montfort, formerly of Boscobel, Wis., died on Sunday, September 28, 1997, at her home in Montfort, after a very courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 1997 at 11 a.m. from Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home in Boscobel, Wis. Fr. Lavern Meier will officiate. Burial will be at the Boscobel Cemetery in Boscobel. Friends may call at the Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home in Boscobel today from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. rosary service.

Leona C. Dieck
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Leona C. Dieck, age 74, of Hillsboro, died on Sunday, September 28, 1997 at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born on May 10, 1923 in Norwalk, the daughter of William and Clara (Schultz) Kastberg. On February 9, 1947 she was united in marriage to Ervin E. Dieck. Together they operated Dieck's Clothing Store in Hillsboro for over 40 years. She was a member of the Hillsboro Historical Society.
Survivors include two sons: Gary (Nancy) Dieck of Wonewoc and Alan (Barbara) Dieck of Dubuque, Iowa; three granddaughters: Robin, Allison and Jennifer; one sister: Irma Schmitz of Sparta; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death be her husband, Ervin, on December 25, 1986; and a sister: Lillian Carr.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 1997 at the Fick-Hoof Funeral Home in Hillsboro with Rev. Conrad Prell officiating. Interment will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Evelyn R. Torrey
TOMAH, Wis. - Evelyn R. Torrey, age 62, of Tomah, died Friday, September 26, 1997 at her home.
Private funeral services will be held on today. The White Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

John E. Proksch
John E. Proksch, 76, of La Crosse, died Sunday, September 28, 1997 at Hillview Health Care Center. He was born in La Crosse on October 17, 1920 to John and Frieda (Jacobs) Proksch. He married Eleanor Roubik on June 29, 1974 in La Crosse. John had worked at Inland Printing and Trane Company before his retirement. He belonged to American Legion Post #52, La Crosse Eagles, and was a life time member of the VFW. He was an Army veteran serving over seas with the 688 Engineers in France, Belgium, Normandy, Luzemberg, and Czechoslovakia. He is survived by his wife Eleanor, three stepdaughters, Carol (Tony) Knutson, Nancy (Lee) Burgett and Betty (Ronald) Schams all of La Crosse, three grandchildren, Kim Knutson of La Crosse, Brent Miller of Decatur, GA., Kraig Knutson of St. Cloud, Minn., four great-grandchildren, Tyler and Andrea Burgett and Andrew and Ryan Puetz.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 1, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Woodruff Funeral Home 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd. The Rev. Steven Staude will officiate and burial with military rites by the American Legion Post #52 will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Woodruff Funeral Home this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.

Arnold ``Ping Ping'' Pederson
GALESVILLE, Wis. - Arnold ``Ping Ping'' Pederson, 78, of Galesville, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997 in his home.
He was born August 31, 1919 in York, Wisconsin to Christian and Anna (Flugstad) Pederson. Arnold never married. Until his retirement, he had been a hired man on several farms in the Caledonia Prairie area, rural Galesville.
Survivors are a sister, Vivian Joyce Swenson of Ettrick; a brother, Oscar Edward Pederson of Galesville; and many nieces and nephews.
A sister and three brothers have died.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Mortuary, Galesville with Rev. M.C. Parkhurst officiating. Burial will be in Pine Cliff Cemetery, Galesville. Friends may call at Smith Mortuary, Galesville today from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from noon until services.

David Arthur Klink
ARCADIA, Wis. - David Arthur Klink, age 31, of Arcadia died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997 as a result of an automobile accident.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon on Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Arcadia. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wozney Funeral Home, Arcadia where there will be a 7 p.m. rosary. Friends may also call from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Walter J. Albrecht
VIROQUA, Wis. - Walter J. Albrecht, age 71, of 102 N. Main Street, died at his apartment on Tuesday, September 30, 1997. He was born on November 27, 1925 at Stetsonville to William and Esther (Bay) Albrecht. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On November 17, 1945 he married Mabel Nadler and they were later divorced. He had worked in construction as a laborer and truck driver. He was a member of Jacobson-Olson American Legion Post No. 138.
He is survived by one daughter, Carol (Dennis) Fait of Auburndale; one son, Terry (Cindy) Albrecht of Pueblo, Colo.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty (Andrew) Bacha of Curtis; two brothers, Donald (Phyllis) Albrecht of Neenah and Glenn (Shirley) Albrecht of Laurel, Miss.; and his parents of Rib Lake. He was preceded in death by one sister, Florence Dewart; and one brother, Robert Albrecht.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 2, 1997 at 1 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, with Rev. Dr. Steven Fossum officiating. Burial will be in the Medford Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Evalyn A. Williams Aspenson
MOUNT STERLING, Wis. - Evalyn A. Williams Aspenson, 67, of Mount Sterling, died on Monday, Sept. 29, 1997 at the Bethel Home, Viroqua, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in La Crosse, Wis., on Aug. 31, 1930 to David and Irene (Anderson) Williams. She grew up on a farm on South Buck Creek Ridge, rural Ferryville, Wis. She graduated from Gays Mills High School in 1948. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from UW-La Crosse. Evalyn taught many years in area schools, including Eastman, Seneca, Stoddard and North Crawford.
On June 5, 1964 she married Leroy Aspenson of the Fairview area. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1988. She was a lifelong member of the Utica Lutheran Church and served on various boards and committees. She shared her love and gift of music as church organist and accompanist for musical groups and Sunday school.
Evalyn is survived by two sons, David (Robyn) Aspenson and Daniel Aspenson, all of Mount Sterling; an aunt, Lillian Williams and Lillian's daughters, Lenore (Tilman) Brudos and Francille (Merlin) Kvigne; sisters-in-law, Norma (Elwood) Forde, Delores Aspenson, Joanne (Charles) Lind, Yvonne (Don) Ausland, and Charlotte Aspenson; and a brother-in-law, Geary (Clarice) Aspenson; and other relatives and friends who will dearly miss her.
Evalyn was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy; her parents, David and Irene; her daughter-in-law, Ilene (Daniel) Aspenson; and a brother-in-law, Ishmael Aspenson.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997 at 1:30 p.m. at the Utica Lutheran Church, Hwy. 27 north of Mount Sterling. Pastor Paul Finger will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Dommersnaes Bertram Family Funeral Home, Gays Mills, today from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. rosary; and at the church on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services.
Evalyn's faith in Jesus was a constant strength and witness to those who knew and loved her.
``I went to the Lord for help. He answered me and rescued me from all my fears.'' Psalm 34:4

Jerry P. Helgerson
HILLSBORO, Wis. - Jerry P. Helgerson, 56, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997 in St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Burr Wesleyan Church, rural Hillsboro. Interment with military rites will be in Forest Burr Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fick-Hoof Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

Brida M.E. Bair
SPARTA, Wis. - Brida M.E. Bair, 48, of Sparta, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997 at her home, after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her husband, Daniel; two daughters, Heidi and Heather of San Diego, Calif.; four sons, Shaun, Aja, Sky-Hunter and Forest Bair of Sparta; one grandchild, Winter Ann Bair; her mother, Ruth McAnany of Sparta; one sister, Christine (Ken) Schaefer of Caledonia, Wis.; and two brothers, Mark (Sandy) McAnany of Pewaukee, Wis., and Brian (Sandy) McAnany of Norwalk, Wis. The funeral service will be held at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at the Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta, with Mr. David Brooker officiating. The body will be cremated. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Memorials may be given to the St. Claire Mission Clinic in Sparta.

Esther H. Viner
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Esther H. Viner, 84, formerly of La Crosse, died on Wednesday, September 24, 1997 at the Good Samaritan Hospital at Corvallis, Oregon. She was born May 14, 1913 in North Dakota to John and Sena (Moen) Johnson. She married Charles V. Viner on July 12, 1941 and he preceded her in death in 1954. Prior to her retirement, she had worked for the La Crosse Auto-lite, and a local hospital, as a nurse's aide.
She is survived by a son, Terry J. Viner of Independence, Oregon; a daughter, Cheryl Viner of Corvallis, Oregon; three grandchildren, Terry John Viner Jr., Troy A. Viner and Scott C. Viner; two great-grandchildren, Dalton and Jordan; and a sister, Dora Enget.
Graveside services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

LeMoine O. `Bud' Clark
NEW AUBURN, Wis. - LeMoine O. ``Bud'' Clark, 64, of New Auburn and formerly of Viroqua, died Sunday, September 28, 1997 at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minn. He was born in Westby, Wis., on July 6, 1933 to Cash and Myrtle (Simonson) Clark. He married Betty Haynes August 14, 1954 in Viroqua, Wis. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Sheldon, Wis.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Clark of New Auburn; one son, Shannon (Tammy) Clark of Soldiers Grove, Wis.; two brothers, Larry (Yvonne) Clark of Soldiers Grove and Clyde Clark of Viola, Wis.; three sisters, Charlotte (Robert) Ekern of Littleton, Colo., Margaret (Dan) Fredrickson of Viroqua, Wis., and Shelby (Lou) Hagen of Westby, Wis.; and two grandchildren, Trevor and Brittany Clark of Soldiers Grove, Wis. He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Clark; and one sister, Jean Pine.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 1997 at the Church of Christ, Viroqua, Wis., with Reverend Bernie Zylstra officiating. Burial will be at the Viola Cemetery, Viola, Wis. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Schriver Funeral Chapel, Bloomer, Wis., where there will be a 7:30 p.m. service; and from noon until the time of services Thursday at the church.

Myrtle A. Holberg
Myrtle A. Holberg, 92, of La Crosse, died on Tuesday, September 30, 1997 at the Hillview Health Care Center. She was born in La Crosse on May 17, 1905 to Otto and Barbara (Hammond) Ratz. She married Ernest W. Holberg on April 20, 1927 in La Crosse. He died on June 20, 1974. Prior to residing at Hillview Health Care Center, Myrtle had been a resident of Hearten House II, La Crosse.
Myrtle is survived by two sons, James E. (Betty) of La Crosse and Larry W. (Darlyne) of Rochester, Minn.; three grandchildren, Debra Chadwick of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Pamela (Norm) Holberg Allen of Winona, Minn., and Paula Holberg of Rochester; two great-grandchildren, Andera and James Chadwick, both of Idaho Falls; and a special niece, Delores Hake of La Crosse, as well as many other nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Ernest, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Ratz.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 3, 1997 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. Steven Staude will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be directed to First Evangelical Lutheran Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Martha Geneva `Gen' Minor
LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Martha Geneva ``Gen'' Minor, 91, of La Crescent, Minn., died Saturday, September 27, 1997 at La Crescent Health Care. She was born December 7, 1905 in the town of Jefferson, Vernon County, Wis., to Edward Theodore and Bertha Caroline (Larson) Ellefson. On April 28, 1931 she married Irvin Michael Hansen in La Crosse, Wis. He died January 8, 1946. She then married Walton ``Bill'' Elmer Minor on June 28, 1947 in La Crosse, Wis. He died February 28, 1989.
Martha graduated from UW-L in 1929 with a bachelor's degree in history and taught for several years in La Crosse area schools. She worked for a number of years for the La Crosse Garment Company; was a recorder for the U.S. Census Bureau in 1970; and a member of the Houston County Welfare Board for eight years, retiring in 1974. Martha also volunteered as a 4-H project leader for many years.
In 1931, Martha and three teachers from Melrose borrowed a 1929 Nash 4-door with outside trunk and wood spoke tires to drive from La Crosse, Wis., to Great Falls, Mont. They had no maps to guide them on the gravel roads.
Martha received the ``Athlete of the Month'' award from Wisconsin Silent Sports in August, 1984, for her bicycling accomplishments. Among Martha's varied interests were horseback riding, touring the countryside on a motorcycle and traveling extensively with her husband, Bill, in their motorhome.
Survivors are a son, Edward Allen (Vangie) Hansen of Montrose, Colo.; a daughter, Helen Elizabeth (Steven) Brieske of Salida, Colo.; two stepsons, Kenneth LeRoy (Janet) Minor of La Crosse and Donald Eldon (Alice) Minor of Coon Rapids, Minn.; a brother, Ellef Johan Ellefson; grandchildren, Brenda (Mark) Wiard, Lisa (Hill) Hauser, Craig (Kerry) Hansen and Karen Hansen; great-grandchildren, Matthew Nielson and Jody and Kyle Hauser; stepgrandchildren, Sandra Ross and Billy (Sheri) Minor of Milwaukee, Wis., Bruce (Brier) Minor and Rick (DeeDee) Minor of Minneapolis, Minn., Kenneth Lee (Janet) Minor, David (Sandy) Minor, Brian (Lesa) Minor and Linda (Brian) Liethsen, all of La Crosse, Donald (Melanie) Minor of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Bob (Christine) Minor of St. Paul, Minn.; 25 stepgreat-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren. Martha was predeceased by one stepgrandson and one stepgreat-grandson.
Mary (David) Danforth of Brook Park, Minn., regularly mailed cheerful cards and notes, which were always enjoyed by Martha. The special gift of Mary's enduring love for her grandma will shine forever. Fune
ral services will be Friday, October 3 at 1 p.m. at the Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home, La Crosse. The Reverend Jed Larson will officiate. Burial will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.

Willard E. Senn
Willard E. Senn, 85, of La Crosse, died Monday, September 29, 1997 at Bethany-Riverside. He was born in Houston County, Minn., on February 6, 1912 to William and Emma (Anderson) Senn. He married Erma Borck on September 15, 1937 in Decorah, Iowa. Until his retirement, he had been employed by the Trane Company for 31 years. He was a member of the Eagles Aerie 1254 for 38 years; the Trane Co. 25-Year Club; and the Wise Owl Club at Trane Co.
In addition to his wife, Erma, Willard is survived by three sons, LeRoy (Gerrie) Senn of West Salem, La Vern Kenneth (Patricia) Senn of La Crescent and Dennis Senn of Athens, Ohio; a sister, Lola (Fred) Papenfuss of La Crescent; a brother, Russel (Eleanor) Senn of La Crescent; and two grandchildren, Michael (DeDe) and Kevin. He was preceded in death by a son, Duwayne in 1950 and a sister, Shirley Loken.
Funeral services will be Thursday, October 2 at 11 a.m. at the Zion Evangelical Church, Hokah, Minn. The Reverend Justin Everson will officiate. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Hokah. Friends may call at the Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home, La Crosse, today from 5 to 7 p.m.; and at church on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be given for the Diabetes and Parkinson Disease Foundations.

Helen A. Mathison
WESTBY, Wis. - Helen A. Mathison, age 93, of Westby, died Tuesday, September 30, 1997 at the Norseland Nursing Home in Westby where she had been a resident since March of 1993. She was born at home in the town of Christiana, Vernon Co., Wis., on May 9, 1904 to Hans and Anna (Benrud) Peterson. In 1921 she graduated from Cashton High School and went on to get her teaching certificate at the La Crosse Normal School. She taught at the Oium and Dahlem schools until her marriage to Andrew Mathison on June 20, 1925. Together they farmed on Rognstad Ridge until 1959 when they moved to Westby. Helen then cooked at Westby Schools for 15 years, retiring in 1975. She was a life member of North Coon Prairie Lutheran Church, a member of the Mary Circle and Ladies Aid.
She is survived by her sons, Harland (Eunice) Mathison of rural Cashton and Trygve (Karan) Mathison of Holmen; one niece, Ethel (Art) Hayter of Trempealeau, who was raised as a daughter; five grandchildren, Gary (Barbara) Mathison, Jane (Keith) Hanson, Daniel Mathison, Brent (Becky) Mathison and Sarah Mathison; six great-grandchildren, Nichole, Scott, Craig, Eric, Kristopher and Jennifer; three sisters, Alice Aronson and Clara Peterson, both of La Crosse, and Verna (Glen) Olson of Sturgeon Bay; one brother, Herman Peterson of La Crosse; and nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Minerva Jothen; and her husband Andrew, who died in August of 1959.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 3, 1997 at 11 a.m. from North Coon Prairie Lutheran Church at Newry. Pastor John Stennes-Spidahl will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy. 14 in Westby. Friends may also call after 10 a.m. Friday at the church.


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