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Berg, Gene
June 12, 1980
Hauge, Reuben
March 25, 1979
Mageland, Tilman
February 27, 2007
Bolen, Anthony
June 30, 1983
Hokland, Robert
March 5, 1996
Monson, Karl
January 22, 2002
Burkhart, Judy (Mikkelson)
June 1979
Jensen, Karen
August 1, 2007
Morkrid, Kenneth
February 14, 1970
Erickson, Linda (Young)
April 29, 1981
Kauppaf, Jeannine
(Starkey) June 2007
Munyon, Jerry
July 2002
Everson, David
January 21, 2002
Kilmer, Jon
June 29, 1999
Sisbach, Arleigh
September 2009
Ford, Fordson
May 30, 1961
Judy Koenen (Matson)
February 14, 2008
Skaar, Tyrone
February 1967
Gardner, Thomas
December 13, 2006
Kreuzer, Thomas
March 25, 1997
Stafslien, Reylen
June 6, 1979
Graham, Lucien
March 4, 2009
Krohn, Donald
May 18, 1995
Tryggestad, Lynn
June 1, 1991
Hagen, Clarice (Boggs)
December 22, 2006
Lawton, Lynne (Luke)
December 24, 2006
Zitzer, Howard
September 16, 1994
Hauge, Marlene
June 18, 1986
Lewison, Charles
July 16, 2002
 

 

 

 

 

 

GENE CHARLES BERG
(1980)

Gene Charles Berg was killed Thursday afternoon in an Air Wisconsin plane crash 18 miles west of Omaha, Nebraska. He was born on May 13, 1939 in Viroqua to Alden and Bernice (Beffa) Berg. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957 and on November 6, 1960 married Laura Thompson in Viroqua. He had worked for Gambles for 18 years, managing stores in Oelwein, Iowa, Freeport, Illinois, and Viroqua for nine years until moving to manage a store in Grand Island, Nebraska in April of 1979.

Gene was an avid golfer as a member of the Viroqua Country Club and now the Grand Island Municipal Golf Course. He currently was a board member of the Downtown Business Association in Grand Island and a former board member of the Viroqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his wife, Laura, one daughter, Lisa, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Plattevile; his parents, Alden and Bernice Berg, Viroqua; one sister, Mrs. Norman (Patricia) Rood, Viroqua; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Amanda Berg, Viroqua; other relatives and many friends.

 

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CLARICE HAGEN BOGGS
(2006)

Clarice Hagen Boggs, 67, died suddenly on Friday morning, December 22, 2006 at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. She was born Feb. 12, 1939 to Joseph and Jennie (Taft) Hagen. She graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957and continued her education by taking classes at Western Wisconsin Technical College.

She had managed Cass Grocery Store in Viroqua and for several years worked at Northern Engraving as an inspector. She had a strong work ethic and held several jobs, supervised many people in the company and was highly valued at the company. She was also a Sunday school teacher and a writer.

As a single parent, she was an excellent role model for everyone, especially her children. She was a remarkable, motivating , encouraging, intelligent and inspiring woman. She emulated the characteristics of an inspired life and exemplified a symbol of determination and joy for living. She was truly inspiring and empowering.

She enjoyed teaching and sharing with others about historical events and autobiographies. She also enjoyed sending cards and packages to friends and family members for special occasions. She also submitted articles that were published under her pen name Elizabeth Ellen. She also liked refinishing furniture.

Clarice is survived by two sons; Jerry (Diana) Boggs of Stoddard, WI. and Chris (Katie) Boggs of Stevens Point, WI.,two daughters; Lori Boggs of La Crosse and Sara Boggs of Madison; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; three sisters, Beryl Eliason of Chippewa Falls, WI., Caryl (Jerry) Dunn of Cashton, WI., and Phyllis Eugene) Oium of La Farge, WI.; seven brothers, Donald (Phyllis) Hagen of Woodbury, MN., Louis (Shelby) Hagen of Westby, WI., Larry and Richard Hagen of Viroqua, WI., Mike (Linda) Hagen of Westby, WI., Bryant Hagen of Marquette, IA., and Alan (Sue) Hagen of Viroqua, WI., other relatives, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Patrick in infancy and Earl Hagen; one sister, Esther Wittman.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at Thorson-Reetz Funeral Home in Viroqua, with Pastor Ethan Larson officiating. Burial will be in Haney Ridge Cemetery at rural Boscobel, WI.

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ANTHONY (TONY) BOLEN
 (1983)

Anthony (Tony) Bolen, age 44, died on Saturday, July 30, at Riverside Community Hospital in Waupaca due to Amyotrophioc Lateral Sclerosis, (Lou Gehrigs Disease). He was born May 20, 1939 in Viroqua to Arthur and Mayme (Vedum) Bolen. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957. He served with the Viroqua unit of the Wisconsin National Guard and also served with the U. S. Army and U. S. Air Force. He married Myrtle Janzen on June 11, 1969 and they lived in Madison until they moved to Waupaca in 1982. He was a graduate of MATC with an associate degree as a computer program analyst. He was working for Waupaca County at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife;one son, Arthur, both of Waupaca;three daughters, Mrs. Phillip (Cindy) Trussoni of La Crosse, Valerie and Farrah both at home;his mother, Mrs. Mayme Bolen of Viroqua; one sister, Mrs. Arlan (Trudy) Wooden of Marinette; and two brothers, Gregory of Madison and Steven of Scandinavia.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home with Reverend Elmer Ellefson officiating. Burial in the Asbury Methodist Cemetery, rural Viroqua. Military rights by Running-Johnson-Ray VFW Post No. 3032.

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Marlene Joyce (Hauge) Emerson
(1986)

 

Marlene Joyce Emerson, age 56, of Route #1, Ferryville died on Tuesday morning, June 18th, 1996 at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse after a ten year struggle with cancer. She was born on January 2, 1940 in Viroqua to Elmer and Sophia (Midthun) Hauge.

She graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957 and on February 15, 1958 married Donald Emerson in Viroqua. They farmed in the Town of Freeman, Crawford County. She then graduated from Western Wisconsin Technical College as a computer specialist. She also worked at Vernon Memorial Hospital and Midwest Cablevision. She was a member of Freeman Lutheran Church where she served on the church council. She also was a member of the Crawford County Historical Society.

She is survived by her husband, Donald, three sons; Dennis (Lori) and Gary (Barbara) both of Ferryville, Collin (Jan), of La Crosse, five grandchildren; Angela, Adam, Alyssa, Sarah, and Rachel Emerson, three sisters; Shirley (Russell) Adkins, of South Milwaukee, Sandra (Herman) Sime of Ferryville, Pauline Skrede of Kenosha, and five brothers; Ivan, of Viroqua, Allen (Louise), of Geneva, IL., Arden, of Silver Lake, Erland, of Elkader, IA., and John (Betty) Hauge, of Ferryville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Kenneth Hauge, and two sisters, Dorothy Owen and Thelma Zitzner.

 

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DAVID O. EVERSON
(2002)

David Everson, age 62 of Loganville, died Monday, January, 21, 2002. Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 23, 2002 in the Loganville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Richard Long will officiate. Entombment East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens, Lawrenceville.  A native of Viroqua, WI., Mr. Everson was a plumber and a Navy Veteran, who enjoyed gardening, playing with the grandchildren and playing on the computer.

He is survived by his wife Nola Everson, Children: Jill Everson Aimee Coles, all of Loganville; Sister; Janice Welch, Beltsville, Maryland;Grandchildren: Sarah Coles, Avery Coles, Lindsey Coles, several Nieces and Nephews. Family will receive friends from 6-9 PM , Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at the Tom Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville.

 

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FORDSON ARLO FORD
(1961)

Fordson Arlo Ford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Ford of Viroqua, was born on a farm near Soldiers Grove, August 20, 1939. He passed away early in the morning of May 30 due to a car accident near Brownsville, MN, at the age of 21 years, 9 months, 10 days. He was a graduate of Viroqua High School, attended the University of Wis., and for the past 2 years has been an employee of American Motors in Kenosha.

Fordson was baptized at Camp Bradfield and remained a true sincere Christian throughout his life. He was loved by all who knew him. He had much respect for, not only his parents, but for everyone he knew. His quiet and understanding disposition and loving smile won him many friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Eraka June, age 12 and one brother Henry, age 18, who gave his life while serving his country in the Armed Forces at Korea.

He leaves those to mourn his death including his parents, 8 sisters and two brothers, and many friends and relatives: Phylis, (Mrs. Norbert Landmeyer of Onalaska), Imogene, (Mrs. Darrel Hankins), Barbaragene, (Mrs. Lawrence Olson), both of Readstown; Vicky (Mrs. Kelly Morrison of Viroqua), Joy (Mrs. Daniel Frauenfelder of Milwaukee), Judy (Mrs. Wyman Hoiland of Viroqua), Becky and Harkie and Terry at home, and Seymour Ford of LaCrosse.

 

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THOMAS ALVIN GARDNER
(2006)

Thomas "Tommy" Alvin Gardner, age 67 of Viroqua died on Wednesday morning, December 13th, 2006 at his home after a one year battle with cancer.


He was born on March 25, 1939 in Viroqua to Clarence and Mildred (Thompson) Gardner. Tom and his brothers , Orvin and Eldon, grew up tinkering with engines and motors to see how they worked as they were raised on the family farm on Dach Ridge, in ruarl Viroqua .
He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957 and then worked at Hoff's Mobil and Olson's Auto Sales as a mechanic. He also had worked for Ron Larson Sawmill in Cashton as a sawyer. Tom owned his own sawmill and enjoyed working with lumber for many years. He was a member of the Coulee Antique Engine Club, and demonstrated his sawmill at the Fairgrounds in Viroqua for several years. This helped spark an interest in his nephews, David and Brian Gardner who restored their own tractors. Tom had a 1949 LA Case he had helped to restore. The nephews, Brian and Darin were able to make it run and videotaped it for Tom to see.

He was a sportsman who loved hunting, and often recalled trips north with his hunting buddies. He helped sponsor the Hunter Safety Program in Viroqua when it began. His shooting team included Pam Robson, April Robson, David Gardner, and Ron Oliphant. They brought home many trophies from area competions.

He had a lifelong interest in the history of Mountain Men. He and Linda attended many Rendezvous' in the tri-state area where they made many lasting friends. Tom's dream of attending the Mountain Man Rendezvous in Fort Bridger, Wyoming was realized this fall when he and Linda made the journey in August.

Tom is survived by two brothers; Orvin (Donna) Gardner and Eldon (Judy) Gardner, both of rural Viroqua; six nieces and nephews and their families; David (Sue) Gardner, Chelsea, Derek, and Danae, Diane (Dave) Schultz, Andy Stenslien and Kayla Schultz, Deb (Eric) Deaver, Brent, Brynn, and Britany, Brian (Tammy) Gardner, Amanda, Darin (Teresa) Gardner, Faith, Jacob, and Riley, Stacy (Jeff) Matson, Alan and Otto. He is also survived by two aunts; Virginia Shepard of ferryville and Evelyn Shepard of Viroqua; a very special friend; Linda Erickson of Janesville; a wonderful friend and neighbor; Karen Hanson; other relatives and many friends who felt like family to him.

Services were held at Thorson-Reetz Funeral Home on Saturday, December 16th, 2006 at 11 a.m.

 

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LUCIEN (GRAHAM) BUROKER
(2009)

Lucien Marie "Lou" Buroker, Janesville  (1939 - 2009)

September 26, 1939 - March 4, 2009

Lucien Marie “Lou” Buroker, 69, of Janesville, WI, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009 in her home. She was born Sept. 26, 1939, in Hazel Dell, IL, the daughter of Henry M. and Elsie Virginia Alden Graham. Lucien married Leonard L. Buroker on April 16, 1981, in Beloit, WI. He predeceased her on January 29, 2002.

Lou was employed by Caravilla and the Beloit Convalescent Center as a nursing assistant. She also enjoyed doing food demonstrations. Lou loved to read, watch Sci-Fi, travel and was very patriotic and proud of her three grandsons that are in the service. She was a Green Bay Packer fan, NASCAR fan, and was a Powder Puff driver at the Rockford Speedway.

Survivors include her three daughters: Linnette “Linn” (Jim) Krafjack of Beloit, Laurene (George) Fischer of Davenport, IA, and Ann Buroker of Janesville; three stepchildren: Peggy (Monty) Rayner of Seymour, MO, Mark Buroker and Dawn Buroker both of Beloit; six grandchildren: Henry (Jen) Pulcine of Newport, NC, Karin (Jeremy) McFarlin of Beloit, Jeff Pulcine of Janesville, Lena Fischer, Lydia Fischer and Kenny Fischer, all of Davenport, IA; five stepgrandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; her mother, Elsie Graham of Elkhorn; two brothers, Roy (Sandy) Graham of Burlington, and Robert (Dana) Graham of Tennessee; one sister, LuEllen (David) Schmidt of Elkhorn; special niece, Kelsey (Danny) Berg of Edgerton; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father; brother, Raymond Graham; grandparents; aunts; uncles; and her beloved beagle, Brandy.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2009, in the DALEY MURPHY WISCH & ASSOCIATES FUNERAL HOME AND CRE-MATORIUM, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, with Mark Maxted officiating. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

 

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REUBEN HAUGE
(1960)

Reuben Hauge 34, passed away March 25, 1973 at the St Paul Ramsey Hospital. He was born March 14, 1939. On June 25, 1960 he married Judith Gregg. Reuben was employed at the Fisher Nut Company, as the assistant traffic manager.

He is survived by his widow, Judith; two daughters, Lynn and Lisa, both at home; a son Robert, also at home; his foster mother Ella Inman of Chicago; brothers Clarence of DeSoto, Oscar of Milwaukee, Alvin of Viroqua, Odean of England; and sisters, Pearl Beaston of DeSoto, Priscilla Moore of Cashton, Marlene Swiggum of Viroqua, Mary Neprud-Sutton of Viroqua, Janet Munson of St. Paul. A foster sister Ardith Inman of Chicago and a foster brother Gerald Inman of Califonia.

Reuben was preceded in death by four brothers; Arthur, Chester, Thomas, and Kermit Hauge. Also his foster father Oakley Inman.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, St. Paul.Visitation was Tuesday at the John Adam and Colonial Funeral Home, St. Paul.

 

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ROBERT F. (Bob) HOKLAND
(1996)

 

Robert F. (Bob) Hokland, age 57, of Milton, died Tuesday, March 5, 1996 at his home. He was born January 31, 1939 in Dodgeville, the son of O. S. and Hazel (Kellogg) Hokland of Viroqua.  Bob graduated from Viroqua High School and attended Madison Area Technical School and Rock Valley College. He was employed from 1969 until 1971 as a member of the advance staff of former U.S. President Richard Nixon, was a former field representative for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, and a former member of staff for the Wisconsin State Senate. He had also worked as an assistant division manager for Murdock Management Company, Madison, as building manager for the Northwestern Bank Building in Souix Falls, South Dakota and after moving from Maple Bluff (Madison) to Rockford in 1980, he worked a department manager for Rockford College until his retirement in 1990.

Bob was also involved in a number of his own businesses, was a member of the Wisconsin Governors Club, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Association and was a volunteer for the V.I.P. Program in the Illinois 17th Judicial Circuit. Bob was well versed in many subjects, well traveled and enjoyed an entrepreneurial spirit.

He is survivors include his sister, Pat (Jeff) Jones of Lodi;three aunts, Delores Hokland and Emma Fyksen of Viroqua and Arlone Kellogg of Rockford;two nieces, Andrea Cavada of Milwaukee and Suzanne Jones of St. Paul, Minnesota;a nephew, Glenn Jones of Milwaukee and numerous cousins.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 16, 1996 at Henning Funeral Home, 133 First Street, Milton, with visitation held until the time of services.

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JON DONALD KILMER
(1999)

Jon Donald Kilmer, age 60, of 509 West South Street in Viroqua died suddenly Tuesday afternoon, June 29th, 1999 at his home. He was in his 9th year dealing with cancer. He was born on December 10, 1938 in Viroqua to Clarence and Thelma (Larson) Kilmer. He was baptized and confirmed at the Springville Methodist Church.

He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957 where he was an honor student. He owned and operated the Sinclair Station in Viroqua from 1957-1967.  During that time he also served two years in the U. S. Army with duty in Korea and was a member of the Viroqua unit of the Wisconsin National Guard. Following his military service he married Diane Anderson on June 20, 1964. He then worked at Hoff’s Mobil, Our Own Hardware, and was a mechanic at Schmidt Motors for the past 21 years. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Viroqua Eagles Aerie No. 2707.

Jon is survived by his wife, Diane, two children, Kevin (Kathy) Kilmer, of Genoa, Peggy Kilmer, of LaCrosse, one granddaughter, Kallie Jean Kilmer, four brothers, Myron (Joann) Kilmer , of Janesville, Lacerne (Betty) Kilmer of Viroqua, David (Shirley) Kilmer of LaCrosse, Jerry (Gloria) Kilmer of Viroqua, his mother-in-law, Lillian Anderson, of Viroqua, one brother-in-law, Charles (Elida) Anderson, of Westby, one sister-in-law, Maarjorie (Paul) Swiggum of Soldiers Grove, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father in December, 1987 and his mother in July, 1997.

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Judy Claire (Koenen) Matson
2008

Judy Claire Matson 1939 - 2008 Judy Claire Matson was reunited with her husband Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2008. Her family was by her side when she departed this life.
Celebration of life: 10 a.m. Monday in Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel, Dallas.

Judy was born Dec. 9, 1939, in Viroqua, Wis., to Frank and Hazel Jackson Koenen. She was a member of the Dallas Medical Alliance. She loved trips every year to the beach with family and friends and lived for spoiling her grandchildren.


Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James Matson.
Survivors: Son, Scott Matson and his wife, Jill; daughter, Ellen Burgos and her husband, Robert; son, John Matson and his wife, Stacey; grandchildren, Katie, Alex, Andrew, Will, Peyton and Ireland; and brothers, William and David Koenen.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 2/17/2008.

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THOMAS H. KREUZER
(1997)


Thomas H. Kreuzer, age 57, of rural Chaseburg, died Tuesday March 25,1997 at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse of injuries sustained in a fall. He was born May 25, 1939 to George W. and Maxine (Tollackson) Kreuzer in La Crosse. He graduated from Viroqua High School and attended school in Madison and La Crosse. July1, 1961 he married Linda Hanson at the Coon Valley Lutheran Parsonage. Thomas greatly enjoyed the outdoors and muskie fishing, watching wrestling, spending time with his puppie and doing crossword puzzles. His family meant the world to him and he dedicated his life to them. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; a daughter Tabatha of La Crosse; four sons, Theodore (Debra) of La Crosse,Terry (Jackie), Tommy and Teejay, all of Chaseburg. His mother, Maxine (Clinton) Peterson of Stoddard; a brother George Jr. (Kris) of Stoddard; two sisters, Jane Schwaegerl of Hawaii and Janis (Curt) McCallum of Middleton; his mother and father-in-law, Hank (Evelyn) Hanson of Chaseburg; a sister-in-law, Barb (Gary) Kromke of Racine;two uncles, Austin (Bernice) Tollackson of Westby and Bryce (Beatrice) Tollackson of Viroqua;and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, George and his stepmother, Feryl Kreuzer; his grandparents, Thomas and Addie Tollackson; and a great uncle, Theodore Tollackson.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 29, 1997 at the Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church, rural Stoddard. Rev. Steve Jensen officiated with burial in the church cemetery.


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DONALD FREDERICK KROHN
(1999)

Donald Frederic Krohn, age 56, of 322 South East Avenue in Viroqua died on Thursday morning, May 18th, 1995 at Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Viroqua of cancer. He had entered the nursing home on Monday, May 15th. He was baptized, confirmed, and a lifetime member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Don graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957 where he was active in band, basketball, and tennis. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Platteville. He served two years in the U. S. Army. He worked for Green Engineering in Middleton and the past ten years has worked as an engineering aide for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. He also was a member of the Jacobson-Olson American Legion Post No. 138 in Viroqua where he had served as financial officer.

Don is survived by his mother, Theressa, of Viroqua, two brothers, William “Bill” (Suzanne) Krohn, of Palatine, IL., David (Elsie) Krohn, of Sandy, Utah, a special friend, Darlene Dickman, of Viroqua, other relatives, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his dad on September 17, 1973 and a nephew, Michael Krohn on November 23, 1993.

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CHARLES "CHUCK" LEWISON
(2002)

Charles "Chuck" Lewison, age 64 passed away on Tuesday, July 16th, 2002 in La Crosse. He was born on April 16th, 1938 in Viroqua to Tilman "Charlie" and Evenelle "Evie" (Brendum) Lewison. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957 where he enjoyed basketball, football, and playing drums. He served with the Viroqua unit of the Wisconsin National Guard.

He married Janet Dustin on October 24th, 1970 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Viroqua.They honeymooned in the Hawaiian Islands and for the next 25 years they vacationed back to the Islands where they shared many wonderful memories and beautiful sunsets.

Chuck worked in Viroqua for Donald Lavold delivering dairy products for Bordens and from 1964 until 1985 worked for Kessenich's Ltd. in Madison. In 1985 he began working for Noelke's Liquor in La Crosse and was there until the time of his retirement. He was known as a very dedicated and hard worker. Chuck was an advid runner. He loved laughter and with his quick wit and one-liners entertained many classmates, friends, family members and children

Chuck was a loving husband, son, brother, and uncle and will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. As a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in La Crosse where he loved God.

Chuck is survived by his loving and caring wife of 31 years, Janet of La Crosse; his mother, Evie of Viroqua; five sisters, Terrill "Terry" (Conrad) Sandwick of Westby, Barbara (Duane) Everson of Northfield MN., Diane (Wayne) McKibbin of Susanville, CA, Rita(Lyder) Overbo of Prescott, AZ, Tania "Toni (Mark) Jacobson of Viroqua, three brothers; Robert "Bob" Lewison of Onalaska, Dennis Lewison of Aurora, CO., Raymond "Butch" Lewison of Viroqua, his mother-in-law, Helen Dustin of Viola, two sisters-in-law; Bonnie (John) Young of Soldiers Grove, Susan (Troy) Pugh of Durago, CO.,a brother-in-law, Roderick (Margie) Dustin of Viroqua, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Lewison in 1990 and his father-in-law, Derald Dustin in 1993. Services were held at Thorson Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20th, 2002.

 

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LYNNE C. LUKE
(2006)

Lynne C. Luke, 67, passed away in her home on December 24, 2006. Lynne was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin and grew up in Viroqua. She graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957 and Arizona State University in 1962 as a medical technologist. Lynne was a proud sorority sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha all her life.

She married Loren Luke of Phoenix. Lynne and Loren moved to Newport Beach, California, and had two childern, Lori and Larry. They returned to Phoenix and Lynne worked for the Phoenix Indian Medical Center for approximately 15 years.

Lynne loved her family most. She loved cooking, theater events, and volunteering at her church, St. Andrew's Lutheran in Phoenix. She is survived by her daughter Lori Swingler, son Larry Luke, brother Larry Lawton, aunt Gwen Cochran, son-in-law Ron Swingler, and Lynne's most precious gifts, her grandchildren Christopher, Kaelyn, and Tyler Swingler.

She was preceded in death by her husband Loren and her parents Dr. James and Mrs. Mabel Lawton. A private ceremony was held at Resthaven Park Cemetery followed by a celebration of life reception.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Hospice of the Valley or the Alzheimer's Association in Lynne's name.

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TILMAN D. MAGELAND
(2007)

Tilman D. "Tim" Mageland, 68, of Janesville, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at Mercy Hospital. He was born on Feb. 7, 1939, in Viroqua, WI, the son of Tilman and Helen (Peterson) Mageland. Tim had been a Janesville resident since 1959. He married Joyce E. Turnmire on July 25, 1959, in Soldiers Grove, WI. and was employed at GMAD for 33 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and UAW Local 95.

Tim was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, spending time on the farm near Liberty Pole, and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Steven (Pamela) Mageland of Virginia Beach, VA, Scott (Monica) Mageland of Appleton, WI; four grandchildren: Chelsea and Katherine of Virginia Beach, VA, and Sam and Taylor of Appleton, WI; and two brothers, Jay (Anne) Mageland of Hixton,WI, and Otto Mageland of Greenfield, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers: Armand , Maynard, and Terrance.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007, at St. John Lutheran Church, with Rev. Bond Halderman officiating. Interment at the Gays Mills Cemetery, Gays Mills, WI. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the Schneider Apfel Schneider & Schneider Funeral Home.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society for Adrenal Gland Cancer Research or St. John Lutheran Church.

 

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KARL MONSON
(2002)

Karl Monson of Gardnerville, NV (formerly of Black Earth) died on January 22, 2002 at the Veterans Hospital in Reno, NV. He is survived by his wife, Janet (Brunner) Monson of Gardnerville, NV, stepdaughter Jody (Kevin) Wipperfurth of Black Earth, mother Berna Monson and brother Gary Monson of Viroqua, and stepbrother Donald Monson of Durham, NC.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 9 at St. Gall’s Catholic Church in Gardnerville.

 

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KENNETH L. MORKRID
(1970)

 

Sgt. Kenneth L. Morkrid, 31, formerly of Viroqua, fell to his death Saturday, Feb. 14, while participating in a cliff-scaling exercise at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He was a paratrooper with a Green Beret , Company C of the 6th Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg. Sgt. Morkrid entered service April 17, 1958, and had served three years in Germany and two tours of duty in Vietnam.

He was born to M. and Mrs. Martin Morkrid Jan. 20, 1939, in Viroqua and graduated from Viroqua High School. Surviving are his widow, Karen, formerly of Readstown; three daughters, Cynthia, Teresa and Kimberly, and one son, Kenneth Jr., all of Ft. Bragg; his parents of Viroqua; one brother, Earl of Viroqua; four sisters, Mrs. Harlan Johnson of Viroqua, Mrs. James McCarter of Kenosha, Mrs. Theodore Larson of Westby and Mrs. Robert Kelsey of Viola; grandparents, Mrs. Susie Morkrid of Viroqua and Mr. And Mrs. Harvey Fish of Viroqua.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Church of Christ at Readstown. A Ft. Bragg chaplin and the Rev. George Weber will officiate. Burial will be in the Readstown Cemetery.

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JERRY WAYNE MUNYON
(2002)

Jerry W. Munyon 63, of Genoa, WI died suddenly at Souix Lookout in Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday July 31, 2002 while on a fishing trip. He was born on March 15, 1939 in La Crosse to Gordon and Carolyn (Kolden) Munyon. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957. He married Phyllis Streeter on October 1, 1960 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Viroqua.

Jerry worked at General Motors in Janesville from 1959 until 1960. From 1960 until 1994 he worked at Trane Company and Altec International in La Crosse. In addition to his full time job, he farmed from 1968-1988 in Newton Valley (Vernon County).

He liked to fish, hunt, restore antique tractors and was an expert small engine repairman. He was an avid follower of DeSoto High School football and baseball teams. He was member of Viroqua Eagles Aerie No. 2707, Immanual Lutheran Church and I.A.M. No. 2191. Jerry enjoyed socializing with friends, loved working on his John Deere tractors, and being with his companion and pal; Bow.

Jerry is survived by his wife; Phyllis, one daughter; Theresa ( Dennis) Wopat of Genoa, two sons; Tim (Theresa) Munyon of Genoa, Todd Munyon and special friend; Karen Freeman of Franklin, TN., nine grandchildren; Rudy, Larry, Holly, and Julia Wopat of Genoa, Justin, Brandon, Melissa Munyon and Alicia Bray of Genoa, Breanne Munyon of Franklin, TN., a sister; JoAnn (Myron) Kilmer of Janesville, a parental uncle; Dwain Munyon of Viroqua, a maternal aunt; Nellie Lee of Eau Claire, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father on November 20, 1991 and his mother on April 20, 1998. Funeral services were held Monday, August 5, 2002 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Viroqua. Burial was at Huxley Cemetery in Newton Valley.

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TYRONE L. SKAAR
(1967)

 

Tyrone L. Skaar, 26, of Westby, died at his home in February, 1967. Tyrone was confirmed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957. He married Ruth Steenson of Viroqua.

Tyrone is survived by his wife, Ruth, and two wonderful sons.

 

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REYLAN L. STAFSLIEN
(1979)

Reylan L. Stafslien, 40, of Jefferson, WI, passed away suddenly in New Jersey, June 6, 1979.  He was born January 16, 1939 in Viroqua, to Cyrus and Gladys (Solberg) Stafslien. He married Nancy Van-Winter of Richland Center, March 31, 1962 and had been employed by Schwieger Industries of Jefferson, WI as a semi-driver for the past eight years.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and three daughters, Sandy, Deborah, Christina and one son, Robert; his mother, Mrs. Gladys Peterson, of Viroqua; three brothers, Cyrus of Deerfield, David and James of Viroqua and one sister, Mrs. Howard (Barbara) Zitzner of Janesville. His father preceded him in death in 1961.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 11, 1979 at the Curry Funeral Home in Jefferson with Earl Aldrich officiating. Burial was at Highland Memory Gardens, Madison.

 

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JEANINE C. (KAPPAUF) STARKEY

 

Jeanine C. Starkey 66, Boscobel, died Sunday, April 16, 2006 at her home in Boscobel following a long battle with cancer. She was born July 27, 1939, in Viroqua, the daughter of Leonard and Laura (Haupt) Kappauf. She graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957. She was married to Carlton Starkey June 7, 1957 in Dubuque, IA. She had been employed by Advance Transformer in Boscobel for many years.

She is survived by six daughters,Patti (Don) Laufenberg, Madison, Kathy (Randy) Johnson, Gays Mills, Linda Rabe, Prairie du Chein, Nancy (Marc0 Lea, Cottage Grove, Karla(Kenny) Hines, Blue River, and Shelly Stovey, McGregor, IA;13 grandchildren;6 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mavis (Arthur) Kuehn, Bryan, TX, Anita Howell, Prescott, AX, and Kay (Bill) Smith, Paulden, AZ; two brothers, LaVerne Kappauf, San Antonio, TX, and Gale (Debbie) Kappauf, Grand Junction, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Carl; and a grandson, Ryan

Friend may call Wednesday, April 19 from 5-8 p.m. at the Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home in Boscobel.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boscobel with Pastor Jack Mielke officiating. Burial was at Sand Prairie Cemetery.

 

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LYNN ELIAS TRYGGESTAD
(1991)

Lynn Elias Tryggestad, age 62, of 1033 DeFreese Street in Viroqua, WI,  died Friday morning, June 1st, 2001, at his home.  He was born on November 3, 1938 at their farm home on Nottingham Ridge, rural Viroqua to Vernon and Helen (Skrede) Tryggestad. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957 where he was active in chorus, football, and baseball.

On October 26, 1963 he married Mary Everson at the Kickapoo United Lutheran Church. He worked at United Auto Supply in Viroqua retiring in 1997 after over 25 years of service. He served with the Viroqua Unit of the Wisconsin National Guard, was active in the Jaycees, and Viroqua Booster Club. He was a member of Good Sheperd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, singing, and spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed the visits from his grandchildren.

Lynn is survived by his wife Mary; two sons, Todd (Julie) Tryggestad and their children; Dalten and Olivia, Lance (Tina) Tryggestad and their daughter; Emma, one daughter; Susan(Roger) Conaway, three sisters; Luan (Ronald) Frederickson of Viroqua, Sharon (Thomas) Steiner of Eden Prairie, MN., Linda (Charles) Ashley of Las Vegas, NV.; one brother Gary (Susie) Tryggestas of Warner Robins, GA.; his stepmother; Jennie Tryggestad of Boscobel, mother-in-law,Agnes Everson of Viroqua, two sisters-in-law, Jane (Roger) Grant of Sun Prairie, Judy (James) Johnson of Cottage Grove, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; Bryce and his wife, Rachel Tryggestad, one brother-in-law; Roger Everson and his father-in-law; Edward Everson.

 

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LINDA L. (ERICKSON) YOUNG
(1981)

 

Mrs. Charles (Linda L.) Young , 41, R.1, LaCrosse, died of cancer on Wednesday, April 29, in La Crosse Lutheran Hospital. She was born July 27, 1939 in Cashton, WI to LeRoy and Barbara Erickson.  She had been a beautician at the Lion's Den, Norma's Styling Salon, the Little Brown Jug, St. Francis Medical Center, and Bethany-St. Joseph’s Health Care Center.  She was active in the Reach for Recovery Program at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital.

Survivors are her husband; one daughter, Terri, at home; one son, Todd, at home; her parents, DeVerne and Barbara Curtis of LaCrosse; one sister, Mrs. David (Patricia) Ostrem of Rosendale, WI; and two brothers, Jack Curtis of Eau Claire and Bruce of LaCrosse. She was preceded in death by her father, LeRoy Erickson, and by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Services will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Dickinson Funeral Homes, Jackson Street Chapel, La Crosse. The Rev. Denny Daniels will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

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Howard Kenneth Zitzner
(1994)

Howard Kenneth Zitzner, age 54, of Baraboo, and formerly of Viroqua, died Friday morning, September 16, 1994 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Tomah. He was born March 3, 1940 in Vernon County to Kenneth and Harriet (Hanson) Zitzner and graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957.  February 4, 1961 he married Barbara Stafslien and they were later divorced. He owned Zitzner Construction Company in Viroqua from 1969-1976. He moved to Ladoga, Indiana, where he lived from 1980 until 1992 and moved to Baraboo where he was employed by the Baraboo National Bank. He served with the Viroqua Unit of the Wisconsin National Guard and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Baraboo.

He is survived by four daughters, Laurie (Jim) Fitzsimons of Rockford, Illinois, Lynette (Eric) Ender of West Salem, Leanne (Bob) Yaucher and Leslie Zitzner, both of Janesville; five grandchildren; his parents, Kenneth and Harriet Zitzner of Viroqua; two brothers, Merlin (Jenele) Zitzner of Baraboo and Thomas (Marti) Zitzner of Viroqua; two sisters, Kathleen (Dave) Gaynor of La Crosse and Martine (Dave) Fezler of Rochester, Minnesota and a special friend Ruby Hensley of Crawfordsville, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, David, in 1945.

Funeral Services were Tuesday, September 20, 1994 at the Liberty Pole United Methodist Church, rural Viroqua with Pastor Robert Kenas officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Pole Cemetery with military rites by Running-Johnson-Ray VFW Post No. 3032 and Jacobson-Olson American Legion Post N. 138.

 

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Karen R. Jensen
2007

Karen R. Jensen, age 68, Oshkosh, died peacefully on Aug. 1, 2007 at her home.  She was born on July 29, 1939, in Viroqua, the daughter of Samuel and Luella Jensen.  Karen chose to be a registered nurse for her career.  She received her School of Nursing Degree from Fairview Hospital on Oct. 20, 1960.  She worked at various hospitals and clinics in the states of Minnesota, California and Wisconsin.

 Karen is survived by her only son, Timothy S. Jensen of Winneconne, WI.  To honor Karen's last wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family committal will be held in her hometown of Luck.  Her cremains will be placed by her parents at West Denmark Cemetery in Luck.  Memorials or questions, may be directed to Karen's son, Timothy S. Jensen, 1116 Barbary Lane, Winneconne, WI  54986,  920-582-0366. The Konrad-Behlman Funeral Homes & Crematory was entrusted with arrangements.

 

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Arleigh C. Sisbach
2009

Arleigh Claire Sisbach, 70, of Peosta and formerly of Revere, Mo., Zapata, Texas, and Viroqua died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren.

He was born in Vernon County, Wis., on Aug. 1, 1939, to Lawrence and Ione (Gorrell) Sisbach. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1957. He moved to Dubuque to work at John Deere Dubuque Works. He married Marlene Bolstad and they were later divorced. Arleigh was a loving father, grandfather, brother and great friend to many. He was very active in sports, played ball for many years in Dubuque, loved hunting, trail riding and playing his guitar. He retired in 1990 from John Deere and moved to Revere where he raised horses, lived his cowboy dream and enjoying his classic cars.

Arleigh is survived by his loving children, Steve (Tara) Sisbach of Peosta, Julie (Steve) Brickman of Covert, Mich., and Linda (Dennis) Murray of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Tristan Sisbach, Jessica Murray, and Amy, Bryan and Mark Brickman; one brother, Kermit (Judy) Sisbach of Viroqua; two sisters, Lorna Swehla and Eunice Simonson of Leesburg, Fla.; and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his precious grandson, Chad Sisbach.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, at Thorson-Reetz Funeral Home in Viroqua, with Pastor Kathy Ingbritsen officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Mound Cemetery at Retreat, rural De Soto. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until the time of services. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Dubuque at 2255 JFK Road, Dubuque, IA 52002.

 

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