Dorothy R. Seivertson, 85, La Crosse/Coon Valley

Dorothy “Dottie” R. Seivertson, 85, passed away at her home at Hillview Terrace in La Crosse surrounded by her loving family, as well as Hillview Terrace staff, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born December 3, 1928, to Arthur and Mabel (Lindevig) Strangstalien in the Town of Coon, Vernon County, Wisconsin.  Dorothy was baptized, confirmed and married at the Vang Lutheran Church where she was a member.  On July 3, 1950, she married Glenn Seivertson.  The couple lived in Illinois for many years, where she worked for 24 years at Ipsen Ceramics in Rockford.



Jean P. Penkalski, 84, of Stoddard

Jean P. Penkalski, 84, of Stoddard passed away Tuesday March 18, 2014 at the home of her son and daughter in law Dean and Julie following a battle with cancer. She was born in Milwaukee to Arthur and Rachel Golding.  Jean married Melvin Penkalski on June 19, 1946 in Oak Park, IL.  The couple lived in Milwaukee where they operated a grocery store for several years.  In 1971 they moved to Stoddard where they owned and operated the Frog Point Tavern.  Jean enjoyed going to “the boat” with her friends and spending time with family.



Lester Lacey King, 92, of Stoddard

Lester Lacey King, 92, passed away peacefully Monday March 17, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.  He was born March 25, 1921 in Marinette County, Wisconsin to Lacey and Emma (Jeronek) King.  He married Shirley Stark on April 26, 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The couple farmed at rural Stoddard for 6 years before Lester went to work for the Trane Co. as a welder.  He retired in 1985 after 31 years.



Carol J. Gobel, 77, of Westby

Carol J. Gobel, 77, of Westby, died Saturday March 1, 2014 surrounded by her children following a brief stay at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in LaCrosse. She was born May 16, 1936 to Leif and Mabel (Jensen) Helgeson in Westby. Carol married Robert Gobel on May 28, 1955 in Stoddard.  Carol worked at various places through the years including Ross Furniture and then at Gundersen Lutheran in Housekeeping until retiring in 1996.  She was a 50 year member of the Stoddard American Legion Auxiliary where she was a past president.  Carol enjoyed baking and spending time with her family.



Ruth T. Koula, 96, of Coon Valley

Ruth T. Koula, 96, of Coon Valley, passed away Friday February 21, 2014 at the Norseland Nursing Home in Westby where she had been a resident since January 2010.  She was born in Vernon County on January 6, 1918 to Thomas and Rikka (Nesset) Johnson.  Ruth was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church where she was a lifelong member.  She graduated from Viroqua High School and then from the Vernon County Normal School and became a teacher.  She taught in the Esofea and Oak Ridge Schools.  Ruth married Adolph Koula on June 8, 1940 in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  They lived their entire married life in the same house on Central Avenue in Coon Valley.  Adolph passed away on January 24, 1984.



Selmer " Sam" M. Lindahl, 89, of Stoddard

Selmer “Sam” Michael Lindahl, 89, of rural Stoddard passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse.  He was born June 8, 1924 to Joel and Salomea (Stoehr) Lindahl in Viroqua.  He married Margaret Stendahl on Thursday, May 15, 1947 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  The couple farmed their married life on Hamburg Ridge, rural Stoddard milking registered Brown Swiss.  Sam enjoyed restoring and flying his airplanes, making woodcrafts, which Margaret decorated, and a passion for planting trees.


His wife Margaret of 66 years survives him.  He is also survived by one son Michael (Sally) Lindahl of rural Stoddard and their children Ashley (Jeff) Olson, Jon, Jay and Alex.  Three daughters survive him: Bonnie (Harold) Beitlich of Rockford, Illinois and son Ryan; Susan (Robert) Carlson of Jamestown, North Dakota and sons Andrew (Angela), Thomas and Justin Beitlich; and Karen Geiger of Green Bay and daughter Elise.  Four great-grandchildren:  Austin, Cody and Carter Beitlich and Jed Olson. One brother Adolph (Gloria) Lindahl of La Crosse and one sister Caroline Bakkestuen of Westby and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.


Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2014 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse.  Rev. Harald Bringsjord will officiate with burial in the Viroqua Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Monday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.  The Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be given at


The family extends a special thanks to the Bethany St. Joseph staff for their kindness and excellent care.  Thank you to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church pastors, and a heartfelt thank you to Care Ministers Rene and Charlotte Travelli for monthly visits to our home providing communion, prayers and support.



Mary J. Stakston, 75, of Westby

Mary J. Stakston, 75 of rural Westby, died peacefully at home Monday January 27, 2014 after a courageous battle with breast cancer.  She was born September 26, 1938 to John and Elsie (Mason) Sisbach Sr. in Vernon County, Wisconsin.  Mary was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. She graduated from Viroqua High School in 1956.  Mary was united in marriage to Allan Stakston on November 3, 1956 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  After a brief time in Chicago, the couple farmed in Timber Coulee until 1984.  She then worked for Northern Engraving followed by the Trane Company before retiring.  She was a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church and the Anna Circle.

Mary loved God and her family.  Her strong faith helped her through the trials of life including adjusting to a new way of life after Allan’s disability.  She was proud of her children and her 14 grandchildren which included two high school valedictorians and other significant scholar and athletic accomplishments.  She will be watching from above the growth of her youngest grandchild and 11 great grandchildren.  Mary was an ingenious cook who could, if needed, make an old shoe taste good.  She will be remembered for her various foods for family gatherings, cookies, and, of course, her donuts.  A tin of donuts and cookies could always be found in her freezer.



Carol Jean E. Kammel, 78, of rural Coon Valley


Carol Jean Kammel, 78, of rural Coon Valley was called to her heavenly home Monday, January 20, 2014, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. She was born November 2, 1935, in the township of Jefferson, Monroe Co., Wisconsin, to Alfonse and Marie (Fredrick) Flock. After graduation she worked for Moen Photo Service in La Crosse and then the Sidney Motel in Sparta for 2 years. She later worked for Leuther Laboratories. She married Kenneth Kammel on July 31, 1956, at St. Mary’s Ridge Catholic Church. They purchased a farm near Coon Valley and Carol took a stand in life by becoming a farmer’s wife.  Carol was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, sister, friend and neighbor. She was gracious to all visitors and made sure they never went away hungry. Carol was a member of the Coon Valley American Legion Auxiliary for 35 years and was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and choir.



Eugene L. Proksch, 83 of Coon Valley

Eugene L. Proksch, 83, of Coon Valley died January 20, 2014 at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse. He was born June 3, 1930 in Chaseburg to Albert and Edna (Schock) Proksch. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. Eugene graduated from Viroqua High School in 1947. On August 29, 1950 he married Elaine Sedevie in Chaseburg. He was a truck driver for Independence Bottling Co. from 1948-1950, farmed from 1950-1954, and then worked 10 years at the Coon Valley Creamery. Eugene was employed at Norplex/Isola from 1964-1992 as a supervisor/lab technician. He had also worked part time for Erickson Motors and was a bus driver for Westby Area Schools. Education and community involvement were very important to him and he enjoyed serving on many boards. He was a member of the Coon Valley Fire Department for 40 years, Coon Valley School Board, Coon Valley School Building Committee, Council Member & president of Coon Valley Lutheran Church, Coon Valley Lutheran Church Choir Member, Conservation and Snowmobile Club Member. He loved his family and mentoring and guiding his children and grandchildren.  Music and traveling were #1 in Gene’s life as well as ice skating, ice fishing, reading and all sporting events.



Terry L. "Nellie" Nelson 65, of Coon Valley

Terry L. “Nellie” Nelson, 65, of Coon Valley died Sunday January 19, 2014 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse following a battle with cancer.  He was born November 2, 1948 in La Crosse to Layton and Betty (Johnson) Nelson.

Nellie worked at G. Heileman Brewing Co. for 27 years and then operated Nellie’s Ten Mile House for the next 11 years.  He later worked for 7 years at Designz Inc. and South Ridge Inn.


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