Obituaries

Erling "Butch" C. Helgeson, 85, of Stoddard

Erling “Butch” C. Helgeson, 85, of Stoddard, Wisconsin, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 at Bethany Riverside Nursing Home in La Crosse.

Butch was born March 11, 1929 in Esofea, Vernon County to Henry and Tilda (Nerison) Helgeson.  Butch served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 and was a life-long member of the Stoddard American Legion.

Butch was a jack of all trades that included service station owner, master mechanic, milk hauler, lineman, farmer and maintenance.  He also enjoyed repairing lawn mowers.  But most of all, he enjoyed helping out his siblings, children and grandchildren.

 

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Lenore M. Melgard, 83, Cottage Grove, MN/Westby, WI

Lenore M. Melgard, 83, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota and formerly of Westby, died Wednesday August 6, 2014 at her home. She was born November 9, 1930 in Westby to Alvin and Ella (Jothen) Anderson.  She married Vernon Melgard on November 8, 1951 in Red Wing, Minnesota.  The couple lived most of their married life in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Lenore worked for several years in housekeeping at Parkway Manor in St. Paul before health issues led her to retire in 1973.  She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in St. Paul.  Lenore was an excellent musician and as a child could play the organ and guitar by ear.  She also sang in the church choir and sang solos for many funerals.  She loved collecting and had an extensive doll collection.  Lenore was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

 

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Gerald E. Schultz, 84, of Chaseburg

Gerald E. Schultz, 84, of Chaseburg, passed away Monday July 14, 2014 at Gundersen Medical Center in LaCrosse with family at his side. He was born February 2, 1930 in Chaseburg to Paul and Sadie (Hagen) Schultz Sr.  Gerald married Marilyn Hanson on November 3, 1951 at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua.  The couple farmed their entire life at rural Chaseburg.  Gerald was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Coon Valley Lions, a founding member of the Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and was a recipient of two Vernon County Wildlife Conservation Awards.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball games, playing cards, and most of all spending time with his family.

Survivors include his 6 children; Steven (Sandy) Schultz of Appleton, Kathleen Schultz of La Crosse, Robert (Sherry) Schultz of Chaseburg, Jeffrey (Lauri) Schultz of Coon Valley, Susan (Brian) Mashak and Peggy (Torkel) Leum both of Westby; 14 grandchildren, Andrea Schultz, Jessica Leigh (Blake) Kasberger, Jessica Ann Schultz, Travis (Mandy), Ryan (friend Gaby), Quinn and Clare Schultz, Josh (Sammi), Briena, Brooke, Brittani Schultz, Justin (Amy) Mashak, Jenny (Todd) Nottestad and Erik Mashak; 10 great grandchildren; a brother Paul Schultz, Jr., a sister Corrine Kapanke, sister-in-law Shirley Dach and brother-in-law Martin Hanson and many nieces, nephews and friends.

 

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Henry Joseph Thomas, 3, of Coon Valley

Henry Joseph Thomas enriched the lives of all who knew him until the day of his passing, July 5, 2014, at the very young age of 3.  He touched the hearts of his family members especially, his mother Tina (Sebranek) Thomas, his father Benjamin Thomas, and his big brother Whalen Thomas.  He will also be greatly missed by his grandparents Larry and Mary Sebranek, and Robert and Margaret (Peggy) Thomas as well as aunts Tori Sebranek-Servais and Sara Thomas and uncle Jesse Thomas and cousins Zander Thomas and Bernard Fletcher.

Murphy  snakes…

He will always be remembered having beautiful curly hair from his mother, gorgeous eyes from his father, and a perfect smile from his brother daily.  He was always the happiest playing outside, going to Grandpa’s farm, singing, and loving animals and babies.  He enjoyed doing art, going for walks, playing tricks, and anything his big brother was doing.  Good smells were important to him and would never go anywhere that didn’t smell nice.  He was very inquisitive and very crafty.  He had a very tender heart and was full of compassion.  His big brother was the love of his life and he wanted to be just like him.  Home is where he hung his heart.

 

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Claude M. Sebion, 92, of rural Viroqua

             

Claude M. Sebion, 92, of rural Viroqua, died Thursday July 3, 2014 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born May 12, 1922 in Coon Township to Cornelius and Mary (Roiland) Sebion.  He was a World War II veteran serving in the US Army from 1942-1946 in the Pacific Theatre. Claude married Marsene Jacobson on June 26, 1946 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua.  The couple farmed their married life in Harmony Township, rural Viroqua.  Claude also worked for several years at La Crosse Rubber Mills and he also managed the Viroqua Whey Plant.  Claude was served on the Vernon County Board, the Harmony Township Board, and the Bethel Home Board of Directors. He was a life member of the Chaseburg American Legion Post #202, where he served as commander and the Coon Creek VFW #10532. He was a member of the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council and also a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua.  He also was a member of the LaBelle Masonic Lodge in Viroqua and the Vernon County Shriners as well as an active member of the Chaseburg Farmer’s Union.

 

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Mildred G. Leisso, 93, of rural Stoddard

Mildred G. Leisso, 93, of rural Stoddard went to her heavenly home Wednesday June 18, 2014 at Mayo Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in LaCrosse.  She was born May 4, 1921 to Herman and Minnie (Bray) Schroeder at rural Chaseburg.  Mildred was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. She married Earl Leisso at St. Peter’s on June 19, 1940.  The couple farmed the Leisso family farm their married life.  From her childhood on, Mildred milked cows for 70 years.  She was a wonderful cook and baker and enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family.  Mildred was a faithful member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stoddard and was an active member of the Ladies Aid.

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David C. Kuecker, 76, of La Crosse

David C. Kuecker, 76, of La Crosse, died Sunday June 15, 2014 at Gundersen Medical Center. He was born November 18, 1937 in Caledonia, MN to Herman and Irma (Krik) Kuecker.  He was confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church rural Caledonia on March 18, 1951. He married Rose Davy and they were later divorced.  David farmed the Kuecker home farm near Caledonia for many years. He also worked at Standard Lumber for a short time and then at the former Erickson Bakery in La Crosse for 20 years, retiring in 1999.  David enjoyed fishing, driving tractor, traveling, going out with family and spending time with his granddaughter.

Survivors include 2 sons, Paul (Amanda) Kuecker of La Crosse and Jon of Minneapolis; a granddaughter Marissa Rose Oium Kuecker; a sister Muriel (George) Wiemerslage of Caledonia; a sister-in-law Norma Kuecker and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

 

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Merton "Pat" R. Wilson, 76, of Chaseburg

 Merton “Pat” R. Wilson, 76, of Chaseburg, died Wednesday June 11, 2014 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua.  He was born May 23, 1938 to Birtus and Tressie (Campbell) Wilson in rural LaFarge.  Pat married Shirley Ostreng on December 28, 1957 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  From 1957 to 1959, Pat served in the US Army at Fort Stewart, Georgia.  He was employed at Caterpillar in Aurora, Illinois from 1964 to 1994.  Following retirement, the couple moved to Chaseburg where he was a member of the Chaseburg American Legion Post #202, the Friends of Chaseburg and the Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and collecting beer cans and coins.

 

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Evonell C. Frydenlund, 86, of Oak Creek

Evonell "Dell" Corrine (Nestingen) Frydenlund, 86, of Oak Creek, WI, died Friday, May 30, 2014 at Mitchell Manor in Oak Creek. She was born January 16, 1928 in Coon Valley, to Julian and Gina (Gronvold) Nestingen.  She graduated from La Crosse Central High School.  On August 9, 1947 she married her favorite dance partner, Marvin Frydenlund, at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. She then received her "PhT" (Put husband Thru) degree in 1950 when Marvin graduated from San Jose State Univ. in California. The couple later lived in the North Barrington and Harvard Illinois area where they raised 3 daughters. Evonell worked as an interior decorator, then as a commercial artist for her husband’s public relations business. She was a self-taught archeologist and historian. She discovered fossils and collected antiques. Her passion was Native American history and she had a great love for nature.  Evonell was the co-founder of the Harvard Illinois Historical Society and History Museum.  She also was a member of the Ladies of the Moose Lodge and Harvard Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Doris Irene Sorenson, 87, of Coon Valley

 

Doris Irene Sorenson, 87, of Coon Valley, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Gundersen Healthcare in La Crosse with her children by her side.

 She was born on July 14, 1926 in Vernon County to John and Amanda (Gabrielson) Ostrem.  She was baptized and confirmed in Norwegian at the Bethel Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua.  Doris was a longtime member of St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. In 1947 she married Raymond Sorenson (later divorced) and they farmed together in rural Chaseburg until 1988.

Doris was a cook at the Clausen School and the Ten Mile House.  She worked in Viroqua at the Tobacco Warehouse, Dee’s Dinner in Stoddard and was a housekeeper at Bethany St. Joseph in La Crosse. She was a 4-H leader for the Clausen Clippers. Doris loved to dance and was a former member of the Concordia Ballroom Society.  She was a talented seamstress and wonderful cook and baker of Norwegian goodies.

 Doris will be sadly missed by all who knew her and remembered for her kindness and love to care for her family and others.

 

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