Obituaries

Michael L. Harris, 64, of rural Viroqua

Michael L. Harris, 64, of Viroqua, WI, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 surrounded by his family at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua of cancer. He was born April 16, 1950 to Roger and Marion (Schumacher) Harris in Kenmare, ND. He graduated from Des Lacs High School, Des Lacs, ND in 1968 and served in the US Navy from 1970 to 1974 in the Pacific. Mike married Beth Carlson on March 3, 1979 in Minot, ND.

He was a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 300 of Minot, ND. He worked in Power Plants in the Midwest and eastern part of the US. Because of his work locations his family was able to experience a lot of the US. The family moved to CT in 1988 and then to Richland Center, WI in 1993 and then to Viroqua, WI in 1999.

 

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Donna Rae L. Burke, 85, of Coon Valley

Donna Rae L. Burke, 85, of Coon Valley died peacefully Sunday October 26, 2014 at her home.  She was born February 14, 1929 in Coon Valley to Albert and Hulda (Johnson) Larson.  She was baptized and confirmed at Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  On June 23, 1951, Donna married Vernon Burke.  He preceded her in death on December 3, 1989.  Donna worked as a dental assistant in La Crosse for many years.  She was a lifelong member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church and a faithful choir member.

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Calvin L. "Kelly" Hanson, 86, of Coon Valley

Calvin L.”Kelly” Hanson, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Coon Valley on Sunday morning October 26, 2014.

He was born to Charles and Hattie Hanson on January, 3 1928 in Vernon County. He was the youngest of nine children. On May, 20 1950 he married the love of his life, Imogene Perkins. They were blessed with two daughters - Deanna (Don) Parish of Bangor, Laurie (Wayne) Johnson of Westby, six grandchildren,  Kristi McClintock (Shawn Balastracci), Amanda Siam (Brian), Tyler, Shane, Brett and Carissa Gabrielson, three great grandchildren, Kendal, Raven and Jacoby, four step-grandchildren, Jeremy(Libby) Parish, Brenda Bethke, and  Jeremy and Elise Johnson, 6 step-great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Emily, Alex and Kassie Parish, Tony and Brandon Bethke, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings – Peter, Hilda, Irene, Thelma, Marcus, Ted, Ida and Dorothy.

 

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Janet D. Moilien, 81, La Crosse/Coon Valley

Janet D. Moilien, 81, of La Crosse and formerly of Coon Valley died Sunday October 5, 2014 Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.  She was born September 3, 1933 in La Crosse to Lloyd and Mabel (Hanson) Mahlum.  Janet was baptized and confirmed at the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  She married Clarence Moilien on April 15, 1961 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in La Crosse. He preceded her in death on November 10, 2007.   Janet worked at Trane Co. and Click Distributing in La Crosse for many years.

 

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Deloris B. Berra, 84 of Stoddard

Deloris B. Berra, 84, of Stoddard, passed away peacefully Monday September 29, 2014 at her home.  She was born January 31, 1930 to Acy and Lena (Podawitz) Suiter in Genoa Township.  Deloris married Glenn Berra on April 9, 1947 in Stoddard.  The couple farmed on Oak Ridge for 30 years before retiring to Stoddard in 1985.  She was a lifelong member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid and a member of the Stoddard Lions Club.  Deloris enjoyed her flower garden and playing cards.

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Harvey O. Lunde, 78, of Westby

Harvey O. Lunde, 78, of Westby, died Tuesday September 16, 2014 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.

 

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Arlene G. Kapanke, 86, of Chaseburg

Arlene G. Kapanke, 86, of Chaseburg, passed away Monday September 1, 2014 at Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse.  She was born July 21, 1928 in the town of Washington, La Crosse County to Helmer and Olga (Running) Midtlien.  She was baptized at Upper Coon Valley Lutheran Church and confirmed at Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church by Pastor H.O. Bach.  Arlene married Lester Hoff on May 26, 1947. He died during heart surgery in 1959.  On June 15, 1968, she married Elmer Kapanke. He preceded her in death on July 1, 2002.

Arlene worked in school lunch from 1960 to 1990.  Many children in the Chaseburg-Coon Valley area grew up on her good cooking.  Throughout her life, she served the Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church in Sunday school, WELCA and the church council.  She was a member of the Sarah Circle.  During her retirement she was a volunteer at Gundersen Health System.  She proudly received her GED in 1991.

 

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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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