Robert C. Kapanke, 86, of Chaseburg
Robert C. Kapanke, 86, of Chaseburg, died Monday March 20, 2017 at Bethany Riverside in La Crosse. He was born July 8, 1930 to Carl and Louise (Dagel) Kapanke. He was a lifelong member of the Hamburg Lutheran Church, rural Chaseburg. Robert farmed on Brinkman Ridge all of his life. He loved farming – his Holstein cattle and planting and harvesting corn and hay. He will also be warmly remembered by the many hunters who hunted on his land and told stories in his barn.
Lester E. Wrobel, 99, of Chaseburg
Lester Ervin Wrobel, 99, of Chaseburg was called home to our Father in Heaven on February 24, 2017.
He was born September 29, 1917, in the town of Harmony, Vernon County, WI to Rudolph and Louise (Schultz) Wrobel. Lester was baptized on November 11, 1917, and confirmed on May 1, 1932, by the Rev. E.H. Palechek at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg, WI.He married Esther Beitlich on June 4, 1942, at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stoddard, WI. They farmed their entire married life near Chaseburg for 55 years until 1997 when Esther departed this earth for her eternal home in Heaven. He was a longtime member of St. Peter's Hamburg Evangelical Lutheran Church.Lester was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, farming, playing any card game, and hunting. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Elaine E. DeBuhr, 93, of Coon Valley
Elaine E. DeBuhr, 93, of La Crosse and formerly of Coon Valley, passed away Wednesday, February 15, in La Crosse, WI after a brief illness. Born to Elnor and Esther (Knutson) Anderson in Coon Valley, she lived in Coon Valley and Lake Geneva in her childhood, returning to Westby where she graduated from Westby High School. She attended Luther College, where she met her future husband, Calvin DeBuhr. Following her graduation in 1944 she began a teaching career in Spring Grove, MN.
Elaine and Cal were married on July 12, 1947, at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran church. Cal’s 20-year career in the Navy took them all over the U.S.A. After Cal’s retirement from the Navy in 1963, they settled in St. Paul, MN and eventually retired to Coon Valley in 1983. Although Elaine traveled widely, she always thought of Coon Valley and the surrounding area as the most beautiful in the world.
Thomas "Tom" L. Tollackson, 51, Chaseburg
Thomas “Tom” L. Tollackson, 51, of Chaseburg, died Friday February 10, 2017 at his home of natural causes. He was born December 25, 1965 in Viroqua to Larry and Judy (Lenser) Tollackson. Tom was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. He graduated from Westby High School in 1984. Tom worked at La Crosse Footwear until they closed and then at Organic Valley in Chaseburg until 2015. He was an avid golfer and in his earlier years enjoyed hunting and playing softball. Tom had a special bond with his nieces and enjoyed special times with them including golf and other sporting events.
David B. Johnson, 84, of Chaseburg
David Bryce Johnson, 84, of Chaseburg, Wisconsin, passed away on February 3, 2017, surrounded by family and loved ones. David was born on Nov. 15, 1932, in LaCrosse WI and lived most of his life in Chaseburg. David married Nancy Meyer on September 20, 1952 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Westby.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and upon discharge, returned to Chaseburg to work at the Chaseburg Creamery where he became a licensed, award-winning buttermaker. Additionally, he farmed the dairy farm started by his grandfather (Andrew Johnson). This was the same farm where as a young child, with his older sister, he delivered milk to village customers.
He would later become the Postmaster in Chaseburg for 36 years where many will remember him as he rode his bicycle to work every day during good weather. He was a lifelong member of the Chaseburg Legion Post 202 and served as the Legion Commander for many years. He was also a lifelong dairyman having lived on the village dairy farm and continued to farm until 1985. David was always quick to smile and laugh and loved sharing a good joke. While not working his two jobs, he enjoyed ball games, his cars and pickup trucks.
Glen E. Ekern
Glen Ellis Ekern, 65, died peacefully on January, 27, 2017 at Gunderson Health System.
Glen was born on September 27, 1951 in Rockford, IL. He later moved to Mauston, WI where he worked as a manager at Brunner Manufacturing for 22 years.
He is survived by his son, Garrett Ekern; daughter and son-in-law, Gillian and Michael Burling; grandson August Burling; brother, Gale; sister, Gina; and his mother, Eleanor. He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon.
Richard A. Trussoni, 74, of Chaseburg
Richard A. Trussoni, 74, of Chaseburg, died Thursday January 26, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse from cardiac, pulmonary and renal complications. He was born January 1, 1943 at St. Ann’s Hospital in La Crosse to David and Beatrice (Arttus) Trussoni. Richard was baptized at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in La Crosse and received first communion and confirmation at St. Charles Catholic Church in Genoa. He attended Riverside Grade School and Aquinas High School. Richard served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1969. He completed 3 tours in Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star with a V for saving the life of his commanding officer. Richard married Kathleen Hoff on July 31, 1971 at St. Charles Catholic Church. He worked in construction as a mason, served as a U.S. Navy recruiter and then worked with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on the Dredge Thompson and the Lock and Dam 8 at Genoa. He was a member of the Genoa American Legion Post #246 and the Swiftboats Association.
He was a brave, kind, generous, and loving man. He will be missed greatly.
Nancy A. Nofsinger, 65, of Coon Valley
Nancy A. Nofsinger, 65, of Coon Valley, died Wednesday January 25, 2017 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. She was born February 24, 1951 in Viroqua to William and Arlene (Bjerkos) Holte. She was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church and graduated from Westby High School in 1969. Nancy married Steven Nofsinger on June 6, 1970 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Nancy worked as a CNA at the Bethel Home in Viroqua for 33 years, retiring in 2015 due to her health. She was a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Nancy enjoyed reading and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She always made sure everyone was well fed at family gatherings.
Nancy Jean Moilien, 82, of rural Westby
Nancy Jean Moilien, 82 of rural Westby, died Monday January 16, 2017 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua where she had been a resident the past 2 years. She was born July 7, 1934 in La Crosse to Clarence and Nancy (Melvin) Ringquist. Nancy was baptized at the Salzer Memorial Church and confirmed at the Wesley United Methodist Church in La Crosse. She graduated from Central High School in 1952. Nancy married Paul Moilien on March 31, 1956 at the Wesley United Methodist Church. The couple farmed their married life in Spring Coulee. Paul died on April 22, 2011. Nancy also worked for a short time at the Trane Company in La Crosse. She was a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church where she served as the first woman on the church council. She was also a former Sunday school teacher and was active in the Ruth Circle and WELCA. Nancy enjoyed reading, cooking and baking and spending time with her grandsons.
Ronald A. Willis, 80, of Stoddard
Ronald Alfred Willis, 80, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, from mesothelioma. He was diagnosed in June, granting him the gift of time with family and friends to say his goodbyes and put his affairs in order.
He was born Jan. 19, 1936 in Richland Center, WI to Alfred and Isabelle Willis. He was raised in Richland Center and graduated from Richland Center High School. After graduation, Ron joined the army and spent 1 1/2 years in Germany with an army engineer bridge company where he cleared post-WWII rubble. Upon discharge he took advantage of the GI Bill and attended college - first at Platteville, then at UW Madison, where he graduated in 1962 with bachelor's degrees in geology and meteorology.
On Sept. 1, 1961, Ron married Maripat Dale, also from Richland Center, and in 1962 began his career in meteorology with the National Weather Service at the forecast office in Minneapolis, MN. While living in Minneapolis, Ron and Maripat's daughters Nancy and Julie were born. During the next nearly 30 years, Ron's career took the family to Michigan, Wake Island (in the central Pacific), Fairbanks, AK, Fresno, CA, back to Fairbanks, and finally back to Minneapolis, where he retired in 1991.