Obituaries

Larry G. Stuempges, 82, of Coon Valley

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Larry G. Stuempges, 82, of Coon Valley, died Wednesday November 19, 2014 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua.  He was born April 6, 1932 in Polar, Wisconsin to Adolph and Mabel (Parsons) Stuempges. On February 28, 1953, he married the love of his life, Nancy Ringstad in Coon Valley.  Larry was raised on a farm outside of Coon Valley.  He had to drop out of school his junior year to run the family farm when his father was diagnosed with polio.  As a young man he raised tobacco and worked at the Coon Valley Creamery.  In 1964, Larry started working at Norplex in La Crosse.  He worked there for 30 years before retiring in 1994.  Larry was a master woodworker.  He could repair damaged antique furniture to its original state.  He loved deer hunting, fishing and playing cards.  Larry was a past president of the Coon Valley Conservation Club and past president serving on the council of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Family, friends, and religion were the most important things in Larry’s life.

 

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Arthur D. Theige, 87, of Westby

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The South Ridge baseball team welcomed their catcher Art Theige, 87, of rural Westby, when he arrived safe at home on November 18, 2014. Arthur D. Theige was born on March 11, 1927 in Boscobel to Oscar and Minnie (Mathison) Theige.  He graduated from Westby High School in 1945 and later from UW-Madison.  He married Rena Williams on February 25, 1950 in Iowa.  Art was a proactive conservationist and farmed his entire life on South Ridge, rural Westby.  He was active in the community and was a long time member of the Vang Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed fishing, baseball, Packers football and family gatherings.

 

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Timothy L. Tollackson, 46, Onalaska/Chaseburg

Timothy L. Tollackson, 46, of Onalaska and formerly of Chaseburg, died unexpectedly Thursday November 13, 2014 at his home.  He was born March 19, 1968 in Viroqua to Larry and Judy (Lenser) Tollackson.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  Tim graduated from Westby High School in 1986.  He worked for several years at the Chaseburg Creamery and then at Empire Screen Printing in Onalaska for many years. He was currently employed at Advertising Concepts in La Crosse.  Tim enjoyed golfing, football, mowing, cutting wood and attending his nieces many activities.  He also had a wonderful time this summer at the cabin on Wood Lake.

 

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Donald H. "Stub" Denison, 77, of Coon Valley

Donald H. “Stub” Denison, 77, of Coon Valley, passed away Friday November 7, 2014 surrounded by his family.  He was born May 12, 1937 in Soldiers Grove to Donald A. and Alda (Helgerson) Denison.  He graduated from Soldiers Grove High School in 1955.  He played on the school basketball team and in his senior year was voted “Athlete of the Year”.  On January 16, 1954, he married Judy Roellig.  Don owned “Stub’s 76” full service station in Janesville. He also worked at General Motors in Janesville in the body shop as a welder, retiring in March, 1993 after 35 years. He was a member of the GM Local 95 in Janesville.   He then moved back to “God’s Country” with his wife and resided in Coon Valley for the past 20 years.  He became a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Don enjoyed countless hours of fishing throughout his lifetime on many bodies of water.  The great Mississippi River was his favorite.  He taught his fishing passion to his sons and grandchildren.  He also enjoyed woodcrafting and playing Bunco.

 

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Louise E. Mellem, 90, of West Salem

Louise E. Mellem, 90, of rural West Salem died Saturday November 1, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.  She was born June 7, 1924 in Vernon County, Wisconsin to Robert and Allis (Lien) Jacobson.  Louise married John O. Gilbertson and they were later divorced.  On June 7, 1973, she married Robert Mellem in Waukegan, Illinois.  Robert died August 2, 1997.

Louise attended Normal School and graduated from LaCrosse Teacher’s College. She taught at the rural, one room Linrud School, grades 1 through 8 and then at Chaseburg School, grades 5 through 8. Louise was a member of the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church and WELCA.  She was an excellent cook and baked many good desserts.  She enjoyed visiting with her friends and neighbors and truly enjoyed all the cards that were sent to her in her time of illness.  Louise was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

 

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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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