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 selandsfuneralhome.com
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.
Julius R. Waldenberger, 85, of Chaseburg
Julius “Juke” R. Waldenberger, 85, of Chaseburg, WI, retired dairy farmer, died peacefully at 3 pm on January 3, 2014 at the Bland Bekkedal Hospice Center, surrounded by his loving and supportive family.
He was born on December 31, 1928 to Louis and Anna (Reuter) Waldenberger. In seventh grade, he earned the nickname ‘Juke’ from a teacher that couldn’t pronounce Julius. He graduated from Holmen High School and later Milwaukee Technical College for Diesel Mechanics. Juke served in the Korean War before buying a farm near Chaseburg in 1957. He was an active member of the Chaseburg American Legion Post #202 and the Coon Creek VFW Post #10532. He married Sandy Spurbeck on April 26, 1962, in Faribault MN. Together they raised 11 children.
Patricia "Patsy" A. Proksch
Patricia “Patsy” A. Proksch, 73, formerly of Stoddard died Thursday October 10, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. She was born December 16, 1939 to Clarence and Dorothy (Christianson) Proksch in La Crosse and lived on the family farm with them. She entered Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse in 1993 where she resided the past 20 years. Patsy loved to watch birds, draw and paint, look at books and tell stories.
Glen H. Stalsberg, 74, of Westby
Glen H. Stalsberg, 74, of Westby died Saturday October 5, 2013 at his home. He was born February 28, 1939 in Viroqua to Orrin and Lilah (Buros) Stalsberg. He was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member at Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church in Westby. Glen graduated from Westby High School in 1957. On September 18, 1965 he married Madeline Olson in Black River Falls. The couple farmed near Westby for many years. Glen also worked at Trane Co. for several years and more recently he enjoyed his 6 years working on the grounds crew at the Snowflake Ski & Golf Club. Glen was an elder and trustee at the Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church and a member of the Westby Historical Society. Glen could strike up a conversation with anybody and enjoyed visiting and spending time with family and friends. He also liked to golf, fish and hunt.