Obituaries

Steven G. Nofsinger, 65, of rural Coon Valley

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Steven G. Nofsinger, 65, of rural Coon Valley died Monday February 23, 2015 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse surrounded by his family.  He was born October 16, 1949 in Vernon County to Otto and Myrtle (Boldon) Nofsinger. Steve graduated from Brookwood High School in 1969.  On June 6, 1970 he married Nancy Holte at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Steve operated and lived on the Engh beef farm, rural Chaseburg, for 20 years and also worked at the Coon Valley Creamery, then the Midport Creamery, and most recently at Organic Valley in Chaseburg until retiring in 2006 due to his health.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, puzzles and coin collecting.  Steve loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

 

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Elmera G. Gjefle, 81, of rural Westby

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Elmera G. Gjefle, 81, of rural Westby, died Wednesday February 11, 2015 at her home.  She was born October 12, 1933 to Orvin and Edna (Hass) Madson in La Crosse.  She married George Gjefle on September 29, 1956 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in La Crosse. The couple moved to rural Coon Valley in 1957 where they farmed for many years.  Later, Elmera managed Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop in Viroqua.  Most recently she worked as a housekeeper with her good friend Lorraine Stendahl at Norskedalen and the Coon Town Hall.  She was a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church, WELCA and South Ridge Circle. She was active on the serving committee and a leader in the quilting group.  Elmera enjoyed going out for breakfast or coffee and dessert with friends and family.  She liked gardening and jigsaw puzzles and loved spending time with her grandchildren.  Elmera was sweet and loving - we will miss her dearly.

 

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Yvonne M. Berg, 77, of Coon Valley

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Yvonne M. Berg, 77, of rural Coon Valley, died peacefully Wednesday February 4, 2015 at Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse surrounded by her family.  She was born April 3, 1937 in La Crosse to Deloine and Celia (Halverson) Sennes.  Yvonne was baptized, confirmed and raised in Houston, Minnesota where she married Kenneth Berg on October 7, 1961. She worked at the State Bank in La Crosse from 1977 to 1999.  She then worked as treasurer of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church for 15 years, retiring in August 2014.

Yvonne was a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church, WELCA and North Ridge Circle and the Coon Valley American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed quilting and sewing, playing Bunko with friends, baking and cooking for family and spending time with her grandchildren.  Yvonne shared her quilting and knitting passion by giving away countless quilts, lap robes and baby blankets through church and missions and anyone in need.

 

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Calvin R. Rosenau, 87, of Sparta

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Calvin R. Rosenau, 87, of Sparta  went to be with his heavenly Father on Monday  February 2, 2015 at the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta.

 He was born to John and Ruby Rosenau on May 4th 1927 in Muscoda Wisconsin. After high school graduation he served in the United States Navy, attended Northwestern Bible College and graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

He married his bride, Marilyn Thoreson on August 9, 1952.  They were together for 57 years until her passing in 2009. They raised six children in their home in Stoddard Wisconsin, LeAnn Falk of Tomah, Thomas of LaCrosse, Dean of LaCrescent MN, James of San Francisco CA, Susan Peterson of Lewiston MN, and David of Lewiston MN.

Calvin worked for IBM until his retirement in 1987. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a founding member and active in the leadership of Faith Baptist Church in LaCrosse. Ever hardworking, as evidenced by strong hands, a strong back and the unyielding force of his will he was always busy, with some place to go. This was true even throughout his final days.

 

He is survived by his six children, thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandson.

 

He eagerly anticipated the second coming of Christ, continually awaiting His imminent return. Because of his trust in the loving forgiveness of Christ we celebrate today and “do not grieve as those who have no hope. For... God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13,14.

 

 

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Brent Larry Leum, 48, formerly of Coon Valley

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Brent Larry Leum 48, of Brownsburg, IN passed away Wednesday January 21, 2015.  Brent was born March 1, 1966 in Viroqua, WI to Larry Leum and Linda Del Fabro (Olson). He was baptized and confirmed in Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Brent grew up in Coon Valley, WI and attended Coon Valley Elementary School.  He moved with his family to Avon, Indiana in 1980. Brent graduated from Avon High School in 1984 and went on to graduate from Vincennes University with a degree in business.

As a young man, Brent was also known as “Lum” grew to love the game of baseball and played baseball for many years while having the opportunity to coach many young players along the way.

Brent was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed all outdoor activities. His love for hunting and fishing was always close to his heart. Whether it was the coffee in the morning or a beer shared after, you knew he was happy by the smile on his face.

 

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Emma W. Bouffleur, 102, of Chaseburg

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Emma W. Bouffleur, 102, formerly of Chaseburg, died Sunday January 25, 2015 at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse.  She was born December 3, 1912 to Carl and Emma (Runge) Kuester in the Town of Harmony, Vernon County.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  On November 7, 1936 she married William Fay Bouffleur at St. Peter’s Parsonage by Rev. E.H. Palechek.

Emma worked at the Chaseburg Post Office for 6 years until 1937. Later she worked for 14 years with her husband as custodian at the Chaseburg Elementary School, retiring in 1982.  Emma was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and served as treasurer of the Ladies Aid and Chaseburg Legion Auxiliary for many years.

 

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Grace M. Nordstrom, LaCrosse/Coon Valley

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Grace M. Nordstrom, 91, of La Crosse and formerly of Coon Valley, died Monday January 12, 2015 at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse where she has resided since September 2012.  She was born May 19, 1923 in Coon Valley to William and Lydia Struxness.  Grace married Clinton “Swede” Nordstrom on December 8, 1945 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Esofea and they made their home in Coon Valley. She attended Brown School and graduated from Westby High School in 1941. She was homecoming queen in 1940. In her early years, Grace attended La Crosse Beauty School but most of her years were spent as a homemaker.  She was a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church and WELCA, loved watching baseball, especially the Brewers, and made the best coconut cream pie in the world. 

 

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Marcia E. Meshbesher, 73, of rural Chaseburg

 

 

Marcia Elaine (McHargue) Meshbesher, 73, finally met the one thing she couldn’t fix, fundraise, cook, or quilt her way through. She died peacefully after a short battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday, January 11th, 2015.

Marcia was born in Central City, Nebraska to Don and Lucille (Martin) McHargue. Growing up, she helped raise her siblings and run the family farm. She grew up attending school in Central City, NE, and went on to get her Bachelor of Nursing Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1963. Next was a Masters of Nursing Administration from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1973.

She began her career by teaching at the Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing. She then attended school for her master’s degree, and continued to work for the University of Florida teaching nursing. Next she moved on to administration of two hospitals. She became Director of Nursing at Chesapeake General Hospital in Chesapeake, VA. Then moved up to Assistant Administrator of Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, WI in 1976, for almost three years. She decided to go back to teaching nursing at WWTC in La Crosse, WI until 1998. Even through her retirement, she proceeded to oversee the family business, Chaseburg Manufacturing, Inc. until its sale in 2014.

 

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Phyllis A. Tollackson, 77, of Westby

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Phyllis A. Tollackson, 77, of rural Westby, died Monday January 12, 2015 surrounded by her family. Phyllis had trusted Jesus as her personal savior and went home to be with her Lord.  She was born April 30, 1937 in La Crosse to Willie and Leona (Muscovitz) Amann. On June 23, 1957 she married Ronald Tollackson at the Bethel Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua.  They lived in Kenosha for several years where Phyllis worked at the hospital.  In 1965, the couple moved to rural Westby where they farmed.  Phyllis also worked at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Viroqua for many years.    She was active with the Bethesda Lutheran Church WMF and was an avid flower gardener.

 

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Richard E. Bakken, 88, of La Crosse

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Richard E. “Dick” Bakken, 88, of La Crosse, passed away Sunday December 28, 2014 at the Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse. He was born September 14, 1926 to Elmer and Minnie (Krause) Bakken. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  In 1952, he married Donna Mae Gerth at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Crosse.  The couple farmed on the family home farm near Genoa.  They were blessed with two sons, Richard, Jr. and James.  Dick served as a supervisor for over ten years on the Bergen Township Board and also one term on the Vernon County Board of Supervisors.

 

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