Obituaries

Stephen M. Sapuder, 71, of La Crosse

Stephen M. Sapuder, 71, of La Crosse died Wednesday July 22, 2015 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born October 24, 1943 in Sparta to Stephen A. and Doris (Abrahamson) Sapuder.  Stephen served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965 mostly in Great Falls, Montana.  He worked at Boeing Co. in Seattle, WA for 37 years.  On October 8, 1988 he married Donna Christianson Koula in Leavenworth, WA. The couple moved to La Crosse in 2004. Stephen enjoyed hockey, women’s tennis, the Green Bay Packers and jazz music.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; a daughter Christine Sapuder of Tacoma, WA; a son Michael (Joy) Sapuder of Auburn, WA; a step daughter Shelly (Steve) Engh of Coon Valley; 2 step grandchildren Jordan Bullock and Zack Bolstad; 3 sisters, Jackie, JoAnn and Pat and many other relatives.

 

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Leon G. Urbanek, 76 of Coon Valley

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Leon G. Urbanek, 76 of Coon Valley, died Tuesday July 21, 2015 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.  He was born November 19, 1938 to Leonard and Marie (Baudler) Urbanek.  Leon farmed for many years at rural Coon Valley.  He married Carol Haynie on October 24, 1992 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Leon was an avid tractor collector and enjoyed playing bingo.

Survivors include his wife, Carol of Coon Valley; a step son Ray Haynie and his wife Carol Sorensen of Auburn, Washington; a step daughter Cheryl Reno and a step grandson David Reno both of Garland, Texas; a sister-in-law Phyllis Ender of Eagan, Minnesota and other relatives and friends.

 

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Alvina C. Krachel, 98, of rural Chaseburg

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Alvina C. Krachel, 98, of rural Chaseburg, passed away peacefully Tuesday June 23, 2015 at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse.  She was born to Clarence and Alice (Olson) Johnson on December 5, 1916 at Hixton.  Her parents moved to Whitehall where she was baptized. They then moved to Westby where she was confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church by Rev. Rondestvedt.  Alvina graduated from Westby High School and attended the Vernon County Normal School in Viroqua. On October 25, 1945 she married Frederick “Fritz” Krachel at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church by Rev. Holum. The couple farmed in the Chaseburg area.

 

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Peggy A. Jarrett, 39 of Ferryville

Peggy A. Jarrett, 39, of Ferryville, died Saturday June 13, 2015 at her home.  She was born October 20, 1975 to Raymond and Shirley (Wilson) Jarrett in La Crosse.  Peggy enjoyed baking, fishing, horse riding and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her 2 daughters, Julian Miles of Waukon, Iowa and Katelyn Mowery of Viroqua; 2 grandchildren, Braxton Ostrem and Kinsley Skye Nelson; her mother Shirley Jarrett and step father Steve Streif of Ferryville; a sister Vicki (Kurt) Ruegg of Onalaska and a brother Jack Jarrett (Michelle Antoniewicz) of Coon Valley and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 

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Cheryl J. Roesler, 61 of La Crosse

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Cheryl J. Roesler, 61, of La Crosse died Saturday, June 6, 2015 in her home. She was born May 2, 1954, in Madison, Wis., to Willard and Leona (Gilman) Kelly.

 When you think of strength, courage, and compassion, I hope you think of Cheryl.  Cheryl was a true cancer warrior.  In 1997 she was diagnosed with and conquered colon cancer.  In December of 2013 Cheryl was given the devastating news that cancer was back and this time would lead her to her final resting place.  You would never have known how much she was suffering.  She always put others first wanting to bring joy to all, which gave her strength.

 One of Cheryl’s last wishes was for her loved ones to never lose their humor. With her humor, she lifted the spirits of everyone she knew.  Her laugh and her smile will resonate from the deepest parts of those who knew her.  She is now surrounded by loved ones who passed before her looking upon us saying stop crying, and gamble a little by taking a chance with laughter and life.

 

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James M. Nagle, 72 of Chaseburg

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flagJames M. Nagle, 72, of rural Chaseburg, died Saturday May 23, 2015 at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse.  He was born November 24, 1942 to Morgan and Hazel (Dingeldein) Nagle in La Crosse. He graduated from La Crosse Central High School in 1960.  Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964 with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, NC.  He married Sharon Hagen on July 24, 1964 at Caledonia, MN.  Jim worked as a welder for the Trane Company in La Crosse for many years, retiring in 2003.  He was member of the La Crosse Eagles Aerie 1254 and the Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing and working outside.

 

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Hilaine K. Gilbeck, 69, LaCrosse/Coon Valley

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Hilaine K. Gilbeck, 69, of La Crosse and formerly of Coon Valley died unexpectedly Thursday, May 21, 2015 at her home.  She was born August 17, 1945 in Rushford, Minnesota to Clarence and Hilma (Copperud) Berge.  She married Cary Gilbeck and they were later divorced.  Hilaine worked as a medical secretary for many years at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.  She enjoyed sewing, cross stitching and quilting, crossword puzzles and traveling to see her grandchildren.  Hilaine also loved the companionship of her many dogs through the years.

 

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Inez L. Marshall, 82, of Coon Valley

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Inez J. Marshall, 82, of rural Coon Valley died Sunday May 17, 2015 at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.  She was born May 11, 1933 in rural Cashton to Joseph and Agnes (Stalsberg) Paulsrud.  She was baptized and confirmed at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church.  Inez married Glen Marshall on March 21, 1953 at the Dell Church by Rev. John Larson.  She worked at the Trane Co. in La Crosse from July 1951 to August 1973.  Inez enjoyed the outdoors, flowers, rock gardening and the many animals on the farm.  She was member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church and a lifetime member of Country Coon Prairie Lutheran Church in Westby.

 

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LaVern A. "Pete" Kerska, 74, of Coon Valley

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flagLaVern “Pete” A. Kerska of Coon Valley and Pettibone Marina, Dock H. LaCrosse, died honorably, Saturday, May 9th, following a recent diagnosis of cancer.  He was able to enjoy several days surrounded by family and friends in the place he loved to be-on the river.  He was born in Melvina, Feb 21st, 1941 to Luella and Albert Kerska.  His love for the river began early.   He also spent many days as a boy on the Lee Farm in Coon Valley.  Many of his watercraft skills were learned during his service in the US Navy from 1960 to 1964.  While aboard the USS Leary, Pete became leading petty officer of his division and was awarded a Letter of Commendation in Sept 1961 for his performance and outstanding abilities. After being honorably discharged in 1964 he began working for LaCrosse Cooler Company and then LaCrosse Insulation.   In 1965 he married Darlene H. Young from LaFarge, WI. They divorced in 1991.  Together they had four daughters.  In 1974 he moved his family to a dairy farm in Harmony Township on North Ridge Rd, Genoa, WI.  Pete was a man who valued hard work and taking care of your own.  He was a man who knew how to do everything that needed to be done and defined independence.  He was tough but loving.  In 2009, the then downsized farm was sold and he moved to the marina, which was a dream he had always had, for the summers. He spent his winters back in Coon Valley at the Lee Farm.    Pete’s best days were spent with his friends and family on his boat with a fishing pole and cooler.   A week with Grandpa Pete was cherished and usually spent outdoors where he tirelessly taught his family what he had learned.  The annual family sandbar weekends, the afternoon cruises with friends, fish fries in the harbor, showed that he loved life and lived life to the fullest.

 

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Harriet D. White, 91, of Viroqua

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Harriet D. White, 91, of Viroqua, died Wednesday May 6, 2015 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua where she had been a resident the past 4 years.  She was born November 24, 1923 at rural Westby, Vernon County to Albert and Stella (Sebion) Skolos.  She was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Esofea.  Harriet married Lawrence White on September 24, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa.  The couple farmed most of their married life in Liberty Pole and then Westby.  Harriet worked at Sloane Foods and later at the Cheese Cellar. Harriet baked the best sugar cookies and was an excellent Tole painter and quilter. She loved rummage sales, playing cards and country music.

 

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