Anna Marie Sisbach, 82, of rural Westby
Anna Marie Sisbach, 82, of rural Westby, died Sunday October 2, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. She was born October 23, 1933 in the town of Coon, Vernon County to Kelly and Lenora (Gilbertson) Lee. She was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Anna Marie attended Spring Coulee School and graduated from Westby High School in 1951. She then worked at the Westby Coon Valley State Bank for a of couple years. Anna Marie married John L. Sisbach, Jr. on March 9, 1957 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. The couple lived in Beloit for 10 years before moving to the town of Coon where they farmed until retiring in 1999.
Clayton "Jim" Stylen, 82, La Crosse/Coon Valley
Clayton “Jim” E.J. Stylen, 82, of La Crosse and formerly of Coon Valley died Wednesday September 28, 2016 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua.
Glen A. "Junior" Warner, 84, rural Viroqua
Glen A. “Junior” Warner, 84, of rural Viroqua, died Wednesday August 31, 2016 at his home. He was born November 29, 1931 in La Crosse to Glen and Anita (Schaldach) Warner. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1950. Glen served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1952. He married Joyce Hertzfeldt in 1963 and they were later divorced. Glen lived in Kenosha and worked at American Motors for 30 years. He retired in 1988 and moved back to Newton, rural Viroqua.
Glen was an excellent baseball player and played for various teams throughout the years both locally and in Kenosha. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, polka music and dancing and helping his neighbors. He also was caretaker of the Huxley, Krause and Newton cemeteries for many years. He was a member of the Chaseburg American Legion Post #202.
Marie G. Green, 96, of Westby
Marie Glenadine (Saxe) Green, 96, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, August 8, 2016. She had been a resident at Norseland Nursing Home for almost three years. Marie was born January 20, 1920 in rural Wayne County, IL. She was the fifth child of eight born to Glenn & Edith (Potter) Saxe. Marie graduated in 1938 from Edwards County High School in Albion, IL. She then went on to earn her teaching degree from Warbler Eastern IL State Teachers College in Charleston, IL. She taught a few years, in one room school houses where, at times, she would have up to 35 students in multiple grades. In 1947, she married Henry Wilson Green. They lived on a small farm near Plainfield, IL., where their 7 children were born. Later in 1967, they moved to a dairy farm between Westby and Cashton. Marie dedicated her life to God, family & home. Her Bible was forever open as a visible sign of the importance of God in everything she did; cooking, cleaning, canning, sewing in total service to her family. Later in life, she worked at the Westby Area School District in the library and kitchen. She also organized and maintained a library at Cornerstone Christian Academy, along with selling Christian books. She enjoyed reading, writing poetry, singing and sharing her love for Christ.
John L. Sisbach, Jr., 82, of rural Westby
John L. Sisbach, Jr., 82, of rural Westby, died Tuesday July 19, 2016 at Benedictine Manor in La Crosse. He was born October 15, 1933 in Newton Valley, Vernon County to John and Elsie (Mason) Sisbach Sr. John was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-55. John married Anna Marie Lee on March 9, 1957 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. He worked at Adams Korn Kurls Company in Beloit for 10 years in various positions including semi-driving which he enjoyed. John then farmed in the town of Coon until retiring in 1999.
He served as Chairman on the town of Coon Board, the Coon Valley Lutheran Church Council where he served as president, a member of the Coon Valley Creamery Board and the Coon Valley American Legion. John enjoyed going for drives and picking up fresh Amish cheese curds for friends and family, old time polka music, watching the Packers and Brewers and visiting with his neighbor Dean.
Clarice M. Larson, 91, of La Crosse
Clarice M. Larson, beloved mother and grandmother, 91, of La Crosse and formerly of Chaseburg, passed away peacefully Saturday July 16, 2016 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. She was born June 24, 1925 in West Union, Iowa to Harold and Agnes Hammersland. She graduated from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa and taught 1st Grade in Claremont, Iowa. On June 16, 1946, she married Harold J. Larson and they farmed near French Creek, Middle Ridge and Chaseburg, Wisconsin where they spent the remainder of their married life. They were married 45 years until Harold’s death in 1991. Together they raised 8 children. Clarice was very active in her church, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir and taking part in Circle, Ladies Aid and other women’s groups. She was an avid gardener and especially loved spending time in her flower gardens. Clarice was a test gardener for Jackson & Perkins, raising many varieties of roses, and was featured in an article in the La Crosse Tribune. She remained active in volunteer work throughout her life, including quilting at the church for many years. After she moved to assisted living, she made hundreds of bead bracelets for children in Africa and pillow cases for girls in Haiti.
Alice L. Korthals, 85, of La Crosse
Alice L. Korthals, 85 of La Crosse, was born on March 17, 1931 to Charles and Luella Schauble. She was born to eternal life on July 16, 2016 at Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse, where she had resided for the past two weeks. Alice grew up on a farm outside of Caledonia, MN and graduated from Caledonia High School in 1949. On August 19th of that year she married John F. Korthals, Jr. Together they farmed near Chaseburg, WI, where they were members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Town of Hamburg. In 1990 they retired from farming and moved to La Crosse, where Alice and John were active members of Grace Lutheran Church.
Their marriage was blessed with six children: James (Jean), Mequon, WI; Linda (Doug) Burrows, Eau Claire, WI; Susan (Greg) Paul, La Crosse, WI; Gary (Carla), Sparta, WI; Gordon (Becky), Oshkosh, WI; and Eric (Caryn), Baraboo, WI. Additional blessings included 22 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
Verna A. Brye, 70, of Coon Valley
Verna A. Brye, 70, of Coon Valley, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. She had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer in April 2012.
Verna was born March 14, 1946 at St. Ann’s Hospital in La Crosse to Norman and Myra (Volden) Klomsten. She was baptized and confirmed at the Vang Lutheran Church in rural Westby and graduated from Westby High School in 1964. She married Robert E. Brye on October 16, 1965 and became a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.
She was employed at Vernon Manor Nursing Home for 29 years before retiring in March 2012.
Joseph "Joe" A. Berra Sr., 94, of Chaseburg
Joseph “Joe” A. Berra Sr. 94, of Chaseburg, died Tuesday June 28, 2016 at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse. He was born October 2, 1921 in Genoa Township, Vernon County to Anthony and Margaret (Barilani) Berra. Joe was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1944 -1946. He married Alice Schlicht in 1946 and they later divorced. Joe worked for Bakalars Sausage Co. for 33 years and also farmed in rural Chaseburg for many years. He enjoyed pinochle and bingo, traveling to casinos and fishing. He was a member of the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, Friends of Chaseburg, the Chaseburg American Legion Post #202 and a charter member of the Coon Creek VFW Post #10532.
Larry J. Torgerson, 73, of Westby
Larry “Herman” “Torgy” J. Torgerson, 73, of Westby passed away suddenly June 10, 2016 at home with his beloved wife by his side. Larry was married to Marge Blegen, they had twin daughters whom died shortly after birth. He then met Judy Becker (Arnold) in the mid 80’s and they finally married in 1999. This marriage made Larry an instant family with 5 children, eventually 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Larry was a cook in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1965, a member of the Coon Valley American Legion Post 116, the Bohemian Valley Sportsman's Club and the Coon Valley Conservation Club. He’s spent the last several years taking care of the Coon Valley American Legion grounds with pride.
Larry loved spending time in his deer stands and hunting deer sheds, gathering thousands of sheds over the years. He liked hunting mushrooms and also dabbled in growing his own ginseng. In the winter months he and Grandma Judy spent many hours putting puzzles together, Larry always wanted to find that “one piece”, making it a competition. Herman was an avid sportsman with a few big game trips out west and making biannual trips to Canada fishing with his buddies. Grandpa Larry loved kids and spent countless hours doing archery, building snowmen, or playing catch with his grandkids. He spent much of his free time with his grandchildren and nephews hunting and fishing. He was a master gardener tending regularly to his garden for his family though he would only eat potatoes, corn and cabbage. He was sure to teach his grandkids how to grow things and be responsible in the woods. Grandpa Larry loved to play dirty clubs, sometimes making up his own rules as he went. He always had a smile on his face, could strike up a conversation with anyone and would give his shirt off his back. He will be severely missed by us all. “Grandpa Larry it's your turn”.