Obituaries

Leon V. Minor, 86, of rural Westby

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flagLeon V. Minor, 86, of rural Westby – today is a great day of sadness as Leon Vern Minor passed from our presence. He was a loving husband, father, step-father and most of all a friend.  He was born March 7, 1931 to John C. and Aldona (Moen) Minor at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse.  He was baptized April 3, 1931 at the parsonage of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church by the Rev. H.O. Bach.  He married Joan Mach of La Crosse in February 1951 and they later divorced.  He married Doris (Bock) Rich in March 1990.  Leon served 24 year in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller.  Leon was stationed on bases in the U.S., Korea, Philippines, and Turkey.  His last base served was at Duluth, Minnesota.  While serving, Leon learned Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Tagalog and Turkish.  Upon retirement in 1972 Leon went to school at UMD studying World History and Geography.  He served as a deputy sheriff in Lake County, Minnesota.  He helped start the Search and Rescue Squad for Lake County. He had owned Leon’s Tackle Repair business at his home on the north shore of Lake Superior at Knife River.  He was on the Lake County Recreation Board.  He moved to the Westby/Coon Valley area in 1988.  He enjoyed traveling.  He was on the Coon Township Board as supervisor for 12 years.

 

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Dyane E. Loveless, 44, of Viroqua

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Dyane E. Loveless, 44, of Viroqua and formerly of Waukesha, died Wednesday September 20, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer. She was born November 10, 1972 to John and Delores (Hogan) McNamara in Washington, D.C. Dyane graduated from Carroll College with a B.S. in Education.  She taught for a short time and then stayed home to raise her four wonderful children.

She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church in Westby and a former member of Bad Axe Lutheran Church.  Dyane enjoyed flower gardening, cross stitching, music and singing at church.

Survivors include her 4 children, Levi, Patrick, Samuel and Abigail; her father John McNamara and a sister Dawn McNamara both of Waukesha; 2 brothers, Steve (Johnna) of Hendersonville, N.C. and Jim (Sandy) of Waterford; nieces and nephews, Kelly, Jennifer, Cordell, Jenna, Kyle, Ryan, Megan, Colin, Katie and Ian.

 

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Paul R. Schultz, Jr. 84, of Chaseburg

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Paul R. Schultz, Jr., 84, of Chaseburg, died Saturday September 16, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.  He was born November 26, 1932 to Paul C. and Sadie (Hagen) Schultz.  Paul was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  He married Connie Student on February 20, 1952 at St. Peter’s.  The couple farmed their entire lives near Chaseburg.  Besides milking, crops and raising tobacco, he helped Clarence Urbanek dehorning cattle and later did a lot of custom work. Paul was a 45 year member of the Coon Valley Lions Club and past member of the Chaseburg Farmer’s Union and Chaseburg Snowtrailers Club.  He hunted in Montana for many years and especially enjoyed having his grandson Jon go with him. Health problems in 2006 slowed him down with neuropathy, but he still kept busy driving tractor and trucks.  Paul enjoyed coffee at Tippy Toe Inn every morning with his friends.

 

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Burton L. Ekern, 77, of Chaseburg

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Burton L. Ekern, 77, of Chaseburg died peacefully on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Mayo Health System in La Crosse.

 He was born on April 4, 1940 to Lawrence and Martha (Midtlien) Ekern. He graduated from Westby High School in 1958. He worked at G. Heileman Brewery for over 40 years and was a life-long member of Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church.Burt was an avid sports fan, spending most of his life coaching baseball in Chaseburg and Coon Valley. He was a diehard fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and Chicago Cubs, and spent many nights at the bowling alley and days on the golf course.  Burt also enjoyed raising tobacco, hunting ginseng, playing cards and traveling with his children.

He is survived by 3 children: Dawn (Tim) Shelton of Onalaska, Michelle of Onalaska and Brett (Kristina) of Rochester Hills, MI; two grandchildren: Addison and Amelia; two sisters: Eunice Goettel and Joan Anderson; two sisters-in-law: Carol Ekern and Eleanor Ekern.

 

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Sheryl A. Pederson, 59, of La Crosse

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Sheryl “Petie” Pederson, 59 of La Crosse, passed away Sunday Sept. 10th, 2017 at the Onalaska Care Center. She was born Dec. 19th, 1957 in La Crosse to Wayne and Phyllis (Koll) Kuester. She graduated from Westby High School in 1976, where she met the love of her life, Terry. Sheryl married Terry Pederson on Sept. 4th, 1976. Over the years she worked at the Rubber Mills, and Le Cue Club (Fayze’s),and also Fisherman’s Diner for over 20 years with the last 6 years being spent at Tom Sawyer’s as a waitress and cook. She loved her customers and always had a smile for them all. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially her grandkids. If there was a Packer or Brewer game on, you could always find her watching or listening to it. If you needed the score all you had to do was ask.

Sheryl is survived by her husband Terry of 41 years; her four children, Craig (Heidi) Pederson, Brooke (Lamont) Hardison, Jessica Pederson and Kyle Pederson; 8 grandchildren Olivia Pederson, L.J., Biancaand Lavonte Hardison, Mary Howell, Mario Snead, Alliyah Pederson, and Jayquan Robinson; two greatgrandchildren, Kailana Russ and Myah Howell; her mother Phyllis Galstad, 5 siblings Kathy (Sid) Baker, Tammy (Chuck) Highman, Jodi (Duane) Powers, Rhonda (Mike) Dalton and Ken (Amy) Kuester; In‐laws Bob (Sonja) Pederson, brother‐in‐law Jeff Pederson, sister‐in‐law Kris (Mark) Metzge, step brother Jeff Galstad and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

 

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Janice I. Raasch, 89, of Onalaska/Coon Valley

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Janice I. Raasch, 89, of Onalaska and formerly of Coon Valley died Wednesday September 6, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. She was born September 26, 1927 to Arthur and Edna (Lupie) Kuester. Janice graduated from Viroqua High School.  She taught grades 1 to 4 at Neilsville before attending Dr. Martin Luther College where she graduated in 1948.  She accepted a call to Hadar, Nebraska where she taught grades 1 – 8 from 1948 to 1950.  Janice met her husband Raymond in Hadar and they were married June 12, 1949 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  After the wedding they rode around in a manure spreader! They moved to La Crosse in 1951 and she accepted a call to 1st Lutheran School teaching grade 4 from 1951 to 1956 and again in the fall of 1959.  In January 1960 she quit teaching to raise her family of 4 boys and 2 girls.  Janice went back to school in 1968 and graduated from UW-La Crosse in 1973 with a degree in Elementary Education.  She then accepted a call from Mt. Calvary Lutheran School in La Crosse where she taught for 20 years. She was a member of the Coon Valley American Legion Auxiliary.

 

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Inez T. Myhre, 92, rural Westby

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Inez T. Myhre, 92, of rural Westby, died Sunday August 20, 2017 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua.  She was born November 19, 1924 to Olius and Gunda (Engh) Role on Pumpkin Ridge in Coon Township, Vernon County.  Inez was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Esofea.  She attended Brown School.  Inez married Eli Myhre on February 22, 1947 at the Bethany Lutheran Parsonage in Viroqua.  The couple lived in Coon Valley for a few years and then moved to the Myhre home farm in Jefferson Township.  In 1959 they moved to Springville.  When Eli retired in 1983, they built a home on their land near Esofea.  Inez was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church and WELCA.  She was well known for her lefse and Norwegian treats.  Inez loved to have coffee and visit and spend time with her family and friends.

 

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Frank G. Mangin, 61, of Sparta

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Frank G. Mangin, 61, went home to be with his Savior in the wee hours of the morning on Friday August 11, 2017, at his home in Sparta, WI, surrounded by his children and his wife.

He was born in Trenton, NJ on March 3, 1956, to John and Mildred Mangin(Morelli).

Frank grew up in the Catholic church.  He was baptized again as an adult at Living Faith Church in Viroqua, WI. Most recently he was a member of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Viroqua, WI.

He joined the Army from January 30, 1978 through January 29, 1981.  He was stationed in Schofield Barracks in Hawaii for all 3 years.  He then completed an Associate’s degree in computer science at Hesser College.

Frank and Debi (Helstrom) Mangin were wed on November 29, 1986, in Whitinsville, MA.  They lived for two years in North Andover, MA, where Frank worked at Modicon as a technical trainer.  Then they moved to Whitinsville where they began to build their home in nearby East Douglas,  where he worked briefly at LTX  prior to returning to Modicon.  In 1994, Frank began working for Allen Bradley Corporation in Marlboro, MA, and the family lived in Brookfield.  In 1997 he began working for Yaskawa Electric Corp., leading them to move to Lindenhurst, IL, in 1998 and during that time he finished his Bachelor’s degree in business administration at Trinity International University.  He was eventually laid off for 2 years, when he started working as an independent contractor for Watlow in Richland, IL, and this eventually led to his job with Watlow in Winona, MN,  as a technical writer/training specialist for the past 13 years. 

 

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Norman K. Lee, 78 of Coon Valley

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Norman K. Lee, 78, of Coon Valley died Sunday August 13, 2017 at his home.  He was born December 31, 1938 to Kelly and Lenora (Gilbertson) Lee.  He graduated from Westby High School in 1956 and served in the US Army from 1956 to 1958.  In his earlier years he worked in construction and was a painter. Norman married Marilyn Brye on December 9, 1967 in Mauston.  The couple lived in Mauston from 1967 to 1980 when they moved back to Coon Valley.  Norman worked in maintenance at Gundersen Health System until retiring in 2004.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, basketball, antiquing and spending time with his grandchildren.

 

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Donna O. Nordstrom, 81, of Lodi/Coon Valley

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Donna O. Nordstrom, 81, of Lodi and formerly of Coon Valley, died Monday August 7, 2017 in Madison. She was born July 19, 1936 to Orion and Dena (Mathison) Tostrud and baptized and confirmed at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church.  Donna graduated from Westby High School and UW-La Crosse. She married Charles Nordstrom on June 28, 1958.  Donna taught kindergarten in Cashton before teaching at Coon Valley Elementary School, where she taught 1st, 7th and 8th grades the rest of her career.  She moved to Lodi in 2014.  She was an active member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church, WELCA and Ruth Circle.  Donna enjoyed scrapbooking, playing piano, following the Brewers and Packers and spending time with family.

 

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