Obituaries

Harland B. Johnson, 86, of La Crosse

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flagHarland (Hod) B. Johnson, 86, of La Crosse, WI passed away on October 17, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. Harland was born on May 28th, 1931 to Harry and Collie (DeWitt) Johnson on their home farm in Vernon County, Wisconsin. Harland married Vila (Macy) Ostreng on February 9th, 1952. They settled in La Crosse where they raised their four children. After serving in the Korean War, Harland enjoyed a long career as a short-haul semi driver. Throughout his life, Harland enjoyed his family, hunting, fishing, playing cards, painting, and gardening, and his cat Winky.

Harland is survived by his wife of 65 years, Vila (Macy); four children, son Toby (Sandy) Johnson of La Crosse and three daughters, Sharon Sebion of Stoddard, WI, Nancy (Rick) Hagen of Plover, WI, Jill Gorell of La Crosse WI; nine grandchildren, Tim and Aaron Johnson, Doug Sebion, Erika (Bill) Luthy, Angie (Brent) Byrd, Tami (Brad) Schneider, Craig Hagen, Rachel and Noah Gorell; six great-grandchildren Quinn and Claudia Luthy, Marley, Mackenzie and Addison Schneider, and Payten Hagen; two siblings, brother Stub (Diane) Johnson and sister Janus Nundahl.

 

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Arthur D. Dahlke, 80, of rural Stoddard

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Arthur DuWayne Dahlke, age 80, went to his eternal home on Sunday, October 15, 2017 with his loving family by his side at his home.  Arthur was born on June 23, 1937 to Arthur Carl and Emma Christine (Schroeder) Dahlke.  He was a twin with his sister, Ardyce (Dahlke) Wilson.  He was baptized in 1937 and confirmed in 1951 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Arthur attended Enterprise Elementary School except for one year when he attended Newton Elementary School since Enterprise burned down.  He continued his high school education at Viroqua High School where he graduated in 1955.

Arthur was an athlete playing baseball and football throughout his life.  He was on the varsity baseball team as a freshman, he was co-captain as a senior, and he batted over .500.  He also played baseball for the county league since he started pitching batting practice at age seven.  He was able to join the league at age 12.  At one time he had 15 straight hits. He continued playing softball for many different teams.  Arthur was a teammate, a coach, and a manager for local baseball teams from Stoddard and Chaseburg until his early 40s.  He also coached and managed Little League Baseball teams and Chipmunk Coulee 4-H Softball teams.  After retiring Arthur became a golfer, playing on a Senior League at Pine Creek Golf Course and with his brother Darold at Valley High Golf Course.  He also played at a variety of courses up in northern Wisconsin and at local golf courses with his children and grandchildren.

Arthur was an avid Chicago Cubs fan since he was five years old.  He was also a Green Bay Packer, Milwaukee Braves/Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers fan.

When he was a child, he saw a picture of a Boston Terrier dog on a calendar.  He told his mother that he was going to get one of those dogs one day.  When he was 18 years old, he bought his first Boston Terrier, Lady.  Throughout the years he had the privilege of owning and raising many Boston Terriers, including the perfect dogs “Rex” and Angel.

While a student at Viroqua High School, Arthur met the love of his life, Frances Berg.  He contracted Rheumatic Fever his junior year, and had to miss a whole semester of school.  “The School paper stated that he came down with romantic fever which was caused by Frances.”  They were married August 9, 1958 at Northwest Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua.  They were happily married for over 59 years.

 

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Denise L. Rundhaugen, 55, of Westby

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Denise L. Rundhaugen, 55, of Westby, died Thursday October 12, 2017 at UW Hospital in Madison.  She was born November 30, 1961 to Ray and Nancy (Laas) Michalski in Hammond, Indiana.  She graduated from high school in 1980 and then graduated from Western Tech College with a degree in nursing.  She worked at St. Francis (Mayo) Hospital in La Crosse for over 15 years. She obtained her bachelor's in Accounting in 2005 and worked at a few local businesses in her spare time.Her life was dedicated to helping others. She did foster care for many years in Lacrosse. She helped raise some of her nieces and nephews.She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter, niece, and caretaker.She enjoyed NASCAR, going to NASCAR races, traveling, playing pool, and spending time with her family.

 

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Florence O. Holen, 94, of Westby

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Florence Ovedia Holen, 94, of Westby, passed away on October 13, 2017 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.  She was born to Otto and Fredricka (Stafslien) Bakkum on October 30, 1922, the oldest of four children.  During the early to mid-1940’s she spent several years working in shipyards in Sturgeon Bay and Duluth in support of the war effort. On January 31, 1949, she married L. Norman Holen in Coon Valley, and together they farmed in the local area, ultimately returning to her home farm on Spring Coulee Ridge. Following Norman’s death in 1981 she continued to be active on the farm, supporting her son Jon and his family and she resided there until her health necessitated a move to the Bothne House in Coon Valley. For all but a few of her 94 years she lived where she was born on property homesteaded by her grandparents.

She was a lifelong member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church where she was a member of WELCA, the Anna Circle and a participant on numerous committees.

 

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Ruth J. Ophus, 103 of Coon Valley

 

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Ruth Juliet Ophus, 103, of Coon Valley, passed away on October 10, 2017 at Vernon Manor, Viroqua.  She was born to Albert and Christine (Strangstalien) Swenson on September 16, 1914 in Town of Coon, Vernon County.  She graduated from Westby High School and Vernon County Normal School.  From 1935-1941, she taught at Brown School, a one room country school in Jefferson Township.   On October 26, 1940, she married John Ophus in Coon Valley.

She was a lifelong member of Coon Valley Lutheran Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, a member of WELCA and North Ridge Circle, and sang in the church choir.

After farming on North Ridge for 29 years, Ruth and John retired to Coon Valley in 1975.  After John passed away in 1993, Ruth continued to reside in Coon Valley until her health made it necessary to move to Vernon Manor in Viroqua in August, 2013.

 

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John Eumurian, 92, of Viroqua

John Eumurian, 92, of Viroqua, died Friday October 6, 2017 at the home of his daughter in Sycamore, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday November 5, 2017 at the Viroqua United Methodist Church.  A private burial service will be in the Springville Cemetery on Friday October 13.

 

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Joyce H. Matthews, 91, of Stoddard

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Joyce H. Matthews, 91, of rural Stoddard, died Sunday September 17, 2017 Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. God decided to raise the beloved soul of Joyce Helen Huss Matthews to his beautiful Kingdom.  There where she joined her husband, the love of her life, Calvin Matthews, and two sons Lantz Johnson and Craig Matthews, who also bestowed her heart.  Surviving Joyce are her three daughters, whom she adored and now watches from above, Mille (Robert) Cooper, Connie Evett and Calle (Mark) Ratkovich.  She was born in Freeport, Illinois on January 15th, 1926, living a very wonderful life of 91 years.  She loved her home in Stoddard, Wisconsin facing west, with a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River.  She loved nature, it always gave her a sense of peace.  She would watch for the wildlife to come and visit as she would drink her morning coffee.  The deer, squirrels and hummingbirds gave her such serenity.  She had a passion and gift for making her surroundings reflect her beautiful soul that harbored within.In her time here on earth, she touched the souls of her 11 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

 

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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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