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”.
Katrina M. Schlaver, 43, of Rockland
Katrina M. Schlaver, 43, of Rockland, died Wednesday May, 18, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Medical Center in La Crosse. She was born July 8, 1972 in La Crosse, WI to Kenneth and Marilyn (Sutton) Gilkes and graduated from Westby High School in 1990. Katrina married Bruce Schlaver on August 17, 1991. She worked in childcare for a number of years nurturing young children which she thoroughly enjoyed. With the closing of the daycare, Katrina went onto her next venture and attained her associate’s degree in accounting. Then the real fun began when she was hired as the office manager for Flock's Heating and Air Conditioning where she found her extended family and friends for the next 10 years. Katrina strongly believed in spending quality time with her family and friends.
Hiram Max Locke, 78, of Coon Valley
Hiram Max Locke, 78, of Coon Valley, died Sunday May 1, 2016 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born August 31, 1937 in Nelsonville, Ohio to Linsley and Laura (Moore) Locke. Max served in the U.S. Marines from 1951-54 in Korea where he was an equipment operator. He married Debra Oliver on December 20, 1976 in Viroqua. Max was a truck driver for over 42 years. He went “state to state and border to border and then some”. He drove for Stirl and Omer Sparks Trucking in Ohio for 10 years and retired from Martin Trucking in Tomah. In his retirement years, he worked part time at Rumsey’s Salvage Yard and most recently was the Town of Coon recycling manager. Max enjoyed hunting and fishing, working in his workshop and spending time with his family and Yorkies.
Mark "Mac" L. Halvorson, 61, of rural Viroqua
Mark “Mac” L. Halvorson, 61, of Viroqua passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
He was born January 5, 1955 in La Crosse, WI, to Lawrence and Myrtle (Holey) Halvorson. He grew up in Chaseburg and graduated from Westby High School in 1973. He was very proud of being part of the Westby Norsemen football team and especially proud of his accomplishments in the fine arts. He married Sheryl (Haakenson) Steele on July 1, 1978. They had one child, Bret Layne, then later divorced. He worked as a laborer in the construction field locally, then moved to Ft. Atkinson, WI where he worked for Spacesaver Inc. He then returned in 2007 to be closer to his family. Most recently he worked on the family farm and the family owned Romance Valley Retreat.
Mark enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time in the great outdoors. He spent countless hours in the shop woodworking. He was very generous with his crafts, often donating them to charitable causes. He also very much enjoyed music, often singing at local karaoke nights. More than anything though, he enjoyed spending time with his family, both young and old. He was known as a magnet for little children, whether he was related to them or not.
Pauline M. Berg, 89, Viroqua/Chaseburg
Pauline M. Berg, 89, of Viroqua and formerly of Chaseburg, died Saturday March 26, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. She was born March 12, 1927 to Edward and Emma (McManus) Voelker in Washington County, Minnesota. On November 27, 1947 she married Rodney Berg in Hastings, Minnesota. They were later divorced. Pauline was employed by the Company Store in La Crosse for 21 years. She was a member of the Concordia where she spent her Sunday afternoons dancing.
Alan B. Engh, 68, Chaseburg
Alan B. Engh, 68, of rural Chaseburg, died Monday March 14, 2016 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse following a courageous 3 year battle with cancer. He was born January 5, 1948 in Viroqua to Verdell and LaVonne (Olson) Engh. Alan was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Esofea. He graduated from Westby High School in 1966 and attended UW-River Falls. Alan married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Holte on April 12, 1969 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. The couple farmed in the area most of their married life. Alan also worked for a couple years at the Coon Valley Feed Mill. He was a member of the Vang Lutheran Church. Alan enjoyed fishing, playing cards and spending time with family and visiting with friends.
Herbert W. Wehling, 91, Chaseburg
Herbert W. Wehling, 91, of rural Chaseburg, died Sunday March 13, 2016 at Benedictine Manor in La Crosse. He was born January 12, 1925 to S. William and Helen (Schlicht) Wehling at rural Stoddard. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. Herb married Arlene Manske on July 2, 1949 in Chaseburg. He farmed until 1965 and then was employed at Trane Co. in La Crosse for 22 years. His retirement job was G & G (Grunt & Groan) Construction – doing handyman work in the area. Herb was a lifetime member of Hamburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, serving as cemetery board treasurer for 25 years and custodian for 20 years. He also did volunteer work with the Builders for Christ Mission. He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time.
Shannon "Shay" A. Richardson, 27, of La Crosse
Shannon A. (“Shay”) Richardson, 27, passed away February 9, 2016, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Shay was born on May 1, 1988, in Duluth, Minnesota, the daughter of Martha Hayes and Gilbert W. Richardson, Jr. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Corey Franklin Richardson and Amos Birnbaum; her stepfather, Charles Hayes; her paternal grandfather, Gilbert W. Richardson, Sr., her maternal grandfathers, William Elvin Teas and Rueben Shelstad; her uncle, Joe Lankston; her aunt, Kathleen Richardson; and her cousin, Megan McCourt. She is survived by her parents; her sister, Christina Hayes; her brothers, Rueben Bates, and Joseph Hayes; her maternal grandmother, Polly Shelstad; her paternal grandmother, Ruth C. Richardson; her aunts and uncles: Shirley Richardson-McCourt and Tom McCourt; Harriet Richardson; Charles and Carla Richardson; her niece, Nicole Rudert; and her cousins Mary McCourt, Ryan McCourt, Chad Richardson, and Sydney Richardson. She is also survived by many loving friends and family members.
Shay was a graduate of Logan High School, Class of 2006, in LaCrosse, WI. She was employed as a karaoke MC and as a bartender at several local taverns and bars. Her sparkling personality, ready wit, and gorgeous smile were well-known to the patrons of these establishments and drew patrons in wherever she worked. An accomplished poet, Shay had many of her poems published in online poetry forums. She was a proud and supportive member of the Hill Pender Richardson Sturghill Family Association, whose annual reunion she attended every year from the age of 2. Her individuality and freedom of spirit were easily seen through her body piercings and her ever changing hair color. Shay was a creature of love, laughter, beauty, and joy. The earth is poorer for her loss, but heaven is richer for her arrival.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday February 26, 2016 at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley with a visitation from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park, rural La Crosse. All are invited to a benefit for her family also on Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Overtime Sports Bar at 1920 Ward Ave. in La Crosse.
Steven J. Seiler, 67, of rural Coon Valley
Steven (Teo, T-Man, Kojak) J. Seiler, 67, of rural Coon Valley died in his home peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Steven was born Jan. 19, 1948 in La Crosse to Robert and Carla (Peterson) Seiler. Steven was a 1966 graduate of La Crescent High School. He was married to Julie Christianson on September 6, 1980 at Westby-Coon Prairie Lutheran Church in Westby. Steven worked at Interstate Dealer's Supply in La Crosse for over 30 years until February 1997 and retired from Badger Corrugating in March 2014. After his retirement he worked for North Central Wood Products in Fountain City part-time. Steven enjoyed many years of playing softball in the area, camping, fishing and deer hunting with his family. Steven also was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packer fan for many years. Steven had a wonderful sense of humor and could always make you smile no matter how bad of a day you were having. He always had a song to sing (his own lyrics of course) and loved to dance to any kind of music, although the Polka was his favorite. He will be missed by many who knew him.
Janice L. Kapanke, 76, of rural Coon Valley
Janice Lorine Kapanke, 76, of rural Coon Valley, died Monday January 11, 2016 at her home. She was born May 4, 1939 to Harry and Helen (Gilbertson) Beitlich at rural Stoddard. Janice was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Stoddard. She graduated from Central High School in 1957. On July 30, 1960, she married David Kapanke at St. Matthew’s. The couple farmed in South Dakota until 1986 when they moved to La Crosse. Janice worked for Blue Cross for a short time before being employed by Bosshard Parke in La Crosse for over 20 years. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in La Crosse. Janice enjoyed gardening, working outside on the lawn, cooking, playing cards and most importantly spending time with her family.