Gerald E. Schultz, 84, of Chaseburg
Gerald E. Schultz, 84, of Chaseburg, passed away Monday July 14, 2014 at Gundersen Medical Center in LaCrosse with family at his side. He was born February 2, 1930 in Chaseburg to Paul and Sadie (Hagen) Schultz Sr. Gerald married Marilyn Hanson on November 3, 1951 at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua. The couple farmed their entire life at rural Chaseburg. Gerald was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Coon Valley Lions, a founding member of the Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and was a recipient of two Vernon County Wildlife Conservation Awards. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball games, playing cards, and most of all spending time with his family.
Survivors include his 6 children; Steven (Sandy) Schultz of Appleton, Kathleen Schultz of La Crosse, Robert (Sherry) Schultz of Chaseburg, Jeffrey (Lauri) Schultz of Coon Valley, Susan (Brian) Mashak and Peggy (Torkel) Leum both of Westby; 14 grandchildren, Andrea Schultz, Jessica Leigh (Blake) Kasberger, Jessica Ann Schultz, Travis (Mandy), Ryan (friend Gaby), Quinn and Clare Schultz, Josh (Sammi), Briena, Brooke, Brittani Schultz, Justin (Amy) Mashak, Jenny (Todd) Nottestad and Erik Mashak; 10 great grandchildren; a brother Paul Schultz, Jr., a sister Corrine Kapanke, sister-in-law Shirley Dach and brother-in-law Martin Hanson and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Henry Joseph Thomas, 3, of Coon Valley
Henry Joseph Thomas enriched the lives of all who knew him until the day of his passing, July 5, 2014, at the very young age of 3. He touched the hearts of his family members especially, his mother Tina (Sebranek) Thomas, his father Benjamin Thomas, and his big brother Whalen Thomas. He will also be greatly missed by his grandparents Larry and Mary Sebranek, and Robert and Margaret (Peggy) Thomas as well as aunts Tori Sebranek-Servais and Sara Thomas and uncle Jesse Thomas and cousins Zander Thomas and Bernard Fletcher.
He will always be remembered having beautiful curly hair from his mother, gorgeous eyes from his father, and a perfect smile from his brother daily. He was always the happiest playing outside, going to Grandpa’s farm, singing, and loving animals and babies. He enjoyed doing art, going for walks, playing tricks, and anything his big brother was doing. Good smells were important to him and would never go anywhere that didn’t smell nice. He was very inquisitive and very crafty. He had a very tender heart and was full of compassion. His big brother was the love of his life and he wanted to be just like him. Home is where he hung his heart.
Claude M. Sebion, 92, of rural Viroqua
Claude M. Sebion, 92, of rural Viroqua, died Thursday July 3, 2014 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born May 12, 1922 in Coon Township to Cornelius and Mary (Roiland) Sebion. He was a World War II veteran serving in the US Army from 1942-1946 in the Pacific Theatre. Claude married Marsene Jacobson on June 26, 1946 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. The couple farmed their married life in Harmony Township, rural Viroqua. Claude also worked for several years at La Crosse Rubber Mills and he also managed the Viroqua Whey Plant. Claude was served on the Vernon County Board, the Harmony Township Board, and the Bethel Home Board of Directors. He was a life member of the Chaseburg American Legion Post #202, where he served as commander and the Coon Creek VFW #10532. He was a member of the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council and also a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. He also was a member of the LaBelle Masonic Lodge in Viroqua and the Vernon County Shriners as well as an active member of the Chaseburg Farmer’s Union.
Mildred G. Leisso, 93, of rural Stoddard
Mildred G. Leisso, 93, of rural Stoddard went to her heavenly home Wednesday June 18, 2014 at Mayo Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in LaCrosse. She was born May 4, 1921 to Herman and Minnie (Bray) Schroeder at rural Chaseburg. Mildred was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. She married Earl Leisso at St. Peter’s on June 19, 1940. The couple farmed the Leisso family farm their married life. From her childhood on, Mildred milked cows for 70 years. She was a wonderful cook and baker and enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. Mildred was a faithful member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stoddard and was an active member of the Ladies Aid.
David C. Kuecker, 76, of La Crosse
David C. Kuecker, 76, of La Crosse, died Sunday June 15, 2014 at Gundersen Medical Center. He was born November 18, 1937 in Caledonia, MN to Herman and Irma (Krik) Kuecker. He was confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church rural Caledonia on March 18, 1951. He married Rose Davy and they were later divorced. David farmed the Kuecker home farm near Caledonia for many years. He also worked at Standard Lumber for a short time and then at the former Erickson Bakery in La Crosse for 20 years, retiring in 1999. David enjoyed fishing, driving tractor, traveling, going out with family and spending time with his granddaughter.
Survivors include 2 sons, Paul (Amanda) Kuecker of La Crosse and Jon of Minneapolis; a granddaughter Marissa Rose Oium Kuecker; a sister Muriel (George) Wiemerslage of Caledonia; a sister-in-law Norma Kuecker and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Merton "Pat" R. Wilson, 76, of Chaseburg
Merton “Pat” R. Wilson, 76, of Chaseburg, died Wednesday June 11, 2014 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. He was born May 23, 1938 to Birtus and Tressie (Campbell) Wilson in rural LaFarge. Pat married Shirley Ostreng on December 28, 1957 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. From 1957 to 1959, Pat served in the US Army at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He was employed at Caterpillar in Aurora, Illinois from 1964 to 1994. Following retirement, the couple moved to Chaseburg where he was a member of the Chaseburg American Legion Post #202, the Friends of Chaseburg and the Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and collecting beer cans and coins.
Evonell C. Frydenlund, 86, of Oak Creek
Evonell "Dell" Corrine (Nestingen) Frydenlund, 86, of Oak Creek, WI, died Friday, May 30, 2014 at Mitchell Manor in Oak Creek. She was born January 16, 1928 in Coon Valley, to Julian and Gina (Gronvold) Nestingen. She graduated from La Crosse Central High School. On August 9, 1947 she married her favorite dance partner, Marvin Frydenlund, at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. She then received her "PhT" (Put husband Thru) degree in 1950 when Marvin graduated from San Jose State Univ. in California. The couple later lived in the North Barrington and Harvard Illinois area where they raised 3 daughters. Evonell worked as an interior decorator, then as a commercial artist for her husband’s public relations business. She was a self-taught archeologist and historian. She discovered fossils and collected antiques. Her passion was Native American history and she had a great love for nature. Evonell was the co-founder of the Harvard Illinois Historical Society and History Museum. She also was a member of the Ladies of the Moose Lodge and Harvard Chamber of Commerce.
Doris Irene Sorenson, 87, of Coon Valley
Doris Irene Sorenson, 87, of Coon Valley, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Gundersen Healthcare in La Crosse with her children by her side.
She was born on July 14, 1926 in Vernon County to John and Amanda (Gabrielson) Ostrem. She was baptized and confirmed in Norwegian at the Bethel Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua. Doris was a longtime member of St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. In 1947 she married Raymond Sorenson (later divorced) and they farmed together in rural Chaseburg until 1988.
Doris was a cook at the Clausen School and the Ten Mile House. She worked in Viroqua at the Tobacco Warehouse, Dee’s Dinner in Stoddard and was a housekeeper at Bethany St. Joseph in La Crosse. She was a 4-H leader for the Clausen Clippers. Doris loved to dance and was a former member of the Concordia Ballroom Society. She was a talented seamstress and wonderful cook and baker of Norwegian goodies.
Doris will be sadly missed by all who knew her and remembered for her kindness and love to care for her family and others.
Linda K. Malin, 52, of Genoa
Linda Kay (Mitby) Malin, 52, of Genoa lost her struggle with cancer, which dates back to 1987, while surrounded by family at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Campus on May 15th 2014. She was dignified and radiant throughout her life, including her last few days with us on earth. Linda’s fate in life had been known for some time. She accepted that fate, knowing the path ahead of her, yet never giving up the desire to make the most of every day. No matter what the situation, she maintained her spirit and will throughout her journey and in doing so, continues to inspire.
Linda was born March 10th, 1962, to Paul and Carol (Kirkeby) Mitby. She graduated from Cashton High School in 1980 and attended Western Technical College receiving a degree in Medical Transcripts.
She married David Malin on October 10th, 1981. They made their home outside of Genoa on a scenic ridge where Linda enjoyed watching the sun rise and set each day. They were truly blessed when they became parents to Timothy James in 1985. Linda took special pride in her role as a mom in helping rear Tim into the young man he has become. Linda was happiest when she was able to spend time with Tim, his wife Megan and their seven month old son, Noah.
Alden H. Olson, 80, of Westby
Alden H. Olson, 80, of rural Westby, died Saturday April 26, 2014 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby surrounded by the love of his family following a brief illness. He was born December 22, 1933 in Portland Township, Monroe County to Olaf and Mabel (Peterson) Olson. He was baptized and confirmed at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church. On June 30, 1956, Alden married Beatrice Stakston at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. He was then drafted into the US Army, serving from September 1956 to September 1958 at Fort Ord, California. Alden was a lifelong farmer and also hauled milk for 19 years. He was a lifetime member of the Snowflake Ski Club and Norskedalen where he spent countless hours volunteering, a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church, and a former member of the Coon Valley Creamery Board. Alden loved his family and farm, and also enjoyed reading, hunting and fishing and going for Sunday drives.