Obituaries

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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Norman L. Oliver, 70, of Coon Valley

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Norman L. Oliver, 70, of Coon Valley, died Friday July 28, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born November 8, 1946 to Clifford and Myrtle (Hooverson) Oliver. He attended school in Viroqua and Westby.  Norman helped farm and worked at the Chaseburg Creamery after graduation.  He enlisted in the US Navy in the spring of 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1972 after serving two tours in Vietnam.  He worked at the Chaseburg Creamery, Sara Lee Bakery, Westby Creamery and Wis-Pak, retiring in 2004 due to his health.  He was married to Joyce Oliver and they were later divorced.

He is survived by a sister, Georgann Carley of Beaumont, CA; 2 brothers, Dennis (Bonnie) Oliver of La Crosse and Tom (Karen) Oliver of Coon Valley; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

 

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Jerome "Jerry" D. Trussoni, 77, of Genoa

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Jerome “Jerry” D. Trussoni, 77, of rural Genoa passed away Friday July 21, 2017 at his home. He was born December 14, 1939 in rural Genoa to Lawrence and Laurena (Beyer) Trussoni.  He graduated from Aquinas High School in La Crosse.  Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Judy Joseph, in 1958 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Genoa.  He farmed, hauled milk and worked at Genoa Cheese Factory before working for 37 years as a machine operator for Trane Company in La Crosse.  He retired in 2002.  He raised many acres of tobacco over the years.

Jerry loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He loved to fish, deer hunt, bear hunt, golf and raise a large garden.  He enjoyed having company, his favorite recliner and his cat Whiskers.  Jerry took pleasure in laughing at family stories, reading the paper, and watching westerns, the Brewers and the Packers.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Steve (Aline) of Waunakee, Jeff (Tina) of DeSoto, Mike (Sharon) of Viroqua and Pat of DeSoto; daughters, Wanda (Dwight) Dach of Viroqua, and Kristi (Jerod) Skau of Urbandale, IA; eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Naomi Roberts, Barry (Carole), Ruth (Tom) Lucas, Larry (Sharon), Jeanette Amundson and Al “Fritz” (Deb); 3 sisters-in-law, Mary Trussoni, Margie Hirschuber and Jayne (Dennis) Blihovde.

 

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Eunice H. Albrecht, 96, of La Crescent

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Eunice H. Albrecht, 96 of La Crescent, MN, passed away July 5, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.  She was born July 30, 1920 to Julius and Ellen (Hanson) Rudie on the home farm on the south ridge of Coon Valley.  Eunice was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse for many years and the last few years returned to her home church in Coon Valley.  Eunice graduated from Viroqua High School and attended Coleman Vocational School and was employed by Gundersen Clinic as a medical secretary for the next 43 years.  Eunice married Robert H. Albrecht on October 5, 1944 and together they raised 5 children.  After retirement, Eunice volunteered at Gundersen Clinic and La Crescent Elementary School and spent numerous hours helping her older brother and sister.  She and Bob traveled to Europe, Canada, the western states and Florida. Bob passed away April 26, 1994.

Surviving are her children, Ellen Elmer of Tomah, Michael (Ruth) Albrecht of La Crescent, MN, Jeffrey (Beth) Albrecht of Pensacola, FL, Daniel (Lynn) Albrecht and Mary (Jerry) Miller both of La Crescent; her grandchildren, Dean (Kristin) Elmer, Karrie (Randy) Scholze, Robert Albrecht (Tina Fishel), Jennifer (Nick Bissen) Albrecht, Angela (Kamran) Basharat, Jeffrey Albrecht Jr. (Richard Martin), Nathan (Krissy) Albrecht, Tim Harger, Jennifer Reuss (Kevin), Nicholas (Jennifer) Pinch, Daniel Pinch; her great grandchildren, Cody (Kathryn Gadow) Scholze, Elliot Barnheart, Joshua Albrecht, Azra, Munibah, Sekunder, Isra and Hashim Basharat, Zoe Albrecht, Ashlyn and Sasha Vance, Joe Tans-Elmer, Bella Hurst, Brooklyn Pinch, Jedruik Pinch, Oliver Reuss and Elliott Reuss; 2 sisters-in-law Virginia Larson and Olive Rudie; a brother-in-law Richard Albrecht and many nieces and nephews.

Eunice is also survived by her very special friends Dr. Mary Nelson and Loris Rustad.

 

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Doris E. Johnson, 97, rural Coon Valley

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Doris E. (Mathison) Johnson, 97, of rural Coon Valley, died Tuesday June 20, 2017 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua. She was born in the town of Coon to Peder and Karen (Ronningen) Mathison on May 7, 1920 the 9th child of 10 siblings.  She lived her entire life on the family farm homesteaded by her grandfather in 1857. Doris attended the Erickson School and graduated from Westby High School in 1938.    She graduated Vernon County Normal School in 1940 and then La Crosse State where she earned her degree in education. She taught at Leum, Spring Coulee and Brinkman Ridge schools.  After the rural schools closed, she received a Master’s Degree at La Crosse Teachers College in education and taught for 30 years at the Wisconsin Child Center in Sparta. Doris was also a faithful caretaker of her family over the years.  She married Reuben Johnson in 1988. She was a lifelong member of Vang Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband, Reuben and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

 

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Angeline "Angie" A. Hagen, 88, of Chaseburg

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Angeline “Angie” A. Hagen, 88, of Chaseburg, died Monday June 19, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. She was born March 17, 1929 to Rudolph and Verna (Hohlfeld) Clements. Angie married Donald Hagen on July 31, 1948. The couple farmed at rural Coon Valley before moving to Chaseburg in 1973. Angie worked as a cook at Stockmen’s in Coon Valley and then at the Chaseburg School until retiring.  She was a member of the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church and WELCA.  Angie enjoyed gardening, baking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  The past 7 years she has been a resident of Norseland Nursing Home in Westby where she enjoyed playing 6,5,4 and bingo.

Survivors include her 9 children; James (Julie) Hagen of Texas, Wayne (Pat) Hagen of La Crosse, Richard (Nancy) Hagen of Plover, Diane (David) Stellner of Coon Valley, Bev (Harlan) Reschke, Steven Hagen, Nancy (Douglas) Bean and Chris (Diane) Hagen all of Chaseburg, and Eric Hagen of La Crosse; 19 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 4 brothers; Bernie (Theresa), Rudolph (Mary), Donald (Mary) and Richard Clements; 3 sisters, Margaret Schaub, Kathleen Erickson and Luella Clark; a sister-in-law Sharon Nelson and many nieces and nephews.

 

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Annette E. Ihle, 77, La Crosse/Coon Valley

Annette E. Ihle, 77, of La Crosse and formerly of Coon Valley, died Saturday June 10, 2017 at Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse.  She was born August 22, 1939 in Chaseburg to Arthur and Edna (Lupie) Kuester. Annette was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  She graduated from Westby High School in 1958. Annette married Oswald Ihle on June 30, 1961 at St. Peter’s in Chaseburg.  Over the years she worked at the Swift Company in La Crosse, and Stockmen’s, the Drapery Shop and Kwik Trip all in Coon Valley.  Annette was an active member of the Coon Valley American Legion Auxiliary, having been a member since age 6. She served as president for many years. She was also a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church and South Ridge Circle.

 

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Bonnie E. Kielas

Bonnie E. Kielas, 50, passed away in Madison.  She was born October 5, 1966 in Minneapolis, MN to Joseph Kielas and Karon Althaus. She graduated from GET High School in 1985.  Survivors include her mother Karon (Ken McClurg) Althaus of Coon Valley; her father Joseph (Salli) Kielas of Wilcox, AZ; 3 sisters, Bernadette Valenzuela of Chocise, AZ, Bridget (Gordon) Kielas-Fecyk of Shawano and Becky (Damon) King of Blair and several nieces and nephews.

 

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Bruce A. Theige, 67, of Boyd/Westby

Bruce A. Theige, 67, of Boyd and formerly of Westby, died Monday May 8, 2017 in Boyd.  He was born March 31, 1950 to Arthur and Rena (Williams) Theige in Boscobel.  Bruce was baptized and confirmed at the Vang Lutheran Church.  He helped his dad on the farm growing up. Bruce had made his home, along with his brother Monte, at Paradise Living in Boyd the last several years.  He loved to garden.

Survivors include his mother, Rena of La Crosse; 2 sisters, Lynne (Marty) Stenslien of Westby and Nancy Forde of Augusta and 2 brothers, Barry of La Crosse and Monte of Boyd.

He was preceded in death by his father, Art in 2014 and his sister, Cathy Jo in 2015.

 

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Mathilda E. Hass, 90, of Westby

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Mathilda Evelyn Hass, 90, of Westby, passed away Saturday morning May 6, 2017 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. She was born June 20, 1926 to Albert and Lena (Erickson) Fladhammer. She was the youngest of six children. Mathilda grew up on a farm and attended Enterprise School.  At 19 she married Edward Hass at the Zion Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua on June 8, 1945.  Mathilda and Edward were married for 60 years.  They farmed west of Viroqua for many years before moving to Stoddard. In 1970 they bought a house in Westby where Mathilda lived until she became a resident of the Bethel Home.  Mathilda loved her flower beds and garden.  She spent many hours in her yard.  Hard work was not a stranger to her.  She would also spend many hours in her kitchen canning all the vegetables and fruits for winter.  She loved to bake and was well known by friends for her rhubarb cake and banana nut bread.  She took great pride in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

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