Obituaries

Glen E. Ekern

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Glen Ellis Ekern, 65, died peacefully on January, 27, 2017 at Gunderson Health System.

Glen was born on September 27, 1951 in Rockford, IL. He later moved to Mauston, WI where he worked as a manager at Brunner Manufacturing for 22 years.

 He is survived by his son, Garrett Ekern; daughter and son-in-law, Gillian and Michael Burling; grandson August Burling; brother, Gale; sister, Gina; and his mother, Eleanor. He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon.

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Richard A. Trussoni, 74, of Chaseburg

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 flag  Richard A. Trussoni, 74, of Chaseburg, died Thursday January 26, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse from cardiac, pulmonary and renal complications.  He was born January 1, 1943 at St. Ann’s Hospital in La Crosse to David and Beatrice (Arttus) Trussoni.  Richard was baptized at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in La Crosse and received first communion and confirmation at St. Charles Catholic Church in Genoa.  He attended Riverside Grade School and Aquinas High School. Richard served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1969. He completed 3 tours in Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star with a V for saving the life of his commanding officer.  Richard married Kathleen Hoff on July 31, 1971 at St. Charles Catholic Church. He worked in construction as a mason, served as a U.S. Navy recruiter and then worked with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on the Dredge Thompson and the Lock and Dam 8 at Genoa.  He was a member of the Genoa American Legion Post #246 and the Swiftboats Association.

He was a brave, kind, generous, and loving man.  He will be missed greatly.

 

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Nancy A. Nofsinger, 65, of Coon Valley

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Nancy A. Nofsinger, 65, of Coon Valley, died Wednesday January 25, 2017 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. She was born February 24, 1951 in Viroqua to William and Arlene (Bjerkos) Holte.  She was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church and graduated from Westby High School in 1969.  Nancy married Steven Nofsinger on June 6, 1970 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Nancy worked as a CNA at the Bethel Home in Viroqua for 33 years, retiring in 2015 due to her health.  She was a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Nancy enjoyed reading and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She always made sure everyone was well fed at family gatherings.

 

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Nancy Jean Moilien, 82, of rural Westby

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Nancy Jean Moilien, 82 of rural Westby, died Monday January 16, 2017 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua where she had been a resident the past 2 years.  She was born July 7, 1934 in La Crosse to Clarence and Nancy (Melvin) Ringquist.  Nancy was baptized at the Salzer Memorial Church and confirmed at the Wesley United Methodist Church in La Crosse. She graduated from Central High School in 1952.  Nancy married Paul Moilien on March 31, 1956 at the Wesley United Methodist Church. The couple farmed their married life in Spring Coulee.  Paul died on April 22, 2011. Nancy also worked for a short time at the Trane Company in La Crosse. She was a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church where she served as the first woman on the church council. She was also a former Sunday school teacher and was active in the Ruth Circle and WELCA.  Nancy enjoyed reading, cooking and baking and spending time with her grandsons.

 

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Ronald A. Willis, 80, of Stoddard

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flag  Ronald Alfred Willis, 80, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, from mesothelioma. He was diagnosed in June, granting him the gift of time with family and friends to say his goodbyes and put his affairs in order.

He was born Jan. 19, 1936 in Richland Center, WI to Alfred and Isabelle Willis. He was raised in Richland Center and graduated from Richland Center High School. After graduation, Ron joined the army and spent 1 1/2 years in Germany with an army engineer bridge company where he cleared post-WWII rubble. Upon discharge he took advantage of the GI Bill and attended college - first at Platteville, then at UW Madison, where he graduated in 1962 with bachelor's degrees in geology and meteorology.

On Sept. 1, 1961, Ron married Maripat Dale, also from Richland Center, and in 1962 began his career in meteorology with the National Weather Service at the forecast office in Minneapolis, MN. While living in Minneapolis, Ron and Maripat's daughters Nancy and Julie were born. During the next nearly 30 years, Ron's career took the family to Michigan, Wake Island (in the central Pacific), Fairbanks, AK, Fresno, CA, back to Fairbanks, and finally back to Minneapolis, where he retired in 1991.

 

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Wesley E. Bluske, 85, of Chaseburg

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Wesley Eugene Bluske, 85, of Chaseburg, passed away at his home in Chaseburg Monday, January 2, 2017. He was born in the Town of Harmony in rural Chaseburg on August 8, 1931 to Harry C. Bluske and Frieda (Schroeder) Bluske. Wesley married Carol Wrobel at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg on Sept. 25, 1953.

Wesley was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1949 where he played high school baseball, was on the Legion baseball team and South Ridge baseball teams as a left fielder.  Wesley farmed in rural Chaseburg with his dad until December 1955 when he owned and operated the Bluske Mobil Station until his retirement in 2004.  Community and church involvement was very important to him.  He was a life-long member of St. Peter’s Church where he held many positions within the church council and sang in the church choir for over 70 years.  He was an assessor and trustee for the village of Chaseburg for over 30 years, a volunteer at the Gundersen Health Center for 10 years, a member of the Friends of Chaseburg and on the Senior Preferred Advising Committee.  Wesley enjoyed spending time with family and friends.   His hobbies included music, fishing, woodworking, golfing, as well as reading and watching all sporting events.

 

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Mary L. King, 88, of Coon Valley

Mary L. King, 88, of Coon Valley died Monday January 2, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse with her daughter by her side.  She was born December 10, 1928 to Alfred and Eva (Eilertson) Hoff in La Crosse.  Mary was confirmed and a lifelong member of the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church, rural Chaseburg.  She graduated from Central High School in La Crosse, Vernon County Normal School and LaCrosse State Teacher’s College (UW-L).  Mary taught for several at Cliffside School in Chaseburg, Shawano, Eau Claire and Viroqua Schools.  She was married to Jim King on August 20, 1960. She then farmed near Coon Valley with her husband for many years.

Mary was a member of the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church where she was active in WELCA, quilting and was a former Sunday school teacher. She was also a long time member of the Chaseburg American Legion Post #202 Auxiliary.  Mary enjoyed gardening, canning, attending country music concerts and was well known for her excellent baking. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandson, Haakon.

 

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Lucile A. Kumm, 98, of Coon Valley

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Lucile Anna Kumm, 98, of Coon Valley, passed away at Gundersen Heath System on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. She was born to Anna (Sedevie) and Joseph Silha on April 6, 1918 in Bowman, North Dakota, the third of six children. She married Lloyd Kumm on May 20, 1952 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Coon Valley. They lived in La Crosse until 1961, when they purchased a farm near Stoddard. Lucile worked for many years at Rocky’s Supper Club. She was active in the Coon Valley American Legion Auxiliary, Sr. Mary’s Altar Society, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church until the time of her death. Lucile enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, cooking, and baking. She loved and was dearly loved by her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Marilyn (Marv) Nordquist of Hayward, Wisconsin, Brian (Karen) Kumm of Algona, Iowa, Catherine Saari of Farmington, Minnesota, and Neil Kumm of Coon Valley, Wisconsin. Nine Grandchildren: Anna Taylor of Madison, Wisconsin, Steve (Renee) Nordquist of Hayward, Wisconsin, Matthew Nordquist (Justine Harris) of Madison, Wisconsin, Ryya and Logan Kumm of Winter Garden, Florida, Ian Saari (Fiancée Christine Avery) Farmington, Minnesota, Elsa Marden (Tyler) of Laurel, Maryland, Brianna and Travis Kumm of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Three great grandchildren: Sierra and Nikolas Nordquist, Hayward, Wisconsin, and Evan Nordquist, Madison, Wisconsin. Two step grandchildren: Aaron Rosenblum of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Eli Rosenblum of Madison, Wisconsin. Special niece Jan Larson of La Crosse, Wisconsin, one sister-in-law Corky Silha of Glendive, Montana, and many nieces and nephews.

 

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Leo J. Lusk, 84, of Coon Valley

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flagLeo J. Lusk, 84, of Coon Valley passed away Monday, December 26, 2016 after a long battle with emphysema.  He was born on May 26, 1932 to Albert & Anna (Breidel) Lusk.  He grew up on a farm that he loved near Coon Valley.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1955 and served his term on the Aircraft Carrier USS Saratoga.  After his service he met the love of his life, Geraldine Goyette and they got married June 21, 1958.  They bought the farm next to his parent’s in 1959 and farmed until retiring.  He then worked at Coulee Refrigeration for several years.   In 2014 they moved to Onalaska.  They were blessed with 6 wonderful children.  Brian (Colleen), Vickie Meyer, Michael (Becky), LeeAnn Lein, Gregory (Ellen) and Jackie Lusk, twelve grandchildren, Joshua, Carlie, Alexander, Melissa, Matthew, Jessica, Nicholas, Jacob, Theresa, Maria, Emma and Adam and 3 great-grandchildren, Chase, Calvin and Ezra.  He is also survived by two brothers James (Mary) and Gerald.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Joanne.  Leo loved to farm, specifically plowing and splitting wood.  After retirement he finally found the time to enjoy a new past-time – fishing.

 

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Katherine M. Johnson, 92, LaCrosse/Chaseburg

Katherine M. Johnson, 92, of La Crosse and formerly of Chaseburg, died Thursday December 22, 2016 in her home at Eagle Crest South. She was born December 15, 1924 in the Town of Jefferson, Vernon County to Oliver and Esther (Gronning) Nerison.  Katherine was baptized at Bethel Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua and confirmed at Vang Lutheran Church, rural Westby.  She attended Nerison School and graduated from Viroqua High School in 1942.  Katherine attended Coleman Technical School in La Crosse. She worked at Western Fruit Co. and then Trane Co. in La Crosse.  Katherine married Donald Johnson on October 11, 1947 at Vang Lutheran Church.  The couple farmed near Westby until 1955 when they moved to a farm near Chaseburg.  They moved to La Crosse in 1990. Donald died July 10, 2002. Katherine was an active member of the Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church, Sarah Circle and WELCA where she served as president. In earlier years she was a leader with Homemakers and 4-H. Katherine’s faith was her foundation and her family was most important. She loved spending time with all of them.

 

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