Obituaries

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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Rita L. (Nelson) Middleman, 44 of Coon Valley

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Rita Lorraine (Nelson) Middleman, 44 of Coon Valley, WI went home to be with the Lord on May 2, 2017. She was born on July 24, 1972 in La Crosse to Dale & Kay (Kuester) Nelson. Rita graduated from Westby High School in 1990.

She graduated from Trinity Bible College with a degree in education. Rita lived & taught in several places including Detroit, MI, Denver, CO, Oahu, HI, Nampa, ID, and Gdansk, Poland. She also worked at Chileda in La Crosse. On March 29, 2015 Rita married the love of her life Carnell Middleman Sr. Rita enjoyed reading, playing board games, trivia, watching CCV baseball, traveling, Jeopardy, and spending time with family. Survivors include her parents, her husband, children Carnell Jr., Carlos and Miya; sisters Debra (Michael) Verstegen, and their children MaKayla & Marisa; Joanne (Joshua) Mattia; a brother John (Simone) Nelson, and their children Bryce, Kyler, Barry, Tomeka, Baronica & Alexandra and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

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John "Jack" W. Berg, 88, of Coon Valley

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John “Jack” W. Berg, 88, of Coon Valley died Saturday April 1, 2017 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua after a short illness.  He was born February 7, 1929 to John and Agnes (Strupp) Berg on a farm on North Ridge near Coon Valley.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church where he was a lifelong member. Jack married Shirley Bakken in 1956 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  He attended school on North Ridge until 8th grade and then stayed home to help farm. Jack got his driver’s license at 14 so he could help with farming. He worked at many farms on the ridge and then got a truck driving job with Gus Frederick in Coon Valley. He also worked for Louis and Sam Gilbertson Construction and at the Texaco Station for Bud Silha in Coon Valley.  Jack was the Village of Coon Valley Maintenance and Utilities Supervisor for many years, retiring in 1992.

Jack was a past president of the Coon Valley Lions Club, a 23 year board member of the Coon Valley Telephone Company, a long time Vernon County Deputy and former Coon Valley village board member.

 

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Robert C. Kapanke, 86, of Chaseburg

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Robert C. Kapanke, 86, of Chaseburg, died Monday March 20, 2017 at Bethany Riverside in La Crosse. He was born July 8, 1930 to Carl and Louise (Dagel) Kapanke.  He was a lifelong member of the Hamburg Lutheran Church, rural Chaseburg.  Robert farmed on Brinkman Ridge all of his life.  He loved farming – his Holstein cattle and planting and harvesting corn and hay. He will also be warmly remembered by the many hunters who hunted on his land and told stories in his barn.

 

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Lester E. Wrobel, 99, of Chaseburg

Lester Ervin Wrobel, 99, of Chaseburg was called home to our Father in Heaven on February 24, 2017.

He was born September 29, 1917, in the town of Harmony, Vernon County, WI to Rudolph and Louise (Schultz) Wrobel. Lester was baptized on November 11, 1917, and confirmed on May 1, 1932, by the Rev. E.H. Palechek at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg, WI.He married Esther Beitlich on June 4, 1942, at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stoddard, WI.  They farmed their entire married life near Chaseburg for 55 years until 1997 when Esther departed this earth for her eternal home in Heaven.  He was a longtime member of St. Peter's Hamburg Evangelical Lutheran Church.Lester was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He enjoyed fishing, farming, playing any card game, and hunting.  He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

 

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