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.



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.



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.



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.



Elaine E. DeBuhr, 93, of Coon Valley

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Elaine E. DeBuhr,  93, of La Crosse and formerly of Coon Valley, passed away Wednesday, February 15, in La Crosse, WI after a brief illness.  Born to Elnor and Esther (Knutson) Anderson in Coon Valley, she lived in Coon Valley and Lake Geneva in her childhood, returning to Westby where she graduated from Westby High School.  She attended Luther College, where she met her future husband, Calvin DeBuhr.  Following her graduation in 1944 she began a teaching career in Spring Grove, MN.

Elaine and Cal were married on July 12, 1947, at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran church. Cal’s 20-year career in the Navy took them all over the U.S.A.  After Cal’s retirement from the Navy in 1963, they settled in St. Paul, MN and eventually retired to Coon Valley in 1983. Although Elaine traveled widely, she always thought of Coon Valley and the surrounding area as the most beautiful in the world.



Thomas "Tom" L. Tollackson, 51, Chaseburg

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Thomas “Tom” L. Tollackson, 51, of Chaseburg, died Friday February 10, 2017 at his home of natural causes.  He was born December 25, 1965 in Viroqua to Larry and Judy (Lenser) Tollackson.  Tom was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  He graduated from Westby High School in 1984.  Tom worked at La Crosse Footwear until they closed and then at Organic Valley in Chaseburg until 2015.  He was an avid golfer and in his earlier years enjoyed hunting and playing softball.  Tom had a special bond with his nieces and enjoyed special times with them including golf and other sporting events.



David B. Johnson, 84, of Chaseburg

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flagDavid Bryce Johnson, 84, of Chaseburg, Wisconsin, passed away on February 3, 2017, surrounded by family and loved ones. David was born on Nov. 15, 1932, in LaCrosse WI and lived most of his life in Chaseburg.  David married Nancy Meyer on September 20, 1952 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Westby.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and upon discharge, returned to Chaseburg to work at the Chaseburg Creamery where he became a licensed, award-winning buttermaker.  Additionally, he farmed the dairy farm started by his grandfather (Andrew Johnson).  This was the same farm where as a young child, with his older sister, he delivered milk to village customers.

He would later become the Postmaster in Chaseburg for 36 years where many will remember him as he rode his bicycle to work every day during good weather.  He was a lifelong member of the Chaseburg Legion Post 202 and served as the Legion Commander for many years.  He was also a lifelong dairyman having lived on the village dairy farm and continued to farm until 1985.  David was always quick to smile and laugh and loved sharing a good joke. While not working his two jobs, he enjoyed ball games, his cars and pickup trucks.



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.


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.



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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