Obituaries

Katherine "Kathy" M. Ratwik, 63, of Coon Valley

Katherine “Kathy” M. Ratwik, 63, of Coon Valley died Thursday May 6, 2010 at her home. She was born February 22, 1947 to Edwin and Dorothy (Meek) Hansen in La Crosse.  Kathy graduated from Caledonia High School in 1965 and later from WWTC in La Crosse for accounting.  On October 21, 1978 she married Richard Ratwik.  The couple lived in various places before settling in Oshkosh.  Following Richard’s death in 2004, Kathy moved to Coon Valley to be closer to family.  She enjoyed playing cards, going to casinos and spending time with family.  She was a member of the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church.

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DeVerne C. Seland, 79, of Coon Valley

DeVerne C. Seland, 79, of Coon Valley, died peacefully early Sunday April 11, 2010 at his home. He was born September 14, 1930 in Jefferson Township, Vernon County to Clarence and Signe (Skolos) Seland. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1948. DeVerne served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army from November 1952 to November 1954 spending most of his time in South Korea.  He attended La Crosse State College and graduated from the Univ. of Minnesota with a degree in Mortuary Science in 1959.  DeVerne married Lillian Norby on September 12, 1959 at the Elim Swedish Covenant Church in Minneapolis. He was employed by the Goodrich Funeral Homes in Durand and Menomonie from July 1959 to December 1964. The couple then moved to Coon Valley having purchased the funeral home and furniture store from G.S. Gilbertson. After 30 years he sold the funeral home to his son Mark and the flooring store to his son Tim.

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John W. Parshall, 79 of Coon Valley

John W. Parshall, 79, of Coon Valley, died April 10, 2010 at his home. He was born January 25, 1931 in Marion, Ohio to John K. and Daisy (Thomas) Parshall.  He spent his youth in Ohio, living in the cities of Marion, Lorain, Ravenna, Kent and Lima.  John graduated from Lima Central High School in 1948 and served in the U.S. Air Force from December 27, 1950 to December 3, 1954.  His training and duties were as a Jet Interceptor aircraft mechanic and crew chief. He was stationed in Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, TX, Truax Field in Madison, Johnson AFB in Japan and Wold-Chamberlain Field in Minneapolis, MN.  While stationed at Truax Field in Madison he met his wife of 57 years, Betty Arlene Kidd of Highland, Wisconsin.

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Barbara A. Black, 55, of Coon Valley

Barbara A. Black, 55 of Coon Valley passed away Tuesday April 6, 2010 surrounded by her loving family at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse.  She was born February 15, 1955 in Boscobel to John and Betty (Kidd) Parshall.  Barb graduated from Boscobel High School in 1973.  She married Steve Black on June 26, 1976 in Boscobel. 

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Thoralf "Tug" M. Olson, 88, Coon Valley

Thoralf “Tug” M. Olson, 88, formerly of Coon Valley passed away peacefully at his home Friday April 2, 2010 with his family at his side.  He was born October 1, 1921 to Sigurd and Adleida (Hofslien) Olson in Westby. Tug was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Esofea. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1939.  Tug enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1941. Following basic training in Biloxi, Miss., he completed Air Force Supply School in Fort Logan, Colorado. Tug was assigned to the Army Air Force Transport Command in London, England.  While in London, Tug met and married his wife of 65 years Annie (Roberts). After World War II, Tug returned home to Coon Valley where they farmed. He also worked at Norplex in La Crosse for 25 years. Tug served on the Board of Directors of the Vernon County Farm Bureau and was a 64 year member of the Coon Valley American Legion Post #116 where he served as commander. 

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Milton "Tony" J. Jorgenson, 89, of Coon Valley

Milton “Tony” J. Jorgenson, 89, of Coon Valley, died Tuesday March 9, 2010 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.  He was born April 4, 1920 to Melvin and Johanne (Haugen) Jorgenson in Coon Township, Vernon County.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  He graduated from Central High School in La Crosse in 1938.  Tony married Ruth Engh on June 24, 1941 in Minneapolis. She died June 7, 1997.  Tony was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.  He was a member of the 25th Infantry Division and fought on the island of Luzon, Philippines. He was also on the Recon. Patrol. After the war ended, he was in the army occupation forces in Japan. Tony worked for many years as a welder at Trane Co. and retired in 1982. He was a well known banjo player who played in various polka bands in the area – the most recent being Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen. Tony lived his whole life in Coon Valley until 2003 when he moved in with his daughter Rachel (Larry) Strangstalien.  In May 2009, after breaking his hip, he moved to Norseland Nursing Home. 

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Alice B. Peterson, 90, of Chaseburg

Alice B. Peterson, 90, of Chaseburg, was called to her heavenly home Monday March 8, 2010 at Hillview Healthcare Center in La Crosse. Alice was born July 15, 1919, one of 4 children of Jesse and Emma (Lamprich) Bluske. She was raised in the town of Harmony, rural Chaseburg.  Alice was married to Carl Peterson on May 22, 1940.  Carl died on February 24, 1954.  She then married Milton Peterson on December 7, 1957. Milton died May 2, 1994.  Alice worked at La Crosse Garment Factory and Jack Winters for 21 years. Her hobbies included gardening, playing cards, quilting and fishing.  She had a passion for canning and making food. 

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Stanley A. Hoff, 86, of rural Westby

Stanley A. Hoff, 86, of rural Westby, died Monday March 1, 2010 at his home. He was born March 12, 1923 to Hilmer and Marie (Bagstad) Hoff in Coon Township, Vernon County.  Stanley was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  He attended Nerison School. Stanley married Loretta Reeves in 1971 in Iowa.  She preceded him in death.  Stanley farmed and for many years worked with his brothers Howard and Leif at the Hoff Brothers Well Service.  In his earlier years he operated a mink farm.  Stanley enjoyed taxidermy, hunting, fishing and working with steam engines. 

 

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Rolf G. Dauve, 65, of La Crosse/Westby

Rolf G. Dauve, 65, of La Crosse, died Thursday February 25, 2010 at his home.  He was born July 10, 1944 to Alf and Clara (Tomten) Dauve in La Crosse.  Rolf was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  He grew up on a rural Westby farm and graduated from Westby High School in 1962.  Rolf was a career U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam War aboard the aircraft carriers USS Saratoga and USS Enterprise. After retiring from the Navy, he worked as a custodian for the Chaska Middle School in Chaska, Minnesota for 10 years.  He moved to La Crosse in June of 2009.  Rolf enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid sports fan especially of the Green Bay Packers. 

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Samuel Sam A. McKay

Samuel “Sam” A. McKay, 78, of Chaseburg, died Sunday January 24, 2010 at his home.  He was born to Robert and Ruth (Eastman) McKay in Swampscott, Massachusetts and was raised there.  Sam was a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. You may remember Sam as the owner of the McKay Town Campus Bookstore that was located at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse campus until he sold the business in 1977. He was a life member of the Mayflower Society, and a life member and past treasurer of the Chaseburg Rod & Gun Club. Sam enjoyed writing, hunting and had a passion for jazz as well as the company of his many dear friends. He was also an avid fan of Wisconsin Badger football and the Boston Red Sox.

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