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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 



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. 


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.


Ernest "Ernie" N. Nelson, 78, of Coon Valley

  Ernest “Ernie” N. Nelson, 78, of Coon Valley died Friday, January 22, 2010 at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse. 

He was born January 26, 1931, at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse to Elmer and Nora (Mahlum) Nelson.  He was baptized February 22, 1931 and confirmed on May 27, 1945 by Pastor H.O. Bach, at Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  He was a 1948 graduate of Westby High School.  Ernie served in the United States Army from January 29, 1952 until January 28, 1954, in Korea.  On December 3, 1966, he married Audrey J. Gronvold at Coon Valley Lutheran Church by Pastor R.J. Vevle.


Kathryn "Kay" A. Sedevie, 81 of La Crosse and formerly of Coon Valley

Kathryn “Kay” A. Sedevie, 81, of LaCrosse and formerly of Coon Valley died Friday January 8, 2010 at Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse. She was born September 12, 1928 to Louis and Amelia (Paulson) Sather in the town of Washington, La Crosse County. 


Eva E. Gullord, 91, of LaCrosse

Eva E. Gullord, 91, of La Crosse, died Thursday January 7, 2010 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.  She was born April 4, 1918 to Joseph and Clara (Strangstalien) Johnson in Coon Township, Vernon County.

She was baptized and confirmed at Vang Lutheran Church, rural Westby.  Eva married Clinton Gullord on April 4, 1938 at the Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Parsonage in Westby by Rev. Holum.  The couple farmed the Gullord home farm at rural Coon Valley before moving to La Crosse in 1963.  Eva worked at Montgomery Ward and then at Bethany Riverside both in La Crosse for several years retiring in 1985.  She was a long time member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Eva enjoyed doll collecting and antiques. 




Evelyn H. Spears, 92, of Stoddard

Evelyn H. Spears, 92, of Stoddard, died Thursday January 7, 2010 at her home.  She was born in rural Chaseburg on September 11, 1917 the daughter of Adolph and Emma (Seidel) Lenser. Evelyn graduated from Central High School in 1935.  She married Harold Stromstad and they farmed on Chaseburg ridge.  They were later divorced and in 1948 she married Chester Spears.  They spent most of their married lives gardening and truck farming on County Hwy. B in the town of Medary.  Evelyn also worked at Culp’s Restaurant in La Crosse for 16 years. Chester and Evelyn also raised Red Factor canaries for many years – often having over 300 canaries in their home. They retired to Stoddard in 1981 and enjoyed playing cards with friends.  Chester died November 5, 1993.  In later years Evelyn and Bonnie enjoyed many trips to the casinos and made many friends on the bus trips.



Survivors include her daughter Bonnie Spears of Stoddard; several cousins and special friends Elaine Wrobel and Doris Sorenson.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Chester and her daughter and son-in-law Emily and John Bruun.    


Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday January 11, 2010 at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley.  Rev. Dean Staffanson will officiate with burial in the Stoddard Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call at the Seland Funeral Home on Monday from noon until service time.


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