Obituaries

Lillian M. Volden, 87, Westby/Coon Valley

Lillian M. Volden, 87, died Sunday December 13, 2009 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby where she had been a resident since April. The past 8 years she had lived at the Bothne House in Coon Valley. She was born August 8, 1922 to Willie and Inga (Hage) Bjorge at home in Coon Township, Vernon County.  Lillian was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member at Vang Lutheran Church.  On June 14, 1944 she married Denver Ramsett in Baltimore, Maryland.  She then married Purdy Volden on October 2, 1976. He died January 19, 1999. 


Lillian worked at Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse for 10 years before retiring.  She enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers, playing cards, traveling and being with family.

 

 

Survivors include one son Dennis (Barbara) Ramsett of Janesville; one grandson Steven Ramsett of Arlington, TX; 2 great granddaughters Abbigail and Ashley Ramsett; a sister Irene Larson of Coon Valley; a brother Lester Bjorge of Del City, OK and many nieces and nephews. 

 

In addition to her parents and husbands she was preceded in death by 4 brothers Joel, Willard, Albert and Glenn and one sister Avis Strom.    

 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday December 17, 2009 at Vang Lutheran Church, rural Westby with Rev. Julie Wollman officiating. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until service time. Memorials may be given to Vang Lutheran Church. 

 

Sandra "Sandy" K. Mathison, 67, of Coon Valley

Sandra “Sandy” K. Mathison, 67, of Coon Valley and formerly of Chaseburg died Tuesday November 10, 2009 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse from injuries following a fall in her home.  She was born February 16, 1942 to Martin and Alma (Myhre) Ostrem in Chaseburg.  She graduated from Westby High School in 1960.  Sandy married Richard Mathison on June 24, 1967.  Richard died November 18, 2008. She enjoyed going for walks and Wednesday morning breakfast with Karen Jaeger.  Sandy was an active member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. 

 

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Orville M. Lehrke, 90, of Chaseburg

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Nora F. Peterson, 93, of La Crosse

Nora F. Peterson, 93, of La Crosse, died Tuesday November 3, 2009 at Lakeview Health Center in West Salem.  She was born October 4, 1916 to Fred and Olga (Hellerud) Peterson in Hamburg Township, Vernon County.  Nora was baptized, confirmed and a life long member of Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church, rural Chaseburg.  She worked for many years as a nursing assistant at Bethany on Cass. 

 

Survivors include several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters and 7 brothers. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday November 9, 2009 at Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Rev. Donald Stein will officiate with burial in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Monday from 3 p.m. until service time. The Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley is assisting the family.  Memorials may be given to the Middle Coon Valley Church Building Fund. 

 

Alice Jergena Schlicht, 86, of Chaseburg

Alice Jergena Schlicht, 86 of rural Chaseburg died Thursday October 22, 2009 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born July 26, 1923 to John H. and Amanda (Gabrielson) Ostrem in Jefferson Township, Vernon County.  She married Edmund Schlicht on September 28, 1946. The couple farmed their married life on the Schlicht home farm in Harmony Township. Besides farming she enjoyed gardening, especially her flower gardens. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. 

 

Survivors include two sons Raymond (Ann) and Alvin (Sue) both of rural Chaseburg; 8 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 4 sisters Doris Sorenson of Coon Valley, Arlene Severson of Holmen, Francis (Eugene) Bekkedal of Viroqua and Rachel (Emil) Cornell of Barre Mills; 2 sisters-in-law Dorothy Ostrem of Viroqua and Myrna Ostrem of Chaseburg; an aunt Haldes in Norway and many other relatives and friends. 

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edmund on December 28, 2002; two brothers Herb and John O. Ostrem and two brothers-in-law Raymond Sorenson and Sylvan Severson.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday October 26, 2009 at the Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Rev. Donald Fox and Rev. Mitzi Miyamoto will officiate with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in La Crosse.  Friends may call on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until service time. Memorials may be given to Gundersen Lutheran Hospice.   

 

 

Albert "Al" Schwartz, 84, Viroqua


Albert “Al” Schwartz, 84, of Viroqua, died Thursday October 22, 2009 at his home. He was born August 20, 1925 in Monroe, Wis. to Albert and Mary (Westgard) Schwartz.  He was U.S. Army World War II veteran.  On April 1, 1949 Albert married Carol DeBoth in Dubuque, Iowa.  The couple lived in Milwaukee and raised a family until 1980 when they moved to their hobby farm in Antigo. In 1989 they moved to Brodhead and since June 1994 Albert has lived in Viroqua.  Carol passed away April 12, 2008. Albert worked for 31 years at Jos. Schlitz Brewing Company.  He was a past commander of the VFW Post in Milwaukee and enjoyed collecting coins, walking and visiting with people and dogs daily.

 

Survivors include four children; daughter Ann Marie (Thomas) Smith of Onalaska, 3 sons David of Sun City, Ariz., Tom (Sue) of Anacortes, Wash., and Alan (Mary) of Central Point, Oregon; 7 grandchildren Kimberly, Jason, Debbie, Rachael, Carol, Nicki and Vito; 10 great grandchildren; one brother Glen (Mary) of Monroe; nieces, nephews and many dear friends in and around the Viroqua area.

 

In addition to his wife Carol, he was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter-in-law Carol; two sisters Marge and Rachael and his dog Penney.

 

Friends and family are invited for a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday October 26, 2009 at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley with a prayer service at 6:45 p.m. Private burial will be at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park.

 

Archie M. Brye, 73, Westby

Archie M. Brye, 73, of rural Westby, died Tuesday October 6, 2009 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.  He was born March 5, 1936 to Arthur and Judith (Vatland) Brye in La Crosse.  Archie was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. He graduated from Westby High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1959.  Archie farmed his entire life in Timber Coulee with his cousins Jimmy and Merwin Bjornstad. 

 

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Richard A. Berg, 71, of Coon Valley

Richard A. Berg, 71, of Coon Valley died Sunday May 17, 2009 at his home.  He was born December 25, 1937 to John and Agnes (Strupp) Berg Sr. in La Crosse.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Richard married Rachel Bjornstad on June 27, 1959 at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church.  The couple lived in Rockford, Illinois for 9 years before moving to Coon Valley in 1968.  Richard served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962.  He worked at Trane Company in La Crosse for 28 years and also owned and operated Berg Refrigeration for almost 40 years.

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Dorothy A. Hohlfeld, 66, of Chaseburg

Dorothy A. Hohlfeld, 66, of Chaseburg, died Wednesday July 15, 2009 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.  She was born September 23, 1942 to Albert and Audra (Wheeler) Dalsasso in La Crosse.  She attended Westby High School.  Dorothy married Sylvester Hohlfeld on August 8, 1959 and together they farmed the home farm until 1993.  Sylvester died April 28, 2007. One of her greatest joys was taking care of her family and spending time with them.  She also enjoyed crocheting.

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