Obituaries

Nancy Jean Moilien, 82, of rural Westby

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Nancy Jean Moilien, 82 of rural Westby, died Monday January 16, 2017 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua where she had been a resident the past 2 years.  She was born July 7, 1934 in La Crosse to Clarence and Nancy (Melvin) Ringquist.  Nancy was baptized at the Salzer Memorial Church and confirmed at the Wesley United Methodist Church in La Crosse. She graduated from Central High School in 1952.  Nancy married Paul Moilien on March 31, 1956 at the Wesley United Methodist Church. The couple farmed their married life in Spring Coulee.  Paul died on April 22, 2011. Nancy also worked for a short time at the Trane Company in La Crosse. She was a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church where she served as the first woman on the church council. She was also a former Sunday school teacher and was active in the Ruth Circle and WELCA.  Nancy enjoyed reading, cooking and baking and spending time with her grandsons.

 

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Ronald A. Willis, 80, of Stoddard

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flag  Ronald Alfred Willis, 80, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, from mesothelioma. He was diagnosed in June, granting him the gift of time with family and friends to say his goodbyes and put his affairs in order.

He was born Jan. 19, 1936 in Richland Center, WI to Alfred and Isabelle Willis. He was raised in Richland Center and graduated from Richland Center High School. After graduation, Ron joined the army and spent 1 1/2 years in Germany with an army engineer bridge company where he cleared post-WWII rubble. Upon discharge he took advantage of the GI Bill and attended college - first at Platteville, then at UW Madison, where he graduated in 1962 with bachelor's degrees in geology and meteorology.

On Sept. 1, 1961, Ron married Maripat Dale, also from Richland Center, and in 1962 began his career in meteorology with the National Weather Service at the forecast office in Minneapolis, MN. While living in Minneapolis, Ron and Maripat's daughters Nancy and Julie were born. During the next nearly 30 years, Ron's career took the family to Michigan, Wake Island (in the central Pacific), Fairbanks, AK, Fresno, CA, back to Fairbanks, and finally back to Minneapolis, where he retired in 1991.

 

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Wesley E. Bluske, 85, of Chaseburg

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Wesley Eugene Bluske, 85, of Chaseburg, passed away at his home in Chaseburg Monday, January 2, 2017. He was born in the Town of Harmony in rural Chaseburg on August 8, 1931 to Harry C. Bluske and Frieda (Schroeder) Bluske. Wesley married Carol Wrobel at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg on Sept. 25, 1953.

Wesley was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1949 where he played high school baseball, was on the Legion baseball team and South Ridge baseball teams as a left fielder.  Wesley farmed in rural Chaseburg with his dad until December 1955 when he owned and operated the Bluske Mobil Station until his retirement in 2004.  Community and church involvement was very important to him.  He was a life-long member of St. Peter’s Church where he held many positions within the church council and sang in the church choir for over 70 years.  He was an assessor and trustee for the village of Chaseburg for over 30 years, a volunteer at the Gundersen Health Center for 10 years, a member of the Friends of Chaseburg and on the Senior Preferred Advising Committee.  Wesley enjoyed spending time with family and friends.   His hobbies included music, fishing, woodworking, golfing, as well as reading and watching all sporting events.

 

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Mary L. King, 88, of Coon Valley

Mary L. King, 88, of Coon Valley died Monday January 2, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse with her daughter by her side.  She was born December 10, 1928 to Alfred and Eva (Eilertson) Hoff in La Crosse.  Mary was confirmed and a lifelong member of the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church, rural Chaseburg.  She graduated from Central High School in La Crosse, Vernon County Normal School and LaCrosse State Teacher’s College (UW-L).  Mary taught for several at Cliffside School in Chaseburg, Shawano, Eau Claire and Viroqua Schools.  She was married to Jim King on August 20, 1960. She then farmed near Coon Valley with her husband for many years.

Mary was a member of the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church where she was active in WELCA, quilting and was a former Sunday school teacher. She was also a long time member of the Chaseburg American Legion Post #202 Auxiliary.  Mary enjoyed gardening, canning, attending country music concerts and was well known for her excellent baking. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandson, Haakon.

 

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Lucile A. Kumm, 98, of Coon Valley

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Lucile Anna Kumm, 98, of Coon Valley, passed away at Gundersen Heath System on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. She was born to Anna (Sedevie) and Joseph Silha on April 6, 1918 in Bowman, North Dakota, the third of six children. She married Lloyd Kumm on May 20, 1952 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Coon Valley. They lived in La Crosse until 1961, when they purchased a farm near Stoddard. Lucile worked for many years at Rocky’s Supper Club. She was active in the Coon Valley American Legion Auxiliary, Sr. Mary’s Altar Society, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church until the time of her death. Lucile enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, cooking, and baking. She loved and was dearly loved by her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Marilyn (Marv) Nordquist of Hayward, Wisconsin, Brian (Karen) Kumm of Algona, Iowa, Catherine Saari of Farmington, Minnesota, and Neil Kumm of Coon Valley, Wisconsin. Nine Grandchildren: Anna Taylor of Madison, Wisconsin, Steve (Renee) Nordquist of Hayward, Wisconsin, Matthew Nordquist (Justine Harris) of Madison, Wisconsin, Ryya and Logan Kumm of Winter Garden, Florida, Ian Saari (Fiancée Christine Avery) Farmington, Minnesota, Elsa Marden (Tyler) of Laurel, Maryland, Brianna and Travis Kumm of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Three great grandchildren: Sierra and Nikolas Nordquist, Hayward, Wisconsin, and Evan Nordquist, Madison, Wisconsin. Two step grandchildren: Aaron Rosenblum of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Eli Rosenblum of Madison, Wisconsin. Special niece Jan Larson of La Crosse, Wisconsin, one sister-in-law Corky Silha of Glendive, Montana, and many nieces and nephews.

 

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Leo J. Lusk, 84, of Coon Valley

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flagLeo J. Lusk, 84, of Coon Valley passed away Monday, December 26, 2016 after a long battle with emphysema.  He was born on May 26, 1932 to Albert & Anna (Breidel) Lusk.  He grew up on a farm that he loved near Coon Valley.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1955 and served his term on the Aircraft Carrier USS Saratoga.  After his service he met the love of his life, Geraldine Goyette and they got married June 21, 1958.  They bought the farm next to his parent’s in 1959 and farmed until retiring.  He then worked at Coulee Refrigeration for several years.   In 2014 they moved to Onalaska.  They were blessed with 6 wonderful children.  Brian (Colleen), Vickie Meyer, Michael (Becky), LeeAnn Lein, Gregory (Ellen) and Jackie Lusk, twelve grandchildren, Joshua, Carlie, Alexander, Melissa, Matthew, Jessica, Nicholas, Jacob, Theresa, Maria, Emma and Adam and 3 great-grandchildren, Chase, Calvin and Ezra.  He is also survived by two brothers James (Mary) and Gerald.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Joanne.  Leo loved to farm, specifically plowing and splitting wood.  After retirement he finally found the time to enjoy a new past-time – fishing.

 

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Katherine M. Johnson, 92, LaCrosse/Chaseburg

Katherine M. Johnson, 92, of La Crosse and formerly of Chaseburg, died Thursday December 22, 2016 in her home at Eagle Crest South. She was born December 15, 1924 in the Town of Jefferson, Vernon County to Oliver and Esther (Gronning) Nerison.  Katherine was baptized at Bethel Lutheran Church, rural Viroqua and confirmed at Vang Lutheran Church, rural Westby.  She attended Nerison School and graduated from Viroqua High School in 1942.  Katherine attended Coleman Technical School in La Crosse. She worked at Western Fruit Co. and then Trane Co. in La Crosse.  Katherine married Donald Johnson on October 11, 1947 at Vang Lutheran Church.  The couple farmed near Westby until 1955 when they moved to a farm near Chaseburg.  They moved to La Crosse in 1990. Donald died July 10, 2002. Katherine was an active member of the Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church, Sarah Circle and WELCA where she served as president. In earlier years she was a leader with Homemakers and 4-H. Katherine’s faith was her foundation and her family was most important. She loved spending time with all of them.

 

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Paul L. Martin, 91, of Onalaska

Paul L. Martin, 91, of Onalaska died Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.

Paul was born in Crawford County, WI on June 26, 1925 to Orland and Eva (Knaus) Martin.  On December 4, 1946, he married Doris Nelson at Five Points Lutheran Church, Blue River, WI. , and they recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with their family.   Paul spent many years as a cheesemaker in various rural cheese plants.  He and his family relocated to Newburg’s Corners in 1964 where they were well known for their prize winning cheddar cheese and cheese curds.

 

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Audrey J. Nelson, 76, of Coon Valley

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Audrey Joanne Nelson, age 76, of Coon Valley, died Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016, at Brookdale Senior Living in La Crosse.

She was born October 2, 1940, at La Crosse Hospital in La Crosse, WI to Arthur Olaf Gronvold and Tilla Josephine (Strangstadlien) Gronvold.  She was baptized on October 27, 1940 by Pastor Harold Bach and was confirmed on May 22, 1955 by Pastor Harold T. Masted, both at Upper Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  She graduated from Erickson Grade School on May 14, 1954, and she graduated from Westby High School on May 30, 1958.  She attended Vocational School in La Crosse (secretarial course) from September 1958 until March 1959.  On Dec. 3, 1966, she married Ernest N. Nelson at Coon Valley Lutheran Church by Pastor R. J. Vevle.

Audrey worked at Trane Company in La Crosse from March 1959 until May 1968. At that time, she chose to leave Trane Company so that she could stay at home and raise her family.  When her children were older, she worked a few years at Viroqua Leaf Tobacco Co from 1982 through 1984.  Once her oldest child obtained his driver’s license, she began her career at Coon Valley Kwik Trip from September 1984 to December 2005, when she retired.

 

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Anna Marie Sisbach, 82, of rural Westby

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Anna Marie Sisbach, 82, of rural Westby, died Sunday October 2, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.  She was born October 23, 1933 in the town of Coon, Vernon County to Kelly and Lenora (Gilbertson) Lee. She was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Anna Marie attended Spring Coulee School and graduated from Westby High School in 1951. She then worked at the Westby Coon Valley State Bank for a of couple years.  Anna Marie married John L. Sisbach, Jr. on March 9, 1957 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  The couple lived in Beloit for 10 years before moving to the town of Coon where they farmed until retiring in 1999.

 

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