Harland G. Semke, 93, LaCrosse/Coon Valley

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Harland G. Semke, 93, of La Crosse and formerly of rural Coon Valley, received the crown of life that God had promised through faith in Jesus Christ Thursday September 24, 2015. He had been a resident of Hillview Health Care Center the last 3 years.  Harland was born May 30, 1922 the son of George and Ida (Kotzke) Semke in rural Coon Valley.   He was baptized at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  He attended Victory School on North Ridge.  Harland was united in marriage to Helen Gronvold on June 30, 1949 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The Lord blessed them with three children, Kevin, Jerene and Karl.  The couple farmed the century Semke home farm on North Ridge, rural Coon Valley for many years.  Harland enjoyed farming and doing custom work for area farmers. He was a faithful, lifelong member of St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church where he served as council president and treasurer, the cemetery board, and Luther High delegate. He was a member of the Coon Valley Lions Club, the Vernon County Farm Bureau, Washington Town Board and the La Crosse County Holstein Breeders.  In retirement he was employed at Jerry’s Place and Baus Catering.



Jerome O. Rudie, 56, of rural Westby

Jerome “Rude Dog” O. Rudie, 56, of rural Westby, died Friday September 18, 2015 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.  He was born November 20, 1958 to Edwin and Hazel (Ihle) Rudie in La Crosse. Jerome was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. He graduated from Westby High School in 1977 followed by a year at WWTC in La Crosse.  Jerome worked for a sign company in La Crosse for 13 years and then for the State of Wisconsin as a prison guard for 13 years until 2008 when a disability led to his retirement. He married the love of his life, Betty (Niemeyer) Avila on December 8, 1991 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Betty died January 23, 2008.  Jerome loved spending time with family and friends and his work as a prison guard. He enjoyed watching the Chaseburg-Coon Valley Blues baseball at the Coon Valley Park and was a great fan of the Badgers, Brewers and Packers.



Thomas "Tom" C. Floyd, 68, of Chaseburg

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flagThomas “Tom” C. Floyd, 68, of Chaseburg passed into eternal life on Monday August 24, 2015 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born August 5, 1947 to Charles and Lydia (Bolman) Floyd in Racine.  Tom married Linda Sepenski on January 4, 1966 and they divorced in 2000.  He married Sharon Loefflad on October 23, 2002.  Tom served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Chaseburg American Legion Post #202 and the Chaseburg Rod and Gun Club. He enjoyed hunting, watching sports and westerns, playing golf and spending time with family.  Tom was an avid Packer, Badger and Brewer fan and deeply loved his dogs. His favorite song was “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart.



John F. Korthals, 90, Chaseburg/LaCrosse

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John F. Korthals, Jr. was quietly welcomed into the arms of his loving Savior on Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, La Crosse, where he had resided for the past month. Born on July 27, 1925 to John, Sr. and Bertha (nee Kapanke) Korthals, he lived in La Crosse for a few years before moving to the family farm. On August 19, 1949 he was united in marriage with Alice (nee Schauble) at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Caledonia, MN. Together they farmed outside of Chaseburg, WI, where they were members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Town of Hamburg. Their marriage was blessed with six children: James (Jean), Mequon, WI; Linda (Doug) Burrows, Eau Claire, WI; Susan (Greg) Paul, La Crosse, WI; Gary (Carla), Sparta, WI; Gordon (Becky), Oshkosh, WI; and Eric (Caryn), Baraboo, WI. John was further blessed with 22 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.



Monroe S. Olson, 86, of La Crosse

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Held dearly in the hearts of family and friends, Monroe Olson, 86, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully on August 18 in hospice care at Gunderson Health System in La Crosse.

Born November 16, 1928, at home on the family farm near Coon Valley, Wisconsin, Monroe and his sister and three brothers were raised by Mabel (Ambrosen) and Sidney Olson.

Monroe and Donna Belle Garves were married on July 3, 1949, and had sixty-six full years together as partners and as parents of their four children. Family, friends, and work were the center of Monroe’s life.



Joseph A. Haugen, 90, of Coon Valley

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Joseph A. Haugen, 90, of Coon Valley died Monday August 10, 2015 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.  Joseph was born May 7, 1925 to John and Amanda (Brennum) Haugen in Timber Coulee, rural Coon Valley. The family moved to the South Ridge of Coon Valley in 1924 where he lived the rest of his life. He was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church and attended Erickson School.  Joseph farmed his entire life on the Haugen home farm with his brother Ernest.  He was a strong believer and supporter of small farms and conservation. The Haugen family farm, a century farm, was one of the first that initiated soil conservation practices that changed farming nationwide.  It began in 1933 with the Coon Creek Watershed project. They have maintained all the original conservation practices to this day.  Joseph was a self-taught mechanic and fixed everything on the farm.  Every fence post on the farm was hand made. He was a lifetime member of the Sons of Norway in La Crosse and the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.



Daniel J. Hilton, 71, of Viola

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flagDaniel J. Hilton, 71, of rural Viola died Saturday August 8, 2015 at his home.  He was born July 9, 1944 in Vernon County to Jack and Grace Hilton.  Dan was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War from November 16, 1964 to February 27, 1969, serving on the USS Ranger.  He married Maureen Dondero on December 8, 1983 in Reno, Nevada.  The couple lived in Oregon, Washington and Illinois before moving back to Wisconsin about 20 years ago.  They have lived at rural Viola the past 13 years.  Dan worked for Texas Instruments and various other companies as a computer and communication specialist, retiring in 2009.



Stephen M. Sapuder, 71, of La Crosse

Stephen M. Sapuder, 71, of La Crosse died Wednesday July 22, 2015 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born October 24, 1943 in Sparta to Stephen A. and Doris (Abrahamson) Sapuder.  Stephen served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965 mostly in Great Falls, Montana.  He worked at Boeing Co. in Seattle, WA for 37 years.  On October 8, 1988 he married Donna Christianson Koula in Leavenworth, WA. The couple moved to La Crosse in 2004. Stephen enjoyed hockey, women’s tennis, the Green Bay Packers and jazz music.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; a daughter Christine Sapuder of Tacoma, WA; a son Michael (Joy) Sapuder of Auburn, WA; a step daughter Shelly (Steve) Engh of Coon Valley; 2 step grandchildren Jordan Bullock and Zack Bolstad; 3 sisters, Jackie, JoAnn and Pat and many other relatives.



Leon G. Urbanek, 76 of Coon Valley

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Leon G. Urbanek, 76 of Coon Valley, died Tuesday July 21, 2015 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.  He was born November 19, 1938 to Leonard and Marie (Baudler) Urbanek.  Leon farmed for many years at rural Coon Valley.  He married Carol Haynie on October 24, 1992 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Leon was an avid tractor collector and enjoyed playing bingo.

Survivors include his wife, Carol of Coon Valley; a step son Ray Haynie and his wife Carol Sorensen of Auburn, Washington; a step daughter Cheryl Reno and a step grandson David Reno both of Garland, Texas; a sister-in-law Phyllis Ender of Eagan, Minnesota and other relatives and friends.



Alvina C. Krachel, 98, of rural Chaseburg

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Alvina C. Krachel, 98, of rural Chaseburg, passed away peacefully Tuesday June 23, 2015 at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse.  She was born to Clarence and Alice (Olson) Johnson on December 5, 1916 at Hixton.  Her parents moved to Whitehall where she was baptized. They then moved to Westby where she was confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church by Rev. Rondestvedt.  Alvina graduated from Westby High School and attended the Vernon County Normal School in Viroqua. On October 25, 1945 she married Frederick “Fritz” Krachel at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church by Rev. Holum. The couple farmed in the Chaseburg area.



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