Obituaries

Herbert W. Wehling, 91, Chaseburg

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Herbert W. Wehling, 91, of rural Chaseburg, died Sunday March 13, 2016 at Benedictine Manor in La Crosse. He was born January 12, 1925 to S. William and Helen (Schlicht) Wehling at rural Stoddard.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  Herb married Arlene Manske on July 2, 1949 in Chaseburg.  He farmed until 1965 and then was employed at Trane Co. in La Crosse for 22 years.  His retirement job was G & G (Grunt & Groan) Construction – doing handyman work in the area. Herb was a lifetime member of Hamburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, serving as cemetery board treasurer for 25 years and custodian for 20 years. He also did volunteer work with the Builders for Christ Mission.  He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time.

 

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Shannon "Shay" A. Richardson, 27, of La Crosse

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Shannon A. (“Shay”) Richardson, 27, passed away February 9, 2016, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Shay was born on May 1, 1988, in Duluth, Minnesota, the daughter of Martha Hayes and Gilbert W. Richardson, Jr. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Corey Franklin Richardson and Amos Birnbaum; her stepfather, Charles Hayes; her paternal grandfather, Gilbert W. Richardson, Sr., her maternal grandfathers, William Elvin Teas and Rueben Shelstad; her uncle, Joe Lankston; her aunt, Kathleen Richardson; and her cousin, Megan McCourt.  She is survived by her parents; her sister, Christina Hayes; her brothers, Rueben Bates, and Joseph Hayes; her maternal grandmother, Polly Shelstad; her paternal grandmother, Ruth C. Richardson; her aunts and uncles: Shirley Richardson-McCourt and Tom McCourt; Harriet Richardson; Charles and Carla Richardson; her niece, Nicole Rudert; and her cousins Mary McCourt, Ryan McCourt, Chad Richardson, and Sydney Richardson. She is also survived by many loving friends and family members.

Shay was a graduate of Logan High School, Class of 2006, in LaCrosse, WI. She was employed as a karaoke MC and as a bartender at several local taverns and bars. Her sparkling personality, ready wit, and gorgeous smile were well-known to the patrons of these establishments and drew patrons in wherever she worked. An accomplished poet, Shay had many of her poems published in online poetry forums. She was a proud and supportive member of the Hill Pender Richardson Sturghill Family Association, whose annual reunion she attended every year from the age of 2. Her individuality and freedom of spirit were easily seen through her body piercings and her ever changing hair color. Shay was a creature of love, laughter, beauty, and joy. The earth is poorer for her loss, but heaven is richer for her arrival.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday February 26, 2016 at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley with a visitation from 10 a.m. until service time.  Burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park, rural La Crosse.   All are invited to a benefit for her family also on Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Overtime Sports Bar at 1920 Ward Ave. in La Crosse.

 

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Steven J. Seiler, 67, of rural Coon Valley

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Steven (Teo, T-Man, Kojak) J. Seiler, 67, of rural Coon Valley died in his home peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Steven was born Jan. 19, 1948 in La Crosse to Robert and Carla (Peterson) Seiler. Steven was a 1966 graduate of La Crescent High School.  He was married to Julie Christianson on September 6, 1980 at Westby-Coon Prairie Lutheran Church in Westby.  Steven worked at Interstate Dealer's Supply in La Crosse for over 30 years until February 1997 and retired from Badger Corrugating in March 2014. After his retirement he worked for North Central Wood Products in Fountain City part-time.  Steven enjoyed many years of playing softball in the area, camping, fishing and deer hunting with his family. Steven also was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packer fan for many years.  Steven had a wonderful sense of humor and could always make you smile no matter how bad of a day you were having.  He always had a song to sing (his own lyrics of course) and loved to dance to any kind of music, although the Polka was his favorite.  He will be missed by many who knew him.

 

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Janice L. Kapanke, 76, of rural Coon Valley

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Janice Lorine Kapanke, 76, of rural Coon Valley, died Monday January 11, 2016 at her home.  She was born May 4, 1939 to Harry and Helen (Gilbertson) Beitlich at rural Stoddard.  Janice was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Stoddard.  She graduated from Central High School in 1957.  On July 30, 1960, she married David Kapanke at St. Matthew’s.  The couple farmed in South Dakota until 1986 when they moved to La Crosse. Janice worked for Blue Cross for a short time before being employed by Bosshard Parke in La Crosse for over 20 years.  She was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in La Crosse.  Janice enjoyed gardening, working outside on the lawn, cooking, playing cards and most importantly spending time with her family.

 

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Bergetta J. Jorgenson, 89, of Coon Valley

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Bergetta J. Jorgenson, 89, of Coon Valley died Saturday January 9, 2016 at her home. She was born May 23, 1926 in Vernon County to Thomas and Rikka (Nesset) Johnson.  Bergetta was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  She attended Nerison School and graduated from Westby High School.  Bergetta married Leonard Jorgenson on May 27, 1950 in Coon Valley.  The couple lived in the same house on School Street all their married life where they raised 3 sons.  Leonard died September 17, 2011.  Bergetta was an active member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church, WELCA and Naomi Circle. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, visiting with friends, rummage sales and doing crossword puzzles.

 

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Roger B. Peterson, 90, of Westby

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flagRoger B. Peterson, 90, of Westby peacefully passed away January 6, 2016 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.  He was born June 30, 1925 in Grandview Hospital in La Crosse to Carl M. and Lydia (Hagen) Peterson.  Roger attended Westby Schools.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II prior to his high school graduation, leaving his mother to accept his diploma.  While in the Navy, he operated early IBM equipment and was a member of the Navy Blue Jackets Choir which broadcasted weekly over WGN.  Roger married Grace Buros June 23, 1957 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Westby.  Roger worked at the Westby-Coon Valley State Bank in Westby for 31 years.  After retiring, he worked for several more years at the Ferryville and Stoddard Banks. He was a 1971 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking.

Roger chose to be obedient to Christ in his decision to be baptized as an adult in 1998 at the Viroqua Church of Christ.  He was faithful in daily reading of the scriptures and praying.  In addition to his commitment to Christ, Roger enjoyed being outdoors.  He was an avid walker, spending many hours on the Spring Coulee Hill, and he enjoyed many days golfing. Roger appreciated his time drinking coffee and joshing with Dick and Larry.  Late in his life, he had the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. on the Freedom Honor Flight with Carl.

 

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Doug J. Sebranek, 52, of Coon Valley

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Doug J Sebranek, 52, of Coon Valley, died suddenly Thursday evening December 31, 2015.  He was born July 10, 1963 in La Crosse to Virgil and Joyce (Dorschied) Sebranek.  He graduated from Onalaska High School in 1981.  Doug was passionate about music and he was instrumental in bringing exceptional musicians to the Driftless region.  He was a creator and promoter of Larryfest Music Festival in La Farge and Leo and Leona’s Tavern in Newburg Corners.  He was also an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

Survivors include his siblings, Arnie (Shirley) Sebranek of Onalaska, Larry (Mary) Sebranek of La Crosse, Donna (Ron) Johnson of La Farge, Jim Sebranek (special friend Pat Nestor) of West Salem and Dan (Mary) Sebranek of Coon Valley; aunts Becky Winters of La Farge, Evelyn Erlandson of Hillsboro and Esther Sebranek of La Crosse; an uncle John Pesik of Viroqua; and lifetime friend Mark Grade.  He will also be missed by his cousins, nieces, nephews, great niece and nephews and a host of friends. He was proceeded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Pam Sebranek and great nephew Henry Thomas.

 

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Ruth H. Schroeder, 92, of Chaseburg

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Ruth H. Schroeder, 92, of Chaseburg, died Sunday December 27, 2015 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua where she had been a resident the past 2 years. She was born August 28, 1923 at rural Westby to Herman and Olga (Skaug) Bergum.  Ruth was baptized and confirmed in Bethel Lutheran Church in Esofea.  She graduated from Westby High School and attended Vernon County Normal School.  On June 20, 1946 she married Paul Schroeder at Vang Lutheran Church. The couple farmed at rural Chaseburg for many years.  Paul died in 1985. Ruth moved to the village of Chaseburg in 1994.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg where she was active in Ladies Aid and served on various committees.  Ruth enjoyed dancing and listening to music.

 

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Lester V. Gilbertson, 92, of Coon Valley

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flagLester V. Gilbertson, 92, of Coon Valley died Sunday December 13, 2015 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby. He was born December 23, 1922 to Gustave and Inga (Everson) Gilbertson.  He graduated from Westby High School in 1941.  Lester then worked for his father in the furniture and funeral business in Coon Valley before and after serving in World War II. He served his country in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for 33 months from April 1943 to January 1946 in North Africa, India, Burma and China.  He was with Dr. Gordon Seagrave’s unit, a portable medical/surgical unit, which was mostly in Burma during which he received the Bronze Star.  He served as Postmaster in Coon Valley from July 1953 to January 1984.

On April 27, 1946 he married Betty Bruring, the love of his life, in La Crosse.  They spent their entire married life in Coon Valley until he became a resident of Norseland Nursing Home in Westby in February 2014.  He was honored to have belonged to the Coon Valley American Legion Post 116 for over 70 years.  He was a faithful member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church and served on its Council.  He also served on the church cemetery board for over 30 years.  Lester was privileged to and very proud to have taken the Freedom Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on September 22, 2012.

 

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Allen R. Garvens, 63, Blair/Genoa

Allen R. Garvens, 63, of Blair and formerly of Genoa, died Friday November 27, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.  In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services.

 

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