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.



Peggy A. Jarrett, 39 of Ferryville

Peggy A. Jarrett, 39, of Ferryville, died Saturday June 13, 2015 at her home.  She was born October 20, 1975 to Raymond and Shirley (Wilson) Jarrett in La Crosse.  Peggy enjoyed baking, fishing, horse riding and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her 2 daughters, Julian Miles of Waukon, Iowa and Katelyn Mowery of Viroqua; 2 grandchildren, Braxton Ostrem and Kinsley Skye Nelson; her mother Shirley Jarrett and step father Steve Streif of Ferryville; a sister Vicki (Kurt) Ruegg of Onalaska and a brother Jack Jarrett (Michelle Antoniewicz) of Coon Valley and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.



Cheryl J. Roesler, 61 of La Crosse

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Cheryl J. Roesler, 61, of La Crosse died Saturday, June 6, 2015 in her home. She was born May 2, 1954, in Madison, Wis., to Willard and Leona (Gilman) Kelly.

 When you think of strength, courage, and compassion, I hope you think of Cheryl.  Cheryl was a true cancer warrior.  In 1997 she was diagnosed with and conquered colon cancer.  In December of 2013 Cheryl was given the devastating news that cancer was back and this time would lead her to her final resting place.  You would never have known how much she was suffering.  She always put others first wanting to bring joy to all, which gave her strength.

 One of Cheryl’s last wishes was for her loved ones to never lose their humor. With her humor, she lifted the spirits of everyone she knew.  Her laugh and her smile will resonate from the deepest parts of those who knew her.  She is now surrounded by loved ones who passed before her looking upon us saying stop crying, and gamble a little by taking a chance with laughter and life.



James M. Nagle, 72 of Chaseburg

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flagJames M. Nagle, 72, of rural Chaseburg, died Saturday May 23, 2015 at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse.  He was born November 24, 1942 to Morgan and Hazel (Dingeldein) Nagle in La Crosse. He graduated from La Crosse Central High School in 1960.  Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964 with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, NC.  He married Sharon Hagen on July 24, 1964 at Caledonia, MN.  Jim worked as a welder for the Trane Company in La Crosse for many years, retiring in 2003.  He was member of the La Crosse Eagles Aerie 1254 and the Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing and working outside.



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