Hilaine K. Gilbeck, 69, LaCrosse/Coon Valley

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Hilaine K. Gilbeck, 69, of La Crosse and formerly of Coon Valley died unexpectedly Thursday, May 21, 2015 at her home.  She was born August 17, 1945 in Rushford, Minnesota to Clarence and Hilma (Copperud) Berge.  She married Cary Gilbeck and they were later divorced.  Hilaine worked as a medical secretary for many years at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.  She enjoyed sewing, cross stitching and quilting, crossword puzzles and traveling to see her grandchildren.  Hilaine also loved the companionship of her many dogs through the years.



Inez L. Marshall, 82, of Coon Valley

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Inez J. Marshall, 82, of rural Coon Valley died Sunday May 17, 2015 at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.  She was born May 11, 1933 in rural Cashton to Joseph and Agnes (Stalsberg) Paulsrud.  She was baptized and confirmed at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church.  Inez married Glen Marshall on March 21, 1953 at the Dell Church by Rev. John Larson.  She worked at the Trane Co. in La Crosse from July 1951 to August 1973.  Inez enjoyed the outdoors, flowers, rock gardening and the many animals on the farm.  She was member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church and a lifetime member of Country Coon Prairie Lutheran Church in Westby.



LaVern A. "Pete" Kerska, 74, of Coon Valley

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flagLaVern “Pete” A. Kerska of Coon Valley and Pettibone Marina, Dock H. LaCrosse, died honorably, Saturday, May 9th, following a recent diagnosis of cancer.  He was able to enjoy several days surrounded by family and friends in the place he loved to be-on the river.  He was born in Melvina, Feb 21st, 1941 to Luella and Albert Kerska.  His love for the river began early.   He also spent many days as a boy on the Lee Farm in Coon Valley.  Many of his watercraft skills were learned during his service in the US Navy from 1960 to 1964.  While aboard the USS Leary, Pete became leading petty officer of his division and was awarded a Letter of Commendation in Sept 1961 for his performance and outstanding abilities. After being honorably discharged in 1964 he began working for LaCrosse Cooler Company and then LaCrosse Insulation.   In 1965 he married Darlene H. Young from LaFarge, WI. They divorced in 1991.  Together they had four daughters.  In 1974 he moved his family to a dairy farm in Harmony Township on North Ridge Rd, Genoa, WI.  Pete was a man who valued hard work and taking care of your own.  He was a man who knew how to do everything that needed to be done and defined independence.  He was tough but loving.  In 2009, the then downsized farm was sold and he moved to the marina, which was a dream he had always had, for the summers. He spent his winters back in Coon Valley at the Lee Farm.    Pete’s best days were spent with his friends and family on his boat with a fishing pole and cooler.   A week with Grandpa Pete was cherished and usually spent outdoors where he tirelessly taught his family what he had learned.  The annual family sandbar weekends, the afternoon cruises with friends, fish fries in the harbor, showed that he loved life and lived life to the fullest.



Harriet D. White, 91, of Viroqua

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Harriet D. White, 91, of Viroqua, died Wednesday May 6, 2015 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua where she had been a resident the past 4 years.  She was born November 24, 1923 at rural Westby, Vernon County to Albert and Stella (Sebion) Skolos.  She was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Esofea.  Harriet married Lawrence White on September 24, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa.  The couple farmed most of their married life in Liberty Pole and then Westby.  Harriet worked at Sloane Foods and later at the Cheese Cellar. Harriet baked the best sugar cookies and was an excellent Tole painter and quilter. She loved rummage sales, playing cards and country music.



Virgil J. Sennes, 86, LaCrosse/Houston, MN

Virgil J. Sennes, 86, of La Crosse and formerly of Houston, MN, died Tuesday April 14, 2015 at Benedictine Manor in La Crosse.  He was born February 14, 1929 in La Crosse to Deloine and Celia (Halverson) Sennes.  He worked as a punch press operator in Minneapolis for many years.  Virgil moved to Coon Valley to be near his sister Yvonne Berg in 2001. The past several years he has been a resident of the Bothne House in Coon Valley.

Survivors include a niece Cheryl (Tim) Trussoni of Genoa; 4 nephews, Bryan (Linda) Berg, Darin (Shana) Berg and Scott (Sherri) Berg all of Coon Valley and Shawn Carson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters Deanna Carson and Yvonne Berg and a brother Gary Sennes.



Florence F. Larson, 97, LaCrosse/Coon Valley

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Florence F. Larson, 97, of La Crosse and formerly of Coon Valley, died Tuesday April 21, 2015 at Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse.  She was born July 21, 1917 in Minot, N.D. to Frank and Emma (Martin) Rach.  Florence was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg where she was a lifelong member.  In July 1934 she married Carl “Charlie” Kopplen and they were blessed with two children.  Florence was a dedicated farm wife and also worked several years at the Coon Valley School.  She bestowed her values of faith and love as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Survivors include two children, Charles (Delores) Kopplen of La Crosse and Phyllis (Allen) Asmus of Holmen; four grandchildren Randy (Michelle) Asmus of Bloomington, MN, Brian Asmus of Holmen, Kim (John) Harnish of Coon Valley and Paula (Andrew) Elwer of La Crosse; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Frank (Doris) Rach of Chaseburg and many nieces and nephews.



Alida I. Schlicht, 102, Chaseburg/LaCrosse

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Alida Schlicht, 102, of La Crosse and formerly of Chaseburg died Monday, March 30, 2015 at Bethany Riverside.  Alida was born January 7, 1913 in the town of Coon to Carl and Inga (Nelson) Hovde.  She attended Westby High School and La Crosse Teachers College before teaching elementary grades in the Westby, Genoa, and Chaseburg areas. She was united in marriage to Arnold Schlicht October 28, 1944 at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church. The couple farmed in the Chaseburg area until 1980.  Alida was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church, Chaseburg, where she taught  Saturday school for more than thirty years. Since 1983 the couple has lived in the La Crosse area.

During her lifetime Alida was an excellent seamstress, sewing beautiful special occasion gowns for her daughter, granddaughters, and niece.  She was also a prolific photographer, chronicling the love for her family through pictures.  Many cherished memories will remain within these albums.

Alida is survived by a beloved family including a daughter and son-in-law, Laura Lee (Roger) Barnes, two granddaughters, Carrie (Marc) Arrouet of Milwaukee, Christen Barnes of La Crosse, a dear great- grandson, Zachary Barnes, a niece Marles (Gary) Overgard of La Crosse and family, special friends Ainsley and Larry Lichte, Hovde cousins, and many others who visited her at the nursing home since Arnie died.



Cathy Jo Theige, 62, LaCrosse/Westby

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Cathy Jo Theige, 62, of La Crosse and formerly of Westby, was called to her heavenly home Friday March 27, 2015 at Gundersen Health System with family and friends by her side.  She was born August 23, 1952 to Art and Rena (Williams) Theige.  Cathy was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member of Vang Lutheran Church, rural Westby.  She graduated from Westby High School and attended WWTC in La Crosse.  Cathy worked at St. Francis Nursing Home in La Crosse for many years.



Joyce C. Rundhaugen, 79, of Coon Valley

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Joyce C. Rundhaugen, 79, of Coon Valley passed away peacefully Saturday March 21, 2015 at Lakeview Health Center in West Salem with her daughter by her side.  She was born August 16, 1935 to Clarence and Esther (Brown) Anderson in Portland Township, Monroe County.  She was baptized and confirmed at Portland Lutheran Church, rural Cashton.  Joyce married Alton Rundhaugen on October 24, 1953 at Skogdalen Lutheran Church, rural Westby.

Joyce loved being a mom, grandma and great grandma and spent many years babysitting children in the area and becoming a second mom to many of them. She was a member of the Skogdalen Lutheran Church where she was active in WELCA, the Ruth Circle and quilting.  Joyce also enjoyed flower gardening and was an excellent cook.



Hilda H. Carson, 101, of rural Stoddard

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Hilda H. Carson, 101, formerly of Stoddard, died Saturday March 21, 2015 at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse.  She was born July 13, 1913 to Otto and Helena (Seidel) Lenser in Vernon County.  On January 26, 1936 she married John L. Carson. Hilda spent over 60 years on the farm near Stoddard until moving to the care center in December 2014.  She enjoyed gardening, raising chickens, listening to old time music and playing cards.  In later years, she looked forward to visits from her daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Ruby Schultz of Stoddard; former son-in-law, Rodney (Dona) Schultz of Chaseburg; 3 grandchildren, Rhonda (Trent) Hanson of Chaseburg, Renee (Dale) Heintz of Onalaska and Robby (Toni) Schultz of Florence, KY;  great grandchildren, Tyler (Rachel) Hanson, Zachery Hanson, Tanner Hanson, Angel Heintz,; step great grandchildren, Jenna Heintz and Amber Heintz, great great grandson Tucker Hanson; step great great granddaughter Rayah Heintz; a niece, nephews, cousins and friends.



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