Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home

106 W Franklin Street, Sparta, WI 54656     Phone: (608) 269-6666     E-mail: schanhoferfh@centurytel.net

 

 

Recent Obituaries

Sylvia J. Kvistad

      Sylvia J. Kvistad, 77, of Sparta, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 after a one and a half year battle with cancer at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. She was born on January 7, 1937 in Pigeon Falls, WI to Archie and Olga (Engen) Stendahl. She grew up in Blair, WI and was the youngest of 7 children.

     Sylvia married Phillip Kvistad on December 28, 1957 in Sparta. They lived their entire married lives in Sparta. She worked at Spartek for 12 years until she retired to raise her family. She enjoyed gardening and baking.

     Sylvia is survived by her husband, Phillip; her children, Elizabeth Kvistad, Ricky (Lisa) Kvistad, Lori (Rick) Owen, David Kvistad, Kevin Kvistad, Christopher Kvistad, Jayme (Jess) Kvistad, and Edith Stendahl; 11 grandchildren, Nicole, Crystal, Andy, Adam, Jason, Jacob, Katelyn, Brooke, Kyle, Cameron, and Rochelle; 5 great grandchildren, Brayden, Theron, Logan, Charleigh, and Adrienne.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers and sisters.

     A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home ,Sparta, with Reverend Randy Williamson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. 


 

Donald D. Schmidt

 

     Donald Dean Schmidt, 82, of Melrose, passed away at Black River Memorial Hospital on Friday, November 14, 2014.

      He was born on November 2, 1932, in the Town of Hamilton in La Crosse County to Herbert and Elvira (Bahnub) Schmidt. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1950 and enlisted in the Navy in October of 1951. He served in aviation supply on the USS Coral Sea until October 1955 where he was stationed both in the Mediterranean and Guantanamo Bay. He married Elizabeth Brown on October 25, 1953 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Melrose. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage, raised three children and nine grandchildren, and operated, along with their son, Indies-View Farm, where he farmed until the time of his death.

      Don valued service. That was evident in the time and effort he gave to many organizations during his lifetime. He was a member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association, where he served as president for two years; the Wisconsin DHIA Policy Committee; the WI Milk Marketing Board; and Delegate to the National Holstein Association; as well as president of the Jackson County Holstein Association and Jackson County DHIA. In addition, he and his wife received the WI Master Agriculturalist Award. Don was also an active member in his community as the Town of Melrose Treasurer, a Melrose-Mindoro School Board member, and currently as a director on the Black River Country Bank Board. He also served as president on two church councils, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Melrose and his current church, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Burr Oak. He dedicated 60 years of continuous service as a legion member of the Neil S. Lewison Post 439 in Melrose where his responsibilities included Commander, Oratorical Chairman, and Command Sergeant of the Color Guard.

      Don loved farming, serving as a legionnaire and bank director, any and all things related to or about his grandchildren, playing cards with his friends, and black licorice. He was a caretaker of the land, his community, and his family. He was happy with his work and his lot in life, and he taught those around him to do the same.

     Survivors who will miss him include his wife, Elizabeth; son, Jerry (Jan) Schmidt; daughter, Marla (Jim) Hanley all of Melrose and a daughter, Tammy (Steve) Schmidt-Lyga of Fountain City; his nine grandchildren, Garrett, Graisson, and Gabriel Schmidt; Zach and Morgan Hanley; and Jordan, Tanner, Parker, and Kerrigan Lyga; one brother, Harlan Schmidt of Ettrick; two sisters, Marlene (Richard) Dopp of Canby, OR and Constance Schmidt of Seattle, WA; one aunt, Dorothy Zaucke of Reedsburg; brother and sister-in-laws, Don Marg of Neilsville, Beverly and Leo Brown and Chet and Marion Brown of Melrose; Charlie and Dolly Brown of Rochester, MN; and Edna and Bill Schelble of Tucson, AZ, along with many nieces and nephews.

      He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Elvira Schmidt; infant sister, Dolores; sister, Jean Ann (Don) Marg; and sister and brother-in-laws, Beth (Harlan) Schmidt; Ruth and Marlin Brown; Bob and Jeanette Brown; and Bert and Marion Brown.

      A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Christ Ev Lutheran Church, Burr Oak, with Reverend John Werner officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by Neil S. Lewison Post 439 of Melrose will be in Melrose Cemetery.

      Family and friends are invited to call at the church on Monday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given in Don’s name to the Neil S. Lewison Post 439 of Melrose, the Melrose Fire Department, the Melrose Pool, and the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Burr Oak.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 


 

Margery J. Schumacker

     Margery J. Schumacker, 87, of Sparta, died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta. She was born on November 20, 1926 in Sparta to Wilbert and Hazel (Parks) Newton. She grew up in Sparta and graduated from Sparta High School.

     After high school, Margery attended UW-La Crosse and worked her way through college as a nanny for doctors. She graduated with a Master's Degree in teaching. Margery taught in several one room schools around the Sparta School District and retired in the mid-80's after 34 years of teaching. She has stayed in touch with many teachers in the school district.

     Margery married Clifford Schumacker in 1947. He passed away in 1988.

     Margery was an equestrian for her entire life. She loved riding horses and her favorite horse was Coco. She rode until she was 70 years old. She was also known for her Ford Mustangs. She collected lunch boxes, turquoise jewelry, and granite ware. She took great pride in celebrating every holiday.

     Margery is survived by her children, Allen (Janice) Schumacker of Kaukauna, WI and Terry (Ginger) Schumacker of Tomah, WI; grandchildren, Jennifer (Kevin) Eckelberg of Tomah, WI, Todd (Keri) Schumacker of Appleton, WI, Tina (Corey) Planert of Kaukauna, WI, Trisha (Jake) VandeVoort of Combined Locks, WI, and Nicholas (Autumn) Schumacker of Tacoma, WA; great grandchildren, Alauna, Kyrah, Paige, Collin, Ashton, Olivia, Griffin, Brynley, and Shylah; and sister, Irene Baker of Tomah, WI.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford; daughter, Sandy Williams; grandson, Nathaniel Schumacker; sisters, Ione Bloom and Betty Newton; and brother, Dean Newton.

     A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Sparta, with Reverend Rey Diaz officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services.

The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 


Ronald D. Roberts 

     Ronald D. Roberts, 79, of Sparta, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.  He was born on August 25, 1935 in Sparta to David and Laura (Morgan) Roberts.  Ron grew up in Sparta and graduated from Sparta Senior High School. After school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for 4 years.  He then returned to run a contractual cleaning service at Fort McCoy. Ron attended UW-Plateville and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree. He taught Industrial Arts in Monroe, WI for 12 years before returning to Sparta to work as a carpenter and help in the family electrical business.

     Ron married Katy Isensee and they later divorced.  He met Peggy Burke and they’ve spent the last 25 years together.

     He loved his home in Angelo, it was very important to him. He also loved and cared for his animals. Ron served 2 terms as a member of the Sparta School Board during the planning and building of the new Middle School. He was part of a pool league for many years.

     Ron is survived by his significant other, Peggy Burke of Sparta and her sons, Greg and Garrick Burke; nephews, Troy (Barb) Roberts of Holmen and Ryan Roberts of Sparta, and their mother, Linda; and great nieces, Mariah and Makenzie Roberts.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Laura Roberts; and a brother, Jim Roberts.

     A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Randy Williamson officiating.  Burial with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Monday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


 

Marlow N. Schamens

 

     Marlow N. Schamens, 79, of Sparta, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014.  He was born April 1, 1935 in Sparta to Franz and Jessie Schamens.  On October 22, 1955, he married Lorna Hoag from Warrens, WI. 

     Marlow enjoyed woodworking, collecting & restoring Allis Chalmers tractors and toys.  He went to many Toy and Farm tractor shows.  In his younger years, he enjoyed dancing and Lorna and Marlow traveled to many Polka Fests.   During their travels to toy shows, dances, and vacations, they made it to 49 states and Canada.

     He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Monroe County 4-H, FFA, West Beaver Creek Community Club, Monroe County Holstein Breeders & Farm Bureau.  For most of his life, Marlow farmed his family farm and also drove school bus for the Sparta Area School District for 43 years – retiring on his birthday in 2000.

     Marlow is survived by his wife, Lorna; two daughters, Marlyce (Dave) Barclay of Black River Falls and Clarice (Jim) Stuessel of Sparta; four Grandchildren, Melissa (Brandon) Sands of Eau Claire, Eric (Kristi) Barclay of Madison, Matt (Megan) Stuessel of Alma Center, and Jayne (Justin) Shirky of West Salem; four Great-Grandsons, Jake & Levi Stuessel and Jamin & Gavin Shirky; one Sister, Loraine Busse of Melrose and her daughter, Carolyn Busse of LaCrosse; and many brother and sister-in-laws and nieces and nephews.

     He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Eileen Schamens and Lois Butler (Clint); his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dan and Luella Hoag.

     A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend John Paul officiating.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

 

Randall S. Losic

     Randall S. Losic, 52, of Sparta, died Monday, November 3, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta. He was born on September 12, 1962 in Hillsboro, WI to James and Marilyn (Eastman) Losic. He grew up in the Elroy area and graduated from Royal High School. Randy enlisted in the military after graduating and served for 2 years.

     Randy met Kathy Millard and they married on January 27, 1984. They enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with their grandchildren.

     He worked as a truck driver for many years.

     Randy is survived by his wife, Kathy of Sparta; children, Marcy (Dariel) Ebert of Sparta, Scott (Amanda) Scholze of West Salem, and Casey (Jenna) Losic of Sparta; grandchildren, Dustin, Hope, Jesse, Faith, Marshall, Liberty, Jaxon, Evelyn, William, and Griffin; his mother, Marilyn (Stan) Sherman; uncle, Terry (Jen) Ellis; siblings, Peter (Kelly) Sherman and Stacy Sherman; sister-in-law, Charlene Collins; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his father, James; brother, Robert Losic; grandma, Violet Ellis; and grandpa and grandma, John and Elizabeth Losic.

     A visitation will be held Saturday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta.

The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.


 

Janet Stuhldreher

 

     Janet Stuhldreher, 84, of Sparta, died Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Lakeview Health Center, West Salem. Services will be held at a later date.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.


 

Louise M. Schroeder

     Louise Marie (Gronemus) Schroeder, 85, of Sparta, passed away Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta.

     Louise was born August 15, 1929, in the Town of Clinton, Vernon County, WI to Joseph and Pauline (Dechant) Gronemus. She grew up on the family farm in what is now known as Knapp Valley.

     Louise married Wilfred (Fritz) Schroeder on November 15, 1947 at Sts. Peter and Paul church at Pine Hollow. After marriage, they farmed on St. Mary’s Ridge for 25 years. In 1972, they moved to Sparta and purchased Club 16 with Gordie and Lorraine Hanson. In 1975, they sold their share of Club 16. Louise then went to work at Rolling Hills as a head cook and worked there for 20 years. She also worked for a short time in the Sparta High School Kitchen.

     Louise’s passions were cooking, baking, gardening, canning and then giving it all away to family and friends. Another passion was her Catholic faith which she truly lived. She was also a Sacristan, chaired numerous church dinners, and achieved the “Lady of Light” from St. Patrick’s Deanery. Her biggest passion of all was her family.

     She is survived by her children, Steve (Darla) Schroeder of Oregon, WI, Jim (Janice) Schroeder of Cashton, Mike (Sue) Schroeder of Tomah, and Mary Jo (Randy) Pfaff of Sparta; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Fritz; her parents; a son, William; a grandson, Adam Schroeder; a great-grandson, Hayden Moe; 6 sisters, Martha, Virgil, Lorraine, Betty, Jeannette, and Joanne; 3 brothers, Norbert, Lambert, and LeRoy.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father Jerome Patric, Father John S. Manohar, and Father Todd Mlsna officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, St. Mary’s Ridge.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 8 p.m. and on Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta from 10 a.m. until time of services.

The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

 

Mary D. Vieth

 

     Mary D. Vieth, 70, of Sparta, WI passed away peacefully Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Franciscan Skemp Hospital in LaCrosse, WI. She fell and broke her hip last Sunday, October 19th and had surgery to repair it. Unfortunately due to breathing complications that followed surgery, she was never able to leave the Intensive Care Unit.

     Mary was born August 12, 1944 in Sparta, WI to David and Eleanor (Schmitz) Cheney. She graduated from Sparta High School in 1962 and married Gilbert Vieth on May 9, 1964. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary earlier this year. They were also blessed to have three children.

     Mary enjoyed playing cards with friends, going to the casino and watching the Brewers and Packers. She was also known for her gift of gab and could talk to anyone. Due to declining health in recent years, she hadn’t been able to enjoy those things as often as she would have liked.

     She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Vieth of Sparta, WI; daughter, Wendy (Joe) Endres of Sparta, WI; son, Darrin (Amie) Vieth of Cataract, WI; seven grandchildren, Briana, Payton, Skyler, Paige, Zack, Kendall and Caleb; three sisters, Janice (Phil) Steele of Springfield, IL, Sharon (Ken) Varley of West Palm Beach, FL and Helen (Ken) Tauscher of West Salem, WI.

     Mary was preceded in death by her parents, David and Eleanor Cheney and son, Ryan Vieth.

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to the American Lung Association.

     A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Randy Williamson officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 


Joseph "Joe" W. Zanter

 

     Joseph W. Zanter of Sparta Wisconsin died peacefully October 20th 2014 with family at his side. Born and raised in Lacrosse Wisconsin Joe was one of five children. He was educated in the Catholic tradition namely at St. Wenceslaus and Aquinas High School. He graduated in 1944. He had volunteered for service in the Navy on April fool’s day with four of his friends. His senior yearbook quote in The Trumpet read “His companions find him sincere and full of fun”. 

     Two days after graduation he was at the military office and when a random Marine officer picked young men from the line up to become Marines he was relieved to not be chosen as he wanted the Navy. Once in the Navy he noted his crew was outstanding. His ship and its crew were selected as a training vessel. His time and travels on ship included Norfolk, Virginia, a passage through the Panama Canal and maneuvers on the Guam beaches for impending battle when the war was declared over.
After his return he attended classes with an accounting emphasis and spent some time working at a “book keeper” at a local LaCrosse business. He had a large extended family in LaCrosse and the surrounding coulees and spent time playing baseball and doing all manner of hunting and fishing. He learned his carpentry skills helping cousins raise barns and other structures.
During this period he was introduced to Lois Mary Eiden by a girlfriend who was part of Lois’s circle. They had a classic blind date. She was an intelligent, fresh faced girl born and raised in west central Minnesota. She went to college after high school as a nurse cadet at the University of Minnesota and became a registered nurse and was working in St. Paul at the time. His circle widened and Joe and Lois became a handsome couple and married August 16th, 1952.

     His internal conflict with working indoors and passion for the outdoors was settled when he pursued and become a lineman for Northern States Power Company. A position became available in Sparta and he and his young family moved from LaCrosse and found a home on Central Avenue. At the point where they decided to build a home in the town of Angelo, Marie, Marcia, and Mickey were already here and Dona, Jane, Lisa and at last Brian arrived and were raised there as well.
     During these years Joe was a loving husband, a parent to seven children, a devoted parishioner at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and an active sportsman. His love of sport, respect for the environment and people skills were a perfect match for his later roles as hunter education instructor, Boy Scout scoutmaster and active member of the Cataract and Sparta Sportsman’s clubs where as a cook at the annual Field Days he specialized in chicken and bratwurst grilled over a charcoal pit. He was an active member of the Spooner Muskie Club and held the club mark for Muskie’s caught with a record 46.5 inch specimen.
In his time with the Boy Scouts he served with district offices and then as scoutmaster. He earned the Wood Badge and attended summer camp with his troop every summer. He instituted a fund raising activity comprised of planting 20,000 trees every spring for area land owners and the County of Monroe creating forested areas. Part of the funds earned financed a trip to a Boy Scout camp in Wyoming where one of the trip highlights was a hike to 13,000 feet. 

     Early in the Department of Natural Resources sponsored Hunter Education Program he qualified with the first group of educators in the state of Wisconsin. His first classes were sponsored by the Sparta Rod and Gun club and through his efforts the program expanded to other communities. He became a master educator and was selected to attend the first volunteer Master Instructor Academy for North America. 

     His expertise grew from his hunting experiences locally and in the western United States. He taught youth and adults and pioneered education for female hunters. He was especially interested and adept in teaching winter survival skills and in the formation of ethical values as they apply to hunting. He served on the Fair Chase and Ethics Committee unique in the nation for its attempt to find more effective ways to manage the impact of recreation seekers on natural resources. Along the way he received service award from the DNR Hunter Education Program, the Boy Scouts and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. On retirement from Northern States Power after 34 years he made time to devote to all these things.

     Joe was a loving father to his children, Marie, Marcia, Mickey, Dona, Jane and Lisa and best friend to his son, Brian Joseph Zanter. He was a loving husband to his wife Lois Mary who passed away earlier this year. His eyes would light up at the sight of her. He was Grandfather to David, Tyler, Torrey, Sara, Colleen and Mathew and took pride in all of you.
He was fond of gatherings, get together of all kinds. He particularly enjoyed time at his cottage at Poquette Lake and larger annual communal vacations at Marawaraden on Long Lake in Sarona, Wisconsin. His children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren can cherish memories of these scenes and continue to bring new family members to the mix.
His devoted wife Lois rallied on his behalf until her death earlier this year. His family and friends will miss him as a father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, brother in law, uncle, father in law, teacher, friend and all around good Joe.

     A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, October 24th, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 319 West Main Street, Sparta, Wisconsin 54656, with Father Jerome Patric officiating. Burial of Lois Mary and Joseph W. Zanter with full miliary honors provided by VFW Post 2112 will take place after the mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery. Reception will follow at Jake’s Northwood’s Restaurant 1132 Angelo Road, Sparta, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, Wisconsin.

     Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, from 4:00 -7:00 PM with a 6:30 PM rosary at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, 106 W. Franklin Street, Sparta, and on Friday, October 24th from 10:00 AM until time of services at the church. 

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

David L. Reinstra

 

     David Lewis Reinstra, also known as “Rhino”, was born November 29, 1952 to Dewey and Eloise (Hobson) Reinstra in Sparta, WI.  Dave attended Sparta High School and graduated with a degree in Marketing from Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse.  He worked for Temperature Systems Incorporated in Madison for 20 years and, most recently, Minnesota Air. 

     He married his soul mate, Barbara on February 8, 1975 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta. 

     Dave peacefully passed away on October 19 surrounded by his family.  He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and granddaughter, Lucy Steinbach.

     He is survived by his two daughters, Marisa (Ben) Steinbach and Megan Richardson; four grandchildren who he adored, Eloise Richardson, Joshua “JJ” Steinbach, Addison Richardson, and Cameron Steinbach; a brother, Steven Reinstra, as well as sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many close friends. 

     The family would like to thank doctors and nurses who treated Dave at Mayo Health System at both in La Crosse and Rochester.  Their support and care during his battle against Multiple Myeloma is greatly appreciated and will always be remembered. 

     A Celebration of David’s Life will be held at a later time.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.  

 

 

 

David L. Flock   

     “Bonzai” David L. Flock, 66, of Sparta, died Saturday, October 18, 2014 at his home. He was born on September 16, 1948 in Norwalk to Joseph and Regina (Brieske) Flock. He grew up in Sparta and graduated from Sparta High School.

     Bonzai worked at Decomat for several years and he managed and coached many softball and baseball teams. He enjoyed bow hunting, fishing, golfing, and cooking, and loved being around people.

      Bonzai is survived by his sister, Arlys (Allen) Hansen of Greensboro, NC; special nieces, Kathy and Jennifer; many other nieces and nephews; and the Isensee family.

      He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Clair A. Flock and Norma Jean Ness.

     A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Father Jerome Patric officiating.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of services.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

Jill D. Evans

 

     Jill D. Evans, 48, of Sparta, died Thursday, October 16, 2014 at her home. She was born on January 22, 1966 in Sparta to Lyle and Bonnie (Koehler) Evans. She graduated from Sparta High School.

     Jill obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant degree. She moved to Kenosha. She married Jeff Clements in 1988 in Kenosha and they later divorced. She lived in Las Vegas later and moved back to Cataract. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

     Jill is survived by her 4 children, Tara (fiancé, Seth Hoffman) Theiler, Daniel (Miranda Chase) Clements, Andrew Clements, and Mitchell (Samantha Iverson) Clements all of Black River Falls; grandchildren, Kaylee Youngthunder, Reece Youngthunder, and Rion Clements; siblings, Steve (Mary) Evans of Sparta, Wayne (Laurie) Evans of Sparta, David (Coleen) West of Rockford, IL, Shelly (Harold “Junior”) Steinhoff of Las Vegas, Kevin (Debrah) West of Ovett, MS, Tim (Susie) West of Eau Claire, and her twin, Jack Evans of Cataract; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

      She was preceded in death by her parents.

     A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Cataract United Methodist Church with Reverend Robbie Nowicki officiating. Burial will be in Cataract Cemetery.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services. 

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

 

Dorothy A. Walters

 

     Dorothy A. Walters, 81, of Sparta, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, with family by her side. Dorothy was born on June13, 1933 to Myrtle (Hammond) and Joseph Dorsey. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Richard L. Walters on June 18, 1960 in Sparta, WI.

     Dorothy graduated from Logan High School in 1951. After graduation, she worked for Heilmann Brewery until marriage in 1960. She worked for Sparta Tool and Die when the children were in school. Together Dick and Dorothy operated the VFW Club and Kitchen until the mid 90's. Many memorable times and wonderful friends came of this. After the VFW Club, Dorothy worked at several daycare facilities in Sparta, which included Great Beginnings and Connie's Just For Kids. Dorothy enjoyed children very much.

     Dorothy is survived by her husband, Richard; her children, Stepheny (Ralph) Rostkowski of Rockland, Sheryl (Terry) Brooks of Cashton, and Stacy (Steven) Green of Sparta; nine grandchildren, Melissa (Jason Revels) Walters, James (Heather) Reed, Jeremy (Lisa) Reed, Michelle Reed, Marsha Reed, Nicole (Sean Clayton) Green, Lindsay Mashak, Mandy (Troy Berry) Walters, and Monica Walters; 12 great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Paul Worman and Robert (Doris) Walters.

     Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Myrtle and Joseph Dorsey; her husband's parents, Eva and Lyle Walters; a sister, Patricia Worman; and a son, Steven R. Walters.

     A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Debra Warthan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta, with the following serving as active pallbearers: Troy Berry, James Reed, Jeremy Reed, Sean Clayton, Jason Revels, and Mike Worman. Norman Warthan is an honorary pallbearer.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

 

Juanita A. Raymond

    Juanita Ann Raymond, 81, of Sparta, passed away Friday, October 10, 2014, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse. Juanita was born February 16, 1933 to Clarence “Teena” and Margaret (Vogt) Habhegger.  She was united in Holy Matrimony to Gerald “Jake” Raymond on February 18, 1951 in Sparta.

     For 39 years, she worked at Eddies Liquor Store with her father and brother, Ed and his family and developed lasting relationships with many customers.  Juanita enjoyed taking care of her family and her homestead.

     Juanita is survived by her children, Jeff (Vicki) Raymond of Stoughton, Debbie (Donna) Raymond of Rockford, IL, Pam (Marvin) Smith of Sun Prairie, and Dorothy (Tim) Davis of Bangor; three grandchildren, Shawn Smith, Kaylin & Abbey Davis; and one great grandchild; three sisters, Phyllis (Pat) Cherf,  Katie (Ulric) Loeffelholz, Sharon (George) Clemmerson; four brothers, Ed (Janet) Habhegger, John (Gloria) Habhegger, Tom (MaryJo) Habhegger, Mike Habhegger; sister-in-law, Agnes Raymond; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

     Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, September 1998, and her parents.

     A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Reverend Mark Wessel officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Marvin P. Dinger

 

In Loving Memory

     Marvin Paul Dinger, 69, of Sparta, passed away at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, WI on October 8, 2014.  Marvin was born in Sparta, WI on January 7, 1945, to Mabel (Gilbeck) and Floyd Dinger. He attended Sparta Senior High School.

     Marvin enjoyed deer-hunting, fishing, cutting firewood with his family, gardening, lawn maintenance for Cortland Acres, playing bingo and story-telling. 

     Marvin is survived by his wife of 50 years, Donna (Gallup) Dinger of Sparta, WI; his three daughters:  Tammy (Jeff) Zay of Sparta, WI; Lori (Brad) Pierce of Sparta, WI; and Dawn (Dustin) Glebe of St. Augustine, FL; his nine grandchildren:  Jennifer Zay, Justin Zay, Jeremy Zay, Brandi Johnston, Nicholas Johnston, Zachary Pierce, Madelynn Pierce, Evan Glebe, and Bryce Glebe; his three sisters:  Fern Clemmerson of Clearwater, FL; Sharon Johnson of Oxford, WI; and Faye (Chuck) Parker of Sparta, WI; his two brothers:  Eugene Dinger of Beloit, WI; and Ron (Nona) Gorman of Sparta, WI; and his mother-in-law, Doris Gallup, of Sparta, WI.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; his three sisters:  Ruth, Mary, and Charlotte; his two brothers:  Wilbur and David; and his father-in-law, Glenn Gallup.

      The family would like to extend their sincere thank you to Father William Dhein, Chaplains Blakely Goosh, Brent Rairdin, and Corine Thul as well as all of the critical care staff at Gundersen Health System, emergency staff at Sparta Memorial Hospital, and the Sparta Ambulance Service for the excellent care they provided.

     A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Father Jerome Patric officiating. Private family burial will be at a later time in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services. 

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

 

Mark V. Hirsch

    

     Mark Vincent Hirsch, 86 of Sparta, WI and formerly of Medford, WI, passed away at his home on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. Mark was born in Medford, WI on January 8, 1928 to James Leo and Theresa M. (Brost) Hirsch. He graduated from Medford High School in 1947 and spent the next two years at the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Mark returned to Medford to marry his high school sweet heart, Bernice Spreen, on August 26, 1950. Mark and Bernice moved to a small farm outside of Stetsonville, WI in 1951 until they moved their family of nine to Sparta, WI in August 1967 after Mark changed his career to insurance and later became a rural postal delivery person until he retired at age 72. Mark will be long remembered and cherished for his devotion to his family and his Catholic faith.

     Mark is survived by his spouse of 64 years, Bernice (Spreen), and children Philip T (Huong) Hirsch, Golden Valley, MN, Dave G (Rita) Hirsch, Sparta, WI, Msgr Joseph W Hirsch, Lima, Peru, Mary T Hirsch-Justice, Onalaska, WI, Ann C (Orin) Johnson, Hayfield, MN, Leo W (Kristin) Hirsch, Sparta, WI, Paul M (Linda) Hirsch, Austin, MN, Vincent J (Tammy) Hirsch, Sparta, WI, Sr. Ancilla Christine Hirsch (Daughters of St Paul), Nuremburg, Germany and 22 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.

     He is further survived by his brothers and sisters, Leo J Hirsch, Chicago, IL, Eileen J Handel, Medford, WI, Marguerite A Klingbeil, Medford, WI, and Patrick R Hirsch, Lake Bluff, IL.

     Mark was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Joseph J. Hirsch, and three siblings: Peter J Hirsch, Pensacola, FL, Marilyn E Strassman, Madison, WI and John R Hirsch, Medford, WI.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Orphanage of Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II in Lima, Peru. Send to: Diocese of La Crosse Mission Office, PO Box 4004, La Crosse, WI 54602.

     VISITATION will be held at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, 106 W Franklin St, Sparta, on October 3rd from 4-7 PM, with a Catholic Rosary service held at 7 PM.

     FUNERAL Services will be held at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 319 W Main St, Sparta, on Saturday, October 4th at 10 AM, Celebrant Msgr Joseph Hirsch and Concelebrant Fr Jerome Patric. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. 

 

 

Norma Jean Arttus

     Norma Jean Arttus, 84, of Sparta, died Monday, September 29, 2014 at her home surrounded by family. She was born on November 6, 1929 to Levi and Leora (Brooks) Kronberg.

     She graduated from Sparta High School and attended secretarial school at WWTC while living in the Hixon House.

     Norma married Mahlon Arttus on May 7, 1949 at the Congregational Church in Sparta. They lived in the Sparta area for all of their lives. Norma worked at Northern Engraving in Sparta as a punch press operator until she retired. Mahlon passed away on June 15, 1972.

     She enjoyed bowling, concerts, going to plays, gardening around her house, her pets, and spending time with her family and children.

     Norma is survived by 6 children, Rollie (Norma M.) Arttus of Sparta, Dennis (Lorrie) Arttus of San Francisco, CA, Kathleen Riffle of Tomah, Larry (Susan) Arttus of Sparta, Cynthia Riffle of Tomah, and Lori (Jerry) Crocker of Sparta; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter on the way; sister-in-law, Barbara Kronberg; 3 nieces; and her dog, Gizzie.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mahlon; brother, Orlo Kronberg; and son-in-law, Douglas Riffle.

     A Celebration of Norma’s Life will be held Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Colonial Bowl and Banquet Center, Sparta, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

Stephan E. Johnson

     Stephan E. Johnson, 59, of Tomah, died Monday, September 29, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. He was born on September 6, 1955 in Sparta to Emery and Barbara (Shawley) Johnson.

     He was in the United States Navy from July 26, 1976 until December 24, 1987 and worked as an electrician.

     Stephan loved to go fishing and hunting and he was a member of the Bassmaster Club.

     He is survived by his children, Bradley (Maryann Tyler) Johnson of Moline, IL, Robert (Michelle) Johnson of Crystal Falls, MI, and Amy Johnson of Tomah; grandchildren, Marlee and Addisen Johnson, Jack and Niah Tyler, Gavin Johnson, and Alexis, Mackenzie, and Zackery Patzner; father, Emery (Margaret); mother, Barbara; sister, Bonnie (Richard) Mahan of Dakota, MN; niece, Michelle Steinfeldt, and her children, Matthew, Hannah, and Daniel.

     Military Honors provided by VFW Post 10911 of Camp Douglas will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Evans-Bosshard Park, Sparta. A Celebration of Stephan's Life will follow.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

Diana L. Arnold

 

        Diana Lynn (Clark) Arnold, 52, of Sparta, passed away surrounded by her husband, Tim, and family on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse. She was born on March 27, 1962 to Jim and Beverly (Warthan) Clark. She was the oldest of 3 children.

     She married the love of her life, Timothy Arnold, on November 15, 1980.

     She enjoyed playing Euchre with friends and family, especially at Uncle Rod’s, and playing Nuts with Mary and Polly. She also loved watching family bands and babysitting for many nieces, nephews, and friends. She also collected wolves.

     She is survived by her loving husband, Tim; mother, Bev Clark; sister, Kristine Utrera and brother-in-law, Gus; nephew, Victor; niece, Nayeli; and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, sisters and brothers-in-law, and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her father, Jim; brother, Michael; grandparents; and niece, Liliana Utrera.

     A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta. Burial will be held at a later date.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 3 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

James C. June 

     James C. June, 79, of Sparta, died on Thursday, September 25, 2014. He was born on April 6, 1935 in Melrose to Curtis and Emma (Hafenbradle) June. He grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School.

     Jim married Marilyn Smith on June 8, 1968. She passed away in 1992.

     He is survived by his special friends, Deb and Dave, and Steven.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Marilyn.

     Per Jim’s wishes, there will be no services. He will be buried next to his wife in Wanderers Rest Cemetery in Norwalk.

     Memorials may be given in Jim’s name to Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS) and Tina’s K-9 Rescue.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Helen M. Dombrowski

     Helen M. Dombrowski, 92, of Sparta, died Friday, September 19, 2014 at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta.

     There will be no services at this time. The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

 

Sandra L. (Arnold) Leis

 

     Sandra Luellen (Arnold) Leis, 66, of Sparta, died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at her home. She was born on November 10, 1947 in Sparta to Kleo and Myrtle Arnold. She graduated from Sparta High School in 1965.

    Sandy married her high school sweetheart, Erling Leis, on February 19, 1966.


    She recently retired from the Sparta School District, where she volunteered and worked in many capacities including PTO President, classroom aide, and food service worker. Sandy loved taking care of people and her greatest pleasure was her grandchildren. She enjoyed going to rummage sales and auctions.

    Sandy is survived by her husband, Erling of Sparta; children, Rebecca (James) Richer of Sparta, Brian (Dinha) Leis of Sparta, Jason (Eloise) Leis of Kendall, Gabriel (Debra) Leis of De Pere, Malynda (Mitch) Larson of Sparta, and Amelia Leis of Sparta; grandchildren, Tomie Jean, Brad (Katrina), Brandon, Kayla, Ashley, Crystal, Tanya, Jake, Ben, Caden, Noah, Autumn, Grace, Christopher, Zavier, Arianna, Gabriella, Norah, Grace, and Cleo; great grandchildren, Tristin, Natalie, Kandra, and Haley; siblings, Mary, Marlyce, Judy, Rodney, Kelvin, Timothy, and Kevin; and many nieces, nephews, countless other relatives, and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Brian Ashwell; siblings, Jeanne, Janice, Gary “Bud”, Denny, Lol, Tom, and Nita; father-in-law, Urban Leis; and brother-in-law, Eric Leis.

     A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday at the funeral home from 12 noon until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Sparta Area Cancer Support. 

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

Betty Jane Mohr


     Betty Jane Mohr, 70, of Sparta passed into the gates of heaven on September 8, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at Gundersen Health Systems, La Crosse.

     Betty was born June 2, 1944 to Harold and Marcella Mulligan and grew up in the Beaver Dam area. Betty graduated in 1962 from Beaver Dam High School. She married Raymond Mohr December 12, 1964 at St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. The two were happily married for almost 50 years. In her younger days, Betty enjoyed bowling, softball, sewing, knitting, and gardening. Betty was dedicated to her faith in our Lord, her family, and to the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School where she readily volunteered her time when called upon. Betty was happiest and proudest working alongside her husband for almost 20 years at Steenberg Homes in Sparta.

     Betty is survived by her beloved husband, Raymond, sons Timothy Mohr (special friend Lisa), Sparta, and Gregory (Becky) Mohr, Appleton, and five cherished grandchildren: John, James, Ben, Adrianna, and Luke. She is further survived by five sisters Carol Koblitz, Mary (Jack) Domann, Marlene (Roger) Plank, JoAnn Mulligan, Susan Mulligan, and six brothers David (Carol) Mulligan, Gene (Joyce) Mulligan, Wayne Mulligan, Steve (Linda) Mulligan, Tom (Carol) Mulligan, Warren Mulligan, sister-in-law Berlaine (Robert) Roth, nieces, nephews, and other friends and relatives.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and little brother, Billy.

     The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Gundersen Health Systems for their care and compassion during Betty’s last days. They would also like to thank Deb Arentz for the love, care and friendship she provided to Betty as her care coordinator for many years.

     Grandma, you brought joy to so many and we will miss you. As you walk in heaven, we are comforted to know that your suffering is over and look forward to laughing and talking with you there.

     A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Ev Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Reverend Mark Wessel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

     Family and friends are invited to call at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund in Betty's name to be used by St. John's Evangelical Lutheran School in Sparta.  Memorials may be sent to the church office.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. 



 

Nita (Arnold) (Vieth) Austin

      Nita was a writer. She wrote songs and stories but her true passion was poetry.  Her pen name was N. Lee Austin and several of her poems were published in the Sparta newspapers.  She was always writing and when she became sick, she began her own obituary.  At the age of 64, Nita passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014.

 

     I was born to Kleo Orris and Myrtle Albra Arnold on April 13, 1950, in around Leon. I was number 10 of the 15 (children). I was not born at the place they call Arnoldville but I was one-year old (when we moved there) and have not known any other home.  Before me (in order) were sisters Jeanne, Mary, Janice, Marlyce, Judy, brothers Bud, Denny, sister Sandy, brother Lol, then me.  After me were brothers Rod, Tom, Kelvin, Timothy and Kevin.

     As the older five girls went about their way, the realization set in that Sandy and I were being left behind to control eight brothers.  I remember the day Mom went to the hospital to have Kevin; a battle royal began.  We had seven girls and seven boys. Sandy and I got in a huge fight (with the boys) over who would break the tie.  We got into a knock down drag out fight…Sandy with her pearly white fingernails…Sandy scratched brother Den’s neck leaving scars.  Alas, it was a boy, so they won the battle but not the fight.

     Some Spoke of us being poor, but if we were it was not known to me.  We never went to bed hungry, cold or wet.  I felt as rich as any one in town.  I don’t remember ever hearing or saying the words “I’m bored”.  We made our memories.

     Before I rattle on, I want to thank the Lord for our large family and having the Mom we had, the Keeper of the Faith.  I thank the Lord for our Dad.  By faith, he kept the family going.  He did not turn down a days work.  I was proud to walk the streets and find him upon some tall building either shoveling or tarring.  Not a lot of money (in his pocket) but (he had) a pair of boots.  I would holler “Hi Daddy” and he would climb down for a cold drink of water.

     As the seasons changed, I married Richard Vieth in the fall of 1968.  Here I found welcome by another great Sparta family, Wesley and Doris Vieth, good people.  We added five more to the family clans.  As things changed, Richard and I Divorced and I met John Austin.  John was a truck driver from coast to coast, born and raised in Gorham, Maine.  I gained more loving family, dad Phil, mom Cindy, and sister Christy.

     As I move on to the next thank you’s to the Lord are gifts I received from Him.  Born in 1970 was my son Bradley Allen Vieth, not only was he my son, he was my friend. Next was my daughter Nicole Rae Vieth (1971). The name Nicole was not in our family yet so I was proud to be the first to have the name.  Nicole was called home five months later while I was pregnant with my second daughter Kimberly Anne Vieth (1972).  She brought me brightness through a dark time and was destined to keep me on my toes.  In 1974, my daughter Pamela Kaye Vieth came into the world a few months earlier than planned.  She was in a hurry to be with me and has been at my side ever since.  On my 25th birthday, I was in labor with  my last child.  My daughter Amber Lee (Vieth) Johnson was born the next day.  We almost shared a birthday and continued to share so much more especially our love to sing.

     Later in life I became a grandmother and each and every grandchild was a true blessing; (In order of age) Haylie Vieth, Abigail Vieth, Nathan Vieth, Heidi Johnson, Olivia Vieth, Jenna Johnson, Phillip Vieth and Samantha Johnson.  I also have a precious great-granddaughter Valerie Kinserdahl.

     I am also proud to have my daughter-in-law Michelle Vieth, who has been a great comfort to me and my family, and sons-in-law Dennis Johnson and Todd Bowen, who help look after my loved ones.

     Throughout my life, I was a waitress and a cook at many area restaurants including the Dinner Bell, the Coach House, the Norwalk Café, and Southside Tap.  I pulled many floats in the Butterfest Parade and was very involved with the Yellow Ribbon Campaign during Desert Storm.  At times I moved away from Sparta, living in La Crosse, Colorado, northern Wisconsin, Norwalk and Maine.  However, I was never gone long, always returning to Sparta, returning home. God Bless and God Bless the U.S.A. Go-Pack-Go (the last line was written in the first pages of Nita’s bible).

 

     Nita is survived by her husband John, her children and their families, mother-in-law Cindy Austin, sister-in-law Christy (Barry) Cousins, niece Angie Keith, Special friend Durward Worster, sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     She was preceded in death by daughter Nicole, her mother and father, father-in-law Philip Austin, sisters Jeanne and Janice, brothers Bud, Lol, Tom, and Denny, special nephew Ben Worster, nieces, nephews, and friends.

     We, Nita’s family, would like to thank the many friends and family who visited, called, and sent loving prayers and thoughts our way.  We are grateful for our niece and cousin Jenny Arnold who stayed with us through mom’s final days. We are blessed to have all of you in our lives.

     A visitation will be held Friday at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.  A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. with Robert Brabant officiating.

     A Celebration of Nita’s Life will be held Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Fisherman’s Park, Sparta, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please wear your favorite NFL team gear. Go Pack Go!

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

Heidi Ann Langrehr

     Heidi Ann (Ledman) Langrehr, 53, of Sparta passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Monday, September 1, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

     Heidi was born June 15, 1961 to Everett (Ted) and Jean Ledman.  She enjoyed growing up with her three siblings and spent many summers at the family cabin on the Mississippi River.  Her love for the River is something that continued and was demonstrated in all aspects of her life.

Heidi attended West Salem Schools and went to State in basketball, volleyball, and track; she also graduated as valedictorian of her class.  Anyone who knew Heidi knows how competitive she was and that she lived her life by the motto “If You Think You Can You Can”.  After high school Heidi obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.   She worked through college at Linda’s Bakery in West Salem and loved to tell “Bakery Stories” with her sisters and daughter.  Her career at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources began on the trout stream crew and she eventually found her niche as an Aquatic Plant Specialist.  She spent every summer on the Mississippi River collecting plant data, but her job was so much more than data.  She has touched so many people with her love of the River and has helped conserve the Mississippi for generations to come. 

     It was during college she met the love of her life Mike, while playing in a softball tournament.  It truly was love at first sight.  They were married May 29, 1982 and became an instant family.  Through the years she has shown an amazing ability to navigate the waters of being a mom to Mike’s boys and has been a wonderful and loving presence in all aspects of her daughter’s life.  Heidi has enjoyed many things throughout her life.  Some of her favorites were traveling with Mike, reading, taking photos of Wisconsin flowers, camping, bowling and scrapbooking.  However, the thing Heidi loved the most was spending time with family laughing, listening to her Dad telling stories and playing games. 

     Heidi is survived by her husband Mike; sons Mike (Tina) Langrehr and Mark (Morgan) Langrehr; daughter Nikki (Brent) Schultz ; grandchildren Madison and Bryn Langrehr, Devin, Danielle, and Dylan Langrehr, Brooklyn and Kaylee Jean Schultz; her parents Ted and Jean Ledman; siblings Mark (Jeanie) Ledman, Marsha Ledman, and Jenny Ledman; her father-in-law John Langrehr and many other relatives and friends. 

     Heidi is preceded in death by her mother-in-law Mary Dube; grandparents Darwin and Mary Ledman, Marvin and Adah Buros; aunts Connie Cade and Judy Teubert; uncle Jim Ledman; cousin Cathy Ledman; and three infant grandchildren. 

     A private family service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sparta.  Please join us for a celebration of Heidi’s Life at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta on Friday September 5, 2014 from 4pm-7pm. There will be a short program to celebrate Heidi’s life beginning at 5pm.

 

Delores "Dee" L. Steel-Isbell 

     Delores “Dee” L. Steel-Isbell, 85, of Sparta, died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, September 1, 2014 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. Delores was born on July 1, 1929 in Rockford, Illinois to the late Paul and Florence Rasmussen. Dee grew up in Sparta and graduated from Sparta High School. She was a lifelong resident of Sparta.

     Delores married Marshall “Smokey” Steel on July 22, 1947. They enjoyed boating on the Mississippi River, fishing trips to Canada with family, trips to Las Vegas with special friends, and in their retirement years wintering in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Marshall passed away on August 24, 1999. Delores married Warren Isbell on October 22, 2001. Dee and Warren enjoyed spending time traveling and visiting with family and friends.

     Delores enjoyed golfing, playing Poker and Bridge, playing the organ and piano, cooking, and hosting family gatherings. She especially loved holidays.

     Delores was a lifelong member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Sparta. She helped with the Christmas Walk Display of Homes and volunteered at the local food pantry.

     Faith, family, and friends were very important to her.

     Delores is survived by her husband, Warren Isbell of Sparta; her children, Ron Steel of La Crosse, Jeff (Deb) Steel of Reedsburg, Karin Steel of Cadott, and Linda (Dan) Baumbach of Appleton; grandchildren, Ryan (Stephanie) Steel, Shallie (Steve) Ramig, Brian (Becca) Steel, Brady (Chrissy) Steel, Luke Baumbach, Lane Baumbach, and Trent Baumbach; 6 great grandchildren; siblings, Bette Hendrickson, and Nancy (Al) Struck; sister-in-law, June Peterson; nieces and nephews, dear friends, Vern (Donna Krebsbach) Kerling; other relatives and friends and special close neighbors.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Marshall “Smokey” Steel.

     A funeral service will be held Saturday, September 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 201 N. Water Street, Sparta, with Reverend Rey Diaz officiating.  Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for a fund that has been established in Delores's name or to the Congregational United Church of Christ - Sparta.

    The family would like to thank the staff of BridgePath Assisted Living, the Morrow Memorial Home, and Gundersen Lutheran Hospice for Dee’s wonderful care.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

 

Shirley D. Foster 

     Shirley (Luedtke) Foster, 85, of La Crosse, died Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. She was born on July 6, 1929 to Theodore Mailen and Rachel (McClintock) Luedtke. She grew up in Sand Creek, rural Sparta and graduated from Elroy High School.

     Shirley married Eugene Foster in 1952. They lived in La Crosse with their children. She worked and retired from La Crosse Builders Exchange. Shirley’s greatest passion was her family, who will miss her dearly.

     Shirley is survived by her husband, Eugene; their children, Lonnie (Christi), Lorri, Jeanne (Andrew), Charles (Charlene), and Steven (Susan); 11 grandchildren, Salina, Shawn (Stacey), Colin, Carley, Willie, Desiree, Alex, Amber, Megan, Joe, and Emma; 12 great grandchildren, Taylor, Trenton, Jalen, Jace, Marqes, Calli, Savaahn, Savaahna, Ava, Grace, Devon, and Jaxson; and one great great grandchild, Olivia. She is also survived by her sisters and families, Helen Clark, Carmen Konop, Marge Bathke Witt, Hattie (Walter) Crook, Mary (Jerry) Cervinski, Dona (Dennis) Kronberg, Connie (David) Libke, and Cheryl (Ron) Hemker; her aunt, Emily Axelsen; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Rita Wright.

     A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Debra Warthan officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of services.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Vernon L. Rood


 

     Vernon Rood, local businessman, lay minister, and World War II veteran, died of heart failure in Viroqua on 24 August 2014.  He was 87.

     Rood worked in the business community of Sparta for over one-half century, beginning in 1954 as accountant and office manager for Hiawatha Valley Dairies Cooperative (now Golden Guernsey).  In 1961, he left that job to start his own accounting firm.  While supporting a family of six on his accountant’s income, he saved up, with difficulty, $1,000.

     Starting with only that $1,000, Vernon bought the Willgrubs’s ice business, which occupied part of the lot on Wisconsin Avenue where the Walgreen’s drug store now stands.  The ice business served as collateral and provided the site for the construction of the motel that he envisioned.  (The original ice house now stands at Will’s Auto Service on Montgomery Avenue.)  Along with a business partner, Vernon built Heritage Motel in 1968.  Until its demolition in 2005, it was one of the premier motels in Sparta. 

     In 1968, Vernon accepted a position as Head of Accounts Receivable with the RCA Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He moved his family to Indiana and remained there until 1984, when he moved back to Sparta.  While in Indiana, he acquired two 60-unit motels.  In 1994, he acquired the defunct Kamp Dakota campground in Oakdale, and over several years he built it up into a going concern, which became ultimately a KOA franchise.

     Vernon’s business formula was to buy run-down businesses and to build them up into profitable enterprises.  Together with his wife Joyce and his son Bill, they provided clean, comfortable, well-maintained rooms (or camping sites), together with friendly, courteous service.  They were known also for their fair and generous treatment of their employees, for which the governing rule was:  “Treat your employees with respect.”

     Vernon also served the Sparta business community in a variety of posts, including as president of the local Jaycees.  In 1960, the Jaycees voted him the outstanding young businessman for that year.  In that same year, he and the Jaycees welcomed Robert Kennedy to Sparta, who at that time was campaigning for his brother John Kennedy in the Wisconsin presidential primary.  A photo of Rood, Kennedy, and other Sparta business leaders survives from that occasion.

     Vernon was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served in a number of posts, including:  Sunday School teacher and superintendent, and as a member of the church council.  As a Sunday School teacher, he was dynamic and inspiring. One of his students, David Meissner, later credited Vernon’s teaching with influencing his decision to become a Lutheran minister. 

     In later years, Vernon gave numerous Sunday morning talks at Christian congregations in the western Wisconsin area on behalf of the Gideons.  Eventually, he received training in jail ministry, and he worked as a Gideon lay minister in the Monroe County jail.

     Vernon was a lifelong member of the Republican Party, and he served as president of the Monroe County Republicans.

     Vernon Leroy Rood was born in Bode, Iowa on 4 April 1927 to Joseph and Alice (Larson) Rood.  His first job was as a paperboy, and when he graduated from Bode High School in 1944, he received a “Des Moines Register” scholarship.  With this scholarship, he attended Buena Vista College in Iowa for one year.  While there, he played on the varsity basketball team. 

     In early 1945, Vernon enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  After basic training, he was stationed in San Francisco, where he remained in the service for some months before and after the end of World War Two.  Vernon had an excellent tenor voice, and he sang in the Bluejacket Choir in the Navy.  He maintained his love of singing throughout his life.

     Vernon attended St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in economics in 1949.  While at St. Olaf, he met his future wife, Joyce Neperud.  They were married in 1948, and over the next few years, they had four children, all of whom were educated in the Sparta public schools.  (Vernon and Joyce celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2008.)

     A stroke at age 78 forced Vernon to retire and to sell his businesses.  Although in the years after his stroke, he was increasingly wheelchair-bound, his mind remained sharp.  As always, he was supported by his optimistic outlook and his strong religious faith.  He was always quick to smile, joke, and laugh.

     Vernon is survived by his four children, Paul Rood (Margaret Goergen-Rood) of Silver Spring, MD, Darcy Massof (friend Steven Engh) of Readstown, Nancy Goodman (Mark Goodman) of Sparta, and William Rood of Westby; six grandchildren, Joseph (Sarah) and Julia Rood, Eric and Allison Massof, and Natalie and James Goodman; and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Judy Rood, of Troy, Michigan.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Joseph, Orville and Wilford, and his sister Erma.  His wife of 60 years, Joyce Neperud Rood, died in 2009.

     Viewing will be from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and the funeral service from 2:30-3:30 at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, corner of Water and Franklin Streets, Sparta, on Saturday, August 30th.  Burial will be next to his wife in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Sparta.

     In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in his name to:  The Gideons International/P.O. Box 140800 / Nashville, TN 37214.


 

Edith Marie Matson


     Edith Marie Matson, 96, of Sparta passed away peacefully on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta.    

     Marie was born on April 21, 1918 to William and Jane (Jeffers) Hansen in Sparta.  She married Lyle Matson on January 28, 1939 in Waukon, Iowa.  Together they farmed and raised their family in the Leon Valley.  Marie served as the Leon Town Clerk, was an active member of the Leon Merry Dozen Homemakers Club and a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta.    

     Family was a very important part of Marie’s life.  She is survived by her six children, Roger (Elaine) Matson Sr. of Sparta, Marilyn (Norman) Myhre of Madisonville, Tennessee, Duane (Alice) Matson of Beaver Dam, Marlene (George) Martin of Sparta, Susan (Ray, Jr.) Oswald of Cameron, and Lois (Bruce) Losby of La Crosse; fifteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; three brothers, Donald, David, and Michael Hansen.    

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lyle; great grandson, Matthew Matson; and seven siblings, Dorothea Clark, Franklin Hansen, William Hansen, Betty Von Wald, Elaine Helmer, DeWitt Hansen, and DeVere Hansen.   

     The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the staff at the Morrow Memorial Home for their compassion and care of their mother.    

     A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Reverend Mark Jolivette officiating.  Burial will be in the Leon Cemetery, Leon, WI.    

     Family and friends are invited to call at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services.  

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


 

Jerry L. Alexander


     Jerry L. Alexander, 64, of Sparta, passed away on Friday, August 15, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, La Crosse. He was born on February 18, 1950 in Sparta to Donald and Gail (Jefferies) Alexander. Jerry graduated from Sparta High School in 1968 and later joined the army national guard where he trained to be a cook, a skill he maintained and enjoyed throughout his life. After working for the railroad for a short time, also as a cook, he ultimately made his career with the Sparta School District for over 30 years driving bus and delivering food and mail throughout the district during the school year while mowing and performing other maintenance related work in the summer months.

 

     Jerry married Debra “Ruby” Zimmerman in 1973. They had two children and later divorced.  

     He didn’t travel often but one of his favorite places to visit was his Aunt Leola’s oceanfront Florida condo where he loved to sit and enjoy a morning coffee, listening to the waves roll in, and watching the sunrise. Jerry enjoyed time spent with his kids most of all, especially a Friday night out to dinner together or just grilling out at home. He also had a very special bond with his canine companions; Daisy, Norm, Roxy and Fred to name a few. They enjoyed walks together for many years and after retirement, they loved their twice a day rides around town together with Jerry’s hand out the window waving. 

 

     Jerry is survived by his daughter Brandee (Ken) Ortery of La Crosse and their daughter Halla; his sister, Sharon (Dave) Forbush of Wilton and their children Ron, Robert and Christine. 

 

     He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Ryan. 

 

     A visitation will be held at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, on Monday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. A celebration of Jerry’s life will continue at The Greens in Sparta on Monday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Private family burial will be at a later time.

 

     Memorials are preferred and may be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Monroe County Animal Shelter or donor’s charity of choice.

 

      The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

 


 

Hans L. Amundson


     Heaven gained another angel when Hans LeRoy Amundson passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014, having reached the age of 89 years, 1 month.  He had been resident of the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta, WI since February 16, 2010. He was born at home on July 11, 1925 to Alfred and Emma (Homstad) Amundson. He grew up on the family farm on Fish Creek Ridge (rural Cashton), the youngest of five children.  He was a 1944 graduate of Cashton High School and worked on the farm with his dad until he married the love of his life, Ruby Gajewsky, on May 17, 1947. 

     After marriage, he moved to Sparta where he and Ruby raised their family.  His heart was broken on May 10, 2003, when Ruby passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack……..one week shy of celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary.  He missed her so much over these last 11 years.  They are together once more……never to be separated ever again.

     He began his non-farm working career when he worked for Swift and Company in LaCrosse until Swift employees went on strike.  He went on to work for the Sparta Co-op Oil Company, where he stayed until 1951, when he became a substitute clerk-carrier at the Sparta Post Office.  Because of a slow-down at the then Camp McCoy post office branch, he was laid off.  But not being a person who was ever “idle” for too long, he got jobs at LaCrosse’s Auto-Lite Company and Trane Company before being recalled to the postal service in 1957, becoming a full-time clerk-carrier.  When James Trainer retired as assistant Sparta postmaster in 1978, the job title was changed to superintendent of postal operations, the job he held until he retired on March 31, 1986.  In his more than 30 years at the Post Office, he never missed a day of work until he had his first open-heart surgery in November 1980.  After he returned to work three months later, he never took sick leave again. 

     His work philosophy was, “If you don’t do anything yourself, you can’t expect anyone else to do anything”.  He set an example for his fellow workers, his children and grandchildren by “doing”.  He would do anything to help others.  He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta, serving on the church council and buildings and grounds committee for many years. 

 

     He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and was a member of Wergeland Lodge 28 of LaCrosse.  He always wanted to go to Norway and did just that in May 2005 when he joined a tour group that visited Bergen, Lillehammer, Oslo and many other sites in Norway.  That was quite a trip for someone who had only flown in a plane twice before.  He did not know anyone before boarding a bus that took the group to Madison to catch the flight, but he made many new friends, some of whom he has stayed in touch with over the years. 

     He is survived by sons, Charles Sr. (Deborah) and Paul,  daughter Paulette (David) Widener, all of Sparta; grandsons Charles Jr. (Jennifer), Black River Falls, WI and Andrew (Kimberly) of Mazomanie, WI; granddaughter Julie (Ken) Wienke, Sparta; great-grandchildren Kimberly Burkhalter (fiancé Tyler Lockington), Kristine (Scott) Powelson, Kyle Burkhalter, all of Sparta and Derrick Amundson of Colorado Springs, CO; great-great grandchildren, Harley and Landen Powelson, Lilly Lockington, all of Sparta.  He is further survived by two sisters, Evelyn (Harold-deceased) Sanders, Ruby (Faye-deceased) Olsen, both of Rockland, WI; sisters-in-law Alice (Jack) Shefchik of Gardnerville, NV, Harriet (David) Benedict of Carrolton, TX and Helen (Donald-deceased) Fink of Englewood, CO; brothers-in-law Phillip (Laura) Gajewsky of Dysart, IA, Allen (Anne) Gajewsky of Owen, WI and Richard (Eileen) Gajewsky of Sparta; numerous nephews and nieces.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby; brothers, Herbert (Avis/Jean) and Morris (Helen); sisters-in-law Muriel Gajewski, Janet (Adolph) Krismer, Olive (Herbert) Giraud, Eunice (James) Chalupnik, Viriginia (Tom) Sanders, Opal (Edward) Zellmer; and other relatives.

     A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Reverend Ted Johanson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, on Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of services. Memorials are preferred and may be given to the Morrow Memorial Home Foundation, Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta; Gundersen Medical Foundation; or donor’s charity of choice.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

     The family would like to thank the staff of the Morrow Memorial Home for the excellent care they have provided to our dad/grandpa over the years.  They wrapped him in their loving arms and cared for him as they would care for their own dad/grandpa.  We feel blessed to have had them become part of our family.

 

 

Virginia M. Dickman

    

     Virginia M. (Kaltenberg) Dickman, 92, of Sparta, died Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Bridgepath-Morrow Home Community, Sparta. She was born on May 20, 1922 in Madison, WI to William and Ottillia (Geier) Kaltenberg.    

     Virginia married Sylvester “Slim” Dickman on April 12, 1944 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Madison. They lived on a farm in Cashton for 25 years. They then moved to Sparta. She worked at Ben Franklin for 20 years and then at Wal-Mart for 7 years. She retired in 1995.    

     Virginia was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta.    

     She is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Steve) Bohnert of Holcombe, WI; two grandchildren, Colleen and Jason (Malinda); 4 great grandchildren, Codi (Lee Anna), Rebecka, Samantha, and Bradly.      

     She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Sylvester on May 2, 2000.    

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father Jerome Patric officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.    

     Family and friends are invited to call at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to SACS (Sparta Area Cancer Support).    

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. 

 

 

Beatrice "Peg" W. (Johnson) Jones

     Beatrice “Peg” (Johnson) Jones, age 94 years, 3 months, and 3 days, of Sparta, died on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. She was born on March 31, 1920 to Otis and Flavilla (Griffin) Johnson. Peg, as we all knew her, graduated from Tomah High School in 1938. Peg met the man of her life, Gerald “Buck” Jones, and they eloped and were married at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. They were farmers most of their lives.

     Peg and Gerald farmed a majority of their lives in Jenkins Valley, by Sparta. They even packed up their family and moved to Alaska, where after a short time came back to the states. They knew they belonged in Sparta.

     Peg and Gerald were foster parents. Peg worked at Spartek, where she retired from.

     They were blessed with 5 children, Barbara Meltesen, of Oakdale, WI, Zane (deceased), Gary (Charlene) Jones of Bangor, WI, Laurene “Susie” (Steve) Krueger of Norwalk, WI, and Cindy (Mike) Glavin of Montana; 18 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

     Peg was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law, Ed & Lena Jones; her siblings, Phyllis Dannelke, Frank Johnson, Iris Van Kirk, Vonnie Jones, Amos Johnson, Beverly Nechuta, Elwood Johnson, Doug Johnson, Edith Moe, and Bill Johnson, her husband, Gerald “Buck” Jones; son, Zane Jones; grandson, Dale Jones; 2 great grandsons, Danny Hanson, and Jonah Nelson; and son-in-law, Herbert Meltesen.

     Mom, you were the hub of our family. We kids were not perfect but what we learned in life, we learned in life from you and Dad. God bless you and you are now with Dad and we love and will miss you dearly.”

     A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Sue Keller officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date in Mound Prairie Cemetery, rural Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

     

 

 

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