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Recent Obituaries

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.

 

 

Francis C. Harr

     Francis C. Harr, 76, of Sparta, died on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta. He was born on January 21, 1938 in Sparta to E. Donald and Dorothy (Heintz) Harr. Fran graduated from Sparta High School in 1956.

     He married Suzanne McCann at St. Canice Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, PA on June 11, 1960.

     Francis served 4 years in the U.S. Navy. He was a 27 year member of the Sparta Police Department.

     He is survived by his wife, Sue of Sparta; children, Della (Tim Flaherty) Harr of Apple Valley, MN, Donald (Rose) Harr of Mukwonago, WI, Noreen (Greg) Becker of Sparta, and Cathy (Rick) Cooper of Arlington, WA; grandchildren, Lance and Chad Knuth, Jessica (David) Wolber, Melissa Ramos, Nicole Becker, and Nicholas, Emily, and Jeremy Harr; great grandchildren, Gabi Warthan, Timmy Ramos, Nolan Becker, and Ephraim Atkins; siblings, Mary (Don) Ludwig of Sinking Springs, PA, David (Lynn) Harr of Fairfax Station, VA, and Lucy (Dave Lewis) Harr of Stoughton, WI; sister-in-law, Lorraine Harr of Spooner, WI; and his Rolling Hills family.

     Francis was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Ellen; sister, Sheila Harr; and a brother, Laurel Harr.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father Jerome Patric officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sparta.

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

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

 


 

Paul L. Bicknell

     Paul L. Bicknell, 97, of Sparta and formerly of Baraboo, left this world on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Bridgepath Apartments at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta, to meet his Savior, Jesus Christ.    

     Paul is survived by 7 children, Earl (Lynn) Bicknell of Nevada, Vernon (Marleen) Bicknell of Arizona, Barbara Haas of Sparta, Paul (Patricia) Bicknell of Richland Center, Carole (David) Helgesen of Rockland, Glen (Lequeta) Bicknell of Baraboo, and Geoffrey (Jeanne) Bicknell of North Freedom.    

     Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Grover and Myrtle (Tuttle) Bicknell; his wife of over 70 years, Irene (Leonhardt) Bicknell; a son, Wayne Robert Bicknell; son-in-law, Wilbert Haas; grandson, Ross Scheppa; 2 brothers and 1 sister.    

     A funeral service will be held Sunday at 12 noon at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta with Glen Bicknell officiating.  Burial will be in the Leon Cemetery, Leon, WI.    

     Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 11 a.m. until time of services.  

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

 

 


Michael Paul Betts Sr.

     Michael Paul Betts Sr., of Sparta, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at his home. He was born on September 29, 1945 in Sparta to Floyd E. and Christine T. (Nauman) Betts. He grew up in Sparta and moved to Arizona in 1981 and lived there for 10 years before moving back to Sparta to be with his mother.

     He was a self-employed telephone splicer. He retired and owned Wally’s in Cashton.

     Michael married Linda Nelson on July 24, 1965. They later divorced. She passed away in 2011.

     He was a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Michael enjoyed working on his Corvette, he was a car buff. He also enjoyed working on projects around the house and doing carpentry work.

     Michael is survived by his children, Michael Paul Betts Jr. of Sparta and Kimberly (Chuck) Gilbertson of Sparta; grandchildren, Logan Betts, Dakota Betts, and Holden Betts all of Sparta, Josh Lollis of California, Kyra Lollis of La Crosse, and Chelsea Lollis of Texas, Nikki Gilbertson, Katrina Gilbertson, and Marissa Gilbertson all of Sparta; great grandchildren, Aubrey and Jaxton; brothers, Robert Betts, Floyd John Betts, and Merlin Betts; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Linda; a sister, Teresa; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Betts.

     A graveside service will be held Thursday at 12 noon at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sparta, with Father Jerome Patric officiating. Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, on Thursday from 11 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

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

 


 

Arlene J. Dutton

    

     Arlene J. Dutton, 88, of Janesville, died Saturday, June 14, 2014. A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 12 noon at Angelo Oak Grove Cemetery, Angelo, WI. A luncheon will follow at the Country Inn Suites, Sparta.

     She was born April 8, 1926, in Sparta, WI, to Frederick and Fay (Doane) Jackson. She graduated from Sparta High School in 1944. On Jan. 6, 1951, she married her best friend, Wayne E. Dutton.      

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association at donate.heart.org. The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements. 


 

Eugene "Bud" F. Brandau

    

     Eugene “Bud” F. Brandau, 88, of Sparta, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta. He was born on July 29, 1925 in Norwalk, WI to George and Nellie (Schotten) Brandau. He grew up in Norwalk and moved to Leon as a teenager. He left school as a sophomore because his father passed away.

     Bud met Harriet Starkey in Sparta in 1943 on her birthday. They married in 1945 in Wisconsin Dells. After marriage, they lived in Sparta while he worked at Fort McCoy. They lived in Mindoro, WI where he delivered milk. They lived in La Crosse and he worked as garage foreman for Gateway Transportation Co. They moved to Sparta in 1968. Gateway closed in 1982 and he worked for the Sparta school system and was bus driver for 13 years. He retired at age 79.

     Bud was president of the Teamsters Union in La Crosse, president of Gateway Credit Union, was a member of the Moose Lodge in La Crosse and the Eagles Club in La Crosse. He enjoyed raising beef cattle, gardening, tinkering in his garage, hunting, and most importantly, his grandchildren.

     Bud is survived by his wife, Harriet of Sparta; his children, Vicki Jo (Bill) Stover of Firestone, CO, E. Terry (Linda) Brandau of Sparta, and Richard (Cindy) Brandau of Minong, WI; 7 grandchildren, Trisha (Doug) Parker, Carri Jo (Peter) McDonnell, Troy (Angela) Stover, Robyn (Christopher) Bernett, Ross Brandau, Carmen (Tim) Czechowicz, and Justin (Erica) Brandau; 11 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Marie, Norma, and Margaret; and many nieces and nephews.

     Bud was preceded in death by his parents, George and Nellie; and his brothers, George, Jim, Giles, and John.

     A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Father Jerome Patric officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta, with the following serving as honorary pallbearers: Troy Stover, Justin Brandau, Ross Brandau, Christopher Bernett, and Tim Czechowicz. 

     Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday, July 28, 2014 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the funeral home Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

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

 

 

Carmen J. Koltermann

     Carmen J. Koltermann, 62, of Norwalk, died Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Serenity House, Tomah. She was born on March 4, 1952 to Clarence and Norma (Roberts) Lane. She grew up in Sparta and Farmers Valley.    

     Carmen married David L. Koltermann in 1970 in Sparta. They lived in Sparta and moved to Norwalk in 1979.      

     Carmen worked at Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta for 33 years.    

     She is survived by her husband, David of Norwalk; children, David Koltermann Jr., Jon (Mary) Koltermann, and Kevin (Tracy) Koltermann all of Norwalk; grandchildren, Dalton, Lane, Jaydon, Morgan, Hayden, Sage, Micaela, Lexy, and Nick; and special friend, Sarah Montiel of Sparta.

     She was preceded in death by her parents.    

     A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta. Burial will be in Pilgrims Home Cemetery, Norwalk.      

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

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

 

 

Odes O. Clark

 

     Odes O. Clark, 89, of Sparta (Angelo), passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta, WI.

     Odie was born September 18, 1924, in LaFarge, WI, to Lloyd and Beulah (Zwiefel) Clark. He grew up in Sparta, WI. Odie married Nena Woodworth on August 29, 1944 in Sparta. He was baptized into the Christian faith on March 29, 1955. They raised their eight children in Sparta, until Nena passed away April 2, 1994.

     Odie was devoted to his family, church, and community. He was a long-time, faithful member of the Congregational United Church of Christ. His career started in the military at age seventeen. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy in World War II on the USS Yorktown. Following his Honorable Discharge in 1945, Odie worked briefly at Ft. McCoy and cutting ice off Perch Lake before beginning a career with the Monroe County Publishers. After that, he served with the City of Sparta Fire Department, as a firefighter and dispatcher, for 19 years until he retired.

     Odie enjoyed many interests and hobbies. His greatest love was spending time with his family. His children and grandchildren all have stories to tell about their experiences with their beloved father and grandfather. The annual family fish fry brought Odie’s love of fishing and family together for one of many parties. Odie was a long-time HAM Radio operator, a licensed private pilot, and he restored a boat. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, model airplanes, computers, woodworking, and tinkering to see how things worked. Odie was the family-fix-it man and the neighborhood go-to guy when you needed anything repaired.

     Odie is survived by seven children: Marilyn (Bob) Gnewikow, Edie (Loren) Anderson, Randy (Jody) Clark, Crystal (Steve) Witzman, Kimberly (Mark) Pobursky, Scott (Kathy) Clark, and Barry (Brenda) Clark; eighteen grandchildren: Candi Clark, Brian Clark, Shane (Julie) Smith, Lory (Scott) Jenkins, Craig (Julie) Anderson, Andy Anderson, Kelli (Demetrious) Lewis, Gabe (Sarah) Clark, Kevin (Cassie) Clark, John (Katie) Coleman, Phillip Witzman, Melissa Reed, Annie (Dustin) Arttus, Jon (Amanda) Clark, Katelynn Clark, Casey Cobb, Derek Clark, and Hannah Clark; his sister Mary (Benoit) of Connecticut; five sisters-in-law: Blanche Egebrecht, Sheila (Stephen) Heineck, Ellen Ramech, Sally (Steven) Gray and Joanne Clark; four brothers-in-law: Gary (Kathy) Woodworth, James Woodworth, DeWitt Woodworth, and Alan (Peggy) Woodworth; twenty-seven great-grandchildren, along with many extended family members and friends.

     Odie was preceded in death by his wife Nena; his parents; one son David Clark; six grandchildren: Lauri Anderson, Cory Smith, Adam Pobursky, Jessi Pobursky, baby Witzman, and baby Pobursky; his brothers: Byron, Dallas, and Hubert Clark; his sister Della Wilcox; six sisters-in-law: Alice Clark, Dorothy Clark, Beverly Jean Womick, Betty Sanders, Mary Jane Woodworth, and Shirley White; two brothers-in-law: Herbert (Babe) Wilcox and Donald (Red) Woodworth.

     Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, Sparta, with Reverend Rey Diaz officiating. Burial will be in Angelo Oak Grove Cemetery, Angelo.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of the services. A luncheon will follow.

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

 

Janet M. Sacia

    

     Janet M. Sacia, 62, of Winona, died Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born on July 16, 1951 in Black River Falls, WI to Merlin and Alyce (Clark) Hanson. She grew up in Melrose, WI and attended Melrose schools graduating from Melrose High School in 1969. She attended United Methodist Church in Melrose and was confirmed there.

     Janet married Terry G. Sacia on July 12, 1969 at the United Methodist Church in Melrose. They lived in Sparta for 5 years where she waitressed at Country Kitchen. They moved to Gillette, Wyoming in 1977. She waitressed there for 15 years and worked as a manager at Wal-Mart for 5 years. They moved to South Beloit, IL and finally Winona, MN in 2003. She worked at Wal-Mart for 25 years.

     Janet enjoyed Sudoku and crossword puzzles. She was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan.

     Janet is survived by her husband, Terry G. Sacia of Winona; her sons, Terry Alan Sacia of Rockland, WI and Robert Michael Sacia of Winona; her 6 grandchildren, Spencer, Dylan, Hannah & Ava and Jasmine & Austin; 2 brothers, Alan (Mary Jo) Hanson of Winona and Richard (Terrie) Hanson of Trempealeau, WI; and sister, Rebecca (Dave) Melde of Cataract, WI; and her many loved nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Merlin and Alyce; a step-father, Gordon Bettis; and her aunts and uncles.

     A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2 pm at United Methodist Church, Melrose, with Reverend Robbie Nowicki officiating.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the church on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 1:30 pm until time of services. 

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

 



Janet L. Erickson

     Janet (Emma) L. Erickson, 72, of Sparta, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014 at her home of 30 years surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on July 27, 1941 in Viroqua, WI to Gerald and Myrtle Christianson. She was married to Donald (Tom Kat) Erickson on July 26th, 1958.

     She is survived by 6 children, Steve (Brenda Wilcox) Erickson, Scott (Christine) Erickson, Terry (Natalie) Erickson, Bradley (Wendy Rasmussen) Erickson, Tammy (Al Jardine) Erickson, and Tracy (Bob Bixby) Erickson, all from Sparta; 16 grandchildren, Nichole Osborne, Crystal Middleton, Jason Pulham, Crystal Hansen, Chase Erickson, Jessica Michaels, Jami Brown, Jordan Benoit, Thomas Erickson, Madison Rauch, Brandon Meyer, Austin Meyer, Amanda VonRuden, Adam Erickson, Sarah Boberg, and Matt Boberg; 13 great grandchildren, Brayden, Theron, Logan, Charleigh, Dalton, Mikahla, Olivia, Andre, Emmit, Evan, Johnathon, Tristan, Nevaeh, and Baby Gizmo; 15 brothers and sisters, Merlin (Kathleen) Christianson, Carol McDonald, Burton (Connie) Christianson, Linda Beck, Donna (Steve) Sapuder, Shelia (Glen) Benson, Lonnie (Vicki) Christianson, Ronald (Diane) Christianson, David (Cheryl) Christianson, Daniel (Becky) Christianson, Colleen (Dan) Degarmo, Rhonda (Bill) Juntunen, Julie (Steve) Seiler, Dennis (Cindy) Christianson, Jerry (Sherry) Christianson.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 2001; parents; one brother, Loren; and other members of the Christianson and Erickson family.

     Janet will be sadly missed by all who loved and admired her including her special friends, Dorine Erickson, Rita Erickson, and Dorothy Waters.

     Per the wishes of Janet, a funeral service will not be held, but a Celebration of Life will take place from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 at the Fox Hole Pub in Sparta.

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

 

Kristy H. Clipperton

 

     Kristy H. Clipperton, 61, of Sparta, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. She was born on September 29, 1952 in Viroqua, WI to Freeman and Hazel (Snell) Walters. She grew up in Union Grove, WI, moving to Sparta in 1966.

     She graduated from Sparta High School in 1970. Kristy then attended the U.W. LaCrosse, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree and later a Masters Degree in Education. Her teaching career would span 31 years of teaching 1st and 2nd grades in the Sparta District, with most of her years spent in the Leon School. Summers were devoted to planning and teaching Vacation Bible School.

     Kristy married David Heuer on August 5, 1972. To this union one son, James, was born. David passed away in 2003. She married Keith Clipperton on July 31, 2004. They lived in Sparta where Kristy continued to teach until her retirement in 2010.

     After retirement, she devoted her time to her family, all of whom she loved dearly. Her grandson, Jaxson, was her delight. Kristy’s deep Christian faith was evident throughout her life from childhood on. Her heart was happiest when caring for others. Kristy and her husband, Keith, helped found Gaining Ground Community church in Sparta, where she was currently active working with the Children’s and Music ministries.

     Kristy is survived by her husband, Keith Clipperton of Sparta; her son, James (Lindsey) Heuer and grandson, Jaxson; her father, Freeman Walters, of Sparta; brother, Franklin (Lydia) Walters, of La Crosse, WI; sister, Kathryn (Greg) Schmitz of Cashton, WI; and brother, Marlin (Debby) Walters of Woodville, WI; as well as nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her late husband, David Heuer and her mother, Hazel Walters.

     A funeral service will be held Monday, July 7th at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Matt Vandeleest officiating. Burial will be in Leon Cemetery, Leon.      

     Memorials may be given to Compassion International, Gideons International and Gaining Ground Community Church.

     Family and friends are invited for visitation on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Gregory A. Weide

     Gregory A. Weide, 67 of Mertzon, TX gained eternal peace Sunday, June 15, 2014.

     A memorial service will be held Monday, July 7, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Sparta, with Reverend Jeremiah Cochran officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the church on Monday from 2 p.m. until time of services.

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

 


Ruby M. Peters

      Ruby M. Peters, 92, of Sparta, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta. She was born on April 7, 1922 in Melrose, WI to Alonzo and Anna (Bramer) Lovell. She grew up in Melrose.

     She married Royal Peters in Waukon, Iowa on March 2, 1940. He passed away on January 4, 1996.

     Ruby worked at Rolling Hills for many years as a Nurse's Aid and she was a cook at Morrow Memorial Home, where she retired.

     Ruby enjoyed spending her time watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow. She also enjoyed taking long country rides with her husband and traveling, as well as knitting and crocheting, cooking, and talking. Ruby also had a love of reading poems and writing.

     She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the American Legion Post 100.

     Ruby is survived by her children, Anne Sanders of Melrose, Donald R. (Marianne) Peters of Sparta, William L. Peters of Sparta, and Steven L. Peters of Sparta; 17 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and 35 great great grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Royal; a daughter, Jean; 4 grandchildren, Renee, Lonnie, LaVern, and Timothy; and siblings, Eugene, Lloyd, Violet, Sylvia, and Arvilla.

     A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, in the Franklin Street Chapel with Reverend Randy Larson officiating. Burial will be in Cataract Cemetery, Cataract.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of services.

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

Frances L. Schanhofer

     Frances L. Schanhofer, 84, of Sparta, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. She was born on October 17, 1929 in Kinney Valley, rural Wilton, WI to John “Jack” and Mabel (Burdick) Creviston. She grew up in rural Wilton.

     Fran married John Schanhofer on October 21, 1946. After marriage, they moved to Farmers Valley where they lived their entire lives. Fran was a cook at Fort McCoy and the State Patrol. She enjoyed making jewelry, gardening and flowers, dancing, baking, cooking, and casinos.

     Fran is survived by her children, Jerry (JoAn) Schanhofer of Sparta, Susie (Ron) Nauman of Sparta, Pauline (Jerry) Jones of Marshfield, WI, Janet (Bruce) Randall of Sparta, John J. Schanhofer of Sparta, Janice (Dan) Weber of Cashton; her grandchildren, Alex Schanhofer, Tammy (Scott) Stenslien, Tim (Evelyn) Jones, Andrea (Cal) Logan, Amanda (Jelani) Bush, Amber (Adam) Moon, Matt (Adrienne) Randall, Brett Randall, Cameron Hetrick, Josh (Lisa) Weber, Lindsay (Cory) Weibel, Emily (Rory) Jefferson, Chris Weber, Bo (Cassie) Boldon, Kelly (Taylor) Brevik, and Kalen Lower; 16 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two sisters, Collette “Mazie” Haseley of Sparta and Delores Worden of Tomah; and many other relatives and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; a son, Joseph Michael; a daughter, Jean Ann Lower; three brothers, her twin, Phillip, Wayne, and Wayland “Buck”; five sisters, Dorothy Williams, Mary Rhadens, Ruth Hardy, Margaret Dankert, and Audrey Jacobson.

     The family would like to thank the staff at Morrow Memorial Home for their compassionate care for the last two years.
     A memorial service will be held Saturday at 12 noon at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating.

     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.      


 

Janet D. Schanhofer

     Janet D. Schanhofer, 70, of Sparta, died Friday, June 20, 2014 at her home. She was born on January 27, 1944 in Eau Claire, WI to Wendell and Wilma (Andringa) Tucker. She lived in Augusta, WI and moved to Rockland at age 5.

    Janet attended Lower Beaver Creek School through 8th grade and graduated from Central High School in 1960. She married Chet Schanhofer on November 26, 1960 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta.

    She worked as a switchboard operator at Monroe County Telephone Company and at Northern Engraving for 10 years. She then worked as secretary in the family business S&S Distributing until her retirement.

    She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, canning, sewing, jewelry shopping, collecting frogs, Boyd’s bears and many other things.    

    Janet is survived by her husband, Chet Schanhofer of Sparta; children, David (Jane) Schanhofer, Deanna (Steven) Rickert, and Danelle (David) Jacobson all of Sparta; grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, and Jared Rickert, Melissa, Michael (Alex), and Colin (Rachel)  Jacobson, John (Tracy) Kast, and Kellie (Trent) Hagen; great grandchildren, Elijiah, Ethin, Lane, Dalton, Ella, Caleb and Austin; special sister in-law, Linda Smith; and many other relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved brother, Byron; granddaughter, Melinda Jacobson; and grandson, Ryan Jacobson.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.

    Family and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. 


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

 

 

Sylvia "Sue" S. Isensee


     Sylvia “Sue” S. Isensee, 81, of Sparta, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta. She was born on February 24, 1933 in Corona, NM to John and Georgia (Hawkins) Smith. She grew up in New Mexico.

      After graduating high school, Sue married Richard Isensee, and settled in Sparta, WI. They later divorced, but she stayed in Sparta and raised her family there. She was an amazing single mother who always put her kids first.

      Sue held various jobs including Monroe County Extension Office and United States Department of Defense for Fort McCoy and Fort Lee, VA. She was widely regarded in her work, receiving many awards and promotions. She traveled extensively for work and thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and having new adventures even including white water rafting. She cherished her mementos and memories from all her visits.

      Sue is survived by her children, Cynthia Isensee of Sparta, Harley (Michelle) Isensee of La Crosse, and Sandra (Victor) Lopez of Burnsville, MN; a son-in-law, Steve Treu of Sparta; her grandchildren, Monica (Patrick) Olbert, Mike (Beth) Isensee, Jim (Crystal) Treu, Rachel (Aaron) Bishop, and Miguel Lopez; her great-grandchildren, Alexx and Amelia Bishop,
Sylvia and Zae Isensee, Thomas and Hannah Treu, and Celia and Roman Olbert. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Georgia; her brothers, Zay, Ben, and Harley; an infant daughter, Eileen Ann; and her daughter, Dona Treu.

    Sue will be remembered for her strength and determination as well as her warm spirit and outgoing personality. Sue was an avid reader who loved the Southwest, her many travels, a good cup of coffee, but especially her children, grandchildren, New Mexico relatives, wide circle of friends, and many "adopted" kids. Her family is so very proud of the way she selflessly raised them and as kids how she somehow managed to maintain a spotless home, engage in epic water fights, cut down her own Christmas tree, make the best pies and enchiladas, and still have enough energy to play cards (and win), and kick up her heels too. She crafted a career for herself and balanced her family and work during a time that this was not so common. For this and so very much more, Sue will be greatly missed by her extended family and many friends. A special thank you to those caregivers who supported Sue during her final chapter.

     A memorial service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Rey Diaz officiating.

      Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 12 noon until time of services. 

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


 

Alverna A. Morales

    

     Alverna A. Morales, 89, of Sparta, died Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta. She was born on March 8, 1925 in Sparta to John H. and Anna Catherine (Schaller) Ebert. She grew up in the Sparta area.    

     Alverna lived in Madison and later returned to Sparta. She worked at Morrow Memorial Home from 1975 until December 16, 1997 when she retired.   

     She is a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta.    

     Alverna is survived by her children, Rudy Morales of Florida, Cristabol P. Morales of Tennessee, Sharon Murry of Wisconsin, and Thomas (Kristy) Morales of Tennessee; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.      

     She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Edith Snow and Clarence Ebert; and an infant grandchild.    

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. Patrick’s Catholic 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 from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. 

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

 

 

 

Robert W. Buckhannon

     Robert W. Buckhannon, 78, of Sparta, died Thursday, May 29, 2014 at his home. He was born on April 1, 1936 in Clarksberg, WV to John and Mildred (Ferbee) Buckhannon.

     Bob worked for 30 years as a painter with different construction companies, retiring in 1991. He served in the Army 32nd Field Artillery Battalion from 1954 until 1962. He was a member of the American Legion Post 439 in Melrose and was a Freemason.

     Bob married Daisy Shawley on August 25, 1956 in Dresbach, MN.

     He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and woodworking.

     Bob is survived by his wife, Daisy of Sparta; his sons, Steven (Pamela) Buckhannon, Robert (Joan) Buckhannon, and James (Tammy) Buckhannon all of Sparta; his siblings, Donald Buckhannon of Sparta, Francis (Joan) Buckhannon of Ohio, Timothy (Sharon) Buckhannon of Ohio, Roberta McCoy of West Virginia, and Norris (Pat) Buckhannon of Mississippi; 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mildred; a son, Allen Edward; a brother, Charis; a sister, Connie; and two sister-in-laws.

     A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Pastor George Jaderston officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 439 will be in Cataract Cemetery, Cataract.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 7 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.

 


Donna I. Heilman

     Donna Irene Heilman, 74, of Sparta, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 24, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. She was born on May 5, 1940 to Marvin and Irene (Kuehl) Axelsen of Sparta, WI.

     She married Orlin Kolbo in Sparta, WI. They later divorced and she then married Donald F. Heilman on May 3, 1968 in Sparta, WI. Donna was a cook at the Country Kitchen in Sparta for a number of years, was a Watkins dealer, and then worked at Northern Engraving. She then earned her CNA and worked as a nursing assistant at Rolling Hills Nursing Home in Sparta, where she retired after 20 years of service.

     Donna enjoyed singing Karaoke, playing the guitar, her accordion, and piano. She also loved country music, camping, and fishing. But she especially enjoyed the company of her family and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

    She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Donald, her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; daughter, Barbara Burnham of Sparta and her children, Christy (Cole) Storandt and their children, Domenic and Ethan, Jill Burnham (Jake Iverson), and Garrett Burnham; son, David (Polly) Kolbo of Sparta and their children, Ryan Kolbo and Stacey (Nathan) Zwiefel and their daughter, Kayana; son, Gerald “Jerry” Kolbo of Norwalk; son, Scott Kolbo(Lisa Clayton) of Sparta and his children, Daniel Kolbo, Kortney Kolbo and her son, Remi, and Cheyann Kolbo; son, Donald (Christa) Heilman of West Salem and their children, Allie (Michael) Pedrin and their daughter, Brooklyn, Brittany Heilman, Nicole Piske, Brandon Heilman, and Brent Heilman; daughter, Laura (Gary) Leis of Norwalk and their children, Ashley Leis (Mike Harrison), Jeremy (Kayla) Leis, Stephanie Leis, and Cody Leis. Donna is also survived by her brothers and sisters; sister, Karen Travis (Mark Galetka) of Holcombe, WI; brother, Larry (Karen) Axelsen of Sparta; brother, Charles (Kathryn) Axelsen of Oshkosh, WI; sister, Sheryl (Larry) Lakowske of Sparta; brothers-in-law, Doug (Judy) Heilman of Winona, MN and Dale (Betty) Heilman of Cashton; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends, and her beloved dog, Rex. 

    Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Irene; step mother, Frances; grandson, Shawn Kolbo; and son-in-law, Alan Burnham.

     The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses and staff at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse and the Gundersen Dialysis Center in Onalaska for Donna’s exceptional care and treatment. Their care and compassion for her was felt daily and meant so much to all of us.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a 7:45 p.m. rosary at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. 

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


 

 

Stuart L. Spangler

     Stuart L. Spangler, 60, of Sparta, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. He was born on March 11, 1954 in La Crosse, WI to Stanley and Nancy (Lau) Spangler. He grew up in the Holmen area and graduated from Holmen High School. After high school, he attended WTC for one year. He worked at various jobs and was a “Jack of all trades”.

     He married Judith at the Half Way Creek Lutheran Church in September of 2000.

     Stuart enjoyed music, outdoors, campfires, antiques, and his granddaughter, Ella. He was very intelligent and helpful and had a great sense of humor. He was a “Trekkie” and a “Doctor Who” fan. He was a very good mechanic and enjoyed working on cars. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

     Stuart is survived by his wife, Judy of Sparta; daughter, Angela (Adam) Johnson of La Crosse; stepsons, Michael (Dawn) Klukas of La Crosse, Richard (Becky) Klukas of Holmen, and Kristen Banasik of La Crosse; grandchild, Ella Johnson; step grandchildren, Chloe Alt, Jodie Klukas, Jordan Weibel, Jared Weibel, and Jenna Klukas.

     He was preceded in death by his parents.

     A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Cassandra M. Sauter officiating.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 12 noon until time of services at the funeral home.

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

 

Forest H. Bacon


    Forest H. Bacon, 90, of Cataract, died Monday, May 19, 2014 at Morrow Home Community-MaryCrest, Sparta. He was born July 8, 1923 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Sparta, WI to John and Edith (Hardt) Bacon.  He grew up on the family farm 1 1/4 miles west of Cataract, WI.  He was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cataract by Reverend Arthur Berg.  Forest was confirmed in the Lutheran Faith in 1937 at St. Paul’s Church by Reverend Blanchard.  On April 29, 1944 he was united in marriage to Susan Isensee by Reverend Arthur Berg in Sparta.  Forest and Susan worked on the family farm and then purchased a nearby farm in the fall of 1946.  They sold that farm and moved to Sparta in the fall of 1947.  Forest trimmed trees for NSP until the fall of 1948, then they moved to Alma Center and worked for Hoffman Farms until the spring of 1949.  At this time Forest and Susan moved once again and leased a building in which they lived and started a new grocery store in Cataract.  They operated the store for 3 years at which time Forest wanted to get back into farming.  In 1952 they purchased a farm in Printz Creek from Irvin Thurston using the store’s inventory as a down payment.  Susan always had a positive attitude and reassured Forest that “they will make it farming”.  For the next 12 years, Forest loved working the soil, watching the crops grow, milking the cows, and caring for the hogs.  Susan was always ready to help in the barn or fields and also took care of the animals, especially during birthing time for the hogs.  The children were also a great help on the farm, especially during times when Forest suffered from back pain.
     In 1964, they sold the farm and moved to Cataract on Hwy. 27.  Forest and Susan leased a building and started S & F Grocery on Hwy 27.  Forest made sure to have Susan’s initial “S” listed first for the name of the business (S&F).  They sold gasoline, groceries, hardware, meats, cheeses, and a little bit of everything.  They were blessed with wonderful employees and the help of their children.  In 1972 they purchased the building and operated the store until 1985 when it was purchased by Duane and Nancy Bacon.  
     Forest and Susan loved to grow a large garden including a wonderful bed of raspberries, go fishing in the Cataract/Millston area and also fish for salmon near Algoma.  Forest built upon Susan’s motto “to always give the best fresh vegetables/canned goods/fish to others and you will receive more than double the blessings back in return”.  Forest loved to listen to Susan play hymns of faith on her Thomas organ in the evenings after his long days at the store.  He loved attending church with his family and singing hymns as he worshipped his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his Savior of the world.  Forest visited numerous friends at Rolling Hills, The Morrow Home, and also in Black River Falls.    

     He enjoyed watching the Packers and loved to watch baseball, diligently following the Brewers throughout every season.  He was a life long member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cataract, now know as Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Printz Creek and Black River Falls.  Forest was a former member of both the Printz Creek and Stark Valley School boards.  He was also a member of the Cataract Sportsmen’s Club and enjoyed helping out in the kitchen during the annual Field Days celebration every September.    

     He is survived by his son Duane Bacon of Cataract, daughter Dar (Rick) Matalas of Black River Falls, daughter Pam (Dan) Pfaff of Onalaska, grandchildren include Brent (Joie) Bacon of Cataract, Marques Pfaff of Las Vegas, Allison Pfaff of Madison, WI, Tyler Matalas of Black River Falls, great-grandson Andre Iverson of Minneapolis, MN, great-step grandchildren Andrew, Amanda, and Alyssa Hagen, great-great- step grandchildren Braxton Winchel and Emma Redsten, and brother-in-law Will Meyer of St. Louis.    

     Forest was preceded in death by his loving wife Susan of 51 years, daughter Norma Jean Iverson, grandson Jesse Iverson, daughter-in-law Nancy Bacon, brother George (Myrtle) Bacon, brother Robert (Catherine) Bacon, sister Alice (Lanny) Abbruzzese, sister Jean Meyer, and beloved cousin Ruby Bacon. Forest is also survived by special friends including Mary Jane Hackett of La Crosse, Roger and Ellie Ebert, Dr. Mark and Lynn Edwards, and Earl Brown all of Sparta, Dale and Linda Jessie of Cataract, nieces, nephews, cousins, numerous friends and helpful neighbors.    

     A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Faith Ev Lutheran Church, Printz Creek, with Reverend Nathan H. Berg officiating. Burial will be in Cataract Cemetery, Cataract.    

     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 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be directed to Faith Ev Lutheran Church and Cataract Sportsman’s Club. Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com    

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

    




Wesley C. Beranek

     Wesley C. Beranek 81, of Sparta, passed away quietly at his home on Friday May 16, 2014.

     He was born December 20, 1932 in La Crosse Wisconsin to parents Dorothy Reil and James Saltz.  He was loved and raised by his mother and adoptive father William Beranek.

     Wes graduated from Central High School and married Geraldine Boisen with whom he had four children.   He enrolled in the Marine Corps and served in California and Korea.  He worked various jobs before moving to Northern Engraving where he stayed until retirement. He later married Alma Edmison who he helped to raise two sons.

     Wes enjoyed hunting, golfing, sports, and wood working projects. Anyone who knew him knew about his competitive nature.   Later in life, he volunteered at both church and the Sparta Food Pantry.  Alma and he spent many a weekend "hunting" down bargains collecting treasures, good books were an especially good find.  He also looked forward to Beranek family reunions.

     First Hank and then Tuffy were his furry companions and friends.

     He was preceded  in death by his parents, James Saltz, Bill and Dorothy Beranek.

     Wes is survived by his wife of 48 years, Alma; children Sharon (Allan) Batterman, Susan (Mark) Anderson, Robert and James (Angela) Beranek, and Donald and Gary Endres; sisters-in-law Karen Christopherson and Barbara Edmison and  brothers-in-law Richard Christopherson and Gene Edmison ; 9 grandchildren,  11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

     His wishes were to be cremated.  A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Reverend Cassandra M. Sauter officiating. Burial will be at a later time in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until time of services.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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

 

 


Barbara L. Reinstra

    Barbara Lucelia Reinstra, 59, died peacefully on May 12, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born June 29, 1954 to Omer & Caroline (Schwarz) Heilman in Sparta, WI.  Barb graduated from Medical Institute of Minnesota as a Medical Technician and worked at Dean Clinic in Oregon, WI and Black River Falls Memorial Hospital.

     She was married to the love of her life, David L. Reinstra on February 8, 1975 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta.

     She is survived by her husband; two children, Marisa (Ben) Steinbach and Megan Richardson; four grandchildren who were the light of her life, Eloise Richardson, Joshua “JJ” Steinbach, Addison Richardson, and Cameron Steinbach; brother, Bob (Cookie) Heilman; sisters, Mary (Mike) McCaigue, Liz (Dan) Trauscht, Joanie (Jim) Fiorenzi, Julie Meil, and Alice Heilman; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

     Barb was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Lucy Steinbach.

     The family would like to thank the Cancer Center at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center for care and concern, especially Dr. Rasool and nurses Julie & Kathi; Black River Falls Memorial Hospital Hospice; and Caring Bridge.

     A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday at 11a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father Don Heiar officiating.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services.

     The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

 

 

Michael D. Maurer 

    Michael D. Maurer, 61, of Sparta and formerly of Oklahoma, passed away on Monday May 5, 2014 at the Tomah Veteran’s Hospital.

      Michael was born to Donald and Beverly (Pierce) Maurer on August 26, 1952.

      Michael joined the Air Force in April 29, 1971 and was stationed in Oklahoma where he met and married Darlene Mason on June 29, 1972.  Michael and Darlene spent time stationed in the Philippines and then returned to the states.  Michael left the service in June 18, 1974. Then they moved to the Tomah area where they farmed for several years.  After that they returned to Oklahoma where Michael was a self employed semi truck operator for several years.  Michael then worked in the motor pool at Tinker Air Force base when he was forced to retire due to a disabling health condition.

     Michael enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, the outdoors, bowling, darts, pool, video games, hunting ginseng, gardening and preserving the produce he grew, carpentry and was a collector of coins, sports memorabilia and classic rock music.

      Michael is survived by four children; Jennifer Maurer of Oklahoma, Julie Maurer of Washington, Douglas (Nicole) Maurer of Oklahoma, Whitney Maurer of Oklahoma, four grandchildren; Kimberly and Chantz Whaley of Oklahoma, Kinley and Kyler Maurer of Oklahoma; one great-grand son; Aiden Whaley of Oklahoma, four sisters; Kathleen Maurer of Sparta, Susan Krauss of Sparta, Diane Pottinger of Ontario, Linda (James) Hubert of Sparta, Betsy Maurer of Nekoosa, one brother; Robert Maurer of Sparta, his ex-wife Darlene Maurer of Oklahoma and many family and friends.

      He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 uncles and a nephew.

      The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at the DaVita Dialysis Center in Wisconsin Rapids, the Dialysis unit, Infusion Nurses and the Radiology department (special thanks to Casey) at Tomah Memorial Hospital, and the staff at both the Madison and Tomah VA hospitals that took such wonderful care of Michael during his last few months with us. We are extremely grateful for the warmth, support and care you provided to Michael and his family during this difficult time. 

     A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Sparta.  

     Family and friends are invited to call on Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services.

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

 


David R. Brabant

     David R. Brabant Sr., 76, of Sparta, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. He was born on September 11, 1937 in La Crosse to Frank Sr. and Anna (Sanders) Brabant. They later moved to Sparta, where David attended school.

     David was self employed for most of his life in the Madison and Sparta areas.

     He is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters; brothers, Frank Jr., Charles, and Douglas (Peggy) Brabant all of Sparta; and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; his parents; sister, Beverly Becker; and brother, Darold.

     A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta. Burial will be in Farmers Valley Cemetery, rural Sparta.

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

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


Robert L. Brown

     Robert L. Brown, 66, of Sparta died Thursday, May 1, 2014 at his home, surrounded by loved ones.  He was born on February 24, 1948 in Sparta to Robert D. and Alyce Marie (Hall) Brown. He grew up in Sparta.

     He married Diane Thomas on June 13, 1970 in Cashton.  To this union one son was born.

     Bob enjoyed the outdoors, watching sports, playing cards, fishing, golfing, and hunting.

     Bob was a United States Army Veteran who served in Vietnam from April 1968 until November 1969.  He worked as a forklift operator at Sparta Manufacturing for many years. Bob also worked part-time at a mobile home park doing grounds keeping where Diane managed,  until he was unable to do it any longer.

     Whenever Bob would see his nieces and nephews he would give them a Kit Kat, so he acquired the nickname “Uncle Kit Kat.”  They even gave him a T-shirt with Kit Kat stenciled on the pocket.

     He is survived by his wife, Diane Brown of Sparta; his son, Scott Brown of Sparta; a brother, David Brown of Sparta; 2 sisters, Betty Symicek of Black River Falls and Bonnie (Roger) Herold of Clitherall, MN; step mother, Liz (Dave) Loomis of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; half-brothers and sisters, Jeff (Cheryl) Brown, Judy (Irv) Paul, Jeana (Fritz) Kroll, Jay (Bonnie) Brown all of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and Julie (Mark) Hiles of Granton, WI; sisters-in-law, Barb Dittberner of Madison, WI, JoAnn (Bob) Buening of La Crescent, MN, and Lori (Dennis) Dickman of Cashton; and many special nieces and nephews.

     Bob was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Donald and Mary Thomas; a brother, James Brown; half-brother, Jackson Brown; and a nephew, Davey Dittberner.

     A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Clyde Ewers officiating. Full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 will be held in the funeral home parking lot.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4 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 arrangements.  


 

 

 

 

 

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