Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home

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

 

 

Recent Obituaries

 

Randy D. Radsek

     Randy D. Radsek, 57, of Sparta, passed away on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  Randy was born February 16th, 1957 to Dwaine and Donna (Hulke) Radsek.

     Randy graduated from Alma High School in 1975 and went to work for Triple F Feeds as a Dairy Production Specialist.  In 1991 he went to work for Land O’Lakes in the same capacity.  Randy excelled at his job and cared deeply for his clients and the animals under his care.

     Besides his family and his job, his main passions in life were motorcycling, building and fixing things, and his Catholic faith.

     Randy married Roxanne (Averbeck), the love of his life in 1977 and they went on to have three wonderful children, Stephanie Vlaming (Damian), Amanda Scholze (Scott), and Alex Radsek, and four wonderful grandchildren, Jesse, Evelyn, William and Colin. He is further survived by his parents, Dwaine and Donna Radsek; siblings, Terry (Barb), and Steve (Colleen) Radsek.

     A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. rosary 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 arrangements.

 

 

Nancy E. Eldridge

 

     Nancy E. Eldridge, 73, of Sparta, died December 19, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Sparta.

     A graveside service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta, with Pastor Pam Centanni officiating.

 

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

 


Idell M. Marshall 

    Idell M. Marshall, 89, of Sparta and formerly of Eau Claire, died Friday, April 18, 2014 at Morrow Memorial Home-MaryCrest, Sparta. She was born the oldest of 3 children on October 28, 1924 in Norwalk, WI to Erwin and Viola (Dreier) Mannel.

     They moved to Wilton, WI where Idell attended school and graduated in 1942 and then attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for one year.

     Idell married Leo Tighe and had one daughter, Sharon, in 1946. She later married Ray Marshall in 1959 until his death in 1969.

     The majority of her employment was with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue in Sparta. She resided in Eau Claire from 1973 until 2008 when she moved to Bettendorf, IA. While in Eau Claire, she was employed part time by Fuller Funeral Home for 10 years.

     Idell joined the United Methodist Church in 1972. She served on most of the different council positions. She was chairperson of Council of Ministries. She represented the church at several Annual Conferences and was a member of the senior choir for over 20 years. She worked with Marguarite Coffman and started the then 40+ singles group which is still meeting and now called the XYZ group. She helped with vacation bible school and worked with others to start Finishing Touch. She organized shopping lists, prepared monthly orders, and put up signs for Finishing Touch. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and served by sending out birthday cards to church members. She was chairperson of Circle for many years and helped to prepare listing for prayers each Sunday. She worked at the work shops and booths at the Bazaar every year.

     She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (John) Shipley; grandchildren, Todd Shipley, Tamatha Speidel, and Tricia (Josh) Stoakes; great grandchildren, Reece Callaway, Ella Callaway, and Madeline Stoakes; brother, Kenneth (Ruth) Mannel; sister-in-law, Janet Mannel and her beloved nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray Marshall; and brother, Keith Mannel.

     A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Sparta, with Reverend Rey Diaz officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the service. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.

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

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

 


Sharron M. Mueller 

     Sharron M. Mueller, 73, of Sparta, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born on September 29, 1940 in Pinconning, MI. She grew up in Pinconning, MI and after High School she attended Pontiac Business Institute.

     She married Richard Zielke, they later divorced.

     Sharron married Joel Mueller on April 29, 1978 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Helen, MI.  They lived in Michigan until moving to Sparta in 1988.

     She completed her civil service exam and worked at ARTTAC and then retired in 2005.

     Sharron was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Michigan, she enjoyed crocheting, reading, and playing games on the computer.

     Sharron is survived by her husband, Joel Mueller of Sparta; children, Laura (Larry) Cox of Sparta, and Linda (Robert) Fritsch of Tomah; grandchildren, Joel (fiancé Jenny) Guilds of Franklin, TN, Andrew (Sherry) Lang of Youngstown, OH, and Melissa Partridge of Pontiac, MI; great grandson, Hunter; brothers and sisters, Gerald “Skip” (Loretta) Morse of Osceola, MI, Herman Christopher of Central Lake, MI, Jean Thomas of Central Lake, MI, and Karen Williams of MO.

     She is preceded in death by her parents; a son, Dale Zielke; grandson, Jared Cox; and a sister, Sandy.

     A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating.  Burial will be in the Leon Cemetery, Leon.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of services. 

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


 

Mike M. Aemmer

 

      Mike M. Aemmer, 88, of Sparta died Monday, April 7, 2014 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. He was born on February 11, 1926 in Macomb, IL to Chris and Sarah (Kepler) Aemmer. He grew up in Macomb, IL and went into the Navy. He spent his lifetime telling jokes.

     Mike is survived by Paulette Benoit of Sparta and her children, David Treu, Lenny Treu, and Johna (Dale) Hesselberg all of Sparta; his children, Patty (Ron) Reimer of Florida, Mike Aemmer of Mishawaka, IN, Mitch Aemmer of Minnesota, and Rebecca (Scott) Runquist of Minnesota; step-children, Linda (Mike) Maki of Minnesota, Raleigh Fuller, and Carol (Frank) Joslin of Minnesota; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and his first wife, Gladys Nazy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kenneth “KC”; second wife, Murial; and sister, Thelma.

Per Mike’s wishes there will be no services. Online condolences may be offered at ww.schanhoferfh.com

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

 

Ryan M. Jacobson 

Ryan Matthew Jacobson, 33, of Albequerque, NM passed on Mar. 12th, 2014 at his home after suffering from a lengthy illness.

     He was born Nov. 1st, 1980 in La Crosse, WI. He spent much of childhood between Milwaukee and Sparta. At an early age, Ryan had an affinity for Japanese culture and began to take lessons to learn the language. Shortly thereafter, he won a national writing competition that allowed him to live with a host family in Japan. He never forgot the experience and always dreamed of returning. He was equally enamored with gardening and often asked for things like rock plants as gifts; rather than, toys. He was passionate in his beliefs, both politically and socially, and shared them openly with anyone who would listen or dared to argue with him. Ryan loved the Grateful Dead and truly lived with a free spirit. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him.

     He is survived by his parents, David and Danelle Jacobson and Tracey and Todd Unertl; his grandmothers, Cecilia, whom he loved dearly, and Gladys Brigham; his favorite uncle, John; his Aunts, Mary and Therese; and his uncle, Paul. He is also survived by his siblings, Collin (Rachael), Melissa (Elijiah & Ethan), and Michael (Alex).

     Ryan was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Vernon and John; his sister, Melinda; his longtime partner, Al; and his nephew, Leo.

     A visitation will be held Saturday, April 5th from 9:30-11:00am at Lanham-Schanhofer funeral home in Sparta.

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

 

Leona M. Landriault

     Leona Marie Landriault, 91, of Sparta, died peacefully at home with family by her side.  She was born on January 5, 1923 to John and Jeanne Michaud of Drummond, New Brunswick, Canada along with 14 brothers and sisters.

     Leona married Adolph Martin at the age of 17 and had 2 children, Paul and Jeannine.  In 1979, she married Dave Landriault.  She moved to Sparta in 2010 residing with her daughter and son-in-law.    

     Leona loved to play bingo and cards, watch birds, and go camping.  She also spent many hours knitting socks, mittens, and baby blankets for family members and friends.  She was introduced to “deer shinning” by Phil Schreier, and loved it, especially after she found out it was not illegal like it is in Canada, which there it meant high jacking deer!    

     Leona was the only one of her brothers and sisters to see 5 generations with both of her children.  Paul, Charlotte, Christopher, Bentlee and Matthew, Brooklyn. Then Jeannine, Christine, Joshua, Xavier and Benjamin.    

     Leona is survived by two sisters, Alma and Ann; her son, Paul (Nancy) Martin of Aroostook, Canada and daughter, Jeannine (David) Sanborn of Sparta. Along with 9 grandchildren, Christie (Phil) Schreier of Sparta, Kathleen Sanborn of La Crosse, Russell (Alice) Sanborn of Sparta, Nancy (Peter) Kuehn of Germany, Charlotte Martin, Ryan Martin, Darren (Andrea) Martin, Tyler (Gillian) Martin, Travis Martin (Michelle-Fiance) all of Canada.  16 great grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel, Kirk, Kyle, Christopher, Taylor, Matthew, Morgan, Aaron, Garrett, Johnny, Dakota, Tayla, Scarlett, Tripp, and Chloe; 4 great great grandchildren, Benjamin, Xavier, Bentlee and Brooklyn.    

     Leona was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Roland, Felix, Tony, Sam, Joe, Isadore, Delina, Martha, Helen, Hazel, Lillian, Louise, along with Adolph Martin and Dave Landriault.    

     A memorial service will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Randy Williamson officiating.    

     Family and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4:30 p.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 arrangements.

 


Orvilla A. Bechel

 

Orvilla Ann Bechel, 82, of Sparta, joined our Lord on March 24, 2014. At the time, she was residing at Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta.

Born March 27, 1931, to Charles and Gertrude Boigenzahn of Durand, WI, she graduated from Durand High School in 1949, then lived and worked in the Durand area. As a young woman, her spare time was occupied with dressing up, movie shows, going on dates and dancing. Orvilla worked at the local variety store where she discovered her affinity for costume jewelry. She was thrilled when she could find a purse and shoes that matched!

She married Elmer J. Bechel on August 22nd, 1952, and soon moved to Eau Claire, WI. Orvilla and Elmer then began their family by adopting a son, Michael, in 1962 and daughter, Laurie, in 1964. The family moved to Sparta in 1976.

Known to many of her friends as “Orie”, she was a devoted wife and mother, spending many years as a homemaker, raising her children, and looking after her husband. She later began work as a school bus driver where she enjoyed interacting and looking after all the children. After her move to Sparta, she worked in early childhood care, as well as volunteering her time to the Fort McCoy Officer’s Wives Club and the American Legion Auxiliary in Sparta.

Orie found strength in her Catholic Faith and as a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Sparta.

She loved to cook, decorate (especially for holidays!) make crafts, shop, play card and board games, bowl and enjoyed conversations with family and friends, where her good humor and laughter were always present. Family visits were very important to Orie. She treasured her visits with all of her family! On any family trip, Orie always brought her make-up case (which really would have benefited from wheels!) and took great pride in manicuring her own, fabulous nails! She loved animals and enjoyed caring for the many dogs she owned throughout her years. Over the past year, her days were brightened when Elmer would bring the family dog, Bodie, to visit her during her stay in Morrow Home.

Orvilla was preceded in death by her father and mother, Charles and Gertrude Boigenzahn. She is survived by her husband, Elmer J. Bechel, of Sparta, her son Michael (Kay) Bechel, Sadieville, KY, and her daughter Laurie (Scott) Collins, Henderson, NV. Grandchildren Alex (Tess) Bechel, Georgetown, KY, Ashley (Mathew) Russell, Georgetown, KY, and Jo Anna Collins, Minneapolis, MN. Great Grandchildren Mason Bechel, Gavin Bechel, and Allison Russell, Georgetown, KY. Brothers James (Beckie) Boigenzahn, New Brighton, MN, Charles (Mary) Boigenzahn, Circle Pines, MN. Brother-in-Law Harry (Mary Lou) Bechel, Eau Claire, WI, and the many nieces and nephews with whom she would fondly share stories and reminisce.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father Michael Klos officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sparta. After the services, all are invited for lunch at the American Legion Post, Hwy. 21, Sparta.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta.

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


 

David R. Crocker Jr.


     David R. Crocker Jr., 75, of Sparta, died Sunday, March 23, 2014 surrounded by loving family and friends at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.  He was born on June 9, 1938 in Sparta to David R. and Doris J. (Lower) Crocker Sr

     He grew up in Sparta and graduated from Sparta High School.  After school, he started working at the creamery.  He worked there for 40 years before retiring in 2000.

     Dave married Joanne Thurston on October 18, 1958.  They were later divorced.  To this union, there were 5 sons, Bobby, Mike, Jerry, Greg, and Bill.

     Dave spent 29 years with Frances Day, his friend and partner, as well as her children, Vicki, Julia, and David.     He enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening, birds, traveling, and most of all, family.

     Dave is survived by his sons, Mike Crocker of Jackson, WY, Jerry (Lori) Crocker of Sparta, Greg (Kathy) Crocker of Land O’Lakes, FL, and Bill (Shelley) Crocker of Sparta; loving partner, Frances Day of Sparta; her children, Vicki (Kevin) Riley of Sparta, Julia (Tim Hunt) Day of Sparta, and David (Laura) Day of Wausau; several grandchildren, and great grandchildren; siblings, Donna (Roger) Schroeder of Onalaska, Patricia (Harold) Dechant of Sparta, James Crocker of Sparta, and Sharon (Jerry) Dockerty of Sparta; and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bobby; and special friends, Glen LaDue and Daniel Day.

     A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta.  Dave’s family will be officiating.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until time of services. 

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


 

Kenneth L. Nichols Sr.


        Kenneth L. Nichols Sr., 84, of Sparta died Monday, March 24, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.  He was born on August 6, 1929 in Sparta to Earl and Daisy (Slater) Nichols.

      He married Gladys Hanson on June 13, 1953. They were married for 60 years and have been blessed with 6 children.      Kenneth loved to dance and enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

      Kenneth will be sadly missed by his family including his wife, Gladys Nichols of Sparta; his 6 children, Kenneth (Lauri Ann) Nichols Jr. of Endeavor, WI, Linda (Charles) Arneson of Sparta, Pam (Rick) Ebert of Tomah, Robert (Cheryl) Nichols of Sparta, Jeff (Kathy) Nichols of Cashton, and Lore Sprague of Sparta; 20 grandchildren; 8 step grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; 7 step great grandchildren; special friend, Penny Nelson; sister, Ivanell Brown of Yuma, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Delores and Janet.

     A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Reverend Cassandra M. Sauter officiating.  Burial will be in Farmer’s Valley Cemetery, rural Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of services. 

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

 

Patricia I. Selbrede

         Patricia I. Selbrede, 86, of Sparta, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Plano, TX. She was born on October 17, 1927 in La Crosse to Felix and Isebella Hale. She grew up in La Crosse and graduated from High School there.

     Pat married Harold “Sonny” Selbrede on July 5, 1947 in La Crosse. They worked various jobs and she was by Sonny’s side for their entire married life.

     She was an active volunteer for the La Crosse VFW and enjoyed playing BINGO. She had a great sense of humor and was a wonderful wife for sixty-six years.

     Pat is survived by her husband, Harold “Sonny” Selbrede of Sparta; son, Richard (Solinda) Selbrede of Carrollton, TX; grandchildren, Jason Selbrede and Tammy Taylor both of Black River Falls; 4 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.

     A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Cassandra M. Sauter officiating. Burial will be in Leon Cemetery, Leon.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of services. 

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


 

Lorraine M. Manke 

     Lorraine M. Manke, 83, of Sparta, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. She was born on June 18, 1930 in Melrose, WI to Henry and Anna (Peterson) Nelson.  She grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. After school, she stayed home and worked on the farm.

     She married Robert F. Manke on December 12, 1953.  They farmed in Norwalk until they retired in 1987 when they moved to Sparta.

     Lorraine enjoyed playing the piano and the accordion, baking, gardening, and crocheting. She also enjoyed being part of the New Life Assembly of God Church for the past 40+ years.

     Lorraine is survived by her husband, Robert Manke of Sparta; children, Joann (Greg) Barrett of Charlestown, IN, Dale (Jeanne) Manke of Nixa, MO, and Carol (Phil) Campbell of West Bend, WI; grandchildren, Jessica Campbell of West Bend, Kristen (Jeff) Butterfield of Thiensville, WI, and Alexis and Daniel Manke both of Nixa, MO; step-grandchildren, Amy (Andy) Dryden and Jennifer Booth both of Lombard, IL; and great granddaughter, Aubrey Dryden.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Phillip and Hensel Nelson; and a sister, Louise Lumley.

     A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Life Assembly of God Church, Sparta, with Reverend Randy Williamson officiating.  Burial will be in the Angelo Oak Grove Cemetery.

     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.

 

Diane L. Hendricks

 

     Diane L. (Brandt) Hendricks, 55, of Sparta, went to be with the Lord and Savior on March 17, 2014. She was born on October 1, 1958 to Norbert and Dianna (Johnson) Brandt in the Town of Sparta.

     Diane loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved working outdoors in her garden. Diane loved spending time with the Lord and sharing and teaching His word to others.

     Diane is survived by her husband, Daniel Hendricks of Sparta; her children, Lacy (Ceasar) Baird, Faith (Eddie) Baird, Crimson Hendricks, and Calgary (Virgil) Miller; her grandchildren, Olivia and Alex Valdivia, Gracie Berendes, Aubrianna Hendricks, and Utah Miller all of Sparta; her mother, Dianna (John) Brandt of Sparta; her sisters, Dawn Brandt of Sparta and Denise (Larry) Smith of Kentucky; her brothers, Dale (Debi) Brandt and John (Charmaine) Brandt both of Sparta; her cousin, Charles Van Riper of Sparta; and many other relatives and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her father, Norbert Brandt.

     A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Pastor Butch Bruton officiating.

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

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

 

Gayle Mathews

     Gayle Mathews, 65, of Sparta, WI, passed away unexpectedly at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse on March 14, 2014.

     She was born on April 11, 1948 in El Paso, Texas, to Martin Morrison and Ira Cline Morrison.  Gayle attended Austin High School in El Paso, married Richard Mathews in 1965, and then went on to graduate from Five Points Beauty School in El Paso in 1967. She worked as a beautician for several years, and moved to WI in 1972. 

     Over the years, Gayle worked various retail jobs, the most recent of which was at Walmart in Sparta, where she was employed for over a decade. Gayle was a kind-hearted soul and a loving mother and grandmother who was happiest when she was surrounded by her family.  She loved animals, reading books, and gardening.

     Gayle is survived by former husband, Richard Mathews of Cataract; her sister, Jimmie Jean Morrison (Mike) Fuller of California; her brother, Bufe (Mary) Morrison of Texas; her children, Fred (Cindy) Mathews of Holmen,  Steven (Jeannie) Mathews of Cataract, and Linda Mathews (James Vian) of Sparta; grandchildren, Tyler, Trisha, Tim, Kelsey, Rebecka, Kylee, and Lauren; and great grandson, Remi.

       She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Ira Morrison.

     A visitation will be held at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral home, 106 W. Franklin Street, Sparta, WI on Monday, March 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

     A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18th, also at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, with Jeff Burrows officiating.  Friends and family may call from 10:00 a.m. until time of services.  A potluck luncheon will follow the service at the Moonlight Pavilion in Cataract. Bring your memories and love of Gayle, as this will be a celebration of her life.

        In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that anyone who wants to send their regards please make a donation to the Monroe County Animal Shelter in Gayle’s name.

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

 

Derick J. Benoit

     Derick J. Benoit, 27, of Sparta, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his home.  He was born on June 11, 1986 in La Crosse, WI to Eric Benoit and Dawn (Olson) Benoit.  He grew up in Sparta and attended Sparta Schools.

     He worked at Fort McCoy, in Construction, and lastly at Kreibich Landscaping.

     Derick enjoyed Harley Motorcycles and was a talented artist, enjoying drawing. He loved his dogs, Morgan and Peaches.

     He is survived by his son, Kai of Sparta; parents, Dawn Benoit of Sparta and Eric (Cheryl) Benoit of White Hall, AR; brothers and sisters, Justin (Heather) Benoit of Milwaukee, Jason Benoit of White Hall, AR,  Jon Ramer of Gurnee, IL, Karena Benoit of White Hall, AR, and Erica Benoit of White Hall, AR; maternal grandparents, Elroy (Janet) Olson of Sparta; paternal grandparents, Joe Benoit of Tomah, and Renee (Tom) Melde of Sparta; his nephew and niece, Devin and Alexa Benoit; special friend, Lydia Eddy of Sparta; best friends, Brett Randall and Ryan Kolbo; and other relatives and friends.

     He was preceded in death by a special friend, Melinda Jacobson.

     A memorial service will be held Saturday at 12 noon at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Randy Larson officiating.

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

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

 


Peggy J. Oesterle

 

     Peggy J. Oesterle, 59, of Sparta, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, after a long battle with cancer.  She was born on January 1, 1955 in Cashton, WI to Howard and Gladys (Dunnum) Lee.  Peggy grew up in Cashton and graduated from Cashton High School.

     Peggy was married to Randy Schroeder in 1973. They had a son together and they later divorced. In 1986, she married Wayne Oesterle, they also divorced.

     Peggy had worked at a group home in Sparta, prior to the chiropractic office.  She enjoyed working with and assisting people at all times.  The joy of her life was her family. We can remember Peggy as she sits along the river knitting and watching her father fish. She worked as a Chiropractic Technician at Sparta Chiropractic Clinic in Sparta for 12 years.  Peggy loved knitting, being involved with SACS, and going for walks.

     Her family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Gundersen Health System for their care for Peggy and also a Generous thank you to the American Cancer Society.

     Peggy is survived by her son, Christopher (Jamie) Schroeder of West Salem; step son, Bryan (Amy) Oesterle of Janesville; step daughter, Tina Oesterle of Janesville; grandchildren, Alexandria, Morgan, Montana, Macy, and Zachary; mother, Gladys Lee of Viroqua; siblings, Linda (Gaylord) Emerson of Viroqua, Diane (Norbert) Resheske of Cashton, Thomas (Michele) Lee of Viroqua, Daniel (Melissa) Lee of Viroqua, and Donald Lee of Viroqua; and many nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her father, Howard; one brother Gerald Lee; maternal grandparents; and paternal grandparents; one brother in infancy; maternal grandparents; and paternal grandparents.

     A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, Sparta, with Reverend Sue Keller officiating. 

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

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

 


Victor H. Axelsen

     Victor H. Axelsen, 93, of Sparta, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 2, 2014 surrounded by family. He was born on July 1, 1920 in Sparta to Christian and Annie (Hansen) Axelsen. They died when he was young.

     Victor worked at an area farm and went into the army in 1942, serving and being honorably discharged in 1945.  He then worked in Wyoming on the Boysen Dam, returning to work at Rolling Hills, the County Highway Department, and then driving truck for Lake Land Egg Co-op, retiring in 1985. 

     After retiring, Victor and Lucille enjoyed traveling with his sister, Edna, and her husband, Frank Pulham. They are now all together in heaven playing cards.

     He is survived by two sons, Darrel Koopman of Cassopolis, MI, and Philip Axelsen; one daughter, Pauline (David) Kolbo of Sparta; daughter-in-law, Wendy Axelsen of Cadott; 7 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and one on the way; 5 great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

     Victor was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille D. (Koopman) Axelsen on August 3, 1994; and second wife, Lillian (Warner) Axelsen on June 22, 2004; a son, Steven Axelsen on July 6, 2012; 2 grandsons, Shawn D. Kolbo on November 4, 1987 and Mathew Alan Koopman on November 18, 1998.

     A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Carl Hamrick officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.

     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 funeral arrangements.

 

 

Eric S. Moseley

     Eric S. Moseley, 48, of Sparta, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 at his home. He was born on June 19, 1965 to Richard and Carolmae (Bethauser) Moseley. He grew up in Sparta.

     Eric enjoyed the woods and nature, gardening, social interaction, watching television, sports, the Packers, and the Badgers. He dedicated his time to caring for his mother. He was self-employed and was very good at carpentry work.

     He is survived by his mother, Carolmae Moseley of Sparta; a brother, Mark Moseley of Sparta; nieces and nephews, Matt Moseley of Sparta, Nate Moseley of Elkhorn, Nicole (Andrew) Lien of Blair, and Jamie (Justin Anderson) Sterken of Montello; great nieces and nephews, Adam, Katie, Johanna, and McKayla.

     Eric was preceded in death by his father, Richard Moseley.

     A memorial service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date in Mound Prairie Cemetery, rural Sparta.

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

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

 

 


Lois M. Zanter

 

     Lois Mary Zanter, 87, of Sparta, died February 25, 2014 in the company of her family following a brief illness. She was born the 4th of 13 children on November 10, 1926 in Holdingford, MN to Walter and Christine (Scheibel) Eiden. She grew up in Holdingford, MN and was Valedictorian of her graduating class from Holdingford High School.

     Lois Mary Eiden met Joseph (Joe) Zanter on a blind date through a mutual friend from LaCrosse. After a courtship and engagement they were married in August 16, 1952 in St. Paul, Minnesota. They spent most of their married life in Sparta.

     After high school Lois became a nurse cadet and attended the University of Minnesota where she received her nursing degree. Throughout her career she did hospital, clinic and private duty nursing. She retired from the Tomah VA Medical Center.

     Lois was an active member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and her children all attended St. Patrick's School. Her church activities included the Parish Council of Catholic Women, the Adult choir and she taught religious education. She was a Girl Scout leader as well.

     She enjoyed gardening, learned quilting later in life, was successful in canning and preserving, read large numbers of  books, fiction and non and her source of strength was her duty and faith to the church. The last years of her life were spent in large part caring for her best friend and husband, Joe.  To us, her life serves as an example to we who are left behind.

     Lois is survived by her husband, Joseph of Sparta; children, Marie (John Barrett) Zanter of Louisville, KY, Marcia Kelly of Chicago, Mickey (Randy) Armstrong of Saginaw, MI, Dona (Robb Koebert) Hutson of Milwaukee, Jane Zanter of La Crosse, Lisa (Tom) Leehy of Gurnee, IL, and Brian Zanter of Conover, WI; grandchildren, David Zanger, Tyler Armstrong, Torrey Armstrong, Sara Hutson, Colleen Leehy, and Matthew Leehy; 3 great grandchildren; brothers, Alphonse, John, Leo, George, Glen, and Warren; sisters, Mona, Margie, Ellen, and Sheila, and many other relatives and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Christine; sisters, Esther and Kathleen; and son-in-law, Brian E. Hutson.

     A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday 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 Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. rosary at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services.

     Memorials may be given to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and School.

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

 

 

Adolph C. Kerska

 

     Adolph C. Kerska, 80, of Sparta, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, February 22, 2014. He was born on May 30, 1933 in Rockland, WI to Adolph J. and Inga H. (Iverson) Kerska. He grew up in Rockland and worked for area farmers.

     Adolph enlisted in the US Marine Corp on March 10, 1953. His basic training was at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA. He was stationed at Quantico Marine Corp Base, Quantico, VA before leaving for his tour of duty, serving in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from Quantico on March 9, 1956. After his military service, he came back to Middle Ridge. 

     Adolph married LoyDeane Erickson on February 6, 1958 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta, where they made their home and raised their family.

     Adolph worked for Williams Wilbert Vault Company for 41 years until his retirement. He was a life member of VFW Post 2112 in Sparta and a member of Sparta Eagles Club Aerie 2833. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, making homemade sauerkraut, spending time in his man-cave, watching John Wayne movies, birdwatching and collecting stamps and coins. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

     Adolph is survived by his wife, LoyDeane Kerska; his children, Kathy (Gary) Miller, Kerry (Chris) Kerska, Krissy Hyman, Ryan Kerska, and Ronda (Tim Walsh) Kerska; and grandchildren, Nicole Tsilis, Andrea Tsilis, Lloyd Tsilis, Andrew Miller, Anthony Miller, Jordan Kerska, Tyler Kerska, Steven (Katie) Kempker, John (Amanda) Kempker, Gregory Hyman, Nick Hyman, Cody McCormick, and Brittney Merfeld; his great grandchildren, Cloe Jacobs, Callie Miller, Caleb Kempker, and Bentley Kempker. Adolph is also survived by his siblings, Marlene (Gary) Peters, Elaine (Ken) Mann, Patsy (Earl) Zumach, Larry (Ruth Dobush) Kerska, Gary (Pat) Kerska, and Marilyn (Rick) Lindbeck; a brother-in-law, Ed Peterson; a sister-in-law, Lynn Erickson; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful buddy, Chiggers.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph J. and Inga H. Kerska; his brother, LeVerne Kerska; his sister, Ethel Peterson; and his son, Rodney Kerska.

     A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Randy Larson officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by Sparta VFW Post 2112 and the Marine Corp Honor Guard, will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services.

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

 

 

Lori A. Albertson

     Lori A. Albertson, 53, of Sparta, died Friday, February 21, 2014 at Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls, WI.  She was born in Sparta on October 3, 1960 to Burhl B. and Ruth H. (Fritsch) Burkwalt.  She grew up in Sparta, attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School, and graduated from Sparta Senior High School.

     Lori married Greg Albertson in November of 1988. She worked 20 years as a caregiver at Handishop, Gateway, and River Front Industries. She then worked at Hampton Inn.

     Lori is survived by her loving husband, Greg Albertson of Sparta; her children, Amy (Jacin) King of Sparta, Adam Albertson of Sparta, Alicia (Jon) Niebuhr of Madison, and Leslie Albertson of  San Jose, California; 8 grandchildren, McKinley, McKalister, Ivy, and Jenna King, Carson Bongard, Gavin Haldeman, Aviah Niebuhr, and Neenah Albertson; brothers, Terry (Colette) Burkwalt of Sparta and Tim (Sandy) Burkwalt of Sparta; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Burhl and Ruth H. Burkwalt; brothers, Jerry Burkwalt and Thomas Burkwalt; sister-in-law, Ruth Ellen Burkwalt.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 11 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar 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 Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services. 

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

 

 

James R. Wells

 

     James R. Wells, 86, of Leon died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at his home.

     He was born October 24, 1927, in Sparta, WI, to Lee R. and Bessie V. (Thorson) Wells.  James graduated from Sparta High School and Agriculture Short Course at University of Wisconsin-Madison before embarking on a 35-year career as a farmer.  He married Lois Jean Morgan on September 10, 1949, and they built a life together, living in the Leon area their entire lives. 

     James R. Wells was a leading dairy farmer raising Holsteins and growing and selling certified seed grain; he was awarded honors as Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer and Monroe County Farmer of the Year.  He was active in many farm organizations at the local and regional level including FFA, Monroe County Farm Bureau, 4-H, and Monroe County Holstein Breeders. Community activities included service on the Leon Church Board, Leon Township Chairman, as active delegate to the Vernon Electric Cooperative and the Tri-State Breeders Cooperative, and 25-year member of Wisconsin Master Farmers.

     Upon retiring from farming James had a second career as a successful salesman for several regional farm equipment dealerships, earning a widely-known nickname of “John Deere Jimmy.”   His honesty, knowledge, wit and sense of humor were appreciated by all who knew him. In recent years, he adored spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was cajoled by his beloved granddaughters to serve as Co-Parade Marshall for the 2013 Leon Gatorfest with his dear friend Bea Schmitz.

     James R. Wells was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; his parents, Lee and Bessie Wells; his brother Morgan and sister-in-law Marlene; and his grandson Lee.

     He is survived by his loving children, Wayne (Jennifer), Steven (Donna), David, Allyn (Anne), and Julie (Keith) Radke; seven grandchildren, Beth (Gabe) Wells-Leis, Shelly (Luke) Schmitz, Justin, Matthew, Bradley, Tim and Sam; four great-grandchildren, Madeline, Addison, Hadyn and Gage; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews whom he cherished.

     Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm, Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with the Rev. Donald Ehler officiating.  Burial will be held at a later date in the Leon Cemetery.  Friends and family may call from 3-7 pm Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and from 12 noon until the time of services on Sunday.   

 

 

Leone A. Pokrand 

     Leone A. Pokrand, 91, of Sparta, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI.  She was born on January 23, 1923 in Sparta, WI to Percy and Nellie (Schutter) Pierce.

     Leone was a very caring person. She never had anything bad to say about anyone. She was a good baker.  She liked to watch the birds at the feeders and also loved her little dog, Lobo who she would talk to every night. 

     Leone had to go to a nursing home in February of 2011.  She had some special CNA’s at the Morrow Home that she thought dearly of.  We will miss her very much.

     She is survived by her two sons, Thomas Westpfhal of Tomah, and Steven Pokrand of Sparta; two daughters, Shirley Buckley of Cottage Grove, WI, and Sharon (Howard) Sanborn of Sparta; one grandson, Gary Buckley and one granddaughter, Jonlyn (Todd) Anderson; also three great granddaughters, Cole Erickson, Bailey Anderson, and McKenna Anderson; nieces and nephews.

     Leone is preceded in death by her two husbands, Gerald Uphoff and Samuel Pokrand; infant son, Eugene; son-in-law, Kenneth Buckley; brother, Clyde; and two sisters, Elsa Lazarr and infant Irene Pierce.

     A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Cassandra A. Sauter officiating.  Burial will be in the Angelo Oakgrove Cemetery.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of services.  

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

 

 

Lowell R. Wegner

         

     Lowell R. Wegner, 77, of Sparta, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Tomah VA Medical Center. He was born on September 17, 1936 in Sparta to Earl and Ruth (Rugg) Wegner.

     Lowell married Janet Meyer on June 30, 1956. They have been married for 57 years to date.

     He owned several small businesses including Lowell’s Barber Shop in Melrose and Gale Avenue Mini Mart in Galesville. He retired in 1998.

     Lowell is survived by his wife, Janet of Sparta; son, Randy (Lori) of Reno, NV; grandchildren, Andy (Dana) of Mackinaw, IL, Adam of Marshfield, and Ariel of Eau Claire, WI; great grandchildren, Aaliyah, Naomi, and Caleb; and siblings, Ron (Marie) of Independence, IA, Karen (Ron) Johnson of Bangor, and Sandra (George) Barnes of Stevens Point.

     He was preceded in death by his son, Richard and parents, Earl and Ruth.

     The family would like to thank the hospice staff at the Tomah VA Medical Center and Lowells sisters, Karen and Sandra, for their special care.

     A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Cassandra M. Sauter officiating. Military Honors will be held in the funeral home parking lot. Burial will be held at a later date in Melrose Cemetery, Melrose.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

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


 

Kaleb L. Miller

  Kaleb “Trunk Monkey” L. Miller, 24, of Sparta died Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.  He was born on June 9, 1989 in Sparta to William R. and Denise (Farra) Miller Jr.  Kaleb grew up in Sparta and graduated from Sparta High School in 2007.

     He worked at Cenex, Carlisle, Pizza Hut, MMT Trucking, and Modern Disposal.  Kaleb participated in pool and volleyball leagues. He was active in the Sparta Boys and Girls Club Haunted House.

     Kaleb loved Demolition Derby, racing, hunting, quading, camping, and spoiling his nieces and nephew.  He’d take his shirt off his back to help anyone if he was wearing one.

     He is survived by his parents, Bill and Denise Miller of Sparta; special friend, Amanda Cook of Sparta; siblings, Brad Warthan of Sparta, Angela (Jay Frost) Miller of Sparta, and  Dakota (Karissa Crouch) Miller of Tomah; nieces and nephew, Gabi, Hope, Kylah, Peyton, Ellee, Rorri, and Braedyn; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; loving puppy, Lexi; paternal grandparents, Bill (Rose) Miller of Holmen, and Lois Miller of Sparta; maternal grandparents, Dennis Farra of Sparta, and Shirley (Don) Vitcenda of Norwalk; great grandmother, Leona DeLap of Sparta.

     A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 am at the United Methodist Church, Sparta, with Jeff Burrows officiating.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday at the church from 9 am until time of services.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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

 

Ralph W. Maack

 

     Ralph Weston Maack, 81, of Sparta, died peacefully at the Veteran’s Administration Hospice Unit, Tomah, WI on Saturday, February 8, 2014. He was born on November 27, 1932 in Sparta, WI to Leo and Evelyn Maack (Martin). He grew up in the Sparta area.

     Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served four years. He was also a member of the Air Force Reserves. Ralph was a member of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Reserves where he volunteered as security guard for many local events. He enjoyed flying single engine aircrafts, hunting, fishing, and building and flying model airplanes. Ralph worked for the Sparta (Monroe) Telephone Company, Trane Company, and Webster Lumber Company, Fort McCoy as a security guard, and Spartec.

     Ralph married Darlene Vieth in 1960 until Darlene’s passing in October 1967.

     Ralph is survived by his son Darrell Maack (Chrisy) of Sparta, daughters Lynette JohnBull (Ben) of Phoenix, AZ, Kara Jenkins (special friend Jeff) of Sparta, and Karla Maack of Sparta, twelve grandchildren Sarah Maack, Natalie Erickson, Madison Maack, Giovanni JohnBull, Giovanna JohnBull, Gianna JohnBull, Opunabo Gianna Carlo Ralphael JohnBull, Stacy Schultz (Nathanial)), Shannon Jenkins (special friend Eric), Darlene Herritz (Josh), Tara Lamb, and Lakota Whiteeagle. Five great-grandchildren Tristynn Schultz, Braxton Konze, Joslyin Smith, Weston Wilcox, Delilah Hart, and one sister Addrenne Finnigan (Allen), and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his wife Darlene Maack (Vieth), his parents Leo and Evelyn Maack, his brothers Alvin Maack (Marilyn) and Raymond Maack (Carole).

     A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta. Military Honors provided by VFW Post 2112 will be held in the funeral home parking lot. Burial will be at a later date in St. John’s Cemetery.

     Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Memorials can be written to Veteran’s Administration Hospice Unit.

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

 

    

Irene C. Brueggeman

   

     Irene C. Brueggeman, 93, of Sparta, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. She was born on May 25, 1920 at St. Mary’s Ridge, in her parent’s home, William and Agnes (Schreier) Doll. She married Herman P. Brueggeman June 1, 1946.  To this union three children were born.

     Irene grew up on the family farm and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School from the 8th grade.  At an early age of 12, she assisted families with their newborn and other children.  She was employed in Madison at the Oscar Mayer factory and thoroughly enjoyed her tenure at this facility.  After marriage, she raised her three children and once they were in school she became a Certified Nursing Assistant and was employed at the Monroe County Farm until it closed.  At this time, she transferred to the Nursing Home on the same site.

     Irene was well loved by many.  She was a giver and never asked for anything in return. She embraced life and would help anyone in need and proceeded to help in any way.  Even in death, she donated her body to science so others may learn from her.  She was faithful to her church.  She was a member of the PCCW at St. Patrick’s Parish in Sparta.  She was a den mother for her sons scouting ventures.  Over the years, she donated gallons of blood to the local American Red Cross.

     Irene enjoyed her family most of all.  She was an avid crocheter, quilter, and seamstress.  Her family was provided with many handmade afghans and quilts.  She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, watching the local softball players, Brewer’s baseball and enjoyed good stories, as her sense of humor was impeccable.  Although she wasn’t fond of cooking, per se’, she was well known to offer tasty meals and no one went hungry.

     Irene is survived by her son, Roger (Susan) Brueggeman; daughter-in-law, Jane Brueggeman; daughter, Myrna Kasten; grandchildren, Eric Brueggeman, Brian Brueggeman, Chad (Jenn) Brueggeman, Christopher (Jody) Brueggeman, Christina (David) Vawter, Bruce Kasten, Jason Kasten, and step grandchildren, Jenny (Don) Bell-Kasten, and Jared Kasten; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Myrtle Geier of Tomah; brother, Sylvan (Bud) Doll of Beloit; and special niece, Beverly Larson; and many other wonderful nieces and nephews.

     Preceding her in death were her parents, Bill and Agnes Doll; spouse, Herman P. Brueggeman; son, Donald; brother, Victor Doll; sisters, Mamie Brueggeman, Lucille Mlsna, and Dorothy Doll; and 10 brother and sister-in-laws.

     A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating. Burial will be at a later time in the church cemetery.

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

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

 

 


Kenneth M. Pottinger

     Kenneth M. Pottinger, 89, of Sparta, died Friday, February 7, 2014 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. He was born on September 2, 1924 in the Township of Wells, Lyon Valley, Monroe County, WI to Clarence and Esther (Kowitz) Pottinger.

     Kenneth worked on the farm next to the family home while growing up. He then worked construction and finally worked at Northern Engraving in Sparta for 27 years until he retired.

     Kenneth married Betty Nauman on June 24, 1967 at St. John’s Ev Lutheran Church, Ridgeville. They lived in Leon for 25 years and then moved to Sparta.

     In his younger years, Kenneth loved hunting, fishing, and bird watching. He also enjoyed gardening. He was a member of the Sparta Senior Citizens and a member of St. John’s Ev Lutheran Church in Sparta.

     Kenneth is survived by his wife, Betty of Sparta; his daughters, Sandra Dopp of Summerfield, FL and Bonnie (Scott) Peters of Sparta; his grandchildren, James Dopp of Sparta, Jessica (Spencer) Lieburn of Neillsville, WI, Paige Peters of West Salem, WI, and Katelyn Peters of Sparta; his great grandchildren, Mason Lieburn, Carter Dopp, Jacob Dopp, and Brennen Dopp; and a special niece, Janene Pottinger of Norwalk, WI.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Esther; and his brothers, Roland and Spencer.

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

     Family and friends are invited to call at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, on Monday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to St. John’s Ev Lutheran Church and Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS).

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

 

 

 

Albin Polkoski

     Albin Polkoski died peacefully on February 5, 2014 at 91 years.  He is preceded in death by his wife "Cookie" (Madeline) of 50 plus years.  Proud father of Cathy (Jim) Healey, Allen (Laurie) Polkoski, Tony (Toni) Polkoski, and Dan Polkoski.  Proud grandfather to Dave (Gina) Mealey, Jay Mealey, Brad (Amy) Mealey, Chad (Patti Polkoski) Elizabeth Polkoski, Ryann (Brad) Knoll, Tom Plotkin, Bryon, and Jefrey Polkoski.  Great grandfather to Dominic Lapp, Abbey, Austin, Maddie, Aaron, Heather, and David Jr. Mealey, McCaffrey and Karson Knoll.  Great great grandfather to Elanie.  He is survived by two sisters, Sophie Cuchra and Bernice Stupperich, and preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.  He was a husband, father, godfather and friend and is survived by many nieces and nephews.   

     Albin worked hard but still found the time to teach his sons, grandchildren, nephews, and friends how to hunt and fish.  He was a member of the Cement Mason's Union and served in the Coast Guard.  He was born and raised in Iron River, Wisconsin and moved to Milwaukee because Cookie did not want to be away from her family.  Part of the bargain was that they would move upnorth when he retired.  He was an avid sportsman and has several published articles written about him by Jay Thurston.  He has been sober for 55 years and during that time, helped many men and women through their recovery.  We love and miss you dad. 

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Iron River, WI. A luncheon will follow the Mass at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the church cemetery.

     Family and friends are invited for visitation on Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. A memorial service will be held in Milwaukee and announced at a later date. 

    Our thanks to Brookfield Rehabilitation, Froedtert Hospital, and Vitas Hospice Care, who made his last days comfortable.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Iron River Group AA.  

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

 

 

 

Clayton L. Schmitz

 

     Clayton LaVern Schmitz, 68, of Sparta, died Monday, February 3, 2014 at his home. He was born on June 6, 1945 in the Town of Sheldon, Monroe County, WI to Wilbert and Katherine (Kast) Schmitz. He married Dianne Lynn Dickman on August 28, 1976 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton, WI.

     Clayton worked at Water Street Mill, Schlaver Feed and Seed Mill, and retired from Sparta Co-Op Services in January of 2012. After his retirement, he worked part time for Wehr’s Chevrolet in Bangor. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta where he ushered. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors in his younger years. He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone who needed help.

     Clayton is survived by his loving wife, Dianne; five brothers, Byron (Charlotte), Sylvan, Marvin, and Martin all of Sparta, and David (Kristi) Schmitz of La Valle, WI; five sisters, Mrs. Donald (Ardella) Pieper of Cashton, Sharon Weiner, Mrs. Terry (Beatrice) Pfaff, Mrs. James (Marian) Harrie all of Sparta, and Mrs. Dale (Kristine) Whipple of Marshfield, WI; a brother-in-law, Paul (Bernice) Dickman of Cashton; sister-in law, Mavis Dickman of Sparta; and many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert and Katherine Schmitz; an infant sister, Paulette; brother-in-law, Jerome Weiner; mother and father-in-law, Ann and Henry Dickman; brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Alice Wolfe; brother-in-law, Eugene Dickman; and nieces, Paula Dickman and Sheri Wolfe.

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

     Family and friends are invited to call at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with an 8 p.m. rosary and 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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