Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home

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

 

 

Recent Obituaries

Francis C. Harr

     Francis C. Harr, 76, of Sparta, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta.

     Funeral arrangements will be announced by Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta.


 

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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