Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home

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Recent Obituaries

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.

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

 


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. 

 

 

Audrey D. Baux

     Audrey D. Baux, 91, of Sparta, died Saturday, February 1, 2014 at BridgePath Assisted Living, Sparta. She was born on January 21, 1923 in Sparta to Maurice and Halma (Olson) Johnson. She grew up in Sparta and graduated from Sparta High School in 1941.

     After High School, Audrey moved to Milwaukee and attended Beauty School. She moved to California in the mid 1940’s. She married Paul Baux on October 21, 1972 and they returned to Sparta in July of 1976.

     Audrey is survived by 2 sons, Charles Johnson of California and Ronald (Donna) Soria of Long Beach, CA; stepson, David Baux of Madison; and sister, Helen Helgesen of Sparta.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul on April 9, 2001; and 3 sisters, Marian Schorr, Shirley Lakowske, and Mabel Tucker.

     A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Darlene Pohl officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.

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

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

 

Edith L. Munger

   

     Edith “Frau” L. Munger, 79, of Sparta, died Monday, January 27, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.

     In Sennfeld, Underfranken Bavaria, Germany, Frau was born on May 22, 1934 as from the mind of God: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb of Else Spitzner (nee Fischer) and father Martin, I set thee aside.

     Also set aside at this same time were the drums of war and its consequences. As German education overlapped with war, Frau’s eight years at Public Evangelical schools were followed by two years of Home Economics and Interior Designs in Schweinfurt Germany. Later, having chosen to live in the United States to be nearer her sister, Rosemary Becker, she then attended Viterbo for voice lessons.

     Thus the relocation in 1964 with sons, Donald and Randolf, and as with birth itself, this time fulfilling the prayerful need of Bob Munger for a helpmate; they met at Sparta’s St. John’s choir. Their marriage was at St. John’s on May 4, 1968.

     Surviving her death is her husband, Robert; sons, Donald (Jane) and Randolph (Kari); and respective grandchildren, Hannah, Laura, and Ian, and Kristin and Madeline; sister, Rosemary Becker and family; and brother, Gerhard in Germany.

     Preceding in her death were her parents and brother, Rolf.

     For those of us who knew her and the blessing received: O give thanks unto the Lord for both the gift of eternal life for my “Frauchen” and for those of us waiting for the return of Jesus Christ, Son of God and our redeemer from sin and leaving this earthly body behind. And together…I will declare Thy name, O Lord, unto my brethren in the midst of the Great Congregation.

      A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Onalaska, with Reverend Randy Fossum officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, Sparta.  

     Family and friends are invited to call 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.

 

Roger A. Eddy

 

     Roger A. Eddy, 78, of Sparta, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 25, 2014. He was born on December 14, 1935 in Richland Center, WI to Harold and Grace (Federman) Eddy. Roger grew up in Cataract, WI. His father was killed in WWII when he was young.

     Roger worked at Foss’ Locker Plant, Tom O’Hearn’s IGA, and Super Value in Sparta as a meat cutter. He owned Eddy’s Bar in Cataract, he also drove semi over the road for Spartek, Sheridan Beverage, and Randy Hillshiem. He was a loyal employee at Westside Wine & Spirits for the past six years.

     Roger married the love of his life Dorothy ONeill on November 20, 1953 in Black River Falls, WI. They just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends. He was a member of the Sparta City Fire Department and the Cataract Sportsman Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting turkeys. He was an avid Packer fan but also followed the Badgers and the Brewers.   He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Whenever anyone spent time with Roger they left with a smile on their face and a warm heart.   

     His warm and loving spirit will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Dorothy of Sparta; his children, Denise (Ron) Storandt of Cataract, Cindy Eddy of Sparta, Randy (Shelly) Eddy of Sparta, Mary Jo (Dale) Torkelson of Black River Falls, Linda (Steve) Boris of Sparta, and Tom (Tracey) Eddy of Sparta; 15 grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; his brother, Richard and Margaret (Maggie) Eddy of Sparta; his brother-in-law, LaVerne “Buck” Konze of Cataract; and many other relatives and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Grace; In-laws, Daniel and Hazel ONeill, his step father, Clyde Hammon; his sister, Norma Konze; his niece and nephew, Julie and Larry Konze; and his step brother, Wally Hammon.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with a luncheon held at Jakes Northwood’s following the committal.

    Family and friends are invited to call at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, on Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will also be held on Friday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to Gundersen Lutheran Hospice or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. 

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

 


Cynthia A. Betts

     Cynthia A. Betts, 48, of Sparta, died peacefully in her sleep at home on Saturday, January 18, 2014. She was born on May 14, 1965 in Chicago, IL to Dr. Harold McBride and his wife Irma Marie. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from Mother Guerin High School. 

     Cynthia met William Betts at the airport in Chicago where they worked. They married on October 3, 1986 in Chicago. They moved to Leon in 1988 and had two sons, James and Brian. 

     Cynthia volunteered at the Leon School and taught Sunday School at Leon Congregational Church. She was a loving wife and mother and enjoyed spending time with her family. 

     Cynthia is survived by her husband, William of Leon; sons, James Betts and Brian (Kristin Munger) Betts of Leon; sister, Angela McBride (Bryant Magis) of Chicago; and aunt, Sue McBride of Chicago. 

      She was preceded in death by her parents. 

     A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Leon Congregational Church, Leon, with Reverend Donald Ehler officiating. Burial will be in Leon Cemetery. 

     Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services. 

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

 

 

Delbert A. Warthan


     Delbert Allen Warthan, 71, of Sparta, died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI with his wife, son, and extended family at his side.  He was born on July 13, 1942 to Tim and Isabelle (Peck) Warthan in Sparta, WI.  He is the 3rd child of seven.

     He grew up in Sparta and attended Sparta Schools. He served in the National Guard in March of 1964.

     He met the love of his life, Sharon Kast, and they married on July 11, 1970.  From this union they had one son, Dale, who has followed in his Dad’s footsteps as a truck driver and owns D & D Trucking Company in Sparta.

     Del began his working career at a young age and worked at Jones Fairway for Spike Jones from 1957-1962.  Spike has since become a valued friend of his.  He then worked at Lakeland Egg Co-op from 1962-1965.  After which he found his passion and became a truck driver.

     He worked for Arthur Overgard from 1965-1982 and then Mathy Construction from 1982 until 2008 at which time he retired.  He was well known for the display of many lights, not only on his work truck but also on his personal vehicles.

     Del enjoyed getting together for breakfast with his brother Norm and buddies at the South Side Café every morning and having coffee at the Cenex gas station in the afternoon.  One of his favorite past times in the summer was riding his scooter.

     He is survived by his wife, Sharon Warthan; son, Dale (special friend, Dana) Warthan; and Del’s special little companion, Trixie; 3 brothers, Norman (Fran) Warthan, Dennis (Rose) Warthan, and Jeffrey (Patricia) Warthan all of Sparta; 3 sisters, Beverly Clark, Priscilla (Jeff) Hemmersbach, and Brenda (Clint) Garves; and a lifelong family friend and “adopted sister” Holly (Dave) Arnold all of Sparta; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; his parents, Tim and Isabelle Warthan; 3 nephews, Robert Warthan, Danny Warthan, and Michael Clark; one brother-in-law, James Clark.

     The family would like to thank the Gundersen Health System and especially 4 Center, nurses, aides, and Doctors for their care and compassion during this difficult time. 

     A memorial service will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Chaplain Debbie Warthan officiating. Military honors will be held Monday at 3 p.m. in the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home parking lot.

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

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

 

Allen E. Hiles 

 

     Allen E. Hiles, 73, of Sparta, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. He was born on March 18, 1940 in Sparta to Eugene and Edith (Peters) Hiles.

     Allen is survived by his mother, Edith of Sparta; his brothers and sisters, Larry Hiles of Sparta, Marlene (Robert) Cox of Tomah, Dennis (Trish) Hiles of Cataract, and Sherry Dorr of Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene.

     There will be no services at this time.

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

 

 

Sylvia V. Roeske 

     Sylvia V. Roeske, 99, of Sparta, died Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Tomah Memorial Hospital, Tomah. She was born on July 31, 1914 in Sparta to Harry and Florence (McOmber) Brooks.

     Sylvia married William Carl Roeske on June 28, 1934. They spent their married life farming in Coles Valley for many years. They eventually moved to Sparta, where they retired. William passed away in September of 1988.

     Sylvia was a member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Sparta, and was also a part of the Ladies Aid. She was a Leader of Valley Ville 4-H Club and a member of Coles Valley Homemakers, and Senior Citizens, and served on the Altar Guild at church. She enjoyed music, cards, crocheting, family gatherings, and farm work.

     Sylvia is survived by her children, Janet (Dan) Hoag of Tomah, Jane (Mike) Finn of Tomah, and Harlan “Buzz” (Liz) Roeske of Rockton, IL; daughter-in-law, Carol (Griggs) Roeske; grandchildren, Mike Roeske, Kathy Baumbach, Rick Pfennig, Vana Miller, Wanda Craig, Debbie Johnson, Angie Muehlenkamp, Sue Heintzelman, Todd Finn, Craig Roeske, and Cris Roeske; 20 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; son, Arlan; daughter, Betty and her husband, Russ Pfennig; infant son, Dennis; granddaughter, Denise Hoag; and sister, Marjorie (Chester) Syverson.

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

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

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

Thomas R. Burkwalt

     Thomas R. Burkwalt, 60, of Sparta, died Thursday, December 26, 2013 at his home.  He was born on July 20, 1953 in Sparta to Burhl B. and Ruth H. (Fritsch) Burkwalt. Thomas grew up in Sparta.

     Thomas worked for WG Transport, Purolator, and RTS Medical.

     He loved to watch the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers with his cousin Larry Carlone.  He loved spending time with his family and friends.

     Thomas is survived by his brothers, Terry (Colette) Burkwalt of Sparta, and Tim (Sandy) Burkwalt of Sparta; a sister, Lori (Greg) Albertson of Sparta; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Helen Fritsch; his father, Burhl Botsford Burkwalt; a brother, Burhl Jerome Burkwalt; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Ellen Burkwalt.

     A memorial service will be on Monday, at 11 a.m. at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta.  Burial will be at a later time.

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

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

 

 

Elfriede Bolyardlfriede

     Elfriede Bolyard, 86, of Sparta, died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Bridgepath Assisted Living, Sparta. She was born on February 27, 1927 in the Czech Republic. She grew up in Engelhaus, Czech Republic.

     Elfriede moved to Wisconsin in the 1960’s. She met Byron Bolyard and they later married. They lived in Chicago for 17 years and worked for the Art Museum. Elfriede also worked at Marshall Fields as a seamstress.

     She enjoyed going out with friends and she thanked the Lord for them.

     Elfriede is survived by her sister, Hildagard Buhler of Germany; newphews, Erich and Klaus Putz of Germany, Wolfgang Buhler of Madison, and Gunther Buhler of Chicago; and many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Byron in 1986; and 4 sisters.

     A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Sparta, with Reverend Jeremiah Cochran officiating. Burial will be in Shamrock Union Church Cemetery, Shamrock.

     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.

 

 

 

Bryan G. Biederman

 

     Bryan Gene Biederman of Sparta, WI passed away on Friday, December 20 at the age of 54.  He is survived by his mother, Doris Biederman; sons Jeremyah Biederman (Jackie), Chase Biederman (Amy); daughters Caramy Reisenauer and Jessica Zona (Matt); grandchildren James, Logan, Ella, Macy, Ava; siblings Jeannette Biederman (Richard Prange), James Biederman (Marilyn), William Biederman (Lynn), Caryl Pribbernow (Tom), Candyce Couey (Garth), Perry Biederman, Paul Biederman (Jacque); also numerous nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his father, Ivan Biederman, and brother, Dale Biederman.  

     Bryan was born on February 14, 1959 in Ladysmith, WI to Ivan and Doris Biederman. He was the seventh of nine children. Bryan grew up in Sheldon, WI attending Sheldon Elementary and graduating from Flambeau High School in 1977. In his youth, Bryan was active in sports and lettered in football and basketball; however, later in high school he discovered that "it was more fun to chase girls than to do push-ups." After high school, Bryan attended a year of carpentry school before moving to Milwaukee to join his older brother Perry as a mason.  He moved back to Sheldon in 1980 and started a carpentry business with his father, Ivan, specializing in custom kitchen cabinets, kitchen tables, and roll top desks. In 1982, he started a family, eventually having four children. Bryan later got a job at Norco Windows, Norse Buildings, and eventually founded Biederman Builders, to finish modular manufactured homes. In 2006 Bryan moved to Viroqua, WI to be closer to family. He stayed there for a few years before relocating to Sparta, WI and worked as a carpenter at All American Builders. He eventually reinstated Biederman Builders and worked until his passing. 

     He enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting, canoeing, camping, and motorcycling.  Bryan loved to waterski and downhill ski. He was a craftsman in carpentry and was passionate about the beauty and artistry of woodworking.  He loved music.  Bryan was the happiest when surrounded by family and friends. 

     A memorial service will be held for friends and family in Viroqua at the New Life Church on Hwy 27 across from the Fair Grounds on January 12th from 1:00 to 3:00 with a lunch to follow. Another memorial service will be held in the spring of 2014 at the Church of Christ in Sheldon, WI.; date to be determined.

     As Bryan loved children and family, memorials to Make a Wish Foundation or the Sheldon Church of Christ, Bryan's home church, would be greatly appreciated.

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

 

 

Frederick A. Anderson

      

     Frederick A. Anderson, 96, of Black River Falls, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls. He was born on November 15, 1917 in Cataract to Fred J. and Elizabeth (Threinen) Anderson. He grew up in Cataract.

     After school, Frederick worked for the family farm and had various other jobs. He worked at Nelson Muffler until his retirement.

     Frederick married Irene Voigt on June 1, 1945 at Peace Lutheran Church, Printz Creek. They lived on the family farm for their entire married life. They enjoyed traveling and took several trips together. Irene passed away on February 24, 2006.

     Frederick enjoyed woodworking, gardening and flowers, fishing, and feeding birds. He also loved watching the Brewers, putting puzzles together, and doing word searches, anything to keep his mind going.

     He is survived by his children, Ardel (Richard) Lindow of Black River Falls, Allan (Julie) Anderson of Sparta, and Orlen (Bonnie) Anderson of Sparta; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Irene; son, Loren; 2 great grandchildren, Amanda and Katie; and siblings, Clara, Eva, George, Albert, Donatus, and Rosellen.

     A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Melrose, with Reverend Floyd Brand officiating. Burial will be in Printz Creek Cemetery, rural Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 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 funeral arrangements.

 

 

 

Francis E. Brown 

     Francis E. Brown, 75, of Sparta, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. He was born on December 5, 1938 in La Crosse to Cecil and Eva (Cravens) Brown. He grew up in Sparta.

     After high school, Francis enlisted in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged in 1964. He married June Tucker on August 29, 1964 in Anaheim, CA. After marriage, they moved to West Allis, where Francis did factory work, and they had their first child. They moved to Sparta in 1970.

     Francis worked for the railroad until his retirement. After he retired, he worked at Wonder Wash. He enjoyed all of the people who came through to chat with him. He also enjoyed going to the casino, fishing, ladder ball, and dominos.

     Francis is survived by his children, Mischell (Steve) Schur, Robert (Yami) Brown, Robin (Paul Lenser) Brown, and Max Brown; grandchildren, Sampson, Alyssa, Austin, Aubrey, and Storm; siblings, Charles Brown, Gloria Huelsman, Janice Andreas, Sharon Blount, Michael Brown, and Mary Pitel; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, June, in 2006; and siblings, Kenneth Brown, Cecil Brown, Ronald Brown, Eugene Brown, and David Brown.

     A memorial service will be held December 28, 2013 at 2 p.m, with visitation starting at 1 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Cassandra M. Sauter officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.

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

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Karen A. Asselin

     Karen A. Asselin, 67, of Cudahy, WI died on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 while visiting her family in Norwalk. 

     Services will be at a later time in Cudahy, WI.

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

 

 

 

Joy A. Reisinger

 

     Joy A. Reisinger, 79, of Sparta, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta. She was born on August 30, 1934 in Durand, WI to Alvin and Adeline (Latew) Deters. She grew up in Durand and graduated from Durand High School. She attended technical school in St. Paul, MN. Joy spent 25 years as an x-ray technician in the Sparta area.

     She married James Reisinger on April 27, 1954 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta. They lived for a time in Germany while Jim was in the military and then moved back to Sparta in 1957.

     Joy was president of the Wisconsin Jaycettes, a member of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Monroe County History Room and Museum. She was very proud that she received recognition as a Certified Genealogist Emeritus. Joy published a newsletter “Lost In Canada” and co-authored a book, “All The Kings Daughters” with Peter Gilmour.

     She is survived by her husband, James of Sparta; her children, Barb Reisinger of Sparta, Mary Reisinger of La Crosse, and Marty (Brad Bergh) Reisinger of Sparta; son-in-law, Marcus Wilson of Leesburg, VA; 4 grandchildren, Emelie McKenzie of Prairie du Chien, WI, Samantha McKenzie of Eau Claire, WI, Ben Reisinger of Sparta, and James Gennaro of Berryville, VA; 2 great grandchildren, Alexis and Oakley; sisters, June (John) Wulff of Raleigh, NC and Linda (Bob Colby) Deters of Carbondale, CO; brother, Lanny (Linda) Deters of Sparta; sister-in-law, Carol Deters of Minneapolis, MN; brothers and sister-in-law, Dave (Pat) Reisinger of Colfax, WI, Tom Reisinger, and many nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Jane Reisinger; brother, John Deters; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Yvonne Reisinger; and brother-in-law, Joe Reisinger.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 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 St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and School or the Mayo Clinic Hospice Care. 

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

 

 

Linda L. Sandahl 

    Linda L. (Ames) Sandahl, 65, of Onalaska, died Monday, December 9, 2013 at Onalaska Care Center, Onalaska.  Linda was born on July 27, 1948 to Keith and Marie (Goodenough) Ames in Sparta, WI.

     Linda is survived by her daughter, Dawn Rae Nelson; 3 grandchildren, Michael Reible, Kristine Reible, and Peter Reible; 2 great grandchildren, Toby Mason Reible and Breeze Marie Reible; 2 brothers, Charles and Earl Ames; 4 sisters, Alice Rickman, Carmen Mayfield, Gloria Ames, and Melody Davenport.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Keith and Marie Ames; sisters, Evangeline Francis, Barbara Ames Becker, Rena Ames Harding, Edith Kvistad, Muriel Ogdon, and Anita Ross; and brothers, Ronald Lee Ames, Richard A. Ames, and Donald Ames.

     A memorial services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Randy Larson officiating.

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

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

 

 

V.W. "Bill" Richgruber 

  Verdeen William (Bill) Richgruber of Sparta was born June 1, 1923 to William and Mina (Evenson) Richgruber of Sparta, Wisconsin.   He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian Faith.  Bill spent most of his youth growing up on the Pleasant Valley family farm, South of Leon, Wisconsin.

     Bill joined the Navy in March of 1941.  After completing Basic Training and Aircraft Maintenance training, he was assigned to Navy Squadron VP22 Pearl Harbor (Ford Island), Hawaii.  On December 7, 1941, he was witness to the two hour aerial attack by the Japanese.  His next assignment was to Navy Squadron VP24, Henderson Field, in the Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal) where he again witnessed the carnage of war.  Bill’s last assignment was the Navy’s B-24 Air Training Squadron at Hutchinson, Kansas.  He was Honorably discharged from the Navy on June 9, 1946 at Norman, Oklahoma.

     While still stationed in Hutchinson, Kansas, Bill married Allene Hatz of Bangor, Wisconsin on August 18, 1944.  After being discharged from the Navy, Bill began farming.  He first farmed in East Beaver Creek and then in Brackett Valley.  Bill and Allene, along with their three sons, operated a very successful dairy and beef farm.  The farm was sold in 1972, and Bill went to work building homes for Lutz Lumber Company.  He later went to work at Fort McCoy as a carpenter and retired from Federal Civil Service in 1988.  After retirement Bill spent many hours volunteering for the Monroe County History Museum and the Deke Slayton Museum.

     Bill passed away on December 2, 2013 at the age of 90.  He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mina; his wife,  Allene;  his sister, Doris Stacowiak; brother, Eugene Richgruber; sister in-law, Ona Richgruber; daughter in-law, Martha Boman Richgruber; nephews, William Richgruber and Gilman Bruner; and niece, Dianne Richgruber.

     Bill is survived by three sons, Gerald (Jerill) Richgruber of Plymouth WI, John (Rosa) Richgruber of East Dubuque, IL, and David (Nancy) Richgruber of Sparta, WI; brother-in-law, Ralph Stacowiak, of Green Valley, AZ; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren;  many nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Janell Hendersin.

     The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta and LaCrosse, for their care during his recent illness. The family would also like to thank all the staff of Parkview, MaryCrest, and the Morrow Memorial Home for the excellent care given to Bill during all the years that he was a resident.

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

     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.

 

 

Marlene S. Edell

     Marlene S. Edell, 84, of Sparta, died Monday, December 2, 2013 at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta.

     Graveside services will be held at a later time. The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 


Catherine A. Dahlby

     Catherine A. Dahlby, 96, of Sparta, passed away November 28, 2013 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta.

     She was born on September 21, 1917 in Maywood, IL to Fred M. Haines and Marie V. Herlihy. She graduated from St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Grade School in 1932 in Park Ridge, IL and from Delavan High School in Delavan, WI in 1936. Catherine was a 1940 graduate of Wisconsin State College in Whitewater, WI with a Bachelor of Education Degree with a major in English and a minor in Social Studies.

     Catherine married Delmar E. Selchert on May 28, 1940 and divorced in 1950. Delmar died in 1965 in Omaha, NE, where he was employed as a meat cutter.

     Six children were born in Edgerton, WI to Catherine and Delmar: John, Joyce, David, Paul, Fred, and Mary.

     In 1955, Catherine married Clifford A. Dahlby in Edgerton, Rock County, WI and moved to Sparta. Mr. Dahlby adopted the six Selchert children in 1959. Mr. Dahlby died in 1987.

     Catherine was Edgerton Correspondent for the Wisconsin State Journal before coming to Sparta. She did some substitute teaching at Sparta Sr. High School. She was hired by Monroe County Publishers as Women’s Editor and wrote a column called “Kate’s Korner.” She was also employed in the office at St. Mary’s Hospital. She then taught at St. Patrick’s Catholic School from where she retired in 1984.

     She is credited with being the first Director of Sparta Community Day Care Center for nine years. She was also a member of PCCW and St. Barbara’s Group. She was a Eucharist Minister at Sparta Arms and St. Mary’s Nursing Home. She also worked at St. Mary’s Day Care Center while it was in operation at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was past president of Sparta Senior Citizens and a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

     Catherine is survived by her children, Joyce Dahlby of Sparta, Fred (Diane) Dahlby of Sparta, Paul Dahlby of La Crosse, Mary Spicci of San Diego, CA, and David (Daeng) Dahlby of Maui, HI; stepchildren, Larry (Linda) Dahlby of Sparta and Rosie Davis of Delavan; and a daughter-in-law, Jackie Dahlby of Indianapolis, IN. She is further survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

     Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Edward Haines; her son, John Dahlby Sr.; and stepchildren, Roger Dahlby and Joe Dahlby.

     A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 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 at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to St. Patrick’s Education and Activity Center (SPEAC).

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

 

 

 

John E. Leis

     John E. Leis, age 61, of Roscommon, MI, formally of Sparta, WI died peacefully at his home on Friday, November 8, 2013.  He was born on September 19, 1952 to Nyle and Marcella (Wienke) Leis.

     He graduated from Sparta High School.  John enlisted in the Army as an Air Borne Ranger.

     John enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.  But most of all he was willing and able to help a friend in need.

     He is survived by his wife, Michele of Roscommon, MI; his father, Nyle of Sparta; sister, Connie (Gordy) Bakken of Sparta; brothers, Lambert “Bert” Leis of Westby, and Milton (Rose) Leis of Sparta; step children and grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his mother, Marcella; and two sons, Eddie Wayne and Jonathon.

     Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life on December 1, 2013 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. with a service at 2 p.m. at Faith Ev. Free Church, 6644 State Hwy. 16, Sparta, with Pastor Matt Miklasz officiating.

     A memorial service will be held November 24, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Markey Baptist Church in Roscommon, MI with Reverend Dr. James N. Kent officiating.

     The Walsh Funeral Home, Roscommon, MI, and Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

 

Bernice M. Meyer

 

      Bernice M. (Jandt) Meyer, 80, of Sparta, passed away at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse surrounded by her loving family on November 20, 2013.

     She was born November 27, 1932, to Arnold and Louise (Filter) Jandt at their home in Tomah, Wisconsin.

     Bernice married Edward (Doc) Meyer on October 21, 1950 at Printz Creek Lutheran Church near Cataract, Wisconsin.  They farmed most of their lives in the Bangor and Cataract area until they retired in 1979.  She worked at Habelman Cranberry Marsh and the Roma Pizza Factory in Black River Falls.  They also cared for foster children for 15 years.  She worked as a teacher’s aide for the Sparta School District.  They lived in Prescott, AZ from 1986-1988.  From 1988-1993, they resided in Columbia, MO where they operated a daycare.  In 1993, they moved back to the Cataract area where they resided until December 6, 2006, when they moved to Sparta.

     She graduated from Sparta High School in 1950.  In her early years, she enjoyed dancing and gardening, crocheting and doing crafts.  In later years, she enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She was a wonderful loving person who was always smiling and had a long list of friends who she enjoyed spending time with.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Louise Jandt; her husband, Edward (Doc) Meyer; a foster son, Mike Lasko; her brothers, Raymond, George, Harold, and Bernard (Bud) Jandt; and her sister, Hazel (Jandt) Zillmer.

     She is survived by one son, Dale Meyer of Sparta; two daughters, Brenda (Rod) Rain and Stephanie Meyer of Sparta; two grandsons, Joshua (Annie) Winscher of Sparta and Cody (Sabrina) Spires of Bangor; her great-grandson, Mallen Spires; step grandchildren, Brad Rain, Angie (Noe) Powell, Amy (Ben) Lynde; and step great grandchildren, Cory, Hadie, Lilly, Laurel, Jeremiah, and Zoie.

     A funeral service will be on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Cataract United Methodist Church, Cataract with Reverend Roberta Nowicki and Reverend Randy Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Leon Cemetery, Leon.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Tuesday at the church in Cataract from 10 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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

 

 

 

Kathleen "Katie" E. Hendricks  

     Kathleen “Katie” E. Hendricks, 79, of Sparta, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta. She was born on October 27, 1934 in Milwaukee, WI to James and Hazel (Van Kirk) Foster.

     Katie married Leon Hendricks on November 19, 1952 in Minnesota. They only knew each other for ten days before getting married. They would have been married for 61 years this year.

     Katie worked at Spartek, Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, and the Monroe County Jail. She enjoyed her years of retirement with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

     Katie had the biggest heart and was very loving and affectionate. She would give her shirt off of her back to anybody. Nothing was more important to her than her family and God.

     Katie and Leon enjoyed camping and traveling. She was a member of the Living Word Christian Church in La Crosse.

     Katie is survived by her children, Alan (Deb) Hendricks of Sparta, Danny (Diane) Hendricks of Cataract, Vickie (John) Robertson of Sparta, and David Hendricks of Sparta; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Shirley) Foster of La Crosse; brother-in-law, Buddy (Lorraine) Hendricks of Carthage, MO; and many nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leon; daughter, Roberta Schroeder; one infant child; sister, Anne Vietti; brother-in-law, James Vietti; brother, James Foster; and sister-in-law, Mimi Foster.

     A funeral service will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Mark Clements officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

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

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

 

 

Sandra R. Schumacher 

     Sandra R. Schumacher, 74, of Sparta, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.  She was born on June 25, 1939 in St. Mary’s Ridge to Cornelius & Mary (Steidle) Dickman.  She grew up in St. Mary’s Ridge and attended Catholic School as a child and graduated from Cashton High School.

     Sandy married Calvin Schumacher on January 25, 1958 in St. Mary’s Ridge. They raised three children.

     She worked at Spartek for many years and at Morrow Memorial Home in her retirement years.

     Sandy enjoyed cooking, gardening, playing cards, good jokes, and canning. She had a love for her family and friends.

     Sandy is survived by her husband, Calvin Schumacher Sr. of Sparta; children, Calvin Schumacher Jr. of Sparta, Rick (Pam)Schumacher of Norwalk, and Gloria (Brian) Mantzke of Sparta; grandchildren, Tammy Smith, Patrick (Crystal) Mantzke, and Amanda (Joe) Steinhoff; 4 great grandchildren; and siblings, Joann, Doug, Marlene, David, and their families.

     She is preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Ken and Royce; 2 brothers-in-law, Ken and Duane; and granddaughter, Casandra.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 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 Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cashton.

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

 

 

Shawnessy Kay Jean Carpenter

 

     Shawnessy Kay Jean Carpenter, 29, of Sparta, passed away on the morning of Monday, November 11, 2013 at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta, after a long battle with cystic fibrosis. She was born on September 21, 1984 to Thomas and Karri Carpenter in Chisago Lakes, MN.

     She moved to Sparta in 1992, from Ft. Carson, CO with her mother and brother, Thomas Carpenter. She was very close with her brother. She was a free loving spirit who enjoyed camping and animals, especially her cats. She went to school at South Side Elementary and then attended S.A.I.L.S. High School. She did most of her hospitalization in Madison, WI where she met many friends.

     She had her son, Dustin Jr. on September 3, 2006. He is her pride and joy. She loved watching movies and playing legos with her son. She also enjoyed writing poems.

     Shawnessy is survived by her son, Dustin Jr (7) of Sparta; her mother, Karri Carpenter of Sparta; her father, Thomas Carpenter Sr. of Phoenix, AZ; her brother, Thomas Carpenter Jr; her grandparents, Garry and Kay Johnson of North Branch, MN; grandmother, Paula Farmer of Loveland, CO; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews; and special friend, John VanTassel.

     She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Dustin Koopman Sr.

     Graveside services will be held Friday at 11:30 am at Cataract Cemetery, Cataract, Reverend Mark Wessel officiating.

     Family and friends are invited to call at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, on Friday from 10 am until 11 am.

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

 

 

 

Angela M. Dohms

     Angela Marie Dohms, 51, of Madison passed away on the morning of Friday, November 8, 2013, at the UW Hospital in Madison, after a brief battle with cancer.

     She was born on June 17, 1962 to Judyne Hellman and Donald Dohms in Milwaukee. In 1973, the family moved to Sparta, where Angela attended St. Patrick’s and Sparta High. She moved to La Crosse in 1984, where she stayed until 2004, when she moved to Madison.

     Angela had a creative spirit and an eye for interior decorating, fashion, cosmetology, cooking, and crafts. She loved travel, music, animals, watching old movies, reading about Hollywood, and was considered a Hollywood historian by her children. She had an infectious laugh and loved conversation with her friends and family.

     For most of her life, Angela worked as a cosmetologist and nursing assistant throughout the La Crosse and Madison areas. Most importantly, she was a dedicated mother that involved her children in many sports and activities, even serving as a Girl Scout troop leader for her daughters.

     Angela is survived by her three children, Justin (34), Tasha (31) and Dana (29) and future grandson; her mother, Judyne Hellman, brother Tony Dohms and sister Rebecca Sanders; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Donald Dohms.

     A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, November 16 at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Cassandra M. Sauter officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta. A luncheon will follow.  

     Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 am until time of services. Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com

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

 

 

 

 

Olaf "Ole" C. Haugen Sr.

     Olaf (Ole) C. Haugen Sr., 82, of Sparta, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at his home.  He was born in Spring Grove, MN to Otto and Hannah (Anderson) Haugen.  Ole was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran in La Crosse and graduated from Logan High School. 

     On September 15, 1951, he married Alice Jane Jenks at St. Peters in Hokah, MN.  He worked as a welder for Trane Company for 35 years, then at Chart (Altec) for 10 years.

     Ole enjoyed mowing lawn on his John Deere, woodworking, and his Ham radio.  He was a great fixer and a world class shopper.

     He is survived by his wife, Alice of Sparta;  his children, Olaf “Chip” (Judy) Haugen Jr., Richard (Dianne) Haugen, Nancy Kerska, Mary Jo (Pat Hoff) Haugen, Julie (David) Linville; grandchildren, Jennifer and Brian Haugen, Jillian (James) Williamson, Sarah (Jason) Davis, Travis (Mindy) Kerska, Crystal (Daniel) Barrett, and Cassy Linville; 4 great grandchildren, Steven, Eden, Genevieve and Angelica.

     Ole was preceded in death by his parents; and son-in-law, Timothy Kerska.

     A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating. Full military honors will be provided by VFW Post 2112 of Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Gundersen Lutheran Heart Institute, La Crosse and Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta.

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

 

 

 

 

Duane "Butch" R. Meade 

     Duane “Butch” R. Meade, 73, of Sparta, died Monday, November 4, 2013 at his home surrounded by family.

He was born on May 8, 1940 in Sparta to Raymond I. and Mildred I. (Loe) Meade.  Butch served in the US Navy.

     Butch was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a huge fan of the Packers and the Brewers.  He loved crossword puzzles, and playing cards.  His greatest love was for his family, who he was very devoted to.

     Butch is survived by his siblings, Bonnie Weatherford of Tucson, AZ, Raymond (Jeanie) Meade of Tucson, AZ, Phyllis (David) Frisk of Sparta, Gloria Frisk of Rice Lake, Larry (Karen) Meade of Sparta, Sandra (Rich) Heidinger of Queen Valley, AZ, Karen Jenkins of Sparta, Patty (Dennis) Dockerty of Sparta, and Darlene (Reed) Smith of Tomah; special friends, Helen and Erling Berg; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Raymond Meade; brothers, Harley Loe and Thomas Meade; sister, Vicki Meade; brothers-in-law, William Frisk and Thomas Jenkins; and his maternal grandparents, Selmer and Luella Loe; and his dog, Spike.

     The family wishes to give a special thank you and recognition to Larry Meade and Michele Hamilton for their care of Butch.

     A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Congregational United Church of Christ, Sparta, with Reverend Sue Keller officiating. Full military honors will be provided by VFW Post 2112.  Burial will be at a later time in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

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

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

 

    

 

Kent E. Olson

     Kent E. Olson, 86, of Sparta, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013. He was born on October 25, 1927 in Sparta, WI to Herman and Nell (Roy) Olson.

     Kent grew up in Sparta and graduated from Sparta High School in 1945. He joined the Army on November 15, 1945 after an unsuccessful attempt to join the Marines as a minor. He was honorably discharged from military service on November 14, 1948 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. He served in the Reserve Forces until 1951.

     Kent worked in the construction and carpentry trades all of his life, including helping to build the Interstate Highway System.

     Kent enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. His love of the outdoors included a part-time job with the Wisconsin DNR. Kent spent many memorable summers with his family and friends at Larsen’s Resort in Nestor Falls, Ontario, Canada.

     He was a member of the American Legion.

     Kent is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Chris, Brian, and Eric (Sue Iverson); grandchildren, Damon Olson, Mitch (Mindy) Larson and Katie Larson; great grandchildren Grace and Norah Larson; sisters, Dorothy Kane and Carol Lisi; niece Kathy Kane Olson, with whom he had a special relationship, and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jean Donald.

     It was Kent’s wishes to be cremated. A private memorial service will be held by family and close friends.

     Family and friends are invited to celebrate Kent’s life at his son and daughter-in-law’s home at 20216 County Hwy. AA, Sparta, WI from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Saturday, November 2nd.

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

 

 

 

Thomas V. Novak

 

    Thomas V. Novak Sr. 80, of Sparta, died Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Sparta. He was born on August 4, 1933 in La Crosse, WI, the youngest of seven children, to Valentine and Mary (Schuda) Novak. He attended Aquinas High School in La Crosse and played tennis.

     Thomas was a teacher in Mosinee, WI. He later moved to Miami, FL working with tax preparation. He soon worked for H&R Block. He later opened his own tax business.

     Thomas married Wanda Moy in Las Vegas, NV on May 18, 2005. They lived in Talhassee, FL and Defonia, FL before moving to Sparta in 2008.

     He enjoyed watching NASCAR, writing poems, fishing and hunting, casinos, country music, training Golden Retrievers, coin and stamp collecting, and was a loyal Miami Hurricane fan.

     Thomas is survived by his wife, Wanda of Sparta and his great love for all his Children in Florida.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings.

     A funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating. Burial will be in the La Crosse Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse.

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

 

 

 

Delores E. Schotten 

     Delores Evelyn Schotten was born on September 28, 1929 to Lawrence & Mabel Schmitz in the city of Sparta, WI.  She was called home by her heavenly Father surrounded by her loving family on October 26, 2013 at the Morrow Memorial Home at the age of 84. 

     Delores was raised on the family farm in the Town of Wells.  She moved to Sparta at the age of 18 and worked as a hostess at the Sidney Hotel.  Delores met and later married Elmo Henry Schotten on April 9, 1955.  They made their home in Sparta. 

     Of this union, 4 children were born:  Jeffrey Alan Schotten (Lillian), Steven Scott Schotten (Lori), Susan Kaye Giudice (David) & Lori Ann Weibel.  Delores spent the next several years raising her family.  Her children grew up and started families of their own.  Delores welcomed her grandchildren with open arms and a loving heart.  Joshua, Jill, Jenny, August, Alex, Ashley, Sara, Hayley & Madelyn joined the family and brought her much joy.

     The grandchildren grew up and became parents of their own.  Great-grandchildren Colton, Jayden, Jack & Ruby joined the family and always put a smile on Delores’ face.  Great-grandchild Baby Gregor is due to arrive in April of 2014.

     Delores was preceded in death by her husband, Elmo, and her brother, Duane.  In addition to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Delores is survived by a sister-in-law, Beatrice Schmitz and many loving nieces and nephews.

     A funeral service will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Cassandra M. Sauter officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Friday at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta.

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

 

 

 

"Tod" Delores M. Wright 

     “Tod” Delores M. Wright, 83, of Sparta, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta. She was born on April 14, 1930 in La Crosse, WI to Haughton and Ethel (McQune) Vaughn.  She grew up in La Crosse and graduated from Logan High School in 1948.

     Shortly after graduating, she worked for a few years before eloping with Alan Wright 62 years ago.  After marriage, they owned and operated the Sparta Dairy Queen for 30 years, along with other businesses. They had 2 children together. 

     Delores received her private pilot license. She enjoyed cross stitch, needle point, and macramé. She had a love for gardening and doing puzzles.  She was a keen lover of her pets and an avid bird watcher.

     She is survived by her husband, Alan Wright of Sparta; children, Jeffrey (Pam) Wright of Rochester, MN, and Linda (Randy) Drake of Sparta; grandchildren, Paula, Eric, Tyler, and Jordan Wright, and Melissa Drake; and sister, Jan Gray of Sparta.

     Delores was preceded in death by her parents and 2 sisters, Lois and Beverly.

     A funeral service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta with Reverend Rey Diaz officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday 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.

 

 

Bruce R. Chatfield

 

     Bruce R. Chatfield, 86, of Wautoma, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Berlin Memorial Hospital, Berlin, WI. He was born on August 31, 1927 in Waukesha to the late Clarence and Gertrude (Buske) Chatfield.  On December 17, 1949, he was united in marriage to Iris Ball.

     Bruce was a graduate of Waukesha High School in 1945.  In his younger years, he was raised on Wern Farms where his family was employed.  In his adult working life, he was an Over the Road Truck Driver.  His interests were bowling, basketball, baseball, go-carting, gardening, snowmobiling, camping, fishing, and hunting.

     Bruce is survived by his spouse, Iris (Ball) Chatfield of Wautoma; his children, Sherry (Jeff) Chatfield of Watertown, Melody (Larry) Buetow of Waukesha, and Holly (Daniel) Holick of Hancock, WI; grandchildren, Kathleen, Kelly, Mary (Cully) Schessler, Michael (Caroline) Buetow, Jaime Vincent, Steven Ruhs, Sarah Ruhs, Tara (Tyler) Vroman, Jaquelyn (Andrew)Walejko, Hailey Holick; 8 great grandchildren, Dylan, Michaela, Aaron, Charlotte, Ellie, Benjamin, Harrison, Beau, and one more on the way;  a sister, Delores of Waukesha, WI; a sister-in-law, Audrey Hoekstra of Fort Atkinson, WI; one brother, Ronald Chatfield of East Troy, WI; one brother-in-law, James Ball of Sparta.

     Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Gertrude; brothers-in-law, Gerold Buchan, Robert Bartz, and Kenneth Hoekstra; sisters-in-law, Ruth Chatfield and Arlene Ball; a nephew, David Chatfield; and a granddaughter, Lisa Ruhs.

     A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Cassandra M. Sauter officiating. Burial will be in Cataract Cemetery, Cataract.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to Spina Bifida Wisconsin, 830 N. 109th Street, Suite 6, Wauwatosa, WI  53226 or a charity of your choice.

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

 

 

 

 

Todd W. Wagner

     Todd W. Wagner, 44, of Sparta, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Lakeview Health Center, West Salem. He was born on September, 26, 1969 in Columbus, GA to Gerald and Erna (Braund) Wagner.

     Todd grew up in Sparta. He graduated from Viroqua Christian School in 1988. After high school, he attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, where he received a degree in Business and Bible in 1992. He played college football. After college, he worked at Amtelco as a computer technician for ten years from 1994 until 2003.

     Todd was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1999.

     Todd accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 4. Todd had a smile that could light up the room. He loved his nieces and nephews and was a loving son, brother, and uncle. He will be greatly missed.

     Todd is survived by his mother, Erna Wagner of Sparta; siblings, Chad (Mary) Wagner of Viroqua, Tracy (Jason) Goin of Westby, and Troy (Tonya) Wagner of Seattle, WA; nieces and nephews, Savannah, Darby, Ricky, and Michal Wagner, Luke, Cole, Kelly, and Henry Goin, and Jude Wagner.

     He was preceded in death by his father; maternal and paternal grandparents; and two uncles, Gary and Ronnie Braund.

     A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Sparta, with Pastor Jeremiah Cochran officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

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

 

 

Joel C. Konze

 

     Joel Claude Konze, 53, of Cataract, died Friday, October 18, 2013. He was born on May 25, 1960 to  Eugene and Elizabeth (Millard) Konze. He grew up in Cataract and graduated from Sparta High School, where he wrestled all four years.

     Joel worked for the DNR in Black River Falls, WI and then as a custodian for the Cataract School, eventually moving to the Sparta Schools, where he worked his way up to the Building and Grounds Supervisor for the entire Sparta School District.

     Joel married Nancy Ellen Hofstrand on June 13, 1981 in Cataract. After marriage they lived in Cataract and had three children: Justin, Nicholas, and Stacie.

He had served on the Melrose School Board since 2002. He enjoyed farming, raising his beef cattle, coaching, riding horses, fishing, and at age 47 he took up marathon running, completing his 20th marathon on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

     Joel is survived by his wife, Nancy, and his three children: Justin of Minneapolis, Nicholas of Minneapolis, and Stacie of LaCrosse; a brother, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Elizabeth Konze.

     Joel’s  Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at the Sparta High School starting at 4 pm, with services beginning at 7 pm. Reverend Robbie Nowicki  will be officiating.  Food and refreshments will be served during the visitation.

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

 

 

Mary Jane Elizabeth Kettner

     Mary Jane Elizabeth Kettner (nee Hoffmann), 85, entered eternal life October 11, 2013. Resided in her Sparta home in the loving care of her daughter, son, and grandson.  Mary was raised in Appleton; raised her children in Wauwatosa and spent her golden years in Holmen. Beloved friend of Roger Umland. Precious mother of Terry, Steve (Terry), Nick, Mary Ann (Henry) Koch, Gerry (Debbie), Kathy (Jamal) Fairaq, Donna Kettner; and their father, Jerold. Loving grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 13. Survived by her siblings, Ginny (Cliff) Apitz, Elaine Beattie, Sylvia (Le Roy) Sauer, Doris (Cy) Stadler, Richard (JoAnn) Hoffmann. Preceded in death by her brother, Matthew (Dorothy) Hoffmann and brother-in-law, Scottie Beattie.  

     Mary will be remembered for her beautiful handcrafted greeting cards and ceramics, her passion to dance, love for angels, and her unprecedented generosity and love of bringing joy to others. Family wishes to give a heartfelt thanks to Riverfront Prime Times, Tomah, and Judy Spangler for the tender loving care they offered Mary.

     A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1215 Redwood St, Onalaska, with Reverend Donald Stein officiating. Burial will be in the Onalaska Cemetery, Onalaska. A luncheon will follow at the church.

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

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

 

 

 

Ron "Spooner" D. Baird

 

     Ron “Spooner” D. Baird, 61, of Sparta passed away Monday, October 7, 2013 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.  He was born in Sparta, WI on June 1, 1952 to Benjamin and Frances (Church) Baird.  He graduated from Sparta High School.

    Spooner went to work for ITT and traveled for his work throughout the United States.  In 1990, he started work at Centurytel, which is now CenturyLink.

    He met the love of his life, Kathryn Wall, in 1979 and they married in 1981 in Sparta. Their daughter, Sara, was born in 1984.  Together they enjoyed many family trips, Packer games, walks with Jax, and nights sitting by the fire.  

    Spooner was an avid bow hunter and also loved fishing and gun hunting. He enjoyed listening to the Brewers on the radio while sitting outside and watching the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoons.  When he wasn’t outside, he was watching “Ghost Stories” or Fox news. He could fix anything, never throwing anything away because any scrap could be used to fix something else that was broken.

    He was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Sparta and the Cataract Sportsmen's Club.

    Spooner is survived by his wife, Kathryn Baird of Sparta; daughter, Sara (Brian) Maliszewski of Independence, WI; mother, Frances Baird of Sparta; sister, Diane (Pete) Steinhoff of Sparta; brother, Mike (Teresa) Baird of West Salem; brothers-in-law, Karl (Patricia) Wall of Sparta, Ronald (Karen) Wall of Sparta, and Mark Wall of La Crosse; mother-in-law, Doris Wall of Sparta; several special nieces and nephews; and other relatives and great friends.

    He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, John Wall; special aunts and uncles; and a nephew, Mark D. Wall.

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

    Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given for the new Sparta Aquatic Center or Congregational UCC.  

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

 

 

 

Robert W. Dengel

 

     Robert (Bob) W Dengel, 88, Sparta, WI, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Gundersen Medical Center, La Crosse.

     He was born on September 7, 1925, to Luella J (Herlitzka) and Arthur E Dengel in Rockland, WI.  Bob attended Fish Creek School near Rockland.  He graduated from Sparta High School in 1943.  He was drafted into the Army on December 14, 1943.  He was honorably discharged from military service on April 22, 1946.  He attended the Wisconsin State Teachers College in Platteville and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Agriculture.

     Upon graduation Bob taught as an instructor for the On the Farm Veterans Program in the Sparta area.  In 1951, Bob married Luceile E Frye in Norwalk, WI.  To this marriage three sons were born, David, Douglas and Donald.  In 1953 Bob became the first full-time career agent for Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, which later became American Family Insurance.  He retired from American Family in 1990.

     Bob was very involved in his community.  He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta since 1953 and was a Sunday school teacher, church council member and served on various committees through the years.  He was an active member of Sparta Jaycees holding several leadership roles.  He was a member of the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce and was a recipient of many awards while serving the Chamber.  He most recently was an Ambassador for the Sparta Chamber of Commerce.

     Bob was very involved in scouting for the Gateway Area Council.  Due to his leadership and service he received the Silver Beaver Award in 1973, which is the highest award a volunteer can receive from the council.  He also received the Lamb Award in 1977 from the Lutheran Council of America for his involvement in the scouting program.

     Bob has been a member of Sparta Kiwanis since 2004.  He has been a great supporter of Sparta Area Schools and especially enjoyed going to many musical and athletic events.

     In 2007, Bob was selected to be the Sparta Butterfest Festmaster.  He loved representing Sparta at all of the area parades.  He enjoyed walking in the Butterfest parades after his reign was completed.

     In his later years, Bob volunteered at the Morrow Home in Sparta delivering meals. He really enjoyed the people on his Wednesday route.  He also volunteered at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Sparta. 

     He was an avid golfer and was responsible for the flower bed on the 10th green at River Run golf course for many years.  He loved the Packers and was a season ticket holder for over 30 years. He was very proud of his grandchildren and all of their accomplishments.

     He is survived by his sons, David (Leila) of Valdez, AK, Douglas (Kathleen) of Sparta, and Donald (Jana) of Eden Prairie, MN; six grandchildren, Barton and Camrin Dengel, Justin and Haley Dengel, and Olivia and Maya Dengel; one sister, Betty Krohn; one sister-in-law Karen (Thomas) Weissenberger; brother-in-laws, Robert Carpenter and Thomas Weissenberger; special friend, Joyce Anderson, along with many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his wife Luciele, his parents, his brother Alert, his sisters LaVerne Linenberg and Mildred Small, sister-in-law LaVonne (Frye) Carpenter and brother-in-laws Robert Linenberg, Garth Small and Kenneth Krohn.

     A funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Reverend Jeffrey Wm. Miller officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, on Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 1 p.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, Gateway Area Council BSA or Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation.

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

 

 

 

John O. Bartholomew

     John O. Bartholomew, 21, of Sparta, died Friday, October 4, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta. He was born on January 19, 1992 in Birmingham, AL . 

     He is survived by his parents, Craig and Laurie Bartholomew of Sparta; his maternal grandfather, Dr. John Minder of Eden Prairie, MN; paternal grandparents, Owen and Jacqueline Bartholomew of Tacoma, WA; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Rosemary Minder. 

     John was gifted in many areas, but was especially good at writing and drawing. He was a lover of animals and was often comforted by his faithful dog, Truman.

     Those who knew John best will remember his kind and gentle side. He was a person of infinite worth and will be greatly missed.

     A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with President Kurt Euller officiating. 

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

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

  

 

Raymond D. Van Kirk Sr.

     Raymond D. Van Kirk Sr., 85, of 7061 Division Rd., Tomah, died Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Tomah Memorial Hospital.

     He was born on March 14, 1928 in Two Rivers, WI to Mr. & Mrs. Archie (Gladys) Van Kirk.  He graduated from Sparta High School in 1946.  On November 4, 1978, Ray married Margaret M. Mercurio at the Holiday Inn in Tomah.

     Raymond enjoyed the outdoors and sports which included hunting, fishing, and some camping.  He and Margaret traveled extensively within the states as well as other countries and in doing so, they met many new and interesting friends.

     He is survived by one brother, Mr. Harold Van Kirk of Tomah; four sons, John (Yvonne) Van Kirk of Madison, Michael (Jamie) Van Kirk of Black River Falls, Jeffrey Van Kirk of Lannon, WI and Scott (Cheryl) Van Kirk of Harrisburg, MO; two daughters, Susan (Rodney) Aney and Sharon (David) Wisnaski; a niece, Melodie (Gary) Hass and many other family members.

     In addition to his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, and two sons, David Allen and Raymond D. Van Kirk, Jr.

     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 Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

     Family and friends are invited to call at the church on Thursday 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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