Eugene “Gene” R. Allen

Bangor:  Eugene “Gene”  Allen, 76,  of Bangor died on Thursday September 18, 2014 at the Mayo Health Systems Franciscan Medical Center in La Crosse.  Funeral services will he held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday September 24, 2014 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bangor. Private family burial will be held in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery in West Salem. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. The Fossum Funeral Home of Bangor is assisting with the arrangements.

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Jeanette A. Loging

Jeanette Loging CroppedONALASKA, WI – Jeanette A. Loging, 94, formerly of Holmen, died September 18, 2014, at the home of her granddaughter, Tracy Antoniewicz, in Onalaska.  She was born September 21, 1919 in Bangor, WI, to Bill and Dora (Hugo) Heuer.  It was there that she was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and later married Elmer F. Loging on Oct 22, 1942.  Elmer preceded her in death on May 19, 2003.  They farmed in Bangor before buying a dairy farm in 1953 near Holmen, WI, where they raised their family.

Jeanette is survived by four children, John (Edith) Loging of Ettrick, WI, Kenneth (Nancy) Loging of Onalaska, Eileen (David) Hanson of Independence, WI, and Roger (Arlene) Loging of Holmen; 11 grandchildren, Ben and Pearl Loging of Ettrick, Crista (Travers) Hall, Tracy (Mark) Antoniewicz and  Melissa (Jason) Wendler, all of Onalaska, William (Amy) Hanson of Marshfield, WI, Timothy (Rita) Hanson of Neillsville, WI, Elizabeth (Jeremy) O’Brien of Black River Falls, WI, and Adam, Shawn and Ashley Loging of Holmen; 27 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and a sister, Irene Tauscher of La Crosse, WI.  Besides her husband and parents, Jeanatte was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Armin Heuer, and a granddaughter, Bobbie Loging.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Onalaska. The Rev. William Bader will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Barre Mills. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service.  Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and/or school or Luther High School.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the pastors of St. Paul’s, the people at Recover Health, especially Shelby and Terry, as well as the amazing nurses, aides and Chaplain Sue from the Mayo Hospice Program.  Jeanette also mentioned often her special friends at Sterling House and Ona Terrace in Onalaska.  She appreciated all the kindness and extra care they offered her.  The family also wants to acknowledge Dr. Richardson and his nurses at Mayo Clinic in Holmen.  The care and  love expressed by staff to Jeanette and her family over the many years will never be forgotten.

A huge thank you to granddaughter Tracy, as well as her family, for sharing their home, their love and support. Grandma Great couldn’t have received better care in her final days.

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Elaine R. Fossum

IMG_1365.JPGElaine R. Fossum, 82, of Onalaska, died in her home on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. She was born on August 3, 1932 in La Crosse, WI to Alfred and Helen (Woehlke) Gilster. Elaine grew up on the family vegetable and dairy farm in Medary and attended Fauver Hill Elementary School. She was a graduate of Logan High School. She married Clifford A. Fossum, Jr. on September 23, 1950 in La Crosse. After her marriage Elaine wrote the exam to be a Wisconsin Funeral Director and she and her husband owned and
operated the Fossum Funeral Homes in Onalaska, Bangor and Ettrick. Her husband Cliff preceded her in death on May 1, 1989. Elaine continued to operate the funeral homes until her passing and was a member of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.

Elaine is survived by her son Curt of Onalaska, 2 brothers: Kenny (DeLaney) Gilster of Onalaska, David (Barbara Kemp) of Holmen and a sister Margery (Dr. Dale) May of Salem, VA.; many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Phillip.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Onalaska. The Rev. Josh Bodden will officiate. Burial will follow in the Onalaska Cemetery. Friends may call at the Fossum Funeral Home on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and again at the church on Tuesday from noon until the time of the service.

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Mary L. Stecha

Stecha Mary obitMary L. Stecha, 86, of Holmen, died on Wednesday September 10, 2014 at her home.  She
was born on September 18, 1927 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Fred and Mary (La Fleur) Bahnub.  Mary began her life in La Crosse, WI and grew up on a farm in Disco. She was a proud graduate of the 1945 class of Black River Falls High.  From 1945-46 she worked at Ft. McCoy. She married George H. Stecha.  Then as a military wife, she had the opportunity to travel in the U.S. and Europe. In 1979, she returned to her beloved Wisconsin (except in the winter). For many years she was a greeter at Walmart, so many people were treated to her sparkling blue eyes and wit.

Mary is survived by 5 children Gayle Peters of Littleton, Colorado, Charlene Moak of Phoenix, Oregon, Jay (Vergie) Stecha of Arcadia, Wisconsin, Dan Stecha of Tampa, Florida and Michele (Roger) Duvic of Slidell, Louisiana;  9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a siblings Dean Bahnub, Gordon Bahnub and Lois Powell.

Graveside services will be held for both Mary and George at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014 at the Green Mound Cemetery in Holmen, Wisconsin.  Full Military Honors will be given Lt. Colonel George Stecha.

Mary loved life to the fullest and will be missed. But heaven will be an even happier place with our Mom in it.


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Byron E. Glomstad

GlomstadByron E. Glomstad, 89, of Onalaska, WI,  died on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on May 12, 1925 in Stanley, Wisconsin to Joseph and Myrtle (Hanson) Glomstad.  When he was a young boy the family moved to rural Holmen, where he helped on the family farm.  He attended Amsterdam Prairie School, which he had to walk 5 miles a day to attend.  On November 5, 1955 he married the love of his life Dianne M. King, whom he met at the Avalon Ball Room.  Throughout the years, he held various jobs that included paving roads for Clifford Severson, Schaller Farms and eventually working for Vern Dale and Blount Industries, from which he retired after 40 years.  Byron cherished the many bus tours he and Dianne took across the United States and Canada.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son Steven.  He was a great husband, father, grandpa and was a great friend to many.


Byron is survived by his wife Dianne of 58 years; three children Cheryl Glomstad of Onalaska, WI, Steven Glomstad of Trempealeau, WI and Joann (Jim) Trussoni of Genoa, WI; five grandchildren Eli (Tim Herried) Glomstad of Taylor, WI, Courtney (Jeremy) Johnson of Onalaska, Annie Glomstad of Galesville. WI, and Cassidy and Jenna Trussoni of Genoa, WI; Two Great-grandchildren Loreali Pfaff and Nathaniel Johnson; one brother Russell (Betty) Glomstad of Galesville, WI; two sister-in-laws Jackie Hoage of Menomonie, WI and Barb (Dick) Hart of Zumbrota, MN; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter Amy Glomstad, a brother Albert Glomstad and a sister Mabel Dittenger.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014 at the Holmen Lutheran Church, 228 Morris Street, in Holmen, Wisconsin.  The Rev. Dan Henderson will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Long Coulee Cemetery in Holmen, WI.   Friends may call at the Holmen Lutheran Church on Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

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Harriet F. “Hattie” Johnson

Harriet F. “Hattie” Johnson, 84 of La Crosse died following a brief illness, on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Campus in La Crosse. She was born on May 27, 1930 in New York State to Elwyn and Sarah (Kesson) Freeman. She married William “Billy” Johnson and he preceded her in death in 1999.

Hattie is survived by her 4 children: Bill (Dottie) Johnson of Hephzibah, Georgia, Dave (Monica) Johnson of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Sarah (Al) Jackson of Ashville, North Carolina, and Steven (Marlene) Johnson of Bear, Delaware; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and 1 brother.

Graveside services will be held at St. Paul’s Churchyard Cemetery in Chestertown, Maryland.

The family wishes to give a special thank you to the staff at the Benedictine Villa and Benedictine Manor for all of their tireless patience, care and love. They also wish a special thank you to her caregiver and friend Linda Butterworth.

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Judith O. Smikrud

Judith Smikrud webJudith O. Smikrud, 86, formerly of Ettrick died on Monday July 7, 2014 at the Grandview Care Center in Blair, WI.  She was born on December 10, 1927 to Oscar and Julia (Tollefson) Ronning.  She married Orville Smikrud in February of 1946.  He preceded her in death in July of 1985.  Judy was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Judy is survived by a sister Mildred Schoolcraft of Black River Falls, WI; 2 brothers Curtis (Janice) Ronning of Melrose, WI and Donald (Virginia) Ronning of Ettrick, WI; Sisters-in Laws Elsie Ronning of Ettrick and Eunice Ronning of Elkhorn, WI and many nieces and nephews.   In addition to her husband she was preceded in death bu her parents and 2 brothers Orvis and Lloyd Ronning.

Funeral services willbe held at 11:00am on Saturday July 12, 2014 at the French Creek Lutheran Church in Rural Ettrick.  The Rev. Anna Sorenson will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00am until the time of the service.  The Fossum Funeral Home of Onalaska is assisting with the arrangements.

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