Esther R. Bishop

Esther R. Bishop, 94, of Ettrick, Wi, died on Sunday November 16, 2014 at the Marinuka Manor in Galesville.  She was born on May 17, 1920 in Rural Ettrick to Hans Oscar and Anna Louise (Nelsestuen) Severson.  She married William S. Bishop on February 9, 1939 in Whitehall, WI.  He preceded her in death on November 9, 1974.

Esther was the youngest of her family and the last surviving child.  She was a devoted mother and grandmother, she adored her family and grandchildren.  She was a strong believer in her faith and was a member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Ettrick and an active member of the Alter Society.  Esther was a 46 year member of the American Legion Post 354 Auxiliary.  She loved playing cards and was a member of many area card clubs.   She was a lover of nature and an avid bird lover, she was able to identify her birds by their sound.   Esther was farm wife and homemaker, a great cook and baker making lefse and donuts that she sold.  She provided home care for many years and touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

Esther is survived by ten children:  Beverly Paulson of Ettrick, Gary (Marilyn ) Bishop of Ettrick, Judy (Tom) Scherr of Trempealeau, Dean (Marilee) Bishop of North Port, FL, Linda Phillips of Onalaska, Lorraine (Eliot) Solsrud of Whitehall, Sharon Bishop of Ettrick, Cindy (Neil) Moe of Arcadia, Rhonda (Brian) Luebke of Trempealeau and Ricky (Jodi) Bishop of Isanti, MN;  42 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren;  a sister-in-law Charlotte Bishop of Ettrick and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 sons Donald and Sheldon; 3 grandchildren Valerie Jostad, Andrew Bishop and Bart Scherr; Son-in-Laws Larry Paulson and Jim Phillips;  2 brothers and 6 sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Ettrick, WI.  Father Edmund Doerre will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.   Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

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Rev. Reginald A. Siegler

Pastor Reginald A. Siegler, 102, passed away peacefully Friday morning, November 7, 2014, at Hillview Healthcare Center in LaCrosse. He is now enjoying his heavenly home.

Pastor Siegler was born May 17, 1912 to Pastor Carl W. and Emma (Hansen) Siegler in Bangor, WI. He received his education at the Lutheran Elementary School in Bangor, WI, Northwestern Preparatory School and College in Watertown, WI, and at the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Thiensville, WI. Upon graduation in 1937, he served two years as teacher, coach, and dorm supervisor at Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, MI.

In 1939 he married Virginia DeGalley of Milwaukee. They moved to Whitehall, WI where he served as Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Whitehall. She died in childbirth, together with their infant son, in 1940.

In 1941 Pastor Siegler was called to be the assistant pastor at Friedens Ev. Lutheran Church in Kenosha,WI. While serving there, he met and married Hildegard Tews on January 11, 1942. The Lord blessed their marriage with three children, Carl, Dorothea, and Richard. He was a very special father and grandfather. His children and grandchildren always looked forward to time with Grandpa.

After serving in Kenosha, Pastor Siegler served congregations in Madison, Rock Springs, and Bangor, all in Wisconsin. He was involved in establishing mission congregations in Kenosha, Middleton, and Sauk City, WI.

Pastor Siegler served on the Board of Control of Northwestern College for 18 years, 12 of them as Chairman of the Board and member of the Synod Council. He retired from the full time ministry at St. Paul’s in Bangor in 1984 and they moved to LaCrosse.

In college Pastor Siegler was involved in football, basketball and hockey. His interest in sports continued throughout his life as he fished and golfed whenever possible. He especially enjoyed wading the trout streams near Bangor.

Music was dear to his heart. Serving as a church choir director gave him much joy. He composed many songs for his choirs and for his grandchildren to play on their various instruments. He played cello, piano and clarinet, and was a member of the Da Capo Band in LaCrosse for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife Hildegard in 2012, his parents, his son Carl in 1983, and his two brothers Hilbert and Oscar.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Susan Siegler of LaCrosse, WI, his daughter, Dorothea (Joel) Buege of Crete, IL, and his son, Richard (Marilyn) Siegler of Manitowoc, WI. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Pastor Rimmert for his ministry to Pastor Siegler and the staff at Hillview Healthcare Center for their loving and compassionate care.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 15th, at Grace Lutheran Church in LaCrosse. The Rev. Jonathan Rimmert will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Bangor. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to the start of the service.

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Sean M. Schaller

Sean Schaller PhotoSean M. Schaller, 24, of Onalaska, died on Sunday October 12, 2014 as the result of a car accident. He was born on June 14, 1990 to Doug and Susan (Norby) Schaller. Sean was a 2008 graduate of Onalaska High School; he was employed by Hobby Lobby in Onalaska, Sean had attended Western Wisconsin Technical College. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, kayaking and spending time with his friends.

Sean is survived by his Father Douglas (Katie) Schaller of Holmen, his mother Susan (John) Neberman of Onalaska, a sister Samantha (Anthony) Forrest of Sun Prairie, WI; 2 brothers Nick Schaller of Sparta, WI and Justin Neberman of Onalaska. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Leonard Norby and paternal grandparents Luella Riley and Jerry Schaller.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday October 18, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska. Pastor John Reiner will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral hom on Friday October 17, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and again at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of the service.

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Eugene “Gene” R. Allen

Eugene AllenEugene “Gene” R. Allen, 76, of Bangor, WI died on Thursday September 18, 2014 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Campus in La Crosse. He was born on December 15, 1937 in Eastman, WI to Ora and Margaret (Stluka) Allen.

Gene graduated from the Seneca High School in 1955 where he had been a star basketball player. He married Mavis Richardson on February 11, 1964, she preceded him in death in 1979. He married Dee Romskog on April 3, 1982 in Rockland, WI. Gene served 2 years in the US Army and then worked as a cheese maker retiring in 1999. Gene enjoyed a good game of cards, watching the Green Bay Packers, fishing, camping, his pipe with a brandy, and his family time. His heart was as big as his hands and feet!

Gene is survived by 2 children Gena (Brian Atkinson) Allen of Galesville, WI and Steve (Ann) Allen of Sparta, WI, 7 stepchildren Debbie (Jeff) Salek of Mindoro, WI, Kevin (Kim) Romskog of Pilot Point, TX, Cindy (Tim) Adamson of Mindoro, WI, Todd (Annie) Romskog of Holmen, WI, Mike (Pauline) Watters of Onalaska, WI, Joddie (Dave) Sampson of Bangor, WI, Todd (Vonnie) Allen of Rockland, WI;  19 grandchildren and  25 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters Gladys Monroe of Sussex, WI and Audrey Freymiller of Woodman, WI and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wives Mavis and Dee, his parents and a grandson Douglas Sampson.

Following cremation funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday September 24, 2014 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bangor. Rev. Roy Hefti will officiate. A private burial will be in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery in West Salem, WI. Friends may call at the Church on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. In Lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

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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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