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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Ruth Ann Alland

Ruth Ann Alland

Ruth Ann (Lambert) Alland, 75, of French Island passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, May 25, 2014. She was born to Hurmey and Barbara (Dettinger) Lambert on July 18, 1938. She graduated from Onalaska High School in 1956, and then graduated in 1957 from La Crosse School of Beauty. She married Gene Alland on April 7, 1958. She enjoyed working as a childcare provider out of her home for 25 years and was always committed to helping people, so she later worked with the elderly as a home health aide, but her strongest passion in life was for her family. She is survived by her children Eric (Katherine), Carl (Jayne), Anne Steers, and Robert (Ryanne). She is also survived by grandchildren Shawn (Tara) Steers, Ryan (Annie) Steers, Gene Steers, and Adriane Alland; great-grandchildren Shawn Steers Jr. and Avery Steers; brother Gerald (Donna) Lambert and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant sister Doris; brother John Lambert; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Aldin Christianson; sister-in-law June Lambert; and son-in-law, Dale Steers.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 on Thursday, May 29, at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska, officiated by Pastor Ted Dewald. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse. Friends may call from 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, at the funeral home and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Service. Online condolences may be left at http://www.fossumfuneralhome.com.

We will always love and miss you.



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Randy D. Luce

Randy LuceEau Claire, WI:  Randy D. Luce, 59, of Eau Claire died suddenly on Wednesday April 2, 2014 at his home.  He was born on September 20, 1954 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Charles and Dorothy (Johnson) Luce, Sr.  He married, the love of his life, Sue Beranek on May 28, 1977 in L a Crosse.  Randy had a passion for music.  He was a singer and songwriter and had played in several area bands.   Randy worked at the Trane Company for several years and later at Cub Foods in La Crosse and Eau Claire.  He was a Packer fan, had a wonderful sense of humor and loved his pets Piper and Josie.

Randy is survived by his wife Sue of Eau Claire; 4 brothers and sisters Donald C. (Renee) Luce Sr. of Holmen, Carolyn (Jerry) Miller of La Crosse, Betty Lomprey of La Crosse and Donald Willette of Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Charles Luce, Jr., Donna M. Schaitel, Gary WIllette and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday April 6, 2014 at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska.  The Rev Ted Dewald will officiate.  Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service.

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Elva L. Garves

Onalaska, Wisconsin:  Elva L. Garves, 97, of Onalaska died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Onalaska Care Center.  She was born on December 10, 1916 in Jefferson Township, Vernon County, Wisconsin to Charles and Rosie (Kuester) Timm.  She married Wilmer R. Garves on November 9, 1935 in Bangor, WI.  He preceded her in death on May 28, 1973.

Elva and her husband farmed in Burr Oak for many years. In 1964 they moved to Onalaska.  Elva worked as a housekeeper at St. Francis Medical Center in La Crosse. She enjoyed latch hook, gardening, bird watching and feeding her birds and animals.

Elva is survived by her 5 children: Vernon (Peg) Garves of La Crosse, Nancy Vidovich of North Ridgeville, Ohio,  Rodney Garves of West Salem, Sherry (Ray) Flynn of Onalaska, and Douglas Garves of Holmen;  Six grandchildren: Kim O’Grady, Lisa Brueggen, Stacy Garves, Deron Flynn, Shannon Flynn and Ryan Flynn;  13 great-grandchildren And 5 great-great-grandchildren;  Two sisters-in-law Phyllis Timm and Mildred Timm and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband  she was preceded in death by her parents, a son-in law John Vidovich;  one sister Dorothy Freeman; 6  brothers Arnold (Mildred) Timm, Harold (Lillian) Timm, Larry Timm, Charles Timm, Vernon Timm and LaVerne Timm.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Fossum Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Onalaska.  The Rev. John Werner will officiate.  Private family burial will be in the Burr Oak Lutheran Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00 pm until the time of the service.

The family asks that memorials be directed to the Burr Oak Lutheran Church.

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Richard Burnell, Jr.

Richard Burnell, Jr.,  69,  of La Crosse, died on February 19, 2014.  He was born on June 19, 1944 in Racine, Wisconsin  to Richard and Rose (Elwort) Burnell.

Graveside services will be held in Racine, Wisconsin at a later date.

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Vera Mae Bideaux “Tootie” Shuda Fuenger

ShudaVera Mae Bideaux “Tootie” (nee Marco) Shuda Fuenger passed away on Sunday February 16, 2014 at the Bethany Riverside Care Center.  She was born on July 4, 1925 in Onalaska, the daughter of the late Wilfred and Genevieve (Flynn) Marco.  On October 16, 1945, she married Hubert Shuda. They raised 5 children together. Hubert preceded her in death on October 6, 1982.  Vera was again united in marriage to Harold Fuenger on October 22, 1983.  He preceded her in death.

After graduating from Onalaska High School, Vera worked at the Electric Auto-Lite Co. in La Crosse  She was interested in politics and genealogy.  Vera Enjoyed dancing at the Concordia Ball Room on Sunday afternoons.

Mrs. Fuenger is survived by her daughter Nancy Engstad; sons Jim (Diane) Shuda, Robert (Mary) Shuda, Larry Shuda and Rick (Jane) Shuda; ten grandchildren Margo Dietman, Jimmy Shuda, Kevin (Sue) Engstad, Greg and Stephanie Shuda, Emily (Fiance Kurt), Dayne (fiancé Sarah) Shuda, Derek Shuda, Jackie and Dave Shuda;  great-grandchildren: Kym Luft,  Emma Treichel, James Shuda, and Brayden and Makayla Engstad; One great-great-grandson Max.  She is further survived by her brother Jim (Vera) Marco and sister-in-law Ruth Marco.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Rose Marco, a brother Joe Marco and a great-grandson Michael James Trichel.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Onalaska, Msgr. Steven Kachel will officiate.  Burial will be held at  a later date in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. 

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Hearten House III and Bethany Riverside Care Center for the care given to Vera.

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Daniel L. Akins

Daniel AkinsLA CROSSE/BLOOMSDALE, Mo. — Daniel “Dan” Lewis Akins, 53, of La Crosse, formerly of Bloomsdale, passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

Dan was born Oct. 4, 1960, in Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. Dan attended school in Bloomsdale and St. Genevieve, Mo. He was a longtime employee of Bimbo Bakeries/Sara Lee Bakery in Wisconsin.

Dan enjoyed playing golf, fishing, hunting and playing his guitar. He loved to spend time spoiling his granddaughter, Nevaeh. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Dan is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ethel Akins of Bloomsdale; his loving daughter, Erica, and granddaughter, Nevaeh of Mankato, Minn. Also survived by brothers, Matthew (Sandra) Akins, Bloomsdale, David (Lisa) Akins, Bloomsdale; sisters, Donna (Rick) Hogenmiller of Arnold, Mo., Diane (Robert) Gowen of Bloomsdale; and loving grandmother, Nellie Souder of Festus, Mo. He is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews; and four great-nieces and nephews.

Dan was preceded in death by his father, Joel Akins.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Festus, Mo., with the memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. Officiant will be the Rev. Tony Townley. Memorials are suggested to Akins Cemetery Assoc., or to the donor’s choice. On March 1 starting at 2 p.m., there will be an honoring/fundraiser at Chapter 2 in downtown La Crosse.

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