VIROQUA — Richard D. Haugstad, 68, of Viroqua, a former Rochester business owner, lost his 11 year battle with cancer Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.
A 1967 graduate of Preston High School, he achieved his Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University in 1972. He worked as a production and later sales manager for Babcock Swine from 1973 to 1980. He then owned and operated several auto dealerships in Minnesota, Missouri, and Kansas. He later became an agent which led to speculating in real estate. He loved the outdoors: hunting, fishing, and most of all his horses and dog Jake. He is best known for his many friends and putting a smile on their faces with his great sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Marian; and his sister, Barbara.
He is survived by his sister, Leann of Rochester, Minn.; his brother, Robert of Pennsylvania; and the love of his life, Jean Haakenson.
Funeral service for Richard Haugstad will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Preston United Methodist Church in Preston with the Rev. Daniel Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.
MELROSE — Lorraine Helen Kunes, 86, of Melrose passed away peacefully in her home Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.
She was born Feb. 24, 1931, to Harold and Lillian Miller.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claire Kunes; son, John Kunes; and granddaughter, Danielle Kunes.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Melrose United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Coffee fellowship to follow the service.
LA CRESCENT, Minn. — Thomas A. Hogan, 74, of La Crescent died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester. A Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Monday at Crucifixion Catholic Church, La Crescent. Visitation 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services, La Crescent, with prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and 10 a.m. to time of services Monday at the church. A complete obituary will follow.
HILLSBORO — Wilhelmina “Willie” H. Knadle, 95, of Hillsboro died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hillsboro. Memorial funeral services 11 a.m. Monday at First Congregational Church, Hillsboro, with visitation 10 to 11 a.m. Inurnment will take place later in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hillsboro. Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro assisted the family with arrangements.
GENOA — Gary J. Sanders, 69, of Genoa died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at his home. A funeral Mass 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Charles Catholic Church, Genoa. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation 4 p.m. Monday, concluding with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse. A complete obituary will follow.
MCGREGOR, Iowa — Beverly Jean Schriver, 80, of McGregor died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society in Postville, Iowa. Graveside service 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McGregor. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of McGregor, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.
TOMAH — Bernard Dan Hayes, 70, of Tomah died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at Liberty Village, Tomah. Memorial services 11 a.m. Monday at Bible Evangelical Free Church. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah. Visitation 9 a.m. to time of service. Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements.
VIROQUA — Ann Getchal Hudson, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Bethel Home and Services in Viroqua. Funeral services 11 a.m. Saturday at Viroqua United Methodist Church, with visitation one hour before the service. Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua is serving the family.
TOMAH — Rex Neil Allen, 68, of Tomah died Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. Sletten-McKee-Hanson Funeral Home of La Crosse is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dr. Richard Jerome Strand, 82, of La Crosse passed away Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, following a brief illness.
Richard was born Dec. 17, 1934, in rural Ettrick to Helmer and Junice (Molstad) Strand. He attended and graduated from Blair area schools. Richard attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L). While attending UW-L, he married Ruth Tenneson June 25, 1955, at Trempealeau Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was accepted into dental school at Marquette University in 1956, graduating in 1960 with his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. He was selected into the internship program as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force in 1960. Richard served his internship at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, (1960 to 61) and finished at Amarillo (Texas) Air Force Base in 1963.
Richard and Ruth moved to La Crosse upon completion of his internship and he opened his practice in July of 1963. He retired in Oct. of 2016 after 54 years of practice.
Dr. Strand was very active in the dental community in La Crosse, the state of Wisconsin, and nationally, and was recognized for his accomplishments in dentistry. He was on the dental staff of St. Francis Medical Center and courtesy staff of La Crosse Lutheran Hospital. Richard was an advisor and guest lecturer at Western Wisconsin Technical Institute, where he developed the first dental assisting program and was an advisor and guest lecturer. He was a member of the Adolf Gundersen Medical Lutheran Hospital and Western Wisconsin Medical Foundation. He served in multiple capacities with the Gundersen Lutheran Foundation, including on the Board, retiring from the foundation in 2003. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the Gundersen Lutheran Foundation. Dr. Strand served in all offices in the La Crosse District Dental Society. He was involved in the first efforts to fluoridate the La Crosse city water system. He was active in the state dental association as a member and chairman of many state committees. Richard was the Fourth District Trustee from 1976 to 1982. He represented Wisconsin as a delegate to the American Dental Association. He served as secretary of the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA), was elected Vice President of the WDA in 1986, and in 1987 was installed as President of the WDA. He served on the Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board for over seven years, and was involved in the development of a national dental licensure exam. Dr. Strand was chairman of the American Fund for Dental Health, and was a member of the Pierre Fouchard Academy Federation Dentaire International and an associate member of the Chicago Dental Society. He was elected a Fellow in both the Academy of General Dentistry and the International College of Dentists. He was a Central Region Dental Testing Examiner for many years, evaluating dental program graduates from 20 states.
Dentistry was his passion. He loved every minute he spent with his patients and dedicated long time staff. Over the course of his career, Dr. Strand earned recognition for his efforts. In May 1999, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Dental Association. The award is the WDA’s highest honor and recognizes a dentist who has given time, energy, and expertise to the organizations representing dentistry throughout his or her career. He received the American Fund for Dental Health Award of Merit and was a member of Psi Omega Fraternity Xi Chapter. In Dec. 2006, Dr. Strand received the President’s Award of Honor from the WDA.
Richard was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse. He served several times on the church council and was Chairman of the Building Committee. Family activities were very important to him and he enjoyed spending the summers boating on the Mississippi River, downhill skiing, and attending sporting events with his family.
Richard is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Strand; four children, Jeffrey (June) Strand of Trempealeau, Susan (Steven) Bohren of Castle Pines, Colo., Gregory (Jynine) of Wauwatosa, Wis., and Kathryn Strand Alo of La Crosse; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer (Graham) Wegner, Brandon and Ryan Strand, Kelli and Andrew Bohren, Annika, Jenna, and Claudia Strand, and Lauren and Alexis Alo; one great-grandchild, Benjamin Wegner; a sister, Betty Nelson; and brother-in-law, Robert Nelson of St. Charles, Mo.; sister-in-law, Martha Sesvold of La Crosse; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Carla Tenneson of Taylor, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, David; his parents; in-laws, Thomas and Esther Tenneson; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and John L. Ellison; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Daphne “Pat” Strand; and brother-in-law, Robert Sesvold.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4141 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse. The Rev. Harald Bringsjord will officiate. Immediately following the service, military honors will be rendered outside of the church by the Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse and the U.S. Air Force Funeral Honor Guard. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Blair. A visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Woodruff Chapel, 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse, and also from 10 a.m. Monday until the time of service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, both of La Crosse. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.
Discussion of Better Together, a collaborative community project to improve behavioral health, will be the topic of the next Community Conversations from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at English Lutheran Church at 1509 King St. in La Crosse.
Speakers will be Heather Quackenboss, project coordinator for Better Together, and Diana DiazGranados, the project’s evaluator and certified mental health first aid trainer.
The La Crosse Interfaith Leaders Coalition sponsors the monthly conversations, which are free and include a box lunch for which free-will offerings are accepted.
Since its inception about a year ago, Better Together has created a four-point strategy to promote resilience and social connections in youths, increase the capacity of informal supports, enhance system integration and improve awareness and attitudes about mental wellness.
The coalition asks that those who plan to attend register at its web site so organizers will know how many lunches to order.
The conversations, which take place the third Wednesday of each month, are intended to present theological but nonpartisan and nonpolitical discussions of local economic and social issues.
Area religious leaders and staff members are welcome to attend coalition meetings after the conversations.
For more information about the coalition or conversations, contact English Lutheran Pastor Mark Solyst at 608-784-9335 or via email at email@example.com.
The following people appeared in La Crosse County Circuit Court:
Jesse Welsh, 28, of 1810 S. 20th St. was charged Thursday with felony bail jumping as a repeat offender. Welsh violated his bond Sept. 3 by drinking alcohol, according to the complaint.
Brenton Bentzen, 38, of 708 Powell St. was charged Thursday with burglary and felony bail jumping, both as a repeat offender. Bentzen on Tuesday broke into a business at 146 Rose St. and took cash from a register, according to the complaint.
La Crosse $2.42
Black River Falls $2.49
La Crescent, Minn. $2.42
Winona, Minn. $2.35
Rochester, Minn. $2.29
Lansing, Iowa $2.44
National average $2.51
California (high) $3.08
Oklahoma (low) $2.20
Sources: Tribune staff, AAA Fuel Gauge Report, www.fuel gaugereport.com
Physicians from Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare will lead an educational walk through downtown La Crosse from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at Burns Park at Seventh and Main streets.
During the "Walk with a Doc" event, doctors will talk about the social and health benefits of walking. It will be a part of Historic Downtown Day.
The Wisconsin Bike Fed, which organized the stroll to encourage more walking and to remind motorists to yield to pedestrians, will provide safety messages to walkers and drivers to help people cross confidently at marked and unmarked intersections.
“I think the event is a great opportunity to encourage people to be active and a good reminder that walking must be safe and comfortable for everyone” said Carolyn Dvorak, a local Share and Be Aware Program ambassador. “I’d like to see community members of all ages” participate.