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Obituaries for September 26, 2001

Obituaries for September 26, 2001

Wayne F. Klopotek

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn./ARCADIA, Wis. - Wayne F. Klopotek, 50, of Minneapolis and formerly of Arcadia, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born in Arcadia on July 16, 1951, to Eugene and Adeline (Shepard) Klopotek.

Wayne graduated from Arcadia High School in 1969. He had worked at Ashley Furniture in Arcadia and was recently working for Minnegasco in Minneapolis as an accountant. He married Sherry Reck on May 19, 1973. They later divorced.

Wayne is survived by his mother, Adeline of Arcadia; one son, Bryce of Onalaska, Wis.; and one brother, Ken of Arcadia. Wayne is also survived by his former wife and special friend, Sherry Reck-Haines of Arcadia. He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene.

Friends may call on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at the Killian Funeral Home in Arcadia from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home, with Father Patrick Umberger officiating. Private burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Arcadia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are to be given as you wish, or to Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Arcadia Nursing Home, or to the Arcadia Educational Foundation.

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me." -Psalm 23

Mildred 'Millie' Anderson

FERRYVILLE, Wis. - Mildred "Millie" Anderson, 77, of Ferryville, died on Monday morning, Sept. 24, 2001, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born on Sept. 1, 1924, in Crawford County, Wis., to Karl and Annie (Olson) Knutson. On Nov. 7, 1970, she married Theron Anderson. He died on Dec. 30, 1980. Millie worked for many years as a cook and waitress in Ferryville and later cooked at the Ferryville Senior Citizen Center through the Green Thumb Program.

She was well known for her kindness, generosity and cheerful disposition. She had a knack for bringing out the best in everyone and no one ever left her home hungry. She will be missed by so many. She was a lifelong member of the Freeman Lutheran Church at rural Ferryville.

Millie is survived by one son, Larry (Debra) Knutson of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; one stepson, Truman (Connie) Anderson of Ferryville; four grandsons, Eric (Lisa) Knutson of Ferryville, Joshua (Betty) Knutson of La Crosse, Todd Anderson of Ferryville and Barry (Connie) Anderson of Genoa, Wis.; three great-grandchildren, Dylan Knutson and Austin and Riley Jo Anderson; four sisters, Alice Gilman and Betty Redman of Ferryville, Linda Knutson of Chicago, Ill., and Dianne (Ed) Bouffard of St. Cloud, Minn.; two brothers, Orvin and Reuben Knutson of Ferryville; and other relatives and many friends.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Kenneth Knutson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at the Freeman Lutheran Church, with Pastor Kimberly Riebe officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Thorson Funeral Home, Viroqua, where there will be a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. Friends may also call at the church on Thursday from noon until the time of service.

Helen C. Billings

VIROQUA, Wis. - Helen C. Billings, 81, died on Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta, Wis., where she had been a resident since April, 1996. She was born near Red Mound, rural De Soto, Wis., on Feb. 18, 1920, to Arlow and Eva (Nelson) Snell. During World War II she and her younger sister Hazel worked in the shipyards in Seattle, Wash., and in California, as welders.

In 1950, she married Arnold Billings and they lived in the Viroqua area until 1957, when they moved to Union Grove, Wis. She worked at Southern Colony for 17 years before retiring. They lived in Viroqua and in 1980, moved to Versailles, Ky. Arnold died on Oct. 8, 1987. Helen returned to Wisconsin in 1995.

Helen is survived by a son, Aaron (Sue) Billings of Versailles; a stepson, Harold (Janice) Billings of Kenosha, Wis.; five granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; one sister, Hazel (Freeman) Walters of Sparta; and two sisters-in-law, June Snell of La Crosse and Shirley Snell of Montello, Wis.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, John, Asa, Everett, Glen and Gerald; three sisters, Elsie Warner, Ruth Phillips and Esther Moll; and a stepdaughter, Frances Finke.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at the Thorson Funeral Home, Viroqua, with Harold Billings officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Mound Cemetery at Retreat. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday morning after 9 a.m.

Clifford Leland Swenson

VIROQUA, Wis. - Clifford Leland Swenson, 81, died on Monday evening, Sept. 24, 2001, at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home, Viroqua, where he had been a resident since September, 2000. He was born on June 5, 1920, in the town of Franklin, rural Viroqua, to Sever and Mary (Tandley) Swenson.

On May 25, 1957, he married Clarice Bieri. They farmed at rural Viroqua until retiring to Viroqua in 1982. Clarice died on Oct. 24, 1990. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Viroqua Eagles Aerie No. 2707.

Clifford is survived by one grandson, Jeffrey Swenson of Viroqua; one granddaughter, Jenny Swenson of La Crosse; a daughter-in-law, Marianne (Larry) Stokke, one sister, Elnora Swenson, one brother, Tillman Swenson and a sister-in-law, Hope Swenson, all of Viroqua; and other relatives and many friends.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Douglas Swenson on April 18, 1980; a nephew, Fred Swenson; a sister, Alma Swenson; and two brothers, Sigfred "Sig" Swenson and Edwin "Ed" Swenson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua, with Pastor Larry Lindmark officiating. Burial will be in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until the time of service Friday at the church. The Thorson Funeral Home, Viroqua, is serving the family.

Birdine E. Hobbs

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Birdine E. Hobbs, 86, of Black River Falls, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, in Family Heritage Care Center, Black River Falls. She was born July 13, 1915, in the town of Albion, Jackson County, Wis. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday from Squaw Creek Lutheran Church, rural Black River Falls. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Black River Falls. Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Torgerson's Funeral Home, Black River Falls, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the church.

Frank S. Heidenreich

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. - Frank S. Heidenreich, 95, of Richland Center, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, in Pine Valley Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Feb. 22, 1906. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Richland Center. Burial will be in Champion Valley Cemetery, Yuba, Wis. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. today, with a 5:45 p.m. scripture service, in the Stafford Funeral Home, Richland Center, and 10 a.m. until services Thursday in the church.

Quentin W. "Red" Jeffers

Olive M. Jeffers

WEST SALEM, Wis. - Quentin W. "Red" Jeffers, 80, and Olive M. Jeffers, 76, both of West Salem, passed away together unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 24, 2001.

Quentin was born Jan. 5, 1921, in Melvina, Wis., to Cleo and Alice (Chambers) Jeffers. Olive was born Sept. 5, 1925, in Strongs Prairie, Wis., to William and Lizzie (Hobart) Sainsbury. On May 14, 1946, they were married in La Crosse and have celebrated over 55 years of marriage. Red was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, having served with the 487th Bomb Group. He was employed at Allis-Chalmers for many years and at NCR until his retirement.

Red was a charter member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in West Salem. He was a member of the Berg-Hemker-Olson American Legion Post 51, West Salem, the 8th Air Force Historical Society and the 487th Bomb Group Association. Red was also a member of the Caterpillar Club, having parachuted to safety from a disabled plane and earned his Lucky Bastard Certificate for completing 30 combat missions.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Red was also known as an "expert squirrel trapper".

Olive was employed at Paramount Photo, NCR and at West Salem Farmers' Co-op until her retirement. She then volunteered at West Salem Elementary School, at Mulder Health Care Facility for bingo and reciting the rosary, and at Lakeview Health Center for reciting the rosary. She also volunteered her time during elections.

Olive was also a charter member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, where she served on the Altar Society. Olive was a member of the Berg-Hemker-Olson American Legion Auxiliary Unit 51 and was named Auxiliary Woman of the Year in 1999.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and quilting and participated in a sewing circle. Olive also enjoyed baking, especially pies and her famous pancake breakfasts. She was known for her kindness and compassion which extended well beyond her family.

Red and Olive enjoyed traveling with their friends and delivering meals-on-wheels. They were known for their hospitality, welcoming friends and family into their home. Together, they shared their life, loved their family, and were at their happiest when everyone could be home together.

Red and Olive will be sadly missed by their family and all who knew them.

Survivors include nine children, Michael (Connie) of Madison, Wis., William (Karen) of Bluffton, Ind., Kathleen Crawford of Janesville, Wis., Patricia (Scott) Marshall of Holmen, Wis., James (Susan) of West Salem, Charles (Tammy) of Bangor, Wis., Margaret "Peggy" (fiance, Matt Saunders) Powers of Melrose, Wis., Robert (Suzanne) of Mequon, Wis., and Judith (Jaime) Gamboa of Milwaukee, Wis.; 24 grandchildren, Christopher (Cheryl) Jeffers, Rachel Jeffers, Ann (Terry) Leyman, Kristine (Ed) Pharoah, Rebecca, James, Jessica and Jacob Crawford, Matthew Marshall, Jacqueline (Chad) Herbers, Elizabeth Marshall, Rosalie, Abagail, Samuel and Miriam Jeffers, Tracy and Steven Jacobson, Sara and Emily Jeffers, Levi and William Powers, and Alex, Patrick and Meredith Jeffers; eight great-grandchildren, Luke and Claire Jeffers, Zachary and Adam Leyman, Holly and Melissa Pharoah, Jordin Crawford, and Jonathon Herbers. In addition, Quentin is survived by a sister, Mary Ellen (LeRoy "Skip") Kemp of La Crosse; and numerous nieces and nephews; and Olive is survived by a brother, Hobart "Buck" Sainsbury of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., a brother-in-law, Thomas "Bud" Heagney of Janesville; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Red and Olive were preceded in death by two grandchildren, Shannon Jeffers and Stephanie Marshall; and a son-in-law, Robert Crawford. Olive was also preceded in death by an infant brother, John Sainsbury; two sisters, Jessie Sainsbury and Crystal Heagney; and a sister-in-law, Dolly Sainsbury.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at 11 a.m. from St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 210 W. Hamlin St., West Salem. Father Bob Hegenbarth will officiate. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with military honors by the West Salem American Legion Post 51. Friends may call at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and also on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Leo's Altar Society or the West Salem American Legion Scholarship Fund. The Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Kamla

ARCADIA, Wis. - Mary Kamla, 99, of Arcadia, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001, in Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Nursing Home, Arcadia. The Wozney Funeral Home, Arcadia, will be assisting the family with arrangements.

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