HOLMEN — John Paul Stetter, 61, of Holmen, died on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, from a massive heart attack.

John was born in La Crosse, March 13, 1952, the third of five boys born to Ruth (Senn) and Lawrence Stetter. He attended Holy Trinity Catholic School and Longfellow Junior High School, graduated from Central High School in 1970, and attended UW-La Crosse for two years. He had been employed by Bion’s Service Station, Duff Heating, Bob Johnson Oil Co., the City of La Crosse Street Dept., and the Stroh Brewing Co., where he was a member of Teamsters Local 1081. At the time of his death, he was in partnership with his wife as owners of Caring Hearts Home Care & Transportation.

On Aug. 25, 1984, John married Susan Heberlein. In 1994, together with his father-in-law, Jack Heberlein, they built their home in Holmen. John was an avid hunter and loved to fish. He loved the outdoors, especially cutting wood and feeding deer. He enjoyed hunting in Colorado, Wyoming, Canada, and his backyard.

John is survived by his wife, Susan; his daughter, Katie; his sons, Willy and Cale (Sarah), and their children, Sawyer and Brecken. He is also survived by his brothers, Jerry (Darlene) of Homer, Minn., William (Joan) of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., and Joseph (Ann) of Holmen; sisters-in-law, Sue (Jerry) Severson of La Crosse, and Jean (Frank) Muehlenkamp of Camp Douglas; brother-in-law, Jim (Lisa) Heberlein of Stoddard; his nieces and nephews, Jennifer Stetter, Jason (Jaci) Stetter, Erin (Jeff) Olson, Barry Stetter, Andy Stetter, Hanna Stetter, Aubrey (Ryan) Hesselberg, Matt Heberlein, Marie Heberlein, Rachel (Jay) Tambornino, Kayla, Daniel and Matt Wagner, Jessica (Brad) Westnick, and Lindsey (Stuart) Malingowski; four grand-nephews, Maddox and Brady Olson, and Johnny and Noah Tambornino; and four grand nieces, Bronwyn and Breanna Stetter, and Julie and Hadley Hesselberg.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Lawrence Stetter; his brother, Gene Stetter; a nephew, Nate Stetter; and his mother and father-in-law, Pat and Jack Heberlein.

John’s family is extremely grateful for the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Dept., Holmen Police Dept., and Holmen First Responders and Paramedics who tried to get him back from God’s arms, but God won. There must be an overpopulation of big bucks in heaven.

We were informed that 62 different people received John’s organs and tissue through his organ donation. John was very driven to improve the quality of life of others.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 515 Main St., in Holmen. The Rev. John Parr will officiate. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services, La Crosse Chapel, located at 200 West Ave. S., and from 10 a.m. to Mass  Monday at the church. Online condolences may be submitted at www.schumacher-kish.com.

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John also did a short stint as an RCA at the La Crosse post office before joining his wife in the business. He was my sub.He was such a joy to talk to and spend time with. His brother (Gene and Sue) was like a second set of parents to me as I was growing up. Such a great man and he will surely be missed. Sending out my love and prayers to the Stetter Family!!
Shelly Bolton


My sincere condolences for your loss and my prayers are with your family.

Tom Eeg

Rita Senn-Sikorski

I remember as a child, visiting with our family at Grandma Senn's house and over would come John, his brothers, Jerry, Gene, Billy, (now Willie) and Joe and Aunt Ruth and Uncle Larry to visit. We would often stop at their house before leaving La Crosse, and they at times visited at our house. If we were really lucky, other aunts, uncles and cousins would come over to Grandma's at the same time. I still remember the small of the large blue spruce, the laughter of adults and the fun with all the cousins. I remember John as fun and very very nice. I can almost hear Aunt Ruth calling him, saying, "Johnny Paul". Aside from warm childhood memories, I remember John and Sue's Caring Hands" providing wonderful in home care for my mother, when much older she needed assistance in her home. Thank you Sue and family for sharing the extraordinary story of John's organ gift to so many. While stunned you're gone from this plane, Johnny I'm glad I knew ya.


I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my friend John. We worked for a short time together at Bion's Mobil and spent many days fishing, hunting, camping and cutting wood together. It has been many years since I last saw John but he has a special place in my heart. My condolences to the entire Stetter family. May God bless him and his family.

Chuck Haun

Rose Senn Sidell

I remember my cousin John as a kind, gentle and funny young man.
I am inspired by his donation of organs to help so many people.
My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
Rose Senn Sidell

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