Louise Marie (Beitlich) Beffa, 98, a longtime resident of La Crosse died at Hillview Health Care Center Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

She was born on the family farm in the town of Bergen, March 31, 1919. One of 10 children, she was the daughter of the late Reinhold J. and Leda (Proksch) Beitlich. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Matthew’s in Stoddard. She attended the rural Grandview School through eighth grade. As a young woman she worked at Grandview Hospital, where she baked delicious pastries and pies for the patients and staff. In later years she worked at the Bluffview Motel. She was happiest in her role as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Louise loved to dance and it was at the Concordia, where she met her husband, Raymond H. Beffa. They married Sept. 25, 1946, upon his return from World War II. He preceded her in death Oct. 17, 1993.

Louise enjoyed nature and being in her garden. She also enjoyed television game shows, bird watching, reading, crossword puzzles and baking cookies.

Louise was a longtime member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was active in Ladies Aid and served as a Sunday greeter.

She is survived by her children, Carol Beffa Jarvis of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Constance (Steve) Russell of Holmen, Cheryl (Bruce) Gilbertson of La Crosse, and Raymond (Marsha) Beffa of Meridian, Idaho. She was the proud grandmother of one grandson, Austin Russell of Issaquah, Wash.; four granddaughters, Devon (Ivan Tortosa) Russell of Houlton, Wis., Chelsea (Clement Vachon) Jarvis of Sunrise Beach, Queensland, Australia, Emilia and Annabella Beffa of Meridian; and one great-grandson, Luca Tortosa.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Charles R. Beffa in 1971; four brothers and five sisters. We are happy to think of the 10 Beitlich children being together once again.

The family is particularly grateful to Angeline (Dummer) Krause, who was Louise’s very kind and special friend, for the last 10 years. Louise’s family also thanks the staff at Hillview Health Care Center for their many, many years of care and support.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, La Crosse. Pastor Jonathan Rimmert will officiate. Burial will be in the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church.

The Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of La Crosse, are in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church or Hillview Health Center. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.

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