Robert L. Camp | Gloria Erickson | Judith L Hulett | Hugo Jan Huss | Marcella B. Keefe | Joseph A. Kramer | Grant A. Matuska | Kathryn E. Mueller | Mary L. Myers | Beverly R. Peterson | George Prudlick | Kenneth W. Thurston | David W. Watters | Steven G. Wiltinger

Hugo Jan Huss

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, this world lost a great mentor and friend whose presence had touched the lives of many and whose life was the stuff of legend.

Hugo Husz was born to Ioan and Clara Husz on Jan. 26, 1934, in Timisoara, Romania, the second of three sons. He began studying violin already at the age of 5 and attended the Timisoara Conservatory of Music, later transferring to the Bucharest Conservatory of Music and becoming the favorite student of world-renowned symphony orchestra conductor Constantin Silvestri, who was teaching there at the time. When Silvestri fled the country, he left all of his musical belongings to Husz, having said of his musical talent that he was "a rare flower."

Husz won the George Enescu National Scholarship Stipendium in Bucharest in 1956 and finished his degree of diplomat in arts with a speciality in symphony orchestra conducting from the Bucharest Conservatory of Music in 1958. He held his debut concert on April 7, 1958, at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest.

Shortly thereafter, he took on the position of music director and conductor of the Arad Symphony in Romania, where he conducted under the stage name of Jan Hugo Husz until 1968. In that year, he was awarded the Cultured Merits Medal by the Romanian Government, personally presented by the president. After his tenure in Arad, Husz transferred to the Targu-Mures Symphony, where he conducted for just a short time before he was granted permission by Romania's communist government to attend a music festival in Paris. Husz never returned.

From Paris, Husz found his way to Munich, Germany, where he spent two years trying to organize his immigration to the United States, a lifelong dream. While in Munich, he was principal guest conductor of the Gunthe Symphony. Finally, early in 1970, he arrived in Chicago. Once there, Husz sought out an old acquaintance from Arad, Mirella Regis. Romance blossomed and the two were married on Aug. 1, 1970; one daughter, Nicole, was born in 1974.

Having seen that the implications of a career in music are quite different in America than in Europe, Husz decided to go back to school. He earned his master of business administration at the Roosevelt University of Chicago in 1977 and had the insight to also take supplementary courses in computer technology.

Music, however, remained his first love, and in 1979 the family moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, when he was offered the position of titular director and principal conductor of the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra. There, he adopted his final stage name, Hugo Jan Huss. Among the highlights of his tenure in Guadalajara was a televised performance of "Tosca" with Placido Domingo.

Due to a threat of a drop in the Mexican economy, Huss felt pressured to leave and returned to the United States with his family in 1982. After short stays in Houston, Texas, and Chicago, he was offered the position of music director of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the family settled in La Crosse.

Huss's relationship with the city of La Crosse had already begun several years earlier, in 1977, when he had won first place at the National Adult Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competition during La Crosse's Great River Festival of Arts. This prize had led to an invitation by maestro Frank Italiano of La Crosse to conduct several seasons with the Symphony School of America, a summer camp for talented young musicians.

Huss served as music director of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra until 1993 and was awarded the title of Conductor Emeritus by the institution in 1999. In La Crosse, Huss had also found an opportunity to exploit his technical education working as data processing manager at Mathy Construc-tion Co. (Onalaska), a position which he held from 1982 until his retirement in 2000.

Too restless for retirement though, Huss opened his own company, Unlimited Internet Business LLC, shortly thereafter. He provided computer services to private parties and businesses in and around La Crosse up until just weeks before his death.

During Huss's long musical career he had also guest conducted in cities such as Cape Town, South Africa; Tbilisi, Russia; Kracow, Poland; Brno, Czechoslovakia; Aue, East Germany; Sarajevo, Yugoslavia; Veracruz, Mexico; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Huntsville, Ala. Radio broadcasts of his work include performances with the La Crosse Symphony, with the Louisville Symphony in Kentucky (Radio Louisville), and with the Alabama Symphony (Radio Birmingham).

In 1995, Huss was invited to guest conduct the Symphony Orchestra in Aguascalientes, Mexico. In 1997, he opened the Constantin Silvestri International Festival with a concert in Targu-Mures, Romania, and also guest conducted a concert with the Arad Symphony Orchestra shortly thereafter. His last concert was in October 2003, when he was again invited to guest conduct the Arad Symphony Orchestra and led a breathtaking, ovationary performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana."

Huss was a member of the American Symphony Orchestra League and the American Philatelic Society; he was an avid stamp collector and adventurer to such exotic places as the Amazon and the Andes.

Huss's cancer diagnosis in September 2005 came as a great shock to both himself and his family. He is survived and will be deeply missed by his wife, Mirella of La Crosse; by his daughter, Nicole with husband Dr. Christian Sachs, residing in Germany; by his older brother, Stefan Husz with wife Maria, residing in Romania; by his nephew, Michael Harrison with wife So Young, residing in Chicago; by his grandnieces Michelle and Monique Harrison; and by his younger brother, Cornel with wife Gabi, residing in Romania.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his mother-in-law, Emilia Regis of La Crosse.

Visitation services will be held at Dickinson Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson St., La Crosse, on Thursday, March 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. Following this, his family will be honoring Huss's last wish and will be transporting his remains to Arad, Romania, where a second, public visitation will also take place at the Concert Hall ("Cultural Palace"). Funeral services will be held thereafter, and Huss will find his final resting place in the family cemetery plot in Arad.

Kenneth W. Thurston

SPARTA, Wis. - Kenneth W. Thurston, 84, of Sparta died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at his home. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Lanham-Miller Funeral Home, Sparta. Online condolences may be offered at www.lanham-miller.com.

George Prudlick

INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - George Prudlick, 96, of Galesville, Wis., formerly of Independence, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Edison Funeral Home, Independence, where there will be a prayer service followed by a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Friends may also call one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. There will be no visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday morning.

Robert L. Camp

Victory/De Soto, Wis. - Robert L. Camp, 78, of Victory, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at his home. Graveside services will be held at a later date in Nebraska. The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home of De Soto is serving the family.

Thorvald E. Borgedahl

Thorvald E. Borgedahl, 73, died in his home in Sparta on Friday, Feb. 24, 2006. Funeral arrangements are tentative for Saturday at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, Gillette Street Chapel. A complete obituary will be provided for Tuesday's La Crosse Tribune.

Beverly Rose Peterson

Beverly Rose Peterson 87, of La Crosse died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.

She was born in La Crosse on April 20, 1918, to John and Margaret (Hass) Schnell. She married Reed A. Peterson on May 31, 1941, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church La Crosse. She was a 1936 graduate of Central High School, La Crosse and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She had taught school in De Soto and La Crosse. She had worked as the office secretary for Oak Grove Cemetery for eight years. Beverly was a lifelong member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church and had served on both the Ladies Aid and Alter Committee. She was a 30-year member of Happy Twirlers Square Dance Club and was the organist for the Sweet Notes Senior Band. Beverly was also an avid gardener.

In addition to her husband of 64 years, she is survived by three sons, David (Julia) Peterson of Fort Wayne, Ind., Thomas (Kathleen) Peterson of Janesville, Wis., and Gregory (Kathleen) Peterson of Winona, Minn.; one daughter, Nancy (Robert) Bekx of Appleton, Wis.; nine grandchildren, Lisa, Brian, Scott, Sarah, Cynthia, Andrew, Ann, Michael, Abigail Rose; seven great-grandchildren, Emily, Kyle, Reeve, Bennett, Brooks, Nicholas, Kaitlyn; one sister, June (Earl) Lewis of River Falls, Wis.; and one brother, John (Mardell) Schnell of Rice Lake, Wis.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Howard, and one sister, Helen.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Pastor Richard Pamprin will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. and again at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Memorials may be directed to First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

David William Watters

HOLMEN, Wis. - David William Watters, 45, of Holmen died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at his home.

He was born July 1, 1960, in Madison, Wis., the son of William and Betty (Young) Watters. Following his graduation from James Madison Memorial High School, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a bachelor's of science degree in 1984. He married Gwynne Anderson on Oct. 11, 1986. David was a district manager for Precision Laboratories Inc., Waukegan, Ill. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Onalaska. David enjoyed spending time with his children, fishing, Packers football and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

He is survived by three children, Taylor, Summer and Chance Watters, all of Holmen, Wis.; his parents, William and Betty Watters, Madison; two brothers, George (Barb) Watters, Indianapolis, and Daniel Watters, Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Ann (Dennis) Dolan, Madison; and four nephews and one niece.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 5213 Flad Ave., Madison, with Father Jay Poster officiating. Burial will be in

St. Andrew's Cemetery, Verona, Wis. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to the time of services Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established for his children.

Grant A. Matuska

Grant A. Matuska, 79, of La Crosse died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's U.C.C. Friends may call at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and again at the church Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. A complete obituary will follow in Monday's Tribune.

Kathryn E. Mueller

Waukon, Iowa - Kathryn E. Mueller, 91, of Waukon died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Waukon. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Friends may call from 4 to7 p.m. Monday at Martin Funeral Home, Waukon, where there will be a 4 p.m. Scripture service.

Joseph A. Kramer

West Salem, Wis. - Joseph A. Kramer, 40, of West Salem, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

He was born Jan. 22, 1966, son of Fredrick and Margery (Peterson) Kramer. Joe was a 1985 graduate of West Salem High School. In 1990, he joined the U.S. Marines and served in the Persian Gulf War. Upon returning from the military, he was diagnosed with amyloidosis disease. In 1999, Joe received a heart transplant at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, but ultimately lost his battle with his debilitating disease.

He was employed part-time on Todd Servais' farm operating equipment and also worked at Northern Engraving and Indus, both in West Salem. Joe was a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in West Salem. He enjoyed his gun collection, working on his car, fishing and deer hunting. Joe had a special relationship with his only nephew, Brian, whom he loved deeply. He will be sadly missed by his family.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Fredrick and Holly Kramer of West Salem; one sister, Kari Sanders of Newport, N.C.; his very special nephew, Brian Warmack of Newport, N.C.; his paternal grandmother, Celia Koll of La Crosse; his maternal grandfather, Vincent Peterson of Galesville, Wis.; five aunts, Sr. Judy Kramer of Eau Claire, Wis., Carol Rhode of Chicago, Pat (Jack) Lydon of La Crosse, Rosie (Ben) Goltry of Sheboygan, Wis., and Maureen (Patrick) Keaveny of Bloomington, Minn.; three uncles, Richard (Kathy) Peterson of Le Sueur, Minn., Thomas (Deb) Peterson of Hudson, Wis., and Francis (Laurie) Peterson of Richfield, Minn.; one great-aunt, Josephine Stark of Waterloo, Iowa; his stepgrandparents, Helen and Norman Olson of West Salem; and also many stepbrothers, stepsisters, stepnieces, stepnephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margery, on Jan. 26, 1998; an infant sister, Judy; his paternal grandfather, Harvey Koll; his maternal grandmother, Alvina Peterson; and an uncle, Dan Rhode.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 210 W. Hamlin St., West Salem. Father Bob Hegenbarth will officiate. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends may call at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorials may be given to the Gift of Life Transplant House, Rochester. Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements.

Steven G. Wiltinger

Steven G. Wiltinger, 52, of La Crosse died peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, after battling a long illness with courage and humor.

Steven was born Aug. 28, 1953, in La Crosse to Gerald and Jeanne (Iverson) Wiltinger. He graduated from Aquinas High School and went on to further his education, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in education at UW-La Crosse. Steve was a beloved teacher to hundreds of students at Miller Elementary School in Tomah, Wis., and various La Crosse schools during summer sessions. He delighted students with fishing clubs, spanning the seasons from January ice fishing to June canoe trips in 107 degree heat. Steve enjoyed deer hunting, but his greatest love was muskie fishing and he had won several tournaments.

He remained driven, despite his disease, to continue hunting and fishing up to the last months of his life. He was a dedicated member of Muskies Incorporated, God's Country Chapter 30. Steve served as a loyal president for years to this chapter; they in turn supported his dreams with love and enthusiasm. Steve had also published an article in Muskie Hunters Magazine.

The last 20 years of Steve's life were made possible by two factors: four years ago, he was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease. Steve's brother Greg risked his own life by donating half of his liver to Steve in a still-experimental living donor transplant. All who love Steve will be indebted to Greg for his heroism in giving of himself to sustain Steve's life. He also owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to La Crosse's diverse and loving recovering community who supported Steve's sobriety over the past 20 years. Recovering volleyball, camping trips and informal fishing trips supplemented hours spent learning from others around tables. Steve personified love, loyalty and action. He will be greatly missed.

Steve is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Anne (Kuechmann) Wiltinger; mother, Jeanne Wiltinger; father, Gerald (Judith) Wiltinger; four siblings, Lisa (Lee) Tippery, Greg (Lori) Wiltinger, Jim (Eileen) Wiltinger, and John (Selena) Wiltinger; nieces and nephews, Keith Wiltinger, Courtney Wiltinger, Christopher Wiltinger, Ian Connell, Anthony Wiltinger, Julia Wiltinger, Justin Wiltinger, and Joleen Jeanne Wiltinger; great uncle, Herbert Fuchs; and great aunt, Marcella Christopher.

Memorial services will be Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2503 Main St., La Crosse. The Rev. Joan E. Sulser and the Rev. William Kuechmann will officiate.

Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Woodruff-Jandt Funeral Home, La Crosse, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary L. (Kevin) Myers

Mary L. (Kevin) Myers, 58, of La Crosse died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

Mary was born June 8, 1947, in Eau Claire, Wis., to Edward and Kathryn (Maloney) Kevin.

Mary is survived by a son, Larry "Toby" Jr. of La Crosse; two sisters, Julie (Ronald) Zuraski of Mount Prospect, Ill., and Ann Kevin of La Crosse; one brother, Christopher (Pat) of Sheboygan, Wis.; nieces and nephews, Lynn, Mark (Lisa), Gregg (Tammi), Darrin and Heather (Leo); and her aunt and uncle, Mary and Albert Funk of La Crosse. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary's courage and humor enriched our lives and provided us with a wonderful example of what is important in life. She will be missed by all who knew her.

A gathering of family and friends will be at Woodruff-Jandt Funeral Home, 4239 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse, on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m., concluding with a time for remembrances by friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Coulee Region Humane Society and the American Diabetes Association.

Good times…

Good friends…

Good health to you…

And the luck of the Irish

In all that you do!

Marcella B. Keefe

Houston, Minn. - Marcella B. Keefe, 93, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

Marcella was born May 24, 1912, in Oak Ridge, Houston County, Minn., to Helmer and Mary (Halvorson) Loken. She married William Keefe on

June 2, 1945, in Houston. He later preceded her in death. Marcella was a school teacher in Houston County for 43 years. She was an active member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Houston and an avid volunteer for the senior citizens.

Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Mary (John) Rucastle and Anne Loken; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded death by her parents; husband, Bill; and four brothers, Henry, Tilbert, Alvin and Harris.

Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Louise Stromberg officiating. Burial will be in the Stone Church Cemetery. Friends may call at Hoff Funeral Home-Houston Chapel on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m., also one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Please feel free to share a memory of Marcella at www.hofffuneral.com.

Gloria Erickson

Houston, Minn. - Gloria Erickson, 70, of Houston died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at Valley View Nursing Home in Houston. Hoff Funeral Home- Houston Chapel.

Judith L. Hulett

Merrillan, Wis. - Judith L. Hulett, 64, of Merrillan and formerly of Alma Center, Wis., died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marsh-field, Wis. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton, Wis. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

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