Obituaries for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007

2007-12-20T00:00:00Z Obituaries for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007Tribune staff La Crosse Tribune
December 20, 2007 12:00 am  • 

Donald Alvin Bateman | Russell C. Haas | Gary Lee Hall | Stephen Heintz | Marjorie E. Kelly | Lester W. Lindstrom | Ruby A. (Bobb) McBain | Ronald "Magoo" Paul McGrath | John W. Shafer | Paul A. Thompson

Paul A. Thompson

NEW LISBON, Wis. - Paul A. Thompson, 80, of New Lisbon died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at his home. A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Catholic Church in New Lisbon with the Rev. John Paul Lobo presiding. Burial, with military honors, will be in St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery, New Lisbon. Relatives and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hare Funeral Home, New Lisbon, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Hospice Touch of Tomah, Wis.

Lester W. Lindstrom

BLAIR, Wis. - Lester W. Lindstrom, 92, of Blair died on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, in Grand View Care Center.

Lester was born Oct. 17, 1915, in La Crosse to Fred and Mary (Berg) Lindstrom. The family moved to Joe Coulee near Blair in 1917, where Lester was raised and farmed until 1982.

Lester married Wenonah Beck on May 25, 1955, in Winona, Minn. She preceded Lester in death March 31, 1986.

Lester enjoyed woodworking and crafted many clocks and other interesting articles of wood. He was a stickler for fine details in his crafts and was proud of his work. Lester was interested in electricity at an early age and made motors and other devices he saw in books. He also studied to learn how to wire many of his farm buildings.

Lester enjoyed a good hearty meal and liked his cake with lots of frosting. He had a dry sense of humor and could always joke with friends and nursing staff at Grand View Care Center in Blair and could put a smile on your face.

Lester was a quietly religious person who believed in supporting his church and did so faithfully.

Lester's family would like to thank the staff at Grand View for all the wonderful care and compassion Lester receive during his years at the home.

Lester is survived by two nephews, Richard (Valerie) Priess of Minot, N.D., and Gary Simenson of La Crosse; and a niece, Linda (Duane) Whipple of Centennial, Colo.

In addition to his parents and wife, Lester was preceded in death by four sisters, Esther Priess, Ruth Lindstrom, Kathryn Ferguson and Lillian Simenson.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in Jack Funeral Home, Blair, with Pastor Elizabeth Albertson officiating. Burial will be in North Beaver Creek Faith Lutheran Cemetery, rural Ettrick. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home.

Ronald 'Magoo' Paul McGrath

Ronald "Magoo" Paul McGrath, 62, of La Crosse passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at his home.

Ron was born Sept. 24, 1945, in La Crosse to Francis and Ruth (Furlong) McGrath. He graduated from La Crosse Logan High School in 1962. He worked for the railroad until he had a tragic accident in which he lost three fingers and a leg.

Ron bought Magoo's Tavern in La Crosse in the early 1970s, and later sold it. Through the years Ron enjoyed hunting. He found much fulfillment in teaching others how to shoot archery instinctively.

He won numerous trophies and took Wisconsin state champion archery honors in 1971. Later on, Ronnie would take advantage of his hunting privileges to the fullest! He enjoyed snowmobiling, was a dancing fool, had a gift of gab and would talk to anyone who would lend an ear - or not! With Ron, what you saw was what you got. He did it his way - like it or not!

To those of us who knew Ron, he was a big old bear on the outside and a big old softy on the inside. He will surely be missed.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jimmy; and a nephew, Scot McGrath.

He is survived by the mother of his three children, Karen Matejka of Onalaska, Wis.; his oldest son, Bryan (Diana) McGrath of La Crosse; his daughter, Shannon (Daryl) of Blaine, Minn.; and his youngest son, Justin (Betsy) of La Crescent, Minn.; five grandchildren, Joshua, Rachael, Gavin, Alley Mae and Rowan; a brother, Larry (Shirley) McGrath of Onalaska; a niece, Stephanie McGrath and her daughter, Keelin of Onalaska; and a very special lady, Elana "Little Bear" Moran, to whom we express a sincere thanks for her loving care and support of Ronnie over the years.

Godspeed, Ronnie.

A celebration of Ron's life will be held at a later date.

Ruby A. (Bobb) Mc Bain

Ruby A. (Bobb) Mc Bain, 97, of La Crosse died Wednes-day, Dec. 19, 2007, at Hill-view Health Care Center, La Crosse.

She was born Aug. 2, 1910, to Arthur Jr. and Nettie Bobb in Thorp, Wis.. She graduated from Thorp High School in 1928. She then attended the Grandview School of Nursing in La Crosse and graduated in 1931. She was a nurse at Grandview Hospital for 25 years.

Ruby was united in marriage to Arthur N. Mc Bain in 1937, and he preceded her in death in 1986.

She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, The Social Order of the Beauceant, La Crosse Chapter No. 22/23 Order of the Eastern Star, The Golden Rule Shrine Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, a member of the United Commercial Travelers of America, and a member of the Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children.

Ruby enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to cook and made the very best apple pies!

Ruby is survived by her three children, Barbara (Rodney) Bong, Jeanette (Richard) Latterell and Arthur (Patricia) Mc Bain III; four grandchildren, Christine (William) Kleckner, Scott (Dani) Fossum, Renee Meinholz and Linda (Brett) Peterson; and three great-grandchildren, Jocelyn Meinholz, Katherine Peterson and Natalie Peterson.

In addition to her husband, Arthur, Ruby was preceded in death by a brother, three sisters and her parents.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson St., La Crosse. The Rev. Taylor Haley will officiate, and burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hillview Health Care Center.

The family extends thanks to Hillview Health Care staff members for dedicated love and care given to Ruby.

Gary Lee Hall

VIROQUA, Wis. - Gary Lee Hall, 44, of Viroqua and formerly of Branson, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, after a brave battle with cancer.

He was born April 23, 1963, in Downey, Calif., to Douglas and Evangeline (Cravens) Hall.

Survivors include a son, Christopher Hall of Honsdale, Pa.; his parents, Douglas and Evangeline Hall of Viroqua; a sister, Karen Lynn Harker of Henderson, Nev.; Bonnie Jo Hall of Branson; and a special friend, Russell Peterson of Branson. Gary also will be missed by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

In accordance with his wishes, Gary's body will be cremated, and no services are planned. Please give all donations in Gary's memory to the Gundersen Lutheran Cancer Center. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and chaplains at Gundersen Lutheran (CCU) and the many friends (new and old), for the wonderful care given to Gary and for being there for his family when they needed comfort so badly.

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

Stephen Heintz

SPARTA, Wis. - Stephen Heintz, 69, of rural Sparta died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, in his home. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Norwalk, Wis. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Baraboo, Wis. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church. Torkelson Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family. Online condolences are at

Donald Alvin Bateman

LA CRESCENT, Minn. - Donald Alvin Bateman, 90, of 413 Third St. S., La Crescent passed from this world and journeyed home to heaven on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Golden Living Center Nursing Home, La Crescent.

He was born on Sept. 20, 1917, in Winona County, Nodine, Minn., to Clyde and Marie (Pagel) Bateman. He married Milda M.T. Moldenhauer on Oct. 8, 1940, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nodine.

Don served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a lifelong member of the Gittens-Leidel American Legion Post 595 in La Crescent. He served on the church council at St. John's for many years and also was on the La Crescent Planning Commission for 36 years.

The family resided at the Moldenhauer General Store in Nodine until moving to La Crescent in 1956, where he, along with his brother, Lyle operated Bateman Brothers Construction. He later went on his own as Don Bateman Construction and eventually incorporated into Bateman-La Sarge Construction Inc. with his son-in-law, William (Bill) La Sarge, and grandson, Corey La Sarge. He retired in his 70s. He also was an insurance agent for North Star Mutual for many years.

Don is survived by a son, Gordon D. "Bert" (Penny) Bateman of Dresbach, Minn.; daughters, Barbara J. (Marvin) Peterson of Malta, Mont., and Donna Bateman of La Crescent; a son-in-law, William (JoAnn) La Sarge of La Crosse; seven grandchildren, Nicole (Chad) Kendall of Marshalltown, Iowa, Peter Bateman of Dresbach, Corey La Sarge of Merrimac, Wis., Tonya La Sarge of La Crescent, Tara La Sarge of Duluth, Minn., and Cole and Tamara "Tammy" Peterson of Malta; six great-grandchildren, Camalaya, Cayvery and Chayse La Sarge of Poynette, Wis., Tyler Linberg and Thea Bakker of La Crescent and Ellisa Kendall of Marshalltown; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Milda on Feb. 3, 1994; a daughter-in-law, Linda (Beneke) Bateman on July 11, 1988; and a grandson, Jamie B. La Sarge on April 13, 1976.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nodine. Pastor Dennis Harbach will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will be in Hiler Cemetery, rural Nodine, with a reception at the church after burial. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent , and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church.

Don will be greatly missed by family and many dear friends who remember his great wit and knowledge.

Marjorie E. Kelly

TOMAH, Wis. - Marjorie E. Kelly, 73, of Tomah died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Tomah Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Torkelson Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, both in Tomah. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at

Russell C. Haas

Russell C. Haas, 86, of La Crosse died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in La Crosse on Jan. 19, 1921, to Clemens and Emma (Freismuth) Haas, and attended schools in La Crosse. Russell served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, during World War II until his discharge in 1945.

On Nov. 17, 1946, he married Margaret Sarner in Galena, Ill. Russell worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad as a fireman and later engineer from 1946 until his retirement in 1982. He served as local chairman and later general chairman of the Burlington Northern Railroad Union.

Russell enjoyed playing golf, fishing, woodworking, bowling, gardening and was especially proud of his yard work, having twice received the yard of the year award in Onalaska, Wis., when a resident there. He also loved to play cards with neighbors and good friends, along with spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Margaret, he is survived by two daughters, Paula (Jim) Bantle of Onalaska and Sue (Steve) Anderson of New Glarus, Wis.; six grandchildren, Rusty (Sandra) Bantle, Jenifer (Greg) Bantle-Felt, Melissa (Brian) Summerfield, Jason (Candie) Anderson, Brian Anderson and Michael Anderson; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Coughlin of La Crosse; two brothers, Robert (Betty) Haas of Holmen, Wis., and Jim Haas of La Crosse; a sister-in-law, Mary Mitchell of Ripon, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Russ who died in Vietnam in 1968; a daughter, Mary Beth in 1978; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Leonard (Blanche) Haas and Donald Haas; and a sister, Jeanette Padesky.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The Rev. David Kunz will officiate. Burial will follow in Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends and family may call from 8:45 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Gundersen-Lutheran Hospice Program.

Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is assisting the family.

John W. Shafer

WAUKON, Iowa - John W. Shafer, 77, of Waukon died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at Lee Health Park Medical Center, Fort Myers, Fla. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Zion United Church of Christ, with burial in Oakland Cemetery, both in Waukon. Friends may call from 4 at to 8 p.m. today at Martin Funeral Home, Waukon.


Alvin 'Dubie' L. McKenzie

Alvin "Dubie" L. McKenzie, 96, of La Crosse died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007. Inadvertently omitted from his obituary published Wednesday were these survivors: several nieces and nephews.

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