Obituaries for Tuesday, September 27, 2005

2005-09-27T00:00:00Z Obituaries for Tuesday, September 27, 2005Tribune staff La Crosse Tribune
September 27, 2005 12:00 am  • 

Albert Alexander | Paul L. Backes | Leonard J. Chojnacki | Lois M. Coakley | James H. Crowley | Dorothy J. Delazzari | Mary E. Fosbinder | Perry Fox | James W. Galstad | Arnold Hagen | Seth D. Hammes | Delvin C. Hartley | Adele A. Howe | Kathryn J. Hutchens | Melosina M. Jones | Earl G. Oelke | Diane L. Platt | Marian A. Slama

James 'Jim' W. Galstad

COON VALLEY, Wis. - James "Jim" W. Galstad, 68, of La Crosse and formerly of rural Coon Valley went home to his Lord, on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

He was born Dec. 3, 1936, to Hjalmer and Gladys (Anderson) Galstad. Jim married Elaine Mathison in May, 1962. She died April 24, 1994. He later married Phyllis Kuester.

Jim drove semis many years for Kraemer, Gateway Foods and Fleming Foods and worked as a dispatcher for 15 years before retiring. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in La Crosse and the Coon Valley American Legion Post 116.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Jeffrey (Barbara) Galstad of Coon Valley; two grandchildren, Jenna and Bryce; six stepchildren, Sheryl (Terry) Pederson, Kathy (Sidney) Baker, and Tammy (Charles) Highman, all of La Crosse, Jodi (Duane) Powers of Arizona, Rhonda (Michael) Dalton of Coon Valley and Kenneth (Alicia) Kuester of Georgia; 12 stepgrandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Gene (Shirley) Galstad of Sparta, Wis., and Richard (Gloria) Galstad and Diane (Elder) Carson, both of Coon Valley; a special brother, Irvin (Jane) Galstad of Minnesota; brother-in-law, Roger (Sandy) Mathison of Coon Valley; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Donald) McCormick of Beloit, Wis., Gloria (Byron) Fennigkoh of West Salem, Wis., Beverly Nelson of La Crescent, Minn., Dorothy (Richard) Garbers of West Salem, Sharon Brown of Oklahoma and Dawn Koll of Coon Valley; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Elaine; and two sisters, Harriet Myhre and Donna Galstad.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Pastor Kimberly Jordan will officiate. Burial with military honors by the Coon Valley American Legion Post 116 will be in the Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley and from 10 a.m. until services, Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to Coon Valley Lutheran Church, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

Marian Slama

Marian A. Slama, 77, of 75723 Dillon Road, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, in Rancho Mirage.

She was born April 29, 1928, to Chester and Amanda Keise Curtis in La Crosse.

She was married to Vernon Slama on June 29, 1946, in La Crosse and was a homemaker for 60 years.

She is survived by her husband, Vernon Slama of Desert Hot Springs; three daughters, Kathy Bently of Vanleer, Tenn., Susan Jones of Pueblo, Colo., and Tammy Dennis of Desert Hot Springs; eight sons, James Slama of Palm Desert, Calif., Paul, Joseph and C. Michael Slama of Sky Valley, Calif., John Slama of Huntington Beach, Calif., Robert Slama of Yucca Valley, Calif., David Slama of Cathedral City and Vernon Slama of Indian Wells, Calif.; 24 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Seth David Hammes

Seth David Hammes, 17, of La Crosse, died on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, in Little Falls, Wis. Seth was born in La Crosse on Jan. 30, 1988, to Steve and Patrice (Rentmeester) Hammes. He was a senior at Logan High School in La Crosse. Those who knew Seth in the precious time he was with us will always mention his name with a smile.

Seth was a true innovator when it came to pyrotechnics and computers. He loved making and buying fireworks for his most anticipated annual June 15 celebration. Months of planning culminated into his favorite weekend out of the entire year. Seth also enjoyed archery, hunting and being outside at the property with his dog, Boomer. Whether filming wildlife or planting rye for the deer, Seth enjoyed being independent and outdoors with his closest friends, Austin and Tom. It is his favorite country music and his camouflage pants that will serve as reminders of the spirit that can only uniquely be referred to as Seth. His sizable features only denoted a fraction of the compassion he possessed and the enthusiasm he exuded. Although quiet and reflective in his own way, Seth never hesitated to make friends, begin new projects and dream big dreams. Seth will always remain a part of our lives, profoundly and unexplainably missed, but always with us until we meet again.

Seth is survived by his parents, Steve and Patrice of La Crosse; his sisters, Erica and Rachel of La Crosse; his maternal grandmother, Janet Rentmeester of Plymouth, Wis.; his paternal grandparents, Dave and Betty Hammes of La Crosse; 13 aunts and uncles, Pat (Jerry) Byom of Ettrick, Wis., Al (Jean) Hammes of Stoddard, Wis., Ed (Nancy) Hammes of La Crosse, Mary (Bill) Vickory of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Bill Hammes of Sun Prairie, Wis., Ann Lounsbourgh of La Crosse, Paul (Christine) Rentmeester of La Crosse, and Christopher Rentmeester, Gregory (Nancy) Rentmeester, Jeff (Susan) Rentmeester, Rodney Rentmeester, Mary Kay (Jim) Abston and Tom (Tammy) Rentmeester, all of Plymouth, Wis.; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Clem Rentmeester.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The Rev. Robert Hundt will officiate. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the La Crosse Skyrockers or the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse.

Lois M. Coakley

NECEDAH, Wis. - Lois M. Coakley, 87, of Necedah passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at Crestview Nursing Home in New Lisbon, Wis. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, with a parish rosary at 6:30 p.m. at Torkelson Necedah Family Funeral Home, as well as from 10 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the church. Torkelson Necedah Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.

Melosina M. 'Mel' Jones

Melosina M. "Mel" Jones, 94, of La Crosse passed away on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, at her home.

She was born Feb. 3, 1911, in De Smet, S.D., to Piere and Marguerite (Lorenz) Theisen, the youngest of nine siblings. At 16, Mel began working as a waitress and short order cook at the Milwaukee Railroad Restaurant in La Crosse. She also worked at Electric Autolite in La Crosse, and at 72, retired from Metallics in Onalaska. Mel will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She took great joy in spending time with her family, whom she was so proud of. Mel loved to dance, knit, paint, sew, quilt, and read. She was always willing to help with any task at hand. One of her great joys was to collect her granddaughters' trophies and ribbons at horse shows while they were growing up.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Marge and Mike Marshall of West Salem; three granddaughters, Heidi (Eric) Hesselberg of West Salem, Wis., Holly (Mike) Smith of Holmen, Wis., and Heather Marshall of West Salem; six great-grandchildren, Cody and Karley Smith, Elliot, Evan, and Ean Hesselberg, and Katlyn Clements; a special niece, Rose Marie Chalsma; and other nieces and nephews.

A private family service was held Sunday, Sept. 25, at Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home in West Salem.

We will always keep in our hearts the cherished memories we have shared together. We will see you again in paradise.

Earl G. Oelke

Earl G. Oelke, 74, died Sept. 5, 2005, in Cape Coral, Fla. He was born March 31, 1931, in the town of Shelby to Fred and Anna (Gabel) Oelke.

He was a graduate of Central High School, class of 1949. Earl served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956 with a rank of staff sergeant and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in La Crosse. He opened his A&W root beer stand in 1958, later changing it to Earl's Drive-In. His business was located in New Ulm, Minn., where he spent his summers; his winters were spent in Florida. After his retirement in 1982, he made his permanent residence in Alva, Fla., where his home was located along the Caloosahatchee.

Earl is survived by his brother, Loren (Sandra) Oelke of La Crosse; sister-in-law, Neta Oelke of Waseca, Minn.; nieces and nephews, Becky Loeb, Dan Oelke, Susan Johnson, Jim Oelke, and Linda Castillo; six great-nieces and -nephews and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Allen (1982) and Barney (2004).

Special thanks to his cousin, Carol Olsen and to his friend, Jeanette Kish, who are true examples of what encouragement, support, and friendship are all about.

Earl was loved by many and will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Perry Fox

NEW LISBON, Wis. - Perry Fox, 80, of New Lisbon died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, at Hess Memorial Hospital in Mauston. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hare Funeral Home in New Lisbon. Burial with military honors will be at 1:30 p.m. at Osseo (Wis). City Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hare Funeral Home.

Arnold Hagen

NEW LISBON, Wis. - Arnold Hagen, 88, of New Lisbon died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, at University Hospital in Madison. Services will be at noon Wednesday at Hare Funeral Home in New Lisbon. Burial will be in Mauston City Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from 10 a.m. until services at the funeral home.

Paul Louis Backes

ARCADIA, Wis. - Paul L. Backes, 82, of Arcadia passed away at his home Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005. Killian Funeral Home will be assisting the family with arrangements.

Dorothy Jane Delazzari

ONALASKA, Wis. - Dorothy J. Delazzari, 85, died at Mulder Health Care Center on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005. She was born Jan. 6, 1920, in Philadelphia.

Dorothy is survived by two sons, Jeff (Eileen) Wolfert of New York and Roger (Pamela) Wolfert of Onalaska; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Christopher.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main St., Onalaska. The Rev. Delbert Malin will officiate, and burial will be in Onalaska Cemetery. Friends may call the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Salvation Army or the Alzheimer's Association.

Diana L. Platt

WATERFORD, Wis. - Diane (Pullen) Platt, 60, of Waterford passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Diane was born to Kenneth and Pauline (Shedak) Pullen in Kenosha on July 9, 1945. She was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Kenosha, Wis. In January 1965, she married Dennis Platt in Kenosha, who preceded her in death. Diane lived in Kenosha, Lake Geneva, and moved to Waterford in 1992. Diane was a bookkeeper for May's Insurance in Burlington. She was also a member of Community United Methodist Church in Waterford.

Diane is survived by her children, Mark (Eve) Platt of La Crosse, Jeff (Soyoung) Platt of Kenosha, Cindy (Robert) Gruber of Mukwonago, Wis.; loving, devoted grandmother to Clare, Alyssa, Rob, Joshua, Christian, Faith and Jennifer. Diane is further survived by sisters, Marilyn (Kenneth) Howard and Kathy (Roger) Casky; brother, David Pullen; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis; and her parents, Kenneth and Pauline.

Memorials service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Community United Methodist Church, 455 S. Jefferson St. (Hwy. W.), Waterford. The Rev. Russ Frees will be officiating. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, c/o Mealy Funeral Home of Waterford.

Delvin 'Digger' C. Hartley

Delvin "Digger" C. Hartley, 53, of La Crosse, died Sunday Sept. 25, 2005, in Hillview Healthcare Center, La Crosse. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Blaschke Funeral Home-Nelson Chapel, 1007 Caledonia St., La Crosse. Burial to be held in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. until the time of services, Wednesday at Nelson Chapel. A complete obituary will follow in Wednesday's La Crosse Tribune.

Kathryn J. 'Dolly' Hutchens

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Kathryn J. "Dolly" Hutchens, 72, of Black River Falls died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, in Pine View Care Center, where she had resided since June 24, 2005. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday from Buswell Funeral Home, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, both in Black River Falls. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 1 p.m. until services Thursday at Buswell Funeral Home (www.buswellfuneralhome.com).

Albert 'Ab' Alexander

WARRENS, Wis. - Albert Alexander, 83, of Warrens passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at his home surrounded and cared for by his loving wife, Donneita and their family. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Shennington. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah, Wis. Torkelson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are at www.torkelsonfuneralhomes.com.

James H. Crowley

WAUZEKA, Wis. - James H. Crowley, 84 of Wauzeka and formerly of Steuben, Wis., passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Seneca, Wis. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Wednesday at Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, Wis., where there will be a parish Scripture at 8 p.m., and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church.

Adele A. Howe

WAUKON, Iowa - Adele A. Howe, 86, of Waukon passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at Northgate Care Center, Waukon, after a lengthy illness. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Waukon. Burial will be in Mount. Olivet Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Hanson Funeral Home. The Scripture will be at 4 p.m. and a rosary at 7:30 p.m.

Leonard J. Chojnacki

Leonard J. Chojnacki, 54, of La Crosse died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Friends may call from5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the church. A complete obituary will be provided in Wednesday's La Crosse Tribune.

Mary E. Fosbinder

WESTBY/VIROQUA, Wis. - Mary E. Fosbinder, 84, of Westby and formerly of Viroqua died Sept. 26, 2005, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua after a lengthy illness. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Viroqua. Burial to be in Our Savior's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Masses to St. Mary's church of Viroqua are preferred. Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby is serving the family.

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