PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — Michael Reed, 69, of Prairie du Chien died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Bible Baptist Church, Prairie du Chien, with burial at Disckson Cemetery, Lynxville. Visitation 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, and one hour before services Tuesday, both at the church. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, is assisting with arrangements.
Timothy L. Manning, 85, of La Crosse formally of Richland County died Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018, at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse. Funeral services with military honors will be held the following day at Pratt Funeral Home in Richland Center, Wis., with burial in Rockbridge Cemetery, Rockbridge County, Wis. A complete obituary will follow.
RACINE, Wis. — Olga Valderaz, 83, of Racine died peacefully Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse.
She was born Dec. 2, 1934, to Daniel and Rosa Martinez. She married Jose Valderaz Jan. 2, 1964, in Boerne, Texas. Olga spent most of her life in real estate.
She is survived by her children, Lisa (David) Baldukas, Richard (Lori) Valderaz. She was the oldest of 13 children, further survived by sisters, Emma Bustamante, Rose (Herman) Renchin, Delores (John) Rintamaki, Irma Martinez, Liz Martinez, Gloria Martinez, Theresa (James) Inclan; brothers, Oscar (Melody) Martinez and Greg Martinez.
She was preceded in death by Jose, Valderez; two brothers, and one sister.
A private memorial service will be held at Olivet Beacon of Light Lutheran Church.
Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.
SPARTA — Dalton Mark Mattke, 20, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at his home in Sparta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, both in Sparta. Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta and 9 a.m. to time of services Saturday at the church.
HOUSTON, Minn. — Sue K. Hanford, 71, of Houston died Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. Memorial service for Sue will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at La Crosse Seventh Day Adventist Church, La Crosse, with visitation one hour prior to services. Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Houston, is assisting the family with arrangements.
CLERMONT, Iowa — Betty Nims, 95, of Clermont died Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society, West Union, Iowa. Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Clermont, with a time of sharing at 6 p.m. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Elaine R. Prissel, 89, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Tomah Memorial Hospital. Per Elaine’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. A celebration of her life will be held for family and friends from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Ground Round in Tomah. Private family interment will be held at a later date in Dannavang Cemetery, town of Lincoln. Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements.
Michael S. Biedron left our world to find peace Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Michael was born in Chicago, Sept. 24, 1952, to Stanley and Helen Biedron.
He is survived by his sister, Pat, and her husband, David, who live in Afton, Va. Michael married Constance Biedron Aug. 31, 1975, and they had two children, Matthew and Jessica. Matthew is married to Natalie Biedron and they live in Scottsdale, Ariz., with their two children, Grant and Pierce, whom Michael was a proud and dedicated “Papa” to. Jessica Biedron lives in Michael’s hometown of Chicago. Michael was also a dedicated son-in-law, to Evelyn Rezutko, who lives in Eau Claire, Wis.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Michael’s favorite place, the Biedron’s lake home, over Memorial Day weekend.
In lieu of memorials, please donate in Michael’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
CLERMONT, Iowa — Judy Lee Jacobson, 74, of Clermont died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at her home. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, West Union, Iowa, with inurnment at a later date. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, West Union, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Tyler Dennis John Nagel, 22, of La Crosse died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at St. James Catholic Church, La Crosse. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 809 Gillette St., La Crosse and from 9:30 a.m. to time of service Friday at the church. A complete obituary will follow.
SPARTA — Denise Margaret Young, 65, of Sparta died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Mayo Health System, Sparta. A celebration of life is pending and will be announced as soon as arrangements become available, by Torkelson Page-Smith Funeral Home of Sparta.
IRON RIVER, Wis. — Walter W. Gyllander, 73, of Iron River died Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospice in Duluth, Minn. after a short illness.
Walter was born in Grand Rapids, Minn., the son of Reino and Edna Gyllander.
He served his country in the Army National Guard. Walter worked for the Wisconsin DNR for 33 years, retiring as an area forestry supervisor. He was a member of the Brule Lions Club and the Brule Volunteer Fire Department.
Walt enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. Most important to him was spending time with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and stepson, Gregory Gillespey.
Walt is survived by his wife of 21 years, Carol; sons, Grant (Janet) Gyllander and Greg (Sandy) Gyllander, both of La Crosse; grandchildren, Lillian, Grace, Gretta, Sara, Grady, Sully and Wiley; stepchildren, Tracy Gillespey of Herbster, Wis., and Darrin Gillespey of Superior, Wis.; sister, Gail Shoemaker of Coleraine, Minn.; and a brother, Martin (Sandy) Gyllander of Park Rapids, Minn.
Celebration of Walt’s life will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N. 19th St., Superior.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walt’s name to the Brule Volunteer Fire Department.
BANGOR — Robert “Bob” John Cole, 96, of Bangor went to be with the Lord Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at Eagle Crest South, with his daughter, Candace, at his side.
He was born Dec. 2, 1921, to John and Tillie (Olsen) Cole. He was baptized in La Crosse and confirmed Oct. 19, 1947, by Pastor Arden Stuebs at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bangor. His memory passage was Revelation 2:10. He was united in marriage to Arlene Schlaeger in 1946. They were blessed with two children, Danny and Candace, and also had the privilege of raising one of their granddaughters, Tammy.
Bob enlisted in the Army in June of 1940. He served his country proudly as a World War II veteran. He was in the Third Infantry Division. He went into combat in the invasion of North Africa, the invasion of Sicily, Italy, Alsace Lorraine, France and landed behind enemy lines on the Anzio Beachhead, and then moved on to Germany and then to Austria, when the war ended May 8, 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star, 10 Battle Stars, four Bronze Arrowheads, and Croix de Guerre with Palm. He was honorably discharged in June 1945.
Bob worked at the La Crosse Rubber Mills 35 years, retiring in 1982. He is a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bangor. He will be greatly missed by his family, his beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Danny (Marlene) Cole of Bangor and his beloved daughter, Candace (Bruce) Warhanik of Onalaska; his granddaughters, Tammy (Todd) Larson of Sparta and Jessica Kohls of Bangor; his great-granddaughters, Emma (Michael) Brophy of Onalaska and Abby Kohls of Bangor; his great-great grandchildren, Anastasia and Ezra Brophy. He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers; one sister; his beloved wife, Arlene; infant great-granddaughter, Lily Rose; and a special niece, Sharon Anderson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 401 16th Ave. N., Bangor. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service Saturday. Pastor Roy W. Hefti will officiate. Burial with military honors by the Bangor American Legion Post 40, will follow at the Burns Cemetery.
A special thanks to the caring staff of Eagle Crest South, Pastor Roy and Alice Hefti for the prayers, many visits and for helping out whenever we needed them.
The family is being assisted by the Blaschke-Schneider Funeral Home of La Crosse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Luther High, Onalaska, or St. Paul’s, Bangor, Parsonage Fund.