Obituaries for April 7 Tomah Journal

2005-04-07T00:00:00Z Obituaries for April 7 Tomah JournalBy Staff La Crosse Tribune
April 07, 2005 12:00 am  • 

Penny Lee (Chrap) Clements | Jay W. Dickinson | Joyce A. Lakowske | Wayne M. Leinen | Doris R. Miller | Hazel I.Neff | Verne Quick | Albert H. Wensel | Vera R. Williams

Penny Lee (Chrap) Clements>

Penny Lee (Chrap) Clements, age 63, of Camp Douglas, went home to be with Jesus on April 4, 2005, after a valiant bout with cancer. She was born on Sept. 13, 1941, to Elroy and Fern (Eastlund) Chrap in West Allis. She was a 1959 graduate of Nathan Hale High School in West Allis.

Penny met Donald when they were both working at Rex Chain Belt in the early 1960s. They were married on June 6, 1964, at St. Rita's Catholic Church in West Allis. In 1967, they moved back to Don's family farm in Clifton.

Many people knew Penny as the "Cake Lady" at Burnstad's, where she worked for 25 years as a wonderful cake decorator. She and her daughter Michelle also had a wedding cake business in Tomah, which she retired from three years ago.

She leaves behind a loving husband, Donald Clements; children Bryan (Karen) Clements, Lisa (Ron) Organ and Michelle (Dan) Winchell. She was a wonderful grandma to Megan, Dustin and Jessica Clements, Hannah, Micah and Olivia Winchell and Cody and Kaleigh Organ. She is further survived by her mother, Fern Chrap; sisters Dixie Ruehle and Sandra (Joseph) Mass; two sisters-in-law, Marlene (Norel) Quist and Marcella Clements; nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at the Open Door Baptist Church. Private family burial will follow at a later date. The Torkelson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhomes.com

Jay W. Dickinson>

Jay W. Dickinson, 71, of 1016 Hollister Ave., Tomah, died Friday, April 1, 2005, at Lakeview Health Center in West Salem. He was born in Yardley, PA, Aug. 9, 1933, to Jerman Dickinson, a professional golfer from Pennsylvania, and Theodora (Kleinertz) Dickinson from Brooklyn, NY. Theodora later married Edwin Kling in 1945 and had two children. Jay worked at various golf clubs in the United States. He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to moving to Tomah, he lived in Florida, New York and Chicago, IL. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the West Palm Beach Zoo in Florida. He supported the local High School Basketball Team in West Palm Beach and was recognized by the school as their #1 fan.

Jay is survived by his brothers, Wayne (Patricia) Kling of Tomah and Gaylord (Christine) Kling of Kenosha; three nephews, Christian Kling of Ashland, Dustin Nicholson and Richard Klinge of Tomah; five nieces, Lisa Anderson of Madison, Michelle Kling DeBruin of Germany, Grace Kling of Kenosha and Jacqueline Klinge of Tomah.

Memorial services were held today (Thursday), April 7, at 3 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St., Tomah.

Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah. Relatives and friends called at the funeral home on Thursday prior to the service from 2 p.m. until time of the services.

Joyce A. Lakowske>

Joyce Arlene Lakowske, age 77, of Tomah, WI, passed away Monday, April 4, 2005, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. She was born Oct. 21, 1927, in Tomah, to Frank and Viola (Dickenson) Lamb. She was a 1945 graduate of Tomah High School. On June 23, 1948, she was united in marriage to Lavern Lakowske in Sparta. He preceded her in death on May 24, 2000.

Joyce worked as a supervisor for Van Pak for many years. She then worked as a sales clerk for area businesses, her latest being at the Tomah Cash Store for 15 years. Joyce loved music and liked to dance. She enjoyed going places with family and friends and had fun at every opportunity. She will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by a daughter, Susan (Paul) Kewin of Anchorage, Alaska; two granddaughters, Julie Kewin of Chandler, AZ, and Erin (Steven) Guynn of Glendale, AZ; and one great-grandson, Zachary; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lavern; her parents, Frank and Viola; sisters and brothers, Thelma, Albert "Mose", Dorothy, Marie and Warren.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Pastor William Swan will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Family and friends are invited for visitation today (Thursday), April 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Torkelson Funeral Home. The Torkelson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to a charity of your choice. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhomes.com.

Wayne M. Leinen>

Wayne M. Leinen, age 77, of Tomah, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2005, at the Tomah Memorial Hospital. He was born on Oct. 4, 1927, to Burt and Frieda (Ecker) Leinen in Wolsey, SD. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman and was attached to a Marine unit. He served in WW II and was stationed in Guam and China following the war. Wayne was a Brig Warden at Great Lakes before his discharge. He was united in marriage to Peggy Ann Dahl on July 30, 1949, in Baldwin.

The family moved to Tomah in the fall of 1949. He worked at the Tomah VA Hospital for two years before going to work for Tomah Automotive Supply, where he worked for 37 years, retiring as manager in 1989. Wayne also operated Silver Fox Specialties for 50 years. He was a member of the First Congregational UCC and Masonic Lodge #132. He enjoyed camping, woodworking, candle making and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Peg of Tomah; daughters, Suzanne (Gary) Johnson of Independence, IA, and Kären Jo (Steve) Greenwood of Tomah; a son, Mark (Pat) Leinen of Tomah; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Renate) Leinen of Spokane, WA, David (Helen) Leinen of Tacoma, WA, and Dale (Joan) Leinen of Lake City, MN; sisters, Margaret "Peggy" Rector of St. Paul, MN, Gloria (Don) Morris of Fayetteville, GA, and Bette Zasada of Forest Lake, MN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burt and Frieda; a brother, Stanley; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational UCC. Pastor Edwin Stigen officiated. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation was on Tuesday, April 5, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First United Congregational Church. The Torkelson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhomes.com.

Doris R. Miller>

Doris Rose Miller, 89, of Tomah, died Friday, April 1, 2005, at the Serenity House in Tomah. She was born Dec. 13, 1915, to Charles Frederick and Emma (Wasewitz) Kamrath in the township of Adrian, Monroe County, WI. She was united in marriage to Arlyn Charles Miller on Oct. 13, 1935, at Tomah. Doris was a member of Monroe County Homemakers, a volunteer at the Tomah Care Center, a faithful and devoted member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church and active in the Ruth Circle, Ladies Aid, and Lutheran Women's Missionary Society,

She is survived by three daughters, Carol (Dr. James) Blado of Tomah, Marilyn Miller of Houston, TX, and Sue Miller of Sparta; a son, James (Diana) Miller of Perryville, MD; seven grandchildren, Caren (Faling) Yang of LaCrosse, Leslye (Jeff) Ulman of Menasha, Lori (Ryan) Erickson of White Bear Lake, MN, Sara Lynn Miller of Sparta, Gretchen Miller of Belkamp, MD, Dana Blado of Tomah and Heather Miller of Perryville, MD; eight great-grandchildren, Brandon, Carlena and Dillon Yang, Hannah Gomez, Angelie Tuch-Sanchez, Jordyn, Jakob and Isaiah Ulman;, two sisters-in-law, Arlys Kamrath and Beatta Kamrath, both of Tomah.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers, Alvin Kamrath, Harry Kamrath and Robert Kamrath, and a sister, Frances Heiden.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 525 Superior Ave. Pastor Phillip M. Enderle officiated. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery at Tomah. Relatives and friends called on Monday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St., and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of the services.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, in memory of Doris.

Hazel I. Neff>

Hazel I. Neff, 94, a resident of Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Postville, IA, formerly of Cedar Rapids, IA, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, IA. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Greenfield Cemetery, Tunnel City, arrangements by Murdock-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cedar Rapids.

Survivors include three nieces, Phyllis Manske of Marietta, GA, Jeanne Woods of Sparta and Mernie Stephens of Omaha, NE; and a nephew, Richard Day of Prairie du Chien.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Theodore Kampman; and two sisters, Lucille Kampman and Marjorie Day.

She was born Jan. 13, 1911, in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of William Nelson and Ella Hastings Kampman. A resident of the Cedar Rapids and Marion area since 1933, she worked for many years in the office and sales for Barney's Paints, until she retired in 1976. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church.

Please sign the online guest book for Hazel at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

Verne Quick>

Verne "Red" Quick, age 75, of 1641 Norton St., Wisconsin Rapids, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at Riverview Hospital, Wisconsin Rapids.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Christian Life Fellowship, Port Edwards. Rev. Dean Anderson officiated. Burial was in Restlawn Memorial Park.

Verne was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Fargo, ND, to Carl and Olga Quick. He was a 1948 graduate of Tomah High School. Verne married Charlotte Burke in 1957. She died in 1983. He then married Nancy Langowski on March 9, 1985.

Verne was a pipefitter who worked on the Mackinaw Bridge, many powerhouses in the Midwest and several paper companies in Wisconsin. He was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #434.

Verne enjoyed swimming daily at the South Wood County YMCA, traveling, playing bridge, hunting and reading a good book. Being with his family was very important to Verne.

Survivors include: his wife, Nancy; sons Michael Quick of Arizona, Patrick Quick of Massachusetts, Thomas (Jennifer) Quick of Wisconsin Rapids and David (Cindy Bunten) Quick of Buffalo, MN; a step-daughter, Kimberly (Gary Johnson) Thurber of Poynette; step-sons Michael (LuAnn) Langowski of Lodi, Thomas (Suzanna) Langowski of Afghanistan and Germany and David (Polly Koltes) Langowski of Lodi; a daughter-in-law, Kristen (Kenneth) Spaulding of Wisconsin Rapids; brothers Roger (Karen) Quick of Ovieda, FL, and James (Marsha) Quick of Cross Plains, and 16 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Andrew.

Friends called at the Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from noon until time of services Wednesday at the church.

Albert H. Wensel>

Albert H. Wensel MSG (Ret) and former Monroe County Supervisor, age 67, of Tomah, WI, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2005, at the Tomah VA Medical Center with his loving family by his side. He was born on June 13, 1937, in Oil City, PA, to Harry H. and Catherine M. (Bliss) Wensel. He attended Meadville Pennsylvania School until he entered the U.S. Army where he completed his high school education and faithfully served his country for 30 years.

Albert served two tours of duty in Germany and three tours of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded many medals for his service to his country including a Bronze Star. In January of 1968, he married Evelyn Quigley. In April of 1981, he married Dorothy Hargest; she preceded him in death on Dec. 20, 2001.

After serving his country, he retired in Tomah, his adopted home, and was elected and served as Monroe County Supervisor for many years until 2004. Al was active in many organizations, including the Tomah Lions Club, Tomah American Legion and Professional Bakers Club of Wisconsin.

He is survived by his loving companion, Evelyn Brunet of Tomah; a son, William A. Wensel of Ravena, NY; a daughter, Dana R. (William) Stefanik of Troy, NY; stepson, Lawrence (Joanne) Ramsey; grandchildren, William Harley, Laura and KarrieAnne Stefanik, Brooke L. and William J. Wensel, Charles, Aimee and Allison Ramsey; his mother, Catherine M. Harmon; brothers, Earl (Virginia) Wensel, Marvin (Shirley) Wensel and William (Geraldine) Wensel; a sister, Agnes Folmer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry; his loving wife, Dorothy "Dottie"; and his stepson, Jeffrey Ramsey.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home. Burial with military honors by American Legion Post #201 will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah. Family and friends are invited for visitation on Saturday, April 9, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until the time of service at the Torkelson Funeral Home. The Torkelson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhomes.com.

Vera R. Williams>

Vera R. Williams, 81, of Warrens, died Monday, April 4, 2005, at the home of her daughter, Phyllis Reavis, in Tomah.

The former Vera Ruby Butterfuss was born on July 18, 1923, at Millston to Clarence and Clara (Wangren) Butterfuss. She was raised at Millston.

Vera married Raymond H. Williams on Feb. 4, 1946, at Black River Falls. The couple first lived at Millston and, in 1947, started their own cranberry marsh at Warrens, which they operated until 1988. Ray Williams died on March 13, 1994.

In addition to helping her husband, Ray, in the operation of their cranberry marsh, Vera had been employed at the Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center, Grandma Smrekar's Restaurant of Millston, and Habelman Brothers Cranberry Company. Following the death of her husband, Vera became employed at the Antique Mall of Tomah.

She had been a member of the Paradise Valley Homemakers and various neighborhood clubs including The Secret Pals. Vera enjoyed bingo, reading, traveling and bus trips.

Survivors include three daughters, Phyllis Reavis and Jeanette (Keith) O'Brien, both of Tomah, and Joyce (Gary Petranek) Gillette, of Warrens; a son, Allen (Kay) Williams, of Warrens; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Fern (Obed) Gibeaut of Black River Falls and Inez Barbian of Lodi; a sister-in-law, Edna Christensen of Tomah; and numerous other relatives.

In addition to her husband, Ray, Vera was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Dennis Gillette and Sheldon "Spike" Reavis; a grandson, Kyle Burkhalter; two brothers, Kenneth and Dale Butterfuss; and two sisters, Eva Darwin and Juanita Parker.

Funeral services will be Friday, April 8, at 11 a.m. from the Bible Evangelical Free Church, Tomah, and burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Millston. Pastor Tim Erickson will officiate.

Family and friends are invited for visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Buswell Funeral Home (www.buswellfuneralhome.com), Black River Falls, and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until services.

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