Obituaries for April 18, 2011

2011-04-18T14:05:00Z Obituaries for April 18, 2011 La Crosse Tribune
April 18, 2011 2:05 pm

Ardonis ‘Doc' G. Stout, Denise Simon Torres, Donald A. ‘Speed’ Schueler, Richard E. Soderstrom

Ardonis 'Doc' G. Stout

Ardonis “Doc” G. Stout, 83, of Tomah, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Tomah Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 2, 1927, to Charles and Anna (Franks) Stout in Hillsboro. He was united in marriage to Lois Marten Christiano Sept. 16, 2000, at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Tomah. Doc was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He worked as a Nursing Assistant at the VA Medical Center in Tomah for 33 years, retiring Aug. 8, 1982. After retirement he drove a school bus for the Tomah School District and worked as a crossing guard. He also worked for Lutheran Social Services for many years. He enjoyed people watching, reading westerns and playing cards. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and working in his lawn and garden. He became a member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in 2000 and was a faithful member. Doc was very good-natured and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband and a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; a son, Gary (Karen) Stout of St. Cloud, Fla.; two daughters, Nancy (David) Puttbrese of Black River Falls and Peggy (Richard) Halverson of Black River Falls; four stepchildren, Diane (Dale) McNamer of Winona, Minn., Robert (Karen) Christiano of Houston, Minn., Kathy (Jack) Zingler of Andover, Minn., and Susan (Kent) Bell of Lake Mills; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and four expected great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; a brother, Charles (Theresa) Stout of Oxford; a sister, Joyce Dickey of Black River Falls; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday (today), April 18, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 525 Superior Avenue, Tomah. Pastor Donald R. Buch will officiate. Burial will be at a later date.

Relatives and friends called on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah, and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

Online condolences may be sent to www.sonnenburg

Denise Simon Torres

Denise Simon Torres, age 55, of Elroy, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. She was born Nov. 25, 1955, to Joseph and Belle (Southern) Simon in Hillsboro.

She is survived by her children, Kevin (Beth) Simon of Tomah, Brian Torres of Tomah, and Marc Torres of Tomah; grandchildren, Ryan Stanek, Travyn Stayton, Adam Stanek, Aliayah L. Adams, Christopher Mireles and a great-grandchild, Sonja Mireles; siblings, Joseph Simon of Elroy, Jeanette (Paul) Durham of Hennepin, Ill., William Simon of Elroy, John “Stanley” Simon of Colorado Springs, Colo., Sharon (Gary) Pemble of Joliet, Ill., Georgene (Mike) Sopko of Joliet and Michael “Larry” Simon of Joliet; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sonja, and her parents.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 17, 2011, at 3 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Pastor Jay Cronholm officiated. Burial will be at a later date. Family and friends called for visitation Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home. Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.torkelsonfuneral

Donald A. ‘Speed’ Schueler

Col. Donald A. “Speed” Schueler (retired), 84, of Tomah, passed away April 15, 2011, at Tomah Memorial Hospital Hospice surrounded by his children and wife of 50 years. He was born in Tomah on Feb. 15, 1927, to Arnold and Martha (Semrau) Schueler. On Feb. 11, 1961, he married Jane Scheurich. To this union were born Kathryn Schueler of Madison, John Schueler (Laurie) of Milton, Kristin (Dan) Lofgren of Orr, Minn., Elizabeth Schueler of Madison, Paul (Amy Jo) Schueler of Tomah, Stephen Schueler of Tomah and Regina Schueler of Madison. Don had six grandchildren: Halle, Charli, Cole, Cash, Quinn, and Kathryn. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Marion (Frank) Martinjak, brother Robert (Patricia) Schueler, and sister Helen (Dwight) Dickinson.

After 37 years in the Army, which included 34 years of service in the National Guard, Don retired in March 1982. He served as a teletype operator in the Aleutian Islands during World War II from 1945 to 1946, and he served active duty in Fort Lewis, Wash., during the Berlin Crisis from 1961 to 1962. In 1967, he was assigned to the Headquarters of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. In 1973, he became the state maintenance officer, the highest maintenance post in the state’s Army Guard. Don was awarded the coveted Legion of Merit for his service in this position. In addition to his military service, Don was a businessman and entrepreneur in Tomah. With associates, he opened Northway Furs mink ranch in the 1950s and the Tee Pee Supper Club in 1960. Don also enjoyed spending time on his farm north of Tomah.

Don was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Tomah. Following his retirement from the military, Don remained a member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and was active with Arrows Braves and the Lake Committee. He was a lifelong outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Don spent the last two years as a resident at Close to Home in Tomah.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday (today), April 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tomah. Monsignor Richard Gilles will preside. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends before mass at the church from 9-11 a.m. The Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneral The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Deming and the wonderful hospital and hospice staff who helped them through this difficult time.

Richard E. Soderstrom

Richard E. Soderstrom, formerly of Paris, Tenn., passed away March 15, 2010. Richard was born in Mineral Point, Wis., on May 11, 1929, to E.A. "Sody" and Genevieve Soderstrom and raised in Tomah.

Richard is survived by his sister Judy Ihrig (Alan) of Oradel, N.J., and by his three children, Michael Soderstrom of Mountainview, Wyo., Gene Marie Soderstrom-Hopper of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Stephanie Soderstrom (Jeff Hohlbauch) of Bloomington, Ill. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Alexandra and Samantha Hopper of Oklahoma City. Richard also leaves many nieces and nephews around the country.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife of forty-six years, Dolores Jean (Betker) Soderstrom of Racine.

Richard had many happy memories of growing up in Wisconsin and was "the best big brother" to his little sister, Judy. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War in air traffic control. He is a graduate of Marquette University. Richard served over 30 years with the United States government in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and was a respected administrator. After retiring from HUD, he appraised houses in the Chicago suburbs. In his retirement, he and Dolores built their dream home in Paris.

Our dad was a patient teacher. He taught us to fish, work with tools in the basement and be responsible. We have wonderful memories of family vacations and fishing expeditions to Wisconsin and Canada. He has passed along his love of literature. We have inherited Dad's love of "All Creatures Great and Small," and like our father we love feeding the birds and adopting homeless dogs.

Alexandra and Samantha will miss visiting Grandpa and his neighbors down the hall, dinners together at the house, and all the things that have become our family story.

Richard Soderstrom was a faithful provider. Tiger, Princess and Pumpkin Seed love you and are grateful for all you gave us. We will miss you very much.

Memorials may be made in honor of Richard to the Henry Co. Humane Society or the Friends of the Rhea Public Library in Paris.

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