Betty Cox, Dorothy Reifsteck, Gene Kortbein, Lorna Pingel, Maxine Hart, Michael Schmidt, Reed Lindahl
Betty Ann Cox
Betty Ann Cox, 75, of Tomah died Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Tomah Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 15, 1935, to Alfred and Sarah (Schmidt) Horn in Omaha, Neb. She grew up in the Portland, Ore., area where she met Ralph Cox who was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. They were united in marriage Sept. 8, 1957, at the Portland International Air Force Base.
They lived in Columbia, Mo., and Onalaska before they moved to Tomah in 1973. They owned and operated the Texaco Station and Ralph’s Superior Muffler in Tomah until retirement. Betty believed in being active in her community, and she served as the cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 109 and as a cookie chairperson for the Girl Scouts; for many years, she was a member of the Tomah Lioness and served as the treasurer up until the time her health would not allow her to serve anymore; she was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s group, and she was a faithful member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and the WELCA. She was often found in the bleachers cheerleading for her children and grandchildren’s sporting, music and dance events. She could always be counted on to serve as chaperone for school field trips. Betty loved decorating her children’s homes, spending time in her flower garden, craft shopping and camping. She enjoyed visiting with her many friends and was always involved in their activities. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by all those that knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Ralph, her children Patty Jo (Jeff) Anderson of Trempealeau, Sheri (Kirk) Flesland of Pine City, Minn., Bill (Shelly) Cox of Tomah, Jim Cox of Tomah, Rick (Denise) Cox of Tomah, Joan (Paul) Spohn of Tomah, Tracey Cox of Eau Claire and Kari (Eric) Johnson of Mora, Minn.; 16 grandchildren, Jessica Anderson, Jackie (Seth) Schumann, Christopher Cox, Casey Cox, Kassy Cox, Alexis Cox, Jacob Cox, Tyler Cox, Kailynn Cox, Wyatt Spohn, Brittnee Cox, Morgan Spohn, April Flesland, Matthew Ewert, Tyler Ewert, Mark Bruehahn and an expected grandchild; four great-grandchildren, Hunter Schumann, Jaden Schumann, Lorelie Ewert and Hailey Ewert; two sisters-in-law, Carol (Knute ”Skip”) Tempte of Onalaska and Janice (Ken) Kroener of Mindoro; a brother-in-law, Eugene Scholze of Holmen; a special cousin, Sherry (Bob) Lamb of Tomah; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Ted Horn and sister-in-law Janet Scholze.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 15, 2011, 11 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 310 W. Elizabeth Street, Tomah. Pastor William L. Rice will officiate. Private family burial will be at a later date.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday (today) from 4-8 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah, and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.Online condolences may be given at http://www.sonnenburgfamily/">www.sonnenburgfamily
Dorothy Mae Reifsteck
Dorothy Mae Reifsteck, age 89, of Monroe, and formerly of Tomah, died following a brief illness on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Monroe. She was born Aug. 6, 1921, in Tomah, the daughter of Adolf and Wilhelmina Schendel. She graduated from Tomah High School in 1940. Dorothy worked in Chicago before moving to Brodhead with her first husband, LeRoy Berg. In 1962 she married Eldon Reifsteck before moving to Monroe in 1975. They were married for 38 years until he died in 2000.
She is survived by her stepchildren, Nick Reifsteck of Reno, Nev., Joanne (Ray) Kirschbaum of Cassville, Connie (Dick) Meier of Stoughton and Tom (Ann) Reifsteck of Bluffton, Ind.; eight stepgrandchildren; 14 stepgreat-grandchildren; five stepgreat-greatgrandchildren and a sister-in-law, Esther Schendel of Tomah. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday (today), April 14, 2011, at 11 a.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, Monroe. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah, on Friday, April 15.
Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The Newcomer Funeral Home, Monroe, is assisting the family. To send an expression of sympathy go to www.newcomer
Eugene “Gene” Kortbein, age 65, of Norwalk, passed away Monday, April 11, 2011, at the Serenity House in Tomah. He was born Aug. 17, 1945, to Myron and Della (Kuthlow) Kortbein in Sparta and was raised on the family farm in Ridgeville.
He was united in marriage to Patricia Downing on April 22, 1967, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sparta. To say that he enjoyed his work is an understatement; Gene worked on the farm from 1967 until 1983 and with Don’s Plumbing from 1985 to 2008. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed sports and hunting, especially his trips out west to hunt with his friends. His family and grandchildren were extremely special to him and he treasured them very much.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; his daughter, Laurie (James) DelMedico of Westby, and children, Marissa, Mariah, Miranda and Dominic; his daughter, Amy (Jack) Haldeman of Sparta and children, Jon and Nicholas; sisters Joyce Anderson of Fitchburg, Carol (George) Ferge of Janesville and Judy (Charles) Hart of Owatonna, Minn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Della, and two brothers-in-law, Raymond Esser and Eldon Anderson.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Pastor Matthew Minzlaff will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah. Family and friends are invited for visitation Thursday, April 14, 2011, from 4-7 p.m. and again on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Online condolences are available at http://www.torkelsonfuneral/">www.torkelsonfuneral
Lorna Marie Pingel, 100, of Tomah, was called to her heavenly home on Sunday April 10, 2011, at the Tomah Health Care Center. She was born in the town of LaGrange, Monroe County, the daughter of John C. and Carolina (Behrens) Schueman on Oct. 10, 1910. On Nov. 13, 1910, she was baptized and was confirmed in the faith of the Holy Christian Church by Pastor John G. Glaeser on April 6, 1924. Lorna was a lifelong, faithful and God-fearing member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tomah, and we have the assurance she remained in the true faith in Jesus the Savior, in his atoning sacrifice, and Jesus’ glorious resurrection.
In her early years she attended the Benjaminville School and then St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran School. She was a graduate of Tomah High School Class of 1932. Lorna was united in marriage to Walter Raymond Pingel in St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in Tomah by the newly installed pastor, Herbert E. Schaller, on Oct. 22, 1933. In October 1983 they were privileged to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. She was a member of St. Paul Mission Circle, and Lorna also spent many years in the civil service at the Tomah VAMC. She enjoyed gardening and flowers, reading, scrap -booking and writing. Her caring love for the Lord Jesus and for her dear family and grandchildren were her daily concern.
She is survived by one daughter; Jeanette (Marvin) Laack; three sons, Morris (Gloria), Marvin (Parry) and Mark (Linda); six grandsons, John Massey of Madison, Eric Massey of Hollandale, Steven (Tracy) Massey of Oregon, Jay Massey of Hollandale, Kevin (Heidi) Massey of Eau Claire, and Daniel (Louann) Pingel of Menomonee Falls; six granddaughters Mary Ellen (Daniel) Woggon of Camp Douglas, Susan (Greg) Styba of Beldenville, Lori Collies of Sun Prairie, Karen (Jeff) Rich of West Salem, Sarah (Greg) Johnson of Kentwood, Mich., and Rebecca Pingel of Wauwatosa; 18 great-grandchildren, Michelle, Sarah, Jacob, Nicolette and Lukus Woggon of Camp Douglas, Bradley and Heather Styba of Beldenville, Caitlin and Connor Collies of Sun Prairie, Claire and Owen Massey of Oregon, Erica, Raeann and Justine Rich of West Salem, Landon, Leanna and Laurel Massey of Eau Claire and Amalie Johnson of Kentwood; one stepgreat-grandchild, Christopher Pfuhl of Hollandale; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Preceding her in death besides her parents were her beloved husband, Walter, on Feb. 13, 1990; beloved daughter Norma Jean Massey on March 19, 2000; a stepgreat-grandchild, Joseph “Joey” Pfuhl on June 20, 2010; brother Ernest Schueman on April 19, 2000; sisters Edna Marten on June 17, 1936, Bertha Pingel on Sept. 6, 1992, and Doris Nyborg on Oct. 6, 2004; brother Henry Schueman Oct. 28, 2010; son-in-law, Dwight Massey on June 16, 1995.
Abide, O faithful savior
Among us with thy love,
Grant steadfastness and help us
To reach our home above.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 525 Superior Avenue, Tomah. Pastor Donald R. Buch will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.
Memorials in memory of Lorna may be given to St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church or the WELS World Missions.
Online condolences may be given to http://www.sonnenburg/">www.sonnenburg
V. Maxine Hart “Auntie Mac”, age 88, of Tomah, peacefully passed away April 8, 2011, at the Tomah Healthcare Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born Jan. 15, 1923, to Charles and Florence (Sowle) Hart in Tomah. She graduated from Tomah High School in 1940.
Maxine was a faithful employee of Northwest Telephone Company from 1941 until 1983 when she retired. She also worked for many years at the Tomah Public Library during this time as well. Maxine spent several years as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent at the Congregational Church. She loved to read and take pictures. Family was always very important to her.
She is survived by two brothers, Forrest “Stub” (Joy) Hart of Tomah and Donald (Sara) Hart of Oxnard, Calif.; four sisters, Helen Anderson of McFarland, Ruth (Abear) Hart, Marlene Anderson and Delores (Kenneth) Randall, all of Tomah; 25 nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Fern; two brothers-in-law, Robert Anderson and Kenneth Anderson; three nephews, James Hart, Donald Hart and Richard Anderson; and a niece, Pamela (Hart) Rezin.
She will be missed by her loving family, friends and staff at the Tomah Healthcare Center.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011, 2 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Pastor Edwin Stigen will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah. Family and friends are invited for visitation Friday, April 15, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah and again on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the church. The Torkelson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at http://www.torkelsonfuneral">www.torkelsonfuneral
Michael J. Schmidt, 46, of Tomah, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at his home. He was born on Aug. 24, 1964, to Carlton and Mary (Popenfus) Schmidt at Tomah Memorial Hospital. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomah. He was a member of the Tomah High School graduating class of 1982. Mike attended Western Wisconsin Technical College for the culinary arts and later attended culinary school in Minnesota. He worked for several years at Jermoos in Oakdale as a cook. Michael was a loving and devoted son who for many years was a caregiver for both of his parents. He will be remembered for being a great cook. His specialty was making spaghetti and baking cookies.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Schmidt of Tomah, three brothers, Timothy (Polly) of Greenville, Thomas (Rae Ann) of Tomah and James (Melissa) of East Bethal, Minn.; two sisters, Kathleen (Elides) Tarrago of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Margaret Neidermann of Tomah, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carlton.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday (today), April 14, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St. Tomah. Monsignor Richard W. Gilles will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be given at http://www.sonnenburg/">www.sonnenburg
Reed Lindahl, 84, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at the Mahaska Hospital in Oskaloosa. For details regarding Reed's illness, visiwww.caringbridge.org/
visit/reedlindahl. He was born Sept. 28, 1926, at Sparta, the son of Gustave and Mabel Zietlow Lindahl. He graduated from the Wilton High School in with the class of 1945. He lived and worked in the Kendall and furthered his education at Taylor University in Upland, Ind.
On Aug. 25, 1950, he was united in marriage to Mary Beth Robinson at Evanston, Ill. Following their marriage, Reed entered the United States Army and served in Korea for 13 months and upon discharge from the Army in 1952 returned to Evanston. Early on, he worked for Clayton Mark as a machinist. They later moved to Streamwood, Ill., where Reed worked as a machinist at Bachi Inc. for many years.
In 1977 they moved to Oskaloosa and he worked for Clow Valve, and later Oskaloosa Engineering. In 1980, he went to work for Vennard College as a maintenance man, retiring from there in 1991. He enjoyed woodworking, collecting toy tractors and being on the computer. While he worked at the college he truly enjoyed interacting with the students.
Reed was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Oskaloosa.
His family includes his wife of over 60 years, Mary Beth Lindahl of Oskaloosa; three children, Sherri (and Howard) Ledford of Winterville, Iowa, Georgia, Kevin (and Barb) Lindahl of Poplar Grove, Ill., and Kim (and Jim) Anderson of Oskaloosa; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, LeRoy Lindahl of Bolivia, South America, and Tom (and LeeAnn) Lindahl of Platteville; two sisters, Marlys (and Bill) Castle and Janet Lindahl, all of Savannah, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services for Reed Lindahl were held Friday, April 1, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa. Burial was in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Graveside military rites were given by members of the Oskaloosa American Legion, V.F.W. and D.A.V.
The BatesFuneral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Reed Lindahl Memorial Fund sent in care of Kim Anderson, 301 North B, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 52577.
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