Agnes (Ellefson) Heinzel, 94, of La Crosse passed away Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

She was born Oct. 21, 1923, to Elias and Hannah Ellefson and baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Nov. 25, 1923, by R.D.T. Borgen.

She was confirmed April 10, 1938, by the Rev. Borgen and attended Evening Star School through eighth grade. She graduated from Viroqua High School in 1942 and then attended Madison Vocational School for a year. Later, with two good friends, she moved to Milwaukee and worked until the end of the war. While in Milwaukee, she met the love of her life, Paul Heinzel. Returning back to the La Crosse region, Aggie and Paul were married at Zion Lutheran Church June 28, 1947, by the Rev. Nordslatten, and together cherished 67 years of a joyful marriage.

Aggie was brought up with a love for music. She and her sisters, sang at many occasions, especially at church and the Ellefson home was a gathering place for musical events. They were blessed with a piano and other instruments, so music was an important part of her growing up. Her children continued that love of music as well.

Aggie and Paul loved to travel and always had an interesting story about the people they met and the adventures they had, especially on their trips to Europe, Norway and Mexico. They never hesitated to take a secondary road and stop to take pictures of interesting barns. They made many friends on their travels and maintained those relationships for many years.

Aggie embodied her Norwegian heritage and shared it with her family and friends throughout her life. As an active member of Sons of Norway, she enjoyed continuing the traditions of the land she loved.

Aggie and Paul were active long-time members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in La Crosse, where she participated in ladies aid and circle.

In traditional Norwegian fashion, all were welcome at the Heinzel kitchen table.

She was a loving mother to Ronald (Stephany), Mark (Diane), the late Michael (Margarita) and Beth Rock (Scott Bauer). She was blessed with five grandchildren, Sam Heinzel, Jamie Vogt, Paul Rock, Hannah Boggio and Christian Heinzel. She is survived by her caring brother, Reuban Ellefson.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul; brothers, Elmer and Myran; sisters, Hazel and Eva; and grandson, James.

Aggie’s family is grateful for the wonderful people who surrounded her and the warm care provided by the staff at Brookdale Claire Bridge Care Center. Her welcoming spirit, kind soul and joyful personality will truly be missed.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2135 Weston St., La Crosse. The Reverend Bruce Iverson will officiate and burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until time of services Monday at the church.

Information and online condolences may be given to the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of La Crosse.


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