Obituaries for week of July 7, 2005

2005-07-06T00:00:00Z Obituaries for week of July 7, 2005By publication staff La Crosse Tribune
July 06, 2005 12:00 am  • 

Donald Clayton Alderman | Peter "Peewee" Paul Sanwick | Lloyd Arthur Meyer | James Hall | Zelma Leona Schlief | Norman C. Forde | Lee Roy Felde

Donald Clayton Alderman

Donald Clayton Alderman passed away at Oakwood Nursing Home in Madison, Wisconsin on June 29, 2005.

He was born November 24, 1916 in Clinton Township, Vernon County. His parents were Oakie and Jennie (Hughes) Alderman. He was raised on a tobacco and dairy farm and was the youngest in a family of three boys. While growing up he enjoyed working with his father in the woods and in the bee yard at home and for the neighbor. As a young man he worked in the CCCs, a commercial apiary at Bloomingdale and was next employed in wiring of rural properties on the REA lines. He enlisted into the Army July 17, 1941 and was trained as a range finder for anti-aircraft and for cold weather deployment at Fort Preble, Maine. He was stationed with the U.S. encampment that replaced the British in Iceland where he was on the ski patrol and the camp's electrician. He was promoted to staff sergeant in charge of the transportation platoon for headquarters of 8th Army where he saw much of Europe after liberation. Don attended Milwaukee School of Engineering and UW Farm School under the GI bill. He was married to Alice Rudrud on December 12, 1946 and the couple had four children. Donald was a farmer and electrician in Vernon County for 17 years before he moved to Madison with his family in 1965 so Alice could attend Library School. He worked at Fish Building Supply for the next 16 years before retiring. During his retirement, he continued to make frequent trips to Vernon County to care for the farm, to fish the streams of the Kickapoo and hunt its hills for small game, turkey, and deer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Elijah and Herbert.

He is survived by his wife and their four children, Debbie (Orville Jensen) of Onalaska, Andrew, Brent (Sue Gribble) and Marsha (Randall Erb), all of Madison; five grandchildren, Sarah (Edward Tunks) of Coon Valley, Beth Rieger (Chris Larson) of North Oaks, Minnesota, Faith Anacker of Westby, Lauren and Noah Alderman of Madison; and six great-grandchildren. He is further survived by Cecil (Pat) Rolfe of Bangor; Jeremy Smith of Madison; Gilbert S. Cook of Sea Level, North Carolina; Blaine (Carol) Rudrud of Westby; Doris Berglund of Lake Barrington, Illinois; Inez (Elwood) Rickman of Rockaway Beach, Oregon; Beverly Rudrud of Viroqua; Laurie Rudrud of La Crosse; nieces and nephews.

Don had excellent health care and the family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Ansfield and the Oakwood Nursing Home staff. The miracle of medicine has served him well; he enjoyed a long and happy life, with the love of his family and the blessings of good fortune bestowed by God and nation.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 2, 2005 at the Vosseteig Funeral Home in Westby with Pastor Steven Meyer officiating. Burial with military rites by Syverson-Funk American Legion Post #155 and the Westby V.F.W. was in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Friends called on Saturday prior to the service.

The Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby served the family.

Peter "Peewee" Paul Sanwick

Peter "Peewee" Paul Sanwick, age 48, of 328 Terrace Ave, in Viroqua, died suddenly at his home on Wednesday morning, June 29, 2005 of an apparent heart attack.

He was born in Viroqua on July 5, 1956 to Tilman and Anna (Edie) Sanwick, the youngest of 11 children. He attended Viroqua High School and then worked two years in Janesville. He married Celeste Juno and they later divorced. They lived in Viroqua where he worked for his brother, Ole at the Union 76 station. He also worked for the Viroqua Tire Shop before being self-employed as a mechanic until just recently retiring. He will always be remembered for his happy disposition and great smile. He was a kind and loving dad, brother and uncle. He was a member of Viroqua Eagles Aerie No. 2707.

Peewee is survived by his son, Chase of Viroqua; his very special friend, Mary Adams and her two children, Jeff and Jenifer; five brothers, Conrad (Terry) Sanwick of Westby, David Sanwick of Westby, Ole (Beth) Sanwick of Viroqua, Dick (Linda) Sanwick of Janesville and Tilman Sanwick Jr. of Janesville; four sisters, Ingeborg Henden of Great Barrington, Maine, Kay (Punky) Swanson of Viroqua, Paula (Jim) Olson of Viroqua, and Barb (Ed Olson) Kurtz of Viroqua; a special sister, Carrie Jo (Karl) Baumgartner of Genoa whom their mother help raise; other special relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father on October 27,1983; his mother on June 6, 1997; an infant sister, Anna Marie; and a brother-in-law, Joe Kurtz. Blessed be his memory.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 2, 2005 at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua with Pastor Kathy Ingbritsen officiating. Carrie Jo Baumgartner shared on behalf of the family. Burial was in the Viroqua Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Cory Herried, Bob Schaitel, Monte Eide, Jim Eide, Fred Eide and Manie Juno. A visitation was held on Friday at the funeral home.

Lloyd Arthur Meyer

Lloyd Arthur Meyer, age 81 of Westby, died early Saturday morning, July 2, 2005 at the Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.

He was born on January 28, 1924 in Vernon County, to Sor and Nettie (Nedvig) Meyer. He served overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1944 to 1946 during World War II with the 101st Airborne Division. He was a life member of the Syverson-Funk American Legion Post #155 and the Westby VFW. Following his service in the military, Lloyd worked in the western states and then entered farming with his brother near Westby. He retired from farming in 1978 and did carpenter work until 1990. He was a lifetime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Westby and had also served on the church council.

Lloyd is survived by two brothers, Leonard Myer and Arnold Meyer, both of Westby; nieces and nephews; and special friends, Mary and Clifford Bakkum.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Lidvig, Alice, Myrtle, John, Julia, Sylvia, Tilmer, Selmer and Martin.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 5, 2005 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Westby with Pastor Gary Daines officiating. Burial with military rites by Syverson-Funk American Legion Post #155 and the Westby VFW was in the Our Savior's Cemetery. Friends called at the church on Tuesday before the time of the funeral.

The Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby served the family.

James Hall

James Hall, age 87 of La Crosse, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2005 at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse.

He was born on May 31, 1918 in Vernon County, to Loren B. and Christena M. (Larson) Hall. He married Maxine C. Olson on January 18, 1939. He lived in La Crosse most of his adult life. He worked for the La Crosse Transit Company for 25 years. He was a member of the Amalgamated Transit Union, of which he was the financial secretary. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and the Milwaukee Braves and Milwaukee Brewers.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a son, Roger Hall; a brother, Royal Clifford Hall; two sisters, Loretta Johnson and Ione Kolstad.

He is survived by two sons, Ronald (Judy) Hall of La Crosse and Eugene (Barbara) Hall of La Crosse; four grandchildren, Amy (Shannon) Deters, Erin (Ryan) Waldhart, Scott (Cheryl) Hall and Tammy (Tracy) Pedretti; 8 great-grandchildren, Christine and Hayden, Jimmy, McKenzie and Jacob, Connor, Isaac and Grace; a sister-in-law, Rose E. Hall of Onalaska.

Funeral services were Thursday, June 30, 2005 at the First Church of Christ in La Crosse. Pastor Charles Robinson officiated and burial was in the Readstown Cemetery. Friends called at the church before the time of services. The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown served the family.

Zelma Leona Schlief

Zelma Leona Schlief, age 95 died on Thursday, June 3 at Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Viroqua where she had been a resident since September 13, 2004.

She was born on February 16, 1910 at Dodge Center, Minnesota to George and Isabelle (Weaver) Franklin On November 8, 1930 she married Carl Schlief. They lived in West Concord and Rochester, Minnesota until moving to Viroqua in 1933 where Carl managed the Farmers Exchange. In 1956, they moved to Rochester and Carl died on September 20, 1975. In 1977 she moved to Nissaw, Minnesota and in 1994 moved to Bigley Plaza in Viroqua. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Zelma is survived by one son, James (Rosalie) Schlief of Brainard, Minnesota; three daughters, Lola Littell of Santa Anna Heights, California, Barbara (Edwin) Davis of Savannah, Georgia and Dolores (Wayne) Swanson of Viroqua; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and other relatives and many friends.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Irene Moreland, Ella Feeder, Lillian Phelps and Mariam Moulton; three brothers, Dan, Francis and Ralph Franklin; one daughter, Lillian Mehlum; two grandsons, Richard Mehlum and Gary Davis; one granddaughter, Janice Koch; one great-grandson, Chase Schlief; one great-great-grandson, Trevor Williams; and two sons-in-law, John Littell and Eugene Mehlum. Blessed be her memory.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 2, 2005 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua with Pastor Larry Lindmark officiating. Joanne Swanson shared a poem and Roxanne Felde was the organist. Burial was in the Viroqua Cemetery.

The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua served the family.

Norman C. Forde

Norman C. Forde, age 89 of Madison, Wisconsin, -passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2005 at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center in Madison.

Norman was born on December 28, 1915 in Crawford County, the son of Chris and Minnie (Bruland) Forde. He married his first wife, Doris Dregne on October 16, 1954. She preceded him in death on April 29, 1965. He later married Marie Sather on November 23, 1979. She also preceded him in death on October 2, 2004. Norman was baptized and confirmed at the Southwest Prairie Lutheran Church in Viroqua, where he is a past member. Norman was currently a member at the Christ Lutheran Church in DeForest. Norman served in the U.S. Army during World War II in France, Ireland, Germany and North Africa. After serving his county, Norman and his wife Doris, farmed in the Viroqua area during the 1950s. He later retired as a herdsman from the American Breeders Service in Madison after 16 years of service.

Survivors include two daughters, Marianne (Larry) Stokke and Marilyn Forde, both of Viroqua; one step son, Ronald (Kathy) Falkenstein of Madison; one step daughter, Patricia Ethum of Poynette; two grandchildren, Jeff (Kamie) Swenson and Jenny (Carl) Zube, both of Viroqua; three step grandchildren, Mark Ethan and Chad Ethun, both of DeForest and Tara Ethun of Poynette; two great-grandchildren, Allison Zube and Kaylee Swenson, both of Viroqua.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Doris; second wife, Marie; two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were at the Southwest Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Viroqua on Wednesday, July 6, 2005. A visitation was held at the church before the time of services. Burial was at the Southwest Prairie Cemetery with military honors.

The Ryan Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Madison served the family.

Lee Roy Felde

Lee Roy Felde, age 85 of West Prairie, rural Viroqua, died on Sunday morning, June 26, 2005 at his home.

He was born on August 25, 1919 in Bowman County, North Dakota to Robert and Annie (Lee) Felde. He was baptized in North Dakota and confirmed at Freeman Lutheran Church, rural Ferryville. On May 4, 1945 he married Helen Halverson at the Northwest Prairie Lutheran Church. They farmed on Boma Ridge in Crawford County and in 1947 they moved to the Alfred Halverson farm at West Prairie and later they purchased the adjoining farm. He was a member of Northwest Prairie Lutheran Church were he was a Sunday school teacher, served on the church council and was a member of the church dart ball team. He also served on the cemetery board for several years. In later years he and his wife operated the West Prairie Store until it closed in 1997.

Lee is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons, Robert (Martha Steele) Felde of Decorah and David (Toni) Felde of West Prairie; two granddaughters, Tiffany Felde of Chicago, Illinois and Kathryn Felde of Rock Island, Illinois; two grandsons, Jackson and Brandon Felde of Decorah, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Halverson of La Crosse and Marjorie Felde of Viroqua; one brother-in-law, Frederick Halverson of North Branford, Connecticut; and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Arthur and Reuben Felde; three sisters-in-law, Inga Little, Aleda Halverson and Edilth Haalverson; two brothers-in-law, Robert Little and Alfred Halverson; and one sister, Gertrude Borgen.

The family wishes to acknowledge the special care that was provided by Cathy Bolstad and also the support from the Hospice Unit from Gundersen Lutheran Hospital. Blessed be his memory.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at the Northwest Prairie Lutheran Church at West Prairie with Pastor Helen Johnson officiating. The organist was Karen Swenson. Sharing experiences of living next door to Lee and also working for him were sons of the congregation, Pastor Joe Nesheim and Pastor Neal Weltzin. Burial was in the church cemetery. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Keith Skildum, Clarence Berg, Dexter Groves, Gerhard Birkelo, Lloyd Hendrickson, Earl Nelson and Alvin Dregne. Serving as pallbearers were Don Felde, Pastor Joe Nesheim, Pastor Neal Weltzin, Donald Pederson, Roger Swenson and Verlin Glick. A visitation and prayer service was held on Tuesday at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua.

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