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Obituaries for Aug. 13, 2004

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Mary E. Simon; Minerva R. Standiford; Marjorie Berdine Mayer; Edwin R. 'Eddie' Schumacher; Eunice Washa; Robert E. Neumann; Herbert Jay Cunningham; Lionel O. Skamser

Mary E. Simon

Mary E. Simon, 73, died in her home Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004.

She was born June 20, 1931, in West Salem to William A. and Hulda O. (Hagen) Andersen. Mary graduated from Onalaska High School in 1949. She married Charles J. Simon on Dec. 9, 1950, at First Lutheran Church in Onalaska, and they enjoyed 53 years of marriage. Mary was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church.

After their marriage, Mary began working at First National Bank in La Crosse. She later became a secretary in the Onalaska School District. She was elected to serve on the Onalaska School Board from April 1981 until April 1993.

Mary dedicated most of her later years to the Onalaska Food Basket, where she was the coordinator for 12 years.

She is survived by her husband, Charles; a daughter, Kimberly (Christopher) Butler of Onalaska; two sons, Michael G. (Jan) Simon of Park Rapids, Minn., and Steven (Rita) Simon of Holmen; grandchildren, Jamie (Terrance) Miller, Trenton "T.J.," Denise, Katlyn, and Andrew Simon, Grant and Jordenne Butler; and a sister, Beverly Guenther of Onalaska.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held Aug. 7 at First Lutheran Church, Onalaska, with burial in Onalaska Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center.

Minerva R. Standiford

Minerva R. Standiford, 91, of Sparta, Wis., died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta.

She was born in Vernon County on Nov. 16, 1912, to Ole and Anna (Running) Bjerke. She was united in marriage to James T. Standiford on Aug. 14, 1932, in Viroqua, Wis.

Minerva worked as a cook at the Open Bible College in Des Moines for many years, as well as being a minister's wife. She was married to Pastor James for 66 years. Minerva spent many years serving her family and the Lord. Her family will sadly miss her.

Minerva is survived by seven sons, David of Onalaska, Phillip (Maria) Elk Run Heights, Iowa, Paul (Zona) of Waterloo, Iowa, John (Debra) of Canyon, Texas, Daniel and special friend Sharon of Sparta, Jim (Linda) of Des Moines and Maurice (Nettie) of Rockport, Texas; four daughters, Barbara (Wes) Dripps of Lincoln, Neb., Sharon (Mack) Pruitt of Shasta Lake City, Calif., Marilyn (Larry) Springer of Ankeny, Iowa, and Linda (Edward) Sable of Ankeny; and two brothers, Ralph (Lorraine) Bjerke of Sedona, Ariz., and Floyd Bjerke of Milwaukee. She is also survived by 34 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James in 1999; one son, Roger; and grandchildren, Anita Jo and Patti Ann.

Funeral services were held Aug. 9 at New Life Assembly of God Church in Sparta, with burial in the Angelo Cemetery, rural Sparta.

Marjorie Berdine Mayer

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Marjorie Berdine Mayer of Black River Falls died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Pine View Care Center in Black River Falls.

She was born Aug. 15, 1910, in Black River Falls, to Hannah (Peterson) and Palmer Overlien. She graduated from Black River Falls High School in 1928, and Luther Hospital School of Nursing in Eau Claire, Wis., in 1931.

She worked at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, for one year. She then returned to Black River Falls and worked at Krohn Clinic and Hospital in Black River Falls.

She married George N. Mayer on May 31, 1938. They lived and farmed in Melrose, Wis., until they moved to Black River Falls in 1961.

Marjorie worked at the Tomah Veterans Hospital from 1962 until 1975. She then worked at Pine View Nursing Home in Black River Falls until her retirement in 1984.

Marjorie was a lifetime member of the Little Norway Lutheran Church in rural Black River Falls. She was also a member of the Ladies Church Circle. She belonged to the Irving Owls and Shake Hollow Homemakers, the American Nurses Association and the Luther Hospital Alumni Association. She volunteered at the Bloodmobile Association and was a member of the Pink Ladies Volunteers at Black River Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by one son, Joseph Mayer of West Salem; two daughters, Mary (Robert) Millis of Onalaska and Ruth (Milan) Faldet of Puyallup, Wash. She also is survived by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1983; one brother, Perry Overlien in May 2000; and one sister, Doris in 1921.

Funeral services were held Aug. 9 at Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Black River Falls, with burial in Little Norway Church Cemetery.

Marjorie enjoyed giving so much more than she enjoyed receiving, and she leaves us with a legacy of kind generosity to all that had the privilege of knowing her.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Pine View Care Center for their kindness and care given to Marjorie for the past three years she resided there.

Edwin R. 'Eddie' Schumacher

Edwin R. "Eddie" Schumacher, 69, of Onalaska, died on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

He was born on Oct. 1, 1934, in La Crosse to Edwin and Katherine (Waller) Schumacher. Eddie graduated from La Crosse Logan High School. He married Valeria Volk on Oct. 17, 1953, in La Crosse.

He was a Navy veteran, having served from 1955 to 1957, and was a member of American Legion Post 336, Onalaska. He had worked at the La Crosse Trane Co. as a foreman for 38 years and retired in 1995. He was a member of the Trane 25 Year Club.

Eddie was an avid hunter, fisherman and trap shooter. He found great joy in teaching his boys and grandsons how to hunt and fish.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Val; two daughters, Paula Krause and her fiance, Chris Kettner, of Arena, Wis., and Kristy Schumacher of Onalaska; six sons, Jeff (Mary) Schumacher, Pete (Maureen) Schumacher, Jim Schumacher and his fiancee, Amy Mlsna and Dave (Patty) Schumacher, all of La Crosse, Steve Schumacher of Fox Lake, Wis., and Ron (Carmen) Schumacher of Hager City, Wis.; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Judy Wagner of La Crosse; a brother, Rick (Peaches) Schumacher of La Crosse; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends, including special friends, Joe and Marilyn Maier of Onalaska.

His parents; a grandson, Michael Schumacher; and two brothers, Randy and Tim Schumacher, preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Aug. 11 at St. James The Less Catholic Church, La Crosse. Entombment, with military honors by American Legion Post 336, was in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery.

Eunice Washa

MONTGOMERY, Minn. - Eunice Washa, 89, of La Crosse, formerly of Montgomery, died Saturday, July 31, 2004, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.

She was born Feb. 2, 1915, in Montgomery to William and Rose Wolfransdorf. She married Harold Washa in 1936 in Montgomery. She lived in Montgomery all her life until moving to La Crosse two years ago. She graduated from Montgomery High School and Mankato State College with a master's degree in primary education.

She was a school teacher in the Prior Lake School District from 1958 to 1978. She previously taught in the state of Washington and various Minnesota rural schools.

She enjoyed golfing, and was a Queen of Peace Hospital Auxiliary member. She also enjoyed walking and playing bridge. In 1999 she was honored as a Minnesota Girls Basketball Pioneer for her accomplishments from 1929 to 1932.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Darryl (Carole) Washa of Onalaska; sister, Glenna Becker of Faribault; four grandchildren, Dr. David (Andrea) Washa of La Crosse, Lori (Dr. Douglas) Bell of Billings, Mont., Lisa Washa (Steve Peterson) of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Brian (Alexis) Washa of Evanston, Ill.; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Washa, in 1985; one brother, Alvin Wolfransdorf; and her parents.

Funeral services were held Aug. 3 at Holy Redeemer Church, Montgomery, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, Montgomery.

Pallbearers were David, Brian and Lisa Washa, Lori Bell, Steven Peterson and Douglas Bell.

Robert E. Neumann

LEON, Wis. - Robert E. Neumann, 83, of Leon died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison.

He was born in Norwalk, Wis., on March 3, 1921, to Fred and Alma (Grill) Neumann. In 1948, he married Joyce Markee in Tomah, Wis.

Robert and Joyce resided in Onalaska and later moved to Leon in 1987. Bob was employed by the Trane Co. in La Crosse and was recognized for 35 years of service upon his retirement.

Robert served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for more than four years as a technical sergeant. He spent 19 months in England as a bomb site mechanic.

He was a member of First Congregational Church in Leon. In addition to loving his family, Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

Robert is survived by wife, Joyce; five children, Rodney Neumann of Bangor, Wis., Cheryl Little of La Crosse, Kathy (Allen) Kilbeger of Muscatine, Iowa, Anita Neumann of Phoenix, Ariz., and William (Wanda) Neumann of Onalaska; 13 grandchildren; and three brothers, Norman (Patricia) Neumann of Sparta, Wis., Neil (Kay) Neumann of Findlay, Ohio, and Claude (Mille) Neumann of Onalaska.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Alma, and an infant sister.

Memorial services were held Aug. 7 at First Congregational Church in Leon. Burial was in Leon Cemetery, with full military honors by the Norwalk American Legion Post 438.

Herbert Jay Cunningham

Herbert Jay Cunningham passed away peacefully from complications of Parkinson's disease Friday, July 23, 2004, at Hillview Health Care Center, La Crosse.

He was born May 20, 1921, in St. Clairsville, Ohio, to Herbert and Alice Cunningham.

Herbert graduated from St. Clairsville High School, St. Clairsville, in 1939 and received a B.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, Dover, Ohio, in 1943.

He received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1944.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, and then returned to MIT to receive an M.S. degree in aeronautical engineering in 1947.

He then began a career as an aeronautical research scientist for the National Aeronautical Space Administration (then National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) at Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

He married Janice Swank Cunningham in 1953 and continued working for NASA until his retirement in 1988, when he and his wife moved to, Peachtree City, Ga., and later to Holmen, Wis.

He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society, Phi Delta Chi fraternity and the American Aeronautical Association of Engineers. He was the author of many technical reports and papers and was a well-known authority in the field of wing flutter analysis. In 1984, he received a Special Achievement Award from Langley Research Center for exceptional performance in the development of prediction techniques of unsteady airloads for aeroelastic stability and control analyses.

In 1986, he was the recipient of the esteemed Douglas Michel Nastran Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to advance the development and use of the NASA Structural Analysis System.

He was a lifelong lover of music and played in his high school marching band and in the Ohio Wesleyan stage band. In Hampton, he was active in the rifle club and bowling league.

He enjoyed his time spent with his family, playing with the family dogs, going to his daughters' many horse shows and spending family vacations at Kitty Hawk, N.C.

He was a member of the Galesville (Wis.) First Presbyterian Church.

Herbert was a loving husband and father and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; his two daughters, Nancy (Keith) Junker of Berthoud, Colo., and Jane (Thomas) Kruse of Holmen; his sister, Margery (Raymond) Vosburgh of St. Genevieve, Mo.; four grandchildren, two nieces and five nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother, Edwin Cunningham.

Services were held July 27 in the chapel of Dickinson Family Funeral Home, Holmen.

Following the service the body was committed to cremation and will be interred in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Lionel O. Skamser

Pastor Lionel O. Skamser, 68, of Onalaska died Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, at Onalaska Care Center.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Onalaska. Friends may call at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of Onalaska on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday from noon until the time of services. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Elevator Fund.

A complete obituary will be announced by the funeral home.

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