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Lester Olson

ONALASKA — Lester A. Olson, 96, of Onalaska died Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Mulder Healthcare in West Salem.

Lester is survived by sons, Dennis (Barb) Olson, Terrence (Michelle) Olson; daughter, Victoria (Daniel) Marcou; seven grandchildren, Nathan Marcou, Christa (Paul) Modderman, Joshua, Jarrod, Jillian Olson, Jennifer (Jeff) Bryan and Jordan Olson; 10 great-grandchildren, Anya, Aidan, Olivia, Henry, Eleanor, Gage, Tyler, Payton, Hunter and Camden; brother, Willard; sister, Donna Dovenberg; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Melvin, Maynard, Everett, Howard; and sister, Ruth Kundy.

A service of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 West Ave. S. in La Crosse, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Richard Pamperin will officiate. Lester will be laid to rest next to the love of his life, Ann, in Onalaska City Cemetery.

Thanks so much to the staff at Mulder Healthcare for the loving care they gave Lester in the final years of his life. He loved his time there. Online guestbook may be signed and condolences left at


La Crosse County Circuit Court felony cases

The following people appeared Wednesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court Wednesday:


David F. Peaslee II, 34, 1214 S. 25th St., was charged Thursday with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine as a party to a crime, possession of tetrahydrocannabinols as a party to a crime, possession of drug paraphernalia as a party to a crime and misdemeanor bail jumping, all repeat offenses. Officers found a knife and several bags in the backseat of a car during a traffic stop at La Crosse and Oakland streets. Substances in the bags were tested and identified as tetrahydrocannabinols and methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Misty L. Johnson, 42, Mindoro, was charged Thursday with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Cody J. Kneifl, 21, West Salem, was charged Thursday with felony bail jumping, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct. Kneifl was arrested Wednesday at a residence on West Franklin Street for repeatedly hitting a man, who escaped and called 911 from a neighbor’s house, according to the complaint.

Cayden J. Smith, 19, Ettrick, was charged Thursday with strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, all as domestic abuse. Smith was arrested at 1609 Charles St. for a physically assaulting a woman, according to the complaint.

Joshua R. Harris, 33, Melrose, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance on or near certain places, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of a controlled substance on or near certain places and felony and misdemeanor bail jumping, all repeat offenses. Harris was arrested during a traffic stop in Onalaska because of an active probation warrant. Harris had methamphetamine and heroin in his possession, according to the complaint.

Dean Spangler

HOLMEN — Dean F. Spangler, 86, of Holmen passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, surrounded by his family at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.

He was born Oct. 10, 1932, to Frederick and Bessie Spangler. Dean served in the Armed Forces as a veteran of the U.S. Army for two years. A very mechanically inclined man, he worked for Ford Motor Company in Holmen, for 18 years and Otto Odegaard Trucking Company for two years. Dean’s favorite saying was, “If I can’t fix it, it ain’t busted.” He spent the next 25 years at the Holmen School District, as the head mechanic, all while maintaining the family farm, which has been in the family for 148 years. Dean met his wife, Nancy and they were married Oct. 26, 1957, this year celebrating 61 years of marriage; together they had four children.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; children, Gary (Barb) Spangler, Laurie (Ben) Gappa, Roger (Dreama) Spangler and Natalie (Brian) Caulum; grandchildren, Melissa, Philip, Matthew, Steven, Kim, Garrett and Caden; great-grandchildren, Oliver and Trenton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Bessie; his sister, Mary Bates; brother, Henry Schafer; brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews; and his furry best friend, Buster.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Lewis Valley Lutheran Church, rural Holmen. Pastor Alyssa Mitchell will officiate. Burial will follow in Green Mound Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, both at Lewis Valley Lutheran Church, rural Holmen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Entrusted to assist the family with arrangements is Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem. Online condolences may be sent at

Albert D. Giemza

INDEPENDENCE — Albert D. Giemza, 76, of Independence was called home after a 12-year battle with cancer Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Grand View Care Center, Blair.

Albert was born Aug. 6, 1942, in the town of Arcadia to Albert L. and Angeline M. (Sobotta) Giemza.

Junior was a lifelong farmer, having bought his first farm when he was a senior in high school. He had a very large, caring heart and was willing to help anyone. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, North Creek. He was a lifelong Democrat and never missed voting in an election.

Albert is survived by three sisters, Dolores Welciek of Roseville, Minn., Romelle (Loren) Subra of Blair and Mary (David) Hestekin of Whitehall; a brother, Joe (significant other, Jerri) Giemza of Arcadia; an aunt, Josie Miemietz of Independence; many nieces and nephews; three sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Giemza, Doris Giemza and Jane Giemza, all of Arcadia; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ernest, Adrian and Dominic; and a sister, in infancy, Elizabeth.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, North Creek, N29771 Church Hill Road, rural Arcadia, with the Very Rev. Sebastian Kolodziejczyk officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. followed by a rosary, at Edison Funeral Home, Independence, and one hour prior to the Mass Monday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Independence, Holy Family Catholic School, Arcadia, or a charity of donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be offered at

Bernadine Kelly

SAINT PAUL, Minn./HOLMEN — Bernadine I. Kelly (Bott), 85, of St. Paul, formerly of Holmen, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Paul.

She was born Dec. 10, 1932, to Matthias and Irene Bott of La Crosse. She married Jack R. Kelly on March 18, 1955. She loved to sew, knit and crochet for her family and close friends.

Bernadine is survived by four daughters, Jacalyn (Bill) Broughton, Debra (Jerome) Abrams, Terry (Rick) Kolseth, Tonya (Paul) Witte; and two sons, Rick (Carol) Kelly and Russell Kelly. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Jane Watson and Carol Burnette; and one brother, Richard (Lynn) Bott. Bernadine is preceded in death by her husband, Jack R. Kelly; three brothers, Tom Bott, Jerry Bott and Dave Bott.

Visitation will be held from 10 till 11 a.m. Dec. 10, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church, Holmen. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. with a committal service at St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum in Catholic Cemetery located in La Crosse. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. Arrangements are being handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home Anderson-Peterson Chapel, Lake City, Minn. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Father charged in Osseo shaken baby case


WHITEHALL — Mitchel Feyen was charged Tuesday in Trempealeau County Circuit Court with child abuse-recklessly causing great harm.

Judge Rian Radtke ordered the 23-year-old Osseo man to have no contact with anyone younger than 18 unless approved by the Department of Human Services and set a $10,000 cash bond.

Feyen’s preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 9.

Feyen was arrested Dec. 4 after the Trempealeau County Human Services Department a day earlier reported a potential case of shaken baby syndrome to the Osseo Police Department.

At the Pumps on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

La Crosse $2.30

Onalaska $2.30

Holmen $2.30

Tomah $2.25

Black River Falls $2.44

La Crescent, Minn. $2.30

Winona, Minn. $2.37

Rochester, Minn. $2.20

Lansing, Iowa $2.25

National average $2.44

Hawaii (high) $3.53

Oklahoma (low) $2.01

Wisconsin $2.28

Minnesota $2.33

Iowa $2.21

Sources: Tribune staff, AAA Fuel Gauge Report,