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Eugene 'Gene' A. Knutson | Robert H. Hauser | Daniel W. Hazen | Elizabeth J. Gallager | Irene M. Stuessel | Gerald M. 'Buckskin' Thompson | Marjorie M. Caya | Lucille Martin | Eileen Erickson | Helen Mae Young | James David Nelson | Doris Ann Olson | John A. 'Jack' Weber | Francis L. Hermann | Luella E. Marx | Norma A. Wangen

Eugene 'Gene' A. Knutson

Eugene "Gene" A. Knutson, 47, son of Raymond and Ruth Knutson, died suddenly in his home from a brain aneurysm Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002. He lived in La Crosse for 15 years with his last address at 907 Main St. He owned Minuteman Furniture Restoration at South 16th Street and later at King Street for eight years.

He worked at the City Brewery in La Crosse and Ashley Furniture in Arcadia, Wis. He had previously worked with the family cheese company for 10 years in Elk Creek, Wis. Gene is a 1973 graduate of Whitehall High School after moving from Highland, Wis. Gene was in the National Guard for eight years and was very proud to serve. He was a member of the La Crosse Jaycees. He was the "conservative's conservative" and was currently enjoying reading Bill O'Reilly's book. Gene was a strong Packers fan. He is survived by his parents of La Crosse; two brothers, Douglas of Sun Prairie, Wis., and Gordon of Hubertus (near Milwaukee), Wis.; a niece, Kendra; four nephews, Michael, Jason, Tyler and Ray Gauthier of San Diego; and a host of many friends and cousins. Gene will be missed by his many friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marlene Gauthier, who passed away in 1983; and his grandparents of Westby, Wis. Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 Sill St., La Crosse. The Rev. Ted Dewald will officiate, and burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Friends may call at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and can be sent to the family of Gene Knutson, C/O Raymond and Ruth Knutson, 2107 Liberty St., La Crosse, WI 54603. Dickinson Family Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements.

Robert H. Hauser

WEST SALEM, Wis. - Robert H. Hauser, 77, of West Salem died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.

He was born in Hokah, Minn., on June 28, 1925, to Roy and Hattie (Gollnick) Hauser. He married Mary Poukey on March 27, 1965.

Bob was self-employed in a sporting goods business for 25 years, until his retirement in 1981. He was an honorably discharged veteran from the U.S. Navy and proudly served our country during World War II in the South Pacific as a Navy Sea Bee.

He is survived by two daughters, Cora (Patrick) Byrnes of Williams Bay, Wis., and Kari of Colorado Springs, Colo. He is further survived by two grandchildren, Patrick Christopher and Michael Robert Byrnes; four sisters, Cora Melby of La Crosse, Irene and Fern Hauser of La Crosse and Della (Adrian) Roraff of Pickwick, Minn.; and one brother, Art Hauser of La Crosse.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth; one son, Kevin Robert; his parents; two sisters; and three brothers.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at Blaschke Funeral Home-Nelson Chapel, 1007 Caledonia St., La Crosse. Burial will be held with military rites by the Homer Hall American Legion Post No. 417, French Island Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home Monday.

Daniel W. Hazen

MOUNT HOREB/ PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - Daniel W. Hazen, 44, of Mount Horeb and formerly of Prairie du Chien died suddenly Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at University Hospital in Madison.

A memorial service will be today at 1 p.m. at Garrity Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at a later date in Prairie du Chien Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today from noon until the time of services.

Elizabeth J. Gallager

Elizabeth J. Gallager, 75, of La Crosse died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, in Hillview Healthcare Center, La Crosse.

She was born March 2, 1927, to Lester and Florence (Kohner) Brueske. She married Robert B. Gallager on Dec. 18, 1945.

She was a waitress at Walt's Restaurant for 28 years, and she retired from Gundersen Lutheran after 11 years.

She is survived by her husband, Robert B. Gallager, of La Crosse; one daughter, Barbara Gallager; three sons, James (Sue) and Jeff of Onalaska, Wis., and David (Kathleen) of La Crosse; four grandchildren, Jay (Cherry) Gallager, Krista (Matthew) Gallager, Chad Gallager (Kate Jehring), and Melissa (Dan) Schwaab; three great-grandchildren, Megan, Alexandria and Jesse Gallager; one sister, Gloria (Ron) Lindberg of Minneapolis; and two brothers, Rosco (Pat) Brueske of Minneapolis and Robert (Fay) Brueske of Schaumburg, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 130 Losey Blvd. S., La Crosse. The Rev. Robert Hundt will officiate, with burial to be held at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park, La Crosse. Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church Thursday. Memorials are preferred to the Hillview Healthcare Center.

Blaschke Funeral Homes of La Crosse are assisting the family with arrangements.

Irene M. Stuessel

SPARTA, Wis. - Irene M. Stuessel, 80, of Sparta died Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, La Crosse.

She was born July 5, 1922, in the Township of Little Falls, Monroe County, Wis., to Edwin and Anna (Scheuerman) Janes. She grew up in the Township of Little Falls. Irene was baptized Aug. 6, 1922, by the Rev. Arthur Berg and confirmed July 28, 1935, by the Rev. L.M. Blackwell. She was a lifetime member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cataract, Wis.

She graduated from Sparta High School in 1940 and married Rueben Stuessel on Aug. 11, 1943, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta, Wis., by the Rev. Solberg.

She is survived by five sons, Edward (Tonie) Stuessel of Marion, Iowa, Thomas (Carolyn) Stuessel of Sparta, Richard (Kim) Stuessel of Sparta, James (Clarice) Stuessel of Sparta and William Stuessel of River Falls, Wis.; a daughter, Molly (Richard) Iverson of Sparta; 16 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rueben, on Jan. 19, 1985; a daughter, Maryann Schindler; and a sister, Catherine Janes.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cataract, with the Rev. Paul Kante officiating. Burial will be in the Cataract Cemetery, Cataract.

Friends may call at Lanham-Miller Funeral Home, Franklin Street Chapel today from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Gerald M. 'Buckskin' Thompson

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Gerald M. "Buckskin" Thompson, 77, of Black River Falls died Saturday morning, Dec. 21, 2002, in his home. Masonic memorial services will be Saturday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m., followed by a religious memorial service at 10:30 a.m. with complete military honors at Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Black River Falls, at a later date. Family and friends may call at Buswell Funeral Home on Saturday after 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to either the Black River Lodge No. 74, F. & A.M. or the Miles-Hagen American Legion Post No. 200.

Marjorie M. Caya

LYNXVILLE, Wis. - Marjorie M. Caya, 80, of Lynxville died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, at Prairie Health Care Center in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Thornburg-Hanson Funeral Home, Prairie du Chien, with burial in Dickson Cemetery, Lynxville.

Friends may call Saturday, Dec. 28, beginning at 11 a.m.

She is survived by a son, Fred (Mary) Caya of Kenosha, Wis.; a daughter, Connie (Truman) Anderson of Ferryville, Wis.; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Marilyn (Bill) Galbraith of Fennimore, Wis., Shirley Wall of Oak Park, Ill., and Hazel Daniel of Sun Lake, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; three sons, Terry, Larry and Jim; and four brothers, Wirt, Carson (Pat), Jack and Jim Monroe.

Marjorie was born Aug. 10, 1922, at Mount Hope, Wis., to Oral and Marjorie (Brandt) Monroe. She married Lyle Caya on Sept. 2, 1941, at Mount Sterling, Wis. Lyle died April 29, 2000.

Lucille Martin

Lucille Martin, 79, of La Crosse died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.

She was born March 7, 1923, to Christ and Ella (Mustad) Moen of Beaches Corner, Wis. She married Michael Krisan of Allenton, Mich., in 1944. He was killed in World War II in 1945. She married John Martin in 1949; he died in 1981.

At the time of her death, she made her home in La Crosse with her sister, Myrtle Erickson. Besides Myrtle; she is survived by sisters, Evelyn Anderson of Beaches Corner, Viola Miller of Onalaska, Wis., Sylvia Lynch of Duncanville, Texas, Beverly (Bob) Sather of West Allis, Wis., Betty (Bert) Cartrette of Whitehall, Wis.; one brother, James (Ethel) Moen of Melrose, Wis.; two sisters-in-law, Betty Moen and Phyllis Moen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

Private family services were held, with burial at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee. Blaschke Funeral Homes-Nelson Chapel assisted the family.

Eileen Erickson

Eileen (Link) Erickson, 86, of La Crosse passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at Alterra Sterling House.

She was born May 15, 1916, in Leon, Wis., to Ossian and Sadie (Slayton) Link. Eileen married Leslie C. Erickson on Aug. 29, 1936, in Leon, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 1982.

Eileen is survived by two sons, Link E. (Jacquelin) Erickson of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Jon L. Erickson and special friend, Tori McGuire, of Palatine, Ill.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Lenore (Jim) Sellers of Norman, Okla.; and one brother, Wayne Link of El Reno, Okla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Sally E. Moe; a brother, Verne Link; and other relatives and friends.

Eileen's hobbies included golfing, playing bridge, reading, watching baseball and socializing with her friends.

Memorial services will be held Monday, Dec. 23, at First Congregational Church, 2503 Main St., La Crosse. At 11 a.m. the Rev. Joan Sulser will officiate, and burial will take place at a later date in Leon. Memorials may be given to the First Congregational Church, Alterra Sterling House of La Crosse or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to say a special thanks to all the staff at Alterra Sterling House and also to the staff of Gundersen Lutheran Hospice Program for all the care and attention shown to Eileen in the time of need.

Helen Mae Young

Helen Mae Young, 91, formerly of La Crosse, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at Stoughton Hospital, Stoughton, Wis.

She was born Aug. 1, 1911, in Willow Lake, S.D., to John and Ingre (Hendrickson) Peterson. She married Clarence "Cy" Young on July 27, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, and he preceded her in death in 1969.

Helen is survived by two daughters, Sally (Ralph) Noffke of Mountain View, Calif., and Carrolyn (Fred) Kruger of McFarland, Wis.; one son, Edward (Cathy) Young of Durango, Colo.; six grandchildren, Brian, Keith, Julie, Angela, Renny and Christopher; and four great-grandchildren, Amanda, Brandon, Carlie and Devan.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 23, at 2:30 p.m. at Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church. Pastor Edward C. Ungemach III will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Monday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of services. Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.

James David Nelson

James David Nelson, 59, of La Crosse died Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.

He was born on July 31, 1943, in La Crosse to David and Dorothy (Carroll) Nelson. Jim entered the Naval Reserves in 1960 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1962. He served on the USS Shelton during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1966. He married Rosemary Haas on Oct. 14, 1972. Jim was employed as a firefighter for the La Crosse Fire Department for 30 years, retiring as a captain in 1997. He was very active with the La Crosse Oktoberfest, serving on the board of directors for many years and as the board of directors president in 2000. He also was a member of the Oktoberfest Grenadier Corp. and was the Grenadier General in 1988. Jim also was active with the La Crosse Voyageur's Brigade and the board of directors for the Mardi Gras celebration for the Diocese of La Crosse. He was a member of the Onalaska American Legion Post No. 336, the Thomas L. Rooney VFW Post No.1530, La Crosse, the Shamrock Club and was an active member of the Holy Trinity Parish Men's Club. Jim also volunteered for many church and community projects.

He is survived by his wife, Rosie; two daughters, Sara (Jamie) Reagles and Jessica Nelson, both of La Crosse; one grandson, Seth Reagles; four sisters, Charlotte Hawley of Madison, Marion (John) Engstad of Onalaska, Wis., Nancy Elliott of Danbury, Conn., and Ann (Curt) Wilson of Kenosha, Wis.; one brother, Tom (Mary) Nelson of La Crescent, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; and his friend Scooter.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The Rev. Lawrence B. Berger will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. where a rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Renovation Fund or the Gundersen Lutheran Foundation.

Doris Ann Olson

Doris Ann Olson, 69, of La Crosse died Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, in her home. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse.

John A. 'Jack' Weber

John A. "Jack" Weber, 75, of La Crosse died Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse, from complications of prostate cancer.

Jack was born July 24, 1927, in La Crosse to John J. and Violet A. (Schubert) Weber. Both preceded him in death.

Jack graduated from Aquinas High School in 1945, leaving from there for a tour in the U.S. Navy. After his military commitment, he dedicated 37 working years as a civil engineer for the city of La Crosse.

During his life, he was a member of the Catholic War Veterans and the VFW and also was a great supporter of the Holy Trinity Men's Club and of the Governmental Employee Credit Union, holding various offices with both organizations.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Estelle (Bicha); six children, Holly (Mike) Bahr, Linda (Bill) Baumgartner, John P. Weber, Roberta Weber, Thomas (Traci) Weber and Richard (Kelly) Weber, all of La Crosse; two grandchildren, Jeff Bahr and Jordana Weber; and two step-grandchildren, John and Jamie Ritter. Jack is further survived by his two brothers, Edward (Niki) Weber of Tacoma, Wash., and Bernard (Pam) Weber of Springfield, Ga.; one sister, Kathleen Thicke of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; many nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The Rev. Lawrence B. Berger will officiate. Entombment will take place in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse today from 5 to 8 p.m., where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., and at the church Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Rochester, Minn.

Luella E. Marx

Luella E. Marx, 84, of La Crosse died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, at Hillview Health Care Center.

She was born in the Town of Portland, rural Monroe County, on Jan. 2, 1918, to Nicholas and Frances (Von Ruden) Marx. Luella had been employed at La Crosse Rubber Mills for 37 years before retiring.

She is survived by three sisters, Virginia (Leroy) Gerke, Dorothy (James) Lawrence and Ethel Bushek, all of La Crosse; one sister-in-law, Marilyn Marx of West Salem, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.

Luella was preceded in death by her parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Joseph Brettingen; one brother, Eugene Marx; and a brother-in-law, Cletus Bushek.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m., at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The Rev. David Kunz will officiate. Entombment will take place in the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be given to either to Mary, Mother of the Church Parish or the Hillview Health Care Center.

Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is in charge of arrangements.

Francis L. Herrman

SPARTA, Wis. - Francis L. Herrman, 92, of Sparta died Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta.

He was born Feb. 25, 1910, in the Township of Bangor, La Crosse County, Wis., to Amos and Elsie (Hutson) Herrman. He grew up in the Bangor area, later in the Putnam Valley area. He graduated from Sparta High School in 1928. He attended Ripon College for one year. He returned to farm in the area.

On Aug. 30, 1933, he married Carrie Harr and they farmed in Putnam Valley for three years, then in Big Creek, and back to Putnam Valley. In 1945, they purchased a farm on the northern edge of Sparta. They established Herrman Dairy, which they operated for many years. He was an active livestock dealer, shipping cattle to New Jersey, New York, Texas, Arkansas and other parts of the United States.

He was an avid horse lover, owning many horses, teams, and ponies for several years. He also loved to hunt and fish.

He was active in the Sparta Rotary Club, director of First Bank of Sparta and director of Sparta Co-op Oil. He was Town of Sparta Assessor for many years. He was on the Mount Hope Cemetery Board for several years.

He is survived by a son, Stanley Herrman of Sparta; two daughters, Nancy (Donald) Peterson of Castlegar, British Columbia, and Judy (Douglas) Felland of St. Joseph, Mich.; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie, on April 1, 1992; his parents; a sister, Beatrice Vieth; a daughter-in-law, Peg Herrman; and a grandchild.

Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Lanham-Miller Funeral Home, Sparta, with the Rev. David Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

Friends may call at Lanham-Miller Funeral Home today from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the funeral home Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of services.

Memorials may be given to the Morrow Memorial Home Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Norma A. Wangen

WESTBY, Wis. - Norma A. Wangen, 82, of Westby died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.

She was born June 6, 1920, in the Town of Portland to Adolph and Mabel (Dunnum) Haugen. On July 25, 1920, she was baptized by the Rev. Rondestvedt at Immanuel "Moen" Lutheran Church, rural Cashton, Wis. She worked for the Rev. and Mrs. Svere Hammer prior to her marriage to Jalmar C. Wangen on April 15, 1939, in the parsonage in Cashton by the Rev. Alfred Nelson. She was confirmed July 12, 1942, in the Evangelical Lutheran Church by the Rev. N.R. Hjermstad and became a member of the North Coon Prairie Lutheran Church in Newry where she was a member of a church circle and a longtime treasurer of the Ladies Aid.

After her marriage, she worked alongside her husband to build up their dairy farm in rural Cashton. She did volunteer work at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby, and loved to sew, bake and make fancy meals for special occasions. She also did a lot of embroidering in her later years. Norma was a very caring and loving mother and thought the world of her children and grandchildren. Jalmar and Norma retired from farming in 1979 and then in 1993 moved to Westby. For the past four years, Norma was a resident of the Old Times in Westby prior to moving to Norseland in November of this year.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet (Henry) Langrehr of Sparta; two sons, Donald Wangen and Roger (Becky) Wangen, both of Cashton; eight grandchildren, Lauri (Wayne) Alderman, Susan Snyder, Richard (Tina) Langrehr, Janet Lea (James) Logan, Elvin (Amanda) Smothers, Chris Wangen, Randy Wangen and Jesse Wangen; 14 great-grandchildren, Michael, Nicole, Daniel and Kristin Alderman, Elizabeth, Timothy and Natalie Snyder, Blaine, Kayce and Nathaniel Langrehr, Zachary and Matthew Logan, Jamie Smothers and Kolin Wangen; one brother, LeRoy (Betty) Haugen; two sisters-in-law, Carla Olson and LaValle Wangen; nieces and nephews; families and staff of the Old Times and Norseland Nursing Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jalmar, on Nov. 27, 1997; an infant daughter, Nora Jane; one sister, Minerva Bjorge; and one brother, Jordahl Haugen.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at 2 p.m. at North Coon Prairie Lutheran Church in Newry. Pastor John Stennes-Spidahl will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church Monday from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m.

Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby is assisting the family.

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