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Obituaries for Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003

Arnold D. Stragstalien | L. Sydney Roppe | Sandra Wintz | James W. Pischke | Wayne W. Peterson | Edward E. Brom | Raymond C. Schwartzhoff | Warren W. Smith

Wayne Edward Peterson

Madison - Wayne Edward Peterson, 77, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003. He was born Feb. 13, 1926, in the township of Stanley, now Cameron, Wis. Wayne was a World War II veteran of the USS Wichita of the Asiatic Pacific. He served from May 26, 1943, through Feb. 20, 1946, as a carpenters mate Second Class. He retired from Madison Metropolitan School District Union Local 314.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, June Marilyn (Lee) Peterson; sons, Douglas Wayne (June Scherer) and Todd Jay (Dena) Sedlmayr); daughter, Vicki Peterson; and grandchildren, Kailey Shae Gullickson and Duncan Todd Peterson.

Wayne's family would like to thank Meriter Hospital, Meriter Health Center, all the staff on the second and third floors, Odana Medical Center, Dr. Walter Washburn and Dr. Bernard Micke for always being there for us.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, at noon at Cress Funeral Service, 6021 University Ave., Madison, with the Rev. Gwen E. Brandfass officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mild Brain Injury Resource Network care of Meriter Park Hospital, 202 S. Park St., Madison, WI 53715.

Pete, it's time to rise and shine, the rivers a-calling, we all can hear it, we love you papa.


L. Sydney Roppe

MABEL, Minn. - L. Sydney Roppe, 70, of Mabel died suddenly Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Sydney was born Jan. 3, 1933, in Spring Grove, Minn., to Owen S. and Selma I. (Grindeland) Roppe. He graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1951 and from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in 1957. He also attended the University of Oslo, the Oslo Teachers College and the Norwegian Hogskole in Telemark. On Aug. 4, 1962, he married Mari Anne Hubred at the Kolbu Church in Kolbu, Toten, Norway. The couple lived in Lanesboro, Minn., until 1964, when they moved to Norway. Sydney taught for 16 years in Norway until 1980, when they moved to Mabel, where he taught English and German at Mabel-Canton High School until his retirement in 1998. He was a tour guide and traveled all over Europe and Scandinavia. He was the first dean at the Norwegian Language Camp (Skogfjorden) at Concordia College in Moorehead, Minn. Sydney was a member of the Highland Lutheran Church in rural Spring Grove, Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Masons, Sons of Norway, Minnesota Education Association, Lektorlag, and the Norseman Federation. He was a private pilot and enjoyed oil painting, landscaping, hiking and poetry.

Sydney is survived by his wife, Mari Anne of Mabel; three sons, Tor Erik (Laura), Dag Oystein (Sue), both of Mabel, and Baard Arne (Shelley) of Minneapolis; a daughter, Lisa Kristin (Brian) Quandahl of Gilbert, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Doreen Johnson of Brooklyn Center, Minn., and Yvonne (Gerald) Goetz of Rochester; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Snider of Turner, Mont.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bjorn Sydney; his parents; his brother, Neil Thomas Roppe; and his brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas Johnson.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, with the Rev. David Andrea and Ray Caldwell co-officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Lutheran Cemetery in rural Spring Grove. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel, and one hour prior to services at the church. There will be no reviewal.

Arnold D. Strangstalien

Westby, Wis. - Arnold D. Strangstalien, 76, of Westby died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby. He was born on July 13, 1927, in the town of Coon to Joel and Christine (Bergum) Strangstalien. He was baptized and confirmed at Vang Lutheran Church, where on July 3, 1952, he was united in marriage to Mary Wemette. He was a faithful, life-long member of Vang and had served on the church council in many different capacities for several years. Arnold farmed in the town of Coon until his retirement in 1991.

In addition to his wife, Mary, Arnold is survived by four sons, Michael of Tucson, Ariz., Doug (Debbie) of Westby, Scott (Karla) of Coon Valley, Wis., and Brian (Susan) of Westby; eight grandchildren, Doug Goble, Erik and Evan Strangstalien, Kristen and Joel Strangstalien, and Troy, Cody and Jay Strangstalien; two sisters, Gwen Erickson and Verna (Burton) Iverson, both of La Crosse; one brother, Carlyle (Marilyn) of Milwaukee; one aunt, Peggy Zsido of Milwaukee; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harold; one brother-in-law, Myron Erickson; and two sisters-in-law, Joan and Ardy.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Vang Lutheran Church, rural Westby. Pastors Steven E. Meyer and Charles R. Coon will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Hwy. 14, in Westby, and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby is serving the family.

James William Pischke

Ettrick, Wis. - James William Pischke, 77, of rural Ettrick died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls, Wis.

He was born July 24, 1926, on the home farm in Franklin Township, Jackson County, Wis., to Benjamin and Lena (Eckart) Pischke. He never married. James was an avid outdoorsman and a self-employed beef farmer.

Survivors are a niece, Diane Pischke and Roger Urbick, both of Whitehall, Wis., and her four children, Justin and Jess (Christina) Pischke, Christa and Jaymeson Urbick; a great-great-nephew, Jason Allen Pischke; numerous cousins, including Marsha, Jordan and Rachel Tollefson, all of Melrose, Wis.; other relatives and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon Pischke and his wife, Elsie; and a step-brother, Harry Gland and his wife, Mabel.

Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. from South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, rural Ettrick, with the Rev. John Ashland officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the church on Monday from 11 a.m. until services.

Memorials may be directed to South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church or the charity of the donor's choice.

Zwickey Funeral Homes-Melrose Chapel assisted the family.

Edward Eugene Brom

Arcadia, Wis. - Edward Eugene Brom, 83, of Arcadia passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 2003 at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Nursing Home in Arcadia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Parish/Upper Unit in Arcadia. Burial with military rites will be in Calvary Cemetery, Arcadia. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wozney Funeral Home, where there will be a 6:30 p.m. rosary. Friends may also call from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Sandra Wintz

La Crosse/Viroqua, Wis. - Sandra Wintz, 61, of La Crosse, and formerly of Viroqua, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse. She was born in Madison on Sept. 1, 1942, to Eva Marsh. She graduated from Soldiers Grove High School and was united in marriage to Robert Wintz on Oct. 30, 1963. They lived in the Viroqua area until Robert's death on May 8, 1987. In 1989, Sandra moved to La Crosse, where she worked for Quillin's until her retirement.

She is survived by one daughter, Christine (Adam) Graham of Coon Valley, Wis.; one son, Michael (Pamela) Wintz of Whitewater, Wis.; one granddaughter, Amber of Whitewater; her mother, Eva Marsh of Soldiers Grove; one brother, Robert (Connie) Marsh of Westby, Wis; one sister, Marlene (Joe) Fuerlinger of Janesville, Wis.; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. The Rev. Larry Lindmark will officiate, with burial in the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call at Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday after 10 a.m.

Warren W. Smith

Grass Valley, Calif. - Warren W. Smith, 84, of Grass Valley died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003. He was born March 30, 1919, in La Crosse to Warren and Harriet (Messner) Smith. He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1940 to 1944. He was a disabled vet. He was married to Marian Lenore Stevens on May 5, 1945, in La Crosse.

He was a member of Melvin Jones Fellow of Nevada City and the Lion's Club. Melvin enjoyed woodworking. He retired from the United States Post Office after 20 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Marian Smith of Grass Valley; son, James Smith of Grass Valley; and sisters, Jenny Bruha of Watsonville, Calif., and Harriet Rose of La Crosse.

Services were held Thursday, Oct. 9. Burial was in Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sierra Services for the Blind or Nevada City Lions Sight Program.

Hooper & Weaver Mortuary of Grass Valley assisted the family.

Raymond C. Schwartzhoff

Caledonia, Minn. -Raymond C. Schwartzhoff, 90, of Caledonia died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at The Lutheran Home, Caledonia.

He was born Feb. 28, 1913, in Dorchester, Iowa, to Theodore and Mary (Schulte) Schwartzhoff.

Ray worked at Waldorf Paper Mill, St. Paul, and entered the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Lapon submarine. After serving his country, he worked at Cenex in St. Paul. He retired and returned to Caledonia in 1976.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Caledonia, the VFW Post 3833, and American Legion Post 191 of Caledonia.

He is survived by a brother, Robert (Carol) Schwartzhoff of Caledonia; three sisters, Florence Bissen of Caledonia, Regina (George) Tony of Fridley, Minn., and Rita (Paul) Welshons of Hastings, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Helen Schwartzhoff of La Crescent, and Betty Schwartzhoff of Caledonia; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mary Ernster, Bernadette Peterson and Mildred Osbahr; and two brothers, Bert and Andrew Schwartzhoff.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Caledonia. Father Donald J. Schmitz will officiate, and burial with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church Monday. Memorials are preferred to Calvary Cemetery or St. Mary's Church Refurbishment Fund. McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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