Obituaries for Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006

Obituaries for Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006


Leo E. Dvorak | Louise L. Fry | Dr. Richard M. Gjefle | Lela Goldsmith | Helen Marion Javner | Sarah Jones McNamara | Raymond J. Morris | Mildred L. Oldenburg | Beverly Jean Pfennig | Robert "Sacky" C. Sackmaster | Marcia L. Carhart Sheffer | Shirley A. Storandt | Avis B. Williams

Robert 'Sacky' C. Sackmaster

Robert "Sacky" C. Sackmaster, 83, of La Crosse died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home-Nelson Chapel, 1007 Caledonia St., La Crosse. Family and friends may call from noon to services Monday at the funeral home. A complete obituary will follow in Friday's Tribune.

Dr. Richard M. Gjefle

ONTARIO, Wis. - Dr. Richard M. Gjefle, 52, of rural Ontario died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse.

He was born Aug. 29, 1954, in Bowman, N.D., to Leland and Arleen (Rodd) Gjefle. He graduated from Brookwood High School in 1972 and was in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1975, stationed in South Korea. He attended Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse for mechanics. He worked in Gillette, Wyo., and then attended college in Laramie, Wyo. Upon returning to Wisconsin, he attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, followed by Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Rich opened his private practice in Coon Valley, Wis., in 1988 and then in 1997 at the Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center in Cashton, Wis., where he worked until this past October. His chiropractic work was very rewarding to him and he valued each of his patients. On March 17, 1997, he married Sheila Howes-Hansen in Viroqua, Wis.

Rich excelled at martial arts and enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and being with his family. His priority was living and sharing the love and saving grace of his Savior Jesus Christ. He was a member of the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, the Christian Chiropractic Association, the Jones Lawrence American Legion Post 9075 and Faith Independent Baptist Church in Ontario.

Surviving are his wife, Sheila, three sons, Grant, Elijah and Jeremiah; and one daughter, Abigail, all at home; his mother, Arleen of Ontario; one brother, Michael (Tammy) of Ontario; two sisters, Caron (Dennis) Manion of Watertown, Wis., and Carla Jordon of La Crosse; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father on Aug. 12, 2005.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Faith Independent Baptist Church in Ontario, with Pastor Michael Gjefle officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Hilltop Rest Cemetery in Ontario. A visitation will be held at the church today from 4 to 7 p.m. and also Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time.

Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley is assisting the family.

Beverly Jean Pfennig

Beverly Jean Pfennig, 77, of La Crosse died on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse.

Beverly was born on June 17, 1929, in La Crosse to Roy and Lucille (Lueth) Gilles. Beverly was employed for many years in the candy department at Grant's and then had worked at Whitney Food Center at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for many years.

Beverly is survived by her husband Robert "Ollie"; one daughter, Lynda Nibbelink; one son, Dan Pfennig, three grandchildren, Stephani (Adam) Crowell, and Gregory (Dawn) Nibbelink and Kimberly Fogel; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Jeanette Kennedy; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Carol; and a brother, Richard.

A memorial gathering will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse. Committal services will take place at a later date at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery in La Crosse.

Raymond J. Morris

SPARTA/COON VALLEY, Wis. - Raymond J. Morris, 31, of Sparta and formerly of Coon Valley died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006. A private family service will be held and a full obituary will appear at a later date. Seland Funeral Home of Coon Valley is assisting the family.

Avis B. Williams

HOUSTON, Minn. - Avis B. Williams, 83, of Houston died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at Valley View Nursing Home in Houston. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hoff Funeral Home, with burial in Stone Church Cemetery, both in Houston. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Marcia L. Carhart Sheffer

TREMPEALEAU, Wis. - Marcia L. Carhart Sheffer, 71, of rural Trempealeau passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at her home.

She was born at the Carhart home in Trempealeau on Jan. 13, 1935, to Carroll and Charlotte (Risser) Carhart. After graduating from Healy Memorial High School in 1952, she attended University of Wisconsin-Stout and majored in home economics. She married Clair Sheffer and they later divorced. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Marcia was employed by American Airlines in Chicago and later returned to reside in Trempealeau. She was a temporary postmaster in Trempealeau and also worked at various industries and Watkins Home in Winona, Minn.

In 1969, she was severely injured in an automobile accident, becoming wheelchair-bound. She was an avid reader and a resource of current events. Listening to PBS and discussing politics were favorite pastimes. Her knowledge of medicine and genealogy was extraordinary.

She also enjoyed the outdoors and attending family gatherings. A real joy to her was cooking, often without a recipe. Her excellence of cooking continued, but through the loving hands of her loyal and dedicated caregiver of 27 years, Janice Peterson. Whatever it may have been, Jan was always there and became part of the family. We are eternally grateful.

Survivors are her son, Steven (Mary) Sheffer of Trempealeau; two loving granddaughters, Shannon and Raena, both of Trempealeau; her siblings, Mildred Anne (Bill) Price of Salado, Texas, Charles (Mona) Carhart of Trempealeau, and Lois Carhart and Louise Bagniewski, both of Galesville, Wis.; and her adoring nieces and nephews.

Marcia was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sharon.

Her determination, wisdom and knowledge will always be admired and remembered by others fortunate to have met her.

A memorial services to celebrate Marcia's life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Trempealeau United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Betsy Miller-Ruben officiating. Friends may call at the church on Saturday one hour prior to services.

Memorials may be shared with the area First Responders.

Zwickey Funeral Homes, Galesville (Wis.) Chapel, assisted the family.

Helen Marion Javner

Helen Marion Javner, 80, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, following a long and courageous battle with leukemia.

Helen was born on Nov. 3, 1926, in Shell Lake, Wis., to Axel and Hattie (Peterson) Anderson.

Helen loved growing up on the family farm. She enjoyed flowers, animals, winter's snow and all of God's great creation. An avid fan of all sports, Helen especially rooted for the Cubs and "her" Green Bay Packers. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and the strong rock of her family. Her greatest joy in this life was the time she spent with her family.

Helen is survived by five daughters, Delores (Greg) Baltz of Onalaska, Wis., Darlene (Steve) Schave of La Crosse, Karen (John) Kabitzke of Indianola, Iowa, Janice (Lee) Cline of West Salem, Wis., and Joyce Smith of La Crosse; two sons, Ron (Carole) Javner of Oakdale, Minn., and Steve (Vicki) Javner of Stoddard, Wis.; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by two older brothers, Ellery (Janet) Anderson of Sullivan, Mo., and Vernon (Doris) Anderson of Paso Robles, Calif., and a sister-in-law, Phyllis (Ezra) Frye of La Crosse; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Arthur Javner; her parents; two brothers; one sister; one great-grandchild; and a nephew.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Bethany Evangelical Free Church in La Crosse. Pastor Corey Sateren will officiate. Burial will take place in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse assisted the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to CrossFire Youth Center, 422 Main St., La Crosse, WI 54601.

Special thanks to the wonderful 7th Floor staff at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, and especially to Dr. Rasool, the nurses and volunteers at the Cancer Center.

Helen: "God gave me time on earth to do His will and when my time is up I hope others have seen Jesus in me. Because of my faith in Jesus Christ, my family and friends can rejoice that I am in heaven. And, that we will meet again if they know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior."

Leo E. Dvorak

HILLSBORO, Wis. - Leo E. Dvorak, 91, of Hillsboro passed away Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital in Hillsboro. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hillsboro. Friends may call at from 5 to 8 p.m. today, with a 7:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary at Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro. For online information, visit

Louise L. Fry

WONEWOC, Wis. - Louise L. Fry, 75, of Wonewoc died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse.

She is survived by her children, Donald (Joyce) Fry of Mauston, Wis., Dallas (Deb) Fry of LaValle, Wis., Janet (Mike) Huber of LaValle, Daniel (Lynell) Fry of Wonewoc, Duane (Dorothy) Fry of La Crosse and Doug (Lilizerline) Fry of Wonewoc; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; her brother, Vernon Mitchell of Hillpoint, Wis.; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Thompson Funeral Home in Wonewoc, with Pastor Paul Willis officiating. Friends may call Wednesday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Pine Eden Cemetery.

Sarah Jones McNamara

FRUITA, Colo./LA CROSSE - Sarah Jones McNamara of Fruita passed away peacefully on Oct. 31, 2006. Sarah was born on Nov. 9, 1921, in Racine, Wis., the youngest of three children of Eleanor and John D. Jones. Sarah continued a longtime family tradition by graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Tri-Delt), earning a B.A. in English.

While attending college, she met and later married the love of her life Thomas B. McNamara. The couple eventually settled in La Crosse, where her husband practiced medicine. They raised two sons, Michael and Thomas. Sarah and Thomas retired to Stone Lake, Wis., in 1970. Following her husband's death in 1972, she relocated to Madison to be close to her family. She remained there for 25 years moving in 1999 to Grand Junction and Fruita, Colo., with her son Thomas and daughter-in-law Carrie. Sarah had always loved the West and her mountains.

Sarah will always be remembered for strong ties to her family and the Midwest, including the Green Bay Packers, sublime letters, articulate opinions, a hole-in-one, a rich sense of humor, her warm generosity and her piano playing - a talent that will be dearly missed. Her potato salad, packed for the countless trips on "The River," remains legendary.

In addition to her two sons, Michael and Thomas; Sarah leaves behind her daughters-in-law, Kathleen McNamara of El Sobrante, Calif., Carrie McNamara of Fruita; and her four grandchildren, Evan (Ursula) McNamara of Lee's Summit, Miss., Sarah (Jorge) Bonnet McNamara of Dorado, Puerto Rico, Ian McNamara of Antelope, Calif., and Thomas McNamara of San Francisco, Calif. She also leaves behind three great-granddaughters, Katherine Grace McNamara, age 10, Marina Bonnet McNamara, age 6, and the newest family member, Leilani Bonnet McNamara, age 7 months.

During her life in Madison, Sarah had a special person in her life, Billie Schmidlkofer. Billie preceded her. He will be remembered fondly. She was preceded in death also by her brothers, David and Hugh Jones.

While a resident of Family Health West in Fruita, Sarah made many friends of the wonderful staff. They will also be remembered for their loving attention to her personal care. Our family thanks them deeply.

A private, family ceremony will be held for Sarah, our mother, during the season of Christmas. Her ashes will remain forever in the mountains that she loved so dearly.

Lela E. (Granger) Goldsmith

Lela Goldsmith, 95, of La Crosse passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter (1976); son, Charles; one granddaughter; one great-grandson; and brothers, Jake and Ray Granger. Lela married Walter on Dec. 9, 1932, and her ashes will be buried next to him in La Farge, Wis., at Bear Creek Cemetery.

Lela is survived by her daughter, Vickie (Steve) Weiland of La Crosse; sons, Donald (Dorothy) Goldsmith of Charleston, S.C., and James (Lana) Goldsmith of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one very special friend and neighbor, Palma.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Hillview Health Care Center for the excellent care given to Lela. Funeral arrangements by Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Homes of La Crosse.

Mildred L. Oldenburg

Mildred L. Oldenburg, 82, of La Crosse died Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, at Bethany-Riverside Nursing Facility in La Crosse. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse.

Shirley A. Storandt

BURR OAK, Wis. - Shirley A. Storandt, 58, of Burr Oak died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

She was born June 28, 1948, in La Crosse to LaVern and Marie (Pfaff) Schleifer.

On Sept. 12, 1970, Shirley married Jerry Storandt, and they recently celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary. She was a 1966 graduate of Logan High School in La Crosse and then attended St. Francis School of Nursing, graduating with the school's last class in 1970. Shirley was employed as a nurse at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center for 15 years. She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Melrose, Wis. Shirley enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry; three children, Nicole Storandt of La Crosse, and Jennifer (Monty) Lockington and Michael (Ashley) Storandt, both of Mindoro; three grandchildren, Wesley, Shelby and Hannah; her mother, Marie Schleifer of La Crosse; two sisters, Ellen (Dr. David) Euans of Mandeville, La., and Sylvia (Steve) Campbell of Moundsview, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Matt DeLeo of Durham, N.C.; her mother-in-law, Elva Storandt of Mindoro, Wis.; two sisters-in-law, Kay (fiance, Sheldon Legreid) Campbell and Betty (Jeff) Wegner, both of Ettrick, Wis.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; her sister, Pauline "Polly" DeLeo; her father-in-law, Lester Storandt; and her brother-in-law, Jerry Campbell.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 105 N. Washington (Hwy. 54), Melrose. Pastor Floyd Brand will officiate. Burial will be in Christ Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Burr Oak. Friends may call at Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, Wis., on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until services.

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