NAPLES, Fla. -- Duane "Dewey" Lee Furan, 85, of Naples passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. He was born June 30, 1936, to Bert and Wilma Furan in Anderson, Ind.
Duane graduated from Logan High School in La Crosse. He completed his first year of college at UW-LaCrosse, before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his bachelor's degree. He would later also receive a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and true to Badgers tradition, he caught his cane over the goal post at Camp Randall. Duane was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity.
Duane joined ROTC, which afforded him the opportunity for his schooling. He proudly served as a Naval Officer and was stationed on the USS Begor. Duane cherished friendship and maintained close relationships with lifelong friends from high school, college and the service, throughout his life.
After graduating from law school, he returned to La Crosse and started his career as an attorney. He married Mary Lou Weigel in 1958. Together they lived in Onalaska, where they would raise their five children. They later divorced.
On March 24, 2006, Duane married Karen Gilbertson in Naples. Duane and Karen enjoyed spending time together, taking cruises, dining out and dancing.
Duane worked for Wilson & Johnson in Naples, for over 30 years. The firm was wonderful to him and he enjoyed the people, so much so that he continued to work up until the onset of his brief illness. Had he not fallen ill, he would still be working. He was always going to retire after "one more tax season."
Duane is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Scott Furan of West Salem; daughters, Amy Dwyer of Bangor, Tracey Furan of Waunakee, Wis., Tracy Pedersen of Naples and Ellen (Joe) Runkel of Madison, Wis.; grandchildren, Alycia Furan, Rachel Beranek, Lauren Johnson, Elizabeth Pedersen, Madeline Johnson, Matthew Pedersen and Jacob Furan; and sister-in-law, Margaret Furan of Muncie, Ind. Additionally, he is survived by his stepchildren, Kim (Rich) Heal of La Crosse, Brian Gilbertson of Sarasota, Fla., Shari Gilbertson of Sarasota, Michelle (Jeff) Buikema of Trempealeau; and stepgrandchildren, Kassie (Michael) Knight, Dylan Johnson and Reid Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert "Bobby" Furan; and one son, Thomas Furan.
To honor Duane's wishes, there will be no services. The family would like to extend special appreciation to the attorneys and staff of Wilson & Johnson and to AVOW Hospice. Also, a special thank you to Todd Pedersen for providing companionship and "technical support" during his illness. Remembrances in Duane's name can be made to AVOW Hospice, Naples.
Assisting the family with arrangements is the National Cremation Society, 4424 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, Fla., 34112.
Mildred "Millie" Louise Schleifer, 94, formerly of Mindoro passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in her sleep at Pine View Care Center, Black River Falls.
She was born Sept. 6, 1925, in the town of Farmington, La Crosse County, Wis., to Elwin and Luella (Stetzer) Craig. On Sept. 17, 1949, she married Wayne C. Schleifer at the Christ Evangelical Parsonage in Burr Oak, where they were lifetime members.
As a couple they farmed the Schleifer family farm until Wayne's death in 1977. Millie continued to live in their home until her health failed and she became a resident of Pine View Care Center in December of 2014. She liked nothing better than having company come to visit and play cards and they always had to stay for lunch.
Survivors are a sister-in-law, Diane Craig; nieces; nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Norman, Herbert (Lucille), Stanley (Yolanda), Milan (Joann), Donald and Elwin Jr.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, from Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Burr Oak, with the Rev. John Werner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.
Zwickey Funeral Homes, Melrose Chapel assisted the family.
Dorothy Elaine (Cordes, Steers) Molina-Roque, 82, of La Crosse passed away peacefully surrounded by family Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System-La Crosse.
She was born in La Crosse, May 26, 1937, to John and Elaine Cordes (La Rose). Dorothy attended Logan High School. In 1956, she married Daniel J. Steers Jr., and they lived in Chicago for 10 years. When they divorced, Dorothy moved back to La Crosse, where she waitressed at the American Legion for eight years. She then went on to work at Gundersen Lutheran and retired from there after 25 years. In 1981, she married Rafael Molina-Roque. Dorothy was an amazing mother, who dedicated her life to her family and those around her. She was always willing to tell a story to all who would listen. Her faith in God led her through life. Daily she would say prayers for others and her favorite sports teams. You could always count on her knowing current stats of the Brewers, Packers and Badgers. She played softball on many teams until she was 65. On any given day, Dorothy could be found at a thrift store or haggling at a rummage sale. Gardening brought out her creative side, where she showed off her flowers. Dorothy cherished nature, especially monarch butterflies, milkweed and birds.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Rafael; four children, Barbara Nelson, Troy (Ann Lachman) Steers, Sally (Don Hellrung) Rosson and Lyanna (Andy) Opitz; 17 grandchildren, Angela, Allison, Mathew, Samantha, Chad, Jessica, Rebecca, Karissa, Savannah, Jude, Crystal, Brittany, Dylan, Cecelia, Molly, Aidan and Simon; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Diane (Gil) Simonetti; and countless nieces, nephews and extended family.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Hickman and Margaret Bakalars; two brothers, Thomas and Eddy Cordes; two sons, Daniel and David Steers; one son-in-law, Snooky (Norman) Nelson; two daughters-in-law, Babette Steers and Jennifer Theige; one grandson, Robert Steers; and one great-grandson, Gabriel Eckland.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in La Crosse. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the service, officiated by Pastor Bruce Iverson. Luncheon at the church to follow.
Steve A. Jensen, passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. There will be a memorial service for Steve at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Leo The Great Catholic Church, in West Salem. A celebration of life will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fox Hollow Banquet Hall in Barre Mills.
Verona A. Smith, 96, passed away peacefully at Gundersen Health System Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, surrounded by those who loved her. She was born Dec. 13, 1923, in Deer Creek Township, Iowa, the daughter of Albert and Alvina (Kiehn) Moench. After graduating high school in Fort Dodge, Iowa, she married her high school sweetheart, Richard (Dick) N. Smith Oct. 5, 1943, when she was 19.
When Dick volunteered for World War II, Verona followed him to Princeton University in New Jersey, while he was training for the Signal Corps, while she got a job as a parachute inspector. After the war, Dick worked on getting his undergraduate degrees and his PhD in public school administration. She supported, encouraged and held down the fort while Dick worked as a teacher, referee, and eventually a principal in the Webb, Iowa, school district and completed his schooling. They then settled in Des Moines, Iowa, and there they found a loving church family, helping to create a new congregation called Messiah Lutheran. They were close to many neighbors and friends and loved going to breakfast. Verona worked out of her home coloring black and white portraits for a photographer and later at the Des Moines Science Center. Once they retired, they spent 15 winters in San Antonio and San Diego.
Verona gave so many things to so many different people, all out of her love for them. She traveled every week to Fort Dodge, to see her Mom and help her out. She endured having season tickets to Iowa football games, because Dick loved his Hawkeyes, but Verona equally loved watching the bands perform. They were adventuresome, visiting as many national parks as they could, camping most of the time. They hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and rode a mule back up the next day. They cycled across Iowa, in RAGBRAI. She welcomed snakes and gerbils and frogs into her house when her son grew curious about animals and nature. She taught her children how to be great cooks (except for that one time when she had too much wine and forgot to turn on the oven for the dinner rolls). She was an avid reader, especially biographies and could discuss current events with anyone. She was a champion for the underdogs of the world.
She wrote, every day, in journals to document her life. Those little journals resolved many family "discussions" about when and where events occurred. She was also a scrapbooker, way ahead of her time. If she saw something in the paper that might be interesting to someone, she would pass it along or paste it in a scrapbook. She also had her camera ready to document life in photo books. She spent many hours with friends and family looking at those books, enjoying happy memories of earlier days.
When her son, Greg and his wife, Bette had children, the kids would travel to Des Moines, in the summertime for a week at a time where they would enjoy all sorts of activities with their grandparents. As the grandchildren grew older, Dick and Verona realized they wanted to spend more time with them, so they made the decision to move to Holmen, in 2000. They created a new church family at Holmen Lutheran and settled into a slower retired lifestyle. Happily, they now got to attend the grandkids' sporting events, concerts, and other special occasions.
Verona was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; sister, Vilma (Bud) Kozel; brothers, Roy (Janice) and Ivan Moench; and her best friend and sister-in-law, Betty Lou Nelson. She is survived by her daughter, Paula Smith and her dog, Charlie; as well as her son, Greg and Bette Smith, and their children, Megan and Sam. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Bethany Heights, Onalaska Care Center and Gundersen Health System, for their excellent care these last few years.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Holmen Lutheran Church, 228 Morris St. Pastor Matt Toso will officiate and burial will take place at Green Mound Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the church. Memorials in Verona's name can be made to the Holmen Lutheran Church Building Fund.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.
ONALASKA -- Janice M. Steiger, 92, of Onalaska passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Mayo Health System in La Crosse. A memorial service will be held for Ken and Jan at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2020, at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, with visitation from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. A full obituary will be posted at www.couleecremation.com.
Scott Edward Nagle, 55, of La Crosse passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Hillview Healthcare Center, La Crosse. He was born in La Crosse, July 6, 1964, to Edward J. and Elrose K. (Murphy) Nagle Jr.
Scott is survived by his eight siblings, Pat (Ger) Christianson, Jim Nagle, Randy (Jeannette) Nagle, Cheryl Crawford, Barb (Steve) Hoff, Deb (Dean) Seidel, Kerri Nagle and Janet Bahr; as well as his many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Scott's life will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at American Legion Post 52, 711 So. Sixth St., La Crosse. A short tribute to Scott will begin at noon followed by a luncheon. The complete obituary and an online guest book are available at www.schumacher-kish.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.
Jeffrey Jerome Schoen, 64, of La Crosse passed away at his home Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, surrounded by his family.
Jeff was born in La Crosse, Dec. 9, 1955, to Hilary "Larry" and Faye (Medinger) Schoen. He was a 1975 graduate of La Crosse Central High School, where he was on the football team as well as the track team and the wrestling team. He attended UW-L and Milwaukee Area Technical College, for photography.
On Dec. 23, 1994, Jeff married Toni Ann (Butterfield) in La Crosse. Toni preceded Jeff in death May 26, 2019.
Jeff joined the Army National Guard and took advanced training as a combat engineer. He served in the La Crosse unit with the 32nd Engineers for 22 years. He was deployed to Iraq in 2006, with the field artillery as a convoy escort and did route security, even serving as security for his brother's unit.
Jeff worked at G. Heileman Brewery, Northern Engraving and Auto Zone and spent time as the photographer for the Warriors Baton & Drum Corps. He really enjoyed going to the La Crosse Loggers games with his wife, as well as going fishing and hunting. He was also a member of American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse.
Jeff is survived by his mother, Faye Schoen of La Crosse; his siblings, Donna Ruud of La Crosse, Michael Schoen of La Crosse, Mary Jo (Jeff) Suhr of Columbus, Ohio, Rita Shufelt of Mesa, Ariz., and Rachel (Troy) Oestreich of Eau Claire, Wis.; stepchildren, Terri (Chris) Stagman of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Eric Faas of Onalaska; stepgrandchildren, Austin Colburn and Matthew Stagman; stepgreat-grandchild, Zedlyn Colburn; his father-in-law, Tony Butterfield of La Crosse; numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family.
In addition to his wife, Toni, Jeff was also preceded in death by his father, Larry; brother, Bruce; paternal grandparents, John and Lillian Schoen, and maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Clara Medinger; a brother-in-law, Donald Ruud; and several extended family members.
Private graveside services, with military honors, will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Oak Grove Cemetery. A celebration of Jeff's life will follow at the American Legion Post 52 in La Crosse, beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until 4 p.m.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers and will be donated in Jeff's memory. Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services of La Crosse is assisting the family with arrangements. An online guest book is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, Nancy Wells, loving mother and sister, passed away at the age of 69. She was born Sept. 8, 1950, in La Crosse to Eugene and Alga (Herold) Wells.
Nancy was a woman with many passions. She surrounded herself with numerous pictures and filled every nook and cranny with nick knacks from her many shopping adventures. Nancy had such a creative eye. She used her artist ability to simply paint what she saw or tap into her seamstress skills to create a one of a kind look. Throughout her three-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, Nancy remained a kind and compassionate spirit.
She is survived by a daughter, Tracy (Don) Dolan; a son, Scott (Lynda) Lawrence; three grandchildren, Hunter, Kara and Dale; two great-grandchildren, Luna and Hudson; two sisters, Jan (Jeff) Marson and Jeanine (Rex) Newcomer; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Pataska; a brother, Eugene Wells Jr.; and a special friend, Sam Miller.
A gathering for family and friends will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of La Crosse.
Special thank you to the amazing Gundersen 6th floor staff and hospice care nurses. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.
Norman G. Skaar, 90, of La Crosse passed away peacefully at the VA Hospital in Tomah Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. A memorial gathering of the lives of Norman and Eva Skaar will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Dickinson Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 809 Gillette St., La Crosse, with military honors to be held at 7 p.m. A full obituary can be read by visiting dickinsonfuneralhome.com.
TREMPEALEAU/ONALASKA -- Teman A. Olson Jr., 72, of Trempealeau and formerly of Onalaska died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born Jan. 19, 1948, in Savanna, Ill., to Teman and Laurel (Lapp) Olson.
Teman served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, and was honorably discharged. He married Barbara Pazour Dec. 21, 1973, in Mt. Caroll, Ill. Teman worked as a conductor for Burlington Railroad for many years. He loved motorcycle riding, gardening, woodworking and was an avid Pokemon player who went by Gym Trainer 70. Teman was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Candy Olson (fiancé, Michael Turner) of Prophetstown, Ill., and Kristy (Todd) Voth of Stillman Valley, Ill.; a son, Tim (Michele) Olson of Onalaska; 13 grandchildren, Angela, Teman, Brian, Parker, Christine, Desiree, Jessica, Brady, Timothy, Michael, Allison, Nicole and Courtney; great-grandchildren, Kelliann, Alexander and Austyn; a brother, Terry Olson of Louisiana; a sister-in-law, Dena Olson of Savanna, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Don Arnold and Michael Olson.
A prayer service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley, with a visitation from 1 p.m. until service time. Burial with military honors will be in the Coon Valley Lutheran Cemetery.