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David Thompson

Sep 04, 1949 - Nov 13, 2023

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Onalaska, WI

| David James Thompson, age 74, of Onalaska, Wisconsin passed away on Monday, November 13, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. Dave was born in La Crosse, WI on September 4, 1949 to Robert Thompson and Beverly (Jesse) Thompson. Following high school, he met his future wife Nancy Yeske and married on August 7, 1971 at Asbury Methodist Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Dave was employed by Xcel Energy for 24 years, retiring in 2013 Dave was happiest when he was outdoors. He especially enjoyed fish...Read More

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DeLaney Mae Gilster

May 01, 1931 - Feb 22, 2024

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Onalaska, WI

| DeLaney Mae Gilster 92 of Onalaska, Wisconsin, passed away on Feb 22, 2024 at Bethany St. Joseph care center. She was born in La Crosse on May 1, 1931 to Herbert J. and Gertrude M. (Taber) Hall. She is a January 1949 graduate of Central High School in La Crosse and attended La Crosse Vocational School. She married Richard A. Saltz Sept 26, 1953 in La Crosse, Wisconsin and they divorced in 1956. She married Kenneth W. Gilster April 19, 1958 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was a member of English Lutheran Church, La Crosse, Wisconsin and very active in the church. She is survived by her daughter Gail M. Saltz of Onalaska, Wisconsin, her son Joel K. (Donna) Gilster of West Salem, Wisconsin her daughter Ellen L. (Anthony) Sletten of Holmen, Wisconsin, Grand dog Harley, and granddaughter Kendra Mae Tillman (Chris) of New Mexico, Six step grandchildren, several step great grandchildren, cousins and nieces and nephews. She is proceeding in death by her husband Kenneth, her parents, her sisters Jean (Rudy) Schnurrer, Barbara (Victor) Strait, Colleen (John) Nagle, her brother Herbert R. (Bud) Hall, an infant sister Helen, her step granddaughter Sylvia Withrow in 2007, and several in laws and cousins. Saturday march 2, 2024 at English Lutheran Church at 1509 King Street Lacrosse WI. Visitation at 10am Service at 11Am. Paster Mark K vale to officiate. Memorials can be given to the Giving Hearts Choir or English Lutheran Church. The family would like to thank the staff of Oak Forest Dental, Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, English Lutheran Church and Coulee Region Cremation Group for all their help.

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Theresa A. Gamroth

May 24, 1932 - Feb 13, 2024

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Onalaska, WI

| Theresa A. Gamroth, 91, of Onalaska, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2024 at home with family. She was born on May 24, 1932 to Paul and Julia (Pyka) Rombalski. Her husband, James, died in 2014. Survivors include her two daughters, Lori (Jim) Bettesworth and Marie Mitchell; five grandchildren, Julia Zimmer, Jamie (Joe) Schloegel, Jill Bettesworth, Kristin Mitchell, and Karah Mitchell. She is further survived by three great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. with the rosary beginning at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 29th, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1031 Main St., in Onalaska. Msgr. Steve Kachel will officiate. Burial immediately after at Onalaska City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations for Masses would be appreciated.

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Dorothy Viola Will

Jan 23, 1925 - Feb 16, 2024

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Onalaska, WI

Dorothy Viola Will, 99, of Onalaska passed away peacefully on Friday, February 16th, 2024. Dorothy was born January 23rd, 1925 in Cashton, WI to Eddie and Elsie (Lueck) Scharping. On May 27th, 1944 she married Neal Everett Will. She worked for La Crosse Garment Co. for 35 years and retired a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Local 379. Dorothy also worked as a nurses aide at the Onalaska Care Center for 10 years. Still not really retired she helped at Midwest Direct Holmen for her dear friends of many years. Dorothy was a lifetime member of the DAV auxiliary and travelled weekly to Tomah for bingo with the veterans. Her husband Neal was a POW and a DAV and this special to her heart. She was a faithful member of St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Onalaska. Our mom was the sweetest, kindest person you could have ever met and have known. She will be dearly missed but always in our hearts. She is survived by her children, Gale, Stanley (Cindy), Audrey (Chuck) Renwick, Marlene (Bob) Esser, Patti (Tom) Merfeld, Kevin (Romana) and Randy (Brenda). Many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 Sisters Janet Dunnum, and Ardice (Vernon) Urbanek and a Sister-in-law Bernadine Scharping. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 great-grandsons Levi Shepard and Damion Esser, siblings, Orval Scharping, Verdell (Marilyn) Scharping, Vernon (Louise) Scharping, Verna (Arthur) Marx, Ardella (Ellsworth) Role, Donna Urbanek and daughter in law Cheryl Larson. Funeral services will be held on 10:30am on Friday, February 23, 2024 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Onalaska. Pastor Brett Ehlke will officiate. Friends may call at the Fossum Funeral and Cremation Service in Onalaska on Thursday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and again at the church on Friday from 9:30am until the time of the service. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Barbara Thiel

Jul 01, 1953 - Dec 10, 2023

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Onalaska, WI

| Barbara Ann Thiel passed away December 10, 2023. She was born July 1, 1953 in Fort Hood, Texas to Howard and Rose Marie (Seemann) Thiel. She was employed by Trane for 37 years retiring in 2013. Barbara is survived by her brothers, Jeffrey (Ann) Thiel, Laguna Niguel, California, and John (Betty) Thiel, Onalaska; and Aunt B to nephew, David (Candice) Thiel, La Crosse, nieces, Meg (Timothy) Ford, Mission Viejo, California, Sara Thiel, Laguna Niguel, California and Kari (Bennett) Chrisinger, Onalaska. She was also a beloved great aunt to "the Littles" Hailee Elizabeth, Clara Helen and Sophia Rose Thiel, Elizabeth Rosemarie and Adam Howard Ford, Leah Lynn and Alli May Chrisinger. and special friends Jayne Seaquist and Cheryl Nesbit. She was preceded in death by her parents. As per Barbara's request there will be no memorial service. Her family would like to thank the staff at Hillview Healthcare who were more like family for the past 5 years, Rachel Keehner, PA and Gundersen Hospice for the care, compassion and friendship provided to Barb.

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David Rudolph

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Onalaska, WI

| I team-taught with Dave for many years. He was compassionate but tough, never wavering in his beliefs and rules. Kids respected him greatly. He will be missed by many. Sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones.

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Mary Pehler

Born : May 10, 1935

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Onalaska, WI

| Mary Catherine Pehler, 88, received her angel wings, took the Lord's hand, and was called home on Friday evening, November 17, 2023. Mary was born on May 10, 1935 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Catherine (Weber) and Roland Stange. On July 9, 1955 she married Robert Pehler, and they happily began building their life and family together. Mary enjoyed the simple pleasures in life like a good cup of coffee, reading the daily newspaper, watching an afternoon Milwaukee Brewers or Chicago Cubs game, spending time with her sister, Jean - be it for lunch or traveling on a bus tour, and sitting around the table at a family Sunday dinner. The greatest joy of her life was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and precious great-grandchildren. Mary's smile, quick wit, and conversation will be missed by many. Mary is survived by her three children: Mike (Patti) Pehler, Kathleen (Joe) Zietlow and Larry Pehler (Kathy Hole); nine grandchildren: Adam (Kasey) Pehler, Beth Pehler (Adam Ziegeweid), Jared (Ashley) Pehler, Paul (Brooke) Pehler, Patrick (Jessica) Pehler, Jill (Keachen) Abing, Scott (Angie) Zietlow, Audrah (Drew) Waterhouse and Ali (Brandon) Strand; and eighteen great-grandchildren: Addison, Kallan, Arianna and Aubrey Pehler, Catherine and Daniel Pehler-Ziegeweid, Austen Pehler, Paisley, Braxton and Blakely Pehler, Landon Pehler, Atley and Afton Abing, Owen and Macy Zietlow, Maddox and Kipton Waterhouse and Leo Strand. Mary is also survived by siblings Jean Pehler, Joan Mutch, Bob Stange, as well as many nieces and nephews. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Catherine and Roland Stange, her loving husband, Bob Pehler, her brother, John Stange, brother and sisters-in-law, and daughter-in-law, Sandy Pehler. Mary and her family are beyond grateful to the staff and caregivers of the Eagle Crest North Community and Gundersen Hospice. Your daily acts of love, compassion, and care will forever be imprinted on our hearts. We will never truly be able to express our sincerest gratitude for loving on our Mother, Grandmother, and GG each and every day. A celebration of Mary's life will take place on Monday, December 11, 2023 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street in Onalaska, Wisconsin. Coulee Cremation is assisting with the arragnements. Family and friends may gather from 10:30-11:30. At 11:30 a memorial service will be held, led by niece, Pastor Kelly Fernandes, with a luncheon to follow. "When you feel me in your heart, look up. . . I am always with you. "

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Dennis Potaracke

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Onalaska, WI

| My friend, Michelle, know that you are always on my prayers and a faithful friend. Hugs to you. Dennis and I had been friends for over 38 years. I hope you family find peace during this difficult time. Please know he was loved in Alaska I was lucky enough to hang out with Dennis when we both attended St. James Elementary. . . back in the 60s. His obituary describes him perfectly. He was the Huck Finn of French Island. He was adventurous and would never shy away from a new challenge. I remember Dennis as a very tough kid who he had a huge, kind heart. I'm glad that he lived a happy, enjoyable life. God Bless Dennis and his entire family. . . . you have my sincere condolences. My sympathies to all the family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Dennis was a a good friend. I remember him taking us up to Fort McCoy picking blackberries by the 5 gallon buckets full. Lots of other memories too. He was a close friend of my brother Gary Brandt when they were kids. Sorry to hear about your loss. Love to all your family. [?][?]

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David Schurhammer

Jun 16, 1942 - Nov 26, 2023

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Onalaska, WI

| David Dale Schurhammer, Jr. , age 81, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 26, 2023. David was born on June 16, 1942 to David and Erma Schurhammer. He was one of seven children. David married Judith Mary Sullivan on October 28, 1961. Together they raised seven children. Early in his career he worked in grocery sales for Super Value. He went on to work as a mechanic for many years. He enjoyed woodworking and made most of the furniture for his family. After retirement, he became an avid model railroad builder and collector. He traveled the country to attend railroad conventions and chase trains. David was proceeded in death by his parents, his brother Jerry, and his wife of 55 years, Judith, who passed away in 2016. David is survived by his children John, Ann, Mary, Jim, Jeff, Amy and Joe. He is also survived by his brother Steve and sisters Jean, Barbara, Caren and Sherry. Services will be held on Monday, December 4, 2023 at 1:00 pm at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, Wisconsin. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family at this time. I'm so very sorry for your loss. My sympathies to Lynzi and her family. Sending my love and prayers during this hard time.

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Sandra Metz

Feb 16, 1944 - Nov 26, 2023

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Onalaska, WI

| Sandra Jane Metz, 79, Onalaska, WI (formerly of Garrison, ND) passed away on November 26, 2023 at Valley View Health Care and Rehab in Houston, MN, where she was being cared for during her last stages of dementia. Sandra was born on February 16, 1944, to John and Ingeborg (Bratterud) Lynnes. She was raised on the family farm with her much loved 8 siblings. Sandra attended school in Rolette, ND, and went on to Minot Normal School (now Minot State University) to obtain her two-year degree in teaching. Sandra taught elementary school in Mohall and Williston before moving to Garrison, ND to work at the Bureau of Reclamation. It was in Garrison that she met Gordon Metz, whom she would marry on January 10, 1976. Gordon and Sandra eventually settled near Garrison, ND, where they raised their two daughters, Leah and Jaclyn. Sandra enjoyed her time in Garrison where she spent many days volunteering as a Sunday School teacher at St. Paul Lutheran church, a Girl Scout leader for her daughter's troops, and working as a substitute teacher at surrounding elementary schools. She even substitute taught in her daughter's classes at times, which her girls thought was neat when they were younger, but annoyed them greatly as they got older. Sandra spent much time reading to her daughters (a favorite of hers), as well as practicing flash cards with them for classroom flash card competitions, and then practicing spelling words with them for many a McLean County spelling bee. She also spent a lot of time sitting by her daughters and helping them in their early years of practicing piano. After Gordon's retirement, he and Sandra moved to Mesquite, NV for warmer winters. When their grandkids started arriving, they moved to Onalaska, WI, to be closer to their daughters and their families. Gordon and Sandra enjoyed family time as well as polka and waltz dance events in the Wisconsin area. Sandra also enjoyed her grandkids for several years before her worsening dementia caused her to move first to a memory care facility, and then to a nursing home. Sandra is survived by her daughters, Leah (Chad Hilton) Metz of Onalaska, WI; Jaclyn (Bryan Thorson) Metz Thorson of Hudson, WI; grandchildren Nicholas Hilton and Sydney Thorson; siblings David (Miriam) Lynnes and Roxanne Mott; sisters in law Avis (Dan) O'Connell and Jacquelyn Lynnes, family friend Toni Sims, and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by husband Gordon, her parents, infant sister Marie, brothers Lester and Donovan Lynnes, sisters Yvonne Drege, Lola Hanson, Jeanine Aarhus, and Mildred Monson, as well as brothers in-law Allen Drege, Orlin (Bill) Hanson, David Aarhus, Raymond Monson, and Robert Mott. Special thanks to Eagle Crest Memory Care in Onalaska, WI, and Valley View Health Care and Rehab in Houston, MN for the excellent care she received during her last years of dementia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association or donor's choice. There will be a service in North Dakota next summer to celebrate Sandra's life. More details will follow in the coming months. Sandra is remembered by her daughters and friends and family as a caring person with a great sense of humor. Sandra was proud to be of 100% Norwegian ancestry, and noticed with great interest during a trip to Norway that many of the headstones said "takk for alt," which translates in English to "thanks for everything!" Sandra was grateful for the nice life she had with Gordon, and all the good times with her daughters, family and friends, and we are grateful for the time we had with her. Takk for alt! Sandra would be so happy that her daughters "taught" a lesson in her obituary. Takk for alt - is a great way to leave this world as well as how to live in it. My dear aunt will be remembered fondly and I hope you can be comforted in the stories of the love and joy she brought to others. Great aunt Sandra, the woman whom taught me to walz, to laugh at the madness and helped me over my fear of playing piano in front of people. I can not imagine the happiness on Uncle Gordon's face when you got home, his famous bear hug, I'm sure welcomed you. Hugs to all family and friends who had the pleasure of knowing you

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Marion Hogden

Nov 24, 1924 - Nov 16, 2023

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Onalaska, WI

| Marion A. Paulson Hogden ,98, passed away peacefully at her home on November 16, 2023. She was born in Elroy Wisconsin on November 24, 1924. She married Gordon Paulson on May 11,1942. He preceded her in death on October 16, 1982. They raised eight children together Sandy (Jim) Allen Julie (Mike) Short Jane (Edward) Ryan Mary Jo (Tom) Jansky Bev (Steve)Kellicut and her only son Bill Paulson, Barb (Lloyd) Gleason Laura (Richie) Reichgelt. She married Art Hogden on June 12, 1986 and he passed away on May 3, 1993. Marion's daughter Julie Paulson Short preceded her in death on December 23, 2022. She also had 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Marion is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews, and two of Art's daughters, Judy Prowant and Mary Thompson. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 11:30 a. m. at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St. , Onalaska with a visitation from 10:30 a. m. until the time of the service. Interment will be held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery at a later date. A special thank you to Jessica Bumgarner for her help, kindness and compassion. Thank you to Gundersen Hospice and Heart to Hearth Care, Vicki St. Mary and Sue Pederson, who supported our mother at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss. Marion was a fine woman and lived a very full life. From Bob and Karen.

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