• Ontario

    Donald D. Kortbein

      Donald D. Kortbein, 84, of Tomah passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at the Serenity House in Tomah. Donald was born on the family farm on March 27, 1935, to William and Elvira (Ludeking) Kortbein. He attended Hillcrest Grade School and graduated from Tomah High School in 1952. He began his banking career right after high school graduation as a teller at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Tomah and completed his schooling through the UW-Madison Graduate School of Banking while working, and he retired after a 48-year career as CEO and president in 2000. During those years, he served on many local and state banking organizations and committees. He…

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    Jeanette B. Pollard

    Jeanette B. Pollard, 85, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Sylvan Crossings in Waunakee, Wis.  She was born May 26, 1934, in Kendall, the daughter of Morris and Anna Marie (Preuss) Cleven.   Jeanette worked for Oscar Mayer for over 40 years.  She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, enjoying singing and traveling with the choir, serving communion at church and in the community, serving as a member of the grief counseling group and taking part in anointment-of-the ill-services.  She also was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 8483. Jeanette was an avid bowler with her friends from Oscar Mayer for many years. She also enjoyed gardening, traveling, playing euchre, and entertaining…

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    Vernon “Dean” Chapman

      Vernon “Dean” Chapman, 79, of rural Wonewoc, Wis., passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at his home, surrounded by family. He was born Feb. 11, 1940, to Clayton and Alice “Lucille” (Mason) Chapman in Blackhawk County, Iowa. Dean was united in marriage to Dorothy Alberts on Jan. 12, 1962, in New Hartford, Iowa. Dean worked a short time in road construction, and then moved from Iowa to Wisconsin in 1970. They farmed near South Ridge in the rural Ontario/Kendall area and later retired to their home in Sauk County, where they enjoyed their family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; his children, Dawn (Erik) Folland of Hillsboro, Darwin Chapman…

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    Clarice (Tress) Elizabeth Bunk (full obituary)

      Clarice (Tress) Elizabeth Bunk, a resident of Wilton, Wis., died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Eagan, Minn., after a long battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 23, 1936, in Cashton to Lucy (Heinz) and Leo Garthwaite. She attended St. Peter and Paul School of Pine Hollow. She was united in marriage to Jim Bunk on April 4, 1959, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at Pine Hollow. She was preceded in death by Jim on Oct. 21, 2000. Jim and Clarice owned and operated the Little Bohemia Restaurant in Rib Lake, Wis., and then the operated the Hike and Bike in Elroy. Prior…

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    Clarice “Tress” Bunk

      Clarice “Tress” Bunk, 83, of Wilton died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 301 Spring St., Kendall. Father James P. McNamee will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the church on Wednesday from 4–8 p.m. on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com. The Smith-Nelson Funeral Home of Kendall is assisting the family with the arrangements.    

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    Jimmy (Jim) David Curtis

    Jimmy (Jim) David Curtis, 87, of Ontario died Feb. 3, 2020, at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby. He leaves his wife, Elizabeth Ruth; his sons, Harry (Jonie) and Mike (Kris); and a daughter, Roxy Thurston (Kevin). He was raised in Ontario, Wis. After retiring, he focused on family, friends, his car and golf. He was a longtime member of the Westby Golf Course. His passion for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren was unyielding. He had seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. There will be a private family service per his wishes. 

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    Alan J. Melby (full obituary)

    Alan J. Melby, 68, died Dec. 31, 2019, at Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, with his wife, Loriann, at his side. Alan was the proud father of Kyle, Jeremy and the late Lucas. He was the precious son of Louise and the late Leo Melby. He was preceded in death by his brother, Roger; two sisters-in-law, Carol and Karen Melby; and by Joan Diehl. He is survived by his wife; his brother, Duane; his sons, Kyle and Jeremy; and Eryn Roznik. Alan graduated from Brookwood High School, and then obtained a degree in printing from WWTC In La Crosse. He began his career in printing in Milwaukee at W.A.…

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    Kayla Doris Raines (full obituary)

    Kayla Doris Raines, 35, of La Crosse, formerly of Ontario, is now free from her drug addiction and went to be with her Lord on Jan. 17, 2020. Kayla was born June 8, 1984, in Hillsboro to Clyde (Butch) Raines and Karen (DeWitt) Raines. She attended school in Melrose-Mindoro and then at Norwalk-Ontario. Kayla’s battle started 15 years ago and only took a deeper hold as the years passed. Kayla always said she worked for her living. Kayla was a special person to so many; she had a loving heart and always tried to help the ones who needed a friend. Kayla’s laughter, beautiful smile and caring heart will be…

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    Stacy Raymond Dobbs

    Stacy Raymond Dobbs of Ontario passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, after nearly 92 wonderful, adventure-filled years on this earth. Stacy spent his last days in the home in which he raised his two children, surrounded by his loved ones. Stacy was born March 12, 1928, in Clinton Township, Wis., to Roy and Dott (Calhoun) Dobbs. The second of four children born to a farming family during the Depression, Stacy learned early on to work hard, make do with the resources at hand, and be content in all circumstances. These lessons served him well throughout his life as a farmer, small-business owner, husband and father. You’d be hard pressed to…

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    Kayla Doris Raines

      Kayla Doris Raines passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in La Crosse. She was born June 8, 1984, in Ontario to Clyde and Karen Raines. She is survived by her mother, Karen of Ontario; two half-sisters, Bobbie Jo and Tara of La Crosse; one brother, Clyde of Sparta; and one half-brother, Jamie DeWitt of Ontario. She was preceded in death by her father, Clyde Raines. Funeral arrangements are pending. Watch the County Line website (www.thecountyline.net) or the Torkelson Funeral Home website (torkelsonfuneralhome.com). Kayla lost her battle with drugs. May God bless us all.

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    Janet A. Anderson

    Janet A. Anderson, 82, of Norwalk passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at the Mayo Health Center in La Crosse. Janet was born Oct. 22, 1937, to Charles and Rosina (Laufenberg) Heilman. She grew up on St. Mary’s Ridge and graduated from Sparta High School. Janet went on to telephone operator school in Chicago. Her first job was in Janesville, where she met a handsome Navy man from Blue River, Wis., who drove a fancy car. It was the car that first caught her eye. They courted long distance for quite some time. On Sept. 13, 1958, Janet married John Anderson on St. Mary’s Ridge. When Janet moved to…

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    Beverly J. Seekamp

    Beverly J. Seekamp found peace Jan. 13, 2020, at age 87. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Marie Seekamp, and her brothers and sisters, Lloyd (Zola), Kenneth (Carolyn), Donna Lomenick, Helen Curless, James, and Carol Sue. She was the dear sister of Joan (the late Stan) White, Harriet (the late Richard) Robinson, William (the late Sharon), Judi (Chip) Malnar, Mary, Douglas, and Mark. She was the loving godmother of Douglas, Vicki, Tanya, and Forrest. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was an avid sports fan, but her greatest love was the Boston Red Sox. A memorial service will be held…

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    Roy “Coon Dog” E. Stowers

    Roy “Coon Dog” E. Stowers, 82, of Norwalk passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1937, in Salem, Ill.   Roy resided in the Beloit area in the ‘40s and moved to Loyd in the ‘70s and later to the Readstown and Norwalk areas, working as an iron worker for 20 years and millwright for 10 years.   He is survived by his partner of 38 years, Margaret “Maggie” of Norwalk; his children, Jimmy Stowers of Reedsburg, Becky Stowers of Madison and Bonnie Stokes of Florida; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Peggy Luteningger, Ronnie Coldburn, Jeanie Siren, Cindy Cardel, and Karen Davis.  He…

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    David Marshall Ehle

      David Marshall Ehle, 78, of Oregon, Wis., died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison, Wis.  He was born Sept. 18, 1941, to Stanley and Hazel (Hunter) Ehle in Woodstock, Ill. The family later moved to La Farge, where he met his love, Doris Coleman. On June 6, 1959, they were married. David and Doris moved back to Woodstock, Ill., where they made their home with their two children. He worked as an over-the-road truck driver for many years. He also enjoyed woodworking when he had the time. But once David became a grandpa, something changed for him. He decided the business of being grandpa…

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    Julia Lynn Duprey

    Julia Lynn Duprey of Belchertown, Mass., born July 19, 1968, died Jan. 10, 2020. She was the daughter of Judy Eness of Ontario. She also was the loving wife of Brian Dupre and mother to Levi and Evan, all of Belchertown, Mass. A servant in life: As driver of school bus No. 15, she loved her job. On New Year’s Day, I (her mother, Judy Eness) spoke with about when school started. She said tomorrow and was concerned about the kids standing in the rain. Her route had a pickup at the low-income housing, and there is no bus shelter there. One week later, she was on full life support…

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    Jo Ann L. Shattuck

      Jo Ann L. Shattuck, 83, of Wilton and formerly of Onalaska died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Eagle Crest South Assisted Living Center in La Crosse. She was born Aug. 13, 1936, to Emil and Anna (Kindt) Schulz in Tomah.  She attended the Coldspring Country School in the town of Wilton and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran School in Tomah. Jo Ann was a member of the Tomah Senior High School graduating class of 1954. After high school she attended WWTI in La Crosse. Jo Ann was united in marriage to DeWerd “Duke” Shattuck on March 1, 1958, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tomah. They enjoyed 38 years together before his passing on…

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    Jeffrey D. Sullivan (full obituary)

    Jeffrey D. Sullivan, 61, of Kendall and formerly of Ontario was called home to God in Heaven on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.   Preceding Jeff in death on his maternal side are his grandparents, Clifford and Adeline (Hall) Pettygrove, and an uncle, James Pettygrove; and on his paternal side, Jeff’s father, Thomas Sullivan, his grandparents, James and Marie (Langsdorf) Sullivan, 11 aunts, 11 uncles, and many cousins and friends.  Surviving Jeff is his loving wife, Marsha, of 39 years; his three daughters, Lisa (Jeffrey) Boulton of Tomah, Kendra Sullivan of Kendall and Stacy Sullivan and special friend Travis of Sparta; his grandsons, Nathanial Boulton and Logan…

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    Vernon “Pete” Peterson

      Vernon “Pete” Peterson, 87, of Norwegian Valley Road, rural Ontario, passed away peacefully at home, in the arms of his loving family, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. He was born March 30, 1932, in Whitestown Township, outside of Ontario, to Orvis and Tennie (Hanson) Peterson. He attended O’Connell Grade School and walked 4–5 miles one way to Ontario High School each day. At age 15, he moved to Illinois to work for a former neighbor on a farm. He also worked for National Electronics. He proudly earned enough money to buy his folks a car. In 1952, Pete moved back to the Ontario area. He worked for Kramer Construction and…

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    Jeffrey D. Sullivan

      Jeffrey D. Sullivan, 61, of Kendall and formerly of Ontario was called home to God in Heaven on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.   A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Grace Community Church, 100 Monroe St., Ontario. Pastor Bruce Milleman will officiate. Burial will be in the Hilltop Rest Cemetery in Ontario, followed by a Celebration of Life luncheon at 1p.m. at the Wilton Community Center, 400 East St., Wilton.   Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation at Grace Community Church from 3–8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday. The…

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    Randi W. Owen

    Randi W. Owen, 56, of Tomah passed away unexpectedly at his home on Dec. 19, 2019. Randi graduated from Roland High School in Roland, Okla., in 1981. After graduation, Randi joined the Army, for which he was a helicopter mechanic, serving during the Grenada invasion. He shared many memories of this time; most memorable were the stories about fixing helicopters while bullets were ricocheting off the sides. He decided to wait to finish the repairs. After serving in the Army, Randi moved to Wisconsin, where he met and married Bonnie on April 15, 1996. Randi had numerous jobs, including DJing at clubs, working as an over-the-road truck driver, driving bus,…

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    Lucile Dreier

            Lucile Dreier, 106, of Tomah and formerly of Norwalk, passed away peacefully Dec. 14, 2019, at Cranberry Court Assisted Living in Tomah.  She was born Aug. 10, 1913, in the town of Sheldon in Monroe County, Wis., the daughter of Adolph and Lena (Nenzel) Vieth.    She attended Norwalk grade and high schools.  She had her first date with her future husband and the love of her life, Edward Dreier, on her 17th birthday, and they were married Nov. 14, 1936, at Salem United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, Wis.  Lucile and Ed farmed on the Dreier home farm in Ridgeville until 1974, when they retired in Norwalk.  Ed…

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    David Allen Roalkvam

      David Allen Roalkvam, 67, of Cashton and formerly of Elroy, passed away peacefully at his home Dec. 7, 2019. David was born July 15, 1952, to Tilmar and Ellen (Neuhauser) Roalkvam in Mauston. He was a 1970 graduate of Royall High School in Elroy. After graduation, he proudly served in the U.S. Army for four years and continued on with the National Guard until 1980. Dave was a proud United States veteran who loved his country. On Nov. 4, 1983, he married his best friend, Rhonda Stark, in Las Vegas, Nev. He happily received two girls in this union: Rhonda and her daughter Julie. The three of them made their home in…

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    Robert “Bob” Brandau (full obituary)

      The golden voice of a prominent auctioneer in Monroe County is now silent. Robert Brandau has passed away.   Robert “Bob” R. Brandau, 90, of South Ridge peacefully passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, surrounded by his family, on the home farm where he was born. Bob was a lifelong member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on South Ridge, where he was baptized and confirmed. He served twice as the president of the congregation. He was a faithful servant and often said, “God’s been good to me.” The story of this colorful character began Sept. 1, 1929, when he was born to Rudolph and Anna (Birkholz) Brandau. The…

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    Robert “Bob” R. Brandau

    Robert “Bob” R. Brandau, 90, of rural Wilton passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, surrounded by his family at his home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25525 County Hwy. P, town of Wellington. Pastor Larry Neitzel will officiate. Burial will be in the South Ridge Lutheran Cemetery in the town Wellington. Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation on Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. The Smith-Nelson Funeral Home in Wilton is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com. A celebration of life…

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    Diane E. (Brueggen) Wilde

    Diane Elizabeth Wilde, 77, of Elroy passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at her home, surrounded by family, after a short battle with cancer. She was born May 24, 1942, on the home farm on St. Mary’s Ridge, Monroe County, to Bernard and Nora (Schmitz) Brueggen. Diane attended Catholic grade school on the ridge and graduated from Cashton High School in 1960. She married Charles Wilde on Sept. 29, 1962, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. They lived in Kenia, Alaska, and Wausau and Wilton, Wisconsin, but resided most of their lives in Elroy. Diane worked a variety of jobs throughout her life, many of them caring for children. Her last…

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    William D. Burch

    William D. Burch passed into eternal life on Nov. 21, 2019, at the age of 89 years. He was the cherished husband of the late Evangeline (nee Schmitz; the beloved father of Merlin (Jamie), Colleen (Michael) Mueller, Kenneth (Lynn) and Daniel (Tonia); the cherished grandfather of Jeremy (Esperanza) Mueller, Joseph (Lily) Mueller, Genevieve Burch, Kori (Brian) Van Doren, Tiffany Martens, Crystal Platz, Anthony (Angie) Burch; and the great-grandfather of Eva Platz, Caleb Mueller, Breanna Mueller, Xavier Mueller, Carly Martens and Hunter Martens. He is further survived by nephews, nieces and friends. Visitation will be from 4–7 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, at the Heritage Funeral Home, 9200 S. 27th St., Oak Creek,…

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    Alfred J. Zmolek

    Alfred Joseph Zmolek, 94, of Elroy passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Milestone Senior Living in Hillsboro. Al was born to George and Agnes Zmolek on June 11, 1925, in Toledo, Iowa. After the death of his parents in 1936, Al and brother Lee went to live with their aunt and uncle, Ed and Genevieve Skala. Al and Lee became inseparable in those years on the farm. He often told stories of their many childhood antics. They loved to hunt rabbits, fish and generally get in trouble together. Al and Lee remained close their entire lives, until Lee’s recent death. Al graduated at age 16 from high school and…

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    Arlene B. Arentz

    Arlene B. Arentz, 88, of Cashton passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at the Bethel Home and Services in Viroqua, with her loved ones by her side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Middle Ridge, Wis.  Monsignor Robert Hundt and Father Biju Knujukutty officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.   Family and friends are invited for visitation Friday, Nov. 15. The rosary will begin at 3:30 p.m., and visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church. Visitation will also be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.    The Torkelson Funeral Home of Cashton is…

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    Lillian Evelyn Rumppe

    Lillian Evelyn Rumppe of Cashton passed away at the age of 93, on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. She was most recently a resident at Bethel Home and Maplewood Terrace in Viroqua. Lillian and her twin sister, Lyla, were born in Strongfield, Saskatchewan, Canada, on Sept. 7, 1926, to Henry and Florence Benrud. Lillian also had an older brother, Lloyd.  In 1937, when Lillian and Lyla were 11, the Depression forced the family to move and work on a relative’s 152 acres in 24 Valley, near La Farge. The family of five, an uncle and their dog loaded the Model T with a few essentials and crossed the border to arrive at…

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    Donald Joseph Musbach

    Donald Joseph Musbach, 86, of rural Norwalk passed away peacefully Saturday, November 9, 2019, at his home on Ridgeville. Don was born April 16, 1933, in Port Washington, Wis., to Edger and Mabel (Damerow) Musbach. On Oct. 9, 1954, he was united in marriage to Jane F. Weiland at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Washington. Don raised his family in Grafton, Wis. He worked at Hembel Implement and at his brother Roger’s gas station as a mechanic. He played a role in local politics, serving on the town board for 10 years. On weekends, he would pack up the family and his steam engines that he had built, and they…