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03/24/2015 07:40 AM

Wisconsin in the Civil War

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08/22/2014 02:49 PM

Readstown Memorial Walkway


Groundbreaking in Bliss Memorial Park
by John H. Sime

On Sunday, September 14, at 2 PM, the Readstown Historical Society will hold a ground breaking ceremony in front of the bandstand in Bliss Memorial Park for the memorial walk way. This walkway will eventually circle the entire bandstand and will be handicapped accessible. It will provide easier accommodation for all people to walk around the bandstand and also commemorate friends, relatives, business, and groups.
Light refreshments will be served. People will be able to view the three sizes of bricks and tiles that can be purchased for the walkway. they can also purchase their bricks and tiles at that time. The largest size is 12” x 24″ and costs $350, the middle size is 12″ x 12″ and costs $150, and the small size is 8″ x 4″ and costs $50.
Everyone is welcome. Pastor Curt Matz will give a prayer and local musician Ray Hadley will play songs, at least one of which pertains to the historic bandstand.
Krause Monument in Viroqua is building the project and helping with the design. Mike Lepke is donating sand and gravel for the whole project.
The historical society runs a museum in the Readstown Village Hall which is open from 1 PM to 3:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and on the second Saturday of every month.                      For further information contact Julie Turnmire at 608-629-5140 or John Sime at 608-629-5651. Kathy Showen of Krause Monument in Viroqua is the general manager of the project. She can be reached at 608-637-7726

06/04/2014 07:31 AM

Eco Friendly Burials and Baby Boomers

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for article from LaCrosse Tribune by  KAREN SCHWARTZ of The Associated Press:

” Some people take their principles to their grave. And for some baby boomers, that means planning for their funerals, or their parents’ funerals, in an eco-friendly way.”

04/23/2014 07:13 AM

Thinking About Death

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” Thinking about death can actually be a good thing as it leads people to bring positive changes to their lives and help others, a new report showed yesterday.”

03/27/2014 10:28 AM

Gene Moran article in Wis. State Journal

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” According to the narrative in a Veterans Lifetime Achievement Award he received in 2007: “With severe gunshot wounds and a bullet-riddled parachute, he rode the tail section down at the rate of 100 feet per second; and he survived the descent, but sustained a crushed skull when the tail section hit a tree trunk before crashing to the ground; his life was saved by a Serbian doctor, also a POW, who surgically repaired his severe head wounds after which he was a prisoner of war for almost 18 months, inhumanely incarcerated in POW camps in Germany, Prussia and Poland, and surviving solitary confinement, relocation on a ‘hell ship’ on the Baltic Sea, and a 600-mile forced march from early February to late April 1945 during one of the harshest winters on record.”

Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/state-and-regional/ww-ii-pow-bomber-crash-survivor-dies-in-soldiers-grove/article_6d3bddc7-0702-5b93-aa37-2be0771bb431.html#ixzz2xB3KRpAd

01/25/2014 08:10 AM

Always Go to the Funeral

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for an NPR radio commentary about the social and personal value of attending funerals by  Deirdre Sullivan.

01/05/2014 09:33 AM

The ‘Self’ after a Loss

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“After the loss of a loved one, our lives do not return to pre-loss ways.  Loss changes us. that is inevitable. It is required in healthy grieving. Loss and attachment are part of the self. “

12/17/2013 08:10 AM

Sime Funeral Home on Facebook

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12/01/2013 10:41 AM

Christmas in the Park

1476120_10200738607137196_955530500_n.jpg“Christmas in the Park’ Coming to Readstown”

by Julie Roberts and Leanne Leanne Granger Newman
This year’s “Christmas in the Park” in Readstown is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 30, starting at 6 p.m. at Bliss Memorial Park. Carols will be sung and the bandstand lights will be officially turned on. Santa is expected to arrive, bringing treats for all, old, and young alike.
Following the ceremony, everyone is invited to the Readstown Museum for a Christmas Open House. Guests will be treated to “The Sounds of Christmas” featuring various musical instruments displayed in the turn-of-the century setting. Bell and music box collections, as well as vintage records and sheet music, will be on view in the showcases. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a drawing for door prizes.
All are invited to attend this fun filled evening; bring your family and make some new holiday memories to treasure for years to come.
The Christmas exhibit will remain on display through the winter months. Stop in and view it, as well as the many other items permanently offered. The Readstown Museum is located in the municipal building next to the post office (116 N. 4th Street). Museum hours are Tuesdays, Thursday, and the second Saturday of the month from 1 to 3:30 p.m., or buy special appointment.
If you have an instrument you would like to place on loan for the exhibit, please drop it off at the museum during their regular hours, or bring it with you to the open house.”

11/22/2013 07:40 AM

Sir Richard Burton’s tent-like tomb


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” The tomb was built according to the instructions Sir Richard had given his wife Isabel shortly before his death. He wanted to “lie side by side in a tent” with his wife for eternity. The design of the tent was modelled on the one that Sir Richard and Lady Isobel had made for them on one of their trips to Syria. The sandstone walls with a floor of Carrara marble were carved to resemble the cloth of a tent fluttering in a breeze.”

News Headlines

Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch dies


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Leonard Nimoy of “Star Trek” dies at 83



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Bess Myerson


(July 16, 1924 – December 14, 2014) go here


Joe Cocker dies at 70


joe-cocker.jpgJohn Robert Cocker, known to family, friends, his community and fans around the world as Joe Cocker, passed away on December 22 after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer. He was 70 years old.

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George Hamilton IV


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Joan Rivers…


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A red carpet funeral in Manhattan.joan-rivers-photo.jpg

Loren Bacall


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Robin Williams


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Casey Kasem


Casey Kasem, whose voice came to represent Top 40 radio as the host of countdown shows for decades, died early Sunday morning


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Pat Lucey Dies at 96


pat-lucey.jpgPatrick Joseph Lucey (March 21, 1918 – May 10, 2014)

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