Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

10/21/2014 07:29 AM

George Alexander

img585.jpgGeorge Alexander, 87, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in the Bland Bekkedahl Hospice in Viroqua.

He was born on October 7, 1927 on the family farm located at Sugar Grove, to Thad and Alzina (Alderman) Alexander.  George was the sixth of nine children.  Six boys and three girls.  He was the last survivor of all his siblings.  They were Leslie, Darrell, Wayne, Gaylord, Gerald, Maxine, Lois, and Elsie. George attended Sugar Grove elementary school for eight years and went on to two years at Soldiers Grove High School, then finishing at Readstown High School.  George joined the U.S. Navy on Nov. 20, 1944 and was honorably discharged in Nov. of 1946.  He served in the South Pacific.  Of the six sons in the family, five served in the military, two in the Korean War and three in World War Two.

On July 1, 1947, George married the love of his life, Arlene N. Peterson at the Methodist Parsonage in Soldiers Grove, Wis. by Pastor Walker.  On their wedding day, July 1st, they moved onto the Alexander home farm.  Three days later, on July 4th, they began planting their first tobacco crop.  Many people said that was one of the most beautiful tobacco crops they had ever seen until it was totally destroyed by hail the day before harvest. For the next seven years, George worked as a licensed cheese maker for two to three years and then on to working on road construction.  During that seven years,  they moved numerous times onto different farms where Arlene milked cows on shares, and for rent, while George worked out on the roads.  In 1954, George and Arlene took over the family farm where they worked and raised their family until they retired and sold the farm in 1990.  George worked on road and bridge construction for a total of twenty-five years, one of his employers being Kramer Construction.

George and Arlene were blessed with eight children:  six sons and two daughters:  Leslie G., Ronald L., Michael C., Robert A., Carey A., Cheryl L., Kelly D., and Kevin E.

He was preceded in death by parents, three sisters, and five brothers, two sons:  Robert and Leslie, 1 granddaughter: Skyler Applebee, and 1 son-in-law Tim Otterson.

He is survived by his wife Arlene, 6 of his children:  Ronald (Monica) of Soldiers Grove, Michael (Kristi) of Readstown, Carey (Steven) Olson of Viroqua, Cheryl (John) of Soldiers Grove, Kelly (Rhoda) of DeSoto, and Kevin of Zwiebrucken, Germany, 1 daughter-in-law Cheryl, wife of Leslie, Soldiers Grove, many nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  George and Arlene had a grand total of 81 descendants.

The name George actually means “farmer”.  George was a dairy farmer, and a very good one at that.  He had a beautiful farm, always well kept and taken care of.  he took great care of his land, livestock, and machinery.  He liked to hunt, trap, and of course fish, as well as a good game of cards, especially euchre.  He was a no nonsense, get ‘er done kind of a man, but had a great sense of humor and enjoyed visiting with friends and family.  he had a big family and cared for them all very much.  He was the very essence of what a Patriarch is.  George was a devout Christian and served the Lord his whole life.  All in all he set a good example for all of us to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials please be sent to Bland Bekkedal hospice house, Viroqua, Wis..  Special thanks to the staff at Bland Bekkedal for their services.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 1 PM at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown Pastor Lance Lorenz will officiate and burial will be in the Sugar Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 AM until time of services. Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.

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10/21/2014 07:27 AM

Gordon Glick

glick-gordon-photo.JPGGordon Glick, 86, of Mauston, formerly of Readstown, passed away on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at his home.

He was born on July 3, 1928 in Richland County to Eldred Fremont and Edith Mary (Adkins) Glick.  He married the love of his life, Ilene Dull, on July 27, 1947.  They were married for 67 years.

He had first worked as a cheese maker at the Elk Creek cheese factory. He later farmed in the Readstown area for many years.  He was a familiar face on the school buses. He drove for Kickapoo School District for many years.

Gordon’s greatest achievement was his family.  He was truly proud of each and every member of his family.  He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by each and every member of his family. He was also fond of his Oliver tractors.

He is survived by his wife Ilene of Mauston; 5 sons:  Kenneth of Readstown, Daryl (Roxann) of Janesville, Terry of Janesville, Michael of Mauston, and Larry (Stacey) of Larsen, Wis.; 2 daughters:  Nikki (Alan) Bankes of Soldiers Grove, and Gaile (Patrick) Lindvig of Mauston; 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grand daughter.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at the Richland Center Seventh Day Adventist Church at 1 PM.  There will be no visitation. The Sime Funeral Home is serving the family.

Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.

Until we meet again….

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10/18/2014 06:58 AM

Michael Murphy

img584.jpgMichael Murphy, 58, of rural Soldiers Grove, passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014 at his home.

             He was born in Richland Center, Wis. on Dec. 18, 1955 to Donald and Dolores (Beck) Murphy.  He married Denise Keleher on April 25, 1977 at St. Rose Church in Cuba City, Wis.

             He graduated from North Crawford High School in 1974, and graduated from South West Technical College in Fennimore in 1976.  The couple lived for a number of years in the Benton and Platteville area.  He worked in various auto mechanic shops.  In 1993 they returned to his family farm and raised beef cattle.  HIs hobbies included hunting, drag racing, and tractor pulls.

             He is survived by his wife: Denise of Soldiers Grove; 2 daughters:  Sara Murphy of Gays Mills, and Becky (James) Murphy-Adkins of Soldiers Grove; 1 grandson: Jameson Murphy Adkins; and his father: Donald Murphy of Soldiers Grove.

             He was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores Murphy.

             Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 9 PM.  Per his wishes there will be no funeral services and his body will be cremated.

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10/15/2014 07:43 AM

Helen Runice

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HELEN RUNICE

             Helen Runice, 95, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home surrounded by her family.

             She was born on Feb. 18, 1919 to Jack and Stella (Adams) Nicholson in the Township of Clayton, Crawford County, Wis.   She married Melvin Runice on August 24, 1940 at Dubuque, Iowa.  She was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church in North Clayton, and later transferred to the Soldiers Grove United Methodist Church of which she remained an active member.  She graduated from elementary school at North Clayton, and from high school at Soldiers Grove, Wis.

             Survivors are her daughter:  Marla (and husband John) Feiner of Plain, Wis.; her grandchildren:  Melanie (husband John) Schuster of Midlothian, Texas, Kurt Egge of Madison, Wis.; her great grandchildren:   Sophia, Bridget, and Lucas Schuster.

             She worked at Moore’s Market and later at Turk’s I.G.A. for many years.  She did sewing for the public in her spare time.   She liked to draw and paint, crochet, do crossword puzzles, work on her lawn and go to church on Sunday.

             She took loving care of her little Dachshund, Millie, until she was no longer able to, then Marla took her.

             Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1 PM at Soldiers Grove United Methodist Church. Friends may call from noon until time of services. Pastor Wayne Goplin will officiate and burial will be in the North Clayton Cemetery at a later date.  Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.

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10/15/2014 07:35 AM

Noreen Eitland

NOREEN EITLAND

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Noreen Eitland, 65, of Janesville, passed away on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Janesville.

                  Noreen was married to James Howell 23 Years lived in Madison, WI.  They have since divorced. She was also married to Bryan Lemenes. 

                  She is survived by Conrad Howell of LaCrosse, WI, Tina Howell of Windsor, Wi, Teresa Wright ( Mike Swisher) of Janesville, WI, James Howell of Janesville, WI, Holly Jo Howell of Windsor, WI, Christina Howell of Portland, OR;  18 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren

                  Step Mother Dorothy Eitland ( Ron Otteson) of Westby, WI; Step Father Ed Anderson (Val) of Spooner, WI;  Sister Jannette Schafer of Madison, WI, Sister Terry Peterson of Readstown, WI, Sister Toni Putman (Lee Zimmerman) of Delavan, WI, Brother Rodney Eitland (Andrea) of Westby, WI, Sister Susan Cords  ( James Fritz) of Walworth, WI, Sister Roxane (Pete) Grier of Westby, WI;  Aunt Rose Offerdahl  of Janesville, WI, Aunt Delores Olson of Westby, WI, Aunt Charlotte Stalsberg of IL, Uncle Kenneth Salmon of Solders Grove, WI, Aunt Mabel Domenget of Viroqua, WI, Aunt Stella Shaller of Viroqua, WI; Many Cousins and Friends.

                  She is preceded by her Parents Gordon Eitland of Westby, WI and Claire Anderson of Madison, WI., One Grandson John Burian, Two Grand Daughters Hilda and Angel Howell, One Brother in Law Tom Schafer, One Nephew Johnny Schafer

                  Noreen was a very caring, loving  and  giving person. She loved Cooking, Baking Cakes, Sewing, Knitting, Making Jewelry, Writing, Games, Country Music, Elvis, and Western Movies. She had a great sense of humor and loved to tell us all stories. She was very family oriented and never felt as if she gave enough. Always worried about everyone else. She loved the holidays and loved doing the dinners. No one could eat Turkey and Dressing like she could. she worked at Goodwill Industries corporate offices until she retired. She also took care of her disabled son James. She was very proud of all of her children, grand children and great grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her kindness and we will all miss her very much.

                   Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at 1 PM at Kickapoo United Lutheran church at S8398A County Road J, rural Soldiers Grove, Wis.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pastor Curtis Matz will officiate. Friends may call at the church from noon until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family. Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.

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10/04/2014 01:14 PM

Judi DeHaan

Judi DeHaan always loved animals.  When she died, she was holding “Milo”, her plush kitty whom she hugged, talked to, and kissed.  In those final weeks he was her constant companion.  That open hearted love applied to all things in Judi’s life.

Judi DeHaan died peacefully at the Bland Bekkedal Hospice center early in the morning of October second 2014.

She has lived for the past seventeen years with her husband Jud, in their beloved home on the Kickapoo River near Soldiers Grove, WI.  Judi was always delighted by the beauty of the Driftless Area.  She and Jud spent many wonderful days exploring the county roads to see the Amish farms, the abundant wildlife and to just take in the magnificence of it all.

Judi touched many people with her openness and obvious love of life.  Her mellifluous voice, quick wit and ready laugh conveyed her generous spirit to all.

She is survived by her husband Jud, 2 sons:  James A. Donnelly of Baltimore, Maryland, and David C. Donnelly of Eau Clairie, WI; 1 daughter:  Heather A. Donnelly of Stillwater, MN.  She was preceded in death by her mother Harriet DeHaan.

Memorial services will be held at The Ark at 401 E. Jefferson St., Viroqua, WI., on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 6 PM.

Memorials may be given to the Bland Bekkedal Hospice Center.

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10/01/2014 12:34 PM

Ann Todriff

Ann Todriff, 83, of Readstown, passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at her home.

She was born in Warren, Pennsylvania on January 30, 1931.

She married Kenneth Richard Todriff.  She lived in Florida and later New York State.  In recent years she has lived in Wisconsin.  She had worked as a ward clerk in a hospital and also in a college cafeteria.  She later worked at a clothing factory.

She liked to attended Indian ceremonies of the Oneida People.  She enjoyed going to baseball games. She played cards everyday with Maxine Ronnfeldt. She also enjoyed country music.

She is survived by 1 son:  James Lawrence of Readstown; 1 daughter:  Cheryl (Donald) Skenendore of Readstown; 6 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, 1 son:  Charles Todriff, and 1 brother–Edward Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the LaFarge Free Methodist Church, Pastor Mark Phillips will officiate. .  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.  Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.

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09/30/2014 07:17 AM

Thela Olson

img580.jpgThela Olson, 96, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014 at Gundersen  Medical Center in LaCrosse. 

             She was born near Soldiers Grove to Sherman and Esther (Hestetune) Banta.  She graduated from Soldiers Grove High School.  She married Marlin Olson on April 7, 1937.  They farmed in the Soldiers Grove area most of their lives.  She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove.  She was a member of that congregation’s WELCA and the Dorcas  Circle.  She loved to do crossword puzzles and word search puzzles.  She also liked to make lefsa, chocolate chip cookies, and bread.

             She is survived by 3 sons:  Ron (Lola) of Soldiers Grove, Randy (Chris) of Kenosha, Steve (Kathy) of Soldiers Grove; 2 daughters:  Jeanine (Loren) Kepler of Richland Center and Denise (William) Knoble of Soldiers Grove; 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren;  2 brothers:  William (Pauline) Banta of Madison, and Gary (Betty) Banta of Janesville;  and 1 sister:  Mary Lee Ivalis of South Milwaukee.

             She was preceded in death by her husband, 1 granddaughter:  KIm Wondrash, 8 sisters, and 3 brothers.

             Funeral services will be held on Friday,  October 3, at 11 A.M. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.  Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Soldiers Grove.  Pastor Lorie Betz will officiate. Friends may call at the church from 9:30 A.M. until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the church and the North Crawford Rescue Squad. The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.  Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.

            

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09/18/2014 07:49 AM

Patricia Kirchman

Patricia Kirchman

             Patricia Kirchman, 74, of Viroqua, passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at her home.

             She was born in Oak Park, Illinois on October 17, 1939 to Sheldon and Catherine (Rigden) Kirchman. 

             She worked at Conway Foods in Illinois and California. She also worked at a local group home.

             She is survived by two brothers: Michael (Janie) Kirchman of Soldiers Grove, and Sheldon Kirchman of San Francisco. ; 1 sister:  Mary Ohler of Elmhurst, Illinois; and 6 nieces.

             She was preceded in death by her parents.

             A memorial service will be held at a later date in Elmhurst, Illinois, where she will be buried. Local arrangements were performed by the Sime Funeral Home of Readstown.

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09/04/2014 07:31 AM

Daniel Swiggum

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Daniel Swiggum, 63, of Towerville, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

             He was born in Viroqua on July 18, 1951 to Morris and Ruth (Stevenson) Swiggum.  He was baptized and confirmed at Kickapoo United Lutheran Church .  He graduated in 1969 from North Crawford High School. He hauled milk with his Dad for the Star Valley Creamery for many years.  He also worked at Sunrise Orchards, Johnson’s One-Stop, and Nuzum Lumber. While working as a road patrolman for Utica Township, he retired due to health.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons , and he truly enjoyed his granddaughters.

             He married Carolyn Nelson on May 25, 1985, they later separated.  He was a lifelong member of Kickapoo United Lutheran Church.

             He is survived by his children:  Larry (Megan) Swiggum of Onalaska, Bryant (Amber Halverson) Swiggum of Towerville, Austin Abbey of Petersburg, and Krystal Abbey of Petersburg; 3 grandchildren:  Nevaeh and Autumn, and Peyton; his siblings:  Judy Halverson of Gladbrook, Iowa, Lona (Jim) Connor of Madison, Mick (Monica) Swiggum of Soldiers Grove, Sanford (Joan) Swiggum of Mt. Sterling, and Bonnie (Mark) Olson of Star Valley; special friends:  Rose Gunderson of Gays Mills  and Carolyn Swiggum of Petersburg, and many aunts, nieces, nephews, and friends.

             He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother:  Steve; brother-in-law Roger Halverson, 2 nephews Dale Connor and Kevin Halverson, 2 special cousins:  Ron and Larry Swiggum, and several aunts and uncles.

             Funeral services will be held on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at 1 PM at Kickapoo United Lutheran Church. Pastor Curtis Matz will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Sunday from 4 to 7 PM, with a prayer service at 6:45 P.M. Friends may also call on Monday at the church from noon until time of services. Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.

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