Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

08/29/2015 06:30 AM

VERNIE SHEFFIELD

Vernie Sheffield, 95, of Viroqua, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.

             She was born on July 17, 1920 on Salem Ridge, near La Farge, Wisconsin to Halley and Ferna (Campbell) .  She married Lester Howard Sheffield on July 18, 1943. 

             She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and taught in numerous places ranging from one room rural schools to large urban graded elementary schools.  She was always supportive of her husband’s ministry in the Community of Christ Church.

             She is survived by her son:; Stuart of Gays Mills; 5 grandchildren: Janet (Mike) Clark,  Jackie (Jim) Schmidt, Craig (Stacey) Sheffield, Kristina (Mathew) Allen, and Whitney (John) Connell; 6 great grand children.

             She was preceded in death by her husband; 1 son: Rodney; 1 daughter:  Shirleen; 2 brothers:  Raymond and Everett Parr; and 1 sister:  Vida Alexander.

             Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at 11 AM at the Community of Christ Church at Montgomeryville near Soldiers Grove.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 6 to 8 PM, and on Saturday from 10 AM until time of services. Burial will be in the Montgomeryville Cemetery.

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08/27/2015 08:14 AM

Arland McKittrick

img636.jpgArland McKittrick, 91, of Viola, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.

He was born in the Township of Clayton, Crawford County, Wis. to Ernest and Matilda (Borland) McKittrick.   He married Dorothy Ekum on June 30, 1948 in Viroqua.  They farmed  in this area all of their married lives.

He graduated from Readstown High School.  He attended college at Platteville and at Madison.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. While in the Army during World War II he served in France, Austria, and the Philippines. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Victory Medal, European Theatre Patch, the Pacific Theatre Patch.  He was a member of the Viola American Legion Post and the Truax/Longmire VFW Post #8483.

He was a longtime member of the Sugar Grove Church of Christ, serving on the church board, as a Sunday School teacher, and Sunday School Superintendent.

He was a past member of the Kickapoo Area School Board, the Richland County Board, the Kickapoo FFA Alumni, and Richland County 4H leaders.  He was a charter member of the Richland County DHIA. He was instrumental in starting a protein milk market board in West Central Wisconsin.  He was a national and state FFA alumni member and received the honorary state farmer degree.

He was a 4-H leader for 23 years, recognized as Leader of the year in 1981.  He was a mentor to several young boys.  He did cattle judging all over the State of Wisconsin and taught many young people the technique of dairy cattle judging.

Arland was known for his enjoyment of pitching softball.  The story was told of a team that hadn’t lost a game in five years. When they played two different teams that Arland pitched for they lost both times.

He is survived by his wife:  Dorothy of Viola; 2 sons:  Larry of Tomah and Tom (Christe) of Cincinnati ; 1 daughter:  Ellen (Bob) Miller of Viola; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law:  June McKittrick of Richland Center, and 1 brother-in-law Tom Ekum of Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter:  Arlana Merry; 1 daughter-in-law:  Sara McKittrick; 4 brothers (and wives) Oscar, Archie (Ruth), Melvin (Helen), and Neely and 3 sisters (and husbands) Nellie (Carol) Anderson, Myrle (Allan) Randall, Olive (Clifford) Dull.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Sugar Grove Church of Christ. Pastor Dennis Johnson will officiate and burial will be in the Sugar Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Friday from 5 to 7, and at the church on Saturday from 10 AM until time of services.

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08/24/2015 03:39 PM

Dale Duke

duke-dale-photo-facebook.jpgDale Duke, 68, of Soldiers Grove, WI passed away on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 at Bland Bekkadal Hospice Center in Viroqua, WI.

He was born on July 22, 1947 in Burlington, Iowa to Ellis Robert and Wilma Janice (Baker) Duke. He married Barbara Graham on June 21, 1970.   They moved to the Soldiers Grove area in 1971.

He taught music at North Crawford Schools for many years.  He was a devoted member in  the Community of Christ Church, and involved with  youth ministry. For the past twenty years he has served as the congregation’s pastor.

He was also active in Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts. He himself became an Eagle Scout at fourteen years of age.

He is survived by his wife:  Barbara of Soldiers Grove; 2 sons:  Jonathan (Om) Duke of Non Sung, Thailand, and Michael (Christi) Duke of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; 1 daughter:  Rachel (Jeremy) Yeamans of Simsbury, Connecticut; 2 grandchildren: Colin and Oliver Duke; and 1 sister:  Sandra Murphy of Burlington, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Thomas Duke.

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday August 26, at 1 PM at the Community of Christ Church near Soldiers Grove. Elder Murray Barentine will officiate. Friends may call on Tuesday at the church from 6 PM until 8 PM.    Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com. Memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.

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08/18/2015 09:01 AM

MABLE JEAN STRAIT

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Mable Jean (Winger) Strait, 79, of Ontario, Wis. passed away on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 at Gundersen medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.

She was born on October 27, 1935 in the Township of Bloom, Richland County, Wisconsin to Ray and Mable Winger.   She attended Bloom City Elementary School, Richland Center High School and graduated from Moraine Park Technical College in nursing.   She married John Blackhall in October of 1954.

She enjoyed cross stitching, quilting, shopping, gardening and flowers, interacting with the Amish Community and church friends.

She is survived by her husband:  Don Strait of Ontario; her children:  Peter (Yesenia) Blackhall of Iron Mountain, Michigan, Pamela Lenz of Larsen, Wis., Paul Blackhall of Ashland, Wis., and Patricia Blackhall of Coleman, Wis.; 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; 2 brothers:  Rick of Milton, Wis., and Neal of DeForest, Wis. ; 3 sisters:  Delores Daniels of Lodi, Carol Logue of Port Orange, Florida, and Karen Bernstengel of Spotsylvania, Virginia. ; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 29, at 12 PM at the Faith  Independent Baptist Church on Highway 33 in Ontario.

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08/15/2015 11:52 AM

Belva Copus

copus-belva-color-photo.jpgimg634.jpgBelva Copus, 73, of Gays Mills, Wis. passed on Friday, august 14, 2015 at Gundersen Medical Center in LaCrosse, Wis.

She was born on October 23, 1941 in Woodman, Wis. to Herman and Cora (Faust) Lenzendorf.   She graduated from Boscobel High School. She married Lawrence Copus on October 27, 1962 in Boscobel, Wis.

They farmed for many years.   She was a member of the Mt. Zion  Homemakers Club. She loved baking, gardening, farming and feeding the calves. She also enjoyed taking care of cats.  She spent a lot of time with her grandchildren and her great grandson.

she is survived by her husband: Lawrence Copus of Gays Mills; 2 sons:  Mark Copus of Seneca, and Brian (Laurie) Copus of Readstown; 4 grandchildren:  Rachael (Larry) Cramsey, Cory Copus, Erica Copus, and Emily Copus, and her great grandson:  D’Andre Copus; 2 brothers:  Faye and Ivan Lenzendorf of Boscobel, 3 sisters:  Margaret Wallin of Viroqua, Lorraine Taylor of Cuba City, and Loretta Shipley of Texas; and her son-in-law:  Gilbert Olson; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law:  Darlene and Lloyd Snodgrass of Boscobel, Marvin and June Copus of Gays Mills, Merlin and Joyce Copus of Viroqua, Roger Copus of Soldiers Grove, Stanley Copus of Soldiers Grove, Clarence and Kathy Copus of Soldiers Grove, Dennis Copus of Soldiers Grove, Ed and Lori Copus of Ferryville, Karen and Dean Knoble of Richland Center, and Cliff (Mary Ann Merriman) Copus of Boscobel, and nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Beuford and Bertha Copus, her daughter: Diane Olson;  4 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 22, at 11 AM at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Pastor Lynn Schreck will officiate and burial will be in the Wauzeka Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 until 8 PM on Friday, Aug. 21.  Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.

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07/18/2015 07:25 AM

Pearl Swiggum

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Pearl Swiggum, 101, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.

The daughter of Seeger and Goldie (Davis) Stevenson, she was born March 24, 1914, at their home in Towerville. She attended the Towerville School, Gays Mills High School, graduated as co-valedictorian from Central High School in La Crosse, and studied one year at the Vernon County Normal School.

She taught at Towerville School one year before marrying Tillmen J. Swiggum December 29, 1934.  They rented the Carl Stevenson farm, then the Elmer Rogers farm, some years later buying the home farm near Star Valley. In 1961, they bought the Carl Stevenson farm near Towerville on Stump Ridge.

In 1958, Pearl went to work at the Crawford County Independent in Gays Mills.  There, besides newspaper work, she began a column which she continued writing until age 90. In 1973, she became a printer at the NCR Corporation in Viroqua, and worked there until 1979.

Her husband preceded her in death December 18, 1985. She was also preceded by 3 brothers, Everett “Steve” Stevenson, Harold “Pat” Stevenson and Sigurd Stevenson Jr; and 5 sisters, Evelyn Ray, Georgia Kripps, Aida McLeish, Ruth Swiggum and Bernice “Bunny” Barney.

Survivors include son Jim (LeAnna) Swiggum of Cottage Grove, daughters Dorothy Briggson, Viroqua, and Marjie Jurgensen, Gays Mills. Grandchildren include Kristi (Danny) Deaver, Jim Briggson, Mark Briggson, Laurie (Paul) Delmore, Mary (Dan) Halpern, Barb (Len) Harris and Alan (Sarah) Jurgensen. Step-grandchildren include Susan (Gary) Haas, Sara (Don) Engeseth, Steven Will and Stuart Will. She also had six great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

There will be a Celebration of Pearl’s life on Saturday, July 25th at Kickapoo United Lutheran Church (10am greeting the family, 11am service), rural Soldiers Grove.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Ocooch Mountain Rescue Squad, Gays Mills. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pastor Gary Daines will officiate. Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.

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07/03/2015 03:05 AM

Karen George

img627.jpgKaren George, 83, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015 at Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.

             She was born on June 22, 1932 in La Crosse to Ervin and Aleda (Thoftne) Hoffland.  She married Richard George on Sept. 5, 1948.  They farmed for a while in the Town of Clayton.  She worked more than twenty years at Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home.  She loved to go fishing and loved her arts and crafts.

             She is survived by 4 sons:  David (Lee) of Gays Mills, Steve (Dana) of Soldiers Grove, Tracy (Love) of Richland Center, and Randy (Norine) of Soldiers Grove; 1 daughter:  Cindy (George) Thoftne of Boscobel; 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; 1 brother:  Adrian Hoffland of Soldiers Grove, and 1 sister Andrea (Don) Sannes of La Crosse.

             She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, 1 daughter:  Victoria, and 1 grandson:  Cody.

             Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at Our Saviors Lutheran church in Soldiers Grove. Pastor Lorie Betz will officiate and burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Soldiers Grove at a later date. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 11 AM until time of services at 1 PM.  Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.

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06/21/2015 07:23 AM

Jeffrey Brown

 

            img626.jpg Jeffrey “Jeff” Brown, 56, of La Farge, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Bland Bekkedal Hospice Center in Viroqua.

             He was born in Maine on November 4, 1958 to Mike and Jeanne (Smith) Brown.  He grew up mostly in Wisconsin. He first began working in Florida where he lived for about fifteen years.  In 1991, he returned to Wisconsin, where he took over the farm of his late grandparents Bernard and Jeanne Smith.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapping.

             He married Sheila Wilson on June 26, 1993, outside of the house he inherited.

             He is survived by his wife, Sheila of La Farge; 1 daughter:  Kayla of La Farge; 3 brothers:  David (Patti) Brown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jeremy Brown of Georgia, and Juan J. Martinez of North Dakota; and 2 sisters:  Amy (Don) Rabbiego of Horicon, Wisconsin, and Jennifer Martinez of Michigan.

             He was preceded in death by his parents.

             According to Jeff’s wishes there will be no services at this time, but rather there will be a celebration of life in his honor including family and friends.

             The family is being served by the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

             The family wishes to thank Dr. De Line, the La Farge Medical Clinic, and the Bland Bekkadal Hospice Center, and the staffs.

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06/18/2015 10:47 AM

Mary Hirschfield

hirschfield-mary-photo.jpgMary Hirschfield, 78,  of Readstown, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

She was born December 3, 1936 at Viroqua Hospital to Lawrence and Ethel (Leahy) Kearney.  She grew up in the Liberty Pole, Rising Sun, and Nash Ridge area.  On June 29, 1963 she married Ronald G. Hirschfield.  They farmed together their entire life in the Readstown area. Mary was a homemaker and a farm wife until their retirement in 1996.  Mary’s passion in life was her children and grand children and her extended family. She was a warm and compassionate lady who welcomed everyone into their home.  Her children and grandchildren’s friends were also considered family.  Mary had the knack of finding good in everyone and had a true love of her Catholic faith.

Mary is survived by her three daughters:  Clarice (JIm) Zenner of Medford, Wis., Laurie (Brian) Copus of Readstown, and Rosie (John) McCullick of Readstown; she is further survived by five grandchildren Rachel and Larry Cramsey, Cory Copus, Emily (Adam) Copus, Brooke (Roy) McCullick, Melissa (Michael) McCullick, two great grandchildren:  Jeffrey Cramsey and Natalie Swenson; also survived by four brothers:  Joseph Kearney of Viroqua, John and Mikey Kearny of Janesville, Thomas and Lee Kearny of Lake City, Florida, Dennis (Bonnie) Kearney of Viroqua, and one sister Theresa Fortney of Viroqua; also survived by two sisters-in-law:  Barbara Silbaugh of Readstown and Gloria Whitewater of La Crosse, also two brothers-in-law: Duane (Bonnie) Hirschfield of Viola, and Neil (Marsha) Jennings of La Crosse, along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son: Ronald “Bud” Hirschfield, Jr., her parents, and two brothers:; William and Larry

Funeral services will be held 10 AM on Monday June 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church inGays Mills. Father Zachary Beya will officiate. Burial will be in the Readstown Cemetery. Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown from 4 to 7 PM on Sunday June 21, and on Monday at the church from 9 AM until time of services.

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06/17/2015 04:34 PM

Curtis Dull

Curtis L. “Curt” Dull, 83, of Machesney Park, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015, in his home. Born Oct. 13, 1931, in Soldiers Grove, Wis., the son of Jay and Pearl (Martin) Dull. Married Vivian M. Crumrine on Aug. 25, 1950, in Viroqua, Wis. Employed as an inspector by Sundstrand for 30 years, retiring in 1984. Member of Beth Eden United Methodist Church. Avid Green Bay Packer and Chicago Cub fan and of course, enjoyed horse racing. Survivors include his wife, Vivian; sons, Tom Dull, Randy (Ruth) Dull and Ken Dull; brother, Gordon (Margery) Dull; step-brother, Robert (Burnelle) Crumrine; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild on the way; sister-in-law, Charlene Monroe; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents; step-mother, Clara Delap; brother, Harland Dull; sisters, Merle (Ethra) Gander and Alma (Beuford) Davenport. Family wishes to thank Larry and Anna May Davenport, Selma Wright, Heartland Hospice and 7th Floor nurses at SwedishAmerican Hospital and for their tender care. Service at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in Delehanty Funeral Home, Ltd., 401 River Lane, Loves Park. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

 

Curtis L. “Curt” Dull, 83, of Machesney Park, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015, in his home. Born Oct. 13, 1931, in Soldiers Grove, Wis., the son of Jay and Pearl (Martin) Dull. Married Vivian M. Crumrine on Aug. 25, 1950, in Viroqua, Wis. Employed as an inspector by Sundstrand for 30 years, retiring in 1984. Member of Beth Eden United Methodist Church. Avid Green Bay Packer and Chicago Cub fan and of course, enjoyed horse racing. Survivors include his wife, Vivian; sons, Tom Dull, Randy (Ruth) Dull and Ken Dull; brother, Gordon (Margery) Dull; step-brother, Robert (Burnelle) Crumrine; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild on the way; sister-in-law, Charlene Monroe; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents; step-mother, Clara Delap; brother, Harland Dull; sisters, Merle (Ethra) Gander and Alma (Beuford) Davenport. Family wishes to thank Larry and Anna May Davenport, Selma Wright, Heartland Hospice and 7th Floor nurses at SwedishAmerican Hospital and for their tender care. Service at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in Delehanty Funeral Home, Ltd., 401 River Lane, Loves Park. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established. For more information, visit delehantyfh.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rrstar/obituary.aspx?n=curtis-dull&pid=175087745&fhid=19010#sthash.VEdf9NtX.vKKGJtVc.dpuf

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