Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

03/27/2015 07:04 AM

Simone Baker

Simone Romaine (Buchholtz) Baker, 77, of rural Viroqua, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at her home.

She was born on Feb. 24, 1938, to Azra and Genevieve (Sime) Buchholtz, in La Crosse, Wi. She married Harry Baker on June 22, 1957, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in West Salem. They first lived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, while Harry was in the Navy. They then lived in Menomonee Falls, Westby, and finally settled in rural Viroqua to farm in 1977. Later, Simone worked at Bethel and VARC group homes.

Simone attended Luther College, majoring in music. She played clarinet in several community bands. Her talent, love and passion for music has been passed on to her children and grandchildren. Simone’s heart was full of love for God, her family, and all children. She served as Den Mother, taught Sunday School, and invited any in need into their home. Simone loved animals; some of her favorite memories were riding her horse and feeding the calves. She also loved to read, especially her Bibles. She enjoyed telling and writing stories. Simone was a very special grandma, spending many hours taking care of her grandchildren.

Simone is survived by two daughters: Heidi Baker of Viroqua, and Jennifer (Karl) Wangen of Soldiers Grove; four sons: Brian of La Crosse, Timothy of Minneapolis, Eric (Renee) of Viroqua, and Patrick of Viroqua; her eight beloved grandchildren: Ethan, Serena and Kaylee Baker, Genevieve, Jacob, and Erin Baker, and Kevin and Julia Wangen; she is further survived by her mother, Genevieve Terhune of Readstown; one brother, Steve (Kathy) Rapraeger of Holmen; one sister, Debbie (Steve) Jensen of West Salem; and sisters- and brothers-in-law: Bonnie, Dee and Don, and Jeanine; and many cherished relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Azra; her husband, Harry, in 2004; her sons: Harry Brent, Steven Matthew, and Joshua Daniel; her grandsons: Gregory and Daniel; her sister, Becky; and the little ones.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 1:00 pm., at Peace Lutheran Church in Readstown. Kathryn Ingbritsen will officiate. A visitation will be held at the church from 11:00 am until time of services. Burial will be at the Bethel Cemetery of Viroqua.


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03/21/2015 05:30 PM

Ron Hogan

img6061.jpgRonald L. Hogan, 76,  a resident of Waterford Memory care, formerly of Soldiers Grove, WI passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 with his family at his side.

He was born on July 12, 1938 in Barron, WI to Richard and Marian (Merriman) Hogan.  He married Susie( Boland) Hogan at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Seneca WI on April 15, 1967. They were married for 40 years.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966.

After marriage, they moved to Kenosha, WI where they both worked and started a family.  Ron worked for more than 30 years at the American Motors/Chrysler plant. He drove a fork-lift truck on the docks of the Kenosha Harbor, and had many friends from the Factory.  Among his special talents he enjoyed woodworking, making grandfather clocks, and restoring old tractors. He was a jack of all trades and could fix almost anything.

He is survived by his daughter:  Kelly (Todd) Hogan-Howard of Kenosha; 2 special grandsons, Thomasjay and Jacob Howard; 2 sisters:  Jean Lubbe of Almena WI and Lucy Glaser of Prairie Farm, WI. and Brothers and sister in-laws  Michael (Jeanne) Boland from Gays Mills, Butch (Bonnie) Boland from Prairie du Chien, Tom (MaryAnn) Boland from Eastman, Tim (Barb) Boland from Eastman, Dennis (Robin) Boland from Reedsburg, Terry (Beth) Boland from Mt Sterling ,Dick (Sue) Boland From Gays Mills , Marleen (Gary) Venner from Genoa, Maureen (John) Nebeck from Lacrosse, Jerry (Ruth) Boland from Rochester MN,  Shirley (Walt) Hogan from Cameron. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Richard & Marian Hogan, His loving wife Susie(Boland) and 4 brothers:  Arthur, Dick, Ralph, and Walter.

Funeral services for Ron will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 11 A.M. at St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Seneca, WI.  Father Zachary Beya will officiate services and burial will be at St Patrick’s cemetery in Seneca WI. Visitation for  Ron will be held on Friday Evening March 27 at Sime funeral home in Readstown  from 5-7pm.  There will also be visitation at the church in Seneca from 10:00am until time of services. Online condolences may be sent to

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03/19/2015 12:09 PM

Norval Miller

img605.jpgNorval Miller, 67, of Viroqua, Wis., passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Bland Bekadal Hospice Center in Viroqua.

He was born on Feb. 8, 1948 in Richland County, Wis., to George and Lois (Smith) Miller.  He married Alma Bolstad on April 2, 1979.  He graduated from Kickapoo High School in Viola, Wis. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  Among his hobbies was the collecting of John Deere memorabilia.

He is survived by his wife:  Alma of Viroqua; his step daughters:  Bonnie Hoiland of Ofallon, Missouri, Susan Clancy of Coon Valley, and Sherry Parr of East Peoria, Ill.; 2 sisters:  Aleda Marino of Madison, and Geneva Cerna of Texas; 1 brother:  Joe Miller of Florida; his aunt:  Elnora Nicks; his step grandchildren,  many nieces and nephews, and friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters:  Ruth Wallace and Norma Dopp, and 2 brothers Anthony and Michael.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 23, at 1 PM at Franklin Lutheran Church. Pastor James Folz will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Sunday from 5 to 7 PM, and at the church on Monday from noon until time of services. Online condolences may be sent to

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03/11/2015 07:28 AM

Juanita Tully

tully-juanita-photo.jpgJuanita Tully, 93, of Bridgeport, Wis. passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Crossing Rivers health care in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

She was born on May 17, 1921 in the Township of Clayton, Crawford County to Chris and Eva (Gorman) Flynn. She lived for many years in the  Prairie du Chien area. She worked at numerous restaurants in Prairie du Chien.  She liked to be outdoors and up until last year she had a large vegetable garden.  She also like to crochet and knit.  She loved cats and rehabilitated many strays.

She was a long time member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien.

She was preceded in death by her parents,  her companion of many years, Edmund Jelinek;  as well as Edmund’s daughter,  Margaret.

She is survived by  Edmund’s children:  Jimmy Jelinek of Madison, Rita Ann Jelinek of Anchorage, Alaska, and Walter Jelinek of Boscobel; her aunt Ruth Gorman of Gays Mills; and also nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at St. Johns Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien.  Friends may call at the church from 10 AM until time of services. Father James Weighner will officiate.  Burial will be at St. Philips Cemetery in Rolling Ground at a later date.  Arrangements are by the Sime Funeral Home of Readstown. Online condolences may be sent to

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02/19/2015 02:02 PM

Barbara Maybee

barbara-maybee-photo-2.jpgBarbara J. Maybee  (Kenner), 83 years old, of Adams, Wis. went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.  She was born on July 10, 1931.

She was married 66 years to Logan Maybee.  They married on October 15, 1948.

She is survived by her husband and her 5 children:  Susann Copus-Maybee (Cesar Ramirez) of Kansas City, Missouri, Kathleen Maybee of Independence, Missouri, Connie Bagshaw (Doug) of Liberty, Missouri, Dawn Edwards of Liberty, Missouri, John Maybee (Rosie) of Adams, Wisconsin, 12 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, her sisters Eleanor (Donald) Krysinel of South Carolina and Marabeth (Phil) DeVille of Naples, Florida, her brothers Don (Karen) Kenner of Grafton, Wis., and Paul (Debbie) Kenner of Menominee Falls, Wis.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Gladys Kenner, and sister Evelyn (Ann) Pettis (Kenner).

Barbara was involved in the Milwaukee/Waukesha Counties Auxiliary Rural Letter Carriers and the State Rural Letter Carriers.  She was also an Amateur Radio Operator kb9vyy and was involved with the Adams County ARES.  The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Wausau Aspirus Hospital ER, Cardio Unit, and Hospice.

Funeral services wil be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 1 PM at the Community of Christ Church at Montgomeryville. Burial will be in the Montgomeryville Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 11 AM until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.  Online condolences may be sent to

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02/09/2015 07:29 AM

Allan Matthes

matthes-allan-photo.jpgAllan Matthes, 66, of Prairie du Chien, Wis. passed away on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at Crossing Rivers Health Care in Prairie du Chien.

He was born in Viroqua on Dec. 25, 1948 to Ray and Peggy (Turner) Matthes.  He attended Kickapoo High School in Viola. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany.  He operated a gas station in Viola for many years.  He also hauled livestock with his business partner and longtime friend Theron Helt.  He loved to travel with his daughter and son-in-law.  They traveled all over and met many famous people at Branson and other places.  He was a big collector of antique toy tractors.

He is survived by 1 daughter:  Kim (Bill) Schaefer of Prairie du Chien; 1 brother:  Ed (Linda) Matthes of Viola; 1 sister:  Roxanne (Randy) Hayes of Rolla , Missouri; many, many nieces and nephews; and a very special friend Roger Stovey of Prairie du Chien.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 brother:  Leslie Matthes.

Military graveside services will be conducted on Sunday Feb. 15, 2015 by the Hamilton Harris Post #447 at the Viola Cemetery at 1 PM. A lunch for friends and family will be held at the Legion Hall in Viola following the service.

The family is being served by the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Online condolences may be sent to

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02/05/2015 08:21 AM

Raymond A. Yoder

Raymond A. Yoder

             Raymond A. Yoder, 22 day old son of Alvin and Clara Yoder of Readstown, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at his home.

             Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 6, at the John Stutzman home.

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02/04/2015 11:23 AM

Jenny R. Walter


Jenny R. (Slaughter) Walter, 86, of Benton, IL, formerly of Zeigler, IL and Janesville, WI passed away at 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, February 03, 2015 at the Herrin Hospital.

Jenny was born May 8, 1928 in Oakdale, WI to Frank J. and Josephine (Parker) Slaughter.

She married Elvert Walter June 14, 1947 in Waukon, IA.  He preceded her in death December 20, 2003.

She is survived by five daughters and four sons-in-law, Dianna and Ted Wagen of New Port Richey, FL, Karen and Jim Bush of Waunakee, WI, Jenny and Tom Hedrick of Marriottsville, MD, Kathy Jo “Josie” Walter of Buckner, IL and Pamela and Butch Berzinski of Brodhead, WI; 11 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren; four brothers, Dean (Linda) Slaughter of Eddy, TX, Chris (Lois) Slaughter of Sebring, FL, Frank (Stella) Slaughter of Bellmead, TX, David (Nora) Slaughter of Hill City, KS, four sisters, Gloria DeFord of Oshkosh, WI, Polly Brey of Janesville, WI; Gay (Larry) Parker of Mauston, WI and Lulubelle (Harry) Sileven of West Frankfort, IL.

Her parents and three brothers, Rex, Richard and Robert Slaughter also preceded her in death.

Visitation for Mrs. Walter will be held 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Sime Funeral Home in Readstown, WI.   grave side services at the Sugar Grove Cemetery in Crawford County at 11:00 a.m.

Visit for more information and to sign the online register book.


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01/28/2015 03:53 PM

Carolyn Benson

benson-carolyn-photo-2.jpgCarolyn Benson, 89, of Soldiers Grove, WI passed away on January 28, 2015, at Sannes Skogdalen Heim.  She was born on July 28, 1925  to  John and Minnie (Johnson) Iverson.  She attended school in Soldiers Grove and graduated in 1943.  After graduation, Carolyn began working as a secretary for Will Ward Insurance Co. She was quite the entrepreneur, and while many young men were going off to war during the peak of WWII, Carolyn began her career in retail marketing.  She opened her first clothing store called “Carolyn’s Young and Gay.”  The reoccurring floods of the Kickapoo River, caused her to move to a different location, but it was  the devastating flood of 1951 that nearly wiped out the little town of Soldiers Grove, and put an end to many local businesses.  After watching the store mannequin, the latest fashions, and her days earnings, (safely stored in a “girdle box”) float down the Kickapoo River,  she decided to close up shop.

She married Larry Benson on December 28, 1950 and they moved to Memphis, TN in 1951 where Gary was born.  They soon moved to Benton, AR where Larry began his career  as a mining engineer for Reynolds Aluminum, and Carolyn would start up in the retail clothing business again.  Her stores in Benton included The Kiddie Koral, The Penthouse, and Carolyn’s Casual Cove.  She had a flair for fashion, and decorating.  One of the most talked about attractions  was when she hung the  Christmas tree  upside down in the store front window.

In 1969, Larry’s job took them  to British Guyana. Carolyn was not real keen on spending 2 years in the middle of the jungle, but learned to love the people, the culture and the music. An appreciation for  calypso and steel drum music continued with her and Gary to this day.  Carolyn loved to sing and dance, and could pick up a mic and sing “Won’t you come home Bill Bailey” at the drop of a hat.  She did Karaoke long before anyone knew what that was!

Upon returning to the United States, she and Larry moved to Denver, CO. It was there that Carolyn began a career in real estate. In 1974 they moved to St. Louis, MO.  Carolyn loved to entertain and her doors were always open to friends and family alike.  She went up in the St. Louis “Arch”  47 times,  as she insisted everyone that came to visit, must see all the treasures  St. Louis had to offer.  After retirement, Larry and Carolyn moved to LaCrosse, WI where they enjoyed living on the Mississippi River, renewing old friendships, and spending time with family. Carolyn eventually returned to her hometown of Soldiers Grove.

She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary Wm. Schoville Post 220 of Soldiers Grove, WI.

Carolyn is survived by a son, Gary (Kathy) Benson, a sister Janice (Bill) Kobach, a brother, Donald Iverson, brother-in-law, Fredrick (Loreda) Benson, sisters-in-law,  Phyllis (Tess) Iverson, Diane (Hanson) Iverson, Grandson, Justus (Samara) Benson, Granddaughter, Shaelyn (Chad) Crutchley. Carolyn so enjoyed her Great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Zyon and Nataliya Benson, and Vonn Crutchley.  Carolyn had many fond memories of fun times spent with her many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Larry, grandson, Daysun, and brothers, Roger, David and Edward and  sister in law, Helen (Sproul) Iverson.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove.  Visitation 11:00  until time of service. Pastor Lorie Betz will officiate.  Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Soldiers Grove.

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01/15/2015 08:30 AM

Pauline Skrede

img592.jpgPauline Skrede, 89, of Soldiers Grove, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2015 at Sannes  Skogdalen Heim in Soldiers Grove.

She was born August 6, 1925, to Roy and Florence (Hutchcroft) Maybee. She attended school at North Clayton School and graduated from Soldiers Grove High School. She married Lawrence Skrede on July 25, 1942. They began their life together farming in the Soldiers Grove area and later moved to Beloit, Wisconsin.

Together, she and Lawrence, also known as “Scratchy,” managed a restaurant in Beloit, and later returned to Soldiers Grove to manage a restaurant there. It was during that time that Lawrence was killed in a car accident. Pauline’s quiet strength persevered throughout the years. She wore many hats throughout her life as she worked hard to provide for her family. She retired from North Crawford School after working 22 years in food service, but had also been a City Bus driver in Beloit, worked at a canning factory in Janesville, became a Real Estate agent and worked for Uglum Realty in Mt. Sterling, and Hall Realty in Viroqua. She earned her Broker”s license and worked with her husband in the auctioneering and sales business. She was also substitute Postmaster in Soldiers Grove for many years.

It was after retirement that Pauline found the time to be a dedicated volunteer in her community. Being of service to others is what gave her purpose in life. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and received the Thanks Badge, which is the highest adult award given in Girl Scouts. She helped many area girls receive the Silver and Gold Awards in scouting and traveled with them on trips to New York, Savannah, Georgia, and even Jamaica. Pauline loved to travel and enjoyed taking trips with her sisters and friends. Her favorite trip was having the opportunity to travel to Norway to meet her husbands relatives and visit his fathers home place.

She enjoyed corresponding with these relatives and was still keeping in touch with them through email and Facebook. She enjoyed keeping in touch with her family and especially her grandchildren through Facebook.

She was an active member and has served as treasurer of the WELCA at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, an active member, membership chairman and served as treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 220, for many years. She served on the North Crawford Rescue Squad for 36 years and was twice awarded EMT of the Year. She received the “Friend to Education” award and was known as the “Campbell Soup Lady” as she assisted with collecting, clipping and sending in labels to earn equipment and supplies for North Crawford Schools. She also enjoyed volunteering at Sannes Skogdalen and assisted the residents in activities and playing Bingo for many years.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents and step mother, Hazel Maybee, her husband Lawrence, two sons, Roger and Ronald, a brother, Walter Maybee, two sisters, Beverly Sokolik and Shirley Maybee, daughter-in-law June Skrede, grandson, Daysun Benson, sister-in-laws, Betty Maybee, Clarice Lewison, Kathryn Anderson, Norma Miller, brother-in-laws, Fred Sokolik, Otto Lewison, Gordon Anderson, Jerald Turben, Kenneth Skrede and Russell Miller.

Pauline is survived by her children Robert Skrede and special friend Sherry, Andrew (Jeanne) Skrede, and Kathy (Gary) Benson, Sisters: Alice Turben and Imogene Turben, and sister-in-law Marguerite Skrede. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren: Dawn (Mike) Palmisano,  Tami Skrede, Chad Measner, Shari (Tony) Barlow, Dylan Skrede and special friend Sarah,  Tammy (Bill) Kontny, Angie (Mike) Clapper, Misty (Don) Bomkamp, Justus Benson (Samara) and Shaelyn (Chad) Crutchley, 18 grand children, 5 great-granchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 19 at 11:00 am at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove. Pastor Lorie Betz will officiate and burial will be at the Belgium Ridge Cemetery in rural Viroqua. Friends may call on Sunday from 6-8 pm at the church with an Auxilliary and prayer service at 7:30. On Monday, friends may also call from 10:00-11:00 at the church.

Memorials may be given to Our Saviors Lutheran Church. the Auxiliary of the William A Schoville Post 220 of the American Legion, North Crawford Rescue Squad, and Vernon Hospice.

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