Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

07/28/2016 03:51 PM



                Cynthia Heal, 64, of Gays Mills, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

                She was born on October 15, 1951 in Johnson County, Indiana to John and Betty (Ennis)

                She married Gary Heal on August 15, 2002.  She worked in various jobs including a Federal police officer, manager of a storage unit and a California State Humane Officer.  Her greatest love was raising and training springer spaniels.  She also built ginger bread houses.  She also loved rummage sales, tractor pulls, truck, pulls, and NASCAR.

                She is survived by her husband Gary of Gays Mills; 1 daughter:  Melissa De Rose of Red Bluff, California, 1 son:  Darren Ramsey of Red Bluff, California; 8 grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild; and 2 brothers:  Jim Garner of Austin, Texas, and Chris Wiggin, of Idaho.

                She was preceded in death by her parents.

                Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home on Saturday July 30 at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown from 1 to 4 PM.  She will be buried at a later date in California.

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07/27/2016 07:37 AM


    Henry Joseph Hofer,Jr.,  53, of Viroqua, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at his home after suffering from an illness for the last few years.

                He was born on August 2, 1962 in Hillsboro, Wisconsin to Henry Joseph and Judith (Kline) Hofer, Sr.  He attended Kickapoo High School in Viola.  He owned and operated his own construction company in the Kickapoo Valley for many years.

                He is survived by his mother:  Judith Ann Hofer of Richland Center; 4 brothers:  Joseph Karl (Michelle) Hofer of Highland, Wis., William Edward Hofer of Boas, Matthew Lee (Becky) Hofer of Richland Center, and Andrew Allen (Susan) Hofer of Richland Center; 3 sisters:  Maria Ann Halverson Brillion, Wis. , Christine Judith (and husband, Robert Towsley) Hofer of Muscoda, and Heidi  Lynn Shannon of Sextonville; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

                Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 1 PM at the Readstown Church of Christ. Pastor Dennis Johnson will officiate and burial will be in the Manning Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Friday, Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 PM, and on Saturday at the church from noon until time of services.

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07/24/2016 10:05 AM

Gladys Jones


                Gladys Jones, 90,  of Viroqua, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

                Private family graveside services will be held at a later date.

                The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.

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07/06/2016 07:22 AM

Genevieve Sime Terhune



            Genevieve “Chuck” Terhune, 97, of Readstown passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

At Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.

            She was born on December 22, 1918, in Readstown, Wis., to John and Helen (Lem) Sime.  She graduated from Readstown High School in 1937.  She married Azra Bucholtz on July 31, 1937 inLa Crosse.  They had one daughter, Simone.  Azra went to war in the U.S. Army in April, 1942 as a tank driver.  Chuck went to work as a telephone operator in Readstown and in La Crosse.  Azra died in battle in Italy on Feb. 8, 1944. 

            On April 5, 1947, she married Theodore Rapraeger.  They lived first in Beloit and later West Salem where she worked as a telephone operator, at Ft. McCoy and other places.  They had three children:  Steve, Becky, and Debbie.  She and Mr. Rapraeger divorced on Jan. 3, 1966.

            She retired in 1974, and in that year she married Art
Terhune in Orlando, Florida.  He died in Orlando in 1987, and since that time she has lived near the Kickapoo River in Readstown.

            She is survived by her son:  Steve (Kathy) Rapraeger of Holman, her daughter:  Debbie (Steve) Jensen of West Salem; 13 grandchildren 18 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchilren.

            She was preceded in death by her husbands; 2 daughters:  Simone Baker, Becky Wolf;her son-in-law: Harry Baker; 2 grandsons:  Brent Baker and Ryan Rapaeger; 1 great grandson:  Gregory Dodge; her grandson-in-law:  Karl Wangen; 4 brothers:  Orben, Harlan, Henry, and Norman Sime; and 4 sisters:  Madeline Ewers, Selma Hale, Mabel Jacobson, and Aleda Van Winter.

            Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 14, at 12 noon at Peace Lutheran Church in Readstown. Friends may call from 11 AM until time of services at the church.   Pastor Chuck Miller will officiate and burial will be in the Readstown Cemetery at a later day.  Memorials may be  given to Peace Lutheran Church.

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06/26/2016 12:54 PM

George Friemuth


               friemuth-george-photo.jpg George Friemuth, 82, of Westby, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at his home.

                He was born in Rochelle, Illinois on Nov. 12, 1933 to Harry and Goldie (Capes) Friemuth.  He married Edith Orethunon July 20, 1977 at the Dickeyville Grotto.

                He was a skilled mechanic in Rockford, Illinois for many years. He also engaged in real estate development around there.  He later came to Wisconsin and farmed for a number of years.

                He was a master of tinkering.  He liked to build, fix, and keep busy.

                He is survived by his wife, Edith; 3 children:  Anthony (Barbara) Farr of Marshfield, Cheryl (Jacques) Lavigne of Cross Plains, and Tammy Hogden of Westby; 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; 1 sister:  Katherine Fritz of Byron, Illinois;  and many nieces and nephews.

                He was preceded in death by 1 grandson:  Johnathan Brush; 2 brothers:  Warner and Harry, 3 sisters:  Goldie Sterling, Ruby Becker, and Ida Friemuth; and his parents.

                Memorial services will be held on Sunday, July 10, at 1:30 P.M. at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Pastor Stephanie Steiner will officiate and burial will be in the Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 12:30 P.M. until time of services at the funeral home.

                Memorials may be given to the Vernon Hospice (507 S. Main St., Viroqua, Wis., 54665) and the First Presbyterian Church of Bangor (1612 Pearl St., Bangor, Wis., 54614).


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06/21/2016 08:33 AM

Anna Gingerich

Anna Gingerich, 2 month old daughter of David and Sadie (Yoder) Gingerich passed away on Saturday, June 18, at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. Funeral services were held at the family home on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

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05/24/2016 09:45 AM


gage-larry-photo.jpgLARRY GAGE

Larry Gage, 69, formerly of Waterloo, Iowa, died suddenly of natural causes at his farm in Soldiers Grove, WI.  instead of in his bass boat fishing as he so hoped.

Larry Gage was born on March 22, 1947 in Waterloo to Chuck and Charlotte (Ridgeway) Gage, Sr.

He attended Orange Public School.

Larry served in the Vietnam War and was a proud U.S. Army Ranger.  He was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

He was an accomplished salesman who worked for several successful businesses specializing in tool and die equipment, and HVAC steam systems.

Larry married Lana Sergeant and they had three daughters Tina Gage, Amy (Aaron) Mishler, Kara Gage-Wolf, they later divorced.  Larry married Adrienne  Cruz in 1993 and they have one son Danton Gage.  He is also survived by two siblings:  Chuck Gage and  Beverly Penne.  Larry was a beloved grandfather to five grandchildren:  Emily  Gage, Gage Walter, Bobbi Wolf, Aden Gage-Rolf, and Andrew Gage; and four great grandchildren Dayton Gage, Jamiah Malone, Serenity Malone, and Jeremy Malone, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a lifetime member of B.A.S.S and a district director of Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail.  He was  also a member of the
American Legion, and  the Wisconsin State Horse Council (of which he was District 5 Vice President).

Larry worked hard to support his family, particularly Adrienne’s horse hobby. He was also an avid snowmobiler  who also enjoyed camping, and hunting.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Soldiers Grove Church of Christ and  The American Legion.

Friends may call on Thursday, May 26, from 4 to 7 PM at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Burial will be in Iowa next week.

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05/13/2016 10:22 AM


larson-audrey-photo.jpgAudrey Larson, 86 of Soldiers Grove, passed away from pulmonary fibrosis on Friday May 13, 2016 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua.

She is survived by her husband: Don Larson of Soldiers Grove; her children:  Mary (Glenn) Wittenberg of Fargo, N.D., Al (Terri) Larson of Reedsburg, Susie (Mark) Janney of Onalaska, Sandi (Ron) Hurm of Appleton, Bob (Heidi) Larson of Sauk City, and Jim (Lori) Larson of Chaska, MN; 1 sister:  Betty Dobbs of Richland Center; 1 brother-in-law:  Ken (Betty) Larson of Rochester, MN.; 1 sister-in-law: Margaret Larson of Viroqua; 12 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents:  Lloyd and Myrle Hartley, her in-laws:  Ralph and Pearl Larson; her brothers:  Leland Hartley, Derrold Hartley, and wife Ruth, and brothers-in-law:  Gaylord Dobbs and Keith Larson.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 1 PM at Sugar Grove Church of Christ.  Pastor Dennis Johnson and Pastor Larry Moser will officiate. Burial will be in the Manning Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10 AM until time of services.

In lieu of flowers memorials to the North Crawford Rescue Squad and the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Cancer.

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05/13/2016 10:21 AM


salmon-roger-photo.jpgROGER SALMON

Roger W. Salmon, 78, of Soldiers Grove, WI peacefully passed away at his home on Friday, May 13th 2016.

He was born August 3rd,1937 in Richland Center, WI to Estin and Velma (Banta) Salmon of Soldiers Grove, WI.  Roger attended Soldiers Grove High School, he went on to join the United States Naval Force and served for four years.  He was then united in marriage to Patricia George of Soldiers Grove, on November 4th, 1961.  To this marriage 2 sons were born, Roger Jr. and Todd.

Roger began work as a heavy equipment operator over the road.  He then went on to work for the Crawford County Highway Department for 29 years, until his retirement. After retiring he worked for Sunrise Orchards where he drove tractor hauling apples, which he greatly enjoyed.  He was an avid member of the North Crawford Rescue Squad for 35+ years, 10 of which he was President.  He also served 25 years on the Soldiers Grove Fire Department, 10 of which he was Fire Chief.

Roger’s hobbies throughout his life included hunting, fishing, camping and playing cards which he mostly enjoyed doing with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patty.  1 son, Todd (Lisa) Salmon of Soldiers Grove. 5 grandchildren, Jill Salmon of Soldiers Grove, Heather Salmon of Gays Mills, Amber Salmon of Madison, Estin Salmon of LaCrosse and Jake Salmon of Gays Mills. 1 Great Grandson, Harper Salmon of Soldiers Grove.  3 Brothers, Jerry (Cleo) Salmon of Janesville, WI, Rodney (Deanna) Salmon of Roscoe, IL, Larry (Sandra) Salmon of Gray, LA. 3 Sister in Laws, Monica George, Diana Moran and Debra (Rick) Olson all of Soldiers Grove.  He is also survived by his beloved wiener dog, Peanuts.  As well as, many other family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Roger Jr.  1 sister Sandra Hansen, 3 brother in laws, Gary George, Dick George and Lavon Hansen as well as 1 sister in law, Karen George.

The family would also like to express many thanks to Vernon Memorial Healthcare, Kickapoo Valley Medical Clinic and the North Crawford Rescue Squad for their wonderful care of Roger over the years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove, Wis. at 10:30 A.M.  Pastor Chuck Miller will officiate and burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Soldiers Grove. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday after 9:30 A.M. and also at the church the night before from 4 to 7 PM. Online condolences may be sent to

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05/09/2016 11:36 AM

Ruth Anderson

Ruth Anderson, 48, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital n La Crosse. anderson-ruth-photo-one.jpg

             She was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 20, 1967 to Charles and Margaret (Smith ) Close.  She married Sylvester Anderson on July 22, 1997.

             She worked for many years at Wal Mart in Richland Center. For the past couple of years she worked at the B.P Kwk Stop in Readstown. She enjoyed cooking. She also got satisfaction from working with the handicapped.

             She is survived by her husband, Sylvester of Soldiers Grove; 1 son:  Justin Miller of Hillsboro; 2 daughters:  Barb Anderson of Hillsboro, and Brenda Anderson of Soldiers Grove; 2 brothers:  John Close of Soldiers Grove, and Ron (Dawn) Close of Oshkosh; and 2 sisters:  Betty (Mark) Poeppel of Waykesha, and Judy Depolis of Boston; she was also survived by many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews; she also had many close friends.

             She was preceded in death by her parents.

             The family will greet family and friends at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Saturday, May 14, from 3 to 5 P.M.

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