Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

04/14/2014 08:49 AM

Alice Hill

Alice Hill, 105, of Viroqua, formerly of Readstown, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua.

             She was born in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin on September 27, 1908 to Doan and Clare (Grassgaard) Smith.  She married Emmett Hill on Sept 27, 1930.  He passed away in 1982.  In addition to be a busy homemaker, she ran three restaurants (two in Soldiers Grove and one in Readstown).  She had also worked at the tuberculosis sanitarium in Madison.  Among her hobbies was being a seamstress and going on trips with her family.

             She is survived by 2 sons:  Lyndale (Kathryn) Hill of Blanca, Colorado, and Vernon Hill of LeGrand, California; 1 daughter:  Edith Heal of Palmer, Alaska; 17 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

             She was preceded in death by her husband; 1 son:  Clare (in 1980); 1 daughter-Gail Stoikes; 1 grandson; 1 brother, 2 half sisters, and 3 half brothers.

             There will be a family burial later in the year.

             The family is being served by the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown.  Online condolences may be left at simefuneralforum.com

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04/03/2014 04:27 PM

Gail Adams

img554.jpgGail Adams, 69, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Bland Bekkedahl hospice center in Viroqua.

Gail was born on January 11, 1945 in Marianna, Florida to Willard and Gracie (Ostrander) Bohland .  On October 28, 1967, she married Gary Adams.  She grew up in Retreat  and went to grade school at Bishop School here.  In 1963, she graduated from DeSoto High School. She graduated from Vernon County Teachers College in Viroqua. She taught school at Middle Ridge School and Wauzeka School.

She had been a member of the North Clayton Homemakers Club.  She loved to crochet and make quilts, particularly for her family.  She also enjoyed shopping and traveling.  Among her favorite things were horses, butterflies,  flowers, and her beloved grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Gary of Soldiers Grove; one son:  Monte Adams of Richland Center; one daughter:  Dawn (Brian Swiggum) Adams of Soldiers Grove;  one brother:  David (Chris) Bohland of England; one sister:  Cheryl (Dennis) Grundahl of Columbus, Wis.; one brother-in-law:  Elmer Schobert of Retreat; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister- Michelle Schobert.

On Saturday, April 12, there  will be a celebration of her life and a luncheon at the Gays Mills Community Room from 2 to 5 PM  with a sunset burial to follow at the Walnut Mound Cemetery in Retreat.  Elder John Johnson will officiate.  Online condolences may be left at simefuneralforum.

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03/24/2014 02:18 PM

Eugene P. Moran

moran-eugene-jpg.jpgEugene P. Moran, 89, of Soldiers Grove, WI, passed surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Gene lived life to the fullest and embraced as his life’s philosophy,“I’d rather wear out than rust out.”

 

Born on July 17, 1924 in Crawford County, Wisconsin, Gene was the son of the late Joseph and Ethel (Powers) Moran. In 1946, he married Margaret (Peg) Finley in Rising Sun and moved to Soldiers Grove where they raised nine children. After his loving wife of 57 years passed away in 2003, Gene was blessed to find a second love and in 2007, married Pauline Montgomery.

 

Like so many from “the Greatest Generation,” throughout his life Gene displayed courage and the will for self-sacrifice. Gene enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in October of 1942 and served as a B-17 Flying Fortress tail gunner. On November 29, 1943, while on a bombing mission near Bremen, Germany, the tail section of his plane was severely damaged and separated from his aircraft during combat.  Gene remained in the tail section as it fell from 28,000 feet. Remarkably, he survived the descent - albeit suffering severe injuries.  Ultimately, he was captured and taken as a Prisoner of War for almost 18 months.  Gene endured a 600-mile forced march during one of the harshest winters while in captivity. He was liberated on April 26, 1945 and was later awarded two Purple Hearts, the Air Medal with Gold Leaf Cluster, the European Theater Award, and the Good Conduct Medal. In 2007, Eugene was the first recipient of the prestigious Veterans Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs.

 

A dedicated public servant, Gene was a Life Member of American Legion Post 220 and held several leadership positions and chaired numerous service projects. He served as chief of the Soldiers Grove Volunteer Fire Department, a charter member of the Soldiers Grove Rescue Squad, a fire warden for 30 years, and was an active member of St. Philips Parish. After his over 30-year career as a rural mail carrier, Gene served as a member of the Crawford County Board of Supervisors for 20 years. On October 18, 2008, the Village of Soldiers Grove dedicated a street in the village park and named it after Eugene Moran to honor him.

 

Gene is survived by his wife, Pauline; children Tim (Sue), Viroqua; Tom, Madison; Margo (Bill) Murphy, Gays Mills; Joni Peterson, Soldiers Grove; Laura (John) Hackman, Mosinee, Mike (Debra), Viroqua; Elizabeth (Kevin Doyle), Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Bridget (Randy) Trussoni, Genoa; and Patrick (Caroline) from wherever life takes them today. Blessed with 11 grandchildren: Rich and Steve “Bub” (Michelle) Moran; Matt (Shannon), Joe and Jake Schueller; Tim Moran and Kelly (Ryan) Donner; Luke and Emily Langhorst; Dan & Rachel Trussoni; and four great-grandchildren, Spencer and Jackson Moran and Violet and Lily Schueller. Gene’s two sisters, Rosemary (Larry) Koerber, Troy, IL; JoAnn Moran, St. Cloud, MN; and his brother Marty (Ida) Moran, Ft. Atkinson. Along with many other nieces, nephews and step grandchildren, Gene is survived by the Montgomery family, Doug, Kandis, Dennis, and their families; great friends Charlie Coleman, Stanley Turben, and the turkey hunting crew; also by his oldest friend, Herb Helgerson and his youngest friend, Quentin Lathrop.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (Peg); his son-in-law, Bullet Bob Peterson; brothers, Byron and Michael, and his step mother, Gladys.

 

Services will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Philips Parish at Rolling Ground. Father Zacharie Beya will officiate. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Gene will be buried in the church cemetery at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Legion Wm. Schoville Post 220, St. Philips Parish or the North Crawford Rescue Squad.

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03/11/2014 06:27 PM

Karen Reagan

Karen Reagan, 68, of Soldiers Grove, Wis. passed away on Monday March 10, 2014 at her home.

             She was born in Milwaukee on Jan 6. 1946 to Earl and Lorraine (Becker) Meyer.  She married Robert Reagan on July 7, 1963 in Milwaukee.  She worked at numerous restaurants over the years.  Most recently she has been working at Kickapoo Corners in Readstown.  She collected Chinese pottery and loved to play computer games.  She also loved to knit and plant gardens.

             She is survived by her son Robert (Heather) of Manitowoc, Wis.; 5 grandchildren:  Alexander of Madison, Jennifer of Oregon, Eric of Manitowoc, Jared of Wisconsin Rapids, and Brandon of Wisconsin Rapids; 2 sisters:  Betty Meyer of Germantown, Wis., and Lois (Mike) Seefeldt of Oconto, Wis.

             She was preceded in death by her parents.

             Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2 PM at North Clayton United Methodist Church.  Pastor Eileen Kuehnl will officiate and burial will be in Milwaukee at a later date.  Friends may call at the church from 1 PM until time of services.

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03/11/2014 06:26 PM

Robert Reagan

Robert Reagan, 70, of Soldiers Grove, Wis. passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014 at his home.

             He was born on July, 1943 in Milwaukee to Donald and Bernice (Fish) Reagan.  He married Karen Meyer on July 7, 1963 in Milwaukee.  He worked for auto body shops in Milwaukee and in the Soldiers Grove area for many years. Eventually he operated his own body shop.  He collected taxidermy, and loved to ride Harley Davidson motorcyles.

             He is survived by his son:  Robert (Heather) Reagan of Manitowoc, Wis.; 5 grandchildren:  Alexander of Madison, Jennifer of Oregon, Wis., Eric of Manitowoc, Jared of Wisconsin Rapids, and Brandon of Wisconsin Rapids; and his sister Mary (Paul) Libert of Muskego, Wis.

             He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Ronald, and 1 sister Kathleen.

             Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 14 at 2PM  at North Clayton United Methodist Church. Pastor Eileen Kuehnl will officiate. Burial will be in Milwaukee at a later date.  Friends may call at the church from 1 PM until time of services. 

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03/07/2014 03:33 PM

Joshua McCauley

img543.jpgJoshua McCauley, 31, of Readstown passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

He was born in Richland Center, Wis. on Jan. 28, 1983.  He was a 2001 graduate of Kickapoo High School in Viola.

He works at Nelson Global Company in Viroqua as a welder.  Josh was an amazing, fun-loving person that loved his children, nieces, family and friends with all his heart. He enjoyed living on the edge, always with that sweet twinkle in his eye. Josh was an incredible father and was so proud to be Austin and Kelsiee’s daddy. He had an unforgettable laugh, and was always able to put a smile on the face of all who he encountered. We lost an amazing soul on March 6, but he will always remain in our hearts.

He is survived by his parents:  Douglas and Kathie Hysel of Viola; his son:  Austin A. McCauley and daughter Kelsiee McCauley; his significant other:  Jennifer Taylor; 2 sisters:  Nichole (Philip) Benson of Viola and Holly Hysel of Viola; 2 nieces  Hayden Benson and Maddy Benson; a half brother:  Scott (Niki) Hill (and their son Kaden) of Wautoma, Wis.; and Aunts:  Donna (Al) Correll of Cordes Lake, AZ; Sandra McCauley of Richland Center; Sue (Richard) Fish of Cashton; Cinda Smith of Oshkosh; Pam Hysel of LaFarge; and Sandy Hysel of LaCrosse; Uncles: Steve (Barb) Hysel of LaCrosse; Carl Hysel of Richland Center; K.C Hysel of Godley, IL.; Grandparents : Charles and Darlene Hysel of La Farge, WI.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother:  Juanita Rynes, his grandfather: Donald McCauley, and his uncles:  Donald “Kent” McCauley and Dennis McCauley.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at 11 AM at Peace Lutheran Church in Readstown. Rev. Barb Miller will officiate and burial will be in the Viola Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church on Monday from 5 to 8 PM and on Tuesday from 10 AM until time of services.

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In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family.

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02/28/2014 02:37 PM

Virginia Connelly

Virginia Connelly, 87, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.

             She was born in Sabin, Richland County, Wis. on March 25, 1926 to John and Elma (Robinson) Farrell.  She married Gail Connelly on March 9, 1944. He passed away in 1997. They farmed in the North Clayton area their entire married lives. She enjoyed nature and being outside.  She was very proud of her Irish heritage and that fact that her family name was O’Farrell.  She was also close to her family  and also her brothers and sisters.

             She is survived by one son:  Rick (Janene) Connelly of Little Canada, Minnesota; 2 daughters:  Linda (John) Smith of Norwalk, and Debra (Andrew) Olson of Gays Mills; 3 grandchildren:  Erik (Karin) Smith, Erin (Cody) Wayne, and Kyle (Sheena) Olson; 6 great grandsons:  Preston Baker, Houston Wayne, Bennett Wayne, Connor Olson, Elliot Olson, Dillon Smith; one brother:  Roger (Lynn) Farrell of LaCrosse; 2 brothers -in-law:  John Olson and Don (Shirley) Goplin and two sisters-in-law:   Leola Farrell, and Marcellee Farrell;  and also her Connelly relatives; and many nieces and nephews.

             In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers:  Robert and Norman; and three sisters:; Wilma Wanless, Jean Goplin, and Joan Olson.

             Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM at the Soldiers Grove United Methodist Church.  Pastor  Eileen Kuehnl will officiate and burial will be in the North Clayton Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call at the church from 10 AM until time of services.

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02/28/2014 02:35 PM

Enos P. Borntreger

Enos P. Borntreger, 63, of Readstown passed away on Feb. 17, 2014 at his home.

He was born in Buchanan County, Iowa on June 22, 1951 to Phineas and Sovilla (Stutzman) Borntreger.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at the residence of Perry Schmucker.

Burial was in the Kickapoo Amish Cemetery.

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01/18/2014 10:23 PM

Marian Sanford

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Marian Reineking Sanford

Marian Reineking  Sanford, 82, of Viroqua, formerly of Readstown, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua.

Marian was born to Effie Arnold and Henry Christian Reineking March 3, 1931. The third child and only daughter she dutifully learned how to cook, clean and sew but her heart belonged to her beloved horse Scout until she met Robert Sanford. Even being met on the porch by her father cleaning his shotgun on their first date did not deter Bob from continuing to court Marian. Bob loved to hear mother giggle and she was a beautiful young woman. They were soon married with Marian setting the date as the first Sunday in October, after the majority of the summer farming chores were done. A year later Carol was born, followed by Robert and then Sherril. Several years later Serena was born. The family being complete, they moved to Readstown and a farm was purchased.

Marian was seldom deterred from a course. She could use her screwdriver and a pair of pliers with the best of them. She was very creative in using what she had at hand to reach her goals. Marian continued to love horses, a love that she passed down to her children. She also visited teachers and principals as the need arose. Some of us needed a few more visits then others.

Our home was always open to relatives for short and long visits, many times to neighbors and friends as well. Marian always managed to find the resources to help those who needed her. She was always appreciative of those who helped them out when their house burned, twice. Where was she in the middle of the night? Holding the ladder for the firemen.

Marian was a CNA for many years. Although long retired, when she entered the nursing home she enjoyed trying to restart her career. Not being one to sit, Marian wore out several pairs of shoes, and many of the staff’s shoes as they tried to keep up with her. Marian did not start getting white hair until in her 80’s which drew some helpful visitors to open the doors and help her try to leave the facility. The family is very pleased with the attention and care that Vernon Manor gave mother through her final years.

Marian is survived by her children: Carol (William) Oliver, Viola, WI; Robert (Iris) Sanford, Hayward, WI; Sherril (Marvin) Mascher, Clarinda, IA; and Serena (David) Salisbury, Richland Center, WI; eleven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Marian also has surviving brother- and sister-in-laws: Mary Sanford, Dixon, IL; Betty Fike, Rochelle, IL; Jim and Grayce Sanford, Viola, WI; Bill and Vivian Sanford, Rockford, IL; Tom and Linda Sanford, Dixon, IL; and Wayne and Charlotte Sanford, Kings, IL; and many, many, many nieces and nephews.

Marian was proceeded in death by husband Robert Sanford, parents Effie and Henry Reineking, brothers Russell and Gerald, grandson Paul Mascher, and only Aunt, Caroline Reineking, brother- and sister-in-laws Bernice Reineking, Fred Sanford, Ernest Fike, Lew and Nancy Digby.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at11 AM at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Pastor Mark Phillips will officiate and burial will be in the Manning Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 AM until time of services at 11 AM.  Online condolences may be left at simefuneralforum.com.

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12/30/2013 04:47 PM

Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson, 73, of Richland Center, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 at Richland Hospital.

             He was born in Crawford County, Wisconsin to Melvin and Doris (Cooley) Johnson.  He married Patsy Zimpel on August 6, 1966 at the Community of Christ church at Montgomeryville.

             He served in the US Army in Germany during the Vietnam War.  He had worked at Badger Ordnance Works in Baraboo. He later drove milk truck for the Larson Creamery of Gays Mills.  He finally went to work at the Rockwell Automation in Richland Center.  

             He belonged to the Community of Christ  Church at Montgomeryville. He was also a member of American Legion Post #13 in Richland Center. He had loved hunting ginseng and mushrooms for many years. He also enjoyed working in the garden.

             He is survived by his wife:  Patsy of Richland Center; 1 son:  Duane of Muscoda; 2 daughters:  Sharon Johnson of Richland Center, and Ronda (Chad) Kraska of Richland Center; 3 grandchildren:  Ryan Reals, Cody Johnson, and Raven Johnson; 3 brothers:  John (Karen) of Gays Mills, Robert of Soldiers Grove, and Melvin of Gays Mills; 1 sister:  Donna Gottschalk of Madison; and his 4 pet cats:  Linus, Chloe, Abbey, and Bailey.

             He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 infant son:  Michael Johnson; 2 brothers:  infants Milton and Michael; and 3 sisters:  infant Shirley, Bessie Johnson, and Dorothy Jones.

             Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at 1 PM at the Community of Christ church at 43983 County X, rural Soldiers Grove.  Elder Dale Duke will officiate and burial will be in the Montgomeryville Cemetery. Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Friday from 4 to 8 PM, and at the church on Saturday from noon until time of services.  Graveside military rites will be performed by the American Legion Post # 13 of Richland Center.  Donations may be given to Ocooch Mt. Humane Society, the Community of Christ Church, or the family.

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