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01/28/2015 03:53 PM

Carolyn Benson

Carolyn Benson, 89, of Soldiers Grove, WI passed away on January 28, 2015, at Sannes Skogdalen Heim.  She was born on July 28, 1925, on a farm nearby,  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 latest fashions float down the river, along with   her days earnings in a coffee can, she decided to close up shop.

She married Larry Benson on December 28, 1950 and they moved to Memphis, TN. Gary was born in 1952.  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.  Carolyn 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 until 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 and would later work for IRA Berry in 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.

In 1992, Larry and Carolyn moved to LaCrosse, WI. Larry passed away in 2003.  Carolyn would eventually move back to her home town of Soldiers Grove, to be closer to family.

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 Benson, and brothers: Roger Iverson, David Iverson and Edward Iverson and  sister in law, Helen (Sproul) Iverson.

Funeral services 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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12/20/2014 05:34 PM

James “Jim” Nutter


James Nutter, 86, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Bland-Bekkadal Hospice in Viroqua.

He was born in Mt. Sterling on August 26, 1928 to Joseph and Mary (Davenport) Nutter.  He married Darlene Christopherson on April 4, 1953.

He served the U.S. Army in the Korean War.  For a time he drove gravel truck for a construction company.  He later went to work for Mike’s Musical Service where he retired.  In retirement, he worked as a custodian on the Green Thumb Program at Viroqua and North Crawford Schools.  He was a member of the William A. Schoville Post #220 of the American Legion in Soldiers Grove.  His hobbies included snowmobiling, fishing, bowling, and socializing.

He is survived by 1 daughter:  Cheryl (Gordon) Jewell of Janesville; 5 grandchildren:  Jamie (Stacey) Nutter of Fennimore, Heather Fitzloff of Farmington, Minn., Kip (Amanda) Hirschfield of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Trina (Daniel) Jackson of Janesville, and Paxton (Sara) Hirschfield of Janesville,  and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, 2 daughters:  Jacqueline and Susan; his parents, and 1 sister and brother-in-law:  Leatha and Frank Harlan.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 11:30 A.M. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove. Pastor Lorie Betz will officiate and burial will be in the North Kickapoo Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call  at the church starting at 10 A.M. until time of services.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the William A. Schoville Post #220 of the American Legion in Soldiers Grove and the Bland Bekkadal Hospice in Viroqua. The family wants to thank Dr. Michael Kalinosky , Bland Bekkadal Center, and their staffs for their exceptional care.

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12/19/2014 07:09 AM

Donald Deckert

img589.jpgDonald Deckert, 90, of Readstown, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at Our House care facility in  Richland Center.

He was born in Readstown Nov. 9, 1924 to Frank and Zelma (Draper) Deckert.  He married Bonney Tainter on Oct. 4, 1947.

He served in World War Two in the U.S. Navy as a gunner on merchant marine vessels in the North Atlantic.   He and Bonney farmed for a time near Manning. Then he went to work for many years for Tri State Breeders Co-op. In this job he went to Italy for a time and taught student cow inseminators.  He also taught students from Africa here in the United States.  He retired and went to work hauling meals for the Senior Meals on Wheels.

He was a member of the Readstown Church of Christ.    He was also a member of the Hamilton-Harris Post #447 of the American Legion in Viola.

He is survived by his wife, Bonney, of Readstown; 3 sons:  Danny (Nancy) of Readstown, David (Susan) of Jonestown, TX, and Douglas (Lois) of Woodbridge, VA; 1 daughter:  DeAnn (David) McClanahan of Greenfield, WI; 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; and 1 brother:  Nolan (Julie) Turnmire of Readstown.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, Dec. 29 at 1 PM at the Readstown Church of Christ.  Pastor Lance Lorenz will officiate and burial will be in the Manning Cemetery.   Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Sunday, Dec. 28 from 5 to 7:30 P.M.  Friends may also call at the church on Monday from noon until time of services.

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11/29/2014 07:56 AM

Pauline James

Pauline James, 90, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 at Bland Bekkadahl Hospice in Viroqua.

             She was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania on September 28, 1924 to Charles and Elfrieda Dillow.  She married William James on Feb. 14, 1950 in Pittsburgh.  She worked as a nurse at various hospitals in Pittsburgh.  They later moved to Meadville, PA, where she worked at a nursing home.  She was an avid reader of historical romances.  She loved cooking and baking.

             She is survived by 1 son:  David (Karen) of Pittsburgh; 1 daughter:  Diane (Michael) Dishnow of Soldiers Grove; 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren; 2 sisters:  Garnet Clark of Baltimore, and Norma Jean   of Kansas City.

             She was preceded in death by her husband (2013); 1 son:  Mickey; 1 daughter:  Doris; 3 brothers, and 3 sisters.

             Funeral services will be on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at 1 PM at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Pastor Lorie Betz will officiate and burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Soldiers Grove.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from noon until time of services.

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11/23/2014 07:40 AM

Lois Anderson


Lois Anderson, 74, of Gays Mills, passed away on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.

             She was born on April 9, 1940 to Floyd and Hazel (Heath) Salisbury.  She married Gerald Anderson, Sr. on Feb. 12, 1961. He passed away on Aug. 7, 1988.

             They farmed for many years in Rising Sun and Soldiers Grove area.  Her hobbies included gardening.  She also liked to watch hummingbirds and deer.

             She is survived by her children:  Lori (Anderson) David Wallace of Viroqua,  Penny (Anderson) Gilman and Tom Thompson of Gays Mills, Audrey Anderson and Alan Harless of Readstown, Gerald Anderson, Jr. and Lisa Gander of Steuben, William and DeAnna (Wallace) Anderson of Sparta, and Robert and  Alicia (Larson) Anderson of Gays Mills; her grandchildren: Jerri Sue (Jarold) Yttri,   David Wallace, Jr. (Danielle), Debbie Wallace, Allan Wallace, Dustin Fish (Kathy), Tobias Gilman (Brandy Joe) Andrew Gilman (Brandi Star), Jesse Anderson (Becca), Tia Anderson (Joe), Jordan Anderson, Tyler Anderson (Katie), Ana Anderson (Dustin), Gerald Anderson III, Samantha Anderson, Austin Anderson, Chasity Anderson, Michael Anderson, and Ashley Kamprude (Eric); her great grandchildren:  Emma Grace,Maya, Terence, Julissa, Taylon, Alex, Ethan, Isaiah, Taton, Haydon, Max, Lakota, Trista, Trystan, Quintin, Blake, Kaylee, Serenity, Landon, Korey; a son-in-law: David Fish of Gays Mills; and one brother Gordon Salisbury of Oconomowoc.

             She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her daughter:  Cindy Fish; a granddaughter: Tabitha L. Anderson; and a grandson:  Heath E. Fish.

             Funeral services will be held on Friday Nov. 28 at 1 PM at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Burial will be in the Readstown Cemetery.  Pastor Denis Johnson will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 11 AM until time of services. Online condolences may be sent to

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11/16/2014 02:02 PM

Charlene Henthorn


             Charlene Henthorn, 68, of Viola, passed away on Friday, Nov. 14, at Richland Hospital.     

             She was born on Sept. 7, 1946 in Brodhead, Wis. to Carl and Charlotte (Jones) Kotthaus.  She married Steven Henthorn on Aug. 6, 1964.  They lived in Janesville for many years.  About eleven years ago they moved back to this area where they built a house and retired.  She was employed in Janesville at Parker Pen for about twenty years, and she later worked for Kandu Industries where she retired.

             He hobbies included gardening and canning.  She also loved her pets– cats and dogs.

             She is survived by her husband, Steven of Viola; 1 son:  Paul Henthorn of Viola; and 1 daughter:  Patti (Gary) Lecuyer of Clinton, Wis.

             She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother.

             She will be cremated and services will be held at a later date.

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11/16/2014 02:00 PM

Rev. Marlyn Hansing


             Rev. Marlyn D. Hansing, 93, of Bloomington, Minnesota, died Nov. 12, 2014.

             He was born in Thompson, Iowa on May 11, 1921 to Emma (Peterson) and Hans Andreas Hansing.  He was a graduate of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.  He married Gerda Solveig Davig in 1950.  He was a Master Sergeant Fifth US Army/AFR WWII, North Africa and Italy and was awarded 4 Bronze Stars, a Silver Star, Amery Commendation Ribbon, and a Purple heart.  During his 63 year ministry he was blessed to serve Lutheran congregations in Westby and Harlowton, MT; Hoyt Lakes, MN; Radcliffe, Waukon and Kelley, IA; and LaCrosse, WI.  He is survived by children, Elizabeth Moon, Mark Hansing (Ellen), and Rebecca McCaughey.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Gerda, brother, Adrian, and sisters, Pernelle, Ardys, and Mavis, and is survived by sister Carol Mehl. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 21, 2 PM at St. Stephen Lutheran Church 8400 France St., Bloomington, MN, with visitation at 1 PM. Burial will be Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1 PM at Kickapoo United Lutheran Cemetery at Folsom. The Sime Funeral Home is serving the family in Wisconsin. Pastor Curtis Matz will officiate. The Viroqua VFW and the State Military Honors Unit will provide graveside rites.

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11/01/2014 07:36 AM

Otto Anderson

img586.jpgOtto (Sam) Anderson, 89, of Readstown, passed away on Friday, Oct. 31, at Bland Bekkedal Hospice in Viroqua.

He was born at Pine Knob on March 25, 1925 to Otis and Julia (Bolstad) Anderson.  He married Betty Jean Kidd on April 11, 1950.

He graduated from Soldiers Grove High School.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  After marriage, he moved to Racine and lived there until 1982, when he and Betty returned to Readstown.  He was active in church in Racine and in Readstown he joined Peace Lutheran Church.  Woodworking was his favorite hobby.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of Readstown; 2 sons:  David of Milwaukee, and Kenneth (Tammy) of Mazomanie; 2 daughters:  Sandra (Paul) Schneider of Readstown, and Julia (Aaron) Barth of Onalaska, 8 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 sisters: Emma Routley and Christine Jones.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at 1 PM at Peace Lutheran Church.  Pastor Curtis Matz will officiate.  Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown from 4 to 7 PM on Monday, and on Tuesday at the church from noon until time of services.  Online condolences may be sent to

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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

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