Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

11/22/2015 08:17 AM

Marge Geddes | | SimeFuneralhome,Readstown,WI. | IP:

Family of Maxine Coral Sime

My prayers go out to family of Maxine Sime. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Blessings to you all. Marge Geddes

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11/19/2015 11:04 AM

Maxine Sime

sime-maxine-photo.jpgMaxine Coral Sime, 93, of Readstown, WI, died Thursday(November 19, 2015) at Sannes Skogdalen nursing home in Soldiers Grove..

Born August 30, 1922 in Crawford County to Desmer and Nancy (Nicholson) Barlow, she was a retired homemaker, seamstress, cook and bookkeeper and life-long resident of Vernon County. She was an avid seamstress, being called “a modern day Betsy Ross” for her dedication to sewing the flags of our world

She attended school in Yankee Town and soldiers Grove until the tenth grade when she needed to stay home and help her mother.

She was an active member of the Readstown Peace Lutheran Church.

She married Harlan G. Sime on November 15, 1941 in Wayland, MO. She preceded him on July 30, 1974.

Preceding her in death are her sister Marge (Barlow) Hollenback, and two infant sisters, her brothers Darrel and Cecil Barlow, her daughters Rahna H. George and Merdes J. (Theodore) Boggs, a son Earl and a great grandchild.

Survivors include her daughters Harline F. (Harvey) Schaal, Melanie J. Strait, and her sons Harlan G. and Monte J. Sime, 24 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren and another on the way and 22 great great grandchildren and three more on the way.  Bragging about her grandchildren and great grandchildren was the highlight of every conversation

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 22,  at Peace Lutheran Church in Readstown, WI with visitation from noon until time of services at 2:00 P.M. Pastor Charles Miller will officiate and burial will be in the Readstown Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences will be sent to  Memorial dedications may be made in Maxine’s name to Peace Lutheran Church.



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11/16/2015 04:34 PM

Delbert Christy

christy-delbert-photo-2.jpgDelbert David Christy passed to his eternal rest on November 10, 2015 at the age of 92.  His death diminished by one that rapidly decreasing number of men and women who served their country in World War II.

Born to David E. Christy and Helen A. Christy on April 11, 1923 in Staples City, Minnesota.  He grew up in Milton Jct. Wisconsin where he met and married  Norma Elizabeth Stelter on February 21,1942.  Delbert entered the Army in June of 1942.  His service took him to Vermont, the White Cliffs of Dover, and ultimately to Hawaii.  In 1946 he returned to his wife and their two children in Evansville, Wisconsin.  Through the years they continued to live in the Southern Wisconsin area and raised their family.

Del was an excellent outdoorsman, well known as a reliable source of information about hunting, fishing and trapping.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Norma of 59 years, son John D.Christy, granddaughter Melissa Silbaugh, his sisters Gladys Topp and Eleanor Smith.

He is survived by his children: Ellen van Spyk(Robert)of Carmel,CA, Delwayne Christy(Maxine) of Roscoe, IL, Judy Gardner(Steve) of Manhattan MT, Karen Isham of Madison WI, Gordon Christy(Kristie) of Mazomanie, WI, Connie Silbaugh(Dennis) of Evansville, WI,  Rosemary Oxberger(Charles) of Wickenburg, AZ. Terry Christy of Madison, WI, Ricky Christy (Amy) of Tomah, WI, Christy Christy(Kathy)of Prairie Du Sac, WI, brother-in-law Donald Stelter; and 24 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Following his wishes, Delbert will be cremated and his remains along with those of his beloved wife will be placed in an area they enjoyed together. The family offers their profound gratitude to those who so ably assisted Dad in his final years; to Krista Hoepner and Ray Huotari for their loving care, and to the nurses and caretakers at the Bethel Elder Garden in Viroqua. There will not be any formal ceremony now, but a memorial is planned for Spring.

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11/05/2015 10:35 AM

Opal Carter

img643.jpgOpal Carter, 97, of Readstown, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at the Bland Bekkadahl Hospice Center in Viroqua. Born April 3, 1918 in Readstown, WI. To Charles and Amanda (Guist) Carter.  Lived in the same house for 90 plus years then moved into Valley View Apartments.

           Opal attended school in Readstown thru her Junior year.  At that time there was no 4 year high school in Readstown, so she completed her education in Viroqua, WI.  She then attended the County Normal School in the same city and began her 48year teaching career at South Ridge.  Later she attended college in Lax where she received her BA degree.  Her teaching experiences continued in various schools, the last being the new Elementary School in Readstown.  Many of her former pupils remained her friends during the years and some still called her Miss Carter. 

           Opal loved traveling.  After purchasing a car she and many friends visited the East Coast, West Coast, Florida, the Dakotas, Alaska and many other locations.

           Opal was raised to love the Lord.  She attended the Church of Christ her entire life.  After she was no longer able to drive she had many friends that saw to it that she made it to church every Sunday.  They also helped in taking Opal to her many doctor, dentist, optical and hearing appointments.

           During her life, Opal supported several children in foreign countries.  She also knitted many sweaters, which were distributed by Guideposts Publication Company. Opal’s hands were never idle.  Crossword puzzles were her favorite pastime.  She loved poetry and had a special talent for writing poems.  You could often hear her quoting; The Lord who made the firmament  and made the deepest sea. The Lord who hung the stars on high is the Lord who cares for me.

           During her stay in the hospital she stated that she was ready to go to Heaven.  With the life she lived we can be certain that she is worthy of that home.

           Opal is survived by her sister Leola Turner of Harvard, IL, nephew Doyle Schoville of Chino Valley, AZ, nieces Helen (Wayne) Raymond of Fennimore, WI, Barbara (Robert) Miller of Cashton,WI,  Joan (Paul) Trott of Shelbyville, TN, Julie (Tim) Cassens of Harvard, IL, Joyce (Jack) Ebert of West Salem, WI and Donna (John) Turner of Marengo, IL.

           She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Hazel (Orville) Holcomb, 2 brothers Herbert (Thelma) Carter and Preston (Jane) Carter, 4 nephews:  Charles Carter, Orville Carter Holcomb, David B. Holcomb, and John S. Turner.

           Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Readstown Church of Christ. Pastor Dennis Johnson and Pastor Lance Lorenz will officiate and burial will be in the Readstown Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 10 AM until time of services.  Online condolences may be sent to


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11/04/2015 02:27 PM

Helen Huff

Helen Huff, 87, of West Salem, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Mayo Franciscan Health Care in La Crosse, Wis. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown.  Online condolences may be sent to

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10/22/2015 08:02 AM

Shirley Bolstad


Shirley Bolstad, 79, of Viroqua, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 at Bethel Home in Viroqua with her granddaughter, Tasha, at her side..

She was born in Webster Township, Vernon County, Wisconsin on September 12, 1936 to Birtus and Tressie (Campbell) Wilson.  She married Arthur Bolstad on February 9, 1955 in Wheaton, Illinois. She farmed with her husband and later worked at the Bethel Home.She and her husband were both members of Franklin Lutheran church.

She enjoyed cooking and was best known by family for her homemade noodles and her potato salad.  Her favorite time of the year was the Spring.  She lived for the morel mushroom season.  There wasn’t a hill or gully she wouldn’t take on to hunt those mushrooms and she always found plenty.  Even when she needed the assistance of a walker to get around her son Mike still got her out there to hunt, picking her up off the ground many times. But she didn’t give up,  she was on a mission.  She was always willing to share by having a big mushroom fry for the family,

She is survived by two sons:  Brian of Soldiers Grove, and Michael (Lisa) of Viroqua; 1 daughter:  Kim (Gary) Dull of Viroqua; 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; 1 brother:  Mervin (Ardyce) Wilson of Stoddard; one brother in law Roger Wemmer; 5 sisters-in-law:  Lila Bolstad, Mary Lavold, Joyce Sheldon, Alma Miller, and Arlene Wilson; and several special nieces and nephews who stayed and shared the home of Art and Shirley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, 1 son:  Ricky, 2 great grandson:  Tristen Cornell and Dawson Bolstad; 3 brothers, and 4 sisters; 5 brothers-in-law; 1 sister in law, and 2 nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 2 PM at Franklin Lutheran Church. Pastor Susan Fox will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Friday at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown, and on Saturday at the church from 1:30 PM until time of services. Online condolences may be sent to  In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

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10/19/2015 07:36 AM

Patricia Olson


In memory of Patricia (Patty) Carole Olson (73) of Soldiers Grove who passed away on Sunday, October 18th at Gundersen Lutheran hospital, La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Patty was born January 6th 1942 to Tillman and Beatrice (Hoffland) Knutson.  She attended Soldiers Grove High School and graduated in 1960.  Patty was married on August 28th 1960 to Roderick Olson at Our Savior’s Lutheran church in Soldiers Grove.  They lived in Kenosha and Bristol, Wisconsin, and moved back to Soldiers Grove Sept 25th 1965, where they raised three daughters and owned & operated Olson’s Mobil Station for 34 years.  In 1973 they moved to Yankeetown where she enjoyed her family riding horses with friends and many guests as they rented their cabins down by the Kickapoo River.  When you came to the farm you could be sure no one left hungry!

Patty was a devout Christian.  She signed everything “Love In Jesus”.  And was one of the first women to volunteer and help at her church and her family was volun-told what to do!!!  Her Bible was always by her side.

She is survived by her husband, Rod, 3 daughters:  Pam (David) Lovett, Gail (Dave) Nelson and Kally (Cory) Hammond, a very special person, Krissi George, 4 grandchildren:  Nikki Nelson, Rachel Connell, Justin Lovett, Davi Nelson, 3 great-grandchildren:  Shalee Nelson, Ayvah Connell and Alexa Eisner, 4 sisters:  Hazel Dull, Tolene Buroker, Lorraine Davig, Betty Finley;  and aunt:  Rosella Shaw of Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandson, Skyler, 2 sisters, Genevieve Thoftne, Emma Fortney and 1 brother, Lawrence Knutson.

Funeral services will be held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 4 P.M., visitation at the church from 1:30 P.M. to 4 P.M., with lunch afterward. Pastor Lorie Betz will officiate.  Patty will be buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Soldiers Grove at a later date.  Online condolences may be sent to

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09/18/2015 03:45 PM




             Rose Craig, 89, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 in San Antonio.

             Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 11 AM at St. Philips Catholic Church at Rolling Ground. Friends may call at the church from 10:30 AM until time of services. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Father Zachary Beya will officiate. The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family. Online condolences may be sent to

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09/06/2015 05:52 PM

Savoy “Sam” Horvath

img639.jpgSavoy “Sam” Horvath, 82, of Readstown, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Bland Bekkadal Hospice Center in Viroqua.

He was born on January 7, 1933 in Brno, Czechoslovakia to Emil and Vlasta (Caha) Horvath.  He married Nadia Kolesniks, she passed away in 2010.  He later married Mary Ann Potrykus.

He attended school in Czechoslovakia.  At fifteen he ran away from home and joined the French Foreign Legion. He served in Africa and Indochina.  He lived in a displaced persons camp in Germany where he met his future wife Nadia.  He later journeyed to the United States where he reconnected with Nadia, whom he then married. He worked for the Ford Motor Company for 37 years.  He was a Freemason.  He was a philatelist (stamp collector). He belonged to the Society for Czechoslovak Philately.

He is survived by his wife:  Mary Ann of Readstown; 3 daughters:  Lucy (Steve) Rauch of St. Louis, Missouri, Vivi Vermillion of Chicago Heights, Illinois, and Merrily (Vince) LaPlace of Grant Park, Illinois; 4 grandchildren:  Erin, Holly, Noelle, and Rachelle; and 5 great grandchildren:  Brendan, Corinn, Reyna, Clara, and Alexia.             He was preceded in death by his first wife: Nadia; 1 daughter Michelle Bogdan; and his parents.

A Celebration of Life will take place for him on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 10 AM at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown.  Friends may call from 9 AM until the time of the ceremony.  Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

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08/29/2015 06:30 AM


img637.jpgVernie 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)Parr .  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; 8 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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