Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

04/07/2015 10:09 AM

Merrill Pugh

Merrill V. Pugh, 80, of Soldiers Grove, passed on to his heavenly home on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Bland Bekkadal Hospice in Viroqua.

             He was born in Hammond, Indiana on July 3, 1934 to Hollie and Alice (Fehlman) Pugh. He married Sally Heal on June 2, 1957 at the home of her grandparents, Ernest and Ethel Heal, in Readstown. 

             Merrill graduated from Gays Mills High School and attended the U.W. Madison Agricultural Short Course.  He farmed for many years on Halverson Ridge south of Soldiers Grove at Far Hills Farm.  He also worked for several years at Lands End.    He was a longtime member and Elder of the Soldiers Grove Church of Christ.  Merrill was a creative inventor and there was nothing he couldn’t build or fix.  He loved spending time with his family. He was a devoted Christian husband and father.

             He is survived by 2 sons:  Randy (Sharon) of Viola and David (Karla) of Soldiers Grove; 2 daughters:  Joan (Steve) Mott of Jackson, Wis., and Beverly (Ron) Schmidt of Boscobel; 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; and a dear friend Susan Akers.

             He was preceded in death by his wife Sally (2011),his sister Charlene, and 1 grandson–Josh Krambeer.

             Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 11, at 11:00 A.M. at Soldiers Grove Church of Christ. Pastor Lance Lorenz will officiate and burial will be in the Sugar Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Friday from 5 to 7 PM and on Saturday at the church from 10 AM until time of services.


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04/07/2015 10:05 AM

Ricky Bolstad

Ricky Bolstad, 59, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Madison Veterans Hospital.

             He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 30, 1955 to Arthur and Shirley (Wilson) Bolstad.  He attended Viroqua Schools.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1974 to 1977.  He married Diane Kabat in 1976, they later divorced.

             He worked in carpentry and a variety of many other jobs, always willing to lend a hand when anyone called on him.  Before becoming disabled he enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, and other outdoor activities.  He also loved playing cards and enjoyed laughs with the family.

             Ricky is survived by his son Jeremy Bolstad (with his daughter Arianna) of Florida, his daughters:  Chevy (Micheal Peterson) Bolstad of LaCrosse, and Murilla (Jacob Menne) Bolstad of Ferryville (with their daughter Hayli); the mother of his daughters:  Dyan Hansen of LaCrosse;  his mother:  Shirley Bolstad of Viroqua, 2 brothers:  Brian of Soldiers Grove, and Michael (Lisa) of Genoa; 1 sister:  Kim (Gary) Dull of Viroqua, a special friend, Patricia of Viroqua; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

             He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur, maternal and paternal grandparents, and a great nephew, Tristan, and other relatives.

             Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 10 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 Thursday, from 5 to 7 PM, and at the church on Friday from noon until time of services. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.  Online condolences may be sent to 


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03/31/2015 06:26 AM

Rosemary Groves

groves-rosemary-photo-1.jpgRosemary (Fetty) Groves was born on Friday, October 23, 1925 to George Oliver and Ruth Esther (Keys) Fetty on a farm in Vernon county near Sugar Grove, Wisconsin.

When she was three years old her parents and sister, Lola Fern, moved to Richland Center where her father was employed at Carter’s Ice Cream factory. Rosemary was enrolled in kindergarten at age four. After a year there, the family moved to Soldiers Grove where her father took over the Standard Oil bulk station in 1930. She grew up in Soldiers Grove, attended grades 1 through high school and graduated in 1943, right in the midst of World War II.

She wanted to work for the defense of her country, so she left for Chicago where she worked at the Dodge Chicago plant on Cicero Ave. making parts for B-29 bombers.

While she was there, Rosemary came to faith in Christ at a revival service in Harvey, Illinois when she was 18. One of the scripture verses that the Lord gave her when she first came to faith in Christ was John 5:24. “In an instant,” she said, “I knew I had passed from death to life, though at the time I did not know just where the scripture was found.”

When the war was over in 1945, Rosemary worked a short while at Setwell Hanger Factory and J.C. Penney’s in Harvey, Illinois. During this time she took voice and piano lessons. She had the opportunity to audition for a scholarship at the American Conservatory of Music, but was outperformed by others who had far more training.

She returned to Soldiers Grove in 1946 and resumed fellowship in a Christian Saturday night group. It was there that she renewed a friendship with Hubert Groves and on Friday, September 12, 1947 she married him at the Soldiers Grove Methodist Church.

Hubert and Rosemary started out in evangelistic work, but in 1948 they were appointed to serve the Soldiers Grove, North Clayton and Readstown Methodist churches. Their first son, George, was born that summer on Father’s Day, June 20. Their second son Torry was born three years later, on Sunday July 8, 1951. Their ministry in Soldiers Grove lasted until 1956.

Meanwhile, Rosemary worked side by side in the ministry with her husband. She took care of the youth programs of the churches at each place they served (New Lisbon, Necedah and Dellwood; Osceola and Dresser; Livingston, Arthur, and Stitzer; and Westby, Sugar Grove and Salem Ridge), was vice-president and president of the United Methodist Women, taught Sunday school classes, Vacation Bible School, was pianist and organist for 25 years, sang duets with her husband, taught her children to sing, was known as a good organizer, cook, and managed her household well. She loved the Lord, her family, and was a generous giver.

She was not ashamed of the Good News about Christ. She knew it is God’s powerful method of bringing all who believe it to heaven. (Romans 1:16,17). God makes us ready for heaven – makes us right in His sight – when we put our faith and trust in Christ to save us.

A favorite Bible verse was Psalm 17:15: But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face to face. Rosemary was called home to be with her Lord, and those who have gone on before her who have loved the Lord, on March 31, 2015 at the age of 89.

For the time being she leaves behind her son George and his wife Charlotte of Berlin, her son Torry and his wife Kathryn of Livingston; seven grandchildren: Christy Slaughter and her husband Jason, Kari Kolling and her husband Matthew, Joy Hebard and her husband Christopher, Lisa, Kirk, Lindsey and Ashley; one step-grandson, Troy Hagen; six great grandchildren: Joshua and Emma Kolling, Jeremiah, Serena, and Anna Slaughter, and Lucy Hebard; a sister, Lola Fern Etheridge, a brother W. Donald (Fetty) Keys and his wife Valerie; a brother George and his wife Lynn; a sister-in-law, Mildred Burchfield and several nieces and nephews. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and an infant daughter, Lorna Carole.

Visitation and funeral will be this Saturday, April 4, at the Soldiers Grove United Methodist Church. Visitation from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Funeral at 11:00 a.m. Memorials can be made to the church or to the Blane Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care.

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03/29/2015 07:47 AM

Helena Petrovits


Helena Christie Campbell Petrovits, 95, of rural Viroqua, WI, formerly of Marstons Mills, MA, and born in Hackensack, NJ, passed away peacefully in the company of family on March 27, 2015. She loved her family, her dogs, her books, lively conversation, crossword puzzles, and her well-traveled Steinway piano, a gift from her father when she was a girl.

           Helen was a registered nurse for five decades, first donning her starched white cap during World War II and tending patients well into her 70s. Her gusto for life, sharp wit, and irreverent sense of humor enchanted friends and loved ones of every generation she encountered. Here’s hoping they have PBS in heaven so she can critique the final season of Downton Abbey.

           She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Eugene John Petrovits, with whom she raised six children on their beloved Cape Cod, and by her parents, Frank and Edith (Banta) Campbell; her brothers, Dolph, Frank and James Campbell; and her sister Maude Abbott.


Helen moved to Wisconsin’s Driftless region in 2000 to a ridgetop farm where she loved to sit on her front porch and watch her latest crop of grandchildren and the evening barn swallows.

           “Monnie” is survived by five daughters: Christina Petrovits of La Crosse, WI; Eliza Petrovits of Warren, ME; Illona Campbell of Thomaston, ME; Alexandra Petrovits of Viroqua, WI; and Eugenia (Michael) Nordskog of La Farge, WI; and one son: Mark (Valerie) Petrovits of Marstons Mills, MA; as well as ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and beloved nieces and nephews.

           Helen’s family thanks Dr. Elizabeth Roberts and the staff at Viroqua’s Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care for their diligent and compassionate care of our mother during her last days.

           The family will celebrate Helen’s life at a gathering next summer on Cape Cod. Memorials encouraged to the Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care.


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03/27/2015 07:04 AM

Simone Baker

img608.jpgSimone 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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