Obituaries for Sunday, December 26, 2004

2004-12-26T00:00:00Z Obituaries for Sunday, December 26, 2004Daily News staff Winona Daily News
December 26, 2004 12:00 am  • 

Gary C. Baab | Ruth Severud Fish | Rosamond Valesca Gordanier | Aaron G. Pronschinske | Mary C. Whiting |

George J. Nissen | Charles Kuss | Marjorie Warner | Arvid Kjos | Warner Schultz | Florence Grossell | Margie Dahl | Bertha Caldwell

Charles Kuss

July 9, 1936 - Dec. 22, 2004

Charles Kuss, 68, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at Community Memorial Hospital in Winona.

Charles was born July 9, 1936, in Milwaukee to Fred and Fannie (Beck) Kuss. He was a resident in Winona for 25 years. He married Carmen (Sydlo) Kuss on June 5, 1965, and they were later divorced. Charles loved to go fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He worked at TRW as a stock chaser for 32 years.

Charles is survived by his son, Tim (Dawn) Kuss, Rushford, Minn.; daughter, Linda Marie Anderson, Rushford; his brothers, Fred (Darlene) Kuss, Janesville, Wis., Dan (Judy) Kuss, Green Bay, Wis.; sisters, Helen Kusick, Heartland, Wis., and Mary (Bob) Windhaeuser, Green Bay; and four grandchildren, Brittany, Jacob, Samantha and Jesse.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, at Hoff Funeral Homes - Rushford Chapel. Funeral celebrant John Wagenaar will be officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at Hoff Funeral Homes - Rushford Chapel. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Memorials may be mailed to P.O. Box 151, Rushford, MN 55971. Please feel free to leave a memory of Charles at

Ruth Severud Fish

Jan. 4, 1913 - Dec. 22, 2004

WAYZATA, Minn. - Ruth Severud Fish, 91, of Wayzata, formerly of Winona, died Dec. 22, 2004, of Alzheimer's disease. Born on Jan. 4, 1913, in Winona at 514 Huff St., she was the daughter of Christian T. Severud, a Norwegian immigrant, and Mina Strom Severud, a native of Fillmore County, Minn.

Ruth attended Winona public schools. After graduating from Winona State University in 1933, with a bachelor's degree in art and a minor in music, she taught adult education night school classes in the Winona area. She also held art and design teaching positions in Lake City, Minn., and Red Wing, Minn., as well as Iowa State University-Ames, the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1940, Ruth began graduate study at the University of Colorado-Boulder and also studied at the University of Oregon-Eugene and Harvard University through Carnegie Award Scholarships, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.

While teaching at Illinois Tech., Ruth took classes at the Institute's School of Architecture, where she worked with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Ludwig K. Hilberseimer, both of the German Bauhaus School. She also took classes at the University of Chicago, and served as chairwoman of the Illinois Home Economics Association.

In 1951, Ruth received her master of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on an honorary scholarship. She ended her teaching career in 1952, when she returned to Winona to marry Wendell Fish, president and general manager of the Federal Bakery.

Ruth was an active volunteer, working at the Winona Community Hospital, Music Guild, the Winona Art Group, Shrine Auxiliary (supporting the Shriners Hospital for Children in Minneapolis) and the American Association of University Women. She received WSU's Distinguished Service Award in 1997 and was a Cornerstone Society member. Ruth established two scholarships for WSU students in art education, as well as the Alzheimer's Fund at CMH. She was also a charter member of Nor-Win Chapter 505 of the Sons of Norway, and a lifelong member of Central Lutheran Church.

Ruth was a loving, kind and devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by her family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents; husband; brother, Gordon M. Severud; stepdaughter, Colleen Fish; and stepson, Bill Fish. She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, Carleton, Janet, Sara and Christian (C.J.) Fish, Plymouth, Minn.; nieces, Karin Durrett (Donald), Stone Mountain, Ga., and Minta Wood (Marshall), Amelia Island, Fla.; stepdaughter-in-law, Eleanor Fish, Rochester, Minn.; and her children, Mary Duncan (Curtis), Cincinnati, Ohio, Sandra Williams (Dean), Eau Claire, Wis., Colleen Fitzgerald (Thomas), Rochester, Minn., William Fish (Rebecca), Shorewood, Minn., John Fish (Sandra), Eyota, Minn., and Bradley Fish (Vicki), Rochester, Minn.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Central Lutheran Church, 259 W. Wabasha St., Winona. Friends may visit with Ruth's family one-half hour prior to the service at the church.

Ruth's family appreciates and thanks the wonderful, caring staff of Hillcrest Care Center in Wayzata. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Central Lutheran Church in Winona.

Whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable. If there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

- Philippians 4:8

George J. Nissen

EDINA, Minn. - George J. Nissen, 77, of Edina.

Preceded in death by sister, Grace Nissen. Survived by wife of 42 years, Ina; daughter, Trine (Paul) Stasica; grandson, Quinlan; sister, Doris (Ken) Fessel; brother, Jim (Caron) Nissen; nieces, nephews and many friends. George was a member of Danish-American Fellowship Saga Klubben, Lake Harriet Masonic Lodge, Zuhrah Shrine Temple. Twice past president of W.S.S.C. Graduate of Winona High School and Winona State University. Twenty-three year business manager at Normandale Community College. George's warmth and humor brought many friends into his life, all of whom he valued greatly. His family and especially his little grandson were first in his life. George loved to cook - barbequed ribs were truly his specialty. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to Masonic Cancer Center or Shriners Children's Transportation Fund.

Memorial service Tuesday, 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior at Wooddale Lutheran Church, 4003 Wooddale Ave. S., St. Louis Park, Minn., and memorial gathering Monday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Washburn-McReavy-Edina Chapel, W. 50th St. at Hwy. 100, Edina, Minn.

Rosamond Valesca Gordanier

Aug. 19, 1913 - Dec. 25, 2004

Rosamond Valesca Gordanier, 91, of Winona passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at Lake Winona Manor. She was born Aug. 19, 1913, in Pickrel, Neb., the daughter of Frederick C. and Frieda (Hennings) Eckstein and was baptized Sept. 7, 1913. Rosamond was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Postville, Iowa, and joined Central Lutheran Church after moving to Winona in 1993.

Rosamond graduated from Waverly High School and Wartburg College, both in Waverly, Iowa. She taught music and commercial business classes in Postville, Iowa. She met Howard Gordanier; they married Aug. 3, 1947. They lived in Postville and owned and operated a dry cleaning establishment for 42 years. Howard died in 1985.

Survivors include two daughters, Beth (Darrell) Berge, Spring Lake Park, Minn., and Hope (Phillip) Anderson, Winona; five grandchildren, Greg (Heidi) Berge, Keely (Tom) Teynor, Maisi (John) Pedersen, Jordan Anderson and fiance Eric Gleason, and Blake Anderson; and one great-grandson, Jackson Berge.

She also is survived by two sisters, Geraldine Adix, Chisago City, Minn., and Loraine Dickinson, Brainerd, Minn.; one brother, Wallace (Arris) Eckstein, Newhall, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Murtis (Andrew) Smith, Waterloo, Iowa, and Violet (Robert) Sherburne, Sumner, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Carole Goff; sisters-in-law, Bernice McCaffrey and Opal Gordanier; and brothers-in-law, Herbert Adix, Bob Dalzell, Vernon Dickinson and Fred Goff.

A celebration of Rosamond's life will be held at Central Lutheran Church, 259 W. Wabasha St., Winona, on Wednesday,

Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Jeff Franko will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, direct memorials to the Central Lutheran Church Concert Series. Martin-Myhre Funeral Home.

Gary C. Baab

Nov. 18, 1942 - Dec. 23, 2004

ROLLINGSTONE, Minn. - Gary C. Baab, 62, of Rollingstone died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2004, at Community Memorial Hospital, after a short battle with cancer. Gary was born in Wabasha, Minn., on Nov. 18, 1942, the son of Harris and Marguerite (Hartman) Baab.

He is a 1961 graduate of Winona Senior High School. Gary owned and operated the family car wash, Fountain Car Wash, on Gilmore Avenue until 1978. He then was a pressman for the Winona Daily News until retiring April 1, 1998, due to disability.

On Oct. 10, 1964, he married Donna Harders; they were later divorced. He then married Patricia K. Obitz on June 4, 1993, in Winona.

Gary was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the Winona Sportsman Club, North American Hunting Club, Ducks Unlimited and the North American Fisherman's Club. Gary was also an avid bowler.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his mother, Marguerite Baab of Rollingstone; children, Rebecca (John) Kouba, Winona, and Todd (Susie) Baab, Wabasha; a stepdaughter, Michelle Obitz, and friend, Matthew Frisch, Minnesota City; grandchildren Hunter, Austin and Adrianna Baab; and stepgrandson, Brock Frisch.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harris Baab.

Funeral services for Gary will be Monday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, the Rev. Wade E. Davick officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Minneiska, Minn. Friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral Home, then on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Casket bearers will be Matthew Frisch, Tim Scharmer, Kent Russell, Robert Muras, James Bethke and Tim Brown.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the donor's choice.

Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona.

Mary C. Whiting

March 1, 1911 - Dec. 25, 2004

WABASHA, Minn. - Mary C. Whiting, 93, of Wabasha, formerly of Waseca, Minn., died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at St. Elizabeth's Health Care Center in Wabasha. She was born March 1, 1911, on the family farm near Kellogg, Minn., the daughter of William and Mary (Costello) O'Flaherty. She was a graduate of St. Felix High School in Wabasha and attended the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., for one year. She worked for several legislators as a secretary for the 1935 state Legislature. She met her future husband, Clinton Whiting, while working in the office of the Botsford Lumber Co. The couple married April 29, 1941, in St. Paul. They lived and worked for the lumber company in Balaton and Jackson, Minn., and in 1956, they moved to Waseca to work for the company there. While in Waseca, Mary also worked for the Waseca Public Library. Clinton died Dec. 10, 1999. She moved to St. Elizabeth's Assisted Living Apartments in April 2000, having been familiar with her hometown and St. Elizabeth's.

Mary enjoyed her homemaking and playing bridge.

She is survived by sister-in-law, Viola O'Flaherty, La Crescent, Minn.; nieces and nephews, Gerald O'Flaherty, La Crescent, Jerry Stensland, Rochester, Minn., John Stensland, Rochester, Stanley Stensland, Zumbrota, Minn., Dale Stensland, Wanamingo, Minn., Janice Horsman, Zumbrota, Shirley Koestler, Dodge Center, Minn., Karen Deones, Pine Island, Minn., Bonnie Hanebuth, Congress, Ariz.

Her husband and one brother, Joseph, preceded her in death.

A funeral Mass will be offered Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha, with the Rev. Donald Lovas officiating. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in Kellogg. Casket bearers will be Sean O'Flaherty, Jay Deones, Kerry Koestler, Dale Stensland, Ron Horsman and Frank O'Flaherty. Friends may call at Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m., where there will be a Council of Catholic Women rosary service at 5:30 p.m. Friends also may call at the church one hour before the service on Tuesday. Abbott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Aaron G. Pronschinske

June 7, 1924 - Dec. 23, 2004

ARCADIA, Wis. - Aaron G. Pronschinske, 80 of Arcadia died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Arcadia Hospital.

He was born June 7, 1924, in rural Waumandee, Wis., to Alphonse and Agnes (Semling) Pronschinske. He married Ellen Rohn on June 12, 1946, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Aaron had served on the board of directors of the A-G Co-op Creamery and the Arcadia Co-op. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Knights of Columbus and was instrumental in starting the PCA in Arcadia. He also was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He farmed in rural Arcadia.

Aaron is survived by his wife, Ellen of Arcadia; two sons, Daniel (Sharon) Pronschinske and Tim (Margaret) Pronschinske, both of Arcadia; two daughters, Diane (Rafael) Herrera of Waterberry, Conn., and Sue Ann (Gary) Kulig of Arcadia; six grandchildren, Nicole (Jason) Hunger, Adam Pronschinske, Andy and Jill Pronschinske, and Nicholas and Stefini Kulig; five brothers, Clarence (Rosemary), Quintin (Marian) and Francis (Bernice), all of Arcadia, Cletus (Lois) and Linus (Phyllis) of Independence, Wis.; and three sisters, Lois (William) Klimek-Deeren of Ettrick, Wis., Mary Lou (Linus) Soppa of St. Charles, Minn., and Antonia "Toni" (Aaron) of Arcadia.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ernina Pronschinske, Dorothy Schaub and Vera Wozney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Dec. 27, at Holy Family Catholic Church - Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Michael Klos officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Friends may call at Killian Funeral Home today from 4 to 8 p.m, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. rosary. They also may call Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Killian Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Florence Mary Grossell

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. - Florence Mary Grossell, 90, of Fountain City died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at Community Memorial Hospital, Winona.

She was born May 8, 1914, in Fountain City and married John C. Grossell. They have six living children.

A Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fountain City. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Spring interment is in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fountain City.

Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Fountain City.

Bertha 'Bert' Caldwell

MABEL, Minn. - Bertha "Bert" Caldwell, 100, of Mabel and formerly of Canton, Minn., died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, at Green Lea Manor Nursing Home.

A private family service is scheduled. Burial is in Willow River Cemetery in Hudson, Wis. Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel. Memorials are requested to Green Lea Manor Nursing Home, Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church, or the donor's choice.

Warner E. Schultz

LINCOLN, Wis. - Warner E. Schultz, 84, of Lincoln, Buffalo County, Wis., died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, peacefully at his residence.

Arrangements are pending at Talbot Family Funeral Homes, Alma Chapel.

Margie Dahl

ARCADIA, Wis. - Margie Dahl, 78, of Arcadia died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, as the result of a vehicle accident.

Wozney Funeral Home will be assisting the family with arrangements.

Bernice 'Blanche' Nogosek

INDEPENDENCE, Wis. - Bernice "Blanche" Nogosek, 83, of Independence died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at Grand View Care Center, Blair, Wis.

Edison Funeral Home, Independence, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marjorie A. Warner

WHITEHALL, Wis. - Marjorie A. Warner, 86, of Whitehall died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, in Tri-County Memorial Nursing Home.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. in United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Independence, Wis. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall is assisting the family with arrangements.

Arvid B. Kjos

RUSHFORD, Minn. - Arvid B. Kjos, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at North Prairie Lutheran Church. Visitation is Monday at Hoff Funeral Homes n Rushford Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial is in North Prairie Lutheran Cemetery.

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