LA CRESCENT — Alice D. Gady, 89, of La Crescent passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Mayo Health System in La Crosse, Wis. Alice was born April 2, 1930, in La Crosse, to William and Martha (Frauenkron) Heyer.
On May 15, 1948, Alice was united in marriage with Ervin “Butch” Gady in Nodine, Minn. She and Butch lived all of their married lives in Nodine, farming until his unexpected death in March of 1970.
Alice later met Delbert Senn of Hokah, Minn., while playing euchre. The two became great companions; going for Sunday drives, playing cards, shopping and just spending time together, until his passing in March of 2005. In her spare time Alice enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, playing cards and most of all, spending time with family near and far.
Alice is survived by her children, Herman “Butch” (Mary) Gady and Bobbie (Vern) Oesterle, both of La Crescent; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sibling, Donald (Bobbi) Heyer; sisters-in-law, Dona Heyer, Irene Heyer, Janice Gady, Donna Malenke; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin “Butch”; parents; companion, Delbert Senn; and her siblings, Anna, Wilma, Gladys, Laura, Edward, Bill and Marvin.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services, 111 South Oak St., La Crescent, with the Rev. Kent Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, Nodine. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of services Sunday at the funeral home. Online guest book is available at www.schumacher-kish.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to an organization of the donor’s choice.
Alice’s family would like to truly thank the Mayo staff for their compassionate and professional care.
WAUMANDEE, Wis. — Bernice D. Baker, 93, of rural Waumandee, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at Sugar Loaf Memory Care in Winona.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Talbot Family Funeral Home, Alma Chapel. Inurnment will follow at Buffalo City Cemetery. A memorial gathering will be held from 11 a.m. until the hour of the service Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the funeral home.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Melba A. Johnson, 76, of Rochester passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Rochester Rehabilitation and Living Center.
Melba was born Jan. 18, 1943, in New York Mills, Minn., to Benjamin and Tynne (Koski) Matson. She married Douglas Johnson Dec. 17, 1966, working as a cosmetologist until her son, Christopher was born a few years later. Melba and her family eventually moved to Winona in 1982, which they grew to love. Melba worked several jobs, including at Penny’s and Alf Photography. She spent much of her free time tending her flower and vegetable gardens, various crafts, including making spectacular greeting cards for family and friends. She’s best known for her fabulous cooking and her love of the Christmas season, where she spent a lot of time and care wrapping gifts, decorating the house for guests and parties, and collecting snowmen. As Melba’s health declined due to her battle with dementia, she and Doug relocated to Rochester to be closer to Chris and his family. There, they became members of Hosanna Lutheran Church. Melba was a very loving, gentle wife, mother, grandmother and friend to everyone she met and will be missed.
Melba is survived by her husband of 53 years, Douglas; son, Chris (Amy) Johnson; and grandchildren, Samuel and Benjamin Johnson. Melba was preceded in death by her parents.
A service to celebrate Melba’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 2815 57th St. NW, Rochester. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Pastor Joy Bussert will be officiating.
Memorial donations in memory of Melba can be made to Hosanna Lutheran Church.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Johnson family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
Eugene “Gene” B. Stachowitz, 87, of Winona died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at St. Anne Extended Healthcare.
His parents, Ben and Alvina (Mueller) Stachowitz raised him in Bear Creek outside Rollingstone where he attended a one room schoolhouse. On June 27, 1959, he married Eunice Mae Folsom in Altura. They had four children together. Gene worked as a heavy equipment operator, retiring from Mathy Construction. After retiring, he enjoyed working at the car wash by his home. He belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church for many years where he was active in his younger years.
One of his greatest joys in life was working on cars and he owned countless of them over the years. There wasn’t a car he couldn’t talk about. Gene usually asked people, “what are you driving now?” When his grandsons started driving, grandpa was eager to help them find a vehicle and parts to fix them up and keep them running. He enjoyed getting together at his family’s annual 4th of July picnics, playing cards and trying his luck at a few pull tabs and scratch-off tickets.
Gene is survived by two children, Curt (Traci) Stachowitz of Goodview, and Jane (Paul) Brandt of Beaver Dam, Wis.; daughter-in-law, Linda Stachowitz of Byron, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Anna) Stachowitz, Ross (Crystal) Stachowitz, David Babcock, Michael and Shelby Stachowitz, Derek Brandt and Kimberly (Brendon) Bostwick; three great-grandsons, Koby, Noah, Axel; and a great-granddaughter, Olivia and many cousins.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eunice of 53 years, infant daughter, Lori Ann; and son, Keith Stachowitz.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center – Goodview with the Reverend Michael Cronin officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and one hour before the service Friday. Entombment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Delores M. Schafer, 96, of Winona passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at Sauer Healthcare.
Visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, and again from 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, until the funeral service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Beverly Marie Block, 79, of Winona passed into eternal life surrounded by her family Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 11, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, with Pastor Joe McConkey officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Bev will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family. Please visit www.hofffuneral.com to view Bev’s obituary.
NELSON, Wis. — Norman H. Bork, 80, of Nelson passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at Mayo Hospital, Rochester.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Christ Lutheran Church, Cochrane, Wis. Burial to immediately follow at Buffalo City Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 and again one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Please share your memories and condolences online at www.talbotfuneralhomes.com.
ARCADIA — Kevin James Roesler, 52, of Arcadia died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minn. He was born in Aurora, Ill., to William “Bill” and Bonnie (Rebhahn) Roesler Nov. 28, 1967. He married his high school sweetheart, Michele Moe, Oct. 27, 1990, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Arcadia.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, until the time of Mass, at Holy Family Parish, 223 Maple St., Arcadia, Wis., 54612. The Rev. Sebastian Kolodziejczyk will officiate the Mass, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Private burial to be held at a later date. In Kevin’s honor, following the Mass, a celebration of life will be held at the Arcadia County Club, 265 Golf Lane, Arcadia, Wis., 54612.
A college carpentry/trade scholarship will be set up in Kevin’s memory. Monetary gifts can be directed to family and made to Michele Roesler. The Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Homes are assisting the family with arrangements. A complete obituary may be found at www.blaschkeschneider.com.
William August Lindquist, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Bill was born June 2, 1922, in Minneapolis, to parents, Axel and Clara (Bjorkland) Lindquist. Bill lived in Michigan, Winona and Saint Louis Park, Minn. He graduated from Saint Louis Park High School and went on to attend the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1946, with a law degree. He married his high school and college sweetheart, Yvonne Terrian March 15, 1947, and moved to Winona, to open his law office, where he was in private practice from 1947 to 2009.
Bill and Yvonne had four daughters, Christine Ann, Rebecca Susan, Jennifer Kay and Amy Claire; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
As a long-time resident of Winona, Bill was known to many people as counselor, friend, neighbor, business owner, boss and mentor through his actions, deeds of charity and kindness.
Bill was an avid bicyclist completing multiple cross-country adventures and frequent explorations of the hills and valleys surrounding Winona and Wisconsin. He was also an outdoors man with a great appreciation for the woods, Mississippi River and bottom lands, with duck hunting and fishing as hobbies. He was an animal lover and pet owner of both dogs and cats and a bird enthusiast. A Purple Martin landlord for many years, his backyard was dedicated to nesting gourds and houses every spring and summer. Bill was a conservationist and environmentalist and was dedicated to preservation and proliferation of pollinators urban habitat with planting of milkweed, flowers and his garden full of raspberries.
He could often be seen on his daily walks to and from his office in downtown Winona and around the lake. He would say “don’t let the weather stop you.”
Bill was a philanthropist, Winona community supporter, strong believer in education and the value of life-long learning, music lover, and prolific reader. He also closely followed regional, national and world politics and strongly believed in democracy and constitutional law.
His family and friends will miss his storytelling of adventures and events spanning his life in the 10 decades in which he lived.
In honor of Bill, memorials preferred to: Winona Community Foundation; Winona Humane Society; Winona County Library; or The Purple Martin Conservation Association. Or take a walk and enjoy the scenery and get to know your surroundings, city and fellow citizens. Go to the public library and challenge yourself to read a new type of book. Plant milkweed, pollinator friendly plants and keep the clover in your yard. Help a stranger or neighbor, give to the food shelf, help register people to vote, be an election volunteer, vote in every election and study up on the issues ahead of time. Or go sit and visit with someone who just wants someone to talk to and ear to listen.
Preceded in death by his parents, Axel and Clara Lindquist; wife, Yvonne T. Lindquist; numerous relatives, lifelong friends and beloved dogs and cats.
Survived by his four daughters, Christine Adriani, Rebecca Lindquist, Jennifer Brokaw (Bruce), Amy Lindquist; five grandchildren, Izaak Parker, Lukas Parker, Wesley Brokaw, Jessica Brokaw Burdge (Christopher) Ryan Brokaw ( Alexandra Hytjan); 10 great-grandchildren, Andrew Brokaw, Madison Brokaw, Audrey Brokaw , Kazi Parker, Samual Burdge, Tyler John (TJ) Burdge , Emily Burdge, Jasmyn Parker, Malia Brokaw, Callie Brokaw. Also survived by his faithful and beloved cat companion, Sophie; and his steadfast and faithful friends, who brought great care and joy to him.
CALEDONIA, Minn. — Lucille “Lucy” Ann (Mickelson) Olson, 96, of Caledonia passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, 518 W. Main St., Caledonia. The Rev. Steven E. Meyer will officiate. Visitation will be prior to service from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Caledonia. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to ABLE (A Brighter Living Experience, able-inc.org) or the charitable organization of donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.
Donald E. Kough, DC, 90, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at the Our Lady of Peace hospice home in St. Paul, Minnesota.
He was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on Oct. 10, 1929, to parents, Karl and Grace (Hammer) Kough. After graduating from West High School and the University of Colorado, Don had a distinguished military career as a jet pilot for the U.S. Navy. Upon retiring as a Lt. Commander with more than 20 years of service, Don earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Don then settled in Winona in 1976, where he served the community as a chiropractor for over 35 years.
Donald is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (McKinley) Kough. Don and Barb were married for 57 years and enjoyed their many friends in Winona and St. Maarten.
Donald is survived by daughter, Cheri Weis (Zumbrota), daughter, Mari Blanchard (Spring Valley); son, David Kough (Minneapolis), son, Kevin Kough (Denver); 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and brother, Max Kough (Waterloo).
A spring memorial service will be held (date TBD), at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery-Preston.
BELOIT, Wis. — Roger F. Lutz, 89, of Beloit passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Sun Valley Terrace.
He was born Sept. 18, 1930, in Winona, the son of Fred and Anna (Wilkins) Lutz. Roger attended school in Winona. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Roger married June L. Hegard on March 28, 1953, in Winona. She predeceased him on March 18, 2019.
Roger was employed as a truck driver for many years with several trucking companies, including Gateway Transportation and Yellow Freight Companies. He enjoyed collecting bikes. Roger was a member of the Teamsters #710 and Central States Unions.
Survivors include his children, Bruce (Mary) Lutz, Robert (Julie) Lutz both of Winona, Cindy (Robert) Carey and Dan Lutz both of Beloit; grandchildren, Bradley, Kelly, Jesse, Amanda, Rebecca, Michelle, Anne, Andrew and April; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters and brother, Patricia Lutz, Bonnie Lutz both of Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Delores (Walter) Martin of Rochester, Minnesota, and Bill (Marlos) Lutz of Durand, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Carol Lutz of Sparta, Wisconsin; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; daughter-in-law, Ginger Lutz; brother, Jim; sisters, Dorothy Lutz and Betty (Henry) Stephen.
Funeral service for Roger will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, in the Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, with Pastor Norman Starks officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona. Visitation of remembrance will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service Friday in the funeral home.
ST. CHARLES — Richard “Bubber” Schaber, 89, of St. Charles died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Whitewater Health Services in St. Charles. Bubber was born the son of Leslie and Blanche (Daskoske) Schaber June 10, 1930, in St. Charles. He graduated from St. Charles High School in 1948 and entered the U.S. Navy, serving from 1949 to 1956. In the Navy he was recognized as the Honor Man of Company 108 at the Great Lakes Center and served on the USS Leyte CV 32 aircraft Carrier. Following his service to the military, Bubber worked for J.R. Watkins as Regional Sales Branch Manager of the New York Division. He was later employed at First National Bank in St. Charles as Vice-President and general insurance agent. Bubber went on to work for Winona State College as director of bookstore operations for 25 years, receiving a Distinguished Service Award. Bubber and Linda Schneider were married Aug. 3, 1963, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. They made their home in St. Charles their entire married lives.
Bubber was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Where he was active on the Parrish Board, Holy Name Society, Springfest and as a church helper for over 40 years. He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and received the Bishops Medal in 2015. Bubber was also active in the Boy Scouts as Executive Board Chairman. He was an active member of the St. Charles Moose Lodge. He was a member and Past Commander of the St. Charles Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts. Bubber served as the Treasurer of the Winona County Fair Board for 50 years, entering the Fair’s Hall of Fame in 1987. He received the Jaycee’s, Citizen Distinguished Service Award in 1964 and the Outstanding Winona County Senior Citizen Award in 2013. Bubber enjoyed many big game hunting trips to Wyoming with his buddies.
Survivors include Linda, his wife of 56 years; three sons, John of St. Charles, Jody (Tammy) of Rochester Rick (Tracie) of St. Charles; two granddaughters, Abbie Schaber and Jordan (Al) Lange; and two great-grandchildren, Trae and Mila. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Blanche; his brother, Ronald Schaber; and sister, Joan Brogan.
A funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with the Reverend Tim Biren officiating. A private family burial will be in the spring at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles and one hour before services Monday at the church. The St. Charles V.F.W. and American Legion Posts will conduct military graveside honors at the church following services. Please share a memory of Bubber and view his video tribute, when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. Bubber’s family asks that memorials be directed to the St. Charles Veterans Park or an athletic scholarship being arranged in Bubber’s name.
INDEPENDENCE —Dorothy Roskos, 75, of Independence died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Gundersen Tri-County Care Center in Whitehall.
Dorothy was born Nov. 9, 1944, in Independence, to Conrad and Monica (Bautch) Waletzki. She married Richard Roskos June 13, 1964, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Independence.
Dorothy worked at the Independence State Bank for over 30 years and was vice president of operations when she retired.
She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, its women’s organization and rosary society. She was an active member at church and served on the finance committee.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Richard of Independence; three sons, Greg (Carrie) Roskos of Black River Falls, Jim Roskos and Don (Suzanne) Roskos, both of Independence; six grandchildren, Allyn Lottouzee, Angie (DeAndre) Woods, John, Grace, Sarah Roskos and Jimmy (Britt) Houd; two great-grandchildren; brother, Conrad (Ramona) Waletzki of Eau Claire.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service and rosary at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Edison Funeral Home in Independence, and one hour prior to the Mass, Saturday at the church.