Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

12/11/2017 05:46 AM

Robert Bezin


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12/10/2017 07:11 AM

Robert Bezin

Robert Bezin, 75, of Viroqua, WI, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at Gundersen Medical Center in LaCrosee, WI.

He was born in Chicago, on January 5, 1942, to Walter and Frances (Zaremba) Bezin.  He married Philathea on Nov. 29, 1980.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, at 11 AM at St. Isaac Skete 25266 Pilgrims Way Boscobel, WI.

The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.

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12/02/2017 02:45 PM

George Whiteaker


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11/29/2017 08:00 AM

George Whiteaker

George Whiteaker, 74, of Lindale, Texas, formerly of Richland County, Wisconsin, passed away with his wife at his side on Nov. 26, 2017 at the Hospice of East Texas, in Tyler, Texas.

He was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin on Feb. 6, 1943, to Maurice and Iva (Freeman) Whiteaker.  He married Charlene Morgan on Aug. 2, 1986.  He worked for many years as a commercial truck driver receiving outstanding driving awards.  He drove for Country Delight, McMorhan, and Case International.  Upon retiring he drove for the Amish, many becoming part of his family, watching their children grow up and become adults.  He and Charlene also did mission work and joined the Servants on Wheels in the USA and Mexico.

He is survived by his wife:  Charlene of Lindale, Texas; 3 daughters:  Theresa (Steve Kerska) Bahl, Laura (Jim) Schlaugat, and Rebecca Whiteaker; 2 sons:  George  (Heather) and Joe (Michelle); 2 step daughters: Sue (Mike) DeGolier, Corie Aide; 5 stepsons: Rusty (Mary) Aide, Rob Aide, Ronnie (Natasha) Aide, Ryan (Carla) Aide, Rod Aide; many grandchildren, and  step grandchildren,  and 4 step great grandchildren; 3 brothers:  Marvin, Walter, and Bill Whiteaker; and 2 sisters:  Marge and Judy; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents,  1 brother:  Larain; his in-laws:  Kenneth and Evelyn Morgan; 1step daughter:  Callie, 1 step granddaughter Brandi; 1 sister-in-law:  Betty Morgan, 1 brother-in law:  Frank Lenz..

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at 2:30 PM at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Pastor Timothy Hallet, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in the Whiteaker-Coleman Cemetery.  Friends may call from 12 noon until time of services at the funeral home.  Luncheon will be at the Mt. Zion Church at Mt. Zion, Wisconsin.  The family would like to thank the Briarcliff Rehabilitation  Center and the Hospice of East  Texas both at Tyler, Texas.

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11/24/2017 06:15 PM

Ione Williams


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11/24/2017 05:57 PM

Ione Williams

Ione Etta McEathron Williams, 99, has passed from her temporary life on Earth into her eternal life in Heaven in her 100th year.  Ione died at Acorn Hill Senior Living Community, Mosinee, on November 23, 2017.

Nurtured by her parents, Rev. Alexander and Ida McEathron , in her belief that Jesus Christ is our personal Savior, Ione was baptized at age 10 in the Chippewa River by her father.  She began to serve the Lord by teaching children’s Sunday School classes, acting as Sunday School secretary, and becoming active in Christian Endeavor at Highbanks Church of Christ, rural Holcombe,  one of many churches her circuit-riding father started in northwestern Wisconsin.

Ione was born on September 14, 1918 in Hillsdale, Barron County, WI.  The family moved to the Mud Brook Valley, west of Holcombe, when she was 2 !/2, where she lived until her marriage to George Williams of Sugar Grove.  She graduated from Ladysmith High School in 1937.

Ione and George were married on Christmas Day, 1938, by her father. After George returned from WWII, they raised three daughters on the Williams Family Century Farm at Sugar Grove.  Ione called Sugar Grove Church of Christ her home church for almost 80 years, from 1939 until her death.  For many years, she taught Junior and Adult Sunday School classes and Daily Vacation Bible School for children.  She also served for 70 years as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Hamilton-Harris Post 447,Viola,since 1948.

Ione was a very good wife,mother, grandmother and homemaker.  Even through the hard times of life, she was always loving, gentle, cheerful, and kind.  She was dearly loved by her daughters and their families for her thoughtful expressions of love for them, day after day, in many ways.

She worked very hard alongside her husband doing the farm work.  She set tobacco, shocked oats, drove the tractor pulling a hayloader and haywagon behind it, milked cows, fed calves, raised piglets, and butchered chickens.  She canned and froze food from two large gardens and gathered more from the woods and byroads.  Many long hours of the growing season were devoted to filling the cellar shelves with jars of fruits and vegetables, jams, and jellies.

Though she was always working on her feet without rest,  she managed to steal time here and there to use her endless creative gifts from a mind that never rested.  Her poetry was awarded Editor’s Choice in 1994 and 1995 by the National Library of Poetry and published in their anthologies.  Her oil paintings, watercolors, chalk drawings, seed pictures, and wood carvings are hanging  on many family walls.

She published an autobiography at age 70, titled Living in the Mud Brook Valley.  Her pursuit of genealogy and local history produced  several articles in Vernon County Heritage and History volumes. She enjoyed passing on family history to her children through storytelling that included her Scotch-Irish ancestry.  She won the “Best Tatted Item” prize at the county fair.  Her tatting, knitting, crocheting, and rug hooking skills beautified her home and those of her daughters.  She designed and sewed, with and without patterns, most clothing for herself and her children.

She bonded with and delighted her grandchildren by making stuffed animals, Easter baskets, doll clothes, darling outfits of their own, and patchwork quilts for their beds.  From her frugal habits, the least bit of scrap cloth, yarn, lace, or twice-used objects could take on beauty in her hands.

Last, but not least, she was athletic.  Growing up with two older brothers, she had a command of skiing, ice skating, foot racing, canoeing, rifle hunting, fishing, and even touch football.  Spending most of her childhood time outdoors, she grew to love nature and felt  a deep joy in the beauty of God’s creation.  As a mother, she taught her children to identify tree leaves, wildflowers, bird songs, edible nuts and berries, insects, and animals tracks on walks in the woods and fields of the farm.  She also loved to sing the praises of the Lord as she walked and talked.  “Without Him I would not be,” she would say.

At age 71, Ione sold the farm after George’s death from lung cancer on July 2, 1990.  She moved to Valley View Apts. in Readstown, where she lived 14 years.  When she was 86, her children moved her to Mosinee in August 2004, to be safely near them.

Ione is survived by her three children and their husbands:  Patricia(Carl Przychocki) Herschberger of Mosinee, Jean (Rick) Madden of Stevens Point, and Eloise (Robert) Moodie of Plover.  Also five grandchildren andnine great-grandchildren:  Marie I(Heath) Martens and daughter Sophie, Daniel (Emily) Herschberger and son Dennis, Melissa (Clayton) LaBelle and children Heather and Nathen, Scott Moodie, and brother John (Annmarie) Moodie, whose children are Lily,Claire, Ava, Noah, and Ethan.  One sister-in-law, Faerie Jane Sellenberg (Elmer McEathron), South Bend,Indiana, and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, Ione was preceded in death by brother Donald McEathron and wife Etta, brother Elmer McEathron and first wife Esther, half brother Gayle McEathron and wife Anna, half-sister Garnet McEathron and wife Etta,  two sons-in-law Dennis Herschberger and Wayne Dahl, plus several nieces and nephews.

Burial will take place in the Sugar Grove Cemetery immediately following the 11:00 AM service at Sugar Grove Church of Christ, four miles east of Readstown, on Hwy 14.  An hour of visitation from 10 to 11 at the church will precede the funeral on Saturday, December 2.

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11/19/2017 06:06 PM

Herbert Helgerson


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11/18/2017 03:40 PM

Herbert Helgerson

Herbert Helgerson, 95, of Soldiers Grove, WI, passed away on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at the Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.

He was born in Gays Mills on July 26, 1922 to Edwin and Ingeborg (Sime) Helgerson. He married Anita McDonald at St. Philips Catholic Church at Rolling Ground on Nov. 14, 1949.

On Feb. 6, 1943 he joined the U.S. Army. He served in the 291st Combat Battalion with Gen. Omar Bradley’s First Army and Gen. George  Patton’s Third Army. He was a decorated World War 2 veteran.

After the war, he borrowed $100 on a handshake and purchased land in Soldiers Grove where he built Helgerson’s Forest Products which he ran for 41 years.

He is survived by 2 sons:  James of Soldiers Grove and Joseph (Susan) of Athens, Wis.; 3 daughters:  Maureen (Barry) Bauer of Olathe, Kansas, Patti (Mark) Boller of Minneapolis, and Judy Nutter of Richland Center;6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; daughter-in-law:  Trish Helgerson of Soldiers Grove; 1 sister-in-law:  Mary Ruth Peterson of Waunakee, Wis. ; and 2 special friends:  George Read and Jerry Moran; and many loved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Anita; 1 son:  George; 1 daughter:  Mary Doppke.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 at 11 A.M. at the St. Philips Catholic Church at Rolling Ground.  Father Zachary Beya will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. The Wm. A. Schoville American Legion Post #220 will provide graveside services. Friends may call at the church from 9 A.M. until time of services.

The family wants to thank the staff of the Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home for their outstanding care. In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the American legion Post #220 of Soldiers Grove.

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11/17/2017 02:48 PM

Lawrence L. Olson


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11/17/2017 02:34 PM

Lawrence L. Olson

Lawrence L. Olson of Town of Vernon, Waukesha County, WI, formerly of Readstown, was born to Eternal Life on November 15, 2017 at the age of 90 years.

He was born in Crawford County on February 21, 1927 to John and Ica (Lester) Olson.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Debra Jean, his parents John and Ica Olson, 7 brothers and 3 sisters, and his parents-in-law: Gifford and Hannah Ford.

Lawrence is survived by his wife of 68 years, Barbara; his daughters:  Mary (Tom), Laurie, Karen, and a son:  Michael; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at 1 PM at Peace Lutheran Church in Readstown.  Burial will be in the Readstown Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church from noon until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.

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