Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

04/27/2017 03:49 PM

Cheryl Skenandore

Cheryl Skenandore, 55, of Readstown, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown.

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04/06/2017 01:17 PM

Gordon T. Grim


Gordon T. Grim, 85, of Richland Center, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at his home.

He was born on April 18, 1931, in the Township of Sylvan, Richland County, on the farm where he passed away.

He married Betty Jane Jeffries on February 9, 1950. He farmed for many years in Southwest Wisconsin. His wife passed away on March 28, 2013. His hobbies included reading Western books, traveling the United States, and putting together jig saw puzzles. He was also fond of hauling Amish people in his van.

He is survived by his daughter Julie Grim of Madison, Wisconsin; two grandsons: Jonathan and Katie Grim of

Sahuarita, Arizona, and Andrew and Jana Grim of Mesa, Arizona; and five great grandchildren: Caleb, Elliott, Jade, Kyle, and Jeremy. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents, Virgil and Elva; three sons: Micheal, David, and Terence; one granddaughter:  Katherine Grim-Kinnison; three brothers: Verlin, Charles, and Laddie; and two sisters: Muriel Frawley and Lorraine Coppernoll.

Per Gordon’s request, no funeral services will be held. A celebration of life will be announced at a future date. Gifts in memory of Gordon can be made to the Sylvan Cemetery

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03/20/2017 04:46 PM




            Mildred Jean “Jean” Rappl transitioned from a pain-filled body to be with her Savior on March 19, 2017 at the age of 89 in Viroqua, WI.  Formerly of Milwaukee area.  Beloved wife of the late Robert for 51 years.  Loving mom of Greg, the late Michael, the late Baby Bobby, Mary (Ed), William (Lynae), Laura (Chuck), and John. Grandma to 21 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  Dear oldest sister to the late Bob Matel, the late Pat Ruh, and Jim Matel.  Aunt to 15 nieces/nephews.


            A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Redeemer Evangelical Free Church, 7735 W. Howard Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53220.  Service will start at 11:00 am and lunch will follow.



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02/27/2017 07:31 AM

Robert Rosemeyer



Robert Rosemeyer, 96, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.

            He was born in Beloit, Wisconsin on April 12, 1920 to Archie and Velma (Bennett) Rosemeyer.  He was the oldest of five children.  He married June Lillian Slade in 1940 in Elkader, Iowa.

            He drove truck for E. Tex Reddick and King Edward Tobacco Co.  He also owned his own truck for several years doing general hauling.  In season, he hauled apples for the local orchards, making a round trip to Milwaukee or Chicago daily.  Later, he worked for the Crawford County Highway Department until he retired about 1990.  He also farmed in the Soldiers Grove/ Yankeetown area where he and June raised their family.

            He was a longtime member of the Community of Christ Church, where he spent many days working when the new church was built.  He also helped maintain the grounds. He liked to fix old tractors and old engines.  He was always repairing something for the neighbors.  He was a man of few words with a heartwarming smile.

            He is survived by his sons:  Richard (Bonnie) Rosemeyer and Roy (Elaine) Rosemeyer; one brother:  Gene Rosemeyer; his grandchildren:  Angie (Matt) Baranowski, April (Chad) Repinski, Mark (Kathy) Gander, Vicki Stevens, Lori Gander, Rob (Melodie) Gander, Paul Rosemeyer, and Sarah (Steven) Sleator; and 16 great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, June; his parents; daughter Sonja, and two brothers.

            Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M. on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Community of Christ Church at Montgomeryville, rural Soldiers Grove.  Elder John Johnson will officiate and burial will be in the Montgomeryville Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 11 AM until time of services. The Sime Funeral Home in Readstown is serving the family.

            Blessed be his memory

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02/05/2017 07:35 AM

Joyce Clark

 Joyce Clark

clark-joyce-photo.jpgJoyce Ann Clark, 59, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 29th, 1957,  in Viroqua, Wisconsin to Frederick and Lois (Holliday) Barlow of Rural Soldiers Grove. She graduated in 1975, from North Crawford High School. Joyce married the love of her life William Cecil Clark, Jr., on August 21st, 1976, on St.Feriole Island in Prairie Du Chein, WI. They spent the next 40 years in Holy Matrimony.

Joyce was a strong believer in humanity, giving even the most unfortunate the benefit of the doubt. She was full of compassion for others. Joyce had an unconditional love that reflected in her presence. Her beautiful smile brought immediate warmth to others.  Anyone who was fortunate enough to have known Joyce, knew her incredible Will and loving Spirit. On February 3rd, Joyce joined our Savior and Heavenly Father. Joyce was surrounded by her large and  loving family when she passed peacefully at her home. Joyce spent her career in health care. She loved her job at Gundersen-Lutheran Hospital where she had  spent many years as an R.N. She enjoyed her career, her many friends she gathered through the years, her amazing co-workers and being able to care and provide for so many people. Joyce loved to sing  and bring music and life to those around her. She will be remembered deeply for her beautiful voice and the joy it brought to this world. Joyce was a strong believer in faith, she lived and loved in God’s light. She was always giving all she had and when Joyce had nothing else to give she gave some more, teaching everyone around her to love by example. Joyce is a Daughter of the American Revolution, a committed Lutheran. Joyce will be greatly missed. Joyce loved her family, she loved to fish, to spend time with her beautiful Grandchildren, she enjoyed her Uno games with her very dear Niece Janie Lynn Barlow. She taught her children strength, love and faith and never failed to remind all around her how much they were loved. Joyce leaves behind many hearts and souls who will miss her dearly.

Joyce is survived by her loving Husband William Cecil Clark, Jr., her Daughter Shelly J. Clark, Daughter Jennifer (James) Clemens, Daughter Erin (John) Shablin, Son William (Annabelle) Clark. 7 Grandchildren; Jacob D. Clemens, Sergio A. Clark, Quintin C. Schablin, Justice J. Clemens, Meadow Ann Schablin, Dylan J. Shablin, and Summer Ann Imperial Clark. Joyce was the best Grandmother. Each of her Grandchildren are aware of how special they were to her and they truly loved their Nanna. She is survived by her “baby” Brothers Matthew Barlow and John Barlow, her wonderful and caring Sister-in-laws Goldie Barlow and Merri Barlow, her Sister Vicky, Brother-in-law Brad Swanton, her Sister Brenda Young, Brother David Barlow, Sister-in-laws Martha Bartz, Susan Zinkle, Beatrice and Verna Clark, Brother-in-laws Patrick and Steven Clark,  Nieces; Adriana, Gretchen, Abigail, Kitty, Sarah, Hannah, Janie, Brooke Callie, Riley. Nephews; Paul,  Erik, James, Ryan, Adam, Ben, Luke, Jason,Scott and Christopher,  many cousins who she loved so very much, many loving Aunts and Uncles.

Joyce is preceded in death by her firstborn Son Joel Peter Clark, her Parents,Frederick and Lois Barlow, Grandparents Lloyd and Orpha Holliday and Velma and Elmer Barlow. Mother-in-law and Father-in-law William and Jean Clark, Niece Bailey Barlow and Nephew Gordon O’Dell, and her  Brother-in-law Richard Zinkle.

Visitation will be held at Sime Family Funeral Home in Readstown Wisconsin on February 10th from 4-9 p.m. Services will be Saturday February the 11th at 1:00 p.m, with early visitation starting at 11:00 a.m


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01/26/2017 06:21 PM

Don Larson


Donald M. Larson, 88, passed away January 26, 2017 at Vernon Memorial Hospital surrounded by his children.  Don was born January 8, 1929 on a rural Readstown Wisconsin farm to Ralph and Pearl (York) Larson.  He graduated from Readstown High School and attended the University of Wisconsin.  He married Audrey Hartley on July 30, 1948 at Ladysmith, Wisconsin.  She preceded him in death on May 13, 2016.

Don farmed in the Sugar Grove/North Clayton community for over sixty years.  In addition to many side jobs through the years, he served as an associate at Sime Funeral Home for 27 years.  He served on Readstown and North Crawford School Boards, SWTC board and participated as an active member of several organizations.  Don was very involved in the Sugar Grove Church of Christ.  He was well known for his musical abilities and he used those abilities to honor the lives of many people.

Don is survived by his 6 children-  Mary (Glenn) Wittenberg, Fargo, North Dakota,  Alan (Terri) , Reedsburg, Wisconsin,  Susie (Mark) Janney,  Onalaska, Wisconsin, Sandi (Ron) Hurm, Appleton, Wisconsin, Bob (Heidi), Sauk City, Wisconsin, and Jim (Lori), Chaska, Minnesota.  He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brother, Ken (Betty) Larson, Rochester, Minnesota, sisters-in-law, Margaret Larson, Viroqua, and Betty Dobbs, Richland Center, many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his wife Audrey, he was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Pearl Larson, his in-laws, Loyd and Myrle Hartley, his brother, Keith Larson, his brothers-in-law, Gaylord Dobbs, Lee Hartley and Derrold Hartley and sister-in-law Ruth Hartley.

In lieu of flowers,  memorials may be made to North Crawford Rescue Squad, Vernon Memorial Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Services will be held at Sugar Grove Church Christ at 1:00 pm  on  February 2, 2017.    Vistation will be held from 10:30 am until the time of the service at the church.

Sime Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Don’s family would like to thank the staff at Vernon Manor, Vernon Memorial Hospital and especially Dr. Michael Kalinosky for the care and kindness extended to Dad and Mom and to us.

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01/22/2017 06:30 PM

Betty Kletzke

Betty Kletzke, 87, of Viola, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua.

She was born in Vernon County, Wis. On August 24, 1929 to Claren and Gladys (Heal) Drake. She married Robert Kletzke on Feb. 18, 1950. She was a waitress at several restaurants in this area including the Kickapoo Inn and the bus top in Readstown, and the Coffee Shop in Viola. Her hobbies included baking, cooking, Nintendo, playing cards, and reading westerns. She also loved country music. She took two trips that she really enjoyed—one to Las Vegas and the other to Nashville, Tenn. She also enjoyed going to Hayward, Wis.

She is survived by two sons: Rodney Kletzke of Viola and Robert Kleztke of Marana, Arizona; three daughters: Cheryl Kletzke of Viola, Millie (Ron) Johnson of Viroqua, and Kathy Kletzke of Viola; her grandchildren: Scott Johnson, Shane Johnson, Robert Kletzke, Jr, Aaron Kletzke, Jamie (Tyler) Lewinsky; her great grandchildren: Garrett (Elise) Johnson, Michael Johnson, and Jada Kletzke.

Shje was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her step mother: Luella “Toots” Drake, one brother: Lee, and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 1 PM at Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Pastor Chuck Miller will officiate and burial will be in the Viola Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11 AM until time of services.

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01/15/2017 06:57 AM

Grayselda “Grace” Clark

clark-grace-photo-2.jpgGRAYSELDA “Grace” CLARK

Grayselda “Grace” Clark, 77, of Viola, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Gundersen Medical Center in LaCrosse.

She was born on January 25, 1939 in Joliet, Illinois to Malcolm and Myrtle (Johnson) Frederick.  She graduated from Dwight, Illinois Township High School and Illinois State Normal University.

On November 18, 1961 she married Wesley Clark at the Lawndale Lutheran church in Colfax, Illinois.  Grace taught in Japan while Wesley was stationed there in the U.S. Army.  When they returned to the United States they were herdscouple for Myown Guernsey Farm, Chenoa, Illinois.  In 1965, they began their own Guernsey herd and farmed at Colfax, Illinois.  In 1975, they relocated to their current location of Viola, Wisconsin.

Her passion for farming and working with youth surfaced as General Leader and Dairy Project Leader for the Readstown Ramblers 4-H Club.  Many young people enjoyed and appreciated her efforts.  Working with dairy producers became a specialty as she was a field representative for several local cheese manufacturing operations and milk marketing cooperatives.  Her expertise was further appreciated as she became a Food Inspector for eighteen years for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) until her retirement.  After retirement, she became more active with Peace Lutheran Church in Readstown, serving in many capacities.

She is survived by her husband Wesley of Viola; her son:  Darrel of Viola; 1 grandson:  Spencer; 1 brother:  James (Sheila) Frederick of Taylors, South Carolina;  her sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Evelyn and Delmer Thedens; and nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11 AM at Peace Lutheran Church in Readstown. Pastor Chuck Miller will officiate and burial will be in the Sugar Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 4 to 8 PM and on Saturday from 10 AM until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home in Readstown is serving the family.

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01/10/2017 03:32 PM


img040.jpgGeneva Jacobson, 92, of Viroqua, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at Bethel Home in Viroqua.

            She was born on June 12, 1924 in LaFarge to Ace and Dessie (Clark) Strait.  She married Kermit Jacobson in 1942. He passed away in 1972.  They farmed in rural Ferryville for many years. She moved to Gays Mills in 1985. 

            Geneva was a wonderful cook and homemaker.  She also loved growing flowers.  One of her great joys was keeping her nieces and nephews as guests on their farm.  She delighted the little girls with tea parties and in baking their mud pies. She was known as an excellent housekeeper despite cooking for threshers and taking the time to bake mud pies for her nieces.  She never had any children, but all her life she had a close and loving relationship with her niece Sharen Thoftne.

            In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters:  Glen Strait, Della Dregne, Annabelle Martin/Jacobson, and Clifford Strait.

            Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 PM at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown.  Pastor Roy Tellier will officiate. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in LaFarge.   Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until time of services on Saturday.


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01/02/2017 09:44 AM

Donna McCormick

img038.jpgDonna McCormick, 79, of Menasha, formerly of Madison, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at her home.

            She was born on Jan. 16, 1937 in Excelsior, Wis. to James and Mardella (Dyer) Flynn. She graduated from Boscobel High School in 1954.  She married Paul McCormick on October 31, 1959 at St. Philips Catholic Church at Rolling Ground. 

After their marriage, they lived for a while in Port Washington, Wis. They later moved to Madison and Monona.  They both worked at the Burr Oak Bowling Alley on Park Street for a lot of years.  During this time, they both loved to bowl and dance to country and western music. After retirement, they moved to Monona.  After Paul’s death, Donna moved to Menasha, first in her own apartment and later with her daughter Mary.

QVC was her number one hobby. She also enjoyed gardening and flowers.

She is survived by three daughters:  Tracy (Ken) Byl of Soldiers Grove, Mary (friend, Mike) Gorzelitz of Menasha, and Marcy (Steve) Salmon of Mazomanie; her grandchildren:  Jason, Heidi, Kenneth, John, Trevor, Bryce, and Max; her great grandchildren:  Maylee, Gracie, Thais, Carson, Kenlinn, Jacion, and Kasen; her sister:  Betty Fry of Monona; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband (in 1992), her daughter Paula (1982), 3 brothers:  Laddie, Larry, and Jimmy Flynn; and her son-in-law:  Matthew Gorzelitz.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 6, at 11 AM at St. Philips Catholic Church at Rolling Ground. Father Zachary Beya will officiate and burial will be in the St. Philips Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 9 AM until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.



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