Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

09/25/2017 12:52 PM

Julie Hooverson

hooverson-julie-photo.jpgJulia Charlotte Hooverson passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at her home with her husband and dog, Burt, by her side.

She married David Hooverson on December 15, 1979, in San Diego, California, and he brought his bride back to Folsom to what would be her forever home with her forever family.

She enjoyed cooking, canning, baking, sewing, knitting, and tending to all her beautiful flowers–all done with love to share with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, David of Readstown; her brothers-in-law:  Dannie (Nancy) Hooverson of Readstown, and Larry (Sharon) Hooverson of Soldiers Grove; her sister-in-law:  Mary (Doug) Weed of LaFarge; her nephews:  Tyler and Tony Hooverson, Adam andRobbie Weed; her niece Meagan (Tim) Bauer; two great nieces:  Isabelle and Lillian Bauer; plus her New York family.

She was met at Heaven Door by her mother and father in-law:  Maurice and Norma Hooverson; her nephew Zachary Hooverson; and her parents Thomas and Eva McGinnis.

Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Friday, September 29, from 4 to 6 P.M.  A prayer will be conducted by Pastor Chuck Miller at 6 P.M. Burial will be held at a later date at the North Kickapoo Cemetery at Folsom.

Until we meet again, Julie, Rest in Peace.

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09/15/2017 10:29 AM


Virginia Hostetler, 85, of Richland Center, passed away surrounded by family on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Pine Valley Manor in Richland Center, WI.

She was born in Delavan, IL on December 19, 1931.  She was married to Robert Hostetler on December 18, 1949.  They were married for 67 years.

She is survived by four sons:  Mervin (Ila) Hostetler of Brownsville, OR, Roger (Elaine) Hostetler of Afton, IA, Galen (Donna) Hostetler, of Richland Center, and Darwin (Eunice) Hostetler of Richland Center. Three daughters:  Larita (Clifford) Kauffman of Lorimor, IA, Angie (Jay) Kauffman of Richland Center, Dawn (Steve) Schrock of Richland Center. 43 Grandchildren and 61 great-grandchildren, two brothers:  Lester (Sue) Kropf of Greeley, CO, and Earl (Donna) Kropf, of Brownsville, OR.

She was preceded in death by her parents:  Simon and Ida Kropf, her husband, Robert Hostetler, an infant son, Daryl Lee, One grandson, Norman Kauffman, One infant granddaughter, Sheiila Kropf and one infant grandson, Glen Hostetler.

For 5 years she was a victim of Dementia, and while we miss her we cannot help but rejoice that she has been delivered of her affliction, in the presence of Jesus and reunited with her beloved Robert.

Jesus said,  I am the resurrection, and the life; he who believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  John 11:25.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at 10 AM at Pleasant Valley Amish Mennonite Church in Muscoda, Wisconsin.  Visitation will take place on Monday, Sept. 18 from 3 to 5 PM and from 6 to 8 PM at the Light House Chapel at 345 S. Cairns Ave. in Richland, Center, Wis. Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Muscoda.

The family is being served by the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown.

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09/07/2017 07:53 PM


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09/07/2017 07:52 PM

David R. George, 67, of Gays Mills passed away peacefully in his sleep just as he wished Thursday, September 7, 2017 at his home with his love, Lee Ann at his side.

He was born April 29, 1950 in Viroqua, WI to Richard & Karen (Hoffland) George.

He was employed by Nelson Muffler where he retired from after 39 years.  David was an avid fisherman and fishing was his passion in life.  He enjoyed fishing trips with his brothers and family to Jim Falls and Chetek, WI.  He enjoyed spending time outdoors.  David liked to stay close to home in Crawford County where he called home his entire life.

He is survived by his best friend and companion in life of 26 years, Lee Ann Ruegg of Gays Mills, WI.  He is further survived by his son, Jesse George of Iowa, his daughter, Heather George of Sauk City, WI, his step-children Robert Ruegg of Gays Mills, WI, Andrew (Misty) Ruegg of Blue River, WI, and Brianne (Chad) Yeager of Chippewa Falls, WI.  3 brothers Steve (Dana) George of Soldiers Grove, WI, Tracy (Love Metz) of Richland Center, WI, Randy (Nora) George of Soldiers Grove, WI, and 1 sister Cindy (George) Thoftne of Texas.  1 granddaughter Kiaria George of Iowa and 6 step-grandchildren.  David is also survived by many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister Victoria George, and nephew Cody George.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 1pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove, WI.  Family and Friends may call at the church from 11am until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown, WI is serving the family.

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08/30/2017 12:20 PM

Jerald Steinbach

img0681.jpgJerald (Jerry) Steinbach, 90,of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the SAnnes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.

He was born on September 19, 1926 in Barnum, Wisconsin to John and Mayme (Mullikin) Steinbach.  He was a graduate of Gays Mills High School.  He married Beverly Purington on JUne 23, 1950.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1952 to 1954.

He worked for a time at a factory in Janesville.  He eventually purchased a farm near Soldiers Grove.

He is survived by his wife:  Beverly of Soldiers GRove; 1 son:  Randy (Rebecca) of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; 2 grandchildren: James Steinbach of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Michael of Fairplay, Colorado; 1 sister:  Marjorie Nauman of Dubuque, Iowa; 1 sister-in-law:  Dorothy Steinbach; and 3 nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers:  Lyndon and Don Steinbach; 1 sister-in-law:  Colleen Steinbach, and 1 nephew: Lynn Steinbach.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11 AM at Soldiers Grove United Methodist Church.  Burial will be at the Gays Mills Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call at the church from 10 AM until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.

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08/28/2017 03:43 PM


img067-2.jpgNorma Hooverson, 86, of Folsom, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 at Gundersen Medical Center in LaCrosse surrounded by her family who loved her so very much.

She was taken too soon from her family and friends but we’re here to celebrate her life that was full of love every day from her three sons:  Danny (Nancy) Hooverson, David (Julie) Hooverson, and Larry (Sharon) Hooverson, and her daughter:  Mary (Doug) Weed; her precious grandchildren:  Tony (fiance Melissa) Hooverson, Tyler Hooverson, Zachary Hooverson, Meagan (Tim) Bauer, Adam and Robbie Weed; she was also blessed with two beautiful great granddaughters:  Isabelle and Lillian Bauer, plus two more–one due in December, and one due in March.

She lived her life for her family, friends, neighbors, and her beloved church family.  She loved to garden and always shared its bounty with anyone who crossed her path.  She loved to mow her yard (No weeds allowed!), and tend to the cattle, and her and grandpa’s dog (Puggy).

She was met at Heaven’s Door by her loving husband of 67 years, Maurice, her grandson Zachary, brother Otto Briggson, two infant sisters, her parents Ole and Nettie Briggson, and her aunt and uncle Alma and Joe Reseland.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017, at 11 AM at Kickapoo United Lutheran Church at Folsom.  Pastor Chuck Miller will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 4 PM until 6 PM, and on Friday at the church from 10 AM until time of services.

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08/25/2017 03:14 PM

Paul Everson

Paul Everson,63, of Viroqua, passed away on Thursday, August24, 2017 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse.

He was born in Viroqua on Nov. 24, 1953 to Adolph and Isabelle (Hill) Everson. He lived in Viroqua for many years. He has lived at Vernon Manor for the last eighteen years. He belonged to Kickapoo United Lutheran Church for many years. He loved watching sports on television especially the Badgers, the Packers, and the Cubs.

He is survived by his brother Rod (Mary) Everson of Sun Prairie; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Richard, and sister in law: Judy.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 28, at 1 PM at Kickapoo United Lutheran Church. Pastor Chuck Miller will officiate and burial will be in the North Kickapoo Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 11 AM until time of services. The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.


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08/17/2017 02:09 PM

Alice Thompson

thompson-alice-photo.jpgAlice Marie DeWitt Thompson of Readstown, WI died Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.

Alice was born on April 2, 1927 to Clifford and Bernice DeWitt in Bloomingdale, WI.  She attended Bloomingdale Grade School and graduated from Westby High School in the class of 1944.  After graduation, Alice worked as an aide at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.  During this time, she took flying lessons at the Sextonville Airport, where she advanced to soloing in a Piper Cub.  Her children and grandchildren enjoyed hearing stories of this adventure.

On February 12, 1952, she married LaVerne Thompson in Griffin, GA.  They raised their family and farmed together at Readstown until LaVerne’s death in 1994–at first dairying with a herd of Jerseys and later raising purebred Hereford beef cattle.

Alice also worked for Schultz Brothers (the Dime Store) in Viroqua for many years until the store closed.  She then worked at Hidden Treasures in Viroqua for a few years.  She finished her work life at the Readstown  Library–working well into her 80s.

Alice loved to read–especially the A to Z of Sue Grafton mysteries (through W!).  She also looked forward to the annual outings to American Players Theater that she enjoyed with her son Dane for over 30 years.  Her last walk up the hill was in 2015 at the age of 88. She loved nature–taking walks around the farm, tending her chickens, and checking cattle in the pastures until a couple of years ago.  She was regarded, at least by her sons and grandchildren, as the best baker of apple, peach, berry, pumpkin, and rhubarb pies anywhere.

Alice is survived by her sons:  Dane (Jane Schmidt) Readstown, WI, Mark (Tisha) Prairie du Sac, WI; grandchildren: Miranda (Eric) Thompson, Merrimac, WI, John (Shelly Bushkofsky) Elkader, IA, and Chelsea Statz, Madison, WI; great-grandchildren: Elijah, Astrid, Merida and Veidah Thompson and Marcus Evans, Mikayla Evans and Owen Thompson; sisters Carol Rudrud of Westby, Ann (LeRoy) Manke of Westby; brother Douglas DeWitt of Rapids City, IL and cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Lila Miller; in-laws Arvo Miller, Blaine Rudrud, Linda DeWitt, John Thompson Jr., Buren Thompson; mother and father-in-law, Maude and John Thompson.

The family thanks the staff of Sannes Skogdalen and Vernon Memorial Hospice and Dr. Paul Bergquist for their compassionate care.

Services will be held on Monday, Aug, 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Readstown Church of Christ, 120 School St. in Readstown. Friends may call at the church from 10:00 AM until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Vernon Memorial Hospice Program or a charity of choice.

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08/13/2017 09:39 AM

Kathe Davis


Kathe M. Davis – May 7, 1943 – August 13, 2017

Kathe Davis of Readstown Wisconsin passed away at her home August 13th., following a ten year battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was surrounded by family, friends and music. Kathe was a retired Professor of Women’s Studies and Contemporary Poetry at Kent State University, Kent Ohio. Kathe taught at Kent for 32 years, retiring to Readstown in 2009. She continued to write poetry following her retirement. Her poems were published in the Wisconsin Poet’s Calendar, The Lunar Calendar and in books: “American Zen: a Gathering of Poets (2004); the Pudding House collection “Fresh Water: Poems of Rivers, Lakes, and Streams (2002); “A Gathering of Poets (Kent State UP, 1992). In 2003 she won the Ohio Writer’s first place poetry prize. She received her PHD in English Literature from Brown University.

She is survived by her son Shaun Finney of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Amanda Poole Finney), her grandson Quinn Finney, special friend Kent Bubolz of Stevens Point, WI and nine brothers and sisters: James Davis (Shirley) of Walla Walla Washington, Coralee Davis (Barney Robke) of Okemus MI; D Ben Davis (Susan Davis) of Portland, Oregon ; Donald (Dave) Davis (Lynn Musil Davis) of Rockford, IL; Joseph Davis (Jayne Brogan) of Sonoma, CA; Candace Davis (Fred Janis) of Evanston, IL; Glory Davis Boersma (Jeff Boersma) of Rockford, IL; Marcy Davis (Bill Stanton) of Gays Mills WI; Julie Davis Varble (Bill Varble) of Rockford IL. She is also survived by 23 nieces and nephews and 27 great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Wallace (Dip) Davis and Kathryn (Kitty .Strathman) Davis of Marengo, IL.

She will be greatly missed by all including the members of the Kickapoo Paddling group led by Mark Drake. She was an active member until earlier this summer. A celebration of her life will be held September 9th in Viroqua at the Ark from 4:00 pm to 8:00pm with a memorial service in the Ark Theatre beginning at 4:00pm.

Contributions in Kathe’s memory may be made to Wisconsin Public Radio, PO Box 697 Racine WI 53401 or Bethel Butikk Food Pantry, 341 Black River Ave, Westby WI 54667

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08/09/2017 04:23 PM


Timothy Hershberger, 14, of Loganville, passed away at his family’s farm home on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. He was born on Dec. 21, 2002 near Loganville to Vernon and Erma (Yoder) Hershberger

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10 AM at the Lighthouse Chapel in Richland Center. Darwin Hostetler will officiate. Burial will be in the Debello Cemetery in Greenwood Cemetery, Vernon County. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 3 to 5 PM, and again from 6 to 8 PM.

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