Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

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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08/07/2017 07:01 AM



Jeanne Campbell, 78, of Soldiers Grove, Wis., passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.

She was born on April 19, 1939 in LaCrosse, Wis. To Byron and Dorothy (Atchison) Lynch. She married Ronnie Campbell at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gays Mills. She worked as a beautician, secretary, and a certified nurses assistant.

She is survived by her son: Chris Campbell of Onalaska; 3 grandchildren: Savannah Campbell, Seth Young-Campbell, and Brittany Young-Campbell; 3 brothers: John (Betty) Lynch of Seneca, Charles (Susan) Lynch of Beloit, and Michael Lynch of Seneca; and 3 sisters: Mary Bjerkaas of La

Crosse, Ann (Dan) Everson of Soldiers Grove, and Susan (Rick) Rink of Houston, Tex.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie; her parents, and her son: Kevin.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in
Gays Mills, at 10 AM. Friends may call from 9 AM until time of services. Father Zacharie Beya will officiate and burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Soldiers Grove.

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07/04/2017 01:51 PM

Edward Cuffe

Edward Cuffe, 58, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at his home

Funeral arrangements will be held on Saturday, July 15, at 4 PM at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Pastor Chuck Miller will officiate.

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07/04/2017 06:53 AM

Duane Chroninger

chroninger-duane-two-2.jpgDuane Chroninger, 86, of Readstown, passed away on Monday,July 3, 2017 at Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.  He was born to Douglas and Mary (Stone) Chroninger on June 24, 1931 in Readstown.  He attended Readstown schools, graduating in 1949.

In 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. In 1950 he was assigned to 1st Army Cavalry with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, laying mines and clearing mines.  He was on one of the first boats of soldiers going to Korea.  He earned the Bronze Star for gallantry in action under fire.  When he was in Korea he had the honor of shaking hands with Supreme Allied Commander Gen.Douglas MacArthur.

Upon returning to Wisconsin in 1952, he became a licensed cheese maker at the Manning Cheese Factory, in rural Readstown.  At the same time, he also hauled milk for the cheese factory.  He married Vera Peterson and had three boys:  Kevin, Danny, and Kenny.  They farmed outside of Readstown.  They later divorced.  In 1970, they sold the farm at Manning and built a new house outside of Readstown.

He then started working for Michaels Pipeline, burying telephone cables for many years.  In later years, he worked for Vernon Telephone and the Kraemer Company, running the Swiggum Quarry, retiring just a few years ago.

In 1988, he married Carol Anderson and built a small farm and shop outside of Readstown.  He loved to build buggies, forecarts, and many other types of horse powered equipment.  Carol,his grand kids, and his horses were the love of his life.  He last two horses–April and Olga (Norwegian Fjords) had to be sold because of his failing health, which made him very sad.  In 2014, Duane and Carol had to move to Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove because of failing health.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; Sons:  Kevin (Nana), Dan, and Kenny (Thelma); grandchildren:  Kelly (Mike), Ryan (Sharon),
Timothy, Jamie (Justin, Kari, Robert, Matt (Ani), Glen, Laura; and 11 great grandchildren; sisters:  Lynn, Louise, Sheila; brother:  Donald;  Step children include:  Luann (Vern, Randy (Cheryl), David (Carolyn); step grandchildren include:  Nicole, Danielle, Chelsea, Andrew, Shari, and 1 great grandchild.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Doug and Mary; sisters:  Virginia, Freda Jane, Ruby, Shirley, Bonnie, Monica, and infant brother Douglas, Jr.; stepchildren:  Rick (Tonya), and Eugene Anderson; and a host of friends and relatives.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Readstown Church of Christ.  Pastor Dennis Johnson will officiate and burial will be in the Manning Cemetery, rural Readstown.  Military grave rites will be conducted by the William A. Schoville Post #220 of the American Legion in Soldiers Grove.

A luncheon is to be served after the graveside service at the Kickapoo Corners Restaurant in Readstown, all persons are welcome.

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06/30/2017 07:38 AM

James Clark

James Clark, 61, of Viola, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at his home.  He had battle cancer for 4 1/2 years.

He was born on May 31, 1956 in Burlington, Wisconsin to Clyde and Donna (Owen) Clark.  He married Candise Clark on Oct. 17, 1997 in Union City, Tennessee.

He was an over the road truck driver for thirty-three years.  He drove for Hummer Trucking of Iowa for many years.  During his last few years of driving he drove for Vykmeyer Trucking of Viroqua.  He was an avid hunter.  He loved going to Wyoming to hunt.  He also loved spending time with his family, friends, and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife:  Candise of Viola; 1 daughter:  Lacey (Nick) Duell) of Bloomingdale; 3 sons:  Sam, Jacob, and Chad of Viola; 17 grandchildren;  3 brothers:  Larry and Dave of Viola, and Mike (Rita) of Sedalia, MO; 1 sister:  Ida (Joseph)Hughes of Viola; many nieces and nephews; and 1 very special close friend:  James Moore.

He was preceded in death by 1 son:  Jason of Keene, N.H>; his parents: Clyde and Donna Clark; and his grandparents.

A memorial service will be held onMonday, July 3, at 3 P.M. at Sime Funeral Home in Readstown.  Pastor Chuck Miller will officiate. Friends may call from 1 P.M. until 3 P.M. at the funeral home.

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06/26/2017 05:02 PM

Robert Hostetler


Robert Hostetler, 87, of Richland Center, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Gundersen Medical Center in LaCrosse.

He was born in Shelbyville, Illinois on September 1, 1929 to Ova and Clara (Unzicher) Hostetler.  He married Virginia Kropf on Dec. 18, 1949.  They lived in Tampico, Illinois for a time.  In 1962, they moved to Muscoda.  In 1998, they moved to Richland Center area.

He is survived by his wife:  Virginia of Richland Center; 4 sons:  Mervin (Ila) of Brownsville, Oregon, Roger (Elaine) of Creston, Iowa, Galen (Donna) Richland Center, and Darwin (Eunice) of Richland Center; 3 daughters:  Larita (Clifford) Kauffman of Creston, Iowa, Angie (Jay) Kauffman of Richland Center, and Dawn (Steve) Schrock of Richland Center; 43 grandchildren, and 60 great grandchildren; 1 brother:  Clifford (Eunice) Hostetler of Berryville, Arkansas; and 2 sisters: Naomi (Eldon) Shrock of Berryville, Arkansas and Sadie (Edward) Headings of Creston, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents (including his step mother Mary), 1 infant son: Daryl; 1 grandson:  Norman; and 3 brothers:  Andy (Ruth), John (Leona), and Sam (Jean); and 3 sisters:  Alice (Amos Kropf), Mable (Joseph Garretson), and Ruth (Earnest Blosser).

Funeral services will be held 10 AM on Thursday, June 29, at the Pleasant Valley Amish Mennonite Church at Muscoda.  Friends may call on Wednesday from 3 to 5 PM and from 6 to 8 PM at the Light House Chapel at 345 S. Cairns Ave. in Richland Center.  Rich McBain, Darwin Hostetler, Mark Hamann, and Mark Oberholtzer will officiate. Burial will be at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Muscoda.

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06/13/2017 10:07 AM

Russell Pelke


Russell Pelke, 68, of Viola, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017 at his home.

He will be cremated and buried at a later date in Illinois.

Funeral arrangements are by the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown.

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06/02/2017 11:53 AM

David Schaller


David Schaller or “Kook,” as he was known by friends and family, was born on June 23, 1956 to Alfred and Stella in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

Even has a child he had an uncanny ability to make you laugh with his mischievous antics and sense of humor.

During his years as a young adult, David worked along side many of his friends and family in the tobacco fields of Crawford and Vernon County. A hard day’s work was always a bit easier with Dave who was quick with a smile and a joke, and was seen swinging from the rafters while hanging the crop of tobacco on more than one occasion.

Later in life Dave was employed as a quality control worker on Railroads. Often gone working on the road, it was always a celebration full of smiles, laughter, and stories when he returned.

Dave welcomed two children into the world in his lifetime, Katie Monahan of La Crosse and Nathan Schaller of Viroqua.

David was happiest outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gatherer. He had an extensive knowledge of plants and especially enjoyed mushroom and ginseng hunting.

David passed away on Thursday, June 1 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse.

There will be a visitation for Dave on Sunday, June 4, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown.

David is survived by his daughter Katie Monahan of La Crosse; his son Nathan Schaller of Viroqua, his granddaughter Ella Monahan of La Crosse, Mother Stella Schaller of Viroqua, Brothers Larry Schaller of La Crosse and Jerry (Debra) Schaller of Soldiers Grove, Sisters Goldie Gardner of Soldiers Grove and Mary Aquirre of Gold Beach, Ore., Many beloved nieces and nephews and his special dog Tipper. He is preceded in death by his father, Alfred and brother Dennis Schaller.

The good times we’ve shared with David will be forever remembered, as he was truly one of a kind. 

            There will be a visitation from 5 to 7 PM at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Sunday, June 4. Private services will be held at a later date.

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