Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

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 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.

After the war, he borrowed $100 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; 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.

Funeral  arrangements will be announced by the Sime Funeral Home of Readstown.

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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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11/09/2017 07:31 AM

Gary Benson


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11/07/2017 06:41 AM

Gary Benson

Gary Benson, 65, of Soldiers Grove, WI, passed away onSunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at the Bland Bekkadal Hospice Center in Viroqua.

Gary was born in Memphis, Tennessee on July 14, 1952 to Larry and Carolyn (Iverson) Benson.  He grew up in Benton, Arkansas until his father’s work took them to British Guyana in 1969.  He thoroughly enjoyed his adventures there, and loved telling stories about riding his Honda 90 through the jungle, and rafting up the Berbice River.  It was there that his love for reggae music began, as he was introduced to steel drums and calypso music.  He graduated from North Crawford High School in 1971.   It was in the Summer of 1969, before he left for Guyana, that he met the girl of his dreams, Kathy Skrede, and in 1972 they were united in marriage.

Gary’s first love was his family, but his life long journey and passion was in the Martial Arts.  In 1986, he received his Black Belt at the American Karate School in La Crosse, WI, under the direction of Mr. Fred Nicklaus.  He later opened Star Karate Studio in Soldiers Grove and was awarded Businessman of the Year by the Community Development Corporation.  Gary earned the level of 5th Degree in 2004.  In 1992, Gary met Mike Inay and began his quest in the Inayan Filipino art of Eskrima.  After the passing of Mike Inay in 2000, he continued to train under the direction of Emanuel Hart.  He was recently awarded the rank of Kasama, Senior Instructor in the Inayan System of of Eskrima, IS3.

Gary is survived by his wife, Kathy, a son, Justus, and daughter, Shaelyn (Chad) Crutchley.  His pride and joy, were his five adorable grandchildren  whom he loved so very much.  Benjamin, Zyon and Nataliya Benson, and Vonn and Lola Rae Crutchley.  He will missed by a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Daysun Denyal, a sister-in-law June Skrede, mother-in-law Pauline Skrede, and grandparents, Ted and Helen Benson, and John and Minnie Iverson.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 PM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove.  Pastor Carrie Anderson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Soldiers Grove.  Friends may call from 11 AM until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.

Family would like to thank all those who have shown support during this difficult time.  A special thank you to Dr. Paul Bergquist, Dr.Lucas Readinger, and the staff at Bland Bekkedal Hospice Center, and to Dr. Bhaskar and the team at Gundersen Health Systems of La Crosse for your compassionate service while Gary was in your care.

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11/02/2017 01:31 PM

Garrel Maybee

Garrel Franklin Maybee, 96, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  He was born November 18, 1920, to Frank and Marie Maybee of Bear Creek (Rural Soldiers Grove), WI.   Garrel  was one of four children.

Garrel married Alma McDaniel at the Little Brown Church, July 3, 1938, in Nashua,  Iowa.  They made their home in Sebulah,  Illinois, where Garrel worked cutting timber while  Alma took in boarders.  One year later, they moved to North Clayton Ridge where they began farming.   It was there that  they purchased  their first farm of 40 acres.  Both worked the land as they started their family.  Alma and Garrel were eventually parents to three children,  Mary, Joyce, and Jack.  As this young family grew, they soon made their home on Trout Creek, where they purchased a  250 acre farm  in the valley.   They spent 70 years together on the farm working hard and entertaining friends and family.   After Alma passed 6 years ago, Garrel spent 5 and 1/2 more years on the farm before receiving  excellent care at the Sannes Skogdalen Heim  Nursing  Home, over the past 8 months.

Garrel was known as a person who enjoyed hard work and conversation.  Before his father and mother settled in the Soldiers Grove area,  he moved to several places.   As he grew into a young man he enjoyed participating in and watching athletics.   In fact, he participated in the WIAA  State Track Meet.  After marrying the love  of his life,  he took pride  in working his land and enjoyed spending time with his wife and family.  He was an avid fisherman and loved to hunt.  He was a member of the Community of Christ Church in  Soldiers Grove, where he and  Alma were active all their lives.  His hard work and faith helped get him through the Great Depression.  Garrel always attributed his success and ability to overcome adversity to the fact that he and Alma were such a great team.  In addition to working the land on their farm, they milked cows for 51 years.  Later in his farming career,  he sold Pioneer Seed Corn.  Garrel was interested  in local history and could site many significant events that took place in Soldiers Grove and surrounding areas.  Little did he know that he was responsible for many significant events, activities that his family will always remember, like camping trips, hayrides, etc.  He and Alma were proud of their three children and their families:  Mary Campbell and husband, Richard (deceased),of  Soldiers Grove; Joyce Banta (deceased) and husband, Geof, of Viroqua and Jack Maybe and wife, Pam, of Blue Springs, MO.

Garrel has 9 grandchildren:  Brian (Vicki) Campbell of Soldiers Grove, Carmen (Dan) Phelps of LaCrosse, Stacey (Jamie)Nutter of Fennimore, JEffrey (Gale) Banta of Aurora, IL, Steve (Cindy) Banta of Kingsland, GA, Brent (Sue) Banta of Wisconsin Rapids, Wendy (Shannon) Davies of Grain Valley, MO, Misty Floersch, of Olathe, KS, and Ashley (Brandon) Bosworth of Overland Park, KS.  Garrel has 20 great grandchildren:  Chase Campbell of West Salem, Ryan (Krystal) Campbell of Gays Mills, Holly (John) Berger of Milwaukee, Alexa (Marc) Chiefari of Fennimore, Alston, Aidan and Amryn Nutter all of Fennimore, Justin Banta of Saginaw, MI, Kurtis Banta of  Chicago, IL, Eric Banta of Aurora, IL,  Savanah (Taylor) Warren of Charlotte, NC, Shelby Banta, Kingsland, GA, Reece and Alyssa Banta, Wisconsin Rapids,  Aubrey, Megan,and  Addyson Davies of Grain Valley, MO, Ethan, Colton, and Mason Floersch of Olathe, KS, and 2 step great grandchildren:   Joe Phelps of La Crosse and Tom (Gina) Phelps of West Salem.

Garrel has 4 great-great grandchildren.  They are Leo and Will Berger of Milwaukee, Maggie Warren of Charlotte, NC, and Henrik Chiefari  of Fennimore.  He has 4 step great-great grandchildren Jaydon Phelps of La Crosse, Ethan, Arlo, and Finn Phelps of West Salem.

Garrel was preceded in death by his wife, Alma, his daughter Joyce Banta, his son-in-law, Richard Campbell, his parents, Frank and Marie Maybee, and his sister-in-law, Barbara Maybee.  Surviving siblings include Logan Maybee, Billy (Jane) Maybee, Coleen (Richard) Peterson, and extended, to include in-laws, relatives, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

Visitation will beheld  at the Community of Christ Church, Soldiers Grove, located on County Road X, Saturday Nov. 4,  2017 from 9-11 AM, with the funeral service to follow immediately.  Burial will follow service at Montgomeryville Cemetery.

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10/31/2017 03:10 PM

Garrel Maybee

Garrel Maybee, 96, of Soldiers Grove, Wis. passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 at Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.  Funeral services will be held on  Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017  at Community of Christ Church at 43983 County road  X soldiers Grove at 11 AM. friends may   at the church from 9 AM until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home in Readstown is serving the family.

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10/25/2017 04:57 PM

Susan Kanable


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10/25/2017 08:57 AM

Susan Kanable

Susan Kanable, 62, of Viola, passed away on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse.

She was born on Nov. 17, 1954, in Richland Center to Robert and Jessie (Benson) Kinsey.  She married Kent Kanable on August 9, 1996. Susan was a lifelong teacher, working at the Kickapoo School District for all her career as a Title I Reading and Math teacher.  She retired from teaching in June 2017.  Susan enjoyed gardening, reading, collecting antiques, watching classic movies, walking her dogs, and the simple things of life.

She is survived by her husband, Kent, of Viola; 2 sisters:  Judy (Charles) Gochenaur of Viola, and Carolyn (Brad) Steinmetz of La Farge; her nephews:  Gregg Deanna) Gochenaur, Ryan (Kelli) Gochenaur, Jason and Anne Marie Kanable, and David Kanable; her brothers and sister-in-law:  Dane (Terrie) Kanable, Tammy (Rick) Simonson, Kristi (Randy) Mikkelson.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, at 11 AM at Viola United Methodist Church.  Bonita Dorschied will officiate.  Burial will be in the Viola Cemetery.  Friends may call  4 to 7 PM at the church on Thursday, Oct. 26, and at the church from 10 AM until time of services at 11.  Memorials may be given in Susan’s memory to the Kickapoo Valley Rescue Squad of Viola, and the Bland Bekkedal Hospice House of Viroqua.

Blessed be the memory of Susan (Kinsey) Kanable.

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