Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

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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05/15/2017 07:17 AM

Morris “Mick” Swiggum


Morris “Mick” Swiggum

Morris “Mick” Swiggum, of Soldiers Grove, age 71, passed away Sunday, May 14th, in his home after a brief illness.

He was born on February 24, 1946 at Grandview Hospital in LaCrosse, WI to Morris and Ruth Swiggum.  He was baptized and confirmed at Kickapoo United Lutheran Church.  He graduated from Gays Mills High School in 1965.  Shortly after he began work at Crawford Electric Cooperative where he worked for 38 years.  He married Monica Ehorn at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Rolling Ground, WI on April 12, 1969 and to this union three children were born.  Mick was a devoted husband, loving father, and gentle grandfather.  A man of few words, he taught his family about duty and purpose to the family.  His joys included nascar racing, camping, and most of all his family.

He is survived by his wife; daughters Melissa (Steve) Carswell of Potomac, MD, Hollie (Scott) Hoffland of Cashton, WI, and Jaime (Brian) Hooverson of Soldiers Grove, WI.  Grandchildren; Ryan Carswell, Aidan Carswell, Dalton Hoffland, Brooks Hoffland, Paige Halverson, Carter Halverson, Makenna Hooverson, Britta Hooverson, Alivia Hooverson, Braxten Hooverson, and expected twins.  Siblings; Judy Halverson of Gladbrook, IA, Lona (Jim) Connor of Madison, WI, Bonnie (Mark) Olson of Soldiers Grove, WI, Sanford (Joan) Swiggum of Venus, FL.  Sisters-in-law; DeAnn Haggerty (Steve Lutz) of Portland, OR, Joyce Iverson (Tom Hatlen) of Evansville, IA, Jean (Andy) Skrede of Gays Mills, WI.  Brother-in-law; John (Pat) Ehorn of Knoxville, IA.  Many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents, Morris and Ruth Swiggum, brother and sister-in-law; Steve and Pam Swiggum, brother; Danny Swiggum, brothers-in-law; Roger Halverson and Arlen Iverson, son-in-law; Kevin Halverson, and nephew; Dale Connor.

The family would like to thank Trish Swasko, Kickapoo Valley Medical Center, and Vernon Memorial Hospice for their kindness and compassion at the end of his life as well as family and friends for support and comfort.

Sime Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Visitation will be Thursday, May 25th 2pm – 3pm at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Rolling Ground, WI.  Funeral Services will follow at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred.


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04/27/2017 03:49 PM

Cheryl Skenandore


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

            She was born on November 4, 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida to John and Ann (Morgan) Sylas.  She married Donald Skenandore on June 13, 1991 in Portage, Wis.  They have lived in the Readstown area since 1991.

            In addition to her husband she is survived by 1 brother, James Lawrence Sr. of Readstown; and her nieces and nephews:  James Lawrence Jr. of Readstown, Philbert Lawrence of Readstown, Melphius Lawrence of LaCrosse, Sarah Lawrence of La Crosse and Jessica Lawrence of Texas.

            Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 15 at 7 pm at Lafarge Free Methodist Church. Pastor Mark Philips will officiate.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.

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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

The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family


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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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