Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

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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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

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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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