Obituaries
 

Gemma K. “Jimmy” Wilcox

Lancaster, WI

Constance Lee Wagner

Jacksonville, AR / PdC, WI


Ardell Suiter
 

Warrens/Viroqua, WI

Lawrence Ehorn

Madison, WI

 

 

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Constance Lee Wagner
 

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Constance Lee Wagner, age 68, of Jacksonville, AR, formerly of Prairie du Chien, WI, passed away September 22, 2016, at her home following a brief battle with cancer.
   She was born November 13, 1947, the second oldest of five children to Merrill and Wanda (Thompson) Rutter.
   A 1965 graduate of Prairie du Chien High School, she and her husband made their home on several Air Force bases, raising three children and  later settling in Gwinn, MI, where she worked for several years at the K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base Post Office. After the marriage ended, Connie resided in Aurora, IL.      She was employed at Walmart for over 21 years, first at store #1818 in Aurora, then store #24 in Jacksonville, AR. She will be fondly remembered for her warm smile and caring disposition, love for family, friends and colleagues, appreciation of holiday celebrations that included lutefisk and lefse, her collection of angels, and gift for the art of knitting.
   Connie is survived by 3 children; Craig Wagner of Cabot, AR, Todd Wagner of Holland, MI, Michelle (Dan) Noel of Marquette, MI; two sisters, Janine (Luke) Lucas of Prairie du Chien, WI, and Vickie (Roger) Sawvell of Weston, WI; a sister-in-law, Janice Rutter of Prairie du Chien, three grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
   Connie is preceded in death by her parents, beloved companion, Daniel Berry, infant son, Jeffrey, older sister, Diane Keller, younger brother, Jerry Rutter, brother-in-law, John Keller, and Jerry Wagner, the father of her children.
   A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

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Gemma K. “Jimmy” Wilcox
 

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Gemma K. “Jimmy” Wilcox age 73 of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Grant Regional Hospital in Lancaster.         She was born December 22, 1942 in Prairie du Chien, WI the daughter of James and Belva (Gobin) Lenzendorf. 
   She married Carl Balk in 1961 and he preceded her in death in 1995.  She later married Leo Wilcox in 2001 and he preceded her in death in 2012. 
   Jimmy worked in several nursing facilities in Prairie du Chien and later, she and Carl owned and operated a bakery for several years in Bloomington, WI. 
   She is survived by her daughter Donna (Joe) Schafer of Bagley, WI, her sons, William Balk of Maryland and Kyle (Debbie) Balk of Indianapolis, IN, her sisters, Joan Moore of Milton, WI and Marjene Leffler of Fennimore, WI, eight grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, an infant daughter Diane, her brother Rodney Lenzendorf and her sisters, Joyce Wilcox and Patsy Lenzendorf.
   A memorial gathering will be Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, WI.  A private family inurnment will be later in the Evergreen Cemetery in Prairie du Chien.    www.garrityfuneralhome.com

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Lawrence Ehorn
 

Lawrence Ehorn, 85, of Madison, passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at his home.
   He was born on April 13, 1931 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to William and Gertrude (Fleming) Ehorn.   He attended Gays Mills High School after which he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany.
   After his military service he attended Madison Business College.  He eventually went to work for the Vita Plus company.
   Larry Ehorn joined Vita Plus in 1961 and served as production manager, accounting associate and then purchasing manager until his retirement.  Larry also held the position of Vice President and Secretary of Vita Plus during his career.
   Larry was a member of the management team formed in 1975, that included Lyle Hill, Ed Gustafson, Art Palmer (all now deceased) and Bob Tramburg, that led Vita Plus until 1986 when the employee stock ownership plan was formed and Bob Tramburg assumed his current role of CEO and President in 1987. 
Larry retired from Vita Plus in 1999.
   He is survived by his sister:  Eunice (Gerold) Brown of Milwaukee, and four nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William.
   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10 AM at St. Philips Catholic church at Rolling Ground (south of Soldiers Grove). 
   Friends may call from 9:30 AM until time of services. Father Zachary Beya is officiating and burial will be in the church cemetery. The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.
   Online condolence can be sent to http://www.simefuneralforum.com

 


Ardell Suiter
 

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Ardell Suiter, 84, of Warrens, Wis., formerly of Park View Court in Viroqua, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse.
   She was born on August 29, 1932 on Rush Creek, near Ferryville, Wis., to Herman and Inez (Copus) Mellem.  She married Gaylord Suiter, he passed away in 1973.
   After marriage, they farmed with Gaylord’s parents for a while. They later moved to Viroqua, where Gaylord drove milk truck and Ardell drove bulk truck, did babysitting, worked in the tobacco warehouse, worked at the Viking Inn, and did home health care for the Bethel Home.  Her hobbies included reading, garage sales, and auctions.
   She is survived by two sons:  Steven (JoDell) of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, Stuart (Lori) of Madison; three daughters:  Susan King of LaCrosse, Sarah (Ron) Stolzman of Warrens, Wis, and Shelly Suiter (Ron Driscoll) of Westby; nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; one brother Elling Mellem of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and five sisters:  Lila Zogg of Viroqua, Sharon DeWitt of Viroqua, Diane Kirkeeng of West Salem, Darlene Mellem of Janesville, and Ruth Kronning of Soldiers Grove.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Gaylord, her parents, one son:  Scott, one brother Arvid “Pete” Mellem, and one son-in-law:  Steve Nelson.
   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 PM at Franklin Lutheran church at Folsom.  Pastor Pete Beckstrand will officiate. Burial will be in the Franklin Cemetery. 
   Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Friday from 5 to 7 PM and on Saturday at the church from noon until time of services.
   The Sime Funeral home of Readstown is serving the family.   Online condolence can be sent to http://www.simefuneralforum.com

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