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Merrill V. Pugh
Merrill V. Pugh, 80, of Soldiers Grove, passed on to his heavenly home on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Bland Bekkadal Hospice in Viroqua. He was born in Hammond, Indiana on July 3, 1934 to Hollie and Alice (Fehlman) Pugh. He married Sally Heal on June 2, 1957 at the home of her grandparents, Ernest and Ethel Heal, in Readstown. Merrill graduated from Gays Mills High School and attended the U.W. Madison Agricultural Short Course. He farmed for many years on Halverson Ridge south of Soldiers Grove at Far Hills Farm. He also worked for several years at Lands End. He was a longtime member and Elder of the Soldiers Grove Church of Christ. Merrill was a creative inventor and there was nothing he couldn't build or fix. He loved spending time with his family. He was a devoted Christian husband and father. He is survived by 2 sons: Randy (Sharon) of Viola and David (Karla) of Soldiers Grove; 2 daughters: Joan (Steve) Mott of Jackson, Wis., and Beverly (Ron) Schmidt of Boscobel; 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; and a dear friend Susan Akers. He was preceded in death by his wife Sally (2011),his sister Charlene, and 1 grandson--Josh Krambeer. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 11, at 11:00 A.M. at Soldiers Grove Church of Christ. Pastor Lance Lorenz will officiate and burial will be in the Sugar Grove 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 10 AM until time of services.
Joyce Blake age 73 (January 6, 1942 - April 7, 2015), ended her journey to her final resting place on April 7, 2015, after a long battle with heart, kidney, and lung disease. She was married to Charles Blake on July 3, 1963, and they were blessed with three sons. She served our country by being a supportive wife in their journey throughout Charles' career endeavors in the United States Air Force. Joyce was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, and sister. She never missed an opportunity to support her children or grandchildren in sporting events or school programs. Joyce married George Blake on November 1, 2008. They enjoyed their lives together spending time with friends, family, and traveling. She also had a passion for playing Bingo and helping raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by selling Shamrocks. Joyce enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She had a special passion for the holidays when she would get to spend time with her family in one place. Joyce's love of children led her to impact many lives through her provision of child care services. Her compassion for the well-being of our children also brought about her involvement with the Boscobel School Board where she was an outspoken voice for students, teachers, and the overall education system. Joyce was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Blake; her mother, Dorothy Sedlack; and her father, Richard Sedlack. Joyce is survived by her husband, George Blake (Boscobel, WI), three sons: Herbert (Theresa) Blake, (Boscobel, WI); Charles (Krista) Blake (Reedsburg, WI); Michael Blake (Rochester, MN); a brother Richard (Lynne) Sedlack from Tomahawk; six grandchildren: Tricia (Anthony) Wilson (lone Rock, WI); Austin Blake (Boscobel, WI), Kyle Blake, Charles J. Blake, Benjamin Blake, and Max Blake (Reedsburg, WI); three great-grandchildren: Serenity Vanscoy, Kaydence and Oaklee Wilson (lone Rock, WI); Many nieces and nephews, many more great nieces and nephews, and several great nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1202 Park St. Boscobel, WI 53805, with Pastor Jennifer Johnson officiating with Inurnment at a later date. Friends may call and greet the family on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 2:00 PM until service time at the church. The Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home of Boscobel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.beeman-patchakfuneralhome.com.
Emogene Harris, 84, passed away Wednesday morning at the Boscobel Care & Rehab. She was born June 30, 1930 to Guy and Ella (Dilley) Harris in Akan Township, Richland County, where she lived and went to school, until her family moved to Boscobel in 1944. She worked for several families caring for their children for many years and retired from the Boscobel Bank doing custodial work before going to the nursing home. She loved to go for walks and visit with people.
She is survived by two brothers, Harlan (Grace), Plymouth, Arnie (Donna) Harris of Boscobel, a sister-in-law, Joyce Harris, of Boscobel and a special niece, Julie Adams, who was with her when she passed away.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Cleo (Don) Wiltrout, Arlene Harris, four brothers, Verlin, Arland "Bud", and two in infancy, two sister-in-laws, Marilyn and Lucretia Harris. She is also survived by many neices, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home, 104 Fremont St. Boscobel, WI 53805 with Pastor MaryAnn Floerke officiating. Burial will be in the Felton Cemetery, Akan Twp., Richland County.
Lisa A. Pierce, age 56 of Boscobel, passed away on Thursday March 26, 2015 at her home in Boscobel surrounded by her family. She was born on March 9, 1959 in Cherokee Iowa. The daughter of Gary and Constance (Wallace) Pierce. She is survived by a son Michael McHugh of Spring Grove Mn. Two daughters Mindy Winger of Boscobel, Melissa McHugh of Fitchburg. Three grandchildren Addyson, Mason, and Harper. Three brothers Mark (Pam) Pierce of Cherokee Iowa, Paul (Cathy) Pierce of Madison, Bruce (Pam) Pierce of Farmington Hills Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Kristie Pierce-Cody. a nephew Matthew Pierce.
A private family memorial service will be held with Father Peter Auer officiating . A visitation will be held on Tuesday April 7, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel. On line condolence can be sent to www.kendallfuneralservice.com
Candice Lu Kruszka
David S. Krieg
La Crosse, WI
David S. Krieg age 83 of LaCrosse, WI died peacefully in his home Tuesday, March 31, 2015. “ He was born December 14, 1931 in Clinton, IA the son of Leo and Mary (Leibold) Krieg. He married Rose Ann Rink on September 28, 1957 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien, WI. He was a proud alumnus of Campion Jesuit High School Class of 1949. Dave worked for Growmark FS for 41 years, and at one time, served as legislative chairman and President of the Wisconsin Fertilizer and Pesticide Association. He served as past President of the Jaycees and was later involved with the AARP Wisconsin Advocacy Council. He was an avid golfer and recorded three “holes in one”. In his retirement he worked as a medical records clerk for the Verona Family Practice Clinic. He helped organize a men’s singing group at St. Andrew’s Parish in Verona, WI. Dave loved to garden and fish almost as much as he loved his wife and children. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rose Ann of LaCrosse, his daughters, Kelly (Michael) Krieg-Sigman of LaCrosse, Jill (Scott Stoeffler) Krieg of Downers Grove, IL, his son Mark Krieg of Boca Raton, FL, his brother Alan (Sandy) Krieg of Wauzeka, WI, his sisters, Jeannie Van Ert and Sharon (Jim) Malecki both of Cape Canaveral, FL, and Carol (Robert) Breen of Scottsdale, AZ and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Mary Lee Huser.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Reverends Robert Cook and James Weighner concelebrating, with interment in the Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the church on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 9:30 AM until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred which will be distributed to some of Dave’s favorite charities. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. www.garrityfuneralhome.com
Ricky Bolstad, 59, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Madison Veterans Hospital.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 30, 1955 to Arthur and Shirley (Wilson) Bolstad. He attended Viroqua Schools. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1974 to 1977. He married Diane Kabat in 1976, they later divorced.
He worked in carpentry and a variety of many other jobs, always willing to lend a hand when anyone called on him. Before becoming disabled he enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, and other outdoor activities. He also loved playing cards and enjoyed laughs with the family.
Ricky is survived by his son Jeremy Bolstad (with his daughter Arianna) of Florida, his daughters: Chevy (Micheal Peterson) Bolstad of LaCrosse, and Murilla (Jacob Menne) Bolstad of Ferryville (with their daughter Hayli); the mother of his daughters: Dyan Hansen of LaCrosse; his mother: Shirley Bolstad of Viroqua, 2 brothers: Brian of Soldiers Grove, and Michael (Lisa) of Genoa; 1 sister: Kim (Gary) Dull of Viroqua, a special friend, Patricia of Viroqua; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur, maternal and paternal grandparents, and a great nephew, Tristan, and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 10 at 1 PM at Franklin Lutheran Church. Pastor James Folz will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown on Thursday, from 5 to 7 PM, and at the church on Friday from noon until time of services. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.
Candice Lu Kruszka of Thornton, IA died on March 20, 2015 at the age of 66 after a courageous 15 year battle with cancer. Candice was born in Boscobel, WI, on November 16th 1948 to Carroll and Avonelle Glasbrenner. She grew up in Marietta Valley. She graduated high school in Boscobel in 1967 and went on to attend University of Wisconsin Platteville where she met her loving and devoted husband Alan. Alan and Candice were married on March 9th, 1968 and recently celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. Later in 1968, they welcomed their first child, Dulcie, followed by Ethan, Erika, Courtney, Quinten, and Jordan. Candice was a devoted wife, mother, sister, and daughter. She was the matriarch of her family whom she spent her life caring for. Candice loved the arts and was gifted with creativity. She enjoyed planning family parties and was a perfectionist with every last detail. She will always be remembered for her thoughtfulness and ability to make her children and grandchildren feel special and loved. Candice was diagnosed with advanced stage multiple myeloma in 2000. Her fight was a difficult one, undergoing two stem cell transplants and countless other treatments. She was a strong woman and rarely complained even when she was at her worst. She did not let cancer stop her from living. She continued caring for her beloved parents and doing things she loved like traveling and attending important events for her children and grandchildren throughout her illness. Candice will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Alan; Children and grandchildren: Dulcie, Amber, Blake (Naeve), and Logan Erickson of Belmond, IA; Ethan, Dobry, and Scout Kruszka of St. Paul, MN; Erika, Rob, Eden and Avonelle Fitzgerald of Des Moines, IA; Courtney, Ryan, Ashton, Ivy, and Cosette Willis of Oakdale, MN; Quinten, Rochelle, and Bijou Kruszka of St.Paul, MN; and Jordan Kruszka of Thornton, IA; Sister-in-law: Sandy Glasbrenner of Boscobel, WI. Nieces and nephews: Jeffrey and Elizabeth Glasbrenner of Colorado, Janelle and Julie Glasbrenner of Delevan, WI; Justin and Jamie Glasbrenner of Boscobel, WI; Jeremy and Jessica Glasbrenner of Boscobel, WI; and Jamie and Cody Adams of Boscobel, WI. Candice was welcomed to heaven by her parents Carroll and Avonelle Glasbrenner; brother, Jeffrey Glasbrenner; sister, Jill Glasbrenner; and son-in-law, John Erickson. A visitation will be held on March 26th from 4-7pm at Kendall Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held Friday on March 27th at 11am at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boscobel, WI.
Rosemary (Fetty) Groves
Rosemary (Fetty) Groves was born on Friday, October 23, 1925 to George Oliver and Ruth Esther (Keys) Fetty on a farm in Vernon county near Sugar Grove, Wisconsin.
When she was three years old her parents and sister, Lola Fern, moved to Richland Center where her father was employed at Carter’s Ice Cream factory. Rosemary was enrolled in kindergarten at age four. After a year there, the family moved to Soldiers Grove where her father took over the Standard Oil bulk station in 1930. She grew up in Soldiers Grove, attended grades 1 through high school and graduated in 1943, right in the midst of World War II.
She wanted to work for the defense of her country, so she left for Chicago where she worked at the Dodge Chicago plant on Cicero Ave. making parts for B-29 bombers.
While she was there, Rosemary came to faith in Christ at a revival service in Harvey, Illinois when she was 18. One of the scripture verses that the Lord gave her when she first came to faith in Christ was John 5:24. “In an instant,” she said, “I knew I had passed from death to life, though at the time I did not know just where the scripture was found.”
When the war was over in 1945, Rosemary worked a short while at Setwell Hanger Factory and J.C. Penney’s in Harvey, Illinois. During this time she took voice and piano lessons. She had the opportunity to audition for a scholarship at the American Conservatory of Music, but was outperformed by others who had far more training.
She returned to Soldiers Grove in 1946 and resumed fellowship in a Christian Saturday night group. It was there that she renewed a friendship with Hubert Groves and on Friday, September 12, 1947 she married him at the Soldiers Grove Methodist Church.
Hubert and Rosemary started out in evangelistic work, but in 1948 they were appointed to serve the Soldiers Grove, North Clayton and Readstown Methodist churches. Their first son, George, was born that summer on Father’s Day, June 20. Their second son Torry was born three years later, on Sunday July 8, 1951. Their ministry in Soldiers Grove lasted until 1956.
Meanwhile, Rosemary worked side by side in the ministry with her husband. She took care of the youth programs of the churches at each place they served (New Lisbon, Necedah and Dellwood; Osceola and Dresser; Livingston, Arthur, and Stitzer; and Westby, Sugar Grove and Salem Ridge), was vice-president and president of the United Methodist Women, taught Sunday school classes, Vacation Bible School, was pianist and organist for 25 years, sang duets with her husband, taught her children to sing, was known as a good organizer, cook, and managed her household well. She loved the Lord, her family, and was a generous giver.
She was not ashamed of the Good News about Christ. She knew it is God’s powerful method of bringing all who believe it to heaven. (Romans 1:16,17). God makes us ready for heaven – makes us right in His sight – when we put our faith and trust in Christ to save us.
A favorite Bible verse was Psalm 17:15: But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face to face. Rosemary was called home to be with her Lord, and those who have gone on before her who have loved the Lord, on March 31, 2015 at the age of 89.
For the time being she leaves behind her son George and his wife Charlotte of Berlin, her son Torry and his wife Kathryn of Livingston; seven grandchildren: Christy Slaughter and her husband Jason, Kari Kolling and her husband Matthew, Joy Hebard and her husband Christopher, Lisa, Kirk, Lindsey and Ashley; one step-grandson, Troy Hagen; six great grandchildren: Joshua and Emma Kolling, Jeremiah, Serena, and Anna Slaughter, and Lucy Hebard; a sister, Lola Fern Etheridge, a brother W. Donald (Fetty) Keys and his wife Valerie; a brother George and his wife Lynn; a sister-in-law, Mildred Burchfield and several nieces and nephews. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and an infant daughter, Lorna Carole.
Visitation and funeral will be this Saturday, April 4, at the Soldiers Grove United Methodist Church. Visitation from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Funeral at 11:00 a.m. Memorials can be made to the church or to the Blane Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care.