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Elizabeth L. “Betty” Stastny

rural Fennimore, WI

James J. Morgan

Rural Mt. Hope, WI

Margaret M. Dremsa Pettera

Boscobel, WI

Donald Townsend

Readstown, WI



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James J. Morgan

Elizabeth L. “Betty” Stastny

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James J. Morgan, age 69 of rural Mt. Hope Passed away unexpectedly on Friday August 5, 2016 at the Gundersen Boscobel Area Health Care in Boscobel. 
   He was born on March 18, 1947 in Prairie du Chien Wisconsin.  The son of Ralph and Mary Lou (Moris) Morgan. He married Jean McCarville on June 16, 1979 in Lancaster. 
   He is survived by his wife Jean Morgan of Mt. Hope. His children: Jenny Morgan of Sparta Wisconsin, Geri Morgan of Potosi , Amy (Jim) Haase of Potosi, Jackie (Steve) Narvaez of Boscobel, Joe ​ (Misi) ​Muench of Boscobel, Jeff (Billie) Muench of Blue River. 13 Grandchildren 1 Great-Grandchild. Five brothers; Dennis (Diane) Morgan of Lancaster, Robert (Connie) Morgan of Prairie du Chien, Pat ( Ruth) Morgan of Bagley, Mike (Cindy) Morgan of Prairie du Chien, Bill (Nancy) Morgan of Patch Grove. Nine Sisters: Barb Meng of Prairie du Chien, Linda (Butch) Quick of Janesville,  Mary Ann Redman of Prairie du Chien, Dorothy (Dave)  Holtz of LaCrosse, Donna (Mike) McKinney of Bagley, Betty (Jon) Cooley of Bagley,  Kathy (Ron) Knapp of Mt. Hope, Rita Morgan of Apple Valley Mn., Christy (Brian) Krause of Alden Ia..
   He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother Phillip Morgan and a sister Laurie Laufenberg.
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday August 9, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Lawrence O' Toole Catholic Church rural Mt. Hope.  Father Miguel Galvez will officiate. Burial in the church cemetery. 
   Friends may call on Monday August 8, 2016 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel and also on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until the ​time of ​departure to the church​,  at the funeral home​.
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Elizabeth L. “Betty” Stastny, 86, of rural Fennimore, passed away on Friday August 19, 2016 at the Onalaska Care Center in Onalaska, Wisconsin.
   Betty was born on October 22, 1929 at the home of her parents, George and Emma (Schwab) Martin in Marion Township, rural Woodman, WI.  She attended country school through the 8th grade.  At that time there was no school bus service in rural areas, so she was unable to attend high school. 
   She helped out on the family farm until the fall of 1945 when Vilas Bohlman sent a letter to her parents stating that he’d heard she was a good worker and wondered if she would be interested in a job at the Bohlman Drugstore in Boscobel.  Once she met with Vilas and his wife Florence and was offered the job, she moved into the house on Adams St. where her Grandma and Grandpa Martin and her Aunt Ann and Uncle Fred Ricks all lived.  She started working just after her 16th birthday.  She mainly worked at the soda fountain, but occasionally helped out in the jewelry department when Florence was away.  She worked there until December of 1948. 
   While working at the drugstore, Betty had the occasion to meet a young man from Hickory Grove township.  His name was John Stastny.  On February 23, 1949 she and John were married at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  She then moved to the farm John’s family had lived on since 1910.  They lived and worked there together for 53 years until his death on March 29, 2002.  She continued to live on the farm until May 21, 2016 when illness required hospitalization and then rehabilitation at a nursing home.  The logical choice was the care center where her oldest grand-daughter is the administrator.  “Gram” was well cared for and was able to be visited by family daily.
   In 2001 she was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration.  Thus began a long struggle with the body that began to betray her.  She had colon cancer in 2012, and thyroid cancer in 2015.  And yet she continued to live on the farm, adapting herself to her diminished abilities. 
   At Christmas 2015, barely able to lift her right arm following her cancer surgery, she still figured out a way to frost her Christmas cookies by putting the frosting bowl on a chair beside her.  Even the day before she died, she was starting to make strides and was still planning on being home sometime in the fall.  But she had been battling a blood infection since mid July and finally passed away peacefully in her sleep.  She is now in heaven, where she is able to see again and no longer hurts, and has been reunited with her beloved John. 
   She was an incredibly hard worker who never gave up, and she lived her life to the fullest of her abilities.  She was an excellent cook and baker, and continued to be so up until the time she no longer lived on the farm.  She was the kind of Mom and Grandma who didn’t play favorites, and surrounded her family with love.  She will be missed.
   Betty is survived by her children John M. Stastny of Fennimore, James M. Stastny of rural Fennimore, Diane (Mark) Neas of Lacrosse, and Lisa (Pete) Esser of Boscobel.   Two granddaughters Marissa (Kyle) Janke of Galesville Wisconsin and Amelia Neas of Eau Claire Wisconsin, several cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Howard Martin, and a sister Melba McDaniel. 
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday August 25, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Boscobel with Father Jim Murphy officiating.  Burial will be in the Boscobel Cemetery.                Friends may call on Wednesday August 24, 2016 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel, with a rosary service at 8:00 P.M. Friends may also call on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of departure to the church from the funeral home. 
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family, who will make donations in her name to the Apostolate to the Handicapped, which provided her with so much pleasure over the years, to  the Wisconsin Council of the Blind, which had provided her with books on tape for the last year, and to the Boscobel and Fennimore Rescue Squads.
   The family wishes to thank the staff at the Onalaska Care Center for the wonderful care Betty received for the past 3 months, and the Doctors at Gundersen Health System, both in LaCrosse and Boscobel for their unfailing attempts to improve her health.
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Margaret M. Dremsa Pettera, age 91 of Boscobel, passed away on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at Crossing Rivers Health Systems in Prairie du Chien surrounded by her family.           She was born on June 10, 1925 in Seneca Wisconsin.  The daughter of William and Mary (Cull) Crowley.  She married Fred M. Dremsa on November 10, 1942 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Boscobel. He preceded her in death on December 4, 1978. She then married Matt Pettera on June 7,1986 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wauzeka. He preceded her in death on Decmeber 22, 2006. 
   She is survived by her children: Donald (Norma) Dremsa of Arundel Maine, Rosemary (Dale) Hall of Steuben, Peggy (Stan) Updike of Boscobel, Doug (Kilsa) Dremsa of Boscobel, Theresa (Robert) Brewer of Boscobel, Joseph (Machelle) Dremsa of Boscobel, Lori (Gary) Hines of Boscobel, David (Tammy) Dremsa of Waukesha, Daniel Dremsa of Boscobel, Catherine (John) Sherman of Birmingham Al., Michael (Cheri) Dremsa of Boscobel, and Mary (Paul) Muenzenberger of Holmen.  54 Grandchildren  80 Great-Grandchildren 14 Great-Great-Grandchildren . Two sisters Mary Stuckey of Prairie du Chien, Patricia Coorough also of Prairie du Chien.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Fred Jr. Two Grandchildren Jaden Dremsa, and  Darcia M. Hall Two sisters and Two brothers.
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday August 1, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Boscobel.  Father Garrett Kau officiating. Burial in the Boscobel Cemetery. 
   Friends may call on Sunday July 31, 2016 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the Immaculate Conception Old School Hall.  A  Rosary service will be held at 3:30 P.M.. In addition a Legion Auxiliary service will be held on Monday August 1, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at the Immaculate Conception Old School Hall.
   The Kendall Funeral Service in Boscobel is assisting the family.  Online condolence can be sent to

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Donald Townsend, 82, of Readstown, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.
   He was born at Sylvan, Wisconsin on May 5, 1934 to Robert Wheeler and Lela Sutherland.  He married Vivian Phillips on February 13, 1956.  He had graduated from Readstown High School in the Class of 1952. 
   He and his wife farmed for most of their lives in the Township of Kickapoo, Vernon County.  His hobbies included deer hunting, trapping, fishing, and baseball.
   He is survived by his wife, Vivian of Readstown; 2 sons:  Donald Lon (Kathy) Townsend, Jr. of Readstown and Phillip Townsend of Readstown; 5 daughters:  Connie (Mike) Rakovec of Loyal, Wisconsin, Lonna (Gene) Rakovec of Greenwood, Wisconsin, Glenda Townsend of Sparta, Tammy (Joel) Oppriecht of Sparta, and Roseanna (Mike) Welsh of Readstown; 23 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren; 4 sisters-in-law:  Mary Townsend, Betty (Willie) Crook,  Gloria Glass, and Joyce Phillips.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter:  Sharon Townsend; 1 son:  Kevin Townsend; 1 great granddaughter:  Logan Marie Welsh; 2 brothers:  Eldon and Eston Townsend; and 1 niece:  Margaret Springborn.
   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday August 31, 2016 at 1 PM at Peace Lutheran Church. Luke Kleiber will officiate, and burial will be in the Sylvan Cemetery.
   Friends may call at the Peace Lutheran Church on Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM, and on Wednesday from 11:30 AM until time of services.
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