Jan. 13, 2021 Edition Obituaries
Jeffrey Otterson, 67, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020.
Jeffrey is survived by his mother, Florence; wife, Karen; children: Thomas, (Rachel) KariAnne and Joe; former wife, Mary (of the Phoenix area); step-children: Aaron Johnson of Madison and Olivia Johnson of Wisconsin Dells; grandchildren: Annika and Annalise Otterson; and grandson, Isaiah Chavez; brother, Les (Vickie); sister, Carla; and youngest brother, Kevin (Traci); nephews: Lars (Stephanie), Hans (Jovan) and Brett; nieces: Shannon (Cody) Fichter and Kylie (Louis) Ives.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., assisted the family with arrangements. For online condolences and information, go to www.pichafuneralhome.com.
Lambert “Molly” Molitor
Lambert “Molly” Molitor, 84, of Gilmanton passed away at his home, Sunday, January 3, 2021, surrounded by his loving wife, Cheryl, and his family.
Lambert was born September 14, 1936, to Stephen and Genevieve (Breyer) Molitor of Molitor Lane, off of Lewis Valley near Arcadia, where he grew up attending Lewis Valley School and Arcadia High School until he had to leave high school to help on his family’s farm. After he left the Arcadia area, he moved to the Twin Cities, and eventually moved his first wife and family to the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN.
He attended technical college courses in Minnesota to further extend his knowledge and ability in several technical skills. He retired from Holiday/Worldwide, headquartered in the Twin Cities, as a diesel shop and semi-truck fleet manager. His first wife, Margaret, passed away from cancer in January, 1993. He met his current, second wife, Cheryl, about 15 months later. They were married September 17, 1994.
Lambert was truly a handyman with a wonderful knack for fixing and creating all kinds of various projects. He was a dependable, trustworthy, hard working person. He worked two, full-time jobs for many years, but he always found a way to save quality time for his family and helping family, neighbors and friends. His likable personality and outgoing, helpful nature earned him many friends. Lambert had a kind, loving heart for cats, dogs and other animals, as well as an extraordinary sense of humor. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. His Christian faith and love of God were very important in his life. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, family and friends, watching and cheering on the Green Bay Packers, utilizing his handyman skills and his other various talents, as well as hunting and fishing.
Lambert fought a courageous battle with cancer, along with congestive heart conditions, atrial fibrillation, heart valve replacement, and heart bypass surgery with wonderful help and care from his dedicated medical teams of the Mayo Health System in Eau Claire and Mondovi and their staff. His primary care physician, Dr. Rick Stoughton, and staff of the Mondovi Mayo Clinic, provided him excellent care. Lambert’s family extends their deepest appreciation to all of these dedicated, talented medical health professionals along with the First Responders, Mondovi Ambulance Service and the other emergency personnel that responded at the time of need. Appreciation is extended, also, to the American Lutheran Home and their staff, the Hillview Senior Living Assisted Living Center of Mondovi and their staff; Lambert made many good friends. during his short stay at each of these facilities.
Lambert is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl (Hart) Molitor; his children: Theresa (Rick) Slawson, Genevieve (Michael) Rumpel and Stephen Molitor; his grandchildren: John (financée, Crystal Skramstad) Konkel, Michael (Channa) Konkel, Kymberly (Todd) DeMaiffe, Joseph (Andrea) Rumpel, Alyssa Molitor and Nathaniel Molitor; several great-grandchildren, siblings: Eymard Molitor and Ellen Schlesser; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Lambert was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Genevieve Molitor; his first wife, Margaret; his grandson, David; two brothers: Stephen and Franklin; six sisters: Catherine, Virginia, Caroline, Genevieve, Geraldine, and Patricia.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, private family memorial services will be held at Talbot Funeral Home in Mondovi, with plans for a Celebration of Lambert’s well-lived life, at a later date.
Condolences and memories maybe shared with the family at www.talbotfuneral
Robert L. “Bob”Pronschinske
Robert L. “Bob” Pronschinske, 77, of Arcadia, died Monday, January 4, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, due to COVID-19 complications.
Bob was born February 28, 1943, to Rudolph and Mary (Sendelbach) Pronschinske of Waumandee. He graduated from Arcadia High School, and was united in marriage to Carolyn Lorenz, May 9, 1964, in Waumandee.
Bob was a farmer and cattle buyer all his life. He always loved his cows. He enjoyed attending high school sporting events, horse pulling, watching the Packers, car racing and Sammy’s pizza.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, of Arcadia; four children: Chris Toy of Eau Claire, Dean (Mary) Pronschinske of Strum, Chas (friend, Catrina Gonzales) Pronschinske of Appleton and Kevin (Melissa) Pronschinske of Independence; ten grandchildren: Lance (Amanda) Pronschinske, Alyssa (John) Denney, Josh (Katelyn) Smith. Jake (Katie) Smith, Nathan, Adam, Chance, Paige, Peyton and Zaden Pronschinske; four great-grandchildren: Jack Smith, Peter Pronschinske, Lincoln Denny and Khloe Smith; a brother, Rudy (Dorothy) Pronschinske of Waumandee; three sisters: Rita Bork of Waumandee, Anna Schmitt of Fountain City and Janice Weiss of Mondovi.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Doris Filla and Leora Skroch; five brothers-in-law: Edmund Filla, Cyriac Bork, Arlen Schmitt, Gene Weiss and Allen Skroch.
A Mass of Christian Burial (with COVID-19 guidelines) was held Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Independence. Rev. George Thayilkuzhithottu officiated.
Visitation was held at the church one hour prior to Mass.
Mass may be viewed on Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School Facebook Live.
Online condolences may be offered at www.edisonfuneralhome.com.
Marie (Ekern) Johnson
Marie (Ekern) Johnson, 104 years old, passed away January 5, 2021, at Pine View Care Center, Black River Falls, where she was a resident for the past three years.
Marie was born November 1, 1916, in the Town of Gale, to Albert and Karen Ekern. Marie married Clifford Johnson, October 28, 1936, at the Blair parsonage. They had three children: Duane, Donald and Diane.
Marie was a member of South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church. Every year for the church’s fall dinner, she was there on Saturday to help peel many pounds of potatoes and always brought her own potato peeler. In her younger years, she worked as a housekeeper
and, after marriage, she helped her husband on the farm. Marie enjoyed it so much when friends and her family would visit her.
She is survived by her son, Duane (Shirley); a daughter, Diane Olson; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Donald; a son-in-law, Duane Olson; a brother, Joseph Ekern; a sister, Selma Johnson; and her parents.
Due to COVID-19,
restrictions a drive-thru
visitation was held Saturday, January 9, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, County Rd. D, rural Ettrick. A private family burial followed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church or your favorite charity. Zwickey Funeral Homes, Melrose Chapel, assisted the family.
Duane A. Johnson
Duane A. Johnson, 90, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021, at his home in West Salem.
He was born in Ettrick, August 27, 1930. Duane always thought of Ettrick as his home. He attended grade school at Beaches Corner and graduated from Blair High School in 1948. Duane worked at Schilling Electric in Galesville where he met his future wife, Loretta Drugan. They were married September 14, 1950. He soon moved on to livestock related businesses, including Midwest Livestock Producers and Equity Livestock Assoc., where he remained until his retirement. He was also an auction representative for Northern Investment.
Survivors include his wife, Loretta; children: Linda (James) Remus, Cindy (Robert) Knutson, Jill Osborn, Kevin (Jean) Johnson, Ann (Kevin) Bina, John (Lori) Johnson, and Amy (Jeff) Baird; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his brother, Gene (Bonnie) Johnson; sisters-in-law: Evelyn Jessessky and Helen Drugan; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Margaret; brother, Hensel (Lila) Johnson; and his sister, Jeanette (Vernon) Nyen.
A public visitation will be held Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at St. Leo The Great Catholic Church, 210 Hamlin St., West Salem. All in attendance must wear a mask and observe social distancing. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held. Father Antony Joseph and Deacon Bob Zietlow will officiate. Burial will be held at St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in Ettrick.
Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.jandtfredrickson.com.