Obituaries

  Arlan Jon Lee, 75, of Onalaska passed away Sunday, April 21, 2024, at home, surrounded by loved ones. He was under the care of Mayo Hospice while fighting bravely against metastatic cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer.) Arlan was born at Grandview Hospital in La Crosse, July 13, 1948, to...
  Bernice “Bea” Van Tassel, 90, sadly passed away following a short illness, April 7, 2024. Bea was a Wisconsinite through and through. Born October 15, 1933, she was raised and went to school and lived her whole life in the great state of Wisconsin. At a young age, Bea went to work for the state...
  Linda Mae Smith, 73, passed away unexpectedly, April 14, 2024, at her home in Holmen. Linda was born August 14, 1950, in La Crosse, to Kenneth and Mae Smith. Ahead of her time, Linda would become a pioneer in women’s sports and business. Linda was raised in Onalaska, where she graduated from high...
  Roger William Kensmoe, 92, passed peacefully, April 13, 2024, at Dove Healthcare Center in Osseo. Roger was born to Oscar and Ella (Halverson) Kensmoe, April 2, 1932, on the family farm in Pleasantville where he grew up with his six siblings: Harriet, Beatrice, Emilie, Melford, Orlan and Kenneth...
  Gary Knutson, a dedicated and hardworking farmer whose hands shaped the land, passed away peacefully, April 13, 2024, at the age of 79. Gary was born into a family of farmers, and took over the family farm at an early age. His commitment to farming was his profession and way of life. He was...
  Ron Loken, 76, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, Thursday April 11, 2024. Ron was born to Earl and Betty Loken, August 5, 1947, and grew up on a farm in rural Blair. Ron spent three years serving his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. He married Janet (Leoni) Loken,...
  Eric “EJ” Merlin Johnson, 41, died Wednesday, April 10, 2024. EJ was born in Seattle, WA, where he spent the earlier part of his life. He moved to Wisconsin when he was 12, attended Whitehall schools, and after school, divided his time between Wisconsin and Washington. EJ was a college student...
  Elwood “Al” Ivar Maudal, 76, of Pigeon Falls, died Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Osseo. Al was born November 26, 1947, in Wheaton, MN, to Ivar and Esther (Roser) Maudal. He married Sandra Nelson, July 8, 1972, in Whitehall. Al graduated from the Tintah High School in...
  James “Jim” R. Kern, 64, of Eau Claire, formerly of Independence, died Saturday, April 6, 2024, at his home, following a short illness. Jim was born October 11, 1959, in Whitehall, to Leonard and Phyllis (Weier) Kern. He married Charaswan “Piew” Vanachamras on August 28, 2005, in San Antonio, TX...
  Eleanor Andre, 96, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2024. Eleanor was born February 8, 1928, in Hale Township, Trempealeau County, to Albert and Agnes (Kampa) Halama. She married William “Bill” Andre, October 1, 1951, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Independence. Eleanor was a life-long...

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