Obituaries

Robert Baggs, 82, of Hatfield, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Bethany-St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse.


Memorial services for Robert will be 3:00 pm, Friday, May 26, 2017 at Torgerson’s Funeral Home in Black River Falls.
Friends may call from 1:00 – 3:00 pm Friday at the funeral home.

James A. Trachsel, 82, of Humbird, passed away at his home on Wednesday evening, May 17, 2017.


James Arthur Trachsel, son of Fredrick and Mildred (Anderson) Trachsel was born Jan. 25, 1935. He was a life long resident of the village of Humbird, where he was baptized and confirmed at the United Church of Christ, attended elementary and high school and graduated from Alma Center High School. On April 28, 1956 he was united in marriage to Darleen Barka at the E.U.B. Church in Augusta.
For 23 years Jim worked in the fire protection area with the Conservation Department /DNR. He then worked 6 years with the Jackson County Iron Mine in Black River Falls. Upon their closing, he purchased a dump truck and for the next 17 years he was an owner/operator working in the truck division with Mathy Construction out of Amery. After selling the truck he worked another 5 years for the company as a parts runner.

Bertren M. Downing, age 74, of Ontario, WI, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Prayer Services will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Ontario. Family and friends are invited for visitation on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. The Torkelson Funeral Home of Ontario is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert “Bob” Raese, age 75, of Tomah, Wisconsin, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Tomah Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah. Family and friends are also invited for visitation Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Family and friends are also invited for visitation Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. The Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.

Charlotte G. Rattle, 94 of Tomah, died on Friday, May 12, 2017 at her home.

A Celebratory Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 11:00 A.M. at Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 315 W. Monroe St. Tomah. Monsignor Richard W. Gilles will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation on Tuesday at the church from 9:30 A.M until the time of the service. The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com