Obituaries

Ruth Mae Harden passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, after a brief struggle with lung cancer.

Ruth was born at home on September 1st, 1927, in a farmhouse in the town of Alma, Jackson County. She was the last born to Ervin and Dora (Hanusa) Kelsh. She had 3 siblings, Marjorie, Betty, and Carroll (Bud). The road going by the farm connected Humbird and Alma Center. She walked 2 miles to the Houghtenburg one-room country school for the first 2 and a half years. Her siblings couldn’t decide if she was a little sister or a menace.

In 1934, her parents decided to leave the farm, and they built a Tavern Restaurant on Highway 12 in Humbird, called the Blue Jay Inn. Her Father built and operated a blacksmith shop in the back of the Tavern. Ruth loved to go into the shop and watch her father shoe horses.

Norman P. Yahnke, 84, of Cataract, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at his home.


A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Rev. Robbie Nowicki officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by VFW Post #2112 will follow in Cataract Cemetery, Cataract.

Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday, from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Online condolences may be offered to the Yahnke family at www.schanhoferfh.com.

The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements

Ronald P. Olson, 65, of Coon Valley, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Westby Coon Prairie Church. Pastor Daniel Wollman will officiate with burial to follow in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-7pm on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Vosseteig Funeral Home in Westby. Friends may also call at the church from 10 am till the time of service at 11.

In lieu of plants or flowers, memorial may be sent to the Fine Arts Foundation of the Westby Area, or to the Westby Coon Prairie Church General Maintenance Fund.

Online Condolences may be offered at www.VossFH.com

The Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby is serving the family.

Kathryn Lizan, 71, of Black River Falls, died Monday, May 22, 2017 at Gundersen Lutheran Medican Center in La Crosse.


Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Buswell Funeral Home in Black River Falls,.
Friends may call from noon until the time of services at the funeral home on Wednesday.

Bradley E. Seguin, 93 of Alma Center died Friday, May 19 at his home.

Service for Bradley Seguin will be Friday, June 9th at 11 am, with visitation from 9 - 11 at the United Methodist Church in Alma Center.