Wednesday, October 18th

Obituaries

Joseph (Joe) Thilman Sands Jr., known to many as ”Sonny” Sands, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the age of 92.

Joe was born May 18, 1925 to Joseph Sr. and Tena (Tweet) Sands. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 and served in Japan. In October 1948 he married June Lois Nyseth.

He began working in the drywall business in 1948, eventually starting his own company, Sands Drywall. Joe officially retired in 2000. Sands Drywall remains in business having been run by his sons and now his grandsons. In 1957, the couple bought a farm in Pleasant Valley and started farming. A barn fire in 1971 ended the dairy operation, but his love of animals and working the land continued with a change to raising beef cattle.

His faith was his foundation for life. As a life-long member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, Joe served as usher, reader, custodian, on the building and call committees, sang in the choir and was on the church council multiple times.

Joan K. (Youngdahl) Olson, 78, of Sparta, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Pastor Mark Kvale officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta.

Family and friends are invited to call from 4-7 p.m.on Thursday, at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Friday, at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Online condolences may be offered to the Olson family at www.schanhoferfh.com.

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

Alex L. Hawkins, 25, of Black River Falls, WI, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, at Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls, WI.

A memorial service will be held Friday, October 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m., at Torgerson Funeral Home, Black River Falls. Reverend Terry Marg will be officiating.

Family and friends are invited for visitation Friday, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Torgerson Funeral Home of Black River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.

David A. McCracken, 65, of Kendall, died October 16, 2017, at his home.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 11:00 A.M. at the Ev. Free Church, 104 E Hall, Kendall. Burial will be in the Glendale Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4; 00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Smith-Nelson Funeral Home 112 ES Railroad St. Kendall and at the church on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com

Richard J. Beyer, 81, of Sparta, died Sunday, October 15, 2017 at his home.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta. Burial with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 and American Legion Post 100 will be in St. John’s Ev Lutheran Cemetery, Sparta.

Family and friends are invited to call from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.on Tuesday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com

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