Obituaries

  EUGENE (GENE) ODELL LARSON      Eugene (Gene) Odell Larson passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI. He was born Feb. 19, 1941, in Black River Falls to Palmer and Victoria (Knutson) Larson. Gene was the oldest of three children, Gary (Nancy) Larson and...
BEATRICE MAY SCHOLZE        Beatrice May Scholze, 82, of West Salem, WI, passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, at Meadowbrook in Black River Falls, WI.      Bea was born May 27, 1941, in Galesville, WI, to Harvey and Ragna May Patterson. Bea was a graduate of Melrose High School class of 1959 and in...
MARY GRACE BURKE      Mary Grace Burke was born Aug. 28, 1947, in Black River Falls, WI, to Glen and Phyllis Gearing. Growing up on a dairy farm as the eldest of seven children, Mary Grace quickly learned how to take charge and get things done. She was happy to tackle any project and had no problem...
RUTH HART      The Bible says that the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Ruth left this earth peacefully Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, after a lifetime of mirroring these beautiful traits.      Ruth was born May 9, 1929,...
MICHAEL P. HELGESEN        Michael P. Helgesen, 79, of Black River Falls, WI, passed away peacefully Jan. 28, 2024, at Black River Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. Michael Paul Helgesen was born May 15, 1944, in Minneapolis, MN, to Paul and Hermoine (Kolstad) Helgesen.      At age 17...
ROSEANNE “ROSIE” MARIE (ROGNESS) WAGNER      Roseanne “Rosie” Marie (Rogness) Wagner, 74, of Alma Center, WI, passed away surrounded by loved ones Feb. 12, 2024, in La Crosse, WI.      Roseanne, known lovingly as “Rose” and “Rosie”, was born to Vernon and Wilva (Marshall) Rogness April 13, 1949....
TARA LYNNE MERCER        Tara Lynne Mercer, 52, passed away Dec. 20, 2023 at Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse.      Tara was born in Black River Falls May 11, 1971, to Carol (Mercer) Barnes and Howard T. Mercer. She attended Black River Falls area schools and graduated in 1991. Tara briefly...
BARBARA JEAN HODGE        Barbara Jean Hodge, 82, of Alma Center, WI, passed away Feb. 6, 2024, at the Lakeview Health Center of West Salem, WI.      She was born Nov. 17, 1941, in Friendship, WI, to Charles and Dorothy Pavlicek.      Barbara attended Adams-Friendship High School and shortly after...
GERALDINE “GERI” HULDA ZAHN        Geraldine “Geri” Hulda Zahn, peacefully departed this world in her sleep Feb. 4, 2024, at the age of 88. She was born in Richland Center, WI, July 5, 1935, to Charles “Ernest” and Ella Conant.      Geri grew up in Black River Falls, WI, where she met and married...
WALLACE ALLEN YESKIE   Wallace Allen Yeskie passed away Jan. 20, 2024, after a short illness. Wally was born in Wisconsin, received his Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Wisconsin. He married Sondra Melby and moved to Kansas City, KS. Then he was drafted and spent two years in...

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