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Goodwin James Anderson 

Goodwin J. Anderson, 99, of Whitehall, WI passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in the Grand View Care Center in Blair. 

Goodwin was born August 25, 1917 in rural Whitehall, to Gabriel and Julia (Nelson) Anderson.  He was baptized and confirmed at Independence Lutheran Church, graduated from Sunny Slope Grade School (Plum Creek) and Whitehall Memorial High School.  He then attended River Falls State College and later an agricultural short course at UW Madison.  World War II interrupted  his studies and Goodwin joined the Navy, and was quoted when interviewed by a high school student:  “I never regret enlisting.  I wanted to serve my country and it was my duty as an American citizen to protect my family and my nation.”

January 25, 1942, Goodwin married Norma Nyen of Blair. After the war he began working for Tri-State Breeders Coop, first as a technician and then as a direct service salesman; he was also well known for his skill at herd analyzing.  He joined the elite 100,000 Cow Club after driving 45,00 miles a year and wearing out 22 cars.  Even with his busy schedule he had time to serve on the Whitehall City Council for 28 years , serving 4 terms as Mayor.  After his retirement in 1980 he proceeded to earn his appraiser and assessor licenses.   

Goodwin is survived by two daughters, Rosemary (Tom)Twesme of Osseo and Jacqueline (Greg) Pavek of Middleton; five grandchildren, Kristin (Fernando) Tibayan of Prescott, Troy (Heather)Twesme of Monument, CO, Mark (Emily)Twesme of Eau Claire, Josh (Katie) Pavek of Verona and Sara (Neil) Jurgella of Middleton;  eleven great-grandchildren and special nephew, James Edward Hegge. 

Goodwin was preceded in death by his parents and wife, three sisters, Irene Berg, Carrie Hegge and Lucille Anderson and three brothers, Bennett, Edward and Norman Anderson.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall. Pastor Leonard Ellison will officiate. Burial with military rites conducted by the Hutchins-Stendahl American Legion Post #191 will be in the Lincoln Cemetery in Whitehall.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, Goodwin’s family requests memorials be directed to the Grand View Care Center in Blair.

 Dorothy Cora Vito


Dorothy Cora Vito, age 94, of Whitehall, died on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in the Pigeon Falls Health Care Center in Pigeon Falls.

Dorothy was born on January 9, 1923 in Blue Island, IL to Henry and Hulda (Beck) Pucik. She married John Vito on August 9, 1943 in South Bend, WA. Dorothy and John moved from the Chicago, IL area to Northfield, WI to enjoy their retirement years together. John preceded Dorothy in death on July 9, 1983.

Dorothy thoroughly enjoyed her friends and family. If you ever needed a relative’s address or birth date, Dorothy knew it. She enjoyed playing cards, cooking and spending time with friends. Everyone looked forward to Dorothy’s bundt cakes and eclairs made from scratch.

Dorothy loved staying in touch with all of her nieces and nephews. Dorothy’s friends meant a lot to her as well, Ernie, Sharon, Kevin, Dennis, Julie and Dr. and Mrs. Reuben Adams, to mention a few.

In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by three brothers, Vernon, Elmer F. and Lester Pucik.

As per Dorothy’s request, there will be no formal services. Dorothy will be buried next her husband, John, in the Beverly Cemetery in Blue Island, IL on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Dorothy's family would like to thank the Pigeon Falls Health Care Center for their loving care of Dorothy the past four years.

The Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall assisted the family with arrangements.

Selma Estenson

 Selma Luella Estenson, age 99, of Whitehall, died on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in the Gundersen Tri-County Care Center in Whitehall.

 Selma was born in the East Branch of Hale, Trempealeau County, WI to John and Inga (Bakken) Skoyen.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Pigeon Falls Lutheran Church.

 Selma attended the Huskelhus Country School and the Whitehall High School.  She married Earl Estenson on October 12, 1940 in Pigeon Falls.  Selma worked at the City Café in Whitehall and went through several bosses as the restaurant changed hands.

 Selma was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Whitehall and was active in quilting and sewed many quilt tops at home.  She also belonged to the Tri-County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and had over 2000 hours of volunteer work in the gift shop.

 Selma enjoyed traveling with her friends, gardening, canning and baking cookies making lefse for Christmas.  She especially enjoyed the activitites at the Gundersen Tri-County Care Center.

 Selma is survived by three children, Linda (Larry) Tomter, David (Janet) and Sharon (Randy) Fuerst all of Eau Claire; a daughter-in-law, Diane Estenson of Whitehall; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Elvina Swenson of Mondovi and several nieces and nephews.

 In addition to her parents, Selma was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, who died on April 3, 1981; a son, Jerome “Jerry” Estenson; four brothers, Melvin, Helmer, Joseph and William Skoyen and four sisters, Laura Johnson, Myrtle Stuve, Olga Johnson and Emelia Hanson.

 Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church with burial in the Lincoln Cemetery both in Whitehall.  Pastor Dorothy Standahl will officiate.

 Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

 Selma’s family would like to give special thanks to the staff at the Gundersen Tri-County Care Center for all the loving care they gave to Selma.

 The Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall is assisting the family with arrangements.


Lillian Neitzke

Lillian Katherine Trones-Anderson-Neitzke, age 93, of Mondovi, formerly of Whitehall, died on Sunday, August 7, 2016 in the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Lillian was born on October 2, 1922 in the town of Preston, Trempealeau County, WI to Albert and Cora (Sekse) Trones.  She married Raymond Anderson on November 16, 1940 in Cresco, IA.  Raymond preceded Lillian in death on June 16, 1980.  She later married Vernon Neitzke on December 10, 1993 in Whitehall. Vernon preceded Lillian in death on April 28, 2001.       

Lillian did housekeeping at the Tri-County Memorial Hospital and the Garden Motel in Whitehall.  She also cooked at the Whitehall Golf Course and was a member of the Fly Creek Ladies Aid.

Lillian loved birds and hated squirrels. She enjoyed trapping and relocating raccoons, gardening, flowers, cooking, baking, dancing, watching the Chicago Cubs and westerns and making donuts.  Lillian had a great sense of humor and liked partying with her grandchildren . She was the best bread and lefse maker that there ever was. 

Lillian is survived by six children, Robert and Warren Anderson, Ann (Donald) Johnson, Linda (LeRoy) Olstad, Sonja (Gary) Cooke and Rebecca (Joseph) Franck; her grandchildren, Bruce, Mark, Robyn, Jeanne, Duane, Marlys, MaryEllen, Brian, Katherine, Gene, Kimberly, Jarrod, Pamela, Lorinda, Travis, Stephanie, Zacharie, Alexsandria and Joseph; 36 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, a son-in-law, Gary Fromm; a brother-in-law, Wilhelm Anderson and several grandanimals.  Lillian is also survived by her husband Vernon’s family.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lillian was preceded in death by a daughter, Jackie Fromm; three grandchildren, Andrea, Dylan and Corbin and a brother, Alden Trones.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church with burial in the Lincoln Cemetery both in Whitehall.  Pastor David Christianson will officiate.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.


Pastor Richard Kelling

The Rev. Richard G. Kelling, 82, of Blair, formerly of Whitehall, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Grand View Care Center, Blair.

He was born June 12, 1934, in Menomonie, to George and Ann (Olson) Kelling. Richard was raised in Menomonie, and graduated from Menomonie High School. He then graduated in 1956 from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, and in 1960 from Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa.

Richard served as an Institution Chaplain and was pastor at several congregations in Wisconsin, including Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Whitehall, from 1972 until retiring in 1999.

After retiring, Richard enjoyed volunteering at Whitehall Food Pantry. 

Richard is survived by cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Peace Lutheran Church, Menomonie, with Pastor Kristine Stedje officiating. There will be visitation one hour prior to service Tuesday, at the church. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Menomonie.

Memorials are suggested to Whitehall Area Food Pantry P.O. Box 476, Whitehall, WI 54773.

Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie, is serving the family.

To share a memory, please visit obituaries at www.olsonfuneral.com.

Hallie Nordhagen


Hallie Lucille Nordhagen, age 102, of Whitehall, passed away peacefully at Gundersen Tri-County Care Center in Whitehall on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Hallie was born in Shell Lake, WI to Mathias James and Ethel Elizabeth (Fann) Huerth on April 2, 1914 and lived in the Washburn county area. Hallie married Carl Edwin Nordhagen on May 14, 1947 in Eau Claire. Carl preceded Hallie in death on February 19, 1997.Hallie started her career as an educator at age seventeen in Washburn County Schools. During her eighteen-year career in education she was both a teacher and an administrator at the primary, secondary and college levels throughout northwestern Wisconsin. She attended and later taught at Superior State College.

Hallie and Carl moved with their family from Balsam Lake to Whitehall when he accepted the position of School Superintendant in 1953. In 1959 she became the Assistant Superintendant and Nursing Home Administrator of the Trempealeau County Health Care Center. She spent twenty-six years in that capacity with her husband as the Administrator for many of those years.

During her career, Hallie was selected to serve on numerous state and national committees on children and youth, aging, human rights , chemical dependencies and mental health. She was a frequent visitor to the state legislature to discuss these topics. She was selected as the Chairman of the State Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board and was Chairman of the Division of Unified Boards. She represented western Wisconsin at the White House commission on Children and Youth and served on President Kennedy’s Comprehensive Mental Health Planning Committee.

With her husband, Carl, she served on the Area Advisory Board for UW-Eau Claire. She was elected as a Fellow of the Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas. In 1967, she was awarded an honorary degree from the International Dictionary of Biography, London, England for “Distinguished Service in the Field of Education and Hospital Administration”. She was included in numerous biographical publications such as Who’s Who of the World and Who’s Who of American Women. Hallie was cited by both the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly for her contributions to the state and on October 27, 1984 the Governor proclaimed it “Hallie Nordhagen Day” in Wisconsin.

Through the years Hallie served many local organizations as member and leader including 4-H, Cub Scouts, League of Women Voters, Women’s Club and various church organizations. She was a founding member of the BRAD organization, was a past recipient of the Whitehall Lions Club Citizen of the Year and, together with her husband, was chosen as Trempealeau County Soil Conservation People of the Year. In 1969 she was awarded an honorary degree by the Future Homemakers of America and was cited by the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma as a “Woman of Leadership”. She was a long time member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Whitehall.

Public speaking was one of Hallie’s favorite pastimes and she spoke at many functions and organizations throughout the area and state. She was a member and Fellow of the International Platform Association established by Daniel Webster to promote better speakers for schools, universities and civic organizations. She attended the IPA international conventions in Washington D.C. for many years and was able to meet many important dignitaries and leaders from around the world. She also enjoyed writing and had several articles published in various magazines.

Hallie was a very warm and loving person who did many things to help other people whenever she could. She loved talking to people of all backgrounds whether she knew them or not and whether they wanted to listen or not. She was proud of her family, especially her grandsons and great- grandsons. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Hallie is survived by her sister, Ina Vinopal of Almena; two sons, Dr. Bruce (Dr. Eileen Isom) Nordhagen of Sun Prairie and Brian (Michele) Nordhagen of Sheboygan; two grandsons, Major Leif (Amy) Nordhagen currently serving in USAF in Las Vegas and A.J. Nordhagen (special friend Brittany) of Minneapolis, MN; two great-grandsons, Lars and Liam of Las Vegas.

In addition to her parents and husband, Hallie was preceded in death by four brothers, Forrest “Bud” Huerth , Arnold, Bernie and Charlie Braun and two sisters, Lois Edwards and Shirley Biesel.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall.

The Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall is assisting the family with arrangements.

Phyllis Berg

Phyllis Ann Berg, age 72, of Whitehall, was called home by our Lord on Sunday, April 24, 2016 in Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, MN. She was welcomed with open arms by her husband, Lenus and parents, Floyd and Evelyn Dahl.

Phyllis was born on July 10, 1942 in Whitehall to Floyd and Everyln (Fromm) Dahl. She married Lenus S. Berg on August 12, 1961 in Pleasantville. Lenus preceded Phyllis in death on June 12, 2007.

Phyllis lived in the Whitehall area for her entire life and was an avid supporter of Norse athletics. Her greatest joy was attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and she was incredibly proud of all their accomplishments.

Phyllis was the matriarch of the Berg family and always made everyone feel loved, valued and supported. She loved holiday traditions and was the glue that made the Berg family members as tight-knit and close as they are today.

Phyllis is survived by three children, Randy (Lori) Berg of Whitehall, Rhonda (Rick) Malecha of Lindstrom, MN and Ryan Berg of Hammond, WI; seven grandchildren who were the apple of her eye, Adam, Amanda, Aaron, Bailey, Keagen, Madison and Kennedi; a sister, Marie Lisowski of Whitehall.

In addition to her parents and husband, Phyllis was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Bob Lisowski.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church with burial in the Lincoln cemetery both in Whitehall. Pastor Terry Lorenz will officiate.

Visitation will be Friday, April 29, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Phyllis will be deeply missed by all who were privileged enough to know her and her impact on countless lives will continue to live on.

Donald Laehn

Donald Thomas Laehn, age 71, of Whitehall, died on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in the Gundersen Tri-County Hospital in Whitehall.

Donald was born on June 25, 1944 in Mondovi to Clarence and Wanda Vale (Kent) Laehn. Donald married Clarice Nordby on November 7, 1963 in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Whitehall.

Donald worked at the Whitehall Packing Plant in Whitehall and later for Accelerated Genetics prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and a member of AA for over thirty years.

Donald enjoyed fishing, hunting and taking his grandsons fishing up north.

Donald is survived by his wife, Clarice; two children, Les Laehn and Wanda (Troy) Peters both of Whitehall; four grandchildren, Katherine and Kristina Laehn, Matthew and Mitchell Peters; two brothers, Loren (Helen) Laehn of New Lisbon and Gene Laehn of Gilmanton.

In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by a son, Russell; a granddaughter, Angelica and a brother and sister who were twins, Lee and Leona.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church with burial in the Lincoln Cemetery both in Whitehall. Pastor Yvonne Marshall will officiate.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 2-5 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.



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