Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Eugene E. Oechsle

Fennimore, WI – Eugene E. Oechsle, age 76, died on Monday morning Jan. 16, 2017 at his residence in Fennimore surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 13, 1940 in Mt. Ida Township Grant Co., WI the son of William and Erika (Zimmermann) Oechsle. Eugene was united in marriage to Eldeen Maag on Oct. 12, 1963.

Eugene graduated from Fennimore High School in 1958 and then went to work on the family farm, which was his passion. Eugene’s greatest accomplishment in life was raising his family with the help of his selfless and giving wife. Together they farmed in Mt. Ida Township until selling the farm to his son and moving to Fennimore. Eugene still went to the farm daily until Parkinson’s disease prevented him from going. Eugene’s faith was very important to him. He taught Sunday school and served on the Church Council as President and Financial Secretary for many years. Eugene also served on the Fennimore School Board for 12 years and was a delegate to Wisconsin Dairies. He enjoyed playing cards, spending time with family for meals and gatherings and traveling to Germany to visit family. Eugene was deeply honored to be the godfather to Dan Allen, Debra Kurek, Rebekka Stark, Judy Wagner and Steven Adney. Eugene adored his family; his children and grandchildren were the joys of his life. He truly loved when they would come and stay with him and always looked forward to their visits.

Eugene is survived by his beloved wife and devoted caregiver Eldeen of Fennimore, four children; Lisa (EJ) Lillesand of Sheboygan Falls, Tim (Cheryl) Oechsle, Randy Oechsle, Robert (Cathy) Oechsle all of Fennimore; five grandchildren, Sarah Lillesand, Jacob and Levi Oechsle and Kristen and Brandi Oechsle, brother Henry (Margaret) Oechsle of Fennimore, four sisters; Bertha Allen of Platteville, Gertrude (Milton) Staskal of New London, Anne Rowe of Del Ray Beach, FL and Elizabeth (Roger) Lehmann of Harvard, IL.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother-in-law Edwin and Lorraine (Brechler) Maag, grandson Justin Lillesand, sister Emma Oechsle, three brother-in-laws; Alvin Maag, Duane Allen, and Burl Rowe and nephews David and Mark Lehmann.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Thursday Jan. 19, 2017 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until time of service at the church on Thursday morning. The Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore is assisting the family.

Russell E. Dressler Sr.

Russell E. Dressler Sr., age 72, of Bloomington and formerly of Lancaster, died on Sunday evening Jan. 8, 2017, at his residence in Bloomington. Russell was born on Sept. 28, 1944, in Mt. Hope, WI, the son of Leo and Isabelle (Gotzinger) Dressler. He married Sarah “Sally” Giesen on Nov. 12, 1977 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.

Russell farmed throughout Grant County until 1992. He then worked for Wyalusing Academy and Spahn and Rose Lumber Company in Prairie du Chien. He last worked at Lancaster Interiors before retiring in 2003 due to his health. Russell enjoyed hunting and fishing, crocheting, and above all else, spending time with his grandchildren. He was a hard working and honest man who would do anything to help someone in need.

Russell is survived by his wife Sarah “Sally” Dressler of Bloomington; four children, Kay (Kevin) Bausch of Cassville, Greg (Abby) Dressler of Dodgeville, Christine Dressler of Steuben and Stacey (Michael) Doyle of Lancaster; three stepchildren, Lisa (Bob) Klocke of Lancaster, Donald (Kris) Mullikin of Janesville and Brenda (Ben) Davies of McGregor, IA, 26 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents, son Russell Jr., grandson Tyler Dressler, sister Katherine Wilkinson and brothers, John, Eugene, Richard and Jerry Dressler.

In following Russell’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family

Lawrence “Larry” A. Bierman

larry-bierman-1Fennimore, WI – Lawrence “Larry” A. Bierman, age 73, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening Jan. 4, 2017 at his residence in Fennimore. He was born on Aug. 14, 1943 in Grant Co., WI the son of Henry & Alice (Ploessl) Bierman. He was united in marriage to Rita Chamberlain on July 26, 1969.

Following graduation from high school, Larry enlisted in the US Army. He served from Oct. 17, 1962 until being honorably discharged on Oct. 16, 1964, obtaining the rank of Specialist 4. Larry returned home and was employed by the United Parcel Service until retiring from UPS in 1997. Larry loved going for numerous road trips and vacations, boating, fishing, gardening and working outdoors around his home. He adored his family and was grateful for all the time spent together. He cherished the awesome ventures with his wife and son and truly loved being a grandpa. His dedication to his wife and family will be deeply missed.

Larry is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years Rita of Fennimore, son Timothy Bierman of Sun Prairie, two grandchildren Brett and Troy and great grandson Vincent. He is also survived by his siblings; Catherine (John) Schmit, Virginia Bierman and husband Don Droessler, Robert (Nancy) Bierman, Steven Bierman, Mark (Debbie) Bierman, Michael (Carolyn) Bierman all of Bloomington, Joseph (Cathy) Bierman of Bridgeport, James (Rose) Bierman of Lancaster, Jeffery Bierman of La Crescent, MN, brother-in-laws; Charles Kitelinger of Madison, William (Janine) Chamberlain of Rockford, IL and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gary Bierman, and his sister Susan Kitelinger.

A private memorial service and burial of the cremated remains will be held at a later date. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family.

Evelyn M. Stenner

evelyn-stennerFennimore, WI-Evelyn M. Stenner, age 88, died unexpectedly on Monday Dec. 19, 2016 at her residence in Fennimore. She was born on May 10, 1928 in Mt. Ida Township, Grant County, WI, the daughter of Fred and Cora (Mauntz) Wehrle. Evelyn was united in marriage to Ralph Stenner on Aug. 3, 1945 in Zwingle, IA.

Evelyn and Ralph farmed in Marion Township until 1957. Upon moving to Fennimore, she began working as a waitress at Phoebe’s Truck Stop and then Briehl’s Café. Evelyn’s enjoyment for cooking and baking lead her to operate the Napp’s Motel Café and then the Fenway Café. Evelyn later babysat in her home for many children in Fennimore and worked at Casey’s preparing pastries. Most of all, Evelyn adored her family and enjoyed talking with them to ensure all were well. Evelyn was a loving and protective mother, demonstrated selflessness and enjoyed taking care of others. Evelyn’s devotion to her family and caring ways will be cherished forever.

Evelyn is survived by her two children, David (Ann) Stenner of Fennimore and Todd (Bonnie) Stenner of Boscobel, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, daughter-in-law Connie Stenner of Dodgeville, and several special nieces and nephews.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph on Aug. 19, 1994, two sons Dennis “Louie” Stenner and Duane Stenner, four brothers Harles, Lavern, Roger and Donovan Wehrle and sister Marcella Cohen.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday Dec. 23, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore with burial to follow in the Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at the funeral home on Friday morning.

Ivanelle J. Udelhoven

ivanelle-udelhovenFennimore, WI-Ivanelle J. Udelhoven, age 84, died on Sunday morning Dec. 18, 2016 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society. She was born July 3, 1932 in Clifton Township Grant Co. the daughter of Clarence and Hilda (Fiest) Ellis. She was united in marriage to Adolph Udelhoven in 1952.

Ivanelle loved embroidering, playing Bingo, and working with ceramics. She also enjoyed going for car rides and being around people. She had a good sense of humor and was the family jokester. Ivanelle had been currently residing at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society and formed a very special bond with all of the staff. Words could never say what the staff meant to our mother.

Ivanelle is survived by her eight children; John (Fern) Udelhoven of Boscobel, Karen (Mike) Potter of Potosi, Adolph Jr. (Ann) Udelhoven of Woodman, Sandra (Darrell) Wilkinson of Potosi, David (Teri) Udelhoven of Blue River, Susan (Brian) Clauer of Bagley, Steve Udelhoven of Mt. Hope, Ron (Denece) Udelhoven of Mt Hope, 20 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, two sisters; Arlene Ruskell of Cuba City, Dianne (John) Reichers of Eau Claire, and a brother Stanley (Cecilia) Ellis of Cuba City.

Ivanelle was preceded in death by her parents, her son Carl Udelhoven and her brother Darrell Ellis.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday Dec. 22, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore with burial to follow in the Rock Church Cemetery rural Livingston. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until time of service at the funeral home on Thursday morning.