Cisewski, Robert J. "River Rat" Sr.

Robert J. "River Rat" Cisewski, Sr., 54, of Fountain City, Wis., died Wednesday, July 18, 2001.

He was born February 19, 1947 in Winona to John F. and Orvilla A. (Buchholz) Cisewski. He married LaVonne K. Gunderson on June 8, 1968 at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Fountain City.

He was employed as a welder/steamfitter at H.J. Kramer Plumbing & Heating, Winona.

Robert was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Parish in Fountain City, the Winona Archery Club, Steamfitters Local Union #6 for 32 years, Whitetail Association and E.B.'s Corner Cribbage Club.

He is survived by his loving wife, LaVonne of Fountain City; a daughter, Laurie (Colin) Rath of Rollingstone, Minn.; a son, Robert, Jr. (Jennifer) Cisewski of Minnesota City, Minn.; his father, John Cisewski of Winona; five grandchildren: Jacob and Jesse Cisewski, Cody Hundorf, and Coltin and Emily Rath; a sister, Mavis (Al) Whiteford of Zimmerman, Minn.; and a niece, Kimberly Ehmann.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a grandchild, Joshua Hundorf.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 24, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Fountain City, with Rev. Elroy V. Conradt officiating. Interment was in Fountain City Public Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Len Anglewitz, friend; Al Whiteford, brother-in-law; Dan Hvizdak, cousin; Dick Hvizdak, cousin; Randy Gunderson, cousin; Paul Bauers, friend; Larry Stoltman, friend; Joe Rotering, friend; Jim Rotering, friend; Kip Bauers, friend; and Josh Bauers, friend.

The only thing Bob Cisewski, Sr. can't fix is the crack of dawn and a broken heart. "We're gonna miss you, grandpa!"

A Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Service.


Glander, LeRoy C. "Pee Wee"

LeRoy C. "Pee Wee" Glander, 69, Fountain City, Wis., and formerly of Alma, Wis., died Thursday, July 19, 2001 at the emergency room of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Wabasha, Minn.

He was born April 19, 1932 in Lake City, Minn., to Frederick and Margaret (Lohn) Glander. On May 16, 1959 he married Therese King at St. John Lutheran Church in Alma.

Pee Wee was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post #224 of Alma.

He worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers for 35 years, retiring in 1988. After retiring he was a very well liked school bus driver for the Cochrane-Fountain City School for 9 years.

Pee Wee really enjoyed his time going to the races every week to watch his son Kevin race. After the races on Friday night, the weekend would end up at Camp Pee Wee, where friends and family would come to exchange stories and good times.

Survivors include his wife, Therese Glander of Fountain City; two sons, Terry (Heidi) Glander of Phoenix, Ariz. and Kevin (Betty) Glander of Pepin, Wis.; three grandchildren, Derek, Hailey and Laura; seven sisters, Eldona Stuber of Winona, Wilma Waskowiak of Rhinelander, Wis., Luella Kuehn of Cochrane, Wis., Marcella Sass of Alma, Iva Kennebeck of Cochrane, Delores (Merton) Sutter of Fountain City, Wis., and Shirley (Roger) Meier of Stoddard, Wis.; and two brothers, Melvin Glander and Richard Glander, both of Racine, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Harriet Oesau and a brother, Frederick Glander.

Funeral services were Monday, July 23, at St. John Lutheran Church in Alma with Rev. Joel Bacon officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by American Legion Post #224 of Alma, was in Buffalo City Cemetery.

Stohr-Hagen-Wozney Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Meier, Gerald Sampson

Gerald Sampson Meier, 83, of 1129 West Mark St., Winona, died Thursday, July 19, 2001 at Lake Winona Manor of congestive heart failure.

He was born February 11, 1918 in Lake City, Minn., the son of Paul Andrew and Ethel Lapearl (Sampson) Meier. After graduating from Winona High School in 1936, he attended St. Mary's College for two years. He then became associated with his father in Meier Plumbing and Heating Co.

When World War II started he worked at defense jobs in Indianapolis, Ind., Camp McCoy, Wis., and Baraboo, Wis., until enlisting in the Navy. He was first assigned to Camp Perry, VA., then to Camp Lejeune, NC, where he received training as a gunner. From there he was transferred to Camp Parks, Oakland, Cal., and assigned to the Navy Seabees, attaining the rank of Shipfitter First Class.

On August 16, 1944, he married Florence Jeanne Elizabeth Brennan, an alumnus of the College of Saint Teresa, from Garrett, Ind. They were married at the Quonset Catholic Chapel, Camp Parks, Cal. Gerry and Jeanne met at Lourdes Hall at the College of Saint Teresa.

In November of 1944 he was sent overseas to Iwo Jima and remained there until the war ended. After his discharge in 1946 he returned to Winona with his wife Jeanne and to the family business. After obtaining his master plumber's license he became the owner of the business, which is now in its third generation.

Gerry retired in 1980, and he and Jeanne did extensive traveling in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.

His legacy to his children is a strong work ethic, the simple pleasures of food, clothing and shelter, and the world of sports. He was an avid golfer and a long time member of Westfield Golf Club. Called "Smokey" by his golf buddies, they enjoyed many golf vacations in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and Biloxi, Miss. He loved jazz, the big bands and dancing, but above all, he thoroughly enjoyed the river and boating, where summers were spent picnicking, swimming and water skiing with his family. He also enjoyed evenings charcoaling steaks with friends, living life to the fullest, and was a courageous soldier during his illness.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Patty and Josephine, and two brothers, Stanley and Charles.

A sister, Jeanne Gervais of Currie, Minn., and a brother, David (Nora) Meier of Deer Lodge, Mont., are the remaining members of the original Meier family.

His immediate family includes his wife of 57 years, Jeanne; and eleven children: three daughters, Gaylen Marie Stoa, Brookfield, Wis., Gretel Jeanne Meier and husband, Terry Streich, Golden Valley, Minn., Dr. Mary Elizabeth Meier and husband, Cole Eslyn of Austin, Tex.; eight sons: Dr. Peter Brennan (Katharine) Meier of St. Paul, Minn., Dr. Hans Paul Meier of Minneapolis, Minn., Gary Edward (Linda) Meier of Winona, Philip Richard (Mary) Meier of Winona, Roger Joseph (Carolyn) Meier of Minneapolis, Gerald William Meier of St. Louis Park, Minn., Christopher George Meier of Winona, and John Gregory Meier of San Francisco, Cal.

He is also survived by twenty grandchildren: Patrick (Stephanie) Stoa and Craig Stoa, Mark, Sarah, Elizabeth, Christina, Angela, Natalie, Brennan, Scott, Michelle, Sean, Courtney and Jacolbi Meier, Luke, Eric and Jessica Streich, Sarah (Tony) Phelps, Kristen and David Poore; five great-grandchildren: Rosalyn, Anthony and Joseph Stoa, Nadia Mouhib and Julia Phelps; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend of the family, Susanna Mueller.

A Mass of Christian Celebration was held Monday, July 23 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Revs. Joseph Keefe and Daniel Dernek concelebrating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery where members of American Legion Post #9 conducted military burial honors.

Casketbearers were John, Philip, Gary, Christopher, Gerald, Mark and Roger Meier and Patrick Stoa.

Memorials may be directed to Lake Winona Manor (formerly the C&R Unit of Community Memorial Hospital) or the American Heart Association.

Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home.


Freeman, Mark Orrin

Our father and husband, Mark Orrin Freeman, 59, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2001 at his home in Winona.

He was born to Mark J. and Virginia (Simmons) Freeman in Flint, Mich., June 12, 1942. With the guidance of his parents, he was baptized at Attica Methodist Church. As a young boy, he attended 3rd Ward Elementary School and had a paper route. He continued on at Lapeer High School, where he graduated in 1961. Pursuing a career, he attended the Michigan State Police Academy in East Lansing, Mich.

In 1963, he began his employment with the Michigan State Police as a state trooper and was stationed out of White Pigeon in southwestern Michigan. Later, he was involved in sales and marketing with several well-known companies. Mark moved to Winona in 1985 when he joined Watkins Inc. Prior to that, he had been with W.T. Rawleigh Co. In 1991, he joined his wife, Judy, in operating Judy's Discount Store for the past eleven years.

On December 11, 1965, he married Judith Carol Misener, the love of his life, at United Methodist Church in Lapeer, Mich. Together, with the spirit of God, their love created five children, Mark, Roark, Allison, Amanda and Ashley. The quality of that love lives on in their offspring and soon-to-be-born grandchildren.

With his wife and family, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling, as well as many other things. He was well known for his storytelling, true or not. Mark was a joy to be around with his unique sense of humor. He was always making friends and family roar with laughter.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and believed strongly in the right to keep and bear arms.

He would do anything to increase his family's time together. Taking trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area was always at the top of the list of vacation spots. Deer hunting in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan had been a tradition since Mark was 15-years-old. This special time in November was looked forward to each year. His family plans on carrying on the tradition.

Mark is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy; five children, Mark and (Michele) Freeman, Roark and (Shelbi) Freeman, Allison and (Jay) Tolleson, Ashley Freeman and (fiance Chris Harvey), and Amanda Freeman and (special friend Mike LaVallie); his father, Mark J. Freeman; his only sister, Sally Jo Swadling; and his mother-in-law, Alice Misener.

We are grateful for all who befriended our dad in his journey here on Earth and are blessed by those who have comforted him and his family with their love and prayers.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Living Light Church in Winona. Graveside service will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Winona.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the funeral service immediately following.

Pallbearers will be Roark Freeman, Mark Freeman, Dennis Colmer, Brad Swadling, Chris Harvey and Mike LaVallie.

Memorials may be directed to the National Rifle Association or Living Light Church.

Hoff Funeral Homes - Burke Winona Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.


Maloney, Mary Jane

Mary Jane Maloney, 72, died Sunday, July 22, 2001 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn.

Mary was born July 20, 1929 in Winona, to Fredrick and Mabel (Smith) Maloney.

Mary graduated from Cathedral High School in 1947 and had been living in the Detroit, Mich. metropolitan area for 30 years working as an administrator for the Union Belt Railroad. She retired in 1992 and returned to Winona in 1993.

She was a member of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church in Winona.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Elaine Maloney of Winona; seven nieces and nephews, Michael J. Maloney of Rochester, Minn., Dennis Maloney of Winona, Ben Hoffman, Patricia Maloney Lawson of Pennsylvania, Patricia Maloney Kolberg of Panama City, Fla, Fredrick Maloney of Illinois, and Michael Maloney of Alaska; special friends, Marlene Strukel and Kassy Sagen, both of Winona; and Mary's loving feline companions.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, James, Melvin Mike, D. Patrick, and Robert, and a sister, Margaret.

A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Friends may call at Hoff Funeral Homes - Burke Winona Chapel on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. where there will be a Christian Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Thursday.

Hoff Funeral Homes - Burke Winona Chapel is assisting with arrangements.


Laumb, Gerald W.

Jerry Laumb, 51, of Rushford, died Saturday, July 21, 2001, at his home of cancer.

Jerry was born on January 27, 1950, in LaCrosse, Wis. to George and Bernice (Thorud) Laumb. He married Barbara Carrier on March 16, 1968.

He worked at Farmer's Elevator in Rushford, for nine years, and at Cenex as an LP gas driver for 21 years.

He is survived by his wife, Barb; one son, Jay (Amber) Laumb of Kasson, Minn.; two daughters: Amy Geiwitz of Houston, Minn., and Sarah (Darin) Meyer of Rushford; four grandchildren: Heather, Matthew, and Ethan Geiwitz, and Brady Laumb; seven brothers: George Laumb, Jr., Mike (Rena) Laumb, Don (Lexie Boehmke) Laumb, David (Lori Krage) Laumb, all of Rushford, James (Donna) Laumb of Clarksville, Tenn., Richard (Jeanne) Laumb of Texas, Randy (Cindy) Laumb of Washington State; six sisters: Nancy (Lewie) Benson, Debbie (Allen) Heiden, Joyce (Bill) Miller, all of Rushford, Phyllis (Walt) Porter of Orange Park, Florida, Beverly Porter, and Lori (Jim) Booth, both of Winona; many brothers and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, George and Bernice, mother-in-law, Wanda Carrier, brother in law, Jim Porter, and nephew Jessie Carrier.

Jerry's funeral service was Tuesday, July 24, at the Rushford Lutheran Church with the Rev. Roger Michaelson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Hoff Funeral Homes ­ Cook Rushford Chapel assisted the family with funeral arrangements.


Judy, Norman G.

Norman G. Judy, 80, Rt. 4, Winona, died Monday, July 23, 2001 at his home.

He was born September 18, 1920 in Springfield, SD, to Joseph and Lucinda (Vanderploge) Judy. He married LaVina V. Sulick.

Arrangements are being completed with the Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Home.


Schweitzer, Patricia "Pat" Barbara

Patricia "Pat" Barbara Schweitzer, 65, of St. Charles, Minn., died Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn.

Pat was born on March 3, 1935 to Vernon and Ethel (Stephenson) Johnson in Chatfield. Pat married Charles "Chuck" Schweitzer on February 16, 1951 in Chatfield.

They lived in Biloxi, Miss. for a short while before moving to St. Charles. Pat worked for Whitewater Healthcare Center in St. Charles as a Nursing Assistant from 1967-1995.

She was affiliated with St. Charles United Methodist Church. Pat enjoyed country and western music, her collection of angel figurines, candlesnuffers and Christmas villages. Two of her favorite pastimes were playing bingo and reading. She also took pleasure in entertaining her family on the Fourth of July and wintering in Cherokee Village, Arkansas.

Survivors include her husband, Chuck; six children, Danny (Mary Jo), Gerald (Jacklyn) Kathy (Jay) Mollert, Janet (Marlan) Ellsworth, Rick, and Kyle (Tessa) all of St. Charles; twenty-one grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; her mother, Ethel Johnson of Douglas, WY.; two brothers, Art Johnson and Kenny Johnson, both of Douglas, WY; and two sisters, Jeanne Gieski of Rockford, Ill. and Vicki Brace of Poplar Grove, Ill.

Her father and a brother, Donald preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27 at Hoff Funeral Home - St. Charles Chapel with Rev. Sharon Johnson of St. Charles United Methodist Church officiating. Friends may call on the family from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour before services Friday at the funeral home. Interment will take place in Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles.

Hoff Funeral Home - St. Charles Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.


Volkman, Hubert Gerhardt

Hubert Gerhardt Volkman, 80, Lewiston, Minn., died Monday, July 23, 2001 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, LaCrosse, Wis.

Hubert was born December 15, 1920 in Wiscoy Township of Winona County to Hubert William and Emma Mary (Nelson) Volkman. Hubert attended Ridgeway Schools. He and Hildegarde "Hilde" Semmen were married August 26, 1944. Hubert began working for Eldon and Emil Gremelsbach, in the livestock business, in 1945. In 1960 Hubert became a partner in E.E. Gremelsbach Livestock, Inc. He also farmed and did custom harvesting.

Hubert was a member of St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Lewiston. He loved to deer hunt and fish.

Survivors include his wife, Hilde; three sons, Gary (Patricia) of Utica, Minn., Bruce S. (Sharon) of Winona, and Mark (Dawn) of Winona; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; eight step great-grandchildren; and eight brothers and sisters, Lilla Ford of Minnesota City, Minn., Elnora Jonsgaard of Utica, Ella Meyer of Rochester, Minn., Wilbert Volkman of Lewiston, Minn., Henry Volkman of Lewiston, Marcella Marin of Rushford, Minn., Melvin Volkman of Belvedere, Ill, and Roger Volkman of Winona.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katie Volkman and seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26 at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Lewiston with Rev. Michael Lindeman officiating. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hoff Funeral Home's - Lewiston Chapel. They may also call one hour before services Thursday at the church.

Hoff Funeral Home's -Lewiston Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.


Welch, Harry "Cash" Jr.

Harry "Cash" Welch, Jr. 77, of 68 Hamilton St., died at his home.

Arrangements are pending with Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Home.

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