Bohn, William J. "Bill"

William J. "Bill" Bohn, 79, of 118 East Howard St., died Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN.

He was born April 28, 1921 in Winona to William Sr. and Ella (Pokarth) Bohn. He married Margaret A. Hensel on September 22, 1951 in Winona.

He was employed in the maintenance department of the U.S. Post Office, retiring after 30 years.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Neville-Lien Post #1287 and NARF.

William served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the South Pacific aboard the USS Sarpedon.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Winona; and his children: Karen (Jerry) Bork, Winona, Robert (Chris Cordes) Bohn, Winona, Sharon (Steve) Wroblewski, Trempealeau, WI, and Bill J. Bohn II, Winona; five grandchildren: Michelle (Michael) Conner, Melinda Bork, Jason Wroblewski, Scott Wroblewski, and Kimberly Wroblewski; two sisters-in-law, June Bohn of Merrimac, WI and Marcella Bohn of Winona; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 20 at Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jerry Hanson of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Trempealeau, WI, officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery where the VFW provided military honors.

Pallbearers were Jeff Ahrens, Randy Shugart, Ken Bittner, Duane Koehler, Pete Quinn and Milt Bohn.

A Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Service.


Mart, Francis W.

Francis W. Mart, 84, of Lewiston, MN, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at Sauer Memorial Home, Winona.

Francis was born December 10, 1915 in East Chain, MN to Nicholas and Loretta (McNally) Mart. He married Clara Stefanski on March 26, 1940 at East Chain.

The couple farmed in Martin Co. near Fairmont, at Grand Meadow, Chatfield, Saratoga and Utica. In 1969 they settled near Lewiston. Francis worked as a printer for Asco Printing in Winona and for Davies Printing in Rochester. He also sold corn for Pfister Seed Corn Co. Clara died in December of 1997.

He had been active in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and served on the board of directors for Farmers Union.

Francis is survived by four sons, Allen of Plainview, MN, Mike (Betty) of Rochester, MN, Ted (Kathy) of Utica, MN, and John of Rochester; five daughters, Judy Mart of Apple Valley, MN, Joleen (Steve) Sanders of Utica, Rosemary (Frank) Ludwig of Eau Claire, WI, Sally (David) Gehring, San Jose, CA, and Marilyn (Tom) Connery of Rochester; thirty-four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Earldean Mart and Clinton Mart, both of Armstrong, IA; and four sisters, Phyllis Goodnature of Garner, IA, Marie Bloomstrom of Fairmont, Helen Grabnowski of Waseca and Geraldine Helgeson.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert and three sisters, Shirley Wegner, Margaret Garteski and Bette Obank.

Funeral services were Friday, May 19 at Hoff Funeral Home's-Lewiston Chapel, with Rev. Peter Schuster of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Lewiston officiating. Burial was in Lewiston Public Cemetery.

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


Hubbard, Fred T.

Fred T. Hubbard, 84, RR 6, Winona, died at his home on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, after a four month bout with cancer.

Fred was born September 15, 1915, on Long Island, NY, to Frederick Hubbard Sr. and Harriet (Saxton) Hubbard.

After graduating from Jamaica High School on Long Island, he was a Wall Street securities trader with Robinson, Miller & Co. while attending New York University and also studying voice until 1940, when he entered the U.S. Army as a private.

In combat during World War II in Africa, Italy and the Aleutians, Captain Hubbard commanded a Joint American-Canadian Parachute Ranger Co. in the famous "Devil's Brigade" of the elite First Special Service Force. Seriously wounded in Italy during the assault on Anzio in March 1944, he continued to command his company under fire until they completed their mission and returned to safety behind the lines, for which he was awarded the Silver Star "for gallantry in action against the enemy," and the Purple Heart. He subsequently graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth,KS, retiring from active duty in 1946 with the rank of major.

In 1944, he married Betty G. Lee of Helena, MT, who preceded him in death in 1974.

He is survived by their six children, Claudia (Tom) Robinson of San Antonio, TX, Marcia (Roy) Gibbs of Chesapeake, VA, Carla (Armand) Bamberger, of London, England, Frederick (Sharon) Hubbard III of Seymour, IN, Steven (Caroline) Hubbard of Sacramento, CA, and David (Ellen) Hubbard of New Port Richey, FL; by his wife, Dorothy (Dotty) Hubbard; and two stepchildren, Robert Lembkey of Rockford, IL and Terry Wollison of Lexington, KY.

He was also preceded in death by a stepson, Ricky Lembkey, his parents, two brothers and a grandson.

Settling in Montana after the war, he set sales records during the decade he served as state director of savings bonds for the U.S. Treasury. In 1957, he was appointed a vice president of the Union Bank & Trust Co. in Helena, where he also served as longtime liturgist and interim minister at St. John's Lutheran, and chaired the committee that built a new church.

He left Montana in 1959 to become a vice president with Northwestern Bancorporation in Minneapolis. He served with distinction as president of Northwestern National Bank in Rochester, MN, from 1967 until he retired as chairman of the board in 1980.

He graduated as president of his class from Rutgers University's Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 1962. His many business and professional honors included "1968 Boss of the Year" from the Rochester Jaycees and the "1974 Golden Doorknob Award" from the Rochester Business and Professional Women's Club.

In 1982, he moved to Winona, where he served as moderator of First Congregational Church, was a popular soloist and sang baritone in the church choir and held numerous positions of leadership and responsibility within the Congregational organization. He also was active with the Winona YMCA, and on the board of directors of the Winona Country Club.

Fred Hubbard was a worthy member of what Tom Brokaw has aptly called "The Greatest Generation": the men and women who survived the Depression, won World War II, came home to generate post-war America by raising families and pursuing successful careers, securing the peace they had won. Fred Hubbard represented courage, leadership, intelligence, integrity, compassion, determination and high standards. His many friends, associates and loved ones will treasure his memory and example.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 20 at First Congregational Church with Rev. Rick King officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester, MN, at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to First Congregational Church, Community Memorial Hospital, or to the Winona YMCA.

Fawcett-Junker Funeral Homes and Cremation Services assisted with the arrangements.


Roberton, Laura Marie

Laura Marie Roberton, 92, St. Charles, MN, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN.

She was born on December 24, 1907 to Helmer and Maude (Danielson) Hanson in Homer Township, Winona County. Laura taught school in Winona County schools for six years. She married Alvin "Chick" Roberton on September 4, 1934 at Rushford. She then taught for 18 years at Dover-Eyota School, 16 years of which she taught third grade. Alvin died in January of 1986.

Laura was a member of St. Charles United Church of Christ, its Ladies Guild, Sunshine Chapter #98 of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Past Matron of the Eastern Star and had been active in the St. Charles Senior Citizens Group. She also was a member of the Southeastern Minnesota Retired Teachers Association and Saratoga Homemakers.

She is survived by two daughters, Bonita (Wendell) Scott of Irvine, CA and Mary (Robert) Livingston of Singapore; five grandchildren, Jay Scott, John Scott, Martha Livingston, Julie Livingston and Rob Livingston; three great-grandchildren, Haley,Thomas and Michael Scott; and a sister, Dorothy (Mrs. Elmer) Elfmann of Apple Valley, MN.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a son James, and a sister Bernice.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 20 at St. Charles United Church of Christ with Rev. Paul Wissink officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles.

Hoff Funeral Homes - St. Charles Chapel assisted the family with the arrangements.


Burke, Betty A.

Betty A. Burke, 86, San Diego, CA, died Thursday, May 18, 2000 in San Diego.

She was born on May 16, 1914 to William and Florence (Martin) Burke in Lewiston.

She was a member of Santa Sophia Catholic Church in Spring Valley, CA, and worked for the Government Civil Service until she retired.

She is survived by two sisters, Clara Brighton of St. Charles and Madonna Kelley of La Mesa, CA; a sister-in-law, Lucille Burke of St. Charles; and thirty nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters and three brothers.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 27 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with Rev. James Callahan officiating. Burial will follow in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Lewiston, MN.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

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

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