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Delores E. (LaBarge) Miller, 87, died August 25th, 2016
Delores E. (LaBarge) Miller, loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend, left us to meet her maker on Thursday, August 25, 2016. Delores was the consummate example of positivity and kindness. Anyone who knew her, knows that her smile alone would warm a room and welcome everyone.

Delores Elizabeth Rogstad was born on October 25, 1929 to Hildegard (Burr) and Edward Rogstad near Rozellville, WI, and moved to Guttenberg, IA at the age of five with her family, as her father worked on the Mississippi River locks during the Great Depression. She then moved with her family to Quincy, IL for a short time, to a farm near Marshfield, WI, and finally to Loyal. Always a mother, it seemed, as her own mom passed at an early age; she cared for her three younger siblings even into her first year of marriage. She married Raymond LaBarge on May 22, 1947. Together, they raised ten children on a farm near Loyal, relentlessly stressing a wholesome work ethic and higher education. They moved to Spencer, in 1985, after selling the family farm to their son David (Kim). Raymond LaBarge died in February 1995. She married Ray Miller in November 1999. She will be remembered as an exemplary mother and grandmother, a devout Catholic and mass cantor, a St. Joseph’s Hospital volunteer, a member and former president of the PCCW, a self-taught professional quality seamstress, an amazing speller with a respect for education that earned her a high school diploma at age 62 and one of the kindest people on this great earth. She taught her children to pursue their dreams, never give up and always look on the bright side. When recently asked the best part of her 86 years of living she responded “being a Mother.”

She is survived by her husband: Ray Miller; 9 children: Jerry (Karen) LaBarge, Tom (Diane) LaBarge, Jackie Devaney, Tim (Judy) LaBarge, Kathy (Randy) Pachal, Patti (Gene) Pachal, David (Kim) LaBarge, Bruce (Lisa) LaBarge and Lisa (Dave) Schumacher; 23 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren, with two more expected any day; 2 sisters: Dorothy Weyhmiller and Marion (Mel) Ayers; one brother: Clarence (Pat) Rogstad; 2 sisters-in-law: Hazel and Elvira Rogstad; one brother-in-law: Dr.Tom Martens; She is further survived by 7 step children: Steve (Linda Sue) Miller, Ken Miller, Kathy (Dave) Bubolz, Sue Olson and fiancé Dave Thurs, Dawn (Rodney) Gumz, Dori (Bill) Olsen, and Janalee (Carl) Gerke, 15 step grandchildren and 6 step great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by husband, Ray LaBarge; daughter, Peggy (Steve) Dahlby; 4 brothers: Norbert, Vern, Harold and Jerry Alan Rogstad; and one sister: Anita Martens.

Delores loved being with family, creating surprises, reading, playing Sheepshead and having family gatherings. She welcomed any opportunity for everyone to be together. We welcome you to join us in a tribute to Delores and a celebration of her life beginning with visitation at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Loyal, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, September 2, 2016, followed by the funeral at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Loyal, at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 3, 201, with Fr. Steve Brice officiating. Burial will follow in West Spencer Cemetery, in Spencer, WI.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ronald G. Meihack, 87, died August 25th, 2016
Ronald Meihack, age 87, of Neillsville, WI died Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Ronald George Meihack was born on January 3, 1929 in Marshfield, WI the son of George and Sarah (Wetzel) Meihack. He attended St. John’s Lutheran Grade School and Neillsville High School, where he was named the outstanding senior basketball player. He graduated in 1946. After graduating, Ron, along with working, played for the Neillsville Green Hornets; a city basketball team. In December of 1950, Ronald enlisted into the United States Army. He was stationed at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin, Fort Riley in Kansas, Camp Polk in Louisiana and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He was honorably discharged in December of 1952. On June 9, 1956 Ron was united in marriage to Betty A. Zank, whom he had met at a dance at the Silver Dome Ballroom. His career included working for the A&P Store, the American Stores and the Neillsville Milk Products, before joining the Clark County Forestry and Parks Department. He worked there for over 20 years before retiring in 1990. Along with working, Ron, Betty and family also owned and operated The Penguin root beer stand from 1964 to 1978. In retirement, he and Betty enjoyed traveling. They did a cruise to the Panama Canal and several cruises to Alaska.

Ron was a lifelong member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. He had a quirky sense of humor and was an avid sports fan who never missed his children’s school sporting events. He enjoyed watching the Wisconsin Badger football and basketball games and never missed a Green Bay Packer Football game.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, three children, Scott (Coleen) Meihack of Jemez Springs, NM, Lori (Mark) Tavener of Incline Village, NV and Lynn (Joseph) Wathke of Fall Creek, WI, two grandchildren, Monica (Vince) Gilbert of Albuquerque, NM and Alyssa Meihack of Reno, NV, one great grandson, Brentyn Schmootz of Albuquerque, NM, a brother, Marvin (Patricia) Meihack of New Ulm, MN, a sister-in-law, Eileen Zank of Neillsville, two brothers-in-law, Bill (Sue) Zank of Neillsville, WI and Richard (Marie) Zank of Red Wing, MN and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Ruby Meihack, two brothers in infancy and a special cousin, Evelyn Walk.

A Memorial Service for Ronald will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 2, 2016 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Timothy Biebert will officiate. Music will be provided by Judy Trunkel, organist. Military Honors will be performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 2, 2016 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Ronald’s family with Funeral arrangements.
WARREN A. "DUKE" MECHELKE, 88, died August 23rd, 2016
WARREN A. "DUKE" MECHELKE, age 88, of Loyal, WI, died on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2016. at York Center United Methodist Church. Rev. Patsy Roe will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Doug Becker, Karen Nelson, Kim Ambelang, Amy Mechelke, Jason Mechelke, Jodi Applegate, Corey Miller and Shawn Miller.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Monday, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Warren August Mechelke was born on September 29, 1927 in Mansfield, OH, to August and Luella (Potter) Mechelke. When he was a young boy, his family moved to Ladysmith, WI, where he was raised and received his education. At the age of 8, Duke began working for a farmer in Ladysmith, and at the age of 13, he began hauling canned milk. He was united in marriage to Violet O. P. Burgess on June 30, 1948, at the Methodist Church in Ladysmith. Duke worked at Grow Cheese Factory in Ladysmith, as a mechanic and hauled milk. They moved to Olympia, WA, where he worked for a farmer for one year. They returned to Ladysmith and Duke worked as a mechanic for Robinson's Ford. In September of 1958, they moved to Loyal where they purchased a farm and raised their family. While farming, Duke also hauled milk for Schlinsog Dairy and was the Town of York patrolman. After retiring from farming, he and his wife, Vi, cleaned Citizens State Bank in Loyal. They continued to live on the farm until her death on May 1, 2013 present time.

He was a member of York Center United Methodist Church, where he served on the church council and was the bell ringer for many years, and was a member of the Circle 8 Square Dancers.

He had many interests, but especially loved horses, square dancing, hunting, music and singing.

Duke will be dearly missed by his children: Bonnie (Jerome) Becker of Marshfield; Jack (Barbara) Mechelke of Loyal; Arlene (Marvin) Miller of Loyal; James Mechelke (Dawn Lagasse) of Loyal; 8 grandchildren: Doug Becker, Karen (Shannon) Nelson, Kim (Harley) Ambelang, Amy Mechelke, Jason (Katie) Mechelke, Jodi (Travis) Applegate, Corey (Nik) Miller and Shawn Miller; 10 great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Brooklyn, Rendon, Ridge, Desirae, Teanna, Sawyer, Velda, Violet and Vaida; 3 sisters: June Schmidt of Grants Pass, OR, Rose Beckett of Ladysmith, WI, Pat (Ernie) Wawrzyniak of South Bend, IN; 6 brothers: Richie Mechelke of Bruce, WI, Len ( ) Mechelke of Cadott, WI, Bruce (Penny) Shackleton of Hayward, WI, Fran (Mary) Mechelke of Ladysmith, WI, Billy (Doreen) Mechelke of Rice Lake, WI, Bob (Karen) Mechelke of Gilman, WI; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Luke Miller; one brother, Willard Mechelke; and 4 sisters: Evelyn Hamilton, Betty Paul, Mae Watson and Joyce Penington.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dr. John W. Foster, 90, died August 18th, 2016
Neillsville optometrist Dr. John W. Foster passed away on August 18, 2016, at the age of 90. John was born in Black River Falls on September 5, 1925, the son of former Neillsville Mayor and WW I veteran Leo W. Foster, and of Dr. Martha A. Foster, who is one of the first female optometrists licensed to practice in Wisconsin. An only child, he was preceded in death by his parents.

He graduated early from Neillsville High School in December 1943 in order to enlist into the U.S. Navy’s V-5 program and participated as a Naval Aviation Cadet in flight training in Iowa City, Iowa, during the closing years of World War II.

Following his brief military career, he attended college at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Following in the footsteps of his mother, he was accepted into Pacific University School of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. In September 1949, he married Dolores G. Schlaeger of St Paul, Minnesota, and settled in Thorp, Wisconsin, where he began managing his mother’s satellite optometry office.

In 1964 he moved Dolores and family to Neillsville to assume management of his mother’s entire optometric practice. John was active in a number of clubs and social settings through the years, including the Thorp Knights of Columbus, the Thorp and Neillsville Lions Club, the American Legion and VFW Post in Neillsville, and was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville.

John was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening and caring for his lawn, and fishing and boating, and also spending time with his family.

John is survived by his wife and five sons: John S. Foster (Karen Sandberg), Marinette, Wisconsin; Jeffrey L. Foster (Cindy Armstrong), Florence, Kentucky; Dr. Gregory A. Foster (Linda Anding), Neillsville, Wisconsin; Gary H. Foster (Melodie Zschernitz), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Mark L. Foster (Julie Sundermeyer), Lakeville, Minnesota. He is the grandfather to 11 grandchildren and a great-grandfather to seven great-grandchildren.

A visitation service for Dr. John Foster will be held at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville on Sunday, August 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a Knights of Columbus Rosary Service to follow. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A Memorial Mass will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville on Monday, August 22 at 10:30 a.m. Following the Mass, full military honors will be rendered by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council. His ashes will be interred at the Neillsville Cemetery at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Clark County Living & Rehabilitation Center in Owen.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting John’s family with funeral arrangements.
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