Obituaries

Beverly “Bev” Gnewikow, 83, of Ontario, WI, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at her home near Ontario.   Funeral Services will be held Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:00 P.M. at Mount Pisgah Wesleyan Church, rural Ontario. Pastor Bob Streeter will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date in the Hilltop Rest Cemetery. Family and friends are invited for visitation Sunday, 12:00- Noon until the time of service at the church. The Torkelson Funeral Home of Ontario, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at  
Leo E. Janke, age 93, of Eau Claire, (formerly of Humbird) passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at his home. Leo was born on March 26, 1921 to the late Ludwig and Annie (Dettinger) Janke in Garden Valley Township in Jackson County, Wisconsin. On June 6, 1946,  he was united in marriage to Phyllis A. Lightfoot. Leo was a hard working dairy farmer for many years, a loving husband and respected father.He will be greatly missed.He is survived by his children, Rick (Lou Ann) Janke, Peggy (Orland) Staves, David (Liz) Janke, and Harry (Louise) Janke; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter; many other family members and friends.Leo was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, and brother, Richard.The family would like to thank Dr. Jean Anderson, the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice team, especially Judy Lust and Marne Buckley, for their extraordinary, loving care.The family will be celebrating his life on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Oakwood Homes Community Room (3802 Damon Street, Eau Claire).Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church in Alma Center with the Reverend Steve Rutter officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.To express your condolence to the family, please visit our obituaries at www.evergreenfuneralhome.com.
Beverly Joy Bruley-Carlson-Sankey, of Black River Falls, passed away peacefully into God's arms on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Gunderson-Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, WI. Beverly was born on February 5, 1939 to the late Lawrence "Shorty" and Ethel (Nordahl) Casper in Black River Falls. Beverly Joy was proud of her cooking skills. After graduating from culinary school, she returned to her hometown where she was a cook for many years at the Pineview Nursing Home. She is survived by her children, Ed "Tiger" (Judy)  Bruley of Stone Mt., GA, Peggi Bruley-McRae of Black River Falls, Lori Jayne Carlson of Cedar Rapids, IA; grandchildren, Timmothy, Mathew, Nicole, Kristi Jo, Robert, James and Barb; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Juanita "Petie" Duncan of Hollywood, FL, Judy Jessie of Hixton, WI, Barbara (Bob) Gustafson of Garden, MI; brother, Larry Casper of Hixton, WI.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Beverly Joy was greeted in heaven by her son, Timothy Hugh Bruley.
Janice Kast, 88, of Cashton, WI, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014, at Old Times Assisted Living Center in Westby, WI. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, December 11, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cashton.  Father Michael Klos will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Pine Hollow Cemetery, rural Cashton.  Family and friends are invited for visitation from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Thursday.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Janice’s’ name to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  We send all of our love with mom… until we meet again.  The Torkelson Funeral Home of Cashton, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.   
Bernard “Bernie” Joseph Benka Jr, 54, of Sparta, WI, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014, peacefully at home.    A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Torkelson Page-Smith Funeral Home in Sparta. Burial will be at in the Farmer’s Valley Cemetery, rural Sparta.  Family and friends are invited for visitation on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com. 
Gordon W. Damrow, 83, of Sparta, died Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.      A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Reverend Mark Wessel officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.      Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Sparta, and on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services. Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com     The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.