Obituaries

Melissa F. Linder, age 90, of Merrillan, WI passed away Saturday, October 24, 2015 at her home, while under the care of Black River Memorial Hospice, Black River Falls. Memorial funeral services will be Saturday, November 7, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at the Torgerson Funeral Home, 408 N. Water Street, Black River Falls. Pastor Meg Erickson will be officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Brookside Cemetery. Memorial may be given to the family. Torgerson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements..
Elaine E. Pitel, 83 of Tomah and formerly of Kendall, fell asleep in Jesus on Monday, November 2, 2015. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015, 12:00 Noon at St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church, South Ridge, 25525 County P, Rural Ontario. Pastor Steven W. Neuman. Burial will be in Clifton Cemetery Township of Cliton. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. The Smith-Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com
Brenda L. Pfeffer, 76 of Tomah passed from this life on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at her home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 11:00 A.M. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Reverend Mark Benning will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Cissna Park, IL. Relatives and friends are invited for visitation on Friday at the church from 10:30 until the time of the service. The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com
Arlene Lois (Sopinski) Shaw, age 80, of Tomah, Wisconsin, passed away Monday, November 02, 2015, at the Mayo Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin due to kidney failure. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Family and friends are invited for visitation Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. The Torkelson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences and memorials may be offered at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.
Royal A. Culpitt, 73, of Sparta, died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at his home after a short struggle with acute leukemia. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta. There will be no visitation time before the service. There will be gathering time following the service for family and friends to have fellowship at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later time in Burns Cemetery, rural Bangor. The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com
James Gilman Blom, 71, of Fairchild, WI passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems Eau Claire. Jim met his heavenly father surrounded by his family. Jim was born in Black River Falls, WI, the son of Gilman and Theo (Dignin) Blom. He graduated from Osseo-Fairchild High School in 1962, and promptly entered into service with the United States Marine Corp. Jim faithfully served his country for 8 years, including a tour in Vietnam. While stationed at MCRD Parris Island, South Caroline, Jim met his bride, Private Karen Lee Eaton. The two were married on June 12, 1965.Jim was a hardworking man and throughout the years, provided for his family through his military service, ownership of Bloom's Tavern, construction work with Jensen Siding & Construction, and as the Finance Manager for Gunderson Chevrolet for 30 years. He had been "retired" for 4 years, and enjoyed cutting wood, farming with his lifelong buddy, Mike Laffe, fishing, keeping his many beautiful flowerbeds, and hanging out with his kids and grandkids. Jim & Karen had been able to enjoy wonderful trip the west coast in recent years, both enjoying the visits with family along the way, the beautiful scenery, and putting their feet in the ocean.Through the way he lived his life, Jim taught his children the importance of faith, love, hard work, service to country, and integrity. He was proud of each of his children and grandchildren, supporting every endeavor they pursued and providing advice when requested. He made sure that he was at every ball game, cross-country meet & concert, and his grandkids knew that Grandpa was their #1 fan.Anyone who crossed Jim's threshold were made welcome – from the moment Jim asked "can I get you a cup of coffee?" they felt like family. Jim never met a stranger. He enjoyed so much getting together with friends & neighbors, meeting multiple times a week to hang out with friends and neighbors.Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Karen, one son, James (Heather) Blom, Jr. of Drummond, MT, and three daughters, Pamela (Jason) Graham, Osseo, WI, Tamara Blom, Fairchild, WI and Melissa (Randy) Gunderson, Fairchild; WI, his sister and brother in-law, Joy & Bernard Sieg of Humbird, WI, mother-in-law Aleene Eaton of Pittsburg, MO, brothers- and sisters-in-law, Richard & Darlene Eaton of Holt, MO and Robert & Sharon Richard of Underwood, IA. Jim is also survived by his 10 grandchildren, Amanda (Joseph) Cassidy, Kara (Chris) Santucci, Sydney (Armando) Inonencio, Wayne "Buddy" (Chelsea) McCune, Jacob (Brianna Lewallan) Featherly, Mollie Graham, Taylor Gunderson, Frankee Drummer, Maddan Graham & Reagan Blom; and 3 great-grandchildren, Owen & Evelyn Cassidy and Mya McCune. Jim is also survived by his nieces & nephews, Jill (Virgil) Newell, Jeff (Dottie) Sieg, Chris (Michelle) Richard, Katy (Scott) Nye, Tim (Christina) Richard, Justin Eaton & Jessica (Tadd) Griffin. He is also survived by his Aunts Betty Austin & Donna Dignin, and many cousins.Jim was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Keith Eaton, a niece & nephew, and beloved aunts and uncles. Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, and from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Anderson Funeral Home, with burial on Tuesday in the Northern Wisconsin Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. online condolences can be left at www.andersonfhaugusta.com .