In Memory

Brian Pederson (February 10, 1965 - December 31, 1984)


Ronald Sandvigen (May 6, 1965 - June 12, 1986)


Patricia K. Botcher (March 24, 1965 - September 6, 1996)


Nancy Anderson (August 27, 1965 - December 27, 1997)


Steven McLain (May 18, 1964 - June 27, 2003)


 William 'Billy' B. Gowlland (August 30, 1964 - August 28, 2006)


John Wiebke (March 5, 1965 - March 31, 2010)


Andrew Fries (November 5, 1964 - September 22, 2010)


Joan Betz (January 28, 1965 - June 27, 2018)



Brian T. Pederson, 19, of 617 South Sixth Street, took his own life Monday, December 31, 1984, in his home.  

He was born Feb 10, 1965, in La Crosse to Kaye and Faith (Triplett) Pederson.

He was a 1983 graduate of Central High School and a 1984 graduate of Western Wisconsin Technical Institute.  He was emplyed by Ralph's Amoco.

Survivors are his mother of La Crosse, his father of Onalaska, three brothers, Kenneth of La Crosse and michael and Eric, both of Onalaska, his paternal grandmother, Gladys Triplett of La Crosse.

Note: Brian is buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.



Patricia K. Botcher, 31 of La Crosse, died Friday, September 6, 1996 as a result of a car accident.  

She was born in La Crosse on March 24, 1965 to Kenneth R. and Arlene Peterson.  She was a graduate of Central high School in 1983 and attended WWTC.

She is survived by her husband, William; two daughters, Elizabeth Peterson, and Alanarae Botcher; a son, Jadin Botcher; her parents; three sisters, Barbara (John)Knutson of Indianapolis, Ind., Debor (Yron) Gagne of Quebec City, Canada, and Krista Renwick of Farmington, MN; three brothers, Greg Peterson of Crystal Lake, MN, Bradley Peterson of La Crosse, and Douglas (Ulricke Peterson of Zion, IL; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Note: Patricia is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.



Ronald N. Sandvigen died Thursday, June 12, 1986, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. 

He was born May 6, 1965, in LaCrosse to Roy and Ina (Larson) Sandvigen.  He graduated from Central High School in 1983.

He was a truck driver for Pine Valley Meats, Norwalk, and prior to that he was emplyed by Reinhard Foods, La Crosse.

Survivors are his partents, a brother LeRoy of La Crosse, and two sisters, Delores Sheahan of Wilton, Wis., and Karen Ahmad of Henderson, Nevada.  

Note: Ronald is buried in the Mormon Coulee Park Memorial Cemetery.



PETERSBURG, VA - Nancy Ann Anderson, age 32, of Petersburg, Va., the daughter of Dr. Odell J. and Carol Anderson, La Crosse, died on Saturday, December 27, 1997, at the Southside Region Medical Center in Petersburg.  

Nancy was born on Aug. 27, 1965, in Minneapolis.  Following graduation from high school, she attended Luther College, graduating in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in English.  She later earned a master's degree in informational media at St. Cloud State University.  At the time of her death, Nancy was the children's librarian at the Petersburg Public Library.  

Memorials may be directed to the Good Shepherd Luthern Church children's library or La Crosse Children's Muesum.



Steven J. Mclain, 39, La Crosse, passed on to a more peaceful place June 27, 2003. He was born May 18, 1964, to William and Inez (Sebranek) McLain. Steve graduated from Central High School in 1983. He worked at Chart Heat Exchanges as a welder for over 15 years. Steve was a loving and doting father and an avid NASCAR and Packer fan. All will miss Steve's caring nature and wonderful sense of humor.  

Steve is survived by his wife, Dawn of Trempealeau; daughter, Alyx of Trempealeau; stepson, Matthew McBride of Galesville; his mother and stepfather, Inez and Albert Tschumper of Galesville; his father, William McLain of La Crescent, Minn.; three brothers, Mike (Chris) McLain of Barre Mills, Mark McLain of Holmen, and Dan McLain of Galesville; two sisters, Kathy (Bill) Stegen of La Crosse, and Mary McLain of Madison; two stepsisters, Sue (Bob) Ristow of Galesville, and Linda (Randy) Poss of Ettrick; a stepbrother, Ed Tschumper of Centerville; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  



HOLMEN/ETTRICK, Wis. - William "Billy" B. Gowlland, 41, of Holmen and Ettrick and formerly of La Crosse, passed away suddenly on Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, surrounded by his family at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. While spending time on his two-forty in rural Ettrick, he had an allergic reaction from a bee sting.  

He was born Aug. 30, 1964, in Tomah, Wis., to Bobby and Willa (Holliday) Gowlland. Billy was a 1983 graduate of Central High School in La Crosse. He then attended one year at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and one year at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Billy was president and a major stockholder of Team Marine Inc., Ettrick. He was an avid outdoorsman and was very well known in the marine industry. Billy was known by his many friends to have a heart of gold and continued to give at the end of his life as an organ donor.  

Survivors include his wife, Laura of Holmen; a step-daughter, Alexis; his parents, Willa (Norman) Thingvold of French Island and Bob Gowlland (Marilyn Zager) of La Crosse; a sister, Marie (Bill "JR") Strupp and their children, Bud, Michael and Ben, all of Holmen; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gary and Kathleen Gray of New Berlin, Wis.; a brother-in-law, Scott (Janet) Gray and their children, Mitchell and Jackson, all of New Lenox, Ill.; and many other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; his paternal grandparents; and his dog, Norton.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to N.A.S.A. (North American Squirrel Association), P.O. Box 186, Holmen, WI 54636, which is dedicated to helping the physically handicapped and elderly enjoy the outdoors in the La Crosse and surrounding area.



John W. Wiebke, 45, of La Crosse passed away March 31, 2010.

He was born in La Crosse on March 9, 1965, to John and Monica (Lynch) Wiebke. John graduated from La Crosse Central High School in 1983 and attended University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  

He is survived by his father, John R. Wiebke of La Crosse; his mother, Monica Wiebke-Peterson, and stepfather, Brad Peterson, of Stoddard; his brother, James Wiebke of La Crosse; and sister, Victoria Wiebke of New Braunfels, Texas. He is also survived by his uncles and aunts, Walter (Liz) Wiebke of La Crosse and Brian and Jane Lynch of Glendale, Ariz.; as well as six cousins, Barbara, Stephanie, Jennifer, Whitney, Robert and Amy.     

Memorials are requested to Coulee Council on Addictions or to Alliance for the Mentally Ill.



Andrew Riemann Fries, 45, died peacefully at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, after a nine month battle with testicular cancer.  

Andy was born in La Crosse on Nov. 5, 1964, to Richard and Mardi (Fifield) Fries. He was a 1983 graduate of Central High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing at UW La Crosse in 1987. Andy played trumpet in the UWL Marching Chiefs, and it was there that he met his wife Karen Kuhl. They were married in La Crosse in 1988.  

Andy’s retail management career after college began at Herberger’s in La Crosse and then in St. Cloud, Minn. Andy and Karen moved back to La Crosse, and he joined Blockbuster Video as store manager. He had an 18 year career there until his illness. His employees often remarked how he was the best boss they ever had, and his customers always appreciated his friendly and knowledgeable service.  

Andy and Karen are the proud parents of two wonderful children Katie and Jonathan. Andy’s passions were his family, friends and faith. He loved coaching his kids at St. Pat’s School in volleyball and basketball. As president of the St. Pat’s Parents group he was instrumental in parent involvement for successful fundraising efforts and school improvement. One of his biggest joys was involvement and support of music, so he welcomed the opportunity to be president of the Aquinas Music Association. His dedication to fundraising efforts was unsurpassed, and he enjoyed chaperoning the Disney band trips. He and Karen were proud to represent St. Pat’s parish as Lord and Lady during the annual Mardi Gras celebration. Andy and Karen were long-time members of the UWL Marching Chiefs Alumni Band. He looked forward to seeing his friends every year during the Oktoberfest parade.

Andy was a fun-loving guy who enjoyed boating on the river, Sunday morning golf outings, skiing with family in Vail, Packer trips with his buddies, and cheering on the Aquinas Blugolds in all athletic events. Some of his favorite moments were at home watching movies with his kids, embracing his “inner geek,” and quoting lines from Star Wars and Star Trek.  

Andy is survived by his wife of 22 years, Karen; children, Katie and Jonathan; his parents, Richard and Marjorie Fries; brothers, Douglas (Mary) Fries and Bruce (Paula) Fries; Karen’s parents, John and Jackie Kuhl; brothers-in-law, Steve Kuhl, Robert (Mary) Kuhl, Patrick Kuhl; sister-in-law Molly (Andrew) Jenkins; nieces and nephews, Karl, Sarah, Emma and Gracyn Fries, Meghan, Avery, and Evan Kuhl, and Chloe and Joseph Jenkins. He is also survived by many beloved uncles; aunts; and cousins.


Joan Betz

Joan Clare Betz, age 53, of Madison, passed away at home on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on Jan. 28, 1965, at St. Francis Hospital in La Crosse, the daughter of Gary Betz and Dorothy (Olson) Betz. Joan was a 1983 graduate of Central High School, and a 1989 graduate of UW-La Crosse with a double major in Spanish and geography, and a minor in Computer Science.


She worked for the Department of Defense in St Louis, Mo., University of Southwest Missouri State, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, receiving her 25 Year Service Award earlier this year. She was Fearless! She married Teresa Taylor on May 21, 2016, at Grandad Bluff in La Crosse. She loved to play all sports, but excelled at fast pitch softball for over 30 years. She was a renaissance woman. Joan loved to read, knit, bicycle, kayak, woodwork, and play ukulele. She was a lifelong learner and knowledgeable of so many things. Joan loved socializing with family and friends. She had a strong moral compass and always gave excellent advice.


Joan is survived by her wife, Teresa of Madison; mother, Dorothy of La Crosse; siblings, Gerry (Debra) Betz of West Salem; Julie Jamarta of Tucson, Ariz.; Janice (Eric) Bender of Coon Valley, and James of La Crosse; parents-in-law, Dr. Neal and Mary Taylor; brothers-in-law, Gregory (Rebecca) Taylor and Brent Taylor; beloved nephews and nieces, Geoffrey (Cailyn) of West Salem, Shelby (Sam Stelloh) of Rochester, Minn., and Derek Betz of West Salem; Josey Jamarta-Nee of Tucson, Ariz., Emmitt Edwards (Madeline Gynild) of St Cloud, Minn., and Emily Bender of Coon Valley; Andrew of Provo, Utah, Courtney of Orem, Utah, and Tara Taylor (Danny Stewart) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Bryce of Cedar City, Utah; Justin (Brooke) of Murrieta, Calif., Dylan of Provo, Utah, and Jessica Taylor of Murrieta, Calif.; great-nephews and nieces, Henry, Brody and Rowan Betz; and Merani Taylor; doggie children, Porter, Tito, and Stewie; kitty children, Jack and Speedy; special friends, Dunnell Kendrick and her daughters, Finnley and Riley; Diane (John Von Ruden) Beranek and their daughter, Lauren; Marijean Trew and Candace Peterson; and Amy Walker and Heidi Hoffland; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Gary; stepmother, Pat; and sister-in-law, Claudine Taylor.


A celebration of life will be held at “FRIEDA’S HOUSE” in New Glarus on Sunday, July 1, 2018, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the New Glarus Public Library Building Project or the UW Carbone Cancer Center.





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