Morris “Mick” Swiggum

Soldiers Grove, WI

Lewis W. Marfilius

Prairie du Chien, WI

Joyce Ann Clark

Viroqua, WI





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Lewis W. Marfilius


Lewis W. Marfilius age 83 passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Crossing Rivers Health Care Center in Prairie du Chien.
    He was born June 14, 1933 in Prairie du Chien the son of  Clarence and Martha (McCarthy) Marfilius.  He was a graduate of Prairie  du Chien High School and later served in the US Navy during the Korean  conflict. He married Fay Schierholz on November 14, 1957 at St.  Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien.  She preceded him in death on July 3, 2004. 
   Lewis farmed most of his life and was a US Postal Worker.  He spent over 30 years as a volunteer for the Bridgeport Fire Department and served on several boards within the community including; the GC and F Co-Op which later became New Horizons and the Evergreen Cemetery.  Lewis belonged to the Eagles Club Aerie 1502 and was a past member of  the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed playing cribbage and cards at the  Port and the Eagles club and was an avid Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badger fan.
   He is survived by his children, Cindy (Gary) Jelinek of  Prairie du Chien, Deb Camardo of Mineral Point, WI, Scott Marfilius and  Joan (Patrick) Ries both of Milton, WI and Bill (Cindy) Marfilius of  Prairie du Chien, his grandchildren, Jennifer, Gina, Megan, Austin,  Patrick and Bryce along with great grandchildren, Taylor, Dylan, Leah  and Brady, his brother Lyle Marfilius of Prairie du Chien, in laws,  Wanda (Bill) Check, Gerald (Barbara) Schierholz and Sandi Marfilius. 
  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and brothers, Donald, Kenneth and Richard Marfilius.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, February 21, 2017  at 11:00 AM at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Rev.  James Weighner officiating, with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery both  in Prairie du Chien.  Military honors will be accorded graveside by the  Prairie du Chien Honor Guard.
  Friends may call on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 4:00 PM  to 7:00 PM at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien where there  will be an Eagles Club Tribute at 6:00 PM and a wake scripture at 6:30  PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Lewis name to the  Freedom Honor Flight, P.O. Box 505, LaCrosse, WI 54602.

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Morris “Mick” Swiggum

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Morris “Mick” Swiggum, of Soldiers Grove, age 71, passed away Sunday, May 14th, in his home after a brief illness.
   He was born on February 24, 1946 at Grandview Hospital in LaCrosse, WI to Morris and Ruth Swiggum.  He was baptized and confirmed at Kickapoo United Lutheran Church.  He graduated from Gays Mills High School in 1965.  Shortly after he began work at Crawford Electric Cooperative where he worked for 38 years. 
   He married Monica Ehorn at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Rolling Ground, WI on April 12, 1969 and to this union three children were born.  Mick was a devoted husband, loving father, and gentle grandfather.  A man of few words, he taught his family about duty and purpose to the family.  His joys included nascar racing, camping, and most of all his family.
   He is survived by his wife; daughters Melissa (Steve) Carswell of Potomac, MD, Hollie (Scott) Hoffland of Cashton, WI, and Jaime (Brian) Hooverson of Soldiers Grove, WI.  Grandchildren; Ryan Carswell, Aidan Carswell, Dalton Hoffland, Brooks Hoffland, Paige Halverson, Carter Halverson, Makenna Hooverson, Britta Hooverson, Alivia Hooverson, Braxten Hooverson, and expected twins.  Siblings; Judy Halverson of Gladbrook, IA, Lona (Jim) Connor of Madison, WI, Bonnie (Mark) Olson of Soldiers Grove, WI, Sanford (Joan) Swiggum of Venus, FL.  Sisters-in-law; DeAnn Haggerty (Steve Lutz) of Portland, OR, Joyce Iverson (Tom Hatlen) of Evansville, IA, Jean (Andy) Skrede of Gays Mills, WI.  Brother-in-law; John (Pat) Ehorn of Knoxville, IA.  Many nieces and nephews.
   He is preceded in death by parents, Morris and Ruth Swiggum, brother and sister-in-law; Steve and Pam Swiggum, brother; Danny Swiggum, brothers-in-law; Roger Halverson and Arlen Iverson, son-in-law; Kevin Halverson, and nephew; Dale Connor.
   The family would like to thank Trish Swasko, Kickapoo Valley Medical Center, and Vernon Memorial Hospice for their kindness and compassion at the end of his life as well as family and friends for support and comfort.
   Sime Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Visitation will be Thursday, May 25th 2pm – 3pm at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Rolling Ground, WI.  Funeral Services will follow at 3pm.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred.  Online condolence can be sent to

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Joyce Ann Clark

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Joyce Ann Clark, 59, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.
   She was born on July 29th, 1957,  in Viroqua, Wisconsin to Frederick and Lois (Holliday) Barlow of Rural Soldiers Grove. She graduated in 1975, from North Crawford High School. Joyce married the love of her life William Cecil Clark, Jr., on August 21st, 1976, on St.Feriole Island in Prairie Du Chein, WI. They spent the next 40 years in Holy Matrimony.
   Joyce was a strong believer in humanity, giving even the most unfortunate the benefit of the doubt. She was full of compassion for others. Joyce had an unconditional love that reflected in her presence. Her beautiful smile brought immediate warmth to others.                  Anyone who was fortunate enough to have known Joyce, knew her incredible Will and loving Spirit. On February 3rd, Joyce joined our Savior and Heavenly Father. Joyce was surrounded by her large and  loving family when she passed peacefully at her home.           Joyce spent her career in health care. She loved her job at Gundersen-Lutheran Hospital where she had  spent many years as an R.N. She enjoyed her career, her many friends she gathered through the years, her amazing co-workers and being able to care and provide for so many people.
   Joyce loved to sing  and bring music and life to those around her. She will be remembered deeply for her beautiful voice and the joy it brought to this world. Joyce was a strong believer in faith, she lived and loved in God’s light. She was always giving all she had and when Joyce had nothing else to give she gave some more, teaching everyone around her to love by example.
   Joyce is a Daughter of the American Revolution, a committed Lutheran. Joyce will be greatly missed. Joyce loved her family, she loved to fish, to spend time with her beautiful Grandchildren, she enjoyed her Uno games with her very dear Niece Janie Lynn Barlow. She taught her children strength, love and faith and never failed to remind all around her how much they were loved. Joyce leaves behind many hearts and souls who will miss her dearly.
   Joyce is survived by her loving Husband William Cecil Clark, Jr., her Daughter Shelly J. Clark, Daughter Jennifer (James) Clemens, Daughter Erin (John) Shablin, Son William (Annabelle) Clark. 7 Grandchildren; Jacob D. Clemens, Sergio A. Clark, Quintin C. Schablin, Justice J. Clemens, Meadow Ann Schablin, Dylan J. Shablin, and Summer Ann Imperial Clark.
   Joyce was the best Grandmother. Each of her Grandchildren are aware of how special they were to her and they truly loved their Nanna. She is survived by her “baby” Brothers Matthew Barlow and John Barlow, her wonderful and caring Sister-in-laws Goldie Barlow and Merri Barlow, her Sister Vicky, Brother-in-law Brad Swanton, her Sister Brenda Young, Brother David Barlow, Sister-in-laws Martha Bartz, Susan Zinkle, Beatrice and Verna Clark, Brother-in-laws Patrick and Steven Clark,  Nieces; Adriana, Gretchen, Abigail, Kitty, Sarah, Hannah, Janie, Brooke Callie, Riley. Nephews; Paul,  Erik, James, Ryan, Adam, Ben, Luke, Jason,Scott and Christopher,  many cousins who she loved so very much, many loving Aunts and Uncles.
   Joyce is preceded in death by her firstborn Son Joel Peter Clark, her Parents,Frederick and Lois Barlow, Grandparents Lloyd and Orpha Holliday and Velma and Elmer Barlow. Mother-in-law and Father-in-law William and Jean Clark, Niece Bailey Barlow and Nephew Gordon O’Dell, and her  Brother-in-law Richard Zinkle.
   Visitation will be held at Sime Family Funeral Home in Readstown Wisconsin on February 10th from 4-9 p.m.
   Services will be Saturday February the 11th at 1:00 p.m, with early visitation starting at 11:00 a.m  
   Online condolence can be sent to

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