Obituaries for September 15, 2011

September 15, 2011 10:39 am

Sylvia Ann Green, Chester G. Stoda, Robert L. Barkenhagen, III

Sylvia Ann Green, 29, Ahu nuup t'aiga, and unborn son, of Sun Prairie passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at her home. She was born July 7, 1982, to James and Lita (Snake) Green in Black River Falls. Sylvia served the Ho-Chunk people through her work as a youth coordinator and DeJope Gaming employee. She enjoyed cooking and loved spending time with her daughter, family and friends.

She is survived by her significant other, David Gill; daughter Vanessa Jaymes Gill; stepdaughter Victoria; parents James and Lita; brothers James R. Green of Monona and Mark Wilson and Bernard Snake, both of Black River Falls; stepsisters Haley and Lindsey; stepmother Cherie; paternal relatives — grandparents Lester and Ellen Green; uncles and aunts, Jon Allen Green, Mary (Elliott) Funmaker, Tony (Sheri) Green, Steve (Debbie) Green, Scott (Carole) Green, Stephanie (Jose) Green, Lonnie Calhoun, Bryon (April) Green, Shane (Victoria) Green and Waylon (Michelle) Green; maternal relatives — uncles and aunt, Norman Snake Sr., Richard (Cheri) Snake, Roger (Mary Jane) Snake, Terry (Lorraine) Snake, Ralph Snake and Sadie (Clifford) Wesho; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal relatives — uncle George Milford Green; aunt Sandy Green (infant); great-grandparents Milford Chandler and Lulu Mae (Russell) Green; maternal relatives — grandparents Rueben Harold Sr. and Anna (Winneshiek) Snake; uncles and aunt, Peter John Snake LaPointe, Sterling Snake, Rueben Snake Jr., John Snake, LaRue Snake (infant), Marlin Snake and Winifrid Snake.

Traditional Ho-Chunk services were held Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at noon at the Blue Wing Community Center in Tomah. Burial followed in the Blue Wing Cemetery, rural Tomah. Family and friends called for visitation Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Blue Wing Community Center. The Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneral


Chester G. Stoda

Sgt. Chester G. Stoda, 32, Tomah, passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, following a SCUBA diving accident. He was born Dec. 11, 1978, to Douglas L. and Ann M. (Kuehn) Stoda.

In February 2008 he joined the United States Army; he became a combat engineer and served in Korea until 2009. He then was stationed at Fort Hood and deployed to Afghanistan with the 8th Engineering Battalion in December 2010. His awards and decorations include the Korea Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Overseas Service Ribbons and a Combat Action Badge. He was respected among his fellow soldiers and was honored to serve his country.

Before entering the Army he had worked with his father in their logging business. He was an excellent tree feller and skidder operator. He worked for Webster Lumber in Bangor and for several logging operations in the Warrens area before purchasing his own skidder. He logged on his own until entering the Army.

In his spare time, Chet enjoyed hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. He also had been a beekeeper.

He is survived by his parents, Douglas and Ann (Kuehn) Stoda of Tomah; sisters Aubrey M. Stoda (fiancé Bradford Savage) of Tacoma, Wash., and Valene M. Stoda of Colorado Springs, Colo.; paternal grandparents, Valdo and Virginia Stoda of Tomah; maternal grandfather, the Rev. Jerry L. Kuehn of Green Bay; aunts and uncles Randall (Barbara) Stoda of Tomah, Michael Stoda of Tomah, Deborah (David) Smith of La Farge and Philip Kuehn (Lori Howe) of Brainerd, Minn.; many cousins; friends and Army family, including the 937th, 2nd Platoon.

 He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Marion F. Kuehn; and two aunts, Martha E. Kuehn and Katherine N. Kuehn.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Pastor Ted “Jesse” Knutson will officiate with a Military Chaplain. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah. Family and friends are invited for visitation Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, from 4-8 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Family and friends also are invited for visitation Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. The Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneral


Robert L. Barkenhagen, III,

Robert L. Barkenhagen, III, 61, Tomah, passed away on Sunday Sept. 11, 2011, at his home. Robert was born Oct. 1, 1949, in Rockford, Ill. He grew up in Baraboo and graduated from Baraboo High School in 1967. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines shortly after and was always very proud to have served in the Marine Corps.

He lived many years in California, working mainly in the alarm and bank security industry. It is there he married Beverly Laird and had two children. He later married Sharon Flosdorff.

In recent years he returned to the Baraboo area where he worked at Flambeau Inc. and later moved to Tomah where he worked at the Veterans facility in the greenhouse and grounds area. He enjoyed working with the plants and flowers very much.

He is survived by his two children, Robert (Lisa) Barkenhagen of San Diego, Calif., and Jennifer (Aaron) Haack of San Diego; a grandson, Elliott Haack; a brother Paul Zimmerman of Baraboo ; two sisters, Beth (Wayne) Steffen of LaValle and Amy (Mark) Wood of Waterloo Ala. He is further survived by two stepbrothers, Mike (Jennifer) Barkenhagen of California and Andy (Jennifer) Barkenhagen of Colorado; two stepsisters, Kandy (Dan) DeYoung and Timothea (Ed) Galoner, both of California. He is further survived by numerous nephews; nieces and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Barbara and Arlo Zimmerman and Robert and Koryne Barkenhagen, as well as his wife, Sharon Barkenhagen.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St., Tomah. Pastor James Leston will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburg