Mass of Christian Burial celebrated for Ft. Atkinson man
Sam Franzen, 86, of Fort Atkinson died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Nick March on Thursday, May 16, at St. Luke Catholic Church in St. Lucas.
Interment was in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by Aloysius Schmitt American Legion Post 691 of St. Lucas and Helof Holm VFW Post 1977 of Decorah. Casket bearers were Mark Sweitzer, Joe Moellers, James Kroeger, John Hill, Gene Gordy, and Michael Bedard.
Arrangements were handled by Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Fort Atkinson.
Eligius John “Sam” Franzen was born on May 29, 1926, to Joseph H. and Johanna (Baumler) Franzen in the same Fort Atkinson home in which he died.
He attended school at St. Luke’s Catholic School in St. Lucas.
John Leonard “Jack” Fencl, 69, of Palmetto, Fla., formerly of West Union, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
A committal ceremony with military honors will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida on Tuesday, May 28.
Born in West Union on Sept. 25, 1943, to Leonard and Marcella (Marty) Fencl, Jack had been a local resident for 25 years.
A Viet Nam veteran, he was the recipient of a Bronze Star medal. Jack was retired from the United States Army as a master sergeant. He was active with VFW Post 9226 and American Legion Post 325, both in Ellenton, Fla.
Jack’s parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include Cathy, his loving wife of 32 years; a son, John Fencl of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Amy (Jim) Clausen of West Union; three sisters, Judy Stevens and Joyce Landers of Paris, Tenn., and Jean Earle of Central City; and three grandchildren, Dalton, Trenton, and Madison.
Dustin L. Amdahl, 28, of Kalispell, Mont., died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at his home.
A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, May 18, at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory, Kalispell, with the Rev. Tim Bartholomew officiating.
Dustin Lee Amdahl was born Dec. 28, 1984, in Whitefish, Mont., to Gary and Deborah (Hutchens) Amdahl, formerly of West Union.
He attended schools in the Flathead Valley, graduating from Flathead High School.
Following high school, Dustin worked at Nickel Charlie’s, Jagz, Outback, Quiznos, Taco John’s, Lawn Care Services, and as a local DJ.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting, snowboarding, skateboarding, basketball and football. He had a love for music, writing, mixing, rapping, singing, recording and performing in various clubs.
Preceding Dustin in death were his maternal grandmother, Gladys Hutchens, and an uncle.