Judith Elsen, 69, of Onalaska
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:40 AM
Judith Ann Elsen, 69, of Onalaska, Wis., died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., surrounded by her family.
She was born Aug. 22, 1944, in La Crosse to Henry "Red" and Shirley (Temp) Wittenberg. Judy grew up on the north side of La Crosse and graduated from Logan High School in 1962.
Her family moved to Onalaska, where her sister, Jane, introduced her to Larry Elsen. Judy and Larry were married May 2, 1964. They moved to Virginia while Larry served in the Navy. Their daughter, Lynne, was born while Larry was out to sea.
The couple moved back to Onalaska, where their daughter, Cheryl, and son, John, were born. Judy and Larry bought the Holmen Locker Service in 1978, which they operated until 1996.
After selling the business, Judy enjoyed spending time with her five grandchildren. She also enjoyed bingo, bowling and visiting the casino.
Survivors include her husband, Larry; three children, Lynne (Robert) Gaustad of Holmen, Cheryl (Mike) Patterson of Spring Grove and John (Kristin) Elsen of Holmen; five grandchildren, Austin, Caleigh, Isaac, Madeline and Mallory; her father, Henry "Red" Wittenberg of Onalaska; a brother, Jim (Diane) Wittenberg of Milwaukee, Wis.; and her friend and neighbor of 44 years, Lois Rahn.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley, and a sister, Jane Alton.
Funeral services were held Oct. 21 at First Lutheran Church in Onalaska. The Rev. Ted Dewald officiated. Burial was in the Onalaska City Cemetery.
The Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of Onalaska assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.schumacher-kish.com.