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William "Bill" G. Welch Sr. William "Bill" G. Welch Sr., 97, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at his home in Onalaska. He was born in La Crosse June 6, 1923, to Charles H. and Katherine (Stangl) Welch. Bill attended La Crosse Lincoln and St Joseph's Cathedral grade schools and graduated from Aquinas High School in 1940. During those years he sang in the Cathedral Boys Choir and served Mass at the Cathedral and St. Rose Convent. Following high school he attended The Illinois Institute of Technology and La Crosse State Teachers College. His education was interrupted by his enlistment in the U.S. Army, during World War II, where he served as a Technical Sargent in the Army Signal Corps and was stationed at various locations in the U.S. and the South Pacific. Following World War II he owned Welch Radio TV and Appliance until its closing in 1959. He then worked for SM Supply Co. until he was hired in 1961 by the La Crosse Vocational School, now Western Technical College, to start and teach a program in electronics. During his first few years of teaching he was also able to complete his Bachelor's Degree at La Crosse State Teachers College and his Master's Degree at Stout State University. In addition he was also able to obtain his First Class Radio-Telephone License. During his 25 years at Western he was instrumental in the development and growth of the Industrial Technologies Division and retired as Dean of Industrial Technologies in 1986. He was united in marriage with Mary Funke Sept. 3, 1949, at St. Joseph's Cathedral in La Crosse. They were married for 55 years until Mary's death in 2005. Bill and Mary had four children and together transformed a stone quarry horse barn into a wonderful family home at the foot of Grandad Bluff, living there for 44 years. Bill was a great husband, father and family man. He enjoyed boating, camping and traveling with his family. He was the original DIYer, with interests in woodworking, electronics and tinkering, in general. Upon his retirement, Bill and Mary traveled around the country in their travel trailer and discovered Jupiter, Fla. where they bought a condo and wintered there for 25 years. Bill was a devout Catholic and attended mass nearly every day. In La Crosse he was a member of St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral Parish where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Cathedral cooking club. In Florida he was a member of St Patrick's Church in Palm Beach Gardens, where he was very active in the choir. He was a member of the American Legion, the American Technical Education Association, Wisconsin and La Crosse Retired Educators Associations and the La Crosse and Onalaska Historical Societies. In September 2011 he was a proud participant in Freedom Honor Flight #8. He is survived by his children, William, Jr. (Catherine) Welch, Onalaska, Michael (Bonnie) Welch, Boca Raton, Fla., Mary (Patrick) Lee, Holmen, Patricia Welch (Daniel Walker), Madison, Wis; grandchildren, William (Samantha) Welch, Milwaukee, Wis., Melissa Welch, Gainesville, Fla., Michael II (Youko) Welch, Santee, Calif., Thad Lee, Alma, Colo., Jessica Lee (Brady Bornhauser), Onalaska; great-grandson, Luka Bornhauser, Onalaska; sister-in-law, Mercedes Welch and the Welch family and Funke family; nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; brother, Donald Welch; nephews, Timothy and Terrance Welch and Funke family; sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law. Bill's family would like to send a special thank you to his Comfort Keepers caregivers, his Mayo Health Systems physicians and the Mayo Hospice team. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, from St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral La Crosse, with a private visitation at 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow the service. The service may be live streamed at: https://youtu.be/RSkBgWGV4HY or on the Cathedral web site and will be available on demand at the same link. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to: St Joseph the Workman Cathedral, Aquinas Catholic Schools or the Western Technical College Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.blaschkeschneider.com .
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William "Bill" G. Welch Sr. William "Bill" G. Welch Sr., 97, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at his home in Onalaska. He was born in La Crosse June 6, 1923, to Charles H. and Katherine (Stangl) Welch. Bill attended La Crosse Lincoln and St Joseph's Cathedral grade schools and graduated from Aquinas High School in 1940. During those years he sang in the Cathedral Boys Choir and served Mass at the Cathedral and St. Rose Convent. Following high school he attended The Illinois Institute of Technology and La Crosse State Teachers College. His education was interrupted by his enlistment in the U.S. Army, during World War II, where he served as a Technical Sargent in the Army Signal Corps and was stationed at various locations in the U.S. and the South Pacific. Following World War II he owned Welch Radio TV and Appliance until its closing in 1959. He then worked for SM Supply Co. until he was hired in 1961 by the La Crosse Vocational School, now Western Technical College, to start and teach a program in electronics. During his first few years of teaching he was also able to complete his Bachelor's Degree at La Crosse State Teachers College and his Master's Degree at Stout State University. In addition he was also able to obtain his First Class Radio-Telephone License. During his 25 years at Western he was instrumental in the development and growth of the Industrial Technologies Division and retired as Dean of Industrial Technologies in 1986. He was united in marriage with Mary Funke Sept. 3, 1949, at St. Joseph's Cathedral in La Crosse. They were married for 55 years until Mary's death in 2005. Bill and Mary had four children and together transformed a stone quarry horse barn into a wonderful family home at the foot of Grandad Bluff, living there for 44 years. Bill was a great husband, father and family man. He enjoyed boating, camping and traveling with his family. He was the original DIYer, with interests in woodworking, electronics and tinkering, in general. Upon his retirement, Bill and Mary traveled around the country in their travel trailer and discovered Jupiter, Fla. where they bought a condo and wintered there for 25 years. Bill was a devout Catholic and attended mass nearly every day. In La Crosse he was a member of St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral Parish where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Cathedral cooking club. In Florida he was a member of St Patrick's Church in Palm Beach Gardens, where he was very active in the choir. He was a member of the American Legion, the American Technical Education Association, Wisconsin and La Crosse Retired Educators Associations and the La Crosse and Onalaska Historical Societies. In September 2011 he was a proud participant in Freedom Honor Flight #8. He is survived by his children, William, Jr. (Catherine) Welch, Onalaska, Michael (Bonnie) Welch, Boca Raton, Fla., Mary (Patrick) Lee, Holmen, Patricia Welch (Daniel Walker), Madison, Wis; grandchildren, William (Samantha) Welch, Milwaukee, Wis., Melissa Welch, Gainesville, Fla., Michael II (Youko) Welch, Santee, Calif., Thad Lee, Alma, Colo., Jessica Lee (Brady Bornhauser), Onalaska; great-grandson, Luka Bornhauser, Onalaska; sister-in-law, Mercedes Welch and the Welch family and Funke family; nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; brother, Donald Welch; nephews, Timothy and Terrance Welch and Funke family; sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law. Bill's family would like to send a special thank you to his Comfort Keepers caregivers, his Mayo Health Systems physicians and the Mayo Hospice team. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, from St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral La Crosse, with a private visitation at 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow the service. The service may be live streamed at: https://youtu.be/RSkBgWGV4HY or on the Cathedral web site and will be available on demand at the same link. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to: St Joseph the Workman Cathedral, Aquinas Catholic Schools or the Western Technical College Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.blaschkeschneider.com .
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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

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  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

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  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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  • An entry in your loved one’s Legacy guest book, noting your contribution.
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This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improving forest health, improving area watersheds, and will provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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