BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Gerald “Jerry” Wollan, retired public relations executive, writer, volunteer and longtime La Crosse resident died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at age 93 at home in Bloomington.
Jerry was born Jan. 11, 1922, in Glenwood, Minn., and grew up in La Crosse. He was an Eagle Scout and World War II Army veteran with five battle stars, including Battle of the Bulge, serving as supply sergeant and French translator in Belgium, France, and Germany.
He began his long career in journalism and public relations in the 1950s, working with the Wisconsin News Service, the La Crosse Tribune, Baxter Labs and Modern Medicine. In the 1960s, he served as secretary of the National Public Relations Society of America board of directors and president of the Minnesota PRSA chapter, before starting PR firm Wollan & Wollan with wife Lois (Gutzke).
The 1970s heralded a new and exciting chapter for Jerry when he joined PR firm Padilla & Speer (now PadillaCRT). He served as vice chairman until his retirement in 1987, focusing on building awareness and understanding of the PR profession. He made major c... http://lacrossetribune.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/gerald-jerry-wollan/article_cd0b8737-7161-500f-9c0d-85c487c833af.html
Kathleen said. She’s so committed that she’s given up piano lessons, some sleepovers and birthday parties. Four years ago, her family moved from La Crosse to the Twin Cities to support her efforts. “I knew if I stayed in Wisconsin I wouldn’t advance — I needed to train professionally.”
Her drive may be exceptional, but she shares her dream with countless Minnesota skaters, many of whom invest hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars a year in hopes of gliding into the spotlight while they’re still young enough.
The odds are long.
U.S. Figure Skating, the governing body for the sport, which is holding its national championships this week in the Twin Cities, counts nearly 7,800 members in Minnesota. But only 12 skaters with Minnesota ties qualified to compete this year. Becoming one of them takes years of dedication — and not just by the skater.
Donald “Squeak” Molzahn Sr., 88, of La Crosse passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Hillview Healthcare Center, La Crosse.
He was born Sept. 27, 1927, in La Crosse to Otto and Mabel (Lueth) Molzahn. On Feb. 8, 1946, Don entered into service with the United States Coast Guard, where he proudly served his country until his honorable discharge.
From 1949 to 1950, he served as the Drum Major of the VFW Drum and Bugle Corps, where he met his future wife, Phyllis, who was the Drum Majorette. Together they formed the Debutantes Baton and Drum Corps. Don also served as assistant director of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps at its inception.
On Sept. 2, 1950, he married Phyllis M. Lepsch and together they had four children, Barbara Blank, Donald (Jan) Molzahn Jr., Patti (Mike) Fellenz and Shelley (Mark) Kallenbach; seven grandchildren, Chad (Rebecca) Blank, Abby (Thad) Glick, Heather (Chris) Hodge, Nick (Erin) Fellenz, Michelle (Chad) Powell, Betsy Kallenbach, Kyle (Amanda) Kallenbach; 11 great-grandchildren, Sydney and Chase... http://lacrossetribune.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/donald-squeak-molzahn-sr/article_21de5f8b-91ae-5953-8eb9-65b6e15d8170.html