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Alene M. Gudgeon

April 2, 1927 ~ April 26, 2017 (age 90)

            Alene M. Gudgeon, age 90, passed away on April 26th, 2017 at the Bland-Bekkedal Center for Hospice in Viroqua. She was born on April 2nd, 1927 in La Farge to Gyneth (Phillips) and Carson Lawrence. She and her boyfriend whom she later married, were Prom King and Queen their junior year in 1944. She graduated from La Farge High School in May 1945 and worked at Lathrop’s Beauty Shop and the La Farge State Bank. She was united in marriage to Fred Gudgeon at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa on August 15th, 1948 and went on a weeklong honeymoon in Yellowstone National Park. They spent the next 26 years farming on the home farm and had three children; Phillip, born March 16th, 1951; Fritz, born November 27th, 1953; and DeAnna, born September 26th, 1963. They later sold the home farm to Fritz and they moved to a home in the valley. At that time, Alene sought employment and was hired by the Viroqua Telephone Company where she worked from 1975 until retiring in 1992. Fred and Alene enjoyed retirement and traveled in their 5th wheel RV, spending parts of their winters for 15 years in Arizona, California, and Nevada. They spent their later years on the home farm in the valley and then Westby. Alene enjoyed gardening, especially flowers and spending time with family and friends.

            She is survived by her husband, Fred; her three children, Phillip (Sarah) Gudgeon, Fritz (Barbara) Gudgeon, and DeAnna (Steve) Olson; five grandchildren, Carson, Kathyrn, Jocelen, Peter & Chelsea; three great-grandchildren, Owen, Bryce, and Claire, as well as many other family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as other family and friends.

            Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the La Farge United Methodist Church with Pastor Eileen Kuehnl officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in the Bear Creek Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. The family suggests memorials to La Farge Ambulance, La Farge UMC or the Bland-Bekkedal Center for Hospice. Online condolences may be left at

The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua is serving the family.     


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