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Janice “Sis” Hogue

January 7, 2021 | 0 comments

Janice “Sis” Hogue, 94, passed away on December 30, 2020 in La Crosse, Wisconsin with her daughter Mary at her side and her other children and family in her heart.

Sis was born on November 10, 1926 in La Crosse to John and Laura (Netwal) Caspersen. Her nickname “Sis” was an abbreviation of a name her brothers gave her, as she was the only girl in the family, their “Sister.” The nickname stuck, and many people knew her only by this name. She grew up on the North side of La Crosse and graduated from Logan High School in 1944.  She attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and then went to work at Standard Oil Company in La Crosse from 1945 to 1948. In 1960, Sis worked as an enumerator for the United States Census Bureau. Following the Decennial Census, she continued working with the Census Bureau for another 10 years as an interviewer in the upper Midwest as part of the initial National Health Interview Survey.

In 1945, she was introduced to David W. Hogue on a blind date set up by her very good friend, Mary Jungbluth. Years later, she could still describe their first date in vivid detail. They married on Aug. 2, 1947.  They were married 62 years and had three children: Barbara Mowder of New York City, David J. (Roberta) Hogue of Huntsville, Texas, and Mary Isaacson of McFarland, Wisconsin.  She is survived by five grandchildren: Melissa Mowder of Chesapeake, Virginia, Meredith Mowder (Paul Gladstone) of Brooklyn, New York, David R. Hogue (Kate) of Houston, Texas, Donald and Megan Isaacson of Madison, Wisconsin and one great-grandchild, Prudence Gladstone. She is also survived by her brother, Erik (Sue) Caspersen of Bellingham, Washington, and her sisters-in-law, Bernie Caspersen, La Crosse and Sharon Hansen-Hogue of Murray, Kentucky.  In addition, she has many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband David. W. Hogue, her parents, and brothers Bruce, John Jr. “Bud,” and Tom “Fluffo” Caspersen.

Sis was active in a number of organizations in La Crosse, such as the La Crosse Chapter of the American Red Cross, the La Crosse Home for Children, and the YWCA.  Sis was also a member of the UW-L Campus Dames, the local P.E.O. chapter (Chapter CR), and was a past President of the Lutheran Hospital Junior Auxiliary.  Sis shared her husband’s interest in Veteran’s affairs, accompanying Dave in volunteering at the VA Hospital in Tomah and assisting with Memorial Day activities in La Crosse.  Both Sis and Dave were long time members of the First Congregational Church in La Crosse.

Sis, along with Dave, enjoyed golf, world travel, entertaining friends, and a good game of bridge. After Dave passed away, Sis moved to Eagle Crest South in La Crosse.  There she joined many good friends, made many new friends, and delighted in wonderful activities and outings.  Often, her exuberant and vibrant nature reminded friends and family of the “Energizer Bunny.” Sis treasured her extensive circle of friends, but most of all loved her family.  Known for her outgoing personality, ready smile and greetings, kindness, gentle humor, and quick intelligence, she was, as our Dad put it, “a super-lady.” Sis will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Her family wishes to particularly acknowledge the wonderful attention and care she received for many years from the staff at Eagle Crest South HAAL and Dr. Mary Bassing.  A memorial service for Sis will be announced later in 2021. It was Sis’s sincere wish that no one should be exposed to hazards due to the current health situation.

Cards and remembrances may be sent to Dr. Barbara Mowder, 60 Nostrand Road, Craryville, NY 12521 or barbaramowder@icloud.com.

For those who wish to contribute to her memory, memorials can be made to the David and Sis Hogue Student Development and Administration Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation, Inc. (Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse615 East Ave. , La Crosse, WI 54602-1148), the First Congregational Church of La Crosse, WI, or memorials of your choice.

Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.



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