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Jerry “Hoza” Holseth

January 11, 2019 | 8 comments

Jerry “Hoza” Holseth, 57, of Holmen, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born on April 3, 1961 to Eugene Holseth and LaVonne (Borger) Holseth. He married Carol Walling on April 17, 1993.

Jerry was employed as a crane operator at Modern Crane for 30 years and was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 139. Buzz Swanson called him the “main man” and Terry Swanson said he was a working fool, always working from “Sun rise to sun set!”

He enjoyed watching sports and going to sporting events, especially Nascar. He enjoyed partaking in adult beverages with his friends but most of all he loved spending time with his “fur babies” Brandi, Casey, and new puppy, Abby.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Carol; father, Eugene “Hoza” and his wife Vivian; sisters, Joan and Joyce; niece, Nicole; sisters in law, Debbie and Mary (Vern); brother in law, David (Tracy); and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, LaVonne; father and mother in law, Robert and Janet; and his dogs, Brandi and Casey.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the wonderful care provided by the Gundersen Health System Critical Care Unit and Palliative Care. An open house celebration will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 10 am to 12 pm in the Gathering Place at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, with a memorial service beginning at 12 pm. Pastor Ted Dewald will be officiating the service.



  1. Carrie Hall

    I am lucky I got the pleasure of getting to know Hoza in the last few years. He was a great guy and always put a smile on my face when I saw him. He sure will be missed. He and his wife Carol became friends of mine when I moved back to WI from CA. My heart and prayers go out to his loving wife Carol and his family. I will treasure the memories that I have of him. Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻 Carrie

  2. Sallanders

    We are sorry for the loss of your brother ,son, husband. He was well loved

  3. April

    We met Hoza at Muddy Waters, I am sorry for your loss. He was a friendly guy and he will be sadly missed . With sympathy Art and April Gillmeister

  4. susan Carlson

    I am so sorry Carol,T.C and i loved Hoza,what a great guy.He was always so fun when i got the pleasure to do his hair.He is gonna be missed…It must be true GOD only takes the best..God bless Carol and family.Thinking about you.Hugs.

  5. Susie Whitewater

    I’m so sorry for you. This is so hard to believe. So unfair. Hosa was my buddy since the day I met him and that was a long time ago. We have so many great memories of parties and work stories that we will always have to share about him. We loved that guy and he will be truly missed. I hope him and my dad are creating a ruckus together and being their old crazy selves!

  6. Rick Czeczok

    Hoza, Carol, and family,
    I can’t even begin to tell you the pain I feel for you, in my heart. Please know our thoughts, and prayers are with all of you. God speed Jerry.
    Rick and Sue Czeczok

  7. Mary La Forte

    Never had much luck with my drivers for Nascar but it was always fun to talk about even when you guys let me sit (probably too close) coming off the bike trail. Loved talking about the “fur babies” especially compared to my feline “fuzzbutts.” I will miss Hoza. So sorry Carol.

    Mary La Forte

  8. Jodi and tommy storandt

    we are very sorry for your loss and he will be greatly missed. Sorry for the late reply-we just found out today.

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