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Lance Robert Mihalovic

April 27, 2020 | 52 comments

Lance Robert Mihalovic, 50, of Onalaska passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020, after a long battle with a brain tumor, with his family at his side.

Lance was born on January 16, 1970 to William and Jacqueline (Bohage) Mihalovic at St. Francis hospital in La Crosse. Lance is a 1989 graduate of Holmen High School. During his school years Lance ran Cross County and Track for the Vikings. Lance made it to the state track meet and Badger State games in 1600-meter relay his senior year. Lance along with rest of the relay team place third in the 1600-meter relay at the 1989 Badger State Games.

Lance met Mechele (Meme) Lukwitz’s at Wal-Mart while working together.  Lance and Meme would marry on November 13, 1993 at Trinity Lutheran Church, LaCrosse, by Rev. Ted Dewald. Lance and Meme would have two sons, Jordan and Austin. Lance worked for Mayo Health System for 23 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant / Patient Care Techiman.

Lance was an avid runner. He ran many local 5k’s including the Childea Classic, in honor of his son Jordan who is on the Autism Spectrum, and the Holmen Cornfest run where he finished third in his age division. Lance along with his brothers, would compete in four Tough MUDder’s throughout the state of Wisconsin. He loved fishing especially with his sons and brothers. Lance loved all sports, playing softball for many years for Francian Skemp / Mayo Health System and the Jail House Saloon. When Lance married Meme he learned to love watching football, but he did not know he was marrying into a divided family with Meme loving the Minnesota Vikings and Lance being a Green Bay Packer fan, but they made it work. Lance also loved watching his son’s perform.  Weather it was Austin play football and run track or listening to  Jordan perform in choir or show choir.  Lance and his family loved to travel from day trips to Devils Lake to vacations at Disney World.

Lance is survived by his wife of 26 years Mechele (Meme). Two sons Jordan, of Onalaska and Austin (fiancé Savannah Bergeson) of La Crosse. His mother Jacqueline of Onalaska. Brothers Scott (Sarah) Mihalovic of Holmen and Kevin (Marcia) of St. Charles, MN. Sister Kimberlee (Greg Bennett) Johnson of Mindoro. In-Laws Charles and Patricia Lukwitz of Onalaska. Brother and Sister-in-law Todd (Kelly Anderson) Lukwitz. Aunts Sharon Olson and Debra Greeno, both of LaCrosse and Doris Bohage of DeForest. Uncles Larry Seitz of Sun Prairie and Terry Mihalovic of Madison. He is also survived my many cousins, nieces, nephews and one great niece.

Lance was proceeded in death by his by his father William. His grandparents Frank Mialovic and Dorothy (Ralph) Kubal, Charles and Verna Bohage.  Along with his aunts Susan Seitz and Judy Herberlein and Uncles Charles Bohage Jr., James Herberlein, and David H. Olson. Cousin Mark Heberlien.

Lance’s family would like to thank the staff of the Mayo Health System and especially Dr. Paul Moling for all their care during his illness. There are no words for the care the Mayo Hospice Care team, especially Tuesday, they gave to Lance during the end stages of Lance’s life.

Services for Lance will be held at a later date, when the safer at home order has been lifted. Services will be held at First Lutheran Church in Onalaska. The Rev. Karyn Bodenschatz will be presiding.

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52 Comments

  1. Mike Manske

    So sorry for your loss, Lance will always be remembered fondly by all.

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    • Kelly hegge

      So sorry for your loss lance & I were good friends during high school and shared many classes together.
      Afa
      Kelly

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    • Meme

      Thank you Mike, you have been a wonderful friend and Lance always like hearing your stories.

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  2. Kim clark

    So sorry for your loss🙏! Lance is now at peace! cherish all the wonderful memories!

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    • Colleen C Linke

      So sorry for your loss! RIP.

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      • Meme

        Thank you

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    • Meme

      Thank you Kim

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  3. Joe & Sherry Cruden

    Loving sympathy and blessings for your great loss. You’re never prepared for that but you have many memories to keep him alive in your heart and will see him again. May the love of God, family & friends be of some comfort for all.
    Love, Joe & Sherry

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    • Becky Putnam Schurhammer

      so sorry to hear. I have fond cross-country and track memories of Lance. prayers to all of you

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      • Meme

        Thank you

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    • Meme

      Thank you for the loving words Sherry and Joe

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  4. Barbara hauke

    Meme, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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    • Jan Hutchens

      Sincere sympathy for Lance’s passing. I had the good fortune to work with him many years ago. He was so good to his patients and a great team member. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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      • Meme

        Lance was cared for by so many coworkers. Thank you for the kinds

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    • Meme

      Thank you Barb. He is at peace now.

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  5. Rachel Weyhrich

    My sincerest condolences to Lance’s entire family. RIP Lance.

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    • Meme

      Thank you

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  6. Dan B.

    Our condolences to the family. Lance will be greatly missed here on earth, but we’re comforted knowing he’s in Heaven now, free from all suffering.

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    • Meme

      Thank you Dan. Lance loved sitting around with you just enjoying time together.

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  7. Brenda Peterson

    Deepest sympathy for you loss. Lance was an amazing person and will be dearly missed.

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    • Meme

      Thank you for the kind words.

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  8. Deb Hendricks

    I’m so sorry to read about your loss. I used to work with Lance years ago and I know he will be missed. Please accept my condolences and know that you are all in my thoughts. I hope you find comfort in the love of family and friends and good memories.

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    • Meme

      Thank you for your kind words. Some many co-workers have told our family what a grateful heart Lance had.

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  9. Emily

    We have lost such a great friend, but what a great comfort knowing he is in heaven with his Savior!

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    • Meme

      It is a comfort to know that Lance passed away peacefully.

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  10. Jim & Marilyn Wuttke

    You all have our deepest sympathy. He will always be remembered by all who knew him. Rest assured that he is in the loving hands of his Lord and Savior.

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    • Meme

      Thank you for the kind words Jim and Marilyn. Lance loved sitting outside with you at family parties

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  11. Steve Johnson

    So very sorry for your loss. Lance was an amazing person with such a big heart. I will always cherish the good times we had together. God bless.

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    • Meme

      Thank you Steve. You were a dear friend for many years.

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  12. Jacky Bergeson

    Randy and are praying for your family during this grieving time. You are forever in our daily thoughts and prayers. May Lance rest in peace with our dear Lord

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    • Meme

      Jacky thank you for all the love and support during this journey.

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  13. Eric Cronacher

    As Angels watch over us I am sure Lance will be watching over his family . Rest In Peace . Our prayers will be with you

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    • Meme

      Thank you Eric, he has been an angel on earth now in heaven.

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  14. Marsha Tucker

    So sorry for your loss Meme. May Lance rest in peace and may you treasure all the memories you and your family have.

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    • Meme

      Thank you Marsha.

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  15. Susan Erickson

    I am so sorry for the loss of Lance. For years I watched you both parent your sons, Jordan and Austin, with love and encouragement. Your strength as a family was something I long admired and I know it will help you through this incredibly difficult time. Know that I care and am praying for all of you.

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    • Meme

      Sue, thank you for the kind words. The boys and I truly appreciate you and Terry.

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  16. Barbara l Grosskopf

    So sorry for your loss Jackie and family. Prayers are with you and your family at this time of great loss.

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    • Meme

      Thank you

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  17. Paula McKittrick

    Lance and I were both part of the maiden crew to start on 9th floor when it reopened as a medical unit in 2009. (We shared a fascination in TV shows or topics related to ghosts and hauntings.) I’m so happy that fate allowed me the opportunity to meet him and work with him. I will always remember him fondly.

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    • Meme

      Thank you for the wonderful story of working with Lance

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  18. SCOTT D Hendrickson

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God be your tender comfort in sorrow and bring peace and strength in the days to come.

    Scott Hendrickson & Pam Mueller

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    • Meme

      Thank you for the continued prayers, Scott and Pam

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  19. Julie and Dan Wollman

    Meme, we are so sorry to hear this. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys and family. May the peace of our risen Lord be with you.

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    • Meme

      We are at peace. Lance passed away on this terms,

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  20. Ryan Robbert

    Meme:

    So sorry to hear of your loss.

    Thinking and praying for you and your family.

    May you get the Peace of the Lord helping you through this in these times.

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    • Meme

      Thank you Ryan, Lance loved to watch his boy play ball with all the other boys. They were fun days.

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  21. Rita A Hooverson

    Meme I am so sorry to hear about Lance. It seems like yesterday we were all working together at Walmart. I am sure you will cherish all the good memories
    you have had over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

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    • Meme

      Thank you Rita, it does not seem like 30 years ago I was meeting Lance and starting to date him. He was a very special man.

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  22. Roxanne M Knutson

    My thoughts and prayers are with Lance’s family at this time. Lance and his family lived across the alley from us on French Island years ago. My brother and I were friends of theirs till they moved but I have some good memories. RIP Lance. Roxanne Knutson

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    • Meme

      Thank you for your kind words

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  23. Nicole (McConaghy) Harlos

    My heartfelt sympathies to your entire family. I hope you can find some peace and comfort in your memories of him.

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