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Leslie “Vicki” (Guenther) Stein

May 12, 2023 | 4 comments

Leslie “Vicki” (Guenther) Stein (age 63 years) passed away at her home Wednesday April 26, 2023, after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). She was the youngest daughter of her beloved father, George Guenther. Vicki was a lifelong resident of the Onalaska/Holmen area.

After graduating from Onalaska High School with the class of 1977, she spent many years working at the La Crosse Tribune in classifieds ads. She also worked at the Mayo Clinic, formally known as Franciscan Skemp, in La Crosse, WI, as well as Red Pines Bar and Grill.

After work, Vicki enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and watching her grandchildren grow. She loved traveling places and being on vacation. She enjoyed the colors of spring and the assortment of flowers, decorating for the holidays, taking care of her garden and flowers. She was a welcoming person to others, whether it was inviting people into her home or just simply smiling at a stranger in passing. She loved having a good time and making sure others were happy.

Vicki is survived by her loving husband, Arthur Stein, whom she married 31 years ago this coming September.  Vicki is also survived by two daughters, Melissa (Darron) Fanning and Carli Stein plus grandchildren Audrey, Brooklyn and one more on the way later this year.  Also mourning the loss of Vicki are her stepmother, Alice Guenther, along with siblings Charles (Sharon) Guenther, Lynda (Bob Rossman) Taylor and Susan (Dave Olson) Webb plus other various extended family and friends.

Vicki was preceded in death by her loving father (George) and her parents in law (Douglas and Karen Stein).

A memorial service with a celebration of Vicki’s life will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at The Gathering Place 133 Mason Street Onalaska, WI.  Pastor Andy LeFebre will officiate.  Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.  Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.

To view her memorial video please click here



  1. Kate Nowak

    I am so sorry Art, Melissa and Carli to read about the loss of Vicki, she was a vibrant and loving person. I have many memories of spending time with both you and Vicki and the Stein family in the early 90’s.

    May the God of all peace and comfort be with you all.

    Katie Erickson (Kresen)

  2. Sue Webb

    Sure miss my sister Vicki! I’ll cherish the memories and pictures of us. May you rest in peace. I love you Vicki!

  3. Candy Lund

    I am so sorry about Vickie. My hearfelt condolences to you. May she be in peace now with no more pain.

  4. Shelby Davison

    Sue, Linda and Chuck….I am so sorry for your loss! I’ll always remember the fun times I had with your family and especially talking with Vicki, I always loved running in to her at the Tribune or Gundersen. My deepest condolences to you and Vicki’s family ❤️

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