Edna M. Spohn
1931 - 2021

Edna M. Spohn

LA CROSSE - Edna M. Spohn of La Crosse, WI, died on Friday, November 26, 2021, at the age of 90. She was born in Glendale Township on May 26, 1931, to Ferdinand and Emily (Tyrolt) Spohn.

Edna graduated from Kendall High School in 1949, Juneau County Normal School in 1951, and the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in 1966. She taught in one room rural schools in Monroe County, and Whitehall Elementary School, before becoming a Special Education Teacher in the La Crosse Public School System in 1957.

After her retirement in 1990, Edna enjoyed many Pilgrimages to foreign countries, exploring her heritage and for spiritual growth. She was involved in volunteering at Gundersen Health System and was a Eucharistic Prayer Partner with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. She was a member of Mary Mother of the Church Parish, at St. Thomas More Church. She was honored by her PCCW Women's Club with the "Woman of Light" award in 2011.

Edna was a member of La Crosse Area Retired Educators Association and an Honored Member of Wisconsin Retired Educators Association. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America and the Serra Club in La Crosse.

In addition to traveling, Edna enjoyed flower gardening and feeding/watering the birds.

Survivors include her sister, Marie Brandau, of La Crosse; nieces and nephews: Frances Housman, of Glen Arbor, MI, James Schaitel, of Sparta, WI, Mary Dordan, of Milaca, MN; William (Pamela) Hoefer, of Guttenberg, IA; John (Kate) Schaitel, of Sparta, WI, and David (Phyllis) Brandau of La Crosse.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Rita Schaitel and Margaret Hoefer, and a nephew Michael Brandau.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021, in St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, 530 Main St., La Crosse. Msgr. Richard Gilles will officiate with burial to be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, in Kendall, WI. Family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at Church on Saturday. A funeral luncheon will be provided following Mass at Church.

Memorials may be given to Mary Mother of the Church Parish, Catholic Charities, or donors of choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.blaschkeschneider.com

Published by La Crosse Tribune on Nov. 28, 2021.
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Edna helped me greatly when I was starting my work as a special education teacher. She was a great resource for advice and materials. She was wonderful, gentle and thorough with the education she presented to her students. I admired her and enjoyed her friendship.
Sandy Lee
December 10, 2021
I met Edna through my mother Lorraine Millich at STM/MMOC. The last time I saw her was at the Mormon Coulee Road Walgreens. She was having difficulty walking. I helped her to her car. I was happy to do so. Not long after she was hospitalized and could no longer live at home. During the pandemic and because of privacy concerns, I lost track of her. She was a dear lady, kind, thoughtful, always smiling, and with a persistent faith. I look forward to meeting her again.
Mark Millich
November 30, 2021
I knew Edna from Summit Elementary School. I so admired her patience and gentle way with her students. She was a wonderful yes her, role model and friend.
Carolyn Schwartz
November 29, 2021
my prayers and love to all of Edna's family. Edna was so faithful.....faith filled....she was an inspiration to me seeing her pray in our Adoration Chapell
Sister Rosalia Bauer
November 28, 2021
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