Edward Colsch

Edward C. “Lug” Colsch, 65, of Brownsville, died surrounded by his family on Thursday,  June 7, 2012 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, La Crosse, Wis.

Lug was born  Sept. 22, 1946 in Waukon, Iowa to Edward and Evelyn (Mulholland) Colsch, Sr. He attended elementary school in Freeburg, Minn. and high school in Caledonia. Lug joined the U.S. Marines and served in Vietnam for 18 months. On May 16, 1970, he married Colleen Hayes and together they had two sons, Jamie and Kevin. They later divorced. He married Kathryn A. Felten on May 3, 1997, at St. Mary’s Church in Caledonia. Lug worked in construction and helped with several projects: the power plant in Genoa, bridges in the area, the Black River Falls Prison, and renovations at Camp McCoy. He was also self employed, working as a logger and carpenter. He retired from the Carpenter’s Local Union 1143.

Lug loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, gardening, canning and helping his father-in-law on the farm. He took great pride in his lawn and enjoyed woodworking at his home and making bean bag games and assorted other games. He also enjoyed playing cards, dancing and especially spending time with his grandchildren and family. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brownsville, VFW Post 5603 in New Albin, Iowa, and American Legion Post 191, Caledonia. He is survived by his wife, Kathy of Brownsville; two sons, Jamie (Colene) Colsch and Kevin (Anna Feuerhelm) Colsch, and grandchildren Braeden, Brielle, and Brynne, all of Caledonia; seven brothers and sisters: Margaretta Cue, Lansing, Iowa; Ariel (Peter) Gilbertson, Reno, Minn.; Evelyn “Granny” (Edward) Bebee, Reno; Raymond “Fargo” (Dolly) Colsch, Freeburg; Ronnie “Punk” Colsch, Freeburg; Merrell “Cobb” (Karen) Colsch, Reno; Calvin (Donna) Colsch, Freeburg; a sister-in-law, Mary Colsch, New Albin; mother and father-in-law, John and Lorna Felten, grandmother-in-law, Wilma Felten; and brother and sisters-in- law, Sue Felten and Brad (Anne) Felten, all of Caledonia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Herbert, and grandfather-in-law, Dominic Felten. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Monday, June 11, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brownsville. Father Gregory Leif will officiate and burial with military honors will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Freeburg. Friends and family may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Brownsville Community Center where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday morning at Breza  Hall, next to the church.

McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia, is assisting the family with arrangements and oline condolences may be given at mccormickfuneralhome.net.