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James (Jim) P. Harding, 68, of La Crosse passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with ALS.
Jim was born in La Crosse on January 8, 1953 to Eugene and Jayne (Wanner) Harding. Jim attended Aquinas High School in La Crosse where he graduated in 1971. He married Kay (Jacobson) Harding on May 18, 1974.
Jim worked in the beer business for many years. He was known as the “Budstud”. For the past 3 years Jim and Kay spent the winter months in Cape Coral, Florida, where they enjoyed the sunny beaches and boating on the Gulf of Mexico. The summers were spent on the Mississippi River where they stayed at Waters Edge Campground in Stoddard. He also enjoyed watching the Packers and playing fantasy football.
Jim is survived by his wife, Kay, his children, Kelli (Chad) Gehweiler of Elk Mound WI, Kersten (Lee) Bryhn of Trempealeau WI, and Mark (Daya) Harding of Minnetrista MN, grandchildren, Jackson and Madisyn Gehweiler, Kellen and Harper Bryhn, Cora and Lewis Harding, and two step grandchildren, Ashlee Stanke and Allyson Bryhn and numerous nieces and nephews. Also survived by brother in-laws Tom (Carol) Jacobson, Jeff (Susie) Jacobson, and Fred Wolf.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gene and Jayne Harding, sisters Pat Fuchsteiner and Renne Wolf.
There will be a private family service held in his honor. In lieu of flowers, please direct any memorials to the ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter at
The family would like to thank the Gundersen Health System ALS clinic, infusion center, palliative care, and hospice. Special thanks to Jason from hospice for the excellent care and support at the end of Jim’s journey.




Reunion Golf Outing News

Jerry DeBoer, Bill Bettis and Mike Desmond are organizing a reunion golf outing, most likely on Saturday August 14, 2021. Details have yet to be worked out. We will keep everyone informed as details are finalized.



AUGUST 12, 13,14, 2021
Aquinas Class of '71
50th Reunion


Some Reunion and web site updates:
"Moon Tunes" is every Thursday evening during summer months at Riverside Park. Except this year. Local bands play songs from the past. Reunions have been common at Moon Tunes with announcements and recognition by the Master of Ceremonies (Brucie Bumchuckles/Marty Severson). Moon Tunes has a Facebook page and web site. We will have a presence at the August 12, 2021 Moon Tunes. If you need a reason to come to the reunion early, Moon Tunes is the place to go.
The Saturday evening, August 14, 2021 venue has been changed to Piggys Restaurant, 501 Front St. La Crosse.
The Grade School Forums have been expanded to accommodate all of our La Crosse grade schools. Thanks to Nancy Geier Rose for supplying the 1967 St James & St John's 8th grade graduation picture. It can be seen on the Forum page and please feel free to comment. If anyone has a class photo of their grade school graduation class, you can email it to me at my personal email address:
Also, remember Dan Marcou's picture project. Dan is creating a PowerPoint presentation for the reunion. He is scanning all our senior pictures from the '71 Aquin. Each slide will have that photo and your name. If you choose, you can add other personal photos, personal info or greetings. You decide. To add to your slide, email Dan at: All reunion attendees will receive a thumb drive of Dan's presentation.


We've determined the per person cost for the 50th reunion will be $60. We received donations and a cash advance to help cover the cost of the web site enhancement and future expenses. The committee will be prepaying and we encourage you to do so also. You can send your prepayment to Rose Servais (Tydrich). Email Rose at: to get her address.
Here is a tentative itinerary for the reunion weekend:

Thursday Aug. 12, 2021
Moon Tunes at Riverside Park -
Free event. We'll have a tent where we can gather.

Friday Aug. 13, 2021
Evening gathering. Site to be determined. Karaoke has been a popular suggestion.

UPDATE - Saturday Aug. 14, 2021
Golf outing, place and time TBD.
Piggy's Restaurant 501 Front St. La Crosse(evening time TBD)

We are looking for volunteers to organize and coordinate activities. Such as:
La Crosse Queen Cruise -
Grand Dad Bluff visit
Aquinas School Tour
Segway city tour -
Trolley city tour -

If there is another local site or event you'd like to visit, put a group together. You can use the Grade School Forum or go through the class web site to get it organized.
Feel free to direct any questions or comments to any of the committee members listed below.


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Reunion committee members.

Joe Kotnour email:
Rose Servais (Tydrich) email:
Paul Pierce email:
Anita Pahl (Young) email:
Fred Funk email:
Julie Deflorian (Keitel) email:
Mary Sauer (Paul) email:
Dan Marcou

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