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Obituary for Harriet "Babe" Skrade

Harriet “Babe” Skrade, 94 years young, passed away following a recent stroke, at Bethany Riverside Nursing Facility in La Crosse on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Harriet was a strong and proud woman who was dedicated to her Christian faith, her family, and the ideal that you should work hard and earn what you get from life. She exercised her body and mind regularly, and with the help of excellent medical care, she kept her wits, good health, and sense of humor until her final day on earth. She is survived by son, Jeff (Priscilla) Skrade; grandsons, Paul (Miriam) Skrade, and Mark Skrade; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Annalise Skrade; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin “Gene” Skrade; parents, Herb and Hattie Bunders; brother, Dick; and sister, Maxine (Verle) Leard. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 359 N. Leonard St., West Salem. Pastor Jonathan Schmidt will officiate. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the church. A family burial service will be held in Prairie du Chien at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts will be divided equally between her church in West Salem, and recreational therapy fund at Bethany Riverside in La Crosse. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at