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Obituary for Arthur Richard Role


Arthur Richard Role, 85, passed away from natural causes surrounded by loved ones on August 3, 2018. We remember Art as a lifelong fan of sports of all sorts. He was, himself, an excellent basketball player in school and continued to go to local games throughout his life. He energetically cheered on (and cursed loudly at) at his favorite football and baseball teams: the Packers, the Badgers and the Brewers—and occasionally the Cincinnati Reds. He became a UK Wildcat fan and horseracing (and martini?) fan when he and his family were transferred to Lexington, Kentucky for three years. Art was a devoted caretaker of his wife, Cally, who predeceased him after a long illness. Art had simple pleasures. He loved sipping on coffee—always with sweets---and reading his newspapers. While he said he was “not a chit-chatty person” he made friends everywhere he went, be it local sporting events, the A&W on South Avenue, travelling to Cincinnati, or taking walks with his good buddy, Fran, at Hillview Terrace, where he honed his craft of exaggeration and complaints. You were a fighter, Art, right to the end. We know you were keeping in touch by telling us all your tales. Art loved and appreciated the staff and residents at Hillview Terrace, but not the mealtime vegetables! He was especially fond of Bonnie, Melissa, Jill, “Peppy”, Lexie, Jordan, Linzi, Sandy, Stephanie, Jenna, the blessed hospital bed delivery man from Baraboo, Dr. Momont and Kristen and all the new friends who cared for him, but whose names he was embarrassed to keep forgetting. We found scraps of paper all over his apartment in his desperate effort to remember the names of people he met and loved there. A man who never felt worthy of love, you all made his life better for showing him you cared about him. He was not a man of many words, so you will never know how much he cared about you, too. Art enjoyed sharing memories of family and work travels through Europe when he worked in France for the Trane Co., a company that employed him nearly all of his life. Art adored his family, which includes 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 3 (and a quarter) great-grandchildren as well as beloved friends that he loved as much as his biological daughters: Deb Litsheim, Cyndi Withrow and Sophia Petersen. He and Cally also doted on their beloved dog Tiko, who (thankfully) predeceased them both. Art will be missed by his sisters Barb (Role) Seidel and Esther (Role) Schroeder, his daughter Dixie Role Poehling and son-in-law John Poehling, daughter Teri Role-Warren, grandchildren John Poehling, Jr., Libby and Thomas Mendoza, Gary Poehling, Nathan Lee and Caroline Hyatt-Lee, Alex Lee and John Musichuk, as well as the most recent family additions: great grandchildren Josephine Hyatt-Lee, Zeke Mendoza and Charlotte Mendoza and the tiny, unnamed Mendoza tadpole. Art, rest in peace knowing that you were loved deeply, that we knew you loved us and that love is all that ever really mattered. A memorial gathering will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 at the Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse. A private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. www.MDA.org; 161 N. Clark, Suite 3550, Chicago, IL 60601. Please share stories in the online condolences section found at www.jandtfredrickson.com.