Bethany St. Joseph Corporation
2501 Shelby Road
La Crosse, WI
608-788-5700
Inspiring Life, Hope, and Healing
Bethany St. Joseph Corporation

Iverson Freking Ecumenical Recognition Award

This prestigious award has recognized Seven Rivers Region faith-filled people of action for twenty-seven years.

Named in honor of the late Carl Iverson and the late Bishop Frederick Freking.

Ecumenism: Working towards the acceptance of and an openness to people of all faiths and accepting their faith as value, using as a base that we are all one in the Spirit of God.

The Award reflects unselfish dedication to foster and promote ecumenical endeavors based on mutual respect of all faiths, highlighted by cooperation, communication and service to others.
Through their leadership and with the involvement of many others, Bethany St. Joseph Corporation was established in 1976 as a cooperative ecumenical effort sponsored by the Christian Communities of the greater La Crosse area.

The Iverson Freking Ecumenical Recognition Award was created by Bethany St. Joseph Corporation to acknowledge and recognize the dedication of people to ecumenical activities and community building. Select for Nomination Form and Nomination Cover Letter
The award is based on one or more of the following:

  • Spiritual example
  • Respect for the faith of others
  • Participation in a spiritual congregation, and
  • Commitment to community

To date, 65 awards over 28 years have been awarded to deserving community members. The annual honors banquet is held in January and the next banquet is scheduled for January 21, 2015 in
La Crosse, WI, at the Radisson Hotel (11:30am reception).
Nominations are accepted in September/October and honorees are announced in mid-December.

Carl Iverson
Carl H. Iverson
Bishop Frederick Freking B&W (2)
Bishop Frederick W. Freking

Honorees

1987 StefanGuttormsson ArleneZie

1987
Bishop Emeritus Stefan Guttormsson
Arlene Zei

1988 BernardMcGarty

1988
Rev. Bernard McGarty
Judith Bouffleur
Rev. Daniel Vinge

1989 AlTownsend HelenScarseth PaulineWiittry

1989
Rev. Allan Townsend
Helen Scarseth
Sr. Pauline Wittry

1990 WilliamGrevatch JuneKjome

1990
Rev. William Grevatch
June Kjome

1991 AntonioMolina TomThibodeau

1991
Dr. Antonio Molina
Tom Thibodeau

1992 ArminHeidmann MaryKisken LindySaline

1992
Rev. Armin Heidmann
Mary Kisken
Lindy Saline

1993 JoyceBantle TedDewald GaydaHollnagel

1993
Sr. Joyce Bantle
Rev. Ted Dewald
Gayda Hollnagel

1994 JarvieMmattes SheilaKahlert

1994
Rev. Jarvie Mattes
Sheila Kahlert

1995 ErnestHanson MaryPatros

1995
Ernest Hanson
Mary Patros

1996 LeClareBeres JimJohnson

1996
Sr. Leclare Beres
Chaplain Jim Johnson

1997 DaveSkogan JeanBassett

1997
Dave Skogen
Jean Bassett
(with Tom Rand & Larry Green)

1998 HarveyWitzenburg CarolePlante

1998
Harvey Witzenburg
Carole Plante

1999 DorothyWetterlin RachelThorson

1999
Dorothy Wetterlin
Rev. Rachel Thorson Mithelman

2000 JerryArndt

2000
Jerry Arndt

2000 RitaMcGaughy

2000
Rita McGaughey

2001 LarryWhite DeePeacock

2001
Larry White
Lyle & Dee Peacock

2002 DuaneBaardseth HowardBernadineVoss

2002
Rev. Duane Baardseth
Bernadine & Howard Voss

2003 BillMedland RandyEddy

2003
Dr. Bill Medland
Randy Eddy, Sr.

2004 AritaDopkins DuaneJanMoore (1)

2004
Jan & Duane Moore
Sr. Arita Dopkins

2005 MaritaGeorgeSmith PatStephens

2005
George & Marita Smith
Pat Stephens

2006 Celesta Day

2006
Sr. Celesta Day

2006 Dirk Gasterland

2006
Dirk Gasterland

2006 RogerBjorge

2006
Roger Bjorge

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2007
Richard Swantz
Phyllis Branson
Rabbi Saul Prombaum

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2008
Bishop Emeritus April Ulrig Larson
Sr. Marlene Weisenbeck
Sheila Garrity

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2009
Carlene Roberts
Pat Smith

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2010
Deacon Richard Sage
Patti McCauley

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2011
Kathleen Lucey
Philip Schumacher

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2012
Ed & Sally Sullivan
Vince Hatt

2013 KJohnson AKader KStuttgen

2013
Rev. Kent Johnson
Audrey Kader
Sr. Kathy Stuttgen

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2014
Father Robert Cook
Jane Steingraeber
Tom Hundt

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2015
Sandra Brekke
Fr. Larry Berger

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