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Altoona VFW Ladies Auxiliary
The Altoona VFW Ladies Auxiliary was instituted August 3rd, 2003 at VFW Post 10405
– 1419 Lynn Avenue, Altoona, WI.
Department President, Shirley Anderson performed the institution with the aide of
Department Chief of Staff, Rusty Garbacz and organizer Carolyn Olkives as conductress. The
Department VFW Commander, Al Kochenderfer spoke and welcomed the ladies to the new
Altoona VFW Auxiliary.
Charter Members: Linda Anderson, Marci Biermann, Paulette Brown, Mildred
Brugmeier, Caroline Connor, Lynne Connor, Sharon Crandall, Mary Ann Cullen, Judith
Davenport, Angela Dehnke, Barbara Duszynski, Helen Ely, Marlene Felix, Fiona Garcia, Rita
Garcia Rindahl, Bea Hancock, Genevieve Jensen, Sharon Leppert, Kathi Michelson, Carolyn
Olkives, Colleen Pierce, Paula Podwys, Ashley Rindahl, April Roberts, Tamera Smeltzer, Linda
Sunde, Susan Talbitz, Faith Thompson, Kathy Grant.
The Traveling Vietnam Wall was brought to Eau Claire September 24-28th, 2003 by the
Altoona VFW Post and the ladies were called to help in their first large project. We also joined
in on the Buddy Poppy Promotion for Veterans Relief in the same year.
The current officers are President’ Colleen Pierce; Sr. Vice Pres., Marlene Felix; Jr. Vice
Pres., Patti Brott; Secretary, Carolyn Olkives; Treasurer, Sharon Leppert; Chaplain, Barbara
Duszynski; Conductress, Barbara Stobb and Bea Hancock, ; Guard Deborah Carr; Trustees,
Barbara Duszynski, Marlene Felix and Tamera Smeltzer; Historian, Ann Kosmosky.
The Ladies Auxiliary has several projects; Veterans & Family Support, Americanism,
Buddy Poppy – (Veterans Relief), Cancer Aide & Research, Community Service, Emergency &
Disaster, Hospital, Junior Girls, Legislation/ Political Action, Membership, Patriot’s Pen (Middle
School Competition), Scholarships, Voice of Democracy (High School Competition), and Youth
See Photo Next Page.