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Michael Pavelka, 50, Beaver Dam

Michael J. Pavelka, 50, Beaver Dam, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, surrounded by family at Beaver Dam Community Hospital.

Michael was born May 13, 1967, in Beaver Dam, the son of John and Nancy (Sturm) Pavelka. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of the Beaver Dam Chapter of Special Touch Ministries, visiting several states with the organization. He enjoyed traveling with family and was known for always being the co-pilot on these adventures. He especially liked traveling to his “second home” in Oklahoma to be with his brother Bill. Michael was a member of Praise Assembly of God in Beaver Dam.

Michael is survived by his parents; brothers, Anthony of Beaver Dam and Bill (Amy) of Oklahoma; nieces, Natasha Martin and Samantha (special friend Gary Broadway) Pavelka; great-nieces, Jada and Camille Martin and Addilyn Pavelka; grandnephews, Aaron Broadway and Tristin Martin; and further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, friends and his Special Touch Ministries family.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Sylvia Pavelka; maternal and paternal grandparents; and other relatives.

A memorial gathering will be held Thursday, Jan. 4, at Praise Assembly of God, 119 W. Maple St., Beaver Dam, from noon until the time of the memorial service at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Randy Carey officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam, is honored to be serving the family. Send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at

James Watters, 69, Friesland

James A. Watters, 69, Friesland, went home to be with his lord and savior Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at his home in Friesland.

Jim was born Oct. 1, 1948, to Joseph and Kathryn (DeYoung) Watters. Jim graduated from Cambria-Friesland High School as valedictorian of his class in 1966. He was also a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He was employed at several local businesses and also helped his dad on the family farm. He was a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church, Friesland.

Jim loved to read the Bible and prayed faithfully for his family and friends. The greatest joys in his life were his lord and savior, his family and his cats. His kind and tender heart was evident in the many years that he faithfully cared for his beloved father and mother in their elderly years. His love for his family and disadvantaged animals, kindness, patience and endurance through his many medical issues were an inspiration and wonderful example to his family.

Jim will be sadly missed by his siblings, Denise (Jerry) Vant Hoff of Friesland, Steven (Kristi) Watters of Stevensville, Montana, and Mary Watters of Hudson; his nieces and nephews whom he loved as if they were his own children, Darrin Vant Hoff, Jodi Burmania, Logan (Joshua) Perkins, and Connor Knobel; his grandnephew and grandniece, Carson and Molly Burmania; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Kathryn Watters; and a nephew, Brennan Watters.

A funeral service is pending with Randolph Community Funeral home.

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Rolland Kern, 65, Beaver Dam

Rolland “Rollie” L. Kern, 65, Beaver Dam, passed away Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

A visitation for Rollie will be held Friday, Jan. 5, from 4-8 p.m. at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam. A visitation will also be held Saturday, Jan. 6, from 11 a.m. to noon at St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. A funeral service will take place at noon with the Rev. Seth Dorn officiating.

Rolland was born the son of John and Evelyn (Schmaltz) Kern on May 31, 1952, in Beaver Dam. He was a member of St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. He was a member of the Arbor Tree Foundation. Rollie enjoyed playing euchre, watching the Packers, cooking, hunting, fishing, getting together with family and friends and taking long road trips with his longtime girlfriend, Bonnie.

He is survived by his girlfriend, Bonnie Guenther of Beaver Dam; sisters and brothers, Karla (David) Schultz of De Pere, Kathleen (Robert) McGee of Green Bay, Mary Sue (Rusty) Kern Barwick of Tennessee and Donald “Super” Kern of Beaver Dam; sister-in-law, Frieda Kern; nieces and nephews, Laura Gruman, Jessika Schultz, Peter McGee, Justin McGee, Tyler McGee, Jacob Kern, Rachel Packard, Lucas Kern, Elizabeth Kern, Joe Kern and Emily Kern; and his canine companion, Doctor.

Rollie was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Charles, Gary and Bill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. To make an online condolence or for more information visit

Eugene Carlin, 84, Randolph

Eugene Robert Carlin, 84, Randolph, passed away Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at Columbus Community Hospital.

Gene was born Aug. 27, 1933, in Columbus, a son of Bernard and Mary (McCray) Carlin. On March 14, 1992, he was united in marriage to Karryl Ramthun in Madison. Gene loved aviation and enjoyed flying his plane in his younger years. He and Karryl went on many trips and traveled all over. Some of Gene’s favorite pastimes included fishing, gardening and spending time with family and friends. He especially loved his dogs, Rocky and Buddy.

Gene is survived by his wife, Karryl Carlin of Randolph; his four children, Patrick (Kristina) Carlin of Wisconsin Rapids, Michael Carlin (Lisa Lord) of DeForest, Shannon Zitlow (John Sanderson) of DeForest, and Christopher Carlin (Jackie Masta) of Black Earth; four stepchildren, Kathleen Davis (Tom Derse) of Sun Prairie, Linda Moore of Randolph, David (Roma) Ramthun of Claremore, Oklahoma, and Mark (Luci) Ramthun of Dodgeville; three grandchildren, Joshua and Hannah Carlin and Sophia Zitlow; five stepgrandchildren, Clayton and Carson Davis, Aaron and Noah Ramthun and David Robert Ramthun; a sister-in-law, Marge Carlin of Randolph; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie Stewart; his parents; and eight siblings.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the hour of service Saturday, Jan. 6, at Annunciation Catholic Parish, 305 Green St., Fox Lake. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, at church with the Rev. John Radetski officiating.

A memorial fund has been directed to the Lost Lake-Randolph Historical Society.

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John Vander Sanden, 78, Waupun

John E. Vander Sanden, 78, Waupun, passed away peacefully Jan. 1, 2018, with family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

John was born Jan. 27, 1939, at the Fond du Lac Hospital, the son of Dick and Harriet Kemink Vander Sanden. John attended a one-room schoolhouse for grade school and graduated from Brandon High School in 1957. On Sept. 4, 1965, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Vossekuil, in Waupun. Together they had two children, Tammy of Beaver Dam and Rick of Middleton. John retired from Gleason Reel in 2004. He served in the U.S. Army and spent three years in Germany. Most importantly, John loved the Packers. He attended as many home games as he could thanks to the Madison Packer Backers and had his truck decked out in Green and Gold.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn; a daughter, Tammy (Barry) Kasuboski of Beaver Dam; a son, Rick (Kathy) Vander Sanden of Middleton; grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Bryce, Haylee, Lauren, Abbey, Madilyn and Chloe; and his beloved dog, Jessie.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Harriet Vander Sanden; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Clara Vossekuil; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

A celebration of John’s life will take place Saturday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. at Waupun United Methodist Church with the Rev. Debra Hastings officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun with American Legion Post 210 providing military rites. Friends and relatives may call on the family Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

The family thanks the wonderful staff at Agnesian Cancer Center, Waupun Memorial Hospital, and Hillside Home Care and Hospice for all their loving care and support during this past year. Memorials may be directed to either Hillside Home Care and Hospice or the United Methodist Church in Waupun.

Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun is serving the family. Visit for more information and to send condolences.

Joan Karow, 73, Fall River

Joan M. Karow, 73, Fall River, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at At Home Again Assisted Living in Columbus.

A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 5, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Columbus from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at noon.

A full obituary will follow.

Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral Home in Columbus is serving the family.