PACKWAUKEE—Elizabeth “Liz” Grabman, age 68, of Packwaukee, Wis., died on Wed., Jan. 8, 2020, at Agrace Hospice in Fichburg, Wis.
Liz was born on Dec. 17, 1951, to Joseph and Evelyn (Scott) Leuck.
Liz was raised by her Aunt Annabel and Edwin Caldwell. Edwin was in the Navy, so, Liz traveled to many different schools, from Chicago to Barnsville, Ohio. She graduated from Reedsburg High School in 1969.
Liz attended O’Connel airline school, she graduated and began her career as an airline sturdiest for International Chartered Airlines. She traveled all over, including Paris, London, and Germany.
In Sept. of 1971, Liz met the love of her life. Her and Carl were married June 3, 1972, in Endeavor, Wis. The two ran the family dairy farm. Liz also had several waitressing jobs.
Liz was the chairwoman of the Marquette Country Women’s Committee Farm Bureau, an avid gardener, and would pressure can just about anything. They ran three lunch trucks and sold food at area auctions.
Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 47 years, Carl of Packwaukee; daughter, Carrie (Chad) Ratz of Endeavor; grandchildren, Kendal Thomson and Carissa Ratz; a grand-dog, Hank; half-sisters, Bonnie (Richard) Allen, and Lyn (Les) Wilken; two sisters-in-law, Carol (Larry) Kamrath and Claudia Vesley; also, by many nieces; nephews; cousins; and special friends that meant the world to her.
The family would like to thank ICU and all the nurses at Divine Savior and all the staff at Agrace, in Fitchburg.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Beaver Dam—Gary L. Fischer, age 75 of Beaver Dam, passed away, unexpectedly, on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Marshfield Medical Center, Beaver Dam.
Gary was born on June 19, 1944, in Beaver Dam, the son of Harold and Marge (Potter) Fischer. On Sept. 26, 1964, he was united in marriage to Karen Olsen at Zion Lutheran Church, in Burnett. He worked as a press operator at Monarch Range for many years.
Gary was a NASCAR and football fan, and enjoyed golfing, shooting pool, and trap shooting. A lover of the outdoors, he also liked to hunt, fish, camp, and go snowmobiling as a member of the T n’ T Riders of Burnett. In his earlier years, he ran his own small game farm and was a member of the Beaver Dam Pigeon and Bantam Club, where he raised show pigeons, also raced pigeons. Gary was also a member of the Antique Power Show and Atwater Conservation Club.
Gary is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen Fischer of Beaver Dam; his children, Jeff (Ginny) Fischer of Beaver Dam and Vicki (Mike) Rahn of Juneau; grandchildren, Brandon Lueptow, Jeff Fischer Jr., Alex Rahn, Kaley Grall and Aidan Grall; great-grandchildren, Amelia and Cohen; brother, Harold (Candy) Fischer of Arizona; and further survived by nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Don and Eugene; sisters, Sharon, Sandy, and Judy; grandson, Jonathan Grall; and other relatives.
Visitation for Gary will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will take place at Highland Memory Gardens, town of Trenton.
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com.
WASHBURN—It was a wonderful life, and though she regretted leaving it, she considered the breadth of the Milky Way and said, “I will see you in the stars.” Deri Robertson Ament was born on May 14, 1945, in Detroit, Mich. to Daniel and Doris Robertson. She left us on Jan. 5, 2020. Deri grew up in Woodland Hills, Calif., graduating from W. H. Taft High School. Determined to become a teacher, she collected college credit from Pierce Jr. College in Calif., and Kent and Cleveland State in Ohio. She met Dave, the love of her life, on a blind date in Cleveland, on Easter. Seven months later, they were married, on Thanksgiving Day. Together, they continued their joint effort to earn teaching degrees from UW-Whitewater. She was thrilled to accept her first teaching position in Kewaskum, Wis. on her 26th birthday.
Children were Deri’s passion, and she was destined to be an educator. In 2003, she received the Baraboo School District Teacher of the Year Award, an honor she considered her “lifetime achievement award,” having taught grades K-9 in four different school districts and substituted in others while supporting Dave’s career in school administration. She eventually settled into several years at the fifth-grade level (her favorite) at East Elementary, then retired from Baraboo School District in June 2004 to substitute teach and pursue other interests.
She tried hard not to be a “hover mother,” and said that her best work shined through her kids, Darci and Doug. Being their mother was one of her greatest blessings.
Deri loved camping, and her first experience was with Dave—a three-month trip to the Western U.S. and Canada. It was so fabulous that they camped the next summer. When the kids came along, they shared their parent’s love for the outdoors. Deri cared deeply about people. As a member of PEO’s Chapter BR, she formed loving, supportive relationships while being instrumental in securing scholarships for young women. She maintained close friendships near and far. Deri was also an avid reader. Her book club buddies brought her so much joy. And she loved to paint and sketch. There was always a painting forming in her mind; a world of light and color.
Deri is survived by her children, Darci (Andrew) Tronick of Seaside, Calif. and Doug (Stephanie) Ament of Washburn, Wis.; grandchildren, Fletcher, Grace and Hunter Ament; niece, Julie (Bob) Ledford and their children, Lee, and Jack, Wash. Her husband, David, preceded her in death, as did her parents; brother, Robbie; and sister, (Deborah).
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to PEO Chapter BR, UW’s Carbone Cancer Center, or Camp Hope (a camp for grieving children; see camphopeforkids.org).
The family wishes to extend its deepest appreciations to Dr. Maureen Murphy, Dr. James Heun, and the staff at UW Carbone Cancer Center, SSM Health, Regional Hospice Group of Ashland, and Langford Drug of Washburn for their compassionate and supportive care. Her family would also like to offer a special thanks to all the Baraboo and Washburn friends who offered so much love and support throughout her battle. Her immediate family was small, as was Dave’s, but they were blessed with far too many friends to mention—friends that helped fill the void. Many holidays were celebrated with the Moon/Anchor family, and with George and Eleanor (John and Susan) Hanold. A wonderful life indeed.
Deri’s Celebration of Life will take place at the Baraboo Arts Center on Sunday, March 15 from 1-5 p.m.
FOX LAKE—Timothy J. Shea, 72, of Fox Lake, Wis., passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 5, 2020.
Tim, the son of Bernard and Dolores (Marsch) Shea, was born Feb. 7, 1947, in Watertown. Tim graduated from Watertown High School and then went to school in Milwaukee to become a barber. While in barber school, he met the love of his life, Madelyn Mezera, at the roller rink in Beaver Dam. They were married July 26, 1969, in Fox Lake. Tim was a barber at the Blue Bird in Waupun, working there until he was drafted into the Army in 1970. Tim served his tour of duty in Italy until 1972. Upon his return, the couple moved to Fox Lake where they started a family and he began a career at John Deere as a punch press operator. He retired in 2004 after 31 years of service. In his retirement, he delivered packages for E.C.S. in Fox Lake. Tim was an active member of the Fox Lake American Legion Post 521, Annunciation Catholic Church in Fox Lake and he was president of the Fox Lake library board for 25 years.
Tim’s love for his family was most important to him. He loved attending family reunions, holiday get-togethers and watching his kid’s and grandkid’s many activities. He enjoyed many summer days on his John Deere tractor mowing lawns. He was known to buy more power tools than he’d ever use! He was an avid Packer and Badger fan and could often be heard yelling at the TV because of bad refereeing. Tim was Irish to the bone and St. Patrick’s Day was a national holiday in his home. He could at times be gruff on the outside, but he had a heart of gold on the inside.
Tim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Madelyn; a son, Aaron (Lynn) Shea of Durham, N.C.; a son, Chad (Jayme) Shea of Appleton, Wis.; a daughter, Leah Shea of Portland, Ore.; three grandchildren, Owen, Macey, and Nolan Shea; siblings, Patti (Bruce) Cassel, Mary (John) Zimmermann, Kathy (Jim) Vergenz, Joni (Jim) Schultz, Tina (Mike) Minnich, Mike Shea, Dan (Kathy) Shea, and Brian (Audra) Shea; brother-in-law, Bill Berger; sister-in-law, MaryBeth Shea; siblings-in-law, Paul (Maureen) Mezera, Greg (Barb) Mezera, Dick Mezera, Mary (Mike) Thompson, Joan (Glen) Deno, Barb Kaufmann; sister-in-law, Kathy Murphy; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; brother, Ron Shea; sister, Cheryl Berger; sister-in-law, Kristine Shea; brothers-in-law, John Mezera and Howie Mezera; and nephews, Elliott Schultz and Beau Zimmermann.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Timothy J. Shea will be held Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church in Fox Lake with Fr. John Radetski officiating. Visitation is at the Church from 12 p.m. until the time of service. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 521 in Fox Lake.
Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family. Please visit our website at www.wernerharmsenfuneralhome.com for a complete obituary and to send condolences.
Jayne Blodgett Murray of Mayville, Wis., who boasted of beating JFK in Chinese checkers passed away on Jan. 7, 2020. She was 93 years young.
Jayne Adelaide Blodgett was born Oct. 23, 1926 in Fond du Lac, Wis., the second child of William Morris Blodgett and Adelaide Blodgett (nee Docter). She was much like her mother whom she adored.
In the third grade Jayne was diagnosed with rheumatic fever and as a result was often confined to bedrest while her playmates were running and playing on bright sunny days. Others may have viewed this as unfair, but Jayne said of her childhood, “I was lucky.”
Lucky, she meant, because of the books she read while cooped up in her room; books like The Bobsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Black Beauty and The Wind in the Willows. Books opened to Jayne the larger world of imagination and possibilities. She and her brother Billy, also homebound with the disease, capitalized on their plight by telling each other elaborate tales of travel and adventure. The writings of Longfellow, Tennyson, Frost and others combined with encouragement (but never pity) from her parents and civic-minded family, stirred her imagination and inspired her to a lifetime of service to her country.
At a very tender age, the die was cast.
Jayne was proud of her ancestry, and for good reason. Her maternal grandfather was Christian William (C.W.) Docter (1868—1946), a prominent entrepreneur who arrived in Mayville in 1889 with only three cents in his pocket yet went on to operate a successful photography studio, novelty store and the Modjeska (later called the May) Theater. On her father’s side the first Blodgetts arrived in 1637 from England. Jayne’s great-great-grandfather Nathan Blodgett proudly fought in the American Revolution.
Jayne excelled in school. She had a natural talent for drawing and painting for which she was quick to credit her grandmother Kate, a gifted teacher, artist and poet. Upon graduating high school in 1944, Jayne studied art for two years at UW-Madison, joining the Chi Omega sorority and Sigma Lambda art society.
In 1947 a fortuitous trip to California would set her life on a new and exciting course. On a train called the Santa Fe Chief Jayne was discovered by a Hollywood agent who prompted her into a successful modeling career with the Harry Conover Agency in New York City, creating no small buzz back in Mayville. It was during this time that Jayne became best friends with pioneering war reporter, Gloria Emerson.
A small town girl in the Big Apple, Jayne had quite the time fending off several would-be suitors, including a young congressman by the name of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who she would date for over a year. JFK invited Jayne to his wedding and inauguration, and he would later receive Jayne and her husband into the oval office for a visit.
The ultimate winner of Jayne’s affections and her hand in marriage was handsome insurance broker and New York socialite James Gordon Murray. They married March 4, 1950; their four-month European honeymoon a grand adventure in itself. They settled in Bedford, N.Y., had three children and Jayne was very involved in their education. In this idyllic setting Jayne became involved with the Daughters of the American Revolution and politics at every level, such as campaigning for Thomas Dewey and Barry Goldwater. In 1951 Jayne was admitted into the exclusive New York Social Registry. Jayne and James would ultimately divorce in 1973.
After 40 years in New York state, during which time she was a successful real estate agent, Jayne returned to her beloved Mayville where she operated the River’s Bend Inn, a beautiful bed and breakfast with a decidedly early-American motif. Never truly retired, Jayne continued to be active in local and state politics.
A lifelong reader, Jayne was strongly influenced by “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. These books helped develop her Libertarian leanings.
A powerful lyric poem titled “Renascence” by Edna St. Vincent Millay was a favorite of Jayne’s. A brief excerpt:
O God, I cried, no dark disguise
Can e’er hereafter hide from me
Thy radiant identity!
Thou canst not move across the grass
But my quick eyes will see Thee pass,
Nor speak, however silently,
But my hushed voice will answer Thee.
I know the path that tells Thy way
Through the cool eve of every day;
God, I can push the grass apart
And lay my finger on Thy heart!
Jayne is survived by her children: Jaynie Blodgett Murray (Juneau, Wis.), James Gordon Murray (Asheville, N.C.); grandchildren Emily (Thomas) Poulton, Sarah Murray, and Abigail (Joseph) Adams; great-granddaughter Maisie Joy Poulton close friend Alan Johnson of Coer d’Alene, Idaho, and many other family and friends. Jayne was preceded in death by her parents, her dear brother Billy and her beloved dog Daisy.
Today the lights that shine on the cupola of the White Limestone School Museum bear witness to the generosity and love of country of Mayville’s favorite daughter.
Jayne’s amazing life is described in her own book, “The River’s Bend; Memoirs of Mayville, Modeling and JFK’s Blue Jeans.”
A funeral service for Jayne will take place on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville with the Rev. David Koch officiating. A visitation will take place on Friday. Jan. 10 from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home in Mayville. Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery in Mayville.
In lieu of flowers, Jayne has requested that everyone read the book, The Law by Frederic Bastiat and/or donate to the Dodge County, Wis. Humane Society.
Special thanks to Jayne’s special caregivers- Trish, Leah, Mary, and Rachel and the doctors, nurses, and staff at AngelsGrace Hospice In Oconomowoc for all of their love, support, and care shown to Jayne and her family. Lastly, thank you to the many, many, friends that Jayne has made over the years in Mayville for their friendship and care.
Koepsell Funeral Home In Mayville is serving the family. For online condolences and other information please visit www.KoepsellFH.com
BARABOO—Betty Ann Schwandt-Lawver, age 89, passed away peacefully with her children at her bedside on Jan. 5, 2020, at Meadowview Memory Care in Baraboo, Wis. Betty was born in Mayville, Wis. in 1930; the third of seven children to Roland and Norma Voss.
Betty graduated from Mayville High School and went on to attended Saint Agnes School of Nursing where she received her diploma of nursing. Betty accepted her first position at Waupun Memorial Hospital where she met her first husband, Vincent Roy Schwandt, who was a patient.
Betty married Vincent in April of 1953 in Green Lake, Wis. Betty and Vincent moved to Fond du Lac, Wis. where they began their family. Vincent died unexpectedly at age 44. Betty continued to work at St. Anges Hospital in Fond du Lac, Wis. for 21 years, continuing her nursing career and completed her bachelor’s degree and received a certificate of Public Health from Alverno College. Betty worked as a public health and school nurse for 12 years.
While working with the city of Fond du Lac, she met Clarence Lawver in the parking lot of the courthouse. Betty married Clarence November of 1983. Shortly after, she retired from the City of Fond du Lac Public Health Department. Clarence and Betty spent many happy years together traveling; especially enjoying winters in Yuma, Ariz. and visiting their children on the west coast.
In 2009, Betty moved to Baraboo, Wis. While in Baraboo, Betty met many new friends while playing BINGO and enjoying “Concert on the Square”. Betty moved into Meadowview Memory Care in 2015. While there, Betty made a close friendship with Gigi and the nursing/care staff. Betty’s nursing skills never left her; she made sure fellow residents were cared for in her special way.
Betty fought her battle with Alzheimer’s with strength and always a positive attitude.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Earl, Alan (Annie), Norman (Helen) Voss; and sister, Joan (Lester Twigg), and Dolly (Jim Warden). Survived by her sister, Geraldine (Richard Marten) Fond du Lac, Wis.; daughter; Judy; and sons, Daniel, David (Jo Ellen), Richard (Michael); five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life will be held at United Church of Christ 131 6th Ave., Baraboo, Wis. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. Pastor Doug Fauth will be officiating. The family has suggested in leu of flowers, donations be made to Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care www.agrace.org or the Alzheimer’s Foundation at www.alzfdn.org
Henry John Both, Jr., age 89, of Reedsburg, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at his home.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Rita Hagestedt.
Henry is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Reedsburg; children, Ronald John (Karen) Both of LaValle, Barbara (Irven) Merner of Algonquin, Ill., Sharon Johnson of Reedsburg, Susan (Azzolina) Frank of Valparaiso, Ind., Mary (John) Kittle of Hanover Park, Ill., Theresa (Mark) Bouras of Wisconsin Dells, Richard Both of Visalia, Calif., Michael (Amelia) Both of Wheaton, Ill.; and sister, Gloria Hills of Arlington Heights, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Henry Both, Jr. will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at the FARBER FUNERAL HOME in Reedsburg with Chaplain Dan Farber officiating, concluding the service with military rites. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
The Farber Funeral Home, Reedsburg, is assisting the family.
OXFORD / POYNETTE- Dennis R. Fuller, age 71, passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, surrounded by his family, at his home in Oxford Township, from complications of diabetes.
Dennis was born on July 16, 1948 in Poynette, Wis., the son of Edwin Wayne and Thelma Maxine (Dunning) Fuller. He graduated from Poynette High School in 1966. On June 5, 1971, Dennis married Susan Doherty at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Poynette. Dennis was a longtime farmer. He also worked for ABS for 27 years and Rio High School before retiring. He was a member of the Wisconsin Mule and Donkey Society. Dennis tolerated donkeys for his grandchildren. He enjoyed farming, working with cattle, riding horses, trail riding, camping and spending time with family.
He is survived by his wife, Susie Fuller, of Oxford; two daughters, Darby Fuller, Oxford and Dannon (Scott) Milton, Packwaukee; two granddaughters, Madeline and Marren Milton; three brothers, Darrell (Bonnie) Fuller, Greenville, South Carolina, Doug (Jackie) Fuller, Poynette, and Duane (Donna) Fuller, Poynette; his brothers- and sisters-in-law, James Doherty, Poynette, Gene (Gerry) Doherty, Poynette, Kathy (Rich) Leach, Bozeman, Montana, Barb Doherty, Poynette, Jean Doherty, DeForest, Edie Doherty, Poynette; many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He is further survived by his quarter-horses and crazy cow dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, James and Ellen Doherty, and a brother-in-law, Steve Doherty.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 655 S. Main St., Poynette, with Fr. Balaraju Eturi and Fr. Raymond Dischler presiding. Inurnment will be private. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 at the church, and from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the church.
A special thank you to Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care, especially The Indigo Team, Amy, RN case manager and her crew.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the family for a memorial that will be established in Dennis’ name.
The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette (www.pmmfh.com) is assisting the family.
MONTELLO—Betty Jean Murray, age 96, of Montello, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg surrounded by her family. Betty was born in Portage to Julius and Naomi (Schuldt) Thurler on April 4, 1923. She graduated from Portage High School in 1941 and married Thomas “Tom” Murray in New York City on Aug. 10, 1942. Together they were blessed with 75 years of marriage and three children; Tom preceded Betty in death on Oct. 20, 2017.
Betty was employed by Marquette County Social Services for many years. She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Montello as well as the Montello Fire Belles. Betty was active in the American Legion Post #351 Auxiliary and also volunteered at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Home at King. In her early years, she enjoyed bowling, crafts and sewing. Betty and Tom spent over 20 years as Winter Texans in Alamo and belonged to the Wisconsin Campers Association for over 50 years. While in Texas, she volunteered as a tutor. Betty always loved to dance with Tom.
Betty leaves behind three children: Cheryl and Peggy Murray, both of Madison, and John (Susan) of Waunakee. She is also survived by two granddaughters: Jenny (Travis) Maass and Naomi (fiancé Dalton Johnston) Murray as well as two great granddaughters: Alexis and Aubrey Maass and several nieces and nephews.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Maxine (Warren) Holger.
A memorial service for Betty Murray will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Montello. Visitation will be held from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m.. Rev. Kristen Lowe will preside and private inurnment will take place at the Montello City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the family for several memorials that will be established in Betty’s name.
Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Montello and Oxford is honored to be serving the family. www.CrawfordFH.com
PORTAGE—Julia E. “Judy” (Wiedman) (Vils) Van Horn, age 69, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison.
Judy was born on May 12, 1950, in Madison County, Iowa, the daughter of John and Mildred (Bindel) Wiedman. Her long time career spanned over 35 years with St. Vincent De Paul of Portage where she enjoyed seeing her regular customers and helping many in the community until her retirement. She spent her retirement years enjoying her grandchildren’s many activities and enjoying precious time with her great-grandchildren. Judy’s family was her pride and joy and she never missed an opportunity to share in their lives. As a Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and friend she set the bar for love, caring, understanding and worry for those close to her. She will be missed by many and thought of fondly while her memory remains.
She is survived by her sons; Kelly (Meaghan) Vils and Troy (Stephanie) Vils; her grandchildren, Cierra, Samantha, Kristopher, Brandan, Sydney, Patrick, Erin and Brecken; her great-grandchildren Mylah and Sylas; her siblings, Helen Wiedman, John (Nancy) Wiedman, Beverly Maxwell and Kathy (Randy) Jones; her sister-in-law, Shirley Wiedman; nephews, nieces, other relatives and her good friend Kurtis Huebner and many friends. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles Van Horn, her brother, Glen Wiedman, her sisters Rose Rinkert, Dorothy Bear, Edith Jacobs and her twin sister, JoAnn Barker.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage (www.pmmfh.com). A second visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Winterset, Iowa, with burial to follow at Winterset City Cemetery where she will be laid to rest alongside her twin sister JoAnn.
BARABOO—Edward J. Radl, age 81, of Baraboo, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born Aug. 20, 1938 in Madison, Wis., the son of Godfrey and Louise “Grace” (Kast) Radl. Ed was married on May 18, 1963 to the former Linda Ruhland of Plain, Wis. Ed retired from the Veterans Administration and loved fishing, playing cards and Formula One Racing. Survivors include his wife, Linda Radl of Baraboo; 2 sons, James E. Radl of Austin, Texas, Craig F. Radl of Kunsan, South Korea; 2 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Paul Radl of Sauk City, Mike Radl of Rock Hill, S.C.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Godfrey and Grace Radl; a daughter, Nora Ann Radl; a sister, Marlene Klemm; 3 brothers, George, Richard and Glenn Radl.
A Mass in Memory of Edward Radl will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Plain, Wis. Fr. John Silva and Fr. Jay Poster will concelebrate with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home in Spring Green is assisting the family with the arrangements.
WAUPUN—Jerrianne Vanderkin, 77, of Waupun, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 at her home.
A memorial service for Jerrianne Vanderkin will be held Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Waupun United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Friends and relatives may call on the family on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home and on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
WAUPUN—Elmer Hopp, 95, of Waupun, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Prairie Ridge Memory Care Facility in Waupun.
Elmer was born Sept. 15, 1924, in the town of Waupun in Fond du Lac County the son of Edward and Hattie Vande Kolk Hopp. On Aug. 17, 1960, he married Junice Kwakkel in Waupun. The couple resided in Waupun all their married lives. Junice preceded him in death on Oct. 9, 1991. Elmer was a milk hauler for several years and delivered to Alto Dairy. He was later employed by National Rivet & Manufacturing in Waupun for 32 years from which he retired. He later had a paper route, mowed lawns, blew snow, and gardened. Elmer enjoyed trading vehicles every other year as well as camping. Elmer was a member of First Reformed Church in Waupun where he and Junice were custodians for several years. On April 3, 1993, Elmer married Annice Van Buren at Alto Reformed Church. The couple resided in Waupun all their married lives. Elmer was a member of the UAW Machinist Union.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Annice Hopp of Waupun; two daughters: Karen (David) Giebink of Pardeeville and Christine (John) Scheuers of Randolph; six grandchildren: Jennifer Giebink, Katherine (Ben) King, Mathew (Amy) Scheuers, Steven Scheuers, Nathanael (Danielle) Scheuers, and Elisabeth (Colton) Sherwood; five great-grandchildren: Levi, Ava, Isaac, Austin, and Taylor; a sister, Millie Armga of Waupun; step-children: Dale (Chris) Schouten, Ronald Schouten, Beverly (Jerald) Yunto, Kathy Muckerheide, Faye Schouten, and Debra (Jerry) Heller; several step-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Elmer was preceded in death by his first wife, Junice; a brother Bert Hopp; sisters: Lila Buwalda, Marion Beekman, Gladys Schaalma, and Helen Vande Zande; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Funeral services for Elmer Hopp will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Pastor Randy Schaub officiating. Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family. Please visit our website at www.wernerharmsenfuneralhome.com for further information and to send condolences.
BEAVER DAM—June R. Jeske, 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Beaver Dam Health Center.
June was born on April 5, 1927, the daughter of George and Hulda (Stelter) Immerfall in Beaver Dam.
June is survived by her sons: Fred Kniskern, Robert (Cathy) Kniskern and Richard Kniskern; her grandson Rob Kniskern; and her sisters Clarisse Dean and Betty Haefner; also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and many brothers and sisters.
A graveside service for June will be held at Oakwood Cemetery (old side) on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at noon with Deacon Ed Cody officiating.
The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com
Gary R. Bolar, 64, of Sauk City, Wis., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at Maplewood surrounded by family and friends. Gary was one of the longest living transplant recipients of 29 years.
Gary was born on Dec. 18, 1955, in Tomah, Wis. to Roy and Camilla (Johnson) Bolar. Gary was passionate about many things in life. He enjoyed spending time with many of his friends; whether it was hanging out with the boys at happy hour, playing cribbage, hunting, fishing, collecting knives, guns or hats.
Gary is survived by his son, Brandon; sister, Geri Dee; along with a special dog, Gunner. In addition, to many family and friends.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, his fiancén Rita Osgood; and his son, Jason Bolar.
A Celebration of Gary’s Life will be held at Riviera Bowl, 51 Polk Street, Sauk City, Wis. on Saturday, January 25th from noon until 5:00 p.m.
Colleen Schroeder, 65, of Bangor, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at Methodist hospital, Mayo Clinic Health system in Rochester, Minn. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at St Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 40116th Ave North Bangor. Rev. Roy Hefti will officiate. Private burial will be in Burn’s cemetery at a later date. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at JANDT-FREDRICKSON FUNERAL HOME, 102 Hattan Street Bangor, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Sunshine on the Trail or St Paul’s Ev Lutheran church and school, both in Bangor. The complete Obituary can be found and online condolences may be offered at www.jandtfredrickson.com
MONONA—Marjorie R. Lanphear, age 90, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.
She was born on Dec. 6, 1929, the daughter of Hubert and Edna (Meyer) Arentz. Marjorie graduated from Sparta High School in 1948. Marjorie worked for over 25 years as an administrative assistant for State Legislatures, retiring in the early 1990s. She was an excellent cook and was especially known for her delicious pies.
Marjorie is survived by two sons, Michael (Ellen) Smith and Jeff “Buck” (Kathy Heller) Smith; and daughter-in-law, Debra McConnell. She was preceded in death by her son, David Smith; parents; and four husbands, James E. Smith, Ken Clayton, Alfred Gabower and Wayne Lanphear.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at ST. STEPHEN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5700 Pheasant Hill Road, Monona, with a Memorial Service at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Elisa Brandt presiding. Burial will be held at Highland Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dane County Humane Society.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Brook Gardens, Lake Mills, for all of their wonderful care and support given to Marjorie over the last couple of years. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
NEW LISBON—Evelyn Lucile (Pasch) Hicks, 75, passed away on Dec. 29, 2019, in her home in New Lisbon, Wis. She was born to Elmer and Dolores (Deichler) Pasch on Dec. 26, 1944. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Evie was raised on a farm in Clifton, Wis. She attended Rock Edge School and Tomah High School. She married Harley Lee Hicks, Sr. on April 7, 1961. She proudly raised three children, Rebecca Rae Ingli of Ellsworth, Wis., Harley Lee Hicks Jr., of Lebanon, Ill., and Gabriel Ryan Hicks of Holmen, Wis. Evie grieved the death of Harley Sr. in 2002. In 2008, Evie met significant other, Dick Carle. She shared ten years of love and joy with Dick, until his death in 2018.
Evie was an active participant in the New Lisbon Community. She taught Sunday School at her church for more than thirty years. She was a huge part of planning and preparing all of the activities for each annual New Lisbon Wa Du Shuda Days parade. Evie was active on the New Lisbon Welcome Committee, a Lioness, a member of the New Lisbon Auxiliary and Legion, and a member of many other New Lisbon area organizations. She worked diligently to help others and her community. In 1991, Evie was voted “CITIZEN OF THE YEAR” to recognize her dedication, time and service in the City of New Lisbon and the Chamber of Commerce.
Evie proudly worked for many local businesses, including Weiland’s Dairy Queen, Target Bluff Supper Club and Castle Rock Golf Course. She worked full time at Triple-P, (later known as Farnum—Sealing Systems) in Necedah until her retirement. After retirement, Evie worked in various part-time positions within the New Lisbon School District until 2018.
Evie enjoyed playing pinochle and poker. She enjoyed bowling (especially with her grandchildren), dancing, listening to music and golfing. Evie spent most of her time with loved family and friends. She filled her life with fun, and enjoyed helping others. She was an avid fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers.
Evie was preceded in death by her husband, Harley Hicks Sr., significant other, Dick Carle, parents, Elmer and Dolores Pasch, granddaughter, Amber Rose Ingli, grandson, Tony Ingli, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles and grandparents.
Evie is survived by her children, Rebecca (Randy) Ingli, Harley (Sylvia) Hicks Jr., and Gabriel Hicks. She is further survived by grandchildren, Randy (Mylessa) Ingli Jr., Nicholas (Heather Styba) Ingli, Conner Hicks, Danica Hicks, Elisa Jenzewski, Nolan Hicks and Amelia Hicks. She was proud of her nine great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by siblings Carolyn Finstad, Judith (Ron) Stanek, Grace (Tim) Hein, Cindy (Tom) Eder, Elmer Pasch Jr. and Jeffery (Mary) Pasch.
Arrangements were handled by Hare Funeral Home of New Lisbon, Wis.
We want to thank community members, friends, and relatives for loving, supporting, and helping Evie make the world a better place.
NEW LISBON—Sandra L. Sanders, known affectionately by friends and family as “Sam”, passed from this earth on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, to claim her rightful place in heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born in Madison, Wis. on July 27,1942. She was the fourth of six children and was an added joy to her loving parents, William and Alyce.
On June 15,1984, Sandra married her best friend and love of her life, Eldon Sanders in The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They spent 35 wonderful years together in marriage. In later years, when they made their home in New Lisbon, Sandra and Eldon were proud members of St. Luke’s Church.
Sandra spent her entire life working to support her family, spending many of her early years employed at Interstate Periodicals in Madison, Wis. and then later pursuing a second career at Acosta Sales & Marketing. Upon retirement, Sandra and Eldon moved to New Lisbon where she continued to work at St. Luke’s Church Leap of Faith Preschool and the Community Closet thrift store. Sandra worked nearly every day of her life and found peace and contentment in her labor, asking only that, “God, give me work until my life shall end, and life until my work is done.”
Sandra is survived by her loving husband, Eldon, and two daughters: Tammy J. Johnson (Ray) and Jody L. Krivanek (Jason), as well as a stepdaughter and stepson, Susan Terry (Scott), and Steven Sanders (Joanne). She was blessed with seven grandchildren: Justin, Wade, Willie, Bryce, Allyssa, Dawn, and Tina; as well as nine great-grandchildren. Sandra also leaves behind her beloved sister, Cathy Faris (William) of Stoughton, and brother Myron Phillips of Calif., along with many cherished nieces and nephews. Sandra was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ralph Phillips, Sr., her brothers, Ralph and Kenneth, and a sister, Donna.
The many personal notes found in and among the pages of Sandra’s Bible reflect her dedication to hard work, daily devotion, and self-improvement. At times, she lived a life wrought with difficulty, but was honest enough to admit that she had made mistakes along the way. Even so, she was secure in the knowledge that God’s grace would overcome these imperfections. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Sandra wore her heart on her sleeve and always had a song in her heart. In her best moments, she was the purest soul who wanted only to love and be loved by those around her. Like her mother, it was not uncommon for her to reach out to a family member or a stranger in need. Those whom she was closest to will forever remember her fondly as the originator of the “I LOVE YOU” present.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Leap of Faith Preschool at St. Luke’s Church in New Lisbon, Wis.
Sister Genevieve M. Bordac, age 98 of Necedah, passed away peacefully at Edenbrook Nursing Home in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. on Thursday Jan. 2, 2020. Sister Genevieve was born in Oldenburg, Ind. on June 17, 1921, to Matthew and Anna (Janos) Bordac. She entered the convent of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Ind. on Sept. 8, 1938, and professed her vows on June 11, 1941. Sister Genevieve left her order due to its modernization in the late 70’s and moved to Necedah in 1979. She joined the order of the Seven Sorrows of Our Sorrowful Mother. Sister Genevieve taught elementary school for 50 years. In Necedah, she taught at the Queen of the Holy Rosary School. For the past 4 years she had resided at Cottage Care Circle in Mauston, Wis.
Her parents and brothers preceded her in death. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday Jan. 10, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Chapel (N11190 17th Ave) in Necedah, Wis. Friends may call at the Chapel on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. There will be a Rosary Service at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Queen of the Holy Rosary Mediatrix of Peace Cemetery in Necedah. The HARE FUNERAL HOME in New Lisbon is assisting with services. Online condolences are available at www.harefuneralhome.com
MAUSTON—Karen Ann Blixt, “Ma”, age 72 of Mauston, Wis., passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at the Conway-Picha Funeral Home in Lyndon Station, Wis. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 4 p.m.
Karen was born Dec. 9, 1947, in Mauston, the daughter of Edwin and Marie (Mattas) Georgeson. She was raised in the New Lisbon area and graduated from New Lisbon High school in 1966.
Karen loved her family more than anything in this world. She was a compassionate and caring person who would give a stranger the shirt off her back. Fun-loving, easy going, and full of sass; she was known by many as simply “Ma”. Karen was quick to forgive and cherished the little things in life, recognizing them as the things that really mattered. She enjoyed the outdoors: camping, fishing, sitting around a campfire, people watching, and spending time with family, friends, and her fur babies; especially her guard-dog Blanca, who was always on her lap.
Karen is survived by her sons, Kreg (Christy) Georgeson of New Lisbon, Dennis (Brenda) Blixt of Lyndon Station and Jerry (Leslie) Georgeson of Necedah, Wis.; a daughter, Tonya (Gabriel) Iglesias of Mauston; a brother, Duane (Karen) Georgeson of Necedah; a sister in law, Nancy Blixt of Mauston; 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; and some very dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dennis; sisters, Nadine, Marie and Eileen; and brothers, Robert, Edwin, James and Charles.
Special thanks goes out to Marv (Mary) Cox and Hospice Touch of Tomah.
In lieu of flowers, memorials of remembrance can be directed to the family.
The Conway-Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Lyndon Station, Wis., assisted the family with arrangements. For online condolences and information, go to www.pichafuneralhome.com.
DEFOREST/MONTELLO/PORTAGE—Roger Elmer Bliefnick, age 78, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. He was born in the Township of Mecan on Oct. 30, 1941, to parents, Elmer and Viola (Klawitter) Bliefnick. Roger attended Lakeside grade school and graduated from Montello high school. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War era. He was a recip engine mechanic, stationed at Truax Field, Madison.
While working at Gisholt Company, Roger met Marcia Thompson and they were married Aug. 7, 1965, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was a faithful and active member in his church; serving on the elders committee and church council, ushering and assisting with communion, and visiting parishioners.
Roger worked for NCR, then Rowley Schlimgen as an office machine technician. He began his insurance career at Aid Association for Lutherans, working in insurance and security sales until his retirement in 2010. Roger was a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFAA) and served two years as president of the Underwriters Association for South Central District of Wisconsin. He enjoyed mentoring, teaching classes, and attending the many convention trips all over the country.
He was a 4H leader for over a decade, teaching woodworking. He was an avid car, motorcycle and airplane enthusiast and he loved hunting and fishing when he was able. He cherished spending time with his family and loved riding with his grandkids on the golf cart at their cottage.
He participated in charity events and volunteered his time for Habitat for Humanity, various food pantries, as well as, assisting with repairs and painting for elderly and nursing homes. He was a longtime dedicated blood donor. Roger had an attitude of service and has touched the lives of many. He will be remembered dearly as a caring and good man.
Roger is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marcia Bliefnick; sons, Todd (Dawn) Bliefnick of Rock Falls, Ill., Chris Bliefnick of Poynette; daughter, Robin (Michael) Daly, of Conn.; grandchildren, Marissa, Kirsten, Ryan, Lyla and Freya; sisters, Carol (Gary) Eisenacher of Calif., and Betty Kozlowski of Montello. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jane Scanlon Arbeiter; and brother, Allen Bliefnick.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to dear friends, Marcus Lenius and Randy Anderson for their help during difficult times.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at ZION EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, W6906 County Rd. K, Leeds, WI, 53911. Visitation will take place at the church from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, as well as, one hour prior to the service on Friday. Memorials may be made to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com
BARABOO—Joseph B. Chestnut, age 75, of Baraboo, passed away on Jan. 1, 2020, at home. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his three children, Joseph of Ariz., Randall of Baraboo, and daughter, Temple Sutfin of Baraboo; seven grandchildren, Brent and Mitchell Wilson, Trey Torin and Abby Chestnut, Sean and Liam Sutfin; siblings, Nancy Laporte of Maine and George of R.I. Preceded in death by his parents, George and Edith Chestnut of Maine; one grandchild, Emma Chestnut; two sisters, Marilyn of Mass. and Ginny of R.I. Joseph was a great lover of his family, books, hunting, fishing and golfing. Services held at St. Joseph’s Church, 314 East St., Baraboo, Friday, Jan. 10. Rosary is 9:30 a.m., visitation is 10-11 a.m., Mass is 11 a.m., with a luncheon following. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Ronald McDonald House in Madison, who graciously took care of Joseph’s family during times of great familial duress.
HORICON—Kathleen Gensmer Bascombe is once again reunited with her sisters in heaven, after leaving this earth on Sunday evening, Jan. 5, 2020, at the age of 95. She was the youngest of three daughters born to Joseph and Eleanor (Metzger) Caughlin on March 16, 1924 and spent her childhood in Clyman, Wis. Her parents named her Kathleen Mary Caughlin, thus initiating Kathleen’s lifelong love for all things Irish. Kathleen’s dad Joe worked for the railroad and she fondly remembered riding the train daily from Clyman to Juneau High School until her graduation in 1942.
After marrying Alvin Robert Gensmer in 1944, Kathleen and her new husband settled in the Horicon community. There they began their journey together raising seven children, making ends meet, supporting their church, and contributing to their community. Kathleen was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon and a member of the Christian Women. She was also a member of the rosary makers group to send rosaries to the missions and the Schoenstatt Mother’s league. She worked for many years as the smiling receptionist at Gardner Manufacturing Company in Horicon.
Kathleen remarried Hubert “Jack” Bascombe several years after Al’s death. The couple hit the road, “snowbirding” to Florida each year. They crossed the continental U.S. several times, visiting children, grandchildren, old friends, and making new friends along the way. On many of these trips they paired up with Kathleen’s older sister Lucille and her husband Milo Froh. Only they and the Good Lord know the trouble they got into, but they sure had a good time!
Kathleen loved to dance and will always be remembered for her kind heart, gentle manner, and fun-loving nature. We will miss her dearly, but are comforted knowing she is finally reunited with her loved ones in heaven.
Kathleen is survived by her five daughters: Mary (Kevin) Kuzdas of Middleton, Ann Peters of Horicon, Susan (Paul) Marquardt of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Sandra (Eugene) Rossing of Horicon and Heidi (Barry) Lueck of Madison; her son Richard (Linda) Gensmer of Broomfield, Colo.; son-in-law Greg Miller of Centerville, Utah; 16 grandchildren, many beloved great grandchildren, and her lifelong friend Evelyn Richter of Beaver Dam. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, first and second husbands, daughter Debra, her brother James in infancy, and sisters Lucille (Milo) Froh and Margaret (Ray) Pauli.
A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Father Michael Petrie as celebrant. Inurnment will be at St. Malachy Cemetery in Horicon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon.
The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Horicon is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.
BEAVER DAM—George A. Bomkamp, 72, of Beaver Dam, formerly of Muscoda, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. He was born on Jan. 27, 1947, in Muscoda, the son of Albert and Margaret (Wilcox) Bomkamp. George graduated from Riverdale High School in 1965. George married Carlotta ‘Squeak’ Gutweiler in 1970. He worked at H&R Block in Beaver Dam. George loved to fish and take drives in the country. He lovingly referred to himself as, ‘The Honorable George A. Bomkamp,’ while harassing his friends.
George is survived by two sons, Tim Bomkamp of Odessa, Texas, Tad (Ashley Hanson) Bomkamp of Muscoda; sister Ginger (Kiyoshi) Charlton of Salinas, Calif.; many other relatives and friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents, former wife Squeak, and sister Georgia.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at the Godager Pratt Funeral Home in Muscoda from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and at Wolfy’s Irish Inn in Muscoda starting at 5:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held in Beaver Dam at a later date. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements. prattfuneralservice.com
RANDOLPH / WAUPUN—Shirley May Rupnow, age 89, formerly of Randolph, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at her home in Waupun.
Shirley was born in Oakfield, Wis., the daughter of Peter and Laura (Reklau) Kaul. She graduated from Oakfield High School in 1948. Shirley was united in marriage to Eugene Rupnow on Sept. 21, 1957 in Brownsville, Wis. Over the years, she raised a family, kept the house and helped her husband on the farm in Courtland Township. She was also employed with Jung Seed Co. seasonally, retiring in 2002. Shirley enjoyed watching the Brewers, playing sheepshead and completing crossword puzzles.
Shirley will be sadly missed and mourned by her children, Ronald of Fox Lake, Allen (Ella) of Beaver Dam, Gary of Sun Prairie and Lori of Waupun; her five grandchildren, Matthew Rupnow, Valarie (Daniel) Bingman, Whitney (Derek) Conwell, Ron “RJ” Rupnow Jr. and Justin Rupnow; two step grandchildren, Chelsey (Josh) Kircher and Cory Kohn; great grandchildren, Destiny, Justice, Jazzrae, Willow and Raven Bingman, Aylynn and Rory Conwell; step great grandchild, Cayden Kircher; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2004, a great granddaughter, Paije Bingman and her brothers, Elton and Marvin Kaul.
As per Shirley’s wishes, no services will be held. Inurnment will take place in Randolph Cemetery at a later date.
The Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home in Fox Lake is serving the family. For more information or online condolences, please visit www.kratzfh.com.
CLYMAN—Jerold R. “Jerry” Callies, 73, of Clyman passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at the Watertown Regional Medical Center.
Jerold was born the son of Clarence W. and Esther (Lee) Callies on Feb. 21, 1946, in Reeseville. He was married to Sharon Riese on Dec. 20, 1975, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clyman. He was employed with Byron Equipment in Watertown and later with Seneca Foods in Clyman. Jerry was a devoted husband and father who cared deeply for his family and friends.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Sharon of Clyman; his son, Jeremy Callies of Watertown; two grandchildren, Christianna and Alyssa Callies; his siblings, Clarence (Lois) Callies of Juneau, Diane Blasing of Wautoma, Ronald Callies of Juneau, James (Linda) Callies of Fort Atkinson, Rosemary (Donald) Dobbratz of Juneau, Douglas (Angela) Callies of Fond du Lac, Susan (Alfred) Jameson of Cambridge, Wis., Cindy (Nate) Elsner of Lowell, and William (Mary) Callies of Beaver Dam; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A visitation will be held at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Inurnment will take place at Reeseville Cemetery at a later date.
Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family.
REEDSBURG—Nadine Marie Borkowski, age 74, of Reedsburg, passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. She was born on Aug. 19, 1945, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Michael and Tillie (Klowski) Dubec. She united in marriage to Florian Borkowski in 1964 in Chicago, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Nadine is survived by her husband, Florian, of Reedsburg; daughters Deborah (Michael) Pare, of Kenosha, and Kerry (William) Hamilton, of Lake Delton; and three grandchildren.
Per family wishes, there will be no services held at this time.
The Farber Funeral Home, Reedsburg, is assisting the family.
Joan Lucille Byers, age 76, of rural Oxford passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home on Jan. 1, 2020. Joan was born in a farmhouse near Brooks, Wis. on Jan. 4, 1943, to Harvey and Ollie (Rathbun) Ellinger. She married Myron Byers on April 18, 1964, in Oxford and from that union came three children. Joan was a fantastic gardener, raising countless flowers and thousands of hostas over the years. She was very interested in and spent a lot of time working on genealogy projects and was always willing to give back to her community. In 2018, Joan was named Lioness of the Year by the Oxford Lionesses which she had been a part of for many years. She loved her family and enjoyed making memories with them, especially her granddaughter, Kim, who was like a daughter to her. Joan was a kind and courageous individual that brought an energy no one could ignore or forget. Joan and her many gifts will be greatly missed.
Joan leaves behind her husband of 55 years, Myron and son, Rodney (Melissa Little) of Harmony Grove; and granddaughter, Kimberly Krueger of Wisconsin Dells. She is also survived by son-in-law, Steven Krueger; and siblings, Dale (Sue) Ellinger, Carol (Rudy) Zacharias, Jack (Mary) Ellinger, and Jim (Karen) Ellinger along with many extended family members and friends.
Joan is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Rhonda Krueger; son, Aaron; brothers, Ronald, Keith, Bob, Jerry, Ken and Phil; sisters, Fae, Noma, Darleen and Shirley.
A celebration of Joan’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at the Oxford VFW Hall, N3250 1st Drive, Oxford from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Oxford Lioness Club, P.O. Box 412, Oxford, Wis. 53952.
Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Oxford and Montello is honored to be serving the family. www.CrawfordFH.com
MADISON—Gordon Benjamin Gasser passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Apache Junction, Ariz., after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 14, 1929, to Benjamin and Genevieve Gasser. Gordy graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School in 1947. He married Nancy Iverson in 1951; together, they had two daughters, Holly and Lisa. He enjoyed a lifetime of work. He began farming in high school, moved on to Teamsters, and then into banking. Gordy’s last and longest career was in the road construction industry. He started at DL Gasser Construction, followed by many years at Scott Construction, both in the Lake Delton, Wis. area.
Gordy loved riding his Honda Goldwing motorcycles, always making time to go on rides with his many friends. He was a member of the Shriners and Masons, beginning in 1954 until the time of his death. Gordy’s love for life and great sense of humor will be what will be missed most by many.
Gordy was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Nancy; his daughter, Holly; son-in-law, Tom Kane; parents, Ben and Genevieve Gasser; stepmother, Ruth Gasser; in-laws, Arthur and Ruth Iverson; and by his brother and sister-in-law, David and Elinore Gasser. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Kane; grandchildren, Bill, Shana, Brian, Shawn, Matt, Cherie, and Gordy. Great friends, Doug and Linda Scott, and Gene Murry; numerous nephews; nieces; extended family; and dear friends.
Celebration of life will be held on Jan. 25, 2020, at Noon.
Please join us at Palmas Del Sol, 3400 S. Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction, Ariz. Celebration will take place in the ballroom.
Special thanks to Hospice at Home of Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Shriners.
“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose,
BEAVER DAM—The Lord with peace and grace, reunited Della Rose Griepentrog at the age of 85, with her soul mate Milton on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Randolph Health Services.
Visitation for Della will take place on Friday, Jan. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam. Another visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church—Salem Lowell Campus. A funeral service will follow at the church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Vander Galien and Rev. Paul Schupmann officiating. Burial will take place at Highland Memory Gardens in the Tn. of Trenton.
Della was born the daughter of Andrew and Leona (Holmes) Hamilton on Jan. 16, 1934, in Coloma, Wis. She was united in marriage with Milton Griepentrog on Sept. 29, 1951 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Juneau. Della was a Certified Nursing Assistant for 27 ½ years at Clearview Behavioral Health in Juneau.
Della was a faithful, soft spoken Christian woman who was a member of Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Lowell where she served as secretary and treasurer for the Ladies Aid group and served on the alter guild. Della grew up during the depression era. One of her proudest memories was how she handled their two horses as her mother handled the plow and later enjoyed farming with tractors as a new bride. As a mother, she loved to sew and mend clothes. Della also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, macramé, painting ceramic plates and other crafts. She also loved to garden, whether it was fruit trees or her flower beds. Della’s greatest joy was from spending time with her family and friends.
She will be missed by her 4 daughters: Karen Leach of Bancroft, Lois (Randy) Kurtz, Marlene (Dick) Cigelske and Beverly (Randy) Behm, all of Beaver Dam; 2 sisters: Violet Holmes of Hancock, Wis. and Lillian (Ralph) Guderian of Lowell; sisters-in-law: Mildred Hamilton of Mayville and Amelda Ruhland of Beaver Dam; brother-in-law, Lester Griepentrog of Juneau, 6 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 8 step-great-grandchildren and 4 step-great-great grandchildren, with 2 on the way. Della is further survived by other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Milton in 2002; brother, Norman Hamilton; sisters: Florence Holmes and Gladys Holmes; and sisters-in-law: Arlina Neis and Lovilla Schimming.
If desired, memorials may be directed in Della’s name to St. John’s Lutheran Church- Salem Lowell Campus, Parkinson’s Disease Research or Hillside Hospice in Beaver Dam.
The family would like to thank all of her caregivers including; Home Health Care, Randolph Health Services and Hillside Hospice in Beaver Dam.
The Koepsell-Murray Funeral in Beaver Dam is serving the family. To make on online condolence or for more information visit www.KoepsellFH.com.
Beryl D. (nee Stone) Pedersen of Juneau passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at the age of 90 years. She was born June 3, 1929, in Randolph, Wis., the daughter of Gerald and Ruth (nee Ward) Stone. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Roy Pedersen on June 9, 1949, at the Methodist Church in Randolph.
She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Juneau. She was a member of the church choir and the Juneau United Methodist Women. She was an active member of the Rock River Radio Club holding an amateur call sign KA9BAC. Beryl was a recording secretary for the Friends of the Parks and Recreational Wild Goose Trail. She was also a volunteer at Clearview for more than 40 years. She was an avid sewer and loved to crochet, knit mittens, scarves, hats and baby sweaters.
Beryl is survived by her sons, Gary of Juneau and Michael of Horicon; one sister, Doris; and a special family friend, Wayne Kikkert.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy in 2008; and by her sisters, Donna, Lois; and brother, Warren.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, from 9-11 a.m., at Emmanuel United Methodist, 222 S. Cedar St., Horicon, Wis. Funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. Renae Dymond will officiate. A luncheon will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. Interment will be at the Juneau City Cemetery.
The BERNDT-LEDESMA FUNERAL HOME-JUNEAU is serving the family.
George Posthuma, age 93, of Waupun, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at his home.
George was born on April 1, 1926, in the village of Friesland, Columbia County, a son of Fredrick and Della (Cupery) Posthuma. He married Betty Cupery on June 16, 1950, in Friesland and they were blessed with 69 wonderful years together.
George proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Waupun American Legion Post 210. George was a lifelong area resident in Waupun. George was a skilled carpenter and he and his sons built numerous homes in the Waupun area. George was employed as a guard at Waupun Correctional for 28 years until he retired. Following retirement, George worked at West Main Lumber and The National Bank of Waupun. George and Betty also enjoyed traveling seeing many areas of the United States and Europe. George was an active member of First Reformed Church in Waupun serving as an elder. He was also an avid sports fan, watching the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Green Bay Packers, and Wisconsin Badgers. George also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing and watching. George was also a member of the local country club.
George is survived by his wife, Betty; one daughter, Nancy (Duane) Braaksma of Green Lake; four sons, Mitch (Mary) Posthuma of Camden, S.C., Fredrick (Brenda) Posthuma of Beaver Dam, Guy (Donna) Posthuma of Waupun, George (Renee) Posthuma of Fond du Lac; nine grandchildren, Aimee (Todd) Houchin, Chad (Kristina) Braaksma, Tracy (Cory) Kastner, Mitch (Colleen) Posthuma, Josh (Denise) Posthuma, Joe (Cinthia) Posthuma, Rachel (Josh) Hill, Shawn Posthuma, and Dirk Posthuma. George and Betty were also blessed with 17 great-grandchildren.
George is also survived by his brother, Clarence (Leona) Posthuma; three sisters-in-law, Donna (Wayne) Tavs, Marge Cupery and Mary (Bill) Voelz and other relatives and friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Sam (Ruth) Posthuma; three sisters, Edna (Randy) Cupery, Effie (Norm) Braaksma and Marion (Duane) Braaksma.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at First Reformed Church, 422 West Franklin Street, Waupun, with the Rev. Barry Lang officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Waupun American Legion Post 210. Inurnment will take place privately at a later date in Friesland Cemetery.
George’s family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in George’s name to Agnesian Healthcare Hospice or the First Reformed Church of Waupun.
KOHLS COMMUNITY FUNERAL HOME is serving the family.
Mildred Schmuhl, 97, of Ripon, passed away Jan. 5, 2020, at Prairie Place in Ripon with family by her side.
Mildred was born June 20, 1922, in Ripon, Wis. the daughter of Lewis and Louise Schultz Chaffin. Mildred was a graduate of Ripon High School. On Sept. 28, 1940, she married Clarence Schmuhl in Fairwater at Zion Lutheran Church. Following their marriage the couple resided in Fairwater for most of their married lives prior to moving to Fond du Lac where they resided for 10 years, and then moved to Waupun. She and her husband, Clarence spent 10 winters in Jacksonville, Fla. Mildred ran restaurants and bakeries for a good share of her life in Fairwater and Fond du Lac. She then managed a mobile home court in Fond du Lac prior to moving to Waupun. Mildred was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Fairwater.
Mildred is survived by her daughter, Sandy De Boer of Waupun; two sons: Robert (Donna) Schmuhl of Rock Hill, S.C. and Russell (Luann) Schmuhl of rural Markesan; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; a sister-in-law, Louise Schmuhl of Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in 1990; two brothers, John and Leo Chaffin; a grandson, Kevin De Boer; son-in-law, Ken De Boer; and granddaughter-in-law, Karen De Boer.
A funeral service for Mildred Schmuhl will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Fairwater with Kimberly Stowell officiating. Friends and relatives may call on the family on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
The family would like to thank Agnesian Hospice for the wonderful care of their mother.
WERNER-HARMSEN FUNERAL HOME of Waupun and staff are serving the family. Please visit our website at www.wernerharmsenfuneralhome.com for a complete obituary and to send condolences.
Bonnadine “Bonnie” E. (Rider) Stieve, 89, of Baraboo, left to be with God on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at St. Clare Meadows Care Center.
Bonnie, the daughter of Emma and Morgan Rider, was born on Sept. 26, 1930 in Baraboo. She was united in marriage to Harold “Bud” Stieve on June 26, 1948, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. They were married for 56 years until Bud’s death on Nov. 8, 2004. They had five children, and Bonnie was a full-time mother until her youngest started school. She then worked at the Industrial Coils for 25 years, where she became a group leader. She was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Baraboo.
Bonnie grew up on a farm in Merrimac. After their marriage, Bud and Bonnie bought and farmed an adjoining property for almost twenty years. She had a passion for gardening and maintaining her beautiful blooming flower gardens. Bonnie enjoyed spending time with family, drives in the country, wildlife, bird watching, baking and puzzling.
She is survived by her five children, Linda Welch of Davidson, N.C., Terry Stieve of Farmington, Mo., Sherryll (Dan “Tuna”) Frisch of Baraboo, Richard (Mary) Stieve of Baraboo, and Lisa (Mike) McDaniel of Salt Lake City, Utah; seven grandchildren, Christopher (Cathie), Brian (Samantha), Lindsey (Tyler), Geoffrey, Kaleigh, Lucas (Colleen) and Nola (Dave); and nine great-grandchildren, William, Caleb, Henry, Emma, Eloise, Margaux, Ellie, Cooper and Axel; other relatives and friends.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband Harold (Bud) Stieve; her parents; her brother, Howard; and her son-in-law, Kenneth Welch. Per Bonnie’s wishes, a private Christian burial will be held with a celebration of life at a later date. The REDLIN FUNERAL HOME in Baraboo is assisting the family.
Gary D. Sorg passed away Dec. 24, 2019, at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. with his wife, Pat, by his side.
Gary was born on July 10, 1941, to Arlin Sorg and Helen Broadwater Sorg in Baraboo, Wis. He attended Baraboo Schools, graduating in 1959.
He served our country as a US Army paratrooper. Upon completion of military duty, Gary initiated his business career working in inventory management directly for Twin Disc Incorportated in Racine, Wis.
In 1979, Gary joined Palmer Johnson Distributors in Wisconsin. Gary’s career with PJD was a succes from day one, appointed General Manager, Vice President and then promoted to the President of PJD.
Gary’s product and leadership skills, business abilities and relentless energy, coupled with drive and enthusiasm, enabled PJD to expand its territory. He retired in 2004 and became a consultant.
His marriage to Pat McGann took place on July 10, 1991, at their home in Green Lake, Wis. After retirement, they moved to Scottsdale, Ariz.
He is surived by his wife, Pat Sorg, Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughter, Stephanie (John) Calhoun; and his grandson, Ethan Calhoun, Frisco, Texas; brother, Richard (Alla) Sorg, Tampa , Fla.; sisters, Patti (Bob) Brown, Merrimac, Wis. and Sandra (Steve) Stubbendick, Westminster, Colo; stepdaughter, Shelly McGann, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Teri Murphy; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Gary was predeceased by his son, Stephen Sorg; parents, Arlin and Helen Sorg; his brother, Russell; and his sister, Penny Jo Sorg Mossman.
Gary was a loving and generous man. He had a great sense of humor and loved his Wisconsin Sports Teams. On the weekends, he was usually in his Badgers or Packers polo shirt. Gary loved traveling and he and Pat enjoyed many trips with friends. Green Lake was always a special place to Gary.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to the Franciscan Renewal Center, St. Vincent de Paul, or the charity of your choice.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the FRANCISCAN RENEWAL CENTER, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85253.
John Wayne “Johnny” Pafford, age 72, died peacefully with his daughter and grandsons by his side at their home in Madison on Dec. 27, 2019. He was born Feb. 10, 1947, in Poynette to Merlin G. Pafford and Imogene L. (Kendall) Pafford. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1964 and served two tours in Vietnam. He was discharged in 1968 and married Jean E. Borde the same year. They had two daughters together before divorcing in 1978. In his younger years, he worked at various places, including Ray-O-Vac, John Deere, and Trek. He later worked construction in California and Colorado before retiring after a back injury. In 1995, he returned to Wisconsin and purchased a home near Arkdale, where he ran a small wood-working business for several years. Due to failing health, he spent his last year living with his daughter and grandsons in Madison. He loved music (especially old Country) and treasured his extensive album collection. He also enjoyed fishing, reading, movies, and dogs. He will be remembered for his carefree attitude, his fondness for story-telling, and his sense of humor. He was one of a kind and will be dearly missed.
John is survived by his daughters, Julie A. Wiest of Madison, Wis. and Teresa L. Pafford currently living near Isla Mujeres, Mexico; his sisters, Linda Bell of Cedaredge, Colo., Kathy (Charles) Janisch of Pardeeville, Wis., and Cynthia (James Bainter) Yates of Apache Junction, Ariz.; his brothers, Paul (Jaclyn) Pafford of Portage, Wis. and Larry Pafford of Cedaredge, Colo.; his three grandchildren, Savanna Heinle, Jakob Wiest, and Benjamin Wiest; seven nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his niece, Regina (Pafford) Meeker; and his brother-in-law, Richard Bell. Per his request, no services will be held. A private burial will take place at a later date.
The family would like to extend its greatest appreciation to the staff at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison for their care in recent years; also to Agrace HospiceCare for their compassionate care and support during the last weeks of his life.
Shirley May Rupnow, age 89, formerly of Randolph, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at her home in Waupun.
Shirley was born in Oakfield, Wis. the daughter of Peter and Laura (Reklau) Kaul. She graduated from Oakfield High School in 1948. Shirley was united in marriage to Eugene Rupnow on Sept. 21, 1957 in Brownsville, Wis. Over the years, she raised a family, kept the house and helped her husband on the farm in Courtland Township. She was also employed with Jung Seed Co. seasonally, retiring in 2002. Shirley enjoyed watching the Brewers, playing sheepshead and completing crossword puzzles.
Shirley will be sadly missed and mourned by her children, Ronald of Fox Lake, Allen (Ella) of Beaver Dam, Gary of Sun Prairie and Lori of Waupun; her five grandchildren, Matthew Rupnow, Valarie (Daniel) Bingman, Whitney (Derek) Conwell, Ron “RJ” Rupnow, Jr. and Justin Rupnow; two stepgrandchildren, Chelsey (Josh) Kircher and Cory Kohn; great-grandchildren, Destiny, Justice, Jazzrae, Willow and Raven Bingman, Aylynn and Rory Conwell; step great-grandchild, Cayden Kircher; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2014, a great-granddaughter, Paije Bingman; and her brothers, Elton and Marvin Kaul.
As per Shirley’s wishes, no services will be held. Inurnment will take place in Randolph Cemetery at a later date.
The KRATZ-SMEDEMA FUNERAL HOME in Fox Lake is serving the family. For more information or online condolences, please visit www.kratzfh.com
Joan M. Griepentrog, 91, died Jan. 4, 2020, at Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lomira
She was born May 19, 1928, the daughter of Alphonse, Sr. and Dorothy (Collien)Schultz in Kekoskee. She married Gordon Griepentrog, Sr. on Sept. 14, 1947, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mayville. She was a member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Mayville and a long time member of the Mayville Golf Club.
Joan worked as a library assistant in the Mayville Middle School. Her hobbies included gardening, canning pickles, sewing, embroidering, reading, walking, bowling, and golfing.
Survivors include three children, Gordon (Joyce) of Mayville, Jeanne (Robert) Dries of Cedarburg, and Debra Farr of Waupun; one sister, Elaine Pionkowski of Colorado Springs, Colo., and one brother, Alphonse (Lucille) Schultz, Jr. of Lomira; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon in 2003; her parents; one grandson, Reed; and one granddaughter, Rhiannon.
A funeral service for Joan will take place on Friday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Mayville with the Rev. Allen Behnke officiating. A visitation will take place on Friday, Jan. 10 from 10 -11 a.m. at the church. Burial will take place at St. John Cemetery in Mayville.
Special thanks for the tender, loving care provided by Hope Health and Rehabilitation, Hope Senior Living, and Agnesian Hospice.
The KOEPSELL FUNERAL HOME in Mayville is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.KoepsellFH.com.
Frederick C. Warmke, age 77, of Beaver Dam, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Randolph Health Services.
Fred was born in the town of Fountain Prairie on April 22, 1942, the son of Urban and Alma (Seier) Warmke. He was a 1960 graduate of Fall River High School and went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army until 1962, continuing with the Army Reserve until 1966. Fred attended the Madison Vocational School, becoming a radiology technician at St. Mary’s Hospital. He then worked at Beaver Dam Community Hospital, where he stayed for 37 years, becoming the Director of Medical Imaging. In 1997, he was united in marriage to his wife, Sandra Shute-Krause. An avid sportsman, Fred enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved to teach many people the skills he learned.
Fred is survived by children, David Warmke of Madison, Kelly (Brian) Ward of Madison, and Daniel Warmke of Bend, Oregon. He is further survived by his wife, Sandra, and her family, Michael (Jenny) Krause of Stevens Point, Lisa (Dan) Hengst of Cottage Grove, Mark (Deanna) Krause of Appleton; grandchildren, Tyler and Maxwell Hengst of Cottage Grove, and Lillian and Samuel Krause of Appleton; sister, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick of Hartford, Conn.; brother, Marvin Warmke; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald; sisters, Marlene Mallon, Carolyn Walsh, Norene Opprieckt; and other relatives.
In honoring Fred’s wishes, no funeral services will be held.
If desired, memorials in Fred’s name may be directed to the DNR Youth Hunt, PO Box 7921, Madison, Wis. 53707.
CORNERSTONE FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com.
Georgia Ann Lueptow, age 77, of Beaver Dam passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, at the Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac surrounded by her loving family. Georgia had been residing in Fond du Lac at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne and Earl Booth.
Georgia was the first patient of UW-Madison to receive the Lung Volume Reduction surgery on Feb. 13, 1995, for emphysema and lived many years beyond what the doctors predicted.
A Celebration of Life for Georgia will be held at the Crosswalk Community Church (W9654 Beaverland Parkway, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin) on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Visitation will take place at the church starting at 11:30 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Randy Schaub officiating. A time of fellowship will follow the service. The family will have a private burial in the spring at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam.
Georgia was born the daughter of Robert Lee and Joan Lucille (Vonnie Prest) Gilmore on Aug. 25, 1942, in Beaver Dam. She attended Beaver Dam High School and graduated through a GED program. She was united in marriage and later divorced to Forrest Emkow; and her second husband, Ronald Lueptow. Georgia worked for many years at Weyenberg shoe factory in Beaver Dam. She was a Certified Nurse Aide at Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca, Nevada, Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam, and also worked part time at the Beaver Dam Care Center.
Georgia will be remembered for many things; but mostly, her caring and giving heart. She cared for others during their time of illness, took them to the store and appointments. Georgia was “grandma” to the children of several friends, she enjoyed teaching Sunday school to the children in her church and was a volunteer with Special Touch Ministries.
Georgia will be deeply missed by her five children, Rex Lueptow of Beaver Dam, Roxanne (Earl) Booth of Fond du Lac, Randal (Barb) Lueptow of Manitowoc; twin daughters, Renee (Danny Crabtree of California) Lueptow of Randolph and Rae Ellen (Joel Randall of Minnesota) Lueptow of Randolph; one sister, Patricia Rowe of Missouri; six half-brothers and sisters, Lisa Schweiger of Beaver Dam, Vickie Plautz of Horicon, Robert Gilmore, Jr. of Virginia, Alan Gilmore and Brian Gilmore of Iowa, Dawn Rudy of Horicon; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by other relatives and friends.
Georgia was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Jim Gilmore; half-brother, Michael Gilmore; half-sister, Andrea Boden; and her grandson, Ryan Higley.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your local hospice foundation in memory of Georgia.