Obituaries
 

Betty Jean Harper

Fox Lake - Betty Jean Harper, age 83, passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Sylvan Crossings Assisted Living Center in Beaver Dam. Private Memorial services are being conducted at a later date. Smith Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Rio is serving the family.



Vernon E. Freck 


RIO - Vernon E. Freck, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena.

Vernon was born in Fall River, Wis., Jan. 10, 1922, to Arthur A. and Bertha (Kietske) Freck. Two brothers, Karl and Wilbur (Toby) Freck, preceded him in death. He graduated from Fall River High School in 1939, went on to University of Wisconsin-Madison (where he played baseball for the Badgers). With the onset of World War II he left the university for the service. He served as staff sergeant, 94th Field Artillery Division, in the European Theater during the war.  In 1960 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison school of banking. He was a charter member of the John Brossard VFW Post 2219.

In 1943, he married Irene Schreiber. Together they had four cherished children Robert (Michelle Ferguson), Sam, Kristine, and Deb. Nephew Ken (Debby) remained a loved presence. Irene preceded Vernon in death in 1980. In 1983 he married Margaret Wiencek, with whom she shared her dear daughters, Dori (Bernie) Nowicki and Chris (Bob) Hartl. Margaret preceded Vernon in death in 1995. In 1996 Vernon married Betty J. Roberts and loved her three sons, Gene, Gary (Deborah) and Mike Roberts.

Vernon had a 50-year banking career with the Rio-Fall River Union Bank and retired as executive vice president of the branch. He served as Fall River village clerk/assessor for 18 years, as his father had done before him.

He had a lifelong love of all sports, from the Green Bay Packers to hunting and fishing. He was club champion at Columbus Country Club numerous times during his 82 years of playing golf. He played well into his 80s.

From when he was a boy until the time of his death, Vern was a fine musician, playing many instruments (guitar, piano, trumpet, E-flat horn among them) and was known for his clarion tenor voice. While in the service, he played in Army bands, serving at times as drum major.

Vern's optimism, kindness and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by his wife, children, stepchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, and friends who loved him.

A memorial service with full military honors will be presented by the Fall River American Legion on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rio with the Rev. Dischler presiding. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

The family thanks St. Mary's Hospital and Columbia Health Care Center for their special care. Smith Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Rio is serving the family.



Burnham "Bud" Smith


PORTAGE - Burnham "Bud" Smith, age 84, passed away Our House in portage on January 16, 2014.
He was born on July 27, 1927, in Viola, WI to Robert and Shirley Smith.
"Bud" will be interred at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in Union Grove, WI
No services are planned at this time.


 
 

Ervin L. Schmudlach
 
MADISON/PARDEEVILLE — Ervin Louis Schmudlach, 86, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

He was born May 27, 1927, in Glen Oak, the third of six sons born to Fred and Esther Schmudlach.

He graduated from Montello High School in 1945, and was class president three of those years. During his last two years of high school, he worked summers for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad as a section hand laying rail and tamping ties.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945, completing basic training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Initially he was assigned to the USS Maryland BB46 and stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was then assigned to IEA to work in the office of Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. He worked for Fleet Intelligence until June 1946. He served on PC1141 in Samoa, and the DD765 USS Keppler. He was proudly a member of the American Legion Post No. 351 in Montello. While in the service, he married Betty A. Giencke on Sept. 5, 1947, in San Francisco.

He enrolled in the Carpentry Apprenticeship Program Local 314 and worked for Marshall Erdman and Associates. He was foreman on the construction of the Unitarian Church, working closely with Frank Lloyd Wright and Marshall Erdman. He was proud to be the superintendent constructing Queen of Peace Church. He and his brother, Maynard "Tony" formed "Schmudlach Brothers Builders." During his career, he served on the Board of Directors for the Madison Builders Association. In 1974, he retired to Park Lake in Pardeeville to care for his wife until her death on Oct. 31, 1990.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda (Keith) Wendt of Waunakee, and Bonnie (Jack) Turcott of Middleton; a son, Dan (Kathy) Schmudlach of McFarland; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind three brothers, Alfred of Montello, Maynard of Madison, and Gerald of Monona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, and two brothers, Rhynold and Clarence.

We extend a special thank you to the staff at Agrace Hospice and especially Shree for their assistance with in home care.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until time of the service. Burial will be at Marcellon Cemetery, Pardeeville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville is serving the family.

"He will be missed by all that knew him."




Raymond William Stockwell

ZION, Ill. — Raymond William Stockwell, 76, born and raised in Pardeeville, died peacefully of lung illness on Jan. 17, 2014, in Zion, Ill.

He was born on Feb. 10, 1937, in Portage. Raymond was a member of the Moose & Tiny Social Club.

He enjoyed bowling, fishing and watching NASCAR. He was also an avid card/cribbage player, enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching and was a pet lover.

Raymond attended Pardeeville Grade and Pardeeville High School, where he met Joyce Johnson. They married in 1955 and moved to Waukegan, Ill., and had three children.

He was a driver/salesman for Pepsi, driver for Dan Lodesky Trucking, Lenzini Excavating and All Modes Inc.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Florence L. and Raymond C. Stockwell; sisters, Delores (Larry) Smith and Dorothy (Donald) Smith; brother, David; grandaughter, Theresa Bell; and great-grandson, Dion Bell.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Patricia “Patty” (Quinn) Stockwell; children, Randy (Cheryl) Stockwell, Edith May, Lynne Stockwell; brother, Frank (Cathy) Stockwell; aunt, Beatrice Barrett of Pardeeville; six grandchildren, Jeannette (Peyton) L’Anglais, Raymond “Joe” Stockwell, Robert “Bob” May, Matthew “Matt” May, Michael J. Stock and Jessica Houchin; six great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Rolling Hills Nursing Home, both located in Zion, Ill.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. The Rev. Norman Bude will preside. Burial will follow at Marcellon Cemetary. Visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday morning from 10 am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations or memorials can be made to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Zion, Ill.





James N. Pick


RIO - James Norbert Pick, age 80, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014. He was born August 7, 1933 in Cross Plains, in the township of Dane. He was the eldest son of Warner and Esther (Dorn) Pick. James was united in marriage October 22, 1956 in Redwing, MN to Marleen Stilson.  Jim served his country as a mechanic in the U.S. Airforce from 1950 to 1954. He worked at the Waupun Correctional Institute until he retired as a Lieutenant from Fox Lake Correctional Institution at age 54. He also owned a small construction company “Pick Construction”. Jim lived most of his life in the Otsego township. Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Those who spend time hunting and fishing with him, have many special memories and stories to tell.
He is survived by his 3 daughters, Jo Ann (Rick) Evans of Cambria, Nancy (Daniel) Baillies of Pardeeville, Mitzi (Wally) Evans of Rio, Sisters,  Betty Salzwedel of Columbus, Janice (Wally) Luebke of Mayville, Kathy Bath-Hoff of Fountain Hill, AZ, Denise (Paul) Blankenheim of Lakewood, CO and brother Warren (Wally) Pick of Lowell; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and siblings Carol, Shirley, John, and Joseph.
Funeral services with full military rights will be held Thursday, January 23 at 11 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Doylestown with Father Steven Kortendick presiding. Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the church. Inurnment will take place at a later date.
Smith Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Rio is serving the family.


 
Arlene Mae Schumann

FALL RIVER - Arlene Mae Schumann died at the age of 74 followed by a short illness on Saturday, January 18th at  Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus WI. She was born in Rhinelander, WI on March 12, 1939 to Clarence and Elsie Erickson. She attended Rhinelander High School where she graduated on June 5, 1957. She married Michael W. Schumann on July 20, 1957. Arlene worked at Schumann Printer's Inc for 35 years. Arlene loved to fish, golf, travel, and bowl along with watching her grandchildren in their various sports activities. She is survived by four children, Linda (Russell) Liebenthal, Laura (Steve) Smith, Michael (Mary) Schumann, Timothy (Lori) Schumann, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Her sisters, Joann (Charles) Towne, Gladys (James) Eternicka and brother, David (Cindy) Erickson. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, parents, and two brothers. Smith Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Rio is serving the family.



Amos H. Schwartz

Pardeeville - Amos H. Schwartz, age 68, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014 at U.W. Hospital in Madison.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 20 in Pardeeville. Internment was held at North Scott Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Rio is serving the family.

 

 


Jeffrey W. Johnson

GLEASON, WI - Jeffrey W. Johnson, age 61, of Gleason, WI, passed away peacefully on Friday January 10, 2014.

He was born in Portage to Warren and Carol (Wyman) Johnson on September 17, 1952.

He proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine and worked for many years at Lincoln Hills School for Boys in Irma, WI. He also worked for Morey Van Swol in Pardeeville.

Jeffrey enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He is survived by two sons; Jeremiah Johnson of Gleason, Korey (Anya) Ayers of IA, three grandchildren; Allisha, Branden, Brian, sisters; Laura (Bill) Payne of Portage, Lynette Canales of TX, Lorene McMurray, brother; Jon (Loretta) Johnson of IL, and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; Liz (Soltes) Johnson, brothers; Gordy and Joel Johnson and sister; Luann Hepler.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.



Clifton L. Bradley

PARDEEVILLE - On Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, Clifton L. Bradley of Pardeeville, was raised to new life after battling cancer.

Clif was born to Lester Bradley and Gertrude Dykstra Bradley in the town of Scott, Dalton, on Dec. 3, 1931. After attending Hilldrop School in Dalton for four years, the family moved to Randolph, where Clif completed his elementary and high school education. During that time, he was very active in FFA, where he held state office, and in 4-H where he enjoyed showing live stock at county and state levels. The year after his high school graduation, Clif worked for The Hickories, helping prepare pure bred shorthorns for cattle shows.

On June 13, 1953, Clif married Marilyn Gorsuch. He attended Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minn., for three years before moving back to Wisconsin with his wife and infant son to begin farming. After renting several farms, in March of 1961, Clif and his family purchased the farm where they continue to live.

Clif's passion for his faith, his family, his farm, his community, and his country was evident in how he lived his life. He was active on community committees and at the North Scott Baptist Church where he was a life-long member. Nothing brought him more joy than sitting at the dining room table surrounded by his family and friends. He had quiet pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and loved listening to them play their instruments and sing together in harmony.

Clif is survived by his wife, Marilyn Gorsuch Bradley; his son, Dale C. (Lucinda) Bradley of North Adams, Mass.; his daughter, Karen Bradley (Randy) Stone of Pardeeville; his son, Kirby J. Bradley (Dominique St. Louis) of New York City; and daughter, Robin Bradley (Scott) Naylor of Wheaton, Ill.; grandchildren, Sarah E. Bradley of Santa Fe, N.M., Zachary and Aidan Naylor of Wheaton, Ill., and Pascale and Freeman Bradley of New York City. Clif is also survived by his siblings, Phyllis Bradley Schulz of Markesan, David Bradley of Pardeeville, and Chester Bradley of Sun Prairie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Gertrude Bradley and grandson, Evan Naylor.

Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at North Scott Baptist Church in Pardeeville. The family will be available at the church from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. to visit with friends. A reception will follow at the church after the funeral and graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Girls' Christian Vocational School (Jane van den Berg), Korhogo, Cote d' Ivoire. Checks may be made to North Scott Baptist Church of Pardeeville that will see the funds reach the school.



Philip A. Ballweg

POYNETTE - Philip A. Ballweg, age 95, passed away at the Poynette Assisted Living Center Thursday, January 2, 2014.  He was born September 1, 1918 in Roxbury, WI.  He was the son of Joseph and Helen (Breunig) Ballweg.

Philip has been married for 40 years to Dorothy (Gray) Ballweg.  Together they enjoyed going to  Milwaukee Brewer games, fishing, camping, and traveling to Florida for many winters.  Philip was an avid horseshoe league player.  Previously, Philip was married to Rita Haas for 26 years and raised six children.  Philip served his country in the Army, was a farmer, a restaurant owner, a milkman for Mandt Miller Dairy, and Dean Dairy.  Philip also owned a small liquor store and The Cutter Inn Bar in Sauk City.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy; children Ken, Deloris (Gary) Errthum, Jerome, and Linda; eight stepchildren; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Rita, sons Roger and Keith, six brothers, and two sisters.

Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11 A.M. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pardeeville with Father David Greenfield presiding with full military honors.  Visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. until the time of service at the church.  Interment will take place at Marcellon Cemetery. 




                Eric O. Johnson


POY SIPPI - Eric O. Johnson, 43, passed away on January 1, 2014, at home with his dog Hailey and his Dad by his side,from complications of diabetes. Eric was born on November 13, 1970, in Portage, WI  to Orrin D. Johnson and Donna (Robbins) Johnson. He currently lived in Poy Sippi, WI, for the past 4 years.  He worked at various professions including Ameritech in Chicago and particularly enjoyed sales.  He worked for several years in furniture sales in the Oshkosh area, until his health declined.  
 
He is survived by his father, Orrin D. Johnson, of Pardeeville, his mother Donna(Bill Schmidt) Johnson-Schmidt His brother Aaron(Theresa) Johnson all of Madison.  Aunts Joanne(Danny) Baker of Spring Grove, Il and Linda(Eric) Landsverk of Portage.  And a special Great Aunt, Dorothy Brown of Pardeeville. Great Aunt and Uncle Barbara and George Easterhouse of Madison, friend and former roommate Smith Dom of Fond du lac.  Aunts and Uncles, Joyce Stockwell of Waukegan, Il, Lenore(Don) Manthey of Sun Prairie, Dennis Johnson of Columbus,  Allen(Cathy) Johnson of Delavan, and May Johnson of Portage.  Many cousins and friends.
 
He was predeeded in death by his Grandparents, Edward and Lois Robbins and Willard and Hazel Johnson. Great grandparents and great aunts and uncles and his cousin, Justin Landsverk.
At Eric's request, there will be a family burial at a later date.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Joan C. Ricks

PARDEEVILLE – Joan Carole Ricks, age 77, passed away December 29, 2013 at the Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born June 1, 1936 in Cambridge, MA to Clayton L. and Myrtle J. (Eisnor) Wentzell. She graduated from Morse Cambridge High School in 1953. Joan was united in marriage to Lloyd Ricks Sr. on June 12, 1954 in Cambridge. She was employed at Walmart in Portage for fifteen year where she had fond memories of the wonderful, caring people who she worked with.
Joan had many hobbies she enjoyed such as sewing, making crafts, decorating, gardening, and most importantly, she loved shopping with her girls. Joan's proudest achievement was her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband; Lloyd Sr. of Pardeeville; sons, Lloyd Jr. (Sharon) Ricks of Chetek, WI and Carl (Sheila) Ricks of St. Francis, MN; daughters, Dianna (Rick) Lang of Dalton, WI and Cheryl (Brian) Kearns of Pardeeville, WI; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild on the way; sister, Barbara Leary of West Peabody, MA and brother, Clayton J. L. Wentzell of Wilmington, MA.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Anita Wells.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 3, 2014 at 3pm at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville with Pastor Chuck Walton officiating. Visitation will be held from 1pm until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Columbia Health Care Center Foundation, Inc., in memory of Joan Ricks to P.O. Box 895; Wyocena, WI 53969. Attention Dianna Lang, A.D.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Columbia Health Care Center who were there for the family through the whole process. As difficult as it was, they were there with hugs, encouragement, and support. Words cannot express how much it was appreciated.

 


Sharon L. Leonard

PARDEEVILLE - Sharon L. Leonard, age 70, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2013 at home with her loving husband at her side after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on May 1, 1943 to James and Irmagard (Hillmer) Hunter. She was united in marriage to Harry Leonard on June 6, 1964 in Dalton, WI. Sharon was a rural mail carrier in Pardeeville for many years as well as managing the office for Leonard Dry Wall.

Sharon and Harry enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Arizona while reading books under the warm sun. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening and watching the birds. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Portage Civic League, and the Water Lilies water aerobic group.

Her truest joy was her family and watching her grandchildren grow up.

Survivors include her husband, Harry; daughter; Shanna (Tim) Herrick; son; Kent (Sabrina) Leonard, mother; Irmagard Hunter, grandchildren; Taylor Herrick, Logan Leonard, and Tieranie Marchant, brother; Gary (Betty) Hunter, brother-in-laws; Dick (Connie) Leonard and Ken (Sue) Leonard, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, a son; Scott,  a grandson; Corwin Herrick, a brother; Dennis Hunter, and in-laws; Russell and Margaret Leonard.

A memorial service will be held Monday, December 30 at 11AM at First Presbyterian Church in Pardeeville with Pastor Julie Waterdu officiating. Visitation will be held from 9AM until the time of service at the church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to United Health Hospice for their loving care and support for Sharon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.



 

 

 

 

 


Donald D. Motimer


RIO - Donald Mortimer , age 80, passed away peacefully at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison on Monday, December 23, 2013.

He was born February 27, 1933 to Glen and Millie (Shore) Mortimer in Valton, WI.  He was married to Jackie, March 3, 1970.  Don served his country in the Marine Corps.  Don had a passion for restoring antiques and collectable toys and anything car related.

"You could say Don was young at heart."  He enjoyed car shows and attended the Iola Car Show for the past 35 years.  He also enjoyed driving his '52 Chev in the area parades with his granddaughter Mariah. Donald lovingly became the father of 8 children after his brother (Glen Mortimer) passed away.  Survivors include his wife Jackie; four daughters Debbie (Roger) Endres, Chris, Sharon, and Kathy; three sons John (Barb), Rob, Kevin (Dawn); 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother Jim Mortimer; nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, a son Glenn III, three brothers, and five sisters. The family would like to thank the staffs of UW Hospital and Select Specialty Hospital for their wonderful care of Donald.  His 7 children will deeply miss him and seeing him tinker in his garage.  He was a great dad with a gentle touch.
Donald’s final wishes were to have a private family service.  He was grateful for the many friends and neighbors he has met over the years.  


"Grandpa, I love you and miss you." Mariah. 

"Oh Donald!!'  I will miss you so." Jackie.


 

Charlotte L. Smith


PARDEEVILLE - Charlotte L. Smith, of Pardeeville, age 82, passed away peacefully Monday, December 23, 2013 at the Columbia Health Care Center where she had resided for a number of years. Charlotte's request was that services would be private. 

 


Gary  "Westy" Westbrook


RIO - Gary D. Westbrook – "Westy," age 67 passed away Saturday, December 21 at Agrace Hospice Care, Fitchburg after over a year long battle with bladder cancer.  Gary was born in Beloit Dec. 8, 1946 to Carl and Helen Westbrook who preceded him in death.  He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1965 and served in the U.S. Army as drill sergeant from 1967-69.

In 1972, he was basically living in his '70 GTO installing carpet in Madison and Chicago when he met his 'bride-to-be' Sue who was tending bar and gave him very special treatment at the Pub on State St. in Madison.  They courted for 17 years to make sure they got it right and married in 1989.

Gary joined the Madison Fire Dept. in 1974, was officially dubbed "Westy" and retired in 2000.  He truly loved his job, the comradery, and said there was not one day in all those years he did not want to walk through the door.  He performed his job with great integrity, dedication, and, of course, brutal honesty.  Not everyone may have loved him, but more importantly, he hoped they respected him.  His greatest joy was training young recruits.  That and his extended family on the department was what he missed most after retirement.

Gary loved working around home in the woods, re-building trucks or anything mechanical, prairie restoration, landscaping, cutting wood, bike riding, swimming, putzing in his mega-shop, designing and building his mega-wood splitter, and making "stuff" bigger and better.  As always, moderation was key.  Nothing in moderation, including his generosity and willingness to help anyone in need.

Gary was very proud of his 34 years of sobriety, because Lord knows when he got together with his best friends Bud Weiser and Johnny Walker, he was a real treasure.

Gary was honored when asked to be in his dearest friends Laura and Kris' wedding which was to be held Dec. 19 in Minneapolis.  His illness made that impossible, so with incredibly quick organizing, a beautiful ceremony was held at Agrace Hospice Care, Fitchburg on Dec. 17 and Gary got to fulfill his last wish that was so very important to him.

He is survived by his wife Sue of Rio; brother Rick of Florida; father-in-law Pa P-Korn of Manitowoc; many friends, firefighters, relatives, neighbors, bunnies Jack, Peter, Bubbles and Toots LaRue.  Also, surviving are golden retriever Rocky and very extra-special best friend of ten years German shepherd Greta.  Gary and Greta Lou were two peas in a pod who went everywhere together.

The family would like to thank all those involved in Gary's wonderful care throughout the last year…doctors, nurses, and staff at UW Hospital and the compassion and dignity from all those at Agrace Hospice.  Also, for the special treatment from Agrace home nurse and social worker Renee and Tammy (even though Renee is a Patriot fan).

Gary 'firmly' requested there be no visitation or funeral.  He only wanted his flag to be flown half-mast at Fire Station No. 8 after his passing.  Cremation arrangements have been made with the Smith Funeral Home, Rio.

Words cannot express the gratitude to all our friends who helped and supported us throughout Gary's journey.  He is gone, but certainly not forgotten.  Just look around the Westbrook homestead.  He is everywhere.




Doretta L. Hansen


WYOCENA - Doretta "Dori" L. Hansen, 82, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2013, at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena.

She was born on October 10, 1931 to Nicholas and Ruby (Bird) Ripple in Portage WI. She was united in marriage to Fredrick Hansen in Belvidere, IL on September 21, 1967.

Dori was a substitute elementary teacher in the Brownsville area and Beaver Dam for a number of years, as well as Portage for a short time. She was a self professed gourmet cook and was famous for her potato salad.

Dori is survived by her loving husband, Fredrick Hansen, daughters; Bonnie (Ron) Herman - Waupun, Kim (Henry) Sinclair - Glasgow, Scotland, Melanie Vanrensslaer - Beaver Dam, Pam Jorgenson -WY, sons; Robert (Patricia) Packard - Doylestown, Fred Hansen Jr.- Friesland, sisters; Virginia (Jerry) Roberts - CO., Kathy (Tim) Tamminga - Waupun. She was predeceased by her parents, a daughter; Sharon Schmitt, granddaughter; Kristin Lee Eggert, brothers; Bud, Nicholas and Cecil Ripple.

A celebration of Dori’s life will be held at a later date.


Norbert "Norby" V. Gorsuch

PARDEEVILLE - Norbert "Norby" Vincent Gorsuch, age 76, answered God's call in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 15, 2013 and walked home to spend Christmas in the arms of his beloved wife, Dorothy.

Norby was born on Monday, January 11, 1937 to George Vincent and Florence Gorsuch and became a child of God through his baptism at the Rosedale Presbyterian Church in Springvale Township, Wisconsin.  He married Dorothy Jane Roundy (nee Klawitter) on Saturday, May 11, 1963 at St. John's Evangelical Church in Pardeeville, Wisconsin.

His love for his family and friends was boundless.  He lived for the visits from his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Over the course of his lifetime, and in the midst of his own health issues as of late, he "checked-up" on those he loved to ensure that they had what they needed.  Norby took great pride in providing for his family – especially if it meant hunting and fishing with family and friends.  He will be remembered for many things, such as his whole-hearted laugh, the stories of his youth, tales from the woods and lakes, and his impeccable lawn and garden.  But greater than those, was his gift to make people feel welcomed.

He and his dear wife, Dorothy, lived, laughed, and loved for nearly 49 years before her journey home on April 25, 2012.  They raised their family through faith and determination.  Norby worked for Danco Prairie F.S. for over 30 years.  Prior to F.S., he worked as a police officer and EMT in Pardeeville in the mid-1960s and at the North Star Nursery where he was known for his flocked Christmas trees.  He and Dorothy went on many trips that he earned while working for F.S.  They also enjoyed their wedding anniversary trip each year to the Algoma and Cleveland, Wisconsin areas for fishing and visiting with friends and family.  He enjoyed bowling on a men's league in the 1970s and taking Dorothy snowmobiling as members of the Wyocena Snowmobile Club.  Norby faithfully served his neighbors in the Pardeeville Volunteer Fire Department from March 31, 1959 to his retirement as Assistant Chief on March 31, 1990.

Norby is survived by his five sisters, Karen, Jackie, Suzanne, Nancy, Linda and their families; six children, Lynette (Roger) Ullrich of Wyocena, Randy (Laura) Roundy of Madison, Dawn (Rick) Gloyd of Portage, Kevin (Tammy) Roundy of Pardeeville, Laurie Bryant Bohnstenger of Washington, and JoDeen (Guy) Frost of Rio; ten grandchildren, Eric Roundy, Sheri (Wayne) Staupe, Tamie Ullrich, Lee J. (Mary) Roundy, Luke (Josalyn) Johnson, Tiffany (Kyle) Wickersham, Kimberly Bryant, Katie Bryant, Luke (Heidi) Neuhauser and Jeffrey (Katrina Grossmann) Neuhauser; and 18 great-grandchildren, Dustin (Bridget Gammeter) Andrews, Jessica Kiermas, Elizabeth Staupe, Brandyn Roundy, Kailyn Roundy, Parker Roundy, Ethan Roundy, Jackson Roundy, Evangeline Roundy, Oden Johnson, Bella Johnson, Kylie Johnson, Kaylin Johnson, Peyton Johnson, Jameson Wickersham, Chesney Wickersham, Brianna Neuhauser and Violet Neuhauser; and other dear nieces, nephews, family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his precious wife, Dorothy; a son, Brian Roundy; a great-granddaughter, Paige Staupe; his parents, sister Jeanne and brothers Gerry and Ralph.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pardeeville.  Visitation will take place from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service, with Pastor William Ruhnke presiding.  Burial will follow at a later time at the Rosedale Presbyterian Church cemetery in Scott Township.  Memorials may be made in Norby's name.


 

 


Susan Joan (Epps) Amend


RIO - Susan Joan (Epps) Amend, 66, of Rio, WI was taken to her heavenly home on Dec 12th very unexpectedly.

She was born in Portage, WI at Divine Savior Hospital on May 8th, 1947 to C. Keith and Muriel Epps. Sue graduated Rio High School in 1965, she attended Sioux Falls College and received a BS degree in Business. She married her high school sweetheart Michael Amend on Jun 28, 1969.

Sue spent her working life as a teacher in Albany, WI, Oregon, WI and Rio, WI. She touched many lives with her special gift of education. She retired in 2003 as a well-regarded teacher,  adviser and friend to many of her students and colleagues. Sue's second career was as an office administrator for Hometown Pharmacy where she continued to use her organizational skills. Sue was on the board for the Rio school district, was very active with her church, loved to sing, she was a fixture at local sports events including the Packers and Badgers, she enjoyed travel and loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Mike; her two daughters Joann Taylor and Sarah Fischer; her grandchildren Mackenzie, Matthew and Victoria; her mother Muriel and brothers and sister, Stephen, Paul, Beth Ann, David, Joseph and Thomas plus many nieces, nephews and family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Alzheimer research and treatment.

A visitation will be held at the Smith Funeral Home in Rio, WI on Monday, December 16th from 3:00-8:00 pm. A private family service will be held on Tuesday, December 17th with a public memorial to be held at a later date.


 


Elizabeth J. Schack


Deforest/Rio - Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Schack, age 82, died Thursday, December 12, 2013 at "At Home Again" Assisted Living in Rio. She was born June 24, 1931 in the town of Westport, WI to John and Helen (Meffert) Wipperfurth. She was married to Gilbert Francis Schack on June 4, 1953 at St. Raphael’s Cathedral in Madison.

Surviving are her five children; Shirley Klingbeil, Carol (Dale) Eilenfeldt, Bonnie (Greg) Knechtges, Alice (Terry) Pichler and Bobby (Darla) Schack, Nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Gilbert, her parents, a brother; Jerome, a sister; Delores and a son-in-law; Kevin.

We are grateful to the staff at "At Home Again" for their compassionate and loving care. A private memorial mass will be held at a later date.


 


Lauretta M. Deane

 

RIO - Lauretta M. Deane, 85, passed away peacefully Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Meadows, Fall River. She was born April 21, 1928 to Michael and Ida Seitz in Mauston, WI. She was united in marriage to Robert Deane August 27, 1946 in Madison, WI. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church Rio, a member of the Altar Society and church organist for many years, and enjoyed playing the organ for the residents of Wyocena Nursing Home. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed her flowers and canning fruits and vegetables. Lauretta also loved to cook, bake and enjoyed sewing and crocheting in her free time.

Survivors include; three sons; Daniel Deane of Washington, Robert Deane of Plover, David Deane of Rio, two daughters; Susan (Steve)  Gehrke of Rio, Judy (Randy) Boomsma of Fall River,  two sisters; Mary Kearns of Portage, Frances Seitz of Mauston, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Robert Deane, two daughters; Debra Deane , Kathleen Clifton, son; Terry Deane, a grandson; Jeremy Gehrke, three brothers; Robert, Charles and Fredrick Seitz  and four sisters; Irene Penzkover, Rose Penzkover, Margaret Goodenough, and Dorothy Van Hoosen.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial for Lauretta Deane will be held on Friday December 13, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rio. Father Ray Dischler will preside. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rio. Visitation for Lauretta will be held from 10:00 am until time of service at the church.



Charles Walter Strauss



RIO - Charles Walter Strauss, 91, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Rio.

He was born April 13, 1922, in Rio, to Walter and Anna Jurgerson Strauss. He graduated from Rio High School in 1939. He was drafted into the Navy in 1944, and served in the Pacific on an LST until 1945. After the war, he returned to Rio to work with his father and brother at the Strauss Chevrolet garage. He was united in marriage to Ruth Alice Fenner on Sept. 6, 1947, in Portage. He and his brother, Richard, continued to operate the Strauss Chevrolet garage until it was closed in 1979. Charles then became parts manager at Cal Meier Chevrolet in Columbus. Later, he worked for many years with his son, Robert, at Strauss Mobil in Rio. As a lifelong resident of Rio, Charles served the community in the 1960s as a Village Board trustee. Ha also served as member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church Board and sang with the church choir. Charlie enjoyed spending time with friends and family playing cards, dining and socializing. He enjoyed a cup of coffee at the Mobil station, meeting and greeting old friends and customers.

He is survived by his children, Robert (Mia), Susan Warnke (Terry) and John (Beth). He is further survived by grandsons, Aaron (Tressa) and Erik Warnke; his stepgrandson, Matthew Ptak; great-grandsons, Brandon and Ethan Warnke; his sisters-in-law, Bonnie Strauss and Shirley Fenner; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in 1986; parents, Walter and Anna; brother, Richard; and special friend, Jean Kampen.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 3rd at Smith Funeral Home in Rio. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rio, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Redeemer Lutheran Church or the American Legion in Rio.


 

Daniel J. Seipel

RIO - On November twenty fifth of the year 2013, this world lost a good man. Dan Seipel passed in the hospital after a long struggle with a string of chronic illnesses. He survived by: his wife Pam 'the Queen' Seipel who stood by his side until the very end; His children Jeff 'Ugly' Anderson, Nichole 'Kork' Killoran, Josh 'Ninja Bean' Anderson, Jessica 'Bur-head' Seipel, and Zak ‘the Boy’ Seipel; his mother and mother in law Isabelle 'Tilly' Seipel and Favorite mother in-law Marline 'old lady' Shaw ; his brothers and sisters Mark Seipel with his wife Kelly, Mike Seipel with his wife Persille, Tim Seipel with his wife Gean, Sharron Wagner with her husband Earl, Anne Hoquest, and Lisa Dvorak with her husband Jeff. Dan was an inspiration and a super hero to many especially his grandchildren: Tyler 'tyty' Killoran; Chase 'Tick' Seipel; Samantha 'Squirrel' Killoran and his 'girls' Seth, Jack, and Luke Anderson. He was beloved by all he came to know including his extensive line of sister and brother in-laws, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and his many lifelong friends. So many that we the family shall simply say that you all know who you are and we are grateful that you were in his life and he loved all of you in his own way. On this we must not forget the mother of his daughters Becky Broady. He was tragically preceded in death by his father Clarence Seipel, his brother Clarence Jr. 'Sonney' Seipel, his sister Margret Dworczyk, and his uncle Herby. All are loved and missed.
Dan Seipel lived a life which will be remembered for many years to come with his legacy of family and loving to live life. All those who know him knew he was a avid hunter, fisher, and sportsman. He was a truck driver for the greater part of his life and always humbly boasted that he could get you from here to anywhere without even looking at a map. He especially enjoyed driving bus for the Rio and Pardeeville school districts and did so for upwards of twenty-six years. He greeted everyone with an insult but it's why we love him, he was a hard man but it is why his legacy of children and grandchildren are strong. And he was loved. We would like to thank the Columbus Hospital. The UW Madison Hospital, especially Dr. Chan who always cared and Genevieve and Anne of the Neuroscience Trauma ward. Dan Seipel was the strongest man any of us had ever known, he fought out of love, and died loved with his family and friends. His beloved wife held his hand till the end. In the words of his daughter Jessica, "he defied the odds, kryptonite bounced off of him, he created his own odds died in peace, and was loved. He was a good man." A Celebration of his life will be held on Friday evening, November 29, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Rio.  Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until time of service.

 


Virginia C. Gorman


COTTAGE GROVE - Virginia C. "Ginny" Gorman, 87, of Cottage Grove, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

Virginia was born Sept. 16, 1926, in rural Rio, to Eva and Ingbret Nelson. She grew up in Rio and graduated from Rio High School in 1944. Virginia married her high school sweetheart, Robert "Bob" Gorman, on Jan. 1, 1974. Virginia worked as a bookkeeper for GTE until her retirement in 1986. She and Bob enjoyed their retirement years traveling, spending the winter months in Mesa, Ariz. Virginia enjoyed fishing, playing cards and dominos, golf, and crafting. She especially enjoyed her family and was a loving and devoted wife, mom, grandma, sister and aunt.

Virginia is survived by a son, John (Mary) Soderholm of McFarland; two daughters, Teri (Joe) Barbieur of Janesville and Leann (Dan) Cook of Pardeeville; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a brother, Chris (Nan) Nelson of DeForest; a sister, Mary Ellen (Lew) Cole of Cottage Grove; a sister-in-law, Connie Nelson of DeForest; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Russ; and her sister, Shirley.

The memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith-Vangen Funeral Home in Rio. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service.

Virginia's family wishes to give a special thank-you to the exceptional caregivers of Aster Retirement Community in Cottage Grove and Agrace Hospice Care for their care, kindness and compassion of Virginia and her family.



Sharon R. Rinde


PARDEEVILLE - Sharon R. Knutson) Rinde went to heaven on Thursday morning  November 21, 2013 in the loving arms of her husband Kurt. She was at home under hospice care at the time. She was born May 25, 1954 to Cameron and Beatrice (Maginnis) Knutson. She is survived by her husband Kurt; sons, David (Missy) Knutson, Jared Rinde, Zack Rinde, Kristopher Rinde; daughter, Krista Rinde; Stepsons Warren Wruck and Brandon Meckler; Stepdaughters Jenny Phillips and Katie Rinde who proceeded her in death in 1996; Grandchildren, Kyle Knutson, Jaime Bales and Jessica Knutson; One great-grandchild; Brother, Ronald Knutson (Trudy); Sister, Joyce Knutson; and many Cousins and friends. Sharon worked at many jobs including Ohio Medical, Wyocena Quick Mart, Columbia County Nursing Home, managing the Portage Airport C C Taxi in Anderson, IN.  She was past commander of the Civil Air Patrol of Portage.
Sharon Loved to Cook and made sure all the children spent quality time in the kitchen with her and was semi-famous in the Pardeeville area for her "Big Breakfast" every Sunday, we will all cherish those memories. Sharon loved to collect many things and proudly displayed them in every conceivable place she could find in her modest sized home. She especially enjoyed the lovely gifts and jewelry she often received from her sister Joyce. Her love of Native American art and wind chimes could be seen throughout her home.
Sharon's straight forward personality made her easy to count on when you needed help with a personal struggle and she always took time out to help others in need even when it was difficult for her to get around.
Sharon faith in the Lord Jesus Christ never wavered throughout her sickness. Constantly reminding us not to worry, things will work out and she was always right.  She will be tremendously missed by all who knew her.
Sharon struggled for over 2 years with health issues. We would like to thank the Doctors, nurses and staff of St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, Select Specialties and Karmenta for their care.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 25, 2013 at the Wyocena Community Church from 5pm to 7pm with a celebration of life after. The Reverend Charles Case will officiate. Burial will be in the Wyocena Cemetery at a later date.



Beulah I. Hodgman

COLLEGE STATION, Texas/PARDEEVILLE -- Beulah Beahm Hodgman died peacefully on the morning of Nov. 14, 2013, at the home of her daughter and grandson in College Station, Texas.

Beulah, better known as "Boots", was born Nov. 12, 1925, to Herb and Susie Beahm in the town of Marcellon. She married C. Elwyn W. Hodgman, fondly called "Smiles", on April 21, 1945. They resided on their family farm in rural Pardeeville until 1984. As a farmer's wife, there wasn't much that Boots couldn't do. She worked in the fields alongside Elwyn and helped him with his many projects, planting, picking rocks, harvesting, building, logging, painting and whatever it took to run the farm. They were proud of the land.

Boots was known for her "can do" attitude and especially for her creative handicraft and sewing. Gifts were often thoughtfully created for the individual.

In 1984, she became the live-in nanny for her grandson. This was an easy decision since she took great pride in watching Chris grow, helping with school projects and attending his many school functions. Most of her free time was spent with family and she did visit Panama and England where her daughter and family were stationed.

Boots is survived by her daughter, Sandy and grandson, Christopher from College Station, Texas; sisters, Juanita Carlson from Richfield, Minn., Juene Kueffer from Portage, Doris Scott from Madison, and Carol (and her husband Johnnie Tortolano) from East Greenwich, R.I.; brother, Harley Beahm from Madison; sister-in-law, Mary Beahm from Montello; and many nieces and nephews living throughout the states.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Bruce Rodie; sisters, Verla (David) Price, Alma (Delphin) Carlson and Dorothy; brothers, Henry (Bernice), Norbert, Merlin and Bill Beahm; brothers-in-law, Roger Carlson, Sammy Scott and Alvin Kueffer; sisters-in-law, Peg and Liz Beahm.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday and the funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Pastor Julie will be presiding. Burial will be in Marcellon Cemetery. A graveside service will be open to friends and family. Immediately following the graveside service please join us for a catered lunch at the home of Linda and David Hughes.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Rascals and Rockers Military Mailing Fund. Linda Hughes has been mailing packages to the military every month for over 11 years and our troops are most appreciative. To be able to continue this service would mean a lot to Boots. Thanks in advance to all of you.



Richard "Dick" James Donovan Sr.



PARDEEVILLE - Richard "Dick" James Donovan Sr., 86, was born to eternal life Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Dick was born Sept. 28, 1927, and married Sept. 3, 1949. At age 17, Dick served in World War II as a seaman first class, assigned to the construction brigade of the U.S. Navy. After the war, he served his electrical apprenticeship with the Milwaukee Railroad. Dick continued to work for the railroad for more than 40 years. He was blessed with talents in the mechanical and electrical field. He invented and patented a dead man's switch for locomotives, helped design the turn clock table for the Milwaukee Railroad roundhouse in the Menomonie Valley, and locomotive rotary snow blowers used in the 1960s and later. His hobbies included building an electric car featured at an Earth Day celebration, the "Small is Beautiful Fair" in Milwaukee. After retiring from the Milwaukee Railroad, Dick built his home in Pardeeville, with the assistance of his children, especially carpenter son, Jim. He will be remembered for caring for his wife, and fixing almost everything.

He is survived by his children, Dr. Daniel (Kathleen) Donovan, Colleen (Mark) Schneider, Michael (Teresa) Donovan, James (Barbara) Donovan, and Richard (Mary) Donovan; grandchildren, Andrew (Sandy, deceased), Jason, Kristen (Dean) Loppnow, Laurel (Kelly) Hill, Kimberly (Chad) Thistle, Gregory (Tammy) Schneider, Nichole Donovan (Tony Boho), Kelly (Dan) Bash, Craig (Trisha) Zeller, James Donovan, Jared Donovan, Joseph (Jesse) Donovan, John Donovan, Bradford (Tara) Monk, William (Stephanie) Monk, John (Lauren) Monk, Anna Monk, Danielle (Jake) Plennes, Katilyn Donovan, Richard D. Donovan and Jennel Schultz, fianc'ee; 22 great-grandchildren, plus more on the way; many nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan and his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Pardeeville. Father David Greenfield will preside. Burial will follow at Pardeeville Cemetery. Full military rites will be presented by Pardeeville American Legion and VFW Posts. Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until time of service Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mary Catholic Church Pardeeville.

A special thank you to Dr. Amy Strain and the hospice nurses for their loving care.

In the words of Dick Donovan: "I am at peace with God, at peace with my family, and at peace with myself."



Edward F. Fischer


CAMBRIA/ WYOCENA, Edward F. Fischer age 84 of Wyocena, and formerly of Cambria, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2013 at the Columbia  Health Care Center where he had been a resident since Feb. 2010.
He was born Jan. 31, 1929 in Doylestown, WI  the son of Alvin Sr. and Lena (Erdman) Fischer. He served his country in the Army from 1952 to 1954 in the Korean War. Ed married the neighbor girl and love of his life Shirley Gutzman, Oct 27, 1956. She preceded him in death on Jan 17, 1997. Together they diary farmed in the Cambria area.  He continued farming on a small scale until a stroke in Feb. 2010. Ed set an example to many with his work ethic, honesty, integrity and giving of his time, support and devotion to God.  Ed will most be remembered for taking care of God's creatures and God's land.  He taught by his example.
He served on many boards including, Pardeeville St John's Lutheran Church Board of Elders;  Springvale Township, Town Board; Courtland-Springvale Insurance; and was a dedicated 4-H leader.
He is survived by three sons, Todd (Katie) Fischer of Fond du Lac, Leo (Audrey) Fischer of Columbus, Carl (Stephanie) Fischer of Cambria; and one daughter, Patti Fischer of Cambria; grandchildren: Andrew (Sadie), Michael, Garrett, Austin, Haley and Taylor Fischer; one great grandchild;  brothers, Alvin Jr. and Richard (Carlyn) Fischer; sisters, Mildred (David) Kehl and Viola (Al) Tiedt; sister-in-law, Darlene (Ed) Corns; brothers-in law, Marvin (Becky) Gutzman and Ronald Gransee; many nieces, nephews and other near relatives and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, mother and father-in-law, brother and two sisters; and sister-in-law.
Funeral services will be held at Pardeeville St John's Lutheran Church on Saturday November 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.  Pastor William Runke will preside.  Burial will follow at Pardeeville Cemetery with full military rites performed by Pardeeville American Legion and VFW Posts.  Visitation will be held Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville and also on Saturday morning at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers please make memorials to St. John's Lutheran Church security system.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Columbia Health Care Center for their great care and compassion given to Ed and his family. Also thank you to Dr. Kutz of Meriter Clinic and Pastor William Runke for his pastoral care.



Eldon W. & LeVeta P. Glick


RIO - Eldon W. Glick, 84, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, from injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident in rural Pardeeville. His beloved wife of 64 years, LeVeta P. Glick, 84, died later from injuries sustained from the accident at the UW Hospital in Madison.

Eldon and LeVeta were inseparable. They married on Jan. 22, 1949 in LaCrosse. They started their life together on a dairy farm in Bloom City. Eldon ran a large mink farm in LaFarge. And settled in Otsego where he was a carpenter and skilled cabinet maker for 30 years. He never seemed to retire from being a handyman. He and LeVeta lived in many homes in Wisconsin. They enjoyed remodeling and home decorating. After retirement they improved two homes in Mobile, Ala. They took advantage of the warmer climate and cultivated many fruit and pecan trees. They both had a strong work ethic. Ultimately,the love of family brought them back to the cooler climate of Wisconsin. The hard work in caring for their home and yard was appreciated by the neighborhood.

On May 16, 1970, they both were baptized as Jehovah's Witnesses. They had strong faith in their God, Jehovah, and valued helping others learn about the Bible. They were treasured by their congregation in Rio.

Eldon was an animated storyteller. He often had a sparkle in his eye as he told of life on the farm as a boy, hunting one of the many hills and valleys, or fishing for the "Big One" that got away. And the chuckle that accompanied his story kept one wondering how much one could believe.

LeVeta enjoyed sewing and cooking, especially with fresh produce from the garden. She loved serving guests some of her freshly baked goodies. LeVeta will be remembered for her classy, handmade outfits, her famous fruit salad, and her very tender heart.

Eldon was one of eight children. He is survived by brother Rodger (and Betty) Glick, Colorado; sister Helen (and Kenny) Hendrickson, Cottage Grove; brother Richard (and Gloria) Glick, LaFarge; and brother Gary (and Marge) Glick, Genoa. LeVeta was one of three children. She is survived by brother Lloyd (and Eudoris) Peterson and sister Eileen Hollis.

Together they were survived by five children: LaVerne (and Christine) Glick, Pardeeville; Alan (and Roxanne) Glick, Madison; Yvette (and Randy) Stroede, Jefferson; Mike (and Donna) Glick, Fall River; and Annette (and Mark) Fortune, Bothell, WA; ten grandchildren: Amy (and Javin) Labrenz, Jeremy Glick, Angela (and Peter) Schultz, David (and Carrie) Glick, Cassie (and Joe) Cordy, Tiffany, Jennifer, and Ryan Stroede, Mark and Daniel Glick; and five great-grandchildren: Zara, Ana, Cici, Duke, and Diesel. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Rio Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Kit Labrenz will officiate a 7 p.m. Memorial service.

Rev. 21:4 "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."

Song 55

Life Without End - At Last!

1. Can you see with your mind's eye,

Peoples dwelling together?

Sorrow has passed. Peace at last!

Life without tears or pain.

(CHORUS)

Sing out with joy of heart!

You too can have a part.

Live for the day when you'll say,

“Life without end, at last!”

2. In those days old will grow young,

Flesh revived as in childhood.

Troubles are gone, from now on,

No need to weep or fear.

(Chorus)

3. Paradise all will enjoy

As we sing of God's glory.

Long as we live, we will give

To God, our Maker, thanks.


 


Wayne John Steiner


PARDEEVILLE - Wayne John Steiner, 64, of Pardeeville, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.

Wayne was born June 10, 1949, in Portage. He lived in Pardeeville and worked for 28 plus years at Columbia Correctional Institution until retiring in March 2008. Wayne was an avid outdoors man who lived for his many trips to Canada with his fishing buddies and hunting adventures out West. He had a passion for hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. While he loved spending time outdoors, Wayne was a family man. He loved spending time with his son, teaching him how to hunt and talking sports, and his daughter, watching her coach basketball and going deer hunting. Wayne loved nothing more than being a father and grandpa. Wayne was a wonderful grandpa who enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters playing and going on outings. Wayne served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in 1968. He held offices for the local VFW.

On Nov. 30, 1979, Wayne married Susan Koch of Portage. Together they raised two beautiful children, Bryan and Sarah. Wayne and Susan spent 34 years of marriage together.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Susan (Koch) Steiner; his children, Sarah Steiner of Butternut, and Bryan (Amy) Steiner; and his two granddaughters, Kayleigh and Jaina Steiner of Appleton. He is also survived by three sisters, Diana (Mike) Bradley of Pardeeville, Janet (Paul) Goodman of Pardeeville, and Sue Ellen Steiner of Portage, as well as many nieces and nephews, and his two best dog buddies, Ripper and Roxy. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Lila Steiner, and his sister, Cheryl.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Pardeeville. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service.  

"Your memories will live forever in us. We love you!"



Caren Ann Kreider Kuhl

PORTAGE - Caren Ann Kreider Kuhl, 62, of Portage, passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

Caren was born in Ontario, Canada, on April 7, 1951, to Hank and Ada Henderson Kneider. After graduating from high school in California, because of her love for learning, she continued pursuing her education, achieving many degrees. After moving to Ruidoso, N.M., she met her best friend and the love of her life, Raymond Kuhl, in 1983. They were united in marriage on Sept. 23, 1991. Caren loved spending time with family and being an aunt to her many nieces and nephews. Caren loved reading, her favorite book being the Bible. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and working with children. She enjoyed camping, the outdoors, wildlife, and the many plants and flowers in her yard.

Caren will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Raymond Kuhl; brothers, John (Kathy) Kreider of Vale, Ore., Guy (Denise) Kreider of Spirit Lake, Idaho, Jeff (Nancy) Kreider of Hesperig, Calif., and Kim (Alice) Kreider of Sparks, Nev.; sister, Kori VanBrocklin of Magalia, Calif.; uncle, Bill (Gwen) Henderson of Los Alamitos, Calif.; a special niece, Charity Kreider (Jeff) Johnson; and many more special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Caren's wings will carry her to heaven where she will join her parents Hank and Ada Henderson Kneider.

A celebration of her life will be Saturday at the United Methodist Church (where she was a member) in Pardeeville. Visitation will be at 9 a.m., service at 11 a.m., and a luncheon to follow. Smith Funeral Home, Pardeeville, will be assisting the family with the arrangements. Caren will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends.


Harley E. Leverenz

PARDEEVILLE - Harley E. Leverenz, age 69, passed away peacefully Thursday, October, 24, 2013 at the Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena where he had resided for a short time. He was born September 7, 1944 in Wonewoc, WI, to Albert and Emma (Rollins) Leverenz. He owned and operated a bar and grill for many years. Harley was an avid biker who loved to ride the open road with his fellow riders.
He is survived by Merlin (Debra) Leverenz, Arvid (Millie) Leverenz, and one daughter. He will be especially missed by all his biker brothers and sisters.
Harley was preceded in death by his parents. Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville is serving the family. Harley, as you ride life's journey, may you continue to feel the wind blowing through your hair.


 

 


Annamarie Kranz Iraha


PARDEEVILLE - Annamarie Kranz Iraha, 64, passed away in Pardeeville on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

She was born in Mauston, the daughter of late Edward and Bonnie Kranz. Annamarie worked as a business owner of A&W Beauty and Barber for more than 20 years. Survivors include her loving husband, Wesley Iraha; her brother, Frank Kranz; her sisters, Patty Welch, Vicki Czarnecki, Mary Kranz, Sandy McFarlane and Cathy Bundy; her sister-in-law, Lynn Matsushima; brother-in-law, Wayne Iraha; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Smith Funeral Home, 106 Roosevelt St., Pardeeville, with prayers to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to N7104 Pardeeville Road, Pardeeville, WI 53954.



Dwight Richard Jerome


PORTAGE - Dwight Richard Jerome, 70,  went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg.
 
He was born October 21, 1943 in Portage, the third of nine children to Wilfred C. and Magdalyn Leahy Jerome. Dwight lived in the Portage area most of his life, the past 20 years with his sister Gretta and family.  His hobbies included latch hook, braiding rugs, and puzzles.  He will be remembered for his generous heart as he was a giving person.  Specials thanks to Care Wisconsin and REM for the loving support and care given to Dwight.  
 
He is survived by two brothers, Hayden "Luey" (Sally) Jerome of Dalton and Neil "Jessie" (Kathy) Jerome of Kingston, three sisters, Judy "Muggs" (Alan) Simonson of Portage, Gretta "Jinx" (Harland) Simonson of Portage, and Susan "Whitie" (Martin) Sanders of Kingston.  He was preceded in death by both parents and three brothers, Delbert Jerome, PFC Howard C. Jerome, and Robert J. "Big Boy" Jerome. There will be no services.



Lila Ruth Eggleston Smith


PARDEEVILLE - Lila Ruth Eggleston Smith, 82, born in Marion on Nov. 2, 1930, to Freida Beyers and Leonard Eggleston, died at home with her family around her on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.

She graduated from Westfield High School in 1948. She was sister to Wesley, Roy, Betty, John, Edgar, Leon and Vivian; wife of Lyle; mother of David, Dawn and Mark; grandmother to Ryan, Joe and Alice; aunt to dozens of nieces and nephews; and friend to hundreds and hundreds of people and animals.

She was an avid gardener, voracious reader, creator of quilts, afghans, mittens, scarves, rugs, hats, sweaters, dresses, nightgowns, embroidered pillowcases and home repair and improvement jobs for Lyle and the kids.She was a teller of thousands and thousands of jokes, a movie aficionado, a poetry lover and considered herself to be a Hobbit.

A celebration of her life will be held at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. An unoffical gathering after this will be at the farm. Bright colors and party hats are welcome.


 

John William Atkinson

PORTAGE  - John William Atkinson, 72, of Portage, passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.

He was born Oct. 2, 1941, on the family homestead in Marquette County, the son of William F. and Evelyn Fox Atkinson. John worked at the Hosiery from 1967 to 1989. John’s hobbies included fishing, hunting and watching television, especially the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR. Family trips out West are fondly remembered. Everyone will remember big John in his van driving the Amish to their work.

He is survived by his son, William; daughter, Naomi (Donn Kruger); eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; stepdaughters, Bobbie Jo and Julie; and stepson, Ken. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, sister and brother-in-law.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made in his name. Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville is serving the family. Special thanks to Dr. Escabado for his wonderful care to John and his family. Special thanks to Ester Atkinson and Mary Krejchik for their loving support and friendship over the years. Big John was a simple man ... and will be remembered fondly.


Charles Sommers

MADISON - Charles Sommers, 76, born July 28, 1937, chose to end his life Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. He did so quietly and painlessly in a beautiful place.

Charles was the son of Wilbert and Dolores Schultz Sommers, who preceded him in death. He grew up in the rural Rosedale community and attended Pardeeville High School with the class of 1955. He received a bachelor of science degree in natural science education and a master's degree in botany and zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was admitted to the honorary fraternities Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi for scholarship and activities. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Service Corps. While at the university, his greatest joy was playing in the concert and marching bands, and enjoying a trip to the 1960 Rose Bowl. After serving eight years in the 44th General Hospital Reserve unit, he was discharged as a captain.

He started his biology teaching career in Madison at Cherokee Heights Junior High from 1961 to 1969, then taught at Lafollette High School until 1993 when he retired. He worked very hard to establish and maintain the Lafollette Arboretum and was a devoted teacher who particularly tried to teach his students to love and care for the environment. For several years he was adviser to Explorer Scout Post 28. Charles enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid skier in the winter with regular trips to the Upper Peninsula and spring trips to Colorado. He also did a lot of backpacking and hiking in the mountains of the west.

He also loved to sail and did so regularly on Lakes Monona and Mendota. A highlight was taking his boat to New York City for the 1986 Statue of Liberty Centennial Tall Ship Parade and fireworks followed by a trip through Long Island's bays and across Long Island Sound to Connecticut. He also sailed in Green Bay and Lake Huron's Georgian Bay.

Charles was a strong supporter and member of many progressive political and charitable causes and organizations and worked on numerous political campaigns. He worked hard to try to make the world a better place, but left the world still feeling fearful for its fate.

His activities were curtailed in his later life by the depression and social anxiety he had battled most of his life, and by severe arthritis and pain in his last years.

He spent his first few decades in a state of ignorance and confusion about his nature. He realized he was different but it took a long time to realize he was gay. Given the bigotry of the times, he felt he could not live according to his feelings but to play "the actor" - pretending to be the average person but actually living in shame, and fear of discovery of the fact that he was born gay. When he joined the Army and started teaching it was in fact still illegal because he was gay though he didn't yet realize it. He led what may have looked like a happy life but actually underlying it were self-loathing, hopelessness and loneliness. He eventually came out late in life, realizing it was neither his fault nor "bad" and worked to advance understanding and rights for gay people, but it was too late to lead to personal happiness.

Huge changes have taken place during his lifetime that allow gay people to be respected and more like full citizens by being protected from discrimination in most states, being able to join the military, and even in several of the enlightened states and countries able to marry. There is yet much to do. There is not yet a national law prohibiting discrimination against gay people. Charles was proud Wisconsin was the first state to prohibit job and employment discrimination (1982) but crushed when it regressed and made gay people second-rate citizens by constitutionally prohibiting same sex marriage or civil unions (2006). He hoped you will honor his life by doing what you can to help today's gay kids to not feel compelled to make the choices he did and to have happier lives. If you wish to, you may send a donation in his memory to Madison PFLAG, which greatly helps gay people and their families and friends cope with their nature and the problems society still causes for them.

Charles was thankful that his family and friends accepted him when he finally did "come out" late in life as well as being very thankful to his PFLAG "family," especially Joann and Kay, who provided much comfort, and his Drs. Gerndt and Sheldon.

He leaves much-loved aunts, Dorothy Sommers and Ginny Sommers; cousins Don Manthey (Lenore), Joan Granger, Rich Manthey (Mitzi), Carol Stollfus, Bill Sommers (Susan), Philip Sommers (Kathy), Jim Sommers (Rosemary), Jeannie Mueller (Marvin), and Julie Schumann (James); and a very special distant cousin, Merwyn Donley of Seattle. At his request there will be no service.

He felt the soliloquy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Act 5, Scene 5, expressed many of his feelings about the conditions of his life.



John Raimer


RIO - John K. Raimer, 63, of Rio, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, peacefully in his sleep.

John was born Dec. 9, 1949, in Portage, son of Hilmer and Marie Raimer. John graduated from Portage High School in 1967. John was owner of John K. Raimer Construction Co. for 45 years. He took great pride in his work and his equipment. First and foremost he loved his children and grandchildren. He looked forward to the next happenings in all their lives. John loved hunting, sports, antique cars, and auctions.

Survivors include his children, Kevin (Rhonda) Raimer of Poynette, Karrie (John) Hibner of Pardeeville, and Katie (Jeff) Johnson of Rio; grandchildren, Tyler Hibner, Derek Raimer, Austin Raimer, Eric Wade, Jonathan, and Brittany Hibner; great-grandchild, Neveah Hibner; brothers and sisters, Dennis (Judy) Raimer of Pardeeville, Veronica Mann of Madison, Diane Manthey of Pardeeville, Richard (Penny) Raimer of Portage, Roseanne Hoel and friend Mark of Poynette, Jeanne (Stewart) Burns of Pardeeville, Randy Raimer and friend Judy Macthel of Poynette, David (Sue) Raimer of Portage, Jim Raimer of Portage, Julie (Jeff) Wolfer of Minnesota; aunts; uncles; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by wife, Carol J. Raimer, in 1988; parents Hilmer and Marie Raimer; and brother Daniel Raimer. Funeral services will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, Portage, with the Rev. Alan Boeck, at 6 p.m. Monday. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday. Inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in John's name.

John was a very dedicated hard working man and will be loved and missed by his family.

Elmer L. Kath

PARDEEVILLE - Elmer L. Kath, age 88 of Pardeeville, met his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.  He was born April 30, 1925 in the town of Scott the son of Amel and Mary (Ullrich) Kath. He served his country in World War II in the Navy branch. He was stationed in the South Pacific. He was united in marriage to Betty Barden on October 5, 1946 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pardeeville. Elmer worked at GIC in Pardeeville as a n electrical Assembler from 1957 until his retirement in 1990.  In his earlier years he worked at Maginnis and also had his own milk route. Elmer’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, day trips with his wife Betty.  Most of all, Elmer will be remembered for his love of God, his family, and his country. He was a true gentleman and taught be his example. These last years Elmer enjoyed sitting on the porch with family, friends, and neighbors drinking hot chocolate in the winter or sipping on a cold lemonade in the summer.
Funeral services for Elmer Kath will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 2pm at St. John Lutheran Church in Pardeeville. Pastor William Rumke will preside. Burial will follow at the Marcellon Cemetery with full military rites presented by the Pardeeville American Legion and the VFW Posts. Visitation will be held at the church from 1pm until the time of service.
Elmer is survived by his best friend and wife of 67 years, Betty; son, Donald (Carol) Kath; sisters, Mae Lueck, Violet McElroy; sisters-in-law, Mary Kath, Francis Kath, Charlene Haynes; brother-in-law, Roger (Sharron) Barden; grandchildren, Matthew (Amber) Kath, Donna Kath, Elizabeth (Leonel) Sanchez, Penny Kath; great-grandchildren, Holley, Kimberly, Donavan, Samantha, Rosalia, and Jadin; daughter-in-law, Vonnie Kath; special friends, Dr. Paul Slavik, and Dr. Kathleen Doyle; many nieces, nephews, other near relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, David; siblings, Dorothy, Marian, Clarence, Mervin, and Clifford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Pardeeville.

 

 


Barbara "Barb" Sue McGuire

RIO - Barbara "Barb" Sue McGuire, 55, died peacefully Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield, following a courageous 15 year battle against breast cancer. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.

Barb was born in Wisconsin Rapids, the daughter of Roy and Lorrayne Voight, on Feb. 9, 1958. She graduated from Auburndale High School in 1975. Barb attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she received a bachelor of science degree in comprehensive special education and regular education in 1979, and also attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she received a master of science in school counseling in 1987. Barb was employed at Spencer Public Schools from 1979 to 1998, where she was initially a teacher of special education children, and later as an elementary school counselor. From 1998 to 2002, she was a substitute teacher in the New Lisbon School District, and in 2004 was hired by Rio Community Schools as a special education teacher. She taught at Rio Elementary School and was employed there at the time of her death.

Barb was a dedicated educator who worked tirelessly to ensure that her students achieved to the best of their ability. She was an advocate not only for her special education students but for all students. During her career, Barb was recognized for her dedication to children. In 1990, she received one of the first Herb Kohl Fellowships and was a Marathon County Special Education Teacher of the Year in 1983 and Spencer Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 1985. Barb was also awarded the Spencer FFA Honorary FFA Degree in 1994.

Barb always was involved in her community. She was a member of the New Lisbon Lioness group; during Desert Storm she facilitated groups for families of service persons serving in the Desert Storm conflict. Barb was a strong supporter of the Special Olympics. She was also an active member of Ty's Trackers Relay for Life Team in Marshfield. In Barb's spare time, she dearly loved being with her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Mark, and children, Lorryn and James of Rio; her mother, Lorrayne Voight of Arpin; brothers Vince (Peggy) Voight of Auburndale, Victor (Tami) Voight of Mosinee, Virgil (Elaine) Voight of Pittsville, and Vance Voight of Pittsville; sister, Brenda (Rick) Bell of Hustler; brother-in-law James (Linda) McGuire of Western Springs, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Superczynski of Chicago and Susan (Larry) Gajda of Downers Grove, Ill.; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Barb was preceded in death by her father, Roy Voight, and her sister, Susan Voight.

Visitation will take place at 4 p.m. Friday at Smith Funeral Home, Rio. A prayer service, led by Father Raymond Dischler, will be held at 8 p.m. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids Moravian Church, 310 First Ave., Wisconsin Rapids, with Pastors Christine Stack and Olaf Anderson officiating.

A special thank-you goes to the health care staff on the eighth floor north of St. Joseph's Hospital for the kind and compassionate care of Barb during her final days.


 

Nathan "Nate" C. Hillmer



PORTAGE - Nathan Carl "Nate" Hillmer, age 91, of Portage, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at the Heritage House in Portage, while listening to his favorite music and surrounded by his three boys and loving care-givers.

Nathan was born in Montello, in the Packwaukee Township on July 21, 1922. He was the youngest son of Fred and Ida (Wagner) Hillmer. Nathan was united in marriage to Betty Ann Cartwright on Jan. 6, 1945. They had been married 61 long and wonderful years before she preceded him in death in 2007. Nate was a postal clerk in Madison for 28 years while retiring in 1978. He also established and successfully operated the R & H Liquor Store in Madison for 12 years. Over the years Nate enjoyed card clubs, camping, traveling with friends and family, going out for dinner, fishing, and hunting. Nate and Betty spent 17 wonderful years wintering in Florida. Most of all, Nate enjoyed watching his three boys grow up.

Nate was a World War II veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. In September of 2012, he was fortunate to travel to Washington D.C. as part of the Badger Honor Flight program, a moving experience he spoke about often with a tear in his eye and a smile on his face. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Nate had also proudly rode in Pardeeville's 4th of July parade.

Nathan is survived by his three sons, Warren (Sheila Dickey) of Cottage Grove, Allen (Kathy) of Waters Meet, Mich., and Bryan of Arlington, Wis.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Irmagard Hunter of Portage, (formerly of Dalton); nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents; a brother, Frederick; sisters, Bernice Yates and Elsie Nindorf.

Nate will miss his many friends at the Heritage House, his weekly trips out to dinner with his good friend from Westfield, his long-time friend and dining partner, Bill Klimke of Pardeeville, all the folks at his favorite dining spots, and especially his sister, Irmie.

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the residents and staff of the Heritage House for the past several years for their care and support and Southern Care Hospice for their caring and compassionate staff. Nathan has specially requested that there would be no formal services.

A private service was held with his three sons. Nathan and his family requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Nathan's name to the Badger Honor Flight, Madison, WI.



Darlene F. DeNure

RIO - Darlene F. DeNure, 82, of Rio, found complete healing in the arms of our Lord on Sept. 26, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital, after a brief illness with leukemia.

She was born March 17, 1931, in Milwaukee, the youngest of four children to Earl and Alice Cummings Grossmann. She attended school in Portage until her junior year when she came to Rio, graduating in 1948. She attended Whitewater State College and became an elementary teacher. She was united in marriage to Gerald A. DeNure on July 6, 1953. They lived in Rio, where they were blessed with four children. Darlene was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, where she served wherever she was needed. She also enjoyed time spent with the Rio Roving Red Hatters, the American Legion Auxiliary, her dear friends and volunteering. She loved nature, birding, bible studies and reading, however, her greatest joy and priority was her family. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her gracious generosity and service, and her amazing kindness.

Darlene is survived by a son, Dennis (Karen) DeNure of Columbus; three daughters, Pamela (Walter) Priewe of Beaver Dam, Debra DeNure of Madison, and Michelle (Daniel) Kirch of Verona; a brother, Gordon Grossmann of Rio; a brother-in-law, Philip Tarpley of Rio; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Lambert of Foley, Ala.; grandchildren, Stacy (Don) Woods, Chad (Kristin) DeNure, Daniel Priewe, Joseph Priewe, Justin (Leticia Pagel) Chase, Leah (T.J. Harris) Chase, Michaela Chase, Gregory (Leslie) Stilson, Jacob Stilson, Renee Kirch and Lucas Kirch; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Doris Tarpley; and brother, Robert Grossmann.

A celebration of Darlene's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rio. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Smith-Vangen Funeral Home in Rio, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.


 


Patricia J. Dolajeck

PARDEEVILLE - Patricia J. Dolajeck passed away Sept. 21, 2013, at her home in Pardeeville. Patricia was born Dec. 27, 1944, in Black River Falls, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy Shoemaker Paar. She was united in marriage to Gary G. Dolajeck on Oct. 1, 1966, in Alma Center. Patricia worked for UPS in Portage, the State of Wisconsin, K-mart, the Chocolate Shop, the Ridge Motor Inn, Home Health and Mr. G's. Patricia loved the Packers. Every Sunday she would be fully dressed in her Packer gear. She also enjoyed garage sales, bingo, gardening, going for coffee and lunch with friends and her monthly card games. She was loved by many and always willing to help any way she could.

Patricia is survived by her son, Eric (Sherry Krall ); her pride and joy, grandson Jesse James; her brothers, Gary, William, Charles (Cheryl Markham), and Duane (Barbara); uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary; her father and mother, Joseph and Dorothy; step father, Bill; mother and father-in-law, Lavern and Doris; sister-in-law, Mary Geske; uncles, aunts and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Pardeeville. Burial will follow in Pardeeville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the church.


 

Roland L. Halverson


POYNETTE - Roland Lynn Halverson, 68, of Poynette passed away peacefully September 17, 2013 at his home.

 

Jenifer Merrell


COLUMBUS - Jenifer Merrell, 32, of Columbus passed away peacefully September 7, 2013 at her home.

 


Flora Marie Shaw


ENDEAVOR - Flora Marie Shaw, 46, of Endeavor, lost her hard fought, courageous battle against cancer on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. Flora was born September 23, 1966 in Rockford Illinois. She was united in marriage to Dean Shaw on May 1, 1987. She was employed by Petro Travel Plaza in Portage for many years. Flora enjoyed fishing, camping, and most of all; the time she spent with her family. She is survived by here husband Dean of 26 years; their children; Robert (Jessica) Curtis, Crystal (Aaron) Nelson, Amber Shaw and Lucas Shaw; her mother; Vivian Crye; 6 grandchildren; 5 sisters; one brother; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Neil R. Crye and uncle Henry Rasch.

There will be a celebration of Flora's life on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1 pm at N6652 Old River Road in Portage, WI. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Memorials may be made in her name. "Flora was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. Her true JOY was her family."


 

Baereuth E. Slinger


WYOCENA -- Baereuth Emma Slinger (Schietrumpf) passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Columbus Community Hospital.
Baereuth was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on the 21st of January 1907; the oldest daughter of six children. She had a happy childhood  growing up on 414 Onida Street, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. She was blessed with one son.  
At Baereuth's request, she will be cremated and be buried next to her husband, Robert Riley Slinger at the Rosedale Cemetery. Baereuth Emma Slinger (Schietrumpf) will be missed so very, very, much by her son, Robert Carl Slinger;  Aunt Jenny-May (Maurice) Jones of Cambria, Wisconsin;  sister Ann Deloris Lamach (Schietrumpf) and nephew Jeffery of San Diego, California; good friend, Tressa Baillies and Tom Baillies; other near relatives and dear friends.

"I always loved both of my parents very, very, very, much and I will painfully miss both of them for the rest of my life, how ever long my limited time on our world maybe."
Son, Robert Slinger. Extreme thanks to the staff at the Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena, for their loving care given; and their professionalism that went beyond all expectations.  Baereuth was wonderfully happy there.


 


Mildred Broesch


PARDEEVILLE - Mildred F. (Smith) Broesch, 86, of Pardeeville, passed away on September 7, 2013 at Divine Savior Hospital. She was born October 20, 1926. She was married to Clayton L. Broesch in 1947 who passed away in 2008. Millie loved life, traveling when she could, being with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved cooking for everyone. She had a "great" heart and was loved by everyone. She had a love for the casino machines and she surely had stories and great fun with them.

She is survived by her children; Terry (Shirley) Broesch, Gloria (Jim) Adams, Clayton Jr. (special friend Julie) Broesch, stepson; and Robert (Jenny) McMahon, grandchildren; Tamie (special friend Jimmy) Barker, Jerad (Rachel) Barker, Angela Ryan, Ervin III (Jenny) Briggs, Jimmy Adams, Kelly (Derek) Powell, Kelly Brown, Terry (Gena) Broesch, Randy (Wendy) Broesch, Laurie (Jeremy) Chell, Jessica (Daniel) Lazar, Clayton III (Rashell) Broesch, Loni (Jen) Broesch, Aaron (Jackilyn) Smith, Heather and Husband Perge, Tim McMahon, Tom McMahon, Terry (Tammy) McMahon, Carl McMahon, Kevin McMahon, 29 great-grandchildren; a brother Tom (Lila) Smith; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by five brothers; Norman, Louie, Paul, Ed, and Leo, husband; Clayton; sister-in-law; Shirley; and a grandchild; Brian.

Upon Millie's request, there will be no funeral services. The immediate family may attend a graveside service Saturday, September 14 at 1pm at the Pacific Cemetery in the Pacific Township. Lunch will follow at Olde Chicago Bar in Pardeeville.


 


Marion Francis Jenkins

DALTON - Marion Francis Jenkins, 75, of Dalton, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at her home.

Marion was born Dec. 12, 1937, to Marion and Francis Schuster of Berlin. She graduated from Berlin High School. On April 8, 1961 she was married to Irwin Jenkins of Dalton. Marion was a member of the Congregational Church of Dalton. Marion will be remembered for her love of her family and their holiday celebrations. She enjoyed baking all year but mostly at the holidays, much to the delight of her husband and family. She loved to watch her children and her grandchildren in all the activities they are involved in. She loved the Green Bay Packers and wore their colors proudly. She also liked to watch state football and basketball on TV. She enjoyed her nightly visits with her husband to the Jenkins Farmstead. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Marion is survived by her husband, Irwin, of 52 years; son John (Tori) of Kingston; daughter Julie of Wyocena; and son Jeff (Lisa) of township of Manchester; grandchildren John Thomas, Courtney and Chalsey; great-granddaughter Lilly; brother Dave (Alta) Schuster of Wild Rose, and brother Kenneth (Sharon) Schuster of Berlin; special cousins Lee Griffith of Chesterfield, Ind., and Sue (Ric) Shafer of San Francisco; special friend Linda Reitz of Brown Deer; many nieces and nephews; other family; and dear friends.

Services will be held for Marion on Wednesday. Visitation will be at the Congregational Church in Dalton at 9 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. She will be laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery of Dalton.


Sheila May Holloway

RIO - Sheila May Holloway, 95, passed away peacefully Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Columbia Health Care Center. She was born July 5, 1918 to John and Annie (Pringle) Huxley in London England. She was united in marriage to Stanley Howard Holloway February 10, 1944 in Wandsworth, London, England. She served for His Majesties Armed Forces, British Army during World War II and is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post in Rio. She was an avid volunteer at the Columbia Health Care Center and the Rio nutrition site.

Survivors include two daughters; Carole Courtney of OH, Susan Dedering of Appleton; three sons; John (Krickett) of Rio, Duane (Mary) of Baraboo, and Hal (Katy) of TX; daughter-in-law; Diane Holloway of Pardeeville; grandchildren; Rick Courtney, Jim Courtney (Wendy Skidmore), Jeff Holloway, Mike Holloway, Dan (Erin) Holloway, Mark Holloway, Tom Holloway, Paula (Josh) Plummer, Tasha (Rob) Ruck, Matt Dedering and Michael Dedering; 8 great-grandchildren;  brother; John Huxley; sister-in-law; Ramona (Les) Heindl; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Stanley, two sons; Howard and George; son-in-law George Courtney; brother; Douglas Huxley; sister: Gladys Kingston; sister-in-law; Mildred Kohlman; and brother-in-law; Willard Holloway.

Funeral Services for Sheila M. Holloway will be held on Sunday August 25, 2013 at 2pm at Smith Funeral Home in Rio. Pastor Charles Case will preside. Burial will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Kingston Township. Visitation for Sheila will be held on Sunday from 12 noon until time of service.

Sheila knew the true meaning of giving herself. She taught by her example. She was "classy"  lady that loved her family. Simple pleasures of her flower garden and
watching the birds filled her spirit.
Special thanks to the Columbia Health Care Center staff for their care given to Sheila and her family.

 


Frederick "Fritz" L. Kueffer



RIO - Frederick "Fritz" L. Kueffer, age 80 of Rio, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 in his sleep at his home. 
He was born April 5, 1933 in Allenton, WI, the son of Charles and Clara (Lischka) Kueffer.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Patricia (Ramuta); daughter, JoAnn; and son, Michael (Elizabeth); six grandchildren, Andrew, Shannon, Lauren, Megan, Dylan, and Haley; his sister, Anna Lou Mootz; and his brother, Jim Kueffer; as well as many nieces, nephews, other near relatives and dear friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arnold, Robert, Alvin; sister Virginia (Blodgett).

Fritz always enjoyed his fishing, hunting and playing cards with family and friends.  Visitations will be on Friday August 23, 2013 from 5:30-7:30PM at Smith-Vangen Funeral Home and from 9:00-10:00 AM at St Joseph's Church on Saturday
morning. Mass of Christian Burial will be held August 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St Joseph Church in Rio.  Father Ray will preside.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rio.  Full military rites will be conducted.

 

Ford Joseph Greene


PARDEEVILLE - Ford Joseph Greene, 89, of Pardeeville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 11, 2013. He was born April 18, 1924 in Milwaukee to Ford K. and Evelyn (Neu) Greene. Ford served in the armed forces in WWII and his bravery and love for his country awarded him the Purple Heart. He was united in marriage to Margaret Ginther July 22, 1946 in Galesburg, Michigan. Ford worked many years in Maryland as a aeronautics engineer.

Survivors include his loving wife Margaret of Pardeeville, son, Ford Kevin Greene, daughter, Lisa Kendall (Greene) Edgly and grandchildren who he adored, Caitlyn and Andrew Edgley. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Together we will celebrate his life; share memories and enjoy fellowship on Tuesday, August 20 from 11am to 2pm at the Portage Country Club.


 

W. Gerald McElroy

PARDEEVILLE - W. Gerald McElroy, 92, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10. 2013.

He was born Oct. 24, 1920, to W. Boyd and Edna E. McElroy in the Township of Marcellon. During his life, he served as past director of Wisconsin Purebred Breeders Association, president of Wisconsin Duroc Breeders Association, past president of Columbia County Pork Producers, was elected to the Hall of Fame at the Wisconsin State Fair of Swine Department in 1996, director of Cambria Shipping Association, past director and vice president of Rio Farmers Union Co-op, and director and vice president of Marcellon Cemetery. Gerald was on the Town Board of Marcellon Township for 40 years and chairman for 16 years. He bred and showed many champions at the state fair with the Duroc breed. He was united in marriage to Violet Kath Dolgner at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pardeeville, where he has been a faithful member.

He is survived by his loving wife, Violet; a nephew, Mark (Kathy) Hoppe; and two great-nephews, Matthew and Dylan; a son, Gary Dolgner; daughter, Audrey Gilmer Slone; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Wayne, and sister, Maxine.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pardeeville. Pastor William Runke will preside. Burial will follow in the Marcellon Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville and also Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service.


 


Gerald (Gerry) E. Dykstra

RIO - Gerald E. Dykstra, 64, of rural Rio, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. 

He was born at home Jan. 2, 1949, in Columbus, as the oldest son of Edward and Elaine Hurckman Dykstra. Gerry graduated from Columbus High School with the class of 1967. Gerry held several jobs throughout his life but most enjoyed his last job as being his own boss. He was a member of the Fall River School board, a volunteer fireman for the Fall River Fire Department, and a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Doylestown. Gerry enjoyed hunting with his brother, sons and grandsons, NASCAR on Sunday and working outdoors on his farm with his cattle. His passions were setting up and working auctions, and the special time he spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his sons, Todd (Cari) and Chad (Colleen); daughter-in-law, Jackie Dykstra-Zeitlin; grandchildren, Nathan, Dylan and Jadyn; mother, Elaine; brothers, Kevin (Jenni) and Larry; nieces, Grace and Maggie; special friend, Annie Langsdorf and her family; and his four-legged companion, Sam. He was preceded in death by his son, Scott "Hubba," his father, Edward Dykstra, and his grandparents.

Funeral services for Gerry Dykstra will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Doylestown, with Pastor Robert Wilke officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church cemetery near Doylestown. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Smith Funeral Home in Rio, and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. until the time of services Monday at the church.

Special thanks to Chris, Home Health nurse, for her compassion during Gerry's final days.


 


Taylor Lynn Semonson


PARDEEVILLE - Taylor Lynn Semonson passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours of Monday July 29th, 2013. Taylor was loved by many and will be missed by many.  Survivors include; her Father, "Daddy's little girl" Mark Semonson (Tracy Hughes) of Portage, Mother Stephanie Hanna (Tommy Maier) of Pardeeville. Sister; and best friend, Jordan Semonson. Great Grandparents; Benjamin and Doris Little, Francis and Doris Eagan. Grandparents; Jon And Cheryl Wenker, Eugene and Jane Hanna, and the late Ralph Semonson. Uncles and Aunts; God-father, Mike and Karen Semonson,  God-mother Rebecca and Chris Otto. Cousins; Spenser Semonson, Holden Semonson, Derrick Long and Matthew Long. Special friends; Shi, Tara, Autumn and Cali, and Cory- thank you girls for always being Taylor's friends. Four legged friends; Abby and Gracie. Taylor had a fun outgoing personality and brought laughter and smiles to many, she always lived life to the fullest and had a passion for music, lyric writing, guitar playing, photography and fishing. Those of us who knew and loved Taylor will be left with happy memories we will always cherish. Taylor was a 2011 Graduate of Pardeeville High School and planned on attending school in the fall at MATC for Photography.
If I die young bury me in satin, lay me down on a bed of roses. Sink me in the river at dawn, send me away with the words of a love song. -The Band Perry-
Funeral services for Taylor Semonson will be held on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pardeeville.  Pastor Wm Runke will preside.  Burial will follow in the Marcellon Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Friday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at the church.
"I don't miss the sun anymore, for I AM the sun, and the sky is my home.  This, is where I belong and this is where I am meant to be.  Free and at Peace." Taylor Lynn Semonson


 


Melanie Lynn Raimer


VIOLA/PARDEEVILLE - Melanie Lynn Raimer, age 40, formally of Pardeeville, passed away Wednesday, July 24 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse. She was born November 18, 1972 to Randy Raimer and Debra Donstad. She grew up in the Pardeeville area and graduated from Rio High School in 1991.

She had many hobbies which included crocheting, knitting, and needlepoint. Melanie will always be remembered for her smile, personality and her kind-hearted and gentle spirit. She also will be remembered for her extreme love of animals and babies.

She is survived by her mother, Deb Stiemsma of Randolph; father, Randy of Poynette, sister, Kelly Raimer of Pardeeville; niece, Sophie; grandmother, Sara Stiemsma; step-sisters, Delaine (David) Schindlbeck of Ohio; Betty (Terri) Boomsma of Beaver Dam; Carol (Jeff) Kohlbeck of Randolph; Kim  (Bill) Vandergalien of Randolph, Susan Baillies and friend Jim of Colorado; staff of the Viola House; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; Hilmer and Marie Raimer; and Stan and Selma Donstad; and step-father, Louis Stiemsma.

A celebration of her life will be Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Pastor Julie Waterdu will preside. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service. The family would like to thank Kevin Gross and the special staff at the Viola House for their compassion and love shown to Melanie and her family. They taught Melanie... they loved Melanie...and they gave to her unconditionally; as Melanie gave back to them much wisdom and strength.  LIVE LAUGH AND LOVE Melanie as you are welcomed "In God's Hands"


 


Clarence (James) Triemstra, Jr.


DALTON - Clarence (James) Triemstra, Jr., age 46 died on July 20, 2013. He was born on January 10, 1967 to Clarence Triemstra Sr. and Donna Triemstra. James will always be remembered for his cheerful and friendly attitude and willingness to help anyone in need. He is survived by his mother Donna Triemstra, daughter; Sadie (Dylan) Horton of Dalton, brother; Lynn Triemstra of Dalton; sister, Lois Triemstra (Steve Brown) of Pardeeville; grandaughter; Nevaeh; nieces and nephews; Stephanie (Tim) Mueller of Pardeeville, Jenelle (John) Pennington of Pardeeville, Nicholas Dykstra of DeForest, Jessica Dykstra of SunPrairie, and many other relatives. He is preceded in death by his father; Clarence Triemstra Sr., Grandparents; Leonard & Florence Miller, Charles & Jesse Triemstra. James was really involved in the "Family Farm" and his devotion and quality of interest in farming was his life. The family would like to thank the Pardeeville Fire Department, and the personal services of Care Wisconsin and Individualized Care Services, to mention: Tammy, Rhea, Yvonne, Peggy, and Nikki, the family thanks you for your services and heartfelt care.
Funeral Services for Jamie Triemstra will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville.  Pastor Thomas Gray will preside.  Burial will follow in the Rosedale Cemetery. Visitation for Jamie will be on Wednesday evening at the Smith Funeral Home, from 5-8 p.m. and on Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
A light is from our household is gone, A voice we loved is stilled, A place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled. We have to mourn the loss of one, We did our best to save...Beloved on earth, regretted still, Remembered in the grave. 'Twas hard to part with one so dear...We little thought the time was near, Farewell, dear one, your life is past. Our love for you till the end will last....till we meet again.



Shirley Ann Stancer


PARDEEVILLE - Shirley Ann Stancer, 73, of the town of Pacific, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at her home. Shirley was born Sept. 5, 1939, in Ohio, the daughter of Ralph and Maude Wheeler. She was united in marriage to Robert Stancer on May 25, 1999. He preceded her in death Aug. 30, 2006.
Shirley worked at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena for many years. She also bar-tended at The North Star. Her hobbies included reading, watching Westerns, embroidering, and crocheting. Shirley was very kind and giving. She would always put others before herself. She was dedicated to taking care of her family and many in the community. She was known for her delicious home cooked meals. Shirley was a loving mother and grandmother.
Shirley is survived by her children Ronald (Laura) Goodenow of Baraboo, Patricia (Russell) Parish of Arizona, Robert Goodenow (Ivelisse) of Portage, Brenda Goodenow (Darrin) of Pardeeville, Sandra (Joseph) Leonard of Tennessee, and Barry Berg of Pardeeville; grandchildren, Ryan (Peggy) Goodenow of Baraboo, Leah Goodenow of Baraboo, Sarah Goodenow of Portage, Tasha Donawa of Hawaii, and Jason and Ashley Parish of Arizona; and great-grandchildren, Damien Wojak, Cody Goodenow and Athena Goodenow- DiBell, all of Portage, Savannah and Tristan Marrotte of Hawaii and Jossalyn Goodenow of Baraboo. She is further survived by her sister, Caroline Oberlin of Michigan; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her children John Goodenow of Portage, Pamela and Kevin; a sister, Norma; and a great-granddaughter, Jasmine Ramirez of Portage.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville.
Pastor Charles Case will preside. Burial will follow at Marcellon Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday.

 


Robert C. Pease

WAUPUN/PARDEEVILLE - Robert C. Pease, "Bob", 88, of Waupun and formerly of Pardeeville passed away on July 1, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.
Bob was born on June 26, 1925 the son of Jotham and Florence Rierson Pease. He grew up in the Pardeeville area and graduated from Pardeeville High in 1943. He was united in marriage to Arleen Dolajeck in 1945. Two daughters blessed their marriage of 68 years. Their many years of marriage was based on love, faithfulness and honesty. Bob was a Correctional Officer at Central State Hospital for 26 years. He loved politics and led his local union and then served as President of ACSME Council 24 of State Employees from 1968-1973. He was mayor of Waupun from 1984-1988. When Bob and Arleen retired back to Pardeeville, he served on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. A Masonic tribute for Bob Pease will be held on Friday, July 5 at 1 p.m. followed by funeral services at the United Methodist Church in Pardeeville. Pastor J.D. McCarty will officiate. Burial will follow at the Pardeeville Cemetery. Visitation for Bob will be held Friday morning at the Pardeeville Methodist Church at 11:00 am until the time of service.
He is survived by his loving wife, Arleen of Waupun, two daughters, Virginia, "Ginny" Bentz and Jeanne (Bart) Ludjack, both of Waupun. His grandchildren are Pam Giese of Sun Prairie and Robert, "Bobby" Bentz of Kewaskum. His great grandchildren are Bradley Bentz of Fond du Lac, Lauren Giese of Sun Prairie, Noah Bentz of Kewaskum and Ryan Giese of Sun Prairie. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother and seven siblings.


 


Betty Tessendorf Turner

PARDEEVILLE - Betty Tessendorf Turner, 78, of Pardeeville, Wisconsin died at home last week.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Emma Tessendorf; her siblings Edward, Earl, and Florence Tessendorf; and Richard Turner, her husband of 40 years.  Betty was born on a farm in Crystal Lake, IL in 1935.  After graduating near the top of her class, Betty moved off the farm and to Chicago. Working as a secretary in Chicago,  she traveled extensively around the world and had a very active social and community life.  Betty met her husband Richard in Chicago and the two former farm kids were married in 1966.  Betty moved back to Crystal Lake with Richard and raised their two sons. After retiring, Betty and Richard moved back to his family farm outside of Pardeeville, Wisconsin.  Betty enjoyed gardening; hikes in the woods; Chicago Cubs baseball; and her beloved pets.  She is survived by her sons Jason Turner of Crystal Lake, IL; Derek Turner of Grayslake, IL; her granddaughter, Leah Turner; and her niece, Kathy Tessendorf.  A private  ceremony was held on Friday, July 5, where she was buried next to her husband in the North Marcellon Cemetery.  Smith Funeral Home of Pardeeville, Wisconsin served the family.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to North Marcellon Cemetery Association  c/o of Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 186 Pardeeville, WI 53954.

 

Max T. Duffy


KING/MONTELLO - Max Thomas Duffy, 87, died peacefully on June 16, 2013 at WI Veterans Home in King, WI. He was born Oct.5, 1925 to Thomas Duffy and Regina (Cotter) Duffy. He was raised on and worked the family farm in rural Marquette County until entering the Army in WWII. He worked for Commonwealth/GTE Telephone Company as an installer/ cable splicer for 41 years.  He married Patricia (Heit) Duffy on Nov. 11, 1950 at St. Andrews Church Pardeeville, WI. They lived in Mauston, WI from 1950 to 1974 raising five children. In 1974 they moved to Montello, WI until 2011 when they moved to King, WI Max was a volunteer fireman for 16 years in Mauston, WI and always enjoyed gardening, camping, and traveling. He is survived by his wife Patricia, one son Joseph (Donna) Duffy of Montello, WI and one daughter Diane (Bill ) Shanks of Stratford, WI and one grandson Scott Duffy of CA; twin brother, Maurice Duffy and sister, Mary Jean(Bernard) Dushek. He is preceded in death by two daughters Linda (Eldon) Chase, Deborah Duffy, one son Robert Duffy and three brothers Earl, James and John Duffy.

Mass of Christian Burial for Max Duffy will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Father David Greenfield will preside. Burial will follow at the Church Cemetery. Visitation for max will be held on Saturday morning at the church from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.


 

Byron E. Stancer


RIO - Byron E. Stancer, 81 of Rio, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at his home. Byron "Ben" was born on September 4, 1931 in Marcellon Township, the son of Roy and Thelma (Stebbins) Stancer. He graduated from Pardeeville High School. Ben joined the Wisconsin National guard. He tried several jobs until he found the one he really enjoyed, working at Oscar Meyers until his retirement. On December 22, 1962 he was united in marriage to Patricia Heft. Pat and Ben celebrated their 50th anniversary this past December with family and friends. Ben enjoyed working on home projects and his lawn, visiting with neighbors as they passed by, and spending time with his dogs, Bailey and Buddy. He will be remembered by his family as a good husband, father and grandfather.

A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Living Gospel Church in Rio. Pastor David Lusse will preside. Visitation will be Saturday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. until time of service.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; children, Peggy (John) Moll, Donald (Lucy) Gunderson, Shari (Rick) Kleist, Steven (Gail Ramaglia) Stancer and Janet (Ricky) Millard; 17 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; sister, Shirley Miller; sisters-in-law, Joan Stancer and Shirley Stancer; brother-in-law, Robert Teeter; many nieces, nephews; other near relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold and Robert; brothers-in-law, Gordon Heft Jr. and Jim Miller'; sisters-in-law Gwen Heft and Pricilla Teeter. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name.


 


Anthony Lee Keepes

PORTAGE - Anthony Lee Keepes, 59, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 4, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born March 7, 1954, the son of Francis and Marie Moody Keepes. He will be remembered for his love for his grandchildren, whom they affectionately referred to him as "Papa." Papa would take the grandchildren to carnivals and movies. Spending time together with family was treasured. He was an avid sports fan, especially his love for the Chicago Bears, was passed down from generation to generation. NASCAR, football and fishing were also his joy.

Funeral services for Tony Keepes will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Pastor David Lusse will preside. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until time of service Monday. He is survived by his wife, his best friend, Pat of Portage; two daughters, Angie (Joe) Laffin of Pardeeville and Dawn Keepes of Rio; his five grandchildren, Justin Keepes, Sarinity Pendleton, Brody Keepes, Theadosia Laffin and Valencia Laffin; mother, Marie (Max) Biggs of Florida; sister, Victoria (Darryl) Smith of Florida; brother, Bill Keepes of Florida; step brothers; step sisters; nieces and nephews; other near relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Virgil; father- and mother-in-law, Urban and Margaret Renz. Memorials may be made in his name.



Bruce
S. Flower


PARDEEVILLE - Early in the evening of Monday, June 3, 2013, in the company of his wonderful wife Diana and her wonderful mother Donna, Bruce Flower of this city quietly slipped away.

When Father Flower died we mourned and when Mother Flower passed we grieved, but now our brother Bruce has left us, and it tears at our hearts.

Visitation will be on Thursday, June 6 from 3:00 until 6:00 at Smith Funerals on Roosevelt Street. Immediately afterward, refreshments will be served at Saj's on Main in lovely downtown Pardeeville, with a proper funeral service scheduled to begin at 11:00 on Friday.


 

Yvonne B. Davison

TOWN OF MARCELLON - Yvonne B. Davison (nee Hill), 86, passed away quietly in her sleep on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Tivoli of Divine Savior in Portage.

Yvonne was born Dec. 18, 1926, to Arthur and Bertie Hotchkiss Hill on the Hill family homestead in the township of Marcellon. She attended Riverside School. She was able to spend the majority of her life within a quarter mile of where she was born, surrounded by her family members. She married Dale I. Davison of the township of Lewiston on Aug. 31, 1947, at the Methodist parsonage in Pardeeville. She worked at Badger Army Ammunition Plant and Portage Hosiery. After retirement, Yvonne and Dale wintered in Port Charlotte, Fla., and enjoyed fishing in Briggsville during the summer.

Early in their marriage, they enjoyed square dancing with area couples, developing many lifelong friendships. She also was known for her cake decorating skills. In her spare time, she loved browsing cookbooks, reading, cooking and baking for her family. She continued to make pies for her granddaughter well into her 80s. She found the most joy when surrounded by her family. She is survived by her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Davison and Jack Kestin; granddaughter, Gina (Kloostra) Mielke; great-grandson, Austin Mielke; nieces; nephews; cousins; and dear friends.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband on Nov. 24, 2008; sister Juanita Radtke; brothers Ronald, Clayton and Clinton Hill; brothers-in-law Alvin Radtke and Lyle Davison; and sisters-in-law Ethel, Mildred, Olive Hill and Harriet Davison. A heartfelt thank-you to Dr. Brenda Bloom, the staff at Divine Savior Clinic in Pardeeville, Divine Savior Healthcare and the wonderful supportive staff at Tivoli. The family sincerely appreciates the loving attentive care given to Yvonne through the years and during her most recent illness. At Yvonne's request, there will be no service. Burial will be at Marcellon Cemetery.




Beatrice "Bea" E. Luther

PARDEEVILLE - Beatrice E. Luther, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 30, 2013  at the Remington House in Pardeeville where she had resided for the past three years. Bea was born December 30, 1928 to Cecil L. and Iva G. (Kershaw) Roundy. She was united in marriage to Garth Luther July 14, 1951 at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Poynette. Bea was a devoted member of the Wyocena Community Church and served as past president of the Ladies Circle; she also enjoyed volunteering at Helping Hands in Wyocena.  Bea and her husband Garth,  enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, traveling around the U.S.  They also were avid Green Bay Packer and Chicago Cub's fan. She will most be remembered for being a caring and supportive mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her children: Glen (Sandy) Luther of Rio; Leslie (April) Luther of Pardeeville; Patricia (Richard) Krueger of Portage; and Jean Brace of Portage. Grandchildren, Amy (Troy) Nielsen, Joshua Luther; Amanda Laper; Kelly (Jake) Schaller, Justin (Emily Steele) Krueger, Rebecca (Cory Bock) Garner, and Amber (Rodney) Davis; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Tom (Alice) Roundy; two sisters; Bonnie (Dale) Felton and Marie (Daniel) Bartels; many nieces, nephews; other near relatives and friends. Bea was preceded in death by her parents; husband Garth; grandson, Jason Luther; two brothers; Howard and Lloyd Roundy.
Funeral services will be Monday June 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Pastor Charles Case will preside. Burial will be at Inch Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Special thanks to the Remington House and Home Health United Hospice for their loving support and care for Bea and her family.




Paul S. Karow


PARDEEVILLE - Paul Stewart Karow, 63,  died peacefully at home following a brief stay at Saint Agnes hospital in Fond du Lac. Paul was born May 21, 1950 at Divine Savior hospital in Portage WI. Paul was raised in Pardeeville where he attended the Pardeeville school system through the seventh grade (Class of 1968).  He moved to Brookfield, WI with his family when his father was transferred to the Milwaukee office with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.  He graduated from Brookfield East High School in June of 1968.  Following graduation, he attended CCTC in Columbus, WI. He was a Journeyman carpenter and employed by C.R. Tunison & Son Corp. of Milwaukee for many years until a back injury sidelined him.  He became a Real Estate Agent and worked for Century 21 and Atkinson Realty of Portage. Paul lived many years in Cambria, WI where he and Josh enjoyed many outdoor activities together while Josh was growing up. Throughout his lifetime of adventure both near and abroad, Paul met and was loved by countless people.While those of us lucky enough to know him, will miss him immensely.
 
Paul is survived by his son Joshua Paul Karow of Adams, WI, one brother, Jerry (Barbara) Karow of Hernando, FL and Pardeeville, a nephew, Chris Karow of Bloomington, MN, and his special friend, Patricia Smith of rural Pardeeville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted & Millie (Tunison) Karow and an infant sister, Marylou Karow. A celebration of Paul's life will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until time of service. The family requests those attending his memorial, wear a Hawaiian shirt to celebrate Paul’s life and love of the Florida Keys. We know Paul will live on through the stories of his life we will forever tell.
 

 

George A. Riphahn


FOX LAKE - George A. Riphahn, a master electrician, passed away unexpectedly, at the age of 77, on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at his home.
A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Smith Funeral Home in Rio. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until time of service.

 


Harley Palmer "Sleepy" Dahlen


RIO - Harley Palmer Dahlen, also known as "Sleepy" passed away at age 81 on May 25, 2013, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
He was born Jan. 19, 1932. He was the son of Obert and Elizabeth Dahlen. He attended Rio High School and graduated in 1950. Soon after graduating, he enlisted with the Marines and was sent to war. He traveled with the 1st Marine Division to Korea as a radio man. After he had served his country, he returned home to work, building commercial and industrial steel buildings for many years. After retirement, he enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved to travel. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his older brother, Don; his children Danny, David, Martin and Michael; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his eldest brother, Orville; his son, Donnie; and his daughter, Diane.


 


Lou Ann Bortz


PARDEEVILLE - Lou Ann (Warnke) Bortz, a teacher and life-long resident of Pardeeville, Wisconsin passed on Monday, May 27, 2013 at the Remington House, Pardeeville, at the age of 79.  She was born at her great-grandparent's homestead in the Town of Scott, Columbia County, Wisconsin to Aline (Reardon) Warnke and Russell Warnke on December 3, 1933. She had spent most of her childhood and her adult life living on Chestnut Street in Pardeeville, WI.  She attended elementary school in Pardeeville and graduated Pardeeville High School in 1951. Lou Ann began teaching after completing two years at Columbia County Normal College in 1953. Her first teaching position was at Welsh Prairie Country School where she taught all grade levels.  From there she taught at Slab School, which was also a one-room schoolhouse. When the country schools closed, Lou Ann went to Wyocena Grade School to teach various grade levels and there she was building Principal for a period of time. While teaching, she attended night classes and summer school to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Upper Elementary Education on August 5, 1965 from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  When area schools consolidated, Lou Ann began teaching third grade at Pardeeville Elementary until she retired in 1990. She spent 37 years loving her work and loving her students.

Lou Ann had the delight in teaching many generations. June 12, 1954 she married Arthur W. Bortz and began a family. They had three children, Susan, Sally and Timothy.  Lou Ann loved to celebrate traditions and have parties with family and friends.  She thoroughly enjoyed visiting with everyone and took pleasure in hearing how well they were doing.  Arthur passed on June 29, 1983. She was a lifetime care giver for many family members and friends. Her passions included reading, traveling and "The Packers". She loved to shake dice with close friends and play cards with the Thursday Ladies' Card Club.  Lou Ann ALWAYS had "FUN" and wanted to make sure everyone around her did too! Lou Ann was baptized in 1934 and confirmed in faith at St John's Lutheran Church, Pardeeville, Wisconsin, where she was a lifetime parishioner.  Art and Lou Ann were both accomplished curlers at the Pardeeville Curling Club.  Lou Ann also held office positions for the Ladies League, American Legion Auxiliary #215, Columbia County Retired Teachers Association, Endowment Board of Pardeeville Angie Cox Library, and Pardeeville District Education Association.

Preceding her in death are her husband Arthur Bortz, her father, Russell Warnke, her mother Aline Warnke. Survivors include three children, Susan (Kenneth) Schultz of Springfield, MO, Sally (Steve) Billings of Cottage Grove, WI, and Timothy (Donna) Bortz of Pardeeville, WI, her sister Jana Smith of Pardeeville, WI, her brother William (Barbara) Warnke of Markesan, WI, her six grandchildren Curtis (Erin) Schultz, Angela Schultz, Elizabeth Schultz, Nicholas (Ashley) Schultz, Stephanie Bortz, and Leah Bortz, and two great-grandchildren William and Annmarie Schultz.  She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other near relatives, and many dear friends.A special thank you to the care givers at Our House, Remington House and Pastor William Runke.

Funeral services for Lou Ann Bortz will be held on Friday, May 30 noon at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pardeeville. Pastor William Runke will preside. Burial will follow at the Pardeeville Cemetery.  Visitation for Lou Ann Bortz will be held on Thursday evening 4-8 PM at the Smith Funeral Home and also on Friday morning from 11 AM until time of service at the church.


 

Myrna Jean Milton Kruger


WYOCENA - Myrna Jean Milton Kruger age 86, formerly of Briggsville, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena, where she had resided for the past year.  Myrna was born on December 1, 1926 in Columbia County, the daughter of Cecil and Evelyn (Maynard) Milton.  She was united in marriage to Leonard L. Kruger on May 2, 1946 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pardeeville. In later years they enjoyed their winter travels to Arizona.  He preceded her in death on August 6, 2000.  Myrna taught third and fourth grade students at Marcellon School for many years. She will be remembered for her kind heart and her teaching  through her example. Her hobbies included reading; playing cards and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren that were so near and dear to her heart.
Funeral services for Myrna Kruger will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville.  Pastor Norman Bude will preside.  Burial will follow in the Pardeeville Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

She is survived by her son, Larry (Judy) of Briggsville; grandchildren, Katherine (David) Boyd of Briggsville, Laura Kruger of Briggsville, Amanda (Michael) Bonin of Portage and Lee (Stacy Brussveen) Kruger of Portage, Brandy Higgens, and Adrian Kruger; 8 great grandchildren; siblings; Merwyn (Beth) Milton, Pat Lueptow, Dar Gavinski all of Pardeeville; sister-in-law, Eileen Milton of Pardeeville; many nieces, nephews; other near relatives and dear friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Terry in 2010; brother, Dean; brothers-in-law, Harold Lueptow and Kenneth Gavinski.

Special thanks to the Columbia Healthcare staff and Dr. Strabel, for their loving support and care given to Myrna and her family.  


 

Lori Lynn Dykstra Vande Zande


MADISON/PARDEEVILLE - Lori Lynn Dykstra Vande Zande, 54, of Madison, passed away peacefully at her home with her family Friday, May 24, 2013.

She was born Sept. 22, 1958, in Portage, the daughter of Severyn and Joyce Brandsma Dykstra. She attended and was a graduate of Pardeeville High School and Madison Business College. Lori married Bruce Vande Zande on Sept. 17, 1988, at Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison.

She worked many years for the University of Wisconsin and the state of Wisconsin. Lori was a presidential appointee to the Access Board, an independent federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. She was appointed to serve on the Court Interdisciplinary Committee on the Court-Related Needs of the Elderly and People with Disabilities and served on the Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities. Lori's advocacy helped pave the way for the rights of people with disabilities.Lori was an avid gardener and designed the landscaping around her home. She enjoyed traveling the country and cherished the extended stays with her parents at their winter home. She appreciated spending quiet times with her husband and her constant Yorkie companion, Max.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce, of Madison; brother, Terry (Robin Kroon) of DeForest; father, Severyn, of Pardeeville; aunts and uncles, Lucille Wopat of Pardeeville, Lois (David) Bradley of Pardeeville, Ed Brandsma of Cambria, and Helene Dykstra of Juneau; nieces; nephews; other near relatives; and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Nick and Jessie Dykstra and Art and Gertrude Brandsma; her mother, Joyce Dykstra; and her stepmother, Kathleen Dykstra.

A celebration of her life will be held at noon Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Pardeeville, with Pastor Julie Waterdu officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment will take place at Pardeeville Cemetery at a later date.

Lori's family would like to thank all friends and relatives for their time and compassionate support in her final days. Special thanks to Agrace Hospice for their loving care given to Lori and her family. Memorials may be made in her name to Agrace or to the Columbia County Humane Society.



 

Jeffery A. Riddle


DALTON - Jeffery Riddle, age 49, formerly of Madison lost his battle with cancer at home surrounded by his family on Monday, May 20, 2013.  Jeff was born on August 12, 1963 the son of David and Irene (Borchardt) Riddle.  He graduated from Madison Memorial High School, and completed one year of automotive schooling at MATC.  He married Colleen Statz on October 4, 1986.   Jeff was employed at Rocky's Auto, the Wilderness in WI Dells and most recently self employed in the lawn care and snow removal business.  He loved working on cars during his spare time at his shop at their home in Dalton with his son, Jeff Jr.  Survivors include his wife, Colleen "Connie"; daughters, Jamie Riddle (Max Aliaga) and Amy (Tristan) Douglas; son, Jeff, Jr. (Stephanie Dover) Riddle.  He treasured his time with his grandchildren, Vanessa and Trevor.  Jeff is also survived by his sister, Sharon (Mike) Marten; brother, Jim (Rose) Riddle; and many nieces and nephews, other near relatives and dear friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Carrie Theis; and father-in-law, Harold Statz.  A Celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday evening May 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville.  Pastor Brad Homan will preside. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until time of service.  Memorials may be made in his name.  


 

Wanda Lou Osuski Duchaine


COLUMBUS - Wanda Lou Osuski Duchaine, 48, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 17, 2013. She was born Jan. 19, 1965, in Columbus, Wis., the daughter of  Charles L. Scott and Alice J. Lewison, She is survived by her husband, Ken Duchaine; daughters, Cheri Sell (Joe Howey) and Amber Sell (Frank Colvin); brothers, Charlie, Bobby and Jerry (Erica) Scott; other relatives and dear friends.She was preceded in death by her husband Mike William; grandparents Earl and Nina Scott; and Aunt Barbara Ann Scott.
Wanda will be remembered as a definite clean freak. Everything had to be in its place or she would make sure to see to it that it gets there (even if it wasn't her house), She was a kind, caring hearted person, who had a tremendous love for animals. She had a hard life, but she never let that get the best of her. Wanda will be forever loved, cherished and missed by her family and friends. She will be in our hearts and memories or many years to come.


Lela E. Fisher


MADISON - Lela E. Fisher passed away peacefully Friday, May 17, 2013.


Donald Herman Hagy

PARDEEVILLE - Donald Herman Hagy, age 74 went to heaven to be with our Lord on May 15, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born May 23, 1938 to Norma (Steingraeber) Hagy and Franklin Hagy. He is preceded in death by his mother, father, 2 brothers and a grandson. He is survived by his loving wife Alice (Priske) Hagy and 4 children, Kimberly Ingebrigtson from Deforest, Debbie McCollum from Reedsburg, Timothy Hagy from Wyocena and Theresa Davis also from Reedsburg. 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. He was an avid golfer and loved the game. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 19th from 2-5:00 at The Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville Monday, May 20th will be the Funeral services with a visitation at 10:00 and Mass at 10:30 at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Pardeeville. The Family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations would  greatly appreciated



Virginia "Virg" Lee Hoeppner


PARDEEVILLE - Virginia Lee "Virg" Hoeppner, 71, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 12, 2013, Mother's Day, with her seven daughters at her side.

Virginia was born June 7, 1941, in Portage, the daughter of Paul and Audrey Gates Dates. She graduated from Pardeeville High School in 1959. She served her country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Virg was known for her love of God, country and family. She gave unselfishly to others in need. She loved to watch Packers football games; shop at rummage sales; throw horseshoes; decorate for holidays; visit with friends; and most of all, spend time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Wyocena Community Church, where she served as a past trustee. Virg always greeted everyone with a smile as she gave out samples of food at Kwik Trip in Pardeeville. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

She was preceded in death by her parents as well as two brothers and a sister. She is survived by seven daughters, Deborah Kurtz (Scott Kurtz) of Jackson, Cynthia Stamilio (Lt. Col. Ret. Michael Stamilio) of Milton, Pa., Sherrie Rosignol of Pardeeville, Tammy Hoeppner of Pardeeville, Jennifer Noble (Travis Noble) of Portage, Wendy Hamilton (Johnny Hamilton) of Pardeeville; and Kim Hoeppner (Heath Colstad) of Pardeeville. In addition, she is survived by two sisters, Gloria Dreyer of Pardeeville, and Betty Dates of Reedsburg; a brother, Paul Dates Jr. (Jo Dates) of Glidden; and sister-in-law, Linda Dates of Beloit. Virg had 15 grandchildren as well as four great-grandchildren; other near relatives; and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Pastor Charles Case will preside. Burial will follow at Marcellon Cemetery. Full military rites will be presented by the Pardeeville American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and also from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday.

"If you ever knew our Mother, she treated you like she knew you forever."



Howard "Howie" Paul McCarthy


WYOCENA - It is with great sorrow we say goodbye to a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Howard "Howie" Paul McCarthy was born March 21, 1921, passed away peacefully with family by his side at the Wyocena Columbia County Health Care Center on May 6, 2013.

He married the love of his life, Arlene Jenks, on September 17,1949. Howie served in World War II. His careers included  a mason, Citgo service business owner, village employee, jeweler, building trades instructor, bus driver, construction business owner and driver of ADESA. He volunteered in many areas of the community. Howie was a village board member, volunteer fireman and deputy and a Pardeeville American Legion member.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene, and his five daughters: Lynn McCarthy, Wyoming, Jolene (Don) Dodd, Texas, Patricia McCarthy, Sun Prairie, Marsha Pulver, Pardeeville and Marilyn (Daryl) Bubolz, Cambria. Eleven grandchildren: Kyle (Lindsey) Wallace, Brad, Brooke, Shawn, Cole, Grant and Alysha Pulver, Joshua, Nickolas, Zachary and Gabriel Bubolz, many great-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends.Visitation will be at 1:00 pm up to the time of service at 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 11 at the United Methodist Church, 101 Wisconsin St, Pardeeville, WI with full military honors.

The McCarthy family would like to give a special thanks to the Willow Court staff at Columbia County Health Care Center and to Dr. Elizabeth Strabel for the loving care and kindness over the years.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin or Wyocena Columbia County Health Care Center.



Elizabeth Ann Jarchow

PARDEEVILLE - Elizabeth Ann Jarchow, age 66 passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 5th 2013 at her home on Swan Lake after battling cancer.  Elizabeth was born on December 22, 1946 in Appleton WI, the daughter of Gordon and Edith (DeGroot) Baumgart.  She grew up in Weyauwega and graduated from Seymour High School, class of 1964.  She was united in marriage to Dennis Jarchow on January 4, 1966 and three sons blessed their marriage.

Most near and dear to Elizabeth were her sons, daughters in law and grandchildren; they were her pride and joy. Her most treasured moments were the sunny days she spent with her family boating and fishing on Swan Lake. Elizabeth was well known throughout Columbia County and made many friends through her travels while working in sales and marketing.  She was a lifetime member of the VFW auxiliary as well as the Homemakers Club since 1979.  She was passionate about her flower and vegetable garden.  She thoroughly enjoyed music, traveling, Packer games and Nascar.  She was always on the go, eager for a new adventure, and inquisitive about everything life had to offer.  She had a warm and vibrant personality and a unique ability to transcend love to many different types of people.  She was charismatic and had an uncanny ability to listen genuinely and without judgment, making her instantly loveable to so many. A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Pardeeville.  Father David Greenfield will preside.  Visitation will be held at the Church on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.

She is survived by her three sons, Russell (Terri) of Pardeeville, Douglas (Julie) of Appleton, Steve (Diane) of Reedsburg; three grandchildren, Kyle, Brooke and Danielle.  She is further survived by Dennis of Fond du Lac, and a special friend and companion Bob Cyra of East Troy; brothers, Gordon (Beverly), John, and Mike (Patty); sister in law Geraldine, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Carl; grandparents Fred and Nellie (Coenen) Baumgart and Francis Hahnemann.

We love and miss you, Mom.  You will always be in our hearts and we will think of you as
the sun shines over the water.


Birtha Clark

MADISON - Birtha Clark passed away peacefully Thursday, May 2, 2013.




Robyn Mae Szoke


PARDEEVILLE - Robyn Mae Szoke, 34, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013.
She is survived by three children, Austin, Dawson and Raelyn; father, Charles; brother, Anthony; step sister, Sharlie; and two step brothers, Scott and Christopher. She was preceded in death by her son, Henry.
Visitation for Robyn will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wesleyan Bible Church in Pardeeville. Inurnment will follow at Pardeeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her children’s college funds.


 

 


Leroy J. Bishop

PARDEEVILLE - Leroy James Bishop passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013.
He was born in Livingston, Ill., on Feb. 15, 1944, to parents Albert J. Bishop and Dorothy M. Bishop (nee Kroll). He was married to Kathryn A. Gibson Bishop. He enjoyed fishing, playing euchre and watching NASCAR races.
He is survived by Timothy Bishop; Joseph Bishop; Gene Bishop; Lori Murdock; Kay Hopf; Joan Killoran; JR Rodger; James Rodger; Dave Boyd; Jay Boyd; 34 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and grandson, Isaiah J. Bishop.



 

 


Clifford F. Agnew



FALL RIVER - Clifford "Cliff" Francis Agnew, 85 years of Fall River died on Friday, April 5, 2013 at his residence. 
He was born on May 26, 1927 in the Town of Fountain Prairie to Alexander and Charlotte (Condon) Agnew.Cliff graduated from Randolph High School in 1944.  On October 30, 1948 he was united in marriage to Lois Messner in Wateroo, she preceded him in death on April 26, 2002.  Cliff has lived on the farm that he loved since 1948, enjoyed to travel, go to auctions, reading, hunting and playing cards.  Survivors include 7 children, Joseph Agnew of Fall River, Thomas (Megs) Agnew of Fall River, Patricia (Tim) Howe of Burlington, WI, Stephen (friend-Diane Larson) Agnew of Columbus, Christopher (Sandra) Agnew of Fall River, Alice (Christer) Agnew-Bohman of Bolingbrook, IL and Gail (Bill) Yanisch of Naperville, IL, 23 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 2 sisters in law Katie Agnew of Randolph and Joyce Hendricks of Juneau and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Stuart, infant granddaughter Hannah, 2 brothers David and Delos and 2 sisters Evelyn and Lorraine.Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11 AM at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Doylestown with Father Steve Kortendick officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Doylestown.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 9 AM until 11 AM. 



Rev. C. Keith Epps

RIO -The Rev. C. Keith Epps, 94, of Rio, went to his heavenly home Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.He served the Wyocena Union Baptist Church and the Rio Union Congregation Church from 1953 until his retirement in 1988.A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. April 20 at Rio Middle/High School in Rio. The family invites friends and family to join in a celebration of Keith's life through music and memories.




Lester F. Martinson

RIO - Lester F. Martinson, 81, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. He was born on Oct. 29, 1931, in Mobridge, S.D., to Henry and Anna Maltby Martinson.

Lester worked at Oscar Mayer for more than 33 years and also farmed the entire time. He also had a passion in his later years for bow hunting, was a hard working and caring man that loved his family very much. Lester was united in marriage to Darlene Anderson on Dec. 8, 1957. She preceded him in death on July 16, 2011.

He leaves behind his daughter, Cynthia (Greg) Ebert and her children, Tim, Heidi (Jeremy ) Abegglen, Tony, Holly fiance (Ty Young), and Tammy; his daughter, Diana (James) Lee and her children, Nichole, Tanya, Dana, Calvin and Chelsea Higgins; his son, John and his children, Jeremy (Kristine), Kenny, Katie, and Ashley; his son, Steve (Connie); and his son, Dustin (Ali); his son, Chris (Sara); and his daughter, Tina; six great-grandchildren; brother, Jack (Anna Mae Brue) Martinson of Tripoli, Wis.; two sisters, Maryann England of Deforest and June (Donald Lee) of Columbus; three brothers-in-laws, Merlyn England of Sun Prairie, Donald Anderson of Madison and Tom (Sherry) Anderson of Sun Prairie; two sisters-in-law, Carol (Bob) Stanek of Sun Prairie and Pat Anderson of Sun Prairie. He was preceded in death by the love of his life of 54 years, Darlene; three brothers, Marvin, Dallas and Harry; one sister, Maurene England; three sisters-in-law, Irene, Donna Martinson and Marilyn Anderson; and two brothers-in-law, Wayne England and Arthur Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home, Rio. Burial with military rites will follow at the Spring Prairie Cemetery, Keyeser. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice or the American Cancer Society.




Traci Lynn Rataczak

WYOCENA - Traci Lynn Rataczak, 43, died on Monday, April 8, 2013, in her home. She was born on Dec. 2, 1969, in Portage to Lawrence and Bonnie Kranz Rataczak.

Traci had a large heart for everyone around her. She loved to create memories through the many photos that she took and enjoyed cooking and making meals out of nothing. Traci loved animals, and had an especially huge heart for her dog, Mugsey. She enjoyed being outdoors, walking and yard work, and her greatest accomplishment was raising her three children, who she was always proud of.

Survivors include her children, Rex Griepentrog, Jamie (friend Brandon Herman) Griepentrog and Michael Griepentrog, all of Pardeeville; special friend Patrick Kraemer of Wyocena; loving father of her children, Mike Griepentrog of Pardeeville; father, Lawrence (Kay) Rataczak of Endeavor; mother, Bonnie (Mickey) McMahon of Wisconsin Dells; siblings, Lisa Procknow of Adams, Tammy (Carey) John of Montello, Tonia (Ron Rothweil) Rataczak of St. Louis, Kenny Cross of Rio, Shane McMahon of Wisconsin Dells, Cheyenne McMahon of Wisconsin Dells, Myron (Lynn) McMahon of Waterloo, Sonya Jessburger of Waterloo and Kelly McMahon of Dulwitchhill, Australia. She was preceded in death by grandparents Doris and Carl Kranz and Russ and Arlene Rataczak and stepsisters Monica, Lisa and Kimberly McMahon.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Smith Funeral Home, Pardeeville with the Rev. Chuck Case officiating. Burial will follow in Wyocena Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the family.                


                       

  

Kathleen A. Leffingwell

WINDSOR - Kathleen A. Leffingwell, Ellingson, Haak, age 63, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away April 2, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer at home with her beloved husband and family at her side.

Kathy was born July 21, 1949, in Madison to Robert and Delores (Millette) Haak. Kathy had three brothers and one sister. After attending La Follette High School, she worked as a loving caregiver all her life while working at Colonial Manor Nursing Home for 27 years and Pine View Living for 17 years. Kathy married Charles L. Leffingwell Aug. 29, 1997, after a 21-year engagement.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Charlie of Windsor; a sister, Debra (Mark) Sheskey of Madison; a son, Mike (Leslie) Ellingson of Stoughton; daughter, Monique Leffingwell of Windsor; and three grandchildren, Nicole, Rebecca and Ryan Ellingson of Stoughton. Kathy loved Charlie’s children like they were her own. Kevin (Dea) Leffingwell of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jodi (Joel) Rheinschmidt of Racine. Kathy had many nieces and nephews of whom she loved very much.

We would like to give special thanks to all her friends and co-workers at Pine View Living of Windsor and thanks to Agrace HospiceCare for all their help and support.

Visitation will held Friday, April 5, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the SMITH-VANGEN FUNERAL HOME, 401 Angel Way, Rio. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH, 610 Lincoln Ave., Rio. Friends may call at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made out to the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center or Agrace HospiceCare.




Jerome M. Renz

RIO - Jerome Michael Renz, 36, was a victim of a fatal car accident on Sunday, March 31, 2013.

He was born Feb. 13, 1977, in Chicago, the son of Gerald and Helena Janiszewski Renz.The family moved to the Pardeeville area in 1982. In August 2006, he celebrated the birth of his daughter Miranda, and in March 2007 married his love, Nichole Statz. Jerome worked as a mechanic both at his own business in Wyocena and alongside his stepfather in Pardeeville. Outside of his family, Jerome's biggest love was the Wyocena Bureau of Fire, which he joined in 1995. He served courageously and was promoted to lieutenant. He was respected and loved by all who served with him. Jerome was an avid outdoors-man who loved fishing, camping and hunting. He loved bowling, snowmobiling and motorcycling. Family and friends will always remember his smile, humor and willingness to help others.

Survivors include his wife, Nichole; daughter, Miranda; stepson, Webb of Rio; mother, Helena (Larry) Huddleston of Pardeeville; three brothers, William (Saundra) Renz of Pahoa, Hawaii, Jason (Katrina) Renz of Pardeeville and Wayne Renz of Pardeeville; three stepsisters, Linda (Guy) Hill of Dodgeville, Vicki (Mike) Richards of Madison and Tricia Huddleston of Wyocena; mother-in-law, Sandra Statz of Madison; three sisters-in-law, Jessica Statz of Anchorage, Alaska, Jasmin Statz of Madison and Jade Statz of Deerfield; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Renz, and grandparents, Urban and Margret Renz and Stanley and Bernice Janiszewski.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 318 S. Main St., Pardeeville, with Father David Greenfield officiating. Burial will follow at the Pardeeville Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday at Smith Funeral Home, 106 Roosevelt St., Pardeeville, from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wyocena Bureau of Fire or to a fund that has been set up for the family at Greenwoods State Bank in Rio under the Jerome Renz Memorial Fund.

         Your little girl will always love her "Big Daddy"



R. Marlyn Eggleston

PARDEEVILLE - R. Marlyn Eggleston, 88, passed away Saturday March 30, 2013, at Divine Savior Healthcare in Portage.

She was born Sept. 29, 1924, at the family farm in the town of Dekorra, Poynette. She was the sixth child of Arthur and Gladys Hillier Buckley. Marlyn graduated from Poynette High School in 1943. On March 15, 1946, she married Wesley Eggleston; he preceded her in death on May 3, 1999. During her lifetime, she was a cook for the Pardeeville School District, worked at the Scoreboard in Pardeeville and retired after 22 1/2  years as head housekeeper at the Columbia County Home in Wyocena. While at the home, she helped start the first Meals on Wheels program in Columbia County. She volunteered at the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Wyocena for many years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include two children, Gail (John) Bush of Portage and Jay (Joanne Rowe) Eggleston of Rio; three grandsons, Christopher (Amy) Bush of Appleton, Dr. Kevin (Angie) Eggleston of Oconomowoc, and Casey (Beth) Eggleston of Madison; six great-grandchildren, Catherine (Eric) Laeyendecker, Samantha (Christopher) Edwards, Richard (Kristin) Bush, Amber and Rachael Eggleston and Landon Eggleston; two great-great-grandchildren, Riley Edwards and Mackenzie Bush; many other dear family members; and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pardeeville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Norman Budde and the Rev. Sharon Smith co-officiating. Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at the church Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. The family would like to give a special thanks to the excellent staff at The Remington House.                                                 


                                                          

 

Helen R. Benzine

RIO - Helen Ruth Benzine, 86, of Rio, passed into the arms of her heavenly father on March 27, 2013.

She was born May 26, 1926, in Portage, to Joseph and Mabel Zabel Riley. Helen graduated from Pardeeville High School in 1944. On Aug. 24, 1944, she was united in marriage to Virgil Benzine at the Rio Evangelical Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death March 17, 2001. Helen was a proud, loving and involved grandma. She enjoyed several fishing trips to Canada, two overseas trips to Israel and Germany, and annual Door County vacations. She loved to bake cookies, enjoyed card playing, gardening and watching Lawrence Welk. Church was very important to Helen and she was an active member of Redeeemer Lutheran Church. She took great pride in serving on Altar Guild and church council. She was a member of Rebekah Circle and a Sunday School teacher.

Survivors include four children, Terry (Gail Ann) of Custer, Gail Jean of LaCrosse, Patrick (Sue) of Portage and Jeffrey (Ronna) of Portage; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry Riley of Madison; sister-in-law, Hazel Jacobson of Rio; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends of various ages. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sandra Kay Larson; son-in-law, William Larson; two grandsons, Tory and Joshua Larson; and Grandma Hulda Clara Marx.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rio, with the Rev. Matthew Kruse and the Rev. Joann Fabie co-officiating. Burial will follow at Bonnet Prairie Cemetery, rural Rio. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church.



Diane M. Honaker

PARDEEVILLE - Diane M. Honaker passed away March 23, 2013 with her loving family by her side after a valiant battle against breast cancer. Diane was born August 14, 1942 to Harry and Marjorie Williams of Youngstown, OH. She graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1960 and also attended Kent State University before working full time in medical research at the Ohio State University. Diane spent many years in Ohio and Pennsylvania until moving to Naperville in 1977. In Naperville, Diane held positions at Commercial Resources and was a patient administrator while working with inventors and attorneys for Amoco Chemical. While living in Naperville, she met her current husband and love her life, Donald and successfully blended two families. She is survived by her children; Jim (Shannon) Strock, Lori (Chris) Strohl and Steven (Kelly) Strock and Donald's children Tricia (Todd) Walzak, Susan (Tom) Early, Kurt Honaker and daughter-in-law Juli Honaker and 16 wonderful grandchildren.

In 1999 Diane and Donald moved to Pardeeville where they purchased an old house spending many months remodeling it and then spent many years after enjoying the lake with family and friends. Diane's greatest joy was spending time with grandchildren and memories with them on the lake or at the beach in Pawley's Island, SC.

Diane was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pardeeville, serving as Elder, Deacon and wherever she was needed. She loved her church family as those who became her closest friends. Diane was a member of the garden club and served as the club; president for several years. Diane was a member of Homemakers, helped at the food pantry and loved visiting with the elderly. Diane worked part time at the Portage Center for the Arts doing all kinds of jobs and enjoying all the special programs at the center. Diane also was a avid card maker and knitter. Diane is further survived by her sister, Cindi (Fred) Kocher. Diane was known as the beloved Aunt Di to her nieces.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Pardeeville where she so faithfully served. Pastor Julie Waterdu will preside. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9 A.M. until the time of service. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Pardeeville.



Opal A.Baumgartner

RIO - Opal Allene (Bastian) Baumgartner died peacefully on March 23, 2013 at the Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena.  She was born on October 31, 1920 in Fillmore County, Minnesota, the daughter of Otto Frederick and Jeannie (Prinsen) Bastian.   She married Emery Herbert Baumgartner on April 12, 1939 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lime Springs, Iowa.  Her life centered around her family and her church.  She enjoyed baking, quilting, card playing, embroidery work and bird watching.  She looked forward to the annual Lutefisk Supper, pie auctions and was a lifelong member of Mary Circle.
She is survived by her children, Beverly (Norman) Bortz of Reedsburg, Elsie (Roger) Taylor of Columbus, Harlan (Mary) Baumgartner of Rio, Phyllis Baumgartner of Rio, Allan Baumgartner of Columbus and Karleen Baumgartner of Rio; two brothers, Wayne (Marilyn) Bastian of Rochester, MN and Wallace Bastian of Shakopee, MN; sister, Muriel (Robert) Pooler of Rochester, MN; two sisters-in-law, Anna Marie Roche of Preston, MN and Leone Baumgartner of Des Moines, IA; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other near relatives and dear friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother Leo Bastian and sister-in-law, Genevieve Bastian.
Funeral services for Opal will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Bonnet Prairie Lutheran Church.  Pastor Joan will preside.  Burial will follow at the Bonnet Prairie Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 4-8 p.m at the church and also on Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Opal loved her family, church and enjoyed life and people.  She will be greatly missed by her family. 


 

Betty J. Pollesch

FRIESLAND - Betty Jean Pollesch (nee Farrell), age 82, of Friesland, passed away on March 17, 2013 at Golden Living Center in Randolph, where she had spent her last few months. Betty was born on June 23, 1930 at her family homestead in Scott Township in Columbia County near Greenwood Cemetery, daughter of Martin Jacob Farrell and Hazel Beatrice (Dixon) Farrell. She attended Montello High School with perfect attendance. In 1951, Betty married Jerome Plath. In 1969, Betty was remarried to Orlin Krueger, who passed away in 1977. Then in 2000, she married George Pollesch, who passed away in 2003. Betty proudly dedicated over 30 years of her working career to PMI in Markesan. She would arrive to work every day with a smile, loving what she did. She was also a devoted member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church for many years, actively participating in the Ladies' Aid. In her spare time, Betty enjoyed traveling the world, taking care of her numerous plants and shopping to supply her ever- growing stockpile of everything from socks to school supplies. Betty will forever be remembered for her caring nature, contagious smile and her honesty. She spent her life putting others first and making sure everyone around her was taking care of. 

Betty is survived by her children, Shirley "Cheater"(Terry) Broesch, Debra (Steven) Borhegyi, Vicki (Tom) Peterson, Dick (Karen) Plath, Jerry (Julie) Plath, Susan Krueger, Julie Krueger and Linda Matamoros; her grandchildren, Kelly Brown, Terry (Gena) Broesch, Randall (Wendy) Broesch, Laurie (Jeremy) Chell, Andrew Borhegyi, Katena Stilson, Ethan Plath, Jason Floeter, Jamie Floeter, Nicholas Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Kyle Johnson, José Matamoros, Paloma Matamoros, Gaby Matamoros and Zachary Lewis; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Jerome Plath, Orlin Krueger, George Pollesch, and grandchildren Brian Broesch and Shane Plath. 

Upon Betty's request, there will be no funeral services.

Condolences may be expressed through:

Smith Funeral Home
401 Angel Way
Rio, WI 53960



Norman Jensen

WYOCENA - Norman Jensen, 93, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, Algoma and Washington Island, passed away peacefully into new life Friday, March 15, 2013, just one month after his beloved wife, Helen, passed.

Norman was born June 18, 1919, on Washington Island, to Peter and Hattie Olson Jensen. During his early years on Washington Island, he worked the family farm and then became a road crew foreman. He married Helen Wickman on April 16, 1955, and the two of them operated their farm in Stangleville, later ran the Ellison Bay Lodge and Motel, and then worked for the town of Liberty Grove doing a variety of maintenance work, like snow plowing and mowing. They later made their home in Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. Norman loved helping his neighbors with tree-cutting. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Norman is survived by his two daughters, Nancy (Francis, deceased) of Whitelaw, and Roxie (Steve) Novak of Endeavor. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Tim (Christine) Koyen of Sun Prairie, Tina Koyen of Wisconsin Rapids, Paula Bierke of Brownsville, Larry (Sarah Turk-Danz) Bierke of Mount Horeb, and Michael (Jessica Henry) Novak, of Endeavor. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Tim Koyen of Sun Prairie and Kaylee Koyen of Mankato, Minn. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Helen; and brothers, Raymond, Wallace, Myron, Edward and Harvey.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. April 5 at Lakeshore Baptist Church, 925 Marquette St., Highway 29, in Kewaunee. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until time of service.



Dorothy E. Buzzell

Rio/ Waunakee - Dorothy Eileen Buzzell passed away on March 14, 2013 at her home in Waunakee with her son by her side. She was born on November 13, 1918 to Charles and Lucy Roe in Colo,Iowa. She met Lyle Buzzell in Iowa when he was stationed therein the Cavalry. They moved to Rio, Wisconsin where they raised their two sons, Robert & Dean. Dorothy really enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially in a good game of Uno. Reading was also a favorite pastime of hers. She enjoyed flying, taking flying lessons at one point and taking her last small plane flight in Big Blue two years ago with her grandson. At the early age of 75 she started traveling the world with her son and friends. She really was quite the adventurer, from parasailing in Puerto Vallarta, riding a camel in Morocco, climbing the Acropolis in Greece, to getting lost in the Moscow subway system.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Dean; her daughter-in-law,Lynn; grandchildren, Kathy (Scott) Johnson and Robert (Sarah)Buzzell; great-grandchildren, Marcus (Lauren), Jordan and Austin Johnson, Nicole and twins Addy and Katie Buzzell; and great-great grandson Aiden.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; her son, Robert, and her very dear friend Ramona Hartley.

Donations can be made to the Agrace Hospice Center.

As per Dorothy's wishes, there will be no services.

Mom is now on a new journey.



Harold D. Youngs

CAMBRIA/BEAVER DAM - Harold D. Youngs, 88, went to his eternal home on Thursday, March 7, 2013, from complications of dementia to be with Ma, the love of his life of 64 years.

He was born Aug. 11, 1924, to Orla and Dora Youngs in Poynette. He worked as a farmhand while raising his and Ma's children. In 1970, he moved to Cambria and was employed at both canning factories, until retirement. Through his example, he instilled in his children a good work ethic.

His hobbies and interests were gardening, wood working, going to auctions, playing cards, bingo, canning and cooking. He was dedicated to his faith and St. Paul Evangelical Church by servicing the church and cemetery. Harold is survived by five children; Eldon (Cathy), Vern (Joyce), Russell, Beverly (Robert) Baumler, Wally (Mary) and a special daughter-in-law, Barb Youngs; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; cousins; and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle, in 2009; son David; grandchildren Michelle, Jennifer, Kevin, and Troy; brothers, James and Melvin; and brother-in-law, Gordon Scharf.

Funeral services will be held Sunday March 10, 2013 at noon at St . Paul's Evangelical Church on Englehart Road in Cambria. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Internment will be at the church cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rolf and Dr. Sam Poser, and the doctors at Stoughton Hospital. We would also like to thank all the facilities he has lived in for their care and love on Dad's journey.



Harry C. Edwards

Harry C. Edwards, age 95, of Pardeeville, WI passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the Divine Savior HealthCare Tivoli, Portage, WI.
Harry was born on October 19, 1917 in Pardeeville to David P. Edwards and Myrtle (Hopkins) Edwards. He married Arline S. Kaiser of Pardeeville in 1939. Harry was a musician with the upright bass as his main instrument. Since the age of 14 he played in various groups/bands such as the Fox River Valley Boys, Eddie Lawrence Combo, Hal Mack Band, Mid-Westerners, Cactus Twisters, and the Blue Denim.
Harry was preceded in death by brother, Rich Edwards, sisters Phyllis (Martin), Lois Ann (Barker) and wife Arline S. Edwards.
He is survived by son, Larry Edwards, grandson, Thomas Edwards, granddaughter Kathrine Edwards (Hankes) and great grandsons Jacob and Andrew Edwards, and Quinnlan Hankes.
At his request there will be no service.

 

Dr. Kenneth C. "Doc" Shannon     
                                                                               

PARDEEVILLE -  Dr. Kenneth C. 'Doc" Shannon passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, after a short time at Remington House after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Appleton, on Aug. 24, 1924. Kenneth attended St. John's Grade School and High School in Little Chute. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran serving from 1943 to 1946. He married Eunice Donskey on July 6, 1946. They were married for 66 years.

He attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, and graduated from Marquette Dental School in 1952. He practiced dentistry for 43 years in Pardeeville, during which time he was a member of the Columbia, Dodge and Marquette dental societies, as well as the Wisconsin Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

He served as Faithful Navigator of the area Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Order and was a member of the American Legion Post 215 in Pardeeville for more than 50 years, where he served as their chaplain.

Kenneth spent a lifetime of being a faithful servant. He volunteered at Divine Savior Hospital and delivered Meals on Wheels for several years. He was also a devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Pardeeville, where he served as a Eucharistic minister, usher, reader and Mass server.

One of his favorite hobbies was remote controlled airplanes which he built, flew, crashed and repaired, in that order. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and his antique auto, a 1967 Mustang.

A Mass of Christian burial for Ken will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Pardeeville, where he so faithfully served. The Rev. David Greenfield will preside. Full military rites will be conducted by the Pardeeville American Legion and VFW Posts. Burial will follow at Pardeeville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church.

He is survived by his wife, Eunice, his best friend, without whose unwavering encouragement and support he would not have become a dentist. He is also survived by four children, Peter, Mary (Jim), Tricia and Tom (Sue); nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to St. Mary Catholic Church in Pardeeville.

The family would also like to thank Dr. Whiting, the staff and physicians at UW Hospital and Divine Savior Healthcare, Home Health United Hospice Care, as well as the entire staff at Remington House for their kindness, care and support.

Helen A. Jensen

Helen A. Jensen,formerly of Algoma and Sturgeon Bay, WI, peacefully went to her heavenly home on Friday, February 15, 2013, at the Columbia County Health Care Center, where she resided with her husband, Norman.  She was born on October 15, 1921, at Green Bay to Arnold and Roxie (Yorgey) Wickman.  She married John Ives in 1942, whom passed away on August 18, 1947.  She married Norman Jensen on April 16, 1955.  Helen was a former teacher, homemaker, ran the Ellison Bay Lodge and Motel, and farmed with her husband Norman.  She especially enjoyed meeting people while working at the Gills Rock information booth.
Helen was a former member of the Kewaunee Order of the Eastern Star.  In her early years, Helen taught school in a one-room schoolhouse.  She also was active in a bridge club.
Helen is survived by her husband of 57 years, two daughters Nancy (Francis deceased) Bierke of Whitelaw, and Roxie (Steve) Novak of Endeavor.  She is also survived by five grandchildren:  Tim (Christine) Koyen of Sun Prairie, Tina Koyen of Sturgeon Bay, Paula Bierke of Brownsville, Larry (Sarah Turk-Danz) Bierke of Mount Horeb,  and Michael (Jessica Henry), of Endeavor.  She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Tim Koyen of Sun Prairie and Kaylee Koyen of Mankato, MN.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, John Ives, a brother Arnold Wickman ,a sister Thelma Alwin, and a son-in-law Francis Bierke.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date with Rev. Julie Wilson, officiating.



Robert Hopp


Rio - Robert L. Hopp, 80, passed away on February 16, 2013 after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Robert was born on October 1, 1932 in Milwaukee to Margaret Hopp. He spent his youth growing up on farms near Cambria with his grandparents, Joseph and Pearl (Bell) Hopp and his mother and step father Frank
Allen of Beaver Dam. After finishing school, he went into the army and served his country from 1953 to 1955, where he was stationed in Germany and France. Upon his return he farmed with his uncle, near Wisconsin Dells. During this time, he met Mary Coon. They were united in marriage on October 20, 1956. In 1960 they moved to the Rio area, where he continued dairy farming. In 1980 he and his son Brian entered into a partnership and continued dairy farming until Robert's retirement in 1996. Even after his retirement he maintained an interest in all types of farming. He always took great pride in his family, work and livestock. Robert was a member of Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Rio.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Mary; a daughter Barbara Sellers of Wyocena, two sons; Brian Hopp of Columbus and Steven Hopp of Rio; one grandson; Christopher Sellers, and one granddaughter; Jaclyn Hopp. Also surviving is a sister, Patricia Bednarek (Daniel) of Fox Lake; and one sister in law, Dorothy Coon, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

 He was preceded in death by two brothers in law; Francis Coon, and Floyd Weyh and one sister in law, Lucille Weyh.

 The Family would like to thank Home Health United Hospice for their care for the past fourteen months. Also, a special thank you to Catherine Stumpf for her constant help and support.

A Memorial Service will be held for Robert on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Smith Funeral Home in Rio at 1:00 P.M. There will be no visitation per his request.


Rosemary A. Konzel

Rosemary A. Konzel, age 69, passed away at her home on January 29, 2013. She was born in Chicago Illinois to George and Dorothy Mattes on December 7, 1943.

Rosemary is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Michael Konzel, sons, Joseph, Jim (Mary), grandchildren, Tony, Alisha, Nicholas, and Michael, great-grandchildren, Layla and Victoria Rose, sister , Ruth Achterberg, nephew Fred, niece, Amy, sister-in-law, Bonnie and other relatives and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

At Rosemary's request there will be no services.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Columbia County Humane Society.

Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville is serving the family.

Kermit Lyal Hutzler

Kermit Lyal Hutzler passed away unexpectedly at home on January 29, 2013 at the age of 73. Kermit is predeceased by his parents Dorothy (Ingram), Lyal Hutzler, brother Virgil, wife Beverly (Bielke) Hutzler.

Kermit is lovingly remembered by his children, Kevin (Kimberly) Hutzler of Portage, Pam (Gary Kratz) of Kingston, Debbie (Jim Krause) of Portage. He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Brandi Kratz (Jake Koepke) , Aaron Kratz (Jessica Laufenberg), Chad Kratz(Karissa McConochie), Chasity Kratz (Buddy Fletcher), Shanda Kratz (Justin Bryant ), Benjamin Hutzler(Penny Kath), and 11 Great-grandchildren. Brothers and sister and many nieces and nephews, Keith (Phyillis) Hutzler, Neil (Jean) Hutzler, Joyce (James Moore), Bruce (Kim) Hutzler. Brother in law, Larry ( Marianne Van der Hoof ) Kermit was born near Pardeeville, WI, on May 1, 1939. He graduated from Pardeeville High School in 1958 and married Beverly on November 7, 1959. He went on to earn a degree from Printing school around 1961. He worked as a layout designer for Madison Newspapers until he retired. Kermit enjoyed watching Packer games, collecting Kermit the frog memorabilia, being with his family.

 A special thank you goes to the Divine Savior Infusion Department.

The visitation will be held at United Methodist Church, 101 Wisconsin St. Pardeeville on February 2, 2013, 10:00 to 12:00. The funeral service to follow at the church with Rev. Norm Bude officiating at 12:00. Interment to follow at Pardeeville Cemetery.


Willo Lorraine Amend Lynch

Mellen, Wisconsin - Willo Lorraine Amend Lynch, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the age of 89. Born July 28, 1923 Willo was the oldest of thirteen children - she treasured her siblings throughout her life, both as family and as friends.

Growing up during the depression Willo learned strength, problem solving and creativity - her motto was "make it do, make it over, or do without". But one thing she never had to do without was a loving family and many dear lifelong friends. And it was through her close friend Kay that she met the love of her life, Richard Lynch - or "Knobby" as known by his friends, and they married on February 27,1943. Willo and Richard began their marriage apart due to his World War II service overseas but afterwards would be inseparable until his death on September 24, 2009. Willo was committed to Knobby above all else and they enjoyed a strong, supportive marriage and life-long friendship.

Willo, affectionately known as "Red", was a bright spark in this world - a scrappy, fiercely independent, strong, loyal woman with an amazing intellect, a quick wit, and a great sense of humor. She was a veracious reader, a writer of poetry and award winning slogans. She loved to kick up her heels - from Friday night dinners out with friends to cartwheels in the backyard to wet dishtowel fights in the kitchen. Willo loved to dance and would at every opportunity from celebrations and Friday nights out with friends to grabbing whoever was doing dishes that night for a turn around the kitchen. Willo was a force to be reckoned with and she never let anyone forget it.

Willo loved her family and was proud of the life she and Knobby built together. She ran the business side of their heating and air conditioning company while raising five children with love, respect,strength, humor and common sense - always ready with sage advice, but only if asked. She gave each of her children the gift of a strong work ethic, the strength to stand on their own two feet, the right to make their own choices and the gumption to find their way in this world. Invaluable lessons taught by example.

Honored to have known her and loved her Willo will be truly missed by her children, Jeff Lynch, Kathy Jones, Barb Welnetz, Debbie Roscoe and Dianne Lynch along with their spouses, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.

We will all greatly miss her smile, her quick wit and her spark - Willo was a woman of great gifts who will live on in our hearts always.

A celebration of life is planned for late May in Rio, Wisconsin.



Melvin (Mel) F. Pederson

A fine man, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and good friend, Melvin (Mel) Fredrick Pederson left this world on January 25, 2013. He was born in Racine, Wisconsin, May 25, 1930, the only child of Alfred and Margaret Luedtke Pederson. He attended Washington Park High School. Adventurous at a young age, at 17 he and his best friend Ken had the first of several canoe trips down the Wisconsin River, from Wausau to Wisconsin Dells, camping along the way. At 18, he camped for a month with his father in British Columbia hunting moose, deer, duck, and pheasant.

He joined the Army in 1950 as a mechanic, retrieving and repairing jeeps, tanks, and other vehicles in the Korean War, several times in the midst of battle.  After the Army he returned to Racine to work with his father at Melvin Gage Company and Melcro, a Division of Melvin Gage, making instruments, aircraft parts, and chrome plating.

On March 6, 1954 he married Carol Harmel, and together they had three children. In 1967 they moved the family from Racine to Pardeeville, and he became a tool and die maker at Rayovac in Portage. He retired at age 62 yet continued making small engine parts and enjoyed repairing motorcycles and lawn tractors.

All his life he loved his animals. He and his father trained Chesapeakes and Golden Retrievers for field trials, producing a state champion, C.B. Brandt. Dogs, cats, and horses were always included in    the family.

Mel is survived by his wife, Carol, son, Mike (Donna), daughter, Mary (Brian Stancer), and son, Eric (Sheila Stanek), and two grandchildren, Cheryl (Joe) Bauer and James. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until time of service. Full military rites will be conducted by the Pardeeville American Legion and VFW posts.


Roger F. Drost

Roger F. Drost reunited with his beloved Molly on January 22, 2013 after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Waukegan, IL on March 13, 1942 to Lester F. and Beth E. Drost. He graduated from Kenosha Bradford High School in 1960 and married Molly L. McClendon on June 23, 1962 in Kenosha, WI. He is survived by three children: the Rev. Kimberly A. Drost, Jeffrey A. (Karen) Drost and Karen E. (Eric) Krieg. Other than Molly, who preceded him in death in 1993, the people who brought the most joy to him were his grandchildren - Joseph, Sara and Noah Drost, and Jacob, Alyssa, Samuel, William and Nicholas Krieg. He is also survived by a sister, Kathleen A. (Thomas) Fredrickson, a brother, Charles A. Drost as well as numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

He graduated with honors in computer programming from Kenosha Technical Institute in 1967 while working for American Motors Co. He graduated from UW-Parkside in 1982 with a BS and honors in business operations. He was a computer programmer and then a programming manager for Northwestern National/Armco Insurance Company in Milwaukee/Brookfield, WI from 1967 to 1990. A techno-junkie, he was well-versed and fluent in both the PC and Apple platforms and loved his iToys.

Visitation will be at the Smith-Vangen Funeral Home (401 Angel Way, Rio, WI) on Monday, January 28 from 4-7 pm. Funeral services will be held the next day at the Wyocena Community Church (164 E. Franklin St., Wyocena, WI) at 1 pm. He will be transported to Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown, WI immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Meals on Wheels of Columbia County are encouraged.


Mary J. Cross

Mary Joan Lehr-Cross, age 85, passed away peacefully at American Way in Portage on January 23,2013.
She was born in Illinois to John and Elsie Lehr on February 24, 1927.

Mary is survived by her loving children and their spouses, Butch (Alberta), 4 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, Dale (Pat),  5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, Kathy (Tom), 3 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, Kenneth (Theresa), 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, David (Sharon), 3 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, Delwin (Donna), 4 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, Jean (Dennis), 2 grandchildren, Janet (Norm), 2 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, Brenda (Don), 3 grandchildren, Tina (Mark), 4 grandchildren, brother, Mickey, many nieces, nephews and other dear relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband, Henry Cross, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Smith Vangen Funeral Home in Rio. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ohio Cemetery.


Denise Kuhnwald

Denise (Roth) Kuhnwald, 45, of Portage was reunited with her son Travis John Krueger on Tuesday January 8, 2013 when she passed away unexpectedly at her home. Denise is the daughter of Ervin Roth and Ginger Kirchoffner formerly of Sauk City. She is survived by her children, Dustin Krueger of Portage, Cody Krueger of Grand Marsh, and Naomie Krueger of Cazenovia along with her grandchildren Nikita and Nicolai Hornung-Krueger, Brooklynn Krueger, and Ava Triggs. She is also survived by her father Ervin Roth (Lovina Tisler) of Wisconsin Dells, 5 sisters Carrie (Kent) Whipp of Baraboo, Lori (Gary) Dickerson of Sauk City, Kathy (George III) Heath of Baraboo, Sandra (Rick) Peterson of Richland Center, Shelly (Tim) Robinson of Cazenovia, one brother Cory (Sandra Hart) Roth of Rio, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends as well as her companion, Steve Swerdon of Portage. She was preceded in death by her son Travis, a grandson Joey Anderson (Treton), her mother and step-father Ginger and Adam Kirchoffner and a nephew Robert Nall. A service of remembrance will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Draper Street at 1PM on February 3rd, 2013 for family and friends.

Norma M. Wilcox

WYOCENA - Norma M. Wilcox, 94, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at the Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena.

Norma was born to Alfred and Miami (Aldrich) Koeppe on Oct. 25, 1918, in the town of Marcellon. She was married to Warren G. Wilcox on June 29, 1940, at the North Scott Baptist Church and gave birth to a son, Lee Warren Wilcox, on Aug. 14, 1956.

She is survived by her son, Lee, of Portage; one nephew, Lyle Stone of Lodi; four nieces, Betty Cook of Pardeeville, Ferne Plenke of Golden Vally, Minn., Carol Garro of Sauk City and Nancy (Bob) Reuter, Fairview, N.C.; and many other caring family members, friends, and neighbors.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Eva Mae Stone, Ruth Theil, and Ferne Koeppe, as well as her beloved husband.

A refrain that was a favorite of Norma's reads:

Do you know my Jesus

Do you know my friend

Have you heard He loves you

And that He will abide till the end?

According to Norma's wishes, neither a funeral nor visitation will be held. A private graveside service will take place in the springtime. Interment will be at the North Marcellon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that a memorial be made to a charity of one's choice. Norma had a special place in her heart for disadvantaged and hungry children and was a longtime supporter of the American Bible Society.


Juanita Dykman

MADISON - Juanita Dykman, age 94, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2012. Juanita enjoyed playing bridge, her friends on Juneau Rd. and dancing with her late husband Woody. She was a long time member of Bethany United Church in Madison.

She is survived by her son Robert (Joanne) and daughters Cynthia (Steven) and Kathryn Aldin, five grandchildren and four  great grandchildren with the fifth due in May and two sisters.

A memorial will be held on January 19, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home, 106 Roosevelt St. Pardeeville, WI at 2:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Marilyn J. Larson

Marilyn Joyce (Taylor) Larson passed peacefully to heaven in her Lords loving arms Saturday January 12, 2013.

Marilyn was born October 7,1931 in Chicago Ill. The daughter of Theodore Linn Taylor and Joyce Elliott Hasenstab. She graduated in 1949 from West High School in Madison. She married David L Larson August 21, 1952. Four daughters blessed their marriage. Mary and Dave enjoyed their retirement traveling and camping in their R.V. They enjoyed doing community service. Mary taught Sunday School, drove school bus ,and enjoyed sewing. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and her grandchildren. She had a great love for her Lord.

She is survived by her four daughters, Karen (Richard) Klemp of Sun Prairie, Patty (Ken) Moll of Pardeeville, Sandra Kvale of Deforest, Bonnie Larson-Crigger of Virginia. Nine grand children: Jesse (Lindsey), Kaitlyn, Jason Klemp, Eric (Nicole), Andrew, Trisha Moll. Sara and Kayla Kvale. Cody Crigger. A great granddaughter on the way to be born in May. Brother Ted Taylor Jr. .and sister Lynne (Taylor) Gomm  and many dear relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband David of 50 years and her parents.

Memorials may be made in her name.

Funeral services for Marilyn Larson will be held at Smith Funeral Home Rio WI Thursday January 17,2013 Visitation 12:00p.m. until time of service at 1:30.



Dora E. Kath

PORTAGE - Dora E. Kath, age 92, passed away peacefully at Tivoli At Divine Savior Health Care in Portage on January 11, 2013.
She was born on April 8, 1920 to Adolph and Anna (Boushon) Hein in Fremont Township in Clark County, WI.
She married Clarence Kath on October 1, 1938 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Pardeeville, where she was a long time member and a part of the ladies aid.
Dora worked at Weyenberg Shoe Factory in Portage for 13 years. After retirement she and Clarence delivered meals on wheels for Helping Hands in Pardeeville.

She enjoyed reading, shopping , playing cards crafts with plastic canvas and was passionate about dancing.

Dora will be deeply missed as a loving mother and a good friend.

She is survived by daughters; Doris (Roger) Allen, Sandra Kath, grand dogs; Mitzie and Cindie, brother; Ernie (Nita) Hein, sister; Agnes MacDonald and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by, her parents, husband, daughter; Carol, son in law; Donald Moldenhauer, sisters; Evelyn Haldemann, Mary Schultz, Alma Duchow, Liz Marsh, Elsie Draeger, brothers Henry, Carl and Alfred Hein, nephews: Denny Haldemann and David Kath.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12 p.m. at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Pardeeville. Pastor William Runke will preside. Visitation for Dora will be held on Tuesday morning from 10 am until time of service at the church.


Memorials may be made to the Columbia County Humane Society.


David E. Kath

MONTELLO - David E. Kath, passed away on January 10, 2013 at the age of 63, after a courageous batlle with cancer.
He was born in Portage to Elmer and Betty (Barden) Kath on June 28, 1949. He grew up in Columbia County and graduated from Pardeeville High School in 1967. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Throughout his life he worked for Wyocena Farmers Union Co-op, Mc Dlowell Farms, Gro Plant Inc and Spartech. He enjoyed agribusiness the most.

He is survived by, his wife of 38 years, Vonnie (Yvonne) , daughter; Penny Kath, grandson: Jadin Benjamin Hutzler, parents; Betty and Elmer Kath, brother; Donald Kath, several sisters, brothers in law, nieces and nephews especially Matthew.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed "Gator" rides with his brother Don.

The family would like to thank Home Health United and Smith Funeral Home for serving the family.

A memorial Service for David will be held on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Montello. Visitation will be held on Monday morning from 9 am until time of service at the church. Pardeeville American Legion post #215 will present military honors.


Donald K. Anderson

Pardeeville - Donald K. Anderson Sr. age 76, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena, where he resided and was so lovingly cared for by the staff for the past 2 1/2  years.

Don was born on September 23, 1936 in Oconto County to Wesley and Bernice ( Niehus) Anderson.

He was united in marriage to Joan C. Bradley on November 30, 1957 in Madison, WI, Don worked at Red Dot/ Frito Lay in Madison. He also worked in the Water- Sewer and Street Department and as a part time Police Officer for the Villages of Pardeeville and Rio. After retirement Don drove for Mid States Medical Van.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Joan of Pardeeville; 3 daughters, Mary Jo (Mike) DesJarlais Sr. of Pardeeville, Rose Anderson of WI Dells, and Donna (John) Bowers of Montello; 2 sons, Donald Jr. (Tammy) of Reedsburg and Jeff (Carmen) of Adams; 17 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Beverly (Chris) Harbort of Sun Prairie and Bonnie (Jim) Pusley of Rapid City, SD; brother, David (Judy) of Westfield; sister-in-law, Marie Anderson of Madison; nieces, nephews, friends and 2 special companions, Precious and Peaches.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary.

He loved camping, fishing and riding his scooter all over town with the Wrinkle Ranch Gang and his dog Precious.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at Wesleyan Bible Church in Pardeeville. Burial will be at Pardeeville Cemetery. Visitation for Don Anderson will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday. A lunch will follow.




Karen A Christian

RIO - Karen A. Christian. Age 70, of RIO, passed away peacefully January 5, 2013 after a valiant 5 year battle with cancer. She was born on May 4, 1942 in Waunakee, the daughter of Ervin and Myrtle (Hanson) Hamre. She was happily married to Joseph Christian for 35 years. She touched many peoples lives within Rio and surrounding communities.

She is survived by her husband; Joseph Christian, children; Ronnie Wendt of Portage, Colleen (Bob) Wyrick of Oceanside, CA, Kurt Christian of Arlington, Kara Wells of Lodi, Erica (Jason) Bateson of Rio, Charlotte (Kevin) Eggers of Rhinelander, grandchildren: Ryan, Amanda, Luke, Dakota, Hannah, Ethan, Todd, Karena and many dear relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by a son; Todd Wendt.

Services for Karen will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Bonnet Prairie Lutheran Church, at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Joan Wittrock will officiate. Visitation will be held at Smith Vangen Funeral Home in Rio on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.



Kristi G. Leffingwell

WINDSOR - Kristi Gertrude Leffingwell, age 97, passed away peacefully at Pine View Living in Windsor on January 5, 2013.
She was born in Deforest, on June 1,1915, the fourth of seven children, to Elias and Margrethe (Dahlen) Kilen. She graduated from Deforest High school in 1933.On September 6, 1941 she married Charles Leffingwell.  They were married by the president of Luther College at his home in Decorah, Iowa.

Kristi was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rio. She was a member of the WOC, the church choir and taught Sunday school Rio for over 50 years. She was also a member and president of the Rio American Legion Auxiliary for many years, as well as being chairman of poppy sales. Kristi proudly served for over 30 years as a volunteer at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena.

She is survived by her children; Charles Lynn (Kathy) Leffingwell of Windsor, Guil Leffingwell of Rio, Maren (Terry) Tiffany of Madison, grandchildren; Kevin, Jodi, Diane, Mike, Monique, great-grandchildren; Nicholas, Marissa, Margrethe, Michael Jr., brother in law; Daniel Synwolt, special friend; Hazel Jacobson and many dear friends at Waunakee Manor and Pine View Living in Windsor.

She is preceded in death by, her parents, husband, brothers; Eilert and Solfest Kilen, Clarence Johnson and sisters; Esther Synwolt, Clara Wadsworth, Thea Doetz, and Esther Synwolt.

The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Pine View Living of Windsor and the compassionate staff of Agrace Hospice.

Services for Kristi will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rio, WI at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Matthew Kruse will officiate. Visitation will be held at Smith Vangen Funeral Home in Rio on Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church of Rio.



Ruth A. Beich

Pardeeville - Ruth Anna Beich, age 88 of Pardeeville passed away, Friday, January 4, 2013 at Columbus Community Hospital Emergency Room.

She was born on Feb. 5th, 1924 in Columbia County at the farm home of her parents, Edwin L. and Ella ( Bhend ) Griepentrog. She graduated from Riverside School in 1939. Ruth was baptized Feb. 1924 and confirmed on May 30, 1937. Her love for her Lord was evident in her life. Ruth was united in marriage to Louis Beich on Jan. 11 th 1944. She cared so lovingly and faithfully for her husband. He preceded her in death on August 16, 1993.

She is survived by her son, Douglas (Karen); grandson, Eric; brother, Arnold ( Florence) Griepentrog; many nieces, nephews , cousins and friends.

She thanked God daily for giving her good health so she could take care of her husband and his needs. 47 years Louis spent in a wheelchair and day after day she gave thanks for his life. Ruth was a lifelong member of St John Ev. Lutheran Church, Pardeeville, where memorials may be made in her name.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 11 am at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Pardeeville. Pastor William Runke will preside. Burial will follow in the Marcellon Cemetery. Visitation for Ruth will be held on Tuesday evening from 4 -7pm at Smith Funeral Home, Pardeeville and on Wednesday morning from 10 am until time of service at the church
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Marjorie M. Burns

RIO - Marjorie Burns, age 92, lifelong resident of Rio, passed away peacefully at Columbia Health Care Center on January 3, 2013, where she resided for the past few days.

She was born on April 2, 1920 to Gilbert and Geneva (Johnson) Shew in Rio. She graduated from Rio High School in 1939 and married Herbert Burns on May 28, 1958 in Rio. For many years Marjorie worked as a bookkeeper for Jewell Everson Insurance.

Marjorie was a lifetime member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rio and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading and traveling with her husband.

She is survived by her sister; June Cutsforth, nephews; Michael (Darlene) Cutsforth, Robert (Karen) Cutsforth, Stephen (Diane) Cutsforth, niece; Anna Jean (Larry) Timm, a nephew by marriage; James Topping and other dear relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; sister; Opal and niece; Carolyn Topping.

Services for Marjorie will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Rio on Monday January 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Matthew Kruse officiating. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow at the Ohio Cemetery.


Gladys H. Pulver

COLUMBUS - Gladys H. Pulver,86 years of age, of Rio, WI, passed away at Columbus Community Hospital, on Monday, December 31, 2012

She was born on March 10, 1926 to William and Daisy (Pugh) Weishoff. She Graduated Pardeeville High School and then married Delbert L Pulver on June 22, 1944

Mrs. Gladys H. Pulver, our Mother, our Grandmother, our Great Grandmother, our Rock, our Roll, our Mentor, our Hero, our Shelter, our Comfort, our Heart, our Soul, our Everything. She was and always will be a Legacy in our little village of Rio. Anywhere or anytime support was needed you would find Gladys.

She is survived by her children; Ronald (Sandra),  Pulver , Diane Voth, Debra McFarlane, Linda Pulver, Suzan Pulver, John  (Theresa), Pulver and Bobbi Pulver, grandchildren; Russell (Cheri),  Pulver , Gail (Jeff), Schneider,  Heather (Brian), Gove , Matthew (Sarah) Sauer, Abbey Voth, Emily (Brian) Voth ,  Nicholas McFarlane, Christopher McFarlane, Steven McFarlane, Mitchell (Emily)  McFarlane, Rachell Copley, David Ryckman, Katie Ryckman, Chance Ryckman, Amanda Vrbsky-Dicken, Dallas Pulver, 19 great grandchildren,  siblings; Florence Smith and Wanda Scott, sisters in law; Shirley Cornford and Betty Weishoff , brother in law Vernon (Bones) Pulver and many nieces, nephews, cousins.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; William and Daisy Weishoff , step mother; Lillian Weishoff, husband Delbert L. Pulver, infant great grandsons;
 Matthew and Tobias Sauer, brother; Duane (Brunie) Weishoff , brothers in law; Robert and Alvin Pulver, Roland Smith, Ralph Evenson , sister in law; Jean Ritter, nieces; Kay and Ann.

Services for Gladys will be held at Smith-Vangen Funeral Home on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm with visitation beginning at 10:30 am until time of service.



Annette M. Allen-Vingum

Annette (Dede, Nettie) M. Allen-Vingum age 59 of Pardeeville/ Beaver Dam passed away peacefully on December 23, 2012, with her loving family at her side, just six days after her 59th birthday.

She was born on December 18, 1953 in Portage, WI, the eldest daughter of Orlando and Beryl (Babcock) Allen. She graduated from Pardeeville High School in 1972 and then attended UW-Oshkosh. On April 26, 1986 she married Hal Vingum. He preceded her in death on October 4, 1988. Dede resided at Golden
Living Center in Beaver Dam for the past 2 and a half years, where she made many friends and enjoyed visiting with the staff. Prior to that, she was an Adult Family Home and Children's Foster Care provider in Pardeeville and previous to that in Stoughton. Nettie also did in home daycare for many children from the Pardeeville area whom she loved as if they were her own.

Annette was an avid racing fan. Her cat, Petty, was named after her favorite driver, Richard Petty. She enjoyed watching stock car racing at many local tracks and made many friends over the years.

Survivors include her parents, Orlando and Beryl Allen of Pardeeville; three sisters, Laurie (Richard) Bussian of Columbus, Barb Allen, and Julie (Chris) Duerst of Pardeeville; three nephews, Mark, Nathan, and Andy (Morgan) Bussian; one niece, Katie Duerst. She is further survived by many aunts, uncles,
nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends whom she loved very much,including cousin and dear friend, Claudia Sampson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hal Vingum; her grandparents, Earl and Hazel Babcock and Warren and Mary Allen.

Annette's family would like to thank the staff and residents of Golden Living Center of Beaver Dam, the drivers of Beaver Dam Shared Ride Taxi Service, the staff at UW Hospital's TLC Unit, staff and friends at Beaver Dam Dialysis Center and her close friend, Glen Little for their care and friendship.

Per Dede's wishes, no formal funeral service will be held at this time. Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

"If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again."
We love you and miss you, Dede.



Charlotte Clark

WYOCENA/RIO -  Charlotte May Clark (Protsman) at the age of 87, passed away Wednesday December 26, 2012.
She was born to Robert and Johanna Protsman in Lansing, Iowa October 30, 1925.  Anyone who knew her knew she loved life and never wanted to miss a thing. Upon moving to the area from Madison at the time, she became a big part of the local Homemakers Club. She was very proud of attaining 1200 volunteer hours from the Columbia County Nursing Home. From there she went on to become and work as a CNA for close to 30 yrs. She was quite an enthusiast when it came to the Columbia Co Fair each year, entering and earning dozens of ribbons in various categories of antiques, flowers, photography and her own artwork.  Her writing and poetry also had a special place. Belonging to several groups, Writers Write, Pauquette Word crafters, The Writers at Portage, and Fellowship of Poets, she had earned many awards, and had pieces published in various books, calendars and the Portage paper. She worked for the Family Resource Center for several years before finally retiring at 80. Her Motto for life was to be "Forever a Kid".

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Keith in 1985, brothers John and James Protsman, her sister Lois, and an infant sister. Surviving are sons James (Louise) Clark, Paul Clark, daughter Barbara (Frank) Kivett and Julie Clark, a stepson Ronald Clark, and her brother Williard (Darlene) Protsman. Her grandchildren and great granddaughters along with many nieces and nephews will also miss her.

 A Special thank you all the caring staff at  her recent home in Rio, At Home Again Assisted Living as well as  the wonderful group with Southern Care Hospice. Charlotte cared for and respected each and every one during her most trying part of life.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Smith Funeral Home Pardeeville. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

If you have a favorite story, a memory or a photo of Charlotte please bring it along to share with the family.



John W. Turner


Pardeeville - John W. Turner age 81 passed away peacefully at home on Saturday December 22nd, 2012. John was born on August 23 1931 in Buffalo Township. He attended high school in Endeavor WI and before graduation joined the United States National Guard. He then served his country honorably in the United States Air Force for 22 years. He was honorably discharged with many awards and accommodations. His life long love of mechanics lead him to a job he loved at Bill's Garage. Where he worked for 20 years. He retired and needed a job to keep his mind and hands busy so he worked for Preuss Implements for several years. John was a life long lover of mechanics, coffee, and politics. He would gladly argue his political views with anyone who would listen. He will be dearly missed by his family.

He is survived by his sisters Agnes (Glen) Alexander of Endeavor. Charlotte(Kenny) Roundy of Rio. Sister in Law, Barbara Turner, Westfield, WI. His children Joseph (Gina) Turner, England. Cheryl Madley, England. Nicholas (Christine) Turner, England. Jonette (James) Ferguson, Pardeeville Wi. Charles (Karyn) Smith, Portage WI. Nichole Smith, Portage, WI. His stepchildren Pete (Vicky) Fandrich, Briggsville WI. Faith (Ed) Georges, Evansville, IN. John had 22 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren who all knew him as Papa John. He is preceded in death by his father Wendell Turner, his mother Mabel Turner and brother Leland Turner.

A memorial service and military honors, will be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 5, 2012 at Smith Funeral Home Pardeeville. Visitation will be held from 5 - 7 pm on Friday, January 4, 2012 at the Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville and Saturday from 10 am until time of service.

Eleanor M. Kuyatt

Markesan - Eleanor M. Kuyatt died on December 23,2012 at Barrett House in Markesan. She was born on April 11, 1920 in rural Dalton, the Daughter of Martin and Emma (Merner) Kuyatt and lived in Dalton most or all of her life. She graduated from Pardeeville High School in 1938 and attended Ripon College until returning home to care for her ill mother for six years.

For 28 years she was employed at Speed Queen Division in Ripon and then worked in food service at the American Baptist Assembly and also many Del Monte canning seasons until retiring at age 77.

She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by cousins.
As she requested there will be no memorial service. Inurnment will take place at the Dalton Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the North Scott Baptist Church.


Martha J. Williams

Portage, WI --Martha Jane Storm Williams passed away  peacefully on December 22, 2012 in Portage, Wisconsin. Martha Jane was born on July 3, 1927 in Tacoma Park, Maryland. She is the loving daughter of William M. Storm (Bib) and Mary Elizabeth Worman Storm (Ibby), both lifetime residents of Frederick, Maryland. She was raised in Frederick with her sisters, Ruth Storm Segal (deceased) and Elizabeth Storm Bleecker Stockley of San Gabriel, California.

Martha was a loving mother to Elizabeth Storm Williams (Tom) both deceased, Linda Williams Heinrich (Jim), Anne Williams Staley, Frank Martin Williams (deceased) and Walter Ford Williams Jr. (deceased). Loving grandmother to Peter, Margaret, and Kathleen and great grandmother to Perry.

She was a lifelong member of the Frederick Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She volunteered for many years at the Larragoite Elementary School library in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lived in Santa Fe for more than 20 years as her grandchildren were growing up. In her later years she spent time living in Florida before moving to Wisconsin to spend more time with family. She resided at Our House Assisted Living facility in Portage, Wisconsin for 6 years.

She was an avid reader, singer, swimmer and knitter. She spent many years as girl scout and, later, as a leader to her daughters' troops.

Inurnment will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, Maryland at a later date.

Contributions can be made to the American Lung Association or to the COPD Foundation.


Diane C. Ray

PARDEEVILLE - Diane Catherine Ray, age 60, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

Diane was born December 21, 1951 in Milwaukee to Gordon and Marilyn (Cross) Steensrud. She moved from Milwaukee to Rio with her mother and step-father Elmer "Whitey" Lieske.  She graduated from Rio High School in 1969 and then attended cosmetology school. After graduating she worked for other hairdressers until realizing her dream of owning and operating her own beauty salon. On June 12, 1971, she married the love of her life, Harlan Ray, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rio.

Diane was an avid reader, enjoyed cooking and ceramics. She will be remembered for her wonderful cooking, her cheerful demeanor and as always being the life of the party.

She is survived by, her loving husband Harlan; daughter, Amy (Greg) Medema, son; Cory (Donna) Ray,  grandchildren; Kristen (Eric) and Erin Otterson, great granddaughter; Riley, father; Gordon Steensrud, twin sister; Delores (Kim) Kolosovsky, brothers; Danny Lieske, Dennis (Toni) Lieske, mother in law;  Beatrice Ray, brothers in law; Lester and Stanley Ray, sister in law; Ronda (Dennis) Gray, very special aunt Evelyn Beaulieu, and nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

She is preceded in death by her mother, step-father, father in law; Clinton Ray, special uncle; Leslie "Bud" Beaulieu, and her beloved dog Boo Boo

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Smith Vangen Funeral Home in Rio. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.


Irene Dorothy Groose Kieck

DALTON/MARKESAN -  Irene Dorothy Groose Kieck, 98, of Dalton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at the Markesan Resident Home, where she resided for the past five years.

Irene was born in Marquette on Jan. 17, 1914, to Carl and Alice Cahoon Groose. She attended school in Dalton and high school in Kingston.

On April 11, 1938, she was united in marriage to Walter Albert Kieck at Arena.

They made their first home on a farm in rural Dalton. They moved to Dalton in 1953, along with their two sons.

In July 2007, they moved into the Markesan Resident Home.

Irene worked at AMPI for many years in Portage.

She is survived by her two sons, Wayne (Sandy) of Dalton and Gerald (Susan) of Dalton; two grandchildren, Tina (Mel) Coddington of McAllen, Texas, and Terry (Kim) Kieck of Baraboo; three great-grandchildren, David Coddington, and Emily and Lia Kieck; other near relatives and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Walter, in 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Congregational Church in Dalton. Pastor Brenda Grams will preside. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Special thanks go to Markesan Resident Home and Hospice Care for their care and compassion given to Irene and her family.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Congregational Church in Dalton.


Marie A. March

Marie Anna March, age 96, Markesan, died Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Markesan Resident Home.

She was born January 6, 1916 in Appleton, Wisconsin, the second daughter of John P. and Vernie (Enoch) Ritger.  On December 21, 1940, she married Robert C. March of Oshkosh, in Clinton, Iowa.

Marie was a 1933 graduate of Appleton High School and in 1937, graduated from Oshkosh State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Education degree.

Besides being a wife and mother, Marie taught school, first in Sheboygan, and later in Oshkosh, Markesan, the Fox Lake Correctional Facility, Fairwater and Brandon.  She retired from the Laconia School District.  

Marie enjoyed travel and she and Robert visited most of the US and also Canada, Mexico, South America and Europe.  She loved to swim, dance and play cards.  As a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Markesan, Marie regularly attended Mass.

Survivors include her three sons, James (Billie) of La Crosse, Maynard (Rita) of Markesan and Terry of North Freedom, two grandchildren, Heather (Brian) Monk, La Crosse, and Hans March, Madison, and two great grandchildren, William and Emma Monk.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert, and her sister, Jane Karweick.

A private funeral mass will be held Friday, December 7, 2012 for family members at St. Joseph's Catholic Church,
Markesan.



Arline S. Edwards

Pardeeville - Arline S. Edwards, age 92 of Pardeeville, WI passed away Monday, November 19, 2012 at home.

Arline was born on August 15, 1920 in West Bend, WI to Edgar Kaiser and Clara (Riesch) Kaiser.  She married Harry C. Edwards of Pardeeville in 1939.  Arline managed the Victor Music Record stores in Madison, WI for 20 years and then became a realtor in the Portage and Pardeeville area for 20 years.

She is survived by Harry C. Edwards; sister, Shirley (Kaiser) Zurn; son, Larry Edwards; grandson, Thomas Edwards; granddaughter, Kathrine Edwards; great grandson Jacob and Andrew Edwards and Quinnlan Hankes.

At her request there will be no service.




 C. Keith Epps

The Rev. C. Keith Epps, age 94, went to his heavenly home on November 24, 2012. He passed away peacefully at Divine Savior Hospital, Portage, WI.
Keith was born on August 31, 1918 to Cloyd R. Epps and Stella (Keith) Epps in Poplar Bluff, MO.  His family moved to Chicago in 1930.  He attended Lane Tech High School and later Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He married his beloved wife Muriel V. Caleb on September 12, 1942.
Keith and Muriel moved from Chicago to Wyocena, WI in 1943 where he served as  pastor of the Union Baptist Church.  He later served churches in Antigo and Reedsburg before moving to Rio, WI in 1953 to serve the Wyocena Union Baptist Church and the Rio Union Congregational Church until his retirement in 1988. Keith was very active in the Wisconsin American Baptist Convention. He served as President of the Convention twice, was on the Camping Commission, and served as Camp Director at Crooked Lake Camp and later at Camp Tamarack in Waupaca, WI for many years. He also served on various Boards for the National American Baptist Convention.
Rev. Epps was a true servant. He gave himself to the community in many ways. He was an EMT, volunteer fireman, member of the Rio Community Club, Rio Area Men's Club, and served on the Rio Community School District School Board. Keith and Muriel were the first AFS host parents in Rio and were instrumental in building of and furnishing of the current Rio Library.  Keith worked with the Ministerial Association to develop the Covenant House in Rio. Keith and Muriel supported the youth of the Rio Schools by attending many athletic and musical events.
Keith held several part-time jobs throughout the years. He was a bus driver for a special needs school and for the Rio School District. He was interim District Administrator at the Columbia County Hospital/Home, Columbia County Coroner for many years, and Chaplain at Madison General (Meriter) Hospital in Madison.
C. Keith was preceded in death by his parents Cloyd and Stella, his Mother-in-law, Evelyn Caleb, his father-in-law, Chester A. Caleb, his brother-in-law, Chester (Bud) Caleb, his brother-in-law, Arthur Pfieffer, his sister, Audrey Steele, his brother-in-law, Arthur Steele.
He is survived by his wife, Muriel, his sons Stephen (Sally) Epps of Doylestown, WI, Paul Epps, Rio, WI, David (Peggy) Epps, Bartlett, IL, Joseph (Jean) Epps, Channelview, TX, Thomas (Lois) Epps, Black River Falls, WI and two daughters, Susan (Mike) Amend, Rio, WI and Beth Ann (George) Scott, Rio, WI. He is also survived by grandchildren: Sunde, Joshua, Joann, Sarah, Carolyn, Jeffrey, Kimberly, Amber, Caleb, Jacob, Aaron and Andrew and 13 great-grandchildren.
Keith loved his Lord and was a good and faithful servant. He loved his family and the many friends he made over the years.
A special thank you from the family to the staff of the Heritage House in Portage, WI for the loving care and support they have given to both Keith and Muriel.
Visitation will be held at the Smith Funeral Home, 401 Angel Way, Rio, WI from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28.  A private family service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 29 at the Smith Funeral Home. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.
He touched so many lives. Memorials can be given in his name.




Loyal H.Heublein


WYOCENA - Loyal Harvey Heublein died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Columbia Health Care Center where he resided for the past several months.
He was born Sept. 14, 1926, in Dodge County, near Beaver Dam, to Willard and Cora Albert Heublein.

Loyal worked for many years driving gas trucks, repairing gas pumps while working as the manager of the Pardeeville FS Coop. He served his country in the Army branch during World War II, as a tank driver, returning home to care for his family after the death of his father. On Nov. 9, 1973, he married Gloria Radtke Ehlert at St. John's Evangelical Church in Pardeeville.

Loyal loved to hunt and fish, being outdoors, and could be counted on to fix anything that was broken. Loyal and Gloria enjoyed many driving trips to state parks, playing miniature golf and spending many Saturdays with their granddaughter, Michelle. His grandson, Ben, always enjoyed hearing about his experiences driving tanks and other trucks.

Survivors are his stepson, Walter "Bill" and Linda Ehlert; step daughter, Julie Swan; grandchildren, Michelle (Travis) Wickus and Ben Ehlert; two great-granddaughters, Erika and Allison Wickus; niece, Sandy Harvey; and other near relatives and friends.

Loyal was preceded in death by his parents, brother Melvin, two sisters, Joyce (Orin) Schultz and Cordell (Roger) Schultz.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church in Pardeeville, with the Rev. Norman Bude presiding. Private burial will be held at a later date in Marcellon Cemetery, Pardeeville. Presentation of the flag will be conducted by the Pardeeville American Legion Post 215. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until time of service at the church.
Memorials may be made to the to the charity of your choice.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Columbia Health Care Center for all the loving care they gave Loyal.


Robert D. DeGroff

RIO - Robert D. DeGroff, age 73 of Rio died on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.
Robert was born on February 8, 1939 to Alfred and Bernice (Paske) DeGroff. On April 27, 1957 he married Margaret Elizabeth Hurda at St. Bernard Church in Madison. Together they raised 4 children. As his children our fondest memories will be of the early years, for camping trips and mostly Sunday dinners at the home farm with all of the family. Along with numerous trips to the farm during harvest seasons working alongside our dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins helping our grandparents with the farm.
Our dad was also a very skilled welder and worked at Dairy Equipment in Madison for many years. In 1973 he fulfilled his dream by purchasing a farm in Rio and worked that farm, while also continuing to farm his parents dairy farm so that they may retire. He then went to work at Stainless Tank and Equipment up until his retirement.

Survivors include his children; Roger DeGroff of Rio, Dian Hawley (Dan Blankenberg) of Wyocena, Dennis DeGroff of Mayville and Rodney DeGroff of Baraboo, a brother; Ronald DeGroff and sister Dorothy Stoltenberg both of Lodi, and another sister Vivian Gumz of Columbus, along with 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his wife.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday November 26, 2012 at Faith Bible Church in Rio,  Wisconsin at 11:00 a.m.. Visitation will begin one hour before the service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.Pastor Mike Gorman will be officiating.

Our heartfelt thanks to all the compassionate doctors and nurses at the UW hospital for making our father's last days comfortable.



Robert "Bob" L. Bernander,

RIO - Robert "Bob" L. Bernander, age 90, of Rio, died on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena.
Bob was born on March 11, 1922 to Carl and Arlene (Nelson) Bernander at Rio. On June 23, 1945, he married Hedy Wojtowicz in Milwaukee. Bob and Hedy owned and operated a dairy, beef and crop farm north of Rio, and raised three sons. Hedy preceded him in death on December 26, 1990. On September 4, 1991, he married Myrtle Beatrice "Bea" Hart in Rockford, IL. Bea preceded him in death on April 12, 2007.

Bob was a loving, kind and supportive husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and member of the community. He had a great interest in fostering the success and happiness of family, friends and neighbors, was remarkably even-tempered, and his kind, quick wit was always present.

He was proud of being an early pioneer and steward of the land in adopting minimum tillage farming practices in the 1950's, and in planting of trees and creating wildlife ponds. He was formerly Town of Springvale Board chairman and supervisor, and Rio Farmers Union Cooperative Board chairman. He enjoyed bowling, card games, and traveling to many parts of the U.S. including Hawaii, and Europe. He happily earned his hardhat as side-walk supervisor of multiple construction projects and renovations over the years at Columbia Health Care Center.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rio, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a charter member of the Badger Antique Auto Club and enjoyed attending events and parades with other members.

He resided at Columbia Health Care Center at Wyocena from 2007. Thank you to the friends and staff at Columbia: You provide wonderful care, activities, and a caring community, which gave Bob a renewed zest for life. Thank you also to the many Rio area friends and family who visited him.

Survivors include Marc (Kathy Rowe) Bernander of Wisconsin Dells, Paul (Nancy Borde) of Rio, Luke (Donna Thomas) of Fort Collins, CO; brother Alton Bernander of Pardeeville; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and nephews and others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wives, and sisters Doris and Irene.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 514 Lincoln Avenue, Rio,  Father Raymond Dischler will preside . Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery at Rio. Visitation will be held at Smith-Vangen Funeral Home, 401 Angel Way, Rio, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday November 23, 2012. A family and friends sharing event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening. Visitation will also be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday


Margaret M. Turinski

PORTAGE Margaret Mary Turinski, 95, passed away at Tivoli on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

She was born June 4, 1917 in Racine, the daughter of Henry and Hansene Jensen Johnson. Margaret grew up in the Racine area known as "Little Denmark." She married Chester Turinski on Feb. 9, 1946. Together they raised four children. Margaret was a loving mother and wife as well as an accomplished bookkeeper for their lumber company. After her children were grown, she became an avid antique collector and refinisher. She obtained and refinished many beautiful pieces that continue to be cherished by family and friends.

Margaret is survived by her children, Joan (James) VanEpps, Dwight (Kathy) Turinski, Carol (Tom) Koehler and David Turinski; her grandchildren, James VanEpps, Jason VanEpps, Christopher Koehler, Nicholas Turinski, Jordana Turinski and Michael Turinski; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Elise; her brother, Bobby Johnson; and special nieces, Linda Garcia and Janet Hanson. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Albert, Walter, Earl and Richard; and her beloved sister, Arlene.

Before her passing, Margaret requested that there be no services and internment to be private.



Kenneth Healy

PORTAGE -  Kenneth Healy, 92, of Pardeeville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

Kenneth was born on March 6, 1920, in Springvale Township, the son of Henry and Elsie Smith Healy. He proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1945. Ken worked at Oscar Mayer in Madison, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Madison, Post 1318, and also a member of Pardeeville American Legion Post 215. Ken attended the Wesleyan Church.

He is survived by his two children, Dennis of Pardeeville and Diane Healy of California; brother John (Pat) of Cambria; sisters-in-law Kathleen Haight of Neshkoro and Agnes Moore of Las Vegas; and other near relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Katherine (Haight) Healy; and brothers-in-law, Melvin Haight and Larry Moore.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wesleyan Church in Pardeeville. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. until time of service.



Mary E. Garvin

Rio - Mary Garvin, age 85 of Rio, passed away peacefully at home on November 9,2012.  She was born on November 1,1927 in Portage, WI to Albert & Eunice (Staudenmayer) Isberner.  Mary graduated from Portage High School.  She married John (Jack) Garvin in Rio, WI on May 21, 1949. 

 

She is survived by her husband of 63 years John (Jack) Garvin and their 4 sons: John (Cris) Tomahawk, WI; Tom (Dee) Pewaukee, WI; Jim (Pam) Omro, WI; and Bill   Appleton, WI.  She is further survived by 8 grand-children and 4 great grand-children.  She was also survived by her sister Mildred (Mel) Knodle, Bryron, IL. 

 

Her greatest loves were spending time with her family, walking, crocheting, and gardening. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and 3 brothers; Albert, George, and Otto Isberner.

 

A mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 12, 2012, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rio, WI.  Father Ray Dischler will preside.  Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery will follow the service. 

 

Visitation will be held on Sunday November 11, 2012 from 2:00 p.m.until 4:00 p.m. at Smith-Vangen Funeral Home, Rio, WI.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary's name to either the American Heart Association, or the Rio EMS.


 
Marshall W. Lambert


Marshall W. Lambert, age 91, passed away at his home in Foley, Alabama on Friday November 2, 2012.

Marshall was born January 28, 1921 in Cudahy, WI, to Charles and Henryetta Lambert. He joined the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942 and served three years, mainly in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the Cudahy Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He married Jeanette DeNure on April 12, 1947 in Rio, WI.They lived in South Milwaukee, where he worked as a home designer and expediter for Home Engineering until he started his own general contracting business, Contractors Service Company. He designed and built many beautiful homes in the Milwaukee area.

In 1963, Marshall and Jeanette and their six children moved to a 200 acre farm in Marquette County on Highway 22. Marshall continued to operate his contracting business in Milwaukee for several years commuting back and forth. He later worked as a designer and estimator at Gunderson Construction in Portage, WI. His building and design experience was put to the test when he transformed the family's pre-Civil War farm home into a completely remodeled large fieldstone house. It was a testament to his strong work ethic, perseverance and design sensibility. It took more than 25 years to completely cover the home in fieldstone, most of which he would handpick from stone piles in the fields or as he drove the country roads. Each stone was carefully placed based on its color, size and shape. His work ethic and attention to detail was passed on to his children who helped in his projects. The farmhouse was sold in 1991 and a few years later, Marshall and Jeanette moved to Foley, AL to enjoy their retirement years in a warmer climate.

Beginning as a young child and until his death, he was a classic car enthusiast collecting many model cars and periodicals; He was also as an amateur cartographer. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and a life-long Republican.

Marshall is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette - Foley, Al, and five of his six children, Craig (Debby) - Carefree, AZ and Chicago, IL, Brian - North Palm Beach, FL, Cindy - Raleigh, NC, Kevin - Portage, WI and Jeff (Jeanne) - Bradenton, FL. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Marshall was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Lambert and his youngest son, Christopher Todd.


Services will be held at SMITH-VANGEN FUNERAL HOME, 401 Angel Way, Rio on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, with visitation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. with full military rights with burial at the Montello Cemetery at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rio, or Peace Lutheran Church in Gulf Shores, Ala.


Cecil J. Hendricks


Columbus -
Cecil Joseph Hendricks, age 78, of Columbus, passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, November 4, 2012.
He was born on December 19, 1933, in Yankton, South Dakota to the late Henry and Martha (Filips) Hendricks. Cecil, a man with a kind heart and gentle soul, had great love of the outdoors and enjoyed many evenings sitting on his porch in Columbus with his late wife Dorothy entertaining the many friends and family that often stopped by to chat.
Cecil loved to golf; play cards and go out to eat. He particularly enjoyed shaking dice most Monday afternoons with a group of devoted friends.

Cecil served in the 101st Army Airborne division and was a veteran of the Korean War.Cecil was employed in the Madison Fire Department for 30 years, where he was named Madison's first arson investigator, a feat he was very proud of. He worked in stations 1,3 and 5 and retired as a Lieutenant in 1988 after serving 30 years.

He is survived by his four sons Dane (Chris) Hendricks, Todd Walker, Troy Walker and Tyler (Patti) Walker and four daughters, Pam (Kevin) O'Donahue, Kay (Tom) Voit, Marla Austin and Brenda (Norm) Dahl; three sisters Hyacinth Lange, Hildred (John) Tramburg, Janice "Lolly" Erieau and two sister-in-laws Donna and Joyce Hendricks; 11
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.Cecil was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Hendricks, whom he married on July 9,1983. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers Bud, Harvey, Dale and an infant Howard, and sisters Donna May Schultz and Harriette Woodward; as
well as brother in-laws Leeland Lange, Ralph Woodward, Art Schultz, Gene Erieau and a sister-in-law, Carol Schultz and a grandson, Matthew.

Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. at REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH in Rio, with an hour visitation prior at the church, Pastor Matthew Kruse officiating. Friends may call on the family for visitation on Monday, November 5, 2012 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the SMITH VANGEN FUNERAL HOME, 401 Angel Way, Rio. Private inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations in Cecil's memory may be made to Columbus Community Hospital Foundation; Rio Redeemer Lutheran Church; or HospiceCare, Inc. 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.



Ruth V. Bessac
DALTON -- Ruth Viola West Bessac, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2012. She was born on August 4, 1922, in Dalton, WI to Ben and Ethel West.
Ruth married Harold Bessac on March 12, 1938 in Deerfield WI and together they ran Bessac's Machine Shop, which was known for their work all over the world, making parts for the early space program as well as leg bands for the crane foundation in Baraboo.

Ruth and Harold were one of two families that manned the Dalton Fire Dept emergency number.  The Siren announcing a fire, 12 o'clock noon or 6 o'clock pm was a manual push of the button from their home.

Ruth loved making quilts.  Several quilts have been used in a fund raiser raffle at Columbia Home in Wyocena, as well as  many have been enjoyed by family members.  She has crocheted more then 100 doilies.  Ruth gave many volunteer hours knitting over 3,000 baby hats for Meriter Hospital of Madison.

Ruth is survived by, daughter; Iris (Jerry) Krisch, McFarland, WI, daughter-in-law; Geri Bessac, Davison, MI, grandson; Mark (Lisa) Bessac, Davison, MI, granddaughter; Teresa Schell, Mukwanago, WI,  and  fiance Barry Ludvik, granddaughter;  Dana Krisch, McFarland, WI and partner Joey Beyer, great granddaughter; Brianna Hampton, McFarland, WI, great granddaughter; Emma Hampton, Stoughton, WI, great granddaughter; Brook Bessac, Davison, MI, great grandson; Rob Bessac, Davision, MI, great grandson; Evan Schell, Mukwanago, WI,great granddaughter; Anna Schell, Mukwanago, WI, sister-in-law; Eva Hannifan, Pardeeville, WI, many nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

She is preceded in death by, husband;  Harold Bessac, son; Robert Bessac, brother; LeRoy West, sister; Joyce  (West) Fritsch, sister-in-law; Muriel West, brother-in-law; James Fritsch.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dalton Fire Department.

Funeral Services for Ruth  will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Dalton  Congregational Church. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.



Dale L. Utke

DALTON -  Dale L. Utke, 59, of Dalton, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Berlin Memorial Hospital after a brief, but courageous, battle with colon cancer.
Dale was born on May 20, 1953, the son of Carl G. and Shirley L. Hein Utke. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Dalton. Dale attended school in Dalton and graduated from Markesan High School, class of 1971. He worked with his father at Utke Construction Co. until a disability prevented him from working.
Dale married YaVonne "Bonnie" K. Loy on Sept. 11, 1982, in Green Lake. They lived in Kingston and then, after a fire, bought their house in Dalton where they have lived since.
Dale was an avid fan of football and NASCAR. Dale and YaVonne spent their summer weekends at their camper enjoying time with friends and family.
Dale is survived by his wife of 30 years, YaVonne "Bonnie" K. Utke. He is further survived by his mother, Shirley Utke of Dalton, his sisters, Rita (Maynard) March of Markesan and Deb (Larry) Weeden of Dalton. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Fred (Joni) Loy of Madison, Darell (Cathy) Loy of Windsor, Denise (Jim) Green of Madison, and Nancy (special friend Jeff Wertschnig) Reichenbach of Cottage Grove. He is also survived by his nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Dale was preceded in death by his father, Carl Utke, on Nov. 21, 2010, and his father and mother-in-law, Keith and Jean Loy. He also was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Sylvia (Bender) Hein and Gustave and Emma (Bloch) Utke, and by his only uncle and aunt, Eugene and Edith Hein.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Private family funeral services will be held Saturday. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Pastor Unnasch and Pastor Wenzel for their visits, support and prayers, Dr. Kennedy and the University of Wisconsin Hospital, and the Markesan Resident Home for taking such good care of Dale and making his final days as comfortable as possible.
Memorials may be made to the family.


Jerome Lischefski

BUFFALO TOWNSHIP - Jerome A. Lischefski, 87, died on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Jerome was born on March 25, 1925, in Markesan, to Charles and Clara Stelmacheski Lischefski.  He married Eva Hill Atkinson on June 5, 1946 and was blessed with 66 years of marriage. Jerome was a lifelong dairy farmer in Buffalo Township. He also sold Pride Seed Corn to area farmers, and upon retiring from farming, worked at Adesa Car Auctions for several years. He had a passion for polka music and rarely missed the opportunity to do the polka. He was an avid deer hunter, which he enjoyed every year with his hunting crew: Harold, Dennis, David and Brian. He also enjoyed gardening, a good game of Euchre, spending time with family and traveling; which included going to Hawaii twice.
 
He is survived by his wife, Eva; daughters, Donna (Wayne) Anderson, Wisconsin Dells, Barb (Larry) Wegner, Pardeeville, Kay (Jim) Kosmala, Montello; son, Troy Lischefski, Madison; grandchildren, Kimberla Anderson, West Bend, Rolanda Tadman, Portage, Joshua (Brandi Penland) Anderson, Pardeeville,Todd Anderson, Baraboo, Melissa Wegner, Pardeeville, Becky Wegner, Portage and Megan Lischefski, Montello. He is further survived by seven great grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles & Clara Lischefski; father-in-law, William Atkinson; mother-in-law, Edna Atkinson; sister, Marge Schkirkie Crew; great granddaughter, Emylia Miller, other relatives and friends.
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11 a.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pardeeville with Father David Greenfield officiating. Visitation will be at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and one hour before Mass on Friday at the church. 


Carl R. Atkinson


PARDEEVILLE -- Carl Robert Atkinson, 82, a longtime Pardeeville resident, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.
Carl was born Oct. 29, 1929, the first son of Gay and Ella Raddatz Atkinson. He was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Pardeeville.

After graduating from Cambria High School, he worked on Uncle Ben's farm in South Dakota. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Goose Bay, Labrador. He was a bricklayer and stone mason for more than 47 years. He especially enjoyed getting to know the people he worked for.
On June 7, 1958, he married the love of his life and best friend, Melva Wille. Together they spent most of their lives together on their little farm, happy to garden, enjoy the birds and visit with neighbors. His little Ford tractor was his little treasure. He loved to cut wood and looked forward to vacations in Woodruff with good friends.
Carl was a kind man, a loving husband, brother and uncle.

He is survived by, his loving wife Melva; sisters, Harriet Opsahl of Thiensville, and Lois (Donald) Hoeppner of Pardeeville; sisters-in-law, Larryne Atkinson, Judith Atkinson; brother-in-law, Kenneth Wille; nieces and nephews; and many dear friends and wonderful neighbors.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Harry, Ralph and Arthur; and brother-in-law, Keith Opsahl.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pardeeville. Pastor William Runke will preside. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville and one hour prior to service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.


Ardeen M. Drinkwater

Pacific Township -- Ardeen Mae Drinkwater passed away on Wednesday October 24, 2012of natural causes. She was born to Gertrude an Ed Peterson in Red Granite, WI on May 7, 1926. Her family moved to Pardeeville in the 1930's where Ardeen went through school. She married Roy Drinkwater on March 5, 1950. In 1957 they moved to Racine where they continued to raise their four children. When her parents grew elderly, she moved to Portage to care for them. In 2007 she had a stroke and moved in with her daughter Toni and son-in-law Brad.

Ardeen is survived by her children, Linda Bunderson of Rapid city, SD, Toni (Brad) Bahrs of Pardeeville, Dean (Vickie) Drinkwater of Racine, and Dale Drinkwater of Baraboo, her grandchildren, Rick(Lynn) Bahrs of Racine, Traci Roller of Oxford, Roy Drinkwater of Racine, Krystie (Mark) Menet of Madison, Troy and Scott Bunderson of SD and Michelle Cook of Alaska, great grandchildren, Jerod Bahrs, Axl Drinkwater-Baker, Mike and Samantha Bunderson, Mariah Carlin and Austin Carlin Bunderson, Khrista Nelson, Kyle and Keeean Schunnerman, two nieces, Susan Mickelson and Cherre Kicmol.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, husband, brother Gordon, grandson-in-law, Brian Roller and many friends.

Funeral services for Ardeen will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Burial will follow at Pardeeville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.


Lori M. Laper

Wyocena - Lori Marie Laper, 52, of Wyocena, passed away Tuesday, October 23rd in a car accident. Lori was born on July 10th, 1960, in Beaver Dam, to Jerome and Phyllis (Westphal) Frank.  She married Dennis Laper at St. Stephen's Church in Beaver Dam on October 4th, 1980. She spent the past 17 years working as a housekeeper at the Columbia County Health Care Center where she was the "class Clown" and loved by both staff and residents. She went above and beyond for "her residents" dancing, singing, and joking with them while cleaning their room.
Lori is survived by: her husband, Dennis; daughter, Crystal (Justin ) Stefanko; son, Matthew (Crystal) Laper; grandson, Harrison Laper; mother, Phyllis Frank; sister, Deborah (David Sawejka) Neuman; brothers, Jeff (Ellen) Frank and Gregory Frank; "special" sister, Jennifer Riege; mother-in-law, Betty Laper; brother-in-law, Dan (Lori) Laper; and many nieces and nephews.  Lori was preceded in death by her father, Jerome Frank; father-in-law, Roger Laper; siblings, Teri Lynn and Scott Bradley; and aunt Lois Westphal.
Lori was a devoted wife, loving mother, doting grandmother, caring sister, thoughtful daughter, and die-hard Packer fan. She was a child at heart who loved to play (she was once kicked out of Toys R Us!) She loved camping, the outdoors, traveling, animals, spending time with family, and screaming at the television on Sunday afternoons when the Packers weren't listening to her coaching.

Services will be held at Cross of Christ church at 585 E. Slifer St. in Portage on Saturday, October 27th at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. until time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Columbia County Health Care Center's "Pet Fund" which supports the beloved animals that help make the center a brighter place, just as Lori has done for many years.


Gayle A. McConochie

Madison- Gayle A. McConochie, age 65, passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 unexpectedly at home. She was born on May 21,1947 in Columbus, the daughter of Gayland and Margaret (Butzlaff) Meyer. After graduating from Portage High, Gayle attended Madison Business College. For the past 36 Years, she has been employed at Wisconsin Aviation as the accounting manager.

Gayle is survived by her grandchildren, Jazmin and Mason McConochie, her sisters Sue Hawley, Joanne Meyers and brother, Mike Meyer and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded  in death by her parents and her beloved son, Sean.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gayle's name for her grandchildren's education.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Pardeeville.  Father David Greenfield will preside.  Burial will follow at Pardeeville Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.  


Mary Roundy

PORTAGE - Mary Roundy age 81, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at North View Gardens in Portage after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.  She was born September 14, 1931 to Carl and Ada Anderson in Poynette, WI. Mary attended Poynette High School. On May 28, 1952 she married Richard Roundy in Wyocena, Wisconsin. Mary taught at Head Start and worked for Catholic Social Services assisting adults in earning their GED. She enjoyed softball with her children. Mary will be most remembered for the kindness she showed to those in need.   She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Mary is survived by daughter; Cindy (Cecil) Milton of Pardeeville, son; Mark Roundy of Portage, daughter-in-law Teresa Roundy of Deforest; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Inez (John) Gray, Sharon (Dennis) Grossman; brother-in-law; Howard Becraft, sisters-in-law, Shirley Anderson, Theresa Anderson and Karen Christoferson;  many nieces and nephews; other near relatives and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents;  husband, Richard Roundy; daughter, Carrie; son, Chad; grandson, Cody; brothers, Donald, Robert and Lyle; sisters Uva Becraft and Agnes Balzer; brother-in-law, Edward Balzer.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at North View Gardens and American Way for their care and loving support to Mary and her family.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Pastor Charles Case will preside. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. Sunday until time of service.


Dean F. Milton


Pardeeville - Dean Milton passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at Meriter hospital due to complications after cancer surgery.

He was born on August 13,1935  in Pardeeville, Wisconsin to Cecil and Evelyn (Maynard) Milton. He served proudly in the United States Navy for 4 years. He was united in marriage to Eileen Machkovitz in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on December 1, 1956. Dean worked in construction and raised bees until he retired.

Dean loved fishing, hunting and cutting wood, and just being outdoors. Dean will most be remembered for being an all around great guy, great father and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife Eileen, children; Cecil (Cindy) Milton of Pardeeville, Brian Milton of Pardeeville, Amy Milton of Fox Lake Illinois, grandchildren; Peter and Kim Larson and Montana Rae Milton, siblings; Merwin (Beth) Milton of Pardeeville, Myrna Kruger of Wyocena, Pat Lueptow of Pardeeville and Darlene Gavinski of Pardeeville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Cecil and Evelyn Milton, step-father; Ray Merrill, brothers in law; Leonard Kruger, Harold Lueptow, Ken Gavinski,  Jim and Eugene Machkovitz.

A Celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a,m. at the United Methodist Church in Pardeeville.  Pastor Norman Bude will preside.  Inurnment will be at the Pardeeville cemetery at a later date. Visitation for Dean will be held Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.




Christopher J. Mousseau

PORTAGE - Christopher J. Mousseau, age 34, passed away peacefully on Sunday October 7, 2012. He was born to Joseph  and Dianne (Ransom) Mousseau on November 29, 1977 in Madison, Wisconsin.
He graduated from Montello High School. He was united in marriage to the love of his life Rebecca Baker on December 4, 2009. He worked for Edgewater Greenhouse in Portage as Manager of Landscaping for seven years.

Chris was an avid sports fan especially  Miami Heat, Miami University and also enjoyed music The Deftones were his passion, also landscaping ,cooking, traveling, gardening, and most of all, time spent with his family. He was a gentleman giving of his time and talents to show his love for others.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca L. Mousseau; sons, Michael W. Fecht and Devin D. Lietz; daughter, Hannah M. Baker; and special friends, William and Laurian Baker, Michael Towery, Charlie Walker, Jeff Gilbertson and Dustin Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Dianne Mousseau; and stepsister, Celeste Laufenberg.


Funeral services for Chris will be held at Smith Funeral Home, in Pardeeville, on Friday October 12 at 7:00 pm with visitation beginning at 4:00 pm until time of service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.

" I will love you forever, every single day of forever"
- Rebecca




Lois A.Horsman

Lois Ann Horsman nee Bernander, 81 of Wyocena, entered into eternal life on October 5, 2012.  Born in Wyocena on July 4, 1931, she was the   daughter of Oscar and Susie Bernander.  Following graduation from Pardeeville High School, she pursued her dream of becoming a nurse and attended Mounds Midway School of Nursing in St. Paul, Minnesota. She pursued further education at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, DePaul University (B.S.Nursing) and the University of Wisconsin - Madison (MA in Continuing Adult Vocational Education).  On February 13, 1960, she married Rev. William L. Horsman and to this union was born Steven  and Susan and an added blessing , their daughter Pam.

  Lois taught nursing at MATC - Madison for many years and her legacy lives on in the dedication of the many nurses that she trained.  She was an enthusiastic Christian and lifelong American Baptist.  Her many affiliations are too numerous to mention but among them were American Baptist Women's Ministries and Guild Girls.  She was active in the community of Wyocena, loved to travel and cherished her many long friendships.  She is survived by:  her husband Bill, son Steve, daughters Sue and Pam, daughter-in-law Karen, grandson Chris, brother Don, and special friends Patty and Jean, many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Susie; brothers, Harold Wilke and Lloyd (Eli).  Visitation will be Tuesday, October 9th at Smith Funeral Home, Pardeeville, WI from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and on Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at church.  Funeral service, Wednesday, October 10th at 11:00 AM at the Wyocena Community Church.  Burial will follow at Wyocena Cemetery

Memorials may be made in her name.



Ralph W. Brensike


Rio - Ralph Brensike age 73 of Rio, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at his home after a 18 month battle with cancer.

Ralph was born on March 6, 1939 in New London, WI, the son of Walter and Jennie Brensike.  Ralph spent most of his life in Appleton, WI, where he worked for Clark Oil for over 30 years and then had his own automotive business until he retired and moved to the village of Rio to be close to family.  He worked for the village of Rio, until his illness forced him to again retire.  He was a proud veteran of the US Army.  He was an avid Packer fan and much to chagrin of some of his Wisconsin family and friends, a Chicago Cubs fan.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn (Cashmore); his sister, Ardyth (John) Arko; daughter, Judy (Jay) Root; grandchildren, Amanda (Tracy) Rose, Cory Helser and Alicia Root; sisters-in-law, Joanne Cashmore, Darlene Wass and Lori Decoct (Andrew); two great grandchildren, Tabatha Rose and Allison Helser. He is further survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Floyd and Marie Cashmore; brothers-in-law, Don Cashmore, John Lucite; and sister-in-law, Karen Smith.

A Celebration of Ralph's life will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Portage, 211 West Pleasant Street, with Father Dean Heckl presiding.  Military rites will be presented by the Rio American Legion Post. Visitation for Ralph will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.  Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Ohio cemetery in Rio.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ralph Brensike's name. 

Eleanore E. Dunse

Eleanore E. Dunse, age 94, of Pardeeville, WI died Sept 27, 2012 at Columbia Health Care Center.

Eleanore was born February 19, 1918 in the town of Norwood, near Antigo, WI to Jay and Agnes (Wolter) Thompson.  She graduated from Antigo High School in 1936 and from Langlade County Teachers College in 1937.  She taught at Forest School in the town of Upham for three years.  Eleanore married Harvey L. Dunse in 1950 in Racine where they lived.   She was employed at J.I. Case Corporate office in Racine for 25 years, retiring in 1980.  They were members of Epiphany Lutheran Church until moving to Pardeeville in 1984.


Eleanore was a member of St. Johns Ev. Lutheran Church and it's Ladies Aide in Pardeeville.  She volunteered at the Pardeeville Nutrition site for 19 years and was a member of the advisory board.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary #215 and a former member of the "1918 Club."


Eleanore is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Thomas D. and Marlene Beattie of Waunakee, WI, three grandchildren, Thomas M. (Darlene) Beattie of Antigo, Patti (Tyler) Fellows of Manitowoc and Debbi (Steve) Hoff of Sussex and six great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harvey in 1988, and one great-grandson.


Funeral services will be held at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Pardeeville at 11:00 on Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 with Pastor William Runke officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church at 10:00 until the time of service.  Burial will be in the West Lawn Memorial Park in Racine.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church Pardeeville in Eleanore's name.


Barbara A. Butler

MADISON - Barbara Ann Butler, age, 45 of Madison, Passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 13, 2012 of heart failure.
She was born in Portage, Wisconsin on November 5, 1966 to Howard "Barney" and Donna (Daugherty) Butler Jr.
Barbara is survived by her mother, Donna, brother, Brian and many aunts; uncles; and cousins.
A graveside ceremony will be held at a later date at the Ohio Cemetery in Rio, Wisconsin. Immediate family and personal friends will be notified of the time.
Donations may be made to Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Road, Madison, Wisconsin 53718.

Smith Funeral Home Rio is serving the family.

   
Lester W. Manthey


RIO - Lester W. Manthey, age 85, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

He was born in rural Courtland Township, Wisconsin to William and Ruth Manthey on October 5, 1926.
Lester proudly served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 in the 346 engineers division.
He married Gladys Schwartz on April 3, 1954 at Zion Lutheran Church in Cambria, Wisconsin.

He was a farmer and livestock dealer. He enjoyed meeting people and sharing jokes.

Lester is survived by; his wife Gladys, Son William (Judy) Manthey, Daughter; Brenda (Tom) Winters, granddaughter; Hannah Manthey, 2 Sisters; Leila Healy and Alice (Walter) Atkinson and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Irene (Harry) Patchin.

The family wishes to thank, Dr. Phelon, Dr. Schnee, the Rio EMT and the staff at Home Health United Hospice.

Donations may be made in Lester's name to Rio EMT or St. John's Lutheran Church, Doylestown.

Memorial services for Lester Manthey will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Smith Vangen Funeral Home  at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor James Bolda presiding. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to time of service.



Edgar P. Hiller

PORTAGE - Edgar P. Hiller, age 94, passed away peacefully, Wednesday September 19, 2012 at American Way in Portage.

He was born January 29, 1918 to Edward and Anna (Berger) Hiller on the family farm in Pardeeville.

Edgar dedicated his life to farming. In addition to farming he frequently transported members of the Amish community to job sites, appointments or shopping. He was always willing to help others. In his free time he enjoyed hunting and bowling.

Edgar is survived by his daughter; Jennifer (Charles) Blau, his step children; Roxanne Trimble of Markesan, Bill (Marla) Kuhn of Pardeeville, Robert Kuhn of Colorado, Diane Helm of Portage, John Kuhn of Marquette, Wisconsin, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Inez (Paske) Hiller, his parents Edward and Anna (Berger) Hiller, his brothers; Loren Hiller and Elmer Hiller, and a step son-in-law: James Helm.

Funeral services for Edgar Hiller will be held on Monday, September 24, 2012 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pardeeville at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor John Runke presiding. Burial will follow at Marcellon Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville, Wisconsin and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the church.


 
Carl E. Becker

Carl Elroy Becker, 92, passed away Tuesday, Sept 11, 2012, peacefully at his home.
 
He was born on the family farm in rural Pardeeville on March 31, 1920, to Charles and Nellie Fuller Becker.  He met the love of his life Ruth Gray and they were united in marriage on November 27, 1948, at the North Scott Baptist Church where he was a lifelong member.  In a few months, they would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.
 
Carl was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who took great pride in all his Families' accomplishments.  His devotion and love for his family was unwavering though out his life. 
 
Carl was an avid farmer. He also owned his own canned milk route for many years and served on the ASC Board of Directors.  Carl retired from dairy farming in April of 1985 when he sold his dairy cows.  He continued to farm the land until he and Ruth began to winter in Florida for 19 years where they developed many loving and lasting friendships.
 
Honored to have known him and loved him, he will be greatly missed by his wife Ruth, daughters Karla Walker and Gale (Clint) Mote, two grandchildren Tony and Philip Walker, two step grandchildren Paul (Diane) Walker and Trevor (Inna) Walker, four step great grandchildren Brooke, Marshall, Alisa and Mila and one great granddaughter Ashlynn, one sister-in-law Margaret Becker, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Evelyn and his brother Roger.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Saturday at the North Scott Baptist Church with Reverend Thomas Grey officiating.  Burial will follow in the Marcellon Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm on Friday at the Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville and Saturday from 10 am until time of service at the church.
 
The family wishes to thank Dr. Bradley Schnee and Home Health United nurses and staff for all their personal attention, love and care given to Carl and his family.


   
Betty A. Meierdirk

PARDEEVILLE - Betty Ann Meierdirk, 77, passed away peacefully at her home, on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012

She was born on Nov. 8, 1934, in Evanston Ill. Betty was united in marriage to Charles Meierdirk on Nov. 15, 1952. They celebrated 50 years of marriage together. In 1965 Betty and Charlie moved, with their five children, to Pardeeville to develop Indian Trails Campground. Betty and Charlie touched many lives and many lives touched theirs. Betty was a faithful and devoted member of Pardeeville United Methodist Church. Betty's passions in life were her family, friends, her campground and swimming.

Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles. Betty was also preceded by her parents and her two brothers.

Betty leaves her children, Fritz (Karen), Roy (Kim), Mark (Linda Mayr), Penny and Sandra-Sam (Richard) Hosig. Betty was blessed with eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and her lifelong best friend Judy Stowe.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pardeeville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Norman Bude presiding. A luncheon will be held at the church fellowship hall after the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, Betty's wishes are for memorials to be given to Pardeeville United Methodist Church.

We Love You Mom!

  
 Daniel R. Meyers

PORTAGE - Daniel R. Meyers, age 37, formerly of Pardeeville, died on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at Divine Savior Hospital Portage, after suffering a heart attack.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1975 in Madison to Cindy Lou Meyers. Dan was baptized and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church Rio. He was a graduate of Pardeeville High School 1993 and was employed at the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Dan enjoyed music, movies, games and spending time with the light of his life, his daughter Josie. He was a devoted father, grandson, nephew and friend and he will be missed by many.

Dan is survived by his daughter Josie and Josie's mother Jenn Meyers of Pardeeville; grandmother Janet Berger of Pardeeville; aunts and uncles Kristie Holtan of Pardeeville, Kathy (Curtis) Cook of Rio, Sandy (Ken) Thompson of Renton, Wash., Dawn (David) Dolajeck of Pardeeville: his childhood best friends Michael Balzer and Derek (Jo) Hanson, his second special mom Linda Possehl and many close relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Cindy Lou Meyers, Aunt Jeannie R. Meyers, Uncle Gerald E. Meyers Jr, grandfather Gerald E. Meyers and step-grandfather Courtney Berger.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville from 5 to 7 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m. Burial will be Friday, Aug. 24 at Roselawn Cemetery in Monona, Wis. The family would like to thank the staff at the Divine Savior emergency room in Portage and the Smith Funeral Home for making the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Dan had signed his donor card and because of this we were told 50 to 60 people will benefit from his generous donation. Please consider signing a donor card today.


 Lawrence "Sporty" Porter

RIO - Lawrence "Sporty" Porter passed away Friday August 17, 2012 at his home in Rio, at the age of 88.

He was born on June 12, 1924 to Sidney and Alta (Wood) Porter. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Horace, his first wife; Irene Amend Porter and his second wife Alice Schuman Porter. Also his son James Porter, stepsons; George Amend, Bob Amend, Joseph Amend, David Amend and Richard Amend and Harland Schuman; also his daughters Bernadine Schulz and Audrey Landsverk, niece; Barbara Porter Kuhn and nephew; Duane Porter.

In 1946, Sporty married Irene Amend and raised 8 children still at home Jimmy was born in 1947, so we all welcomed the beautiful new brother. He died at age 16.

Sporty farmed most of his life until retirement. He worked at Gisholts for a short time and drove his own large truck for the canning factory for many years, sometimes more than 15 hours a day.

After Irene's death, in 3 years he married Alice Schuman from Beaver Dam and acquired 4 more children. Alice's son Daniel died before Sporty married.

Sporty lived at the farm for 75 years and loved it and was so proud of all he had. He and Irene both worked hard and saved;  paid for the farm and said "I will never move again".
The Good Lord was listening and took him home as he was soon approaching a time to make a change and move to assisted living.

He is survived by his children Willo Lynch, Donna Adams, Grace Hinzman, Terry Amend and Michael Amend, Harlo Hemling, David Schuman and Penny Schuman.

He will be missed by many grandchildren and great grandchildren, he also helped raise some of them. Also Bill and Betty Wescott, Tony Tolley, Wally Hanson were family members

We'll all miss you Sporty!

Funeral Services for Sporty  will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:00 am at Rio Redeemer Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rio. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 am until time of service.

 
Marian B.Roberts Nelson

RIO - Marian B. Roberts Nelson, age 91, passed away on July 30 at the At Home Again assisted living in Rio, Wisconsin. Marian was born on January 29, 1921 in the Lowville Township, Columbia Co., Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Ray and Nelli (Tollefson) Reierson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon Roberts, husband Vernon Nelson, grandson Craig Hopeman, step-son Gary Nelson, as well as her brothers and sisters: Loyal Reierson, Sylvia Kenefick, Ione Melchoir, Vivian Reed, Ruby Roettinger, and Norman Reierson.

Marian is survived by her children, Dave (Jane) Roberts, Ken (Anne Colville) Roberts, Sue (Howard) Hopeman, Barry Roberts, John (Sue) Roberts; step-children, Diane Peterson, Debbie Nelson, Randy Nelson and Lisa Nelson. She is further survived by 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Marian was born in rural Rio, on a farm near the century farm established by her grandparents who emigrated from Norway. She graduated from Rio High School in 1937 and enjoyed celebrating her 75th Class reunion this year at the Rio High School Alumni Banquet. She married Vernon Roberts in 1940 and resided in Portage, WI. and rural Rio until his death in 1980. She then moved to the village of Rio. She married Vernon Nelson in 1989 and continued to reside in Rio as well as Vernon's farm in rural Wisconsin Dells. Marian and Vernon were able to have some very enjoyable U.S. and international travels during their marriage. Vernon Nelson died in 1993.

During her working years Marian was employed at the canning companies in Arlington and Cambria, the Fall River Foundry, and the Wyocena Nursing Home where she started as an aide and retired in 1987 as the director of medical records. Marian was a life long member of the Rio Redeemer Lutheran Church. She was baptized and confirmed there, served on the church council, was secretary of her circle, and prepared food for many activities in the church. She also was in the Civic League in Portage, WI. Her hobbies and interests included: golf, bowling, cards, pool, ceramics, reading, dancing and watching the Brewers, Badgers and Packers- a true Wisconsin woman. Marian's greatest joy was her love and commitment to her family. She valued her relationships with her nieces and nephews, and treasured her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to compete with them at card games and croquet, teaching them the importance of striving to win and also the value of being a good loser. She will be remembered by these children as a model of giving and caring. As stories are told to the younger family members they will grow to appreciate Marian's strength, independence, and sense of humor.

Marian's life will be remembered lovingly and is celebrated by her family and the many friends she made in her 91 years. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers memorials to Marian's life can be made as gifts to the Rio Redeemer Lutheran Church, 602 Lincoln Ave. ,Rio WI. The family would also like to thank the Columbus Hospital, Hillside Hospice and the At Home Again assisted living for their wonderful care and kindness.

A celebration of life for Marian Nelson will be held Thursday August  2nd , 2012 at Rio Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Bonnet Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.


  Bonnie Jean (Williams) Trotter

POYNETTE - Bonnie Jean Trotter, age 77, passed away at home on July 30, 2012 surrounded by her family.

Bonnie was born on November 3, 1934 in Madison, to Charles and Doris (Olson) Williams; united in marriage on December 1, 1955 to Norman A. Trotter in Madison.Bonnie is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Norman of Poynette, five children, Renee (Bernard) Gnam of Whitefish, Montana, Mark (Julie) of Waunakee; Gregory (Beth) of Lake Wisconsin; Daniel (Cathy) of Janesville; and Michael (Lynne) of Stoughton; and two brothers, James (Diane) Williams of Stoughton, Phillip (Renee) of Madison.

Grandma was especially proud of all of her grandchildren, Audra, Jason, Steven, Maureen,Nicole, Alana, Cameron, Mitchell, Jacob, Scott, Charles, and Nikki; and her great grandchildren,Jacob, Isabelle, Laura, and Bentley. An excellent cook, she dedicated her entire life andunconditional love to her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. In the final years of her life she was able to attend her grandson Scott's wedding in New York and her granddaughter Nicole's wedding in Whitefish, Montana.

A special thanks to Dad who so lovingly cared for his "Bon-Bon". The family would also like to thank Dr. Kastenberg and all of the wonderful people at Home Health United Hospice who were so kind to her in her final days sharing stories and her love of hummingbirds that fluttered at her window.

Respecting Bonnie's wishes, a private ceremony will be held including the immediate family only.

JoAnn Willoughby

PARDEEVILLE - JoAnn (Haumesser) Willoughby, born March 29, 1935, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2012, at age 77, due to complications from Parkinson's disease.
A Funeral service will be held on Tuesday evening, July 31, 2012, at 7 p.m. at the SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 106 Roosevelt St, in Pardeeville, with visitation starting at 5 p.m. The family will hold a private burial. Memorial donations may be made to Three Gaits Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, P.O. Box 153, Oregon, WI 53575  or to any animal rescue organization.
JoAnn is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Roger Willoughby of Pardeeville; three sons, Steven Raymer of Centreville, Va.; Harold Raymer of Plover and Thomas Raymer of Milwaukee; and one stepson, Jason Willoughby of Arena. She has six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
JoAnn was born to Joseph F. and Thelma F. Haumesser in Uniontown, Pa. living most of her early life in Erie, Pa. After graduating with honors from Strong Vincent High School in Erie, Pa. in 1953, she attended Penn State University majoring in physical education. After marrying Glenn Raymer, she moved to Madison in 1962. The family moved to Monona in 1964. JoAnn worked at the Monona Grove State Bank from 1967 to 1978 in the bookkeeping department.
Always searching for unique ways to help others, in 1978 at age 43, she began a career in law enforcement with the Dane County Sheriff's Department. Constantly improving herself through education at Milton College and Madison Area Technical College, she continued to work toward a degree in criminal justice. After advancing to Deputy Sheriff-II, she was required to retire in April 1990 at age 55. During her professional life, she was active in the American Business Women's Association, Wisconsin Law Enforcement Associatio
a., she developed a love affair with horses and animals in general. She was president of the Erie Junior Kennel Club in her teens and developed into an accomplished equestrian. She trained and presented horses, specializing in dressage. She became a certified instructor from the Sturgis School of Horsemanship.
Beginning in 1990, she volunteered with Three Gaits, Inc. where, in addition to providing equine therapy for physically handicapped, she became the office manager and volunteer coordinator. During this time she was selected to provide training and a workshop to the National Conference of NARHA in Orange, Calif. and completed a nationally published curriculum titled "A Horse of Your Own".
In later life, JoAnn was extremely active in animal rescue, including Angel's Wish, Purrs and Paws, Pot Belly Pigs.



Lorna L.Kohler
PARDEEVILLE - Lorna L. Kohler, 84, of Pardeeville, passed away peacefully at her home on July 26, 2012.
She was born on February 7,1928 in Springvale Township, Columbia County, to William F. and Hermina L. (Manthey) Kreger. She was united in marriage to Orris Kohler on July 9, 1949.
Lorna was a member of St.John's Lutheran Church in Pardeeville. She babysat for a number of people in the area and also worked at Wisconsin Cheeseman in Sun Prairie. She loved to read and work in her gardens, crochet afghans and watch baseball and wrestling.

Lorna is survived by her loving husband Orris of 63 years, 3 children; Duane Kohler of Portage, Kay Kohler of Portage, David (Vicky) Kohler of Portage, 7 grandchildren; Crystal (Mark) Eske, Jeremy Kohler, Joshua Kohler, Anthony Canty, Marcus Canty, Aaron Kohler, Ashlyn Kohler, 12 great grandchildren; Alexiyah, Langdon, Grayson, Keelynn, Makayla, Deiontre, Kaliyah, Keiona, Tanesha, Emmitt, Alana and Joshua. She is further survived by a brother; Earl (Colleen) Kreger, sister-in-law; Marjorie Kreger and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, 2 sisters-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law, 2 nephews and 1 niece.

Funeral services for Lorna Kohler will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pardeeville at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor John Runke presiding. Burial will follow at Marcellon Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 12 noon until time of service at the church.

Donald L. Graack


PARDEEVILLE - Donald L. Graack, age 76, passed away on July 22, 2012. He was born to Lester and Lorraine (Stroede) Graack on June 4, 1936 in Wisconsin Dells. Donald graduated from Pardeeville High School in 1954. He served his country in the Army Reserves for several years. He married Carol Keith on March 1, 1958.

He worked at Racine Glove factory and then Ellis Wholesale in Madison until retirement. Then part time at Jaxco in Rio, until 2011. Donald was an avid sportsman his entire life.. Belonging to the NRA, Rio Gun Club and Trappers Association. He enjoyed yearly trips out west with friends. He was very fond of his dog Ringo along with other family dogs, Trooper, Charley and Luci. Donald is survived by his wife Carol of 54 years; son, Russell (Tracy) Graack of Pardeeville, WI, granddaughter; Haley R. Graack of Chicago, IL., other near relatives and dear friends.

He is preceded by his parents; Lester and Lorraine Graack, son, Alan Graack, father-in-law, Ronald Keith; mother-in-law, Maude Keith, and brother-in- law, Roger Keith. Graveside services will be held at Pardeeville Cemetery on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 11:00 am with Reverend Norman Bude presiding. Friends and relatives may call prior to services at the cemetery.



Kenneth Price


JUNEAU - Kenneth John Price age 74 of Rio, Wisconsin passed away on July 20, 2012 in Juneau, Wisconsin. He was born on March 11, 1938 in Rio. Ken was the son of John and Victoria (Christopher) Price. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Doris (Skare) Price and his beloved son Nathan Price. He is survived by his son Derek (Angela) of Hartland, Wisconsin and grandchildren, Emily of Rio, Amber of Hong Kong, and Jack, Owen and Anna of Hartland, Wisconsin. He is also survived by his sisters Janet (Gerald) Jevens of Rio Wisconsin and Helen (Pete) Peterson of San Jose, California, and other nieces and nephews.

Ken graduated from Rio High school and enlisted in the US Air Force. After discharge he worked at Kapitan Engineering before founding Cable Layers Inc. with his good friend Norm Stilson. Together with Norm and others he was instrumental in bringing cable TV franchises to  serve the Columbus, Randolph and Cambria communities
Ken enjoyed golfing with friends as a member of the Columbus Country Club, as well as camping, fishing and hunting and enjoying time with his grandchildren.


  Alvera F. Knutson Flower
PORTAGE - Alvera Faye Knutson, Flower, Passed away peacefully on July 19, 2012 surrounded by her family.
She was born on November 23, 1923 to Ebert and Leona (Johnson ) Knutson.
Alvera was a member of the VFW, post 10263, for 25 years. She enjoyed cooking for her family, sharing her recipes and canning.
She is survived by son Thomas Wayne French (Kathy) of Pardeevile, daughters Beverly Faye Knutson Godt (Jim) of Canon City, CO: Angelia Faye French, Milwaukee, WI. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 16 great - grandchildren; a sister Carol ( Knutson) Werner, Milwaukee, WI; brother-in-law Francis "Jam" Jampetero, Colorado Springs, CO, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding her in death are; daughter, Jeanne Maude (Flower) East; brother Cameron Knutson; sisters; Luella Jampetero, Devota Schliesman, Myrtle Schiller, a great granddaughter Kylie Paige Lancaster; husbands, Vernon French and Gordon Flower.
Services will be held at Smith Funeral Home, in Pardeeville, on Monday July 23 at 11:00 am with visitation beginning at 9:00 am until time of service.


Arnold J. Bender

DALTON - Arnold John Bender, age 85,  passed away at his home, with his family by his side on July 19, 2012.
He was born to John and Edna (Steinich ) Bender. He was  baptized and confirmed at St. Johns, Salemville. Arnold served on the church council for many years He was married to Janice Laura Moll on April 19, 1952 at St. Johns in Pardeeville.  They farmed together all their married life in Salemville. In 1986 they moved to a farm near Dalton, Wisconsin. In addition to farming with his wife he drove bus for Markesan district schools. In his free time he enjoyed hunting and playing cards.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years and 3 children; Charlotte (Jim) Fiegel-Markesan, Elaine (Jim ) Pretz- Markesan, Melvin (Becky) Bender-Markesan, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, two brothers in law and two daughters Karla in 1973 and Cheryl in 1970 and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Arnold will be held Sunday July 22, 2012 at St. Johns Lutheran  Church, Salemville at 2:30 pm, with visitation starting at noon. Pastor Edward Frey will preside.


Juliet "Judy" VanAlstine

RIO - Juliet Helen "Judy"  VanAlstine, 87, of Rio, passed away peacefully at home July 16, 2012.

She was born June 12, 1925, in Milwaukee, to Herbert and Selma Slinde Gulrud. Judy graduated from Adams-Friendship High School. She married Louis VanAlstine in Adams on Sept. 22, 1946. Judy received her LPN degree from MATC in 1970, and worked at Central Wisconsin Center until she retired. Judy and Louis moved to Wyoming after retiring to enjoy the beauty of the land and their horses. After Louis' death, Judy moved back to Rio to be closer to the family that she loved. Judy will be remembered by her kindness and love.

She is survived by her two sons, Victor (Patricia) VanAlstine of Rio and Bernard (Barbara) VanAlstine of Waunakee; daughter, Bonnie (Roger) Rung of Kirtland, N.M.; grandchildren, Louis VanAlstine, Vicki (Todd) Brodie, Lorri (Marc) Morrick, Carol (Leonard) Hawley, Larry Voight, Paul (Rita) Cripe, Kendra (Larry) Souther, Cheyenne (Jeff) Dix, Cody VanAlstine, Wyatt (Erin) VanAlstine, Rebecca (Doug) Donia and Kevin Rung; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Zachary, Emma, Caleb, Jessie, Jamie, Cody, Seija and Keagan; great-great grandchildren, Aila, Zuri, Tyler and Elyse; and many nieces and nephews. She is further survived by two sisters, Gretta Lind and Audrey (Pete) Beck; two sisters-in-law, June Gulrud and Ida (Elmer) Ethun. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis; parents, Herbert and Selma Gulrud; brothers, Herbert and Kenneth; sister, Irma; granddaughter, Julie Rung; grandson, Patrick Cripe; and two infants.

Judy was proud of her Norwegian heritage and traditions. She attended Rio Assembly of God Church and enjoyed the ladies Tuesday night Bible study. She always remembered birthdays by sending a homemade birthday card. Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting, crafting and ceramics.

Funeral services for Judy will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rio Assembly of God Church, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Pastor Barry Auch will preside. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Spring Grove Cemetery, Wisconsin Dells.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Judy's name to Rio Senior Center.


Evelyn J.Coggins

PORTAGE - Evelyn June Coggins died peacefully with family around her on July 8, 2012. She was preceeded in death by her husband Charles Coggins, on August 22, 2002.

Evelyn was born June 20, 1929 to Ernest and Martha Schultz in Pardeeville, WI. Upon graduating Columbus Normal School, she taught first to eighth grade in a one room school house just outside Cambria. July 9, 1952 she married Charles Coggins and continued teaching until the birth of her daughter Christine. Evelyn was a supportive wife on the family farm outside of Fall River. She enjoyed working in the fields and taking care of a variety of animals. She loved her vegetable and flower gardens. On June 5, 1965 she was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Her strong faith in her God Jehovah sustained her through the death of her husband on August 22, 2002 and her diagnosis with diabetes and Alzheimer's. She always seemed to perk up when dear ones would drop by for a visit. Before the decline of her health she was known for her love of writing letters with beautiful handwriting, though left handed. She was a quiet unassuming woman who treasured her small circle of friends. She will be remembered as a dedicated caregiver to both parents and children, especially her dear son Ritchie.

Evelyn is survived by daughter Christine (Laverne) Glick of Pardeeville, son Ritchie Coggins of Portage, three grandchildren: Amy (Javin) Labrenz, Jeremy Glick and Angela (Peter) Schultz and three great - grandchildren: Zara and Ana Labrenz, and Cici Glick.

Evelyn's family would like to extend a special thanks to Phil Woodward, Chris Rosales and the American Way staff, and the nurses at Hospice for all their loving support during this difficult time.

Funeral Services for Evelyn Coggins will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Smith Funeral Home in Rio at 1:30 p.m. Visitation for Evelyn will be held on Tuesday from 6 - 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Rio and Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until time of service.




















 





























































































 








                               



























 
 
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