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MADISON—Morris D. Andrews, age 83, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Services are pending. A full obituary will appear in Sunday’s Oct. 20 paper.

MADISON—Eugene Michael Anthony, 93, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at his home.

MADISON—Janet Lynn “Jan” Birch, passed away unexpectedly from a stroke on Oct. 5, 2019, at the UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wis. Jan was born on March 30, 1949, in Milwaukee, Wis. to Chester and Ruth Birch.

VERONA—Arline A. Bircher, age 86, passed away on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 at UW Hospital in Madison. She was born on May 12, 1933 the daughter of Otto and Dorothy (Curtis) Scholz. On Oct. 3, 1964 she was united in marriage to Herbert Bircher. Arline worked for WP&L for many years. Arline lov…

MADISON—Deborah E. Brescoll, age 69, passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison. Visitation will take place from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service. To view and sign this…

MADISON—Jonathan was a very strong person who has been battling illness from the age of 3. He was a very talented and creative person who loved music and art. He loved spending time with family, friends and his dog Chilli.

COTTAGE GROVE—Margaret Buss, age 94, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. She was born on May 13, 1925, in the town of Fulton, Wis. Her parents, Erland and Karen Lund, came to the United States from Norway, settled in the area and began farming. As a child, Maggie went to school at the former …

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MADISON—Louise was born on Sept. 28, 1921, to Margaret and Otto Koehler in Hammond, Ind. and attended Hammond High School and the University of Indiana. She was married on April 18, 1942, to Edward Cunningham just prior to his serving in World War II. After Ed returned from the war, they res…

MADISON—Edward E. Daley. Retired Inspector, City of Madison Police Dept. Died September 17th 2019 at age 89 at home with family by his side. He was born on the winter solstice Dec. 21, 1929, in Athens Ill. and was put by the Kitchen stove to keep warm while his mother whipped up that good so…

MIDDLETON—Aivars “Rusty” Dambekaln, age 74, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. He was born on March 26, 1945 in Kempton, Germany and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1949.

SUN PRAIRIE—Donna Marie Derr, age 80, passed away peacefully on Oct. 12, 2019, at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg, Wis. She was born on April 8, 1939, in the town of Wyocena, Wis., and was the daughter of Leo and Ineata (Slivinski) Fitzgerald. She graduated from Pardeeville High School in19…

SUN PRAIRIE—Lee Roy E. Dixson, age 90, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at his home. He was born on May 7, 1929, in Des Moines, Iowa and was the son of Lee Roy and Florence (Aldrin) Dixson. He married Carmel DiAquila on Sept. 9, 1951 in Waukegan, Ill. He served in the U.S. Army at the…

LODI / WASILLA, ALASKA—William Frederick “Bill” Escher, age 79, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Wasilla, Alaska. He was born on May 31, 1940, the son of the late Fred and Genevieve (Dooley) Escher. After graduating from Monticello High School in 1958, Bill then attended…

MADISON—Marshall G. Fillner, age 94, of Madison, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at St. Mary’s Care Center. He was born on March 16, 1925, in Madison, the son of Gustave and Otellia (Jarlsberg) Fillner.

BLUE MOUNDS—Arnold William Fischer, age 69, of Blue Mounds, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Greenway Manor, Spring Green. He was born on July 23, 1950, the son of Harold and Mary (Eaton) Fischer.

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Passed of the Past

Drawn from the archives of the Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal, this feature focuses on individuals who made an impact on Madison and Dane County.

Bob Johnson, one of the most important figures in the history of University of Wisconsin sports and American ice hockey, died Tuesday, less than three months after being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. He was 60.

WISCONSIN DELLS—Carol Forsythe, age 77, of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at her residence with her loving husband by her side.

MADISON—Joan Fritz, age 75, of Madison, passed away of a broken heart, at Agrace HospiceCare on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Jan. 12, 1944, in Madison, Wis., the daughter of David and Betty (Bruns) Bradley. Joan graduated from Madison East High Schoo…

SUN PRAIRIE—Sharon R. Haberkorn, age 73, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. She was born on June 30, 1946.

SUN PRAIRIE—Barbara “Barb” Hagens, Age 67, passed peacefully following her battle with Lewy Body Dementia on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, Wis.

MADISON—Michael J. Hanson, 78, of Madison, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 9, 2019. A Celebration of Michael’s life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the EAST SIDE CLUB, 3735 Monona Dr., Madison from 3—6 p.m. Memorials may be made in Michael’s name to the ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd St., New York…

MADISON—Joan Marie Hart died on Oct. 7, 2019 at Agrace hospice following a brave, almost two year struggle with cancer. Joan was born January 22, 1941 in Orient, Iowa to Paul and Esther (Christiansen) Wallace. She attended school in Orient, graduated From Creston, Iowa High School, and Maryc…

WINDSOR—August “Augie” L. Hinz, Jr., age 85, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born on a farm in North Freedom, Wis. on Nov. 27, 1933 to August and Gertrude (Brilliot) Hinz. In September of 1953, August married Shirley (Gross) Hinz. They were happily marr…

MADISON—Surrounded by his family, Scott A. Hoffland, age 57, of Madison, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, after a brief but aggressive illness. Scott was born on May 1, 1962, in Madison. He graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 1980 and began to work for Autowares in Madison, where h…

VERONA—Austin A. Jacobs, age 82, of Verona passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at UW Hospital in Madison. He was born on March 23, 1937, the son of Ralph and Solveig (Magelssen) Jacobs. Austin graduated from Verona High School in 1955 and was a member of the championship football team.…

BARNEVELD—Guenther Frederick Herman Kolb, age 100, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at Attic Angel Health Center. He was born on June 6, 1919, in Plankstadt, Germany to Valentin and Eva (Saam) Kolb, moving to the U.S. when he was 8. He earned a B.A. at Hartwick College and an M.A. at Co…

MCFARLAND—Lois Ann Dill Kreft, age 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Arrangements are pending, and a full obituary will appear at a later date.

RIO—Richard Allen Kvale, 84 of Rio, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 at At Home Again Assisted Living in Rio.

MADISON—John David Larson died at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge, in Madison, Wis. on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. John was born on July 6, 1941, to Lawrence and Ann (Furseth) Larson. He distinguished himself through a lifetime career of service to his community and country.

MADISON—Brandon Daniel Leetz, age 91, of Madison, passed away at his home, on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. He was born on Nov. 14, 1927, in New York, N.Y., the son of Irving and Anna (Natvig) Leetz. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

HIGHLAND—“God has a plan, and I’m not worried,” Levi J. Linscheid always said. From the moment he was born on March 15, 1995, to the day he died on Oct. 11, 2019, Levi seemed to know God had a plan for him.

MONONA / STOUGHTON—Clarice I. Littel, age 93, of Monona, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Heritage Memory Care. She was born on Nov. 21, 1925, in Stoughton, the daughter of Sanford and Millie (Anderson) Johnson.

MADISON—Mark Lytal, 60, of Madison, passed away unexpectedly on October 10, 2019. Funeral services are pending. Please share your memories at www.cressfuneralservice.com.

MADISON—On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, we lost a true leader who is now a legend in his own time, Charlie Merkle “Merk.” He died peacefully at Locust Lodge near Annapolis, Md. where his daughter, Missy and her family reside. He was born and raised in Madison, Wis. went to Catholic schools and be…

MADISON—Juana Villarroel Morton, age 79, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at the UW Madison Hospital.

MADISON—William H. ‘Bill” Nelsen, age 79, passed away on Monday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Meriter Hospital in Madison. He was born on Oct. 22, 1939, in Oak Park, Ill., the son of the late Harold and Bertha (Pflug) Nelsen. He married Ann L. Ulvestad in Madison. Bill and Ann moved to Wausau where he w…

VERONA—Dorothy Neuenschwander, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away early in the morning of Oct. 9, 2019, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. She was 86.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.—Russell “Russ” Thomas Nordness, age 81, of West Palm Beach, Fla. passed away on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at his home. He was born on Jan. 23, 1938, in Madison, Wis., the son of Obert and Esther (Hellingson) Nordness. Russ attended East High School and served in the U.S. …

VERONA—Robert William Onsager, age 87, of Verona, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at Heartland Country Village, Black Earth. He was born on July 31, 1932, in Mauston, the son of John and Emma (Webster) Onsager.

MIDDLETON/TOWN OF WESTPORT—Kenneth D. Opitz, age 101, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at the home he shared with his son’s family for the past 29 years. Ken was born on Sept. 3, 1918 in La Crosse, Wis. to Catherine Ida (Lahure) and Charles Opitz. A self proclaimed “River Rat”…

JANESVILLE/ADAMS FRIENDSHIP—Maurice M. Philumalee, age 76, passed away from cancer on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Maury was born on April 10, 1943 in Madison, Wis. to David and Mary Philumalee. He was raised in Janesville and after high school joined the US Navy. He took part in the Cuban Missi…

STOUGHTON—Lorraine Ranney died on Sept. 17th at Agrace Hospice. A memorial service in celebration of her life will take place on Oct. 19th at 11 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 Segoe Road. Memorial donations may be made to Covenant Church, Agrace Hospice or any charity of the donor…

MOUNT HOREB—Doris Marie Rikli, age 92, of Mount Horeb, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at Ingleside Manor. She was born on Feb. 5, 1927, in Dodgeville, the daughter of Henry and Helga (Haglund) Doescher.

SUN CITY CENTER, FLA. / DEFOREST, WIS.—Jerry “Coach” Roelke, age 77, passed away peacefully on Oct. 8, 2019, at his home in Sun City Center, Fla. Jerry was born Feb. 27, 1942, in Madison, Wis., the son of Marvin & Catherine (Loper) Roelke. Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Jean M…

NEENAH/MADISON—Bob Schmidt, age 87, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was born on June 28, 1932, in Neenah, Wis., son of Leo and Hilda (Rohloff) Schmidt. Bob graduated from Neenah High School with the class of 1951. He was an accomplished at…

HIGHLAND—Kenric D. Schmitz, age 73, of Highland, died on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Lancaster Care Center following a brief illness. Kenric was born on May 21, 1946, in Cobb to Leonard and Virginia (Grimm) Schmitz. He was a graduate of Highland High School. Kenric married Rita Mae Jenkins on …

STOUGHTON—Mark E. Showers, 60, passed away peacefully on Oct. 10, 2019, after a long battle with diabetes. He was an accountant for many years. He loved cooking, musky fishing, and watching various wildlife around his home.

MADISON—John Philip Slaght, joined wife and family in heaven last Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. John was born on Oct. 31, 1932.

MADISON—Joseph E. “Joe” Tregoning, age 78 of Madison, Wis. formerly of Shullsburg, Wis., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. He was born May 26, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Orville and Ermine (Metcalf) Tregoning. Joe graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1959. He married Jeanne…

SUN PRAIRIE—Rosalie Alice Naab Trevallee, Nov. 16, 1929 – Oct. 7, 2019, found eternal peace, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Beloved wife of Charles T. Trevallee; beloved mother of Robert (Cathie), David, Cheri (Ron) Jeanine and the late Charles Thomas. Loving grandma to five grandchildren; and two gr…

PORTAGE—Leonard E. VanDeHey (87) of Portage, Wis. and formerly of Elroy, Wis. passed away on Oct. 4, 2019, in Ashtabula, Ohio surrounded by family and in the care of hospice.

CAMBRIDGE—Lyle T. Walheim, age 80, of Cambridge, Wis., passed away Oct. 7, 2019, at Saint Mary’s hospital Madison, Wis.

MADISON—Rocky James Wenz, passed away on the morning of Sept. 27, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, after a short battle with cancer.

STOUGHTON—Claire L. “Kelly” Wright, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. He was born March 1, 1924, in Stoughton, the son of the late Harry and Emma (Otteson) Wright. Kelly married Florabelle Runey on July 31, 1948, in Janesville. He joined the …

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