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STOUGHTON—Judith Anne Bjugstad, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. She was born September 14, 1943, in Madison, Wis. To the late Ervin and Erma Lichte. She graduated from Madison East High School in 1961 and went on to Beauty School. She met her futu…

MADISON—William “Bill” L. Brodd, age 88, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Agrace HospiceCare with his loving daughter, Trish and son-in-law Mark by his side. He was born on July 4, 1931, an Independence Baby, in Cass Lake, Minn., the son of Harry and Hedwig Brodd (Wahnschaffe).

WAUNAKEE—Shari “Laine” Buckmaster, age 49, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

MADISON—Markevius J. Burnett, age 28, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

MADISON—On August 11, 2019, Robert Anthony “Max” Dunn officially departed for paradise with the gracious assistance of Agrace Hospice so he could be reunited with his bride, Mary Jeanne. In the spirit of his Irish wit, Max would have said “the rumors of my passing, in this case, are not grea…

MAZOMANIE—Mabelle Rhea Ewald, age 97, of Mazomanie, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at Aster Assisted Living in Monroe. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

MAZOMANIE—La Vonne Frey passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019. ‘Vonnie’ was born July 18, 1929, to George and Lucille (Schlough) Fangmeier in Madison, Wis. She graduated from Mazomanie High School in 1947 and immediately went to work for the State of Wisconsin in Madison. In 1952 she start…

WAUNAKEE—Donald A. Hellenbrand, age 92, passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Agrace in Fitchburg. He was born in Waunakee on August 24, 1926, to John and Gertrude (Frederick) Hellenbrand. He married Evelyn C. (Statz) Hellenbrand at St. Martins Catholic Church on May 23, 1950. They l…

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Funeral homes often submit obituaries as a service to the families they are assisting. Obituaries submitted by family members are also accepted pending proper verification of the death.

MADISON—Duane Edward Hohneke, age 88, passed away on August 13, 2019. He was born June 18, 1931, to the late Edward M. and Zylda (Bernhardt) Hohneke of Hoskins Nebraska. At age 9 he moved to Wisconsin.

MADISON—Curtis Alvin Knutson, age 102, of Madison, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at Oakwood Village. He was born on March 3, 1917, in Livingston, Wis., the son of Alvin and Lulu (Sturdevant) Knutson. Curtis graduated from Montfort High School in 1936. He married Myrtle Smithback on…

STOUGHTON / SUN PRAIRIE—Ethyl M. Kruckenberg, age 87, passed away on August 7, 2019, at Aster Assisted Living in Cottage Grove.

OREGON—Howard H. Loret, age 57, passed away on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. He was born on April 10, 1962, in Madison, Wis., the son of Jerome and Judith (Tholo) Loret.

MCFARLAND—Patrick “Paddy” McDermott, age 57, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday August 14, 2019, at his residence. Patrick was born on November 24, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois and had been an area resident for the past 18 years. Patrick attended Northeastern Illinois University and was a p…

FITCHBURG—Sandra “Sandy” Mischke, age 82, of Fitchburg, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Funeral arrangements are pending. A full obituary will appear at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

STOUGHTON—Alvie C. Nelson, age 93, passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. He was born on Oct. 4, 1925, the son of Alvie G. and Myrtle (Neath) Nelson. After graduation from Stoughton High School, Alvie enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He married Doris Wondrash on March…

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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.

MADISON—Edith Marie Olson, age 101, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Oakwood Village West in Madison. She was born on January 1, 1918, in Madison, to Thomas and Katherine (Windhauser) Olson.

MEQUON—Passed away August 14, 2019, at the age of 98 years. Born February 9, 1921, to Gottlob and Bertha Armbrust. Beloved wife of the late Dr. William Murray Pfeifer for 43 years; mother of the late Gretchen Lucchesi, Katherine (the late Jesse) McCombe, the late Rev. William Pfeifer and Lie…

MADISON/LAKE WISCONSIN—Roseland Kay Pherson has moved on to her next adventure, at the age of 81, peacefully surrounded by family, on Aug. 13, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She was born on April 13, 1938, in Anderson, Ind.

LAKE MILLS / FOSTER CITY—Robert (Bob) Eugene Pope, age 61 of Foster City, California, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2019, after a courageous battle with a rare form of leukemia.

FORT ATKINSON—Hjalmar L. “Jelly” Roelke, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at the UW Hospital in Madison, after suffering a stroke. Jelly was born on June 27, 1936, and raised in Madison.

MONONA—Marjorie M. “Marge” Rundle, age 86, of Monona, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. She was born on May 4, 1933, in Dodgeville, the daughter of Bernard and Bernadette (McCarthy) Conley. Marjorie graduated from Dodgeville High School. She continued her studies at Edgewood College. M…

BROWNFIELD, MAINE—John E. Schaefer, 89, passed away on August 4, 2019, at home after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Janet; daughters, Diane (Mitch Shuldman) of Portsmouth, N.H. and Nancy (Mel) of Bridgton, Maine; sons, David (…

MONONA—Patricia A. “Pat” Shedesky, age 86, of Monona, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital, after battling with kidney and heart failure.

WAUNAKEE / MIDDLETON - Shirley M. Smith (nee Stengelsen), age 94, passed away suddenly Sat. August 10, 2019 at UW Hospital of a very short illness. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was born to Lawrence and Lillian Stengelsen in Duluth, MN on Nov. 10, 1924.

MADISON / COTTAGE GROVE—James Orrin Swenson, age 72, of Middleton, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at the Tomah VA Medical Center. Jim is finally free of all of his earthly physical challenges! He was born on Nov. 17, 1946, in Madison, the son of Orrin and Esther (Bartz) Swenson.

MADISON—Sandra A. Loniello Temecula, Calif., age 73, passed away at home on August 9, 2019. She was survived by her husband of 47 years, Gary M. Loniello; their son Chad; mom, Betty Steivo; sisters, Pam and Wendy. Sandra loved to grow many kinds of flowers, was an excellent cook, was very fa…

MIDDLETON—Florence E. Ustad, age 95, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Agrace HospiceCare. Survivors include her daughter, Ann (Bryan) Ustad Smith; and two beautiful grandchildren, Sarah and Eric Smith, whom she adored. Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ustad, in…

STOUGHTON—Sigmond Edmund Vilagi, 95, Formally of Union Township, passed away peacefully early Wednesday, August 14, 2019, under the care of family and LeRoyer hospice in Antigo. Sigmond “SIg” was born April 23, 1924, in Racine, Wis., an only son to Zigmund and Teresa (Baunoch) Vilagi. Sig wa…

SAUK CITY—Shirley T. Wipperfurth, age 82, passed away peacefully at Maplewood Nursing Home in Sauk City Aug. 15, 2019. She was born at home in Roxbury on Dec. 26, 1936 to the late Joe and Amelia (Theis) Kippley. Shirley graduated from Sauk City High School, class of 1955. She was united in m…

TAMPA, FLA.—Rita C. Wright, 92, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Memory Lane Cottage, Tampa, Fla. She was born in Cashton, Wis. Rita was the oldest child of George and Luella Schreier. She had three sisters and a brother, Pauline, Mary Lou, Beatrice and Donny. Rita was married to Ha…

MADISON—James Eldredge Brady passed away peacefully on August 14, 2019 at the age of 63. He is survived by his wife, Karen Snider; daughter, Shannon (Helberth) Sierra; grandsons, Esteban Sierra and Marco Sierra; son, Ryan Brady; brother, Pat (Sandi); sisters, Terry Martin, and Colleen (Ross)…

FITCHBURG—Lois (Vesley) Rethard, 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at Agrace in Fitchburg, Wis. with her family by her side after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

SUN PRAIRIE—Robert Charles Thompson passed away on August 12, 2019, at his residence in Sun Prairie. Robert “Bob” “Tommy” was born in Minneapolis, Minn. to Robert and Inabelle Thompson on March 29, 1942. He attended school in St. Louis Park, Minn. and Augsburg College in Minneapolis. On Sept…

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