TODAY'S OBITUARIES

BLANKENBECKLER, Bertha V., 84 DeForest/Stewartstown COBURN, George A., 67 Madison CRISP, Lonnie, 76 Waterloo KASTER, Mary Ellen Elizabeth, 92 Janesville/Cuba City KENYON, John E., 66 Darlington MAUND, William J. "Bill", 75Madison SCHMID, Robert W., 90 Verona SCHOLTES, Peter Raymond, 70 Madison VAN NATTA, Marion Elizabeth, 81 Platteville VARMA, Dr. Deep K., 41 Verona

TODAY'S FUNERALS

FASSBIND, Carl L., 11 a.m., St. Andrew Catholic Church, 301 N. Main St., Verona.

HANNEMAN, Edna, 11 a.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Road, Madison.

MEDENWALD, David C., 11 a.m., Ryan Funderal Home, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison.

Blankenbeckler, Bertha V.

DEFOREST/STEWARTSTOWN, PENN. - BerthaV. Blankenbeckler, age 84, of DeForest, passed away after an extendedillness while at her home on Sunday, July 12, 2009.

Bertha was born on July 13, 1924, in Maryland, the daughter of Arthurand Anna (Long) Blankenbeckler. She worked and lived most her life inthe Pennsylvania area before moving to DeForest to be with sister, Wilma.Bertha enjoyed collecting cows and quilting.

Surivors include her sister, Wilma Anstine of DeForest/Lodi; a niece, Jackie Needham of DeForest; a great-nephew, Kevin (Sue) Needham of DeForest; a great-niece, Kimberly Gourley of Waunakee and many aunts and cousinsin Pennsylvania.She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed in her memory to the Donand Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center in Fitchbug, or Home HealthUnited of Wisconsin.

A visitation will be held at the RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6924 Lake Road, DeForeston Wednesday, July 15, 2009, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at a later date at the J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary in Stewartstow n, Penn., and burial at the Bel Air Memorial Cemetery in Bel Air, Maryland.

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Windsor/DeForest Chapel

6924 Lake Road

(608) 846-4250

}\ \Varma, Dr. Deep K.

VERONA - Dr. Deep K. Varma,age 41, of Verona, died as a result of a scuba diving accident in LakeMichigan, on Saturday, July 11, 2009.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1967, in Worcester,Mass., the son of Ravi and Vijaya Varma. Deep grew up in Belle Mead,N.J. and graduated at the top of his class from The Lawrenceville Schoolin 1985. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard in 1989 with a B.A.in psychology. Deep attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh,graduating in 1998. While in medical school, he was elected a memberof the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He trained as apsychiatrist and completed a fellowship in child psychiatry at WesternPsychiatric Institute and Clinics in Pittsburgh, Pa. Since moving tothe Madison area in 2003, Deep has worked as a child psychiatrist, most recently at Agnesian Health Care in Fond du Lac. He was united in marriageto Nisha Rajagopalan on May 23, 1998. Together they have a nine yearold son, Kiran. Deep enjoyed scuba diving, had an appreciation of bothmodern and Indian classical music, reading, and was an avid Boston RedSox fan.His greatest passion was his son.

Deep is survived by his son, Kiran of Verona;Kiran' s mother, Nisha of Verona; his father, Ravi (Rema) Varmaof Kochi, India; brother, Jay (Melissa) Varma of Beijing, China; nephew,Tejas Varma; and nieces, Asha and Sophie Varma, Jaishree, Nina and AshaGupta. He was preceded in death by his mother, Vijaya Varma.

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON STOUGHTON FUNERAL HOME, Highway 51 North at Jackson St., Stoughton, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15,2009. Private cremation services will follow. Visitation will be atthe funeral home from 3 p.m. until the time of the funeral service onWednesday.

\Gunderson Stoughton

Funeral & Cremation Centers

Hwy. 51 North at Jackson St.

(608) 873-4590

}\ \Schmid, Robert W.

VERONA - Robert William Schmid,age 90, passed away on July 11, 2009. Funeral services will be heldat 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2009, at ZWINGLI UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST,1693 Washington Street, Mount Vernon, with Pastor Brad Brookins officiating.Burial will follow at the Mount Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will beon Wednesday, July 15, 2009, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the JOYCE-RYANFUNERAL HOME, Verona Chapel and one hour prior to the service at thechurch. Memorials may be made to Zwingli United Church of Christ, theVerona Senior Center or a charity of your choice.

\Joyce Ryan Funeral Home

Verona Chapel

118 N. Franklin Street

(608) 845-6625

}\ \Maund, William J. 'Bill'

MADISON - Bill Maund,age 75, passed away Friday evening, July 10, 2009, in his home withhis loving family by his side. He had a very brief battle with pancreaticcancer. He was born March 24, 1934, in Philadelphia, Pa. As a teenager,he was a photographer at the Philadelphia Enquirer. Bill served in theAir Force as a photographer. While stationed in Japan, he met Kyoko. They were married Nov. 11, 1956. He attended San Francisco School ofFine Arts where he received his bachelors degree. They moved to NewYork City and he worked as a commercial photographer. He has a permanentcollection of his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art andthe Eastman Museum of Photography. One of Bill' s passions inlife was photography. He was a photographer and a producer at WHA-TVfor many years and loved to take out of the ordinary photographs. Billhad the honor of going to Sapporo, Japan to film the 1972 winter Olympics.Bill was a true outdoorsman as he loved to hunt and fish with familyand friends. He was actively involved with the Trout Unlimited organization,where he loved to teach others the fine art of fly fishing. He was alsoan active member of Ducks Unlimited, the Center of Photography for Madison(CPM) and the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (WWA). He had a lifetimemembership with the NRA. Part of his charm was that he loved to tella good story. He was well known, respected and loved by many people.He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Kyoko; his son,Brian Maund; a daughter-in-law, Susan Maund; a daughter, Karen Maund;and five loving grandchildren, Kevin Maund, Amanda Maund, Shanna Beckwith,Karla Beckwith and Kendra Beckwith. A very big 'Thank You' toour special friend Pierre, who has helped us in so many ways and hassupported our family through our time of need.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2009,at GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5701 Raymond Road, Madison, with avisitation one hour prior to the service. Please join us to celebratehis life and remember how Bill touched your life with his vision, hisknowledge and his love.

\Cress

Funeral & Cremation Service

3610 Speedway Road

(608) 238-3434

}\ \Kaster, Mary Ellen Elizabeth

JANESVILLE/ CUBA CITY - MaryEllen Elizabeth Kaster, age 92, of Janesville, formerly of Cuba City,passed away Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Our House Memory Care, Janesville.She was born in rural Darlington, on May 3, 1917, the daughter of Orrinand Mary (Schaaf) Judkins. She graduated from Darlington High Schooland attended UW-Platteville. Elizabeth married Dr. Martin Kaster in1938, and they lived in Cuba City. Following the death of her husbandin 1985, she moved to Janesville, the following year. She was a memberof St. Mary' s Catholic Church. She is survived by her three sons, Joseph (Patricia) of Janesville, Paul (Carol) of Friendship, and Anthony (Kay) of Highland; a daughter, Donna (Jim) Dalsing of Phoenix, Ariz.;14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her husband; a granddaughter; and a greatgreat granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebratedat 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at ST. MARY' S CATHOLICCHURCH with the Rev. Stephen J. Umhoefer officiating. Burial will takeplace on Thursday at St. Rose Cemetery, Cuba City. Visitation will beheld on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until the hour of Mass at ST. MARY' S CATHOLIC CHURCH. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOMEis assisting the family with arrangements. For on-line guestbook and condolences: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com

}\ \Kenyon, John E.DARLINGTON - John E. Kenyon,age 66, of Darlington, died on Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Southwest HealthCenter in Platteville, with his family by his side.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be heldat 10:30a.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2009, at HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCHin Darlington, with Father Randy Budnar officiating. Burial will followat Our Lady of Hope Catholic Cemetery in Seymour Township, Wis. Friendsmay call from 4 p.m. until8 p.m.on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at STEILCAMACHO FUNERAL HOME, 206 E. Harriet Street, Darlington, where a Parishand Knights of Columbus Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m.

\www.darlingtonfuneralhome.com

(608) 776-2461

}\ \Scholtes, Peter Raymond

MADISON - Peter R. Scholtes,age 70, died on Saturday, July 11, 2009, in his home surrounded by family.

A complete obituary and memorial service announcement will follow, with updates at pscholtes.com.}\ \Coburn, George A.

MADISON - George A. Coburn,age 67, died Saturday, July 11, 2009, of melanoma.

Born in Jefferson, Iowa, on March 8, 1942, to Melba L. and Edmund A. Coburn, George grew up in Des Moines, where he graduated from NorthHigh School. Pursuing a lifelong love of radio, George studied at BrownInstitute in Minneapolis, Minn., and began his career as a disc jockeyin Perry, Iowa. From there, his radio days took him to Ottumwa and CedarRapids, Iowa and then to Poynette and Madison. Along the way, he discoveredhis talent for radio news reporting and lent his distinctive voice toseveral Madison area stations, such as WLVE, WTSO and Z-104. Most recently,George worked for The Wheeler Report, where he managed its website andcovered activities of the state Legislature. George loved classic carsand convertibles, his family, his cats, baseball, laser tag, flyingkites and anything tropical. He was known for his gentle, dry humor.

He is survived by his wife, Judy NewmanCoburn; daughter, Leslie Schuman of Minneapolis, Minn.; son, Danny Coburn;in-laws, Jules and Lorraine Newman; and brother-in-law, Joel Newmanand his wife, Jennifer and their daughters, Sara and Liora of Needham,Mass. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bill W. Wineke officiati ng. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 14,2009, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may bemade to Paul C. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, 600 Highland Ave.,Madison 53792-8350, or a charity of the donor' s choice.\

Cress Funeral and Cremation Service

3610 Speedway Road

(608) 238-3434

}\ \Van Natta, Marion Elizabeth (neeLinden)

PLATTEVILLE - Marion ElizabethVan Natta, (nee Linden), slipped away peacefully on a summer morning,July 11, 2009, after struggling for several years with Alzheimer' s disease.

Marion was born to John and Lelia (Corlett)Linden on June 13, 1928, in Platteville. She grew up on the family farm,first near Big Patch and then north of Platteville. On June 22, 1950,she married , her high school sweetheart, and they spent their livestogether in Platteville, raising three children,David (Heather) VanNatta of Mount Horeb, Robert (Marcia) Van Natta of Westfield, and Catherine(John) Jones of Jasper, Ind. Marion graduated from Platteville HighSchool in 1946, and from Platteville State Teachers College in 1949,with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught third grade for sixyears in the Platteville public school system. She was teaching at theBrick School in 1953, when it burned down and was proud that she andher colleagues got all of the children safely out of the building. Shecontinued to substitute teach for twenty years before becoming the bookkeepe r for Southwest Supply, where she worked until 1993. A member of St. Mary' s Catholic Church her entire life, she attended grade schoolthere and later held several offices in the Altar Society, includingpresident. She was active in the St. Mary' s Home and School Associati on, taught catechism, and delivered communion to the homebound. She wasa charter member of the Platteville Hospital Auxiliary, an officer ofthe Thrift Shop, and delivered Meals on Wheels. Her joys were the simplepleasures of home and family. A proud homemaker, she was a fine cookand baker. Her sweet rolls are legendary. The quilts and blankets shesewed will keep the family warm for years to come. She fondly remembered'the good old days' and maintained lifelong friendships with many.For fifty years, until she could no longer write, she exchanged weeklyletters with her dear friend, Betty Plank, the wife of Cliff' s Army buddy, Earl Plank. Family vacations to Hayward were treasuredtimes as were almost three decades of Pioneer basketball, including traveling to one of the national championship games. Of particular importanc e to her were the friendship and support of her neighbors. Her frequentcomment was, 'You couldn' t ask for better neighbors.'

She is survived by her husband; three children; and five much-loved grandchil dren, Jessi and Amy Van Natta and Carolyn, Emily and Zachary Jones. Inaddition she is survived by her sisters, Lois (Ed) Mulcahy and Elaine (David) Pokrandt; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was precededin death by her parents; a sister, Carol (William) Lund; and two brothers,John Thomas Linden and Cletus Linden.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2009,at ST. MARY' S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Platteville, with burial inCalvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. onTuesday, July 14, 2009, with a Parish Rosary at 4 p.m. at the MELBY-BENDORFFUNERAL HOME in Platteville, and at the church one hour before the funeral.Memorials may be made to the Marion E. Van Natta Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Gray' s NursingHome for their care and compassion, to the Melby-Bendorf Funeral Homefor their great kindness, and to Father Charles Schluter for his pastoralguidance.}

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