STOUGHTON — Jean M. Utzig, age 58, of Stoughton, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at her home. She was born on Dec. 31, 1961, in Madison, the daughter of Phillip and Marie (Zimmerman) Utzig.
As a child with Down’s Syndrome, she was a pioneer. At a time when doctors recommended that those born with that disability be institutionalized, she lived with her family until she moved into a community home. She worked at the MARC center and at Fosdal’s Bakery in Stoughton until she was no longer able. She loved people and was quick with a smile and a hug. She lived a full and happy life and will spend eternity with her Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jean is survived by her three brothers, Terry, Allen (Lynne) Utzig, and Roger (Kay) Utzig. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A funeral service will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 1150 Park St., Oregon, on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Mark Jenkins of Providence Presbyterian Church presiding. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery immediately after the service. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Jean’s name to Community Living Connections, 248 W. Main St, #3, Stoughton, WI 53589; the organization that cared so well for her from the moment she arrived until she drew her last breath. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
MADISON—Michael “Mac” Frederic Bennett, age 99, passed away on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Madison, Wis. He was in his own home, the house he built with his family and friends, the home he shared with his beloved wife, Beatrice (Beady), the home they raised their family in.
Mac was born Sept. 7, 1920, in Dodgeville, Wis., to Fred and Florence (McSherry) Bennett. He graduated from Edgewood High School in 1939. He married Beatrice “Beady” Steinbach in 1943. Mac enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1946. Shortly after discharge, he started working at the City of Madison Water Utility, until retirement in 1985.
Mac is survived by his children, Charles (Kathleen) Bennett, Michael (Paula) Bennett, Kenneth (Marilyn) Bennett, and Jean (Moe Sweeney) Bennett; his grandchildren, John (Lisa) Bennett, Kristine (Michael) Gename, James Bennett, Samantha (Deny) Hurm, Tony (Jennee) Studer, and Annie Studer; great-grandchildren, William, Colin and Jack Gename, Aubrey and Ellie Hurm.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice; son, Donald; and his daughter-in-law, Jamie. Also, his brothers and sisters; Marcy (“Ole”) Olson, Thomas “Ralph” (Norma) Bennett, Florence “Bud” (Charles) Carey, and Darlene (John) Ammerman.
The Bennett Family would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Bud and Judy Mick, Tina Yao, and Tom Dellinger for the love and laughter you gave to Mac’s life.
Thank you, Tom Knoebel, we are forever grateful for all that you did.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, Wis., with Father Joji Allam officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m., until the time of service. Burial will follow at RESURRECTION CATHOLIC CEMETERY in Madison, Wis.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Wis. Public Radio Membership Services or Edgewood High School Annual Fund.
MIDDLETON — Lottie Carpenter Frank passed away Feb. 21, 2020, at home, cared for and surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 12, 1948, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of Morris and Ruth (North) Carpenter. When Lottie was young the family moved to Des Moines, Iowa. Lottie graduated from Roosevelt High School and then moved to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin, where she graduated with a degree in education. She married Joel Frank in 1969.
Lottie’s most cherished thing in life was her family. Whether it be for a birthday party or the Sunday dinners that she lovingly prepared, Lottie treasured her time with her children and her grandchildren. She was known as “Mimi” to her grandchildren and she felt so fortunate that they all lived only a short distance from her.
Lottie not only gave of herself to her family, but to many in the community. She was very involved at Temple Beth El where she served as President of the congregation and Sisterhood. At Attic Angel Association and the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice she gave countless hours as a volunteer, committee chair and board member.
Lottie is survived by her husband of 51 years, Joel; daughter, Elizabeth (Marc) Friedman; and their children, Micah, Stella, and Ezra; daughter, Janna (Bryan Bilse) Frank; and their daughter, Mirabel and her son, Justin (Jaime) Frank; and their children, Ryan and Eden. She is further survived by her brothers; Robert (Linda) Carpenter and Bradley (Chris Arruda) Carpenter; extended family; and the countless friends that she made through her social and civic volunteering, playing bridge and tennis, or out in the neighborhood. Lottie was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws, and her brother, Glen.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Temple Beth El, 2702 Arbor Drive, Madison, Wis. 53711. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.
The family thanks Agrace Hospice for the end of life care which Lottie received.
Lottie and her family request memorials to the Temple Beth El Endowment Fund, The Lustgarten Foundation, The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or the charity of your choice, in lieu of flowers.
WAUNAKEE — Kristine (Laufenberg) Hartwig, age 68, passed away on February 20, 2020, surrounded by her husband and children in the comforts of her home.
Kristine (Kris) was born May 15, 1951, in Waunakee, Wis., to Mathias and Elizabeth “Betty” (Koch) Laufenberg. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth (Ken); daughter, Melisa (Robert) Schultz; and son, Justin (Breanna) Hellenbrand. Kris was very proud of her three grandchildren, Seanna Schultz (11); and Seth (15) and Gavin (10) Hellenbrand. Kris was blessed to have Ken’s son, Paul (Cheryl) Hartwig and their two children, Scott and Kaylee in her life.
Kris is further survived by her brothers, Michael (Lois), Bill, Tom (Joan), and Don (Steph) Laufenberg; sisters, Jane (Dan) Niesen, Joan (Tony) Helt, Mary (Jim) Pulvermacher, and Karla Laufenberg; and brother-in-law, Keith Sines. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.
Kris was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Dick; and sister, Karen Sines.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at the Winn-Cress Funeral Home, 5785 Hwy. Q, Waunakee from 10 a.m. to noon.
OREGON — Peter Maksymo, age 80, of Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital. He was born on Sept. 19, 1939, in Bronx, N.Y., the son of Henry Maksymo and Josephine (Tucciarone) Maksymo. Peter graduated from Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, N.J. and MATC in Madison. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an air policeman in the Honor Guard and as a canine handler at Truax Field with his German Shepherd, Shane. He also spent a year stationed at the radar site north of Tulle, Greenland.
Peter married Judy Thompson on July 29, 1961, in Hollandale, Wis. He worked as a sales engineer for Madison Kipp Company until his retirement. He was a member of the Foxboro Golf League and was active at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oregon. Peter enjoyed golfing, watching old Western movies, following UW sports teams and the Green Bay Packers. He was an avid reader and looked forward to his daily hot dog for lunch!
Peter is survived by his wife, Judy; two sons, Mitchell (Rachel Friedman) Maksymo and Monte Maksymo; granddaughter, Sydney Maksymo; sister-in-law, Rosemary Maksymo; two nephews, Michael (Michele) Maksymo and Anthony Maksymo; great-niece, Peri Maksymo; and former daughter-in-law, Connie Michell. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Maksymo, Sr.; mother, Josephine Maksymo; and brother, Henry Maksymo, Jr.
A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 625 E. Netherwood St., Oregon, at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, with the Rev. Paul Markquart presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday. Interment will be held at a later date at Long Valley Cemetery in Hollandale, Wis.
Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Oregon Public Library Capital Campaign would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
MOUNT HOREB — Jeanette Marion Richard, age 94, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at Ingleside Manor. Jeanette was born on June 29, 1925, in Barneveld, the daughter of Thomas and Alma (Christianson) Mickelson.
Jeanette married John Richard on May 10, 1946, at the Mount Horeb Evangelical Lutheran Church parsonage. Jeanette and John made Swiss cheese at the Miller Cheese Factory, in Woodford, and the Barber Cheese Factory, in Barneveld. In 1955, they began a new adventure in farming and continued until retirement in 1982.
Jeanette was a member of the Mount Horeb ELC Church and a former member of the Blue Mounds Lutheran Church for 45 years. She served on the Council, served as Sunday School Coordinator, taught the Bethel Series, and remained active in her church all her life. She volunteered for many years at Ingleside Manor.
Growing up one of eight girls, the bond the sisters shared was strong. They would often get together to play cards, go dancing, and even traveled together. Family was important to Jeanette and was a big part of each of our lives; cherishing the addition of each grandchild. She will be deeply missed by her family but the love she shared with each of us hold so many wonderful memories.
Jeanette is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Neil) Ranney, Judith (John) Swenson, Diane Hefty, and Joni (Dale) Cleary; grandchildren, Jim (Maria Sainz-Ranney) Ranney and Steven (Pitt Fagen) Ranney; Jessi Swenson, John Swenson, Jared Swenson; Tami (Joe) Reeson, Marcus (Jodi) Hefty; Michael (Tami) Cleary, Thomas (Emily) Cleary, Kyle (Caroline) Cleary; great-grandchildren, Andrew Ranney, Matthew Ranney; Elora Daane, Haedyn Swenson, Hudson Swenson; Levi Reeson, Ashley (Skyler) Myers, Colin Reeson, Ellie Hefty, Grace Hefty; Aylin Cleary; two sisters, Kathleen (Donald) Gordon and Genevieve (Donald) Miller; and extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, John Richard, Jr.; husband, John Richard, Sr.; her parents; stepfather, Charles Junius; sisters, Lillian Bystol, Bernice Thompson, Marcella Peterson, Violet Kahl, and Darlene Strassman; and her infant sister.
A funeral service will be held at WEST BLUE MOUNDS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2962 Church St., Blue Mounds, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, with the Rev. Jim Hearne presiding. Burial will follow at West Blue Mounds Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the start of the service on Monday.
The family of Jeanette would like to say a special thank you to Chris and all of the staff at Inglehaven Manor. They would also like to thank Mark and the staff of Agrace HospiceCare for their compassionate care.
Memorial donations may be made in Jeanette’s name to Agrace HospiceCare. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
MADISON — Joan M. “Joanne” Schimming, age 90, of Madison, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at Brookdale Senior Living-West. She was born on July 30, 1929, in Madison, the daughter of Bert and Catherine (Springman) Neu.
Joan and Eldie met in their youth, growing up in downtown Madison. They were high school sweethearts, both graduating from Madison West High School. They were married on February 3, 1951, in Madison.
She was a former member of Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Francis Xaiver Catholic Churches.
Joan worked for Dr. Jacobs Dental Office, from 1949 to 1951 and for Fish and Schulkamp Insurance, from 1951 to 1954. Joan and Eldie loved camping and socializing with their dear friends from high school. They referred to themselves as “The Jolly Queen Campers”. She enjoyed hosting family and friends, flower and vegetable gardening, baking and cooking, and Sunday rides. Joan and Eldie took many road trips together to visit family and friends. She loved traveling and spending time at the cabin. Joan always cherished the times she had with her brother’s and their wives, their Monona and Eldie’s work friends. Most of all, she loved the time spent with her children, grandchildren and dog, Ellie.
Joan is survived by son, John (Mary Kay) Schimming; three daughters, Susan (Duane) Walters, Nancy (Tim) McCauley, Sally (John) Hartung; 11 grandchildren, Joshua (Erica), Michael (Merritt), Jessica (Matt), Jeff, Katie, Shane, Erin, Shannon, Eric, Nicole and Kristin; six great-grandchildren, Ethan, Noah, Eva, Jaxon, Nora, and Winnie; special friend, Beth Weber; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Neu, Lynn Neu; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon; father, Engelbert William Neu; mother, Catherine Mary Neu; six brothers, Donald, Richard, Robert, Brother Reginald Bill, John and Gerald Neu.
Funeral Service will be held at GUNDERSON EAST CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, with Rev. Heather Hayward presiding. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to Agrace Hospice, St. Vincent DePaul or Middleton Outreach Ministry.
STOUGHTON — Sandra Kay Rinden, age 62, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb.20, 2020, at her home. She was born, in Stoughton, on July 22, 1957, the daughter of Willard and Olga Rinden. Sandra worked as a CNA for Skaalen for the last 15 years. She was wonderful at taking care of everyone and always placed others’ needs before herself. Sandra was an avid Brewers and Packers fan. She had an amazing sense of humor and beautiful smile. Sandra’s laugh would light up any room she walked into. She will be sorely missed by her daughter, Nicole Farwell; and her siblings, Jo Ann Stock, Mary Lou (Mike) Grenie, Larry Rinden, Richard Rinden, and Laurie Clifton. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jason; sisters, Beverly, Carol and Lois; and brothers, Stanley and Douglas. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Cress Funeral Home, in Stoughton. Special thanks to Brian, Lisa, and Uncle Richard, you are all so much appreciated, thank you for helping Nicole through these unexpected times and for being her rocks...as always. Please share your memories of Sandra at: www.CressFuneralService.com
HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP, COLUMBIA COUNTY / SOUTH CAROLINA — Doris Anna Hughes died on February 13, 2020, in South Carolina, after a brief illness. Doris was born on Sept. 9, 1917, in Hampden Township, to Rudolph and Bertha Duborg, on the farm her grandfather, Frederick, homesteaded in 1859. Her grandfather was 88 years old when Doris was born. In her journal she wrote, “I credit him with having the greatest influence on my life. We did so much together. I even had an old cane cut from an umbrella so that I could walk as he did.” As a good steward, Doris has kept the farm in the family for over 159 years.
Doris attended Feelyater, a one-room school, two miles from her home, which she walked most days. When she was a little older and weather permitted, she drove her pony, Prince, with his cart to school. She graduated in 1935 from Columbus High School. Doris had a strong affinity for her Columbus community. She championed preservation of City Hall, its auditorium, and the Park Pavilion.
Over 102 years, Doris experienced unimaginable changes. She vividly remembers her father damming the Crawfish River so they would be the first farm to have electricity in 1921. Doris lived through the Great Depression; worked at Badger Ordinance during WWII; raised her family; and made many friends along the way.
Doris shared her wonder of nature with everyone but especially her children. She taught them how to plant, nurture and harvest. She used nature as the perfect example of how to sustain life by fulfilling dreams, leaning into the sunshine, and sowing seeds of kindness. She was a steward of the earth. She planted trees for the next generation, she recycled, reused and composted long before it was the environmental thing to do. She tended her rose garden of 65 years with care.
Doris loved “playing with string.” She knit sweaters, mittens, and hats for the family; designed her own hanging quilts; crotched afghans; cross-stitched and embroidered; and tatted flowers and keepsakes. She served as an elder and member of the Presbyterian women’s groups. Doris baked fabulous cakes, cookies and pies for countless church dinners and bazaars and community fund raisers.
But, what people remember most is Doris’s disposition – cheery and giving; outgoing and accepting; supportive and life-enjoying. She loved well and was well loved.
Doris was preceeded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Edwin; her oldest son, Donald; and her great -randdaughter, Shauna Stuewe. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Marlene; daughter, Barbara and husband Bill; her daughter, Judy and husband Edward; and her son, Dale and wife Becky. Doris has three grandchildren, Lisa Westenbroek (Doug), Lori Stuewe (Kirk) and Debbie Hughes. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Adam, Rachael, Chad, Melanie and Brendan as well as two great-great grandchildren, Carson and Deacon.
A memorial service will be held on March 14, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church, Columbus Wis., at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or Columbus Historic Landmarks & Preservation Commission.
MIDDLETON / ASHTON — Robert A. Bong, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at BrightStar Senior Living. Services are pending. A full obituary will be published in a later edition. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Captain Edwin (Ed) Donald Uselmann departed this life and went to be with Our Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Surprise (Phoenix), Ariz. He was 82 years old. Beside him was his loving wife of 44 years, Nancy. Ed was born in 1937 (the fifth of seven children) to the late Paul, Sr. and Theresa Uselmann in Madison, Wis. Ed’s siblings included: Paul d. (Joan) Uselmann, Tom d. (Kim d.) Uselmann, Russell d. (Beverly) Uselmann, Marie (LaVern) Weisensel, Eileen d. (Ken d.) Bauer, and Michael Uselmann. Ed’s strong work ethic began at a very early age when he delivered newspapers and worked at the local Piggly Wiggly grocery chain to help support his family. He attended St. Bernard’s Catholic grade school and graduated from Edgewood High School before entering the University of Wisconsin. He received his pilot training from the Wisconsin Air National Guard, Truax Field/Madison. In 1961 he joined Delta Airlines, fulfilling a childhood dream. His 36 year career spanned domestic, European, and Asia routes. In the last 10 of those years he often flew together with his wife. He retired in 1997. Nancy and Ed built a blessed life together beginning in Atlanta, Ga., later settling down on their beautiful tree farm in Yacolt, Wash. After 31 years, they sold Misty Valley Ranch in 2019. They were longtime members of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic (Mission) Church in Yacolt where Ed was a Lector and Nancy played piano. Avid supporters of the newly created SETON CATHOLIC COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL, Ed always put his heart and soul into projects he thought to be God-like and of benefit to humankind. Among Ed’s many passions were: homemade beer-brewing, hunting elk with the Hadaller family each fall, watching football games (particularly his beloved Green Bay Packers!), recording Westerns, and making his own bio-diesel fuel on the farm. The golf Hole-in-One he scored was a source of great pride. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post #168/Amboy, Wash. Ed was very soft-spoken, extremely intelligent, and well-read on many subjects. When Ed spoke, you take his word to the bank. Family and Friends all knew that Ed only spoke the truth. His wisdom will be deeply missed. He leaves the following to cherish his memory: wife Nancy, Mother-in-law Helen (Robert d.) Poirot, of Litchfield, Ill., brother-in-law Dr. Chris (Kathryn) Poirot of Litchfield, Ill.; sister-in-law, Cindy (John d.) Poirot, New Baden, Ill. and his beloved children—Tracy Kneblik (Curtis), son Tim, and Susan (Stephen) Uselmann-Schottenfeld along with five beautiful and above-average grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews who loved Ed. Ed was cremated and plans are being made for a summer burial in Washington. Memorials may be sent to: SETON CATHOLIC COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL, 9000 NE 64th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98665 or to ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH (C/O Sacred Heart), P.O. Box 38, Battle Ground, WA 98604. Condolences may be sent to the Family c/o SURPRISE FUNERAL CARE, Surprise, Ariz.
SUN PRAIRIE — Judith E. Volkmann (Dushack), age 75, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at New Perspective Senior Living in Sun Prairie. She was born on May 10, 1944, and was the daughter of Glen and Edith (Smyth) Dushack. She loved her family and especially her grandsons Connor and Brady.
She is survived by her daughters, Jennifer (Mark) Merlet, Julie (Jonathan Evans) Volkmann; two grandsons, Connor and Brady Merlet; brothers, Richard (Dorothy), James, and Dennis; sisters, Ruth (Orville) Frank, Linda Gladem, and Donna (Dan) Wells; brother-in-law, Ernest Johnson and sisters-in-law, Janet and JoAnn Dushack; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Russ in 2012, infant brother Donald; a sister, Shirley Johnson; brothers, Monsignor Douglas, Gary and David; sisters-in-law, Linda, Agnes and Brenda Dushack; and brother-in-law, David Gladem.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb 29, 2020, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, 229 Columbus Street in Sun Prairie. Monsignor Duane Moellenerberndt will preside. A visitation will be held from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home, 302 Columbus St. in Sun Prairie.
BROWERVILLE, MINN. — Kyle Raymond Schneeberg, Sr., 84, passed away Feb. 15, 2020. He was born Feb. 19, 1935, in Oconomowoc, Wis. to Raymond and Henrietta Schneeberg. Kyle was eldest of seven children, after his father passed away, he helped to support his mom and three siblings. Then his mom married his stepdad, Frank Haskins and had three more siblings. He married Shirley Loretta Weaver on Sept. 22, 1956 in Oconomowoc, Wis. He worked at Madison Kipp for 25 years until his retirement in 1997. The only thing he loved more than his wife and family was farming. Kyle and Shirley’s love of travel and Brewers had them retire to Mesa, Ariz. until her passing after 51 years of marriage.
Survivors include his significant other Marlene Akerson, four sons Kyle “Butch” Schneeberg, Jeffrey (Julie) Schneeberg, Timothy (Chris) Schneeberg, Travis (Denise) Schneeberg; daughter, Brenda Schneeberg Miller; siblings, Patricia Schry, Cheryl “Pinky” Weston, William Schneeberg, Perry Schneeberg; and 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Schneeberg; daughter, Connie Steffes; sister, Mosella Haskins; brother, Herbie Schneeberg; and three grandchildren, Kayla Ann Hueble, Michael Schneeberg, and Nacashia Engelhart.
Visitation will be held from noon until the time of Memorial Service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at SCHMIDT AND BARTELT FUNERAL HOME, 121 S Cross St., Oconomowoc, Wis. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.
MADISON — David E. Baumgartner, age 88, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, after a recent illness. He was born on Sept. 3, 1931, in Neopit, Wis., to Fred and Gertrude Baumgartner. David graduated from Shawano, Wisconsin High School and received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He also received a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. David served two years in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956. He was a schoolteacher and taught at the Luxemburg-Casco High School for 37 years, mainly in the Business Education department.
David loved his family dearly and was also a follower of many of the state’s college and professional sports teams, mainly the Brewers and Packers.
David is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Patsy (Wolf). They were married on Aug. 17, 1957, in Shawano, Wis. Together they lived almost all of their married life in Green Bay, Wis. He is also survived by his daughter, Michelle (Clyde Charlton) Baumgartner; son, Michael (Mallary); four grandchildren, Dylan, Nathan, Rebecca and Jacob; and sister, Mary Hoyer. He was preceded in death by his parents; along with two sisters, Geneva and Margaret; two brothers, Fred and Herman; and brother-in-law, William Hoyer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, with Father Bart Timmerman presiding. A luncheon will be held at the church, followed by burial at Verona Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the start of the Mass on Saturday.
Memorials in David’s name will be collected to support the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. Cards may be sent to Gunderson West at the address below. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
DEFOREST/ RANDOLPH — Margie M. Beck, age 98, passed away on the 14th of Feb., 2020. She was born on June 25, 1921, in Ashland, Wis. She was the daughter of James and Edith Shepherd. She married Joseph Beck on Nov. 2, 1946, in Benton, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; sons Dennis, Glenn and Steven; and daughter-in-law, Pamela. She is survived by her son, James.
She worked for the Norfolk Army Base during WWII and then for the Social Security Administration in Madison for 10 years but left to care for her disabled child. She enjoyed her family, including her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many friends.
She was a good cook and liked to experiment with recipes. She also enjoyed artsy craft projects. After her husband retired, he became interested in carving. Margie became his painter. They turned out some beautiful birds and were asked to join the RSVP Folk Fairs, who hosted day-long sessions at schools. They also took part in the Babes Program, which was a drug and alcohol prevention program working with Head Start for schools. This went on for about 20 years.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Waunakee on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 5763 County Road Q, Waunakee. A reception will follow the service at church. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Waunakee or Madison Are Rehabilitation Corp., 901 Post Road, Madison, WI 53713.
MADISON — Thomas Jude Loshek, age 64, of Madison, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Agrace HospiceCare. He was born on July 20, 1955, in Madison, the son of Richard and Genevieve (Genin) Loshek. Thomas graduated from LaFollette High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for Oscar Mayer and later as a laborer for Madison Public Works. Thomas enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, and tending to his garden.
Thomas is survived by his brothers, Joseph Loshek and Jeffrey (Laurie) Loshek; niece, Eevett Loshek; nephews, Victor (Amanda Fish) Loshek and Benjamin Loshek; and great-nephew, Austyn Loshek. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A graveside service will be held at RESURRECTION CEMETERY, 2705 Regent St., Madison, at 11 a.m., on Friday, June 5, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be gifted in Tom’s name to a charity of choice. Tom’s family would like to thank the staff of the VA Hospital and Agrace HospiceCare for all the kind and compassionate care they gave him. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
BROOKLYN/ALBANY — Glenn R. Brewer, age 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Aug. 15, 1944, to Fay and Valliere (Walmer) Brewer, in Monroe, Glenn was a 1962 graduate of Albany High School, where he excelled in both Cross-Country and Track and Field. He will forever hold the distinction of being Albany’s first ever runner to qualify for the state cross-country meet. He placed fourth at the state meet in 1960 and also in 1961 leading his team to a 6th place finish. Glenn continued his running excellence at UW-Platteville earning an outstanding seven career letters in Cross-Country and Track & Field. He was a member of two team conference championships and twice ran in the National Cross-Country Championships in Omaha, Nebraska. He was named UW-Platteville’s Athlete of the Week in both cross-country and track & field on different occasions.
He was united in marriage to Joann Lange on August 7, 1965, at the United Methodist Church, in Evansville. After his college graduation in 1966, Glenn taught agriculture and driver’s education at Bloomington High School from 1966-1971 and then was a Vice President at the Union State Bank, in Lancaster, until 1973. It was while living in Bloomington that Glenn and Joann would make many lasting friendships, including the Meyer family who would become like family still today. After the birth of two daughters, he and Joann purchased a farm, in November 1973, back in the Albany area where both had grown up. They added a son, in 1975, and began to develop a herd of registered Holsteins under the prefix of Glenn-Ann. Raising the kids on the farm was important to Glenn and he always enjoyed watching them show cattle through the years. The cows continue to be recognized on the county, state and national level for production and in 2015 Glenn-Ann Holsteins was 1 of only 4 herds in the United States to receive the Herd of Excellence award, being recognized for breeding and developing cows with superior type and production. Just this past weekend, Glenn was to be recognized as a 40-year member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association.
Glenn served on many boards through the years including the Bloomington School, Albany School, Union Co-op, Green County Holstein, and Union Bank & Trust. He valued the friendship of the Eager family at UB & T starting with his farm purchase and continuing through the generations.
Glenn was an avid sports fan and you could always find him listening or watching a ballgame. He loved his Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers and was a Green Bay Packer shareholder. His love of running was passed down to his son who now coaches cross country and track at Albany High School and Glenn loved to follow their seasons. In 2018, Glenn was fittingly inducted into the Albany Athletic Hall of Fame.
Reading newspapers was an important part of his day and he loved to sit at the table and read them from front to back. He always amazed his kids with the amount of information he could retain, even remembering the page of something he read. His life changed for the better three and a half years ago, when he finally became a Grandpa. He loved his grandchildren so much and was lucky to have them close enough to see daily. Family time was made easier with the kids all involved with the dairy farm and he enjoyed the evenings when everyone just came to eat supper at their house. He was a hard-working farmer who worked right up until he began his cancer battle.
Surviving him are, his wife of 54 years, Joann; daughter, Tami (Brian Behnke); daughter, Traci; son, Tony (Nicole); and his two very special grandchildren, Jaxson and Kinslee Brewer. He is further survived by his brother, Gary (Colleen), Albany; sister-in-law, Jan Brewer, Albany; and many nieces and nephews. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger in 2017; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Helen Lange; brother-in-law, Kenneth; and step father-in-law, Alvin Joranlien.
Funeral services will be held at the Albany United Methodist Church, 500 Park Street, where he had been attending, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, with Pastor Tom Moe presiding. A visitation will be held at the church on Friday night, Feb. 28, 2020, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday morning.
Memorials may be made to Agrace Hospice in Glenn’s name or to the family for a fund to be established to continue his love of running.
The family would like to thank D.r Ryan Porter and the staff at SSM Heath Cancer Care in Janesville and the caring staff at Agrace Hospice. An additional thanks to two very special family friends, Mary Jo (Rita) Bergand Jessie (Berg) Butturini for helping all of us through the toughest time in our lives.
“Families that farm together, stay together.”
Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home Evansville is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed at wardhurtley.com
BARABOO — Carmon D. Cole passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Feb. 20, 2020, from Pancreatic Cancer. Carmon was born Nov. 4, 1954 in Baraboo, Wis. the son of Donald and Lois Cole. Carmon graduated from Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan, Class of 1973. Carmon enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing, loved watching the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and the Milwaukee Brewers. He worked from 1983 to 2003 at Teel Plastics Baraboo, 2004 to 2006 at Kentucky Fried Chicken Baraboo. Carmon was most recently employed at Walmart in Baraboo, Wis. He enjoyed working at Walmart with his co-workers and supervisors very much. Carmon attended Our Savior Deaf Lutheran Church and was an active member of the Madison Deaf Club and had many friends there. Carmon kept his positive attitude, excellent sense of humor and love for fishing, hunting and sports through to the end. Carmon was loved by many and is greatly missed. Carmon is survived by his brother, Andrew (Sherry) Cole; son, Daniel Kontowski; daughter, Mary Kontowski; along with other relatives and friends. Carmon was preceded in death by his parents and brother Daniel Cole. A warm thank you to Agrace Hospice in Baraboo and Purple Communications (Leah) for assisting family with his care. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The American Cancer Society.
MIDDLETON — Marlene Mathilda Raftke daughter of Karl and Amanda (Dammann) Bogatzke, was born on a farm south of Manning on April 6, 1936. The next month on May 31, 1936, she was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church south of Manning. Marlene attended country school through the eighth grade and then onto Manning High School. Marlene was confirmed on March 18, 1951, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. She graduated with the Manning High School Class of 1954.
In October of 1954 she moved to Milwaukee, Wis. where she had four aunts living in the area. She soon found a job and met her future husband. Marlene was united in marriage with Clifford Radtke on April 11, 1959, at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Three children were born to this union. In 1971 she moved to Verona, Wis. Over the years, Marlene worked in the accounting and human resources departments of several companies, primarily in office supply companies. After retirement, she continued living in Middleton, Wis. for several years, then moved to Senior Housing and her final years in Assisted Living.
Marlene was always very active with her family and being independent as much as she could. She enjoyed caring for her grandchildren, traveling, reading, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and thrift shopping. Family and friends enjoyed Marlene’s sense of humor. Above all, she cherished her family, especially her grandchildren. Even though she never returned to live in Manning, she visited often to see family and friends.
On Feb. 11, 2020, Marlene passed away at The Villa Nursing Home in Middleton, Wis. after several months battle with her heart. She was 83 years, 10 months and 5 days of age. Funeral services were held Feb. 17, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning, Iowa.
Preceding Marlene in death are her parents; infant daughter in 1964; brother and sister in infancy; sisters, Mae (Ken) Fogleman and Marilyn Holmes; brother Myron Bogatzke; and sister-in-law, Donna Fae Bogatzke.
She is survived by her children, Laura Jacobson of Evansville, Wis. and John (Debbie) Radtke of Spring Green, Wis.; four grandchildren, Lindsay and Jakob Jacobson; and Ryan and Tess Radtke; brother, Marvin Bogatzke of Audubon; sister-in-law, Wilma Bogatzke of Manning; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held March 9 at 10 a.m. followed by a luncheon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Evansville, Wis.
The family respectfully requests donations be made to either NAMI Dane County “Mental Health Support” or The American Heart Association or Care Wisconsin.
MCFARLAND — Marion L. (Brandt Brown) Trachte passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, 2020. She was born to Otto and Louise (Niemann) Brandt on Dec. 26, 1918, the youngest of six children.
Marion was married to Ralph Brown in December of 1939. They were devoted Wisconsin Badger football fans, having held season tickets since the late 30’s. They attended all home games and many out of state games. Marion was employed by the State of Wisconsin for 35 years, first with the Beverage and Tax Division and then as Administrative Secretary to the Director of the Criminal Division in the Department of Justice. After her retirement, Marion and Ralph wintered in Arizona. Ralph passed away in 1983 after 44 years of marriage.
Marion travelled throughout Europe, the Soviet Union, Hawaii, and Alaska. She cruised the Caribbean, the Panama Canal and South America. In 1989, Marion’s travels took her to New Zealand and Australia, where she renewed her friendship with Bob Trachte. Marion also became “Sam” when she and Bob were married in June 1990. They spent winters in Florida and summers sailing on Lake Michigan. Bob passed away in November of 2000 after 10 years of marriage.
Marion was predeceased by her parents; three sisters, Margaret (Ward) Zwickey, Ellsbeth “Ellie” (Frank) Norton, and Caroline “Kia” (John) Mack; two brothers, Rudy (Maurine) Brandt and Milo Brandt; niece Carol (Charlie) Neuhauser; and nephew John (Joyce) Mack. Marion is survived by her nephew, Jim (Ruth) Mack; niece, Cheryl Williams; and other close relatives. Marion is further survived by her special Trachte family; Randy (Nancy) Trachte, Ron Trachte and Cheryl (Dave) Gorton.
Very special friends were there to make it possible for Marion to remain in her home. Special thanks to Jan and Tom Murphy, Bonnie and Stewart Allbaugh, Terry and Debbie Nelson, and the wonderful Just Checking In caregivers.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
A day without music is like a day without sunshine. Rest in peace.
JANESVILLE — Wayne E. Thornton, 82, passed away on Feb. 11th, 2020, at Agrace Hospice Care. He was born on June 28th, 1937, in Evansville. He graduated from Evansville High School in 1955, served in the U. S. Army and reserves and retired from Thorstad Chevrolet. He enjoyed hunting and fishing (especially for the past 60 years fishing one week each year at a resort at Long Lake, Sarona, Wis.). He also enjoyed car races at Sun Prairie, Madison and NASCAR. He particularly enjoyed old time dancing starting from high school years through over 50 years of marriage.
Wayne and Velda (Meinholz) married on Oct. 6th, 1962. He is survived by his wife, his brothers and sisters, the late James Thornton (Marlyn), Beverly Thompson (the late Norman), John Thornton (the late Betty), Donald Thornton, Cheryl Fahey (James), Ronald Thornton (Tina). Also, Velda’s brothers and sister, the late Lourdes Anderson (the late Henrick), Cornell Meinholz (Arlene), Audrey Kerska, Charles Meinholz (Donna), Bruce Meinholz. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Doris (Kutzke) Thornton; and nephews, Ricky Thompson, John Wood and Chad Meinholz.
A joint Celebration of Life will be celebrated for brothers James and Wayne on June 13th, 2020, at Creekside Place, Evansville, from noon to 3 p.m. with luncheon served at 12:30.
Memorials in Wayne’s honor may be made to Agrace Hospice Care or the Humane Society.
MADISON — Calvin L. Noggle, Jr., 70, passed away at his home Feb. 16, 2020. A service with full military honors will be held on April 24, 2020, at 1:00 at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.
To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.
FALL RIVER — Mary Sue McCumber (Callahan) passed away on Feb. 19th, 2020, at The Meadows in Fall River. She was born in Abingdon Md., Nov. 6th, 1933, and raised in Fayetteville, NC where she met the love of her life, Marlin Mac McCumber. They married on Dec. 19th, 1952, and remained married until Mac’s sudden passing in 1989. Together, they raised their five children in Columbus, Wis.
Mary was a fun-loving, giving woman who cared deeply for her children and grandchildren. She never met a stranger she did not know. There was never a dull moment with Mary as her whit and humor was enjoyed by everyone who knew her. She was a talented painter and crafter, loved writing poetry and especially enjoyed scratch offs, playing bingo and working crosswords. She devoted her entire life working in many capacities of the Health Care field, mainly caring for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Survivors include her five children, Marla Waddell (Richard), Laura Yelk (Denis), Larry McCumber, Brett McCumber and David McCumber (Kathleen); a foster daughter Sharon Geiger (Johnson); eight grandchildren, Mathew and Brandon Waddell, Ashley Schwoerer (Nick), Kyle McCumber, Holly Rennock (Jared), Kourtney and Kaylea McCumber and Lindsey McCumber; nine great-grandchildren, Isaac and Braydon Waddell; Haley Schultz; Olivia, Charlotte and Brooke Schwoerer; Carli Borushko, Lincoln and Haley Rennock ; one brother: Allen Callahan of N.C.; two sisters: Nancy Case (Charles) and Charlotte Hawkins, both of Md.. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mac; an infant son; parents, Fred and Mildred Callahan, brothers James, Fred and Robert Callahan, sister Margaret Kerr and many other special relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank and are forever indebted to the excellent care and love she received from the staff at The Meadows Assisted Living, Fall River. Also, heartfelt thanks to Care Wisconsin and Hillside Hospice Care of Beaver Dam. She could not have been in better hands without these organizations.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 15th, 2020, at the Columbus Country Club, 301 Ingalsbee St, Columbus, Wis. A visitation will be held preceding the service starting at 10 a.m. Contributions can be made to Hillside Hospice of Beaver Dam or the American Cancer Society in Mary’s name.
SUN PRAIRIE — Joseph (Bud) Cromer, 92, of Sun Prairie Wis., formerly of Park Ridge, Ill., passed away on Tues, Feb. 18, 2020 at UW University Hospital in Madison, Wis. surrounded by his loving, heartbroken family. Joe was preceded in death by Shirley, his wife of 69 years, and his brother, Al Cromer.He is survived by; children Susan (Bob) Volenec, Randy Cromer, John (Kathy) Cromer; grandchildren Matt (Becky) Volenec, Laurel (Nick) White, Neysa (Steve) King; great grandchildren Maya, Camryn, Joe Volenec Easton, Karley White; brother Bob (Helen) Cromer and 13 nieces and nephews.
MADISON — Hilda Mirkin passed away on Feb. 10, 2020, in Madison, Wis., at the age of 93. Born in 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio, Hilda was the youngest of three children. She was preceded in death by her parents Leah and Nathan Weber, her brothers Saul and Morris and her daughter-in-law Dr. Carole Mirkin (Gary). Hilda was happily married to her husband Morris Mirkin for 53 years, until his passing in 2008. Hilda was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University. When her children began elementary school, she returned to work and enjoyed a rewarding 25-year career teaching first and second grade. When she retired, she was active in the Youngstown Jewish community, running the Jewish Day School library and volunteering for the Temple El Emeth sisterhood. In 2009, she moved to Madison, WI, where her daughter Irene, son-in-law Barry and grandson Sam lived. She became an active participant in her independent living Capitol Lakes community, where she made many dear friends and enjoyed playing and teaching Mah Jongg.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Irene Mirkin (Barry); son, Dr. Gary Mirkin (Felicia); grandsons, Sam Mirkin and Dr. Joshua Mirkin (Jenny). The family requests that, if so desired, donations be made to Jewish Social Services of Madison or the Capitol Lakes Foundation. The funeral was held in Youngstown, Ohio. A Community Memorial will be held in the Grand Hall at Capitol Lakes on March 5, 2020, at 2:30 p.m.
MADISON — Kate was born in Madison, Wis. to Donald and Mary Luther on Aug. 13, 1946. She attended St. Raphael Grade School and graduated Edgewood High School in 1963 at age 16. She attended UW Eau Claire, and later received her degree from UW Madison. She illustrated and co-authored two books with her late husband and internationally renowned Bonsai expert and artist, Peter Adams. Before her recent retirement, Kate volunteered at the Public Library in her beloved Sequim, Wash. where she made her home for many years and kept a wonderful garden propagating many award-winning Bonsai trees.
Kate is survived by her cherished husband of five years, Fred Fallon of Sequim, Wash.; sister Janet Shafer of Shorewood, Wis.; brothers, John Luther (Fran) of Stoughton, Wis., Tom Luther of Fitchburg, Wis., Pete Luther (Sandy), and Rob Luther (Deb), both of Madison. She is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son, Christian Caspar, IV.
A celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date.
MADISON—Allen R. Behn, age 66, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Madison. He was born on March 19, 1953 in Madison, the son of James Behn and Lucille (Richard) Harris. He served as a union steward while working for Ortega Foods in Stoughton. He was later disabled after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Allen loved hunting, especially bow hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles and spending time with his granddaughter, Mychelynn. He also loved watching movies, dancing, going to church, sharing his beliefs with others and good conversation. He was known to be very giving and felt great joy in sending toys and other items to children in Africa.
He is survived by his children, Heather (Jeremiah) Krager and Joshua Behn; granddaughter, Mychelynn; siblings, Bob (Cathy) Behn, Betty McIlwee, John Neis and Mary (Harry) Quinsler; his former wife and dear friend, Fran (Dave) Kroll and several beloved nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother in law, Mike McIlwee and his niece, Colleena.
A celebration of life will be held for Allen on his birthday March 19, 2020 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Nitty Gritty, 315 E. Linnerud Dr, Sun Prairie, Wis. 53590.
The family would like to extend a special thank you for all the love and care his care family gave him throughout his life.
OREGON—John M. Bruette, age 70, of Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. He was born on Sept. 13, 1949, in Menominee, Mich., the son of Raymond and Angela (Deluca) Bruette. John graduated from Peshtigo High School and Northwestern Technical College, Green Bay. He married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Behling, on Aug. 14, 1972, and their long-awaited son, Michael John, arrived in July 1984.
John served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Oregon/Brooklyn VFW Post No. 10272 and St. John’s Lutheran Church. John was an active volunteer for many different organizations over the years. Along with Darlene, he volunteered for several American Red Cross blood drives and the Oregon Food Pantry, and worked at the voting polls for the Village of Oregon. John worked as a computer programmer for the Department of Agriculture, retiring in 2008.
John and Darlene enjoyed traveling across the U.S. in their camper, especially visiting lighthouses and the annual balloon festival in Albuquerque, N.M. He loved photography and spending time with his grandkids. John took great pleasure in attending their activities, especially Devan’s soccer games and his weekly sleepovers with Dawson.
John is survived by his son, Michael Bruette (Brittany Wagner); grandchildren, Devan Turk and Dawson Bruette; brothers, George (Gail) Bruette and Jerry (Diane) Bruette; sister, Joann (Richard) Herman; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; and his parents.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 1150 Park St., Oregon, at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Visitation will continue following the service until 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to American Red Cross. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
MADISON—Barbara DeMain, Age 64 of Madison passed away on Feb. 6th, 2020, in Madison, Wis. She was born on Jan. 2nd, 1956, in Darfeld, Germany, the daughter of Bernhardt and Waltraut Gohlke. Barbara studied business at the Wurttembergische VWA and continued on to work in Human Resources for Daimler-Benz AG in Stuttgart, Germany, while staying active in the Free Democratic Party. She married her husband of 28 years, John L. DeMain in Jacksonhole, Wyo. on Aug. 23, 1991. She lived in Houston, Texas for 2 years where their daughter Jennifer was born. In 1994, the family moved to Madison Wis. In 2005, Barbara was proud to become an American citizen. She was very involved with many organizations in Madison including The Madison Symphony Orchestra and The Madison Symphony Orchestra League, Madison Opera, Rape Crisis Center, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Kanopy Dance and many other community & arts organizations. She was the current Vice President of the Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee and was intimately involved in planning the celebration of the 900th Anniversary of the founding of the city of Freiburg, Germany. Barbara is survived by her husband John, her daughter Jennifer, and her siblings Renate, Jutta, Harald, and Klaus, her nieces and nephews who all reside in Germany and France. She is preceded in death by her mother and father. There will be a celebration of life in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Kanopy Dance, and Rape Crisis Center.
MADISON—William Frank “Bill” Butler, age 98, of Madison, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. He was born to Edward Charles Butler and Elizabeth “Lydia” Butler (Doris) on Jan. 11, 1922 in Madison, Wis.
Bill grew up on the edge of Madison’s historic Bush neighborhood, and graduated from Madison West High School. He managed the Clark Service Station on Regent Street and worked at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant before enlisting in the Army to fight in World War II. Bill served in the Pacific Theater as a mechanic and chauffeur in addition to his armed duties. Bill made it back to Madison on Christmas Eve, 1945, after a long ride home from Camp Douglas in an open Army truck.
Upon his return to Madison, Bill entered an apprenticeship program in plumbing with H. J. Pertzborn Plumbing. In May of 1946, he married his sweetheart, Delores Marie Pertzborn who was H.J.’s eldest daughter. Together they struck out and formed W. F. Butler Plumbing Incorporated in 1954. They raised two sons who went on to become plumbers, one of whom is still in the shop every day.
William was preceded in death by both parents, and all six of his siblings. Wayne Herman, Howard Edward, Doris Ethel “Sis” (Haefner), Edward Earl, Richard Robert, and Harold Grant. He was also preceded in death by his son, Rodney Frank.
William is survived by his wife, Delores, son Thomas (Christine) Butler, grandchildren Julie (Richard) Schroeder, Jonathan Butler, William Butler, Stephanie (James) Gillis, and Sarah Butler. He is also survived by six great grandchildren, Sean Butler, Morgaine Schroeder, Blaize Butler, Elizabeth Gillis, James Gillis, and Joshua Gillis.
Visitation will be held at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with funeral services immediately after.
MADISON — Ruth A. Ebert (Quale), age 86, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, at 7 p.m. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service. A full obituary will appear in the Sunday, March 15, paper.
MADISON — Ean Crennell died peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. He was born in a rural rectory in Pendock, Worcestershire, England on July 10, 1927, to the Rev. Henry Fraser Crennell and Gladys Mary Crennell. Ean graduated from King’s School, Worcester in 1945 and then served for three years in the Royal Air Force, including one year spent in India. He enrolled in medical school at Dublin University (Trinity College) in Ireland in 1949 and while there he met Ruth Blackburn whom he married in 1954. Upon graduation from medical school in 1955, he and Ruth emigrated to Newfoundland, Canada where he completed a one-year internship and then worked in general practice for 18 months before being accepted into an Anesthesiology residency program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Ean joined Madison Anesthesiologists in 1961 and spent many years working at St. Mary’s Hospital and Madison General (now Meriter) Hospital. Toward the end of his career he became an ER physician, spending several years serving the hospital in Plymouth, Wis.
A thoughtful, intensely private man, with a slightly irreverent sense of humor, Ean’s work and family were the most important things in his life. He loved living on his family’s small horse farm and was always an enthusiastic supporter of his wife’s many horse activities. He was a voracious reader of history, especially the history of World War II, and also read widely about the history of aviation. In retirement, he studied astronomy, took piano lessons and enjoyed the company of his beloved Swedish Vallhund dog, Rolf.
Ean is survived by his wife, Ruth of almost 66 years; two sons, Malcolm (Mandie) and Peter; and by Peter’s three children, Helena, Julian, and Maya. He is also survived by a niece, Mary Griffin, of British Columbia, Canada.
Ean’s family wishes to thank the staff of the SSM Dean Medical Group for the wonderful care he received for many years, in particular from Dr. Amy Daley, the staff of 5SW at St. Mary’s Hospital and their hospice care organization.
A memorial service will be held at ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 1833 Regent St., Madison, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The family will greet visitors from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Please, no flowers. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
SUN PRAIRIE—Donna Mae Fitzpatrick passed away on Feb. 14, after a short but intense battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born Oct. 3, 1956, to Marvin and Hazel Vosters in Little Chute, Wis.
Donna Mae loved her family fiercely. She had many nicknames throughout her life, but her favorites by far were Mom, Grandma, and Mimi. Some of her favorite times were spent at the cottage, crafting at girls’ weekends, laughing at wine-club gatherings, and tending to her gardens in the summer.
Donna accumulated many lifelong friendships working for Dr. Lenz, Sun Prairie Nursery School, and CH Bird Elementary School in Sun Prairie. When she wasn’t busy shaping the lives of her own children, her patience, kindness, and humor were spent changing the lives of her students.
Donna is survived by her four children and their families. Bridget, Chuck, Colton and Bryce Soldner; Becky and Tim Blanke; Mike and Meghan Fitzpatrick; Alisen, Erik and Atticus Saxer, as well as her new “little tiger” on the way. She is further survived by her mother, Hazel Vosters; sister Nancy (Mark) Wildenberg; and brothers David (Lori) Vosters and Mike (Ann) Vosters; many treasured in-laws, nieces and nephews, friends and coworkers. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Vosters.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at Cress Funeral Service, 1310 Emerald Terrace, Sun Prairie, Wis., 53590, with a memorial service to follow.
MADISON—Michael Karas, age 68, passed away at Agrace Hospice Care, with his wife at his side, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Michael fought a hard and courageous battle with Leukemia and other complications. He was born on March 16, 1951, in Rochester, PA to Mitter and Ann (Seltz) Karas. Michael grew up in Hopewell Township, PA and graduated from Hopewell High School. He went on to play basketball at Wichita State University and graduated with a BA. Michael married the love of his life, Donna Makovsky, on Nov. 1, 1987, in Las Vegas at the Candlelight Chapel. He was an excellent carpenter, cook, storyteller, and an amazing grandpa. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
Michael is survived by his loving faithful caregiver and wife of 32 years, Donna; daughters, Alexis and Misty (Scott) Lewis; son, Lance Lazar; grandchildren, Cameron, Caden, and Cole; sisters, Donna (Carl) Hage and Diane (Geno “Waaba”) Roberts; and sister-in-law, Carolyn. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other family, and friends. He is preceded in death by his brother, Bill.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Avenue. A visitation will be held from 10 AM until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.
A special thanks to the staff at Agrace Hospice Care for their kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Agrace Hospice Care. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com
MADISON—Yvonne Carolyn Love made a quiet exit to once again walk hand-in-hand with her loving husband, Vince, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 (his birthday). She was born in Madison on Jan. 23, 1926, to John Vernon and Mildred Elaine (Rasmussen) Cairns. Yvonne and Vincent O. Love were married on April 18, 1945, in Madison while he was on leave from his U.S. Navy service in the South Pacific. They raised their family in the house they built on the far East Side and after retirement, she and Vince hit the road in their truck with a bed topper-turned-camper and spent many happy miles touring the western national parks and visiting friends and family. They wintered, then lived year-round, in South Texas until failing health brought them back to Wisconsin to be near their daughter.
Yvonne will be remembered for her cheerfulness throughout her life, rarely complaining even as she became more limited physically and mentally. She enjoyed the company of most people she encountered, engaging in conversation with whoever was nearby. As a homemaker her talent for organization and ability to stretch a dollar gave her family all the basics as well as something extra when needed. She made it look effortless. We cherish memories of Mom happily enduring brutally cold days on her deer stand, hitting as many garage sales as possible on her way to Sennett Middle School during her stint as a nurse’s aide, engaged in one project or another around the house, rarely sitting, and, more recently, decked out in her “bling” at her assisted living facility. She enjoyed Cribbage, photographing wildlife, birding, browsing antique stores, and was in her element being a part of any gathering. She was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Eastern Star, Starlight Chapter.
Yvonne is survived by her daughter, Carolyn (former husband Russell Rudolph) Love; sons, John (Jamie) and Todd (Tricia) Love and (James) Roi (Rosalynne Mangalagiri) Jaxen; grandchildren, Nathan (Rebecca Lawrence) and Brendan Rudolph, April (Joshua Fitzpatrick) Love, Kathrin (Jacob) Russell, Lyndsey (Mathew Backstrom) Love, Lacy (Patrick) O’Farrell, and Samantha Love; four great-granddaughters; three great-grandsons; one step-great-granddaughter; three nieces and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Vince; her parents; her brother, Gordon; cherished daughter-in-law, Janet; and an infant great-grandson.
Yvonne’s family wishes to acknowledge and thank the many caregivers who interacted with her and made her later years more enjoyable: staff at Oak Park Place, Baraboo and Elmcroft Senior Living, Madison. We are especially grateful for the tenderness shown her the past few weeks at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, Oak Park Place Skilled Nursing, Madison, and by Agrace HospiceCare staff. A celebration of Yvonne’s life will be held Aug. 2, 2020, at “The Cottage”.
MADISON — Lee R. Haspl, age 88, of Madison, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at the VA Hospital. He was born on Sept. 19, 1931, in Prague, Czech Republic, the son of Karel and Bohdana (Capek) Haspl. Lee was a proud member of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War and received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the UW-Madison in 1958.
He was united in marriage to Sandra Gelb on Feb. 5, 1954, in Waukegan, Ill. Lee worked in international sales and had the ability to speak many languages. He was a member of the Korean War Vets in Madison and the Fitchburg Senior Center. Lee loved to play the accordion. He also enjoyed woodcarving and playing Dominos. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Lee is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters, Linda (Paul) Markwardt and Gina (Brent) Hawkins; grandchildren, Riley Hebl, Lucy (Zach) Brooks and Myk Hawkins; great-granddaughter, Amelia Brooks; and sister, Livia Dvorak. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial gathering will be held at NATURAL PATH SANCTUARY, 2299 Spring Rose Rd., Verona, from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Memorials may be made to the VA Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
ESTERO, Fla./MADISON, Wis.—Robert C. Wiersma, age 94, of Estero, Fla., passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. He was born on Nov. 10, 1925, in Dodge County, Wis., the son of Robert and Tena (Smits) Wiersma. Robert was united in marriage to Clara Westra on March 9, 1945. He was an active member of Crossroads Church in Madison.
Robert is survived by his sons, Glenn Wiersma, Vernon (JoAnn) Wiersma and Dale (Ila) Wiersma; daughter, Karen (Larry) Hoeksema; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by wife, Clara; and his parents.
A funeral service will be held at CROSSROADS CHURCH, 3815 Dutch Mill Rd., Madison, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, with the Rev. Doug VanEssen and Rev. Andrew Hoeksema concelebrating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. Burial will be held at Friesland Cemetery, Friesland, Wis. Memorials may be made to Crossroads Church. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
MADISON — David Beltran Phillips — husband, friend, brother, uncle, father and dear Pop-Pop — died peacefully Feb. 13, 2020. His death marked the completion of a life filled with smiles, love, laughter, adoring pride in his children and grandchildren and thankfulness for the care and compassion of friends and family over the last few years.
David was born to Anna and Beltran Phillips in Charleston West Virginia in 1946. After his dad’s death in 1960, David was raised by his strong, independent and kind mother. His sister Sandy, brother in law Dan, niece Julie, nephew Doug and cousin Hap hold a special place in David’s heart.
David grew up in Baltimore and attended Friends School, and the University of Maryland for both undergraduate and graduate school. He was an all-state athlete in football and a member of the 1963 Maryland high school championship lacrosse team.
He met his partner, confidante and friend, Susan, in the same management training program at First National Bank of Maryland. She was the lynchpin to making David’s life on this earth the joyful, happy time that it was. They started their life together in Baltimore and later moved the family to Wisconsin in 1974, where he became an avid Badgers fan.
David worked in banking in Madison, Milwaukee and Racine and was actively involved in a variety of civic groups ranging from Rotary to Goodwill to Friends of Monona Terrace to Badger State Games. He also worked at Downtown Madison Inc. and chambers of commerce in Stoughton and Verona. Most recently, he was the Director of Economic and Workforce Development for the Dane County Executive Office.
Of all the aspects of his life in which he felt the most love and pride, his children — Jennifer, Josh, Maggie and Kate — were number one followed closely by the joy and love he felt for each of his 12 grandchildren. Times spent with George, Lewis, Elliot, Charlie, Lucy, Will, Joe, Olivia, Max, Lily, Scarlett and Jake were treasured moments. Spouses Ed, Cassie, Jamie and Mike were important parts of the family, as well as his sister in law Laurie. David enjoyed many fun times with his family and the Peter Derse family: Marcia, Sam, Emily and Molly.
Imagining the next step in one’s life is not hard when you think about the wonderful steps you have already taken. For David, that next step might be revisiting a beautiful beach on North Captiva surrounded by family and friends.
Sadness and happiness are not mutually exclusive feelings especially with David’s passing. Briefly be sad that he is gone but replace that moment of grief with the happiness that he is in a better place — once again walking tall with his mom, dad, in-laws Philip and Teddy, brother-in-law Peter, lifelong friend Paul and, of course, Tiva and Bernie, his canine buddies.
A celebration of David’s life will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Nakoma Golf Club, 4145 Country Club Road, Madison, Wis. 53711.
Please celebrate David’s life by sharing a dinner surrounded by those you love. Tip your drink to the sky knowing David is toasting with you. Please share your memories at www.cressfuneralservice.com.
MADISON—Craig Wenger, age 68, of Madison passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. He was born on Oct. 21, 1951, to Rudy and Florence (Leffler) in Madison.
Craig married the love of his life, Janet Cochems on June 25th, 1983. The couple spent 46 happy years together.
Craig is survived by his wife, Janet; brother, Bruce; sister-in-law, Karen; close friends, Mark (Sandy) Olafsson, Linda Thompson, and Eric Finner; and many other beloved friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dennis, and Terry; sister-in-law, Anne May; his in-laws, Henry and Beatrice Cochems; and close friend, Bryan Thompson.
Come and hoist a glass in Craig’s honor on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at The Laurel Tavern, 2505 Monroe St., Madison, 53711 from 2-6 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. Please share your memories at www.cressfuneralservice.com.
CROSS PLAINS / DEFOREST—On Feb. 16, 2020, Cheryl Ann Reddeman died peacefully surrounded by her family at UnityPoint Health—Meriter Hospital in Madison as a result of medical complications.
Cheryl was born May 30, 1945, in Iron Mountain, Michigan to Elmer and Mary Smithena. She moved to Madison in 1966 to attend Madison Business College. After college, she met the love of her life, Reuben Reddeman. The two were married in Monona, on December 7, 1974, and built a house in Cross Plains, where they lived for 36 years until retiring to the Parkside Community in DeForest.
Cheryl worked for many years at the University of Wisconsin—School of Journalism, running the office for their student publication, The Daily Cardinal. After retiring from the UW, she worked for Lands’ End and John Deere in their call centers.
Cheryl loved traveling with Reuben all over the country, and for a few years, they had a travel trailer that they lived in as snowbirds in the Florida panhandle. Cheryl loved to cook, socialize with friends and family, have fun and laugh. She was involved with the social programs at Parkside, and both she and Reuben were very popular and loved by all who met them. They rescued many older disabled dogs over the years and cherished them like children.
Cheryl is survived by her stepchildren, Todd (Pam) Reddeman of Alpharetta, Ga., and Tami (Michael) Strang of Prairie du Sac, Wis. She is further survived by her granddaughter, Brianna Reddeman of New Orleans, La.; her brother-in-law James Quackenbush of Middleton, and his son Dr. James E Quackenbush II, of Sun Prairie; her sister-in-law Evonne (Charles) Linde of DeForest; and her cousins Marilyn (Randy) Lingenfelter and Joyce (Kent) Taylor both from Michigan, numerous nieces and nephews as well as the many special friendships she developed throughout her lifetime.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Reuben, her sister Joyce Quackenbush, sister in laws Katherine (Burnette) Hellickson and Ruby Ann (Ervin) Schmidt and her niece Kelly Quackenbush.
A service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6924 Lake Rd., DeForest, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. A luncheon will follow at Parkside.
Cheryl’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the ICU of Meriter Hospital for their compassion, care, and professionalism during her time with them.
STURGEON BAY / MADISON — Richard J. Cochems died in his beloved Door County with loved ones by his side on Feb. 17, 2020.
He is survived by Jay; sons Brent (Denise), Scott (Melanie); grandchildren Nicole, Bryce, Callen, Lowen; sister Julie (Terry); brother Steve (Cindy); many nieces and nephews; and the mother of his sons Mary Cochems. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Eddie and May Cochems and Nic and Julie Schmitz; his parents John and Ruth Cochems; brother Nick; and sister-in-laws Sally and Julie.
After college, he owned retail businesses in Madison, Middleton, and Door County where he met and befriended so many people that would return year after year just to talk to him. He loved the fact that he was carrying on the tradition of a family business in Door County.
Funeral services will be Monday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Cemetery Chapel and burial by his parents John and Ruth, grandmother, and near his dear brother Nick.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to DOOR CANcer Inc. (www.doorcancer.com; DOOR CANcer, Inc., P.O. Box 423, Sturgeon Bay, Wis., 54235). Special thanks to doctors Jaslowski, Danihel, Groteluschen, Guiou, nurse Amy, and the staff at Door County Oncology and Medical Centers.
MADISON — William Arnold “Opa” Schlecht passed peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, with his wife of over 70 years, Geraldine by his side. Opa was born at home on April 2, 1925, just east of the Yahara River on Jenifer St., to Fredrick Jacob Schlecht and Mary Leo Schlecht (née Purcell).
Depression Era Madison was a “gig” economy and Opa did what he could to help his family by delivering groceries and newspapers, selling “Liberty Magazine,” setting pins, working up firewood, washing bottles at age 11, with the old Whiting Dairy, caddying at Blackhawk Country Club, and eventually retail clothing sales with the old Shenks Corners Hanson & Offerdahl.
Opa attended Marquette Elementary, graduated from Madison East in June 1943, and then joined the U.S. Navy to “see the world.” He served as a Signalman on Troop Transports and Liberty Ships in both the Aleutian Chain and North Pacific and was honorably discharged in June of 1946.
He enrolled at U.W. Madison that fall, completing his BA in six semesters and MSW in three more while working as a butcher and in retail. During that time, he met Geraldine and they married on Aug. 12, 1949.
His professional career began in the early 1950s with the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections as a parole/probation agent, retiring in 1985 as a Probation-Parole Specialist/Social Service Supervisor/Assistant Regional Chief.
Opa got a 2nd wind when a neighbor got him a job working for the U.W. Athletic Department in the equipment room in the early 1990s, to which he commuted by bike nearly year-round for over 14 years. A serious bike accident in 2005 ended that, and he retired for good at 80.
He loved the outdoors, whether it was hunting ducks in the Mississippi River Bagley Bottoms or Canada Geese at the Waupun Prison Farm, deep sea fishing in Florida, rowing his boat in University Bay, combing the rocky Lake Superior beaches near Cornucopia, scaling a hilly U.W. Research Park lot with his dog-walking pals in all manner of weather, tending his lush flower and vegetable gardens, or just sitting on his patio in the warm morning sun with a beer. Opa was a gifted whistler who never passed on the opportunity to accompany a tune on the radio, or commune with the many songbirds that frequented his feathered friend friendly backyard.
There are pet owners and there are dog people, if you have to ask the difference, you’re one of the former; Opa was one of the latter. He loved Samantha, Pete, Wink, Maxine, Beck, Kate, and his “red haired girl” Hurley, who adored him like no other.
Opa had a compassionate heart as big as all the outdoors, always fending for the underdog, the downtrodden, and the less-well-to-do. He’d even feel sorry for an opponent his beloved Badgers thrashed; unless it was Marquette basketball or Iowa football, for whom no shellacking would ever be too much. He cared for his father, mother and brother Harry when they couldn’t tend to themselves; a lesson lost on no one.
Opa was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Fred and Harry; sisters, Marguerite, Audrey, and Betty; daughter-in-law, Kangyoon Rhee; and his dogs.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine; children, Matthew (Kangyoon Rhee, son Isaac), Paul (Susan), M. Anna, Amy Johnson (Jim, sons Nathan and Brett), Sarah Steele (Tom, daughters Keyanna, Shanea Keaton [Darrell, daughter Ja’Nia, step-daughter Laionna]), Willa (son Jake and his father Ken Kowalski), Carl (Kat Tigerman); and old eastsider/best friend of over 80 years, Freddie Hallway of Livonia, Mich.
A celebration of Opa’s life will be held at BLACKHAWK COUNTRY CLUB, 3606 Blackhawk Drive, Madison, at 11:10 a.m., on Thursday, March 5, 2020, with a meal to follow. A visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by Military Honors/Flag presentation/playing of Taps at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be gifted in Opa’s name to the Dane County Humane Society or Second Harvest Foodbank.
Opa was a tough old guy; hardscrabble. He was a friend when his family wanted one, and a Father when they needed one; we’ll miss him forever! Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
MIDDLETON / MOUNT HOREB / MADISON — Sharon Lee Zarndt, age 59, grew her angel wings and flew off to Heaven on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, after a short stay at Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital in Fresno, Calif. Sharon was born on Dec. 26, 1960, in Madison, Wis., to Vernon Henry and Esther Dora (Shimniok) Zarndt.
Sharon grew up on the family dairy farm near Mount Horeb, Wis. She loved everything about the farm and life in the country. Being surrounded by nature and animals fed her soul. Joining the family farm management team throughout her high school years was important to her and she worked alongside her parents and siblings in all daily aspects of managing the dairy farm. When not busy on the family farm, she was an active participant and contributor to many clubs and organizations, including Brownies, Girl Scouts, 4-H, high school band and choir, and Luther League at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb. Her Christian faith was important to her and to her development as an adult. She was baptized and confirmed in her Christian faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Sharon graduated from Mount Horeb High School in 1979 and embarked on a career in business and customer service. Her mild-mannered, patient, caring demeanor served her so well in her career development and progression. She used her strong human relationship skills in supervisory and customer service rolls at Apperson Business Forms (CUNA), Demco Corporation, Medivante Corporation, Equifax and Dean Health System, all in Madison.
After the passing of her parents and sister Donna, Sharon moved to California in 2006 to join the remainder of her immediate family members. She settled in Visalia and entered into membership at Christ Lutheran Church, where she received and gave much love to her fellow members. Professionally, she used her customer service skills once again at Kaweah Delta District Hospital in the Business Services department. She loved her work and work colleagues at Kaweah Delta but was forced to take a disability retirement in 2015 due to health issues.
In her retirement years, she doted on her nieces and nephews who she loved dearly. Also receiving her daily affection and attention over the years were Miss Cleo and Fancy, the two kitty cats who were her daily companions and rewarded her love with their unconditional love.
Sharon is survived by her brother, Jim Zarndt of Palm Springs, Calif.; sister, Carol Zarndt-Salvador of Visalia, Calif.; nephews, Jason Hoogenhous (Yenia) of Atwater, Calif., Jon-Paul Salvador (Mallory Hames) of Minneapolis, Minn. and Isaiah Salvador of Visalia, Calif.; and niece, Anna Salvador-Rodriguez (Anthony) of San Jose, Calif. She is also survived by her grandnephews, Devin and Dane Hoogenhous of Atwater, Calif.; grandnieces, Yuria Kimbley (Kenneth) of Ripon, Calif. and Annika Hoogenhous of Atwater, Calif.; and her great-grandnephew, Grayson Kimbley of Ripon, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Donna Zarndt-Knudtson; and her grandparents, Henry and Lydia Zarndt and Paul and Anna Shimniok.
Sharon’s California celebration of life was held on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Christ Lutheran Church in Visalia, Calif. A Wisconsin celebration of life will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 7435 University Ave., Middleton, at 11:30 a.m. on March 1, 2020. Interment will follow immediately after at SUNSET MEMORY GARDENS, 7302 Mineral Point Road, Madison.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites those who knew and loved Sharon to consider contributions in Sharon’s memory to the Visalia Feral Cat Coalition (visaliaferalcatcoalition.org), American Cancer Society (cancer.org) or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (lls.org). Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
SUN PRAIRIE — Eugene C. Suchomel passed away at the age of 80 on Feb. 19, 2020. He was born on Oct. 31, 1939, in Madison and was the son of Bert and Florence (Jesberger) Suchomel. He married Janet (Weisensel) on Oct. 5, 1963.
He is survived by his wife Janet and four children: Marilyn (Robert) Gallagher, Jacquelyn (John) Ward, Paula (Peter) Gerrits, Dale (Barbara) Suchomel. His sisters: Carol (Ed) Lamere and Patricia (Charles) O’Brien and sister-in-law Nancy Suchomel. His grandchildren: Jazmyn (Jeffrey), Dane, Joshua, Adeline (Brett), Graeme, Quincy, Eleanor, Maxwell, and Allyson. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Jo Suchomel and brother Thomas Suchomel.
Eugene attended Sacred Hearts School. After his graduation, he attended Madison Business School and Edgewood College achieving his Accounting Degree and becoming a CPA. He was a successful partner at Virchow & Krause until his retirement. The family gatherings at Clearwater Lake in Montello will always be remembered. He was also very active in the church throughout his life playing the organ since the age of 16.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday Feb. 27, 2020, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, 229 Columbus Street, Sun Prairie with Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt presiding. Burial will be held at Sacred Hearts Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. until time of mass at the church on Thursday.
We would like to thank Meadow View Memory Care and Agrace Hospice Care in Baraboo for the exceptional daily care.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Eugene Suchomel can be made to the Sacred Hearts Endowment Fund at 221 Columbus Street, Sun Prairie, Wis. 53590 or Agrace Hospice Care at 1670 South Boulevard, Baraboo, Wis. 53913.
MADISON — Bud Whitney, age 95, passed away on January 4, 2020, in Naples, Florida. Bud was born on May 27, 1924, in Colby, Wisconsin. He attended Colby High School where he competed academically as well as in basketball, oratory, and music. He became an Eagle Scout and served as a summer camp counselor.
Bud joined the Navy in 1942 as a Hospital Corpsman. He served at Great Lakes, Bethesda, MD, and Philadelphia Naval Hospital. Subsequently he was attached to the Second Marine Division (8th Regimental Combat Team) and served at Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa, Ihiya, and occupation duty in Kumamoto, Japan.
Returning to the US in 1946, he fell in love with Doris Kelsey of Abbotsford, Wisconsin (the prettiest girl in town) and entered the University of Wisconsin Madison. After marriage in December of 1946, they lived in Badger Village. Doris worked as a Nurse (Wisconsin General) and he attend the University of Wisconsin. He received a BSEE (Electrical Engineering) degree in January 1950 and became a Registered Professional Engineer (Wisconsin) in 1956.
Employment moved the family to Milwaukee where Bud worked for Square D Company for 19 years in engineering and sales. He subsequently moved to Allen Bradley Company (also in Milwaukee) where he spent 19 years, ultimately as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Business associations included National Electric Manufacturers Association, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Milwaukee Innovation Center, and Wisconsin for Research.
Bud served as a Director of Allen Bradley Company, Marion Via Trusts, First Wisconsin Trust Company, First Wisconsin National Bank, Firstar Trust Company of Florida, and Harnischfeger Industries.
Philanthropy was also an important part of his life as he shared time and talent with a number of organizations in Milwaukee. He was chairman of the 1983 United Way of Greater Milwaukee campaign, board chairman of Junior Achievement, and a Distinguished Eagle Scout.
He also served on the UW College of Engineering Business Liaison Council and was a Regent of Milwaukee School of Engineering. MSOE awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree.
After retirement, Bud and Doris lived in Door County, Wisconsin, Naples, Florida, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, and Madison, Wisconsin. After 60 years of marriage, Doris passed away in February 2007. Bud subsequently relocated to Bonita Springs, Florida in August 2015, and then Naples, Florida in 2018.
He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, a 32nd degree Mason, and a Shriner.
Bud is survived by a daughter, Gale (Garry) Bahe of Merrimac; a son, Brad (Michelle) Whitney of Buena Vista, Colorado; five grandchildren, Nate (Megan) Bahe, Zak Bahe, Josh (Michelle) Bahe, Sarah (Kevin) Moore, and Grant Whitney; 4 great-grandchildren; a sister Audrey (Bernie) Laabs and a number of nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude R. and Harriett (Schmidt) Whitney.
A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the Cress Center, 6021 University Ave., Madison, WI 53705. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Please share your memories at www.cressfuneralservice.com.
MADISON—Toby E. Sherry, age 92, passed away on Feb. 18, 2020, at Capitol Lakes Assisted Living. He was born on Oct. 30, 1927, to Dora (Sime) and Harold Sherry in Milwaukee, Wis. Toby moved to Madison as a child and attended Lakewood School and Wisconsin High. He served in the Navy during World War II, and after his service went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1952, he married Margaret “Peggy” DesRochers, and they raised four children in Madison.
While in Madison, Toby worked for First Wisconsin National Bank (now U.S. Bank) for 37 years, and then served as the Wisconsin Banking Commissioner under Governor Tommy Thompson. Toby served on many boards locally and nationally, among them the American Bankers Association, Nation Mutual Benefit, YWCA, WPS, Private Industry Council, John A. Johnson Foundation, the University Book Store, Natural Resources Board, Hy Cite Corporations, Sand County Foundation, Monona Tube and Welding and Schoeps Ice Cream Company. He was a Trustee of the Village of Maple Bluff and president of Maple Bluff Country Club.
Toby was a member of Ducks Unlimited (DU) for over 70 years. During the 50’s and 60’s, Toby travelled the state sharing the DU story and helping start many of the early DU chapters by providing them with seed money and advice long before DU had any staff in Wisconsin. Toby served Ducks Unlimited in leadership positions from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. He served as Wisconsin State Chairman, on the DU National Board as Regional Vice President, and on the DU National Finance Committee. Toby’s love for DU never waned. He is one of the reasons Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited has been so successful for so many years. Toby is known as the “Father of Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited”.
Toby loved hunting (especially duck hunting in the Cherokee Marsh), fishing and all outdoor activities. He hunted and fished in Africa, Canada and throughout the United States. He spent much of his retirement time in Adams County at the cabin he and Peggy built by hand out of reclaimed barn wood. There, he would chop and stack wood, hunt and sit on the deck watching birds and other wildlife that gathered by the pond.
Toby and Peggy traveled extensively around the world, many of their explorations would now be labelled “adventure travel”. They trekked throughout Nepal, watched the Grey Whales migrate off the Baja Peninsula and hunted and travelled throughout Africa. Toby was also a volunteer for The Overseas Association. He and Peggy spent time in Poland, Uganda and Kazakhstan where he consulted for a number of banks.
Toby is survived by a son, Timothy Sherry (Jill) of Madison, Wis. and a daughter Robyn Sherry Davison (Thomas Davison) of Lake Mills, Wis. Toby had seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Margaret “Peggy” and sons, Hunter Sherry (Randi) and Todd Sherry.
Toby loved his family, Madison and the outdoors.
A Celebration of life for Toby Sherry will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2020, in the Grand Hall at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, 333 W. Main Street Madison, Wis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Toby’s name be made to Capitol Lakes, 333 W. Main Street, Madison Wis. 53703 or to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Pkwy., Fitchburg, Wis. 53711.
MADISON — Lydia Mary Tagliapietra (nee Triatik), age 99 (2 ½ months short of 100), passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Madison Pointe Senior Living, Madison Wis.
Lydia was born May 3, 1920, the fourth of six children to John and Sophia Triatik, in North Fond du lac, Wis. She grew up in North Fond du lac and lived at home until her marriage to Bruno Tagliapietra on July 11, 1942. They lived and farmed in Eden, Wis., where she spent many years as a housewife. She was well known for her spaghetti and meatballs, apple pies and zucchini bars. Most certainly an excellent cook and a mother who loved her sons without abandon! Everyone who knew Lydia expected kisses, hugs and laughter. Her presence was well known and appreciated.
She was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Parish in Eden, Wis. She and Bruno moved to Madison in 2007.
Lydia is survived by her sons, Danny (Dru), of Albuquerque, N.M. and Jeffrey (Sue), of Madison, Wis.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She is further survived by sister-in law, Elaine Triatik; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bruno; parents, John and Sophia; sister, Anne Timmers; brothers, Dan, Cub, Ray and Fred; and many friends.
We want to thank Agrace HospiceCare and the staff at Madison Pointe for their kind and able care of Lydia. You know she loved you and your pockets!!!!!! Also thank you to Father Michael Radowicz from St. Bernard Parish for your visits and spiritual support.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family requests that memorials be directed to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711 or St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2438 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704.
MADISON — Arlene F. Mack, age 94, passed away peacefully on Feb. 2, 2020, at Oakwood Prairie Ridge, Madison, Wis. She was born on Sept. 18, 1925, in East Bristol, Wis. The daughter of Herbert J, and Dora A (Getzinger) Miller. She was united in marriage to William G. Mack on May 23, 1945, until his death Oct. 24, 1985. They had 40 wonderful years together, going to the Angel Park Midget Races, boating, fishing, traveling, and she especially loved listening to Bill play his drums in the Big Band, and at home in his music room. Arlene worked at Demco, as an Exhibits Coordinator for 28 years, retiring in 1987. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing bingo, listening to music, and loved dancing. Arlene joined the Women of the Moose in 1971. She earned the highest degree of the Women of the Moose, the College of Regents degree, in 1981. Upon her passing, Arlene was 2 days shy of being a 49-year member! In 1986 Arlene met Norm Arvold, they were companions for the next 26 years, spending summers at Bass Lake in Lake Tomahawk, and winters in Madison. Together they were members of the Moose Lodge, where they liked to play bingo, go to fish fries and dance. She is survived by her sister, Gladys Mulhern; brothers, Lester, Herbert (Dorothy) and Gordon (Nancy) Miller; sister-in-law, Darlene (Dale) Olson; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Mack; parents; brother, Paul Miller; sisters, Ellen Miller, Doris Whittaker and Mary Jane Hamill; sisters-in-law, Gloria Miller and Betty Miller; and brothers-in-law, Tom Whittaker, Don Hamill, and Bill Mulhern. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Oakwood Prairie Ridge Tree of Life Chapel, 5565 Tancho Dr, Madison, Wis., 53718. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park, 401 Femrite Drive in Monona. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or the American Cancer Society, 725 Heartland Trail, Suite 301, Madison, WI 53717. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Oakwood Prairie Ridge for the love, and compassionate care. Please share your memories of Arlene at www.CressFuneralService.com.
STOUGHTON — Rosemary C. Himmelsbach passed away on Wednesday 19th Feb. 2020. Born the daughter of James R. and Rose Cuff on 5th June 1925. A native of Washington, D. C., she was educated at private area Catholic schools, namely St. Gabriel’s Grade School, Academy of the Holy Cross and Trinity College. She married Dr. William A. Himmelsbach on June 19, 1945. She is survived by their five children, William A., Jr (Gail), James R., Bernard F. (Julane), A. J. (Kate), Loretta A. and “special daughter”, Marcella Worzala. She is further survived by four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband in 2002 and daughter-in-law, Marsha, in 1994.
A Mass of Christian burial will be concelebrated by her son, Rev. James R. Himmelsbach and Rev. Gary Wankerl at Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church, 651 North Main Street, Oregon, Wis. at 11 a.m. on March 3, 2020. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. A luncheon will follow the Mass in the church hall. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Md. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Reverend James Reynolds Himmelsbach Clinical Pastoral Fellowship at Georgetown University, Dept 0734, Washington, DC 20073-0734 (give.georgetown.edu/himmelsbach) or to the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired, 754 Williamson Street, Madison, Wis. 53703 (wcblind.org) The family would like to express our gratitude to the dedicated caregivers, nurses, chaplains, and social workers from Skaalen Nursing and Rehab Center and especially those from Heartland Hospice.