Baron, Madeline Zolot
FORT COLLINS, COLO./ MADISON - Madeline Zolot Baron was a kind-hearted fun-loving woman, intensely loyal to friends and family and willing to help anyone in need. She died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, from medical complications. The daughter of Marvin and Diane Zolot, Madeline was born on Aug. 5, 1956 and grew up in Madison. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1978, in pre-law and went on to a long career as a paralegal in San Diego, Palm Beach and Madison. She met her husband, Michael Baron, through a personal in Isthmus. They were married Feb. 4, 1994, by an Elvis impersonator at the Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas. They moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 2003, for Madeline's health. She suffered from arthritis and neck problems. The milder weather was a huge break for both, but Madeline's health continued to deteriorate. She will be remembered as a loving wife who brightened a room each time she entered and a true friend. She is survived by her parents, Marvin and Diane Zolot; brother, Eric; sister, Amy Zolot; brother-in-law, Michael Elvord; nephew, Zachary Elvord Zolot; and sisters-in-law, Jill Baron and Ellen Jo Baron. There will be a memorial service Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at 1 p.m. at TEMPLE BETH EL, 2702 Arbor Drive. Those wishing to make a contribution should send it to the Alma Baron Second Chance for Women Scholarship, 1848 University Ave., PO Box 8860, Madison, WI, 53708-8860.
Bliss, Kermit E. "Kert"
MADISON - Kermit E. "Kert" Bliss, age 86, passed away at Meriter Hospital on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, from complications of a stroke. He was born on March 31, 1920, in Sigorney, Iowa. Kert received his undergraduate degree from Drake University and his master's degree from the UW-Madison. On June 18, 1949, he married Wilma Kirch in Madison. He served with the Army Air Corps 7th Photo Recon Group and retired as Col. U.S. Air Force. Kert was the director of the Madison Community Center. Since retiring in 1985, Kert was an active volunteer at First Congregational Church, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and at Meriter Main Gate, where he served in many volunteer capacities. He is survived by two daughters, Gail Bliss of Madison and Lynn Bliss (Eric) Replinger of Centennial, Colo.; grandchildren, LCpl. Travis Hunter of Camp Pendleton Calif., Rachel and Kevin Replinger; sister, Gene Gay of Madison; nephew, Richard D. (Grainee) Bliss, of Madison, and their children, Michael, Jena and Liam; and also by many Kirch relatives. Kert was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ina (Clark) Bliss; his wife of 55 years, Wilma (Kirch) Bliss; and a son-in-law, Kent Hooker. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 1609 University Avenue, Madison, with the Rev. Curt Anderson officiating. The family suggests that memorials may be made to the church or to Meriter Foundation.
Buettner, Philip J.
LANCASTER - Philip J. Buettner, age 83, of Lancaster, died on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. He was born on April 5, 1923, in Waubeka, the son of Frank and Anastasia "Daisy" (Frantz) Buettner. Philip enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II, and served as an air traffic controller at the Naval Air Station in Glenview, Ill. He majored in accounting at Marquette University. On May 17, 1952, Philip married Delores A. King. Phil was employed with the IRS for 30 years in Lancaster. He planted roots in the Lancaster community, raising his family and serving in local government as a city alderman and Grant County bailiff. Phil also enjoyed golfing and was a league bowler. He had a dry wit, was a keen reader of the business pages and cross-word puzzles, and had an inextinguishable love for his children and grandchildren. Survivors include five children, Pamela (Tom) Ellefson of Middleton, Mary (David) Rich of Washington, D.C., Frank (Gina Christianson) Buettner of San Francisco, Calif., Susan (Shane) Claunch of Plant City, Fla., and John Buettner of Madison; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Phil was preceded in death by his wife, Delores, on Dec. 19, 2002; his parents; his brother, William; and his sister, Mary. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at ST. CLEMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH, in Lancaster, with Father William Seipp officiating. Burial with military honors will be in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at SCHWARTZ FUNERAL HOME with a 2 p.m. scripture service. Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.
Butler, Madyson Gayle
MADISON - Madyson Gayle Butler, was taken before her life could begin by angels to heaven on Monday, Dec. 11, 2006. She is survived by her mother, Felicia Butler of Madison; her two sisters, Mirah and Maia of Madison; her maternal grandparents, Christopher and Mary Butler of Madison; two aunts, Michelle Buckingham of Milwaukee and Krystal Butler of Madison; an uncle, Tyrone Buckingham of Madison; and a cousin, Tyrece of Illinois. She is also survived by many other loving family and friends. A memorial service will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Thomas Flint officiating. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
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Chapman, R. Keith
VERONA - Dr. R. Keith "Chip" Chapman, age 90, died of a stroke on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at Meriter Hospital. He was born in Manitoba, Canada on Oct. 31, 1916, the son of Frank and Helen Chapman. Chip graduated from High School at Galt Collegiate Institute, where he was active in athletics. Chip received his B.S. degree in agriculture from the University of Guelph, where he and his brother, Ross, were active in social and sports activities and together they wrote the sports column for the college newspaper and illustrated the 1940 year book, which was the year that he graduated. While teaching entomology at the University, Chip met Emily "Betty" Cale. They were married on Aug. 22, 1942. Chip was accepted to the entomology program of the UW-Madison, where he received his Ph.D. in 1948. As a professor of entomology at the UW he specialized in "vegetable insects" and "insect transmission of plant diseases," graduating about 75 students with Ph.D. degrees. He published more than 100 scientific papers and traveled extensively to conferences and research areas in France, China, Nepal, England and many Central and South American countries. Chip retired in July 1987. He has been active in the Golden K Kiwanis. He was an avid hunter, with annual trips to Wyoming and other trips to Maine, Canada and Alaska. Chip played handball and golf regularly. He and Betty would spend six weeks at the family cottage in Ontario every summer. Chip is survived by three children, Wayne (Vicki) of Leland, N.C., Linda (Dean) of Verona and Susan Murray of Park Falls; and two grandchildren, Christopher (in the U.S. Navy) and Megan Murray (at UW-LaCrosse). He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 2003; two brothers, Ross and Douglas; and a sister, Helen Stockwell. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the R. Keith "Chip" and Emily "Betty" Chapman Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Entomology, care of UW Foundation. A special thank you to the staff of Meriter Hospital.
Crane, Adrian L.
SUN PRAIRIE - Adrian L. Crane, age 58 of Sun Prairie, passed away Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at his home following an extended illness. Services are pending.
Cuccia, Shirley Ruth
MADISON - Shirley Ruth Cuccia, age 79, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at Sunny Hill Health Care Center in Madison. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH in Madison. A full obituary will follow at a later date.
MADISON - Amalie Engel, age 85, died on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, in her home. She was born March 10, 1921, in Hamburg, Germany. Amalie was a member of St. Patricks Catholic Church. Survivors include one grandson, Scott Engel of Madison; and two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Danielle Engel. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME where friends may call from noon until the time of service. The Reverend Kevin Holmes will officiate and entombment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park.
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Fink, John J.
DARLINGTON - John J. Fink, age 70 of Darlington, died unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at UW Hospital in Madison. He was born on Dec. 24, 1935, in Kendall Township to Frederick A. and Frieda A. (Martens) Fink. John's priority in life was his family. He enjoyed farming and his grain and trucking business but mostly driving his 2005 International truck with his dog companion, Heidi. He was also an avid Cub's and Packer's fan. John was a very loving and giving father, grandpa, and friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. John had a special love for his friend, Ruth Heineman. Survivors include his children, Michael (Nancy) Fink of Darlington, Tim (Patti) Fink of New York, Steve (fiance Jennifer Kinch) Fink of Mineral Point, Tony (Sharon) Fink of Darlington, Dan (Kari) Fink of Stevens Point; 10 grandchildren, Marc (Heidi), Melissa, Matt (fiance Melissa Carmichael), Scott, Bob (Joleen), Rick, Cassie, Kelsey, Maddie, and Zoe Fink; a great-grandson, Brett; a sister, Mary (Bernie) Wiegel of Shullsburg; a brother, Frederick (Fran) Fink of Darlington; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bernard G. Fink; and two sisters, Genieveve in infancy and Bonnie Schaaf. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH in Truman, with Father Monte Robinson officiating. Burial will be at the Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, at STEIL CAMACHO FUNERAL HOME, 206 E. Harriet Street, Darlington, where a rosary service will be held at 2:45 p.m.
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Fralick, Jane I.
BOSCOBEL - Jane I. Fralick, age 88, of Boscobel, passed away on Friday, Dec. 15 2006, at the Boscobel Area Health Care in Boscobel. She was born on June 3, 1918, in Boscobel, the daughter of Milton and Jane (Riley) Roberts. She married Earl Fralick on March 3, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa. He precede her in death on Dec. 4, 1983. She was a retired school teacher, serving education for 41 years. She is survived by a son, Stephen Fralick of Boscobel; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Shirley Newlum of Oregon; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Roberts of Seneca. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Jane Welsh; a grandson, Sam Earl Fralick; four brothers; and a sister. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Boscobel with Pastor Stan Pegram officiating. Burial will be in the Boscobel Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the KENDALL FUNERAL HOME in Boscobel and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials my be given to the Boscobel Fire Department, Boscobel Rescue Squad or the Boscobel Senior Meal Site. The Kendall Funeral Service in Boscobel is assisting the family.
AVOCA - Robert Gies, 86, of rural Avoca, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at Pine Valley Healthcare in Richland Center. He was born on Sept. 28, 1920, near Muscoda, the son of Leo and Albena (Stastny) Gies. Robert married Marcelete Zadrazil on Jan. 12, 1946, in Richland County, near Muscoda. Together they farmed in Clyde Township for many years before their retirement. Robert served on the Clyde Township Board for 14 years, was a member of St. Joseph's Parish Council in Avoca, and the Farmers Union for many years. He enjoyed "cruising" the farm on his beloved Farmall H tractor. Robert is survived by his wife, Marcelete; three sons, William J. (Susan) Gies of Boscobel, Harold (Kathy) Gies of Lone Rock, Robert Gies Jr. (special friend, Jackie Zimmerman) of Highland; four granddaughters, Stephanie (Scott) Wedekind, Rebecca (Paul) Nowak, Angela (Chris) Russell, and Nicole Gies; two great-grandchildren, Garrett Russell and Kaylee Nowak; a brother-in-law, Raymond (Jean) Zadrazil; a sister-in-law, Eileen Zadrazil, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, LaVern Zadrazil. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at 12 p.m., at ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH, in Muscoda, with Father Rob Butz officiating, with burial to follow in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 12 p.m., with a parish rosary to be held at 10 a.m. The Godager Funeral Home of Muscoda is assisting the family with their arrangements. prattfuneralservice.com
MADISON - Charlotte Gullickson, age 87, passed away peacefully and in the comfort of the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006. She was born on Oct. 17, 1919, in Pleasant Springs, to Helmer and Melia (Moen) Johnson. Charlotte married Marland Gullickson on July 9, 1949. She worked as an administrator for Dr. Taborsky and Dr. Lange. Charlotte was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church for more than 70 years. She volunteered extensively at Bethel, was a docent at the Governor's mansion and a receptionist at North-Eastside Senior Coalition. Charlotte loved music and played the piano and organ. She was an avid Badgers and Packers fan. Charlotte was a special lady, who touched the lives of all who knew her and will be fondly remembered by all her friends and cherished by her son, Mark (Andrea) Gullickson of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; and grandchildren, Matthew, Kathryn, Emma and Sophie and sister, Helen Starks of Madison. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marland, in 1989; her parents; and brother-in-law, Delane Starks. A memorial service will be held at BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, with the Rev. Curt Everson presiding. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Bethel Lutheran Church Media Ministry or to HospiceCare Inc. Charlotte's family is eternally grateful to the "Angels" at HospiceCare, especially Meghan, Jolene and Jan.
Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420 www.gundersonfh.com
Halvorsen, Clara M.
MADISON - Clara M. Halvorsen, age 93, died on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at the HospiceCare Center, in Fitchburg, after a short illness. She was born in St. Paul, Minn., on Oct. 15, 1913. She was the youngest daughter of Maude and Joel Chandler, who were born and raised in Kentucky. She was educated in the Madison school system and graduated from East High School. She attended Madison Business College and after that worked as an administrative secretary for many years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, both in the department of civil engineering and the college of agriculture experimental farms. At age 49, she enrolled at Edgewood College and earned a bachelor's of science degree and a teaching certificate. She taught in the Madison school system for 12 years before retiring in 1978. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; and her sisters, Lady Maude Chandler, Alice Polachek, Grace Homewood and Lillian Onsgard. She is survived by her son, Thomas and daughter-in-law, Joyce of Leesburg, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Jo Ann Halvorsen of Waunakee; a sister-in-law, Mary Halvorsen of Janesville; and several nieces and nephews. Burial services will be private and there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
SAUK CITY/LODI - John J. Hyatt, age 64, of Sauk City and formerly of Lodi, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at his home surrounded by his family and best friend Ernie. He was born on July 4, 1942, in Madison, the son of the late Gilbert and Louise (Gander) Hyatt. On Feb. 23, 1963, he was united in marriage to Joan Hamilton. John was an electrical contractor and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, KC Clowns and Optimist West. John is survived by his wife, Joan Hyatt; a daughter, Frances (Alan) West; four grandchildren, Jonathon (Lindsay) Hyatt, Christopher, John and Teresa West; a sister, Mary Hyatt; four brothers, David (Kathy), Joe (Sue), Francis "Butch" (Mary Lou) and Anthony "Tony" (Sally) Hyatt. He was preceded in death by his son, Tom; and a sister, Linda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Lodi, with Monsignor Daniel T. Ganshert officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at the HAMRE FUNERAL HOME in Lodi, with the Knights of Columbus reciting the Rosary at 8 p.m. Visitation will also be held from 10 a.m. until the Mass on Tuesday at the church. An interment of ashes will be at a later date at St. Patrick's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Optimist West or to Home Health United Hospice.
Hamre Funeral Home Lodi (608)592-3201
Jerisha, Anthony F. "Tony" Sr.
FITCHBURG - Anthony F. "Tony" Jerisha Sr. passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006. He was born in Joliet, Ill., on May 2, 1919, to Joseph and Anna Jerisha. Through the depression years he developed a strong work ethic. As a teenager, he moved to Madison. He was a superb athlete, especially in baseball, eventually coaching his sons and passing on the benefit of sports. Tony enlisted in the Army prior to World War II and fought throughout the war in the Pacific, including the Aleutian Islands, (Kiska and Attu), the Marshall Islands, (Kwajalein and Eniwetok), the Philippines and Okinawa. Postwar. He returned to Joliet, Ill., and married Dorothy Dolinshek. He was a Captain on the Joliet City Fire Department. Tony was the quintessential Renaissance man of his times, handy at many trades. Tony was a loving family man who devoted his life toward the happiness of his family. He spent much of his retirement years in Sebring, Fla., where he cultivated close friendships. All that knew him, even if briefly, would easily feel the warmth of his outgoing, positive personality. He was always helping and giving to others. Tony was a great man. Tony was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Joseph and William Jerisha. Tony is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy; sons, Anthony F. (Deborah) Jerisha Jr. of Joliet, Ill., and John A. (Susan) Jerisha, M.D. of Madison; grandsons, Anthony P. Jerisha of Chicago, Ill., Jason Jerisha, D.P.M. of Findlay, Ohio and Joshua J. Jerisha of Madison; and great-grandson, Darin Jerisha of Chicago, Ill. The family held private services for Tony. Tony will be very missed by family and friends who were close to him.
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Keating, Robert C.
MADISON - Robert C. Keating, age 58, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at home of natural causes. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME, where friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services.
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Kerschke, Roger K.
BARABOO - Roger K. Kerschke, age 78, died on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN CHURCH in Loganville with Pastor Christopher Miller officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at the HOOF FUNERAL HOME in Reedsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Loganville would be appreciated.
VERONA - Herbert Kietzke, age 87, died on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006. Funeral services are pending. A complete obituary will be published later.
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Lehman, LaVerne Everett
MESA, ARIZ. - LaVerne "Everett" Lehman, age 86, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, in Mesa, Ariz. He was born in Baraboo, on March 16, 1920, to Arthur and Augusta Lehman. He graduated from South Beloit High School (South Beloit, Ill.), in 1938. A veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, he served in various capacities in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves for more than 30 years. A devoted husband and father, Everett began raising his family in Baraboo, where he was active in the local V.F.W. and a cofounder of the Baraboo Credit Union. He later relocated to Beloit, Wis., where he was active in Trinity Lutheran Church and the Boy Scouts of America. Arizona has been his primary place of residence since 1986. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary (McCaffer) Lehman and his daughter, Kristine (Lehman) Pershall. He is survived by his sons, Richard (Karen) Lehman and Randy (Marybeth) Lehman, both of Gilbert, Ariz. and five grandchildren, Brandon, Colin, Meghan, Sarah and Kate. A private memorial service was held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, in Mesa, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions to be made in memory of Everett to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1035 E. Guadalupe Road, Tempe, AZ 85283, (480) 839-0906.
Longfield, Carol Harbort
MADISON - Carol H. Longfield passed away on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, in Madison. She was born on Jan. 24, 1916, in Blooming Grove. She attended Madison East High School graduating in 1933. She married Francis "Hunky" Longfield that year. They had two children, Richard and Suzi. She and her husband Hunky were proprietors of the Hilltop Inn in Cross Plains. After many years, they sold the Hilltop and moved to Madison. Carol retired from Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation after several years of service as a program manager. In later years, they traveled extensively while living in Portage and later in Madison and Fort Myers, Fla. In early years, Carol was an avid bowler and in later years enjoyed her gambling trips and euchre games with her friends. She is survived by her son, Richard; her daughter, Suzi; her sisters, Helen Harris and Edna Smith; her granddaughter, Dana of Las Vegas; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hunky; and two brothers, Raymond and Robert Harbort. Friends and family may join us for remembrances at the JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road. Visitation at 10 a.m., and services with Pastor Krause presiding at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006. The family gives special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Mary's Hospital Intensive Care Unit and the 7th floor team, together with the entire staff at the St. Mary's Care Center for their care and compassion.
Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000 www.ryanfuneralservice.com
McBride, Marie M.
MIDDLETON - Marie Moran McBride, age 83, was Born to eternal life on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. Preceded in death by her son, Jimmy McBride. Dear mother of, Jack (Mary) McBride of Madison and Mary Beth McBride (Thomas) Doyle of Milwaukee. Loving grandmother of seven grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at 3 p.m. at ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CHURCH, 602 Everglade Dr., Madison. Visitation at the church will be from 2 p.m. until the time of Mass.
Mello, Elisha Sunshine
MADISON/ MARQUETTE, MICH. - Elisha Sunshine Mello, age 36, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, in Marquette, Mich. Arrangements are pending. A complete obituary will appear at a later date.
Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Center 7435 University Avenue (608) 831-6761 www.gundersonfh.com
Pertzborn, Hedwig L.
MADISON - Hedwig L. Pertzborn (Koch), age 102, of Madison, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at the Waunakee Manor. She was born on Sept. 24, 1904, in Wauankee, to Henry and Margaret (Rauls) Koch. She was a stay at home mom until World War II when she worked on an assembly line at RMR. Her greatest accomplishments were going on to school and getting her GED, passing a state test and then being employed by the Deparment of Transportation for 18 years. She also learned to drive at the age of 53. For many years, she made a rosary daily and led the rosary before the 8:30 Mass at St. Bernard's. Hedwig is survived by her five daughters, Dorothy (Tom) Jafferis of Madison, Rachel Caruso of Madison, Alice (James) Wilcox of Madison, Catherine Waters of Madison and Barbara (William) Bougher of Indiana; 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Hedwig was preceded in death by her husband, Adolph; her parents, Henry and Margaret (Rauls) Koch; two daughters, Margaret and Esther, 14 siblings; a grandchild, Susan Wilcox; a great-grandchild, Patrick Costello; and two sons-in-laws, James Waters and John Caruso. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at 2 p.m. at ST. BERNARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2450 Atwood Ave., Madison, with Monsignor Mike Hippee officiating. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at the church from 12 noon until the time of Mass. A rosary will be said at the church at 12 noon. After the luncheon, internment will follow at St. Martin's Cemetery in Martinsville. We would like to thank Richard Pertzborn for the many plants and flowers he sent and Viola Buechner for taking her to Mass at the manor. Also, thanks to Doctors, Gilbert and Motl; Registered Nurse, Monica Bolle; Nurse Practitioner, Terri Patwell; and all of the great personnel at Waunakee Manor. Our thanks to Monsignor Hippee for always being there for us. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Bernard's Catholic Church.
Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257 www.ryanfuenralservice.com
Poland, Warren B.
BEAVER DAM/ DEFOREST - Warren B. Poland, age 70, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at the Harbor House, DeForest, after a long illness. He was born on April 13, 1936, in East Grand Rapids, Mich., the son of William and Bernice (Greve) Poland. In 1959, he married Beverly Scharinger. Mr. Poland was a longtime resident of Beaver Dam. He was the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Beaver Dam for more than 20 years. Warren was instrumental in the development of numerous parks and programs for the city of Beaver Dam, in which he truly enjoyed and took great pride. He loved nature and the outdoors and especially enjoyed being a spectator for his grandchildren's athlete activities. Mr. Poland was a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. and served in the U.S. Air National Guard. He is survived by his daughters, Terri (Ron) Rodenkirch of Sun Prairie and Cheryl (Richard) George, Parker, Colo.; his grandchildren, Ryan and Chelsey Rodenkirch and Maxwell and Katie George; his sister, Carolyn Poland; other relatives and friends. Warren was preceded in death by his parents. Private family arrangements are being made. The family would like to thank the staffs of Harbor House, DeForest, the Willows Nursing and Rehab Center, Sun Prairie and the Stoughton Hospital for their wonderful care these past months.
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Prietz, Larry E. Sr.
COLUMBUS - Larry E. Prietz Sr., age 64, died on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at the JONES-JENSEN FUNERAL HOME. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, 2006 and from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
Jones-Jensen Funeral & Cremation Columbus (920) 623-5850
Remington, William J.
MADISON - William J. Remington, age 49, passed away unexpectedly. Gunderson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. A complete obituary will appear at a later date.
Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Dr. (608)221-5420
MADISON - Vernon Schnurbusch, age 83, died on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at the HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg. Vernon was born on Dec. 19, 1922, to Henry and Auralia (Schewe) Schnurbusch in Madison. Vernon married Jean Schwan on Feb. 24, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa. He was employed with the Berg Company as a cabinet maker from 1946 until his retirement in 1987. Vernon was a World War II veteran. As an army rifleman, he fought in the European theater, which included campaigns in Normandy, northern France and the Rhineland. Vernon is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Judy (Richard) Kvalheim of Madison; two grandsons, Andrew of Madison and Matthew of California; four cousins; and a niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Albert, Duane and Robert Schnurbusch. Private funeral services are being held. The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion.
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CONCORD, N.C. - Jerry Stephan, 75 of Concord, North Carolina, died early Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte from Chronic Myelo Monocytic Leukemia and congestive heart failure. He was born in Wisconsin Dells, on Jan. 6, 1931, to James "Cotton" and Hilda Blatchley Stephan. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1954. An avid car enthusiast, Jerry had a life-long love affair with the automobile. He was an expert mechanic and during his life he restored many antique automobiles, but he especially loved to race them. During the 1950s he raced dragsters and from there he moved on to stock cars in the 1960s, racing several nights a week on various Wisconsin short tracks. He worked the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit many years during the 1970s and 1980s for Frank Warren, Elmo Langley, D.K. Ulrich and Jimmy Horton. Jerry also worked the USAC circuit for a short time in Wisconsin as crew chief and lead mechanic for Dave Watson. His favorite pastime by far was to tell stories, especially about his racing days and racing friends. Jerry is survived by Pat, his wife of 36 years; sons, Ed (Monique) Heidtke and Dan (Pam) Heidtke, of Harrisburg, N.C.; daughter, Kay (Michael) Napierala of Lawrenceville, Ga., grandchildren, Sarah Heidtke, Wendy (Steve) Platt, Daniel Heidtke, Jr., Samantha Napierala, Emily Joy Napierala and Lily Frances Napierala; and his nephews, Ray (Maureen) Wilson, of Orangeburg, Calif. and Andy (April) Wilson, of Phoenix, Ariz. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Stephan; and sisters, Joanne Wilson and Joyce ODonnell. Visitation will be Tuesday Dec. 19, 2006, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at WILKINSON FUNERAL HOME in Concord, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. in the Chapel. Interment and graveside services will be at a later date in Wisconsin Dells at Spring Grove Cemetery. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Natalie Callander of the William S. Middleton VA Hospital and to Betsy Duren, Pat Thiede and Betty Freeburg of the VA Infusion Center for their excellent and compassionate care of our husband, dad and opa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, N.C. 27317, or to a charity of your choice.
Wilkinson Funeral Home wilkinsonfuneralhome.com.
Stoltz, Seth S.
DODGEVILLE - Seth S. Stoltz, age 77, of Dodgeville, peacefully left this world and passed on to the next surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006. Seth was a man of great wisdom and integrity. He was kind and gentle and giving to all he encountered. He was a great teacher and mentor, a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and friend. Our Papa was the guiding light in our lives. He was an avid reader, with an ebullient sense of humor and a great story teller, especially of his famous jokes! He was a lover of the outdoors, spending time duck hunting with his Labrador retrievers. He especially enjoyed attending every one of his grandson's Noah and Quincey's athletic events. He was affectionately called "the man in the orange hat" by his grandsons, so they could see him in the stands. Seth is survived by his loving wife, Janice; a daughter and two sons, Sarah (Wayne) Doverspike, Eric (Phyllis), and Alex (Marihelen); and his grandchildren, Quincey, Noah and Katie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Doctor Spencer G. Stoltz and Ingle Catherine Stoltz of Saint Paul, Minn. Seth graduated from MacAlester College and William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. Seth and Janice raised their family in La Crosse, where he was a family practice attorney. An opportunity came along for Seth to be part of the Wisconsin Public Defender program where he spent 20 years serving Iowa, Grant, Richland and Lafayette counties. Frequently Seth mentored criminal justice majors from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. Seth encouraged many students to pursue a career in law. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday at the BARNEVELD CONGREGATIONAL U.C.C., 104 Jones St., Barneveld, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Barneveld Congregational United Church of Christ.
Gorgen-McGinley & Ayers Funeral Home 400 E. Grace St. Dodgeville www.gorgenfh.com
Sweeney, Robert M.
MIDDLETON - Robert Maurice Sweeney passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, after a five-year struggle. Rob would liked to have known that he will be remembered for his devotion and love for his wife and his children. His art was his release and his distraction and it will continue to live on long after he is gone. One of his proudest accomplishments was his national premier in the art world in New York City in 2003 at the Agora Gallery. He never thought his art was good enough for that and it struck him as endlessly entertaining that this much attention was being paid to it. Rob also would be proud to know that the pioneering medical procedures his condition required will help other people live full and productive lives. Rob was full of life and humor and would never want us to cry and weep over his passing. "Dry it up," he'd tell us and dry it up we will. He is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca; his son, Patrick; daughters, Anna and Shaynnah; parents, Toni Combs and James (Mary) Sweeney; his brothers, Ron (Mindy) Sweeney and Russell (Vanessa) Sweeney; step- siblings, Mark Brassington, Cindy (Dave) Pedro, Shelly (Kelly) Vils and Jamie (Jayme) Brassington. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rick; his grandparents, Maurice and Elsie Combs; and grandparents, Joseph and Jennie Sweeney. Funeral services will be held at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 6021 University Avenue on Monday, Dec. 18. 2006, at 3 p.m. His ashes will be interned at Sunset Memory Gardens in Middleton, near the resting places of his brother and grandparents.
You Are My Everlasting, You are my everlasting love, Look in my eyes, See my love burning strong. No more goodbyes, In your arms I belong. Our time has come, All my dreams have come true. Two hearts as one, Loving me loving you. Everlasting love.
Thompson, Arlene A.
STOUGHTON - Arlene A. Thompson, age 73, of Stoughton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, surrounded by her family members. She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Stoughton. She retired from St. Mary's Hospital Dietary services after 15 years of service. She enjoyed watching her Green Bay Packers win games. She spent her retirement time quilting, traveling, a little gambling and relaxing putting puzzles together. Arlene is survived by five children, Suzanne (Dennis) Short, David Beil, Phyllis Bishop, Carol Beil and Maxine Gray; five grandchildren; two brothers, Eugene (Diane) Durkee and Kenneth (Margaret) Durkee; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Durkee and Carol Bell; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Leslie Durkee; a brother, Donald; a son-in-law, George; and a daughter, Georgia. She will be missed. Funeral services will be held at ST. ANN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 323 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton, on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at 1 p.m. with Monsignor Gerard Healy officiating. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of services. A memorial lunch will follow the services at the church.
Tobison, John P.
COCOA BEACH, FLA. - John P. Tobison, age 84, born Sept. 5, 1922, on a farm in Richland Center, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, in Cocoa Beach, Florida after a massive stroke. He was a United States Air Force Veteran serving as a 1st Lt. and Aircraft Commander on B-29 Superfortresses in World War II in the Pacific. He flew bombing missions over Japan as part of the 20th Air Force, 58th Bomb Wing, 468th Bomb Group, 793rd Bomb Squadron. He was recalled for the Korean Conflict. Originally trained as a teacher, John returned to college after World War II and graduated with a B.S. from Platteville State Teachers College and a M.A. in Agricultural Economics and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin. He happily farmed in Columbus from 1953 to 1985 and moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida in 1999, where he truly enjoyed walking the beach. Throughout his life, he worked hard and played hard spending his time farming, traveling, golfing, flying, fishing in Canada, helping restore World War II War Birds and playing bridge. John loved his family dearly and cherished times spent with them. He always supported his friends and loved ones in every way and they will miss him beyond words. John is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Margaret (nee Duenow); children, Steven Tobison and his wife Karen of Columbus; Mary Tornow and her husband David of Neenah, Calvin Tobison and his wife Elizabeth of Carol Stream, Ill., Christine Lamers and her husband Scott of Waukesha; and grandchildren, Alison and Aaron Tobison, Courtney and Whitney Tornow, Stephanie and Nicole Tobison, and Jonathan and Madelyn Lamers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rasmus and Maude Tobison; sister, Roberta Smith; and brother, Norman Tobison. A Memorial Service is planned for Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at 11 a.m. at CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7511 N. Atlantic Ave, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ Lutheran or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
MADISON/ MORA, N. M. - Elias Valdez died unexpectedly of hypothermia on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. He was born in Holman, N. M., on Nov. 16, 1921, to Seraida Maestas and Abel Valdez. He was a 1943 graduate of the University of New Mexico, earning a B.S. in chemistry; and an M.S. in organic chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1951. Elias served the Army Air Force in the Canary islands and North Africa from 1943-1945. His professional life specialized in the development of food colorings and flavors related to the extraction of spices and worked for spice companies throughout the Midwest; often being called upon for special projects because of his scientific expertise and fluency in Spanish. His last job was with the Oscar Mayer company. He retired in 1987 and moved back "home" to the Mora valley, settling on the family homestead. Elias was preceded in death by his wife, Estela Baez Valdez in 1990. He is survived by his three children, Kenneth, Timothy (Julie), Robin (Kieth); his sister, Jessie Valdez Humphrey; several grandchildren; and the extended Baez and Maestes families. Elias was a life long spiritual servant and officer in the Presbyterian Church (USA) with a very strong involvement in mission work and social justice. Elias was a mentor to many; his generosity, intelligence, patience and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Memorials may be made to Menual School in Albuquerque, N. M. Services will be held at MENUAL SCHOOL on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at 2 p.m. A very special thanks goes to the N. M. Search and Rescue and all who assisted from the Mora/Holman community.
Veith, Robert C.
SUN PRAIRIE - Robert C. Veith, age 80, died on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. He was born on Aug. 21, 1926, in Madison, and was the son of Arthur and Alice (Kraus) Veith. He married Joan Benesh on May 28, 1949, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marshall. Bob farmed all of his life on the family farm. He also drove bus for the Sun Prairie school system for 25 years for Bedner and D&L Transfer Companies. He is survived by his wife, Joan; eight children, William (Mary) of Janesville, Christine (William) Eisenreich of Huntington Station, N. Y., Louise (Gerald) Wolf of Menomonie, Lawrence (Peggy) of Richland Center, Theodore (Cheri) of Baraboo, Anthony of Sun Prairie, Laura (Leonard) Peaslee of Stoughton, Andrew (Patricia) of Midland, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Isabel Schleicher of Sun Prairie, Caroline (Alex) Kimball of Madison, Mary Ann (Robert) Helt of Sun Prairie; a brother, Leon (Dawn) Veith of Sun Prairie; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Vernon Schleicher. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 227 Columbus Street, in Sun Prairie, with Monsignor Duane Moellenberndt presiding. Burial will be at Sacred Hearts Cemetery in Sun Prairie. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the TUSCHEN-NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, 302 Columbus Street, in Sun Prairie and from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Thursday. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Sacred Hearts Endowment Fund or American Diabetes Association.
Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home Sun Prairie, WI (608) 837-5400
Wallskog, Joyce M.
MADISON/ MILWAUKEE - Joyce M. Wallskog, age 64, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at 11 a.m. at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Drive. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gunderson East Funeral Home, 5203 Monona Drive, and also on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. A complete obituary will appear at a later date.
Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420
Williams, Louis G.
MONONA - Louis G. Williams, age 58, of Monona, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at the HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg. He was born Aug. 1, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Dean and Ann (Finley) Williams. Following graduation from Platteville High School, Lou was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served during the Vietnam War, receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart from wounds sustained during the war. Lou loved fishing, joking around and was an accomplished artist. He will be missed by all who knew him. Lou is survived by a sister, CeCe Williams of Fitchburg; a friend, Judy Wozniak of Madison; an aunt, Betty Hawkinson; and a cousin, Ann Williams, both of Rewey, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents. At Lou's request, private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to HospiceCare.
Wood, David E.
MADISON - David E. Wood, an attorney who led national campaigns to protect the environment, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, in Madison. He was 43. Born July 1, 1963, David was the seventh of eight children raised by Dr. I. Robert Wood and Carol Ann Wood in Clifton Springs, N.Y. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bucknell University, where he majored in pre-law. He received his law degree from the University of Buffalo. Even as a teenager it was clear that he would lead a life of activism and work on behalf of progressive political causes and social justice. At Midlakes High School he served as the student representative to the board of education and founded an underground student newspaper that found more favor with his classmates than school administrators. After earning his law degree, David was employed by the Public Interest Research Groups, a network of state-based organizations that work to protect the environment and public health and to nurture democratic government. He became the group's national counsel. More recently, he served as executive director of the GrassRoots Recycling Network, an organization that under his direction became a national leader in the drive to promote responsible disposal of electronic waste. In his personal life, Mr. Wood applied a wide-ranging curiosity to many varied pursuits. He was a gifted natural athlete, an avid outdoorsman, a polished handyman and an eclectic artist. His two daughters, Malena, age 13, and Emma, age 6, were his greatest joy. They survive him, as do his parents, five sisters and two brothers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at 3 p.m. at the UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Clifton Springs, N.Y.
APPLETON - Harland "Hart" Zander, age 68, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at Appleton Medical Center. He was born on Sept. 27, 1938, to Joseph and Margaret (Laufenberg) Zander in Cross Plains. Harland married the late Dawna Pivot on Feb. 8, 1969. He owned Zander Drilling Company for over 30 years and enjoyed repairing equipment and going out to eat with his friends. Harland is survived by his siblings, Mary Ann Menzel of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ronald (Carol) Zander of Sun Prairie, Albert (Carrie Ann) Zander of Cross Plains, Charolette (Bill) Bollig of Mazomanie, LeRoy (Pamela) Zander of Cross Plains, and Rita (Dan) Heinz of East Troy; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dawna; his parents; and a brother, Vincent. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at HIGHLAND MEMORIAL PARK CHAPEL, 3131 N. Richmond, Appleton at 12 noon. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. until the time of service.
Valley Funeral Home 2211 N. Richmond St. Appleton, WI 54911 920 733-5435 www.valleyfh.com