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Brown, Mary Ellen

STOUGHTON - Mary Ellen Brown, age 79, who returned to her native Madison in retirement, died quietly on Friday evening. She had been a resident at Nazareth House in Stoughton since 2003. The daughter of Martin Brown and Mary Conlon Brown, she was a graduate of Edgewood High School and the University of Wisconsin where she received a B.A. degree in 1948, and later its Law School J.D. (1967) and LL.M. (1968). She was occupied in a variety of projects and employments that included registering African-Americans to vote in Mississippi, research and advertising copy writing for a Madison Avenue ad agency, product testing research for Oscar Mayer, recreation director at USO center in Chinon, France, and writer for the National Science Teachers Association. She practiced law in Washington, D.C. from 1969 until 1974, as a trial attorney for the US Department of Justice and until 1993, as a Senior Attorney to Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She was a dedicated, colorful, generous, precise person who left her mark on whatever she undertook. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan described her as a "force single handedly committed to making Washington smoke free." Another associate pegged her as the ideal hire for times when ethics "was about to descend." Besides professional responsibilities, she was the care provider for an aging mother. Survivors are two brothers and their spouses, Joseph (Michele) of Malden Bridge, N.Y. and James (LaDonna) of Issaquah, Wash.; and nephews and nieces, Daniel (Teri) with their children, Kyle and Kevin and John (Rita) with children Nicole, Hayley and Mason. There will be a requiem Mass at the NAZARETH HOUSE CHAPEL, 814 Jackson St., Stoughton, on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at 2 p.m. Contributions to her memory can be made to the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Collet, Richard A.

MADISON - Richard Anthony Collet died suddenly from a massive heart attack, at home, on Thursday, March 29, 2007, at age 68. Richard was a member of the Deer Park Buddhist Community in Oregon, Wis. and centered his life around the teachings of the Buddha. He was a person of many interests and read voraciously. He particularly loved history, international politics, the Great Lakes, and art. He had a vast knowledge and love of classical music. He loved nature and often talked of his home in the country, where he and his brother, Michael, grew up. He considered his year as a hired hand on a dairy farm one of the best in his life. He was a master of chess and enjoyed games of strategy, but was quite adept at playing UpWords as well. He worked as a journeyman cable splicer in Illinois, as a manager of a bookstore in Chicago, as a carpenter, for UPS, and as a bus driver for Madison Metro. Richard was very fond of his family and delighted in playing with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Bruce and his wife, Joya; son, Mike and his wife, Kristin; daughter, Elise; grandchildren, Erik, Ingrid and Andreas; brother, Michael and his wife, Leni Jane; sister-in-law, Patricia Kutza and her husband, Herman; nephew, Christopher and his wife, Elisa; nephew, Gregory Kutza and his fiancee, Sara; niece, Michelle Severino and her husband, Johnny; niece, Angie Sites; and niece, Chelsea Collet. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Collet; mother, Bernice Collet Pelletier; and stepmother, Lois Collet. In honor of Richard, prayers will be offered at Deer Park and contributions may be made to the Deer Park Temple Fund, 4548 Schneider Road, Oregon, WI 53575.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Denham, Lauretta M.

MADISON - Lauretta M. Denham, age 95, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at HospiceCare in Madison. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at ST. BERNARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2450 Atwood Ave., Madison, with Monsignor Michael E. Hippee presiding. Burial will be held in Sunset Memory Gardens, Madison. Friends are invited to call on Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Service.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3325 E. Washington Ave. (608) 249-6666

Hahn, Evelyn Dorothy

ARLINGTON - Evelyn Dorothy Hahn, age 83, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2007, following a brief stay at the Good Samaritan Center of Lodi, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Evelyn was born in Leeds Township on July 26, 1923, the third child of Herb and Julia (Noltemeyer) Schultz. She was married to William H. Hahn on Jan. 3, 1945. Evelyn worked full time for 44 years as a cashier at the Arlington Market, while caring for her family, maintaining the family home and enjoying the company of her numerous friends. Evelyn enjoyed travel, reading, quiet time at her home and most importantly, spending quality time with her great-grandchildren. Throughout her life, Evelyn was a caregiver for family members and many friends. Evelyn is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, William "Bill" Hahn; a son, William (Diane) Hahn Jr.; daughter, Julie (Grayson) Robinson; four grandchildren, Angela (Ross) Blount, Suzanne (Chris) Weber, Matt (Beth) Robinson and Heather Robinson; seven great-grandchildren, Hailey, Conor, Brooks, Regan, John, Lauren and Claire; brothers and sisters, Charlie (Pat) Schultz, Valeria (Robert) Gundlach, Darlene (Harold) Lerch and Herbert (Gayno) Schultz; sister-in-law, Arlette Schultz; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Wilmer and Donovan Schultz. Funeral services will be held at ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH in Leeds, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, with the Rev. Harold Sturm officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, North Leeds. A visitation will be held at HAMRE FUNERAL HOME, Lodi, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2007 and also at the church on Tuesday, one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church of Leeds.

"God saw that she was getting old and a cure was not to be; so he put his arms around her and whispered, "Evelyn, come with me;" with tearful eyes we watched her suffer and fade away; although we loved her dearly we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands to rest; God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best." Hamre Funeral Home Lodi (608) 592-3201

Hanson, Edna O.

MADISON - Edna O. Hanson, age 87, of Madison, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2007, at the Sun Prairie Health Care Center. She was born Sept. 29, 1919, in Jackson County, the daughter of Charles and Martha (Benson) Olson. She married Emery Hanson on Aug. 28, 1942. She was a crossing guard for Madison School District prior to working at Central Wisconsin Center for many years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was instrumental in starting the church's Home Bound Communion Program. Edna also participated in Keenagers. Her grandsons were her greatest joy. Edna is survived by a son, Len (Connie) Hanson, of Sun Prairie; grandsons, Bret (Becky) Hanson of McFarland, Mark Hanson of Milwaukee and David Hanson, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a great-granddaughter, Lindsey Hanson of McFarland. She was preceded in death by her husband on Aug. 4, 2000, her parents, and four brothers. Funeral services will be held at TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1904 Winnebago St., on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Ruppenthal officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

All Faiths Funeral & Cremation Services Madison (608) 442-0477

Hart, Virginia B.

MADISON - Virginia B. Hart, Wisconsin's first woman cabinet member, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at age 92. She was a formative force in community service in the state and in Madison, a trade union educator and a role model for women in public service. Beginning in 1973, she headed the Department of Regulation and Licensing, was Commissioner of Labor, Industry and Human Relations and chair of the Labor and Industry Review Commission. Her pioneering as a woman in state government was recognized by the establishment of the Virginia Hart Special Achievement Award given annually to "unsung heroes" in state service. She served the city also (two terms on the Police and Fire Commission) and had been a formative force earlier in bringing social agencies of the city together in the Community Welfare Council of which she was president in 1967. After World War II, when she came to Wisconsin with her husband, she joined a small group to reorganize the Democratic Party and became its first executive secretary. She also helped form the pioneering Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin and more recently served a key role in the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association (co-president 1901). With her husband of 67 years, Virginia was a vigorous backpacker in the Rockies, the Andes and the Himalaya. She lived three times with her family in India. The Harts have two children, Nancy Hart Hernandez of Houston, Texas and Benjamin Baily Hart of Dallas, Texas; and two grandsons, Joshua and Jonathan Hart. She is also survived by her husband, Henry C. Hart of Madison; by her brother, George Baily of Fort Collins, Colo.; her identical twin sister, Margaret; and another brother, Johnson (Jay) Baily, died earlier. The strength and breadth of admiration and affection for Virginia was made clear by the visits, letters and calls, she received in her last months of illness. These she deeply appreciated. The family suggests that (instead of flowers) contributions to her honor be sent to "Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award," Office of State Employment Relations, PO Box 7855, Madison, WI 53707 or to HospiceCare Inc., 5935 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711. In about a month a public ceremony of Virginia's life will be announced jointly by the family and Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton.

Kelter, Edward E.

PRAIRIE DU SAC - Edward E. Kelter, age 85, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2007, at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie. A complete obituary will be in Monday's newspapers.

Hooverson Funeral Home Sauk City (608) 643-6430

Kreutzer, Andrew L.

MADISON - Andrew L. Kreutzer of Madison, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at age 85. A memorial service will be held in Andy's honor on Monday, April 9, 2007, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at ROSELAWN MEMORIAL PARK, 401 Femrite Drive, Monona. There will be a visitation for family and friends prior to the service beginning at 10:30 a.m. The family requests no flowers.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 6021 University Ave. (608) 238-8406

Kuhlman, Michael

MADISON - Michael Kuhlman, age 70, of Madison, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at the Meriter Health Care Center. Funeral arrangements are pending at St. Joseph Catholic Church. A full obituary will run in the Monday edition.

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257

Paltz, Harold

MADISON - Harold Paltz, age 83, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2007, at HospiceCare in Fitchburg. Funeral arrangements are pending and a full obituary will follow.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Porter, Merlyn E.SUN PRAIRIE/ WINDSOR - Merlyn E. Porter, age 74, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 29, 2007. He was born on Dec. 7, 1932, in Poynette, to Edmund and Marie (Kutz) Porter. Merlyn graduated in 1951 from Sun Prairie High School and just celebrated his 55th class reunion last fall. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Korea. Merlyn was the original owner and proprietor of the Twilite Lounge in the town of Burke. We remember him by his crew cut, love of flowers, pride in his cars and soft, quiet demeanor. Merlyn always had beautiful flowers and grew vegetables also. For many years, he enjoyed annual trips to Las Vegas with friends and family. He was well liked and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Merlyn is survived by his sisters, Julaine Stroede and Arletta Schmid; a brother, Elgin (Ellen) Porter; 10 nieces and nephews, Robert (Kristine) Stroede, Sandra (James) Robinson, Julie and Jerrilyn Schmid, Michael (Linda) Porter, Douglas (Mary) Porter, Cheryl (Michael) Gest, Mark (Dawn) Porter, Susan (Scott) Blank, Brian (Joanne) Porter and Jenny Porter; and many other beloved friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Marie Porter; brother, Dale Porter; nephew, Gregory Porter; and brothers-in-law, Robert J. Stroede and Vernon G. Schmid. Funeral services will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1021 Spaight St., Madison, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, with the Rev. Werth and the Rev. Brinkman presiding. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2007. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Deforest EMTs and the St. Mary's Hospital staff for their exemplary care given.

Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Sachtjen, Carol M.

SARASOTA, FLA. - Carol M. Sachtjen, age 81, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2007. Carol was born on April 13, 1925, in Milwaukee, to the late Alfred and Marjorie (Bell-Schaefer) Klumb. She was united in marriage on June 20, 1948, to Robert H. Sachtjen in Madison. After her retirement from the state of Wisconsin, in 1975, they relocated to Sarasota, Fla., where she enjoyed spending time at the beach and having her grandchildren come for summer visits. Carol is survived by her three children, Patricia (Michael) Speth of Sarasota, Fla., Barbara Jacobson of Madison and James (Tina Le Roux) of Buford, Ga.; two grandchildren, Eric Jacobson of Clearwater, Fla. and Melissa (Ian) Grau of Madison; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald (Mickey) Klumb of Mesa, Ariz.; and sister, Jane Hanson of Milwaukee. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert, in 1993; and sister, Lois Nilsen. A family gravesite service will be held at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Madison.

Our loving mother and grandmother, we will cherish the memories and keep you forever in our hearts.

Sheil, Richard Cullen

OREGON - Richard "Dick" Sheil, age 73, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 19, 1933, to John and Della (Gafke) Sheil. On Jan. 22, 1955, he married Donna Losenegger. He lived on the Sheil farm all his life, which brought him much joy and satisfaction. His diverse career included farmer, school bus driver, real estate broker, developer and appraiser. He lived an honorable, decent and gentle life, and made a difference in the lives of those who knew him. He had a remarkable way with people, and was known for his friendship and sound judgment. He developed the Hillcrest Heights and Panorama subdivisions and numerous residential properties. He was known to many as fair and knowledgeable, and helped many find a place to live and prosper. Dick is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Donna; his children, Kim (Jack) Erb, Richard G. (Jolene) Sheil, Lisa (Jeff) Nyenhuis; five grandchildren, Kasey and Lauren Erb, John Sheil, Andrew and Delaney Nyenhuis; two step-grandchildren, Korey (Kristin) Erb and Kris Erb; a step-great-grandson, Max Erb; a brother, Phil (Phyllis) Sheil; a sister-in-law, Janet Sheil; a brother-in-law, Robert Mandt; in-laws, Arnold Schoville, David (Rose) Losenegger, Richard (Carol) Losenegger, Cheryl (Lee) Ackley; numerous nephews and nieces on both sides; and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Garry and Jack; his sister, June Ann Mandt; sister-in-law, Phyllis Sheil; in-laws, Alvin and Bertha Losenegger; and sister-in-law Betty Schoville. A celebration of his life will be held at HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 651 N. Main St., Oregon on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be at the church on Monday, April 2, 2007 at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church or the Senior Centers in Oregon and Fitchburg. Thank you to the staffs at St. Marys Hospital, Oakwood Village and Oregon Manor for the quality of care he received. He will always be remembered.

To my children, Be not sorrowful that I am gone, and my earthly life is done. Be not sad I passed away, for in you my children, I live each day. There is a little of me in all of you, in each new one I lived anew. So you see, Ill never be really gone as long as there are children to carry on. Ive had my share of love, sorrow and strife, I have lived a full and fruitful life. So do not mourn, and do not weep, for I have earned this peaceful sleep. Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Centers 431 Soden Drive (608) 835-3515

Sibley, Roger Wixom

MADISON - Roger Wixom Sibley, age 57, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2007, at the University Hospital and Clinics, following a short illness. He was born on May 26, 1949, in Ann Arbor, Mich., to Forbes and Ruth Sibley. Roger enjoyed a life long love of automobiles, graduating in 1969, with a degree in automotive marketing from Northwood Institute in Midland, Mich. He was an avid NASCAR fan since the 1960s and moved to Charlotte, N.C., after graduation, to be near the center of that activity. For the next 20 years, Roger worked a variety of jobs and followed auto racing in Charlotte, moving back to Troy, Mich., to live with his parents following treatment for a brain stem tumor. Roger worked in the automotive department at Meijers Inc., in Royal Oak, Mich., for eight years before moving to Madison, in 2005, to live near his sister, Alice and her family. Family and friends will remember Roger fondly for his wit, funny sayings and easy disposition. Roger was the dear brother of David (Roberta) Sibley of Oxford, Mich. and Alice (David) Lewandowski of Madison. He is survived and will be missed by his nieces, Naomi and Lucia Sibley and Emily Lewandowski; his nephew, Eric Lewandowski; his aunt, uncle and cousins. Roger was preceded in death by his parents. The family would like to thank Tom Benish, who helped Roger live on his own in Madison, as well as the doctors, nurses, and staff at Meriter and University Hospitals for the compassionate care they gave Roger during his recent illness. A gathering for Roger's friends in Madison will be held in late April at the Lewandowski residence. A second gathering will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2007, in Michigan for family and friends.

Van Ess, Steven Paul

MADISON - Steven Paul Van Ess, age 47, went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 29, 2007. Steven was born on July 5, 1959, in Minneapolis, Minn. His childhood was spent in Ann Arbor, Mich. and Duluth, Minn. He attended Ferris State University and graduated with an associate degree in photogrammetry. He was presently employed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a photogrammetrist. Steven is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Renae Van Ess of Shoreview, Minn.; two sisters, Carol of Minneapolis and Mary of Portland, Ore.; a son, Joshua; a daughter, Kylie; and former wife Paula, all of Brooklyn. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 1, 2007, at 12 p.m. at WESTWOOD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 5210 Odana Road, Madison. A visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service beginning at 11 a.m. The family requests memorials in Steven's name be designated for Westwood Christian Church, to help support a mission team going to Mexico. Steven was planning to leave with this team on Sunday, April 1, 2007.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 6021 University Ave. (608) 238-8406

Walters, Geraldine

VERONA - Geraldine Walters, age 66, died on Thursday, March 29, 2007, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center, after a short battle with cancer. She was born on Sept. 29, 1940, in Adams Township, the daughter of Norman and Esther Gilbertson. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Survivors include her dear husband, Bill Walters; three loving daughters, Cheryl Walters, LuAnne Eckstein (Gary) and Laura Winkelman (Duane); grandchildren, Brice, Sheila, Mikey, Jessie, Ryan and Mackenzie; great-grandchildren, Malachai and Kyara; her mother, Esther; four devoted brothers, Ronnie, Jim (Sandy), Dave (Lois) and Dennis (Sarah); and many friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Brian Walters; her father, Norman; and in-laws, William and Naomi Walters. Funeral services will be held at the JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 118 N. Franklin St., Verona, on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Tim Nybroten will officiate with burial in the Verona Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2007, at the funeral home and also on Tuesday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of services. A special thank you to family and friends and to the wonderful staff at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center.

Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Verona Chapel 118 N. Franklin St. (608) 845-6625

Warren, Roger E.\PRAIRIE DU SAC - Roger Elmer Warren, age 66, passed away at home on Friday, March 30, 2007. He was born in Roxbury Township on Jan. 20, 1941, the son of the late Vyron and Erna (Reuter) Warren. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served from 1963 until 1965. He was united in marriage to Bernadine Haas on Aug. 13, 1966. Roger was employed at Central Center for the Developmentally Disabled, for the state of Wisconsin, from 1966 until his retirement in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Bernadine of Prairie du Sac; five children, Carla (Brad) Bongard of Arena, Wanda (Gary) Ballweg of Baraboo, Owen (Stephanie) Warren of Merrimac, Doug (Brooke) Warren of Sauk City and Lexy (Brad) Babler of Waunakee; six grandchildren, Rose, Caitlin, Connor, Roman, Anna and Haily Warren; two step-grandchildren, Kelly and Alisha Babler; three brothers, David (Sheryl), Marvin (Linda) and John (friend Chris) Warren; three sisters, Diane (John) Ziech, Kathleen and Mary Warren; and other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy and Daniel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. ALOYSIUS CATHOLIC CHURCH, at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, with Father Faustino Ruiz and Deacon Bill Green officiating. Burial will follow in St. Aloysius Cemetery. Friends may call at HOOVERSON FUNERAL HOME, Sauk City, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2007 and also at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Hooverson Funeral Home Sauk City (608) 643-6430

Wittwer, Emil W. "Mickey"\BELLEVILLE/ NEW GLARUS - Mr. Emil W. "Mickey" Wittwer, age 90, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at the New Glarus Home. He was born on Nov. 20, 1916, in Primrose Township the son of Jacob and Anna (Duerst) Wittwer. Mickey attended the Bower Country School. He served in the United States Army from 1940 until 1944 in the Asian Pacific Theater of Operations in Australia and New Guinea. Following his return after the war he farmed with his brothers Robert and Gilbert until 1972. Mickey then ran a custom combining operation until his retirement in 2002. He was an avid trapper running trap lines for raccoon and beaver throughout the area. Mickey was a member of the First United Church of Christ, Belleville. He was also a life member of the Duppler-Smith post of the American Legion and the VFW. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Mickey was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Albert, Emil M., Robert, Gilbert, and Leland; two sisters, Ann Bostad and Alma Sandvig; five half-brothers, Jacob, Herman, Edward, Theodore and Alfred; and a half sister, Mollie Zwickey. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at the BECKER-BEAL FUNERAL HOME, 109 Greenway Cross, Belleville, WI 53508, with burial in the Paoli Cemetery. The Reverend Heide Walker-Hackman officiating. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the BECKER-BEAL FUNERAL HOME, 109 Greenway Cross, Belleville. A memorial fund to Monroe HospiceCare and the New Glarus Home has been established.

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