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Thomas D. Matchett

Thomas D. Matchett, age 61, of Cassville, passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at his home.  Services are pending at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville. 

Carl R. Lippstock

Carl R. Lippstock, age 77, of Lancaster, passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at the Lancaster Care Center.  Services are pending at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster. 

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Thomas Taylor, age 63, of Platteville, passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at his home in Platteville after a long illness.  He was born on June 21, 1951, in Lancaster, the son of Herbert and Virgie (Chapman) Taylor. Greg graduated from Lancaster High School. He was employed at Taylor Tree Farms in Stitzer and Muscoda.  Greg was currently employed at Clare Bank in Platteville.  He enjoyed football and baseball games.

Survivors include his mother, Virgie Taylor, Lancaster; a sister-in-law, Tina (Joel) Ames and their children:  Brian (Casie), Shonda, and Rhonda Taylor.

Gregory was preceded in death by his father, Herbert; a brother, David Taylor and a sister, Cindy Taylor.

Family and friends are invited to attend graveside services that will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster, with Pastor Barbara Cook officiating.  In keeping with Greg’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Platteville is assisting the family.

Patricia M. Lange

Patricia M. Lange, age 84, of Platteville, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Patricia was born to William H. and Edith M. Brinkley on September 8, 1930 in Quincy, Illinois.  Pat graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1948, and then from UW LaCrosse with a teaching degree in 1951. On June 21, 1953 Pat was united in marriage to Russell M. Lange in LaCrosse. They made their home in Platteville where they raised their family.

She was active in the community as a Cub Scout leader, the Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, a Red Cross volunteer, and was a regular on the Wednesday Afternoon Bowling League.  Pat was a long time member of the First English Lutheran Church where she served in many capacities. At home she enjoyed gardening, sewing, needlecrafts, and the outdoors.

On March 24, 2012 Pat married John P. Klosterman, formerly of Platteville.  They have enjoyed traveling and visiting their extended families.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Russell M. Lange on July 21, 1998.

She is survived by her husband, John Klosterman; daughter, Amy (Jeff) Liddle of Chugiak, AK; two sons: Tim (Sue) Lange of Milton, WI, and Ted (Mary) Lange of Apopka, FL; seven grandchildren, Brian (Kristi) Liddle of Henderson, NV, Kelsey (David) Horne St. Louis, MO, Grant Lange of Appleton, WI, David Lange of Janesville, WI and Parker, Vanessa, and Katie Lange of Apopka, FL; a brother-in-law, Chuck (Ellen) Lange of Santa Fe, NM; and nephew Jonathan Lange and niece Jennifer Lange.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at First English Lutheran Church in Platteville, with Reverend Michael Short officiating. A light luncheon will immediately follow.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Platteville.  Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Platteville is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, a Patricia M. Lange Memorial Fund has been established to benefit the programs of the First English Lutheran Church and the Meriter Health Foundation.

Virgil Vorwald

Virgil G. Vorwald, age 87 passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Lancaster Care Center. He was born March 24, 1927, the son of Frederick and Lillian (Ertz) Vorwald. Virgil attended Dodge country school and St. Mary’s school. He married Lois M. Kirschbaum on May 31, 1952, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville. Together they farmed on the Vorwald family farm on Dodge Road. Virgil coached FFA softball and liked to bowl. He enjoyed golfing with his family and friends and was a member of the Lancaster Country Club and Knights of Columbus in Bloomington. Virgil and Lois retired from the farm in 1990 and moved to Lancaster. In retirement Virgil continued to golf and also drove cars for the Les Mack dealership.

One reason he liked to golf so much is that “It’s a game that values honesty, following the rules, mental toughness, staying positive, never giving up, looking forward instead of backward, and above all else, having fun while you do it.”  His eyes would light up during visits from his grandchildren and great grandchildren who brought him so much joy. 

Surviving is his loving wife Lois, their children: Ronald (Kris), Mary Vorwald Nordahl, and Virginia Vorwald, eight grandchildren: Andy (Catie), Katie (Tom), Michael and Jon Vorwald, Ellen and Kristen Nordahl, Bruin and Dayne Armwald, three great-grandchildren, a sister, Helen Muench, two sisters-in-law, Barbara Vorwald and Florence (Gerald) Schildgen and a brother-in-law, Raymond (Joanne) Kirschbaum, and many nieces and nephews.

Virgil was preceded in death by three brothers; Harry “Bud” (Norma), Larry (Joanne), and Robert, and a brother in law Leo Muench.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington, with Fr. John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Cemetery. Friends and family can call on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster, where a 4:45 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary will be prayed. Friends may also call on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Virgil G. Vorwald memorial fund has been established with donations being given to St. Mary’s Catholic School in Bloomington and Badger Camp.

Alphonse J. "Mick" Michel

Alphonse J. “Mick” Michel, age 78, of Lancaster, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at his residence.  He was born on July 19, 1936, in Eastman, the son of Joseph and Veronica (Dohse) Michel.  Mick enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict serving on the U.S.S. Wrangel, which was an ammunitions carrier.  On August 22, 1959, he married Beverly J. Irish in Dubuque, IA.  He was employed for over forty-three and one half years as a machinist at Unique Balance in Dubuque, IA, retiring in 2000.  Mick enjoyed fishing, yard work, walking with his dogs, and visiting with his neighbors.  He was a member of the Richard Burns American Legion Post No. 109. 

Survivors include his wife, Beverly; a daughter, Shanna (Chester Murry) Schleicher; six grandchildren:  Robin, Brooke, Olivia, Braylon Schleicher, Trever and Brandy Murry; two sisters-in-law:  Katherine and June Michel; and many members of the Irish family.

Mick was preceded in death by two brothers, Gale and Robert.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster.  Burial with military honors will be in Beetown Cemetery, Beetown.  Family and friends may call on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services and on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Juanita J. Carpenter

Juanita J. Carpenter, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the Lancaster Care Center, Lancaster.  She was born on August 31, 1928, in Lancaster Township, the daughter of Ellsworth and Nevada (Ellis) Levins.  Juanita married George B. Jackering and later married Harold Carpenter.  She was employed as a CNA at Orchard Manor and also worked at Rapid Dye in Cassville.  Juanita loved music, going to the casino, cooking, playing Bingo, cards and Aggravation. 

Survivors include her children:  Laura Hoegsted, Donna Hamilton, and George (Bonnie) Jackering; her grandchildren:  Rhonda (Gary) Cleveland, Melissa (Dale) Hackett, Sherry Govier, Holly (Tim) Britain, Shannon (Tom) Mergen, Nickie Blume, George Jackering, Parker (Tabitha) Jackering; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Juanita was preceded in death by her husbands, a daughter, Joan Ann, her sons-in-law, John Hamilton and Lenny Hoegsted, and her brothers and sister.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lancaster Care Center Chapel in Lancaster with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. There will be no visitation.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family.


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