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Marion Welsh

Marion Lucille Welsh, age 89, of Mount Hope, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA.  She was born on April 23, 1925, the daughter of John and Velma (Hayes) Vesperman.  Marion graduated from Fennimore High School and went on to the University of Wisconsin at Platteville for a career in teaching.  After graduation, she taught in many rural schools in the area, from there, she went to the Mount Hope School, Bloomington School, and finished her teaching career at Prairie du Chien.  On November 26, 1948, Marion was united in marriage to Robert Welsh at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  She was very active in the West Grant Lioness Club, Mount Hope Women’s Auxiliary, Grant County Republican Women, Badger Camp and Southwest Opportunity Center.  Marion enjoyed working each election poll and writing the Mount Hope News. 

Survivors include her daughter, Mary (Bob) Keeney; grandson, Tom (Beth) Keeney and great-grandson, Ivan Keeney all of Mount Hope; brothers and sisters: Ruth (Cletus) Sisley, Lancaster; Percy Vesperman, Mt. Carroll, IL; Hazel Straka, Montfort; Stella Blair, Freemont; Archie Vesperman, Lancaster; Lyle Vesperman, Boscobel; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her son, John; a brother, Clarion; and sisters, Elsie and Bernice.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Mount Hope United Methodist Church with Pastor Lance Wetter officiating.  Burial will be in Hermitage Cemetery, Mount Hope Township.  Family and friends may call on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.   In lieu of plants and flowers, a Marion L. Welsh Memorial Fund has been established.

Mary M. Kotila

Mary M. Kotila, age 86, of Lancaster, formerly of Beetown, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born on September 30, 1927, in Mohawk, MI, the daughter of Gus and Esther (Kero) Simila.

Mary was a loving mother who cared deeply about her family and greeted everyone with a smile and a twinkle in her eyes.  She kept up with her longtime friends though letter writing.  Mary was a devoted member of the Beetown United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Erickson; son-in-law, Kenny Carlson; a granddaughter, Nova Emmel and her daughters, Carly and Allison Emmel; a grandson, Sam (Kory) Carlson, and their daughter, Aralyn; a sister, Mayme Jurmu; and nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her husbands, Earl Erickson and LeRoy Kotila; a daughter, Beverly Carlson; and her siblings:  Esther, Martha, Arthur, Edwin, Charlie, Uno, Oiva, and Eino.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Beetown United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Private family burial will be held at a later date.  Friends may call on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.

Gladys M. Walker

Gladys M. Walker, age 98, of Lancaster, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at the Lancaster Care Center. She was born December 29, 1915, in Harrison Township, Grant County, the daughter of William and Florence (Wolf) Weber. Gladys married Wilbur Walker on September 21, 1940, in Independence, Iowa. Wilbur preceded her in death on December 26, 2000.  Gladys graduated from Platteville High School and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  Gladys taught in a one room rural country grade school for eighteen years, and then for three years at State Graded School at Mount Hope.  Gladys later was the fourth grade teacher at Winskill Elementary School in Lancaster from 1966 until her retirement in 1977. She was a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church.  Gladys enjoyed fishing, gardening, crocheting, reading, traveling, golfing, and playing cards.  She dearly loved her family and keeping up with their activities. 

Surviving is her daughter, Karen (Bob) Bellmeyer, her son, John (Diane) Walker, seven grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Donna Weber.

In addition to her husband, Wilbur, Gladys was preceded in death by her brother, Clifford Weber and her sister, Carol (Robert) Brouillard.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster with Pastor Barbara Cook officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Friends may call on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home. 

Ronald Hoffman

Ronald J. “Ron” Hoffman, age 55, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 11, 2014.  He was born on January 2, 1959, in Lancaster, the son of Charles and Frances (Critchlow) Hoffman.  Ron graduated from Bloomington High School.  He was employed as a truck driver most of his life, currently employed with Bausch Trucking.  Ron was an avid outdoorsman.  He especially enjoyed trapping and gardening. 

Survivors include his brothers and sister:  Douglas (Marilyn) Hoffman, Bloomington; Mary (Marcus) Schildgen, Bloomington; Jim (Doreen) Hoffman, Waterloo; special friend, Iola Knutson, Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents.

In honor of Ron’s wishes, there will be no services.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Bloomington is assisting the family.


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