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Burnell G. McCartney

Burnell G. McCartney, age 84, of Potosi, died Friday, January 9, 2015, at the Grandview Healthcare Center in Oelwein, IA. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


David B. Wood

It is with deep sadness and heavy regret to announce David B. Wood, age 59, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015.  He was born on January 24, 1955, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Lois and the late Robert "Dean" Wood.  He married Patricia S. Esser on November 3, 1990, at St. Charles Catholic Church.

Dave is a 1973 graduate of Cassville High School and earned his CDL and Heavy Equipment Operator licenses from Diesel Truck Driver Training School in Sun Prairie.  He worked as an equipment operator-fuels in the coal yard at Alliant Energy for 15 years.  Prior to his years at Alliant Energy, Dave worked on the Wood family farm.  Dave was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was an avid sports fan, cheering for and attending many Brewers, Packers, Badgers, and Cassville Comets games.  He loved golf and especially enjoyed playing with his sons even when they beat him!  Dave’s warmth, kindness, love, and incredible sense of humor were appreciated by all those who were lucky enough to know him.

A treasured husband, father, son, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, nephew, cousin, godparent, co-worker, and friend, Dave is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Patti; two children: Joshua & Jacob of Cassville; his mother, Lois of Cassville; three sisters: Janet (Tim) Hess & Kathy (Pete) Stohs of Cassville, Lori (Rich) Bailey of Dodgeville; parents-in-law: Chris & Mary Ila Esser of Cassville; sisters-in-law: Ann (Harvey) Morley of Cuba City, Lisa (Jeff) Somerville of Hudson, Beth (Derek) Esser Peterson of Monona; many beloved nieces & nephews, and dog, Maggie.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert "Dean" Wood.

The family would like to thank all of the many ‘Team Dave’ supporters-‘No One Fights Alone.’  Special thanks to the Cassville Ambulance volunteers, Glen Haven First Responders, the wonderful staff at Grant Regional Health Center, Dr. Sheirlie Lamantia, and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, especially his oncologist Dr. Dusty Deming, nurses Anica and Jen and numerous others. 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Dave’s 60th birthday, Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, with Fr. John Meinholz and Msgr. Jim Uppena officiating.   Burial will be in Gockel Cemetery, Glen Haven.  Family and friends may call on Friday, January 23, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church where a 3:45 p.m. parish scripture service will be held.  Friends may also call on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a David B. Wood Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville is assisting the family.  We’ll see you at Table #4, Dave!

Edward R. Breitsprecker, Sr.

Edward R. "Ed" Breitsprecker, Sr., age 73, of Potosi, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.  He was born on February 12, 1941, in rural Dubuque, IA, the son of Henry and Frances (Buchholtz) Breitsprecker.  On April 29, 1961, Ed was united in marriage to Fern B. Daughetee at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque, IA.  After their marriage, Ed was employed at Dubuque Packing Company for five years and later was employed with John Deere Works in Dubuque for thirty years.  He also farmed and enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and playing cards.

Survivors include his children:  Wanda Zinsmaster; Joyce Walter; Carol (Tom) Hughey; Ed (Amy) Breitsprecker; Joe (Veronica) Breitsprecker; Tom (Wanda) Breitsprecker; and Bob (Kelly) Breitsprecker; thirteen grandchildren:  Stephanie, David (Katie), Nick (Allie), Shannon, Daniel, Eric, Kelsey, Brandon, Matthew, Avarie, Gracie, Ethan and Gina (Ryan); four great-grandchildren:  Jaydon, Kyle, Khloe, and Ansen; his siblings: Harold (Jean), Hank (Chris), and Lavon McKeon; Donna Farley; sisters-in-law:  Julie, Eloise, and Sue Breitsprecker.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Fern, Ed was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Mark Walter; his siblings:  Gerald, Fritz, Ray, and Irene Graves; brothers-in-law, Jake Graves and Donald McKeon; and Bob Farley.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. at the Burton Town Hall, Burton.  Burial will be at a later date in Burton Cemetery, Burton.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is assisting the family.

Leonard Atkinson

Leonard E. "Squeaky" Atkinson, age 86, of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in rural Lancaster.  He was born on M arch 21, 1928, on a farm near Platteville, the son of Delbert and Vera (Speth) Atkinson.  During the summer of 1941, they bought a farm near Lancaster.  Leonard grew up there and graduated from Lancaster High School with the class of 1946.  Leonard was employed with the Dubuque Packing Company and worked there until he retired in 1980.  He liked to spend many years with his motor boat on the river and riding his motorcycle as well as snowmobiling.  In later years after he no longer used them, he had a scooter he enjoyed riding around Lancaster.  Squeaky worked as a special Deputy for Grant County Sheriff's Department and was known by many as he helped at dances around the county several years ago.  After retiring, he had several part time jobs that he enjoyed, including large load escort service and helping at Pioneer Motors in Lancaster.  Leonard was also a member Free & Accepted Masonic Warren Lodge No. 4 in Potosi and the Lancaster United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his brother, Merlyn (Beverly) Atkinson; three nephews:  Kevin (Julie), Rick (Donna), Bret (Dorry) Atkinson; four nieces:  Angie (Don) Heim; Darcie (Gary) Breiner; Marnie (Karl) Kane; Erin (Dan) Hayes; special friend, Evelyn Shulka.

In addition to his parents, Leonard was preceded in death by two brothers: Clinton (Iretta "Puddles") and Delbert Atkinson, Jr.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home, where a 10:45 a.m. Masonic Service will be held.

Bernilda Britt

Bernilda L. Britt, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Cassville, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.  She was born on July 29, 1933, in Cassville Township, the daughter of Lawrence and Lila (Kirschbaum) Wiest.  In 1951, Bernilda graduated from Cassville High School and moved to Dubuque, IA, where she was employed at Dubuque Stamping and Manufacturing.  It was there that she met Paul Britt and they were married on May 17, 1958, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque.  In 1984, she and Paul purchased Dubuque Stamping and Manufacturing.  Paul passed away in 1992 and Bernilda continued to operate the company until her retirement in 2000. 

Survivors include her two brothers:  Dennis and Gary Wiest and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Bernilda was preceded in death by two brothers: Julius and Maurice Wiest and three sisters:  Marena Bushbom, Geraldine Bartels and Virginia Williams.

Private family services will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville.  There will be no visitation.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Bernilda L. Britt Memorial Fund.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville is assisting the family. 

Beulah Simpson

Beulah L. "Bea" Simpson, age 96 was called home to be with our lord on Thursday, January 22, 2015 with her daughters by her side at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. She was born November 14, 1918 in Beetown Township, the daughter of August and Edna (Shanley) Christensen. Bea married Sidney Simpson on June 15, 1934 in Dubuque. They lived in and around the Lancaster area, and after many years of farming, they moved to Lancaster.  She worked at the D & D store for over twelve years. Bea and Sidney enjoyed taking trips and camping with their grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, ducks, and going for rides in the car. Bea loved time spent with her family. She was a member of Calvary Community Church in Lancaster.

Surviving is her two daughters, Rose (Keith) Bryhan and Gloria (Bob) Giesen; two daughter-in-laws, Agnes and Marita Simpson, 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Sidney, Bea was preceded in death by her sons Ed and Philip, four brothers, John, George, Neal and Virgil Christensen, a sister Geneive and a great granddaughter, Sarah Bryhan.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Community Church in Lancaster, with Pastor Dave Arevalo officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends may call on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Schwartz Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Lancaster is assisting the family. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Beulah L. Simpson memorial fund has been established.


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