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Udell B. Ames

Udell B. Ames, age 80, of Potosi, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster.  He was born on January 12, 1937, in Detroit, MI, the son of Bert and Gertrude (Fecht) Ames.  He attended Potosi High School.  On June 4, 1957, Udell was united in marriage to Delores E. "Toddy" Russell.  He was employed at Potosi Brewery and the Dubuque Packing Company.  Udell was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson.  He was also a member of the Potosi Rescue Squad for over 36 years, serving as Chief, and the Potosi Fire Department for over 27 years, serving as Assistant Chief.   In retirement, Udell worked for Lancaster Monuments, served as sexton for St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery, Potosi, and the Potosi Water and Sewer Department.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, softball, euchre, cribbage, morel hunting, and going to the casinos.  Udell dearly loved his family and keeping up with their activities. 

Survivors include one daughter, Linda (Bill) Kress; three sons: Greg (Ginger) Ames, Todd (Sandy Leibfried) Ames, and Gary (Tammy) Ames; nine grandchildren:  Holly (Cody Stuter) Kress, Mitch (Kara Van Ostarand) Kress, Shane (Val) Ames, Cody (Brook) Ames, Haley (Alex Roberts), Tanner, Malorie (Chris Udelhofen), Makila (Adam Taylor), and Abby (Mitch Niehaus) Ames; eight great-grandchildren:  Addy (Nate Budde), Sophia, and Logan Kress, Scarlett and Gavin Ames, Gabby Roberts, Keaton and Brantley Udelhofen; one great-great-grandson, Lawson Kress-Budde; two brothers: Donald (Cleone), Roger (Rita) Ames; member of the Russell family; his miniature schnauzer, Buffy; many nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his parents, Udell was preceded in death by his loving wife, Toddy and a brother, Gernert Ames.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial will be in Van Buren Cemetery, Potosi.  Family and friends may call on Monday, July 24, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is assisting the family.

We wish to express our sincere thanks to the staff and physicians of Grant Regional Health Center and Orchard Manor Nursing Home, especially his caregiver Karen Eck.


Dennis Duncan

Dennis L. Duncan, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster surrounded by his loving wife and children.  He was born on April 6, 1930, in Glen Haven, the first son of Jeff and Elsie (Skinner) Duncan.  On June 30, 1949, he was united in marriage to Lillian "Bid" Reynolds.  Denny was a lifelong carpenter, working for Elwell & Reynolds from 1959 until 1983, at that point, he and his son, Don, purchased the business, which then became Duncan Construction.  Don, Gary, and Denny worked side-by-side until Denny retired in 1993.  In retirement, he was employed at the Lancaster Care Center for over 11 years.  Denny enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting, and fishing.  Denny and Bid attended the Beetown United Methodist Church.  Family was most important to them as they loved getting together to camp or have a cook out at the home farm. 

Survivors include his loving wife of 68 years, Bid; three children: Cheryl Blackbourn, Don (Phyllis), and Gary Duncan; eight grandchildren: Tyler (Lynn), Travis (Wendy) Blackbourn; Kelly (Kevin Terrell) Duncan; Kim (Aaron) Pollar; Dan (Courtney), Chase, Andrea, Shaina Duncan; six great-grandchildren: Gavin, twins Colin and Luke, Brody Blackbourn; Bentley and Tayte Duncan; sisters-in-law: Shirley Duncan, Ramona and Connie Reynolds.

Denny was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Dennis Blackbourn; a daughter-in-law, Rose Duncan; his parents; a sister, Iona "Sis" (Gerald) Mayne; a brother, Norman Duncan; brothers-in-law: Hobart, Marshall (Jeanine), Delano "Bud" Reynolds; a sister-in-law, Wilma (Robert) Sisley; and many members of the Duncan and Reynolds family.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at 12:00 noon at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison, Lancaster, with Pastor Mark Weaver and Pastor Barbara Cook officiating.  Private family burial will be held at a later date.  Family and friends may call on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Dennis L. Duncan Memorial Fund has been established.


Mildred Cooper

Mildred M. "Millie" Cooper, age 94, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  She was born May 19, 1923, in Barneveld, WI, the daughter of Fred and Bess (Huffman) Mook.  Millie graduated from Gays Mills High School and moved to Chicago, IL, where she was employed at Enola Gay Aviation Plant. In 1944, Millie married Robert E. Cooper.  At that time, Robert was a cheese maker in West Prairie, WI.  In 1951, Bob and Millie moved to Lancaster where he was employed with Schurman Brothers Cheese Factory.  Millie worked in Dubuque, IA, for a short period of time, then became a bookkeeper for Schaefer Milling in Potosi, and eventually became the bookkeeper at Napa Auto Parts in Lancaster, retiring at the age of 82.  She enjoyed her yard work and the many cats she had.  Millie was devoted member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster, serving as the bookkeeper and taking care of the weekly money contributions for more than 25 years.  She was very involved with the quilters at the church who donated quilts to families in need.  Millie dearly loved her family and keeping up with their activities. 

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Gundlach; granddaughter, Barb (Gregg) Schulze; grandson, Ed Gundlach; great-grandson, Rob Schulze; dear cousins: Don (Soon ja) Huffman and his family; David Arbuthnot; brother-in-law, Byron Richason; many nieces and nephews.   

Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; a son-in-law, Robert F. Gundlach; siblings:  Belva (Peter) Butler; Laurel (Nelda), Raymond, Roland (Joyce), Robert (Donna), Lawrence Mook; and Lola Richason.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster with Pastor David Froemming officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is serving the family.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Mildred E, Cooper Memorial Fund has been established with contributions being donated to Christ Lutheran Church, 250 S Grant, Lancaster, WI 53813.


Betty Rodgers

Betty I. Rodgers, age 88, of rural Patch Grove, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster, after over two years of grace following strokes, mini-strokes, and a final brief illness.   Betty was born in Monmouth, IL, on January 10, 1929, to Elmer J. and Dorothy E. (Larimer) Ray.  She graduated from Monmouth High School.  Betty worked at Bowman's Shoe Store and Romano's Grocery Store prior to her marriage.  She had a lifelong love of writing, learning and interest in current events; she put those to use in her work at Prairie Christian Academy as a monitor for many years.  Betty married Eugene E. "Gene" Rodgers in the Roseville Christian Church on December 7, 1947, whom she "met" via the letters they exchanged during his time in the United States Navy during World War II in response to a request from his sister. 

Betty and Gene were dedicated parents to Sharon, Terrell, TX; Julie Anne and Kerry, Onalaska; Loree (Bob) Nies, Patch Grove; Stephen (Tina), Gillette, WY; John and Robyn at home.  She was grandma to Jeremy (Cara), Joanie, Jessica Rodgers; Jennalea (Chase) Vieth; Renee, Monica, Skylar, Simon Rodgers, all of Gillette, WY.  She was great-grandma to Allie, Carter, Brooklyn, and Taya Rodgers, all of Gillette, WY.

Betty is further survived by her sister, Joan Haase, Monmouth, IL; sister-in-law, Annette Ray, Grand Forks, ND; brother-in-law, Leland Rodgers, Roseville, IL; nieces, nephews, along with many good neighbors, her church family and true friends, who by her own report, were true blessings throughout her life with Gene and in the years since his Homegoing. 

In addition to her parents and her husband Gene, Betty was preceded in death by her sister, Marilyn Algren; her brother Paul; three brothers-in-law, Marvin Haase, Glen Algren, and Roland Rodgers; three sisters-in-law, Lois Fackler, Evelyn Rodgers, and Margie Rodgers. 

Betty was known for her sense of humor, quick wit, love of writing and dedication to her Lord and her family.   This was evident by the devoted wife, mother, and faithful member and church secretary at the Bible Baptist Church in Prairie du Chien that she was.  She was a woman of Christian character which was possible because she gave her life to the Lord, putting Him first as she wifed, mothered, neighbored, lived, and worked in the places He placed her.  Betty was known for being content with what she had and felt she "had it all" here in this life.  Betty is separated from her family now even as she is present with the Lord, but went to Heaven secure in the knowledge they will join her one day as the Lord calls them home. 

Isiah 40:31

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall wake and not faint."

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bible Baptist Church, 110 South Marquette Rd, Prairie du Chien, with Pastor Andrew Doll officiating.  Burial will be in Union Nagle Cemetery, Patch Grove Township.  Family and friends may call on Friday, July 21, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 512 Canal Street, Bloomington.  In keeping with Betty's wishes, there will be no visitation on Saturday prior to the funeral service at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Betty I. Rodgers Memorial Fund has been established. 


Shawn Kehoe

Shawn K. Kehoe, age 38, of Platteville, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017.  She was born July 2, 1979 in Lancaster the daughter of Delvin Kehoe and Diane (Glasbrenner) Fernandes. In her free time, Shawn played computer games, made jewelry, and built dreamcatchers.  She loved animals, especially turtles, her pup, and her cat - Queso.  Shawn also enjoyed spending time with her family and cared about them very much. 

Survivors include her daughter, Clarisa (Zach LeRoy) Kehoe, Fennimore; mother, Diane Fernandes, Lancaster; father, Delvin Kehoe, Platteville; Brothers: Bobby Woods, Lancaster; John (Jenny Kelly) Meier, Stoughton; Mike (Anne Ahmann) Meier, Lancaster; and three half-brothers.  She is also survived by two special nephews: Spencer and Ashton Meier.  

Shawn was preceded in death by her grandparents: Kenneth and Kate Glasbrenner; and Joe and Viola Kehoe. 

Arrangements are pending at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster. 


Gerald Koeller

Gerald C. Koeller, age 90, of Potosi, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Epione Pavilion Nursing Home in Cuba City.  He was born on April 8, 1927, in the Koeller family farm house that he lived in for all of his life, the son of Clarence and Ruby (Retallick) Koeller. On November 16, 1949, Gerald was united in marriage to Kathleen M. Nihles at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster.  They were married for 67 years.  Gerald attended Sinners Creek, a one room school house, about three miles from his home.  He then attended Lancaster High School where he graduated in 1944.  Gerald was involved in FFA and served as the club's president for three years.  He also worked on his family farm and had a job selling shoes.  After high school, Gerald wanted to enlist in the United States Navy to serve our country.  Instead, he decided to stay home and start his family.  He enjoyed boxing and dancing during his high school years and young adulthood.  Gerald always told people he graduated from the "College of Hard-Knocks."  After graduating high school, he started his lifelong career as a farmer.  Gerald worked many times from dawn until dusk.  He was his own engineer designing and building his own equipment he needed in order to farm.  Gerald loved horses, especially his horse, Prince.  Reading was a favorite past time.  He retired from farming in 1990.  The stage of life that he loved most was his midlife because he got to enjoy his family.  He and "Mother" enjoyed the company of their family and extended family.  There was a lot of laughter on Sunday afternoons when the family gathered in the farm house.  Many times, time was spent sitting around the kitchen table talking, laughing, and having a beer together.  While enjoying company on a Sunday afternoon, you could expect to find Gerald and his family watching a Green Bay Packer's game.  He was also active in the community.  Gerald was a member of the Potosi Township Board, St. Andrew-Thomas Parish Council, AMPI Milk Board of Directors, and the Grant Electric Co-Op, now known as, Scenic Rivers Energy Co-Op Board of Directors for more than 30 years.  During that time, he also served on the Dairyland Powers Board of Directors and as Chairman for five years.  In March of 2001, Gerald was awarded with WECA's (Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association) highest honor, given annually to recognize service to the rural electric program above and beyond the routine performance of duties.  In June 2016, Gerald was an honored guest at the 75th anniversary of Dairyland Power, where he received recognition for his years of service and commitment that he dearly enjoyed.

Survivors include his children: James (Kathy McCartney) Koeller; JoAnn (Bill) Williams; Donna Outlaw; Barbara Weber; Vicki Laugesen; Janet (John) Reding; Marcia (Doug) Kephart; Rita (Mike) Wehinger; John Koeller; Danny (Jill) Koeller; Karen Koeller; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Monroe Koeller, Leonard "Ben" Koeller and Lenice Flesch; a brother-in-law, Merlyn (Mary) Nihles; two sisters-in-law, Judy (Stanley) Henry and Delores Nihles; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Gerald was preceded in death by sons-in-law:  Jerome Weber; Dennis Laugesen; and Ronald Outlaw; twin sister, Geraldine (John) Skonetch; a brother, Melvin Koeller; sisters-in-law, Mary and Rosemary Koeller; three brothers-in-law, John Flesch, Vernon (Gwen), Robert Nihles; and many members of the Nihles family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, July 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Potosi.  Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is serving the family. 


Velma Wetter

Velma K. Wetter, age 86, of Lancaster, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Good Samaritan in Fennimore.  She was born on November 23, 1930, in Little Grant Township, the daughter of Francis and Lela (Bennett) Edge.  Velma graduated from Lancaster High School in 1948 and furthered her education at the University of Wisconsin -Platteville Teachers College.  She taught at Badger and Shady Dell country schools for a short time.  On June 18, 1952, Velma was united in marriage to Donnie Wetter at the Lancaster United Methodist Church.  After their marriage, the couple farmed on the Wetter family farm in Little Grant Township.  Velma loved the farm and her cows.  After they left the farm and retired to Lancaster, Velma worked for the Herald Independent and volunteered as a driver for the Commission on Aging.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Ruth Circle.  Velma enjoyed gambling, playing cards, traveling, and gardening.  She was an excellent seamstress and made many of her children's clothes.  Velma dearly loved her family and took great pride in her grandchildren.

Survivors include her two daughters:  Julie Wetter Briel, Fennimore; Jill (Paul) Udelhoven, Columbus; four grandchildren:  Chloe Briel (fianc� Kyle Reese); Sawyer Briel (Liz Stein); Michelle Udelhoven (Jacob Boerner); Michael (Krystal) Udelhoven; one great-grandchild, Oliver Udelhoven; a sister, Mercedes Mumm, Dodgeville; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie on December 14, 2012; her siblings:  Aleise Wetter, Marion Leifer, and George Edge.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison, Lancaster, with Pastor Mark Weaver officiating.   Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Velma K. Wetter Memorial Fund has been established. 


Maurice L. Landon

Maurice L. Landon, age 91, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster, WI, surrounded by the most caring and nurturing staff a person could ask for. He was born at home on the family farm on January 23, 1926 in Little Grant Township. The eldest child of Ellsworth & Elva Landon, Maurice spent his entire life in Lancaster. He attended Pine Knob School until the 8th grade, and then started his life long career as a dairy farmer. He helped his father on the family farm up until the time he joined the US Army and was drafted into the Korean War Conflict. Upon discharge, Maurice became a farm hand up to the time his Grandfather suggested he start farming on his own. He married Charlotte Hollenberger on September 12, 1953 and the two were married for 53 years at the time of Charlotte's death in 2007. They farmed together until they retired in 1990 and moved off the farm. Through the years besides farming, Maurice also worked as a Property Accessor, did custom corn chopping, and both he and Charlotte drove school bus for the Lancaster School District. Maurice was a charter member of the West Grant Saddle Club which is still in existence today. He also was a past Grant County 4-H Leader and Superintendent at the Grant County Fair. After retiring, both Maurice and Charlotte drove bus for the elderly at Grant County Commission on Aging, which was a big change from transporting children. Maurice was always a favorite driver of most of the female passengers. He was always giving them compliments and always offered to carry their belongings into their homes, things he wasn�t supposed to do, but something he always insisted on doing. They often times would bring him little treats, but he was always sure to consume whatever he was given before he got home, as Charlotte always told him he wasn�t supposed to be taking those things. Another big accomplishment Maurice was always proud of, was the award-winning maple syrup he learned to make, and made for several years with his sister and brother-in-law, Irene and John Seippel. They would gather the sap from the trees and Maurice would spend hours cooking in a cooker made from an old stainless steel bulk tank. Like anything he ever did or got involved in, he had it down to a science.

Maurice always enjoyed being around others and always had a story to tell. He was always willing to lend a hand to whoever needed it, even if he was in the middle of doing things himself. Maurice was all about family. Raising a family on a dairy farm was never easy, but he always made sure to make time for his family, even as his family grew through the years. Maurice loved to dance, and would often come in from outside to dance with Charlotte around the kitchen in the middle of the day. When grandchildren started coming along, he always made sure they all learned his phone number.  Whenever they wanted to come over to see Grandpa and Grandma, all they would have to do is call him and he would come right over to get them.  This was a regular occurrence and that number was called and used a lot since they all lived within 10 miles.

Maurice is survived by his children, Paul (Maggie), Julie (Joe) Budworth, David (Colleen) all of Lancaster, WI, and Dennis of Madison, WI, 12 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings: Irene (John) Seippel, Phyllis (Gene) Klaas, Leo (Clara), Cecil (Janice) along with in-laws: Ruby Landon, Jerry Krohn, Irma Atkinson, Adeline Atkinson, Vivian (Joe) Moore, John (Jeanette) Hollenberger, Doug (Colleen) Hollenberger, Elaine Hollenberger, Alan (Wendy) Hollenberger, and his aunt LaVon Edge.

He was preceded in death by his wife and soul mate Charlotte, his parents Ellsworth and Elva, brother Virgil, sister Ruth Krohn, his in-laws: Paul and Carol Hollenberger, sister/brother in laws Willard Hollenberger, Pauline Hollenberger, Eunice(Richard) Dressler, Grant Atkinson, Leo Atkinson. He is also preceded in death by his great-grandson, Calvin Haas.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison St., Lancaster, with Ronnie Wilson officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends may call on Sunday, July 16, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. 


Robert E. VanNatta

Robert E VanNatta of Potosi, age 84, passed away peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at Orchard Manor in Lancaster, on Monday, July 10, 2017.  He was born August 29, 1932 at the VanNatta Farm house. He attended Rigsby Grade School and graduated Potosi High School in 1951. After graduation, he went into the army and after that he worked several jobs including farm implement mechanic in Lancaster. In September of 1951 he met Lorraine Pettit and they were married on April 5, 1953. They first lived in the Potosi area on the family farm and started their family before moving to Lancaster. In 1961, they moved back to the family farm near Potosi to live and farm as their family grew. Bob and Lorraine were involved in Dairy, Hog, Beef and Poultry farming. Bob was very fond of horses, especially his prized Arabian, Bonnie. He loved the Lord and attended the First Baptist Church in Lancaster from the time he was married. He served the Lord humbly, helping out whenever needed. He raised his children to work hard and make wise decisions in life. Robert and Lorraine were married for 63 years. He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends, but his memory will be held close to our hearts.

He is survived by his four children, Eugene VanNatta of Lancaster, Luann (& Jonathan) Cauthorn of Brooklyn, Susan (& James) McClure of Farmer City, Illinois, and Alan VanNatta of Potosi. He has 7 grandchildren, Nathan (& Kathleen) Clancy, Joshua Clancy, Daniel (& Nicole) Clancy, J. Christopher

Cauthorn, Jeremiah (& Kelly) Cauthorn, Nicole (& Todd) Fuhrmeister, and Carrie Cauthorn. He also has 8 great-grandchildren, Eleanor and Abigail Clancy, Orion Clancy, Henry and Wyatt (twins) and Lorraine Cauthorn, and Nathaniel and Caspian Fuhrmeister, along with one more great-grandchild on the way; and sister Donna.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine (Pettit) VanNatta of Potosi; sister Elaine; brother Larry; and parents, Donald and Reoa VanNatta.

Funeral services will be held at Calvary Community Church, 9175 Old Potosi Rd., Lancaster, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services. Interment with Military Honors will be at Boice Prairie Cemetery, Potosi.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Homes & Crematory in Lancaster is serving the family.


Alfred Zittel

Alfred F. �Al� Zittel, age 90 of Alma/formerly of Cassville, WI, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Springbrook Assisted Living, Onalaska, WI. He was born on April 12, 1927 in Alma, the son of Alfred Sr. and Alice (Feeney) Zittel, the third of seven children. Al left Alma in his teens to serve in the Army and when he returned he began working at Dairyland Power Cooperative, serving for over 41 years until his retirement. Al married Bernadine Meier of Cassville in September of 1952 and they lived and raised 4 children there until her death in 1989. In October of 1997 he married Marvilla Baecker and they lived in Alma for over 20 years until he moved to a memory care facility.

He was survived by his wife, Marvilla Baecker; children, Peggy Ann Zittel (Paul Keith) of Scappoose, Oregon, Chris Zittel of Onalaska, WI, Elaine (Robert) Pike of Las Vegas, Nevada and Lisa (Rodney) Perry of Onalaska, WI; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Tony of Winona, MN; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Marvilla�s children, James (Teresa) Baecker of Chanhassen MN, Beth (Lonnie) Sass of Alma and Amy (Russell) Pronschniske of Waumandee, WI; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Alma on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 11:00 am with Father Brian Jazdzewski presiding. A visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 am until the time of Mass. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church, Cassville.  A Scripture Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the church.  Burial with military honors will be held at St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville.

Talbot Family Funeral Homes � Alma Chapel is assisting the family along with Martin Schwartz Funeral Homes & Crematory, Cassville. Please share your memories and condolences online at www.talbotfuneralhomes.com or www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Springbrook Assisted Living for the exemplary care in the final months of Alfred�s life.

Al believed strongly in volunteering and helping others. During his lifetime, he was active in many organizations both in Cassville and Alma including, St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Alma, the Cassville Fire Department and Rescue Squad, the VFW Post 7080 in Cassville and the American Cancer Society, among others. In the words of Will Rogers Jr., �his heritage to his children wasn�t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father.� He will be deeply missed.


Shirley Wegmuller

Shirley R. Wegmuller, age 76, of Bloomington, passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA.  She was born on July 30, 1940, in Bloomington, the daughter of Peter and Rose (Herbers) Breuer.  Shirley graduated from Bloomington High School and furthered her education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she earned a bachelor degree in teaching.  Shirley was employed as a teacher in Burlington, later Bloomington Schools and finally River Ridge school district, retiring in 2009 after teaching for 36 years.  She loved her grandchildren and doted on them every chance she had.  Shirley enjoyed coloring, reading, gardening, word search and cross word puzzles.  She also enjoyed traveling and had a love of animals. 

Survivors include her grandson, Blake Wegmuller; two honorary grandchildren:  Allison and Sawyer Bark; a daughter-in-law, JoAnne (James) Wegmuller-Bark; three aunts:  Dorothy "Dort" Mumm, Florence Herbers and Catherine (Bob) Horne; five nieces; her brother-in-law, Larry Kubiak; her beloved dog, Snickers; many cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her son, Jim Wegmuller; a sister, Patricia Kubiak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 14, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington.  Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington, where a 4:30 p.m. scripture service will be prayed.  Friends may also call on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Shirley R. Wegmuller Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory is entrusted with her services.


 

Richard J. "Rich" Keene

Richard J. "Rich" Keene, Sr, age 82, of Potosi, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017, at his home.  He was born on October 26, 1934, in Potosi, the son of Arthur and Mathilda (Milke) Keene.  Richard attended British Hollow School and graduated from Potosi in 1952.  He was united in marriage to Marlene Mary Fritz on April 6, 1954, at Davies Memorial Church of Christ in Potosi.  Richard worked with his dad on the Keene Family Farm in Potosi.  He drove milk truck for Art Donley Cheese Factory in Potosi for a short time.  He then purchased a fleet of trucks consisting of semis and straight trucks starting RJ Keene Trucking.  Richard's passion was farming, so after successful years of trucking, Richard and Marlene moved to the Lancaster area to start farming on their own.  His heart was still set on the family farm in Potosi, so they moved back to the family farm where they have farmed ever since.  Richard served 33 years on the Potosi School Board where he had the pleasure of handing two of his children and six of his grandchildren their diplomas.  He served as a Deacon for Davies Memorial Church of Christ for many years. 

Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Marlene; his daughter, Peggy (Bob) Miller, Lancaster and granddaughter, Stephanie Miller; daughter, Carol (John "Jack") Hayes, Verona and granddaughter Katie (Wesley) Austin-Nash and great-grandchildren Ella and Sawyer and grandson Ryan (Jacqui) Hayes and great-grandchild Jack; son Richard "Dick" Keene, Jr, Potosi and granddaughter Tabitha (Andrew) Meier and great-grandchild Penny, grandson Joe (Kari) Keene, granddaughter Reba Keene, and grandson Tom Keene; son-in-law, Patrick Adams, Potosi, and granddaughter Sarah Adams and grandson Brad Adams; daughter, Sheila Keene (Rick Wedig), Deforest; brother-in-law, Delbert Fritz, Potosi; and by special family friend, Beth Kruser and her family.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Joy Adams and a daughter-in-law, Kristine (Knoke) Keene; his siblings: Norma Jean (Hank) Kosharek, Marion (Robert) Wolf, Walter (Doris) Keene and a sister-in-law, Elaine Fritz.

Funeral services will be on Monday, July 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison St., Lancaster, with Reverend Jim McMahon officiating.  Private family burial will be in British Hollow Cemetery, Potosi Township.  Family and friends may call on Sunday, July 9, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Richard J. Keene, Sr. Memorial Fund has been established. 


Herman Cathman

Herman Lee Cathman, age 88 of Lancaster, formerly of Bagley, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care.

Herman was born on July 17, 1928 in Bagley Wisconsin to Willie and Birdie (Bohringer) Cathman.

Herman lived and worked most of his life on the family farm in Bagley Wisconsin. He loved farming and all of the animals. His biggest enjoyment was farm equipment and going to auctions. He was also an avid car and truck enthusiast. He had an amazing memory of times gone past and always had good stories about events in his life. Herman worked very hard on the farm all his life, but enjoyed the simple relaxing life since moving off the farm. His favorite pass time was watching all the traffic out his window at the care center. He always said he had the best room in the place.

Herman is survived by 2 sisters: Madonna Rieckens of Minnesota and Rozella (Russell) Kramer of Iowa. Two sisters-in-law: Betty  Cathman, Fennimore and Darlene Cathman of Lancaster. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Birdie, and 7 siblings: Retha (Christian) Schnitzler, Louis (Thelma), Bernard, Burdette, his twin brother Herbert Lyle (Violet), Willis and Berlyn, brother-in-law, Bill Rieckens.

The family would like to thank the staff at Atrium Post Acute Care for helping Herman enjoy his time there, along with St. Croix Hospice for spending time with him in his last days.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 12:00 noon at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison, Lancaster, with Pastor John Cathman officiating.  Burial will be in Blakes Prairie Cemetery, Bloomington Township.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Herman's name.


George C. Johnston

George C. Johnston, age 79, of Lancaster, formerly of Cassville, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster.  He was born on March 24, 1938, in Illinois.  George was united in marriage to Arlene B. Johnston.  George was employed at Loud Speaker Component in Lancaster and Rapid Die & Molding in Cassville.  

Survivors include his son: Mike and Tina Johnston, Pearl City, Hawaii with 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed many friends who he and his wife Arlene cherished very, very much. 

In keeping with George's wishes, there will be no services.  Burial at sea will be at a later date.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is entrusted with services.

 


  

Helen L. Cardey

Helen L. Cardey, age 95, of Potosi, WI, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster, WI.  She was born on December 26, 1921, in Blue Rapids, Kansas, the daughter of Eldon B. and Ethel L. (Dutton) Weller.  Helen was united in marriage to Jack N. Cardey on October 6, 1945.  They had three daughters, Cheryl, Leslie, and Sue Ann.  Helen served her country as a "Rosie the Riveter" in Wichita, KS, riveting Boeing Bomber B-29 planes.  She was very artistic and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children:  Cheryl (John) Abrams, Ames, IA; Leslie (Jack) Louthain, Sturgeon Bay, WI; seven grandsons; 16 great-grandchildren; her sisters:  Donna Nicks and Nona (Vernon) Stiverson, all of Maize, KS; her brothers-in-law:  Keith Cardey, Napa, CA; Dennis (Lucette) Cardey, Apple Valley, MN; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; their daughter, Sue Ann Cardey; two brothers: Bradford and Richard Weller; sisters-in-law, Shirley Patzner and Lorraine Cardey.

Private family grave side services will be held at Van Buren Cemetery, Potosi.  In lieu of plants and flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in Helen's memory to the Potosi Rescue Squad, Potosi, WI 53820.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is entrusted with the services. 

The family would like to thank the Orchard Manor Nursing Home staff for the wonderful care and compassion that was shown to Helen and her family over the past few years.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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