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James Churchill

Services are pending at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cassville.


 

Gerald Burns

Gerald E. Burns, age 73, of Tomah, formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016, at Tomah VA Medical Center.  He was born on July 22, 1942, in Lancaster, the son of Clarence and Laugine (Barr) Burns.  Gerald graduated from Lancaster High School and served his country in the United States Army from 1961 until his honorable discharge in 1963.  Gerald enjoyed the outdoors and was very artistic.

Survivors include his siblings:  Gary (Jo) Burns, South Wayne; Daniel Burns, Lancaster; Shirley (Jerry) Beshear, Oklahoma City, OK; Peggy Thompson, Mustang, OK; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his brothers, Michael and James Virgil Burns.

Memorial services with military honors will be held at a later date.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Fava Jean Charles

Fava Jean (Eastlick) Charles, age 78, Platteville, died on Monday, January 18, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA.  Jean was born at her grandmother's home in Platteville, on September 29, 1937, to Purl and Lillie (Stanton) Eastlick.  She attended the Cornelia and Poller Country Schools and graduated from Platteville High School in 1955.   Jean spent her junior and senior years of high school working and living with the O.E. Gray Family and ironically her first teaching job was second grade at the O.E. Gray School in Platteville, while her husband Fred finished his engineering degree.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville in 1959 and married her high school sweetheart, Fred Charles on June 6, 1959. She taught elementary school in various states; Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Oklahoma. After 20 years of teaching Jean went back to school and pursued her second love of accounting.  She retired from Prescott's Supermarkets in West Bend, WI in 1998 and she and Fred moved back home to Platteville after 40 years away.  Jean was a member of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, Cornelia, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, ran summer day camps, was Clerk of the Council, Secretary/Treasurer of the Mt. Zion Women's Fellowship, and organized the Turkey/Ham Supper for many years.  She enjoyed sports, participating in golf and bowling and watching Packers, Badgers and Pioneers.  During the 20 years living in Germantown, WI Jean spent many enjoyable evenings listening to her husband and sons sing men's barbershop music.  Her family has always been the number one priority in her life.

Jean is survived by: her loving husband of 56 years, Fred; two sons: Brad (Nancy) Charles, Milwaukee; Cary (Mari) Charles, Libertyville, IL; four granddaughters: Julia Charles, Boston, MA; Anne Charles, St. Louis, MO; Patricia Charles, New Berlin; Alyssa Davitz, Caledonia; one grandson: Nathan Charles, Libertyville, IL; one great-granddaughter: Millie Ann Davitz; two brothers: Dale (Cynda) Eastlick, Belmont; Bernie (Karen) Eastlick, West Chester, PA; three sisters: Carolyn Woodward, Platteville; Ruth Eastlick, Platteville; Betty (Robert )Straight, Sacramento, CA; three sisters-in law: Peg Charles, Madison; Betts Winsor, Hot Springs, AR; Carol Nanna (Tom), Schaumburg, IL; one brother-in-law: Tim (Sharon ) Charles, Platteville; many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Purl and Lillie Eastlick; in-laws, Fred and Anne Charles; four brothers: Earl, Leroy, Ralph and Lyle; three brothers-in-law: Kenneth Woodward, Dick Charles and Charles Winsor; three sisters-in-law: Ruby Eastlick, Shirley Eastlick, and Jean Steffus-Eastlick; and her grandparents: Ernest and Sadie Stanton and Clarence and Fannie Eastlick.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Platteville with Reverend Zayna Thompson officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, rural Platteville.  Family and friends may call on Friday, January 22, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Platteville and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


William Mitchell

 William F. "Bill" Mitchell, age 101 of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. He was born November 22, 1914 in Los Angeles, California, the son of William and Jessie (Wilson) Mitchell. William married Caroline E. Lutz and together they farmed in the Lancaster area. He later built pole buildings for David Lumber Company of Potosi. William enjoyed reading, woodworking, playing cards, and making many, many comforters for family and friends. He dearly loved his family, and keeping up with their activities.

Surviving is a daughter Darlene (Richard) Hood; a son Daniel (Marcia) Mitchell, both of Lancaster, three grandchildren:  Brian (Bonnie) Hood; Brad (Heidi Loy) Hood; Jeni (Jared) Kriz; five great-grandchildren: Denver, Jerrica, and Carmen Hood; Dezirae Hood, Andrew Kriz; three brothers:  Harvey Mitchell; Richard (Pat) Mitchell; Clifford Mitchell; one sister: Nancy (Ed) Denzin; many nephews and nieces.

William was preceded in death by his loving wife Caroline on August 11, 1994, an infant daughter Connie; three brothers: Alan, Don, and Faye Mitchell; and one sister, Doris.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster, with Rev. Mark Dieter officiating. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends may call on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at Schwartz Funeral Home

 


Helen Lowell

Helen M. Lowell, age 88 of Lancaster, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. She was born December 28, 1927, the daughter of Carl and Alma (Trollop) Graney. Helen graduated from Platteville High School in 1945. She married Robert L. Lowell on August 30, 1952, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa. Helen began her career at the former Union State Bank in Lancaster. In 1968, Bob and Helen opened Lowell Plumbing and Heating.  She would later be employed at Farmer's Telephone Company for over forty years and then at Pioneer Directories. Helen was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster. She enjoyed being a member of the bowling league and received a fifty year recognition award. Bob and Helen spent many years enjoying their cabin at Jay's Landing in Bagley. When Bob passed away in 2002, Helen not only lost the love of her life, but her favorite fishing partner. Helen was a Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger fan. She dearly loved her family and keeping up with their activities.

Surviving is her daughter: Susan (Ed) Hermsen; three grandsons: Christopher (Claire), Robert (Laura), and John (Madison) Hermsen; four great-grandchildren: Isaac, Emmett, Ashlyn, and Elle Hermsen; and a sister: Shirley Schaal; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Carl and Alma Graney, Helen is preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert, sisters: Ivanelle (Jack) Tucker, Pat (Arnie) Junk, and Berna Graney; a brother, Dale Graney; and a brother-in-law, Dale Schaal.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, with Reverend Mark Hoehne Officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends may call on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster. Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Sonja Kellogg

Sonja L. Kellogg, age 66, of Potosi, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.  Sonja was born on May 5, 1949 in New Hampton, IA, a daughter of Alva & Irma (Stiefel) Althof.

Sonja enjoyed fishing, knitting, and sewing.

Sonja is survived by her three children, Robert Clefisch of Platteville, Michelle (Elmer) Webster of Potosi, and Dawn Haas of Benton; her significant other, Charles Woodward of Potosi; five grandchildren; two brothers, Allan Althof of Guttenberg, IA and Louis (Emily) Althof of Mason City, IA; and two sisters, Karen (Gary) Anderson of Lakota, IA and Joann Warner of Owasso, OK.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister-in-law, Karen Althof.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville, with Rev. Jim McMahon officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date.  Friends may call one hour prior to the services Saturday at the funeral home.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Platteville is assisting the family.


June M. Hahn

June M. Hahn, age 88, of Lancaster passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster.  She was born on June 9, 1927, in Lima Union Township, the daughter of Orval and Elsie (Graf) Reed.  June graduated from Platteville High School.  On January 9, 1946, she was united in marriage to Leo J. Hahn at St. Clement Catholic Church. Together they farmed in North Lancaster Township for over 50 years.  June was a school bus driver for the Lancaster Community School District for over 30 years.  She was a 4-H leader for over 40 years and a superintendent for the Grant County Fair.  June was also a member of the Grant Regional Hospital Auxiliary for over 40 years.  She was a dedicated member of St. Clement Catholic Church and the Catholic Knights.  June loved keeping up with her family and their activities and enjoyed playing euchre, crafting, especially, crocheting, sewing, and knitting.  She also taught adult crafts for Southwest Wisconsin Technical College.

Survivors include her children: Shirley (Donald) Bennett, Mineral Point; Jeanne Kohlbeck, Wausau; Patricia (Richard) Bugalski, Dubuque, IA; Michael (Linda) Hahn, Lancaster; Mary Jo (Kevin) Roesch, Potosi; Barb (Bob) Arnold, Stoughton; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Bernice Muench; Dolores (Alan) Schwantes, Phyllis Schmit, and Roberta Reed; many nieces and nephews.

June was preceded in death by her loving husband of 69 years, Leo; a granddaughter, Sarah Andraski; her siblings: William Reed and Dorothy (Wendell) Case; sister-in-law:  Irene (Harold) Bennett; brothers-in-law:  Carl Muench and Donald Schmit.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 1, 2016, at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster at 11:00 a.m. with Father William Seipp officiating.  Burial will be in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Sunday, January 31, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster.  Friends may also call on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church, where a 9:45 a.m. parish rosary will be held.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a June M. Hahn Memorial Fund has been established.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Joan E. Ames

Joan E. Ames, age 75, of Lancaster, died Friday, January 29, 2016 at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.  Joan was born on November 13, 1940 in Tennyson, a daughter of Leo & Sylvia (Broihan) Schmitz.  She graduated from Lancaster High School in 1958.  Joan married John Ames on May 23, 1959 at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. She raised her family while working at the former Lancaster Memorial Hospital and later, at Morningside Assisted Living, until her retirement.  Joan enjoyed collectables, car club cruises, family camping trips, and cooking and baking for her family. 

Joan is survived by her husband, John; her children, Julie (Terry) Knapp, Jim, Jerry (Pauline), Joel (Tina), Jeff (Linda) and Jon (Sandy); 19 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and her cat, Mittens.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Joyce Klaas; a niece, Kim Myers; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Ames; and a grandson, Duane.

Memorial Services and burial will take place at a later date.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.  A Joan Ames Memorial Fund has been established.


Germaine H. Mumm

Germaine H. Mumm, age 87, of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, February 03, 2016, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster with her loving family by her side.   She was born on August 28, 1928, in Bloomington on the family farm, the daughter of Edward and Frances (Crubel) Weber.  Germaine attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Bloomington.  On January 13, 1948, she was united in marriage to Vincent Mumm at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington.  After their marriage, the couple farmed in the Bloomington area until their retirement in 1983.  After retirement, Germaine cared for the elderly in their homes for many years.  Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.  She dearly loved taking care of them and keeping up with their activities.  Germaine was deeply devoted to her faith and prayed the rosary daily.  She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church and the CCW, was the President of St. Mary's Catholic Church Catholic Daughters in Bloomington and was a member of the Catholic Knights.  Germaine enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, quilting and playing a good game of poker or euchre. 

Survivors include her seven children:  Bob (Kitty) Mumm, Lancaster; Ginny (Larry) Snider, Lancaster; Shirley (Dave) Stelpflug, Fennimore; Gary (Sue) Mumm, Lancaster; Larry (Elaine) Mumm, Bloomington; Ronnie (Rose) Mumm, Bloomington; Jane (Tony) Meekma, Platteville; 24 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; her siblings:  Mary Ann Harter, Oregon, WI; Gerry (Val) Weber, Arizona; sister-in-law:  Mary Weber, Marion, IA; brothers-in-law, James Blum, Glen Haven; Jim Ley, Lancaster; sisters-in-law: Irene Smith, Darlington; Bernice (Cecil) Anderson, Monona; Pat Mumm, Cassville; Gerri Mumm, Cassville; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Germaine was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent; great-granddaughter, Caitlin Recker; her siblings:  LuLu Mae (Ed) Vogt; Bernice Weber; Kate Ley; Frances Blum; Margaret (Burnell) Breuer; Virgil (Connie) Weber; Edward Weber, Jr.; and a brother-in-law, Bob Harter. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Reverend John Sasse officiating.  Burial will be in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.   Family and friends may call on Friday, February 5, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster where a 2:30 p.m. parish scripture service and rosary will be held.  Friends may also call on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Arlene Stoeffler

Arlene Mary (Laufenberg) Stoeffler, age 91, of Mount Hope, passed away peacefully with family by her side Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Center in Fennimore, where she had resided for nearly two years.

Through her life as a big sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Arlene always put her family and faith first. Even to her final days, she worried about missing sending a card for a birthday or anniversary, and tried to finish crocheting an afghan for a graduating grandson – continuing a tradition her mother had started many years before.

Arlene was born April 5, 1924, in Glen Haven Township, to William and Leona (Wood) Laufenberg. As the eldest of eight children in the depths of the Depression, she attended school until the eighth grade and helped on the family farm near Beetown.  Her future husband, Raymond Elwood Stoeffler, came to work on the farm in 1940. Arlene’s dad had planted crops for Elwood’s parents, and Elwood worked to pay down the debt.

They began dating in 1942 and were married a year later, on July 5, 1943, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington. After serving a little more than a year in the Navy, he returned home to a growing family and shortly thereafter they moved to Mount Hope, where Elwood began a career as a mechanic. He owned and operated Stoeffler’s Garage before retiring in June 1984. He died unexpectedly a year later, on July 7, 1985, at a family gathering.

Music was an important part of Elwood and Arlene’s life, starting from their teen-age years on the farm when he started playing a mouth organ, moving on to play mandolin and later guitar. While he picked up music easily, Arlene couldn’t carry a tune – but it never stopped her from singing along and enjoying the performances of her husband, children and others.

Arlene was a storyteller and always inquisitive about the latest news from family and friends. She enjoyed sewing and housekeeping in earlier years, and later learned to crochet and knit. She loved playing cards, taking pictures to display in her house, attending musical and sporting events at school, and watching or listening to college and professional sports. She was active and served in leadership roles in St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church and the Deanery of the Madison Diocese, the West Grant Lioness Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. After raising her children, she enjoyed traveling – first with Elwood and then later with other family. In addition to many family vacations and trips to attend graduations and weddings, she visited Ireland four times with Elwood and once after he died. She also toured Europe with her sister Joanne and took a trip to Brazil in 1998 with her son David to visit the family of her Brazilian “son,” former exchange student Orlando Stevaux Galvao.

She is survived by her seven children: William (Sharon) of Palm Harbor, Florida; Patricia (Terry) Winkers of Boscobel; Linda (Harry) Miller of McGregor, Iowa; James (Pat) of Fennimore; Joseph of Mount Hope; Mary Hendrickson of Sherman, Texas; and David (Rose) of La Crosse; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; five siblings, LeRoy, Carl and Carolyn Keeney of Mount Hope, Doris Krogman of Prairie du Chien and Joanne (Charles "Mike") Carroll of McGregor, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Laufenberg, Lancaster; and many nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends, including those she became close to in her final months at Good Samaritan.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Lee Laufenberg and Marjorie Miller, as well as a daughter-in-law, Rita Stoeffler, a son-in law, Anthony Hendrickson, and a granddaughter, Sarah Stoeffler, two sisters-in-law, Ardith and Belva Laufenberg, two brothers-in-law, Edwin Keeney and Charles Krogman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday February 13, 2016, at St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church, rural Mount Hope at 11:00 a.m. with Monsignor Gerard Healy and the Reverend Miguel Galvez officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with a lunch to follow at Queen of All Saints St Mary’s church hall in Fennimore, WI. Family and friends may call on Friday, February 12, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington, where a parish rosary will be prayed at 3:45 p.m. Friends also may call on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers an Arlene M. Stoeffler Memorial Fund has been established.


 

 

 

 

 

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