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Clarence J. Fure

Clarence J. Fure, age 80, of Cassville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at UPH Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA.  He was born on January 6, 1934, in Platteville, the son of William and Mary (Linden) Fure.  Clarence grew up on the family farm near Platteville.  He served in the United States Army and was united in marriage on July 31, 1954, to Ida Mae Reuter.  Clarence retired from John Deere after thirty plus years.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards with the guys and spending time with his family.  Clarence was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and loved his Milwaukee’s Best.  He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and the American Legion Post No. 352 of Cassville. 

Survivors include his loving wife, Ida Mae Fure, Cassville; their children:  Victoria (Gary) Yunk; Michael (Marcia) Fure; David (Lori) Fure; William Fure, all of Cassville; Lisa (Michael) Rauch, Evansville; Robin (Luke) Demes; Richard “Ernie” (Chrystal) Fure; Michele (Brian) Bierman, all of Cassville; twenty-one grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild on the way; his siblings: Florence Hoadley, Francis “Kenny” (Joan) Fure, and Paul (Donna) Fure all of Platteville; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Lee Fure; a sister, Mary Reuter; and his brothers-in-law, Norbert Reuter and Gordon Hoadley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial with military honors will be held in St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville.  Family and friends may call on Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville where a 2:45 p.m. scripture service will be held.  Friends may also call on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Dolores Ploessl

Dolores Ann Ploessl, age 84, formerly of Bloomington, WI, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien surrounded by her loving family. Dolores was born to Leo and Anastasia (Bouzek) White on September 5, 1929, in Prairie du Chien. She married Gerald “Jerry” L. Ploessl on February 14, 1949. After raising ten children, she returned to the nursing profession as a CNA.  She then became a teacher’s aide in the River Ridge School District.  Dolores was also a member of the West Grant Rescue Squad for many years.  She was honored to be one of the first women on the squad.  She was a longstanding member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters Society.

Dolores’s deep love for her family meant they always came first. She dedicated herself to her husband, Jerry, of 58 years, which included caring for him during a long illness.

Dolores is survived by her children: Carol (Tom) Mumm, Peggy (Doug) Vanderbilt, Marcia (Scott) Stilwell, Jane (Ernie) Dallam, Sheri Ott, Jerry Ploessl, Jeff Ploessl, Gene (Kate) Ploessl, Kevin (Michelle) Ploessl, daughter-in-law, Charlene Ploessl, and her sisters: Joyce Davidson and Teresa (Don) Heal, 25 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dolores was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gerald “Jerry”, her son Bill, her son-in-law, Jim Kolman, her parents, and siblings: Joan Lucille White (in infancy) , Robert White, and Joan (Charlie) Dean.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 10:30 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 Monday, July 21, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington where a 3:45 p.m. rosary will be held.  Friends may also call on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to either the West Grant Rescue Squad or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family.

Dolores’s family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses who cared for her in her final years. They would also like to thank the caring and wonderful staffs of both Prairie Maison and Bluff Haven in Prairie du Chien. With their support, Dolores was able to handle her health challenges of the past year with grace and dignity.

Edith Russell

Edith E. Russell, age 92 passed away Monday July 21, 2014 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. She was born in Liberty Township, near the Coon Hollow area, on November 28, 1921 the daughter of Leo and Elsie (Wenzel) Fritz. Edith attended Becker grade school, and was confirmed in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ at Liberty Ridge.  She married Clinton G. Russell on March 15, 1938, in Lancaster. Together they farmed in the Burton area of Waterloo Township where Edith milked cows and worked the fields. She took great pride in the beauty of her home, yard, flower and vegetable gardens. Edith enjoyed sharing her bountiful garden, homemade biscuits and pies with her family.

Surviving is her daughter Arlene (Norbert) Wieland, two sons-in-law, Udell Ames and Dennis Stluka, eight grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, fifteen great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Wilma Russell, two sisters-in-law, Rosella and Connie Fritz, many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Clinton, Edith is preceded in death by her daughters Delores “Toddy” Ames and Bonnie Stluka, her son Larry; her brothers, Walter (Evelyn), Douglas, Donald (Jeanette), Curtis (Darlene), and Eldon Fritz, her sister Lorraine Pagenkopf, and a brother in law Fred Russell.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster, with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends may call on Friday July 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until time of services.


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