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Joyce Udelhofen

Joyce A. Udelhofen, age 85, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  She was born on February 22, 1931, in Bellevue, IA, the daughter of William C. and Catherine (Silverding) Yeager.  On February 20, 1954, she was united in marriage to Wilford Ryan at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue, IA, and spent 18 wonderful years with "Bill" until his death on May 29, 1972.  On April 26, 1980, Joyce was united in marriage to Kenneth W. Udelhofen at St. Clement Catholic Church. Joyce was employed at the former Cuba City Hospital for several years, and then worked for over 27 years in medical records at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster.   She was a devoted member of St. Clement Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister for 27 years, and volunteered her time to many church functions. Joyce was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary No. 2344 where she held the office of secretary/treasurer.  Joyce also volunteered her time at the Grant County Thrift Shop, the Holiday Project, and the Food Pantry.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth; three sons:  Stan Ryan, Madison; Steven (Jodi) Ryan, Waunakee; Joe (Andrea) Ryan, Lancaster; two daughters:  Jane Burns, Hunting Beach, CA.; Cathy (Charles) Gibson, Oshkosh; a step-son, Michael (Nancy) Udelhofen, Prairie Du Sac; her grandchildren:  Sara (Nate) Roloff, Kelli (Eric) Gross, Jenna (Julian) Edwards, Jay (Carrisa) Ryan, Alyssa and Alex Gibson, Ryan Burns, Christopher and Matthew Gibson, Andy Ryan, Marc (Anna) Udelhofen and Carly (Brandon) Zick; seven great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Wilford, Joyce was preceded in death by her siblings: Dorothy (Greg) Roling; Luella (Victor) Kueter; Delores (Alfred) Ploeger; William A. Yeager.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Reverend John Sasse and Msgr. Tom Baxter officiating.  Private family burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, IA.  Family and friends may call on Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the church and on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is serving the family.


Tina Fetzek

Tina M. Fetzek, age 41, of Potosi, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at her home.  She was born on July 19, 1975, in Lancaster, the daughter of Curtis A. and Joan C. (Hoskins) Fetzek.  Tina attended school in Potosi.  She babysat for area families before she earned her CNA certification and was employed at Cornerstone in Fennimore until her health made it too difficult to remain employed.  Tina enjoyed playing Bingo and going to the casinos. 

Survivors include her father, Curtis; her brother, Mike Fetzek, Potosi; her uncles:  Calvin Fetzek, Potosi; Bruce (Faith) Hoskins, Dubuque, IA; many cousins, other relatives and friends.

Tina was preceded in death by her grandparents, her mother, and an uncle, Craig Hoskins.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson.  Family and friends may call on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is serving the family.


Clayton Fischer

Clayton L. Fischer, age 82, of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster.  He was born in Woodman Township on November 19, 1934, the son of John and Ruth (Koenig) Fischer.  Even though Clayton had challenges, he supported himself by working for area farmers and then at the cheese factory in Fennimore until his retirement. On February 14, 1991, Clayton married the love of his life, Linda Towsley.  They lived in Stitzer for many years until moving to Lancaster.  Clayton was a tinkerer and was always cobbling something up.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; five brothers:  Lyle (Joyce), Blanchardville; Leary (Maurice), Mt. Hope; Sidney (Betty), Lancaster; Jerry and Lonny (Laurayne) all of Boscobel; a sister: Judy (Harold) Schuppner, Cassville; many nieces and nephews.

Clayton was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Nancy, sisters-in-law, Sheri Fischer and Carol Olson.

Funeral services will be on Monday, December 5, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison St., Lancaster, with Reverend Ty Hines officiating.  Burial will be in the Stitzer Lutheran Cemetery, Stitzer.  Family and friends may call on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. 


Phyllis Biggin

Phyllis E. Biggin, age 98, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care.  She was born on June 12, 1918, the daughter of Thomas and Susan (Hillary) Biggin.  Phyllis graduated from Cassville High School.  She attended State Teacher's College in La Crosse and later Bayless Business College in Dubuque, IA.  Phyllis was employed as a secretary at Montgomery Ward in Chicago from 1941 until 1984.  After retirement, she moved to Dubuque, IA. Phyllis was a lifelong devoted Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include her nieces:  Margie (Stuart) Chase; Suzanne (Francis "Dutch") Mergen; Ann Biggin; a niece-in-law, Ruth Metcalf; cousins, Thomas (Suzanne) Stecher; Jane (Tom) Nielsen.

In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by sisters: Leila (Julian) Metcalf; Mary (Alfred) Esser; a brother, Tom (Eleanor) Biggin; nephews: Norman Metcalf; Tom Biggin, Jr.; Donald Esser.

Private family burial will be held in Ramsey Cemetery, rural Glen Haven.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is assisting the family.

 


 

Donald R. Reynolds

Donald R. Reynolds, age 81, of Potosi, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City.  Don was born on January 16, 1935 in Potosi, the son of Raymond & Marie (Wiedman) Reynolds.

Don married Charlotte Oellrich on July 13, 1953.  He worked at Dubuque Pack for 26 years, and farmed for over 50 years.  Don enjoyed playing cards and watching NASCAR, especially Mark Martin, or anyone who drove a Ford.  He was always sure to attend every great-grandchild's birthday celebration.  He will be most remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Debbie (Denny) Keleher, East Dubuque, IL; a son, Dennis Reynolds, Kansas City, MO; a granddaughter, Angela (Mike) Pickel, Kieler, WI; a granddaughter-in-law, Tricia Keleher, Hazel Green, WI;  6 great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol (Larry) Flesch, Oregon, IL; a brother, Richard (Joyce) Reynolds, Paw Paw, IL; and his special friend, Lucille Kaiser, Dickeyville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte in 1985; his parents; and grandson, Eric Keleher.

Public Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home, 144 N. Main St, Potosi. Private family funeral services will be held.  Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery.

 


 

Robert J. Schumacher

Robert J. "Bob" Schumacher, age 91, of Potosi, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster.  He was born on July 25, 1925, in Potosi, the son of Rudolph and Marie (Mai) Schumacher.  Bob graduated from Potosi High School.  He served his country in the United States Air Force as a B-29 Ground Crew member, serving in Guam, Saipan and Tinian from 1944 until 1946. On May 6, 1947, Bob was united in marriage to Rosemary Berg at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson.  He was on the Potosi Fire and Rescue Squad for over 30 years, worked as the Potosi Brewery Bottling House Supervisor for 26 years, until the brewery closed in 1972.  Bob then worked at John Deere until his retirement in 1988.  He was a devoted member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, opening and locking the doors for 18 years.  Bob was a lifetime member of the Berg Averkamp VFW Post No. 5276 of Potosi.  He was a wonderful husband and father.  Bob enjoyed spending time with his wife fishing and being outdoors.  He also enjoyed family gatherings with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 

Survivors include his loving wife of 69 years, Rosemary; their sons:  Roger Schumacher, Marshfield; Dennis (Kathy) Schumacher, Monmouth, IL; 4 grandchildren: Brett (Megan) Schumacher, Kari (Andrew) Moede, Vanessa (Drew) Witherell, and Monica Schumacher; 4 great-grandchildren: Parker Schumacher, Luca Schumacher, Ben Moede, and Taylee Witherell; two sisters: Rosemary Markus, Potosi; Rita Frommelt, Cedar Rapids, IA; many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his brother, Charles, son, Thomas, and his mother and father-in-law, Ed and Mag Berg. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 25, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Potosi.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Memorials may be offered to the Potosi Fire Department or the Potosi Rescue Squad.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory of Potosi is serving the family.


Martina Schmitz

Martina A. Schmitz, age 96, of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2016, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born on September 5, 1920, the daughter of John and Katherine (Goedertz) Reding of Cassville. On May 26, 1941, Martina was united in marriage to

Gilbert V. Schmitz at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville.  Together they farmed in Waterloo Township.  She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters Court of St. Rita No. 670, and St. Clement Quilters.  Martina made many quilts for family, loved to crochet, work jigsaw puzzles and enjoyed spending time with family.

Survivors include her children: Catherine (Eugene) Konrardy of Dubuque, Ia., William (Judy Elskamp) Schmitz and Robert (Machele) Schmitz both of Potosi, Esther (Dennis) Crapp and Martina (Ken) Kirschbaum both of Lancaster, Paul (Karen) Schmitz of Chili, Wi, 17 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great granddaughters.

In addition to her parents, Martina was preceded in death by her husband Gilbert, infant son, Vincent and a daughter-in-law, Marie Schmitz and 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 25, 2016, at 11:30 at St Clement Church in Lancaster, WI. with the Reverend John Sasse officiating.  Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers a Martina A. Schmitz Memorial Fund has been established. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Patricia Hall

Patricia L. "Pat" (Erickson) Hall, age 62 of Ellenboro, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, due to multiple medical complications after open heart surgery. She was born in Lancaster on July 28, 1954, to Robert and Irene (Duve) Erickson. After graduating from Lancaster High School, she worked at Loudspeaker Component Corporation where she met her future husband and soulmate, Graydon Hall.  She began working at Walmart in Platteville in 1992, and worked there until the time of her passing.

On August 26, 1978, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Graydon Hall at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. In their nearly 38 years of marriage they did everything together, including going fishing and their spur of the moment Sunday day trips. They would pack a lunch, set a destination, and just drive.  Pat and Graydon were truly made for each other. His sudden passing on June 3, 2016, left a huge void in her heart and soul. She was a great cook who loved sharing her knowledge and recipes with loved ones.

Pat is survived by her siblings, Connie (Steve) Reinsbach, Lancaster, Julie (Kevin) Atkinson, Cuba City, Gary Erickson, Muscoda, and Tom Erickson, Tacoma, WA; Graydon's siblings, Cleobelle (John) Friedrich, Ellenboro, Cleone (Donald) Ames, Potosi, Edward (Karen) Hall, Rockville, Glennice (Mervin) Spease, Platteville, and Kevin (Bernadette) Hall, Platteville; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her husband's parents, Guerdon and Gila Hall. Also preceding her in death were great-nephews Kyle Miller, Gideon Pulver, and Wayne Hall.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S. Madison St, Lancaster, with Bill Manthe officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster.  Friends may call from 9:00 am until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home. 

The family would like to thank Dr. Vunnamadala and his cardiac team, Dr Whalen, Dr Ringgold, Dr Janes and all of the nurses at Mercy ICU who gave such wonderful care to Pat.

 


 

Virgil Bennett

Virgil E. Bennett entered his eternal reward on his 94th birthday on November 15, 2016, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  He was born in South Lancaster Township on November 15, 1922, the son of Grant and Margaret (Ertz) Bennett.  Virgil married Sophie Stadelman on February 18, 1946, at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster.  Together they farmed in Little Grant Township.  Sophie passed away on May 25, 1976.  He later married Geneva Fager on September 17, 1977, at Faith Lutheran Church in Lancaster.  They resided in Lancaster.  Virgil and Geneva volunteered with Builders for Christ Organization and helped build places of worship throughout the United States.  Geneva passed away on January 22, 2011.  In addition to farming, Virgil was a patrolman for Little Grant Township, a wine maker and a fisherman.  He also enjoyed refinishing and repairing furniture and playing cards.  Virgil was a member of the Apostles Lutheran Church in Platteville.

Survivors include his children:  Mary (Phil) Wegmann, Frances (Rodger) Irish, Tom (Sally) Bennett, all of Lancaster; Joanne (David) Zweifel, Lake Mills; Harold Fager and Brian (Sue) Fager, all of Lancaster; Karl (Nancy) Fager, Mankato, MN; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one brother, Joe (Corrine) Bennett, Moorhead, MN; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wives, Virgil was preceded in death by a son, John Bennett; a step-daughter, Linda Fager; a grandson, Ryan Zweifel; a step-grandson, Greg Fager; two sisters, Sister Dorothy Bennett and Betty Snider Hoffman; two brothers, Bob Bennett and Harold Bennett; sisters-in-law, Ruth Bennett, Iva Bennett, Irene Bennett; brothers-in-law, Clinton Snider and Clarence Hoffman.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison Street in Lancaster with Reverend Thomas N. Reeder, Jr. of the Apostles Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Platteville officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington.  Family and friends may call on Sunday, November 20, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Virgil E. Bennett Memorial Fund has been established.


Anita Funk

Anita E. Funk, age 95, of Lancaster, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster.  She was born on October 13, 1921, in Tipler, the daughter of Otto and Jennie (Anderson) Daumitz.  Anita taught both in the public and parochial systems and became the first lay teacher at St. Clement School where she taught for thirteen years.  Anita married Harold Funk and together they farmed for seven years.  She also served as a bookkeeper for the family business, Funk Transport.  Anita was a lifelong member of St. Clement Catholic Church and the Council of Catholic Women.  She loved to travel and solve puzzles and served as a volunteer at the Lancaster Meal Site. 

Survivors include one son, James (Ellen) Funk, Lancaster; two daughters, Carol (Joe) Chulew, Fitchburg; Cheryl Funk, Plymouth, MN; five grandchildren: Michele Krupa, Christopher, Paul, Daniel and Jennifer Carl; twelve great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; a brother, Redman Daumitz, Rockford, IL.

In addition to her parents, Anita was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; two brothers: Chester and Richard Daumitz; one sister, Norma.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 11:30 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 Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is serving the family.


Daniel Bark

Daniel A. Bark, age 41, of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016, at ManorCare in Platteville.  He was born on March 31, 1975, the son of Roger and Donna (Mumm) Bark.  Dan graduated from Bloomington High School in 1993 and from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 1998.  On July 29, 2006, he was united in marriage to Annette M. Skala at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fennimore.  He farmed with his father and brother, Jamie, on the Bark Family Farm.  Dan also operated a grain hauling business.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, grilling for his family, and shooting trap.  Dan was a big fan of anything that was John Deere.  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Bloomington Area Sportsman Club.  Dan dearly loved his children and his family. 

Survivors include his wife, Annette, and their children: Madelyn and Austin; his parents, Roger (Donna) Bark; brother, Jamie (JoAnne) Bark; sister, Kim (Matt) Vogt; mother-in-law, Sue (Terry) Voigts; father-in-law, Patrick Skala and their family; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Mumm and her family; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and members of the Bark family.

Dan was preceded in death by grandparents: Alfred (Hilda) Bark; Donald Mumm; and a niece, Chloe Vogt.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be in Little Grant Cemetery, Little Grant Township.  Family and friends may call on Friday, November 11, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Daniel A. Bark Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Bloomington is assisting the family.


Joyce Oates

Joyce C. Oates, age 89, of Bloomington, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster.  She was born on February 25, 1927, in Milwaukee, the daughter of John "Pat" and Marguerite (Ryan) Murphy.  Joyce graduated from Kenosha High School in 1944.  On February 23, 1946, she was united in marriage to Charles L. Oates in Kenosha.  They resided in Bloomington and raised a family.  Joyce worked for Bloomington High School as the secretary to superintendents for over 25 years.  Charles and Joyce owned and operated Oates Hatchery in Bloomington, until 1988.  After retirement, the couple enjoyed wintering in Florida and leisure time at their cabin at Jays Landing in Bagley.  Joyce was a member of St.  Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington and enjoyed knitting and reading.

Survivors include her three children:  Burnell (Marilyn) Oates; Clay (Lona) Oates; Denise (Rick Halverson) Oates; five grandchildren:  Julie (Ghanie) Habeeb; Steve (Jessica) Oates; Amanda (Troy) Hansen; Christy Oates; Jon Oates; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Tom Murphy; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Charles, Joyce was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Burnell Oates. 

Funeral services will be held at a later date.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Bloomington is serving the family.


Donald Pagni

Donald P. Pagni, age 79, of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, October 24, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.  He was born on January 3, 1937, the son of Arnold and Maria (Zarlenga) Pagni.  Donald graduated from Lane Tech High School and furthered his education at the Cosmopolitan School of Music and Roosevelt University, both in Chicago, earning a Master's degree in Music.  In April of 1962, he was united in marriage to Lee Ann Hilgoe.  Three children were born to this union: Michael, Lisa and Daniel.  Donald was employed as a liquor store manager in the Chicago suburbs and later in Dodgeville.  He moved to Lancaster in 1988 where he taught music privately in the Lancaster Community.  Don shared his musical gift with thousands.  He accompanied countless high school and middle school students, played for many weddings and funerals, and volunteered his talents at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.  Donald served as the musician/sound technician for the Lancaster Community Players, was the librarian for the Lancaster Community Band and played with the Larry Busch Band.  His talent and presence in the Lancaster community will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his three children:  Michael (Lynette) Pagni, Dodgeville; Lisa (Tom) Nicolai, Lancaster; Daniel (Tara) Pagni, Wheaton, IL; seven grandchildren:  Angelynn, Michael (Britney), Brandon, and Jonathan Pagni; Jacob (Fianc� Amber Wilson) Iverson; Mabrie and Marcus Pagni; one great-grandchild, Damon and one on the way.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison, Lancaster, WI, with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Private family burial will be at a later date.  Family and friends may call on Friday, October 28, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home where an 8:00 p.m. musical tribute orchestrated by the Larry Busch Band will be held.  Friends may also call on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. 


Lorraine VanNatta

Lorraine M. VanNatta of Potosi, age 84, passed away peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at Orchard Manor in Lancaster, Wisconsin on October 22nd, 2016. She is survived by her husband Robert E. VanNatta, Potosi, her sister June Ruchti of Stockdale, Texas, four children, Eugene VanNatta of Lancaster, Luann Cauthorn (Jonathan Cauthorn) of Brooklyn, Wisconsin, Susan McClure (James McClure) of Farmer City, Illinois, and Alan VanNatta of Potosi. She has seven grandchildren, Nathan Clancy (Kathleen), Joshua Clancy, Daniel Clancy, Christopher Cauthorn, Jeremiah Cauthorn (Kelly), Nicole Fuhrmeister (Todd) and Carrie Cauthorn. She also has five great grandchildren, Eleanor and Abigail Clancy, Henry and Wyatt Cauthorn (twins) and Nathaniel Fuhrmeister, along with two more great grandchildren soon on the way. She was preceded in death by her brother Merle Pettit and her parents, Fred and Carrie Pettit, all of Lancaster.

She was born on July 2, 1932 in the Lancaster area. She grew up attending a number different country schools and graduated from the Lancaster High School in 1950. After graduation she worked at the Burgess Battery factory in Platteville. In September of 1951 she met Robert VanNatta and they were later married on April 5th, 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. Lorraine loved flower gardening and her pets, especially her Black Lab Buddy whom she found comfort in these past few years. She enjoyed raising ducks, geese, chickens and even some sheep over the years. She loved the Lord and attended the First Baptist Church in Lancaster from childhood and later became a member there. She served the Lord humbly, helping out wherever needed. She spent time reading her Bible each night and raising her children to know and love the Lord. Lorraine and Robert were married 63 years.  She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends, but her memory will be held close to our hearts.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Community Church, 9175 Old Potosi Rd, Lancaster, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 29th. Visitation will be at the church from 9 am to 11 am followed by a short memorial service and then a meal. Interment will be at Boice Prairie Cemetery with the family at a later date.


Mildred "Mikki" Kelly-Posten

Mildred "Mikki" Kelly-Posten, age 82, of La Crosse, formerly of Bloomington, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Brookdale Assisted Living in La Crosse.  Mildred was born on September 15, 1934 in St. Olaf, IA, the daughter of Alvin & Mabel (Hackert) Klinkenberg.  She graduated from St. Olaf School in 1951.  Mildred married Lyle Posten in July 1966 at the Prairie du Chien United Methodist Church.  Lyle preceded her in death in 2006.  She was united in married to Keith Kelly in 2008.

Mildred enjoyed horseback riding, gardening, and traveling across the country in the RV.

Mildred is survived by her three children, Monica (Ken) Hodgson, Pamela Posten, and Robert (Karla) Posten; five grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lyle Posten; second husband, Keith Kelly; her parents; and her siblings, Caroline Burns and Henry Klinkenberg.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016 at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Bloomington, with Reverend Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Union-Nagle Cemetery, Patch Grove Township.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the funeral home.

 


James Axt

James Robert Axt, age 64, died Monday, October 17, 2016, at his home in Cassville. He was born on April 14, 1952, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Robert George Axt and Lola Mary Bour Axt. He was raised in Shorewood, Wisconsin with his older brother Geoffrey, his younger brother William (Bill) and his sisters Suzanne (Suzy) and Cathy Sue. He graduated from Shorewood High School in 1970 and from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1974 with a degree in history and a teaching certificate. While at St. Olaf he met and married Joy Lynette Parker on December 23, 1972, at Hopkins United Methodist Church in Hopkins, Minnesota. Four children were born to them: Katherine Miriam, Gillian Marie, Andrew James and Hannah Joy, all of whom survive him.

Immediately upon leaving St. Olaf he and Joy spent two years teaching school in Western Australia, first in the capital city of Western Australia, Perth, and then 300 miles up the coast in Geraldton, W.A. James taught at City Beach High School in Perth and then at a brand new junior high school in Geraldton. After returning from Australia, he entered Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he earned a Master of Public Administration degree and a Doctor of Juris Prudence degree in 1979. For a year he worked in Clear Lake, Iowa, as an attorney and then opened his own private practice in Rockwell, Iowa, while also serving as judicial magistrate for Cerro Gordo county.

Eventually he made his way to Newton, Iowa where he worked briefly for Farm Credit Services before spending the largest part of his law career with the State of Iowa in the Department of Inspections and Appeals as an administrative law judge.  His final legal job was in private practice in southern Iowa. James enjoyed photography and his cabin in northern Wisconsin.

In addition to his survivors, he is predeceased by his paternal grandparents August and Ella Marie Donath Axt, his maternal grandparents Arthur Henry Bour and Catherine Mary Scholtes Bour, and his sister, Cathy Sue Axt. His father Robert also preceded him in death and his mother Lola passed away recently.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa Street, Dubuque, IA 52001.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Cassville is assisting the family.


Thomas G. Pace

Thomas Grant Pace, age 78, of Bagley, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. He was born August 15, 1938, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Myron and Marie (Ruh) Pace.  Tom lived in Bagley, WI, and other exciting places. He served in United States Marine Corp. 1957-1961. Tom enjoyed traveling the world, reading and gaining knowledge from many sources. He was constantly seeking information and interesting people to learn from. He was a very avid collector and loved going to auctions. His life work consisted of many things including siding salesman, roofer and construction.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother Lyle Pace; sisters: Treva Trine, Shirley Satter, and Jean Kelley; nephew Bruce Bailey; niece Carol Schultz; great-nephews: Ben Bailey and Mitch Pace.

He is survived by Nephews: Gary Pace, and Mike Bailey; nieces: Terri Bailey Leffler, Patti Pace Blabaum, Jody Bailey, Kathy Kelley Hoffman; many Great-nephews and nieces along with their families and also his special close friends: Gary Adams, Jeff and Deb Umhoefer, who all loved him dearly and will miss him and also sharing Uncle Tom's great stories of his many adventures, life stories and words of wisdom!!!  

Grave side services with military honors will be in Bagley Cemetery, Bagley, on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at 12:00 noon with Pastor Pamela Strakeljahn officiating. 

A special thanks to Grant County Hospice, Atrium Post Acute Care and VA Hospital/Iowa City for taking such good care of him.


Russell Metcalfe

Russell A. Metcalfe, age 85, of Cassville, passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016, at his home.  He was born on January 12, 1931, in Cassville, the son of Ray and Lil (Walz) Metcalfe.  Russ grew up in Cassville and graduated from Cassville High School.  On March 27, 1951, Russ was united in marriage to Donna Adrian at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville.  He was drafted and served two years in the United States Marine Corp as a flight radio operator, stationed in California.  Russ and Donna returned to Cassville where he resumed his employment at Dairyland Power.  He started his career in the coal yard and rose to be the plant manager.  Russ retired at the age of 62 in January of 1993.  After retirement he went to work in "Russ's Mighty Fine Workshop" and for the next 23 years, he kept busy with his woodworking projects.  He crafted cedar chests, picture frames, bean bag games and furniture. 

Among the many lives Russ touched were the students at the middle school where he volunteered to build boats.  On Thursday nights you could find Russ facilitating the Cassville AA Meetings where he sponsored many members.  Russ was also a member of the Historical Society, Volunteer Fire Department, and Cassville Village Board for eight years.  He was very active in the Cassville Community.  

Survivors include his loving wife Donna, of 65 years; their four children:  Pam (Roy) Moseley, McFarland; Jan (Clinton Labossiere) Mayne, Portage; Cara (Jerry Manning) Felt, Sun Prairie; Doug (Gloria) Metcalfe, Perry, GA; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; along with many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Eugene Metcalfe; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Russ was preceded in death by an infant son, David; and a brother, Bob Metcalfe.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Private family burial with military honors will be in Charlotte Cemetery, Glen Haven.  Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be made to the Cassville Fire Department and Rescue Squad in memory of Russell A. Metcalfe.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Cassville is assisting the family. 


Marcia Rose Burr

Marcia Rose Burr, age 79, of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at her home.  She was born on September 24, 1937, the daughter of Elgie, M.D. and Rose (Bausch) Houghton. On June 6, 1954, Marcia married Larry Burr at the Houghton family home in Lancaster.  She enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her family.  In 1963, Larry and Marcia, along with Robert and Goldie Burr, opened and operated the Meat Mart in Lancaster. Larry and Marcia Burr also owned the A&W restaurant in Lancaster which has been passed down within the family now in the third generation.  Marcia, a devoted daughter, lovingly cared for her ailing mother for many years. She thoroughly enjoyed family gatherings and loved keeping up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Allan (Tina) Burr; Marla (Randy) Mayne; Brian (Kathy) Burr; grandchildren:  Kristy (Jason) Webster; Joshua (Karin) Burr; Phillip (Christina) Burr; Tara (Brad) Austin; Matthew (Ashlee) Mayne; Brittany, Sierra Burr; and Brooke Shannon; 9 great-grandchildren and one on the way; along with her dear friend and companion, Roger Latham.

In addition to her parents, Marcia was preceded in death by her husband, Larry; a daughter-in-law, Pamela Staub Burr; a sister, Mary Lou Nevin.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Private family burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  A Marcia R. Burr Memorial Fund has been established.


James R. Nalepinski

James R. Nalepinski, age 79, of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA.  He was born on July 19, 1937, on his grandparent's farm in Wingville Township, Grant County, the son of Louis and Wilma (Doescher) Nalepinski.  James grew up in Muscoda and later moved to Madison.  He graduated from Madison Central High School in 1956.  James enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later transferred to University of Wisconsin-Platteville, graduating in 1962.  It was there where he met his wife, Nancy Willkomm and they married in 1963.  James was a teacher and later worked for his father-in-law, Bernie, at his car dealership in Cassville.  In 1969, he began employment with Wisconsin Power and Light and held many positions, retiring in 1989.  In retirement, James drove semi with his son, Andy, and later worked at Land's End and was a substitute teacher. 

Survivors include his children: Andy (Tara); Julie (Dave) Lenzendorf; Wendy (Scott) Klicko; 8 grandchildren; a sister, Karen Adler; and many members of the Nalepinski and Willkomm family.

James was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; his siblings:  Carlisle and Beverly Nalepinski.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 14, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster.  Private family burial will be held in Beetown Cemetery, Beetown Township.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Doris A. Burkholder

Doris A. Burkholder, age 90, of Platteville, died on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster.  She was born on January 16, 1926, in Platteville, the daughter of William and Gretta (VanNatta) Wolf.  Doris worked many years as a cook at Taylor's Cafe in Platteville.  She also farmed with her parents and her Uncle Harry Wolf.  Doris was the proud mother of two sons.  She married Raymond Burkholder in 1962.  Doris enjoyed embroidering, crocheting, roller-skating, doing puzzles, playing the guitar, traveling to Wyoming, horses and collecting angels.

Survivors include her two sons:  Jerry (Julie) Letcher, Lancaster; William (Lisa) Letcher, Chugwater, WY; her special friend, Tiny, her dog; eight grandchildren; many great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren on the way; two sisters:  Pauline Chandler, Platteville; June Zart, Mineral Point; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husbands; three sisters; one brother; her uncle; one granddaughter and her brothers-in-law.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster with Reverend Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Private family burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Platteville on Monday, October 17, 2016.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Doris A. Burkholder Memorial Fund has been established.


Patricia Okey 

Patricia "Pat" J. Okey, age 84, of Cassville, died Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at her home under the care of her family and Grant County Hospice.  She was born on March 29, 1932 in Sheboygan, WI, the daughter of Harvey & Antoinette (LeMahieu) Gibbons.  Pat married Lynn A. Okey on June 13, 1955.

After getting married and moving to Cassville, Pat was primarily a homemaker raising four children.  She also worked as a teacher and substitute teacher in the Cassville Public School System.  She volunteered many hours as a scorekeeper for both the wrestling and track and field teams.  After Lynn's retirement, they both continued to be involved in the track and field program as scorekeeper and official starter.  She had a passion for scouting and was a den mother for several years.  Pat loved to travel and visit relatives.  She especially enjoyed her summer visits to the family cottage on Lake Michigan.

Pat is survived by her son, Kent, Cassville; her daughters, Ann (Henry) Gerth, Winona, MN, Kay Okey, Minneapolis, MN, and Sandra (Chris) Ott, Fontana, WI; grandsons, Philip (Cooper) Ott, Crested Butte, CO, and Zachary Ott, Marquette, MI; two brothers, Wesley (Joan), and Donald (Bobette) Gibbons; a brother-in-law, Dennis (Darlene) Okey; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn in 2006; and her parents.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016, at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Cassville, with Rev. Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial will be in Cassville Cemetery.  Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, donations are preferred to the Cassville Rescue Squad.


Todd Reynolds

Todd L. Reynolds, age 52, of Zephyrhills, FL, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.  He was born on September 30, 1964, the son of Franklin ''Delano'' and Constance (Schildgen) Reynolds.  Todd graduated from Lancaster High School in 1983.  He traveled throughout the country in the horse racing circuit, ending up in Florida for the last twenty-five years.  Todd's life work consisted of one of his greatest loves, as a man of accomplished horsemanship.  He was well known and wanted around the world for his expertise.  Todd took great pride in his skills as a finish carpenter.  He was a skilled, self-taught artist.  Todd enjoyed hunting, fishing, and calf roping.  He was known to be a man of integrity and of few words.  Todd dearly loved his family and any chance for them to be together. 

Survivors include his daughter, Alisha (Matt) Lemmer; his mother, Connie Reynolds; his twin sister, Theresa Moore; siblings:  Faith (Jeff) Nemitz; Michael, Chad (Shanna), Calvin (Lisa), and Archie (Leann) Reynolds; his special friend, Julie Knapp; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Todd was preceded in death by his father, Delano; paternal grandparents, Archie (Vera) Reynolds; maternal grandparents, Joe (Drusilla) Schildgen; and many members of the Reynolds and Schildgen families.

A Celebration of Todd's Life will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Beetown Township Community Building in Beetown.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Joann Glass

Joann A. Glass, age 72, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. She was born September 14, 1944, in LaCrosse, the daughter of Robert and Berneal (Jambois) Glass.  In 1952, the Glass family moved to Cassville.  Joann was employed at the former Paddle Wheel in Cassville, now known as J&J's Sandbar, as a dishwasher.  She was also employed at Rapid Dye & Molding.  Joann returned to the Sandbar as a dishwasher when Ron and Crick Infield were the proprietors.  She dearly enjoyed the Infield's because they treated her "like gold."  Joann babysat for her family members and worked playground duty at St. Charles Catholic School.  Phyllis Bernhardt instructed Joann to help her complete the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine at St. Charles Catholic Church.  She was an avid sports fan of the Cassville Comets and the Chicago Cubs.

Survivors include her sister, Judith (Gene) Lorenz; two brothers:  Robert (Raenette) Glass, Jr.; Jeffery (Mary) Glass; 6 nieces and nephews; 5 great-nieces and nephews with one on the way; one great-great niece.

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Robert and Berneal.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, with Fr. John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in Cassville Cemetery, rural Cassville. Family and friends may call on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Schwartz Funeral Homes and Crematory in Cassville is assisting the family.


Marilyn Crubaugh

Marilyn E. Crubaugh, age 83, formerly of Prairie Du Chien, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. She was born February 28, 1933 the daughter of Fred and Alice (Cooley) White. Marilyn graduated from Mount Hope High School in 1951. She was united into marriage to Graydon R. Crubaugh on June 8, 1951 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  Together they farmed in central and southeast Wisconsin, eventually settling on a farm in the Monroe area. In 1975 Graydon and Marilyn moved to Monroe. She also drove school bus, and was a wonderful caregiver to many. Marilyn enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and her garden. She dearly loved her family, and keeping up with their activities.

Surviving are her children,  Kathryn (Randall) Paske, John Crubaugh, James (Cathy) Crubaugh, Lori Crubaugh -Ellefson, 9 grandchildren, Erin (John Rook) Paske, Jason (Laura), and Ben (Chrissy Deal) Paske, Kate Stuart, Anne, Allison, Joe, Lindsey Crubaugh, and Marissa Ellefson,  5 great grandchildren, her siblings, Florence Krachey, Doris (Arthur) Fremont, Virgil (Beverly) White, Ruth (Wally) Brown, Roger (Marjorie) White, and a sister in law, Carolyn (Roger) White - Knapp, nieces, nephews, and many members of the Crubaugh family.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster, with Rev. Mark Hoehne officiating. Private Family burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe, WI. Family and friends may call on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. A Marilyn E.  Crubaugh memorial fund has been established.



Brenda Kipper

Brenda Ann Kipper, age 65, of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, passed away, Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She was born in Rockford, Illinois on February 16, 1951, a daughter of the late Frances Eileen (Nelson) and Paul Cullen. Brenda spent her life of Christian faith as a loving daughter, sister, niece, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. During her working years she was employed by Warner-Lambert in Rockford, IL and Advance Transformer in Boscobel, WI.  Among her many hobbies she loved her garden, planting flowers, pulling weeds and going to yard sales and picking up furniture to refinish. Brenda was united in marriage to Gerald L. Kipper on July 26, 1986 in Rockford, Illinois.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Kipper; daughter, Sherrie Jones and friend Paul Loeffelholtz of Ridgeway, Wisconsin; son, Shane Nicely and wife Melinda of Cuba City, Wisconsin; step sons, Dale Kipper of Dodgeville, Wisconsin and Mark Kipper of Lancaster, Wisconsin; brother, Steven Cullen of Globe, Arizona; aunt, Sharon Robinson of Rockford, Illinois; five grandchildren, Michael and Addison Nicely and Andrew, Tyler and Hannah Jones and step grandson, Brayden Kipper.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 21, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster.  Burial in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral and Memorial Service of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas and Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster.

 


Allen J. Klaas

Allen "Al" J. Klaas, age 67, of Lancaster, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at his home.  He was born on August 18, 1949, in Lancaster the son of Aelred and Catherine (Washa) Klaas.  Al graduated from Lancaster High School in 1967.  After graduation, he farmed for many years and drove milk truck.  On November 9, 1974, Al was united in marriage to Jane Foley.  In 1991, he began his own construction business which he owned and operated for many years.  Al also drove school bus for the Lancaster School District for several years, which he truly enjoyed.  Al was very active in the Catholic Church and Religion.  He was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, served as a Grand Knight, and a Eucharistic Minister.  Al loved playing softball, bean bags, cards and shooting pool.  He also loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and his fiance, Patti.

Survivors include his four children:  Brandon (Kessa) Klaas, Lancaster; Becky (Justin) Hampton, Beetown; Brad (Jessica) Klaas, Lancaster; Brianna (Shane) Reuter, Parker CO; 12 grandchildren: Kesandra, Kyla, Kaci, and Bentli Klaas; Haley, Whitney, and Owen Hampton; Ian, Blakely, and Kenly Klaas; Jaida and Michael Reuter; his mother, Catherine "Katy" (friend, Vern Kjos) Klaas, Fennimore; his fiance, Patti Sikhart, Appleton; his siblings:  Sharon Klaas, Madison; Donna (Bob) Bukowski, Boise, ID; Sandy (Jim) LaMere, Fennimore; Mark (Therese) Klaas, Lancaster; Debra (Dee) Russell, East Dubuque, IL; Janet (Ron) Winkler, Deforest; Michelle Klaas, Boscobel; Steve Klaas, Lancaster; In-Laws:  Helen Klaas, Livingston; Karen Foley, Fitchburg; Shelly Sterling, Fitchburg; Dave (Janice) Foley, Sun Prairie; Richard (Cathy) Foley, Watertown; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Al was preceded in death by his father, Aelred; his wife, Jane in 2011; and a brother, Donald.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Reverend Herbert Schmidt officiating.  Burial will be in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Thursday, September 15, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church where a 3:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Prayer Service and Rosary 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, an Allen J. Klaas Memorial Fund has been established.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Rosemary Laufenberg

Rosemary C. Laufenberg, age 89, died early Saturday morning, September 10, 2016, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home of Lancaster.  She was born on March 2, 1927, the second daughter of Otto and Emma (Junk) Valentine at home in Cassville.  Rosemary and her younger sister, Doris, worked on the farm helping their dad with chores.  They plowed and planted corn, with one on the plow and one driving the horse.  They threw loose hay from the wagon to the haymow.  Nine and a half years later, twin siblings were born.  Rosemary walked to St. Charles School every day, then later to Cassville High School.  She graduated at the age of 17 and then went to work at the Mount Hope restaurant.  She married Lee Laufenberg on November 22, 1946.  Rosemary and Lee settled and farmed in Mount Hope, Fennimore, and later North Andover.  In 1969, Rosemary and Lee moved back to Mount Hope where Lee worked for Kussmaul Seeds for many years.  They built a home in the Village of Mount Hope.  After her husband Lee died, Rosemary and her son, Jack, moved to Sunrise Valley Apartments in Lancaster.  She spent the last two years of her life at Orchard Manor.  Rosemary was a homemaker and raised her six children.  She was a wonderful cook and baker.  Rosemary worked at West Grant Schools as a cook from 1970 until her retirement, enjoying work very much.  She dearly loved her children and grandchildren.  Rosemary loved to read and crochet.  She made an afghan for all of her grandchildren as a gift for graduation.  Rosemary also made several of her great-grandchildren's baby afghans.

She is survived by her six children:  Kenneth "Ken" (Phyllis) Laufenberg, Columbus, WI; Lynn (Mary Jane) Laufenberg, Nashotah, WI; Dianne (Roger) Heffner, Lancaster, WI; John "Jack" Laufenberg, Lancaster, WI; Donald "Don" (Patti) Laufenberg, Madison, WI; Susan Laufenberg, Rhinelander, WI; 12 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 24 � great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.  Rosemary is also survived by three siblings:  Doris McLimans, Fennimore, WI; Pauline (Jack) Droessler, Platteville, WI; Paul (Judy) Valentine, Lancaster, WI; In-Laws:  LeRoy Laufenberg, Doris Krogman, Carl Laufenberg, Carolyn Keeney, Joanne (Mike) Carroll, Harry (Linda) Miller and many nieces and nephews. 

Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, Lee (just shy of their 60th wedding anniversary); a sister, Helen Driscoll; brothers-in-law:  Ray "Elwood" Stoeffler, Gerald Wiest, Ray McLimans, Edwin "Ed" Keeney, Chuck Krogman, and Larry Driscoll; sisters-in-law:  Margie Miller, Belva Laufenberg, Ardith Laufenberg and Arlene Stoeffler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Reverend John Sasse officiating.  Burial will be in St. Lawrence O'Toole Cemetery, Mount Hope.  Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff and residents of Orchard Manor, who lovingly cared for Rosemary.


Donald Funk

Donald Edward Funk, age 98, of Lancaster, WI passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 6, 2016, at his son's home in Appleton, WI.

He was born on December 26, 1917, the first son born to Edward and Amelia (Kilburg) Funk.  Donald graduated from Lancaster High School in 1936.  He married Hazel I. Moore on September 17, 1940, in Lancaster.  Donald proudly enlisted to serve his country during WW II from July of 1944, joining the 330th Infantry 83rd Division, until 1946.  He earned both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals for his heroic service in the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne and crossing of the Rhine River.  Upon his return from the war, Donald worked with his father, Edward and his brother, Milton at Funk's Motors. He was elected fire chief of the Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department in March of 1962, stepping down in 1965. Donald later was employed as the head bookkeeper for fifteen years and a bus driver for twenty years for the Lancaster Community School District, retiring in 1982.  For many years, he and Hazel enjoyed golfing and wintering in Florida.  Donald and Hazel enjoyed their membership at the Lancaster Country Club for many years, where he won numerous club championships.  His loving wife, Hazel passed away in 1990.  On August 22, 1992, Donald was united into marriage to Ivanelle W. Ruetten.  He was a member of the William Pollock VFW Post #2344, Richard Burns American Legion Post #109, and the Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster. 

Donald is survived by his loving family: daughters, Judy (Jerry) Wehrle and Carole (Dennis) Peterson and son Dave (Ann) Funk.  Grandchildren: Crystal (Mark) Weber, Misty (Shane) Crowley, Elizabeth and Christopher Funk.  Donald was blessed with 4 great-grandchildren: Joshua and Sydney Weber and Taron and Trasen Crowley. Donald is also survived by a sister-in-law, Nola Funk, and many members of the Schaefer Family.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife Hazel in 1990 and his wife Ivanelle in 2014, a sister Genevieve (Cyril) Schaefer and brother Milton Funk.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster with Reverend David Froemming officiating.  Burial with military honors accorded by Richard Burns American Legion Post No. 109, William Pollock VFW Post No. 2344, and DAV No. 40 at Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Friday, September 9, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.  A Donald E. Funk Memorial Fund has been established.


Rosemary Wolf

Rosemary Wolf, age 64, of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016,
surrounded by her loving family by her side at Orchard Manor Nursing Home after a courageous battle with ALS.  She was born on February 8, 1952, the daughter of Dorman and Genevieve (Sherwin) Losch, in Lancaster.  Rosemary graduated from Lancaster High School in 1970 and earned her LPN degree from MATC in Madison in 1971.  She was employed at the Lancaster Care Center for 40 years as an LPN and at Lancaster High School as a teaching assistant for 13 years.

Rosemary was united in marriage for 43 years, to the love of her life Mark Wolf, on October 7, 1972 at St Clement Catholic Church, Lancaster.  Rosemary enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband Mark at Lake Joy.  She cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and going to their many activities.  She adored her husband and valued their time together, especially as her primary caregiver.
 
Rosemary is survived by her devoted husband, Mark; son, Todd (Sheri) their children, Lindsey, Alexander, and Logan of Lancaster; son, Jeff (Shelly) their children, Amya and Keyonna of Peosta, IA.; daughter, Amy (Jon) Schuldt and their daughters, Mackinley and Lianna of Fort Atkinson, WI.  She is further survived by a sister, Bev Fishnick; and brothers and sisters-in-law; Larry (Pam) Wolf; Jann (Richard) Harms; Kris Wolf and Sherry Losch; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
 
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, father and mother-in-law, Robert & Marian Wolf, a brother, Donald, a brother-in-law, Doug Wolf, and a nephew, Dennis Fishnick.
 
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clement Church, Lancaster with Reverend John Sasse officiating.  Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Visitation will be held on Monday, August 29, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Clement Church where a 3:40 p.m. parish rosary will be prayed.  Family and friends may also call one hour prior to the time of the service on Tuesday.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Rosemary Wolf Memorial Fund.


Leona Digman

Leona M. Digman, age 98, of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  She was born on September 2, 1917, the daughter of Henry and Helena (Busch) Dietzel.  She married Lavern A. Digman on August 23, 1944, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville.  Together they farmed in the Kieler area.  Leona loved the farm and being a homemaker.  Everyone was welcome at her house, usually enjoying a home cooked meal.  She had a large garden and canned much of the produce.  Leona was a good baker and a devoted member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler.  In retirement, Lavern and Leona moved to Lancaster. She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church. 

Survivors include her children:  David (Rhonda), Mary Ann (Charles) Hartke, Rita (Phil) Raisbeck, Carol (Larry) Addison, and Dan (Susan) Digman; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Anne Dietzel; a sister-in-law, Sally Dietzel; many nieces, nephews, and members of the Digman family.

Leona was preceded in death by her husband, Lavern; a granddaughter, Katie Hartke; siblings: Benny (Marcie) and Ambrose Dietzel, Angie (Leonard) Digman, and Marie Dietzel.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Reverend John Sasse officiating.  Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery, Kieler.  Family and friends may call on Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is serving the family.


Jack F. Foster

Jack F. Foster, age 79, of Bloomington formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster.  He was born on October 21, 1936, in Lancaster, the son of Harley F. and Esther M. (Brandemuehl) Foster.  Jack attended Lancaster Schools.  He entered the United States Army in 1956 and served his country until his honorable discharge in 1963.  On June 7, 1958, Jack was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Krueger at St. John's Catholic Church in Patch Grove.  Their wedding was the first military wedding in the state of Wisconsin.  She preceded him in death on January 22, 1996.  Jack was employed with the Grant County Highway Department from 1962 until his retirement in 1998.  On April 19, 2002, he was united in marriage to Florence Oates in Bloomington.  Jack was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, trap shooting, camping, going out to eat, and playing cards.  Jack dearly loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Florence of Bloomington; his children:  Phyllis (Larry) Fuerstenberg, Bloomington; Brenda (Mark) Cullen, Lancaster; Cindy (Tom) Simpson, Lancaster; Bob (Darlene) Foster, Darlington; Tim Foster, Prairie du Chien; step-children: David Hampton, Patch Grove; Kathy (Mike) Mumm, Glen Haven; Bonnie (Stan) Harris, Madison; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Dolores Reed, Lancaster; a sister-in-law, Loretta Lenzendorf, Lancaster; a  nephew, Don Pierce, Madison; other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and his first wife, Beverly, Jack was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Smith and a step-granddaughter, Cindy Mumm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 29, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Reverend John Sasse officiating.  Burial with military honors accorded by the Richard Burns American Legion Post No. 109, the William Pollock VFW Post No. 2344 and the DAV will be in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Sunday, August 28, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church, where a 1:45 p.m. Knights of Columbus prayer service will be held.  Family and friends may also call on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is serving the family.


Virginia A. Aberle

Virginia A. Aberle, age 29, of Chicago, formerly of Asheville, NC, died Saturday, August 20, 2016, as the result of an accidental drowning on the Mississippi River on August 3, while swimming with friends. 

Virginia's family wishes to express their great appreciation to all the volunteers who never gave up in their search for her.  Your love and support has meant so much during this difficult time.  We will be forever grateful for all your time, kindness, and hard work.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date in both Chicago, IL and in Asheville, NC.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family.


Robert J. Johnson 

Robert J. Johnson, age 63, of Potosi, died Friday, August 19, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.  Robert was born on April 13, 1953, a son of Lyle and Patricia (Doser) Johnson.  He married Marie Hotchkiss on July 15, 1972 in Minocqua, WI.  Robert worked for the railroad for 30 years until his retirement.

Robert is survived by his wife, Marie; a daughter, Christina Johnson; grandson, Derek Holmes; a brother, Donald (Nancy) Johnson; sister-in-law, Gwen Johnson; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John.

Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016, at Martin Funeral Home in Potosi.  Private family burial will take place at a later date.  Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home.

 


Kitty Crone

Kitty Crone, age 97, formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at her daughter's residence in Phoenix, AZ. Grave side services will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Ellenboro Township. Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


 

Marvin G. David

Marvin G. David, age 90, of Potosi, passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.  He was born on May 21, 1926, in Tennyson, the son of Aloysius and Theresa (Wallenhorst) David.  At the age of four, Marvin's mother passed away and he was raised by Joe and Anna Walsh.  Marvin attended St. Andrew Catholic School.  In August of 1944, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country until his honorable discharge in June of 1946.  Following his discharge, Marvin attended Madison Business College.  On September 28, 1948, Marvin was united in marriage to Dorothy "Dot" Ginter at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville.  In 1966, Marvin started David Lumber Company and was active in the business the majority of his life.  He enjoyed playing Euchre, bowling, and playing bean bags.  Marvin was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, the Catholic Knights Branch 42, Berg Averkamp VFW Post No. 5276 and the American Legion Post No. 473 of Potosi.

Survivors include his loving wife, "Dot"; their children: Deb (Terry) Johnson, Des Moines, IA; Gary (Marlene) David, Potosi; Joan David, Joliet, IL; a son-in-law, Mike Robinson, Milwaukee; 8 grandchildren: Niki Daumueller, Katie Thede, Nina Combs, Rachel Nelson, Lindsey Crudup, Holly and Dana Robinson, and Tyler David; 4 great-grandchildren: Olivia, Ben, Jordyn and Emma; a sister, Pat Langmeier, Lancaster; a sister-in-law, Helen Walsh, Tennyson. 

In addition to his parents and his adopted parents, Marvin was preceded in death by a daughter, Beth Robinson; his siblings:  Daniel and Walter David, "Penny" Althaus, "Bee" Tschudi, and Floyd David; his adopted siblings:  Sr. Patricia Ann Walsh, Cliff (Isabelle), Ned (Julie), Bob (Jeannette), and Don Walsh; and a great-granddaughter, Paige.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson.  Family and friends may call on Sunday, August 21, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is serving the family.


John A. Hoffman

John A. Hoffman, age 74, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. He was born December 12, 1941 at home in Smelser Township, the son of Elmer and Mary (Scharff) Hoffman. John graduated from Cassville High School in 1960. He served in the U. S. Army from 1963 to 1966 in Germany, and from 1966 to 1972 in Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. On November 3, 1973 he was united into marriage to Marian E. Roesch. John worked for area farmers in his early years. He was later employed at Flexsteel and A. Y. McDonald both in Dubuque. John enjoyed taking care of his garden, yard and bird watching. He also liked having coffee with his friends at the Roadhouse and Haverland's Bar. John was a member of the American Legion Post No. 473 and Berg Averkamp VFW Post No. 5272 in Potosi. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone.

Surviving is his wife of 42 years, Marian; his children, Angela Cooley and Brian (Sheryl) Hoffman; three grandchildren, Blake Cooley, Dakota and Cheyenne Hoffman; mother-in-law, Mercille Roesch; his siblings, Paul (Donna), Richard (Edna), Jeanette (Hubert) Nohns, Arthur, Brenda, George (Kathy) Hoffman; and many nieces, nephews, & members of the Roesch family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Raymond; and his father-in-law, Eldon Roesch.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Martin Funeral Home in Potosi with Pastor Gordon Cunningham officiating. Burial with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 473 and Berg Averkamp VFW Post No. 5272, will be in the Van Buren Cemetery, Potosi. Family and friends may call on Monday, August 22, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Potosi, and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.


Malinda Upmann

Malinda J. Upmann, age 95, of Platteville, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Gray's Nursing Home in Platteville.  She was born on May 22, 1921, in Harrison Township, the daughter of Leo B. and Magdalena (Averkamp) Reuter.  On January 23, 1946, she was united in marriage to Donald Upmann at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson.  After their marriage, the couple farmed in the Darlington area until moving to Platteville in 1961.  Malinda worked several years as a CNA in area hospitals and nursing homes.  She enjoyed reading, gardening and family history.  Malinda was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville.

Survivors include her children,  Shirley (Ken) Goodman, Browntown, Donnette Rynes, Verona, Bonnie (Jim) Kness, Platteville, Connie (Marc) Pass, Dubuque, IA, Alan (Roxie) Upmann, Edmund; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; two sisters,  Dottie Johns and Viola Winkler; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, & friends.

In addition to her parents, Malinda was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; a son-in-law, Roland Henry; two sisters, Mary Koeller and Alberta Hanson; two brothers, Wilbert "Bill" and Harold Reuter; and three brothers-in-law, Duane Hanson, C.C. Winkler, and Mansel Johns.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville with Father Faustino Ruiz officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Platteville.  Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Platteville is serving the family.

 


Carol Udelhoven

Carol J. Udelhoven, age 84, of Mineral Point, formerly of Bloomington, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016, at Upland Hills Health Center in Dodgeville.  She was born on September 30, 1931, in New Orleans, LA, the daughter of Charles J. and Cecile V. (Weaver) Schwarz.  It was there that she met Donald R. Udelhoven who was a PFC stationed stateside in New Orleans.  On October 10, 1955, Carol and Don were united in marriage.  After their marriage, the couple moved to Beetown Township where they farmed the Udelhoven family farm.  Carol enjoyed southern cooking, golfing, square dancing, playing cards and spending time with family.  She was a member of the Bloomington United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include her children: Karen (Brad) Wells, Mineral Point; Greg (Beth) Udelhoven, Plymouth, MN; Aaron (Heidi) Udelhoven, Brooklyn, WI; nine grandchildren:  Makenzie Wells; Rachael and Audra Zimmer; Ryan, Eric, and Carly Udelhoven; Tavna, Dru, and Raelyn Udelhoven; a son-in-law, Michael Zimmer; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; a daughter, Carolyn Zimmer; and her sisters:  Myrtle Amato, Laura Cortez; Esther Triche.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster with Reverend Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Burial will be in Dodge Cemetery, Beetown Township.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Carol J. Udelhoven Memorial Fund has been established.


Katherine A. Robinson

Katherine A. Robinson, age 102, of Cassville, died Thursday, August 4, 2016, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster.  Katherine was born on March 26, 1914 in Cassville, the daughter Glen & Mary (Thomas) Ashlock.  She attended Cassville public schools and graduated in 1932.  Katherine married Sherwood Robinson on October 7, 1933.  They traveled along the Mississippi River, following Sherwood's job.  She lived in Chicago, Rock Island and Fort Wayne. 

Katherine was active in high school and played basketball, and piano for students to march out of study hall.  She owned the Sherry Frock Shop for many years, as well as the IGA grocery store in Cassville.  She and Sherwood raised birds for sale, and ran Teen Hops as hobbies.  Katherine traveled through all fifty states, plus she visited Mexico, Canada, and Jamaica.  She was a member of the Cassville Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Cassville Women's Club.

Katherine is survived by her daughter, Sherry Schauff; a grandson, Sean Schauff; twin great-grandchildren, Sage & Shelby Schauff; and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherwood; her parents; and her sister, Audery Benish.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Martin Funeral Home in Cassville, with Rev. Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Burial will be in Cassville Cemetery.  Friends may call an hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home. 

 


 

Kathryn M. Kuster

Kathryn M. Kuster, age 98, a lifelong Potosi resident, died Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster, under the care of St. Croix Hospice. Kathryn was born on February 8, 1918, the daughter of Leo and Olive Winkler.

 

She married J. Spencer Kuster on August 27, 1940 in Tennyson.

 

Kathryn is survived by her daughter, Susan (Tom) Cardinal of Minneapolis, MN; sisters, Ruth Bergdoll and Mary Franklin both of Traverse City, MI; daughter-in-law, Joyce Kuster, Huntley, IL; grandchildren, Stacie (Teo) Leonard, Apollo Beach, FL, Chad Foehringer, Minneapolis, MN, Marty Kuster, Algonquin, IL, Brett (Leslie) and great-grandson, Dylan Kuster, all of Algonquin, IL; and many nieces & nephews.

 

In addition to her parents, Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Spencer in 1984; her son, Wayne in 2004; and her siblings, Donald, Harlan, Norbert, and Gerald Winkler, Bernadette Mason, & Geraldine Vaassen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, with Fr. Richard Leffler celebrating the mass. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call an hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is assisting the family.


Theodore W. Anderson

Theodore W. "Ted" Anderson, age 89 of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.  He was born August 16, 1926 in Chicago IL.

    "I Love Life!" 

 Ted said this even as his Alzheimer's symptoms worsened during his five years living in Orchard Manor Nursing Home, the place he called "Home".  Ted grew up in a loving family, strengthened by his father Theodore, mother Marie and sister Jeanne. After graduating from High School in Chicago, he enrolled in the U.S. Navy in 1944 at age 18. Following his active service, Ted showed his dedication to the U.S.A. by serving as a Naval Reservist for 29 years. During those years, he earned an Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Illinois. After he found his initial job as an engineer boring, he pursued a Legal Degree from DePaul University in Chicago.  He then spent over 50 years enjoying his career as an Intellectual Property Attorney.  How he loved his work!!  

Unconditional love was extended to his children:  Chip (Vicki), John, Mary, Nancy (Paul) and Alan. Also to his wonderful Grandchildren:  LeAnn (Forrest), Conor, Cole and Joshua.  His tenderness and love surrounded his great-grandsons--Cash and Clyde.

His love of life, his Navy career, and his Legal career were witness to Ted's integrity, kindness, intelligence and generosity.  His marriage to Helen in 1977 cemented a partnership filled with humor, cameras, pets, challenges, and mutual respect and love. Ted really enjoyed living and working in the Lancaster WI area.  Oh, and how he loved flying his Bellanca Viking!   

He is survived by his "bride" Helen, his children and the family's younger generations.  Also, his sister Jeanne (Glenn), nieces: Kathy and Amy, nephew Gordon, and all the loving caretakers at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.

Ted was preceded in death by his father Theodore W., his mother Marie H., and two precious aunts: Bertha and Catherine.

A Celebration of Ted's Life will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Orchard Manor Nursing Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  A luncheon will follow.  Private family burial with military honors accorded by the Richard Burns American Legion Post No. 109, the William Pollock VFW Post No. 2344 and the DAV No. 40 will be at Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the nursing home chapel.  Family and friends may also call on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster.


 

Grace Marlene "Marly" (Deutsch) Haskins

October 8 1932 - July 26, 2016

Grace Marlene "Marly" (Deutsch) Haskins, age 83, of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 216, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  Born in New York City, Marly moved with her family at an early age to St Paul MN, where her father was employed as an interior decorator, and her mother taught high school English.  After grade school, Marly attended St Paul Academy, earning her diploma in 1950.  She completed her BA degree in English at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs NY, later earning an MA in school administration from UW-Madison.  She returned to Minnesota after Skidmore and became a school teacher in Pine City.  In 1955, through a mutual acquaintance, she met Darrel Haskins, an Air Force officer stationed at Chamberlain Field in St Paul and the man who would become the love of her life and future husband. After she and Darrel married October 26, 1957, they moved to Darrel's hometown Lancaster, WI, where Darrel worked in the family petroleum business.  Small town life was a bit of an adjustment for a big city girl, but Marly adapted well and they started a family with a son in 1959 and a daughter in 1962.  Marly served the community in a wide range of roles, including substitute teacher locally and full-time teacher in Potosi, WI; longtime volunteer at Lancaster Memorial Hospital; board member of the local hospital auxiliary and eventually president of the Wisconsin association of hospital auxiliaries; volunteer coordinator for Orchard Manor; member of the Lancaster City Council, Cub Scout den mother, Brownie leader, charter member of Lancaster Community Players, and most recently served on the planning and fundraising committee for the Schreiner Memorial Library expansion.  She especially enjoyed her homemakers group, book club, and bridge club, and she loved to travel, occasionally with her mother but most often with husband and soulmate Darrel. 

Marly was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy (Dunn) and Clarence Deutsch, her grandparents Evaline and William W (Billy) Dunn, and her favorite aunt Jane Graw. 

She is survived by her four grandchildren, whom she loved dearly:  Amelia Rolf,  Nolan Rolf, Alex Haskins, Carl (Laura) Geczy-Haskins; her children Sheila (Troy) Rolf and Bill (Lisa Swanson) Haskins, and her loving husband of almost 59 years, Darrel.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Lancaster Congregational Church with Reverend Mark Dieter officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to Grant Regional Auxiliary or the Lancaster Congregational Church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Douglas Wolf

Douglas D. Wolf, age 61, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at his home.  He was born on December 15, 1954, the son of Robert L. and Marian D. (Keene) Wolf.  Doug graduated from Lancaster High School in 1973.  On August 9, 1975, he married his high school sweetheart, Kristine A. Noble at the Lancaster Congregational Church.  Doug graduated from the University of Wisconsin Platteville and furthered his education having received his Master's from the University of Wisconsin Madison.  He taught at the University of Wisconsin Platteville for a short time and later returned to farming.  Doug, Kris, and their family currently operate Wolf L&G Farms.  He served on the Wisconsin Pork Producers Board, National Pork Producers Council, Lancaster School Board and People's State Bank Board.  Doug served on the United States Department of Agriculture and the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. He had a passion to share his love for agriculture which lead him to being elected to numerous boards and committees for which he traveled many different states and countries leaving a legacy in the agriculture industry.  Since 2013, Doug and Kris have owned Driftless Meats & More in Viroqua.   He was also active in the Lancaster FFA Alumni, Lancaster Congregational Church, and enjoyed hunting trips with family and friends. Doug loved spending time with his five wonderful grandchildren and all of their activities.

Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Kris; their daughter, Megan and her daughters: Makenna and Malaina Graney; their son, Shannon (Melissa) and their sons: Mitch, Nolan and Ross; a sister, Jann (Richard) Harms; his brothers: Larry (Pam) and Mark (Rosemary) Wolf; his mother-in-law, Elsie Noble and her family: Terry (Kris); Robert (Diane); Kathy (Rodney) Vogelsberg; Douglas (Amy) Noble; many nieces and nephews.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marian Wolf; and his father-in-law, Stanley Noble.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lancaster Congregational Church with Reverend Mark Dieter officiating.  Private family burial will be held in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Monday, August 1, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the church and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Douglas D. Wolf Memorial Fund has been established. Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


 

Margaret Koopman

Margaret M. Koopman, age 97, of Bloomington, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016, surrounded by her loving family at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.  She was born on September 30, 1918, the daughter of Paul and Susan (Gillitzer) O'Shaughnessy.  Margaret graduated from Seneca High School.  On November 6, 1940, she was united in marriage to Omer C. Koopman at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Seneca.  After their marriage they farmed on the Koopman family farm in Patch Grove Township for over 60 years.  Margaret was a homemaker and loved raising her family.  She raised chickens and chinchillas and all of the chores that came with them.  Margaret was a talented seamstress and sewed many dresses, clothing, and even wedding dresses for family and friends.  She had a very artistic side and enjoyed painting china, oil painting, and decorating wedding cakes.  Margaret was a devoted member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington. 

Survivors include her three daughters:  Mary Sue (Earl) Sewell; Sharon Barr; Barbara Moss; a son, Jim (Laurie) Koopman; many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jen Hermsen.

Margaret was preceded in death by her loving husband, Omer; a granddaughter, Tonya Monroe; three sons-in-law:  Terry Monroe, John Barr, and Ben Moss; a brother, Pete O'Shaughnessy; sisters:  Eileen (Tom) Snell Slade; Kay (Cletus) Breuer; Betty Sue (Bernie) Boylen; Ann O'Shaughnessy; two brothers-in-law:  Ambrose Hermsen and Hank Slade. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 9:15 a.m. until time of services at the church, where a 9:00 a.m. parish rosary will be prayed.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family. 

 


Harold Faherty

Harold H. Faherty, age 90, of Platteville, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at his home, under the care of Home Health United Hospice and surrounded by loved ones.  Harold was born on December 7, 1925 in Platteville, a son of Charles & Margaret (Linden) Faherty.

Harold enlisted in the Marines, and served his country during World War II in the South Pacific.  He was united in marriage to Lucille Blindert on August 16, 1949, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson.

After his retirement from Interstate Power Company, Harold enjoyed being a volunteer driver for The Aging and Disability Resource Center.  One of Harold's most memorable moments was on May 18, 2010 when he was able to take part in the inaugural flight of the Honor Flight of Dubuque to visit Washington, DC to see the WW II Memorial and other military sites.

Harold is survived by his seven children, Steve of Hazelhurst, WI, Janel (John) Rasmussen of Albuquerque, NM, Dan (Deb Chapman) of Platteville, Terry of Cuba City, Randy (Kim Pearce) of Slidell, LA, Neil (Rhonda Dilley) of Spring Green, and Kay (Michael Holmes) Faherty of McFarland; twelve grandchildren, Amy (Keith) Medema, Angie (David) Brahm, Chris (Jackie) Faherty, Tadra (Richard) Mack, Ryan Faherty, Laura Rasmussen, Matthew (Kathleen) Rasmussen, Kitty (Brian) Bisson, Samantha Faherty, Adam (Quin) Faherty, Katelyn Faherty and Nolan Faherty; eleven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Pauline Mishefski, Rosemary (William) Baker, Karen (Bernard) Eastlick, and Barbara (Dennis) Young; three brothers, Keith (Joan), Joseph (Delores), and Patrick (Alice); two sisters-in-law, Joan and Shirley Faherty; special friend, Eleanor Noble and her family; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy in 2005; his parents; a son, Timothy in 1969; a sister, Eileen Olson; three brothers, Ralph, Francis, and Charles Faherty; two half-brothers, Paul and Maynard Faherty; and three half-sisters, Florence, Virginia, and Mary.

Graveside Services with military honors accorded by Leo M. Kane American Legion Post #42 and Christopher Splinter VFW Post #5274, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Calvary Cemetery, Platteville, with Deacon Bill Bussan and Lindsay Guyer officiating.  A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at Scooter's Midway in Potosi. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Platteville is assisting the family.

In lieu of plants and flowers, a Harold H. Faherty memorial fund has been established.

 


John C. Hovancak, Jr.

John C. Hovancak, Jr., age 66, of Dodgeville, died Thursday, July 14, 2016, in an automobile accident in Potosi Township, Grant County.  John was born on August 21, 1949 in Harvey, IL, the son of John & Vernabelle (Retzlaff) Hovancak, Sr.  

John went to Ascension grade school and high school at Thorton Township. After attending Thorton Junior College, he took flying lessons for a pilot's license in 1968; he then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in Biloxi, MS in 1969, Hurricane Camille struck. His tech school was suspended and he was assigned to Rescue and Recovery duty and later to Shaw Air Force Base as an Electronic Warfare Technician, serving a F-4 Phantom Fighter Jet crew.

John learned piano and organ as a child, and as a teenager played as organist and a singer in several Rock 'n Roll bands, including Theodore Telephone. Later, John fixed and restored the family player piano and began his life work of building and restoring antique, automatic music machines and music boxes. His love of all different types of music was a big part of his life.

A project of restoring his parent's old player piano led him on a search of some parts. He was directed to Dave Ramey of Chicago Heights, IL, who had done work on various player pianos for Svoboda's Nickelodeon Tavern in the same area. John later became an apprentice to Dave in the restoration of mechanical musical instruments. They would later take trips to the Dodgeville area to work on instruments owned by Alex Jordan at the House on the Rock. John was later offered a full time position at the House on the Rock.

In 1972, he moved to Wisconsin with his then girlfriend, Rebecca Otterstedt, of Peoria, IL to design and build 8 major music machines displayed at the House on the Rock, with the help of Dan Meuer of Dodgeville. He recently redesigned, rebuilt and restored one of those machines in the "Streets of Yesterday", which he built over 35 years ago.

John continued to collaborate on the restoration of many, many orchestrions for various collectors. John's meticulous restorations and strife for historical accuracy required him to spend an immense amount of time conducting historical research, as some organs were rescued in all states of conditions. These historical wonders live on in major collections and museums around the world.

In the mid 1970's he received an unusual request.  Maestro Frank Italiano, the conductor of the Symphony of the Hills, offered John the unusual experience of sitting in the center of an orchestra during a performance. This invitation came as a result of Italiano and orchestra students touring the House on the Rock and experiencing the collection of mechanical musical instruments under John's work. John was later to write about this experience to invite patrons to bid the opportunity to enjoy the same experience to raise funds for the symphony.

John "The Wiz" purchased a home in Dodgeville in 1974, having fallen in love with the area and the people. Becky and he married in March of 1984 in Las Vegas, and welcomed their daughter, Cassandra Diane, in September 1985, and son, Joshua John, in April 1989.

Being inspired by Flash Gordon as a child, John had an interest of model rocketry, and had won first place at the Illinois State Science Fair by launching a rocket containing a live mouse. Both rocket and mouse returned to earth safely (This was before the first moon launch). He shared this love of science and mechanical things with his son, Josh, and together they enjoyed many trips to model rocket launches and events around the United States.

John requested the song "America the Beautiful" by Ray Charles be played for him, "As the lyrics really mean what I feel about this country." John loved spending his free time being outdoors, reading, and being with his friends and his companion, Karen Cooley of Dodgeville.

John is survived by his daughter, Cassandra Hovancak, Brooklyn, NY; his son, Joshua Hovancak, Montfort, WI; and a sister, Nina Sparger, South Holland, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Please join us to celebrate the life of John "The Wiz" Hovancak Jr, on Sunday, July 31, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. until dusk. Come share your memories and stories at "Bray's Pond", located at 4719 Brennan Road, Dodgeville.

Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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