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James Krogman

James John "Jim" Krogman, age 94 of Cassville, passed away on Friday May 20, 2016, surrounded by his loving family, at the home of his daughter Laurie (Jim) Koopman. He was born on March 4, 1922 in Bloomington Township, the eldest son of Herman and Julia (Trumm) Krogman. Jim graduated from St. Mary's Grade School in Bloomington, and from Bloomington High School. On September 21, 1942 Jim enlisted in the United States Army to serve his country during World War II. His foreign tour of duty took him to Casablanca and Algiers in North Africa, as well as the invasions at Salerno and Anzio in Italy, and the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. On November 17, 1951 he was united into marriage to Mary Margaret Hampton at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington. Jim considered this union to be the wisest decision of his life. They made their home in Bloomington, and were members of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He enjoyed his 63 year career in banking. Jim worked for 23 years at Bloomington State Bank. In 1970 Jim and Mary moved to Cassville, where Jim worked for 40 years at Badger State Bank. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Banking, and served on various state and county banking committees. Jim was a member of the Abraham Hickok Wetmore American Legion Post #148 in Bloomington, as was his father before him, as Herman had served in the United States Army during World War I. He was also a member of the Mumm Welsh American Legion Post #352, VFW Post #7080 and St Charles Catholic Church in Cassville. Family was Jim's greatest pride and joy.

Jim dearly loved his wife Mary, and during their 53 years of marriage, they were blessed with four daughters: Laurie (Jim) Koopman, Julie (Steve) Uppena, Amy (Louie) Okey, and Janet (Dan) Jansen; 13 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren. Jim is also survived by his three brothers; Paul (Nelda), Tom (Evie), and Fr. Phil Krogman, a sister in law Jean Krogman, nieces, nephews, and members of the Hampton family.

In addition to his parents Herman and Julia, Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary, his brother Ernest "Ernie" and his sister Norma (Carl) Andrews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, with Fr. John Meinholz, Fr. Phil Krogman and Fr. William Seipp officiating.  Burial with military honors will be held in St. Charles Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Cassville, where a 3:45p.m. scripture service will be prayed. Family and friends may also call on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at St. Charles Catholic Church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a James J. Krogman memorial fund has been established.


Jacoba Kritzinger

Jacoba Kritzinger, age 56, of Lancaster, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at her home under the care of Home Health United Hospice.  Jacoba was born on January 20, 1960 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the daughter of Daniel & Aletta (Olivier) Kritzinger.

Jacoba attended Joubertina High School and graduated from Charlie Cribb College in Port Elizabeth with her Midwife RN.  She married Jan Pierre Lourens in 1983. In 2000 the family moved to the United States and finally settled in Lancaster.  She divorced in 2007. 

Jacoba worked tirelessly to provide for her children and continued a life of sacrifice until her death.

Jacoba is survived by her children, Su-Alette (Gereld) Moore, Juanna (Cole Miller) Lourens, and Jaun-Pierre Lourens; three grandsons, Brady James Moore, Cooper Alan Moore, and Declan Thomas Miller; a sister, Margaretha (Hennie) Zwiegers; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.

Mary Brandemuehl

Mary I. Brandemuehl, age 94, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, in Dubuque, IA, surrounded by her family.  She was born on January 26, 1922, the daughter of Herbert and Fern (Miles) Schwantes.  Mary graduated from Lancaster High School in 1940.  She married James C. Brandemuehl on March 10, 1941, in Clinton, IA.  Together they farmed all of their lives.  In 1950, they purchased a farm in Liberty Township that became the Brandemuehl family farm.  Mary was a member of the Grant County Cattlemen and Cowbells, West Grant Saddle Club, Rebecca Lodge, Lancaster United Methodist Church, and Grant County Pork Producers.  She dedicated more than fifty years as a Grant County 4-H leader and member of the Livestock Facility Trust.  Jim and Mary were founding members of the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association and were members of the Southwest Wisconsin Regional High School Rodeo.  She also assisted Liberty Township during election season.  Mary was a proud steward of the land and was a great matriarch of her farm.  Mary's daily routine of caring for her livestock was her happy time. 

Survivors include her children: Larry (Jean); John (Linda) Brandemuehl; Cathy (Steve) McPhail; Sue (Jeff) Funk; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Linda Saunders; a sister, Carol Graney; a brother, Alan (Dolores) Schwantes; many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, James; son, David; a daughter-in-law, Sandra; a great-grandson, Bradley Millin; two brothers: Miles and Norman (Erma) Schwantes; a brother-in-law, Rex Graney.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church with Pastor Jean Schmitt officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.   Family and friends may call on Sunday, May 22, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the church and on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Mary I. Brandemuehl memorial fund has been established.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.



Colleen Anderson

Colleen M. Anderson, age 66, of Wisconsin Rapids, formerly of Patch Grove, Wisconsin passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016, at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids. She was born on December 23, 1949, in Boscobel, the daughter of Leo and Dorothy (Stadele) Lester. Colleen attended West Grant High School. She furthered her education at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore and obtained a degree in Marketing. Colleen was employed at Wellington Place at Biron, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. On September 22, 1984, she was united in marriage to David Anderson at Wyalusing State Park, Bagley, Wisconsin. After their marriage, Colleen enjoyed traveling and was an avid quilter.

Survivors include her loving husband, David; three children: Lisa Pitzer, Boscobel, WI; Bryan Breuer, Denver, CO; Lacey Anderson, Englewood, CO. Three stepchildren: Kevin Anderson, Drumore, PA; Kirk Anderson, Conifer, CO; Kory Anderson, Portage, WI. Colleen also had seventeen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings include: Michael, Middleton, WI; John, Farina, IL; Greg, Charlotte, NC; Donavon, Gays Mills, WI; Joe, Seligman, MO; Kenny, Boscobel, WI; Richard Boscobel, WI; Brendon, Mt. Hope, WI. Four sisters: Trudi Finney, Prairie du Chien, WI; Janice Kirshbaum, Mt.Hope, WI; Theresa Kieler, West Burlington, IA; Anna Marie Lester, Madison, WI.

In addition to her father and mother, Colleen was preceded in death by a son, Eric Breuer and a sister, Susan Schmelling.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington.  Private family graveside services will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Patch Grove Cemetery, Patch Grove with Pastor Mary Ann Floerke officiating. Family and friends may call on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 1:00 until time of services at the Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington.



Ann Ryznar

Ann Louise Murray-Ryznar, age 55 of Cassville, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016, surrounded by her loving family and friends, after a courageous battle with cancer, at Grant Regional Health Center, in Lancaster. She was born December 6, 1960 in Istanbul, Turkey, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Lund) Jacobsen. In her youth, Ann Louise was raised in Turkey, Spain, Swaziland, Kenya, France, and stateside in Kansas. She continued her education at Lawrence College, in Appleton, Wisconsin. This led to a teaching position in Chicago for many years. In graduate school, Ann Louise met her first husband, John Murray. He preceded her in death in 2004.  Ann Louise was employed as an art teacher at Wyalusing Academy in Prairie du Chien.  She was the Special Education Teacher in the Cassville School District. On August 26, 2006 Ann Louise was united into marriage to Thomas E. Ryznar.  She enjoyed the outdoors and all the activities it provided, which included horseback riding, and caring for any kind of animal.  She had a very artistic side that included ceramics, jewelry making, and calligraphy.

Surviving is her loving husband, Tom; her sons, Sean and Nicholas Murray; parents, Edward and Mary Jacobsen; mother in law, Ann Ryznar; sisters, Lisa (Jeff) Rockwood and Greta Strobel; 3 nephews Steven Rockwood, Jesse and Jake Strobel, John Murray's daughter Colleen, as well and many dear friends and colleagues from Chicago and Cassville.

Ann was preceded in death by her first husband John Murray, her father in law John Ryznar Jr., and a brother in law, Joseph Strobel.

A Methodist Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville. Private family burial will be held at a later date. Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until time of services at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville.  The Martin Funeral Home in Cassville is assisting the family. In lieu of plants and flowers, an Ann Louise Murray - Ryznar memorial fund has been established for her sons, Sean and Nicholas Murray.


Kathleen M. Koeller

Kathleen M. Koeller, age 85, of Potosi, passed away on Monday, May 09, 2016, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on February 16, 1931, the daughter of Raymond and Dorothy (Schollmeyer) Nihles.  On November 16, 1949, Kathleen was united in marriage to Gerald C. Koeller at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster.  Together, they operated the family farm just outside of Potosi for more than 50 years.  Kathleen's passion in life was being a wife and mother, a true matriarch.  She was a loving caregiver to her family, realizing their successes were her successes.  No one ever left the house without hearing the phrase, ''come back again'' trailing them out the door as she always had a ''not-so-secret stash'' of ice cream treats waiting for them to return.  In this life Kathleen was a lot to a lot of people.   She was a daughter, older sister, devoted wife, giving mother, loving grandmother, friend and a life-long neighbor.  She will be missed, but her legacy lives on in the many lives she has touched.

Survivors include her loving husband, Gerald; their eleven children:  James Koeller; JoAnn (Bill) Williams; Donna Outlaw; Barbara Weber; Vicki Laugesen; Janet (John) Reding; Marcia (Doug) Kephart; Rita (Mike) Wehinger; John Koeller; Danny (Jill) Koeller; Karen Koeller; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and Baby Reding on the way; her siblings: Judy (Stanley) Henry; Merlyn (Mary) Nihles; sister-in-law: Delores Nihles; nieces, nephews, and many members of the Koeller family.

In addition to her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by her brothers: Vernon (Gwen) Nihles and Robert Nihles; sons-in-law:  Jerome Weber; Dennis Laugesen; and Ronald Outlaw; three nephews:  Steven, Randy, and Terry Nihles; a niece, Sharon Nihles.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Potosi.  Family and friends may call on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Kathleen M. Koeller Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is assisting the family.




Ralph Roy Krepfle

Ralph Roy Krepfle, 90, of Weatherly, PA passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Heritage Hills, Weatherly, PA.

Widower of Alma A (Kerkenbush) Krepfle, ''his one and only'', who passed away on February 15, 2015, after nearly 67 years of marriage and raising 8 children in Potosi, WI.  Ralph is survived by Sons:   Keith Krepfle (fiancee Michelle Darcey) Drums, PA; Michael Krepfle Madison, WI and Robert (Stacy) Krepfle Lakeville, MN.  Daughters: Kay (Roger) Leitzen Milaca, MN; Ann (Dr. Terry) Boyle Potosi, WI; Patricia (Brad) Reuter Potosi, WI and Pamela (Tim) Burling Verona, WI.  Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive him.

Ralph worked as a financial planner for IDS and was awarded top representative for several years.  He worked at John Deere, Inc., Dubuque, IA.  Ralph also managed for 25 years at Keehner Farm Implement, Potosi, WI.  He said it was satisfying to help the hardworking local farmers stay productive.  He then worked for Pioneer Motors, Inc., Lancaster, WI. When living in Potosi, Ralph was active at St. Thomas Catholic Church as an usher, cemetery committee, Parish Council and numerous other committees.  He was also active on various positions with the Village of Potosi Board.  He took pride in his Church and community services.   In his youth, Ralph played Major League baseball with the Chicago Cub's affiliate.  He pitched semi-pro fast pitch for many years.  He also officiated and umpired more games than can be counted.  Ralph very much enjoyed golfing at Lancaster Country Club and many other courses country wide with family and various friends.  Ralph supported his children in their sports from amateur to the professional levels. 

Born April 30, 1925, in Elkport, IA, son of the late Joseph and Pearl (Harbaugh) Krepfle.   Predeceased by his brother, Richard Krepfle, a sister, Mary Alice Krepfle, a son, Raymond in 2013 and step-grandson, Matthew Boyle.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Tennyson, WI on Friday, June 10, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Interment will be in St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery, Tennyson, WI.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Arrangements entrusted to the Martin Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Potosi.






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