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Patricia J. Lucey

Patricia J. Lucey, age 72, formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

She was born January 17, 1942, the daughter of Arnold and Opal (Redman) Sawvell. Patricia grew up in Prairie du Chien where she attended Prairie du Chien High School. She married Robert J. Lucey and for many years they managed the Lancaster Reddy Mix Plant. Later in life, they lived and worked in La Crosse. After Robert’s passing, Patricia returned to Prairie du Chien.  Shortly thereafter, she met her special friend Kurt Freter, who also adored her children and grandchildren. Patricia enjoyed being with her family. She enjoyed taking care of her flowers, mowing her yard and taking care of her horse, Reb. Most of all, Patricia enjoyed working with Kurt canning and freezing food from their garden for all of their children and grandchildren. 

She is survived by her companion, Kurt Freter; her six children Steve (Teresa) Lucey; Shari (Tracy) Olsen-Kolk; Sandra (Robert) Bradley; Robert Lucey Jr.; Linda (Curt) Kaufman; Scott (Vicki) Lucey; 20 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren; her siblings:  Diane (Earl) Hansen; Rodney (Kathy) Sawvell; Betty (George) Lane; Roger (Vicki) Sawvell; many nieces and nephews; her brother-in-law, Gary Thorton and many members of the Lucey family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert, and her sister, Vicki Thorton. 

A private family graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  A celebration of Pat’s life will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family.

 


Richard W. Grindell

Richard W. Grindell, age 90, of Platteville, passed away Thursday, August 14th at Grays Nursing Home in Platteville. He was born Jan. 13th, 1924 in Platteville to John L. and Marcia (Rundell) Grindell.    

For many years Dick worked in the family monument business with his mother and brother, Ed, which was a great source of pride for him.  He was musically gifted and enjoyed playing piano, organ, guitar, and accordion-all by ear. A CD of his music will be playing at the visitation. He was an incredible marksman with a 22 rifle and was well known for his abilities at area “turkey shoots”.  He constructed and used slingshots and gave away many over the years.  Many area residents remember the 7’ kites he made and would fly in the pasture along highway 81.  Several friends enjoyed sharing his interests with him through the years.  Dick thoroughly enjoyed his motorcycle and logged many miles on it, riding it into his 80’s., later in life he constructed bird feeders out of plastic jugs, filled them with seed, and would give them to area food pantries to distribute. He took much pleasure in raising mammoth sunflowers, harvesting them, and feeding the birds.

Ed and Elaine Grindell, Dick’s brother and wife, were dedicated caregivers to him for many years involving him in family and community activities. Dick looked forward to traveling to be with family for the holidays up North in Wisconsin and in Missouri. He took his first train ride in his early 80’s to St. Louis and enjoyed the view from the top of the Arch. He was a Packer and Brewer fan and enjoyed attending a couple of baseball games.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Jack, George, Bob, and Ed.  

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014, at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville, with Reverend Mary Ann  Floerke officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of plants and flowers, a Richard Grindell Memorial Fund has been established.

A heartfelt thanks to Michelle and Jim Klein, Rita Hoffman, David McDermett, Deb and Doug Custer, and Diane Paynter for their care and special friendship to Dick. The family is also very grateful to Grays Nursing Home staff for the excellent care and compassion they provided the past few months.


Genelda M. Yoose

Genelda Mae Yoose, age 86, of Potosi, took the journey to Heaven with Jesus on the evening of Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster.  She was born on May 27, 1928, in Lancaster, the daughter of Carl and Genevieve (Keene) Irish.  Genelda attended Boice Creek Grade School and Lancaster High School.  In 1945, she married Calvin Paul Yoose at the Lancaster Presbyterian Church, where she was baptized, confirmed, taught Sunday school, served as Deacon, and was a lifelong active member.  Genelda was also a member of the Eastern Star, thirty-two years as a Superintendent at the Grant County Fair, sold Avon for many years, was a 4-H leader, and farmed with her husband and her family all her life.  Her favorite things to do in her life was being with her family, gardening, baking, cooking, quilting, and painting.  Genelda was well known for her gift of cooking and making sure no one went away hungry.  She could make up a full meal in a snap and it was always “great.”  She made many awesome quilts and had a gift of painting beautiful pictures. 

In addition to her parents, Genelda was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Yoose, a brother, Lloyd, and a grandson, Cody Yoose.

Survivors include her five children:  Steve (Carol) Yoose; Sharon (Dale) Bontreger; Betty (Roger) Allbee; William “Bill” Yoose, Sandy (Todd) Ehlen; fourteen grandchildren:  Cindy, Becky, John, Danny (Kari) Yoose, Amy (Eric) Giese, Tamie (Craig Pash) Patcle, Kimberly (Andrew) Marinelli, Stacy (Jason) Wehausen, Sheila Allbee, Sheena (Al) Reynolds, Ryan (Whitney) Allbee, Cari Ehlen, April (R.J.) Osterhaus, Trevor Ehlen, many several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Katie) Irish; and a brother-in-law, Ivan Yoose.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial will be in Hurricane Cemetery, South Lancaster Township.  Family and friends may call on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Genelda M. Yoose Memorial Fund has been established.


Helen K. Kerkenbush

Helen K. Kerkenbush, age 87, passed away on Saturday August 16, 2014 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. She was born February 17, 1927 the daughter of Roy and Josephine (Kelly) Slater. Helen married Robert B. Kerkenbush on June 11, 1946. Together on the family farm, Little Patch of Heaven, they raised their family. The farm was honored as a Sesquicentennial Farm by the State of Wisconsin in 1997. Helen enjoyed yard work, flowers, and cooking. One of her other joys was the many family gatherings.

Surviving are her sons; Dan, Joe (Delores), Jerry (Tawna Dickey) Kerkenbush, her daughters; Joyce (Justin) Weber, Janet (Kendle) Bode, Judy (Terry) Fortmann, Joan (Dave) Klaas, 22 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, siblings: Delores (David) Burkholder, LaVerne (Ruth) Slater, Barb (Bill) Zenz, Dick (Pat Setzek) Slater, and Shirley Kitelinger.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, two sons, Bruce and Jeffrey, a daughter in infancy, a daughter-in-law, Alice Kerkenbush, her brothers, Kenneth (Margaret), Bobby and Cecil Slater, a sister Betty Pace and a brother-in-law Leo Kitelinger.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, with Fr. Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Funeral Home and Cremation service of Potosi is assisting the family. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Helen K.  Kerkenbush memorial fund has been established.


Lois J. Soden

Lois J. Soden, age 85, of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Lancaster Care Center.  She was born on February 1, 1929, in Lodi, the daughter of Ted and Alice (Chrysler) Quam.  On March 28, 1953, she married Victor Soden, Sr. in Caledonia, MN.  She and her husband lived and raised their five children in Lancaster.  Lois enjoyed spending winters in Florida, spending time with her grandkids and most of all, spending time with her husband, Rip.  She loved to read and dance.  Lois also enjoyed spending time crocheting afghans for her family members.

Survivors include her four children:  Ken (Barb) Thompson, Lancaster; Deb (David) Randall, Boscobel; Victor Soden, Jr., Monroe; and Vicki (Bob) Paris, Lancaster; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; her sister, Clarice Packard, Baraboo; her brother, Duane Quam, Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, Hester Baier, Eau Galle; Hazel Soden, Lancaster; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Victor Soden, Sr., one sister, Janice Quam, her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Barbara Thompson, her grandson, Nick Pitzen, and a brother-in-law, Harlan Packard.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church in Lancaster with Reverend Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Ruby I. Lenz

Ruby I. Lenz, age 82, of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  She was born on April 25, 1932, the daughter of Herman and Annie (Kitelinger) Lenz.  Ruby was employed as a CNA at Good Samaritan Center in Fennimore.

Survivors include her sister, Wilma Densch and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde and William (Ruth) Lenz, and three sisters, Martha (William) Fisher, Cecelia (LaVerne “Jud”) Ketterer, and Florence (Royce) Stormont.

Private family graveside services will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Liberty Ridge Cemetery, rural Lancaster.  In keeping with Ruby’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family.


Leila M. Bausch

Leila M. Bausch, age 82, of Cassville, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. She was born May 16, 1932, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (McWilliams) Mumm. Leila graduated Settlement Country School, rural Cassville. She married Walter Bausch on June 5, 1955. Together they raised their family that Leila loved to cook and bake for. She worked at the San Ray and Sand Bar Supper Clubs, and later, at Rapid Die and Molding in Cassville. Leila was a devoted member of St. Charles Catholic Church.

Surviving are her children: Michael (Eureka “Reke”) Bausch, Tim (Shelby )Bausch, Doreen Hegy, Susan (Bob Johnson) Wright, Ken (Dawn) Bausch, Dan (Janine) Bausch, and Lisa (Mike) Melzer; thirteen grandchildren:  Tony (Emily) Bausch, Samantha and Rylie Bausch, Brian and Shelby Hegy, Tabetha (Jim) Little, Jennifer Schroeder, Kira and Kaci Bausch, Jasmine and Joel Weger, Paige Melzer and Angie Hubeler; seven great-grandchildren: Kaylee, Valerie, Patrick, Ethan, Asher, Mason, and Colten;  a daughter-in-law, Susan (Bob) Forbes; two brothers: Bernard (Pat) and Dave Mumm; two sisters-in-law: Eleanor and Mercedes Mumm; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Walter, Leila is preceded in death by her son, Ronald, two brothers: Bill and Walter Mumm, two sisters: Helen (Donald) Ploessl and Isabelle (Bob) Bausch, and a sister-in-law, Helen Mumm.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Fr. John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Settlement Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, August 24, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville, where a 2:45 p.m. parish rosary will be held. Friends may also call on Monday from 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home until time of services at the church.


 

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