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Mary Droullard

Mary "Betty" Elizabeth Droullard

Mary "Betty" Elizabeth Droullard, age 90, of Lancaster, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Manor Care Health Services in Platteville.  Mary was born on June 1, 1925 in Newburyport, MA, to Otis & Mary (O'Connor) Burrell.

Mary worked for a factory during World War II for the war effort.  Mary's brother Norman, who served during the war, introduced her to his best friend, Francis A. Droullard. After the war, on November 17, 1945, she married Francis in Amesbury, MA.  They moved to Francis' hometown of Lancaster in 1946. They built a house at 1049 West Cherry Street and had four children they raised together. Mary lived in Lancaster until 2013 when she moved to Manor Care in Platteville.

Mary loved spending time with all of her children & grandchildren, and enjoyed playing bingo, euchre, gardening, and baking.

Mary  is survived by her son, Bruce (Donna) Droullard, Readfield, ME; her daughters, Susan (Bob) McLimans, Napoleon, OH, Nancy (Bill) Gozsinski, Waukesha, and Kathy Key, Platteville; a brother, Norman Burrell, Amesbury, MA; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis in 2006; her parents; a grandson, Rob McLimans; two brothers, William and Donald Burrell; and a son-in-law, Jack Key, Jr.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, July 31, 2015, at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster, with Pastor Christopher Droullard officiating.  Friends may call one hour prior to the service.  Private burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.

Jared WinkersJared J. Winkers

Jared J. Winkers, age 17, of Cassville, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015, at his home due to an accidental shooting.  He was born on August 4, 1997, in Lancaster, the son of Kelly and Kit (Kelley) Winkers.  Jared graduated from Cassville High School in May 2015 and was attending Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore working towards a welding certificate and CNC Setup/Operation certification.  He had a passion for guns and cars and loved hunting, playing his guitar and his Xbox.

Survivors include his parents, Kelly and Kit Winkers; his siblings:  Jacob (friend Cortney) Woodford; Jamie (Jen) Woodford; Jessica (Nick) Hansel; his nephew and niece: Taylor Woodford and Destiny Hansel; his aunts and uncles:  Megan (Brad) Kelley; Jessica (Luke) Steger; Karen (Doug) Derks; Kent Winkers; Kevin Haas; his paternal grandparents:  Robert and Marlene Winkers; his maternal grandparents; Don and Janet Kelley; his girlfriend, Brooke Ploessl; his dog, Poopy; many cousins, other relatives and friends.

Jared was preceded in death by his great-grandparents.

Family and friends may call on Monday, July 27, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Cassville High School Gymnasium in Cassville.  Family and friends are invited to share memories of Jared on Monday at 8:00 p.m. at the gymnasium.  Burial will be at a later date.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville is assisting the family.

Shirley C. Keller

Shirley C. Keller, age 86, of Platteville, formerly of Kenosha, died Monday, July 13, 2015, at Manor Care in Platteville, with her family by her side.  Shirley was born on March 5, 1929 in Kenosha, WI, the daughter of Clemons & Minnie (Meyer) Paasch.  She attended local area schools.  Shirley married LaVerne "Jack" Keller in 1947.  They later divorced.  Shirley worked at Cooper's, now Jockey, and as a crossing guard.  She moved to Platteville in 1982.  In Platteville she bartended at Jobie's Tap and worked at Dick's Bakery.

Shirley is survived by a son, Terry (Nora) of Kenosha; her grandchildren, Justin Keller of Kenosha, Vickie (Max) Mejia of Texas, Corinne Keller of Longmont, CO, & Erin (John) Yates of Kenosha; great-grandchildren, J.T. & Charlie Mejia, Gage Keller, and Troy & Grant Yates; a sister, June Keller of Kenosha; a daughter-in-law, Rose Keller of Wild Rose; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry; her parents; a brother, Donald; and a brother in infancy, Joseph. 

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville.  Private burial will be in St. George Cemetery, Kenosha, WI, on July 17, 2015. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Platteville is assisting the family.

Laura L. Esser

Laura L. Esser, age 46, of Cassville, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015, at her parent's home surrounded by her loving family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born on May 13, 1969, in New Jersey, the daughter of Kenneth and Judith (Buschbom) Stappert, Jr.  Laura graduated from Cassville High School in 1987.  She furthered her education at Southwest Technical College in Fennimore and Upper Iowa University in Peosta, IA.   On August 11, 2001, she was united in marriage to Dane M. Esser at Peace Lutheran Church in Platteville.  Laura was employed at DTE Energy in Cassville as their fuel coordinator.  She was also employed at Cassville High School as the track and cross country coach.  Laura was a member of the Cassville Sports Boosters Club and served as treasurer for the Cassville Lioness Club.  She enjoyed horseback riding, boating on the Mississippi River and mushroom hunting.  Laura loved keeping up with her sons, Dallas and Colin, and all of their activities. 

Survivors include her husband, Dane; two sons:  Dallas and Colin; her parents, Ken and Judy; brothers:  Todd (Tonya) and Travis (fianc� Amanda Wake-Skaar); mother and father-in-law, Ronny (Charlene) Esser; a sister-in-law, Rhonda (Rob) Timmerman; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Laura's Life being held Saturday, July 25, 2015, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at J&J's Sandbar in Cassville.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Laura L. Esser Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville is assisting the family.


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