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Arnold B. "Coke" Cuchna

Arnold B. “Coke” Cuchna, age 77, of Bloomington, passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at his home. 

Private family graveside services with military honors will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family.


Thomas D. Matchett

Thomas D. Matchett, age 61, of Cassville, passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at his home.  Services are pending at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville. 


John W. Wilkinson

John William Wilkinson, age 78, of Mount Hope, passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse.  He was born on October 7, 1935, the son of William J. and Nellie (Ward) Wilkinson.  John graduated from Patch Grove High School in 1953.  He enlisted in the United States Army in March of 1953 and served his country for three years in Granite City, IL and Orleans, France.  John also served two years in the Army Reserves, followed by twenty-nine years in the WIARNG, retiring in 1984 as CW3.  He married Mary J. Moore on June 21, 1957.  They divorced in 2000.  John later met his soul-mate and true love, his fiancé, Susan McCartney.  They resided in Millville with his other love, Jimmy, his four legged buddy.

John was a mechanic, handyman, tinkerer, and jack-of-all-trades his entire life.  His greatest love was to share his mechanical knowledge with all of those he knew.  John never lacked a fix-it-job for himself or others even if it meant trying out a new tool or gadget.  He was a quiet and humble man who spoke volumes.  John always stepped up to help when he saw a need without wanting or seeking recognition for all of his good deeds.  He was a constant source of support and wisdom for his family and friends.  John had a quiet unspoken pride for those he loved.   He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a paid for life member of the Gray Wachter Murphy American Legion Post No. 229 of Mount Hope.  John was an avid supporter of fellow veterans.

Survivors include his fiancé, Susan McCartney and her daughter, Mona (Keith) Wilson; his son, John R. “Junior” (Abby Tredennick) Wilkinson; his daughter, Janet (Roger) Friedlein; his grandchildren:  Jeremy, Casey, Bella, Zach, Tyler, Brendley, Wayne, Amanda, Kris, Kyle, and Jonah; his great-grandchildren:  Chuck, Danica, Lainey, Natilie, Andy, Phoenix, Dravon, Trae, and Kris, Jr.; his brother, Jerry (Ilene) Wilkinson; his nephew, Kevin (Deb) Wilkinson and family; his niece, Karen (Gary) Welter and family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant siblings and his sister, Doris (Eugene) Werner. 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 29, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington with Pastor Mike Christensen officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in Patch Grove Cemetery, Patch Grove Township.  Family will greet friends on Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington and on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be given to the Gray Wachter Murphy American Legion Post No. 229 of Mount Hope. 


Gladys E. Esser

Gladys E. Esser, age 82, of Lancaster, passed away on Friday, September 26, 2014, at her home in Lancaster.  She was born on June 21, 1932, in Beetown, the daughter of Henry and Wealthy (Retallick) Robinson.  Gladys graduated from Lancaster High School in 1950.  Following graduation, she was employed at a department store in Dubuque.  On November 23, 1950, Gladys was united in marriage to Frederick “Dean” Esser in Bloomington.  After their marriage, the couple raised a family.  Gladys operated various taverns and restaurants and managed her husband’s trucking business until her retirement in 1975.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, vintage cars, reading, watching television, and going to garage sales and thrift stores.  Gladys adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her children:  Joseph (Angie) Esser; David Esser; Cheryl “Cheri” Klaas, all of Lancaster; ten grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; two sisters:  Lila (Neal) Shaben, Van Wert, OH; Verna (Thomas) Muller, Aurora, IL; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Dean, and eight brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster with Reverend Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services.

The family would like to thank Homeward Bound, Carol Wentz, and Clarisa Kehoe for the special care they gave Gladys all these years.


Judith May Buss

Judith May Buss, age 71, of Platteville, passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.  She was born on September 12, 1943, in Lancaster, the daughter of Herbert and Gladys (Wendlandt) Smith.  Judith attended country school and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1960.  On June 24, 1967, she was united in marriage to Michael Buss at Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster.  After their marriage, Judith was employed at Loud Speaker Component until moving to Platteville.  She raised her family and was a loving aunt who cared for and raised her extended family as well.  Judith enjoyed her flower garden, reading, traveling and her mother-daughter-sister shopping trips.  She also enjoyed “Sister Days.” 

Survivors include her loving husband, Michael Buss; their children:  Aaron Buss and Meghan (Michael) Annable; one grandchild on the way; one brother, Orville Smith; four sisters:  Ann (Jerry) Lawrence; Linda (Tom) Fielder; Micki Smith; Donna (Mark) Landon; a sister-in-law, Joyce Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Judith was preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard and David Smith; a sister, Jean Vogt; two nephews, Duane and Mark Smith; a great niece, Cherish Hope Lawrence; and her mother and father-in-law, Harold and Lyla Buss.

Private family funeral services will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014, at Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster with Pastor David Froemming officiating.  Private family burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Friday, October 3, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster. 


 

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