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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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