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Potosi, WI  53820

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Platteville, WI  53818

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Kathleen McKillip

Kathleen L. McKillip, age 86, of Cassville, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.  She was born on February 1, 1928, in Iowa, the daughter of Alphonse and Catherine (Cleary) Schwendinger.  Kathleen was employed at Oscar Meyer in Dubuque.  On February 21, 1950, she was united in marriage to John McKillip in Prairie du Chien.  After their marriage, the couple farmed in Crawford County.  Kathleen enjoyed going to garage sales, gambling, and playing cards.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.  Kathleen was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church.

Survivors include her children:  Patricia (Karl) Johnson, Alaska; Linda (Harley) Clark, Boscobel; Sharon, Texas; Diane (Darrel) Wood, Florida; Mike (Sheila) McKillip, Potosi; Paul (Mary Hankemeier) McKillip, Louisiana; Kathryn McKillip, Boscobel; eleven grandchildren:  Christine, Joseph, John, Adam, Matthew, Zachary, Steven, Brooke, Andrew, Connor, and Delany; great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters:  Virginia McGovern, Missouri; Donald Schwendinger, Seneca; Rosemary (Roy) Wydert, Winthrop, IA; John (Jean) Schwendinger, Dubuque, IA; James Schwendinger, Cuba City; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband in 1995; her brothers and sister:  Robert Schwendinger, Anthony Schwendinger and Marjorie Sauegling; and a grandson, Donovan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be in Gockel Cemetery, Glen Haven.  Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville is serving the family.


Roger P. Osterhaus


Roger P. Osterhaus, 85, of Bloomington, WI went home to our Lord on April 11, 2014.  He was born March 16, 1929 to Joseph and Rose (Wegmann) Osterhaus.


He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Phyllis (Vopelak); son Daniel (Linda) Osterhaus of Bloomington; daughter Kathleen (John) Slipek of Abbotsford; daughter Victoria (Jeffrey) Crubel of Bloomington; son James Osterhaus of Alburqueque, NM; and daughter Mary Jane Osterhaus (David Abbott) of Wisconsin Rapids.


Roger took great joy in all his grandchildren:  RJ Osterhaus, Danny Jo (Osterhaus) Dill, Matthew Osterhaus, Dominic Osterhaus, Isaac Slipek, Benjamin Slipek, Noelle Slipek, Stephanie (Crubel) Zeeh, Molly (Crubel) Winkers, Kirby Crubel, Clinton Crubel, Libby Rose Strub, Emma Strub and Hannah Strub.  Welcoming him in heaven his granddaughter Danielle Osterhaus.  He is also survived by his 8 great-grandchildren who loved their “Papa Roger.”


Also surviving are brothers Paul (Charlene) Osterhaus, Carl (Linda) Osterhaus, Donald (Mary) Osterhaus and Joseph (Leona) Osterhaus and brother-in-law William Christianson.  Roger was preceded in death by his parents, beloved sister Myrtle Christianson, and by an infant brother.


Roger had a long career in farm implement sales and service.  He was co-owner and operator of Farmers Implement Company of Bloomington.  Though his career was in the implement dealership, his true love, besides his family, was farming.  He continued to enjoy farming after his retirement until a couple of years ago.  He was a member of the Board of Directors for Peoples State Bank for over 25 years.  Roger was also a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years.


Roger will always be remembered by his family for his example of unconditional love.


Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will follow at Bloomington Cemetery.  Private visitation will be held for family only.   All are welcome to gather before the funeral service in church at 10:30 for the praying of the rosary.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family.



Chester Haas

Chester L. Haas, age 95, of Cassville, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Lancaster Care Center, Lancaster.  Chester was born on June 29, 1918, the first child of Henry and Edna (Cardey) Haas.  When Chester was one year old, his parents moved to the farm they purchased east of Cassville.  This farm was to be his home for the rest of his life.  He attended Elwell School and graduated from Cassville High School in 1936. 

Chester was a World War II Army Veteran and a charter member of the Cassville VFW.  After returning from the service, he farmed with his father and brother, Marvin, on the family farm.  In 1950, they were the state winner of the Wisconsin Grassland Farming Contest.  He continued to farm with his brother after the death of their father in 1952.

Chester was a very avid reader, being particularly interested in United States and World History and all phases of nature.  He also enjoyed reminiscing with friends and relatives about the old days.

Chester is survived by his brother, Marvin, Cassville; sisters:  Betty (Bill) Clauer and Sharon (Jim) Weisbenner, both of Lancaster; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister and brother-in-law, Pearl and Jerry Bussan.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Martin Funeral Home in Cassville, with Rev. Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial will be in Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery, Cassville.   Friends may call one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.


Bessie A. Wopat

Bessie A. Wopat, age 94, of Hillsboro, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Tomah Care Center, Tomah.  She was born on August 2, 1919, at the family farm in Greenwood Township, Vernon, County, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Snorek) Hooker.  Bessie was united in marriage to Ernest Wopat in November of 1945 and together they lived their entire lives in Hillsboro.  She first worked as a nanny for the Hart Family and as an operator for the Hillsboro Telephone Company before becoming a cook for the Hillsboro School District for many, many years, until her retirement.  Bessie loved to garden and raise flowers.

Survivors include three siblings, Elgin Hooker, Edward “Bud” (Bonnie) Hooker; and Marie Hooker, all of Hillsboro; numerous nieces and nephews and a special friend, Nathan Prell. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ernest, on November 2, 1991; three brothers: Billie in infancy, Marvin and Donald; three sisters-in-law: Marie Garner, Agnes Shaker, and Sylvia Kouba; a nephew, Larry Hooker.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hillsboro with Reverend Conrad Prell officiating.  Burial will be in the Czech National Cemetery, rural Yuba.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are requested in her name to the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is serving the family.