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Roumaine F. Holland Sr.
age 85, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the V.A. Hospital in Madison. He was born on August 24, 1932 in Stockton, Illinois, the son of Paul and Lola (Bunker) Holland. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1950.
He served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955.
Roumaine married Victoria Galaviz in 1955, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Roumaine was a dairy farmer in the Argyle area, retiring in 1990. After he retired he worked at Swiss Colony and Prairie Hill Cheese factory.
He is survived by 5 children: Roland (Kendra) Holland of Rincon GA, Roumaine (Kathy) Holland Jr. of New Glarus,, William (Teresa) Holland of Monroe, Daniel (Jody) Holland of Argyle, and Debra Lelle of Monroe; a daughter-in-law, Jill Melland; grandchildren: Jeremi Alexander, Shelly Alexander, Jason (Ginny) Holland, Jaclyn (Brett) Macy, Dennis (Kevin) Holland, Ashley (Jesse) Holland-Donahue, Benjamin Voss, Kathleen Voss, Angela (Tony) Wiemiller, Kelly (Will) Grohler, Brandon (Korin) Beckwith, Daniel (Sarah) Holland II, Brittney (Brett) Newman, Chelsea (Adam) Tillis, Randy (Brooke Adams) Melland, Amanda Melland, Olivia Melland, great-grandchildren: Noah, Emme, Clara, Tanner, Brooklyn, Trevor, Johnny, Liam, Reese, Everly, Jaiden, Bryson, Ainsley, Westley, Landon, Ady, Haddie, Bentley and Madden; 2 brothers: Haldean (Lynn) Holland of Leesburg, FL and Merton (Sharon) Holland of Lena, IL, a sister, Maelinda Bolen of Stockton, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Randall, daughter, Gloria Doherty; and sisters, Waynette Costello and Madalene Holland in infancy; son-in-law, Thomas Lelle.
Private family services will be held at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
age 88, of Browntown, died peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 17, 1929 in Lafayette County, the daughter of Ben and Eveline (Rodebaugh) Goodman. She graduated South Wayne High School in 1947.
Suzanne married John Minder on June 22, 1947 in Browntown. She worked on the farm alongside her husband. She belonged to the Homemakers club, was active in 4-H, taught Sunday school, enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, dancing and reading.
She is survived by her children: Michael (Janet) Minder of Browntown, Dawn (Dale) Hoesly of Monroe, Dian (Jayson) Storts of Madison, Michele (Craig) Meiter of Stillman Valley, IL, and David (Kathy) Minder of Browntown; 13 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John; 2 brothers: Sam and Charles Goodman; 3 sisters: Thelma Cary, Audrey Schliem, and Dorothy Webster.
Private graveside services will be held at Saucerman Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be given in Suzanne’s name to Boys Town.
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Patricia Ann Wiggins
age 86, of Evansville, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021 surrounded by family. She was born August 16th, 1934 in Mt Horeb, WI to Wilbur and Ivy Ehredt.
Pat grew up on a farm near Evansville, WI. Graduated Evansville High School and was crowned Miss Dairy Queen.
Pat was married in 1954 to Milan Switalski and had two beautiful daughters, along with many gorgeous horses during that time.
Later, Pat married Don Wiggins. Together Don and Pat toured the country in an 18 wheeler and enjoyed riding horses in their spare time.
Pat worked at many businesses in the area. Most notably the Coach House as a bartender and hostess and later the Night Owl both in Evansville. Prior to that Pat owned and operated a leather repair business.
She had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Evansville and the Hillcrest Mothers Club. Pat loved horses and was an active member of the Wisc Arabian Horse Association where she and her children showed horses. She enjoyed music, dancing and gardening. Her family remembers her as a great cook who always made Yorkshire Pudding for Christmas. Pat was very creative and artistic in painting, drawing and crafting. Pat always enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, all of whom she loved very much.
She is survived by her daughters Cynthia (John) Griffin, Emilie (Steve) Schulz; granddaughters Lindsey & Chelsey Schulz; her Best Friend and cousin, Jane Schuetz; and many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Joan Sands and Bill Ehredt; and ex-husband, Don Wiggins.
A Celebration of life will be held at Creekside Place in the Lounge, 102 Maple St. Evansville, on Sunday, July 25th from 2pm-4pm. Refreshments will be provided.
A special thank you to Agrace Hospice. Especially her granddaughter, Lindsey Schulz. A private Memorial Dinner will be held by family at a later date.
The family is being assisted by Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home, Monroe.
Junior R. Hanson
age 97, of Monroe, died on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at The Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born September 20, 1923 in Wiota Township; the son of Roy and Ethel (Ableman) Hanson. Junior and Luella Berg were united in marriage on June 7, 1943 in Browntown; she preceded him in death in 2018.
Junior farmed with his wife for 40 years then worked for Rufer Refrigeration and Baus Refrigeration for 20 years. He enjoyed helping his family and friends with anything he could.
He is survived by daughters, Judy Hanson and Karen (Mike) Moellenberndt both of Monroe; grandchildren, Kelly (Mike Trumble) Hendrickson of Browntown and Todd (Angie Arians) Pulver of Monroe; great-granddaughters; Jessika Pulver and Sabrina Lisser; great-great-grandchildren, Aniya and Attlas; step-grandchildren, Brad (April) Moellenberndt of Evansville and Patti (Tony) Wilhite of Monroe, step great-grandchildren, Brady, Alec and Kade. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sister, Betty Sulzer.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday July 28, 2021 at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Rose Marie Qualley
age 88, of Monroe passed away peacefully on Friday, July 23, 2021. Rose was born on October 30, 1932 in Monroe, WI, the daughter of William and Lorenza (Boegli) Naef. Rose and Russell J Qualley were united in marriage on December 9, 1959. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ.
Rose was a great wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. She was a homemaker, allowing her to raise their three sons. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially on Christmas Eve, which was a family tradition. Rose loved baking, cooking, and dancing at Turner Hall with her friends. She enjoyed her trip to Switzerland with her brother, and his wife, Betty. Her kindness, love, and seven-minute frosting will remain in her legacy.
She is survived by her two sons: Scott (Shari) Qualley of Eagle River and Kurt (Penny) Qualley of Mineral Point. Grandchildren: Courtney (Ben) Pickel of Cuba City, Caitlyn (Nick) Hicks of Cuba City, and Carlie (Fiancé Jeff Needham) Qualley of Mineral Point, Kimberly Qualley of Monroe, Megan (Randall) Anderson of Monticello, Geri (Butch) Whitney of Monroe, and Erick (Andrea) Wells of Monroe. Several great grandchildren, a brother Roy (Alice) Naef of Monroe; and a sister-in-law, June Blumer of Albany; several special nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends. Rose was preceded in death by her loving parents; husband, a son, Jeff; and two brothers, William Jr. and Ernest Naef.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at SHRINER-HAGER-GOLKE Funeral Home, in Monroe, WI with Pastor Christie Mandas officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Thursday from 10:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
A special thank you to Dr. Berger, Mineral Point Health Services, and St. Croix Hospice for their exceptional care, love, and support.
Rose will be greatly missed and will remain in our hearts forever.
Robert (Bob) VonKaenel
age 75, passed away to his eternal home lord and savior Jesus Christ on July 25, 2021 at the New Glarus Home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born in Yakima WA, May 4, 1946; the son of Robert and Gladys (Ashman) VonKaenel. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1965 and then attended the University of Whitewater for 1 year. He married Karen Johnson July 16, 1967 at Jordan Lutheran Church. Bob was a member of Jordan Lutheran Church, Browntown, WI. Where he served on the church council for several years and also taught Sunday School.
He worked for Gempelers Tire during high school, then Roy’s Dairy until moving to Madison and worked for Pharo Heating, later employed by R. Mueller Cheese Factory Equip, Dorman’s Cheese, and retiring from Stoughton Trailers in 2006.
He was an avid Badger football fan attending all home games for many years and several away games including going to two Rose Bowl games. He also enjoyed Packer games. He enjoyed going on the Hot Rod Power Tour and car shows with family and friends. He was also a cub scout leader.
He is survived by his wife, Karen of 54 years; two sons, Jerry (Heidi Rufenacht) VonKaenel and Gary (Melissa) VonKaenel; sisters, Debra Goyich and Mary VonKaenel; sister-in-law’s, Carol (John) Olson, Velma (Steve) Shipler, Ruth(Gordy) Bergemann; brother-in-law’s, William (Betty) Johnson, Dennis (Helen) Johnson, James (Melva) Johnson, and Terry (Debra) Johnson; grandchildren, Nash VonKaenel of Muskego, Auburn VonKaenel of Monroe, and Wyatt, Veronica, Walker VonKaenel of Janesville; one great granddaughter Madison Renae Dutcher; nephews, Derek (Whitney) Goyich, Jay Olson, Aaron Bergemann, Scott, Michael, Daniel, Joshua, Andy, Kelvin, Peter and Matthew Johnson; nieces Beth Siewert, Shauna Bergemann, Tara McCrary, Michelle Buss, Danielle Reynolds, Erica Johnson, Amanda Gessler and many great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father in-law Leo and Lois Johnson; brother-in-law’s, Ted Goyich, Loren Johnson, Roger Johnson, and Lenny Schrenk; niece, Carrie Johnson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday August 3, 2021 at Jordan Lutheran Church, in Browntown with Pastor Robert Castro officiating. Burial will follow at Jordan Lutheran Cemetery.
A visitation will be held Monday August 2, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. Continued visitation will be held Tuesday from 10:00 am until time of service at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Memorials can be made to the Jordan Lutheran Church.
Merlin M. Maveus
age 82, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born the son of Maurice and Dorothy (MaCumber) Maveus on September 9, 1938 in Monroe. He was a 1957 graduate of Orfordville High School. Merlin was united in marriage to Carol A. Rufer on March 8, 1964.
Merlin served in the Army Reserves. He then worked for Kelly Springfield tires in Freeport for 35 years; after his retirement he continued working for the Clarno Township for seven and half years. He was a Minneapolis Moline Tractor collector and traveled all throughout the U.S. and Canada to tractor shows, making many friends along the way. He also was an avid polka dancer and loved to go dancing with Carol. Merlin was a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ.
Merlin is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol; children, John Carl (Susie) Maveus of Monroe and Laurie Ann (Ben) Fuller of New Glarus; and four grandchildren, Nick Maveus, Matt Maveus, Elizabeth Fuller, and Analise Fuller.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Steven Maveus.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 04, 2021 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, in Monroe, WI with Reverend Tiff Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service at the church.
This obituary is a little different. It is primarily made up of stories that my mother wanted everyone to hear.
was born in Martintown on August 7th, 1927. An older sister, Corinne, had arrived a couple of years earlier. The family didn’t have much. She and Corinne each had one doll. There were no other toys. So, they played with anything they could find around the house, including an old meat grinder. Gloria used her imagination to act out fantasy stories. She made up plays in which her doll usually had the starring role.
Eventually the family moved to Blanchardville in the height of the depression. But over time, the family fortune improved and her father bought a nice house on the north side of town. Gloria was not an excellent student in high school, but was a member of the Glee Club and had a starring role in every school play that came along. She realized she loved to act. At some point in high school, she started dating Jimmy Hendrickson who only lived a couple of blocks from her. By the time she was a sophomore, she and Jimmy were ‘going steady.’
I asked her once what was her favorite memory of growing up in Blanchardville. She said it was something that took place in December 1943 over Christmas break. She was 16 and Jimmy was 17. It had been snowing heavily all day. There was no wind, so the town looked like a giant snow globe. He knocked on her door in the early evening and asked her if she would like to go and sled down Main Street. She got her coat and they walked nearly a mile to the south end of Main Street. They saw no other cars or people in the evening darkness. Despite the heavy snow, it was a beautiful, silent scene. They felt like they were the only two people in the world. He put the sled down and said “Climb aboard.” She held on tight as the sled gained speed. Main Street is long and straight, and very steep at the south end. It runs right through the downtown before turning at the Pecatonica River bridge. At first she was scared because they were going so fast. But it wasn’t long before she found it exhilarating. The wind, the snow stinging her face, the cool air, and hanging on tight to Jimmy made her feel so alive. She didn’t want it to end. And in a way it didn’t. Three and a half years later, in August 1947, she married Jimmy. They were together 63 years. And I still have that sled.
After living in Blanchardville and Madison, the newlyweds settled in Monroe. I came along in 1949, Gary in 1953, and Jim in 1959. Throughout the 1950s Gloria was a busy wife and mother. But the acting bug never really went away. She had met her friend Helen in the late 1940s while they both worked at Swiss Colony. Those two were the original BFFs, staying friends for the next 70 years. The two of them came up with an act that they thought people might like. They called themselves The Pretenders. They would pantomime funny records and act out the story in the song. They were dressed like two Minnie Pearls, each wearing long out of fashion hill billy outfits. My mother even put black gum over some of her teeth to give her that Halloween pumpkin look. They pantomimed Spike Jones and other comedian’s songs. When they had enough material for a 25 minute act they decided to try it out. The Eastern Star organization was willing to give them a chance. They were too afraid to charge so they did that show for free. The crowd loved it. And then the calls started coming in. The first to call was a bank that wanted to hire them. With the bank on the other end of the phone, Helen put her hand over it and whispered to my mother, “They want to pay us $25!” They never had to advertise. Word of mouth kept them in business for the next 14 years. In that time they gave nearly 1000 performances. The show only ended in 1966 when Helen moved to Madison. So the performing was done, but something new came along a few years later.
In 1971 my mother was a cofounder of the Monroe Theater Guild. She worked behind the scenes at first. She helped decorate the sets, find props, create costumes, and do the hundred other little things necessary to bring a show to life. But eventually she decided to start acting again. She loved it. Over the next three decades she acted in or directed over 35 plays. She had roles, often as the lead, in Barefoot in the Park, Nunsense. Steel Magnolias, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, and many, many more. She did all this while raising a family and working full time first at Pennys and then at Merle Norman.
In July of this year, the Monroe Theater Guild had a 50th Anniversary celebration. There are only a handful of small town theaters in the US that have survived this long. My wife Mary Jo and I were happy to escort my mother to this event. She was the evening’s honored guest. The wonderful 30 minute video about the Monroe Theater Guild had her as its star. It was a fitting acknowledgment of 70 years as a performer.
It’s tough watching your parents age. The changes in appearance are easy to get used to. They come on slowly and are not really noticed till you start looking at old photos. What is hard to take is seeing the gradual loss of independence as basic abilities start to wither and fall away from a once vibrant person. In the autumn of 2010 at about the time her husband Jim died, Gloria stopped driving. Driving into the sun was difficult as macular degeneration started to take hold. Balance problems became more than an annoyance. The hands that used to cut fabric for outfits she made could no longer hold a scissors steadily. The legs that allowed prat falls in Nunsense could now barely support her. And the mind that could memorize dozens of lines of a script each day now would forget things. In the last three years of her life, her son Jim lived with her. His help kept her out of a nursing home for at least two years. But the E.R. visits and the temporary Pleasant View stays became more frequent. And she kept getting weaker and weaker. Finally, after a four day stay in Monroe Hospice she died on August 1st, just a few days before her 94th birthday.
My mother wanted everyone to know that she has taken her final bow and would now exit the stage after a very long and very successful run.
Gloria is survived by three sons Greg, Gary, and Jim, five grandchildren, Rachelle, Kirsten, Derek, Nick, and Zach, and six great grandchildren, Logan, Jaden, Jack, Ivy, Walter, and Robert.
At Gloria’s request, no services are planned.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
age 56, of Monroe passed away on Monday, August 02, 2021 at her home. She was born the daughter of Nathaniel and Carol (Donnell) Bevins on May 24, 1965 in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Senn High School in Chicago. She shared 36 years together with Ronald Tossi.
Michelle took pride in taking care of her home, family, and watching her grandkids. She was a multitasker, always able to handle everything. She loved to cook, listen to 80’s and country music, singing, taking drives, and watching movies especially Game of Thrones.
Michelle is survived by her husband, Ron of Lake Geneva, WI; children, Nathaniel (Tiffany) Bevins of Monroe, Michael (Paulina) Bostick of Round Lake, IL, Allyssa (Jarett) March of Shullsburg, and Charley Tossi of Monroe; grandchildren, Aiden Bostick, Saydee Bevins, Charles Bostick, Jameson March, Zachary Bostick, River Tossi, Addilee March, and Jack Bostick; brothers, Darwin Bevins of Whitwell, TN and Craig (Natum) Bevins of Stockton, IL; and dear friends, Mary and Cheryl. She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Robert Bevins and Shari Bevins.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday August 7, 2021 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME, in Monroe with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 11:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Janice P. Stites
age 82, of Orangeville passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at her home. She was born the 11th child of 22 children of Fred and Edith (Bailey) Schoville on February 26, 1939 in Soldiers Grove, WI. Janice married James Stites on March 9, 1957 in Afton, WI.
Janice attended school in Soldiers Grove, she became a CNA in 1979, and spent many years working at St. Clare Hospital. She loved attending church at Red Oak United Methodist Church in Red Oak, IL. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing and tending to her flower beds and garden. Janice always put her role as a mother and grandmother first.
Janice is survived by her children, Julie (Tom) Ohms of Apple River, IL, Jeanne Mueller of Janesville, WI, Jim (Mary) Stites of Orangeville, IL, Jonathan Stites of Orangeville, IL, Jack (Jody) Stites of Wyanet, IL, Jeff (Dorothy) Stites of Orangeville, IL, and Jill Melland of Monroe, WI; 14 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ronnie (Ruth) Schoville of Beloit, WI and Steve (Vicki) Schoville of Warren, IL; 3 sisters, Annabelle (Bernard) Burwitz of Beloit, WI, Sharon (Hoyt) Smith of Niota, TN, and Susan Kane of Stoughton, WI; close friend, Claribel Hottman of Mazomanie, WI; brothers-in-law, Roscoe Davis of Orangeville, IL and Ronald Stites of Cottage Grove, WI; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons-in-laws, Randy Holland and Tom Melland; sisters, Marjorie Carlin, Lola Carachrioti, Betty Roland, Phyllis Fairchild, Donna Stluka, Patsy Shipler, Karen Foell, and Linda Folgate; brothers, Junior Schoville, Marlin Schoville, Larry Schoville, Fredrick Schoville, Robert Schoville, Gary Schoville, Charles Schoville, Randy Joe Schoville; sister-in-law, Marlene Davis; as well as numerous extended family.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 9, 2021 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME, in Monroe with Pastor Gary Rich officiating.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 2:00 pm until 4pm at the funeral home. Continued visitation will be held Monday from 10:00 am until time of service. Memorials may be made to Red Oak United Methodist Church. Burial will take place in Orangeville Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Eileen Frances Wedig
age 98, of Monroe passed away on Monday, August 9, 2021 at Pleasant View Nursing Home, surrounded by her family. She was born on November 15, 1922 to Clemant and Ann (Manemann) Brandt in Jamestown Township. Eileen attended St. Clare Academy Sinsinawa, WI graduating in 1941. She married Gordon Whitaker in 1946; he preceded her in death in 1950. On April 21, 1954 she was united in marriage to Maurice Wedig at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa; he preceded her in death in 1995.
Eileen worked at Dubuque Packing Co., Oaktron and Dorman’s Cheese Co. She was a member at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church along with the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Eileen enjoyed doing puzzles, reading and going to the casino. Family was the most important thing to Eileen; she never missed a family gathering.
Eileen is survived by her 17 children, Mick (Madonna) Whitaker of Potosi, WI, Randy (Donna) Wedig of Freeport, IL, Connie (Wayne) Nickerson of Friendship, WI, Jeanette Sullivan of Evansville, WI, Perry (Kathy) Whitaker of Monroe WI, Bart Wedig of Manchester, NH, Barbara (Fred) Wolfe of South Wayne, WI, Dawn Treganza of Detroit, MI, Peggy (Tom) Klemm of Monroe WI, Cyndi (Tim) Daniels of Dublin, OH, Maureen (Brad) Kufalk of Delavan, WI, Greg (Alice) Wedig of Monroe, WI, Tim (Vickie) Wedig of McConnell, IL, Todd (Sharon) Wedig of Juda, WI, Brad (Mona) Wedig of Rockton, IL, Troy Wedig of Mukwonago, WI, and Robert Wedig of Monroe, WI; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; two brothers; five sisters; two sons-in-law.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, in Monroe, WI with Father Mark Miller as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held Thursday from 10:00 am until the time of service at the church. A memorial fund is being established in Eileen’s name. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
June E. Chapman
age 91, of Monroe, passed away on October 29, 2020, after a brief illness. Her youngest daughter, Joni was by her side. She was born one of five children of Stanley and Alpha (Skattum) Field on December 14, 1928.
She graduated from Monroe High School in 1946 and went to Air Traffic Control School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She then moved back to Monroe and worked at Montgomery Ward, before marrying Paul Chapman of South Wayne on June 13, 1948. They were happily married for 67 years until Paul’s passing.
June was all about family and time together. There were many trips to the American Legion cabin in northern Wisconsin and camping in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, in Wyoming.
After retiring, June and Paul travelled extensively throughout the United States and overseas to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Switzerland, Norway and Germany. They loved to travel and experience new things together.
June was always grateful to be a stay-at-home mom, and her children loved having her there when they got home from school. She was generous, always willing to help, supportive, loving, encouraging and compassionate. She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. A sense of humor was always part of her personality, as well as living life to the fullest.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alpha and Stanley Field; husband, Paul Chapman; brother, Arleigh Field and sisters, Judith Figi and Lois Elmer.
She is survived by her brother, Jim (Cinda) Field of Monroe, Wisconsin; 4 children: Becky (Mike) Winter of Orinda, California; Pam Beckstrom of Olney, Montana; Paul (Jill) Chapman, Jr. of Colbert, Washington and Joni (Rick Dowd) Chapman of Ashland, Wisconsin; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
A graveside celebration of life was delayed until July, 2021 because of Covid. It was attended by close family.
Tyler A. Klessinger
age 36, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Tyler was born on July 21, 1985 son of Troy and Christine (Zoller) Klessinger.
Tyler graduated from Monroe High School in 2004. During his school years Tyler was an avid golfer. He participated in 2 Junior PGA tours. He then attended UW Milwaukee for marketing. Tyler had a musical soul and changed his direction to attend Madison Media Institute in Madison acquiring his associate’s degree in Sound Engineering. Tyler loved animals of many sorts, but his passion in life was music. He played the guitar and keyboard. He put his thoughts, heart and soul into his lyrics to produce songs and music, many of which are found on Sound Cloud.
Tyler is survived by his parents; Troy (Christina) Klessinger of Juda,Wi. And Christine Klessinger; of Germantown, WI. A brother Brandon Klessinger; nieces Lani and Taylee Klessinger of Neenah, WI. Grandmothers, Adeline Zoller, Monticello, WI, and Betty Klessinger; Monroe, WI, step-brothers, Derek (Kaeyln), and Kyle (Melanie) Nyman Brodhead WI, and Alexander Gobeli; Monroe, WI. Nephews, Colton, Easton and Case Henry Nyman, many Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by, Grandfather Joseph J Klessinger.
Tyler will be cremated at Kessler Funeral Home in Neenah WI. A private family visitation will be held at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe, WI on Friday August 27 2021 from 4-7.
A Celebration of Life for Tyler will be held at a future date to be determined for anyone that would like to celebrate Tyler’s life with family and friends. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
Richard Lee Westgard
age 56, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, June 21, 2021. He was born February 16, 1965, to Loudon and Gladys (Frei) Westgard in Monroe, WI. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1983 and then attended Blackhawk Tech and received his F.C.C. License. He married Dodi Ann Wild on July 21, 1990, in Monticello, WI. Richard was currently the Service Manager at General Communications in Madison, where he was employed for 30 years. Growing up, he was in the Boy Scouts and proud to be an Eagle Scout who went to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
Together, he and Dodi built a life full of joy and wonderful adventures near and far with their daughters. His grandchildren were his pride and joy, and he cherished spoiling them with everything and anything. They have many friends that have become family, and he could make a friend out of anyone he met; proven by all the family he made at Baummies and Bartels. He enjoyed many things, including home brewing, gardening, thrill rides, cooking, traveling, hunting, golfing, and was an avid Packer fan. Rich was also a member of the Monroe Theater Guild. He was the go-to guy for any and all random projects and was always up for the challenge. Rich was always kind, always generous in everything he did.
He is survived by his wife, Dodi Westgard of Monroe; daughters, Laci (Chris Erb) Westgard of Monroe, Heather (Jake Larson) Westgard of Monroe, Danielle (Nick Johnson) Westgard of Allen, TX and Cheryl (Tim McNally) Westgard of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Melanie, Elicia, Keaton and Ivy; father and mother-in-law, Greg and Emily Wild of Monroe; brother-in-law, Lonnie (Tina) Wild of Monroe; sister-in-law, Cari (Lee Jobs) Wild of Sturgeon Bay, WI; brothers, Timothy Westgard of Ft. Myers, FL and Alan (Marlyn) Westgard of Bremerton, WA; sister, Margaret (Martin) Cooper of Ft. Myers, FL; and many nieces, nephews and ‘cousints’.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Loudon Westgard Jr.
Memorial services will be held at Ludlow Mansion Events, Saturday, September 11th 1 – 5 pm with a tribute to Rich at 3 pm. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com. The family will be sending a memorial donation to Monroe Splash Pad to help bring laughter and joy to children for years to come.
The family would like you to raise a glass and Próst to Rich.
Robert R. Robb
age 91, of rural Winslow, Illinois, died Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at his home. He was born on June 27, 1930 in Oneco Township, Winslow, IL, the son of George and Beatrice (Kilian) Robb. He was a graduate of Winslow High School. Robert married the love of his life, Rosalie G. Norman on April 2, 1966 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Rosalie always said Robert was “the best man in the world” and she was right. Together they raised their four children and Rosalie’s three daughters from her previous marriage.
In childhood Robert loved animals, in particular his ponies Todd & Harry and his dog, Spot. He raised and sold purebred, Blue Ribbon hogs that he showed at the fair as well as operated his family dairy farm. Robert served in the United States Army from 1954-1956 where he was stationed in Germany. Upon his return he resumed running his dairy farm. In the late 1980’s he stopped farming and went to work at Swiss Colony. He worked there until his retirement in 2000. Family was the most important thing to him. He had a special, unique bond with each of his children.
Those left to enjoy cherished memories include his son, Robert (Stephanie Anderson) Robb II of Winslow, IL; daughters, Louvin “Windy” (Brian) Cross-Goodman of Spring Green, WI, Belinda Cross-Pratt of Monticello, WI, Peggy (Bradley) Leverton of McConnell, IL, Amy (John “Jay”) Groves of Winslow, IL, and Jacqueline (Ryan) Wild of Monroe, WI; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents; wife; and daughter, Cassandra Cross-Prinkey.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, September 3, 2021 at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home with be Pastor Nikki Gallagher Oosthuizen officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Damascus Road in Winslow, IL.
A visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. until the
time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorials may be made to Monroe Clinic Hospice in Robert’s memory.
Crescent June (Burkholder) Vale
died on September 12th, 2021. She was born to Gus and Agnes Burkholder on June 4th, 1929 in Platteville, Wisconsin. She was born just in time for the October 1929 crash and subsequent depression. Cress’s early days in Platteville were balanced with the tragedy of losing her mother at age 14, the support of her older sister, and the fun and challenges of some rambunctious brothers. Cress and her siblings joined in to help with Gus’ wallpapering and painting business. Like her mother, Cress found odd jobs babysitting and cleaning for neighbors. Cress made a commitment to be especially attentive to her youngest brother, Jim. He recalls that Cress would use some of her weekly earnings to take him to a movie on Saturday and buy him an ice cream on the way home.
Cress met Harry Vale in 1948 when they were both attending U.W. Platteville. Cress completed her Rural Teaching Degree and spent one year teaching grades 1-7 in a one room schoolhouse near Lancaster. Cress married Harry on July 3rd, 1950. They brought their first son, Brad, home to a 20-foot-long mobile home in a trailer park in Madison, where most of the neighbors were returning soldiers studying on the GI Bill. Cress and her two brothers were the first in their family to earn college degrees.
Cress and Harry, both schoolteachers by profession and life-long teachers of life skills by nature, raised their three children in Durand, Illinois. Cress began with substitute teaching as needed for grades 1-12. She also spent several years teaching homebound and disabled students, and seven years working on reading skills with students with learning disabilities. She valued education and was proud that all eight of her grandchildren earned college degrees.
Cress and Harry moved to a farm near Albany in 1979 and to Monroe in 2012. Cress worked at Blackhawk Technical College in Monroe, once being recognized as employee of the year. In her retirement Cress assembled around 175 picture albums personalized for grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She rarely shows up in the photos, but her love for each of them, knowledge about each of their interests, and quiet sense of humor comes through very clearly in the captions and will be long remembered.
Cress is survived by her three children and their families:
-Brad and Gabrielle Vale, their son, Jake and wife Nika, great-grandchildren Kas and Kaya June, and their son Brent and wife Leslie, and great-grandson Weston Harold
-Tom and Karen Vale, their son Eric, their son Dan and wife Casey, and their daughter Erin Stauffer and husband Tim
-Elaine Vale and Dave Silver, their daughters Rachel and Hannah, and their son, Ben and wife, Lindsey, and great-grand-daughter, Leah
Cress is also survived by her brothers Walter (Jane) Burkholder, and Jim (Joyce) Burkholder.
Cress was predeceased by her parents Gus and Agnes Burkholder; husband, Harold Vale; brothers, Leonard and Mark; sister, Lois; and granddaughter, Emily.
Graveside services for family will be held with Pastor Jeff Meyer officiating. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
age 92 of South Wayne, Wisconsin, died Monday, September 13, 2021. She was born on June 15, 1929 in Evansville, WI, the daughter of Charles and Esther (Priewe) Hartwick. She attended Porter Country School. Marjean and Orville Bondele Sr. were married on June 30, 1945 at Wiota Lutheran Parsonage.
Marjean and her husband farmed in Gratiot Township until moving to South Wayne in 1969. She then worked for McKay Nursery Company as a sales agent. She had a love for all animals whether it was a farm animal or a pet, they all had a special place in her heart. Above all, Marjean was a devoted mother and housewife. She enjoyed making large meals for all those helping on the farm. Marjean always made sure her family got three meals a day. She also loved antiques and Native American artifacts, especially collecting arrowheads. Marjean was the co-author of the book “Hamilton Diggings” along with Harriet Halloran and Lucille Bisegger.
Marjean is survived by children, Orville R. (Margie) Bondele of Gratiot, Arleigh (Donna) Bondele of Gratiot, and Greg (Karen) Bondele of Monticello, Carol (Tony) Stamm of Monroe, WI; grandchildren, Rodney (Penny) Bondele, Shawn (Deb) Bondele, Laurie (Jeff) Monson, LuAnn (Steve) Smith, Gina (Joe) Reichling, Felecia (Kyle) Meylor, Joshua (Nicol) Bondele, Cody (Emma) Stamm and Logan Stamm; step grandchildren, Thomas (Kathy Jo) Hendrickson and Jason (Terra) Hendrickson, Jennifer (Dan) Bartkowiak, and Dawn (Aaron) Everson; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Allison, and Kristina Bondele, Aaron (Allie) Monson and Marissa Monson, Shawni (fiance, Bryan Dee) Smith, and Rawson, Octavia, Calan, and Rella Meylor; step great-grandchildren, Bennett, Brahm, and Jack Hendrickson, Melissa (Chad) Emler, Lexie (Brandon) Buschor, Ethan and Ava Hendrickson, Brinley, Casen, Gannon, and Nyah Everson, Alexis and Konner Bartkowiak, and Gage Bayliss; five step-great-great-grandchildren; and brother Daryl “Bud” (Mary) Hartwick. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; great-granddaughter Sadie Grace Smith; and sister, Darlene Hartwick.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday September 17, 2021 at Wiota Lutheran Church, Wiota, WI with Pastor Myron Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in West Wiota Lutheran Church Cemetery. A visitation will be from 10:00 AM until time of service. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com. A memorial fund is being established.
Margie C. Stoup
age 73, of Monroe, passed away on September 10th, 2021 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe, WI. She was born on March 26th, 1948 in Doylestown, PA, the daughter of William and Edith (Hill) Campbell. She graduated from Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, PA. She was a National Merit Scholar who attended Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
Margie married Kenneth Stoup on May 22, 1971 in St. Paul, MN. Together they ran the Albany House Bed and Breakfast for 25 years, retiring in 2019. Margie was a member of the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association, where she held office as Secretary.
Margie enjoyed decorating, collecting antiques, and her gardens and flowers. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, her sense of design, and her delicious breakfasts.
She is survived by husband, Ken Stoup of Monroe, WI; brother, William (Irwin) Campbell of St. Paul, MN; sisters, Susan (Jim) Noran of Williamsburg, VA, Diane (Steve) Payne of Salem, NH. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial contributions can be directed to Green Cares Food Pantry, Monticello, WI or Friends of Pleasant View Foundation, Monroe, WI. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.shriner111.com.
Lois Read Baker
99, died of complications from heart failure at St. Clare Friedensheim Assisted Living on September 11, 2021. Lois was born on December 10, 1921, on her family’s homestead cattle ranch near Jemez Springs, New Mexico, to Ethel (Woodgate) and Arthur D. Read. While she was young, her family moved many times, eventually settling in Monroe, Louisiana. Lois earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1943, which is also where she met her future husband, John Betz Baker. The death of her beloved brother, Bill, in the first months of World War II, motivated Lois to join the Army Women’s Medical Corps after graduation. She received training in physical therapy through the Mayo Clinic and achieved the rank of First Lieutenant. She served in army hospitals in England and France, treating wounded soldiers and witnessing the arrival of Nazi concentration camp survivors, then later attending some of the Nuremburg trials. The human devastation and waste that she observed led to her enduring opposition to war. After she returned from Europe in 1946, Lois and John were married in Hawthorne, Nevada, and honeymooned in Death Valley. For the rest of their 67 years of marriage, Lois teased John (rank of Navy Lieutenant (j.g.)), that she outranked him. As soon as her children were old enough to attend school, she practiced physical therapy, and then went back to school in 1981 to earn a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Houston. She taught Physical Therapy until she retired in 1986. Lois enjoyed traveling during retirement, especially to Central America with the group Witness for Peace. She was proud of her anti-war activism with the Presbyterian Peacemakers, and was always happy to be arrested during protests at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, GA. In her 80th year, Lois combined her lifelong love of nature and her anti-war activism by hiking large sections of the Appalachian Trail to raise money for the removal of landmines in Mozambique. Her husband, who was her trusty quartermaster, organized her travel on and off the trail. Lois and John retired in Houston, Texas, then moved to Monroe, Wisconsin to be close to family. Lois, an active Presbyterian since childhood, enjoyed her membership in Union Presbyterian Church, the Monroe Quilters Guild, volunteer work at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and travel. Lois developed many lasting friendships after moving to Monroe, which she valued greatly.
She is survived by her children, John Douglas (Marilyn) Baker, Nancy Baker (George Vernon), Don Baker (Leslie Gold); her grandchildren, Melissa (Stan) Albright, Jennifer (James) Jazwinski, Claire Leeds (Bill Bevis), Sierra and Juliette Baker; her great-grandchildren, Andrew and Jessica Howard, Charlotte and Eden Levis; her brother, Leslie Read; and her sisters-in-law, Ella Margaret Humble, Margaret “Peggy” Baker and Mary Lou Baker. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Baker; her son, David; her grandson, Douglas Cameron Baker; her sister, May (Merrill) Brunk; and her brothers, Bill and John (Margie Lee) Read.
A celebration of Lois’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Union Presbyterian Church or the Green County Food Pantry. The Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Marjorie J. Blum
age 86 of Monroe, died Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Monroe Health Services. She was born on December 16, 1934 in South Wayne, the daughter of Fredrick and Ada (Woodward) Wampfler. She graduated from South Wayne High School in 1952. Marjorie married Alvin W. Blum on June 16, 1952 in Monroe. She worked in the shipping department at Oaktron Industries for many years, then became a personal care worker at Harbour House. She enjoyed sewing and shopping at thrift stores.
She is survived by her children: Alvin (Carolyn) Blum of Yukon, OK, Marjorie (Kelvin Blaser) Blum of Monroe, and Joey Blum of Oklahoma City, OK. 8 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Alan Fredrick Blum, brother, Harold Wampfler; sister, Mary VonArx and Beverly Howe.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME.
Mary Jo Alger
the daughter of Roger and Nancy Schumacher, passed away peacefully with her family around her, on November 18, 2020, at age 58, after a long and incredibly valiant fight with breast cancer. She was born in Monroe, WI on May 26, 1962. She grew up in Janesville, attended Craig High School (Class of 1980), and earned a BA in psychology from UW Whitewater, where she also met her husband of 35 years, Chris Alger.
Mary became a staple of the Janesville community as the owner of The Real Cheese Place from 1997-2018.
She is survived by husband, Chris; children, Ryan (Carissa Beckwith) Alger and Christina Alger; parents, Nancy and Roger Schumacher; sister, Jackie (Jerry) Liberko; brother, Joe (Michelle Vanfleet) Schumacher; and many beloved in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday October 2, 2021 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at Calvary.