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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.
John A. Meier
age 68 of Juda, WI passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at UW Hospital in Madison, WI after a courageous battle with cancer.
John was born on April 30, 1951 in Monroe, the son of Alfred & Mildred Jean Meier. He graduated from Juda High School in 1970.
John married the love of his life Ursula Schulthess on September 4th, 1971. He farmed in Juda his entire life where he and Ursula raised their three sons. In addition to John’s passion for farming and taking great pride in his crops, he also enjoyed traveling with his wife, working in the shop with his sons and grandsons, attending his grandson’s events, going to hay sales, snowmobiling, and tractor pulling. John began tractor pulling in the early 1970’s. The love of the sport was passed down to his sons which became a family passion. John made lifelong friendships in pulling and considered them a part of his extended family.
John was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Badger State Tractor Pullers, and Stateline Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. He also served on the Jefferson Township Board from 1998-2003.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Ursula; three sons, Mike (Brandi), Dan (Kathi), John Jr. (Amy); three grandsons, Trevor, Cole, and Lane; siblings, Kathy (Len) Cederholm, Duane (Jeanne) Meier, Cindy (Dave) Haberman, Keith (Julie) Meier; stepmother, Darlene Gill-Meier; step-siblings, Gary (Karen) Gill, Colleen (Steve) Hartwig, and Lonnie (Judy) Gill; sisters-in-law, Sybil (Doug) Traverso and Candie Schulthess; and brother-in-law, Harvey (Patty) Kubly. He is further survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Christine Kubly; and brother-in-law, Jakob Schulthess.
A visitation for John will be Sunday, October 6th from 2-6PM at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr, Monroe WI.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 7th at 11AM at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1724 14th St Monroe, WI with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating. Burial services will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe, WI.
The Meier family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the supporting and caring staff at UW Hospital, Madison, WI.
Wayne J. Guess Sr.
age 72 of Monroe, died Saturday, October 26, 2019 at U.W. Hospital in Madison. He was born on April 15, 1947 in Chicago, Il, the son of Joseph and Deloris (Burke) Guess. Wayne married Adrianne C. May on February 10, 1967 in Chicago. He was a maintenance man for an apartment complex for many years, when he moved to Monroe, he took up farming, which he did till he retired. He enjoyed building models, putting puzzles together, fishing and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Adrianne of Monroe, son, Wayne (Robin) Guess Jr. of Monroe; grandson, Joseph Wayne Guess; mother, Deloris Guess of Chicago; nephew, Jeffrey Schwab of Evansville; a brother, William (Carol) Guess of Chicago, and a sister, Donna Guess of Chicago; many nephews, nieces other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM on Friday November 1, 2019 at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home, with Pastor Chuck Lynch officiating. A visitation will be held Friday from 1:00 PM till 4:00 PM, at the funeral home.
age 68, of Juda, died on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at her home. She was born on February 23, 1951 in Niellsville, Wisconsin the daughter of Raymond and Nora (Turner) Green.
Rosemary worked at Swiss Colony Bakery for many years and also was employed as a custodian for Juda Schools, retiring in 2016.
She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and her most precious joy was spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children: Lucinda (Ryan) McNett of Monroe; Larry (Teri) Green of Blanchardville, Pam (James Starr) Green of Juda; brothers, Robert (Heidi) Green, Thomas (Deb) Green, Henry Green and Raymond Green Jr; sisters, Shirley (Gary) Igl, Dorothy (Dave) Birks, Noralee Green and Gladys Luther; grandchildren: David (Jen) Green, Courtney Metz, Paul (Lacey) Coulthard, Cori McNett, Tiffani, Logan and Tessa Green, Allison and Dixon Starr; great-grandchildren: Alexxis, Alyssa, Dysel, Jasper, Jazmyne and Emery. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Betty Hawley.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established.
Ruth Esther Ruf
age 86, of Monroe, died peacefully Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Pleasant View Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. She was born on April 18, 1933 to Jacob and Elise (Ingold) Kopp at Rat Hollow near Argyle, Wisconsin. She attended schools in Argyle, New Glarus and Monticello school districts.
She married Donald F. Ruf on June 3, 1951 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rock Grove, Illinois. Together they operated a dairy and hog operation at their Orangeville, Illinois farm. Ruth was an active member of St. Paul Church involved as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and the women’s Bible group.
She was also a member of the Swiss American Gymnastics association, participating in national competition.
Ruth was a dedicated 4-H leader for many years and a member of Stephenson County Homemakers. She completed her GED and later went on to earn her LPN license at Highland Community College and worked as an addiction rehab counselor and subsequently as a staff Nurse at Pleasant View Nursing Home.
Ruth had been a member of the Musical groups: The Twilighters, Moo Grass Band and The Has Beens which gave her the opportunity to play blue-grass and country music at numerous venues through the years.
She is survived by her children: Carol (Paul) Knier of Oshkosh, WI, Susan (Donald) Lawver of Freeport, IL, Chris (Marla Esnard) Ruf of Sterling, IL, and Ellen (Larry) Faist of Cincinnati, OH; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a brother, Fritz Kopp of Monroe; a sister, Martha Scherer of Monroe; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings, Verena Graber, Hedy Wuethrich, Louis Kopp, and Rudy Kopp.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 4, 2019 at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with Pastor James Reiff officiating. Burial will take place in Frankenburger Cemetery in Rock Grove, IL.
Visitation will be Monday, November 4, 2019 from 9:30 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the funeral home.
Special thanks to staff at Pleasant View Nursing Home for their compassionate and exemplary care and Pastor Dan Bohlman for his visits.
Gerald “Jerry” Wahler
of Brodhead, WI, age 75, passed away unexpectedly on October 28, 2019.He was born on June 28, 1944 in Gratiot, WI to Lewis and Velma (Prine) Wahler. Jerry graduated in 1962 from Gratiot High School. He then married the love of his life, Beverly (Temperly) Wahler in August 13, 1966 at the West Wiota Church. They were married 44 years preceding him in death on February 6, 2011.
He worked as an auto mechanic at the Chevy garage in Monroe, until he moved to Janesville. Then he opened his own business until 1979. After that he was hired at Beloit Corp for many years and then retired to enjoy life. Due to his work ethic, he decided to work a few more years at Stoughton Trailers as a forklift operator. Jerry enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, camping, fishing, mowing yards, and weed eating. Jerry had his daily routine to go enjoy his retirement fun with family and friends and see his Special Caretakers at Deb’s Bar.
Gerald is survived by 2 sons, Shawn (Becky Lenz) Wahler, Monroe and Scott (Teresa) Wahler, Brodhead; five grandchildren, Jared, Glayden, Emily, Trevor and Kylee; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Gordon Wahler, Monroe; many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly and his parents.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe from 11am -1pm. Following the visitation there will be a Celebration of Life at Deb’s Bar, Brodhead from 2pm -5pm.
Albert “Al” Douglas Strothman
age 65, of South Wayne, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 1, 2019. He was born the son of Norman and Stella (Boss) Strothman on May 7, 1954 in Monroe.
Al worked for Frito Lay in Monroe for over 30 years; he also worked at Chula Vista until his retirement. He had served on the Browntown Fire Department for 28 years. Al enjoyed hunting, 4 wheeling, rolling dice, and working on his muscle car; his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
Al is survived by Joyce Voegeli of South Wayne; children, Eric (Rhonda) Strothman of Wiota, Adrian (Cynthia Villavicencio) Strothman of Monroe, Brandon Strothman of Warren, IL, and Jeni (Collin Nack) Voegeli of Monroe; grandchildren, Ryan Peterson, Aubrie Voegeli, Sam and Charlie Strothman; 5 great-grandchildren; step-father, Donald Svendsen; brothers, Lewis Coulthard, Mickey Strothman, Donald Svendsen and Terry Svendsen; sisters, Stelda Kosek, Norma Strothman, Tammi Strothman, Gail Svendsen, and Cindy Svendsen.
He was preceded in death by his father, Norman Strothman; mother, Stella Svendsen; son, Jared Strothman; and brothers, Stanley and Norman Strothman.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Browntown Fire Department with Pastor Paul Watkins officiating. Burial will take place in Saucerman Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 4, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral home from 4:00-7:00PM.
Laura “Laurie” A. Coplien
age 60, of Beaver Dam, formerly of Monroe, died on Friday, November 8, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was born on October 7, 1959 in Monroe, the daughter of Robert and Judith (Daly) Heitz.
Laura was a 1977 graduate of Monroe High School. She enjoyed flower gardening.
Laura is survived by her parents, Robert and Judie Heitz of Monroe; daughters, Tracy Coplien of DeForest and Ashley (Andrew) Johnson of Ramona, CA; brothers, Robert (Diana) Heitz III of Argyle, and Joseph (Rocio) Heitz of Mission, TX; 5 grandchildren, Alex, Braxton, Chloe, Jacob and Caleb, and companion, Terry Link.
She is predeceased by her granddaughter, Haley.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant.
Visitation will be Saturday, November 16th from 12:00 noon until time of service at the church.
Duane Jesse Beach
99, passed away peacefully on November 10, 2019 at St. Clare Friedensheim. He was born on December 9, 1919 in Clarno Township, the son of Jesse and Hilda (Ruegsegger) Beach. On April 30, 1944, he married the love of his life, Rose Emma Glanzman, at St. John’s United Church of Christ. He farmed all his life on the family farm started in 1901 by his grandfather, William Beach. Duane was a devoted husband of 75 years and a loving father. Duane and Rose have three children, Audrey Schuetze, Paul Beach (Carolyn), and Janet Beach (John). They were blessed with eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Duane’s life was totally centered on family and farm. As the eldest son, Duane was frequently the strong and loving arms of the big brother who enjoyed and closely connected with his five siblings. He farmed with work horses in the early years and trained one to do show tricks. His love for horses continued as he aged with his favorite horse Nellie. He was an early fan of the snowmobile and also the ATV. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, playing cards, making wine, and traveling with family. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren highlighted his later years, including playing pool and cellar-ball in his basement with them.
Duane graduated from Enterprise School and went on to Monroe High School. He left there to take over the farm when his father was seriously injured. As the third generation on the family farm, Duane is proud that the farm is passing from his son, Paul, to the fifth generation of his grandsons, Andrew and Jeremy Beach. Duane was very active in his church and community. He was a life- long member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, where he served on the church council for several years. He was also a member and director of the Farm Bureau, a 4-H Adult leader for swine for over thirteen years, and active in the Green County Beef Producers and Pork Producers.
Duane’s greatest joy was his wife and family. He is survived by his daughters and son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his sister Dorothy Block and his brothers Rolland and Nathan Beach. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Hilda, by twin sisters Marian and Margaret in infancy, by sisters Ella Burington and Louise Wild, by his wife Rose, and a granddaughter Laura.
All of Duane's family sends a huge, heartfelt thank you to all of the wonderfully caring, competent, and compassionate workers at St. Clare Friedensheim, who looked after Duane these past six and one half months. You are amazing people and we are so grateful for your dedication to Duane and the other residents there.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:30 am at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home at 1455 Mansion Dr., and 18th Ave. in Monroe. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday, November 16th, from 10:00 am until time of service at the funeral home.
Joyce E. Drews
age 75, of Monroe, died on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Azura Memory Care in Monroe. She was born on April 26, 1944 in Monroe, the daughter of Fred and Millie (Marty) Kraus, Jr. Joyce was a 1962 graduate of Monroe High School. Robert and Joyce Kraus were united in marriage on April 17, 1966 in Monroe.
She was employed with St. Clare Hospital as a cafeteria worker for 40 years, retiring in 1994. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ.
She enjoyed bowling, dancing, collecting dolls and figurines. She also enjoyed flower gardening; daisies were her favorite flower and she also enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers. Housekeeping was very important to Joyce; she enjoyed cooking meals, washing clothes and cleaning windows. She also loved to take car rides with her husband and dogs.
She is survived by her husband, Robert of Monroe; sister, Eileen (Harland) Fuchs of Monroe, and several nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Alvin and Robert.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with rev. Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 14th from 10:00 am until time of service at the funeral home.
Marian Elaine Trumpy
age 98, on November 5, 2019, Marian Elaine Trumpy of rural Winslow, Illinois, passed peacefully at her home, into the glorious arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For all of her life, Marian held a deep and abiding love for the Lord. Her life’s walk reflected her spiritual faith in God. She embodied love and graciousness and joy to everyone who knew her.
Marian was born in Monroe, Wisconsin on March 4, 1921 to Rudy and Mary (Lehr) Zweifel. At a young age she went to live with her Swiss immigrant grandparents, Joseph and Marie (Roth) Lehr, on a dairy farm in Monticello and later on their farm near Monroe. Marian’s first spoken language was Swiss and she remained fluent in Swiss throughout her life. Marian graduated with honors from Monroe High School in 1938. She completed her college education with a degree in teaching in 1941, at Green County Normal (Teacher’s) College.
During high school, she and classmate, Harold Trumpy, became sweethearts. Marian and Harold were married in a Christmas season wedding at St. John’s United Church of Christ, on December 21, 1941. As a result of illness in the family, Harold left college to help on a dairy farm in Clarno, Wisconsin. Marian and Harold lived there for 2 years. During that time, Marian taught at Franklin School, a one room school outside of Monroe. In 1944, Marian and Harold bought and moved to a farm outside of Winslow, Il where they ran a dairy operation. Marian left full-time teaching to work with Harold on the farm, where they raised four children. They lived and operated a dairy farm in South Wayne. Wi from 1968-1975, and then moved back to the Winslow farm in 1975 and she lived there for the remainder of her life.
Marian worked as a substitute teacher in the Black Hawk public schools. However, as a teacher, Marian will best be remembered as the Senior High School Sunday School teacher at Martintown Community Church, Martintown, WI where she taught for 32 years. She was dearly loved by her students for her warmth but even more for how she created lessons that reflected God’s love, truth and relevance in their young lives. She organized class outings and organized her students to donate to disadvantaged children through “Save The Children Foundation.” As a member of Martintown Community Church, Marian was board secretary for 18 years, a member of Willing Workers, and contributed frequently to numerous church events.
Marian was also very active in civic and community organizations, including as a member of the Winslow Woman’s Club and working as an election judge in the township. She was a member of Green County Christian Woman’s Club, and held various offices in the groups she was affiliated with, including PTA. Marian was a charter member of the Green County State Line Troopers Homemaker Extension and was their longest-lived member for over 70 years. In 1974, she was voted to be chairman of the South West District Extension that represented 8 counties, including Dane and Green. In 1989, Marian and Harold became members at St. John’s Church of Christ, Monroe, Wi, where she served a term on the church council. In later years Harold and Marian attended Staver’s Methodist church.
Marian will be remembered for her deep respect and love of nature, animals, and birds. She loved cats and songbirds and said in Heaven, they would “lie down together”. Over the years, Marian and Harold took in numerous stray dogs and cats. She grew beautiful floral gardens and shared the bounty with others, including providing elaborate floral arrangements at many weddings and special events. She exclaimed that a tree is the “most beautiful” of all plants. She taught all her descendants to respect God’s creation. Marian was also a wonderful cook and baker and practiced hospitality to the full, with everyone who came to their home. Family gatherings centered on her warmth, and on her delicious meals. For several decades, Marian baked from scratch her famous Swiss pear bread, during the holidays. She would give away annually 60 to 80 loaves, expressing appreciation and love for the recipients. Marian also loved to have fun and had a zest for adventure, ranging from riding dog sleds in Alaska, to riding open-air ski lifts in the Swiss Alps. She loved to laugh and her joy was infectious. She was an avid reader and loved to play card games of Bridge, 500, and cribbage with family and friends.
Marian especially enjoyed and deeply loved every member of her extended family. In earlier years, she spent hours reading and playing games with the grand and great-grandchildren. She was always interested in their current lives and during the growing up years, would nurture all of them through her multiple expressions of love, sacrificial giving, and fervent prayers. From the moment she woke in the morning, until she was asleep, she could often be seen or heard praying to the Lord. She kept lengthy prayer lists for friends and family members in her Bible, and would add to it as needs were brought before her.
Marian emanated a profound spirit of joy, love, and kindness. It was clearly evident through her radiant smile and shining eyes. She trusted the Lord with all her heart and held a complete and confident hope in the profound love of God. She will be dearly missed.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents, Rudy and Mary Zweifel; daughter, Marcia Bidlingmaier Saalsaa; grandsons, Michael Trumpy and Neil Bidlingmaier; and sons-in law, Larry Bidlingmaier and Michael Kodrich.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 78 years, Harold Trumpy, Winslow; son, Jeff (Jean) Trumpy, Waukesha; son, John (Lori) Trumpy, Winslow; daughter, Penny (Jim Stein) Kodrich, Minnetrista, MN; grandchildren, Layne (Erin) Bidlingmaier, Winslow; Tami Bidlingmaier, Winslow; Tana (Jason) Stieve, Lombard, Il; Kristie (Jeff) Reynolds, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Tim (Michelle) Trumpy, Minneapolis, MN; Kathy (Ryan) Caho, Kenosha, WI; Leslie Trumpy, Browntown, WI; Noah Trumpy, Winslow; plus 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Martintown Community Church, Martintown, WI. A Visitation will be held Sunday, November 24, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home in Monroe, WI from 2:00-5:00 PM.
A memorial fund is being established in Marian Trumpy’s name.
Robert William Holst, Sr.
age 65, of Monroe, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at his home. He was born on February 27, 1954, the son of Harold and Betty (Lohse) Holst in Chicago. Robert attended schools in the Chicago area.
He was united in marriage to Patricia Hope Parker on February 14, 1983. At the age of 18 Robert enlisted in the US Army and proudly served his country for two years. When he returned home he started working for GM in Janesville, he later retired after 38 years of dedicated work. Robert and his wife Patricia opened their home and were foster parents to many children in need; they also adopted three of their foster children as well.
Robert was a member of Monroe Moose Lodge #754. He enjoyed bowling, he was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan, and he would never miss a chance to watch WWE wrestling.
Robert is survived by his children, Robert Holst, Jr., Suzanne (Mike) Strothman, Dan (Carrie Thompson) Holst, and Dave (Cynthia) Holst all of Monroe; step-children, Lance Maltby of Wyocena, Adam (Angie) Maltby of Monroe, and Cristi (Mike Miller) Maltby of Wyocena; his three adopted children, Amy, Deserie, and Molly Holst; 15 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth (Kathy) Holst of Whitewater and Brian (Sarah) Holst of Menomonee Falls; and one sister, Marianne (Kurt) Wallace of Whitewater.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia; daughter, Samantha Holst in infancy; and a brother, Wayne Holst.
Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. Burial will take place following service in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 4-7 PM at the funeral home.
On Saturday, November 23, 2019, Harold Joseph Trumpy, 99, of rural Winslow, Illinois, passed peacefully at his home, into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Harold is now in Heaven with his wife Marian, who had passed away on November 5, 2019.Harold was born in Clarno, Wisconsin on November 23, 1920 to Russell and Mabel (Bowen) Trumpy. He was a direct descendent of the late Joseph Trumpy and his son Henry Trumpy, who were among the Swiss contingency of settlers who founded the village of New Glarus in 1845. Within months of Harold’s birth, his parents moved their family to Monroe, Wisconsin where he lived and attended school. Harold graduated from Monroe High School as the salutatorian of his class in 1938. During high school, he and classmate, Marian Zweifel, became sweethearts. On December 21, 1941, they were united in marriage at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe.
Harold had continued his education at the University of Wisconsin Madison in the area of pre-medicine. As a result of an illness in the family, Harold left the University to help on a dairy farm in Clarno owned by his father. Marian and Harold lived there for 2years. Harold found that dairy farming suited him and as a result, Harold and Marian bought and moved to a farm outside of Winslow, Illinois, where they ran a dairy operation. They put down roots there and they raised four children. In 1968, Harold bought a dairy farm in South Wayne, Wisconsin. In 1975, he and Marian moved back to their Winslow farm, where they lived for the remainder of their lives.
Harold was very active in and held leadership positions in multiple church, civic, and community organizations. He was a long-time member of the Martintown Community Church where he served on the church board. He also was a member and Vice-President for the Lena Lions Club. He organized and served as the First Scout Master of the Winslow Boy Scouts, Troop #29. He served in 3 different capacities for the Winslow Township, as a Supervisor, Clerk, and later as a Trustee. One of his lasting accomplishments, was while on the Lena-Winslow Board of Education the two school districts consolidated. As a board member, Harold actively supported the capital referendums that led to the remodeling of the Winslow Grade School and the building of the present Lena-Winslow High School in Lena, Illinois. Harold was one of the founders of the Honey Creek Watershed that included Green and Stephenson Counties and served as its first President. The Honey Creek Watershed organization led the passage of clean water acts and a greater commitment on the part of farmers and townships, including the city of Monroe, towards preserving the integrity of the watersheds and water of Honey Creek.
Harold was always one to be a pioneer in soil conservation farming. While farming in Lafayette County, he received an “Outstanding Soil Conservation Farming” award for the initiatives he took with strip farming, water management, and preservation of woodlands. Harold was known for his strong work ethic and was considered an honest and fair businessman. Always interested in agricultural real estate, he continued his education in agricultural real estate in later years. Harold loved the land he worked. He shared that it was while working in his fields, he would find it a special time to pray. He was very kind to all animals, both domestic and farm, and held a special affection for cats, dogs, and songbirds. He and Marian took in numerous stray cats and dogs over the years. He taught his children and grandchildren to hold a deep respect for all of God’s creation.
Harold was very interested in genealogy and created and/or maintained records for both sides of his and Marian’s families. He traveled to Switzerland, Great Britain, and Wales to learn more about their respective family histories. He was an avid reader of history; biography’s, in particular, and kept current on national and international affairs. He owned several antique cars and had family buggies and surreys restored. In 2016, he and Marian were honored by the Community Bank of Winslow and rode in his Studebaker Buggy in the Lena Fall Festival Parade, celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. It was important to Harold to preserve our heritage. He enjoyed playing Bridge and 500 with his friends and family. Harold was a great conversationalist, with a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. He loved to laugh.
Harold and Marian became members at St. John’s Church of Christ, Monroe, WI in 1989 and in later years they attended Staver United Methodist Church. Harold deeply loved and was devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He delighted in their accomplishments and looked out for each-and-every one through his words of wisdom, hard work, and generosity. Harold acted upon his deep faith in the Lord, through his generosity and kind heart. He always held a tender spot for those in need, whether a neighbor or even strangers. He was quick to help when trouble came or to forgive a debt if he thought it could make a difference in the life of the recipient. Harold was a treasure trove of wisdom and was deeply respected and loved by his family and those who knew him well. Harold was truly the “Salt of the Earth” and one of the last of his great generation who made such an impact in the world. He will be sorely missed by his family, but all live with the peace in knowing that Harold and Marian are in the glorious presence of the Lord, and they are together now and forever.
Harold was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 78 years, Marian; his parents, Russell and Mabel Trumpy; daughter, Marcia Bidlingmaier Saalsaa; grandsons Michael Trumpy and Neil Bidlingmaier; and sons-in law, Larry Bidlingmaier and Michael Kodrich.
He is survived by his son, Jeff (Jean) Trumpy, Waukesha; son, John (Lori) Trumpy, Winslow; daughter, Penny (Jim Stein) Kodrich, Minnetrista, MN; grandchildren, Layne (Erin) Bidlingmaier, Winslow; Tami Bidlingmaier, Winslow; Tana (Jason) Stieve, Lombard, Il; Kristie (Jeff) Reynolds, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Tim (Michelle) Trumpy, Minneapolis, MN; Kathy (Ryan) Caho, Kenosha, WI; Leslie Trumpy, Browntown, WI; Noah Trumpy, Winslow; plus 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday November 25, 2019 at Martintown Community Church, Martintown, WI. A visitation will be held Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe, WI from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Condolences may be sent to the family at shriner111.com.
Yvonne B. Lehman
age 91, of Monroe passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019 at home at Aster Assisted Living. She was born on March12, 1928 the daughter of Leo and Helen (Schroeder) Metz in rural McConnell, Illinois. She was a graduate of Winslow High School. Yvonne was united in marriage to Leland L. Lehman on January 3, 1954 at the United Methodist Church in Orangeville.
Yvonne taught accordion lessons; she also worked in the bakery at Swiss Colony for 17 years, retiring in 1993. She was a longtime member of Clarno United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughters, Shirley (Tim) Schneeberger and Bonnie (Phil) Collins; two grandchildren, Staci (Jeff) Smithback and Chris (Kim) Seffrood; and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leland; and brothers, Maynard, Norman, and Loral Metz.
Private family services were held. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home assisted the family.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Aster Assisted Living and Heartland Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion.
Herman Harold Blum
age 94, of Edgerton passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. He was born on April 15, 1925 the son of Oscar and Martha (Blanc) Blum in Clarno Township. He attended school in Jordan Center. Herman was united in marriage to Mildred Marie Hartwig on August 7, 1946 in Wisconsin Dells.
Herman proudly served in the US Army during WWII. He worked for 31 years at GM in Janesville, he retired in 1983. Herman was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge. He also enjoyed playing the drums in the band Ding-A-Lings. In his younger years he enjoyed fast pitch softball and golfing.
Herman is survived by her two daughters, Sandra Erickson of Mission, TX and Kathy (Gary) Hoesly of Mountain Home, AR; one son, Terry (Betty) Blum of Brodhead; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ann (Tom) Saunders and Dorothy (John) Blum.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brother, Delbert Blum; sister, Rose Carlwile; and one great-grandson, Deriek Gruber.
A Celebration of Herman’s Life will be held from 12PM NOON - 3PM on Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Monroe Moose Lodge, 639 3rd Ave. Monroe.
Margaret E. Miller
age 85, of Monroe passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on January 7, 1934, the daughter of John and Elsie (Stratton) Burns in Philadelphia, PA. She was united in marriage to Paul Patrick Miller on June 11, 1955 in Philadelphia; he preceded her in death on July 29, 1988.
Following high school Margaret attended Nursing College at Cecilian Academy in Philadelphia. She was a Nursing Assistant at St. Clare Hospital in Monroe for 20 years. She was a longtime member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church. In her free time she avidly enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers.
Margaret is survived by her children, John Miller of Monroe, Colleen “Kelly” Lillge of Sea Drift, TX, Paul (Tammi) Miller of Indianapolis, IN, and Margaret (David) Mueller of Oklahoma City, OK; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two daughters, Maureen Moring and Margaret Miller in infancy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Friday, December 6, 2019 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant. Inurnment will follow service at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 10AM until the time of mass, at the church.
Joan (Kundert) Rupnow
age 89 of Monroe, died Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the Woods Crossing Nursing Home in Brodhead. Joan was born on October 14, 1930 in Monroe, WI, the daughter of Ralph and Wilma (Norder) Kundert. She was married to Raymond Laverne Rupnow for 62 years; he preceded her in death on December 14, 2015.
Joan worked at St. Clare Hospital as a nurse in the Obstetrics ward for over two decades. She enjoyed reading, crafting, with a real love for quilting and needlepoint. She enjoyed spending time at the Monroe Senior Center where she learned to shoot pool becoming quite good at it. She enjoyed traveling to see historic sites and national parks with her family.
Raymond was a naval veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theater from 1944-1946. He worked as a serviceman for the North Central Gas Company in Monroe, He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the weeknight league at Windy Acres Golf Course. He enjoyed sports and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan as well as Badger basketball and football fan.
He is survived by his brother Gary (Ruth) Rupnow and three children Christine (Curt) Melick, Raymond Rupnow, Steven (Carol) Rupnow and three grandchildren Franz Rupnow, Metta (David) Gabler and Rebecca (Jake) Long. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Sara Rupnow.
Joan is survived by three sisters Carol (William) Moser, Marion (Thomas) Best, Patricia (Nathan) Isely and three children, Christine (Curt) Melick, Raymond Rupnow, Steven (Carol) Rupnow and three grandchildren Franz Rupnow .Metta (David) Gabler and Rebecca (Jake) Long. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Rupnow, sister Barbara (Kundert) Van Dixhorn and her granddaughter, Sara Rupnow.
It was the wish of both Raymond and Joan that a joint service be held at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe. The service will be at 1 PM on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 followed by interment at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 12PM Noon until the time of service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers it is their wish that a donation be made to one of their favorite charities; Camp Okizu, Green County Humane Society or the National Parks Foundation;
https://support.okizu.org Okizu, 83 Hamilton Dr.Ste 2000, Novato, CA 94949,
https://www.greencountyhumane.org/donate Green County humane Society, N3156 WI-81, Monroe, WI 53566
https://www.nationalparks.org/ National Park Foundation 1110 Vermont Ave, NW, Ste 200, Washington D.C 20005.
Randal Eugene Miller
age 65, of Albany, died Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 2, 1954 in Monroe, the son of Nelson and Anna (Cleaveland) Miller. He graduated from Albany High School in 1973, and was part of the track and field team that won state that year. Randal married Peggy Lynn Widmer on March 21, 1992 in Albany. He worked at Varco Pruden in Evansville for over 30 years.
Randal attended Albany Baptist Church and was a member of Sons of American Legion. He also enjoyed his 1957 Chevy, his dog, Fuzzy, his cats, Charlie and Marshmallow, and watching NASCAR and the Green Bay Packers.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy of Footville; mother, Anna Miller of Albany; daughter, Lynn Miller of Albany; brother, Gary (Marge) Miller of Evansville and sister, Teresa Crafford of Sun City, CA. He was preceded in death by his father, Nelson Miller.
Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Albany Lion’s Club with Pastor Kevin Phillips officiating. Burial will take place in Hillcrest Cemetery in Albany. Visitation will be held on Monday from 10AM until the time of service at the Lion’s Club.