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Reverend Michael Emil Klarer
was born in Monroe on June 23, 1953. He was the son of Emil and Marcella (Kammerude) Klarer. His Grandparents were Peter and Mary (Kainz) Kammerude of Blanchardville and Christian and Kathryn (Feubli) Klarer (both immigrants from Switzerland). He died on April 24, 2016 of complications from cancer caused by his military service in the First Gulf War in Kuwait.
He was a student at St. Victor Grade School, Monroe High School and a 1971 graduate of Holy Name Seminary High School in Madison. He attended Edgewood College and St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota where he graduated with a BA in Religious Education in 1975. He received his Master of Divinity Degree in 1989. He continued his studies at The School of Divinity at St. John’s University. He was ordained a priest of the Madison Diocese on June 1, 1979 by the Most Reverend Cletus F. O’Donnell, second Bishop of Madison.
Fr. Klarer was assigned associate pastor at St. Aloysius Parish in Sauk City, Wisconsin from 1979 to 1986. He was then assigned as associate pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison from 1986 to 1989. From 1985 to 1990 he served on the board of directors of National Marriage Encounter and from 1988 to 1990 was the National Executive Clergy of National Marriage Encounter.
On May 10, 1989 Fr. Klarer was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Chaplain Corps. He served with the Fifth Marine Regiment, First Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California from 1989 to 1992. He served as the Regimental Chaplain of 5th Marine Regiment Ground Combat in Operation Desert Storm where he participated in Combat Operation in Kuwait. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon for service during the war. He participated with the Regiment in Operation Sea Angel in Bangladesh in May of 1991 and was awarded the humanitarian Service Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal. He then was transferred to Naval District Washington D.C, as the Catholic Pastor of the Naval District also serving as the Chaplain to the Navy Ceremonial Guard Unit. He conducted full honor funerals at Arlington National Cemetery and participated in many events at the White House and the Navy Memorial. In 1992 he conducted the memorial service commemorating the battle of Midway and in 1995 he conducted the 50th anniversary memorial service for Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. USN for the Kennedy family. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in September 1995 and received the Meritorious Service Medal. In 1995 he was assigned to graduate studies at United States International University in San Diego. He earned a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1997. He was assigned as staff chaplain at Naval Medical Center San Diego (Balboa Hospital) in 1996. He was chaplain to the critical care units and the Navy HIV program. He also practiced clinical therapy as an assistant therapist at Balboa Hospital.
In 1999 he was reassigned as a staff chaplain at Naval Station San Diego on the staff of the Regional Chaplain. Fr. Klarer coordinated the Catholic Programs of the Navy for a three state region and served on the coordinating board of that region. He left active duty in May of 2002 after having served 13 years. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (x3), the Combat Action Ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (x2), the Oversees Service Medal, the Saudi and Kuwait Service Medals, and the Cold War Service Medal. He continued his service in the Navy Reserves. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Commander in the Navy Reserves. He was a disabled Veteran.
On June 12, 2002 he was assigned as Pastor of his home parish of St. Victor in Monroe where he was baptized on July 25, 1953 and had celebrated his first Mass on June 3, 1979. He was proud of his alma mater and an enthusiastic supporter of St. Victor Grade School where he graduated in 1967 and his mother was head of the hot lunch program for 30 years.
He was a member of the board of directors of the Apostolate to the Handicapped, a founding member of the Madison Diocesan Choir, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Turner Hall Board of Directors, Chaplain to the Monroe Fire Department, the Monroe Swiss Singers, the New World Swiss Club, the Green County Historical Society, the Monroe Theatre Guild and the President of the Board of Directors of Turner Hall, Inc.
He was an avid American History enthusiast and an expert in his own family history. He truly loved the Catholic liturgy and liturgical music.
He was a gifted preacher. Fr. Mike grew up across the street from his beloved St. Victor Church. He was most proud of the people of his parish who worked so hard to renovate their complex; especially with the installation of the Matthew Ronald Buholzer Memorial Pipe Organ. This also fulfilled a childhood dream of restoring a pipe organ to his home Church.
Survivors include, a brother Patrick (Mary Alice Harris) of Verona, two sisters, Mary Kay Logemann of Platteville and Ellen (Mike) Malkow of Monroe, nephews and nieces Jonathan (Sarah) and Teresa Logemann and Jennifer (fiancé Kyle Thorp) and Christopher Malkow. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents and also his brother-in-law Carl Logemann. Others survivors include brother priests (many who he has known since his teenage years and are like brothers) and his parishioners and other friends from across the country.
He wished to especially remember Fr. Kent Schmitt, Thomas Schilt, Fr. Bill Seipp, Fr. Steve Kortendick, Fr. Mike Resop, Fr. Jason Hesseling, Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl, Msgr. Larry Bakke, Allen Beadle, Joe Peters, Charles McLimans, Dr. Richard Merrion, Peter Minucci, Cindy Blanc, Julie and Don Zimmerman, Kevin Laufenberg, Diane Morrissey as well as the amazing medical team at the VA hospital in Madison, WI.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 29th at 11:00 am at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, 1760 14th St., Monroe, WI with Most Reverend Robert Morlino, Bishop of Madison. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 28th from 4:00 until 8:00 pm, and on Friday from 9:30 am until time of service. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, followed by lunch at The Mansion, 1417 Mansion Drive, Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be addressed to St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Victor School, or to the Fr. Mike Klarer scholarship fund for St. Victor School students. The Shriner, Hager, Gohlke Funeral Home of Monroe is coordinating arrangements.
Harold R. Grindey
age 78, of Orangeville, IL, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Manor Court Nursing Home in Freeport, IL. He was born on March 12, 1938 in Freeport, IL; the son of Raymond and Nellie (Abraham) Grindey. He graduated from Orangeville High School in 1956 and was active in the FFA.
Harold and Jeanette Leitzinger were married on August 26, 1967 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg. Harold along with his wife Jeanette, dairy farmed in the Orangeville area, he also worked for Lugano Cheese Company and drove milk truck. He enjoyed field work, going to toy tractor shows, driving his antique Oliver Row Crop 77 in parades and on tractor drives. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in their hobbies and sports; especially watching them exhibit at cattle shows. He was a member of the Orangeville United Methodist Church, serving as trustee, Orangeville FFA Alumni, National Guard, and a member of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette of Orangeville, daughters, Lisa (Curt) Oellerich of Lena, Susan Grindey (Richard Barry) of Juda, Kristi (Brian) Dinderman of Orangeville, grandchildren, Jordon Oellerich, Alaina, Amery and Aidan Dinderman. He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, John and Alberta Leitzinger, and infant son, Allan. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Orangeville United Methodist Church, 111 S. East Street, Orangeville, IL; with Pastor Jim Ketzel officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe, WI. Visitation will be Monday, May 2nd, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Orangeville United Methodist Church. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family
David A. Bowman
age 73 of Monroe, died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on January 30, 1943 in Monroe, the son of Salmer and Tena (Peterson) Bowman Sr. He graduated from Monroe High School. His first job was at Apple Grove Cheese factory and then he went to work for Bruni Miller and Kuhne Lumber, he also owned and operated David A. Bowman builders. David was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, The Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge # 754.
He is survived by his son, Steve (Sue) Bowman of Onalaska, WI; 3 daughters: Darci Ann Bowman of Monroe, Dawn (Mike) Kollatz of Albany, and Shari Guth of Monroe; 8 grandchildren; a brother, Stanley (Madelyn) Bowman of Monticello; sisters: Donna (Donald) Ott of Verona, and Deanne (Dean) Signer of Monroe; brother-in-law, Willis Kolden. He was preceded in death by his parents, sons: Heath Bowman and a son in infancy; a brother, Salmer Bowman Jr.; sister, Coleen Kolden.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 7, 2016 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. A visitation will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 pm Friday, May 6, 2016 at the funeral home, with a Moose service at 7:00 pm. Memorials may be given in David’s name to the Moose Lodge or Grace Lutheran Church.
age 81, of Twin Grove, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at her home. She was born on July 6, 1934, the daughter of John and Frieda (Schmoker) Klossner, and attended New Glarus High School
Olga and Ralph Colden were married on December 20, 1952 at the Swiss Evangelical & Reformed Church in New Glarus. She drove School Bus, worked for Structo Corporation, and later she was a licensed, in home, day care provider in Monroe for many years. She was a member of the Monroe United Methodist Church and Women of the Moose Lodge #599. She enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, playing cards, music, dancing; but her biggest joy was spending time with her family. She was very proud of her Swiss heritage. She is survived by her children: Steven (Julie) Colden of Spring Green, Kenneth (Cathy Johnsen) Colden of New Glarus, Gregory (JoAnn) Colden of Monroe, and Diana (Paul) Reigle of Twin Grove; sister-in-law, Harriet Klossner of New Glarus; 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Rodney Zimmerman. She is predeceased by her parents; husband, Ralph; brother, John Robert Klossner, sister, Nellie Fuchs, and 1 great-grandson, Daniel Colden. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Monroe United Methodist Church 2227 4th Street, in Monroe, with Pastor Vicki Brantmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in Swiss Church Cemetery in New Glarus. Visitation will be Monday, May 9th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Methodist Church. Women of the Moose service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9th. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Margaret B. Hartwig
age 89, of Monroe, died on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on November 6, 1926 in Wiota Township, the daughter of Emil and Bertha (Wiedman) Stoller. Margaret graduated from Monroe High School in 1944.
Margaret and Frederick Hartwig were married on January 28, 1945 in Monroe. She farmed along with her husband on the family farm. She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoyed flowers and gardening. She is survived by her husband, Frederick of Monroe, children: Lonna (Fred) Hefty of San Diego, CA; Cynthia (Gary) Gerber of Winslow, IL, Peggy (Gene) Boeck of Albany, WI, FredRick (Cheryl) Hartwig of Browntown, Richard Hartwig of Monroe; 10 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson.. She was predeceased by her parents, daughter, LuAnn and granddaughter, Toni Boeck. Memorial services will be Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall N3073 State Highway 59, Monroe, with Phil Stephenson officiating. Visitation will be May 11th, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at Kingdom Hall. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family
Dalen G. Friedrichs
age 80 of Janesville, formerly of Monroe, died Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Our House Memory Care in Janesville. He was born on March 22, 1935 in Freeport, Illinois; the son of Fred and Alice (Frehner) Friedrichs. He graduated from Monroe High school in 1953. He served 2 years in the Navy. Dalen and Leona M. Johnson were married on October 6, 1956 in Monroe. Dalen worked as an Electrician for several companies. He belonged to Grace Lutheran Church and Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #754. He was active in Boy Scouts and a leader for many years. His hobbies included bowling and golfing.
He is survived by his children: David (Laura) Friedrichs of Madison, Anne (George) Stokes of Las Vegas, NV and Sarah (David) Boatman of McKinney, TX; 4 grandchildren: Colin and Harper Friedrichs and Eric and Leah Boatman; brother, Delmer Friedrichs of Stoughton, WI; sisters-in-laws: Nancy Friedrichs of Monroe, and Shirley Friedrichs of Orangeville. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 4 brothers: Walter, Milo, Milton and Vernon; sisters-in-law, Frances Friedrichs and Bernice Friedrichs.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church, with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service, at the church. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: Donations can be made online by going to www.michaeljfox.org/tribute. Search Dalen’s name to make a donation.
age 91, of Monroe, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
Ruth was born on June 26, 1924 in Indianola, IA; the daughter of Violet (Stauffacher) Wilkinson. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1942; and married Bernard Gibbons on Sept. 4, 1943. Bernard & Ruth owned/operated Gibbons Fifth Avenue Cleaners; which was destroyed, along with their home, in the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado. Ruth was also employed, during her lifetime in Monroe, by United Telephone Company, Swiss Colony, and Monroe Clinic. She was a past president of St. Victor's Altar Society, VFW Auxiliary, and American Legion Auxiliary. She also served as secretary on the Monroe School Board. She is survived by her six children: Greg (Mary) Gibbons of Oshkosh; Debbie Haeft of Evansville; Jeff (Jane) Gibbons of Albany; Jennifer (Bob) Duxstad of Monroe; Peggy Frint of Monroe; Joe (Kelly) Gibbons of Moore, OK; 17 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and a brother Keith (Ann) Wilkinson of Ashborn,VA. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 72 years Bernard; her parents; a daughter, Sharon Kay; grandchildren Shari Lynn Popanz, Colleen (Gibbons) Daugherty, Anthony Gibbons; and Aunt Dorothy (Bill) Cullen. Special thanks to Monroe Clinic Hospice and all her amazing caregivers. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor's Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, May 13th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr., and 18th Ave.in Monroe. A luncheon at American Legion will follow internment at Calvary Cemetery in Monroe. We will miss you so much Mom, but will find joy & peace knowing Dad & you are together again with God and our young ones in heaven. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Monroe Clinic/Hospital Hospice Home, 515 22nd Ave. Monroe, WI 53566; Colleen Gibbons Daughtery Nursing Scholarship Fund, C/O Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, 230 Ohio Street, Suite 100, Oshkosh, WI., 54904.
Nancy A. Friedrichs
age 78, of Monroe, died on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on November 29, 1937 at the Deacon Hospital in Monroe, the daughter of William and Jesse (Cole) Whipple and attended Monroe School.
Nancy and Vernon Friedrichs were married on July 7, 1956 in Monroe. Nancy worked for the Albany Schools, as a cook, for 30 years, she later was a part-time custodian for Albany Schools and Albany Post Office. She is a member of the Monroe United Methodist Church. She is survived by her children: Joyce Moser of Freeport, IL, Lorna (Ed) Peters of Westminister, CO, Rex (Mary) Friedrichs of Edgerton, Curtis (Penny) Friedrichs of Albany, Marlea (Mark) Johnson of Browntown; brother, Arthur (Letha) Whipple of Monroe; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Vernon, sister, Evonne Cullen. Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Monroe United Methodist Church with Pastor Randy Booth officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, May 16th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe. A memorial fund is being established in Nancy’s memory.
Arlene M. Huffman
age 87 of Monroe, died Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Monroe Clinic Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 29, 1928 in Monroe, the daughter of Ralph and Rose (Herrli) Wells. She attended Pleasant Valley School. Arlene married Edwin Robert Huffman on May 9, 1948 at Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, chapter #599, the Historic Cheese Center, and the Republican Party of Green County. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, watching the birds, spending time at the family farm watching the horses, reading and cross word puzzles, but most of all, visits with her grandchildren.
She is survived by 3 children: Sharon (John) Teasdale of Monticello, Bob (Denise) Huffman and Rick (Patty) Huffman both of Monroe; a brother, John (Ruth) Wells of Monticello; and a sister, Betty (Vernon) Brandenburg of Arbor Vitae, WI; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters: Shirley Grenzow and Ruth Juenemann; and a brother, R. Lavern Wells.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor John Tabaka and Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. A visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
Douglas Terry Lerch
age 76, of Albany, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Agrace Hospice Center in Janesville.
He was born to Arvin, “Abe” Sr. and Margaret (Tiedt) Lerch on July 30, 1939 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
When he was 4 years old, he moved to Chicago where he attended elementary school and Lakeview High School.
He returned to the Beaver Dam area where he worked on construction for the Lorenz Construction Co.
He was a member of the 84th Army Reserve in Beaver Dam, WI, where he served for 6 years.
Douglas and Vivian Pernot were united in marriage in St. Patrick Catholic Church in Albany, WI on June 19, 1965.
He started work at GM in Janesville on September 13, 1965 and retired in August 2000.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and former member of Albany Fire Department and Albany EMS.
In his retirement years, he drove school bus for C & L Transportation, Brodhead, Verona Bus Service, Monroe, First Student Bus Service, Monroe and Kobussen Bus Company Albany.
Douglas is survived by his daughter, Rochelle (Dan) Cashman, of Albany, sons, Shawn (Lisa) Lerch, of Raton, NM and Dean Lerch of Albany.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tyler VanDusen and Natalie Cashman, and his step-grandchildren Lindsay and Seth Cashman, brothers, Arvin (Karen) Lerch, Lakewood, CO, Mickey (Shelby) Gotter of Chicago, IL; sisters, Lois Sharp, Indianapolis, IN, Judy Hamby, Chicago IL, Reinette (Gerry) Schmidt, Addison, IL, and Laura (Al) Grey, DeLalb, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Vivian, sister, Linda, and brother, Jeff.
Douglas was a servant of the Lord in any situation that was presented to him.
A visitation will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 410 E. State St. Albany, Wisconsin on Friday, May 20th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21st at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Albany, with Fr. Michael Moon celebrant. Burial will be in the St. Patrick Cemetery following the service.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, Monroe is assisting the family.
Joyce Marie Abbott
age 86, of Monroe, died on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at St. Clare Friedensheim in Monroe. She was born on August 7, 1929 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of John and Stella M. (Dietmeier) Abels. She graduated from Winslow High School in 1947.
Joyce and William Abbott were married at the First Methodist Church in Freeport. She worked as office help for several companies in Freeport and later at St. Vincent DePaul in Monroe. Joyce was a member of Monroe United Methodist Church. She is survived by her brother, Ted Abels of Monroe. She is predeceased by her parents, husband, William, and sister-in-law, Retta Abels. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, 11:00 am, May 24, 2016 at Grandview Cemetery in Freeport, IL.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Joyce E. Lisser
age 84 of Albany, died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born on April 11, 1932 in Brooklyn, WI, the daughter of Jesse and Hazel (Smith) Lloyd. She graduated from Brooklyn High School. Joyce married Elmer H. Lisser on December 6, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa. She worked as a nurse’s Aid, a telephone operator, a waitress and then she worked in housekeeping for 10 years at preferred living and 20 years at Riverview apartments in Albany. She enjoyed flowers and feeding the birds, especially the humming birds. She enjoyed her cats, Snowball and Cookie.
She is survived by her children: Gail Stout and Vicky (Curtis) Hatlevig, both of Antwerp, OH, Debra (Fiancee’ David) Lisser of Montello, WI, Cheryl (Perry) Graber of Monticello, Robert (Cheryl) Lisser of Albany and Martha (Steve) Lisser of Albany; brother, Kenneth (Roberta) Lloyd of Brooklyn; sisters: Ruth Hall of Spring Green, WI and Roberta Hartwig of Monroe; 25 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Matt; 2 grandchildren, Ryan Hatlevig and Sherry Rank Jarosz; 3 brothers: Roger and 2 in infancy; 2 sisters: Joanne Nelson and Loretta Lisser.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor Randy Booth officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Albany. A visitation will be Thursday, May 26, from 10:00 am until the time of service.
Frieda K. Siedschlag
age 90, of Monroe, died peacefully, on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Pleasant View Nursing Home, surrounded by her children. Frieda was born in Monroe, on February 24, 1926, the daughter of Casper and Elsie Durtschi.
Frieda and Lloyd G. Siedschlag were married on August 24, 1950 at St. John’s United Church of Christ. She worked at The Monroe Clinic Hospital for 20 years.
Frieda was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ; she enjoyed gardening, spending time by the ocean; and spending time with her grandchildren. Frieda is survived by her daughters, Mary (Mike) Schmid, Linda Farwell and son Paul (Annette) Siedschlag. Grandchildren, Jared (Daisy) Schmid, Jenna (Dave) Schmid, Alex Siedschlag, Kerry Siedschlag, Lizzie (Dylan) Siedschlag and brand new great-grandson, Kai Michael James Boehm; and a sister, Ida Swanton of Utah. Frieda waited a few hours, so she could embrace the esteemed title of great-grandma to Kai. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Lloyd in 2001; brothers,
Fritz, William, Arthur, Alvin and Herman Durtschi; and sisters, Alice Holz, Emma Rund and Dorothy Lund.
Memorial service will be Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Drive and 18th Avenue, with Rev. Tiff Bates officiating, from St. John’s United Church of Christ. Burial will be at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, May 28th, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Frieda’s name.
Lorna Marie Clancy Miller
age 87, died May 9, 2016 after many years in decline from Parkinson’s and dementia. She was daughter of John Edward and Francis Starke Clancy, born August 27, 1929 in Valley City, North Dakota. She was active in politics from an early age, campaigning on horseback for Franklin Roosevelt at the age of 8, and later with the North Dakota Young Democrats where she helped to move the Non-Partisan League into the Democratic column. She went on to serve as a delegate at four Democratic National Conventions: in 1952 for Adlai Stevenson; 1968 for Eugene McCarthy; 1972 for George McGovern, and 1976 for Morris Udall. She had a talent for recognizing political leaders with integrity at all levels of service. In addition to working for presidential candidates, she worked diligently for and with Quentin Burdick, Robert Kastenmeier, Gaylord Nelson, Russ Feingold, Tom Loftus, Barbara Lawton, Ed Garvey, Adrian Clancy, Dave Cieslewicz, Robbie Webber, and many others.
After WW2, Lorna spent a year at Valley State Teachers College and earned a teaching certificate to teach all grades in North Dakota’s one-room schoolhouses. She enjoyed leading youth activities as a Girl Scout leader. Lorna then took a position as an educator and organizer with North Dakota Farmers Union. After marrying Anton J. Miller in 1958, the couple left North Dakota for Wisconsin, where Lorna took a position with the Wisconsin Farmers Union education program. She advanced to Education Director where she directed youth and adult education programs on cooperatives, agricultural history, civic engagement and rural leadership. She developed international exchange programs with African and Latin American farmers, arranging for farm stays and time at Kamp Kenwood, WFU’s summer educational facility in Chippewa Falls. Lorna remained an active Farmers Union member, leading the county youth program and attending state and national conventions in various capacities, including the 100th anniversary of National Farmers Union in Point, Texas.
In 1969, the family moved to Sun Prairie, WI where Lorna worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Rural Sociology with Professor Don Johnson on rural leadership issues in Wisconsin. She served for a decade as Assistant to the Chancellor of UW-Extension, managing the federal Higher Education Act. In this capacity, Lorna made lasting contributions through her efforts to support Milwaukee’s Harambee Project, the initiation of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), education on mining in Northern Wisconsin, and Phil Lewis’s regional Circle City vision, among other high-impact programs She served as President for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Community Development Society, the National Association of Leadership Educators as part of her work as state faculty on rural leadership through UW Extension’s Community, Natural Resource and Community Development (CNRED). She co-wrote books and articles on rural leadership and community development, and worked with rural people to articulate their vision for their communities.
Lorna worked on issues important to rural people, civil rights and social and economic justice, and participated in many marches and rallies for the causes dear to her heart. She served as an officer and on the board of directors for Group Health Cooperative, Rural Wisconsin, Wisconsin University Union, The Madison Institute, and on Governor Earl’s Commission on Agriculture. After retirement, Lorna continued her political activism, took up the piano, joined multiple book clubs and exercised every week with a great group of women from the UW.
Following her grandmother Lena Cook Starke’s example, she extended kindness equally to anyone at her door, especially to those in need, was generous to a fault, and always reminded us, “There but for the grace of God go I”. Over the course of 30 years, she housed and befriended more than 70 visiting academics from almost every continent as they worked on various research projects on campus. She footed the bill for pizza parties and steak & martini celebrations, and hosted our annual house party celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., a family tradition since 1993.
As a farmer’s daughter, Lorna didn’t know there was a box within which to think. She encouraged and celebrated creativity, innovation, and improvisation in all its forms, at work and in her private life. She was active in drama, as a child actor for Pioneer Daughters events, at Kamp Kenwood with youth and adults, with family, and as a theatre patron throughout life; music as a vocal performer in a local band, leading the 1952 Democratic Convention in Union Button at Carnegie Hall, family and Farmers Union singing, her life-long love of jazz, parades, and support for local and family musicians; dance and sport as a crack jitterbug and Latin dance partner, dance teacher to children, calling folk dances, supporting her children and grandchildren with dancing lessons, and as a lefty pitcher for a women’s league in North Dakota; visual arts, in painting and sculpture of her own, her family and friends.
Lorna is survived by her ex-husband and lifelong friend, Anton Miller, loving daughters Michelle Miller (Robert Stone) and grandchild Sean Stone in Madison; Renee (James Knight) in Madison, WI and grandchildren Xia Magnus (NYC and LA), ErynDae Thorvaldson (Bellingham, WA) and Anastasia Knight (NYC); sisters Eileen VanDyke (Medford, OR), Lucille Zink (Carrington, ND) and brother Lynn Clancy (Bismark, ND). Her son, Sean Miller, parents, and siblings Rita Howard, Adrian Clancy, Neill Clancy, and Sharon Clancy precede her in death.
The Shriner–Hager–Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe, WI is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.shriner111.com/ The family is planning a memorial service in Valley City, North Dakota this July, when her ashes will be interred at St. Catherine’s cemetery, near the rich black prairie soil of her youth.
More than anything, Lorna believed in our ability to make the world a better place by working together. In celebration of her life, please give a donation – monetary or otherwise - to the social justice organization of your choice.
Nathan N. Norder
age 71, of Browntown, died on Monday, May 23, 2016 at his home. He was born on May 17, 1945 in Monroe, the son of Orville and Esther (Wachendorf) Norder. He attended Monroe High School. Nathan entered the U.S. Army in 1964 and honorably discharged in 1966. He married Connie Burke on December 19, 1970 in Apple River, IL.
He owned and operated Browntown Plumbing, installing sewers and septic systems. Nathan was past president of the Village of Browntown and devoted a great deal of time to the Browntown Fire Dept., including serving as Chief. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and fishing, but he especially loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Connie Norder; daughters, Tela Norder, Chandra (Kurt) Brandli, Carrie (Jose) Pagan; grandchildren, Nick, Jayda and Alyssa Pagan; brother, Clayton (Janet) Norder; sisters, Vinnie Norder, Carol (Virgil) Helmeid, Orvilla (Walter) Gales, Evelyn Terrell and sister-in-law, Beverly Norder. He is predeceased by his parents; brothers, Orville Norder, Jr., Gerald, Rueben and Aaron Norder; sister, Peggy Meyers. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in the Saucerman Cemetery, Cadiz Township, Green Co. A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 26th from 5 to 7 P.M. at the funeral home.
Louise Jean Wild
age 84, of Monroe, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at LeHigh Acres Health & Rehabilitation Center in Florida. She was born on September 30, 1931 in Monroe, the daughter of Jesse and Hilda (Ruegsegger) Beach and graduated from Monroe High School.
Louise and Kenneth Wild were married on December 22, 1950 at St. John’s United Church of Christ. Louise farmed in the green county area with her husband Kenneth. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. She is survived by her children: Robert (Margaret) Wild of Conway, SC, and Carol (Michael) Braswell of LeHigh Acres, FL; 3 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren: brothers, Duane (Rose) Beach of Monroe, Rolland Beach of Southside, AL, Nathan (Mary) Beach of Freeport, IL; sister, Dorothy Block of Monroe. She is predeceased by her parents, husband, Kenneth, sister, Ella Burington, twin sisters in infancy, Margaret and Marian Beach. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, with Reverend Todd Hackman officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 1st, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr. and 18th, in Monroe. Memorials may be given in Louise’s name to St. John’s United Church of Christ.
Jane P. McAuliffe
age 72, of Brodhead, died peacefully at home on Monday, May 30, 2016 where she lived with her beloved dogs Molly and Paddy. She was born on February 6, 1944 in Chicago, IL; the daughter of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Roach) McAuliffe.
Jane was a graduate of St. John Bosco, Notre Dame High School, St. Ambrose College, and Notre Dame University with a master’s degree in Biblical Theology.
Jane was a woman of great faith and her passion was teaching children and adults biblical theology. She was an advocate of women in the Church and encouraged them to read the bible and to incorporate the Corporal Works of Mercy into their everyday lives. She taught many years at Dominican High School in Milwaukee where she started and headed Campus Ministry.
Jane was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish where she was presently employed as adult education coordinator, taught Confirmation and 5th grade religion, and was previously youth ministry coordinator.
She is survived by her sisters, Sr. Elizabeth McAuliffe, Mary McAuliffe and Katy (James) Mestan; niece, Suzy Claussen and nephews, Joe, Jeremiah and David Claussen.
She is predeceased by her parents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, in Monroe, WI with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 4th, from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Sister Water Project or St. Clare Youth Ministry, in care of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 1760 – 14th Street Monroe, WI 53566.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
Helen P. Rinehardt-Schmidt
age 95, of Monroe died early Sunday evening at her home with her daughter at her side.
She was employed at Blum’s Grocery Store in Monticello for 20 years before working 20-plus years at Brennan’s Market in Monroe, a job she called “the best ever.” She cherished the time working with and for the entire Brennan family and kept in touch with many of them over the years.
When not at work, she was an outdoor person who took great pride in her yard and her flowers. She was also an accomplished baker and shared her talents with neighbors, friends and relatives. Most of all, she enjoyed time with her family and looked forward to their visits.
She was a member of St. Clare Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church in Monroe.
Born January 21, 1921, in Juda, she was the daughter of Walter Otto and Ida Emma (Klatt) Stricker. She and Harlon H. Rinehardt were united in marriage on May 27, 1940, at St. Raphael Rectory in Dubuque, Iowa. The couple had three children, Dennis (deceased), Greg and Kathy. She later married Fred H. Schmidt on Aug. 13, 1968, at St. Victor’s Catholic Church in Monroe.
She is survived by a son, Greg (Barbara) Rinehardt of Poulsbo, Wash.; a daughter, Kathy , Rinehardt of Monroe; four grandsons, Craig (Laurie) Rinehardt of Evergreen, Colo.; David (Laurie) Rinehardt of Estero, Fla.; Mark (Deb) Rinehardt of Janesville; and Vincent (Martina) Boles of Haustrauppe, Germany; two granddaughters, Kimberly Rinehardt of Olympia, Wash.; and Honora (Tony) Gerbeck of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; six great-granddaughters, Caitlin Rinehardt, Carly Rinehardt, Kristen Rinehardt, Zoe Koecke, Inez Gerbeck and Greta Gerbeck; one great-grandson, Jake Koecke; a brother-in-law, Harold Neuenschwander of Monroe; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; her son, Dennis; four sisters, Ida Schiess, Margaret Gempeler, Nellie Neuenschwander and Marie Stuessy; and two brothers, Fred Stricker and Willard Monte.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 3, at St. Clare Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Msgr. Larry Bakke officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday June 2nd at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established in her name for St. Victor’s School.
“Don’t worry mom … We will keep the yard mowed and the flowers watered.”
Noda E. Schwartz
age 88 of Monroe, died Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on May 6, 1928 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Clarence and Nellie (Kammerude) Jacobson. She graduated from Darlington High School in 1946. Noda married Alan J. Schwartz on August 21, 1950 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Yellowstone. Noda worked at St. Clare Hospital for many years, retiring in 1984. She also worked at Yodel Bakery. She was a member of St. Victor Catholic Church for 55 years, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and she enjoyed volunteering at St. Victor Catholic School.
She is survived by 10 children: Marie (Steven) Wilke of Glendale, Ellen (Rich Cowan) Schwartz of New Glarus, Marlene (Phil) Welton of Mountain, WI, Claire (Barb Atkinson) Schwartz of Sykesville, MD, Alan Paul (Cheryl) Schwartz of Monroe, Theresa (Dean) Hodnett of St. Paul, MN, Mark (Ann) Schwartz of Watertown, Stacie (Wally) Meyer of Madison, Neal (Cindy) Schwartz of Monroe, and Patricia (Ricky) Brinkmann of Winneconne, WI; 9 grandsons; 9 granddaughters; 2 great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Carroll (Mary) Jacobson and Oliver Jacobson both of Darlington. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alan, grandson, Seth Welton, brothers: Howard Jacobson and Leland Kammerude; sisters: Elizabeth Grob and Marjorie Olson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Monday, June 13, 2016 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke presiding. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. A visitation will be held Sunday, June 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. Memorials may be given in Noda’s name to either, Badger Honor Flight or St. Victor’s Catholic Church.
Stella I. Svendsen
age 84 of Browntown, died Thursday, June 9, 2016 at her home. She was born on May 12, 1932, the daughter of Albert and Bessie (Blaisdale) Boss in rural Monroe. She was united in marriage to Don Svendsen on October 21, 1962 in Monroe.
Stella worked at Matrix in Winslow, IL for several years, and she did housekeeping at Greenco. She loved going to the casino as well as collecting knick-knacks.
She is survived by her husband, Don of Browntown; children, Donny (Bonnie) Svendsen, Cynthia Svendsen, Gail Svendsen, Terry (Marie) Svendsen, Lewis Coulthard, Albert (Joyce Voegeli) Strothman, Mickey Strothman, Norma Johnson, and Tammy Strothman; several grandchildren as well as many great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her brothers, Delbert (Sally) Boss, Ervin Boss, Victor (Kay) Boss, and Wilbur Boss.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Stanley Strothman and Norman Strothman; and three sisters, Claira Leopold, Lorraine Richards and Delores King.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be in Saucerman Cemetery at a later date. A visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. A memorial fund will be established.
Larry “Goid” Hanson
age 60, of Monroe, died on Sunday, June 12, at V.A. Hospital in Madison, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 22, 1955, the son of Freeman and Irene (Johnson) Hanson in Monroe. He was united in marriage to Rita Rae Broge on April 9, 2002 in Las Vegas; she preceded him in death in 2006.
Larry proudly served in the U.S. Army. He was a painter and owned his own business. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing.
Larry is survived by his parents, Freeman and Irene Hanson of Monroe, siblings, Dave Hanson of Monroe, Sue (Brian) Hoffmaster of Monticello, Jeff Hanson of Knoxville, TN, and Sara(Bill) Ritschard of Monroe. He is further survived by several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita.
A visitation will be Saturday, June 18th from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE FUNERALHOME. A Celebration of Larry’s life will follow at the Depot Bar in Monroe, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
James Junior Bosanny
passed away on May 28th, 2016. Jim was born to Lyla and Herman Bosanny September 2, 1925.
Jim grew up in Lacrosse and had 4 sisters, Judy (Milt) Blankenship, Joyce (Bill) Stenimetz, Joanne (Ken) Garry, and Jean (Gus) Halberg.
Jim married Yvonne St. Dennis, on April 27th, 1950. They lived nearly all of their 65 years together in Monroe. Yvonne passed away March 31, 2015. They have one son, James Jay (Vicki) Bosanny, and one grandchild, James Matthew Bosanny (Jamieson).
Jim & Yvonne have numerous nieces and nephews on both sides.
Jim received his degree in Physical Education & Physical Therapy from the University of Lacrosse. Jim retired from the Monroe Clinic & St Clare Hospital in Monroe in 1990.
Jim is a WWII Veteran, having served in the Army Air Corp, which is now the US Air Force. He served in China, Burma, India.
Jim was also a private pilot and served with Civil Air Patrol for many years.
Per his wishes there will be no service. A memorial is set up for Jim at the Monroe YMCA & his favorite online site, duckboats.net.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
age 87, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2016 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe, WI. She was born on August 17, 1928 on the family farm in rural Clayton, WI – the daughter of Carl and Anna (Koruc) Fall. Olga came from a large family and was very close to her seven brothers and two sisters. The family’s Russian heritage was –and still is – very important to them. Olga’s family attended Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in rural Clayton and she remembered attending “Russian school” during the summers. Olga grew up loving to bake and recalled baking lots of pies and cakes while home on the farm. She always said that with so many brothers, everything always got eaten – even if it didn’t turn out quite right.
Olga attended Jones Creek School, a one-room schoolhouse in Vance Creek Township and then Clayton High School, graduating in 1947. After graduation, Olga worked in Minneapolis and then Barron, WI until she married George Andrew Anton on August 11, 1951 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Turtle Lake, WI. George grew up on a farm in the Clayton / Turtle Lake area in a largely German community. George’s career in the cheese industry took them to southern Wisconsin - first to Platteville in 1954 and then to Monroe in 1962.
George and Olga were members of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church. Olga was an active member of the VFW Cecil Jones Post 2312 Auxiliary in Monroe. Together George and Olga cheerfully worked at countless Friday night fish fries, Sunday scholarship breakfasts, and other special events at the former VFW post home on Smokey Row. In their retirement, Olga and George enjoyed traveling to different locations across the country for George’s U.S.S. Weber naval reunions.
After being a stay-at-home mother in Monroe for several years, Olga worked first for the Sears catalog store and then for the Monroe Clinic. In addition to baking, Olga’s hobbies included embroidery, crocheting, and quilting. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and was never happier than in the company of her immediate and extended family.
Olga is survived by her children, David Anton of Monroe and Denise Anton Wright (John) of New Glarus, her grand-daughter, Natalie Wright, her sister Helen (Wilbur) Falkenthal of New Richmond, WI, and four brothers: Matt (Phyllis) Fall of Clayton, WI, Joe (Clarice) Fall of Barron, WI, Peter (Diane) Fall of Clear Lake, WI, and Walter (Sharon) Fall of New Richmond, WI. She is also survived by her brother-in-law John (Eloise) Anton of Amery, WI, two sisters-in-law: Betty (Glen) Nickell of Lakeville, MN and Marion (Phil) Stumo of Blaine, MN, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, relatives, and friends. Olga was preceded in death by her husband, George, her parents Carl and Anna, her sister Dorothy who died in childhood, and her brothers Mike, Elecksey, and John.
The family would like to thank the staff at Aster Assisted Living, Pleasant View Nursing Home, and Monroe Clinic Hospice for the excellent care they provided to Olga.
Memorials may be made to St. Victor Catholic School where Olga’s children attended grade school, the National Historic Cheesemaking Center in Monroe, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME (1455 Mansion Drive) in Monroe with a VFW Auxiliary ceremony taking place at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, July 1st at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church in Monroe with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant. A luncheon in the church’s Nilles Hall will directly follow the funeral Mass. Burial will take place at a later date in Calvary Cemetery.
“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us." - Helen Keller (1880 – 1968
Carol A. Buehler
age 74 of Monroe, died Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Monroe Manor. She was born on April 15, 1942 in Monroe, the daughter of Wilbur and Erma (Klingbeil) Hixson. She graduated from Monroe High School. Carol married John C. Buehler on February 8, 1964 in Monroe. She worked in the Bakery at Swiss Colony for many years, retiring in 2000. Carol enjoyed cooking, word searches, refinishing furniture, and especially spending time with her grandkids.
She is survived by her husband, John of Monroe; 2 sons: Jeff (Donna) Buehler and Tim (Tammy) Buehler, both of Monroe; 5 grandchildren; a brother, Allen (Delores) Hixson of Hayward; and a sister, Gloria Feller of Monroe; as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Private family services will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Rev. David Busker officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Hedwig “Hedy” Deininger
age 93 of Oregon, formerly of Monroe, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Sienna Crest Assisted Living in Oregon. She was born on September 23, 1922 to Anna (Amacher) and John Brunner. Hedy was the only child of the couple born in the United States, as her family immigrated from Switzerland in the early 1900’s. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1940, and worked at several local businesses, including Solomon Auto Parts Company, Monroe Cheese Producers Inc. and Trumpy Cheese Inc.
She married Nathan Deininger on March 11, 1949 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe. They farmed on Middle Juda Road, just east of town, until 1974, when they moved into the City of Monroe.
Hedy was a Sunday school teacher at St. John’s United Church of Christ, a Girl Scout leader, and sewing teacher for the Richland 4-H Club. She was a passionate seamstress and made many of her clothes throughout her life. She also took an active role in managing the “clothes closet”, through the church, helping distribute donated clothing to those in need.
She is survived by her three children: Carol Schuler of McFarland, WI, Jan (Gary) Stern of McFarland, WI, and John (Kris) Deininger of Oregon, WI; five grandchildren: Katie Schuler (Egor Korneev) of Madison, Beth Schuler (Jordan Scott) of Madison, Alison (Dan) Beilke of Oregon, WI, Casey Stern (Kristen Burke) of Chicago, and Sara Stern of Chicago; one great-grandchild, Aubrey Beilke of Oregon, WI.
She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Gertrude Liechty; brother, Ernest Brunner; her husband, Nathan passed away in 1994, and she lived independently in Monroe until her move to Oregon, WI in 2013, to be closer to her children.
She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. A special “Thank You” goes out to the staff of Sienna Crest in Oregon, and Agrace Hospice of Fitchburg.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the St. John’s Garden Apartments Chapel with Rev. Tiff Bates officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg or St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe as a “Thank You” for their kindness and assistance to the family.
Margaret “Peggy” Comfort Wetter
passed away June 19, 2016. Peggy was quite impressed by her age, and rather doubtful that her family was accurately keeping count, when she celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year.
Peggy was born to Roslyn Wayne and Margaret Emily (Bell) Comfort on February 1, 1926 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was the youngest of three, including her siblings David and Helen. Her fondest childhood memory, according to the volume of stories, was of her family dog, Scout.
Peggy attended the University of Tulsa and became active in the Delta Delta Delta sorority, which would remain an important part of her adult life. Peggy was an avid photographer, the family historian, and a consummate letter writer.
Peggy married the dashing Arthur Wetter on July 18, 1953. They settled in Des Plaines, Illinois and opened a public relationship firm. They welcomed a daughter, Carol, in 1959. Through the years, they prized their boxers and later regaled their grandchildren with old film reels of the dogs.
Peggy was always on the go, rarely home in time to cook supper, for which her family is eternally grateful. Peggy was an active member of the Maine Township Republican Party and an alderwoman in Des Plaines, along with joining fellow professional women in Soroptimist. With Art, Peggy was involved with the Des Plaines Theater Guild, the Des Plaines Historical Society, and the First Congregational Church. Art and Peggy were very social and, based on the amount of glassware and serving trays they owned, entertained in style.
In 1992, after many years of letting her family know they would be moving south to a warmer climate, Art and Peggy turned their map upside down and moved to Albany, Wisconsin. There, Peggy was involved with the Albany Historical Society and the United Methodist Church.
Peggy lived a long, full life and is remembered fondly by her family for never passing up a newspaper article that needed clipping, never meeting a dog she didn’t make friends with, and always having twist ties and spice drops on hand.
Peggy is survived by her daughter, Carol (Wayne) Stemple of Albany; granddaughters, Rachel (Greg) Schardt of Monroe and Denise (David) French of Albany; great-grandchildren, Chase, Abigail, Ian, and Jonathan; sister, Helen Warden of Dallas, Texas; nephews, Bill (Betty) Warden of Mansfield, Texas and John (Debbie) Warden of Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Arthur; brother, David; brother-in-law, Hugh Warden; and great-granddaughter Emily.
Peggy’s life will be celebrated at the Albany United Methodist Church on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Brad Mather officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. Peggy will be interred with her husband at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma at a later date. In the spirit of Peggy’s love of community, the family asks for donations to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff of Valley Park and Monroe Clinic Hospice for their extraordinary compassion and care of Peggy.
Robert D. Snider
age 70, of Juda, died unexpectedly at Monroe Clinic Hospital on Saturday, June 18, 2016. He was born on December 25, 1945 in Madison, the son of Clifford and Eleanor (Sonsteby) Snider. He attended New Glarus High School. Robert married Kathie J. Erickson on December 12, 1964. He was a Dairy farmer his entire life, and was still helping area farmers. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, antique tractors and going to tractor shows and thresheries. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family.
He is survived by 3 children: Michael (Nancy) Snider of Orangeville, IL, Amy Lipman of Loves Park, IL, and Brian (Michelle) Snider of Monroe; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a brother, Roger (Paula) Snider Sr. of Belleville; a sister, Carol Isely of Monroe. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, June 27, 2016 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor David Busker officiating. A visitation will be Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the funeral home.