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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.
Donna Pauline (Schindler) Ranum
age 89 of Monroe, died Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Monroe Clinic Hospice Home surrounded by her family. She was born on May 4, 1930 in Lamont, WI, the daughter of Milton and Kathryn (Kammerude) Hendrickson. She graduated from Blanchardville High School. Donna married Delbert Schindler on December 31, 1947 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Blanchardville; he preceded her in death in 1994. She was united in marriage to Paul Ranum on November 1, 2000 in Janesville.
Donna worked at Marcos Supper Club; she later owned and operated Crystal Tower Café. She retired from Pleasant View Nursing Home, in 1995. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church. She loved doing word search, going to the casino, and watching her grandchildren
and great-grandchildren in sporting events.
Donna is survived by her children: Dennis (Faye) Schindler of Tom Brooks, VA, Deborah (Fred) Thommen of Monroe, Diane Samelstad of Monroe, Daryl (Kathy) Schindler of Baraboo, Doug (Patti) Schindler of New Glarus, Dale Schindler of Elkhorn, Denise (Ward) Steinmann of Juda, Dan (Penny) Schindler of Baraboo, Danette (Betsy Krantz) Williams of Monroe, Dawn (Ted) White of Belleville; daughter-in-law, Deb Schindler of Monroe; 24 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; brothers, Don (Nancy) Hendrickson of Blanchardville and Jim (Peggy) Hendrickson of Hollandale; sisters, Betty (Burt) Schuldt of Sheboygan, Judy (Ed) Grabow of Monroe, Millie Francois of Belleville, and Virginia (Howie) Von Ruden of Cashton; and Paul Ranum’s family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; son, Duane Schindler; grandsons, Troy and Danny; brothers, Milton and Andrew Hendrickson; a special aunt, Gen Kelly; brothers and sisters-in-law, Willy Stokes, Jerry Francois, Robert and Arlene Foltz, Frank and LaVera Hall, and Pat Hendrickson.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant. Burial will immediately follow service in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 4:00-7:00PM at the funeral home.
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.
Clara Mae Scrivner
age 89, of New Glarus formerly of Browntown, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the New Glarus Home. She was born on March 21, 1930 the daughter of George and Astrid (Swanson0 Flint in Hales Corners, WI. Clara Mae graduated high school in Glen Flora, WI. She was united in marriage to John W. Scrivner on May 2, 1960 in Hawkin, WI.
Clara Mae had been a longtime member of Hope Lutheran Church in Ladysmith, WI. She enjoyed reading and fishing. She worked for many years at American Hoist in St. Paul, MN.
Clara Mae is survived by her son, John Scrivner of Tomah, WI; daughter, Julie (Wayne) Adams of Browntown; 5 grandchildren: Nathan Ruthven, Dustin Ruthven, Rebecca Ruthven, Amanda Ruthven, and Racheal Sillman; 12 great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Flint and Dale (Kathy) Flint of Phoenix, AZ; and sister, Nona Ann (William) Schriber of Rice Lake, WI.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Sonny and Alvin.
A Celebration of Clara Mae’s Life will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 1:00-3:00PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. Burial will take place at a later date at Riverside Cemetery in Ladysmith, WI.
Dorothy Elaine Pandow
age 90, of Monroe passed away on Monday, October 07, 2019 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born the daughter of Henry and Florence “Agnes” (Larson) Shager on August 23, 1929 in Woodford. Dorothy was a graduate of Monroe High School. Dorothy was united in marriage to Steven Pandow in April of 1972 in Monroe.
Dorothy worked for many years at the Tot Shop as well as Pandow Jewelry Store.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna (Bruce) Marvin of Madison; three grandchildren, Becky (Dan) Schmall of Edgerton, Shannon (Ryan) Erickson of Madison, and Benjamin Marvin of Minneapolis, MN; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Heddy Shager of Monroe; as well as 6 step-children, Mary Pandow, Steve Pandow, Linda Pandow, James Pandow, Betty Klosner, and Tom Pandow; and many step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Loren Elmer and Steve Pandow; and daughter, Barbara Copas; sister, Lillian Bieri; and a brother, Harold Shager.
Memorial Services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 11, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 11:00am until the time of service.
Richard O. Rupnow
of Monroe, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the age of 90. He was born on April 24, 1929 in Monroe, to Otto and Helen (Doyle) Rupnow.
Richard attended St. Victor’s Grade School and graduated from Monroe High School. He attended Marquette University Law School, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree.
After several years practicing law with The American in Milwaukee, Richard went into private practice, and was City Attorney in Shullsburg, WI, for many years. He retired from his law practice in 1990. After retirement, Richard enjoyed walking several miles daily, and enjoyed working out at the YMCA in Monroe.
On June 3, 1995, in Monroe, WI, Richard was united in marriage to Sylvia Purcell.
Richard was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed following national and college football and basketball. He enjoyed golfing and fishing with his buddies, going out to dinner and traveling in both the United States and abroad.
Richard was an active member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, where he served on parish counsel, and was a regular usher.
Richard was a loyal friend, and made special efforts to stay in touch with friends, and visit them throughout their entire lifetime, especially during difficult times.
His love of conversation combined with his quick wit and lifelong talent of storytelling endeared him to all who knew him. He will always be remembered for his love of family and friends as well as his great sense of humor.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Sylvia (Hughes/Purcell) Rupnow. He is further survived by his 9 step-children: Dee (Bob) Lorenz, Lorrie (Gerrit) Debruin, Vicky (Dave) Schneider, Gerry Purcell, Colleen Purcell, Steve (Lori) Purcell, Kathy (Tom) Bohn, Kevin (Lori) Purcell, and Cindy (Dan) Vickerman; 20 step-grandchildren and 8 step-great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brother, Roger (Romay) Rupnow and their children: Dan (Vicky) Rupnow, David (Beth) Rupnow, Kathy (Jim) Marshall, Tom (Charlotte) Rupnow and Marcia (Stuart) Goulter, as well as great nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Richard was predeceased by his parents, Otto and Helen (Doyle) Rupnow and numerous cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, October 14, 2019, at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant. Burial will immediately follow service, at Calvary Cemetery in Monroe. Visitation will be on Monday at the church from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, with Rosary at 9:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to St. Clare of Assisi Holy Ground Fund.
Bernadine M. McGrath
age 91 of Monroe, died Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born on August 16, 1928 in rural Darlington, the daughter of Edward and Geneva (Schwartz) Goebel. She was a 1946 graduate of Darlington High School. Bernadine married Verdel V. McGrath on April 27, 1954 at St. Victors Catholic Church. She worked as a clerk and telephone operator and also farmed with her husband in Jordan Township. She is a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church; she enjoyed dancing, walking, especially with her friends and family.
She is survived by her 4 children: Gary McGrath of Monroe, twins, Eileen McGrath of Mt Horeb and Colleen McGrath of Verona, and Constance Taylor of Plain, WI; 5 grandchildren: Joshua Taylor and Justin Verdel, Nicole, Ashley and Jessica McGrath; sisters: Rose Mary Lawler of Madison, Charlene Saunders of Warren, IL, Eleanor (Vernon) Gille of Gratiot; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers: Joseph, Raymond, Robert and Karl Goebel; sisters: Margurite Sperry. Ruth Judkins, and Helene in infancy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke as celebrant. Burial will take place at Calvary cemetery. A visitation will be from 11:00 am Thursday until the time of service, at the church.
Margaret Elaine Werrline
88, of Monroe WI, passed away peacefully at the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home on October 15, 2019. She was born April 1, 1931 in Peru, Illinois, the eldest born to Vincent and Betty (Healy) Forristal. At an early age the family moved to Aurora, Illinois. Elaine went to Holy Angels School, then Madonna High School, graduating in June, 1948. Her father died later that year and eventually George Hester, Sr. took on the important role of stepfather in her life. She enrolled at St. Joseph Mercy School of Nursing in Aurora, graduating in September, 1951. She was then a nurse for sixty years, working in obstetrics, emergency room, ICU, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation.
She married William Joseph Werrline Jr. February 9, 1952 in Joliet, Illinois. They had seven children: Sherry, Bill, John, Steve, Tim, Rick and Mark, and raised them all in Aurora. Elaine later moved to Monroe, WI and worked as a nurse in various settings in Janesville, UW Madison and ultimately at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe, retiring at the age of 80. She was a member of Hope Evangelical Free Church of Monroe.
Elaine is survived by her children: Sherry (Jim) Pollock of Monroe, WI, Bill (Sandi) of Albany, WI, Steve (Jetta) of Yorkville, IL, Tim (Sharon) of Kaneville IL, Rick (Laurie) of Monroe, WI and Mark (Mary) of Aurora, IL. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren: Anne (Jared) Wells, Emily Pollock, Megan (Nate) Sisson, Larry Pollock, Blake Pollock, Sadie Pollock, Daniel Pollock, Stephanie Pollock, William (Laurie) Werrline IV, Kathryn (Jeremy) Kolaites, Sarah (Chad) Ulery, Alyse (Jason) Smith, John (Leslie) Werrline, Steven Werrline, Colton Werrline, Katee (Jimmy) Boyle, Brittany (James) Trimble, Samantha (Bryan) Bauman, Ashley Werrline, Kari Werrline, Mark Werrline, Ryan Werrline, Adam Werrline, and Matthew Werrline; 22 great-grand-children: Ella, Sophia, Jackson, Josephine and Lincoln Wells, Bentley DeMeester, Jase Huber, Billy, Kyle and Luke Werrline, Chelsey (Grant) Kunkel, Christian Mosher, Zachery Kolaites, Alyssa Benuska, Tessa and Tayla Ulery, Raymond and Brandon Worley, Kylie Werrline, Wrigley, Ross and Bryant Trimble, Raelyn Bauman and one great great-grandchild: Zoey Werrline. She is also survived by siblings Betty Ann Joutras, Rosemary Forristal, Kathy Forristal, George Hester, Peggy Wilson, Patty Hester, Marybett Marino, and Christine Hester.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather, George Hester Sr.; two brothers, Bill and Michael Forristal; grandson, Collin Michael Werrline; her husband, William Joseph Werrline, Jr. and her son, John Kenneth Werrline.
A Memorial Visitation will be held at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe, WI from 9-11 AM, Monday, October 28, 2019.
There will be a private family graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL: 60601 or the Monroe Clinic Hospice, 515 22nd Ave. Monroe, WI 53566.
Elaine’s family would like to thank Aster Assisted Living of Monroe, the Monroe Clinic, particularly Dr. Morrison and the Neurology nurses, and the wonderful caregivers at the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. Our gratitude cannot be fully expressed for the love and care our Mom received in her last years from so many.
We rejoice with our mom, grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma, knowing she now lives in the presence of Jesus Christ.
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet he shall live” John 11:25
Eva Marie Didier
age 80, of Monroe, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at her home. She was born on September 20, 1939 the daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Ackerman) Ullrich in South Dakota. She was a graduate of West Rockford High School, and she later earned her nursing degree. Eva was united in marriage to William Nicholas Didier on June 28, 1958 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockford.
Eva was a nurse at Rockford Memorial Hospital and Freeport Memorial Hospital for many years. She was a longtime member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church. She devoted her time helping to organize the Farmer’s Market, and served as Market Manager.
Eva is survived by her husband of 61 years, William “Bill” of Monroe; her children, William Arthur (Jodi) Didier of Rockford, IL, Brian Edward Didier of West Palm Beach, FL, Jane Marie (Rob) Fortener of Kettering, OH, Peter James Didier of Rockford, IL, and Robert Joseph (Ann) Didier of Peachtree City, GA; grandchildren, Kirsten (Ryan) Kilmer, Joel (Nicole) Didier, Luke, Melody, Nadine, Owen, Philip, and Quint Didier, Joshua, Zachery, Samuel, and Christina Fortener, Allison, Rachel, and Scott Didier, Hope Didier; brother, Robert Ullrich; and sister, Janet Stuckenberg.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Donald Ullrich.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30PM on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Rockford, IL.
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00PM. Continued Visitation will take place on Tuesday from 11:30AM until the time of service at the church.
Grace I. Marty
age 90 of Monroe, died Friday, October 18, 2019 at U.W. Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born on December 9, 1928 in Blanchardville, the daughter of Arthur and Olga (Johnson) Guldhaug. She graduated from Blanchardville High School. Grace married William Roth on June 26, 1948; she later married Delmar W. Marty on May 9, 1987 in Monroe. She was a ward secretary at St. Clare Hospital, retiring in 1988. Grace was a member of Jordan Lutheran Church; she enjoyed quilting, gardening, making Norwegian and Swiss dishes and desserts. Grace also enjoyed sports, her favorite was watching the Badgers and the Brewers. She also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and tutored kids in reading at Parkside elementary.
She is survived by her children: Greg (Debbie) Roth of Albany, Audrey (Gene) Luchsinger of Monticello, Kevin Roth of Monroe and Pam (Jim) Schultz of Belleville; 8 grandchildren: Shane (Jeni) Luchsinger, Daniel (Nicole) Roth, Nicholas, Roth, Justin Engelkens, Derek (Kristin) Luchsinger, Brogan Engelkens, Dylan Luchsinger, and Gavin Roth; 9 great grandchildren; and she was looking forward to her first great great grandchild due in April of 2020. Also survived by 4 step-children: Bonnie (Richard) Merwin, Walter Marty, Nancy (Jim Davis) Marty, and Joyce (Terry) Carroll; 8 step-grandchildren; 9 step-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, 3 sisters: Helen Guldhaug, Agnes Shannon, and Judith Knauff.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday October, 24, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Blanchardville cemetery. A visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.
Carol June Ethridge (nee Kohl)
age 76, of Monroe, died October 21, 2019 at Agrace Hospice Facility in Fitchburg. Carol was born on October 30, 1942 in Monroe, Wisconsin, the daughter of Forrest and Irene (Duchow) Kohl. She graduated from Orangeville High School in 1960. She married Doral "Dutch" Ethridge, January 18, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa. She was employed at Swiss Colony for over 35 years, as the Manager of data entry, before retiring in 2002.
She is survived by three sons, Mike (Diane) of Green Bay, Steven (Jenny) of Austin, TX, Brian (Clarisse) of Middleton; a daughter, Julie Ethridge of Madison; grandsons, Aaron, Adam (Emily), Corey (Elizabeth), Erich, Clark, and Mitchell Ethridge; two great-grandchildren, Luke and Annie; sister, Barbara Henning of Tylertown, MS; brother, Curtis (Diane) Kohl of Monroe; sister, Tari Dower of Monroe; brother-in-law, Robert Ethridge of Monroe; sisters-in-law, Shirley Elmer of Monroe and Margie Rufer of Billings, MO.
Carol fully embraced life in Monroe. Her community involvement included, among other things, volunteering for the Green County Food Bank, Monroe Moose Lodge #754 and chauffeuring friends and family members to doctor appointments. She bowled at Leisure Lanes for over 30 years and was an avid walker. She was a member of Monroe United Methodist Church.
As a sports fan, she looked forward to the start of the Packer season, as well as Badger football, basketball and volleyball and Brewers baseball and watched with abundant enthusiasm.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doral, her mother, Irene (Duchow) Kohl, sister, Donna Rae Kohl, brother, Steven (Sonya) Kohl, sister, Sherry (Dennis) Bachim, sister, Diane Isely, brother-in-law, Harry Henning, and father, Forrest Kohl.
Memorial Services will be held on October 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., at the SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, Monroe. A memorial luncheon will follow at the Monroe Moose Lodge. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday, October 24 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Continued Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Memorials may be made to the Green County Food Pantry, Green County Humane Society, or Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.
James C. Yocum Kollatz
age 62 of Gratiot, died Friday, October 25, 2019 at Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County. He was born on December 6, 1956 in Kodiak, Alaska, the son of James and Romona (Faust) Yocum. He graduated from Central High School in West Allis, WI. He served in the U.S. Army. James married Barbara A. Sadorf on May 7, 1975 in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was a truck driver his entire life, he served in the National Guard, where he was a truck driver hauling tanks around the country. He was a member of Gratiot Evangelical Free Church, the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #754 of Monroe, he enjoyed driving his go-carts, camping and working on vehicles. His biggest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Barbara of Gratiot; sons: James (Amy) Kollatz of Monroe and Michael (Dawn) Kollatz of Albany; his father, James Yocum; 4 grandchildren: Ashley, Nicholas, Zander, and Zoey; siblings: Rick (Jane) Yocum, Vicki (Sterling) Brandenburg, Ron Yocum, Randy (Victoria) Yocum, and LaRhonda (Eddie) Paez. He was preceded in death by his mother, Romona.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Gratiot Free Church with Pastor Glenn Andes officiating. Burial will be in Gratiot Methodist cemetery, Gratiot. A visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
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.