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Roumaine F. Holland Sr.
age 85, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the V.A. Hospital in Madison. He was born on August 24, 1932 in Stockton, Illinois, the son of Paul and Lola (Bunker) Holland. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1950.
He served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955.
Roumaine married Victoria Galaviz in 1955, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Roumaine was a dairy farmer in the Argyle area, retiring in 1990. After he retired he worked at Swiss Colony and Prairie Hill Cheese factory.
He is survived by 5 children: Roland (Kendra) Holland of Rincon GA, Roumaine (Kathy) Holland Jr. of New Glarus,, William (Teresa) Holland of Monroe, Daniel (Jody) Holland of Argyle, and Debra Lelle of Monroe; a daughter-in-law, Jill Melland; grandchildren: Jeremi Alexander, Shelly Alexander, Jason (Ginny) Holland, Jaclyn (Brett) Macy, Dennis (Kevin) Holland, Ashley (Jesse) Holland-Donahue, Benjamin Voss, Kathleen Voss, Angela (Tony) Wiemiller, Kelly (Will) Grohler, Brandon (Korin) Beckwith, Daniel (Sarah) Holland II, Brittney (Brett) Newman, Chelsea (Adam) Tillis, Randy (Brooke Adams) Melland, Amanda Melland, Olivia Melland, great-grandchildren: Noah, Emme, Clara, Tanner, Brooklyn, Trevor, Johnny, Liam, Reese, Everly, Jaiden, Bryson, Ainsley, Westley, Landon, Ady, Haddie, Bentley and Madden; 2 brothers: Haldean (Lynn) Holland of Leesburg, FL and Merton (Sharon) Holland of Lena, IL, a sister, Maelinda Bolen of Stockton, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Randall, daughter, Gloria Doherty; and sisters, Waynette Costello and Madalene Holland in infancy; son-in-law, Thomas Lelle.
Private family services will be held at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
age 88, of Browntown, died peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 17, 1929 in Lafayette County, the daughter of Ben and Eveline (Rodebaugh) Goodman. She graduated South Wayne High School in 1947.
Suzanne married John Minder on June 22, 1947 in Browntown. She worked on the farm alongside her husband. She belonged to the Homemakers club, was active in 4-H, taught Sunday school, enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, dancing and reading.
She is survived by her children: Michael (Janet) Minder of Browntown, Dawn (Dale) Hoesly of Monroe, Dian (Jayson) Storts of Madison, Michele (Craig) Meiter of Stillman Valley, IL, and David (Kathy) Minder of Browntown; 13 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John; 2 brothers: Sam and Charles Goodman; 3 sisters: Thelma Cary, Audrey Schliem, and Dorothy Webster.
Private graveside services will be held at Saucerman Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be given in Suzanne’s name to Boys Town.
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Roger “Crow” Bidlingmaier
age 65, of Winslow, IL passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at FHN in Freeport, IL with his children by his side. He was born the son of Marvin and Marilyn (Haman) Bidlingmaier on February 5, 1958. Crow graduated from Lena-Winslow High School in 1976. He was formerly married to Jill Stockton and together they have two children.
Roger was a member of Martintown Community Church. He was an avid card player even though he made up his own rules. He also enjoyed deer hunting, sharing his many “Crowfucious” sayings, and was proud to farm in both Wisconsin and Illinois.
Crow was a very special person that was loved by many. He was a kind hearted, caring and a sweet individual. He was a fun-loving jokester to his core. Roger’s big smile and personality could light up the room. He lived his life to the absolute fullest and always made time to enjoy the little things. He was handy, smart, and a wizard with duct tape, WD-40, and some bailer twine.
Roger is survived by his children, Brock (Tara) Bidlingmaier and Calyn (Barry) Milz; grandchildren, Landon, Kellen, Banks Bidlingmaier and Madyn, Taya, Gannon Milz; brothers, Jeff (Barb) Bidlingmaier and Tom (Deb) Bidlingmaier; sister, Mindy (Craig) McGinnis; dear nephew, Hollace Julius; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion, his dog, Abby.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Bidlingmaier and Marilyn (Ray) Miskimon; brother, Steven Bidlingmaier; maternal grandparents, Chester and Ida Haman; paternal grandparents, Albert and Lena Bidlingmaier; and special family member, Roger Wand.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 4:00 PM at Martintown Community Church with Pastor Kevin Cernek officiating. Burial will follow at Rock Lily Cemetery in Winslow, IL.
A visitation will be held on Monday, April 10, 2023 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home in Monroe.
A Graveside Service for both David and Geraldine “Gerry” Miller will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11AM in Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Stacy Cavanaugh officiating. Military Honors will be conducted for David. A gathering and luncheon to celebrate their lives will follow the burial at Union Presbyterian Church. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Merle Eugene Monahan
age 93 from Brodhead, passed away on March 31, 2023 at the Heritage Assisted Living Center in Muskego, WI. He was born the son of John and Alice (Oleson) Monahan on November 19, 1929. He graduated from Berlin, Wi High School and married Virginia Beane on October 4, 1952.
After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for four years. Merle did two tours of duty in the Korean War. He was stationed at Jacksonville, FL. After he left the Navy, Merle and Virginia moved to Wisconsin where Merle started his career in sales. Merle’s sales career started with Wisconsin Power and Light and ended with Charles Dearth Motors. He was the first salesman for Charles Dearth Motors and retired from there in 1995. He was chosen to go on the Honor Flight to Washington for Veterans in 2018.
Merle loved golfing and together with his longtime love, Cindy Symons, they built his retirement home on the seventeenth green at Brodhead golf course. At the age of 83, Merle shot a round of 83. He also was an avid hunter who created many memories with his deer hunting buddies in northern Wisconsin and pheasant hunting memories with his son and grandsons locally. Merle also had a deep love for his black lab “Bailey” who was at his side throughout the last days of his life.
Merle loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them and creating memories. He introduced the Monahan family reunion tradition at Silvercryst in Wautoma, WI that has been occurring for more than 70 years. Merle taught his children and grandchildren how to boat, ski and play poker!
Merle is survived by his five children, Kevin (Jane) Monahan of Monroe, Julie Monahan of Mesa, AZ, Sue (Tom) Brockman of Muskego, Laura (Jim Knight) Balsiger of New Berlin, Shannon Batzler of Wauwatosa and nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and by his sisters Phyllis Davis of Omro, Shirley (Tom) Resheski of Princeton, and Darlene (Gibby) Krentz of Princeton.
He was preceded in death by his parents – John and Alice Monahan, Cynthia Symons, Virginia Monahan, brothers – Kermit, Keith, Hugh (Sonny), Phillip, James, and Patrick, and sisters – Beverly Johnston and Dolores (Sis) Fisher.
A visitation will be held at St Clare of Assisi Parish at St Victor’s Catholic Church, 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. A funeral mass will start at 11:00 am with Father Tafadzwa Kushamba as celebrant, with a luncheon immediately after. Burial will take place at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Berlin, WI at a later date.
A celebration of Merle’s life will take place after the luncheon from 2:00 - 4:00pm at Nett’s, Monroe.
Joseph “Joe” Frederick Heiser
age 85, of Darlington went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. He was born the son of Frederick and Jewell (Blakely) Heiser on March 11, 1938 in Ottawa, IL. He was a graduate of Ottawa High School, and later earned his Bachelors of Science as a Medical Tech from Northern Illinois University. Joe was united in marriage to Donna Wolfe on August 2, 1959 in Ottawa, IL. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.
He was a Resident Engineer for Town and Country Engineering in Madison for several years. He was a longtime member of Community Evangelical Free Church in Shullsburg.
Joe is survived by his children, Scott (Vickie) Heiser of Fountain City, WI, Barry (Dawn) Heiser of Monroe, Wendy (Stan) Jones-Hill of Middleton; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one sister, Donna O’Connor of Monroe.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Jennifer York; two brothers, Donald and Charles; and a set of twins at birth.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Russ Paul officiating. Burial will follow service in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 11:00AM until the time of service at the funeral home.
Alvin “George” Schutte
of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. At 96 years young, George was in the midst of planning his next cruise, looking forward to the next party and planting his garden.
George was married to Algreta for 75 years. Together they had five daughters and twelve sons. Grandfather to more than 50 grandchildren and Great Grandfather of 70 with more on the way. He proudly said, “I have 17 children and they are all wonderful.”
Family was always the center of everything in George’s life. The family reunions complete with water slide, music, photo booths, corn boil and fireworks were an event to behold. He is survived by Son Paul (Jerrie) Schutte, Son Daniel (Bev) Schutte, Son Russell (Cindy) Schutte, Daughter Teresa Behm, Daughter Michele Schutte- Fuchs, Daughter Denise (Michael) Erickson, Son Jody (Cheryl) Schutte, Son Joel Schutte, Son Patrick (LaDema) Schutte, Daughter Lynette (Robert) Rice, Son George Schutte, Daughter Gina (Daniel) Gardner, Son Frank (Vanessa) Schutte, Son Tory (Brenda) Schutte, Son Ryan (Yvonne) Schutte; daughters-in-law, Nancy Schutte and Monique Schutte; and sister, Vivian (Norman) Raines.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Algreta, his parents, Joe and Olympe, his sons James and Pierre, son-in-law Roger Behm, grandson James, granddaughter Payton, great granddaughter Lily; his seven brothers; and five sisters.
George was the 9th of 14 children born to Joe and Olympe (LeBlanc) Schutte in Colorado. George proudly served on the USS Pennsylvania in the United States Navy during World War II alongside Johnny Carson who was an officer on the battleship. George took up boxing in the Navy to make a few extra dollars. After the war he would box “The Pros” and be paid for each round he stayed in the fight. On several occasions he won the fight. He enjoyed attending boxing matches with his father-in-law or watching them on television.
George worked as a baker for several years and then as a grocery store manager. He moved to Monroe, in 1960 opening a new Piggly Wiggly store, which transitioned to an Eagle grocery store. Later he joined Pick and Save. During the ‘grocery years’ George seemed to know everyone and always did his best to place a smile on the faces of young and old alike. In 1989, George was National Grocer of the Year and retired in 1992 though he never slowed down. Things were just getting started.
George was an active member of St. Victor's Catholic Church. He supported many of their causes and events over the last 66 years. He loved to bake and would donate loaves of his famous sourdough bread, cinnamon knots and ginger snap cookies to their bake sales over the years.
George became a Knight of the Knights of Columbus in 1964. He worked at the concession stands, making popcorn, selling treat, and spinning cotton candy. He sold Tootsie Rolls to raise funds for those with disabilities. For his work in fundraising, he was nominated Knight of the Year on several occasions and was the Master of Ceremony for the 100th Anniversary. He hosted numerous Fish or Corn Boils for the Knights of Columbus, Veterans, Daughters of the American Revolution and several other groups.
George was an actor in the Monroe Theater Guild and gave it his all for his role. He even went as far as to shave his head and wear a horrible toupee for a part he played. He was a bit of a card and perfected over-exaggeration for the comedies. He was once presented an ‘Oscar’ for his performance. Quite the honor to receive an inflatable Oscar Mayer Weiner for his theatrical abilities.
George enjoyed travelling and throughout his entire life he took his family on trips across the United States to many points of interest. He enjoyed cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska and even to Russia. While cruising he attended toga parties, swam with the sting rays, played the Newlywed game which was broadcast on the ship’s television and took home trophies for comedy during the passenger’s talent competition. It wasn’t unusual for most of the ship to know George by the end of the cruise.
His generosity had no boundaries. He supported the Monroe Swim Team. He was a Red Cross blood donor. He received the Quality-of-Life Award for Volunteerism from the Monroe Clinic. He was Master of Ceremony for Monroe Customer Appreciation Days. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and collected thousands of aluminum can tabs for McDonald House. He frequently visited nursing homes and those homebound with his family singing Christmas carols over the holidays. George was interviewed by Channel 3 News when he dressed up as Santa at the UW Children’s Hospital and Toys for Tots. He also filled in for Santa travelling across the country for Swiss Colony for several years delighting hundreds of children. He worked with Father Campion, and the Apostolate of the Handicap as well as the Special Olympics. George supported the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) throughout his life. He was very proud to serve as a bugler for the Honor Guard for veteran’s funerals. He would frequently go out of his way to thank anyone in the military for their service and proudly wore a baseball cap with his battleship, the USS Pennsylvania insignia on it. A few years back, George was on the Badger Honor Flight where veterans are flown to Washington DC to see the memorials erected in their honor. During this visit Bob Dole and his wife thanked George for his service. The flight touched down in Madison where the airport was brimming with veteran’s family and friends. There was music, posters, cheers, clapping, music, posters, hugs and kisses welcoming him home.
George always looked forward to a party, a parade or running into a friend when he was out and about. A 5-minute errand would take 45 minutes because George would stop and talk to everyone. He worked the stands as a beer vendor during a demolition derby (he joked he was able to watch for free). He was a true fan of the Bucks, Packers and Brewers and even threw out the first pitch at a Brewers game. George enjoyed card games, train dominos, cribbage, telling jokes, and making people smile. And many people can attest to the fact, he made the best mug of Tom and Jerry’s ever. His happiest times were with Algreta. He enjoyed square dancing, traveling and fishing with Algreta. And more than anything, he enjoyed the moments of holding Algreta’s hand.
George’s greatest wish is that you would join us in celebrating his amazing, incredible life with his family.
Please join us at his visitation on Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 4pm to 7pm Shriner - Hager - Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Drive, Monroe, Wisconsin
An additional visitation will be Friday, April 21, 2023 from 9am to 11am at St. Victor’s Catholic Church. The Rosary will be recited at 8:45am - Funeral Mass at 11am St. Clare Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church. A Christian burial with an Honor Guard will follow at the Calvary Cemetery Monroe
A public luncheon will be at St Victor's School across from the church.
Ena Mae Schuetz
age 93 of Monroe entered into eternal life on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at Monroe Health Service. She was the youngest child of Herman and Julia (Mueller) Maeder, born on February 12, 1930. Ena loved growing up in the country going squirrel hunting with her brother Johnny, feeding farm animals, and learning to throw a baseball. Ena and her mom spent many happy hours picking wild berries, grapes, plums, and apples enjoying time outdoors together. Ena learned to make delicious fruit pies and jellies from her mom. She graduated from Freeport High School. After high school Ena received her degree in cosmetology. Ena worked for 13 years at the New Art Salon in Freeport. During this time, she bowled on a team and enjoyed many bus trips across the US and Canada with her sister, Gertie. Ena married Albert Schuetz on April 20, 1963 at St. John’s in Monroe, and became a dairy farm wife for the next 26 years.
She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. She enjoyed sewing, square dancing, nature and wildlife, reading, gardening, and canning. She and Albert were blessed with a long retirement during which they rode bikes on area trails, visited many state parks, traveled with family to Colorado and Tennessee and watched their only grandchild grow into a wonderful young man.
Ena’s kind and gentle spirit will be carried on by daughters, Julie Ann (Allen) Eells of Brodhead and Amy Dawn (Matthew) Williams of Beloit; and beloved grandson, Jakob T. (Lizzy Geise) Williams of Beloit. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and two special friends, Gloria Maurer and Mary Thorson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Albert in 2017; brother, John; and sister, Gertrude Leiby.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:30 AM at St. John’s United Church of Christ with Reverend Tiff Bates officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Hawthorn Cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 10:30 AM until the time of service at church. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Ena’s family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers at Monroe Health Services for their compassionate care especially Jodi, Jennifer, Tina, and Kaylee; and special niece, Kristie Lueck for her many visits and nursing support.
Brian K. Adams Sr.
age 62 of Browntown passed away on Friday, April 14, 2023 at his home. He was born on July 13, 1960 the son of Emitt Blackwell and Betty Adams in Kankake, IL.
Brian was a machine operator at Family Freshpack, retiring in 2023 after 12 years. He enjoyed basketball, baseball, music, making his own cigarettes, and he had a passion for his cars.
Brian is survived by his fiancée, Cynthia Svendsen of Browntown; children, Brian K. Adams Jr. of Milwaukee, and Brieanna (fiancée Alexander Wade) Adams of Milwaukee; seven grandchildren; and 3 sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Per Brian’s wishes no services will be held.
Glenda A. Wyssbrod
83 passed away April 18, 2023 at the New Glarus Home. Glenda was born June 10, 1939 in Monroe, daughter of Glenn and Edna (Seyler) Lewis. She grew up on the family farm in Jordan Township. She attended Banner grade school and graduated in 1957 from Argyle High School. She raised 4 children and worked on the farm and the Valley View Cheese factory.
She enjoyed refinishing antiques, painting and collecting old dolls. When she retired, she enjoyed traveling, playing Rummy, flying kites, gardening, and listening to country music. Glenda was a member of Martintown Community Church.
Glenda is survived by her children, James (Laurie) Hegi, Julie Knoke, Jennie Wyssbrod, and Jill (Steve) Reynolds all of Monroe; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Edna Lewis; brother, Thomas; husband, John; and mother-in-law, Rose.
A private family graveside service will be held at Saucerman Cemetery with Pastor Kevin Cernek officiating. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Glenda’s family would like to extend a big thank you to Agrace for their compassion and assistance in helping mom. A memorial is being established in Glenda’s name.
Crystal Lynn Beer
age 39, of Brodhead passed away Sunday, February 19, 2023 at her home. She was born the daughter of James and Chris (Althaus) Beer on June 5, 1983 in Monroe. She was a 2001 graduate of Monroe High School; she also earned her Bachelor of Science at Oregon State University in 2006. Crystal was united in marriage to Dan LeRoy Welch on May 19, 2018, in Sauk City, WI.
In high school Crystal was a major letter winner in volleyball. Crystal began as a member of 4-H when she was young and continued as a leader and Superintendent for the photography and rabbit projects. She loved mentoring and coaching children; they added meaning and depth to her life. Crystal spent many hours with her father over the past few years taking photographs for his books, and they were very proud of the work they created together. Crystal was an intensely caring and loyal wife, daughter, granddaughter, and sister. She would give the world to make sure the people she loved were taken care of. Crystal spent her Wednesday nights bowling with her Aunt Joan, cousin Sarah, and dear friend Betty. Crystal was employed as a Quality Assurance Manager at Luminex-Diasorin in Madison.
Crystal is survived by her husband, Dan of Brodhead; parents, James (Olga) Beer and Chris (Mark Chojnacki) Beer all of Monroe; parents-in-law, Mary and James Welch of Marshall, WI; maternal grandparents, Walter and Eileen Althaus of Albany; brothers, Alex Beer of Monroe, Artem (Gretchen) Beer of Minneapolis, MN; sisters, Jennifer Beer of Fond du Lac and Tara (Vikas Arora) Beer of Burlingame, CA; nephew, Nikolai Beer; niece, Avni Arora; aunt, Jacki (Todd) Sutherland; and many great-aunts, great-uncles, and many, many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Fred and Lillian Beer; her uncle, Rick Althaus; and aunt, Phyllis Beer.
A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Greenwood Cemetery; family and friend’s welcome. A Celebration of Life will be held on the same day from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Green County Fairgrounds, where all are welcome. Shriner Hager Gohlke is assisting the family.
Ricky J. Murray
age 63, passed away on Wednesday April 12th with his wife Julie at his side. He was born the son of James and Sally (Smith) Murray on September 28th 1959. He graduated from Brodhead High School in 1977 where he participated in wrestling, football, and FFA. He was a man of many talents, mechanical, do it yourself home projects and farm work.
Before retiring he worked for Parisi Construction as a mechanic and Mandt Sandfill as a driver. Upon retirement Ricky enjoyed driving for the local Amish community. He was a hard-working positive person willing to help family, friends, and acquaintances when needed. Ricky enjoyed horseback riding, working outdoors, and caring for his animals. He was an active member of the trail riding community with friends from Northern Illinois to Northern Wisconsin.
Ricky will be lovingly remembered by his wife Julie of Albany; mother Sally Murray of Brodhead; children, Brandon (Stephany) Murray of Wiota, Travis Murray of Janesville and April (Kalifa) Juwara of Venice FL; step children: Paul Engstrom of Hartland and Max Engstrom of Monroe; grandchildren Seira, Alexis, Preston, Zalikai, Zaelyn, Josie, RJ and Parker; siblings Darnell (Ben) Schuur of Brodhead, Jeff (Marsha) Murray of Brodhead, Brian (Kathy) Murray of Brodhead along with many aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and infant niece Jamie Murray.
The family welcomes friends, relatives and acquaintances to a Celebration of Ricky's Life on Sunday May 7, 2023 from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Spring Grove Town Hall N2475 County Road GG Brodhead Wi 53520.
Many thanks to SSM Health doctors, nurses and Hospice for guidance and support and Everson Funeral for assisting the family. Ricky will be in our hearts "Always and Forever"
Carol Lee Leck
age 76, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2023 at Albany Oaks Assisted Living. She was born the daughter of Clifford and Louise (Altenbernd) Leck on May 17, 1946 in Monroe. She was a 1964 graduate of Monroe High School; she also went on to attend college at Blackhawk Technical College and UW-Wisconsin.
Carol was the office manager at Stauffacher Construction Company for 10 years; she was then the secretary for Goetz Corp. for 10 years; she later worked at Roy’s Dairy, later known as Avonmore Cheese, for 13 years. She also dedicated much of her time to volunteer work. She was a Girl Scout Leader for 13 years and was vital in starting the Daisy Program. She also gave her time to the Monroe Clinic Pharmacy, St. Vincent de Paul, Hand in Hand Senior Day Care, and Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was a longtime member of Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello, where she was very active in the Sunday School program. Carol was also a very talented artist; together with her friend, Micki Duerst, they painted a large mural in the church. For the last few years, she had resided at Albany Oaks Assisted living in Albany.
Carol is survived by her brother, Loran (Mary) Leck of Sunny Pines, NC; nieces and nephews, Todd, Chad, Ann, and their families; as well as dear friends, Carolyn Hilliard and Micki Duerst; and her extended relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Shirley Leck.
Graveside Services will be held Friday, May 5, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Lance Smith officiating.
Ruthella Mae Rufer
age 80, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 8, 1942 the daughter of Homer and Esther (Phillips) Wardlow. She graduated from Monroe High School.
Ruth married Larry Rufer on September 12, 2003 in Monroe. She owned her own cleaning business for many years. She was a member of Women of the Moose and enjoyed watching NASCAR.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Larry; children, David (Denee Benkert) Block of Monroe, Donna (Ernie) Jovani of Lake Geneva, Dean (Fayth) Block of Monroe, Deanna Ingwell of Milwaukee; step-children, Alan (Kris) Rufer of Monroe and Angie (Ed) Meighan of Onalaska; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren, and one that is due in October.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Margorie Geick, Betty Naff, Shirley Bernet, Victor Wardlow, Doris Utt, James Wardlow, and Mike Wardlow.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
A visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the funeral home.
Larry L. Segner
age 75 of Monroe, died Sunday, April 30, 2023 at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison. He was born on September 27, 1947 in South Wayne, the son of Glenn and Audrey (Svendsen) Segner. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1966. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. Larry married Beverly Bielefeldt on January 25, 1969. He worked as a Diesel mechanic for Monroe Mack and Triangle Truck for many years. He also worked several years at Swiss Colony. Larry was a member of Grace Lutheran Church; he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and wood cutting.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly of Monroe; children: Tina Segner of Janesville and Justin (Jessica) Segner of Pace, FL; grandchildren: Cody Gilbert and Cory Segner, both of Monroe; brothers: Garry (Gloria) Segner of Monroe and Kerry (Terri Olson) Segner of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Private Funeral services will be held at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Miriam A. Glenn-Rufenacht
age 95, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born the daughter of Alvin and Alma (Ingold) Glenn on September 22, 1927 in Belleville. She attended school in New Glarus. Miriam married Robert Rufenacht on November 28, 1944 in Monroe; together they had 5 children. She later married Paul Dubach.
Miriam proudly raised her family and took care of her home. She also worked outside the home, working at the Swiss Colony Outlet Store until she was 90 years old. She loved polka music and going to Turner Hall and The New Glarus Hotel to dance. Miriam also enjoyed traveling, especially to Switzerland. She was a member of St. Victors Catholic Church.
Miriam is survived by her children, Gary (Rhonda) Rufenacht, Tom (Sharon) Rufenacht, Dave (Lynne) Rufenacht, Rick (Annette Wenger) Rufenacht, and Ann Marie (Bill) Schager all of Monroe; 11 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Duane (Hermina) Glenn.
A Private Family Funeral Service will held at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home with Father Tafadzwa Kushamba as celebrant. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery.
Antonio Edward Rodriguez
age 19, of Madison formerly of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at the UW Hospital in Madison. He was born the son of Antonio Rodriguez Quintero and Amy Jean Wilhite on December 5, 2003 in Beloit. He was baptized at Our Lady of Assumption in Beloit. He was a 2022 graduate of Lafollette High School.
Antonio was obsessed with firetrucks and police cars, he especially loved to hear their sirens. He also enjoyed going fishing, taking walks to the park, going to school, and he loved to be in water, he could spend hours swimming. He would light up and dance when listening to his favorite music. Antonio endured many struggles and challenges in his life but he was always happy and always had a smile on his face.
Antonio is survived by his mother, Amy (Victor Perez) Merino and Antonio Rodriguez Quintero; maternal grandmother, Julie (Paul) Humphrey; paternal grandmother, Andrea Quintero Garcia; siblings, Cassie (fiancé, Trevor Smith) Wilhite and Desmond Wilhite; nephew, Jasiah Smith; his “special mom,” Ramona Mosley and his caregivers; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, two special friends, Rigo and Hugo as well as many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Edward Wilhite; paternal grandfather, Antonio Rodriguez Reyes; and uncle, Mark Austin.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 12PM NOON at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Father Tafadzwa Kushamba as celebrant. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Argyle.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 10AM until the time of service, at the funeral home.
A memorial fund is being established in Antonio’s name.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Emergency Room staff at the UW Hospital for their immense efforts and compassionate care.
Sandra K. Groezinger
born July 4th, 1941 to Harold and Evelyn Kubatzke, passed away Thursday, May 4th, 2023. Graduated from Freeport High School in 1959 and Freeport Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1962 when she became a Registered Nurse and carried that honor the rest of her life.
Survived by her family and friends who loved her dearly.
Predeceased by husbands, Gaylan Horstmeier in 1994 and Armin Groezinger in 2018.
Per Sandy’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral.
Burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery at a later date.
age 51 of Davis, Illinois died Thursday, March 30, 2023. He was born on January 25, 1972 in Freeport, Illinois, the son of Duane and Kathryn (Zier) Fry. He graduated from Monroe High School. He married Melissa Radick on June 5, 2020 in Iowa. Dan was an operator for Maddrell Excavating. He was a member of IUOE local #139; he enjoyed playing pool, fishing, hunting, camping, playing cards, especially Euchre, the Packers, Nascar, cars in general and going to car shows; working on his 1968 Chevy C 10 and his 1986 Camaro, and his dog, Precious.
He is survived by his wife, Melissa of Davis, IL; mother, Kathryn Fry and step-father, William Ammann Sr., children: Moriah Dietzman, Haley Pickford, and Kaitlyn Radick; sister, Kimberly (Ray) Plath of Janesville; step-sister, Pam Powers and Brandie Yingst; step-brothers: Billy Ammann Jr. and Jamie Ammann; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Duane, and step-brother, Bradly Ammann.
A Celebration of Dan’s Life will be held from 2:00 until 6:00 PM on May 20, 2023 at Craig and Becky Kamholz (N1688 Brunkow Rd Juda, WI 53550). Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Virginia “Ginny” Zettle
age 94, of Monroe passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on November 17, 1928 the daughter of Oliver and Flavia (Phillips) Zettle. She was a graduate of Orangeville High School. Virginia was united in marriage to Delmar Zettle on December 22, 1951 at Evangelical United Brethren Church in Orangeville, IL by Rev. F.L. Ricklaff.
Ginny worked at Microswitch and later farmed side by side with her husband, until they moved to Monroe in 1995. She also worked in the deli at Piggly Wiggly for several years. She was a longtime member of Zion United Methodist Church in Juda and the Stateline Square Dancers. Ginny enjoyed embroidery, doing puzzles, and reading to her grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered for “Aunt Ginny’s Strawberry Pie.”
Ginny is survived by her two sons, Brian (Kim) Zettle of Juda and Bradley (Lisa) Zettle of Monroe; and four grandchildren, Tess and Bryce Zettle, Bailey (Luke) Miller, and Brayden Zettle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delmar; brothers, Ralph Zettle and Delbert Zettle; and sisters, Verla Everson and Charlotte Sveom.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May 22, 2023 at 11:00 AM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME. Burial will follow at Staver’s United Methodist Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Monday from 9:30 AM until the time of service, at the funeral home.
June Ann (Burgener) Schwitz
age 71, passed away on May 13th at Monroe Health Services, after a brief battle with cancer. June was born on June 24th, 1951 in Duluth, MN. Her parents were Ralph Burgener and Cora (Trickel) Burgener. After their divorce June and her sister Barb were raised by Ralph and Arlene (Stuessy) Burgener. June was always grateful for Arlene’s love even though she was not her blood mother. June was raised in Brodhead, WI and graduated from Brodhead High School. After graduation she tended bar and worked for Purina Feed Mill. Later she was employed by Swiss Colony as a customer service rep. until she became disabled.
On Nov. 17 1979 she married the love of her life Robert Schwitz. He passed away on July 21st, 1983 after a brief battle with cancer. After that June filled her time baking for all her friends and family. She had bake sales to raise money for local food pantries. She also volunteered her time at the Browntown Fire Dept. June was a past member of the Moose and Eagles Club.
June is survived by her sister, Barbara Noble; brother, Ralph Burgener of Brodhead; sister-in-law, Jo Ann Schwitz of Monroe; stepchildren, Larry (Donna) Schwitz, Michal (Susan) Schwitz, and Marsha (Gary) Wilhelms; step-grandchildren, Kimberly Quinn, Mandy (Craig) Meier, Michele Minder, Mathew (Jennifer) Wilhelms, Heidi Miesen, Emma (Steve) McMahon, Dylan (Cassie) Schwitz, Tracy Schwitz, and Lori (Albert) Flores; 18 step great-grandchildren; 5 step great great-grandchildren (1 more due in July 2023) and many nieces and nephews.
A private burial will be held with her immediate family.
There will be a Celebration of June’s Life on June 24th, 2023 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM at the Browntown Community Building in Browntown, WI. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
All memorials will go to the Monticello Food Pantry.
David Joseph Riley
After over 81 years, a young man who once called Juda and Monroe home will finally be returning.
David Joseph Riley was born February 18, 1916 in the Green Bay area, his biological parents named as George F. and Ethel J. (Chedister) Riley in a 1920 census. Almost nothing is known about his earliest years, other than in August 1927 at age 11, he became the foster son and only child of Elmer and Della (Matzke) Asmus of rural Juda.
He attended Juda schools into his sophomore year, as well as what was then the Evangelical Church in Juda. As a young adult, he worked at Karlen Bakery, which was located just south of Monroe’s Square, and was a cook at the Moose Café (now Amy’s Corner Café), also in Monroe. Prior to enlisting for a six-year stint in the Navy in May 1940, he served in the Wisconsin National Guard Company K, where it was noted that he was of “excellent” character and “faithful and honest” in his service.
Following a brief leave home in July 1940, David was assigned to the USS Oklahoma. At 25 years of age, Seaman Second Class David Joseph Riley lost his life on December 7, 1941 aboard the USS Oklahoma during Japan’s surprise military attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. He was Green County’s first casualty of WWII. His remains were deemed unrecoverable and unaccounted for until February 24, 2021, when the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used forensic technology, including DNA, to identify him. Because he was a foster child, it was a long and arduous process to get his remains returned to Green County, but on November 10, 2022, word was received from the Navy that David’s remains would finally be able to return to Juda to be laid to rest with his foster parents.
Posthumously, David was awarded a Purple Heart, the American Campaign Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Monroe’s American Legion Post #84 was renamed Zilmer-Riley in 1947 in his honor and memory.
At the time of his passing, he was survived by his foster parents, a maternal foster grandmother, Oricka Zeittlow Matzke, and other foster aunts, uncles, and cousins. His foster mother, Della Matzke Asmus, passed on in 1960, and his foster father, Elmer, in 1976. Present-day survivors include numerous foster cousins in the area and community members who have never forgotten his story.
The public is invited and encouraged to honor and remember David on Saturday, May 27, with a short memorial program at 11 am at Juda High School, followed by his inurnment alongside his foster parents, with full military honors, at Mt. Vernon Cemetery just outside Juda. The Zilmer-Riley American Legion Post # 84 in Monroe will host a reception following the burial. The public is also welcome to participate in a vehicle procession and escort from Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe to Juda High School, with the line-up starting at 9:15 am. Additionally David will be remembered on Monday, May 29 at 10:30 am as part of the Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
If desired, memorials in David’s name may be made to the Zilmer-Riley American Legion Post #84, the Wisconsin Patriot Guard Riders, or the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
Marilyn J. Ekena
age 82, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at SSM Health- Monroe Hospital. She was born the daughter of Kenneth and Mary (Iher) Sanderson on January 31, 1941 in Moline, IL. She was a graduate of Moline High School, and later earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Therapy from Western Illinois University. Marilyn was united in marriage to Charles “Chuck” Ekena on August 24, 1963 in Moline, IL.
Marilyn was an art teacher for the Monroe School District for over 10 years; teaching at all of the grade schools and the junior high. She was also a proud homemaker and wife, she meticulously took care of her home, where nothing was out of place. Marilyn also enjoyed taking care of her family with a kind heart and a helpful nature. She was a woman of many talents but will be most remembered for her artistic abilities.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Chuck; children, Kristin Leslie and Thomas Ekena; 6 grandchildren; brothers, Ronald (Cheryl) Sanderson and Bill (Ella) Sanderson; and brother-in-law, Rolland (Ardenne) Ekena. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will follow service in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 10AM until the time of service, at the church.
age 83, of Monroe passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born the daughter of Lyle and Violet (Sigafus) Hammer on January 22, 1940 in Apple River, Illinois. She graduated from Blackhawk High School in South Wayne. Joyce married Robert Foley on October 25, 1958.
Joyce dairy farmed with her husband for many years. She was an active member in several farming organizations including NFO (National Farm Organization) and was a trustee for Ag Price Marketing Agency. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church, and a Red Cross volunteer following Hurricane Katrina. She enjoyed sewing, learning about Native American history, and watching old westerns and war documentaries. She enjoyed nature, and loved living in the country where she could observe nature up close. She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed reading about history. Joyce also liked doing crafts and going to craft shows.
Joyce is survived by her children: Julie Foley – Darlington, Jackie (Geoff) McCorquodale – Florida, Steve (Shari) Foley – Janesville, Karen Foley (Todd Metz) - Orangeville Ill, and Tom (Brenda) Foley – Monroe; grandchildren; Sarah (Curt) Yaun, David (Cassie) Pink, Adam Pinnow, Elisabeth (Mike) Becker, Janice Perez, Jennifer (Luis) Guzman, Geoffrey (Josie) McCorquodale, Syndi Foley, Jack Foley, Kristi (Ryan) Wuthrich, Lynn (Mike) Leahy, Jerid (Nick Somer) Dickman, Bonita Dickman, Leeza Foley, Lez’lee Foley, McKenzy (Alexis) Foley, and Dempzy (Meredith Hose) Foley; sisters, Marlene Zimmerman and Deborah Hammer; brother, Lyle “Dean” Hammer; sisters-in-law, Phyllis (Jerry) Hill, and Marylin Schuler, 13 great-grandchildren and 1 more due in September, and 1 great-great grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; daughter, Bonita “Bonnie” Hughes; sisters-in-law, Janet Quirk and Kathleen Foley; parents, Lyle and Violet Hammer; mother and father in-law, Enright and Estella Foley, and grandson-in-law, Jose Perez.
A prayer service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Father Tafadzwa Kushamba as celebrant. Burial will follow service in Calvary Cemetery in Monroe.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10AM until the time of service, at the funeral home.
age 85, of Monroe passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at the SSM Health Hospital. He was born July 19, 1937 the son of Walter and Kathryn (Waelti) Fuchs. He attended school in New Glarus. Harland was united in marriage to Eileen Kraus on August 18, 1956 at St. John’s United Church of Christ.
Harland started his working career as an auto mechanic and then worked at Hughes Mobile Homes. Later he started Fox Mobile Homes with his brother, George where they repaired, set up and sold mobile homes. He also transported mobile homes, built concession and food trailers with his son, Jeff. Harland was a past member of the Monroe Moose Lodge, Duck’s Unlimited, and the President of Antique Wheelers. He enjoyed square dancing, card clubs, his antique cars and spending time with his family and friends. Harland was a handyman; he could fix anything.
Harland is survived by his sons, Craig (Darlene), Daniel (Jonelyn), and Jeffrey (Heidi) Fuchs all of Monroe; granddaughters, Jennifer (Daniel) Sills, Desire (Jeffrey) Alt, and Felisha Fuchs; grandson, Garrett Fuchs; great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Alex Alt, Jaelynn Nyman and Wynter Hardin; sister, Esther (Lester) Stephens; and brother, Ronald (Jolene) Fuchs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eileen; sister, Kathleen (Frank) Herlein; brothers, Melvin Fuchs and George (Bonnie) Fuchs; and three nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home with Reverend Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.
Richard Christopher Tranel
age 98, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at SSM Health Hospital. He was born on August 4, 1924 the son of Edward and Lucille (Kiefer) Tranel in East Dubuque, Illinois. Richard married MaDonna Frommelt on October 10, 1953 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque, Iowa.
Richard was a farmer in East Dubuque and Monroe his whole life. He was also a police officer for 18 years in East Dubuque. Richard was a member of St. Victor’s Church and served on the Parish Council, was also a lector and usher for many years. He was an advocate for the Apostolate to the Handicap. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus, Farm Bureau, and a 4-H member. Richard loved participating in rodeos from bronc to bull riding. His great-grandchildren always said he was "cowboy tough". Gardening was his pride and joy, especially his strawberries and raspberries. He was an avid euchre player and good luck trying to beat him at a game of checkers. His family was the center of his life and he loved to tease and joke around with anyone and everyone.
Richard is survived by his daughters, Sandra (Birge) Braun of Browntown, Michelle (Frank) Johnson of Sterling, IL, Tammy Tranel of Monroe, Jacqueline (Richard) Wyss of Monroe, Angele Tranel of Monroe; son, Roch (Kat) Tranel of Libertyville, IL; 9 grandchildren, Jeremy, Cody, and Tyler Braun, Mark and Matthew Johnson, Stewart Wyss, Kyle Tranel, and Alec and Jenna Tranel; 10 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Sister Jean Tranel and Margaret Jahn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, MaDonna; 7 brothers; and 3 sisters.
Per Richard’s wishes a Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
The family wishes to thank Richard’s caregivers, Kim Lewis and Ede Engelbretson, for making it possible to remain at home.
Memorials can be made to the Monsignor Thomas F. Campion Charitable Fund.
Colin Andrew Rabe, Jr.
age 52, of Monroe, WI formerly of Salem, OR passed away on May 20, 2023 following a traffic accident. He was born the son of Colin and Cheryl Rabe, Sr. on September 5, 1970 in Salem, OR. He was a graduate of Lakeridge High School; he also attended the University of Oregon, Portland State University, and Chemeketa Community College. He was formerly married to Angela Smallish Garcia.
Colin worked for Colder’s Furniture in Milwaukee in recent years. He also worked for Steinhafels Furniture in their Milwaukee and Madison branches for close to ten years prior to that, and for The Roomstore branches in Salem, OR and Austin, TX. Colin’s home was located on 8 and ½ acres in Wisconsin dairy country. He loved the beauty of his land, where he could see luminous sunrises in the mornings and sunsets in the evenings. He especially enjoyed watching the various birds that visited there. Cardinals were among his favorites.
Colin is survived by one son, Joseph Colin Rabe; his mother, Cheryl Councill Randall; his father, Colin Andrew (Patti) Rabe, Sr.; sister, Jennifer Bessie (Timothy) Thieke; three step-sisters, Sarah Theresa (Nino) Cid, Carrie Ellen (Angela) Randall, and Melissa Krantz; nieces and nephews, Natalie, Charlotte, William, and Thomas Thieke, Benjamin Cid, Will and Ally Randall, and Makayla and Morgan Krantz. He is also survived by Great-Aunt, Marilyn Colclough; Aunts, Brenda Meyerhoefer, Jean Rabe, Ellen Councill and Carol McLaren; Uncles, Jeremiah (Mary) Councill and Geoff (Linda) Councill; Cousins, Gretchen Meyerhoefer, Chad (Mimi) Meyerhoefer, Brett (Marissa) Meyerhoefer, Janelle (Stuart) Allan, Reuben (Kim) Councill, Isaac Councill, Christopher (Karin) Rabe, Timothy Rabe, Geoff Rabe, Dani (Guy) Griffin, Nancy (Jeff) Cooksley, and Scott (Alicia) McLaren; and his former father-in-law, Paul Smallish and former mother-in-law, Carol Smallish.
He was preceded in death by his step-father, James Martin Randall; his uncles, George Baldwin Rabe, James Inslee Rabe, Jr., Delbert Meyerhoefer, Herbert George Councill III and Lew McLaren; Cousin, Cindy Rabe Kurpiewski; and his grandparents, The Reverend Herbert George Councill, Jr. and Ardayre Culpepper Councill and James Inslee and Bessie Baldwin Rabe, Sr.
Colin will be forever loved and his memory cherished by his family and friends. He was a bright light in all of our lives.
The family has been served by the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe, WI. Private family services will be held with burial at Belcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum in Salem, OR. Services will also be held at a later date in WI.