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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.
Freeman D. Hanson
age 88 of Monroe, died Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at his home. He was born on February 17, 1930 in Argyle, the son of Jesse and Alma (Olson) Hanson. He graduated from Argyle High School. Freeman married Irene E. Johnson on January 17, 1953 in Argyle. Freeman started out his life farming and running a portable feed mill; later he went to work for the city of Monroe street department, where he served as supervisor and worked for the city for 20 years. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
He enjoyed dancing & camping and was a handyman for anyone seeking help.
He is survived by his wife, Irene of Monroe; 4 children: Dave Hanson of Monroe, Sue (Brian) Hoffmaster of Monticello, Jeff Hanson of Knoxville, TN, and Sara (William) Ritschard of Monroe; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sons, Larry Hanson and Ronald Hanson in infancy; grandson, Joshua Kruse; 2 sisters: Hazel Flanery and Sonja Hanson; 6 brothers: Jessie Jr., Richard, Roger, Olgar, Stanley and Francis.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, July 12, 2018 at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE funeral home, with Chaplain Sue Hall officiating. Burial will be in Apple Grove Cemetery in Argyle, at a later date. A visitation will be held Thursday, July 12th, from 11:00 am until the time of service, at the funeral home.
Gary Lee Phillips
age 61, of Monroe, Wis, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018 after a brief illness.
Gary graduated from Monroe High School, and attended Madison Business College. He enjoyed Harley riding, snowmobiling, Foosball, and most of all, hanging out with his friends.
He was a long-time vice-president of Phillips Furniture of Monroe and a good salesman, who enjoyed selling to his friends and neighbors.
He is survived by two brothers (both from Monroe): Ralph (Sharon) Phillips, Larry (Pam) Phillips, and two sisters: Vicki Phillips (of Monroe), and Shan (Bob) Leatherman of Olathe, Kansas. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph O. Phillips and Winnifred Phillips.
A visitation will be held from 4:00 pm-to-7:00 pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE funeral home (1455 Mansion Drive, Monroe, Wis.). Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.
A Celebration of Life will be held at The Brick (tavern), in Gratiot, on Saturday, July 21st, from 2:00 pm-to-6:00 pm to honor Gary, but also to honor his many friends, who he dearly loved.
Evelyn Marie Mozoski
age 92, passed away July 7, 2018 at Uplands Hills Health Hospital in Dodgeville. She was born in Hamtramch, Michigan on December 7, 1925, the daughter of Anthony and Anna (Tomcavage) Grucella. She was raised in the Dearborn area and graduated from Fordson High School in 1943. She later married her lifelong friend and love of her life, Paul Mozoski, on October 12, 1946. They settled in the New Haven, Michigan area and together had seven children. She loved being a mother and homemaker. She taught religious education and was very involved in the St. Francis of Assisi Church in New Haven.
She is survived by 6 children: Paul (Diane) Mozoski Jr. of Fountain Inn, SC, Barbara (Larry) Springer of Mineral Point, Nancy (Kelly) Prettyman of Prescott Valley, AZ, Sharon (Mark) Wasley of Mineral Point, Thomas (Paula) Mozoski of Franklin, WI, and Karen (Richard) Field of Andover, MN; 18 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 great great granddaughters; a sister, Patricia (Dennis) Stellenberg of Upland, CA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, James in 1979, and a sister, Dorothy Baird.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Dodgeville with Monsignor Dan Ganshert officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Monroe. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Diane Lee (Berg) Heindel
age 71, of Monroe, Wis, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at the Monroe Hospital Hospice Home in Monroe. She was born on August 13, 1946, at the Monroe Hospital to L. Freeman and Edna (Lisser) Berg. She grew up on a family farm near Woodford, Wis. and was a proud member of the class of 1964 graduating from South Wayne High School.
Diane married Larry Heindel on November 27, 1965 at Jordan Lutheran Church, Browntown, Wis. They lived in Warren, Illinois for several years before moving to Monroe in the late 1960’s. Diane was employed for 53 years at Reffue, Pas, Jacobson, Knox & Koster, LLP, Certified Public Accountants.
She belonged to Grace Lutheran Church and was a dedicated member of Green County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) for 39 years. She also worked for Boy Scouts of America and was a member of Women of the Moose.
Over the years Diane enjoyed sewing, embroidery, ceramics, reading, baking, cooking, country music, and especially spending time with her dear friends. She also enjoyed going to the Curves Exercise Center and working out with her friends, “the Curves Girls”. Diane and Larry traveled to many parts of the United States and to a number of different countries including, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Lichtenstein and the Czech Republic for Tug of War events. Diane’s favorite destinations were Switzerland and Prague in the Czech Republic. She was a Colts, Cubs, and Badgers fan. Diane’s sweet smile, her sense of humor and her quiet, gentle, giving, loving nature will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Diane is survived by her husband, Larry, her daughter Lisa, her son Kerry, her mother, Edna (Lisser) Berg, her sister Ruth (Lee) Rupnow, her brother-in-law Harold Heindel, her niece Amy (Robert) Thole, her nephew Bradley (Coleen) Rupnow, her grandnephew Nolan Thole, her grandnieces Monique and Rhya Thole and Abigail and Alexa Rupnow, her special cousins, and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her twin sister Donna at birth, her father L. Freeman Berg, her father-in-law Edward Heindel, and her mother-in-law Vera (Wernicke) Heindel.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Green County Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Monroe Clinic & Hospital, University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital, Edgerton Hospital, Pleasant View Nursing Home and Monroe Hospital Hospice Home for all their compassion and the kind, loving care they provided for Diane during her illness. Thank you also to family, friends, Pastor Tabaka and Pastor Thickpenny for their many visits and loving support.
Funeral services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, Monroe on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe.
Visitation will be at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe on Thursday, July 12th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and before the service at Grace Lutheran Church, Monroe on Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made to Green County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and Monroe Hospital Hospice Home. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be shared at www.shriner111.com.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home
1455 Mansion Dr. P.O. Box 86 Monroe, WI 53566
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Richard Lee Ruegsegger
age 85, of Monroe, WI, formerly of South Wayne, passed away on July 10, 2018 at Aster Assisted Living.
He was born on March 8, 1933 in Wiota, WI, the son of Victor and Wanda (Seffrood) Ruegsegger. He graduated from South Wayne High School in 1951. He enlisted in the US Army from 1953 to 1955. Richard married Jean O’Brien on June 4, 1960 at St. John’s Catholic Church in South Wayne. Richard ran a successful family dairy farm with Jean in Wiota Township for many years. He retired from dairy farming for the first time in 1994. Getting bored with retirement, it wasn’t long before he rebuilt his dairy herd to milk four more years and retired a second time in 1998. The family farm, which started in 1917, is still in the family and managed by his sons.
Richard was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in South Wayne. He was an avid card player and Euchre was his specialty. He enjoyed playing cards with a longtime group of friends most afternoons. He and Jean were also in a local couples’ card club for many years. He also enjoyed riding horses and along with Jean was a member of the local saddle club. He played slow-pitch in the Tavern leagues in Gratiot and was a sought after pitcher. In his retirement years he enjoyed watching Wiota Home Talent baseball. He also enjoyed watching high school sports and had a lifetime pass for Blackhawk Warrior home games.
Richard is survived by 3 sons: David Ruegsegger of Monroe, Michael (Amy) Ruegsegger of Woodbury, MN and Thomas (Amy) Ruegsegger of Oshkosh; 7 grandchildren: Brittany, Joseph, Caleb, Katelyn, Zachary, Joshua and Nathan; siblings: sister Carol (Larry) Skivers and brother Fredrick (Pat) Ruegsegger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean and his grandson Eric.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church in Monroe with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant.
Visitation will be Friday, July 13, 2018 from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr. and 18th Ave. in Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Make-A-Wish Foundation at Wish.org.
Mayona M Johnson
age 91, of Monroe passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on October 20, 1926 in Blanchardville, WI to Ernest and Myra (Million) Rear. She graduated from Blanchardville High School in 1945. She was united in marriage to Merlin L Thompson on February 28, 1946 in Argyle. She was later united in marriage to Harland Johnson on October 1, 1974 in Las Vegas, NV.
Mayona worked at J.C. Penney in Monroe for 18 years before retiring. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Women of the Moose and the V.F.W Auxiliary. Mayona enjoyed dancing and playing cards.
She is survived by her four children, Ron (Debra) Thompson of Monroe; Rhonda (Gary) Rufenacht of Monroe; Rodger Thompson of Keller, TX; Renita (Pat) Coyle of Cross Plains; 12 grandchildren, Amanda (Tom) Ingwell, Amber (Peter) Thies, Michelle (Casey) Phillipps, Ryan Meinert, Kevin Meinert, Katlyn (Joe) Sergenian, Richard Thompson, Carrie Thompson, Corrie Gilbertson, Greg (Kris) Rufenacht, Jeff Rufenacht, and Mark (Kim) Rufenacht; brothers, Ronald (Loletia) Rear of Buena Vista, AK; David Rear of Oregon, WI and sister Carol Jean Mohns of Monroe.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; two sons, Richard and Merlin in infancy; brother, Robert Rear; sisters, Marjorie Schwitz and Edith Severson.
Memorial Services will be held at 12PM NOON on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at SHRINER HAGER GOHKE Funeral Home in Monroe with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
Ruth E. Pintar
age 87 of Monroe, died July 18, 2018. She was born April 16, 1931 in Monroe, the daughter of Elmer and Hulda (Hanny) Foulker. She lived the first 16 years of her life on a farm south of Browntown. She attended Watson School and Monroe High School, graduating in 1947.
She worked for a year at the Monroe Evening Times before enrolling at Marquette University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 1952. She married Louis W. Pintar on August 30, 1952, in Milwaukee. They made their home in Brooklyn, NY for 16 years. Ruth was an editorial secretary at B.C. Forbes and Sons Publishing Co. until she left to raise her family.
Daughters Mary, Elisa, and Kathryn and son Steve were all born during the New York years. Ruth did a variety of freelance work from home. She published about a dozen short stories in various magazines, most of them written in collaboration with her husband. The family returned to Wisconsin, settling in Monroe, in 1968.
Ruth returned to work when all the children were enrolled in school. She worked at the Monroe Evening Times for several years, then at Moore Business Forms for more than 20 years. She also wrote a children’s book and a history of the Browntown area for the 1995 Browntown Centennial.
She belonged at one time to the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Society of Children’s Book Writers, as well as the Monroe Stamp and Post Card Club, Friends of the Library and the Green County Historical Society. She enjoyed reading, gardening, writing, watching old movies, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her four children, Mary Koenig, Monroe; Elisa DeBoer, St. Louis; Kathryn Silvestre, Milwaukee and Steve Pintar, Madison, as well as five grandchildren, Brian (Andrea) Koenig, Jon Koenig, Jack Wandfluh, Joe (Carrie) DeBoer and Minda Silvestre, and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis in 2010, her sister Marian and her parents.
There will be no visitation. A private family service will be held at a later date. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Nyla Mae Dickau
age 87 of Browntown passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at her home after a long illness.
Nyla was the daughter of the late Carl and Sadie (Rasch) Gauger, born on January 9, 1931 at the farm in Wilmot, WI. She meet her husband Marion “Pee Wee” Dickau when working at a restaurant in Burlington, WI. On February 3, 1951 Nyla was united in marriage to Marion V. Dickau. They bought a small farm in Wilmot, WI.
Nyla had a job working at the Burlington Rubber Factory, had an egg route weekly along with working on the farm. In 1962 they bought a farm in Woodford; they retired from the farm in 1979 and moved to Monroe, in 2007 they moved to Browntown area. Nyla enjoyed farming and always said “I wish I was still farming”. Carrying on that outside beauty she had large beautiful flower beds, garden and yard. She collected salt and pepper shakers as another hobby. Nyla worked very hard all her life.
She is survived by 4 children: Donna (Sonny) Larse of Gratiot, Darlene (Peter) Adamson of Waxahachie, TX, Diana (Roger) Krebs of Browntown, and Myron (Cindy) Dickau of Browntown; 7 grandsons and 7 granddaughters; 21 great grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Maier, sisters-in-law, Beverly Oswald and Maxine Bassett.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Marion in 2008, granddaughter, Stephanie Krebs in 1981, great-grandson, Bryson Dickau in 2017; sisters, Thelma Lewis, Delores Keller, Marles Kempkin, Geraldine Brown; brothers, Louis Gauger, Ray Gauger, Marlin Gauger and Marvin Gauger.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Cernek officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. A visitation will be held Tuesday July 24th, from 10:00 am until the time of service.
Memorials may be directed to: Monroe Clinc Hospice Center, Martintown Community Church or one of your choosing.
A Thank You to Pat Carter and Connie Meier for their compassionate care and friendship and to the Monroe Clinic Hospice for all their support for the last year and a half.
Condolences may be directed to the family at: www.shriner111.com
Donovan L. Prien
age 88 of Monroe, died Saturday, July 21, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on August 22, 1929 on the family farm in Sylvester Township; the son of Loyd and Ethel (Haessig) Prien. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1949. Donovan married Lavon “Dolly” Meyers on June 5, 1954 in Monroe. He farmed his entire life on the family farm. He was a member of Monroe United Methodist Church and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #754. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, playing softball and watching all sports. Donovan designed his own building projects and took pride in that, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Lavon “Dolly” of Monroe; 5 children: Deborah (Donald) Haagenson of Park Rapids, MN, Cheryl (Dan Ciano) Ray of Poynette, WI, Denise (David) Dye of Monroe, Sharon (Dave) De Vries of Dousman, WI, and Douglas (Betty Parkinson) Prien of Monroe; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; a sister, Marleah Barrett-Booble of Monroe; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law, John Ray, father and mother-in-law.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Monroe United Methodist Church with Pastor Randy Booth officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. A visitation will be held Friday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
The family would like to extend a Thank You to the staff of Pleasant View Nursing Home and also Monroe Clinic Hospice.
Joyce E. Buol
age 65, of Monroe passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018 at her home.
She was born on May 8, 1953 in Eagle River, WI, the daughter of Victor and Lilly (Jamison) St. Louis. She attended Paxton Illinois High School.
Joyce and George Buol were united in marriage on October 27, 2001 in Monroe.
She worked for the Monroe Clinic Hospital as a medical coder.
She enjoyed crafts, watching television, and traveling; especially trips to Door County.
She is survived by her husband, George; her children: Brandi (Luke) Goessling of Whitewater; Brandon “BJ” Foster and Brian (Ashley) Foster both of Juda; grandchildren, Rudy and Hank Goessling, Austin and Abbey Foster, and Hunter and Mason Foster; brothers, Tom St. Louis of Brimerton, WA; Larry St. Louis of Rantoul, IL, Gene St. Louis of Dekalb, IL; twin sister, Jan (Dan) Lee of Traskwood, AR; as well as a nephew, Robert E. Lee of Traskwood, AR and niece, Tammy A. Lee of Haskell, AR.
A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at a later date.
John C. Deetz
age 88, of South Wayne, died on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Pleasant View Nursing Home.
John C. Deetz was born December 28, 1929. He was named after his grandfather. He was born to William N. Deetz and Luella Overhalden Johnson Deetz. He grew up on the home dairy farm. He attended West Wayne one room grade school and graduated in 1944. He went on to graduate from South Wayne High School in 1948. He then attended the University of Wisconsin Farm Short Course for two winters and graduated in 1950.
He started farming in partnership with his father in 1951. Through the years, he purchased most of the land his ancestors ever owned. He was the fifth generation to farm the land. He had a long career farming the same land for 64 years.
John’s father was an early day soil conservationist, so young John took an early interest in soil conservation. He helped his Dad lay out contour strips when he was about eleven years old. As the years went by, he took a greater interest in Soil Biology and No-Till Farming Practices. John always believed one could farm these rolling hills by not losing any soil. By improving the soil biology, he could make the soil better. John was agriculturally inspired by Lewis Bromfield, William Albrecht, Gary Zimmer and others. John took an active interest in community affairs, serving many years on the Wayne Township Boards. He was a lifetime member of the Lafayette County Farm Bureau and was directly involved with several Cooperatives in Lafayette County.
He was joined in marriage to Shirley Ann Johnson on September 26, 1970 in Rockford, Illinois. They were married for nearly forty-six years. She died on January 3, 2016. John was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Fannie Eileen Sorenson and brother-in-law, Vaughn Sorenson. He is survived by his three nieces, Diane Schilz, Patricia Loeffl, and Tina Sorenson; two nephews, Scott Sorenson and Chris Sorenson; and brother-in-law, Lee Johnson.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Cernek officiating.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Eastman Cemetery at a later date.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to family and friends of the community who were there for him. There are no words to express how deeply you had touched him. Thank you to the staff at Pleasant View Nursing Home.
Sylvan L. Waage
age 91, lifelong Monroe resident passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the Belmont Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Madison. He was born on November 18, 1926, the son of Andrew and Emma (Phillipson) Waage in Argyle. Sylvan was united in marriage to Lorraine R. Hansen on August 19, 1950 at East Wiota Lutheran Church.
Having grown up in the Argyle area, Sylvan was extremely proud of the monument dedicated to his brother Amos’s memory.
Sylvan proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII, as a tank mechanic; he loved to tell stories about his days in the Army. He continued his work as a mechanic after returning home, having worked at Alphorn Ford for nearly 37 years, retiring as the Service Manager. Sylvan won many awards as a mechanic, including Best Service Manager for the state of Wisconsin and traveling to Bermuda for recognition for his work. He was loved by many Ford car owners for his knowledge and service.
Sylvan enjoyed volunteering at the Visitors Center at Monroe’s Historic Cheese Making Center. He was a member of Sons of Norway and Grace Lutheran Church, where he also served on the church council. He also loved fishing, playing cards in his card club, bowling, playing horse shoes, and gardening and landscaping around his home. Sylvan also refereed for high school sports, having played sports himself when he was young, and chaperoning for school trips. He especially loved to travel to see his family and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be remembered as a very generous man, and a great story teller.
Sylvan is survived by his children, David Waage of New Glarus, Audrey (John) Catalano of Austin, TX, Linda Johnson of Charlotte, NC, and Richard (Emily) Waage of Vero Beach, FL; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Esther Disch of New Glarus.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Lorraine.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Visitation will be held at church on Wednesday from 10:00AM until the time of service. A private family burial will be held at East Wiota Cemetery. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Hermine “Trudi” Gertrud (Ruef) Thomann
age 94 of Monroe, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother died on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Rachel’s Choice in Monroe. Trudi was born on September 6, 1923 in Ebligen, Canton Bern, Switzerland, the daughter of Ulrich and Anna (Flück) Ruef. On October 10, 1942, she and Albert Thomann were married in Brienz, Canton Bern, Switzerland. They immigrated to the United States with their (3) children in October 1952 and they became naturalized citizens in February 1963. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert who died May 28, 1979. They farmed near Orangeville, Illinois for many years before moving to Monroe in 1961. Trudi worked for many years as a tester at Oaktron Industries and later cleaning homes for many area people. She was well known to her friends & family and in the community for all of her selfless and unselfish deeds for many, many others.
She was a member of St. Johns United Church of Christ, Monroe and she was also a charter member of the Monroe Swiss Singers for 50 years. She dearly loved singing and yodeling and sang at many events first with her daughter and in recent years with her youngest granddaughter, Alexa. Trudi greatly enjoyed gardening and she had many beautiful flowers enjoyed by neighbors and passers-by all. She also enjoyed knitting baby sweaters, hats, mittens and slippers for all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She loved to cook and was well known for many of her “secret” recipes including Zöpfa, Fondue, Raclette and Alpler Macaroni. She so much enjoyed having family & friends alike for lunches & dinners and she was well known for her great, yet simple meals.
Surviving her are her (3) children: daughter, Dora (Raymond) Kluck of Lake Summerset, Davis, Illinois and family Deborah (Joel) Jansen (John & Anna, Abigail, Michael & Benjamin, Elianna & Serena), Jeffrey Kluck (Aaron & Katelyn), Daniel Kluck (Viola & Daely); son, Walter (Cynthia) Thomann, Monroe and family (Bradley, Jodi (Nate) Christopher (Addison, Payton & Jack); Heidi (Charles) Spangler, Olivia & Willow (Stroede); son, Paul (Stacy) Thomann, Monroe and family Karla (Kaylea, Kenedy & Garrison), Shawn & Alexa Thomann.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Albert, (2) brothers (Hans & Helmuth Ruef), 2 sisters (Anna Siegrist-Bärtschi, and Frieda Pulver-Ruef) all in Switzerland, along with 2 nephews & a niece, and her son-in-law Raymond Kluck of Lake Summerset.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the SHRINER-HAGER-GOHKE funeral home 1455 Mansion Dr., and 18th Ave., in Monroe. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 31st, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name for the Green County Humane Society and The Monroe Swiss Singers. Trudi’s family invites all friends to extend condolences, share a memory or light a candle in her honor.
The family would like to Thank, especially the staff at Rachel’s Choice, Agrace Hospice, and St. Claire Friedensheim for all their compassionate care.
Gundula R. Christensen
age 83, of Monroe, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018 at her home. She was born on March 25, 1935 in Tessin Germany, the daughter of Hans and Louise (Wulff) Ruge. Born and raised in Germany, she immigrated to the United States when she was 17. She graduated from Beloit Beauty School.
She first lived in Beloit where she met her husband, Thomas Christensen, they were married on December 1, 1956 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beloit. They later moved to Platteville were their only child Gwen was born. After living in Platteville, they later moved to Louisiana for several years and then moved back to Wisconsin in 1971, settling in Monroe.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking, corresponding with friends and family in Germany and adored spending time with her only grandson Allan.
She is survived by her daughter, Gwen E. Binger, 1 grandchild, Allan (Paige Barreau) Blood, both of Monroe.
She is predeceased by her parents, Hans and Louise Ruge, husband, Thomas and brother, Dr. Bernd Ruge.
A celebration of Gundula’s life will be held a later date.
Gundula’s ashes will be taken back to Germany where she will be buried with her parents.
Edna Irene Mitchell
age 63, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at her home. She was born on September 12, 1954, the daughter of Emery and Ethel (Leckscheid) Mitchell in Crowring County, Minnesota. Edna was a home health care worker for many years in the Monroe area.
She is survived by her six children, Donna (Ngwarima) Mutunhu, Kevin (Becky) Hayden, Vicky Hayden, and Lillian, Nate, and Brianna Weiss; grandchildren, Jared and Emma Monte-Hayden and Logan Leverton; siblings, Evelyn Mitchell, William Mitchell, Mary Moffitt, Martin Mitchell, Dale (Julie) Mitchell, Larry Mitchell, and Judy Mitchell; and her companion, Dave Moore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Edith Mitchell; and brother-in-law, Gary Moffitt.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 10:00AM-1:00PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. Per Edna’s wishes no formal service will be held.
Kathryn “Kay” Deprez
age 75 of Monroe died Friday August 3rd, 2018. She passed peacefully and was surrounded by her family.
Kay loved stories because stories meant adventure, laughter, and family. Her story began on March 29th, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa as the daughter of Leo and Alvena Addabbo. She grew up in Galena, where her family operated a corner grocery store. Upon graduating Galena High School in 1961, Kay transferred to U.W. Platteville where she met Tom Deprez. As their story grew together, she attended the Harper Method School of Cosmetology. On November 21, 1964 Kay and Tom married. Their laughter and light spread and followed them both through their careers and interests. Kay worked as a beautician, clerk and union representative at Eagle Foods, and was on the original staff for the Red Apple where she worked for 33 years as hostess and head waitress. Every fall you could hear her passionately critique her favorite football team in which she held stock—the Green Bay Packers. While her most provocative past time was dobbing numbers (bingo) and battling the one armed bandit (slot machines), Kay loved to entertain, and play cards with her family and friends. She had the longest winning streak of anyone. She also enjoyed traveling through all 50 states, various countries, and had more stories to tell than this spot has room.
Kay was a strong, enthusiastic woman who met every challenge with courage and grace. Her appetite for travel, laughter, and love is survived by her greatest joy—her family. Her loving husband Thomas Deprez of Monroe, her children: Jennifer (Gary) Hendrickson of Monroe, Kristine (Ken) Jones of Atlanta, GA, Kathleen Deprez-Hall of Irmo, SC, Richard (Chandra) Deprez of Monroe, Jessica (Kevin) Deprez-Brown of Orangevale, CA, her beloved 10 grandchildren, her brother Dominic (Irene) Addabbo of Phoenix, AZ and her sister Theresa Kaiser of Libertyville, IL. In Heaven she will join her parents, 3 brothers: Leo Jr., John, and William, and 2 sisters: Mariann Addabbo, and Rosalie in infancy.
A visitation will be Tuesday, August 7th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. A mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at St. Claire of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke presiding. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery.
Lester L. Nider
age 63, of Monroe, died Saturday, August 4 2018 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on September 8, 1954 in Malvern, Arkansas, the son of Mark and Virginia (Earsom) Nider. He grew up in Napervillle, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He received his Medical Degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago and did his residency at Berwyn Hospital and the Hines V. A. Lester married Leslie A. Husmann on June 9, 1984 in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Dr. Nider has worked at the Monroe Clinic for 23 years.
He is survived by his wife, Leslie, of Monroe: 2 daughters: Marie Nider of Milwaukee, and Julia Nider of Fond du Lac; father and mother-in-law, John and Marie Husmann; sister Marca (Mike) Brubaker of Becker, MN; brother-in-law, Harry (Mary) Husmann of East Bethel, MN; sister-in-law, Christie Wrenn of Whitefish Bay; and many cherished nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, M. Todd Nider.
Lester had many passions in his life, but his focus was always on his family. He lived his life for them, encouraging and supporting them in all of their interests. He volunteered for many of his girls' activities, starting with Pre-school. He was active with both Career Days and Hobby Days at the Middle School, Earth Day at the primary schools, and even organized building cardboard boats with the children in the local Shakespeare program, Shakespeare on the Edge. His love for science showed in all parts of his life and he was frequently asked to bring science demonstrations to parties and events.
Dr. Nider was also very committed to his practice of medicine. He cared deeply for his patients and felt honored to be able to be their physician. He had worked in several locations and felt Monroe's rural community, and the Monroe Clinic, was the perfect place to practice medicine, and also to raise a family.
A Memorial Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 8, from 4-7 pm at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Any memorials can be directed in Lester’s name to: Shakespeare on the Edge INC. or a memorial of your choice.
George W. Stamm
age 80 of Monroe, died on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Monroe Health Services. He was born on October 12, 1937 in Monroe, the son of Frank and Genevieve (Barrett) Stamm. He attended Ullom School and Monroe High School. George and Shirley Friske were united in marriage on October 6, 1962.
George proudly served in the National Guards- Active Duty at Fort Lewis, Washington and was called to serve the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis from October 15, 1961 – August 10, 1962. He was a carpenter and contractor his entire working career; he first worked for Moonlight Construction and later Stamm Construction. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Monroe; children: Dawn and Traci Stamm both of Monroe; Angie (Bob) Flannery of Waunakee, Wendi (Derek) Obday of Reedsburg; two granddaughters, Caitie and Alivia Flannery; five step-granddaughters, Anne, Naomi, Rebekah, Elizabeth, and Moriah Obday; two step-grandsons, Joe and Gideon Obday; brother, Terry (Carol) Stamm of Murfreesboro, TN; sisters, Sue (Richard) Brick of Caledonia, IL; Kay Bunn of Paris, TN; brother-in-law, Don (Carol) Friske of Monroe; sisters-in-law, Charlene (Roger) Gable of Baraboo, WI and Rena Young of Monroe; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Gilbert and Ruth Friske; brothers, Wayne and Robert Stamm; brothers-in-law, Ronald Friske, Bill Bunn and Dick Young; and nephews, Mike Swann, Chris Gable, Bradley Brick and Peter Young.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00PM on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home; and on Friday, at church from 10:00AM until the time of service.
John R. Cotherman
age 82, a lifelong resident of Monroe passed away on Sunday, August 5th at Monroe SSM Hospital. John was born on December 7, 1935 in Monroe and was the son of John and Margaret Cotherman.
John is survived by his sister, Frances (Naaman) Bechtolt of Lake Tomahawk WI, his nephew, Gary Butenhoff, and nieces, Cathy (Steve) Maurer and Kimberly (Brian) Reed, and his great nieces and nephews; Brian (Jessica) Butenhoff, Michael (Rory) Maurer, Lisa (Dan) Buol, Brandon (Kimberly) Butenhoff, Jessica (Mark) Boccia and Meg Butenhoff. He also had great-great nieces and nephews; Monika Buol, Skylar Butenhoff, Hailey Butenhoff, Alyse Maurer, Gavin Maurer, Reed Boccia and Faith Boccia.
He is also survived by many beloved friends that were a big part of his life and provided him with wonderful memories.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Cotherman, mother, Margaret Cotherman, sister, Marian Butenhoff, his brother-in laws, Naaman Bechtolt and Harrison Butenhoff and beloved nephew Brian Reed. John’s cherished beagle, Billy, will also be waiting to greet him at Heaven’s gates.
Per John’s wishes a private grave side service will be held for the immediate family on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Greenwood Cemetery. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home assisted the family. Memorials will be donated to the Green County Humane Society.
The family would like to extend a thank you to the wonderful ICU nurses that took incredible care of John. They not only provided him with comfort and compassion, they extended that to our whole family.
Caryl Jean Gempler
age 84, of Monroe, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 14, 1934 to Paul and Edna (Gust) Kuehni in Oregon, WI. Caryl was a graduate of Oregon High School. She was united in marriage to William Harris Gempler on November 6, 1954 in Verona.
Caryl and her husband owned and operated Gempler’s Tire Shop for many years; she assisted Harris as a “Girl Friday” by helping with bookkeeping, running errands, or whatever was needed to be done. She was a proud member of the Monroe community and enjoyed volunteering as a Brownie Leader for Girls Scouts, Den Mother for Boy Scouts, also during Poppy days for the VFW, and giving her time at the Monroe Hospital. She was also a member of the Monroe Moose Lodge and a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. In her free time, Caryl enjoyed baking, reading, square dancing with her husband, and Hallmark movies. Her family was most important in her life, and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Caryl is survived by her children, Terry (Joe) Gulesserian of Middleton and Paul (Barb Verville) Gempler of Eagan, MN; three grandchildren, Ashley (Gregg) Leccesi, and Noah and Maya Gempler; great-grandchildren, Toby and Madison Leccesi; and brother-in-law, Richard Steele and his children, Tammy, Tim and Beth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Shirley Steele.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at St. John’s United Church of Christ with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will follow service in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday at church from 10:00AM until the time of service. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Restoring Hope Transplant House, 7457 Terrace Ave. Middleton, WI 53562.
Dixie Ann Hoover
age 71, of Monroe, passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at her home. She was born on November 22, 1946, the daughter of Andrew and Arlene (Duchow) Hartwig-Sharer in Monroe. She was a graduate of Juda High School. Dixie was united in marriage to Larry Hoover in 1968, together they had a daughter, Tammie, they later divorced in 1972. Dixie united with her significant other, Dan “Jake” Jacobs in 1982 and have been together ever since.
Dixie was a legal secretary for Knoke, Ingebritson, and Kind Law Office, and an executive secretary for the president of Monroe Truck Equipment. She was also a secretary for The Monroe Clinic; prior to that she had lived in Illinois where she worked at Brooks Instrument.
She made friends with everyone no matter how old or young they were or where she was. She lit up a room when she walked into it. And, she had the most brilliant smile and infectious laugh. She was highly intelligent and very passionate about helping people. She always made sure her appearance was polished, whether at the office or out with friends. When she was younger, she was an avid softball player (winning the city championship and making a triple play) and bowler (went to state and national tournaments several times). She could beat some of the best players on a pool table. She had a fabulous garden and multiple beautiful flower beds. She had many hobbies including playing slots, camping, fishing even though she hated worms, playing cards and listening and dancing to the oldies - whether out with friends or in the kitchen. She could speed-shift when racing a hot rod, too, allowing her to win many races.
She is survived by her significant other of 35 years, Dan “Jake” Jacobs of Monroe; daughter, Tammie (Jim Bandt) Smiley of Monore; step-son, Josh (Ashley Keller) Jacobs; grandchildren, Stephanie (fiancé Brandon Frontz) Hoover of Madison and Christopher (Shay Hodson) Smiley of Black Earth; sisters, Glenda (Wyllie McMicken) Wyss of Monroe, Patricia (Larry) Schwartz of Monroe, and Brenda (Don) Strozewski of Wisconsin Rapids; as well as nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Michael Sharer; and son-in-law, Richard Smiley.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00PM on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Monsignor Larry Bakke as celebrant. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 11:00AM until the time of service. Following service a Celebration of Dixie’s Life will be held at Cash’s Old Smokey. Memorials may be made to the Monroe Clinic Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.shriner111.com
Dixie’s family would like to extend a special Thank You to Joyce’s Home Care workers, who took extra special care of Dixie; and The Monroe Clinic Hospice for their support and compassionate care.