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Diane K. Blum
age 68, of Monroe, united with her Lord and Family on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Rainbow Hospice Center in Johnson Creek. She was born on June 18, 1946, the daughter of Ray “Coley” and Wilma (Zumkehr) Blum. She graduated from Monticello High School and UW Platteville.
Diane worked for Monroe Cheese Corporation, Alpine Slicing and Cheese and was a member of Zwingli United Church of Christ. She is survived by brother-in-law, Pete Goepfert of Monticello; numerous cousins; and her beloved pets: Maggie and Missy. She is predeceased by her grandparents: Fred Zumkehr, Marie & Henry Duerst and Margaret & Emil Blum; parents, Ray and Wilma Blum; twin brothers; and sister, Carole Goepfert. Diane was devoted to her family, pets and nature. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello, with Rev. Jeanne Douglas officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, March 5th from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the Church. A memorial fund has been established in Diane’s memory. Memorials may be made to: Zwingli United Church of Christ, Green County Humane Society and Monroe Clinic Hospice.
Norman “Shorty” Notter
age 70, of Monroe, died on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the Monroe Manor Nursing Home. He was born on April 8, 1944 in Monroe, the son of Herman and Vera (Kloepping) Notter.
He was employed as a custodian for Argyle Industries. He also helped maintain the Blackhawk Park in Woodford. Norman enjoyed the outdoors; especially hunting, fishing, trapping, and mushroom hunting. He is survived by his sister, Mary Jane (Robert) Tuescher of Monroe; brothers, Richard (Grace) Notter of Monticello; Roger Notter of Argyle; James Notter of Browntown; Randall Notter of Argyle; sister-in-law, Patricia Notter of Browntown; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, brother, Daniel, nephew, Jeffrey Notter. A celebration of Norman’s life will be held Sunday March 8, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Lelle’s Bar in Woodford. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Bonnie T. Zurfluh
age 67, of Albany, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the New Glarus Home. She was born on October 3, 1947, the daughter of Maurice O. and Mary L. (Wood) Ringhand, and was a 1965 graduate of Albany High School.
Bonnie married Robert D. Zurfluh on August 23, 1980 at Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello. Bonnie worked at Advance Transformer, Pleasant View Nursing Home, and later cooked for the Green County Sheriff’s Department until retiring on December 1, 2013. She was a member of McDermott-Steindorf American Legion Post #144 Auxiliary, served as president for over 30 years, Cecil Jones VFW Post #2312 Auxiliary served as president, Albany Lutheran Church, Albany Historical Society served as secretary, and enjoyed card making with her friends. She is survived by her son, Israel (Debbie) Zurfluh of Albany; brothers, Phillip and Fred Ringhand, both of Albany, John Ringhand of North Pole, Alaska; long time friend, Marian Furgal of Monroe; step-granddaughter, Mandi; step-grandson, Jason; and step-great-granddaughter, Mckenzie. She is predeceased by her Parents; and Husband. Funeral services will be Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Albany Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor David Natzke officiating. Burial will follow at Gap Cemetery rural Albany. Visitation will be Thursday, March 5th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Ave. in Monroe. A VFW Auxiliary Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Albany American Legion Auxiliary or the Albany Historical Society.
P. Jon Kauk
age 79, of Albany, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at his home. He was born on October 4, 1935, the son of Phillip and Mary (Bartlett) Kauk and was a 1953 graduate of Albany High School.
Jon was in the U.S. Army from 1957 – 1961, serving in Germany and also the Wisconsin National Guard. Jon married Margaret Keller on December 17, 1960 in Dubuque, IA. Jon worked for Paidar Manufacturing in Albany, and later worked for Baker Manufacturing in Evansville as a Purchasing Agent retiring in 1998. He attended the Albany United Methodist Church; served on the Albany Village Board, as Police Commissioner; he enjoyed sports, hunting, fishing, woodworking, gardening, but most of all enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Kauk, of Albany; daughters, Glady (Brian) Day of Argyle; Dena (Rodney) Wendlandt of Oregon; Chris (Raymond) Thurow of Albany; Jonna (Brian) Powell of Oregon; and Sara (Kyle) Shrader of Belleville; sisters, Phyllis Pickett of Brodhead, Jean (Paul) Clark of Brodhead, sisters-in-law, Kathy Kauk, Hazel (Larry) Ommodt, Kathy (Walter) Mueller, and Karla Neild, all of Albany. He is also survived by many grandchildren: Mathew (Meghan), Nicole, Taylor, Erin, Nathan, Garret, Chelsea, Lucas, Michael, Jordan, Sara, Jacob, Alex, Kaydie and Lana; great-grandchildren: Levi, Alivia, Kailee, Jaxson, Elliot and Emersyn. He is predeceased by his son, Michael; Parents; brother, Richard Kauk; sister, Kathryn Peterson; parents-in-law, George and Nellie Keller; brothers-in-law, Keith and Kenneth Keller; and sister-in-law, Sandy Rhyner. Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Albany United Methodist Church, with Pastor Pat Soddy officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Albany, with Military Graveside Services. Visitation will be on Friday, March 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the Church. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Janice M. Krueger
age 75, of Monroe, died on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Monroe Manor Nursing Home. She was born on May 26, 1939 in Park Falls, Wisconsin, the daughter of Selo and Arvilla (Reuter) Gutknecht. Janice previously lived in Racine, Wisconsin, and graduated from North Central College in 1961.
Janice and Kent Krueger were married on July 16, 1966 in Clintonville, Wisconsin. Janice owned and operated Jan’s Childcare, in Monroe, for 20 years, and was a former teacher in Racine. She was active within the Monroe Bible Church. She is survived by her husband, Kent Krueger, of Monroe, sons, Kenton (Susie) Krueger and Kevin Krueger, both of Monroe; brother, Paul (Carol) Gutknecht of Philadelphia, PA; grandchildren, Bradley, Alex and Jenna Krueger. She is predeceased by her Parents. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Monroe Bible Church with Pastor Dan Krahenbuehl officiating. Burial will be in Avoca Cemetery, in Iowa County. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 10th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Avenue in Monroe.
Oscar “Ole” L. Hanson
age 77 of Monroe, died Saturday, March 7, 2015. He was born on December 13, 1937 in Dodgeville; the son of Oscar and Mabel (Peterson) Hanson. He graduated from Monroe High School. Oscar served in the National Guard and was called up during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ole married Sharon Altman in September of 1961 in Monroe; he later married Joy (Wild) Johnson on December 21, 1991 in New Glarus. Ole worked in retail sales his whole life. He opened and managed the Farm and Fleet in Watertown for over 20 years. He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, a member of New Glarus American Legion. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, and following Wisconsin sports, from High School thru professional, both Men’s and Women’s. He was meticulous doing home improvement projects and landscaping. He took great pride in helping his loved ones’ dreams come true.
He is survived by his wife, Joy of Monroe; two children: Traci (Joseph) Raether of Verona and Craig Hanson of North Conway, NH; 5 step children: Jamie (Jean) Johnson of Hudson, WI, Dan (Shelly) Johnson of Marshfield, Randy (Teri) Johnson of Lawson, MO, Mike (Linda) Johnson of Roy, WA, and Robert (Lyn) Johnson of Inver Grove Heights, MN; 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, beloved sister, Doris Hanson, and 2 brothers: George and Kermit.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, March 12, 2015 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will be in Yellowstone Cemetery. A visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, Monroe, 1455 Mansion Dr.
Lois M. Hansen
age 91, of Monticello, died on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Azura Memory Care. Previously Lois had been living with her two daughters. She was born on April 1, 1923, in Fairbault, MN; the daughter of Arthur and Luella (Shipman) James and graduated from South Beloit High School in 1941. Lois and Fritz Hansen were married on June 5, 1954 in Chicago, IL.
Lois was an Art Teacher since 1965 in her own Studio and later at Blackhawk Tech, where she taught Oil’s, Ceramic’s and Rosemalling. She served as president of the American Business Woman’s Association; member of the Eastern Star; 4-H Leader for several years; was a member of the Beloit American Legion Auxiliary; and she also managed the Brodhead Senior Center. She enjoyed Quilting; but her biggest passion was her Art Work. She is survived by her children: Donna Melton, of Brodhead; Luann (Jim) Sandlin of Monticello; Joy (Lon) Arnes of Argyle; brothers, Arthur (Yvonne) James Jr. of Beloit; Russell (Barb) James of Roscoe, IL; sister, Doris Earl of Roscoe, IL; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is predeceased by her Husband, Fritz; son, Fritz L. Hansen; brothers, Donald and Norval; and grandson, Albert Sandlin. Memorial Services will be Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Avenue in Monroe, with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Saturday, March 14th from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 noon at the Funeral Home.
age 93, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on January 16, 1922 in Daleyville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ole and Hattie (Hanson) Peterson.
She was very artistic in designing Floral and Craft Projects. Amanda loved to dance, play cards and spend time with family and friends. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her Parents, husband, Ken Conerty; step-children, Mike, John, and Patsy; sisters, Helga Hefty, Hilda Gooch, Bertha Stauffer, Elizabeth Miller; brothers, Tom, Alfred, Leo, Bernard and William Peterson; and a special friend, Paul. Funeral services will be Monday, March 16, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Ave., in Monroe, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, March 16th from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 Noon at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Amanda’s memory.
Ruth M. Hussar
84, of Monroe, passed away,Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born on April 6, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Paul and Frieda Bockmann. Ruth lived in Chicago until 1994 when she moved to Monroe. She was married to John C. Hussar on April 24, 1960 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Chicago. Ruth helped and cared for her mother and several nieces and nephews. She enjoyed puzzles, bingo, playing cards, nature, her dog, Charlie, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her brother, Robert Bockmann, nieces and nephews: James (Dawn) Berghorn, Kenneth Berghorn, Susan (Gary) Babb, Sharon Berghorn, Michael Bockmann, and Patricia (Charles) Brummond. Great nieces and nephews: Jennifer (Christopher Lybarger) Babb, Leah (John) Swedlund, Mason Berghorn, Brynnley Berghorn, Madalyn Payne, Kolton Payne, Matthew Brummond, Kevin Brummond. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John, and sister, Elaine Berghorn.
There will be no funeral per Ruth’s request. A memorial fund is being established.
Gladys L. Von Kaenel
age 94, of New Glarus, formerly of Monroe, died on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the New Glarus Nursing Home. She was born on February 1, 1921 in Yakima, Washington, the daughter of Charles and Edith May (Ervert) Ashman.
Gladys and Robert Von Kaenel were married on August 22, 1943 in Yakima, Washington. She worked at Oaktron Industries and at The Swiss Colony. Gladys was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and enjoyed spending time with family; especially spending time with her husband in Sun City, West Arizona. She is survived by her son, Robert (Karen) Von Kaenel of Monroe; daughters, Debra Goyich of Monroe, Mary Von Kaenel of Monroe; grandchildren: Jerry (Heidi) Von Kaenel, Gary (Mandy) Von Kaenel, Derek (Whitney) Goyich; great-grandchildren, Nash, Wyatt, Veronica, Auburn, and Walker Von Kaenel. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert; brothers, Charles Ashman, Ernest Ashman; sisters, Mabel Hudson, Helen Walters and son-in-law, Ted Goyich.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Avenue with co-officiants, Pastor Dennis Perger and Pastor Chuck Heffelfinger officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, March 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. A memorial is being established in Gladys’s memory.
John Evangelist Walsh
age 87, of Monroe, died on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on December 27,1927 in New York, NY; the son of Thomas and Ann (Cunney) Walsh.
John attended Power Memorial High School and Iona College. John was a World War II Era Veteran, serving in the U.S. Infantry in Trieste, Italy, 1946 - 1948 John and Dorothy Schubis were married on November 17, 1956 in Auburndale, NY. John was a writer: he was an author of two dozen books of Literary Biography and History and Editor at Prentice-Hall, Simon and Schuster, and Reader’s Digest in New York. He was born and raised in the Roman Catholic Church. John is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Monroe; John Walsh of Washington DC; Timothy (Barbara) Walsh of Madison, WI; Ann Amanda Walsh of Belmont, MA; sister, Patricia Kelly of Limerick, Ireland; and 3 grandchildren. He is predeceased by his Parents; son, Matthew Walsh, Houston, TX; brother, Thomas Walsh, of New York, NY; brother, William Walsh, of Columbia, SC; and sister, Bernice, of New York, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, with Fr. Larry Bakke as Celebrant. Visitation will be Friday, March 27th from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the Church.
Irma R. Golackson
age 85, died on March 21, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on July 26, 1929, daughter of Emil H. Buehler and Annie (Olson-Vinger) Buehler. Irma and Robert Golackson were married on July 24, 1950 at Jordan Lutheran Church.
Irma worked for the Monroe Clinic for 32 years. After her retirement, she continued to take care of people in their own homes. One of her greatest joys in life was helping others. She was an exceptional caregiver and will be sadly missed by the many people she worked with and their families. Irma also loved to travel, antiquing, dancing and especially her annual July birthday parties. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends including a special friend, Robert Wuetrich.
She is survived by six children, Robert Golackson, Richard (Deb) Golackson, Ron Golackson, Randy Golackson, Rodney Golackson and Rita (Vic) Benkert and one sister Charlene LaDow.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Golackson, parents, one child, Russell Golackson, sister, Lila Benson and two brothers Henry Buehler and Ernest Buehler.
Friends may call at The Moose Lodge on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 12:00-3:00 for a Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Monroe Clinic Hospice for their excellent care and support to her and her family.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Mary C. Coker
age 68, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at her home. She was born on November 9, 1946 in Chicago, IL; the daughter of John and Margaret (Openhauser) Hickey.
Mary and Ronald Coker were married on February 16, 1972 in Chicago, IL. She is survived by her children: Larry (Linda) Snow of Monroe; Ron Coker of Madison; Ann (Derek) Coker of Monroe; 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her Parents; husband, Ronald; son, Adam Snow; daughter, Ann Snow; grandson, Lee Snow; brother, James Hickey; sisters, Marge Flynn and Carol Clark. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home.
Shirley E. Rowley
age 81 of Monroe, died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 4, 1933 in Lamont Township, Lafayette County, the daughter of Marvin and Winifred (Lee) Paulson Sr. She attended Darlington Schools. Shirley married Kenneth Rowley on August 23, 1957 in Darlington. She worked for Green County Pre-pack, later she went to work doing housekeeping at Gasthaus Motel and then Pleasant View Nursing Home. Shirley was a member of Apple Grove Lutheran Church, she enjoyed cooking, baking, helping others, but most of all spending time with family.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; daughter, Sandra Dahlen; granddaughter, Ashley Meier, all of Monroe; 2 sisters: Carol Hocking of Platteville and Barbara Benson of Monroe; sister-in-laws, Avis Lueck and Alice Egli, both of Monroe; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers: Marvin Paulson Jr and William Paulson; a sister, Marilyn Cline.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Apple Grove Lutheran Church, with Reverend Dan Bohlman officiating. Burial will be in Apple Grove Lutheran Cemetery. A visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
Yvonne E. Bosanny
age 87 of Monroe, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 12, 1928 in Genoa City, WI; the daughter of Freddie and Dorothy (Amborn) St. Dennis. Yvonne married James Bosanny. She was a Physical Ed Teacher at Monroe School system for over 30 years.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Bosanny; son, James “Jim” (Vicki) Bosanny; brothers: Freddie (Jan) St. Dennis Jr. and Larry St. Dennis; a sister, Jean Tuck; grandson, Matt Bosanny. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister, Gloria Hanson.
Per Yvonne’s wishes, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Yvonne’s name to Agrace Hospice, 2901 N. Wright Road, Janesville, Wisconsin 53546.
Thomas R. Holyoke Jr.
age 87, of Monroe, died on Monday, April 06, 2015 at St. Clare Friedensheim. He was born on April 13, 1927 in Monroe, the son of Thomas and Dorothy (Tschudy) Holyoke Sr.
Thomas graduated from Monroe High School and UW of Madison. Thomas was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving during World War II, from May 25, 1945 – July 25, 1946. Thomas and Mardelle Elmer were married on April 7, 1951 at St. John’s United Church of Christ. He was a long time Pharmacist in Monroe, being the first one at St. Clare Hospital. Thomas was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. He enjoyed woodworking and working in his orchard. He is survived by his sons, Robert Holyoke, Dennis (Lori) Holyoke both of Monroe; 3 grandchildren: Sarah (Matt), Tim and Tom Holyoke. He is predeceased by his Parents; wife, Mardelle; son, Richard; and brother-in-law, Conrad Elmer. Family Services will be held at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family would like to thank the Monroe Clinic Hospice and the staff at St. Clare Friedensheim for their excellent care and support to him and his family.
age 91, passed away at 7:00 pm on Easter Evening at the New Glarus Home. She was born August 30, 1923 in the small town of Proserpine on the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia. Her parents moved south to the city of Brisbane when she was very young; her two sisters were born there. Her parents opened up a shop and sold groceries and other household items. Her grandparents had come from Ireland.
Winn's dad did odd jobs and her Mum was a nurse. She and her sisters Ruby and Myrtle went to a State School in their early years. She was fond of saying that they each had one pair of shoes that they saved to wear to school and church. The rest of the time all the kids in the neighborhood went barefoot. The weather was always warm. The school required uniforms, which her Mum made along with all of their clothes. She would stay up until all hours of the night, sewing by candlelight. Her dad grew all the vegetables.
After Catholic school Winn attended secretarial school in Brisbane for two years.
On February 19, 1942, Australia was attacked by the Japanese. She remembered the day very well because it was her sister Ruby’s 18th birthday. After that, air raid shelters sprang up and everyone went to work in war-related jobs. Winn worked in a factory making uniforms, putting sleeves on uniforms, passing them down the line to whatever else needed to be done to them.
But how they danced on the weekends! The school buildings hosted local bands. Naturally the American soldiers wanted to know about entertainment in the area. There were lots of guys to dance with. The Americans were very popular with the Aussie girls, and the girls taught them all the Aussie dances.
The Japanese attacked a number of the islands, and the Americans were soon bringing the wounded to the hospitals in Brisbane. Her Mum was one of the nurses that helped with the wounded when they were taken from the plane to the ambulances. She met many of the Americans from the troop carrier squadron that flew in and out. She called them “her boys”. One of them was Ralph Phillips—nicknamed “Phil”- who Winn met at one of the dances. He was an engineer on one of the transport planes that flew back and forth to the islands. About a month before Phil had to go back to the States they became engaged. They were married in a small wedding, with just family and the crew of the C47. It was 20 months before the ships could bring the wives to America.
Winn came to the U.S. with 750 war brides on the troop ship, The Lurline. It was sixteen days sailing from Brisbane to San Francisco. Phil met her in Chicago and drove them to Monroe.
After the war, Phil started an appliance store in Monroe with an army buddy, Ken Smith. It was a farming town and both guys had grown up on farms, so they were comfortable with the kind of people they found there. They rented a small store just south of the town square.
They lived in an apartment above the appliance store. The years after the war were good years and Winn had many friends, who she has now rejoined: Rosa Buholzer, Ev Kubly, June Miller, Sally Urban, MaryAnn Haberman, Belle Elliot, and many others. Pain has been replaced by a liberating spiritual lightness.
Winn was preceded in death by her parents, Eileen and Lawrence McMahon, her husband Ralph Oliver ("Phil") Phillips, and sisters Ruby and Myrtle.
She is survived by sons Larry (Pam) Phillips, Ralph (Sharon) Phillips, Gary Phillips; and daughters: Vicki Phillips, and Shan (Bob) Leatherman, and granddaughters: Mary Phillips (Mike Muckler); Erin (Jason) Daskam; Brittany (Lyle) Terhar; Chelsey Leatherman (Robert Ehrhardt), and grandsons: Matt (Kristine) Phillips, David McCary, Scott McCary, and Tyler Leatherman, as well as 8 great-grandchildren and many Australian cousins.
Many thanks are owed to Friedensheim, and to the Monroe Hospital, the New Glarus Home, and the nurses and CNA's who cared for Winn, and to Joyce Etheridge and staff. She had a special friend, Jackie Smith, at Friedensheim. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 10 at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke funeral home. A celebration of life will be held at 4 pm. at the funeral home with Reverend Tiff Bates. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. Memorials in Winn's memory may be directed to the YMCA or the Alzheimer's Association. Finally, from the Aussie cousins... Peter O'Leary writes... "Aunty Winn has gone to join with her sisters Ruby and Myrtle - God has his hands full now. Love and condolences from us all."
Antone W. Portman
age 76, of Monticello, died on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on August 10, 1938 in Monroe, the son of Werner and Hilda (Weafler) Portman.
Antone and Marion Shirley were married on February 2, 1966 in Monroe. He worked for Monroe Ready Mix and Monroe Construction for 35 years, retiring in 2001. Antone was a member of the Monroe Loyal Order of Moose #751, Monticello Fire Department, from 1974 - 1990, and enjoyed cutting wood. He is survived by his wife, Marion of Monticello; sons, Duane Portman of Monticello; Antone (Christine) Portman of Monroe; daughters, Evelyn (Steve) Stensel of Evansville; Hilda (Kendall) Baumgartner of Monticello; sister, Evelyn Portman of Whitewater; and 9 grandchildren. He is predeceased by his Parents, and a sister, Arlene Lambardo. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Ave., with Pastor David Busker officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, April 13th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday, April 14th at the Funeral Home.
Norbert J. Aurit
age 51 of Monroe, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 of natural causes. He was born on November 2, 1963, the son of George and Gertrude (Kerkel) Aurit.
Norbert was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, and he shared that love with his family and friends, taking them on journeys in search of the elusive musky and other catches. He was a great cook who loved to improvise and share his creations with family. Norbert was a huge supporter of everything his nephews did, and rarely missed one of their sporting events. An amazing story-teller, he chronicled the adventures of his brothers, family and friends. He had such a big heart, a big personality and a big laugh, and made everyone happier by just being around him.
He is survived by his brothers: Tony (Tia Carlson) Aurit and Chris (Becky) Aurit, both of Monroe; nephews: Andrew and Alex Aurit. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Per Norbert’s wishes, no services will be held. Memorials may be given in Norbert’s name to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; directed to: 200 S. Executive Dr. Suite 203 Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005.
Clifford L. Patrick
age 76, of Albany, died on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Valley Park in Albany. He was born on November 8, 1938, the son of William and Dixie (Pence) Patrick in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Clifford served in the U.S. Army for 2 years, serving in 1956 and 1957. Clifford married Marilyn Williams. He was self-employed in construction. He was a member of the Brodhead V.F.W. and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He is survived by his daughters, Shannon (Craig) Krueger of Albany; Kathy Patrick of Janesville; grandchildren: Carl, Cullen, Kiara, Keegan and Ainsley. He is predeceased by his Parents, wife, Marilyn; and brother, Don Patrick; a sister, Barb Patrick. A visitation will be held at Albany United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home is assisting the family.
Beverly Rose (Gutzmer) Gebhardt
age 64 of Monroe, WI passed away on Saturday April 18th, 2015 at her home surrounded by family, after a short 5 month, but very courageous and hard fought battle with uterine cancer. Beverly was born on August 5, 1950 in Monroe to Alfred and Ilo (Camron) Gutzmer. Beverly attended Mills Grade School a one room rural school near Woodford that had been attended by her grandfather and her father. The Mills School closed in 1960; then Beverly attended Woodford grade school until 1963. In 1964, she moved with her parents and brother, Larry to a new home five miles north of Monroe. Beverly graduated from Monroe High School in 1968. She worked at the Advance Transformer Cafeteria until she married Ernest Gebhardt Jr. on April 20th, 1969. Her sister Sonja Lou, who is 14 years older than Beverly, had married Allan Wire in 1959. Her brother Larry is 8 years older. Ernest and Beverly were blessed with four children, Amy (1970), Paul (1973), Sarah(1983) and David(1987). Beverly was a very active homemaker and active in her community and church. Beverly was a member of the Christian Women’s Club later known as Stateline Women’s connection since 1970. She was active on the board and was chairperson of the book sales. She enjoyed hosting the prayer coffees with the ladies at her house and giving book presentations to the club.
Beverly was a 21 year member of the Green County board from 1977-1998. She was a Monroe City Council Alderperson for 8 years from 1995-2000 and again from 2002-2006. Beverly served on the Green County Commission on Aging, Human Services, Pleasant View Nursing Home and Green County Health committees. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and was active in the United Methodist Women and Church Women United. She was also active in the Quester’s Antique club and Swiss Attic Fanciers and enjoyed planning trips for the groups. Beverly was a member of the Green County Historical Society and volunteered at the museum. She and Ernest were members of the Yesteryear Auto Club where she also planned many fun outings for the club. Beverly served as a church secretary and Sunday school teacher. Beverly was a member of the Monroe Jaycettes and in 1982 received the Monroe Jaycees Outstanding Junior Citizen Award. Up until her illness, Beverly was also a member of the Eucherama club of Monroe and thoroughly enjoyed her times playing euchre and hosting the parties at her home.
Beverly began being a volunteer driver for Green County Human Services in 1980. She took time off to raise Sarah and David and then began driving again in 1996; she drove cancer and dialysis patients many days a week right up until her own cancer surgery on Nov. 17, 2014. Beverly thoroughly loved driving her patients and talking with them. Beverly loved to travel and her most memorable trips were to Jerusalem with her parents, two trips to Germany including fulfilling her lifelong dream of seeing the German Passion Play in Oberammergau, and a 4 month trip her and Ernie took in 2012 across the country sightseeing along the way. Beverly was extremely social and could strike up a conversation with anyone. She loved to go Folk dancing at Folklore village in Dodgeville and visited House on the Rock many times. She loved to take family and friends on interesting day trips including her favorite place, Amana, IA. Beverly was an Elvis fan and a member of the Tony Rocker Fan Club.
Beverly cherished her children and grandchildren and did everything she could to help them; she loved preparing meals for the family and spending time playing board games or cards around the dining room table. Beverly was a collector of many things including antiques, angels, crosses and music boxes and loved showing her home and collections to friends. As Beverly fought this terrible disease she remained upbeat and never wavered in her faith. She read her bible and devotions every day. She was truly an inspiration to everyone who knew her and she wanted everyone to know that she did everything in her power to beat the cancer; it was just not in God’s plan. Beverly spent years researching family history and has an extensive collection of history recorded for the Gutzmer, Boelk and Camron families.
Quote from Beverly- “Remember your heritage, ask questions, keep the answers, for once on this earth there lived a person named Beverly Rose Gutzmer who had thoughts and dreams like those who went before and those who are left.”
Beverly is survived by her loving husband, of 46 years (on April 20, 2015) Ernest Gebhardt Jr.
Four Children -- Amy (Todd) Burkhalter of Monroe, WI, Paul (Lori) Gebhardt of Ft. Knox, KY,
Sarah (Andrew) Reister of Monroe, WI, and David (fiancé Laura Riel) Gebhardt of Madison, WI
Four Grandchildren, Dustin and Heather Burkhalter and Briar and Darian Gebhardt.
Her sister, Sonja Lou (Allan) Wire of Argyle, WI and brother, Larry Gutzmer - Phillipines.
Brothers and Sisters in law, Rudy (Linda) Gebhardt, John (Betty) Gebhardt, and Carl (Ruth) Gebhardt,
and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Alfred and Ilo Gutzmer.
God saw her getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around her and whispered “Come with me.” With tearful eyes we watched her suffer, and saw her fade away, although we loved her dearly we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands to rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
Beverly and her family would like to thank all of our friends and family for the countless cards, visits and phone calls; we also thank the UW Hospital Carbone Cancer Center and the Monroe Clinic Hospice for their excellent care. Memorial funds will be given to the United Methodist Church Confirmation photo display case in Beverly’s honor.
Visitation will be on Saturday April 25th from 4pm-8pm At the Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral home. Funeral Services will be on Sunday April 26th, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Monroe United Methodist Church with Rev. David Busker officiating, food and fellowship will follow. Committal ceremony will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe on Monday April 27th at 2pm for anyone wishing to attend.
Alice M. Nickels
age 79, of Monroe, died on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the UW Hospital in Madison. She was born on August 3, 1935 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Carl and Irene (Powers) Berquist and graduated from St. Charles Catholic School.
Alice was a CNA at the Monroe Manor, retiring in 2001. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victors Catholic Church and the Red Hatters Club. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting, helping others and spending time with family. She is survived by her children: Marie (Andrew) Swedlund of Monroe; Betty Nickels of Juda; Clare (Rocky) Swedlund of Juda; Helen Nickels of Monroe; Anthony (Cheryl) Nickels of Orfordville; Leonard (Diana) Nickels of Brodhead; Joseph (Melissa) Nickels of Argyle; brothers, Carl (Sharon) Berquist of Beaufort, SC; Norman (Diane) Berquist of Elburn, IL; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents; son, Robert Nickels, in infancy; and brother, Albert (Joan) Berquist. A Mass of Christian burial will be on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victors Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, April 23rd, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Avenue in Monroe.
Donald John Van Wagenen
a lifetime resident of Monroe WI, passed away on April 22nd at age 87. His last days and moments were surrounded by family and friends as his body gave up allowing his spirit to move on to a good place. The family appreciates the compassion and support from Monroe Clinic Hospice services and all of Don’s nurse friends at the clinic.
Van Wagenen is survived by his wife Jean, married 62 years; 3 sons and a daughter: Mike (Connie) Van Wagenen, Brookfield WI; John (Kathy) Van Wagenen, East Peoria IL; Tom Van Wagenen, Madison WI; and Lori Wild, Monroe WI. His legacy includes 6 grandchildren: Steven (Katie) Wild, Trevor Wild; Jennifer, Nicholas, Paige, and Bradley Van Wagenen, 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Skattum, of Argyle; and sister-in-law Karen (Phil) Crawford of Mineral Point; and 24 loving nieces and nephews in the Van Clan. Don’s extended family includes many friends and relatives that all touched his life at times. Know that all of you were a part of a good man’s time on earth. Preceding Don in death were both parents, three brothers (Bob, Jim, Jerry), three sisters (Carol, Ruth and Betty Ann) as well as too many friends and neighbors to mention. His lifetime was filled with love.
Also known as “Mr. Cheese”, Van Wagenen was CEO of Trumpy Cheese Company which at one time employed over 150 people in Monroe and Blanchardville WI. If you ate a Nacho Cheese Dorito in the 1980’s, your life was touched by Don. A humble man, he eventually became a World Class Cheese Judge, traveled the world tasting Monroe’s claim to fame, and was even honored at the Cheese Days parade in 2008.
From a simple loving family, Don grew up during the Depression and World War II. He attended as much school as he could and did military service at the Panama Canal. Upon returning to Monroe and starting a family, he became a model of community and neighborly service. He was an active member of the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years, and ran the retiree club for another decade. He was a lifetime member of St John’s United Church of Christ, often giving more than was expected. In his younger years, Don not only played in golf, slowpitch, bowling and card leagues, but he usually became the person who ran them too.
An avid Badger, Brewer, and Packer fan filled many weekend days and nights, also providing all of the fashion in clothing he required. Don traveled all over the country for business, but when it came to family vacation time, his passion was camping. Particularly the Wisconsin State Parks for over 30 years. The whole family evolved into “elite camping” at Pioneer Park in the Wisconsin Dells.
To the end, Don showed great humility and determination. He outlasted his prognosis by over two years. During that time his life was filled with many happy moments. Do not be sad that Don is gone. Cherish his life if you knew him, and if not, trust that his legacy has provided many good men and women to carry on.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 26th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Ave. in Monroe. Memorial service will be at 11:30 on Monday, April 27th at St John United Church of Christ in Monroe. A luncheon will follow the gravesite ceremony.