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Ross L. Lancaster
age 71 of Monroe, died on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the U.W. Hospital in Madison. He was born on May 12, 1944, the son of Charles F. and Ruth I. (Nelson) Lancaster. He was a 1963 graduate of Monroe High School. Ross and Elaine Zee were married on October 29, 1966 at Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe. He worked for the Crandall Tire Company in Monroe. Ross was an avid L.A. Dodger fan and he enjoyed a good game of poker with his friends. But most of all Ross loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Ross is survived by his wife, Elaine of Monroe; daughters, Kim (Kent) Meyers of Monroe, Joann Lancaster of Monroe, Amy (Tom) Fischer of Stilllwater, MN; grandchildren, Mariah and Josh Richter, and Karina Fischer; brothers, Jerome (Lois) Lancaster of Middleton, Larry (Darlene) Lancaster of Monroe; also nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents; brothers Gerald and Charles Lancaster. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church, with Rev. John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe. A visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in Ross’s memory.
Timothy A. Swanson
age 40, of Monroe, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. He was born on November 18, 1974 in Galesburg, IL; the son of Thomas and Deborah (Jackson) Swanson.
Timothy and Julia Thompson were married on August 19, 1994 in Galesburg, IL. He was a Senior Supervisor for Cleary Buildings. He is survived by his wife, Julia, of Monroe; sons, Mitchell Swanson and Cooper Swanson both of Monroe; father-in-law, Mike (Cindy) Thompson of Ft. Madison, IA; mother-in-law, Charlotte Griffith of Monroe; brother-in-law Jeff, (Corrin) Thompson of Mankato, MN; and his dog Lucy. Private family services will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established for his sons’ education. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke funeral home is assisting the family.
Gerald A. Seffrood
age 72, of Monroe, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015 at his home. He was born on October 17, 1942 in Darlington, the son of Cyrus and Eva (Conley) Seffrood.
Gerald served in the U.S. Army from April, 1964 to April, 1967 during the Vietnam War, and was in Army Reserves until April, 1970. Gerald and Kathy Kloepping were married on September 7, 1985 in Monroe. He worked for TDS Telecom for 48 years and recently worked for Super 8 Motel. He was a member of Clarno Zion United Methodist Church; Browntown Fire Department; Utelco Pioneers; Cecil Jones V.F.W. Post #2312, former Boy Scout Leader; and coached little league for many years. He was an avid car enthusiast and enjoyed Nascar Races with Matt Kenseth behind the wheel. He also enjoyed woodworking, camping with his family and loved his pets. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, of Monroe; sons, Brandon Seffrood of Sauk City; Brett Seffrood of Monroe; Stephen Seffrood of Freeport, IL; daughters, Daniell (Jon) Brunner of Monroe; Jenny Roddick of Darlington; brother, Francis Seffrood of Copperas Cove, TX; sisters, Shirley Miller and Carol Seffrood both of Warren, IL; and 7 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Charlotte Minkey, Catherine Diestelmeier, brothers, John Seffrood and Cyrus Jr. Seffrood, and brother-in-law, David Kloepping. Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with Pastor David Miller officiating.
Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, August 10th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Paul A. Chapman
age 88, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on December 20, 1926 in South Wayne, the son of John and Mae (Rodham) Chapman and was a 1945 graduate of South Wayne High School.
Paul served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Paul and June Field were married on June 13, 1948 in Monroe. Paul was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Duck’s Unlimited, where he served as a committee member for several years, Smith Lodge #31 F & AM, Cecil Jones V.F.W. Post #2312, Zilmer Riley American Legion Post #84, Paul and June opened up the American Legion Cabin every spring in Minocqua. Paul was an avid hunter and traveler. Paul worked for the Sunbeam Bread Company, retiring in 1985. He is survived by his wife, June Chapman of Monroe; son, Paul R. (Jill) Chapman of New Glarus; daughters, Rebecca (Mike) Winter of Orinda, CA; Pam (Jack) Beckstrom of Olney, MT; Joni (Rick Dowd) Chapman of Ashland, WI; 9 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. He is preceded in death by his Parents; and a brother, John. Private Graveside services will be held at Michael’s Cemetery, Cadiz Township, WI. A memorial will be established in Paul’s name.
Laura Lynn Huston
passed away unexpectedly of natural causes in her Monroe home on August 18th. Laura was born in St. Clare Hospital on February 2, 1958 to Bob and Shirley Dearth of Monroe. She attended St. Victor Grade School and graduated from Monroe High School in 1976. Laura married Greg Huston on October 2, 1976 and they were blessed with a daughter Sarah. She worked at Advance Transformer for many years. Along with her family Laura had a deep love and passion for animals. Laura owned many cats in her life and became an accomplished equestrian as a young girl with her horse Higgy. Laura found great joy in American Pharoah’s Triple Crown triumph and was an avid Green Bay Packer, Wisconsin Badger, and Milwaukee Brewer fan.
Laura is survived by her daughter Sarah (Matt) Dobberke of Oshkosh, Sarah’s father Greg, her mother Shirley Dearth of Monroe, sisters, Sandra (Walt J.) Dearth Rufener of Monroe and Linda (Kevin) Palmer of Freeport, IL, brother, Roger Dearth of Rochester, MN, nieces, Cindy Palmer and Tamela (Russ) Rocke, and nephews Benjamin Rufener and Daniel Dearth, Godparents, Gilbert and Ann Dearth - Kleckner of Madison.
She was preceded in death by her father Bob Dearth, paternal grandmother, Mrs. Nellie Dearth, and maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Rosa Alice Hornbeck.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke (Shriner111.com) is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Monroe Christmas Stocking Fund.
Hedwig Louise (Kopp) Wuethrich of Monroe died Friday, August 28th, 2015 from a brain aneurysm at UW Hospital in Madison, surrounded by her loving family.
Hedy was born on Sept. 5, 1930 to Jacob and Elise (Ingold) Kopp on Rat Hollow in Argyle. She attended schools in Argyle, New Glarus, and Monticello through 8th grade. She was very proud that as an adult she went back to school and earned her GED.
On August 21st, 1949, she was united in marriage to Robert C. Wuethrich of Monroe. He preceded her in death on October 3, 1986.
Through the years, Hedy worked at the old Chocolate Shop, at Dutch’s Inn, and Equity Sale Barn. Although she wore many hats as a farm wife, she always said that her most important job was a mother raising her seven children.
She was a member of Monroe Turn and Schwing and taught Sunday School at St. John’s Church, where she was a life-long member. Hedy attended and graduated from Clown School, going by the name of Twinkle Toes. She was a former member of several area bands, including the Twilighters and most recently The Has-Beens. She also vounteered at the Behring Senior Center.
Her hobbies were quilting, her flower and vegetable gardens and watching the birds that came to her many feeders. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, playing her guitar, singing, dancing, and former Green Bay Packer Donald Driver.
Hedwig is survived by her seven children: Anna (Ivan) Zettle, Monroe, Barbara (Patrick) Herry, France; Carolyn Wuethrich, Sun Prairie, Dawn Wuethrich, New Mexico; John Wuethrich (Tai Ruegsegger), Monroe; Julie (Steve) Webber, Fayette; Laurie (Don) Guthrie, Argyle, 11 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Ruth Ruf, Martha Scherer; brothers Fritz (Barbara)Kopp and Rudy Kopp, special sister-in-law Margie Schilt, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert, brother Louis Kopp, sister Verena Graber, and grandson Jeffery Koch.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 1st from 4-8 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home and services at 11 am Wednesday, Sept. 2nd at St. John’s United Church of Christ with Rev. Tiff Bates officiating. Burial in Bethel-Hawthorne Cemetery.
Margaret A. Haldiman
age 94 of Monroe, died Friday, August 28, 2015 at St. Clare Friedensheim. She was born on June 15, 1921 in Monroe, the daughter of Peter and Alma (Schneider) Hasler. Margaret married Edwin J. Haldiman on November 15, 1942 at St. Johns United Church of Christ.
She was a member of St. Johns United Church of Christ, A 50 year member of The Women of the Moose, Chapter 599, where she served in many offices and was part of the Academy of Friendship and the College of Regents; former member of the GUGG, and the Garden Club of Monroe. She enjoyed playing cards, ceramics, painting and doing embroidery.
She is survived by her sons: Eugene (Roberta) Haldiman of South Wayne and Keith (Patricia) Haldiman of Hilbert, WI; a daughter, Linda (Clinton) Tarpley of Byron, IL; a sister-in-law, Colleen Hasler of Monroe; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, Peter Hasler, 2 sisters, Mildred Grossen and Rosie Hasler.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, September, 3 2015 at St. Johns United Church of Christ, with Reverend Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with a Women of the Moose service at 7:00 pm.
Francis “Frank” A. Goonan
age 86 of rural Browntown, died on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Monroe Manor. He was born on October 5, 1928, in Chicago, IL, the son of Frank A. and Mary (Devlin) Goonan. Frank was a graduate of St. Rita High School in South Chicago. Frank and Dorothy Marie Goff were married on February 7, 1953 in Milwaukee.
He worked for his Dad’s Eagle Bleach Company in Chicago after high school on the south side of Chicago. Frank then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the 313 signal Corps, radio Company. Frank was a beef cattle farmer for 44 years calling the farm Triple Springs Stock Farm. He also worked for Joe Marty Cheese Factory, hauling milk and worked for Kelly Springfield in Freeport, IL. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in South Wayne and the Knights of Columbus, Monroe Council. He was one of the originators of zip lining, on the farm pond and pond hockey. He enjoyed 10 K runs and canoe racing. Frank loved to fly, owning his own plane and flew to many destinations throughout the nation. Frank is survived by his wife, Dorothy at the home farm in rural Browntown; children Mary Goonan of Belleville, Dr. Georgette Goonan of Fountain, CO, Frank (Maureen) Goonan of Fredericksburg, VA, Terri (Todd) Hughes of Monroe, Betty (Gene) Abraham of Browntown, Jackie (Jerry) Boss of Browntown; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Goonan of Manitowoc; grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents; sisters and brother-in-law, Bette (Harold) O’Connor Sr., Sister Marguerite Goonan O.P., brother, James Goonan; nephew, Harold O’Connor, Jr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. At St. John’s Catholic Church 202 South Varnum St., South Wayne, with Fr. JoJi Thirumalareddy officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Gratiot with full military rites accorded. A visitation will be on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. A memorial fund is being established in Frank’s memory. A special thank you goes out to Doug and staff at the Monroe Manor.
Ralph Curtis “Rosie” Jones
age 71, of Monticello, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2015 at UW Hospital in Madison. He was born on November 17, 1943 in Monroe, the son of Ralph and Lorraine (Falk) Jones.
Curt was a hog farmer in the Albany area and also worked at GM for several years. He later bartended for Brewers Center Tavern in Albany. Rosie will be most remembered for his quick wit and great sense of humor. He is survived by his mother, Lorraine Jones Schultz of Stoughton, sons, Daniel Jones of Albany and Michael Jones of Argyle; sister, LaVon (Dan) Flynn of Oregon; longtime - partner and special friend, Sandie Frontzak of Monticello; her children: Randall Flesher, Stacy Busjahn, and Kord Flesher; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, many friends and a special aunt, Jane Wikum of Stoughton. He is predeceased by his father, Ralph. A brief prayer and remembrance will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. at the Albany Lion’s Club conducted by Pastor Mary Gafner, and then a continuance of sharing of Curt’s life will continue until 3:30 p.m. at the Albany Lion’s Club. A memorial fund is being established in Curt’s memory.
A special thank you to the doctors and staff at U.W. Clinics Oncology Department.
Betty R. Bruny
96, of Monroe, died Monday, September 14, 2015, at the New Glarus Home. She was born Betty Frances Daugherty in Wabash, Indiana, on October 8, 1918, the daughter of Brice and Josephine Daugherty. In 1936, she graduated from Wabash High School, where her gifted English teacher Ruth Jones gave her a lifelong love of Shakespeare. Later, she also attended classes at the Kokomo campus of Indiana University.
Not long after graduation from high school, she was hired to work in the classified advertising department of the Wabash Plain Dealer, where she was soon promoted to manager of the department, a position she held until 1962. In 1947 she was elected President of the Wabash Business and Professional Women, and re-elected to subsequent terms. During the years in Wabash, Betty pursued many interests such as bridge, oil painting, and gardening and made frequent trips to the Purdue campus and to Chicago for ballet and opera productions. In 1940, she married Charles R. (“Rollie”) Rowan, a marriage that ended in 1959. In 1962, Betty accepted an offer from the Yellow Pages for a job that required her to travel throughout the Midwest and brought her to Monroe, where she met Richard A. Bruny. Richard and Betty were married March 30, 1963. They built a home on Stauffacher Road, where they lived for 40 years. Betty then worked at the Monroe Clinic for many years. She became a member of Questers and of the Monroe Country Club, where she won championships in bridge and ladies’ golf. She often went to Chicago for ballet and opera, and was a lifelong fan of movies, frequently traveling to Madison to see the latest releases, which for her could only be seen in theaters, never on a television screen. While continuing her interests in cooking, gardening, and above all bridge, Betty became an avid china painter with Annie Segner. In retirement, Betty traveled widely, often with her husband. She made five trips to the United Kingdom, two trips to continental Europe, and a trip to China. She never missed a high school class reunion in Wabash, and enjoyed vacations with her husband in Biloxi, Mississippi, and trips to various music and theater events. Betty was predeceased by her parents, her sister Janet Louise Cooper, and her niece Melissa Cooper. Her husband died on New Year’s Eve, 2007. She is survived by her nephews, Byron Cooper of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, and Tony Cooper of Wabash, Indiana, and their children. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Shriner – Hager – Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe, Wisconsin, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the service with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating. Interment will be in Bethel-Hawthorne Cemetery, rural Monroe.
James L. Thompson
age 64, of Albany, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at UW Hospital in Madison. He was born on May 10, 1951 in Monroe and graduated from Albany High School in 1969 and attended MATC in Madison.
James served in the Army National Guard for 6 years. James and Penny Swanson were married on May 19, 1973 in Orfordville, Wisconsin. He was a local truck driver and retired from Roadway Trucking Company.
James enjoyed bowling, fishing, bow hunting and loved the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Penny Thompson of Albany, mother, Lela (Bob) Sweeney of Sparta, WI; son, Jason (fiancée Deanna Klosterman) Thompson of Davis, IL; half - brother, Phillip (Donna) Sweeney of Tomah, WI and Jeff Sweeney of Sparta, WI; half – sister, Debra (Robert) Child of Sparta, WI, Valerie (Robert) Border of Bettendorf, IA, Sherry (Tim) Williams of Warren, IL, and a grandson, Aaron Klosterman. He is predeceased by his grandmother, Mabel Thompson. Visitation will be Sunday, September 20th, at Albany Methodist Church from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 3:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Brad Mather officiating. Burial will be in Norwegian Cemetery, rural Albany. Memorials may be made to Jim Thompson Scholarship Fund.
Karen C. Foell
age 69, of Dodgeville, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Sunnyside Group Home. She was born on April 17, 1946, the daughter of Fred and Edith (Bailey) Schoville.
She was an avid sports fan, watching the Packers and Badgers. She also enjoyed traveling. She is survived by her son, Joseph (Brenda) Foell of Youngsville, NC; daughter, Amy Goecks of St. Cloud MN; brothers, Ronald (Ruth) Schoville, Gary Schoville, Stephen (Vicki) Schoville; sisters, Annabelle (Bernard) Burwitz, Patsy Shipler, Janice Stites, Sharon (Hoyt) Smith and Susan Kane. She was preceded in death by her Parents, sisters, Marjorie Carlin, Lola Caracristi, Betty Roland, Phyllis Fairchild, Donna Stulka and Linda Folgate; brothers,
Fred Junior, Marlin, Larry, Freddie, Robert, Charles and Randy Schoville.
Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, September 22nd from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Jack Stites officiating
Wanda E. Myers
age 92, of Monroe, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on February 14, 1923 in Woodford, the daughter of Ted and Ruth (Johnson) Ableman and graduated from Monroe High School.
Wanda and Archie Myers were married on September 7, 1947 at Grace Lutheran Church. She was employed with Wisconsin Power and Light prior to marriage. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school for 25 years, served on the Board of Directors of Churchill Woods Apartment and was a member of Monroe Country Club. She also was a Girl Scout leader for many years and enjoyed playing bridge, being a member of several clubs. Wanda was a devoted wife and mother; making many of the clothes the girls wore. She was an avid sports fan, going to many baseball and football games. She is survived by her husband, Archie Myers, of Monroe, daughters, Marilyn (William) Smithyman of Milwaukee, Rev. Carolyn (John) Fredriksen of Franklin, Deborah Myers of Lake in the Hills, IL; brothers, Robert (Janet) Ableman of Monroe and Herbert Ableman Middleton; sister, Darlene Nuckles of Monroe; granddaughter, Rachel (Kyle Miller) Smithyman. She is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Dean Ableman. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 24th, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1025 15th Avenue in Monroe, with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Thursday, September 24th, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the Church. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Janet M. Rusch
age 79, of Monroe, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2015 at her home. She was born on September 10, 1936 in Monroe, the daughter of Harry and Ruth (Trumpy) Rusch and graduated from New Trier High School in Winnettka, Illinois.
Janet and her parents lived on the Clarno Corners farm for several years, moved to Iron Mountain, MI for 3 years; and later made their home in Wilmette, IL. She returned to Monroe in 1999. Janet worked many years at Rotary International, in Evanston, IL; maintaining data bases of donors. Janet retired from Rotary International to take care of her mother, where she continued her hobby of collecting art, figurines, horses, and with a special interest in gardening and her pet cats. She is survived by her brother, Richard (Margaret) Rusch of Littleton, CO; nephew, Randall Rusch of Leander, TX; nieces, Ruth Fladerman of Lake Mary, FL; Rhonda Hawkins of Mesa, AZ; and Renee McCauley of Estes Park, CO. She is predeceased by her Parents; and sister, Margaret. Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm, on Monday, October 5, 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery, with Pastor David Busker officiating. A visitation will be held Monday, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.