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Roumaine F. Holland Sr.
age 85, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the V.A. Hospital in Madison. He was born on August 24, 1932 in Stockton, Illinois, the son of Paul and Lola (Bunker) Holland. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1950.
He served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955.
Roumaine married Victoria Galaviz in 1955, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Roumaine was a dairy farmer in the Argyle area, retiring in 1990. After he retired he worked at Swiss Colony and Prairie Hill Cheese factory.
He is survived by 5 children: Roland (Kendra) Holland of Rincon GA, Roumaine (Kathy) Holland Jr. of New Glarus,, William (Teresa) Holland of Monroe, Daniel (Jody) Holland of Argyle, and Debra Lelle of Monroe; a daughter-in-law, Jill Melland; grandchildren: Jeremi Alexander, Shelly Alexander, Jason (Ginny) Holland, Jaclyn (Brett) Macy, Dennis (Kevin) Holland, Ashley (Jesse) Holland-Donahue, Benjamin Voss, Kathleen Voss, Angela (Tony) Wiemiller, Kelly (Will) Grohler, Brandon (Korin) Beckwith, Daniel (Sarah) Holland II, Brittney (Brett) Newman, Chelsea (Adam) Tillis, Randy (Brooke Adams) Melland, Amanda Melland, Olivia Melland, great-grandchildren: Noah, Emme, Clara, Tanner, Brooklyn, Trevor, Johnny, Liam, Reese, Everly, Jaiden, Bryson, Ainsley, Westley, Landon, Ady, Haddie, Bentley and Madden; 2 brothers: Haldean (Lynn) Holland of Leesburg, FL and Merton (Sharon) Holland of Lena, IL, a sister, Maelinda Bolen of Stockton, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Randall, daughter, Gloria Doherty; and sisters, Waynette Costello and Madalene Holland in infancy; son-in-law, Thomas Lelle.
Private family services will be held at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
age 88, of Browntown, died peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 17, 1929 in Lafayette County, the daughter of Ben and Eveline (Rodebaugh) Goodman. She graduated South Wayne High School in 1947.
Suzanne married John Minder on June 22, 1947 in Browntown. She worked on the farm alongside her husband. She belonged to the Homemakers club, was active in 4-H, taught Sunday school, enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, dancing and reading.
She is survived by her children: Michael (Janet) Minder of Browntown, Dawn (Dale) Hoesly of Monroe, Dian (Jayson) Storts of Madison, Michele (Craig) Meiter of Stillman Valley, IL, and David (Kathy) Minder of Browntown; 13 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John; 2 brothers: Sam and Charles Goodman; 3 sisters: Thelma Cary, Audrey Schliem, and Dorothy Webster.
Private graveside services will be held at Saucerman Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be given in Suzanne’s name to Boys Town.
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Oscar Gerald Olson
age 79, of rural Browntown passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at SSM Health Hospital in Monroe. He was born the son of Jesse and Mary (Dunn) Olson on November 9, 1943 in South Wayne, where he was raised on the family farm. He was a 1962 graduate of South Wayne High School.
Oscar was united in marriage to Norma Zettle on February 6, 1965 at Staver United Methodist Church. He dedicated his life to farming and land conservation on their farm in Browntown. He was both a dairy and swine farmer. Oscar was a steward of the land and took great pride in preserving the soils for all future generations. His efforts were recognized and he won many awards throughout his lifetime, most notably the Wisconsin Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1994 and the Wisconsin Cooperative Network Builders Award in 2021. Oscar also took his role in the community seriously, proudly serving on the Green County Board for 21 years, Ag and Extension Committee, Soil and Water Committee, South West Rail Transit Committee and Pecatonica Rail Transit Committee. He was also a member, serving on the board and past president of the Pecatonica Co-Op Oil Company in South Wayne for 42 years, retiring in 2020. He was also a longtime member of Staver United Methodist Church.
Outside of all of his hard work, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of the Monroe Boat Club taking many trips boating and skiing at his family’s insistence. Oscar loved his family with all his heart; his greatest loves were his children and grandchildren. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren for his spontaneous nature, creating adventures out of the oddities and normalcy of everyday life.
Oscar is survived by his loving wife, Norma and their two daughters, Tracy (Eric) Beckman and Rebecca (Lance) Marty all of Browntown, WI; grandchildren, Kelly (Aaron) Vial of Waterloo, WI, Jacob (Sydney Hanzel) Yelk of Marshall, WI, Colten (Cheyenne Noble) Beckman, Elly Beckman, Tory (Laura Wenger) Beckman, Alexa (Nick Bansley) Marty, and Kyle Marty all of Browntown, WI; great-grandchildren, Gunnar and Tate Beckman; son-in-law, Douglas J. Yelk of Marshall, WI; sisters, Shirley (Alvin) Gobeli of Monroe and Marcia (Ken) Sibenaller of Belleville, IL, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Cindy Yelk.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 31, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Staver United Methodist Church with Pastor JoAnn Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at Staver United Methodist Cemetery. Following burial there will be a luncheon and fellowship at the church.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2023 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home and continued visitation at the church on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Robert A. Wartenweiler, Sr.
age 89 of Monroe passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2023 at the SSM Hospice Home. He was born in Monroe, WI on June 14, 1934 to William and Leona (Benkert) Wartenweiler. He entered the Navy on June 2, 1952; where he received his high school diploma while serving the US Navy. His naval service included a six month around the world cruise aboard the destroyer USS Allen Sumner, flagship of the Commander Destroyer squadron 16.
Robert was united in marriage to Donna Severson on January 27, 1957 in Evansville, IN. After serving in the Navy, he worked at cheese factories and got his Swiss Cheese Making License. Later he received his Master Plumbing License and purchased Monroe Plumbing and Heating, Inc.; which he had until he retired in 1996. He was a life member of the Cecil Jones VFW Post #2312, 50 plus years member of the Zilmer Riley American Legion Post #84, as well as 40&8 and Moose Lodge #754 in Monroe. He was also on the Monroe Fire Department for 50 years, and was Monroe’s acting Fire Chief in 1988. He was a founder of the Monroe Fire Dept. Alumni. He took a special interest and played an active role on the fire department.
In his free time, he enjoyed spending time at his cabin near Rhinelander, and spent a lot of time on his land outside of Monroe that he called Warteville.
Robert is survived by his children, Deb (Craig) Holmes of Pearl City, IL, Robert W. (Bev) of Monroe, Kathy (Jeff) Rufer of Monroe, and Wendy Wartenweiler of Oregon; grandchildren, Scott (Jenni) Musser, Andrew (Stacey) Rufer, Mitch Rufer, Nick and Lola Bronchetti; great-grandchildren, Avery, Tylan, Lynzee, Kinley and Kellen; 3 brothers, William (Corrine), David (Jan), and John (Tammie) all of Monroe; he is further survived by many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and Donna, his wife of 59 years.
Per Robert’s wishes there will be no visitation, private family services will be held at a later date. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral home is assisting the family.
Robert’s family wishes to thank the SSM Monroe Health staff and physicians and SSM Hospice Home for their comfort and care; as well as the SSM Veteran’s Support Group, Green County EMS and Monroe Rural Fire Department.
Jan E. Hay
age 71, of New Glarus passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at Agrace Hospice Home in Fitchburg. She was born the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth (Bussman) Dubach on November 13, 1951, in Monroe. She graduated from Warren High School and received her nursing degree from Highland Community College. On February 10, 1973, Jan was united in marriage to John Hay, and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She was a member of St. Victor’s Catholic Church.
As a nurse, she dedicated 25 years to the Monroe Hospital and then worked at the Madison Surgery Center for 6 years, retiring in 2017. She was a compassionate and dedicated nurse who never met a patient she didn't love.
Jan enjoyed sports and the outdoors. She played softball, volleyball, and curled when she was younger. She loved spending time at Apple Canyon Lake, boating and waterskiing. She loved playing Euchre and Nutsie, reading the Chicago Tribune from cover to cover (including the crossword puzzle), and traveling. Her adventures took her to many different countries and destinations in the States. She loved all things pop culture and the latest trends, and would make sure everyone else was up to date as well. She loved spotting all creatures great and small. She had a beautiful backyard and pond for watching deer, foxes, birds, and her koi fish.
Most of her adventures included her loving husband of 50 years - traveling, camping and going on many rides on their Harley Davidson. Jan was a loving mother to her only child, Stephanie. She encouraged Stephanie to do and be the best person she could be.
Jan is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Stephanie (Jeff) Tuhro of St. Louis, MO; and siblings, Gwen (Gary) Hay of Verona, Anne (Jon) Wallace of Oregon, and Rob Dubach of Monroe. She was a doting aunt to her nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Paul Dubach.
Jan was charismatic, adventurous, brave, and incredibly strong. She added such joy to people's lives, and she will always live on in our hearts. Schlafen sie gut.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at 11:00 AM at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Father David Carrano as celebrant.
A Celebration of Jan’s Life will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at Nett's Sports Bar in Monroe from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Daniel “Jake” Jacobs
age 68, of Monroe passed away on Wednesday, August 09, 2023 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born the son of Lee and Alyce (Cunningham) Jacobs on July 12, 1955 in Monroe. He was a graduate of Monroe High School. Jake was united in marriage to Dianna Albertson on September 25, 1976; together they had one son, Joshua John, they later divorced. Jake then met Dixie Hoover and they shared 35 years of companionship, until her passing in 2018.
Jake worked for Schrenk Brothers Roofing for several years, he later worked with his brother-in-law at Green County Locker, and he finished his working career with Fleet Services at the Monroe Municipal Airport. He was an excellent cook and could make leftovers into a wonderful new dish, but he never remembered to write down any creative recipes. Jake was a private person and kept his circle small and his daily routine consistent.
Jake had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed camping and fishing. He enjoyed watching all the wildlife in the woods or his backyard. He also liked painting and grilling out. On many occasions he could be found in the kitchen listening and dancing to “the oldies” with Dixie, their family and friends; which was usually followed by a campfire in the backyard.
Jake is survived by his son, Josh (Ashley Keller) Jacobs; step-daughter, Tammie (Jim Bandt) Smiley; brother, John (Mary) Jacobs; sister, Julie (Rich “Radar”) Coplien; grandchildren, Stephanie (Brandon) Frontz and Christopher (Sierra Radcliffe) Smiley; one great-grandchild, Marlie Frontz; as well as nieces, nephews, and several dear friends.
He was predeceased by his parents; and the love of his life, Dixie.
A Celebration of Jake’s Life will be held on Friday, September 1, 2023 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Nett’s Sports Bar in Monroe.
Jake’s family would like to extend a special Thank You to his niece, Brenda Jacobs and her partner Dale Carolan for their years of extra support, not only as family but also close friends.
Alan "Gene" Eugene Wilson
age 77, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2023 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. Gene was born on September 19, 1945 in Dodgeville, WI, the son of Lecil and Pauliene Wilson. He attended Gratiot School. Gene proudly served in the United States Army, where he was stationed in Fort Knox, KY. He was united in marriage to Irmgard “Emmy” on April 1, 1967.
Gene spent his life as a farmer in South Wayne, retiring in 2009. He took pride in farming alongside his son Robbie. He later worked at the Green County Fair Grounds. From playing as the pitcher in his high school baseball team to cheering for the Brewers, Packers, and Wisconsin Badgers, he loved sports. His other interests included fishing, hunting, trapping, and playing cards. Gene loved gardening and tending to his flowers. He especially enjoyed canning with his granddaughter, Alicia, or simply enjoying time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He also loved country music and dancing. He made many treasured memories with his wonderful neighbors, Gary and Deb Johnson.
Gene is survived by his wife, Emmy; children, Robbie (Shelby) Wilson of Brodhead, Mike (Erika) Wilson of Brodhead, and Kellie (Dennis) Wilde of Monroe; as well as nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brothers, Eldon (Kitty) Wilson, Kenneth (Pauline) Wilson, David (Liz) Wilson, and Steve (Beth) Wilson; sisters, Carol Ruef and Anne (Fred) Bauman; sister-in-law, Marne Wilson; and dear friends, Darlene and the late Don Brooker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donald Wilson, and Wayne Wilson; and sisters, Rochelle Backer, and Darlene Graham.
A Celebration of Gene’s Life will be held on September 23, 2023 at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Monroe United Methodist Church.
Donna Beth Johnson
age 88, of Monroe passed away on Monday, August 14, 2023 at the SSM Health Hospital. She was born on March 13, 1935 the daughter of Arleigh and Hazel (Holman) Johnson. She graduated from Monroe High School. She went on to earn her nursing degree. Donna also had a degree in medical transcription, attended business school in Rockford, and attended Blackhawk Tech. She married John Enzinger, Jr; together they had four children.
Donna was a secretary and medical transcriber at The Monroe Clinic Hospital (now SSM Health) and FHN in Freeport for many years. Her favorite pastimes were shopping and people watching. She was a constant student, always thirsting for knowledge, with a passion for reading that stayed with her throughout her life. She was a member of the West Wiota Lutheran Church.
Donna is survived by her children, John D. Enzinger of Freeport, IL, Cindy Preuss of Waukesha, Deanne (David) Gross of Orangeville, IL, and Daryl Enzinger of Madison; grandchildren, Heather (Aaron) Penticoff, Nicole (Kevin) Wirtjess, Benjamin Preuss, and Matthew Preuss; great- grandchildren, Andrew and Abigail Penticoff and Hannah and Hazen Wirtjess; brother, David (Mary Ann) Johnson; and sister, Judy Wehinger.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her former husband, John; sister, Ruth (Vern) Stelter; and brother-in-law, Jim Wehinger.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.
age 92, of rural Argyle passed away on Monday, July 10, 2023 at the SSM Health Hospital in Monroe. He was born on January 3, 1931 the son of Burnet and Emily McMicken in Aurora, IL. He graduated from East Aurora High School. Wyllie was united in marriage to Lydia on August 18, 1951 in Aurora, IL.
Wyllie started farming in Wheatland Township, IL and devoted 25 years to cultivating the land; and working winters as a steel worker in Aurora. He was an active member of the community belonging to Wheatland Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, IL and a member of the Wheatland 40 C School Board. In 1974 he purchased a farm in Green County, that he enjoyed working on every day. He proudly raised Black Angus Cattle. Wyllie’s love for nature extended beyond farming, his favorite pastimes were hunting, horseback riding, bird watching, snowmobiling, gardening, and canoeing; he even built a canoe for his daughter. He enjoyed staying active playing baseball, ice skating, and playing hockey. He had a spirited sense of humor, and loved to tell jokes. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.
Wyllie is survived by his daughter, Margo (Dan); granddaughters, Emily (Brandi) and Erica; great-granddaughters, Trinity and Chloe; and special friend, Glenda.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Lydia.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 18, 2023 at 12:00 PM NOON at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Johnson officiating.
A visitation will be held on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Immediately following the service, a luncheon will be held at the family farm W7948 Sunset Rd. Argyle, WI 53504.
Burial will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 10:30 AM at Wheatland Presbyterian Church Cemetery 11839 Heggs Rd. Plainfield, IL 60585. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established.
Brian E. Schultz
age 59, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2023 at the SSM Health Hospice Home. He was born in Monroe on May 28, 1964, the son of Samuel and Constance (Brooks) Schultz. He was raised on his family’s farm in McConnell, IL until his adulthood, when he went to meet the big outside world. He attended Orangeville Schools. On January 2, 2019, he married the love of his life, Christy Montgomery in Monroe.
Brian had several jobs during his lifetime, working on the family farm, truck driving which made good use of his CDL license. He drove milk semi-trucks and straight trucks and was also a mechanic, working primarily on semis. His last employment was with Sloan Implement Company delivering John Deere parts.
He didn’t think his sense of humor and sarcastic input in a conversation would be his life long job, but he did it naturally. During Brian’s life he had many interests, like shooting pool, bowling, hunting, driving his Harley bike, and his 1966 Buick Skylark. He also collected knives and John Deere toys. He enjoyed tractor pulls, classic car shows, and was an avid 49ers football fan.
Brian is survived by the love of his life, Christy (Montgomery) Schultz; son, Jordan (fiancé, Nena Heinzleman) Lickes; grandson, Carson, granddaughter, newborn Maci Jade; a sister, Caroline Schultz; and his aunt, Nancy Schultz. He is further survived by his brothers-in-law, Chuck (Dana) Montgomery, Duane Montgomery, Carl Montgomery, and Larry (Karen) Montgmery; sisters-in-law, Luann (Greg) Bartz and Linda (Frank Smith) Kruegar; nephews, Jordan, Bryce, Michael (Misty) Montgomery, Jesse and Tyler Bartz, and Christopher (Pam) Kruegar; nieces, McKenzie (Justin Lowe) Montgomery and Karli Montgomery; cousins, Fritz (Stacy) Siegenthaler, Margaret Siegenthaler, Steve Price, Larry Price, and Jackie Wallin; and his dogs, Abby and Sophia. Brian had many friends, but some were also considered his family who he also leaves behind, Tony and Barb Seffrood, Blake Andrews, Oscar Nelson, Royal Berg, Tim (Dawn) Sullivan, Lannie (Jean) Pick, and many more special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents; uncle, John Schultz; his mother and father-in-law, Robert “Bob” and Gloria (Johnson) Montgomery; good friend, Danny Reed and his longtime pet, Sam.
A Celebration of Brian’s Life will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM at Rowdy’s Bar (the old VFW) 1428 17th St. Monroe; bring your Harley or classic car and wear your Harley or John Deere attire.
Brian’s final resting place will be in the Jordan Lutheran Cemetery in Browntown, burial will be held at a later date.
The memorial fund has been established in Brian’s name.
Joan C. Hershey
age 91, of Brodhead passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at the Evansville Manor. She was born the daughter of James and Vera (Nelson) Gould on August 23, 1931 in Rockford, IL. Joan was united in marriage to George Scholes in 1947. She later married David Grebinger in 1952 and Glenn Hershey in 1964.
Joan was a waitress and hostess at Harris House for many years. Later she received her CNA certification and continued working in health care until her retirement. Joan was a member of the Brodhead Congregational United Church of Christ.
Joan is survived by her children, Nancy Martin of Goodrich, TX, Stanley Scholes of Kalispell, MT; Dottie May of Brodhead; Wally Hershey of New Glarus; and James Hershey, of Phoenix, AZ; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and siblings, Jeanne Scholes of Brodhead, Lynn Herzberg of Sun Prairie, Judy Gutshall of Evansville; and sister-in-law, Fern Gould of Bluffton, IN.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Skip Gould.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at the Brodhead Congregational United Church of Christ with Pastor Shawn Stapleton officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Brodhead.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Everson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Robert W. Brunkow
age 87, of Monroe passed away on Friday, August 25, 2023 at Azura Memory Care. He was born on July 22, 1936 to Frederick and Gladys (Schultz) Brunkow in Monroe. He was a 1954 graduate of Monroe High School; he also completed the UW Madison Agriculture Short Course. Robert married Ruth Ann Priewe September 15, 1956 at Staver’s United Methodist Church; she preceded him in death in 1992. After Ruth Ann passed, he was united in marriage to Janet Moisan on September 20, 1997 at Mt. Olive Lutheran church; she preceded him in death in 2009.
Robert farmed on the home farm north of Monroe until he retired, raising Registered Holsteins. He was a 4-H Leader, a member of the Green County Holstein Breeders, Tri-State Breeders Association, long time member and Director at Chalet Cheese Co-op, and a member of St. John’s UCC Monroe. He also worked at the Swiss Colony and Family Dollar in his retirement years.
Robert is survived by his children, Christine (Andrew T.) Schmidt of Clarksville, TN, David (Jan) Brunkow of Cumberland Furnace, TN and Cathy (Jim) Crubaugh of Monroe; grandchildren, Andrew R. (Ashley) Schmidt and Aaron Schmidt of Clarksville; Allison (Alex) Aurit and Joe Crubaugh of Monroe; great-granddaughters, Kinley and Lainey Schmidt of Clarksville; step-sons, Dennis and Jerry Moison; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his In-laws, Lois (Eugene) Upward, Carol (Glen) Balbach, Mary Jo Roderick, and Janet Priewe.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Ruth Ann Brunkow and Janet Brunkow; siblings and their spouses, Dorothy (Herb) Johnson, Walter (Cora) Brunkow and Katherine (Eugene Sr) Updike; son, Daniel Brunkow; and in-laws, Larry and Sharon Priewe, Paul Priewe, and Jim Monson.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 11:00 AM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Christina Schoenwetter officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Carol F. Prain
age 87, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at St. Clare Friedensheim. She was born the daughter of Walter and Beatrice (Fleischman) Knippel on November 3, 1935 in Wausau, WI. She graduated from Wausau High School. She was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Prain on February 2, 1957 and together they had five daughters.
Carol worked at St. Clare Hospital from 1974 until 2000 in the accounting office as an Accounts Payable Representative. After her retirement she continued assisting the accounting office by volunteering her time whenever she was needed. She served on the Board for Human Services and was a Girl Scout Leader; she also volunteered countless hours with the United Way and the Jaycees. While she lived in Merrill, WI she helped start the ARC of the United States- Lincoln County Chapter where she worked toward establishing day care centers, trainable class, and other recreational, educational, and vocational opportunities for mentally handicapped people. She was presented with the Outstanding Young Women of America award in 1967 for all her work. When she moved to Monroe in 1968, she volunteered for the Apostolate to the Handicapped and Badger Camp where she was a loyal volunteer and advocate for the handicapped. She was a longtime member of St. Victor’s Catholic Church in Monroe.
Carol is survived by her children, Linda (Anita Fischer) Prain of Carmel, NY, Sharon (Jeff) Weyenberg of Statesville, NC, Lisa Prain of Verona, and Mary (Don) Dodd of Brodhead; grandchildren, Matt Weyenberg, Michael (Brittany) Weyenberg, Haley (fiancé, Emma Gratz) Dodd, and Lindsey Dodd; great-grandchildren, Liam and Luca Weyenberg; brother, Jim (Kathy) Knippel of Las Vegas, NV; and many nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Susan Prain; siblings, Walter, Jack, William, Andrew, Chuck, Raymond, Rosemary, Larry, and Peter; and the father of her children, Bob Prain.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Father Chahm Gahng as celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 from 4:00-6:00PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Carol’s name to the Apostolate to the Handicapped or GreenCo Industries.
Marlis F. Bass
age 82 of Orangeville, IL, died Saturday September 2, 2023 at SSM Monroe Hospital. She was born on April 19, 1941 in Red Wing, MN, the daughter of Fred and Wilma (Benfer) Buehler. She graduated from Orangeville High School in 1959. Marlis married Paul D. Bass on April 5, 1963 at Staver's United Methodist Church. She farmed her entire life with her husband. She was a member of Staver's United Methodist Church, she enjoyed quilting, gardening and yard work, going to her grandkids sporting events and lived for the Cubs.
She is survived by her children: Terri Bass and Scott (Julie) Bass both of Orangeville; grandchildren: Steve (Cattrina O’Haver) Bass of Orangeville and Raegan (Josiah) Visel of Lena, IL; siblings: Phyllis (Joe) Almburg of Lake Delavan, WI, Don (Bev) Copoulos of Fountain Hills AZ; and Nancy Bender of Freeport; many nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Richard Lopp and Stephen Buehler; sister, Delores Towle.
A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at Staver's United Methodist Church with Reverend JoAnne Meyer officiating. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 9:00 am Thursday until the time of service, at the Church. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Peter Eugene Mueller
76, of McFarland, WI, passed away on September 2, 2023. Born in Monroe, WI, on July 1, 1947, he was the son of Edward and Anne (Stansel) Mueller. Pete attended Monroe High School and graduated in the class of 1965. After graduation, he studied pre-optometry at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and played on the Whitewater tennis team. He later received his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was a member of the Omega Delta fraternity. In March of 1971, he married Vickie Wheeler in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduation, they moved back to Monroe, WI, where he joined his father's optometric practice, becoming his family's third generation to do so.
While in Monroe, Pete was active in several organizations, including the Jaycees, Optimistic Club, United Way, and the Model Railroad Club. He also served on the library board, Monroe school board, and church council of St. John's United Church of Christ. Sports were always an important part of Pete's life. An avid tennis player, he competed locally and throughout the region, eventually attaining a number one ranking in Wisconsin in his age bracket. He also loved golf, winning the Monroe Club championship twice, and could often be found on a course in retirement.
After practicing for 34 years in Monroe, he and his wife semi-retired to Townsend, Tennessee, where he practiced part-time in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Fly fishing, golf, and woodworking became his favorite hobbies. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend and the Townsend Artisan Guild. As his health declined, they moved back to Wisconsin, settling in McFarland to be closer to family.
He was predeceased by his parents and son Mark Mueller. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, son Scott (Libby) Mueller of McFarland, WI, son Nick (Angela) Mueller of Troy, IL, and grandchildren Kendra and Dane of McFarland—also, brother Paul Mueller and nephew Michael Mueller of Edina, Minnesota.
Services will be on Sunday, September 10, at 3:00 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ in Monroe. A private family burial will be held Monday morning in Greenwood Cemetery. There will be a reception immediately following the service. Shriner Hager Gohlke is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
age 79, of Whitewater passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2023 at his home. He was born on May 21, 1944 the son of Raymond and Edna (Hoffmann) Sonnenburg. He graduated from Monroe High School. After high school he went on to attend U.W. Whitewater where he earned his B.S. in business.
Rodney owned and operated “2b Exhibits” where he has worked for 40 years. He enjoyed sports and was involved with U.W. Whitewater Athletic Department. When he was younger, he played football, wrestled, and was on the track team.
Rodey is survived by his brother, Robert (Linda) Sonnenburg of Monroe; and sisters, Sharon (Len) Potts of Monroe and Ruth (Gary) Johnson of Monroe.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond and two in infancy, Merlin and Edwin; and sister, Darlene Sonnenburg.
A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 11, 2023 with Reverend Thickpenny officiating.
A visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Johntey Ray Swenson
best friend and ladies’ man, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, September 3, 2023.
Johntey was known for being the life of the party, his contagious energy, and his unforgettable dance moves. As the youngest of five and the only boy, he embraced his title as ‘little brother’ proudly. He taught his sisters things like shadow boxing and wrestling and they made sure he knew every word to Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’. His love for them was immeasurable, and he brought laughter (and annoyance) into their lives in a way only a little brother could.
Johntey’s limitless love for his mom and dad was apparent, he rarely left without a hug or saying “I love you”. Likewise, Karen and Steve’s love for their son was abundant and knew no bounds. His energy and big ideas always kept them on their toes and was likely the cause for a few grey hairs.
One of Johntey’s other passions was fighting, from backyard boxing to MMA. He spent countless hours at the gym training and would spar with anyone willing to “put some money on it”. He had quick hands and a loud mouth and was up for any challenge. He fought his first cage match right after High School graduation and was eager to get back in the ring.
Music was another love of his life, especially his freestyles. If there was a speaker and a beat then you knew it was time for, at minimum, an hour-long studio sesh.
Johntey was loved by so many; his friends would describe him as loving, hilarious and an amazing person to be around. He always made sure everyone felt included and never judged anyone. “Everybody loved Johntey and everybody loved being friends with Johntey because of his amazing sense of humor and his sweet soul.”
Johntey recently reunited with his birth family and loved going to Milwaukee to visit and have a great time. He loved to record songs, dance and just spread love to everyone. He will be truly missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 24 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Koning Maple Lane Event Center, N3051 WI- HWY 81, Monroe, WI 53566. Drinks and Food will be provided. In lieu of flowers, the ‘Johntey Swenson Memorial’ has been established at the First National Bank in Monroe, the family also requests donations be made to the Jacob’s SWAG Suicide Prevention Foundation.
Rest in power brother Johntey. While our hearts are forever broken, your big smile, unconditional love, and kind soul will never be forgotten.
A memorial site will be established at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe.
Jane Marie Baade
age 87, of Albany passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at the New Glarus Home. She was born in Minnesota on February 11, 1936, to Waldo and Jennie (Moe) Brown. She graduated from Truman High School. On May 31, 1957 Jane married Omar Baade in Truman, MN.
Jane dedicated herself to nurturing her family as a devoted homemaker. Jane was an active member of the Footville Church of Christ and the Women's Guild.
Jane is survived by her husband, Omar, their children, Gloria (Ron) Kretzer of Lakeland, FL, Tim (Cindy) Baade of Roscoe, IL, and Scott (Jody) Baade of Albany; son-in-law, Gary Nyman of South Carolina; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sandy Nyman; and four step-brothers.
Per Jane’s wishes no services will be held at this time.
Marilyn Dorothy Daly
age 80, formerly of Argyle, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe. Marilyn was born on February 22, 1943, in Monroe, WI, the daughter of Werner and Dorothy (Schlaff) Beer. Marilyn grew up in Milledgeville, Illinois. She was united in marriage to Thomas L. Daly on October 16, 1965, at St. Victor Catholic Church, Monroe, the same church where she was baptized. Marilyn attended elementary and high school in Milledgeville and graduated from Sterling Newman Catholic High School in 1961. She graduated from St. Anthony School of Nursing in Rockford, Illinois, as a Registered Nurse in 1964. Marilyn’s first employment after graduation was at St. Clare Hospital, Monroe, working in the surgical department. She took time away from nursing to raise her family, and then returned to work at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Monroe.
Marilyn’s greatest achievement in life was being the mother to her five children: Tom (Michelle) of Darlington, Tim (Kathy) of Cambridge, Suzanne (David) of DeForest, Dan (deceased November 15, 2021), and Jon (Tara) of Monroe. She was a proud, loving grandmother to Meaggen, Kyle, Tomi, Zach, Cody, Gibson, and Oliver. Marilyn was thrilled when she became a great-grandmother to Ryker. She is also survived by step-grandchildren Corey, Alex, Michael, and Barbara and many step great-grandchildren.
Marilyn was a volunteer for the American Red Cross Blood Mobile visits in Argyle. She was a project leader and General Leader for the Dougherty Creek 4-H club when her children were enrolled in 4-H. She also served as a project superintendent at the Green County Fair. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, bird watching (especially hummingbirds and orioles). She spent hours making the right greeting cards for the right occasion and made many new friends in card making classes. Marilyn was a member of the Green County Ag Chest and spent many hours selling malts and cream puffs at the various county fairs. Marilyn was an accomplished cake decorator, making many wedding cakes for friends and family. She passed this skill and love of decorating to her daughter, Suzanne and granddaughter, Tomi. She loved sharing her card making and arts skills with all her grandchildren.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Tom, and children, Tom, Tim, Suzanne, and Jon. She is further survived by her brother, Truman (Phyllis) of Wasilla, Alaska, Robert (Nydia) of Sterling, Illinois, and sister-in-law Kathy Beer (Bob) of Rhinelander. In-laws, Pat Daly, Marie Reiser, Edward Kelm, Mary Ann Daly, Ken (Cheryl) Daly, Don (Molly) Daly, Leo (Ginger) Daly, Carol (Gary) Williams, Rita (Jeff) Simon, and Ruth (Gary) Elderbrook, as well as many nieces and nephews, and a special cousin, Lori Sawdey.
She is predeceased by her parents, Werner and Dorothy Beer, parents-in-law, T. LaVerne and Ethel Daly, son, Daniel, grandchild, Angelica Hope, brother, Eugene, and in-laws, Dorothy Daly, James Daly, Jack Reiser, Margaret Kelm, and Cecil Daly.
A mass of Christian Burial for Marilyn will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church (1760 14th St, Monroe). Visitation will be held at the church gathering space at 9:30 a.m. until time of service. A luncheon will be held immediately after the service in the Fellowship Hall. A private family burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Argyle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marilyn’s name may be made to the Friends of Pleasant View atrium project fund or St. Clare of Assisi. A special thank you to the kind, caring and compassionate staff at Pleasant View Nursing Home. Also, a thank you to the visitors and volunteers from St. Clare of Assisi Parish for their many visits to Marilyn.
Florence Helen Salzwedel
age 98, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at the SSM Hospice Home. She was born the daughter of Peter and Irene (Kaech) Gerber on December 22, 1924 in Clarno Township. She was a 1942 graduate of Monroe High School. Florence was united in marriage to George F. Salzwedel on February 7, 1948.
Florence was employed many years at Swiss Colony, retiring in 1987. She was a longtime member of the Monroe United Methodist Church, Women of the Moose Lodge #599; she also volunteered at the Monroe Clinic Hospital, worked at election polls, and at the Red Cross blood drives for over 30 years. She was a Cubs fan, liked to read, going for walks, playing cards especially yass, taking care of her flowers, and spending time with her family.
She leaves behind a daughter-in-law, Sherri (Steve) Sorg; granddaughter, Maggie; grandson, Daniel; great-granddaughter, Molly; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and friends.
Florence has left this world to be with her Lord and joins her parents; husband, George; son, Scott; daughter, Sue Ann; brothers, Leo, Glen, and Daniel; and sisters, Marie Rufer and Gertrude Wiethop.
Per Florence’s wishes no formal services will be held. A private family graveside service will be held in Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Jeff Meyer officiating.
Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the kind and caring staff at Aster Assisted Living and SSM Hospice Home.
Herbert Matthew Baumgartner
age 94, formally of Monroe, WI passed away on September 15th at Noel Manor in Verona. He was born on December 25, 1928 in Milwaukee the son of Herman and Freida (Weidman) Baumgartner. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1947 and played on the undefeated 1946 championship football team. He proudly served in the United States Army, stationed in Germany after World War II. Herb was united in marriage to Marian Bidlingmaier on October 12, 1957 in Monticello, she preceded him in death on August 30, 2008.
Herb was an active member of the Zilmer-Reilly American Legion Post 84 in Monroe. “Mick and Herb” were regular fixtures at the Legion post where they enjoyed eating and serving many Friday fish fries together, along with euchre games and rounds of darts with friends.
Herb also had a passion for motor vehicles and worked with engines for his entire career. He was the owner and operator of Baumgartner Milk Hauling for over 40 years. After “retirement”, he went on to work for Monroe Truck Equipment for 20 years, delivering trucks across the country with fellow retirees.
His interest in engines extended to his hobbies. He had a love for radio-controlled models, especially airplanes. He spent countless hours in his workshop building (and rebuilding) model airplanes, followed by hours of flying. He was a member of the Monroe Radio Controlled Airplane Club and helped the club maintain their flying field.
Above all, Herb loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 2017, Herb moved to Montreal, Wisconsin to be close to his daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Steve Fiene and to enjoy the northern Wisconsin environment. Herb had many wonderful neighbors in Montreal that helped keep an eye on him. After five years in northern Wisconsin, Herb moved to a senior living facility in Verona, Wisconsin.
Herb is survived by his children, Kay (Steve) Fiene of Montreal, WI, Keith (Juli) Baumgartner of Fitchburg, WI, and Kris (Loyd Smith) Baumgartner of Woodruff, WI; grandchildren, Alissa (Andrew) Witmer of Fitchburg, Ryan (Michael Martinez) Baumgartner of Madison; great-grandchildren, Hudson and Hayes. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marian; brother, William Baumgartner; and sister, Alice Purdy.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 11:00 AM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Christina Schoenwetter. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Thursday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Carolyn Faye Engesser
age 75, of Monroe passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at the SSM Health Hospital in Monroe. She was born on November 7, 1947 the daughter of Marion and Betty (Edwards) Pollard in Braymer, MO. She graduated from Platteville High School and went on to attend South West Technical College. On July 5, 1975 Carolyn married the love of her life Franz Engesser at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.
Carolyn worked at Advance Transformers Company, The Monroe Clinic, and Pleasant View Nursing Home; her favorite job though was taking care of her home and family which she was very proud of. Carolyn enjoyed traveling and taking vacations with Franz and their children, she especially enjoyed visiting national parks. She had also visited 47 of the 48 continental US States. As she got older, she enjoyed taking day trips, going to visit Amish places for flowers and fresh produce. She always looked forward to the fall season to take rides to visit her sons and see the fall colors. She also loved reading, doing word searches, watching the Green Bay Packers, taking care of her flowers, and birdwatching; especially hummingbirds and cardinals. Carolyn was a very caring person; she made sure to always check in with her family to see how her nieces, nephews and their families were doing. She cherished her time with her sons when they visited every other weekend, and always counted down the days until their next visit. She also had a great bond with her cat, Tucker.
Carolyn is survived by her husband, Franz of Monroe; children, Brian Engesser of Monroe, Eric Engesser of Rome, NY, Michael Engesser of Platteville, Markus Engesser of Wausau; siblings, Al (Phyllis) Pollard of Batavia, IL, Sandy (Richard “Buzz”) Reger of Belmont, Rosane Kemnitzer of Platteville, and David (Connie) Pollard of Platteville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Christa Hug of Germany, Claudia Engesser of France, Karl (Silvia) Engesser of Germany, Thomas (Susanne) Engesser of Germany, Regina (Jens) Hannig of Germany; and many nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Linda Pandow; nephew, Brett Pandow; and niece, Brittany Reger; and brother-in-law, Patrick Kemnitzer.
Private family services are being held. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Richard “Rick” John Alston
age 49, of Monroe, unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. He was born on September 23, 1973 the son of Paul and Gloria (Prien) Alston. Richard was a 1992 Monroe High School graduate, continuing his education at Blackhawk Tech, where he received a Computer Science degree.
Richard dedicated over 23 years of service to the Monroe School District as a computer technician and a custodian at Abraham Lincoln. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church. Richard loved music; he was the stage manager for the band Johny Trash. He also enjoyed fishing, football, and NASCAR. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and a group of friends too numerous to count.
Richard is survived by his brothers, David Reinking of Green Bay, Paul (Kristine) Alston of Schofield, Russell Alston of Monroe; sister, Diane (Sara) Reinking of St. Paul, MN; and nephews, Tommy and Robby Alston of Schofield.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Memorial Service will be held at Noon 12:00 PM on Saturday, September 30 2023 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating.
A Celebration’s of Rick’s Life will be held on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Sonja Trickel Severson
age 90, passed away peacefully on September 21, 2023 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, where she had resided the past 3 months. She was born in Monroe on October 5,1932 to Elmer (Jack) and Winnifred Hoffman Trickel.
After graduating from Monroe High School in 1950, Sonja went on to Prospect Hall Secretary School in Milwaukee. She worked for Rigel Carolina Corporation in Wilmington, North Carolina, while her former husband was stationed in the service. When they returned to Monroe, Sonja began her employment at the Swiss Colony, where she worked for 33 years. Sonja developed many wonderful friendships during her time at the Colony, which continued well beyond her retirement in 1995.
Sonja was a life-long member of St. John’s UCC where she taught Sunday School and served on the church council and various committees. After retirement, she worked as a volunteer in the church office, at the Green County Historical Society, and at the Monroe Hospital gift shop for 15 years. Sonja also served on the board of the Monroe Arts Center. She was a member of St. Omar Chapter Order of the Eastern Star since 1950. She enjoyed traveling, especially when vacationing with her children and granddaughter. Sonja was an avid book reader until she neared the end of her life.
Surviving are her son, Mark, and daughter, Lynn Roethe, as well as her granddaughter, Erin Roethe (Tim Morrison), and great grandchildren, Bode and Rhys Morrison. She is also survived by a cousin, Peter Dannerback.
Sonja was a very devoted mother and grandmother. Her family will forever admire her for her ambitious and independent nature. They are grateful for the excellent role model she provided, showing the benefits of hard work and determination.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Aster Assisted Living for the great care they provided for Sonja, where she lived the last five years of her life. They also want to extend their sincere appreciation to St. Croix and Agrace Hospice, who cared for her with extraordinary compassion at the end of her life.
Per Sonja’s wishes, a private family burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Every blade in the field, every leaf in the forest,
Lays down its life in its season,
As beautifully as it was taken up.
-Henry David Thoreau
Emanuela “Emma” L. Engles
97 of Monroe, WI died Friday Sept. 22, 2023 at SSM Health Monroe Hospice Home. She was born December 2, 1925 to Luigi and Ida (Spenciero) Cifizzari in Milford, MA the first of 7 children.
Emma served is the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict where she met and married her husband George Engles of Monroe, WI. She was a homemaker until the death of her husband in 1976 and then babysat for several families until retirement. In retirement she enjoyed cooking, playing cards and spending time with friends and family.
Emma is survived by a son, George W. (Linda) Engles of Monroe and a sister, Lillian Santos of Massachusetts and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; brothers, Pasqual, Vincenzo, Luigi Jr, and Alfred; sister, Lucia Lenzi.
Private graveside services will be accorded with burial in Calvary Cemetery in Monroe.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to SSM Health Monroe Hospice Home.
The family would like to thank the staffs of SSM Health Monroe Hospital and SSM Health Monroe Hospice Home for their excellent care.
Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.