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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.
age 95, of Monroe, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Aster Assisted Living. She was born on October 15, 1923 the daughter of Jay and Mamie (Seffrood) Larse in Wayne Township, WI. Eunice and Roy Graham were united in marriage on August 7, 1971 at Wiota Lutheran Church.
Eunice, in her earlier years was employed with the South Wayne Variety Store and the State Bank in South Wayne for 11 years. In her earlier years she was an active member of the Wiota Lutheran Church and the Wiota Lutheran Church Women’s Circle. She also enjoyed raising and training race horses with her husband Roy, which turned out to be a very profitable hobby. In later years she spent her time reading books and watching sporting events on Television. She seldom missed a Badger, Brewer or Packer game.
Eunice was a person of deep faith and love of family.
She is survived by her son, Donald (Carin) Miller of Gratiot; step-daugher, Patricia “Patti” (fiance’ Jim Gottschall) Townsend of Highland; 2 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Roy; brothers, Charles and Harold Larse; and sister, Joyce Kant.
Funeral services will be Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at West Wiota Lutheran Church with Rev. Traci Maass officiating. Burial will follow in West Wiota Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday December 17th, from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at 11:00 at the church.
age 71 of Monroe, died Monday, December 10, 2018 at her home. She was born on July 27, 1947 in Dodgeville, the daughter of John and Phyllis (Pickett) Pattinson. She graduated from Monroe High School. She worked at the call center for Swiss Colony for many years; she had a love and passion for her “fur babies”: Stevie, Cali, Misty and Jesse.
She is survived by her children: Julie (Michael) Guivas of Vassar, KS, Jeff Beutel of Vassar, KS, Joel (Amy) Beutel of Evansville, WI and Nick (Carol) Lelle of Vassar, KS; four grandchildren, Raina Beutel, Daria Beutel, Elijah Carpenter, and Marissa Beutel; one great-grandchild, Addisyn Osbaugh. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Keith and grandson, Dustan Beutel.
A Celebration of Karen’s Life will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Cash’s Old Smokey’s from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com. Memorials may be made to the Green County Humane Society in Karen’s memory.
Marita M. Larson
age 84 of Darlington, died Thursday, December 13, 2018 at
Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born on September 28, 1934 in Grant County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Wiegel) Loeffelholz. Marita married Robert Larson on October 17, 1955. She lived in rural Darlington for over 60 years, where she raised her family. She owned and operated Cupid’s Creations Bridal Store, JJ’s Variety Store and JJ’s Fireworks. She was a longtime member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Darlington. She was a 4-H leader; enjoyed flower arranging, painting, crafting, gardening and canning.
She is survived by 4 children: Jean (Steve) Geiger, Monroe, Bob (Debi) Larson, Darlington, Judy (Carl) Pielmeier, Darlington, and Jane (Steve Broge) Larson, Monroe;
grandchildren: Jeffrey (Stephanie) Geiger, Shannon (Josh) Golackson, Michael Geiger, Christopher (Angela) Larson, Jesse (Serene) Larson, Caleb Larson, Karl (Petra
Ahnert) and Kyle Pielmeier. 9 great grandchildren; Siblings: Modesta Winkler, Cyrilla (Donald) Wedig, Camella Wand, Gloria Harwick, Fabian (Shirley) Loeffelholz, Adrian
(Barb) Loeffelholz, Sally Schuetz, Lucy Ammon; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; former husband Robert; son, Martin in infancy;
sisters: Celine Byrne, Marietta Stietz, and one grandchild.
Private services will be held at a later date.
SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Jacqueline “Jackie” D. (Sleeter) Smith
aged 95 passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018 at St. Clare Friedensheim. She was born December 8, 1923 in the family farmhouse near Fairchild, WI, the daughter of Fred and Rena (Barsness) Sleeter.
Jackie married Kenneth Smith on February 7, 1948 in Rockford, IL. Although they were high school sweethearts, they were at opposing schools. She was a cheerleader for Fairchild and he was a basketball player for Humbird. In March of 1942, Jackie skipped school to accompany Ken to Eau Claire where he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After high school, she attended Business College in Rockford, IL. After the war, they moved to Monroe where Jackie oversaw a household of four active children and Ken began an appliance business with his army buddy, Ralph “Phil” Phillips. The two families remained partners for many years. In these latter years, Winn Phillips remained a good friend and a great loss to Jackie. As a teenager, Jackie enjoyed roller skating and singing in a trio with her sisters Eleanor and Donna Jean. Jackie was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, a superb knitter, knitting sweaters for her newborn grandchildren and participating in knitting blankets and scarves for the needy. Jackie loved spending time with her Bridge Club and the Sans Souci Dance Club. She was a former Brownie Scout leader, school room-mother, Monroe Swim Team fan and champion golfer at Monroe Country Club. The family room was filled with her many golf trophies and awards. After every couple’s golf event, Ken’s buddies would always ask, “Did you beat her this time?” He never did! Ken and Jackie enjoyed many years together including trips to the Caribbean and traveling to Naples, FL area each winter, always with their golf clubs in tow.
Survivors include sons, Ronald K. (Rondi) Smith of Monroe; Kevin L. (Mary) Smith, of Marietta, Georgia; daughter, Sheryl A. (Jim) Kraft of Green Bay; eight grandchildren, Dana (Jeremy) Schmidt of Cottage Grove, Brad (Laura) Smith of Janesville; Rebecca (Jess) Smith of Alexandria, VA, Amanda (Tim) Sharkey of Marietta, GA, Erin (Matt) Reese of Chattanooga, TN; Andrew ( Dr. Colleen) Kraft of Decatur, GA, Jonathan (Lorrie) Kraft of Longmont, CO, Jordan (Hazel) Kraft of La Grange, IL; fourteen great grandchildren: Piper and Brayden Schmidt; Preston Smith; Landan, Logan and Emily Sharkey; Henry and Thomas Reese; Aidan, Caleb and Hudson Kraft; Allison and Ben Kraft; Jacinda Kraft; and three sisters-in-law: Joyce Smith of Monroe, Shirley Billerbeck of Osseo, WI; Mildred Byrnes of Merrillan, WI.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband, Ken, daughter Debra, two brothers George and Robert; three sisters, Eleanor, Donna Jean and Beverly.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00PM NOON on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating. A private burial will be held after the service. Visitation will be held from 10:00AM until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ or Monroe Clinic Hospice.
Jane Catherine Ditter
age 90, of Monroe passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Monroe, Wisconsin. She was born to Joseph and Mary (Knaus) Schmitz on Nov. 20, 1928 in Taycheedah, Wisconsin. Jane was united in marriage with Alvin Ditter on June 16, 1949.
Jane’s life was one of love and strength. She was the eighth child of 11 born during the Great Depression. Her mother died when she was seven so her eldest sister, Edna, became the mother of the family. Mom said they never were hungry because of living on a farm and having a big garden. She did remember cutting the toes out of her leather shoes when they became too tight. After graduating from St. Mary’s Springs Academy, Jane, then 17 moved to Fond du Lac for work. After marriage, she and Al moved to Madison in 1953 with two small children. She acknowledged how challenging that was. Mom worked hard her whole life. She showed us her love by cooking, canning, sewing our clothes, and caring for her family. Her greatest joy was having everyone home for a family dinner. Jane also enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and playing cards. She thoroughly enjoyed playing Sheepshead and Euchre with family and friends.
Her determination was evident in her battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She faced all challenges with grace and dignity.
She is survived by her devoted children, Mary (Robert-deceased) Schara, David (Susan) Ditter, and John (Cindy) Ditter; her grandchildren, Amy, Kim, Kate, Beth, Mitchell, and Jaclyn; and five great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her many loving relatives and friends. Her husband preceded her in death on Oct 18, 2015.
She was loved dearly and will be missed by all who knew her.
Family Graveside Services will be held next spring at St. Peter’s Church in St. Peter, Wisconsin. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
We would like to thank The Monroe Clinic Hospice team for the compassion and kindness shown to our mother.
Elton F. Segner
age 94, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family. Elton was born the son of John and Maggie (Hale) Segner on September 11, 1924 in Lafayette County. He was united in marriage to Darlyne W. Ritschard on November 18, 1945 at Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello. He had been a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe.
Elton, along with his family, farmed in Winslow, Browntown, and Monticello before he and Darlyne purchased their farm in 1966, located between Monroe and Juda. After selling the farm in 1975 he worked at Pleasant View Nursing Home for nearly 15 years doing maintenance and grounds-keeping. Elton was also a very sought after ‘handyman’ in the Monroe area, doing various jobs for many local residents.
Elton is survived by his wife of 73 years, Darlyne; his children, Wayne (Laurie) Segner, Lori (Dan) Klemm, and Heidi (Rob) Treuthardt; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Wayne Segner; and two sons-in-law, Richard Gruenewald and Wes Winters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two daughters, Nancy Gruenewald and Cathy Winters.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30AM on Monday, December 31, 2018 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Rev. Kathleen Rinear officiating. Burial will follow service in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00AM until the time of service at the funeral home. A Memorial Fund is being established in Elton’s name.
Gerald “Jerry” Lee Voegeli
age 59, passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at his home. He was born the son of Ralph and Inez (Nyborg) Voegeli on December 5, 1959 in Monroe. He was a graduate of Monroe High School.
Jerry worked at Advance Transformers for 22 years; he was also employed with SK Plastics in Monroe. Jerry enjoyed shooting pool for the Sir Buks pool league. He was a talented musician playing guitar and singing for the “Old School” band. His pride and joy was his 1966 Chevy Chevelle.
Jerry is survived by his companion, Bonnie Dooley; his siblings, Eugene (Dorothy) Voegeli, Gloria (Dwayne) Godfrey, Roy (Mary) Voegeli, Karen Erickson; and Sharon (Wayne) Steitz.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Gary Erickson; nephew, Greg Godfrey; and niece, Angie Johnson.
A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00PM Noon on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Lance Smith officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00AM until the time of service at the funeral home. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Kim Lea Sulzer
age 61, of Monroe, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 at her home. She was born the daughter of Dean and Marcia (McDonald) Hanson on January 8, 1957. Kim was a 1975 graduate of Monroe High School. She was united in marriage to Frederick Sulzer on September 20, 1975. Kim was employed at The Monroe Clinic Hospital for many years as a Pharmacy Tech and Bookkeeper.
She is survived by her husband Fred; son, Cody Sulzer both of Monroe; grandson, Maxen Sulzer; brothers, Bradley (Lorie) Hanson; and sisters, Kelly and Kittie.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held on January 6, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home from 2:00-5:00PM.
Gertrude “Trudy” Johanna Schwager
age 93, of Middleton, formerly of Monroe, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Attic Angel Place in Middleton. Trudy was born the daughter of Anton and Marie (Zartl) Auinger on September 12, 1925 in Vienna, Austria. She was united in marriage to Kurt J. Schwager on July 26, 1947 in Salzburg, Austria.
Trudy always enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, numerous trips back to her homeland, winters in Florida, and her interests in cooking. She always embraced her Austrian heritage, special foods, and Viennese waltzes.
She was a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe and a 50 plus year member of Monroe Women’s Club.
Trudy is survived by her children, Gary (Gabrielle Banick) Schwager of Madison and Steve (Carole) Schwager of Naperville, IL; grandchildren, Whitney of Madison, Kelsey of Fort Collins, CO, Zachary of Naperville, Valeri and Gregory both of Chicago; brother-in-law, Dr. Verne Schwager of Rolling Meadows, IL; and special daughter-in-law, Faye Howe of Crystal River, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kurt; and sister, Valeri.
Private family services were held. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Attic Angel Place, where Trudy lived for the past 6 plus years, along with thanks to her special friend, Ms. Bernie Geoghegan.
Susan Lee Whitney
age 70, of Monroe, formerly of Perry, IA, Wheaton, IL and Beloit, WI passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019 at the UW Hospital in Madison. She was born the daughter of Albert and Doris (Anderson) Shepherd on March 15, 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska. Sue was united in marriage to Ralph Whitney on June 8, 1968.
Sue was deeply loved as a bride, mom, grandma and friend to everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. She was an extraordinary woman with the kindest, most loving joyful spirit. In the presence of Sue, you would find the comfort of home.
You would remember her giddy smile and contagious laughter as she found happiness in the littlest things in life. One of her favorite pastimes was enjoying time with her beloved husband and dog as they enjoyed morning coffee and
cocktails on their decks in the evening.
Sue is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ralph of Monroe; her daughters, Laurie (Marvin) Massey and Jennifer (Dave Dahms) Whitney; grandchildren, Whitney and Spencer Massey, Jessica Whitney-Johnson, Cassaundra Thonen, and Rachel Johnson; siblings, Janet Shepherd-Meier and Robert (Larry Sonsthagen) Shepherd. She is further survived by nieces and nephews, Chadwell, Michelle, and Matthew Meier; and her loving companion, their dog, Buddy; and granddog, Scout.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, John Shepherd.
Private family services will be held. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at shriner111.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Sue’s name; 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 58105 or stjude.org or Green County Humane Society; N3156 State Rd 81, Monroe, WI 53566.
Heaven has welcomed a beautiful angel; she will be infinitely missed here on earth.
Jack B. Miller
of Baldwinsville, NY passed away at the age of 90 at Oswego Hospital on December 30, 2018 after a short illness. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 29, 1928, the son of Helen and Milburn Miller.
His father farmed near Denton, Nebraska during some of the worst droughts, clouds of crop eating grasshoppers, hail, etc. that ever occurred. After 7 hopeless years, the family moved to a farm between South Wayne and Browntown, Wisconsin and started dairy farming. Jack completed grade school in a one room country schoolhouse and attended High School in South Wayne, Wisconsin.
He enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17 in 1945. After being discharged from the Navy in 1949, he attended the University of Wisconsin on the G.I. Bill, graduating with a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He worked in the Aluminum industry for 17 years at various companies in Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and New York as a Metallurgist, Melting Superintendent and Plant Manager for Alcan. After this he was a partner in a Hazardous Waste Incineration operation which failed, followed by a Transportation Agency for long haul trucking with his second wife, which he morphed into a Hazardous Waste Transportation Company permitted in 48 states. They later formed a company called Saldot Corporation that arranged for the final disposition of industrial waste. They operated these companies until retirement in 2006.
Jack was predeceased by his second wife, the beautiful and talented, Dorothy J. Miller. Surviving are a son and two daughters with his first wife, Dorothy A. Miller (deceased), Sherry Miller of Freeport, IL; Curtis (Janice) of Sugarland, TX and Beth (Joe) Zimmerman of Browntown, WI. He was also blessed with 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Jack enjoyed flying his airplane to different fishing, gambling and hunting destinations. He also enjoyed following the Syracuse basketball team and our annual trip to Las Vegas with his family and friends; as well as spending time with his dog, Jake.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 10:00-11:00AM at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe with services to follow at 11:00AM with Pastor Scott Cernek officiating.
Jack will be missed by his family and friends.
Clayt B. Sowl
age 61, of Albany, Wisconsin passed away on January 9, 2019 at University Hospital in Madison. He was born on September 14, 1957 to Clement “Ole” and Mary (Rendall) Sowl. A lifelong member of the Albany community, he graduated from Albany High School in 1975 and soon after opened Clayt’s Corner Bar.
Clayt and his wife, Wendy, were married in 2012. They enjoyed traveling, spending time with friends, and simply being together at home. In his spare time, Clayt loved to golf with his friends, had been an avid motorcycle enthusiast, and was also involved with shooting trap at Brooklyn Sportman’s Club, along with his wife, Wendy.
Clayt owned and operated “Clayt’s” for 41 years until his retirement in 2017. A natural storyteller, Clayt loved being surrounded by people. He befriended many of his patrons and employees over the years and always got a kick out of pulling their legs with one of his stories whenever he got the chance. Clayt was always willing to help anyone a little down on their luck and made a difference in the lives of many. He believed in supporting his community and sponsored countless bowling, softball, pool, trap, and darts teams as well as youth leagues and any community function.
Clayt leaves behind his wife, Wendy; brother, Scott Sowl; brother-in-law, Glenn Holtsapple; nieces, Jessica and Crystal Holtsapple; and many other friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Carson Sowl; his sister, Margaret Holtsapple; and his aunt, Jessie Rendall. Clayt made a lasting impression on anyone who met him; he will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Albany Lion’s Club with Pastor David Pluss officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00AM until the time of service at the Lion’s Club. A memorial fund is being established in Clayt’s name.
Norman E. Huber
age 88, of Monroe passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 at The Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born the son of Edward and Ann (Bauman) Huber on October 20, 1930 in Monroe. He attended Monroe Public Schools. Norman was married to Barbara Davis, she preceded him in death; he was later united in marriage to Opal Eells Krueger in 1979.
Norman was a United States Postal carrier for many years, retiring in 1990. He was a longtime member of St. Victor’s Catholic Church, where he served as a lay minister giving communion for the sick and homebound. He also gave his time as a girl’s softball coach for Doyle’s Irish Pub. In his free time, Norman enjoyed running, collecting postcards, coins and antiques, and was an avid auction goer.
Norman is survived his wife, Opal of Monroe; daughters, Holly (Matthew) Douglas of Brodhead and Gayle (James) Buol of Monroe; step-daughters, Heidi Krueger of Batavia, IL and Sara (Michael) Freund of Kenosha; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Barbara; and sister, Darlene Campbell.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30AM on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke as celebrant. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00PM.
Roger A. Johnson
age 66, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at The Monroe Clinic Hospital after a long illness. He was born the son of Leo and Lois (Updike) Johnson on July 12, 1952 in Monroe. He was a 1973 graduate of Monroe High School. Roger was married to Lisa Moss. He was a lifetime member of Jordan Lutheran Church in Browntown.
Roger enjoyed playing, cards, especially euchre at the Browntown and Woodford establishments. He also enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and time spent at the Browntown gas station. He was self-employed and enjoyed helping others.
Roger is survived by his sons, Danny Johnson and Josh (Monita Kirchen) Johnson both of Monroe; siblings, Karen (Bob) VonKaenel of Monroe, Carol (John) Olson of Minnetonka, MN, William (Betty) Johnson of Monroe, Velma (Steve) Shipler of Montello, Ruth (Gordy) Bergemann of Monroe, Dennis (Helen) Johnson of Monroe, James “JJ” (Melva) Johnson of Browntown, and Terry (Deb) Johnson of New Glarus; special friend, Christine McCulloch; as well as many nieces and nephews; and grand-fur baby, Haylo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Loren Johnson; niece, Carrie Johnson; and brother-in-law, Lenny Schrenk.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Jordan Lutheran Church in Browntown with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00PM.
Eric J. Steiner
age 40, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at his home. Eric was born the son of Richard and Susan (Knudson) Steiner on December 7, 1978 in Monroe. Eric was a graduate of Albany High School.
Eric bravely endured a life of medical setbacks; having first been diagnosed with cancer at age 16, and beating it twice. He developed diabetes due to complications from receiving chemotherapy, and eventually lost part of his leg. Most recently his kidneys had begun to fail, and Eric was ready to fight the struggle that comes with dialysis. He was always looking to get past any medical issue in the hopes of eventually being able to live his life.
Eric enjoyed playing video games, watching Sy-Fy, collecting wolves and angel figurines. He also had a knack for putting together puzzles and could easily put together 3-D ones as well. Eric also enjoyed watching cooking shows and aspired to be a chef one day. He also had a special bond and friendship with his Uncle Jim; wherever Jim was, Eric wanted to be there too.
Eric is survived by his mother, Susan (Clarence) Martin of Monroe; brothers, Kevin Steiner of Monroe, Mark (Tammy) Steiner of Janesville, and Steve (Donna) Steiner of Canton, GA; three step-sisters, Adri (Sam) Laws of Monroe, Krisa Martin of Franksville, WI, and Ashley Martin of Monroe; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, several other relatives, and friends.
Eric was preceded in death by his father, Richard; grandmother, Alice Hawkinson; uncle, Chuck Hawkinson; and aunts, Donna Green and Judy Piette.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00PM Noon on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 10:00AM until the time of service, at the funeral home.
Eugene "Gene" Robert Golackson
age 82, died Monday, January 14, 2019 at Freeport
Memorial Hospital surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. He was born November 17, 1936 in Waukesha County, WI. He was raised in the Woodford, South Wayne area, graduating from Gratiot High School in 1954.
He enlisted in the US Army Engineers and was a Cat Skinner, having helped to build runways at Thule Air Base in Greenland. He married in 1956, he then came out of the service and farmed for many years in Gratiot, South Wayne, Woodford areas, where he raised 4 children, later divorced and married Debra Dikkers having 2 sons. He worked 9 ½ years for Milwaukee Railroad as a Bridge & Building foreman in Fox Lake and Chicago area. He co-owned the “Last Chance Bar” in Stockton in 1973, then owned the “Chatter Box” in Nora from 1981 to 1986. He worked many years as an independent contractor for the Journal Standard and Monroe Times in the Freeport area. He later was a salesman for Wild Hare Meats and Zuber Meat Products.
Gene is survived by his wife Debra (nee Dikkers) at home in Lena, IL, five sons, Jon (Kim) Golackson, Richland Center, WI, Scott (Heidi Wienkes) Golackson, Monroe, Bob, (Deb) Golackson, Nekoosa, WI, Tom (Louann) Golackson, Argyle, WI, Don (Amy) Golackson, Monroe, WI and daughter Cheryl (Mike Cowan) Golackson, Brodhead, WI; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren with one on the way; brothers, Gerald Meier, Watertown, WI, Jim (Connie) Meier, South Wayne, WI and sister, Jan Helwig House, Dubuque, IA; brothers-in-law, Terry (Jennifer) Dikkers, Fletcher, NC and Tom Dikkers, Freeport, IL and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Erica Flannery; and most recently his Mother, Mildred Meier.
He was a life-long member of Jordan Lutheran Church, member of Apple River American Legion Post 208, and a lifetime Farm Bureau Member.
He enjoyed playing Euchre and his many trips to the Casinos in Wisconsin and Iowa, camping in the Spring Green and Lone Rock area in Wisconsin and enjoyed being with his grandkids whenever possible, he loved them all very much.
Funeral services will be Friday, January 18, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Jordan Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 17th, from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home and Friday morning
from 10:00 A.M. until time of service.
Deena J. Buol
age 58, of Monroe died January 12, 2019 at the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. She was united in marriage to Michael Buol on November 6 1987 in Juda. She was co-owner with her husband Michael of Green County Locker in Monroe. She was born on December 24, 1960 in Monroe, WI to Duane and Susan (Preston) Helland. Deena, along with her five sisters were counted on to work in various ways at the family owned Helland's Food and Locker in Juda. Deena attended Juda School but graduated with the Monroe High class of 1979. Deena had a lengthy career in the financial business. Her jobs were with Anchor Bank in New Glarus, The Bank of New Glarus, Amcore Bank in Monroe as well as Rural Insurance in Madison and Roy's Market in New Glarus. She served as treasurer for the New Glarus Chamber of Commerce. She was also part of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. She and Michael purchased Green County Locker in Monroe in 2009.They would work side by side in the butcher shop until health issues last fall forced her to give up many of her duties. They would have celebrated their 10 year anniversary of ownership this February.
Deena was a kind and loving person. She was not fortunate to have had children but she enjoyed her many nieces and nephews. She had many cats over the years usually two at a time. Maybe even three! She also liked dogs and she enjoyed walking around the neighborhood of their condo on First Street and visiting the neighbor dogs. Deena did get to travel before the locker ownership consumed most of their time. While still in school she went with her parents to various meat locker conventions throughout the country including Las Vegas. Deena and Michael flew to Florida numerous times to enjoy the company of Uncle Bob and Aunt Olga and the warm sun. There was a 1998 cruise in the Caribbean courtesy of New Glarus friends Jon and Judy Ziltner. Her favorite trips were to the Pocono Mountains region of Pennsylvania to visit her school and lifelong friend Laurie, husband Michael, Tara Jo and “Momma Bev”. She liked to walk and bike and would watch countless hours of mystery TV shows like Perry Mason, Law and Order, and Murder She Wrote. She loved the 1951 Christmas Carol with Alister Sims.
Deena is survived by her husband and constant companion of 31 years, Michael; sisters, Bette (Tony) Reynolds, Peggy Helland, Di Helland, Linda Helland, honorary sister and wonderful family friend Dr. Chris Langemo. The Buol in-laws; George, Scott (Robbyn), Becky (Brownie) Brown, Cyndi (Gary) Goodman, Peter (Deb Schilt), Brenda (Jack) Thomas and Kate (Dan) Maresch. Many nieces and nephews, her current feline friends, Squirt and Digger, and her best friend Laurie (Treuthardt) Schank of Scranton, PA. Special friend Tami Ostendorf and all of her help and caring was a true blessing for Deena this past year. Deena was preceded in death by her parents and oldest sister/second Mother, Sandy Buss.
A private family grave-side service will be held this spring at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Juda. Deena's wishes were for no formal visitation. Condolences can be made at shriner111.com or can be sent to Green County Locker at 512 18th Avenue in Monroe 53566. Memorial funds will be forwarded to the Green County Humane Society and The Monroe Clinic Hospice Home in Deena's name. Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home is serving the family.
The Buol and Helland families would like to thank the staffs at the Monroe Clinic and Monroe Clinic Hospice Home, and Pastor Randy Booth for their kindness and care of Deena.
age 60 of Monroe, died Saturday, January 19, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She was born on December 7, 1958 in Oaxaca, Mexico, the daughter of Longinas and Bernarda (Sarmiento) Gonzalez. She worked at Maple Leaf Cheese factory and Cheese Louise. Josefa was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, she enjoyed cooking and spending time with family.
She is survived by her daughter, Domitila Martinez of Monroe, father, Longinas Gonzalez of Mexico; granddaughter, Briseida Castellanos; nephew, Heriberto (Laura) Nicolas and his family, Litzy, Kevin and Lyan Nicolas of Monroe; 2 brothers; 3 sisters. She is preceded in death by her mother.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, January 24, 2019 at St. Victors Catholic Church with Fr. Diego Ospina as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. A visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
Sandra Kay (Kethcart) Hernandez
age 72; the Webster dictionary defines amazing as causing astonishment, great wonder, or surprise, from October 7, 1946 to January 21, 2019 that is what she was. She amazed everyone by the things that she did or by things that she said. She had a way of always just being there when you needed a friend. Plus, she had a way to look on the brighter side of things.
Sandra will not be forgotten because the memoires she has made with her family and friends will live on forever. She will be remembered as a mom, nana, sister, aunt, and friend. By many she will be remembered as the one to never give up. If there was one she would tell us it would be “to fight for the things you love and family is the best thing you have”.
Sandra is survived by her daughter, Rose (Matthew W. Cooper) Lara; grandchildren, Mercy A. (Michyl) Wilde, Israel Lara, Jr., Jade R. Lara, Matthew T. Cooper, Sophia J. Cooper, and William J. E. Cooper; and great-grandchild, Troy James Wilde.
A Celebration of Sandra’s Life will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 12 Noon-3PM at Leisure Lanes in Monroe. Memorials may be sent to the family at 1805 1st Ave. Monroe, WI 53566.
Marilyn Jean Jegerlehner
age 76, of Monroe passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Aster Assisted Living. She was born the daughter of Orval and Adeline (Zumkehr) Truttmann on January 27, 1942 in Mt. Horeb. Marilyn was united in marriage to Ralph Jegerlehner on September 26, 1964 at St. Victor’s Catholic Church.
Marilyn was an Executive Administrative Assistant at St. Clare Hospital in Monroe; she had also been employed with Swiss Colony and Industrial Combustion. She was a longtime member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church in Monroe.
Marilyn is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ralph of Monroe; son, Anthony “AJ” (Betty) Jegerlehner of Sun Prairie; daughter, Kristen (Todd) Hasse of Monroe; four grandchildren, Brittni and Brevin Jegerlehner, and Mitchel and Trevor Hasse; brothers, Steven and Roger Truttmann; and sisters, Peggy Kalscheur and Susan Edseth.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Forresth Edseth; brother, Dennis Truttmann; and sister, Merri Sarbacker.
Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor John Bilitz officiating. Burial will follow services in Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 3-7PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Marilyn’s memory.
The family would like to thank the staff at Aster Assisted Living Facility and Agrace Hospice for their care and support.
Frances “Fran” Schmid
age 80, of Monroe passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at The Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. She was born the daughter of Reina and Clara (Graper) Rick on March 5, 1938 in Coloma, Wisconsin. Fran was united in marriage to Henry “Hank” L. Schmid on April 7, 1956 in Brodhead. She attended Brodhead Schools. She had been a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe
Fran worked as a nurse’s aide in the labor and delivery unit at St. Clare Hospital in Monroe. She was also proud to have been a teacher’s aide at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. She and Hank later purchased the Monroe Mack Service Center in 1975, where Fran served as Vice President and secretary. Fran worked alongside her husband for many years. Together they also loved to travel, having seen most of the 48 continental United States by motorcycle; they also drove to Alaska and visited Hawaii. They also ventured to Europe, visiting Monaco, French Riviera, and later went back to see Switzerland. Fran also enjoyed gardening and taking care of her lawn, she was passionate about decorating for the holidays and always had a spectacular light display for Christmas.
Family was always most important to her, she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandson, Devin.
Fran is survived by her husband of 63 years, Hank of Monroe; sons, Steve (Rhonda) Schmid of Orangeville and Dean Schmid of Browntown; grandchildren, Heather, Sarah, and Ethan Schmid; great-grandson, Devin; her aunt, Evelyn Henke; and sister-in-law, Colleen Rick of Janesville. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gordan Rick; granddaughter, Rebecca Lynn Schmid; niece, Brenda Normington; and her other love, Kiki, her cat.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, February 1, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 4:00-7:00PM at the funeral home. A memorial fund is being established in Fran’s memory.
The family would like to thank the staff of The Monroe Clinic Hospice for giving Fran dignity during her last days, as well as the staff at Pleasant View Nursing Home for their care and compassion.
Helen Eileen Fahrney
age 100, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at St. Clare Friedensheim Assisted Living. She was born the daughter of John and Johana (Portman) Hirsbrunner on July 31, 1918 in Sylvester Township. Helen was united in marriage to Walter Oscar Fahrney on August 25, 1934 in Freeport; he preceded her in death in 1987.
Helen was employed at Swiss Colony for many years. She was very talented; she had decorated wedding cakes and made pies for the restaurant in Albany. She also enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers, painting, knitting, sewing, and making clothes; having made clothes for herself and her family. She had a great love for her cats as well as cardinals. She was a member of Monroe United Methodist Church.
Helen is survived by her children, Arlie (Susan) Fahrney of Monroe and Betty Lorfeld of Winnebago, IL; six grandchildren, Bruce Fahrney, Stacey (Jeffrey) Olson, Jamie (Bobette) Fahrney, Beth (Gregory) Guth, Becky (Felipe) Martinez, Bonnie (Jeff) Gray; step-granddaughter, Leslea (Brad) Helgeson; six great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Evelyn Weber and Lucille Babler; and son-in-law, Marlin Lorfeld.
Memorial Services will be held at 11AM on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Monroe United Methodist Church with Pastor Randy Booth officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 10AM until the time of service at the church. Private family burial will be held. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago, Attn: Office of Development, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60707, The Monroe Clinic Hospice, or Monroe United Methodist Church.
Maria M. Hillary
infant daughter of Joe and Debbie Hillary passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2018 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. She is loved and survived by her parents, 3 siblings: Pearl, Mendel and Joshua; grandparents, great- grandparents, many aunts, uncles, other relatives.
Private family services were held at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home, with Pastor Roger Olsen officiating. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery.
Janet Marie Kiel
age 77, of rural Argyle passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the UW Hospital in Madison. She was born the daughter of Abner and Hazel (Paulson) Helgeson on March 9, 1941 in Madison. Janet was united in marriage to Alan “Pete” Kiel on December 25, 1965 at Perry Lutheran Church in Daleyville.
Janet was a graduate of Barneveld High School, she continued her education at UW LaCrosse, and received her Master’s Degree from UW Platteville. She taught for Argyle Schools; and was later a Guidance Counselor for Monroe Schools for many years. She was a longtime member of Jordan Lutheran Church in rural Browntown.
Janet is survived by her husband, Alan “Pete” Kiel of rural Argyle; children, Kristin Kiel of Mt. Horeb, Daniel (Jennifer) Kiel of Elkhorn, and Peter (Michelle) Kiel of Harpers Ferry, IA; grandchildren, Tanner, Jacob, Tyler, Abigail, Christopher, Taylor, and Jordan Kiel; brother, James (Susan) Helgeson of Barneveld; and sister-in-law, Karen Helgeson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Wendy Kiel, and brother, Paul Helgeson.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Monroe United Methodist Church with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00PM. A memorial fund is being established in Janet’s name.