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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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Geraldine (Geri) Wulf
passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. Geri was born on February 3rd, 1925 in Wiota Township. She was the youngest of eight children born to Nim and Caroline (Rude) Seffrood.
Geri graduated from South Wayne High School in 1943 and Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing in Chicago, receiving her RN in 1946. She married Dwight Wulf in 1947 and together they had three children. She lived in Bellwood, Illinois and the Chicago area for over 20 years. She worked as an industrial nurse for BorgWarner and then for 16 years at Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park. In 1970, she and her children moved to Monroe. She worked for many years at St. Clare Hospital. In 1983, she traveled to Saudi Arabia and was employed in the postpartum department of a hospital in Tabuk. She returned to Monroe in 1985 and worked at St. Clare Hospital until her retirement.
Geri had an adventurous spirit and loved to travel. She enjoyed visiting many countries, including Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Greece, Jordan, Kenya, Australia and Mexico. She also traveled to many states within the US. Geri enjoyed knitting and crocheting and spent countless hours making many cherished items for family and friends throughout the years.
She loved to tell jokes and share stories and memories with friends and loved ones. She often told about the many miles she rode her Shetland pony, Beauty. Her job was to lead the cows to pasture near the one-room country schoolhouse and after school lead them back to the farm.
Geri is survived by three children: Douglas (Jean) of Janesville, Heidi (Bradley) Joslyn of Manchester, ME and Eric (Martha) of Madison as well as four grandchildren: Laura Shain, Michelle Wulf, Sarah Garant, and Paul Joslyn; one great grandchild, Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers: Norman, Vernus, Clarence and Clynton and sisters: Esther Swenson, Wanda Ruegsegger and Amie Smith.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in West Wiota Lutheran Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Agrace Hospice in Janesville and Fitchburg for their care and support.
Jack P. Kiebach
age 83 of Gratiot, died Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at his home. He was born on September 25, 1937 in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Peter and Beatrice Kiebach. He married Sharon P. Koch on April 15, 1958 in Peoria, IL. Jack served 20 years in the U.S. Navy and then worked for Georgia Power Company for 20 years. He enjoyed fishing and gambling.
He is survived by his children: Phyllis (Dennis) Wells of Gratiot, Jack Kiebach Jr. of Gratiot, and Frederick (Lisa) Kiebach of Brunswick, GA; 4 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Brown of Murryville, IL and Carol (Phillip) Cunningham of Lake Okeechobee, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 2 brothers: Larry and Ronnie; sister, Rosealle Green.
Private graveside services will be held Saturday, October 24, 2020 at West Wiota Lutheran cemetery, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating.
Nedra Ann Kohl Bregenzer
age 91, passed away on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. She was born in Cook County, IL, on June 4, 1929, to Merritt B. and Ruth (Pandow) Hilliard. Nedra graduated from Monroe High School in 1947. She was united in marriage to Duane E. Kohl on February 8, 1948. Nedra graduated from Green County Teacher’s College in 1964 and from UW-Platteville in 1978. She was a life member and past president of Zilmer-Riley American Legion Auxiliary #84, a life member of the VFW Auxiliary #2312, a member of Women of the Moose #599, and a former member of 40/8 Cabane-Wisconsin.
Nedra was employed by J. B. Heeren & Son Insurance for four years as secretary/bookkeeper and by the Sears-Roebuck Catalog Office as credit manager for five years. She worked with her husband, Duane, in his grocery and meat business for nine and one-half years. Later, she worked for Archie Myers as secretary/bookkeeper at the Swiss Cheese Shop for 21 years. She retired as site manager of Monroe Senior Dining Center in December of 2000 after eight years. She was united in marriage to Karl E. Bregenzer in 2005. While living in Florida, she was a member of the Elks Auxiliary of Merritt Island, Florida, and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association Auxiliary at Cape Canaveral, FL.
Nedra was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, George Voelkli; half-sister, Marianne Voelkli, as an infant; brother, K. R. Hilliard; and special Great-Aunt, Kittie Pillmore, who raised her from age 13 months until age 12; her first husband, Duane, in 1989; and second husband, Karl, in 2009.
Surviving are son, Jeffrey D. Kohl and his wife Joanne; grandson, Michael D. Kohl; and granddaughter, Laura M. Kohl all of Monroe, WI; grandson, Matthew J. Kohl , and his wife Jessica, and great-granddaughter, Josephine Jane Kohl of Orlando, FL. Nedra is further survived by two step-daughters, one step-son, sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, many first cousins, and second cousins, nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.
Per Nedra’s wishes, there will be no services or visitation. Cremains will be interred with her first husband in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe. Any memorials can be made to the charity of your choice
Susanna “Susi” Rygh
age 65, of Monroe, died after a courageous battle with cancer over the last several years. Her kind heart beat for the last time October 28, 2020. She was born on December 26, 1954 in Winterthur, Switzerland, the daughter of Christian and Rosamarie (Baer) Badertscher. Susi moved to America when she was 3 years old with her family. She worked at Swiss Colony and most recently Monroe Cab Company. She was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Darlington.
She enjoyed going to Switzerland frequently and took 2 of her children and a nephew on trips of their own as well. She liked to watch sports especially tennis and got to see (Swiss) Roger Fedderer in person at a match. Susi also enjoyed listening to Danny O’Donnell’s music and Swiss music.
Susi is survived by her children, Christopher Rygh of Milwaukee, Agatha (Jeremy) Wirtjes of Winslow, and Clark Rygh of Madison; granddaughter, Elizabeth Wirtjes; sister, Nelli McDermott; special nephews, Jeff and Brian McDermott; as well as many cousins in Switzerland that she visited many times.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a twin daughter, Amanda in infancy.
Per Susi’s wishes a private family service will be held, her ashes will be spread at Swiss Harbor.
Jason Wayne Grossen
age 44, of Monticello passed away on Friday, October 30, 2020 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born the son of James and Debra (Boley) Grossen on March 3, 1976 in Monroe. Jason attended Monticello High School with the class of 1995.
Jason worked for Wirth Concrete and Landscaping. He enjoyed deer hunting and fishing; he specially loved to watch his son, Hunter play sports. He also spent countless hours with his best friend, David Wirth.
Jason is survived by his significant other, Angie Sweetwood and son, Hunter Grossen both of Monticello; parents, Jim and Debbie Grossen of Monticello; siblings, Tammy Moujahid, Denise (fiancé, Larry Van Dusen) Klassy, and Jeffrey Grossen; nephews and niece, Mason/Kendra Klassy, Tristan Klassy, and Halimah Moujahid; as well as many aunts, uncles, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Grant and Hazel Boley; paternal grandparents, Robert and Margaret Grossen, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. A private family service will be held with Rev. Lance Smith officiating. Due to the current health crisis masks and socially distancing will be required.
Harris A. Meyers
age 91 of Monroe, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Monroe Health Services. He was born the son of Arthur and Thelma (Anderson) Meyers on February 8, 1929 in Monroe. Harris was united in marriage to Carol Reuter on April 27, 1957.
Harris was a lifelong, dedicated dairy farmer, retiring in 1994. He took pride in his farm and working the land; he was always willing to lend a hand to neighbors during harvest season. He was a former member of Stateline Square Dancers and the Monroe Police Reserves for 40 years. He also served as secretary and treasurer for the Bethel Hawthorne Cemetery and Green County Cheese Co-Op for many years. Harris was also a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. He enjoyed playing cards and polka dancing; he was a family man and cared deeply for those in his life.
He is survived by his children, Brenda Neuenschwander and Bruce Meyers both of Monroe; two grandchildren, Bailey (Shannon) Landphier and Sierra (Phil) Sutter; one great-granddaughter, Ella Caroline; sisters, Luanna Wels and LaVonne Prien both of Monroe; sister-in-law, Dorothy Meyers; and many dear nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carol; two brothers, Stanley (Ruth) Meyers, Dale Meyers, and one brother in infancy; brothers-in-law, Joseph Wels and Don Prien.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held, burial will take place in Bethel Hawthorne Cemetery. A Celebration of Harris’ Life will be held at a later date.
Joyce E. Binder
of Monticello, left our world a better place on October 31, 2020 at the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. She was born on August 20, 1934, born on the family farm in rural Monticello, Sylvester Township the daughter of Fred and Sylvia Lena (Kubly) Speich her entire life.
Joyce married Bradley L. Binder on September 26, 1953 working at the Century Family Farm: Happy Hollow Dairy Farm until selling it to their son, Keith the 4th generation to keep it alive. Together they raised three children on the farm, where they were taught hard work ethics and the love of all animals. Joyce loved horses all her life and at the young age of 79 bought the breed of her dreams; a Norwegian Fjord, Volly, whom she rode and drove with joy. The best word to describe mom is Zoom!! She loved to go fast in life and she did, making friends wherever she went, sharing her laughter.
Joyce lived and loved everyday to the fullest, wearing many hats in her life; she was involved as a 4-H Leader, Assessor for multiple Townships, Green County Fair Board and Secretary, Spring Grove Insurance Board, Volunteer member of the Monroe Police Reserves and the Albany School Board. Everyone that was involved in the Green County Fair remembers that one of a kind voice over the PA: her dedication of 4-H and FFA families was her priority to save the continuation of the local County Fair for future generations. The County Fair was the family vacation for many years.
Joyce enjoyed hunting, and was very proud to receive her conceal and carry permit. The outdoors called to her as she enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, golfing and motorcycling. Games that involved winning money became a fun past time and she won a pickup truck on B-9! She loved playing card games, especially, pinnacle and was known to roll a straight bowling ball.
Joyce is survived by her husband Bradley of 67 years on the family farm, children: Keith (Cindy) both working hard everyday to save the small family dairy, Kim (John), Kristine (Dewey) both of Monroe, grandchildren: Stephanie (Bob) of Monticello, Stacey (Abe) of AZ, Brock (Jen) , Blaine (JP), Ashley (Dan), Tyler all of Monroe, Riley of CO, great-grandchildren: Emmitt, Arabella, Charli, and Brantli.
Per Joyce’s wishes services will be private. Joyce’s final wish is for you to love, hug, and have fun with your family and friends.
Many, many thanks for the all the caring Angels at the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home.
Please honor your friendship with Joyce by supporting local businesses. A memorial fund has been established.
HAPPY TRAILS MOM!!!
Sue E. Jones
age 75, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. She was born on October 22, 1945 in Janesville, the daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Hanson) Engebretson. She grew up in the Browntown area. Sue and Larry Jones were united in marriage in 1962, together they had two children.
Sue was employed with Madison Dean Clinic for many years. She and her significant other, Ron Decker enjoyed spending time together on their houseboat every weekend throughout the summer.
Her biggest pride and joy was her family and her love for her 3 puppies.
She is survived by her significant other of 33 years, Ron Decker of Monroe, daughter, Kim (Doug) Busch of Juda, son, Steve (Ranee) Jones of Monroe; siblings, Gerald (Shirley) Engebretson, Jeanne Peterson, Ronald McGuire, and Cindy (Brian) Lincoln; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, step-father, Don McGuire; former husband, Larry Jones and several brothers and sisters.
A Celebration of Sue’s Life will be held at a later date.
Gerald “Jerry” Roy Schmoldt
age 83 of Monroe formerly of Browntown, passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at his home. He was born the son of Carl and Lydia (Lentz) Schmoldt on February 16, 1937 in rural Monroe. He was a 1954 graduate of Monroe High School. Jerry was united in marriage to Jimmie Lee Vincent on November 6, 1955 in Monroe; they were one day short of celebrating 65 years together.
Jerry was a plant manager for Trumpy Cheese in Blanchardville for many years. He was also a custodian at the Behring Senior Center in Monroe. Jerry was a member of Peace Church in Christ in Browntown. He served on the Browntown Fire Department for 21 years, and served as Chief for 5 of those years. Jerry was an accomplished artist in oils, chalk and charcoal. He enjoyed golfing, hunting morel mushrooms and ginseng with his best friend, Jim Friedli, and he especially enjoyed scratch off lottery tickets.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Jimmie of Monroe; children, Deborah (Michael) James of Ft. Worth, TX, Becky (Perry) Bergum of Madison and their children, Brady and Garret, Judy (Philip) Everson of Monroe, Heidi (John DiTulio) Schmoldt of Peoria, AZ and her daughter, Haylee Espinoza of TN; brother, Willis Schmoldt of Monroe. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and four sisters.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00PM on Monday, November 9, 2020 at Peach Church in Christ in Browntown with Pastor Scott Cernek officiating.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 PM on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
Darlene “Dolly” Weeden
age 63, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Willowick Memory Care in Beloit. She was born the daughter of Stanley and Kathryn (Trotter) Whitehead in Monroe. She was a 1975 graduate of Monroe High School, she also attended UW Whitewater. Dolly was united in marriage to Richard L. Weeden on June 4, 1977 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe.
Dolly was part-owner of Whitehead Specialties, owner of Weeden Properties, Screen Print Creations, and Stage Coach BP. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and Women of the Moose Chapter #594. Dolly enjoyed photography, hiking, traveling, and shopping. She also adored her dogs.
She is survived by her children, Brandi Camron, Chrissy (Kevin) Foley, Shawn (Kristin) Weeden; grandchildren, Conner, Colin, Addison, Brent and Brock; mother, Kathryn Friedrich; sisters, Debbie (Dennis) Stoneback, and Dee (Les) Rasmussen; brother-in-law, Rod (Anita Stoehr) Weeden; and her beloved dog, Molly.
She was predeceased by her father, Stanley; husband, Richard; and mother and father-in-law, Robert and Louise Weeden; brothers-in-law, Robert Jr., Randy, and Ronnie Weeden.
Funeral services will be held at 12PM NOON on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10AM until the time of service on Thursday, at the funeral home. Masks will be required.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Dolly’s name to benefit the Monroe Dog Park.
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Christine M. Signer
age 65, of Burlington formerly of Fort Atkinson passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 at Advocate Aurora Hospital in Burlington. She was born the daughter of Charles and Helen (Mejdrech) Nielsen on December 19, 1954 in Chicago. She earned her degree as a Registered Nurse in Freeport. Christine was united in marriage to Larry Lee Signer on November 15, 1980 in Monroe.
Christine worked in the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit as a Registered Nurse at various hospitals throughout southern Wisconsin before becoming a traveling nurse. She was called to work all across the United States, but her favorite place to be was California. She had also served as the nurse for the ambulance crew in Fort Atkinson for many years.
Christine had a passion for cooking, she loved to watch cooking and baking shows to find new recipes. She also enjoyed gardening, crocheting, crafting, and watching the Hallmark Channel.
Christine is survived by her children, Joseph (Stephanie Vey) Signer and Samantha (Mykel Fredricks) Signer; step-daughters, Brenda, Susan, and Nicole Signer; step-grandchildren, Markus Signer, Desiree Jackson, and DJ Irving; her brother, Fred Nielsen and his children, Zach and Jennifer; and sister, Barbara (John) Perun and their children, Stacy and John Perun, Jr.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry and his parents.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:30PM on Friday, November 13, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Kelly Cemetery in rural Monroe. Due to current health concerns masks and social distancing will be required.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 12PM Noon until the time of service, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association in Christine’s name.
Kathleen M. Marty
age 76, of Monticello passed away Thursday, November 12, 2020 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born the daughter of Dwayne and Dorothy (Sweet) Block on May 19, 1944 in Monroe. She was a graduate of Monroe High School, Green County Teacher’s College, followed by classes at U.W. Platteville. Kathleen was united in marriage to Randall Marty on August 5, 1967 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Albany. Kathy taught elementary, grades 1st thru 4th in Monticello School District for 34 years total.
She was a member of WEA and served as the President of Monticello Music Parents Assoc. for many years. She enjoyed many shopping trips with her dear friend, Lita Appel, most especially visiting Christopher and Banks. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing, embroidery, flower gardens, bird watching, baking, water color painting, and scrapbooking. In retirement she loved to do jigsaw puzzles at home and at the Monticello Library.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Randy of Monticello; children: Marcia (Russ) Thiel of Janesville, Heidi (Trevor) Steiner of Mt. Horeb, and Scott (Janet) Marty most recently of Menomonee Falls, WI; grandchildren: Jadyn and Emily Thiel; Hailey, Jenna, and Brinley Steiner; and Annabelle and Nathaniel Marty; brother, Neil (Kathryn) Block of Clintonville, WI; sister, Jane Wyttenbach of Pocatello, ID; nieces and nephews: Amy Dye, Jamie Schindlbeck, Aaron Block, and Joel Block. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Private family services will be held at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Gafner presiding. Masks will be required. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Monticello. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Monticello Excellence in Education Fund.
The memorial service can be viewed by family and friends using Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8676552128
The live feed will start at 12:55 PM on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
David Alan Busker
of Monroe, WI, died November 14, 2020, at the age of 74. He survived lymphoma but not lung cancer.
David Busker retired from the Monroe United Methodist Church, ministered in many of the churches in the area and was highly involved in the community.
David loved working with people in the church. He enjoyed teaching stewardship and said it was about relying more on God. In the words of his favorite hymn, we should be “Standing on the Promises.”
David was born April 13, 1946, in Freeport, IL, the son of John and Marilynne (Randall) Busker. David graduated from Dakota, IL high school in 1964. David graduated in 1966 from Freeport Community College (now Highland College) with an Associate of Arts degree. David graduated in 1968 from Trinity College in Deerfield, IL with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.
In September of 1969 David and Jean (Everson) were married in Madison, Wisconsin. David was ordained Deacon in the United Methodist church in 1970 and Elder in 1973. David graduated from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, IL in 1972.
David served as a pastor in the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church for over 40 years. David served the following churches: Jim Falls, Anson, and Holcombe United Methodist churches 1972-1978, Gillett—Tabor United Methodist church 1978-1987, Chippewa Falls—Zion United Methodist church 1987-1996, Ripon—Immanual United Methodist church 1996-2005, Monroe United Methodist church 2005-2008. After retiring in 2008, David served as interim pastor for Clarno and Staver United Methodist churches in 2009 and Browntown—Peace UCC church in 2012. He also preached regularly for years at St Paul’s UCC outside of South Wayne, WI.
He organized “Pastor’s School” with Roger Clapp, Dennis Weiss and Paul Yoder. He had many close friends who faithfully called and visited and sent cards to him during his cancer illness. He enjoyed golf and reading and was a Civil War buff. Give him two of anything and he started another collection.
David’s community involvement included the Lion’s club in Jim Falls and Kiwanis in other communities. He served as Kiwanis President in Chippewa Falls. David was a docent and a trustee for Cook Rutledge Mansion in Chippewa Falls. David was a member and president of The United Way in Chippewa Falls and Ripon. David was a member of the board for the Monroe Arts Center as well as emcee for the Monroe City Band. David was a volunteer for the National Cheesemaking Center in Monroe and on the board of Pleasantview Foundation. David was highly involved in the Wisconsin Annual Conference: Mission Secretary, Board of Global Ministries, Chair of Congregation and Circuit Development, Superintendency Committee, Mission committee, Board of Discipleship, Investigation committee, District Building and Location, and member of 3 District Committees on Ordained ministry and chair of the Southwest District.
David is survived by his wife, Jean to whom he was married for 51 years, and children Geoff (Emily) Fortytwo in Belmont, CA, and Clay (April) Monoceros in Muenster, Germany.
David is survived by one brother, John (Susan) Busker of Fairbank, IA and one sister, Sharon (Ron) Heriaud of Bella Vista, AR. David is survived by brothers in law Joe (Carol) Everson and Mark (Jan) Everson and sister in law Susan (Brent) Mathson. David is survived by cousin Kevin (Thelma) Busker and their children Christopher (Kemi) and Andrew and by many other cousins, nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces and great-great nephews and nieces.
David was preceded in death by his parents, step-father (Don Lapp) and brother, Robert.
A celebration of David’s life will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established at Juda/Zion United Methodist Church, PO Box 118, Juda, WI 53550.
Clark J. Lelle
passed away on November 16, 2020 at his home in South Wayne. He was born on November 2, 1924 on the family farm in rural South Wayne to Nickolas M. and Matilda M. (Krupke) Lelle.
He attended Watson primary school and graduated from South Wayne High School in 1942. He was united in marriage to Ellen Janette McCauley on January 18,1947. She passed away on July 20,1955.
He married Doris Arlene Giacomazzi on March 10, 1959. She passed away on April 30,1988. He was a 96-year member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in South Wayne.
He was a farmer. In his retirement he worked for the USPS as a rural mail carrier and delivered vehicles for Monroe Trucks.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, woodworking, traveling and attending his children's and grandchildren’s events and competitions.
Clark is survived by his children John, Mike, Larry, Mark and Mary; their spouses Pam, Terri, Cali, Dianne and Asia; and 14 grandchildren. He is further survived by nieces, Joyce Pavelec and Vicki Swanson and nephews, Richard Lelle, Mike Barker, Mike, Chuck and Dave Van Matre; son-in-law, Jim Burmeister, and daughter-in-law Deb Lelle,
He was preceded in death by his parents and wives; children, Tom Lelle and Ellen Burmeister; sisters, Marion Retzlaff and Helen Scherer and brother, Harold Lelle.
Due to the current health crisis, no visitation or memorial services will be held at this time.
Condolences can be sent to the Lelle family at PO Box 234, South Wayne, WI 53587.
Memorials will be donated to Our Savior's Church of South Wayne, in gratitude for the support of Rev. Dennis Perger and the congregation.
Catherine “Cathy” A. Noble
age 75, of Gratiot, died on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was born on April 7, 1945 the daughter of Charles and Elinor (Sigafus) Williams. She attended Warren High School. Catherine and Raymond E. Noble were united in marriage on August 28, 1964 at West Wiota Lutheran Church.
Cathy worked for Advance Transformer in Monroe and later Eaton in Warren and Argyle Industries. She enjoyed going to garage sales with her children, taking care of her yard and flower gardens, cats, and word search books. She especially loved spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Kirk Noble, Robert “Rob” (Tammy White) Noble, Lori Bordner, Christy (Rodney) Reed, Jamie “Jake” (Jody) Noble; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, David, Mike (Bev) and Tim (Linda) Williams; sisters, Teresa Last and Rebecca Sanders; and her cats, Booger Butt, Pauly, Cody, and Squirt.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Mary Buttel; brothers, Danny Williams and Jeff Williams.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Gratiot Community Center with Pastor Glen Andes officiating. Burial will follow service at Gratiot Methodist Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 10:00AM until the time of service on Friday at the community center.
Rayona June Morris
age 87, of Monroe formerly of Princeton, IL passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Pleasant View Nursing Home after suffering from Alzheimer’s for many years. She was born the daughter of Raymond and Ruth (Dean) Schindel on November 22, 1932 in Princeton, IL. She was a graduate of Princeton High School. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Morris on February 3, 1951 in Bureau, IL.
Rayona and Ken lived in Darlington, WI where they farmed from 1959-1977. After selling the dairy farm, they lived in Monroe from 1977-1994. They then moved back to Princeton, IL until 2012; they returned to Monroe and resided at St. John’s Garden Apartments.
Rayona was a member of the Shooting Park Road Baptist Church in Peru, IL. She was very active in the church activities, and played the organ. She took pride in her home (always immaculate) and caring for her family. She enjoyed board games with her family and doing word searches.
She is survived by her children, Jack (Gail) Morris of Monroe, WI, Jay Morris of Pueblo, CO, and Jill O’Brien of Winter Haven, FL; brother, David (Alice) Schindel of Tiskilwa, FL; 2 grandchildren, Chris (Elise) Morris and their children, Henry and Luke all of Wiota, WI and Hillary (Nick) Holcomb and their daughter, Emma all of Davenport, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Kenneth.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 1:00-3:00PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, please observe social distancing.
Continued visitation will be held on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 12:00-Noon-1:00PM at NORBERG MEMORIAL HOME in Princeton, IL, 10 people, at a time, will be allowed in the building, masks are required.
Due to current restrictions, a Private Family Service will follow with Pastor Gary McKee officiating. Burial will take place at Elm Lawn Cemetery, Princeton, IL.
Alvin R. Strahm
age 77, of Monroe, died on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on November 20, 1942, the son of Frederick R. and Olga M. (Minnig) Strahm. Alvin was a graduate of Juda High School. Alvin married Joan Burington and together they had two children.
Alvin served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War; he was stationed in the reserves in Europe for 2 years. Alvin was employed at Lugano Cheese Factory and then worked at Moore Business Forms until his retirement in 2006. He was a member of Monroe United Methodist Church and a Scoutmaster for Troop 180. He enjoyed going to casinos and taking road trips to visit people. He was an avid sports fan of the Cubs and especially the Bears. He was always a fun loving person and enjoyed getting together with family and friends, he especially was known for his good sense of humor.
He is survived by his children: Alisa Strahm of Superior, Michael (Paula Brandao) Strahm of Tampa, FL; grandchildren: Michael Strahm Jr., Alana Strahm, Dylan Damrow, and Christopher Paplior; 1 great-grandchild, Madelyn Damrow, and twin brother, Calvin (Teresa) Strahm.
He was preceded in death by his parents and former wife, Joan.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. Burial will take place following service in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 1:00PM until the time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.
An Angel heads home, on November 16, 2020, Lucille Roberta Gaulrapp of Monroe, passed away at her home surrounded by family. Lucille was born at home on November 4, 1923 in Monroe, the daughter of Lee Roy and Mabel (Bowman) Morris. She attended Monroe Public Schools until she went into the workforce at Burgess Company of Freeport, IL. That is where she was introduced to the love of her life, Theodore Gaulrapp, by sister-in-law Rosemarye.
Lucille and Ted were married, when Ted was home on furlough from the U.S. Army on May 4, 1943 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Freeport, IL. They were married for 67 years. Lucille worked in an Airplane Factory in Milwaukee, while Ted was serving in WWII. After the war the couple stayed in Milwaukee for a few years. They soon returned to Monroe purchasing a small farm and later moving onto a larger farm south of Monroe.
Together they raised 5 children: son, Daniel (Nancy Masino) of McFarland and their daughter, Andria; son, David (Maureen Coffey) of Madison; son, Don (Carol Steiner) of Monroe and their children Justin (Jenn Teasdale-Solt) their children, Brynn, Kennedy, Molly, Destiny and Ryder, Brian (Ryan Bartell), and Kevin (Michelle Leuzinger) and their daughter, Ariel; daughter, Sandy (David “Butch”) Kaempfer, of Gratiot, and their children, Lindsey (Chad Duhai) Kaempfer, Miranda (Tom) Zuhlke and Jacob (Saviz Fallahian) Kaempfer; and son, Douglas (Jane Schmerse) of Monroe and their children, Sarah Gaulrapp, and Katie (Kyle) Hofmaster; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
No one loved their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren more than she did. If you knew her you loved her!
Lucille was such a kind, loving, compassionate, sweet, religious person, always doing for others. When she wasn’t busy raising kids, helping milk on the farm, she was in the kitchen. We all enjoyed when friends and cousins from Freeport would come and stay. She is especially remembered for her homemade donuts, buns, pies, canning pickles, vegetables and Holiday meals.
Lucy worked for many years at the Alphorn Ford Motel as a desk clerk. She proceeded to be her husband’s righthand person at Ted’s Shoe Service for many years. Lucy also volunteered at St. Clare Hospital. She was a longtime member of St. Victor’s Catholic Church, Green County Homemakers Club, Women of the Moose Chapter#594 and numerous card clubs. Lucy and Ted loved to play euchre, horse and pepper, 500 and marbles with many friends and neighbors. Most of all Lucy and Ted loved to dance. They both loved the Glen Miller Band. They traveled throughout Europe visiting Austria, Germany, Switzerland. They traveled the US including Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Arizona visiting friends and family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, Grace Deringer and Virginia Zettle; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Private funeral services will be held, Monday, November 23, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Monsignor Larry Bakke presiding. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery.
A very special thank you to all friends and family who helped care for Lucy after the passing of Ted. A giant thank you to her final caregivers who were just like her family, God Bless you all, Shirley Long, Betty Helwig, Ede Engebretson and Kim Lewis. She loved each and every one of you.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in her memory
Ernest O. Steinmann
age 94 of Argyle, passed away to his heavenly home on Saturday, November 21, 2020 with his wife, Joyce, of 72 years at his side, at Pleasant View Nursing Home. Ernest was born to Ernst and Elise (Dubach) Steinmann on August 24, 1926 at the Bleiler Cheese Factory in Argyle. He attended Dry Goods Box School and he fell in love with the art of making Swiss Cheese at the age of 14. At the age of 18, he entered the US Army during WWII and served in the Philippines. In 1947, upon his return from service, he met the love of his life at Turner Hall, Joyce Marie Pehl. They married in June of 1948 at St. John’s United Church of Christ. From 1947 to 1985, he made cheese at the Pleasant Valley Cheese Co-Op in Winslow, IL.
They have 5 children, Anita (Michael) Wampole of Middleton, Mark (Mellody Haug) of Monroe, Brian (Lydia) of Argyle, and 2 sons deceased, Larry (Noreen) and Randy.
During his many years of cheesemaking he was an active member of the VFW (Lifetime), the Cooties, American Legion, St. John’s UCC and Antique Wheelers. He enjoyed motorcycling, old cars, trucks and tractors, and woodworking among many other talents and interests. And he loved to dance and listen to old time music. He and Joyce went dancing whenever the opportunity arose and even traveled as far as Nebraska.
After making cheese for over 40 years, Ernie and Joyce built a chalet home near Argyle. During their years there they traveled extensively enjoying Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, and several ocean cruises. He also enjoyed restoring many antique cars and tractors during this time. He loved working in his yard and it seemed to get bigger with each passing year.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Joyce of Argyle; 3 children; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Robert and Peter (Roxanne) and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sons, Randy and Larry; brother, Hans and sister, Lillian; and many relatives and friends.
Ernest’s pride and passion was not only his family but his love for making Swiss Cheese. We have lost a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. We will miss his infectious laugh and the twinkle in his eyes when he flashed his beautiful smile.
Dad had a strong faith and knew he’d move onto a better place when his time came. And he did live his life his way. Amen. “I will cherish all the friendship I was fortunate to find, all the love and all the laughter in the place I left behind. All these good things will go with me. They will make my spirit glow. And that light will shine forever in the next place that I go.”
The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the nurses and staff at Pleasant View Nursing Home and the Monroe Clinic Hospice for their compassionate care given to Dad.
A Private Family Service will be held at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Christie Mandas officiating. A Celebration of Ernie’s Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of Pleasant View, PO Box 733, Monroe, WI 53566, Monroe Clinic Hospice or Argyle EMS.
Donna J. Elmer
age 84, of Monroe, died on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at her home. She was born on November 1, 1936 in Sycamore, IL., the daughter of Carl and Grayce (Bodeen) Sundly. Donna was a 1954 graduate of Rockford West High School.
Donna worked at a bank in Rockford until she married Dwight Elmer in 1957. After they married Donna farmed with her husband until 1988. She also worked at Pace Setter Shoe in Monroe for a few years and at the New Glarus Foods from 1993 to 2001 until she retired.
She was a member of the Jordan Lutheran Church where she served as Deacon and taught Sunday School. She also was a member of Jordan Busy Bees Homemakers, Jordan Woman’s Guild and loved to help sew quilts for Lutheran World Relief. She also enjoyed gardening, going to country concerts with her daughter, traveling, going to garage sales, playing cards with her card club friends, and loved listening to accordion music which she also played. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed watching figure skating.
She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Elmer of Monroe, brothers, Jerry (Doris) Sundly Rio Vista, CA, Jim Sundly of Loves Park, IL, Ann Moctezuma of Rockford, IL., sister-in-law, Diana and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Grayce and Carl, husband, Dwight, sister, Carlyce. brothers-in-law Jaime Moctezuma and Gordon Prien.
Private family funeral services will be Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Jordan Lutheran Cemetery.
Gerald “Jerry” Gene Hilfiker
age 81, of Monroe passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020. He was born the son of Leo and Johanna (Reinmann) Hilfiker, Sr. on May 12, 1939 in Monroe. Jerry grew up on the family farm in rural Monroe. Jerry was a 1958 graduate of Monroe High School. He was united in marriage to Kay L. Wolfe on June 2, 1962; they shared 48 years of marriage together until her passing on October 11, 2010.
Jerry started his working career at the Huber Brewing Company and later worked for Crandall’s Tire Service. He then went on to retire from Moore Business forms after 36 years of dedicated work.
In his younger years, Jerry, enjoyed boxing and even earned the Golden Glove Champ title. He also liked miniature golf, bowling, cars, especially the 1949 Mercury, gambling and traveling extensively throughout the United States. Jerry also loved holiday family gatherings with his family. He most recently had been attending Hope Community Church in Monroe.
Jerry is survived by his fiancé, Brenda Leuzinger, whom he shared seven wonderful years with; daughters, Shelly (Eric Kuehl) Raisbeck and Kelly (Doug) Hilliard; grandchildren, Nicole (Tommy) Mullikin, Matt Raisbeck, Nick (Ashley) Rieder and Kris Rieder; great-grandchildren, Kaylin, J.T., Peyton, and Sawyer; twin-brother, Gene (Nelda) Hilfiker and their daughter, Jennifer; sister, Shirley Mauler and her children, Mike and Brenda; sisters-in-law, Tracy (Dale) Amacher and Nancy (Bob) Barth. He is further survived by his extended family, Brenda’s children, Jason (Pam) Williams, Danielle (John) Maurer, and Jared Williams; grandchildren, Tanner, Jacob, Lukas, Shayna (Zach), Gavin, Grant, Maddie, Morgan (Brandson), Seth, Connor, Braden, and Aaron; great-grandchildren, Emmitt, Kayden, Easton, and Jaxson; special nephew, Kyle (Tracey) Amacher and children, Liam, Kohen, and Hudson; and special niece, Brittany (Robbie Sawyer) Amacher and children, McKenna, Keaton, and Hailey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, Leo Hilfiker, Jr.; and brother-in-law, Karl Mauler.
Private Graveside Services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Rick Haworth officiating.
Benjamin William Grossen
age 33, of Monroe passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 27, 2020 at his home. He was born the son of Dale and Gail (Hubbard) Grossen on June 17, 1987 in Monroe. Ben was a 2006 graduate of Monroe High School; where he played hockey for 12 years. He also attended MATC and Diesel Truck Driving Training School.
Ben worked for The Shadetree Services, tree trimming service for five years. He later became the owner and operator of Grohub Hemp Farm. During the winter Ben loved to go snowmobiling; and in the summer he liked motorcycling and four-wheeling. His pride and joy was his diesel truck. Ben especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his parents, Dale and Gail; son, Orion Grossen, fiancé, Jessica Kamps and her daughter, Kaylee; sisters, Hannah (Ryan) Bechtolt and Ellyn (Alec Treuthardt) Grossen; nieces, Laine and Sutton; maternal grandfather, William Hubbard; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George and Mildred Grossen; and maternal grandmother, Maralyn Hubbard.
A Private Memorial Service will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established for Ben’s son, Orion.