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John Evangelist Walsh
age 87, of Monroe, died on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on December 27,1927 in New York, NY; the son of Thomas and Ann (Cunney) Walsh.
John attended Power Memorial High School and Iona College. John was a World War II Era Veteran, serving in the U.S. Infantry in Trieste, Italy, 1946 - 1948 John and Dorothy Schubis were married on November 17, 1956 in Auburndale, NY. John was a writer: he was an author of two dozen books of Literary Biography and History and Editor at Prentice-Hall, Simon and Schuster, and Reader’s Digest in New York. He was born and raised in the Roman Catholic Church. John is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Monroe; John Walsh of Washington DC; Timothy (Barbara) Walsh of Madison, WI; Ann Amanda Walsh of Belmont, MA; sister, Patricia Kelly of Limerick, Ireland; and 3 grandchildren. He is predeceased by his Parents; son, Matthew Walsh, Houston, TX; brother, Thomas Walsh, of New York, NY; brother, William Walsh, of Columbia, SC; and sister, Bernice, of New York, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, with Fr. Larry Bakke as Celebrant. Visitation will be Friday, March 27th from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the Church.
Irma R. Golackson
age 85, died on March 21, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on July 26, 1929, daughter of Emil H. Buehler and Annie (Olson-Vinger) Buehler. Irma and Robert Golackson were married on July 24, 1950 at Jordan Lutheran Church.
Irma worked for the Monroe Clinic for 32 years. After her retirement, she continued to take care of people in their own homes. One of her greatest joys in life was helping others. She was an exceptional caregiver and will be sadly missed by the many people she worked with and their families. Irma also loved to travel, antiquing, dancing and especially her annual July birthday parties. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends including a special friend, Robert Wuetrich.
She is survived by six children, Robert Golackson, Richard (Deb) Golackson, Ron Golackson, Randy Golackson, Rodney Golackson and Rita (Vic) Benkert and one sister Charlene LaDow.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Golackson, parents, one child, Russell Golackson, sister, Lila Benson and two brothers Henry Buehler and Ernest Buehler.
Friends may call at The Moose Lodge on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 12:00-3:00 for a Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Monroe Clinic Hospice for their excellent care and support to her and her family.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Mary C. Coker
age 68, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at her home. She was born on November 9, 1946 in Chicago, IL; the daughter of John and Margaret (Openhauser) Hickey.
Mary and Ronald Coker were married on February 16, 1972 in Chicago, IL. She is survived by her children: Larry (Linda) Snow of Monroe; Ron Coker of Madison; Ann (Derek) Coker of Monroe; 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her Parents; husband, Ronald; son, Adam Snow; daughter, Ann Snow; grandson, Lee Snow; brother, James Hickey; sisters, Marge Flynn and Carol Clark. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home.
Shirley E. Rowley
age 81 of Monroe, died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 4, 1933 in Lamont Township, Lafayette County, the daughter of Marvin and Winifred (Lee) Paulson Sr. She attended Darlington Schools. Shirley married Kenneth Rowley on August 23, 1957 in Darlington. She worked for Green County Pre-pack, later she went to work doing housekeeping at Gasthaus Motel and then Pleasant View Nursing Home. Shirley was a member of Apple Grove Lutheran Church, she enjoyed cooking, baking, helping others, but most of all spending time with family.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; daughter, Sandra Dahlen; granddaughter, Ashley Meier, all of Monroe; 2 sisters: Carol Hocking of Platteville and Barbara Benson of Monroe; sister-in-laws, Avis Lueck and Alice Egli, both of Monroe; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers: Marvin Paulson Jr and William Paulson; a sister, Marilyn Cline.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Apple Grove Lutheran Church, with Reverend Dan Bohlman officiating. Burial will be in Apple Grove Lutheran Cemetery. A visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
Yvonne E. Bosanny
age 87 of Monroe, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 12, 1928 in Genoa City, WI; the daughter of Freddie and Dorothy (Amborn) St. Dennis. Yvonne married James Bosanny. She was a Physical Ed Teacher at Monroe School system for over 30 years.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Bosanny; son, James “Jim” (Vicki) Bosanny; brothers: Freddie (Jan) St. Dennis Jr. and Larry St. Dennis; a sister, Jean Tuck; grandson, Matt Bosanny. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister, Gloria Hanson.
Per Yvonne’s wishes, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Yvonne’s name to Agrace Hospice, 2901 N. Wright Road, Janesville, Wisconsin 53546.
Thomas R. Holyoke Jr.
age 87, of Monroe, died on Monday, April 06, 2015 at St. Clare Friedensheim. He was born on April 13, 1927 in Monroe, the son of Thomas and Dorothy (Tschudy) Holyoke Sr.
Thomas graduated from Monroe High School and UW of Madison. Thomas was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving during World War II, from May 25, 1945 – July 25, 1946. Thomas and Mardelle Elmer were married on April 7, 1951 at St. John’s United Church of Christ. He was a long time Pharmacist in Monroe, being the first one at St. Clare Hospital. Thomas was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. He enjoyed woodworking and working in his orchard. He is survived by his sons, Robert Holyoke, Dennis (Lori) Holyoke both of Monroe; 3 grandchildren: Sarah (Matt), Tim and Tom Holyoke. He is predeceased by his Parents; wife, Mardelle; son, Richard; and brother-in-law, Conrad Elmer. Family Services will be held at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family would like to thank the Monroe Clinic Hospice and the staff at St. Clare Friedensheim for their excellent care and support to him and his family.
age 91, passed away at 7:00 pm on Easter Evening at the New Glarus Home. She was born August 30, 1923 in the small town of Proserpine on the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia. Her parents moved south to the city of Brisbane when she was very young; her two sisters were born there. Her parents opened up a shop and sold groceries and other household items. Her grandparents had come from Ireland.
Winn's dad did odd jobs and her Mum was a nurse. She and her sisters Ruby and Myrtle went to a State School in their early years. She was fond of saying that they each had one pair of shoes that they saved to wear to school and church. The rest of the time all the kids in the neighborhood went barefoot. The weather was always warm. The school required uniforms, which her Mum made along with all of their clothes. She would stay up until all hours of the night, sewing by candlelight. Her dad grew all the vegetables.
After Catholic school Winn attended secretarial school in Brisbane for two years.
On February 19, 1942, Australia was attacked by the Japanese. She remembered the day very well because it was her sister Ruby’s 18th birthday. After that, air raid shelters sprang up and everyone went to work in war-related jobs. Winn worked in a factory making uniforms, putting sleeves on uniforms, passing them down the line to whatever else needed to be done to them.
But how they danced on the weekends! The school buildings hosted local bands. Naturally the American soldiers wanted to know about entertainment in the area. There were lots of guys to dance with. The Americans were very popular with the Aussie girls, and the girls taught them all the Aussie dances.
The Japanese attacked a number of the islands, and the Americans were soon bringing the wounded to the hospitals in Brisbane. Her Mum was one of the nurses that helped with the wounded when they were taken from the plane to the ambulances. She met many of the Americans from the troop carrier squadron that flew in and out. She called them “her boys”. One of them was Ralph Phillips—nicknamed “Phil”- who Winn met at one of the dances. He was an engineer on one of the transport planes that flew back and forth to the islands. About a month before Phil had to go back to the States they became engaged. They were married in a small wedding, with just family and the crew of the C47. It was 20 months before the ships could bring the wives to America.
Winn came to the U.S. with 750 war brides on the troop ship, The Lurline. It was sixteen days sailing from Brisbane to San Francisco. Phil met her in Chicago and drove them to Monroe.
After the war, Phil started an appliance store in Monroe with an army buddy, Ken Smith. It was a farming town and both guys had grown up on farms, so they were comfortable with the kind of people they found there. They rented a small store just south of the town square.
They lived in an apartment above the appliance store. The years after the war were good years and Winn had many friends, who she has now rejoined: Rosa Buholzer, Ev Kubly, June Miller, Sally Urban, MaryAnn Haberman, Belle Elliot, and many others. Pain has been replaced by a liberating spiritual lightness.
Winn was preceded in death by her parents, Eileen and Lawrence McMahon, her husband Ralph Oliver ("Phil") Phillips, and sisters Ruby and Myrtle.
She is survived by sons Larry (Pam) Phillips, Ralph (Sharon) Phillips, Gary Phillips; and daughters: Vicki Phillips, and Shan (Bob) Leatherman, and granddaughters: Mary Phillips (Mike Muckler); Erin (Jason) Daskam; Brittany (Lyle) Terhar; Chelsey Leatherman (Robert Ehrhardt), and grandsons: Matt (Kristine) Phillips, David McCary, Scott McCary, and Tyler Leatherman, as well as 8 great-grandchildren and many Australian cousins.
Many thanks are owed to Friedensheim, and to the Monroe Hospital, the New Glarus Home, and the nurses and CNA's who cared for Winn, and to Joyce Etheridge and staff. She had a special friend, Jackie Smith, at Friedensheim. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 10 at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke funeral home. A celebration of life will be held at 4 pm. at the funeral home with Reverend Tiff Bates. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. Memorials in Winn's memory may be directed to the YMCA or the Alzheimer's Association. Finally, from the Aussie cousins... Peter O'Leary writes... "Aunty Winn has gone to join with her sisters Ruby and Myrtle - God has his hands full now. Love and condolences from us all."
Antone W. Portman
age 76, of Monticello, died on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on August 10, 1938 in Monroe, the son of Werner and Hilda (Weafler) Portman.
Antone and Marion Shirley were married on February 2, 1966 in Monroe. He worked for Monroe Ready Mix and Monroe Construction for 35 years, retiring in 2001. Antone was a member of the Monroe Loyal Order of Moose #751, Monticello Fire Department, from 1974 - 1990, and enjoyed cutting wood. He is survived by his wife, Marion of Monticello; sons, Duane Portman of Monticello; Antone (Christine) Portman of Monroe; daughters, Evelyn (Steve) Stensel of Evansville; Hilda (Kendall) Baumgartner of Monticello; sister, Evelyn Portman of Whitewater; and 9 grandchildren. He is predeceased by his Parents, and a sister, Arlene Lambardo. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Ave., with Pastor David Busker officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, April 13th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday, April 14th at the Funeral Home.
Norbert J. Aurit
age 51 of Monroe, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 of natural causes. He was born on November 2, 1963, the son of George and Gertrude (Kerkel) Aurit.
Norbert was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, and he shared that love with his family and friends, taking them on journeys in search of the elusive musky and other catches. He was a great cook who loved to improvise and share his creations with family. Norbert was a huge supporter of everything his nephews did, and rarely missed one of their sporting events. An amazing story-teller, he chronicled the adventures of his brothers, family and friends. He had such a big heart, a big personality and a big laugh, and made everyone happier by just being around him.
He is survived by his brothers: Tony (Tia Carlson) Aurit and Chris (Becky) Aurit, both of Monroe; nephews: Andrew and Alex Aurit. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Per Norbert’s wishes, no services will be held. Memorials may be given in Norbert’s name to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; directed to: 200 S. Executive Dr. Suite 203 Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005.
Clifford L. Patrick
age 76, of Albany, died on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Valley Park in Albany. He was born on November 8, 1938, the son of William and Dixie (Pence) Patrick in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Clifford served in the U.S. Army for 2 years, serving in 1956 and 1957. Clifford married Marilyn Williams. He was self-employed in construction. He was a member of the Brodhead V.F.W. and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He is survived by his daughters, Shannon (Craig) Krueger of Albany; Kathy Patrick of Janesville; grandchildren: Carl, Cullen, Kiara, Keegan and Ainsley. He is predeceased by his Parents, wife, Marilyn; and brother, Don Patrick; a sister, Barb Patrick. A visitation will be held at Albany United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home is assisting the family.
Beverly Rose (Gutzmer) Gebhardt
age 64 of Monroe, WI passed away on Saturday April 18th, 2015 at her home surrounded by family, after a short 5 month, but very courageous and hard fought battle with uterine cancer. Beverly was born on August 5, 1950 in Monroe to Alfred and Ilo (Camron) Gutzmer. Beverly attended Mills Grade School a one room rural school near Woodford that had been attended by her grandfather and her father. The Mills School closed in 1960; then Beverly attended Woodford grade school until 1963. In 1964, she moved with her parents and brother, Larry to a new home five miles north of Monroe. Beverly graduated from Monroe High School in 1968. She worked at the Advance Transformer Cafeteria until she married Ernest Gebhardt Jr. on April 20th, 1969. Her sister Sonja Lou, who is 14 years older than Beverly, had married Allan Wire in 1959. Her brother Larry is 8 years older. Ernest and Beverly were blessed with four children, Amy (1970), Paul (1973), Sarah(1983) and David(1987). Beverly was a very active homemaker and active in her community and church. Beverly was a member of the Christian Women’s Club later known as Stateline Women’s connection since 1970. She was active on the board and was chairperson of the book sales. She enjoyed hosting the prayer coffees with the ladies at her house and giving book presentations to the club.
Beverly was a 21 year member of the Green County board from 1977-1998. She was a Monroe City Council Alderperson for 8 years from 1995-2000 and again from 2002-2006. Beverly served on the Green County Commission on Aging, Human Services, Pleasant View Nursing Home and Green County Health committees. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and was active in the United Methodist Women and Church Women United. She was also active in the Quester’s Antique club and Swiss Attic Fanciers and enjoyed planning trips for the groups. Beverly was a member of the Green County Historical Society and volunteered at the museum. She and Ernest were members of the Yesteryear Auto Club where she also planned many fun outings for the club. Beverly served as a church secretary and Sunday school teacher. Beverly was a member of the Monroe Jaycettes and in 1982 received the Monroe Jaycees Outstanding Junior Citizen Award. Up until her illness, Beverly was also a member of the Eucherama club of Monroe and thoroughly enjoyed her times playing euchre and hosting the parties at her home.
Beverly began being a volunteer driver for Green County Human Services in 1980. She took time off to raise Sarah and David and then began driving again in 1996; she drove cancer and dialysis patients many days a week right up until her own cancer surgery on Nov. 17, 2014. Beverly thoroughly loved driving her patients and talking with them. Beverly loved to travel and her most memorable trips were to Jerusalem with her parents, two trips to Germany including fulfilling her lifelong dream of seeing the German Passion Play in Oberammergau, and a 4 month trip her and Ernie took in 2012 across the country sightseeing along the way. Beverly was extremely social and could strike up a conversation with anyone. She loved to go Folk dancing at Folklore village in Dodgeville and visited House on the Rock many times. She loved to take family and friends on interesting day trips including her favorite place, Amana, IA. Beverly was an Elvis fan and a member of the Tony Rocker Fan Club.
Beverly cherished her children and grandchildren and did everything she could to help them; she loved preparing meals for the family and spending time playing board games or cards around the dining room table. Beverly was a collector of many things including antiques, angels, crosses and music boxes and loved showing her home and collections to friends. As Beverly fought this terrible disease she remained upbeat and never wavered in her faith. She read her bible and devotions every day. She was truly an inspiration to everyone who knew her and she wanted everyone to know that she did everything in her power to beat the cancer; it was just not in God’s plan. Beverly spent years researching family history and has an extensive collection of history recorded for the Gutzmer, Boelk and Camron families.
Quote from Beverly- “Remember your heritage, ask questions, keep the answers, for once on this earth there lived a person named Beverly Rose Gutzmer who had thoughts and dreams like those who went before and those who are left.”
Beverly is survived by her loving husband, of 46 years (on April 20, 2015) Ernest Gebhardt Jr.
Four Children -- Amy (Todd) Burkhalter of Monroe, WI, Paul (Lori) Gebhardt of Ft. Knox, KY,
Sarah (Andrew) Reister of Monroe, WI, and David (fiancé Laura Riel) Gebhardt of Madison, WI
Four Grandchildren, Dustin and Heather Burkhalter and Briar and Darian Gebhardt.
Her sister, Sonja Lou (Allan) Wire of Argyle, WI and brother, Larry Gutzmer - Phillipines.
Brothers and Sisters in law, Rudy (Linda) Gebhardt, John (Betty) Gebhardt, and Carl (Ruth) Gebhardt,
and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Alfred and Ilo Gutzmer.
God saw her getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around her and whispered “Come with me.” With tearful eyes we watched her suffer, and saw her fade away, although we loved her dearly we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands to rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
Beverly and her family would like to thank all of our friends and family for the countless cards, visits and phone calls; we also thank the UW Hospital Carbone Cancer Center and the Monroe Clinic Hospice for their excellent care. Memorial funds will be given to the United Methodist Church Confirmation photo display case in Beverly’s honor.
Visitation will be on Saturday April 25th from 4pm-8pm At the Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral home. Funeral Services will be on Sunday April 26th, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Monroe United Methodist Church with Rev. David Busker officiating, food and fellowship will follow. Committal ceremony will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe on Monday April 27th at 2pm for anyone wishing to attend.
Alice M. Nickels
age 79, of Monroe, died on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the UW Hospital in Madison. She was born on August 3, 1935 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Carl and Irene (Powers) Berquist and graduated from St. Charles Catholic School.
Alice was a CNA at the Monroe Manor, retiring in 2001. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victors Catholic Church and the Red Hatters Club. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting, helping others and spending time with family. She is survived by her children: Marie (Andrew) Swedlund of Monroe; Betty Nickels of Juda; Clare (Rocky) Swedlund of Juda; Helen Nickels of Monroe; Anthony (Cheryl) Nickels of Orfordville; Leonard (Diana) Nickels of Brodhead; Joseph (Melissa) Nickels of Argyle; brothers, Carl (Sharon) Berquist of Beaufort, SC; Norman (Diane) Berquist of Elburn, IL; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents; son, Robert Nickels, in infancy; and brother, Albert (Joan) Berquist. A Mass of Christian burial will be on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victors Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, April 23rd, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Avenue in Monroe.
Donald John Van Wagenen
a lifetime resident of Monroe WI, passed away on April 22nd at age 87. His last days and moments were surrounded by family and friends as his body gave up allowing his spirit to move on to a good place. The family appreciates the compassion and support from Monroe Clinic Hospice services and all of Don’s nurse friends at the clinic.
Van Wagenen is survived by his wife Jean, married 62 years; 3 sons and a daughter: Mike (Connie) Van Wagenen, Brookfield WI; John (Kathy) Van Wagenen, East Peoria IL; Tom Van Wagenen, Madison WI; and Lori Wild, Monroe WI. His legacy includes 6 grandchildren: Steven (Katie) Wild, Trevor Wild; Jennifer, Nicholas, Paige, and Bradley Van Wagenen, 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Skattum, of Argyle; and sister-in-law Karen (Phil) Crawford of Mineral Point; and 24 loving nieces and nephews in the Van Clan. Don’s extended family includes many friends and relatives that all touched his life at times. Know that all of you were a part of a good man’s time on earth. Preceding Don in death were both parents, three brothers (Bob, Jim, Jerry), three sisters (Carol, Ruth and Betty Ann) as well as too many friends and neighbors to mention. His lifetime was filled with love.
Also known as “Mr. Cheese”, Van Wagenen was CEO of Trumpy Cheese Company which at one time employed over 150 people in Monroe and Blanchardville WI. If you ate a Nacho Cheese Dorito in the 1980’s, your life was touched by Don. A humble man, he eventually became a World Class Cheese Judge, traveled the world tasting Monroe’s claim to fame, and was even honored at the Cheese Days parade in 2008.
From a simple loving family, Don grew up during the Depression and World War II. He attended as much school as he could and did military service at the Panama Canal. Upon returning to Monroe and starting a family, he became a model of community and neighborly service. He was an active member of the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years, and ran the retiree club for another decade. He was a lifetime member of St John’s United Church of Christ, often giving more than was expected. In his younger years, Don not only played in golf, slowpitch, bowling and card leagues, but he usually became the person who ran them too.
An avid Badger, Brewer, and Packer fan filled many weekend days and nights, also providing all of the fashion in clothing he required. Don traveled all over the country for business, but when it came to family vacation time, his passion was camping. Particularly the Wisconsin State Parks for over 30 years. The whole family evolved into “elite camping” at Pioneer Park in the Wisconsin Dells.
To the end, Don showed great humility and determination. He outlasted his prognosis by over two years. During that time his life was filled with many happy moments. Do not be sad that Don is gone. Cherish his life if you knew him, and if not, trust that his legacy has provided many good men and women to carry on.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 26th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Ave. in Monroe. Memorial service will be at 11:30 on Monday, April 27th at St John United Church of Christ in Monroe. A luncheon will follow the gravesite ceremony.
G. Nicholas Brummel
age 89, of South Wayne, died on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at his home. He was born on October 19, 1925 in Naperville, IL; the son of Leo and Gertrude (Modaff) Brummel. Nicholas served 2 years in the U.S. Army.
Nicholas and Loretta (Rood) were married on May 18, 1957 in Sandwich, IL. Nicholas was a dairy farmer his entire life, first in Illinois and later in Wisconsin, retiring in 1994. Nick also worked at Swiss Colony for 10 years while he was farming. Nicholas was a member of St John’s Catholic Church in South Wayne. He is survived by his wife, Loretta, of South Wayne; sons, Mike Brummel of Argyle; Charles (Theresa) Brummel of Sun Prairie; Roy (Tina) Brummel of South Wayne; Mark Brummel, of South Wayne, brothers, Leo Brummel of Olympia, WA; Richard (Alice) Brummel of Yorkville, IL; Ed (Mary Ann) Brummel of St Charles, IL; grandchildren: Ashleigh (Josh) Calaway of Vesper, WI; Nicholas Brummel and Katie Brummel of South Wayne, and great-granddaughter, Alena Calaway. He is predeceased by his parents; daughter, Linda M. Brummel, brothers, Robert and Henry, sisters, Barbara Jean Koretke and Mary Kammes. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in South Wayne, with Fr. JoJi Thirumalareddy as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in South Wayne. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 29th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Ave. in Monroe.
The Angels came to guide Ethel Binger on a beautiful, sunny, birdsong filled morning Monday, April 27, 2015 to heaven above.
Her beliefs were as strong as the person she was known to be. Ethel Fay Sawyer was born on October 5, 1936 to Stanley and Ola (Downing) Sawyer in Mukwonago-Waukesha, WI. She grew up in the surrounding Delavan Lake area along with her brothers John and Ray. Married to Thomas Binger Jr. for 34 years, they welcomed eight children Steven (Patty) Binger; Jeanette (Stan-deceased) Heins; Merry Sommers; Tim Binger; Mark Binger; Matthew Sawyer; Melissa (Michael) Kindschi and deceased son, Todd Andrew, in infancy. Blessed grandchildren were Josh (Brittany) and Corey Binger; Michael (Jodi) Kevin (Brinn) and Katelyn Heins; Allan Blood;Tabitha, Jacob and Nathan Kindschi. Sweet great-granddaughters: Olivia, Rilyn and Julia. In addition to being a loving and caring Mother and having a sense of humor for some of her kids crazy antics and life in general, she worked as a bookkeeper for Binger-Bahler Produce, clerked at Yodel Bakery; Lanz Hardware; Rufenacht Oil and Lucky 7; Goetz Theatre; Wolfe’s Office Supply. She then held positions at Swiss Colony; St. Clare Hospital housekeeping and the Shuttle Service. Avid interests included crocheting, sewing, gardening, reading, garage sales, car rides, floating on her back in a cool lake on a hot summer day and enjoyed having her beloved pets. Ethel served as Theater Guild Treasurer, Greenco Board of Directors and a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. She enjoyed treasured times with family and many loved friends with special mention of: Carol Prain; Susie Hiltbrand; Myra Gobeli; Irene Mellenberger and in Remembrance George Banister. Ethel also leaves behind surviving brother, Ray Sawyer; brother-in-law Roger Binger; sister-in-law, Donna Binger, and many special nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Doctors, Nurses, Chaplain, and Staff of the Monroe Clinic Hospital, and also Rev. Tiff Bates of St. John’s United Church of Christ for their professional, caring skills and genuine kindness and concern. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, April 30th, from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the church.
Margaret Frances (Fran) Haglund
age 86, passed away on April 28, 2015 in Monroe, Wisconsin. She was survived by her loving husband Rev. Richard (Dick) Haglund, five children: Janell Haglund (Thomas) Ray (Windsor, CO), Becky Haglund (Steven) Tousey (Evanston, IL), Randall (Shirley) Haglund (Monroe, WI), Denis (Susan) Haglund (Boise, ID and currently in Central Asia), Dawn Haglund (Washington DC); ten grandchildren: Meaghan (Rob) Moll, James (Brittany) Ray, Kristopher (Kelly) Ray, Duncan Ray, Heidi (Eric) Rufer, Mallory (Jon) Molchin, Rachel (Zach) Reining, Nathaniel Haglund, Johanna Haglund, Bethany Haglund and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar A. Eliason and Sebella V. Eliason, and all six of her siblings: Alfred Eliason, Ruth Mettler, Olive Crabtree, Gladys Pearson, Byron Eliason and David Eliason.
Fran grew up in Grantsburg, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota. After high school she attended Mounds Midway School of Nursing in Minneapolis and received her R.N. certification. She met Dick in Chicago while attending Trinity Bible College (now Trinity International University in Bannockburn, IL). They married on September 5, 1953 at Riverside Evangelical Free Church in Minneapolis.
Fran and Dick served the Lord together and ministered faithfully for over 50 years, particularly serving the elderly, their families, and others in critical times of grief and pain. They lived in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota, Florida, Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona before retiring in Monroe.
A celebration of Fran’s life will be held at a later date in Monroe.
Cynthia “Cindi” L. Miller
age 63, of Monroe, passed away May 2, 2015. She was born March 7, 1952 to parents Herman “Hank” and Charlene Durtschi. Cindi attended Monticello and Albany schools, graduating from Albany High School in 1970. Cindi attended U.W. La Crosse for two years before starting work at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She worked there for 43 years until her death. Started as a CNA, went to PT Aid, then as Medical Records Clerk for over 30 years. She loved her work and knew every resident by name, and their extended families, willingly giving hugs to residents and visitors. For many years she was a Union officer. Coworkers could rely on her for her expertise, problem solving, and just a friendly ear.
Cindi started dating the love of her life, Daryl Miller in September of 1969. They married October 7, 1972 at Zwingli UCC in Monticello. They farmed in the Juda area until moving to Monroe in 2007. They raised a daughter, Tori, and a son, Dustin. The family loved to travel together.
Cindi bowled on the city, state and national levels for over 35 years. She often served as league secretary. She participated in a Softball league for many years. Even on a league championship team, sponsored by Pleasant View. She played first base and was always encouraging to her teammates. First priority was to have fun, not to win. She knew how to have a good time, and was often the life of the party! Whether it was cards, board games, or water balloons, she initiated fun every chance she had. She enjoyed golfing with family and friends.
Cindi was active in 4-H for many years as General Leader of the Juda Jolly Juniors. She was also the adult advisor for the Green County Junior Leaders association. She served as the Superintendent of Photography at the Green County Fair for over 20 years. She helped 4-H kids with their sewing, home furnishings, foods, and photography projects.
Cindi was an active member at Union Presbyterian Church. Cindi and Daryl sang in the church choir their entire married lives. She also played the hand chimes (ding a lings), directed the youth choir. She served as a deacon and on the personnel, membership and church life committees. She was involved in the Praise group, and special music.
Cindi played Clarinet in the Monroe City Band. Summer concerts at Twining Park, Cheese Days, and Christmas concerts as well.
She was preceded in death by her parents, by her in-laws, Harold H. and Vada Miller, sister’s in-law Darlyne Seffrood, and Ann Seffrood.
She is survived by her husband, Daryl of Monroe, children: Tori (Michael Stanislawski) Miller - Appleton, and Dustin (Vanessa Van Hoof) Miller – Twin Cities. Siblings Donna (Dean) Ferguson - Monticello, Thomas (Rose) Durtschi – Albany, Susan (Joe) Washington – Gulf Breeze FL, and Carol (David Schad) Durtschi – White Bear Lake MN. Sister in-law, Sharon (Scott) Qualley – Eagle River; brother in-law, Donald Seffrood; Nephew’s Stuart (Sandy) Seffrood, Erick (Summer) Wells, Todd (Sara) Durtschi. Niece’s Cassandra (Calvert) Morgan, Nikki and Shelley Ferguson, Geri Kaye (Butch) Whitney, Jen Seffrood, Melody (Bryan) Feller. Grand Nieces and Nephews – Katie Holmes, Autumn and Gabe Whitney, Bryce Messerli, and Whitney Wells, Karl and Spence Seffrood, Alanna and Ty Durtschi, Olivia and Evan Feller, Evan and Adam Stanislawski.
All services will be at Union Presbyterian Church. The visitation is on Thursday, May 7th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Celebration of Life on Friday, May 8th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the memorial fund established for Cynthia Miller - care of Union Presbyterian Church.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Susan L. Hendrickson
age 62, of Kenosha, passed away, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Kenosha Hospital. She was born on August 5, 1952, the daughter of Robert H. and Doris L. Hendrickson. Susan was a graduate of Monroe High School and attended University of Whitewater.
She lived and worked around the Kenosha area for 30 years, being employed by Consumer Credit Union. Susan was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit #84 in Monroe and attended the Monroe Bible Church. She is survived by her mother, Doris L. Hendrickson of Monroe; and brother, Daniel (Debra) Hendrickson of Monroe. She is predeceased by her father, Robert H. Hendrickson, uncle, William J. Miller. Per Susan’s request no memorial services will be held. Memorials may be directed to Adopted Acres Retirement Equine W4324 County FF, Monroe, WI 53566 or Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary W4985 County FF Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
James D. Otteson
age 62, of Monroe, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at his home. He was born on April 20, 1953 in Monroe, the son of Donovan and Jean (Watkins) Otteson.
James was employed with Greenco Industries. He was involved with the Sons of the Legionnaires, Special Olympics and Badger Camp. He is survived by his mother, Jean Otteson of Monroe; brothers, Jeffrey (Carol) Otteson of Tucson, AZ; Eric (Cynthia) Otteson, Dirk (Colleen) Otteson both of Poynette; and his loving caretakers, Peggy Raab and her sisters. He is predeceased by his father, Donovan O. Otteson in 2001. Memorial services will be Friday, May 8th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe, with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. Visitation will be Friday, May 8th, from 5:00 –7:00 p.m. until time of service at the Funeral Home. A memorial fund is being established in Jim’s memory.
Dorothy L. Goecks
age 91, of Monroe, died on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Graceland Manor. She was born on May 15, 1923, the daughter of Alfred and Lillian (Morel) Buhlmann and graduated from Monroe High School.
She grew up in the Clarno, Argyle, Monroe and Juda area, where her father was a Swiss Cheese Maker. Dorothy graduated from Juda High School in 1941 and worked at the Commercial and Savings Bank in Monroe until her marriage to Ervin L. Goecks in 1943 in Sierra Madre, CA. After World War II they moved to Monroe where Ervin was employed by the Monroe Police Department for 27 years. She is survived by her children: Louis (Joyce) Goecks of Janesville; Marie (Sam) Lynn of Tacoma, WA; Jane (John) Burdick of Monroe; three grandchildren: Andrea Palm, Adam (Amy) Burdick and Martha (Sean) Bonson; sisters, Rose Marie Schafer, Reinbeck, IA; Betty (Richard) Randolph, Townsend, TN; a brother, Harry Buhlmann of Monroe; and one great-grandchild, Anna Olson. She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1994, her parents, and a brother, Charles. Per Dorothy’s request there will be no visitation and a private family burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Bonnita M. Magee
age 67, of Janesville, died on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Monroe Manor. She was born on September 28, 1947, in Minnesota, the adopted daughter of Nelson and Viola (Ross) Thompson. She was a Financial Manager for the Handicapped and Disabled.
Bonnita enjoyed caring for and helping the disabled and handicapped. She also enjoyed arts and crafts, crocheting, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her mother, Viola Thompson, of Freeport, IL; son, John (Judy) Squires of Tomahawk; daughter, Jeanna (Steve) Kelly of Janesville; sister, Becky (David) Lammers of Freeport, IL; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her father, Nelson; daughter, Jodie and sister, Barbara. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Zion Church in Freeport, IL; with Pastor Gardy Cronk officiating. A Special Thank You to St Judes Hospice and Heartland Hospice for all there support.
Heather M. Ellison
age 25, of Monroe, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born on September 4, 1989 in Monroe, the daughter of Billy and Nancy (Hendrickson) Ellison.
Heather graduated from Baraboo High School in 2009. She worked at Greenco Industries and was involved with Special Olympics. She is survived by her mother, Nancy Ellison of Monroe; brother, William “Billy” (Tara Cheatham) Ellison of Baraboo; grandmother, Maureen Bruce of Monroe; niece, Sofiya Ellison, several aunts, uncles and cousins. She is predeceased by her father, Billy Ellison, grandparents, Robert and Betty Ellison, grandfathers, William Bruce and Kenneth Hendrickson. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Fr. Michael E. Klarer as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, May 22nd from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the Church. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family. A memorial fund is being established in Heather’s memory.
Russell Wayne Severson
age 91 of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home, with his daughter Julie by his side. Russell was born on May 29, 1923 in Green County, the son of Ray and Clara Severson. He was a lifelong Monroe area resident.
Russell and Helen Keegan were united in marriage on November 7, 1942. Helen preceded him in death on Dec. 2, 2004.
They farmed for many years before moving into Monroe. Russell worked at several places, including, Farm-n-Fleet, Swiss Colony and Monroe City Hall until retiring. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Moose Lodge. Russell enjoyed time spent with family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Surviving is his daughter, Julie (Anthony) Jones: their children: Kiera Severson and Deondre Blair of Madison; daughter-in-law, Donna (Jim) Pence of Portage; their children: Tiffany (Michael) Chatman of Reedsburg and Dylan (Kayla) Severson of Columbus; also six great grandchildren: LeRontae, Courtavien, Hope, Dezmen, Dawson and Briella. Sisters: Eleanor Klemm, Darlyne Campbell and Joyce Smith; Sister-in-law, Leona Kubly, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; son, Ronald; brother, Lorell, and sister, Cleo.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church, with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
Russell’s family would like to extend their special thanks to his caregivers at Pleasant View for their continued compassion and support to him while he resided there. Also, thanks to Pastor John Tabaka.