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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.
John A. Meier
age 68 of Juda, WI passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at UW Hospital in Madison, WI after a courageous battle with cancer.
John was born on April 30, 1951 in Monroe, the son of Alfred & Mildred Jean Meier. He graduated from Juda High School in 1970.
John married the love of his life Ursula Schulthess on September 4th, 1971. He farmed in Juda his entire life where he and Ursula raised their three sons. In addition to John’s passion for farming and taking great pride in his crops, he also enjoyed traveling with his wife, working in the shop with his sons and grandsons, attending his grandson’s events, going to hay sales, snowmobiling, and tractor pulling. John began tractor pulling in the early 1970’s. The love of the sport was passed down to his sons which became a family passion. John made lifelong friendships in pulling and considered them a part of his extended family.
John was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Badger State Tractor Pullers, and Stateline Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. He also served on the Jefferson Township Board from 1998-2003.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Ursula; three sons, Mike (Brandi), Dan (Kathi), John Jr. (Amy); three grandsons, Trevor, Cole, and Lane; siblings, Kathy (Len) Cederholm, Duane (Jeanne) Meier, Cindy (Dave) Haberman, Keith (Julie) Meier; stepmother, Darlene Gill-Meier; step-siblings, Gary (Karen) Gill, Colleen (Steve) Hartwig, and Lonnie (Judy) Gill; sisters-in-law, Sybil (Doug) Traverso and Candie Schulthess; and brother-in-law, Harvey (Patty) Kubly. He is further survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Christine Kubly; and brother-in-law, Jakob Schulthess.
A visitation for John will be Sunday, October 6th from 2-6PM at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr, Monroe WI.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 7th at 11AM at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1724 14th St Monroe, WI with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating. Burial services will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe, WI.
The Meier family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the supporting and caring staff at UW Hospital, Madison, WI.
Frederick Charles Neuenschwander
age 80, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. Fritz was born on May 11, 1939 in Eau Claire, WI, to Fred and Mary (Schaller) Neuenschwander.
Fritz graduated from Monroe high School 1958. He was united in marriage to Joan C. Hauser on June 4, 1960.
Fritz grew up on the family farm in Monroe. In 1959 he started making cheese for Deppler Cheese Factory, he then went to the UW for Dairy Short Course in Madison and got his cheese makers license. He proceeded from there to make cheese in Dubuque, Iowa, then Loran, Illinois, at his own factory. He continued his career with Roy’s Dairy making butter, then he managed Brodhead Cold Storage. He went from there to co-own a cheese and gift shop in Neillsville, WI. From there he returned to Monroe, was retained for five years by Avonmore of Ireland. Avonmore was bought from Saputo of Canada and retained Fritz for four years. In 2012, Fritz started a partnership with Paul Barret as dairy brokers in the dairy industry. After 56 years of varied and knowledgeable career in the dairy industry, he retired.
He was a member of Monroe Catholic Church. Fritz loved football, fishing and golf. He loved eating limburger cheese with grape jam on it.
He loved being with old friends talking over old times. He always had a fun way to tease his wife, children and grandchildren. He always told his family they should never have to worry about being taken care of, he’d dig ditches if he had to.
Fritz is survived by his wife; Joan, children; Jody Barry of Stoughton, WI; Jill Neuenschwander of Richland Center; son Frederick Scott Neuenschwander V; grandchildren; Stoney, Cody and wife Elisha, and Skyler and wife Laura; seven great-grandchildren; Katelyn, Brodey, Trenton, Roslind, Lucy, Brody and Ashton; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Geraldine.
Due to current health concerns services have been postponed until a later date.
Carol Jean (Evenson) Clark
age 90, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at her home. Carol was born January 28, 1930 in St. Paul, MN. She traveled with a nurse by train to Browntown, WI when she was 5 days old. She was adopted by Oscar and Gena (Anderson) Evenson of Browntown.
Carol attended Grove School in rural Browntown and Monroe High School. She was a life member of Jordan Lutheran Church, Browntown. She was a member of many organizations Women of the Moose, VFW, American Legion, Eagles Club, Fleet Reserve Association (F.R.A.) and Navy G.C.A. She was owner and operator of several restaurants and a supper club in Illinois. She retired in 1996 from OMC-Outbound Motor Corporation in Beloit, WI. She worked most recently at the American Legion from 2006 through 2019. She loved to quilt, sew, and garden. She was always sending care packages to military troops.
Carol married Harland Voegeli in 1947 in Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello, WI. They had 9 children, 3 sons and 6 daughters. On August 14, 1982 she married Walter “Pat” Clark at Church by the side of the Road in Rockton, IL.
She is survived by her children and step-children, David Voegeli, Diane (Ken) Roach, Sr., Donna (Michael) Saxby, Daryl (Cynthia) Voegeli, Cheryl (Jim) Watkins, Lillian Hunter, Charles (Linda) Voegeli, Lila (Mark) Svendsen, Sue (Tom) Licocci, and Patrick Clark. Her 26 grandchildren; over 40 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren were her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2004, her father in 1982, her mother in 1983, granddaughter, Corina; great-grandson, Cody; great-granddaughter, Natalie; and stepdaughter, Katie.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, February 24, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home in Monroe, WI with Pastor Scott Cernek officiating. Burial will take place in Jordan Lutheran Cemetery in Browntown.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the funeral home.
A memorial fund is being established in Carol’s name.
Gail Arlene (McGuire) Palda
age 69, of Lake Summerset, Illinois died peacefully February 22, 2020 in Oregon, Illinois. She was born November 25, 1950 in Oak Park, Illinois to Michael and Carolyn (Jenson) McGuire.
Gail married her sweetheart, John Palda, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2003 at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. Gail was subsequently confirmed Roman Catholic at Saint Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church, Monroe, Wisconsin by Monsignor Larry Bakke in 2018.
Gail attended North Park College, Chicago, Illinois before joining Material Service Corporation as a Medical Specialist, advancing to Director of Medical Services over a 20-year career. She joined John Bello and Associates, an ophthalmic medical practice at Resurrection Hospital, Chicago as Practice Administrator and served in that capacity until her retirement in 2013.
Gail enjoyed travel, fitness and was an avid long distance swimmer. She was a joyful and outgoing woman with a gift to light up any room with her smile. Gail was known to never speak an unkind word toward anyone.
She was loved by many and will be deeply missed by her husband, John and so many of her friends.
Her parents and her brother, Michael, preceded her in death.
A Visitation will be from 10 AM to 12 PM-NOON on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Saint Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church, 1760 14th Street, Monroe, Wisconsin, followed by a Requiem Mass at 12 PM- NOON with Monsignor Larry Bakke as celebrant. Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Monroe, and luncheon to follow at The Ludlow Mansion, 1421 Mansion Drive, Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, Gail requests that contributions be made in her name to Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute attn. Priya Kumthekar MD, 675 N. St. Clair St., 20 Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60611.
Blake Philip Wand
age 27, of Monroe passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2020. He was born on April 20, 1992, the son of Nicholas and Deborah (Kubly) Wand in Monroe. Blake was a 2010 graduate of Black Hawk High School; where he played football and was on the wrestling team; he was also involved in FFA and band.
He also earned his Journeyman Ironworker degree. Blake worked for Kuhn North America of Brodhead for 9 years; he continued his career with Ironworker #383 of Madison for 4 years. In September of 2019 he accepted an offer with Ironworker #625 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Blake enjoyed working on cars and four wheel drive trucks; he also enjoyed hunting, four wheeling, and shooting pool. Blake was a social butterfly; he enjoyed spending time with friends and was always out doing something. He was a charismatic person and could make friends easily. Blake had a big heart and loved spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephew.
Blake is survived by his parents, Nicholas and Deborah Wand of Lena formerly of South Wayne; sister, Danelle “Dani” (Jon) Curran of Gratiot; brother, Jeremy Wand of Madison; nieces and nephew, Emily, Ryan, and Macy Curran and Haley and Isabelle Wand.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Anthony and Maryon Wand; and maternal grandparents, Robert and Shirley Kubly.
A Celebration of Blake’s Life will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.
Jill Ann Blakely
age 64, of Carrollton, MS formerly of Brodhead, WI passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the UW Hospital in Madison, WI. She was born on December 22, 1955 the daughter of James and Sadie (Strohecker) Scheidegger in Freeport, IL. She also attended school in Freeport. Jill was united in marriage to Dean Blakely on January 4, 2011 in Monroe, WI.
Jill worked as a bartender for various places in the Green County area. She was a dedicated homemaker and wonderful mother and grandmother. She will be remembered for being a great cook and for the many homemade crafts she made as gifts for everyone that was a part of her life.
Jill is survived by her husband, Dean Blakely; children, Michelle (Gary) Muncher, Valerie Hammer, Stacy Johnson, Cristy (Jason) Jones, Jeremey, Jesse, and Crystal Blakely; 20 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, Coreen Podeszwa, Julie, Kurt, and Kerry Scheidegger, Lisa (Jeff) Wahl, and Jenny (Mark) Meyer; as well as many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Rickey.
A Memorial Service will be held at 12 PM NOON on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brodhead with Pastor Peder Johanson officiating.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 10 AM until the time of service, at the church. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery in Brodhead at a later date.
Edward Roy Jones
age 74, of Brodhead, died on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on May 16, 1941 in Beloit, the son of Edward and Delores Jones. Edward and Nancy (Zierfuss) were united in marriage on September 27, 1996 in Janesville. Edward was a lift truck driver for Werner Electric Brake Company.
He is survived by his wife Nancy of Janesville; 4 children; 3 step children; grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Per Edwards wishes no services will be held.
A celebration of Edward’s life will be held a later date.
Joyce D. Thomm
age 93, of Monroe, died on Monday, March 02, 2020, at St. Clare Friedensheim. She was born on July 30, 1926 in Monroe, the daughter of Henry and Martha (Kiel) Staver. Joyce and Gerald Thomm were united in marriage on August 11, 1946 at the Emmanuel Evangelical Church.
Joyce farmed in Monroe Township with her husband until 1965. She then worked for several different places in the Monroe area. She was member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and the Monroe Clinic Auxiliary. She volunteered at the Monroe Hospital and the National Historic Cheesemaking Center and the Historical Society. Joyce also enjoyed golfing, bowling and gardening.
She is survived by her children, Jeff (Rhonda) Thomm of Monroe, Ron (Ginger) Thomm of Monroe, Jill (Franz) Niederberger of Pine River, Chris (Richard) Gratz of Monroe; 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Gerald; grandson, Paul Niederberger; sisters, Geraldine Delwiche and Irene Maass.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 12:00 Noon at St. John’s United Church of Christ with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 5th, from 10:00 am until time of service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ.
age 86, of Orangeville entered into her eternal home Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Monroe Hospice Home surrounded by her loving husband of 62 years. Born October 20, 1933 to William and Luetta (Erbe) Kienzle in Council Hill, IL (rural Scales Mound),
Lorraine grew up on the family farm. She was a 1951 graduate of Galena High School and went on to work at W.T. Rawleigh Co. in Freeport until meeting her husband. Lorraine married Darrell Busjahn on July 21, 1957 at the First United Methodist Church in Galena, IL after being his pen-pal during his service to our country in the U.S. Army. It was then she moved to Orangeville and spent many wonderful years working on the family dairy farm until her and Darrell’s semi-retirement in 2001, though she still kept books and ensured the men and grandkids were well-fed with the cookies and bars she always kept stocked in the freezer. Through the years Lorraine remained involved with her church, family and enjoyed many cross-country trips with her husband. She was an easy smile, good laugh and ever-ready listening ear. Her heart for the Lord and generous spirit will be missed by many.
Lorraine is survived by her husband, Darrell, of Orangeville, IL; four children, Sandra (Ed) Smith of Pecatonica, IL, Allen Busjahn, Arlen (Colleen) Busjahn, and Lori (Josef) Scherer all of Orangeville, IL; seven grandchildren, Corine (Andrew) Peplinski, Melissa (Zachary) Yerger, Julie (Shane) Littel, Katy (James) Stuart, Matt (Lisa) Busjahn, Adam (Brooks) Scherer, and Carrie (Seth) Carroll; five great-grandchildren, Karsen & Owen Henneman, Ivy Littel, Kinzlee & Silas Carroll, plus two more due in April; and her sister, Janette Bader of Scales Mound, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond & Amy Kienzle; brother-in-law, Earl Bader; and grandson, Kurt Busjahn who passed away in infancy. The family would like to thank Pleasant View Nursing Home and the Monroe Hospice Home for their exceptional kindness and care.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe, WI, with the Rev. John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport, IL.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Grace Lutheran Church.
age 98, passed away peacefully in her Monroe, WI home on February 23, 2020. She was born in Clinton, Wisconsin to Albert Wehinger and Mary Rahberger. She was one of six children. Rose moved to Monroe as a young woman. It was there she met her husband, J Thurman Carigo. They were married on January 18, 1942. They were co-owners and operators of Craigo Grain. Through the years their family grew, they were blessed with five children, four boys and one girl.
She was a devoted mother and family always came first. She was grateful to have her brothers and sisters close by to share special moments. She loved to pass on her passion for fishing and knitting to her grandchildren. She was fond of a good card game with family and friends; the laughs were secondary to her competitive spirit.
Rose will be remembered as a selfless wife, mother, and grandmother. She always had a smile on her face and the kindest heart through the best of times and when times were hard. An eternal optimist, she never complained and always looked for the silver lining. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Frank and Robert Wehinger; three sisters, Mary Gibbons, Emma Wenger, and Margaret Davis; and her loving husband, J. Thurman Craigo. She is survived by her four sons, Lee, David, Donald, and Jon; and one daughter, Wendy. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
In remembrance, her immediate family will gather to celebrate her beautiful life. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to support one of the following organizations that are close to her family's heart: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, stjude.org; Cystinosis Research foundation, cystinosisresearch.org; Multiple Sclreosis association of America, mymsaa.org.
Barbara Pierangeli Grabow
died peacefully at Pleasant View Nursing Home on March 7th in Monroe at the age of 76, after a brief but brave journey with cancer.
Barbara was born on June 21st, 1943 in Racine to Philip Pierangeli and Yolanda Marie (nee: Aiello) Pierangeli, first generation Italian-Americans. She graduated from Washington Park High School, Racine, in 1961 where she had already decided that she would become a teacher. Barbara married Edward Walter Grabow in 1964, during her years at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. After her graduation in 1965 with a degree in Elementary Education, she and her husband and son moved to Monroe where she began her long career in education. Over the next 45 years she would change the lives of countless children through her dedication and hard work in teaching. Her love of education continued during summers, where she earned a Master’s degree in elementary education from UW–Platteville, taught science in Camp Invention, and tutored summer students. Her commitment to education also extended outside the classroom to her involvement in Wisconsin Education Association Council and the National Education Association. Among her many accomplishments are her teaching awards, including the Kohl Teacher of the Year, Kiwanis Teacher of the Year, two Teacher World awards, and the Environmental Scholarship award.
After her retirement in 2011, she impacted the community in other ways by her involvement with the Monroe Theater Guild, the Green County Historical Society and the Behring Senior Center. Barbara was an accomplished seamstress and often donated her time and talents to make custom garments and costumes for many in the community. She was an adventurous traveler who loved experiencing the foods and cultures of those in all corners of the globe, an attribute she lovingly encouraged in her children and grandchildren through years of expeditions and explorations. Her spirit of adventure was a gift that she shared with an ever-growing set of cherished friends through their many journeys together. Her world travels and Italian heritage inspired in her a passion for cooking and entertaining, often sharing the fruits of her kitchen and warmth of her home with her many friends and family members. Above all, Barbara loved being in the surroundings of her friends and her entire family, and she treasured celebrations of life.
Barbara is survived by her two children Barry Edward (Cynthia) Grabow of Laurel, Maryland and Dina Yolanda Ortiz of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin; her two brothers Philip Anthony (Mary) Pierangeli of Conifer, Colorado, and Dr. Gregory Thomas (Barbara) Pierangeli of Milwaukee; her four grandchildren Paul Edward Grabow and Anthony Edward Grabow of Laurel, and Vincent Salvatore Ortiz and Dominic Vitorio Ortiz of Mount Pleasant; and extended family members, Edward Walter Grabow and Pedro Ortiz. She is preceded in death by her father Philip Pierangeli, 91 and mother Yolanda Marie (nee: Aiello) Pierangeli, 87.
Her children and siblings remember her as a strong, positive and independent woman who encouraged them to pursue their goals and worked hard to create opportunities. Memorials are being planned in both Monroe and Racine for friends and family to celebrate Barbara's life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to Behring Senior Center in Monroe. Condolences can be sent to https://www.gatheringus.com/memorial/barbara-pierangeli-grabow/2633. The family gives a heartfelt thanks to caregivers and hospital staff for their compassionate care and dedication.
Frances P. Hagen
age 91, of South Wayne, died on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Lafayette Co. Manor in Darlington. She was born on August 5, 1928 in Shullsburg, the daughter of Thomas and Catharine (Hardy) Cavanaugh. She attended Shullsburg Schools. Frances and Richard Hagen were united in marriage on August 5, 1946 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Shullsburg. Frances was a bookkeeper for Hofer Miner prior to starting her family.
France’s biggest job was helping her husband on the farm and being a loving mother to 10 children. She enjoyed playing cards and writing poetry. She was also known for her buns and cinnamon rolls.
She is survived by her children: Jack Hagen, Ed (Ginger) Hagen, Jerry Hagen, all of South Wayne; Fred (Kathleen) Hagen of Winslow; Ruthie (Doug) Fenn of Warren; Susie (David) Aurand of South Wayne; Jimmy (Tara) Hagen of Woodford; Angie (Scott) Butler of South Wayne; 28 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren plus 3 on the way; and sister Bridgid Ubersox of Shullsburg.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband Richard; sons Tom Hagen and Dickie Hagen; sisters Mary Kay Wachter and Josephine Coulthard; a brother and sister in infancy, and granddaughter Heidi.
A PRIVATE FAMILY Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gratiot with Fr. Joji Reddy as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Gratiot.
NO VISITATION WILL BE HELD due to the new regulations ordered by the state.
Due to current health concerns there will be no luncheon.
Grace “Penny” Rote
age 87, of Monroe, formerly of Dakota, passed away Monday, March 16, 2020 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on January 19, 1933, the daughter of William and Gertrude (Hanson) Schumacher in Monroe. Penny was a graduate of Juda High School. She was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” M. Rote on October 14, 1950 in Geneseo, IL.
Penny farmed alongside her husband, Dick, for several years; they stopped farming in the mid-1960’s. She then devoted her time to taking care of her family and home. She was an avid gardener and cook. Penny was a past member of Rock Grove Lutheran Church and Home Bureau.
Penny is survived by her 5 children, Richard (Pam) Rote of Davis, Randall (Lorinda) Rote of Durand, Ralph “Toby” (Jean) Rote of Janesville, Royce (Cindy) Rote of Fort Worth, TX, and Peggy Rote of Monroe; 6 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Charlene Suess; and brother, Gary (Rose) Schumacher.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick, in 2011; one brother, Ralph Schumacher; and 4 sisters, Marian Armstrong, Gladys Brugger, Patricia Nevenhoven, and Gloria Schumacher.
Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Brenda Byrne officiating. Burial will follow service in Dakota Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 9AM until the time of service on Thursday, at the funeral home.
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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Green County Humane Society.
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Eileen Marceda Fuchs
age 81, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. She was born the daughter of Fred and Anna (Marty) Kraus, Jr. on August 3, 1938 in Monroe. She attended country school and was a 1956 graduate of Monroe High School. Eileen was united in marriage to Harland Fuchs on August 18, 1956 at St. John’s United Church of Christ.
Eileen was a dietary aide for the Monroe Hospital and Clinic for 30 years. She enjoyed, along with her husband, bowling, square dancing and polkas at Turner Hall, and being a member of the Antique Car Club. She loved country music and would play her records over and over again. Eileen was a talented artist and liked ceramics and artex painting. She also had a special love for her cats. Eileen especially enjoyed spending time with her family and babysitting her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Harland of Monroe; sons, Craig (Darlene), Daniel (Jonelyn), and Jeffrey (Heidi) Fuchs all of Monroe; granddaughters, Jennifer (Daniel) Sills, Desire (Jeffrey) Alt, and Felisha Fuchs; grandson, Garrett Fuchs; great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Alex Alt, Jaelynn Nieman and Wynter Hardin; as well as nieces, nephews, in-laws, many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Robert and Alvin Kraus; and sister, Joyce Drews.
Due to the current health concerns, Private Family Services are being held with Rev. Christie Mandas officiating. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery.
A public Celebration of Eileen’s life will be held at a later date.
JAY ROBERT “BOB” ETHRIDGE
age 92 of Monroe, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Aster Assisted Living in Monroe. Bob was born September 27, 1928, the son of Cecile and Kathryn (Gavigan) Ethridge. He attended Argyle Schools. Bob and Vivian were united in marriage on July 26, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa.
Bob was a World War II Veteran and a member of the local Moose Lodge, VFW and American Legion. He retired from The Swiss Colony after many years of managing the company’s cheese slicing operation.
Upon retirement, Bob and Vivian toured the country in their RV. They spent many months in Mesa, Arizona during the winter, enjoying time with their many friends from Monroe. Bob also was the troop leader for the Boy Scouts.
Bob’s greatest joys were his Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, lovingly known as “Papa”. He spent many joyful hours with them. Bob had a great sense of humor and loved to tease.
He is survived by his Step-son: Larry (Pat) Schwartz, Grandchildren; Michele (Shelly) Vind, Marci (Tom) Drenzek; great-grandchildren: Mitchell, Ty, and Brady Drenzek, Danielle and Curtis Vind, Elizabeth (Rick) Hengel; sisters, Shirley Elmer, Marjorie Rufer and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Vivian Ethridge (spouse) and Stephen Schwartz (Step-son).
A PRIVATE FAMILY service will be held on Saturday, March 28th at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Monroe.
NO VISITATION WILL BE HELD due to the new regulations ordered by the state. Due to current health concerns there will be no luncheon. The family would like to thank Aster Assisted Living for their wonderful care of Bob while at Aster.
Gordon “Gordie” LeRoy Wahler
age 82, of Monroe passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Monroe Clinic Hospice. He was born the son of Lewie and Velma (Prine) Wahler on November 26, 1937 in Gratiot. He was a graduate of Gratiot High School. Gordie was united in marriage to Rose Wenger on May 19, 1957 at the West Wiota Church.
Gordie lived in Monroe most of his life. He worked for Montgomery Ward, Marty Ripp Chevrolet, Alphorn Ford, and after his retirement he continued to work in the shipping department at Swiss Colony. He was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church and Monroe Moose Lodge for over 50 years.
Gordie enjoyed camping, bowling, slow pitch, taking care of his lawn, the Green Bay Packers, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Gordie is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Rose; children, Robert (Tina) Wahler and Lori (Dennis) Timm; grandchildren, Justin, Ryan, Derek, and Dylan; and great-grandchildren, Korbin, Weston, JJ, Rowan, and Cole.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gerald (Bev) Wahler.
The family is having a Private Service on March 26, 2020 at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. John Tabaka officiating. We are deeply saddened that we’re unable to hold a public service for Gordie at this time due to the recent health concerns. We will be holding a Celebration of Gordie’s Life at a later date, and we hope all of Gordie’s friends and family can join us at that time.
Brian K. Soddy
age 54, of Madison, formerly of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly of a heart condition on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the UW Hospital in Madison. He was the youngest child of Charles and Carolyn (Spring) Soddy born on June 19, 1965 in Monroe. Brian was a 1983 graduate of Monroe High School; he also earned his degree in Social Work from UW-La Crosse in 1987.
Brian followed his father’s footsteps when he joined the US Army, serving from 1987-1991. Sergeant Soddy was stationed in Germany during Desert Storm; where he counseled fellow soldiers suffering from addiction and PTSD. When he returned home, Brian pursued teaching; he also worked at Pleasant Company, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart and most recently Macy’s. He also faithfully attended Tuesday morning Bible Study.
Brian is survived by his siblings, Laurie (John) Thill of Albany, Michael (Daniel Bitnar) Soddy of Key West, FL, Lonna (Steve) Mayer of Monroe, Jerry (Gina) Soddy of Shullsburg, Tim Soddy of Monroe, Dan (Laurie) Soddy of Franklin, and LeAnn (Dean) Anderson of Port Washington. His numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews will dearly miss their “great” Uncle Brian. He is further survived by two notable dear friends, Alex and Betsy and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and nephew, Craig Thill.
The three most important things in Brian’s life were his faith, his family, and his friends.
Due to the current health concerns, services will be held at a later date.
Miriam A. (Netzel) Babula
of Monroe, WI, passed into heaven peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family at the age of 95, on Monday, March 23, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Walter F. and Clara (Gesteland) Netzel of Crandon, WI. Upon graduating from high school, Miriam worked for 2 years in Milwaukee at Allis-Chalmers during World War II. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison, graduating with honors in 1948, with a major in Education and a minor in Spanish. She taught middle and high school students and in June of 1949 married Walter Babula. They moved to Monroe, WI in 1960, where Walter had accepted the position of high school principal.
Miriam raised 4 cherished daughters, Mary, Jeanne, Elizabeth “Betsy”, and Amy and instilled in them her love of learning, compassion, determination, nurturing spirit, passion for life, and strong will.
Miriam’s passion for teaching, leading, and deepening her faith, led her to be very active in the Monroe United Methodist Church. She chaired and served on innumerable committees including the Board of Trustees, Pastor – Parish Relations, Finance, Missions, Worship, and the Building Committee that designed and oversaw the construction of a new building in 1981. She served as a lay member to the Wisconsin Annual Conference for many years and was well-known throughout the conference for her service and dedication. She was also a certified lay speaker and preached in congregations around the area.
She was an active member of United Methodist Women, teaching for many years at their Conference Schools of Christian Mission, serving on many district and statewide boards, and participating in her local organization as a leader and member for years. She received an award which she cherished for her distinguished service to the organization.
She also served for many years on the board and committees of Church Women United of Wisconsin, where she met many dear friends.
Miriam was a lifelong avid reader. She served on the Monroe Library Board of Trustees and was the proud owner of a Gold Card for her significant contributions and years of service. She was also a published writer of both prose and poetry.
Miriam served as a Girl Scout leader and Sunday School teacher, writing and directing the Christmas programs. She also worked with special education students as a teaching aide at Abraham Lincoln School.
She was an avid knitter and sewer, designing and making garments for family and friends. She was a superb baker known for her homemade bread, rolls, and pies. Classical music was another passion of Miriam’s and she especially enjoyed listening to her granddaughters play. She also was a lover of science and nature, and an avid birder who loved to search for bluebirds, cardinals, orioles, and the first robin. She often hiked in New Glarus Woods, and other state and local parks looking for wildflowers and the first signs of spring.
Miriam loved to celebrate her Norwegian heritage with a strong cup of coffee and delighted in good conversation and anything chocolate. She had a warm smile for everyone and often a mischievous twinkle in her eye to go with it. Miriam’s incredible spirit will live on through the countless lives she has touched and inspired.
She is survived by three daughters, Jeanne Babula (Kent Pieper), Monroe; Elizabeth Merry (Andy), Antigo; and Amy Babula (Clyde Drake), Stoughton; as well as three granddaughters; and a sister, Elysa Rae, York, PA; plus many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Mary Babula, Madison; husband, Walter Babula, Monroe; and siblings, Walter Netzel, Grand Coulee, WA; Harriet Bott, La Crescent, MN; and Marjorie Dexheimer, York, PA.
A Celebration of Miriam’s Life will be planned for a later date. The family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to the caregivers at Aster Assisted Living of Monroe, Hand in Hand, and the Monroe Clinic Hospice for their compassionate care and dedication.
Shirley A. Hartwick
age 85, of Monroe, died on Friday, March 27, 2020, at her home. She was born on December 5, 1934 in Mt. Calvary, WI, the daughter of Elmer and Coletta (Enders) Will. Shirley graduated from New Holstein High School. Shirley and Harry Hartwick were united in marriage on June 19, 1970 in Freeport, IL
Shirley worked in the materials purchasing department at St. Clare Hospital for many years. She loved fishing, especially on the Mississippi River.
She is survived by her husband, Harry Hartwick; children: Debra (Bob) Will, Sandra (Mike) Buettner, Barbara (Rick) Keepers, Rhonda (Terry Schuster) Hasler, Carla (Josh) Erickson, Gary Hartwick, and Shari (Ken) Sweatland; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; brother, Elmer Will Jr., and sister, Tess Erickson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Ernest Hasler in 1968; 2 sons, Scott and Brian Hartwick, son-in-law, Earl Keeran; 1 grandson, Joshua Keeran; and 3 brothers, Ivan, Reinhold, and Arnold Will.
A private family service will be held