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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.
George William LaGrange
age 91 of South Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Monroe Health Services. He was born on October 22, 1926 the son of Herbert and Catherine (Koepp) LaGrange in Jacksonville, FL. He was united to Joyce Ann Broge on February 5, 1951 in Greendale.
George was a carpenter for many years, having co-owned B & L Builders with his brother-in-law, Richard Broge. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1943-1945 and the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1953. He was a WWII Aviation Cadet and an aerial photographer in Korea.
He is survived by his children, Charles “Chuck” LaGrange of South Wayne, David (Carmen Porter) LaGrange of South Wayne, and Eve (Matt) Pospeschil of Janesville; three granddaughters; Kendra LaGrange, Kristin (Andrew Leibfried) Pospeschil, and Paige Soper; one great-grandson Greyson; a sister Mary LaGrange of Milwaukee; and son-in-law, Mike Mason of Browntown; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Chris Soper Mason; and siblings, Jim, Tom, Carol, and Charles in infancy.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant. Burial will follow service at Union Cemetery in South Wayne with Military Honors.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
Larry R. “Slats” Sommers
Larry was born in Monroe February 21, 1952. Ma headed to the pearly gates two weeks before him, possibly to negotiate with St. Peter on behalf of her firstborn son for all his shenanigans, before heading there himself April 9, 2018.
As a child, he read encyclopedias for enjoyment and helped run the family farm.
Larry graduated Monroe High School in 1970, 28th out of his class of 215. After graduation, Larry enlisted in the United States Army on a delayed entry program and went on active duty in March of 1970. After boot camp, Larry went to Ft. Benning to become a paratrooper.
Larry and most of his jump class were sent to Vietnam in March of 1971 where he participated in ground combat missions as part of the very prestigious 173rd Airborne Brigade known as the "Sky Soldiers." Larry was honorably discharged and later served as a member of the National Guard Unit in Monroe. Larry struggled to fight the battles of Vietnam long after his military service. He was a member of the VFW Post 7591 in Madison & VFW Post 2312 in Monroe.
Larry went on to attend UW Platteville, became a licensed field mill technician at Ken’s Agri Service, was an over the road trucker and worked construction and painting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida before returning to Monroe.
Larry loved to cook and kept his mind sharp tackling daily crosswords and Sudoku. He also was a caregiver for our mom until his own health declined.
Larry married Vicki Johnson Broge in 1976. In 1980 he married Vicki Murray Bolz and had a daughter, Ceanne.
Larry received The Quilt of Valor Award April 5 2018; best described as the civilian equivalent of a Purple Heart award.
He leaves behind his daughter Ceanne (Ryan) Paulson in Monroe, brother David (Elizabeth) Sommers in Milford, TX; Clark (Dena) Gordon in New Glarus, sister Heidi Robertson in Monroe, step-sister Pam Anderson, Madison, WI; step-mother Marcella Sommers in Cottage Grove; Grandchildren Kendall, Karis & Kaegann Paulson, and beloved cat Sophie.
Loved ones waiting for Larry are his mother Bernice Gordon, father Laverne “Gus” Sommers, Grandparents Alex & Ella Sutter, Gust & Louise Sommers, brother Tim, Uncle Walter Sutter, Uncle Al Sommers ; the last love of his life, Lynndee Caputo, Bud Zeitler who he loved like a brother, step-brother Rick Anderson, cousins Larry & Randy Steinmann, Jimmy Sommers and countless other friends and family.
A private family military burial will be at the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery.
The family requests you join them at the American Legion in Monroe, WI May 5th from 2pm-6pm to toast Larry. We don’t want to forget Ma; they are probably arguing with each other already. Larry will be buying one last round; snacks provided. We would also welcome cards with Larry memories be sent to Larry Sommers Family, c/o Ceanne Paulson 2801 6th St Monroe, WI 53566.
R. Jean Goepfert
age 78, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Madison. She was born in Monroe, on June 1, 1939 the daughter of Isaac and Frieda (Pfister) Daehlin. Jean was a 1957 graduate of Juda High School. She was united in marriage to Alvin Goepfert on September 9, 1962 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe.
Jean was employed as a Legal Secretary for the Law Office of Joe Viney and James Beer Law Office. She was also the Register in Probate for Green County. She had been a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. She loved gardening, hummingbirds, taking care of animals, and spending time with her family. She especially loved attending all of her grandson’s events.
Jean is survived by her husband, Alvin; children, Daniel (Dee) Goepfert and Donna (Daniel) Fenn both of Monroe; grandson, Nickolas; step-grandchildren, Matthew and Kristine; one step-great-grandchild, Aiden; brother, John (Betty) Daehlin; and a special niece, Michelle Daehlin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and nephew, J. Paul Daehlin.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at St. John’s United Church of Christ with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will follow service in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the church on Tuesday. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
Michael R. Krauss
age 58, formerly of Monroe, passed on unexpectedly at his home in Greenfield, Wisconsin on April 25, 2018. He had been dealing with progressive neurological and other medical issues since 2002.
Born October 28, 1959 in Monroe to Ralph G. and Evelyn (Schmerse) Krauss, Michael was confirmed at the United Methodist Church of Monroe (formerly Immanuel E.U.B. Church) and graduated from Monroe High School in 1977. During his school years, he was active in church choir, 4-H, high school chorus, and the Milton (WI) Choral Union. In his senior year, he received rave reviews for his portrayal of Charlie Brown in the Monroe Theatre Guild’s production of the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Following high school, he attended and graduated from Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He worked as a broadcaster in both radio and television in several small Midwestern markets, including being the state capitol and political reporter in Pierre, South Dakota, a job he thoroughly enjoyed and would shape his interest in and opinions about government the rest of his life.
Mike returned to Monroe for a time, during which he was involved as a volunteer for Special Olympics, and was a member of the United Methodist Church’s first handbell choir. He later moved to Oshkosh, working primarily for MacGregor Sand-Knit in Fond du Lac while honing business and computer technician skills, for which he had a strong natural aptitude.
His real niche and passion was working in non-profits that provided services for older adults. He eventually moved to Madison to work for Over Fifty Employment Services (now replaced by another program), teaching computer classes and other work skills to older adults and connecting them with employment opportunities. While in Madison, he was also an active member of the Asbury Choir of Asbury United Methodist Church. In 2006 he relocated to Milwaukee to work for Interfaith Older Adult Programs, where he managed a home health care department until forced to retire in 2016 due to health concerns.
Mike was very musical, appreciated good music, and had a wonderful tenor voice, both as a soloist and a choir member. He was an excellent cook, always experimenting with new dishes and trying out the latest cooking gadget, and enjoyed travel and spending time at his grandparents’ cottage on Lake Wisconsin. Fiercely independent and strong-willed, a quality that got him through any challenge, including those of his health, Mike was always devoted to his work and dedicated to doing the right thing for his clients and colleagues. He will also be remembered for his witty and somewhat sarcastic sense of humor.
He is survived and sorely missed by his parents, Ralph and Evelyn; his sister and brother-in-law, Deborah Krauss Smith and Gregory J. Smith; his sister, Linda Moser, all of Monroe; three nieces, a nephew, and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Herman and Emma F. Krauss, immigrants from Germany and Switzerland, respectively; and Chester and Alvina Schmerse, as well as two uncles, an aunt, two cousins, and his beloved Golden Retriever, Cassie.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11 am at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe, with the Rev. Dave McRoberts, retired senior pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison, officiating. There will be a visitation at 10 am until time of service.
A memorial fund has been established in Michael’s name.
Ryan Wilson passed from this life on Monday, April 23, 2018 surrounded by the love of family, friends and the prayers of many. His final days were spent at the farm he cherished.
He was born June 29, 1947 in Escondido, California-the third child and only son of Joseph and Mary Wilson. A happy child blessed with an impish sense of humor, Ryan lived an idyllic childhood in southern California where he cultivated a lifelong passion for gardening and landscaping.
He attended UC San Diego and went on to graduate UC Berkley with a degree in civil engineering. Throughout his life he practiced engineering in California, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Ryan’s adult life was spent in partnership with Claudia – his wife and best friend. Together they raised 5 children and cherished 11 grandchildren and 4 daughters by marriage. Their home was always open and hundreds of people came and went over the years. The dinner table had extra seats for friends and visitors. There was room for all.
Ryan was a lifelong scholar who filled his library with hundreds of books and had an unquenchable curiosity. As an entrepreneur, he started and owned a civil engineering firm, retaining wall company, two restaurants, a commercial apple orchard, bed and breakfast and various side ventures. He loved working with Main Street Monroe helping revitalize downtown and hosted dozens of school field trips at the family farm.
But Ryan never counted riches in a bank account or ledger. He was a man enriched by the relationships he created with other people and a lifelong walk with God. His treasures were laid up in heaven.
On behalf of Ryan, the Wilson family would like to thank Monroe Clinic Hospice for making it possible to die with dignity and comfort at home.
A visitation is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 at Shriner Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe, Wisconsin. A private memorial service for family and friends is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at Honeywind Farm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ryan’s memory to Wisconsin Christian Youth Camp, c/o Guy Marshall, 2750 Saemann Ave., Sheboygan, WI 53081.
“Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.” – Sam Walter Foss
Gerald “Jerry” Gentz
Gerald “Jerry” Gentz, also known as Big Jer, age 72 of Monroe, died Sunday, April 29, 2018 at his home. He was born of August 1, 1945 the son of Dilton and Eunice (Laverty) Gentz. He graduated from Highland High School in Highland, WI. Gerald was married to Sarah Williams and they had a daughter Jennifer. He was an electrician and owned and operated Gentz Electric since 1986. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose, lodge # 754, formerly a member of the Monroe Fire Department. Gerald enjoyed watching car races, the Packers, the Badgers, and the Monroe Cheesemakers.
He is survived by his long-time companion and care giver, Carol Dittmer and her family; a brother, Dan (Sue) Gentz of Marietta, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a nephew, Jeff Gentz.
A Celebration of Gerald’s life will be held Friday, May 4, 2018 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm at GENTZ ELECTRIC at 406 West 10 1/2 Street. In lieu of flowers memorials can be given in Gerald’s name to the Monroe Clinic Hospice. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Emogene Kay Robieson
age 77, of Monroe passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on November 22, 1940, the daughter of Donald and Lucille (Marty) Marti. Emogene was a graduate of South Wayne High School. She was married to John Pluss on October 25, 1957 in Monticello; he preceded her in death in 1974. On November 2, 1979 she was united in marriage to Donald E. Robieson in Monroe.
Emogene farmed alongside her husband for many years, as well as working at Swiss Colony, D.P. Concrete, and Rosenstiel Real Estate. She enjoyed traveling, family gatherings and especially spending time with her family and extended family.
Emogene is survived by her husband, Donald; children, David (Pat) Pluss of Albany and Randy (Kim) Pluss of Monroe; three grandchildren, Ashley (Bill) Frick, John (Nicolette) Pluss and Justin Dunwiddie; great-grandson, Dax Pluss; sisters, Diane (Wayne) Rosenstiel of Browntown, Renne (Richard) Meier, and Karen (Delbert) Potter, both of Monroe.
She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, John; sons, Allen and Roger Pluss; and brother, Larry Marti.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with David and Pat Pluss officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Highland Cemetery in Monticello at a later date. A memorial fund is being established in Emogene’s name.
Arthur E. Schneider
age 89, of Brodhead, died on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Caring Hands Assisted Living. He was born on December 19, 1928 in Lafayette County, the son of Edward and Lillian (Frie) Schneider.
Arthur and Emmaline Blum were united in marriage on September 16, 1951 in Green County.
Through the years Arthur was employed with German Fuel Company, Craigo Grain and later worked at Condon Lumber retiring in 1987. Arthur served in the National Guard for 12 years. Arthur enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and having a large garden.
He is survived by his children: Linda Schneider of Mexico; Jane (Kurt) Coplien and Donna (James) Haesler, both of Monroe; Mary (Gerald) Wescott of Black Mountain, NC; Penny (William) Novak of Monroe; twins, Louise of Madison, and Edward (Kim) Schneider of Janesville; Roger (Wendy) Schneider of Janesville; Deanne (Wade) Seibert of Brodhead, Tammy Schneider of Tuscon, AZ; Keith (Kelli) Schneider of New Glarus; Kathy Roark of Seymour, IN; and Ricky Schneider of Monroe; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great grandchildren; brother, Albert (June) Schneider of Albany and a sister, Florence McNames of Kentucky. .
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Emmaline; son, Thomas; grandson, Sean Schneider; 2 brothers: Frank and William; 3 sisters: Frances Beach, Faye Leck, and Frieda Wyssbrod.
Funeral services will be 12:00 noon Monday, May 7, 2018 at the SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE funeral home with Chaplain Sue Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, May 7th, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Harriet M. Heitzman
age 93, of Slinger, formerly of Albany, died on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Pavillion at Glacier Valley. She was born on May 18, 1924 in Orange City, Iowa, the daughter of Teunis and Effie (Dykstra) Klay. Harriett graduated from Orange City High School.
Harriet married Gerald in December of 1943. Harriet worked at the Monroe Clinic in medical records and was an assistant teacher. She also taught piano lessons.
She was a member of Albany United Methodist Church where she served as director of the church choir and was organist for the church.
She is survived by her 5 children: David (Sharon) Heitzman of St. Paul, MN; Barbra (Joseph) Whalen of Coon Rapids, MN; Mary Jo (Daniel) Dunphy of Albany; Donna (Marvin) Fleck of West Bend, WI; and John Heitzman of Brodhead; sister, Barbara Jean Brainard. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Rebecca (Brian) Sievers, Joshua (Leah) Heitzman, Molly Whalen, Karen (Timothy) Kroner, John (Kelly) Dunphy, Michael (Heather) Dunphy, Kevin Fleck, Brett and Courtney Heitzman; a granddaughter-in-law, Denise Whalen; 6 grandchildren, Mackenzie, Madison, Kaitlyn, Danny, Adalyn, and Alex.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Gerald; and grandsons, Brian Fleck and Timothy Whalen.
Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Monday, May 7, 2018 at Albany United Methodist Church with Rev. Thomas Moe officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest cemetery in Albany.
Visitation will be Monday, May 7th, from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.
A memorial fund is being established in Harriet’s name to the Albany School District Music Department.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke funeral home is serving the family.
Larry Gene Knouse
age 56 of Monroe, WI passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday May 4, 2018. He was born July 25, 1961 in Monroe to Robert and Sharon (Field) Knouse. He married his wife Brenda in 1982. They have 4 children and lived in the Browntown area. He worked as a machinist at Industrial Combustion for 30 years. Larry enjoyed camping on weekends with his wife and spending time with his family. Everyone who knew Larry knew he was an amazing father, husband, and papa. He had a hobby restoring Farmall tractors. He could take them apart and put them back together like a puzzle. He was very proud to show anyone his Farmall collection and the hard work he put into them.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda; mother, Sharon Knouse of Monroe; daughter, Brooke (Rocky) Allen and their 3 children: Garrett, Seth and Vanessa of Brodhead; daughter, Heather (Jake) Groebner and their 6 children: LaKeisha, Brett, Shayleigh, Carrson, Allyssa and Dysel of Brodhead; daughter, Natasha (Jay) Mueller and their son, Landon of Lake Mills; son, Cory (Christi) Knouse and their 3 children: Camden, Caysen and Coriana of Warrren. Also survived by sister, Brenda Patterson of Monroe and brother Kevin (Allison) Knouse of Dakota, IL. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Knouse.
Funeral services will be held 7:00 pm Wednesday May 9, 2018 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Robert A. Werren, Jr.
age 28 of Browntown, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at home. He was born on January 15, 1990 in Monroe, the son of Robert A. and Nancy E. (Tinberg) Werren Sr.
Robert graduated from Black Hawk H.S. in South Wayne in 2008; he attended Blackhawk Technical College to become a CNA and was employed at St. Clare Friedenscheim since high school. Robert was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. He will be remembered as a very generous and selfless man, which started at a young age when he attended two mission trips with his youth group to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and continued on with his profession, that he loved. Robert enjoyed hunting, sports, including all Wisconsin teams: Badgers, Packers, Brewers, and the Bucks. He was known for his impressive fireworks display on the 4th of July. Robert also took pride in helping his friend, Ryan Hull, milk cows and taking care of his farm.
He is survived by his parents, Robert and Nancy Werren, Sr. of Browntown; brother, Mark (Joie) Tinberg of Madison; sisters: Ellie (Abou) Werren-Koné of Karfiguéla, Burkina Faso, Africa and Elizabeth Werren of Denver, CO; niece, Taliyah and another expected in November; as well as many aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Russell and Maria Werren, Sr. and George and Ella Tinberg.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in South Wayne, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will take place in La Due Cemetery at a later date. A visitation will be held Friday, May 11, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. A memorial fund is being established in Robert’s name to support his niece and future niece’s and nephew’s college fund.
Roger James Wuthrich
age 92 of Monroe passed away on May 9th, 2018 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital.
He was born May 1, 1926 in Clarno Township, the son of Fred and Bertha (Marty) Wuthrich. He attended rural schools in Clarno Township and worked on the family farm until moving to Monroe. Roger and Victoria Jean Corson were married May 28, 1947.
Roger worked for Meyers Cheese Shop while studying electronics with DeVRY Technical Institute and RCA Institute. He then worked for Phillips & Smith Furniture and Appliance, and later Phillips Furniture and Appliance in Monroe as a radio and television technician retiring in 1988.
Roger was a member of the Universalist-Unitarian Church and Smith Lodge #31, F&AM. Roger was active in the Monroe Turn and Schwing Club, Monroe fast pitch softball and baseball, Green County Rifle Club, South Central Wisconsin Archery Club, Argyle Rod and Gun Club, and Willow Acres Deer Camp in Oneida County.
Roger enjoyed walking, biking, and ran in several marathon races. His love of the outdoors took him on many hunting and skiing expeditions to the western United States.
Surviving are his two daughters, Candace Walker and Hollie (Dennis) Pickett both of Monroe, grandchildren, Dennis (Misty) Pickett of Clearwater, Florida, Amanda Field of Monroe, and Tashonarae (Ben) Smith of Monroe, and great-grandchildren, Kala Pickett, Kaleena Pickett, Taylor O’Leksy, Hadyn Field, Wil Smith, and Rylan Smith. He is also survived by his special friend Roselyn Dietmeier. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean, his parents, and brother, Paul.
A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, May 14th from 3-7 p.m. at the Argyle Rod & Gun Club. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral is assisting the family. A memorial fund will be established
Alvin J. Goepfert
age 82, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. He was born in Monroe, on March 19, 1936 the son of
Joseph and Louise (Kubly) Goepfert. Alvin graduated from Monroe High School
Alvin was united in marriage to R. Jean Daehlin on September 9, 1962 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe.
Alvin had his own repair service, known as Al’s Radio and TV Repair.
Alvin was a long-time member of St. John’s United Church of Christ serving on the Church Choir and was often chosen as soloist for funeral services. He frequently received compliments for his beautiful tenor voice.
In his younger years, Alvin enjoyed bowling, even rolling a perfect game. He spent many years as a member of the Green County Harmony Chorus. He loved singing in barbershop quartets and in duets with his grandson. He was an avid Badger and Packer fan.
Alvin is survived by his children, Daniel (Dee) Goepfert and Donna (Daniel) Fenn both of Monroe; grandson, Nickolas; step-grandchildren, Matthew and Kristine; one step-great-grandchild, Aiden; brother-in-law, John (Betty) Daehlin and a niece, Michelle Daehlin.
He was preceded in death by her parents; wife, Jean Goepfert on April 26, 2018 and nephew, J. Paul Daehlin.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 14, 2018 at St. John’s United Church of Christ with Rev. Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will follow service in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the church on Monday.
Stewart Lee Strait
age 78 of Monroe, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital after a short battle with cancer. Stewart was born June 12, 1939 in Tomah, WI to Francis and Helen (McNamer) Strait. He attended Whitewater College High.
Stewart and Christie Wittwer were united in marriage on July 3, 1965 at St John’s United Church of Christ, in Monroe.
Stewart enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 20, 1957 and proudly served until his retirement on December 1, 1976. After leaving the Navy, he worked at Woodbridge Corp. (Janesville Products) in Brodhead until retiring in 2001. In his leisure time he enjoyed camping with his family, building and maintaining his model railroad, and keeping busy in his workshop creating treasured pieces of furniture for his family. He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Christie; children Amy (Scott) Watson of Brodhead and Jed (Jamie) Strait of Belleville; beloved grandchildren Bailey Watson, Nashton and Nolan Strait; brothers and sisters Barbara Moore, Marion Halverson, Keith (Kaylene) Strait, Marlyn (Roger) Buswell and Gordon Strait; brother-in-law Morton Wittwer, sister-in-law Marlene Strait, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law Fred and Faith Wittwer; brothers Raymond and Kermit Strait; sister Mildred Pester; brothers-in-law Robert Moore, Leland Halverson, and Lyle Pester; sisters-in-law Charlene Strait-Stewart, Jan Ashe, and Bonnie Wittwer.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, May 21st at St. John’s United Church of Christ with Rev. Kathleen Rinear officiating. Visitation will be Monday, May 21st from 10:00am until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery with Military Honors.
A memorial fund is being established.
The family wishes to thank the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff of the Monroe Clinic Hospital for the care and comfort given to Stewart and his family. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Nancy Leigh Siegenthaler
age 66, of Monticello, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at her home. She was born the daughter of Clarence and Gertrude (Schenk) Beyer on June 9, 1951 in Monroe. Nancy attended Fairview Country School and was a graduate of Albany High School. She was united in marriage to Ralph E. Siegenthaler on June 29, 1968 in Monticello.
Along with raising her family and helping on the farm with her husband, Ralph, Nancy also worked as a licensed daycare provider for many years at Small World in New Glarus and La Petite in Verona. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Green County Humane Society, having had a love for cats since she was young. Her family was most important to her and she took great pride in caring for her home.
Nancy was a longtime member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Monroe.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph of Monticello; her nine children, Carl (Bille Jo) Siegenthaler of Freeport, Kirk Siegenthaler of Monticello, Jesse (Angela) Siegenthaler of Ixonia, Shannon (Rory) Weeden of New Glarus, Monica (Mark) Hawthorn of Monticello, Danielle (Peter) Gafner of Monticello, Aaron (Holly) Siegenthaler of New Glarus, Heath (Sara) Siegenthaler of New Glarus and Kiel (Susan) Siegenthaler of Watertown; as well as 18 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren, a third expected in June; and her sister, Donna (Sanford) Moore of Albany. Nancy is further survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Clarence Blumer; and a sister, Ruth in infancy.
A Funeral Service will be held at 3:30 pm on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Monroe with Wes Riley officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 1:30 pm until the time of service at church. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Tammy M. Andrews
age 46, of Monroe, died on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born on June 11, 1971 in Monroe; the daughter of Gerald and Beverly (Sulzer) Andrews. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1990. Tammy enjoyed spending time with her family; she also enjoyed crafts, puzzles, and talking on the phone.
She is survived by her mother, Beverly of Monroe; brother, Travis (Amanda) Andrews; a sister, Tonya (Lonny) Johnson ; two nieces, a nephew, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, and a brother Todd in infancy.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday June 1, 2018 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor Tiff Bates officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 700 pm Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the funeral home.
Lorraine Jones Schultz
age 93, of Stoughton, formerly of Albany, passed away on Sunday, May 27 at Skaalen Nursing and Rehab Center, Stoughton, WI after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Lorraine was born July 11, 1924 to Theodore and Hazel (Amidon) Falk. She graduated from Albany High School in 1941 and married Ralph “Jack” Jones on October 28, 1942. Side by side they farmed in the Albany area until retiring from farming in 1969. They then moved to their home on Suburban Drive on the outskirts of Albany. Lorraine worked part-time at Hein’s Grocery Store and the Albany Mini-Mart where she truly enjoyed interacting with customers and vendors. Jack passed away in 1983.
In 1985, Lorraine married Robert M. “Bob” Schultz. They spent 15 years together which included lots of card playing with friends and traveling throughout the U.S., their favorite and most visited place being Mount Rainier in the state of Washington. Bob passed away in 2001.
Lorraine was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, LaVon (Dan) Flynn, Oregon; her grandchildren, Dan Jones, New Glarus; Mike Jones, Argyle; Kelly (John) Breitbach, Oregon; and Stacy (Dennis) Richardson, Brooklyn; great-grandchildren, Ryan (Meghan) Blatterman; Alex and Abby Breitbach; Jordan and Courtney Jones; and great-great granddaughter, Payton Blatterman. Lorraine is further survived by Bob’s children: Robert C. from Albany; Glenda Ferolito from Orfordville, Teresa (Richard) Haberman from Janesville, Farin L. (Deb) from Brodhead; 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by many special nieces, nephews and friends.
Lorraine was predeceased by her parents; husbands; sister, Lois (Bob) Moser; son, Ralph Curtis Jones, and step-daughter-in-law, Deb Schultz.
Though failing health required her to move away from Albany, her heart always remained there. She loved her home on Suburban Drive and one of her greatest joys was to host family and friends there. She took pride in setting a fancy table and cooking a special meal for her guests. She was particularly known for her chocolate brownies. Her yard and flower beds brought her special joy. She also enjoyed a good euchre game.
Lorraine was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church, where she was very active in Naomi’s Circle.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Albany United Methodist Church, 500 Park St. in Albany. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 2nd, from 10:00 until time of service at the church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
Lorraine’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff and caregivers at Skaalen Nursing and Rehab Center, Stoughton, and to the Heights Assisted Living, Evansville, for their wonderful and compassionate care of Mom/Grandma. Also many thanks to Agrace Hospice for their comfort and support during these final days.
Her memory is now our keepsake
Which with we’ll never part.
God has her in his keeping
We have her in our hearts.
Alan W. Blum
age 58 of Monticello, died Friday, May 25, 2018 at Monroe Clinic Hospital, with his family at his side. He was born on December 13, 1959 in Monroe, the son of William and Pauline (Krueger) Blum. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1978; and attended U.W. Madison for the Dairy Management Short Course.
Alan married Renee Tourdot on September 19, 1987 in Monroe. Alan farmed for many years and then went to work in the Maintenance Dept. at the Monroe Clinic Hospital, where he has worked for the last 20 years. He was a member of Zwingli United Church of Christ; he enjoyed gardening, loved to cook and barbeque. His greatest joy was his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by 3 sons: Brock (Elizabeth) Blum of Neenah, Christopher (Mary) Blum of Milwaukee, and Derek Blum of Monroe; parents, Bill and Pauline Blum of Monroe; brothers, Joel Blum and Pete (Erin) Blum, both of Monroe; 2 grandchildren: Landon and Laylah; nieces, nephews, wonderful neighbors, and his faithful dog Buddy.
A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Monroe United Methodist Church. A memorial fund will be established in Alan’s memory. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Donna L. Miller
age 86, of Monroe, formerly of South Wayne, died on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Community Living in Monroe. She was born on October 15, 1931 in McConnell, IL; the daughter of Franklyn and Viola (Niesman) Furray.
Donna and Frederick Miller were united in marriage on December 10, 1949 in McConnell, IL.
Donna was a seasonal worker for Swiss Colony and farmed with her husband.
Donna was member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in South Wayne. She enjoyed quilting, and spending time with family.
She is survived by her children: Charles “Chuck” (Jackie) Miller of Jim Falls, WI; Mary (Steve) Pilling of Blanchardville; and Rebecca “Becky” (Bob Edler) Miller of Monticello; 8 grandchildren: Michele, Chantel, Holly, Christopher, Megan, Miranda, Sara, and Jennifer, 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Tom (Sharon) Furray of McConnell, IL; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death her parents; husband, Frederick; and a sister, Lela.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Rock Lily Cemetery, in Winslow, IL.
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 5th, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
age 95, formerly of South Wayne, WI, went home to Jesus on May 29, 2018, at Lafayette Manor, Darlington, WI.
He was born June 10, 1922, to John C. and Ella L. (Brown) Ernst on the home farm near Apple River, IL.
He graduated from three-year Apple River High School and a year later from Warren High School.
Frank served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate-Third Class from October 29, 1942, to February 4, 1946, assigned to Carrier Aircraft Service Unit 9. After his military time, he attended Brown’s Business College in Freeport and sold Fuller Brush for a while, eventually returning to the home farm. He met the love of his life, Marguerite Berger, through his sister Bernice, and they were married October 11, 1947, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Freeport, IL.
After their marriage he and his new bride farmed the home farm near Apple River with his brother Paul. In 1951, Frank moved his family to a farm on Andrews Road near South Wayne.
In the mid-1960s, in addition to farming, Frank started his own business called “Frank Ernst Silos,” selling and servicing silos and farm equipment. He won many salesmanship awards.
In 1981, Frank bought Staley’s Hardware Store in South Wayne, naming it “Ernst Farm and Home Center.” He later moved the business to Hwy 11 and renovated the original store and surrounding buildings into rental properties. He still owned these at his death.
Frank was a long-time member of St. John’s Catholic Church, South Wayne, and continued to practice his faith at Lafayette Manor.
Frank and Marguerite traveled to many places, including Australia and Italy, before her death on July 24, 1991.
Frank married Emma Quinn Zweifel on June 27, 1992. She passed away at age 100 on February 15, 2018.
Frank’s business sponsored a volleyball team in the 1990s, and he played with the team. The team shirts read, “Frankly We Play in Earnest.”
Frank has resided in Lafayette Manor for the past three years and enjoyed playing euchre, bingo, and attending music activities. Most of all, he enjoyed frequent visits from family members.
Frank is survived by his six children: Terri (Bill) Nipple, New Glarus; Dave (Nancy Lund), Benicia, CA; Connie (Jim) Meier, South Wayne; Gwen (Jeff Ulrich) Ernst-Ulrich, Wellington, NV; Susie (Joe) Junk, South Wayne; and Ed (Diane), Monroe.
He is further survived by 21 grandchildren: Janet (Brad) Haack, Wendy Nipple, Kathy (Shawn) Sigafus, Lori (Tom Jr.) Modaff, Vicki Meier, Annette Meier, Tommy Meier, Ryan (Trish) Ulrich, Michelle (Steve) Pelton, Marty (Mandy) Ulrich, John (Lisa) Holloway, Marianne (Ryan) Engels, Scott (Woohye Jang) Ulrich, Mindy (Tim) Obert, Jill (Josh) Cirillo, Barry (Terra) Junk, Gina (Carl) Saglie, Chawntelle (Robert Bowers) James, Kenan (Shena) Ubersox, Joshua (Alyssa) Ubersox, and Adam (Nichole Wagner) Ubersox and 58 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by a brother, Paul Ernst, Apple River; a sister, Betty Levy, Binghamton, NY; and many nieces and nephews; stepchildren JoAnn (Lavern) Flannery, Marian (Matt) Olin, Nancy Gertsch, and Charlie (Kelli) Quinn; stepdaughters-in-law Mary (Ron) Berget and Gloria Quinn; and 22 step-grandchildren.
Frank was predeceased by his parents; both wives; sister Bernice; brothers Fred, Roy, and Robert (in infancy); nephews Fred Ernst and Jim Ernst; niece Becky (Levy) Roth; grandson Michael James Meier; great-grandchildren Madelynn Jo Saglie, Craig James Ubersox, and Kandace Marie Junk; stepsons Emmet and Patrick Quinn; and stepson-in-law David Gertsch.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 5695 Main St., Gratiot, WI, with Fr. Sudhakar Devarapu as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Gratiot, WI. Visitation will be Friday, June 8, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Drive, Monroe, WI.
The family wishes to extend its deepest appreciation to the Lafayette Manor staff, the Medical Associates physicians, and St. Croix Hospice for their loving care. A memorial fund has been established in Frank’s name.
Arlene M. Bujwit
age 67, of Albany, died on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at her home. She was born on September 14, 1950 in East Chicago, IN, the daughter of John and Evelyn (Karpie) Novak. She graduated from Roosevelt East Chicago High School.
She was a mechanic for Steel Workers Union and worked for the American National Can Company for 20 years in Hammond, IN; then Coca Cola in Chicago Heights for 6 years and also worked for the Ford Motor Company in South Chicago for 6 years.
She enjoyed fishing, gambling and being with her grandkids.
She is survived by her daughter, Brandie (Jonathan) Swindle; 3 grandchildren: Brendan, Madisen and Connor; her partner-in-crime (step-sister) Darline Pedersen; Darline’s kids; Tina (William) Witham and family & Charles (Shelly) Williamson and family; sister, Cindy Niezgoda and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, 3 brothers, John, Robert and Jim; 3 sisters, Joann, Gloria and Debra Novak.
Private graveside services will be held at Hillcrest cemetery in Albany. A celebration of Arlene’s Life will be held Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Turner Hall in Monroe.
Carl C. Reynolds
age 86, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on July 18, 1931 in Crawford County, WI; the son of Olen and Leta (Wayne) Reynolds.
Carl married Dorothy Van Lent and later married Dorothy Kenney.
He later married Billie Jean Frauchiger on February 28, 1976 in Browntown, WI.
Carl farmed, later he worked for the Illinois Central Railroad, and as a journeyman pipefitter.
He was a member of Steamfitters Local Union #601; and the Apple River Sportsman’s Club.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working with his hands and enjoyed the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife Billie, of Monroe, 10 children: Doug Reynolds and Dave (Sue) Reynolds both of Apple River, IL; Tim (Nancy) Reynolds of Warren, IL; Sharon Brinkmeier of Apple River, IL; Steve (Barb) Reynolds of Apple River, IL; Jeff (Laura) Reynolds of Warren, IL; Jackie (Jim) Fero of Whitewater; Cory (Katie) Reynolds of McFarland, Melissa (Steve) Guth of Monroe; and Casey Reynolds of Monroe; 23 grandchildren and 1 on the way; 15 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way; 7 step-grandchildren; 15 step great-grandchildren; and 1 brother, Ryland (Judith) Reynolds of Cable, WI..
He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 children, Brenda Reynolds in infancy and Dan Reynolds; 5 sisters and 2 brothers; a grandson, Nicholas Reynolds; 2 great grandkids: Morgan Bauman and Hannah Mau.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Peace Church of Christ in Browntown with Pastor Scott Cernek officiating.
Visitation will be Monday, June 11th, from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE funeral home in Monroe.
Carol A. DeVoe-Degenhardt
age 73 of Footville, WI., died on June 12, 2018 at St. Elizabeth's Manor. She was born on November 9, 1944 in Monroe, the daughter of Elwin “Al” and Arlene (Grossen) DeVoe. Carol was a graduate of Monroe High School. She married Bill Thomas and later married Frank Degenhardt.
Carol was a secretary at Moore Business Forms for 20 plus years until her retirement. She was a member of The Monroe Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Carol enjoyed online shopping; buying hats, jewelry and loved showing them off at the Hall and to the public. She was a very unique person; laughing and enjoying life to the fullest with her wonderful friends at the Hall. She will be greatly missed at St. Elizabeth’s. She also enjoyed sports; having had season Badger game tickets in Madison for many years. Her greatest enjoyments were football, NASCAR, horse races and spending time with family; making people feel good about themselves where ever she went or lived. She loved all animals and had a cat for 19 years. She loved dancing any chance she got and playing domino games with her family.
Survivors include her sister, Linda DeVoe of Oconomowoc, WI; children, Kathy (Mike) Dayberry, (grandkids Sarah and Shane) of Kansas City, MO; Dawn (Rich) Degenhardt, of Freeport, IL; and Dolan (Emily) Degenhardt, (grandkids, Noah Delamater of Madison, and Kael, Sera, Echo of Chippewa Falls, WI).
She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Damon.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Monroe. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.