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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.  
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Suzanne Minder
age 88, of Browntown, died peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 17, 1929 in Lafayette County, the daughter of Ben and Eveline (Rodebaugh) Goodman. She graduated South Wayne High School in 1947.

Suzanne married John Minder on June 22, 1947 in Browntown. She worked on the farm alongside her husband. She belonged to the Homemakers club, was active in 4-H, taught Sunday school, enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, dancing and reading. 

She is survived by her children: Michael (Janet) Minder of Browntown, Dawn (Dale) Hoesly of Monroe, Dian (Jayson) Storts of Madison, Michele (Craig) Meiter of Stillman Valley, IL, and David (Kathy) Minder of Browntown; 13 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John; 2 brothers: Sam and Charles Goodman; 3 sisters: Thelma Cary, Audrey Schliem, and Dorothy Webster. 

Private graveside services will be held at Saucerman Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be given in Suzanne’s name to Boys Town. 
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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.

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Randal Eugene Miller
age 65, of Albany, died Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 2, 1954 in Monroe, the son of Nelson and Anna (Cleaveland) Miller. He graduated from Albany High School in 1973, and was part of the track and field team that won state that year. Randal married Peggy Lynn Widmer on March 21, 1992 in Albany. He worked at Varco Pruden in Evansville for over 30 years.

Randal attended Albany Baptist Church and was a member of Sons of American Legion. He also enjoyed his 1957 Chevy, his dog, Fuzzy, his cats, Charlie and Marshmallow, and watching NASCAR and the Green Bay Packers.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy of Footville; mother, Anna Miller of Albany; daughter, Lynn Miller of Albany; brother, Gary (Marge) Miller of Evansville and sister, Teresa Crafford of Sun City, CA. He was preceded in death by his father, Nelson Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Albany Lion’s Club with Pastor Kevin Phillips officiating. Burial will take place in Hillcrest Cemetery in Albany. Visitation will be held on Monday from 10AM until the time of service at the Lion’s Club. 

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Dean “Rough” Gilbertson
age 82 of Monroe, died Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on May 13, 1937, the son of Gustav and Olga (Skattum) Gilbertson. He graduated from Monroe High School and served in the U.S. Army Infantry. Dean married Lois Marie Rule on June 15, 1985. Dean was an over the road truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Gilbertson of Monroe; 2 step-children: Tina Olson and Tonya Bettis; 4 children: Shayne Gilbertson, Scott Gilbertson, Shelly Grinnell and Steven Gilbertson; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren; a brother, Roger Gilbertson; a sister, June Lusk; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Gordon, Lyle, Clyde and Kenneth; sisters: Opal, Margaret, and Elaine.

Per Dean’s wishes, no services will be held. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to Dr. Gaines Ritchardson and Nurse Jody.

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James R. Moe
age 79 of Monroe, died Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Pleasant View Nursing Home, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born on November 19, 1940 in Monroe, the son of James and Genevra (Fitzgerald) Moe. He graduated from South Wayne High School in 1958. After high school he began farming with his father and established Blackhawk Excavating. He owned and operated Blackhawk Excavating until his retirement. James lived most of his life in South Wayne, and was proud of his home on County B. He was the founder and first president of Badger State Tractor Pullers in 1974. He enjoyed traveling, racing snowmobiles, playing and watching sports, and flying small airplanes.

He is survived by his children: Lynda (Steve) Holland of Gratiot, Jeanne Siegenthaler of Brookfield, Holly (Shawn) McNulty of Mukwonago, Heather (Erik) Huschitt of Monroe, and Carey (Ross) Fowler of Lake Geneva; 13 grandchildren; brother, Donald (Helen) Moe of Reedsburg; sisters: Eunice Brennan of Monroe, Jane (John “Drew” Derrick) Phelan of Cincinnati, OH, and sister-in-law, Joan Moe of Charlotte, NC. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roger Moe; and two brothers-in-law, Danny Brennan and Bill Phelan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM at St. Claire of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke, celebrant. Private burial will be in Union Cemetery in South Wayne at a later date. A visitation will be Thursday from 12:00 PM until time of Mass at the church.

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Donna Mae Hartin
age 71, of Monroe, died on Monday, December 16, 2019 at her home. She was born on March 1, 1948 in Monroe, the daughter of Edwin and Charlotte (Drake) Huffman. She graduated from Brodhead High School in 1966. Donna married the love of her life LaVern Charles Hartin on July 6, 1968 in Brodhead.

Donna worked for the State of Wisconsin for 32 years, retiring in 2012. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, spending time with her family, riding ATV trails; but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.  

She is survived by her husband, LaVern of Monroe; children: Candace (Rick) Bussey of Monroe, Craig (Stacy) Hartin of Edgerton, Charles (Billie Jo) Hartin of Janesville, Cory (Erica) Hartin of Janesville; 8 grandchildren: Hannah Disch, Brandon Hartin, Lauren Hartin, Destiny (Chris) Howell, Alyssa Hartin, Noah Hartin, Christian Melbye and Carter Beeler. 2 great-grandchildren: Chance and Owen Howell. brothers, David (Becky) Huffman of Brodhead, Gary "Zeke” (Lynette) Huffman of Brodhead and Marvin “Buck” (Cathy) Huffman of Brodhead; sisters, Francis Wolff of Warren, Elizabeth (Gary) Malkow of Brodhead, and Dora (Robert) Miller of Evansville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers: James, Robert and Max Huffman; and sister, Janice Taylor; special brother-in-law, Fredrick Wolff.

Private family services were held Friday, December 20, 2019 at Greenwood Cemetery in Brodhead. 

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William Allen Frazier
age 83 of Monroe, died Friday, December 20, 2019 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on December 23, 1935 in Gibson County, Tennessee, the son of Van Allen and Evelyn (Allen) Frazier. He attended High School in Bradford, TN and received his GED from the U.S. A. F. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959. William married Judith Ann Tschudy on February 8, 1958 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe. William worked for the Swiss Colony, Deppeler Wood Shop, Craigo Grain, Green County, City of Monroe and Monroe Truck. He was a member of Yesteryear Auto club, he enjoyed working on cars and RV camping. 

  He is survived by his wife, Judith of Monroe; children: Steven (Barbara) Frazier, Susan (Kevin) Leistikow, and James (Pamela) Frazier; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sister, Janet White, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and 2 sisters. 

  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, December 26, 2019 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Tiff Bates officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. A visitation will be held Thursday from 9:00 am until the time of service. 
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Kenneth A. Schmid
age 95, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019. He was born on May 4, 1924, in Monroe, the son of Alvin and Grace (Chesebro) Schmid, and lived his life in and around Monroe through 2017, when he entered memory care at Brookdale Middleton Stonefield, until his passing.
Ken’s lifelong vocation was agriculture, and he loved every part of his participation with it. As a boy, his father taught him about dairy farming on their family farm north of Monroe. After graduating from Monroe High School in 1941, he and his dad purchased a dairy/hog farm north of Juda. Ken owned and operated dairy/beef/hog farms around Green County throughout his 40+ years of active farming. He cared deeply for the land and the animals he raised, treating them with the reverence he felt they deserved. He was the closest to His God in the midst of a corn field.

Ken obtained both his real estate and appraisal licenses, and spent many years selling and appraising agricultural real estate. He opened Agri-Center Realty in Monroe, and poured all of his years of experience into helping many people find the right farm. He also spent many years in the farm auction business. Through all of his varied roles in the world of agriculture, he touched many farms and lives around Green County, southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. He met so many wonderful people, some of whom became the best of friends, and always loved telling the stories of those experiences. 

Ken’s lifelong love was Helen. They met at a Turner Hall dance and married on September 13, 1945. They had 5 children, and their family has grown to include 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. They worked hard together to provide a wonderful life for their family. They loved to travel, and visited lots of places together, including Europe, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, many locations in the US, including 2 trips to Alaska. Florida was their winter home for many years. Their 74 years together were filled with a deep and abiding love, which they shared generously with family and a long list of lasting friendships.  

Ken is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Beverly, Conrad (Nancy), Paul (Linda), and Peg (Erwin Bauer) Lyon; grandchildren, Jennifer Dudzik, Ronald, Eric and Brandon; 5 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ronald in Vietnam; infant daughter, Theresa; son-in-law, Michael Lyon; sisters, Lola, Elsie Hill, Dorothy Kiechler and Phyllis Broussard; parents-in-law, Arthur and Celeste McAdams.

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at Victor’s Catholic Church. 

The family is sincerely grateful for the care and kindness given to Ken by the staff of Brookdale Middleton Stonefield and Agrace Hospice.

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Carol J. Hoffman
age 81 of Monroe, died Friday, January 3, 2020 at Monroe Hospice Home. She was born on February 19, 1938 in Marithon County, WI, the daughter of George and Edna (Schoppenhorst ) Hoffman Sr. She attended Monticello High School. She worked for Armor Cheese Co. for 17 years, then Stoughton composites in Brodhead and later Stoughton Trailers in Edgerton, retiring in 2000. Carol enjoyed collecting many things, stamps and cookbooks to name a few.

  She is survived by her partner Ken Gruenberg of 47 years; 5 children: Joseph “Dick” (Joann) Dunlavey Jr., Michael (Martha) Dunlavey of Monroe, Patrick Dunlavey of Monroe, Gary Dunlavey of Brodhead, and Colleen (Scott) Youtzy of Lena, IL; 4 step-children: Patricia (Jim) Schmitz of Kenosha, WI, Teresa Gruenberg, Debra Gruenberg, both of Monroe, and Steve Gruenberg of Oregon, IL; 18 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; 2 brothers: George Hoffman Sr. of Sycamore, IL and Ed “Butch” (Loretta) Hoffman of Prescott, AZ; 2 sisters: Grace (Gary) Huffman of Monroe, and Nancy (Ed) Williams of Redmond, OR. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Duane Hoffman; grandson, Derrick Youtzy.

  Private services will be held on Wednesday at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Chaplin Steve Bullock officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe. Memorials can be given in Carol’s name to the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home.

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Molly Cecelia Allen-Eberle
age 27, of Monroe formerly of Albany passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. She was born the daughter of Mark and Sara Larson-Allen on February 27, 1992 in Monroe. Molly was a graduate of the Monroe Charter School. She was united in marriage to Jeremy Sean Eberle on January 2, 2016 in Monroe. 

Molly was devoted to her family and took pride in caring for them. She had a great love for children and animals. She also enjoyed the outdoors, camping, and sitting around a fire. 

Molly is survived by her husband, Jeremy; sons, Brayden and Marcus Eberle; father, Mark Allen; brother, Anthony (Megan Schulz) Allen; sister, Tess (Brian Rice) Allen all of Monroe; maternal grandmother, Phyllis Larson; and her special cousin and dear friend, Brenda Hoffman. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Sara Larson-Allen of Monroe formerly of Albany; and grandfather, Cecil Larson. 

Funeral Services will be held at 12PM Noon on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Jeff Ditzenberger officiating. Burial will follow services in Hillcrest Cemetery in Albany.

Visitation will be held on Friday, from 10AM until the time of service, at the funeral home.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. 

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Harold M. Vale
Harry Vale of Monroe, Wisconsin, husband of Cress (Burkholder) Vale, died on January 3, 2020. He was a proud Norwegian, born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1927. He grew up near Sun Prairie, son of the late Ole and Jerona (Hermanson) Vale. He was a faithful Christian and member of several Methodist and Lutheran Churches throughout his life. He was predeceased by older brothers Olaf, Les and Ervin, younger brothers George and Russell, and granddaughter, Emily.

The Vale brothers were well known in their conference in basketball, football, and Harry’s life-long favorite, boxing (he tried a comeback at age 33, one last light-heavyweight bout in the open division of the Golden Gloves, then taught a next generation of boxers). After the military, Harry attended U.W. Platteville, where he met Cress; they later moved to Madison where he graduated in Ag Science.

Harry and Cress, both schoolteachers, raised their children in Durand, Illinois, where Harry taught high school vocational agriculture and also worked with veterans in on-the-farm training. Some highlights included numerous wins by his students for crop and animal judging and also a state championship in speaking. In 1962 the Farm Bureau recognized the Durand FFA Chapter as having the best cooperative program in the State of Illinois. In 1964 he was thanked by the County Superintendent for the Ag segment his students created for the County Schools TV Show. Harold once said, “We had a real outstanding Ag department, not because of me, but because of the boys in it."

Harold tested his entrepreneurial spirit with forays into the sheep and cattle businesses; one big success came in 1970 when his Charolais Bull was a grand champion at the Illinois State Show and Sale.

After 16 years of teaching he became the Manager of the Lake Summerset Association and then wrapped up his career as an agriculture real estate agent in Southern Wisconsin. He was deeply honored to be recognized as Durand’s Citizen of the Year in 1978, saying in a related interview, “Marrying Cress was the best decision I ever made; she’s definitely the better half.” He and Cress moved to their farm near Albany in 1979 and then to Monroe in 2012. Harry took great joy in sharing in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He loved teaching the grandchildren to fish and mow the lawn, but really excelled in teaching them to drive in an old truck in a corn field, well before their parents had approved.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Cress; and three children and their families: 
-Brad and Gabrielle Vale, their son Jake and wife, Nika, and Harry’s great-grandson, Kas, their son Brent and wife, Leslie, and Harry’s other great-grandson, Weston Harold.
-Tom and Karen Vale, their sons, Dan (fiancé, Casey Brye) and Eric, and their daughter Erin (Vale) Stauffer and husband, Tim.
-Elaine Vale and Dave Silver, their daughters, Rachel and Hannah and their son, Ben and wife, Lindsey, and Harry’s great-granddaughter, Leah.

Services in Monroe, Wisconsin:
Visitation at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 4 to 7pm on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Funeral at Monroe United Methodist Church, 11am, Saturday, January 11, 2020 with Rev. Dr. Don Kim officiating. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery.

A memorial fund is being established to support some of Harry’s favorite organizations.

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Kenneth Franklin Bissell, Sr.
age 72 of Orangeville, Illinois, died Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at his home. He was born on September 26, 1947 in Dodgeville, WI ,the son of Galey and Katheryn (Rogers) Bissell. He attended Orangeville Schools. 

Ken worked for Kelly Springfield Tire Company for 32 years, retiring in 2006. He also had a hobby farm to care for his horses. Ken enjoyed hunting, trapping, being outdoors, and he loved to go to auctions and horse sales. Ken had words of wisdom, whether you wanted it or not! 

Ken is survived by his partner, Rita Taylor of Orangeville; sons, Kenneth Bissell of Freeport and Steven (Gari Lynne) Bissell of McConnell; five grandchildren, Amanda, Kaitlyn, Nick, Britta, and Oskar; brother, Galey “Butch” Bissell of Elroy, IL; sister, JoAnne Kruse of Orangeville; half-sister, Sue Rankin of Monroe; step-daughters, Tammy Heyden, Christine Heyden, Kathleen Dittmer, Taui Gay, and Silquet Ra; chosen brothers, David and Norman Caudle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marvin Sittig; and half-sister, Gale Wesley.

Funeral Services will be held at 5PM on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor David Schrader officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2PM until the time of service at the funeral home.

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Allen “Sonny” Ralph Isely
age 90, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. Sonny was born on January 1, 1930, the son of Ralph and Helen (Voegeli) Isely in Monroe. He attended Jordan Center Schools. Sonny was united in marriage to the love of his life, Betty J. Dammen on November 7, 1964 in Orfordville; she preceded him in death on February 8, 2004. 

Together they farmed for almost 30 years on the family farm outside of Monroe on Highway 81 and Jordan Township. After a farming accident in 1994 they retired to Monroe where Allen worked part-time at Swiss Colony for several years and continued doing fieldwork out on his farm. He loved being a farmer and raising his Holstein cattle. He also loved having his children raised in the same home that he grew up in. He was a member of Jordan Lutheran Church in Browntown. 

He is survived by two daughters, Jana (Duane) Fox of Dyersville, IA and Lonna (Michael) Condron of Highland Village, TX; two sons, Dale Isely of Monroe and James “Jamie” (Brenda) Isely of Kyle, TX; 9 grandchildren, Sydney and Taylor Fox, Madeline and Karsten Condron, Abby, Zack, and Mitchell Isely, and Katelynn and Parker Isely; siblings, Juanita Brandt, Lavern “Tim” (Linda) Isely both of Monroe, and Delores “Tessie” (Alvie) Bernet of Monticello; brothers-in-law, Bob (Mary) Dammen of Janesville and Lee (Cindy) Dammen of Evansville; sister-in-law, Lynn (Mark) Roeben of Fort Wayne, IN; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; and parents-in-law, Burnell and Donna Dammen; brother-in-law, Fred Brandt. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am Saturday, January 18, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of service, at the funeral home. A memorial fund is being established in Allen’s name.
  
  The family would like to thank the staff at Friedensheim Assisted Living and Pleasant View Nursing Home for taking good care of him over these past years. For the amazing staff at the Monroe Clinic for all their kindness and care he received when he was a patient there.

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Kathie L. Mudgett
age 61, of Monticello died on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. She was born on December 15, 1958 in Columbus Ohio, the daughter of Rollin and Remona (Carroll) Dowell.

She was united in marriage to Paul Mudgett on September 15, 1979 in Lancaster, WI. She graduated from Lancaster High School, Southwest Tech in Fennimore, and Madison Cosmetology.

She was employed with Parkside Salon in Monroe for 25 years and later operated Kathie’s Salon in Monroe for 2 1/2 years.

She enjoyed camping, shopping, traveling, but her greatest joy was spending time with her granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband Paul Mudgett; mother, Remona Dowell of Fennimore, children: Allan (Cassie Aebly) Mudgett of Argyle, Andrew (Tracie Rear) Mudgett of Monroe, Melissa Mudgett of New Glarus; granddaughter, Natalee Ruegsegger of Monroe; brothers, Dean (Brenda) Dowell of Scales Mound, IL and Ted Dowell of Montfort; sisters, Sue Rappold of Dodgeville, Lois (Jeff Faust) Dowell of Boscobel, and Candy Highland of Silverlake.

She was predeased in death by her father, Rollin Dowell and a niece Aimee Dowell.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME in Monroe, with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, January 24th, from 3:00-6:00 pm at the funeral home with service to follow at 6:00 pm.

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Dorothy Elizabeth Block
age 98, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on October 8, 1921, the daughter of Jesse and Hilda (Ruegsegger) Beach in Monroe. Dorothy attended Enterprise Country School and was a 1939 graduate of Monroe High School. She was united in marriage to Roy Albert Block on November 24, 1943 in Monroe.

Dorothy worked alongside her husband on their dairy farm in Jordan Township for 28 years and in Cadiz Township for 33 years. She enjoyed sewing, baking, and gardening. She was also a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Hannah Circle, and was past 4-H member and leader. Dorothy made quilts for all her grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Beverly (Richard) Wehinger of Monroe and Gerald (LaVonne) Block of Poulsvo, WA; daughter-in-law, Linda Block of Monroe; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, Rolland Beach and Nathan (Mary) Beach.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy; son, Russell Block; two sisters, Ella Burrington and Louise Wild and also twin sisters in infancy; and brother, Duane (Rose) Beach. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at St. John’s United Church of Christ with Reverend Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. A visitation will be Tuesday from 9:30 am until the time of service, at the Church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ or Pleasant View Nursing Home.

The family would like to thank Pleasant View Nursing Home for their wonderful care during Dorothy’s stay.

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Alice Fay Finley
age 72, of Monroe passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She was born the daughter of Leo and Eva (Miller) Sarbacker Sr. on December 23, 1947 in Monroe. Alice was united in marriage to James Finley. 

Alice worked in the Bakery department at Swiss Colony for many years, she also worked at Advance Transformer. She attended Jordan Lutheran Church. She enjoyed going to the casino and garage sales. 

Alice is survived by her son, Dale (Ashley) Finley of Albany; grandchildren: Danny, Blake, Adelynn, Hayden and Alex; siblings, Mary Koch of Belleville, Leo (Pat) Sarbacker Jr. of Florence, WI, Albert Sarbacker of Evansville, Charles Sarbacker of Argyle, Richard Sarbacker of Janesville, Julia (Bob) Uphoff of Madison, and Bonnie (Ronnie) Grigsby of Brodhead.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Tammy; two brothers, Bernard and Jerry Sarbacker; and one sister, Shirley DuDones. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Joseph M. Wels
age 89 of Monroe, died on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on February 8, 1930 in Perry Township, in Mt. Horeb, the son of Joe and Sophie (Kirschmann) Wels. Joseph attended Ullom School for 8 years and graduated from Monroe High School in 1947.

Joseph served in the Korean War from 1953 – 1955. Joseph and Luana Meyers were united in marriage on April 7, 1956 at St. Victor Catholic Church. Joseph was a cheesemaker at the Whitehead Cheese Factory for 33 years, and later a Browntown Rural Letter carrier for 16 years.

Joseph was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish and Zilmer Riley American Legion Post#84.

He is survived by his wife, Luana C. Wels, daughters, Pamela (Randy) Wyss, their children: Theresa (fiancé, Kody Habeck), Stephanie (fiancé, Eric Buol) and Molly (Antonio) Archie; Rose Wels; sons, Joseph A. Wels, Martin Wels and his son Gavin; Anthony (Lisa) Wels and their children: Madeleine and Anthony; sister, Lydia (Fred) West and special family friend, Margaret Parmer.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Norbert and sister, Erika. 

Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 1:00pm at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church in Monroe with Monsignor Larry Bakke celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 1st from 11:00am until the time of service at the church.

Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Victor School, or the Historic Cheese Making Center.

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Lois Jean Elmer
age 89, of Monroe, WI passed away peacefully on January 28th, 2020 at Pleasant View. Lois was born on November 28th, 1930 in Monroe, WI to Stanley and Alpha (Skattum) Field. She married Glenn Elmer on July 28th, 1948. Lois and Glenn owned a dairy farm and resided outside of Monroe. In addition to farming, she took great pride in being a housekeeper for St. Clare Hospital where she gave 110% and was the recipient of an Exceptional Service Award. 

Lois had a love for all animals, but a very special love for cats. She was a skilled baker & would often serve her desserts with the disclaimer that they “weren’t very good,” but your stomach always knew better—they’d be the best thing you’d eat all week. She also enjoyed being a housewife, gardening, and above all – striking up conversations with friends and strangers alike! She was always gloating about her kids and grandchildren. Her smile and laugh were contagious, and she had an unapologetic spunky sense of humor.

Lois had the most beautiful soul – she brought a light into this world that will not be extinguished by death. Everyone who knew her, even if only for a short time, described her as “the sweetest woman ever”. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother - her family came first and they were the most important people in the world to her. Her love was unconditional, without judgment, and everlasting. Lois gave and gave, without ever asking for anything in return – and what she left each of us cannot be destroyed or lost, it is permanent and allows her in so many ways to remain just alive as always – alive through us. 

She will be missed greatly by her sister, June Chapman of Monroe; brother, Jim (Cinda) Field of Monroe; her children, Don Elmer of Madison, Barb Hauge of Monroe, Ron Elmer of Monroe, Sharon “Shari” (Don) Heinzen of Waunakee; son-in-law, John Schrantz of Milwaukee; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 4 great great-grandchildren; and her beloved cat, Izzy.  

She was welcomed on the other side by her parents, Stanley & Alpha; husband, Glenn; brother, Arleigh Field; sister, Judy Figi; daughter, Karen Schrantz; son-in-law, Dan Hauge; and grandchildren, Kevin Nelson, Nicole Steiner, Gracie Schrantz; and the many beloved cats she cared for over the years. 

Her family would like to give a special thanks to all the staff at Pleasant View, Country View, and Fresenius Dialysis for their exceptional love & care for Lois. A very special thank you to Joe Gadson who went above & beyond every single day and loved her like his very own Grandma. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 9th from 1-3PM at Shriner Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home.  

A private burial will take place at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be donated in Lois’s name to Green County Humane Society or Pleasant View Nursing Home.

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Rodney E. Zimmerman
age 92 of Juda died Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Woods Crossing in Brodhead. He was born on September 21, 1927 in Monroe, the son of J. Ralph and Thelma (Qualley) Zimmerman. He attended Albany schools. Rodney married Doris V. Grossen on October 20, 1946 in Monroe. Rodney farmed for many years and also worked at R & R Implement in Brodhead, General Motors in Janesville, and Advance Transformer in Monroe. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Juda; he enjoyed rebuilding old cars and tractors and messing with anything mechanical.

He is survived by his children: Yvonne (Pete) Hady of Gays Mills, Allen (Mary) Zimmerman of Beloit, Roger (Lynn) Zimmerman of Monroe, Janice (Jim) Dundee of Brodhead, and Jeff (Jackie) Zimmerman of Albany; 20 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Doris, son-in-law, Jeffrey Reid.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Kelly Jahn officiating. Burial will follow in Oakley Union Cemetery. A visitation will be held Tuesday from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home.  
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Willis W. Kolden
age 91, of Monroe passed away on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on November 28, 1928 the son of Alfred and Ida (Everson) Kolden. He was united in marriage to Colleen “Cookie” Virginia Bowman on September 23, 1951. Willis was a graduate of Blanchardville High School. He worked at Dorman’s Cheese Corp. for over 40 years. Willis was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Monroe Moose Lodge #754. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, deer hunting, and playing cards with friends and family.

Willis is survived by his sons, David (Kathy), Bruce (Mary), Curtis (Rhonda), and Brian (Shirley) Kolden all of Monroe; five grandchildren, Brandi (Brian) Wirth, Michael (Katie) Kolden, Brittany Hagermann, Kelsey (Joe) Klohn and Stephanie Kolden; great-grandchildren: Kaylee, Gavin, Briella, Everett, Aaron, Ella, Carly, and Abigail. He is further survived by his sisters, Hazel (Jerry) Gelbach and Volly (Morrion) Berg; and sisters-in-law, Madeline Bowman and Deanne Signer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and brother, Ardell.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. John Tabaka officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home from 4-7PM. 

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Thomas J. Cox
age 77, of Monroe, died on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Meriter Hospital in Madison, after a brief illness. He was born on August 21, 1942, in Owatonna, MN, the son of Elverado and Coyla (Krueger) Cox. Thomas was a 1960 graduate of Monroe High School and a 1964 graduate of U.W. Whitewater.

Tom taught Elementary Physical Education for 33 years, in Manawa, WI; Highland Park, IL; U.S. Air Force Base, Tripoli, Libya, and Alexandria, VA.

Tom was an avid tennis player and an excellent basketball player in his younger years; he also liked to bike and continued biking through the rest of his life until one week ago.

Tom is survived by his brother, Charles Cox and wife Maria of Dallas, TX; nephews, Jeff and Greg Cox; niece, Ximena Bryce; sister-in-law, Oma Cox, and many cousins and friends. 
Tom was especially assisted by his cousin, Duane Bennett, in the last several years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and a brother David.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. at the Monroe United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Cox officiating.

Burial will be at Pine Island, MN at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Monroe United Methodist Church in Tom’s memory.

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Maxine Reasa
age 95, of Albany, passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on July 10, 1924 to Fred and Lura (Morris) Williams. Maxine graduated from Monroe High School in 1942. 

On October 24, 1943 she married Melvin E. Voegeli. They had two daughters, Brenda and Mary Kay. On August 25, 1962 Maxine married Harry D. Reasa and they resided in Albany. They had one daughter, Angela.

She worked at the Savanna Army Depot near Savanna, IL; Monroe Country Club and did Home Day Care for many years. Maxine was a proud member of the VFW.

Maxine took a great deal of joy in baking for her family and friends. No one will forget the hundreds of pans of her yummy made from scratch brownies and cookies that were enjoyed. She also loved spending time with her grandkids over the years.

She is survived by her daughters: Brenda (Gary) Kranig, of Albany, Mary Kay (Carlton) Wichser, of Evansville and Angela (John) Parr of Monroe; 6 grandchildren, Emily (Greg) Moe, Bryan (Jen) Kranig; Scott Wichser, Cindy (Justin) Herb; and David (Victoria Solomon) Parr & Brett Parr; 6 great-grandchildren: Brittany, Kylie, Kiarra, Austin and Dustin Moe & Sidney Kranig; and 2 great-great grandchildren, Kinsley and Kashton.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Harry; brothers, Harry, Stacey, Clyde and Robert and her sister, Lois Brennan.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 8, 2019 at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and 18th Avenue in Monroe.
Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of service.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff of Pleasant View Nursing Home for the wonderful care that Maxine received while she was there. Donations in lieu of flowers and in memory of Maxine can be made to: Friends of Pleasant View Foundation.

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Mark R. Austin
age 61 of Monroe, died Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at U.W. Hospital, Madison. He was born on January 13, 1959, the son of Alden and Jeanette (Stello) Austin in Monroe. He was a 1978 graduate of Monroe High School. Mark was united in marriage to Jill Jordan on September 10, 1983 in Juda. 

He was a machinist at Industrial Combustion for 10 years, he also worked as a tool and die maker at Orchid, formerly known as Advance Transformer, for 20 years. Mark loved the outdoors, he was a member of Pheasants Forever. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, trap shooting, and taking care of his hobby farm and wildlife food plots. He always looked forward to his annual fishing / hunting trips to Canada, which started with his father-in-law and brother-in-laws, and had carried on the tradition with his son. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and beloved grandchildren. He enjoyed collecting antique farm equipment and giving rides to his grandchildren. Mark was a grill-master, he loved cooking on the grill year round. 

He is survived by his wife, Jill of Monroe; children, McKenzie (Jake) Crase of Cuba City and Mitchell ( Kelsi Ruchti ) Austin of Monroe; mother-in-law, Pat Jordan of Juda; grandchildren, Carson, Jerdan, Kamryn, and Catelyn; brother, Phil (Mary) Austin of Monroe; and sisters, Janet Czerwonka of Madison, Joyce Jennings of Madison, and Julie (Paul Bunnell) Humphrey of Monroe. Mark and his family will forever be thankful to Mark’s sister Julie, who gave her kidney so that Mark could enjoy another 15 years of life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and father-in-law, Jerry Jordan.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Monroe Bible Church with Pastor Dan Krahenbuhl officiating. A luncheon will be held immediately following the service, at the church. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Argyle.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 14, 2020 from 4-7 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. 

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