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John E. Bergum
age 75 of Barneveld, died Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. He was born on December 21, 1939 in Monroe, the son of Ervin and Celia (Dunn) Bergum. He graduated from Albany High School, and then entered the Navy, combined Reserves and Active Duty from 1958 to 1961. John was stationed in the Mediterranean Sea during the Cuban Missile Crisis. John married Mara Lee Speich (Kildow) in 1958. John later married Shirley A. Oftedahl on October 31, 1996 in Dodgeville. John had many careers during his life, worked at General Motors in Janesville, he managed The Red Barn and Restaurant in Evansville- where he was known as Big John. Upon moving to Monroe he started beef farming, managed Turner Hall for several years, worked at Crandall Tire Company. Then moving to Northern Wisconsin to Appleton to work in tires again then to farm "bigger" in the areas of Merideen, Shioctin and New London, returning to the area he then lived in Hollandale, and Blanchardville, until finally settling down in Barneveld. His last job before retiring was working for his daughter (Kelly and Dan) and son-in-law's Municipal Sweeping Company, Kleen Pavement, in Evansville. He was a member of Barneveld American Legion; he enjoyed playing cards, riding motorcycles, being around animals, discussing politics- actually ran for Lt. Governor as a Libertarian, and spending time with his large, loving family.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Barneveld; daughter, Kelly (Dan) Gildner of Evansville; step-children: Caroline (Fred) Mazanec of Fresno, CA and Sandra Oftedahl of St. Paul, MN; 5 grandchildren, Justine, Ben (Tammy) and Hannah Gildner, and Jordan and Mara Kate Mazanec, and brothers: Ted (Bea) Bergum of Monticello, Tim (Barb) Bergum of Edgerton, Richard (Barbara) Bergum of LaFarge; a sister-in-law, Kay Bergum of Monroe and dozens and dozens of nieces and nephews (really!). He was preceded in death by his parents, two children: David and Debby Bergum; and a brother Bill Bergum.
A celebration of Life will be held Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home, 1455 Mansion Dr. and 18th Ave., Monroe.
Rhonda J. Hunter
age 61, of Monroe, died on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the University Hospital in Madison. She was born on November 2, 1953, the daughter of Kenneth and Arlene (Waters) Vlasak. She was a graduate of Argyle High School and Madison Business College.
Rhonda and Neal Hunter Jr. were married on April 21, 1984. Rhonda was a Director of Finance for Green County for many years. She was an avid Packer, Badger, and Brewers fan and loved to bowl. She is survived by her husband, Neal, of Monroe, parents, Kenneth and Arlene Vlasak of Blanchardville; sons, Travis (Vicki) Hunter of Algonquin, IL; Jeremy (Ashley Gower) Hunter of Monroe; brother, Gary (Bonnie) Vlasak of Argyle, sister, Laurel (Dennis) Schliem of Monroe; andone granddaughter, Leah Hunter. She is predeceased by her grandparents. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Ave. with Pastor Irv Caseofficiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Tuesday, December 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Rhonda’s memory.
Thomas B. Graebner
age 81 of Albany, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at his home. He was born on December 5, 1933 in Barneveld, WI, the son of James and Nora (Hendrickson) Graebner. He graduated from Madison East High School and attended U.W. Madison. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1954. Thomas married Shirley A. Neve on November 27, 1954 in Mauston, WI . He worked as a Lithographer in the Printing Industry for Litho & Widen Color Graphics in Madison. Thomas was a member of Albany Lutheran Church. He enjoyed drawing and Sketching.
He is survived by his wife Shirley of Albany; son, Thomas H. (Ginny) Graebner of Albany; daughter, Kristy (Jeff) Pryce of Albany; grandchildren: Bob & Missy Pryce, Mandy Graebner, and Michael (Katlyn) Graebner; and great grandchildren: Rylee and Emma. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jim, a sister, Carolyn, and a granddaughter in infancy.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Albany Lions Club with Pastor David Natzke officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Albany, with Military Honors. A visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Albany Lions Club. Memorials to Albany Lutheran Church in Tom’s Memory would be appreciated. Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home is assisting the family
Carol E. Meier
71, of South Wayne, passed away peacefully, on December 18, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Carol was born on January 7, 1943, in Apple River, IL. The daughter of Harry C. and Mary B. (Metcalf) Sigafus, Carol was the youngest of thirteen children. She married Gary Meier on June 24, 1962. They celebrated their 52nd Wedding Anniversary this year. Their marriage was full of love and respect.
Carol was a 1962 graduate of South Wayne High School. She worked a long side Gary on the family farm and babysat for her grandchildren. Carol’s family was always a priority.
Carol enjoyed her many collections, but her flower beds and garden was her favorite hobby. She loved being outside, getting her hands dirty and working in God’s soil. Carol was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Zion Country Club, volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul and passionate about giving blood.
Carol was preceded in death by her mother and father, five brothers, Mike (Jenny) Sigafus, Charlie (Charlene) Sigafus, Richard (Carol) Sigafus, Gordon “Bud” (Norma) Sigafus, Earl (Paula) Sigafus; four sisters, Violet (Lyle) Hammer, Harriett (Ralph) Fryer, Eleanor (Bud) Williams and Dolly (Paul) Siemens. She was also preceded in death by two sisters in-law, Carol (Richard) Sigafus, Jenny (Mike) Sigafus and four brothers in-law, Lyle (Violet) Hammer, Gerald (Helen) Fox, Paul (Dolly) Siemens and Bob (Veva) Manthei.
She is survived by her loving husband, Gary and children, Tadd (Maxine) Meier, of South Wayne, Lori (Rick) McDonald of Gratiot, Tammie Meier-Evenstad of Darlington, Randy (Christy) Meier of Gratiot, Mindy (Jamie) Stietz of Gratiot.
She is further survived by sixteen adoring grandchildren, Cuyler& Austin Meier, Ryan Schneider; Carter, Carley, Brayden & Brenna McDonald; Taryn, Tatum, Taylor & Tanner Evenstad; Sam & Jenna Meier; Chase, Cade & Payton Stietz. One great-granddaughter: Katie Schneider. She is also survived by two sisters, Helen (Gerry) Fox, Veva (Bob) Manthei, one brother, John (Rita) Sigafus. She also had many surviving nieces, nephews, and extended family too large to mention but much too important to omit.
Carol fought a brave battle with brain cancer; she always had a smile on her face and her family by her side. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Monroe Clinic Hospice nurses who helped care for Carol in her last days. Their support was greatly appreciated.
Funeral services will be 12:00 Noon on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ County DD and Butts Rd., South Wayne, with Pastor Sonya Heiser officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Warren, Illinois.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 20th, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Avenue in Monroe.
Margaret E. Gempeler
age 92, of Monroe, formerly of Monticello, passed gently into the arms of Jesus, while surrounded by her loving family, Saturday December 20, 2014 at Azura Memory Care in Monroe. She was born on December 11, 1922 in Juda, the daughter of Walter and Emma Ida (Klatt) Stricker. She attended Clarno Township School and Monroe High School. Margaret married Leon C. Gempeler on February 25, 1945 in Monroe, and enjoyed 67 wonderful years together. She was employed at Swiss Maid in New Glarus, and later worked for Mrs. Lackovich’s Christmas House, she also helped her husband on the farm her entire life. She was a member of Zwingli United Church of Christ, taught Sunday school at Zwingli Church, Eagles Club of New Glarus, the Women’s Guild, the Add A Million Club of Monroe; and she enjoyed Bowling, Gardening, Camping and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by five children: Roger Gempeler of Monticello, RoxAnn Witkowski of Hilton Head Island, SC, Ron (Betsy Treuthardt) Gempeler of Brodhead, Rick (Deb) Gempeler of Beaver Dam, and Reyne (Stacey) Phillips of Browntown, a sister, Helen Schmidt of Monroe; brother-in-law, Harold Neuenschwander of Monroe; 3 granddaughters: Mary Foley, Adrian Phillips and Ashley Phillips; 7 great grandchildren: Braeden and Memphis Brewster, Itzela and Yadira Phillips, and Abbey, Johnny and Lilly Tetzlaff. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband, Leon who died on Aug. 25, 2012; step-father, Herman Monte, 2 brothers: Fred Stricker and Willard Monte, 3sisters: Nellie Neuenschwander, Marie Stuessy and Ida Schiess, and Patricia Berra.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello, with Rev. Jeannie Douglas officiating. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Monticello. A visitation will be held Friday evening Dec. 26th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, Monroe.
The family wishes to extend a Thank You to Azura Memory Care and the staff for all the love and care they gave our mother.
Ann Marie Rufer
age 75, of Monroe died on Friday, December 19, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 24, 1939 in Moscow, PA, the daughter of Jacob and Marie (Zurcher) Blumer. She was a 1956 graduate of Pocano High School, in Pennsylvania. Ann and Roy Rufer were married on November 8, 1958 in Moscow, PA. Ann and Roy farmed with his brother, Clarence, for a few years before they bought an excavating business in 1965, where she was the bookkeeper for many years.
Ann was an active member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. She enjoyed playing cards and was a member of several card clubs. Her greatest joy was spending time with her Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, family and friends, she will be greatly missed. She is survived by her son, Russell (Kathy) Rufer of Monroe; daughter, Sue (Jeff) Fox of Monroe; Grandchildren: Kali (Craig)Chiusano of LaPlata, MD, Mallary Fox and Garrett Fox of Monroe, Briana Rufer of Monroe; step-grandchildren, Nicholas Miller, Michelle Miller; great grandchildren, Brody Fox, Bentley Wollin, Emmalee Chiusano; sister, Jane (Ken) Williams of Wyalusing, PA; brother, Jim (Joan) Blumer of Moscow, PA; sister-in-law, Pamela Rufer of Monroe; also many nieces and nephews. She was especially close to nephew Mark Williams. She is predeceased by her parents; husband Roy of 50 years; brother-in-law, Clarence Rufer and great nephew baby Jacob. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, with Rev. Tiff Bates officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe. A visitation will be held on Sunday, from 2:00 to 5:00 at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. A memorial fund is being established in Ann’s memory.
Juanita (Toodie) Zweifel
formerly of Monroe, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, surrounded by her family. Juanita was born on July 23, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, to Edward and Beatrice (Anderson) Mulligan. She grew up in Monroe, WI, and graduated from Monroe High School in 1945. As a young woman she worked at the Monroe Train Depot. Juanita and Duane Zweifel were married on April 3, 1948. Together they farmed near Albany and Juda from 1948-1967. In 1968, they created and worked together at Zweifel Construction until Duane’s death in 1989. Juanita also worked in the gift shop of the Swiss Colony Inn in the late 1960’s.
Juanita enjoyed spending time with her family. She spent winters at her home in Ft. Myers Beach, FL. Her hobbies were walking, reading, golfing, playing cards and dancing.
Juanita is survived by her daughters, Cathy Nevens, Franklin, WI and Kay Horn (Vilas Rasmussen), of Oconomowoc, WI; her granddaughters, Kate (Jack) Cervilla, Richfield, MN, and Laura Nevens, Tempe, AZ; and her great-grandchildren Sam and Skylar Cervilla, Richfield, MN. She is also survived by her sisters, Darlyne Daley, Verna (Jim) Clark, Rita Brunner, and her brothers, Frank (Lou) Mulligan, Tom (Kate) Mulligan, Jim (Arlene) Mulligan, Bill (Linda) Mulligan, and her sisters-in-law Julia Mulligan and Terri Mulligan. Juanita is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and dear friends.
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Duane, an infant granddaughter, brothers, Claire and Wayne Mulligan, sister, Evelyn McGinley, her in-laws, Robert and Mabel Zweifel, Melvin and Jean Zweifel, Marceda Grueschow, Spencer McGinley, George Daley, and Richard Brunner.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Avenue in Monroe with pastor Randy Booth officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be December 27thfrom 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Special thanks to the caregivers at Tudor Oaks Memory Care Center and Seasons Hospice.
A memorial fund is being established in Juanita’s memory.
Henry J. Marty
age 92 of Monroe, died Saturday, December 27, 2014, at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on June 18, 1922, in Green County, the son ofHenry and Rosa (Gehrig) Marty. He graduated from Monticello High School. Henry married Carol J. Priewe on January 20, 1952, in Monroe. Henry was a 4th generation dairy farmer on the family farm in Monticello, retiring in 1984. He was a member of Zwingli United Church of Christ, Monticello. Henry enjoyed spending time with his family, had a great sense of humor, and loved to talk. He enjoyed morel mushroom hunting. Henry had a pilot’s license when he was younger and loved to fly. He experienced the joy of a hot air balloon ride and most recently a helicopter ride in September 2014.
He is survived by his wife Carol, Monroe, 5 children: Barbara (Ronald) Smith, Monticello, Thomas (Nancy) Marty, New Glarus, James (Linda) Marty, Monticello, JoAnn (Fred) Cruse, New Glarus and Sharon (Ray) Horstmeier, Monroe; a brother, Willis G. (Beverly) Marty of Pasco, WA; a sister, Helen (Merrill) Woodward of Verona; 13 grandchildren: Michelle (Matt) Brukwicki, Tracy (Chad) Spotts, Brian Smith, Michael (Angela) Marty, Andrew Marty, Jeff (Elizabeth) Lamb, Jacob, Lucas and Logan Marty, Anna and Max Cruse, Tyler (Kerrie) Brugger and Ryan (Marcie) Brugger and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Marion Deppeler.
A privatefamily service will be held Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home, with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating.
Lucille A. Howard
age 83 of Monroe, died Friday, January 2, 2015 at Azura Memory Care. She was born on July 17, 1931, the daughter of Joseph and Alice (Burgess) Howard. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1949, and later from St. Agnes Nursing School in Fond Du Lac, WI. She worked as a registered nurse in LaCrosse, WI, Los Angeles, CA, but mostly in Casper, WY. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish. Lucille enjoyed her work, writing, watching TV, going to Church, and her trips to Dubuque.
She is survived by a sister, Grace Sullivan of Humbolt, TN; a brother-in-law, Werner Weissenfluh of Monroe; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters: Jane Kuhlman, Ruth Nelson, Juanita Olson, Hazel Weissenfluh, and Mary Bandi; brothers-in-law, Bill Kuhlman, Paul Nelson, Emil Bandi and Earl Sullivan.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, at St. Victor Catholic Church, with Fr. Larry Bakke presiding. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Darlington. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service, at the Church.The family would like to thank Monroe Clinic Hospice and Azura Memory Care. Memorials may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Parish or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Syvilla Odell Cahall
age 98, of Spooner, Wisconsin, formerly of Monroe died on Friday, January 2, 2015 at Benedictine Living Center in Spooner, Wisconsin. Odell was born on September 26, 1916 in Blanchardville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Edwin and Nellie (Olson) Severson. She attended grade school in Blanchardville and graduated from Monroe High School. Odell married Clarence Cahall on August 11, 1939 in the Union Church in Monroe. Over the years she and her husband lived in several communities, Reedsburg, Kenosha, Portage, Spooner, Waupaca and Hudson, Wisconsin.
She worked in their store in Hudson until they retired in 1978. After 46 years she and her husband moved back to Monroe in April 1987. She enjoyed gardening and golf. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, husband, Clarence, brother, Gordon, and sisters, Evelyn and Myra. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 12, 2015 at Highland memorial Park in New Berlin, Wisconsin. A visitation will be Monday, January 12th, from 11:00 to 12:00 noon at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe.
Eleanor B. Frederick
age 89 of Monroe, died Thursday, January 8, 2015. She was born on February 22, 1925, in Green County; the daughter of Martin and Lena (Ladwig) Frederick. She was a graduate of Monroe High School. Eleanor worked for Huber Brewery, Burgess Batteries, Fred Gaelli, the Swiss and Limburger Cheese factory, and was Treasurer for the City of Monroe for years. She was a member of the New Apostolic Church, where she served as Church organist and Sunday School Teacher for many years.
She is survived by her brother, Edwin Frederick; brother-in-law, Harris (Sandy) Thacher; nieces and nephews: Nancy (Ray) Schoeller, Edward (Kris) Frederick, Frederick Thacher, and Judy (Alex) Upmann; and nine great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Florence Marie Thacher.
A memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm, Friday, January 16, 2015 at the New Apostolic Church in Beloit, at 516 W. Grand Ave. Beloit, WI. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, at a later date. A visitation will be held Friday, January 16, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home in Monroe. A memorial fund is being established in Eleanor’s name.
David “Dave” Barrett
age 59, of Monroe, died on Friday, January 16, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at the Monroe Clinic Hospital after an unyielding 8 month battle with cancer. True to his character, he fought until his last breath. He was born on December 22, 1955 the son of Delos and Marleah (Prien) Barrett in Monroe. David was a 1974 graduate of Monroe HighSchool.
David and Peggy Dye were married on March 20, 1976 in Monroe. Dave was an over the road trucker and owner of Barrett Building and Remodeling. Dave is survived by his wife, Peggy of Monroe; daughters, Jana (Brian) Mitchell of Sparta; Jessica (Sean) O’Brien of Riverside, IL; son, Jacob (Brianna) Barrett of Sun Prairie; mother, Marleah Barrett of Monroe; brother, Paul (Susan) Barrett of Monroe, grandsons: Aiden, Logan and Declan. He also is survived by Mother and Father-in-Law Robert and Theresa Dye, as well as many nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws; David (Denise) Dye, Carol (Dennis) Linn, Deanna (Matt) Beveridge, Donny Dye, and Sherri Barrett. He is predeceased by his father, Delos Barrett, and brother, Dan Barrett. Although he is gone, he can never be forgotten. His selflessness, tenaciousness, and creativity will continue to shine through his children and grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Peppercorn Banquet Hall 1417 Mansion Drive, in Monroe, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: The Barrett Family 1915 - 7th Street Monroe, Wisconsin 53566. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Donna L. Glendenning
age 75, of Monroe, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 surrounded by family, at UW Hospital in Madison. She was born on February 23, 1939 in Monroe, WI, the daughter of Edward and Sylvia (Brugger) Ensch. Donna graduated from Shullsburg High School, UW Platteville and UW Whitewater.
Donna and Richard Glendenning were married on December 19, 1960 in Platteville, WI.
Donna worked as an office manager for Dr. Rotblatt, DDS Oral Surgeon, assisted with the developmentally disabled at Greenco Industries, taught Art at Monroe Junior High and Monroe High School and worked in the Audio Visual Department at Monroe High School.
Donna was a member at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Jaycettes and a volunteer at the St. Clare Hospital Gift shop. In addition to being a devoted mother and wife, she was active throughout the years volunteering in many capacities at the Monroe High School. She had a green thumb especially devoted to growing her African Violets. She enjoyed spending summers with Dick at their cabin in Holcombe, WI and visits there from family and friends. She also took pleasure in family vacations as well as camping and fishing trips. Together she and Dick played Bridge, curled and bowled with friends throughout the years.
She is survived by her sons, Mark (Patricia) Glendenning of Green Bay; Brent (Amy) Glendenning of DeForest; daughter Ann (John) Malooly of Salt Lake City, UT; brothers David (Mary) Ensch of Madison; Michael Ensch of Shullsburg; grandchildren: Caitlin, Tony and Dan Glendenning and Erin and Grace Malooly. She is also survived by her nieces Julia and Cathrine Ensch. She is predeceased by her parents and husband Richard. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Fr. Michael E. Klarer Celebrant. Visitation will be Friday, January 23rd from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Drive and
N. 18th Ave Monroe, WI.
Daniel E. Reynolds Sr.
age 65, of Monroe, died on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on April 6, 1949 in Pittsfield Massachusetts; the son of Michael and Betty Reynolds.
Daniel served in the U.S. Navy from December 1967 - January 1972.
He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 29 years. He was a member of the Cecil Jones V.F.W. Post #2312, Disabled American Veterans, and enjoyed golf.
He is survived by his son, Dan (Sabrina) Reynolds Jr. of Monroe, 5 grandchildren; sisters, Judy and JoAnn.
He is predeceased by his parents, son, Michael Reynolds, and brother, Michael Reynolds.
Private family services will be held.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Johann H. Huschitt
age 79, of Browntown, died on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at his home surrounded by his sons and special friend Becky. He was born on November 24, 1935, in Romania, the son of Franz and Anna (Beierle) Huschitt.
Johann and Irene Pfeiffer were married on May 19, 1962 at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, Chicago, IL. They met at a German Dance Hall in Chicago. He got his Apprenticeship in Agriculture offered by the English, after World War II. He immigrated to America in 1955. He served in the US Army from 1958 – 1960 in Fort Hood Texas with Elvis Presley. He was a tank operator in the Dirt Army Division. Johann wanted to make a better life for his family. In order to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning his own farm, they moved from Chicago to Browntown and have resided at the Good Earth Farm for the last 45 years. Johann farmed in Cadiz Township and worked at Kelly Springfield Tire Company for 27 years. He was a lifetime member of the Blackhawk FFA Alumni, Honorary Chapter Farmer, and Safari Club International. He was a lifelong ballroom dancer and was a worldwide traveler and hunter. He loved his family, he loved his farm and he loved nature. He is survived by his sons: Richard (Catherine) Huschitt,of Los Angeles, CA; Peter (Marisa) Huschitt, of Stockton, IL; Erik (Heather) Huschitt, of Monroe; Carl (Michelle) Huschitt of Browntown; brother, Franz (Marion) Huschitt of Grays Lake, IL; sister, Elizabeth Huschitt of Lake Zurich, IL; 12 grandchildren and special friend, Becky Carstens. He is predeceased by his parents; wife, Irene, in 1995; son, Hans, in 1989. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, January 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gratiot with Fr. JoJi Thirumalareddy Celebrant and Fr. Michael Morrissey of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Stockton, IL as Con-Celebrant. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, South Wayne. Visitation will be Sunday, January 25th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe. Memorials may be directed to the Hans and Irene Huschitt Memorial Scholarship.
Jacob J. Schillinger
age 80, of New Glarus, died on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Glarner Lodge in New Glarus.
Per Jacob’s wishes there will be no funeral services. Private burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Michael R. VanNatta
age 47, of Monroe, died on Monday, January 26, 2015 at his home. He was born on August 30, 1967 in Platteville the son of Robert and Catherine (Landon) VanNatta.
Michael was a graduate of Darlington High School and had an Associate Degree in Graphic Design.
Michael and Nikki Rufer were married on May 7, 2005 at the Jordan Lutheran Church.
He was a Dispatch Warehouse Manager for Certco Company in Madison and most recently, Quality Transport in Freeport.
Michael was a member of Jordan Lutheran Church, served on the Church Council, enjoyed Nascar and enjoyed riding his Harley.
He is survived by his wife, Nikki of Monroe; daughter, Makayla VanNatta of Monroe; mother, Catherine (Norman) Mueller of Monroe; brother, Todd VanNatta of Madison; mother and father-in-law Gene and Joyce Rufer of Monroe. He is also survived by: Antonio Addison, Brandon Addison, Elizabeth VanNatta and Zachary VanNatta and other relatives and friends.
He is predeceased by his father and a sister in infancy.
Funeral services will be Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Jordan Lutheran Church, Browntown, WI; with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will follow in Jordan Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, January 30th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr. and N. 18th Ave. in Monroe.
Pamela S. Rufer
age 81, of Monroe, died peacefully on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Agrace Hospice Center in Fitchburg, surrounded by family. She was born on August 20, 1933 in Kenosha, the daughter of Edward and Clara (Hauser) Shepard. Pamela and Clarence C. Rufer were married on October 20, 1956 in Kenosha.
Pam and Clarence founded and operated Rufer Refrigeration and Electric in Monroe from 1966 through 1988. Pamela was a member of the Women of the Moose #599, where she achieved Star Recorder and was a member of the College of Regents. She was also a member of Monroe Women’s Club, Monroe Garden Club, Monroe Antique Wheelers and Independent Order of Forresters. Pamela loved to travel with her family, dance, play cards and bingo and enjoyed many types of arts and crafts. Throughout her lifetime she was known to some as “Adeline Cuddlefudge”. Although Pamela spent most of her life in Wisconsin, she also valued her retirement time in Florida. Surviving daughters: Nicolet (Randy) Goebel of Monroe and Shellane (Christopher Sr.) Rufer-Edseth of Mt. Horeb; grandchildren: Echoleah Rufer of Cincinnati, OH, Macylane Becker of Las Vegas, NV, Heath Goebel of Monroe, Atom Goebel of Fitchburg, Raven Goebel of Verona; step grandchildren: Brice Edseth of Hastings, NE, Chelsea Edseth and Christopher Edseth Jr. both of Mt. Horeb. She was predeceased by her parents, and husband, Clarence. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe. A Women of the Moose service will be held at 6:00 P.M., at the funeral home. A memorial fund is being established in Pamela’s memory.
John C. (Jack) Erickson
age 80, formerly from Darlington and Monroe died on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Bloomfield Health Center in Dodgeville, after many years of illness. He was born on April 15, 1934, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the son of Martin and Mary (Kammerud) Erickson. He attended Darlington High School with the class of 1952.
In 1953, he volunteered for the US Army and received basic training at Ft Leonard Wood, MO. He was a member of the 6th Armored Division 8th Army 332nd 194th Combat Engineers. After receiving orders for Korea, he was bused to Ft Lewis, Washington, where he left on a ship to Alaska and then to Japan. The trip took 31 days. Upon arriving at Sasobo, Japan, he received instructional training to read blueprints and to be a heavy equipment operator to building bridges, roads and pre-fab homes. He later was sent to Inchon, South Korea, on the 38th Parallel to build housing, roads and bridges. He also learned how to destroy them to prevent the enemy from using them. He was promoted to Corporal. While in Korea, Jack contracted hepatitis and was sent to a hospital in Seoul, Korea and later transferred to a military hospital in Tokyo, Japan, for six months. He was sent back to Ft Lewis, WA, where he was honorably discharged in 1955. He was awarded medals for Korean Service, National Defense Service, United Nations Service, and Good Conduct Medal. He continued to work in the local area as a heavy equipment operator. On April 27, 1957, he married Elaeanor M. Pickett. They farmed briefly in the Gratiot and Argyle areas before moving to Waukesha, WI, where he worked at the Waukesha Foundry and the Star Line Construction Co. He was the construction foreman at the Brookfield Shopping Mall, the first mall in the Milwaukee area. They were blessed with three children; Bernadine, Geraldine and Michael, and returned to the Darlington area. He continued to work in construction. They later divorced. Jack moved to Monroe, and married Teresa (Tess) Will in 1977. In 1986 he became ill and was admitted to the Veteran’s Hospital in Tomah, WI, where he suffered a series of seizures, strokes and memory loss, and later developed epilepsy. He has been in several health facilities with the latest at the Cornerstone Foundation in Barneveld, from 1997 until November of 2014. Jack was a lifetime member of the Argyle American Legion Post 251, and was very proud to have served his country in Korea. Jack loved strawberries, country music, the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers and the UW Badger Football team. He was very proud to watch his grandson Alex Erickson play on TV and read about the Darlington Redbirds. He is survived by his children/grandchildren; Bernadine (Bruce) of Avalon, WI, Shanna (Andy) McCutchun and Tyler; Geraldine (Tom) Hammes of LaCrosse, Jessica and Erin of LaCrosse; Michael (Linda) Erickson of Darlington, Mitchell, Alex and Brett. He is also survived by sisters, Patricia (Herbert) Baumgartner of Gratiot, and Catherine McCoy of Cottage Grove, several nieces and nephews, and ex-wives Eleanor Erickson of Darlington, and Tess Erickson of Monroe. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Robert McCoy of Madison. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, February, 3, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Victor Catholic Church, with Fr. Michael E. Klarer Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Monroe, with full military rites performed by Argyle American Legion Post 251. A visitation will be February 3rd from 9:00 A.M. until time of service at the church. Badger attire is requested. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
DeLaura Elsie Schulz Borchardt Sacker
at the age of 95, what a life she had! She met my dad from Brodhead, a farmer, a 4th generation farmer. He was the only child. A pin pal and she, a Big City gal from Milwaukee. She was born on October 6, 1919 the daughter of Urnie and Piercy (Gilbert) Schulz. She had 1 sister, Doris Krueger and 3 brothers, Rupert, Buddy and Lester.
She married Ben W. Borchardt on September 1, 1951 in Brodhead at the Old Methodist Church; Ben passed away in 1972. They had two daughters, Ruth McKibben and Elsie Mae Andruss. Shortly after dad’s passing away, along comes Adolph Sacker and marries Mom in 1973, off to Monroe they lived, until he passed away in 1984. After Adolf’s passing, mom came to live with me until she died on February 4, 2015 @ 12:56 A.M., Ruth McKibben 2940 – 11th Street, Monroe, Wisconsin.
Private family graveside services will be held at a later date.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Her favorite Chapter in the Bible was Psalms 91 Heaven is that much Dear,
When someone you love passes away.
Uno McKibben (grandson)
Albert H. Sandlin
age 41, of Monroe, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at his home. He was born on October 25, 1973 in Pensacola, Florida, the son of James and LuAnn (Hansen) Sandlin.
He was of the Wiccan belief. He enjoyed nature and working with his hydroponics and cross pollination. He and Jen enjoyed traveling, and just returned from a trip to Colorado. Albert is survived by his parents, Jim and LuAnn Sandlin of Monticello; significant other, Jen Crase of Monroe; sons, Phenix Sandlin of Monticello and Ryan Sandlin of Monroe; daughter, Phoebe Sandlin of Madison; brothers, Fritz (Jenny) Sandlin of Albany; Justin (Brittany) Sandlin of Monticello; James (Sharon) Sandlin Jr. of Monticello; sister, Tiffany (Ray) Sandlin-Valentine of Monticello. Private family services will be held, with Pastor Mary Gafner and Lon Arnes Officiating. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Alberta M. Harder
age 83 of Monroe, died Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on March 13, 1931 in Monroe, the daughter of Rudy and Blanch (Welton) Kubly. She married Delbert Harder on May 24, 1975 in Monticello. Alberta worked at Advance Transformer for 30 years. She enjoyed reading, watching John Wayne movies, and loved to watch her grandkids.
She is survived by her husband, Delbert of Monroe; 4 children: John (Glenda) Heimann of Juda, Robert (Cheri) Foulker of Monroe, Jerry Foulker of Monroe, and Sherri (Todd) Schindler of Monroe; 2 step-children: Tami Powell of Beloit, and James Harder Sr. of Huntington, IN; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 2 step-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Sandy Paulson; a brother, Allen Kubly, and a sister, Shirley Kubly; a step-son, Richard Harder.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, February 13, 2015 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. A visitation will be held Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Wendell G. Zimmerman
age 92, of Monroe, died on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Monroe Manor. He was born on May 24, 1922 in Illinois, the son of Ira and Minnie (Schock) Zimmerman.
Wendell and Jennie Sacker were married on December 8, 1946 in Brodhead. Wendell farmed in the Orangeville area, on the family farm, until his retirement. He was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan and attended many of the grandchildren’s sporting events. He is survived by his wife, Jennie Zimmerman of Monroe; daughter, Linda (Duane) Bartelt of Rock City, IL; son, Jim Zimmerman of Monroe; sister, Doris (Francis) Tielkemeier of Rock City, IL; 6 grandchildren, Angela Myers, Michael (Nancy) Bartelt, Christopher Bartelt, Scott Zimmerman, Brenda (Chad) Ringhand and John (Lindsay Dodge) Zimmerman, and 9 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents; sisters, Wilma, Millie, Marjorie and Grace. Graveside services will be held Friday, February 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe, with Reverend David Busker officiating.
M. Germaine Metz
age 96 of Monroe, went home to the Lord on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Azura Memory Care. She was born on December 14, 1918 in Darlington, the daughter of John and Margaret (Mylor) McKillip. Germaine married Lester Dearth on December 29, 1937 in Darlington, Lester died in 1960. She married Joe Metz on July 19, 1973 in Belleville. She worked for 21 years at St. Clare Hospital as a CNA prior to that she worked 5 years with private care. Germaine was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, the Golden Age Club, and Women of the Moose Lodge# 599. She enjoyed playing cards, quilting, dancing, swimming and fishing, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. Germaine is survived by her children, Frank (Lila) Dearth of Argyle, Margaret Wenger, special friend (Keith Miller) of Monroe, Jim (Joanne) Dearth of Friendship, Bill (Nancy) Dearth of Waukesha, John (Sudan) Dearth of Bellevue, NE, Roger (Bonnie) Dearth of Clinton Mary Ann (Tom) Inman of Clinton, Karen (Pat) Boyce of Clinton and Robert (Cheryl) Dearth of LaFayette, IN; grandchildren; great grandchildren; step-daughter, Lois Leahy. She is predeceased by her husbands, Lester and Joe; daughter, Betty Anderson; grandchildren, John Boy, Andy and Billy Jo; step-daughter Lorraine; brothers, Glen, John and Brother Anthony; sisters, Helene Mauk, Annice LaDow, Jane Chadwick and Blanche Sterling; son-in-law, LaVerne Wenger. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Victor Catholic Church, with Fr. Larry Bakke as Celebrant. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Blanchardville. A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4: to 7:00 P.M. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. A memorial fund is being established in Germaine’s memory.
Hattie M. Hasse
age 89, of Monroe, formerly Hattie’s Bar & Grill, died on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Azura Memory Care. She was born on July 22, 1925, the daughter of Earl and Vera (Pease) Trickel.
Hattie married Glen Miller and later married Wesley R. Hasse. She owned and operated Hattie’s Bar and Grill for many years. Hattie is survived by her grandsons, Todd (Ashley) Miller of Monroe, Gary (Terri) Miller of Sterling, IL; sister, Lilas Grabow of Foreston, IL; daughter-in-law, Penny Miller of Monroe; great grandchildren, Timothy, Trisha, Tyler, Ally, Troy, Aaron, Savannah and Kameron. She is predeceased by her husbands, Glen and Wesley; daughter, Karen Hasse; son, Earl Miller; granddaughter, Tina Miller; brothers, Ken, Jack, Lloyd, Bob, Don and Arley; sister, Cora Stauffacher. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 12 noon at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, with Rev. David Busker officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 10:30 A.M. until the time of service at noon at the funeral home.
A memorial fund is being established in Hattie’s memory.
Dennis “Denny” R. Gutzmer
age 62, of Monticello, passed peacefully Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Monroe Clinic Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born on March 20, 1952 in Monroe, the son of Leo and Faye (Soper) Gutzmer.
Denny married Brenda Boals on September 18, 1993 in Orangeville, IL. He was previously married to Janet Long and later Paula Baker.
Denny was employed with MTX as a Metal Stamper for 30 plus years retiring in 2011. Denny was a workaholic, but when he was not working he enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, camping, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Gutzmer and their two sons, Alex and Andrew Gutzmer all of Monticello; sons, Neil and Eric Gutzmer both of Monroe; daughters, Michelle (Frank) Bissaillon of Monroe; Malisa (Richard) McLoud of Monroe; brothers, Gary Gutzmer of Kenewick, WA; Phil (Lauri) Gutzmer of Monticello; sisters, Marilyn Lien of McFarland; Shirley Zuhlke of Brodhead; sister-in-laws, Vicki Gutzmer and Amy Gutzmer; and 8 grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents; son, Aaron; brothers; Roger, Jerold, Ronnie, and Greg; sister, Judy Sardeson. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10:00 to 12:00 Noon at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Ave., in Monroe. In Lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Denny’s name.
Nellie Frieda Klossner Fuchs
age 93, of Monroe, went to be with the Lord surrounded by her loving family on February 19, 2015 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. Nellie was born on June 23, 1921 the daughter of John and Frieda Klossner and attended Exeter Schools. She was confirmed at Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello.
She was a nanny in Madison; she then worked for Dr. Olson in Monticello. Nellie also worked at the Ammon Turkey Farms and Oaktron Industries. Nellie met the love of her life Edward C. Fuchs and they were united in marriage on December 25, 1941 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe. They farmed together in the Winslow, Monticello and Monroe area’s for many years. They retired from farming and moved to Monroe where they then started Fuchs Day Care for many years. Nellie enjoyed embroidering, which she did everyday even when she didn’t feel good. She enjoyed dancing, her Cockatiel, Lady Bird and her special companion Shadow who sat by her side every day. She also enjoyed her flowers, especially her many Violets and watching birds on the feeders outside: her favorites being the Hummingbirds and Cardinals. Nellie enjoyed her many visits with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She had been a Kidney Dialysis patient for 15 years. She is survived by her daughters, Caryl (Herman) Plantikow of Monroe; 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren; Sharon (Wayne) Prisk of Monroe; whom she lived with for the past 18 years; grandchildren: Duane (Sara) Segner, Deanna (Steve) Prisk, Donna (Jason) Borth, Sherri (Marc) Isely, 17 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Olga Colden, sister-in-law Wilma Klossner and many nieces and nephews. Nellie is predeceased by her parents; husband, Edward, brother, Robert Klossner, infant brother, Ernest Klossner and brother-in-law, Ralph Colden. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Washington Reformation Church with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Monticello. Visitation will be Monday, February 23rd from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family. A memorial fund is being established in Nellie’s memory.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Donna M. Green
age 56, of Monroe, died on February 23, 2015 in Monroe. She was born on July 24, 1958 in Monroe, the daughter of Henry and Alice (Walrack) Hawkinson. Donna was formerly married to Brad Green.
Donna was employed with Jack Links in New Glarus. She is survived by her son, Chad Green, his son, Bryson Green; daughter, Jessica (Kevin Jeremiason) Green; and her children, Gage, and Aria Green, father, Henry (Betty) Hawkinson; brothers, Jim Knudson, Dave (Linda) Hawkinson, Larry Hawkinson; sisters, Sue (Clarence) Martin, Linda (Dale) Belke, Judy Piette, and Carla (Jason) Watts. She is predeceased by her mother, Alice Hawkinson, brother, Chuck Hawkinson, and son, Alan Charles Green. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Blanchardville. Visitation will be Friday, February 27th from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.