Shriner - Hager - Gohlke Funeral Home
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.
Guidelines for upcoming funerals regarding the current health regulations that have been placed upon us.
As we resume normal funeral and visitation services we are respecting the wishes of each family in regards to masks and social distancing.
If you choose not to attend a service, we are now able to offer Live Streaming, at the funeral home. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email us at email@example.com
or call at 608-325-4306.
Thank you for your understanding and take good care,
The Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home Staff
Gage Obert Kehm
age 21, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at his home. He was born on March 31, 2001, in Monroe, the son of Douglas and Michelle (Nelson) Kehm. He graduated from Argyle High School in 2020.
Gage loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. Along with spending time with his family and friends; he especially enjoyed getting to be an uncle.
He is survived by his parents, Douglas Kehm and Michelle Kehm; siblings, Ashley (Cody) Bevins and Bailey (Kailey Nelson) Kehm; nieces and nephews, Leah, Cadee, Cash, and Paislee; maternal grandmother, Pamela (Ed) Buchholz; paternal grandmother, Judy Kehm.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, David Nelson; and paternal grandfather, Bruce Kehm.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 12:00 PM at Yellowstone Lutheran Church with Pastor Dan Bohlman officiating. Burial will follow at Yellowstone Lutheran Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church.
Larry Keith Corbin
age 68, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at UW Hospital in Madison. He was born the son of Paul and Fay (Morris) Corbin, Sr. on March 22, 1954 in Anniston, Alabama. He graduated high school in Milwaukee.
Larry worked for Styleline in Monroe for 11 years. He could often be found hanging out at the Horseshoe Saloon or sitting on his front porch. He was meticulous about his Cadillac, and cleaned it on a weekly basis. Larry’s pride and joy were his children and grandchildren; he enjoyed driving his grandchildren around, playing dominos with his granddaughter, Wynter and taking care of most anything they asked of him.
Larry is survived by his spouse of 18 years, Ede Engebretson; daughters, Ashley (Cody Canon) Martin, Adrionna (Samuel) Laws all of Monroe, and Krisa (Nick) Hoffmann of Franksville, WI; grandchildren, Lilyonna and Wynter Laws, Trevor Martin, Julieanna Labrasca, and Ty and Taylor Hoffmann; siblings, DJ Buford, Mildred “Millie” Jones, Van Setterwhite, Cecil Corbin, Samuel Reynolds, Wanda “Vicki” Reynolds, and James Arthur Reynolds; he is further survived by several nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Corbin, Sr.; mother, Fay Reynolds; step-mother, Viola Corbin; brother, Paul Corbin, Jr., and sister, Pamela Reynolds.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00PM on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor John Tabaka officiating.
Visitation will take place on Sunday from 11:00AM until the time of service at the funeral home.
Theodore Robert Knox
65, of Monroe, WI, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2022. He passed peacefully in his home with his family by his side. He was born on June 18, 1956, in Crystal Lake, IL. He is the son of Robert and Norma Knox. Ted was a 1975 graduate of Crystal Lake Community High School.
Ted valued his family and friends over anything. He inspired all to live simply, enjoy life and spend more time doing what makes you happy. His humor, laughter and sound advice will forever be missed.
He is survived by his siblings, Judith (Kenneth) Stoerp, Janet Weidner, Timothy (Cheryl) Knox, Mary Hafferkamp, Robert (Kelly) Knox, Anne (Chris) Adrian; former spouse, Sara Harvel Pittman; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who all held a special place in Ted’s heart.
Ted was predeceased by his father, Robert Knox; mother, Norma Knox; brothers, Joseph Knox, James Knox, and Michael Knox.
A visitation will be held at St. Victor’s Church, 1760 14th St, Monroe, WI, 53566, on June 4, 2022, from 9:00-10:45 am with a mass starting at 11:00 am. A luncheon will follow.
Memorials may be made out to the family.
Cynthia “Cindy” Jane Brandt
age 64, of rural Browntown passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Rachel’s Choice Assisted Living after a battle with Alzheimer’s Dementia. She was born the daughter of Carroll and Jeanette (Hartwig) Lisney on October 14, 1957 in Monroe. She was a 1975 graduate of Dakota High School. Cindy was united in marriage to Steven F. Brandt on December 7, 1996 in Elco, Nevada.
Cindy worked for the Green County Sheriff’s Department for over 15 years; she had also worked at Microswitch in Freeport. She dearly loved her dogs, which led her to her favorite job at the Doggy Pound.
Cindy is survived by her husband, Steve of Browntown; step-children, Kristin (Dan) Allison-Gramer of Johnson City, TN, Tracy (Larry) Newcomer and Jackie (Randy) Yaun all of Browntown; 4 step-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Lisney of Davis, IL; sisters, Deborah (Lynn) Zimmerman of Freeport and Sheila (Gerald “Fuzzy”) Karlen of Monroe; and three special nieces, Brianna, Tawni, and Carie.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanette Hartwig and father, Carroll Lisney.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Cernek officiating. A visitation will be held Thursday from 10:00 am until the time of service. Memorials may be made in Cindy’s name to Monroe SSM Health Hospice.
Watch webcast for Cynthia Brandt:
Randall “Oak” Erickson
age 69, of Monroe passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at the UW Hospital in Madison. He was born the son of Arlin and Shirley (McConnell) Erickson on June 26, 1952 in Darlington. He was a 1970 graduate of Darlington High School. Randy was united in marriage to Penny Ann Berg on February 25, 1989 in Monroe.
In high school Randy was a multi-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, baseball, and track which led him to his nickname of “Oak”. His passion for sports was passed down to his children and he never missed an opportunity to watch them play; they were always his top priority. He was also an avid Wisconsin sports fan, especially the Brewers. He faithfully watched NASCAR on Sundays and enjoyed going to the Milwaukee Mile. Oak loved fishing and taking daily drives on the back roads of Green County. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends.
After high school he worked various jobs, including being a cement truck operator at Monroe Ready Mix, before starting his apprenticeship with Monroe Plumbing in the early 80’s. Oak owned and operated Juda Plumbing for several years until relocating to Monroe where he transitioned and ran Oak’s Plumbing.
Oak is survived by his wife, Penny of Monroe; children, Kelsey (fiancé, Michael Barrett) Erickson of Milton and Ryan Erickson of Monroe; his mother, Shirley Erickson of Monroe; siblings, Gail (Mark) Bundner of Verona, Rod (Ruth) Erickson of Tomah, Lori (Dennis) Holyoke of Monroe, and Eric (Deb) Erickson of Browntown; as well as several nieces, nephews, extended relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Arlin.
A Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 3:00 PM until the time of service at the funeral home.
Watch webcast for Randall “Oak” Erickson:
Robert F. Drews
age 79, of Monroe, passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at the SSM Health Hospital in Monroe. He was born on July 31, 1942 in Wayne Township, the son of Walter and Isabelle (Dreibelbis) Drews.
Robert served in the United States Air Force from September of 1960 until June of 1964. He married Joyce Kraus on April 17, 1966 in Monroe. Robert worked in the parts department at various establishments; Soloman Parts, John Deere, and Carter & Gruenewald’s. He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, softball, and baseball.
Robert is survived by his sister, Carrol (Dwayne) Robieson of Lena, IL and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce; brother John Drews; and sisters, Sharon Drews and Dorothy Gruenberg.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 6, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Reverend Tiff Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.
William “Bill” C. Erickson
age 69, of Monroe passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at SSM Health Hospital in Monroe. He was born on June 23, 1952 in Chicago, IL the son of John and Agnes (Bauer) Erickson. He graduated from Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at the University of IL Chicago Campus.
Bill married Joyce Phillips on June 8, 1974 in Rosemont, IL. He was a truck driver for the past 20 years. He and Joyce moved to Monroe four years ago and quickly made wonderful friendships. He was an avid reader and enjoyed tinkering on old cars. Bill will be remembered for his storytelling. He adored his grandchildren and loved spending time with them.
William is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, Sabrina (Larry) Snyder, Steve (Danielle) Erickson, and Kyle (Gina) Erickson; grandchildren, Delaney, Ty, and Kinley Snyder, Simon and Amelia Erickson, and Lucy Erickson; and sister, Marianne (Terry) Thvedt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John; and sister, Marlene.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at Jordan Lutheran Church in Browntown with Pastor Scott Cernek officiating.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Memorials may be made to Jordan Lutheran Church.
Jeffrey Alan Mattes
age 70, of Monroe passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at SSM Health Hospice Home in Monroe, surrounded by his family. Son of Kenneth and Beatrice (Hackbarth) Mattes, he was born on September 5, 1951 in Manitowoc County. He attended grade school at St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Collins, WI and graduated from Valder High School in 1969. Jeff later attended Career Academy for Broadcasting in Milwaukee. Jeff married Diane Boeckman on June 10, 1972 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Manitowoc.
Jeff, a third-generation licensed cheesemaker, has been manufacturing cheese for 45 years. He is certified as a Master Cheesemaker for Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, and Fontina cheeses; he also worked on artisan cheese. Jeff received awards from the Center for Dairy Research for the cheeses he made. His love for cheesemaking started as a child in the family home located on the floor above the cheese factory. Jeff and his wife moved to Monroe in 2016 to further Jeff’s employment with his Master Cheesemaking skills. They quickly made many wonderful friendships in the area. Jeff retired from Chula Vista Cheese in Monroe.
He had unending love for his children and grandchildren; loved being their dad and grandpa. He also valued the bonds created with his nieces and nephews.
Jeff was a WIAA football and baseball official for 30 years. He always looked forward to officiating games with his very close friends from Manitowoc. Starting in 1978, Jeff, along with his brother and father, were season ticket holders for the Green Bay Packers where many great memories were made with several of his family and friends. Jeff also treasured the time spent with his children and grandchildren while often hosting them on Wisconsin Dells vacations at Christmas Mountain.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Diane; children, Theodore (Lisa) Mattes of Tomahawk and Timothy (Sarah) Mattes of Middleton; grandchildren, Ryder, Halle, and Avery; step-mother, Laverne Mattes of Manitowoc; brother, James (Joan) Mattes of Valders; sister, Laurie (Tim) Argall of Hayton; mother-in-law, Delores Boeckman; sisters-in-law, Bonnie (Patrick) Walsh, Janet (Gregory) Keil, and Linda Schiesl; brothers-in-law, James (Ann) Boeckman, Mark (Susan) Boeckman, and Brian (Michelle) Boeckman; and further survived by nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Beatrice; and father-in-law, Robert Boeckman.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church in Monroe. A Christian Mass will be held at 11:00 AM with Father Tafadzwa Kushamba officiating.
Entombment will take place at Calvary Mausoleum, Manitowoc, at a later date.
Edna Louise Kramer
age 102, peacefully entered eternal life on Sunday, June 12, 2022. She was born on April 21, 1920 in Monroe, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ernest & Marie (Giesler) Rufenacht. Edna attended Grade school & High school in Monroe, Wisconsin.
Edna married Frank “Teenie” Hendrickson, the love of her life, in 1941. Frank & Edna lived in Burlington, Iowa where they had their daughter, Jane. Frank passed away in 1951. Edna & Frank owned and operated a restaurant in Darlington, Wisconsin until his death. At which time, Edna moved to Madison and attended Milwaukee Academy of Beauty School. She worked as a beautician in Monroe and later owned and operated Jan-Eda Beauty Salon. She worked as a beautician until she was 88 years old. She was a long-time member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe. Edna married Herbert Kramer in September of 1961. Herbert passed away July 2000.
Edna is survived by her grandchildren, Mike (Jolene) McKenna Freeport, IL and Kathy (Jim) Becker of Monroe; 5 great-grandchildren, Hilary Stone, Matt (Meghan) McKenna, Nicole (Nick) Baker, Brianna (Jacob Hameister) Becker, Brittney Becker; and 5 great-great grandchildren, Adeline & Jack Stone, Caleb & Nolan McKenna, and Kaiden Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Frank Hendrickson & Herbert Kramer; her daughter, Jane McKenna; sister, Helen Mallory, and brother, Robert Rufenacht.
She will be fondly remembered for her love of family & special love for dogs.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 2:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Reverend Tiff Bates officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later date at Union Grove Cemetery in Darlington.
A visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until the time of service at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
The family wishes to express a special thank you to the staff at Pleasant View Nursing Home for their compassionate care of Edna.
Robert A. “Bob” Wolfe
age 79, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, June 19, 2022 after a lengthy battle with heart disease. Bob was born on August 13, 1942, the son of Harold and Arlene (Blum) Wolfe. A lifelong resident Monroe, Bob grew up on 17th Street in the house his father built. He loved music and played boogie woogie style piano. He also played the tuba and sousaphone in the Monroe High School Band and spent countless hours listening to old 45rpm records of 50s music. Bob graduated from Monroe High School in 1960.
Bob was united in marriage to Beverly Carol Hazeltine on October 11, 1961 in Juda, Wisconsin. Together, Bob and Bev had two daughters, Dawn and Diane. Bob served in the National Guard in the early 1960's. He attended boot camp in Ft. Lewis, Washington and trained for the Berlin Crisis in 1961-1962. Bob served in Company B, 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division.
Bob was employed at an early age at Kohli Office Supply. In 1968, Bob opened his own business, Wolfe Office Supply on the east side of the square where it enjoyed 40 years in business until Bob’s retirement in 2007. Bob served the Monroe community and many cities and towns throughout southwest Wisconsin during his career as an office supply salesman. Bob also served on the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, a task which he enjoyed and was proud to be a part of.
Bob loved assembling jigsaw puzzles and spent hours doing so. He was an avid card player and never turned down a good game of Euchre or Pinochle. His more memorable talents included the ability to play a trump card so hard it rattled the table and the ability to wiggle his ears to delight his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching sports, the Milwaukee Brewers during the spring/summer and the Green Bay Packers on television in the fall and winter. Bob had a great sense of humor, a trait that originally attracted his wife Bev and kept family and friends in smiles throughout his life. He never met a “Dad joke” or pun he didn’t like.
Bob was preceded in death by his father Harold in 1993; his mother Arlene in 2009; and his sister Carol Wolfe Dittmer in 2019.
Bob leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Beverly; his daughters, Dawn (Brian) Bischoff of Knoxville, TN and Diane (Max Luebeck) Wolfe of Minneapolis, MN; granddaughter, Amanda (Alex) Carter of Nashville, TN and grandson, Michael Bischoff of Brentwood, TN.
The Family would like to thank the VA Hospital in Madison, WI; the staff at Lafayette Manor of Darlington, WI; and Upland Hills Hospice of Dodgeville, WI for the care each provided during the final days of his Life.
Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Bob’s name, cards or memorials may be sent to Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at a later date in Monroe, WI.
Gaylord G. Flannery
age 70 of Monticello died, Friday June 24, 2022 at U.W. Hospital in Madison. He was born on October 14, 1951in Green County, Wisconsin, the son of Glen and Charlene (Indergand) Flannery. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1969. Gaylord was married to Karin Pitman and later Vonnie Roosli. He was a dairy farmer for 40 years and then went to work for Federal Industries in Belleville for 10 years, retiring in June of 2021.
He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #754, a supporter of the Apparitions motorcycle club; he enjoyed riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, camping, bowling, softball (where he managed the team, back in the day), pitched horseshoes, was a member and active with the Green County Coyote Hunters, and trips to Ho-Chunk casino.
He is survived by his fiancé, Rose Marty of Monticello ; children: Erin (Paul) Salzman of Hartford, WI, Sean (Jody) Flannery of Monroe, Robert (Amanda) Flannery of Monroe and Robyn Flannery of Monroe; bonus children: Nichole (Jessie) Newton of Pardeville, Alma (fiancé, Curtis Street) Mentz of Monticello, Julia (Tony) Watson of Monticello, and Hans (Emily Yaunke) Marty of Monticello; grandchildren, Camber McKinnon, Holly McKinnon, Kaydence Flannery, Dillon Flannery, and Harley Flannery; bonus grandchildren: Tanner, Morgan, Maddie, Mabel, Easton, Payton, Ainsley, Charlotte, Brooklyn, Kennedy, Zach, Gabe, Riley and Brittney Salzman; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Randall Flannery of Monroe; and sister, Glenene Hardel of New Glarus. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held 5:00 PM Friday, July 1, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. A visitation will be held Friday from 12:00 Noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.
There will also be a Celebration of Gaylord’s Life at the Apparitions motorcycle club house at a later date.
Brian Lee Haberman
age 62, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at SSM Health Monroe Hospital. He was born the son Robert and Marjorie (Bliss) Haberman on October 24, 1959 in Monroe. He attended school in Brodhead. Brian was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Collins on April 10, 1982 in Brodhead; she preceded him in death in 1986.
Brian worked at International Ingredients in Monroe for 17 years. He later worked for Kreb’s Family Dairy in Monroe for several years. Farming became a passion for Brian, he truly took pride in the work he did there. He also loved getting to be “Uncle Brian” to the Krebs’ children. Brian’s greatest joys in life were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Brian is survived by his children, Brianna (Hugo) Hernandez of Monroe and Robert “Bubba” Haberman of Necedah; grandchildren, Stephanie, Anthany, Alejandro, Marissa, Xavi, Loran, Josie, Brooke and Kouper; great-grandchildren, Makya and Zayden; siblings, Jim Haberman, Bobby (Karen) Haberman, Denny (Cindy) Haberman, Richard (Theresa) Haberman, and Vicky (Rick) Dix; sisters-in-law, Kathy and Peggy Haberman; brother-in-law, Walt Bandi; as well as several nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Haberman; mother, Marjorie (Henry) Tessendorf; wife, Shirley; siblings, Jeff and Larry Haberman, and Barb Bandi; and sister-in-law, Lynn Haberman.
Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Sarah Mae Gabuyo officiating. Burial will follow service in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10AM until the time of service at the funeral home; as Brian would have wanted, feel free to dress casually.
James von Arx
age 69, of Browntown passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the SSM Health Hospice Home in Monroe. He was born the son of Carl and Mary (Wampfler) von Arx on February 16, 1953 in Monroe. He graduated for Lena High School in 1971. James most recently worked at Jack Links in New Glarus.
James is survived by his sons, Ken, Joseph, William, and Brian von Arx of Woodruff, WI and Joseph von Arx of Rockford, IL; sister, Dorothea von Arx of New Glarus; aunt, Deloris Wampfler; and nephew and niece, Stephen von Arx and Sherry Bryne. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Virgil and Kenneth von Arx; aunts and uncles, Viola von Arx, Ruth (Robert) von Arx, Ruthie von Arx, Harold Wampfler, Bev (Stan) Howe, and Joyce Blum.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at Highland Cemetery in Monticello at 11:00 AM with Pastor Scott Cernek officiating.
Glenn D. Bunker
age 86, of Monroe formally of Winslow, IL passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2022 at the William S Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison. He was born the son of Donald Sr. and Alethia (Martin) Bunker on May 29, 1936 in Stockton, IL. He attended Winslow Schools.
Glenn proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Nancy Neuenschwander on June 20, 1958 at the Orangeville Methodist Church in Orangeville, IL.
Glenn worked at Advance Transformer, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed all outdoor activities including camping, fishing, and hunting. He also enjoyed reading old westerns and going to the casino.
Glenn is survived by his children, Cindy (Allen) Walters of Monroe, Michael Bunker of Monroe, and Sue Muszynski of Monroe; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Donald (Dorothy) Bunker of Winslow, IL; sister Darlene (Donald) Potter of Winslow, IL; and goddaughter, Dionette Almeida.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nancy; sister, Donna Springer; and a brother and sister in infancy.
A funeral service will be held at Noon on July 5, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Cernek officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Gary L. Brugger
age 81, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2022, surrounded by his family, after a valiant battle with esophageal cancer. He was born May 30, 1941, to John and Hazel (Tschbold) Brugger. Gary attended Searles, a one room school, until attending Albany High School where he graduated in 1960. Upon graduation, he began his career as a lifelong farmer. He married the love of his life, Betty (Zimmerman), on June 24, 1961, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Albany, WI.
He was a genuinely good man with a big smile and an even bigger heart. He enjoyed Friday night fish fries followed by drives through the countryside, going gambling in Dubuque and playing the lottery. Scratch off tickets were his favorite and he had many winning tickets over the years. Gary & Betty liked to travel. A few of their most memorable trips, were an Alaskan Cruise and three trips to Switzerland. For 20 years, they also traveled to Albuquerque, NM to visit family. More recently a favorite pastime was putting together puzzles.
In his earlier years he enjoyed playing slow-pitch softball, bowling, and was an avid blood donor.
Throughout the years, he was a member of the Monroe Moose Lodge as well as other community-based organizations.
Gary is survived by his devoted wife, Betty of 61 years; his children, Lisa Stauffacher, Lori Brugger, Mike (Sandy) Brugger, and Melissa (Tony) DeRemer; 5 grandchildren, Devan (Kyle) Klopfenstein, Colton (Leeanna) Brugger, Mia Stauffacher, Alex Stauffacher, and Kaelee DeRemer; 3 bonus grandchildren, Brooke, Dane, and Luke Trustem; and 4 great-grandchildren, Cayson & Emersyn Brugger and Lakyn & Aisley Klopfenstein. He is also survived by special brother-in-law, Anton Moest, and sister-in-law, Isabel Zimmerman, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters-in-law, Gertrude Moest and Martha Elmer and brothers-in-law, Adolph Zimmerman and Arlyn Elmer.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, July 8, 2022 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
A private family service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in Gary’s name.
The family would like to thank the Monroe Hospice team for their compassionate care & support, and more importantly, for allowing Gary dignity in his final days. A “special” thank you to Mia McDermott, NP and the entire oncology and palliative teams at the Monroe Clinic for the exceptional care he received. You all were a true blessing on this journey.
“May you now be free of pain and at peace.”
Melva (Lolly) J. Tschanz,
age 85 of Monroe, died Sunday. July 3, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She was born on March 5, 1937 the daughter of Herman and Myrtle (Thorson) Halvorson. She graduated from Darlington High School; she started at Green County Teachers College and received her Diploma from U.W. Platteville. Melva married Henry E. Tschanz on April 23, 1960 in Monroe. She was a school teacher for 39.5 years. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, and taught Sunday school, worked and organized family promise, active in many church commities, church usher, church council, parish visitor service, and chair of Autumn Fest. She also was involved with retired Educators, ADK Teachers organization, Cheese Days float driving, King and Queen of Cheese Days in 2006, Historic Cheesemaking, Cub Scout leader, and volunteered at Turner Hall.
She is survived by her husband, Henry Tschanz of Monroe; children: Hal Tschanz of Monroe and Heidi (Dave) Driggers of Darien, IL; grandchildren: Dex (Emily) Driggers, Abbey (James) Isler, Dean (Alyssa) Driggers, Derek Driggers, and Amy Driggers; great grandchild, Elliana Eloise Driggers; brother, Clinton Halvorson of Darlington; sister-in-laws: Sharon Halvorson, Evelyn Tschanz, Ruth Tschanz, and Helen (Doug) Morgan. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Bubby, Edward, Eldon and Edwin in infancy; sisters: Arlene Heins, Idellis McKillip, and Jeaneen Benson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 9, 2022 at St John’s United Church of Christ with Pastor Tiff Bates officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.
A visitation will be held Friday July 8, 2022 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at St. John’s United Church of Christ. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. A memorial fund will be established in Melva’s name.
Richard A. Youngwith Sr.
age 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7th, 2022, at Pleasant View Nursing home in Monroe, with his family at his side. He was born the son of Paul and Olga (Schmid) Youngwith on May 10th, 1928, in South Beloit, IL. After graduating high school in South Beloit, IL., Richard was drafted into the United States Army in November 1950. After being honorably discharged in 1952 he married Patricia E. Ryan and they started their family in Beloit. Richard worked at Fairbanks Morse where he used his military training for diesel engines. In 1969, he moved to Monroe and worked for Advance Transformer until he retired in 1991.
Richard is survived by his children, Teresa (Rick) Babcock of Beloit, Cindy (Phil) Vangsnes of Green Bay, Doug (Nerida) of Bellevue, WA, Marcy Youngwith of Monroe; daughter-in-law Janice (Richard Jr.) Youngwith of Carol Stream, IL; 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and two sisters: Willabelle Heilman of South Beloit, IL., and Dorothy Sewell of Milton, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia, son Richard and 9 siblings.
He was a member of St. Victor’s Catholic Church. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing, gardening, and putting together jig-saw puzzles. His family meant the world to him, and he will be sadly and fondly missed by his family and friends.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 20th, at 11 am at Shriner Hager Gohkle Funeral Home with Father Tafadzwa Kushamba officiating. Burial will follow at Calvery Cemetery in Monroe. Visitation will be at 10 am until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Shirley Lou Zumkehr
age 77, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She was born the daughter of Clarence Gissing and Helen Brunkow on January 25, 1945. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1963.
Shirley was united in marriage to the love of her life, Richard Zumkehr in 1964 at EUB. She worked at Color Putty for 20 years, she was also a CNA and did homecare over the years. She was a member of Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello. She loved to visit with people.
Shirley is survived by her daughter, Lori (Hal) Hulbert of Dallas area, Texas; sons, Kevin (Lisa) Zumkehr of Evansville and Robert (Lynda Riese) Zumkehr of Monroe; grandchildren, Garret (Rachel) Zuhoski, Bradley (Kelly) and Nicole Zumkehr, Cody and Brittney (Jake) Armstrong; granddaughter-in-law, Lacy Zuhoski; great-grandchild, Olive Zuhoski; sisters, Betty Silkworth of Minoqua and Phyllis (Tom) Stine of Friendship.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Richard; and grandson Nick Zuhoski.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello, with Pastor Lance Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe.
A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe and from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at the church on Saturday. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
Joan J. Wienke
age 86, of Monroe passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe. She was born on August 8, 1935 in Illinois, the daughter of Otto and Ruth Rosenthal. She married Howard Wienke in 1956 in Illinois.
Joan worked at Hager Pottery, Auto Meter, and Swiss Colony. She enjoyed cross stitch, embroidery, plastic canvas crafts, playing bingo, camping, and playing the claw machines.
Joan is survived by her children, Debra Wienke, Shirley (Tom) Tullis, Wendy Voltz, Faith Keele, Norman Wienke, and Dawn Wienke; grandchildren, Tony (Alyssa) Dalen, Brittany (J.D.) Pate, Raven (Fiancee, Ben) Keele, and Vicki Wood; great-grandchildren, Jesse, Guliana, Lilliana, Cadence, Bella, Ainsley, Gage, Ari; and sister, Mary Kamp.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 12:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Duane W. Gertsch
passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at the age of 77. He was born on January 23, 1945 in Monroe to Walter and Darleen (Haugen) Gertsch. Duane grew up on a farm in Gratiot, and graduated from Gratiot High School. He married Shirley Kolb on May 18, 1968.
Duane worked at Chrysler; later Duane and Shirley bought a farm in rural Monticello, just outside of Albany where they raised their children. They raised dairy cows, steers and farmed crops for 50 years. Duane loved his family, farming, fieldwork, dogs, and John Deere tractors. Duane will be remembered for his sense of humor as well as the pride he took in taking care of their family’s farm.
Duane is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley; children, Stacy Gertsch of Albany, Wendy (Jamie) Mentz of Blanchardville, Johnny (Sherry) Gertsch of Albany, and Jamie (Lily) Gertsch of Albany; grandchildren, Tyler (Brandi), Arrissa, and Joseph Mentz, Andy and Laney Gertsch; great-grandchildren, Ava, Jaxson, Tanner, and Madison; sisters, Deanna (Rick) Gertsch-Pozorski, Dorothy (Dale Beske) Gertsch, Linda (Bill) Hutchinson, and Nancy (Bob) Cummings; mother-in-law, Lillian Kolb; sisters-in-law, Judy Tway, Norma (Larry) Nipple, and Sally (Dennis) Jordan; and his dog, Sadie; along with many other friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Lisa Gertsch; brother, David Gertsch; infant sister, Lois Gertsch; father-in-law, John Kolb; and brother-in-law, Doug Tway.
The family would like to thank Agrace HospiceCare for their compassionate care of Duane.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery.
Ellen Mary Bultman
age 95, passed away on December 10, 2021. Friends and family may gather on Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 11:00-11:30AM; a Memorial Service will be held at 11:30AM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Phillips officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery in Black Earth, WI.
Kris Charles Kelty
age 71, of Monroe passed away peacefully at his home with his loving wife, Jeanette at his side on Sunday, July 10, 2022. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2010 and also battled chronic systolic cardiomyopathy for several years. He was born on January 29, 1951 the son of Charles and Louise (Heinzelman) Kelty. Kris graduated from Monroe High School and lived and worked in Monroe all of his life.
Kris was united in marriage to his first wife Carol (Schultz) on May 20, 1972 and in that union, they welcomed their two sons, Matthew and Jacob. The marriage ended but the well-being of their sons remained a primary focus for them as the boys grew, left home and began lives of their own.
Kris was united in marriage to Jeanette C. Hoyer (Ohms) on March 14, 1992 at the Methodist Church in Clarno. Kris worked for several years at St. Clare Hospital in Monroe in the maintenance dept. and also drove truck over the road. He also served in the National Guard. Kris had a keen interest in woodworking and he wanted to open his own business as a cabinet and furniture builder and after doing apprenticeship in northern WI he opened Kelty's Cabinets and Furniture in Monroe in 1985. Kris has custom built many kitchens and furniture projects all around the Monroe area including the alter and baptismal font for the chapel at St. Clare Hospital, cabinets and counters for the Albany Library and Alp & Dell Cheese store here in Monroe. Kris so enjoyed this type of work and there are many who would say that they could tell if they were Kelty Cabinets because they were well made and “built to stand the test of time.” Kris retired the business in 2010 due to his health problems but was always there for anyone who sought out his expertise in woodworking.
Kris enjoyed family gatherings for Christmas, birthdays, Fourth of July (as there are some who have been known to say, “Kris loved to blow things up!” and many other family/friends events. Kris and Jeanette learned stained glass making and worked on many projects together, even participating in art shows for a few years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cars & car shows, motorcycles, stained glass, playing pool and cards with his close friends of many years. Kris traveled to Canada for many years to camp and enjoyed walleye fishing with his friends. He and Jeanette traveled around the US, particularly out west making New Mexico and Colorado treasured destinations. Kris was also a participant and Honorary Member of the black powder/primitive camping club, Yellowstone Flint and Cap, INC.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; children Matt (Tracey) Kelty of Edgerton, Jacob Kelty of Ft. Atkinson, and step-son Cory (Ann) Ohms of Mahomet, IL and his grandchildren Nate (fiance Jessica)Kelty of Madison WI, Kyle of Fort Atkinson, Gabriel of Edgerton, Grace of White Water, Benjamin and William Ohms of Mahomet IL, sister Carol Ellingson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and bother-in-law, Larry Ellingson.
A memorial will be established in Kris's name and A Celebration of Kris’s Life will be on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 3:00 until 8:00 PM at the American Legion in Monroe.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Lowell E. Stuessy
age 85 of Monroe died December 18, 2021 at Monroe Hospital. He was born on January 2, 1936 in South Wayne, the son of Herman and Leona (Goodman) Stuessy. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1954, North Central College and Mortuary Science in Milwaukee. He served in the US Naval Reserves for 12 years. Lowell married Susan A. Granberg on Sept. 2, 1956 at Yellowstone Lutheran Church. He later married Melody Becherer on May 20, 2006 in Monroe. Lowell started at the Stuessy funeral home in 1959 with his father and worked until 1996. He served as Pastor of Martintown Community Church for 12 years, Church of the Brethern in Lena for 2 years and later started the Alternative Health Care office in 1998. He was quarterback for the Cheesemaker’s when in High School, became an Eagle Scout, was a life-member of Loyal Order of Moose and past President of the Rotary Club.
He is survived by his wife, Melody of Monroe; son, Paul (Jennifer) Stuessy of Midlothian, VA; step-children: DeAnna (Michael) Ace, Trish Bliss, Patricia (Walter) Wyman, Daniel, and Adam Bliss; 14 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Cindi Trimble of San Diego, CA; and his dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son, Mark Stuessy, and brother, Arlo Stuessy.
A Celebration of Lowell’s Life will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Monroe Seventh Day Adventist Church 316 17th St. Monroe, WI 53566, from Noon until 2:00 PM with a Moose Service at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Gudrun (Lien) Kundert
age 96, went home to be with her Savior on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. She was born along with her twin sister, Gunvar, October 28, 1925 in Adams Township to Andrew and Elise Lien. She attended Farmers Country School and graduated from Blanchardville High School. On January 28, 1945, she married Delbert Kundert at Yellowstone Lutheran Church in Argyle. They farmed in Skinner Hollow for 26 years.
They were blessed with two sons, Larry (Dianne) Kundert, John A (Jean) Kundert, two daughters Marcia (Dennis) Davis, and JoAnn (Andrew) Eberle. They also have eleven grandchildren, Michelle (Fred) Kelley, Joe (Kim) Kundert, Brent (Kim) Kundert, Robin (Brett) Apold, Russell (Susan) Davis, Daniel (Tami) Eberle, Andrea (Robert) Jenson, Ryan (Fiancé, Christine) Eberle, Jason (Mandy) Kundert, Jeff (Amy) Kundert, Jim (Diana) Kundert, and seventeen great grandchildren.
Gudrun had many interests that occupied her time, which included music, composing songs, writing poetry, calligraphy, creating greeting cards, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and painting; she shared her gifts and talents generously with family and friends. She was a faithful prayer warrior, always arising early in the morning to pray for her loved ones. She worked in sales at JC Penney’s for 8 years and Florine’s for 11 years.
She was a member of St. John’s Church where she was active in choir, taught Sunday School, served in Circle, Women’s Guild, Church Council, Parish Visitors, and was a member of Sweet Adelines. She also attended Stateline Women’s Connection meetings and prayer coffee, which is an outreach for Stonecraft Ministries. She was a member of the planning team for many years and hosted and guided Bible Studies.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delbert; daughter, Marcia Davis; brothers Ole and Ardell Lien; sisters, Marie Henning, Inga Hanson, Olga Ommodt, Ruth Stillman, and twin sister, Gunvar Haesler; and an infant brother.
She is survived by her sister, Alice Voegeli, and brother, Clair (JoAnn) Lien, sisters-in-law, Eldora Kundert and Barb Lien, as well as all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Private Family Funeral Service will be held. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Gudrun’s name. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Catherine Corry Blakemore
of Albany, Wisconsin, died on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.
Catherine was born on December 21, 1933, in Springfield, Ohio. Born Catherine Stewart Corry, she was the daughter of Home and Cornelia (Black Adams) Corry.
Catherine graduated from Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 1951 and was a 1955 graduate of Wellesley College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1959 and a M.A. in Education from the University of Colorado-Denver in 1993.
In 1966 she married Francis Blakemore, from whom she was divorced in 1999.
From 1956 to 1966 Catherine worked in Washington, D.C., performing research for the United States Congress at the Legislative Reference Service (now the Congressional Research Service). In Denver, she did research for two organizations and in the 1990s taught at the Clayton Charter School and the Hope Center. She was a book publisher (Adams-Pomeroy Press) and the author of eleven books in the areas of education and multiculturalism.
Catherine enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and pets; competitive racewalking; reading; being a fan of the Colorado Rockies, and the Denver Broncos; working with inner-city children; and serving as a church, community, classroom, and adult literacy volunteer. In Albany she headed the Albany Library Book Club, the Reuben’s Run Committee, and the Downtown Revitalization Committee of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.
Catherine is survived by her son, James (Grace) Blakemore of London, England; her daughter, Elizabeth Blakemore of Albany; her grandchildren, Eliza, Henry, and Annabelle Blakemore of London; her niece, Anne Corry of New York City. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, John Corry; her sister-in-law, Emily Corry; and her cousin Martha Corry and Walter Von Schmidt.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 pm Monday August 8, 2022 at Albany United Methodist Church with Pastor Kelly Jahn officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest cemetery, Albany. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Albertson Memorial Library in Albany or to the Wheatridge Presbyterian Church in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Vera Marie (Ellefson) Block
age 94, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at SSM Monroe Hospice Home. She was born the daughter of George and Frances (Stubbe) Ellefson on January 9, 1928 in Monroe. She attended Franklin School. Vera was united in marriage to Chester E. Block at East Wiota Parsonage on January 25, 1946.
Vera and Chester farmed in Cadiz area until moving to South Wayne area. There they farmed until Chester’s death in 1983. Then she helped her son, Roger farm in Jordan Center until she moved to Monroe in 1993. Vera was always busy taking care of her family and her home. She spent many hours tending to her large vegetable and flower gardens; she also canned, made all varieties of pickles, she also made jelly and jam from the berries on their farm.
Vera is survived by her children, Kathryn (Al) Hannum of Monroe, Roger (Fran) Block of Argyle, Vicki (Larry) Clark of Monroe, Gary (Deb) Block Warren, IL, Barb (Keith) Ott of Juda, Ruth (Kelly) Hosto of Juda, and Bryon Block of Aurora, Co; 8 grandchildren, Dan (Jennifer) Neuenschwander, Rob (Karla) Neuenschwander, Kendra Frei, Karen (Mason) Barber, Nicole (Aaron) Breunig, Danyel (Craig) Oakley, and Brittany (Russ) Redfearn; step-grandchildren, Chris Hay and Becky (Jim) Clark; great-grandchildren, Lucas, Hannah, and lizzie Neuenschwander, Joshua, Julia, and Jacob Neuenschwander, Gavin, Ethan, Zander, and Logan Breunig, Raelynn, Madelynn, Katelynn, and William Redfearn, Madelynn and Garrett Barber, and baby Oakley due shortly; step-great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Wyatt, and Violet Clark; sons-in-law, Bill Neuenschwander and Kenneth Frei, Jr.; siblings, Robert and Gerald (Ella) Ellefson, and Lyla (Herbert) Kraus; sister-in-law, Merikay Ellefson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughters, Lois Frei and LaVonne Neuenschwander; grandson, Nicholas Block; siblings, Eugene Ellefson, Viola (Cecil) Fox, Carol (Elwood) Koch, and Helen (Raymond) Indergand; sister-in-law, Joanie Ellefson.
A Private Family Funeral Services will be held. Burial will be held in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the SSM Monroe Hospice Home.
A Celebration of Lois’s life will be held on Saturday August 27th at 11:00 AM at Union Presbyterian Church, 2707 5th Street, Monroe, WI.
Lois Read Baker, 99, died of complications from heart failure at St. Clare Friedensheim Assisted Living on September 11, 2021. Lois was born on December 10, 1921, on her family’s homestead cattle ranch near Jemez Springs, New Mexico, to Ethel (Woodgate) and Arthur D. Read. While she was young, her family moved many times, eventually settling in Monroe, Louisiana. Lois earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1943, which is also where she met her future husband, John Betz Baker. The death of her beloved brother, Bill, in the first months of World War II, motivated Lois to join the Army Women’s Medical Corps after graduation. She received training in physical therapy through the Mayo Clinic and achieved the rank of First Lieutenant. She served in army hospitals in England and France, treating wounded soldiers and witnessing the arrival of Nazi concentration camp survivors, then later attending some of the Nuremburg trials. The human devastation and waste that she observed led to her enduring opposition to war. After she returned from Europe in 1946, Lois and John were married in Hawthorne, Nevada, and honeymooned in Death Valley. For the rest of their 67 years of marriage, Lois teased John (rank of Navy Lieutenant (j.g.)), that she outranked him. As soon as her children were old enough to attend school, she practiced physical therapy, and then went back to school in 1981 to earn a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Houston. She taught Physical Therapy until she retired in 1986. Lois enjoyed traveling during retirement, especially to Central America with the group Witness for Peace. She was proud of her anti-war activism with the Presbyterian Peacemakers, and was always happy to be arrested during protests at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, GA. In her 80th year, Lois combined her lifelong love of nature and her anti-war activism by hiking large sections of the Appalachian Trail to raise money for the removal of landmines in Mozambique. Her husband, who was her trusty quartermaster, organized her travel on and off the trail. Lois and John retired in Houston, Texas, then moved to Monroe, Wisconsin to be close to family. Lois, an active Presbyterian since childhood, enjoyed her membership in Union Presbyterian Church, the Monroe Quilters Guild, volunteer work at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and travel. Lois developed many lasting friendships after moving to Monroe, which she valued greatly.
She is survived by her children, John Douglas (Marilyn) Baker, Nancy Baker (George Vernon), Don Baker (Leslie Gold); her grandchildren, Melissa (Stan) Albright, Jennifer (James) Jazwinski, Claire Leeds (Bill Bevis), Sierra and Juliette Baker; her great-grandchildren, Andrew and Jessica Howard, Charlotte and Eden Levis; her brother, Leslie Read; and her sisters-in-law, Ella Margaret Humble, Margaret “Peggy” Baker and Mary Lou Baker. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Baker; her son, David; her grandson, Douglas Cameron Baker; her sister, May (Merrill) Brunk; and her brothers, Bill and John (Margie Lee) Read.
There will be a celebration of Lois’s life on Saturday August 27th at 11:00 AM at Union Presbyterian Church, 2707 5th Street, Monroe, WI. The service will be live streamed via the Union Presbyterian Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/unionpresbyterianchurchmonroe). Following the service, a light lunch will be served at Northeast Park (Adjacent to the church). In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Union Presbyterian Church or the Green County Food Pantry. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home has assisted the family.