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Dorothy M. Firkins age 97 of Monroe, formerly of Belvidere and Genoa, Il area, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Monroe Manor. She was born on august 22, 1916 in Sycamore, Illinois; the daughter of James and Lena (Tischler) Holmes. She graduated from Marengo, IL High School . Dorothy married Carlyle Firkins on December 28, 1937 in Genoa, IL. Dorothy and Carlyle moved to Monroe area in 1969. She worked at Monroe Hospital in the housekeeping department for many years. She belonged to the Monroe United Methodist Church, she was a member of the Women of the Moose, chapter #599, she enjoyed playing cards, cooking, going out with her friends and spending time with her family.
She is survived by 3 daughters: Patricia (Bill) Paulson of Rockford, IL, Susan (Gary) Pinne of South Bend, IN and Carla (Keith) Walker of Brighton, MI; 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a daughter, Sharon Firkins.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 O’clock Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home with Rev. Randy Booth officiating. Burial will be in Greewood cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am, until the time of service. A memorial fund will be established.
Jakob Schulthess, Sr. age 87, of Monroe, Wisconsin, formerly of the Woodford and Browntown area, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the New Glarus Home. He was born on August 28, 1926 in Busswill, bei Melchnau, Switzerland, the son of Jakob and Lina (Zullig) Schulthess.
Jakob and Theresia Mundwiller were married in 1948; he later married Colleen Pederson on September 6, 1975 at St. John’s United Church of Christ.
Jakob served in the Swiss Army and worked for the railroad in Basel, Switzerland before venturing to America with his young family in June 8, 1954 to farm with his uncle in the Woodford area. He later purchased his own dairy farm in the Woodford area and worked daily at the Swiss Colony Cheese and later as lead baker and Supervisor for the Swiss Colony Bakery, retiring in 1988.
Jakob was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and the Coon Hunters Association.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman: hunting, deer, antelope, buffalo, coon, coyote, but his biggest and most memorable hunt was when he went to Canada to hunt Moose and landed a huge Moose which he was so proud of. Jakob also had a passion for Coon Hunting which he received many awards competing in competition hunts traveling to different states to compete.
Jakob enjoyed finding a fixer up house, and remodeling them. After retirement he had one last venture, he moved from the Browntown area, purchasing the Badger Motel in Shullsburg with his wife Colleen in 2003, which they operated and enjoyed very much until health issues took them back to Monroe.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen Schulthess of Monroe, daughters, Sybil (Doug) Traverso of Yuba City, CA; Ursula (John) Meier of Juda; step-daughters, Chris (Bruce) Schoen of Beloit, Jeff (Debbie) Yaun of Monticello, Carolyn (Dave Kundert) Pederson of New Glarus; 9 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; 7-step-great-grandchildren, sister, Berthy Geugel of Arbon, Switzerland. He is predeceased by his parents, son, Jakob Schulthess Jr. in 2007, son, John, in infancy, brother, Otto; and a step brother & sister.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Shriner-Hager-
Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and 18th Avenue in Monroe with Rev. Tiff Bates
officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Monroe.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Monroe Clinic Hospice or the New Glarus Home. A special thanks to the staff at the New Glarus Home and to the Monroe Clinic Hospice for all their support and help through this difficult time.
Cora L. Stine age 98 of Monroe, died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on October 3, 1915 in Freeport, IL, the daughter of Archie and Hazel (Keller) Smull. She attended Browntown and Monroe schools. Cora and Franklin A. Stine were married on February 11, 1939 at the St. Victor Parish. She farmed with her husband Franklin in the Green County area for many years, until their retirement in 1970. Cora then worked at Oaktron Industries and later worked for St. Clare Hospital for several years. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Women of the Moose Lodge #599 and the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Cora was an avid bowler, competing in many state and national tournaments. She also enjoyed playing cards, but most of all she cherished spending time with her family. She is survived by her son, Thomas (Phyllis) Stine of Friendship; daughter, JoAnn Treuthardt of Pompano Beach, FL.; grandchildren, Wendy (Richard Wyttenbach) Treuthardt and Betsy (Ron Gempeler) Treuthardt; great grandchildren, Tyler (Cortney Bertelrud) Hanson, Cortney (Cody Hermanson) Hanson, David Stampfli and Kiel Stampfli; also several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, Franklin; sisters, Betty Wolfe, EllaMae Finn and Leona Rufenacht; brothers, Veril Smull and Michael Smull; granddaughter, Mary Katherine Haller; great great granddaughter, Charliegh Hanson; nephew, Mickie Finn; and a niece, Kay Hilfiker. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr. Monroe, WI, with Fr. Michael E. Klarer officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Monroe. A visitation will be held on Monday from 12 noon until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in Cora’s memory. The family would like to thank the staff at Pleasant View Nursing Home for the kind care Cora received during her stay.
Margaret L. Neuenschwander age 86 of South Wayne, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014. She was born on February 24, 1928 in Adams Township, the daughter of Alvin and Clara (Evanstad) Severson. She graduated from Argyle High School in 1945, Green County Normal School in 1947 and U. W. Platteville in1970 with a degree in Elementary Education. Margaret married Ralph Neuenschwander on October 4, 1947 in Argyle. Margaret taught in Blaisdale, Riverside, Gratiot and Woodford Elementary Schools. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in South Wayne. Margaret was a devoted wife, after retiring from teaching; she farmed with Ralph for the last 35 years. She took great pride in her yard, gardening and enjoyed bird watching. Her house was always tidy and her kitchen skills were her true joy. There were always hot, home -made dinners for the farm crew and each meal always included a dessert and pie was her specialty.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph of South Wayne; 3 children: Marcia (Stephen) Teale of Brodhead, Anita (Steve) Rygh of South Wayne, and Brian (Mary) Neuenschwander of South Wayne; Grandchildren: Heather Teale, Marc Teale, Andrea Capaul and Allison Rygh, step-grandchildren, Tina (Jon) Schwartzlow and James Plear; step-great grandchildren: Jadyn and Mikayla Schwartzlow; brother, Victor Severson; a sister, Ruth Miller. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Orville, Alice, Hazel, Chester, Paul, Dora, Rolfe and Kenneth.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, South Wayne, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Union cemetery, South Wayne. A visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home.
Cleo M. Rufi age 85, of Monroe died Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Rest Haven Health Care Center in Verona. She was born on February 18, 1929 in Monroe, the daughter of Arnold and Phyllis (Deremer) Mueller. She was a graduate of Monroe High School. Cleo and John B. Rufi were married on February 18, 1952 at St. John’s United Church of Christ. She farmed with her husband John in Sylvester Township until their retirement in 1978. Cleo then worked for a local Swiss cheese store, later for Marty Ripp Chevrolet and then JH Barkau & Sons car dealership. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter #599 being a former Senior Regent, also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Cleo was an avid knitter, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and following sporting events of her grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughters, Dawn E. Martin of Monroe, Rena M. Ripp of Waunakee; grandchildren, Phillip Rufi, Ryan Rufi, Joshua (Dara) Bevars, Chad (Jennifer) Bevars and April Bevars; 6 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ruth Mueller; brother-in-law, Robert (Barb) Rufi. She is predeceased by her parents, husband, John; brothers, Robert, Marion, and Phillip Mueller.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., with the Women of the Moose service at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
David M. Sickinger age 57, of Freeport, died on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at his home. He was born on January 22, 1957 in Monroe, WI the son of Lyle and Margaret (Laeser) Sickinger.
David attended Monroe High school. David and Cynthia M. Lawver were married on June 17, 1978 in Rock City, IL. He was employed with Laidlaw in Monticello. David was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and the Monroe Moose Lodge. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, especially camping and traveling. He enjoyed listening to music and the local bands. He is survived by his wife Cynthia of Freeport, daughter, Ashley (Nicholas Adams) Sickinger of Freeport; grandson, Pavel; sister, Laura Laeser, of Buckeye, AZ; Nancy Franz of Lena, IL; sister-in-law, Young Sickinger, of Lansing, KS. He is predeceased by his parents, brother Thomas, and brother-in-law, David Franz. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, with Rev. Todd Hackmann officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 14th at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and 18th Ave., in Monroe.
Timothy A. Hammerly
age 66, of New Glarus, died on Monday, May 12, 2014 at his home. He was born on August 29, 1947 in Madison, the son of Ralph and Barbara (Milks) Hammerly.
Tim was a graduate of Monticello High School, Green County Teachers College and MATC. Tim and Peggy Smarr were married in Wheatridge, Colorado. Tim worked in surveying and computer drafting for various engineering firms. Tim was a member of Washington Reformation United Church of Christ, past president of Green Co. Conservation League, New Glarus Cub Scout Master, past president of Madison British Car Clubs, and active in the International Crane Foundation, and Prairie Enthusiasts. He is survived by his wife, Peggy of New Glarus, sons, Robert (Judith) Hammerly of Fitchburg, Peter Hammerly of New Glarus, daughter, Mackenzie (Ian) Miller of Sun Prairie, sisters, Heidi Waddell of Verona, Faye (Larry) Howe of Florida and 6 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Rick. Celebration of Life will be Friday, May 16, 2014 at Washington Reformation United Church of Christ N6026 Church Road Monticello, WI, at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, May 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. at the church. Memorials may be directed to the International Crane Foundation E11376 Shady Lane Rd. Baraboo, WI, 53913
William "Bill" L. Bruce
age 76, passed away on May 11, 2014 after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer at his home in Monroe. He was born on August 29, 1937 in Delavan, WI, the son of LeRoy and Jayne (Wilder) Bruce.
Bill graduated from Delavan High School and then enlisted in the US Army. He was a missile operator at White Sand and Ft. Leavenworth. After his discharge, Bill moved back to Delavan in 1963 and married Sue Ann Heiligenthal. He later married Maureen Hendrickson on June 6, 1982. Bill started his boiler/burner career in 1959 when he started working for Syncro Flame in Chicago and then worked for Industrial Combustion in research and development and as a line foreman in 1962. He then worked for R. Mueller service as a burner and boiler salesman. In 1996 Bill and his son James, started Bruce Boiler Burner & Equipment, Inc. Bill retired 2009 after 50 years in the boiler/burner business. Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying these to his final days. He was involved with the Green County Conservation League, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and Fayette Sportsman Club. He also loved keeping up with his grandchildren and the sports they participated in. Bill is survived by his wife, Maureen, daughters, Kathy Shebelbon (David Klitzke) of Monroe, Nancy Ellison, of Monroe, Kristina (Jerry) Gunser of Monroe, sons, Kenneth (Lisa) Bruce of Madison, James (Veronica) Bruce of Monroe, 9 grandchildren: William, Heather, Johnathon, Abigail, Alyssa, Jacob, Sidney, McKenzie and Kyle; sisters, Pat (Chuck) Boehnen of Cross Plains, Dorothy Achilli of Union Grove; brother, John (Lynn) Bruce of Elkhorn, brother-in-law Darel Zeigler of O’Fallon, IL and sister-in-law Linda Bruce of Ohio and many nieces, nephews and many special friends. He was preceded in death by parents, sister, Nancy Zeigler, brother, LeRoy Bruce and infant sister at birth. The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Hegeman and all of the nursing home staff at the Monroe Clinic Oncology Dept. and Monroe Hospice for all the special care they gave Bill throughout the years. Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, May 19, 2014 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church at 11:00 A.M. with Fr. Michael E. Klarer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, May 18th from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and 18th Ave., in Monroe.
Lorence J. Spring age 81 of Monroe, died on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on September 13, 1932 at the Deaconess Hospital in Monroe, the son of John and Anna (Egger) Spring. Lorence farmed with his father on the home farm for many years retiring to Monroe in 1995.
He is survived by his sisters, Clara Watson of Milwaukee and Helen Spring of Madison, also many cousins and friends. He is predeceased by his parents. Per Lorence’s wishes no services will be held. Inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe on the family plot. The Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Leslie J. Grinnell
age 60, of Rockford, IL, died on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. He was born on July 7, 1953 in Monroe, the son of Lester and Patricia (Wilson) Grinnell Jr.
Leslie served in the U.S. Marines.
Leslie and Nola Ericksen were married in 1988.
Leslie was a Monroe High School graduate and was employed with SK Plastics and later started his own business in landscaping. He is survived by his wife, Nola of Rockford, IL; sons, Chad Grinnell of FL, Scott Grinnell of TX; daughter, Leslie Grinnell, of TX; 1 grandchild; mother, Patricia Grinnell of Monroe; brothers, Billy (Darlene) Grinnell of Juda, Stacey (Amy) Grinnell of Belleville, Keith (Deb) Grinnell of Brodhead, Lonny (Brenda) Grinnell of South Wayne; sisters, Tina Grinnell of Janesville, Robin (Lee) Crum of Brodhead, Ann Grinnell of Monroe, Dena (Pat) Brown of MN; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Leslie was predeceased by his father, Lester and son, Jamie Grinnell. Per family wishes private family services will be held. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
David F. Hermanson
age 55, of Monroe, died on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at his home.
Celebration of Life will be Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Greeting time will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Leslie J. Grinnell
Jack L. Feldt
age 64 of rural Monroe, died on May 22, 2014 at his home. He was born in Monroe, the son of Kenneth and Louann (Schupbach) Feldt and attended Juda High School. Jack married Ronita Pattinson.
Jack was a free spirited man. He hitch hiked across the country attending concerts and experiencing life along the way. Taking over the family farm he was progressive in green farming and free range cattle philosophies. He shared his love for the country lifestyle and outdoor activities with his family. Later he found a special lady, Sandy Wood, to share his love for motorcycles and continue his traveling aspirations. Riding motorcycles with friends brought him great joy, trips to New Diggings with Jeff Broshow were a staple. Jack’s life was blessed with experiences, friendships, hard work, and fun filled memories. Jack was a member of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, ABATE, and Hog Chapter.
Jack is survived by his special friend, Sandy Wood; daughter, Sara (Steve) Bishop; grandchildren: Lily and Jacob Bishop; son, Jesse Feldt; father, Kenneth (Carol Welz) Feldt; mother, Lou Ann Hanson; brother, Randy (Tami) Feldt; sisters: Diane Feldt, Carol (Gary) Davis, Lorie Walters; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Herman and Marie Schupbach and Otto and Anna Feldt, and a sister, Linda Lou in 1985.
A Celebration of Life for Jack will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at The Depot Bar. The Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home is assisting the family.
Jeffrey Patrick Holz
age 42 of Monroe, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014 at his home. He was born on January 1, 1972, the son of William and Patricia (Burke) Holz at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Jeff attended School in Monroe and Monticello. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1990. As a young man, Jeff tried out several different jobs and colleges, before finding his place at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he graduated with a Major in Communications, with a minor in his beloved History in 2003. In the spring of 2004 Jeff began work at RR Donnelly, where he made countless friends and had many laughs over the last 10 years. Later that same year he met the love of his life Emily and they were married on April 19, 2008. Together they shared many happy and laughter filled days. They feel blessed to have had so many wonderful family and friends to share those days with. The last words of wisdom Jeff wanted to impart were: Enjoy today, don’t sweat the small stuff, and always tell the people in your life how important and loved they are. Even though the cancer cut his life short, the imprint of him on our lives is forever and his laughter will always be in our hearts.
He is survived by his wife, Emily (Baumgartner) Holz of Monroe; mother, Patricia (Don) Markhardt of Beaver Dam; a sister, Katie (Noe) Pacheco of Menomonee Falls, WI; grandmother, Josephine Burke of Darlington; father and mother-in-law, Lyle and Margaret Baumgartner, Monroe; his two beloved dogs, Pigweed and Daphne; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, William Holz; grandfather, Phil Burke; and grandparents Ernest and Alice Holz.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home with Mnsgr Michael Burke celebrating. A visitation will be held Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 am, at the funeral home.
Duane A. Klein
age 85, of Monroe, passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family. Duane was born on Jan. 29, 1929 to Albert and Dorothea (Larsen) Klein in Iowa Falls, Iowa. He graduated from Waverly, IA high school, and Cornell College with a BS in Liberal Arts, Mt. Vernon, IA. After college he entered the Navy and served on the staff of the commander, Mine Squadron Three from 1951-1955. He married Velma Becker on January 3, 1959 in Waverly, IA. Duane was employed by various banking firms: moved to Cassville in 1965 and was employed at Badger State Bank until 1969, then moved to Mineral Point where he was employed at Farmers Savings Bank. In 1971, he owned an independent insurance agency/income tax service, which he operated until 1980 when he joined the Livingston State Bank, where he was employed until his retirement in 1995. He enjoyed working various part time jobs, his most recent as cashier at St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store, Monroe. Duane loved golfing, fishing, reading, crossword puzzles, vacationing in Rhinelander, retirement trips with Velma and spending time with family and friends. Duane will be remembered most of all as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Duane is survived by his wife of 55 years, Velma; four children: Annette (David) Meudt of Mineral Point, Theresa (Scott) Schwartz of Cottage Grove, Mary (Joe) St. Antoine of Waukesha, and Joe (Ruth Ann) Klein of Monroe; 9 grandchildren: Charles, Meghan and Robert Goldthorpe; Kayla, Tanner, and Tyler Argall; Aaron and Carly St. Antoine; and Hans Schmidt; also one great granddaughter, Ainsley Owens; many nieces, nephews, brothers & sisters-in-law and other relatives and friends. Duane was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, LaVonne Walters.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1025 15th Ave. Monroe with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery, Monroe. A visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home.
Hans R. Kampfer
age 87, of Monroe, died on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on September 16, 1926 in Clark County WI, the son of John and Charlotte (Hediger) Kampfer. Hans and Doris Weston were married on November 10, 1952 in Argyle, WI.
Hans served in the United States Air Force from 1951 – 1955 as a mechanic on B36 Bombers. Hans owned and operated the Hans 76 Gas Station and later was repairman for Fleet Support Services at Monroe Airport retiring in 2009.
He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol for 30 years. Hans bought plans and built his own plane, which he flew for 25 years. He also enjoyed woodworking as a hobby.
He is survived by his wife, Doris of Monroe, brothers, James (Virginia Leitzinger) Kampfer of Monroe, sisters, Rosemary (Clarence) Schmidt of Glenco, MN; Marguerite (Robert) Stoehr and Ruth (John) Wells both of Monticello. He is predeceased by his parents, brother, Calvin, and sister, Frieda Indergand. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Krahenbuhl officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Kenneth (Ken) Erwin Wiesenberg
On June 10, 2014 Kenneth (Ken) Erwin Wiesenberg passed away at home at the age of 80, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born in Monroe, Wisconsin on March 7, 1934 to Ervin and Martha (Kline) Wiesenberg. He attended school in Monroe and went on to work at Monroe Ready Mix/Green Valley Ready Mix, Inc. He worked there for nearly 50 years before retiring. Ken married Mary F. Walters in 1953 and the two raised five children together. Ken's motivation in life was always for his family. After his retirement he continued to work at his son's company, Preferred Transit, Inc. for many years. He also was a life-long animal lover and outdoorsman.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, sons, Kim (Peggy) Wiesenberg, Keith (Vicki) Wieseneberg, and Kerry Wiesenberg; daughter, Tammy (Allen) Haring all of Monroe. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, brothers, Nate (Penny) Wiesenberg, Jerry (Janet) Wiesenberg, and Richard Wiesenberg; as well as many nephews, nieces and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Pamela (Faessler), grandson Daniel Haring, sister Delores Myers, brother Erwin, Jr., and his parents.
In addition, he always had a spot in his heart for his many dogs over the years. His family will remember him best as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
A visitation will be held Sunday, June 15 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 16, at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Condolences can be sent to Shriner Hager Gohlke at 1455 Mansion Drive, Monroe WI 53566 or online at shriner111.com.
William F. Smith
age 88 of Monroe, died Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on December 26, 1925 in Mauston, WI; the son of E. Wray and Emma (Dehmlow) Smith. William was a graduate of Alma Center High School, attended U.W. Whitewater and graduated from Spencerian Business College in Milwaukee. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in October of 1943 being discharged as a Corporal in January of 1946, serving with the 824th Bomb Squadron with the 15th Air Force completing 19 combat missions. William and Joyce Severson were married on January 6, 1952 in Monroe. He worked for Phillips & Smith Furniture and Appliance for 44 years, retiring in 1990. William was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Monroe Country Club, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #754, Zilmer Riley American Legion Post 384, Sons of Norway Sans-Souci Dance Club and several card clubs. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons, traveling, golfing, bowling, slow pitch and fast pitch softball. He was a loving father and grandfather who was always there to support his family.
Surviving is his wife, Joyce Smith of Monroe; children, Gregory (Karen) Smith of Apple River, IL, Mary Jo Hasler of Monroe, Kim (Corrie) Smith of Oregon, Jim Smith of Monroe; 8 grandchildren, Scott (Josh) Smith, Chrissie Smith, Jennifer (Larry) Meyer, Tim (Nicki) Hasler, Andrea (Tyler) DeNure, Tyler Smith, Ashley Smith and Katie Smith; 4 great grandchildren: Brianna, Austin and Abby Meyer, and Addisyn Smith; sisters, Shirley Billerbeck of Osseo and Mildred Byrns of Merrillan; brother-in-law, Russell Severson; sister-in-laws, Eleanor Klemm and Darlyne Campbell; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his parents; son, James William in infancy; son-in-law, Fred Hasler; brothers, Ken and Orville Smith; sisters, Iola Printz and Lorraine Nemitz. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church, with Rev. John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be in the Jordan Lutheran Cemetery, Jordan Township. A visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the: Behring Senior Center Endowment Fund, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or Grace Lutheran Church. The family would like to thank Erinn Morris nurse practitioner and staff at the V.A. Hospital, Dr. Joshua Morrison, the Monroe Clinic and home caregivers.
(Victoria) Jean Wuthrich
age 91 of Monroe died Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Graceland Manor.
She was born May 11, 1923 at Monroe Deaconess Hospital in Monroe to Victor and Florene (Heise) Corson, and spent her childhood in Brandon, WI, Orangeville, IL and Monroe, WI. After moving to Monroe in 1935, the family lived in the house that her great-grandfather constructed in 1859. She was a graduate of Monroe High School, and served in the U.S Navy during World War II. She achieved the rank of Yeoman 1st class, and honorably discharged in October 1945. Jean and Roger Wuthrich were united in marriage May 28, 1947 at St. John’s Church in Monroe.
She owned and operated Jean’s Dance School from 1946-1960, and also worked for her father who owned Green County Abstract Company. In 1961, Jean worked for Ralph Kundert, Green County Treasurer, and became Deputy Green County Treasurer for Frank Wyss. She was appointed Green County Treasurer in February 1975 to complete Frank Wyss’s term of office, and went on to serve in the Treasurer’s position until her retirement in 1988. She also served as Associate Treasurer at Turner Hall from 1996-1998
She was a member of St. Omar Chapter #90 Order of Eastern Star, Green County Republican Women, Republican Party of Green County, American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Wisconsin County Treasurer’s Association Lifetime Member, and Wisconsin Property Lister’s Association. She was a member of the Monroe Turn & Schwing Club for twenty-five years, and served several years as the Junior Tumbling Instructor. Jean was a member of the Universalist Church, a member of the church choir, and a Sunday School teacher.
Jean loved dancing, and after her retirement, taught line-dance at the Monroe Senior Center. She also enjoyed spending time with her sewing, knitting, and crocheting projects.
Surviving is her husband, Roger of Monroe, daughters Candace Walker and Hollie (Dennis) Pickett both of Monroe, grandchildren Dennis (Misty) Pickett of Wylie, Texas, Amanda Field of Monroe, Tashonarae (Ben) Smith of Monroe, six great-grandchildren, cousin Donald Hannah of San Jose, California and cousin Guy Purdy of Aurora, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her mother in 1969, father in 1973, aunt Jeanette Hannah, and cousin Bobby Hannah.
Final arrangements are being handled by Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. Per Jean’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at the American Legion, 1627 12th Avenue, Monroe, Thursday, June 26th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for Monroe Clinic Hospice.
Richard L. Thompson
age 67 of Monroe, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Pleasant View Nursing Home after a long battle with cancer. He was born on November 3, 1946 in Monroe, the son of Merlin Thompson and Mayona (Rear) Johnson and graduated from Monroe High School.
Richard entered the U.S. Army in Jan. 1966 and was trained as a Combat Engineer in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and was then stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas with the 31st Engineers. In January of 1967 his unit was sent to Vietnam and they were renamed the 39th Combat Engineer Battalion. He was honorably discharged in December 1967.
He worked for the Monroe U.S. Postal Service for 20 years and was an excellent carpenter. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe, Loyal order of Moose Lodge #754 and VFW.
Richard married Connie Becker in 1971 in Monroe and had 3 children. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, his family and friends.
Surviving are his mother, Mayona (Rear) Johnson; son, Richard M. Thompson; daughters, Carrie Thompson and Corrie Gilbertson all of Monroe and 5 grandchildren; brothers, Ronald L. (Debra) Thompson of Monroe, Rodger L. Thompson of Roanoke, TX; sisters, Rhonda M. (Gary) Rufenacht of Monroe, and Renita M. (Patrick) Coyle of Cross Plains; nephews, Ryan Meinert, of Davis, IL; Kevin Meinert of Monroe, nieces, Michelle (Casey) Phillips of Monroe, Amanda (Tommy) Ingwell of Mineral Point and Amber Thompson of Sun Prairie.
Richard was preceded in death by his father, Merlin Thompson and a brother, Merlin Thompson Jr.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 on Wednesday, June 25th at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and 18th Avenue, Monroe with a Moose Lodge Service at 7:00 p.m.
There will be a private burial with family at a later date.
Hazel G. Miller
age 95, of South Wayne, died on June 26, 2014 at the Lafayette Manor in Darlington. She was born on May 31, 1919 on the Simonson Homestead off Springbrook Rd in Wiota Township, the daughter of Simon and Sena Lund Simonson.
Hazel and Harold “Jake” Miller were married on December 31, 1950. Jake and Hazel farmed in the South Wayne area for many years, groomed horses in Florida, Illinois and Wisconsin and worked at the Village Inn in South Wayne. She was an active member of the Wiota Lutheran Church. Hazel is survived by sister, Clara Johnson, Ripon, Wisconsin, 5 foster children and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Jake in 2000, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the East Wiota Lutheran Church with Rev. Luke Smetters officiating. Burial will be in the East Wiota Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Hanson Funeral Home is serving the family. Everyone is invited to wear the color red. Memorials may be directed to Wiota Lutheran Church in Hazel’s memory.
William Ernest Messerli
age 66 of Monroe, WI died Sunday, June 29,2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison. He was born on August 12, 1947 in Monroe, the son of Ernest and Florence (Welton) Messerli. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1965. William was a semi driver for 40 years. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, spending time outdoors and in the mountains and listening to music.
He is survived by 6 children: Melissa Yeazle of Washington, IN, Miranda (James) Schindler of Monroe, Sean (Amity) Messerli of Monroe, Sam (Jodi) Messerli of Monroe, Michaela (Phil) Mazahreh of Monroe and Ernie (Heather) Messerli of Alton, IL; 12 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild; a brother, Steve Messerli of Monroe. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Ellen Keiser and Ann Schrock.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home, with Pastor Rick Haworth officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service.
Joseph (Joey) Anthony Stehura
age 27 of Madison/Monroe passed away on Saturday, July 5 as the result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born on July, 3, 1987 in Aurora, Colorado, the son of Ann (Stehura) Koschkee. Joey graduated from Monroe High School. He was currently employed by LFC Construction of Verona, WI. Prior to that he was a manager within the Pizza Hut organization of Madison, where he was also still employed. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and friends, his love of golf, fishing and being in the great outdoors. He loved country music, especially Johnny Cash.
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Ann (Larry) Koschkee of Monroe; his sister, Katee Koschkee of San Antonio, TX, a step-sister, Sherri Koschkee of Greenfield, WI; and all of his special aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Anthony (Blackie) and Mary Stehura of Lancaster, WI.
A Memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home, Monroe with Fr. Larry Bakke presiding. A visitation will be held Friday from 11:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home.
Christian Gregory Wilsey
was born into the arms of an angel at 11:42 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Christian was the son of Brian and Lisa Wilsey of Madison.
His paternal grandparents are Richard and Bonnie Wilsey of Oconomowoc, and his maternal grandparents are Charles and Jeanne Schultz of Monroe.
Christian was the answer to our prayers and gave us a lifetime of love already. We know he was greeted in heaven by his cousin Emily Adele Vale (daughter of Tom and Karen Vale) and friend Lincoln Alan Damask (son of Greg and Lisa Damask, Minneapolis). Christian will be cherished in our hearts and loved forever. We are very blessed and changed by his short presence.
He is survived by parents, Brian and Lisa Wilsey, grandparents, Charles and Jeanne Schultz, and Richard and Bonnie Wilsey. Aunts and uncles,Tom and Karen Vale (Schultz), Joseph and Karla Ripp (Schultz), David and Heather Wilsey, Charles and Gretchen Klass (Schultz), and Carl Schultz. Great aunts and uncles, Bruce Hamilton, Hilbert and Evelyn Schultz, David and Marion Schultz, and many beloved cousins.
He was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents, Philip and Irene Peloquin, and Carl and Adele Schultz, paternal great-grandparents, James and Violet Hamilton, and John and Marietta Wilsey, great aunts, Shirley Schultz, Helga Peloquin, Virgie Peloquin, and Julie Wilsey, and great uncle Stanley Peloquin.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Fr. Larry Bakke celebrating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
We thank our family and friends for their love, kindness, and support through this tragic loss.
Roger A. Pluss
age 53 of Monroe died on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at U.W. Hospital in Madison. He was born on September 28, 1960 in Monroe, the son of John and Emogene (Marti) Pluss. He was a 1978 graduate of Albany High School. Roger and Cynthia Perkins were married on November 5, 2011 in Freeport, IL. He formerly worked for U.W. Madison in the custodial department. Roger was a member of the Crossroads Community Church and their prayer group. He enjoyed playing basketball and watching the Packers and Badgers sporting events. He also liked to play cards especially cribbage and enjoyed going fishing and riding his bike.
Surviving is his wife Cynthia Pluss; mother, Emogene Robieson; step father, Donald Robieson all of Monroe; brothers, Dave (Laura) Pluss of Albany, Randy (Kim) Pluss of Monroe; step children, Jennifer (Wayne) Smith of Fitchburg, Jed (Carrie Davis) Jensen of Johnson City, TN, Jessica (Myron Hardy) Antinucci of Lake City, MN, James (Cathy) Antinucci of Monroe, SD; 6 step grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his father and brother, Allan Pluss. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July13, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. at the Crossroads Community Church, with Pastor Chuck Lynch officiating. A visitation will be on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Church. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery in Monticello at a later date. The Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral home is serving the family.
William J. Miller
age 86, of Monroe died on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Monroe Manor. He was born on November 18, 1927 the son of William A. and Lydia (Fritsch) Miller. William graduated from Monroe High School and U.W. Whitewater.
William served in World War II from October 1945 – April 1947.
William was an English teacher, worked for Ipson Ceramics as a Ceramic Designer and later worked for the Swiss Colony in the packing department.
William was a member of the Monroe Bible Church serving on the church board and teaching Sunday school for many years. He also enjoyed photography and art.
He is survived by his sister, Doris L. Hendrickson of Monroe, niece, Susan Hendrickson of Kenosha, and nephew, Daniel (Debra) Hendrickson of Monroe.
He is predeceased by his parents.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 12:00 noon at the Monroe Bible Church with Pastor Dan Krahenbuhl officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army, Monroe Bible Church or the Monroe Fund in William’s memory.
Margaret L. Kubly
age 91, of Monroe, died on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. She was born in Darlington, on October 7, 1922 the daughter of Alfred and Emma Glanzman.
Margaret and Burnett J. Kubly were married on June 6, 1942 at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Darlington. They farmed in Brodhead until retiring to Monroe in1974; she then worked at the Gasthaus Motel. Margaret was a member of the Monroe United Methodist Church and the Women of the Moose. She enjoyed playing cards at the Behring Senior center, crocheting, gardening and canning. She enjoyed cooking and baking for the family, especially at Christmas time. She is survived by her sons, Ron (Diane) Kubly of Brodhead and Curt (Cynthia) Kubly of Antioch, TN; daughters, Shirley Drews of Monroe and Marcia (John) Elsner of Brodhead; sisters, Frieda Wills of Platteville and Rose (Duane) Beach of Monroe; 16 grandchildren, and 43 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, Burnett, grandsons, John Elsner and Daniel Drews; sister, Helen Monson; brothers-in-law, Donald Monson and Royal Wills and son-in-law John Drews. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Monroe United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Booth officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe United Methodist Church with a Moose Service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in Margaret’s name.
Louis A. Indergand
age 94, of Monroe, died on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Azura Memory Care. He was born on March 13, 1920 in Monroe, the son of Albin and Elsie (Rufer) Indergand. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s United Church of Christ. He attended the Iliff and Bethel Schools. Louis married Dorothea Norder-Buchholtz on May 26, 1979 at the Union Presbyterian Church in Monroe. He was a farmer for many years, then he went to work for Kennedy Construction black topping and his last job was as a painter.
Louis was a member of Union Presbyterian Church. Louis and Dorothea spent many years at their home at Castle Rock in the summers. He loved to visit with family and friends.
He is survived by a sister, Gloria (Charles) Opie of Gratiot; step-son, Robert Buchholtz of Waukesha; 3 step-grandchildren; 2 step-greatgrandchildren; several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Dorothea; brothers: Kenneth, Brooks, and Victor, in infancy.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, July 29, at 11:00 a.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with Reverend Marilyn Sandin- Ross officiating.
Visitation will be Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
June T. (Robertson) Geiger
age 86, of Monroe, died on Monday, July 28, 2014 with her loved ones by her side. She was born on June 13, 1928 in Appleton, the daughter of Julius and Catherine (Janssen) Robertson. June and Leon “Lee” Geiger were married on June 10, 1950 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Appleton. June was a homemaker and was a stay at home mom raising her loving children. June was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, founder of Swiss Attic Fanciers Quester Club serving as president for many years. She also was member of the Monroe Country Club. In 1993 Leon and June purchased the Monroe Clinic building, donated it to the Monroe School District and helped raise the funds to remodel it to the Monroe Public Library. She is survived by her children, Steven (Jean) Geiger of Monroe, Mark (Chris) Geiger of Verona, David (Val Pick) Geiger of Monroe, Susan (Gary) Becker of Monroe; grandchildren, Jeff (Stephanie) Geiger, Katie Geiger, Shannon (Josh) Golackson, Lindsey Geiger, Michael Geiger, Dan Becker, Jacob Geiger, and Jon Becker; great-grandchildren: Marcus Williams and Mia Golackson; and sister, Jane Ruth of Appleton. She is predeceased by her parents, Julius and Catherine Robertson, brother, Maurice “Maurie” Robertson, sisters, Dolores “Lorie” Kunstman, Mildred “Millie” Welbes, Mertyle “Mert” Reitzner and Mary Mills. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Fr. Larry Bakke Celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Thursday, from 11:00 A.M. until time of service at noon at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in June’s memory.
A special thank you to Pleasant View Nursing Home, Monroe Clinic Hospice, Val Pick, Susan Schwitz and Jessica Pick.