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Roumaine F. Holland Sr.
age 85, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the V.A. Hospital in Madison. He was born on August 24, 1932 in Stockton, Illinois, the son of Paul and Lola (Bunker) Holland. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1950.  

He served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955.  

Roumaine married Victoria Galaviz in 1955, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

Roumaine was a dairy farmer in the Argyle area, retiring in 1990. After he retired he worked at Swiss Colony and Prairie Hill Cheese factory. 

He is survived by 5 children: Roland (Kendra) Holland of Rincon GA, Roumaine (Kathy) Holland Jr. of New Glarus,, William (Teresa) Holland of Monroe, Daniel (Jody) Holland of Argyle, and Debra Lelle of Monroe; a daughter-in-law, Jill Melland; grandchildren: Jeremi Alexander, Shelly Alexander, Jason (Ginny) Holland, Jaclyn (Brett) Macy, Dennis (Kevin) Holland, Ashley (Jesse) Holland-Donahue, Benjamin Voss, Kathleen Voss, Angela (Tony) Wiemiller, Kelly (Will) Grohler, Brandon (Korin) Beckwith, Daniel (Sarah) Holland II, Brittney (Brett) Newman, Chelsea (Adam) Tillis, Randy (Brooke Adams) Melland, Amanda Melland, Olivia Melland, great-grandchildren: Noah, Emme, Clara, Tanner, Brooklyn, Trevor, Johnny, Liam, Reese, Everly, Jaiden, Bryson, Ainsley, Westley, Landon, Ady, Haddie, Bentley and Madden; 2 brothers: Haldean (Lynn) Holland of Leesburg, FL and Merton (Sharon) Holland of Lena, IL, a sister, Maelinda Bolen of Stockton, IL.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Randall, daughter, Gloria Doherty; and sisters, Waynette Costello and Madalene Holland in infancy; son-in-law, Thomas Lelle. 

Private family services will be held at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.  
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Suzanne Minder
age 88, of Browntown, died peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 17, 1929 in Lafayette County, the daughter of Ben and Eveline (Rodebaugh) Goodman. She graduated South Wayne High School in 1947.

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

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

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

Private graveside services will be held at Saucerman Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be given in Suzanne’s name to Boys Town. 
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Guidelines for upcoming funerals regarding the current health regulations that have been placed upon us. 

Our major concern is the health and safety of the families and community that we serve during this unparalleled health concern. 

Even though we are now resuming normal funeral and visitation services we will still adhere to social distancing and safety protocols. 

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 shgfuneralhome@tds.net 
or call at 608-325-4306.

We are trying to keep abreast with the policies at this time please continue to check back here for further updates. 

Thank you for your understanding and take good care,
The Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home Staff

Irvin James Bartels 
age 77, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born the son of John and Ann (McKillip) Bartels on May 31, 1944 in Monroe. He spent all of his childhood growing up on a farm. His family moved several times, Irvin attended 13 different schools; he was a graduate of Monroe High School. He furthered his education by completing the UW Short Course. Irvin was united in marriage to Constance “Connie” Gale on August 17, 1968 in Rock Falls, IL. In his mid-twenties he decided to pursue other opportunities, after being employed at the steel mill in Sterling, IL for a number of years, they decided to move to Wisconsin to become dairy farmers. Their love of farming kept them both here for the remainder of what was yet to come. 

While living out his dream on the farm, they were blessed with four children. While farming with his family, he had the desire to become more involved with the community. That led to his 15 years of service on the Juda Fire Department, and also 8 years on the Juda School Board. He also played a strong role in forming the Monroe Rural Fire Department; where he was considered an Honorary Member. He was also a member of the Monroe Moose Lodge #754 and enjoyed being part of a bowling league and having a few Bud Lights. 
After making the decision to remove himself from his dream of farming, he decided to start his own sandblasting/painting business; his business has grown throughout the years to become very well known in the area, with his youngest son taking the reins. Having his son take over allowed Irvin to concentrate on his wife, kids, family, and enjoying life to the fullest. He never complained about the difficulties that were presented to him and his family. He always had a positive attitude and thought “life was good!” no matter what, even when times were tough. Irvin was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He had a special place in his heart for all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they brought him so much joy. He will be missed by all that he touched. He taught his family to always stand up for what you believe in but remember to remain humble and kind. He was very proud of his family. 

Irvin is survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Connie; four sons, Jim (Rhonda), Michael (Kelly), Curt (Patti), and Nick (Emily) Bartels; 13 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Judy Babler; and brothers, John (Pam), Bill, and Bob (Pam) Bartels.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ann Bartels; Connie’s parents, John and Margaret Gale; brother, Gary Bartels; and brothers-in-law, Terry Babler and David Devries.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, June 18, 2021 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Chaplain Willy Little officiating. Burial will take place following service at Kelly Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 4:00-7:00PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Irvin’s name. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com. 

A Celebration of Irvin’s life will take place immediately following the burial at Mike and Kelly Bartels, W7505 Hwy 11, Monroe.  

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Tammy Martin. She has been a true blessing for us all. The care that she has provided for Irv and Connie will be treasured and never forgotten. THANK YOU! 

Irvin's service will be able to seen via live stream through the link below. The link will be active shortly before the service on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM. You will only be able to see the service during the actual service time, it is not available later. 

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Elaine Ann Pence 
passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born November 28, 1945 to John and Ethel (Sigafus) Dienberg in Reedsburg. She attended Evansville High School. She married Charles Pence on March 23, 1963 in Evansville, Wisconsin. She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, flower gardens, and spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Charles Pence; children, Kenneth (Lisa) Pence of West Bend, Dawn Pence of Chicago, Brian (Donna) Pence of Monticello, Marcia (Robert) Bloxham of Madison, and Mark (Jessica) Pence of Stoughton; a sister Shirley Nicholson of Hampton, Iowa. She had ten grandchildren and five step grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Kenneth Dienberg.  

Funeral Services will take place at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home at 12:00 noon on Monday June 21, 2021. Burial will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albany. Visitation will be held Monday June 21, 2021 from 10:00 am until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in Elaine’s name to the Monticello Public Library.

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Ervin Paul Allen
age 71, of Browntown passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg. He was born the son of Grant and Florence (Lenz) Allen on February 20, 1950 in Monroe. He attended South Wayne High School, and graduated from Fennimore Tech. College.

Erv was a longtime farmer in the Browntown area; he was a mechanic for Juda Implement and worked at Farm and Fleet for many years. He was also the roadie for The Country 4 Band and for the Horse Feathers. He was a member of the Monroe Moose Lodge #754. Erv enjoyed wood working in his free time and also did mechanic work for others. 

He is survived by his sister, Lois Hartman of Chetek, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, Robert Hartman. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Burial will follow service in Saucerman Cemetery. 

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Richard L. Westgard
age 56, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, June 21, 2021. He was born February 16, 1965, to Loudon and Gladys (Frei) Westgard in Monroe, WI. He graduated Monroe High School in 1983 and then attended Blackhawk Tech and received his F.C.C. License. He married Dodi Ann Wild on July 21, 1990, in Monticello, WI. Richard was currently the Service Manager at General Communications in Madison, where he was employed for 31 years. Growing up, he was in the Boy Scouts and proud to be an Eagle Scout who went to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Together, he and Dodi built a life full of joy and wonderful adventures near and far with their daughters. His grandchildren were his pride and joy, and he cherished spoiling them with everything and anything. They have many friends that have become family, and he could make a friend out of anyone he met; proven by all the family he made at Baummies and Bartels. He enjoyed many things, including home brewing, gardening, thrill rides, cooking, traveling, hunting, golfing, and was an avid Packer fan. Rich was also a member of the Monroe Theater Guild. He was the go-to guy for any and all random projects and was always up for the challenge. Rich was always kind, always generous in everything he did.

He is survived by his wife, Dodi Westgard of Monroe; daughters, Laci (Chris Erb) Westgard of Monroe, Heather (Jake Larson) Westgard of Monroe, Danielle (Nick Johnson) Westgard of Allen, TX and Cheryl (Tim McNally) Westgard of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Melanie, Elicia, Keaton and one granddaughter on the way; father and mother-in-law, Greg and Emily Wild of Monroe; brother-in-law, Lonnie (Tina) Wild of Monroe; sister-in-law, Cari (Lee Jobs) Wild of Sturgeon Bay, WI; brothers, Timothy Westgard of Ft. Myers, FL and Alan (Marlyn) Westgard of Bremerton, WA; sister, Margaret (Martin) Cooper of Ft. Myers, FL; and many nieces, nephews and ‘cousints’.  

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Loudon Westgard Jr. 

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.

The family would like you to raise a glass and Próst to Rich.

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J. Richard “Rich” Whitney
of Monroe, Wi, a proud veteran of the United States Armed Forces passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the age of 86. He was born the son of Wayne and Kristine (Kucinski) Whitney on January 18, 1935 in Cherokee, Iowa. He graduated high school in Ware, Iowa with a class of only four students. Rich furthered his education at upper Iowa University where he earned his bachelors in business.

Rich worked for Sears Roebuck for over 30 years where he met his beloved wife, Margie. He loved to golf and according to brother Ralph “he was a reasonably good fly-fisherman”. Rich was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Rich is survived by his brother, Ralph Whitney and two nieces, Laurie and Jenny; as well as numerous loving extended family members and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margaret “Margie” Whitney. 

Private family services will be held at a later date with burial taking place in Mount Carmel, Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

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Geraldine (Geri) Wulf 
passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. Geri was born on February 3rd, 1925 in Wiota Township. She was the youngest of eight children born to Nim and Caroline (Rude) Seffrood.

Geri graduated from South Wayne High School in 1943 and Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing in Chicago, receiving her RN in 1946. She married Dwight Wulf in 1947 and together they had three children. She lived in Bellwood, Illinois and the Chicago area for over 20 years. She worked as an industrial nurse for BorgWarner and then for 16 years at Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park. In 1970, she and her children moved to Monroe. She worked for many years at St. Clare Hospital. In 1983, she traveled to Saudi Arabia and was employed in the postpartum department of a hospital in Tabuk. She returned to Monroe in 1985 and worked at St. Clare Hospital until her retirement.

Geri had an adventurous spirit and loved to travel. She enjoyed visiting many countries, including Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Greece, Jordan, Kenya, Australia and Mexico. She also traveled to many states within the US. Geri enjoyed knitting and crocheting and spent countless hours making many cherished items for family and friends throughout the years.

She loved to tell jokes and share stories and memories with friends and loved ones. She often told about the many miles she rode her Shetland pony, Beauty. Her job was to lead the cows to pasture near the one-room country schoolhouse and after school lead them back to the farm.

Geri is survived by three children: Douglas (Jean) of Janesville, Heidi (Bradley) Joslyn of Manchester, ME and Eric (Martha) of Madison as well as four grandchildren: Laura Shain, Michelle Wulf, Sarah Garant, and Paul Joslyn; one great grandchild, Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers: Norman, Vernus, Clarence and Clynton and sisters: Esther Swenson, Wanda Ruegsegger and Amie Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home, with Pastor Christie Mandas officiating. Burial will take place in West Wiota Lutheran Cemetery. A visitation will be held at 10 am until time of service.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Geraldine’s name to either Agrace Hospice or Monroe Clinic Hospice.

The family would like to thank Agrace Hospice in Janesville and Fitchburg for their care and support.

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Graveside services for three members of the same family who died this year will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mary Ann Matthews, age 91 of Monroe, died January 25. She was born in Monroe and graduated from SouthWayne High School. Mary Ann was married to Kenneth Kleckner and then to Chester Matthews. She operated Mary Ann’s Beauty Shop. She was survived by two daughters: Debra (Dennis) Figi and Donna (Dick Nel-son); four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dennis L. Figi, age 65 of Monroe, passed away peacefully on February 26. He lived his entire life on the farm that his family has owned since 1900 and where his ashes will be placed at a later date. Dennis married Debra Hawthorn in 2011 after being together for thirty years. He was survived by his wife Debra Kleckner Figi, sons Brian (Milissa) Hawthorn and Chad (Christy) Hawthorn; grandchildren Clay-ton Hawthorn and Brittany (Nick) Epperhart; and siblings Matt Figi, Pete (Annie) Figi, and Alice (Jerry) Brooks.

Brian Steven Hawthorn, age 50 of Colorado Springs, unexpectedly passed away at home on May 1. Brian was born in Monroe on August 15, 1970 to Steven and Debra (Kleckner) Hawthorn. Brian graduated from Monroe High School in 1989 and moved to Colorado Springs where he attended technical school. He then worked as a manager at Quality Alternator. He married Melissa Teters on May 4, 1996 and enjoyed camping and fishing in the mountains of Colorado. He was also involved in hill climb racing. Survivors include his mother, Debra Kleckner Figi; father Steven (Pat) Hawthorn; wife Melissa; daughter Brittany (Nick) Epperhart; brother Chad (Christy) Hawthorn and their son Clayton; stepbrother Ken Kosowicz, and stepsister Allie Kosowicz.

Shriner Hager Gohlke is assisting the family.

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Michael D. Hartwig
age 48, of Monroe passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. He was born December 19, 1972 in Philadelphia, the son of Richard Hartwig JR. and Christine Gilbertson. Michael graduated Albany High School in 1991 and later graduated ITT Technical College. He worked as a delivery driver for PGW in Madison. He married Dawn Nikolaisen on July 1, 2006 in Albany WI. Michael enjoyed bowling and being a part of the ATV Cheese County Trail Club. His biggest joy was his grandchildren and family.

He is survived by his father, Richard Hartwig of Monroe; mother Christine Hartwig of Albany; children Shiane Hartwig of Monroe, Rebecca Hartwig of Monroe; grandchildren Braelyn and Maisyn; brother James (Brenda) Hartwig of Albany; sister Jennifer (Rafael) Herrera of Monroe. He was preceded by his brother Eric.

There will be a celebration of life on Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 12 pm until 4 pm at the Moose Club in Monroe. Shriner Hager Gohlke is assisting the family.  

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Richard “Dick” Gratz
age 73, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021. He was born on March 29, 1948 in Hazel Green to Glenn and Margaret (Boyle) Gratz. He graduated from Darlington High School in 1966. From 1966 until 1968 Richard served in the US Army. Richard married Christine Thomm on March 6, 1976 at St. John’s U.C.C. of Monroe. He was a member of St. John’s U.C.C. and the Monroe Country Club.  

Richard, along with his partner John Gruber founded Double G Concrete in 1982. He continued in that business until his retirement and the sale of the company in 2013. He was an avid golfer and loved sports of all kinds, especially the Cheesemakers, the Badgers and the Packers. His five granddaughters were the light of his life, he loved giving them rides in his convertible and taking them for ice cream.  

Richard is survived by his wife Chris Gratz; children Tony (Tonya) Gratz of Monroe, Mike (Rosangel) Gratz of California, and Ben (Marcie) Gratz of Baraboo; brothers Kenneth (Pat) Gratz and David (Marcia) Gratz; sisters Jeannie (Ron) Ubersox, Susan (Tim) Schroeder, and Kris (Dave) Welsh; five grandchildren Telina, Teresa, Taralyn, Evelyn, and Celia.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and mother and father-in-law.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 from 4:00PM until 7:00PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at St. John’s U.C.C. in Monroe on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 11:00AM with Pastor Christie Mandas officiating. A luncheon will follow at The Ludlow Mansion Events. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.

In lieu of flowers a scholarship will be created in Richard’s memory.

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Carol M. Laughridge
 age 94 of Albany, died Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born December 10, 1926 in New Glarus, the daughter of Palmer and Verena (Hefty) Arn. She graduated from New Glarus H.S. in 1944 and Platteville Teachers College in 1945. Carol married William Ray Laughridge on June 18, 1948 in New Glarus. Carol was a Teacher in the Mauston school district for many years; after returning to the area she worked as an appointment secretary at the Monroe Clinic, retiring in 1989.

She was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church and the Albany Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed knitting and taught classes.

She is survived by her husband, William Ray of Albany; daughter, Barbara (Tom) Gacic of St. Charles, IL and son, Bill (Cheri) Laughridge of Mokena, IL; grandchildren: Colleen (Tom) Simpson, Kelli Gacic, Kristen (Lou) Gale, and Kevin Laughridge; great grandchildren: Henry Gale, Jacob Gale, Charlie Simpson, and Rhys Simpson. Special Goddaughter, Julie (Ron) Wanless and her daughter, Jeni (Mike) Schroeder and their children, Luella and Albie. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Eugene Arn and sister, Myrdelle Arn.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Albany United Methodist Church with Pastor Thomas Moe officiating. A private family burial was held at Hillcrest cemetery in Albany. A visitation will be held Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service, at the church. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorials can be given in Carol’s memory to the Albany U.M. C. youth group.

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Ruth L. Von Arx
age 90 of Monroe, died Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Community Living Home Options. She was born on Nov. 12, 1930 in Monroe, the daughter of John and Rosina (Becker) Von Arx. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1948. She served in the Air Force and after her service, she stayed in Japan for 3 years. After she returned to the United States she settled in Albuquerque, NM; where she worked as an electronic technician building components for computers. She enjoyed taking care of her yard and flower gardens.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Robert and Carl; sister, Viola.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am on Friday, July 16, 2021 at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service.

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Dennis George Alexander
age 61 of Albany, passed away Friday, July 9, 2021 at his home. He was born on August 19, 1959 in Janesville, the son of Robert C and Gloria (Drew) Alexander. He attended Albany Schools, receiving his HSED in 1980. Dennis worked at Ogden Manufacturing in Albany and Monroe Cheese Corp in Monticello. 

Dennis was born with medical conditions that made the doctors believe he would not live past 1 day old. On that day, he was baptized at the hospital in case his life was cut short, however that was not the case. On March 17, 1980 he had a kidney transplant at UW Hospital and his donor was his older brother, Timothy. He defied the odds and never gave up even though many days of his life were spent in and out of hospitals. Denny always referred to UW Hospital as his “second home”. He always made everyone around him laugh by telling jokes and stories, especially the doctors and nurses that took care of him. 

Dennis enjoyed fishing in the Sugar River, playing video games, building model cars and tinkering with motors. His best times were hanging with his friends and family, especially his nieces and nephews. He always looked forward to the road trips to see family in Kentucky and Georgia. Dennis truly enjoyed living life to the fullest.

Dennis is survived by his siblings; brothers, Michael (Shirley) Alexander, Robert A (Linda) Alexander, Thomas Alexander and Theodore Alexander; sister, Tammy (Timothy) Buehler. As well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sheryl Whitehead in 2002; brothers, Patrick in 1976 and Timothy in 2009; niece, Sherri in infancy; dogs, Abby and Sable.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family. 

Farewell Dear Brother, Until we meet again.

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Patricia Ann Wiggins

age 86, of Evansville, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021 surrounded by family. She was born August 16th, 1934 in Mt Horeb, WI to Wilbur and Ivy Ehredt.  

Pat grew up on a farm near Evansville, WI. Graduated Evansville High School and was crowned Miss Dairy Queen.

Pat was married in 1954 to Milan Switalski and had two beautiful daughters, along with many gorgeous horses during that time. 

Later, Pat married Don Wiggins. Together Don and Pat toured the country in an 18 wheeler and enjoyed riding horses in their spare time.  

Pat worked at many businesses in the area. Most notably the Coach House as a bartender and hostess and later the Night Owl both in Evansville. Prior to that Pat owned and operated a leather repair business.  

She had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Evansville and the Hillcrest Mothers Club. Pat loved horses and was an active member of the Wisc Arabian Horse Association where she and her children showed horses. She enjoyed music, dancing and gardening. Her family remembers her as a great cook who always made Yorkshire Pudding for Christmas. Pat was very creative and artistic in painting, drawing and crafting. Pat always enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, all of whom she loved very much. 

She is survived by her daughters Cynthia (John) Griffin, Emilie (Steve) Schulz; granddaughters Lindsey & Chelsey Schulz; her Best Friend and cousin, Jane Schuetz; and many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Joan Sands and Bill Ehredt; and ex-husband, Don Wiggins. 

A Celebration of life will be held at Creekside Place in the Lounge, 102 Maple St. Evansville, on Sunday, July 25th from 2pm-4pm. Refreshments will be provided. 

A special thank you to Agrace Hospice. Especially her granddaughter, Lindsey Schulz. A private Memorial Dinner will be held by family at a later date.
The family is being assisted by Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home, Monroe.

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Junior R. Hanson
age 97, of Monroe, died on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at The Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born September 20, 1923 in Wiota Township; the son of Roy and Ethel (Ableman) Hanson. Junior and Luella Berg were united in marriage on June 7, 1943 in Browntown; she preceded him in death in 2018.

Junior farmed with his wife for 40 years then worked for Rufer Refrigeration and Baus Refrigeration for 20 years. He enjoyed helping his family and friends with anything he could.

He is survived by daughters, Judy Hanson and Karen (Mike) Moellenberndt both of Monroe; grandchildren, Kelly (Mike Trumble) Hendrickson of Browntown and Todd (Angie Arians) Pulver of Monroe; great-granddaughters; Jessika Pulver and Sabrina Lisser; great-great-grandchildren, Aniya and Attlas; step-grandchildren, Brad (April) Moellenberndt of Evansville and Patti (Tony) Wilhite of Monroe, step great-grandchildren, Brady, Alec and Kade. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sister, Betty Sulzer.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday July 28, 2021 at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com. 

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Rose Marie Qualley
age 88, of Monroe passed away peacefully on Friday, July 23, 2021. Rose was born on October 30, 1932 in Monroe, WI, the daughter of William and Lorenza (Boegli) Naef. Rose and Russell J Qualley were united in marriage on December 9, 1959. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ.  

Rose was a great wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. She was a homemaker, allowing her to raise their three sons. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially on Christmas Eve, which was a family tradition. Rose loved baking, cooking, and dancing at Turner Hall with her friends. She enjoyed her trip to Switzerland with her brother, and his wife, Betty. Her kindness, love, and seven-minute frosting will remain in her legacy. 

She is survived by her two sons: Scott (Shari) Qualley of Eagle River and Kurt (Penny) Qualley of Mineral Point. Grandchildren: Courtney (Ben) Pickel of Cuba City, Caitlyn (Nick) Hicks of Cuba City, and Carlie (Fiancé Jeff Needham) Qualley of Mineral Point, Kimberly Qualley of Monroe, Megan (Randall) Anderson of Monticello, Geri (Butch) Whitney of Monroe, and Erick (Andrea) Wells of Monroe. Several great grandchildren, a brother Roy (Alice) Naef of Monroe; and a sister-in-law, June Blumer of Albany; several special nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends. Rose was preceded in death by her loving parents; husband, a son, Jeff; and two brothers, William Jr. and Ernest Naef. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at SHRINER-HAGER-GOLKE Funeral Home, in Monroe, WI with Pastor Christie Mandas officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Thursday from 10:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.  

A special thank you to Dr. Berger, Mineral Point Health Services, and St. Croix Hospice for their exceptional care, love, and support. 

Rose will be greatly missed and will remain in our hearts forever. 

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Robert (Bob) VonKaenel
age 75, passed away to his eternal home lord and savior Jesus Christ on July 25, 2021 at the New Glarus Home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born in Yakima WA, May 4, 1946; the son of Robert and Gladys (Ashman) VonKaenel. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1965 and then attended the University of Whitewater for 1 year. He married Karen Johnson July 16, 1967 at Jordan Lutheran Church. Bob was a member of Jordan Lutheran Church, Browntown, WI. Where he served on the church council for several years and also taught Sunday School.

He worked for Gempelers Tire during high school, then Roy’s Dairy until moving to Madison and worked for Pharo Heating, later employed by R. Mueller Cheese Factory Equip, Dorman’s Cheese, and retiring from Stoughton Trailers in 2006.
He was an avid Badger football fan attending all home games for many years and several away games including going to two Rose Bowl games. He also enjoyed Packer games. He enjoyed going on the Hot Rod Power Tour and car shows with family and friends. He was also a cub scout leader.

He is survived by his wife, Karen of 54 years; two sons, Jerry (Heidi Rufenacht) VonKaenel and Gary (Melissa) VonKaenel; sisters, Debra Goyich and Mary VonKaenel; sister-in-law’s, Carol (John) Olson, Velma (Steve) Shipler, Ruth(Gordy) Bergemann; brother-in-law’s, William (Betty) Johnson, Dennis (Helen) Johnson, James (Melva) Johnson, and Terry (Debra) Johnson; grandchildren, Nash VonKaenel of Muskego, Auburn VonKaenel of Monroe, and Wyatt, Veronica, Walker VonKaenel of Janesville; one great granddaughter Madison Renae Dutcher; nephews, Derek (Whitney) Goyich, Jay Olson, Aaron Bergemann, Scott, Michael, Daniel, Joshua, Andy, Kelvin, Peter and Matthew Johnson; nieces Beth Siewert, Shauna Bergemann, Tara McCrary, Michelle Buss, Danielle Reynolds, Erica Johnson, Amanda Gessler and many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father in-law Leo and Lois Johnson; brother-in-law’s, Ted Goyich, Loren Johnson, Roger Johnson, and Lenny Schrenk; niece, Carrie Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday August 3, 2021 at Jordan Lutheran Church, in Browntown with Pastor Robert Castro officiating. Burial will follow at Jordan Lutheran Cemetery.

A visitation will be held Monday August 2, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. Continued visitation will be held Tuesday from 10:00 am until time of service at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.

Memorials can be made to the Jordan Lutheran Church.  

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Merlin M. Maveus
age 82, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born the son of Maurice and Dorothy (MaCumber) Maveus on September 9, 1938 in Monroe. He was a 1957 graduate of Orfordville High School. Merlin was united in marriage to Carol A. Rufer on March 8, 1964. 

Merlin served in the Army Reserves. He then worked for Kelly Springfield tires in Freeport for 35 years; after his retirement he continued working for the Clarno Township for seven and half years. He was a Minneapolis Moline Tractor collector and traveled all throughout the U.S. and Canada to tractor shows, making many friends along the way. He also was an avid polka dancer and loved to go dancing with Carol. Merlin was a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Merlin is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol; children, John Carl (Susie) Maveus of Monroe and Laurie Ann (Ben) Fuller of New Glarus; and four grandchildren, Nick Maveus, Matt Maveus, Elizabeth Fuller, and Analise Fuller.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Steven Maveus.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 04, 2021 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, in Monroe, WI with Reverend Tiff Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service at the church.  
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This obituary is a little different. It is primarily made up of stories that my mother wanted everyone to hear. 

Gloria Hendrickson

was born in Martintown on August 7th, 1927. An older sister, Corinne, had arrived a couple of years earlier. The family didn’t have much. She and Corinne each had one doll. There were no other toys. So, they played with anything they could find around the house, including an old meat grinder. Gloria used her imagination to act out fantasy stories. She made up plays in which her doll usually had the starring role. 

Eventually the family moved to Blanchardville in the height of the depression. But over time, the family fortune improved and her father bought a nice house on the north side of town. Gloria was not an excellent student in high school, but was a member of the Glee Club and had a starring role in every school play that came along. She realized she loved to act. At some point in high school, she started dating Jimmy Hendrickson who only lived a couple of blocks from her. By the time she was a sophomore, she and Jimmy were ‘going steady.’ 

I asked her once what was her favorite memory of growing up in Blanchardville. She said it was something that took place in December 1943 over Christmas break. She was 16 and Jimmy was 17. It had been snowing heavily all day. There was no wind, so the town looked like a giant snow globe. He knocked on her door in the early evening and asked her if she would like to go and sled down Main Street. She got her coat and they walked nearly a mile to the south end of Main Street. They saw no other cars or people in the evening darkness. Despite the heavy snow, it was a beautiful, silent scene. They felt like they were the only two people in the world. He put the sled down and said “Climb aboard.” She held on tight as the sled gained speed. Main Street is long and straight, and very steep at the south end. It runs right through the downtown before turning at the Pecatonica River bridge. At first she was scared because they were going so fast. But it wasn’t long before she found it exhilarating. The wind, the snow stinging her face, the cool air, and hanging on tight to Jimmy made her feel so alive. She didn’t want it to end. And in a way it didn’t. Three and a half years later, in August 1947, she married Jimmy. They were together 63 years. And I still have that sled. 

After living in Blanchardville and Madison, the newlyweds settled in Monroe. I came along in 1949, Gary in 1953, and Jim in 1959. Throughout the 1950s Gloria was a busy wife and mother. But the acting bug never really went away. She had met her friend Helen in the late 1940s while they both worked at Swiss Colony. Those two were the original BFFs, staying friends for the next 70 years. The two of them came up with an act that they thought people might like. They called themselves The Pretenders. They would pantomime funny records and act out the story in the song. They were dressed like two Minnie Pearls, each wearing long out of fashion hill billy outfits. My mother even put black gum over some of her teeth to give her that Halloween pumpkin look. They pantomimed Spike Jones and other comedian’s songs. When they had enough material for a 25 minute act they decided to try it out. The Eastern Star organization was willing to give them a chance. They were too afraid to charge so they did that show for free. The crowd loved it. And then the calls started coming in. The first to call was a bank that wanted to hire them. With the bank on the other end of the phone, Helen put her hand over it and whispered to my mother, “They want to pay us $25!” They never had to advertise. Word of mouth kept them in business for the next 14 years. In that time they gave nearly 1000 performances. The show only ended in 1966 when Helen moved to Madison. So the performing was done, but something new came along a few years later.

In 1971 my mother was a cofounder of the Monroe Theater Guild. She worked behind the scenes at first. She helped decorate the sets, find props, create costumes, and do the hundred other little things necessary to bring a show to life. But eventually she decided to start acting again. She loved it. Over the next three decades she acted in or directed over 35 plays. She had roles, often as the lead, in Barefoot in the Park, Nunsense. Steel Magnolias, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, and many, many more. She did all this while raising a family and working full time first at Pennys and then at Merle Norman. 

In July of this year, the Monroe Theater Guild had a 50th Anniversary celebration. There are only a handful of small town theaters in the US that have survived this long. My wife Mary Jo and I were happy to escort my mother to this event. She was the evening’s honored guest. The wonderful 30 minute video about the Monroe Theater Guild had her as its star. It was a fitting acknowledgment of 70 years as a performer. 

It’s tough watching your parents age. The changes in appearance are easy to get used to. They come on slowly and are not really noticed till you start looking at old photos. What is hard to take is seeing the gradual loss of independence as basic abilities start to wither and fall away from a once vibrant person. In the autumn of 2010 at about the time her husband Jim died, Gloria stopped driving. Driving into the sun was difficult as macular degeneration started to take hold. Balance problems became more than an annoyance. The hands that used to cut fabric for outfits she made could no longer hold a scissors steadily. The legs that allowed prat falls in Nunsense could now barely support her. And the mind that could memorize dozens of lines of a script each day now would forget things. In the last three years of her life, her son Jim lived with her. His help kept her out of a nursing home for at least two years. But the E.R. visits and the temporary Pleasant View stays became more frequent. And she kept getting weaker and weaker. Finally, after a four day stay in Monroe Hospice she died on August 1st, just a few days before her 94th birthday. 

My mother wanted everyone to know that she has taken her final bow and would now exit the stage after a very long and very successful run. 

Gloria is survived by three sons Greg, Gary, and Jim, five grandchildren, Rachelle, Kirsten, Derek, Nick, and Zach, and six great grandchildren, Logan, Jaden, Jack, Ivy, Walter, and Robert. 

At Gloria’s request, no services are planned.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com

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