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Margaret “Peggy” Comfort Wetter
passed away June 19, 2016. Peggy was quite impressed by her age, and rather doubtful that her family was accurately keeping count, when she celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year.
Peggy was born to Roslyn Wayne and Margaret Emily (Bell) Comfort on February 1, 1926 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was the youngest of three, including her siblings David and Helen. Her fondest childhood memory, according to the volume of stories, was of her family dog, Scout.
Peggy attended the University of Tulsa and became active in the Delta Delta Delta sorority, which would remain an important part of her adult life. Peggy was an avid photographer, the family historian, and a consummate letter writer.
Peggy married the dashing Arthur Wetter on July 18, 1953. They settled in Des Plaines, Illinois and opened a public relationship firm. They welcomed a daughter, Carol, in 1959. Through the years, they prized their boxers and later regaled their grandchildren with old film reels of the dogs.
Peggy was always on the go, rarely home in time to cook supper, for which her family is eternally grateful. Peggy was an active member of the Maine Township Republican Party and an alderwoman in Des Plaines, along with joining fellow professional women in Soroptimist. With Art, Peggy was involved with the Des Plaines Theater Guild, the Des Plaines Historical Society, and the First Congregational Church. Art and Peggy were very social and, based on the amount of glassware and serving trays they owned, entertained in style.
In 1992, after many years of letting her family know they would be moving south to a warmer climate, Art and Peggy turned their map upside down and moved to Albany, Wisconsin. There, Peggy was involved with the Albany Historical Society and the United Methodist Church.
Peggy lived a long, full life and is remembered fondly by her family for never passing up a newspaper article that needed clipping, never meeting a dog she didn’t make friends with, and always having twist ties and spice drops on hand.
Peggy is survived by her daughter, Carol (Wayne) Stemple of Albany; granddaughters, Rachel (Greg) Schardt of Monroe and Denise (David) French of Albany; great-grandchildren, Chase, Abigail, Ian, and Jonathan; sister, Helen Warden of Dallas, Texas; nephews, Bill (Betty) Warden of Mansfield, Texas and John (Debbie) Warden of Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Arthur; brother, David; brother-in-law, Hugh Warden; and great-granddaughter Emily.
Peggy’s life will be celebrated at the Albany United Methodist Church on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Brad Mather officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. Peggy will be interred with her husband at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma at a later date. In the spirit of Peggy’s love of community, the family asks for donations to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff of Valley Park and Monroe Clinic Hospice for their extraordinary compassion and care of Peggy.
Robert D. Snider
age 70, of Juda, died unexpectedly at Monroe Clinic Hospital on Saturday, June 18, 2016. He was born on December 25, 1945 in Madison, the son of Clifford and Eleanor (Sonsteby) Snider. He attended New Glarus High School. Robert married Kathie J. Erickson on December 12, 1964. He was a Dairy farmer his entire life, and was still helping area farmers. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, antique tractors and going to tractor shows and thresheries. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family.
He is survived by 3 children: Michael (Nancy) Snider of Orangeville, IL, Amy Lipman of Loves Park, IL, and Brian (Michelle) Snider of Monroe; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a brother, Roger (Paula) Snider Sr. of Belleville; a sister, Carol Isely of Monroe. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, June 27, 2016 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor David Busker officiating. A visitation will be Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the funeral home.
John C. Buehler
age 74 of Monroe, died Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on March 4, 1942 in Monroe, the son of Charles and Erma (Speich) Buehler. He graduated from Monroe High School and Kansas City Airline School. John married Carol A. Hixson on February 8, 1964 in Monroe. John owned and operated Burkhalter / Buehler Travel Agency, retiring in 2000. He enjoyed traveling, cooking, and woodworking. He was also an avid Badger fan.
He is survived by his two sons: Jeff (Donna) Buehler and Tim (Tammy) Buehler, both of Monroe; 5 grandchildren: Lindsey and Abby Buehler, Cyndee (Jeremy) LaFleur, Jon (Rachel) Marti and Chrissy Marti; 4 great grandchildren: Avalyn, Landon, Jonathan Jr., and Devin; a brother, Scott (Mia) Buehler of Hartland, WI; a sister, Judy (Allen) Bauman of Monroe; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, who died last Saturday, June 18.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor David Busker officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. A visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Gladys May Westgard
age 87, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born the daughter of John and Margaret (Jarman) Frei on March 21, 1929 in Washington Township. Gladys was united in marriage to Loudon Westgard, Sr. on July 25, 1959 in Monroe.
Gladys worked as a waitress and cook at the Waffle Shop and Bernie’s as well as Corner Café; and she also worked at the Monroe Manor. She was involved with 4-H for many years. Gladys enjoyed taking care of her house plants and flowers, traveling and visiting with family and friends, especially her great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Margaret (Martin) Cooper of Ft. Myers, FL, Timothy (Rhonda) Westgard of North Ft. Myers, FL, Alan (Marlyn) Westgard of Bremerton, WA, and Richard (Dodi) Westgard of Monroe; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Alice Westgard of Monroe; she is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Loudon Westgard, Jr.; brother, Kenneth Frei, Sr.; sister, Mildred Snyder; and granddaughter, Heidi May Westgard.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. noon on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Gaffner officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at the Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe. A memorial fund will be established in Gladys’ name.
Inez Marie (Buehler) Goecks
age 98 of Monroe, died Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on December 30, 1917 in Monroe, the daughter of Frank and Letha Pearl (Johnson) Buehler. She attended school and graduated in the class of 1935 in Monroe. Inez married Herbert D. Goecks in 1937. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1987. In 1962 she received her B.S. from the U.W. Platteville and her M.S. in 1967. She was a member of Kappa Delta Phi, an International Honor Society. She worked for many years at the United Telephone and taught in Albany, Menomonee Falls, and Monroe for 23 years.
Inez belonged to St. John’s United Church of Christ, The Quilters, American Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, Retired Educators of Green County, Leyenda Reading Club, Women of the Moose and was a former treasurer of Monroe Education Assoc. In later years, she joined Green County Historical Society, National Historical Cheesemaking Center, New World Swiss Club, Swiss Attic Fanciers, and Monroe Arts Center .
She is survived by 3 children: Dennis (Ruth) Goecks of McMinnville, Oregon; Linda (William) Ison of Spotsylvania, VA, and Ann Williams of Decatur, IL; 8 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; a niece, Marian (Michael) Furgal of Monroe, who served as her local caregiver for several years; a sister-in-law, Belva Zwygart of Monroe; and numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Herbert; sister, Dorothy Maurer; step-brothers, Luther and Edgar Lewis; son-in-law, Michael Williams; grandson, David Williams; granddaughter-in-law, Heather Williams.
A Celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 am Friday, July 8, 2016 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, with Rev. Tiff Bates officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Friday, from 10:00 am, until the time of service, at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to either St. John’s United Church of Christ or Monroe Clinic Hospice. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Marlene L. Welton (Nee Schwartz)
of Mountain, WI, formerly of Monroe, passed away on July 3, 2016 surrounded by her family at Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls, SD, after a brief illness.
Marlene was born on February 27, 1955 to Noda (Jacobson) and Alan Schwartz. Marlene graduated from Monroe High School and UW-Whitewater. She married the love of her life, Phillip Welton on December 31, 1976. She lived a life of service and leadership, giving of herself and her talents. She was an accomplished seamstress, baker, furniture restorer, and with her husband Phil a dedicated restorer of old homes. Marlene used her exceptional organizational skills to raise a family, manage businesses, and positively impact countless lives through 26 years of leadership in the Boy Scouts of America. In her last days she was reassigning duties so that the Cub Scout “Dad and Lad” campout event scheduled for early August continues in her absence. (Last year’s event drew over 400 participants). She is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award given for volunteer service to the BSA. She also received a District Award of Merit from Potawatomi Council in Waukesha, WI, her Woodbadge beads in 1994, for the highest level of training available to volunteer members of BSA. Marlene is survived by her husband Phil of Mountain, WI and Lamberton, MN; Her children Christina Welton of Appleton, WI, Alan Welton of Menominee, MI, and Andrea Welton of Waukesha, WI. Five sisters, Noda Marie Wilke (Steve) Glendale, Ellen Schwartz (Rich Cowan) New Glarus, Theresa Hodnett (Dean) St. Paul, MN, Stacie Meyer (Walter) Madison, and Patricia Brinkmann (Ricky) Winneconne; and four brothers, Claire Schwartz (Barbara Atkinson) Sykesville, MD, Alan (Cheryl) Schwartz, Monroe, Mark (Ann) Schwartz, Watertown and Neal (Cindy) Schwartz, Monroe; twenty nieces, fifteen nephews, many great and great-great nieces and nephews, and scores of Scouts, both adult and youth, who saw her as mentor. Preceded in death by her infant son Seth and her parents Noda and Al. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke Celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, July 10th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME 1455 Mansion Dr. and 18th Avenue, in Monroe. Memorials may be made in Marlene’s name to Boy Scouts of Bay Lakes Council in Appleton, WI, to be used in support of Bear Paw Scout Camp, Mountain, WI, and Gardner Dam Scout Camp in White Lake, WI.
age 97 of Monroe, Wisconsin, died peacefully on July 9, 2016. He was born August 11, 1918 in Monroe, Wisconsin, the son of Martin and Magdalena Kubly. He married Lucille Marion Rees on February 7, 1948.
He was a 1936 graduate of Monroe High School and a 1942 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Dairy Science. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He served as a supply officer in the Medical Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. He was awarded the American Bronze Star, Asiatic Theatre Ribbon, Victory Ribbon and served in the Reserves until 1953.
Alvin was the General Manager of the Monroe operation of Frito-Lay, Inc. and retired from Frito-Lay after 29 years, after which he worked for the Monroe Cheese Corporation for 12 years.
He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Monroe, Zilmer-Riley American Legion, V.F.W., Moose Lodge, Toothless Tigers and the Monroe Country Club. He was Trustee of the Greenwood Cemetery Association and member of the Monroe Police & Fire Association. He was past President of the United Way, volunteer driver for the Apostolate to the Handicapped and President of the Church Council of St John’s United Church of Christ.
Alvin is survived by his son, William (Myrna) Kubly of Lincoln, NE., daughters Wendy (Lannie) Ratliff of Little Elm, TX., and Dawn Kubly (Ron Buss) of Cambridge, WI., grandchildren: Paige (Jim) Flynn, Lauren (John) Pugliese, Matthew Buss and Myles Buss, as well as great grandchildren Ava Flynn, Sophie Flynn and Jack Flynn.
He is preceded in death by his wife Lucy, his mother and father Martin and Magdalena Kubly, and his brother Leon Kubly.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ or the Boy Scouts of America-Blackhawk Council.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1724 14th Street, Monroe, WI. A visitation will be held between 10:30 and 12:00 at the church, prior to the service. Shriner Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Mary J. Schulz
age 91 of Monroe, died Friday, July 15, 2016 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on December 6, 1924 in Orangeville, Illinois, the daughter of Leslie and Mary Irene (Morris) Schwitz. She graduated from Orangeville High School. Mary married Lester Schulz on October 6, 1950 in Martintown. She was a member of Monroe United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by 3 daughters: Susan (Dennis) Crooks of Orangeville, IL, Cathy (Kevin) Carpenter of Freeport, IL, and Peggy (Mark) Severson of Warren, IL; a daughter-in-law, Sandy Schulz of Rockford, IL; son-in-law, Jeff Babler of AZ; 8 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Gary, daughter, Marlyn Babler; 3 brothers; 3 sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Monroe United Methodist Church, with Reverend Randy Booth officiating. Private burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport at a later date. 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. The family would like to thank Pleasant View Nursing Home and the staff for their support, kindness and wonderful care given to our mother during her stay there.
Carl Raymond Steinbach
age 81, of Monroe, Wisconsin passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. He was born the son of Fred F. Steinbach and Gertrude (Wilbat) on April 18, 1935 in Chicago, Ill.
Carl attended Lakeview High School in Chicago and earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois in Champaign. For over 40 years, he was employed at various positions at many locations in Engineering and Facilities Management for Motorola, Inc. in Illinois and Florida.
He honorably served his country as an Airman Third Class, Res. Air Force of the United States.
He was very active in the Monroe community since he and Linda arrived in 1992. He volunteered for many years at St. Vincent de Paul. Seventeen years ago when the AARP Foundation TAX-AIDE program was first offered at the Monroe Senior Center, Carl had the technical expertise to set up the complete computer system to service the clients. He also wrote funding grant proposals for the program, and prepared tax returns and filed them with the IRS for the clients through the ensuing years. His enthusiasm and skills are described by a colleague as “having made an invaluable contribution to the program and community.”
Carl was an outgoing, unpretentious, and warm kind of man, making you feel comfortable with him right away. His genuineness and enjoyment of humor found him many friends. His deep and nonjudgmental love for his children was rivalled only by his pride in them.
Carl is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Betty Steinbach of Brentwood, TN; long-time friend and partner, Linda Mayer who lives in Monroe, WI with their horses, dogs, cats, and birds; sons, Scott, who is a physician and lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Darlene, and Peter, who is an IT Specialist and lives in Maryville, TN with his wife, Sharon and their two sons, Brennan and Grayson; and daughter, Lynn Le, formerly an adult nurse practitioner with an MBA in health care in Illinois, who lives in Brentwood, TN with her husband, Son Le, who is a physician, and with their sons, Andre, Marcus, William, and daughter, Katrina. Carl is further survived by his brother, Fred F. Steinbach of Chicago, Illinois, who lives with his wife, Sharon and their children, Robert, Steven, Melissa and Mark; and a sister, Adele. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.