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Dorothy L. Goecks
age 91, of Monroe, died on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Graceland Manor. She was born on May 15, 1923, the daughter of Alfred and Lillian (Morel) Buhlmann and graduated from Monroe High School.
She grew up in the Clarno, Argyle, Monroe and Juda area, where her father was a Swiss Cheese Maker. Dorothy graduated from Juda High School in 1941 and worked at the Commercial and Savings Bank in Monroe until her marriage to Ervin L. Goecks in 1943 in Sierra Madre, CA. After World War II they moved to Monroe where Ervin was employed by the Monroe Police Department for 27 years. She is survived by her children: Louis (Joyce) Goecks of Janesville; Marie (Sam) Lynn of Tacoma, WA; Jane (John) Burdick of Monroe; three grandchildren: Andrea Palm, Adam (Amy) Burdick and Martha (Sean) Bonson; sisters, Rose Marie Schafer, Reinbeck, IA; Betty (Richard) Randolph, Townsend, TN; a brother, Harry Buhlmann of Monroe; and one great-grandchild, Anna Olson. She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1994, her parents, and a brother, Charles. Per Dorothy’s request there will be no visitation and a private family burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Bonnita M. Magee
age 67, of Janesville, died on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Monroe Manor. She was born on September 28, 1947, in Minnesota, the adopted daughter of Nelson and Viola (Ross) Thompson. She was a Financial Manager for the Handicapped and Disabled.
Bonnita enjoyed caring for and helping the disabled and handicapped. She also enjoyed arts and crafts, crocheting, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her mother, Viola Thompson, of Freeport, IL; son, John (Judy) Squires of Tomahawk; daughter, Jeanna (Steve) Kelly of Janesville; sister, Becky (David) Lammers of Freeport, IL; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her father, Nelson; daughter, Jodie and sister, Barbara. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Zion Church in Freeport, IL; with Pastor Gardy Cronk officiating. A Special Thank You to St Judes Hospice and Heartland Hospice for all there support.
Heather M. Ellison
age 25, of Monroe, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born on September 4, 1989 in Monroe, the daughter of Billy and Nancy (Hendrickson) Ellison.
Heather graduated from Baraboo High School in 2009. She worked at Greenco Industries and was involved with Special Olympics. She is survived by her mother, Nancy Ellison of Monroe; brother, William “Billy” (Tara Cheatham) Ellison of Baraboo; grandmother, Maureen Bruce of Monroe; niece, Sofiya Ellison, several aunts, uncles and cousins. She is predeceased by her father, Billy Ellison, grandparents, Robert and Betty Ellison, grandfathers, William Bruce and Kenneth Hendrickson. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Fr. Michael E. Klarer as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, May 22nd from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the Church. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family. A memorial fund is being established in Heather’s memory.
Russell Wayne Severson
age 91 of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home, with his daughter Julie by his side. Russell was born on May 29, 1923 in Green County, the son of Ray and Clara Severson. He was a lifelong Monroe area resident.
Russell and Helen Keegan were united in marriage on November 7, 1942. Helen preceded him in death on Dec. 2, 2004.
They farmed for many years before moving into Monroe. Russell worked at several places, including, Farm-n-Fleet, Swiss Colony and Monroe City Hall until retiring. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Moose Lodge. Russell enjoyed time spent with family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Surviving is his daughter, Julie (Anthony) Jones: their children: Kiera Severson and Deondre Blair of Madison; daughter-in-law, Donna (Jim) Pence of Portage; their children: Tiffany (Michael) Chatman of Reedsburg and Dylan (Kayla) Severson of Columbus; also six great grandchildren: LeRontae, Courtavien, Hope, Dezmen, Dawson and Briella. Sisters: Eleanor Klemm, Darlyne Campbell and Joyce Smith; Sister-in-law, Leona Kubly, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; son, Ronald; brother, Lorell, and sister, Cleo.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church, with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
Russell’s family would like to extend their special thanks to his caregivers at Pleasant View for their continued compassion and support to him while he resided there. Also, thanks to Pastor John Tabaka.
Miriam E. Blumer
age 92, of Albany, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Manor in Footville. She was born on April 6, 1923, the daughter of Dempster and Amber (Lewis) Davis in Attica. She was a 1941 graduate of Albany High School. Miriam and Alvin Blumer were married on June 9, 1941 in Dubuque, IA.
Miriam farmed with her husband in Albany Township, worked at Oaktron Industries, drove school bus for the Albany School District, & owned and operated the Yarn Farm. Miriam loved to travel and spending time with her family. She is survived by her children: Sharon Folk of Apache Junction, AZ; Donald Blumer of Fort Atkinson; Marla Gilbertson of Janesville; Rick (Val) Blumer of Albany;
10 grandchildren: Pam (Brad) Johnson, Jill Engelbrecht, Carmen (Al) Carothers, Lori Sobon, Jim Blumer, Mike Blumer, Justin Gilbertson, Brooke (Adam) Cole, Tiffany (Bryce) Broughton and Nik (Tara) Blumer; 16 great grandchildren:
Alex, Ben, Eric, Gavin, Chase, Trey, Derek, Katrina, Lyndsie, Catie, Scott, Devin, Kylee, Hayden, Liam and Charleigh.
She is predeceased by her parents; brother, Nelson Davis, grandson, Nick Gilbertson, great-grandson, Donald Sobon, and twin siblings at birth. Funeral services will be Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and 18th Avenue in Monroe, with Pastor Pat Soddy officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Albany. Visitation will be held Saturday, May 30th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Kevin L. Nelson
age 41 of Monroe, died Wednesday, May 28, 2015 as the result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born on September 25, 1973 in Monroe; the son of David and Barbara (Elmer) Nelson.
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Barbara (Dan) Hauge of Monroe; son, Kaleb Lee Nelson of Monroe; daughters, Brianna Foss of Paris, TN and Cady Rae Nelson of Monroe; brother, Chad Nelson of Milwaukee; and half-sister, Michelle Sollenberger of Freeport; step-brothers, Lonnie (Tracy) Hauge, Christopher Hauge, Corry (Robin) Hauge; step-sister, Shannon (Craig) Fiez. He was preceded in death by his father David L. Nelson.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Friendly Inn, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established for Kevin’s children. Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home is assisting the family.
Morlin L. (Morey) Zimmerman
83, passed away peacefully Monday, June 1, 2015 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on June 25, 1931 in Freeport, Illinois, the middle child of Merle C. and Hazel F. (Nolf) Zimmerman.
He was a 1949 graduate of Freeport High School and served in the United States Air Force from December 27, 1950 to December 15, 1954.
Morlin and Clara Gutzmer were married December 30, 1961 at Browntown Peace Church.
He worked with his father and brother at Zimmerman Sales and was also a USPS Rural Mail Carrier for both McConnell and Winslow, Illinois, retiring in 1989.
Morey was a charter member of the McConnell Fire Department and he was a member of the McConnell American Legion Post 1225, serving as Commander for many years. He was a member of the Northern Illinois Korean War Veterans Association and also a lifetime member of Cecil Jones VFW Post 2312. He was also a member of both the Illinois and National Rural Carriers Association.
It was Morey’s idea to have a Drive Thru Brat Bash at the Monroe Senior Center for fundraising.
He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Zimmerman of Monroe; brother, Merle (Therese) Zimmerman and sister, Norene (Kenneth) Luchsinger, both of McConnell. Special niece and nephew; Sarah (Fritz) Wenger and Kevin Zimmerman. Also, four beloved pets.
Morlin is preceded in death by wife, Clara in 2009, mother Hazel in 1990, and father Merle in 1995.
Memorial services will be Friday, June 5, 2015 at 11:00AM at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, June 4th from 4-7PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.
The family wishes to thank Dan Nufer and the Green County EMS, Chief Fred Kelley and the Monroe Police Department, Chief Daryl Rausch and the Monroe Fire Department First Response, Doctor Cates and The Monroe Clinic Staff for their caring and compassion during the past two years of Morey’s illness.
He was a Veterans’ Veteran.
Paul L. Grinnell
age 53, of Monroe, died on Monday, June 1, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on March 16, 1962 in Monroe, the son of Lloyd and Darlene (Pagel) Grinnell and was a 1980 graduate of Monroe High School. Paul and Dawn Bauer were married on December 15, 2006 in Monroe.
Paul was a Machine Operator for Orchid International in Monroe. Paul was an avid Packer fan, he loved to play his bass guitar and he was a proficient artist in his drawing and painting. He was also an excellent pool player and enjoyed riding motorcycles. He is survived by his wife Dawn; daughter, Brandy Grinnell and her mother, Bonnie Dooley; step-sons: Cody Henning, Riley Henning, Rory Privett and Grayson Privett; brothers: Steve (Lori) Grinnell, Nick Grinnell, Darren (Penny) Grinnell; and 4 step-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, and sister, Cheryl. A Celebration of Life will be Friday, June 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, with Rev. John Lewis officiating. Burial will be at a later date. A visitation will be Friday, June 5th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in Paul’s memory.
Erma M. Klassy
age 97, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on July 29, 1917 on a farm north of Monroe, the daughter of Henry and Kathryn (Rhiner) Klassy. .
In 1933 the family moved to Clarno Township and in 1947 to the city of Monroe. After graduating from Monroe High School in 1935 she began working in the Monroe School District office. She then was employed for eleven years at the office of the Kraft Foods Plant in Monroe, after Kraft Foods she returned to work for the Monroe School District as bookkeeper and payroll clerk in 1952, retiring in 1979. She worked a total of 30 years in the Monroe School District office. Erma was confirmed and a lifetime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. She served on the Church Council and as Church Treasurer from 1979 to 1985, she also was a member of the Rebeka Circle, St. John’s Women’s Guild and taught Sunday School. Erma was a charter member of the Alpha Zeta chapter of the Epsilon Sorority. She was also treasurer of the Monroe Clinic Auxiliary for 9 years. Erma enjoyed her volunteer and Church jobs as well as doing her part in the clubs she belonged to, she liked to travel in her earlier years. She is survived by her nephews, Ron (Michelle) Stauffer of Monroe, James Cadman of South Beloit, IL, Larry Cadman of Blanchardville and a niece, Rita (David) Wise of Sequim, WA. She is predeceased by her parents; sisters, Ruth Cadman and Helen Stauffer. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, with Rev. Tiff Bates officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. A visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE FOR KATHERINE REICHERT TO BE HELD
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 for Katherine (Kay) Reichert, age 94, of Monroe, WI at the Shriner, Hager, Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe. Visitation with the family is from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. The Celebration Service will begin at 11:00. Friends are invited to join the family at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1724 14th Street, for a luncheon that will immediately follow the service.
Kay passed away at Seasons of Life Hospice, Woodruff, WI on Sunday evening May 3, 2015. She is survived by her three children Cheri (Dennis) Hurst, Trish (Rick) Barry, Tom (Aileen) Reichert, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Bruce Reichert and a grandson, Josh Reichert.
Memorials may be given in Kay’s name to Wounded Warriors, Season of Life in Woodruff, or St. John’s UCC.
Greg A. Boeck
age 51 of Oak Creek, formerly Monroe, died on Friday, June 5, 2015 at his workplace. He was born on December 3, 1963 in Monroe, the son of Glen and MaryAnn “Susie” (Keller) Boeck. He was a 1982 graduate of Monroe High School and a 1986 graduate of U.W. Whitewater with a BA in Marketing. Greg played cornet and trumpet in the U.W. Whitewater Marching Band.
Throughout Greg’s life he worked as a manager at the Monroe Dairy Queen, an assistant manager for Wal-Mart, Store Manager at Blockbuster Video and most recently as Store Manager for Uniform Advantage in Greendale, WI. He was an avid Star Trek fan, enjoyed TV trivia, pop music and was a great photographer, but most of all, he was involved with anything that had to do with trains. He was a great train enthusiast. His other greatest love was spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving are his parents, Glen and Susie Boeck; siblings, Alan (Laurie) Boeck , Gary Boeck, both of Monroe, Shelly Boeck of Cape Coral, FL; niece, Jordan Boeck (God-child); nephew, Matthew Torkelson-Boeck; great nephews, Preston(God-child) and Connor; special friends, Betty Brindza, Paula Schoenike, Chris Wenzel and honorary nephews Nathan, Josh and Brandon. He is predeceased by his grandparents.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 10th from 5-7 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Union Cemetery in South Wayne, WI.
A memorial fund has been established in Greg’s name at Town Bank in Monroe.
Cynthia “Cindy” Seffrood
age 74 of Albany, Wisconsin died Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Agrace Hospice Care in Janesville, WI. She was born April 10, 1941 in Argyle Township, WI the daughter of Rudy & Irma (Andrews) Berg and graduated from Argyle High School.
Cynthia married Robert Seffrood on June 23, 1962 in Monroe, WI and they farmed in Albany Township. Cindy also worked at various retail stores. She was a member of Albany Lutheran Church serving on several offices, was a 4-H Leader, and was chairmen of Pork Producers Queens Committees. Surviving are her husband, Robert “Bob” Seffrood of Albany; daughter, Martha (David) Stadt of Evansville; son, Michael (Stacy Stauffer) Seffrood of Albany; brother, Russell (Darlene) Berg of Gratiot; sisters, Joan Everson of Monroe & Joyce Moen of New Glarus; grandchildren, Alicia (Tucker Johnson) Stadt, Branden, Michelle, Mike, Josh, Tyler, & Ryan; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her Parents; sister, Jean Meier; and brothers-in-law, Alfred Meier, Burdean Everson, & Lester Moen. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Drive & N. 18th Avenue in Monroe with a Prayer Service following. Cindy was a loving wife, mother, & grandmother and enjoyed time with her family & friends. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 12, 2015 at Albany Lutheran Church on Hwy 59, with burial following in Woodlawn Cemetery at Argyle, WI. Memorials in Cindy’s memory to Albany Lutheran Church or American Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
Judith L. Durgin
age 72, of Monroe, died on Monday, June 8, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on May 19, 1943 in Spring Grove Township, the daughter of Hilton and Emma (Hegi) Berndt and was a 1961 graduate of Monroe High School.
Judith and Hugh Durgin were married on August 31, 1968 in Monroe. She was employed at Advance Transformer for 37 years and later at the Charleton Company for 9 years. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Women of the Moose Lodge Chapter #599,she was past president, of the former Eagles Club. She enjoyed music and collecting Dachshunds and owls. She is survived by her husband, Hugh, of Monroe; mother, Emma Berndt of Monroe; and brother, Marion (Lillian) Berndt of Monroe. She is also survived by nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends. She is predeceased by her father. Funeral services will be at 12:00 Noon on Friday, June 12, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Friday from 10:00 am until the time of service, at the Church. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE funeral home is assisting the family.
Joseph Edward McArdle “Ed”
age 83 passed away surrounded by family on June 10, 2015. Ed was born February 3, 1932 near Darlington, Wisconsin to Thomas McArdle and Catherine (McGowan) McArdle. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1950, attended the University of Wisconsin and then served his country in the United States Air Force for 4 years from 1950 to 1954.
Ed was united in marriage to Marilyn Lanz on June 18th, 1955 at St. Victor Catholic Church in Monroe. He was a member of St. Victor’s Catholic Church. Ed was a long time insurance agent with Lanz & McArdle Insurance retiring in 1995 after a 30 year career.
Ed enjoyed his time with family and friends fishing at Witch Bay Camp in Canada and Ely, Minnesota, as well as, trap shooting and weekend bird hunts. Ed was an avid golfer and served as President of the Monroe Country Club. After retirement, he rarely missed a day of gathering for coffee with friends.
Survivors are his beloved wife Marilyn of 60 years, children Sandra of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Jeffrey (Barbara), Lisa Baumann, Mark (Linda) all of Monroe and James of Mequon, Wisconsin. Also surviving are sisters Kay McDonald of Madison, Elaine Boardman of Elkhorn and brother, Richard (Barbara) of Roscoe, Illinois, and his treasured grandchildren Rebecca, Mitchell and Kristin McArdle. Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Thomas and William and sister, Ina Mae White.
Family and friends may call at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, 1760 14th Street, Monroe, Wisconsin on Monday, June 15th from 9 a.m. to the time of services at 11 a.m., Father Michael Klarer Celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the Monroe Country Club following the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Parish, the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792, or to the charity of your choice.
Mary M. Kraus
age 98 of Monroe, formerly of Lena, IL, died Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Kass) Casper on April 16, 1917. She married Carl W. Olson and farmed with her husband in Minnesota until 1951 when they moved to Wisconsin. They farmed in the Darlington area for many years. Mary also worked at Microswitch, retiring in April of 1981. On September 19, 1987 she married Orlo H. Kraus. They lived near McConnell and later moved to Lena, IL. Upon moving to Monroe in 2004, they lived at Twining Valley and then at the Angelus Retirement Home. Mary was a member of St. Victors Catholic Church, she enjoyed sewing, playing cards and going out to eat.
She is survived by her children, Phyllis (Fred) Wenger of Davis, IL and Sandra Marshall of Monroe. She is further survived by a sister, Betty (Curt) Halvorson of of Rapid City, SD; two sister-in-laws, Rosella Casper of Cuba City, WI and Verna Casper of Fennimore, WI. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husbands, 3 sons: Roger, Loren and Dean Olson; 4 sisters: Lorena Eve, Sister Phillip Marie, Isabel Lesterberg and Crescentia Olson; 9 brothers: Selwyn, who was killed in WW II, Wilfred, Emanuel, John, Frank, Edward, Don, Bill and Joe Casper.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, with Fr. Michael Klarer celebrating. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery, Monroe. A visitation will be held Tuesday, from 10:00 am until the time of service, at the church. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family.`
Julie Ann Ganshert
age 72, passed away on June 18, 2015 after a brief
illness. Julie was in the company of family and friends and people who knew her well. Julie was born August 15, 1942 at Dr. Ennis Hospital in Shullsburg, the daughter of Roy and Nora Ganshert. Surviving are her sister, Mary Kay ( Jack) Wardell and her brothers Dennis ( Theresa) and Msgr. Daniel Ganshert and nieces and nephews, of whom she spoke of frequently and lovingly.
Julie was an active member of her community and touched many lives. She was deeply spiritual, had a great sense of humor, cared about her friends, their families and their cats. She had a sense of social justice and she wanted people to be kind.
A Mass of Christian Burial will held Wednesday June 24, 2015 11am at St. Bernard Catholic Church at 2450 Atwood Ave. Madison, with Msgr. Daniel Ganshert as the main celebrant. Visitation at the Church will begin at 9:30. Burial will be the following day 11am at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Gratiot, WI.
Special thanks to REM-Wisconsin, Inc. and Integrated Community Work Inc.,
Dr. William Schwab and Susan RN and to Dane County ACS for many years of loving support.
Memorials in Julie’s memory can be sent to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gratiot.
Delphine Heston Benkert
age 100, formerly of Monroe, died on Monday, June 15, 2015 at Oak Park Place Nursing Home in Madison. She was born June 16, 1914 in Pleasant Valley, New York, near Poughkeepsie, the daughter of Robert and Sadie (Reick) Heston.
After her parents died in 1919, in the post-WWI flu epidemic, Delphine was raised by her aunt and uncle, George and Ruth Heston Shaler. (Delphine’s brother Robert was raised by their grandparents.) He died January 27, 1981.
She was a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School, studied at Skidmore College and transferred to the University of Wisconsin, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She graduated with a degree in dietetics in 1935.
Delphine and Arthur Churchill Benkert were married on October 18, 1937. He died on August 7, 1994.
She is survived by her daughters: Carolyn (Lloyd) Bishop of Prescott Valley, AZ; Ruth (Richard) Bailey of Webster Groves, MO; Roberta (Hans) Bernet of Monroe; AFS daughter from Sri Lanka, Shirani (Sumith) Matugama, of Milwaukee; grandchildren: Michael (Janelle) Bailey, Sara Bailey, Laura Bailey, Martha (Eric) Bailey Doenning, Alex Bernet, Kate Bernet and AFS granddaughter, Sharmila Matugama and 7 great-grandchildren. She adored all of them, and was particularly thrilled to recently hold and sing a lullaby to the youngest, Nora Benkert Bailey, who was born in February, 2015.
She was president of the Monroe Woman’s Club, served on the Monroe School Board, was active in St. John’s United Church of Christ, St. Clare Hospital Auxillary, New Glarus Home, Girl Scouts, AFS, and the Monroe Country Club. She was the last surviving member of her bridge club. She was an active community member and helped to save the Old Methodist Church to become the Monroe Arts Center and to bring the YMCA to Monroe.
She loved to travel, including visits to many Civil War sites with her husband, fishing trips with her family to northern Wisconsin, memorable visits to Switzerland, Scotland, Peru, Brazil and Sri Lanka, all because of family and friends in those places. In later years, she enjoyed cruises, and celebrated her 90th birthday with her whole extended family on a Caribbean cruise.
Delphine was a wonderful cook and enjoyed hosting dinner parties. She and her husband Art enjoyed their dinner group with three other Monroe couples, named by Art: SOME FUN (Society of Monroe Epicureans For Unusual Nutrition).
After Art’s death in 1994, she moved to Venice FL; where she made many new friends, and continued to golf and play bridge regularly. At age 93, she was the oldest walker in a charity event to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. After she broke her hip in 2008, she moved to Madison to be closer to her family. She has resided at the Assisted Living Unit of Oak Park Place in Madison since June of 2013.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established.
Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.
Madeline I. Atkinson
age 91, of Albany, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Valley Park Assisted Living in Albany. She was born on February 28, 1924, the daughter of Fred and Addie (Carver) Loeffel.
She graduated from Albany High School in 1941 and Madison Business College. Madeline and Robert P. Atkinson were married on October 7, 1944 in Albany, Wisconsin. She lived in the Albany area her entire life, working with her husband Robert, farming, running the Gambles Store, Decatur Feed Service, secretary for Baker Manufacturing, seasonal worker at The Swiss Colony and ended her career as a school bus driver for 18 ½ years. Madeline enjoyed playing piano, organ, playing on the Senior Citizen Band and enjoyed doing crafts. Madeline enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Europe and several cruises. She was a member of the Hilltop Community Church and the Eastern Star. She is survived by her children: Dick (Deb) Atkinson of Monroe; Dennis (Betsy) Atkinson and Gail (Gene) Briggs both of Albany; Janet (Rick) Flood of Brooklyn; 10 grandchildren: Wendy Atkinson, Jamie Atkinson, Randy (Sherry) Atkinson, David Atkinson, Bryan (Kendra) Atkinson, Michelle (Dean) Brewer, Jim (Becky) Briggs, Jeremy (Heather) Flood, Brandon Flood, Matt Flood and 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, Robert, grandson, Tim Atkinson, and a sister, Maxine. A special thank you to the staff at Valley Park and Agrace Hospice for their compassionate care. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Hilltop Community Church at 11:00 a.m. in Albany, with Pastor Ray Jewell officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be June 24th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Community Church. Memorials may be directed to the Hilltop Community Church or Agrace Hospice.
Joseph L. Kruger
age 77 of Monroe, died Friday, June 26, 2015 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. He was born on December 11, 1937 in Darlington, the son of Joseph and Joyce (Scott) Kruger. Joe graduated from Warren High School. He served several years in the Army. Joseph married Suzanne Williams on February 6, 1965 in Stillman Valley, IL. He worked as an Optician for the Monroe Clinic for 30 years, retiring in 1993. After retiring, Joe and Suzanne moved to Ely, Minnesota, where they enjoyed being outdoors, especially canoeing and hiking.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne of Monroe, two sons: John (Mary) Kruger of Atlanta, GA and James (Tally) Kruger of Fitchburg; 3 grandchildren: James, Joey and Reina; two sisters: Nancy (Daniel) Herman of Lake Carol, IL and Janeen (Glenn) Geilenfeldt of Lena, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, July 1, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Peppercorn in Monroe. Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home is assisting the family.
Doris L. Hendrickson
age 90 of Monroe, died Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on September 1, 1924 in Monroe, the daughter of William and Lydia (Fritsch) Miller. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1942. Doris and Robert Hendrickson were married on October 17, 1948 in Monroe. Doris’s first job was working for United Telephone Company, she later worked for The Medical center of Monroe and then the Monroe Clinic, until retiring in 1989.
Doris was a member of the Monroe Bible Church, where she sang in the choir for 60 years; she belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary - Zilmer Riley post 84, and the Monroe Arts Center. She also enjoyed church music, big band music, The Glenn Miller orchestra, ballroom dancing with her husband, church history, euchre, board games, volunteering, flowers, and the outdoors. Doris enjoyed spending time and visiting with friends.
She is survived by her son, Daniel (Debra) Hendrickson of Monroe. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Susan Hendrickson, and brother, William J. Miller.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at The Monroe Bible Church, with Pastor Dan Krahenbuhl officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am Wednesday, until the time of service, at the Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Doris’s name to Monroe Bible Church, Monroe Clinic Hospice or The American Legion Auxiliary of Monroe. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Roger F. Buholzer
age 75 of Juda, died Saturday, June 27, 2015 at his home. He was born on December 16, 1939 in Monroe, the son of Fredrick and Lillian (Ruef) Buholzer. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1958. Roger and Linda L. Schumacher were married on June 30, 1962 in Browntown. Roger worked as a meat cutter in the Monroe area, later worked in a cheese plant for 17 years, and later Stoughton Trailers in Brodhead, and lastly was a custodian at Juda School. In retirement, Roger took care of the recycling center for Jefferson Township. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Juda, where he served as a trustee and usher, Jaycees international senate life member, President of Juda Senior citizens, and formerly a Cub Scout master.
He is survived by his wife, Linda of Juda; son, Samuel (Marge Muller) Buholzer of Cecil, WI ; daughters, Gina (Bill) Anton of Plymouth, WI and Heidi (Jeff) Hughes of Germantown, WI; brother, Peter Buholzer of Juda; two sisters, Donna Lee and Kathy Buholzer, both of Juda; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Zion United Methodist Church in Juda, with Reverend Vicki Brantmeyer officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service, at the church. Burial will be held at a later date. A memorial fund will be established in Roger’s name. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Jerry L. Brewer
age 69, of Brooklyn, formerly of Albany, died on Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Ontario, Wisconsin. He was born on October 15, 1945 in Stoughton, the son of Marvin and Elaine (Hansen) Brewer and was a 1963 graduate of Albany High School.
Jerry was the most committed husband, father, brother-in-law, father-in-law, and grandfather. He was our hero and fought all his struggles with strength and courage. Jerry was married to the love of his life, Diane, for 42 years. His love for his grandchildren was abundant. Jerry had a love of mules, farming and traveling. Jerry and Diane Gurns were married on March 2, 1973 in Albany. Jerry was a welder with Varco Pruden in Evansville for over 40 years and farmed in Brooklyn Township. He is survived by his wife, Diane Brewer of Brooklyn, children: Lisa (George) Klongland of Rockwall, TX; Brenda Brewer of Oregon; Jason Brewer of Albany; Dean (Michelle) Brewer of Brooklyn; Eddie (Hannah) Brewer of Janesville; sister, Sharon (Kenneth) Zee of Darlington; sisters-in-law, Darlene (Terry) Brewer of Brooklyn; Marjorie (Phil) Scharf of Beaver Dam; Marina Gurns of Monroe; brother-in-law, David Gurns of Albany. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren: Kyle (Autumn), Kelsey, Connor, Cayden, Skylar, Isabelle, Carver, Addisyn, Gaje, Aidriana, and Zander, and 1 great-granddaughter, Callie. He is predeceased by his parents, and brother, Terry Brewer. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home, 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Ave in Monroe. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, July 10th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.at the funeral home. A memorial fund is being established in Jerry’s memory.
Carol A. Grendahl
age 62, of Monroe, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 13, 2015 at her home. She was born on December 24, 1952 in Monroe, the daughter of Robert and Orpha (Larson) Newman. Carol grew up on the Newman dairy farm in Juda, Wisconsin and was a 1971 graduate of Juda High School. She earned a B.S. degree in Medical Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1975.
Carol was employed as a Medical Technologist with the Monroe Clinic Laboratory for 35 years, where she was instrumental in the development of their computerized laboratory system. She was responsible for the accurate operation of the laboratory’s instrumentation and her devotion to detail enabled the lab to pass numerous JCAH inspections with high marks.
Carol served as the 1970 Green County Dairy Queen; she enjoyed showing horses in 4-H; and was a UW-Madison Pom Pom girl. She was an avid sports fan and never missed an opportunity to watch her beloved Badgers and the Packers. She enjoyed flower gardening and playing tennis. Carol was an accomplished pianist and often played for her church in Juda. In Monroe, she was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church. Carol’s focus in life was being a loving and devoted mother to her daughter.
She is survived by her daughter, Jocelyn Grendahl of Madison; brother, Chester (Donna) Newman of Juda; nieces, Melissa (Brandon) Kilgore, Traci Newman; nephew, Robert Newman; favorite great niece, Eleanor Kilgore, with whom Carol, “CoCo” had a very special relationship; dear friend and family, Maryann Healy, James Healy, Dan Healy, and Sam Healy; also many other loving family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe, with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Juda.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 16th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in Carol’s memory.
Joanne L. Ahrens
age 82, passed away Monday, July 13th at her home. She was born September 4, 1932 in Osage, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence and LuLu Hiner. Joanne attended the University of Iowa. She married Lester Ahrens Jr. on August 16, 1951 in Osage, Iowa. A gifted musician and vocalist, Joanne and two of her friends enjoyed performing at various venues around Iowa, before moving to Monroe. As well as being a wife and full-time mother, Joanne worked with her husband at the Montgomery Ward’s store and then at Swiss Colony in Monroe. She enjoyed playing piano, gardening, knitting, reading, and traveling with her husband. She is survived by three sons, Lester J. (Rochelle) Ahrens III of Palmyra, David R. Ahrens of Fitchburg, Dennis D. Ahrens of Browntown; grandson, Lester J. (Corey) Ahrens IV of West Bend and her two great grandsons, Colton and Brantley. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Donald Hiner; and her husband, Lester Ahrens Jr. Per Joanne’s request, no services will be held. Burial will be held in Osage Cemetery, Osage, Iowa. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Charolette Hawkins Kehm Cassidy
age 88, of Mt. Horeb, formerly of Albany, died on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison surrounded by family. She was born on September 27, 1926 in Brodhead, the daughter of Dean and Laura (Williams) Hawkins and attended Brodhead High School and Blackhawk Technical College.
Charolette and Vernus Cassidy were married on November 29, 1987 at Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe. Charlotte was a Cosmetologist and Salon owner for 18 years in Monticello, retiring in 1988. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church; she loved to bowl, dance and spend time with her loving grandchildren. Since 1987 she spent her winter months in Florida. She is survived by her children: Dennis (Sue) Thompson of Janesville, WI; Kenlyn (Roger) Walmer of Monticello; Karla (Randall) Smith of South Wayne; Kelvin (Marjorie “Jean” Blum) Blaser of Monroe; Kolleen (Charlie Welty) Kehm of Monroe; Kristine (Thomas) Armitage of Brodhead; Karen (Thomas) Kehm-Hefty of Mt. Horeb; William (Mary) Kehm of Grants Pass, OR; Janet Helwig of Durand, IL; Jeffrey Kehm of Albany; step-children: David (Barbara) Cassidy, Cheryl (John) Jonovic, William Cassidy, Scott (Barbara) Cassidy, 28 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Don (Rita) Hawkins of Avon Park, FL; Eben (Grace) Robertson of Monroe; sisters; NoraBelle (Wayne) Nipple of Albany; Karen (Bill) Bohn of Janesville; and daughters-in-law, Margaret Thompson of Janesville and Judy Kehm of Monticello. She is predeceased by her parents, Dean and Laura Hawkins, Alma Hawkins; grandparents, Judd and Lucillia Newcomer Hawkins and Peter and Nellie King Williams;
Husband’s, Robert Thompson, Melvin Blaser, Ralph Kehm and Vernus Cassidy; daughter, Kathryn Kehm; sons, Robert Thompson and Bruce Kehm; brother, Martin Robertson, son-in-law Chuck Helwig, and sister-in-law, Dee Hawkins.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home and from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday until time of service at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Friday, July 31st at 5:00 p.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and N. 18th Ave. in Monroe, with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating.
James N. Kampfer Sr.
age 75, of Monroe, died on Monday, July 27, 2015 at his home. He was born on September 9, 1939 in Darlington, the son of John and Charlotte (Hediger) Kampfer.
He worked for Dorman Cheese and Swiss Colony. After retiring he enjoyed Bartending in different establishments in Monroe. He enjoyed taking scenic trips in his car, helping family and friends out, and enjoyed spending time with family. He is survived by Ginny Leuzinger, the love of his life and soul mate of 40 years; sons, James (Sue) Kampfer, of Verona; Skott Kampfer of Blanchardville; step-children, Julie (Steve) Larson of Oregon; Michael (Angie) Leuzinger of, TX; Kristine (Ed) Leuzinger of McFarland; Kevin (Jill) Leuzinger of Monroe; Betsy (Sean) LaMore of Madison; Randy (Doreen) Babler of Monroe; Roxann Snyder of Monroe; Ronnie Babler of Florida; sisters, Rosemary (Clarence) Schmidt of Glencoe, MN; Marguerite (Robert) Stoehr and Ruth (John) Wells both of Monticello; sister-in-law, Doris Kampfer, 4 grandchildren, 18 step-grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and 4 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his parents; brothers, Calvin and Hans; and sister, Frieda Indergand. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the American Legion 1627 12th Avenue in Monroe. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
Ross L. Lancaster
age 71 of Monroe, died on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the U.W. Hospital in Madison. He was born on May 12, 1944, the son of Charles F. and Ruth I. (Nelson) Lancaster. He was a 1963 graduate of Monroe High School. Ross and Elaine Zee were married on October 29, 1966 at Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe. He worked for the Crandall Tire Company in Monroe. Ross was an avid L.A. Dodger fan and he enjoyed a good game of poker with his friends. But most of all Ross loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Ross is survived by his wife, Elaine of Monroe; daughters, Kim (Kent) Meyers of Monroe, Joann Lancaster of Monroe, Amy (Tom) Fischer of Stilllwater, MN; grandchildren, Mariah and Josh Richter, and Karina Fischer; brothers, Jerome (Lois) Lancaster of Middleton, Larry (Darlene) Lancaster of Monroe; also nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents; brothers Gerald and Charles Lancaster. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church, with Rev. John Tabaka officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe. A visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in Ross’s memory.
Timothy A. Swanson
age 40, of Monroe, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. He was born on November 18, 1974 in Galesburg, IL; the son of Thomas and Deborah (Jackson) Swanson.
Timothy and Julia Thompson were married on August 19, 1994 in Galesburg, IL. He was a Senior Supervisor for Cleary Buildings. He is survived by his wife, Julia, of Monroe; sons, Mitchell Swanson and Cooper Swanson both of Monroe; father-in-law, Mike (Cindy) Thompson of Ft. Madison, IA; mother-in-law, Charlotte Griffith of Monroe; brother-in-law Jeff, (Corrin) Thompson of Mankato, MN; and his dog Lucy. Private family services will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established for his sons’ education. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke funeral home is assisting the family.
Gerald A. Seffrood
age 72, of Monroe, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015 at his home. He was born on October 17, 1942 in Darlington, the son of Cyrus and Eva (Conley) Seffrood.
Gerald served in the U.S. Army from April, 1964 to April, 1967 during the Vietnam War, and was in Army Reserves until April, 1970. Gerald and Kathy Kloepping were married on September 7, 1985 in Monroe. He worked for TDS Telecom for 48 years and recently worked for Super 8 Motel. He was a member of Clarno Zion United Methodist Church; Browntown Fire Department; Utelco Pioneers; Cecil Jones V.F.W. Post #2312, former Boy Scout Leader; and coached little league for many years. He was an avid car enthusiast and enjoyed Nascar Races with Matt Kenseth behind the wheel. He also enjoyed woodworking, camping with his family and loved his pets. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, of Monroe; sons, Brandon Seffrood of Sauk City; Brett Seffrood of Monroe; Stephen Seffrood of Freeport, IL; daughters, Daniell (Jon) Brunner of Monroe; Jenny Roddick of Darlington; brother, Francis Seffrood of Copperas Cove, TX; sisters, Shirley Miller and Carol Seffrood both of Warren, IL; and 7 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Charlotte Minkey, Catherine Diestelmeier, brothers, John Seffrood and Cyrus Jr. Seffrood, and brother-in-law, David Kloepping. Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with Pastor David Miller officiating.
Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, August 10th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Paul A. Chapman
age 88, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on December 20, 1926 in South Wayne, the son of John and Mae (Rodham) Chapman and was a 1945 graduate of South Wayne High School.
Paul served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Paul and June Field were married on June 13, 1948 in Monroe. Paul was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Duck’s Unlimited, where he served as a committee member for several years, Smith Lodge #31 F & AM, Cecil Jones V.F.W. Post #2312, Zilmer Riley American Legion Post #84, Paul and June opened up the American Legion Cabin every spring in Minocqua. Paul was an avid hunter and traveler. Paul worked for the Sunbeam Bread Company, retiring in 1985. He is survived by his wife, June Chapman of Monroe; son, Paul R. (Jill) Chapman of New Glarus; daughters, Rebecca (Mike) Winter of Orinda, CA; Pam (Jack) Beckstrom of Olney, MT; Joni (Rick Dowd) Chapman of Ashland, WI; 9 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. He is preceded in death by his Parents; and a brother, John. Private Graveside services will be held at Michael’s Cemetery, Cadiz Township, WI. A memorial will be established in Paul’s name.
Laura Lynn Huston
passed away unexpectedly of natural causes in her Monroe home on August 18th. Laura was born in St. Clare Hospital on February 2, 1958 to Bob and Shirley Dearth of Monroe. She attended St. Victor Grade School and graduated from Monroe High School in 1976. Laura married Greg Huston on October 2, 1976 and they were blessed with a daughter Sarah. She worked at Advance Transformer for many years. Along with her family Laura had a deep love and passion for animals. Laura owned many cats in her life and became an accomplished equestrian as a young girl with her horse Higgy. Laura found great joy in American Pharoah’s Triple Crown triumph and was an avid Green Bay Packer, Wisconsin Badger, and Milwaukee Brewer fan.
Laura is survived by her daughter Sarah (Matt) Dobberke of Oshkosh, Sarah’s father Greg, her mother Shirley Dearth of Monroe, sisters, Sandra (Walt J.) Dearth Rufener of Monroe and Linda (Kevin) Palmer of Freeport, IL, brother, Roger Dearth of Rochester, MN, nieces, Cindy Palmer and Tamela (Russ) Rocke, and nephews Benjamin Rufener and Daniel Dearth, Godparents, Gilbert and Ann Dearth - Kleckner of Madison.
She was preceded in death by her father Bob Dearth, paternal grandmother, Mrs. Nellie Dearth, and maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Rosa Alice Hornbeck.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Bakke officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Shriner-Hager-Gohlke (Shriner111.com) is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Monroe Christmas Stocking Fund.