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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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Gage Obert Kehm
age 21, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at his home. He was born on March 31, 2001, in Monroe, the son of Douglas and Michelle (Nelson) Kehm. He graduated from Argyle High School in 2020.  

Gage loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. Along with spending time with his family and friends; he especially enjoyed getting to be an uncle.  

He is survived by his parents, Douglas Kehm and Michelle Kehm; siblings, Ashley (Cody) Bevins and Bailey (Kailey Nelson) Kehm; nieces and nephews, Leah, Cadee, Cash, and Paislee; maternal grandmother, Pamela (Ed) Buchholz; paternal grandmother, Judy Kehm.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, David Nelson; and paternal grandfather, Bruce Kehm.  

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 12:00 PM at Yellowstone Lutheran Church with Pastor Dan Bohlman officiating. Burial will follow at Yellowstone Lutheran Cemetery.  

A visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. 

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Robert A. “Bob” Wolfe
 age 79, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, June 19, 2022 after a lengthy battle with heart disease. Bob was born on August 13, 1942, the son of Harold and Arlene (Blum) Wolfe. A lifelong resident Monroe, Bob grew up on 17th Street in the house his father built. He loved music and played boogie woogie style piano. He also played the tuba and sousaphone in the Monroe High School Band and spent countless hours listening to old 45rpm records of 50s music. Bob graduated from Monroe High School in 1960. 

Bob was united in marriage to Beverly Carol Hazeltine on October 11, 1961 in Juda, Wisconsin. Together, Bob and Bev had two daughters, Dawn and Diane. Bob served in the National Guard in the early 1960's. He attended boot camp in Ft. Lewis, Washington and trained for the Berlin Crisis in 1961-1962. Bob served in Company B, 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division. 

Bob was employed at an early age at Kohli Office Supply. In 1968, Bob opened his own business, Wolfe Office Supply on the east side of the square where it enjoyed 40 years in business until Bob’s retirement in 2007. Bob served the Monroe community and many cities and towns throughout southwest Wisconsin during his career as an office supply salesman. Bob also served on the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, a task which he enjoyed and was proud to be a part of.  

Bob loved assembling jigsaw puzzles and spent hours doing so. He was an avid card player and never turned down a good game of Euchre or Pinochle. His more memorable talents included the ability to play a trump card so hard it rattled the table and the ability to wiggle his ears to delight his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching sports, the Milwaukee Brewers during the spring/summer and the Green Bay Packers on television in the fall and winter. Bob had a great sense of humor, a trait that originally attracted his wife Bev and kept family and friends in smiles throughout his life. He never met a “Dad joke” or pun he didn’t like. 

Bob was preceded in death by his father Harold in 1993; his mother Arlene in 2009; and his sister Carol Wolfe Dittmer in 2019. 

Bob leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Beverly; his daughters, Dawn (Brian) Bischoff of Knoxville, TN and Diane (Max Luebeck) Wolfe of Minneapolis, MN; granddaughter, Amanda (Alex) Carter of Nashville, TN and grandson, Michael Bischoff of Brentwood, TN.  

The Family would like to thank the VA Hospital in Madison, WI; the staff at Lafayette Manor of Darlington, WI; and Upland Hills Hospice of Dodgeville, WI for the care each provided during the final days of his Life. 

Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.  

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Bob’s name, cards or memorials may be sent to Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe. 

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at a later date in Monroe, WI. 


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   Gaylord G. Flannery
age 70 of Monticello died, Friday June 24, 2022 at U.W. Hospital in Madison. He was born on October 14, 1951in Green County, Wisconsin, the son of Glen and Charlene (Indergand) Flannery. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1969. Gaylord was married to Karin Pitman and later Vonnie Roosli. He was a dairy farmer for 40 years and then went to work for Federal Industries in Belleville for 10 years, retiring in June of 2021.

He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #754, a supporter of the Apparitions motorcycle club; he enjoyed riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, camping, bowling, softball (where he managed the team, back in the day), pitched horseshoes, was a member and active with the Green County Coyote Hunters, and trips to Ho-Chunk casino.

He is survived by his fiancé, Rose Marty of Monticello ; children: Erin (Paul) Salzman of Hartford, WI, Sean (Jody) Flannery of Monroe, Robert (Amanda) Flannery of Monroe and Robyn Flannery of Monroe; bonus children: Nichole (Jessie) Newton of Pardeville, Alma (fiancé, Curtis Street) Mentz of Monticello, Julia (Tony) Watson of Monticello, and Hans (Emily Yaunke) Marty of Monticello; grandchildren, Camber McKinnon, Holly McKinnon, Kaydence Flannery, Dillon Flannery, and Harley Flannery; bonus grandchildren: Tanner, Morgan, Maddie, Mabel, Easton, Payton, Ainsley, Charlotte, Brooklyn, Kennedy, Zach, Gabe, Riley and Brittney Salzman; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Randall Flannery of Monroe; and sister, Glenene Hardel of New Glarus. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held 5:00 PM Friday, July 1, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. A visitation will be held Friday from 12:00 Noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.

There will also be a Celebration of Gaylord’s Life at the Apparitions motorcycle club house at a later date.




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Brian Lee Haberman
age 62, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at SSM Health Monroe Hospital. He was born the son Robert and Marjorie (Bliss) Haberman on October 24, 1959 in Monroe. He attended school in Brodhead. Brian was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Collins on April 10, 1982 in Brodhead; she preceded him in death in 1986.

Brian worked at International Ingredients in Monroe for 17 years. He later worked for Kreb’s Family Dairy in Monroe for several years. Farming became a passion for Brian, he truly took pride in the work he did there. He also loved getting to be “Uncle Brian” to the Krebs’ children. Brian’s greatest joys in life were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Brian is survived by his children, Brianna (Hugo) Hernandez of Monroe and Robert “Bubba” Haberman of Necedah; grandchildren, Stephanie, Anthany, Alejandro, Marissa, Xavi, Loran, Josie, Brooke and Kouper; great-grandchildren, Makya and Zayden; siblings, Jim Haberman, Bobby (Karen) Haberman, Denny (Cindy) Haberman, Richard (Theresa) Haberman, and Vicky (Rick) Dix; sisters-in-law, Kathy and Peggy Haberman; brother-in-law, Walt Bandi; as well as several nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Haberman; mother, Marjorie (Henry) Tessendorf; wife, Shirley; siblings, Jeff and Larry Haberman, and Barb Bandi; and sister-in-law, Lynn Haberman.

Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Sarah Mae Gabuyo officiating. Burial will follow service in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10AM until the time of service at the funeral home; as Brian would have wanted, feel free to dress casually. 



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James von Arx
age 69, of Browntown passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the SSM Health Hospice Home in Monroe. He was born the son of Carl and Mary (Wampfler) von Arx on February 16, 1953 in Monroe. He graduated for Lena High School in 1971. James most recently worked at Jack Links in New Glarus.

James is survived by his sons, Ken, Joseph, William, and Brian von Arx of Woodruff, WI and Joseph von Arx of Rockford, IL; sister, Dorothea von Arx of New Glarus; aunt, Deloris Wampfler; and nephew and niece, Stephen von Arx and Sherry Bryne. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Virgil and Kenneth von Arx; aunts and uncles, Viola von Arx, Ruth (Robert) von Arx, Ruthie von Arx, Harold Wampfler, Bev (Stan) Howe, and Joyce Blum.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at Highland Cemetery in Monticello at 11:00 AM with Pastor Scott Cernek officiating.  

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Glenn D. Bunker
age 86, of Monroe formally of Winslow, IL passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2022 at the William S Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison. He was born the son of Donald Sr. and Alethia (Martin) Bunker on May 29, 1936 in Stockton, IL. He attended Winslow Schools.

Glenn proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Nancy Neuenschwander on June 20, 1958 at the Orangeville Methodist Church in Orangeville, IL. 
Glenn worked at Advance Transformer, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed all outdoor activities including camping, fishing, and hunting. He also enjoyed reading old westerns and going to the casino.

Glenn is survived by his children, Cindy (Allen) Walters of Monroe, Michael Bunker of Monroe, and Sue Muszynski of Monroe; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Donald (Dorothy) Bunker of Winslow, IL; sister Darlene (Donald) Potter of Winslow, IL; and goddaughter, Dionette Almeida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nancy; sister, Donna Springer; and a brother and sister in infancy.

A funeral service will be held at Noon on July 5, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Cernek officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home.
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Gary L. Brugger
age 81, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2022, surrounded by his family, after a valiant battle with esophageal cancer. He was born May 30, 1941, to John and Hazel (Tschbold) Brugger. Gary attended Searles, a one room school, until attending Albany High School where he graduated in 1960. Upon graduation, he began his career as a lifelong farmer. He married the love of his life, Betty (Zimmerman), on June 24, 1961, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Albany, WI.  

He was a genuinely good man with a big smile and an even bigger heart. He enjoyed Friday night fish fries followed by drives through the countryside, going gambling in Dubuque and playing the lottery. Scratch off tickets were his favorite and he had many winning tickets over the years. Gary & Betty liked to travel. A few of their most memorable trips, were an Alaskan Cruise and three trips to Switzerland. For 20 years, they also traveled to Albuquerque, NM to visit family. More recently a favorite pastime was putting together puzzles.  

In his earlier years he enjoyed playing slow-pitch softball, bowling, and was an avid blood donor.  
Throughout the years, he was a member of the Monroe Moose Lodge as well as other community-based organizations.  

Gary is survived by his devoted wife, Betty of 61 years; his children, Lisa Stauffacher, Lori Brugger, Mike (Sandy) Brugger, and Melissa (Tony) DeRemer; 5 grandchildren, Devan (Kyle) Klopfenstein, Colton (Leeanna) Brugger, Mia Stauffacher, Alex Stauffacher, and Kaelee DeRemer; 3 bonus grandchildren, Brooke, Dane, and Luke Trustem; and 4 great-grandchildren, Cayson & Emersyn Brugger and Lakyn & Aisley Klopfenstein. He is also survived by special brother-in-law, Anton Moest, and sister-in-law, Isabel Zimmerman, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters-in-law, Gertrude Moest and Martha Elmer and brothers-in-law, Adolph Zimmerman and Arlyn Elmer.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, July 8, 2022 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.  

A private family service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in Gary’s name.

The family would like to thank the Monroe Hospice team for their compassionate care & support, and more importantly, for allowing Gary dignity in his final days. A “special” thank you to Mia McDermott, NP and the entire oncology and palliative teams at the Monroe Clinic for the exceptional care he received. You all were a true blessing on this journey.

“May you now be free of pain and at peace.”

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Melva (Lolly) J. Tschanz, 
nee Halvorson
age 85 of Monroe, died Sunday. July 3, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She was born on March 5, 1937 the daughter of Herman and Myrtle (Thorson) Halvorson. She graduated from Darlington High School; she started at Green County Teachers College and received her Diploma from U.W. Platteville. Melva married Henry E. Tschanz on April 23, 1960 in Monroe. She was a school teacher for 39.5 years. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, and taught Sunday school, worked and organized family promise, active in many church commities, church usher, church council, parish visitor service, and chair of Autumn Fest. She also was involved with retired Educators, ADK Teachers organization, Cheese Days float driving, King and Queen of Cheese Days in 2006, Historic Cheesemaking, Cub Scout leader, and volunteered at Turner Hall.

She is survived by her husband, Henry Tschanz of Monroe; children: Hal Tschanz of Monroe and Heidi (Dave) Driggers of Darien, IL; grandchildren: Dex (Emily) Driggers, Abbey (James) Isler, Dean (Alyssa) Driggers, Derek Driggers, and Amy Driggers; great grandchild, Elliana Eloise Driggers; brother, Clinton Halvorson of Darlington; sister-in-laws: Sharon Halvorson, Evelyn Tschanz, Ruth Tschanz, and Helen (Doug) Morgan. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Bubby, Edward, Eldon and Edwin in infancy; sisters: Arlene Heins, Idellis McKillip, and Jeaneen Benson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 9, 2022 at St John’s United Church of Christ with Pastor Tiff Bates officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. 

A visitation will be held Friday July 8, 2022 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at St. John’s United Church of Christ. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. A memorial fund will be established in Melva’s name.

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Richard A. Youngwith Sr. 
age 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7th, 2022, at Pleasant View Nursing home in Monroe, with his family at his side. He was born the son of Paul and Olga (Schmid) Youngwith on May 10th, 1928, in South Beloit, IL. After graduating high school in South Beloit, IL., Richard was drafted into the United States Army in November 1950. After being honorably discharged in 1952 he married Patricia E. Ryan and they started their family in Beloit. Richard worked at Fairbanks Morse where he used his military training for diesel engines. In 1969, he moved to Monroe and worked for Advance Transformer until he retired in 1991.  

Richard is survived by his children, Teresa (Rick) Babcock of Beloit, Cindy (Phil) Vangsnes of Green Bay, Doug (Nerida) of Bellevue, WA, Marcy Youngwith of Monroe; daughter-in-law Janice (Richard Jr.) Youngwith of Carol Stream, IL; 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and two sisters: Willabelle Heilman of South Beloit, IL., and Dorothy Sewell of Milton, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia, son Richard and 9 siblings.

He was a member of St. Victor’s Catholic Church. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing, gardening, and putting together jig-saw puzzles. His family meant the world to him, and he will be sadly and fondly missed by his family and friends.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 20th, at 11 am at Shriner Hager Gohkle Funeral Home with Father Tafadzwa Kushamba officiating. Burial will follow at Calvery Cemetery in Monroe. Visitation will be at 10 am until the time of the service at the funeral home.  
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Shirley Lou Zumkehr
age 77, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She was born the daughter of Clarence Gissing and Helen Brunkow on January 25, 1945. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1963.  

Shirley was united in marriage to the love of her life, Richard Zumkehr in 1964 at EUB. She worked at Color Putty for 20 years, she was also a CNA and did homecare over the years. She was a member of Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello. She loved to visit with people.  

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Lori (Hal) Hulbert of Dallas area, Texas; sons, Kevin (Lisa) Zumkehr of Evansville and Robert (Lynda Riese) Zumkehr of Monroe; grandchildren, Garret (Rachel) Zuhoski, Bradley (Kelly) and Nicole Zumkehr, Cody and Brittney (Jake) Armstrong; granddaughter-in-law, Lacy Zuhoski; great-grandchild, Olive Zuhoski; sisters, Betty Silkworth of Minoqua and Phyllis (Tom) Stine of Friendship.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Richard; and grandson Nick Zuhoski.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello, with Pastor Lance Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe.   

A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe and from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at the church on Saturday. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com

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Joan J. Wienke
age 86, of Monroe passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe. She was born on August 8, 1935 in Illinois, the daughter of Otto and Ruth Rosenthal. She married Howard Wienke in 1956 in Illinois.

Joan worked at Hager Pottery, Auto Meter, and Swiss Colony. She enjoyed cross stitch, embroidery, plastic canvas crafts, playing bingo, camping, and playing the claw machines.

Joan is survived by her children, Debra Wienke, Shirley (Tom) Tullis, Wendy Voltz, Faith Keele, Norman Wienke, and Dawn Wienke; grandchildren, Tony (Alyssa) Dalen, Brittany (J.D.) Pate, Raven (Fiancee, Ben) Keele, and Vicki Wood; great-grandchildren, Jesse, Guliana, Lilliana, Cadence, Bella, Ainsley, Gage, Ari; and sister, Mary Kamp.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 12:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home.  

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Duane W. Gertsch 
passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at the age of 77. He was born on January 23, 1945 in Monroe to Walter and Darleen (Haugen) Gertsch. Duane grew up on a farm in Gratiot, and graduated from Gratiot High School. He married Shirley Kolb on May 18, 1968.

Duane worked at Chrysler; later Duane and Shirley bought a farm in rural Monticello, just outside of Albany where they raised their children. They raised dairy cows, steers and farmed crops for 50 years. Duane loved his family, farming, fieldwork, dogs, and John Deere tractors. Duane will be remembered for his sense of humor as well as the pride he took in taking care of their family’s farm.

Duane is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley; children, Stacy Gertsch of Albany, Wendy (Jamie) Mentz of Blanchardville, Johnny (Sherry) Gertsch of Albany, and Jamie (Lily) Gertsch of Albany; grandchildren, Tyler (Brandi), Arrissa, and Joseph Mentz, Andy and Laney Gertsch; great-grandchildren, Ava, Jaxson, Tanner, and Madison; sisters, Deanna (Rick) Gertsch-Pozorski, Dorothy (Dale Beske) Gertsch, Linda (Bill) Hutchinson, and Nancy (Bob) Cummings; mother-in-law, Lillian Kolb; sisters-in-law, Judy Tway,  Norma (Larry) Nipple, and Sally (Dennis) Jordan; and his dog, Sadie; along with many other friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Lisa Gertsch; brother, David Gertsch; infant sister, Lois Gertsch; father-in-law, John Kolb; and brother-in-law, Doug Tway.

The family would like to thank Agrace HospiceCare for their compassionate care of Duane.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery.


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Ellen Mary Bultman
age 95, passed away on December 10, 2021. Friends and family may gather on Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 11:00-11:30AM; a Memorial Service will be held at 11:30AM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Phillips officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery in Black Earth, WI. 
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Kris Charles Kelty
 age 71, of Monroe passed away peacefully at his home with his loving wife, Jeanette at his side on Sunday, July 10, 2022. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2010 and also battled chronic systolic cardiomyopathy for several years. He was born on January 29, 1951 the son of Charles and Louise (Heinzelman) Kelty. Kris graduated from Monroe High School and lived and worked in Monroe all of his life. 

Kris was united in marriage to his first wife Carol (Schultz) on May 20, 1972 and in that union, they welcomed their two sons, Matthew and Jacob. The marriage ended but the well-being of their sons remained a primary focus for them as the boys grew, left home and began lives of their own.
Kris was united in marriage to Jeanette C. Hoyer (Ohms) on March 14, 1992 at the Methodist Church in Clarno. Kris worked for several years at St. Clare Hospital in Monroe in the maintenance dept. and also drove truck over the road. He also served in the National Guard. Kris had a keen interest in woodworking and he wanted to open his own business as a cabinet and furniture builder and after doing apprenticeship in northern WI he opened Kelty's Cabinets and Furniture in Monroe in 1985. Kris has custom built many kitchens and furniture projects all around the Monroe area including the alter and baptismal font for the chapel at St. Clare Hospital, cabinets and counters for the Albany Library and Alp & Dell Cheese store here in Monroe. Kris so enjoyed this type of work and there are many who would say that they could tell if they were Kelty Cabinets because they were well made and “built to stand the test of time.” Kris retired the business in 2010 due to his health problems but was always there for anyone who sought out his expertise in woodworking. 

Kris enjoyed family gatherings for Christmas, birthdays, Fourth of July (as there are some who have been known to say, “Kris loved to blow things up!” and many other family/friends events. Kris and Jeanette learned stained glass making and worked on many projects together, even participating in art shows for a few years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cars & car shows, motorcycles, stained glass, playing pool and cards with his close friends of many years. Kris traveled to Canada for many years to camp and enjoyed walleye fishing with his friends. He and Jeanette traveled around the US, particularly out west making New Mexico and Colorado treasured destinations. Kris was also a participant and Honorary Member of the black powder/primitive camping club, Yellowstone Flint and Cap, INC.  
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; children Matt (Tracey) Kelty of Edgerton, Jacob Kelty of Ft. Atkinson, and step-son Cory (Ann) Ohms of Mahomet, IL and his grandchildren Nate (fiance Jessica)Kelty of Madison WI, Kyle of Fort Atkinson, Gabriel of Edgerton, Grace of White Water, Benjamin and William Ohms of Mahomet IL, sister Carol Ellingson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and bother-in-law, Larry Ellingson.

A memorial will be established in Kris's name and A Celebration of Kris’s Life will be on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 3:00 until 8:00 PM at the American Legion in Monroe.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, 
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Lowell E. Stuessy
age 85 of Monroe died December 18, 2021 at Monroe Hospital. He was born on January 2, 1936 in South Wayne, the son of Herman and Leona (Goodman) Stuessy. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1954, North Central College and Mortuary Science in Milwaukee. He served in the US Naval Reserves for 12 years. Lowell married Susan A. Granberg on Sept. 2, 1956 at Yellowstone Lutheran Church. He later married Melody Becherer on May 20, 2006 in Monroe. Lowell started at the Stuessy funeral home in 1959 with his father and worked until 1996. He served as Pastor of Martintown Community Church for 12 years, Church of the Brethern in Lena for 2 years and later started the Alternative Health Care office in 1998. He was quarterback for the Cheesemaker’s when in High School, became an Eagle Scout, was a life-member of Loyal Order of Moose and past President of the Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife, Melody of Monroe; son, Paul (Jennifer) Stuessy of Midlothian, VA; step-children: DeAnna (Michael) Ace, Trish Bliss, Patricia (Walter) Wyman, Daniel, and Adam Bliss; 14 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Cindi Trimble of San Diego, CA; and his dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son, Mark Stuessy, and brother, Arlo Stuessy.

A Celebration of Lowell’s Life will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Monroe Seventh Day Adventist Church 316 17th St. Monroe, WI 53566, from Noon until 2:00 PM with a Moose Service at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

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Gudrun (Lien) Kundert
age 96, went home to be with her Savior on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. She was born along with her twin sister, Gunvar, October 28, 1925 in Adams Township to Andrew and Elise Lien. She attended Farmers Country School and graduated from Blanchardville High School. On January 28, 1945, she married Delbert Kundert at Yellowstone Lutheran Church in Argyle. They farmed in Skinner Hollow for 26 years.

They were blessed with two sons, Larry (Dianne) Kundert, John A (Jean) Kundert, two daughters Marcia (Dennis) Davis, and JoAnn (Andrew) Eberle. They also have eleven grandchildren, Michelle (Fred) Kelley, Joe (Kim) Kundert, Brent (Kim) Kundert, Robin (Brett) Apold, Russell (Susan) Davis, Daniel (Tami) Eberle, Andrea (Robert) Jenson, Ryan (Fiancé, Christine) Eberle, Jason (Mandy) Kundert, Jeff (Amy) Kundert, Jim (Diana) Kundert, and seventeen great grandchildren.

Gudrun had many interests that occupied her time, which included music, composing songs, writing poetry, calligraphy, creating greeting cards, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and painting; she shared her gifts and talents generously with family and friends. She was a faithful prayer warrior, always arising early in the morning to pray for her loved ones. She worked in sales at JC Penney’s for 8 years and Florine’s for 11 years.

She was a member of St. John’s Church where she was active in choir, taught Sunday School, served in Circle, Women’s Guild, Church Council, Parish Visitors, and was a member of Sweet Adelines. She also attended Stateline Women’s Connection meetings and prayer coffee, which is an outreach for Stonecraft Ministries. She was a member of the planning team for many years and hosted and guided Bible Studies.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delbert; daughter, Marcia Davis; brothers Ole and Ardell Lien; sisters, Marie Henning, Inga Hanson, Olga Ommodt, Ruth Stillman, and twin sister, Gunvar Haesler; and an infant brother.

She is survived by her sister, Alice Voegeli, and brother, Clair (JoAnn) Lien, sisters-in-law, Eldora Kundert and Barb Lien, as well as all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  

A Private Family Funeral Service will be held. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Gudrun’s name. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.  


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Catherine Corry Blakemore 
of Albany, Wisconsin, died on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.
Catherine was born on December 21, 1933, in Springfield, Ohio. Born Catherine Stewart Corry, she was the daughter of Home and Cornelia (Black Adams) Corry. 

Catherine graduated from Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 1951 and was a 1955 graduate of Wellesley College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1959 and a M.A. in Education from the University of Colorado-Denver in 1993.
In 1966 she married Francis Blakemore, from whom she was divorced in 1999.  

From 1956 to 1966 Catherine worked in Washington, D.C., performing research for the United States Congress at the Legislative Reference Service (now the Congressional Research Service). In Denver, she did research for two organizations and in the 1990s taught at the Clayton Charter School and the Hope Center. She was a book publisher (Adams-Pomeroy Press) and the author of eleven books in the areas of education and multiculturalism.  

Catherine enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and pets; competitive racewalking; reading; being a fan of the Colorado Rockies, and the Denver Broncos; working with inner-city children; and serving as a church, community, classroom, and adult literacy volunteer. In Albany she headed the Albany Library Book Club, the Reuben’s Run Committee, and the Downtown Revitalization Committee of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Catherine is survived by her son, James (Grace) Blakemore of London, England; her daughter, Elizabeth Blakemore of Albany; her grandchildren, Eliza, Henry, and Annabelle Blakemore of London; her niece, Anne Corry of New York City. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, John Corry; her sister-in-law, Emily Corry; and her cousin Martha Corry and Walter Von Schmidt. 

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 pm Monday August 8, 2022 at Albany United Methodist Church with Pastor Kelly Jahn officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest cemetery, Albany. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Albertson Memorial Library in Albany or to the Wheatridge Presbyterian Church in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.  


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Vera Marie (Ellefson) Block
age 94, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at SSM Monroe Hospice Home. She was born the daughter of George and Frances (Stubbe) Ellefson on January 9, 1928 in Monroe. She attended Franklin School. Vera was united in marriage to Chester E. Block at East Wiota Parsonage on January 25, 1946.

Vera and Chester farmed in Cadiz area until moving to South Wayne area. There they farmed until Chester’s death in 1983. Then she helped her son, Roger farm in Jordan Center until she moved to Monroe in 1993. Vera was always busy taking care of her family and her home. She spent many hours tending to her large vegetable and flower gardens; she also canned, made all varieties of pickles, she also made jelly and jam from the berries on their farm. 

Vera is survived by her children, Kathryn (Al) Hannum of Monroe, Roger (Fran) Block of Argyle, Vicki (Larry) Clark of Monroe, Gary (Deb) Block Warren, IL, Barb (Keith) Ott of Juda, Ruth (Kelly) Hosto of Juda, and Bryon Block of Aurora, Co; 8 grandchildren, Dan (Jennifer) Neuenschwander, Rob (Karla) Neuenschwander, Kendra Frei, Karen (Mason) Barber, Nicole (Aaron) Breunig, Danyel (Craig) Oakley, and Brittany (Russ) Redfearn; step-grandchildren, Chris Hay and Becky (Jim) Clark; great-grandchildren, Lucas, Hannah, and lizzie Neuenschwander, Joshua, Julia, and Jacob Neuenschwander, Gavin, Ethan, Zander, and Logan Breunig, Raelynn, Madelynn, Katelynn, and William Redfearn, Madelynn and Garrett Barber, and baby Oakley due shortly; step-great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Wyatt, and Violet Clark; sons-in-law, Bill Neuenschwander and Kenneth Frei, Jr.; siblings, Robert and Gerald (Ella) Ellefson, and Lyla (Herbert) Kraus; sister-in-law, Merikay Ellefson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughters, Lois Frei and LaVonne Neuenschwander; grandson, Nicholas Block; siblings, Eugene Ellefson, Viola (Cecil) Fox, Carol (Elwood) Koch, and Helen (Raymond) Indergand; sister-in-law, Joanie Ellefson.

A Private Family Funeral Services will be held. Burial will be held in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the SSM Monroe Hospice Home. 



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Lois Baker​
A Celebration of Lois’s life will be held on Saturday August 27th at 11:00 AM at Union Presbyterian Church, 2707 5th Street, Monroe, WI.

Lois Read Baker, 99, died of complications from heart failure at St. Clare Friedensheim Assisted Living on September 11, 2021. Lois was born on December 10, 1921, on her family’s homestead cattle ranch near Jemez Springs, New Mexico, to Ethel (Woodgate) and Arthur D. Read. While she was young, her family moved many times, eventually settling in Monroe, Louisiana. Lois earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1943, which is also where she met her future husband, John Betz Baker. The death of her beloved brother, Bill, in the first months of World War II, motivated Lois to join the Army Women’s Medical Corps after graduation. She received training in physical therapy through the Mayo Clinic and achieved the rank of First Lieutenant. She served in army hospitals in England and France, treating wounded soldiers and witnessing the arrival of Nazi concentration camp survivors, then later attending some of the Nuremburg trials. The human devastation and waste that she observed led to her enduring opposition to war. After she returned from Europe in 1946, Lois and John were married in Hawthorne, Nevada, and honeymooned in Death Valley. For the rest of their 67 years of marriage, Lois teased John (rank of Navy Lieutenant (j.g.)), that she outranked him. As soon as her children were old enough to attend school, she practiced physical therapy, and then went back to school in 1981 to earn a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Houston. She taught Physical Therapy until she retired in 1986. Lois enjoyed traveling during retirement, especially to Central America with the group Witness for Peace. She was proud of her anti-war activism with the Presbyterian Peacemakers, and was always happy to be arrested during protests at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, GA. In her 80th year, Lois combined her lifelong love of nature and her anti-war activism by hiking large sections of the Appalachian Trail to raise money for the removal of landmines in Mozambique. Her husband, who was her trusty quartermaster, organized her travel on and off the trail. Lois and John retired in Houston, Texas, then moved to Monroe, Wisconsin to be close to family. Lois, an active Presbyterian since childhood, enjoyed her membership in Union Presbyterian Church, the Monroe Quilters Guild, volunteer work at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and travel. Lois developed many lasting friendships after moving to Monroe, which she valued greatly.

She is survived by her children, John Douglas (Marilyn) Baker, Nancy Baker (George Vernon), Don Baker (Leslie Gold); her grandchildren, Melissa (Stan) Albright, Jennifer (James) Jazwinski, Claire Leeds (Bill Bevis), Sierra and Juliette Baker; her great-grandchildren, Andrew and Jessica Howard, Charlotte and Eden Levis; her brother, Leslie Read; and her sisters-in-law, Ella Margaret Humble, Margaret “Peggy” Baker and Mary Lou Baker. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Baker; her son, David; her grandson, Douglas Cameron Baker; her sister, May (Merrill) Brunk; and her brothers, Bill and John (Margie Lee) Read.

There will be a celebration of Lois’s life on Saturday August 27th at 11:00 AM at Union Presbyterian Church, 2707 5th Street, Monroe, WI. The service will be live streamed via the Union Presbyterian Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/unionpresbyterianchurchmonroe). Following the service, a light lunch will be served at Northeast Park (Adjacent to the church). In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Union Presbyterian Church or the Green County Food Pantry. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home has assisted the family.


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Marie Amelia (Schultz) Husmann
 aged 94 years, died at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe WI. She was born on October 26, 1927 in Pesotum IL to Christian and Elizabeth Schultz.

Marie was born and grew up on her family's farm in central IL. Marie attended Illinois State University where she met and married her husband John prior to their senior year in 1948. In 1949 they were the first married couple to graduate together from ISU. They were married for over 70 years when John died in 2019. Marie taught physical education in Crystal Lake IL, District 155 before staying home to raise a family. She later taught in Barrington Hills and Carpentersville while earning her master's degree from NIU and finished her career teaching reading at Crystal Lake Central High School. Marie loved her family, teaching, and all animals except chickens.

Marie is survived by her children, Christie Wrenn, Harry Husmann, and Leslie Nider; seven grandchildren, Eliot (Anne) Wrenn, Mac (Amanda Silha) Wrenn, Kathy Servin, Emily Egan, John (Rachelle Zang) Husmann, Marie Nider, and Julia (Johannes) Schmied; ten great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Muhs, and many nieces and nephews.  

Private 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.

Donations in memory of Marie may be made to the charity of your choice.


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Robert “Bob” Lee Rufi
Age 82, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, August 20th, 2022 at SSM Health Monroe Hospital. He was born the son of John W. Rufi and Eva Bacon Rufi on August 19th, 1940 in Monroe. Bob was an avid learner—he started school at 4-years-old at Greenbush County School simply because he relentlessly showed up at the school house daily—and graduated from Monroe Senior High School. Bob married Barbara Louise Schultz at United Methodist Church Monroe on December 22, 1957. 

Bob was raised in Monroe, WI on the farm he built his life, family, and career on. He was passionate about curling and antique cars. Bob was a member of the Alpine Curling Club for 42 years and made ice for them for 40. Bob obtained a certificate as a Level I Ice Technician from Curl Canada in 1985. He was proudly known as the “Ice Maker.” Bob was a member of the Yester Year Auto Club and won many trophies for the showing of the antique cars he repaired. Bob’s laughter and jokes will be deeply missed.

Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Rufi, and his five children, Rev. Dr. Michael of Monroe, WI, Kathy (Don) Austin of Platteville, WI, Deb of Monroe, WI, Jim (Stephanie) Rufi of St. Paul, MN, and Mark (Tricia) Rufi of Lexington, KY; 11 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his grandson, Shaun Robert Rufi; parents, brother, and sister. 

Please join our family for a visitation at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home on Saturday, August 27th, 2022 from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Funeral Service to follow. In lieu of flowers, there will be a memorial fund for SSM Health Monroe Hospice Home. 

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Kristin Leigh Bansley
age 53, of Monroe passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 18, 2022. She was born the daughter of Les and Francy (Bales) Bieneman on May 29, 1969 in Monroe. Kristin was united in marriage to Adam Bansley on October 27, 2007 at St. John’s Church, Monroe.

Kristin was a 1987 graduate of Monroe High School. She earned her undergraduate degree in German at UW-Whitewater and later obtained her Masters in Education from UW-LaCrosse. Devoting most of her teaching career to the School District of Monroe, she was teaching German and acted as the Gifted and Talented program coordinator. Kristin enhanced her teaching skills by spending a year teaching conversational English in Japan and returned to attend a language institute to become licensed to teach Japanese. These experiences spurred her adventurous spirit of travel which included countries such as: Germany, Austria, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Great Britain, and others. Kristin also spent time traveling the States with her family and planning future trips. She was a passionate advocate for maintaining the German exchange program which provided many learning experiences for her students.

Kristin’s influence extended well beyond the school walls. Serving on the Green County Fair Board for the past 10 years, she was a progressive leader for improving the experiences of fairgoers and for the youth of Green County. Kristin grew up in the Hiawatha 4-H club and then gave back by becoming the adult leader for the Young Americans 4-H club. She was a longtime member of the Monroe Jaycees and was a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She could often be seen selling tickets to various high school sporting events.

Kristin had many interests and hobbies. She was an accomplished seamstress and baker extraordinaire. She perfected the art of underbaking cookies and not a single crunchy cookie was ever found in her kitchen! Kristin made jams and jellies that her dad especially enjoyed. She also had a flair for interior design and her talents made her house a home. A newfound hobby was refurbishing a vintage RV with Adam. She walked many miles with her beloved dog, Mya.

Kristin loved her family with whom she spent much time. She was very social and enjoyed watching Adam perform with his band. She and Adam liked to go to plays and musicals and spend time with friends. She believed in making memories. To travel with Kristin was to see everything you could possibly see and to take a picture (or it didn’t happen)! She enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews and tried to instill her love of shopping with each of them. Kristin was a master of family antics. Her witty personality and sense of humor created strong and lasting bonds. You can only imagine the joy and laughter she brought to her family! She will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Kristin is survived by her husband, Adam Bansley; son, Elijah Bansley; parents, Les and Francy Bieneman; sisters, Susan (Jason) Brown and Sara (Todd) Durtschi; nieces and nephews, Andrew, Claire and Nick Brown, and Alana and Ty Durtschi. 

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, John and Norma Bieneman; maternal grandparents, Gerald and Alice Bales; and mother-in-law, Janice Bansley.

Visitation will be held from 2:30 PM until the memorial service at 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Todd Hackman officiating. A memorial fund is being established in Kristin’s name. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com. 

Nichts stirbt was in Erinnerung bleibt. Du bleibst für immer in unseren Herzen. Wir lieben dich für immer und auf ewig.

Kristin's Service will be live streamed at: 
https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1227388
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Dennis Allen Burri
age 70 of Pleasant Hill, Oregon passed away on July 8, 2021 at his home. He was born the son of Wilbur and Beverly (Leiser) Burri on July 29, 1949 in Monroe, WI. 

While attending school in South Wayne he helped his father make cheese on the Town Line Rd. Cheese Factory. The family later moved to Janesville where he attended and graduated from Craig High School in 1968, he was awarded letters in Track and Cross Country in 1966, 1967, and 1968. He also attended Lane Community College in Eugene, OR graduating in 1975. 

Dennis proudly served in the United States Navy from 1970 until 1973. He went on to serve another 20 years in the Navy Reserves. He was the co-owner of Scoreboard Bar and Grill in Milton, WI. He was a member of the Eugene Oregon Roadsters Car Club. His passion was showing his cars and sponsoring Roadster Shows throughout the U.S.. He worked as a dental hygienist in Oregon, retiring after many years in the practice.  

He is survived by his children Jason Burri and Madison Mackenna Jane, both of Janesville; brother, Scott Burri of Janesville; and sister JoDelle Drugg of Janesville. He was preceded in death by his parents.  

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on August 27, 2022 at Union Cemetery in South Wayne with Pastor Scott Cernek officiating. Shriner Hager Gohlke is assisting the family.  

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Daniel Kundert
age 32 of Monroe passed away August 23, 2022. He was born July 1, 1990 the son of Joseph Kundert and Jackie Moon. He graduated from Monroe High School in 2008. 

He is survived by his father, Joseph (Kim Gyland) Kundert of Monroe; mother, Jackie (Taylor Triebold) Moon of Waukesha; brother, Dylan Kundert of Greenfield; paternal grandparents, Larry (Dianne) Kundert; maternal grandparents, Mike (Vicki) Moon; great paternal grandmother, Dorothy Wild; great maternal grandmother, Letta Moon; Aunts, Angie (Jay) Schumacher, Kirsten (Adam) Steinmann, Erica (Justin) Foulker, Michelle (Fred) Kelley, Uncle, Brent (Kim) Kundert, many cousins, and many friends. 

Dan was a gift from God to us, and showed all of us the meaning of unconditional love. He was a strong, intelligent, caring, and kind person. He loved working out, kayaking, being in nature, spending time with his family and loved playing with his many dogs over the years as they loved him so, most recently Mila. Dan was trying his best to take the steps to change the course of his life. He will forever be missed, and will be carried continually in his family and friend’s hearts. 

A private funeral service will be held at Schriner Hager Golkee Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at Shriner111.com

In lieu of flowers, please help Dan’s family help others by donating to the organization that he himself was the inspiration in creating. 

F.A.I.T.H (Fighting Addiction It Takes Help) Addiction Awareness 
1208 2nd St N
Monroe, WI 53566

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Geraldine “Gerry” Miller
age 89, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at St. Clare Friedensheim. She was born on December 19, 1932 the daughter of Milton and Beulah (Davidson) Rabe. She graduated from Monroe High School and later graduated from Cosmetology School in Janesville. On August 9, 1953 she married David Miller, they just celebrated 69 years together.

Gerry lived in Monroe her entire life; she was a cosmetologist for three years before starting her family and staying home to raise her children. She was a longtime active member of Union Presbyterian Church in Monroe; as well as being the secretary for over 25 years until she retired. Gerry loved to sing, she sang in the choir at church as well as in Sweet Adeline’s. She loved sewing, she made her own wedding gown as well as clothes for her kids; she always had a project going on. Also, she will be remembered for her homemade bread and cinnamon rolls; she would always make your favorite dish whenever you visited. Some of her pastimes included puzzles, playing Rummy, bingo, and watching soap opera tv. Gerry easily made friends, and enjoyed spending time with people. She was always a positive person with a smile on her face. Gerry had an incredible ability to find a four-leaf clover on a regular basis.

Gerry is survived by her husband, David of New Glarus; children, Diane (Al) Lindsay of Lombard, IL, and Steve (Greg) Miller of Reno, NV; grandchildren, Kayla (Fiance, John Fisher) Lindsay of Oak Park, IL and Megan (Samuel) Sievert of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Virgil (Nancy) Rabe of Marshall, MO; sisters, Evelyn (Jim) Skurich of Fridley, MN, and Corlyn Rauscher of Pembroke Pines, FL; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Leon, Ardith, Dwight, Dale, Wayne, and Ann in infancy.  

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 11:30 AM at Union Presbyterian Church in Monroe with Pastor Stacy Cavanaugh officiating. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to: shriner111.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Union Presbyterian Church for the Music Ministry. 

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Timothy Joseph Petit
 age 62, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at his home. He was born March 7, 1960 the son of Amos and Amy (Barker) Petit in Freeport, IL. He attended Freeport High School. On June 26, 2004 Tim married Teresa Stark; she preceded him in death in 2006.

Tim started out working in cheese factories until he went to work at Pick-N-Save for 25 years. He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR. Also, he enjoyed reading, and was an avid bowler.  

Tim is survived by his daughter, April (Chris) Caldwell of Monroe; brother Mark Petit of Freeport; and sisters, Debbie (Steve) Monigold of Freeport and Barb (Mike) Moran of Dubuque, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Teresa; son, Joe Petit; and brother, Lynn.  

A Celebration of Tim’s Life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Denise Marie Riese
age 66, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at her home. She was born the daughter of David and Dorathy (Lainio) Dowden on July 8, 1956 in Illinois. She was a 1974 graduate of Albany High School. Denise was united in marriage to Randy L. Riese on August 25, 1984.

Denise was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe, where she had taught Sunday School. She had also been a Girl Scout Leader for 12 years. 

Denise is survived by her husband of 38 years, Randy; daughter, Stephanie Riese; siblings, D. Lynn (fiancé, Ron Krupke) Dowden Novak, Dorathy (Griffith) Williams, Daniel (Kathy) Dowden and Donald Dowden. She is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved and adored; as well as many extended relatives and dear friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, David Dowden; and nephew, Nickolai Dowden.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00PM on Friday, September 9, 2022 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. 

A Celebration of Denise’s Life will be held at a later date. 
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Louise Clara Wells
age 95 of Monroe passed away on Monday, September 5, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She was born on May 8, 1927, in Monroe, the daughter of George and Anna (Mueller) Korn. She never graduated but attained her G.E.D. later in life. Louise married Emerson Wells on April 27, 1946 in Monroe.

Louise worked at Spurgeon’s Department Store for 34 years, later working at Farm & Fleet where she retired at the end of 2000. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and Browntown Busy Bee’s Homemakers Club, and card club. Louise enjoyed gardening, baking, knitting, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter Marcia (David) Wald; grandchild, Barry Wald and Joel (Connie) Wald; and 6 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Emerson; son, Jeffrey; brothers, George, William, Albert, and Walter; sisters, Marie Waelchli and Margaret Chesbro; and granddaughter, Lisa Wald in infancy.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at St. John’s United Church of Christ with Reverend Todd Hackman officiating. Burial will follow at Kelly Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com

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Yvonne Rose
age 76, of Monroe passed away on Monday, September 12, 2022 at her home. She was born the daughter of Ervin and Ethel (Ruch) Broge on September 25, 1945 in Monroe.

 Yvonne married Merwyn Rose on July 2, 1981 in Reno, Nevada. She worked throughout the Monroe area at Dorman Cheese, Swiss Chalet, Alphorn Motel, Super 8, and the Credit Bureau. She was also a cross country team semi driver with Merwyn. Yvonne enjoyed diamond painting, crocheting, playing Farkel, doing puzzles, playing board games, watching daytime soap operas, and country music.

Yvonne is survived by her husband, Merwyn; son, Tim Broge of Darlington; step-children, Gloria (Garry) Segner of Monroe, Ken (Terri) Rose of Winslow, Wayne (Laurie) Rose of Monroe, and Carol (John) Steckelberg of Montana; grandson, Ari Broge; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sister, Cindy (Dave) Roessler.  She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Todd Allan; 2 brothers, Wayne and Dean; sister, Gwen Elert Broge; and daughter-in-law, Angie Broge.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 1:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Hayworth officiating. Burial will take place at Oneco Cemetery at a later date.

A visitation will be from 12:00 PM Noon until the time of service at the funeral home. 

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Clifford A. Bennett
age 71, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at Monroe Health Services. He was born on November 22, 1950 the son of Arthur Bennett and Yvonne Schwitz (Melvin) Shippy. He graduated from Monroe High School.

Cliff served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He was a member of the American Legion and the Monroe Fire Department. He enjoyed western movies, social events, auctions, and collecting a little bit of everything.

Clifford is survived by his children, Regina (Dave) Horner of Monroe, Jeremy (Michelle) Bennett of Brodhead, and Taylor (Fiancée, Adam Fiorucci) Yaun of Monroe; brother Chucky Bennett of Monroe; 8 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Craig Bennett; four brothers, Jim, Les, Kenny, and Richard “Pud”.  

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home. Burial will be on Wednesday, September 21,2022 at 11:00 AM at Greenwood Cemetery with Military Honors. A luncheon will follow graveside services at the American Legion.  


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Beverly June VanWagenen
 age 88, of Monroe passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at her home. She was born the daughter of Carson and Marian (Howe) Hunt on May 30, 1934. She was a 1953 graduate of Monroe High School; she married her high school sweetheart, Gerald Henry VanWagenen later that year on June 28, 1953. They shared 52 years of marriage together until Jerry’s passing in 2005.

Beverly owned Twice as Nice on the square in Monroe. She was a seamstress and enjoyed crafting. She loved Willie Nelson and dancing to live music in her cowboy boots. Beverly generously gave to several animal charities; she had a love for all animals especially her kitties.

She is survived by her daughter, Robin Rouby; and one grandson, Michael Feldt; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Jerome “Spud”; and sister, Judy.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.  


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