Oct. 2--The Wisconsin State Journal, Obituaries
Berger, Janet MADISON -- Janet Berger died comfortably, at age 94, on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg, surrounded by family. After receiving bachelor's degrees from Carroll College in Waukesha and UW-Madison, in 1934, she worked as school librarian in Lake Forest, Ill. She married John V. Berger Jr., her classmate at Carroll College, in 1940 and they were married 42 years until his death in 1982. Together they enjoyed life in Madison and traveled to places as diverse as Portugal, Israel and Mexico. She was politically liberal which flowed from her firm belief that we are all God's children. The mute button on her TV remote is worn with overuse from muting out the spokespeople of the George W. Bush administration. Although skeptical of rituals and doctrines, Janet participated fully for more than 50 years in the life of Christ Presbyterian Church. She volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels and in the Global Express shop well into her eighties. She was a PEO sister, chapter AX and in her younger years was active in the League of Women Voters and Attic Angels. All who knew her will remember how she loved to laugh and would do so with joy as friends and family approached. She knew how to make great fun in simple ways such as seeking how to make a cup of coffee as good as that served at Rennebohm's. At the same time, she loved to explore. Her children found her to be a wonderful companion, always up for anything. She is survived by her brother, retired Judge David Dancey from Waukesha; her daughters, Barbara (Brand) of Long Island, N.Y., Margaret (Heitz) of Lexington, Mass. and Laura Berger of Madison; grandchildren, Gordon Brand, Elizabeth and Catherine Heitz; as well as other beloved family members and friends including niece, Jane Morgan and nephew, Richard Dancey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John V. Berger and her brother, Dr. Robert Dancey. The family would like to thank the staff at Meriter Heights and Terraces for their thoughtful attention and care over the past five years. A memorial service will be held in six weeks on Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 944 E. Gorham St., Madison, at 11 a.m., followed by refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Access Community Health Center, 3434 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 www.cressfuneralservice.com
Breunig, Ivan H. LODI -- Ivan H. Breunig, age 69, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a battle with cancer. He was born on Feb. 8, 1938, in Sauk City, the son of the late Sylvian and Lillian (Nolden) Breunig. On May 22, 1962, he was united in marriage to the former Audrey Kalscheur and together they farmed in rural Lodi. Ivan was a member of the Berry -- Roxbury Mutual Insurance Co., the Tri-County Farmers Co-op, the Catholic Knights and the Knights of Columbus and he had held various officer titles in each group over the years. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and sang in the choirs at St. Patrick's and St. Norbert's churches. Ivan enjoyed playing softball, hunting, fishing and playing cards. He loved spending time with his family and especially enjoyed watching his children's and grandchildren's many activities. Ivan is survived by his wife, Audrey Breunig; seven children, Neil (Margie), John (Mary), Denman (Delaine), Math (Mindy), Amy, Connie and Rita (Scott) Davis; 14 grandchildren, Mary, Emily, Janell, Dominique, Kimberly, Amanda, Damara, Adam, Austin, Evan, Allison, Danni Jo, Olivia and Mason; a great-grandson, Cody; and his siblings, Eunice Yanke, Merten (Barbara), Audrey (Ted) Zander, Miles (Medora), Mary Jane (Walter) Burkholder, Wallace (Helen), Harriett (Marvin) Breunig and Karen Ballweg. He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Math and Marie Kalscheur; three brothers-in-law, Linus Zander, Tom Ballweg and Ken Yanke; a sister-in-law, Bernice Breunig; and two nephews, Kevin and Randall Zander. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at ST.PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Lodi, with Monsignor Daniel T. Ganshert officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, where the Rosary will be recited at 4:45 p.m. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family would like to thank Dr. Fanney, Dr. Huie and nurse Sandy and the staff at Home Health United. Hamre Funeral Home Lodi (608) 592-3201
Crook, Joseph A. 'Joe' SPRING GREEN -- Joseph A. 'Joe' Crook, age 62, of Spring Green, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born on Oct. 22,1944, in Dodgeville, to Ralph and Olga (Longseth) Crook. He attended Pleasant Valley School and graduated from the Spring Green High School in 1962. He married the former Sharon Bennett of Dodgeville on Oct. 3, 1964 and the couple have lived in rural Spring Green their entire married life. Joe studied plumbing at Southwest Technical College and worked to become a Master Plumber. He worked for Collins and Hying for 34 years and McGuire Plumbing for five years. Joe and his son, John, formed Crook Plumbing and Joe worked with John for two years before illness forced his retirement. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, pitching horseshoes, woodworking and time spent with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Crook; his father-in-law, William Bennett and two sisters-in-law, Debra Bennett and Cindie Butteris. Joe is survived by his wife, Sharon of Spring Green; a son, John (Kim) Crook of Spring Green; two daughters, Kathy (Dan) Pauls of Woodruff and Jodi (Jason) Feiner of Spring Green; five grandchildren, Randi Pauls, Joseph, Jenna and Joshua Crook and Miranda Feiner; two step grandchildren, Rachel and Jessie Pauls; two sisters, Janis Crook of Spring Green and Judy Crook of Linden; his mother-in-law, Marie Bennett (Roger Knebel) of Dodgeville; a sister-in-law, Connie (Terry) Mindham of Mount Hope; two brothers-in-law, William (Linda) Bennett of Arlington and William Butteris of Gotham; a special friend, Tom Richardson of Blue Mounds; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at the LULLOFF-PETERSON-HOUCK FUNERAL HOME, Dodgeville. Pastor Steven R. Kottke will officiate with burial in East Side Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Lulloff-Peterson-Houck (608) 935-3628 www.houckfuneralhomes.com
Detro, Margaret Ann 'Marge' MADISON -- Margaret Ann 'Marge' Detro, age 61, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007. She was born on June 1, 1946, in Sheboygan, the daughter of Alex and Adeline (Hess) Gebhard. Marge was united in marriage to Curt Detro on Aug. 11, 1983, in Waukesha and they shared 24 wonderful years together. She worked as a nurse in health care. Marge is survived by her husband, Curt of Madison; a daughter, Sarah Detro of Baton Rouge, La.; a son, Benjamin Detro of Madison; four sisters, Marilyn Gebhard of New Berlin, Susan (Dean) Peck of Hales Corners, Linda (Joseph) Wirtz of Waukesha and Kathy (Michael) Mooney of Franklin; and a brother, Alex (Lynda) Gebhard of Puyallup, Wash. She is further survived by nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Marge was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held at ST. ANDREW EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 6815 Schneider Road, Middleton, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, with the Rev. Randy Hunter presiding. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park, Racine. Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until the time of the services at the church. Gunderson West Funeral and Cremation Centers 7435 University Ave. (608) 831-6761 www.gundersonfh.com
Green, Alice R. WISCONSIN DELLS/ LODI -- Alice R. Green, age 65, passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2007. She was born on March 13, 1942, the daughter of Ike and Margaret (Harris) Rinehart. Alice worked for the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice for 30 years. On March 13, 1992, she married Frank Green. Alice was very devoted to her family and she would do anything she could to help others. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and she instilled those values in her children. Alice is survived by her husband, Frank Green of Wisconsin Dells; two children, John (Terry) Bollig of Stoughton, and Peggy Bollig-Settersten (Jay Settersten) of Cambridge; four grandchildren, Alec, Cale and Connor Bollig and Sam Settersten; and a brother, Dan (Elizabeth) Rinehart and his family. She was preceded in death by her father, Ike Rinehart; and her mother and stepfather, Margaret and Clyde Brethorst. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2007, at the HAMRE FUNERAL HOME in Lodi. Chaplain Bill Brissette will officiate. Visitation will be held from 2:30 p.m. until the service. Interment will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Thank you to our five aunts, especially Aunt Dort and Aunt Betty for their unending kindness and support. Thank you to the 2 West Nursing Staff at St. Clare Hospital for the compassion, dignity and respect with which you treated Alice in her final days. Words cannot express the overwhelming sadness we feel without you here. You mean the world to us and we will miss you so much. Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made for all of us. We are thankful to God for the time we had with you and that we were all able to be with you at the end. We love you. HAMRE FUNERAL HOME LODI (608)592-3201
Jacobs, Jeffery James PRAIRIE DU SAC -- Jeffery James Jacobs, age 48, died on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, at home, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Prairie du Sac on June 5, 1959, the son of Hurley and Marion (Getschman) Jacobs. Jeff graduated from Sauk Prairie High School in 1977. He was united in marriage to Dawn Antos on Oct. 6, 1979. He was employed by Sysco Foods in Baraboo for 28 years. Jeff was an avid outdoorsman who liked to hunt and fish and spend time with his family and friends. Jeff had a passion for motorcycles and especially enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. In addition, he was an enthusiastic Packers fan and enjoyed watching the Whitewater Warhawks. He is survived by his wife, Dawn of Prairie du Sac; three children, Jeffery Jr., Jessica and Jennifer, all of Prairie du Sac; parents, Hurley and Marion Jacobs of Merrimac; siblings, Daniel (Anna) Jacobs of Black Hawk, Michael (Laurlin) Jacobs of Sauk City, Kathy Jacobs of Sauk City and Gary Jacobs of Merrimac; nieces and nephews, Michael, Karie Jo, Danielle, Katie, Anna, Kassandra, Danny and Jadiyn Jacobs, Kyra, Kayla, Kenny and Konner McNeal, Amanda Asbell and Kendra (Mark) Lamberty; great-nephew and great-niece, Michael Daniel Jacobs and Sienna Jade Lamberty; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Richard Antos. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. NORBERT'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Roxbury, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, with Father LaVerne Meier officiating. Interment will be in St. Norbert's Cemetery. Friends may call at HOOVERSON FUNERAL HOME, Sauk City, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, 2007 and also at church on Saturday, one hour prior to Mass. A luncheon will be held at Sauk Prairie V.F.W. from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. following the funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established. Hooverson Funeral Home Sauk City (608) 643-6430
Johnson, Albert L. SPRING GREEN -- Albert L. Johnson, age 82, of Spring Green, died unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at the family farm. He was born June 20, 1925, to Alvin and Alma (Mickelson) Johnson. He was the oldest of 13 children. He married Juan Radel on Jan. 24, 1948, at Blackhawk United Methodist Church. They had 51 years together and were blessed with five children. Except for family, nothing gave him more enjoyment than working the land and watching crops grow. He also sold and installed Badger Farm Equipment and Rochester Silos for many years. He was an exceptional, hard working man who took great pride in his work and accomplishments on the farm. Even though he had retired he continued to spend countless hours at the farm and in the fields. Another great joy he had was following his brothers band, he enjoyed being part of a large loving family and was proud to be the oldest of 'Ma Johnson's Kids.' Albert was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Spring Green, where he continued to be very active in adult Sunday school, head usher and a committee member of property and management. His faith was extremely important to him and no matter how busy he was he always made time for Sunday worship. He was a very kind and gentle man who lived out his faith daily, always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. Survivors include five children, Rick (Barb) Johnson, Jody (Tom) Peck, Gary (Sue) Johnson, Bob (Karen) Johnson and Tim (Kris) Johnson, all of Spring Green; 10 grandchildren, Sandra Rohweder, Marcie Bindle, Rhonda Fradette, Becky Peck, Michelle O'Connor, Kurt Peck, Christi Miller, Ryan Johnson, Travis and Colton Johnson; eight great-grandchildren, Natalie, Allison, Hannah, Caleb, Carley, Dylan, Drew and John-Austin; his siblings, Alner Pletzer (Scott Walsh) and Alyene Alt, both of Spring Green, John (Margaret Williams) and Jerry (Cathy), both of Arena, Carol (Francis) Nachreiner and Shirley (Wilfert) Nachreiner, both of Plain, Dolores (Ed Vodak) Gruber of Desoto, Dorothy (Bob) Bowell of Lone Rock, Tom (Lucy) of Token Creek, JoAnn (Howard) Hill of Naples, Fla. and Darlene (Dave) Meixelsperger of Plain; also a very loving companion, Donna Gruber of Spring Green and numerous other family and friends. Those preceding him in death were his wife, Juan; infant daughter, Deborah; his parents; his wife's parents, Roy and Stella Radel; brothers-in-law, Leonard Pletzer, Gilbert Alt, Sam Gruber, Lloyd Radel, John Stark and Stanley Schaeffer; a sister-in-law, June Johnson; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, at 11 a.m. at CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH in Spring Green. Pastor Douglas Larson-Sell will officiate with burial in the Spring Green Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church. The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. Dad, it is hard to let you go, but your work is done here and Mom is anxiously waiting. We love you and will miss you so very much. Your Family. Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home Spring Green (608) 588-2181
Johnson, Mark H. MIDDLETON -- Mark H. Johnson, died at home Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, after a nine month battle with cancer. He was a most loved husband and father, fanatic fisherman and major motorhead. He loved his family, watching Badgers football, music and climbing telephone poles. He always did his best for his family. Mark helped build the first cable TV system in Madison and enjoyed it so much he never stopped. He is survived by his wife, Sandee; sons, Rex and Alex; mother, Mary; and sisters, Nancy (John) and Kristie (Joe). He was our rock and is sorely missed. Services will be private, family only. A celebration of Mark's life will be held in the Spring, his favorite time of year, when everything is born anew. Announcements will be sent at that time. Thank you to everyone who helped us through this most difficult time. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 www.cressfuneralservice.com
Kimpfbeck, Lillian I. SAUK PRAIRIE -- Lillian I. Kimpfbeck, age 100, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie. She was born on April 7, 1907, in Edgar, Wis., the daughter of the late Minnie and Ernst Rockow. She married George A. Kimpfbeck on Feb. 3, 1943. He preceded her in death on May 30, 1994. George and Lillian moved several times, most recently residing in the Milwaukee area and Minocqua, before moving to Prairie du Sac, in 1978, to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. Lillian was a long standing member of St. James Lutheran Church in Prairie du Sac and she adored Pastor Dennis Harbach and his family, as well as all of the wonderful friends she and George made in the church community. She was a wonderful cook and loved cooking for and entertaining her friends and family. No one could beat her apple pie. Lillian is survived by her sister, Patte Tress of Coleman, Wis.; a special nephew, Claude (Grace) Pregont of Wausau; two grandchildren, Jill (Dennis) Mahoney of Merrimac and Jamie Eggebrecht of Madison; five great-grandchildren, Jay (Carrie) Maier of Poynette, Autumn Krenz of Baraboo, Katie Krenz of Merrimac, Janelle and Jon Scalissi of Madison; a great-great-grandson, Chase of Poynette; other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by infant son, Sonny; daughter, Jeanne Eggebrecht of Madison; and several brothers and sisters. Lillian's family wishes to thank the staffs of the Pines, Pine Villa and Maplewood of Sauk Prairie, for the wonderful care and kindness shown Lillian over the past several years. Please remember Lillian for her wonderful sense of humor and favorite German songs sung so loudly that all of the neighbors could hear her. A memorial service will be held at HOOVERSON FUNERAL HOME, Sauk City, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, with Pastor Bradley Pearson officiating. Friends may call from 6 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Prairie du Sac Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Foundation. 'We Love You Nanny!' Hooverson Funeral Home Sauk City (608) 643-6430
Koch, Chris Jr. DANE -- Chris Koch Jr., age 81, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, at his home. Arrangements are pending at the WINN FUNERAL HOME, in Waunakee. A complete obituary will follow in both papers Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007. Winn Funeral Home Waunakee (608) 849-4513
Link, Sharon A. MIDDLETON -- Sharon A. Link, age 65, passed away in the calm of the morning on Saturday, September 29, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, following complications from a heart attack. Sharon was the loving daughter of Margaret Rose (Hecnovich/Hoff) and Herman Link. She was born on August 9, 1942, in Chicago. Sharon was raised in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and graduated from Mother McAuley High School. Following her marriage to Charles F. Chvala, they raised a family in Wisconsin, and she began a career path that touched a large array of professions and institutions throughout her life. After 22 years of marriage, Sharon ventured on to a new chapter in her life of independence. She was a loving mother, grandmother, niece, cousin and friend to many. Sharon's quick wit, sharp tongue, frankness and sarcasm brought levity to a room and made everyone feel welcome and comfortable. She brought humor and joy to those around her and was always ready with a wise crack for anyone until the end. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest joy in life and she seized every chance to be with them and cherished every moment shared. She lived to make others happy, often at her own sacrifice. She had a huge heart and took many in and made them part of her family. Her generosity was without limits or conditions and her door was always open to anyone to rest themselves... no reservations required at 'Chez Sharon'. Sharon faced several challenges in life, but she never gave up and always believed if a door closed, a window would open. She was a perpetual optimist and dreamer. A devoted daughter; a committed mother; a doting grandmother; a loyal friend has been taken from this world, but a deserving angel has been returned to God. Sharon is survived by her four children, Tracy (Dale) Proksch, Dawn (Todd) Wheeler, Chuck (Christine) Chvala and Steven Chvala; seven grandchildren, Kadie, Kale, Cajin, Dalton, Alexandra, Matthew and Adeline; two great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Beckett; extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; Margaret and Herman Link; stepfather, Frank Orr; and grandson, Korey Proksch. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2007, at ST. BERNARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Ave., in Middleton, with Monsignor Douglas Dushack presiding. Burial will be held at St. Bernard's Cemetery. In loving remembrance and celebration of the life of a wonderful woman, please join the family for a visitation that will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the TUSCHEN-NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, 302 Columbus Street, in Sun Prairie, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Thursday. What a beautiful difference one single life made ono so many... the impression you've left on all of us is untouchable! In lieu flowers, please make a donation to a fund in Sharon's name to be used for one of her causes: The American Cancer Society, St. Jude's Hospital, The American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association or one of your choice. The family also requests that you feel free to share your memories through pictures or memorabilia. A collective album will be assembled. Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home Sun Prairie (608) 837-5400
Lucey, Donald H. MAZOMANIE -- Donald H. Lucey, age 91, died on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. BARNABAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, Mazomanie, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, with
Father Jason Hesseling officiating. Burial will follow in St. Barnabas Cemetery. Friends may call at HOOVERSON FUNERAL HOME, Mazomanie, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007. A complete obituary will be in the Wednesday newspapers. Hooverson Funeral Home Mazomanie (608) 795-2344
Melby, Jessie A. ARVADA, COLO. -- Jessie A. Melby passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, in Arvada, Colo., at age 95. She was born in Madison, Oct. 2, 1911 and lived most of her life there. She was a 1932 graduate of Madison's Methodist Hospital and worked as a registered nurse in Madison. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall, in 1996 and a son, William A Melby, in 1982. She is survived by a son, John H. Melby of Arvada, Colo.; five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Jessie and Marshall were very active in the Masonic Order in Madison's Lodge No. 325. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at Hillside Cemetery in Poynette. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 www.cressfuneralservice.com
Meyers, Frank A. MCFARLAND -- Frank A. Meyers, age 73, of McFarland, passed away on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5306 Main St., McFarland, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, with Father D. Stephen Smith presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. Private burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or to a fund to be established in Frank's name. A full obituary will appear in the Wednesday papers. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420 www.gundersonfh.com
Pieper, Ronald Norris WATERTOWN -- Ronald Norris Pieper, age 65, of Watertown, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at Watertown Memorial Hospital. He was born May 27, 1942, in Madison, the son of Rudolph and Nina (Enfield) Pieper. He is survived by his sisters, Joyce Hoffmaster of Madison and Elaine Pieper of Madison; a nephew; great niece; three great nephews; other relatives and many of his friends at Bethesda Lutheran Home. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rachel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 at the CHAPEL OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD at Bethesda Lutheran Home, Watertown, with the Rev. Michael Schempf officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:30 p.m until the time of services at BETHESDA LUTHERAN HOME. Burial will be in Cottage Grove Cemetery, Cottage Grove. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Homes. The Pederson Funeral Home, 213 S. 5th St., Watertown, is serving the family.
Snow, Beatrice M. DEFOREST -- Beatrice Mary Snow of Deforest and formerly of Chicago, died on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007. The Earth was really lit up today. The Heavens rejoiced with fireworks welcoming Beatrice home. A huge Irish shindig with all the Saints invited, will last as long as the grass is green. Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary must have needed another shamrock in Heaven, so they took ours. We know that her husband, Edward and her heavenly family are overjoyed to have her back. Numerous adoring cats and dogs, especially Lucky, are doing the Irish jig. Beatrice was a member of St. Olaf Catholic Church, with special priests, Father Daniel Finnane and Father Gary Wankerl. Grateful Thanks to Alice Noltemeyer for being such a wonderful friend. Her daughter and son-in-law, Eileen and Jim and her granddaughter and special grandson, Merilee and Michael, are saddened with the loss. Great-grandchildren, Michael Ed and Erin Eileen, will miss Grandma Bea. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at 3 p.m. at ST. OLAF'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in DeForest. Father Gary A. Wankerl will preside with burial to follow at St. Olaf's Catholic Cemetery in DeForest. Friends may call on Wednesday, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at DEFOREST COMMUNITY FUNERAL HOME, Edwardson-Axtell, 104 Murray St., DeForest. We all wish our families could stay with us, but God has other plans and we have faith that we will meet again in heaven. Eye has not seen; Ear has not heard; what God has ready for those who love him; Spirit of love come, Give us the mind of Jesus; Teach us the wisdom of God; Our lives are but a single breath, We flower and we fade, Yet all our days are in your hands; So we return in love what Love has made. Corinthians 2:9-10
Tordoff, Maxene MADISON -- Maxene Tordoff, age 70, passed away on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, at HospiceCare. Funeral services will be held at ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH, 427 S. Main St., Verona, on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. A full obituary will appear in both papers on Wednesday. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home and Cremation Services Verona Chapel 118 N. Franklin Street (608) 845-6625 www.ryanfuneralservice.com
Vondrum, Jean L. CASSVILLE -- Jean L. Vondrum, age 83, of Cassville, died on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, South Lancaster Township. She was born on July 27, 1924, in Cassville, the daughter of Clifford and Agnes (Brinkman) Shaben. Jean attended school at St. Charles School in Cassville. Jean was united in marriage to Vincent 'Krum' Vondrum at St. Charles Catholic Church, Cassville. After their marriage, the couple, farmed. After retirement, she worked for Wisconsin Barge Lines and Rapid Die and Mold Company. Jean was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and enjoyed music. She was able to play the piano, saxophone and the guitar. Jean and her sisters had a small band where Jean played the saxophone. Survivors include her son, Dennis (Betty) Vondrum of Madison; three grandchildren, Travis, Chad and Cody Vondrum; a great-grandchild, Kayla Miller; a brother and six sisters, Rose (John) Schnorrenberg of Cassville, Lea Mae (Lester) Esser of Cassville, Joanne (Gerald) Duncan of Bloomington, Lila (Julius) Hochhausen of Cassville, Lonnie (Helen) Shaben of Dubuque, Iowa, Gloria (Robert) Hudson of Cassville and Judy (Dennis) Laufenberg of Cassville; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vincent; and her brothers, Paul and LeRoy Shaben. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC CHURCH in Cassville, with Father John Norder and Father William Seipp officiating. Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville. Friends may call on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, Cassville. Friends may also call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, Cassville.
Vorpah, Audrey J. COLUMBUS -- Audrey J. Vorpahl, age 75, of Columbus and formerly of McFarland, died on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at the HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg. Audrey was born June 13, 1932, to Gladys and William Seltrecht. She married Frederick J. Vorpahl on Aug. 5, 1950. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers; a sister; and a grandchild. Audrey is survived by nine children, Frederick (Kim) Vorpahl, Jr., Sandra (James) Mueller, Patricia (Roger) Prosser, Debra (Joaquin) Pasillas, Chuck (Deb Porter) Vorpahl, Rick Vorpahl, Michael (Laura) Vorpahl, Shelly (Manny) Mares, Stephanie (Ronald) Miller; 26 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clifford (Sharon) Seltrecht, of Sheboygan, and Delbert Seltrecht of Grafton. Services will be held at HIGHLAND MEMORY GARDENS CHAPEL, 3054 Highway BB, on Thursday, October 4, 2007, at noon, with Father Gary Wankerl officiating. Friends may call from 11:15 a.m. until the time of service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Audrey to the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center. All Faiths Funeral and Cremation Services Madison (608) 442-0477 www.866allfaiths.com
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