Adams, Marcia F.

MADISON - A Memorial Mass honoring Marcia F. Adams, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, 10:30 a.m. at ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., Madison. All friends and family are welcome. Father Roger Niles will be officiating.

Blackbourn, Thelma Lucille

MONROE - Thelma Lucille Blackbourn, age 88, of Monroe died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Monroe. Thelma was born April 5, 1918, in Monroe, the daughter of Leo Phillip and Nellie Myrtle (Collins) Steininger. She graduated from Argyle High School, Green County Normal School, received her bachelor's degree in education from UW-Whitewater, and her master's degree from UW-Platteville. Thelma and Clinton Blackbourn were married on Feb. 15, 1941, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Mrs. Blackbourn began her teaching career at age 17, at Michael School, west of Monroe. She taught in several one room schools in the Monroe area before teaching at Juda, where she also became the grade school principal. She then taught in the Brodhead School System before coming to Monroe in 1961, to teach math in the seventh and eighth grades. She retired in 1985. Following her retirement, she received a letter of commendation from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for 49 years of loyal service. Because of her love of teaching she continued to substitute teach and tutor students in her home. Thelma loved spending time with her family, reminiscing with former students, and flowers, especially roses. She was a member of the Monroe Women of the Moose Chapter No. 599 and Monroe American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include a daughter, Anita White of Whitewater; a son, Gary (Deb) Blackbourn of Boscobel; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Weslyn Blackbourn of Lake Geneva; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clinton on Feb. 4, 2002; a granddaughter, Tanya Blackbourn; and a brother, Robert Steininger. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, at 11 a.m., at the NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, Monroe, with the Rev. Thomas Miller officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship fund for Monroe schools will be established in Thelma's name.

Braund, Eleanor M.

ELROY/ MAUSTON - Eleanor M. Braund, age 87, of Mauston and formerly of Elroy, died on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at the Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston. She was born on Jan. 11, 1919, in Wonewoc, to Charles and Lillian (Milkey) Leist. On July 17, 1937, she was united in marriage to Melvin T. Braund in Wonewoc; he preceded her in death on Feb. 10, 1987. Eleanor was a homemaker and had also worked at Rayovac. She was a member of Fountain Lutheran Church. Survivors include six daughters, Shirley Botham of Madison, Marian (Richard) Dickson of Bristol, Ill., Betty (Dennis) Drews of Milwaukee, Patricia (Wayne) Connors of Reedsburg, Barbara (Gary) Bever of Wilton and Debra (Maurice) Paeth of Wilton; four sons, Duane (Nancy) Braund of Minooka, Ill., James (Phyllis) Braund of Wisconsin Dells, Steven (Janice) Braund of Plano, Ill. and Jerry Braund of Mauston; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two brothers and two sisters, all of Reedsburg. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Richard and Roger; and two sons-in-law, Allan Lee and George Botham. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the FOUNTAIN LUTHERAN CHURCH, rural Elroy with the Rev. Russ Trachte officiating. Burial will follow in the Fountain Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call at the PICHA FUNERAL HOME, Elroy, on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fountain Lutheran Church.

Picha Funeral Home, Elroy

Cox, Paul W.

LANCASTER - Paul W. Cox, age 69, of Lancaster, died on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at the Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster. He was born on Nov. 16, 1936, in Potosi Township, the son of William N. and Pearl (Retallick) Cox. He graduated from Lancaster High School in 1954. In 1955, Paul enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Japan until his honorable discharge in 1957. On Oct. 22, 1957, Paul was united in marriage to Mary Ann Klein at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. Together they farmed in Potosi Township on the Cox Family Farm. Paul was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church. He served on the Potosi Township Board for more than 28 years, holding the office of Supervisor, Board Chairman, and Treasurer. Paul was also a member of the Potosi FFA Alumni and was a committee member of the Boy Scout Troop No. 67 in Potosi. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann of Lancaster; his children, Karen (Paul) Schmitz of Chili; Alan (Doreen) Cox of Gooding, Idaho; Dale (Kathleen) Cox of Madison; grandchildren, Jerry (Nicole) Schmitz, Nikki (Jeremiah) Bonitz, Cody, Melissa, Genny, Jessica and Carrie Cox; great-grandchildren, Destiny and Morgan Schmitz; his mother, Pearl Cox Johnson of Lancaster; brothers, David (Carol) Johnson of Missouri; and sister, Kathleen (David) Fecht of Hazel Green. He was preceded in death by his father, William; step-father, Raymond "Spick" Johnson, and a nephew, Elliot Fecht. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at ST. CLEMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH with Father William Seipp officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a parish scripture service at 4 p.m. at the SCHWARTZ FUNERAL HOME in Lancaster. Friends may also call from 9 a.m. until the time of services on Saturday. The Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.

Erdman, Karen A.

WESTFIELD - Karen A. Erdman, age 64, of Westfield, passed away as the result of Multiple Sclerosis on Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at Divine Savior Extended Care, Portage. She was born on Aug. 10, 1942, in Portage, the daughter of Walter and Thelma (Crawford) Buchholtz. Karen married Ronald E. Erdman on Aug. 24, 1963, in Westfield, he preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 2006. Despite living with Multiple Sclerosis since the age of 20, Karen lived a full and active life. She graduated from St. Mary's School of Radiology as a radiology technician. Karen worked for Dean Clinic and then for Dr. Mackey's office before starting a family. She later returned to work for the Westfield Post Office and Alexander's Quality Foods. Karen was an active and faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Westfield, which included many years of teaching Sunday school. She also enjoyed reading, bowling and her family. Survivors include a son, David (Mary) Erdman, Stoughton; a daughter, Kimberly (Les) Crandall, Montello; three grandchildren, Matthew and Carlie Erdman and Haylie Crandall; father, Walter Buchholtz, Westfield; two sisters, Kay (Gary) Muehrer, St. Louis, and Mary Beth (James) Riley, Madison; mother-in-law, Edna Erdman, Montello; four sisters-in-law, Wilma (James) Guerten, Franklin, Elvera (Alden) Phelps, Stoughton, Janice (Justus) Spillner, Montello, and Connie (Fred) Cavanaugh, Grand Marsh; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Karen was also preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Buchholtz and father-in-law, Ernest Erdman. A funeral service for Karen will be held on Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, at 11 a.m. at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, Westfield with Vicar Ron Riemer officiating. Interment will be in Westfield East Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at STEINHAUS-HOLLY FUNERAL HOME, Westfield, and on Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Steinhaus-Holly Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Westfield is serving the family. Online obits and condolences at:

Fillion, Benjamin F.

MADISON - Benjamin F. Fillion, age 66, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 30, 1940, in rural Ladysmith in his great-grandmother's home, the son of Francis and Anna (Hook) Fillion. Ben was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, having served in the U.S. Army. On Sept. 20, 1980, Ben was united in marriage with Rosemarie Stanton in Vesper. In addition to his wife, Rosemarie, survivors include three sons, Ben Jr., Michael and Tim; two daughters, Felicia and Carmen; his mother, Anna Mae (Laudie) Winters of Madison; three sisters, Wallis (David) Roberts of Madison, Grace (Don) Brockmann of Black Earth and Joyce King of Baraboo; and one brother, J. Robin (Marcia) Fillion of Madison; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; four sisters, Chris, Patricia, Caryl and Ruthann; and a nephew, Frankie. In addition to watching sports on TV, Ben enjoyed reading and was an avid science fiction and Star Trek fan. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME, where friends may call from noon until time of service. The Rev. Bob Groth will officiate and burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3325 E. Washington Ave. (608) 249-6666

Gilbertson, Gerald E.

MOUNT HOREB/ BLUE RIDGE, GA. - Gerald E. Gilbertson, age 76, passed away on Monday, Nov. 6, 2006. Survivors include his wife, Delores of Blue Ridge; his children, Jeff (Kathy), Brad (Margaret) and Debra (Dean) Sutter of Mount Horeb; five grandchildren; and three step- grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Francis (Joyce) of Madison; three sisters, Mary (Bruce) Cruger of New Glarus; Selma (Jim) Foley of Denver, Colo. and Sharon (John) Fisher of Madison; a sister-in-law, Violet Gilbertson of Mount Horeb. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Florence Gilbertson and a brother, James. The Henry-Cochran Funeral Home in Blue Ridge, Ga., is handling arrangements.

Hanson, Doris J.

MONONA/ MCFARLAND - Doris J. Hanson, age 81, died on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. Arrangements are pending at Gunderson East Funeral Home.

Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Huffar, Thomas B.

MADISON - Thomas B. Huffar, age 61, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at University Hospital. Thomas and Karen (Warren) Huffar were married on July 17, 1965 and shared 41 years together. Thomas is survived by Karen; daughters, Stephanie (Tim) Gleiter of Middleton and Christine Huffar of Green Bay; and grandsons, Andrew and Nick Gleiter and Jack and Thomas Zwart. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Verland and Hellen (Jewett) Huffar. Services for Thomas will be private. Donations in Thomas' name may be made to the charity of your choice.

"That's All Folks!"

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 6021 University Ave. (608) 238-8406

Netsell, Mary Lavay

MADISON - Mary Lavay Netsell, age 67, went home to the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. She was born on May 6, 1939, in Miller, S.D., a daughter of Michael and Mary (Pfeifer) Joyce. She had a master's degree from Iowa State University in special education. She is survived by her children, Aaron, Michelle, and Bjorn; grandchildren, Mary, Robert, Elizabeth, Meladie, and Jordan; a sister, Kay; and a brother, Michael. Everyone who knows Mary Lavay and her family are invited to come and Celebrate her life on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at 1 p.m. at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 12 noon until service and following the service in the Cress Community Room where refreshments will be served. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy may make memorials to the family and please wear something colorful to honor Lavay.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Schmitz, Arlene Ripp

WAUNAKEE - Arlene Ripp Schmitz, age 68, of Waunakee, died on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at the HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg. She was born on the family farm in the Town of Westport on June 14, 1938, to Chris and Irene (Statz) Ripp. She was married to Richard Schmitz on Feb. 15, 1958, at St. John's Catholic Church in Waunakee. Arlene graduated from Madison Area Technical College with an LPN degree in 1979 and worked as a private duty nurse in a number of homes. She was a founding member of the Waunakee EMS. She also worked as a sales manager for TupperWare Inc. Arlene enjoyed hosting Scrabble games, Main St. Parades, Saturday night cookouts and adventures at Ho-Chunk. She also enjoyed camping, traveling on Amtrak and photography. She loved making sewing projects with her grandchildren from her "Bag of tricks." Her hand-made quilts will serve in the years to come as loving reminders to all who received them. Arlene was a 50 year member of the Forresters and a lifelong member of St. John's Catholic Church in Waunakee. Survivors include her husband, Richard "Dick;" and five daughters, Ann (Walt) Smith of Madison, Cathy Schmitz (Sue Muzik) of Portland, Ore., Joan (Melvin) Hamilton of Waunakee, Luci (Mark) Ramthun of Dodgeville and Ellen (Patrick) Linnihan of Brookfield. She was a dedicated grandmother lovingly known as "Avy" to Jeremy, Jordan, Christine, Alana Jo, Aaron, Noah, Madison, Sean, Ryan and Michael. Arlene was also survived by four brothers, Jerome (Dolores) Ripp of Waunakee, Brother Tomas of Venezuela, Leon (Mary) Ripp of Waunakee and Walter Ripp of Sun Prairie; seven sisters, Jeanette Dorman of Waunakee, Sally O'Malley of Madison, Doris Carey of Anchorage, Alaska, her twin sister, Irene Rose of Waunakee, Anita (Phil) Garcia of San Rafael, Calif., Maxine Wilson of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Edna (Chad) Resari of Anchorage, Alaska; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Edwin; a grandson, Jeremy; and three brothers-in-law, Roy Dorman, Bud O'Malley and Ray Carey. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, at 11 a.m. at ST. JOHN'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, in Waunakee. The Rev. Eric Sternberg will officiate. Friends may call at the WINN FUNERAL HOME, in Waunakee, on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will take place in the church cemetery at a later date. The family wishes to express its deep gratitude to the medical staff at Waunakee Dean Clinic and the HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg for their loving support and care for Arlene.

Winn Funeral Home 5785 Highway Q, Waunakee (608) 849-4513

Zimmerman-Edmunds, Evelyn D.

REEDSBURG - Evelyn D. Zimmerman-Edmunds, age 86, of Reedsburg, died on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at the Reedsburg Area Senior Life Center. She was born on Jan. 14, 1920, in rural Loganville, Sauk County, the daughter of Otto H. and Lena (Streich) Feldmann. She grew up in Loganville and attended Friendship School south of Loganville through 8th grade. She was married to Vernon "Beinie" Zimmerman on Sept. 24, 1941. Evelyn was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Reedsburg and active with the mixed choir for 60 years, Ladies Aid for 66 years and a greeter at the church. She was a quilter and seamstress; she loved to travel and loved to laugh. She retired in 1983 from the Grocery Business. She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Zimmerman on Jan. 17, 1981. On June 23, 1987 she married Charles Edmunds and he preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 1995. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Miriam Zimmerman. She is survived by her sisters, Rose (Lester) Sanders of Reedsburg, Margaret Baker of Marshfield; a niece, Marsha Stolte of Reedsburg; great-nieces and nephews, Nicole (Jason) Campbell of West Salem, Clinton (Angela) Clingerman of Wisconsin Dells, Jonathan Stolte of Reedsburg, Alex Stolte of Reedsburg; great-great-nephews, Alan James Campbell and Noah Campbell; step-daughter, Bonnie Parchem; two step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at 11 a.m. in ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, Reedsburg, with Pastor Paul Crolius officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery, Reedsburg. Friends may call on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The family requests memorials of remembrance be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church. The Farber Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.