MADISON - Glenn Briggs, age 80, of Madison, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at his home. Services are pending.
All Faiths Funeral & Cremation Services Madison (608) 442-0477 www.866allfaiths.com
Dabson, Richard W.
MILTON - Richard W. Dabson, age 71, known as "Mr. D" by many in Milton, died at his home, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, surrounded by his family. Dick was born in Janesville, on Jan. 15, 1934, the son of William and Esther (Henning) Dabson. He married Bette Rothen on Dec. 31, 1955. Richard graduated from Janesville High School in 1952. He received a bachelor's degree from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a master's degree from UW-Whitewater. Dick was a member of the United States Army from 1956 to 1958 and while serving taught band at the Fort Bragg, N.C., military base school system. He was band director at Milton High School for 33 years in addition to teaching choir for a period of time. He also served as the first director of Janesville Green Berets. Long active in Milton civic affairs for more than 30 years. Dick served as mayor, on the city council and as a member of numerous city commissions. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Janesville. Dick Dabson is survived by his wife, Bette; four children, Renae (Bob) Ehle, Janesville, Douglas (Diane Biskobing) Dabson, Richmond, Va., David (Michele) Dabson, Maple Grove, Minn., and Daniel (Cornelia) Dabson, serving with the United Air Force in the United Kingdom; and 10 grandchildren, Ryan (fiancee, Amie) Ehle, Richelle Ehle, Kevin Dabson, Dana Dabson, Andrew Dabson, Abigail Dabson, Aaron Dabson, Alaina Dabson, Benjamin Dabson and Patrick Dabson. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH, 302 N. Parker Drive, Janesville, with the Rev. Judi Huseth officiating. Interment will follow in Milton Lawns Memorial Park. Visitation will be Monday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME, 1010 N. Wright Road, Janesville, and at the church from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Tuesday. A memorial fund will be established in Dick Dabson's name.
Geller, Robert E.
MIDDLETON - Robert E. Geller, age 81, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005. Bob was born on Jan. 10, 1924, in Avoca, the son of Floyd Geller and Mary (Moran) Geller. While attending grade school in Avoca, Bob met his beloved wife, Mary E. Brown. They were united in marriage on Nov. 28, 1942, in Madison. Bob was a decorated U.S. Army World War II veteran, who fought and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war Bob became a painter and retired from the University of Wisconsin paint shop in 1987. Bob was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Middleton, since 1955. Bob and Mary celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together with family before Mary's death on Jan. 3, 2003. Bob died on his wife's birthday, at home, surrounded by his family. Bob is survived by a daughter, Jackie (Ron) Schuetz of Verona; sons, David Geller (Robin Fredrickson) of Middleton, Dan (Lynn) Geller of Red Lake Falls, Minn., and Mark (Renee) Geller of Verona; a daughter, Jill (Bruce) Langevin of Tucson, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren, Todd, Tim (Jodi), Teri (Steve), Eric (Erin), Bob, Brett, Simon (Amanda), Ben, Auburn, Mason, Rainer and Maya Mary; eight great-grandchildren, Amber, Haley, Jake, Will, Keith, Nicholas, Xander and Levi; two brothers-in-law, Eugene Brown and Urban Bram; many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Margaret Rose (husband, Jay); a brother-in-law, John Brown (wife, Amy Jo); and three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Heuer (husband, Ervin), Betty Bram and Catherine Brown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. BERNARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Ave., Middleton, at 10:30 am on Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, with Monsignor Douglas Dushack presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME, 7435 University Ave., Middleton (near Parmenter Street), with a rosary service to be held at 1:45 p.m. The family would like to extend a special thank you to HospiceCare Inc. and the entire staff at the UW Hospital Oncology Clinic for their loving care and support.
Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Centers 7435 University Ave. (608) 831-6761 www.gundersonfh.com
Grefe, Gaylord H.
MAUSTON - Gaylord H. Grefe, age 84, of Mauston, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Hess Memorial Hospital, Mauston. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Mauston. Burial will be at the Mauston Cemetery with military honors provided by McEvoy-Miller V.F.W. Post No. 2114, and Burton-Koppang American Legion Post No.81. Friends may call on Sunday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the CRANDALL FUNERAL HOME, Mauston, and on Monday sat the church from 10 a.m. until time of services. At Gaylord's request in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, Mauston or Hospice Touch, Tomah, or the McEvoy-Miller V.F.W. Post No. 2114, or the Hope Lodge, Marshfield.
Kenas, The Rev. Phillip C.
SUN PRAIRIE - The Rev. Phillip C. Kenas, age 49, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. at ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 6101 University Ave., Madison. A time of gathering will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. A reception will be held following the service at the church. A complete obituary will appear in the Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, paper. The Cress Funeral Home, Sun Prairie, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Limmex, Jerome L. "Jerry"
TOMAH/SPRING GREEN - Jerome L. "Jerry" Limmex, age 60, of Tomah and formerly of Spring Green, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005. He was born on Feb. 5, 1945, in Dodgeville, the son of Jerome J. and Marie A. (Kessenich) Limmex. Jerry was a member of the Spring Green American Legion Post No. 253. Jerry was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting and camping. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. During his years in the service he traveled many places, including Okinawa, Taiwan and the Philippines. Survivors include his daughters, Kristine (Jeffrey) Staszak of Deerfield, and Jennifer Limmex of Madison; two grandsons, Adam and Eric Staszak of Deerfield; three sisters, Clara Magli of Madison, Rose Marie (Leo) Luther of Spring Green, and Judine (William) Hutter of Spring Green; his ex-wife, Jan Montgomery of Spring Green; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome J. and Marie A. Limmex; a nephew, Mark Hutter; and a brother-in-law, Dan Magli. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at 10:30 am at ST. JOHN'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Spring Green. Father Mike Resop will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Spring Green American Legion Post No. 253. Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at RICHARDSON - STAFFORD FUNERAL HOME, Spring Green, and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. A special thank you to the Tomah VA for their years of care and support.
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Rieder, Theresa M.
MADISON/ FOND DU LAC - Theresa M. Rieder, age 89, formerly of Madison, died on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, in Fond du Lac. She was born on April 14, 1915, in Golva, N.D., the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Bares) Zimmer. Theresa was united in marriage to Ralph G. Rieder on April 14, 1936. She enjoyed gardening, needlework, bowling, golf, traveling and her home on Lake Waubesa, where she resided for 40 years. She is survived by her daughter, Pat (Dick) Gundlach of Fond du Lac; two grandchildren, Steve (Julie) Gundlach of Fond du Lac, and David (Marcie) Gundlach of Oshkosh; five great-grandchildren, Jason, Ben, Katie, Matt and Ted; two sisters, Dorothy Schultz of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mildred (Orrin) Zebarth of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ralph, in 1987; two brothers, Hurbert and Bernard; four sisters, Katherine, Stella, Florence and Laura; and great-grandson Adam Gundlach. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. at HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 651 N. Main St., Oregon, with Father William Connell presiding. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Monday, from 8:30 a.m. until the time of the services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Adam D. Gundlach Fund at Oshkosh Community Foundation, 404 N. Main St., Suite 205, Oshkosh, WI 54901.
Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Center 431 Soden Drive (608) 835-3515 www.gundersonfh.com
MADISON - Our sweet baby girl, Malayna Grace Selenske, was taken to heaven to be with her eternal father on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005. She spent six months inside her mother's womb, where she was very active and happy. She would wave to her parents at every ultrasound. Malayna Grace was a very loved child and she is so greatly missed by her parents, Benjamin and Amy (Brantmeyer) Selenske; paternal grandparents, Cindy and Robert Selenske; maternal grandparents, Jean and Raymond Cull; paternal great-grandmothers, Louise Selenske and Virginia Laycock; maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Brantmeyer; uncles, Matthew (Vadra) Selenske and Justin Cull; aunts, JoAnn (Michael) Stephens, Denise (Kenneth) Reiley and Annette (Mario) LaVia; several cousins; and many loving friends and family. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at 5:30 p.m. at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive. Friends and family may call on Saturday from 4 p.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home.
Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Center 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420 www.gundersonfh.com
Vavricka, Joseph E.
COBB - Joseph E. Vavricka, age 93, of Cobb, died on Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Upland Hills Health, following a brief illness. Joe is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends including special friends, Arnold and Lucille Volenec of Cobb. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice (Zemlicka) on Feb. 27, 1999. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at the FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH in Highland. Pastor Roger Koester will officiate with burial in the Eden Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Sunday after noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the First Presbyterian Church would be greatly appreciated. The McGuire-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home, Highland is serving the family. A complete obituary will appear in Sunday's paper.