OBITUARIES

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February 20, 2008 12:00 am

Orsech, Bettina Bjorksten

MADISON - Bettina Bjorksten-Orsech died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008,in her 100th year. Born Bettina Feitler July 26, 1908, in Frankfurtam Main Germany, the family fled the Nazi holocaust to Brazil in 1936.In 1938, she moved to the U.S. to marry Johan Bjorksten. After livingin Chicago and Philadelphia, the family moved in 1948, to Madison, whereJohan founded the Bjorksten Research Laboratories. Bettina made hersinging debut in Basel, Switzerland, and continued an active singingcareer in the U.S., where she performed numerous recitals and taughtvoice students. In the 1950s she was invited to join the music departmentat the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she rose to the rank offull professor. She was especially known as an oratorio soloist andappeared with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and University ensembles.In 1978, under then mandatory rules, she retired at age 70. Her lastsolo concert was sung at age 79. She was invited to lecture on music and the arts at Edgewood College and on Wisconsin Public Radio. She maintained a private voice studio and was in demand as a beloved teacherand coach into her 90s. She was active in civic and cultural groupsincluding the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Elvehjem Museumof Art, Audubon Society, Friends of the Arboretum, Phi Beta Arts & Performan ce Association and Euterpe Music Club. Bettina became a Quaker in Philadelphi a in 1942 and joined the Madison Society of Friends in 1948. She wasa devout Quaker for 66 years. She is survived by her son, Dr. OliverBjorksten; grandchildren, Julia Rennenkampf, Jon Bjorksten, Brad BjorkstenSybil Bjorksten Gohari; and eight great-grandchildren. She is predeceasedby her daughter, Sybil Joan Rennenkampf; grandson, Andrew Bjorksten;first husband, Dr. Johan Bjorksten; and second husband, Dr. George Orsech.A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at 3 p.m. atthe FRIENDS (QUAKER) MEETING HOUSE, 1704 Roberts Court, Madison.\ \Zimmer, Elizabeth 'Betty'\MADISON - Elizabeth 'Betty' Zimmer, age 88, died on Saturday,Feb. 16, 2008, at the Oak Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Madison.She was born on April 23, 1919, to James and Josephine (Doyle) Longfieldin Madison. On May 7, 1949, Betty was united in marriage to FrederickJ. Zimmer. They were lifelong residents of Madison. Betty retired afterworking for the State of Wisconsin, Department of Industry, Labor, andHuman Relations (DILHR). She had a variety of interests including cooking,sewing, crafts, playing cards with her card club friends, and spendingtime with her Catholic Women' s Club friends. She loved spendingas much time as she could with her grandchildren. She was a loving andcaring person. Betty is survived by her husband, Frederick J. Zimmer;two daughters, Jane (Pat) Nix and Geralyn (Terry) Westby, all of Madison;two grandchildren, Rebecca and Joseph Westby; and many other familymembers and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother;and six sisters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m.on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at ST. BERNARD' S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Ave, Middleton, with Monsignor Douglas Dushack officiating.A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb.21, 2008, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, and againfrom 9 a.m. until time of services at the church on Friday. Entombmentwill be held at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. The family would liketo give a special thanks to the loving and caring staff of the Oak ParkNursing and Rehab Center, and also a special thank you to Lucy Endres,who greatly touched Mom' s life with her smiles and hugs, andto HospiceCare for all their care and support.

An Irish Blessing May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.May the sunshine be warm upon your face. May the rain fall soft uponyour fields. And until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the hollowof his hand.

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www.cressfuneralservice.com\ \Wells, Ronald L.\CAMBRIDGE - Ron Wells, age 73, of Cambridge, passed away onSunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at St. Mary' s Hospital, after a very shortbout of cancer, and put up a most courageous battle to beat it. He wasborn in Rockford, Ill., on Nov. 28, 1934, to Melva and Earl Wells, andhad a sister, Sharon Casper (deceased). He and his first wife, LynnMcGuinn (deceased) resided in Madison, then to the shores of Lake Ripleyin Cambridge.Surviving are three children, Jennifer (Dan) Kuykendallof Chandler, Ariz., Matthew (Matt) of Edgerton, and James of Cambridge.Ron reunited with and married his high school sweetheart, Carole RobinsonWells, in 1995 and he loved having this new, large extended family.Stepchildren include Diana Robinson of Inyokern, Calif., Gene Robinsonof Carson City, Nev., Amy Mullins of East Peoria, Ill., and Stacey Dunauxof Agoura Hills, Calif. Ron loved all of his grandchildren, Kayla andKalayn Kuykendall, Francesca Wells, Carly, Riley, Caroline, and Julian.Ron attended Rochester Institute of Technology, then a four year tour of duty as a photographer with the U.S. Air Force. He also graduatedfrom Northwestern University with a B.A. degree. Ron was owner of FotoShop in Rockford for many years and was in sales at R-Graphics in theMadison area until his retirement in 1999. Ron was an avid bird watcher,read thousands of books, enjoyed ice boating and sailing his belovedwooden sail boat on his favorite lake, Lake Ripley. No words can describehow badly he will be missed and how much he was loved by everyone. Agraveside service will be held in the Spring at Lake Ripley Cemetery.The Nitardy Funeral Home of Cambridge is assisting the family, nitardyfunera lhome.com.\ \Lindner, Hilda Ihlenfeldt\AMELIA ISLAND, FLA. - Hilda was born on June 10, 1913, to Pauland Caroline Braun Ihlenfeldt, their 12th child, at the family farmin Morrison, Wis. She often remembered her warm and loving childhoodand the fun of growing up educated in a one-room rural schoolhouse.Not caring for dolls, she ordered by mail an authentic McClellan horsesaddle, as she rode every farm animal possible bareback, including allthe horses. She wore riding pants when it was not considered lady-likeand would sit on the roof peak of their three-story barn reading books.When winter came, the only way to get to other farms or town was witha horse drawn sleigh with bells ringing on the harnesses. Hilda lovedchildren, horses, books, sailing ships, cats, dogs, birds, sea shellsand traveling. The winter of 1930, she, her sister, and brother-in-lawtook a three month trip to Los Angeles, seeing everything along theway. Her Spanish helped her in Mexico. She was the first person fromWisconsin to go down into Carlsbad Cavern and later rode a mule on the snowy trails leading to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. She worked formany years at Westphal Department Store in Green Bay. She met LawrenceLindner and they were married on June 25, 1941. Lawrence, as a masterelectrician, aided the war effort building warships in Sturgeon Bay.Always drawn to water, their first home was a cottage on Green Bay andtheir last together was just blocks from the Atlantic in Boca Raton,Fla. She was preceded in death by husband, Lawrence; 11 siblings, Clara,Herman, Ella, Bertha, Karl, Walter, Martha, Emma, Lydia, Esther, Arthur;and three infant grandchildren, Andrew, Lauren, and Arrianna. She issurvived by daughter, Diane and the Rev. Roger Ganzel of Amelia Island,Fla.; granddaughter, Lisa and John Angil; great-granddaughter, Elizabethand great-grandson, John Michael of Spofford, N.H.; grandson, Mark andDeborah Ganzel; great-grandson, Joshua; and great-granddaughters, Tabetha,Autumn, and Alexis of Houlton, Maine; daughter, Gail and Cal Culp andgrandson, Calvin of San Francisco, Calif.; and son, Mark and PaulettaLindner of Merrimac; Kristine and Jen; granddaughter, Jennifer and RobertBoyanovsky; and great-grandsons, Brady and Jonathan of San Antonio,Texas; and grandson, Matthew and Karmen Lindner and great-granddaughter,Lucia of Merrimac. Called home from Amelia Island, Fla., by her heavenlyFather on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, her life will be celebrated at ASCENSIONLUTHERAN CHURCH, 2911 Libal St., Allouez, Wis., on Saturday, Feb. 23,2008. Visitation at the church will be at 10 a.m., with the Service at 11 a.m. and her burial at Greenwood Cemetery in East DePere following. Nickel Funeral Home, Morrison, assisted the family.

'I was there to hear you borning cry, I' ll be there when you are old. I rejoiced the day you were baptized tosee your life unfold.' John C. Ylvisaker-1985.\ \Hade, Arnold J.\MADISON - Arnold J. 'Arnie' Hade, age 83, passed awayon Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at Belmont Nursing & Rehabilitation Centerin Madison. He was born on May 25, 1924, in Gowrie, Iowa, the son ofthe late Clemens and Esther (Swanson) Hade. Arnie attended school inGowrie and graduated in 1943. He was a farm boy as an adult where heworked as a herdsman for Otto Johnson in Lohrville, Iowa. While workingfor Otto, Arnie fell in love with his wife of 56 years, Ingrid. Arnieand Ingrid were married in Skaraborg Lutheran Church in Rockwell City,Iowa, on June 17, 1951. He and Ingrid moved to Rio in 1955, where Arniewas a herdsman for Otto Johnson (no relation to his father-in-law).Arnie worked for Otto until he was seriously injured in a farm accidentin February of 1967. After a long recovery, Arnie sold farm machineryfor Bill' s Garage in Pardeeville. In 1984, Arnie and Ingrid moved to Madison and he started working at Ahren' s Cadillac. He workedthrough the transition to Bergstrom' s in 2003, and retired in2005. For many years in Madison, he delivered the Capital Times newspaperto west side customers. Arnie touched a lot of lives and was loved bymany. He always had a helping hand and a cheerful comment. He was theone who children in the neighborhood turned to when they needed theirbicycles repaired. He was a loving husband and father, and a very goodfriend. His passing will leave a void, but fond memories of him willstay with us forever. Arnie is survived by his wife, Ingrid Hade; adaughter, Christine (Paul) Simms of Stevens Point; son, Weston (Trisha)Hade of Hayes, Va.; grandson, Aaron Hade of Corning, N.Y.; granddaughters,Sarah Hade and Rebekah Hade of Hayes, Va.; brothers, Everett (Joyce)Hade of Gowrie, Iowa and Dick (Darlene) Hade of Ames, Iowa; sister, Evelyn (Virgil) Whitehill of Council Bluffs, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Elsie (Jerry) Johnson of Bell Vista, Ark., Lucille (Frank) Walter and Lois(Allen) Olson of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and brother-in-law, Wendell Johnsonof Brighman City, Utah. Arnie was preceded in death by his parents;his wife' s parents; and sister-in-law, Mary Lee. It was Arnie' s wish that no formal service be conducted. He would want us all to rememberthe happy times. Condolences may be sent to Ingrid Hade, 2418 N. ShermanAve., Madison, WI 53704, and memorials may be sent to Belmont NursingHome, 110 Belmont Road, Madison, WI. The family wishes to extend heartfeltthanks to the staff of Belmont Nursing, Dr. Idsvoog and Nurse PractitionerRhonda Heise for the loving care they provided to Arnie in his lastdays and the support they provided the family.

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www.ryanfuneralservice.com\ \White, David Charles\BLANCHARDVILLE - David Charles White, age 58, of rural Blanchardvil le, died on Friday,Feb. 15, 2008, as a result of a farm accident. Hewas born in Madison on May 20, 1949, to Inga (Lean) White and CharlesD. White. He graduated from the Blanchardville High School in the classof 1967. He served in the U.S. Army from October 1968 until October1970. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service, the VA Hospital in Madison,and as a farmhand for Ron Strommen in rural Blanchardville. David wasa gifted athlete and as a baseball player, had an incredible throwingarm that drew interest from professional baseball scouts. After playingprep sports for Blanchardville High School, he was a standout centerfielderand shortstop for the Blanchardville Bullets during the late 1960s andearly 1970s and was a multi-year All-Star selection on Home Talent LeagueAll-Star baseball teams during the same era. David is survived by abrother, Arthur Richard (Judy) Cresson of Verona; two sisters, Norma(Charlie) Schenkel of New Glarus, and Lorraine (Jim) Furniss of Monroe;and many nieces nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by hisparents. A visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, from10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the SAETHER FUNERAL HOME in Blanchardville.Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial willbe in the Graceland Cemetery. The Saether Funeral Home in Blanchardvilleis assisting the family.

Saether Funeral Home Blanchardville (608) 523-4247\ \Olson, Greg W.\GENOA/ MADISON - Greg W. Olson, age 43, of Genoa and formerlyof Madison, passed away near his home due to an auto accident on Sunday,Feb. 17, 2008. He was born in Madison, to Richard and Joanne (Zurfluh)Olson. In 1983, Greg graduated from Madison West High School. On Sept.18, 1999, he was united in marriage to Jodie Halweg. In addition tohis wife, Jodie, Greg is survived by his two sons, Gavin Olaf Olson(age 4) and Peter James Olson (age 2); his mother, Joanne Olson of Bremerton , Wash.; his father, Richard (Jeanette) Olson of Madison; two sisters,Cheri Heibel of Spooner and Julie (Leo) Wasserberger of Bremerton, Wash.;and two brothers, Jeff (Judy) Olson of Madison and Jimmy (Tammy) Olsonof McCall, Idaho. A visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008,from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. with a short prayer service at 11 a.m. atthe VOSSETEIG-LARSON FUNERAL HOME, 123 W. Decker (Highway 56) in Viroqua.Online condolences may be offered and the more information may be viewedat www.vosseteigfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe directed to Jodie Olson and family.\ \Poast, Frieda G.\MADISON/MT. HOREB - Frieda G. Poast, age 86, of Madison, diedon Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at Karmenta Center in Madison. She was bornFeb. 26, 1921, in Mt. Horeb, to Fred and Bertha (Richard) Guyer. Sheloved to entertain and play euchre. She married Milo F. Poast on July17, 1952, in Barneveld. He preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1996. Sheworked for the Humiston Keeling Drug Company in Madison for more than30 years. She is survived by a sister, Lena Williams of Madison; andby several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Friedawas preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Freddy,Ernest and Walter Guyer; and two sisters, Hilda Alder and Martha Guyer.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, atthe ELLESTAD FUNERAL HOME, 500 N 8th. St., Mt. Horeb, with the Rev.John Twiton officiaiting. Burial will be at the Mt. Horeb Union Cemetery.Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. on Friday at the EllestadFuneral Home.

ellestadfuneralhome.com (608) 437-5077\ \Peterson, Clifford J.\MAUSTON - Clifford J. Peterson, age 92, of Mauston, passedaway Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at Hess Memorial Hospital. Cliff is survivedby four children, Marion (Ernest) Ristow of LaValle, Neal (Maxine) Petersonof Stevens Point, Allan (Dianne) Peterson, and Christine (Richard) Sorensonof Mauston; and two brothers, Robert Peterson of Mauston and Norman(Carol) Peterson of Camp Douglas. A memorial service will be held at1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at the CRANDALL FUNERAL HOME, Mauston.Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers or plants,memorials to the Plymouth Cemetery Fund would be appreciated.\ \Durruthy, Joerell\MADISON - Joerell Durruthy, age four and a half months, passedaway on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. Funeral arrangements are pending. A fullobituary will appear at a later date.

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www.gundersonfh.com\ \Stoffels, Ruth C. (Austin)\SAUK CITY - Ruth Stoffels, age 84, passed away on Tuesday,Feb. 19, 2008, at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital. She was born in VermontTownship, Blue Mounds, on June 14, 1923, the daughter of the late Fredand Mary (Handel) Austin. She was united in marriage to Albert Stoffelson Nov. 20, 1944. Ruth was employed by Prairie Clinic SC from 1960 until1986, at which time she retired. She was a member of St. Aloysius CatholicChurch. Ruth was a wonderful mother, wife, friend and grandmother whogave everything for her family. She will be dearly missed, but alwaysin our hearts. She is survived by her husband, Albert of Sauk City;two sons and five daughters, James (Dorene) Stoffels of Lyndon Station,Judith Stoffels of Madison, Kristin (Lynn) Midthun of Sauk City, Kathryn(Vern) Bronson of Madison, Margaret (Jerry) Roth of Prairie du Sac,Monica (Tim) Righter of Vienna, W.V. and Joseph Stoffels (Doug Balfanz)of Janesville; sister, Margaret (Ervin) Hilgendorf of Waunakee; sister-in-la w, Otillia Austin of Black Earth; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren;a great-great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends. In additionto her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Anna Kalsow;brother, Joe Austin; and brothers-in-law, Allen Kalsow and Ervin Hilgendorf.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. ALOYSIUS CATHOLIC CHURCH,Sauk City, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. Burial will followin St. Aloysius Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church onehour prior to Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memoryof Ruth Stoffels to Alpha-1 Association, 2937 SW 27th Ave., Suite 106,Miami, FL 33133. Ruth' s family would like to extend a specialthank you to Dr. Koch and the nursing staff at Sauk Prairie MemorialHospital for their continuous care and support to Ruth and her family.'Please, Angel let our mother see she' s loved so verymuch and, Angel will you promise us to let her feel your touch.'

Hooverson Funeral Home Sauk City (608) 643-6430\ \Polkinghorn, Mary Velma (Bray)\MINERAL POINT - Mary Velma (Bray) Polkinghorn, age 79, of MineralPoint, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville,surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 27, 1928, the daughterof William and Emma (Jungbluth) Bray. She married Edward Polkinghornon Dec. 19, 1947, in Mineral Point. She worked at Cobb Canning Co.,Burgess Battery, and Advance Transformers. Mary is survived by her daughters , Vicky Polkinghorn and Sally (Tim) Vice, both of Mineral Point, Wendy(Richard) Starrof Dodgeville, and Mary (Dennis) Pfohl of Belmont;a sister, Hazel Jacobson of Mineral Point; seven grandchildren, Regina,Jason (Sara), Justin (Laurie), and Jarrod Starr, Mary L. Polkinghorn,Tanya and Felicia Pfohl, Dustin and Roy (Kate) Vice; and eight great-grandch ildren, Nathan, Colton, Jalaena, Trista, and Kess Starr, Levi and MickCurran and Whitley Starr. She was preceded in death by her parents;her husband, Edward on Dec. 2, 2006; her son, Thomas on April 13, 1996;and two brothers, Fred and Lavon Bray. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCHOF CHIRST, Mineral Point. The Rev. Beryl Melcher will officiate. Burialwill be in Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday,Feb. 21, 2008, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the GORGEN FUNERAL HOME,Mineral Point, and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of servicesat the church.\ \Robinson, John S.\MONTELLO - Mr. John S. Robinson, age 84, of Montello, diedat his home, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. He was born Sept. 25, 1923, thethird of 11 children to Marquette Clerk of Circuit Court, Samual andLucy (Cummings) Robinson. He graduated from Montello High School in1941, where he was valedictorian and received letters in basketballand boxing. He began college at Whitewater and was sports editor withhis column 'Quicker than You Can Say' by Jack Robinson. WorldWar II took him to the Navy, along with five of his brothers, wherehe became an officer, serving in the South Pacific and then in China, after his ship was destroyed in a typhoon. Brothers, Don and Bob, metJack in Hawaii, during the war, where Bob was a survivor of Pearl Harbor.Following his Navy service, he finished his education at the Universityof Wisconsin, majoring in business. After graduating, he joined GeneralMills Corp. and traveled the U.S. auditing the various offices. In Montana,he served as a Boy Scout leader. After many years at General Mills,he returned to Madison and received a master' s degree and becameDean of the business school at Madison Area Technical College. He spenthis weekends and summers living in the Robinson home in Montello. Hepurchased land next door and always welcomed guests to his huge gardenwith many varieties of flowers, especially dahlias. His original dahliatubers were given to him by the family dentist, Dr. Grant. HGTV featuredhis flowers on its National Home and Garden show. John was a mastergardener, a supporter of the Marquette County Fair, where he enteredmany floral arrangements and also served as superintendent of the flowershow. He was a member ofMasonic Lodge 141 for more than 50 years and held many offices in that organization. He was a member of the Montello Historical Society, the Marquette County Historical Society, where hewas the treasurer and collected the money at the annual Strawberry Festival.He was a member of American Legion Post 351 in Montello, and a longtime member of Trinity Methodist Church, where he often brought floralarrangements for the altar and served on many committees. John is survivedby six brothers, Robert (Wilma), Donald and William of Montello, Clarie(Shirley) of Monona, Kenneth (Maureen) and Ralph (Linda) of Sun Prairie;two sisters, Janis (Ralph) Neale of Merrill and Sharon (Dave) Clarkof Lodi; aunt, Edna Ritchie of Montello; many nieces and nephews, whoJack invited to his home for Christmas Dinner; other relatives; andmany dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters,Betty Lou Stick of Montello and Ruth (Robert) Williams of Pardeeville.John traveled around the world extensively and will be remembered forhis competitive spirit and his love of nature and land, which he leftmuch better than he found it. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at the TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Montello,with Pastor Sue Bryce officiating. Friends and family may visit on Thursday,Feb. 21, 2008, at the STEINHAUS-WACHHOLZ FUNERAL HOME, Montello, from5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and also at the church Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be held near the Robinson farm inthe Oakhill Cemetery, Westfield. Steinhaus-Wachholz Funeral Home inMontello, is assisting the family.

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3wachholz.com\ \Cornelison, Gloria J.\MADISON - Gloria J. Cornelison, age 81, passed away on Sunday,Feb. 17, 2008, at Oakwood Lutheran Homes, Madison. She was born on May30, 1926, in Lakewood, Ohio, the daughter of John and Stella Halteman.Gloria was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She enjoyed reading,especially mystery novels. Gloria is survived by her husband of 55 years,Henry of Milwaukee; two sons, John of Madison and Roger of Milwaukee;brother, Eber Halteman of California; other relatives and friends. Shewas preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Lois Dietz. A funeralservice will be held at GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5701 RaymondRoad, on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Tim Nybrotenofficiating. Burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio,at a later date. Visitation will be held at church on Friday from 9a.m. until the time of the service.

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www.ryanfuneralservice.com\ \Odden, Roger,\PICKEREL - Roger Odden, age 73, of Pickerel, a former Kearney& Trecker employee, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. He is survived bytwo sons, Andrew (Julie) Odden of Merrill and Eric Odden of Wausau;and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday,Feb. 23, 2008, at ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, Pickerel, with a visitationfrom 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Bradley Funeral Home, Antigo,is assisting with arrangements. Online condolence may be made at www.bradley fh.com.\ \Higgenbotham, Ruby\RICHLAND CENTER/ ROCKFORD, ILL. - Ruby (Halverson) Higgenbotham,age 87, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Feb.19, 2008. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008,at noon at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL, in Richland Center. Burial willbe held in the Richland Center Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursdayfrom 10 a.m. until the time of services at noon. Pratt Funeral Serviceis assisting the family with arrangements.

(888) 303-3910 www.prattfuneralservice.com\ \Mayes, James W.\PARDEEVILLE - James W. Mayes, age 84, passed away on Sunday,Feb. 17, 2008. Jim was born on Sept. 9, 1923, in Lenoir City, Tenn.,the son of Frank and Beulah (Watts) Mayes. On Nov. 2, 1957, he was unitedin marriage to Amy Sills. They celebrated 50 years of marriage. He servedhis country in the U.S. Navy for 30 years. He then worked for the stateof Wisconsin as an electronic technician.Jim' s hobbies includedreading, playing golf, and working on projects in the yard. He was amember of the St. John' s Lutheran Church in Pardeeville and amember of the Pardeeville American Legion, Post No. 215. Jim was a wonderfulhusband, father, and friend. He was a kind man and a true gentleman.He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Amy of Pardeeville;daughter, Melanie (Philip) Finnell of Florida; his extended family,Ann Hollander of Pardeeville and her daughter, Becky (John) Boggio andtheir children, Rocco and Amy (namesake) Boggio; nieces; nephews; other near relatives; and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and a sister. A prayer service will be held on Sunday,Feb. 24, 2008, at 3 p.m. at the SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Pardeeville. PastorWilliam Runke will preside. Full military rites will presented by thePardeeville American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts. Followingthe service visitation will be held until 5 p.m.In lieu of flowers,memorials may be made to the St. John' s Lutheran Church, Pardeeville.

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Pardeeville (608) 429-2020\ \Morse, Jeffrey L.\FENNIMORE/ SEXTONVILLE - Jeffrey Le Baron Morse of Fennimore,formerly of Sextonville, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at his residence , after his many years of battling progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).He was born on April 24, 1945, in Boston, Mass., the son of Newburyand Saretta (McCrea) Morse. The family moved to Rowayton, Conn., whenJeff was a little boy. He attended the Loomis School in Windsor, Conn.Jeff then received a B.A. degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.,in 1967, and a M.A.T. degree from the University of Chicago in 1971.He was an English teacher, Chapter I Director, Ombudsman, and an AlternativeSchool Director at Argo Community High School in Argo, Ill., from 1968until 1989. He then moved to Richland County in 1989, where he builta log home that also served as his office on 39 acres of land outsideof Sextonville. One year later he founded Motivational Services forYouth, working with youngsters having trouble in school. His business also contracted with the Richland Schools and Richland County Departmentof Social Services. Of special interest to him was the American PlayersTheater, where he was an advisory board member. Jeff also traveled manymiles to enjoy fine dining and organ recitals. He is survived byan uncle, Stanley McCrea of California; special cousins, Margie andDan Erdman and Barbara and Charles Wooten, both of Florida; and manyspecial friends, one the most special is LaVonne Bekkum of Livingston.He was preceded in death by his parents, and his special cat, Adam.Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at THEQUEEN OF THE ROSARY CHAPEL, Sinsinawa, with the Rev. Diane Markevitchofficiating. Burial of cremains will be in the Fair Haven Cemetery inFair Haven, Conn., at a later date. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, at the LARSON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME,in Fennimore, and from 1 p.m. until the time of services at the churchon Friday.\ \Kepler, Helen R.\SPRING GREEN - Helen R. Kepler, age 91, of Spring Green, diedon Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at Greenway Manor. She was born in RichlandCounty on March 7, 1916, the daughter of Joseph and Lula (Warren) Brown.Helen graduated from the Richland County Normal School. She was unitedin marriage with Robert M. Kepler on Aug. 16, 1941, in North Carolina,where he was serving in the military. They raised their family togetherwhile operating the Kepler Grocery from 1948 until their retirementin 1970. Robert preceded her in death on April 20, 2004. Helen was anavid gardener and enjoyed playing cards and fishing. She loved spendingtime with her children and grandchildren. Survivors include her twosons, Stewart (Bernice) Kepler of Amherst Junction and Raymond (Maureen)Kepler of Spring Green; five grandchildren, Angela (Jim) Brasel, Aaron(Christine) Kepler, Ross (Melissa) Kepler, Kyle (Elizabeth) Kepler,and Kerri (Rich) Modjeski; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews;sisters and brothers-in-law; and many other friends and relatives. Helenwas further preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Lois(LaVon) Dosch, Leo (Shirley) Brown, Theron (Phyllis) Brown, Newell Brown,Glen 'Bud' (Lorraine) Brown, Loren Brown, and Ray (Liz) Brown. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008,at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL in Richland Center. Pastor Craig Peachwill officiate. Burial will be in the Mill Creek Cemetery at a laterdate. Friends may call at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL on Thursday from2 p.m. until the time of the service at 3 p.m. The Pratt Funeral Serviceis assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolencesare available at prattfuneralservice.com.

(888) 303-3910\ \Weigel, Wesley Dale\PLATTEVILLE - Wesley Dale 'Wes' Weigel, age 25, of Plattevill e, died on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at University Hospital and Clinics,Madison. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22,2008, at ST. MARY' S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Platteville. Monsignor CharlesSchluter officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Platteville.Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday at the LUTHERANCHURCH OF PEACE, Platteville, the home parish of Wes'father,Rod. There will be a parish scripture wake service at 4 p.m. Friendsmay also call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday atST. MARY' S CATHOLIC CHURCH. Memorials may be made to the Wesley Dale 'Wes' Weigel Memorial Fund. The Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home,Platteville, is serving the family.\ \Rhyner, Emma\MADISON - Emma Rhyner, age 87, died peacefully on Monday, Feb.18, 2008, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center, with herfamily by her side. She was born Nov. 23, 1920, in Brooklyn, a daughterof the late Christof and Rosina (Disch) Rhyner. Emma was employed atthe University Hospital in Madison, as a food server, until her retirement.She enjoyed going to the Wil-Mar Center. Emma kept busy by tending toher flowers, doing different crafts, playing Yahtzee and solitaire,completing fill-in books, and listening to old time music. She livedand saw many changes on Willy Street over 34 years. Emma is survivedby many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her parents, shewas preceded in death by three brothers, Werner, Fred, and John; andfour sisters, Anna Lee, Suzanne Best, Barbara Rhyner, and Mary Pernot.Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 MononaDrive, at 11 a.m., on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008. Visitation will be at thefuneral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday. Herfamily would like to thank HospiceCare for their care and support.

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www.gundersonfh.com\ \Ponti, Joseph R. Jr.\MARSHALL/ MADISON - Joseph R. Ponti Jr., age 52, of Marshall,passed away in an automobile accident on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. Josephwas born on Jan. 11, 1956, in Madison. He is survived by a brother,James F. Ponti of Fairbanks, Alaska; a sister, JoAnn M. (Edward) Hedrickof Newark, Del.; as well as three nieces; and two nephews. Joe was precededin death by his parents, Joseph R. and Jessica I. (Cunningham) Ponti.A visitation will be held at the JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 OdanaRoad, Madison, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. FatherJay Poster will celebrate. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery will followthe service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Joe' s name to St. Maria Goretti Parish Building Fund, 5313 Flad Ave., Madison,WI 53711.

Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5701 Odana Road

(608) 274-1000

www.ryanfuneralservice.com\ \Wallin,Bessie O.\GAYS MILLS - Bessie O. Wallin,age 95, of Gays Mills,passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at the Boscobel Area Health Carein Boscobel. She was born on May 8, 1912, in Crawford County, the daughterof Oliver and Rosa (Coleman) Taft. She married Herbert Wallin on Oct.26, 1926, in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on June 20 1969.She is survived by two daughters, Irene Steines of Colorado Springs,Colo. and Noma (LaVon) Lathrop of Gays Mills; 13 grandchildren; 39 great-gra ndchildren; 37 great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren ; and a daughter-in-law, Carol Wallin of Boscobel. She was preceded indeath by her parents; two granddaughters, Teri Lathrop and Beverly Knoble;a son, Oliver Wallin; a sister, Anna Taft; and a brother, Ben Taft.Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at 1 p.m. atthe UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Mount Zion, with Pastor Stan Pegram officiati ng. Burial will be in the Haney Ridge Cemetery, Haney Township, CrawfordCounty. Friends may call on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, from 4 p.m. until8 p.m. at the KENDALL FUNERAL HOME, Boscobel, and at the church on Fridayfrom noon until the time of service at the church.\ \Knierim, Richard C. II\MADISON - Richard C. Knierim, II, age 56, of Madison, passedaway unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at his home. Dick was ananimal lover and gardner, who was loved by everyone who knew him. Heis survived by his wife, Lisa Paquette; brothers, Don and Bob; a sister,Ruth Ann (Gary) Joros; sons, Jamie and Richard, III; and many nieces,nephews and friends. We will miss him dearly. Private family serviceswill be held.

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www.866allfaiths.com\ \Mietzel, Brandon C.\COLUMBUS - Brandon C. Mietzel, age 35, died Monday, Feb. 18,2008, at his home, with his caring family by his side. Brandon was bornon Jan. 5, 1973, in Milwaukee and soon after came home to Dennis andSandra Mietzel. As a life-long resident of Columbus, Brandon was a 1991graduate of Columbus High School, where he was a proud member of theundefeated 1990 state championship football team. After continuing hiseducation at Ripon College and UW-Stout, Brandon returned home to Columbusto join his father in the family business at the Hughes Company, Inc.Brandon was a quiet man who possessed a generous soul. Devoted to beinga loving father, husband, and brother, he believed in showing kindnessdaily with a smile, a laugh, or a listening ear. Brandon was a man whoembraced all he met as a loyal friend, and welcomed them into his worldwith the enthusiasm of a brother. A confidante to many, he made you feel comfortable in his presence with his genuine sense of humor. Hewas an avid outdoorsman who thoroughly enjoyed hunting, his time onthe water, and simply being outside. As a person he lived life to thefullest every day, and many would say he believed in the theory thatit is always 5 clock somewhere. Brandon was preceded in deathby his father and mother, Dennis and Sandra Mietzel; his grandfather,Ben Hathaway; and his maternal grandparents, William and Agnes Hughes.He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Mietzel; daughter, Lillian Grace;his two boys, Oscar and Otis, all of Columbus; his sister, Amy Mietzelof Madison; his brother, Casey; sister-in-law, Sue; nephew, Owen Mietzel,all of Columbus; his paternal grandmother, Pearl Hathaway of BeaverDam; a large extended family; and many close friends. A memorial servicewill be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at 11 a.m. at OLIVET UNITEDCHURCH OF CHRIST, 313 W. Prairie St., Columbus, with Pastor Lee Zortmanofficiating. Inurnment will be held at a later time at Hillside Cemetery,Columbus. Family and friends may greet the family at the church from9 a.m. until the start of the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Catch-A-Dream organization. This is a program that gives children with life-threatening illnesses the chance of alifetime to experience an outdoor adventure. Catch-A-Dream, P.O. Box6280, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Koepsell Funeral Home and CremationServices in Beaver Dam is serving the family.\ \Linden, Laura Love\MADISON - Miss Laura Love Linden, age 100, passed away on Sunday,Feb. 17, 2008, at Attic Angels in Middleton. She was born in 1908, inOregon City, Ore. to the Rev. John and Florence Linden. In 1912, thefamily moved to Madison, where Laura attended Randall School, CentralHigh School, and the University of WisconsinMadison whereshe graduated in 1928. In 1929, at the age of 21, she received her Master ' s Degree in Italian and French. She then taught at Ripon College,and Jamestown College in North Dakota. She taught the longest from 1945to 1974 at Muncie Central High School in Muncie, Ind. She then retiredto Madison, where for 24 years, as a student senior guest, she auditedmany courses at the UWMadison. Much of Laura' s time was spent as a volunteer. For 10 years, even into the 90' s, shechose big print books for retirement homes at the Schwab Library indowntown Madison. One of her chief hobbies was the love of travel. Duringsummers, she attended many universities and foreign countries: The Sorbonnein Paris; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; The Royal Universityin Perugia, Italy; Columbia in New York; Stanford in California; SouthAmerica; Australia; and with Purdue University, behind the Iron Curtain.Laura was also a UW sports fan, and will be remembered for her generouscontributions to the UW and other charitable organizations. Laura waspreceded in death by her sister, Kay Johnson in 1989; her brother, DoctorJohn Linden in 1993; and her brother, Robert Linden and his wife, Ruth,in 2007 and 2008. She is survived by Silas 'Hap' and Marie Johnsonof Madison; Nancy and Albert Nicholas of Beaver Lake; Virginia and WilliamBarnett of Neenah; David and Mel Johnson of Elm Grove; Christine andSkip Bennett of Punta gorda, Fla.; and Richard and Patricia Linden ofBethesda, Md. All of these were her nieces and nephews, but there aremany, many more nieces and nephews, both great and great great, as well. Per Laura' s request, there will be no funeral otherthan a graveside service for immediate family members. Also, Laura requestedthat no flowers be sent. Memorials may be made to The First BaptistChurch, 518 N. Franklin Ave, Madison, WI 53705; The University of WisconsinFoundation, U.S. Bank Lockbox, P.O. Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807;or to the Schwab City Library, Madison Public Library Foundation, 201W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service

3610 Speedway Road

(608) 238-3434

www.cressfuneralservice.com\ \Stoll, Frank Cawthorne\MADISON - Frank Cawthorne Stoll, age 85, passed away peacefullyon Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m.on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road,Madison, with a visitation held one hour prior to the service.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service

3610 Speedway Road

(608) 238-3434

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