SUN PRAIRIE/ JANESVILLE - Angel lover,Evelyn B. Kotche, age 91, formerly of Sun Prairie and Janesville, belovedmother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully Friday, Feb.6, 2009, surrounded by her family at the Evansville Manor. She was bornAug. 9, 1917, in Denmark to Frank and Julia Zachek, and married RaymondKotche in June 1934. Those who knew and loved her enjoyed her beautifulhandmade gifts, homemade goodies and infectious laughter. She nurtureda bond with her family and friends by making sure they knew they wereloved unconditionally. She is survived by her children, Gerald (Ellen)of Janesville, Thomas (Judy) of Gambrills, Md., Rosemary (Tim) Sommervilleof Glendale, Ariz., Judith (John) Golliher of Deerfield, Marilyn (John)Zmuda of Eau Claire, and Pamela (David) Pamperin of Appleton. She wasblessed with 13 grandchildren, Terry (Doug) Davis, Jamie (Tammy) Kotche,Bobbi Jo (Todd) Bogner, Tim (Kelly) Kotche, Joseph (Heather) Kotche,Renee (Chris) Bachman, Jesse Sommerville, Josi Sommerville, Casey Golliher,Travis (Maria) Golliher, Lisa (Lewis) Anderson, Aaron Schasse and ChrisSchasse; stepgrandchildren, Jon and Chris Pamperin, and Kelly and KristinaZmuda; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; and two daughters, Donna and Patricia. Please join the familyin a celebration of Evelyn' s life on Valentine' s Day,Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, for a 10 a.m. visitation at the TUSCHEN-NEWCOMERFUNERAL HOME, 302 Columbus St., Sun Prairie, and a Memorial Mass at11:30 a.m. at SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, Sun Prairie.A private burial will be held at Sacred Hearts Cemetery at a futuretime. A special thank you to the caring staff of the Evansville Manorand HospiceCare.
'93No one is alone, as we journey here onearth. Angels are among us from the moment of our birth.'
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}\ \Cleven, Betty J.\BLACK EARTH - Betty J. Cleven, age 79,of Black Earth, died on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at HospiceCare in Fitchburg.Funeral arrangements are pending at the ELLESTAD CAMACHO FUNERAL HOME,1710 Center St., Black Earth.
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}\ \Grossman, L\SEATTLE, WASH. - Linda Grossman, age63, passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at her residence in Seattle,Wash. Linda was born Feb. 12, 1945, the daughter of Max and KathrynGrossman of Green Bay. A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. onWednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at FOREST HILL CEMETERY, 1 Speedway Road,Madison, with Rabbi Joshua Ben-Gideon of the Beth Israel Center officiating.
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}\ \Ihlenfeldt, Opal M\OREGON/ MCALLEN, TEXAS - Opal MarieIhlenfeldt died on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at the age of 92. She was bornin Beloit, on Dec. 12, 1916, to Iva Morton Smith and James Nelson Smith.Opal resided in Madison for 21 years, attended Lincoln Grade Schooland graduated from Madison Central High School. She married ProfessorStanley W. Ihlenfeldt on June 23, 1941, and had three children. AfterOpal' s marriage, she lived in Two Rivers, Neillsville and Elkhorn.W.T. Grant' s and Harry S. Manchester Department Store employed her, and she later was an administrative secretary for the Elkhorn Public School System. Upon retiring, Opal and her husband moved to McAllen,Texas, and spent summers in Hatfield and Oregon, Wis. She was activewith the Oregon Senior Center, and enjoyed making quilts for RSVP ofDane County, reading, and baking 'her special recipe' of chocolatechip cookies for family and friends. Opal is survived by her children,Lee R. (Mary) Ihlenfeldt and Richard S. (Sandee) Ihlenfeldt; five grandchild ren, Heather Ihlenfeldt, Jenn (Chad) Wachtl, Curtis (Katie) Ihlenfeldt,Mark (Becky) Ihlenfeldt and Doug (Pam) Ihlenfeldt; a great-granddaughter,Samantha Ihlenfeldt, and two great-grandchildren on the way; and a brother,Paul Morton Smith of Madison. She was preceded in death by her husband;parents; a daughter, Ruth Marie Ihlenfeldt; sister, Gladys O' Donnell Ekdahl; and brother, Milton Elmer Smith. Private services wereheld at Gunderson Stoughton Funeral Home. The family would like to thankTrusted Hands at Stoughton Hospital, and friends and neighbors for theexcellent caregiving which allowed her to stay in her home for manyyears. Additionally, we would like to express our appreciation to thestaff of Nazareth House in Stoughton for the wonderful personal careshe received while residing there.
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}\ \Carr, Steven D.
\RENO, NEV./ REEDSBURG - StevenD. Carr, age 58, died on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at the Veteran' s Hospital in Reno surrounded by family and friends. He was born on May21, 1950, in Denver, Colo. His family moved to Mount Horeb and in 1956moved to Reedsburg where he attended grade school and Webb High School.He attended University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and later graduated from Milwaukee Technical College with a degree in aircraft maintenance. Steve joined the U.S. Army in 1969 and fought in Vietnam where he was awardedthe Bronze Star for heroism and also the Purple Heart. He was a memberof Troop E 105th Calvary, 32nd Infantry Brigade, Wisconsin NationalGuard, Reedsburg. Steve enjoyed hunting, motorcycling, car and gun shows,the Reno air shows and the outdoors. Steve is survived by his mother,Terry, and her friend, Tom; his sister, Roxanne Carr; his brother, MichaelCarr; his aunt, Dollie; cousin, Chris; and other relatives. Steve hadmany friends, among them his best friend, Steve Whitney, Dave, Noahand Lauren, Annette, Aaron, Shawn, Mark S., Smitty, Linda and Mark,Tim, Larry and others. He was preceded in death by his father, ChuckCarr; uncles, Lloyd and Conrad Rossebo; and his grandparents, Thor andBertha Rossebo, and Luther and Hazel Carr. A Memorial Service was heldon Jan. 27, 2009, at the Faith Bible Church in Reno.
And I shall dwell in the house of theLord forever. - Psalm 23.}\ \Steindl, Elizabeth J. 'Betty'(Boness)\FALL RIVER/ COLUMBUS - ElizabethJ. 'Betty' (Boness) Steindl, age 81, surrounded by her lovingfamily, passed into the Lord' s care on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009,at the Golden Living Center in Beaver Dam. She was born on Dec. 24, 1927, to Oscar and Lucille (Neis) Kasper in Beaver Dam. On Nov. 12,1946, she married James Boness in Columbus. She spent much of the next24 years having and raising their three children all the while workingat the Jack Winter plant located in Columbus, as well as at the famousEarl' s Caf\'e9 also in Columbus, as a cook, waitress, and sometimesfire phone dispatcher. In 1970 with her husband Jim, they opened thethen, Blackhawk Tap later the Blackhawk Tap-Columbus Caf\'e9, locatedon James Street in Columbus and operated the business over the next23 years. On June 12, 1988, her first husband, then Columbus Fire ChiefJames Boness, died as a result of pancreatic cancer and she continuedover the next five years to operate the business on her own up untilher retirement. She was active for many years in the Columbus Fire Departmen t Firemen' s Auxiliary and was a member of the Columbus United Methodist Church. On Oct. 24, 1995, she married Ronald Steindl of Columbus and together they had 13 years of happiness as they lived out their retirement, playing cards with friends, traveling around the country,and just enjoying life every day. She is survived by her husband, RonaldSteindl of Beaver Dam; her son, Robert (Patricia) Boness of Columbus;two daughters, LueAnn Brenson of Beaver Dam, and Lori (Jeffrey) Caswellof Fall River; her sister, LaVone O' Rourke of Columbus; her brother,James (Terry) Kasper of Juneau; eight grandchildren, Kathryn Flansburg,Meredith (Kevin) Torres, Erin Boness (Erik Rajek), Jacob Boness, Kristopher(Amber Patrick), Katherine (Ross Selje), Elizabeth, and Jaymeson Caswell;and two great-grandchildren, Ryan Torres and Kaden Selje. She was precededin death by her parents; her husband, James Boness; and a grandson,James Hadden. Visitation and funeral services will be held on Thursday,Feb. 12, 2009, at the COLUMBUS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Columbus beginningat 9 a.m. for visitation and 11 a.m. for the service. Pastor Jim Cotterwill officiate. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Columbus. Memorialscan be made to either the Columbus Community Hospital ER or the ColumbusUnited Methodist Church.
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}\ \Croft, Margaret F.\FITCHBURG - Margaret F. Croft, age96, of Fitchburg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, athome. She was born on Nov. 20, 1912, in Madison, the daughter of Edwardand Elsie (Westover) Maloney. Margaret attended Madison Central HighSchool until Madison West High School opened. She was among one of thefirst graduating classes, graduatingin 1931. Margaret married WalterCroft on April 20, 1937, in Madison. They resided in Fox Lake and Waupunareas in the ' 50s before returning to Madison. Margaret was amember of Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church in Oregon. She enjoyed making ceramics and doing needlework. Anyone who knew her probably has one of these gifts in their possession. Margaret is survived byher son, David Croft of Fitchburg; grandson, Kyle Croft of Oregon; granddaug hter, Jodi (Rick) Ross of Oregon; great-grandson, Cameron Croft of Markesan;two sisters-in-law; and many family and friends. She was preceded indeath by her husband in 1989; son, Robert in 1962; four brothers; anda sister. Please join us for a celebration of Margaret' s lifeon Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, from noon until 3 p.m., at the FITCHBURGCOMMUNITY CENTER, 5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg. Inurnment services willbe held at a later date at St. Mary' s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House or a charity of the donor ' s choice, because Margaret always helped others in need.
Margaret touched a lot of people' slives over the years. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.
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}\ \Kabaker, Richard Z.\MIDDLETON - Richard Z. Kabaker, attorney,civic leader, fundraiser, brother, husband, father and friend, diedon Jan. 29, 2009, at his home in Middleton at the age of 73. He wasthe first son of Herman and Eve Kabaker, and was born on Feb. 22, 1935.He is survived by his brother, Tom; his two children, Douglas Kabakerand Nancy Brodson; and four adoring grandchildren, Tyler and Ryan (Kabaker),and Michael and Sarah (Brodson). His wife of nearly 41 years, Patsy,preceded him in death, passing away in 2005. Richard was extremely activein the Madison community over the years, holding board positions withgroups including Friends of WHA-TV, the Meriter Foundation, the UW Foundatio n and HospiceCare Inc. He was an avid sports fan, loving baseball andfootball, and had been an outstanding track athlete in his college years,winning Big Ten titles in the 100 and 200 yard distances while attendingthe University of Michigan. Since 1972, when the family moved to Madison,Richard had spent his professional time teaching at the University ofWisconsin Law School, practicing law with private firms in Madison and working to better the community in so many ways. For those that knewhim and loved him, he will be terribly missed. A Memorial Service isbeing planned for Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the Monona Terrace ConventionCenter in Madison. Information regarding the service and suggested sitesfor donations in his memory can be found at www.rzk-memorial.com.
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}\ \Strauss, Ronald M.\JEFFERSON - Ronald M. Strauss, age 63,of Jefferson, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at home. Memorialservices will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at the LAKEMILLS MORAVIAN CHURCH. Friends may call after noon on Saturday at thechurch until the time of services. The Claussen Funeral Home in LakeMills is assisting the family. If desired, memorials may be made tothe Lake Mills Moravian Church, American Lung Association of Wisconsinor Tomorrow' s Hope.}\ \Cornelison, Henry Frederick
\MADISON - Henry Frederick Cornelison , age 92, died on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee.He was born on July 3, 1916, in Nyack, N.Y., the son of Frederick andEmma (Gnos) Cornelison. Henry served in the Army during World War II.He was united in marriage to Gloria Halteman in 1952. Henry worked inMadison as an insurance claims adjuster since 1968. He enjoyed his retiremen t by hunting, fishing and going to parks with his wife. Henry is survivedby his sons, John of Madison, and Roger of Milwaukee; other relativesand friends. Henry was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife.Funeral services will be held at GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5701 Raymond Road, Madison, on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at 11 a.m. with PastorTim Nybroten officiating. Burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery inToledo, Ohio at a later date. Visitation will be held at the churchon Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
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}\ \Hanson, Walter C. 'Wally'
\MADISON - Walter C. 'Wally'Hanson, age 85, passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at HospiceCareCenter in Fitchburg. He was born on Oct. 21, 1923, in Chicago, Ill.,the son of Walter and Elsa (Weber) Hanson. He was a World War II veteranserving in the U.S. Army in the China-Burma-India Theatre of War. Hewas united in marriage to Helen Kandt on July 6, 1946, in Lockport,N.Y. Wally owned a Ford dealership in Mauston for 24 years and laterworked for Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealer' s Associationin Madison for seven years. He was active in Kiwanis, past presidentof the Mauston Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of Mauston High SchoolBuilding Foundation and a founding member of the Greater Mauston AreaDevelopment Corporation. He was a long-standing member of Bethany LutheranChurch in Mauston and Midvale Lutheran Church in Madison. Wally enjoyedthe outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter for many years. Wallyis survived by his wife, Helen; two daughters, Sandy Bonner of CapeGirardeau, Mo., and Dawn (Randy) McDonough of Rice Lake; two sons, CraigHanson of Merrillville, Ind., and Gary (Sharon) Hanson of Plano, Texas;a sister, Verna Schellin of Des Plaines, Ill.; and eight grandchildren,Jennifer (Glen), Elizabeth (Seth), Ryan, Tyler, Kyle, Collin, Brehnand Blake. He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Bryce.A funeral service will be held at MIDVALE COMMUNITY LUTHERAN CHURCH,4329 Tokay Blvd., Madison, on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at 11 a.m. withthe Rev. Dr. Bruce Loewenhagen officiating. A visitation will be heldtoday at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road, from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.,and then again at church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time ofservice. Memorial donations may be made to Midvale Community LutheranChurch or to HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.
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}\ \Biermeier, Russell C.
\WONEWOC - Russell C. Biermeier,age 82, of Wonewoc, died on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at his home. He wasborn on May 21, 1926, in Hammond, Ind., the son of Louis James and Luella(Zoll) Biermeier. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WorldWar II in the Philippines. Russell married Irma Hellpap on June 12,1948, at St. Jerome' s Rectory in Wonewoc. This marriage was blessed with four children. He was employed at Quality Carriers as a mechanic,then at Badger Ordnance in maintenance and retired from the Villageof Wonewoc in 1986 from the waste water treatment plant. He was a memberof the Wonewoc Fire Dept., American Legion Post No. 206 in Wonewoc andSt. Jerome' s Catholic Church. Russell enjoyed softball, bowling,golfing, fishing, hunting and was an avid Packers fan. He was precededin death by his parents; his wife, Irma on June 15, 1999; a son, Jeromeon March 10, 1968; a sister, Mary Kay Leonard; and a brother, RobertBiermeier. He is survived by his children, Kathleen Biermeier of Baraboo,Daniel (Deb Vanthournout) Biermeier of Reedsburg, and Martin Biermeierof Machesney Park, Ill.; six grandchildren, Michael (Karen) Endthoff,Patrick (Tammy) Endthoff, Jeremy (Angie) Biermeier, Bryan (Christin)Biermeier, Dana (Greg) LaBansky and Kelli (Antonio) Trevino; seven great-gra ndchildren, Kaitlin, Kelsey, Jared Endthoff, Brandon and Rachel Endthoff,Carson and Rylee Biermeier; sisters, Joy Zamzow of Wisconsin Dells,Mary Clare (Bill) Krueger of Westfield, Mary Bernita Biermeier of WisconsinDells, and Mary Lane (Francis) Borke of Cochrane Fountain; nieces, nephews,along with other relatives and friends. The Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at 11 a.m. in ST. JEROME' S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Wonewoc with Father Joseph Nakwah officiating. Burialwill follow in St. Theresa' s Catholic Cemetery, Union Centerwith military graveside rites being provided by the American LegionPost No. 206 of Wonewoc. Friends may call on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009,from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME in Wonewoc with aparish rosary being prayed at 7:30 p.m. The family requests memorialsof remembrance be made to St. Jerome' s Catholic Church or theWonewoc American Legion Post in lieu of flowers.}\ \Earl, Patricia L\MADISON - Patricia 'Pat' LouiseEarl, age 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at OakwoodVillage West. She was born the daughter of Robert 'Bert' and Sophia(Lang) Salisbury on Dec. 22, 1928, in Milwaukee. Pat lived in Madisonmost of her life. After graduating from Madison West High School in1946, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating witha degree in education in 1950. Pat was united in marriage to John WillardEarl from Fennimore on June 23, 1951. She was a speech and language therapist in the public schools in Beaver Dam, the Milwaukee area, andin Madison until she retired from teaching in 1988. She had a speciallove for children, which was a true gift to the children she taughtthrough the years. Pat was a longtime member of P.E.O., Madison CivicsClub, the Friendship Force of Wisconsin, Zeta Phi Eta (a national profession al fraternity in communication arts and sciences), and Second Winders(an alumni group of Elderhostel enthusiasts). Pat was an avid readerand a creative cook. She loved to travel with John and visited manycountries with the Friendship Force. Pat was renowned for her abilityto make friends. A gracious woman, Pat was dearly loved by all who knewher. Pat is survived by John, her loving husband of 57 years; devotedchildren, Janet (Roger) Hunerdosse of Madison, and Douglas (Carrie)Earl of Brookfield; cherished grandchildren, Rachel and Philip Hunerdosse,and Brian and Allison Earl; a sister, Barbara (Donald) Kaiser of Portage;a brother, Robert (Virginia) Salisbury of Madison; and nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, James Robert in1976. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., on Thursday,Feb. 12, 2009, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. Amemorial celebration of Patricia' s life will be held at 11 a.m.on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in the Auditorium at OAKWOOD VILLAGE WEST,6205 Mineral Point Road, Madison. The family suggests in lieu of flowers,that memorial contributions may be made in Patricia' s name toFirst Church of Christ Scientist, 610 S. Segoe Road, Madison; The OakwoodFoundation, 6201 Mineral Point Road, Madison; or the charity of one' s choice.
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}\ \DeCraene, Richard M.\MADISON - Richard M. DeCraene, age 49,passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. Cremation rites willbe accorded. Services are pending in Kewanee, Ill.
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}\ \Cooper, Judith L. 'Jude\'\PARDEEVILLE - Judith L. 'Jude'Cooper, age 49, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, Feb.8, 2009. She worked at American Family for 29 years; many years as payrollsupervisor and most recently as a tax accountant. She was active inToastmasters (a public speaking group) and a book club in Madison. Shewas a charter member of the Sauk Prairie H.O.G. Chapter. Funeral servicesfor Jude Cooper will be held on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 312 South Main St., Pardeeville. FatherJohn Hedrick will preside. Visitation for Jude Cooper will be held onFriday from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church. She is survivedby her son, Adam Cooper; mother, Agnes Balzer; sister, Linda (Phil)Possehl; brother, Gary (Leslie) Balzer; nieces; nephews; aunts and uncles;other near relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death byher father. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Judy' s name. The Smith Funeral Home in Pardeeville is serving the family.
Smith Funeral Home 106 Roosevelt St.
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}\ \Leuthold, Nelda E.\WALDWICK - Nelda Elizabeth Leuthold,age 79, of Waldwick, passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at UplandHills Health in Dodgeville. She was born on March 29, 1929, the daughterof Edwin and Blanche (Skinner) Fitzsimmons. She graduated from DodgevilleHigh School in 1947. Nelda married Alfred Leuthold on Dec. 11, 1949.She was a mother and housewife until she began working at the BargainNook in 1988, where she was employed for 15 years. She also volunteeredat the Hospital Gift Shop. Nelda was a member of the Waldwick UnitedMethodist Church. She was a character and loved being known as one. She loved listening to the scanner, Billy Graham, NASCAR, football andgoing - anywhere - especially where she could drive. Nelda is survivedby her children, Andrew (companion, Chris Gilbertson) Leuthold of MineralPoint, Michael Leuthold of Oregon, Lisa Leuthold of St. Paul, Minn.,Steven (aka Loupy) Leuthold of Mineral Point, and Susan (David) Gollonof Dodgeville; her grandchildren, Cody (Cortney) Leuthold, Cassara,Candice and Chance Gollon; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relativesand friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; her mother,Blanche; her brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Barbara Fitzsimmons;her father, Edwin; and an infant son, Nelson. A memorial service willbe held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at WALDWICK UNITED METHODISTCHURCH in Waldwick. Friends may call from 3 p.m. until time of serviceon Sunday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made tothe Hodan Center in Mineral Point or Waldwick United Methodist Church.
Gorgen-McGinley & Ayers Funeral Home
Dodgeville (608) 935-5222
}\ \Gabbei, John P.\MADISON - John Paul Gabbei, age 62,passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.
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