Balsley, Patricia A.
RICHLAND CENTER - Patricia A. Balsley, age 61 of Richland Center, passed away at home on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, following a brief illness. She was born on Jan. 17, 1945, in Richland County, the daughter of Edward and Nathalie (Haskin) Stafford. Pat was married to Dale Balsley and was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church in Richland Center. Survivors include her husband, Dale Balsley of Richland Center; a daughter, Jane Shannon of Richland Center; a son, John (Tammy) Balsley of Onalaska; four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Claire and Ava Shannon, and Amelia Balsley; a son-in-law, Gary Shannon of Richland Center; five aunts and uncles, Leo "Jigs" (Lenice) Stafford of Richland Center, Florence "Sally" Recob of Muscoda, Rosie Nee of Richland Center, John Stafford and Shannon Trebus of Boaz, and Margie Carter of Richland Center; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward in 1982; her mother, Nathalie in 2002; and four uncles, Frank Stafford, James Nee, Arnie Recob and Earl Carter. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at 10 a.m. at ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Richland Center. Father Emmanuel Famiyeh will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at the STAFFORD FUNERAL HOME, Richland Center, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. The Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Briggs, Loretta R.
MONTICELLO - Loretta R. Briggs, age 63, of Monticello, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at the New Glarus Home in New Glarus. Loretta was born on May 24, 1942, in Monroe, the daughter of Gilman and Esther (Marty) Schmid. Loretta was a 1960 graduate of Monticello High School. On Oct. 7, 1964, she was united in marriage to Richard A. Briggs at the Washington Reformation Church. She was a deputy sheriff and jailer at the Green County Sheriff's Department for 24 years retiring in 2004. Loretta enjoyed art work which went from drawing to baking, sewing and quilting. She also enjoyed the outdoors and watching wildlife, dancing, reading and caring for her father -in-law, Arnold for over seven years. She was a member of Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello, the Green County Deputies Association, and the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association. She is survived by two sons, Brian R. (Joy) Briggs of Monticello and Bruce A. (Donna) Briggs of Monticello; her mother, Esther Schmid of Monticello; two brothers, Larry A. Schmid and Lonnie J. Schmid both of Monticello; a sister, Lorraine Kubly of Monroe; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert J. and Nancy Briggs of Monticello; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard on July 8, 1990; her father, Gilman Schmid on May 7, 1994; her mother-in-law, Lucele Briggs on Aug. 27, 1980; her father-in-law, Arnold Briggs on Jan. 14, 1994; and a nephew, Ronnie A. Briggs on Jan. 23, 1986. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at the ZWINGLI UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST in Monticello. The Rev. Lawrence H. Balleine will officiate with burial in the Highland Cemetery, Monticello. Relatives and friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at the church. A memorial fund has been established in her name. The Zentner-Beal Funeral Home of New Glarus is assisting the family.
MADISON - Mary Coster, age 62 died on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at her home. Arrangements are pending. A full obituary will appear in Tuesdays paper.
Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 www.cressfuneralservice.com
Duesing, Robert E.
COLUMBUS - Robert E. "Bob" Duesing, age 75, passed away on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at his home. He was born on Dec. 31, 1930, in Chicago, to Clarence and Bernice (Davis) Duesing. He was married to Rosemarie Plestina on Oct. 10, 1951, in Chicago. The couple lived in the Chicago area where Bob was employed with AT&T. Upon retiring in 1984, he began R. Duesing Telephone Service. Bob served in the US Marines during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post 62. He was a Columbus area resident since 1972, and was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Columbus. Survivors include his wife, Rosemarie of Columbus; two sons, Michael (Lynn) of McFarland and Jonathan (Lori) of Hanover Park, Ill.; two daughters, Michelle (Tom) Neuman of Rio and Janis (Darrell) Bachofen of Columbus; ten grandchildren; a sister, Diane Scott of Valparaiso, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Erlene Duesing of South Holland, Ill.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Frank. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the JONES-JENSEN FUNERAL HOME, Columbus on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m., and also from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at the ST. JEROME CATHOLIC CHURCH, Columbus. The Rev. Bruce Hennington will officiate. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Columbus, with full military rites. Thanks to Dr. Khan and a special thank you to everyone who helped Bob through his final days; Terri Neuman, Mary Woolever, the women from Home Health United hospice, the UW Cancer Clinic and especially Kim in the radiation department. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. He will be missed by all his family and friends, and will never be forgotten.
Jones-Jensen Funeral & Cremation Columbus (920) 623-5850
Fellows, Phillip T.
BELLEVILLE - Phillip T. Fellows, age 65, of Belleville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at St Marys Medical Center in Madison. Phil was born on Aug. 11, 1949, in Union Township, Rock County, Wis., the son of Morris and Mabel (Croft) Fellows. Phil graduated from Evansville High School and the University of Wisconsin Short Course. On May 4, 1963, he was united in marriage to the former Sharon Hendrickson at the First United Church of Christ in Belleville. He was an administrative assistant for the Department of Natural Resources in registration and licensing from 1965 until 1993. Phil was also a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. Survivors include his wife, Sharon of Belleville; a son, Randy (Julie) Fellows of Waunakee; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Nicholas Fellows; his mother, Mable Fellows of Stoughton; a sister, Bonnie (Dennis) Feggestad of Fitchburg; and several uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Morris. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at the new BECKER-BEAL FUNERAL HOME, 109 Greenway Cross, in Belleville. The Pastor Jon Gerdts will officiate with burial in the Belleville Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation. The family would like thank the medical ICU Unit at St Marys Medical Center and especially, Dr. Ahrens, Dr. Trostel, including the staff of the Dialysis Center for their loving care and concern given to Phil.
Garland, Brandon D.
MCFARLAND - Brandon D. Garland, age 18 of McFarland, died on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006. He was born on May 13, 1987, in Madison, the son of Eric and Trudy (McDougal) Garland. Brandon was a senior at McFarland High School and had a special bond with his sister Brittney. Besides his dog Muggs, his greatest joys in life were outdoor activities, hunting, fishing, boating, and snowmobiling. He is survived by his parents, Eric and Trudy; sister, Brittney all of McFarland; grandmother, Nellane Garland of Ft. Atkinson; grandfather, Edgar (Phyllis) Garland of Pennsylvania; aunts and uncles, Steve (Denise) Garland of Pennsylvania, Les (Lynne) McDougal of Waunakee, Rod McDougal of Mount Horeb, Elaine McDougal of Cross Plains, Nancy (Dan Dennis) McDougal of Monona, Pam (Dean) Herfel of Mount Horeb; and other family and many friends. Brandon was preceded in death by his grandparents, Adam and Elizabeth McDougal; and an uncle Ted McDougal. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive. Private family services will be held with burial at the Town of Dunn Burial Grounds. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund will be set up in Brandon's name at a later date. He struggled with depression. The fight is now over and his pain is gone.
Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420 www.gundersonfh.com
Gudenschwager, Alfred F.
LOGANVILLE - Alfred F. Gudenschwager, age 106, of Loganville, died Saturday evening, Feb. 18, 2006, at St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo. He was born on Jan. 8, 1900, in the Town of Washington, Sauk County, the son of Frank and Emma (Harnish) Gudenschwager. On Oct. 12, 1927, he was married to the former Alrine V. Giese. Alfred operated a tavern as well as a grocery store in Hillpoint for many years. He later farmed until his retirement. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Loganville. He enjoyed gardening and playing euchre. Survivors include two sons, Lyle (Delorse) Gudenschwager of Adams and Philip (Ruthann) Gudenschwager of Janesville; his son-in-law, Charles Herzing of Cazenovia; seven grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; numerous great great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Norma Gudenschwager of Madison; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alrine, on Feb. 22, 1987; his daughter, Carol Herzing on Dec. 1, 2003; his daughter-in-law, Katharina Gudenschwager; four brothers; five sisters; and two great great- grandsons, Hunter Osborne and Marcus Carroll. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN CHURCH in Loganville with Pastor Christopher Miller officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at the HOOF FUNERAL HOME in Reedsburg. The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.
Kemp, Charles E.
MADISON - Charles E. Kemp, age 78, passed away on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006. He was born on April 17, 1927, in Briar Creek Penn., the son of Harry and Helen (Watts) Kemp. He served his country during World War II. Chuck was married in Madison to Alice Fleming Gutweiler on June 1, 1957. Chuck worked for Datex-Ohmeda as an inspector. He is survived by his loving wife, Alice; two sons, David (Irene) and Michael; five step-children, Marjorie Pursell, Patrick (Sharon) Gutweiler, Robert (Patricia) Gutweiler, Donette Nye and John(Laura) Gutweiler; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, William (Gert), Harry (Marge), and Kenneth (Blanche). Chuck is preceded in death by his parents; a step daughter, Betty Smith; a brother; two sisters, and a granddaughter, Amy Gutweiler. Private family services will be held at a later date.
Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420 www.gundersonfh.com
Krueger, Amy L.
REEDSBURG - Amy L. Krueger, (nee Borning), age 98 of Reedsburg, died on Friday evening, Feb. 17, 2006, in the Reedsburg Area Medical Center. She was born on Aug. 19, 1907, in Reedsburg to Charles and Bertha (Hass) Borning. She was baptized Sept. 29, 1907 at St. John's Church and also confirmed at St. John's on April 9, 1922. She graduated from Reedsburg High School in 1925 and from the Sauk County Normal School in 1927. She was secretary at Reedsburg High School from 1927 to 1936 where she made many friends among the students and teachers. She was married July 15, 1936, to Arthur H. Krueger at St. John's. They were blessed with one son, John Borning Krueger, born on Nov. 29, 1940. Amy and her husband, Art, owned and operated a resort in Mercer for seventeen years selling it in 1970. She was a member of the American Legion Auxillary and a member of the election board for fifty years. Amy enjoyed visiting, playing cards, sewing, embroidery, music and she was an avid reader. Even as her sight began to fail, she kept on with her love for books and music by listening to tapes. Amy usually had a story to help brighten someone's day. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Patricia Krueger; and her grandson, Brett Arthur Krueger, both in Kailua, Hawaii; two nieces, Shirley Stewart of Ripon and Amy Monson of Shell Lake; her nephew's wife, LuCille Winter of Altoona; other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, on June 7, 1981; her son, Major John B. Krueger, United States Marine Corp, on Sept. 9, 1980; a half-brother, Arthur Winter; and a nephew, Robert Winter. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at the HOOF FUNERAL HOME in Reedsburg with Pastor Jake Jacobson officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. A fellowship luncheon will follow at Longley's Restaurant. There will be a visitation from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at the funeral home. The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.
Laufenberg, Ann M.
WAUNAKEE - Ann M. Laufenberg, age 80, died on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at the HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at 11 a.m. at ST. JOHN'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Waunakee. Friends may call on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the WINN FUNERAL HOME, 5785 Hwy Q,, Waunakee, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Wednesday. A complete obituary will follow in Tuesday's papers.
Winn Funeral Home Waunakee, Wis. (608) 849-4513
Stevens, Nancy Behre
CHESHIRE, CONN. - Nancy Behre Stevens died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Conn. Nancy was born in Port Washington, N.Y. on Oct. 3, 1923, the daughter of Ruth Briggs and Henry August Behre. After moving to New Haven, Conn., she attended Foote School and The Day School before attending Katherine Gibbs. During World War II, while the family was in Washington, D.C., Nancy bought a tenth of an airplane and learned how to fly. After the war, when she returned to New Haven, she applied for a job as a secretary at Tweed Airport. Harold ("Bud") Burr Stevens hired her. They were married a year later. Nancy was a Junior League volunteer and a devoted wife and mother. After Harold died in 1977, Nancy lived with her friend, Richard Rosebury for the past 28 years. Richard was a true friend, caring for Nancy up until her last days. Nancy loved the out-of-doors, hiking and golf. She played in the State A women's league for many years. She played at The Farms Country Club where she was a charter member and where she developed many wonderful friendships. Survivors include her dear friend and companion, Richard Rosebury and his son, James; children, Harold (Carol) Stevens III of Stowe, Vt. and Barbara (John) Rowe of Waunakee; stepdaughters, Margot Trout, Polly Stevens, and Lynden Back; grandchildren, Christopher Stevens, Katherine Stevens, Kevin Rowe and Chelsea Rowe; sister, Barbara Trotman; and brother, Henry (Janet) Behre. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband. As requested by Nancy, a celebration of her life will occur in the near future. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Nancy's name to The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, Conn., 06401. Arrangements have been made through Wallingford Cremation Services. Any inquiries can be made to Harold (802) 253-8547
Thompson, James. F.
LANCASTER - James F. Thompson, age 75, of Lancaster, died Saturday, Feb. 18 , 2006, at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1930, in Lancaster, the son of J. Miles and Dorothy (Gibson) Thompson. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1954. On May 8, 1970, he married Rose Mary (Carroll) Shaw. He was employed at John Deere Tractor Works in Dubuque, Iowa, Pioneer Motors in Lancaster, and later owned and operated The Reminder and Grantland Graphics; a shopper and print shop in Lancaster. Jim served as the charter president of the Lancaster Jaycees, was a past president of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, was an alderman on the Lancaster City Council for 10 years, served on the board of directors for Grant Regional Health Center for nine years, was a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 2820, and a member of the Richard Burn American Legion Post No. 109 in Lancaster. He was an avid golfer and loved to play bridge. He excelled in cooking and did all the cooking for his family. He is survived by his wife, Rose Mary Thompson of Lancaster; five daughters, Karen Thompson of Bloomington, Minn., Diane (Gale) Helser of McFarland, Linda (Willis) Sullivan of Minnetonka, Minn., Patti (Thomas) Schneider of Bloomington, and Jennifer (Adam) Holder of Freeport, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Jessica and Michael Behncke, Julie Sullivan, David, Amy, and Allen Schneider, and Jackson, Emma, and Megan Holder; one brother, Bob (Judy) Thompson of Bulverde, Texas; three sisters, Joan Pascoe of Oregon, Ann (Bob Hollander) Estlund of Fort Myers, Fla., and Mary (William) Bartling of Merrill; his mother-in-law, Mildred Carroll of Lancaster; eight brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Thomas J. Carroll; four brothers-in-law, Maurice Pascoe, Bruce Estlund, Roger Carroll, and Herb Fishnick; and his sister-in-law, Ruth (William) Irwin. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at ST. CLEMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH in Lancaster with Msgr. William Seipp officiating. Burial with military honors will be in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster. Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at ST. CLEMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH in Lancaster, where a 3:15 p.m. parish scripture service will be held, and after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.
Traut, George W.
MARSHALL - George W. Traut, age 72, of Marshall, died peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at the HospiceCare Center in Madison. Funeral arrangements are pending. A full obituary will be in Tuesday's papers.
All Faiths Funeral & Cremation Services Madison (608)442-0477 www.866allfaiths.com
Troia, Sarah R.
MADISON - Sarah R. Troia, age 90, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, in Madison. She was born in Madison on Dec. 15, 1915, to Frank and Jenny Caruso. Sarah was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was proud of her Italian heritage. Religion and family were very important to her; she was the rock of the family. Cooking was a favorite past time, making authentic Italian dishes and breads. Sarah is survived by her daughters, Antoinette (David) Schwoegler of Fitchburg, Nancy (William) Woodward of Sun Prairie, and Rosemary Troia of Fitchburg; son-in-law, John Spies of Waterloo; grandchildren, Tony (Julie) Spies of Waterloo, Theresa (Peter) Bernstein of Brodhead, Sara (Phil) Long of Braham, Minn., and Lori (Tim) Sheets of Marshall; great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Sarah Spies, Annika, Jakob, and Kjersten Bernstein, Madison, Chloe, and Bradyn Long. She is preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Troia; and a daughter, Jenny Spies. A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1128 St. James Court, Madison on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at 11 a.m. with Father Thomas Baxter presiding. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and also at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the church. "We'll miss you mom."
Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Center 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420 www.gundersonfh.com