2006-02-17T00:00:00Z OBITUARIES
February 17, 2006 12:00 am

Arnold, Marion J.

WAUNAKEE/ HAZEL GREEN - Marion J. Arnold, age 90, of Waunakee, formerly of Hazel Green, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at Waunakee Manor Health Care. Funeral services will be held at ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, East Dubuque, Ill. on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at the SIEGERT-CASPER COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 390 N. Grandview Ave., Dubuque, Iowa, where complete arrangements are pending.

Awes, Stephen M.

MADISON - Stephen M. Awes, age 45, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006. Funeral services will be held at HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3702 County Trunk Highway AB, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison. A complete obituary will follow in Sunday's paper.

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

Beckwith, Mr. Jesse L. Jr.

NEW GLARUS - Mr. Jesse L. Beckwith Jr., age 74, of New Glarus, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at his home. Jesse was born on Aug. 10, 1931, in Riley, Wis., on the Hefty Homestead. The son of Jesse and Oral (Spitler) Beckwith Sr. He attended Monticello High School. On Sept. 30, 1950, he was united in marriage to the former Ellen Garfoot at the West Blue Mounds Church, Blue Mounds. Jesse was employed at Pet Milk Company until 1962, Gisholt Machine Company, and retired from Nicolet in 1994. He was a member of the Swiss United Church of Christ, New Glarus, a former Eagles member, and Bowling Association member. Jesse was an avid Packers and Badgers fan, enjoyed fishing and deer hunting, and loved garage sales and auctions. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Beckwith of New Glarus; his children, Debra (Scott) Bram of Middleton, Diane Elmer of Sullivan, Ill., Donna (Ronald) LeStarge of Monroe, Dean (Brenda) Beckwith of Allenville, Ill., Doris (Scott) Enlow of Belleville, and Dale (Katrina Bernard) Beckwith of Sullivan, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bernard (Louise) Beckwith of Stoughton, and Robert (Mae) Beckwith of New Glarus; two sisters, Dorothy Haegle of Waco, Texas, and Esther (Adolph) Norderhaug of River Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Chad A. Graber; and four brothers, Howard, Ray, John and Delmar Beckwith. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at the SWISS UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, New Glarus. The Rev. Marlea Waber officiating with burial in the Swiss Church Cemetery, New Glarus. Relatives and friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at the ZENTNER-BEAL FUNERAL HOME, 29 6th Ave., New Glarus. A memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

Bulmahn, Mary Elizabeth (Dawes)

OCALA, FLA./ HOUSTON, TEXAS/ MIDDLETON - Mary Elizabeth Bulmahn, age 66, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, in Ocala, Fla. Mary was born on Nov. 14, 1939, in Stoughton, to Joe and Hazel Dawes of Oregon, Wis. In 1949, the family moved to Middleton, where Mary attended grade school and graduated from Middleton High School in 1958. Mary then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Madison Business College, receiving her degree in business administration. Mary worked at the University of Wisconsin admissions office before moving to Austin, Texas in 1972, where she worked in the chancellor's office at the University of Texas in Austin. Mary battled kidney disease since high school and received a kidney transplant in Austin in 1974. She flourished with her new kidney for 31 years, being one of the longest surviving kidney transplant recipients, which is a testament to her fortitude. Mary wed T. Paul Bulmahn, in 1980, and moved to Houston, Texas, where she and Paul resided for 25 years. She served as assistant to the Presidents Bolger, Lowe and Willerson at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston for 22 years until she suffered a stroke in January 2003. Mary continued to lead an active and independent life and in February 2005, Mary and Paul relocated to Ocala, Fla. Mary is survived by her husband, Paul and their beloved beagle, Miss Annie; sister, JoAnn Meyers of Middleton; brother, Morry Dawes of Waterford; three nephews, John Meyers of Blanchardville, Joel (Sue) Dawes and Christopher Dawes, both of Waterford; three nieces, Jana Meyers of Stoughton, Lisa Dawes and Kimberly Dawes, both of Milwaukee; two great-nephews, Matthew Frederick of Stoughton, and A.J. Dawes of Waterford; a great-niece, Samantha Dawes of Waterford; and cousins, Martha Cook of Roscoe, Ill., and George Sholes of Beloit. She is further survived by sisters-in-law, Rita Wiese, Orpha Weber, Irma List and Linda Bulmahn; three brothers-in-law, Rev. James Wiese, John Weber and Lee List; along with 16 nieces and nephews, and their children. Mary was preceded in death by her father and mother; her maternal grandmother, Lizzie Sholes; uncles, Carl Sholes and Cole Sholes; and a cousin, Kenny Sholes. Mary touched many lives and her strength, courage and kindness will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at ST. ANDREW LUTHERAN CHURCH, 6815 Schneider Road, Middleton, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006. Mary will be laid to rest at Prairie Mound Cemetery in Oregon. Family and friends may call from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at the GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME, 7435 University Ave., Middleton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

My sister; my friend.

Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Centers 7435 University Ave. (608) 831-6761

Dahl, Grace J.

DEERFIELD - Grace J. Dahl, age 77, passed away at her home, in Deerfield on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006. She was born on the family farm in the town of Christiana, on Oct. 13, 1928, the daughter of Alfred and Julia (Engelstead) Birkrem. Grace married Leonard Dahl on June 26, 1948, at East Koshkonong Lutheran Church, Cambridge. Grace loved working on the farm and enjoyed the outdoors. She enjoyed bowling and was an accomplished seamstress. Grace loved following her grandchildren's sporting events from early age through college. She was a member of St. Paul's Liberty Lutheran Church, Deerfield. She is survived by her husband Leonard; son, Larry (Betty) Dahl; daughter, Diane (Gary) Rindahl; grandchildren, Lee (Doria) Dahl, Bobby (Lisa) Dahl, McKenzie Rindahl, Katelynn Rindahl and Jace Rindahl; sister-in-law, Dolly Birkrem; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Julian Birkrem, who died in World War II; and brother Clair Birkrem. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at ST. PAUL'S LIBERTY LUTHERAN CHURCH 3494 Oak Park Road, Deerfield, with the Rev. Dan Anderson presiding. Burial will follow at East Koshkonong Cemetery, Cambridge. The family will greet friends at church on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service. Those wishing to make donations may consider memorials to HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711. Special Thanks to Dr. Beatty and his staff, Dr. Utrie and her staff and all the staff of Dean Cancer Center.

Olson-Holzhuter-Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 201 Bue St. Deerfield (608) 764-5369

DeMars, Beulah

MADISON - Beulah DeMars, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at Meriter Hospital. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. A complete obituary will appear in both papers on Saturday.

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

Fritz, Dorothy Mae (Marsden)

ALBION/ EDGERTON - Dorothy Mae Fritz, age 74, of Albion, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at her home, with her loving family at her side, after a six-year courageous battle with cancer. Dorothy was born on May 20, 1931, in Edgerton, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Ella (Lindvedt) Marsden. On July 3, 1951, Dorothy married the love of her life from the Stoughton Fair, Victor Jerome Fritz of Belleville, and together they had five children in seven years. He predeceased her on June 27, 2000. Her family and friends meant the world to her, and she was a devoted wife, mother and friend with an unconditional love for everyone. Her devotion to the care of her husband for years after his automobile accident, exemplified a strength and courage that few people possess. Her childhood friends remained her friends throughout her entire life. Her wonderful neighbors and friends came to her rescue many times, and she often said that she did not know what she would have done without them. She was a member of Central Lutheran Church, Edgerton. Throughout her life, she worked for the Edgerton Telephone Office, Edgerton Dime Store, IKI, Dr. Ross' and Dr. Zellmer's Dental Offices and A & W. She was also a daycare provider for many lucky children within her home. Dorothy was a member of the Albion Squares, Albion Mothers Club, Emery Homemakers, Dane County Homemakers, Martha Rachel Church Circle, the 49ers, and Central Lutheran Quilters. She loved ceramics, knitting, cooking and watching and collecting hummingbirds. Dorothy will be remembered for being the most supportive fan at all of the grandchildren's basketball games, spelling bees, concerts, musicals, dance recitals and high school and college graduations. She also made the best pork roast, chili, oyster stew, cranberry bread, blond brownies and rosettes around! She and Victor loved to travel and especially enjoyed their vacations to Branson, Hawaii, and Alaska. She is survived by five children, Blake (Debra) Fritz of Stoughton, Vicky (Glenn) Osborne of Janesville, Brian (Nancy) Fritz of Hastings, Minn, Cheryl Schaapveld of Fredonia, and Mark (Jill) Fritz of Oregon. She is further survived by her dear sister, Laurel Tucker of Albion; three sisters-in-law, Katie Schneiker Marsden, Suzie Bovre Schaefer and Betty Starker Grulke; and five brothers-in-law, Dan Tucker, Marcus Bovre, Michael Brovre, Don Bovre and Don Newcomer. Dorothy is survived by 12 grandchildren, Erik Fritz, Kirsten Fritz, Shanda (Rich) Schwantes, Lichelle Osborne, Kristen Fritz, Joseph Fritz, Elizabeth Fritz, Corrine (Tim) Ringle, Andrew Schaapveld, Tyler Fritz, Brock Fritz and Marie Fritz; her great-granddaughter, Teagan Schwantes; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her step-mother, Evelyn Slagg Marsden; her sister, Barbara Marsden Newcomer; two brothers, Stanley Marsden and Duane Marsden; and brother-in-law, Lowell Fritz. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 100 West Rollin St. Edgerton, with the Rev. Jim Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Albion Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dorothy's name to Central Lutheran Church, University of Wisconsin Cancer Research or Relay for Life. Assisting with arrangements is the Whitcomb - Lynch -Albrecht Funeral Home, Edgerton. (608) 884-6010

"Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy Mother!

And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home." John 19:27

Giessel, Helen B.

MADISON - Helen B. Giessel of Madison and of Ephraim, died on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at Oakwood Lutheran Homes-West. She was born on Jan. 7, 1905, in Rockford, Ill., a descendant of a pioneer Rockford family. Helen Brown grew up in Rockford, attended Keith County Day School and was a 1923 graduate of Rockford High School. She then attended Rockford College and was graduated from the UW in 1927. She was married to E.C. (Bill) Giessel on Aug. 9, 1929. He preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 1983. Helen was chief dietitian at University Hospitals from 1928 to 1937 and associated with the Navy Cooks and Bakers School at the University from 1942 to 1943. She was a charter member of the Wisconsin and Madison Dietetic Associations and was active in the Canteen Corps of the Dane County Red Cross. Helen was a life member of the American Dietetics Association, Home Economics Alumni Association of UW-Madison, YWCA, Door County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Scand Auxiliary of Sister Bay, Ridges Sanctuary of Bailey's Harbor, Friends of Door County Libraries, Peninsula Arts Association and the Clearing. She was a former member of the Board of the Dane County Red Cross, Madison Civics Club, Visiting Nurse Service, Attic Angel Association and Madison Dietetic Association. Helen was a volunteer at the Floral Mart run by Friends of UWHC. She is survived by a niece, Barbara (Douglas) Brown Williams of Ephraim; and many relatives. Private burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, Ill. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

Gunderson, Caryl A.

JANESVILLE - Caryl A. Gunderson, age 79, of Janesville, was born to eternal life on Tuesday Feb. 14, 2006. She was born Feb. 18, 1926, the daughter of Lloyd and Sylvia (Foye) Sylvester, in Madison. She is survived by her son, David Gunderson of Janesville; special son and brother, Chris; dear friend, June; brothers, Stanley (Joan) Sylvester of West Bend and Sidney (Donna) Sylvester of Milwaukee; six grand and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at ST. PAUL'S LIBERTY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3494 Oak Park Rd, Deerfield, with Pastor Dan Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at the ALL FAITHS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1618 E. Racine St., Janesville, with a video tribute at 6 p.m. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in memory of Caryl.

All Faiths Funeral & Cremation Services Janesville (608) 754-8700

Kundert, Dale C.

MADISON/ DODGEVILLE - Dale C. Kundert, age 79, of Madison, formerly of Dodgeville, died on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at Avalon Senior Care, Madison. Dale was born on Dec. 27, 1926, to Abe and Dora Kundert. Dale is survived by a brother, Glenn Kundert of Panama City, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Dorothy Schneeberg. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at UNION GROVE CEMETERY, Darlington, with Pastor Larry Hakes officiating. The Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home, Dodgeville. is serving the family.

Marheine, Althea

MCFARLAND - Althea Marheine, age 89, died at Four Winds Manor Nursing Home in Verona, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006. She was born on April 15, 1916, in Jacquish Hollow, Ithaca Township, the second daughter of Philip and Jennie (Mallo) Warren. She graduated from Ithaca High School and moved to Milwaukee where she completed beauty school and managed a salon for several years. Althea married Clarence Marheine on June 6, 1942. After Clarence's discharge from the U.S. Navy, they bought a farm near Slinger, where son, Roger and daughter, Linda were born. In 1958, they moved to Delafield, where they owned and operated the Delafield Sport & Gift Shop. Althea also worked for 12 years at the Waukesha County Home as a nursing assistant. In 1986, she and Clarence moved to McFarland, where she became a member of McFarland Lutheran Church and enjoyed so many good times with her quilting buddies from the "Piece Corps". For many years, she assisted with the assembly of the church bulletin and helped with the gardening of the church flower beds. Althea was an active member of the McFarland Senior Citizens where she played a mean hand of Euchre and 500. She and her card friends traveled to many other communities (rain or shine), where she had many hours of card game fun. After suffering from a stroke in 2003, she moved in 2004 to her daughter and son in law, Linda and Joe's home in Fitchburg. Mom gradually became weaker and was moved to Four Winds Manor Nursing Home in Verona, where her active fulfilled life later ended. She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Joe) Bleifuhs of Fitchburg; her son, Roger Marheine and grandson, Max of Pasadena, Calif.; and her five nieces; Mary Jean, Luanne, Kaye, Jennie and Nancy; and their families. Althea was preceded in death by her husband Clarence; her older sister, Almyra; her brother-in-law, Babe; her younger sister Lorrayne; and her brother-in-law, Ed. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at 11 a.m. at MCFARLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, with the Rev. Terry Peterson presiding. Burial will follow at Delafield Cemetery in Delafield. The family will greet friends at church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. The family would like to extend special thanks to the loving staff at Sylvan Crossing, Fitchburg, where they made Mom a part of their family; to Dr. Stanley Livingston, McFarland, for his compassion and tender care; to Deb Zitzke of South Madison Coalition for her guidance and support; and finally, to the thoughtful, kind staff of Four Winds Manor and of HospiceCare Inc. Their love and warmth made Mom's final days easier for her and our family.

Olson-Holzhuter-Cress 5801 Hwy. 51 McFarland (608) 838-0655

Myers, J. Gordon

VERONA - J. Gordon Myers, age 64, died on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006. Arrangements are pending. A full obituary will follow.

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

Parragh, The Right Reverend Dr. Desmond

MADISON - The Right Reverend Dr. Desmond Parragh, peacefully passed away at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. He was born Oct. 9, 1913, in Budapest, Hungary, to parents, Dezso and Etelka (Paray) Parragh. Desmond studied at the University of Strausburg in France followed by degrees from Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary. He received his Doctorate at the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1987. He served churches in Elizabeth, N.J., Bethlehem, Pa. and prior to his retirement, he pastored the Norridge United Church of Christ, Norridge, Ill. for 50 years, holding services in Hungarian and English. For a number of years, he also taught Hungarian and Psychology at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill. He was very influential in the Calvin Synod having held various official positions and then being elected Bishop. He was also President of the Western Classis of the Synod, overseeing churches in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Desmond was an avid reader, with a collection numbering over 12,000 volumes covering numerous subjects. Over the years, he greatly loved fishing, particularly fly fishing, and enjoyed photography and the challenge of playing chess. He held memberships in the Izaack Walton League, the United Fly Tyers Association as well as chess and photography clubs. His love and interest in people was evident by the numerous acquaintances he made. He always had a warm smile and a listening ear. His kindness and gentleness will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Grace of Madison; his daughter, Grace (Warren) Nickel of Verona; three grandchildren, Adam (Kelly) Crandall of Janesville, Reverend Nathan (Michelle) Crandall of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Heather (Lee) Gwaltney of Virginia Beach, Va.; and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, officiated by The Right Reverend Kolomon Ludwig, Bishop. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road Madison, WI 53705 (608) 238-3434

Sprecher, Elizabeth H.

PLAIN/ BLACK HAWK - Elizabeth H. Sprecher, age 90, died on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital. She was born in Troy Township on Aug. 3, 1915, the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Sprecher) Hasheider. She was united in marriage to Willard W. Sprecher on Nov. 2, 1944, in Troy Township. The couple farmed for many years in Little Prairie. Elizabeth was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Little Prairie Homemakers. She is survived by three sons, Dean (Barb) Sprecher of Plain, Milton (Peg) Sprecher of Middleton and Alan (Paula) Sprecher of Chicago; five grandchildren, Christine (Scott) Kinnamon, Charles (Jennifer) Sprecher, Carinn (Braden) Sprecher-Reinke, Sarah and Daniel Sprecher; four great-grandchildren, Gavin Sprecher, Paige Sprecher, Caitlyn and Carlyn Kinnamon; a brother, Marvin (Helen) Hasheider of Sauk City; a sister, Lois Hasheider of Spring Green; a brother-in-law, Walter Elsing of Cottage Grove; two sisters-in-law, Rose Hasheider of Baraboo and Joyce Schneller of Prairie du Sac; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard on Oct. 24, 2005; an infant brother, Erman; a brother, Lowell; sisters-in-law, Phyllis (Russ) Gattshall and Marvel Elsing; and a brother-in-law, Rueben Schneller. Funeral services will be held at BETHLEHEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Black Hawk, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, with Pastor Carol Quinn officiating. Burial will follow in Black Hawk Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday, one hour prior to the service.

Hooverson Funeral Home Sauk City & Mazomanie (608) 643-6430

Sveum, Samual P. "Sam"

EVANSVILLE/ SUN PRAIRIE - Samual P. Sveum, age 58, passed away in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. Sam "Fudd" was born on Feb. 17, 1947, in the Black Earth area near the Township of Vermont, the son of Norman and Endelien (Swingen) Sveum. While attending Milton Junction Grade School, he played basketball and was named most valuable player. He was also a little league pitcher. He won three letters in baseball while attending Waunakee High School and went to state as a senior. Sam graduated from Waunakee High School in 1965. He served in the Air Force from 1966 until 1971 and was stationed at Selfreidge Air Force base in Mt. Clemons, Mich. Sam was united in marriage to Debbie Elsing on Oct. 20, 1973, in Middleton. He worked as a manager of computer data processing for M& I Bank and First Wisconsin Bank. Sam liked to travel and enjoyed nature and fishing. He was an avid sports lover, especially baseball, and he enjoyed broadcasting radio and TV sporting events. At one time, he wrestled under the moniker of "the masked phantom from parts unknown". Sam also had a passion for Norwegian delicacies. He is survived by his daughters, Kristina and Stephanie of Sun Prairie; his son, Brian of Minneapolis; his grandchildren, Kaleb, Kiana and Kisha Sveum; and his former wife, Debbie Sveum of Sun Prairie. He is further survived by his brothers, Doug of Sun Prairie, Tom (Janet) of Janesville, John of Oregon and Mike Powers of Sun Prairie. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a nephew, Tim. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at 12 noon at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3325 E. Washington Ave. Pastor Peter Imlah will preside. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

You were loved more than you realized, you will be missed more than you know and will forever be in our hearts.

Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3325 E. Washington Ave Madison, WI 53704 (608) 249-6666 (

White, Sonya A.

MADISON - Sonya A. White, age 57, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at the UW Hospital Burn Unit from injuries sustained in a fire at her apartment on Feb. 2, 2006. She was raised by her mother, Erna White and her stepfather, John Giblin. She spent the years of her youth in both California and Wisconsin. She graduated from Central High School. For several years, she worked at the 511 Club House in downtown Madison. She loved gardening, baking and her cats. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and stepfather, and by her always supportive friend, Lynn Pilla. She is survived by her son, Shayne White of Madison; her partner of 14 years, Larry Loofboro of Madison; her best friend, Debbie (Kelly) Knutson; and her neighbors, Sandy and Dave Pishion. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the DON AND MARILYN ANDERSON HOSPICECARE CENTER, 5395 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg. A special thanks to the Madison Fire Department and the University Hospital Burn Unit, especially nurses, Amy, Jim and Kathy; palliative care nurse, Kathleen; and social worker, Susan.

Wirth, John W.

MONTICELLO - John W. Wirth, age 85, of Monticello, died on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe. Survivors include his wife, Edna Wirth of Monticello; six children, John (Ann) Wirth of Stoughton, David (Diane) Wirth of Monticello, Steve (Sue) Wirth of Verona, Susan (Brent) Stauffer, Jim Wirth and Duane (Jori) Wirth, all of Monticello; eleven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Nellie Babler of Belleville, and Mabel (Ralph) Zimmerman of Madison. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at 1 p.m. at the WASHINGTON REFORMATION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, rural Monticello. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery, Monticello. Friends may call at the VOEGELI-NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, 360 S. Garfield St., Monticello, on Saturday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. A memorial fund will be established in Johns name.

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