MADISON - Shirley Ajer, age 84 died on Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center. She was born on July 18, 1922, in Belleville, daughter of Sidney and Laura Pollard. She was a lifelong resident of Madison. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Survivors include, her daughter, Bonnie and son-in-law, Richard Smith; her daughter, Sherry and son-in-law, John Lewis; her son, Richard and daughter-in-law, Margaret Ajer; her sister, Juanita Collins; her sisters-in-law, Grace Pollard and Johanna Becker; grandchildren, Jeffrey Smith, Michael Smith, Peter Smith, Katherine Ajer, Rebecca Ajer, Michelle Lewis, Andrew Ajer, Randy Lewis; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Douglas Ajer; and her brother George Pollard. Funeral services will be held at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road, Madison, on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. Pastor Rich Ajer officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center.
Anderson, Roscoe J.
DODGEVILLE - Roscoe J. Anderson, age 93, of Dodgeville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at Upland Hills Nursing and Rehab. Roscoe was born on the family farm on Aug. 11, 1913, the son of John E. and Melissa (Smith) Anderson. He graduated from Dodgeville High School in 1931. After high school he worked with the Civilian Conversation Corp. in Hayward, and later sold magazines in Michigan and Wisconsin. He met and married his first wife, Gertrude Gullickson, in 1937 Two daughters were born from this union before Gertrude succumbed to TB. He worked at Oscar Mayer in Madison from 1940 to 1946, where he met his second wife the former Catherine Severson. They were married on October 24, 1943, in Stoughton. In April 1946, they purchased and moved to the Anderson family farm in Dodgeville Township. As their family grew Roscoe purchased the two adjacent farms in 1951 and 1952, and rented portions of three additional neighboring farms. He retired from active farming in 1975, and later moved to Dodgeville. He was a charter member of Dodgeville FFA in 1929, a lifelong member and officer of North Dodgeville Lutheran Church. He was honored as "Outstanding Farmer of the Year" in 1964. In his retirement years he enjoyed his work on the board of directors of Commission on Aging and as a driver escort. He also enjoyed playing pool and cards, especially euchre, going to family reunion picnics, berry picking and telling stories. Roscoe was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Roscoe is survived by two daughters, Linda (J.R.) Nordberg of Ft. Atkinson, and Marianne (Ron) Larson of Madison; five sons, James of Dodgeville, Charles (Margo) of Dodgeville, William (Lynn) of Lexington, Ky., David (Cindi) of Makilteo, Wash., and Daniel (Barb) of Oregon; a son-in-law, Howard Crouch of Pittsburgh, TX; a former son-in-law, Dick Scheiwe of Ft. Atkinson; 15 grandchildren, Tammy (Dean), Jodi, Eric (Krist Lehman), Roxanne (Dan McDermott), Mark, Kurt, Lynette (Michael), Chris (Krissy), Bob, Dale, Katie, Brian, Amy and Megan, Rody (Todd) Lundgren; 13 great-grandchildren, Joshua, Kaylynn, Amber, Zach, Angie, Rick, Kelsey, Logan, Angie, Michael, Brandon, Jonathan and Britta ; a great-great-grandson; a sister, Etoile (Vernon) Luther of Neponset, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Blanche Anderson and Lillian Lenz; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by, his wife Catherine on August 15, 1998; his parents; a daughter, Roxie Crouch on September 12, 1995; a daughter-in-law, Sherrie Anderson on Jan. 14, 1994; three brothers, PFC Kenneth Anderson in Okinawa, and Chester and Robert Anderson; two sisters, Lola Gilbertson and Inez Hanson; three brothers-in-law, Richard Severson, Adrian Hanson and Orville Gilbertson; and two sisters-in-law, Ann Anderson and Kathleen Severson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH in Dodgeville. Pastor Steven R. Kottke will officiate with burial in East Side Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at the LULLOFF-PETERSON-HOUCK FUNERAL HOME, Dodgeville and at the church on Saturday after 10 a.m.
Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home (608) 935-3628 www.houckfuneralhomes.com
Anstett, Chester "Chet" A.
WAUNAKEE - Chester "Chet" A. Anstett, age 93, of Waunakee, died on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at the University Hospital. Chet was born on Oct. 6, 1912, to Fred and Agnes Anstett in Sinnett, Saskatchewan, Canada. He had been a Madison/Waunakee resident since 1966. Chet and his late wife, Winifred, owned and operated Anstett's Cash Market in Baraboo for many years. He also worked for the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison for more than 20 years. Survivors include a son, Joel (Sherrie) Anstett of Maynardville, Tenn.; two daughters, Gloria (Robert) Rathman of Mokena, Ill., and Rita Neitzel of Madison; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four brothers; two sisters; and many other relatives and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., Madison on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006 at noon. A visitation will also take place at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Father Roger Nilles will celebrate. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his memory to the Westshire Circle Tenants Association.
Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257 www.ryanfuneralservice.com
Brenner, Zella J.
MADISON - Zella J. Brenner, age 89, passed away on Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, and is "sleeping in Jesus." She was born on March 31, 1917, in Alliance, Ohio. She was married to Edward Brenner for over 50 years and will be buried next to him at Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmsted, Ohio. Zella will be greatly missed by her two surviving children, Jan Lanaville and Tim Brenner; her grandchildren; great-grandchildren and other special family members and friends. In addition to her husband Edward Brenner, Zella was preceded in death by a daughter, Pat Mattern in 1999. Funeral services will be held at the GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME, 7435 University Ave., Middleton at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006. Family and friends may call on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. For their loving care, a special thank you to the staff at Brookdale Senior Living/ Wynwood of Madison, where Zella resided for almost a year and to HospiceCare for the in-home care and for the last two weeks of her life in-patient care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711. Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Center 7435 University Ave. (608) 831-6761 www.gundersonfh.com
Diggan, Jean LaRae
FITCHBURG - Jean (Retallick/ Staley) Diggan, age 68, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She was born on April 23, 1938, in Lancaster, Wis., to John Retallick and Ruth (Anstey/ Vultaggio). She was married to John Staley on Aug. 13, 1956, and later married, Michael Diggan on July 1, 1976. Jean is survived by her husband, Michael Diggan; son, John (Karen) Staley, Iowa; daughters, Cheryll (Dennis) McCormick, Madison, and Michelle Staley, Madison, and son, James Staley, Stoughton; brothers, John W. (Darlene) Retallick, Marshall, and Joseph (Peggy) Vultaggio, Colo.; and her sister, Mary (Charles) Lackovich, Marshall, stepdaughters, Lorie (Gary) Heidt-Johnson and Lisa Diggan and stepsons, Corey (Ruth) Diggan and Kevin Diggan. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sons, Robert and Mark and an infant son, Michael Staley. Jean was a very special, feisty person who dearly loved her friends and especially her family. She will be greatly missed. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006 at GUNDERSON FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison. Services will follow the visitation at 5 p.m.
COTTAGE GROVE - John Drew, age 80, of Cottage Grove, and formerly of Tomah, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at Meriter Hospital, Madison. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at 3 p.m. at the TORKELSON FUNERAL HOME, Tomah. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Family and friends are invited for visitation on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences available at torkelsonfuneralhome.com
Dupuis, Vivian A. (Schmelzer)
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Vivian A. (Schmelzer) Dupuis, age 88, of North Adams, Mass., died Friday, Aug. 25, 2006. She was born in Madison, on June 11, 1918, she was the oldest of eight daughter of Frederick and Anna (Holzbauer) Schmelzer. She graduated from Central High School in 1936. She was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Coast Guard from 1943-1945 as a pharmacist's mate. She met her future husband, who was also in the Coast Guard in New York City. They married Jan. 29, 1944, at St. Joseph's Church in New York. Following her honorable discharge they moved to North Adams, Mass., where her husband had grown up. Mrs. Dupuis graduated from the former North Adams State College in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in education. She taught in local schools in North Adams and Adams, Mass., until retiring 20 years ago. She was a member and longtime choir director of Notre Dame Church in North Adams. She was a member of Court Margaret of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. In her retirement she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, crafts and visiting with grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, P. Homer Dupuis in 1994; and brothers, Thomas Schmelzer (Virginia), Donald Schemlzer (M. J.), David Schmelzer (Mary) and Duane (Johanna Schmelzer). Also preceding her in death were sisters, Rosemary Dosher and Beatrice (Warren) Bull. Survivors include her brother, William (Nancy) Schmelzer; her children, Anne (Michael) Doran of Monona and their children Neal, Casey and Meghan (Mark) Gonzalez; her son, Peter Dupuis and his children, Danielle and Erin, and her son, Paul (Diane) Dupuis and their children Matt and Nicole. She is further survived by a great-granddaughter, Emma Nicole Dupuis. She also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, many in the Madison area. Mrs. Dupuis' funeral was held Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, North Adams, Mass., all of her grandchildren served as pallbearers. Memorial donations may be made to any Alzheimer's Association or particularly to the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk Team from Sweet Brook Care Center through the funeral home, Auge-San soucie-Simmons Funeral Home, 46 North Church St., North Adams, Ma. 01247.
Ebert, Harold W.
WESTFIELD/ MADISON - Harold W. Ebert, age 68, of Westfield, died on Monday, September 4, 2006, at his home. Funeral arrangements are pending with a full obituary to follow.
Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave (608) 249-8257 www.ryanfuneralservice.com
Esmond, Evelyn M.
BELVIDERE, ILL./ STOUGHTON - Evelyn Mae Esmond, age 97, formerly of Belvidere, Ill., died on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, at Harbor House in Stoughton. She was born on the family farm near Harvard, Ill., on Aug. 30, 1909, a daughter of the late William J. and Mabel (Nettleton) McRoberts. Evelyn was united in marriage to Wayne Dean Esmond on the family farm on September 18, 1929. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and homemaker who devoted her life to her family and friends and held a special bond with her grandchildren. Evelyn was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in Belvidere and enjoyed reading her daily scriptures. She also enjoyed crocheting afghans, working crossword puzzles, and playing cards and games. Evelyn was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs. She is survived by her son, Bud (Helen) of Stoughton; son-in-law Charles (Tucky) Elliot of Kalamazoo, Mich.; four grandchildren, Timothy (Theresa) Elliot of Oakland Township, Mich., Christine (Jeff) Redman of Mokena, Ill., David (Sarah) Esmond of Stoughton, and Lisa (Eric) Hanson of Hudson; seven great-grandchildren, Bobby, Kaitlyn, Amanda, Emily, Eric, Elise and Isabelle; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne, in 1964; and her daughter, Donna Elliot, in 1997. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at 11:30 am at STOUGHTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 535 N. Lincoln, Stoughton, with the Rev. Lamarr V. Gibson presiding. Burial will follow at the Dunham Chemung Cemetery in Chemung, Ill. The family will greet friends at church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Janesville HospiceCare Inc. 3001 W, Memorial Drive, Janesville, WI 53548. Special thanks to the staff at Stoughton Hospital, Dean Clinic, Harbor House and Janesville Hospice.
Olson-Holzhuter-Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 206 W. Prospect Ave. Stoughton (608) 873-9244 www.cressfuneralservice.com
Frank, Sylvia "Syl"
MADISON - Sylvia "Syl" Frank, age 69, passed away Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on Aug. 18, 1937 in Chicago, Ill., Syl was the first child of David and Sally Kushinsky. She married the love of her life, Herb Frank, on Sept. 25, 1956. They moved to Madison in 1963 where they raised their three sons. In 1967, Herb and Syl began a family business, Frank Productions. They worked the business together and later expanded it with their sons. Syl dedicated herself to her family and home. Her greatest joy was giving to others and she did whatever she could to make people feel good about themselves. Syl had a special way of reaching out to people with a kind word and a warm smile. She especially loved children and loved every minute of being a grand mother. Her favorite place on earth was the family cottage on Lake Delton, where she and Herb watched their children and then their grandchildren swim, water-ski, and play in the sand all summer long. Syl is survived by her husband and best friend, Herb; three devoted sons, Larry (Marla) Frank of Madison, Fred (Holly) Frank of Middleton, and Michael Frank of Middleton; five loving grandchildren, Aaron, Sarah, Renee, Diana, and Jason; a special sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Gene Lang; nephews, Jerrry (Sue) Lang and Mark Lang; and grand nieces and nephews, cousins and good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Tom McFarland, Karen Huseby-Moore, Sandy Swanson. and the staff at HospiceCare. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at 11 a.m. at TEMPLE BETH EL, 2702 Arbor Drive, Madison. Services will be led by Rabbi Jonathan Baitch. Memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc. and UW Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 www.cressfuneralservice.com
Gruber, Rita S.
SPRING GREEN - Rita S. Gruber, age 55 of Spring Green, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at her residence, following a long illness. She was born on May 7, 1951 the daughter of Wilbur and Helen (Kiechle) Kuenzi. She was married on Sept. 13, 1997, to John A. Gruber. Rita loved the children in her daycare, loved gardening, her four cat companions, Randy, Tiger, Smokey Pokey and LeRoy, and her two puppies, Harley and Chaser. Survivors include: her husband, John Gruber of Spring Green; three children, Courtney Kessenich of Spring Green, Michelle Prindiville of Madison, and Mario Prindiville of Madison; a granddaughter, Amanda Howell of Madison; her mother, Helen Sanfleben of Middleton; five siblings, Londa Miller of British Columbia, Angie (Ken Jr.) "Jiggs" Kopp of Madison, Laurie (Michael) Moniz of MA, Jeff Kuenzi of Madison and Alan Kuenzi of Florida; her father and mother-in-law, Tony and Marlene Gruber of Spring Green; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jean (Jeff) Lidstone and Tammy (Emil) Diehl; a brother-in-law, Carl (Rhonda) Gruber; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Wilbur Kuenzi; a grandson, Danny Charles Prindiville; and her maternal and paternal grandparents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at 1 p.m. at ST. JOHN'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Spring Green. Father Mike Resop will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday at the church from noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rita's daughter, Courtney Kessenich's education fund. The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. On line condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com
Hahn, E. Louise
ARLINGTON - E. Louise Hahn, age 95, of Arlington, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, at the Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena. Louise was born on Nov. 26, 1910, in Mount Pleasant Township, Green County, Monticello, daughter of Vinzenz and Elizabeth (Bryner) Baebler. She was baptized and confirmed at the Zwingli United Church in Monticello. She married Harvey A. Hahn on March 18, 1935. Louise enjoyed reading, crocheting, quilting, baking, and cooking. She loved her garden, and provided many beautiful flowers for the altar at church on many occasions. She always had cookies and coffee to eat if you stopped at her house. Her Sunday fried chicken could not be duplicated. She worked for Del Monte for 28 years, while helping on the farm. Louise was a member of the United Methodist Church in Arlington. She always had fond memories of her dog "Josh." Louise is survived by her daughter, Joan L. Johnson; two grandsons, Steven P. (Brenda) Johnson and Gregg A. (Kim) Johnson; two great-grandchildren, Darren and Danielle, all of Arlington; and a sister-in-law, Georgia Baebler, San Francisco, California; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; her parents; her brothers, John, Fred, Herman, and Alvin; and her sister, Frieda Pickett. As per Louise's wish, memorial services will be private. The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette is assisting the family. Special thanks to the kind, caring, and compassionate staff on Willow Court, you are truly special. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Arlington or to the Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena.
Harter, Robert E.
OREGON - Robert E. Harter, age 64, died on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital, after complications from a heart attack. A Memorial Mass will be held at HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 651 N. Main St., Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, with Father Bill Connell presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday. A complete obituary will appear in Thursday's paper.
Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Center 431 Soden Drive (608) 835-3515 www.gundersonfh.com
Lacroix, Brigitte M.
COTTAGE GROVE - Brigitte M. Lacroix, age 61, of Cottage Grove, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at her home, after struggling years with the disease of alcoholism. She was born on May 20, 1945, in Darmstadt, Germany, the daughter of Margaret Stein. Brigitte was united in marriage to Patrick J. Lacroix on Feb. 12, 1963, in Germany, while Patrick was serving in the U.S. Air Force. She enjoyed spending time with her German Shepherd, Illse, and her Boston Terrier, Vinny, as well as her many other dogs through the years. Those who knew Brigitte knew she enjoyed traveling to exotic places every year and especially going on cruises. She will be greatly missed by her daughter and grandsons. She will be remembered for her stubbornness and her determination. Brigitte will also be missed by all her friends at the dog park. She is survived by her daughter, Lori Lacroix of Deerfield; two grandsons, Philip and Preston Ivey of Deerfield; and her brother, Hermann (Hedwig) Stein of Germany. Brigitte was preceded in death by her husband and mother. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. Burial will be at Cottage Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday.
Mom, as you have said to me "if he leads you to it, he will see you through it," may you be at peace with dad, Zoey, Apollo, Max, Heidi and Mickey. Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420 www.gundersonfh.com
MADISON/ SUPERIOR - Francis Philip "Fran" LaPerre, age 73, of Madison and Superior, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at St Mary's Care Center in Madison following a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. Fran was born Sunday, Dec. 3, 1933, in Superior, to Archille and Julia LaPerre. Fran spent the first part of his life in Allouez and graduated from Cathedral High in 1951. He worked for the city of Superior for 13 years while also starting the City Employee's Credit Union in his basement. In 1966, he accepted a field sales position with Madison-based CUNA Mutual. His territory included northern Wisconsin and Northern Minnesota. In 1973, Fran was promoted to Madison and there he met his future wife, Margo Hanson. Fran was an avid sports fan, golfing and following his Packers and Badgers. He and Margo spent many years traveling the country in their RV, seeing the sites and visiting friends and relatives. He is lovingly remembered with a mug of ice tea in hand, and a quick-witted joke on the tip of his tongue. Fran was a proud member of the Belgium Club in Superior and was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Edward and Joseph and sister Virginia Kern. Surviving is his wife of 30 years Margo, of Madison; sons, Scott LaPerre and wife Julie of Plano Texas, Patrick LaPerre and wife, Jennifer, of Rogers, Ark., Dick Hanson and wife, Suzanne, of Sun Prairie, and Tom Hanson of Deerfield; daughters, Cathy Schmitz and husband, Dick, of Cottage Grove, and Nancy Lee and husband Michael of Kohler; 11 grandchildren, Natalie, Ian, Erica, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Jessie, Emily, Abby, Annika, Laura and Catherine; sister-in-law, Dorothy LaPerre in Iron River; and brother-in-law, Jon Nelson and wife, Tinka ,of Rochester, Minn. The family would like to extend the warmest of thanks to the staff and volunteers at St. Mary's Care Center, especially those in the Capitol and University Neighborhoods.
SPRING GREEN - Olivia Larsen, infant daughter of Wes and Billie Jo (Been) Larsen, died on Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Brenden; grandparents, Bill and Diane Been, and Jeff and Janis Larsen; aunts and uncles, Shane (Nicole) Been, Dirk (Cee) Been, Nic Been, Heather (Jason) Meixelsperger; great-grandparents; many cousins, other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by an uncle, Josh Larsen. A time of fellowship and refreshments will be held at SAUK PRAIRIE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, Prairie du Sac, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. Private burial will be held at a later date.
Hooverson Funeral Home Sauk City (608) 643-6430
McCarville, Joan Marie
HOLLANDALE/ MINERAL POINT - On Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, surrounded by her loving family, Joan Marie (Gafke) McCarville of the Hollandale/ Mineral Point area left this world to "fly with the angels." She was 45. A non-smoker, Joan bravely battled lung disease for the past 13 years. She recently received her third and final lung transplant and although she had a strong desire to live she was unable to fully recover. Joan will be remembered for her courage, her strength and her undying love for her family who were always first and foremost in any and all of her decisions. Joan was born on Aug. 26, 1961, to Howard and Alice (Goad) Gafke. The first of four children, she grew up in the Belleville area, graduating from Belleville High School in 1980. Joan married the love of her life, Mike McCarville, on May 23, 1981. Mike and Joan farmed in the Hollandale/ Mineral Point area their entire married life where they raised their two children, Eric and Tatum. Joan loved flower gardening, birds and spending time with friends and family, most recently her grandchildren, Alana and Hunter. Joan is survived by her husband Mike; her son, Eric; and her daughter Tatum of the Hollandale/ Mineral Point area; her grandchildren, Alana and Hunter of Darlington; her parents, Howard and Alice Gafke; her sisters, Sue (Walter) Steele, and Claire Gafke, all of Belleville; and her brother, David of Verona. Joan is further survived by her Aunt Beth and Wayne Kalsow of Markesan; her Uncle Larry and Linda Goad of Madison; her Aunt Laura and Joe Jones of Boscobel; her Uncle Leonard and Joyce Gafke of Arizona; her very special friends, Mary and Gary Francois of Belleville; and her many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. Joan never wanted to be the center of attention but in May of this year the surrounding communities pulled together a very successful fund-raiser for her benefit. Joan and her family were amazed by the overwhelming outpouring of love and support by so many wonderful people. The efforts of family, friends, neighbors, and strangers alike made it possible for Joan to have another chance at living. The family would like to take this opportunity to express their sincere and heartfelt gratitude to anyone and everyone who was involved in any way. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Hollandale. Father Henry Kalscheuer will officiate. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH and from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service on Friday at the church.
Gorgen-McGinley & Ayers Funeral Home Dodgeville (608) 935-5222
Robinson, Joseph R.
MADISON - Joseph R. Robinson, age 67, passed away on Monday, Sept. 4, 2006 at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. Funeral arrangements are pending and a full obituary will follow.
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Skalet, Philip A. "Pud"
FAIRFAX, MINN./ BLACK EARTH - Philip A. "Pud" Skalet, age 83, of Fairfax, Minn., formerly of Black Earth, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato, Minn. Philip Arthur Skalet was born on Feb. 26, 1923, in Vermont Township, Dane County. He was the son of Sever and Dorothea Marie "Malla" (Venden) Skalet. Phil was baptized as an infant on April 29, 1923, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on May 23, 1937, both at Vermont Lutheran Church in Black Earth. He attended Helland Grade School and graduated from Black Earth High School in 1941. After graduation, he helped his dad and other area farmers. Phil was united in marriage to Ethel Grinder on Feb. 27, 1949, at Perry Lutheran Church in Daleyville. They took over the Skalet family farm and farmed there for nine years. Phil started attending the Lutheran Bible Institute in Golden Valley, Minn., for their winter short courses. They turned the farm over to Phil's brother, Jorgen in 1957, and lived on the Otto Jacobson farm during crop season. They moved to Ethel's father's farm and farmed with her brother, Ralph Grinder for the next few years. While living with Ralph, Phil also worked part-time as a bell hop at the Park Hotel in Madison. He later worked with his cousin, Ole Venden clearing trees for the construction of the freeways through Milwaukee. Phil and Ethel moved to St. Louis Park, Minn., in 1962, where he worked as custodian at the Golden Valley Lutheran College (formerly the Lutheran Bible Institute). He spent time at Eaten's Ranch in Apple Valley, MN, where he got the idea of giving hay and sleigh rides with draft horses. The couple moved back to Wisconsin in 1964, and bought Elliot Mickelson's farm, just a couple of miles from the Skalet home farm. Phil gave hay and sleigh rides for 24 years, entertaining many. While they lived there, he worked for Vermont Township as a road maintenance worker. He retired in 1989, and then drove school bus for Wisconsin Heights. Phil and Ethel were blessed with a daughter, Ingerid, after being married for 21 years. The couple moved to Fairfax, Minn., in May 1998, to be close to their daughter and her family. They celebrated 57 years of marriage together. Phil was a lifelong member of Vermont Lutheran Church in Black Earth, where he served as Sunday school superintendent for several years. He was also on church council and sang in the church choir. Phil was currently attending Central Lutheran Church in Camp Township, Renville County, Minn., where he was an associate member. He was a member of the Fairfax Lions Club and held the office of president for two terms. Singing was always important in Phil's life. He sang at many funerals and weddings as a soloist, or performed duets with his wife. He also sang tenor in the Perrmonts Quartet for more than 22 years. The group did three professional recordings over the years. Phil much enjoyed playing baseball as a young man. He once played for two teams, sometimes playing 18 innings in one day. Later, he enjoyed playing dart ball, first with the Vermont Team and then the Wisconsin Heights team, where he was manager. He also enjoyed deer hunting, and made several trips with his brothers and buddies to the Crazy Mountains in Montana. Phil is survived by his wife, Ethel Skalet of Fairfax, Minn.; daughter, Ingerid Kvam, and her husband, Randy of Franklin, Minn.; two grandchildren, Kara Kvam and Karsten Kvam of Franklin, Minn.; siblings, Jorgen Skalet and Gilbert Skalet of Black Earth, Thora Gillette of Madison, Dorothy Mae Rasmussen and her husband, Richard of Lake Mills, and Phyllis "Phodee" Bower of Madison; sister-in-law, Inez Skalet of Mount Horeb; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Philip was preceded in death by his Parents, Sever and Dorothea Marie "Malla" Skalet; brothers, Grant Skalet, Stephen Skalet, and Maurice Skalet; sisters-in-law, Grace Skalet and Mildred Skalet; and brothers-in-law, Welberne Gillette, Lyle Underwood, and Dave Bower. Service of remembrance will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH in Camp Township, Renville County, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of services at the church on Wednesday. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at VERMONT LUTHERAN CHURCH in Black Earth, with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at ELLESTAD FUNERAL HOME in Black Earth. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the time of services at the church on Friday. Minnesota arrangements by Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax, Minnesota. Online condolences may be directed to www .hantge.com Please click on online condolences. Wisconsin arrangements by Ellestad Funeral Home in Black Earth.
Stavonet, Lola June (Novinskie)
FENNIMORE - Lola June (Novinskie) Stavonet, age 81, of Fennimore, passed away on Monday Sept. 4, 2006, at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. She was born on June 12, 1925 in Stitzer, the daughter of Mike L. and Ardys G. (Edge) Novinskie. She married Frank Stavonet on July 10, 1950, in Chicago, Ill. Lola worked as an Occupational Health Nurse for 19 years at Rayovac. She is survived by her daughter, Veda Frances Stavonet and her husband John Gilbertson of Lake Mills; a brother, Terrill (Joe Ann) Novinskie of Waukesha; a sister, Shyla (Dennis) Braudt of Lancaster; two sister-in-laws, Angeline Bortnichak of Grayslake, Ill., and Susan Chesney of Delavan; and a special friend and brother-in-law. Richard Prince of St Charles, Ill. Also survived by 13 nieces and nephews, and 24 great nieces and nephews and seven great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Frank in 1996; her sister Tulsa Prince; a nephew Ryan Kaatz in 2003; and a great- nephew Jonah Braudt in 2005. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 9, 2006, at the FENNIMORE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH with burial in the Prairie Cemetery in Fennimore. The Rev. Duane Andrus will be officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday Sept. 8, 2006 at the LARSON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME in Fennimore, and from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church on Saturday.
Stekel, Agnes F.
BANGOR - Agnes F. Stekel, age 94, of Bangor, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2006, at the Mulder Health Care Center in West Salem, Wis. She was the daughter of Martin and Mary (Sebranek) Heidenreich and was born on March 6, 1912, in the Town of Union, Vernon County, Wis. She married Frank A. Stekel on June 10, 1937, and they farmed near Hillsboro, until his death on June 2, 1975. Agnes moved to Bangor in 1981. Her family was most important to "G'Ma" and family gatherings were her favorite social activities. She was an outstanding baker, especially of Czech foods, and it gave her much pleasure to see people enjoy what she had prepared. She liked all kinds of farm animals, hand-raising many of them when necessary. Her favorites were cats and she always had cats and kittens around her on the farm. She is survived by sons, Joseph (Carol) Stekel of Bangor, and Frank (Shirley) Stekel of Fort Atkinson; grandchildren, Joseph (Anne) Stekel of LaCrosse, Scott (Ellen) Stekel of Rochester, Minn., Susan (Richard) Rippley of Minneapolis, Minn., Sharon (Nathan Wolslegel) Stekel of Rockford, Ill., and Sandra (Tim) Schmidt of Oklahoma City, Okla.; great-grandchildren are Alex, Zachary, Sam and Kara Stekel. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; her sister, Mary; and brother, Frank M. Heidenreich and his wife, Mildred, who was a special sister-in-law. She was particularly close to their surviving daughters, Rosanne Heidenreich and Agnes (Jerome) Wolf. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the PICHA FUNERAL HOME in Hillsboro, with the Rev. Donald Ehler officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery in Hillsboro. Friends may call at the PICHA FUNERAL HOME in Hillsboro, on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. For online information go to:
Weiss, Wilfred "Bill" R.
PLAIN - Wilfred "Bill" R. Weiss, age 84, of Plain, passed away peacefully at the VA Hospital in Madison on Saturday Sept. 2, 2006. Bill was born on March 24, 1922 to Joseph and Mary Weiss Bill married Elvy Ring on June 24, 1947. He was in the Air Force 8th 453rd Bomb Group. He was a past commander of the American Legion Post No. 398, and a member of 40 et 8. He was a member of the St. Luke's men's choir for 70 years, the Catholic Knights and Knights of Columbus, the Catholic order of Foresters, and the Tri-County Airport Assn. He spent 34 years as a fireman and nine years as the assistant chief. He was the owner of Weiss Oil Company (Skelly Oil) from 1954 until he retired in March 1990. Bill is survived by his wife, Elvy Weiss; seven children, Linda (John) Goley, Pat (Steve) Bowdish, LaVonne (Andy) Anderson, Gary (Rhonda) Weiss, William R. (Connie) Weiss, Dorothy (John) Hill, and Terry (Sheila) Weiss; 15 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary (Schwartz) Weiss; 5 brothers Zeno, Sep, Jack, Louis, and Ed Weiss; 2 sisters Martina Reider, and Lucy Ringelstetter; and a grandson, Michael Hill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday Sept. 6, 2006, at 11:30 a.m. at ST. LUKE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Plain. Father Mike Resop will officiate with interment following at the St. Luke's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at St. Luke's Catholic Church. The Plain American Legion Post No. 398 will be providing military rites. The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com