Baxter, Deacon John A.

PLATTEVILLE - Deacon John A. Baxter, age 55, of Platteville, died on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at Southwest Health Hospital of an apparent heart attack. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Bendorf Funeral Home, Platteville.

Eichman, Herman J.

MADISON - Herman J. Eichman, age 92, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at St. Marys Care Center in Madison. Herman was born on Nov. 13, 1913, to parents George, who worked for the Madison Fire Department, and Marie (Bauer) Eichman. Herman attended Holy Redeemer and graduated from Madison East High School in 1931. He married Eleanor Blum on Sept. 21, 1937, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Madison. He was an accountant for First National Bank of Madison from 1932 through 1944 and for Wisconsin Electric Co-Op from 1944 through 1959. He then went on to be the assistant treasurer of Federated Rural Electric Insurance Company from 1959 through 1975. Herman was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Dane County Sportsman League and the Elks Club. Herman was devoted to his wife Eleanor for more than 63 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed raising vegetables and feeding birds in his backyard. He was a kind and caring gentleman, and his great memory for details made him a wonderful storyteller. He is survived by several nieces, nephews and their families. Herman was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, in 2001. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, with Monsignor Kenneth Fiedler officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. The family requests that Masses or donations to the charity of the donor's choice be given in Herman's name.

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

Grote, Arlene E.

REEDSBURG - Arlene E. Grote, age 87, of Reedsburg, died on Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at the Sauk County Health Care Center. Funeral services for Arlene E. Grote will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at ST. PETER'S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH in Reedsburg with Pastor Kevin J. Kohnke officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the FARBER FUNERAL HOME and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. A full obituary will follow in the Wednesday edition.

Henry, Evelyn W

OREGON - Evelyn W. Henry, age 79, passed peacefully into Life Everlasting on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Rockford, Ill., on April 29, 1926, to parents Ethel S. and Carroll D. Whitmer. Evelyn came to Madison at age six, and graduated from West High School in 1944. On April 7, 1945, she married the love of her life, Robert L. Henry. She was employed by the University of Wisconsin Hospital in 1944 and the State of Wisconsin Adjutant General's Office from 1949 to 1954. She later worked for the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1974 until her retirement in 1988. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, Madison, and after retiring to Florida, she joined Roser Memorial Church, Anna Maria, Fla. Evelyn was a member of the Manasota Genealogical Society and spent countless hours researching her family tree and writing books and articles. She is survived by her beloved husband, Robert; daughter, Jacquie (Mike) Caravello; grandson, Andrew Knox; granddaughter, Melissa Knox; great-grandchildren, Airelle, Madelline and Sam; niece, Jana Partain; and nephew James Johnson. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Denise Johnson. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 518 N. Franklin Avenue, Madison. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc. or the First Baptist Church. The family would like to thank the staff at the UW Hospitals and Clinics Cancer Center, the staff at UW Health, Oregon, HospiceCare Inc. and especially the wonderful staff at Sienna Crest Assisted Living, Oregon, who took such loving care of all of us during her final days. Also, thank you to all the friends and family for the visits, cards and prayers during her illness.

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

McKee, Florence A. (Jeffcott)

FITCHBURG - Florence A. (Jeffcott) McKee, age 93, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at Alterra Clarebridge Memory Care Center. She was born on Oct. 30, 1912, in Mazomanie, to John and Annie (Glover) Jeffcott, immigrants to the United States from England. Her family later moved to Madison, where she attended grade school and then East High School. After high school, she worked at Martins Restaurant in downtown Madison, where she was taught the art of cooking, by her mother. It was at East High School she met her future husband, Wm. F. (Bill) McKee of Fitchburg. Florence and Bill celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in 1987, shortly before his death. During their years together, she was an active partner in the farming operations, especially with her cooking and baking for the farm workers. Florence and her husband were active square dancers during the 1950s, which included an appearance in the "Annette in Dairyland" series for Walt Disney. Their square dance activities took them to many places throughout the country. She continued to support her husband with his roles in the Madison Theater Guild, working many hours behind the scenes on production and wardrobe assignments. But most of all Florence was known for her love of cooking. Grandma, as she was affectionately known by family and friends, always had homemade apple pie, sweet rolls, turtles at Christmas or some other wonderful treat waiting for you. Florence is survived by her four children, Bill (Jan) of Fitchburg, Betty (Issy-deceased) Rotar of Fitchburg, Bob (Janet) of Fitchburg, and Barbara McKee (Richard Rocha) of Oakland, Calif.; six grandchildren, Donna (Roger) Sorenson of Madison, Tami Rotar of Fitchburg, Cheryl (Tom) Chanos of Fitchburg, Brian (Linda) McKee of Fitchburg, Rob (Sherry) McKee of Waukesha, and Melissa McKee of Fitchburg; and eight great-grandchildren, Anna and Mike Sorenson, Eric, Melanie and Lexi Chanos, Trey McKee, and Samantha and Sydney McKee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; grandson, Kevin; parents; sister, Martha Petterson; four brothers, Jack, Jim, Art and Bob; and son-in-law, Isadore Rotar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2131 Rowley Ave., at 10:30 a.m., with Father Patrick Norris, O.P. officiating. A visitation will be held at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then again on Thursday at church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will be at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the Alterra Clarebridge caregivers for the eight years of care they gave to Grandma, especially during her final days. They would also like to thank Dr. Doug Smith and HospiceCare Inc.

Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Reuter, Ralph C.

MADISON - Ralph C. Reuter, age 98, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, at St. Marys Hospital. Ralph was born on April 12, 1907, in Madison, the son of Adelbert and Veronica (Pauly) Reuter. He was joined in marriage to Hazel M. Tisserand on June 12, 1934, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. He was employed for 41 years at the State Motor Vehicle Department and retired in 1969. He was a longtime member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church. On Sept. 29, 1967, Ralph married Wanda L. Dunn. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Wanda Reuter; his two sons, Ronald (Barbara) and Robert (Nicole); nine grandchildren, Mike, Randy, Susan, Terry, Tom, Rick, Dawn, Brad and Rebecca; 16 great-grandchildren; two step-great- grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel, on March 7, 1964; and his parents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at ST. BERNARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2450 Atwood Ave., Madison, at 11 a.m., with Msgr. Michael Hippee officiating. Burial will take place at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Madison. A visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257

Sands, Troy Phillip

MUSCODA - Troy Phillip Sands, age 40, of Muscoda, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, at the Richland Hospital. He was born June 18, 1965, in Madison, the son of Daniel and Lari (Lohr) Sands. Troy worked at the family business for several years. He loved spending time with his son, his family and his close friends Ernie Post and David Blank. Troy enjoyed fishing, his bass from Florida, hunting mushrooms, asparagus, his animals and his customers. Troy is survived by his son, Phillip Sands of Lancaster; parents, Daniel and Lari Sands of Muscoda; two sisters, Nicki (David) Blank of Muscoda, and Kim (fiance Ronald Grischow) Felton of Muscoda; special friend, Ernie Post of Muscoda; five nieces and nephews, Tara, Daniel, Cori Blank, Rhett and Brett Felton; great-nephew Peyton Hamilton; many aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. Troy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gertrude and John Lohr, and Jean and Fred Sands. Memorial services will be held on Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at 3 p.m. at the GODAGER FUNERAL HOME in Muscoda with burial to follow at a later date. Friends may call at the GODAGER FUNERAL HOME on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 3 p.m. The Godager Funeral Home of Muscoda is assisting the family with their arrangements.

Simmons, Charles "Chuckie" Wesley

JANESVILLE - Charles "Chuckie" Wesley Simmons, age 45, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, at Mercy Hospital, Janesville. He was born on Aug. 30, 1960 in Beloit, to Wesley and Deloris (Bond) Simmons. He resided at the Robert E. Miller (REM) Group Home, Janesville. He enjoyed listening to tapes of Elvis and The Temptations. He also loved camping and fishing. He was employed at Kandu Industries, Janesville, as an assembler. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Wesley and Kathryn (Gruenhagen) Simmons; his sisters; Kim Simmons, Sue Simmons, Mikki Smith and Debra Simmons. and a brother, Don, all of Madison; a stepbrother, Michael (Sarah) Gruenhagen of Milwaukee; his uncle, Alex Broske of Milwaukee; his nephews; Phillip Smith, Savion Castro, Dontay Simmons, Beau Simmons; a niece, Haley Simmons; and many aunts, uncles and cousins and friends at REM. Chuckie was preceded in death by his mother; and his grandparents. A memorial service will be held at BETHEL A.M.E. CHURCH, 1314 Athletic Ave., Beloit, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, 2005. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wisconsin Badger Camp. P.O. Box 723 Platteville, WI 53818

Stevenson, Sanford "Sandy"

MOUNT HOREB/ MCFARLAND - Sanford "Sandy" Stevenson, age 79, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, from a heart attack. He was born on Dec. 25, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., the youngest of three children, to Ben and Bina (Person) Stevenson. Sandy enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in April 1943 from Illinois and served during World War II until 1946 as a radio operator in the Philippines, at Clark Field. After the war, he went to Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., graduating in 1950. Sandy was employed by Sears as a management trainee and later managed the Southmoor Country Club, Chicago, and then was a sales representative for the Addressograph/ Mutigraph Corporation. He went to Vermont township (near Mount Horeb) in 1958 and started Tyrol Basin Ski Area, and operated it for many years. After selling Tyrol, Sandy sold and serviced wrapping and weighing systems to supermarkets until his retirement. In 1963, he married Donna Herreid at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mount Horeb, and they recently celebrated their 42nd anniversary. Their daughter, Nancy was born in 1966. During this time, Sandy served on the board of directors for the Midwest Ski Areas Association, was a chairman and 11 year member of the Vermont Planning Commission, handicap chairman for the Norsk Golf Course, Mount Horeb, for 20 years, and golfed with the Monday Night League, Mount Horeb, and with MARGA (Madison Area Retired Golfers Association) at the Yahara Golf Course. He had two holes-in-one at Norsk Golf Course. For many years, Sandy golfed with good friends on Thursday afternoons. He was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mount Horeb for 42 years, and most recently joined McFarland Lutheran Church. Besides skiing and golfing, Sandy's other interests were the Packers, the White Sox, reading and crosswords. He was a man of integrity and honesty, and had a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of the outdoors. This year, Sandy and Donna moved to a condo in McFarland at Skaalen Village, which looks out unto a nature preserve. Sandy is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Nancy of Washington, D.C.; sister-in-law, Stephanie Stevenson; a niece; and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ben; and sister, Helen Sullivan. Funeral services will be held at MCFARLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5529 Marsh Road, McFarland, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, with the Rev. Terry Peterson presiding. Private entombment will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday. Memorials may be made to the McFarland Lutheran Church.

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

Tupper, Sandra Lee

MADISON - Sandra Lee Tupper, age 54, of Madison, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, at home. She was born on March 29, 1951, in Madison, to Alfred and Donna (Fleischer) Beckwith. Sandy married Dave Tupper on April 19, 1992, in Naples, Fla. She worked for 27 years at American Family Insurance, and was presently employed at WPS Insurance. Sandy was a member of Bashford United Methodist Church. She was an avid Packers and Cher fan, enjoyed music, movies and spending time with family and friends. Sandy is survived by her husband, David Tupper; sons, John Alexander, Jeffrey Alexander and Richard "Richie" Tupper, all of Madison; a grandchild, Kelly Alexander of Madison; her father, Alfred (Vivian) Beckwith; brothers, Jim (Kay) Beckwith of Anniston, Ala., Ronald Beckwith of Madison, Steven (Terry) Beckwith of Madison, Cary Beckwith of California, Michael Beckwith of Oregon, and Brian Beckwith of Madison; sisters, Laurie Beckwith and Tammie (Michael) Faul of Madison; lifelong friend, Brenda Packer; and many special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Donna; grandparents; five uncles; an aunt; and mother-in-law, Patricia Pletsch. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, with the Rev. Francis Deaner presiding. Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday. Memorials may be made to the family, for an educational fund for Sandy's son, Richard Tupper.

Sandy was a lover of life and her family was the center of it.

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

Turnmire, Jay

ARBOR VITAE - Jay Turnmire, age 90, of Arbor Vitae, died on Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, at Our Home K-Care in Lac du Flambeau. He was born in Richland County to Alfred and Minnie (nee Reinhart) Turnmire on Oct. 23, 1915. He was a retired Farm Auction Manager. Jay belonged to the Knights of Columbus, Forester's Lodge, and a pool league for 27 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, berry picking and dancing. Survivors include his wife, Valeria; two daughters, Sharon Morgan of Boise, Idaho, and Charlotte Duffy of Madison; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Burns of Beloit; a half brother, Nolan Turnmire; and a stepbrother, Donald Decker. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn; a brother, Donald; and two sisters, Esther and Clare. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at 10 a.m. at ST. ANTHONY CATHOLIC CHURCH in Lac du Flambeau. Father Andy Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior the service at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Richland Center. Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

Vea, Margaret M. (Myers)

WAUPACA - Mrs. Margaret M. (Myers) Vea, age 102, of Waupaca, formerly of Madison, passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, at Bethany Home. Mrs. Vea was born in New York, N.Y., on April 12, 1903, the daughter of the late Lewis and Frances Olive (MacMillian) Myers. On June 26, 1926, she married Norman D. Vea in Pittsburgh, Pa. He preceded her in death in 1969. She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church Waupaca. While living in Madison she was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Madison Civic Club, the Madison Club, served 30 years on the PEO and was very involved with the UW-Madison Drama Department. Margaret supported the Indians and Higher Education. She served on the board of the Myers Library at Western Ohio University. Margaret enjoyed bridge, was an avid gardener, world traveler and a friend of the environment. She resided on Sunset Lake in Waupaca for 20 years prior to her entering Bethany Home. Margaret is survived by granddaughters, Margaret Rose (Scott) Foster of Skandia, Mich., and Frances Helene Wazenick of Waupaca; nieces, Marilyn Myers of Madison, and Marcia Carlucci of McLean, Va.; and great-granddaughter, Katie Rose Foster. Margaret was preceded in death by two daughters, Frances Helene Vea and Karen Dahl Wazenick; son-in-law, James Wazenick; great-granddaughter, Faith Elizabeth Foster; and sister-in-law, Ruth Myers. A memorial service will be held in the spring at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Waupaca. Interment of cremains will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park, New Philadelphia, Ohio. A memorial fund has been established.

Holly Funeral Home 526 S. Main St. Waupaca (715) 258-4020

Zimmerman, Sylvia

MADISON - Sylvia Zimmerman, age 76, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005. Memorial services will be held at the GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, with the Rev. Glenn Schmiege presiding. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

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


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