OBITUARIES

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November 09, 2006 12:00 am

Fillion, Benjamin

MADISON - Benjamin Fillion, age 66, died Wednesday, November 8, 2006, at home. Arrangements are pending at Cress Funeral Home.

Cress Funeral Service 3325 E. Washington Avenue (608) 249-6666 www.cressfuneralservice.com

Fox, Mary M.

MADISON/ STOUGHTON - Mary M. Fox, age 84, of Stoughton, died Wednesday, November 8, 2006, at the Ellen and Peter Johnson Hospice Center, Madison. Mary was born on June 18, 1922, in Elkhart, Ind., to George and Dorothy (McCutchen) Vredingburgh, Sr. Mary was a supervisor of housekeeping at the Skaalen Home, Stoughton, retiring in 1983. Mary was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Stoughton, since 1953. Mary will be remembered most for her love of children and the elderly. Survivors include two children, Charles (April) Fox of Stoughton, Dennis (Robin) Fox of Beloit; daughter-in-law, Mrs. James (Jeanice) Fox of Janesville; seven grandchildren, Joshua Fox, Jena Fox, Christopher Fox, Elizabeth (Cal) Mazzara, Janelle (Ted) Ames, Kyle Schmitt, and Sarah Schmitt; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Isabella Mazzara; two brothers, Charles (Linda) Vredingburgh of Elkhart, Indiana, and George (Joanie) Vredingburgh of Milwaukee; a sister, Betty Stewart of Elkhart, Indiana; and by special friends to Mary who were her "Earthly Angels", Rebecca and Henry Klongland, Mason Gunderson, Laura and James Brue; and dear friends, Adeline Berkley and Marilyn Vandrell; and former daughter-in-law, Kathie Fox of Cambridge. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Dorothy Vredingburgh; her husband, Norris Fox; a son, James Fox; two sisters, Helen Mennes and Carol Vredingburgh; and a brother, Raymond Vredingburgh; and dear friends, Irene Iverson and her "special mother", Eva Paulson. Funeral services will be conducted at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, Stoughton, on Saturday November 11, 2006, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Scott Geister-Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Lutheran Cemetery South, Stoughton. In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, donations would be deeply appreciated by the Fox family to: Christ Lutheran Church or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. A special thank you to the staffs of Nazareth House, Stoughton, and the Ellen and Peter Johnson Hospice Center, Madison. Friends of the family may call Friday, November 10, 2006, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the OLSON-HOLZHUTER-CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 206 W. Prospect Ave., Stoughton.

(608) 873-9244

Gibbs, Paul Earl

EVANSVILLE - Paul Earl Gibbs, age 90, lifelong Evansville resident, died Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center in Madison. He was born December 14, 1915, in Evansville, the son of Earl John and Ethel (Van Patten) Gibbs. He was married to Esther Hellum on July 12, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, and she preceded him in death on June 8, 1989. Paul was a member of Evansville United Methodist Church, Union Lodge No. 32 F&AM of Evansville, the consistory, Zor Shrine and Scottish Rites. He worked at Gisholt Machine Company in Madison, as a tool designer for 35 years. He enjoyed trap shooting, fishing and big band music. He was proud to have played trumpet with the Archie George Band from 1933 - 1939. Paul is survived by two sons, Earl (Karen) Gibbs of Sussex, and Parker (Linda) Gibbs of Stoughton; a daughter, Tess Gibbs of Evansville; grandchildren, Vicki Lynn Rea, Denise Jean Alvera, Laural J. Gibbs, Laura (Matthew) Miller, Lynda J. Gibbs, Leonard J. Gibbs, Tasha Hanson, and Chad (Jennifer) Hanson; four great-grandchildren, Emily Miller, Andrew and Shelby Gibbs, Quintin Moy; and nieces and nephew, Sheri, Tannesi, and Leonard. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Esther; and two brothers and sister-in-law, Albert and Odelia and Robert. A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 10, 2006, at 11:30 a.m. at WARD FUNERAL HOME, Evansville, with the Reverend Wendy Slaback of New Horizon United Methodist Church, Orfordville, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday and Evansville Union Lodge No. 32 will hold a Masonic Service at 11 a.m.

Gill, Joseph E.

MADISON - Joseph E. Gill, age 86, of Madison, and formerly of Shelburn, Ind., died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, in the Peter and Ellen Johnson Hospice Center in Madison. He was born June 23, 1920, to Anthony and Francis Gill and lived in Shelburn, Ind., for most of his life. Joe was a Master Sergeant in World War II, serving in the 8th Air Force, 385th Bombardment Group, 549th Squadron, based in Great Ashfield, England. He was crew chief for B17G bombers that completed 75 successful missions without having to abort and was awarded the Bronze Star. He married Lois Stwalley on May 1, 1948, and they were lifelong partners, living life to its fullest. Following the war, he and his buddy John Siner went to work at the Terre Haute federal penitentiary as corrections officers. Joe worked there for 23 years. Upon his retirement from federal service, he became a real estate agent in Sullivan, Ind. He and Lois realized their dreams in the early 1970s and became "snowbirds", traveling each year to their winter vacation home in Melbourne, Fla. In 2004, they left their lifelong community in Sullivan and moved to Madison to be near their daughter. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the American Legion Post in Sullivan, the Sullivan V.F.W., the Elks Club, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Joe loved music and dancing with his wife Lois, working on the family farm, playing euchre, taking care of his lawn and garden, hunting mushrooms with his brother-in-law, Jim Stwalley, and spending time with friends. He loved his family, loved people, and lived his life with joy, integrity and kindness toward others. He was a master joke-teller who could always get everybody laughing. Survivors include his daughter, Teresa Gill Bacchi and her husband, Russell of Cross Plains; his granddaughter, Alicia Bacchi and great-grandson, Jack Bacchi of Indianapolis, Ind.; three sisters, Angelyn Cliff of Carol Stream, Ill., Sophia Thomson of Shelburn, Ind., and Mary Brent of Mesa, Ariz.; brother-in-law, James Stwalley of Florida; sister-in-law, Jean (Owens) McCulley of Florida; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Lois (Stwalley) Gill; his parents; a brother, Zigbert Gill; and a sister, Caroline Vandement. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at HOLMES MEMORIAL CHAPEL in Sullivan, Ind. Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Sullivan, Ind., with Father Frank Renner officiating. Burial will be in K of P Cemetery, near Hymera, Ind. For those who desire, contributions may be made in Joe's memory to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sullivan or HospiceCare in your local community.

Hellenbrand, Lois

WAUNAKEE - Lois Hellenbrand, age 80, of Waunakee, died on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at St. Mary's Care Center in Fitchburg. Lois was born on Nov. 3, 1926, in Hartland to Louis "Duke" and Viola (Toycen) Marshall. She married Joseph Hellenbrand on Sept. 23, 1947, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1989. Lois was a wonderful gardener and created a beautiful garden at St. Mary's Care Center for all to enjoy. She was an avid hunter and also enjoyed ceramics, golfing, time spent at the family cottage, traveling, watching the Packers and attending all of her grandchildren's sporting events. Lois loved family gatherings and had recently celebrated her 80th birthday with all of her family. In her later years she always looked forward to her weekly travels with her son, Jim. Lois was a past member of the Waunakee Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include her children, Joe "Jim" (Cathy) Hellenbrand of Lodi, Mark Hellenbrand of Okee, Cathy (Dr. John) Pederson of LaCrosse, Cindy (Neal) Kalscheur of Cross Plains, Bill (Shirley) Hellenbrand of Poynette, Rick (Kelly) Hellenbrand of Portage, Lori (Dan) Hetzel of Waunakee, Mary (Tim) Fritsche of Middleton, and Gail (Dan) Solum of DeForest; 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren with two on the way; a brother, Bob (Nancy) Marshall of Florida; and a dear friend, Jennifer. Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe; and a grandson, Jason Hellenbrand in 1978; and by her two cats that she truly enjoyed, Coco and Rowdy. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the WINN FUNERAL HOME in Waunakee. Father Chris Keough will preside. Friends may call at the WINN FUNERAL HOME on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and also on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will take place in St. John's Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mary's Care Center for the care given to their Mother.

Winn Funeral Home Waunakee (608) 849-4513

Lefebvre, Jean Martin

SPRING GREEN - Jean Martin Lefebvre, age 97, died on November 6, 2006, in Spring Green, Wisconsin. She was the last of the Martin girls, strong, independent and Irish. She was born on September 7, 1909, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to Joseph and Mildred (Wright) Martin. She was educated at St. Joseph Academy and Rosary College, where the Prohibition Gin Joints of Greater Chicago, especially Cicero, Illinois, held more interest than her studies. She was the genuine article, a flapper, and remained one until the end. In 1934, she married Dr. Edward J. Lefebvre. His 1946 cancer diagnosis led to a decade of struggle and sadness. She was widowed in 1956. Her Irish spirit, her strength, her determination never to complain, enabled her to enter the work force, to care for her children and to create great friendships. She enjoyed a distinguished career with the Green Bay Board of Education, retiring in 1971. She instilled in her children a work ethic, a sense of history and a love for language and literature. She also played a mean game of bridge with the same group of women for more than 40 years. She was the toughest player at the table, her cards, her cigarettes and her brandy at her side, her stories animating the evenings. She was the real deal. She was an affectionate mother and grandmother whose love of monkeys delighted everyone. With her grandchildren, she set the pace, playing Candyland to win. Jean is survived by her son, Mark (Marian) of Madison, Wisconsin; a daughter, Julie (Robert) of Paughquat, New York, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, in particular, Elizabeth Wright Lefebvre and Daniel Martin Lefebvre whose home and cats she shared for years. She is also survived by the Lefebvre nieces and nephews and one Martin nephew, James Delaney. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Mildred, Florence and Helen; her husband; her beloved son, Steven, who died in 2005; and two grandsons, Steven and Joseph Mirsberger. She was also preceded in death by her lifelong friend, Bernadine Neuman Vander Zanden. They grew up together, married college roommates and were pals in the way bright, funny, independent women of their generation could be. Jean will be buried with her family in Allouez Cemetery. At her request, there will be no funeral. There will be a brief graveside service on Saturday, November 11, 2006, at 11 a.m. She is now back in the old neighborhood where she began her amazing journey. May choirs of angels sing thee to thy rest, Nonnie. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Greenway Manor who so wonderfully cared for Jean since the day she entered their community in 1999. Memorials in Jeans memory, to advance medical research, can be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation, 1848 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53726. The RYAN FUNERAL HOME in De Pere, Wisconsin, is assisting the family.

Marks, Judith

WOODRUFF - Judith Marks, age 66, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2006, at Howard Young Medical Center. She was born in Middleton on July 20, 1940, to the late Wendell and Madge (Richie) Howes. Judith enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. She was an active member of the St Germain Womens Club. Judith is survived by her husband, Thomas; her children, Tony Marks of Poynette, Lisa Marks (Richard Farris) of Windsor, Victoria (Michael) Faust of De Forest; grandchildren, Austin Ward, R.J. Farris, Daniel Faust, Michael Faust, Anthony Marks, Joshua Marks; brothers, Butch (Linda) Howes, Rick Howes; and her mother-in-law, Virginia Marks. Funeral services will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2006, at BOLGER FUNERAL HOME, Woodruff. Condolences may be sent to the family. Bolger Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Nelson, Vera D.

MADISON - Vera D. Nelson, age 98, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, in Stoughton. She was born on Dec. 28, 1907, in Middleton, to Charles C. and Amelia B. (Schwenn) Dreger. Vera married James W. Nelson. He preceded her in death in 1965. Vera retired from Rayovac after 35 years of service. She was a member of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ. Vera enjoyed volunteering for Independent Living, RSVP, Southside Coalition, and the Wil-Mar Center. She was active in the Bethel XYZ Club, Methodist ABC, and Trinity Keenagers. Vera is survived by a son, Gordon J. Nelson of Stoughton; two grandchildren, Shalimar Y. Nelson of Nashville, Tenn. and Lt. Col. Dana J. (Cynthia) Nelson of Macon, Ga.; two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Seth Nelson; and daughters-in-law, Mary Ann Nelson of Nashville, Tenn. and Anna C. Nelson of Hendersonville, Tenn. She was preceded in death by a sister, Alverta Stull; and two brothers, Leonard Dreger and Vilas Dreger. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, with the Rev. Dr. Charles A. Wolfe presiding. Private burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006.

Gunderson East Funeral Home 5203 Monona Drive 221-5420 www.gundersonfh.com

Nobs, Helen

JANESVILLE - Helen Nobs, age 74, of 610 N. Oakhill Ave., died on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at Edgerton Memorial Hospital LTC. She was born in LaValle on Sept. 11, 1932, the daughter of Leo and Wilma (Sinclair) Wegner. She graduated from Reedsburg High School and had been a Janesville resident for over 60 years. She married Edgar E. Nobs on Feb. 22, 1953, in Northwood, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 1990. Helen was a member of the Rock River Thresheree and was well known for her arts and crafts. She is survived by her two sons, Michael Nobs of Janesville and Ronald (Kelly) Nobs of Evansville; two grandchildren, Josh and Jessica Nobs of Evansville; one sister, Ruth (Herb) Dargel of Lime Ridge; and one brother, Johnnie (Anna) Wegner of LaValle. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Lorraine Powell. A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at Pine Eden Cemetery, Wonewoc. For on-line obituary and registry: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com.

Pelzer, James R.

PRAIRIE DU SAC - James R. Pelzer, age 58, died suddenly at home on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. He was born in Milwaukee on June 14, 1948, the son of Edward and Phyllis (Maves) Pelzer. He graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1971 and was united in marriage to Darlene Rubert on June 3, 1972. Jim was a project manager and former Vice President of Design Structures LLC. He loved life, good friends and family, and hard work. He is survived by his wife, Darlene "Dar" of Prairie du Sac; a son, Robert (Kate) Pelzer of Waunakee; a daughter, Nicole Pelzer of Savanna, Ga.; a grandchild on the way; his mother, Phyllis Pelzer of Eau Claire; mother-in-law, Alice Rubert of Roscoe, Ill.; three brothers-in-law, Grant Rubert of Roscoe, Ill., Steve (Judy) Rubert of Fall River, and Gene (Sarajane) Rubert of Huntsville, Ala.; much loved nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father. A funeral service will be held at HOOVERSON FUNERAL HOME, 251 Water St., Sauk City, at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2006, with the Rev. Connie Wenzel officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

Hooverson Funeral Home Sauk City (608) 643-6430

Peterson, Clarence W.

VIOLA - Clarence W. Peterson, age 90, of Viola, died Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at Vernon Manor in Viroqua. He was born August 2, 1916, to George and Ollie (Kinnamon) Peterson. On March 16, 1946, he married Jean Hocking in Viroqua. They recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. He was a lifelong farmer on Sylvan Ridge. In the summer of 1978 he retired from farming and moved to Viola. His hobbies were playing cards, hunting, driving his truck to the farm every day and helping his son on the farm. He is survived by his wife, Jean; his children, Gary (Eva) Peterson of Sonoita, Ariz., Colleen Katsiroumbas of Pinon Hills, Calif., Janice (Bob) Shelby of Richland Center, and Larry (Julie) Peterson of rural Viola; seven grandchildren, Gary William Peterson and Lucinda (John) Schadl of Ariz., Debbie (Don) Cox and Diana Decristo of Calif., Kim (Marty) Johnson and Eric (Jill) Shelby of Richland Center, Angie (Scott) Salmon of Soldiers Grove; eight great-grandchildren, Tonya, Jessica, Ryan, Shane, Noah, Luca, Kyleigh, and one due in November; two step-great-grandchildren, Zayna and Chandler; a sister, Doris Long of Beloit; and his nieces and nephews. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; one son-in-law, James Katsiroumbas; one grandson, Jimmy Katsiroumbas; and one brother-in-law, Neal Long. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at 2 p.m. at VIOLA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until time of services. Pastor Doris Clark will officiate and burial will be in the Viola Cemetery. The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is assisting the family with arrangements. A heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Carol Dinges and the staff of Vernon Manor.

Pond, Robert George

MADISON - Robert George Pond, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at his home. He was a survivor of Type I diabetes for more than 60 years. Bob was born on Aug. 10, 1923, in Glendive, Mont., to Otto and Margaret (Bourne) Pond, the seventh of eight children. He served in the U. S. Army, First Armored Division, during World War II, in Italy. Bob was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He was united in marriage to the former Betty Schaffer on Feb. 3, 1946, in Waupun. Bob worked at Gardner's Bakery for 25 years, and then retired as a custodian from Madison East High School. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Bob is survived by two daughters, Marilyn (Gary) Evans of McEwen, Tenn. and Joyce (Mike) Braun of Madison; five grandchildren, Lisa (Brian) Goucher, Leah Evans, and Aaron, Whitney and Shannon Braun; three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Hunter and Erik Goucher; a sister, Margie Pohlmann of Middleton; a brother, Dick (Marvel) Pond of Ferryville; a sister-in-law, Vera Pond; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Betty; his parents; three brothers, Gib Pond, Bill Pond and Ed Pond; and two sisters, Evelyn Frey and Dorothy Warner. Funeral services will be held at TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1904 Winnebago St., Madison, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, with the Rev. John Ruppenthal and Chaplain David Smith concelebrating. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, with military rites conducted by the Madison Veterans Firing Squad. Visitation will be at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, and at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday. The family would like to thank the staffs of Chamomile Assisted Living, for their love and wonderful care of Bob over the past six years, and to the staff at HospiceCare, for all the support and care given to Bob and his family.

Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420 www.gundersonfh.com

Quartuccio, Rosario (Larry)

MADISON - Rosario (Larry) Quartuccio, age 97, died on Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at St. Marys Hospital. He was born to Angelina (Sclafani) and Anthony Quartuccio on September 12, 1909, in Piana Degli Albanesi, Sicily, and came to America in 1921. He worked as a bodyman for many years beginning at Royal Body and retiring from Zimbrick Buick. After his retirement, he did odd jobs and worked as a custodian at Schoeps Ice Cream until age 92. He was a member of the Italian Workmens Club. He is survived by special friends, Bob & Norma Uselmann and their family and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Nick who operated Tinys Cafe on the corner of Regent & Park; and his sister-in-law, Mary. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. On behalf of Rosie, we wish to thank the Autumn Lane Memory Care staff at Oak Park and the 5th floor nurses at St. Marys Hospital for their compassionate care.

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

Taylor, William Fayette

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Bill Taylor died in Berkeley on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006. He was a lifelong, passionate advocate for the poor, the disenfranchised and the abandoned. He was 54. Bill was born on Oct. 21, 1951, in Washington, D.C. Bill attended elementary school primarily in Los Angeles. Schools in Los Angeles included 54th Street Elementary, Audubon Jr. High School and two years at Dorsey High School. He finished at Redwood High School in Marin County in 1969. Bill graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he majored in political science. He was a member of the group of students who founded the first public interest research group in Oregon, which was approved by Ralph Nader and was the model for UC Berkeley's Calpirg. He also worked on aging issues, helping to draft Nursing Home Reform Legislation; he championed its successful passage in the state of Oregon. His interest in public policy continued during two years as an aide to City Councilman (then County Supervisor) Ed Edelman in Los Angeles. He worked on many constituent issues during his tenure with Supervisor Edelman; again, his focus was on healthcare and mental health issues, in a district representing 1.4 million constituents. Bill attended UC Davis King Hall School of Law, graduating in 1979. He was active in local political issues while a student in Davis. Bill practiced law in Berkeley and other parts of the Bay Area for 26 years. His early commitment to the rights of elders in nursing homes continued in the Bay Area. He was a pioneer in nursing home abuse litigation, in resident rights issues and in many other areas affecting elders in California. He was a part of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform organization and family since its inception in Berkeley in 1984. They recognized him with their Advocates of the Year Award in 2006, which has been renamed in his memory. He was a tireless advocate for justice. The Berkeley Gray Panthers in 1984 described Bill as "that wonderful crusading young lawyer from Berkeley." He never wavered on his support of the poor, the disenfranchised or the abandoned. Bill volunteered and supported other community groups in Berkeley, including the Berkeley Historical Society and Berkeley Methodist United Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member and trustee for almost 20 years. He was a member of the Berkeley Breakfast Club and local bar associations. Bill's unfailing sense of humor was always a comfort to those around him; and he will be remembered for his ability to lighten up even the sourest of moods. He took great pleasure in the art of the conversation and was ever eager to impart knowledge, which he found interesting to others. His love of jazz, the natural world, history, architecture, and poetry (not to mention politics) will sustain those who knew him. He is someone who cared very deeply for the world around him and was highly empathetic to all who crossed his path. He was the beloved husband for over 20 years of his wife, Pamela. She survives him, as does his daughter, Adriana, 19, a sophomore at the UW-Madison; his mother, Esther Hougen Taylor of Greenbrae, Calif.; sister, Martha Taylor and brother-in-law, Gary Antoniewicz; and brother, Richard Taylor, all of Madison; his nephews, Mark Antoniewicz of Washington D.C., and Benjamin Antoniewicz, also of Madison; first cousins, Sarah Taylor and Melinda Taylor of Los Angeles, and Jonathan Taylor of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and his extended family through marriage, especially two aunts, Jane Taylor of Cupertino, Calif., and Juanita Taylor of Aurora, Colo. He was preceded in death by his father, Fayette Gere Taylor, in 1986. Friends are invited to celebrate his life at a Memorial Service on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, 1 p.m., BERKELEY METHODIST UNITED CHURCH, 1710 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94703. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's honor can be made to: The William F. Taylor Memorial Fund, c/o California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, 650 Harrison St., 2nd Floor, SF, CA 94107; or to The William Fayette Taylor Scholarship in Political Science at the University of Oregon, c/o University of Oregon Foundation, 360 E. 10th Ave., Suite 200, Eugene, OR 97401; to the The William Fayette Taylor Fund at the UC Davis King Hall School of Law, 400 Mrak Hall Drive, Davis, CA 95616-5201. Wisconsin friends may wish to contribute to The William F. and Fayette G. Political Science Internship Fund at the University of Wisconsin Foundation, P.O. Box 8860, Madison, WI 53708-8860. Or out of respect for his tireless commitment to community work and social justice, you can volunteer time in your local city or community.

Thomas, Rita Kay

MENOMONEE FALLS - Rita Kay Thomas (nee Field) of Menomonee Falls, formerly of Brown Deer, was born to eternal life Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006. Loving and devoted mother to Ann (Kevin) Freeman, Greg (Terri) Thomas, Julie (Todd) Lindwall and David (Julie) Thomas; the world's greatest grandma to RJ and Kristen, Abbigail, Adam and Bridget, Krista and Colin, Dominic, Erin, Madalyn and Jonathan; and dear sister to Mary (John) Smeaton and Floyd (Dorothy) Field. Preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Leona Field of Wisconsin Dells; dear sister, Dorothy (Joe) Chaniga; and brother, Bob (Lois) Field. Rita, your smile and laughter will be missed by all who knew you. Visitation at ST. CATHERINE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 8661 N. 76th Place, Milwaukee on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., concluding with a Mass at 11 a.m., and interment at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Rita was a cherished member of the Catholic Women's Charity Organization, The Lalumiere League (695 N. Brookfield Road No. 319, Brookfield, WI 53045), donations are welcome. Our greatest thanks to the angels at Columbia St. Mary's and Season's Hospice for helping us make the most of Rita's last days.

Schmidt & Bartelt A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services Menomonee Falls (262) 251-3630

Weidman, Adaline E.

ROCK SPRINGS - Adaline E. Weidman, age 92, died on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. Funeral services will be con-ducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2006, at the HOOF FUNERAL HOME in Reedsburg. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. There will be a visita-tion from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated.

Weisensel, Betty J.

SUN PRAIRIE - Betty J. Weisensel was born in Milwaukee, on July 28, 1925, and attended six different grade schools in four states, finishing the last five grades at Royce School in rural Jefferson County. She graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1943, and from St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing, Madison, in 1946, having been in the Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II. As an R.N. she worked in St. Mary's obstetric department. She married Zeno Weisensel at Sacred Heart's Church in Sun Prairie in 1947. Later she worked for a year in the office of Dr. Irwin Grumke on Atwood Ave. in Madison. She worked at Central Center for the Developmentally Disabled (then called Central Colony) for fifteen years beginning in 1969. After retirement she did several years of E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) tutoring, and volunteered as a teacher's aide at several grade schools in Sun Prairie. More recently, as a member of R.S.V.P., she has been involved with their reading program. She sang for twelve years in Sacred Heart's Choir, was a Sweet Adeline for many years, later a member of Harmony Inc. and sang in several quartets. More recently she sang monthly at Sun Prairie Healthcare, The Willows, and Colonial Club Daycare until she became unable to transport her equipment. She was a member of Post 333 American Legion Auxiliary and St. Ann's Society, and the Deviled Egg Writers Group. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank B. and Nina (Ball) Wilcox; two brothers, James D. Wilcox (Gerry) and Frank Wilcox Jr. (Virginia); her husband, Zeno, who died in 1997, not long after they celebrated fifty years of marriage together and a daughter, Theresa Brasch, who died in 2004. She is survived by her children, Lawrence (Donna) Weisensel, Frank Weisensel, Anton (Dale) Weisensel, Stephen Weisensel, and Rodney Weisensel. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Michele (James) Keenan, Jerri Jean Olsen, and Nicholas and Chad Weisensel as well as her two great-grandchildren, Makayla Rose Keenan and Nathan James Keenan. Betty will be missed for her witty humor, continuous singing, and many, many stories that were always so interesting. She was in the process of writing these stories down for her family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 10, 2006, at SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY CHURCH in Sun Prairie, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the start of the service, Monsignor Duane Moellenberndt presiding. Burial will follow in the Sacred Hearts Cemetery. Following the burial, a luncheon will be served. Friends and family are invited to call at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME at 1310 Emerald Terrace, Sun Prairie, on Thursday, November 9, 2006, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Rosary will be prayed at 8 p.m. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Jolene, R.N. and Meghann, Social Worker, from the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center for their help and support during this difficult time. Also, a tremendous "thank you" to her Guardian Angel, Greta, C.N.A., who was her friend, confidant, and caregiver. We, as a family, would not have been able to allow Betty to have her independence without you, Greta. Memorials may be made to the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center or to the family to establish a memorial in Bettys name.

Miss Me - But Let Me Go When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me I want no rite in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free. Miss me a little - but not too long. And not with your head bowed low. Remember the love That we once shared Miss me but let me go. For this is a journey That we all must take And each must go alone Its all part of the Masters plan A step on the road to home. When you are lonely And sick of heart Go to the friends we know And bury your sorrows In doing good deeds Miss me - but let me go. Author Unknown

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