Alt, Hubert F. "Hugh"

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF. - Hubert Frederick "Hugh" Alt, age 89, formerly of Madison, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2007, in Orange County, Calif. Hugh was born on March 15, 1918, in Lancaster, to parents Ernest and Doris Alt. Hugh lived in Madison for almost 70 years before moving to California, in 2004. He had been married to Mary D. Alt for 65 years and she survives him in California. In addition to his wife, Hugh is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Veronica Alt of Idyllwild, Calif.; daughter, Margie Griffith of East Lansing, Mich.; grandchildren, Kathy and Kirk Munsell, David and Angie Alt, Michelle and Steve West, Todd and Andie Griffith, Brian and Anna Griffith and Kristi and Shawn Howard; seven great-grandchildren, Chase Alt, Maggie Alt, Alexander, Caroline and Jack Griffith and Thomas and Nora Griffith; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and Bonnie Steindorf of Milwaukee, who has been like a daughter to Hugh and Mary for more than 40 years. Hugh was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jane Hammond and Ruth Beamish; son-in-law, Rick Griffith; and grandson, Patrick Alt. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. The family suggests that memorials be made to St. Mary's Golden Care program for seniors in honor of Mr. Alt.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 www.cressfuneralservice.com

Bender, Lloyd C.

NORTH FREEDOM - Lloyd C. Bender, age 99, of North Freedom, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at the Sauk County Health Care Center. He is survived by his wife, Vera Bender; three children, Wava Vertein, James (Sandra) Bender and Keith Bender, all of North Freedom; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Margaret Marshall of Baraboo; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren; two sisters, Gladys Gerike and Alice Ziemke; and two brothers, Ray and Robert Bender. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2007, at the REDLIN FUNERAL HOME, 401 Madison Ave., in Baraboo, with Pastors Deb and Steve Ohrtman officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services, at the funeral home.

Bindl, Gertrude A. "Gertie"

PLAIN - Gertrude A. "Gertie" Bindl, age 90, of Plain, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at her residence, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 23, 1916, in Bear Valley, Wis., the daughter of Peter and Anna (Bissen) Schmitz. She was married June 20, 1939, to Walter J. Bindl. Gertie was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Plain and worked 23 years at Straka Meats in Plain. Survivors include four children, Judith (John) Moran of Charlotte, N.C., James (Barb) Bindl of Williams Bay, Peter (Tracey) Bindl of Middleton and Joanne (Dale) Ganske of Middleton; 11 grandchildren, Mark (Swati) Moran, Matthew (Kristen) Moran, Patrick (Katy) Moran, Jeff (Sandee) Bindl, Stephen Bindl, Laura Bindl, Brian Bindl, Andy (Lisa) Bindl, Holly Bindl, Neil (Kristi) Jensen and Nathan (Stacy) Jensen; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joe (Catherine) Schmitz of Bear Valley and Erwin (Lindy) Schmitz of Bear Valley; two sisters, Rita Marklein of Spring Green and Anne Ring of Plain; a sister-in-law, Florence Schmitz of Spring Green; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Anna Schmitz; her husband, Walter Bindl; three brothers, Gregor, Leonard and Francis Schmitz; and two sisters, Eva Schmitz and Zita Nachreiner. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 27, 2007, at 11 a.m. at ST. LUKE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Plain. Father Mike Resop will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2007, at the RICHARDSON-STAFFORD FUNERAL HOME from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Mom/ Grandma always reminded us many times that our faith and love are forever. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke's Endowment Fund or Home Health United Hospice. Online condolences available at staffordfuneralhomes.com.

Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home Highway 23 South Spring Green (608) 588-2181

Dorn, Megan R.

POYNETTE/ DANE - Megan Rachel Dorn, age 23, died on Monday, April 23, 2007, as the result of an auto accident. She was born in Prairie du Sac on May 10, 1983, the daughter of J.F. and Robin (Kirch) Dorn. Megan graduated from Poynette High School in 2001 and then attended UW-Milwaukee and UW-Baraboo. She was currently employed at Rivers Edge in Lake Delton. She is survived by a son, Dillan; mother, Robin (Kent) Kurt of Dane; father, J. Dorn of Madison; grandparents, Walter Kirch Jr. (Trudy Wilson) of Mazomanie and Sharon Kirch of Sauk City; great-grandmother, Imelda Kirch of Mazomanie; step-grandparents, Carl and Jeanette Kurt of Dane; brothers, Chief and Saphire Dorn; special uncle and aunt, Billy and Joan Dorn of Poynette; special cousin, Tess Decorah; many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by twin infant brothers; paternal grandparents, William and Bonnie Dorn; and aunt, Carole Decorah. A funeral service will be held at MIDLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 10235 Highway KP, Mazomanie, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2007, with Pastor Dianne Vielhuber officiating. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Prairie du Sac Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Hooverson Funeral Home Mazomanie (608) 795-2344

Downing, Raymond

MADISON - Raymond Downing, age 88, departed from life peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, April 22, 2007. He was born on July 22, 1918, in Prairie du Chien. Ray was an avid gardener growing flowers, vegetables and raspberries. He will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle, neighbor and friend to many. He was a loyal employee at Straus printing, where he worked until the age of 77. Ray was devoted to his faith and church. Raymond leaves behind a sister, Dorothy T. (Donald) Hughes, who always cared for and loved him dearly. He is further survived by a sister-in-law, Rosie (Loyd) Downing; nieces, Paula Downing, Betty Lou (William) Burse, Jane (Rick) Caplanas, Debra (Bruce) Haack and Joan Duren; nephews, James Downing, Daniel (Connie) Downing, Gary Lee (Barb) Downing, James (Annette) Hughes and Edward Downing; several great nieces and nephews, Dawn, Rene (Eric), Tina, Billy, Johnathan, Regina (Ben), Monica (Hoyt), James, Gena, Keith, Stevie, Shannon and Randi; and Ray's dear friend, Troy. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose (Schmelzer) Downing; father, Frank Downing; brothers, Lavernn, Loyd and Edward; sister (at infancy), Violet; and sister-in-law, Lula May (Edward) Downing. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2007, 10:30 a.m. at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 404 E. Main St., Madison. A visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will follow at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Cemetery in Westport.

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

Hozeny, Helene M.

MADISON - Helene M. Hozeny died Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at Alterra Clare Bridge House after a short illness. She was born in Madison, Sept. 16, 1910, to Joseph and Crescence (Grimm) Abel and lived most of her life in that community. Helene graduated from Central High School. She was an accomplished violinist who won many state and regional prizes during the 1920s and 1930s. She also enjoyed playing the piano, singing, walking, reading and long automobile rides with her husband. She was known for her sly wit, quick mind and extraordinary energy. Helene was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an alto mainstay of the Blessed Sacrament Church Choir for many years. Helene particularly enjoyed holiday gatherings with her whole family present. In her working life, Helene was a stenographer at the state Department of Transportation and an executive secretary at the UW-School of Nursing before retiring in 1976. She married Walter J. Hozeny, June 21, 1945. Their marriage was truly a loving partnership until his death in 2002. Surviving are her son, Tony (Joanne Cullen) Hozeny and daughter, Betsy (Pat) Ryan, both of Madison; grandchildren, Jesse Hozeny, Abigail Ryan, Brigid Ryan, Katy Ryan, Caitlin Hozeny and Frankie Hozeny; sister, Eleanor Jensen of Belleville; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sisters, Elsie Daniels, Marie Einberger, Devota Baudler, Regina Schrodt and Amanda Dieter. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLICH CHURCH, 2115 Rowley Ave., Madison, with a visitation at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the HospiceCare Foundation Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711. Please do not send flowers.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 www.cressfuneralserivce.com

Lance, Dean R.

TOWN OF DUNN/ OREGON - Dean R. Lance, age 50, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 25, 2007. Funeral service will be on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at noon at PEOPLE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 103 Alpine Parkway, Oregon. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the church. A complete obituary will appear in the Friday paper.

Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Centers 431 Soden Drive (608) 835-3515 www.gundersonfh.com

Larson, Lawrence "Orv"

MADISON - Lawrence "Orv" Larson, age 100, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at the HospiceCare Center, Fitchburg. Arrangements are pending. A full obituary will appear in the Sunday paper.

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

Lokken, Luke Richard

STOUGHTON - Luke Richard Lokken, age 30, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 23, 2007, in Madison. Luke was born on April 2, 1977, and was a lifelong area resident. Luke was employed with Schoep's Ice Cream Company in Madison. Luke was a kind and gentle person, one who would always lend a hand or take time to enjoy a good conversation with family and friends, or to listen to classical music sharing his favorite type of coffee. Luke was an avid NASCAR fan and collector, which included semi-truck models and old movies which he loved to watch. Luke is survived by his loving parents, Glenn and Janice (Cole) Lokken of Stoughton; by his sister, Erin Lokken of Stoughton; and by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Luke was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ole and Myrtle Lokken; his maternal grandparents, George and Evelyn Cole; by three uncles, Raymond Cole, Robert Lokken and Donald Palzkill; and by two cousins, Darren Ames and Mark Remsik. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 27, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the SKAALEN HOME CHAPEL, 400 N. Morris St., Stoughton, with the Rev. Paula Geister-Jones and the Rev. Peter Scheller officiating. Internment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens in Cottage Grove. Friends of the family may call on Thursday, April 26, 2007, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the OLSON-HOLZHUTER-CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 206 W. Prospect Ave., Stoughton. Memorials to the family in Luke's name would be deeply appreciated.

Olson-Holzhuter-Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 206 W. Prospect Ave. Stoughton (608) 873-9244 www.cressfuneralservice.com

Lukens, Edna E. (nee Schierhorn)

BLANCHARDVILLE/ SCHAUMBURG, ILL. - Edna E. Lukens (nee Schierhorn), age 91, of Blanchardville, and Schaumburg, Ill., passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2007. She is the beloved wife of the late, Frederick Lukens; dear sister of the late Annette (the late Charles) Kopp, William (the late Eleanora) Schierhorn and Frederick (the late Lorraine) Schierhorn; loving aunt of Frederick Schierhorn, Suzanne Kopp, Nancy Rutledge, Cheryl Clark, James Schierhorn and the late Charles Kopp and Leslie Schierhorn; dear great-aunt of Randall, Jeffrey, Edward, Tracy, Lisa and Jason; she is also survived by many dear friends in the Blanchardville, and Dodgeville area. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service at 3:30 p.m. at AHLGRIM AND SONS FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 330 West Golf Road, Schaumburg, Ill. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to your favorite charity.

(847) 882-5580 nm

Mielke, Mildred

MADISON - Mildred Mielke, age 85, of Deerfield, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital, after a brief illness. She was born on June 16, 1921, in Omaha, Neb., to Charles Herbert and Nancy (Arringdale) Chadwell. Mildred attended the University of Omaha. She married Dale M. Mielke on Feb. 12, 1944, in San Diego, Calif. The majority of Mildred's working career was spent as a legal secretary. She ultimately retired from the Personnel Department of the State Department of Public Instruction. Mildred was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was an avid golfer, bird watcher, nature lover and sports enthusiast. She is survived by the love of her life, husband, Dale; daughters, Janice (Mark) Weitzel, Terri (Jim) Curtis and Cheryl (Tom) Retzlaff; a son, Ron; grandchildren, Tim and Carilyn Weitzel, Lindsay and Jeremy Curtis, Max and Jack Retzlaff and Ashley and Bryan Mielke; a brother, Jim Chadwell; and sisters, Virginia McNown and Helen Elaine Zabel. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters. Private services will be held at OUR SAVIOUR'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1201 Droster Road, Madison, on Thursday, April 26, 2007, with the Rev. Brad Homan presiding. Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens.

Mildred was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and human being. She was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

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

Riley, Edward J. Jr.

MADISON - Edward J. Riley Jr., age 77, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at home following a courageous battle with emphysema and congestive heart failure. He was born in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 21, 1930, to Edward and Laura (Johnson) Riley. Edward attended Madison West High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He began his career with Alliant Energy (WPL) in 1955 retiring in 1992, after 37 years of service. Edward was very mechanically inclined and enjoyed spending time repairing and restoring old vehicles. Ed was also a motorcycle enthusiast, a pilot and very much enjoyed discussing his flying adventures. Edward is survived by his wife, Carlene (Thornton); his brother, Robert (Vera) Riley; brothers and sisters-in-law; a special aunt and uncle; and several nieces and nephews. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, a step-sister and brother-in-law. Funeral services will be held at PEOPLE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 103 N. Alpine Parkway, Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2007, with the Rev. Howard Hintzman presiding. Burial will be in Lutheran South Cemetery, Stoughton. Family and friends may call on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc. or to the People's United Methodist Church.

Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Centers 431 Soden Drive (608) 835-3515 www.gundersonfh.com

Stuntebeck, Catherine A.(Alderson)

MARSHALL - Catherine A. Stuntebeck (Alderson) was called home by her heavenly Father, after a long illness on Tuesday, April 24, 2007. Catherine was born on March 2, 1926, to Erven and Ellen Alderson (Kalar) in Marshall. She married Leonard E. Stuntebeck on Oct. 16, 1946, at St. Mary of the Nativity in Marshall. She lived in Marshall for 61 years until her passing. Catherine is survived by her two sons, John (Kathy) Stuntebeck of Marshall and Kevin (Bernie) Stuntebeck of Spring Green; two daughters, Ellen (Daniel) James of Marshall and Jane Stuntebeck of Diamond Bar, Calif.; three sisters, Mary Ann Kueffer of Waunakee, Irene Sullivan of Lake Mills and Nancy (Jeff) Tolleffson of Cape Coral, Fla.; her very dear friends, James Lazers of Montello and Mary Wendt of Marshall; 10 grandsons, Shon (Molly) Thieren, P.J. (Jodi) Thieren, Travis Stuntebeck, Lance (Jessie) Stuntebeck, Tyler Stuntebeck, Jesse (Shelia) James, David (Denise) James, Clint (Amy) James, Shane (Claire) Christenson and Brett Christenson; two granddaughters, Andrea (Ben) Ring and Jordana Stuntebeck; and 10 great-grandchildren, Zachary, Catherine, Erin, Claire and Mason James, Ashley and Cameron Thieren, Jenson and Jamison Therein and Sydney Stuntebeck. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; her mother and father; and her sister, Elizabeth Blumenthal. Catherine was a lifetime member of St. Mary of the Nativity and a graduate of Marshall High School. She retired from the Marshall Pharmacy in 1988. Catherine enjoyed traveling, painting, ceramics and cooking, but most of all she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services for Catherine will be held at ST. MARY OF THE NATIVITY, Marshall, on Saturday, April 28, 2007, with a funeral Mass beginning at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of services. The family wishes to extend special thanks to HospiceCare, especially Maria, Erin, April and Tiffany. Memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc.

When I come to the end of the day and the sun has set for me, I want no rites 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 we once shared. Miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take and each must go alone. It's all a part of the Maker's plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart, go to the friends we know and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds - Miss me, but let me go. All Faiths Funeral & Cremation Services Madison (608) 442-0477 www.866allfaiths.com

Yager, M. Joseph "Joe"

LANCASTER - M. Joseph "Joe" Yager, age 83, of Lancaster, died at his home on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, surrounded by his family. He was born on Aug. 5, 1923, in Waterloo Township, the son of Marion E. and Lucy (Schauff) Yager. He attended country school and furthered his education on the G.I. bill. When he was drafted during World War II, he joined the Merchant Marines division of the U.S. Navy in the Armed Guard. During the war, he served as a seaman on an ammunition ship and participated in the Battle of Okinawa and other Pacific Islands. After discharge, he drove trucks and farmed. On Dec. 27, 1951, he married Mary Alice Joyce at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. They moved to a farm in North Lancaster Township, where they lived for 45 years. On that farm, they raised their seven children. Joe also had a radiator shop there. Joe loved his family, his customers, his animals and all growing things. He is survived by his wife, Mary Yager of Lancaster; his children, Kathryn Yager of Waukesha, Mike (Becky), Bill (Betty) and Ron (Natalie) Yager and Linda (Rick) Rech, all of Lancaster, Karen (Dana) Wollak of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. and Amy (Charlie) Montoya of Madison; his grandchildren, Kurt, Stacey (Mike Haskett) and Alison Yager, Meredith (Kurt) Biba, Melanie (Steve Braun) and Courtney Yager, Lynn (Alex) Bromley, Nicholas (Michelle) and Jacob Yager, Brian (Ashley Lenz), Sarah (Tim Schneider) and Brad (Sally Beach) Rech and Kari (Jacob) Schmitz and Sophia and Isabel Montoya; two sisters-in-law, Goldie Yager of Beetown and Rosemary (Neil) Kuenster of Lancaster; and many nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Lowell, Robert "Boots" and Walter. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 27, 2007, at 11 a.m. at ST. CLEMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH in Lancaster, with Father William Seipp officiating. Burial of the cremains will be at a later date. Friends may call on Thursday, April 26, 2007, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the MARTIN FUNERAL HOME in Lancaster, where a 4 p.m. parish scripture service will be held and after 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

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