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In Memoriam

 

In remembrance of  WFDA members and spouses who have passed.

Our sincere condolences go out to the loved ones of these devoted members.

                 

Hans H. Fedderly (June 10, 2017)

On June 10, 2017, Hans H. Fedderly, 79, Wisconsin Dells, put on a cap and left this world after an unexpected illness overcame him at their winter home in Palm Springs, CA. He wore many caps, representing his involvement in the Kilbourn Fire Department and as Captain of its Rescue Squad, membership in Rotary, Jaycees, and the American Legion; identities as Best Dad, Greatest Grampa, pontoon captain, and probably his "go to", a golf hat from his favorite pastime on the many courses he birdied. His Thursday League golf buddies will doff their hats to his passing and feel his absence in the foursome.

Hans was born on September 13, 1937 to Hilda and Stuart Fedderly as the youngest of three sons. He was in the class of '55 at WDHS, studied 2 yrs at UW-Whitewater, and graduated in 1960 from the Milwaukee School of Mortuary Science. He then began a lifetime of service to his home town becoming the 3rd generation at the helm of the Fedderly Funeral Home. He met the love of his life, Sherri Cunningham, during the summer '58 tourism season and they married September 9, 1961, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Cazenovia. The date was abruptly moved up a week by the National Guard "call up" for his assignment to Fort Bragg, NC during the Berlin Wall Crisis. Upon their return, they raised four sons each adding his own "cap" in music, sports, education, entrepreneurship, and, yes, golf!

 

Gale A. Gohlke (April 26, 2017)

 Gale A. Gohlke, age 77, of Monroe, died peacefully while asleep on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at his home.  He was courageous in his battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was tenderly cared for by his wife Carol along with his children and many friends from the Monroe and Albany area. 

Gale was born on May 12, 1939 in Neshkoro, WI, the son of Arnold and Esther (Phillips) Gohlke.  He graduated from Oxford High School and the Wisconsin School of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee.  Gale and Carol Kleven were united in marriage on April 15, 1961 at Arkdale Lutheran Church in Arkdale, WI. 

 

Gale was a prominent funeral director for over 50 years, serving area communities, starting in Poynette, Kenosha, Racine, Albany, Janesville, and for the past 21 years serving the Monroe area at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home.  He truly enjoyed helping families in Green County when they needed him.

 

Gale was very involved in community service through his membership with the Albany Lions Club, and more recently Monroe Lions Club, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge Post #754, Albany Lutheran Church, and more recently Grace Lutheran Church.  He also served the Village of Albany as President.

 

Larry C. Thompson (March 20, 2017)

Larry C. Thompson, age 76, of Sheboygan, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Sheboygan Progressive Care Center.  He was born in South Milwaukee on June 26, 1940, the son of the late Clinton O. and Ruth F. Krueger Thompson. 

 

Larry attended local schools in Mayville, WI and graduated from Mayville High School.  He furthered his education at Valparaiso University in Indiana.  After graduation, Larry met Corinne R. Mott, the love of his life, while working at Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown, WI.  Larry and Corinne were married on May 16, 1970 in Minneapolis, MN.  Corinne preceded Larry in death on March 13, 2016.  During their time in Watertown Larry and Corinne served as foster parents for 10 children.

 

In 1987 Larry decided to return to school, he attended Milwaukee Area Technical College and graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science.  After being a funeral director in Watertown and Waterloo, WI, Larry and Corinne relocated to Sheboygan were in 1992 he took a position at the Novak-Ramm-Ziegler Funeral Home until 2005.  Larry then assisted other local funeral homes until his retirement.    Larry was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan.  He was a past President of Trinity Lutheran, a member of the choir and many other various positions at church.

 

Thomas Paul Holtz (March 5, 2017)

Entered into Eternal Life on March 5, 2017 at the age of 74. Loving brother of Paulette (Dave) Draeger. Proud uncle of Dave (Maria) Draeger and Kate (Ray) Kempka; great-uncle of Keira and Kenzie Draeger, and Isabella and Jackson Kempka. Further survived by his cats Sir Edmund and Emma, relatives and good friends.

Tom was a hard working, dedicated man who always gave life his best. He had a true love for his family, his pets, and for life, and never backed down from a good challenge. His work as a funeral director was always handled with dignity and respect; he was proud of his profession. Tom will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him!

Alec Wayne Tauber (March 3, 2017)

Alec Wayne Tauber, age 14, entered into eternal life in God’s safe keeping on March 3, 2017 at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee.  He was born August 16, 2002 in Appleton, the son of Wayne and Shelly Tauber.  Alec was currently an 8th grader at Hortonville Middle School.  He attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System from Preschool through 7th grade.  Alec enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He was very social and was always the one who tried to cheer everyone up with his contagious smile.  He wanted everyone to be happy – that was his dream.  He would stand up to bullies and protect others from being bullied as well.  Alec was the kind hearted one who would stay after a class to help clean up, or help a student who had just accidently dropped everything in their arms between classes.  Alec was the one who would sit next to a student who would be eating lunch alone encouraging his friends to join them.  He always thought of others first.  His most recent passion was wrestling for the Hortonville Middle School where he had just succeeded in his 11th straight pin.  He also enjoyed football.  He played flag football in elementary school, went on to play Pop Warner football and was so proud of himself when he was selected to be a team member of the U.S. National Football team.  Alec enjoyed playing his saxophone, listing to Jazz music, snowboarding, water skiing and riding his 4-wheeler.  He was also very creative and loved to draw and do woodworking.

Fonzo Kyle (March 2, 2017)

MADISON - Fonzo Gilbert Kyle, age 97, passed away peacefully into eternal life March 2, 2017, with Geraldine, his wife of over 72 years, by his side at their home in Madison. He was born Aug. 22, 1919, in Weatherford, Texas, to Ethel Mae (Hopkins) and William Beverly Kyle; one of 11 children. As part of the Army Air Corps during World War II, he served in France and various parts of Europe. While stationed at Truax Field in Madison, he met and fell in love with Geraldine Keichinger. Kyle, as he liked to be called, was hired by Mr. Kayser at Kayser Ford in Madison, followed by owning his businesses: Kyle's Citi Service Gas and Repair, Kyle's Automotive Garage and Kyle's Skelly Gas and Repair. After retirement, he went to work for U-Haul; never a man to sit. He built and raced stock cars, loved horses, a good game of dominos, dancing, bowling, and traveling - mostly to Texas and the Kyle Family Reunions. He loved life with family and friends, always a smile on his face, gratitude in his heart and concern for others. He would say he was pretty good, and with a twinkle in his eye add, "mostly pretty".

Roger Thomas Voie (February 17, 2017)

Roger Thomas Voie, age 85, of Stevens Point, formerly of Iola, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 17, 2017. He died peacefully in his sleep in his favorite recliner at home. Roger was born in Iola, Wisconsin on January 8, 1932 to Selmer and Bernice Voie. Roger served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman on the Red Cross Ship, USS Consolation during the Korean War. He graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. and the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee. He married Virginia Isaacson and joined his father as an undertaker at the Voie Funeral Home. He and his brother, Eugene, later took over the family business and ran the Voie Furniture Store and the ambulance service. Roger and Virginia remained in Iola and raised their family of five children. Virginia passed away in 1979 at the age of 46. Roger then married Marjorie Isaacson in 1982 and moved to Stevens Point after his retirement. Marjorie passed away in 2006.

 

James Betts (October 5, 2016)

James D. Betts: 72, of Town of Geneva, WI, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, WI.  He was born October 7, 1943 the son of the late H. Stanley and Catherine Rose (Dennis) Betts.  He graduated from Burlington High School and the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee, WI.  He was united in marriage to Judith A. Raettig on October 2, 1965 in Burlington, WI.  Judy died February 14, 2013.  Jim owned and operated the Betts Funeral Home in Elkhorn, WI from 1976 until his retirement in 2008.  Jim was a member of the Elkhorn Kiwanis Club; he enjoyed traveling and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.  Jim was a kind and caring man who was dedicated to the community and devoted to his family. 

 

Thomas Strasser (August 11, 2016)

Thomas J. Strasser, of Antigo, died Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Evergreen Terrace. He was 74 years old. He married Mary Rasman on August 7, 1965 in Antigo. As funeral director and owner of Strasser-Roller Funeral Home, he cared for the community for 40 years. Tom loved God, his family, his church, and the community.  He exemplified his commitment to the community via his stewardship through Antigo Optimist Club, Elks, Masons, Langlade Hospital Board of Directors, Bank One Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce, Housing Authority, coaching youth baseball and basketball, President of the Wisconsin Funeral Director Association and active in the National Funeral Director Association, and Bass Lake Country Club.  

 Debra Whitcomb (July 11,2016) 

Debra Scott (Dampier) Whitcomb, age 59, of Janesville, died Monday evening, July 11, 2016 following a 16 month battle with Interstitial Lung Disease. Debra was the wife of James Whitcomb of Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Homes.Deb loved baking and cooking, tending to her flowers and vegetable garden, enjoyed bowling, golf, traveling (especially to the beach and water!) and spending time with her family and friends, but especially with her 2 children, Matthew and Emily, and Jim. 

 Samuel Patrow (June 30, 2016)

Samuel C. Patrow Jr., 92 of Eau Claire died on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Oakwood Villa in Altoona. After high school, Sam was drafted into the Army and served in England and Scotland as an embalmer in Graves Registration. After the war, Sam worked for Union Construction Company owned by his father.  Sam married Irene Joles on August 3, 1946. Sam attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, IL and graduated in 1952.  After graduation from mortuary school he began his apprenticeship under William D. Smith at Stokes and Sons Funeral Home in Eau Claire.  When Smith Funeral Chapel opened in 1956, Sam began working as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with the Smith Funeral Chapel.  Sam was a dedicated employee and friend to William and Agnes Smith for over 45 years.

 

Donald Zuther (June 29, 2016)

Donald R. Zuther, age 79, passed away on June 29, 2016, at Divine Savior Healthcare in Portage. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Mortuary Science Program, obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science in 1965. He served his internship with the Taylor Funeral Home in Merrill, Wisconsin, and obtained both his Wisconsin and Minnesota licenses in 1966.  Don moved to Portage and was employed by Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Homes until 1972. Don was married to Loretta Dalton in 1967.  In the fall of 1972, Don began working for the State of Wisconsin, UW Medical School, and served over the years in the Pathology, Physiology and Anatomy Departments, retiring in 1999. 

Gerald Patterson (May 28, 2016) 

Gerald B. Patterson, age 82 of New London, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday May 28, 2016. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. Gerry attended Stevens Point College from 1960 to 1962. He graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1963 and received his fifty year certificate of licensure from the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association in 2013. He worked for many years at Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca until his retirement at which time he began to help out part time at Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London. 

Paul Eberhardt (April 7, 2016) 

Paul O. Eberhardt, age 67 of Clintonville, passed away unexpectedly while at his winter home in Punta Gorda, FL on Thursday April 7, 2016 of a sudden heart attack with his wife Nancy and numerous friends by his side. Paul served his country in the Army National Guard. He graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science and started working for his family's funeral business; Eberhardt Funeral Home, now known as Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory in Clintonville & Marion. On September 11, 1971, Paul was united in marriage to Nancy Susa at St. Martin Lutheran Church. The couple lived in and around the Clintonville area their entire life where Paul served the Clintonville and Marion communities as a funeral director for many years. He was a caring and professional funeral director; retiring in 2002 to make room for his son in the family business. 

Charles "Chuck" Myrhum (April 2, 2016)

Charles Edward Myrhum, age 64, of West Bend, was granted eternal rest on Saturday, April 2, 2016 following a one month struggle with an aggressive cancer. Chuck always felt that his real calling was in funeral service so he continued his college education and become a licensed funeral director in 1977.  He was an active member and past president of both the Lakeshore Funeral Directors Association and the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association. After taking over operations of the family business, Chuck was influential in remodeling their West Bend location which saw the addition of an on-site crematory to better serve the needs of the community.  He also helped expand the business from their one location in West Bend to four locations serving West Bend, Kewaskum, Mayville, and Lomira.  While he led an accomplished career, Chuck’s greatest joy was having the opportunity to work first with his father and later with his son.

Ronald McGuire (March 29, 2016)

Ronald L. McGuire, of Highland, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Upland Hills Health. He married the former Betty Kolar of Highland on October 1, 1951. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Following graduation from The Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, Ron owned and operated the McGuire Funeral Home in Highland until retiring in 1977. 

Emil Krueger (January 22, 2016)

Emil H. Krueger, age 92, of E. Kings Road and, most recently, of Milestone Senior Living, passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, January 22, 2016 under the care of Ministry Hospice. Emil attended Mortuary School at Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee in 1943. It was in Milwaukee where he married Mary Jane Stachowiak on September 15, 1945, just three short months after they met. After graduating Mortuary School, Emil returned to Merrill to work with his brother at the Krueger Funeral Home, founded by his father, Emil O. Krueger. In 1947 Emil & Jane moved to Tomahawk where they made their home, raised their family and founded the Krueger & Sons Funeral Home; currently Krueger Family Funeral Home.


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