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In remembrance of WFDA members and spouses who have passed.
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Carla Hamre Thoftne, age 62, passed away on Sunday, March 10,2019 surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born December 17, 1956, the daughter of the late Alice (Gray) and Edward Hamre. Carla was a lifelong Lodi resident and was the owner and operator of the Hamre Funeral Home until her retirement in 2011.
Thomas P. O’Connell, affectionately known as Tucker, age 91 of Hudson, died peacefully Saturday March 2, 2019 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson. Tom was born January 7th, 1928 in Hudson, Wisconsin to Richard Joseph & Margaret (Grace) O’Connell. He grew up in Hudson and attended college at UW-River Falls as well as the University of Minnesota where he earned his degree in Mortuary Science. Following high school, he enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guards where he developed many lasting friendships. Always being an entrepreneur, Tom was a small business owner, as well as a successful paper goods and pharmaceutical sales rep. On Aug. 25, 1951, he was united in marriage to Janet Marie Smisek at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson. This union would be blessed with four children; Thomas, Kathleen, Daniel, and Michael.
Barbara Ann Forbes, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 2019. She was born May 24, 1936, in Sturgeon Bay to Martin and Ella (Schultz) Kust. In 1954, she graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School as salutatorian. After graduation, she worked for several years at the Door County Court House. On February 10, 1962, she married Harold R. Forbes at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Together they raised three sons.
As a young mom, Barb kept very busy raising her three boys and attending all their activities. In addition to the full-time task of mothering, she also volunteered as a Vacation Bible School teacher, served as a den mother for cub scouts, and helped to run the concession stand at the little league fields. She always tried to make every birthday and holiday a memorable occasion for her boys.
Wesley Allen Fenske, age 94 of Estero, Florida, formerly of New London, passed away on Monday June 25, 2018, in Florida. Wes was born on May 19, 1924, in Manawa, son of the late Albert and Martha (Beckman) Fenske. He graduated from Manawa High School and then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He served in the European Theatre with the 101 Airborne Paratroop Division, attaining the rank of Staff Sgt. Wes fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was decorated for his service, including the Bronze Star. He was united in marriage to Bernice Olsen on April 12, 1947 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Symco, WI. Wes graduated from Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1948 and was employed by Kircher Funeral Home for a short time before joining Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London, forming a partnership with Orin Hanson and Dave Rusch. Following Orin’s death in 1967, Wes served as President of the funeral home until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church and served on the school board and also the board of directors for New London Savings & Loan. Wes was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was a Rotarian and also very active in Ducks Unlimited, where he was a charter member since 1978. His sponsorship supported his love of hunting.
Robert “Bucky” L. Schultz, Jr., age 81 of the Town of Larrabee, Waupaca County, passed away Thursday May 31, 2018 at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton following a brief illness.
Robert Lee Schultz, Jr. was born in the Town of Larrabee on April 22, 1937 as the son of the late Robert and Alma (Roloff) Schultz, Sr. He attended St. Martin Lutheran School and Clintonville High School. On October 11, 1958 Bucky was united in marriage to Delores Baird at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New London. The couple would’ve celebrated 60 years of marriage later this year. The house they reside in today was Bucky’s home his entire life. As a very young man he started driving milk truck and later became a truck driver for Foreway Express for 32 years. After his retirement from Foreway, Bucky enjoyed driving and delivering cars for Klein Automotive in Clintonville. His sense of direction and love of driving were second to none and he rarely turned down an opportunity to hit the road. Bucky loved being outdoors taking care of his land, cutting wood, planting trees, gardening, working in the flower garden, planting food plots, deer & turkey hunting, and annual fishing trips to Pelican Lake in Orr, MN & Lake of the Woods. He also enjoyed woodworking, helping his daughter and son-in-law on their farm, polka dancing, and watching the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, & Wisconsin Badgers. Bucky traveled to all of the lower 48 states with Delores as the couple were always together. He was a faithful member at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Clintonville his entire life. Bucky will be remembered for making people laugh and keeping them on their toes. Things like shooting birds out of his front window without warning his family were common. Anyone that knew him could attest to his gift of gab and the fact he was an amazing whistler. Most importantly he knew his Lord and Savior and wasn’t afraid to live his life as an example for others by being there whenever needed.
Noreen P. Pecnick, 75, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully, Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Brookside Care Center.
She was born on August 27, 1942 to the late Robert A. and Mary Jane (Ryan) Clark in Milwaukee. She was educated in Kenosha. On November 13, 1965 she married William R. Pecnick at St. George Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1987.
Noreen started as a hairdresser and worked for several salons throughout Kenosha. She was a lunchroom lady at Roosevelt Elementary, McKinley Jr. High School and Tremper High School. Noreen also worked as a greeter at Target for several years.
Noreen enjoyed playing bingo, socializing and all animals.
Maj. Thomas P. Rozga (March 30, 2018)
Norbert J. Kabat, 93, formerly of New Holstein, was born to eternal life on Sunday morning, January 14, 2018 while at Libby’s House in Chilton where he had resided for the past year.
Richard A. Gant, age 81, of Reedsburg, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Richard was born on December 7, 1936, in Reedsburg, WI, the third son of Willard R. and Evelyn L. (Nissalke) Gant. On July 18, 1959, Dick was united in marriage to Juliet N. Good at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Reedsburg where he had been a lifelong member and served on several committees of the congregation. For about 40 years, he was involved with St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery serving as Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Bookkeeper.
Gerald D. Apfel, age 82, of Janesville, died unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at MercyHealth Hospital & Trauma Center. He was born in Evansville on Aug. 11, 1935, the son of Lloyd and Corinne (Murwin) Apfel and was a 1953 graduate of Evansville High School. Jerry served in the US Army and was a graduate of the Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. On Sept. 14, 1965, he married Lois M. “Babe” Demrow at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Janesville. Jerry was employed for
Suzanne Karrmann, of Manitowoc, age 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Thursday, October 19, 2017, in Neenah.
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, 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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.