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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.

   

Ted W. Westgor (November 9, 2019)

Ted W. Westgor, of Neenah, WI and Naples, FL, peacefully passed away with his wife by his side on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in Naples, FL. . Ted joined his father and mother in the family funeral business in 1973. Ted established the family's Menasha funeral home in 1998; he retired from funeral service in 2009. Ted always received considerable satisfaction by helping families in their greatest time of need for over 36 years. Read more.

Thomas L. Skubal (October 22, 2019)

Thomas L. Skubal found Peace on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the age of 70 years. Beloved husband of the late Constance "Connie" (nee Makal) for 45 years. Loving father of Benjamin (Jaclynn) Skubal, Stephanie Skubal and Amy (JC) Muehlenberg. Proud grandpa of Gavin, Riley, Jake and Andrea. Brother of Sharon (James) Van Roo. Tom is also survived and will be missed by other family, friends and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his parents Margaret (nee Fries) and Albert Skubal, Jr. Read more

Patrick Jason Mayo (September 23, 2019)

Patrick Jason Mayo, a fisherman, age 46 of Stevens Point, left this world too soon on Monday, September 23, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by family and lots of love.  He was born on August 17, 1973, in Antigo, WI to Michael and Christine (Henricks) Mayo.

Pat attended St. John Catholic Grade School and Antigo High School, graduating in 1992.  He completed the funeral service degree program at Milwaukee Area Technical College and received his funeral director’s license from the state of Wisconsin.  While completing his apprenticeship at Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Service in Milwaukee, Pat would meet his future wife, Amanda Zanchetti and they were married on March 18, 2000.  Patrick considered Mandy one of the greatest blessings he received in his life and to him, she will always be known simply as “Pumpkin”.  Pat was the key to keeping Mandy motivated and focused in the pursuit of academic and professional goals. Read more

 Martin Dable (September 19, 2019)

Martin R. Dable, longtime Waukesha funeral director died on Thursday, September 19, 2019 surrounded by his family at AngelsGrace Hospice at age 83. He was born in Waukesha on June 7, 1936 the son of the late Clarence Russell and Anna Catherine (nee Schipp) Dable. Martin attended Duplainville Elementary School, a one room schoolhouse, before attending Catholic Memorial High School and graduating from Waukesha High School. He then studied at MATC before attending the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science. Martin proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1955 until 1959. Martin was a dedicated funeral director working for Borgwardt Funeral Home, Molthen Bell Funeral Home and John J. Walloch Funeral Home. Read more.

Richard B. Lee (August 22, 2019)

Passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019, age 81 years.  Best friend and longtime partner of Dan Nicholson.  Brother of Robert “Bob” (Marge) Lee.  Dear friend of Gregg, Dennis, Daryll, John, Michael, and Jackie.  Preceded in death by his parents George “Abner” Lee and Celina C. Lee(Nee Olson) and his aunts Ina and Gunheld.  Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 4th, from 10-2 at Milw. Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church, 1853 N. 75th St.  A Funeral Service will follow at 2PM.  Private Entombment Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. Read more.

 Larry J. Skogen (August 9, 2019)

Larry J Skogen, 77, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Oakridge Care Center in Union Grove. He was born in Sun Prairie, WI on February 24, 1942, the son of the late Theodore and Wanda (nee: Uphoff) Skogen. Larry was a funeral director for over 50 years.

He was a long time member of Racine Bible Church. Larry enjoyed classic cars, motorcycling, and collecting electric toy trains. He was a member of the Classic Car Club of America, Wisconsin Region for many years. Read More

Thomas E. Wiseman (June 3, 2019)

Entered into Eternal Life on June 3, 2019 at the age of 81 in The Villages, Florida.  Born Oct. 3, 1937 in Wilton, WI, the son of Camillus & Edythe (Mitchell) Wiseman.  Preceded in death by his young daughter Terri Jo from cancer in 1970, his brother John, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Barbara and Tom Likely.  Survived by his beloved wife Marlene (Heilman) of 58 years, daughter Susan (Michael) Hauke, and grandchildren Matthew and Anna.  Further survived by sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives. Read more...

 

Marjorie Gnewikow, (May 31, 2019)

Marjorie Dame “Marge” Gnewikow, age 92, passed away May 31, 2019, at Maplewood Nursing Home. She was born at home in Ontario, Wis,. on Aug. 15, 1926, the only child of the late Sidney Irl and Margaret Ruth (Tedrick) Downing. She was united in marriage to Ortwin E. Gnewikow on July 19, 1946.

They purchased the Mazomanie Funeral Home in 1952, and later purchased funeral homes in Sauk City and Prairie du Sac. They then built a new funeral home on Water St., in Sauk City in June 1974. Read more...

Harold M. Wiecki, (May 26, 2019)

Harold M. Wiecki, 91, died peacefully early Sunday morning, May 26, 2019 at his home at Patriot Place in Berlin. He had been a resident there for 10 years.

Harold was a graduate of Berlin High School with the class of 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy from April 1945 - July 1946. Harold became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer graduating from The Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science (WIMS} OF Milwaukee and worked at and later owned the Wiecki Funeral home (established by his father John R. Wiecki in 1919). Read more...

John Ritchay, Sr. (May 19, 2019)

John A. Ritchay Sr, age 89, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center. John was born on June 29, 1929 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to the late Aaron and Ethel (O'Brien) Ritchay. He graduated from Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School, Lincoln High School- Class of 1947 and St. Norbert College in 1951. During high school and college, John excelled in athletics. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 - 1953 during the Korean War where he served overseas for 14 months. John married Mary A. Weix on October 29, 1955 in Merrill. She died April 28, 2014. Following his military service, John attended the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee. He purchased the Krohn and Berard Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids in 1957 and the Feldner Funeral Home in Nekoosa in 1981. He was a funeral director in the Wisconsin Rapids area for over 50 years. Read more...

Harvey Dean Anderson (April 28, 2019)

Harvey Dean Anderson, 68, New Franken, died early Sunday evening, April 28, 2019, at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay. He was the husband to Kathey Anderson, Funeral Home Director of McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg. He was born in Iron River, MI, February 25, 1951 to the late, Carl Rudolph “Rudy” and Stella Marie (Kisiel) Anderson.   On May 20, 2000, he married Kathleen Mary Lea Peters at St. Kilian Church, New Franken. Harvey owned and operated Anderson Building and Remodeling, leaving his legacy of handywork in several states. He worked hard and played hard, giving of his talents to many people his entire life, including serving as The Town of Scott, Town Constable from 2011 to 2014. He loved to be social, and enjoyed a “sociable” with friends at his home or the cottage. He loved being outdoors, early morning coffee, reading newspapers, watching Western movies, car trips and spoiling his little great niece, Carli (which he truly adored!). He ran the business until he was given the news of bone cancer, stage IV. He fought hard and as he stated, the cancer was not going to win, however an infection did. Harvey is the real winner, now witnessing eternal life. Read more...

Richard "Dick" Peterson (April 29, 2019)

Richard Eugene "Dick" Peterson, age 86, of Monona, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 29, 2019. He was born on Sept. 22, 1932, in Viroqua, the son of Arthur and Julia (Jackson) Peterson. Richard graduated from Viroqua High School in 1950 and Madison Business College in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, spending 18 months at the 7th Army Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Following his military service, Richard graduated with a BBA Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1958. He married Nancy M. Ryan on Sept. 12, 1959, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Monona. Richard graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee in July of 1962, and became a licensed funeral director on Jan. 1, 1963. He spent the last 22 years of his full-time employment at Gunderson Funeral Home, retiring in 1998, so he could spend more time as a caregiver to his wife, Nancy. Read more...  

Coriann Martin (January 30, 2019)

Coriann M. (nee: Alonge) Martin of Mt. Pleasant, died on Jan. 30, 2019, at the age of 44. Born in Milwaukee on July 23, 1974, she was the daughter of Joseph and Patricia (Schwarten) Alonge. Coriann was a 1992 graduate of Hamilton High School in Milwaukee and attended M.A.T.C./Milwaukee Area Technical College, where she received her degree in Mortuary Science. For eighteen years, Coriann dedicated her time and knowledge to funeral service at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. She leaves behind a gracious legacy of service and dedication to the Kenosha community. Read More.

 

Edward (Bucky) Hanson (April 8, 2019)

Edward (Bucky) Hanson, 88, formerly of Racine, passed away at Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, IL on Monday April 8, 2019. Bucky was born on July 21, 1930 in Racine to Steven and Katherine (Jensen) Hanson. He was united in marriage to Nancy (Sorenson) Hanson at the home of her parents (Harry and Emma Sorenson) on July 22, 1950. Bucky was a 1948 graduate of Washington Park High School. He remained a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church even after having moved to Minnesota with Nancy beginning in May of 2013 and living outside of Racine until his passing. Bucky served the Racine community as a Funeral Director and owner of the Hanson Funeral Home for over 45 years. Read More.

Carla Hamre Thoftne (March 10, 2019)

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.

Carla is survived by her husband, Tory Thoftne; daughter, Amy Thoftne; daughter and son-in-law, Ali and Shawn Reinen; two brothers, Howard and Doreen Hamre and Bill andRead More

Thomas O'Connell (March 2, 2019)

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 Forbes (January 19, 2019)

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 A. Fenske (June 25, 2018)

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 101st 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 L. Schultz, Jr.  (May 31, 2018)

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)

Born to Eternal Life March 30, 2018 at the age of 95 years. Beloved husband of Gloria (nee Rakowski) for 71 years.

Tom was a proud veteran of the US Navy, US Marine Corps and US Army serving from 1942 to 1969 as a Pilot with the rank of Major. He served in WWII, Korean War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. While Commander of the 4th Marine Division VMO-4 Squadron he was the first American Aviator to step foot on Iwo Jima on D+2 Day. He was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses while serving during wartime, earning one of them for a particularly dangerous night mission on Iwo Jima. He received 12 awards for combat service and air medals in both WWII and Korea.

Tom was a Funeral Director for over 60 years and the 3rd generation owner of Rozga Funeral Home which is now in the 5th generation of family operating 3 locations in Milwaukee. He was a member of the Wisconsin and National Funeral Directors Associations, a lifelong member of the Basilica of St. Josaphat Parish where he was involved in many ways for many years, including a member of the St. Josaphat Holy Name Society, founding member and first President of the St. Josaphat Home & School, Knights of Columbus St. Josaphat Council 13583 and Knights of Columbus St. Josaphat Assembly 3210. He was also a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, a past National Commander of the PLAV and member of Post 49. Member of VFW, 40&8 Jefferson County Voiture Locale 750, 1st Cavalry Division Alumni Association, American Legion and Past Commanders Club, EAA, Milwaukee Society PNA, South Side Business Club, International Mushrooms Pickers Society “IMPS”, Sons of Neptune and Noel Society. Memorials to the St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation would be appreciated.

 

Doral O. Erickson (February 4, 2018)

 

Doral O. Erickson age 89 of Darlington, WI formerly of Argyle, WI passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Sienna Crest in Darlington. He was born on May 1, 1928 in Argyle the son of Elmer and Ella (Paulson) Erickson. He graduated from Argyle High School in 1946 and later received his degree in Mortuary Science from Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee, WI in 1950. He married Doris D. Pfund on September 30, 1950 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe, WI. 

Doral lived in Argyle most of his life. While waiting for the results of his State Board Exam he received his draft notice and was inducted into the United States Army. He served in Korea in the 625th Field Artillery Battalioin, 40th Infantry Division and was honorably discharged in 1952. Once returning home, he took over the family business in Argyle where he and his wife owned and operated Erickson Funeral home and Furniture Store and the Argyle Area Ambulance Service. In the late sixties he organized Argyle’s first volunteer ambulance service. In 1973, they sold the furniture store and moved to Darlington to include the Sharer Funeral Home as part of their funeral service business. In 1985, they moved to their farm outside of Argyle, but continued to stay active in funeral service by acquiring the O’Flahrity Funeral Home in Shullsburg, WI in 1986. Doral retired in 1990. However, he always made himself available to help out at the funeral homes when needed. He mostly enjoyed working around the farm by helping with horse chores, cutting and grooming riding trails throughout the farm and developing new and innovative ways of taking care of his Scottish Highland cattle. He was also an avid outdoorsman loving to go bird hunting with his English and Gordon Setters and fishing in Canada. Doral loved spending time with his family at the farm. In later years, he enjoyed decorating the house for Christmas, as much as his family looked forward to seeing it. He enjoyed creating little scenarios among the elves and the animals within his displays. 

Doral was active throughout his years in a multitude of organizations. He was a Boy Scout Leader in Argyle for five years and made a number of trips to Canada with his troops. He served as a past president of Argyle Rod and Gun Club, Southwest District Funeral Directors and served on the Lafayette Manor Board of Directors for a number of years. He was a member of Argyle American Legion Post #251, Blackhawk Saddle Club, was a charter member of Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Argyle, chairman of its Steering Committee and its first Council President. 

 

Norbert Kabat (January 14, 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.

Norb was born on June 3,1924 in Brillion, the son of John E. and Mary “Marie” (Nenahlo) Kabat. He was a 1943 graduate of Valders High School. On August 30,1947, he married Gladys V. Groh in St. Nazianz. Gladys preceded him in death on June 16, 1972. On June 25,1974, he married Gertrude (Juckem) Wenig in New Holstein. 

Early in his life, Norb farmed for a short time before becoming a technician for the Badger Breeder Cooperative from 1951 until 1961. He later worked as Superintendent of Postal Services for the US Postal Service in New Holstein for 23 years before his retirement in 1984.

Norb was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein where he served in the Holy Name Society and sang with the church choir. Norb was recipient of the St. Vincent DePaul Ozanan Award for his distinguished service. He and his wife made many new friends while volunteering at the Salvatorian Missions. Norb enjoyed yardwork, playing cards, dancing, traveling, collecting stamps, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Richard Gant (January 10, 2018)

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.

 
Dick graduated from Reedsburg High School, attended Miami of Ohio University and Cincinnati College of Embalming where he successfully completed the national board and later the Wisconsin State Funeral Directors and Embalmers board. He shared ownership of the Gant Funeral Home with his brother Willard Jr. until the business was sold in 1986. On June 16, 2009, the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association made recognition of his 50 years of licensure. Dick enjoyed helping people and was a crew member of the original Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service in 1963.

 
Dick’s military obligation was satisfied by joining the 322d Chemical Company (a reserve unit in Baraboo). In 1961, the unit was activated and sent to Ft. Bragg, NC for 10 months. He was a member of the Reedsburg American Legion Post #350 for more than 35 years.

Gerald Apfel (November 9, 2017)

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 44 years at General Motors until his retirement in 2000 and was a member of the UAW Local 95. He loved deer hunting, something he and eventually his sons looked forward to doing every November. In nearly 60 years, he only missed one opening weekend, because his “favorite” son, Kevin was born that year. He also enjoyed sitting on the front porch watching the cars drive by, golfing, playing cribbage, and doing every crossword imaginable as well as Sodoku and Cryptaquotes. Even though he was rather quiet, both he and Ma were always proud to tout about their family, especially the grandkids.

Suzanne Karrmann (October 19, 2017)

Suzanne Karrmann, of Manitowoc, age 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Thursday, October 19, 2017, in Neenah.

She was born March 2, 1931 in Oshkosh, daughter of the late Paul and Lorraine (Murphy) Duex. Sue attended St. Mary’s Grade School, graduated from Oshkosh High School and then received her Teaching Degree from UW-Oshkosh. She taught English at South Milwaukee High School for several years. It was in South Milwaukee where she met Paul Karrmann Jr., and they were married on June 15, 1957 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh. He preceded her in death on May 11, 2003. Sue and Paul started their family in Blytheville, AR, while Paul served in the United States Air Force. They moved back to Milwaukee before settling in Manitowoc. Sue was a homemaker and took on the challenge of raising six boys. God knows she needed strength and he provided that to her!

Sue was a very giving person lending a hand, and financial support, to countless people in the Manitowoc area. She was a founding member of Peter’s Pantry, and worked there countless hours helping to provide to the less fortunate. Sue and Paul also spent years traveling to Oshkosh where they volunteered for Fr. Carr’s Place 2B and also volunteering at Woodland Dunes Nature Center. Sue enjoyed knitting, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, attending all of her grandchildren's concerts, plays and sporting events, and spending as much time as possible in Three Lakes at her kid’s cottage. Sue was a member of Holy Innocents/St. Francis of Assisi Parish for over 50 years where she led the Mass in song for many years.

 

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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