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Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009 12:00 am

November 27, 2009

Doris A. Rohlfs

Doris A. Rohlfs, 74, of Watertown, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at University Hospital in Madi-son.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Michael Jensen officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Clintonville.

Friends and relatives may call to pay their respects at the Pederson Funeral Home in Watertown on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church Tuesday from 9 p.m. until the time of services.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown, Watertown Humane Society or the charity of one's choice.

The former Doris Schmidt was born in Clintonville on June 11, 1935, daughter of Albert and Christine (Johnson) Schmidt.

She was married to Peter Rohlfs on June 10, 1961, at Faith Lutheran Church in Appleton.

She attended St. Martin's Lutheran Grade School in Clintonville and was a 1953 graduate of Clintonville High School.

Rohlfs was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown and taught Sunday school in Watertown and Appleton for 25 years, mostly with special education children.

She also helped elderly with shopping, finances and medical needs. She loved fishing, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She also made sure the stray cats were fed as she put out food on her deck for them.

She was employed by Bethesda Lutheran Home, McDonald's and for 22 years at Creative Community Living Services, all of Water-town.

Survivors include two daughters, Ann (Chris) Poetter of Federal Way, Wash., and Lisa (Mike) Lenius of Watertown; one son, Timothy (Angela) Rohlfs of Mil-waukee; three sisters, Shirley (Russell) Wilke of Nee-nah, Sandra (Don) Gunther of Appleton, and Jean Riley of Appleton; eight grandchildren, Christopher (Kym) Poetter of Denver, Colo., Ashley (Owen) Schmidt of Milwaukee, Caty Ann, Megume, Emma and Michaela Poetter, all of Federal Way, Jacob Crane of Madison and Zachary Rohlfs of Milwaukee. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Aug. 30, 2006; her parents; one sister, Elaine; and one brother-in-law.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Michael Quamme

Michael H. Quamme, 45, of Columbus, died at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Waterloo with the Rev. Father Michael Radowocz officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call to pay their respects at Pederson Funeral Home in Waterloo Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

If desired, memorials may be directed to Hillside Home Care Hospice of Beaver Dam.

Michael Quamme was born April 13, 1964, in Columbus, son of Lloyd and BurnaDeane (Kuehnemann) Quamme.

He was a graduate of St. Joseph's Catholic School and a 1982 graduate of Waterloo High School.

Following graduation from high school Mike lived in Johnson Creek and worked for High Life Rubber Company until 1989 when he attended the international Air Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Upon graduation he was employed by Pinnacle Airlines as a flight attendant from 1991 to 2001 and then from 2004 to 2009 he worked for Northwest Air-lines in Madison. Mike loved his job and his co-workers.

He was a world traveler.

Survivors include his parents of Reeseville; four brothers, David of Watertown, John of Farmington, Minn., Steven of Waterloo and Dan (Kelly) of Columbus; one sister, Mary Ann (Ralph) Urroz of Glenview, Ill.; one niece, Jessica; one great-niece, Adelyn; five nephews, Andrew, Douglas, Dylan, Dain and Aaron, who will greatly miss Uncle Mikey; and many other friends and relatives.

Pederson Funeral Home 143 S. Washington St. Waterloo

November 25, 2009

Carlton Kuhl

WATERLOO - Carlton A. Kuhl, 85, Waterloo, died on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison following a brief illness.

He was born on May 26, 1924, at Lake Mills Township, the son of the late Carl and Erna (Pohlman) Kuhl.

Carlton married Evelyn Strauss of Milford on Aug. 31, 1946.

He was an area farmer all his life.

He was a member of St. John Evangelical “Newville” Lutheran Church in the town of Lake Mills.

Carlton loved to fish after retirement, garden and grow everything, and loved to dance with his wife.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Evelyn; two daughters, Lucille (Carroll) Haerterich of Waterloo and Diana (the Rev. Fred) Piepenbrink of Dallas, Ga.; one daughter-in-law, Sara (Dean) Staude of Watertown; six grandchildren, Teresa (James) Brogan of Sun Prairie, Jeffrey (Wendy) Haerterich of Oconomowoc, Amy (Brian) Seeger of Buckeye, Ariz., Jody (Tim) Duddeck of Whitewater, Kelly Kuhl of Walton Beach, Fla., and Kari (Dan) Radke of Lake Mills; six great-granddaughters; one sister, Mildred (Arlie “Pete”) Wilke of Lake Mills; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Also preceding in death was a son, Wayne Carlton Kuhl, and a sister, Vera Michel.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John Evangelical “Newville” Lutheran Church in the town of Lake Mills with the Rev. Paul M. Burk officiating. Burial will be in the Rock Lake Cemetery.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. on Saturday at the church until the time of service.

The family would appreciate memorials to the church or Lakeside Lutheran High School.

The Claussen Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

November 24, 2009

Victoria Schrab

Victoria M. Schrab, 60, of Reeseville, passed away on Saturday evening, Nov. 21, 2009, at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison.

Memorial services will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Watertown with the Rev. Lee Meissner and Father Charles R. Hammer officiating.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials, if desired, may be directed to an area humane society or the charity of one's choice.

The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements.

The former Victoria Marie Cowen was born on May 26, 1949, in Watertown, the daughter of Donald L. and Gloria (Schroeder) Cowen. She attended elementary school in Watertown and was a 1967 graduate of Watertown High School. Victoria was also a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Cosmetology in Milwaukee.

On April 30, 1988, she married Geoffrey Schrab in Reeseville. She had been employed as a beautician in Madison for many years. She was engaged in home cleaning for Dr. Wade Mueller and friends and had been employed at Kline's Department Store in Watertown.

Victoria assisted her husband by doing the bookkeeping for his motorcycle repair business. She enjoyed her cats Below, Feetie, Harley and Cosmo, throughout the years. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, Harley riding, gardening and flowers. Victoria's favorite pastime was watching and feeding various birds and wildlife.

Victoria is survived by her husband, Geoffrey of Reeseville; her parents Don and Gloria Cowen of Water-town; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Victoria Schrab of Juneau; her uncle and aunt Gene and Pat Cowen of Watertown; a special cousin, Dennis Zuern of Watertown; a special friend, Jan (Bill) Odegard of Madison; cousins, other relatives and friends.

Victoria was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Charles and Francis Schroeder, and paternal grandparents, Fran and Elsie Cowen.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

November 23, 2009

Norma Danielson

Norma H. Danielson, 88, of Watertown, passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 19, 2009, at the Watertown Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at noon at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Lee Meissner of Christ United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown.

Visitation will be on Friday at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials are suggested to the Watertown Humane Society or to the charity of one's choice.

Norma Helen Carlson was born in Medford on Aug. 10, 1921, daughter of Ivar and Dalia (Samuelson) Carlson. She married Leonard E. Danielson in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 2, 1942.

Norma had been employed in the payroll department at Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown and was a volunteer at the Watertown Regional Medical Center. She enjoyed dancing with her husband in Watertown and surrounding communities. Norma and her husband also enjoyed traveling together. She was a talented rosemaler and loved to cook Swedish dishes.

Norma is survived by a daughter, Lynore (Allyn) Buric of Scottsdale, Ariz.; John (Lanita) Danielson of Watertown; six grandchildren, Julie Buric of Scotts-dale, Michael (Nina) Buric of Des Plaines, Ill., Wendy Buric of McKinleyville, Calif., Ryan Buric of Phoenix, Ariz., Han and Britta Danielson of Watertown; brothers-in-law, Carl Hummel and Arthur (Ingrid) Wiebe; sisters-in-law, Ellen Bywell, Ann Jankowski, all of Illinois; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard; and three sisters, Dorothy Hummel, Virginia Johnson and Margaret Aweve.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Daniel Danner

Daniel R. “Dan'l Ray” Danner, 45, of Watertown, found peace in our Lord with family at his bedside on Saturday morning, Nov. 21, 2009.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Rodney Warnecke officiating. Burial will take place in Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia. Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from noon until the time of the service.

Daniel Ray Danner was born in Watertown on Feb. 8, 1964, son of Wayne and Rae Ann (Richart) Danner.

He attended St. John's Grade School in Watertown and made many friends that he stayed close with for years after. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1982 and then moved to Madison where he attended MATC and graduated with a degree in fire science.

Dan's latest employment was at Trek Bicycle in Oconomowoc, where he worked for 10 years.

He was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Dan always liked building and working on bicycles when he was young. During his school years, he played basketball on the St. John's Youth League basketball team, the last years of which were coached by his brother, Bob Danner. Dan always enjoyed when family and friends would come and visit during his years in Madison.

Survivors include his parents, Wayne and Rae Ann Danner of Watertown; three brothers, Michael (Kathie) Danner of Mission Viejo, Calif., Steven Danner and Patrick (Theresa) Danner, all of Watertown; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Dan was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, Ray and Gertrude Richart and John and Phyllis Danner, and his brother, Robert Joseph Danner in 1994.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Dolores Wurtzler

Dolores A. Wurtzler, 87, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

Dolores was born on Aug. 10, 1922, in Watertown, the daughter of Elmer and Hilda (Benzel) Jacobson. She married Clarence Wurtzler and he preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 1992. She had been employed by Mid States Shoe Company, Glenn Manufacturing and Watertown Metals. Dolores enjoyed reading, cooking and baking.

Survivors include her daughters, Vicki (Jeff Heling) Ninmann of Watertown, Wendy Jewell of Watertown and Connie (Lyle Ulsberger) Wurtzler of Johnson Creek; her grandchildren, David Ninmann and Tabitha Raabe; great-grandchildren, Dillan, Damon, Daniel, Tyler, Naveaha and Sierra, other relatives and friends.

She was further preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jake Jacobson.

There will be no visitation. A private family memorial service will be held.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Ser-vice is serving the family.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service 500 Welsh Road Watertown

John Furley

JEFFERSON - John “Jack” A. Furley, 84, of Jefferson, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at Countryside Nursing home in Jefferson.

Jack was born July 7, 1925, in Hayward, son of the late Jay Adam and Grace May (Walsh) Furley.

Jack was a resident of Whitewater since the age of 5, settling there with his widowed mother and five siblings in 1930. He was employed at American Motors in Kenosha and then at General Motors for 21 years, retiring in 1975. He served in the United States Army during World War II in the 61st Ordnance in ammunitions. Jack was one of the last World War II veterans (as he was one of the youngest to enter). He was drafted during his senior year in high school and came home on furlough to graduate with his Whitewater High School class of 1944.

Jack has called Countryside Nursing Home his home since 1994.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Knights of Colum-bus and American Legion Reinhardt-Windl Post 164 of Jefferson.

He is survived by one sister, Doris (Phil) Loveless of Lake Whitney, Texas; a sister-in-law, Margaret Furley of Fort Atkinson; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, other relative and friends, and a special niece, Marcey (Dan) Frankiewicz and their family of Fort Atkinson.

He is preceded in death by sisters, Helen Mae Furley, Lois Mulhall and Mary Jane Sprenger; and a brother, Jim Furley Sr.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Countryside Nursing Home in Jefferson with the Rev. Thomas Coyle officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Jefferson.

A gathering time will be held at 1 p.m. until the time of services on Wednesday at the nursing home. Schneider-Michaelis Funeral home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home 900 W. Racine St. Jefferson

Irvin H. Dow

JEFFERSON - Irvin H. Dow, 72, of Rome, died peacefully at home surrounded by his children on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, following his courageous battle with brain cancer.

He was born Feb. 27, 1937, in Black River Falls, son of the late Harmon and Florence (Hulett) Dow.

He graduated from Black River Falls High School in 1956. After graduation he served four years in the United States Navy.

He married Joan Halver-son on Jan. 27, 1962. She preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 1996. He retired from Husco International of Waukesha after 37 years. After retiring, he worked as a cleaner at the Sullivan Elementary School until the time of his illness.

Irvin was an active member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Rome for over 40 years. He served on the church council, the building and grounds committee, and the cemetery board, and played on the church dartball team.

His greatest joys in life were his grandkids, gardening, hunting, fishing and chopping wood.

He and his late wife were loving parents of four children, Brian Dow, Jeff (Cathy) Dow of Whitewater, Kim (Dale) Tietz of Rome, and Troy (Tracy) Dow of Whitewater.

He was a devoted grandfather of Greg Tietz, Kaylee Dow and Melinda Dow.

He is further survived by four brothers, Norman (Jeanette) Dow of Sullivan, Sherman (Ann) Dow of Pewaukee, Lawrence (Donna) Dow of Land O'Lakes, and Melvin (Trish) Dow of Plover; two sisters, Elsie (David) Radke of Hubertus and Marie (Ron) Venden of Bellville; one brother-in-law, David (Sandy) Halverson of Waukesha; and one sister-in-law, Roberta Dow of Suring.

He will be further missed by many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews, as well and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Joan; his parents; mother and father-in-law, Arthur and Eldora Halverson; his sister-in-law, Irene Dow and brother, Herman Dow; and three siblings who passed away in childhood.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Rome with the Rev. Brad Lindberg officiating. Private family burial will take place at a later date.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson, and then again on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Do not be afraid, I am with you I have called you each by name

Come and follow me I will bring you home I love you and you are mine.

Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home 900 W. Racine St. Jefferson

November 20, 2009

Harriet Connor

Harriet A. Connor, 69, of Watertown, died Wednes-day, Nov. 18, 2009, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lebanon with the Rev. John Kelling officiating.

The Pederson Funeral Home of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family.

Harriet was born Nov. 3, 1940, in Waukesha, daughter of Harry and Winifred (Nettesheim) Tessman. She married Elliott “Hap” Connor on June 25, 1966, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Harriet was a graduate of Oconomowoc High School and a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lebanon, where she played in the church bell choir.

Harriet loved sewing and quilting. She was an avid NASCAR and NFL football fan. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

Surviving are her children, Laura Esser of Fort Atkinson, Linda Fuchs of Watertown, Heather (Javier) Garcia of Watertown, Elliott Connor Jr. at home, and Elizabeth Connor of Watertown; five grandchildren, Victoria Fuchs, Samantha Fuchs, Robert Brugger, Hailey Connor and Kyle Brugger; a brother, George Tessman of Watertown; a sister, Virginia Meintz of Oconomowoc; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elliott; and two brothers.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Rose Christian

Rose M. Christian, 70, of Watertown, passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 18, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Water-town with the Rev. John Boehringer officiating. Burial will be in Ixonia Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends and relatives may call to pay there respects at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Women's Missionary Society, St. John's Radio Fund, St. John's Building Fund or Ixonia Lutheran Cemetery.

The former Rose Marie Kohls was born on May 14, 1939, in Watertown, daughter of George and Katherine (Kaiser) Kohls. On Nov. 10, 1956, she married Willard E. Christian at St. John's Lutheran Church in Water-town.

Rose graduated from St. John's Lutheran Grade School and attended Water-town Senior High School. She worked as a clerk at Koser Bakery in Watertown and as a waitress at the Beaver Hotel Dining Room in Beaver Dam. Rose and her husband moved to Milwaukee where she worked at Johnson Cookie Factory. She was a member of Oklahoma Avenue Lutheran Church, where she and her husband were counselors for the Youth League and Rose was a Sunday School and vacation Bible school teacher.

Rose, Willard and their children then moved back to Watertown and became members of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. She joined the PTL, Altar Guild and LWMS, which she was president of. She was a crafter and enjoyed playing cards. But most of all, she loved to spend time with her family.

Surviving are her husband, Willard of Watertown; two daughters, Carrie (Neal) Wendorf of Neosho and Kim (Kevin) Grunewald of Watertown; a son, Alan (Tammy) Christian of Watertown; three granddaughters, Katherine Wendorf, Taryn Christian and Patience Drebenstedt; a grandson, Braeden Christian; two step-grandchildren, Kevin and Joshua Grunewald; a sister, Helen Ewert of Watertown; a very special godchild, Stella Furlano; four brothers-in-law, Palmer Christian, Vernon Zastrow, Dennis (Nathalia) Christian and Louis (Jeannette) Christian, all of Oconomowoc; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; a stillborn daughter; a sister, Jackie Heller; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Berthhod and Floretta Christian.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Donald Petig Sr.

Donald Robert Petig Sr., 62, of Watertown, died on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at Watertown Regional Medical Center following a battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Anthony Schultz and the Rev. Mark Gartner officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Watertown.

Friends and relatives may call to pay their respects at the church on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials are suggested to St. Luke's Lutheran Church or the charity of one's choice.

Donald was born June 26, 1947, in the town of Watertown, son of Bernard and Edna (Strassburg) Petig. He married the former Faye Gerbitz on May 31, 1969, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Watertown.

Donald had been employed at Crepaco in Lake Mills for 21 years and at Bruno Company of Oconomowoc for four years. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1970, and served in Vietnam. He was a 1966 graduate of Johnson Creek High School.

Donald was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Watertown and Johnson Creek American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife, Faye A. Petig of Watertown; two sons, Donald (Jill) Petig Jr. of Watertown and Jeffery (Rachel) Petig of Monroe; four grandchildren, Victoria, Tristan, Paige and Lydia Petig; two sisters, Lily Butzine of Elgin, Ill., and Nancy Petig of Wauwatosa; two brothers, Rudy Petig and Reinie Petig, both of Watertown; also a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lisa Marie; his parents; father- and mother-in-law, Herb and Genny Gerbitz; and two brothers, Arnie and Bernard Jr.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Gerhard Schmidt

Gerhard “Joe” T. Schmidt, 89, of Watertown, passed away today, Nov. 20, 2009, at Marquardt Memo-rial Manor in Watertown.

Gerhard Theodore Schmidt was born in the town of Shields on Aug. 20, 1920, son of Oscar and Emma (Buedler) Schmidt. He attended school in Richwood. He served on a mine sweeper in the United States Navy from Jan. 28, 1945, to July 5, 1946.

Joe was a life member of the Richwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7852.

On Jan. 27, 1951, he married Erika Voegeli. He had been employed at Menasha Corp. retiring in 1983.

Survivors include his two daughters, Paula Bolger of Johnson Creek and Barbara Schmidt of Watertown; a son, David Schmidt of Johnson Creek; four grandchildren, Dawn (Paul) Pirkel, Todd (Heidi) Wendt, Susan (Chris) Wilde and Ben Schmidt; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Meta Wollitz and Doris (Ralph) Schmoldt, both of Watertown; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Erika, on Nov. 4, 2004; his parents; a son, Michael on April 17, 1985; four brothers, Ervin, Lester, Arthur and Edwin; and a sister, Norma Halverson.

A burial in Richwood Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Dorothy Kuehl

LEBANON - Dorothy E. Kuehl, 75, of Lebanon, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at UW Hospital in Madison.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashippun with the Rev. John Kelling of St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Lebanon officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery, Lebanon.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church in Ashippun or the charity of one's choice.

The former Dorothy Elaine Seefeldt was born on the family farm in the town of Emmet on Jan. 17, 1934, daughter of Ben and Erna (Giese) Seefeldt. She married Arvon Kuehl at St. John's Lutheran Church in Watertown on Oct. 1, 1955.

Dorothy was a 1952 graduate of Watertown High School. She worked numerous office jobs and operated a dairy farm with her husband in the town of Lebanon. Dorothy was a very devoted and dedicated public servant, serving as the town of Lebanon clerk, a position she held for almost 50 years. She was also the former office manager of the Lebanon-Clyman Mutual Insurance Company and was currently serving as secretary of the board of directors.

Dorothy was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ashippun. She would not miss out on a night of dartball, as she played for the Zion Ashippun Team for about 40 years. In the past, Dorothy had made and decorated beautiful cakes for all occasions for many people. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, playing cards, reading and crossword puzzles.

Dorothy was honored being a “mom” to an Austrian AFS student, Christel (Zauner) Brunk-horst, who now resides in Waldwick, N.J. They have always kept in touch.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Arvon of Lebanon; three children, Deborah (Allen) Behl of Lebanon, Doreen Kuehl of Watertown and Andrew (Theresa) Kuehl of Lebanon; four grandchildren, John (Michelle) Behl of Raymond, Minn., Joel Behl, Jordan Kuehl and Sierra Kuehl, all of Lebanon; three step-grandchildren, Pfc. Eric Shearier, Steven Shearier and Zachary Shearier, all of Lebanon; two great-granddaughters, Adriana and Abigail Behl of Raymond; three sisters, Alice Weaver of Menomonee Falls, Ruth (Henry) Lehmann and Shirley (Walt) Voegeli, both of Watertown; and a brother, Leon Seefeldt of Milwaukee; along with many other family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother-in-law, John Weaver; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur and Alma Kuehl.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

November 19, 2009

Rita Burbach

Rita Burbach, 94, of Watertown, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Golden LivingCenter in Watertown following a faith-filled life of service to her family, church and community.

Born in Crofton, Neb., on Sept. 26, 1915, she was the oldest of 10 children born to the late Theodore and Josephine Albrecht. She moved with her parents and siblings to a farm near Menominee, Neb., where she attended Beaver Creek and St. Boniface schools. She graduated from Holy Trinity High School and earned her teaching certificate from Wayne State Teachers College. She taught in one room country schools for eight years at Beaver Creek and Bow Valley and many of her students maintained contact with her throughout her life.

She married Hubert Burbach at St. Boniface in Menominee, Neb., in 1943. They moved to Wisconsin in 1945 and eventually settled on a farm southwest of Watertown, where they lived for 22 years raising their family of four daughters and three sons. Rita was a stay-at-home mom for 32 years, gardening, canning, sewing, cooking and baking bread. She instilled the importance of education in her children and was always proud of their achievements. As a life-long learner, she took classes at the local technical college. In 1974 she purchased a home in the city of Watertown and continued working as a nursing assistant at Watertown Memorial Hospital.

In addition to her busy life as a farm wife and mother, she volunteered as a 4-H project leader, missionary health worker in Mexico and food pantry volunteer. Rita volunteered at Beverly Ter-race and Marquardt Manor, leading prayer groups and prayer vigils with the dying. Even though her life was busy she always found time for routine exercise, including swim aerobics and walking. Later she was a member of the senior center exercise group and a long term participant in cardiac rehab exercises after her heart surgery in 2005.

She was active at St. Henry Catholic Church as a lector, commentator, youth teacher and prayer group member. She studied life in the spirit at Living Waters prayer group in Oconom-owoc.

She is remembered by family and friends as living a self-reliant, industrious and purpose-filled life. Her laughter and sense of humor were shared gifts. She never missed a chance to say “I love you” and maintained close friendships with people of all ages and walks of life. She enjoyed music, exercise, dance, painting, gardening, sewing, crocheting and traveling. She cherished her times with family and friends.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Josephine Albrecht; her former husband, Hubert; sisters, Velma Moen, Marie Bart, Sister Clare (a Maryknoll missionary), Sister Agnes (Ursuline Order), Sally Sanford; and brothers, Vitus and Roman Albrecht.

She is survived by her sister, Joan Suing (Gerald) of St. Helena, Neb.; her brother, Floyd (Joyce) Ford-yce, Neb.; her seven children, Roger, Marie, Joel (Bettina Madini), Ann (Jon Busateri), Francis (Mari-anne), Miriam (Jim Crawford) and DelRey; her grandchildren and stepgrandchildren, Rachel and Becca Crawford, Matt and Allie Burbach, April and Sheila Mikkelson; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown, followed by a rosary at 10:45 a.m. and a Mass at 11 a.m. with Father Brian Wilk officiating. Burial will be in St Henry Catholic Cemetery, Watertown.

Contributions can be made in Rita's name to St. Henry's Catholic School Library Fund or Golden LivingCenter Activity Fund.

Thank you to the staff at Golden Living and AseraCare Hospice for the care, kindness and support they provided.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Ronald Kluewer

Ronald Kluewer, 65, of Watertown, lost his battle to cancer surrounded by family on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009.

Ronald is survived by his children, Tim (Kim) Kluewer, Troy (Debra) Kluewer, Tricia Grover and Travis (Jessica) Kluewer; his mother, Elaine Kluewer; two brothers and a sister, Arland (Kris) Kluewer, Ardis (Don) Lehr and Byron (Theresa) Kluewer; his grandchildren, Amanda, Emily, Ethan, Tasha, Tory, Brody, Nicholas and Jacob; his former wife and special friend, Sharon (Ron) Severson; along with many other relatives and friends.

Ronald was preceded in death by his father, Alvin, and a son, Matthew.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ashippun. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

The family suggests memorials be made in Ronald's name to Rainbow Hospice, St. John's Luth-eran Church or to a charity of one's choice.

Ronald was a proud member of ABATE in Jefferson County and in Florida. Ronald was also an active member in the HOG (Harley Owners Group). He was a Pioneer leader and a Buckaroo leader through St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown.

Ronald will be deeply missed and forever in the hearts of his family and friends.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home 1165 Summit Ave. Highway 67 Oconomowoc

Dr. Virgil Wise

SUN CITY, Ariz. - Dr. Virgil J. Wise of Sun City, Ariz., died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009.

Wise was born May 7, 1917, in Washington, Ind., son of Adrian and Ethel Wise. He was reared in Washington.

Virgil had two careers, in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1965 and as a educator. He entered Abbott Hall, Northwestern University, as a midshipman; served in World War II; and retired at the rank of commander. As an educator, he began his career as a social studies teacher and was promoted to principal. He retired as Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He holds a B.S. from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, a M.S. from Butler University in Indianapolis, and an Ed.D. from Indiana University.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Katherine “Kitty” (Denolf) Meadows Wise; his daughter, Dr. Jeanie Renee Brink; a son, Virgil Jay Wise II of Scottsdale, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jewel Overholser; and a brother, Wilber Wise.

Burial will be in Washington.

November 16, 2009

Carol Wolfgram

LAKE MILLS - Carol J. Wolfgram, 73, Lake Mills, died on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1936, in Columbus, the daughter of Clarence and Gladys (Huebner) Etscheid.

Carol married Donald G. Wolfgram on Nov. 22, 1956, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reeseville.

She was a graduate of the Waterloo High School, class of 1954.

Carol had been employed by the Schmidt Grocery Store and Reeseville Can-ning Factory, Kress Packing Company in Waterloo, the former Schweiger Industries in Jefferson and most recently at the former Planar Inc. in Lake Mills.

She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, a member of the ladies aid, an altar person, the mission group, making quilts for the Lutheran World Relief and serving as custodian with her husband, Don. She also crocheted many afghans for the Veterans Hospital in Madison.

Following her retirement, Carol enjoyed traveling with her husband in their motor home to polka fests and extended trips to Alaska. She also enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Don, of 53 years; two sons, John (Jane) of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Glen of Lake Mills; one daughter, Julia Wolfgram of Lake Mills; three grandsons, Tim Wolfgram, Miguel and Samuel Quintana; her mother, Gladys Schulz of Beaver Dam; two sisters, Phyllis Schulz of Reeseville and Marie (Russell) Loeffler of Madison; one brother, Merlin Etscheid of Madison; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane; son, George; her father; and brother, Donald.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Mills with the Rev. Mark D. Dressel officiating.

Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery in the town of Portland.

Friends may call on Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorial would be appreciated to Rainbow Hospice, Inc. or the Lake Mills Food Pantry.

The Claussen Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the Rainbow Hospice for the excellent care and to family and friends for all their thoughts and prayers.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

Evelyn Derge

SULLIVAN - Evelyn M. Derge, 88, of Sullivan, died on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Fort Memorial Hospital, with her family by her side.

Born on Nov. 28, 1920, in Oconomowoc, to Emil and Anna (Stuartz) Block, she married Edward Derge on May 24, 1943, in Oconomowoc. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 1995.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sullivan.

Surviving are one daughter, Laurie (Eugene) Krohn of Sullivan; one granddaughter, Jodi Lynn (Brian) Reichert; one brother, Fran-cis Block of Ixonia; one sister, Beatrice Derge of Sauk County; many nieces and nephews; and one brother-in-law, Adolph (Anita) Derge of West Bend.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Dorothy; one brother, Edward; one sister-in-law, Thelma; and one brother-in-law, Gerhard.

Funeral services will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sullivan at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday with the Rev. Dean Zemple officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the church after 10 a.m. until the time of services.

The family requests memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in Sullivan.

The Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson is assisting the family.

My Mother

Who fed me from her gentle breast and hushed me in her arms to rest, and on my cheek sweet kisses prest? My mother. Who taught my infant lips to pray, to love God's holy word and day, and walk in wisdom's pleasant way? My mother. And can I ever cease to be affectionate and kind to thee, who was so very kind to me? My mother. Oh no, the thought I cannot bear; and if God please my life to spare I hope I shall reward thy care, My mother. When thou art feeble, old and gray, my healthy arm shall be thy stay, and I will soothe thy pains away, My mother. And when I see thee hang thy head twill be thy turn to watch thy bed and tears of sweet affection shed, My mother. Ann Taylor

Olsen Funeral Home 221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson

Ty Nordstrom

ABILENE, Texas - Ty Hunter Nordstrom earned his angel wings on the morning of Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, in his home in Abilene, Texas, at the age of 6 years old. His final days were spent surrounded by his loving family - his mother, Toni, father, Lyle, and little brother, Aiden.

Ty's life was too short, but those who met him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quality of time in which one lives. His smile lit up every room he entered, his eyes danced with joy. He was a true loving soul, mature beyond his years. He loved and lived with his whole heart.

Although Ty's illness made him appear frail at times, he possessed strength, perseverance and courage that left people in awe. The people who knew him were inspired by him to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. He could, and did, spend hours fishing on boats, on riverbanks, on beaches and piers, with a patience and enjoyment few adults could match. He participated in three fishing competitions, two with Make A Wish and one with Catch A Special Thrill. He even hauled in a catfish that was almost as big as he was.

His favorite color was yellow, from the time he was 2 years old. He loved Baku-gan and bugs and reptiles - all the things to make his mother cringe. In fact, when Lyle was deployed, it was 4-year-old Ty who was catching spiders in the Nordstrom home.

With Ty's passing we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated. We feel blessed that we were allowed the honor of being his parents. We are so thankful that Aiden knew his big brother so that he will always have those memories of his gentle and mischievous spirit. Ty was so extraordinarily special, so sweet and loving that this world just wasn't able to hold him. He is an angel now.

Ty is survived by his loving parents, Lyle Richard Nordstrom and Toni Marie Nordstrom, brother Aiden James Nordstrom; paternal grandparents, Richard and Patricia Nordstrom of Iron River, Mich.; maternal grandparents, Anthony and Shirlee Peplinski of Hustisford, Wis.; aunts and uncles Angie and Joe Thibault, Melissa and Brandon Zimmerman, Tammy and Jeff Benda, Bob and Christina Nordstrom; and several cousins.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 o'clock tonight at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to Cook Children's Hospital, 801 Seventh Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104; or to the Make A Wish Foundation, 500 Chestnut, Suite 1820, Abilene, TX 79601.

Condolences may be submitted online at

www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.

Hamil Family Funeral Home 6449 Buffalo Gap Road Abilene, Texas

November 14, 2009

William Mueggenburg

FARMINGTON - William O. Mueggenburg, 59, of Farmington, passed away at his home on Thursday morning, Nov. 12, 2009.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with Rev. Richard Pagels officiating. Burial will be in the Farmington Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the funeral home on Monday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service.

William was born in Milwaukee on June 29, 1950, son of Carl and Marian (Nelson) Mueggenburg. He married Sue Busalacchi on June 10, 1994, in the Gardens of St. Colletta in the town of Jefferson.

Bill was a 1968 graduate of Pulaski High School in Milwaukee and graduated from ITC in Milwaukee. He was an electrical journeyman and owned and operated the S & B Electrical Services of Farmington.

Bill was a member of the Helenville Snowmobile Club and Electrical Inspectors. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed playing pool and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Busalacchi of Farmington; his children, Cindy (Bill Barrett) Mueggenburg of Lake Mills; Lisa (Lohnny) Lotz of Helenville; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Myron (Jackie) Price of Oregon; Jerry Jandrt of Florida; Rod Jandrt of Farmington, Carl (Bill) Mueggenburg of Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. His parents preceded him in death.

Hafemeister Funeral Home, 611 E. Main St., Watertown

Rev. Dale Zwieg

The Rev. Dale R. Zwieg went to eternal rest on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, following a brief illness.

Rev. Zwieg was born in Juneau on April 27, 1946, son of the late Arnold and June Zwieg.

Rev. Zwieg is survived by his wife, Linda; a daughter, Katie (Jason) of Appleton; and one brother, Wayne of Oshkosh.

Funeral services were held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clayton, where he had served that congregation for 34 years.

“Well done thou good and faithful servant, come enter the kingdom I have prepared for you.”

November 13, 2009

Dolores Groehler

Dolores “Lovie” M. Groehler, of Watertown, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at the age of 82 years.

She was born May 12, 1927, in Oconomowoc, daughter of Henry and Ella (Frank) Reitz. Dolores was employed at ITW Bee Leitzke for 35 years and retired in 1998.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hilbert Groehler, on July 20, 1982; her sister, Carol (Jerome) Multhauf; her brothers-in-law, Willard Bremser, Elmer Groehler and Mark Henkel.

Dolores is survived by her children, Patricia (Leland) Nehls of Clyman and Stuart Groehler of Hustisford; her brothers and sisters, Henry Reitz, William (Marjorie) Reitz and Dorothy Reitz, all of Oconomowoc, and Virginia Bremser of Wauna-kee; her grandchildren, Corey (Becky) Nehls, Sheila (Kurt) Weber and Robbin Sauer.

Visitation will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Michael Lutheran Church, N4911 Gray Road, Hustisford. A funeral service will follow at the church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Sheila Rawn officiating. Interment will be in Hustisford Cemetery.

Memorials to St. Michael's Building Fund or Marquardt Memorial Manor would be appreciated.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Marquardt Manor for their compassionate care given to “Lovie.”

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Hustisford is serving the family, www.berndt-ledesma.com.

Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home 136 N. Lake St. Hustisford

Dolores Timm

HATFIELD - Dolores “Dee” Ann Timm, 70, of Hatfield, died on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family.

The former Dolores Ann Joseph was born on Jan. 23, 1939, in Elk Creek, Neb., daughter of Walter H. and Elsie H. (Prochnow) Joseph. She graduated from Johnson Creek High School in 1957. Dolores was united in marriage to William T. Timm on April 17, 1960, at St. Steven's Church in Concord.

Dolores worked at ShopKo and as a bookkeeper for River City Distributing in Watertown for many years before retiring in May 2000.

Dee was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. She loved to cross stitch and made many beautiful pieces.

She is survived by her husband, William “Bill” of Hatfield; her children, Cindy (Tim) Rupprecht, Laurie (Mark) Klecker and Dan (Pam) Timm, all of Watertown; and five grandchildren, Cory (Kristy) Rupprecht of Waukesha and Kyle Rupprecht, Jessie Klecker, Tanner Klecker and Zachary Timm, all of Watertown. Dolores is further survived by five siblings, Wilbur (Dorothy) Joseph of Williamsburg, Iowa, Gerald (Lorena) Joseph of Columbus, Neb., Lorene (Herb) Morlock of David City, Neb., Walter (Kathy) Joseph of Watertown and James (Fay) Joseph of Oconomowoc; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Schacker of Sun Prairie and Cathy (Eugene) Kaczor of Watertown; and two brothers-in-law, Allen (Karen) Timm and James (Carol) Timm, both of Watertown.

She was preceded in death by four siblings, Edwin (Vivian) Joseph, Herbert (Gloria) Joseph, Louis (Phyllis) Joseph and Ervin Joseph in infancy.

Funeral service for Dolores will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville with pastor Timothy Biebert officiating. Music will be provided by Judy Trunkel, organist. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Casket bearers include Tanner Klecker, Cory Rupprecht, Kyle Rupprecht, Allen Timm, Jeffrey Timm and Zachary Timm.

Memorials may be directed to Black River Hospice, 711 W. Adams St., Black River Falls 54615.

Online condolences may be made at www.GescheFH.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Dolores' family with funeral arrangements.

Gesche Funeral Home 4 S. Grand Ave. Neillsville

November 12, 2009

Mabel Wendorf

ASHIPPUN - Mabel E. Wendorf of the town of Ashippun entered eternal life Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at the age of 89 years.

Mabel was born Feb. 2,1920, in the town of Ixonia, daughter of William and Martha (Klug) Blank. She married Elmo Wendorf June 28, 1941, at Cross Lutheran Church.

Mabel was a homemaker; active in the church choir; a member of the Forever Young Club and Ashippun Historical Society; and was a 4-H leader.

Mabel is survived by her husband, Elmo Sr.; her children, Niles (Carolyn) and Lyle (Linda) Wendorf, both of the town of Ashippun, and Elmo Jr. (partner Joe Rayman) Wendorf of Hartland. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Todd (Christa) Wendorf of Ashippun, Tracy (Andy) Propst of Beaver Dam, Troy (Sarah) Wendorf of Ashippun, Katherine (Chris) McCul-lough of Juda, and Jeannine (Joe) Heinecke of Oconomowoc. Mabel has seven great-grandchildren and two on the way. Also surviving is her caregiver, Sonny, other relatives and friends.

Mabel was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Hubert and Wilbert.

Friends may visit Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cross Lutheran Church, W704 Gopher Hill Road, Ixonia. A funeral service will begin at 6 p.m. at the church. Final rest will be in Cross Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials to Cross Lutheran Church would be appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services Oconomowoc

November 11, 2009

Robert J. Lueck

Robert J. Lueck, 57, of Watertown, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

Bob was born on Sept. 2, 1952, in Watertown, son of Robert W. and Anna (Bucholtz) Lueck. He was a 1970 graduate of Watertown High School and a 1974 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. On Dec. 9, 1988, he married the former Sharry McElhanon at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

Bob had been employed by several area car dealerships for over 20 years. He started Watertown Trophy and Awards which he operated part time for several years, until selling the business. He had also owned Paper Chain Party Supply. He was a funeral pre-planner for Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam from 1999 to 2008.

Bob was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and Copper Creek Hunting Club. He served the community as chairman of the Watertown Fourth of July Parade for 26 years. He had also been active with the Watertown Christmas Par-ade since 2003. He was a past president of the Watertown Jaycees, past president of the Watertown Commercial Bowling League and past treasurer of the Miss Watertown Beauty Pageant. Bob had been the honorary marshal of the 2009 Fourth of July Parade and he had the Main Street Bridge named in his honor in 2009. He had received a citation from the Wisconsin Legislature for 25 years of community service.

Survivors include his wife Sharry; his stepchildren, Chad (Jody) Herbert of Janesville and Chet Herbert of La Crosse; grandchildren, Connor and Brynn Herbert; his sister, Marcy (Ken) Stanczyk of Plymouth; two nieces, Stephanie and Elizabeth Stanczyk; two sisters-in-law, Dawn Justman and Donna Arnold; cousins; his grand dog, Fritz; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard's Catholic Church with Father Brian Wilk officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

Family and friends may call on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cre-mation Service and on Tuesday after 10 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Bernard's Catholic Church or the Watertown Parade Committee would be appreciated.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service 500 Welsh Road Watertown

Irvin W. Conkle

JEFFERSON - Irvin W. Conkle, 87, of Jefferson, died on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at his home.

He was born on July 24, 1922, in Richland Center, son of Allen Milo and Ada Hazel (Sander) Conkle. He married Cleo L. Cook on Oct. 4, 1942, in Richland Center. She preceded him in death on July 17, 1996.

He worked for 40 years at Butler Manufacturing, en-joyed welding while he could, and working around the home putzing.

He is survived by his four children, Gary W. Conkle, Vernon L. Conkle, Sharry L. (Larry) Conkle Green and Byron (Elaine) Conkle, all of Jefferson; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Leslie (Pearl) Conkle of Seattle, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson with the Rev. Richard Akins officiating. Friends may call after 1 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home until the time of the service.

Friends may also call from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pratt Memorial Chapel in Rich-land Center on Saturday afternoon followed by burial with military honors in Richland Center Cemetery.

The Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson is assisting the family with arrangements.

Olsen Funeral Home 221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson

Carl F. Wedl

JEFFERSON - Carl F. Wedl, 87, of Jefferson, passed away Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Fort Memorial Hospital.

He was born Nov. 13, 1921, son of the late Herbert and Elizabeth (Schakelman) Wedl. He married Betty Schroedl on Feb. 7, 1944, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jefferson.

Carl served in the United States Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart award for injuries incurred in France.

He was employed at Ladish Malt Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1985.

His love of family was the most important thing to Carl and he will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years, Betty Wedl of Jefferson; his seven children, Bonnie Bull, Vickie MacWilliams, Scott (Marla) Wedl and Laurie (Jeff) Scho-pen, all of Jefferson, Sonja (Charlie) Untz of Lake Mills, Tammie (Jim) Fischer of Waukesha and Todd (Diana) Wedl of Cheyenne, Wyo.; 25 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Jer-ome “Chummy” Wedl and Raymond (Jane) Wedl, both of Jefferson; a sister-in-law, Leona Wedl of Jefferson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Wilfred, Marvin, Mar-garet, William, Robert, Theresa, Dorothy and Rosemary.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jefferson with the Rev. Thomas Coyle officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home LLC 900 W. Racine St. Jefferson

Roy L. Bruce

OCONOMOWOC - Roy “LeRoy” L. Bruce of Oconomowoc passed away on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at the age of 64 years.

Roy was born Sept. 1, 1945, in Bristow, Okla. He married Kathleen Orlando on April 17, 1974. Roy was a retired accountant for ARC Pacific.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife, Kitty; dear father of Troy Bruce and Patrick Vanidestine. He is further survived by his sisters, Brenda (David) Jackson, Connie Travis and Rhonda (Dusty) Flood; brothers-in-law, Patrick Orlando (Ruth Kelly), Dr. Michael (Gay) Orlando; and sisters-in-law, Michele (Daniel) Jashinsky and Susan Williams.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Abner (Mildred) Bruce, and a sister, Susie.

Friends may visit on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. at the Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Wheaton Franciscian Hospice or CaringBridge.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services 121 S. Cross St. Oconomowoc

Cliff Jaehnke

REESEVILLE - Cliff “Bootsy” Jaehnke, 66, of Reeseville, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

Visitation will be at United Church of Christ in Reeseville on Friday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. A funeral service will follow at the church on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. with Pastor John Burgbacher officiating. A luncheon will be served at the Reeseville Community Center immediately following the service.

Clifford Roger Jaehnke was born on May 1, 1943, in Beaver Dam, son of the late Clifford and Mildred (Soldner) Jaehnke. On May 16, 1964, he was united in marriage with Patricia A. Meyers at the United Church of Christ in Reeseville.

Cliff worked at Wisconsin Brick and Block in Madison for 34 years. He also worked at the Wisconsin Department of Correction in Waupun for five years before retiring.

Cliff's real passion in life was hunting - from ducks to deer to coyotes - he hunted a wide variety of animals and he also enjoyed fishing. He also enjoyed working in the yard and tinkering in the garage. After he became a grandpa, he loved spending time with the grandkids.

Survivors include his wife, Trish Jaehnke of Reeseville; two children, Greg (JoAnne) Jaehnke of Reeseville and Tara (Tom) Portman of Eau Claire; three grandchildren, Alyssa Jaehnke and Cole and Nolan Portman; four brothers and sisters, Bonnie (David) Rennhack of Lowell, Renee (Gary) Wahl of Reeseville, Doug (Denise) Jaehnke of Columbus and Alton (Eleanor) Soldner of Reeseville; his sister-in-law, Darlene Jaehnke of Nash-ville, Ind.; his brother-in-law, Dale (Carol) Meyers of Merrill; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Dennis Jaehnke.

The Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville is serving the family.

To leave condolences, for directions or other information, visit our Web site at www.MurrayFH.com.

Murray Funeral Home 214 S. Main St. Reeseville

November 10, 2009

Orville Scheel

Orville “Big O” John Scheel, 79, of Watertown, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at his home with his loving family by his side.

A memorial service will be held at Watertown Moravian Church on Wednesday, Veterans Day, at 6 p.m. Visitation will be at the church prior to the service from 4 to 6 p.m. Burial will be in Rock Lake Cemetery, Lake Mills.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Watertown Moravian Church, Rainbow Hospice or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Orv was born Aug. 27, 1930, in Lake Mills, son of Paul and Freida (Steinfeldt) Scheel and in-laws, Herman and Norma Kottwitz. Orv was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lake Mills. He graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1948.

Orv married his loving wife, Marlene Kottwitz, at Lake Mills Moravian Church on June 12, 1954. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. Orv worked for the Wisconsin State Patrol as a Trooper II for 23 years before he retired in 1986.

Orv was a member of the Lake Mills City Council (1989-90) where he acted as president (1990-91), as well as Jefferson County supervisor as a member of the fair board, and American Legion Post 67 (past commander) where he enjoyed the camaraderie of frying sliders with his Friday crew.

Orv and Mar spent the last 23 winters in Arizona at Superstition RV Resort and just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in Washington, D.C., and New York City while visiting their granddaughters, Sommer and Nicole. Orv enjoyed spending time with his nine grandchildren, where he is known as “Pa-Pa.” Wherever Pa-Pa was, there was laughter and fun.

Orv enjoyed camping, drawing and painting, and spending time with friends and family. He will be missed and the memories he gave us will stay close to our hearts.

Orv is survived by his wife, Marlene; a daughter, Shelly (Danny) Piper of Lake Mills; a son, Shannon (Ann) Scheel of Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter, Sheryl (Dan) Piper of Eau Claire; a sister, Frances McGowan; grandchildren, Sommer (Bill) Harford of Washington, D.C., Nicole Piper (special friend Van Graves) of New York City, Chandler Piper, Laura Scheel, Jeremy Piper, Taylor Piper, Molly Scheel, Chase Piper and Jack Piper; and several nieces and nephews.

Orv was preceded in death by his brother, Alvin (Ethel) Scheel and a daughter, Shawn Scheel.

Pederson Funeral Home of Watertown is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made at www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Paula Davis

JEFFERSON - Paula M. Davis, 39, of Jefferson, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at her home.

She was born Dec. 14, 1969, in Chicago, Ill., daughter of Howard and Arrilla “Mae” (Walker) Harris. Paula graduated from Jefferson High School in 1987. She received her degree in business management from Cardinal Stritch University, and was attending DeVry University pursuing a master's degree. She married Gregory Davis on March 28, 2009, at St. John's Evan-gelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson. She was employed at Briggs & Stratton in Jefferson.

Paula had served as a volunteer EMT for the Helenville Fire Department. She also volunteered at the Humane Society of Jeffer-son County. She loved the outdoors, camping, hiking, cooking and entertaining. She enjoyed crafts, and collecting fairies earning her the nickname of “Little Sprite.”

She is survived by her husband, Greg of Jefferson; a daughter, Amanda Stark of Jefferson; three sons, William Davis of Jefferson, Donovan Davis of Jefferson and Peter Stark II of North Dakota; her mother, Mae Harris of Lake Mills; her father, Howard Harris of Fort Atkinson; her mother- and father-in-law, Carson and Ann Davis of Pewaukee; her maternal grandmother, Helen Walker of Jefferson; a sister, Kaylene Harris of Lake Mills; a brother, Howard “Howie” Harris II of Fort Atkinson; a half sister, Susan Multhauf of Fort Atkinson; and a half brother, Shawn Harris of Jefferson.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Oscar Walker, and paternal grandmother, Myrtle Harris.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3 p.m. until the time of services.

Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson is assisting the family with arrangements.

Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home LLC 900 W. Racine St. Jefferson

Edgar Goetsch

SUSSEX - Edgar A. Goetsch, 84, of Sussex, died on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Loggans officiating. Entombment will take place in Glenview Memorial Gardens, Ixonia, at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Calvary Baptist Church or School.

Edgar was born Nov. 25, 1924, in Ixonia, son of David and Lillian (Krueger) Goetsch. He married the former Lorraine Rabenhorst on Oct. 25, 1944, at First Baptist Church in Water-town. He had been employed as district superintendent for Wisconsin Natural Gas Company for 36 years, retiring in 1985.

Edgar was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown.

Surviving are his wife, Lorraine Goetsch of Sussex; two sons, Neale (Barbara) Goetsch of Lexington, S.C., and Charles (Donna) Goetsch of Sussex; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Eunice Goetsch of Watertown and Donna (William) Schroeder of Cranbury, N.J.; a brother-in-law, Glen (Dorothy) Rabenhorst of Watertown; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Erma Norman; and a brother, Marvin.

For online condolences, visit www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

November 9, 2009

Dustin A. Griep

Dustin A. Griep, 21, of Watertown, passed away on Friday evening, Nov. 6, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with Father Brian Wilk of St. Bernard's Catholic Church officiating.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

Dustin Andrew Griep was born on Jan. 4, 1988, in Durand, son of Arnold Wood Jr. and Carol J. Griep. He attended grade school in Watertown and was a 2006 graduate of Watertown High School. He was also a graduate of the State of Wisconsin Certified Nursing Assistant Program.

Dustin was employed at Opportunities Inc. in Fort Atkinson in the Youth Apprenticeship Program. He had also been employed at Spacesaver in Fort Atkinson and Symbol Mattress in Watertown.

Dustin enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming, canoeing, baseball and video games.

Survivors include his parents of Watertown; his maternal grandmother, Col-leen Sindermann of Watertown; his paternal grandmother, Luanne Wood of Arkansas; his sisters, Danielle Sue Griep and Bridget Colleen Griep, both of Watertown; a half-sister, Jessica Fasbender; his aunts, Sue (Paul) Vick of Watertown and Shirley (Kevin) Magnusson of Eufalia, Okla.; his uncles, Ron (Jenny) Griep of Beaver Dam, Glenn Griep of La Crosse, Maynard Griep of Watertown and Allen Griep; two nieces; cousins, other relatives and friends.

Dustin was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Erwin Griep; his paternal grandfather, Arnold Wood Sr.; and an uncle, Terry Gerbig.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Homer Graper

Homer H. Graper, 95, of Watertown, formerly of Lake Mills, died on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

He was born on April 19, 1914, in the town of Farmington, son of Edwin J. and Eleanore (Drescher) Graper. The family moved to a farm south of Fort Atkinson when he was age 5 and spent his youth there.

He was baptized by his grandfather, the Rev. Robert Drescher. He was confirmed in the Methodist Church in Fort Atkinson. He joined the Moravian Church in Lake Mills in 1941.

Homer married Gertrude E. Appenfeldt on Sept. 27, 1940, in Lake Mills. He and his wife purchased The Page Feed and Fuel Co. in Lake Mills, changing its name to Graper Feed Co., which he owned and operated for 33 years before retiring.

Homer was very active in the community, being a charter member of the Lake Mills Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member and former president of the chamber of commerce, served on the Lake Mills School Board, the light and water commission, and was a director for the Bank of Lake Mills for 17 years.

He was very involved with his church and served it in many ways. He had been superintendent of the Sun-day school, served on the board of elders and trustees, served on the Western District Executive Board, the board of world missions in Bethlehem, Pa., and the Provincial Elder's Conference, also in Bethlehem.

Homer enjoyed many activities, which included, fishing on Rock Lake and Canada, watching sports, especially football and baseball. He also enjoyed both sailboat and pleasure boat, and traveling the USA from coast to coast, with trips to Europe, Alaska, Canada, and the Virgin Islands.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude; two daughters, Mary Graper and Ann (Dean) Rupnow; three grandchildren, Peter (Kim), John and Karen; two great-granddaughters, Ella and Emilie; two sisters, Dorothy and Alice; other relatives and friends.

Homer was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Audrey and Lois; and one brother, Robert.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at noon at the Lake Mills Moravian Church with the Rev. Bruce Nelson and the Rev. Beth Rohn officiating. Burial will be in the Rock Lake Cemetery.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the church until the time of service.

Memorials would be appreciated, in lieu of flowers, to the church, Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, or the Marquardt Foundation.

The Claussen Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

Judith Michaelson

Judith A. Michaelson, 68, of Watertown, passed away on Wednesday Nov. 4, 2009, at her home.

Judy was born on May 2, 1941, in Milwaukee, daughter of Richard and Gloria (Bettler) Mierendorf. On Sept. 6, 1958, she married Donald Michaelson in Mil-waukee. Judy was very creative and loved to sew. She could tell a good story and everyone was her adoptive son or daughter.

Survivors include her husband Donald; their children, Victoria Ann Schott of Menomonee Falls, Debra Ann (Jeff) Szypulski of Watertown, Kim Marie (Perry) Wheeler of Dresser and Donald M. (Charity) Michaelson Jr.; grandchildren, Jason, Will, Crystal, Michael, Jenny, Sam, Han-nah and Sarah; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth; her sister and brothers, Beverly (Lawrence) Pierce of Florida, Robert Mieren-dorf of Washington, Gene Carlson of Colorado and Lee Carlson of Superior; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Patricia Tatum.

A memorial service will be on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Gethsemane United Meth-odist Church, 642 E. Main St., Pewaukee, with Pastor Peter Peterson officiating. Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the church. Memorials to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Ser-vice is serving the family.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service 500 Welsh Road Watertown

Lt. Bret Miller

EAST TROY - Lt. Bret Travis Miller, 30, of East Troy, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, while flying a training mission over the gulf coast of Texas.

Bret was born in Oconomowoc on Dec. 22, 1978, son of Rick and Judy (Neumann) Miller, the youngest of three children. Bret grew up in East Troy. He graduated from East Troy High School with the class of 1997. He was well known for his academic and athletic achievements. He was a National Honor Society Scholar as well as the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball. Bret was a four time varsity letter winner in golf and basketball and graduated with high honors.

Bret earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Anna-polis, Md., where he graduated with the class of 2001. He continued to play basketball and earned a bachelor of science degree in ocean engineering. Upon graduation from USNA in 2001, Bret discovered his love of naval aviation. He attended primary flight training at VT-28, followed by advanced multi-engine training at VT-31, where he earned his Wings of Gold. Following additional training at the FRS, he reported to the War Eagles of VP-16 for his fleet tour.

Bret earned qualifications as patrol plane commander, FCF pilot, mission commander and instructor pilot and successfully completed two deployments. Bret was a leader and a professional in every sense. He essentially held every qualification in the T-34.

Bret married the true love of his life, Brianne M. Voss, on Oct. 8, 2005, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkhorn. While serving in Jacksonville, Fla., they welcomed their first son, Chase, in February 2007, and patiently awaiting the arrival of their second son in March 2010. Bret was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Brianne; son, Chase; parents, Rick and Judy Miller of East Troy; mother-in-law, Twila Voss of Elkhorn; a sister, Tara (Gary ) Grocholski of North Prairie; a brother, Chad (Laura) Miller of Watertown; two nieces, Hailey and Grace Grocholski; a nephew, Noah Miller; a brother-in-law, Braidon Voss of Elkhorn; two sisters-in-law, Brittney Voss of Menomonie and Brooke Voss of Elkhorn; grandparents, Elaine (Alex) Gamez of Pewaukee and Shirley Williams Bohrman of Oconomowoc.

Bret was preceded in death by his father-in-law, David Voss; grandparents, Harold Neuman, Harry “Ozzie” (Shirley) Miller and Jack “Buck” Bohrman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the gymnasium at East Troy High School with the Rev. Maurice W. Lind officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, East Troy. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the high school.

Arrangements completed by Haase-Derrick-Lockwood Funeral Homes Elkhorn. For online obituary and guest registry, visit www.hdlfuneralhomes.com or wwwremembertherangers.com.

Haase-Derrick- Lockwood, Mealy's Funeral Home and Crematory 730 N. Wisconsin St. Elkhorn

John P. Graff

SUSSEX - John P. Graff, 57, of Sussex, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.

John was born on May 28, 1952, in Watertown, son of Leroy and Lois (Gorder) Graff. He was a graduate of Waterloo High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received an accounting degree. He later earned his CPA.

John married his high school sweetheart, Lois Soter, on March 8, 1975, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waterloo. John was a vice president of finance for Benzoil for 29 years. He served in the Army National Guard for many years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lannon. He coached the Sussex Lions Club flag football team for eight years.

John was an avid poker player, enjoyed Las Vegas vacations and achieved shark status on

FullTiltPoker.com. He was a huge sports fan, especially the Badgers. He enjoyed fishing on Squirrel Lake in Minocqua, trips to Canada, salmon fishing on Lake Michigan and boating on Pewaukee Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Graff of Sussex; a daughter, Angela (Erich Kasten) Graff of Madison; a son, Neil Graff of Butler; fatherly affection, Joseph Osterman of Lisbon; father, Leroy Graff of Waterloo; brother, Roger (Carolyn) Graff of Madison; mother-in-law, Gladys Soter of Juneau; sisters-in-law, Donna Usher of China, Anne (John) For-seth of Arena, Elaine Tucker of Colorado Springs, Karla (Ross) Ladwig of Fall River and Margaurite (Ed) Haase of Watertown; brothers-in-law, Loren (Marcia) Soter Jr. of Columbus, Lloyd (Dawn) Soter of Cambria, Daniel (Becky) Soter of Merrimac and Dale (Andrea) Soter of Juneau; also survived by 25 nieces and nephews and 14 great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter in 1979, his mother, and his father-in-law, Loren Soter Sr.

Memorials to St. John's Lutheran Church in Waterloo or St. John's Lutheran Church in Lannon would be appreciated.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waterloo with the Rev. Gary Koschnitzke of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lannon officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Waterloo.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from noon until the time of service at the church.

Pederson Funeral Home of Waterloo is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made at www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com.

Pederson Funeral Home 143 S. Washington St. Waterloo

November 7, 2009

Thomas L. Schmitt

Thomas L. “Thom” Schmitt, 32, of Madison, formerly of Reeseville, was taken unexpectedly to his heavenly home on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, as the result of a work-related accident.

The visitation will be at Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Monday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The funeral service will follow at the funeral home on Monday at 2 p.m. with Chaplain Steve Huff officiating. Military honors will be provided by Golf Company, Second Battalion, 24th Marines, at the Veterans Center in Beaver Dam.

Thomas Lee Schmitt was born on Oct. 18, 1977, to John and Sandra (Schultz) Schmitt in Beaver Dam. He was a 1996 graduate of Waterloo High School. Thom enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997 and served one tour of duty in Iraq from 2004 to 2005. He was promoted to sergeant on April 1, 2005. Thom also started his own business, All Clean Windows, that year. He was looking forward to his business becoming a franchise in the near future. Thom was an athletic man, playing basketball, golf and football. He was also an avid Packer fan. He had recently purchased his first Harley-Davidson and was enjoying life's ride. Thom loved his family very much and especially loved his nephews and niece. He was an honorary member of the Lowell VFW Post No. 9392.

Thom will be deeply missed by his parents, John and Sandy Schmitt, of Reeseville; sisters, Angie (Jon) Christenson of Reeseville and Stephanie Schmitt of Madison; his maternal grandparents, Kenneth (Joanne) Schultz, of Lowell; paternal grandmother, Yvonne (George) Strohbusch, of Beaver Dam; nephews and niece, Jeremiah, Jackson, Jenna and Jesse; aunts and uncles, Bonnie and Ken Guenther, Sue and Jerry Ebert, Nancy Hussli, Roy and Christine Schmitt, Frieda and Bill Kern, Cindy and Mike Kadinger, Marilea and Pat Groves, Gina and Andy Oemig, Leon and Annette Schmitt, Greg and Jenine Schultz, and Rhonda and Gwenn Soldner; cousins, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Leon J. Schmitt Sr.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my song; He also has become my salvation. - Isaiah 12:2.

The Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our Web site at www.MurrayFH.com.

Murray Funeral Home 214 S. Main St. Reeseville

Marilyn (Filenius) Wegner

TOWN OF SUMMIT - Marilyn I. (Filenius) Wegner, of the town of Summit, passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at AngelsGrace Hospice.

Marilyn was born Dec. 31,1935, in Watertown, to Ben and Irene (Schlesner) Filenius. She was baptized in 1936 and confirmed in her faith April 10, 1949, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington.

Marilyn attended High Mound Elementary and Concord Center Elementary School in the town of Concord. She graduated from Johnson Creek High School in 1953.

On Oct. 23, 1955, she married Milton F. Wegner at Immanuel Lutheran Church. They were married for 54 years. Marilyn worked at the Daytime Bakery and Snyder Clothing in Oconomowoc. She later worked at Northwestern Loan in Oconomowoc for 17 years. In 1971 she started work at the Oconomowoc Canning Co. retiring in 1998 after 27 years of employment there.

Marilyn was a member of St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc, a charter member of the Cooney Riders Snowmobile Club of Oconomowoc and a member of the Oconomowoc Red Hat Club. She was a very active supporter of her husband's many organizational and club membership activities and business ventures.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Milton; and two sons, Randall (Lori nee Pirkel) and their children, Kendall and Molly, all of Sullivan, and Kurt (Heather nee Wood) and their children, Karlie and Rachel, all of Baraboo. Also surviving are her cousins, Lorraine (Wendt) Baneck of Watertown and Darlene (Filenius) and her husband, Joel Weiss of Rosemont, Minn. She is further survived by her sisters- and brothers-in-law, Erline Wegner of Watertown, Mildred (Roger) Kopfer of Ixonia, Dianne (John) Wegner of Jefferson, Franklin (Doris) Wegner of Watertown, Caroline (Raymond) Weimer of Happy Jack, Ariz., Hubert (Evelyn) Bergman of Watertown and Kenneth Pfeifer of Johnson Creek. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws; sisters-in-law, Ardell (Wegner) Pfeifer, Darlene Wegner and Luhelen Bergman.

Friends may visit on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home and also on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 818 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Final rest will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials to St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church and School Music Department (for the new organ), AngelsGrace Hospice or the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services 121 S. Cross St. Oconomowoc

Gene W. Pieper

LEBANON - Gene W. Pieper, 67, of Lebanon, passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at the Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, due to Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS).

Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lebanon on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Kelling and the Rev. Charles Werth officiating. Burial will be in Ashippun Lutheran Cemetery in Ashippun.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gene's name may be given to the charity of one's choice.

Gene Wallace Pieper was born in Watertown on May 14, 1942, son of Wallace and Lillian (Christian) Pieper. He married the former Shirley Goecks at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Neosho on July 18, 1964.

Gene attended grade school in Lebanon and was a 1960 graduate of Watertown High School. He was a member of the Wisconsin National Guard. Gene had been employed at Midas in Hartford, the Oliver Construction Co. in Oconomowoc, C.G. Schmidt Construction in Milwaukee, Mortenson Building of Milwaukee and was active in dairy farming. After his retirement, he was groundskeeper at Windwood in Watertown.

He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lebanon where he served as an usher. Gene loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and loved helping others. He also loved listening to polka music on the Hartford radio station and going out dancing with Shirley. He enjoyed golfing, woodworking, bowling, snowmobiling, water skiing and dart league.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Pieper of Lebanon; his children, Scott (Melissa) Pieper of Pound and Kristine (Jeremy) Navine of Lebanon; his parents, Wallace and Lillian Pieper of Lebanon; five grandchildren, Jacob Pieper, Zachariah Pieper, Alicia, Justin and Kassandra Navine; a sister, Debra (Clifford) Falkenthal of Hustisford; two brothers, Robert (Judy) Pieper and James (Janet) Pieper, both of Lebanon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ervin and Ruth Goecks.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

November 6, 2009

Judith Michaelson

Judith A. Michaelson, 68, of Watertown, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, at her home.

Judy was born on May 2, 1941, in Milwaukee, daughter of Richard and Gloria (Bettler) Mierendorf. On Sept. 6, 1958, she married Donald Michaelson in Milwaukee. Judy was very creative and loved to sew. She could tell a good story and everyone was her adoptive son or daughter.

Survivors include her husband, Donald; their children, Victoria Ann Schott of Menomonee Falls, Debra Ann (Jeff) Szypulski of Watertown, Kim Marie (Perry) Wheeler of Dresser and Donald M. (Charity) Michaelson Jr.; grandchildren, Jason, Will, Crystal, Michael, Jenny, Sam, Hannah and Sarah; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth; her sister and brothers, Beverly (Lawrence) Pierce of Florida, Robert Mierendorf of Washington, Gene Carlson of Colorado and Lee Carlson of Superior; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 642 E. Main St., Pewaukee, with Pastor Peter Peterson officiating. Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the church.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

The Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral and Cremation Services 500 Welsh Road Watertown

Jean M. Miller

JEFFERSON - Jean M. Miller, 64, of Jefferson, town of Aztalan, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, following an apparent heart attack at her home.

She was born on June 26, 1945, in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late John and Mildred (Missal) Hamberg. She married Norbert D. Miller of Jefferson on Dec. 8, 1978, in Lake Mills.

Jean attended school in Milwaukee and moved to the Jefferson area from Oconto Falls. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Mills.

Survivors include her husband, Norbert; two sons, Robert (Diane) of Jefferson and Raymond (Tina) of West Allis; two daughters, Dawn Erickson of Jefferson and Deborah Miller of Waterloo; seven grandsons; one brother, John (Barbara) Hamberg of Neshkoro; two sisters, Joan (Glenn) Burk of Sussex and Lorraine (Gilbert) Firgins of Shawano; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Also preceding in death was a twin brother, Dean.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Claussen Funeral Home in Lake Mills with the Rev. Mark D. Dressel officiating.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home until the time of service.

If desired, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

Kelly M. Campa

SUN PRAIRIE - Kelly M. McGraw-Campa, 33, passed away unexpectedly at UW Hospital of natural causes on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009.

Kelly was born on Sept. 3, 1976, in Beloit, daughter of Michael and Deborah (Schrader) McGraw. She was a graduate of Water-town High School.

Kelly was employed as a CNA with UW Hospitals. She was a very helpful, giving and loving person to everyone she knew. Kelly was bilingual and would help at her children's school and at work when a translator was needed. Even in death she is helping others by donating her organs. She was a member of Sun Prairie United Methodist Church.

Kelly is survived by her husband, Efren Campa-Perez; her children Alexan-dria McGraw, Jose Campa and Efren Campa Jr.; mother, Deborah McGraw; sister Julie (Reed) Staffin; maternal grandparents, Ron and Jean Schrader; nephews, Mathew and Tyler Staffin; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and paternal grandparents.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, 702 North St., Sun Prairie, with the Rev. Susan Bresser and the Rev. Greg Schrimpf officiating.

Friends and family may gather at the church on Saturday from noon until the time of the service.

Memorials would be appreciated to go to the care of Kelly's children.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 1310 Emerald Terrace Sun Prairie

November 5, 2009

John Arzberger

John W. Arz-berger, 89, of Watertown, found peace Wednesday morning, Nov. 4, 2009, at HCR Manor Care in Pewaukee.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 204 N. Tenth St., Watertown, with the Rev. Terry Larsen officiating. Burial, with military graveside rites being conducted by the Watertown American Legion Post No. 189, will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials to the church would be appreciated.

John Walter Arzberger was born in Watertown on June 12, 1920, son of Dr. Walter and Doris (Schulze) Arzberger. He married Genevieve Boerger at Cross Lutheran Church in Ixonia on Feb. 17, 1951.

John attended school in Watertown, graduated from Watertown High School and from Oshkosh State Teachers College. He was a sales agent for W.B. Rom & Son in Wauwatosa and had owned and operated Drill & Derrick Supplies in Watertown.

John was a member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Water-town. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing and playing the organ. John's true passion throughout his life was tending his apple orchard.

John is survived by his wife, Genevieve Arzberger of Watertown; his two sons, Alan (Denise) Arzberger of Pewaukee and Dean (Karen) Arzberger of Oconomowoc; five grandchildren, Amanda, Nicole, Shannon, Zackary and Rebecca Arzberger; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was the last member of his immediate family, being preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Barbara Maas.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Florence Fehrmann

Florence Fehrmann, 95, of Watertown, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, at Marquardt Memorial Manor.

Florence was born on July 12, 1914, in Lebanon, daughter of August and Mary (Tietz) Raether. She married Herbert Fehrmann on July 14, 1935, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lebanon.

Florence was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She had the gift of gab and enjoyed friendly conversation. She loved baking, cooking, fishing, playing cards and traveling.

Survivors include daughters, Barbara Grulke and Marion (Roger) Zimmerman, both of Watertown; a son, Allen (Sharon) Fehrmann of Palmyra; 14 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Kathryn Fehrmann of Watertown; also a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Ronald; a granddaughter, Tracy; a son-in-law, Norbert; two sisters, Gertrude Schuett and Arline Flath; and six brothers, Arthur, Raymond, Edward, Ernest, Martin and Palmer.

Memorials to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Marquardt Memorial Manor or the charity of one's choice would be appreciated.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with the Rev. Victor Tegtmeier officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery, Lebanon.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

The Pederson Funeral Home in Watertown is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made at www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Richard Hoffmann

Richard J. Hoffmann, 74, of Watertown, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at his home.

Richard was born on Oct. 1, 1935, in Milwaukee, son of John and Marie (Remsza) Hoffmann. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 and served nine years in the reserves. Richard had been employed at Allis Chalmers and Lindberg in Watertown. He enjoyed camping with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Joan; their children; Kathleen Hoffmann of Milwau-kee, David (Lisa) Hoffmann of Collinsville, Ill., Karen (Bruce) Ramus of Hurst, Texas, and Nancy (David) Plouff of Roseville, Calif.; five grandchildren, Eric, Sara, Kelly, Matthew and Ian; a sister; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Hoffmann.

A family service has been held.

The Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Crema-tion Service is serving the family.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Services 500 Welsh Road Watertown

November 4, 2009

Lawrence DeBellis

Lawrence C. DeBellis, 86, of Watertown, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at his home.

Larry was born on Oct. 21, 1923, in Chicago, son of Rocco and Marie (Perrito) DeBellis. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Boxer, an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Fleet. On Sept. 8, 1950, he married the former Betty Anderson and she preceded him in death on Sept. 10, 1998.

Larry had been employed in management by General Motors, Federal Mallebal, Wehr Steel and Grede Foundry. He was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Watertown Lions Club and American Legion Post No. 189. Larry was an avid golfer.

Survivors include his children, Robert (Fay) DeBellis of St. Paul, Minn., Crispin (Annelyse) DeBellis of North Canton, Ohio, and Susan (David) DeBellis-Puent of Mauston; his grandchildren, Yu Ling, Elizabeth, Daniel and Michelle; other relatives and friends.

He is further preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard's Catholic Church with Father Brian Wilk officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard's Cemetery.

Family and friends may call on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

The Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Crema-tion Service is serving the family.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service 500 Welsh Road Watertown

Yvonne Zuelsdorf

HUSTISFORD - Yvonne M. Zuelsdorf, 80, of Hustisford, died on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009.

Yvonne was born on June 25, 1929, in Hartford to Hubert and Edna (Brazelton) Falkenthal. After high school she attended college and received her music degree.

On Sept. 30, 1950, she was united in marriage to Orville C. Zuelsdorf. Follow-ing their marriage, Orville and Yvonne owned and operated Zuelsdorf's Drug Store for many years.

One of Yvonne's greatest passions was music. She taught piano over 40 years, including teaching her grandchildren how to play. Yvonne enjoyed gardening, knitting and traveling with family and friends. Yvonne was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Hustisford where she was the organist. She also was a member of the Hustisford Lioness Club, the “Red Hats” and also enjoyed being an active Avon representative.

One of her greatest joys she received in her life was spending time with her grandchildren. Yvonne will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Yvonne is survived by her children, Jennine (Rev. Paul) Hudson of Fox Lake, James (Sue) Zuelsdorf of Matthews, N.C., and Julie (Rick) Armon of Beaver Dam; her grandchildren, Robyn and Brittany Armon, Christy and Alex Zuelsdorf, Michael (Allison) Hudson and Karen (Travis) Burd; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Liam and Kate Hudson. She is further survived by a sister, Jean (Howard) Ninmann of Hustisford; a brother-in-law, Donald (Gloria) Zuelsdorf of Oak Grove; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orville in 1988; and her son, Jerry in 2008.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 128 E. Anthony St., Hustisford. A service in celebration of Yvonne's life will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Paul Hudson officiating. Interment will follow in Hustisford Cemetery.

The family would like to sincerely thank Vickie and Becky and the staff at Trosten Haus in Beaver Dam for their care of Yvonne and their support to the family.

You may send private online condolences or sign the family's guest book at www.cstonefs.com. Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services 135 Keller Blvd. Beaver Dam

November 3, 2009

Edwin Seefeldt

Edwin H. Seefeldt, 91, of Watertown, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

Edwin was born on Dec. 16, 1917, in Watertown, son of Charles and Hulda (Kottka) Seefeldt. He married Dorothy Koenig on June 7, 1947, in Watertown and she preceded him in death on Jan. 24, 1996.

Edwin worked at the shoe factory in Watertown and was a Merchant Police officer for many years. He had also owned and operated his own lawn and garden business. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, a life member of American Legion Post No. 189, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 14000, and the Plattdeutscher Verein of Watertown.

Edwin served his country with the U.S. Army from Sept. 8, 1942, until Nov. 4, 1945. His list of battles and campaigns includes Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. His decorations include the Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two silver battle stars, four overseas service bars, one service stripe, five bronze battle stars and a Good Conduct Medal.

Survivors include two daughters, Renee (Jeff) Sterwalt of Watertown and Eljean (Larry Malasoma) Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Dorothy.

Memorials to the Watertown American Legion Post No. 189 would be appreciated.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Pederson Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Paul Kuckhahn officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Glenview Memorial Gardens, Ixonia.

Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Pederson Funeral Home Watertown is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made at www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Adam L. West

Adam Lewis West, former Oconomowoc and Watertown resident, left this world on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at the age of 38.

He is survived by his wife, Carrie (Wegner), son, Micah, and daughter, Holly. He is further survived by his parents, Dale and Elizabeth (Betsan) West of Mukwonago, and parents-in-law, Donald and Milene Wegner of Oconomowoc. He is also survived by a sister, Rebec-ca (Steve) Maddix; two brothers, Damon (Margaret) West and William West (Jo Ann Maier West); a brother-in-law, David (Sharon) Wegner; a sister-in-law, Laurie (Robert) Koneck; nieces Corinne and Erica Maddix, Amy and Lauren West, and Abby West; and nephews, Ryan Maddix, Karl and Kurt Koneck.

Adam and his family had given up home, career and nearly all personal possessions to serve the Lord in full-time missionary work. While working at the Watertown Municipal Air-port, Adam had earned a private pilot license, instrument rating, commercial pilot license, airframe and power plant mechanics certification, plus accumulating flight hours as time permitted. He and his family were in Tennessee for his final tutoring in the type of aircraft he would be flying in their accepted mission assignment to Zambia in Africa. The next process was full evaluation in North Carolina of all he had learned.

With his instructor at his side, and to get the feel of a fully weighted aircraft, Adam took off through the hills and mountain ranges of Tennessee. But often in the case of flying, plans can change in midflight, and they ultimately flew their airplane all the way to Jesus.

After graduating from Mukwonago High School, Adam attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for a semester. Following that he held various jobs, until he decided to join the Navy and served as a nuclear electrician on a guided missile cruiser. After the Navy tour of duty ended, Adam married the former Carrie Wegner of Ocon-omowoc in 1999.

Adam had a way of accomplishing everything he set out to do, including earning a degree in information technology in three years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, graduating summa cum laude. He was then employed by the Briggs and Stratton Company in Milwaukee as a programmer/ analyst in SAP Applications.

Several years after pursuing the American dream, Adam received an invitation from God to serve him in missionary aviation full-time. This invitation directed Adam to end his computer job and sell his newly built home to pursue this vision God had set in his heart. He dedicated himself completely to this goal.

Adam's instructor was Ron Royce of Elizabethton, Tenn. He has served in many capacities of aviation and had instructed hundreds of pilots in the mission field for over 40 years, many of whom are instructing other pilots with the same techniques used by Royce. Both men were committed to serving their savior, Jesus Christ, doing what they loved to do.

Among other things, Adam will be remembered for his love of people and his unique sense of humor. Adam was a gentle and loving husband, and a playful, involved father.

Adam was a very active member of White Stone Community Church of Oconomowoc. The family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, concern, assistance and Christlike stepping up to meet the needs of the family at this difficult time by those of the church. We don't understand all things but we know in the end we have the victory.

Friends will be received by the family at Westbrook Church on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. The church is located on Highway 83, approximately one mile north of I-94. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Westbrook Church.

Hilmer Krause Sr.

JUNEAU - Hilmer A. Krause Sr., of Juneau, passed away at the Golden LivingCenter-Randolph on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at the age of 83 years.

Hilmer was born June 21, 1926, in Farmington, son of Edward and Elizabeth (Dobratz) Krause. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Hilmer's greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the north woods.

Hilmer was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Inez Ruth (Kramer) Krause, on Feb. 23, 2000; a son, Kerry Krause; and a brother, Walter Krause.

He is survived by his son, Hilmer Jr. (Maria) Krause of Beaver Dam; grandchildren, Brian (Linda) Krause of Phelps, Cheryl (Tom) Sahr of Juneau, Jodi (Todd) Apel of Beaver Dam and Scott Ferstl of Waupun; great-grandchildren, Kodie Freriks, Dana Mueller, Nathan and Aaron Krause, Peyton and Caleb Apel, Chelsea and Kayla Sahr; and two brothers, Carl (Shirley) Krause of Juneau and Ed (Kathy) Krause of Juneau. Hilmer will be deeply missed by his special friend, Grace Foss. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Juneau and on Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The funeral service will follow in the church at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Hirsch officiating. Interment will be in Highland Memory Gardens, with military honors under the auspices of American Legion Post No. 15.

Memorials to the family to be dispersed in accordance to their wishes would be appreciated.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Juneau is serving the family, www.berndt-ledesma.com.

Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home 150 W. Oak Grove St. Juneau

Dorothy E. Kehl

NEOSHO - Dorothy E. Kehl, 74, of Neosho, passed away at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ashippun with the Rev. Gary Tillmann officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church in Ashippun or the charity of one's choice.

Dorothy Emma Lueck was born on Sept. 15, 1935, in Shawano to William and Linda (Fredrick) Lueck. She married Franklin Kehl on Aug. 21, 1955, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Water-town. He preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 2000.

Dorothy was a 1953 graduate of Watertown High School and a graduate of Milwaukee Beauty School. She and her husband farmed in the town of Ashippun on Honey Acres for over 10 years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Ashippun. Dorothy enjoyed embroidering.

Surviving are her two sons, Timothy (Sue Gaynor) Kehl of Neosho and Jody (Janet) Kehl of Iron Ridge; two grandchildren, Jared and Jenna Kehl; nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Gina Kehl; a son in infancy; and a brother, Marlin Lueck.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

November 2, 2009

Veronica Burmaster

Veronica M. Burmaster, 94, of Watertown, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Brian Wilk officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery in Watertown.

A visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the Mass.

Memorials to the family would be appreciated.

The former Veronica M. McFarland was born in Watertown on March 25, 1915, daughter of Tom and Mary (Roch) McFarland. She married Milton Burmaster at St. Bernard's Catholic Church on Oct. 6, 1936.

Veronica had taught grade school in Lebanon and Beaver Dam and worked on the family farm. She was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church.

Veronica loved to cook and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include her daughter, Phyllis A. Yelk of Watertown; three grandchildren, David (Michelle) Yelk of Watertown, Virginia (Mike Barlow) Fisher of Lake Mills and Rhonda (Keith) Christian of Lebanon; 10 great-grandchildren, Joe Yelk, Josh (Jen) Fisher, Julia (fiancé, Joe Zastrow) Fisher, Crystal Fisher, Lucas Fisher, Josh Lee Fisher, Stephanie (Eric) Gutzdorf, Stacy Christian, Gavin Ebert and Dalton Christian; and two great-great-grandchildren, Genesee Fisher and Hunter Fisher.

Veronica was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Milton, in 1979.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Violet I. Giese

Violet I. Giese, 98, of Watertown, passed away Friday morning, Oct. 30, 2009, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Brian Wilk officiating. Burial will be in St. Henry Catholic Cemetery, Watertown.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

Memorials, if desired, would be appreciated to the family.

Violet I. Schilberg was born in Concord on Feb. 22, 1911, daughter of William and Ida (Rohloff) Schilberg. She married Lloyd E. Giese at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown on Nov. 28, 1936. He preceded her in death on May 30, 1993.

Violet had been employed by the former Mid-State shoe factory in Watertown as a seamstress for many years. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown, Christian Mothers, Catholic Knights, Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, and AARP. Violet enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren as well as knitting, sewing, cooking, baking, and playing cards.

She is survived by her son, Richard (Barbara) Giese of Watertown; two grandchildren, Kyle Giese of Watertown and Laci (fiancé, Joshua Cummings) Giese of Oshkosh; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Violet was further preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Leona Block; four brothers, Rudolph Schilberg, Ervin Schilberg, Leo Schilberg and Clarence Schilberg.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Jacob Hraban

Jacob B. Hraban, 18, of Watertown, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at home.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pederson Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Gephart officiating.

Friends and relatives may call to pay their respects at the funeral home Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

He was born March 10, 1991, in Kettering, Ohio, son of Bryan Hraban and Paula Ferries. He was a senior at Watertown High School and member of Cross Point Community Church in Oconomowoc.

Survivors include his mother, Paula (Roger) Schroeder of Watertown; his father, Bryan Hraban of Milwaukee; a sister, Sarah Hraban of Milwaukee; maternal grandparents, James and Bernice Ferries of Nekoosa; paternal grandparents, Walter and Joyce Hraban of Ladysmith; also a number of aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Katherine Schlender

Katherine “Kathy” A. Schlender, 70, of Water-town, passed away at her home, surrounded by her family and friends, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, following a lingering illness.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Water-town with Father Brian Wilk officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Marquardt Hospice, St. Bernard's Catholic Church or St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Richwood.

The former Katherine Ann Fendt was born in Watertown on April 30, 1939, daughter of Raymond and Loretta (Donahue) Fendt. She attended St. Bernard's Catholic Grade School and was a 1957 graduate of the Watertown Senior High School. Kathy had been employed at the former F.W. Woolworth Co. in Watertown. On May 2, 1964, she married LeRoy A. Schlender at St. Bernard's Catholic Church.

She and her husband farmed in the town of Shields for over 25 years. Kathy volunteered at St. Bernard's School and Meals on Wheels for many years. Kathy's greatest joy was her grandchildren. She was an avid bowler until she became terminally ill in November 2000. Kathy enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gambling trips and family vacations.

She is survived by her husband, LeRoy of Watertown; a daughter, Debra A. (Michael) Hoefler of Watertown; three grandchildren, Rick Bergmann, Andrew Hoefler and Bryanna Hoefler; a sister, Shirley (Bob) Lauderback of Menomonee Falls; a brother, Jim Fendt of McPherson, Kan.; two brothers-in-law, Milton (Nancy) Schlender and Wallace (Louise) Schlender; five sisters-in-law, Delores Schultz, Norma (Orville) Schultz, Helen (Gordon) Campbell, Judy (Alvin) Gudenkauf and Dorothy Schroeder; as well as nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clifford in infancy; a sister-in-law, Karen Fendt; and two brothers-in-law, Jim Schroeder and Clarence Schultz.

Kathy will be truly missed by her family and friends. We will always remember her laugh and smile.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Marquardt Hospice staff for their wonderful care.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Doris C. Voss

Doris C. Voss, 92, of Watertown, died on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at Bethesda Lutheran Home. She had lived at Bethesda Lutheran Home since 1961.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Bethesda Lutheran Home with the Rev. Michael Schempf officiating.

Friends may call to pay their respects in the chapel on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials are suggested to Bethesda Lutheran Home and Services.

The Pederson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Doris was born April 17, 1917, in Marion, daughter of Albert Voss and Elsie Schultz. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Mauston.

Surviving are a brother, Wilbur Voss of Mauston; a sister, Eileen Pfaff of Mauston; a number of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends at Bethesda Lutheran Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Carl H. Anton

HELENVILLE - Carl H. Anton, 68, of Helenville, died on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at his home.

He was born in Clintonville, son of Arnold and Erna (Jaeger) Anton on June 18, 1941. He married Eileen Thoemke on Nov. 4, 1967, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Rome.

He was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helenville and served 12 years on the school board as well as on other church activities and boards. He attended Jefferson High School and was a dairy farmer for over 48 years and then worked at Walmart in Watertown as a stocker and assembler.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen Anton of Helenville; three daughters, Amy (Dan) Vogel of Appleton, Christine (Michael) Daws of Aptos, Calif., and Janelle Anton at home; one son, Daniel (Kristi) Anton of Watertown; two granddaughters, Rachel Vogel and Hannah Daws; two grandsons, Nicolas Daws and Zachary Vogel; two brothers, Donald (Jane) Anton of Neenah and Robert (Betty) Anton of Fort Atkinson; five sisters, Virginia (Roy) Ziesemer of Appleton, Beatrice (Eugene) Bellin of Sturgeon Bay, Carol (Ron) Bunkleman of Greenville, Sheila Ulsberger of Jefferson and Sandra (Walter) Lippert of Big Bend; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helenville with the Rev. Lance A. Hoff officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Helenville.

Friends may call at the church on Tuesday after 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

The family requests memorials be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Helenville, Lakeside Lutheran High School or Rainbow Hospice in Jefferson.

Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson is assisting the family with arrangements.

Olsen Funeral Home 221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson

Ronald Kiesling

JEFFERSON - Ronald “Chunk” J. Kiesling, 60, of Jefferson, passed away unexpectedly in Sparks, Nev.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1948, son of Lyle and Florence Kiesling. He attended Jefferson Senior High and was in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1980.

Chunk was active in and a past president of the Jefferson Kiwanis Club, where he was honored by receiving the Hixon Award. He was also involved with a wide variety of different clubs and organizations, including the Jefferson Rock and Gem Society, the VROC Motorcycle Club, the Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Association, the Havasu Gold Seekers Club, the Gemuetlichkeit Days Committee, and the American Legion Band, among others.

Chunk enjoyed photography, painting, lapidary work, rock hunting, working on and riding his motorcycles, playing music, supporting the community and also had a lifelong love of learning. He was the first to offer help and the last to seek recognition.

He is survived by his mother, Florence Kiesling of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Chunk was very proud of his children and one grandchild and will be deeply missed by Adam Kiesling of St. Paul, Minn., Ed Kiesling of Jefferson, Sarah Kiesling of St. Paul and Mike Kiesling of Mesa, Ariz., along with their mother, Donna Kiesling of Jefferson, and grandson, Lazlo Kiesling.

He is also survived by brothers Norbert “Nubby” (Linda) Kiesling of Arizona, Larry (Kathy) Kiesling of Fort Atkinson, and sister Sharon “Shanny” (Jerry) Ellestad of Fort Atkinson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lyle Kiesling.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 13. Private family burial will take place at a later date.

Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home LLC 900 W. Racine St. Jefferson

Leah Degner

OCONOMOWOC - Leah Marian Degner of Oconomowoc went to be with her savior on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the age of 93.

She was born to Edwin and Angie (Ingersoll) Altwies on Sept. 12, 1916, in Ashippun. She married Nordine Degner of Ixonia on May 24, 1940, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc.

Leah worked as a nurse aide at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital for 14 years, beginning shortly after it was built, and always cherished her work with the newborn babies in the nursery. She resigned to help Nordine with his business, Degner's Sporting Goods until their retirement.

She had great musical talent on the piano and organ, spanning from pianist in Nordine's band, Degner's Midnight Serenaders in her younger years, to playing piano for the Sunday School children at Dr. Martin Luther Church in her senior years. She also played in the church bell choir and served as a part-time organist for her church until just a few years ago when her eyesight began to fail.

Lea was a dedicated member of American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 91, serving as Poppy sales chairwoman for many years. She was also a member of Oconomowoc Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2260 Auxiliary.

Her many interests included playing her organ, making afghans and other crafts, serving her church in a variety of ways, and playing bingo with friends.

Surviving Leah are two daughters, Norine Peardon of Oconomowoc and Ann (Roger) Weilbacher of Jefferson; one grandson, James C. Peardon of Franklin; one sister, Elaine (Clyde) Graves of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one brother, James (Betty) Altwies of Sheboygan; two sisters-in-law, Helen Altwies of Waukesha and Ardes (Albert) Klug of Jefferson; plus many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She also has one adopted granddaughter, Debra Hrobsky of Watertown.

Leah was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Nordine in 1998; sisters, Maybelle Altwies and Edwina Goetsch; and a brother, Peter Altwies.

A memorial service will be held at Dr. Martin Luther Church, 325 S. Main St., Oconomowoc, on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Erik Gronberg officiating.

There will be no visitation or graveside services since Leah's wishes were to donate her body to the University of Wisconsin Medical School for research.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to her church or The American Cancer Society.

A reception will follow the service at her church.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services 121 S. Cross St. Oconomowoc

Michael Dahnert

WHITEWATER - Michael Paul Dahnert, 54, of Whitewater, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Fort Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson.

Michael was born in Fort Atkinson on Jan. 21, 1955, son of Arthur and Gladys (Crandall) Dahnert. He graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1973. He was a dairy farmer in the Whitewater area. Mike loved to cook, work in the garden and loved sports.

Surviving are his mother, Gladys Dahnert, Peoria, Ariz.; three brothers, Robert (June) Dahnert, DeForest, Gerald (Cathy) Dahnert, Phoenix, Ariz., and Tom Dahnert, Peoria; and two sisters, Diana Dahnert, Rockford, Ill., and Cindy (Bret) May, Fort Atkinson. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his father and brothers, Dick and James.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Nitardy Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Atkinson with the Rev. A.S. Christiansen officiating. Private family burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Atkinson, at a later date.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nitardy Funeral Home and after 10 a.m. on Thursday until the services.

Nitardy Funeral Home 1008 Madison St. Fort Atkinson

Lucille Frey

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Lucille Frey, 84, passed away at home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009.

She was born in Jefferson, Wis., on Dec. 27, 1924, daughter of Philip and Katherine (Ott) Werner. She was a member of Jefferson High School class of 1943. She married James Buske in Jefferson in 1948. He died in 1953. She married Roger Frey of Lake Mills, Wis., in 1955.

She is survived by her husband, Roger of Fort Lauderdale; four children, Marilyn (Richard) Riedel of Jefferson, Steve (Karen) Buske of Okeechobee, Rick (Sharlene) Frey and Linda (Chris) Percival, both of Fort Lauderdale. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Kathy (Darell) Rechlin of Jefferson; a sister-in-law, Gwen Bade of Watertown, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Lawrence.

A private memorial service will be held Tuesday at T.M. Ralph Funeral Home in Plantation.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Wayside Inn, Jefferson, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Jefferson, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to American Legion Post No. 67, 14901 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami, FL 33161.

T.M. Ralph Funeral Home 7001 NW 4th St. Plantation Fla.

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