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Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 12:00 am

February 17, 2010

Fred Schlesner

Fred E. Schlesner, 87, of Watertown, passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

A memorial service for Fred will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Lee Meissner of Christ United Methodist Church in Watertown officiating. Burial will be in Glenview Memorial Gardens, Ixonia.

A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Fred Elmer Schlesner was born in Deerfield on Oct. 2, 1922, son of Paul and Tina (Naatz) Schlesner.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Fred had been employed at Brandt Automatic Cashier in Watertown for many years. He enjoyed fishing and loved animals.

Survivors include his three daughters, Virginia (James) Henning of Beaver Dam, Susie Schlesner of Watertown and Janet (Jeff) Samson of Wisconsin Rap-ids; a son, Allen (Patricia) Schlesner of South Carolina; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Alice Butzine and Mildred Butzine; a special niece, Kathy Evans of Watertown; his caregiver, Sue Strese of Watertown; other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Donald Schlesner and Larry Schlesner; his brothers, Harold and Ervine Butzine; and stepbrothers, Max and John Schlesner.

He was the last member of his immediate family.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Adeline Groehler

ASHIPPUN - Adeline Groehler, born June 30, 1918, in the town of Ashi-ppun, daughter of Erich and Alvina (Ottow) Groehler, passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at the age of 91 years.

She was in an automobile accident when she was 20, which left her paralyzed and wheelchair bound for the rest of her life. Adeline led a fruitful life, baby-sitting for her nieces, nephews and friends, keeping house for her father after her mother died, and taking in ironing for other people. Despite her handicap, she kept a neat and tidy house, and always kept herself presentable. Illnesses took their toll of her the past year or so, but she remained in good spirits. She had a smile for everyone.

Adeline is survived by her twin sister, Edna Henkel; a sister, LaVerne (Jim) Gresch; several nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Hilbert and Elmer Groehler; and a sister-in-law, Dolores “Lovie” Groehler.

Visitation will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lebanon. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Reinhold Markwart officiating. Interment will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank Doll and the staff at Golden LivingCenter and Asera Care Hospice for their tender loving care of Adeline.

Memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lebanon or Golden LivingCenter would be appreciated.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the family, http://www.berndt-ledesma.com">www.berndt-ledesma.com.

Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home 150 W. Oak Grove Juneau

Edwin Luedtke

JEFFERSON - Edwin John Luedtke, 88, of Jefferson, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Countryside Home in Jefferson.

Edwin was born in Jefferson on Feb. 3, 1922, son of John and Caroline (Belstner) Luedtke. He was baptized on March 5, 1922, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson and confirmed at St. John's Church on April 14, 1935. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1939.

Ed served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, from Sept. 25, 1942, until Sept. 1, 1945.

On July 10, 1948, Ed married Ruth Ehlenfeldt at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson. Ruth preceded him in death on July 23, 1991.

Ed established Luedtke Plumbing Inc. of Jefferson in 1954 and retired in February 1987. He was a lifelong member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson where he served on various boards and committees. He was a supporter of Lakeside Lutheran High School, serving on the general board, and an avid fan of their athletic programs.

Surviving are his children, John (April) Luedtke of Jefferson, Lois (Don) Schu-ltz of Jefferson, James (Sue) Luedtke of Rice Lake, Luann (Rev. David) Kolander of Brookfield, Joyce (Rick) Herro of Jefferson, Lisa (Tom) Plath of Memphis, Tenn., and Jeffrey Luedtke of Jefferson; his grandchildren, Justin and Sarah Luedtke, Lindsay, Eric and Kristin Schultz, Bradley, Alison and Nina Luedtke, Taylor and Matt Smith, Ryan, Anna and Emma Kolander, Lauren and Kayli Herro, Leah (Jon) Burns, and Kyle, Taylor and Caitlin Plath; a sister, Elaine (Jack) Hebbe of Jefferson; and a special friend, Ruth Rosin. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson with the Rev. David Kolander officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Jefferson.

Friends may call after 1 p.m. Sunday at the church until the services.

As an expression of sympathy memorials may be directed to Lakeside Luth-eran High School or St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jefferson.

The Nitardy Funeral Home of Fort Atkinson is assisting the family, http://www.nitardyfuneralhome.com">www.nitardyfuneralhome.com.

Nitardy Funeral Home 1008 Madison St. Fort Atkinson

February 16, 2010

Alma O. Bauch

Alma “Allie” O. Bauch, 91, of Watertown, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at Marquardt Memorial Manor with her family at her side.

A memorial service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at First Congregational United Church Of Christ with Pastor John Kennedy officiating. Family and friends may call Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the church would be appreciated.

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

Alma O. Moore was born on Jan. 6, 1919, in Chicago, Ill., daughter of Amory and Cecilia (McElroy) Moore. On June 14, 1947, she married Robert O. Bauch in Evanston, Ill., and he preceded her in death on March 17, 2002. She had been employed as a fashion model with her twin sister, Cecelia, for John Robert Powers. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree from Wellesley College, and took classes at Brown University.

Allie was a member of First Congregational United Church Of Christ, National Society Of The Colonial Dames of America, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and 30 over 30 social club. Allie enjoyed playing gin rummy and bridge.

Survivors include her children, John (Michelle) Bauch of Middleton and Barbara Kauth of Watertown; her grandchildren, Austin (Melissa Stangler) Kauth and Alexander and Evan Bauch; a brother, Amory (Doris) Moore of Brookfield; a special friend and care giver, Patti Grosenick; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was further preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Cecelia Maas.

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

Lila De Coto

HELENVILLE - Lila De Coto, 89, of Helenville, went into the loving arms of the Lord on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at her home, under the care of Rainbow Hos-pice.

She was born on Feb. 15, 1921, in Bruce, daughter of Clyde and Theo (Robb) Jenness. She married Walter De Coto on Aug. 23, 1942, in Bruce. He preceded her in death on May 7, 1996.

She was of the Lutheran faith.

Surviving are three sons, Edwin (Sharon) De Coto of Helenville, Dahrald (Lana) De Coto of Waukesha and David (Margaret) De Coto of Helenville; two daughters, Eda De Coto of Helenville and Connie (the late Tom) Wiedenfeld of Watertown; two grandsons, Michael De Coto and Todd (Angie) Gutheridge; two granddaughters, Michele (Dean) Lins and Dawn Wiedenfeld; three great-granddaughters, Autumn De Coto, Kimberly Lins and Brianna Guthe-ridge; one great-grandson, Sean Lins; one brother, Allen (Dora) Jenness of Bruce; two sisters, Anna (the late Elmer) Berthold of Bruce and Bethel (John) Gherardini of Fairfax, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Lillian Butler; and two nephews, Gary Jenness and Daniel Berthold.

Funeral services will be held at St. Mark's Evangeli-cal Lutheran Church in Jefferson at 11 a.m. on Friday with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth A. Comstock officiating. Burial will be in Hoffman Cemetery in Rome.

Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

The Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson is assisting the family.

Olsen Funeral Home 221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson

Lois Schmitz

JEFFERSON - Lois Lorraine (Petty) Schmitz, 81, of Jefferson, died on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Sienna Crest in Fort Atkinson.

She was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Kirk, Colo., daughter of the late Mont and Frances (Spencer) Petty.

She was employed at Borg Fabric for 30 years.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert; two sons, Herb Jr. (JoAnn) and Dale (Cheryl), both of Jefferson; one daughter Bonnie of Fort Atkinson; four granddaughters, Lisa Buckingham, Andrea Kehoe, Chelsea Schmitz and Julia Drake; three grandsons, Jordan Schmitz, Levi Schmitz and Uriah Schmitz; six great-grandchildren, Lucas and Dylan Buckingham, Kayla Kehoe, Keegan Kehoe, Faith Peterson and Kelsey Schmitz; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Maxine Blasing, Izola Multhauf, Hazel Helle and Myrtle Krueger, and one brother, Virgil Petty.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson. Burial will be in the Rock River Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home and also after 10 a.m. Friday at the church until the time of services.

If desired, memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice or to the church.

Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home LLC http://schneidermichaelisfuneralhome.com">schneidermichaelisfuneralhome.com 900 W. Racine St. Jefferson

Maryann Weber

LAKE MILLS - Maryann E. Weber, 77, of Lake Mills, died on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Willowbrook Nurs-ing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Mills.

She was born on Jan. 9, 1933, in the town of Milford, daughter of the late Christ and Anna (Werth) Regelein. Maryann married Gerald E. “Nick” Weber on June 19, 1954, in Lake Mills. He died on July 28, 2006.

She has been a Lake Mills resident since her marriage. She had been em-ployed by the former Lake Mills Shoe Factory, former Libby's Canning Company in Fort Atkinson, and Hamlin Inc. of Lake Mills.

Maryann was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She loved to do embroidering.

Survivors include two daughters, Barb Weber of Lake Geneva and Diane (Dave) Schroeder of Cambridge; five grandchildren, Chris Weichmann, Melody (Jon) Bowman, Steve (Jackie) Schroeder, Brian (Nicole) Schroeder and Amy (Adam) Zimmerman; five great-grandchildren, Ann, Mia, Emma, Beau, and Braydon; one sister, Harriet Telfer of Lake Mills; other relatives and friends.

Also preceded in death by a grandson, Nathan Weichmann; one sister, Leona Busche; and one brother, Harvey Regelein.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Claussen Funeral Home in Lake Mills.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home until the time of services.

Burial will be in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

February 15, 2010

Judith A. Herzog

Judith “Judy” Ann (Gerbig) Herzog, 54, of Watertown and Marion, died on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Fort HealthCare in Fort Atkinson.

Funeral services will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, 112 Hall St., Watertown, on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Lee Meissner officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Cremation, following the funeral service, will be arranged by Hafemeister Funeral Home, Watertown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association or United Methodist Church Committee on Relief.

Judy was born on March 9, 1955, in Watertown, daughter of Millard and Rena (Schneiderwent) Gerbig. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1973 and later earned an associate degree in accounting from Madison Area Technical College. She was united in marriage with Jerry Herzog on June 20, 1981.

Judy lived in Watertown and also on the Herzog tree farm near Marion. She loved gardening, photography, picking blackberries and reading, along with spending time with her extensive family and large network of friends. She was a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Associ-ation and attended the Methodist churches both in Watertown and Marion.

Judy had worked for Allard Express, Lake Mills Water Department, Watertown Water Department, McCullough Plumbing, Midwestern Performance Assessment Center and most recently at the Triad Group. Judy had been slated to begin a new job with the Marion School District.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Herzog; siblings, Marilyn (Glenn) Borchardt of Oakland, Calif., Sharon (Rick) Reece of Bailey, Texas, Marie (Glen) Siferd of Monona, Bonnie Morton (Steve Knudtson) of Cottage Grove, Beth (Ralph) Davis of Orange City, Iowa, and Ron Gerbig of Madison; sister-in-law, Shirley (Kevin) Magnusson of Eufaula, Okla.; many special nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Terry Gerbig; and a nephew, John Reece.

Thanks to all the nurses, doctors, and other specialists at the Watertown and Fort Atkinson hospitals, and a special thank you to those at UW Hospital who tried to help Judy in her fight to keep living over the past month.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Marguerite Kerstell

Marguerite M. Kerstell, 91, of Watertown, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Terry Larson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

Memorials to Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church would be appreciated.

Marguerite M. Kerstell was born in Watertown on March 23, 1918, daughter of Robert and Meta (Knoll) Kerstell. She graduated from Watertown High School. Marguerite worked for the Wisconsin Telephone Company for 45 years. She was a lifelong active member and volunteer at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

She is survived by a nephew, Robert Evans.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her second mother, Clara; a sister, Vivian in infancy; a brother, Edward Kerstell; a stepbrother, Harris Evans; and a stepsister, Jeannette Evans.

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

Steven Stratford

Steven Joseph Stratford, 52, of Watertown, went home to be with his savior on Saturday morning, Feb. 13, 2010, peacefully at his home.

Steve was born March 29, 1957, in Greenfield, Mass., son of Joseph and Beverly Stratford. He became a Christian at a young age when he understood that he was a sinner and that Jesus died to pay for his sin. His life's verse was 2 Timothy 1:7 - “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

He lived the majority of his life in western New York, graduating from Rushford Central High School in 1975, valedictorian of his class. He attended Bob Jones University, graduating cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics education with a composite science minor. He worked his way through college through the laundry service department and working summers on a dairy farm, as well as doing various construction jobs with his father who pastored in western New York.

From 1979 to 1989, he served as a math instructor at Inter-City Baptist High School in Allen Park, Mich., teaching math and building their computer lab. It was here that he would meet his lifetime sweetheart, Cindy, whom he married on June 13, 1981.

He literally built his first computer, a Heathkit H80, and enjoyed growing with the ever-changing microcomputer era throughout his teaching ministries, never dreaming that computers would be available and affordable for Christian ministry.

He completed his master's degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1985, serving as assistant principal at Inter-City and then principal for four years (1989-1993). In 1993, U of M created a new doctoral program in educational technology to which Steve was accepted with a full scholarship as a research assistant and stipend that basically paid him to complete his doctorate. He could not pass up this gift from the Lord to fulfill the desire of his heart.

Upon the completion of Steve's doctorate in 1996, Steve and Cindy moved to Watertown in June of 1996 to serve at Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Steve served as a professor and the director of institutional research, actively using and training others to use technology “To the Praise of His Glory” in ministry.

Steve lived enjoying all forms of technology, serving in church music ministries through singing and playing his violin, gardening, running a Web site hosting business, and puttering around his home. He has served as a deacon at Fellowship Baptist Church and enjoyed teaching an adult Sunday school class.

On Sept. 26, 2008, Steve was diagnosed with a brain tumor. This began his final journey with the Lord, ministering to people around the world and testifying of the power of God's grace. For Steve, living is Christ and dying is gain (Philippians 1:21).

Steve is survived by his wife Cindy; his mother, Bev Stratford; and his siblings, Ron, Ginny, Jon, Sam, and Dave and their families.

Friends will be received on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home, 213 Fifth St., Watertown. Additional visitation will be held on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, 605 Welsh Road, with his funeral service following at 11 a.m. with Pastor John Moore presiding. A luncheon will be served to those who wish to fellowship with the family immediately after the funeral service. A committal service will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown, at 2:30 p.m.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Fellowship Baptist Church's Accessibility Fund, Maranatha Baptist Bible College's Aquila/Priscilla Scholarship Fund, the Chris Elliott Fund, or the American Brain Tumor Association.

Pederson Funeral Home Watertown is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made at http://www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com">www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Lawrence Cook

FORT ATKINSON - Lawrence Charles Cook, 86, of Fort Atkinson, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at Wellington Meadows in Fort Atkinson.

Lawrence was born in West St. Paul, Minn., on Aug. 28, 1923, son of Paul David and Eleanor Pauline (Mueller) Cook. He graduated from high school in Osceola in 1941. He married Estella Helen Dowell on Oct. 21, 1945, in Wauconda, Ill. Estella preceded him in death on Sept. 20, 2007.

Lawrence had farmed all his life, beginning in Illinois and then in 1961 moving to Fort Atkinson to buy a farm on Carnes Road. In 2007, Lawrence turned the running of the farm over to his son, Alan. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fort Atkinson, Fort Rural Life Association, Farm Bureau of Jefferson County, serving as a director, and the Pure Milk Association since 1952. Lawrence enjoyed going dancing with his wife and singing.

Surviving are his children, Charles D. (Patricia) Cook of Sun Prairie, Helen E. (Jerry) Turbeville, Calhoun, Ga., Alan B. (Rhonda) Cook of Fort Atkinson and Donna M. (Steve) Barlow of Lake Mills; his grandchildren, Christopher (Beth) Cook, Andrew (Jessica) Cook, Katherine (Ryan) Krause, Cariann (Michael Goldsby) Turbeville, Brian (Mary Jo) Turbeville, Mark (Dustine) Turbeville, Kylene (Mark) Anderson, Greg Cook, Stephanie Cook, Kimberly Barlow and Joel Barlow; his great-grandchildren, Emma, Alex-ander, Merrigan, and Piper Cook, Clare and Jack Krause, Brandin Poppler, Blake, Emily and Lindsey Turbeville, Addison (Barlow) Johnson, and Isabelle Anderson.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Estella; a daughter, Barbara Sue Cook; a sister, Phyllis Crimmins, and brothers, Herbert and Earl Cook.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Fort Atkinson with the Rev. John W. Wells officiating. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Atkinson.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Nitardy Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson, and after 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the church until the services.

Nitardy Funeral Home 1008 Madison St. Fort Atkinson

Milton Guenterberg

OCONOMOWOC - Milton Guenterberg, 86, of Oconomowoc, found peace on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, after a long illness of leukemia.

Milton is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy (Neuman); children, Barbara (John) Quill and Myron (Nancy) Guenterberg; grandchildren, Sherrie (Don) Reuter, Daniel (Rachel) Quill, Tom (Wendi) Guenterberg, Paul (Evie) Guenterberg and Laurie (Daniel) Cole; great-grandchildren, Kati, Ryan, Paige, Chloe, Benjamin, Allyson, Mason and Naomi; a brother, Melvin Guenterberg; a sister, Ella Liermann; sisters-in-laws, Marion Dzomba, Evelyn Maas, Marilyn Neuman and Dianne Neuman; brothers-in-laws, Ronald and Norbert Neuman; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Milton was preceded in death by one sister; one brother; sister-in-law, Myrtle Guenterberg; brother-in-law, Roger Dzomba and infant grandson, James Quill.

Milton started truck driving for Allard Express in 1952. He retired from Briggs Transportation in 1992. After retirement he drove school bus for Oconomowoc Transportation for 14 years and Rogers Memorial Hospital for four years. He was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Ixonia for 60 years.

Funeral services for Milton will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, W1204 Rockvale Road, Ixonia. Visitation will also be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church. Burial will be held on Wednesday following the service.

Memorials are suggested to St. John's Lutheran Church, its ladies aid and the WELS Committee on Relief or Missions.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home 1165 E. Summit Ave. Oconomowoc http://www.pagenkopf.com">www.pagenkopf.com

Joseph Uhing

NEOSHO - Joseph “Joe” Uhing, 45, of Neosho, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010.

Joe was born May 22, 1964, in Oconomowoc, son of Eugene and Donna (Wiebelhaus) Uhing. He loved riding his “Harley.”

Joe is survived by his children, Mary Ann Uhing of Roselle, Ill., Austin (Andrea) Uhing and Nicholas (Jeanne) Uhing, both of Neosho; his grandson, Nicholas; his parents Eugene and Donna Uhing; his brothers, Jim (Kim) of Florida, Jeff (Pam) of Iron Ridge and John (Terri) and Jason Uhing, both of Neosho; a sister, Julie Uhing of West Virginia; and his wife, Kathee Uhing of Hustisford. Joe is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Duane Uhing, and his cousin, Mike Uhing.

Memorial services for Joe will be held in April.

Memorials to the family are appreciated.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family, 262-673-9500, http://www.shimonfuneralhome.com">www.shimonfuneralhome.com.

Shimon Funeral Home 824 Union St. Hartford

February 13, 2010

Verena "Pepper" I. Papiernik

Verena “Pepper” I. Papiernik, 84, of Watertown, passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at Golden LivingCenter in Watertown.

Funeral services will be held at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Watertown on Monday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Anthony Schultz and Rev. Mark Gartner officiating. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials are suggested to St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

Verena Ida Klug was born in the village of Ashippun on June 6, 1925, to Ernest and Minna (Eske) Klug. She married Wilmer Papiernik at St. Luke's Lutheran Church on Aug. 2, 1944. Wilmer preceded her in death on January 15, 1977.

Pepper attended St. John's Lutheran Grade School and Main School in Ashippun and was a 1943 graduate of Oconomowoc High School. She had been employed at Glen's Manufacturing for several years and at Bethesda Lutheran Home as a residential aide for 25 years. She was a longtime member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Watertown. Pepper loved spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed volunteering as a chaperone for outings at the Bethesda Lutheran Home and volunteered at the Bethesda Thrift Shop. She also enjoyed traveling, collecting koala bears and latch hook.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy (Dale) Kitelinger of Waterloo; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Kristine Papiernik of Watertown; other relatives and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Thomas Papiernik on Feb. 18, 2005, and a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Ruth Klug.

She was the last member of her immediate family.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

February 12, 2010

Madelene Gentz

HORICON - Madelene M. Gentz, 85, formerly of Horicon, died on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at Clearview Nursing Home in Juneau.

The visitation will be held at St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church in Horicon on Monday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will follow at the church on Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jonathan Szczesny officiating. Burial will follow in Oakhill Cemetery, Horicon.

The former Madelene Arneson was born on March 14, 1924, daughter of Paul E. and Katherine (Longseth) Arneson in Barneveld. She graduated from Juneau High School in 1942 and on Aug. 24, 1946, was united in marriage with Roland Gentz.

Madelene was a member of St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was a past member of the ladies guild. She worked many years at Clearview and retired in 1986. Madelene enjoyed ceramics, cooking, gardening and sewing.

Survivors are her sons, Randall Gentz of Beaver Dam and Gregory Gentz of Hustisford; two daughters, Joan Tillou (Jeff Jenkins) of Fox Lake and Barb (Greg) Sell of Juneau; seven grandchildren, Michael Gentz, Miranda Gentz, Nicole (Rory) Margelofsky, Anthony (Jaime) Checki, Matthew Checki, Megan (Chad) Wachter and Casey Sell; five great-grandchildren, Joseph, Callista and Amaya Checki, and Ellie and Dane Wachter; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Jake Murphy and Samantha Margelofsky; her sister, Rosalie Farvour of Waupun; her brother-in-law, Robert Nelson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Joyce Nelson.

The family suggests memorials be made in Madelene M. Gentz's name to the family to be used for a memorial at Clearview Nursing and Rehab Center.

The Murray Funeral Home in Horicon is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, for directions and other information, view our Web site at http://www.MurrayFH.com">www.MurrayFH.com.

Murray Funeral Home 716 Clinton St. Horicon

February 11, 2010

Carlton E. Kutzke

NEKOOSA - Carlton “Carty” Eugene Kutzke, 85, of Nekoosa, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, surrounded by his family.

Born on May 22, 1924, in Portage, he was the son of the late Karl F. and Alpha (Harrison) Kutzke. He was a graduate of Portage High School in 1942 and served in the Navy during World War II. He was married to his loving wife, Patricia “Pat” Ladenberger, on Sept. 21, 1943, in Portage. He also served with the Air Force Reserve from 1950 to 1953. He worked as a tailor at Gimbels in Milwaukee, Spoo & Sons of Madison and Baskin Olson & Verhusen of Madison. He and his wife also operated the Little Rock Motel in Dodgeville.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Kutzke; his 11 children, Mary Kutzke of Verona, Carl (Linda) Kutzke of Lake Mills, Pat (Steve) Kohn of Middleton, Mike (Kimeron) Kutzke of Evansville, Katy (Elmer) Blachowiak of Dousman, Holly (Pat) Chwala of Watertown, Sue (Jeff) Clark of Poynette, Peter Kutzke of Madison, Garth (Debbie) Kutzke of Eleva, Dave (Stephanie) Kutzke of Mid-dleton and Geri Kutzke of Dodgeville; a sister, Kathleen (Tony) Bortz of Portage; 33 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary Hiller; his brothers, Jack and Jerry Kutzke; and one granddaughter, Angel Kutzke.

A funeral memorial Mass will be held on Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Portage. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. with the service to begin at 10 a.m.

His wife requests donations be given to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the Salvation Army or a charity of one's choice.

“I did the best I could.”

February 10, 2010

Donald Reynolds

Donald G. Reynolds, 94, of Watertown, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 9, 2010, at Watertown Regional Medial Center.

A funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Watertown with Monsignor Daniel Ganshert officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown.

Visitation will be from noon until the time of the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Bernard's Athletic Booster Club.

Donald Gordon was born in Hubbleton on Oct. 26, 1915, son of Thomas and Mary (Cunningham) Reynolds. He married the former Georgia Richards in Watertown on June 4, 1949. Georgia preceded him in death on Aug. 14, 2006.

Donald was a Watertown High School graduate and attended St. Mary's College in Winona, Minn. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Donald had been employed in sales with the former Tri-County Company in Watertown. He had owned and operated the former Piccadilly Smoke Shop and retired from the former G.B. Lewis Company, both in Watertown.

Donald was a lifelong member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and a former member of the Watertown Elks Lodge. He enjoyed coin collecting, hunting, fishing and was an avid sports fan.

He is survived by his son, Terry (Marie) Reynolds of Cincinnati, Ohio; his two grandchildren, Jonathan and Kathryn; a brother-in-law, Leo Checkai; other relatives and friends.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his sisters and brothers, Anna Marie Bauman, Helen Checkai, Margaret Ronzani, Thomas Reynolds, Harry Reynolds, James Reynolds and Alice Ethel Finnel.

Donald was the last member of his immediate family.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Gerhard Zimdars

Gerhard E. Zim-dars, 86, of Watertown, passed away on Monday evening, Feb. 8, 2010, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown, where he had been making his home over the last several months.

A memorial service will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Victor Tegtmeier officiating.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the funeral home on Friday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

Military graveside rites will take place in Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia at a later date.

The family requests memorials be made to Marquardt Memorial Manor.

Gerhard Edward Zimdars was born May 26, 1923, in Ixonia, the third of six children to Heino and Ann (Schumacher) Zimdars. He was a 1942 graduate of Watertown Senior High School. Gerhard was a veteran of World War II, having served as an interpreter and truck driver in the U.S. Army. He then attended Milwaukee School of Engineering upon returning from the military.

Gary met the love of his life, Diana Schultz, when he was only 18, and after serving in the military, they married on May 17, 1947, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ixonia. They engaged in farming and operated a farm first in Sullivan for eight years, and then in Ixonia for 20 years. Gary had a variety of occupations in the following years, including that of an electrician, builder with Wick Homes, an upholsterer, and acting as a maintenance/handyman.

In 1989 he and Diana moved to Florida where they spent 18 happy years and made many good friends. While in Florida, Gary took on maintenance jobs, always willing to give his time to help others. In 2007, when his health started to decline, Gary and Diana moved back to Watertown to be near their family and many longtime friends.

Gary loved to spend time with his family and will be remembered for his great sense of humor and his love of the big band sound and polkas! He was an easy to get along with fellow and had many cute German sayings. He often reverted back to his upbringing by speaking in German on occasion to the delight of all those around him!

He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Watertown. He was also a member of the Social Club in Briar Creek Mobile Park in Safety Harbor, Fla., and Watertown American Legion Post No. 189.

Gary is survived by his wife of 62 years, Diana Zimdars of Watertown; as well as two children, Dale (Jean) Zimdars of Mosinee and Kurt (Bonita) Zimdars of Watertown; six grandchildren, Tom (Tammy) Zimdars, Lisa (Craig) Schroeder, Gary (Nicholl) Zimdars, Stephanie Zimdars, Samantha Zimdars and Kirsten Zimdars; two great-grandsons, Dylan Zimdars and Tyler Zimdars; one brother, Heino Zimdars of Watertown; and a sister, Lucille Clough of Waukesha; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ed Zimdars, two sisters, Doris in infancy and Lorraine Lenius.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude for the loving and compassionate care Gary received while a resident of Marquardt Memorial Manor.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Matthew Zastrow

MARSHFIELD - Matthew F. Zastrow, 21, of Marshfield, died on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, in Westfield following an auto accident.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Marshfield with the Rev. Jon Guenther, pastor, officiating. Burial will take place in Yolo Cemetery, town of Fremont, Clark County, and serving as pallbearers will be Gregory Bandt, Phillip Bandt, Brandon Zastrow, Ben Sturomski, Kyle Swenson and Matt Mcdonnle.

The visitation will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service, all at Trinity Lutheran Church in Marshfield.

Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Matthew was born on Oct. 28, 1988, in Neillsville, son of Thomas and Bonnie (Bandt) Zastrow. He attended East Fremont, Nasonville and Washington Elementary schools and was a 2007 graduate of Marshfield Senior High School. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and at the present time was attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Matt was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a member of the church council. He also was involved with the UW-Whitewater school magazine, the Royal Purple, and enjoyed collecting football cards, following his favorite sports teams, reading history and most of all spending time with his family and his dog, Abby.

He is lovingly survived by his mother, Bonnie of Marshfield; his maternal grandparents, Melvin and Margaret Bandt of Marshfield; and his paternal grandmother, Irene Zastrow of Helenville. He is further survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and his special friend, Alicia Haubrich.

He was predeceased by his father, Tom; his paternal grandfather, Franklin Zastrow; and an aunt, Kathy Zastrow.

The family will designate a memorial in Matthew's name at a later date.

Condolences may be sent online to http://www.rembsfh.com">www.rembsfh.com.

Rembs Funeral Home 300 S. Oak Ave. Marshfield

David B. Smith

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Beloved husband, father and grandfather, David B. Smith, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010.

David was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1950. He moved to Watertown, Wis., where he met and married Sandra Cudno-howski in 1970. David joined the U.S. Navy in 1971 and upon retiring from the Navy in 2002, achieved the rank of commander. He was currently working for SPAWAR Systems Center in San Diego.

David is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Mark; grandchildren, Jacob, Luke, and Abigail; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Erin; mother, Charlene; and his siblings, Denise, Conni, and Gregg.

He will be laid to rest in Watertown. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Donald Boos

SULLIVAN - Donald “Donnie” D. Boos, 73, of Sullivan, was born July 5, 1936, and died suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010.

Don was born and raised one of seven children on the family farm of Dewey and Gussie Boos in Rome. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1954, and married Janice Wille in 1957.

Don was a highly skilled concrete mason. He worked for 46 years for Arthur Thomas Construction, Palmyra, specializing in fireplaces. In his younger years, Donnie played on Rome's baseball team, and continued to attend Sullivan and Rome ball games throughout most of his life. He was a longtime member of the Sullivan Fire Department, still listening to the scanner every day.

Don had been ill in his later years, but still kept his sense of humor. His humor, practical jokes, and clowning will be remembered by all those who knew him. A mason among four carpenter brothers, he could easily be identified by the presence of his crooked pipe, and who could forget his hearty laughter.

Donnie's many hobbies and interests included tending to his very large garden over the years, bird feeding/watching, jigsaw puzzles and, in later life, fishing. He was a devoted Packers and Brewers fan, loved to play cards, and was a lifelong bowler. Throughout his life he enjoyed polka music and polka dancing with his wife, Janice, as well as classic country music. He also took particular delight in spending time with his two young granddaughters, Sam and Alli Boos.

Don and Janice Boos celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2007. The extended Boos family is close knit, and Donnie very much enjoyed family gatherings.

Don was preceded in death by his father, mother, and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, of Sullivan; three children: Cheryl (David) Streich of Watertown, Robert (Patricia) Boos of Oconomowoc and James (Elizabeth) Boos of Sullivan; two grandchildren, Samantha and Allison (James) Boos; and four brothers in Rome.

“Until we meet again, Daddy, thank you for always being there for all of us. With love from your family.”

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, W407 Highway 18, Sullivan. Memorial service and burial immediately following visitation. Memorials to Sullivan Volunteer Fire Department, Sullivan EMS or UW Cancer Center in Johnson Creek is appreciated.

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

February 9, 2010

Ellen LeRoy

OCONOMOWOC - Ellen M. LeRoy, 87, of Oconomowoc, passed away on Sunday evening, Feb. 7, 2010, at Shorehaven Health and Rehabilitation Center in Oconomowoc.

The former Ellen Matilda Ehrencrona was born on Aug. 15, 1922, in Rhode Island, daughter of Nels and Alina (Carlson) Ehrencrona. She was a 1941 graduate of Cranston High School in Cranston, R.I. On Sept. 30, 1944, she married Jack LeRoy in Rhode Island. He preceded her in death on April 25, 1995.

Ellen had been an Avon representative for many years. She enjoyed music, dancing and going to rummage sales. She was an avid Brett Favre and Green Bay Packers fan.

Ellen is survived by three sons, John LeRoy of Sheboygan, Craig (Karen) LeRoy of Watertown and Richard LeRoy of Waukesha; one grandson, Jacob (Jamie) LeRoy of Shorewood; a dear friend, Monica Matteson of Waukesha; other relatives and friends.

Ellen was further preceded in death by her parents, one grandson and a brother, Leonard Ehrencrona.

Burial will be at Pine Lawn Memorial Park amd Mausoleum in Milwaukee. There will be no funeral service.

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

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Sharon Froemming

SULLIVAN - Sharon L. Froemming, 68, of Sullivan, lost her battle with cancer on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010.

Sharon is survived by Ruth Spaude, her companion of 46 years; her siblings, Ron (Joann) Froemming, Pat (Charlotte) Froemming, Sandy Meunier, Tom Froemming, Jack (Mary) Froemming, Carol (Jody) Brenning, Jane Colman, Betty (Gary) Bliffert, Patti (Terry) Winter, Peter (Sandy) Froemming and Mike (Amy) Froemming; also many nieces, nephews, godchildren, other relatives and friends.

Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, Everrtt and Norine Froemming, and a brother-in-law, Ron Meunier.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a visitation starting at 3 p.m. all to be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 145 E. Lisbon Road, Ocono-mowoc. Interment will be on Saturday at 10 a.m. in LaBelle Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the church or the family for a future donation in Sharon's name.

Sharon was a longtime faithful member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and she loved to play softball and play the lottery. She devoted her life to caring for her mother and she loved helping raise her younger brothers and sisters.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home 1165 E. Summit Ave. Highway 67 Oconomowoc

Louise Bartosch

WATERLOO - Louise Bartosch, 87, of Waterloo, died on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at Columbus Nursing and Rehab Center following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at United Methodist Church in Waterloo with the Rev. Markus Wegenast officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Waterloo.

Visitation is at the church on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

The Pederson Funeral Home of Waterloo is serving the family.

Memorials are suggested to Waterloo United Methodist Church.

The former Louise Humble was born April 27, 1922, in Phoenix, Ariz., daughter of Roy and Ethel (Butler) Humble. She married Robert Bauer on June 10, 1942. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1964. She later married Edward Bartosch on July 12, 1968. He also preceded her in death on Jan. 18, 1988.

She had been employed as a production worker at Perry Printing in Waterloo for 15 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Waterloo and Waterloo American Legion Auxiliary. She loved to plant, read, golf and sew.

Surviving are a daughter, Diana (Norbert) Scribner of Mount Horeb; two sons, Roy (Joan) Bauer of Madison and Leslie (Kathie) Bauer of Deer Lodge, Tenn.; two stepsons, Edward Bartosch and Michael (Maxine) Bartosch, both of Friendship; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Velba Lofton of Brookhaven, Miss.; a special friend, Myrtle Korth of Waterloo; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Curtis Humble; and a sister, Melba French.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com">www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com.

Pederson Funeral Home 143 S. Washington St. Waterloo

February 8, 2010

George Lincoln

George A. Lincoln, 96, of Watertown, passed away on Friday morning, Feb. 5, 2010, at his home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Watertown with Monsignor Daniel Ganshert officiating. Burial with military graveside rites will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Relatives and friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

George Allen Lincoln was born on June 10, 1913, in Mazomanie, son of Frank and Louisa (Haseltine) Lincoln. He was a 1931 graduate of Black Earth High School. George attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for four years and received a bachelor of science degree in business education. He taught in Florence and Waukesha. While teaching in Waukesha, he was granted a leave to serve his country. George was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific, retiring as a major. On Feb. 2, 1946, he married the former Catherine Stoltz in Detroit, Mich. On Aug. 19, 1960, he received a master's of education degree from the University of Montana. George was a teacher for the Watertown Unified School District from 1958 until 1981 and then taught business law for three years at Madison Area Technical College in Watertown.

George was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Watertown and had served as president of the parish council and was a volunteer for bingo. He had served as an alderman of the 7th Ward on the Watertown Common Council from April 4, 1967, until April 1, 1969, and was a member of various city boards and committees. He had been active in the city as a Boy Scout leader and had been a member of the Watertown Elks Lodge. George enjoyed reading, playing cards and joining others in the “morning coffee group.”

George is survived by three children, David G. (Margaret) Lincoln of North Fort Meyers, Fla., William A. (Susan) Lincoln of Okauchee and Mary Lincoln of Sheboygan; five grandchildren, Lauren, Cameron, Alysson, Hayley and Cody Lincoln; and a great-grandson, Tyler Franklin; his dear care giver, Mechelle; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was the last member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Catherine, on Aug. 1, 2003, and a brother Winfred.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Linda Schulze

BARABOO - Linda Kay Schulze, 50, of Baraboo, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, at Appleton Medical Center in Appleton.

Linda was born on Dec. 2, 1959, in Milwaukee, daughter of Richard L. and Mavis (Joost) Schulze. She was a graduate of Watertown Senior High School and continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Linda was involved with advocacy for the disabled and had a fond love for animals. She was a member of Walnut Hill Bible Church in Baraboo.

Survivors include her parents, Richard and Mavis Schulze of Baraboo; a sister, Ruth (Mike) Risler of Chippewa Falls; several aunts, uncles, relatives and a good friend, Tammy Smith of Reedsburg.

Linda was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Private family memorial services for Linda will be held at a later date.

Memorials, if desired, may be given to Walnut Hill Bible Church in Baraboo or the Sauk County Humane Society.

The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home 520 East St. Baraboo

Darlene Raabe

FORT ATKINSON - Darlene L. Raabe, 68, of Fort Atkinson, died Saturday morning, Feb. 6, 2010, at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home, 611 E. Main St., Watertown, with the Rev. Richard Pagels of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Johnson Creek.

Memorials may be given to the charity of one's choice.

Darlene Louise Maasz was born on April 15, 1941, in Watertown, daughter of John and Esther (Manth) Maasz.

On June 18, 1960, she married Marvin Raabe at St. Paul's Church in Lake Mills.

Darlene was a 1960 graduate of Johnson Creek High School. She had been employed at St. Mary's Hospital in Watertown, at the Jefferson County Home in Jefferson as a nurse's aid, and at Hartwig's Gobbler Supper Club and Hi-Life Rubber, both in Johnson Creek. She also did house cleaning in the Siren area. Darlene was a former member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson. She enjoyed dancing, reading, cooking, and bird watching.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Marvin of Fort Atkinson; a daughter Sara (Rick) Hoeft of Fort Atkinson; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding Darlene in death were her parents and a daughter, Wanda Walters, on Nov. 28, 2006.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Sharon Cummings

HELENVILLE - Sharon “Shady” M. Cummings, 67, of Helenville, died on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madi-son, surrounded by her loving family.

Sharon was born on Aug. 11, 1942, in Anderson, Ind., daughter of George and Ruth (Higgins) Petaja. She married Allen Cummings on May 2, 1961, in Waukegan, Ill.

She was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helenville and a member of the Jefferson County Chapter of Thrivent.

Sharon worked at the former Borg Textiles in Jefferson for 23 years and then worked at Universal Electronics in Helenville and Whitewater for many years, until her retirement.

She loved to cook and fed everyone who walked in the door more than they wanted. She enjoyed gardening and a cold Pabst on ice.

Surviving are her husband, Allen Cummings of Helenville; two daughters, Teresa Brandt of Fort Atkinson and Carol Schaffer of Sumter, S.C.; one son, Todd (Deborah) Cummings of Fort Atkinson; five granddaughters, Kaleigh Bennett, Cheyenne Brandt, Meghan and Anna Cummings and Kristi Meitzner; three grandsons, Bryan and Jesse Brandt and Nathan Habeck; two great-grandsons, Carter Stoyonowski and Parker Morris; and one nephew, Jason Petaja.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Angela Meitzner; and one brother, George Petaja Jr.

Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helenville at 11 a.m. on Wednesday with the Rev. Lance A. Hoff officiating. Burial with be in Evergreen Cemetery in Helenville.

Friends may call at the Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

The family requests memorials be made to St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helenville.

Olsen Funeral Home 221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson

Irma Christianson

LAKE MILLS - Irma E. Christianson, 84, of Lake Mills, died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010.

She was born on April 16, 1925, in Lake Mills, daughter of the late Harry and Mabel (Strey) Goers. She was a graduate of Lake Mills High School, class of 1944.

Irma married Romayne “Moose” Christianson on April 19, 1947, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Mills. He died on Jan. 9, 2001.

She was a lifelong area resident and a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Mills.

Irma had a strong faith and spent time reading her Bible.

She enjoyed her grandkids, watching birds, snowmobiling, card playing, gardening, sewing and baking.

Survivors include one son, Larry (Jo) of Jefferson; one daughter, Peggy (Robert) Haas of Jefferson; six grandchildren, Russell (Jessica) Christianson, Kevin (Tricia) Christianson, Travis (Lisa) Haas, Kimberly (Guy) Hartman, Brad Haas and Chad (Brenda) Haas; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Phyllis) Goers of Cambridge; three sisters, Betty (George) Pranke of Watertown, Lois (Hulin) Staton of Muskogee, Okla., and Nancy (Gary) Magnussen of Lake Mills; one cousin, Willis (Betty) Steve of Lake Mills; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Margo Goers, and two brothers, Richard Goers and Jerry Goers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Mills. Burial will be at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church and after 10 a.m. Thursday also at the church until the time of services.

If desired, memorials may be made to the church.

The Claussen Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

Carol Groehler

WEST SALEM - Carol Groehler of Richland Center passed away on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, at Lakeview Health Center in West Salem, following a brief illness, with her family by her side.

The former Carol Brom was born April 21, 1950, in Watertown, daughter of Frank and Lilly (Maas) Brom. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1968. She worked at Carnation Genetics for several years. She later moved to the Vernon County area, where she made her home for the last 25 years.

Survivors include her children, Leslie of Seaside, Calif., Phillip of Minneapolis, Minn., and Carie (Karl) Menk of Minneapolis; a brother, Thomas (Sandra) Brom of Watertown; a sister, Diane (Edward) Meyers of Watertown; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Barbara; and a brother-in-law, Brian Eckhardt.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Family & Children's of Vernon County, The Homestead, The Caring House, also Franciscan Skemp of La Crosse and Lakeview Health Center in West Salem for the kind and gentle care given to Carol and her family.

A memorial service for the family is planned for a later date.

Margaret Buth

SULLIVAN - Margaret (Muth) Buth of Sullivan passed away on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at the age of 94.

She was born Feb. 24, 1915, daughter of Katherine and George Muth of Milwaukee. The Rev. J. Henry Floor in Milwaukee baptized her into the family of God on April 10, 1915. She was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sullivan by the Rev Karl Wedel.

On Oct. 25, 1941, the Rev Karl Wedel married Margaret and William B. Buth at St. John's Lutheran Church. They resided in the Sullivan area most their lives. Margaret was a faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church for over 80 years. She was a member of St. John's Ladies Aid and the alter guild for many years, and did volunteer work, quilting with St. John's L.W.M.L. She belonged to the Sullivan Homemakers, Needle Club and a 500 card club for many years. She also would help lend a hand in local community programs and activities. In recent years she was a member of the Concord Senior Center group and met with the seniors at Fort Atkinson and Jefferson Senior centers. She was also an active member of the writing class at the Jefferson Senior Center.

She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1932 and from the teachers training department in 1936. Margaret was a rural school teacher for six years, teaching in one-room schools in the Waterloo, Watertown and Sullivan areas. She also worked as an occupational therapy aid at Bethesda Lutheran Homes for 12 years, getting to help, know and love those she worked with. After retiring she and her husband took furniture refinishing classes at Madison Area Technical College-Fort Atkinson, recreating beautiful pieces for family and friends.

Margaret also became an active member of SHHH (Self Help for Hard of Hearing People). It is now called Hearing Loss Association of America. Because of her own hearing loss she actively tried to help other people who were deaf or hard of hearing. She belonged to several local groups/chapters and made many friends among the deaf and hearing impaired. She was also a regular “camper” each summer at the Wisconsin Lion's Camp in Rosholt with a group of deaf and hard of hearing people.

Margaret was an avid reader and loved clowns, which she collected as a hobby. She also loved spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren, which she adored. Many families, friends and relatives will sorely miss her.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Robert) Stephan of Sullivan and Janet (Dennis) Lauersdorf of Ixonia; four grandchildren, Paul (Vicki) Stephan, Kathryn (Steve) Christo-pherson, Rebecca York and Bradley (Amy) Lauersdorf; great-grandchildren, Bryce, Neva and Emily Stephan, Lily York, Tyler Ireland and Sophia Lauersdorf; two brothers; one sister; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; a son, David; a sister, Kathryn Rohrer; and her brother, George Muth.

Friends may visit today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home in Oconomowoc and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sullivan, W405 State Highway 18. Final rest will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church Mission Fund or a charity of one's choice.

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

February 6, 2010

Alice Schmied

NECEDAH - Alice F. Schmied, 95, of Necedah and formerly of Watertown, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 5, 2010, at the Fair View Nursing Home in Mauston.

Alice resided in Necedah for the past 10 years.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with Rev. John Siedschlag officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Clyman.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

The former Alice Florence Boehlke was born on Jan. 24, 1915, in Milwaukee, daughter to Walter and Clara (Otting) Boehlke. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1932. Alice married Harold R. Schmied on Oct. 26, 1935, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Watertown. He preceded her in death on Oct. 26, 1985.

Alice and her husband farmed in the town of Clyman. She had also been employed at the former Hevi-Duty in Watertown and owned and operated an antique shop in the town of Clyman.

Alice was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Necedah and a former member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Clyman. She enjoyed sewing and quilting. Years ago, Alice also enjoyed raising geese.

She is survived by her two children, Carol Timmermon of Necedah and Gale (Dr. David) Anderson of Winterville, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Kathy (Edwin) Hart, Christopher (Deena) Anderson, Mark Bluell, Michael (Kristy) Bluell, Randall Bluell, Susan Dossett, Michelle Patterson and Timothy (Carrie) Timmermon; 18 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Clarence, Paul, Walter and Edwin Boehlke; and a sister, Irma Bolgrin.

Alice was the last member of her immediate family.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

February 5, 2010

Marian Kraus

WAUKESHA - Marian Ruth (Flath) Kraus of Waukesha went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at the age of 83 years.

Marian was born on Dec. 8, 1926, daughter of Herbert and Esther (Doering) Flath of Watertown. She was united in marriage to Eugene Kraus, the love of her life, in 1945. They found much joy and happiness in their 64 years together. Eugene went home to be with the Lord in August and now they are both reunited in heaven.

It was Marian's deep and abiding love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that overflowed to all who were blessed to know her. She loved with abandon and welcomed all who entered her home. But most of all, she loved and cherished her husband, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Marian enjoyed her ministry as the organist at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church for more than 40 years, where she was also a longtime member. She was active as an election poll worker for many years, enjoyed traveling and was a skilled seamstress.

Marian was the loving mother of five daughters, Kathryn (David) Halterman of Crown Point, Ind., Karen (Joseph) Kokan of Winter, Karla (Robert) Hanson of Waukesha, Kay (Marc) Bourgeois of Waukesha, and Kamille (Albert) Wilkin-son of Waukesha; cherished grandmother of 14 grandchildren, Beth, Jami, Sarah, Marc Jr. (Kristin), Anastasia (Gabe), Nate, Joshua, Benjamin, Jeremiah, Emma, Dominique, Jacob, Philippe and Gabriel; treasured great-grandmother of six great-grandchildren, Isabella, Hunter, Hailey, Lilianna, Ari and Madeline; tender sister of Ruth Flath and sister-in-law of Ruby Kraus and Yvonne Flath. Marian is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She will be dearly missed.

Marian was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Eugene; her parents; and brothers, William Flath and Richard Flath.

The funeral service for Marian will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Ave., Waukesha, 53188. The Rev. Jim Holmberg will be officiating. The visitation will be held Monday from noon until the time of the 2 p.m. funeral service at the church.

Memorials to the family are appreciated and will be donated to a charity of their choice at a later date.

Marian's family is grateful for the medical care provided by Dr. Fish and the phenomenal nursing staff of Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5.

The Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, call 262-542-6609 or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, visit http://www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com">www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd. Waukesha

February 4, 2010

Paul Edmundson

Paul A. Edmundson, 50, of Watertown, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, 2010, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday 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.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to AngelsGrace Hospice or St. Luke's Lutheran Church New Sign Fund.

Paul Albert Edmundson was born in Fort Atkinson on March 12, 1959, son of Everett and Roberta “Bert” (Rohloff) Edmundson. He married Donna Solofra on June 12, 1982, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Burlington.

Paul attended St. John's Lutheran Grade School in Burlington, was a 1977 graduate of Burlington High School, attended Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., for three years, and attended the Wisconsin Police Academy. He had been a police officer in Whitewater, employed at Smart Parts and for the past five years, worked at Quad Graphics.

Paul was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Watertown. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed IHMSA Target Shooting. He was an avid handguns and specialty pistols enthusiast and enjoyed golf.

Paul was a very proud grandpa and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Edmundson of Watertown; his mother, Roberta “Bert” Edmundson of Burlington; three daughters, Julie (Kevin) Martin of Watertown, Laura Edmundson of West Bend and Heidi Edmundson of Watertown; two grandchildren, Emma Martin and Riley Millard; a brother, David (Terri) Edmundson of Burlington; numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Paul's father, Everett, preceded him in death.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Jeffrey A. Schultz

FOND DU LAC - Jeffrey A. Schultz, 45, of Fond du Lac passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010.

He was born July 21, 1964 in Hustisford, the son of Robert and Betty (Schmidt) Schultz. Jeff was a lifetime member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Juneau and graduated from St. John's Church School and from Dodgeland High School in Juneau. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in industrial engineering. He married Karen Block on May 2, 1998, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Juneau. Jeff was the owner of S2 Construc-tion LLC in Fond du Lac and also worked for Charter Steel. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He will be deeply missed by his family.

Jeff is preceded in death by his grandparents, August and Arlien Schultz, Earl and Evelyn Schmidt and his aunt Caroline Gartin. He is survived by his wife Karen of Fond du Lac, his parents, Robert and Betty Schultz of Juneau, his sisters, Diane (Patrick) Buhr of Juneau, Debra (Scott) Kranz of Waukesha and Audra (Rich-ard) Bronkhorst of Waupun, his mother- and father-in-law Marion and Carl Block of Fairwater, his sisters-in-law Sheryl (Michael) Block-Krause of Ripon and Karla (Todd) Schmuhl of Brandon. Also surviving are nieces, nephews other relatives and friends and Ty, Monet and Pierre, his family pets.

Visitation is Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John's Evangelcial Lutheran Church in Juneau. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Paul Hirsch officiating. Interment will be in Juneau City Cemetery. The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home-Juneau is serving the family.

Do not stand at my grave and forever weep.

I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn's rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and forever cry.

I am not there. I did not die.

Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home 150 W. Oak Grove Juneau

February 3, 2010

Vonda Urben

Vonda Goheen Loppnow Urben passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at the Golden LivingCenter in Watertown.

She was born on May 16, 1927, in Kansas City, Kan., daughter of David and Ada Marie (Simpson) Goheen. Vonda spent her childhood in Salina, Kan., with her loving Uncle Harold and Emma Simpson.

She moved to Oconomowoc after her marriage to Wilmer Loppnow in 1945. Together they raised seven children. She felt strongly that love, family and God should be every part of life.

Vonda enjoyed working with the elderly as a nursing assistant at the Dane County Home in Madison. She loved surprises, joking and the laughter it brings. She had many adventures traveling the states to spend time with loved ones, but especially liked Kansas, Florida and Hawaii.

Vonda was great at cooking, sewing, decorating and playing cards. She had a passion for reading about history and writing her thoughts about experiences. She was a risk taker and lucky gambler.

Vonda will be deeply missed by her seven children, Nola (Jim) Klomberg of Beaver Dam, Lila (Jerry) Binder of Pewaukee, Janifer (Warren) Schmidt of Maple-ton, Claude (Sharon) Loppnow of Watertown, Claudia Schuhmacher of Oconomowoc, Craig (Kelly) Loppnow of Watertown and Dade Loppnow of Watertown. She was the proud grandmother of Tracy, Kurt, Josh, Troy, Roberta, Angela, Michael, Carry, Stacy, Allisa, Monica, Jessica, Brian, Eli and Elizabeth, and 19 great-grandchildren. Vonda is also loved and survived by her brother, Kenneth (Jackie) Goheen of Florida, and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer Loppnow; her second husband, Jacob Urben; dear friend, Mick Kleinhauns; and son-in-law, Den-nis Schuhmacher.

Friends may visit Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at 8 p.m. all at the Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home of Oconomowoc with the Rev Paul Borgman officiating. Final rest will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Glenview Memorial Gardens, Ixonia.

Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or AngelsGrace Hospice.

A special thank you to the Watertown Golden LivingCenter staff for the fun activities and loving care.

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

Walter Braunschweig

CODY, Wyo. - On Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, Walter George Braunschweig Jr. died peacefully at West Park Hospital in Cody.

Walter was born at the family home in Oconomowoc, Wis., on Feb. 4, 1924, son of Walter and Irma Braunschweig.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lee, the love of this life; and his daughter, Thea Pflanzer.

He is survived by his sons, Walter III of Cody and Percy (Ada) Smerek of Stonewall, Texas; his daughter, Priscilla Anderson of Milwaukee, Wis.; his sister, Betty (Bernhard J.) Schumacher of Oconomowoc; his brothers, Robert of Loveland, Ohio, and John (Carole) of Darien, Conn.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and his beloved companion, Rascal.

Walter worked for Waukesha Engine from 1944 until he retired in 1986. He and Lee left Wisconsin in 1989 and settled in Cody. After Lee died in 1995, he was joined by his son with whom he enjoyed life until his passing. While in Wisconsin, Walter enjoyed bowling and dartball, and in Cody, he enjoyed fishing and dice games with family and friends.

He will be remembered by his family and friends as a kind, gentle, caring, loving and generous man who always put others before himself and expected nothing in return.

Shadows are falling and I'm running out of breath.

Keep me in your heart for awhile.

If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less.

Keep me in your heart for awhile.

When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun

Keep me in your heart for awhile.

There's a train leaving nightly called when all is said and done.

Keep me in your heart for awhile.

- Warren Zevon

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will take place in Wisconsin at a future date.

Memorials may be made to the Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic, P.O. Box 1155, Powell, WY 82435.

Ballard Funeral Home P.O. Box 2156 Cody, Wyo.

February 2, 2010

Dixie Gruenewald

Dixie Lee (LaSusa) Gruenewald of Watertown died on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at the age of 72 years.

She was the beloved wife of 53 years to Gerald of Watertown; loving mother of KathyAnn (Bill) Onarheim and Sandy (Jay) Richmond; devoted grandmother of Jamie Onarheim, Jenny (Tyler) Zorpagel and Annalies Richmond; dearest sister of Susan (Andrew) Machi. She is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be at the Schmidt & Bartelt Guardalabene & Amato Funeral and Cremation Services of Wauwatosa on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at noon, followed by entombment at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Wauwatosa

Schmidt & Bartelt Guardalabene & Amato Funeral and Cremation Services 10121 W. North Ave. Wauwatosa

Carol Wuchterl

Carol J. Wuchterl, 77, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

The former Carol J. Pfeil was born on Sept. 16, 1932, in Milwaukee, daughter of Raymond and Lena (Truber) Pfeil. On Jan. 27, 1951, she married Raymond Wuchterl in Waukesha. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 1981.

Carol is a retiree of Perry Printing of Waterloo. She had been a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

Survivors include her children Linda (Martin) Smith of Watertown, Mark Wuchterl of Watertown, Bruce (Susan) Wuchterl of Marshall and Debra (Del) Bauer of Waterloo; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Daryl (Phyllis) Pfeil of Nekoosa, Betty (Al) Knak of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Audrey (Richard) Lufter of Apache Junction, Ariz.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was further preceded in death by her parents.

A private family funeral service has been held at Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

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

Rita O. Mohr

BEAVER DAM - Rita O. Mohr, 81, of Beaver Dam, passed away Friday evening, Jan. 29, 2010, at Remembrance Home in Beaver Dam.

Funeral services for Rita will be held on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Hafemeis-ter Funeral Home in Watertown with Monsignor Daniel Ganshert of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Watertown officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery in Watertown.

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

Memorials, in Rita's name, are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.

The former Rita Olga Viviani was born in Madison to James and Olympia (Martinelli) Viviani on May 13, 1928. She married Marvin Mohr on May 13, 1950.

Rita graduated from West High School in Madison in 1946 and attended Edgewood College, also in Madison. She had been employed at the Wisconsin Bell Company in Madison.

Rita was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and the Sweet Adelines singing group. She loved spending time with her family. She also loved to sing, dance, swim and travel.

Rita is survived by her four children, James Mohr of Mount Jackson, Va., Danial Mohr of Reeseville, Gary (Sharon) Mohr of Fox Lake and Margie (Steven) Jaeckel of Watertown; five grandchildren, Max Mohr, Alex Mohr, Jeremy Schlesner, Jason Jaeckel and Michelle Mohr; a great-grandson, Micah; a brother, Peter (Carol) Viviani of Madison, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a son, David Mohr; her parents; two sisters, Lydia Viviani and Florence Lehmann; and her longtime companion, George Shook.

The family wishes to thank everyone at the Remembrance Home and Hillside Hospice of Beaver Dam for the kind and gentle care and compassion they gave Rita and her family.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Willard Brendemuehl

HARTFORD - Willard Carl Brendemuehl was taken to his eternal home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at Wellington Place in Hartford at the age of 91 years.

He was born on Dec. 11, 1918, in the town of Hustisford, son of Alex and Ella (Leitzke) Brendemuehl. Willard married Lenora (Duehring) on Nov. 11, 1939, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lebanon.

Willard farmed all his life in the Hustisford area. He retired in 1973. He served his church in many offices, choir and did custodial work for 18 years.

Willard also was on many boards, including Hustisford State Bank director, Lebanon Clyman Mutual Insurance director, Rock River Co-op, Hustisford township and president of Aid Association for Lutherans. He volunteered many years at the Bethesda Country Fair.

Willard enjoyed playing cards, travel, bowling and fishing. He was an honorary member of the Hustisford Volunteer Fire Department.

Left to mourn are his son, Dennis (Judy) of Horicon, and daughter, Bonnie (Don-ald) Wolter of Neosho; his grandchildren, Chad (Mon-ica) of Poplar Grove, Ill., Darla of Mankato, Minn., Noah of Brooklyn, N.Y., Lamar of Fridley, Minn., Kyle of Coon Rapids, Minn., Shea of Horicon, Rob (Kristin) Wolter of Watertown, Robin (Scott) Newton of Sun Prairie, Shawn (Marcie) Wolter of Watertown and Denise (Rev. Marty) Mielke of Sarasota, Fla.; his 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Fredrick of Watertown; and a brother-in-law, Russell Nehls. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends.

Willard is preceded in death by his wife, Lenora in 2004; a daughter, Pearl; and three sisters, Eldors Kuehl, Gladys Strook and Lorraine Nehls.

Visitation will be Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the church, with the Rev. Timothy Bauer officiating. Interment will be in Hustisford Cemetery.

Memorials to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church or the charity of one's choice in memory of Willard would be appreciated.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the family, http://www.berndt-ledesma.com">www.berndt-ledesma.com.

Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home 226 S. Main St. Hartford

Caroline Beemer

MAYVILLE - Caroline “Mutz” Lois Beemer, 84, of Mayville, was taken to her eternal home on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.

She was born May 12, 1925, in Hustisford, the daughter of Arnold and Eva (Rupprecht) Liermann. Car-oline married Liston “Beemer” Beemer at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church on Nov. 30, 1952.

She worked for Rein Lietzke Inc. for many years.

Caroline was a past member of the Hustisford Women's Club and a longtime member of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Liston “Beemer” Beemer; her stepdaughter, Sandra Stewart; and her brother, Leslie (Shirley) Liermann.

Caroline is survived by her nieces and nephews, Julie Liermann, Scott (Bev) Liermann, Andy (Pam) Liermann, Shawn Liermann and Jon Liermann; and her stepgrandchildren Sandra James, Shellie Ermerson, Shaunda Klien, Liston Stewart, Monty Stewart; as well as other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church. Funeral services will follow at noon at the church with the Rev. David Pries will officiating. The interment will be private.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home in Hartford is serving the family, http://www.berndt-ledesma.com">www.berndt-ledesma.com.

Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home 226 S. Main St. Hartford

February 1, 2010

Ralph R. Bohn

Ralph R. Bohn, 77, of Watertown, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at Marquardt Memorial Manor following a short illness.

Ralph was born June 23, 1932, on the Bohn family farm in the town of Emmet, Dodge County, son of Herman and Gertrude (Huebner) Bohn. He attended Rock School on County Highway 109 and St. Mark's Parochial School, confirmed and graduated in 1947. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1951. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Great Lakes, Ill., in November 1951. He served six months aboard the USS WASP aircraft carrier. Ralph was discharged at Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif., in November 1955.

He married Lurae Pitterle on June 10, 1961. Ralph owned and operated Socony Mobil Oil business beginning in 1957. He later bought Novotny Oil Co. in 1978 and operated it as Bohn Oil Co. until 1995, when he sold to Klink Oil Co. He continued to drive part-time for Klink Oil until 2006.

He will be remembered for leading the Watertown 4th of July parades, proudly carrying the American Flag and riding his Appaloosa horses from 1968 to 1988. In 1989 he started driving draft mules in many parades, giving rides with his green wagon at many events and annually at the Watertown Agri-business Dairy Break-fasts. One of his biggest thrills was the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial wagon train in 1998 traveling by covered wagon and his mules from Kenosha north along the Green Bay Ethnic Trail ending in Luxemburg, Kewaunee County, two weeks later.

Ralph was an honorary member of the Watertown Turners, a member of the Wisconsin Donkey & Mule Society and was past president of the Southern Wisconsin Appaloosa Horse Association (SWAHA).

He also enjoyed dancing, especially to concertina music, and after retiring, he enjoyed the daily morning coffee group meetings and the afternoon news update meetings.

Survivors include his wife, Lurae Bohn of Watertown; a daughter, Patricia (Richard) Grady of Watertown; a granddaughter, Jessica (Joey Dach); a great-granddaughter, Kiara Nicole; a sister, Vivian Hissom of West Allis; three brothers, Ronald (Mildred) Bohn of Watertown, Lorenz (Betty) Bohn of East Troy and Donald (Lynn) Bohn of Watertown; also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, James His-som.

Memorials to St. Mark's Lutheran Church or the charity of one's choice would be appreciated.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Jensen officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home in Watertown and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

The family wishes to thank everyone at Marquardt Memorial Manor and Marquardt Hospice for their great care and compassion they gave Ralph and all his family and friends.

Pederson Funeral Home Watertown is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made at http://www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com">www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Mark L. Seeber

Mark L. Seeber, 49, of Watertown, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010.

Friends and family will gather on Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home of Watertown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.

Mark was born May 20, 1960, in Rapid City, S.D., son of Lawrence and Jeanine (Meyers) Seeber.

Surviving are his mother, Jeanine S. Chambers of Phenix City, Ala.; two daughters, Noelle (Rusty) Ridlon of New Richmond and Katie Seeber of Texas; two grandchildren, Lilly and Tucker; seven sisters, Michelle (Bruce) Seeber of North Kingstown, R.I., Holly (Greg) Highstrom of Cedarburg, Jacqueline (Lonnie) Williams of Opelika, Ala., Julie Johnston of Kingston, Texas, Kelly (Billy) Jacobs of Phenix City, Shawn Chambers of Beloit and Sherrie Chambers of Beloit; a brother, Michael Seeber of Warwick, R.I.; a number of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and stepmother.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Marilyn Murack

SULLIVAN - Marilyn L. (Neer) Murack of Sullivan, passed away peacefully at AngelsGrace Hospice on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at the age of 81 years, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was the beloved wife of the late John J. Murack; loving mother of Pamela Murack, John L. (Sue) Murack, Sally (Bill) Ellen-becker, Jean (Jeff) Wangard and David (Lea Ann) Murack; proud grandmother of Patrick, Mark and Steven Murack, Emily and Michael Ellenbecker, Ali, Marta and Andre Wangard and Melissa Murack; and the dear sister of William (Ann) Neer. She was also survived by other relatives and friends.

After retiring from nursing, Marilyn became an award-winning artist.

There will be a time of gathering on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. until the time of a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road, Waukesha (on the corner of County Highways J and JJ, about four blocks south of Interstate 94 from County Highway J).

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Vincent De Paul, where Mom found her own special treasures.

The family wishes to thank AngelsGrace Hospice for the kind and gentle care given to Marilyn.

For online obits, condolences and directions, visit http://www.churchandchapel.com">www.churchandchapel.com.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home 380 Bluemound Road Waukesha

Karl Berger

WAUKESHA - Karl Jacob Berger of Waukesha died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at Waukesha Springs at the age of 78. He was born on March 17, 1931, near Juneau, son of Karl and Martha (Moser) Berger, who preceded him in death, along with his stepmother, Rosa, and brother, Fritz.

Karl grew up at his family's cheese factory. He proudly served his country as a missile mechanic in the Army. On May 1, 1954, he married his Swiss sweetheart, Dorothy Irene Liechty.

Karl began his professional career in the automotive business as a mechanic. He was a former partner in K&R Dodge and, after its closing, worked for many years as a salesman. His salesman talents could be heard every Saturday morning on the Hartford radio station.

Karl was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He especially enjoyed sharing his love of hunting and fishing with his family at the cabin in Big Flats. The highlight of his and Dorothy's travels were two trips to Switzerland, the country of their parents' birth, along with a trip to Alaska. In all kinds of weather he would cheer on his children's and grandchildren's sports teams.

Karl was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and served the Lord in many leadership roles. He was very proud of his Red Wing collection and was a member of the Red Wing Society.

Karl is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy; and four children, Susan (Jerry) Underberg of Hartland, Karla (Scott) Mittlestadt of Pewaukee, Kurt (Kim) Berger of East Troy and Bruce (Beth Beckwith) of Mukwonago. His four grandchildren will miss Grandpa Karl's stories. He will also be missed by his aunt, Viola Moser; a sister, Anne Schwendimann; and many others.

Visitation for Karl will be held at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road, Waukesha, on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., with a service to follow officiated by Pastor Peter Schmidt. Burial will be in the village of Hartland Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Waukesha County Humane Society or Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church for children's activities.

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