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Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 12:00 am

April 12, 2010

Dorothy H. Franks

LAKE MILLS - Dorothy H. Franks, 91, of Lake Mills, died on Friday, April 9, 2010, at Fort Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Oct. 24, 1918, in Waterloo, daughter of the late Ernst and Marie (Hahn) Riege. Dorothy married Florian Franks of Sun Prairie on Dec. 10, 1946, in Waterloo. He died on Dec. 2, 1986. She had been a resident of Lake Mills since 1960 and a resident of Willowbrook Nursing Home for the past five years.

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

She enjoyed playing cards and needlework.

Survivors include her children, Jean Jordan of Waterloo, Glenn (Sharon) Franks of Lake Mills, Robert Franks of Newport News, Va., Bonnie Irwin of Lakeside, Ariz., Jerry (June) Franks of Mount Airy, N.C., Randall Franks of Fort Atkinson, Debra (Jerome) Topel of Milford and John (Annette) Franks of Mohawk, N.Y.; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Fritz (Lillian) Riege and Jerome (Violet) Riege, both of Waterloo; one sister, Eleanore Betlach of Marshall; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Also preceding in death were a daughter, Kristie Belle in infancy; three brothers, Norman, Harold and Junior Riege; and four sisters, Gladys Raether, Evelyn Baumann, Myrtle Knuppel and Grace Keller.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Mills with the Rev. James E. Rath and the Rev. Bruce A. McKenney officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Claussen Funeral Home and after 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the church until the time of service.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

Raymond C. Widish Jr.

LAKE MILLS - Raymond C. Widish Jr., 78, of Lake Mills, died on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at home.

He was born on Feb. 27, 1932, in Dodgeville, son of the late Raymond and Pearline (Reger) Widish Sr. Raymond married Marlene Clemo of Barneveld on Aug. 13, 1955, in Dodgeville. He had been a resident of Lake Mills since 1972, moving from Edgerton.

Ray had been employed by Highway Trailer in Edgerton for 14 years and later at the former Crepaco Inc. in Lake Mills.

He was a corporal in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War. He had been awarded the expert rifleman medal.

Ray enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and baseball games.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene; two sons, Kenneth of Lake Mills and Douglas (Tania) of Stoughton; a daughter-in-law, Lori Widish of Jefferson; three grandchildren, Jeremy, Jessica and Kiley; one great-granddaughter, Allie Rose Ledford; other relatives and friends.

Also preceding in death was a son, Raymond “Chuck” Widish III.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Mills with the Rev. Mark D. Dressel officiating. Burial will be in the Rock Lake Cemetery with military graveside honors by Lake Mills American Legion Post No. 67.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Claussen Funeral Home and after 10 a.m. on Thursday at the church until the time of service.

If desired, memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice Inc. or the Jefferson County Humane Society.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

Karen E. Weibel

JEFFERSON -Karen E. Weibel, 64, of Jefferson, died peacefully on Thursday, April 8, 2010, in Jefferson.

She was born on Sept. 26, 1945, in Oconomowoc, daughter of Willard and Elnora (Oldenhoff) Koester. Karen attended schools in the Oconomowoc area, graduating from Oconomowoc High School. Earlier in life Karen worked a number of jobs while trying to raise her three children.

Her eventual employment as an intake specialist for Jefferson County Human Services gave her the freedom to attend more often to her true love, her children and grandchildren. She took pride in what she did and the friendships she made while working there were beyond her wildest dreams. She cherished all of her fellow employees.

Karen's passions were her family first, then quilting, traveling and the theater.

Karen is survived by her daughter, Dawn (Gary) Ottman of Fort Worth, Texas; her two sons, Robin (Michelle) Weibel of Rhinelander and Tyler (Alecia) Weibel of Springboro, Ohio; her grandchildren, Craig (Maria), Melissa, Samantha and Brenden Ottman, Coby and Aliana Weibel and Josh McGeshik; her sisters, Doris Hasslinger of Delafield, Beatrice (Roland) Krueger of Hartford and Phyllis Krahn of Watertown; her brother, Clarence (Carol) Koester; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Richard and Warren.

A memorial Mass will be held on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until just before the services at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Thursday. Interment will be in Hartland Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established for Tomorrow's Hope in Karen's name and can be directed to 147 W. Rockville Ave., Jefferson 53549.

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414/www.carlsonfh.com) is handling the arrangements for Mrs. Weibel's family. If you would like to share your thoughts and memories, we will deliver your message to the family.

Carlson Funeral Home 134 N. Stevens St. Rhinelander

Frieda L. Knoll

Frieda L. Knoll, 101, of Watertown, passed away Friday evening, April 9, 2010, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Bethany Chapel at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown with the Rev. Anthony Schultz and the Rev. Mark Gartner of St. Luke's Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown.

Visitation will be held in Bethany Chapel on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials are suggested to St. Luke's Lutheran Church or Marquardt Memorial Manor.

Frieda Leona Knoll was born in Watertown on July 30, 1908, daughter of August and Minna (Kuehn) Knoll. She had been employed at the former Glen Manufacturing Company and Mid-State Shoe Factory, both in Watertown.

Frieda was a lifelong member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. She volunteered at the Watertown Senior Center, was a supporter of the Watertown Humane Society and enjoyed sewing.

She is survived by a stepniece, Mary (Don) Sachs of Rapid City, S.D.; a special friend, Doris Nehls of Watertown; cousins and other relatives and friends.

She was the last member of her immediate family. Preceding Frieda in death were her parents; a brother, Herbert; and a sister, Emilie Knoll.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

April 10, 2010

Winston D. Judd

Winston D. Judd, age 92, of Jefferson, passed away peacefully at his home on April 8, 2010.

He was the son of Jessie and Ruth (Loomer), born on Nov. 21, 1917, in Endeavor. He attended the University Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the University Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He served as a deputy sherriff for Portage County. He was a cattle dealer, farm implement dealer and insurance salesman, and a Haveststore Silo salesman. He was owner of Sealstor Silo Co. Most recently he owned and operated Judd's Cores. He moved to Jefferson 43 years ago from the Portage area. Winston was a boxer, and pitched baseball in college. He was an avid baseball fan, and had a love of horses.

He married June B. Newby in 1967. He is a member of the First United Methodist church in Fort Atkinson, and a former member of the Bancroft Baptist Church in Bancroft.

He is survived by his wife June “Betty” Judd of Jefferson; three daughters; Susan (Dale) Sonnenburg of Oshkosh, Karen (Wilbur) Brown of Hancock, Linda (Bill) Larson of Fife Lake, Mich.; four sons, James (Jill) Judd of Plover, Gary (Barb) Schenck of Fort Atkinson; Robert (Terri) Schenck of Madison, Mark (Heidi) Judd of Watertown; 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; two sisters; Marge (Ed) Kiddie of Florida, Nancy (Curt) Wolle of Plover.

He is preceded in death by one stepson Larry Schenck, two brothers John Judd, Eldred Judd, and three siblings in infancy, sister-in-law; Jean Judd.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Bancroft Baptist Church, 8376 Klonkide St., Bancroft, Wis. 54921, with Pastor Jeffrey Silha officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Bancroft. Visitation will be at the Baptist church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. There will also be a visitation on Tuesday at the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral home in Jefferson from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. John Well officiating.

Schneider-Michaelis Funeral home in Jefferson is assisting the family with arrangements. www.schneidermichaelisfuneralhome.com.

Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home, 900 West Racine St., Jefferson

Vernon ‘Bud' Witt

WATERLOO - Vernon G. “Bud” Witt, 88, of Waterloo, passed away on Friday April 9, 2010, at Highland House, Waterloo.

Bud was born on Aug. 4, 1921, in Monroe, the son of George and Mary (Filter) Witt. He was a 1940 graduate of Waterloo High School. He married June Nyborg Sept. 27, 1947, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Waterloo. She preceded him in death on April 7, 2009. Bud worked at Kress Packing Waterloo, Dodge County and city of Waterloo for many years. After his retirement he drove truck for Abendroth Hatchery. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church Waterloo and a lifetime member of Fishing Hall of Fame. Bud loved hunting, fishing, bowling, playing cards, story telling and especially loved spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include a son Dennis (Joyce) Witt of Madison; four daughters Cindy (Joel) Weber of Waterloo, Judy (Mike Steckel) Anderson of Sun Prairie, Darlene (Bernie Erlandson) Tucker of Waterloo and Linda Lofton of Waterloo; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Arlene Zoellner of Englewood, Calif. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was further preceded in death by his parents, daughter in infancy, brother in infancy and grandson Austin.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Waterloo with the Rev. Rob Kosky officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday 4 to 7 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home, Waterloo and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Memorials to Austin Weber Scholarship Fund, St. Paul's Lutheran Church or the Charity of One's Choice would be appreciated.

Pederson Funeral Home Waterloo is caring for the family. On-line condolences may be made at www.pedersonfuneralhomes.com.

Pederson Funeral Home, 143 S. Washington St., Waterloo

April 9, 2010

Foster E. Pagel

Foster E. Pagel, 84, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

He was born and raised in Watertown and resided there until moving to St. Petersburg in 1970. During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Navy.

In Watertown, he owned interests in several businesses including Pagel's Bakery, Bowl-A-Fun, Sharp Corner and Otto's Inn. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

His parents, Hubert and Elsie Pagel; his wife, Sadonna Pagel; his daughter, Laural Pagel; and his brothers, Herbert, John, Laverne, Frederick and Robert Pagel preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son, James Pagel of Clearwater, Fla.; daughter, Andrea Krueger and her husband, Robert, of Knoxville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, James, Joseph, Jeremiah and Cara Krueger, all of Knoxville; a sister-in-law, Audrey Pagel of Watertown; and several nieces and nephews.

Please sign the guestbook at www.veteransfuneralcare.com.

Veterans Funeral Care 15381 Roosevelt Blvd. Clearwater, Fla.

Catherine “Katie” Graham

JEFFERSON - Catherine “Katie” V. Graham, 86, of Jefferson, formerly of Madison, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Countryside Nursing Home in Jefferson.

The daughter of John and Susan (McElhone), natives of Ireland, was born on Feb. 7, 1924, on a farm in Jefferson County and resided most of her life in the Madison area. Catherine's greatest loves in her life were her God, her Catholic religion, her parents and family, her country and her Irish heritage.

She is survived by her 13 loving nieces and nephews, Kathie, Ernie, Mike, Tricia, Dennis, Steve, Joan, Carol, John, Marge, Paul, David and Art, and their spouses; many great-nieces and great-nephews; many great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and many dear friends.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John, Arthur and Vince; sister, Winnie Vogel; sisters-in-law, Esther and Gladys Graham; brother-in-law, Ivo Vogel; nieces, Helen and Beth; nephew, Don; great-nephew, Jeff; and great-great-niece, Maddie.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon on Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with the Rev. Jay Poster officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Whitewater.

Friends may call at the church Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

Katie's last wishes were that her funeral be kept simple and that flowers be omitted. Memorials for Masses for the Graham and Vogel families are appreciated.

Schneider-Michaelis funeral home is assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences, visit schneidermichaelisfuneralhome.com.

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

April 8, 2010

Gladys M. Ludtke

FORT ATKINSON - Gladys “Glady” M. Ludtke, 86, Fort Atkinson, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Countryside Home in Jefferson.

Glady was born on May 23, 1923, in Aztalan, daughter of William and Frieda (Kelch) Finger.

Glady grew up in the Aztalan-Lake Mills area, graduating from Lake Mills High School in 1941. Glady remained in the area, staying in touch with family and making many new friends until retiring from Thomas Industries in Fort Atkinson.

Glady married “Fritz” Ludtke in 1973 and together they traveled for many years in their RV across the U.S. visiting relatives and renewing friendships with the many friends they made in their travels.

Glady was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Doris (Marshall) Maddox, Phillip (Mae) Finger, Rosemary Ault and Florence (John) Sobrolske.

Glady is survived by her friend and niece, Amy Sobrolske; stepchildren, T.A. Sigerstad, Ronald (Heidi) Ludtke and Robert (Lorna) Ludtke; stepgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.

A family graveside service will be held at a later date.

The Dunlap Memorial Home is assisting the family.

Dunlap Memorial Home 604 S. Main St. Fort Atkinson

Frances M. Rapp

Frances M. Rapp, 91, of Watertown, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Marquardt Memorial Manor.

The former Frances Ingold was born on July 8, 1918, in Bismark, S.D. She had served as a nurse in the U.S. Army during World War II.

On June 8, 1946, she married Lambert Rapp in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on April 17, 1997.

Frances had been employed at the former Beverly Terrace. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and had been a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul.

Frances was the last member of her immediate family. She is survived by a nephew, Robert Ingold of Manning, S.D.

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

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church with Father Brian Wilk celebrating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Family and friends may call on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family. Online condolences can be made at watertownwifuneralhome.com.

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

April 7, 2010

Gus Harms

WATERLOO - Attorney Gus Harms, 79, of Waterloo, died Monday, April 5, 2010, from injuries received in a one-car automobile accident in the town of Farmington, Jefferson County.

He was born Nov. 7, 1930, in Mountain Lake, Minn. His parents were killed when he was 1 1/2 years old and he was adopted by Fred and Helen Harms and lived in St. James, Minn. He served in the U.S. Navy and married Joanne Draeger June 14, 1952, at St. John Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

He was a graduate of Dr. Martin Luther High School in New Ulm, Minn. He later graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

He was a very respected attorney, practicing law in Milwaukee after law school, then in Waterloo since 1959. He enjoyed his law practice and helped many loyal clients for a long time.

He was the director and general counsel for F&M Bank in Waterloo. He was a director, officer and general counsel for the George Webb Corporation for 35 years. He was the city attorney for Waterloo from 1961 to 2002.

He was a director of the Karl Junginger Foundation, worked with Karl to create the foundation and supervised the building of the Karl Junginger Memorial in Waterloo.

Throughout his life, he excelled in many things. He loved reading and music. He was an accomplished pianist and organist. He enjoyed traveling and was a pilot and had flown his plane from the Arctic Circle to south of the equator.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne; two daughters, Julie (Roger) Vethe of Madison and Lori (Brad) Mueller of Spring Valley, Minn.; three granddaughters, Courtney and Megan Mueller and Jennifer Vethe; two sisters, Arlene Simons of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Stella Lindholm of Ventura, Calif.; a brother, Arthur Schultz of Luvern, Minn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church with the Rev. James Adomeit officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Waterloo. Visitation will be at St. John Lutheran Church on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and again Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials may be directed in his memory to St. John Lutheran Church, Karl Junginger Memorial Library or the Waterloo Fire and EMS Supporters Inc.

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

Wilma Ruth Gaugert

SULLIVAN - Wilma Ruth Gaugert, 80, of Sullivan, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.

Wilma was born Aug. 8,1929, in Sullivan, daughter of Godfrey Backhaus and Edith Zautner. She married Ken P. Gaugert Sept. 24,1949, in Sullivan.

Wilma was a homemaker and a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church, its ladies aid and choir.

Wilma is survived by her beloved husband, Ken; her loving children, Ruth (Dan) Nelson of Oconomowoc, Larry (Gail) Gaugert of Watertown, Bill (Jean) Gaugert of Sullivan and Barb (Scott) Buss of Watertown; and her fond sister, Pearl (Gene) Hanneman of Oconomowoc. Wilma is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Marilyn Stover of Palmyra and Marion Holtz of Watertown, and her brother-in-law, Gil Gaugert of Oconomowoc. She is further survived by eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Judy; and two sisters, Margaret and Marvel.

Friends may visit Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sullivan. Final rest will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials to St. John's Lutheran Church, the choir or the Sullivan EMS would be appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann

Funeral and Cremation Services 121 Cross St. Oconomowoc

Leona E. Weber

JEFFERSON - Leona E. Weber, age 80, of Jefferson, died on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at University Hospital in Madison.

She was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 23, 1929, daughter of Barney and Emily (Michaliski) Wicinski. She married La Verne E. Weber on Oct. 9, 1948, in Johnson Creek.

Leona was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jefferson.

She is survived by her husband, La Verne Weber of Jefferson; her children, Gene (Jeanne) Weber of Fort Atkinson, Sherryl (Mark) Matusiewicz of Watertown and Mary (Jeff) Seljan of Lake Mills; grandchildren, Mike (Marie) Weber, Jessica Martin, Jaimie Matus-iewicz, Jennifer Matusiewicz, Anthony Seljan, Jack Seljan and Ashley Burgholz; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Arlene (Hank) Graham of Milwaukee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Carl and Bob Wicinski; and one sister, Violet Petrocia.

A memorial service will be held on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson with the Rev. Robert Hughes officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

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

Olsen Funeral Home 221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson

Allen T. Rothschadl

Allen T. Rothschadl, 74, of Watertown, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2010, at his home with his wife, Bea, and two special caregivers, Kelly and Babette, at his side.

Allen was born on Feb. 23, 1936, in Watertown, son of Thomas and Esther (Schroeder) Rothschadl. He served for six years in the Army National Guard, with one year at Fort Lewis during the Berlin Crisis.

He had married Sharon Stangler at St. Henry Catholic Church. He then married Beatrice Hughes on March 31, 1990, in Madison.

Allen retired from AT&T after 27 years of employment. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, Watertown Amateur Radio Club, Watertown Outboarders and Lake Mills American Legion Post No. 67.

Allen had a very special companion, a precious poodle named Missy, who gave Allen much pleasure the last two years he suffered with Alzheimer's.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice; two sons, Philip (Katie) Rothschadl of Waukesha and Andrew (Dawn) Rothschadl of Waunakee; stepdaughter, Don-na (Paul) Crossman; grandchildren, Trevor and Katelyn Rothschadl, Aaron (Krista Wilke) Crossman and Miranda Schoenicke; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Riley Schoenicke; siblings, Patricia Heller of Lake Mills, Roger (Heidi) Rothschadl of Watertown and Jean (Fritz) Klentz of Watertown; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church with Father Brian Wilk officiating. Family burial will be in St. Henry Cemetery.

Family and friends may call Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Rainbow Hospice, Jefferson County Humane Society or the Alzheimer's Association would be appreciated.

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

Many thanks to all the wonderful girls from Country Nurses in Jefferson for their care of Allen. Together, we all learned a lot about Alzheimer's, I couldn't have done it without you.

Online condolences may be left at www.watertownwifuneralhome.com.

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

Marion L. Crick

Marion L. Crick, 84, of Watertown, passed away on Friday, March 19, 2010, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Terry Larson officiating. Family and friends may call on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family. For online condolences and information go to watertownwifuneralhome.com.

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

April 6, 2010

Richard A. Cissa

JOHNSON CREEK - Richard A. Cissa of Johnson Creek died on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at the young age of 66, at his home after a long battle with prostate cancer.

He was born on Aug. 22, 1943, in Milwaukee, son of John and Sally (Downer) Cissa. He married Marlene Pohlman on Dec. 21, 1984, in Jefferson.

Richard worked for Harvey Service in Milwaukee as a truck driver, retiring in 1995. He then worked at Farm & Fleet in Watertown and retired from there. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was the beloved husband of Marlene of Johnson Creek; loving dad of Joele Cook of Mukwonago, Lea (Donnie) Griggers of Kennesaw, Ga., John (Kris) Cissa of West Allis, Larry (Jackie) Cissa of White, Ga., Thomas Burns, Theodore Burns, Tracey Burns and Theresa Burns, all of Johnson Creek, and Timothy (Carol) Burns of Princeton, Mo.; and the real joys of his life, his 20 grandchildren; one sister, Karen Clark of Milwaukee; one brother, Roger (Judy) Cissa of Marietta, Ga.; one niece, Christy Cissa of Newport News, Va.; one nephew, Richard (Stephanie) Cissa of Georgetown, S.C.; many other relatives and very close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Larry Cissa; and a niece, Mandy Clark.

A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Johnson Creek with the Rev. Robert Hughes officiating.

Friends may call at the Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and after 10 a.m. at the church on Thursday until time of Mass.

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

Richard has left the building and gone hunting.

Olsen Funeral Home 221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson

Charles A. Kuhl Jr.

CAMBRIDGE - Charles A. Kuhl Jr., 81, of Cambridge, died peacefully on Sunday, April 4, 2010, at the Countryside Home in Jefferson following a long illness.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1928, in the town of Waterloo, son of the late Charles and Martha (Jortzig) Kuhl. Charles married Lois Reideman of Lake Mills on June 24, 1953, in Las Lunas, N.M.

Charles was a veteran of the Korean War with the 5th Ordinance Battalion Division of the Army from 1948 to 1954 and was honorably discharged in 1954 as sergeant first class. While in Germany for six years, he played football for the Army. He also witnessed the firing of the “Atomic Cannon” in Nevada, as he considered it a highlight of his early life. Upon his discharge, he returned to the Lake Mills area to dairy farm, retiring from farming in 1993. He then was employed by McKay Nursery Company in Waterloo before retiring in 2003.

Charles also spent much of his retirement time carefully pruning his fruit trees and nurturing plants of any species.

Charles and his wife were very active members of the United Methodist Church in Lake Mills, serving as a church trustee for many years.

He was a lover of many things, some of them were watching NASCAR, tending to his flowers, fishing, bird watching, reading and much more.

He was a quiet, gentle man who enjoyed traveling the U.S. in his younger days with his family. He enjoyed traveling along the Mississippi with his wife and grandchildren to watch the eagles. Up until the past years, he always had a faithful companion, one of his many St. Bernards, next to him at all times.

Charles truly loved life and all those who came into it and will be missed by all.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lois; their children, Kay (Roger) Meyer of Columbus and Charles (Pam) Kuhl of Waterloo; three grandchildren, Gina (Todd) Parrish, Joshua and Ashley Kuhl; three great-grandchildren, Owen and Madelynn Parrish and Kayden Kuhl; a brother, Fred (Mary) Kuhl of Baraboo; many other relatives and friends.

Also preceding in death were two sisters, Marie Mead and Carolyn Templeton.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at United Methodist Church in Lake Mills. Burial will be in Rock Lake Cemetery with military graveside rites.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice of Jefferson (who cared for him so lovingly during his final days) or the Alzheimer's Association.

The Claussen Funeral Home in Lake Mills is assisting the family.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

Laura A. Schilling

Laura A. Schilling, 53, of Watertown, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Bethesda Lutheran Communities with the Rev. Michael Schempf officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

Visitation is Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel at Bethesda Lutheran Communities until the time of the service.

Memorials are suggested to Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

The Pederson Funeral Home of Watertown is serving the family.

Laura was born Aug. 25, 1956, in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of Jack and Donna (Smith) Schilling. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in High Ridge, Mo.

Surviving are her mother, Donna Schilling of Cedar Hill, Mo.; a sister, Jacqueline Fonod of Cedar Hill; two brothers, Ronald Schilling of Cedar Hill and Glen Schilling of French Village, Mo.; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and her many friends at Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

April 5, 2010

Artis Leona Mewis

CAMBRIDGE - Artis Leona Mewis, 84, of Cambridge, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Nazareth Home in Stoughton due to a severe stroke.

Artis was born at home in the town of Oakland on Oct. 24, 1925, daughter of Charles and Bertha (Krull) Christ. She attended school in Cambridge and was a 1943 graduate of Cambridge High School. On Oct. 18, 1947, Artis married Milo Mewis at St. James Lutheran Church in Cambridge. In 1952, Artis and Milo joined the London Moravian Church. Artis was a cook for the London School for 10 years and cooked for one year for the Cambridge School System. She worked in the Share Program, Community Action and was employed at Countryside Home until her retirement in 1990. She held several positions and offices within the London Moravian Church and most important of all, organist for 43 years until May 2009.

Surviving are a son, Warren Mewis, Tomah; three daughters, Bonnie (Don) Krugman, Marshall, Jane (Allen) Olson, Cambridge and Janice Ellis, Edgerton; grandchildren, Ty Krugman, Evansville, Reed Krugman, Lodi, Kelsey and Hannah Ellis, Edgerton, and Kristi Mewis, Tomah; five great-grandchildren, Jack and Alex of Evansville and Linkoln, Paxton and Ruby Mae Krugman of Lodi. She is further survived by nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded her in death by her husband; her parents; brothers, Arnold, Walter, Paul, Carl and baby brother, Fredrick; and sisters, Myrtle, Luella and Evelyn.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the London Moravian Church, N5610 County Road O, Cambridge, with the Rev. Jane Follmer Zekoff and the Rev. Staci Marrese-Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in Kroghville Cemetery, town of Lake Mills.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at London Moravian Church and after 10 a.m. on Thursday at the church until the services.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the London Moravian Church.

The Nitardy Funeral Home of Cambridge is assisting the family, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com.

Nitardy Funeral Home 208 N. Park St. Cambridge

April 2, 2010

Mildred M. Butzine

LAKE MILLS - Mildred M. Butzine, 85, of Lake Mills, died on Thursday, April 1, 2010, at Fort Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Oct. 21, 1924, in Watertown, the daughter of the late August and Mary (Strauss) Heller.

Mildred married Ervin Butzine of Lake Mills on Aug. 30, 1946. He died on Dec. 26, 2003. She was a graduate of Lake Mills High School, class of 1942.

Mildred was a member of Lake Mills Moravian Church and its Women's Fellowship, assisted with Market Day and had taught Sunday school for several years.

Survivors include her children, Richard (Mary) of Jefferson, Roy and Raymond (Lavern), both of Johnson Creek, Russell of Lake Mills, Timothy of Johnson Creek, Jean (Robert) Osborne of Edgerton and Joy (Brian) Briggs of Monticello; two granddaughters, Brenda Jacob of Watertown and Carrie Jacob of Fort Atkinson; five sisters-in-law, Alice Butzine of Lake Mills, Margaret Krueger and Hazel Ward, both of Marshall, Arlene Dwyer and LaVonne Blakely, both of Madison; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Lake Mills Moravian Church with the Rev. Bruce Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Rock Lake Cemetery.

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

Memorials would be appreciated to the church or Willowbrook Nursing Home.

The Claussen Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

April 1, 2010

Thomas J. Lorenz

ASHIPPUN - Thomas J. Lorenz, 71, of Ashippun, died Monday, March 29, 2010.

He was the beloved husband of Ann (Gilbertson); loving dad of Dan (Ruth) Nelson, Sue Nelson (fiancé Doug Kaska), Lori (Larry) Voigt, James Meyer (fiancée Marcia Dobratz), Thomas (Jill) Fredrickson, Timothy (Ann) Fredrickson and Tammy (Kevin) Kohls; proud grandpa of 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Charlotte; parents, Joseph and Caroline; and a brother, Bob.

Visitation is at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church-Sugar Island, W3673 County Highway O, Watertown, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery.

Tom was the owner of Joseph Lorenz Inc. He served on many committees during the past 50 years, some of which include past president of St. Paul Lutheran Church, past president of the A.C.E.A, past president of the Master Builders Association, trustee of the Building Trades United Pension Fund and trustee of the Carpenters Health Fund.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church-Sugar Island or the charity of one's choice are appreciated.

The Harder Funeral Home, 18700 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, 262-781-8350, www.harderfuneralhome.com, is in charge of arrangements.

Harder Funeral Home 18700 W. Capitol Drive Brookfield

Bernice M. Luther

WATERLOO - Bernice M. Luther, 83, of Waterloo, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at home.

Bernice was born on April 8, 1926, in Reeseville, daughter of August and Edna (Huebner) Riege. She married Lawrence Haseleu on June 24, 1944. He passed away March 15, 1974. She later married Harvey Luther on Feb. 14, 1979. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She enjoyed cooking and caring for her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Harvey Luther of Waterloo; five children, Katherine (Jeffrey) Setz of New Berlin, Cheryl (James) Setz of Waterloo, Patricia Phillips of Manitowoc, Steven (Julia) Haseleu of Lake Mills and Julie Jurss of Waterloo; 13 grandchildren, Kristin (Scott Williams) Setz, Jonathan Setz, Bryan (Marlecia) Setz, Craig (Kerri) Setz, Keith Setz, Korey Setz, Kevin Phillips, Heather (Cory Feest) Phillips, Angela Phillips, Aislynn, Samuel and Jadyn Haseleu and Kolton Jurss; three great-grandchildren, Cooper and Emerson Setz and Carly Feest; two sisters, Adeline Kohn of Waterloo and Verna Wilke of Waterloo; a brother, Melvin (Mary) Riege of Watertown; also a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was further preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Leslie, Alvin, Wallace and Raymond; and a sister, Beatrice.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waterloo with the Rev. Thomas Wilsmann officiating. Burial will be in Washington Cemetery, town of Portland.

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

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Rainbow Hospice and Care Wisconsin for the wonderful care and compassion given to Bernice and her family.

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

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