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Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2009 12:00 am

December 24, 2009

Ethel D. Weihert

Ethel D. Weihert, 74, of Watertown, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at St. Luke's Medical Center after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Watertown Moravian Church with the Rev. Barbara Berg officiating. Burial will be in Washington Cemetery in the town of Portland. Friends may call Monday at 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The Pederson Funeral Home, 213 S. Fifth St., Watertown, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at http://Pedersonfuneralhomes.com">Pedersonfuneralhomes.com.

She was born Feb. 19, 1935, in Sun Prairie, the daughter of Edward and Dorothy Blaschka Suchomel. She married Harvey Weihert on Sept. 12, 1957, in Iowa. She was a member of Mamre Moravian Church and was employed as a CNA at Marquardt Manor and Zinzendorf Hall in Watertown for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen (Dennis) Binning of Fond du Lac and Tammy (Mike) Fisher of Janesville; three sons, Michael (Helen) Weihert of Watertown, Jeffrey (Jenni-fer) Weihert of Watertown and Andrew Weihert of Watertown; grandchildren, Dustin, Trayven, Tori, Hannah, Desirae and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Kylee Jo and Brayden; sister Dorothy Duerst, Sun Prairie; one brother, Robert Sucho-mel of Shullsberg; and a number of nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1997; granddaughter, Tiffany; and two sisters, Helen and Ruth.

Memorials may be made to Watertown Moravian Church.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Viola Lemke

JEFFERSON - Viola D. Lemke, 92, entered life eternal and was received by the Lord into the Church Trium-phant on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009.

Viola died at Countryside Home, Jefferson. “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die Š” John 11:25-26.

The former Viola Bessel was born Dec. 30, 1916, in Watertown, daughter of Julius and Ida (Petrich) Bessel. She grew up in the Watertown area with her two sisters and two brothers, Clara, Verona (Dolly), Arthur and Carl. Viola married War-ner Henry Lemke on Oct. 24, 1942. They initially met at a dance, which is something Viola and Warner truly enjoyed and continued for many years.

Viola raised her two sons, the Rev. Michael Warner (Ellie) Lemke and Gerald Thomas (Joyce) Lemke and lived many years on the Jones Dairy Farm. Once the boys were in school, Viola was employed at Schultz's Dime Store, Montgomery Ward and later at the Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital for many years before her retirement. Viola and her husband of 62 years enjoyed their retirement in Lilburn, Ga., and later in Ellenton, Fla., surrounded by many friends.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Karen Sue, Michael's twin sister who died at birth; her beloved husband, Warner; sisters Clara Schiellack and Verona Vergenz; and brothers Arthur and Carl Bessel.

Along with her two sons and their wives, Viola's survivors include three grandchildren, Michelle Lemke (John) Jameson, Scott Michael (Denene) Lemke and Laura Lemke McGurk; eight great-grandchildren Jocelyn, Christian, Kanely, Katelyn, Madison, Emily, Kennedy and David Warner; and many loving Bessel, Schiellack and Lemke relatives, who showed their love through prayers, visits, phone calls, letters and cards.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church with pastors Ethan Steinbrenner and Steven Wilkens co-officiating.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. on Monday at the church until time of service. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Those wishing to express their sympathy in Viola's memory may direct their memorials to Bethesda Lutheran Communities, where many of her special friends lived, or to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fort Atkinson.

The Dunlap Memorial Home is assisting the family.

Dunlap Memorial Home 604 S. Main St. Fort Atkinson

Ken Pedretti

WISCONSIN DELLS - Kenneth “Ken” Pedretti, 70, of Wisconsin Dells, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at his residence.

Funeral services were held today at Walnut Hill Bible Church, in Baraboo with Pastor David Hutchens officiating. The traditional services were followed by cremation.

Ken was born July 27, 1939, in Viroqua, the son of Peter and Virginia (Levi) Pedretti. In August of 1982, he married Marie Janacek in Lake Tahoe. Ken was very active with his church, loved spending time with his family and friends, and raising his children and grandchildren. Ken was a caring, loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and was genuinely concerned about the welfare of other people. He was a proud, lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and he enjoyed walleye fishing and deer hunting.

Ken is survived by his wife, Marie; sons, Roger of La Crosse, Randy (Patti) of Algonquin, Ill., and Ricardo (Tammy) of Desoto; stepson, Kiril (Kelly) Kustief of Mauston; stepdaughters, Stanna (Gregory) Strunz of Pardeeville and Angela Kustief of Milwaukee; brothers, Lawrence “Sam” (Anna) Pedretti of Stoddard, Marvin (Chris) Pedretti of Gutten-berg, Iowa and Harlan “Ole” (Diane) Pedretti of LeClaire, Iowa; sisters, Dorothy “Dot” (James) Bright of Brainerd, Minn. and Linda (Royce) Scott of Richardson, Texas; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert; brothers, Alvin and infant, Dale; and a sister, Carol Hommen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Walnut Hill Bible Church.

The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin assisted the family with arrangements.

For online condolences and information, go to http://www.pichafuneralhome.com">www.pichafuneralhome.com.

Picha Funeral Home and Crematory Wisconsin Dells

December 23, 2009

Irene Oestreich

Irene E. Oestreich, 79, of Watertown, passed away Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at her home.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ixonia with the Rev. Kenneth Ewerdt officiating. Burial will take place in Wanderers Rest in Lebanon.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects by calling the Hafemeister Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. and the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Lebanon Fire and EMS Department, St. Paul's Lutheran Church Senior Choir or the charity of one's choice.

The former Irene Emma Engelbrecht was born in the town of Emmet on April 19, 1930, the daughter of Walter and Esther (Tietz) Engelbrecht. On Sept. 24, 1950, she married David Oestreich at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ixonia.

Irene farmed on the family farm in the town of Emmet all of her life until 1996. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ixonia. Irene was famous for her baking, especially her delicious Christmas cookies and schaum torte. She also enjoyed gardening and bird watching.

Survivors include her two children, Jim (Debbie) Oestreich and Nancy (John) Kopas, both of Watertown; her two grandchildren, Rachel Kopas and Sarah Kopas; a nephew; three nieces; and other relatives and friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, David, on Aug. 24, 1999. She was the last member of her immediate family.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Iva Haferman

JEFFERSON - Iva Haferman, 95, of Jefferson, formerly of Helenville, died on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at Sylvan Crossings with her family by her side.

Iva was born on Nov. 17, 1914, in the town of Concord, to William and Minnie (Zahn) Zautner. She married Ralph Haferman on June 20, 1936, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Golden Lake. He preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 1999.

Iva was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helenville and the choir for many years.

She was a clerk at the Helenville Post Office for 23.5 years, retiring in 1992. She also worked at Nasco and the former Larson Canning Co., both in Fort Atkinson. She also volunteered at the Twice Is Nice store in Jefferson.

Iva enjoyed going to the family cottage in northern Wisconsin and playing cards, bingo and dominoes.

Survivors include her two daughters, Shirley (Richard) Pfeifer of Helenville and Marilyn (Donald) Biwer of Jefferson; seven grandchildren, Kathleen (William) Pautz, Connie (Tony) Swantz, Terry (Jayne) Pfeifer, Gerald (Lisa) Gnabasik, Greg (Sherry) Gnabasik, Kris (Dale) Arneson and Debra (Tom) Haugen; two stepgrandchildren, Becky (Scott) Whiting and Brett Biwer; 16 great-grandchildren, Jon (Tracey) Pautz, Amy (Bernhard) von Boyen, Joshua Pautz, Jason (Timera) Oestreicher, Kirby and Carissa Krause, Whit-ney, Tayler and Jared Pfeifer, Steven Sachmaster, Nicole Gnabasik, Austin and Zachary Haugen and Ashton, Torri and Kylee Gnabasik; four stepgreat-grandchildren, Hunter Boettcher, Bailey and Brooke Whiting and Bella Biwer; two great-great-granddaughters, Mackenzie and Alexis Wilde; one brother, Carl Zautner of Jefferson; and a number of nieces and nephews and many friends.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Alan Pfeifer; and one sister, Dorothy Lien.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helenville with the Rev. Lance A. Hoff officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Helenville.

Friends may call the church on Sunday from 1 p.m. to the time of the services.

The Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson is assisting the family.

Olsen Funeral Home 221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson

David Margelofsky

JUNEAU - David M. Margelofsky, of Juneau, passed away at Watertown Regional Medical Center, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 at the age of 59 years.

He was born Sept. 26, 1950, in Beaver Dam, the son of Lester and Agnes (Ellison) Margelofsky.

David served our country in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971. He was a member of the Hustisford American Legion Post No. 420 and a past member of the Hustisford Jaycees. David coached boys baseball in Hustisford from 1986 until 1998. He was in a bowling league, enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapshooting and helping area farmers.

Dave was a member of the Hustisford Rod & Gun Club. He started the Hustis-ford Legion Ice Fishing Jamboree. Dave had great fun working at Sensient Flavors in Juneau.

David is preceded in death by his father Lester; his sister Betty Krahn; his brothers, James and Raymond; and his daughter Trecia.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Born); his children Cari (Andrew) Glorioso of Oconomowoc and Kyle (Abigail) Margelofsky of Georgia; his grandchildren Ella Margelofsky and Dominic and Kylee Glorioso; his sisters Carol (Ronnie) Kehl of Ashippun and Darlene (Calvin) Beaudry of Beaver Dam and his mother Agnes Margelofsky of Beaver Dam. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Timothy Bauer and the Rev. David Pries officiating. Interment will be in Hustisford Cemetery. Military graveside service will be under the auspices of American Legion Post No. 420.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church or School, 269 North Lake St., Hustisford, WI 53034, Luther Preparatory School, 1300 Western Ave., Watertown, WI 53094, or the charity of one's choice.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Hustisford is serving the family.

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

December 22, 2009

Carol J. Henke

HORICON - Carol J. Henke, 70 of Horicon, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac.

Carol was born on Aug. 17, 1939, in Farmington to Gordon and Rachel (Hafer-man) Astin. She was a graduate of Jefferson High School in 1957 and on July 27, 1957, she was united in marriage to Robert A. Henke in Helenville.

Carol enjoyed gardening, bird watching, playing cards with friends and neighbors and she loved Sheltie dogs.

She was a member of Trinity Church-United Methodist in Beaver Dam.

Carol is survived by her husband, Robert A. Henke of Horicon; a daughter Karen (Greg) Hanson of Horicon; four grandchildren and her beloved dog Harley. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Rhonda Frank and Ron Henke, both in 2000; one sister, Jean Borchardt; one brother, Darrell Astin; and other relatives.

Visitation for Carol will be held on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Corner-stone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd. in Beaver Dam.

A funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Eileen Kuehnl officiating. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam and a luncheon will follow at the funeral home.

You may send private online condolences or sign the family's guest book at http://www.cstonefs.com">www.cstonefs.com.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services 135 Keller Blvd. Beaver Dam

December 21, 2009

Marcella Godfroy

Marcella C. Godfroy, 67, a lifelong resident of Watertown, passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 19, 2009, at Dodgeville Hospital following a courageous 10 year battle with cancer, after returning from her last wish to visit her grandson at Fort Bliss in Texas.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Water-town with the Rev. David Groth officiating. Burial will be in Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

The former Marcella Clara Schuett was born in Hustisford on June 5, 1942, the daughter of Paul and Clara (Wolters) Schuett. She married Francis Godfroy at St. John's Lutheran Church in Watertown on Feb. 17, 1962.

Marcella had been employed at Johnson Controls in Watertown and for Metro Clean. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Water-town and the VFW Auxiliary Post #3709. Marcella loved spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. She also enjoyed camping at River Bend campgrounds, polka dancing, the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR.

Survivors include her husband, Francis of Watertown; her children, Glen Godfroy of Watertown, Carol (Edward) Scheer of Waukesha, Brenda (Bryan) Goers of Watertown, Timothy (Susan) Godfroy of Watertown and Tina (Mark) Lisius of Watertown; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 11 step-great grandchildren; two brothers, Marlin (Anna) Schuett of Mayville and Mark (Bonnie) Schuett of Sussex; and four sisters, Margaret Meyer of Mayville, Martha (Edward) Retzlaff of Monterey, Marion (Ernie) Maas of Plymouth and Mary (finance, Al Gunderson) Lentz of Watertown.

Marcella was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Marvin, Marthy, Martin, Marleander and Paul Jr.; and her sisters, Margie Schuett and Marinda Schuett.

The family would like to thank the Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital Cancer Center and Dr. Hansen and staff for the fine care they provided throughout her battle with cancer.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Edgar C. Weide

Edgar C. Weide, 82, of Watertown passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon, Dec. 18, 2009, at Shorehaven Health Center in Oconomowoc.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday evening Dec. 22, 2009, at 7 p.m. at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ocono-mowoc with Rev. Daniel R. Schmidt and Rev. Timothy J. Redfield officiating. Family burial will be on Wednesday at the Summit Cemetery in the town of Summit. Rela-tives and friends may call at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Tues-day, from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church or Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc.

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

Edgar Carl Weide was born on Jan. 27, 1927, in the town of Oconomowoc, the son of Arthur and Naomi (Dornfeld) Weide. He was baptized Feb. 18, 1927, and confirmed on May 20, 1941, at Cross Lutheran Church in Ixonia. He was a graduate of the Oconomowoc Senior High School. On April 26, 1947, he married the former Eunice Miller at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc. Edgar and Eunice celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Edgar had been employed by the Wisconsin Telephone Company for 35 years. He lived in Oconomowoc all of his life and spent summers at their cottage on Lake James in Tomahawk. Edgar was a member of St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran serving as an usher for 30 years and was a member of the school board. He was a member of Telephone Pioneers. Edgar enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, nature, bowling and dart ball.

Edgar is survived by two daughters, Marlene (Harold) Redfield of Oconomowoc and Sherri (Dave) Bialecki of Sturtevant; one son, Richard A. (Leesa) Weide of Toma-hawk; five granddaughters, Kristal (Justin) Widmar of Oconomowoc, Jennifer Lei-ninger of Racine, Jody (Joshua) Thorson of Johnson Creek, Trisha (fiancé, Isaac Caine) Bialecki of Racine and Lynn Weide of Tomahawk; two grandsons, Rev. Timothy (Megan) Redfield of Minnesota and Brad Weide of Tomahawk; great-grandchildren, Justin, Julia, Madilynn and Emelia; three nephews, other relatives and friends.

Edgar was the last member of his immediate family, being preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eunice on Dec. 26, 2005; and one brother, Edward; two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

Thank you, to the staff of Shorehaven Towers and Nursing Home for the comfort and care you provided to our dad and grandfather for the past 3 1/2 years.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Thomas Rieck

LAKE MILLS - Thomas “Tommy” R. Rieck, 51, Lake Mills, passed away on Friday evening, Dec. 18, 2009, at Fort Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born on June 19, 1958, in Fort Atkinson the son of Russell and Norma (Zade) Rieck. Tommy was a graduate of the Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, class of 1977. He then attended UW-Whitewater and later finished an associate degree in Applied Science and Supervisory Management from MATC in Madison. He was employed by Tyson Foods in Jefferson and part-time with the area BP gas stations. Tommy was an active member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and an avid Badger football fan.

Survivors include his mother, Norma (Bill) Nelson of Lake Mills; his father, Russell (Marion) Rieck of Janesville; his twin brother, James (Suzanne) Rieck of Oconomowoc; his sister, Teresa (Brian) Mitchell of Fort Atkinson; nephews, Joshua Uhing, Zachary Mitchell, Matthew Rieck; one niece, Amanda Rieck; aunts and uncles, Ronald (Anita) Rieck of Jefferson, Rachel (Dean) Frey of Lake Mills, Mary Raffini of Jefferson, Barb Linse of Helenville; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church on Highway 89, with the Rev. Bruce A. McKenney and Rev. James E. Rath officiating. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Claussen Funeral Home, 416 W. Lake St., Lake Mills, and after 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to Lakeside Lutheran High School or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

Vera M. Kellor

SALEM - Vera M. Kellor, 73 years old, of Salem, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at the Aurora Medical Center, Kenosha, after an extended illness.

She was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Lebanon, the daughter of the late Reinhard and Dorothea (Groening) Maas.

She had lived in Milwaukee, Watertown and Beloit, moving to live in Libertyville and Antioch, Ill., before moving to Salem in 2001.

Vera was a bank teller in southeastern Wisconsin for many years, later working for Baxter Laboratories in Round Lake, Ill., before her retirement. She was a long and faithful member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Antioch where she served diligently and lovingly on the ladies aid, Owls, as a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Senior Choir.

“Her life revolved around her church wherever her heart was.”

On Sept. 22, 1957, she married Duane W. Kellor in St. John's Church in Beloit.

Survivors are her husband of 52 years, Duane; her three children, Charlene (Randall) Schulmeister of Antioch, Ill., Darrell (Suzanne) Kellor of Vero Beach, Fla., and Dale (Darlene) Kellor of Lake Villa, Ill.; six grandchildren, Nathan Schulmeister, Megan Schulmeister, Meredith (Jacob) Loosemore, Daniel Boetcher, Cody Kellor and Dallas Kellor; her great-grandson, Vincent Loosemore; a sister, Angeline (Melvin) Scheid of Watertown; and a brother, Curtis (Marion) Maas of Watertown.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 24300 W. Grass Lake Road, Antioch, IL 60002.

Interment will be in Liberty Cemetery, Salem. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch, 1055 Main St., (Route 83) and at the church Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her church, in her memory. For information call 800-622-4441. Please sign our guest book for Vera at http://www.strangfh.com">www.strangfh.com.

Strang Funeral Home 1055 Main St. Antioch, IL

December 19, 2009

Cedric Knoke

Cedric “Rick” Newell Knoke was born in Lancaster (“a Grant County farm boy”), on Jan. 5, 1942, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Knoke Sr. He died on Dec. 14, 2009, while shoveling snow at the family cabin located in rural Westfield.

Rick graduated from Lancaster High School in 1960. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He served in the United States Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, from 1964 to 1966.

Rick married Kathleen Holz on Aug. 17, 1968, and married Vicki Zimbric on Jan. 1, 2000.

Rick worked at McKay Nursery in Waterloo for 44 years before retiring in 2007. Family, friends and co-workers will lovingly remember Rick and his zest for life.

He was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Waterloo. As a Jaycee, he was instrumental in building a warming house on the mill pond in Waterloo.

Rick served on the Waterloo City Council and performed in numerous musical roles for Marshall Community Theater.

Every new experience held a fascination for him, whether it be collecting butterflies, coonskin coats and rubber ties for football games (including Badger football games where he and brother Greg proudly wore 1920 raccoon coats) or bicycling, camping, trout fishing, attending Badger football and basketball games, sampling the newest “great brew,” parenting two beautiful daughters and cherishing grandchildren.

Rick is survived by his wife, Vicki; his daughters, Korrin (Richard) Bunce and Cecily (Patrick) Kittridge; their children, Everett and Harrison Kittridge, as well as Matt and Mark (Nicole) Zimbric; his grandchildren, Kelsey Hellenbrand-Zimbric and Phillip D. Zimbric; and his mother-in-law, Fran Zimbric.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Paul A. Knoke Jr.; his sisters, Martha Knoke and Leta Foreyt; his dearest aunt, Glee M. Enright of of Dodgeville; and his sister-in-law, Ruth A. Knoke.

Rick is also survived by his sisters, Laura Molumby of Madison and Carol (Carl) Bender of Lancaster; his brothers, David R. Knoke of Lancaster and Gregory E. Knoke (Janie Jacobson) of Verona; his uncle, Col. Ret. Jamieson H.B. (Barbara) Newell; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, whom Rick loved to delight with unique stories and expressing true interest in their activities and lives. He is also survived by the mother of his daughters, Kathy (Peter) Grunwald. His best friend, Jerry Draeger, shared Rick's adventures of life.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Waterloo with visitation at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

The family requests memorials be made to a college fund Rick established for his grandchildren.

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

Pederson Funeral Home 143 S. Washington St. Waterloo

December 18, 2009

Carl Degner

IXONIA - Carl A. Degner, 91, of Ixonia, passed away at his home on Thursday morning, Dec. 17, 2009.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ixonia with the Rev. Kenneth Ewerdt officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or the charity of one's choice.

Carl was born on Feb. 28, 1918, in the town of Ixonia, son of Alex and Meta (Neitzel) Degner. He married the former Lula R. Schroeder in Eitzen, Minn., on Oct. 21, 1945.

Carl farmed the family homestead all of his life. He loved the farm, and loved even more his Lord and Savior Jesus, his Bible and his Christian family and relatives. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ixonia, where he also served on various boards and committees.

Survivors include four children, Pastor Steven (Susan) Degner of Santa Maria, Calif., Karen (Courtney) Livingston of Watertown, S.D., Pastor Charles (Linda) Degner of St. Peter, Minn., and Roger (Faith) Degner of Ixonia; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Smith of Ixonia and Dorothy Schuett of Watertown; other relatives and friends.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lula, on Jan. 4; and a brother, Melvin.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Rainbow Hospice for the loving care they provided for Carl.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Rosemary Baerwald

IRON RIDGE - Rosemary A. Baerwald, of Iron Ridge, passed away Tues-day, Dec. 15, 2009, at the age of 83 years.

She was born July 31, 1926, in Fox Lake, the daughter of James and Ida (Wendling) Walters. Rose-mary graduated from Fond du Lac Commercial College on June 26, 1946. She liked to garden, enjoyed baking and played the organ at church. She was a past member of the ladies aid and the Dodge County Antique Power Club.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Baerwald, in 1998, and her sister, Elena Qualmann.

She is survived by her sons, Clarence (Debbie) Baerwald of Iron Ridge, Milton Baerwald of Juneau and Russell (Peggy) Baerwald of Hustisford; and her grandchildren, Jessica, Jacob, Ashley, Joshua, Cody and Gabriel Baerwald. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Woodland. A funeral service will follow at the church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. John Bonow II officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church 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

December 16, 2009

Wilfred Freund

HORICON - Wilfred V. Freund, of Horicon, was born to eternal life on Tues-day, Dec. 15, 2009, at Clearview Nursing Home at the age of 88 years.

He was born Sept. 21, 1921, in McHenry, Ill., son of John and Emma (Tonyan) Freund. Wilfred farmed on the family farm in Illinois, then moved to Wisconsin in 1959 and farmed in the Reeseville and Waterloo area for 25 years. He also worked at John Deere for 22 years, until his retirement. Wilfred was on a bowling league in Reeseville and Horicon for many years. He enjoyed fishing in his spare time.

Wilfred is preceded in death by his wife, Florence (Duffy) in 1982, four brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his children, Kenneth Freund of Pennsylvania, Therese Freund-Duffy of North Carolina, Helena (Wayne) Held of Slinger, Karen Freund of North Carolina, Wilfred Freund of Beaver Dam, Kathleen (Ray) Weisensel of Sun Prairie, Robert Freund of Beaver Dam, Marcia (Dana) Carufel of Tennessee, Florence Freund of Florida, Linda Balcerowski of West Allis and Howard Freund of Wisconsin; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Ann (John) Draper of Lake Geneva, Rosemary Young of Williams Bay and Margaret Bryer of Illinois. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday from 10 a.m. until noon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Horicon. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at noon at the church with the Rev. Michael Petrie officiating. Interment will be in St. Malachy Catholic Cemetery.

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

Harry Abendroth

MADISON - Harry E. Abendroth, 93, of Madison, died unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at his home.

He was born Jan. 14, 1916, in Reeseville, son of Emil and Helene (Steindorf) Abendroth, and was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Reeseville. He graduated from Reeseville High in 1933 and attended Colum-bia County Normal School in Columbus, after which taught at Homestead School (1934-35) and a country school near Clyman. He was the youngest member ever elected to the Dodge County Board of Supervisors in 1937, and served until he was drafted in 1941. Harry was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the 103rd Infantry Division from 1941-1946, was the recipient of the Bronze Star, and continued serving in the Army Reserve until 1962.

On June 18, 1944, he married Dorothy Blake at Fort Howze, Texas. After World War II, he continued his education at Lawrence College, receiving a B.A. in geology in 1949, and at the University of Wisconsin in economic geology, receiving his M.A. in economics in 1953. He worked on geological expeditions with Profes-sor Eugene N. Cameron and continued his work with Union Carbide until his retirement in 1978. His geological explorations took him all over the world, including South Africa, Alaska, Chile, India, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Congo. He settled in Madison in 1965 and also maintained the family farm home in Reeseville until 1990s.

Survivors include a nephew, Lee (Linda) Abendroth of Fort Atkinson; two nieces, Karen (Wm.) Roekle of Madison and Kathy (Bill) Rueth of Johnson Creek; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife on July 2, 2004, and his brothers, Reuben and Wallace.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cress Madison-East, 3325 E. Washington, where friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The Lowell Veterans of Foreign Wars will accord military honors at 2:30 p.m. in Reeseville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation for the Department of Geology and Geophysics, 1215 W. Dayton St., Madison, 53706, or the charity of one's choice.

Shirley Bremer

OCONOMOWOC - Shirley Ann Bremer, 73, passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at AngelsGrace Hospice following an extended battle with cancer.

Shirley was born Feb. 10, 1936, daughter of Nell Kubly-Kueng and John Kueng. She graduated from Juda High School in Juda in 1953 and Moraine Park Technical College-Fond du Lac in 1976.

She was a member of Restoration Fellowship Church in Oconomowoc and a former long time member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Monroe. She retired from Advocap Inc. in Fond du Lac as a community services advocate and training facilitator and from the Center for Career Development, Employment and Training at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh as a trainer in 1998.

Shirley is survived by her husband, William Bremer; children, Walter John (Sandy) Rufener and Frederick William (Sandy) Rufener; a brother, Walter “Sonny” John Kueng; grandchildren, Benjamin, Tammy, Shannon, Eric, William and Emily; nieces, nephews, along with many other relatives and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by parents; a daughter, Jean Ann Rufener; brothers, Robert John Kueng and Willis “Nick” Benjamin Kueng; and a sister, Doris Ruther-Mrs. Vincent “Porky” Coyle.

A memorial service will be held on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Restoration Fellowship Church, N72 W39026 Lang Road, Oconomowoc. A private family burial will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home 1165 Summit Ave. Oconomowoc

Mason Novotny

TOMAHAWK - Mason Novotny, 5, 9149 Jenny Lake Road, Tomahawk, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk.

Mason was born Oct. 29, 2004, in Wausau, son of Mark and Teena (Burton) Novotny. He attended Redeemer Learning Center and was a 4K student at the Tomahawk Public School. He enjoyed wrestling with his dad, playing with his sister and rocking with his mom.

Survivors include his parents, Mark and Teena Novotny of Tomahawk; his sister, Sydney Novotny, at home; maternal grandparents, Charles Burton of Arizona, Terry Higgins of Tomahawk and Andy Melquist of Tomahawk; paternal grandparents, Mary (Rick) Plenkers of Watertown and John (Lorrie) Novotny III of Tomahawk; his maternal great-grandmother, Louise Burton of Tomahawk; and his paternal great-grandparents, Barbara Albers and John (Margaret) Novotny Jr., both of Watertown. Mason is further survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mason Novotny will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tomahawk with Father John Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends at the Krueger Family Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. A parish vigil service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Tomahawk.

View the obituary and send online condolences at http://www.kruegerfamilyfuneral.com">www.kruegerfamilyfuneral.com.

Krueger & Sons Funeral Home 101 N. Second St. Tomahawk

December 15, 2009

Mark Hamann

REESEVILLE - Mark W. Hamann, 53, of Reeseville, died on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at UW Hospital in Madison from injuries sustained in a farming accident.

The visitation will be at New Life Pentecostal Church in Beaver Dam today from 9 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will follow at the church today at 11 a.m. with the Rev. James Derber officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Reeseville and lunch will follow at the Reeseville Com-munity Center.

Mark William Hamann was born on Feb. 18, 1956, in Beaver Dam, son of Melvin and Vivian (Roggen-bauer) Hamann. He was a 1975 graduate of Waterloo High School. On Sept. 25, 1976, Mark was united in marriage with Sharon Renn-hack in Illinois. He farmed on his father's dairy farm in the Reeseville area for more than 30 years and for the past two years, Mark cash crop farmed with his son.

Mark is survived by his wife, Sharon, Reeseville; children, Thomas (Erin) Hamann, Reeseville, and Beth (Kenneth) Eckert, Beaver Dam; grandchildren, Tristen, Ethan and Aidan “Dark Gator” Hamann and Noah and Faith Eckert; parents, Melvin and Vivian Hamann of Reeseville; parents-in-law, Howard and Marian Rennhack Sr., Humbird; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mike and Bev Rennhack, Liz Lease, Pete (fiancée, Sandy) Rennhack, Vicki and Scott Zimmermann, Howard “Happy” Rennhack Jr., Jeff (fiancée, Diane) Rennhack, and Roy and Julie Ren-nhack; his best friend, George Miescher; favorite cat, Spat; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives, many friends and helpful neighbors.

Mark was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Melvin Hamann, in 1991.

Memorials to the family are appreciated.

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

www.MurrayFH.com.

Murray Funeral Home 131 E. Maple St. Beaver Dam

December 14, 2009

Linda Hurtubise

Linda K. Hurtubise, 64, of Watertown, passed away at her home on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Water-town with the Rev. John Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Muskegon, Mich.

A visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials, in Linda's name, may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The former Linda Kay Grevel was born on July 10, 1945, in Muskegon, Mich., daughter of Clarence and Christine (Zylman) Grevel. She married Norman Hurtubise in Muskegon on Aug. 17, 1966. Linda was a member of First Congrega-tional United Church of Christ. She enjoyed her grandchildren very much. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading and shopping.

Survivors include her husband, Norman Hurtubise of Watertown; a daughter, Kay (Alfonso) Pena of Hanover Park, Ill.; a son, Mark (Debra) Hurtubise of Orlando, Fla.; three grandchildren, Hunter Hurtubise, Carlos Pena and Jennifer Pena; three sisters, Janis (Dave) Bush, Christine (Terry) Jannenga and Barbara (Gary) Rakestraw, all of Muskegon; three brothers, Gilbert Grevel, Gordon Grevel and David (Tammy) Grevel, all of Muskegon; as well as 13 nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Jessica.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

December 12, 2009

Walter E. Stewart

Walter E. Stewart, 77, of Watertown, passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at UW-Hospital in Madison.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown, with Father Brian Wilk officiating. Burial, with military graveside rites being conducted by the Juneau American Legion Post No. 15, will be in St. Henry Catholic Cemetery in Watertown. Memorials may be directed to St. Henry Catholic Church.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the Hafemeister Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass. The Watertown Moose Lodge No. 830 will hold a service at the funeral home on Monday evening at 8 p.m.

Walter Edward was born in Ridgeway on Dec. 10, 1932, son of Walter E. and Flora (Haskins) Stewart Sr. He served in the United States Army from October of 1951 to August of 1954, during the Korean War. On Oct. 6, 1956, Walter married the former Loretta Ann Heiden at St. Henry Catholic Church Parsonage. Loretta preceded him in death on Oct. 23, 2007.

Walter had been employed at Waukesha Engine Dresser Inc. from 1955 to 1997, retiring after 42 years of employment. He was a member of the Machinist Union. Walter was also a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, the Juneau American Legion Post No. 15 and the Watertown Moose Lodge No. 830, both since 1962. Walter had served as past governor for the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, puzzles, gambling and going for walks.

Survivors include his son, John (Carol) Stewart of Watertown; three daughters, Sarah (Mike) Walter of Johnson Creek; Sally (Richard) Rumary of Watertown; Sandra (Brian) Steffen of Watertown; twelve grandchildren, Pam (Lee) Schuhmacher, Nick (Mandy) Walter, Adam (Heather) Walter, Tony (Jenny) Walter, Brad (Kristi) Walter, Jacki Rumary, Alex Rumary, Allen (Michelle) Stewart, Rebecca Stewart, Robert Stewart, Stacey Stewart, Jenn (Zach) McCory; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Janice Appenfeldt and Geneva Stewart, both of Watertown, other relatives and friends.

Walter was also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Janet Stewart and two brothers, David and Dale Stewart.

Our father lived his life for his family. He worked hard as a young man to provide. When he retired, he became very close to his children and grandchildren. To the great-grandchildren, he was “papa hey hey” and they all loved him. We will miss him on our summer fishing trips and in all the little ways he touched our lives. We will always be grateful for the loving example he set. The Lord took him home to be with our mother.

Hafemeister Funeral Home

611 E. Main St., Watertown

December 11, 2009

James L. Walker

James L. Walker, 87, of Watertown, passed from this life on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown.

James Lyman Walker was born June 10, 1922, in Wyalusing, Pa. He was the sixth of seven children, born to Lyman and Luella (Boyd) Walker.

He graduated from Camptown High School. Following graduation he served his nation for three years in the Army Airways Communication System. This included 19 months in India during World War II. He was honorably discharged from the Army on Oct. 5, 1945.

While in the service he married Gwendolyn Rogers on Dec. 24, 1943. He adopted Gwen's son, Dennis. He was blessed with five sons, James Jr., Donald, John, Richard and Dale during their marriage. James and Gwendolyn divorced in 1984. James then married Doris Gray in 1986.

James worked as an auto mechanic for three years and farmed for 15 years in the Lodi and Sun Prairie areas. He was also a mechanic at the Gisholt Machine Co. in Madison for seven years and retired as a building supervisor after 15 years at the Methodist Hospital Retirement Center in Madison.

James and Doris then moved to Sebring, Fla., where they became members of the Heartland Christian Church. Following the death of Doris in November of 2007, James moved back to Watertown to live near his son, John.

James was very proud of his sons. He valued any amount of time spent with family, whether it was 10 minutes or four days. He was an avid bowler, golfer and played guitar in an old time music band in Sebring.

He is survived by his sons and their families: James Jr. of King George, Va., Donald (Jeanette) of Stoughton, John (Jean) of Watertown, Richard (Mary Alice) of McKinney, Texas, and Dale (Helen) of Wichita, Kan.

There will be a memorial service honoring James' life in June of 2010. A private family burial service will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Lodi at a later date.

Memorials may be made to local food pantries to help those in need. Thank you to the staff at Swifthaven and Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown for their loving care. Special thanks also to Angie and her team at Marquardt Hospice Care.

Dad, we love you. It was our privilege to take care you the past two years. You will be greatly missed. Your laughter will live on in Jeffrey.

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

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

December 9, 2009

Wilma D. Wiedenhoeft

Wilma D. Wiedenhoeft, 92, of Watertown, entered her eternal life on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at 6 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ixonia with Rev. Kenneth Ewerdt officiating. Burial will be at the Ixonia Lutheran Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be directed to the church or to the charity of ones choice.

Wilma was born on May 1, 1917, in the town of Concord to William and Dora (Rickman) Pagel. She married Carl W. Wiedenhoeft on June 10, 1945 in Sullivan. He preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1996. She and Carl farmed in Watertown until retirement.

Wilma was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ixonia, was active in the St. Paul's Ladies Aid and Altar Guild, Lakeside Lutheran High School Ladies' Guild, and Ixonia Victory 4-H Club. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her two children: Howard (Lois) Wiedenhoeft, and Nancy (John) Schmoller both of Watertown; five grandchildren: Lisa (Adam) Small of Watertown, Laura (Shannon) Evans of Las Vegas, Nev., Michael Wiedenhoeft of Watertown, John Matthew (Shelly) Schmoller of Madison, and Nicolas (Katherine) Schmoller of Thiensville; six great-grandchildren: Oliver, Elliott, Lily Small, Madeline, Katelyn Evans, Mia Schmoller; and one sister Edith Lindemann of Pewaukee; along with other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Carl, three sisters: Margaret Johnston, Helen Rhodee, Doris Holzhueter; and one brother Robert Pagel.

The family would like to thank the Marquradt Manor staff and Marquardt Hospice staff for the love and care that they showed to Wilma during her stay.

“Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” - Revelation 2:10

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St., Watertown

Frances Kuehn

Frances “Fritz” H. Kuehn, 90, of Jefferson, passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2009.

He was born Jan. 25, 1919, in Lake Mills, son of the late Charles and Alma (Heble) Kuehn.

He married Ruth Griese on Oct. 20, 1951, in Chicago, Ill. She preceded him in death on Sept. 26, 2009.

Fritz had been employed at Schweiger Industries and he was retired from the Jefferson County Highway Department.

He served in the United States Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 164 - Reinhardt-Windl.

He is survived by nieces, Diane (Robert) Gilpatrick of Florida, Eileen Kuehn of Madison, Christine (John) Schrank of Reedsburg, Kathleen (Randy) Miller of Jefferson and Janet Wickersham of Waukesha; nephews, James (Bunny) Kuehn of Jefferson, Dan (Karen) Mittag of Fall Creek and Mark (Joan) Mittag of Fort Atkinson; many great-nieces, and -nephews, other relatives and many friends; and special friends, Lynn and Carol Wilke.

He is preceded in death by four brothers, Merlin, Harlan, Maynard and Charles; nephew Charles Kuehn; and niece Marika Mittag.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday at the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson with the Rev. Thomas Coyle officiating. Military honors will also be held at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the St. Luke's Lutheran Cemetery in Rome.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.

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

Marcella Werner

LAKE MILLS - Marcella M. Werner, 81, of Lake Mills, died on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at the Willowbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Mills.

She was born on Nov. 29, 1928 in Fort Atkinson, the daughter of the late Lester and Marie (Krueger) Schoeller.

Marcella married Orby Goderstad in 1949, and later married Howard R. Werner of Lake Mills in January of 1973.

Marcella worked as a CNA for Countryside Nursing Home for a number of years before advancing her career in nursing. She received her LPN license from Madison Area Technical College in December 1979. She retired from Countryside Nursing Home in Jefferson in 1991.

Marcella enjoyed fishing, especially on Lake Michigan and antique shopping. She had many animals in her life and her ability to rescue those in need was a special gift of hers. She had a passion of keeping her flower garden in beautiful bloom, which all of us named “Marcy's Follie.” A past time favorite for Marcy, was telling great fisherman stories and stories about things in Lake Mills history.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Goderstad of Cambridge; stepchildren, Tim (Karen) Werner of Buncombe, Ill.: Mike (Cherie) Werner of Leaf River, Ill.; Jolie Foelker of Blanchard, Okla.; grandchildren, Jessica Oswald of Madison; Cheryl Mierendorf of Jefferson; Scott Bleeker of Fort Atkinson; step-grandchilren, Krista (Samir) Velarde of Carterville, Ill.; Eric (Stacia) Werner of Philadelphia, Pa.; Shahla (Andy) Weidert of Madison; Abagail Foelker of Jefferson; Stehanie Foelker of Grafton; one great-grandchild and three step-great-grandchildren; special nephew, Gene (Kris) Weide of Lake Mills; special friend, Pat Werner, of Watertown; other nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Howard R. Werner; a daughter, Christine Mierendorf; twin sisters, June Anderson and Joy Weide; and her first husband, Orby Goderstad.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Claussen Funeral Home, Lake Mills, with Pastor Don Seeman officiating.

Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

Lucile Digman

Lucile Digman, of Milwaukee, formerly of Watertown, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009.

She was born on Nov. 8, 1924, daughter of Albert M. and Ida (Krueger) Kropf. She attended River Road School and graduated from Johnson Creek High School in 1944. On Oct. 20, 1962, she was married to Lawrence Digman.

She is survived by her husband; her brother, Donald (Gwen) Kropf; and a sister, Arlene Kropf; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Merlin

December 8, 2009

Edward Young

OCONOMOWOC - Edward Young, 68, of Oconomowoc, died on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009.

Edward is survived by wife, Doral (Merrill); children, Scott (Dorothy) Young, Jeffrey Young, Debra (Jamie) Heintz and Tammy (Dean) Rettschlag; one brother; four sisters; grandchildren, Timothy, Greggory, Aysha, Matthew, DeAnna, Sierra, Amber and Carleigh; great-grandchildren, Tristan and Xander.

Also survived by many others relatives and friends.

Edward was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. The memorial date will be determined at a later date.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home 1165 Summit Ave. Oconomowoc

Lois Emanuel

Lois Ione Emanuel, 84, of Beaver Dam, passed on to her eternal rest and to a reunion with her loving husband, Bill, and son, Jay, on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009.

Lois was born in Appleton on Jan. 28, 1925, the daughter of Harm Edward and Serena Ann (Schabow) Tornow. Lois was both baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Appleton. On Aug. 6, 1949, William Henry “Bill” Emanuel and Lois Ann Tornow were married in the same church.

A graduate of both Appleton High School and Appleton Business College, she worked for the Wisconsin Telephone Company for eight years prior to her marriage. She became a loving wife and mother to two sons, Jeff and Jay, and in time, became a grandmother and great-grandmother as well.

Lois was a “stay-at-home” mom until both boys were in school, whereupon she resumed her professional career, holding positions in three Wisconsin school districts - Juneau, Cambria-Friesland and Mercer - alongside her husband Bill, a teacher, principal and superintendent.

When Bill's career dictated a move to Iowa, Lois took a part time job with Manpower in Des Moines in order to have free time for summer vacations at their beloved lake home in the Mercer Northwoods.

Although Manpower's assignments can be varied, she was often requested by and served at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in four different divisions: Radiation Therapy, Internal Medicine, Rehab and the Administrative office. In 1982, Lois was selected from hundreds of employees to be Manpower Secretary of the Year, and was honored at a banquet held on the top of Parker Pen skyscraper in Des Moines, the parent company of Manpower.

From September 1983 until her retirement in 1991, she wore several hats at the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce as administrative assistant to the manager of small business, vice president of community affairs and later as affiliate manager, which coordinates functions of all satellite chambers in the metro area, about eight in all.

Lois' community service included stints as TB/Christmas Seals president and as secretarial assistant to the fire department, PTA and Lioness Club. She was a regular volunteer at the Historical Museum of Mercer, and crocheted/knitted more than 350 lap robes for veterans in state homes.

Lois was a life member of VFW Post 7852 and was active in the “40 et 8” in Dodge County, but was most active in the Ladies' Auxiliary of American Legion Post 15 in Juneau. She served as president of the unit and was a member of the Past Presidents' Club.

She also served as treasurer of her post and as treasurer for the Auxiliary Second District. In 1999, Juneau Post 15 recognized her long volunteer service to veterans by dedicating in her honor a lighted outdoor sign to mark the location of their new clubhouse on East Oak Street. In between times, she still found time to lend free secretarial assistance to the Lions, Kiwanis, Wisconsin Veterans Council, Veterans Education Com-mittee and the American Legion.

Upon their retirement, Lois and Bill returned to Mercer and spent three seasons per year on the lake, while hosting and entertaining scores of their friends and guests from a dozen states and several foreign countries. Their hospitality was legendary and their guest book entries were good reading in themselves.

Winters were spent touring the USA in “Harmena” a Winnebago RV named for her parents, Harm and Serena, with a special love for winter in Texas. Even after health issues sidelined their RV, they continued to winter in Mercedes, Texas, near Brownsville.

When the lawns and gardens and other upkeep of several acres became too much, the lake home was traded in for a doublewide home south of Beaver Dam, where Lois lived since 2005. Lois then rejoined the congregation of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Juneau, having also been a member during her residence in Juneau from 1956 to 1966.

Lois is survived by her son, Jeff (Shelly); grandson, Mitchell (Heather); granddaughter, Alysha (Scott); and great-grandson, Degan. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her son, Jay; her parents; and her brother, Lowell Tornow.

Visitation will be held Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Juneau with the Rev. Paul Schupmann officiating. A funeral service will follow at the church at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Juneau City Cemetery.

Afterward, a celebration of Lois' life will be hosted by the American Legion Post 15 and the Ladies Auxiliary at their clubhouse on East Oak Street. Come on over, Lois is buying one last round.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the family.

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

December 7, 2009

Mary Miller

CAMBRIDGE - Mary A. Miller, 95, Cambridge, pass-ed away on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Fort Memorial Hospital.

Mary was born on Dec. 13, 1913, in Ispitch, S.D., the daughter of James and Dora (Northway) Wickware. She married Palmer Miller and he preceded her in death. Mary had been employed at Schultz Brothers in Oconomowoc for many years.

Survivors include a son, Larry Miller of Watertown; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother; one sister; and other relatives and friends. She was further preceded in death by a son, Bob Miller; a granddaughter; and two sisters.

A family gathering has been held in her memory. Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family.

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

Kathleen Hoffman

Kathleen Karen Hoffman, 63, of Helenville, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kathleen was born on May 17, 1946, in Watertown, the daughter of George and Delia (Mack) Parks.

Kathleen grew up in Oconomowoc with her sister Janet, attending Ocono-mowoc High School before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing as a licensed practical nurse.

Kathleen married Larry Hoffman on Oct. 22, 1966, in Oconomowoc.

Together they raised two children, Jeffery (Kendra) Hoffman of Minneapolis, Minn., and Jennifer (Jon) Strangstalien of Holmen. After working as a nurse at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital for over 20 years, she left to become vice president and part owner of Legacy Custom Furniture.

Kathleen was an active participant in her church, First Congregational United Church of Christ, and enjoyed the fellowship of the many friends and activities that grew from there. She loved gardening and landscape design, was an avid decorator with unparalleled style, and loved playing with her five grandchildren. Kathleen was a world traveler and loved the experience of cruising and exploring the cultures of other countries.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Larry; her mother, Delia (John) Matt-ison; her children, Jeffery and Jennifer; her sister, Janet; five grandchildren, Garrett, Sawyer and Ella Hoffman, and Kennedy and Emersen Strangstalien; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews, all of which brought great joy to her life.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her father, George, and her infant son, Todd.

Friends may visit Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon, all at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 815 S. Concord Road, Oconomowoc. Memorials may be offered to the church in Kathleen's name. A Web site has been created in honor of Kathleen at

http://kathleen.hoffmanhome.com/">http://kathleen.hoffmanhome.com/.

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

Joel T. Cahoon

REESEVILLE - Joel T. Cahoon, 53, of Reeseville, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Visitation for Joel will be at the Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. This will be the only visitation. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Reeseville Community Center where family and friends will gather prior to services. Reverend Clint A. Burow will officiate. A luncheon will follow the services and will also be held at the Reeseville Community Center.

Joel Thomas Cahoon was born on Dec. 28, 1955, in Watertown, to Russell and Luella (Kennedy) Cahoon. He graduated from Dodge-land High School in 1974 and went to the technical school in Waukesha to learn the tool and die trade. Joel was part owner of A-OK Industries, Inc., where he worked for the past 35 years. He was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt, fish and ride his ATV. He was a member of the Pumpkin Center Sportsmen's Club.

Survivors include his three children, Danelle Rae (Robby) Routhier of Sum-mersville, S.C, Melissa Marie Cahoon of Waterloo, and James Russell Cahoon of Waterloo; two grandchildren, Tiernan and Tristan Routhier; his mother, Luella Cahoon of Reeseville; two brothers, Daniel (Jeanette) Cahoon of Sonnette, Mont., and Timothy Cahoon of Waterloo; his friend and former wife, Debra Cahoon of Waterloo; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Joel was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

The family suggests that memorials be made in Joel's name to the Pumpkin Center Sportsmen's Club.

The Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville is serving the family. To leave condolences, for directions and other information, please visit our website at http://www.MurrayFH.com">www.MurrayFH.com.

Murray Funeral Home 214 S. Main St. Reeseville

Albertina Rowoldt

Albertina Rowoldt, 96, died on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Highland House in Waterloo.

The former Albertina Schmidt was born May 26, 1913, in the town of Milford, Watertown, to Fred and Amelia Fentzlaff Schmidt. She attended the Fair View Country School in the town of Milford.

She married Clarence “Butch” Rowoldt on July 13, 1936, in Woodstock, Ill. They were married for 63 years before he preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 2000. She and her husband, Butch, owned, operated and worked together in the Hubbleton Garage for 40 years before retiring to Mission, Texas, in 1978. She returned to Watertown in June of 2007 to be near her family.

She is survived by a daughter, Shirley (Kenneth) Deans of Waterloo; a son, Fredrick of Watertown; a granddaughter, Sheryl (Jeff) Remy of Cottage Grove; a great-granddaughter, Rachel Remy; twin great-grandsons, Matthew and Michael Remy of Cottage Grove; cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was the last surviving member of her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a brother, Herman Schmidt; sisters, Mamie Rieck, Elsie Schumacher, Lorena Kasten and Lydia Schulz.

Albertina was a former member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown. Private burial services will be held. Memorials may be donated to Rainbow Hospice, Jefferson, or to the charity of one's choice.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

December 5, 2009

Walter Hamshire

MARSHALL - Walter J. Hamshire, 97, passed away on Thursday Dec. 3, 2009, at his home.

Walter was born on Aug. 29, 1912, in Marshall, the son of John and Catherine (Kohout) Hamshire.

On Oct. 10, 1936, he married the former, Catherine Feuling, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 25, 2006.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Walter had been employed by the Dane County Highway Department. He was a member of St. Mary Of The Nativity Catholic Church in Marshall, the Catholic Order Of Forresters and the Marshall American Legion for over 60 years.

Walter loved to read, garden and he was a skilled woodworker. He was an avid Notre Dame, Green Bay Packer and Milwaukee Brewer fan.

Survivors include many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, other relatives and friends. He is further preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Mary Johnson, Ella Fullert and Catherine Woerpel and a brother, William Hamshire.

A mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marshall with Father Michael Radowitz celebrating.

Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Family and friends may call on Monday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church. Memorials to the church or the Marshall American Legion, would be appreciated.

Hart-Vick Funeral Home of Marshall is serving the family.

Hart-Vick Funeral Home 107 S. Beebe St. Marshall

Lawrence Peterson

Lawrence J. Peterson, 55, of Watertown, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at home following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Bethesda Lutheran Home in Water-town with the Rev. Michael Schempf officiating. Burial will be in Winneconne Village Cemetery, Winne-conne.

Visitation is in the chapel on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

The family will receive friends at 312 W. Main St., Winneconne, on Monday after 3 p.m.

The Pederson Funeral Home is serving the family.

Lawrence was born June 8, 1954, in Neenah, son of Wilford and Adeline (Johnson) Peterson. He worked at Bethesda Lutheran Home in day services. He loved to play pranks. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Winneconne.

Surviving are his mother, Adeline Peterson of Winneconne; a sister, Patti (Gary) Herlache of Winneconne; a nephew, Jonathan Herlache of Oshkosh; and a niece, Anne Herlache of Winneconne.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wilford.

A special thank you to all of Larry's caregivers and Rainbow Hospice.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Harry Smith

EUFAULA, Okla. - Harry Lacey Smith, 73, of Eufaula, Okla., passed away Tues-day, Dec. 1, 2009, at the Muskogee VA Hospital.

Harry was born on April 1, 1936, in Eau Claire, Wis., son of Harry Dale and Hazel Viola (Dimmick) Smith. He attended school at Milford, Ill., and later received his associates degree.

On Jan. 5, 1955, Harry enlisted in the United States Army. While serving his country he received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and an award as a Sharpshooter in rifles and an Expert Award on the Carbine. Harry was honorably discharged Oct. 10, 1963.

Harry married Kathleen “Kathy” Inez Thomaschaske in Woodstock, Ill. She preceded him in death on June 4, 2008.

Harry worked for General Motors for 27 years. He was a member of the Eufaula First United Methodist Church and an active member of Eufaula Masonic Lodge No. 1.

Survivors include his daughters, Cheryl Lee Szczytko of Caledonia Mich., and Brenda Kay Edger of Hastings, Mich.; his brothers, Roger Paul Smith of Indiana and Jeffery Owen Smith of Oklahoma; his sisters, Patricia (Richard) Taylor of Newaygo, Mich., Rosann (Joseph) Starr of Las Vegas, Nev., Staci Marie McKerroll of Grand Haven, Mich., and Charlotte Ann Collar of Arizona; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Elmer Lee Smith.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at the Pederson Funeral Home in Watertown, Wis., with the Rev. Terry Larson officiating. Burial will follow in Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia.

Visitation will be held Monday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Pederson Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

December 3, 2009

Gail E. Mundy

Gail E. Mundy, 53, of Watertown, passed away Wednesday evening, Dec. 2, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. John Kennedy of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown officiating. Burial will be in Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia.

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

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

The former Gail Eunice Baumann was born in Watertown on Feb. 2, 1956, daughter of Richard and Helen (Roehl) Baumann. On July 26, 1975, she married Charles Mundy at Christ United Methodist Church in Watertown. He preceded her in death on May 4, 2001.

Gail was a 1974 graduate of Watertown High School. She had been employed for the Watertown School District for many years in the dietary department. Gail co-owned the Widowhood-Life After Death Web site and assisted many widows and widowers. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and volunteered at their school in the holiday store.

Gail was also an avid computer user and enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Survivors include her daughters, Jessica (Chris) Matz and Jayme (Robert) Jenkins, both of Watertown; her parents, Richard and Helen Baumann of Moun-tain; eight grandchildren, Ricky Mundy, Jara Mundy, Cameron Matz, Brandon Miller, Shylar Mundy, Ashton Mundy, Jailyn Jenkins, Ryan Jenkins; a brother, Gary Baumann of Mountain; as well as other relatives and friends.

Gail was also preceded in death by a brother, Ricky Baumann, and her mother-in-law, Leona Mundy.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Elisabeth Roekle

JEFFERSON - Elisabeth “Betty” E. Roekle, 95, of Jefferson, died on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Meriter Hospital in Madison.

She was born in Jefferson on July 15, 1914, daughter of J. William and Maria (Reck) Robisch. She married Waldemar “Shorty” Roekle on Nov. 21, 1940, in Jefferson. He preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 1995.

Elisabeth graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., with a degree in teaching. She taught kindergarten at St. John's Lutheran School in Jefferson for many years. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson, active in the church choir, Eunice Society, Lakeside Lutheran Ladies Guild, and was the “Button Lady” at Twice as Nice for numerous years.

Elisabeth, her family and husband owned and operated Robisch Hardware in Jefferson for many years.

She is survived by one son, William (Karen) Roekle of Madison; one daughter, Lois (Lyle) Sonntag of Sacramento, Calif.; two granddaughters, Deborah (Jon) Rockhoff and Kristine (Jerry) Schwartz; five grandsons, Daniel (Ellie) Roekle, Marc (Mary Jane) Sonntag, Jonathan, Timothy and Matthew (Deborah) Sonn-tag; great-grandchildren, Thomas Rockhoff, Nathan, Aaron and Adam Schwartz, Carter and Kylie Roekle, Stacie, Brandon, Edison, Lincoln, Allegra, Jade and Brittney Sonntag; one brother, William (Viola) Robisch; other relatives and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Martha Robish; and two brothers, Phillip and Theodore Robisch.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jeffer-son with the Rev. Mark O. Bartsch officiating. Burial will be in Christberg Cemetery in Jefferson.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. Saturday at the church until the time of the service.

The family requests memorials to Lakeside Lutheran School, St. John's Lutheran Church or St. John's Lutheran School.

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

She followed the pattern of Anna of Old, loving and following her savior, who loved her.

Olsen Funeral Home 221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson

December 2, 2009

Gertrude Kohlhoff

Gertrude I. Kohlhoff, 91, of Watertown, passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. John Boehringer officiating. Burial will be in Ixonia Lutheran Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Thursday from noon until the time of the service.

Memorials may be directed to the church or the charity of one's choice.

Gertrude Irene was born on Oct. 1, 1918, in Clyman, daughter of Ferdinand and Anna (Eicksteadt) Kohlhoff. She had been employed at the former Mid-State Shoe Factory in Watertown and at Eagle Mills in Milwaukee. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown.

Gertrude loved reading about the news and would read each and every section of the newspaper. She also enjoyed fishing and playing cards.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Irene Kohlhoff of Clyman, and 17 nieces and nephews.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters, Alma, Esther, Hilda and Erna Kohlhoff, Edna Heinzelmann and Lillian Schultz; four brothers, William, John, Elmer and George Kohlhoff; two brothers-in-law, Aaron Heinzelmann and Herman Schultz; and two sisters-in-law, Gladys Kohlhoff and Gertrude Kohlhoff.

A special thank you to Aunt Gert's Girls at Marquardt Memorial Manor and to Marquardt Hospice for taking such good care of Gert. She felt like she was at home when she was with you.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Ruth Duesterhoeft

HELENVILLE - Ruth Viola Duesterhoeft, 94, of Helenville, died on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at her home in Helenville.

She was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Aug. 1, 1915, daughter of Edward A. and Ramona (Weber) Thingstad. She married Elmer Duesterhoeft on Aug. 27, 1941, in Madison. He preceded her in death on May 4, 2001.

Teaching had a special place in Ruth's heart. She loved her students and always worried that she hadn't done enough to prepare them. Ruth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a two-year teaching degree in 1936 and completed a bachelor of arts degree in education in 1960. Her first teaching position was in a one-room school where her duties included building a fire and shoveling snow for pretty meager pay. Over the years, the schools got bigger, her duties became more student focused, and parity in women's pay improved.

Ruth taught at elementary schools in Bussyville, St. Peter's School in Helenville, Woodside School in John-son Creek, Golden Lake School, Rome and then Sullivan Elementary School. She also taught and directed the CESA 18 Migrant school (located in Rome) for 15 years. She was acting principal for the Sullivan School District for a period of time before retiring in 1980.

When she retired after 38 years she was teaching some of her first students' grandchildren. In recent years, it was not unusual for her to be approached in public by gray-haired seniors or child-toting 30-somethings gushing about how she was their “favorite third-grade teacher.” She was always amazed that they recognized her after so many years. She couldn't always place their face (time makes some pretty big changes to a third-grader's face), but she always remembered their names and something special about them. She saved boxes full of her students' photos, cards and notes, faded newspaper clippings and a box stuffed with costume jewelry, trinkets and little bottles of perfume that she received from her students as gifts.

She was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helenville and enjoyed Pastor Hoff's regular visits when it became more difficult for her to get around.

She is survived by her two sons, Ernest (Eda) Duesterhoeft of Helenville and Edward (Betty) Duesterhoeft of New Glarus; two granddaughters, Yvonne and Sarah Duesterhoeft; three grandsons, John (Lucie) Duesterhoeft and Ben (Sue) and Dan Bedward; two great-granddaughters, Adaline and Evelyn; one sister, Ramona Soehnlein of Raleigh, N.C.; two nephews, Michael (Jeanne) Soehnlein of Raleigh and Peder (Jean) Moren of Madison; four nieces, Kathy (Ron) Ennis, Linda (Joe) Woolever and Roberta (Ron) Pearson, all of Wisconsin, and Cheri (Pat) Crowley of Minnesota.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, John; and two sisters, Anne Crowley and Esther Moren.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson with Pastor Lance A. Hoff officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Jefferson.

Friends are invited to join the family in celebration of “Mrs. D's” life from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home until the time of the services.

Olsen Funeral Home 221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson

Leonore Lenth

SHABBONA, Ill. - Leo-nore R. Lenth, 91, of Shab-bona, a former resident of Neenah, Wis., Minocqua, Wis., and Watertown, Wis., passed away at Shabbona Health Care Center in Illinois on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Water-town on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. with Father Brian Wilk presiding. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

A visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

Memorials may be directed to St. Bernard's Catholic Church.

The former Leonore R. Wagner was born in Chi-cago on Dec. 23, 1917, daughter of Walter and Ger-trude (Kongorski) Wagner. She married Robert Lenth on Feb. 10, 1945, in Chi-cago. He preceded her in death on June 15, 2002.

Leonore had been employed at AMA from 1938 to 1943 and Replogle Globes in Illinois from 1943 to 1947, then later at Doc-tors Clinic in Neenah as an administrative assistant and at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Wis., as an admitting clerk. She had been a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Menasha, Wis., and was currently a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Watertown.

The most important part of Leonore's life was caring for her family. She was an excellent cook and baker and enjoyed bird watching.

She is survived by a son, Michael (Margaret) Lenth of Two Rivers, Wis.; a daughter, Mary (Gary) Braun of Sycamore; five grandchildren, Barbara (Eric) Speck, Sarah (Dwayne) Payton, Errica Braun, Jennifer Braun and Nicole Braun; a great-grandson, Evan Russell; other relatives and friends.

Leonore was also preceded in death by her parents and a twin brother, Walter Wagner.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Gregory Strese

PHOENIX - Gregory A. Strese, 37, of Phoenix, formerly of Jefferson, Wis., died on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at his home.

He was born on Sept. 18, 1972, in Fort Atkinson, Wis., son of Gary and Mary (Vesper) Strese. He was employed as a warehouse manager at Horizon Van Lines in the Phoenix area. His children and family were a priority in his life.

He is survived by his children, Mariah and Katrina Strese, both of Edgerton, Wis., and Justin Strese of Lake Mills, Wis.; his mother, Mary (Allen) Fadroski of Jefferson; his siblings, Brenda Birkrem of Cam-bridge, Wis., Brad (Kelli) Strese of Fort Atkinson, Sean (Tanya) Strese of Fort Atkinson and Chelsey Fadroski of San Diego, Calif.; one niece, Stephanie Birkrem; four nephews, Weston, Carson, Dylan and Caleb Strese; his girlfriend, Karen Keimel of Arizona; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Strese, and his grandparents.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Comstock officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Cemetery in Johnson Creek.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Olsen Funeral Home in Jefferson.

The family requests memorials be given in Greg's name to a trust fund being set up for his children.

Olsen Funeral Home 221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson

December 1, 2009

Gertrude Kohlhoff

Gertrude I. Kohlhoff, 91, of Watertown, passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. John Boehringer officiating. Burial will be in Ixonia Lutheran Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Thursday from noon until the time of the service.

Memorials may be directed to the church or the charity of one's choice.

Gertrude Irene was born on Oct. 1, 1918, in Clyman, daughter of Ferdinand and Anna (Eicksteadt) Kohlhoff. She had been employed at the former Mid-State Shoe Factory in Watertown and at Eagle Mills in Milwaukee. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown.

Gertrude loved reading about the news and would read each and every section of the newspaper. She also enjoyed fishing and playing cards.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Irene Kohlhoff of Clyman, and 17 nieces and nephews.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters, Alma, Esther, Hilda and Erna Kohlhoff, Edna Heinzelmann and Lillian Schultz; four brothers, William, John, Elmer and George Kohlhoff; and a brother-in-law, Herman Schultz.

A special thank you to Aunt Gert's Girls at Marquardt Memorial Manor and to Marquardt Hospice for taking such good care of Gert. She felt like she was at home when she was with you.

Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Rosa Calvillo

CAMBRIDGE - Rosa “Rosebud” Rodriguez Cal-villo, 70, of Cambridge, beloved mother and grandmother, found peace and eternal life surrounded by the love of her children on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

She was born on Oct. 5, 1939, in Sugarland, Texas, daughter of the late Jose Angel Rodriguez and Rita Santana. Rosa was a dedicated employee at Schweiger Industries for 18 years and retired from Master Mold Inc. in 2004.

Some of the hobbies Rosa enjoyed were word search puzzles, playing bingo and watching NASCAR. She also enjoyed dancing, listening to music and watching her favorite “soapies” soap operas.

Rosa was a fine cook and famous for her signature homemade tortillas. She loved spending time with her family and took delight in attending her grandchildren's sporting events of baseball, softball, football, basketball, soccer, wrestling and cheerleading. She was their No. 1 fan.

Rosa was a wonderful mother to her children who will miss her being a part of their lives.

She is survived by daughters, Annette Calvillo of Cambridge and Bernadette Calvillo of Cambridge; a son, Christopher Calvillo of Elkhorn; three sisters; one brother; other family and friends; and her grandchildren, Kayleigh and Michael Eaton, Brenden, Ashlynn and Rose Jarlsberg, and Alyssa, Caitlan, Kenzie and Mylee Calvillo.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

A Mass of a Christian burial will be held at noon on Thursday at St. John the Baptist Church, 324 E. North St., Jefferson, with the Rev. Thomas Coyle officiating. Burial will be in the St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Calvillo Family Burial Fund, in care of Cambridge State Bank, P.O. Box 48, Cambridge 53523.

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

Lenore Borchardt

FENNIMORE - Lenore F. Borchardt, 79, of Platteville, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at the Southwest Health Center in Platteville.

Lenore was born Feb. 15, 1930, in West Allis, daughter of Raymond and Florence (Steinbarth) Noe. She married Wallace A. Borchardt on May 8, 1948, in Richwood.

Survivors include three daughters, Valerie Borchardt and special friend, Dan Haskamp of Fennimore, Lisa and Tony Rutkowski of Fennimore and Annette (John) Reilly of Edgerton; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Geri Booth of Beaver Dam; a brother, Paul Noe of Reeseville; and a sister-in-law, Jean Noe of South Elgin, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wallace A. Borchardt on May 24, 1989; three brothers, Joe, Ray and Bill Noe; and two sisters, Lois Kunert and Dolores “Toots” Ninmann.

Funeral services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fennimore at 11 a.m. Thursday with Father George Horath officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Fennimore.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore and from 10 a.m. Thursday until the time of service at the church.

Larson Family Funeral Home 925 10th St. Fennimore

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