October 1, 2007
George Smith Jr.
George H. Smith Jr., 59, of Watertown, died unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at his home.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home with the Rev. Keith Johnson of St. John's Lutheran Church in Johnson Creek officiating.
Family and friends may call to pay their respects at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorials would be appreciated to the family.
George was born on June 18, 1948, in Watertown, son of George H. Smith Sr. and the late Rita Novotny. On Dec. 26, 1982, he married Linda Klatt in their home.
George was member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Johnson Creek, where he had been a member of the church choir for a number of years. He served in the United States Navy from February 1969 to August 1970 and was also very active in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps for 10 years, beginning as an instructor and later promoted through the ranks to lieutenant commander. He was a member of the Johnson Creek American Legion Post No. 305. He was also a Vietnam Veterans Chapter 5 charter member in Madison.
George worked for the Wisconsin Bell telephone company as a repair technician for most of his working life. He loved photography ever since he was in high school and continued to do it even after his retirement from Wisconsin Bell, working as a freelance photographer for the Watertown Daily Times.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Smith of Watertown; four children, Carrie (Jim) Oldenhoff of Wisconsin Dells, George (Jolene) Smith III of West Allis, Duane (Valerie) Smith of Crystal River, Fla., and Jenny (Dan) Collins of Jefferson; his father, George Smith Sr. of Oconomowoc; 15 grandchildren; three sisters, Juanita Dubry, Cynthia Irish and Andrea (Mike) Degner; his mother-in-law, Bernice “Mah” Klatt; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Harold Klatt.
Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown
LAKE MILLS - Alice “Merice” Brosseau, 90, of Lake Mills, died on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, at Willowbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Mills.
Merice was born on Dec. 1, 1916, daughter of Alfred and Ruth Danielson Blid in Hallock, Minn. (in the Red River Valley). Merice came from a large family of Swedish immigrant pioneers who were the first farmers and businessmen in that area of Minnesota. Her father, Alfred Blid, owned the first Buick dealership in northern Minnesota and enjoyed hunting and fishing with the Mayo brothers, who were the original founders of the famous Mayo Clinic.
Merice graduated from Hallock High School in 1935 and was employed by Peter-son's Hotel and Pharmacy as well as the Clay Pharmacy in Hallock. She married John Burton “Burt” Brosseau on Oct. 12, 1941, in Argyle, Minn. They were married nearly 66 years. She was a very devoted mother to their four children.
Over the years, Merice was very active in church and civic activities including the Women's Club, Christian Mothers, The Newcomers Club, PTA, and Boy Scouts. She served as a Sunday school teacher and worked with handicapped children and the elderly. For many years she volunteered at Willowbrook and Countryside.
She and Burt lived in Fosston, Minn., Bemidji, Minn., Thief River Falls, Minn., Duluth, Minn. and Richfield, Minn.; Chicago, Ill.; and Brown Deer, before settling in Lake Mills in 1970 when Burt purchased the Ford dealership which he owned and operated for 11 years before retiring. For several years they divided their time between various spots in Florida, Weslaco, Texas, and Lake Mills before selling their homes and moving into the Trinity Pines community.
Merice enjoyed crafts, golf, and bridge. She was an excellent cook. Over the last several years she was a resident in the Willowbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Helen Burns; and her devoted husband, Burt, who has called her to be with him just two short months after his own passing; their daughter, Barbara Bishop; their son, Jon; and their grandson, Todd Elowson.
She is survived by their two sons, Gregory (Suzanne) of Kurtistown, Hawaii, and Stephen (Tina) of Mesquite, Texas; six grandchildren, Stephanie Brosseau, Krista Balen, Ashley Brosseau, Matthew Brosseau, Nicholas Brosseau, and Stephen Brosseau; two great-grandsons, Austin and Alex; a sister-in-law, Joyce Kurz; several cousins, nieces, and nephews and many friends.
A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Lake Mills with Father Robert Hughes as celebrant. Burial will be held in Park Hill Cemetery, Duluth, on Friday.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. Thursday at the church until the time of the service.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and the Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc.
The Claussen Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Claussen Funeral Home 416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills