Bernice A. Hoppenrath, Dorothy E. Stelter, Richard Guerra, Kenneth W. Fischer, Lawrence E. Rohr, Jeanne P. Reed


Bernice A. Hoppenrath

HUSTISFORD — Bernice A. Hoppenrath, 83, of Hustisford, passed away on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at noon at Bethany Lutheran Church in Hustisford with the Rev. Timothy Bauer officiating. Burial will be in Hustisford Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials, if desired, may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church or to the charity of one’s choice.

The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

The former Bernice Arlene Jaeke was born on Dec. 29, 1927, in Lebanon, daughter of Louis and Gertrude (Creydt) Jaeke. On Jan. 28, 1950, she married her high school sweetheart, Howard Hoppenrath, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Hustisford.

Bernice was a graduate of Hustisford High School. She had been employed for many years as a high school secretary. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Quilters for Christ and Red Hatters of Hustisford. Bernice enjoyed quilting and playing cards.

Bernice is survived by four children, Mike (Carol) Hoppenrath of Watertown, Kim (Linda) Hoppenrath of Stevens Point, Debbie (Bob) Brown of Eau Claire and Corey (Cindy) Hoppenrath of Manitowoc; seven grandchildren, Ben (Jen) Hoppenrath, Andy Hoppenrath, Robbi  Hoppenrath, Leah (Alan) Harper, Eric Hoppenrath, Sam Brown and Julia Brown; three great-grandchildren, Lucas Harper, Dylan Harper and Grace Hoppenrath; a brother, Harold Jaeke of Watertown; a sister, Marion Laubenheimer of Richfield; a special friend, Julayne Feilbach; other relatives and friends.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard in 1994; and a sister, Laverne Groh.

Hafemeister Funeral Home, 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Dorothy E. Stelter

Dorothy “Dot” E. Stelter, 89, of Watertown, formerly of Madison, died on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at Life Care Hospital in Pewaukee.

Funeral services for Dorothy will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Clyman with the Rev. Michael Schempf officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Memorials to the church building fund would be appreciated.

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

Dorothy Eleanor was born in Whitecreek on Feb. 16, 1922, daughter of the Rev. Bernhard and Wilhelmine (Burke) Stelter.

Dot had been employed as a medical records clerk at various locations. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Clyman, the altar guild and church quilting group.

Survivors include her sister, Margaret Stueber of Watertown; her brother, the Rev. Edward (Lavon) Stelter of Two Rivers; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Martin, Paul, Erich, Herbert and Ronald Stelter.

The Hafemeister Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at

Hafemeister Funeral Home, 611 E. Main St. Watertown

Richard Guerra

JEFFERSON — Richard Guerra, 55, of Jefferson, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, after a very courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on June 2, 1956, in Edinburg, Texas, son of Raul and Natalia (Compian) Guerra. He married Bonnie Berg on Sept. 27, 1973, in Jefferson City, Mo.

Richard was employed at Nestle Purina Pet Care for 34 years, retiring in 2008. He currently was employed as a custodian for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Richard had a passion for music and loved his animals, especially his dogs. He had a laugh that was contagious and was considered a master joke teller. He liked to watch the Packers play but was a true Dallas Cowboy fan. He was always the life of the party and was friends with everyone. Nothing in life was more important than his family and he will forever be in our hearts.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Bonnie of Jefferson; his mother, Natalia Guerra of Jefferson; a daughter, Audrey (Tremayne) McGraw of Jefferson; a son, Richard (Meghan) Guerra of Janesville; his grandchildren, Jalen, Treven and Braden McGraw, Benjamin, Karsyn and William Guerra; a sister, Lucilla “Mickie” Martinez of Sun Prairie; brothers, Ruben (Virginia) Guerra of Jefferson, Rene (Mona) Guerra of Beaver Dam and Raul (Virginia) Guerra of Jefferson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; a sister, Erma Swan; and a brother, Robert Guerra.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral home in Jefferson with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Comstock officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the family or to the donor’s preference.

For online condolences, visit

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

Kenneth W. Fischer

HELENVILLE — Kenneth W. Fischer, 82, of Helenville, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born on Aug. 6, 1929, in Waterloo, son of the late Walter and Lillian (Stahnke) Fischer.

Ken attended Woodside School where he met his soul mate, Evelyn Draeger. They were married on April 9, 1949, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Farmington. Ken and Evelyn were both confirmed at Farmington Immanuel and have been active lifelong members.

Ken began his farming career on the family farm which was located in the township of Farmington.

He was a 25-year member of the Teamsters. He drove truck for Motor Transport of Water-town and Fort Transportation of Fort Atkinson. He retired in 1991. He never lost his love of farming and continued to farm in Helenville.

Ken had a deep love for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, gardening, and serving the church and community. He was a proud man with a big heart and many people looked up to him as a father figure. Ken was a kind and generous man. He enjoyed helping his children and anyone in need. Ken was a silent giver.

He will be deeply missed by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn of Helenville; their children, Barbara (Edward) Kasper of Helenville, Randy Fischer, Peggy (Tim) Bare, JoAnn (Brad) Meinel and Jennifer (John) Kamenick, all of Jefferson; grandchildren, Nathan (Heather) Kasper, Caleb (Sara) Kasper, Jared (Bobbie) Kasper, Julianne and Kristin Bare and Lillian and Amelia Kamenick; great-grandchildren, Kendra, Benjamin and Lora Kasper; and everyone who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Elaine; a brother–in-law, Herbert; and a “special daughter,” Jane Aumann.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Farmington with the Rev. Richard Pagels officiating. Burial will follow in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery of Farmington.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson and then at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial to Farmington Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church or Tomorrow’s Hope.

Friends and family may leave online condolences and memorials at

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

Lawrence E. Rohr

Lawrence “Larry” E. Rohr, 59, of Watertown, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

Larry was born on Sept. 6, 1952, in Watertown, son of Edward and Romilda (Schuster) Rohr. He was a 1970 graduate of Watertown High School. He worked as a baker at Tom’s United Foods and Breselow’s Family Market in Watertown.

Larry enjoyed bowling, golfing, sports and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his mother, Romilda Rohr of Watertown; two brothers, Mike (Linda) Rohr and Mark (Joy) Rohr, both of Watertown; two sisters, Mary Ellen Rohr and Peggy (Karl) Kiefer, both of Madison; also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Lauretta Ann.

Memorials to AngelsGrace Hospice or the Larry Rohr Memorial Fund would be appreciated.

A friends and family gathering will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home Watertown.

He wasn’t here for a long time, he was here for a good time.

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

Pederson Funeral Home, 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Jeanne P. Reed

LAKE MILLS — Jeanne P. (Paden) Reed of Lake Mills, a former longtime resident of Watertown, peacefully passed away with her family by her side on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at the age of 82.

She was born on Aug. 11, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., daughter of David and Margaret (Desmond) Paden. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., studying physical therapy. While at Northwestern she met her future husband, Dr. William H. Reed Jr. and they were united in marriage on Nov. 13, 1953. Together they had nine children.

There are many people who called Jeanne, Mom. For everyone of her children there were multiple friends, who were always welcome in her home. There was no better place to spend a summer day than at the Reed’s cottage in Lake Mills. For years kids lined the shores while Mom watched over them. She always made it look so easy. She enjoyed the activity and laughter that came with a day by the lake with family and friends. Holidays were gigantic, chaotic and overflowing. She filled our home with laughter, curiosity and love. She taught us all to be strong, creative, loyal and independent.

Jeanne was very active in the community. She valued education, and instilled that in each of her children. She served on the Watertown School Board for over 20 years, holding the title of president of the Association of School Boards during the late 1980s. She headed the Jefferson Chapter of NAMI and was the president of NAMI of Wisconsin. In more recent years, she was employed at Boston Store in Madison, where she made many friends.

Jeanne is survived by her brother, Desmond (Sue) Paden of Florida; nine children, Bill (Theresa) Reed of Seattle, Dave (Jessica) Reed of Madison, Dan (Sharon) Reed of Michigan, Chris (Jeri) Reed of California, Steve (Marcia) Reed of Minnesota, Ken (Becky) Reed of Minnesota, Laura (Keith) Blew of Madison, Mary Reed of Cottage Grove, and Sue (Dan) Schroeder of Hartland; 19 grandchildren, Nick and Allie Reed, Maggie and Cate Reed, Michael, Sean and Ben Reed, Jena and Paden Reed, Hazel and Milo Reed, Steven and William Blew, Olivia and Maisy Lecher, and Lizzy, Reed, Jack and Luke Schroeder.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Margaret, and by her husband, Bill, of almost 50 years.

The family would like to thank Dr. K. Case, Dr. A. Gill, Dr. B. Nelson, and many of the kind nurses and respiratory therapists that helped mom to be comfortable in the last month of her life. Your care and compassion never went unnoticed.

A service of remembrance will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home in Watertown. Visitation will be Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials in Jeanne’s name may be made to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), 4233 W. Beltline Highway, Madison, 53711, or to  The Yahara House, 802 E. Gorham St., Madison, 53703.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

“May catching fireflies off your dock never lose its shine…” Michael Reed (Nov. 18, 2011).

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