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Ricky P. Eastlick

Ricky Paul Eastlick, age 48, of Potosi, passed away Saturday, November 1, 2014, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born August 29, 1966, the son of Gerald and Margaret (Oyen) Eastlick. Rick attended Potosi High School. He was a Chicago Cubs fan, and a member of the Happy Clovers 4 � H club. Rick was employed as a mason, bricklayer, and most recently, operating an excavating business. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on the family farm. Rick dearly loved spending time with his son Jacob, and attending all of his activities.

Survivors include his parents Gerald and Margaret Eastlick, his son, Jacob, and his mother, Linda Orr, a sister, Wendy S. Reuter, his niece and goddaughter, Paige (Tyler Clauer) Reuter and their son, Ryder Clauer, a nephew, Preston Reuter, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Family and friends called on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church, and on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Rick Eastlick memorial fund has been established. The Martin Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Potosi is assisting the family.


Virginia Eastman

     Virginia M. Eastman, age 94, died on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  She was born on March 14, 1915, in Neillsville, the daughter of Frank and Velda (Heyder) Anderson.  She moved to River Falls as a child and later, in 1928, moved to Hammond where she graduated from high school in 1932.  Virginia graduated from River Falls State Teachers College, now known as University of Wisconsin River Falls.  Upon receiving her Bachelors of Education degree in 1936, she accepted a position in the public schools of Mellen, to teach English and History.  In 1938, she moved to Lancaster and taught Junior High School English.  In 1940, she was united in marriage to LeRoy Eastman and they were married for twenty-nine years.  Mr. Eastman died in 1969.  Music was her passion and she pursued voice and piano throughout her life.  She studied piano with Sister Anna Rose of St. Clement’s for nine years, graduating from the course accredited by Alverno College of Milwaukee.  Virginia then continued her music education with Dr. Leo Steffens at the UW Madison.  She led the Congregational Church Choir for thirty-seven years and taught voice and piano in her home for over fifty years.  She also directed music festivals for the Lancaster Lucky Clovers 4-H group.  Virginia had been a member of PEO for over sixty years and enjoyed participating in community volunteerism.

       Virginia leaves the following to mourn her loss:  a son, Dr. Michael (Carol) Eastman, El Paso, TX and Flagstaff, AZ; a daughter, Nancy Eastman, Lenox, MA; three grandsons: Rev. Brian (Amelia) Eastman, Dayton, OH; Dr. Nathaniel (Kristine) Eastman, Anchorage, Alaska; Dr. Michael (Michelle Manning) Elihu Eastman, Madison; two step grandsons: Kirk Oden, San Antonio, TX; Cameron Oden, Plantation, FL and two great-grandchildren:  Erica and Kevin Eastman.

       In addition to her parents and her husband, Virginia was preceded in death by one son, Rev. Charles Eastman and a brother, Douglas Anderson.

       Memorial services were held on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Lancaster with Rev. Mark Dieter officiating.  Private Family Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Friday, May 22, 2009, from 12:00 p.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be sent to: University of Wisconsin – River Falls Foundation, % Kimberly Gould Speckman, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls, WI, 54022 for the Virginia M Eastman Music Scholarship Fund.  Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Virgil W. Eck

     Virgil W. Eck, age 75, of Potosi died Saturday, June 28, 2008 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born on February 27, 1933 in Ellenboro Township, the son of Raymond and Bernice (Hall) Eck.  Virgil attended Elmdale School, Waterloo Township.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 and was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict.  Virgil married Karen Kay Schramm on January 9, 1965 in Platteville. 

      Virgil worked at John Deere for 30 years, retiring in 1985.  He also farmed in rural Potosi.  Virgil enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

      Virgil is survived by his wife, Kay, Potosi; eight children:  Troy (Barbara) Eck, Mentone, CA; Tom Eck, Slinger; Missy (Dan) Kliebenstein, Potosi; Steven (Rebecca) Eck, Boscobel; Daniel Eck, San Diego, CA; Doug Eck, Platteville; Linda (Paul) Hrupka, Union Grove and Laurie (Fernando) Zapata, Boca Raton, FL; 21 grandchildren and one great-grandson; six brothers and sisters:  Vivian Alcott, Fennimore; Roger (Shirley) Eck, Tomah; Robert (Phyllis) Eck, Lancaster; Clayton (Doris) Eck, Richland Center; Lavon (Al) Miller, Madison and Betty (Paul) Pluemer, Platteville; five sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jackie and Stanley Eck; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Eck; a brother-in-law, Keith Irish; three nephews and one niece.

     Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at the Davies Memorial United Church of Christ in Potosi with Teri Hanson officiating.  Burial with Military Honors was accorded by the Berg Averkamp VFW Post #5276 and the American Legion Post #473, both from Potosi at British Hollow Cemetery, Town of Potosi.  Family and friends were welcomed from 4 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 1 at the Martin Funeral Home in Potosi and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church.  


David G. Eckstein

     David G. Eckstein, age 58, of Cassville, died on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at his residence in Cassville.  He was born on December 9, 1949 in Mineral Point, the son of George and June (Martin) Eckstein.  David attended school in Cassville and also attended the University of Wisconsin in Platteville and Madison.  He was united in marriage to Linda Mastin and two children were born to this union:  Jason and Jamie.  In 1980, David moved to Texas where he resided for eleven years.  David was employed for a circuit board manufacturing company during his time in Texas.  He later relocated to Cassville where he purchased Anker Inn Supper Club.  On September 23, 1996, David married Mary Ann Bohringer.  He sold the supper club in 2006.  David enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, and shooting pool.  He had a great sense of humor and was a loving husband, father and grandpa.

     Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Eckstein, Cassville; his two sons: Jason (Toni) Eckstein, Dubuque, IA; Jamie Eckstein, Dubuque, IA; his mother, June Eckstein, Cassville; three step-children:  Christopher (Nicki) Koehler, River Falls; Amy (Fiancé Clint Bean) Koehler and Diana Koehler both of Cassville; eight grandchildren; his sister, Bonnie (Gary) Kasper, Cassville; and a niece, Brandi (Todd) Thiesen, Cassville.

     In addition to his father, David was preceded in death by a nephew, Jason Kasper.

     Funeral services were held on Friday, July 11, 2008, at the Martin Funeral Home in Cassville at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville.  Friends called on Friday, July 11, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Carmella Eddy

Carmella A. Eddy, age 98, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Williams Bay.  She was born August 27, 1917, in Mineral Point, one of ten children to Italian immigrants Joseph and Victoria (Bertucci) Filardo.  Carmella proudly carried her Italian heritage with her always.  After high school, she attended Spenserian Business College in Milwaukee.  Carmella married Donald L. Eddy on June 28, 1941, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Mineral Point.  She was employed as the administrative assistant to the superintendent of the Lancaster school district.  Carmella was a devoted member of St. Clement Catholic Church for over 70 years.   She enjoyed time at the cabin in Cassville, her card club, walking, reading, and the Green Bay Packers.  Don and Carmella were Lancaster Circulation Managers for the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times for over 35 years.  She dearly loved keeping up with her family and many cherished friends.

Survivors include two sons: Robert (Barbara) Eddy in Brookfield, James Eddy in Lake Geneva; two daughters: Kathleen (Paul) Yih in Williams Bay, and Mary (Frank) Winingham in Delavan; 5 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Carmella was preceded in death by her husband, Donald of 67 years; and a grandson, Anthony; her siblings: Frank, Nick, Roseland, Mary, Katherine, Joseph and Bruno.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church with Father William Seipp and Father Herbert Schmidt officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


 Blanche M. Edge

     Blanche M. Edge, age 91, of Lancaster, died on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born on July 5, 1916, in Mount Hope, WI, the daughter of James and Mabel (Neeley) Clark.  Blanche married Edward Walker on December 1, 1935, in Galena, IL.  He preceded her in death in 1980.  Blanche was employed at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster, retiring in 1972.  She was a member of the Lancaster and Fennimore United Methodist Church.  Blanche was also a member of the Grant Regional Hospital Auxiliary and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and quilting.  She later married Ermil Edge on April 21, 1989.  He preceded her in death in 1990. 

     Surviving are her children:  Marlene Bliskey, DePere; Arlyn (Maxine) Walker, Reno, NV; Geri (Dick) Austin, Mineral Point; Gerald (Mary) Walker, Delavan; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Hattie Clark, Lancaster; several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her husbands, Edward and Ermil; a son, James Walker; a grandson, Jason Walker; three brothers, John, Frank and James Clark; four sisters: Mildred Cohen, Glenys Jozefowicz, Velma Walker, and Alice Miller. 

     Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 8, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church with Rev. Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Friday, March 7, 2008, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church on Saturday, March 8, 2008.


Carl M. Edge

Carl M. Edge, age 97, of Lancaster, passed away Friday, October 31, 2014, at the Lancaster Care Center. He was born December 30, 1916, the son of Joseph and Amelia �Etta� (Spease) Edge. Carl was drafted in the U. S. Army from 1941 to 1945, during the American Theatre in World War II. He guarded the area of Peugeot Sound, WA and later served in Germany. On April 27, 1948, Carl married Eva R. (Vesperman) McKinstry at the Presbyterian parsonage in Lancaster. Together they farmed for over 54 years in Ellenboro Township. Carl was a member of Grant County Cattlemen Association, West Grant Saddle Club, Busy Badgers 4�H Club, VFW Post 2344, Bethlehem E & R Church, and a lifetime member of Farm Bureau. He enjoyed his card playing at Zippy�s Brass Rail. Carl loved his family dearly and keeping up with their activities.

Surviving is his daughter, Karla (Joe) Schwantes, his step-daughter, Karen (Ernest) Noble, nine grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, eleven great-great grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Bethel Edge, a brother-in-law, Jerry (Kathryn) Vesperman, and many nieces and nephews.

Carl was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Eva, a step-son, Dennis McKinstry, two brothers, Ray (Clara) and Paul Edge, three brothers-in-law, Ivan (Marcella), Paul (Lois), and Delbert Vesperman.

Funeral services were held on Friday, November 7, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem E & R Church in Lancaster, with Rev. Mark Dieter officiating. Burial with military honors was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends called on Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.


Charles Edge

Charles L. Edge, age 71, of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  He was born on January 12, 1943, in Platteville, the son of Gerald and Loretta (McPhail) Edge.  Charles attended Platteville Schools.  He worked for local farmers and lived and worked in Rockford, IL, for several years.  Charles later went to Washington and Colorado before moving to Lancaster where he painted and restored old homes.  Charles enjoyed having coffee with friends, playing cards, gambling, fishing and camping. 

Survivors include his son, Clinton (Sara Vicencio) Edge; three grandchildren: Xavier, Gabrielle, and Camryn; his siblings:  Geraldine (Richard) Kuhls; Irene (Gene) Clark; Grant (Mary Lou) Edge; and Carolyn Kane.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by a son, Chuck Edge and his sisters, Georgina Drew and Lynn Lawrence.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral homes.


David & Joan Edge

David R. Edge, age 59 and Joan M. Edge, age 59, passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, as a result of a motorcycle accident.  David was born on March 25, 1954, the son of Ray and Clara (Scott) Edge.  Joan was born on December 14, 1953, the daughter of Joseph and Mamie (Udelhoven) Dressler.  On June 28, 1974, they were united in marriage in Lancaster.  Together they farmed and raised their family in Potosi Township. Dave and Joan enjoyed the trips they had on their motorcycle. David liked hunting, and Joan liked to play cards and garden. Time spent with their children and grandchildren was most important.  

Survivors include their children:  Jason (Tara); Jerett (Debbie); Jesse; Jena (fiancé Ashley Lawrence) Edge; Jennifer (Shawn) Foley; 14 grandchildren; David’s siblings:  Vyra (Garland) Gotzinger; Arlene (Paul) Maring; Mary Udelhoven; Ruth (Gary) Kruser; Jolene (Harvey) Perkins; Joan’s siblings:  Sr. Anna Marie Dressler; Agnes Simpson; Alma Moris; Catherine (John) Oberfoell; Rose (Herbert) Koppen; Bernadette Thole; Mary (Floyd) Churchill; Claire (Calvin) Churchill; Bernard (Theresa), James (Jan) and Clement (Betty) Dressler; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joan is preceded in death by two sisters: Virginia (Bill) Brockway; Theresa (Carl) Martin; her brothers-in-law:  Peter Moris and Edward Simpson. David is preceded in death by two brothers-in law:  Russell Wamsley and Bob Udelhoven, and a nephew Doug Maring.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 2, 2013, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Tennyson at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial was in Hurricane Cemetery, S. Lancaster Township.  Family and friends called on Sunday, September 1, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson and on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.   In lieu of plants and flowers a David and Joan Edge Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is serving the family.


George H. Edge

George H. Edge, age 85, of Lancaster, passed away Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Lancaster Care Center, surrounded by his family. He was born September 19, 1928 the son of Francis and Lela (Bennett) Edge. George married Betty J. Novinski September 19, 1950 at the Lancaster United Methodist parsonage. Together they farmed on the Edge family farm in Little Grant Township. George was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Mississippi Valley Lodge #86 and the Lancaster United Methodist Church. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Betty, playing cards and fishing.

Surviving is his loving wife of almost 64 years, Betty; two daughters Dianne (Charlie) Rice, Debbie (Garry) Raymond, two daughter in laws; Rhonda (Jim) Kitelinger and Jackie Edge, 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, two sisters;  Mercedes Mumm and Velma Wetter.

George was preceded in death by two sons; Roger and Darrell, a granddaughter Kelly Edge, two sisters; Marion Leifer and Aleise (Stanley) Wetter, two brother in laws; William Mumm and Donald Wetter.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church, with Pastor Barb Cook officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery. Friends called on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church, and on Monday from 8:00 a.m. until time of services. The Schwartz Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lancaster is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of plants and flowers, a George H. Edge memorial fund has been established.


Rose Ella Ehlen

     Rose Ella Ehlen, age 96, of Potosi, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  She was born on August 19, 1911, in Bay Robert Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Elisha and Lillian (White) Earle.  She came to the United States in 1929.  Rose lived in New York and was employed as a housekeeper and nanny for two boys.  On November 3, 1943, Rose was united in marriage to Clarence A. “Pete” Ehlen in New York.  After their marriage, the couple moved to rural Potosi where they farmed for about forty years.  Upon retirement, the couple moved into Potosi.  Rose was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.  She loved to play cards and have fish fry’s with family and friends.  Rose also loved playing Bingo, making crafts, knitting, and crocheting.  She had a green thumb and a big garden.

     Survivors include her four children:  Clarence Ehlen, Mary (Jim) Haas, Joe (Joan) Ehlen, and Ray (Sue) Ehlen, all of Potosi;  13 grandchildren:  Todd (Sandy) Ehlen, Tim (Marissa) Ehlen, Shari (Jim) Mergen, Sheila (Mike) McKillip; Shelby (Aarin) Schaefer, Joe (Dawn) Haas, Beth (Kevin) Flesch, Tom (Sonia) Haas, Amy (friend Tim) Haas, Josh (Kerri) Ehlen, Jarda, Kacie, and Kyi Ehlen; 21 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one step great-great-grandson; other relatives and many friends.

     In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence on December 15, 1992; a grandson, Michael Haas, and one brother, John Earle.

        Funeral services were held on Friday, July 11, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial was in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson.  Friends called on Thursday, July 10, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home in Potosi and from 1:00 p.m. until time of services on Friday at the funeral home. 

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