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Kathryn J. Glasbrenner
Kathryn “Katie” J. Glasbrenner, age 80, of Lancaster, died on Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster. She was born on April 26, 1929, in Cassville, the daughter of Oscar and Marie (Wilcox) Wiest. On June 22, 1946, Katie was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Glasbrenner in Fennimore. They spent their first part of their married life in Fennimore and moved to Lancaster in 1963. She worked as a CNA at Lancaster Care Center and Lancaster Memorial Hospital for several years. Katie was very loving and caring towards her patients. After retirement, she took care of her grandchildren. Katie enjoyed gardening, lawn work, crocheting, playing Bingo, putting together puzzles, singing and listening to music, and going out to eat.
Survivors include her five children: Donna (Richard) Ackerman, Diane Fernandes, and Ron Glasbrenner, all of Lancaster; Rocky Glasbrenner, Oshkosh; Debra (fiancé Randy Stanfley) Bontreger, Lancaster; sixteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; two brothers and four sisters: Charles (Barb) Wiest, Donald (Mary Lou) Wiest, all of Fennimore; Judy (Dwaine) Orsom, Barron; Shirley Glasbrenner, Shellsburg, IA; Linda Spease, Watertown; Colleen Fraizer, Sextonville; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Katie was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth on February 17, 2003; her brothers: Roger, Lyle, Richard and Larry Wiest; a sister, Mary Wiest and several in-laws.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at 12:00 noon at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends called on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.
Berneal G. Glass
Berneal G. Glass, age 92, of Cassville, died on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at her home. She was born on November 28, 1919, in Genoa, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Inez (McLees) Jambois. On September 20, 1939, Berneal was united in marriage to Robert Blair Glass, Sr., at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. In 1952, Berneal and Robert moved to Cassville. She was employed at Rapid Die and Molding in Cassville for many years. Berneal was a lifetime member of the Cassville Women’s Club, Cassville Auxiliary, Order of the Eastern Star and St. Charles Catholic Church. Berneal and Bob loved to square dance in the tri-state area. Dancing was a great joy to them where they made many friends. Her greatest joy was keeping up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their activities. She enjoyed camping, traveling, and gardening.
Survivors include her children: Judith (Gene) Lorenz, Rice Lake; Robert (Raenette) Glass, Jr., Geneseo, IL; Joann Glass and Jeffery (Mary) Glass, all of Cassville; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia (Valdo) Stoda, Tomah; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Comp, Buda, IL.
Berneal was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert, and great-granddaughters, Meghan and Mallory Glass.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial was in Cassville Cemetery, Cassville. Family and friends called on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Cassville is assisting the family. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Berneal G. Glass memorial fund has been established.
Joann A. Glass, age 72, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. She was born September 14, 1944, in LaCrosse, the daughter of Robert and Berneal (Jambois) Glass. In 1952, the Glass family moved to Cassville. Joann was employed at the former Paddle Wheel in Cassville, now known as J&J's Sandbar, as a dishwasher. She was also employed at Rapid Dye & Molding. Joann returned to the Sandbar as a dishwasher when Ron and Crick Infield were the proprietors. She dearly enjoyed the Infield's because they treated her "like gold." Joann babysat for her family members and worked playground duty at St. Charles Catholic School. Phyllis Bernhardt instructed Joann to help her complete the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine at St. Charles Catholic Church. She was an avid sports fan of the Cassville Comets and the Chicago Cubs.
Survivors include her sister, Judith (Gene) Lorenz; two brothers: Robert (Raenette) Glass, Jr.; Jeffery (Mary) Glass; 6 nieces and nephews; 5 great-nieces and nephews with one on the way; one great-great niece.
She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Robert and Berneal.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, with Fr. John Meinholz officiating. Burial was in Cassville Cemetery, rural Cassville. Family and friends called on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Schwartz Funeral Homes and Crematory in Cassville is assisting the family.
James W. GokeJames W. Goke, age 70, of Platteville, died Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Manor Care, Inc. in Platteville. He was born on January 13, 1940 in Platteville , WI the son of Arthur and Frances (Miles) Goke. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1957 and was stationed in California . He farmed and worked at the cheese factory in Platteville until his retirement. Jim was an avid bowler and loved to fish.
Jim is survived by his sister, Janice (John) Popple, Platteville; two nephews: Kevin (Lori) Kase, Platteville and Timothy (Julie) Kase, Milwaukee ; three great-nephews: Chad (Anjali) Kase, Chicago , IL ; Ryan (Jessica) Kase, Platteville and Brent (Megan) Kase, Boscobel.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, a brother, Douglas and aunts and uncles.
Graveside services with Military Honors accorded by Leo M. Kane American Legion Post No. 42 and the VFW Post No. 5274, both of Platteville, were held on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Platteville with Reverend Michael Short officiating. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville is assisting the family.
Naomi M. Gotto, age 91 passed away Friday, May 2, 2014 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. She was born November 20, 1922, the daughter of Harry and Anna (Bouzek) Benish. Naomi graduated from B. A. Kennedy High School, Prairie du Chien in 1940. She was employed with the U. S. Government in Prairie du Chien. Naomi married Francis “Bud” Gotto on January 15, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington. Together they farmed in Bloomington Township, until 1968 when they moved to Bloomington. She then went to work at the Pete Schurman Egg Company, and later was a secretary for Pride Seed Company. Naomi was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington. She enjoyed dancing with her husband “Bud” in North Andover on Saturday nights, playing bingo and cards.
Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl Du Charme and Mary Wilson; four grandchildren, Tina (Kraig Shepherd) Anderson, Melissa (Matthew) Fry, Michael (Carrie) and David Gotto; seven great-grandchildren, and a sister, Irene Beneker.
Naomi was preceded in death by her husband Bud; a daughter Sandra (Charles) Cull; her sons-in-law, Stanley “Stosh” Du Charme and Terry Breuer; a grandson, Christopher Breuer; and a brother-in-law, Glenn Beneker.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington. Friends called on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. In lieu of plants and flowers a Naomi M. Gotto memorial fund has been established.
Rev. Benjamin C. Govier
Rev. Benjamin C. Govier, age 47, passed away on
Survivors include his children: Amanda, Andrea, and Nathaniel Govier, all of Lancaster; their mother, Sherry Govier, Lancaster; his mother, Geraldine Govier, Lancaster; one Grandson, Aiden, Lancaster; six brothers: Jim (Peggy) Govier, Madison; Gordon (Anne) Govier, Monona; Keith (Georgia) Govier, Wyalusing; Galen Govier, Prairie du Chien; Richard (Susie) Govier, Reedsburg; Bill (Lisa) Govier, Darlington; two half sisters: JoAnne (George) Sprenger, Las Vegas, NM; Marianne (David) Carrier, Pittsburg, PA; 18 nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon and a sister-in-law, Debra Govier.
Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the Lancaster Youth and Agriculture Building in Lancaster with Rev. Wayne Kennedy officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, North Lancaster Township. Friends called on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Schwartz Funeral Home and from 1:00 p.m. until time of services on Wednesday.
Dorothy L. Govier, age 84, of Lancaster, WI, died Thursday, September 08, 2011, at Grant Regional Health Center. Dorothy was born in Lancaster on January 19, 1927, a daughter of Dennis and Muriel Oates.
Dorothy married Russell Govier in Lancaster on her 19th birthday.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Russell; three children, Dennis (Melody) of Boscobel, WI, John (Nancy) of Tucson, AZ, and Carol (Marshall) Burton of Lancaster; five grandchildren, Carylee (Dan) Gressman of Fennimore, WI, Jeremy (Lorna) Govier of Tucson, AZ, Angie (Josh) DeWitt of Tucson, AZ, Kristine (Don) Mullikin of Janesville, WI, and Jim Burton of Lancaster; twelve great-children, Daniel, Rachel, Timothy, William, Gideon, Katrina, and Annie Gressman, all of Fennimore, Maxwell and Violet Govier of Tucson, Brittany and Chrystal Burton of Janesville, and Dylan Mullikin of Janesville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Donald Oates.
Funeral services were held at 2 pm on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster, with Pastor Dennis Govier (Retired) officiating. Burial was in Little Grant Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 pm on Sunday, September 11, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Dorothy L. Govier Memorial Fund.
Geraldine A. Govier
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Survivors include her children: Marianne Novy (David Carrier) Pittsburgh, PA; James (Peggy) Govier, McFarland; Gordon (Anne) Govier, Monona; Keith (Georgia) Govier, Wyalusing; Galen Govier, Prairie du Chien; Richard (Sue) Govier, Baraboo; William (Lisa) Govier, Darlington; twenty-three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister: Janet Von Jenef, Woodland Park, CO; step-daughter, Joanne (George) Sprenger, Las Vegas, NM; brother-in-law, Dale Gregory, Clebourne, TX; three nieces and five nephews.
In addition to her parents, Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband, her son, Rev. Benjamin Govier and a sister, Louise Gregory.
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Glenn A. Govier
Glenn A. Govier, age 80, passed away suddenly on
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Glenn is survived by his wife, Veda, Lancaster; two sons, Randy (Linda) Govier, Franklin; Ricky (Lori) Govier, Oregon; a daughter-in-law, Karen Govier, Broken Arrow, OK; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his sisters, Dorothy (Robert) Swenson, Fennimore, and Mary (Robert)Griswold, Lancaster and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Gregory and his brothers, Lyle, Ivan, Donald and Charlie Govier and sisters, Lela Stainhofer and Edna Crubaugh.
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Ruth N. Govier
Ruth Naomi Govier, age 69, of Lancaster, died on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at the Lancaster Care Center, Lancaster. She was born on October 16, 1940, in Madison, the daughter of Richard and Bernice (Kemmeter) Koons. Ruth attended school in Madison, graduating from East Madison High School. On February 14, 1959, she was united in marriage to David William Govier at the Lancaster United Methodist Church. After their marriage, the couple farmed in Little Grant Township. Ruth enjoyed feeding and watching birds and listening to the Packers, Brewers and music on the radio. She loved her pet dogs and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
Survivors include her children: Kim Govier, Madison, WI; Kevin (Lois Wieland) Govier, Zumbrota, MN and Kurt Govier, Salisbury, North Carolina; four grandchildren: Dan, Keith, Kalvin and Kyle Govier; her brothers and sisters: Richard (Pat) Koons, Nancy Koons, Virginia Clemmons, Bill Koons and Georgia Koons; two nephews, Mike and Lloyd Koons; other relatives and many friends.
In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, David on July 6, 1994; and a brother, Raymon Koons.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 7, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster with Teri A. Hanson officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends called on Saturday, August 7, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.
Veda L. Govier
Veda Lila Govier, age 81, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 20, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare, Madison. She was born in Little Grant Township on December 28, 1932, the third of five children born to Ray and Neva (Taylor) Landon. Veda attended Pine Knob School, a one-room country grade school and later graduated from Lancaster High School in 1950. While in high school, she was a member of FHA, and was chosen Junior Prom Queen. On June 9, 1951, Veda was united in marriage to Glenn A. Govier at the United Methodist Church. Together they farmed on the Govier family farm in North Lancaster Township, where they milked cows, and raised beef and pigs. Three sons, Gregory, Randy, and Ricky were born to this marriage. Later in life, they bought a fifth wheel trailer home and pontoon boat which they used during the summer on the Mississippi River in Bagley, Wisconsin. They later became snow birds as they purchased a park model home in Lady Lake, Florida, where they spent their winters and made many new friends. After 46 years of farming they retired and moved to Lancaster. Veda was a member of the neighborhood Homemakers Club, Lancaster United Methodist Church, and Ruth Circle. Together with Glenn, they enjoyed watching their boys participate in high school sports, the Green Bay Packers, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Veda is survived by two sons, Randy (Linda) Govier of Franklin and Ricky (Lori) Govier of Oregon; a daughter-in-law, Karen Govier of Broken Arrow, OK.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elsie Noble of Lancaster and June (Neil) Larson of Leesburg, FL; many nieces and nephews and members of the Govier Family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, son, Gregory, a sister, Rachael, a brother, Harvey, and a brother-in-law, Stanley Noble.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 am on Monday, February 24, 2014, at the Lancaster United Methodist Church, with Rev. Barbara Cook officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Friends called from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 23 at Schwartz Funeral in Lancaster, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, donations may be made to Lancaster United Methodist Church.
Robert J. Graf
Robert J. “Bob” Graf, age 85, of Glen Haven, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Prairie Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien. He was born on March 27, 1928, on the family farm in Patch Grove Township, the youngest of eight children born to Albert and Clara (Lattner) Graf. Bob attended country school and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Bloomington. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1950 and served his country for two years stationed in Germany. Upon his return, Bob farmed with his brother, Gabe, on the family farm. Farming was Bob’s passion. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington.
Survivors include many nieces and nephews, but the ones that put the twinkle in his eye were Damien, Conner and Ava Hoeper.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his siblings: Hazel Dailey, Joe Graf, Elsie Neises, Albert “Gabe” Graf, Bill Graf, Cleo Airy, and Charlotte Gates.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, March 10, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial was in Blake’s Prairie Cemetery, Bloomington Township. Family and friends called on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family.
Ray A. "Cracker" Graham
Ray A. “Cracker” Graham, age 57, of Fennimore, died on Sunday, August 10, 2008, the Finely Hospital, Dubuque. He was born on May 1, 1951, in Milwaukee, the son of Rosalie (Graham) Pierce. Ray graduated from Lancaster High School in 1969. Following graduation, he was employed with Rosing Construction in Fennimore and later Royal Parlor located in Boscobel. Ray was also employed with logging companies and worked in the oil fields. He loved spending time with friends and family. Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing Euchre. He had a wonderful sense of humor.
Ray was preceded in death by a sister, Renee Pierce.
Survivors include his mother, Rosalie Pierce, Fennimore; his brothers and sisters: Monica McCartney, Stitzer; Dennis Ashman, Boscobel; Charles Ashman, Minnesota; John Ashman, Arizona; Robin Gerhards, Cuba City; Scott (Annette) Pierce, Fennimore; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August, 13, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster with Pastor David Froemming officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Friends called on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services.
Charles W. Gralapp, age 84, of Lancaster, was called Home to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster. He was born on September 23, 1928, in Lancaster, the son of Walter C. and Kathron (Martin) Gralapp. Charles attended school in Lancaster and began farming with his uncle in 1947. On February 10, 1962, he was united in marriage to Edna V. Jones in Lancaster. After their marriage, Charles began his employment at Orchard Manor Nursing Home as a Nurse’s Aid. He was employed there for thirty-four years, retiring in 1996. Charles enjoyed fishing, Westerns, trains, gospel programs, singing and reading the Bible. He was a member of the Calvary Community Church in Lancaster. Charles was a simple man with a big heart who will be missed by all who knew him. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Survivors include his loving wife, Edna V. Gralapp, Lancaster; children: Walter (Trudy) Cliff, Lancaster; Giselle (Sam) Letcher, Faribault, MN; Gary (Gloria) Gralapp, Lancaster; Vivien (Bill) Welsh, Livingston; Judy (Jim) Robison, Lancaster; John (Nikki) Gralapp, Mt. Horeb; eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his close cousin, George Martin.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary Community Church in Lancaster with Pastor Dave Arevalo officiating. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends called on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster is serving the family.
Margaret M. Grattan, age 101, passed away on Saturday, May 09, 2015, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster. She was born on February 12, 1914, on the family farm, the daughter of Emil and Louisa (Lorscheter) Grattan. Margaret graduated from Cassville High School. After graduation she was employed butchering chickens. She later worked in Madison for a short time before returning to the Cassville area to farm on the family farm. Margaret cared for her parents and her siblings. She was a very giving and dedicated person. Margaret was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and was strong in her faith. She was involved in all church activities and enjoyed playing cards, gatherings, and going out to eat.
Survivors include many cousins.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Irene and Thomas.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Father John Meinholz and Father William Seipp officiating. Burial was in Cassville Cemetery, Cassville. Family and friends called on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville is assisting the family.
Bonnie L. Gray, age 70, of Linden, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. She was born on September 5, 1944, in Antigo, the daughter of John "Bob" and Lorraine (Wellner) Gray. Bonnie graduated from Antigo Senior High School in 1962. After graduation, she worked briefly for an insurance company as a secretary. Bonnie's greatest passion and joy was her many years spent in day care. She cared for many generations of families. Bonnie later worked for Lands' End as a customer service representative until her retirement in 2009. Bonnie had an undying love for her family. Her family and their presence in her life was her greatest pleasure. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her brothers: Mike (Jan) Gray, Milwaukie, OR; Donald (Kathy) Gray, Howards Grove; many nieces and nephews; many great nieces and great nephews; one great-great niece and one great-great nephew.
In addition to her parents, Bob and Lorraine, Bonnie was preceded in death by her step-mother, Mary Ann Gray; her sister, Sandy (Larry) Wagner; and a great-niece, Zoe Gray.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethlehem E&R Church in Lancaster with Reverend Mark Dieter officiating. Burial was in Liberty Ridge Cemetery, rural Lancaster. Family and friends called on Monday, April 13, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster and on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Bonnie L. Gray Memorial Fund has been established.
Odelia M. Gray
Odelia M. Gray, age 82 of Glen Haven, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. She was born August 27, 1930 the daughter of Floyd and Irene (Esser) Gray. Delia graduated the eighth grade from Glen Haven School. She then became a home caregiver to many in the area who needed her help. Delia was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven and its Altar Society. She enjoyed keeping up with her family, garage sales and playing bingo.
Surviving is a brother, Clarence (Kay) Hampton of Potosi; a sister Evelyn Krohn of Bloomington, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Floyd and Irene, and her step-father Theodore Hampton, her brothers Robert and Frances Hampton and a brother-in-law Stanley Krohn.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven, with Fr. John Meinholz officiating. Burial was in the Gockel Cemetery, rural Glen Haven. Friends called on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 12:00pm (noon) until time of services at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington is assisting the family.
James L. Greene
James Lincoln Greene, age 80, of Gainesville, FL, formerly of Madison, died on Sunday, December 19, 2010. He was born on February 12, 1930, in Madison, the son of George and Mildred Greene. Jim attended Franklin Elementary School and West High School. An avid athlete, Jim played volleyball (1948 state champs), baseball, basketball, football, and hockey (leading scorer and state champs in 1948). He was instrumental in helping to get high school hockey started in the Madison Public School in 1948. He went on to play right wing with the Madison Cardinals and later with the semipro Milwaukee Admirals.
Jim served his country in the United States Navy attached to the S.S. Roosevelt, Fleet Air Squadron Five out of Norfolk, VA. While in the service, he competed as undefeated middle weight champion boxer of his naval fleet.
While working full time and helping to raise three sons, Jim continued his undergraduate work in Mechanical Engineering at UW-Milwaukee. He took additional college study in computer science, business administration, and real estate. He also held a private pilot’s license with aerobatic training, and owned and operated a business called Airpool Travel International. For a while, he and his youngest son owned a twin engine Piper Apache which they used in his business.
Jim’s employment history includes: shining shoes and pressing clothes in his dad’s tailor shop and doing maintenance work at the Madison Bus Co. and the Gisholt Machine Shop. In 1950-1955, he became the first black machinist (a gear hobber) at a time when most blacks were held to foundry and yard labor status. Although he competed and placed in the top five ranks on all the exams (written, oral and physical) for the Madison Police Department in 1955; he was denied a position by the police chief who desired no blacks on the force. At that time, there were no laws on the books to protect qualified black applicants form racial discrimination. So, Jim moved to Milwaukee, qualified as a Milwaukee Fire Fighter (ranked #2), and inspector for General Electric, an engineer assistant for Allis Chalmers, and a computer operator for the Milwaukee tax department from 1955-1960. In 1960, Jim was appointed to supervise the entire installation of the Milwaukee Public Library’s data processing system. With this management experience, he returned in 1965 with his family to McFarland and Madison to work for state government as a management information specialist, where he worked until his retirement in 1985. There he had been responsible for all data processing operations at the old University Hospitals; for coordination and planning of the teleprocessing/communications systems and facilities of the state; for leadership in establishing and implementation of the state’s program planning budgeting system (PPBS); and as an Emergency Number Systems Manager was responsible for the installation of over 35 county and local ENS’s. Jim was known as THE 911 Coordinator. In addition, Jim was co-founder and Executive Director of NENA (National Emergency Number Association) charged with implementing 911 nationwide. His team had gone to Washington D.C., the Executive Office of the President, and consulted with Ed Messe, then the US Attorney General, and received his staff support for establishing NENA. While handling these various professional duties, he also served as his State Division of Administration’s AA Officer and Employee Assistance Counselor.
Throughout his life, Jim served as a volunteer with many local community organizations and his church, wherever he lived, including: UW Badger Buddy Program (Mike Reid of the Atlanta Falcons was his last “buddy”), NAACP (established an emergency cash fund for helping black citizens with bail bonds, food, clothing. etc.), United Way (executive budget committee), Urban League (Pal Program which introduced local youth to aviation), Boy Scouts of America (established a black explorers troop in St. Marks AME Church in Milwaukee), and state Employees Tennis League (founder and director 1980-1982). He was also a member of Negro Airmen’s International Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter Chairman of the Association of Computing Machinery, and Delta Delta Delta Engineering Fraternity.
Jim became interested in ambidexterity as it applied to tennis. He and his wife, Dolores, researched and wrote a manual called Ambidextrous Tennis For Everyone, which highlighted natural tennis play and was published in 1979. Jim continued instruction in Natural Tennis in Madison, Freeport, Bahamas, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and in Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Coast, FL and Gainesville, FL as a USPTA Certified professional since 1990. His Natural Tennis Association members are spread as far as West Germany, Hawaii and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Besides tennis, jogging and flying across the US, Jim spent his first retirement years running his Amway Company, Commonwealth International, which was cut short due to a serious auto accident, which further disabled his wife. His most satisfying project was continuing to raise funds for young needy black high school youth by way of the George M. Greene, Sr. Scholarship Trust Fund. The fund was established in 1980 in memory of Jim’s father, a tailor, and was operated in conjunction with African Methodist Episcopal churches. The trust fund helped to send many youth on to college, started some in their own businesses, provided books, tools and in one case, a school bus, to further career aspirations. Jim’s work in the AME church also included serving as a Sunday School Superintendent, heading an Evangelist program, helping to found the SS Morris Community AME Church and other Methodist endeavors such as serving on the Administrative Board and in the prison ministry of Christ Church, the United Methodist Church of Ft. Lauderdale, and with facilitating a Bible study group and CDL training ministry at First AME of Palm Coast, FL. His final church work was with the SW United Methodist after moving to Gainesville in 2002, prior to becoming a resident of Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, a CCRC, where he died on Sunday, December 19, 2010, overtaken by dementia.
Jim was a devoted and loyal Christian, always believed in God and His Son Jesus Christ. He studied the Bible and tried to pattern his life after its teachings. He strived to be worthy and believed fervently in life after death.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores (Simms) Greene, Gainesville, FL; sons: Gary (Theresa) Greene, Marietta, GA; David (Jocelyn) Greene, Madison; three grandchildren: Tiera, Clarissa, and Jordan. Also mourning his death is sister-in-law, Dr. Muriel L. Simms and nephew, Michael A. Simms, both of Madison; many other family and friends whose lives he touched.
Of particular note and pride, is the fact that Jim’s history goes back to 1848 in Wisconsin, when his ancestors, the John Greenes and the Charles Shepards, settled and integrated Pleasant Ridge Community in Grant County as freed people escaping from the southern slave states. It has been a source of inspiration for Jim and his wife of 60 years.
On Wednesday, January 5, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. Mr. Greene was buried in the family cemetery outside Lancaster. A memorial service will be held in Madison at a later date with Reverend Gregory Armstrong officiating. In lieu of plants and flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to support the work of Jim’s founding church, SS Morris Community AME, 3511 Milwaukee St., Madison, WI 53714. The family promises that no future solicitation will be forthcoming from your donation. A special thank you to all the caring friends, neighbors and nursing staff that helped with his journey’s end in comfort.
Jeffrey W. Greene
Jeffrey Warren Greene,
age 55, died on
Survivors include his
parents, James L. and Dolores E. (Simms) Greene of Oak Hammock at
the University of Florida, Gainesville; his brothers, Gary A.
Graveside services were held at the Family Wisconsin Historical Society Cemetery Site at Pleasant Ridge at a later date.
Richard W. Grindell, age 90, of Platteville, passed away Thursday, August 14th at Grays Nursing Home in Platteville. He was born Jan. 13th, 1924 in Platteville to John L. and Marcia (Rundell) Grindell.
For many years Dick worked in the family monument business with his mother and brother, Ed, which was a great source of pride for him. He was musically gifted and enjoyed playing piano, organ, guitar, and accordion-all by ear. A CD of his music will be playing at the visitation. He was an incredible marksman with a 22 rifle and was well known for his abilities at area �turkey shoots�. He constructed and used slingshots and gave away many over the years. Many area residents remember the 7� kites he made and would fly in the pasture along highway 81. Several friends enjoyed sharing his interests with him through the years. Dick thoroughly enjoyed his motorcycle and logged many miles on it, riding it into his 80�s., later in life he constructed bird feeders out of plastic jugs, filled them with seed, and would give them to area food pantries to distribute. He took much pleasure in raising mammoth sunflowers, harvesting them, and feeding the birds.
Ed and Elaine Grindell, Dick�s brother and wife, were dedicated caregivers to him for many years involving him in family and community activities. Dick looked forward to traveling to be with family for the holidays up North in Wisconsin and in Missouri. He took his first train ride in his early 80�s to St. Louis and enjoyed the view from the top of the Arch. He was a Packer and Brewer fan and enjoyed attending a couple of baseball games.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Jack, George, Bob, and Ed.
Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014, at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville, with Reverend Mary Ann Floerke officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville. Friends called from 9 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of plants and flowers, a Richard Grindell Memorial Fund has been established.
A heartfelt thanks to Michelle and Jim Klein, Rita Hoffman, David McDermett, Deb and Doug Custer, and Diane Paynter for their care and special friendship to Dick. The family is also very grateful to Grays Nursing Home staff for the excellent care and compassion they provided the past few months.
Mary I. Griswold
Mary I. Griswold, age 90, of Lancaster, died on Thursday, August 16, 2012, at the Lancaster Care Center, Lancaster. She was born on December 17, 1921, on her family farm in North Lancaster Township, the daughter of Ora and Cora (Croft) Govier. Mary attended Badger Country School and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1940. On January 27, 1945, Mary was united in marriage to Robert Griswold. After their marriage the couple farmed the Griswold family farm and has lived there for sixty-two years. Mary was the baker and cook at the Lancaster High School for ten years. She was a member of the Merry Mixers 4-H group and was a 4-H leader for sixteen years. She was also a member of the United Methodist Church and its church circle. Mary enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, and traveling, but most of all, she loved her family. After retirement, she found time to quilt and discovered that she had a talent for painting pictures, something that surprised her and that she truly enjoyed.
Survivors include her loving husband of sixty-seven years, Robert of Lancaster; their children: Jerry (Jean) Griswold, Madison; Susan (John) Maresh, Oconomowoc; Cindy (Earl) Heimerdinger, Pearl City, IL; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Dorothy (Harold) Wetter; Patricia (Don) Hauth; Veda Govier, all of Lancaster; Evelyn Govier, Phoenix, AZ; brother-in-law, Robert Swenson, Fennimore; other relatives and many friends.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her siblings: Lyle, Lela, Donald, Charlie, Ivan, Edna, Dorothy and Glenn; and a sister-in-law, Ada (Maynard) Sanger.
Funeral services were held on Monday, August 20, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church with Reverend Barbara Cook officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends called on Sunday, August 19, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Mary I. Griswold Memorial Fund has been established.
Lewis W. Groom
Lewis W. Groom, age 85, of Cassville, died Sunday, December 13, 2009 on the family farm where he was born. He was born on April 4, 1924, the son of Harvey and Gertrude (Webber) Groom. Lewis graduated from Cassville High School in 1942. He was united in marriage to Norma Andrew on July 28, 1956 at the Rock Church , rural Livingston . Together they farmed on his family farm. Lewis also owned and operated L & N Transfer, which transported freight and livestock, from 1956 until he sold the business in 1979. He was always a hard worker, and also enjoyed carpentry, trains and antique tractors.
Lewis is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma Groom, Cassville; seven children: Lorraine Groom Ashmore, Cassville, Larry (Carla) Groom, Cassville, Gayle (Kevin) Koeller, Dubuque, Glenda (Andrew) Kunz, Stitzer, Julie Groom, Cassville, Joan (Dean) Mish and Nancy (Bill) Goforth, both of Potosi; 13 grandchildren: Marcus and Martin Groom, Amy (Tommy) Ming, Matthew, Alan, Anthony, Christopher, Nicholas, Andrea and Joshua Kunz, Cole and Kate Mish and Michael Goforth; his sister, Patricia Schauff, Cassville and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Pearl Groom; five brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.
Visitation was held from 3:00 until 8:00 pm. on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at the Martin Funeral Home in Cassville. Private family services were held with burial in the Rock Church Cemetery , Clifton Township .
In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be given to the Cassville Fire and Rescue Squad or Southwest Health Center Hospice, Platteville.
The family would like to thank Dr. Wendy Molaska, Dr. Aditya Sukhwal and all the staff at Southwest Health Center for the care and compassion shown to Lewis and the family during his stay there. We would also like to extend a special thanks to Southwest Health Center Hospice and the Cassville Rescue Squad for making it possible to fulfill dad’s wish to live his final days at home.
Ronald J. Gross
Services were held in Mandan, ND at Weigel Funeral Home.
Joseph A. Grosser
Grosser, age 85, of
Survivors include his sisters: Lucille Gutenkauf, Des Moines, IA; Mary Louise Kowalski, Devils Lake, ND; his extended family: Mike (Kim) Baliff and their children, Joseph and Nathan of Potosi; two nephews and five nieces.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were
Darlene L. Guanella
Darlene Joyce Guanella, at 79, of Eau Claire, formerly of Bagley, passed away on Monday, November 1, 2010, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
Survivors include her son, Joel (Susan) Guanella, Eau Claire; her sister, Carol (Russell) Anderson, Whitehall; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews.
Funeral services were held on Friday, November 5, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley. Burial was in Lower Coon Valley Cemetery, Stoddard. Family and friends called on Thursday, November 4, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington and from 10:00 a.m. on Friday until time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Darlene J. Guanella memorial fund has been established.
Donald F. Guinn
Donald F. Guinn, age 83, of
In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Melvin Streif, seven brothers: Noel, Walter, Elton, Russell, Raymond, Ronald, Merlin, and one infant sister.
Survivors include his wife of sixty years, Betty Guinn, Lancaster; their children: Marie Streif, Lancaster; Connie (Gary) Tomter, Prairie du Sac; Diana Guinn, Viroqua; Donna Karasek, Viroqua; nine grandchildren: Michael (Tasha) Streif, Misty Streif, Sara ne: Tomter (Derek) Ryan, Erik (Tara) Tomter, Emily, Ona, Abby Yttri, Kaitlyn, and Maggie Karasek; six great-grandchildren: Janessa, Mason and Kya Streif, Sophie, Emma Yttri, Declan Ryan; his brothers and sisters: Leva Hill, Rex Guinn, Robert Guinn, Merlene (Wendel) Oge, Vera (Frank) Shively, Jacquetta (Rudy) Zemo; two sisters-in-law, Nellie Guinn and Martha Guinn.
Funeral services were held on
The family would like to extend a special thank
Russell F. GurskyRussell F. Gursky, age 97, passed away peacefully at his home in Tucson, AZ, on Thursday, August 19, 2010. He was born in Chicago on May 22, 1913, the son of Fred Gursky and Jennie (Gundlach) Gursky Montanaro. He was married for 65 years to Alice Tyler, who died in December 2000. Russ was an industrial engineer at AMETEK, Inc. in Illinois for almost 40 years and moved to Tucson with his wife in 1976.
Alice and Russell were founding members of St. Alban's Episcopal Church. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and was a member of the Sabbar Shrine Temple where he served as secretary of the Greeters' Unit for 14 years and as their treasurer for 2 years. As a part of the Tucson Police Department's Police Assist Group for over 20 years, he was named Volunteer of the Year in 2001 and 2002, was awarded TPD's Medal of Service, and was invited by the White House to officially welcome President George W. Bush to Tucson in March 2005. In addition, he received the Tributes to Aging Inspiration Award in 1998, and was recognized by the Tucson Citizen with an Unsung Hero Award in 2006.
Besides his beloved wife, Alice, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorathy and Violet.
He is survived by daughters Dorathy (Ray) Ball and Deanna Gursky; grandchildren Cheryl (Rick) Lane, Linda (Don) Hunt, and Bob Hicklin plus three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2010, with Rev. Diane Markevitch. Burial with Masonic services was in Bloomington Cemetery, Bloomington. Family and friends called on Saturday, August 28, 2010, from 12:30 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona; 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd.; Tucson, AZ 85716.