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Mavis C. Hochhausen

Mavis C. Hochhausen, age 74, of Beaver Dam, formerly of Cassville, died Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Beaver Dam Community Hospital. She was born June 3, 1937, the daughter of Charles and Mabel (Ruroden) Bergan. Mavis married Leon P. Hochhausen at St. Mary�s Catholic Church in Glen Haven on January 27, 1955. Together they farmed in rural Cassville, near the Hochhausen family farm. She was employed at Rapid Die & Molding in Cassville and later as a CNA at the Lancaster Care Center. After retiring in 2008, she moved to Beaver Dam to be near her family.

Mavis was a member of St. Mary�s Catholic Church, Glen Haven. She loved spending time with her family and dearly loved her grandchildren. Mavis enjoyed reading, watching cooking shows, and driving the country side with her sister, Eloise.

Surviving are her children: LuAnn (Bud Frederick) Hochhausen, Belleville; Julie (Scott Vogt) Hochhausen, Mt. Horeb; Steven (Diana) Hochhausen, Platteville; Kari (Curt) Raisbeck, Beaver Dam; 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and a sister Eloise Kirschbaum, Cassville,

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leon, a son Douglas, her sister Cecelia (Calvin) Harbough, and a brother-in-law LaVerne Kirschbaum.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 10:00am at St. Mary�s Catholic Church in Glen Haven with Fr. John Meinholz officiating. Burial was in the Gockel Cemetery, Glen Haven. Family and friends called on Friday, August 26, 2011 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Martin Funeral Home in Cassville, where a 7:00pm parish scripture service was held.


Donna D. Hocking

Donna D. Hocking, age 51, died on Saturday, December 4, 2010, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born in Watertown, South Dakota on May 16, 1959, the daughter of Gordon and Louellen Teeters. She belonged to a family of 3 children: two brothers, Scott and Lane Teeters.  She attended grade school in South Dakota.  The family moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Donna graduated from high school.  Donna attended Business College in Rockford, Illinois.

Donna married Bruce Hocking in July 25, 1983 in Darlington WI. They have two children, Brandon and Cali. The family farmed near Potosi.  Donna worked at Silva Arrow Trucking Co. for 5 years, and also Swiss Colony in Dickeyville.  Donna enjoyed going to Bingo with her mom and going to NASCAR races with her husband, Bruce. Donna loved animals mainly Black and white cows which decorated the kitchen and her life.  Donna loved the time she spent with her children, family and friends.

Survived by her husband Bruce of Potosi; her son, Brandon of Shullsburg; her daughter, Cali of Potosi; her father, Gordon of Whitehall, MT; her brother, Lane of San Francisco, CA; and many nieces and nephews who love her dearly and that will always love and miss her.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 10, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at Orchard Manor Nursing Home Chapel in Lancaster with Pastor Chuck Miller officiating.  Burial will be at a later date. 


Steven Hocking

Steven H. Hocking, age 60, of Lancaster, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Senior Behavioral Sciences in Platteville.  He was born July 13, 1953, the son of Harold and Carol (Paulson) Hocking.  He graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1972.  Steven married Kathryn A. Mauk at the New Diggings Primitive Methodist Church on April 7, 1973.  He was employed at the Galena Foundry and later, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.  Steven always found his way back to farming, even during other employment.  He was a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church.  Steven enjoyed hunting, fishing, and word search books.  When he and Kathryn traveled he collected hats.  He dearly loved spending time with his grandchildren. 

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn; four children:  Charlotte Hocking, Melissa Howen, Russell (Niki), and Kristopher Hocking; four grandchildren:  Dylan, Trinity, Brandon, and Elliott; his mother, Carol Hocking; and his brothers and sisters:  Mary (Irwin) Frank, Linda (Tom) Brines, Diane (Everett) Mau, John (Kay) Hocking, Becky (Dan) Kilcoyne, and Mark (Janet) Hocking.

Steven was preceded in death by his father, Harold; an infant brother, Thomas; and a granddaughter, Joslin Howen.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church with Rev. Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Friends also called on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services is serving the family


James L. Hoehl

     James L. Hoehl, age 61, of Lancaster, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, surrounded by his loving human and feline family at his home in Lancaster.  He was born on January 23, 1948, in Fergus Falls, MN, the son of Herman J. and Mildred (Taylor) Hoehl.  Jim graduated from Wausau High School in 1966. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967-1971 and furthered his education at the U.W. Marathon County Campus (Wausau, WI) and University of Wisconsin at Madison obtaining an Associates Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration, respectively.  Jim was employed with Food Services of America, Neenah, WI.  In 1989, he relocated to Lancaster to be closer to his family (especially his nephews, Brian and Jason) and worked at Grant County Social Services as a supervisor. His goal to retire and become a full-time volunteer was met in 2003.  Throughout his battle with cancer for 15 years, Jim never waivered from his goal. He gladly gave thousands of hours to over 13 committees and non-profit agencies, e.g., Lancaster Area Community Food Pantry, Salvation Army, St. Clement Church and School, Knights of Columbus, SHARE, American Cancer Society, Disabled American Veterans Transportation, and Orchard Manor.  His greatest achievement was the LIFE program that he established and sustained for the last five years.  Though not expected, he was recognized by The City of Lancaster, Disabled American Veterans, and Wisconsin Food Security Consortium for his dedication.  In addition, he was honored to serve on Bishop Morlino�s Pastoral Council.  Jim was well-known as �Uncle Jim� in Hazel Green as he proudly donned the Southwestern blue and white colors when attending school and sporting events for his nephews, Brian and Jason.  As U.W Madison alumnus, he was an unwaivering, faithful red and white Bucky Badger fan. As sick as he was, he sat up and watched his last Badger basketball game on Saturday. Jim lived for family and his extended family � the community and church.  Throughout his struggle, Jim especially appreciated the constant love and support he received from his �families�.  Their love helped him through much pain and helped him live each day to its fullest. His faith soothed him as he prepared for his journey to eternal life. 

       Survivors include his sister: Carol (Dan) Kopp, Hazel Green; nephews: Brian Kopp, Madison; Jason Kopp, Winona, MN; brother: Joe Hoehl, Platteville; nephew, Jon (Lisa) Siemonsma and children Thomas and Sydney; niece: Shelly (Mike) Eggers and children, Amanda and Adam; sister-in-law: Jan Reese, all of Sioux Falls, SD; his cats: Marigold and Elizabeth.

      He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

       Funeral services were held on Monday, February 9, 2009, at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster at 10:30 a.m. with Father William J. Seipp presiding and Msgr. Daniel T. Ganshert and Msgr. Thomas Baxter concelebrating.  Burial with military honors was at St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Sunday, February 8, 2009, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 3:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home, Lancaster.   Friends also called on Monday, from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. 

       It is Jim�s wish that memorials be sent in lieu of flowers, which in turn will be donated to local non-profit agencies.

       Jim and his family are forever grateful to extended family and friends who showed their affection and concern through countless acts of kindness in the form of prayer, meals, cards, letters and visits.  A special, heartfelt thank you to Grant County Hospice -especially Mary K. and Chris C., who so lovingly cared for Jim, as well as Father Bill and Bill Manthe for always being there for us no matter what time of day it was. 

    �Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people stay awhile and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never the same.�


Thomas J. Hoesly

     Thomas J. �Tom� Hoesly, age 59, of Lancaster, died on Friday, March 13, 2009, at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster.  He was born on September 8, 1949, in Monroe, the son of Sheldon and Marjorie (Bloom) Hoesly.  Tom graduated from New Glarus High School and attended the UW Farm and Industry Short Course in Madison.  On November 28, 1975, he was united in marriage to Vicki Swanson in New Glarus.  The couple have been residents of Grant County for over twenty years.  Tom was a dairy farmer and did custom fencing.  He enjoyed showing cattle and loved spending time with his family and friends.  Tom was a 4-H leader and volunteered for many agricultural projects throughout the farming community.

       He was preceded in death by his parents.

       Survivors include his wife, Vicki of Lancaster; his children:  Seth (Carrie) Hoesly, Berlin; Jessica (Mike) McConnell, Lancaster; two grandchildren:  Katrina and Jonathan Hoesly, Berlin; his brother, Bill Hoesly, Belleville; and his sister, Shelly (Duane) Yager, New Glarus and their son, Alex.

       Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Monday, March 16, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster.  Friends also called on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.


Betty J. Hoffman

Betty J. Snider Hoffman, age 88, of Bloomington passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at the Lancaster Care Center.

Betty was born on May 13, 1925, the daughter of Grant and Margaret (Ertz) Bennett. She was married to Clinton Snider on August 26, 1943, who preceded her in death in 1984. She then married Clarence Hoffman on November 5, 1985, who preceded her in death in 1998.

She was a member of St Mary�s Church Bloomington, and the Catholic Daughters. Betty worked at Rapid Dye in Cassville and was a cook at St Mary�s School for many years. She was an avid sports fan, and loved to play cards and spending time with her family and friends.

She farmed with her husband Clinton in Beetown Township. They raised three sons, Ronnie (Linda Bown), Cassville, Larry (Ginny Mumm), Lancaster, and Cal (Linda Schildgen), Lancaster. She is also survived by 12 Grandchildren; 28 Great-Grandchildren; a Great-Great Grandchild; three brothers, Virgil Bennett, Lancaster, Harold Bennett, Lakewood, CO, and Joe (Cory) Bennett, Moorhead, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Sr. Dorothy Bennett; her brother, Bob Bennett; her sisters-in-law, Irene Bennett, Ruth Bennett, Sophie Bennett, Geneva Bennett and Iva Bennett; and her sister-and brother-in-law, Bae and Catherine Dixon.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at St. Mary�s Catholic Church in Bloomington, with Fr. John Meinholz officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary�s Cemetery, Bloomington. Friends called from 4 to 8 pm on Friday, August 2, 2013, at St. Mary�s Catholic Church in Bloomington, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Bloomington, is assisting the family.


Jerome Hoffman

Jerome A. �Jerry� Hoffman, age 68 of Cassville, formerly of Glen Haven, passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. He was born June 30, 1945, the son of Andrew and Leta (Runde) Hoffman.  Jerry graduated from Bloomington High School in 1963.  He married Bette Ann Wackershauser on August 28 1965, at St. Mary�s Catholic Church in Glen Haven.  Jerry was employed at Economy Feed Mill, farmed in Bloomington Township, and was a janitor at Bloomington High School.  In 1985, Bette and Jerry purchased Wack�s Bar in Glen Haven from his father and mother-in-law, Embert and Arlene Wackershauser.  In 2002, they sold Wack�s Bar and Jerry went to work at Cabela�s in Prairie du Chien.  He enjoyed playing Cribbage and loved to watch his grandchildren�s sports activities. 

Surviving is his wife Bette Ann; a son, Todd (Karen Gretschmann) Hoffman; a daughter, Leah Ann (Chris) Myers; his grandchildren: Cortney (Sam) Weinstock, Cody and Tyler Glass, Samantha and Olivia Myers; a great-granddaughter, Evy Weinstock and one on the way; his mother, Leta Hoffman; his mother-in-law, Arlene Wackershauser; his brothers:  Duane (Linda) and Brent (Doreen) Hoffman; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew and his father-n-law, Embert Wackershauser.

In keeping with Jerry�s wishes, a Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Up The Street Bar in Glen Haven.  Private family burial will be held at a later date.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Jerry Hoffman Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cassville is assisting the family.


John Hoffman

John A. Hoffman, age 74, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. He was born December 12, 1941 at home in Smelser Township, the son of Elmer and Mary (Scharff) Hoffman. John graduated from Cassville High School in 1960. He served in the U. S. Army from 1963 to 1966 in Germany, and from 1966 to 1972 in Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. On November 3, 1973 he was united into marriage to Marian E. Roesch. John worked for area farmers in his early years. He was later employed at Flexsteel and A. Y. McDonald both in Dubuque. John enjoyed taking care of his garden, yard and bird watching. He also liked having coffee with his friends at the Roadhouse and Haverland's Bar. John was a member of the American Legion Post No. 473 and Berg Averkamp VFW Post No. 5272 in Potosi. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone.

Surviving is his wife of 42 years, Marian; his children, Angela Cooley and Brian (Sheryl) Hoffman; three grandchildren, Blake Cooley, Dakota and Cheyenne Hoffman; mother-in-law, Mercille Roesch; his siblings, Paul (Donna), Richard (Edna), Jeanette (Hubert) Nohns, Arthur, Brenda, George (Kathy) Hoffman; and many nieces, nephews, & members of the Roesch family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Raymond; and his father-in-law, Eldon Roesch.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Martin Funeral Home in Potosi with Pastor Gordon Cunningham officiating. Burial with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 473 and Berg Averkamp VFW Post No. 5272, was in the Van Buren Cemetery, Potosi. Family and friends called on Monday, August 22, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Potosi, and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.


Mary I. Hoffman

Mary I. Hoffman, age 84, of Lancaster, passed away Sunday August 30, 2015 surrounded by her loving family at her home.  She was born on June 29, 1931, the daughter of Clarence and Rose (Henseler) Tiber.  Mary graduated from Tomah High School and attended nursing school in Marshfield, WI.  She married LeRoy A. Hoffman on June 10, 1953, at St. James Catholic Church in Camp Douglas, WI.  After their marriage, the couple moved to New Mexico while LeRoy served in the United States Air Force.  They returned to Tomah, where Mary was employed as a nurse's aide.  Upon moving to Lancaster, she raised her family as a wonderful mother. In retirement, Mary was employed at Dick's Supermarket.  She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America Court of St. Rita #670.  Mary enjoyed going to auctions, garage sales, crafting, and her garden.  She loved keeping up with her family and their activities.

Survivors include her husband, LeRoy; their children:  Linda (Bernie) Adrian; Mark, David (Melody), James (Terre) Hoffman; Colleen (David) Landon; Angela (Donald) Pagenkopf; Kurt Hoffman; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; her siblings:  Carol Walcker; Curtis (Ellen), Thomas (Vicki) Tiber; a brother-in-law, James Menke; many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Debra; her sister, Eileen Menke; a brother-in-law, Don Walcker.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Reverend John Sasse officiating.  Burial was in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Mary I. Hoffman Memorial Fund has been established.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is serving the family.


Ronald J. Hoffman

Ronald J. �Ron� Hoffman, age 55, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 11, 2014.  He was born on January 2, 1959, in Lancaster, the son of Charles and Frances (Critchlow) Hoffman.  Ron graduated from Bloomington High School.  He was employed as a truck driver most of his life, currently employed with Bausch Trucking.  Ron was an avid outdoorsman.  He especially enjoyed trapping and gardening. 

Survivors include his brothers and sister:  Douglas (Marilyn) Hoffman, Bloomington; Mary (Marcus) Schildgen, Bloomington; Jim (Doreen) Hoffman, Waterloo; special friend, Iola Knutson, Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents.

In honor of Ron�s wishes, there was no services.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Bloomington is assisting the family.


Douglas D. Holt

     Douglas D. Holt, age 37, of Platteville, formerly of Potosi, died unexpectedly Friday, July 25, 2008 at his home.  He was born on August 20, 1970 in Lancaster, the son of Donald and Ella (Helbing) Holt.  Doug graduated from Lancaster High School in 1987.

     Doug liked mechanics, motorcycles, playing cards, throwing the frisbee, telling jokes and spending time with family and friends.

     Doug is survived by his mother, Ella Kittoe, Potosi;  two brothers and two sisters:  Larry Holt, Potosi, Pam Arnold, Potosi, Donell Hefel, Dubuque, IA and Kevin Holt, Belmont; many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his father, Donald; his brother, Dennis; his step-father, Bob Kittoe; brother-in-law, Kelly Arnold and his grandparents.

     Funeral services were held on Monday, July 28, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial was held at a later date in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson.  Family and friends were welcomed on Sunday, July 27, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home in Potosi and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the funeral home. 


Jean Holt

Jean N. Holt, age 81, of Platteville, WI, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at Gray�s Nursing Home in Platteville.  Jean was born on November 17, 1931 in Rockville, WI, a daughter of Harry and Lillon (Rice) Shaw.  She graduated from Potosi High School in 1949. Jean married Arthur Luverne Holt on November 25, 1950.  She retired from A.Y. McDonald in Dubuque in 1994.

Jean was a member of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ in Cornelia.  She enjoyed doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles, crocheting, feeding and watching birds, gardening, and vacationing in Northern Wisconsin.  She also enjoyed her daily lunches with friends.

Jean is survived by her children, Eldon (Lufel) Holt, Connie (Hollis) Stoltz, Richard Holt, Harry (Trudy) Holt, John (Brenda) Holt, and Susan (Marty) White; a sister, Sharon Stenulson; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; her parents; a sister, Shirley White; a brother-in-law, Kenny Stenulson; and a granddaughter, Melissa Moore.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 5, 2012 at the Mt. Zion United Church of Christ in Cornelia, with Rev. Mary Ann Floerke officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Church Cemetery.  Friends called from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, October 4, at Martin Funeral Home in Potosi, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.


Kevin Holt

Kevin L. Holt, age 43, of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at his home.  He was born on September 30, 1971, in Lancaster, the son of Donald T. and Ella M. (Helbing) Holt.  Kevin attended Potosi Schools and drove semi for several years.  He later farmed in the Belmont and Darlington areas.  After farming, Kevin drove semi again and was currently employed at Nu-Pak in Boscobel.  He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, playing video games and working on cars.  Kevin dearly loved spending time with his two boys, Xander and Dwight.

Survivors include his two sons:  Xander and Dwight Holt; his mother, Ella Kittoe, Potosi; his siblings:  Larry Holt, Potosi; Pam Arnold, Lancaster; Donell Hefel, Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, two brothers, Dennis and Douglas and his brother-in-law, Kelly Arnold.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 12:00 noon at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial was in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson.  Family and friends called on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is assisting the family.


Mercedes W. Holzer

Mercedes W. Holzer, age 92, of Lancaster, died on Saturday, July 17, 2010, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born on August 12, 1917, in the Boice Creek area of Potosi Township, the daughter of Frank and Rosa (Pennekamp) Holzer.  During World War II, she was employed with Allis Chalmers in West Allis.  She later worked for the Burgess Battery Factory in Platteville, upon its closing; she was employed at the Best Western Welcome Inn, Lancaster.  Mercedes enjoyed cooking, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and gardening.  She was a member of St. Clement Church.

Survivors include her sisters, Mildred Herman, Greenfield; Charlotte Hying, Platteville; two sisters-in-law, Eileen Holzer, Fennimore; Marjorie Holzer, Lancaster; many nieces and nephews.

Mercedes was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers: Donald, Msgr. Ambrose, Norbert, and Jerome; and six sisters: Isabel Flesch, Louise Sarge, Bernadine, Dorothy, Mary, and Rita Holzer.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Father William Seipp officiating.  Burial was in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Monday, July 19, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster where a 3:45 p.m. rosary will be held.  Friends also called on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. 


Loren H. Holzinger

      Loren H. Holzinger, age 81, of Lancaster, died on Saturday, June 27, 2009, surrounded by his family at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa

       He was born on March 10, 1928, in Lancaster, the son of Ellsworth and Ruth (Petty) Holzinger.  Loren was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church.  He attended Rock School and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1946.  Loren enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed in Japan during World War II.  Following his honorable discharge in December of 1947, he was employed by the REA.  On June 9, 1948, Loren was united in marriage to Shirley Johnson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  They were dairy farmers at Hurricane until 1960, when they moved to Five Points, the Johnson family farm, where Loren raised Herefords and Simmentals.  During this time, Loren was also a DeKalb Seed Corn Dealer.  He retired in 1989, when he and Shirley moved to Lancaster.  Loren will be remembered for his special personality including his many famous comments.  A devoted husband, father and grandfather, his family always came first.  His interests included the Chicago Cubs, deer hunting, fishing, and the Flying Arrows Softball team.

       He is lovingly survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Shirley Holzinger, Lancaster; his five children:  Nancy (Tim) Coles, Lincoln, NE; Charles Holzinger, Carrollton, TX; Peggy (Greg) Jackson, Loyal, WI; Linda Holzinger, Cheyenne, WY; and David (Lynn) Holzinger, Lancaster.  �Bumpa� will be greatly missed by ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two nieces and two nephews.

       In addition to his parents, Loren was preceded in death by his sisters: Agnes Gates and Dorothy Holzinger and his brothers: Harold and Howard Holzinger.

       Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial with military honors was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Monday, June 29, 2009, from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster.  In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be given to the Lancaster High School Softball program.


Elgin Hooker

Elgin J. Hooker, age 90, of Hillsboro, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Heritage Manor in Elroy, WI.  He was born on November 13, 1924, in Hillsboro, the son of Edward and Mary (Snorek) Hooker.  Elgin attended school in Hillsboro.  On October 28, 1947, he was united in marriage to Sylvia A. Kouba at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hillsboro.  Elgin was employed with St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital for over thirty years, retiring as a purchasing agent in 1986.  He enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing and hunting squirrels.  Elgin was known for his large garden and sharing his produce with the Hillsboro community.  He also enjoyed gathering and picking out hickory nuts and black walnuts.  Elgin was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his children:  Albert Hooker, Hazel Crest, IL; Thomas Hooker, Wausau; Carol (Terrence) Schwartz, Lancaster; a grandson, Anthony Schwartz, Madison; a sister, Marie Hooker, Hillsboro; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Hooker, Hillsboro; other relatives and many friends.

Elgin was preceded in death by an infant son, Duane; his wife, Sylvia in 2003; his brothers and sister:  Marvin (Agnes) Hooker; Bessie (Ernest) Wopat; William Hooker in infancy; Donald (Marie) Hooker; Edward Hooker; and a daughter-in-law, Denise Hooker.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hillsboro with Father Donald Bauer officiating.  Burial was in St.  John's Cemetery, Union Township.  Family and friends called on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, an Elgin J. Hooker Memorial Fund has been established.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is serving the family.


Eugene "Gene" F. Hore

Eugene �Gene� Francis Hore, age 70, of Lancaster, died on Thursday, October 8, 2009, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  He was born on January 30, 1939, in Lancaster, Wisconsin, the son of Louis and Alberta (Burbach) Hore.  He graduated from Lancaster High School in 1957.  Gene enlisted in the United States Army in 1958 and served his country in Germany as a Military Police Officer.  He was honorably discharged in 1962.  On February 24, 1966, Gene was united in marriage to Lureen Burns in Minnesota.  After their marriage, he was employed as a Supervisor of Quality Control at Skyline for many years, retiring in 1994.  Gene was a member of the William Pollock VFW Post No. 2344 of Lancaster.  He enjoyed collecting guns.

        In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Burbach.

       Survivors include his wife, Lureen Hore, Lancaster; three children:  Alan (fianc� Vicki) Hore, Lancaster; Amy (Scott) Wolbers, Naples, FL; Sara (Bob) Jones, Dodgeville; five grandchildren: Andrea and Emily Wolbers, Victoria Hore, Taylor Ore, and Tristan Jones; one brother, James (Mary) Hore, Lancaster; two sisters, Grace (Matt) Lorscheter, Cassville; Josephine Faherty, Burnsville, MN; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dick and Nola Burns, Lancaster; sister-in-law, Harriet Burback, Platteville; many nieces and nephews and many friends.

       Funeral services were held on Monday, October 12, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster with Pastor Barbara Cook officiating where military honors were conducted.  Burial will be held at a later date.  Friends called on Sunday, October 11, 2009, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services on Monday.


Lureen A. Hore

Lureen A. Hore, age 67, of Lancaster, died on Monday, November 22, 2010, at Lancaster Care Center.  She was born on November 2, 1943 in Lancaster, the daughter of George and Susie (Benoy) Burns.  Lureen graduated from Lancaster High School in 1961.  She furthered her education in Milwaukee to become a legal secretary. On February 24, 1966, Lureen was united in marriage to Eugene �Gene� F. Hore in Minnesota.  Lureen loved her job as a legal secretary for Morse and Roggensack Attorneys in Lancaster until her retirement on July 1, 2007.  She was a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church.  Lureen enjoyed quilting with her many friends, reading, and working on family genealogy.

Survivors include three children:  Alan (Vicki) Hore, Lancaster; Amy (Scott) Wolbers, Naples, FL; Sara (Bob) Jones, Dodgeville; five grandchildren: Andrea and Emily Wolbers, Victoria Hore, Taylor Ore, and Tristan Jones; her brother, Richard (Nola) Burns, Lancaster; three sisters-in-law, Grace (Matt) Lorscheter, Cassville; Josephine Faherty, Burnsville, MN; Harriet Burback, Platteville; three brothers-in-law, Virgil Kelly, Potosi; Del Schuster, and James (Mary) Hore, all of Lancaster; many nieces and nephews and many friends.

Lureen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Gene on October 8, 2009; four sisters, Dorothy Collins, Irene Kelly, Patricia Kress, and Nancy Schuster; five brothers, Virgil, Clarence, and Orville Burns; Forrest and Fred Fritz.

Funeral services were held on Friday, November 26, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church with Pastor Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial was held at a later date.  Friends called on Friday, November 26, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster is in charge of the arrangements.


MaKayla A. "Mak" Hore

MaKayla A. �Mak� Hore, age 15, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012, as the result of an automobile accident in Liberty Township, Grant County. MaKayla was born in Lancaster on September 17, 1997, a daughter of Thomas and Anne (Mergen) Hore.

She was a freshman at Lancaster High School. MaKayla excelled in school along with many sports activities, which included volleyball, track, softball, and was very passionate about basketball. She sang in the school choir, and was a member of student council and the Leo Club. MaKayla loved her sports, camping at Lake Joy, playing video games, listening to music and hanging out with her family and friends. She had a heart of gold and a smile that lit up a room.

MaKayla is survived by her parents, Tom and Anne; her brother, Justin; her sister, Jena; her grandparents, James and Mary Hore, and Robert and Mary Mergen; her aunts, Jean Hore; Pauline (Jeff) Rice and their children, Ben and Samantha Rice; her uncles, Jim (Sue Reinhardt) Mergen and his children, Eric and Brittany Mergen; Steve (Michele Hewitt) Mergen. She also had many friends, including special friends, Jessi Johanning, Kindra Yoose, Carly Hauth and Zach Hentrich.

She was preceded in death by her uncle, William �Bill�Hore.

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Lancaster Senior High School Gymnasium with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating. A private family burial service will be held. Friends called on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Lancaster Senior High School Gymnasium.

In lieu of plants and flowers, a MaKayla A. Hore memorial fund has been established.


William J. "Bill" Hore

     William J. �Bill� Hore, age 52, of Lancaster, died on Thursday, January 21, 2010, at UW Hospitals and Clinics in Madison.  He was born on November 24, 1957, in Lancaster, the son of James and Mary (Williams) Hore.  He graduated from Lancaster High School in 1976.  On June 3, 1983, Bill was united in marriage to Jean Heer in Fennimore.  He was employed at Latham Tire and Service and Zippy�s Brass Rail in Lancaster.  Bill loved camping and spending time with his family and friends. 

       Survivors include his wife, Jean Hore; his parents, Jim and Mary Hore; his brother, Tom (Anne) Hore and their children, Justin, Jena, and MaKayla, all of Lancaster; sister, Pauline (Jeff) Rice and their children, Ben and Samantha, all of Bartlett, IL; his mother-in-law, Arlene Heer-Reilly, Fennimore; brother and sisters-in-law: Jerome (Ellen Engelkin) Heer and their daughter, Jane, Wauwatosa; Judy (Mark) Johnson and their daughters, Kari and Sarah, all of LaCrosse; Jan (Cecil) Segelken; Eau Claire; other relatives and many friends.

       Bill was preceded in death by his father-in-law, John Heer.

       Family and friends called on Sunday, January 24, 2010, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster.  Private family memorial services will be held at a later date. 


Arlene M. Horsfall

     Arlene Mary (Krueger) Horsfall, age 80, formerly of the areas of Prairie du Chien and Lancaster, passed away quietly at Harmony Assisted Living in Sun Prairie on December 16, 2008 after a short illness.  She was the wife of the late William Horsfall originally from Bloomington, WI.  Arlene was born on December 12, 1928 in Dodgeville, the oldest daughter of George and Louise (Cathman) Krueger.  She was an �A� student in her time at the Little Red School in Millville, WI.  Arlene married Bill Holpin in 1945 and they would later divorce.  They had three sons:  James (deceased), Madison, Larry (Sharon) Holpin and Michael (Elaine) Holpin, both of Oregon, WI.  She later married William �Bill� Horsfall of Bloomington on December 10, 1954.  To this union, Arlene would have one son, William (Michele) Horsfall, Cedar Falls, IA.  She would help raise six children from Bill�s previous marriage to Dorothy (Sudmeier) Horsfall who had previously passed away.  His daughters, Joanne (David, deceased) Kaioula, Donna Horsfall and Joyce (Harold) Taylor, all of Madison and his sons, Roger (deceased) daughter-in-law, Donna Horsfall, Madison, Ed (Judy) Horsfall, Cottage Grove and Leonard (Donna) Horsfall, Norfolk, VA.

       Arlene loved to go fishing and enjoyed camping.  She loved to cook and clean house for her family.  Arlene loved her cat (Beebee) who she would give up to her son, William in Iowa.  She also enjoyed singing the oldies, writing songs and poetry.  Arlene will be remembered for her apple pie.

        Arlene is survived by her sister, Loretta Lenzendorf, Lancaster; two of her three sons, five of her six step-children and her youngest son to her second marriage.  She is also survived by nine natural grandchildren, 17 step-grandchildren and many great-grandchildren from both marriages; an aunt, Mildred Eckbald, MN and many nieces and nephews.

        She was preceded in death by her parents; both of her husbands; a sister, Beverly Foster; a brother-in-law, Bernard Lenzendorf; her son James Holpin and a step-son, Roger Horsfall.

        Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 22, 2008 at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Father William Seipp officiating.  Burial was held in St. Clement Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Monday at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster served the family. 


Hannahmarie Horsfall

Hannahmarie (Webb) Horsfall, age 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 12, 2016, at Manor Care in Platteville, after 8 years of dialysis treatment at Tri-State Dialysis in Platteville. She was born January 12, 1933, the daughter of Thomas and Florence (Slater) Webb, Sr. Hannahmarie graduated from Lancaster High School in 1951. She was employed in Savannah, IL, then traveled to Chicago and found work as a secretary for Continental Life and Casualty Insurance Company. During her trips back to visit family she met Calvin "Chester" Horsfall, and they married on March 16, 1963. Together they resided in Bloomington and raised their two daughters Sally and Linda. Hannahmarie�s greatest attribute was her willingness to do for others. This was evident in her 22 year career as a CNA at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster. She also served as a Little Grant 4-H club leader. Sports were not a huge love for her, but she loved every moment of sitting in the bleachers and cheering on her daughters when they played for the Bloomington Bluejays.  Hannahmarie found even more pleasure watching her grandsons play football for the Lancaster Flying Arrows. She also made sure that each of her children and grandchildren made it to Wrigley Field to cheer on the Chicago Cubs. Hannahmarie was a beautiful lady inside and out. May her legacy of kindness live on in all the lives she touched.

Surviving is her husband Chester of 53 years, who faithfully cared for her until she became a resident at Manor Care.  Two daughters;  Sally Hanson, Dodgeville, Linda (Carl) Ihm , Lancaster. Her life was blessed with four grandsons, Stephen (Chelsey),  Daniel, Matthew, and Jacob Ihm, two granddaughters,  Rachel Ihm and Dana Hanson. A smile always appeared on Grandma Hannah's face when she saw her two great-granddaughter's: Georgia and Ruby Ihm. Also surviving is a sister Audery (Herman) Kruse and a brother Tom Webb, Jr. and nieces and nephews.  

Hannahmarie was preceded in death by her parents, and her stepfather Earl Dailey.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bloomington United Methodist Church with Rev. Mary Ann Floerke officiating. Burial was in the Little Grant Cemetery. Family and friends called on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bloomington United Methodist Church and on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home and Crematory of Bloomington is serving the family.


Hugh Joseph Horsfall

     Hugh Joseph Horsfall, age 67, passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2008 on the farm with loved ones by his side.  Joe was born on June 30, 1941 in Boscobel, WI to Keith and Elizabeth (Schmeltz) Horsfall.  He attended school at Patch Grove High School.  On August 26, 1961 he married Sharon Kasparek at St. John�s in Patch Grove.

     Joe and Sharon shared the passion of spending time on the farm with their dearly loved grandchildren.  One of the most amazing things about Joe is that he cherished every moment of his time with each grandchild and he made them feel uniquely special.  His life was blessed with many great memories with family and friends.  One of the greatest joys in life was deer hunting at the Horsfall Deer Ranch.  Of all the deer hunting seasons and hundreds of deer shot on the farm, the greatest joy for him was family and friends and the stories behind every season.  The things that brought great pride to him were driving tractors, harvesting the crops and farming with his family.

     Joe is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon; five children: Shari (Charles) Christ, Prairie du Chien, Hugh (Charlene) Horsfall, Jr., Verona, Denise (Robert) Ocker, Lake Geneva, Kimberly (Nick) Kirch, Barneveld, Jamie (Heather) Horsfall, Prairie du Chien; eleven dearly loved grandchildren:  Ashley (Seth)  Rice, Joie Rae and Jacob Horsfall, Ava Ocker, Olivia and Maggie Horsfall, Hope and Sierra Francis, Keller, Johan and Clark Kirch, and his siblings, Jean Decker (Joe�s twin sister), Prairie du Chien, Walt (Kathy) Horsfall, Harpers Ferry and Jack (Sue) Horsfall, LaCrosse.

      He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Debbie Govier.

     Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at St. John�s Catholic Church in Patch Grove with Father Bart Timmerman officiating.  Burial was held at Calvary Cemetery, Prairie du Chien.  Friends called from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2008 at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church. 

     In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to be made to be disbursed to local and charitable cancer organizations in Joe�s memory.


Mary C. Hoskins

     Mary C. Hoskins, age 87, a longtime Lancaster resident, passed away at her home, with family members present, on July 25, 2009, after a short illness.  She was born in Lancaster on August 30, 1921, the daughter of Genevive Bennett Carthew and Attorney Harry E. Carthew.  Mary attended Carlton College in Northfield, MN, before graduating from National Teachers College in Evanston, IL, in June, 1943. She worked at Hull House in Chicago prior to teaching first grade at Country Day School in Rockford, IL, then taught as a substitute in Madison, and later taught kindergarten in Lancaster.  She retired from teaching to raise her family.

      She was preceded in death by her husband, best friend and confidant of 59 years, Mark H. Hoskins, Sr., by her beloved daughter Ann Hoskins Germansen and by her parents. 

      She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mark H. Hoskins, Jr. (Cleo) of Lancaster; five grandchildren: Ted Germansen of Missoula, MT, Matt (Jennie) Germansen of Flagstaff, AZ, Jennifer (Jim) Wolf of Darlington, WI, Mike (Tiffany) Hoskins of Atlanta, GA and Jeff (Jami) Hoskins of Rockford, IL, plus two great-grandchildren.  She also continued to retain close family ties with her former son-in-law, Jerry (C�Ann) Germansen of Humboldt, AZ and her first cousin, Joe Bennett of South Carolina.

     During retirement Mary enjoyed many happy years in San Diego, before returning to Lancaster after the death of her husband, Mark.  She was a member, officeholder and past president of Lancaster�s PEO, Chapter X, and a lifelong member of the Lancaster Congregational Church, where she previously volunteered for numerous church functions and taught Sunday School.  In prior years, she enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, and also golf, for which she is remembered as the first female to score a hole-in-one at Lancaster Country Club.

      The family conveys special thanks to Dr. Eric Stader, Grant Regional Health Center, Home Care Select and the Grant County Hospice program for the wonderful care and medical attention provided to Mary during her last illness.  The Schwartz Funeral Home is serving the family.

      A private family memorial service was heldIn lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grant County Hospice program, 111 South Jefferson, Lancaster, WI 53813, in recognition of the exceptional care Hospice provides to Grant County�s citizens.


Florence Houghton

Florence M. Houghton, age 90, of Muncie, IN, formerly of Lancaster, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Westminster Village in Muncie, IN.  She was born on July 10, 1925, in Lancaster, the daughter of Grover and Maisie "Bessie" (Gates) Houghton.  Florence graduated from Lancaster High School in 1943.  She pursued a career in nursing, which took her to Chicago, IL.  Florence later became a teacher at Ball State University School of Nursing from 1967 until 1986.  She enjoyed traveling, which led to extensive trips overseas and throughout the United States.  Florence loved her family and keeping up with their activities. 

Survivors include a step-brother, Gerald "Jerry" Krohn; step-nieces:  Vickie Krohn, Kathy (Rod) Schramm, Sharon (Todd) Hammen; a step-great-niece, Shelby Schramm; two step-nephews:  Trevor and Troy Hammen.

In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Ruth Krohn.

Private family graveside services were held on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Dodge Cemetery, Beetown Township.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Melvin Houghton

Melvin L. Houghton, age 89, of Cassville, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at UW Hospitals and Clinics in Madison surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on August 14, 1926, in Beetown Township, the son of Louis and Helena (Bast) Houghton.  Mel graduated from Lancaster High School.  He served in the United States Army Air Corp. during World War II.  On July 19, 1947, Mel married Ruth M. Bossert at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Burton.  Together they farmed for over twenty-eight years.  Mel and Ruth began farming on the Bossert Family Farm and in 1954, they purchased a farm in Cassville Township.  He was employed as the curator at Stonefield Historic Site in Cassville for twenty-eight years.  Mel served on the Cassville Village Board, Ferry Commission Board, and an active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Cassville.  He was a member of the Free & Accepted Masons and the Mumm Welsch American Legion Post No. 352.

Survivors include his children:  Ruth Ann (Stephen) Kundert; Deborah (David) Byrge; Daniel (Leah Gaye) Houghton; Mary (Randy) Hatlen; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lois Houghton; nieces, nephews, and members of the Bossert family.

Mel was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Ruth; a sister, Goldie Hines and a brother, Lyle Houghton. 

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 12:00 noon at Martin Funeral Home in Cassville with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial with military honors accorded by Mumm Welsch American Legion Post No. 352 and the VFW Post No. 7080 was in Cassville Cemetery, Cassville.  Family and friends called on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home where a 9:45 a.m. Masonic service will be held.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Melvin L. Houghton Memorial Fund has been established.


Harold C. Houston

     Harold C. "Jude" Houston, Jr., age 74, of Potosi died Thursday, April 2, 2009 at his home.  He was born on February 7, 1935, the son of Harold and Winifred (Brown) Houston, Sr. in Sparta, WI.  Harold attended Wards School and graduated from Sparta High School in 1953.  He enlisted in the United States Army in May of 1957 and was honourably discharged in May of 1959.  Harold was united in marriage to Dona M. Krga on February 2, 1963 at Hegewisch United Methodist Church in Chicago, IL.  He worked as a machinist for 36 years for Republic Steel/LTV Steel in Chicago.  Harold retired in 1990 and moved to rural Potosi. 

     Harold was a member of 1st Congregational Church of Sparta and Hegewisch United Methodist Church in Chicago, IL.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, gardening and woodworking.  Harold also was a Boy Scout Leader for Pack and Troop 226, Calumet Council, Indiana.   He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

       Harold is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dona, Potosi; four children, Tina M. Houston, Potosi, George R. (Tina) Houston, Lake in the Hills, IL, Gail M. (Andy) Hill, South Beloit, IL and Andrew C. Houston, Thornton, IL; five grandchildren, Andrew Jr., Raymond, Rachel, Matthew and Eric; his sister, Dawn Hart, Libby, MT and his brother, Richard W. (Connie) Houston, Hobart, IN; three sisters-in-law, Arlene Houston, Dyer, IN, Mary (Greg) Litchfield, Bloomington, IL and Marilyn Monk, Steger, IL; other relatives and friends.

       He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert Houston and a brother-in-law, Donald Hart.

       Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2009 at Davies Memorial Church of Christ in Potosi with Teri A. Hanson officiating.  Burial of his cremains will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Sparta at a later date.  Family and friends were welcome on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

       In lieu of flowers and plants, the family prefers Memorials to the Wisconsin Kidney Foundation.


John Hovancak

John C. Hovancak, Jr., age 66, of Dodgeville, died Thursday, July 14, 2016, in an automobile accident in Potosi Township, Grant County.  John was born on August 21, 1949 in Harvey, IL, the son of John & Vernabelle (Retzlaff) Hovancak, Sr.  

John went to Ascension grade school and high school at Thorton Township. After attending Thorton Junior College, he took flying lessons for a pilot's license in 1968; he then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in Biloxi, MS in 1969, Hurricane Camille struck. His tech school was suspended and he was assigned to Rescue and Recovery duty and later to Shaw Air Force Base as an Electronic Warfare Technician, serving a F-4 Phantom Fighter Jet crew.

John learned piano and organ as a child, and as a teenager played as organist and a singer in several Rock 'n Roll bands, including Theodore Telephone. Later, John fixed and restored the family player piano and began his life work of building and restoring antique, automatic music machines and music boxes. His love of all different types of music was a big part of his life.

A project of restoring his parent's old player piano led him on a search of some parts. He was directed to Dave Ramey of Chicago Heights, IL, who had done work on various player pianos for Svoboda's Nickelodeon Tavern in the same area. John later became an apprentice to Dave in the restoration of mechanical musical instruments. They would later take trips to the Dodgeville area to work on instruments owned by Alex Jordan at the House on the Rock. John was later offered a full time position at the House on the Rock.

In 1972, he moved to Wisconsin with his then girlfriend, Rebecca Otterstedt, of Peoria, IL to design and build 8 major music machines displayed at the House on the Rock, with the help of Dan Meuer of Dodgeville. He recently redesigned, rebuilt and restored one of those machines in the "Streets of Yesterday", which he built over 35 years ago.

John continued to collaborate on the restoration of many, many orchestrions for various collectors. John's meticulous restorations and strife for historical accuracy required him to spend an immense amount of time conducting historical research, as some organs were rescued in all states of conditions. These historical wonders live on in major collections and museums around the world.

In the mid 1970's he received an unusual request.  Maestro Frank Italiano, the conductor of the Symphony of the Hills, offered John the unusual experience of sitting in the center of an orchestra during a performance. This invitation came as a result of Italiano and orchestra students touring the House on the Rock and experiencing the collection of mechanical musical instruments under John's work. John was later to write about this experience to invite patrons to bid the opportunity to enjoy the same experience to raise funds for the symphony.

John "The Wiz" purchased a home in Dodgeville in 1974, having fallen in love with the area and the people. Becky and he married in March of 1984 in Las Vegas, and welcomed their daughter, Cassandra Diane, in September 1985, and son, Joshua John, in April 1989.

Being inspired by Flash Gordon as a child, John had an interest of model rocketry, and had won first place at the Illinois State Science Fair by launching a rocket containing a live mouse. Both rocket and mouse returned to earth safely (This was before the first moon launch). He shared this love of science and mechanical things with his son, Josh, and together they enjoyed many trips to model rocket launches and events around the United States.

John requested the song "America the Beautiful" by Ray Charles be played for him, "As the lyrics really mean what I feel about this country." John loved spending his free time being outdoors, reading, and being with his friends and his companion, Karen Cooley of Dodgeville.

John is survived by his daughter, Cassandra Hovancak, Brooklyn, NY; his son, Joshua Hovancak, Montfort, WI; and a sister, Nina Sparger, South Holland, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Please join us to celebrate the life of John "The Wiz" Hovancak Jr, on Sunday, July 31, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. until dusk. Come share your memories and stories at "Bray's Pond", located at 4719 Brennan Road, Dodgeville.


Joslin L. Howen

Joslin L. Howen, age 4, of Lancaster, died of natural causes on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at her home. She was bornon January 11, 2007, in Dodgeville, the daughter of Timothy and Melissa (Hocking) Howen. Joslin attended 4K and Early Childhood at Winskill Elementary School in Lancaster. She attended church and Sunday school at the Lancaster United Methodist Church. Joslin loved to fish and play with her favorite dolly.

Survivors include her parents; her brother, Elliott Howen; her grandparents: Steve (Kathryn) Hocking, Geraldine Wieczorek, and Richard Howen; her great-grandmothers: Carol Hocking and Arlene Mauk; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joslin was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers: Harold Hocking and Fred Mauk.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 10, 2011, at 10:30 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, October 9, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster and on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers a Joslin L. Howen Memorial Fund has been established.


Dorothy Hubler

Dorothy Ann Hubler, age 81, passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Manor Care in Platteville.

Dorothy was born on August 10, 1932, in Platteville, the daughter of Earl �Pat� and Mathilda (Klar) Hubler.  She was a graduate of St. Mary�s Grade School and Platteville High School.  She was employed at Schultz Brothers Store, was an office assistant for Dr. F.J. Naze, DDS, and was later employed at Spurgeon�s Store.

Dorothy was an active member of St. Mary�s Church and its CCW.  Prior to her illness she worked at many of the parish functions.  She also was an active member of both the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary.

Dorothy enjoyed participating in Manor Care�s various activities, especially doing the jigsaw puzzles, Bingo, musical programs, and helping with decorating for the holidays.  She also had an interest in Geneology. 

Dorothy is survived by her brothers, Paul, William, and Don Hubler; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Cletus; and a sister & brother-in-law, Mary and Clem Duve.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 am on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at St. Mary�s Catholic Church, Platteville, with her cousin, Fr. Francis J. Steffen officiating.  Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Platteville.  Friends called from 9 am until the start of the service Saturday at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville is serving the family.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Dorothy A. Hubler memorial fund has been established.  Dorothy�s family wishes to thank Manor Care for their wonderful care and concern over the past eleven years as Dorothy struggled with M.S.


Richard C. Huff

Richard C. Huff, 65, Jefferson, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Madison.  He was born on July 30, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of the late Elwood and Algie (Beetham) Huff.  Richard attended West Grant High School in Patch Grove, Wisconsin.  He moved to the Madison area in 1964 and had resided in Sun Prairie, Madison, Lake Mills, and Jefferson during the past 46 years.

Richard never married and is survived by two brothers; Larry Huff of Mesa, AZ and William Huff of Upland, CA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at the Claussen Funeral Home in Lake Mills with the Rev. Beth Rohn-Habhegger officiating.  Friends called at the funeral home from 4 p.m. on Thursday until the time of service.

A memorial visitation was held on Friday, May 20, 2011, from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster, Wisconsin.  Burial followed at the Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster.

The family would like to thank the hospital staffs at Fort Atkinson, University, and Select Specialty; and the funeral directors for their assistance and concern.


Jason W. Hugill

     Jason W. Hugill, age 37, of Lancaster, died on Sunday, August 24, 2008, in Lancaster.  He was born on November 12, 1970, in Dodgeville, the son of William and Joann (Colson) Hugill.  Jason attended school in Fennimore.  On June 17, 2005, he was united in marriage to Shali Morrow in Lancaster.  After their marriage, the couple resided in Lancaster.  Jason was employed as a mill worker in Lancaster.  He loved bow hunting, fishing, watching UFC fights, socializing and spending time with his family and friends.  He had a great sense of humor and was loved by all who knew him.

     Survivors include his wife, Shali Hugill of Lancaster; his step-children: Shea Bennett, Platteville; Chelsea Bennett, Lancaster; Tashia, Lancaster; his children: Taylor Kartman, Colton Kartman, Caden Kartman, all of Fennimore; his parents: William and Joann Hugill, Lancaster; his brothers and sisters:  Chad (Christy) Hugill, Fennimore; Troy (Sheri) Hugill, Platteville; Heather (John Chyko) Hugill, Lancaster; Tracy (Matthew) Smith, Cross Plaines; Stacey Hugill, Lancaster; Travis Hugill, Lancaster; mother and father-in-law: Lyle and Karen Morrow, Lancaster; close friend, Derek Millin, Lancaster; other relatives and many friends.

     Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents: Wilbur and Alice Colson and Harold and Charlotte Hugill, his great-grandmother: Nora Hugill and great-grandfather, Arch Hugill.

     Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 28, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Private family burial was at a later date. Friends called on Thursday, August 28, 2008, from 3:00 p.m. until time of services.


William J. Hullermann

     William �Bill� J. Hullermann, age 48, of Patch Grove, died Sunday, October 25, 2009 at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in LaCrosse.  He was born on October 8, 1961, the son of Thomas and Lois (Reth) Hullermann in Dyersville, IA.  Bill graduated from West Grant High School in 1980.  He was united in marriage to Lori J. Bradley on August 2, 1980 at St. John�s Catholic Church in Patch Grove.  Together they farmed with Bill�s parents and purchased the family farm in 1996.  They also owned and operated Hullermann Trucking.  Bill was a member of the Blakes Prairie Jr. Fair Board and loved being on the river and having fun with his family and friends. 

       Bill is survived by his wife, Lori, Patch Grove; five children:  Chase Hullermann, Mt. Hope, Chassity (Mike) Bennett, Lancaster and their children: Tyler, Tommy and Grace; Crystal (fianc�, Aaron Knapp) Hullermann, Lancaster, Curtis Hullermann, Patch Grove and Courtney (Dan Duncan) Hullermann, Lancaster; his mother, Lois Hullermann, Fennimore; two sisters:  LouAnn (Butch) Horsfall, Patch Grove and Diane (Fred) Skemp, Dubuque, IA; a brother, Mark (Tina) Hullermann, Bloomington; his father and mother-in-law, Fritz and Linda Bradley, Prairie du Chien; brothers and sisters-in-law:  Brenda (fianc�, Ron Marish) Mead, Boscobel, Steve (Ruth) Bradley, Mt. Hope, Karen (Gary) Bartow, Prairie du Chien, Bob (Sandy) Bradley, Bloomington and Kenny Bradley, Prairie du Chien; his beloved dog, T-bone; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

       He was preceded in death by his father, Tom and a brother, Mike.

       Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at St. Mary�s Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father Bart Timmerman officiating.  Burial was held in Union Nagle Cemetery, Patch Grove Township.  Family and friends called from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28 and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Thursday all at the church.  Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington served the family.


Sylvina M. Hyer

      Sylvina M. Hyer, age 101, of Lancaster, formerly of Bloomington, died on Monday, February 16, 2009, at the Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster.  She was born on October 10, 1907, in Fall River, WI, the daughter of Lewis and (Helen Bergner) Field.  After attending school, Sylvina became a rural school teacher near Fall River.  On November 23, 1932, she was united in marriage to Ralph Hyer in Galena, IL.  After their marriage, the couple made their home in the Bloomington area where they farmed.  After several years, the couple moved into Bloomington where Ralph was a cheese maker and Sylvina was a librarian.  After their retirement, they split their time between Bloomington and Texas.  Ralph died on May 10, 1985. 

       Survivors include her daughter, Patricia (Jake) Weaver, Bagley; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren.

       In addition to her parents and her husband, Sylvina was preceded in death by a son, Robert, a sister, Zella Pink and a brother, Gilbert Field.

       Funeral services were held on Friday, February 20, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington with Rev. Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Burial was in Blakes Prairie Cemetery, Bloomington Township.  Friends called on Friday, February 20, 2009, from 12:00 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Roy H. Hying

       Roy H. Hying, age 102, of Bagley, died on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at his home. He was born on August 24, 1909, in Texas, the son of John and Catherine Hying. His family moved to Wisconsin by covered wagon. Roy entered the United States Army in 1942 and served his country during World War II stationed in the Pacific, where he earned nine service medals. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, he moved to Dubuque, IA. In 1955, Roy moved to the farm in Bagley, where he has farmed until his retirement in 1990. He was an easy going man who enjoyed fishing.

       Survivors include his sister, Alice Hefel, Cheryl, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

       In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters: Johnny, Maude, Josephine, Lila, George, Frances and Mary.

     Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at 12:00 noon at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial with military honors was on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at Brodtville Cemetery, Wyalusing Township. Family and friends called on Saturday, January 14, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

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