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Joyce Oates

Joyce C. Oates, age 89, of Bloomington, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster.  She was born on February 25, 1927, in Milwaukee, the daughter of John "Pat" and Marguerite (Ryan) Murphy.  Joyce graduated from Kenosha High School in 1944.  On February 23, 1946, she was united in marriage to Charles L. Oates in Kenosha.  They resided in Bloomington and raised a family.  Joyce worked for Bloomington High School as the secretary to superintendents for over 25 years.  Charles and Joyce owned and operated Oates Hatchery in Bloomington, until 1988.  After retirement, the couple enjoyed wintering in Florida and leisure time at their cabin at Jays Landing in Bagley.  Joyce was a member of St.  Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington and enjoyed knitting and reading.

Survivors include her three children:  Burnell (Marilyn) Oates; Clay (Lona) Oates; Denise (Rick Halverson) Oates; five grandchildren:  Julie (Ghanie) Habeeb; Steve (Jessica) Oates; Amanda (Troy) Hansen; Christy Oates; Jon Oates; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Tom Murphy; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Charles, Joyce was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Burnell Oates. 

Funeral services will be held at a later date.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Bloomington is serving the family.


Patricia Okey

Patricia "Pat" J. Okey, age 84, of Cassville, died Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at her home under the care of her family and Grant County Hospice.  She was born on March 29, 1932 in Sheboygan, WI, the daughter of Harvey & Antoinette (LeMahieu) Gibbons.  Pat married Lynn A. Okey on June 13, 1955.

After getting married and moving to Cassville, Pat was primarily a homemaker raising four children.  She also worked as a teacher and substitute teacher in the Cassville Public School System.  She volunteered many hours as a scorekeeper for both the wrestling and track and field teams.  After Lynn's retirement, they both continued to be involved in the track and field program as scorekeeper and official starter.  She had a passion for scouting and was a den mother for several years.  Pat loved to travel and visit relatives.  She especially enjoyed her summer visits to the family cottage on Lake Michigan.

Pat is survived by her son, Kent, Cassville; her daughters, Ann (Henry) Gerth, Winona, MN, Kay Okey, Minneapolis, MN, and Sandra (Chris) Ott, Fontana, WI; grandsons, Philip (Cooper) Ott, Crested Butte, CO, and Zachary Ott, Marquette, MI; two brothers, Wesley (Joan), and Donald (Bobette) Gibbons; a brother-in-law, Dennis (Darlene) Okey; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn in 2006; and her parents.

Funeral Services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016, at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Cassville, with Rev. Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial was in Cassville Cemetery.  Friends called from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, donations are preferred to the Cassville Rescue Squad.


Eugene O'Neil

Eugene Daniel "Fritz" O'Neil passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 5, 2015, surrounded by his family.

Fritz was born on June 22, 1932, in Cataract, WI, the son of Daniel and Hazel (Heineck) O'Neill. He was united in marriage to Marlene (Peterson) O'Neil on September 16, 1952. During their 43 years of marriage they raised six children.

Fritz enjoyed a long and successful career as a meat cutter at a number of grocery stores until his retirement. He served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard for eight years. He was a proud veteran and a member of the Richard Burns American Legion Post #109.

He was an all-star baseball player "back in the day" and coached little league for a number of years. He loved to play cards, bowl, hunt and fish and to the delight of Marlene, dance.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marlene, parents Daniel and Hazel; a brother Elmer; and his son Larry (survived by wife Lori).

Fritz is survived by his longtime companion Marie Wiest, his children Steve (Roxanne); Pamela (Jerry) Heins; Donna (Michael) Haberlie; Patrick (Paula); Jennifer (Scott) Simonis; as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Reverend John Sasse officiating.  Burial with military honors was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.

The family wishes to thank Orchard Manor for their compassionate care.


Larry O'Neil

Larry E. �Beagle� O�Neil, age 60, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a brief battle with cancer on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  He was born on November 26, 1952, in Sparta, the son of Eugene �Fritz� and Marlene (Peterson) O�Neil.  Larry graduated from Lancaster High School in 1970.  On May 7, 1983, he was united in marriage to Lori Axtell at the Bethlehem E&R Church in Lancaster.  Larry has been employed with Kane Roofing & Siding for over forty years.  He enjoyed bowling and was the second person in Lancaster history to score a 300 game at Fireball Lanes.  Larry also enjoyed playing cards, woodworking, and built birdhouses, furniture and anything requested by his family.  He dearly loved his family and his dogs. 

Survivors include his wife, Lori; children:  Kelly (David) Behrens; Logan (Nathalie Schattner) O�Neil; Brittany (Michael Wallace) O�Neil; four grandchildren:  Matthew, Marrissa, Taylor, and Baylie; his father, Eugene �Fritz� O�Neil; his father and mother-in-law, Bill (Barb) Axtell; brothers:  Steve (Roxanne); Pat (Paula) O�Neil; sisters:  Pam (Jerry) Heins; Donna (Mike Haberlie) O�Neil; Jen (Scott) Simonis; sister-in-law, Brenda Taylor and her family Jason Taylor, Michael Taylor and his son, Bryce; and Nicole (Chad) Yaun and their children, Payton and Mason; a brother-in-law, Bart Axtell; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marlene.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethlehem E&R Church in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Private family burial will be at a later date.  Family and friends called on Monday, July 22, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.


David O. Olson

David O. �Red� Olson, age 88, of Cassville, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home, with his son, Davin, by his side.  He was born on February 10, 1926, the son of Morris and Olga (Sether) Olson.  He graduated from Dodgeville High School.  Red enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country until his honorable discharge.  He was employed with the Alliant Energy Power Plant in Cassville until his retirement in 1990.  In his earlier years, Red enjoyed playing several musical instruments in a band. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting as well as reading and listening to Hank Williams.  Red loved to talk, tell stories, visit with family and would lend a helping hand to anyone.  He also enjoyed machining and could make just about anything.  He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge.  Red�s family was very important to him.  It was because of his grandson, Dillon, that Red was able to spend his last few months at home. 

Survivors include his children:  Beverly Olson, Richland Center; James (Toni) Olson, Richland Center; John (Karen) Olson, Highland; Melanie (Bob) Johnson, Richland Center; Darvin Olson, Richland Center; Davin �Shrev� (Virginia) Olson, Cassville; grandchildren; great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Red was preceded in death by his brother, Lute and his sister, Ruby.

Family and friends called on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville.  Graveside services were in Avoca Cemetery, Avoca, with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating. 


Mary J. Olson

      Mary J. Olson, age 52, of Platteville, died Friday, December 26, 2008 at her home in Platteville.  She was born on July 2, 1956, the daughter of Keith and Margaret Young in Mt. Clemens, MI.  Mary graduated from Cedar Rapids Prairie High School in 1974.  She was united in marriage to Larry A. Olson on December 28, 1998.  Mary worked as a CNA for Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, IA, Gray�s Nursing Home and Home Care To You.  She enjoyed crocheting and writing to her many pen pals.

      Mary is survived by her husband, Larry, Platteville; her two children, Chris McCloy, Anamosa, IA and Shelly McCloy, Maquoketa, IA; her mother, Margaret (Don) Pidimas, Ankeny, IA; 10 brothers and sisters, Kim Ramos, Des Moines, IA, Rachael Janelle, Riverside, CA, Keith (Sara) Young, Spanway, WA, Neil Young, Great Falls, MT, Christie (Jason) Poole, Pleasant Hill, IA, Bob (Diane) Wido, Charity Voelker, Chicago, IL, Angela (Tobias) Brown, London, U.K., Kathy (Mike) Hiden, Corona, CA and Rodney (Joan) Young, Mt. Vernon, IA; two brothers-in-law, Steve (Sue) Olson, Asbury, IA and Jim Olson, Hazelton, IA; an uncle, Ron Young, Cedar Rapids, IA; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

       She was preceded in death by her father and a her sister.

     Funeral services were held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at First English Church in Platteville with the Reverend Michael Short and Intern Kalen Barkholtz officiating.  Family and friends were welcome from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the church.  Burial of cremains will be held at a later date.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville is serving the family.


Dean Ostendorf

Dean I. Ostendorf, age 86, of Platteville, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at the Southwest Health Center in Platteville from Alzheimer�s disease.  Dean was born on July 1, 1927 in Smelser Township, WI, a son of William F. & Katherine A. (Schultz) Ostendorf.  He married Joan Trentz on October 22, 1955 at St. Mary�s Catholic Church in Platteville.

Dean left Platteville High School after completing his sophomore year.  He worked by helping farmers, and also worked at the Dubuque Packing Company.  In 1944 Dean joined the Merchant Marines. He sailed the seas until October, 1950.  Then in January of 1951, Dean was drafted into the U.S. Army.  He served as a surgical technician in Germany until he was discharged in December of 1952. His employment upon discharge was with Williams Tree Service for twenty years.  At that time, Dean purchased the business and continued until September, 1989.

In retirement, and even prior to that, Dean enjoyed a cabin in Fifield, WI.  He loved to fish and deer hunt, and also enjoyed racing his boat.  Dean was a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion Post #42, VFW Post #5274, and a retired fifteen year veteran of the Platteville Fire Department.

Dean is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan of Platteville; three sons, Michael, Patrick (Jennifer), both of Platteville, and Thomas of Janesville; two daughters, Susan Buck of Cross Plains, and Lisa, at home in Platteville; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, William of Willow Springs, MO; a sister, Joyce Austin of Monroe; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 am on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at St. Mary�s Catholic Church in Platteville, with Fr. Faustino Ruiz officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Platteville.  Friends called from 9 am until the time of service Saturday at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Platteville, is assisting the family.

In lieu of plants and flowers, a memorial has been established for The Alzheimer�s Association, Platteville Special Olympics, or a charity of your choice.


Alexius "Alex" M. Osterhaus

Alexius �Alex� M. Osterhaus, age 93, of Bloomington, died on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. He was born on April 13, 1918, in Iowa, the son of Henry and Cecelia (Klosterman) Osterhaus. Alex attended school at St. Mary�s Catholic School in Bloomington. He helped build St. Mary�s Catholic Church also in Bloomington. On June 6, 1942, Alex was united in marriage to Hildegarde �Sis� Felder at St. Mary�s Catholic Church. After their marriage the couple farmed in Bloomington Township. They enjoyed square dancing and traveling following their retirement. Alex enjoyed carpentry work and woodworking. Spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were one of his greatest joys.

Survivors include his six children: Ken (Kandi) Osterhaus, Cedar Rapids, IA; Joan (Dennis) Bierman, Glen Haven; William (Terri) Osterhaus, Belmont, MA; Virginia (Louis) Pohle, San Antonio, TX; James Osterhaus, Madison; and Mary (Don) Alcorn, Lancaster; seventeen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Irene Osterhaus, Bloomington; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Alex was preceded in death by his wife, a son, Tommy, two grandsons, Danny Osterhaus and David Bierman, and his brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 19, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington. Family and friends called on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington is assisting the family.


Irene Osterhaus

Irene R. Osterhaus, age 95, of Bloomington, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015, at her daughter's home in Waukesha after a prolonged illness.  Irene was born on January 9, 1920 in Bloomington, to Frank & Clementine (Herbers) Bohnenkamp.  She was the valedictorian of the 1937 graduating class of Bloomington High School.  Irene married Albert Osterhaus on June 18, 1947 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington. 

Irene was employed for many years at the former Bloomington State Bank.  In retirement, she spent many happy hours quilting with friends and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She was devoted in her faith and was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington.

Irene is survived by her three children, Carol (Clark) Bohnert of Pewaukee, Dennis (Jean) Osterhaus of Watertown, and Becky Steward of Waukesha; four grandchildren, Tim (Julie) Osterhaus of Wauconda, IL, Katie (Justin) Steward Naper of South Park, PA, Bryan Steward of Vail, CO, and David (Doris) Osterhaus of Menominee Falls; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Esther Breuer of Glen Haven; a brother, Alfred Bohnenkamp of Lansing, IA; and a sister-in-law, Doris Bohnenkamp of Prairie du Chien.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, in 1997; her parents; a sister, Alice (Lawrence) Felder; and a brother, Vulmar Bohnenkamp.

A Mass of Christian of Burial was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington, with Fr. John Meinholz officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.  Friends called from 12 noon until the time of services Wednesday at the church.   Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family. 


Roger P. Osterhaus

Roger P. Osterhaus, 85, of Bloomington, WI went home to our Lord on April 11, 2014.  He was born March 16, 1929 to Joseph and Rose (Wegmann) Osterhaus.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Phyllis (Vopelak); son Daniel (Linda) Osterhaus of Bloomington; daughter Kathleen (John) Slipek of Abbotsford; daughter Victoria (Jeffrey) Crubel of Bloomington; son James Osterhaus of Alburqueque, NM; and daughter Mary Jane Osterhaus (David Abbott) of Wisconsin Rapids.

Roger took great joy in all his grandchildren:  RJ Osterhaus, Danny Jo (Osterhaus) Dill, Matthew Osterhaus, Dominic Osterhaus, Isaac Slipek, Benjamin Slipek, Noelle Slipek, Stephanie (Crubel) Zeeh, Molly (Crubel) Winkers, Kirby Crubel, Clinton Crubel, Libby Rose Strub, Emma Strub and Hannah Strub.  Welcoming him in heaven his granddaughter Danielle Osterhaus.  He is also survived by his 8 great-grandchildren who loved their �Papa Roger.�

Also surviving are brothers Paul (Charlene) Osterhaus, Carl (Linda) Osterhaus, Donald (Mary) Osterhaus and Joseph (Leona) Osterhaus and brother-in-law William Christianson.  Roger was preceded in death by his parents, beloved sister Myrtle Christianson, and by an infant brother.

Roger had a long career in farm implement sales and service.  He was co-owner and operator of Farmers Implement Company of Bloomington.  Though his career was in the implement dealership, his true love, besides his family, was farming.  He continued to enjoy farming after his retirement until a couple of years ago.  He was a member of the Board of Directors for Peoples State Bank for over 25 years.  Roger was also a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years.

Roger will always be remembered by his family for his example of unconditional love.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 14, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. John Meinholz officiating.  Burial followed at Bloomington Cemetery.  Private visitation was held for family only.   All are welcome to gather before the funeral service in church at 10:30 for the praying of the rosary.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family.


Brad J. Oyen

Brad Joseph Oyen, 32, beloved brother, son, and friend passed away December 28, 2013 after an unprecedented 7 year battle with ocular melanoma.

Brad was a graduate of Potosi High School and received his bachelor�s degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He was thoroughly interested in politics and a die- hard fan of Fox News Channel. When Brad traveled he would insist on finding the best bargain available. He especially valued top rate meals at low cost rates. He cherished the friends in his life, which were numerous, and particularly fancied MOST intelligent company. He had a life-long love affair with his cell phone and Harley V-Rod motorcycle. He took extreme pride in his only nephew, Jaxon, whom he lovingly mentored and taught to just be thankful. He sometimes went against the grain, like being a Bear fan in Packer country. Brad was realistic, hardworking, and had a witty, unpredictable sense of humor. Brad was an inspiration for all of us and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Brad is survived by his parents, Dale and Nancy (Schiffman) Oyen; his brother, Joseph Oyen; sister-in-law to be and special friend, Lacy Leibfried; and his beloved nephew, Jaxon Oyen. He is further survived by his grandparents, Harry and Theresa Schiffman; aunts and uncles, Diane (Alan) Bennett, Lori (Kevin) Pond, Roger (Sadaya) Schiffman, Bob (Lisa) Schiffman, Rosie Oyen, Doris Oyen, Phillip (Gracie) Oyen, Delores Oyen, Darlean (Gene) Sabers, Rita Oyen, Cyril (Aleise) Oyen, La Verne (Marlene) Oyen, Margaret (Gerry) Eastlick, Doris (Peter) Neis, Betty (Ronald) Richardson, Jim Oyen; and many cousins and life-long friends.

He was preceded in death by his great grandmother, Dorothy Menne; grandparents, Peter and Celestine Oyen; and uncles, Harold Oyen, Eldon Oyen, Nilus Oyen, and Ronnie Oyen.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan 2, 2014, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, with Fr. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial was in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends called from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at the church, and one hour prior to the service Thursday.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Grant County Hospice, Dr. Albertini, staff at the UW Madison Carbone Cancer Center, and Dr. Sato and staff at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA for all their care and compassion given to Brad.

The family requests that in lieu of plants and flowers, donations may be made to the Brad J. Oyen memorial fund. 


Nilus B. Oyen

     Nilus B. Oyen, age 76, of Lancaster, died on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at his home in Lancaster.  He was born on August 16, 1933, in Sinsinawa Mound Township, the son of Peter and Celestine (Brink) Oyen.  His family moved to Potosi, where he helped on the farm and also drove milk truck for Potosi Cheese Factory.  In 1948, Nilus entered the United States Navy, serving his country until his honorable discharge.  On May 16, 1953, he was united in marriage to Delores Lebben at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Tennyson.  Together, the couple farmed in Potosi and in later years, they moved to Lancaster where the couple farmed and Nilus did carpenter work.

       Survivors include his wife, Delores Oyen, Lancaster; eight children:  Mike (Sue) Oyen, Lancaster; Peg (Bill) Bast, Lancaster; Dennis Oyen, Stitzer; Ann (Jim) Robbins, Fennimore; Steve (Kathy) Oyen, Fennimore; Sue Oyen, Baraboo; Greg (Dee) Oyen, Fennimore; Ellen (Jay) Winkler, Lancaster; eighteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters:  Eldon (Doris) Oyen, Dubuque, IA; Philip (Grace) Oyen, Potosi; Darlene (Eugene) Sabers, Dubuque, IA; Cyril (Aleise) Oyen, Potosi; LaVerne (Marlene) Oyen, Potosi; Margaret (Gerald) Eastlick, Potosi; Doris (Peter) Neis, Dickeyville; Betty (Gary) Peacock, Potosi; Ruth (Ronald) Richardson, Platteville; Jim Oyen, Potosi; Dale (Nancy) Oyen, Potosi; his sisters-in-law: Rosie Oyen, Potosi; and Rita Oyen, Lancaster.

       Nilus was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Oyen, a granddaughter, Chelsie Winkler; a grandson, Jason Oyen; brothers: Harold Oyen, Ronnie Oyen, and his sister, Linda Oyen.

       Funeral services were held on Friday, November 20, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Father William Seipp officiating.  Burial with military honors was in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Thursday, November 19, 2009, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church, Lancaster and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Friday

 


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