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Merlyn D. Slaght

     Merlyn D. Slaght, age 84, of Lancaster died Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  He was born on December 13, 1923 in Burton, WI, the son of Elvin and Gladys (Irish) Slaght.  He attended country school and then graduated from Potosi High School.  Merlyn served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart.  On September 12, 1946, he married Doris Bohringer at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  They lived on Burton Hill and later moved near Hurricane and finally to Lancaster in 1950.  He was employed with Waterloo Township and later with John Deere in Dubuque, IA.  Merlyn retired in 1982.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.

     He is survived by his wife, Doris Slaght, Lancaster; his daughter, Debbie (Daniel) Slaght, Cassville; and his sister, LaVon Meier, Potosi.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Maleta Stluka.

     Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 2008 at the Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial was in Blakes Prairie Cemetery, Bloomington Township.  Visitation was held on Friday, July 18, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. 


Marietta Slama

Marietta J. Slama, age 76, of Cassville, died on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home. Private family services will be held at a later date. Martin Funeral Home in Cassville is assisting the family.


Edith M. Smith

Edith Margaret Smith, age 100, died Thursday, August 8, 2013, at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. She was born on September 8, 1912 to Henry Connor and Janettie (Heiliger) Heberlein in North Lancaster, Wisconsin. She attended Whitcomb School, a one-room school, for eight years and then Lancaster High School, graduating in 1931.

After graduation Edith worked in various homes, the last one before she was married was the Ramshaw�s. In 1937 Edith was united into marriage to Delos �Buddy� Pittenger Smith in the E&R Parsonage. They farmed in North Lancaster for 29 years. They had three daughters, Elaine Edith Jones, Loveland, Colorado, Margaret Ann Swan, Huber Heights, Ohio, and Mary Lee Smith, Crockett, Texas.

Edith used to play for the Sunday school and the Sunshine Choir and also taught Sunday school.

In 1966, after selling the farm, Edith and Delos moved to Baraboo where Edith worked in a nursing home for 20 years, being called in frequently. Edith also earned her certified nursing aid at St. Mary�s Nursing Home.

After Delos passed away in 1989, Edith retired from nursing home work and moved back to Lancaster in 1991 to a retirement apartment. She did volunteer work, played the piano for the nursing home for the weekly sing-a-longs.

Edith loved to travel, visiting the family in various states. Also loved to fly there, meet new friends, and enjoy her 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.  Edith has one surviving brother, Wilbur Heberlein.

Edith was preceded in death by parents; her husband; son-in-law, James Swan; and three sisters, Leola Bailie, Erma Novinska, and Evelyn Fritz; three great grandchildren; her close friends, Wilma Walker and Patsy Rice. Edith also lost Ruth Gathright, her god-daughter.

Funeral services were held at 11 am on Monday, August 12, 2013 at the Bethlehem Evangelical & Reformed Church, Lancaster, with Rev. Mark Dieter officiating.  Burial was in Liberty Ridge Cemetery, Liberty Ridge Township.  Friends called from 9:30 am until the time of services Monday at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home, Lancaster, is assisting the family.  In lieu of plants and flowers, an Edith M. Smith memorial fund has been established.


Michael P. Smith

Michael P. Smith, age 66, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, surrounded by his family at the Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore.

Michael was born on February 10, 1946, in Cuba City, the son of Stanley and Charlotte (Slaght) Smith. He graduated from Lancaster High School in 1964. Mike was united in marriage to Mary Melcher Smith on July 2, 1988, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Madison. He was employed as a welding instructor at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College from 1971 to 2001. Mike enjoyed collecting antiques, working on the family farm, training horses, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church and the F&AM Lodge No. 4 of Potosi.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; daughters, Molly Ann Smith and Megan Elizabeth Smith; a sister, Charlene Jan Smith; mother and father-in-law, John (Beatrice) Melcher and their family; and many cousins.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 31, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lancaster with Pastor Barbara Cook officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends called on Thursday, August 30, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church where a 3:45 p.m. Masonic Service was held. Visitation was also on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services. Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Michael P. Smith memorial fund has been established.


Patrica Smith

Patrica A. Smith, age 72, of Prairie du Chien, died on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at her residence in Prairie du Chien.  Pat was born on February 23, 1943, in Lancaster, the daughter of Harley and Esther (Brandemuehl) Foster.  On April 2, 1977, she married Dr. Clifford Smith.  Together they spent many years raising Appaloosa horses in rural Prairie du Chien.  Clifford preceded her in death on May 11, 2010.  In later years, she enjoyed planting flowers, watching the birds and other wild life that visited her home.  Pat also enjoyed scrapbooking, card stamping, relaxing in the pool, and camping parties with her family at her home. 

In addition to her parents and Clifford, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jim Mitchell.

Survivors include her sister, Dolores Reed; a brother, Jack Foster, both of Lancaster; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Ronald A. Smith

Ronald A. "Snuffy" Smith, age 68, of Potosi, died on Monday, December 6, 2010, at UW Hospitals in Madison.  Services will be held at a later date.  Martin Funeral Home in Potosi is assisting the family.


Jean L. Smoot

Jean Lorraine Smoot, age 88, of Lancaster, died on Monday, March 12, 2012, at her home. She was born on November 22, 1923, in Wisconsin, the daughter of Louis A. and Ethel �Irene�(Kennedy) Drews. Jean graduated from Muscoda High School in 1941. She moved to Madison where she worked for Oscar Meyer. Jean was united in marriage to Walter A. �Jack� Smoot in October of 1944 in Madison. After their marriage, the couple moved to Lancaster. Jean began her employment in Lancaster as a professional waitress. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, going for rides and playing Scrabble. Jean loved spending time with her family and her good friend, Sammy, of eighteen years (meow).

Survivors include her two children: Susan (Ronald) Talley, Murray, UT; Gary (Laurie) Smoot, Machesney Park, IL; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, a son, John �Doug� (Cheryl) Smoot, and a brother, Norman Drews.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster. Family and friends called on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Lois J. Soden

Lois J. Soden, age 85, of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Lancaster Care Center.  She was born on February 1, 1929, in Lodi, the daughter of Ted and Alice (Chrysler) Quam.  On March 28, 1953, she married Victor Soden, Sr. in Caledonia, MN.  She and her husband lived and raised their five children in Lancaster.  Lois enjoyed spending winters in Florida, spending time with her grandkids and most of all, spending time with her husband, Rip.  She loved to read and dance.  Lois also enjoyed spending time crocheting afghans for her family members.

Survivors include her four children:  Ken (Barb) Thompson, Lancaster; Deb (David) Randall, Boscobel; Victor Soden, Jr., Monroe; and Vicki (Bob) Paris, Lancaster; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; her sister, Clarice Packard, Baraboo; her brother, Duane Quam, Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, Hester Baier, Eau Galle; Hazel Soden, Lancaster; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Victor Soden, Sr., one sister, Janice Quam, her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Barbara Thompson, her grandson, Nick Pitzen, and a brother-in-law, Harlan Packard.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 22, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church in Lancaster with Reverend Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Muriel A. Soden

     Muriel A. Soden, age 91, of Lancaster, died on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at the Lancaster Care Center, Lancaster.  She was born on November 17, 1917, in Eau Claire, the daughter of George and Anna (Lee) Betz.  On November 2, 1935, Muriel was united in marriage to John L. Soden in St. Paul, MN, and they relocated to Lancaster in 1955.  Muriel was employed at Kroger�s Grocery in 1957, retiring in the late 60�s.  She also worked various other jobs.  Muriel was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster and enjoyed painting, especially farm scenes and barns, crocheting, ceramics and her flower garden.

       Survivors include her children:  John R. (Susie) Soden, Cherokee Village, AR; Robert D. (Ginger) Soden, Hockessen, DE; Nancy (Les) Alseth, Beloit; and Robert J. (Tudy) Soden, Ellsworth; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and one brother: Marty Betz, Cherokee Village, AR; other relatives and many friends.

       In addition to her parents, Muriel was preceded in death by her husband, two grandchildren: Shawn and Tonnie; and six sisters:  Margaret Betz, Gladys Augustine, Lorraine Stanton, Myra McCants, Georgie Horvatin and Mary Jane Klocke.           

       Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster with Pastor David Froemming officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Saturday, May 23, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster assisted the family.


Ruebin Spease

Ruebin Spease, age 86, of Lancaster, died on Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  He was born on December 12, 1923, in Lancaster, the son of Theodore and Jenny (Lickel) Spease.  Ruebin graduated from Lancaster High School in 1942.  In 1944, he entered the United States Navy and served his country in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge in 1946.  On June 10, 1947, Ruebin was united in marriage to Shirley Jeanne Wiedmann.  To this union, three children were born, Steve, Gary and Patti.  After their marriage, the couple farmed for seventeen years in South Lancaster Township.  Ruebin was a truck driver for Haskins Gas & Oil for seventeen years, retiring in 1985.  He continued to work part-time until the age of seventy.  Ruebin was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church.  He was an avid coon hunter, played euchre, and loved to hunt, fish and hunt morels.  Ruebin and Shirley traveled extensively throughout the forty-eight states and Canada.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-three years, Shirley Spease, Lancaster; their children: Steve Spease, Stephenville, TX; Gary (JoAnne) Spease, Milwaukee; Patti (Ervin) Folz, Marshfield; three grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Ruebin was preceded in death by two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Father William Seipp officiating.  Burial with military honors was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Tuesday, July 26, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster, where a 3:45 p.m. prayer service will be held.  Friends also called on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. 


Marie Specht

Marie E. Specht, age 77, of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.  She was born on July 22, 1937, in Arthur, the daughter of Paul and Gladys (Nodolft) Burkhard.  Marie's father, Paul, came from Switzerland in 1929.  She graduated from Platteville High School.  On April 19, 1956, Marie was united in marriage to Lawrence E. "Arkie" Specht at First English Lutheran Church in Platteville.  She worked at various restaurants and later for Ren Company.  Marie was employed for over 15 years for Grant County Social Services.  In retirement, she worked at the Grant County Thrift Shop.  Marie was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Arthur and the Lancaster United Methodist Church.  Marie's kindness to her family and friends will always be remembered in our hearts. 

Survivors include her husband, Arkie; a sister, Grace Ann Burkhard; many nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Gladys Burkhard.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 9, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church with Reverend Barbara Cook officiating.   Burial was in Arthur Cemetery, Lima Township.  Family and friends called on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is serving the family.


Alice Speth

Alice M. "Grandma Tweety" Speth, 90, of Belmont, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Upland Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in Dodgeville.  Alice was born on December 9, 1924 on the family farm in Jo Daviess County, IL the daughter of Albert & Minnie (Gammelien) Holtz.  Alice married Dick "Big Foot" Speth on January 22, 1943 at the church parsonage in Platteville.  They lived all their married life in the Belmont area. 

Alice was proud of her faith and enjoyed gardening, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, feeding and watching her birds, and spending time with her family and friends.  She worked at the Cuba City Hospital and Nursing Home for 31 years. 

Alice is survived by her children, Betty (Richard) Dellabella, Bill (Sara) Speth, Peggy (Butch) Bockhop, Phil (Sheri) Speth, Frank (Junerose) Speth, and Penny (Gary) Kies; 19 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick in 2000; her parents; four sisters; two brothers; and granddaughter, Ann Sambles.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Peace Lutheran Church in Belmont, with Reverend Connie Matye officiating.  Burial was in Belmont Cemetery.  Friends called from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville, and one hour prior to the services Wednesday at the church.

The family would like to thank the staff at Upland Hills Health and Upland Hills Homecare and Hospice for their kindness and compassion.


Alice Speth

Alice M. Speth, age 99 of Hollywood Florida, formerly of Platteville, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015. She was born October 28, 1915, in Livingston, Wisconsin, the daughter of Rueben and Maud (Gibbon) Nicholson. On October 9, 1940, Alice was united into marriage to Leo "Curley" Speth. They owned and operated Speth's Plumbing and Heating from 1947 until 1972. Alice was employed for over 25 years at Mound City Bank in Platteville. They enjoyed their winters in Florida, and retired to Hollywood, Florida in 1975.

Surviving Alice is Jeanne Wilkins Durkis, whom she called "my daughter", a granddaughter, Annessa and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Curley, four brothers, two sisters, and one half-brother.

Private family graveside services were held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at Rock Church Cemetery, rural Livingston. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Platteville is assisting the family.


Kathy Speth

Kathy J. Speth, age 69, of Belmont, Wisconsin passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on Friday, June 10, 2016, after a courageous 10 month battle with cancer.  She was born on December 22, 1946 in Platteville, Wisconsin to Burdette and Carol (Weittenhiller) Dobson.  Throughout her life, Kathy had a passion for caring for others, especially the elderly.  This lifelong commitment began at the age of 16 when she was a healthcare aid at the Platteville Hospital.  She continued with this passion while attending college where she earned a degree as a registered nurse.  Morrison, Illinois was her home for 25 years while married to her first husband Harold Wickler, and where she was a caring mother to her two children, Deanne and Philip.  While in Morrison, she continued her nursing career at the Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison Community Hospital, Whiteside County Jail, Dixon Correctional Center and the East Moline Correctional Center

Kathy loved attending her children's local sporting events and spending time with and caring for friends in need.  She spent the last 20 years in Belmont, Wisconsin where she met her husband, Bart Speth.  They have been happily married since 2005.  While in Belmont, Kathy cherished her time as a R.N. at nursing homes, and after retirement, caring for her father, mother and elderly friends in the community.  She loved to help others and made many dear friendships throughout her life.   Kathy treasured spending time with her grandchildren when they visited and also enjoyed attending their soccer, softball and baseball games.  She was an avid fan of the Badgers, Packers and Brewers, rarely missing a game on TV.  Kathy had a fond love of animals.  She had many cherished pets in her lifetime, including dogs, cats, rabbits and their bird Charlie.  She was a member of the Whig United Methodist Church in Platteville, Wisconsin

Survivors include her husband, Bart; her mother, Carol Dobson of Platteville, WI; a daughter, Deanne (Chris) Everson of Lake Mills, WI; a son, Philip (Michele) Wickler of Cincinnati, OH; four grandchildren, Kaci and Luke Everson and Nicholas and Natalie Wickler; a brother, Marc Dobson of Green Bay, WI; and her sister-in-law, Amy Speth of Hazel Green, WI. 

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Stacy Lynn Wickler; and her father, Burdette Dobson.

Funeral Services were held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville, with Pastor Mary Ann Floerke officiating.   Private Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville.  Friends called from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the funeral home.


Chad Sprague

Chad E. Sprague, age 41, of Milton, formerly of Bloomington, died on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at his home.  He was born on March 13, 1971, in Lancaster, the son of Gary and Dianne (Gengler) Sprague.  Chad attended Bloomington and Fennimore High Schools.  He married Dawn Borgwardt on October 28, 1995, in Milton.  Chad was employed for many years at Stoughton Trailer.  He enjoyed snowmobiling in Upper Michigan, going to the cabin in Minocqua and fishing.  He also enjoyed watching and attending UFC and MMA events.  Chad loved spending time with his dogs, Lucy and Chloe. 

Survivors include his wife, Dawn Sprague, Milton; mother, Dianne (John) Felder, Bloomington; father, Gary (Margaret) Sprague, Fennimore; a sister, Shelli (Patrick LaBarge) Sprague, Cambridge; brothers:  Steven (Nicole) Sprague, Decorah, IA; Scott (Michelle) Sprague, Stoughton; Nick (Nicole) Felder, Cuba City; Mark (Michelle) Felder, Madison; Joe Felder, Bloomington; his father and mother-in-law, Dan and Deb Borgwardt, Milton; sister and brother-in-law, Dana (Donovan) Olson, Merrill; Duff Borgwardt, Milton; grandmothers, Mary Ann Baker, Bloomington; Loretta Waltz, Stitzer; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Chad was preceded in death by his grandparents:  Robert Baker, Elgie and Jean Sprague, Lawrence and Alice Felder, John Waltz, and other relatives.

 A funeral scripture service was held on Sunday, June 3, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary�s Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Private family burial will be at a later date.  Family and friends called on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington is assisting the family.


Mary Lou Sprosty

Mary Lou (Morgan) Sprosty, age 83, of Patch Grove, died on Friday, February 19, 2010, at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien. She was born on September 8, 1926, to Joseph and Susan Moris in rural Beetown, Wisconsin.  She was united in marriage to Ralph Morgan on November 11, 1944 at St. John�s Catholic Church in Patch Grove.  To this union were born ten daughters and seven sons.  They farmed near rural Mt. Ida and later in rural Bagley.  Ralph died in February of 1966.  Mary Lou re-married Arthur Sprosty on May 31, 1980 also at St. John�s.  They lived in Patch Grove, where she lived until the time of her death.

 Mary Lou enjoyed being involved with her family, cooking, crocheting, bowling, and playing cards.   She worked at a restaurant for a number of years where she was known for her famous apple pie.  As a life-long member of St. John�s Catholic Church she was a member of the Altar Society and assisted with many church activities.

 She is survived by her children:  Barbara Meng of Glen Flora; Jim (Jean) of Mt. Hope; Linda (Butch) Quick of Orfordville; Dennis (Diane) of Lancaster; Mary Ann (David) Redman of Prairie du Chien; Dorothy (Dave) Holtz of Tomah; Robert (Connie) of Prairie du Chien; Donna (Mike) McKinney of Bagley; Betty (Jon) Cooley, Bagley; Kathy (Ron) Knapp, Mt. Hope; Pat, Bagley; Mike (Cindy) Franklin; Rita of Apple Valley, Minnesota; Christy (Brian) Krause of Alden, Iowa; Bill (Nancy) Morgan of Patch Grove; Terry Laufenberg (Laurie deceased) of Mt. Hope.  She is also survived by her two sisters Theresa (Ross) Bushnell; Susan (Robert) Boldt and four brothers, Bob (Jane) New Jersey; Larry (Judy) Milwaukee; Gerald (Sherrie) Milwaukee; Fritz, Prairie du Chien and 40 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Susan Moris, her husbands Ralph Morgan and Arthur Sprosty, her daughter, Laurie Laufenberg and infant son, Phillip, her brothers, Leo, Joe, Charles, Barney, Paul & Raymond and grandchildren Dwain, Jody, Austin and Aren Henkes.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John�s Catholic Church in Patch Grove with Father Bart Timmerman officiating.  Burial was in St. John�s Cemetery, Patch Grove.  Family and friends were welcome on Monday, February 22, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. John�s Catholic Church in Patch Grove and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Tuesday at the church.  Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington is assisting the family.


Mildred Sprosty

Mildred J. Sprosty, age 90, of Patch Grove, died on Friday, November 26, 2010, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien.  She was born on May 1, 1920, in Haney Township, the daughter of John and Ann (Doskocil) Mezera. Mildred graduated from Mount Hope High School.  She then attended nursing school in Milwaukee where she graduated as a Registered Nurse.  On April 11, 1945, Mildred was united in marriage to James F. Sprosty at St. John�s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien.  In 1952, James and Mildred moved to the family farm.  Mildred was employed as a Registered Nurse for forty-nine years.  She was strong in her faith and was a member of St. John�s Catholic Church in Patch Grove and the West Grant Lioness Club.  She loved spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren�s activities.  Mildred enjoyed gardening, canning, crocheting, and making quilts. 

Survivors include thirteen children:  Margaret Mueller, Sheboygan; John (Deborah) Sprosty, Sheboygan Falls; Elizabeth (Joe) Wanersdorfer, Colorado Springs, CO; Annastasia (Edward) Mayer, Platteville; Lucy (James) Cornford, Prairie du Chien; Mary (Leslie) Dilley, Mount Hope; George (Jackie) Sprosty, Richmond, VA; Gerard (Barb) Sprosty, Prairie du Chien; Roberta (Keith) Allen, Tomah; Peter (Sue) Sprosty, Sandwich, IL; Paul Sprosty, Prairie du Sac; David Sprosty, Prairie du Chien; and Ronald Sprosty, Rapid City, SD;  36 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; ten great-great grandchildren; three brothers: William (Ruth) Mezera, Tennyson; Robert (Mary) Mezera, Des Moines, IA; Edward Mezera, Red Springs, NC; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Mezera, Boscobel; many
nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her husband,
James, on April 11, 2004; a son, Albert; a daughter, Theresa; a sister, Florence (Al) Errthum; and a brother, Howard.
           

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John�s Catholic Church in Patch Grove with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial was in St. John�s Cemetery, Patch Grove Township.  Family and friends called on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington, where a 7:00p.m. Lioness Service and Rosary will be held.  Friends also called on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Mildred J. Sprosty Memorial Fund has been established.


Gary Lee Stagman

     Gary Lee Stagman, age 57, of Lancaster, died on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  He was born on December 22, 1951 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Charles and Helen (Bean) Stagman.  He graduated from West Grant High School in 1970.  He furthered his education at UW-LaCrosse, graduating in 1974 with a degree in Business Administration.  He was employed as a banker in West Bend, LaCrosse and Madison, WI.  Gary was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He liked to watch the Badgers and Packers and was involved with dirt track racing.  Gary was also a goodwill ambassador for Lancaster Speedway.  Anyone who knew Gary knew he was generous beyond his own needs.  He would always deliver treats to people who have touched his life; most recently those at Orchard Manor and Grant Regional Health Center. 

       Survivors include his parents, Charles and Helen Stagman, Bagley; his brother, Gregory (Tami) Stagman, Lancaster; his sister, Gale (Sparky) Gardner; Pequot Lake, MN; nieces and nephews:  Zachary (Laura) Stagman, Lacey (Casey) Newman, Matthew Stagman, Kyle Johnston, Katrina Johnston, Tyler Gardner and Cody Gardner; other relatives and many friends.

       A Celebration of Life Service was held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2009, at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster, where snacks and refreshments will be served. 


Helen Stagman

Helen F. Stagman, age 82 of Bagley, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, surrounded by her family. She was born December 2, 1932, in Bloomington, the daughter of Milo and Velma (Sitts) Bean. Helen graduated from Boscobel High School. On June 8, 1951, she was united into marriage to Charles H. Stagman at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa. Together they raised three children; Gary, Greg and Gale. Helen spent thirty-five years as a cook at the Bagley Hotel, serving up many delicious meals. On her time off, she enjoyed crocheting, working in her flower beds, crossword puzzles, and watching NASCAR. She especially enjoyed watching her grandson Matt, race the dirt tracks around the area. Most of all, Helen dearly loved spending time with her family.

Surviving is her loving husband of sixty-three years, Chuck, her son, Greg (Tami) Stagman and her daughter, Gale (Sparky) Gardner, grandchildren:  Zach, Lacey, Matt, Kyle, Katrina, Cody and Tyler, her great-grandchildren: Ava, Brynn, Jakson, and Harrison.

Helen was preceded in death by her son, Gary, her brothers: Steve, Dwayne "Pete", and Rodger (Pat) Bean.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington. Burial was in the Bagley Cemetery.  Family and friends called on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Michele M. Stanton

     Michele Marie Stanton, age 54, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born on December 4, 1954, the daughter of Don and Ruth (Kilgore) Anderson in Estherville, IA.  Michele graduated from Maquoketa High School in Iowa and from Finley School of Nursing.  She was united in marriage to Gary Stanton on August 2, 1975.  She loved to spend her time knitting, sewing and enjoying the outdoors.  Her biggest love was her children and especially her grandchildren.  She will be forever missed.

       Michele is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Gary, Lancaster; her children: Jake (Sandy) Stanton, Round Lake Beach, IL and Sara (Aaron) Peterson, Fennimore; her grandchildren:  Brandon Stanton and Aidan Peterson; her parents, Don and Ruth Anderson, Maquoketa; two brothers and one sister:  Mike (DeAnna) Anderson, Mark Anderson and Mona (Craig) Moeller, all of Eldridge, IA; many nieces and nephews.

       Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster with Reverend David Froemming officiating.  Burial of cremains will be held at a later date.  Family and friends called from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2009, at the Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church. 

       In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to the Lancaster Rescue Squad.


Ruth E. Stanton

     Ruth E. Stanton, age 84, of Lancaster, died on Monday, May 18, 2009, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born on September 23, 1924, in Platteville, the daughter of Clarence and Minnie (Specht) Schuster.  On March 6, 1944, Ruth was united in marriage to Donald E. Stanton at First English Lutheran Church in Platteville.  After their marriage, the couple farmed in South Lancaster Township for over twenty-five years.  Ruth and Donald loved spending time fishing on the river at their cabin in Jay�s Landing in Bagley.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster, where she taught Sunday school.  Ruth was also a member of the VFW Women�s Auxiliary and enjoyed reading.  She dearly loved spending time with her family and their activities.

       Survivors include her five children:  Sandra (Robert) Bowen, Wausau;  Vicki (Bill) Bass, Lancaster; Deborah (David) Schmoekel, Platteville; Gary (Michele) Stanton, Lancaster; Kevin (Debi Perkins) Stanton, Cuba City; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; her sister: Betty Sweet, Bagley; her brother: George (Marlene) Schuster, Kieler; many nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Ila Schuster, Platteville; and a brother-in-law, Mandel Funk, Lancaster.

       She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald in 2005, her sister, Mildred Funk, her brother, Harold Schuster, and a brother-in-law, Carl Sweet.

       Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster with Pastor David Froemming officiating. Private family burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster, where a 4:00 p.m. VFW Women�s Auxiliary Service will be held.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Ruth E. Stanton memorial fund has been established.


Clairys B. Stark

     Clairys B. Stark, age 84, of Platteville, died on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at Heartland Health Care Center in Platteville.  She was born on April 19, 1923 in Blanchardville, the daughter of Martin J. and Belinda (Swiggum) Einerson.  She graduated from Platteville State Teachers College and taught at a rural school for one year.  Clairys married August H. �Gus� Stark on June 5, 1945.  He preceded her in death on March 8, 1963. 

     Clairys and Gus owned and operated Stark�s Caf� in Platteville and the A & W Drive-In in Dodgeville for many years.  She also volunteered with meals on wheels while living at the Jenor Towers.  Her family was of utmost importance and she cared for her nieces and nephews as if they were her own children.

     Clairys is survived by her sister, Eileen Einerson, Platteville and her brother, Dean (MaryLou) Einerson, Janesville; a sister-in-law, Mary Jo Einerson, Rockford, IL; three nieces:  Carla (Clark) Buchanan, Maresan, Randee (David) Loss, Hudson and Margaret (John) Winn, Oshkosh; seven nephews:  Mal Einerson, Middleton, Ron (Delores) Einerson, Neenah, Gary (Sandi) Einerson, Sun Prairie, Dean A. (Barbara) Einerson, Rhinelander, John Einerson, San Francisco, CA, Paul Einerson, Oshkosh and David Einerson, Janesville; many great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus; her parents; two brothers, Martin J. and Herbert; her sister, Joan Hirsbrunner; one sister-in-law, Rose Einerson and one brother-in-law, Oswald Hirsbrunner.

     A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at the Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville with the Reverend Rom Pegram officiating.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville.  Visitation was held from 1:30 until time of services Sunday at the funeral home.


Geneva H. Stark

Geneva Helena Stark, age 86, of Cassville, died peacefully on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at Lancaster Care Center, Lancaster. Geneva was born on March 18, 1925, in Cassville Township, to Chris and Eva (Krischbaum) Meier. She was united in marriage to Orville H. Stark on May 27, 1944, at St. Charles Rectory in Cassville. He preceded her in death on October 18, 2006.

Geneva lived in Rockford, IL, all her married life. She resided at the Lancaster Care Center after the death of her husband. While living in Rockford, she worked for several years at Stone Pharmacy. For many years, Orville and Gen enjoyed their summer home on the lake at Lake Mills, WI.

Geneva is survived by sisters-in-law, Lavon Meier, Burton; Anna Marie Armstrong, Three Rivers, MI; brothers-in-law, Alfred Zittel, Alma; Mervyn (Ardith) Stark, Bagley; Charles Stark, Rockford, IL. Geneva is also survived by several nieces and nephews: Bernard Kirschbaum, Lancaster; Donna Williams, Salem, IL; Elaine Pike, Las Vegas, NV; Peggy Zittel, Scappoose, OR; Chris Zittel and Lisa Perry, both of Onalaska; Darleen Buss, Diane Buss, Douglas Meier, Dale Meier, Mark Meier, all of Potosi; Bonnie Lenz, Lancaster; Robert Meier, Rodney Meier, both of Potosi; Dawn Bernhardt, Cassville; Daniel Meier, Potosi; Lisa Churchill, Cassville; Dennis Bausch, Potosi; Jack Bausch, Cassville; and several nieces and nephews on the Stark side.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Geneva was preceded in death by one brother, William Meier; four sisters: Lillian Kirschbaum, Bernadine Zittel, Elsie Kartmann, and Leila Bausch; a niece, Dorene Lechnir; brother-in-law, Wm. Stark and sisters-in-law, Helen Ingram and Kathryn Savoldille.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville. Family and friends called on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home in Cassville is assisting the family.


Joseph Staskal

Joseph Staskal, age 72, of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.  He was born on November 25, 1941, in Boscobel, the son of Dorris and Mildred (Rounds) Staskal.  Joseph graduated from Fennimore High School in 1960.  On June 22, 1963, he was united in marriage to Janice Miles.  After their marriage, Joseph was employed with Stella Cheese, Elwell Reynolds, and H&N Plumbing and Heating until his retirement in 2004.  He was a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church.  Joseph enjoyed working for others, playing cards, fishing, woodworking, farming, and dearly loved spending time with family.

Survivors include his loving wife, Janice; their children, Shawn and Duane (Alisa); five grandchildren: Shana, Shyann, Samantha, Orion, and Jared; one great-grandson, Ryker; five siblings:  Merlin �Pete� (Pat); Betty (Sid) Fischer; Lois �Peggy� (Glenn) Larson; Janice Crawford; Rick (Kathy); brother-in-law, Dave Breunig; sister-in-law, Ramona Reynolds; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Breunig; sister-in-law, Donna (Earl) Bradley; brothers-in-law, Jesse (Edna) Miles; Hobart Reynolds; and James Crawford; mother and father-in-law, Paul and Jeanette Miles.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 4, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church with Reverend Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial was at Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the church and on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Allen D. Steinbrenner

Allen D. Steinbrenner, age 82, of Lancaster, went to be with the Lord on  Saturday, August 28, 2010, at Orchard Manor in Lancaster surrounded by family and friends, after a long illness. 

He is best known for his leadership in agriculture and the resources he brought to the residents of Grant County.  A true family man, he was passionate about education and athletics.  He mentored numerous 4-H youth in club organizations, and in local, state and national livestock judging teams. 

Al was born September 27, 1927, in Mt. Hope, WI, to Roy and Orrel (Allen) Steinbrenner, and he was the only boy amongst the six children.  He graduated from Mt. Hope High School in 1945, where he played basketball. He went on to serve his country in the United States Navy on the aircraft carrier Antietam as a meteorologist, and also played on numerous Navy basketball teams.  Following his service, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he earned a B.S. in Agriculture Education. He was also a letter winner on the Men�s Varsity Basketball team which earned two championships in the WI State University Conference, was the Jr. Prom King and the Sr. Class President.  He began his long career in youth and adult education in Richland Center, where he served as a 4-H Agent.   He met the love of his life Elizabeth �Bette� O�Connor in Richland Center and they were married on July 21, 1956, at the Viroqua United Methodist Church.  They moved to Elkhorn where he served as 4-H Agent in Walworth County. He earned his MS degree in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and moved his family to Grant County in 1966, where he served as the Executive Secretary of the 1967 Farm Progress Days.  He was then hired as Grant County�s first Dairy and Livestock Agent.  In 1983, he received the Distinguished Service Award at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents� annual meeting.  He was an Associate Professor and served on the UW-Extension faculty until his retirement in 1987, with 32 years of federal service.  In 1988, he received Emeritus rank.  He was active in numerous professional and community organizations; he served as Director and President of the UW-Platteville Agricultural Alumni Association and on committees for the Wisconsin and National Association of County Agricultural Agents. He was a faithful member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church and served as Administrative Board Chairman.  Al was a Past President of the Grant County chapter of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Club.  He is the recipient of swine and dairy leadership awards from the Grant County Pork Producers Association and the Associated Milk Producers, Inc.  Following his retirement, Al and Bette enjoyed extensive travel to over 25 Elderhostels.  They also loved to vacation with their children and grandchildren that included trips to his sisters and extended family.  Al and his love for life attitude will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Bette, Lancaster, their two daughters, Suzanne (Mike) Hurd of Sammamish, WA and Anne (Steve) Kraus of Plymouth, MN; five cherished grandchildren: Rachel, Emily and Natalie Hurd, and Tom and John Kraus; his sisters: Elizabeth Narloch of Citrus Heights, CA, Eleanor Waterman of Waukesha, WI and numerous nieces and nephews

Al was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters Miriam Steinbrenner, Esther Johnson and Lois Wepking.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 2, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church with Pastor Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial with military honors was in the Prairie Cemetery, Fennimore.  Family and friends called on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church and from 9:30 a.m. on Thursday until time of services at the church.  We wish to extend our sincere gratitude for all the loving care and concern given to Al by the staff at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials can be made to the Allen D. Steinbrenner 4-H Memorial Fund.  Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.


John S. Steinhoff, Sr.

  John S. Steinhoff, Sr., age 80, of Cuba City, died on Thursday, July 30, 2009, at his residence.  He was born on March 18, 1929, in Harrison Township, the son of Edward and Lillian (VanNatta) Steinhoff.  On January 17, 1976, John was united in marriage to Mary Heilman at Asbury, IA.  John was formerly employed with Becker and Tuckwood Contactors and recently was employed with the Platteville High School.

       Survivors include his wife, Mary Steinhoff, Cuba City; a son, John (Patsy) Steinhoff, Jr., Mt. Horeb; a grandson, Eric (Nancy) Steinhoff, Mt. Horeb; two granddaughters:  Nichole (Brad) Junck, Mt. Horeb; Jennifer (John) Slick, Mt. Horeb; eight great-grandchildren; one brother: Edward (Pat) Steinhoff, Richmond, VA; one sister, Marilyn Lahann, Ft. Atkinson; a sister-in-law, Diane Smith, Delhi, IA; other relatives and many friends.

       In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a son, Roger in infancy, and sisters: Meryl Phillips and Margaret Koester.

       Grave side services were held on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  There was no visitation.  Schwartz Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Norbert Steinl

Norbert W. "Nub" Steinl, age 79, of Bagley, died Friday, October 30, 2015 at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  Norbert was born on September 25, 1936, on the family farm, the son of Leo and Philomene (Recker) Steinl.  He attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Bloomington High School in 1954.  Following graduation, Norbert entered the United States National Guard and served his country for eight years.  On October 3, 1964, he was united in marriage to Deanna M. Stainhofer at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington.  After their marriage, Norbert continued to farm the family farm milking cows until 1992; he continued to grain farm for several years.  He enjoyed playing sports in his youth, hunting, fishing, dancing, playing cards and wintering in Florida.  He truly enjoyed his vegetable garden and selling his sweet corn in Bloomington.  Norbert was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and served on the Bloomington Township Board for many years. 

Norbert is survived by his loving wife, Deanna; his children: Michael (Irene) Steinl; Stephen (Kelly) Steinl; Melissa Steinl; four grandchildren:  Daniel and Matthew Steinl and Lindsey and Nathan Steinl; his brother and sisters:  Leo (Sue) Steinl; Marjorie Patterson; Doris Regalia; a brother-in-law, Vernon White; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Barbara White. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington, with Fr. John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.  Family and friends called from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Nub's name to the West Grant Rescue Squad or the Bloomington Fire Department.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family.


Harold F. Stelpflug

Harold F. Stelpflug, age 92, of Lancaster, died peacefully on Monday, June 25, 2012, at his home. He was born on March 23, 1920, in Platteville, the son of Bernard and Margaret (Siepker) Stelpflug. Harold enlisted in the United States Army in December of 1941 and served his country until November of 1945 stationed in England. Upon return from service, he was engaged in a lifetime of farming. Harold met Marie Bornhauser and they were married on September 12, 1953, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque, Iowa. They were blessed with nine children. Harold was a lifetime member of the Richard Burns American Legion Post No. 109 of Lancaster and St. Clement Catholic Church.

Survivors include his loving wife, Marie Stelpflug, Lancaster; their nine children: Jim (Jane) Stelpflug, Lancaster; Bill (Ellen) Stelpflug, Bloomington; Cindi (Joe) Breuer, Glen Haven; Janet Seng, Cassville; Mike (Sheila) Stelpflug, Bloomington; Joan (Chris) Keenan, Dodgeville; Sharon (Bill) Bahl, Lancaster; Greg (Cathy) Stelpflug, Dodgeville; Christine (friend Steve) Stelpflug, Caledonia, MN; twenty-seven grandchildren: Aaron (Amy), Cathy, Maura, Kyle, Philip, Kim, Andrew, Kari, Jodi (JJ) White, Stephen, Jeanna, Kevin, David, Samantha, Marissa, Lauren, Jake, John, Adam, Angela, Kristin, Randy, Julie, Matt, Justin, Blake, and Jessica; step-grandchild, Billie Joe (Geri)Welchert; great-grandchild, Autumn; and step great-grandchild: Devin; two brothers: Leo (Betty) Stelpflug; Robert (Joanne) Stelpflug; sisters-in-law, Eileen Stelpflug, all of Lancaster; Mary Ellen Stelpflug, Menomonee Falls; Luetta Bornhauser, Dubuque, IA; brothers-in-law, Edgar (Eve) Bornhauser, Minnesota; Gene Johnsen, Arizona.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by granddaughter, Katelyn Keenan; a grandson, Lucas Morrow; his brothers: Cyril and Cletus; and a sister, Jeannette Johnsen.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 29, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Father William Seipp officiating. Burial with military honors was held in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends called on Thursday, June 28, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.


William A. Stephen

William �Bill� Alexander Stephen, 74, of Potosi , passed away on June 10, 2010 in Jacksonville , Florida .

Visitation was on 9:30 am Saturday, June 19th followed by rosary at 10:40am at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi .  Funeral services were following the rosary at 11:00am with  Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial was held at the Burton Cemetery .  Martin Funeral Home in Potosi is serving the family.

Bill Stephen was born in San Jose , California to Charles William Alexander Stephen and Irene Evelyn Gracia on January 16th, 1936 .  He married Linann Udelhoven on February 9th, 1963 in St. Brendan�s Church in San Francisco .  He graduated from Santa Clara University .  He worked as a civil engineer for OICC (Officer in Charge of Construction) for the Navy for 21 years.  He served in the Army as a Army Intelligence and Security Officer.  He received multiple certificates of commendation for outstanding performance over and above normal work requirements and attained the level of GS 15 as a civil servant for the Navy.

Bill Stephen is preceded in death by both parents and survived by wife Linann Stephen and four children Bill Stephen, Rochelle Focaracci, Lisa Larsson, and Daniel Stephen and spouses, as well as five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to these three organizations:

Trinitarian Sisters

12365 Casheros Cove Drive . S.

Jacksonville , Florida 32225

Grant County Hospice

111 South Jefferson Street

Lancaster , WI . 53813

Cross International Catholic Outreach

370 West Camino Gardens Blvd.

Boca Raton , Florida 33432

Attn. Haiti Most Urgent Need

The family of Bill Stephen wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the many people in the medical staff that were entrusted with his care as well as all the churches and individuals who lifted him and his family up in prayer which gave us much peace.


Nancy L. Stephens

     Nancy L. Stephens, age 72, of Platteville, died Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at Southwest Health Center in Platteville.  She was born on July 4, 1937, the daughter of LeRoy and Emma (Bartels) Stephens in Platteville , WI .  Her parents were tenant farmers until early 1953 when they moved to a farm north of Belmont .  Nancy attended Platteville High School and graduated from Belmont High School in 1955.  She worked part-time and later full-time at Schultz�s 5 & 10 store.  Nancy attended Platteville Teachers College while working part-time.  In 1975, she went to work at First National Bank, retiring in 1996.  Nancy enjoyed working on crosswords, puzzles and watching the Brewers, Cubs and Packers on TV.

       Nancy is survived by her cousins, including her special cousin, Don Hansen, Madison and her special friend, Barbara Browning and her family, Platteville; other relatives and friends.

        She was preceded in death by her parents.

       Funeral services were held at 12:00 noon Saturday, November 28, 2009,  at First English Lutheran Church in Platteville with Reverend Michael Short officiating.  Burial will be held in Greenwood Cemetery .  Friends called from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville is serving the family.


Lydia Stich

Lydia Edna (Birch) Stich, age 90, of Stitzer, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012, at the Lancaster Care Center. She was born on November 17, 1922, in Liberty Township. Lydia married Veryl O. Stich on September 15, 1938, in Dubuque. Together they had seven children.

Survivors include their seven children: Gloria (Wayne) Stotesbery, Eau Claire; Laurene (Randy) Hamann, Lancaster; Ronnie (Gail) Stich, Topeka, KS; Connie (Orlin) Jackering, Fennimore; Gene Stich, Lancaster; Marcia (Larry) Wilson, LaCrosse; Roger �Butch� Stich, Stitzer; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; ten great-great grandchildren; a sister, Lois Lyght, Boscobel; a sister-in-law, Ivanelle Funk, Dixon, IL; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Lydia was preceded in death by three sisters, Beulah Gratz, Grace Herman, and Iris Udelhoven; by her twin brother, William Birch; three daughters-in-law, Susan Stich, Judy Scott, and Linda Stich; a grandson, Ryan Scott, and a special grandson, Locksley Draves.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 2, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Stitzer United Methodist Church with Pastor John Oliver officiating. Burial was in Rock Church Cemetery, Livingston. Family and friends called on Tuesday, January 1, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.


Beth M. Stivarius

     Beth M. Stivarius, age 90, of Lancaster, died on Monday, March 31, 2008, at the Lancaster Care Center.  She was born on August 23, 1917, the daughter of William and Toni (Spease) Mathews.  In 1951, Beth married Leo Stivarius.  After their marriage, the couple, farmed in the Montfort area.  Her husband, Leo, died on August 14, 1966.  Beth dearly enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing and quilting. 

     Survivors include her sister, Kitty Crone, Lancaster and many nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her parents, Beth was preceded in death by two daughters in infancy; her husband, Leo; her brothers: Oscar, Clyde and Virgil Mathews; her sisters: Ruby Tindell, Florence Tracy, Harriet Mathews and Sylvia Axtell.

     Funeral services were held on Friday, April 4, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster.  Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Montfort.  Friends called on Friday, April 4, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Bonnie Stluka

Bonnie L. Stluka, age 67, died on Monday, September 23, 2013, at her residence in Potosi.  She was born on October 19, 1945, in rural Potosi, the daughter of Clinton and Edith (Fritz) Russell.  On July 14, 1973, Bonnie was united in marriage to Dennis Stluka at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  She attended rural schools of Sinner�s Creek and Elmdale.  Bonnie graduated from Lancaster High School, the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, and Saint Mary�s University of Minnesota.  Bonnie taught second grade for forty-four years at Winskill Elementary School in Lancaster.  She thoroughly enjoyed teaching all her students.  Bonnie told them they were �her children� for the school year.  Bonnie loved working in her yard and garden, especially caring for her beautiful lilies.  She loved her dog, Winzor, two cats, Blackie and Tiger, and horse, Rebel.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis; her mother, Edith Russell; a sister, Arlene (Norbert) Wieland, a brother-in-law, Udell Ames, her aunts, and many nieces and nephews; her guardian angels and caregivers, Bonnie and Kenny Curran.

In addition to her father Clinton, Bonnie was preceded in death by a brother, Larry and her oldest sister, Delores �Toddy� Ames.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial was in Burton Cemetery, Burton.  Family and friends called on Tuesday, September 24, 2103, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Bonnie L. Stluka Memorial Fund has been established. 


Arlene Stoeffler

Arlene Mary (Laufenberg) Stoeffler, age 91, of Mount Hope, passed away peacefully with family by her side Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Center in Fennimore, where she had resided for nearly two years.

Through her life as a big sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Arlene always put her family and faith first. Even to her final days, she worried about missing sending a card for a birthday or anniversary, and tried to finish crocheting an afghan for a graduating grandson - continuing a tradition her mother had started many years before.

Arlene was born April 5, 1924, in Glen Haven Township, to William and Leona (Wood) Laufenberg. As the eldest of eight children in the depths of the Depression, she attended school until the eighth grade and helped on the family farm near Beetown.  Her future husband, Raymond Elwood Stoeffler, came to work on the farm in 1940. Arlene's dad had planted crops for Elwood's parents, and Elwood worked to pay down the debt.

They began dating in 1942 and were married a year later, on July 5, 1943, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington. After serving a little more than a year in the Navy, he returned home to a growing family and shortly thereafter they moved to Mount Hope, where Elwood began a career as a mechanic. He owned and operated Stoeffler's Garage before retiring in June 1984. He died unexpectedly a year later, on July 7, 1985, at a family gathering.

Music was an important part of Elwood and Arlene's life, starting from their teen-age years on the farm when he started playing a mouth organ, moving on to play mandolin and later guitar. While he picked up music easily, Arlene couldn't carry a tune - but it never stopped her from singing along and enjoying the performances of her husband, children and others.

Arlene was a storyteller and always inquisitive about the latest news from family and friends. She enjoyed sewing and housekeeping in earlier years, and later learned to crochet and knit. She loved playing cards, taking pictures to display in her house, attending musical and sporting events at school, and watching or listening to college and professional sports. She was active and served in leadership roles in St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church and the Deanery of the Madison Diocese, the West Grant Lioness Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. After raising her children, she enjoyed traveling - first with Elwood and then later with other family. In addition to many family vacations and trips to attend graduations and weddings, she visited Ireland four times with Elwood and once after he died. She also toured Europe with her sister Joanne and took a trip to Brazil in 1998 with her son David to visit the family of her Brazilian "son," former exchange student Orlando Stevaux Galvao.

She is survived by her seven children: William (Sharon) of Palm Harbor, Florida; Patricia (Terry) Winkers of Boscobel; Linda (Harry) Miller of McGregor, Iowa; James (Pat) of Fennimore; Joseph of Mount Hope; Mary Hendrickson of Sherman, Texas; and David (Rose) of La Crosse; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; five siblings, LeRoy, Carl and Carolyn Keeney of Mount Hope, Doris Krogman of Prairie du Chien and Joanne (Charles "Mike") Carroll of McGregor, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Laufenberg, Lancaster; and many nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends, including those she became close to in her final months at Good Samaritan.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Lee Laufenberg and Marjorie Miller, as well as a daughter-in-law, Rita Stoeffler, a son-in law, Anthony Hendrickson, and a granddaughter, Sarah Stoeffler, two sisters-in-law, Ardith and Belva Laufenberg, two brothers-in-law, Edwin Keeney and Charles Krogman.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday February 13, 2016, at St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church, rural Mount Hope at 11:00 a.m. with Monsignor Gerard Healy and the Reverend Miguel Galvez officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with a lunch to follow at Queen of All Saints St Mary's church hall in Fennimore, WI. Family and friends called on Friday, February 12, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington, where a parish rosary was prayed at 3:45 p.m. Friends also called on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers an Arlene M. Stoeffler Memorial Fund has been established.


Joseph Stohlmeyer

Joseph J. "Bimp" Stohlmeyer, age 79, of Potosi, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.  He was born on January 12, 1937, in Potosi, the son of Clarence and Evelyn (Schmelz) Stohlmeyer.  Bimp graduated from St. Andrew Catholic High School in 1955.  He was employed with Dubuque Packing Company from 1955 until 1967, when he purchased a service station.  Bimp owned and operated Stohlmeyer Service Station for many years.  After he sold the service station, Bimp was employed at Kieler Garage until his purchase of Bimp's Service in Potosi, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 2008.  In 1961, Bimp entered the United States National Guard and served his country during the Berlin Crisis.  He was honorably discharged in 1967.  Bimp enjoyed car races, deer hunting and bowling.  In his younger years, he enjoyed traveling.  Bimp was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Knights Branch 42, St. Andrew Choir, the American Legion Post No. 473 of Potosi, and was a charter member of the Potosi/Tennyson Lions Club.  Bimp also served on the Potosi School Board for 19 years.  He sponsored Bimp's Softball and Bowling teams. 

Survivors include his siblings:  Henry (Celine); Michael (Elizabeth); Harold (Mary Pat) Stohlmeyer; Eva Lyons; Pauline "Teenie" Wiezorek; William J. (Mary E.) Stohlmeyer; Mary Ann (Robert) Durst; many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Richard Powers; sister-in-law, Sandra Stohlmeyer; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Bimp was preceded in death by his siblings: Harriet and Paul Stohlmeyer and Elizabeth "Betty" Powers; niece, Sandra Stohlmeyer; brothers-in-law, Tom Lyons and Edward "Ed" Wiezorek.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial with military honors was in St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery.  Family and friends called on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson where a 2:30 p.m. rosary was prayed.  Family and friends also called on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Joseph J. "Bimp" Stohlmeyer Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is serving the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Palliative Care in Iowa City, IA, and Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster for their care.  The family would also like to thank all of Bimp's friends for their visits, especially Mert Kruser and Kent and Jan Syverson.


Helen M. Stoker

Helen M. Stoker, age 72, of Lancaster, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2011, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. She was born on July 23, 1939, in Chelsea, MA, the daughter of William and Mary (Scanell) Lush. Joe was stationed with the US Navy in South Boston, MA. It was there that he met Helen M. Lush and they were united in marriage on February 7, 1959, at St. Rose Catholic Church, Chelsea, MA. It was later that year that they moved to Potosi, and in 1961, the couple moved to Lancaster. Helen was employed at the Dug Out Supper Club, and later at Orchard Manor Nursing Home. In 1973, she became a volunteer driver for Grant County Social Services. Helen volunteered for over twenty-seven years and was very devoted to giving comfort and care to the people she helped. She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church and enjoyed playing Bingo. Helen dearly loved spending time with her family and was looking forward to the birth of twin grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Stoker, Lancaster; children: Richard (Terri) Stoker, Pleasant Valley, NY; Mary J. Stoker; Thad Stoker, both of Madison; two grandchildren: Devin Stoker and Chloe Conlan; two brothers: Alvin Lush; Tim (Donna) Lush, all of Chelsea, MA; a sister, Patsy (B.J.) Berntsen, McLean, VA; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by a brother, William Lush.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Father William Seipp officiating. Burial was in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends called on Monday, September 19, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services. Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Walter A. Stoney

Walter A. Stoney, age 72, of Platteville, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  He was born on August 11, 1941, in Lancaster, the son of Arthur and Dorothy (Wiedmann) Stoney.  Walter attended country school.    He farmed with his parents and worked in the mines in Tennyson.  On September 12, 1962, Walter was united in marriage to Julie Rogers in Galena, IL.  Walter was employed with Williams Tree Service trimming trees for forty years.  He enjoyed collecting antique tractors and machinery, hunting, camping, animals of all kinds, and spending time in the woods.  Walter also enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.  He loved the simple life the woods provided.  Walter will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Julie; their children:  Bob (Karla); Jay (Audrey); Roger; Stan (Darcy Tracy); Dawn Stoney; Angi (Jim) Humes; six grandchildren: David, Lucas, Cody, Cheyenne, Jessica and Shelby; two great-grandchildren:  Lani and Landyn; his siblings:  Kate (Jim) Flynn; Mary (Grant) Edge; Joyce Daniels; Pat (Ronnie) Fritz; John (Deb); Paul (Louise); Gary (Cindy); Shirley (Royce) Wehrle; sister-in-law, Sharon Stoney; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by a son, David; a brother, Leo, and a brother-in-law, Victor Daniels.

Family greeted friends on Monday, September 23, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster.  Private family services will be held.  Burial will be at a later date.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Walter Stoney Memorial Fund has been established.


Carol Strokosch

Carol I. Strokosch, age 84, of Dubuque, formerly of Lancaster, and Glen Ellyn, IL, died Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.  Carol was born on August 22, 1929 in Dubuque, a daughter of Theodore and Cecilia (Nehls) Dodge.

She grew up in the Lancaster, WI area, and graduated from Lancaster High School.  Carol then received her degree from Moody Bible College.  On June 5, 1954, she married Eric A. Strokosch at the First Baptist Church in Lancaster.  She worked as a secretary for Crawford & Company until her retirement.

Carol enjoyed doing arts and crafts, making ceramics, camping at Lake Holiday in Sandwich, IL, traveling, and had a great sense of humor.  She loved her dogs, especially her first �garbage disposal�, Buttons.

Carol is survived by a sister, Charlotte Ruchti, Lancaster; a brother-in-law, Robert �Bob� Hirsch, Dubuque; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends,

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric in 1988; her parents; her sister, Jenny Hirsch; her brother, Ted �Spud� Dodge; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Dodge; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Ruchti.

Funeral services were held at 11 am on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster, with Pastor Larry Wise officiating.   Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called from 3 to 7 pm on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service Friday.


Idabell Studnicka

     Idabell Studnicka, age 70, of Lancaster, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born August 13, 1937 in Grant County, WI, the daughter of Leroy and Frances (Taylor) Barr.  On October 24, 1959, she married Marvin R. Studnicka at the Beetown Gospel Hall.  Idabell�s working career spanned 36 years at M&I Bank and Dick�s Supermarket, both in Lancaster.  She dearly enjoyed the precious time she spent with her grandchildren. 

     She is survived by her husband, Marvin Studnicka, Lancaster; one son, Brent (Gail) Studnicka, New  Lenox, IL; two daughters:  Robbin (Shane) Zenz, Blue Mounds; and Leah (Mark) Spindler, Mauston; six grandchildren:  Alex, Nathan, and Jenna Studnicka, Taylor and Cletus Zenz, and Annabell Spindler; one brother, Bernard (Annabel) Barr, Soldiers Grove; and four sisters:  Donna (Tom) Williams, Kewaskum; Ruth Hinch, Madison; Georgia (Doug) Klarman, Loves Park, IL; and Martha (Charles) Schaefer, Cross Plains.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bill Barr; her sister, Naomi Nickel; and her niece, Vicki Hinch.

     Funeral services were held on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Youth & Ag Building.  Burial was in Dodge Cemetery, Beetown Township.  Visitation was held on Sunday, April 27, 2008 from 1:00 � 5:00 p.m. at the Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster, and after 9:30 a.m. Monday morning at the Youth & Ag Building.  In lieu of plants and flowers, an Idabell Studnicka memorial fund has been established.


John F. Stuer

John F. Stuer, Sr, age 87, of Dubuque, died Saturday, December 22, 2012 at his home.  John was born on September 26, 1925, the son of Frederick and Lydia (Hird) Stuer.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946, and was stationed on the U.S.S. St. Paul during World War II. John married Marian Louise McKelvey on March 15, 1948 in Lancaster.  He worked at John Deere in Dubuque, and in 1962 started and owned Star Uniforms.  John was a police officer for the Platteville Police Department from 1950 to 1954, and was a sheriff for the Grant County Sheriff Department from 1955 to 1959.

John is survived by his son, John Jr. (Janet); his grandchildren, Julie (Brian) Thiel and John Stuer III; his great-grandchildren, Kallie, C.J., and Ian Thiel; his beloved dog, Bucky; and a niece & nephew.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian in 1984; his parents; and two sisters, Adeline Haltmeyer and Theodora Faris.

Private Family Services were held at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home, Platteville.  Burial with military honors was in Hillside Cemetery, Platteville. 


Evelyn A. Sturmer

Evelyn A. Sturmer, age 93, of Lancaster, formerly of the Bloomington/Beetown area, died on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at the Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster.  She was born on May 2, 1917, in Bancroft, IA, the daughter of William and Mary (Schneider) Sudmeier.  Evelyn attended school in Bloomington.  On July 2, 1940, Evelyn was united in marriage to Alton Lee Sturmer in Bloomington.  After their marriage, the couple farmed in the Bloomington and Beetown area.  She was a member of St. Mary�s Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters, Study Club and Card Club, all of Bloomington.  In 2004, Evelyn moved to Lancaster.  She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster.  Evelyn enjoyed playing cards and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Survivors include her children: Ronald (Nancy) Sturmer, Lancaster; Robert (Carole) Sturmer, Bloomington; Kathleen (Rodney) Kalish, Bangor; Marsha Wagner, Darlington; Dave (Peggy) Sturmer, Lancaster; James (D.K.) Sturmer, Crawford, NE; a daughter-in-law, Marge Sturmer, Bloomington; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two sisters: Lorraine Lee, Platteville; Marie Knutson, Platteville; two sisters-in-law: Betty Sudmeier, Platteville; Mabel Sudmeier, Lancaster; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Alton on November 23, 1977; a son, Gary �Pete� Sturmer, a son-in-law, Lowell Wagner; her brothers and sisters: Dorothy Horsfall, Lucille Sudmeier, Edwin Sudmeier, Luvern Sudmeier, Rosella Schmitz, William Sudmeier, Lillian Schmitz, LeRoy Sudmeier.

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 21, 2011, at St. Clement Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. in Lancaster with Father William Seipp officiating.  Burial was in Dodge Cemetery, Beetown Township.  Family and friends called on Thursday, January 20, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster, where a 3:45 p.m. rosary will be held.  Friends also called on Friday, January 21, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.


Mabel M. Sudmeier

Mabel M. Sudmeier, age 93, of Lancaster, died on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster. She was born on May 12, 1918, in Cuba City, the daughter of Henry and Bertha (Kall) Schulte. Mabel attended school in Cuba City. On January 8, 1946, she was united in marriage to Edwin Sudmeier at St. Mary�s Catholic Church in Bloomington. Mabel was employed with the Bloomington School System as a cook for many years. She and her husband enjoyed dancing and Mabel loved to go out to eat and play euchre. Mabel was an avid sports fan and was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church.

Survivors include her brother, Robert (Nancy) Schulte, Nebraska; three sisters-in-law: Lorraine Lee, Marie Knutson, and Betty Sudmeier all of Platteville; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mabel was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin on June 20, 2005, and nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Father William Seipp officiating. Burial was in St. Mary�s Cemetery, Bloomington. Family and friends called on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Arlene L. Swab

     Arlene L. Swab, age 77, of Seymour, formerly of Lancaster, died on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, at Good Shepard Nursing Home, Seymour, WI.  She was born on March 16, 1932, in Lancaster, the daughter of Oscar and Elva Marie (Bennett) Swab.  Arlene graduated from Lancaster High School and was employed as a Nurses Aide at Grant Community Clinic.  She was employed with Prudential Life in Los Angeles and in Minneapolis.  Arlene retired to Rogers, Arkansas, later moving to Seymour, WI.  She possessed a real love for animals and photography.

       Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Noble, Lancaster; a sister-n-law, Marian Swab, Fitchburg; four nieces: Marcia (Ed) Noble-Miller, Seymour; Natalie (Richard) Schwab, Mauston; Nancy (Dr. Dennis) Kucik, Pelham, AL; Mary (fianc� Erick Rostad), Everett, WA.  She is further survived by a great-nephew, Dr. Matthew (fianc� Laura Hannafin) Swab, Eau Claire; and a great-niece, Laura (frank) Vinopal, Mauston; great-great-niece, Sena Vinopol.

       She was preceded in death by two brothers, Roger and Donald Swab, a brother-in-law, Elton Noble, and a great-niece, Colleen Birch.

      Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church with Pastor Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Saturday, August 15, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. until time of services at the church.  An Arlene L. Swab memorial fund has been established.  Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster assisted the family.


Donald L. Swab

    Donald L. Swab, age 81, of Lancaster, died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at the Lancaster Care Center.  He was born on February 12, 1927 on a farm in  rural Lancaster,  the son of Oscar and Elva M. (Bennett) Swab.  On November 26, 1955, he married Elizabeth L. �Bess� Bilderback at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  Don attended Aupperle Grade School and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1944.  He was drafted in the U. S. Army in 1945 and was stationed in Japan until 1947.  After Don was discharged he went to work for Farley & Letcher in Dubuque for one year before working for Murray Electric from 1949 � 1970.  He also was co-owner of Stich & Swab Texaco Station for a year.  In 1970, Don started Swab Electric and sold and retired from the business in 1989.  He also drove school bus for 21 years, was a volunteer with the Lancaster Fire Department for 24 years and was a member of the Sheriff�s Posse in Grant County.  Don was a cradle member of the United Methodist Church in Lancaster, served on the Lancaster City Council for 14 years, played Santa Claus for 15 years, and was member of the William Pollock VFW Post No. 2344 and the Richard Burns American Legion Post No. 109 both of Lancaster for over 50 years, including serving as Post Commander. 

     He is survived by four children:  Karen (Dennis) Bradley, Janesville; Brenda (Ron) Williams, Prairie du Chien; Jerry (special friend, Lyrae) Swab, Lancaster; and Chuck (Vonnie) Swab, Boscobel; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Noble, Lancaster and Arlene Swab, Seymour, WI; three sisters-in-law, Marion Swab, Fitchburg; Hazel Soden, Lancaster and Florence Seaquist, Buffalo, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Bess on March 15, 2003; his parents; a son, Jakie; a brother, Roger and two great-grandchildren, Michael Jannisch and Maria Price.

     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lancaster with Reverend Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster, where Military Honors were accorded by William Pollock VFW Post No. 2344 and the Richard Burns American Legion Post No. 109.  Family and friends were welcomed from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 19 and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services Tuesday all at the church.  In lieu of flowers and plants, a Donald L. Swab Memorial Fund has been established.


Robert Swart

Robert A. �Bob� Swart, age 85, of Platteville, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA.  Robert Arthur Swart was born on March 26, 1926 at home near Cuba City, a son of William H. Swart and Marie Hinman Swart.  He attended elementary school at the Model, Little Red, and Belmont schools, graduating from Belmont High School in 1943.  Bob married Betty Jane Kies on December 27, 1948 at the First Methodist Church in Platteville.  They farmed most of their married life, retiring to Platteville in 1991.  Their family includes children, Kristie (Dennis) Popp, Belmont, Gregory (Julie) Swart, Auburndale, Susan (Jeffrey) Hillary, Goodyear, AZ, and Jeffrey Swart, Los Angeles, CA. Grandchildren are Nathan Popp, Melissa (Rob) Martin, Joshua Swart, Shauna Swart, Shanen (Cynthia) Swart, Nicole Swart, Nicholas Hillary, Marc (fianc� Simonne Wood) Hillary, and Camille Swart.  Great-Grandchildren are Hannah and Connor Popp, and Gavin Swart.  After retirement Bob enjoyed working for R and P, and K and J Floor Companies at the Platteville Kmart location.  His hobbies included fishing, watching the Cubs, jigsaw puzzles, and also enjoyed stories from his grandchildren. He especially enjoyed a good joke!  Bob was a member of the Whig United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Marc (1955) and Steven (2008); a grandson, Sean Hillary (1988); his parents; maternal and paternal grandparents; in-laws, John W. and Lucille (Tracy) Kies; and a brother, Richard.

In addition to his wife and children, Bob is survived by his brother, William (friend Joanne Schober), Platteville; many nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Gerry Swart, Platteville, Ila Sampson, Cuba City; and brother and sister-in-law, Elton and Lucille Kies, Platteville.

Funeral services were held at 11 am on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home, Platteville, with Pastor Karl Goodfellow officiating.  Visitation was from 4 to 8 pm on Friday, May 20, at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Platteville.   


Steven R. Swart

     Steven R. Swart, age 54, of Monroe, formerly of Platteville, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 15, 2008 near his home in Monroe.  Steven was born on June 24, 1953 in Hazel Green, the son of Robert A. and Betty J. (Kies) Swart.  He graduated from Platteville High School in 1971.  While in High School, Steven co-oped with Scott's Implement in Platteville and he continued to work there while attending Southwest Technical College in Fennimore.  Steve graduated with a degree in Agricultural Mechanics in 1973 from Southwest Technical College.  After graduation, he worked at Studer's Super Service in Monroe and later operated his own agricultural machinery repair service. 

     Steven married Joan Johnson on December 27, 1975.  He attended Hope Evangelical Free Church in Monroe and was a member of the Moose Lodge in Monroe.  Steven also enjoyed pitching horseshoes and playing cards.  Socializing and participating in family gatherings were two of his favorite activities.

     Steven is survived by three daughters; Melissa (Rob) Martin, Madison, Shauna Swart, Marina Del Rey, CA and Nicole Swart, Madison; his parents, Robert and Betty Swart, Platteville; four brothers and sisters, Kristie (Dennis) Popp, Belmont, Gregory (Julie) Swart, Auburndale, WI, Susan (Jeff) Hillary, Goodyear, AZ and Jeff Swart, Los Angeles, CA; five nephews and one niece; two great-nephews and one great-niece.

     He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Marc Eugene Swart on November 15, 1955; his paternal grandparents, William and Marie (Hinman) Swart and his maternal grandparents, John W. and Lucille (Tracy) Kies.

     Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2008 at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville with the Pastor Rick Haworth officiating.  Burial was held in Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville.  Family and friends were welcomed from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Friday all at the funeral home.


Linda Swartzbaugh

Linda I. Swartzbaugh age 95, formerly of Cassville, passed away on February 16, 2016 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Platteville. She was born on April 14, 1920 in Hancock, WI to Edward and Francis (Novak) Scharf.  Linda married Emil Hartwig in 1937.  She later divorced Emil and married Curtis Swartzbaugh on September 14, 1958.  They lived in Chicago for 38 years.  They moved to Cassville in 1997, to be closer to family. She enjoyed bowling, baking apple pies, tending to her flowers, watching The Price is Right, and watching the Chicago Cubs. 

Linda is survived by a daughter-in-law, Kathy Hartwig of Auburndale, WI (formerly Cassville); a grandson, Bob (Katie) Hartwig of Arpin, WI (formerly of Cassville); and two great grandchildren, Curtis and Carrieann Hartwig of Arpin.  Linda is further survived by Russel (Sharon) Sahlin of Turlock, CA; a sister, Janet (Jim) Wright; and many nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her parents; her first husband, Emil Hartwig; second husband, Curtis Swartzbaugh; a son, Robert Hartwig; one brother and four sisters; and two nephews and two nieces.

Visitation was held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Martin Funeral Home in Cassville, followed by graveside services at Cassville Cemetery with Rev. Jim McMahon officiating.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville is assisting the family.


Shirley Sweeney

Shirley I. Sweeney, age 76, of Lancaster, died on Sunday, November 28, 2010, at her home in Lancaster surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on October 24, 1934, in North Lancaster Township, the daughter of Henry and Lela (Bass) Rech.  In 1952, Shirley graduated from Lancaster High School.  She was employed as an administrative secretary with the Lancaster School system for eighteen years.  On December 28, 1955, Shirley was united in marriage to Harold R. Sweeney in Dubuque, IA.  She furthered her education at Southwest Technical College in Fennimore.  Shirley was employed with Lancaster State Bank for six months before working for Grant County as a Deputy Clerk until her retirement in 1997.  She was a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church.  Shirley enjoyed reading and traveling.  She loved spending time with her family and was always available for her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her loving husband, Harold Sweeney, Lancaster; her children: LuAnn (Steve) Hogler, Green Bay; Jill (Allen) Kvitek, Maribel; Kelly (Jeff) Clark, Appleton; her mother, Lela Rech, Lancaster; seven grandchildren; her brother and sisters: Dorothy Eck, Roger Rech, Linda Barr, Marcia (Dan) Mitchell, all of Lancaster; Sharon (Steve) Klein, Cassville; foreign exchange student, Anne (Philippe) Crousle`, Paris, France; other relatives and many friends.   

Shirley was preceded in death by her father, her daughter, Lori, and her brothers, Charles and Stephen Rech.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church with Pastor Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the church. 

The family would like to thank Grant County Hospice for their exceptional care.


James E. Sykes

     James E. Sykes, age 82, of Bagley, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2010, peacefully at his home with his family by his side.  He had been ill for sometime from lung cancer.  James has been a resident of Bagley for the past nineteen years, originally from Round Lake, IL.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.

       Survivors include his loving wife of thirty-six years, Lois Sykes, Bagley; three children:  Donna Rossi, Ingleside, IL; Debbye Hale, Callaway, VA; Gail Downs, Ford City, PA;  eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

       In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

       Memorial services were held on Friday, July 2, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bagley United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Ann Floerke officiating.   Military honors were conducted by the American Legion Post No. 482 of Bagley at the church.  Family and friends called on Friday, July 2, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Burial will be at a later date.  In lieu of plants and flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to Grant County Hospice.  Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington is serving the family.


Hailey Marie Szewczyk

Hailey Marie Szewczyk, infant daughter of Justin and Danielle (Surin) Szewczyk, died on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at St. Mary�s Hospital in Madison .  Services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville.

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