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Joseph Russell Taber

Joseph Russell Taber Jr, age 93 passed away Sept 11, 2011 at SW Health Center, Platteville.

Russ was born on May 26, 1918 in Fair Haven, MA the first son of Joseph R. Sr and Honora (Kilmartin) Taber. He married Marie Lettsome in Marseilles , IL on Dec 6, 1945. Together they had six children. He served in the Pacific during WW II as a member of the Army Air Corps. After a brief stay in Chicago , Russ and Marie joined her sister and brother-in-law, Ed & Rosella Schroeder in moving to Cuba City where they were partners in the Schroeder and Taber general store. In 1955 they moved their family to Fennimore and operated a Gamble’s hardware store. Throughout his life he was very active in the communities where he lived and was particularly fond of his work with the Boy Scouts Of America. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for “distinguished service to boyhood”.

The family moved to Platteville in 1961 and Russ continued to work for Gamble. He later spent 10 years on the Platteville Police Force as the Juvenile Officer before mandatory retirement. He then worked as the parts manager at Mound View Motors. Following his “retirement” he worked for the Mergan-Boll Funeral Home in Platteville. Russ was the world’s best husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years Marie of Platteville; children Tom (Bev) of Platteville; Jim (Pam) of Stream Wood, IL; Sharon (Tim) Charles of Platteville; Mark (Sally) of Madison; Steven (Debbie) of Madison; Patti (Doug) Ripperger Eldridge, IA; Fifteen grand children and nine great-grandchildren; his sister Joan Hagar of Onset, MA; and nieces and nephew who meant so much to him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife’s parents, Albert and Theresa Lettsome; two brothers; and five nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, September 15, 2011, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Platteville, with Father John Del Priore officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Calvary Cemetery in Platteville. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 14, at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home, Platteville, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

Allan L. Taylor

Allan L. Taylor, age 81, of Bloomington, passed away on Monday, December 06, 2010, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien.  He was born on January 13, 1929, on the farm in Bloomington, the son of Ray and Amy (Schneider) Taylor.  Allan had one younger brother, Lyle “Tinker” Taylor.  After graduating from Patch Grove High School, Allan worked for a short time before entering the United States Army on February 21, 1951.  He served his country during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on February 3, 1953 as Corporal Allan L. Taylor.  On May 29, 1952, Allan was united in marriage to Dorothy J. Kluesner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington.  After Allan was discharged from the military, he and Dorothy owned and operated Taylor’s Store, formerly Hatch’s Store in Bloomington until their retirement.  Allan was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington and the Hanley Ariss Millin American Legion Post No. 5 of Patch Grove.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Taylor, Bloomington; his children: Sherri (Calvin King) Novak, Onalaska; Elizabeth (Mike) Onsrud, Galesville; Bruce (Chris) Taylor, Lodi; eight grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marian Taylor, Bloomington; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Allan was preceded in death by his brother, Lyle, son-in-law, Stan Novak; brothers-in-law, Jim Kluesner, Bob (Judy) Kluesner, sister-in-law, Joyce Kluesner, and niece, Diane Guanella.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 10, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial with military honors was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington.  Family and friends called on Thursday, December 9, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington where a 4:00 p.m. scripture service will be held.  Friends also called on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington is assisting the family.  In lieu of plants and flowers, the family suggests memorials be offered to the Bloomington Rescue Squad.

Aaron R. Taylor

Aaron R. Taylor, age 34, of Lancaster, was freed from his pain on Monday, September 23, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born on March 4, 1979, in Lancaster, the son of Richard and Sandra (Landon) Taylor.  Aaron graduated from Lancaster High School in 1998 and furthered his education at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College where he earned a degree in masonry.  He was employed at Milprint in Lancaster as an Assistant Press Operator for several years.  Aaron also worked part time as a mason laying the brickwork for homes in the Lancaster community.  He enjoyed deer hunting, morel hunting, four wheeling, and raising animals, especially rabbits, pheasants, turkeys, chickens, ducks, and cows.  Aaron loved being on the farm and enjoyed the farm life.  He also loved spending time with family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his parents, Richard and Sandy Taylor, Lancaster; his siblings:  Ben (Aja) Taylor and their daughter, Kathryn, Lancaster; Alicia Taylor, Mineral Point; Kinsey (Ryan Eggers) Taylor, Madison; his long-time girlfriend, Liz Wood, Lancaster; his paternal grandmother, Margaret Taylor, Lancaster; his maternal grandmother, Wilma Landon; Lancaster; his aunts and uncles:  Terry (Elaine) Taylor, Jacksonville, FL; Betty (Gene) Steiger, Bloomington; Roger (Deanna) Taylor, Potosi; Larry (June) Landon, Barb (Tony) Bausch, Mike (Gloria) Landon, and Alan (Sarah) Landon, all of Lancaster; great-aunts, great-uncles and many cousins.

Aaron was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Donald Taylor; his maternal grandfather, Byron Landon; an uncle, Jim Taylor; and his cousins, Tyler Bausch and Jason Landon.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 27, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lancaster with Reverend Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church and 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.

For the life that was and the spirit that is.  We will always celebrate the day you were born.  We are forever grateful for the thirty-four years. 

Where is my son, where can he be.

Playing with the puppies, beneath the oak tree.

Where is my boy, where did he go.

Running with deer, through pure white snow.

Where is my child, where has he gone.

He’s singing with the birds their morning song.

Where is my son, I miss him so.

He’s watching a new born baby grow.

Where is my child, where will he stay.

He will run with the wild angels when they play.

Where is my boy, how will he be.
Forever young, forever free.

Dorothy M. Taylor

Dorothy M. Taylor, age 92, of Lancaster, died Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.  She was born July 4, 1918; the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Van Natta) Cavanaugh. 

Dorothy graduated from Platteville High School and then attended Bayless Business College in Dubuque, IA.  She married James Arthur Taylor on January 4, 1945.  Together they farmed in the Potosi area for many years.  Dorothy was a member of Davies Memorial United Church of Christ in Potosi.  She loved her family and extended families.  The family get-togethers were very special to her.  She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and visiting with her many friends and family.  Dorothy will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Surviving is her daughter, Margaret (John) Clauer, Lancaster; six grandchildren:  Bruce and Jane Clauer, Lancaster; Brian and Sue Clauer, Bagley; Brenda and Dan Reynolds, Potosi; Linda and Greg Stanek, LaValle; Kevin Clauer, Lancaster; and Lisa and Kerry Zenz, Blue Mounds; 16 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great grandchildren; two nephews:  Don Wolf and Ervin Schmitz; a niece, Dianne Thorpe; and an sister-in-law, Gertrude “Gertie” Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, on March 14, 2000; her sisters:  Velma Schmitz and Edna Wolf; and a nephew and a niece.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster with Pastor Marilyn Hendricks officiating.  Burial was in Van Buren Cemetery, Potosi.  Family and friends called from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at the Schwartz Funeral Home and after 12:00 noon on Wednesday.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Dorothy M. Taylor memorial fund has been established.

Gertrude A. Taylor

Gertrude A. “Gertie” Taylor, age 87, of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2011, at the Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster. She was born on July 23, 1923, in Beetown Township, the daughter of Fred and Emma (McNeilly) Gates. Gertrude attended Muscallounge Grade School and also Lancaster High School. On July 7, 1941, she was united in marriage to Alfred Taylor in Dubuque, Iowa. Together they farmed in Grant County until retirement in 1980. Gertie was an avid collector and enjoyed antique auctions. She also enjoyed playing cards and traveling with her husband. Gertie was a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church and a past member of the Little Grant Saddle Club, 4-H Club, and Cow Bells.

Survivors include her children: Cheryl (Donald) Skaife, Livingston; Richard (Judith) Taylor, Lancaster; five grandchildren: Troy Knapp, Justin (Tamara) Knapp, Steve (Lisa) Taylor, Kathy (Ricky) Bruce, and Duane (Wendy) Taylor; six great grandchildren; a sister, Leanore Baker, Madison; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Gertie was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, Joseph Gates and a sister, Donna Gates.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church with Pastor Barbara Cook officiating. Burial was in Dodge Cemetery, Beetown Township. Family and friends called on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Thomas Taylor, age 63, of Platteville, passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at his home in Platteville after a long illness.  He was born on June 21, 1951, in Lancaster, the son of Herbert and Virgie (Chapman) Taylor. Greg graduated from Lancaster High School. He was employed at Taylor Tree Farms in Stitzer and Muscoda.  Greg was currently employed at Clare Bank in Platteville.  He enjoyed football and baseball games.

Survivors include his mother, Virgie Taylor, Lancaster; a sister-in-law, Tina (Joel) Ames and their children:  Brian (Casie), Shonda, and Rhonda Taylor.

Gregory was preceded in death by his father, Herbert; a brother, David Taylor and a sister, Cindy Taylor.

Family and friends were invited to attend graveside services that were held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster, with Pastor Barbara Cook officiating.  In keeping with Gregs wishes, there was no public visitation.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Platteville is assisting the family.

Catherine A. Tennessen

Catherine A. Tennessen, age 89, passed away at Grant Regional Health Center on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. She was born on January 9, 1922, in Bay View, WI, the daughter of Robin and Antoinette (Schuette) Middlemas. After her graduation from Marquette University, Catherine met and married Sylvester “Tenny” Tennessen at Jesus Catholic Church on the Marquette University Campus. Together they operated the Middlemas Florist and Acme Auto Salvage. In 1966, they moved to Cassville and purchased a farm, which was their dream, which is now the Tennessen Family Farm. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and sang in the church choir.

Survivors include her children: Robin, Tyler (Nancy), Cliff (Marge), and Cathy; her grandchildren: Amy (Zach) Zavac, Leanne (Kurt) Skipper, Cory (Shannon) Burgess, Jane Tennessen, Mike (Tanya) Tennessen, and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester and two grandchildren: Tom and Laura Tennessen, and a great-grandson, Andrew Burgess.

Private family grave side services were held at St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville. Martin Funeral Home in Cassville is assisting the family.

Ruth Ann Terwilliger

Ruth Ann Bailey Terwilliger, age 98, passed into eternal peace on August 30, 2013, joining her husband, Emmett Sr, son, Charles, and granddaughter, Lexy.  She was born on February 8, 1915, in Potosi Township.  Ruth Ann graduated from Lancaster High School and the University of Wisconsin.  During her college years, Ruth Ann became a member of Alpha Chi Omega and Zeta Phi Eta and continued to be an active alumna for over seventy-five years. Also while at the University, she was a member of a revitalized women's crew team. Miss Bailey taught high school English in Black River Falls until she married E. W. Terwilliger on June 7, 1941.   After the war, Ruth Ann, her husband and young son, Emmett Jr, settled in Lancaster, Wisconsin.  For many years, Ruth Ann and her husband spent winters in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Ruth Ann was active in many community organizations as a member of the VFW Auxiliary, the Lancaster Hospital Auxiliary, Lancaster Garden Club, Catherine Eaton Circle and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Ruth Ann was a member of the first Girl Scout troop in Lancaster, and later in life, she served as troop leader for over ten years.  Ruth Ann enjoyed attending and serving her church and was a 75 year member of the Lancaster Congregational Church.   Family was very important to Ruth Ann.  She shared her home and holidays with generations of family and friends.  She was an excellent gardener, enjoyed a challenging game of bridge, and played an impressive round of golf well into her senior years. She was a caring and giving person who touched many lives.

Ruth Ann is survived by her children, Emmett (Carol) and MaryAnn (Todd Anderson); and her grandchildren, Emily (Justin Zampardi), Andrew, and Molly and two great-grandsons, Bailey and Vinny Zampardi. 

Please join us in celebrating Ruth Ann's life on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lancaster Congregational Church with Reverend Mark Dieter officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Visitation was from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. A luncheon will follow the service in the church center.   In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be given in Ruth Ann’s name to the Schreiner Memorial Library Foundation, 113 W. Elm, Lancaster.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family. 

Jean D. Thier

     Jean D. Thier, age 77, of Lancaster, died on Monday, June 30, 2008, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  She was born on February 20, 1931, in Lancaster, the daughter of Kenneth and Nellie (Cox) Vesperman.  Jean attended school at Farview Township and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1948.  On October 15, 1949, Jean was united in marriage to William R. “Bill” Thier, Jr., at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Dubuque, IA.  Jean was employed at Bailey Oil Company from 1948 until 1967.  She then was employed at the Grant Community Clinic from 1968 until her retirement in 1993.  During retirement, Jean and Bill spent the winters in Florida for ten years.  She and Bill liked to fish, camp and go boating.  Jean loved to babysit her nephews and niece.  Jean was a member of the Congregational Church in Lancaster.

     Survivors include her sister-in-law, Doris Ann Vesperman, Lancaster; six nephews: John (Diane) Vesperman, Lancaster; Jeff (Lori) Vesperman, Fennimore; Joel (Renee) Vesperman, Lancaster; Jay Vesperman, Lancaster; Jim (Amy) Vesperman, Platteville; Jerry (friend Adina) Vesperman, Belmont; and one niece, Jennifer (friend Matt) Vesperman, Lancaster.

     Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill on December 4, 2007; and a brother, Gerald “Jake” Vesperman in August of 1994.

     Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 3, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services.

Rosemary I. "Rosie" Thornton

     Rosemary I. “Rosie” Thornton, age 80, of Bagley, died Friday, September 26, 2008 at Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien after a long illness due to Alzheimer’s.  She was born on September 13, 1928 in Prairie du Chien, WI the daughter of James and Clara (Taylor) Quick.  Rosie graduated from the Patch Grove High School in 1947.  She married Neil W. Thornton on February 9, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa.  Together they spent their life farming on the Thornton Family farm in Bloomington Township. 

     Rosie was a member of the United Methodist Church in Bloomington, WI where she was active in many church activities.  She enjoyed cooking, cake decorating and large family meals.  Rosie was also active at the Blake’s Prairie Fair and the Farm Woman’s Club.  She was a dedicated mother, wife, sister and friend, whose legacy will be based on those she left.

      Rosie is survived by her children Jeffery (Barb) Thornton and Pamela (Dan) Henkel, both of Bagley, WI; five grandchildren: William (Kerry) Thornton, Brian Thornton (Tina Soppe), Ethan Thornton, Derek Henkel and Rachel Henkel; two great-grandchildren and her sister, Evelyn “Whiz” (Phil) Redman.

      She was preceded in death by her husband, Neil in 2002, her parents and a brother, Leland Quick.

      Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 29, 2008 at the Patch Grove United Methodist Church with the Reverend  Mary Ann Floerke officiating.   Burial was held at Blake’s Prairie Cemetery, Bloomington Township.  Friends called from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28 at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Monday at the church.


William M. Thornton

William M. Thornton, age 33 of Bagley, passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. He was born March 3, 1979 in Cuba City, son of Jeff and Barb (Wagner) Thornton.  Bill graduated River Ridge High School in 1997, and furthered his education at Southwest Technical College in Fennimore with a degree in engine machining.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington, and married Kerry L. Coates there, on October 18, 2003. Bill dearly loved spending time with his family, and life on the farm.

Surviving is his beloved wife, Kerry; his loving children, Madelyn, Elliott, Eden and Maggie; His parents Jeff (Barb) Thornton; brothers, Brian (Tina) and Ethan (Jessica Foreman) Thornton; mother and father in law, David (Linda) Coates; brother in laws, Jesse (Jennifer) and Shaun (Katie) Coates; grandmothers Anne Wagner and Irene Coates; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 10:30 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 535 Congress Street, in Bloomington with Fr. John Meinholz officiating. Burial was in the Blake's Prairie Cemetery.  In keeping with Bill's wishes, there was no visitation. In lieu of plants, flowers and other forms of tribute, a William M. Thornton memorial fund has been established, with proceeds to be used for his children's future.

Elaine V. Timmerman

Elaine V. Timmerman, age 71, of Potosi, died on Friday, September 24, 2010 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  She was born July 9, 1939, the daughter of George and Mabel (Nauert) Winters.  Elaine graduated from Montfort High School as Valedictorian of her class.  On July 9, 1957, she was united in marriage to Stan Hartline and together they raised seven children.  On November 13, 1993, Elaine was united in marriage to Kenneth Timmerman.  She worked at Farm Credit, formerly known as PCA, for 25 years.

Elaine was a passionate gardener, whose flower beds were featured in the Potosi Tour of Gardens. She also enjoyed canning, sewing, knitting, crocheting, (Potosi Quilters) and Swimnastics.  Elaine was a giving person and would often help those who were less fortunate in their times of need.  She was also active in her church.  Most of all, Elaine loved spending time with her family.  Family meant everything to her.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Kenneth, Potosi; seven children: Robert Hartline, Belleville, IL; Michelle Endres, Whitewater; Steve (Cella) Hartline, Lancaster; Deanna (John) Seippel, Lancaster; Katherine (Terry) McMahon, Lodi; Nancy (Bill) Nabak and Rhonda (Wesley) Knoespel both of Green Bay; three step-children:  Amy (Todd) Klein, Stoughton; Kurt (Terri) Timmerman, Delavan and Chris (Erin) Timmerman, Verona; 30 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; three brothers and one sister:  Carlos (Betty) Winters, Montfort; Jerome (Carolyn) Winters, Madison; Maxine Moriva, Madison and Roscoe Winters (special friend, Evelyn); nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother-in-law, Don Moriva and a sister-in-law, LaRonda Winters.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial was in St. Andrew Cemetery.  Visitation was held on Monday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the church.  The Martin Funeral Home in Potosi served family. 

In lieu of flowers and plants, a Elaine V. Timmerman Memorial Fund has been established.

Kim Titley

Kim A. Titley, age 61, of Mount Hope, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

In keeping with Kim's wishes there was no visitation or funeral service.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family.


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