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Leland Anderson

Leland W. Anderson, age 100, of Bagley, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at his home.

He was born on December 30, 1916, in Patch Grove, the son of George and Wessie (Key) Anderson.  Leland graduated from Patch Grove High School.  He then worked in Chicago for a short time, where he met the love of his life, Elsie Jahoda.  They were married on June 17, 1939, in Oak Park, IL.  In 1940, they moved to the Bagley area where they farmed together for many years.

Leland drove school bus for the West Grant School District for 18 years.  After retiring from farming, he was a milk truck driver for Hazleton Cheese Factory.  Leland enjoyed bowling, woodworking, mowing his yard and sitting on his deck watching the birds and flowers.  He dearly loved his family and treasured their visits.

Survivors include five children:  Robert (DeAnna), Glenwood Springs, CO; Dixie (Bob) Duff, Three Rivers, MI; David, Wisconsin Rapids; Mark, Winona, MN; Julie (Chuck) Raisbeck, Bloomington; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Leland was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Elsie; two sisters: Meryl and Monna; a daughter-in-law, Colleen; and a grandson, Eric Breuer.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Bloomington with Reverend Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Burial will be in Patch Grove Cemetery, Patch Grove.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. 


Carson Clifton

Carson C. Clifton, age 88, of Potosi, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster.  He was born on December 6, 1928, the son of Luland "Claire" and Hilda (Voelz) Clifton.  On February 5, 1949, Carson was united in marriage to Arlene J. Nickel at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA, where they renewed their vows on their fiftieth anniversary.  After their marriage, the couple farmed thirteen years in South Lancaster Township and then moved to the home Arlene's parents, Arlie and Sylvia Nickel, built and farmed in Waterloo Township.  Carson drove milk truck from the age of 17 until the age of 77.  He also worked at Premier Co-Op Agronomy Center for 13 years, until the age of 80.  Carson was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.  He enjoyed wood burning, fishing, word search puzzles, reading Western books, and watching Western movies. 

Survivors include his children:  Darwin (Beth) Clifton; Diane (Dennis) Wieland; Dixie Lea (Ken Balik) Clifton; David (Rochelle) Clifton; Dawn (Al) Mergen; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen; nieces, nephews, and members of the Nickel family. 

In addition to his parents and his wife Arlene, Carson was preceded in death by a step-granddaughter, Sheri; an aunt, Helen Voelz; a brother-in-law, Gene; and his dog, Buster.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial will be in Hurricane Cemetery, South Lancaster Township.  Family and friends may call on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison, Lancaster and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.


Wayne Sagehorn

Wayne W. Sagehorn, age 87, of Cassville, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster, WI.

Wayne was born on February 9, 1930, the son of Dietrich "Dick" and Hulda (Kassube) Sagehorn. He grew up in Bertha, MN, and graduated from Bertha High School in 1948. Wayne was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and baseball, and was named to the Minnesota All-State team in football. After graduation, he joined the United States Army.  While stationed at Camp McCoy, Wayne met Mary Ellen Reisenauer,  and they were united into  marriage on August 31, 1952, in Tomah, WI.

He started work with Wisconsin Power & Light in Tomah, and transferred to Cassville in 1959 when the Nelson Dewey Generating plant was built. He retired in 1987 as assistant plant manager. He was a member of the Mumm Welsh American Legion Post No. 352 of Cassville. 

Wayne is survived by his children: Susan (Carl) Uppena of Cassville, Steven (Nancy) of Platteville, and David (Kathy) of Neenah; 7 grandchildren: Joseph (Melissa) Uppena, James Uppena, John Sagehorn, David Sagehorn, Kara (Steven) Genin, Corey Sagehorn and Jennifer Sagehorn; great-grandchildren: Easton, Beckett and Brooks Uppena (and Baby Uppena due in September) and Natalie Genin (and Baby Genin due in August); and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Ellen, granddaughter Jill Uppena, and three brothers:  Leonard (Leone), Armand (Delores) and Melvin (Gladys) Sagehorn. 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 313 Fredrick, Cassville, with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in Cassville Cemetery, Cassville.  Family and friends may call on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be given to the Cassville Rescue Squad, of which Wayne was a charter member. 

A special "thank you" to the staff of Orchard Manor Nursing Home for their care of our dad for the last 4 years.  Your compassion and kindness is so appreciated. 


LaVetta Hixson

LaVetta M. "Skip" Hixson, age 93 of Prairie Du Chien, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. She was born on April 2, 1924, the daughter of Henry and Mary "Rene" (Standorf) Kovars.  She only weighed one and one half pounds at birth.  She was put in a shoe box and placed on the oven door with jars of warm water placed on each side of the shoe box to keep her warm.  LaVetta went eight years to grade school at Pleasant Valley School. She then went four years to Muscoda High School and graduated in 1943.  In the fall of 1943 she moved to Rhode Island and worked at the Navy Base. In 1945 she met Russell Hixson and they moved to Indiana. She married Russell in 1946 at Forrest Park Illinois. Russell nicknamed her Skip which most people still call her today. They resided in Roselawn, Indiana for three years and later moved to Chicago, Illinois where she worked at Vaughn Can Company and did waitress work. After three years they moved back to Crown Point, Indiana. In 1965 they moved to Rolling Hills, Indiana where she worked at the Hammond clinic for eight and 1/2 years. In October 1974 they moved to Wisconsin and stayed with Virginia and Keith Miles for a month and then moved to Bloomington, Wisconsin. She worked at Rapid Dye & Molding in Cassville, Wisconsin for a year and a half. She then went to work at Wisconsin Dairies in Lancaster, Wisconsin for two and a half years. After Russell died in November of 1979 she stayed with Virginia and Keith Miles. In February of 1980 started work at 3-M company in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. She moved to Prairie and continued to work at 3-M until September of 1995 when she retired. She was still living in Prairie du Chen Wisconsin at the time of her death.

Survivors include two grandchildren: Derek Breuer and Darletta (James) Bauer; two great-grandchildren: Synjun and Shania Bauer; a son-in-law, Jim (Mary Kay Abing) Breuer; her siblings: Jack (Millie) Kovars , Alvin (Norlinda) Kovars, Rollin (Kathy) Kovars, Joseph (Elaine) Kovars, Mary Kovars (Billy) Culligan , Sam Kovars, and Wanda Potter Gansemer; a sister-in-law, Janice (Bob) Kovars;  many  nieces, nephews and a very special friend, Doris Jones.

In addition to her parents, LaVetta was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Hixson; a daughter, LaVina "Bunny" Breuer; a great-grandson, Ryan Breuer; her siblings: Virginia (Keith) Miles, Robert Kovars, Henry O. Kovars, John Kovars, Robert (Nancy) Potter, Lavonne Kovars Fortner, Rosalie Kovars Post, Jean Potter Buss; Brothers- in-law: Warren "Scoop" Buss and Joe Demes and three infant Kovars brothers.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Dodge Cemetery, Beetown Township. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home and Crematory of Bloomington is assisting the family.


Gloria A. Briggs

Gloria A. Briggs, age 82, of Cottage Grove, formerly of Platteville, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at UW Hospitals and Clinics, Madison. She was born on January 22, 1935, in Platteville, the daughter of Charles F. and Annabelle (Seemeyer) Austin.  Gloria graduated from Platteville High School in 1953.  She furthered her education at Oskaloosa, Iowa, where she earned a secretarial certificate.  Gloria then went to Minneapolis for airline stewardess certification.  She later returned to Platteville where she was employed at the Ford Garage.  It was there that she met Jerry Cook, whom she married on October 18, 1958, at her home in Platteville.  Two daughters were born to this union:  Julie and Susan.  The couple later moved to Madison where she managed North Glen Apartments.  Jerry preceded her in death in 1982.  On June 16, 1984, Gloria married Earl Briggs.  After their marriage, the couple moved to Poynette where Gloria worked in the school library until her retirement in 1997.   Earl preceded her in death on March 17, 2013.  After his death, Gloria moved to Cottage Grove.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed arts and crafts, traveling, and playing the organ and the piano.

Survivors include her daughters:  Julie (Scott) Neice, Allen, TX; Susan (Scott) Lines, Madison, WI; five grandchildren:  Alicia, Jennifer, Nick, Stefanie, and Shane; and one great-grandson, Cayden.

In addition to her parents and her husbands, Gloria was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Austin.

Grave side services will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 12:00 noon at Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville, with Pastor Mike Weiss officiating.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Platteville is entrusted with her services.


Kenneth Williams

Kenneth Lee Earl Williams, age 92, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster, the son of John and Edna (Wolf) Williams.  On June 12, 1950, Kenneth was united in marriage to Delores Kress at Platteville.  Three children were born to this union: Rodney, Douglas, and Keevin.  Kenneth worked many years on farm machinery and vehicles.  He also worked road construction driving a Tourna-pull machine.  Kenneth had a love for horses, restored many antique tractors, built windmills and other items from wood along with home remodeling. 

Survivors include his loving wife, Delores; their children: Rodney (Sue) Williams, Cassville; Doug (Christine) Williams, Prairie du Chien; Keevin (Sonja) Williams, Cassville; three grandchildren:  Nick (fianc� Shana Hoffman) Williams, Hilary (Jared) Baker, and Katie Williams; four great-grandchildren:  Corra, Hadley, Desmond, and Penelope; a brother, Donald (Bernadette) Williams, Lancaster; sister-in-law, Leola Williams, McGregor, IA; and a special cousin, Mary Dodd, Sauk City; other relatives and many friends.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Carson (Helen) and LeRoy Williams; a nephew, Jack; and a cousin, Ron Dodd. 

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 313 Fredrick St., Cassville, with Pastor Jim McMahon officiating.  Burial will be in Cassville Cemetery, Cassville.  Family and friends may call on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the Cassville Rescue Squad or the Cassville Volunteer Fire Department. 


Shirley Holzinger

Shirley M. Holzinger, age 90, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  Just as Shirley was always a step ahead of everyone, she had written her obituary in her own words:

I was born in Beetown Township on October 5, 1926, the daughter of Charles and Viola (Spiegelberg) Johnson.  I attended the Five Points one-room school house for eight years and later attended and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1944.  I received my RN degree from St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, IL, in 1947.  I then returned to Lancaster and was a RN with doctors Carey and Becker.  I also resumed my romance with my high school sweetheart, Loren Holzinger, who had recently returned having enlisted in the US Navy.  I married Loren on June 9, 1948, and we began farming at Hurricane with four cows and a tractor.  To this union, after four years of waiting and wishing, along came Nancy, Chuck and Peggy.  Our family lived at Hurricane until moving to the Johnson family farm at Five Points in 1959.  We were then blessed with two more children, Linda and David.  THAT WAS ENOUGH!!  I also worked for seven years at the former Lancaster Memorial Hospital and then for four years at the Lancaster Care Center.  Loren and I retired and moved to Lancaster in 1989, after David and his wife, Lynn, purchased our family farm.  After 20 years in Lancaster, I lost my partner, best friend, and the love of my life.  We shared so many great memories during our 61 years together.  We lived for the visits from our children, grandchildren, and cherished the memories we created with them.  We enjoyed our fishing trips to Balsam Lake and our time spent at our cottage in Prairie du Chien.  It's been a great ride, many thanks to family and friends for everything.  God Bless! -Shirley

Survivors include her children:  Nancy (Tim) Coles, Denton, NE; Chuck Holzinger, Madison, WI; Peggy (Greg) Jackson, Loyal, WI; Linda Holzinger, Cheyenne, WY; David (Lynn) Holzinger, Lancaster, WI; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and another great-granddaughter on the way; many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Viola Johnson; her loving husband, Loren; her dear sister, Margaret Lipp; and many members of the Holzinger family.

Funeral services will be on Friday, April 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison St., Lancaster, with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be given to Grant Regional Health Center or the First Presbyterian Church.


Carol Mumm

Carol A. Mumm, age 66, of Bloomington, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 3, 2017, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster surrounded by her caring family.  She was born on September 7, 1950, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Gerald and Dolores (White) Ploessl.  Carol graduated from Bloomington High School in 1968.  She then attended Madison Area Technical College in 1969.  On January 29, 1972, Carol was united in marriage to Thomas L. Mumm at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington.  Together they raised four children and farmed in rural Bloomington until the fall of 1988.  They later moved into Bloomington where they currently reside.  Carol was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington.  She was a stay-at-home mom, later employed at Shakeproof in Lancaster and then Unified Community Services where she was employed for over 20 years, retiring in 2014.  Carol loved spending time with her family and friends.  She enjoyed playing cards, board games, and watching the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, HGTV, and many cooking shows in which she tried many of the recipes. 

Carol dearly loved her family: her loving husband, four children, and five grandchildren.  She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend.  Carol will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of 45 years, Tom; their four children: Jason and Adam at home, Brian (Sharon) Mumm, Bloomington; Kelli (Steve) Pfenning, Prairie du Chien; five precious grandchildren: Nicholas, Logan, and Alexis Mumm and Steven and Devon Pfenning; her siblings:  Peg (Doug) Vanderbilt; Marcia (Scott) Stiwel; Jane (Ernie) Dallam; Sheri Ott; Jerry Ploessl; Jeff (Tara Brickson) Ploessl; Gene (Kate) Ploessl; Kevin (Michelle) Ploessl; in-laws: Charlene Ploessl; Janice (Dave) Anderson; Harry (Sandy) Mumm; Cindy (Phil) Nies; Cheryl (Tim) Spaeth; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Ploessl; her mother and father-in-law, Carl and Delores Mumm; and her brothers-in-law: Dick Mumm and Jim Kolman.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington.  Family and friends may call on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church where a 3:45 p.m. rosary will be prayed.   Friends may also call on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Bloomington is serving the family.


Sally Radsek

Sally A. Radsek, age 83, of Potosi, WI, was welcomed into her heavenly home on April 1, 2017. With family at her side, she passed peacefully in her sleep at her son�s home in West Bend, WI.

Sally was born in Potosi, WI on March 9, 1934; the daughter of Floyd and Dorcas (Fritz) Retallick. She graduated from Potosi High School in 1952. Sally was united in marriage to Richard "Dick" Radsek on July 18, 1952. Sally was a member of Faith, Lutheran Church in Lancaster, WI and a member of the Ladies Aid. Sally enjoyed decorating cakes, crocheting, participating in the Grant County Fair, volunteering at the Potosi Historical Society, as well as serving as an EMT for Potosi Rescue Squad. Sally also loved writing stories of her younger life and sharing them with family.

Sally is survived by her children; James (Marla) Radsek of Trevor, WI, Judith (Mark) Johnson of Oswego, IL, Joseph (Dawn) Radsek of West Bend, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, 2 sister-in-law�s Carol (Ken) Trehey, Patricia (Edward) Meyer, and 1 brother-in-law Jerry (Jan) Radsek as well as many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Sally is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Richard Radsek, her parents Floyd and Dorcas (Fritz) Retallick, her sister and brother-in-law Jane and Henry Flessner, her in-laws Adolph and Lucille Radsek, 1 sister-in-law Lois Radsek and 1 granddaughter Kyra Radsek, and other extended family.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Church, Lancaster, with Pastor Joel Voss officiating. Burial will follow at Van Buren Cemetery, Potosi. Visitation will be held at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison St, Lancaster, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, and at Faith Lutheran from 9:00 a.m. until time of services on Friday, April 7, 2017.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Faith Lutheran Church, Institutional Ministries, or Potosi Fire & Rescue.

The family of Sally wishes to thank Horizon Hospice for their excellent care especially her nurse Tammy, Michelle her CNA, and Lindsey her SW. They would also like to thank all the friends and neighbors from the Potosi area that helped assist Sally with rides to church, doctor�s appointments, shopping and generally checking in on her these past few years.


Harlan Eggers

Harlan L. Eggers, age75, of Potosi, passed away peacefully, Thursday, March 30, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. 

 He was born September 6, 1941, in Rockville, WI to LaVern & Frances Eggers.  He married Jane Durni on July 13, 1963.  Harlan retired from John Deere Dubuque Works, where he worked 30 years.  In addition, he worked part-time in law enforcement as a Grant County Sheriff's Deputy, police officer for Cassville & Potosi Villages and was appointed as Chief of Police for the Village of Tennyson.  He also worked for Milprint, Inc. in Lancaster.  Harlan was a member of the Potosi Masonic Lodge and served his country in the 32nd Division of the Army National Guard.  He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting & fishing and was a Chicago Bears fan.  He enjoyed playing cards and going to the casino. Harlan especially loved spending time with his family & friends and spoiling his grandchildren.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Jane, and his two children: Sheila (Mike) Schwarz, Janesville, WI and Chad (Julie) Eggers, Potosi, WI; nine grandchildren:  Nicole Youngblut, Milwaukee, WI, Erica Collins, Boscobel, WI, Brandon (Alyssa), Austin, Carter and Hunter Schwarz,  Rachel, (Mike) Edmonds, Randy  Reynolds, & Robin (Dale) James; eleven great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild;  sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father, LaVern in 1992, his sister, Joyce 2003 and his father & mother-in-law, Fran & Gladys (Tootie) Durni in 1980.

Masonic and funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 144 N Main, Potosi, with Reverend Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Burial with military honors will be accorded in Van Buren Cemetery, Potosi.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. 

The family expresses their sincere appreciation for the care Harlan received from the staff at St. Croix Hospice. Thanks also, to the many friends & family who called & visited  to make his days brighter. 


Patrick S. Leh, MD

Patrick S. Leh, MD, age 83, of Lancaster, formerly of Green Bay, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born March 17, 1934, in China, the son of He Cheng Leh and So Yio Ty.  Patrick grew up in Manila, Philippines and earned his medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas.  In May of 1967, he was united in marriage to Erlinda in Manila.  After their marriage, they moved to Canada and began their family.  In 1969, the family moved to Wisconsin where Patrick continued to practice medicine until his retirement at the age of 70.  He had a passion for his work and enjoyed reading and spending time with his family and friends. 

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Erlinda; their children:  Patricia (David) Murphy; Michelle (James) Rameker; Anissa (David) Arienta; Steven (Jane) Leh; 14 grandchildren; one sister, Siu Gun (Bonyan) Vismanos.

In addition to his parents, Patrick was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Leh; a sister, Peh Hap (Venancio) Ong.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay with Father Patrick Beno officiating.  Inurnment will be at Allouez Catholic Cemetery in Green Bay.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is entrusted with the services.

The family of Patrick S. Leh, MD, would like to extend their appreciation to Bill Manthe, Dr. Robert Stader and Grant County Hospice, especially Kim Martens, for their care and compassion.


Julia Raisbeck

Julia L. Raisbeck, age 85 of Lancaster, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home. She was born May 26, 1931 the daughter of Adolph and Olga (Janisch) Juhnke. Julia met the love of her life, Raymond L. Raisbeck, while he was employed at the General Motors Plant in Janesville. They married on July 25, 1948 at Mount Calvary Church in Janesville.  In 1949 Raymond and Julia moved to the Beetown area. Together they farmed for 50 years as the third generation of the Raisbeck Family Farm. Julia was a devoted Christian member of the Beetown Gospel Hall. She enjoyed visiting with her many friends, and loved keeping up with her family and their activities.

Surviving are her children; Ruth Ann (Kenneth) Blackbourn, Kenneth (Judy) Raisbeck, Susan (Ron) Kirschbaum, Rick (Deb) Raisbeck, and Kathy (Chris Novotny) Raisbeck, nine grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, a brother Duane (Diane) Juhnke, two brother in laws; Norman (Carol) Raisbeck, and Frank Gulcynski, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Raymond, and a sister, Eldora Gulcynski.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster with Mr. Roy Weber officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Cemetery, Beetown Township. Family and friends may call on Monday, April 3, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory 1234 South Madison Street in Lancaster, and on Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until time of services.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Julia L. Raisbeck Memorial Fund has been established.


Thomas A. Finney

Thomas A. Finney, age 88, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster.  He was born on April 27, 1928, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Arthur and Ada (Perry) Finney.  Thomas attended Cassville Schools, enlisting in the United States Navy in February 1946.  He served his country as a (FCS2) Fire Controlman for seven years and was recalled during the Korean War.  On June 10, 1955, Thomas was united in marriage to Connie Knapp in Dubuque, IA.  After their marriage, the couple resided in Cassville.  Thomas purchased Finney Implement from his father in 1957 and retired in 1993.  After his retirement, he and Connie moved to Lancaster, but Cassville always remained his home.  Thomas served on the Volunteer Fire Department in Cassville and was a member of the Thorpe-Taylor American Legion Post No. 551 of Beetown.  He was an avid Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed fishing and duck hunting.

Survivors include his loving wife, Connie; their children:  John Finney, Thomas (Kris) Finney, Joseph Finney, and one grandchild, Sophia Finney.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ada Finney, his step-mother, Mary Finney, and his sister, Rosalyn (John) Radic.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 313 Fredrick, Cassville, with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in Cassville Cemetery, Cassville.  Family and friends may call on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Margaret A. Snider

Margaret A. Snider, age 82, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster, surrounded by her family.  She was born on December 21, 1934, In Ellenboro, the daughter of Eldon and Jeanette (Laabs) Dobson. Margaret was united in marriage to Bill Snider on April 4, 1953, at the United Methodist Church in Dubuque, IA.  Margaret was employed at Grant County Herald Independent and later at CESA3 in Fennimore.  She loved spending the last 20 years wintering at their home in Ft. Pierce, Florida. She enjoyed doing crafts and making baby blankets for grandchildren and friends. Margaret also enjoyed camping and was an avid supporter of her grandchildren in all their sporting activities.  She loved spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Snider; daughters: Lori (Roger) Stier and Sue Ellis; a son, John (Dawn) Snider; her grandchildren: Ryan Vondra, Lecia (Tom) Lenz, Kyle (Alyssa) Stier, Brianna Stier, Shane and Shawna Ellis, Brock and Brett Snider; step-grandchildren: Chad (Silke) Stier, Damon Stier, and Dustin (Jen) Stier.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death a daughter, Debra Vondra and a brother, Clayton Dobson.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison, Lancaster, with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Susan Kitto Russell

Susan M. (Kitto) Russell, age 67, of Waukesha, passed away at home on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, following a battle with lung cancer.  She was born on December 13, 1949, in Lancaster, the daughter of Gerald and Evelyn (Okey) Kitto.  Sue worked for Ray O Vac, Flexsteel, State Farm Insurance, and Kaplin University.  She was a whiz at crossword puzzles and all word games, along with being an avid Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer fan.  Susan was loved by her family, fellow workers, and everyone she interacted with.  Her wit, sense of humor and personality will be missed.

Survivors include her two sisters:  Connie (Tom) Finney; Cheryl (Dick) Raisbeck; her brother, Dan (Annette) Kitto; six nephews:  John, Tom, and Joe Finney; Rob and Wes Kitto; Richard Raisbeck; one niece, Rebecca Raisbeck; other relatives and many friends.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 313 Fredrick St., Cassville.  Private burial will be at a later date in Cassville Cemetery, Cassville.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  Family suggests memorials be given to the Cassville Rescue Squad. 


Brian Theisen

Brian J. Theisen, age 42, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017, at his residence. He was born December 14, 1974, the son of Ralph and Donna (Adrian) Theisen, at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Brian graduated from Cassville High School in 1992. He worked with his father, Ralph, learning many mechanical skills, such as welding and painting. Brian also worked at Schuller's in Dubuque and was currently employed at Archer Daniels Midland in Cassville as a welder. He will be remembered for his hard work ethic and love for his family.

Survivors include his sons: Hunter and Andrew Theisen; his mother, Donna Theisen;  loving companion, Heather Millard and her children, Kyler and Kiara Hefty; his siblings: Todd (Brandy)Theisen, Tami (Jim Buetow) Soppe,  and Dan (Amanda) Haas; nieces and nephews: Moria, Otto, BJ, Shawna, Tawney, Rosalynn and Austin; many members of the Theisen and Adrian family.

He was preceded in death by his father Ralph; paternal grandparents: Otto (Mary) Theisen; maternal grandparents: Francis (Pearl) Adrian; uncles: Bill, Nick and Randy Adrian; his aunt, Kay Johnstone.

Family and Friends may call on Monday, March 20, 2017, from 4:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home and Crematory, 313 Fredtrick St., Cassville. Private family funeral services will be held at a later date. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Brian J. Theisen memorial fund has been established.


Florence Irish

Florence A. Irish, age 92, of Lancaster, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.  She was born on August 26, 1924, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of William and Dorothy (Wright) Haudenshield, and lived through the Great Depression and World War II.  Florence graduated from Jefferson Junior High School in 1939, and Dubuque Senior High School in 1942, and later attended the University of Dubuque.  She was employed at Dubuque Packing Company and Chicago Sewing Machine Company.  It was during her employment with Westinghouse Radio Company where she met Clyde Irish, Jr. and they were married on February 3, 1949, in Winona, MN.  Together they farmed the Irish family farm in South Lancaster Township.  Florence worked side by side with her husband, Clyde.  She was a homemaker, outstanding cook, raised many gardens, milked cows, and took care of livestock from the 1950's to the 1990's.  Florence was also an artist, seamstress, and an avid reader.  She was a charter member of the Lancaster Seventh-Day Adventist Church since 1960.  Florence attributed her long life to the Biblical principles.  She enjoyed driving the many red Buicks that she owned. 

Survivors include her son, Gary (Karen) Irish; a daughter, Susan (Richard) Gilbertson; and many grand-dogs; nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde; her sisters: Elvira (Herbert) McMahon, Elaine (Ken) Einsweiler; her grandfather, Jacob "Big Jake" Haudenshield, who was a sheriff in Dubuque and her uncle, Sidney Haudenshield, who owned Haudenshield Funeral Home in Dubuque. 

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Lancaster with Pastor Samuel Garbi officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Sunday from 12:00 noon until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is serving the family.


Grace L. Martin

Grace Lucinda (Osborn) Martin, age 89, of Epione Pavilion, Cuba City, went to Heaven on January 26, 2017.  Grace was born on November 19, 1927 to Charles and Faith Osborn in Cataract, WI.  She married Merwyn H. "Bud" Martin on July 17, 1946.  She is survived by five children, Jeff (Dickeyville), Gail (Elk Mound), Tom (Rose) (Potosi), Joann Plear (Shullsburg), and Dick (Lancaster); ten grandchildren, Janet (Eric) Lambert , Dr. Barbara Knox (Bob) Schlotthauer, Emily Banker, Shawna Martin, Melissa (Jared) Foster, Allen Plear (Melia Evans), Sarah (Quenten) Van Raalte, Rachel Schmitt, Abraham Martin and John Martin; six great-grandchildren, Ryan Lambert, Josh Lambert, Rachel Banker, David Banker, Emma Schlotthauer, and Eve Schlotthauer; and her best friend Shirley Woolf Cowles. Grace was employed at Gray's Nursing Home for five years.  She enjoyed family, traveling, playing cards, going to the casino and putting puzzles together.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Faith Osborn; her husband, Merwyn H. "Bud" Martin; her daughters, Anita Martin and Linda Knox; her sons-in-law, Clayton Knox and Tim Plear; and her siblings, Robert Osborn and Elizabeth Ann Corey.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00am at Mt. Zion United Church of Christ in Cornelia, WI. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Cornelia. Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:00am until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials can be made to Grant County Hospice or the United Church of Christ in Cornelia.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is serving the family.

A huge thank you to Park Place Assisted Living, Memory Care and Epione Pavilion for taking such good care of our mother. A big thank you to Grant County Hospice. You all did a wonderful job.


Virginia Miles

Virginia Ann Miles, age 89, of Cassville, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home. She was born September 8, 1927, the daughter of Henry J.  Kovars and Mary L. "Rene" Standorf. She went to Pleasant Valley grade school and started high school in Muscoda. In 1941 she went to live with her mother, Rene and stepfather, Clyde Potter. In 1943, she went to St. Louis, MO, and in 1944 she returned to Wisconsin to live with her mom and stepfather.  Virginia went to Madison, in 1945 and worked at the Naval base and waitressed at the Belmont Hotel and the Lawrence Cafe.  On May 10, 1947, she married Ted Blum and they moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1950.  In Chicago, Virginia was employed at the Bunny Candy Co. and was a waitress at Solick' s Restaurant and Tap. They divorced in 1954.  While still living in Chicago, Virginia married Joseph Demes on March 5, 1955. They returned to Burton, Wisconsin in 1966. Joe died in 1967 and Virginia moved with their two children to Chaffee Hollow Road. She worked at an optical factory in Platteville and later Rapid Die and Molding Company in Cassville until 1972. Virginia married Keith F. Miles August 15, 1969. They farmed until his death in 2007. Virginia then retired with he r dog, Annie and cats, Gypy and Boo to Lenz  Lane,  Cassville in 2008. Virginia was known for her awesome baking and cooking skills. She loved traveling, especially road trips. Virginia was a crafter and did ceramics. She enjoyed reading westerns, doing puzzles, playing cards, working outdoors and listening to country and western music. Virginia especially enjoyed spending time with her family. All her generations of grandchildren were very dear to her. She loved spoiling them with treats and hugs and kisses.

 

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, a daughter Bonnie L. Brinkman, stepson, Tim "Smiley" Miles, grandson, Joe Lord and three great-grandchildren, her siblings: Robert Kovars, Henry O. Kovars, John Kovars, Robert (Nancy) Potter, Lavonne Kovars Fortner, Rosalie Kovars Post, Jean Potter Buss; Brothers- in-law: Russell Hixson and Warren Buss and three infant Kovars brothers.

 

Virginia is survived by her children: Cassinda (Charles) Pitzen and Lucas (Robin) Demes; stepchildren: John (Kathy) Miles, Jackie Yoose, Cindy (Pat) Ley, all of Cassville and Mitch Miles, IA; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and 8 step-great grandchildren; her siblings: Lavetta Kovars Hixson, Jack (Millie) Kovars , Alvin (Norlinda) Kovars, Rollin (Kathy) Kovars, Joseph (Elaine) Kovars, Mary Kovars (Billy) Culligan , Sam Kovars, Wanda Potter Gansemer; a sister-in-law, Janice (Bob) Kovars;  many  nieces  and nephews.

 

Following Virginia's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral.  Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Dodge Cemetery, Beetown Township, with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  A Celebration of Life will follow burial at the Beetown Town Hall, Beetown.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Cassville is entrusted with services.


Larry Bockhop

Larry J. "Bucky" Bockhop, age 71, of Belmont, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017, at his residence. He was born December 1, 1945, the son of Maynard and Ruth (Woodward) Bockhop at the Cunningham Hospital, Platteville, Wisconsin. Larry graduated from Belmont High School in 1963. He farmed the Bockhop Family Farm in Belmont. Larry enjoyed watching any sporting activity. He was inducted into the South West Wisconsin Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame in 2011. 

Survivors include his aunt, Viola Kuehl, Platteville; many members of the Bockhop and Woodward families; longtime friend and farmhand, Randy Darrow; many other friends and neighbors. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Maynard and Ruth Bockhop.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 100 Park Place, Platteville, with Reverend Michael Short officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont Cemetery, Belmont.  Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral homes. 


Helene Pritchett

Helene Louise Pritchett, age 81, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Friday, March 10, 2017.  She was born on September 12, 1935, in New Ulm, MN, the daughter of Darrell H. and Cecelia A. (Schwengle) Marben.  Helene graduated in 1953 as Valedictorian of her class from Lamberton High School.  She furthered her education at Clark University in Dubuque and Stout College in Menominee where she earned a teaching certificate and a degree in Home Economics.  Helene also obtained a degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville.  On July 27, 1957, she was united in marriage to Charles L. Pritchett in Minnesota.  After their marriage, the couple made their home in Bloomington where they spent their 53 years of marriage.  Helene taught at West Grant and Bloomington high schools, retiring in 1991.  She was a devoted member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters, Christian Mothers, and the Salmagundi Club.  Helene was an avid Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers fan.  She enjoyed reading, flowers, and baking.  Helene dearly loved spending time with her family and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Helene is survived by her six children:  Timothy Pritchett, Silver Springs, MD; Tamara (Bob) Mecum, Minnetonka, MN; Trent Pritchett, Bloomington; Thomas (Angie) Pritchett, Galena, IL; Ted (Dana) Pritchett, Black Earth; Leonard (Jenny) Pritchett, Bloomington; eleven grandchildren: Jeff (Stephanie) Pritchett, Steve (Hailey) Pritchett, Taylor, Paige, and Autumn Morfey, Ashley (Sonny) Sherman, Jon Mecum, Blake Stagman, Brynley, Pierce and Charli Rae Pritchett; four great-grandchildren: Jordin Pritchett, Kristi Meier, Jackson Pritchett, and Willow Morfey; two sisters with whom Helene had a special relationship:  Janet Catherine (Cletus) Foy, Katie, TX; Mary Ann (Jon) Gislason, Marble Falls, TX; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Helene was preceded in death by her husband, Charles on May 3, 2010; her brothers:  Richard Walter and Paul John Marben.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington.  Family and friends may call on Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where a 4:45 p.m. rosary will be prayed.  Friends may also call on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Bloomington is entrusted with the services.


Tom Cherrier

Thomas E. Cherrier, age 78, formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Colorado.  He was born on May 23, 1938, in Lancaster, the son of Earl and Irene (Saengilng) Cherrier.  After graduating from Lancaster High School, he furthered his education at the University of Wisconsin Platteville, receiving a Bachelor of Science and graduated from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis with a Master's of Science degree in Mining Engineering.  Tom was employed with several mining companies in Colorado, but went to various countries checking out the quality of their mines, Germany and Canada, among them.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1961 until his honorable discharge in 1965.  Tom was a member of Leadville BPOE(Elks)Lodge, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Holy Family Parish, Member on the Board of Directors for the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, and member of the Society of Mining Engineering.   Until recent years, he enjoyed playing softball, golf and keeping up family and friends.

Survivors include many cousins and friends. 

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his step-mother, Marge (Zenz); his brothers:  Lynn and Timothy; beloved aunt, Catherine Cherrier (Merle) Graney. 

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Father William Seipp officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is serving the family.


Margot Shaben

Margot Hilde Shaben, age 67, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born December 12, 1949, in Heidelberg, Germany, the daughter of Kellners J. and Anneliese I. (Pister) Hann.  Margot lived in Germany until the age of eleven.  On August 16, 1960, she entered the United States with her mother, Anneliese and step-father, Randel Pierce.  They lived throughout the United States, depending upon where her step-father was stationed with the United States Army, eventually moving to Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  When her daughter, Shirley, moved to the Cassville area in 1991, Margot soon followed.  She married Harry R. Shaben on April 10, 2000, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Margot enjoyed crocheting, playing Bingo, and traveling to Las Vegas.  She dearly loved her children, grandchildren and keeping up with their activities. 

Survivors include her husband, Harry; her children:  Annelise (Andy) Chase; Steven (Donna) Crawford; Shirley (Gregory) Sletten; Ronald King; her brothers:  Richard (Betty), Michael, John (Michelle), Jimmy Pierce; a sister, Debra (Mark) Shepard; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; stepchildren:  Debra (Bill) Krantz; Dana (Rindy), Harry W. (Maureen), Joe (Courtney), Heather and Eric Shaben;

Margot was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Jeffrey Reynolds and her brother, Ronald Pierce.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 313 Fredrick, Cassville with Father James Weighner officiating.  Private family burial will be held at a later date.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Margot Hilde Shaben Memorial Fund has been established.


Mary M. Eckstein

Mary M. Eckstein, age 89, of Cassville, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at her home.  She was born on January 26, 1928, the daughter of Raymond "Penny" J. and Myra M. (Lindner) Eckstein.  Mary graduated from Cassville High School and furthered her education at Marquette University in Milwaukee, earning a degree in Education.  Upon graduation, she was employed at Whitewater University as a teacher/librarian.  Mary was a lifelong member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville.  She enjoyed biking, swimming, collecting, and playing the slot machines.    

Mary is survived by her loving brother, Ray Eckstein and his wife, Kay, Paducah, KY; nieces and nephews: Joanne Eckstein Doldatto, Chattanooga, TN; Randy Eckstein, New Orleans, LA; Sue Homra, Paducah, KY; Cindy (Erickson) Zaninovich, Paducah, KY; Teresa Eckstein, Paducah, KY; Joe Eckstein, Jacksonville, FL; John Eckstein, Paducah, KY.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by a niece, Mary Kay Eckstein. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville.  Family and friends may call on Thursday from 12:00 noon until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Cassville is entrusted with services.


Adele Stimart

Adele E. Stimart, age 95, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. She was born October 22, 1921 the daughter of Allen and Clara (Their) Aupperle. Adele graduated Lancaster High School. She furthered her education and graduated from University of Wisconsin � Platteville. Adele taught in many rural schools, that included Kingsford and Beetown country schools. She was united into marriage to Loyal Bartow in 1943. He preceded her in death in 1968. Adele later married Felix "Speed" Stimart in 1972.  He preceded her in death in 2003. In 1958, Adele became employed as the music teacher at Winskill Elementary School in Lancaster, retiring after 25 years in 1983. In her retirement, Adele was a substitute teacher for many years, as she enjoyed working with teachers, and making friends with the students, whom she never forgot. Speed and Adele spent many winters in Sebring, Florida, and summers in Bagley.

Surviving is her daughter; Carolyn Powers, a special niece; Sheiran Austin, a daughter in law; Christie Bartow, step children; James (Dorothy) Stimart, Gene (Linda) Stimart, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Loyal Bartow, and Felix Stimart, her sons; Bill and Ken Bartow, and her brother John "Jack" (Helen) Aupperle.

Funeral services will be held on Friday February 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home and Crematory, 1234 South Madison Street, Lancaster, Wisconsin, with Rev. Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial will be in the Aupperle Cemetery, Ellenboro Township. Family and friends may call on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until time of services.


Robert Draves

Robert K. Draves, age 86, of Lancaster, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster.  He was born on April 12, 1930, in Boscobel, the son of August and Hazel Draves.  Bob worked as a mechanic technician at Skyline Manufactured Homes out of Lancaster and eight years for the Grant County Sheriff's Department.  He lived in Fennimore until he married Eileen Potter Janssen on July 24, 1963, when they moved to Lancaster.  Bob's interest included bowling, Pro Motorcycle Hill Climbers, and woodworking.  He belonged to the Masonic Blue Lodge in Fennimore.  He was a 33rd Degree Mason.

Survivors include his step-children:  Alonna (Phil) Pointon, Baraboo; Patti (Curtis) Busby, Oklahoma City, OK; Rodger Janssen, Lancaster; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren as well as cousins. 

In addition to his parents and his wife, Eileen, Bob was preceded in death by his sisters: Jean Henkle and Dorothy Carter.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison Street, Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial will be in Prairie Cemetery, Fennimore.  Family and friends may call on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  Masonic services will take place on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home. 


Robert Eck

Robert A. "Bob" Eck will be fishing in heaven from now on. He passed away peacefully after a long hard battle on Friday, February 17, 2017. He was born on April 4, 1937, to Ray and Bernice Eck in Waterloo Township. Robert was a workaholic but always made time for his family, playing cards, hunting, and fishing. After serving four years in the Air Force he worked in petroleum distribution and farming. Bob was a 30 year veteran on the Lancaster Fire Department. He served on many committees for the First Presbyterian Church where he has been member for nearly 60 years.  Bob was also a member of the Mississippi Valley I.O.O.F. Lodge #86 and the Richard Burns American Legion Post No. 109 of Lancaster.

 

Robert is survived by his wife of 59 1/2 years Phyllis (Nickel), daughters: Angela (David) Dunn of Neenah and Christine (Brian) Corell of Lancaster; grandchildren, Matt Dunn (fianc� Jackie Kamps) Erin Dunn, Kessa (Brandon) Klaas, Johanah (William) Hood, Brian Corell, Megan (Nick) Sommers, Jimmy Eck, and great-grandchildren: Kesandra, Kyla, Kaci, and Bentli Klaas. Bob is further survived by sisters: LaVon (Albert) Miller and Betty (Paul) Pluemer and brother, Roger (Shirley) Eck; sisters-in-law: Dorothea Eck, Kay Eck, Doris Eck, Donna (Phil) Nickson; brothers-in-law: La Vern Nickel and Carson Clifton; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his son, Jim Eck, his parents; siblings: Stanley, Virgil, Clayton Eck and Vivian Alcott; in-laws: Sylvia and Arlie Nickel; sisters-in-law: Arlene Clifton and MaryAlyce Nickel; brother-in-law, John Alcott, and many dear friends and fishing buddies.

 

Memorial services along with military honors will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.  Family and friends may call on Sunday from 12:00 noon until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is entrusted with the services.


Marie Taber

Theresa Marie Taber, age 94, of Platteville, passed away peacefully at her home at Sienna Crest Assisted Living Wednesday, February 15, 2017.  Marie was born April 24, 1922, in Marseilles, IL.  She attended one year of Northern Illinois State Teachers college at DeKalb before moving to Savanah, GA with her parents when her father was transferred.  It was there she met the love of her life, Sergeant Russell Taber, in front of a punch bowl at a USO dance.  While Russ was deployed for 2 years in the Pacific, Marie was employed as a secretary at the Savannah Army Service Depot and played piano for dance studios.  They were married December 6, 1945, and were together for 65 years until Russ passed away in 2011.  She had many jobs in her life, but her favorite was being a mom to their 6 children and caring for her home.

After a brief stay in Chicago, Russ & Marie joined her sister and brother-in-law, Rosella and Ed Schroeder, as partners in the Schroeder Taber General Store in Cuba City.  In 1955 they moved to Fennimore and operated their own Gamble's Hardware Store. They moved to Platteville in 1961.  Marie was always active in whatever community she was in, serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother, typist for the Red Cross Blood Mobil, volunteer for the Platteville Thrift Shop, Platteville Hospital Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, United Way, and a very active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.  She did not "retire" from volunteer work until she was in her 80's.

Marie also had her own typing business and was the typist for "Show Time" digest as well as a Doctorial and Master's thesis typist for many UW-P professors and students.

She was known for her wonderful hospitality and always had freshly baked cookies for her children's friends and delicious desserts and coffee for the many adults who stopped in.  Marie was also a caring neighbor and blessed them with many meals, treats or help whenever it was needed.  In the words of a granddaughter: "I have learned more from her about true love, strong faith, and delicious baking, then I have from anyone else."

Marie is survived by six children; Tom (Bev) of Platteville, Jim (Pam) of Kaneohe, HI, Sharon (Tim) Charles of Platteville, Mark (Sally) of Poynette, Steve (Debbie) of Madison; Patti (Doug) Ripperger of Eldridge IA; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nieces and a nephew who meant so much to her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville with Father Faustino Ruiz officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Platteville.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory of Platteville is entrusted with services. 

Special thanks to mom's Sienna Crest family for their loving care and the compassionate Grant County Hospice team.  You all were her support (and ours) during a challenging time in her life.


Keith Wanezek

Keith R. Wanezek, age 39, of Platteville, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at his residence.  He was born February 6, 1978, the son of Randy and Jean (Vesperman) Wanezek.  Keith graduated from Platteville High school in 1997 and furthered his education at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, graduating with a degree in criminal justice.  He was employed by Grant and Lafayette County Sheriff Departments and the Hazel Green Police Department.  Keith was currently in partnership with his father, Randy, at Wanezek Painting.  He enjoyed hunting, 4-wheeling, fishing, and cutting wood.  Keith had a passion for anything involving the outdoors, sporting events, and smoking any kind of meat. 

Survivors include his loving parents, Randy and Jean Wanezek; his beloved children:  Wyatt Randall and Alyvia Lynn Wanezek and their mother, Arica; his brother, Kurt (Brandy) and their daughter Addison Schneider; his maternal grandmother, Joan Vesperman and her family: Jill (Chuck) Addison; Judy (Gary) Drinkwater; Jan (Ron) Stubbe; Jackie (Dan) Reuter; Jonna (Faron Yanna) Vesperman; Jane (Alex Gisoldi) Vesperman; an uncle, William (Marinette) Wanezek; an aunt, Edith Weiser; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his dog, Diesel. 

Keith was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Kaila Jenkins on September 26, 2016; his paternal grandparents, Leonard and Gladys Wanezek; his maternal grandfather, Jack Vesperman; and an uncle, David Weiser.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison, Lancaster, with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Sunday, February 19, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Keith R. Wanezek Memorial Fund has been established. 


Gloria Pauley

Gloria L. Pauley, age 86, of Potosi, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society, Fennimore.  She was born January 16, 1931, in Lancaster, the daughter of Adolf C. and Elenore (Salis) Buss.  Gloria graduated from Lancaster High School.  She was employed as a nurse's aide at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, IA, and the former Lancaster Memorial Hospital.  Gloria later was employed at Loudspeaker Components LLC in Lancaster and retired after working at the Twin Platte Center.  She enjoyed going to auctions, fishing, shopping, spending time with her children and grandchildren.  Gloria and her husband, Jim, spent many wonderful winters in Louisiana, where they liked to travel and listen to Cajun music. 

Survivors are her daughters:  Vicki (Dennis) Clark; Deb (John) Stoney; Carol (Dale) Meier; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Dave (Diane) Buss; a sister, Sandy Carns; sisters-in-law:  Darlene and Sheila Buss; Mary and Ruth Pauley; Melrose Stoney.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her son, Daniel "Otis" (Darla) Oates; her brothers: La Dell "Buzzy", Steve and Gary Buss; brothers-in-law:  Tess, Frank, and Jack Pauley; Dale Stoney; and George "Ted" Carns.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 144 N Main, Potosi.  Burial will be in Van Buren Cemetery, Potosi.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. 


Patricia Walsh

Patricia L. Walsh, age 84, of Cassville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born on February 14, 1933, in Alton, IL, the daughter of James and Millie (Stilly) Cooper.  Patricia attended school in Alton and it was there that she met Bernard "Pat" Walsh in 1963.  Two children were born to this union: Marsha and Michael.  The family moved to Cassville in 1966, where Patricia stayed at home and raised her family.  She enjoyed being outdoors in the sunshine, sitting on her front porch, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her children:  Marsha (Chris) Pojar, Michael (Janel) Walsh, Jim Lobmaster, Linda Crockett, JR Lobmaster, her stepson, Robert "Red" Walsh, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, her four brothers and three sisters:  Emory, Dale, John, and Ray Cooper, Minnie Fleaner, Mabel Green, and Oleta Jacoby.

Family will greet friends on Friday, February 17, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 313 Fredrick, Cassville.  A Celebration of Life will follow at the Silver Spigot Saloon, Cassville.  Private family burial will be at a later date.


Joanne Duncan

Joanne Anna "Sis" Duncan, age 82, of Cassville, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017, at Prairie Maison Nursing Home in Prairie du Chien.  She was born on November 3, 1934, in Cassville, the daughter of Clifford and Agnes (Brinkman) Shaben.  Sis married Gerald Duncan on June 16, 1953.  They raised two children, LuAnne and Tim. 

Survivors include her children:  LuAnne (Ken) Esser, Holmen; Tim Duncan, Bagley; grandchildren:  Patrick (Lori) Esser, Eau Claire; Krystal (Christopher) Matt, Holmen; April (Joe) Delagrave, Gilbert, AZ; Jesse (Tonya Abing) Richards, Cassville; great-grandchildren: Cameron, Olivia, Barrett, Braxton, Brayden, Brynley, and Cailee; her siblings: Rose (John) Schnorrenberg; Gloria (Bob) Hudson; Leah Mae "Ahmmie" Esser; Lila (Julius "Jupe") Hochhausen; Judy (Dennis) Laufenberg; Lonnie (Helen) Shaben; sisters-in-law: Marlene Shaben and Kay Duncan; brother-in-law, Gene (Linda) Duncan; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Sis was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her brothers: John and LeRoy; her sister, Jean (Vincent) Vondrum and brother-in-law, Lester Esser. 

Funeral services will be on Friday, February 17, 20147, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 313 Fredrick, Cassville, with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Robert Graney

Robert C. "Bob" Graney, age 93, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home. 

Robert Charles Graney was born January 11, 1924, the son of Roy and Bertie (Vogel) Graney in Ellenboro Township.  Robert married Marcella E. Schwantes on December 14, 1944, and they immediately took over the operation of the Graney family farm on the Platte River where they raised beef cattle and hogs.  He served for a number of years on the board for the Lancaster Farmers Co-op.   Bob and Marcella raised six children on the farm and retired to Lancaster in 1999.

Bob also worked as a carpenter for Marshall Lumber Company in Beetown.  He later started his own company, Graney Construction that continues to operate today under the guidance of his son and grandson.  Bob loved to take drives through the country and would point out the numerous barns, sheds and houses that he helped build.

Hunting and traveling were his passion. He traveled and hunted through most of the west and he was always ready for the next adventure.   Bob was a competitive trap shooter at the various meets in the area and sponsored a team at the Southwestern Wisconsin Sportsmen�s Club in nearby Potosi.  He was also a longtime member of B.P.O.E. Lodge #1460, Mississippi Valley I.O.O.F. Lodge #86, and West Grant Saddle Club.

Robert Charles Graney is survived by his wife of 72 years, Marcella; 5 of their 6 children: Dan (Shari) Graney of Tucson, AZ; Roger (Janet) Graney of Lancaster; Phylis Graney of Keystone, NE; Randy Graney of Lancaster; Marcia Graney of Keystone, NE; 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; his sister Mary Jean (Ted) Goeres of Lodi, WI; a daughter-in-law, Mary Graney, Lancaster.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Bertie, and his son Ted Graney.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S. Madison St., Lancaster, with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Monday from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Robert C. "Bob" Graney Memorial Fund has been established.


 

Robert Pierce

Robert Pierce, age 93, of Lancaster, formerly of Potosi, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.  Robert was born October 31, 1923, in Potosi Township the son of Leonard and Hannah (Koeller) Pierce.  He was united in marriage to Evelyn Wieland on June 19, 1947.  Together they farmed for 48 years in Waterloo Township where they raised their four sons: Norbert, Donald, Ronald, and Darwin.  Robert was a very humble, hardworking man who had a love for the outdoors.  If he wasn�t in the field making hay or planting the crops, you could usually find him on the bank of the river fishing, hunting, playing cards, bingo, or going to the casino.  He always had a smile on his face.

Robert is survived by his sisters: Marie Stoney, Louise Koelker, Genelda Krafjack and Helen (Norman) Hoffman.  His four sons: Norbert (Arlene) Wieland of Potosi, Donald (Virginia) of Grundy Center IA, Ronald (Marilyn) of Potosi and Darwin (Betty) of Potosi.  He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Michelle Schmitz, Michael Wieland, Curtis Wieland, Chad Wieland, David Pierce, Thomas Pierce, Jennifer( Pierce) Vande-Vooren, Elizabeth Pierce,  Bob Pierce, Jamie Pierce, Daniel Pierce and Ryan Pierce; 30 great-grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Evelyn, a sister Leona Friedman, a brother Leonard Jr. and a grandson Timothy Pierce, brothers-in-law Clarence Stoney, Gale Koelker, and Richard Krafjack.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is serving the family.

A special thanks to Dr. Robert Stader and the nurses and staff at Grant Regional Health Center.  A very special thanks to the nurses and staff at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Grant County Hospice, and Pastor Dave Froemming for all of your visits.


Annabelle Adrian

Annabelle M. (Adams) Adrian, age 87, of Potosi, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster.  She was born on September 28, 1929, in rural Potosi, the daughter of John and Esther (Pitzen) Adams.  On April 11, 1950, Annabelle married Donald Adrian.  She spent the majority of her life working on the farm with her husband and raising her family.  Annabelle was a loving person who put others first before herself.  She devoted many years to taking care of her husband when he was ill.  Annabelle enjoyed taking a lot of pictures, collecting cookbooks and reading.  She loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Annabelle liked getting out, going for rides in the country and visiting her special neighbors.  She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster.

Survivors include her children:  Dennis Adrian, Potosi; Diane (Mark) Muldoon, Lancaster; Bruce (Carol) Adrian, Potosi; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her brother, Gary (Sandra) Adams, Cassville; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Annabelle was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, her brothers:  Donnie, Johnny and nephews: Steve Adams and Steve Adrian and a niece, Joyce Adrian.

In keeping with Annabelle's wishes, a private family funeral service will be held.  Burial will be in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is serving the family.


Kyle Fishnick

Kyle F. Fishnick, age 56 of Cassville, passed away on January 28, 2017 at Grant Regional Health Center, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on November 13, 1960, the son of Walter and Joyce (Brinkman) Fishnick.  He married the love of his life, Karla Breuer, on December 15, 1979.  Even though they were young, Kyle and Karla shared a beautiful life that provided a strong foundation for their children. Together they farmed on the Fishnick Family Farm where they also raised their four wonderful children.  Kyle had a love and passion for all things farming.  He enjoyed coon and deer hunting, bowling, riding his Harley, and spending time with his friends and family. He was always willing to help his neighbors and really enjoyed being in the tractor.  His hard work ethic and love for agriculture can be seen in all of his children today.  He enjoyed watching his children grow up and play in sports and most recently loved watching his grandkids follow suit.  Though he loved the farm life, none of that compared to his true loves and lights of his life; his 11 beautiful grandchildren.  He loved every minute spent with each of them: Braden, Brielle, Tyler, Trason, Tavin, Declan, Delaney, Emily, Bradly, Brinly, & Buckly. 

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Karla and their children: Jeremy (Holly) and their children, Braden and Brielle, Peter and his boys Tyler, Trason, & Tavin, Edward (Tracy) and their children Declan & Delaney, and Sadie (Ben) Retallick and their children Emily, Bradly, Brinly, & Buckly all of Cassville.  His sisters and brothers-in-law: Phyllis (James) Nodorft, Platteville; Paul Breuer, Platteville; Alberta Pfaff, Sacramento, CA; George Lenzendorf, Fennimore; Gerald (Susan) Breuer, Eugene, OR; Viola Pfaff (Mark Reger) Prairie du Chien; Dolores (Dwaine) Meyer, Bloomington; Lester Breuer (Ann McCarville) Mount Hope; Donita (Fred) Gruender, Cassville; Brenda Breuer, Prairie du Chien; Julita (Don) Singleton, Lewisburg, OH; Zelda (John) Fried, Cassville; and Janet Breuer, Lancaster; many nieces and nephews including both the Fishnick and Breuer families and friends and Goddaughter Kelly Gardner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother -in-law, Albert and Marilyn Breuer, a grandson, Nolan Fishnick, a niece, Jennifer Fried, brothers-in-law: Marcus Breuer; Leroy Pfaff, sister-in-law, Rosetta Lenzendorf and special family friend, Trista Mumm.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary Settlement Cemetery, Cassville.  Family and friends may call on Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Cassville.  Friends may also call on Friday from 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home until time of services at the church. 


Iona E. "Sis" Mayne

Iona Elizabeth "Sis" Mayne, age 83, of Beetown left this earth on January 29, 2017, to go dance with the love of her life Gerald William Mayne, who preceded her in death on January 6, 2017.  She was born on July 24, 1933, in Glen Haven, the daughter of Jeff and Elsie (Skinner) Duncan.  Iona graduated from Lancaster High School in 1951.  On November 15, 1954, she was united in marriage to Gerald Mayne.  After their marriage, the couple farmed in Beetown and raised six children.  Sis enjoyed camping, playing cards, crocheting, traveling and cooking.  She dearly loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

Survivors include her six children: Marty (Julie) Mayne, McGregor, IA; Melinda (Bruce) Taylor, Mineral Point; Patricia (Tom) Carroll, Lancaster; Ricky (Sue) Mayne, Bloomington; Ronny (Lisa) Mayne, Wisconsin Rapids; Debbie (Walt) Taylor, Lancaster; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and one on the way; her brother, Dennis (Lillian "Bid") Duncan, Beetown; sisters-in-law, Shirley Duncan, Lancaster and Leone Mayne, Cassville; brother-in-law, Burnell (Grace) Mayne, Beetown; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents and her beloved husband of 62 years, Gerald, Iona was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, Orlo and Lillian Mayne; her brother, Norman Duncan; her in-laws: Darlene Mayne, Cecil Mayne and Sylvan Mayne.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison, Lancaster with Pastor Pam Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial will be in Burns Cemetery, Beetown.  Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers a Iona E. "Sis" Mayne Memorial Fund has been established. 


 

Grace L. Martin

Grace L. Martin, age 89, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City.  Services will be held at a later date.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is serving the family.


Joanne Neuendorf

Joanne E. Neuendorf passed away on January 26, 2017 in Lancaster, Wisconsin, with her loved ones at her side. She was 87 years young. She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin, who passed away in 1975, and her grandson, Adame Martin Brunner in 2011.

Joanne is survived by her children: Shari (Greg) Brunner, Bill (Jann) and Curt and grandchildren Andrea Ege, Tavia Brunner, Hillary Hoffman, and honorary grandchildren Derek, Emily and Jessie Montgomery, four great-grandsons, special �Sister� Cleo Stenner, and many loving family members.

Joanne was born in Madison to Isa and August Schumann. She was an only child, and as a result, she was expected to do the work of a boy or a girl. When her parents owned a service station, she learned to do oil changes, rotate tires and pump gas. She drove a taxi cab in Madison while she was in college at the University of Wisconsin. Her plan was to become an interpreter for the UN, however her father, who paid the bill, insisted that she should become a teacher and stay closer to home.  She married Martin Neuendorf on June 19, 1954, and she taught school in Belmont until she accompanied her husband to Milwaukee to attend Mortuary School, graduating with him but never obtaining her license. She taught adult evening classes for many years, tutored students for French and German, and drove school bus.  She went back school when she was 55, all the while teaching Secondary Learning Disability students at Schullsburg. After attending classes at UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater, she received her master�s degree in education. 

Joanne was very active in St. Paul�s Lutheran Church in Burton, she was a member of the Blackhawk Council of the Boy Scouts of America, she was a member of the Potosi Public Schools School Board, she was a volunteer at Passage thru Time Museum, and at the National Brewery Museum in Potosi. She worked for many years at the polling station in Potosi for elections. She spent 3 summers cooking at Canyon Camp Boy Scout Camp.

She loved to read, write, garden and travel - she especially loved to drive.  She will be remembered for her ready smile and sense of humor and she spoke with anyone she met whether she knew them or not.

No services are planned at this time, but rather, a Celebration of Life memorial will be held this summer in Potosi.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Grant County Food Pantry or St. Croix Hospice.

The family expresses their sincere appreciation for the care Joanne received from the staff at Orchard Manor Nursing Home and St. Croix Hospice. Thanks also, to the many people who stopped to visit her and make her days brighter.


Eileen E. Rojemann-Heller

Eileen E. Rojemann-Heller, age 93, of Potosi, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at ManorCare in Platteville surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on June 12, 1923, the daughter of August and Dolores (Runde) Fleege.  Eileen attended school at St. Joseph Catholic School in Sinsinawa.  On June 3, 1947, she was united in marriage to William J. Rojemann.  After their marriage, the couple became self-employed and owned and operated several businesses throughout Grant County for over thirty years.  William preceded her in death on January 29, 1983.  Following his death, Eileen began employment at the Potosi High School as a cook.  She was known for her cinnamon rolls.  On June 21, 2003, Eileen was united in marriage to Donald Heller.  He preceded her in death on April 16, 2011.  Eileen was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and served as the church organist for many years.  She was also a member of the Tavern League.  Eileen enjoyed music and baking.  She dearly loved spending time with her family and keeping up with her grandchildren's activities. 

Survivors include her six children:  Jean (Schelley) Schoville, Potosi; Ellen (John) Berning, Menominee, IL; Ted (Bonnie) Rojemann, Paul (Susan) Rojemann, Diane (Ted) Bode, and Jeff (Chris Judd) Rojemann all of Potosi; 23 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren and one on the way; her siblings:  Carol Guerdet, Dubuque, IA; Harold (Marian) Fleege, Hazel Green; a sister-in-law, Lori Fleege, Dubuque, IA; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents and her husbands, Eileen was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Ann; her siblings:  Donald Fleege and Irma (Hank) Spahn; in-laws:  Justin (Marie) Rojemann; Joe (Viola) Rojemann; Margaret (Jack) Doyle and Richard Guerdet.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 30, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson.  Family and friends may call on Sunday, January 29, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church where a 2:45 p.m. rosary will be prayed.  Friends may also call on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is serving the family.


Dorothy Breuer

Dorothy B. Breuer, age 101 passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster.  She was born July 15, 1915 the daughter of Matthias and Frances (Meyer) Zenz. On September 14, 1937, she was united into marriage to Leonard J. Breuer. Together they farmed on the Breuer Family Farm in Bloomington Township. Dorothy was a devoted member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Glen Haven and its Altar Society. She enjoyed trips to Ma's Bakery, her gardening, flowers, quilting and especially a Brandy Old Fashioned made right. Dorothy dearly loved her family and keeping up with their activities.

Surviving are her children; Norma Jean Prew, Barbara (Mark) Martin, Virginia (John) Klema, Maureen (Harold "Buzz") Osterhaus, David (Barb), Dale (Denise), and Mike (Barbara) Breuer, 32 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, two sisters-in-law, Anne Wagner and Agatha Breuer. 

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Leonard, a son-in-law Richard Prew, a sister Letha (Reaford) Reuter, brothers, Robert (Emaline), Anthony "Tony" (Florence), and Wilfred Zenz, brothers-in-law, Anthony "Tony" Wagner and Fred Breuer.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington, with Father John Meinholz and Father Sam Martin officiating.  Burial will be in Gockel Cemetery, Glen Haven Township.  Family and friends may call on Sunday, January 22, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., where a 12:45 p.m. parish rosary will be prayed.  Friends may also call on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Memorials may be directed to St. Mary's Catholic School in Bloomington.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Bloomington is serving the family.


Patricia McCartney

Patricia Mary McCartney, age 85, of Baraboo, formerly of Tennyson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on February 22, 1931, in Tennyson, the daughter of Edward and Ina (Reed) Stohlmeyer.  Patricia spent the last forty-four years with the love of her life, Richard Slater.  She dearly loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Patricia also enjoyed many hours of reading, putting puzzles together, playing cards, bingo, and embroidery. 

Survivors include the love of her life, Richard Slater, Baraboo; daughters:  Shirley Kilby (Donald), Richland Center; Carol (Bernie) Disch, Dickeyville; Linda Kitto, Baraboo; Jeanette Kotte, Muscoda; Mary McCartney (Bill), Baraboo; step-children:  Laura Paukstat, Sun Prairie; Shirley (Jeremy) Parks, Baraboo; Roger Slater, Baraboo; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Rosemary Cahill, Dubuque, IA; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her daughter, Judith Kitto; son, Paul Fetzek; grandson, Kip Allen Kitto, Jr.; son-in-law, Kip Allen Kitto, Sr.; her sisters:  Charlotte (Norman) Jotham; Catherine (John) Arling; Delores (Bernard) Vosberg; a brother-in-law, Eugene Cahill.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson.  Family and friends may call on Sunday, January 15, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S. Madison, Lancaster and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.


Delores Hampton

Delores C. Hampton, age 84 of Lancaster, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. She was born December 3, 1932, the daughter of Arthur and Laura (Kelly) Burgraff.  Delores graduated from Lancaster High School in 1950.  On September 22, 1953, Delores was united into marriage to Norman "Jiggs" Hampton at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville.  She was a homemaker and raised her seven children.  Delores also provided care for many of the area children.  She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church.  Delores enjoyed traveling, going to the casino and any activity that involved her family.  She loved attending any sports activity that her children and grandchildren participated in, especially football and wrestling.  As Delores became a resident at Atrium Post Acute Care, she appreciated the staff and their compassion. 

Surviving are her children: Mike (Jean), Dennis (Carol), Robert "Buck" (Jackie) Hampton, all of Lancaster, Becky (Douglas) Schildgen, Waterloo, IA, Laurie Hampton of Holmen, Sandy (Gary) Schildgen of Lancaster, and Tami (Bryan) Quinn of Dodgeville, 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, a sister, Marita Seitz of Prairie du Chien, many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, Delores was preceded in death by her husband Norman "Jiggs," a granddaughter, Stephanie Schildgen, a sister, Marcella "Sally" (Robert) Leibfried, two brothers: Norbert (Dorothy "Dot") and Arnold (Delores) Burgraff, a brother-in-law, Frank Seitz. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Reverend John Sasse officiating.  Private family burial will be held at a later date at St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church where a 2:45 p.m. parish rosary will be prayed.  Friends may also call on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Delores C. Hampton Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is serving the family.


Joseph Stoeffler

Joseph R. Stoeffler, age 61, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017, at UW Hospitals, Madison.  He was born on January 22, 1955, the son of Raymond and Arlene (Laufenberg) Stoeffler.  Joe graduated from West Grant High School in 1973 and furthered his education at Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse.  He was united in marriage on April 8, 1978, to Rita A. Kamrath at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tomah.  Joe owned and operated Joe's Repair in Mount Hope.  He was also employed at various automotive and car dealerships.  Joe worked for Huebsch, Swenson & Son, Pink Automotive, Les Mack Chevrolet, and Braudt Automotive.  He served as mayor of Mount Hope for over 20 years and was a dedicated member of the Mount Hope Volunteer Fire Department and served as the Fire Chief and Secretary.  He was also a member of St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church.  Joe enjoyed camping, auto racing, and snowmobiling.  He dearly loved his family and keeping up with their activities.

Survivors include his daughters: Andrea (Matt) Mezera and Kim (fianc� Matt Van Rixel) Stoeffler; four grandchildren: Cody, Mason, Madison, and Clay Mezera; his siblings:  Bill (Sharon); Patricia (Terry) Winkers; Linda (Harry "Junior") Miller; Jim (Pat); Mary Hendrickson; David Stoeffler; his mother-in-law: Beatta Kamrath and her family; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rita in 2007; his father-in-law, Harry Kamrath; and his brother-in-law, Tony Hendrickson.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church in Mount Hope with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial will be in St. Lawrence O'Toole Cemetery.  Family and friends may call on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Bloomington, where a 3:45 p.m. parish rosary will be prayed.  Friends may also call on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Joseph R. Stoeffler Memorial Fund has been established.


Marie C. Olson

Marie C. Olson, age 80, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at her home.  She was born on July 9, 1936, the daughter of Ernest and Hazel (Weimer) Schildgen.  Marie graduated from Lancaster High School in 1953.  On August 29, 1953, she was united in marriage to Larry L. Drew at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster.  Marie was employed at the Richgels Insurance Agency, Olson Refrigeration, and later, at Pioneer Motors.  Larry preceded her in death in 1998.  On May 24, 2000, Marie married Robert C. "Bob" Olson, Sr. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster.  She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church.  In retirement, Marie enjoyed her winters with Bob in Florida.  She also enjoyed playing cards and keeping up with her family and their activities. 

Survivors include her husband, Robert Olson; her children:  Diane (John) Heinrichs; David (Deb), Dennis (Sandy), Dean (Cheryl) Drew; Denise (Kevin) Wiest; Donita (Chad) Evans; and Debra (Chuck) Lange; the Olson family: Robert (Sherree) Olson, Jr.; Terry (Susan) Olson; Diane (John) Drew; Kevin (Cathy), Kelly (Joanne), and Jeff Olson; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister: Sally (Joe) Langkamp; a brother, Gerald Schildgen; many nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Larry; a son-in-law, James Dean; brother, Joseph (Druscilla "Fuzzy") Schildgen; a daughter-in-law, LouAnn Olson; brother-in-law, Elmer Fenzau; sister-in-law, Florence Schildgen.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St., Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Reverend John Sasse officiating.  Burial will be in St. Clement Cemetery.  Family and friends may call on Friday, January 6, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the church and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m., until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Marie C. Olson Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is serving the family.


 

Catherine Schindler

Catherine E. Schindler, age 92, of Lancaster, Wisconsin, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  Catherine, nicknamed Catty, was born July 30, 1924, in South Lancaster, daughter of Celestine "Cel" and Catherine "Rena" (Ertz) Pink.

She attended St Clement Grade School, which her father had helped establish, and she graduated from Lancaster High School in 1942. She earned her Registered Nurse License from Dubuque�s Mercy School of Nursing in 1945, graduated as the president of her class and continued to meet regularly with several of her classmates throughout her life. 

Catherine married Donald Schindler on October 21, 1946, at St. Clement Church.  Their wedding reception was held on the Pink family farm.  As Donny and Catty began their family, she worked the night shift at Lancaster Memorial Hospital, getting home in time to get the kids off to school before going to bed, then fixing them supper before going back to work that night. She continued her career at Grant Community Clinic for over 40 years, starting with Dr. Carey in the days of home deliveries and ending as Dr. Hillary's nurse at the clinic, retiring in 1986.

Catherine, a life-long member of St. Clement Church, actively participated in the parish by contributing to the fall festival, decorating the church at Christmas time, and making dozens of Baptismal bibs. She also visited classes at St Clement School to share her love of quilting and her knowledge of the history of Grant County.  She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Council of Catholic Women, American Legion Auxiliary, and the V.F.W. Auxiliary of which she was president for 19 years and for which she sold poppies annually and was a flag bearer at the Memorial Day Service.

Upon retiring, Catty became a member of the St. Clement Quilters, and from then on they met at her home twice a week for the next 29 years. Catherine also volunteered at the Lancaster Care Center, playing bingo and singing with the residents.  She especially enjoyed the Pink Picnic family reunions held every other year.  Friends were very important to Catherine and she nurtured these friendships throughout her entire life.  She looked forward to her Tuesday lunch bunch, and she lived for the twice weekly gathering of the quilters.

Catherine was completely dedicated to her six children and their families:  John (Cindy), Jim, Mary (David) Peterson, Cheri (Steve) Blythe, Jackie (the late Darrell) Edge, David, ten grandchildren plus 14 great-grandchildren.  She is survived by Joe (Shirley) Pink, Mary Lou (John D) Walker, Mickey (Tom) Thill, and sisters-in-law Kay Pink, Dolores Schindler, and Shirley Schwantes. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald, son-in-law, Darrell Edge, granddaughter Kelly Edge, her brothers: Stan (Carol) Pink, Norb (Shirley) Pink, and Mark Pink.

She loved to read, play Scrabble and play cards.  Above all else she loved to sew, making quilts, table toppers, sock monkeys, Christmas stockings from old neckties, little fabric wallets, and aprons.

She was fond of reminding her kids on many occasions, "What will be, will be," and when they were confronted with something difficult, she would say, �Just offer it up to Jesus.�  At the end of each prayer before meals she always said, �All for Jesus.�  She often started her days during the last few years by asking, "What's on the agenda for today?"

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Reverend John Sasse and Msgr. Tom Baxter officiating.  Burial will be in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call on Monday, January 9, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the church where a 1:45 p.m. parish rosary will be prayed.  Friends may also call on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Catherine E. Schindler Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is serving the family.


Gerald W. Mayne

Gerald William Mayne, age 86, of Beetown, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on September 17, 1930, in Burton, the son of Orlo and Lillian (Allbee) Mayne.  Gerald entered the United States Marine Corps. in 1952 and served his country for two years stationed in Japan.  He met and married Iona E. "Sis" Duncan on November 15, 1954.  After their marriage, the couple farmed in Beetown and raised six children.  Gerald enjoyed traveling, bowling, playing cards, camping, hunting and fishing.  He dearly loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Iona; their six children:  Marty (Julie) Mayne, McGregor, IA; Melinda (Bruce) Taylor, Mineral Point; Patricia (Tom) Carroll, Lancaster; Ricky (Sue) Mayne, Bloomington; Ronny (Lisa) Mayne, Wisconsin Rapids; Debbie (Walt) Taylor, Lancaster; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and one on the way; one brother: Burnell (Grace) Mayne, Beetown; sisters-in-law: Leone Mayne, Cassville; Shirley Duncan, Lancaster; a brother-in-law, Denny (Lillian "Bid") Duncan, Beetown; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Jeff and Elsie Duncan; his siblings: Darlene Mayne, Cecil Mayne and Sylvan Mayne; his brother-in-law, Norman Duncan. 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory, 1234 S Madison Street, in Lancaster, with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in Burns Cemetery, Beetown.  Family and friends may call on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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