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Virginia Eastman

     Virginia M. Eastman, age 94, died on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  She was born on March 14, 1915, in Neillsville, the daughter of Frank and Velda (Heyder) Anderson.  She moved to River Falls as a child and later, in 1928, moved to Hammond where she graduated from high school in 1932.  Virginia graduated from River Falls State Teachers College, now known as University of Wisconsin River Falls.  Upon receiving her Bachelors of Education degree in 1936, she accepted a position in the public schools of Mellen, to teach English and History.  In 1938, she moved to Lancaster and taught Junior High School English.  In 1940, she was united in marriage to LeRoy Eastman and they were married for twenty-nine years.  Mr. Eastman died in 1969.  Music was her passion and she pursued voice and piano throughout her life.  She studied piano with Sister Anna Rose of St. Clement’s for nine years, graduating from the course accredited by Alverno College of Milwaukee.  Virginia then continued her music education with Dr. Leo Steffens at the UW Madison.  She led the Congregational Church Choir for thirty-seven years and taught voice and piano in her home for over fifty years.  She also directed music festivals for the Lancaster Lucky Clovers 4-H group.  Virginia had been a member of PEO for over sixty years and enjoyed participating in community volunteerism.

       Virginia leaves the following to mourn her loss:  a son, Dr. Michael (Carol) Eastman, El Paso, TX and Flagstaff, AZ; a daughter, Nancy Eastman, Lenox, MA; three grandsons: Rev. Brian (Amelia) Eastman, Dayton, OH; Dr. Nathaniel (Kristine) Eastman, Anchorage, Alaska; Dr. Michael (Michelle Manning) Elihu Eastman, Madison; two step grandsons: Kirk Oden, San Antonio, TX; Cameron Oden, Plantation, FL and two great-grandchildren:  Erica and Kevin Eastman.

       In addition to her parents and her husband, Virginia was preceded in death by one son, Rev. Charles Eastman and a brother, Douglas Anderson.

       Memorial services were held on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Lancaster with Rev. Mark Dieter officiating.  Private Family Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Friday, May 22, 2009, from 12:00 p.m. until time of services at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be sent to: University of Wisconsin – River Falls Foundation, % Kimberly Gould Speckman, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls, WI, 54022 for the Virginia M Eastman Music Scholarship Fund.  Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Virgil W. Eck

     Virgil W. Eck, age 75, of Potosi died Saturday, June 28, 2008 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born on February 27, 1933 in Ellenboro Township, the son of Raymond and Bernice (Hall) Eck.  Virgil attended Elmdale School, Waterloo Township.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 and was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict.  Virgil married Karen Kay Schramm on January 9, 1965 in Platteville. 

      Virgil worked at John Deere for 30 years, retiring in 1985.  He also farmed in rural Potosi.  Virgil enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

      Virgil is survived by his wife, Kay, Potosi; eight children:  Troy (Barbara) Eck, Mentone, CA; Tom Eck, Slinger; Missy (Dan) Kliebenstein, Potosi; Steven (Rebecca) Eck, Boscobel; Daniel Eck, San Diego, CA; Doug Eck, Platteville; Linda (Paul) Hrupka, Union Grove and Laurie (Fernando) Zapata, Boca Raton, FL; 21 grandchildren and one great-grandson; six brothers and sisters:  Vivian Alcott, Fennimore; Roger (Shirley) Eck, Tomah; Robert (Phyllis) Eck, Lancaster; Clayton (Doris) Eck, Richland Center; Lavon (Al) Miller, Madison and Betty (Paul) Pluemer, Platteville; five sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jackie and Stanley Eck; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Eck; a brother-in-law, Keith Irish; three nephews and one niece.

     Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at the Davies Memorial United Church of Christ in Potosi with Teri Hanson officiating.  Burial with Military Honors was accorded by the Berg Averkamp VFW Post #5276 and the American Legion Post #473, both from Potosi at British Hollow Cemetery, Town of Potosi.  Family and friends were welcomed from 4 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 1 at the Martin Funeral Home in Potosi and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church.  


David G. Eckstein

     David G. Eckstein, age 58, of Cassville, died on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at his residence in Cassville.  He was born on December 9, 1949 in Mineral Point, the son of George and June (Martin) Eckstein.  David attended school in Cassville and also attended the University of Wisconsin in Platteville and Madison.  He was united in marriage to Linda Mastin and two children were born to this union:  Jason and Jamie.  In 1980, David moved to Texas where he resided for eleven years.  David was employed for a circuit board manufacturing company during his time in Texas.  He later relocated to Cassville where he purchased Anker Inn Supper Club.  On September 23, 1996, David married Mary Ann Bohringer.  He sold the supper club in 2006.  David enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, and shooting pool.  He had a great sense of humor and was a loving husband, father and grandpa.

     Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Eckstein, Cassville; his two sons: Jason (Toni) Eckstein, Dubuque, IA; Jamie Eckstein, Dubuque, IA; his mother, June Eckstein, Cassville; three step-children:  Christopher (Nicki) Koehler, River Falls; Amy (Fiancé Clint Bean) Koehler and Diana Koehler both of Cassville; eight grandchildren; his sister, Bonnie (Gary) Kasper, Cassville; and a niece, Brandi (Todd) Thiesen, Cassville.

     In addition to his father, David was preceded in death by a nephew, Jason Kasper.

     Funeral services were held on Friday, July 11, 2008, at the Martin Funeral Home in Cassville at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery, Cassville.  Friends called on Friday, July 11, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


 Blanche M. Edge

     Blanche M. Edge, age 91, of Lancaster, died on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born on July 5, 1916, in Mount Hope, WI, the daughter of James and Mabel (Neeley) Clark.  Blanche married Edward Walker on December 1, 1935, in Galena, IL.  He preceded her in death in 1980.  Blanche was employed at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster, retiring in 1972.  She was a member of the Lancaster and Fennimore United Methodist Church.  Blanche was also a member of the Grant Regional Hospital Auxiliary and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and quilting.  She later married Ermil Edge on April 21, 1989.  He preceded her in death in 1990. 

     Surviving are her children:  Marlene Bliskey, DePere; Arlyn (Maxine) Walker, Reno, NV; Geri (Dick) Austin, Mineral Point; Gerald (Mary) Walker, Delavan; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Hattie Clark, Lancaster; several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her husbands, Edward and Ermil; a son, James Walker; a grandson, Jason Walker; three brothers, John, Frank and James Clark; four sisters: Mildred Cohen, Glenys Jozefowicz, Velma Walker, and Alice Miller. 

     Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 8, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church with Rev. Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Friday, March 7, 2008, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church on Saturday, March 8, 2008.


David & Joan Edge

David R. Edge, age 59 and Joan M. Edge, age 59, passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, as a result of a motorcycle accident.  David was born on March 25, 1954, the son of Ray and Clara (Scott) Edge.  Joan was born on December 14, 1953, the daughter of Joseph and Mamie (Udelhoven) Dressler.  On June 28, 1974, they were united in marriage in Lancaster.  Together they farmed and raised their family in Potosi Township. Dave and Joan enjoyed the trips they had on their motorcycle. David liked hunting, and Joan liked to play cards and garden. Time spent with their children and grandchildren was most important.  

Survivors include their children:  Jason (Tara); Jerett (Debbie); Jesse; Jena (fiancé Ashley Lawrence) Edge; Jennifer (Shawn) Foley; 14 grandchildren; David’s siblings:  Vyra (Garland) Gotzinger; Arlene (Paul) Maring; Mary Udelhoven; Ruth (Gary) Kruser; Jolene (Harvey) Perkins; Joan’s siblings:  Sr. Anna Marie Dressler; Agnes Simpson; Alma Moris; Catherine (John) Oberfoell; Rose (Herbert) Koppen; Bernadette Thole; Mary (Floyd) Churchill; Claire (Calvin) Churchill; Bernard (Theresa), James (Jan) and Clement (Betty) Dressler; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joan is preceded in death by two sisters: Virginia (Bill) Brockway; Theresa (Carl) Martin; her brothers-in-law:  Peter Moris and Edward Simpson. David is preceded in death by two brothers-in law:  Russell Wamsley and Bob Udelhoven, and a nephew Doug Maring.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 2, 2013, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Tennyson at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial was in Hurricane Cemetery, S. Lancaster Township.  Family and friends called on Sunday, September 1, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson and on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.   In lieu of plants and flowers a David and Joan Edge Memorial Fund has been established.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is serving the family.


Rose Ella Ehlen

     Rose Ella Ehlen, age 96, of Potosi, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  She was born on August 19, 1911, in Bay Robert Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Elisha and Lillian (White) Earle.  She came to the United States in 1929.  Rose lived in New York and was employed as a housekeeper and nanny for two boys.  On November 3, 1943, Rose was united in marriage to Clarence A. “Pete” Ehlen in New York.  After their marriage, the couple moved to rural Potosi where they farmed for about forty years.  Upon retirement, the couple moved into Potosi.  Rose was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.  She loved to play cards and have fish fry’s with family and friends.  Rose also loved playing Bingo, making crafts, knitting, and crocheting.  She had a green thumb and a big garden.

     Survivors include her four children:  Clarence Ehlen, Mary (Jim) Haas, Joe (Joan) Ehlen, and Ray (Sue) Ehlen, all of Potosi;  13 grandchildren:  Todd (Sandy) Ehlen, Tim (Marissa) Ehlen, Shari (Jim) Mergen, Sheila (Mike) McKillip; Shelby (Aarin) Schaefer, Joe (Dawn) Haas, Beth (Kevin) Flesch, Tom (Sonia) Haas, Amy (friend Tim) Haas, Josh (Kerri) Ehlen, Jarda, Kacie, and Kyi Ehlen; 21 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one step great-great-grandson; other relatives and many friends.

     In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence on December 15, 1992; a grandson, Michael Haas, and one brother, John Earle.

        Funeral services were held on Friday, July 11, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial was in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson.  Friends called on Thursday, July 10, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home in Potosi and from 1:00 p.m. until time of services on Friday at the funeral home. 


Darlene M. Ellis

Darlene M. Ellis, age 71, of Potosi, WI, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home. Her long endurance with Alzheimer’s has come to rest.

Darlene M. Vesperman was born March 18, 1940, in Lancaster, the daughter of Glen and Margaret (Kelly) Vesperman. She graduated from Platteville High School. Darlene worked for Eastman Cartwright lumber, Grant County social services and twenty-two years as a teacher assistant at the Potosi Grade School. She married Larry L. Ellis in 1961. They both retired in 1992 and traveled to Florida for many years. She loved to walk and dance. Her love for her grandchildren will live on.

She is survived by her husband, Larry, Potosi; son, Jeff (Michelle) Gerow-Ellis, Duluth, MN; daughter, Cheryl (Steve) Van Dyle, Cuba City; three sisters: Goldie Yager, Beetown; Dorothy (Monroe) Haas, Lancaster; Hila Johnson, Sarasota, FL; four granddaughters, Meghan (Jeff) Skemp, Platteville; Kayla (Scott) Furlong and great-granddaughter, Khiley, Galena, IL; Katie Ellis, Springfield, MO; and Chelsea Statton, Cuba City; as well as one step-granddaughter and two step-grandsons.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Margaret Vesperman; two brothers: Maynard Vesperman, Delbert Vesperman, and one sister, Hazel Schmitz.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October, 22, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Family and friends called on Friday, October 21, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home on Saturday.


Gail G. Ellis

Gail G. (Guse) Ellis, age 69, of Cassville, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at Southwest Health Center in Platteville, after a long, brave battle with cancer.  Gail was born on February 28, 1943, in West Bend, WI, to the late George and Phyllis (Serwe) Guse.  She married Dick Ellis on December 2, 1961, and they lived in the Kewaskum area for many years, where Gail spent her time caring for their three children.  Gail also spent several years working part time with her husband at Mermaid Water Services in West Bend.  Dick and Gail moved to Cassville ten years ago to enjoy retirement and be near the Mississippi River. 

Survivors include her loving husband of fifty-one years, Dick Ellis; a son, Troy (Sharon) Ellis, Kewaskum; daughter, Beci Ellis, Hartford; daughter, Britt (Brian) Schuldes, Appleton; grandchildren:  Amanda Ellis, Trent Ellis and Marisa Schuldes.

In addition to her parents, Gail was preceded in death by a son, Trent Ellis.

Private family services were held at Gail’s request.  In lieu of plants and flowers, please consider a donation to the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Madison.  Martin Funeral Home in Cassville is assisting the family.

A special thanks to Gail’s friends and neighbors, Cassville Rescue Squad, Hospice of Southwest Health Center, Platteville, and especially Dr. Toby Campbell of UW Health Carbone Cancer Center.


Jerry J. Ellis

Jerry J. Ellis, age 73, of Patch Grove passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Jerry was born on July 25, 1940, in Bloomington, WI, the son of Donald & Tossie (Arnett) Ellis.  He married Shirley Haberichter on October 24, 1959 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley, WI.

Jerry was a “small town man” spending his entire life in Patch Grove.  He graduated from Patch Grove High School in 1958.  Jerry & Shirley raised their family in the home that he built there in 1960.  He was a member of Patch Grove Fire Department for 48 years.

Jerry worked as a carpenter for Walz Lumber Company for 47 years.  Since his retirement, he has continued to work for family and friends.  Jerry was a master woodworker creating numerous precision scale models, clocks, bowls and furniture.  “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Jerry is survived by Shirley, his loving wife and dance partner of 54 years; his three children:     Stephanie (Mark) Steffensmeier; Mike (Lisa) Ellis; Kim (Pat) Esser, all of Bloomington; nine grandchildren:     Dan Steffensmeier, Ashley (Joseph) Krantz, Becky Steffensmeier, Daryl (Nikki) Ellis, Kevin Ellis, Katrina Ellis, Brittany Ellis, Shea Esser, Cordt Esser; two great grandsons:  Reece Krantz, Trevor Ellis; one brother:  Milton (LaVonne) Ellis, Prairie du Chien; two sisters-in-law: Nadine (Doug) Caya, Sebeka, MN; Dorothy (Jim) Stimart, Bagley; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his brother-in- law, Robert Haberichter.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley with Pastor Nick Barootian officiating.  Burial was in Patch Grove Cemetery, Patch Grove.  Family and friends called on Friday, November 15, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.


Hannah G. Elskamp

Hannah G. Elskamp, age 95, of Potosi, died Sunday, February 19, 2012, at Orchard Manor in Lancaster. Hannah was born on June 13, 1916, a daughter of Henry and Emma (Dressler) Reynolds. She married Mahlon Elskamp on February 15, 1938.

Hannah loved garage sales, quilting, cards, gardening, bingo, and spending time with her family.

Hannah is survived by six children, Marion Mason of Potosi, Neil (Barb) of Chetek, WI, Carl (Judy) of Bountiful, UT, Gary (Kathy) of Potosi, Esther (Tim) Hesse of Lodi, WI, and Keith (Becky) of Potosi; a sister, Martha Ragatz of Potosi; two daughters-in-law, Shirley Elskamp of Topeka, KS and Mary Lou Elskamp of Kieler, WI; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mahlon in 1982; a daughter, Susan Elskamp; two sons, Leo and Mark Elskamp; an infant daughter, Mary Elskamp; her parents; four siblings, Walter Reynolds, Mary “Mae” Patzner, Florence Flesch, and Clarence Reynolds; a son-in-law, Joel Mason; and a great-grandson, Mason Joel Klein.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, with Father Richard Leffler celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Potosi. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, February 24, 2012, at St. Andrews Catholic Church, and one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Martin Funeral Home in Potosi is handling arrangements.

In lieu of plants and flowers, a Hannah G. Elskamp Memorial Fund has been established.


Sylvia D. Elwell

Sylvia D. Elwell, age 94, of Lancaster, died on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at the Lancaster Care Center.  She was born on December 21, 1917, the daughter of John and Belva (Dodge) Allbee.  Sylvia was united in marriage to Frank Elwell in 1945.  He preceded her in death in 1950.  Sylvia was employed at a beauty salon, owned and operated the Minute Lunch, cooked for the bowling alley, and operated the Rainbow Grill.  In 1965, she moved to Madison where she was employed at the Veterans Hospital.  She retired after fourteen years of service and moved to Florida.  Sylvia later returned to Dubuque, Iowa, and in 2007, moved back to Lancaster.  She enjoyed working in her flower garden, spruce trees, fishing, sewing, and collecting porcelain dolls. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, Sylvia was preceded in death by her brothers, Ray, John, Thomas and Frank; sisters, Nellie, Viola, and Lillian; and many nieces and nephews.

Survivors include many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews, great-great-great nieces, great-great-great nephews, and a Godchild, Kassi (Taylor) White.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 17, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Korey D. Eng

     Korey D. Eng, age 41, of Potosi, died on Saturday, August 30, 2008, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster, following a brief battle with cancer.  He was born on June 27, 1967, in Richland Center.  He graduated from Lancaster High School in 1985.  On November 24, 1987, Korey was united in marriage to Christine S. Ready in Holbrook, AZ.  He was employed with Wolf Farms.  Korey was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting.  He loved spending time with his family and friends.

     Survivors include his wife, Christine, Potosi; his children:  Ashley (fiancé Matthew Abing) Eng, Lancaster; Danielle (Adam Foster) Eng, Darlington; Tyler Eng, Lancaster; granddaughter, Adrianna Abing and grandson, Landon Foster; brothers:  Calvin Hardy, Roxbury, WI; Kyrie (Heidi) Eng, Pinetop, AZ; sisters:  Judith (Philip) Wagner, Lancaster; Jacqueline (Steve) Hess, Glendale, AZ; Amy Jo Maahs, Glen Haven; mother-in-law, Kathy (Rod ) Kalish, LaCrosse; father-in-law, Donald (Janet) Ready, Fennimore; grandmother-in-law, Evelyn Sturmer, Lancaster.

     Korey was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann Eng and a niece, Cindra Ann Wagner.

     Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 4, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Congregational Church with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial was in Boice Prairie Cemetery, Potosi Township.  Friends called on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Lancaster Congregational Church and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Thursday.  In lieu of plants and flowers, a Korey D. Eng memorial fund has been established.  We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to Emmett Terwilliger, Jr. for his guidance, generosity, and mentoring throughout Korey’s life.  


E. Leona Engelke

Leona E. Engelke, age 90, of Belmont, died on Friday, October 22, 2010 at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville.  She was born January 7, 1920 in rural Platteville, the daughter of Ernest and Emma (Maahs) DeBuhr.  On September 21, 1946, Leona was united in marriage to Leo H. Engelke at Peace Lutheran Church in Belmont.  She assisted and enjoyed all aspects of farming up until her last few days.  Leona also loved being with her family.

Leona is survived by two children:  Ronald Engelke, Belmont and Karen (Jeff) Grefe, New London, MN; three grandchildren:  Linda Miller and her daughter, Lynell Elizabeth, Lancaster; Laura (Mark) Repstad and their daughter, Juliet, San Marino, CA and Brian (Jenny) Grefe and their son, Jack, Duluth, MN; her sister, Helen Edebohls, Platteville; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo on July 9, 2006; three brothers and one sister:  Fritz, Clarence, Melvin and Dorothy.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Belmont with Reverend Connie Matye officiating.  Burial was held in the Belmont Cemetery.  Family and friends were welcome from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26 at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.


Maurice A. Enke

     Maurice A. Enke, age 82, of Patch Grove, died on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at the Lancaster Care Center.  He was born on June 30, 1926, in Patch Grove, WI, the son of Alvin and Sadie (Wilkenson) Enke.  He attended school in Patch Grove.  He married Genevieve Deakins and she preceded him in death in January of 1999.  Maurice farmed in the Patch Grove area all his life.  His farm was a 3-H farm – Hereford, Holsteins, and horses.  Maurice milked cows until 1989 and raised beef cattle until a few years ago.  Horses were a big part of his life.  He brought the cows in by riding horseback.  He enjoyed teams of horses, rodeo, breaking horses, and often had his horse and buggy in parades.  He was a big supporter of the Blakes Prairie parades.  Maurice enjoyed his family and especially loved his great-granddaughter, Taylor.

     He is survived by his stepson, Gary (Becky) Wilkinson, Belmont; his brother, Charles (Phyllis) Enke, Prairie du Chien; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

     In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his stepdaughter, Tonya Vogel; and his sister-in-law, Irene Enke.

     Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at the Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating.  Burial was in Union Nagle Cemetery, Patch Grove Township.  Visitation was held from 12:00 noon until the time of services at the funeral home on Thursday. 


Irene M. Erickson

      Irene M. Erickson, age 84 of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at Orchard Manor in Lancaster, WI following a brief illness.  Irene was born on January 6, 1925, the oldest of seven children born to Leo and Margaret (Flesch) Duve.  She married Robert J. “Bob” Erickson on August 6, 1949, and together, they raised five children.  He preceded her in death on December 26, 1986.  Irene worked as a waitress in many local restaurants, and she worked in the Purity Bakery.  She retired in 1980.  Irene’s favorite pastimes were Bingo, playing cards, fishing, embroidery, and making crafts from plastic canvas.    She enjoyed cooking, and very seldom followed a recipe.  Irene enjoyed spending time with her family, and visiting on the telephone.

     Irene is survived by five children: Gary (Lana) Erickson, Lancaster; Tom (Marita) Erickson, Tacoma, WA; Connie (Steve) Reinsbach and Pat (Graydon) Hall all of Lancaster; and Julie (Kevin) Atkinson, Cuba City; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.  She is also survived by her three sisters: Mary Luella Place, Lancaster;  Evelyn (Philip)Peterson, Lindsberg, KS;  Jane Duve, Grand Blanc, MI; and two brothers: Ivan (Jean Ann) Duve, Shelby, MT; and Eugene “Red” (Marilyn) Duve, Independence, MO. 

     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Clement Duve and a great-grandson, Kyle Miller.

     Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 10, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster.  Burial was in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Saturday, January 10, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Alma D. Esser

     Alma D. Esser, age 85, of Lancaster, died on Sunday, January 3, 2010, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born on March 19, 1924, in Bloomington, the daughter of Emil and Catherine (Crubel) Meyer.  On May 4, 1943, Alma was united in marriage to John P. Esser at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington.  Together they farmed in Grant County for almost thirty years.  Alma volunteered at Orchard Manor Nursing Home and at Grant Regional Health Center.  She enjoyed embroidery, sewing, baking, and playing cards, especially euchre.  Alma also liked to listen to polka music and Daniel O’Donnell.  She was a loving mother and grandmother and took great pride in spending time with her daughter, LouAnn.

       Survivors include her seven children:  Jerry (JoAnne) Esser, Fort Wayne, IN; Delores (Richard) Wagner, Potosi; Leland (Nancy) Esser, Glen Haven; Leonard (Dr. Judy Lambert) Esser, Oshkosh; Diane (Tom) Wagner, McFarland; LouAnn Esser, Lancaster; and Allen (Tami) Esser, Monroe; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; her siblings: Lorraine (Jerry) Roling, Dubuque, IA; Rosie (John) Errthum, Lancaster; Alvina (Cyril) Mumm, Cassville; Arlene (Wayne) Junk, Cassville; and Pat (Bernard) Mumm, Cassville; her sister-in-law, Marge Herbers, Bloomington; a brother-in-law, Don Burke, Platteville; other relatives and many friends. 

       In addition to her parents, Alma was preceded in death by her husband, a sister in infancy, a brother, Walter (Joyce) Meyer and a granddaughter, Cathy Hermes.

       Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 7, 2010, at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster at 10:00 a.m. with Father William Seipp officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Settlement Cemetery, Cassville.  Family and Friends called on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster and from 9:00 a.m. until time of services on Thursday at the church.  Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Charles F. Esser

Charles F. Esser, age 80, of Cassville, died on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at the Lancaster Care Center. He was born on July 28, 1931, in Cassville, the son of Nick and Rose (Brinkman) Esser. Charles graduated from Cassville High School in 1950. He then entered the United States Army where he served his country during the Korean War. Charles drove truck for FS following his honorable discharge. In 1961, he began farming on the family farm and later purchased the farm with his brother. Charles was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, and the American Legion Post No. 352 of Cassville.

Survivors include his brother and sisters: Florence Ley, Dolores (Larry) Houghton, Gerry (Ambrose) Mumm, Donald (Barb) Esser, and Darlene (Mike) Schauff, all of Cassville; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by a sister, Bernice Vogt.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 29, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial with military honors was held in St. Charles Cemetery. Family and friends called on Sunday, August 28, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Cassville, where a 3:45 p.m. scripture service was held. Friends also called on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Kathleen A. Esser

     Kathleen A. Esser, age 75, of Glen Haven, died on Friday, April 24, 2009, at the Lancaster Care Center, Lancaster.  She was born on March 19, 1934, in Grant County, the daughter of Joe and Clara (Hoffman) Esser.  Kathleen graduated from Bloomington High School.  She was employed with Ed Walz Lumber and later was employed with People’s State Bank in Glen Haven for over fifty-two years.  Kathleen also worked for the Township for fifty years.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven.  She enjoyed her pet cats, fancy work and her trips to the casinos.

       Kathleen is survived by her sister, Bernice Cathman, Prairie du Chien and her niece, Kay (Richard) Tesar, Prairie du Chien; and four great nephews.

       In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother who died in infancy.

       Funeral services were held on Monday, April 27, 2009, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven at 11:00 a.m. with Father Bart Timmerman officiating.  Burial was in Gockel Cemetery, Glen Haven.  Friends called on Sunday, April 26, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the church.  Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington assisted the family.


Roger D. Esser

     Roger D. Esser, age 72, of Bagley, died Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born August 21, 1935 in Wyalusing Township, WI, the son of Harry and Fern (Clark) Esser.  Roger graduated from Bagley High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He farmed all of his life in the Brodtville area.  Roger loved a good game of euchre, playing pool, and chopping wood.

     He is survived by his daughter, Lori (Randy) O’Brien, Boscobel; six grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; his sister, Lavonne (Milton) Ellis, Prairie du Chien; and nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington with Pastor Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Burial was in Brodtville Cemetery, Wyalusing Township.  Visitation was held Saturday, January 19, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.


Carol Everett

Carol R. Everett, age 66, of Bagley, died on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at her home. At the request of the family, there will be no services. Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington is assisting the family.