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Roumaine F. Holland Sr.
age 85, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the V.A. Hospital in Madison. He was born on August 24, 1932 in Stockton, Illinois, the son of Paul and Lola (Bunker) Holland. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1950.
He served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955.
Roumaine married Victoria Galaviz in 1955, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Roumaine was a dairy farmer in the Argyle area, retiring in 1990. After he retired he worked at Swiss Colony and Prairie Hill Cheese factory.
He is survived by 5 children: Roland (Kendra) Holland of Rincon GA, Roumaine (Kathy) Holland Jr. of New Glarus,, William (Teresa) Holland of Monroe, Daniel (Jody) Holland of Argyle, and Debra Lelle of Monroe; a daughter-in-law, Jill Melland; grandchildren: Jeremi Alexander, Shelly Alexander, Jason (Ginny) Holland, Jaclyn (Brett) Macy, Dennis (Kevin) Holland, Ashley (Jesse) Holland-Donahue, Benjamin Voss, Kathleen Voss, Angela (Tony) Wiemiller, Kelly (Will) Grohler, Brandon (Korin) Beckwith, Daniel (Sarah) Holland II, Brittney (Brett) Newman, Chelsea (Adam) Tillis, Randy (Brooke Adams) Melland, Amanda Melland, Olivia Melland, great-grandchildren: Noah, Emme, Clara, Tanner, Brooklyn, Trevor, Johnny, Liam, Reese, Everly, Jaiden, Bryson, Ainsley, Westley, Landon, Ady, Haddie, Bentley and Madden; 2 brothers: Haldean (Lynn) Holland of Leesburg, FL and Merton (Sharon) Holland of Lena, IL, a sister, Maelinda Bolen of Stockton, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Randall, daughter, Gloria Doherty; and sisters, Waynette Costello and Madalene Holland in infancy; son-in-law, Thomas Lelle.
Private family services will be held at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
age 88, of Browntown, died peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 17, 1929 in Lafayette County, the daughter of Ben and Eveline (Rodebaugh) Goodman. She graduated South Wayne High School in 1947.
Suzanne married John Minder on June 22, 1947 in Browntown. She worked on the farm alongside her husband. She belonged to the Homemakers club, was active in 4-H, taught Sunday school, enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, dancing and reading.
She is survived by her children: Michael (Janet) Minder of Browntown, Dawn (Dale) Hoesly of Monroe, Dian (Jayson) Storts of Madison, Michele (Craig) Meiter of Stillman Valley, IL, and David (Kathy) Minder of Browntown; 13 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John; 2 brothers: Sam and Charles Goodman; 3 sisters: Thelma Cary, Audrey Schliem, and Dorothy Webster.
Private graveside services will be held at Saucerman Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be given in Suzanne’s name to Boys Town.
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On December 12, 2022, Bertha Clara Digman passed peacefully from this life at St. Clare Friedensheim in Monroe at the age of 96. A life-long resident of Monroe, Bertha was born there on January 17, 1926, the daughter of Frieda (Schenkel) Jenny and Benjamin Jenny, a descendant of some of the first Swiss immigrants to New Glarus. With Swiss roots in Glarus and Berne, she loved all things Swiss, including cows and cheese, and fittingly grew up on a 200-acre dairy farm near Monroe. She worked various jobs in town including the Monroe Clinic, the bank, and Bruni Miller’s.
Bertha married Red (Frank) Digman on Oct. 23, 1948, and they had one son, William Frank, on Dec. 9, 1961. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, her two brothers, Ralph Jenny of Janesville and Rudy Jenny of Juda, and her nephew Dr. Donald Jenny, formerly of Chapel Hill, NC. She is greatly loved by two nieces, Jean Jenny of Milwaukee (formerly Juda) and Dr. Carolyn Tennant of Minneapolis. Bertha was blessed with many friends who have cared for her, especially Marilyn DeNure and Sherry Anderegg, both of Monroe.
Bertha Digman was a member of the St. John’s United Church for Christ where she was active, serving on the Church Council for six years, as Chairman of the Nomination Committee for twelve years, as Chairman of the Women’s Guild, and as a member of the Worship Committee.
Her service continued to the Cheese Days Parade where her father also enjoyed participating in various creative and humorous ways in every parade. Bertha was honored to be a Cheese Days Parade Marshal in 2018. She started passing out cheese samples as a teen, joined the “revelers” who promoted the parade at local businesses, and served on the Cheese Days Retail Committee which she went on to co-chair for many years.
A great commitment of Bertha’s was the Monroe Turner Hall. She spent hours researching and preserving the history of the Turner Hall which was in danger of being lost. She searched the library archives, numerous newspaper articles, and much other scattered historical artifacts to gather together a documentation of this unusual piece of history. She was on the Board of Turner Hall and volunteered her services in a wide variety of ways. Bertha could be found at many Swiss events and celebrations with her own Swiss genealogy also being of particular interest.
Bertha also loved to sing and was a member of the Swiss Singers for 25 years, learning Swiss songs in the original language and traveling to numerous places for competition with other Swiss singing groups around the world. Before the Swiss Singers, she participated with the Sweet Adelines.
Bertha was known to all as a cheerful and uncomplaining person who was kind and thoughtful. She will be greatly missed by numerous close and loving friends and her nieces.
Following cremation, there will be a Remembrance Celebration of her Life at a time to be determined in the spring of 2023. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
John Kevin Connors
age 62, of Brodhead passed away on Monday, November, 28, 2022 at the SSM Health Hospital in Monroe. He was born March 23, 1960 the son of Martin and Mabel (McNamer) Connors. He attended Hillsboro High School. On April 16. 2004 he married Theresa Schoonover.
John worked maintenance at Woodbridge and worked at the McDonalds in Brodhead for the last 10 years. He spent most of his free time going fishing; he also enjoyed coloring.
He is survived by his significant-other, Theresa; step-children, Thomas (Lindsey) Levault, Kasondra (Dustin) Hall, Kyle (Haley) Levault, Mercedes (Billy) Tharp, Neno (Brianna) Heredia, Felicia Belmontes, Esperanza Belmontes, and Anjelika (Seth Mansfield) Belmontes; 16 step-grandchildren with one more expected in June 2023; and siblings, Charlotte Scheeler, Phil (Pat) Connors, Sandy (Gordy) Verick, Tom (Kathy) Connors, Pam Olson, and Linda (Randy) Scheidegger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Connors and Mabel McNamer-Connors-Preslik; step-son, Jose Belmontes in infancy; sister, Bonnie Solchenberger; brothers-in-law, Jim Scheeler and Raymond “Nip” Olson.
A Celebration of John’s Life will be held on December 31, 2022 from Noon until 2:00 PM at Spring Grove Town Hall in Brodhead. Everson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Randall Lee Marty
age 78, of New Glarus, formerly a longtime resident of Monticello, passed away Friday, December 16, 2022 at the SSM Monroe Hospice Home. He was born the son of Leon and Leona (Strahm) Marty on December 25, 1943 in Monroe. He was a 1962 graduate of Albany High School; he then attended Madison Area Technical College from 1963-64 for accounting. Randy proudly served in the US Army from 1965-1967, stationed in Germany. Randall was united in marriage to Kathleen M. Block on August 5, 1967 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Albany. He was currently a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Belleville.
Randy worked at a bank before he joined the Army; when he returned, he owned and operated the service station in Albany for three years. Once he sold the station, he started building houses; he then started working for Walnut Grove and he and his family moved to Monticello. He finished his working career as a handyman for Wisconsin Property Management in Madison, where he worked until his retirement.
Randy loved hunting, especially deer hunting; he greatly enjoyed his trips to Wyoming and Colorado with his dad and friends. He was also an avid fisherman and took several trips to Lake Erie with friends. In his younger years he played softball, basketball, and was on a bowling league; he continued bowling even into his retirement, he enjoyed playing billiards at the senior center in Monroe as well. He also liked woodworking and playing sheepshead and euchre. Randy loved to travel with his wife, Kathy; going to Hawaii was one of their favorite trips. A couple of his prized possessions were cars. His first was a 1967 Pontiac GTO that he proudly saved up for while in the military and was able to buy when he returned home. His last was a 1989 Dodge Daytona that he bought and fixed up in retirement to enjoy showing off at car shows.
Randy is survived by his children: Marcia (Russ) Thiel of Janesville, Heidi (Trevor) Steiner of Mt. Horeb, and Scott (Janet) Marty most recently of Chippewa Falls, WI; grandchildren: Jadyn and Emily Thiel; Hailey, Jenna, and Brinley Steiner; and Micah and Nathaniel Marty.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and step-mother; and his beloved wife, Kathy Marty.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2022 at 11:00AM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 338 S Harrison St, Belleville, WI 53508 with Father Mark Miller as celebrant. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Monticello.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 from 4:00-7:00PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, Monroe. Continued visitation will be held Thursday at the church from 10:00AM until the time of service.
The family would like to extend a special Thank You and great appreciation to Glarner Lodge for the wonderful care Randy received during his time there. They would also like to thank all the volunteer drivers that took Randy to dialysis, and the SSM Monroe Hospice for their care and compassion.
Kathryn JoAnn Lageson
age 84, of New Glarus formerly of Blanchardville passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2022 at the New Glarus Home. She was born the daughter of Abraham and Yvonne (Schindler) Steketee on October 28, 1938 in Madison. She was a 1956 graduate of Blanchardville High School. Kathryn was united in marriage to Donald Lageson on June 2, 1957 in Blanchardville.
Kathryn farmed alongside her husband for many years; she also worked for Zim’s Cheese, Swiss Colony, and the New Glarus Home. Kathryn was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blanchardville where she was an active member in the quilting circle and humanitarian efforts, including making educational/care bags for children in need.
In her free time, she enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, as well as buying and selling antiques and watching westerns. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed canning vegetables. She loved spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.
Kathryn is survived by her three daughters, JoAnne Trumble of Monroe, Dawn Lageson (Dan Kicmol) of Blue Mounds, and Jacqueline Lageson of Albany; 4 grandchildren, Jamie (Scott) Lundell, James (Amanda) Trumble, Samantha (Dave) Weier Venden, and Hillary (Nicole) Best; 5 great-grandchildren, Lexi, Thomas, Laci, Aliza, and Lola.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Donald.
A Celebration of Kathryn’s Life will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in Old York Cemetery in Blanchardville.
Memorials may be made to the Democratic Party in Kathryn’s name.
Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Marilyn Sylvia Bahe
age 90, of Monroe passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2022 at Azura Memory Care. She was born on February 24, 1932 the daughter of Casper and Stella (Johnson) Nybroten. She graduated from Argyle High School in 1950.
Marilyn married Burnett Bahe on December 9, 1950 at Argyle Lutheran Church. She worked as the secretary at Argyle High School, Swiss Colony, and as a secretary and bookkeeper for Bahe Insurance Company.
Marilyn was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She was a church organist for many years. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose and a charter member of Sons of Norway in 1997. Marilyn enjoyed bowling and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Marilyn is survived by her children, Susan Bahe of Monroe, Kim Bahe of Clinton, Sheri (Richard) Novak of Monroe, and Kevin (Ermaeliza) Bahe of Darlington; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jon) Ludlum of Darien, Jason Bahe of Cuba City, Carrie Bahe of Platteville, and Brian (Nicole) Novak of New Berlin; 9 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Burnett; 3 brothers, Ardell, Casper Jr., and Jerry; and 2 sisters, Dorothy Wicklund and one in infancy.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 until the time of service at the church.
William “Bill” J. Herbst
age 65 of Monroe, died Friday December 23, 2022 at home. He was born on November 10, 1957 in Hazel Green, the son of Faedelus and Elva (Brandt) Herbst. He graduated from Shullsburg High School. Bill married Pam Vordermann on September 16, 1978 in Rockton, IL.
Bill was a Tire builder at Kelly Springfield in Freeport for 43 years, retiring in 2019; he still held his membership in the retiree United Steel Workers Local 745. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cars; especially his corvette and his family.
He is survived by his mother, Elva Hermanson of Monroe; partner, Shari Cook of Monroe; son, Alec Herbst of Monroe; grandchildren: Jake, Ethan and Alexis Herbst; dogs, Gus and Yoda; daughter-in-law, Jenn Herbst of Monroe; siblings: Steve Herbst of Monroe, Ed (Dawn) Herbst of Hazel Green, LeAnne Olson of Platteville, Jim Herbst of Sun Prairie, and Kristy (Joe) Wubben of East Dubuque, IL.
He was preceded in death by his father, Faedelus; his son, Matthew J. Herbst, and brothers: Bob, David, and Brian Herbst.
Private Funeral services will be held at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.
A Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 - 7 PM at the funeral home.
Ruth H. Philipp Goodman Siedschlag
age 92, of Monroe, passed away Friday, December 23, 2022, following a recent illness. She was born on December 14, 1930, in Chicago, IL the daughter of George and Alwine (Lueke) Philipp. She accepted Jesus as her Savior in 1938. She moved to Wisconsin in 1946 and graduated from East Troy High School in 1948. Later that year, she married Albert L. Goodman Jr. on December 19th. She farmed with Albert in Monticello and Brodhead, and they later bought their own farm in 1970. Together they raised eight children, served faithfully in their church, and ministered to many people with hospitality and prayer. Albert died in a farm accident in 1982. She married Marvin Siedschlag in 1985 and lived in Monroe until her death. Ruth had many talents including music, gardening, knitting, cooking, and baking. She enjoyed every detail of her projects and lived life to the fullest. Later in life, she answered the call to intercessory prayer and was currently serving in the prayer ministry at Redemption Church.
Ruth is survived by seven of her children: David (Lee Anne) Goodman of Greer, SC, Gary (Cyndi) Goodman of Santee, CA, Cheryl (Bill) Gray of Mobile, AL, Ronald (Ashley) Goodman, Sr., of Freeport, IL, Nathan (Kris) Goodman, of Rockford, IL, Stanley Goodman of Colorado Springs, CO, and Barbara (Keith) Nelson of St. Charles, MO; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her brother, Paul (Sharon) Philipp of IN.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, her father and mother, and her son, John Goodman.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 30, 2022 at 11:00 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, Monroe with Pastor Blake Canterbury officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2022, from 4:00-7:00PM at the funeral home. Please join us in honoring Ruth by bringing an afghan she made for you.
Memorials can be made in Ruth’s name to Metro Ministries, or Redemption Church.
Clifford Daniel Balentine
age 89, of Monroe, formerly a longtime resident of Sharon, WI passed away on Monday, December 26, 2022 at home. He was born the son of Ira and Mary (Treat) Balentine on November 1, 1933 on Cedar Creek, Arkansas.
In 1955 Cliff moved to Wisconsin with his two brothers, Eulis and Hartford, they all began work at the saw mill in Sharon. Cliff was united in marriage to Dorothy Marie Forsyth on August 20, 1956 in Sardis, MS; they shared nearly 64 years of marriage together, until Dorothy’s passing on April 25, 2020.
Cliff and Dorothy were a strong team; they worked alongside each other throughout their entire marriage. Together they started Balentine Tree Trimming; and later the Balentine Grill in downtown Sharon. For the last almost 40 years, Cliff has owned and operated Balentine Tire Service in Sharon. For the last 12 years, he has worked with his grandson, Mike, who still currently runs the tire business. Cliff also worked many years at B.R. Amon and Sons Asphalt in Elkhorn, while also running the tire business. Cliff was a hardworking man his entire life, doing tire work until he was 88 years old.
When he was younger he enjoyed fishing and was an avid coon hunter; he had numerous coon hounds throughout the years.
Cliff is survived by his daughter, Micky (Jim) Wolfgram of Ft. Atkinson; grandson, Michael (Diana Lincicum) Key of Monroe; his children from a previous marriage, Clifford Daniel (Sue) Balentine II of Bullhead City, AZ and Judy (Charlie) McDaniels of Yuma, AZ; grandson, Clifford Daniel Balentine III and 2 great-grandchildren; one surviving sister, Rosie Green of Big Flat, AR; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and the extended family of Scott and Cindy Lincicum and families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; siblings, Blanche (Truman) Petty, Chloe (Ernest) Vickers, Lester (Eutah) Balentine, Eulis (Helen) Balentine, Lucille Raymond, Hartford (Mildred) Balentine, Drucilla (Earl) Wilson, and Bonnie (Hale) Mitchell.
Graveside Services will be held at 11AM on January 2, 2023 in Oakwood Cemetery in Sharon. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion in Darien.
Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Cliff’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Cindy Lincicum for all her loving help whenever it was needed; we are eternally grateful and could never thank you enough.
Dr. Joseph R. Ganshert
age 99 of Monroe, passed away Friday November 18, 2022. He was born on September 8, 1923 at the Deaconess Hospital in Monroe, WI the son of Dr. Joseph W. Ganshert and Marie L. Norton and brother to an older sister Margaret Elaine and a younger brother Paul William.
After graduating from Monroe High School, Dr. Joe had many jobs before joining the Army Air Corps where he served from 1942 to 1945. After spending time in Florida, Oklahoma and Texas, he eventually served as long range radar maintenance with the 8th Air Force, 303rd B-17 Heavy Bomb Group, known as Hell’s Angels, in Molesworth, England. He had the opportunity to see Queen Mary and her daughter, Princess Elizabeth.
After the war, Dr. Joe enrolled at Beloit College, University of Wisconsin, Madison and eventually attended Marquette University School of Dentistry during the day and worked at a Milwaukee bakery at night. While in school, he married Louise Vincent on September 4, 1948. They moved back to Monroe in 1951 where he rekindled his father’s dental practice and treated patients for nearly 60 years.
A true passion for Dr. Joe was playing the trombone. He played with many bands including the “Last Gasp Jazz Band” and with the Monroe City band for sixty years. He was a loyal member of St. Victor’s Catholic Church, the Lion’s Club, the Jaycees, the Knights of Columbus and the “Toothless Tigers.” He loved to hunt, fish and camp and attend his grandchildren’s events. He traveled many miles in his small camper “Rita.” He was an avid Badger and Packer fan. Dr. Joe was compassionate and witty and had a joke or story for every occasion. He always said that the thing about a good story teller is that you can’t tell where the truth ends and the BS starts.
The story of Dr. Joe lives on in his family. He is survived by his children: William (Jane) Ganshert of Madison, Michael (Stephanie) Ganshert of New Glarus, JoAnn Wolff of Monroe, Cindy (Joseph) Pluchinotta of Albuquerque, NM, Dennis (Jane) Ganshert of Monroe, Janet Wenger of Monroe, Laurie (Dan) Slusser of Monroe, Thomas (Jodi) Ganshert of Monroe and Mary (Troy) Stretz of Quincy, IL; 22 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Paul, sister Elaine Baltzer, daughter Karen Sue Ganshert, son James Ganshert, wife Louise, son-in-law Steve Wenger, grandson Daniel Pluchinotta and son-in-law Randy Wolff.
Dr. Joe was so fortunate to receive such loving care from his family, friends, the fine doctors and staffs at the Monroe Clinic and the VA Hospital; so fortunate, that he called himself, LUCKY JOE.
A visitation will be held at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church 9:00am on January 7, 2023. A funeral mass will start at 11:00am with Monsignor Daniel Ganshert as celebrant. Memorials will be made to the Monroe City Band, Monroe Youth Hockey, and the Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities.
Robert “Bob” Bocklund
age 77 of Albany passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023 at the SSM Health Hospital in Monroe. He was born on September 5, 1945 the son of Carl and Eva (Listy) Bocklund. He graduated from DeKalb High School.
Bob married Edith Dennison on July 25, 1970 in Sycamore, IL. He worked at a variety of jobs over the years, Dick’s Supermarket, Pleasant View Nursing Home, Swiss Heritige Cheese Factory, home construction, and as a diesel mechanic. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. Bob enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre. He also enjoyed bingo, hunting, fishing, and Packers.
Robert is survived by his wife, Edith; children, Shan Bocklund of Madison, Anthony Bocklund of Madison, and Mindy Bocklund of Albany; sister, Betty Bernehl of Sycamore, IL; and his three furry girls, Ellie, Gracie, and Molly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Doris Hughs, Mildred Griswold, Beverly Morrison, Julia Wood, and Janet Carraher; and brothers Floyd (Sunny) Arnold, Carl Jr., and Dale Bocklund.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2022 at 2:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Perger officiating.
A visitation will be held on Thursday from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.
Mary Ann (Sarbacker) Koch
age 80, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at Hometown Assisted Living in Belleville, WI, with family and friends by her side. She was born on September 10, 1942 in Madison, WI, the oldest of eleven children, the daughter of Leo and Eva (Miller) Sarbacker Sr.. She married Ignatius “Cookie” Koch on June 10, 1965. He passed away on December 26, 2008. Together, they had two sons, Mark and Michael.
Mary was a resident of Albany growing up and had worked several jobs around the area in her younger years. However, her true joy in life was caring for children. She provided in-home childcare for numerous children and enjoyed watching them grow over the years. In Mary’s free time, you would often find her at garage sales searching for bargains. She also enjoyed planting flowers, painting ceramics, and spending time with her family. Every Sunday, she would insist on cooking lunch for her children and grandchildren, never forgetting dessert!
She is survived by her two sons, Mark (Lisa) Koch of Footville, WI and Michael (Sharon) Koch of Monticello, WI; five grandchildren, Jasmine (Ethan) Andre, Garrett Koch, Holly Koch, Emily Koch, and Austin Koch; two great-grandchildren, Leo and Miles Andre; siblings, Leo (Patricia) Sarbacker Jr. of Florence, WI, Albert Sarbacker of Evansville, WI, Charles Sarbacker of Argyle, WI, Richard Sarbacker of Janesville, WI, Julia (Bob) Uphoff of Madison, WI, and Bonnie (Ronald) Grisby of Brodhead, WI; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ignatius; son, Glen Hollis Jr.; two brothers, Bernard, and Jerry Sarbacker; and two sisters, Shirley DuDones and Alice Finley.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home in Monroe, WI. A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albany, WI. Reception to follow at the Albany American Legion Post 144.
Special thanks for the kindness and support from the staff at Hometown Assisted Living Facility and Agrace Hospice.
Dorothy Jane Meyers
age 83 of Monroe passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at home after several battles with cancer over the past ten years. She was born on September 14, 1939 in South Wayne, WI to Frank and Blanche (Curran) Crotty. Dorothy graduated from South Wayne High school in 1958 and married Dale Meyers on September 22, 1962.
Dorothy worked at Monroe Clinic, provided child care, and did private and commercial cleaning during her lifetime. She and Dale devoted considerable time to St. Victor’s Parish and the Apostolate to the Handicapped over the years. Her Catholic faith was an incredibly important part of her beautiful life.
A kind and giving soul who dedicated her life to her faith and family, Dorothy made everyone feel loved and welcomed. She was quick to strike up conversations with strangers and enjoyed having friends over for a warm cup of coffee. Dorothy was fiercely loyal to the people she loved. She was incredibly proud of her Irish heritage and was blessed with the gift of gab. Her humor and wit kept everyone laughing and full of joy right until the end, making her passing easier on all who loved her. She loved baking, creating, reading, solving puzzles, enjoying little shopping excursions, time with her grandchildren, and connecting with people on the phone. More than anything, she simply loved having fun and being in the presence of others. Her children and grandchildren meant the world to her.
Dorothy is survived by her loving children, Kelly (Amy) of Madison, Kurt (Niki) of Middleton, Kent (Kim) of Monroe, Kara Jo (Mike) of Black Earth; beloved grandchildren, Mack, Luci, Anja, Ben, and Finn; brother, James (JoAnne) Crotty of South Wayne; sisters, Betty Blum and Polly (Bernie) Whalen of Monroe; brother-in-law, Roger Zimmerman of Monroe; and sister-in-law, Jane Crotty of South Wayne.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Francis and John Crotty; sisters, Anna Mae McDonald, Therese Figi, Joan Figi, and Jean Zimmerman; and her husband, Dale.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 9, 2022 at Noon at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic church with celebrant Tafadzwa Kushamba officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Ralph “Sonny” Johnson
age 92 of Wiota passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on July 4, 1930 the son of William and Inga (Berget) Johnson. He attended a one room school house in Wiota and later attended Argyle High School.
Sonny married Helen McGowan on June 17, 1956 at Yellowstone Lutheran Church. He owned his own excavating business, Ralph Johnson Excavating for many years. He enjoyed going on trips with Helen, especially their trips to Switzerland. When he was younger, he enjoyed playing baseball. He loved watching sports; it could be the Packers or the hometown talent games in Wiota. He also enjoyed going to auctions. He thought the world of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Sonny is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Karlan (Shirley) Johnson, and Eldon (Alice) Johnson; grandchildren, Melissa Brunner, Jeremiah Johnson, and Joshua (Lacey) Johnson; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Keira Brunner, Addisyn and Matthew Johnson, and Archer, Oaklee, and Waverly Johnson; sister, Juanita (Bernard) Rear; and dear friend, Neil Swiggum; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Amos, Frances, Lillian, Herbert, LeNore, Alva, Winona, Donna, and Wm. Keith in infancy.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 6, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Wiota Lutheran Church with Vicar Myron Crawford officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Yellowstone Lutheran Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
The family would like to thank Agrace Hospice for their wonderful care of Sonny; and Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home for their compassion during this difficult time.
Clarence Joseph Bruess
81, peacefully returned to his heavenly Father on Wednesday January 4, 2023 surrounded by family and his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Lou.
Clarence (CJ) was born May 23, 1941 on his family’s small farm near St. Lucas, IA, the youngest of 11 children to parents John Christ and Caroline Helen (Bodensteiner) Bruess. In 1959, he graduated from St. Lucas Catholic High School in St. Lucas, IA, then earned his undergraduate degree (1963) in Education from Loras College where he also left an impressive legacy in intramural sports. In 1974, he earned his Master’s degree in English from Loras College.
Clarence and Mary Lou (ML) Hoey were married June 13, 1964 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Waucoma, IA. They began their family and CJ’s teaching and coaching career in Highland, WI. In 1966 they moved their growing family to Monroe, WI, where they raised their four children: Kelly, Jenny, Brian and Michelle. Together, the six Bruesses grew up enjoying camping, fishing, sports, and every opportunity to embrace the outdoors.
For 30 years, CJ worked at Monroe Senior High School (MHS) in multiple roles: English teacher, coach, Key Club advisor, and Athletic Director. He was a passionate and beloved educator, known for using literature and sports to open young minds to life’s possibilities. His great love was teaching 9th grade English, then seeing those same students as seniors take his World Literature class. Early in his career he coached multiple Cheesemaker sports, including basketball and baseball. But his true passion was coaching the track and cross country teams. The positive, indelible impact “Coach Bruess'' had on thousands of MHS students and athletes has been witnessed, over decades, in a steady outpouring of love and the frequent correspondence with his runners, affectionately known as “hounds.” He treasured these relationships. CJ’s coaching career was highly decorated, including three cross country state Championships; multiple Badger Conference championships; and induction into the WIAA Coaches Hall of Fame. CJ was also successful at building a loyal community of MHS athletic boosters, eventually serving as MHS’s Athletic Director until his retirement in 1996.
CJ was an active community volunteer, serving countless hours over the years at St. Victor’s Catholic Church, Optimist International, Kiwanis International, The Apostolate to the Handicapped, Jaycees, WIAA Coaches Association, and multiple other organizations he believed made Monroe and the surrounding communities strong. He is best known and loved for his legendary zest for life, and unwavering gratitude and optimism. He lived fully, always in steady, uncompromising alignment with his values. Guided by faith, CJ’s signature was a fierce commitment to education, passion for literature, desire to live a simple but purposeful life, an uncanny pursuit of victory and competitive athletic success, and — most of all — his admiration for and love of family, especially his beloved wife and favorite boat partner, Mary Lou.
CJ was a prolific fisherman, spending many hours with family and friends in pursuit of the elusive walleye. Summers at “The Shack” in northern Minnesota brought him immense joy. He enjoyed watching sports, hunting, playing cards, cooking, traveling, and embracing any chance to be with family, especially his nine grandchildren and great granddaughter. CJ took great delight in watching each of them grow, an avid follower and supporter of their diverse and impressive educational, professional and athletic pursuits. He was a proud father and grandpa, never hesitant to tell everyone and anyone about the pride he had in his family. He attended as many games, graduations, concerts and birthdays that he could. Nothing was more important nor brought him more joy than a family gathering. CJ and ML also loved traveling together, especially to Cabo, Mexico. In retirement he became a regular at the Monroe Public Library, an opportunity to nourish his never-failing love of literature.
CJ will be dearly missed by his loving wife Mary Lou (Monroe, WI); children Kelly Place (South Wayne, WI); Dr. Jennifer and Dr. Mark Brumm (LaCrosse, WI); Dr. Brian and Dr. Carol Bruess (St. Joseph, MN); Michelle and Jeff Frehner (Madison, WI); and grandchildren Dr. Stephanie Place (Chicago, IL); Michael and Natalia Place (South Wayne, WI); Dr. Katharine and Dr. Aaron Eichsteadt (Pittsville, WI); Aaron Brumm (Los Angeles, CA); Ryan Brumm (Chicago, IL); Tony Bruess (New York, NY); Grace Bruess (Los Angeles, CA); Anna Frehner (San Diego, CA); John Frehner (Boulder, CO); and great granddaughter Everly Place (South Wayne, WI).
Clarence Bruess was preceded in death by his parents John and Caroline Bruess; parents-in-law Tony and Madonna Hoey; sisters Lucille Bruess, Lucille (Gus) Lechtenberg, Alice (Alphonse) Bullerman, Wilma (Stanley) Franzen, Arlene (Steven) Lansing, and brothers Art (Irene) Bruess, Cornell Bruess, Donald (Evelyn) Bruess, Jim (Betty) Bruess, John Bruess and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral service will be held at St. Victor’s Church, 1760 14th St., Monroe, WI, at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 12. Burial will occur immediately following the funeral at Calvary Cemetery in Monroe. Visitation hours will be 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 11 at St. Victor Church and at noon on Thursday, January 12, prior to the funeral. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
In order to provide reasonable protection for family and friends with health risks, given the post-holiday surge of COVID, face coverings are necessary for the visitation and funeral.
To honor CJ’s passion for education and learning, the Bruess family encourages memorial donations in his name sent directly to St. Victor School, Monroe High School, or Monroe Public Library. The family offers deep gratitude for the tender loving care provided by the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Monroe Hospital.
CJ's service will be available to livestream at this link:
Karleen K. Trapp
age 80 of Monroe passed away on Monday, January 2, 2022 at the SSM Health Hospital in Monroe. She was born on November 13, 1942 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Hilman ad Goldie (Yanda) Schroeder. Karleen graduated from Merrill High School in 1960. She later attended and graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in LaCrosse and became a Registered Nurse in 1966.
Karleen was united in marriage to Donald Trapp on January 27, 1968. Together they moved to Monroe in 1972, where Karleen worked as a trauma and ICU Nurse at St. Clair Hospital. She was a longtime member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Monroe.
Karleen enjoyed quilting she was a founding member of Courthaus Quilters. She was also active in the group that raised the money, purchased, and staffed the first ambulance service in Green County.
Karleen is survived by her son, Michael Paul of Monroe; sisters, Kathie Fordham of Sparks, NV, and Klaudia Raprager of Tampa, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; and daughter Leah Elizabeth.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Ewings officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Hawthorn Cemetery in Wiota.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
The family would like to thank Elaine and Harve Klassy, Mary Austin and Mary Nuffenegger for all the love and support they have given Karleen and her family.
Donald H. Fey
age 84, of Monroe passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023 at Monroe Health Services. He was born on June 15, 1938 the son of Raymond and Nellie (Ault) Fey. He graduated from Monroe High School.
Don was a lineman for the United Telephone Company (Utelco) for several years; he continued to work there for over 30 years until his retirement. When he was younger, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also liked woodworking and gardening, especially growing daffodils.
Don is survived by his children, Michele (Jerry Gonzalez) Jordan of Union Grove, Tina (Monte) Clark of Monroe, and Eric (Teena) Fey of Monroe; grandchildren, Melissa (Felix) Vazquez, Megan (Kevin) Gabel, Brandon, Logan, and Jaden Clark, and Kaitlyn Fey; great-grandson, R.J. Ambrose; and sisters, Janet (Eugene) Kenner of Monticello, and Helen (Lee) West of Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arthur and Robert Fey; and sisters, Joan Thompson, Joyce Strehlow and Carol Thompson.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 13, 2023 at 1:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Sarah Mae Gabuyo officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe.
A visitation will be held from 12:00 PM Noon until the time of service at the funeral home.
age 87 of Argyle passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at SSM Health Hospital in Monroe surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 21, 1935 the daughter of Manford and Rose (Mancino) Woodruff. She was a graduate of Blum High School in Matteson, IL; she later attended secretarial college in Chicago. She married Vernon Priebe on November 17, 1956 in Chicago Heights, IL.
Carol was a housewife and later became a farm wife, farming alongside her husband in Rural Browntown for many years. She also worked at Advance Transformers and Woodford State Bank in Woodford for several years, retiring in 1998. She made many friends through work. Carol and Vernon loved traveling, especially out west to see family in Seattle and their many trips to South Dakota. She loved gardening and had beautiful flowers; along with her vegetable gardens and canning. Carol enjoyed watching westerns, bird watching, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; she loved her family and was very proud of them. She was known for her large collection of hats. Carol was a longtime and very active member of Jordan Lutheran Church.
Carol is survived by her sons, Brett Priebe of Argyle, Brian (Andrea) Priebe of Monroe, Clark Priebe of Browntown, and daughter, Joi (Gary) Keepers of Monroe; 8 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren with one more due in January 2023.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 12:00 PM Noon at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Glenn officiating. Burial will follow at Jordan Lutheran Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Monday, January 16, 2023 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
Memorials may be made in Carol’s name to Jordan Lutheran Church.
Michael Vernon Kammes, Sr.
age 90, of Davis, IL passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born the eldest son of Michael and Margaret (Kramer) Kammes on May 17, 1932 in Winfield, IL. Mike was united in marriage to Bernadette Brinlee on April 8,1961 in Bartlett, IL. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War from 1953-55. He was honored with a trip to Washington DC with his son, Chris, for the Badger Honor Flight.
Mike was a farmer all of his life. He and Bernadette settled in rural Juda, where they raised their family and ran their farm. Mike was an avid bowler; he also enjoyed watching sports, he was a fan of the Packers, White Sox, and the Bulls. He also loved to fish and took numerous trips to Alaska salmon fishing; he enjoyed the drive and loved seeing the mountains along the way. He always made sure to share whatever he caught with friends and family. He also enjoyed going hunting, and became fond of bow hunting in his later years. He was also a longtime member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church.
Mike is survived by his wife, Bernadette of Davis; children, Monica (Dan) Fisher of Brodhead, Michael (Pam Pehl) Kammes, Jr. of Juda, Regina (Bill Orlowski) Kammes of Milwaukee, and Christopher (Troy Cleary) Kammes of Briggsville; 6 grandchildren, Tara Kammes, Michael (Abby Rojel) Kammes III, Chris Kammes, Jr., Garrett (Erin Kettle) Fisher, Ben (Lacey) Kammes, and Matthew (Rochelle Church) Fisher; 4 great-grandchildren, Aubrie Voegeli, Madelyn Moede, Ethan Kammes, and Henry Fisher; siblings, Robert Kammes, Barb Hill, and John (Rosemary) Kammes; sister-in-law, Barbara Brinlee; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Smith; brother, Leonard Kammes; sister-in-law, Mira Kammes, and nephews, Ed and Jeff Myers.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11AM on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church, 1760 14th St. Monroe, WI, with Father Tafadzwa Kushamba as celebrant. Burial will follow services in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 9AM until the time of service on Saturday at the church.
James J. Hendrickson
age 63, of Monroe, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, January 14, 2023 in his home. He was born on December 21, 1959 in Monroe, the son of James and Gloria (Hanson) Hendrickson. Jim graduated from Monroe High School and worked at Industrial Combustion for many years until his retirement. However, his occupations did not define him. Jim lived with a childlike wonder for the world, and had an uncanny ability to find pure joy in life’s simplest moments; a skill that he shared with his beloved nephews Nicklas and Zachary through free creative expression throughout their formative years and beyond. He also adored his K9 companions Steve and Frankie, and whether inside or out, you could always find them by his side, enjoying his company as much as he enjoyed theirs. He had a passion for Motorsports of all sizes, from MotoGP to RC Car racing. His impressive knowledge and strong opinions on the subjects never ceased to spark engaging conversations amongst hobbyists and enthusiasts alike. His loyalty and love for his family and friends ran deep. A bright, kind, and generous soul; He will be deeply missed by those he knew, and his surviving family.
He is survived by his brothers: Gary (Jennifer) Hendrickson and Greg (Mary Jo) Hendrickson; nieces and nephews: Rachelle Hendrickson and her children, Logan and Jaden Lindsey: Kirsten (Brandon) Van Asten and their children Jack and Ivy Van Asten; Derek (Kaitlyn) Hendrickson and their children, Walter and Robert Hendrickson; Nicklas and Zachary Hendrickson. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Gloria.
A Celebration of Jim J’s Life will be held from 4-7 pm Thursday January 19, 2023 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com
Memorial donations can be made in Jim’s name to the Green County Humane Society and F.A.I.T.H (Fighting Addiction It Takes Help) Addiction Awareness.
Shirley J. Schindler
age 77, of Monroe passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born the daughter of Marvin and Elsie (Johnson) Wild on June 2, 1945. She graduated from Juda High School in 1963. Shirley married John Schindler on August 15, 1970 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe. She worked at the Monroe Clinic Hospital as a dietitian, Parkside School where she worked with special needs children, and The Monroe Times.
Shirley was a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ where she was a Sunday School Teacher for over 30 years and participated in Parish Visitors. She was also involved in the Monroe Women’s Guild especially the Christmas Stocking. She also volunteered with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. During her lifetime she was faithful blood donor, having donated over one gallon. Shirley enjoyed knitting, gardening, bird watching, and earlier in life she loved to dance. She was also known for her delicious baked goods. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, she shared many special bonds with her niece and nephews.
Shirley is survived by her children, Michael (Christina) Schindler and James (Miranda) Schindler both of Monroe; grandchildren, Bryce Messerli, Whitney Wells, Kylie Merchant, Emilee Schindler, and Dylan Schindler; sisters, Susan (George) Abrams and Sally Boss both of Monroe.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, John.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, January 20, 2023 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Tiff Bates officiating. A private family burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.
Shirley was known for sharing her love with everyone she met. Thank you mom.
Bonny L. Block
age 64, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2022 surrounded by family. Bonny was born on June 12, 1958 in Lancaster, WI to Geraldine Edge and Cecil Block.
Bonny worked at Azura Memory Care for 15 years, she was a people person who enjoyed careers that allowed her to connect with many people. She enjoyed caregiving, her dog Baxter, going on vacation with her sisters and the outdoors. Bonny had such a special connection with animals and they brought her much joy throughout her life. Her compassion and love of life will be greatly missed and always remembered.
Bonny is survived by her mother, Geraldine Kuhls, her daughter, Whitney (Kris) Hasler; grandson, Treyton Hasler; her sisters, JoAnn (Tom) Pinch, Patti (Mike) Jones, Zelda (Greg) Faherty; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Loretta Edge; paternal grandparents, Clarence and Grace Block; father, Cecil Block; and her brother, Brian Block.
A Celebration of Bonny’s Life will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 12:00 PM Noon until 3:00 PM at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home.
Richard “Dick” Tschanz
age 73 of Monroe, died on Thursday, January 19, at the U.W. Hospital in Madison. He was born on November 17, 1949. Dick grew up in Monroe and worked at various jobs in the community; family business, Monroe Beverage Co., Buehler Travel Agency, Monroe Truck, Joseph Huber Brewing Company and General Beer.
He is survived by his wife, Deb of 44 years, daughter Toni (Aaron) White; grandchildren: Asher and Myles; brothers: Bob (Marianne) Tschanz, Bill (Rebecca) Tschanz and numerous beloved nieces and nephews; and never forget his pals, his cats.
Dick was one of the founders of Berghoff and Blues Festival; he belonged to Monroe Lions, enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing and boating, and walking his daughter’s dog, reading, and playing cards. He liked to cook with his grandsons and going to their various activities, who were his pride and joy. Dick loved to cook for his family, but his absolute favorite thing was having fun with his grandsons. He will be remembered for being kind, generous and loved having fun. He always said, “being serious was boring and no fun.”
Per Dick’s wishes, private family services will be held. Memorials can be given in Dick’s name to Green County Humane Society or Monroe Lions Club. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family.
“When the Going Gets Tough the Tough Get Going” “Living the Dream”
Emmett “Jim” Huston
age 67, of Monroe passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at his home. He was born on February 9, 1955 in Rice Lake, WI the son of Emmett and Lorraine (Towle) Huston. He graduated from Cedar Grove-Belgium High School in 1973. Jim proudly served in the United States Army from 1974 until 1980.
Jim married Sandy Hudson on November 7, 1981 in Monroe. He was a diesel mechanic for Spoerl Trucking Co., Peterbilt, and Marquardt. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post 164 Jefferson, WI. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on old cars.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sandy; children, Daniel Huston of Johnson Creek and Ryan (Leah) Huston of Mt. Horeb; granddaughter, Molly Foster; sisters, Dianne Miller of Savanna, IL and Elaine (James) Veldboom of Oostburg, WI; brothers, Dale (Kathi) Huston of Cedar Grove, Tom Huston of Plymouth, Fred Huston of Fond Du Lac, and Charlie Huston of East Dubuque, IL; and sisters-in-law, Connie O’Hay of Jensen Beach, FL and Amy (Brian) Brandt of Horicon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sharon Stasik; sister-in-law, Lynn Bowers; niece, Robyn Bowers; nephew, Chris Leopold; and mother-in-law, Beverly Hudson.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 PM Noon on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe with Pastor John Tabaka officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Condolence may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Theron Lewis Jr.
age 79, of Browntown passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at his home. He was born on August 12, 1943 the son of Theron and Dorothy (Suhr) Lewis. He graduated from Harlem High School in Rockford in 1961. Theron proudly served in the United States Army from 1964-1967. On July 31, 1965 Theron married Arlene Walton in Basswood Church.
Theron farmed, worked for the Monroe Times, and then worked for Iroquois Foundry; now known as Grede, where he retired. Theron’s family and faith were the most important things to him. He cared deeply for his wife and all his family. He enjoyed canoeing.
Theron is survived by his wife, Arlene; children, Rebecca (Patrick) Stietz, Rachael (Joshua) Larson, Sarah (Jason) Opie, Matthew (Shelby) Lewis, and Elizabeth (Travis) Gray; grandchildren, Logan (Haley) Stietz, Lydia Stietz, Ashly (Stanley) Bruegger, Lillian Opie, Lorelie Opie, Isabelle (Brodie) Schaeuble, Rose Lewis, Ava Lewis, Brenna Gray, Natilee Gray, Miranda Gray, Lila Gray, Silas Gray, and Penelope Gray; great-grandchildren, Drake Bruegger, Oaklynn Schaeuble, and one more expected in May; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Ivan Gray; siblings, Betty Lewis and Jenny De Shazo-Brown; parents-in-law, Andrew and Violet Walton; sisters-in-law, Joan Creasey and Norma Jean Ewing; and brother-in-law, Bill Hole.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 30, 2023 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home at 12:00 PM Noon with Pastor Phil Butler officiating. Burial will take place at Pioneer Old Cadiz Cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service on Monday at the funeral home.