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Mary Evelyn Frey 
age 97, of Monroe, died on Monday, June 26, 2017 at her home. She was born on June 14, 1920, in DePere, WI, the daughter of Edward and Jeanette (Neubauer) Walsh. 

Mary graduated from DePere High School in 1938 and St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Green Bay in 1941.  

Mary was a dedicated nurse at the Milwaukee County Children’s Hospital where she met her husband. 

Mary and William Frey were united in marriage on July 8, 1950 in Fox Lake, WI. 

Prior to living in Monroe, Mary and Bill lived in South Bend, IN., from 1950 to 1971, where their children were born and her husband practiced pediatrics. 

She was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Monroe. 

She enjoyed being a mother and spending time with family. 

She is survived by her children, Mary (John F.) Deininger of Waunakee, Dr. John (Kathy) Frey of Monroe, Susan (Ed) Elder of Madison, Betsy (Bill) Randolph of Belle Mead, NJ; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, William Burton, son, William Edward, sisters, Margaret Thomas and Elizabeth Walsh.  

Private funeral services will be held on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Waupun, WI. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hartford, WI. 

Memorials may be directed to: Green County Humane Society and Monroe Clinic Hospice. 

The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Clare Friedensheim for the care and support of their parents. 

Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Sharon Drews
66, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at her home. She was born the daughter of Walter and Isabelle (Dreibelbis) Drews on August 25, 1950. Sharon was a graduate of Monroe High School, and attended Black Hawk Technical College. She worked at Pleasant Company in Madison for 10 years, then she worked at Swiss Colony for about 30 years, retiring in 2015. She was a long time member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe, and very active in the church; she was active with Green County Humane Society, and was a volunteer at the hospital with her Therapy dog, Gracie. She was a member of International Therapy Dog Assoc.; she loved gardening, flowers, being outside and walking her dog.  

She is survived by her sister, Carol (Dwayne) Robieson of Lena, IL and brother, Robert (Joyce) Drews of Monroe; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Drews; sister, Dorothy Gruenberg; and nephew, Daniel Drews.  

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, July 6, 2017 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, with Rev. Kathleen Rinear officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held Thursday from 9:00 am until the time of service, at the church. Memorials may be given in Sharon’s name to the Green County Humane Society. SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

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JoAnne Kathleen (Jeremiason) Rufener
age 83, of rural Monticello, WI, passed away on Saturday, July 01, 2017 at the New Glarus Nursing Home after a recurring battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her husband and family that loves her so very much and will miss her terribly. JoAnne was an amazingly talented, kind, loving wife and mother. She was one of a kind; she was a high stepping, high spirited lady. 

JoAnne was born June 22, 1934, in Monroe, WI, the daughter of James and Myrtle (Thompson) Jeremiason. She graduated eighth grade from Stephenson County School District, and was a graduate of Monroe High School. 

On September 17, 1954, she married Emil “Mike” Rufener at St. Victor Catholic Church in Monroe. They were blessed with a loving marriage for almost 63 years.  

Before she was married she worked at Swiss Colony, Oaktron, the Snack Bar, Sager’s Grocery Store and took care of her sick mother. She later worked alongside her husband, Mike, at Search Cheese Factory in rural Blandchardville, where they made Swiss cheese; she was also a medical assistant at the Monroe Clinic for four doctors before becoming a partner with Mike at Rufener’s Valley View Acres in rural Monticello. Since January of 1960, they pursued a farming career; JoAnne played a major role in the success of their farm. They became affiliated with the International Red & White Holstein Cattle Association and bred an entire herd of Registered Red & White Holsteins. They also bred and raised two Registered Palominos. She was also involved in her daughters’ activities and served as a 4-H leader in several projects: house plants, photography, home furnishings, foods and nutrition, horses, and leadership. In 1980, she and Mike graduated from the Wisconsin School of Real Estate with an Associate’s Degree in Real Estate, and sold real estate for Strout Realty. She also shared Mike’s love of country and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 256 for nearly 50 years, serving as Chaplain for many years.  

JoAnne also enjoyed being a homemaker and was “Martha Stewart before her time” with sewing, cooking, baking, canning, gardening, wallpapering, and upholstering furniture. She had a green thumb and wintered numerous plants, bringing them back to bloom year after year. She also enjoyed painting with acrylics and brought fond childhood memories to life on the canvas. She delighted in entertaining and was the hostess for many gatherings at their farm and lake property. She also opened her home to many family and friends for extended periods of time as they got their lives back on track. 

JoAnne and Mike also shared a love of traveling. Some of their travels included a trip throughout Europe with their daughters in the summer of 1972, trips to Hawaii for their 25th and 30th Wedding Anniversaries, and many vacations throughout the fifty states, including Alaska. For their 50th Wedding Anniversary, they enjoyed the sites of Italy. JoAnne’s Catholic Faith was very important to her, so their trip to Italy was especially meaningful as they received a blessing from then Pope, now Saint John Paul II. She also enjoyed immensely their annual trips to their Sarasota, Florida, timeshare and numerous weekends at their property on Lake Wisconsin. 

In her later years, she embraced the role of Matriarch of her extended family and became the keeper of the family genealogy, even traveling to Ireland to meet newly found relatives. She spent a great deal of time restoring and identifying family photos which she lovingly shared to interested family members. 

Coming from very humble beginnings, JoAnne was a wonderful example to her daughters, grandchildren, and all those who loved her, of what hard work, persistence, and faith could produce. She always displayed great courage and fearlessness in whatever came her way. 

JoAnne is survived by her husband, sweetheart & love of her life, Mike; three daughters, Barbara (Larry) Solvey, Nancy Rufener, and grandchildren Patrick and Shannon, and Jayne (Chris) Rauch and grandchildren Grace and Theo; two brothers, James (Sharon) Jeremiason and Jerald; two brothers-in-law, Arnold and Walt (Sandy) Rufener; five sisters-in-law, Kathryn Rufener, Gertrude Voegeli, Erna Maske, Ardellis Rufener and Carol Rufener; Godson, Jeff (Sue) Thompson; and many other relatives and dear friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Myrtle Jeremiason; her in-laws, Jacob and Elise Rufener; her brothers-in-law, Armin, Erwin, Jacob, and Ernest Rufener, Lee Maske, Ray Voegeli, and Franz Camenzind; her sisters-in-law, Marie and Gloria Rufener and Alice Camenzind; and special cousins Clifford Johnson, Dawn Walstead, and Margaret Cheek. 

JoAnne’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the New Glarus Nursing Home and Monroe Clinic Hospice for their exceptional care, kindness, and support. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor’s Catholic Church with Celebrant Monsignor Larry Bakke. Visitation will be held on Thursday at the SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home from 4:00-6:00pm, followed by a Celebration of Life service. Continued visitation will be held on Friday, at the church, from 10:00am until the time of mass. Private burial will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. In lieu of flowers, the family is establishing a JoAnne Rufener Nursing Scholarship for a student of Monticello High School. 

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Dorothy “Darlene” Goodman
age 76, of Monroe and Martintown area, died on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Sienna Crest Assisted Living. She was born on July 4, 1941 in Warren, IL; the daughter of George and Genevieve (McKibben) Kenney and attended Warren area school. 

She married the love her life, Larry W. Goodman in Martintown, in 1981. 

Dorothy was a care provider and owned and operated the Whispering Pines Homes in Martintown for the elderly for 30+ years. 

She was a member of Martintown Community Church; she enjoyed flowers, taking care of her yard and ponds. She also enjoyed decorating her home and snowmobiling. 

She is survived by her children: Ronald Webb of Winslow, IL; Vicki (Loren) Pratt of South Wayne, Doug (Laurie) Jones of South Wayne, Jackie (Jim) Fero of Whitewater, Brandi Kamps of Platteville; 3 step-children: Robert (Brenda) Goodman of Wichita, KS; Franklin Goodman of Monroe, Darla (Ronnie) Robinson of Anniston, AL; 24 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Dixie) Kenney of Covington, GA, Robert and William Kenney both of Juda, Rick (LuAnn) Kenney of Warren, IL.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Robert Jones; daughter, Brenda Reynolds; sisters, Audrey Krebs, Marion Thomason, Patsy Kenney and Georgia Flesher; and 1 grandson in infancy. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE funeral home in Monroe, with Pastor Kevin Cernek officiating. 

A visitation will be held Saturday July 8th, from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. 




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Timothy Osborne Jones
age 68, of Albany passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Meriter Hospital in Madison. Tim was born on August 7, 1948, the son of Arthur and Suzanne (Osborne) Jones in Monroe. He was a graduate of Albany High School. He was united in marriage to Victoria Conners on May 15, 1982.  

Tim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1969-1972, where he served as a medic in Germany. He was a longtime member of the American Legion Post 144 in Albany, where he also served as post Chaplain. He retired from General Motors after 32 dedicated years of service. Tim devoted his time to the community and enjoyed serving on the Board of Director’s for the Albany Historical Society, Boy Scout Leader, EMT, and Municipal Judge. His faith was very important to him and he gave back by being active in Family Promise; he also sang with the Catholic Diocese Choir, even having performed at Carnegie Hall. In his spare time, Tim was a coin collector, gun enthusiast, golfer, and enjoyed going to the casino with his wife, Vickie.  

Tim is survived by his wife, Vickie; children, Amber (Bobby) Feibel and Derek (Tori) Jones; grandchildren, Zak Jones, and Reece, Ty and Alton Feibel; siblings, Phil (Toni) Jones, Jill (Larry) Hanson, Scott (Monica) Jones, and Bobbie Hulbert; a very special brother-in-law, Carl Hulbert; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Albany Lion’s Club with Tracey Clark officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 6th at the Albany Lion’s Club from 4:00-7:00pm; continued visitation will be held Friday from 10:00am until the time of service. Burial will follow service at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Albany with Military Honors. The Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Jennie Zimmerman
age 89, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the Monroe Manor. She was born on February 14, 1928 in Poland, the daughter of Bernie and Anastazja Sacker. 

Jennie and Wendell G. Zimmerman were united in marriage on December 8, 1946 in Brodhead. 

Jennie was a waitress at Windy Acres Golf Course for 39 years, and also farmed alongside her husband for many years in the Rock Grove area. 

She was a former member of the United Methodist Church in Rock Grove for many years, until moving to Monroe. She enjoyed gardening, was an animal lover; loved watching game shows, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Duane) Bartelt of Rock City, IL; son, Jim Zimmerman of Monroe; grandchildren: Angela (Jim) Williams, Michael (Nancy) Bartelt, Christopher Bartelt, Scott Zimmerman, Brenda (Chad) Ringhand and John (Lindsay Dodge) Zimmerman, and 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Bernice (Don) Swartz and sister-in-law, Doris (Francis) Tielkemeier. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Wesley. 

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M., at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE funeral home in Monroe. 

Private family services will be held.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Albany Lion’s Club with Tracey Clark officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 6th at the Albany Lion’s Club from 4:00-7:00pm; continued visitation will be held Friday from 10:00am until the time of service. Burial will follow service at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Albany with Military Honors. The Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Betty J. Markham
age 79, of Lena, IL died on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at U.W. Hospital in Madison. She was born on August 25, 1937 at home, in Waterford, WI; the daughter of Gilbert and Esther (Matheson) Kaebisch. She graduated from Burlington High School. 

Betty married Donald Killian Markham on February 11, 1956 at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Eagle, Wisconsin. Betty and Don owned and operated a farm in York Township, near New Glarus, where they raised their family. She was also employed at Advance Transformer for many years, until her retirement in 1999. Don preceded her in death in 1987. 

In 1994, she met Melvin Troxell and moved to Lena, IL, where they lived happily together for 23 years. Together they created a loving home and a place for both families to gather. She and Melvin were winter Texans for several years, where they developed deep friendships.  

She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, campfires, waterfalls, and traveling. She was most recently a member of First Church of the Open Bible in Freeport. 

She is survived by her children, Michael (Marlene Bergemann) Markham of Monroe, Barbara (Nicholas) Miller of Monticello, Diane (David) Pankonin of Belleville, Mark (Megan) Markham of Verona, 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Gilbert Kaebisch, Jr.; sisters, Lynn (Jim) Henning and Rhonda Owen. She is also survived by her beloved partner, Melvin Troxell, his 7 children and 11 grandchildren. 

She is predeceased by her parents, husband, Donald, and sister, Joanne Christiansen. 

Funeral services will be Monday, July 17, 2017 at 12:00 noon at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE funeral home in Monroe, with Pastor Burlas Parker officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, in Monroe. 

Visitation will be immediately prior to service on Monday, July 17th, from 9:30 A.M. until 12:00 noon at the funeral home. 

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A. Charles Goepfert
84 of Browntown, passed away on July 23, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Alfonso and Emma (Nyborg) Goepfert on October 29, 1932 in Apple River, IL. He lived in the Browntown area and attended school in Monroe. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 in the Korean Conflict, as a Military Policeman. Upon returning home, he married Clarice Emberson on August 13, 1955 and they lived in Monroe. He worked for Ken Behring at Behring Motors. After starting a family, they began farming in rural Browntown, and Chuck worked at Monroe Ready Mix operating heavy equipment, especially using a backhoe. He later owned an excavating business, which he continued to operate until his retirement at age 80, due to declining health. Chuck was a faithful Christian and was a member of the Wiota Lutheran Church. 


Chuck was on his own starting at a young age and he developed a strong work ethic. As a young man, he was interested in cars and motorcycles, and he became a skilled mechanic. Early in their marriage, he obtained his pilot’s license and restored a 1929 Model A Ford, both of which provided an opportunity for he and Clarice to enjoy time together. He provided his family a good lifestyle growing up on a farm, and created lifelong memories for them of traveling, camping and riding motorcycles. In his later years, he still loved staying busy, but had more time to follow the Packers and Badgers, read western books, and feed the wild birds at their home. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time playing cards with family and friends. Chuck will be sadly missed and will always be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit and the love he had for his family. 

Chuck’s survivors include his wife of 61 years, Clarice; two daughters: Carol (Harold) Field of Monroe and Diane (Curtis) Updike of Browntown; one granddaughter, Bonnie (Kurt) Arnoldussen of Colorado, and two very precious great-grandchildren, Chloe and Brett Arnoldussen. He is further survived by two half-sisters, Donna (Joe) Halpin of Kenosha and Georgia (John) Voss of Sparta; and two half-brothers, George (Shannon) Goepfert of Rockton, IL and David (Polly) Goepfert of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents and half-sister, Cathy Kubly. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Wiota Lutheran Church, in Wiota. Burial will follow in East Wiota Lutheran Cemetery.  

(PLEASE NOTE - Hwy 78 between Wiota & Argyle is closed. 

Visitation will be Thursday, July 27th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE Funeral Home in Monroe. 

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Chuck’s name. 

The family would like to thank Monroe Clinic Hospice for their compassionate care of our family. 




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Katherine M. Schuetz
age 99, of Monroe, WI died on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Monroe Clinic Hospital in Monroe. She was born on February 27, 1918 in Muscatine, IA; the daughter of Gottfried and Eda (Binggeli) Laeser.  
Katherine married Walter Otto Schuetz on February 22, 1953 at St Johns UCC in Monroe, WI. Katherine and Walter owned and operated a farm west of Monroe where they started their family. For almost 10 years, they farmed and raised their girls until Walter passed away on January 20, 1963. Katherine then moved to and raised their girls in town. She has resided at Monroe Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the past 9 years. 

Katherine enjoyed many jobs throughout her life. As a young woman she worked at the Muscatine Pearl Works in Muscatine, IA. In Monroe, she worked for Rosa’s Florist, Schultz Pharmacy, and St Clare Hospital; though her favorite occupation was farmer/homemaker. She enjoyed baking, gardening, playing cards, and knitting. A tree trimmer who had worked at the farm remembered her delicious homemade pies 30 years later. 

She is survived by her children, Deanna (Bruce) Gutknecht of Glen Haven, WI, Donna (John Sage) Schuetz of Oak Harbor, WA; 4 grandchildren, Greg (Ryan) Gutknecht, Garrett (Leah) Gutknecht, Brian (Allison) Gutknecht, Hannah (Hunter) Kussmaul; 7 great-grandchildren, Brandon Gutknecht, Gretchen and Rett Gutknecht, Alyssa and Ayden Ubersox, Preston and Myla Ray, plus one on the way; sister, Esther Westbrook of Moline, IL; brothers, John and Robert Laeser of Muscatine, IA; brother-in-law Albert (Ena) Schuetz of Monroe, WI; as well as many nieces and nephews. 

She is predeceased by her parents, husband, Walter, sisters, Elsie (Paul) Irwin, Gertrude (Ben) Westbrook, brothers, Gottfried Laeser, Jr., LeRoy (Lois) Laeser; in-laws, Jacob (Elise) Schuetz; brothers-in-law, Bill (Edna) Schuetz, Jacob (Edna) Schuetz, Thomas (Ida) Schuetz; sisters-in-law, Lillian (Joseph) Gmur, Clara (Arnold) Albright, and Helen Schuetz. 

Funeral services will be Friday, July 28, 2017 at 12:00 noon at St Johns UCC in Monroe, WI, with Rev Kathleen Rinear officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, in Monroe. 

Visitation will be on Friday, from 10:30am until the time of service, at the church. 



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Ronald F. Wise
age 76 of Albany, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Caring Hands in Brodhead. He was born on April 13, 1941 in Rockford, IL; the son of Floyd and Marjorie (Fosler) Wise. Ronald graduated from Durand High School. 

Ronald married Sherrill Calkins on October 24, 1959; he later married Beth Wilde on November 18, 2005. 

Ronald worked for John Deere in Durand, Red Welsh Cement, Ron’s Repair in Durand and later owned and operated Wish’s Bar in Brodhead. He was a member of the Durand Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief, Durand Road Commissioner; and was handyman in every trade. 

He is survived by his wife, Beth of Albany, sons, Lester (Jane) Wise of Albany, Paul Wise of New Braunfelsh, TX; sisters, Carol (Curt) Gonfientini of Brodhead, Janet Wise of Durand; grandchildren: Kerry (Paul) Wainwright, Kelly (Shawn) Thompson, Ashley Wise, Alicia (Jay) Huber, Stephanie (Sean) Okeefe, Justin Wise, Corbin Wise, Damien Wise; great-grandchildren: Rylee, Remington, Logan, Colton, Jaden and Landon. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, son, Ronald F. Wise Jr; sister, Joyce Wilsey. 

Per Ron’s wishes, private family services will be held at a later date. 

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Beverly Lorraine (Terry) Aurand
age 89, of Monroe passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. She was born on February 20, 1928, the daughter of Charles and Minnie (Moore) Terry in Chicago, IL. Beverly was united in marriage to John Frank Westfall in May of 1953 in Elgin, IL; he preceded her in death on February 17, 1966. On April 20, 1968 she married her beloved companion, Arthur Louis Aurand.  

Beverly was a graduate of Elgin High School and Selan’s School of Cosmetology in Chicago. She worked as a beautician, but will be most remembered as a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.  

Beverly actively served as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than 65 years. 

She is survived by her husband, Arthur; children, Diana (Timothy) Beaton of Monroe, Lori (Steven) Grinnell of Monroe, Ginene (Joseph Ichkhan) Westfall of Redondo Beach, CA, Barbara (Carl Johnson) Westfall of Mount Horeb, Julianna Bendickson of Inglewood, CA, and John (Kristin) Westfall of Madison; step-children, Frances (Kirk) Marschke of Sleepy Hollow, IL and Phillip Aurand of Dundee, IL; 11 grandchildren, Alyssa, Abigail, Peter, Courtney, Sacha, Tahnee, Calder, Tex, Nicolette, Jeffrey, and Catherine; 5 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Mackenzie, Madigan, Joelle, and Nolan; brother, Charles G. Terry of Elgin, IL; and sister-in-law, Delores Allen of Sycamore, IL.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her first husband, John. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, N3073 Hwy 59, Monroe, with Michael Plucinski officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday at the Kingdom Hall from 2:00 pm until the time of service. Private inurnment will take place at a later date. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Margaret J. Banks
age 95, of Monroe, died on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born on April 21, 1922 in Macomb, IL; the daughter of George and Nellie (Imes) Banks.  

Margaret was a graduate of Western Academy High School in Macomb and Western Illinois University. She later obtained Masters Degrees in Literature and Library Science. 

Margaret taught English in Duluth, MN High School for 7 years in the late 40’s; in the early 1950’s she worked as a public Librarian in Kansas City, MO; she also worked as High School Librarian at Evergreen Park, IL; from 1953 thru 1992. She resided in Chicago from 1953 – 2011; and later moved to Monroe in 2012, where she resided to be near her niece, Vicki Scheel of Monticello, WI. 

Margaret was a generous contributor to charities, in particular, Native American Arts, World Wide Child Welfare and several Animal Welfare Agencies. 

She is survived by her brother, William C. Banks, Colorado Springs, CO., her  

nieces, Vicki Scheel, Margo Hulson Fraser, and her nephews, Michael Banks, Kent Banks, and Terrill Hulson.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Patricia Banks Hulson, and her friend and companion of many years, Barbara J. Duree. 

Per Margaret’s wishes, a family memorial service will be held at a later date in Illinois. 

Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Roger “Red” William Brewer
age 70, of Albany passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 28, 2017. He was born on February, 25, 1947 in Monroe the son of Fay and Valliere (Walmer) Brewer. Red was united in marriage to Jan S. Baertschi on October 16, 1976 in Rockton, IL. He was a 1965 graduate of Albany High School. Red honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corp. from 1967-1970 during the Vietnam War, where he was stationed in Okinawa.  

Red was a manager at Green Rock FS; serving both the Albany and Brodhead communities, he retired after over 30 years, in 2011. He enjoyed retirement by spending time with family and friends, gardening at the family garden with his dog, G, and shuttling his grandchildren around. Red was a very loyal fan of Wisconsin sports including the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers.  

He will be forever missed by his loving wife, Jan; son, Lance (Karen) Brewer, their children, Jared and Aiden; son, Reggie Brewer, his children, Skylar, Rhylin, and Raydin; daughter, Marcie (Ryan) Brugger, their children, Aubree, Kelsee, and Brynlee; brothers, Gary (Colleen) Brewer and family, Glenn (Joann) Brewer and family; his lifelong friend, Karl (Jeannie) Blumer; as well as many other relatives and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Fred and Dorothy Baertschi. 

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm at the SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. A private family service will be held. The family requests that you wear your favorite Wisconsin sports attire in Red’s memory.  

Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.

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Dorothy D. Schuepp
Beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Dorothy (Wittwer) Schuepp, age 87, of Verona, WI died peacefully after a brief illness on July 22, 2017 with family at her side.  

Dorothy was born in Mt Horeb, WI; the daughter of Carl and Clara (Slotten) Wittwer and graduated valedictorian of her class from Mt Horeb High School.  She met the love of her life, Walter (Wally) Schuepp, in Sunday School at Zwingli Evangelical and Reformed Church in Mt Vernon, WI where they were married on July 30, 1949.  
Dorothy and Wally were proprietors in several cheese businesses throughout their 56 years of married life.  They lived in Evansville and Monroe, WI where they raised four daughters.  Wally preceded her in death in 2005. 

Immediately prior to his death Wally asked his best friend, Harlan Dahlk, to “take care of Dorothy”.  A lifelong friend of Dorothy and Wally, Harlan accepted unequivocally. Long after the deaths of their spouses Dorothy and Harlan kept in touch and cared for each other.  In 2010, Dorothy moved to Verona, WI to be closer to Harlan. They were companions until her recent illness. 

Devoted in faith and family Dorothy was an active member of the United Church of Christ in Monroe until moving to Verona WI.  She then joined St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Verona. Dorothy enjoyed volunteer work at her church. 

In addition to being an extraordinary homemaker, Dorothy loved to bake. Her cookies were well-loved by family and friends, especially at holiday time.  Dorothy loved to sew; making dresses for her daughters’ proms and Christmas dresses for their annual holiday photos.  She loved music, especially Big Band swing. She was an accomplished tuba player, pianist and percussionist.  Dorothy earned a music scholarship to UW-Madison. She was a dedicated Girl Scout leader who also enjoyed gardening, reading and traveling.  She and Wally made several trips to visit family and friends in Switzerland. They hosted many visitors from Switzerland at their home in Monroe.   In her later years, Dorothy embraced the role of researching family genealogy which she lovingly shared with family members.  

Dorothy is survived by daughters: Kristi (Fred) Gutierrez of Milwaukee, Jeri (Eugene) Pliner of San Francisco, Kathy (Roy) Langley of Charlotte, NC, JoAnn (Andy) Affolter of Madison; her brother, Darrell (Helen) Wittwer of Brookfield, WI; her companion, Harlan Dahlk of Verona: six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and many other relatives and dear friends.  

Dorothy was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Wally; her in-laws Eugene and Bertha Schuepp and her brother-in-law, Charles Schuepp.   
Private burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in the New Glarus Hotel at 1pm on Oct. 7, 2017.  Memorials may be directed to: Agrace Foundation 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home of Monroe is assisting the family. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com 

Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 
1455 Mansion Dr. P.O. Box 86 Monroe, WI 53566 
Phone: 608-325-4306 Fax: 608-325-2185



Robert “Bob” Roy Rufenacht
age 87, of Monroe, passed away on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on October 4, 1929, the son of Ernest and Marie (Gisler) Rufenacht. Bob was united in marriage to Glorianne Thoman on June 23, 1957 at the Washington Reformation Church in Monticello.  

Bob attended rural school until he left to help on his family farm. After his marriage he farmed alongside his wife for 28 years. After farming he was a dedicated truck driver for Monroe Truck Equipment for 20 years. He was a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge of Monroe. Bob enjoyed spending time with his family and playing cards with friends and family. Bob will be remembered by those who knew him as a selfless, generous man.  

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Glorianne; children, Rosemary (Pastor Tim) Carlson, Jeffrey (special friend, Vickie Smith) Rufenacht; seven grandchildren, Hannah (Jared) Williams, Caleb (Shoshannah) Carlson, Abbie (Corey) Berge, Sarah (Paul) Nelson, Noah Carlson, Kristin (Steven Meyer) Rufenacht, Danielle (Nick Tadych) Rufenacht; three great-grandchildren, Daxton, Henry, and Asher (expected this month); sisters, Helen Mallory and Edna Kramer; as well as several nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, other relatives and friends.  

He was predeceased by his parents; and daughter-in-law, Cathy Rufenacht.  

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm at the Moose Lodge in Monroe. A time of family sharing will be held at 5:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob’s name to Pleasant View Nursing Home or The Monroe Clinic Hospice.  

Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

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Charlene P. Nielsen
age 82 of Argyle, died Tuesday, August 2, 2017 at Monroe Manor Nursing Home. She was born on November 3, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Vernon and Lorraine (Schultz) Simmons. She graduated from Tuley High School in Chicago. Charlene married Raymond Nielsen on November 8, 1952 in Chicago. She was employed as an office worker for cable news in Mt. Morris, Il and after moving to Monroe she worked at Swiss Colony. She enjoyed putting together Jig saw puzzles. 

  She is survived by her 4 children: Norman Nielsen of Monroe, Carl (Cindy) Nielsen of Argyle, Laura (Michael) Molnar of Byron, IL, and Peggy (Dennis) Coleman of FL; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Robert Nielsen; daughter, Cindy Babler; 2 brothers, Harvey and Donald; and a sister, Sally Kouns. 

  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Chaplain Sue Hall officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport, Illinois.

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Marian Hazel (Bayrhoffer) Heuer
age 102 died Monday, August 7, 2017 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was born to Theodore and Anna (Mau) Bayrhoffer on October 29, 1914 in Monroe. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1931 and Spencerian College in Milwaukee in 1932.  

She returned to Monroe during the Great Depression and was employed at the First National Bank. She later was a secretary at the Swiss Colony and worked in the Treasurer’s Office at City Hall. She also was a part time secretary in her husband’s Hudson-Allis Chalmers Dealership. Marian married Victor Heuer on February 22, 1936 at St. Johns United Church of Christ in Monroe by Rev. P.A. Schuh. She was a longtime member of St. Johns United Church of Christ. 

She is survived by two children: Ronald (Kathy) Heuer of Racine and Marcia (Joe) Donny of Monroe; 5 grandchildren, Debbie Donny of New Mexico, Christie (John) Huber of Colorado, Joanne (Jim) Upmann of Monroe, Michael (Shari) Heuer of Middleton, and Michelle (John) Garner of Georgia; 13 great grandchildren; and 8 great-great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Victor in 1997; son-in-law, Joe Donny; 2 sisters: Frances (Frank) Melville and Gladys (Howard) Steinmann; 3 brothers: Theodore (Carol) Bayrhoffer, Jr., Robert (Kay) Bayrhoffer, and Charles, as a small child.  

Private graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery. 

 A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 10:00am until 12:00pm Noon at the SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Monroe Clinic Hospice 515 22nd Avenue, Monroe, WI and Pleasant View Nursing Home, N3150 Highway 81, Monroe WI 53566. 




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Aaron R. Muralt 
of rural Monticello went to be with his lord and savior on August 8, 2017. Aaron was an accomplished farmer, retired teacher and Veteran of the U.S. Army. He was born on May 30, 1934 in Menominee, Wisconsin to Samuel and Mildred Muralt. He attended high school in Wells Minnesota excelling in academics and sports graduating in 1951. Aaron attended Wheaton College in Ill. Receiving a Bachelor Degree in education, followed by a Masters of Counseling from University of Whitewater. He moved on to teaching in the Rockford Ill. School system retiring after 48 years. He farmed with his family in southern Wisconsin for many years.  

Aaron was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, and two former wives.  

He is survived by former wife Anita Lundberg-Stanhope; and spouse Debra (Peterson) Muralt. Children, Billy (Greg Morritz) Muralt, Jeff (Darla) Muralt, Georgean (Roger) Hunt, Pamela (Mike) Parker, Mariann (Gerald) Rufer, Lisa (Tom Germann) Olson, Donna (Scott Bredeson) Muralt, Matt (Jenny ) Muralt,. Aaron also has 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the University of Wisconsin Transplant foundation.  

Funeral Services will be Monday, August 14, 2017 at Hilltop Community Church in Albany, at 12:00 Noon, with Rev. Michael Parker and Rev. Ron Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at the Gap Cemetery, rural Albany. 

Visitation will be Sunday, August 13th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE funeral home in Monroe.



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Joyce Marie Norder
88, of Monroe passed away, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at The Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. She was born on April 25, 1929 the daughter of Charles and Viola (Grabow) Bartelt. Joyce was united in marriage to Frederick Norder in 1948 in Monroe; together they had one daughter, they later divorced. 
Joyce worked for Burgess Battery, Oaktron, and Medina Nursing Home in Durand. She was a longtime member of Congregational United Church of Christ in Brodhead. Joyce enjoyed gardening, sewing, and spending time with her grandchildren. 
She is survived by her daughter, Sue Henning; nine grandchildren, Henri (Dudley) Timm, their children, Scott, Cory, and Eric, Fred (Carrie) Norder, their children, Joseph, Camryn, Keith, and David, Gena (Jesse Zuelke) Henning, children, Autumn and Hunter Pehl, Joe (Sara) Henning, their children, Michael and Madalyn, Jennifer (Abe) Valencia, their children, Isaak, Darani, and Blaize, Heather (Shanon) Liphart, their children, Jessika, Vanessa, Rebekah, and Mason, Megan (Mike) Rackow, their son, Thomas, Amy (Ryan) Gerber, their children, Rylee, Aaron, and one expected in January, and Kelsey (Jake Johnson) Henning, their children, Jayce and Aislynn; one great-great grandson, Lincoln Bailey; brother, Nathan Bartelt; sister, Carol Bloomingdale; and special friends, Jim (jean) Belke and Evaline Tresner.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; 5 brothers, Ransom, Delbert, Roy, Earl and Alton; sister, Shirley Nolan; and son-in-law, Henry Henning. 
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00pm on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Brodhead with Rev. David Frey officiating. Visitation will be held at church on Saturday from 2:00pm until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. The Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family; condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com. 


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Jeffrey A. Mayer
age 52, of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly, on Thursday, August 10, 2017. He was born on May 30, 1965 in Monroe, the son of Otto and Judith (Trumpy) Mayer. 

Jeff was a 1983 graduate of Monroe High School and attended U.W. Platteville. 

Jeff worked for Industrial Combustion in the sales department for 30 years, retiring in 2016. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church; and a former member of Alpine Curling Club. 

Jeff enjoyed many sports and was an avid Packer, Brewer and Badger fan; but his greatest joy was spending time with his most precious daughter Josie and his family. 

He is survived by his parents, Otto and Judith Mayer of Monroe, daughter, Josie Mayer of Madison, sister, Brenda (Marc Blanc) Kohls of New Glarus, nephew, Joshua (Ashley) Kohls of Big Bend, WI. 

He is preceded in death by his Paternal and Maternal Grandparents, 2 Aunts, 3 Uncles and 1 Cousin. 

Private family services will be held. 

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and all who knew him. 
We find comfort in knowing he is at peace now and no longer suffering. 

In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. 

Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is serving the family.


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Jeffrey John Miller
age 60, of Monroe, died April 1, 2017 at Caring Hands in Brodhead. He was born August 16, 1956 in Monroe, the fifth child of Uno Henry and June Margaret (Ward) Miller. He attended Monroe High School and Platteville State College. Jeff was a mechanic in Phoenix, AZ for many years and enjoyed attending car shows. He moved back to Monroe when his health began to fail. He was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed family holidays and picnics, and his many pet cats. 

  He is survived by his 3 brothers: Vance (Brenda) Miller, Monroe, Uno Michael (Jane) Miller of Paradise Valley, AZ, and Stephen (Deanne) Miller of Monroe; and his sister, Sandra (Palmer) Bogenholm-Smitherman of Los Alamos, NM; as well as by many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Uno and June Miller. We miss you Jeffrey and loved you very much. 

  A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Union Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jesse Larson officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Monroe. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Russell R. Block
age 68, of rural Monroe, died on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on September 5, 1948, the son of Roy and Dorothy (Beach) Block. 

Russell was a 1966 graduate of Monroe High school and U.W. Madison Short Course.

Russell married the love of his life Linda Zeal, on September 4, 1971, at St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Russ was a very proud and productive farmer his entire life. He was awarded outstanding Farm Bureau young farmer in 1975. He also was very proud in 2016, to be recognized at the Wisconsin State Fair for continuing the Block Family Farm for 150 years.

He was a member of Clarno Zion United Methodist Church and past member of Green County Farm Bureau. 
He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, traveling and most of all spending time with his family, especially his Grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Lin, of Monroe, mother, Dorothy Block of Monroe, daughters, Krystal (Jason) Zahradka, of Monroe, Kerryne (Jeff) Kraemer of Middleton, an AFS daughter, Elin Evja (Odd Hansen), from Norway; grandchildren: Hayden, Kollin, and Kierra Zahradka; Evan and Kameron Kraemer; brother, Gerald (LaVonne) Block of Paulsbo, WA; sister, Beverly (Richard) Wehinger of Monroe; nephews, nieces and many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father Roy.

Funeral services will be Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Monroe United Methodist Church with Rev. Inwha Shon, Rev. Randy Booth and Chaplain Sue Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr., and 18th Ave., in Monroe, from 2:00 – 5:00 P.M.

A memorial fund is being established in Russell’s name.

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Evelyn Marie Brugger
age 95, of Monroe passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at her home. She was born on October 23, 1921, the daughter Clarence and Norma (Zinser) Becker in Monroe. Evelyn was a 1939 graduate of Monroe High School and Madison School of Cosmetology. She was united in marriage to John B. Brugger in 1941 at her parent’s home; he preceded her in death in 1986.  

Evelyn worked as a secretary for several cheese companies, and retired from JS Hoffman Company after 18 years of dedicated service. She was a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and the Monroe Moose Lodge.  

Evelyn is survived by her children, Tamara (Wilson) Bloom, Kristine Brugger, Lynette (George) Kjelland and Brian (Wanda) Brugger; grandchildren, Brent, Trisha, and Craig Bloom, Tashana, Paul, and Andrew Kjelland, Michael (Rachel) Brugger, Jan Brugger, and Afton Hoeper; two great grandchildren, Isabella Bloom and Adelyn Kjelland; and family friend, Jean Wyss. 

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; and stepfather, Jim Heffron. 

Private family services will be held. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.  

Memorials may be directed to: The Monroe Clinic Hospice., St. John’s United Church of Christ or Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc. 1731 Embarcadero RD STE 210, Palo Alto CA 94303-3339.

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