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Dorothy E. Mueller
January 2, 2015
Jerry R. Bartow
December 25, 2014
December 22, 2014
Mary E. "Betty" Hill
December 21, 2014
Irene J. Prellwitz
December 21, 2014
December 13, 2014
Ellwyn Otto Klingbeil
December 6, 2014
It's not easy to keep alive the memory of a loved one who has passed away. We want to hold on to all that made them special to us, the wonderful things they did, the way they had of saying things, how they made us laugh, and why, when they died, we had tears in our eyes. And it's not just for our sakes that we want to remember them; it's also for the sake of their family and friends, and perhaps grandchildren not yet born.
Recent obituaries are listed below.
Kathy L. Quade, age 52, of Markesan, passed away peacefully at her home on January 4, 2015 surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer. She met it head on and battled proudly but in the end lost the battle.
On May 10, 1962, the final of 18 children, Kathy was born to Rudolph G. and Anna M. (Hobler) Lange. She was born and raised mainly in the Markesan area where she got her education in the Markesan school district. The family, size that it was, was raised on the farm.
Kathy was united in marriage to Daniel Quade on March 22, 1980 in Markesan. They resided in the Markesan/ Fairwater area their entire lives. On July 21, 1980, their daughter Jennifer Anne was born followed by Stephanie Marie 4 years later on October 6, 1984. On March 4, 2005, they were blessed with their only grandchild, Sean David. Her kids were the love of her life and what kept her young.
Kathy enjoyed baking, when the mood hit her, reading, outdoor gardening and watching the various animals that would pay visits to their feeders. The recent purchase of a Pontoon boat brought many fun, enjoyable, and relaxing days of fishing and just driving the lakes.
Kathy is survived by her husband Dan; two daughters, Jennifer (Special Friend Perry) and Stephanie; one grandson, Sean; many siblings, Carl (Arlene) Lange, Darlene (Bob) Immel, Don (Bobbi) Lange, Dee Lange, Russ (Karen) Lange, Virginia (Orlo) Verch, Jim (Phyllis) Lange, Diane (Ron) Wagner, Jerry (Candy) Lange, Barb Winkler, Linda (Jim) Rocheleau, Rick Lange, Debbie (Scott) Drangstveit and Judi (Darin) Nickolai; and many wonderful nieces, nephews and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Rudy and David; one sister, Carole Castle; grandparents and many aunts and uncles.
Through her battles with cancer, Kathy always tried to stay positive and have a smile on her face. She surrounded herself with positive people and those that could make her laugh. She wanted and needed fun in her life and many brought that to her. Kathy requested that people do not cry for her, remember the good, fun times we’ve had and laugh and celebrate her life. Love those around you and give a hug when you get a chance. They are a fantastic jolt of energy when you need one and they feel SO good!!! Rest easy knowing I am no longer in pain and that I am watching over you and always in your hearts. I love you all and we will meet again.
Funeral services for Kathy will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Divine Passage Funeral Home in Ripon. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at the funeral home from 3-7pm and also on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 9am until the time of the services. Burial will be held in the Mackford Union Cemetery in Markesan.
Dorothy E. Mueller, age 68, of Ripon, passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 at the Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac. She was born on February 14, 1946 in Wisconsin Rapids, the daughter of Edwin and Esther (Luebeck) Liezen. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids and the Wisconsin School of Cosmetology in Green Bay. Dorothy was united in marriage to Roger Mueller on September 9, 1967 at Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ripon. She worked at Alliance Laundry Systems as the Office Receptionist/ Operator for over 35 years and enjoyed every year she worked there. She loved reading and spending time with her family and grandsons. She was very blessed to travel a lot in life with her family and friends all over.
She is survived by her husband Roger of Ripon; two sons: Roger Jr. and Ryan (Kim) both of Ripon; two grandsons: Remington and Roman Mueller; one sister-in-law, BeeJay Liezen of Wisconsin Rapids; one brother-in-law, Donald (Donna) Mueller of Ripon, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband’s parents, her brother Bruce Liezen, and nephew Bruce Liezen II.
Visitation for Dorothy will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 4-7pm at Divine Passage Funeral Home in Ripon. Friends and family may also visit at Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ripon on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 10:00am until the time of the funeral services.
Funeral services for Dorothy will be held at 11:00am on Friday, January 9, 2015 at Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ripon with Pastor Dennis Meier officiating. Interment will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ripon.
Jerry R. Bartow, age 71, of Green Lake, passed away on Christmas morning, Thursday, December 25, 2014 at All About Life in Fond du Lac after a long battle with illness caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. He was born on February 17, 1943 in Racine, WI, the son of Myron W. (Mike) and Leona (Spiegelberg) Bartow. Jerry grew up in Oshkosh, graduated from Oshkosh High School and Wisconsin State University, Oshkosh with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969 and was stationed in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.
On June 7, 1969, Jerry was united in marriage to Alice M. Neville in Rockaway, NY and they had three children. Over the years, he and Alice lived in different areas of the country. He was employed by JC Penney’s in Madison, WI. They then moved to Baltimore/Howard County, MD where Jerry was employed as a purchasing agent by the Hecht Co. In 1976, Jerry moved his family to Abilene, KS. He was employed by Duckwall/ALCO Stores for 20 years and retired in 1996. In 1999, Jerry purchased the Dartford Inn in Green Lake, WI and ran the motel until 2009 when illness forced him to retire.
Over the years, Jerry has been a Boy Scout leader, Little League coach, and was active in his children’s schools and activities. As a businessman, he was active in the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations. He was a member of the American Legion Post 306 in Green Lake and Disabled American Veterans of America and served on the Green Lake County Council. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends, hunting and fishing, and was a member of the Monday Night Cribbage League.
Jerry is survived by his wife Alice; three children: Eric (Angela) Bartow of Havre, MT, Laura Bartow of Green Lake, Stephanie (Kory) Effinger of Rolla, MO; 8 grandchildren: Ryan Bartow, Jade Effinger, Evan Bartow, Matthew Effinger, Aiden Luepke, Remington Effinger, Jamison Luepke, and Katharine Luepke. He is also survived by one sister, Patricia (Duane) Weisenhaus; brothers-in-law Peter and William Neville, sisters-in-law Elizabeth O’Dwyer, Ellen Neville, Kathleen Gibbons, Christine Neville; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Service for Jerry with full Military Honors will be held at 11:00am on Monday, January 5, 2014 at Divine Passage Funeral Home in Ripon. Visitation will be held from 3-5pm on Sunday, January 4, 2014 at Divine Passage Funeral Home and also on Monday from 10:00am until the time of the services. Interment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Willis-Chapel American Legion Post #306 Building Fund.
Jon Rataczak, age 60, of Berlin, passed away on Monday, December 22, 2014 at the American House in Berlin. He was born on May 8, 1954 in Fond du Lac, the son of Leland and Marjorie (Modorow) Rataczak. Jon spent most of his life in Princeton, having fun and fishing.
He is survived by his 3 brothers: Mark of Princeton, Ned of Princeton, and Scott of Markesan; 3 sisters: Maureen (Richard) Sieber of North Carolina, Ann (James) Geer of Florida, and Karen (David) Kamp of North Carolina; many nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Per the wishes of the Rataczak family, a Memorial Service for Jon will be held at a later date. Interment will be held in the Dayton Cemetery.
Irene J. Prellwitz, age 91, of Ripon, passed away with her family by her side on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Ripon Medical Center. She was born on June 26, 1923 in the Village of Ashippun, WI, the daughter of George and Josie (Bursma) Wendlandt. She graduated from Wautoma High School, Class of 1942. Irene was united in marriage to Lawrence Prellwitz on August 7, 1943 in Ripon. They have been lifelong members of Our Saviour’s United Church of Christ. She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Parkview Nursing Home in Ripon. She enjoyed line dancing and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by her loving husband Lawrence of Ripon, 3 sons: Gerald (Martha) of Green Lake, Ricky (Debbie) of Ripon, Ronold (Lisa) of Kaukauna; 2 daughters: Karen (Gary) Clark of Brandon, Carol Prellwitz of Ripon, 8 grandchildren: Robert (Amy) Prellwitz of Mequon, Rebecca (Robert) Paxton of Wauwatosa, Jason Manthei of Fond du Lac, Lisa Kay Manthei of Green Bay, Stephanie Prellwitz of Ripon, Danielle Hinton of Ripon, Adam Prellwitz of Kaukauna, Sara (Danny Preissner) Prellwitz of Kaukauna; 8 great grandchildren: Sullivan, Harrison and Eliana Prellwitz; Audrey and Liam Paxton, Aaliyah Wilson, Damian Singh, and Jayden Hinton; and many dear friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, and infant grandson Jeremy Adam Manthei.
A Funeral service for Irene will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Our Saviour’s United Church of Christ in Ripon with Rev. Dr. Kevin Mundell officiating. Friends and family may visit at Divine Passage Funeral Home in Ripon on Friday, December 26, 2014 from 4-7pm and at the CHURCH on Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 10:00am until the time of the service. Burial will be held in the Hillside Cemetery in Ripon. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the church.
Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Hill, age 90, of Green Lake, passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014. She was born on January 13, 1924, in Rockford, Illinois, the daughter of Arthur and Lily (Bennett) Rowley. After the death of her mother, Lily, she was raised from the age of 5 by her mother Maye Rowley. Betty was united in marriage to Hazen Hill on October 30, 1943 at the home of her parents in Ripon. He preceded her in death on November 21, 2004. From 1960 to present, she was the Corporate Secretary/Treasurer for The Rowley Tool Corporation, the Green Lake company that was founded by her father in 1945. She was also a long-time active member and former office holder for the Wisconsin HCE.
She is survived by her 3 sons: Alvin E. Hill of Sleepy Hollow, IL; Byron (Nancy) Hill of Green Lake; and Daniel (Frances) Hill of Green Lake; 6 Grandchildren: Matthew Hill, Kristin (Sanjay Deshpande) Hill, Jacob Hill, Brita (Daniel) Dietzel, Anthony Hill, and Benjamin (Sarah Bartlett) Hill; and her 11 great grandchildren: Nicki, David, Maya, Eva, Hazen, Caleb, Samuel, Joseph, Julia, Angel Ellianna and Jackson. She is preceded in death by her father Arthur, mother Lily and mother Maye, her husband Hazen, sister Maisey Krutsch; 2 brothers: John “Jack” Rowley and James Rowley; and daughter-in-law Karen Hill.
A Graveside Committal for Betty will be held at 11:00am on Friday, December 26, 2014 at the Dartford Cemetery in Green Lake. Friends and family are invited to attend. Memorial donations may be made to the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter.
Kenneth Gardner, age 93, of Ripon, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Agnesian Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac. Per the wishes of Ken’s family, a Memorial Service will be held on a later date.
Ellwyn Otto Klingbeil, age 85, of Green Lake, passed away at his home on Saturday, December 6, 2014. He was born on October 5, 1929 in Waukegan, IL, the son of Julius and Florence (Mitchell) Klingbeil. On October 10, 1954, he was united in marriage to Donna Eisner at The Federated Church in Green Lake. She preceded him in death on May 29, 2001. Ellwyn worked in the potato fields in Plover for several years after graduating high school. He then moved to Green Lake and farmed his own land for over 57 years. Ellwyn also worked for the Green Lake Conference Center and drove forklift for the Ripon Canning factory. He was a member of The Federated Church of Green Lake and belonged to the Polka Dance Club. He enjoyed snowmobiling, dancing and is well known for making Christmas Wreaths.
He is survived by his four sons, Ronald (Madeline) of Berlin, Brian (Julie) of Green Lake, Steven (Linda) of Green Lake, and Michael of Ripon; 5 grandchildren, Melissa (Shay) Korittnig of Neenah, Jeremy (Theresa) Klingbeil of Appleton, Ryan Klingbeil of Green Lake, Evan (Elaine) Klingbeil of Richmond, TX, and Stacy (Erind) Qerimi of West Bend; 5 great grandchildren, Jackson and Hamilton Korittnig, Addison and Bennet Klingbeil, and Adrian Qerimi; one sister Florence Smith of Madison; Special friends, Mr. Gary and Ardis Benz of Hixton, WI and Jennette Davis of Oshkosh; other relatives and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Donna and sister Shirley Rabenhorst.
A Memorial Service will be held for Ellwyn at 11:30am on Friday, December 12, 2014 at The Federated Church in Green Lake with Rev. Karen Gygax Rodriguez officiating. Friends and family may visit at the church on Friday from 10:00am until the time of the services. Inurnment will be held in Dartford Cemetery in Green Lake.
Dennis “Red” Dahlke Sr, age 67, of Brandon, went to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at his home with his loving family at his side. He was born on March 6, 1947 in Ripon, the son of Edward and Evelyn (Kysely) Dahlke. He was educated in the Sunnyknoll Country School and later in Brandon school district. He loved working on the family farm growing up.
On May 27, 1967 he married Connie Henning in Brandon, where they lived and raised their three children. Dennis worked at the Bonduelle Vegetable processing plant in Fairwater for 46 years. He loved traveling and taking family vacations with their children and grandchildren. He also loved spending time with his brothers-in-law doing Carpentry work, helping out at the feed mill, and up north hunting weekends. He loved hunting and fishing with his sons and grandsons and going to his granddaughters sports games. He has many precious memories with his family.
Dennis is survived by his lovely wife of 47 years, Connie; one daughter, Carie (David) Hood of Green Lake; two sons, Dennis Jr (Susan) and Corey (Lori) of Brandon; two granddaughters, Alexa and Sydney Dahlke; seven grandsons, Riley, Ethan, Calin, Sawyer, Dylan, Jason, and Terry; four great-grandchildren, William, Braelyn, Spencer and Kennedy. He is further survived by one brother, Merlin of Brandon; three sisters, Ellen Fude of Waupun, Sharon Thompson of Rockford, IL, and Dona Velarde of Anchorage, Alaska; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Dennis is preceded in death by his parents, Infant brother Jerome; two sisters, Evelyn Vis and Sandra Dahlke; and brother-in-law Ernest Fude.
Funeral services for Dennis will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon with Rev. John Tilstra officiating. Friends and family may visit at the church on Saturday from 10:00AM until the time of the service. Interment will be held in Brandon Cemetery.
Gordon Retzlaff, age 77, of Ripon, passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. He was born on November 16, 1937 the son of Fred and Agnes (Genrich) Retzlaff. He graduated from Omro High School and worked on the family farm. He worked for WG&R in Oshkosh delivering furniture for 20 years as well as driving the Cabulance.
Gordon is survived by two sisters, Marion Blackburn of Ripon and Carol Volkening of Holmen, WI; other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Barbara Retzlaff.
Per the wishes of the family, a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Lehman, age 94, formerly of Ripon, passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014 at St. Clare Hospital
in Baraboo, WI. She was born on November 15, 1920 in Plymouth, WI, the daughter of Alfred and
Ella (Abraham) Meerstein. She was baptized, confirmed and attended school at St. John's Lutheran in Plymouth. She
graduated from Plymouth High School and attended Business School. She formerly worked for Lakeshire-Marty and Borden Company in Plymouth, as a Lab Technician. During World War II she earned the Army-Navy Production Award Emblem "E" Recognition of
Meritorious Work performed as an employee of Lakeshire-Marty.
Luetta was united in marriage to Carlton Lehman on June 2, 1948. They celebrated 51 years of marriage when he preceded her in death on January 12, 2000. Luetta moved to Ripon in 1948 where she lived for 54 years and then moved to Baraboo, WI in 2002. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Ripon and taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the Woman's Guild, and volunteered at the Second Time Around Store and Quilting for Missions. She worked for Adecco in Ripon and Ripon College.
Luetta is survived by her daughter, Diane (Daryl) Luck of North Freedom; grandson, Scott Luck; granddaughter Stephanie (Ryan) Ballweg; great-granddaughter Natalie Ballweg; great-grandson, Bryce Ballweg; brother Alfred Meerstein of Plymouth; sister Donna Gray of Berryville, Arkansas; two sisters-in-law Vivian Meerstein and Agnes Meerstein both of Plymouth; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Carlton; two sisters, Beatrice Buelke and Dolores Owens; and three brothers, Victor, Raymond, and Elmer Meerstein.
Funeral services for Luetta will be held at 11:00am on Friday, November 28, 2014 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Ripon, with Rev. Brian Fritsch officiating. Friends and family may visit at the church on Friday from 10:00am until the time of the services. Interment will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Messiah Lutheran Sunday School in Ripon or Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo.
Steven J. Houle, age 48, of Ripon, passed away at his home on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. He was born on December 11, 1965 in Denver, CO the son of Daniel and Darleen (Kieft) Houle. He graduated from the University of Michigan and worked for Ripon Cookies.
Steve is survived by his parents, one brother and one sister. Per the wishes of his family, no services will be held.
James A. Fillardeau, age 72, of Ripon, passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014 at Autumn Bay Assisted Living in Ripon. James was born on March 27, 1942 in British Colombia, Canada the son of Francis and Harriett (Ellis) Fillardeau. He worked for Trek Bicycle Corporation in Waterloo, WI for many years.
Per the wishes of the Fillardeau family, James will be cremated with no funeral services.
Mardell Marie Diamentis, age 75, of Ripon, passed away on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Ripon Medical Center. She was born on March 21, 1939 in the Town of Mecan, the daughter of William and Alice (Preibe) Otto. She was united in marriage to Joseph Diamentis. He preceded her in death in 2005.
She is survived by her two sons, Richard Diamentis and Robert Diamentis both of Ripon; brother, Donald (Joan) Otto of Sheboygan Falls; sister, Mary (Daniel) Pischke of Montello; sister-in-law Barbara Otto of Sheboygan Falls; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe, two brothers, Arvid and Roger Otto; and sister Dorothy Otto.
Per the wishes of the family, Mardell is being cremated with no funeral services.
Phillip Gifford, age 62, of Green Lake, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Berlin Memorial Hospital with his loving wife Luanne by his side. It was the wishes of Phil to be cremated with no services.
Hazel Dimitroff, age 94, of Johnson Creek, WI passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Watertown, WI. She was born on November 26, 1919 in Hillsboro, WI the daughter of Fred and Ethel (Leatherberry) Sormrud. Hazel was baptized and confirmed of the Lutheran faith. She was united in marriage to Rodney Dimitroff for over 60 years. He then preceded her in death in October 2003. She lived in Milwaukee, WI, Northridge, CA, Hartland, WI and Johnson Creek, WI.
She is survived by one sister, Nancy McKnight of Lengby, MN; two nieces, Sandra (Fred) Alvardo of Oconomowoc, WI and Cathy (Ken) Gunvalson of Gonvick, MN; two nephews, Sean (Lorie) McKnight of Fosston, MN and Wayne (Lib) Sormrud of Jefferson, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rodney, and her two brothers, Morlan and Sherman.
A Time of Remembrance for Hazel will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 3 to 4pm at Divine Passage Funeral Home, 175 N Douglas Street, in Ripon. Funeral services will be held at 11:45am on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Sunset Ridge Assisted Living in Johnson Creek, WI. Friends and family may visit at Sunset Ridge Assisted Living from 10:45 until the time of the services. Burial will be held on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 1:00pm at Mount Vernon Cemetery in Hillsboro, WI.
Donald Joseph Montey, age 75, of Brandon, passed away at his home on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was born in Fond du Lac on June 19, 1939, the son of Michael and Lillian (Raatz) Montey. Donnie worked at Ripon Foods for over 50 years and enjoyed making the cookies. He also enjoyed working on machines and excavating.
Donnie is survived by four siblings, Cordilia “Corky” (David) Thiel of Ripon, Gordon (Gerda) Montey of Ripon, Cathleen Gundlach of Marshall, Michael (Kathleen) Montey of Rosendale; his Aunt Tootie Weishaar of Ripon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Gaile Gundlach.
A Time of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 1 to 2pm at Divine Passage Funeral Home, 175 N Douglas Street, in Ripon.
Alfred August Zabel, age 96, formerly of Fairwater, passed away on July 18, 2014 at Kindred Hearts in Green Lake with his family by his side. He was born on October 18, 1917 in Green Lake County, the son of August and Jennie (Daane) Zabel. He was united in marriage to Edna Kubehl on September 24, 1944 at Zion Lutheran Church in Fairwater, the church where they have been life-long members. Alfred’s faith in Christ helped him to face all of the joys, sorrows and challenges in his life. He was a member of the church choir, served as church President Council and was a Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent. He served on the Township of Metomen Board for 8 years and was a member of the Harmony Kings Barbershop for over 20 years. Alfred was a life-long farmer on his own farms in the Fairwater area. He loved listening to music with his wife Edna, and enjoyed playing his guitar and harmonica at the same time.
Alfred is survived by his two daughters, Karen (Edward) Ellsworth of Ripon, Faye (John Samuelson) Zabel of Markesan; two sons, Mark (Erin) Zabel of Greeley CO, Barry (Beth) Zabel of Ripon; 9 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; one sister Delores Austin; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Edna; two brothers, Clarence and Bernard; and two granddaughters, Danielle and Alyse Zabel.
Funeral services for Alfred will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Fairwater with Pastor Shari Routh officiating. Friends and family may visit at the Church on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:00am until the time of the services. Burial will follow at the Fairwater Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Agnesian Hospice or Zion Lutheran Church.
The Zabel family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and nurses at Agnesian Hospice and the Ripon Medical Center for their wonderful care of Alfred.
Lawrence L. Harvey, age 66, of Green Lake, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Kindred Hearts in Green Lake. Per the wishes of Lawrence, no service will be held.
Melford N. Sorensen, age 93, of Ripon, passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Prairie Place in Ripon. Melford was born in 1921 to Sam and Dorothy (Pope) Sorensen in the Town of Lind, Waupaca County. He graduated from Waupaca High School in June of 1939. He attended the University Of Wisconsin College Of Agriculture for two years, majoring in Dairy Science and Dairy Cattle Genetics. In 1941 Melford moved to Green Lake and was employed by the Green Lake County Dairy Herd Improvement Association as a supervisor for the University of Wisconsin. Melford married Myrtle Spievogel on May 23, 1942 at the Town of Lind Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waupaca, Wisconsin.
In 1942 Melford enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Force and served 36 months on Guadalcanal and other areas of the southwest Pacific as a Staff Sergeant in the Army Airways Communication Squadron. In route to Guadalcanal, Mel’s convoy was attacked by a Japanese submarine. The squadron was harassed by “Washing Machine Charlie” with night time bombing raids on Henderson Field.
At the end of WWII, Melford trained at the University of Wisconsin as an insemination Technician and served Green Lake, Fond du Lac, and Winnebago Counties for East Central Breeders/Select Sires. After serving for 45 years, he completed over 150,000 first service cows, a record for Select Sires.
Mel and Mert loved to travel and vacationed all over the United States, in Europe connecting with relatives in Denmark, Australia and in New Zealand where Mel visited during WWII. Mel competed in horseshoe throwing competitions throughout Wisconsin. He and Mert loved to dance, play cards, socialize with friends, and spend time with family. He enjoyed sports, particularly baseball. Mel and Mert were active members of Grace Lutheran Church in Ripon throughout their marriage.
Melford is survived by his children: Sandra Sorensen, Surprise, AZ, Jackie (Ed) Belka, Eau Claire, Richard (Julie) Sorensen, Ripon, and Peter (Mary) Sorensen, De Pere. He has eight grandchildren: Stacey (Tim) Holleran, Smyna, GA, Stuart (Heather) Schrader, Plymouth, MN, Samantha (Jason) Herheim, De Forest, Andrea (Greg) Van Buren, East Troy, Andrew Sorensen, Marinette, Justin (Carissa) Sorensen, Ripon, Nicholas (Danielle) Sorensen, De Pere, and Kate Sorensen, De Pere. Mel is survived by seven great-grand children. He is also survived by his sister in law, Helen Sorensen, Madison. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Myrtle, and his brother, Merwyn.
Funeral services for Mel will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 430 W Griswold St., Ripon, with Rev. Clay Salmela officiating. Friends and Family may visit at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Liberty Prairie Cemetery, Pickett. The family would like to thank the staff of Prairie Place CBRF for their wonderful care of Mel the past three years.
Marilyn Ruth Stollfus, age 81, of Pickett, went to heaven on Saturday, April 19, 2014 with her family by her side. She was born on June 7, 1932 in Ripon, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Morris) Morris. She graduated from Ripon High School, Class of 1951. Marilyn was united in marriage to Arlon Stollfus on April 19, 1952 in the First Congregational Church- UCC of Ripon. He then preceded her in death in November of 1991. Marilyn was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of North Fond du Lac, the Tops Club and Friends for Fitness. She was a Poll worker for many years. She loved taking her two dogs Jenny and Toby for long walks down to the neighbor’s woods. She spent a lot of time with her three grandchildren on the farm and shared many good times together. She also loved to read, go bowling and play cards with all of her friends.
She is survived by her son, Charles (Lisa) Stollfus of Pickett; two daughters, Christine (Donn) Wright of Green Lake, Cindy (Michael) Johnson of Pickett; three grandchildren, Ryan, Christopher and Joshua Stollfus; two sisters, Joanne Adamski of Ripon, Phyllis (Richard) Kempfer of Ripon; two brothers, Elroy (Becky) Morris of Neshkoro, Joe (Linda) Morris of Ripon; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, husband Arlon, sister Miriam Balda, brother Milton Morris, and brothers-in-law Sylvester Adamski and James Balda.
A Memorial Service for Marilyn will be held at 12:00 PM on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at St. Paul Lutheran Church- Wels, 1010 Adams Ave, North Fond du Lac with Pastor Thomas Behnke and Pastor Michael Kampman officiating. Friends and family may visit at the church on Thursday from 10:00 AM until the time of the services. Inurnment will be held at the Village of Rosendale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Marilyn’s name.
Carolyn J. Knaub, age 74, of Green Lake, WI, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Kindred Hearts Memory Care Center in Green Lake, WI surrounded by her family. She was born on January 14, 1940 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Roland and Edith (Farmer) Biesel. She graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee and was a member of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. Carolyn was united in marriage to Bruce Knaub in Milwaukee on August 12, 1961. She enjoyed golfing, skiing, gardening, bowling and ballroom dancing.
She is survived by her husband Bruce Knaub of Brown Deer; three sons, Marc (Emily) Knaub of East Troy, Chris Knaub of Germantown, and Jeff Knaub of Brookfield; two daughters, Bonnie (Frank) Wiencek of Mequon, and Shari (John) Behm of Berlin; six grandchildren, Kaitlin Holme, Kendra Knaub, Heather Behm, Jacob Knaub, Matthew and Maggie Wiencek; her brother, Roger (Joan) Biesel of Kentucky; and her sister, Janet Sturgis of Oklahoma. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Don Sturgis.
A private Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established with the Alzheimer’s Association in her name. The family of Carolyn would like to extend a special Thank You to Generations Hospice and the staff at Kindred Hearts Memory Care Center for their wonderful care and dedication during this difficult time.
Mildred “Millie” Kranz, age 78, of Ripon, WI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Fountainview Care Center in Ripon, WI with her family by her side. She was born on July 30, 1935 in Friendship, WI, the daughter of Anton and Mildred (Lampheer) Dahlke. She was united in marriage to Wayne Kranz Sr. on August 10, 1951 in Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 7, 1999. Millie’s most prized passions were Bowling Tournaments and the Dallas Cowboys. She enjoyed crocheting, baking, cooking, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, going to casinos and the EAA. She supported the Ripon High School Football games and played Women’s Softball for many years.
She is survived by her three sons: Wayne Jr. (Fatima) Kranz of Algonquin, IL; Mark (Special Friend MaryAnn) Kranz of Ripon, WI; Jeff (Connie) Kranz of Ripon, WI; two daughters: Deb (Steve) Stollfuss of Ripon, WI; Tammy (Roy) Erickson of Brandon, WI; 14 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one sister Cordelia Davis of Ripon, WI; brother-in-law Jerry (Joann) Hohler of North Fond du Lac, WI; sister-in-law Sarah (Dick) Bartoli of Mayville, WI; and special friends: Jan Ohlrich and Judy Kranz. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne Sr., five brothers, two sisters and one grandson.
Funeral services for Millie will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:00PM at Divine Passage Funeral Home, 175 N Douglas Street, Ripon, WI. Roy Erickson will be officiating. Friends and family may visit at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM and also on Thursday from 12:00PM until the time of the service. Burial will be held in the Garden of the Cross Cemetery in Ripon, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society are appreciated. The family would like to extend a Thank You to the doctors and nurses at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and the Heartland Hospice Team. Divine Passage Funeral Home is proudly serving the Kranz family.
Eileen (Peschke) Gaab, age 88, of Ripon, WI, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Prairie Place CBRF in Ripon, WI with her family by her side. She was born in Ripon, WI on December 11, 1925, the daughter of Frank and Edith (Kaiser) Peschke. Eileen was united in marriage to Henry Gaab on December 22, 1943 in Seattle, Washington. He preceded her in death on January 17, 2011. She worked as an Office Manager for several years at Black Hawk Publishing in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. Any time spent with them was highly treasured.
She is survived by one son Michael (Elaine) Gaab of Bangor, WI; one daughter Deborah (Ronald) Wilson of Sheboygan, WI; five grandchildren Jennifer Gaab, Joe Gaab, Deanna (Daniel) Radtke, Jaimie (Galen Smith) Wilson, Brooke (Steven) Lilyquist; two great grandchildren Cody Radtke and Adam Radtke; one sister Carol Steinkraus of Beaver Dam, WI; and Special friends Connie Ruge and Ann Simon. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Henry, son Frank Gaab, and daughter-in-law Janet Gaab.
Per the request of Eileen, a private Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home.
Leo “Lee” Schwartz, age 62, of Princeton, WI passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at his home with his family by his side. He has born on April 12, 1951 in Ripon, WI the son of Leo and Gertrude (Thiel) Schwartz. Lee graduated from Montello High School and worked at Speed Queen for many years. He was united in marriage to his beloved wife San Juanita Martinez on April 3, 1973 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montello. Lee was a member of the Montello Rod and Gun Club and loved Sporting Clay Trap Shooting. He was an avid hunter and fisher. Lee enjoyed fixing cars growing up and made his own Hot Rods. His 1960 Chevy Impala was his prized possession.
Lee is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, San Juanita of Princeton; son Harry (Lori) Schwartz of Colorado; daughter Julie (Juan) Schreiber of Waupun; sister Kathleen (Mike) Brown of Oxford; three grandchildren: Cynthia Schreiber, Willie and Katie Schwartz; many nieces, nephews dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be held at St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montello on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 2:00PM with Pastor Peter Zietlow officiating. Friends and family may visit at the church on Sunday from 1:00PM until the time of the services. Burial will be held in Greenwood Cemetery in the Town of Buffalo.
Prudence Anne Giffey, age 85 died peacefully on Sunday, September
29, 2013, at Greenway Manor Nursing Home in Spring Green, WI. She was born on February 20, 1928, in Sheboygan County to Neil Victor and Monica Margaret (Sullivan) Giffey, and moved with her family to grow up on her parents’ dairy farm in the Town of Springvale, Fond du Lac County.
Prudence graduated from Fond du Lac Senior High School, and received a two-year rural school teaching degree in 1948 from Oshkosh State Teachers College. As a young woman in the 1940s and ‘50s, she and her girlfriends drove across country to visit and camp in national parks. After teaching in one-room rural schools in Wisconsin, she moved to California to teach in suburban Los Angeles schools. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Education at California State University-Los Angeles, and retired in 1987 after teaching 35 years in the Charter Oaks School District.
In California, she worked as a volunteer with theater companies, taught youths in her largely Latino church community, and lived with and cared for her mother for years before moving to Spring Green in 1994. Prudence was a gardener and athlete favoring bicycling, golf, basketball and tennis. She was a gifted amateur writer and lover of poetry and music. Prudence performed for many years with the Gregorian Schola of Los Angeles chant group, including a tour with performances in France. She also traveled to Ireland and Germany.
Toward the end of her teaching career, Prudence was diagnosed with serious sleep disorders which were previously undiagnosed. She enrolled in a potentially dangerous
program for narcolepsy and cataplexy, and carefully documented her experiences in the hope of advancing treatment for other people suffering from similar sleep disorders.
Prudence is survived by her brothers Neil (Janet) Giffey of Dodgeville, WI; Pierce Giffey of Appleton, WI; and David (Nancy) Giffey of Arena, WI; her nieces and nephews Anne Giffey, Thomas Giffey, Michelle Giffey, and Timothy Giffey; step-nephews Michael and David Goodfriend; and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, and sister-in-law Rose Marie Giffey.
Prudence received the Catholic sacrament of anointing from Fr. Mike Resop, pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spring Green. Funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 11:00am at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Fond du Lac Street, Ripon, WI with Father Robert Fictum officiating. Family and friends may visit at the church from 10:00am until the time of the funeral mass. Interment will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Township of Ripon. Memorial donations may be made in Prudence's name to the Environmental Defense Fund, or to Greenpeace Fund, Inc.
The family is grateful for the loving care given to Prudence for the past 10 years
by the staff at Greenway Manor Nursing Home.
Carol Jean Spiglanin (nee Dahse), age 69, of Ripon, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Michalene’s in Ripon, WI. She was born on December 24, 1943 in Racine, WI the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Mandli) Dahse. Carol was united in marriage to John Spiglanin on September 26, 1966 in Racine, WI. He preceded her in death in September of 1996. Carol worked as a Clerk for Western Publishing Company in Racine, WI for 32 years and then moved to Ripon, WI.
Carol is survived by her daughter Theresa Mitchell of Montevallo, AL; three granddaughters: Amanda Hemm of Racine, WI, Brittany Radtke of Ripon, WI, Nikole Radtke of Montevallo, AL; two great grandchildren: Cadence and Emerlyn Karst; two sisters: Shirley (Richard) Shallenbarger of Woodstock, IL, Beverly McNeil of Racine, WI; brother Edward (Diane) Dahse of Racine, WI; cousin Geri Hall of Princeton, WI. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband John, and sister Betty Ann Dahse.
Per the wishes of the family, no services will be held.
Kenneth H. Slate, age 74, of Ripon, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Fountainview Care Center in Ripon, WI. Kenneth was born on December 11, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois the son of William Sr. and Dorothy (Franks) Slate. He was united in marriage to Rosalie Fletcher on October 28, 1968 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from Fond du Lac High School and became a Radio Technician for many years. He was a member of the Top Hats Motorcycle Club, Auxiliary Police Force, Green Fox Radio Club, and Ripon Area Computer Club. He was also a member of the Amateur Radio Club; his call signs were W9ITW and N0HIT. He loved working with radios and being a DJ in Fond du Lac, but most of all, he loved watching Doctor Who.
Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie; two sons, Kyn (Jodi) Anthony of Oshkosh and David Slate of Ripon; one daughter, Samantha Anthony of Fond du Lac; one brother, William (Joan) Slate of Markesan; many grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Patricia Anthony; and one brother John Slate.
Per Kenneth’s wishes, no funeral services will be held.
Patricia M. Smith, age 72, of Green Lake, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in her home. She was born on August 29, 1940 in Preston County, West Virginia, the daughter of Sylvester “Chief” and Maxine (Nee Griffith) Krupinski. Pat was united in marriage to Jack Smith in Terra Alta, West Virginia on July 7, 1962. Pat graduated college Summa Cum Laude from Fairmont State University. She then became a High School Social Studies teacher and drama coach before becoming a fabulous housewife, mother, grandmother and active member of the community. She was a talented musician and singer, leading a jazz trio in her college years followed by choir member for the Green Lake Federated Church. Pat formerly served on the Green Lake School Board and was a member of the Dartford Educational Club. She was an avid watercolor hobbyist, home decorator, collector, and hosted many themed parties with her enormous network of friends. She loved nature, gardening, football and being with her beloved cats Scottie and Max.
Pat is survived by her son Scott Smith of New Glarus, WI; daughters: Sherry Smith of New York, NY and Laura Wallenfang of Middleton, WI; sons-in-law Keith Peterson of New Glarus, WI and Kevin Wallenfang of Middleton, WI; grandchildren Heidi and Danielle Wallenfang; sisters Margaret Moore of Bridgeport, WV; Christine Ruppenthal of Bruceton Mills, WV and Susan Ice of Martinsburg, WV; other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jack Smith in 1986, and her companion Alex Schmidt in 2006.
A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at the
Green Lake Federated Church at
3:00 pm on Friday, July 19, with Rev. Karen Gygax-Rodriguez officiating. Following the Memorial Service will be an Open House at Pat’s home in Green
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, aids, neighbors, friends, and family for their care and compassion during her journey. In lieu of
flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Lake Area Animal
Shelter, The Green Lake Federated Church, or the American Cancer Society.
Carol A. Drefahl, age 68, of Ripon, passed away on Wednesday May 8, 2013 at the Markesan Resident Home in Markesan, WI.
Carol was born on August 29, 1944 in Milwaukee, WI the daughter of Joe and Irene (Wojcik) Zepezauer. She enjoyed drinking wine and spending time with her family and
friends. She always had
animals in her life and loved spending time and caring for them.
Carol is survived by her daughter Laurie (Tom) Engelhardt of Ripon, WI; sister Geralyn Schoenborn of Port Washington, WI; nephew Joseph Schoenborn of Saukville, WI;
special friends Al
(Carol) Anders of Waupun, WI and Dan (Marguerite) Parks of Ripon, WI; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Per Carol’s wishes, there will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, send memorials to Divine Passage Funeral Home to be forwarded to the family. The family
extends a special thank
you to all of the staff at the Markesan Resident Home for caring for mom!
Geraldine Freide Morgan, age 90, of Ripon, passed away on Good Friday, March 29, 2013 at Fountainview Care Center in Ripon.
Geraldine was born on January 12, 1923 in Baraboo, WI the daughter of Melvin and Freide Price. Geraldine attended Baraboo area schools and then moved to Portage, WI. In 1943 she married Clarence W. Morgan in Portage, WI. With her husband overseas fighting in WW II, Geraldine moved to Ripon and worked at Speed Queen until the end of the war. Geraldine then became a homemaker and started her family, and worked part time as a domestic. With kids in school, Geraldine returned to the workplace and was employed at Smith’s Laundry and Dry Cleaners until the business closed in 1973. Geraldine then was employed by A.F.K. Corporation in Ripon until she retired in 1988. In 1989 she traveled to Europe with her husband Clarence and traveled the same path of her husband during WW II. Clarence preceded her in death in 1999. Her passions were her family, reading, watching Westerns and the Green Bay Packers. Geraldine was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion in Ripon.
Geraldine is survived by her son Calvin (Dianne) of Princeton; her sister Betty Liptow of Ripon; her grandchildren: Michelle Zeatlow of Kettle River, MN; Nicholas (Tracy E.) Morgan of Knoxville, TN; Tracy Lynn Morgan of Harriman, TN; Kelly Bigalow of Fond du Lac, WI; Jennifer Standoff of Strasburg, CO; Mary (Cole) Lane of Austin, MN; and her special friend Dave Zeatlow of Ripon. She is also survived by many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Geraldine is preceded by her parents, her husband Clarence, her daughter Velva, her brother Roger, 2 sisters Dorothy and Elaine, grand daughter Laurann and grandson Thomas Max.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 6th at 1:30 p.m. at Divine Passage Funeral Home, 175 N. Douglas Street, Ripon with Rev. Joshua Pegram officiating. Family and friends may visit on Saturday April 6th at Divine Passage Funeral Home from 11:30 a.m. until time of services. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ripon.
Geraldine will be sadly missed by her family and friends.