The Association of Retired Conservationists was organized by a group of retirees from the Wisconsin Conservation Department in the 1960's. By the mid-1970's, the WCD had been combined with the Department of Resource Development to form the Department of Natural Resources, and the retirees group had grown significantly, met monthly for lunch and began inviting speakers to address the group on issues of interest to the members. Today, the organization has more than two hundred members.

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Evert, Carl H. Jr.

Carl H. Evert Jr., age 80, passed away peacefully at his home in Marxville surrounded by his family on Nov. 10, 2018. He was born in Madison on Nov. 28, 1937, to the late Carl H. and Dorothy (Young) Evert Sr. Carl graduated from Mazomanie High School; class of 1955. Following high school Carl attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, later returning home to manage the family farm. On Aug. 1, 1959, he married Jeanne L. Wieneke. While farming, Carl attended UW-Madison, he graduated in 1965 with a B,.S. in Biology.

Soon after graduating, Carl started a long career with the State of Wisconsin DNR where he would eventually be appointed director of Real Estate until his retirement in 1997. Carl enjoyed the outdoors and developed his own prairie, ponds, woods and trails throughout his 155 acre farm. He enjoyed hunting upland game birds and waterfowl, growing his own grapes for wine, tapping maple trees for syrup and cutting firewood. He was a sports fan following the Badgers, Packers and Brewers.

Carl and Jeanne enjoyed tennis together playing in leagues for many years. Aside from his interest in the outdoors and sports, Carl studied history; he served on the Berry town planning commission; boards for the Cross Plains-Berry Historical Society, the Mazomanie Historical Society and the local food pantry. Faith was very important to Carl. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marxville, where he formerly taught religious education and was a member of the church council.

Carl is survived by his wife, Jeanne; three children, Carl “Chuck” (Barbara) Evert III of Janesville, Michael (Kathryn) Evert of Cross Plains, Valerie (Michael) Wandschneider of Kohler; seven grandchildren, Carly (Jeffrey) Davis, Austin “AJ” Evert (Sarah Kirschbaum), Robert and Audrey Evert, Madeleine, Nicholas, and Nadia Wandschneider; one great-grandchild, Hallie Jeanne Davis; and brother, William (Alyce) Evert. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Nov. 17, 2018, at ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 8748 State Hwy 19, Mazomanie. A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., on Nov. 16, 2018, at HOOVERSON FUNERAL HOME, 251 Water St., Sauk City, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held in the church cemetery.

Carl’s family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to Dr. Jarzemsky and his staff at the Cross Plains Clinic, Cross Plains Pharmacy and Agrace Hospice for their care.

Vennie III, James G.

James G. Vennie III, age 71, passed away peacefully at his home in Mazomanie on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. James Gilbert Vennie III was born on Oct. 9, 1947, in Portage, the son of Robert and Dorothy (Burrows) Vennie. Growing up Jim was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Portage. He was also a member of Boy Scout Troop 70; where he flourished and received the status of an Eagle Scout. James graduated from Portage High School in 1966. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years as a Geographical Surveyor. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Natural Resources and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

James worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources throughout his career from 1978 to 2011. He loved to cross-country ski and participated in the American Birkebeiner for over 20 years. He was a member of NALMS (North American Lake Management Society) and was an advocate for healthy lakes and clean waterways. Jim enjoyed computers, fishing, canoeing, photography, traveling, and was a loving father.

James is survived by his wife, Joan (Bauer) Vennie; two daughters, Erin Beth (Jacob) Vennie-Vollrath of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and Katelyn May Vennie of Stevensville, Mont.; sisters, Sally (Roger) Dowd of Sheboygan, Linda (Robert) Leis of Washburn; his granddaughter, Anya Jade Vennie-Vollrath and other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at PFLANZ MANTEY MENDRALA FUNERAL HOME in Portage, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Jen Johnson officiating.

Military honors will be provided by the Portage Area Veterans Honor Guard following the service. Inurnment will follow at Forest Cemetery in Stevens Point at 3:30 p.m. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Nov. 10, 2018, from 12 noon until the time of service.

Narf, Richard Philip 'Dick'

Richard Narf, age 79, of Oregon, passed away on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, due to complications from an infection. He was born on April 13,1939, the son of Philip and Helen Narf. Richard led an active life filled with numerous accolades, from breeding champion Siberian Huskies at Butterfly Acres Kennels to many entomological discoveries. His research was well documented in one of his many spellbinding research papers like “Emergence Pattern of Stoneflies (Plecoptera) in Otter Creek, Wisconsin.” A stonefly, now named zealeuctra narfi, was his limnological breakthrough and the must-see bug of the year. Yes, that’s right, our legacy is that we have a bug named after us! Not everyone can say that. In fact, one of us probably sucked that thing into a jar as Dad turned over rocks for us along the creek bed.

Dad spent most of his career working for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Research, keeping lakes alive and constantly bringing bugs home to live in our refrigerator, van, basement, garage—you know, just like anyone who brings their work home with them. He was passionate about the waterways and the ecosystem and proudly served as an executive member of the North American Benthological Society (we had to google that one too so don’t feel bad). Because he had too much time on his hands, or perhaps because he needed an escape, he was also a member of the American Entomological Society, as well as a charter member, and past president of the Wisconsin Entomological Society.

Dad, of course, could not slow down in retirement and would spend hours in his woodshop making dog sleds. He also had a thing for cut and blown glass and dabbled in fine antiques; we blame his parents for that. He rekindled his love of astronomy and especially photography, always taking things to the next level. He won many awards for his photographs of orchids, as well as birds, particularly (no surprise here) waterfowl. No matter what he did, he was always a perfectionist just like his father.

Then the grandkids moved in. He spent countless hours playing with them, reading them breathtaking best sellers like, “Birds of North America” and “For the Love of Insects” in between driving them to soccer practice, and helping them raise (of course), bugs. From stick-bugs to caterpillars he was introducing his new generation to his passion. He also played a mean game of M&M and Twizzler keep-away, by hiding stashes that will be found for years to come, if the bugs don’t get them first. Seriously, we don’t know where they are all stashed. For these and so many more reasons, Richard will be missed by many. (We, however, will not miss the bugs).

Richard is survived by his daughter, Maria Narf Spuller; son, Steven Narf, daughter-in-law, Aryka (Johnson); and his grandchildren, Kai, Adric and Clara. He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; and his parents.

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at OLBRICH BOTANICAL GARDENS, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at 7 p.m. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Agrace and also the nurses and doctors at St. Mary’s Hospital.

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Beghin, Donald Lee

Our family lost a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Donald Beghin passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital surrounded by his family, Thursday, on Nov. 1, 2018. See obitury here. He was born on May 9, 1927, in Mauston, to Louis and Clara Beghin. Donald grew up on a farm north west of Wisconsin Dells. He graduated from Wisconsin Dells high school in 1945 and was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Dells Hall of Fame. Called to duty in World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and completed a tour in Italy, then was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in March of 1947.

After returning home he attended UW Madison, studying animal husbandry and agriculture. During summer breaks he was a tour guide driving the Wisconsin Dells excursion boats on the river.

On Oct. 26, 1949, he was appointed Conservation Warden for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He had a long and distinguished career with the DNR holding many positions, including field warden, boating administrator and district warden. Donald was one of the first wardens with wings, piloting the DNR’s first aircraft. He created the Wisconsin Boater, Hunter and Snowmobile Safety Programs. Don received the Governors Special Award for 33 years of service to the state of Wisconsin. His career culminated with the position of Chief Warden which he held for nine years before retiring in 1983.

Don married the love of his life, Marian Marie Parsons from Portage, on June 12, 1954. Together they raised four children. Donald enjoyed life to the fullest with his family. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. When there was talk of a fishing trip, Don was ready to go. Fishing trips to Fitchie Lake, Canada and Ball Club Lake, Minn. with friends and family were a regular pilgrimage. He enjoyed working with wood and helped to create heirloom furniture made from the trees on the farm. Because of his roots in farming, he loved to get his hands in the dirt. In retirement, Don and Marian traveled extensively enjoying many trips abroad and crisscrossing the country in their motorhome. He enjoyed a good game of bridge and never turned down a game of cribbage. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mount Horeb and a proud member of the American Legion.

Left to honor his memory is his wife of 64 years, Marian; his children, Bradley (Mechelle), Randall (Terri), Patricia (Mike) and Lynn (Alan); his sister, Betty; grandson, Daniel; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Clara Beghin; and his brothers, Kenneth and Robert.

A Memorial Service will be held at MOUNT HOREB UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 9542 County Highway S, Mount Horeb, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, with Reverend Julie Wilson presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the start of the service on Friday.

The family would like to thank St. Mary’s Hospital and the ICU staff for their excellent compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Badger Honor Flight, a charitable cause that Don felt strongly about, or to the Wisconsin’s Endangered Resources Fund.

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Sperling, David Larry

David Larry Sperling, age 66, of Madison, passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at SSM Health-St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born in White Plains, N.Y., the son of David and Phyllis (Hadfield) Sperling.

David graduated from UW-Madison. David worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He was a proud editor of Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine for the DNR for 30+ years. David was also a leader in the community. He was a strong advocate for environmental conservation. David was a talented cook and entertainer, and loved to travel, especially with his family. Family was a primary focus of his life. He was a husband, father, son, brother, and friend, who loved and protected passionately and relentlessly and impacted everyone he met.

David is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, David J. Sperling; daughter, Sarah Sperling; sisters, Maggie, Alice and Louise; and nephews, Daniel and Gideon. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the World Wildlife Fund.

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Nicotera, Ron

Ron Nicotera passed away on Oct. 2, 2018, at the age of 81. Ron was raised in Twin Lakes, attending Cottage Grade School and Wilmot High School, graduating class of 1954.

Ron graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Biological Conservation in 1958, and served the State of Wisconsin at the Department of Natural Resources his entire career. As a conservation manager, Ron worked on the development of the Bong Air Force base, into what is now known as Bong State Recreational area in western Kenosha County. Prior to his retirement from State service in 1992, Ron led the division to protect Wisconsin's endangered species.

Ron married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Hoffman from Genoa City, in 1958, and had three children, Timothy, Seattle, Wash., Dan, Milwaukee, and Mark, Phoenix, Ariz. Ron and Marlene also have three grandchildren, Allison, Emily and Nathan.

Ron's retirement years were spent in Adams/Friendship and Bonita Springs, Fla. Ron and Marlene relocated to Arizona in 2017 while fleeing Hurricane Erma. Ron lived a full life, staying active and doing extensive traveling both here and abroad.

Ron is survived by his wife, Marlene of Phoenix; three sons; three grandchildren; a sister, Donna Unseth of Florida; a sister-in-law, Kay (Marvin) Anderson, Union Grove; nieces and nephews who loved him dearly

Pyrek, Thaddeus 'Ted' J.

Thaddeus 'Ted' J. Pyrek, age 72, of Horicon passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018 at his home with his family by his side.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Fr. Justin Lopina presiding. A visitation will take place on Saturday, August 18, from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will take place at St. Malachy Cemetery in Horicon with military honors conducted by the Horicon American Legion Post #157.

Ted was born the son of Thaddeus S. and Jessie (Zachacz) Pyrek on July 29, 1946 in Chicago. He was a 1964 graduate of Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. He then went on to the University of Montana where he received his Bachelor's degree in Forestry in 1969. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he completed his Master's in Forestry in 1974.

Ted was united in marriage to Geri Lynn Martin on August 21, 1971 in Milwaukee. He was a veteran of the US Army serving his country from 1969-1971 including one tour of duty in Vietnam. Ted spent his career in natural resource management as a forester for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 1974 until his retirement in 2007. Ted was an active member of Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon, where he served in many capacities such as trustee, parish council, and the finance committee. He also was active at St. Malachy School where he served on the school board. Ted was a member of the Horicon Rotary Club, where he served as past president and was a Paul Harris Fellow award recipient. He was a member of the Horicon American Legion Post #157 and the Society of American Foresters.

Horicon was an important part of Ted's life and he helped serve his community as a past 3rd district alderperson, helped Horicon become a Tree City, and served on the library board. In 2017 Ted received the Horicon Community Service Award. In his spare time Ted enjoyed being outdoors, especially while he was on his bicycle, and loved the time spent with his family and grandchildren.

Ted is survived by his wife Geri of Horicon. His daughters- Holly A. (Reid) Sollberger of Eau Claire, Erin M. Pyrek of Lexington, KY., and Rebecca J. (Benjamin) Kimmet of Viroqua. His 7 grandchildren- Margaret R. Sollberger, Henry P. Sollberger, Lucille A. Sollberger, Jacob L. Kimmet, Amelia C. Kimmet, Sebastian T. Kimmet, and Isaac M. Kimmet. His siblings- Thomas R. (Mary Ellen Stolder) Pyrek of La Crosse, and Janine D. (Timothy Walsh) Pyrek of Brevard, NC. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Special thanks to the doctor's, nurses, and staff at Hillside Hospice for the care and support shown to Ted and his family, and to family and friends who remembered Ted and his family in their prayers.

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Lovett, Orville, Lee"

Lee Lovett, age 78, of DeForest, Wis., passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. He was born on Jan. 4, 1940, in Jamestown, Ohio, the son of Ralph and Bertha (Weaver) Lovett. Lee graduated from Greeneview High School in Jamestown, Ohio. He married Helen Denbow, on Aug. 26, 1961, in Wilmington, Ohio. Lee received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio in 1962, and his master’s degree in entomology from the UW-Madison in 1964.

He worked as an entomologist and later a supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection from 1964 through 2001. Lee was a member of Bashford United Methodist Church in Madison from 1963 until his death, serving on many committees and singing in the choir. He was most committed to the annual mission trip to the Tree of Life Mission on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

Lee was an artist in wood and watercolor, completing many carvings and paintings, and for several years he carved with the DeWhittlers of DeForest. Lee was very physically active, especially in running, biking and cross-country skiing. He participated in many races, including two marathons and competed in the American Birkebeiner ski race at least 10 times. Lee especially loved all things outdoors, including birding, archery, hunting, fishing, trap shooting and sporting-clays shooting. He made annual trips west to hunt with friends and family.

Lee is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons, Brian (Jennifer) Lovett, 51, of Oshkosh, and Eric (Andrea) Lovett, 49, and their children, Robbie, 10, and Alex, 5, of Mendota Heights, Minn.; sister, Ruth Gills of Jamestown, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gene, Jim and Max; and sisters, Helen and Mildred.

A memorial service for Lee will be held at BASHFORD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 329 North St., Madison, at 12 Noon, on Saturday, June 16, 2018, with Dr. Amanda Stein presiding. A visitation will be held at the church, at 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be gifted in Orville’s name to Agrace HospiceCare or Bashford United Methodist Tree of Life Mission on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.

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Polasek, Joseph P.

Joe, age 65, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, at his home. He was born June 24, 1952, in Milwaukee, the son of Patricia Jane Polasek and Joseph Patrick Polasek Sr. Growing up, Joe was a straight A student, played basketball, and was Prom King at St. Francis High School. He attended the UW-Whitewater, receiving his undergraduate degree in Political Science. During his years at Whitewater, Joe was student body president, a member of the Delta Chi fraternity and was the first student ever elected to the Whitewater City Council. Joe then received his masters in Public Administration at UW-Madison.

Joe started his career with the State of Wisconsin in 1975, in the Department of Administration as a budget analyst, where he worked for nine years. He then began his life’s work in the Department of Natural Resources in 1984. During that time, he was instrumental in administering nearly every major state environmental policy. Every DNR program has Joe’s fingerprints on it. He was an avid sports fan and always the life of the party. Joe was a loving father to his son, Mike, and daughter, Lindsay. He was a second dad to many of their friends that referred to him fondly as Joe Pa. He shared 20 years of marriage and decades of a loving friendship after with Lori Jolin.

Joe is survived by his beloved kids, Mike (Christen) and Lindsay Polasek; mother, Patricia Polasek; and nephews, Steven (Tracy) and Kevin (Jodie) Polasek. He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Phillip Polasek; and sister-in-law, Barbara Polasek.

A visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2018.

A Celebration of Life will follow at the COME BACK IN, 508 E. Wilson St. in downtown Madison.

Gasser, Mariellen Rose

Mariellen Rose Gasser, 69, of DeForest, Wis. joined her Heavenly Father on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018, at the WINDSOR UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST in Windsor, Wis., with Rev. Dr. Julie Overman officiating. Burial will be in the Windsor Cemetery in Windsor. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Friday morning at the church. The Haudenshield Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City, Wis. is serving the family.

Mariellen was born on Aug. 31, 1948, to Merlin and Ellen (Waugh) Gasser in Poynette, Wis. She graduated from DeForest High School and MATC. She worked for the State of Wisconsin at the Department of Natural Resources for 33 years in the Finance Section located in GEFII. She lived her entire life in the Windsor/DeForest area. She followed the Green Bay Packers, and the Badgers and all things Olympic. During her life she became quite the U.S. and world traveler. She enjoyed reading, stamp collecting, and history related shows as well as several game shows. She moved to Parkside Assisted Living in 2015, and found many new friends there. She enjoyed the regular outings to Walmart, Olbrich Gardens, and various Christmas rides to view lights, and was always up for a trip to the Sassy Cow for some ice cream. She also was active in many of the “in-house” activities, looking forward to all the special musical entertainment brought in, chair exercises and chair volleyball, helping fill eggs for the Easter egg hunts, making of some crafts and of course her favorite acivity — BINGO. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mariellen is survived by three sisters, Janet (Richard) Krueger of Hazel Green, Wis., Lorraine Newlun of Windsor, Wis. and Audrey (Mitch) Weger of Madison, Wis.; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother-in-law, Robert Newlun; and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

The family would like to thank the Rev. Dr. David McDonald and the Rev. Dr. Julie Overman for all of the visits and spiritual ministering to Mariellen through the years and especially during her final days. We would further like to thank her church family for all of their support and prayers. The family also would like to thank the staff of Agrace for their compassionate care and concern for Mariellen and helped make her final transition through this life easier. Thanks also to the amazing staff at Parkside Assisted living for all the love, care and compassion they gave during her years with them. We will miss you dearly sister, but heaven has gained a truly gentle and loving soul.

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Lindberg, Richard D. 'Dick'

Richard D. “Dick” Lindberg, age 88, of Oregon, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital. He was born on April 25, 1929, in Sewickley, Pa., the son of Ewald and Ella (McKinlay) Lindberg. The family moved to Michigan where he grew up and graduated from Muskegon High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Following the war, Dick returned to college and earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan Tech.

He was united in marriage to Patricia "Pat" Cassidy on Nov. 11, 1954. Dick worked for the DNR in northern Wisconsin for many years, then moved to Oregon in 1967, continuing to work as a Forestry Planner with the DNR, retiring in 1989. He and Pat enjoyed traveling together.

They were active members of Holy Mother of Consolation Church. Dick also enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing, and volunteering with the AMVETS. Richard is survived by his wife, Pat; sons, Gregory (Denise) Lindberg and Paul (Cherie) Lindberg; grandchildren, Travis Lindberg, Evan (Amanda) Lindberg, Julia Lindberg, Zachary Lindberg and Noah Lindberg; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Daniel Lindberg; and brother, Alden (Aina) Lindberg.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 651 North Main St., at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to AMVETS. Online condolences may be made at Gunderson Oregon

Gyllander, Walter W.

Walter W. Gyllander, 73, of Iron River, died Monday, January 29, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospice in Duluth after a short illness.

Walter was born on June 15, 1944, in Grand Rapids, MN the son of Reino and Edna Gyllander.

He served his country in the Army National Guard. Walter worked for the Wisconsin DNR for 33 years retiring as an Area Forestry Supervisor. He was a member of the Brule Lions Club and the Brule Volunteer Fire Department.

Walt enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. Most important to him was spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-son, Gregory Gillespey.

Walt is survived by his wife of 21 years, Carol; sons, Grant (Janet) Gyllander and Greg (Sandy) Gyllander both of La Crosse, WI; grandchildren, Lillian, Grace, Gretta, Sara, Grady, Sully and Wiley; step-children, Tracy Gillespey of Herbster, WI and Darrin Gillespey of Superior; sister, Gail Shoemaker of Coleraine, MN; and a brother, Martin (Sandy) Gyllander of Park Rapids, MN.

A Celebration of Walt's Life will be held on Friday, February, 2, from 4-7p.m. at Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N 19th St., Superior.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walt's name to the Brule or Iron River Volunteer Fire Departments.

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Runyan, Dean S.

Dean S. Runyan, age 82, of Spring Green, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, following an extended illness. He was born on April 5, 1935, in Spring Green, the son of Sidney and Mildred (Snyder) Runyan. He was married on Oct. 3, 1959, to the former Lorraine A. Ruhland. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, and worked as a mechanic for the DNR for many years until his retirement in July of 1996, to pursue his passion of woodworking. Dean was an avid talker and self-taught himself his entire life, helping his children and grandchildren with many projects, and was always willing to give advice.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Runyan of Spring Green; three children, Deanna (Douglas) Louis of Lone Rock, Denise Runyan and friend, Brian Hake of Mount Horeb, and Tyran Runyan and friend, Kari Legler of Arena; five grandchildren, Dana Louis, Danielle and Dustin Roder, and Trae and Jessen Runyan; three brothers-in-law, Francis Ruhland, Charles (Sally) Ruhland and Ralph (Pat) Ruhland; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Mildred Runyan; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Kitty (Hank) Ringelstetter and Bonnie (Jack) Hickox; four brothers-in-law; and four sisters-in-law.

Email A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Spring Green. Father John Silva will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and again on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home in Spring Green is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences available at

Stautz, Clayton

Clayton C. Stautz, 91, of Kewaskum, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Hosptial.

Clayton was born on June 10, 1926, in the town of Kewaskum, the son of the late Clifford and Elsa (Bruessel) Stautz. On October 15, 1949, he was united in marriage to Aletta Quaas at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend.

Clayton proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was actively involved in the Robert G. Romaine American Legion Post 384 Kewaskum, where he served as Commander three times. He was a member of West Bend V.F.W. Post 1393, 40-ET-8, Kewaskum Lions Club, Masonic Lodge 138 F & AM West Bend. He was also recognized as Legionnaire of the Year for Washington County. Clayton was a retired member of the Kewaskum Fire Department after 32 years of service. He spent 15 years volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and was a regular American Red Cross blood donor, over time donating 154 pints of blood. Clayton was employed as a carpenter by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 38 ½ years building many of the signs and buildings at Mauthe and Long Lake.

Those Clayton leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Aletta; three children, Kevin (Laura) Stautz of Kewaskum, Stuart (Shirley) Stautz of Gurnee, Illinois, and Joanne Stautz of Kewaskum; grandchildren, Samantha Stautz, Amanda Stautz, Drew Daugherty, Alexia Stautz, Nicholas Stautz; a brother, Floyd (Ellen) Stautz of Madison; a sister-in-law, Alice Stautz of Shawno; other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Clayton was preceded in death by a brother, Jerome Stautz.

A funeral service for Clayton will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018, at Peace United Church of Christ, 343 First Street, in Kewaskum with Rev. Eric Kirkegaard officiating.

Clayton’s family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

The Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Home have been entrusted with Clayton’s arrangements.

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Nigl, Rudolph M. "Rudy"

Rudolph M. “Rudy” Nigl, age 84, of Richland Center, died suddenly at home on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, with the chainsaw at his feet and his dog at his side.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Nigl of Richland Center, Wis.; four children, Rudy (Cherie) Nigl of Stoddard, Wis., Jeff (Pam) Nigl of Richland Center, Wis., Teresa (Patrick) Kash of Merrimac, Wis., and Patrick (Lora) Nigl of Beavercreek, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Nigl of Richland Center, Wis.; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald (Nancy) Nigl of Oshkosh, Wis., and Ralph (Maribeth) Nigl of Oshkosh, Wis.; special daughter, Ledys (Derek) Updike; and three special grandchildren, Kiara, Kaden, and Khyle Updike.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Nigl; and grandson, Nicholas Nigl.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at 11 a.m. at ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH in Richland Center. Local Military Honors Unit will provide graveside rites in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at the CLARY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME in Richland Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. where a Rosary will be held at 2:30 p.m. and also on Saturday at church visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Mary’s school. Online condolences can be made at

2017 Obituaries

Reuter, Judith C. (Anderson)

Judith C. (Anderson) Reuter, 83, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Judy was born on July 27, 1934, to Milo and Berdine (Ahrensmeyer) Anderson in Primrose Township, Dane County. Judy attended Nessa Rural School and New Glarus High School.

Her involvement in 4-H began at a young age, and she excelled at showing cattle in 4-H and Holstein Friesian Association, winning numerous awards in showmanship, including the inaugural Howard Clapp Memorial Award in 1949.

As an adult, she continued her participation as general and sewing leader for New Glarus 4-H Club. Robert and Judy shared their love of dairy farming, Holsteins and 4-H with their children through years of farming and participation in 4-H.

Judy united in marriage to Robert E. Reuter on June 28, 1953, at the Primrose Lutheran Church, rural Belleville. She retired in 1997, after years of working for the Department of Natural Resources. After retirement, she began working at the Swiss Historical Museum as a tour guide and cashier. She was a member of the Swiss Historical Society Board, serving as secretary and newsletter editor. She is also well known for providing the much loved bratzelis. She was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. She was a strong and beautiful woman, and will be deeply missed by all.

Her life’s legacy is honored by her children, Robin Reuter of Monticello, Rick (Jennine) Reuter of Menomonee Falls, Rolane (Rick) Kuhnen of Pewaukee, Roxanne (Richard) Klossner of New Glarus, and Rhonda (David) Kimmel of Oak Creek; her grandchildren, Rory G. (Nicole) and Kristin M. Klossner, Robert W. (Nicole Andresen), Ross A. (Elizabeth Hall), Rhett M. (Jenna) Reuter and Matthew R. (Emily) Kuhnen; and her great-grandchildren, Samantha A. Sherman, Olivia J. and Sydney C. Klossner, and Noelle B. and Rhett Harrison Reuter; a brother, Milo Anderson of Waunakee; sisters, Joy (John) Freitag of New Glarus and Jan Silbaugh of Oregon; and sister-in-law, Ruth Anderson of Belleville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Reuter; her parents, Milo and Berdine (Ahrensmeyer) Anderson; her brother, Thomas Anderson; brother-in-law, Charles Silbaugh; daughter-in-law, Belinda (Flanagan) Reuter; grandson, John R. Klossner; and granddaughter, Brittany A. Reuter.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at 11 a.m. at SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 506 12th Ave., New Glarus, with the Rev. Gene Talley officiating, and burial in the Swiss Church Cemetery, New Glarus, Wis. Relatives and friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at the ZENTNER-BEAL FUNERAL HOME, 29 6th Ave., New Glarus, Wis.

Memorials are suggested to the Robert and Judith Reuter Memorial Scholarship Fund. An online memorial with guestbook is available at:

Besadny, Bruce"

Bruce Besadny, age 64, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

He was born on August 19, 1953, in Madison, the son of Carroll (Dennis) “Buzz” and Barbara (Aldrich) Smith Besadny. Bruce was married to Janet (Grosse Kottka) Besadny on June 23, 1984, in Middleton.

Bruce was an Eagle Scout and a Conscientious Objector to the Vietnam War. He graduated from Memorial High School in 1971 and the UW Madison in 1975.

Bruce worked on Workers’ Compensation for the Department of Natural Resources. He had a variety of interests and was an avid reader of varied subjects including Theoretical Physics and the Shroud of Turin, and many authors including Dean Koontz, Preston & Child, and Sigurd Olson. He was a horror movie buff and a poet, loved to learn, and especially enjoyed nature and music. Bruce was at his best being a Dad, and was part of a loving family, which he treasured most of all.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife Janet (Grosse Kottka) Besadny; son Ryan (Kottka) Besadny (Jennifer Loftus Besadny); daughter Caitlin (Besadny) Carton (Josh Carton); grandson William Besadny; mother Barbara Besadny; sisters Barb Roeber (Larry Black), Sarah Besadny (Jim Meiers), and Jean Garcia (Andy Garcia). He was preceded in death by his father C.D. “Buzz” Besadny and a niece, Andrea Garcia.

A Memorial Gathering for Bruce will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL & CREMATION CARE, 7435 University Ave., Middleton from 1 PM until 2:30 PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Memorials in Bruce’s name may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Online condolences may be made at

Speth, Jerome J. "Jerry"

Jerome J. “Jerry” Speth, age 81, of Dodgeville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Judi Speth; four children, Steve Speth of Tucson, Ariz., Paul (Andrea) Speth of Evansville, Wis., Stacy (Lori) Jones and Jason (Lisa) Jones, both of Dodgeville; six grandchildren, Hailey, Nicole, Courtney, Shelby, Sean Jones and Samantha Campuzano; as well as a younger brother, Joseph, in Houston, Texas; and many other family members and lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Julia Speth; a brother, Francis; and a daughter, Leanne.

Funeral services and Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville. Rev. Jim Droste will officiate.

Burial will be held in East Side Cemetery with Military Rites accorded by the Dodgeville Area Veterans. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services on Thursday at the funeral home. A lunch reception will follow at DODGE POINT COUNTRY CLUB in Mineral Point.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jerry’s name to the Iowa County Cancer Coalition, P.O. Box 36, Cobb, WI 53526 or Upland Hills Health Foundation, 800 Compassion Way, Dodgeville, WI 53533.

Gorgen-McGinley & Ayers Funeral Home
400 E. Grace St., Dodgeville

Conrad, John Grey

John Grey Konrad, age 76, died peacefully at home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. He was born on April 9, 1941, at Madison General Hospital to Walter G. and Jane (Morrison) Konrad. On June 1, 2007, he was united in marriage to Violet M. Stensby-Lehmann. John is survived by his wife and best friend, Violet Konrad; his children, Marnie (Chris) Zander, Brian (Kristin) Konrad, and Dan (Kathleen Parsons) Konrad; his step-children, Candace (Kim Disrud) Lehmann and Tamar (Deena Ignatowski) Lehmann; his grandchildren, Sam Zander, Sydney Zander, Hannah Zander, Coby Zander, Nicole Konrad, and Alyssa Konrad; a brother, Richard (Barb) Konrad; a sister-in-law, Carol (Al) Antonson; his brothers-in-law, Glenn (Sandy) Stensby and Steve (Joan) Stensby; a niece, Linda (Tim) Bye; his nephew, Mark (Brenda) Konrad—Finley and Brody; step-nieces and nephews, Paul Antonson, Shanna Amble, Stacy Leverenz, Sarah Frosch, Scott Stensby, Angie Lombard, Allen Huseth, Peggy Santos, Linda Huseth, Sheila Booth, Leslie Steinberg, and their families.

John graduated from La Crosse Central High School and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

John worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in the Water Resources Research Program and for several years a joint appointment with the Soil Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was instrumental in developing programs for evaluating and managing the effects of land use activities on water quality in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the Great Lakes Basin including Canada.

John’s joy in life included adoring all of his children, step-daughters, and grandchildren. He loved attending their sporting events, especially soccer where he spent approximately 10 years as a referee for recreational and high school teams. John also enjoyed getting together for family outings and dinners. He was active in Amateur Radio since high school.

John and Violet loved doing the crossword and cryptoquote each morning in the paper as well as playing cribbage, euchre, hoss and pepper and dining out with friends, family, or just the two of them. John enjoyed his retirement years by being able to play golf all year round. In the summer, he always played twice a week at Pleasant View with his friends, Barry, Warren and Rick. In the winter, he would play in Arizona. He loved going on cruises with Violet’s family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7291 County Road PD, in Verona. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. A catered luncheon will follow the service.

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Widder, James J.

James J. Widder, age 82, of Dodgeville, died on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville. He was born on Aug. 21, 1935, in Sheboygan, a son of the late Reno F. and Audrey (Kolb) Widder.

Jim is survived by his wife, Joyce E Kieslich-Widder; his children, Brian Widder (Tom Gillen), Laura Widder and Lisa Paulson; his stepchildren, Marcia Kieslich (Dave Ramminger), Jan Kieslich-Janes (Terry Janes), Jill Kieslich, Mary Beth Burke (Jim Burke), Debora Kieslich and Anne Kieslich (Chris Frame); his grandchildren, Joe, Jade and Jasmine Paulson, Sarah, Sophie and Brenna Burke, Britta and Stina Rhude, Caleb and Jonah Shuda, Macie Janes, William Frame.

Funeral services for Jim Widder will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH in Dodgeville. The Rev. Mark Williamson will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by the Dodgeville Area Veterans. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday and from 10 a.m. until time of services on Monday at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to Upland Hills Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Martin, Ron

LODI - Ron Martin, 68, peacefully passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017. He had been resting at his home he helped build, nestled in the Lodi Marsh, surrounded by his loving wife, Kathy, and two sons, Andy and Dan.

In addition to Kathy, Andy (Rachael Harley), and Dan (Rachael O'Flaherty), Ron left behind his mother, Lenore Martin; all ten siblings: Gene (Jip) Martin, Dave (Shuleen) Martin, Rose Martin, Paul (Anne) Martin, Therese (Mike) Thompson, Carol Martin, Sheila (Larry) Durbin, Tom (Diane) Martin, John (Terri) Martin, and Maria (Joe) Coel; his mother-in-law, Rosalie Kiehnau; six siblings-in-law: Keith (Karla) Kiehnau, Wayne Kiehnau, Debra (Mike) Rudzik, John (Linda) Kiehnau, Renee (Ron) Heimerl, and Linda Kiehnau (Larry Yavorsky); a clan of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews; and more wonderful friends than one could ever hope for. Ron was preceded in death by his father, Hiram Martin.

Ron, the oldest of a big, happy family of 11 children, was born in Marshfield.

After a brief time there and in Madison, the growing Martin family moved to a small farm in Loyal where Ron had ample space to run around and cause a bit of mischief. Ron was lucky enough to marry the love of his life in 1979. Together, Ron and Kathy raised their two sons in a loving and peaceful family, contributed to their community, and explored the world. After two years at UW-Stevens Point, Ron transferred to UW-Madison to complete his degree in Biology.

He dedicated his professional life to advocating for water quality at the WI Department of Natural Resources. He led the State's efforts in controlling the spread and ill effects of aquatic invasive species. Ron's passion for protecting the environment continued after his retirement from the State as he continued to work with Dane County and the Friends of the Lodi Scenic Valley to ensure water quality for his fellow citizens.

A true conservationist, Ron spent most of his waking hours enjoying the outdoors. His love of nature was infectious, as was his love overall. He passionately enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, picking berries, running, hiking, skiing, and many other outdoor activities. It was through these activities, that Ron cultivated some of his closest relationships. And we can't forget the card game, Sheepshead, that he so loved to play with family and friends.

Smart as a whip, Ron was rumored to be the best player around. Ron is one of those special people who left the world much better off. Through his meditation, spirituality, and loving relationships, he found a truly peaceful place in this world where he exhibited humility, respect, and a passion for adventure and life. He helped create sustainable peace in his family, his community, and his environment. He was an amazing man who will be dearly missed by many.

A Celebration of Ron's life will be held at HOLY WISDOM MONASTERY, 4200 Hwy M, Middleton at 11 AM on Saturday, August 26, 2017, where a luncheon will follow the service. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON LODI FUNERAL & CREMATION CARE, 157 S. Main Street, Lodi from 4 PM until 7 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017 and also on Saturday at HOLY WISDOM MONASTERY from 10 AM until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Lodi Area Community Endowment (LACE), P.O. Box 5010, Madison, Wis. 53705-0010. Online condolences may be made at  The purest form of honor you can bestow upon this amazing man, is to be kind to others and our environment, with responsible and sustainable enjoyment of this amazing world.

Holmes, John P.

John P. Holmes, age 77, passed away on June 3, 2017, at Divine Savior Healthcare ICU in Portage.

John was born on November 26, 1939, in Adams, Wisconsin, the son of Frank and Helen (Bischoff) Holmes. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army following the Korean Conflict. He married Sharon Lee Rice on March 11, 1962. He worked for the Grant County Traffic Police, the Boscobel Police Department, and as a Conservation Warden from 1968 to 1988, when he retired.

He is survived by his children, Christine Stanko of Nekoosa, David (Tammy) Holmes of Pardeeville; brother, David (Gloria) Holmes of Platteville; grandchildren, Brock Holmes, Cale Holmes, Kyle (Caitlyn) Stanko, Ryne Stanko; and special friend, Pat Halasz of Portage. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Helen; and his wife, Sharon.

Memorial services will be held at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 8, 2017, with Jeff Nania officiating. Private inurnment will be in Boscobel at a later date. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E Cook St, Portage, WI 53901 or the Aldo Leopold Foundation, E13701 Levee Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913.

The family would like to thank the staff at Divine Savior Healthcare for their care and support.

Zaug, Dale Allen

Dale Allen Zaug, of rural Marion, age 76, passed away at home on Jan. 18, 2017, from Glioblastoma, Stage 4 Brain Tumor, which was first diagnosed in June of 2015.

Dale was born Jan. 3, 1941, on the family farm in the Town of Wyoming, Waupaca County, Wis., to Marshall and Evelyn (Block) Zaug and was the youngest of two children. Dale attended Big Falls grade school and graduated from Marion High School. After graduation he obtained an associate degree in Forestry from Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh. Dale married Lola Knaack on Sept. 8, 1962, and Dale then attended Michigan Technological University obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry.

Dale worked for the State of Wisconsin for 38 years, first as a forester then moving into technology as a systems analyst and data administrator. Dale and Lola lived in the Madison area for 35 years, raising their two children, Michael and Kristine in Waunakee, Wis. He retired to the Big Falls area in 2004 and started Zaug's Forest Enterprise.

Dale was active in many volunteer and environmental organizations including the National and Wisconsin Woodlands Owners Associations, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, The Big Falls Lions, St. Peter's and Mount Olive Lutheran Churches, Toastmasters, Local Planning Commissions and Boy Scouts of America. Dale enjoyed being outdoors, hiking, fishing and hunting, puzzles and cribbage, reading, playing cards, watching the Packers and Little Falls Baseball, playing with his grandsons and a good, strong cup of coffee. Dale traveled extensively with Lola and friends creating lasting memories visiting Alaska, Egypt, Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Korea, national forests and parks, and throughout the United States and Canada.

Dale is survived by his wife, Lola; his son, Michael (Kelly) of Forest Hills, N.Y.; and daughter, Kristine of Downers Grove, Ill.; sister, Sally Tschurwald; mother-in-law, Sadie Knaack; five grandsons, Quinton, Bronson, Cooper, Duncan and Colin; sisters-in-law, Anita (Ron) Kutella and Carolyn Knaack; as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Wilbert Knaack; two brothers-in-law, Ron Tschurwald and Dennis Knaack; and nephew, Scott Tschurwald.

The family is grateful to his amazing surgeon, Dr. Azam Ahmed, his gifted neurooncologist, Dr. Ian Robins, the doctors, nurses and aides at the UW Hospital and Hospice through Theda At-Home Care; family, friends and Pastor Janice Kuder who called and visited, as well as those that were so helpful during Dale's treatment in Madison.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at 12 noon at ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN CHURCH - BIG FALLS, N10685 Petersen Road, Marion, Wis., with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. The Rev. Janice Kuder will officiate and inurnment will be at Big Falls Cemetery in the spring. The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Marion, is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dale's name to UW Carbone Cancer Center, National Brain Tumor Society, or St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Marion.

2016 Obituaries

Kroehn, Thomas A.

Thomas A Kroehn, aged 82, passed away on Dec. 7, 2016, peacefully in his sleep at his home at Waunakee Manor. He was born on July 16, 1934, to William and Anna (Radeztsky) Kroehn in Milwaukee, where he grew up and attended Custer High School, and where he met his best friend and future wife, Carol Herbst. Tom served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56, as a surveyor in the Artillery Guided Missile Unit, including time in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge, he and Carol were married, and they remained happily married until Carol's death in April of 2013.

Tom earned a degree in Civil Engineering from UW-Madison in 1959. He worked first for the City of Milwaukee, and in 1966 began his career with the State of Wisconsin. After 10 years in various programs protecting water quality, he was promoted to lead the state's Environmental Programs in Madison. Tom retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 1992.

Tom was a loving and fully devoted husband, father and friend. He cherished time with his family and friends, most of all adventuring with Carol during their retirement. Tom's passions included geology, hunting, trapshooting, woodworking, tennis, golf and garage sales. He approached his work, his hobbies and his life with a sense of wonder, dedication and passion. He was a member of Midvale Community Lutheran Church.

To his family, Tom was known as Big Guy, for his tall stature and inquisitive personality. He is survived by his loving children, Kathleen (David) Krause, Mary Ann (Brian) Buenzow and Jim (Dawn) Kroehn. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Rachel (Isaac), Ashley (Adam), Justin, Clara, Emma, Marie and Rory. He is further survived by his brother, Gerald Kroehn, and sister-in-law, Jane Gundlach. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carol ("Brown-eyes"); brother-in-law, Ted Gundlach; and sister-in-law, Patricia Kroehn.

Blabaum, Carl J.

Carl J. Blabaum, age 87 of Highland passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Bloomfield Manor Nursing Home in Dodgeville. Carl was born October 1, 1929 in Boscobel, Wisconsin, the son of Arthur H. and Gladys M. (Schwingel) Blabaum. Carl graduated from the Spring Green High School, Class of 1947.

He earned a Bachelor degree and a Master degree in Civil and Sanitary Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was registered as a Professional Engineer and worked for several years as the Superintendant/Chemist at the City of Sheboygan Water and Filtration Plant and then spent over 30 years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and its predecessor agencies. While there, he was part of a team effort to ensure good drinking water, effective sewage and industrial waste treatment as well as noticeable improvement in the state’s surface and groundwater quality. The Wisconsin water pollution control program was highly regarded nationally and internationally.

During the Korean Police Action, Carl served with the 8th Engineer Combat Battalion assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division and held the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Following his army service and reserve duty totaling 6 years he was commissioned for several years in the U.S. Public Health Service Reserve.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents and by his daughter, Janet Marcia Blabaum. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy. At Carl’s request, there will be no funeral. Interment will be at the Avoca Cemetery.

Kwallek, Jr. Albert Joseph

Albert Joseph Kwallek Jr. passed away on June 28, 2016, in Lancaster, Wis., at the age of 89.

Al was born on Aug. 27, 1926, in New Auburn, Wis., to Albert Sr. and Freda Kwallek.

He grew up in the beautiful north woods of Wisconsin. As a boy and when not in school, he would frequently ride his bicycle 10 miles from town, out to Long Lake, one of his favorite places on earth. There, he would spend days on end fishing for the elusive musky, guiding tourists to fishing holes on the lake, and evenings sitting on the porch at the lake house with aunt Julia Campbell.

In 1944, during World War II, Al enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in France where he served as a teletype technician.

Following the war, he spent three years attending UW-Eau Claire pursuing a degree in history education. It was at UW-Eau Claire that a professor told Al, "He was suited to be a man of the Lord and a preacher." Al had other plans, and before he finished his degree he took the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden test. He passed with a near perfect score and was offered a position with the Wisconsin DNR and made his move to the driftless area in the southwest region of the state, Grant County. He never finished his degree.

In 1951, he married the sheriff's daughter, Patricia "Pat" Gillen, despite her insistence that she despised him when they first met. The couple welcomed seven children, 20 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. They were married for 66 years.

For the next 34 years, Al served the great state of Wisconsin and could be described by those who knew him as "stern but fair." During his time with the DNR, he served as a union steward, and was awarded the Haskell Noyes Award for Outstanding Conservation Warden. He taught the first hunter safety courses in the state of Wisconsin. He earned the honor of the top marksman of all law enforcement in the state and was a trainer for other servicemen. After retirement, he continued to serve on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress for 30 years. He also worked for the Hudson Bay Fur Company and the Seattle Fur Exchange in Madison.

Not only was Al a servant of the state, but he was also involved in his local community by serving many years on the Lancaster Community Parks Board, Lancaster School Board, and running for Grant County Sheriff in 1988.

Al was also a mentor and leader. For many years as an Explorer Scout leader, he escorted rambunctious groups of young men into the Boundary Waters where they experienced all that the outdoors had to offer.

He was an advocate for wildlife preservation and the great Wisconsin traditions of fishing and hunting. After retirement, he would make trips to Long Lake to fish and visit with his best friend, Hugh "Snook" Reed.

Fall in Wisconsin meant deer hunting was near. As the patriarch of a large family, Al was an avid deer hunter and he passed on his knowledge of the hunt and his love and respect of the land to his sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters. He enjoyed telling tall tales and was never short of constructive advice.

Al did not become a pastor, as his professor predicted, but he did become a shepherd of the land and preacher of Wisconsin's natural resources.

Al is survived by his wife, Patricia; six children, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Kwallek, Ellen (Richard) Sanson, Randal Kwallek (Jennifer Wepking), Julie (Lester) Vondra, David Kwallek (Mary Jean Drone), and Kathleen Kwallek (Virgil Schneider); grandchildren and their spouses; and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald; sister, Margaret; an infant son, Daniel; and daughter-in-law, Harla Kwallek.

Al's family will be holding a Celebration of his Life at one of his favorite locations, Wyalusing State Park, over-looking his beloved Wisconsin River. The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at 2 p.m. at WYALUSING STATE PARK in the Peterson Shelter, with a reception to follow. Please dress accordingly as this is an open air shelter.

The family welcomes all to gather and celebrate Al's life with memories and fellowship.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to

Albert J. Kwallek Memorial
c/o Kathleen Kwallek
143 W. Linden St.
Lancaster, WI 53813

Miller, Steven William

Steven William Miller died unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, at the age of 66, due to natural causes, while visiting his daughter in Alaska.

Steve was born Sept. 1, 1949, in Lakewood, Ohio. His family then moved to Parma, Ohio, where he grew up and excelled in athletics, especially baseball and basketball. His senior year culminated with an epic Cleveland Area High School Championship basketball game. Despite living in a sprawling urban environment, he became very interested in fish and wildlife management through reading sporting magazines about duck hunting and fishing. This sold him at an early age to pursuing a career in wildlife management.

After graduating high school in 1967, Steve attended Utah State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management spring of 1971. He then attended Oklahoma State University and earned a Masters in Wildlife Ecology. In 1974 he was hired by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and began field training in Wisconsin Rapids, marking the beginning of what would become a remarkable 42-year career. In August of 1974 he transferred to Shawano to work as a game manager. In 1978 he successfully competed for his first wildlife supervisor position in Cumberland and subsequently won the Wildlife Manager of the Year award in 1982. He served as Area Director in Marinette from 1982 until 1984. He then, was appointed as State Director of the Wildlife Management Program at the DNR headquarters in Madison. In 1992 he was promoted to Deputy Administrator of the Resource Management Division and expanded his oversight to include the forestry, wildlife, fisheries, facilities and lands, and endangered resources programs. After five years in that position he was appointed as the Resource Management Division Administrator and served from 1997 to 2003. Beginning in 2003 and until his retirement in 2015 he held the position of Director of the Bureau Facilities and Lands, overseeing the department's engineering, property management, real estate, capital development and master planning programs.

Steve was also a national leader in conservation. He served as Wisconsin's representative to the Mississippi Flyway Council from 1985 to 1992. He also represented the Mississippi Flyway Council as a member of the North American Wetlands Conservation Council from 2002 to 2006. Steve served on the Board of Directors of the State Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) from 2007 to 2014. During his tenure with SOBA he served as Board president (2011-2012) and in 2014 he was awarded the "Outstanding Service Award" in recognition of his commitment to the organization's mission.

His accomplishments and contributions to Wisconsin's treasured conservation and land programs are numerous. Highlights include proposing and overseeing the completion of the Land Legacy Report; Establishing partnerships that enabled the formation of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative; spearheading the restoration of the Whooping Crane; leading the Alternatives Funding Report; promoting "The Future of Hunting" program; championing and guiding the evolution of the Knowles Nelson Stewardship program. In The Gamekeepers: Wisconsin Wildlife Conservation from WCD to CWD by David l. Gjeston describes his influence as "committed to bringing a new, holistic management philosophy to the program as well as making an effort to make wildlife an integral part of peoples lives." In addition to the critters and programs he affected during his lifelong career he also hired and mentored numerous employees that went on to serve careers at the DNR, shaping outdoor recreation and natural resources management across the state. He was a friend and mentor to everyone he worked with at the DNR and took great satisfaction watching new employees grow into great careers, leading them every step of the way.

In his personal life, Steve was a committed and adored father and grandfather. He enjoyed many activities, especially playing basketball, fishing, duck hunting, hiking, and traveling - often taking one of his daughters or grandchildren with him. He also was a prolific reader and enjoyed writing, always seeking to learn more and share knowledge. His four daughters learned responsibly, tenaciousness and determination from the unfailing example he set for them. Plus, he instilled in their hearts his incredible love for the outdoors. He will be lovingly remembered for his jovial nature, fierce work ethic, and unwavering integrity.

He joined the Mormon faith in his early 20's, becoming a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints for the rest of his life. He served in many positions including Bishop, High Council member, Young Men's leader and as a beloved Sunday School teacher. His love for our Savior Jesus Christ sustained him and shone through in every facet of his life.

Steve is survived by his four daughters, Marcela Schultz of Mount Horeb, Wis., Ginger Miller of Orem, Utah, Debbie (Rick) Loerke of Deerfield, Wis., and Kamicia Miller of Anchorage, Alaska; six grandchildren; and sister, Linda (George) Dean of Parma, Ohio. He was preceded in death by parents, William and Virginia Miller, and sister, Lucy of Parma, Ohio.

Services will be held Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at the LDS chapel at 6651 Prairie View Drive, Sun Prairie, Wis. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a Memorial service starting at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow. Steve will be buried with a private ceremony in a special place overlooking the wild landscapes he loved so much and worked so hard to promote and protect for generations to come.

To honor and keep Steve's legacy alive, a permanent endowment fund has been established with the Natural Resources Foundation to support the conservation of Wisconsin's lands, waters and wildlife. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family respectfully requests that a donation be made to the Steven W Miller Legacy Fund online at Please indicate that the gift is in memory of Steven Miller or send a check made out to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Attn: Steven W Miller Legacy Fund, P.O. Box 2317, Madison, WI 53701.

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Chuck Pils contribution:

After Steve Miller's sudden passing and funeral, it occurred to me that I have a few stories to share about the man that reflected his humor and compassion........

* When my daughter Kristi was in high school, she was assigned to do a paper on the Mountain Meadow Massacre, which happened in 1857 in southern Utah when a group of Mormon militia teamed with Paiute Indians to kill and loot over 100 men, women, and children in a wagon train going west.

My wife said to me that maybe Steve would share his views of this incident as a Mormon and maybe our daughter could interview him. I at first thought this would not be a good idea, valuing the continuance of my job as one good reason not to call him. However I gave approval and Kristi called and interviewed him. Steve was on the phone for a long time with Kristi and did not get upset with her and patiently explained the Mormon's viewpoint.....I wondered how I would have reacted?

* I was with Steve on a trip to northern WI. We were driving through the WI Dells area on the Interstate when we approached a large billboard advertising one of the soft porn "Gentlemen's Clubs" in the area. I decided to pull Steve's chain and as we approached the billboard, I said, "Steve, pull in here, I want to get some reading materials " Steve quickly replied somewhat angrily, "I'll give them some explosive reading materials !" This was the closest I ever saw Steve to losing his composure.

Warren, Kathryn Irene

MONONA - Kathryn Irene Warren, age 54, passed away unexpectedly due to medical complications on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. She was born on March 15, 1962, in Elmhurst, Ill., the daughter of Jeanette (Anderson) Warren Bossingham and Keene Warren. Kathy grew up in Oregon, Wis., and graduated from Oregon High School in 1980. She then continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a degree in Sociology. Kathy worked for the UW Affirmative Action and then later for many years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She loved her job and working with people. Kathy loved music, reading, and the outdoors.

Kathryn is survived by her parents, Jeanette Warren Bossingham and Keene (Sue) Warren; daughter, Jennifer (Adam) Barlow; grandchildren, Bentley and Everett Barlow; brother, Kim Warren; grandma, Fern Warren; and her very special and loved soulmate of 11 years, Morris Lornitzo. She is further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ole and Helen Anderson, Keene and Wilma Warren; and aunts, Nancy Anderson and Ann Dreger.

Kathy will be truly missed by family and friends. She was a compassionate listener who was always kind, caring, and had a heart of gold.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at the BECKER-BEAL FUNERAL HOME, 109 Greenway Cross, Belleville, Wis., with the Rev. Sara Rabe officiating. Relatives and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, prior to the memorial service at the BECKER-BEAL FUNERAL HOME in Belleville. A memorial fund has been established.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at

Perttunen, Russel T.

MADISON - Russel T. Perttunen, age 78, passed away peacefully at home, on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born Nov. 8, 1937. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Pire), dear father of Theodore (Melanie) Perttunen and Eric Perttunen, and brother of Rudy (Vickie) Perttunen. He was preceded in death by his father, August Perttunen; mother, Elma (Kaurala) Perttunen; brother, William Perttunen; and sister-in-law, Marion Perttunen. He is further survived by grandchildren, Lyssa Perttunen, Justin Perttunen, Ashley Perttunen, and Cory Perttunen; great-granddaughter, Myrra Marsh; nieces; nephew; other relatives and many friends.

He graduated from Mass High School in Mass City, Mich., in 1956, and Spencerian College in Milwaukee, Wis., in June 1960, with a Bachelor's of Business Administration. He worked for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for 31 years as an accountant, before retiring in January 1995. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, camping and fishing at the cabin, ice fishing, watching both the Brewers and Packers, and being involved in the making of maple syrup back in Mass City, Mich., where he grew up. Russel was extremely proud of his Finnish heritage. He was a good Yooper!

A Memorial Service will be held at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1 S. Rosa Road, Madison, with Pastor Cory Hahnkee officiating, on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Service will be at 2 p.m., with a light reception and visitation to follow until 5 p.m.

The Perttunen family wishes to thank Agrace HospiceCare for their help and support. In lieu of flowers, we are asking you to donate to your favorite charity in Russel's name.

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Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home
& Cremation Services
5701 Odana Road
(608) 274-1000

Adams, Walter J.

Walter J. Adams, 81, of Campbellsport, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the Hospice Home of Hope, Fond du Lac. Walter was born in West De Pere on August 6, 1934, the son of John and Mary (Jones) Adams. He attended schools in East De Pere, graduating from East De Pere High School in June, 1953.

In 1954, Walter enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. After basic training at Great Lakes, IL and airman school in Norman, OK, he was assigned to VF-124 Fighter Squadron at Miramar Naval Air Station, San Diego, CA. He completed a Far Eastern tour on the aircraft carrier the USS Hancock with a stopover at Atsugi Naval Airstation, Japan. Following his discharge in 1956, he attended the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and in 1958 he enrolled as a forestry student at Michigan State University. Walter received a B.S. degree in Forestry in 1961 and M.S. degree in Park and Recreation Resources in 1969.

In 1959 he married Lyn Shimek who passed away in June of 1968 . Walter married Dolores "Lori" Hohenstein on June 15, 1970.

Walter began his employment with the Department of Natural Resources in 1962 as a forester at Griffith State Nursery. Following several assignments with the DNR, he was appointed Superintendent of the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit in 1971 and served in that position until his retirement in 1995.

Walter enjoyed cooking, reading, and nature, especially the scenery in Kettle Moraine. He was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Campbellsport and Friends of the Kettle Moraine. He enjoyed travelling to visit the parks in Michigan, Kentucky but especially enjoyed visiting his granddaughters in California.

Survivors include his wife Dolores "Lori", daughters Susan (Matt) Bett of Santa Clarita, CA and Kristi Adams of Toluca Lake, CA, his granddaughters, Jasmine, Ashlyn, Isabelle & Sophia Bett, brothers and sisters, Bette Anderson of Green Bay, WI, Janette Platt, CA, Ruth (Patrick) Kernan, IL, nieces, nephews, co-workers and other relatives and friends.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary Adams, his first wife Lyn, infant daughter Karen Michelle and his siblings, Peter Adams, Tom Adams, LuAnn Phillips, Robert Kendall and John Adams. A

private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, July 7th at 1:00 PM at Holy Trinity Church, 510 Church Ave., Casco, WI, with family visitation an hour prior. Rev. Milton Suess will officiate with burial at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Walter's life on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the Kettle Moraine Zillmer Shelter, W833 County Rd SS Campbellsport from 1-3 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials will go toward enhancements at the Kettle Moraine Forest.

The family appreciates and thanks the many doctors and nurses who attended to Walter during these past 3 months and especially those who cared for him during the past 6 weeks of his life.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Twohig Funeral Home
109 W. Main St.
Campbellsport, Wisconsin 53010
Phone: (920) 533-4422

Harrington, Jeanice W.

Jeanice W. Harrington, age 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 27, 2016. She was born on July 26, 1925, in Madison, the daughter of Floyd and Gladys (Hawley) Wilson. She graduated from Mazomanie High School in 1943. Jeanice married Edward F. Harrington on June 13, 1948. She worked at the State of Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources for many years.

Jeanice loved knitting, and was active in her knitting club, and especially enjoyed teaching young people to knit. She volunteered her time at Luke House in Madison, Meals on Wheels, the Verona Senior Center, and various endeavors. She enjoyed traveling with her sister, Nancy, throughout the United States and abroad. She loved her Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.

Jeanice is survived by her son, James (Deborah) and their children, Kyle and Tyler, and great-grandchild, Jayden; son, David (Elizabeth), and their children, Jaime, Brian, Kevin and Colin; sister, Nancy Aeschlimann and her two daughters, Joan (Jon) Clark and Carol (Peter) Wakeman; sister-in-law, Joyce Hoffman, and her children, Susan, Cindy, Sarah, Mark (Jo) and Sandra; and her aunt, Audrey Badeau.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; daughter, Jane; son, Timothy; and parents, Floyd and Gladys Wilson.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at BETHANY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 3910 Mineral Point Road, Madison, with Pastor Brad Mather presiding. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

A special thank you to Agrace HospiceCare for their kindness, care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711 or to Bethany United Methodist Church.

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Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home
& Cremation Services
220 Enterprise Drive

Genin, Marian

Marian Kathryn Genin, age 91, of Madison, died on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Agrace HospiceCare. Marian's family celebrates her victory over the constraints of her physical decline, knowing she was welcomed into heaven by a loving Savior.

Born on May 20, 1924, in Madison, Marian was raised in Mazomanie, where she excelled in school and graduated from High School in 1942. Her grandmother, Kate Royston Hawley had a loving and large impact on her life. On Feb. 12, 1949, Marian married Raymond G. Genin in Madison. During their 67 years of marriage they welcomed four children into their family and experienced many memorable events. The memories their children love to reminisce most are the annual summer vacations, where they traveled by automobile throughout the United States visiting as many states and their respective capitals as possible. Marian worked as the section chief of the Expenses and Reconciliation Functions, in the Bureau of Finance, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Marian is survived by her husband, Raymond; her children, Kathryn (Timothy) Zweifel, Patricia Conrad and Timothy (Kim) Genin; her seven grandchildren, Brian Zweifel, Jeremiah (Suzie) Genin, Andrew (Olivia) Genin, Christopher Genin, Jessica Conrad, Jeffrey (Gretchen) Conrad and Kristin (Will) Rawley; seven great-grandchildren, Zachary and Darian Zweifel, Micah, Samantha and Isaac Genin, Isabella Genin and Lila Rawley; sister, Margaret LaBrosse; half-brother, Michael Royston; and half-sister, Anne Royston Murtha. Marian was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Jeffrey Genin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, May 23, 2016, at 11 a.m. at ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison, WI 53717 with Father Bart Timmerman presiding. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass. A luncheon at the church will follow the Mass, and her burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery on Speedway Road, Madison.

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Lewis, Steve

Steve Lewis, who grew up playing on the Yahara River, Cherokee Marsh, and Lake Mendota, died February 28, 2016 at home in Madison. He was 72 and a lifetime Madisonian.

Steve's love of the water led to his career at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where for more than 25 years, he worked as a landscape architect/park planner, construction representative, and project manager. His professional reach was international, serving as President of the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) and as a member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) Boating Facilities Committee.

Steve was born on Madison's east side on February 3, 1944, the son of Hugh and Gladys Lewis. After graduating from Madison West High School in 1962, he attended UW-Madison, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in landscape architecture. As a proud member of the UW Marching Band, he played his cornet at the 1963 Rose Bowl, one of the "greatest bowl games of all time."

Steve gave back to his community and cherished his family and friends around the world. He was a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, president of the Hill Farm Swim Club, and Commodore of the Mendota Yacht Club. He enjoyed sailing, bicycle riding, photography, traveling (especially to Door County), and spending time with his family and Labrador Retrievers. He considered himself lucky to own two, Major Decision and Vigilant Ranger Boy--truly his best friends. Just like Steve, they were active, friendly, and outgoing.

Steve fully embraced life. He loved feeling the wind on his face as he sailed and cruised around Lake Mendota, traversed area bike trails, and drove his beloved red convertible through the countryside. With his signature laughter and wry humor, he never lost his childlike sense of wonder at the world around him. One could picture him thinking, "It doesn't get any better than this. I'm a lucky man."

He is survived by Ellen (Gorman) Lewis, his wife of 46 years; his two children, Amy (Jeff) Levy of Eden Prairie, MN and Andrew Lewis of Madison; and his brother Robert Lewis of Middleton. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 1609 University Avenue in Madison.

Special thanks to Dr. David Hei, Nurse Sandy, Eldonna Hazen, Agrace HospiceCare, and Steve's wonderful family of friends for their care, generosity, love, and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gathering Waters or the Dane County Humane Society

Please share your memories of Steve.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road Madison
(608) 238-3434

Lukins, Darlene

Darlene Lukins, age 85, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

Darlene was born on August 21, 1930, in Bemidji, Minnesota, the daughter of Clarence and Lucile Peters. She had been a member of the Methodist Church, the Red Hat Society, the Gold Star Wives, the American Legion Auxiliary, Ducks Unlimited, the Friends of Mackenzie, the Columbia County Sportsman’s League, and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Darlene had worked for the Department of Natural Resources at the Mackenzie Environmental Center until her retirement in 1989. She had a green thumb and her plants flourished inside and outside. She enjoyed feeding the birds and was a Master of crocheting doilies and bedspreads. She was a very loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her long-time companion, Roger Dorman; her children, Dwaine (Diane) Lukins, Diane Wallock and Dorina (Kevin Griffin) Lukins; two grandsons, Brian (Tammy) Lukins and Christopher Lukins; and one great-granddaughter, Courtney Lukins, who were all very special to her; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale Lukins; and a sister, Lavonne Henderson.

Visitation will be held on March 4, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Sharing of Memories at 6:30 p.m. at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Hillside Cemetery.

Rubesch, Joseph M.

Joseph M. Rubesch, age 92, of Lodi, passed away on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. He was born on Oct. 13, 1923, in Rice Lake, Wis., to Olga and Joseph H. Rubesch. Joe attended St. Joseph and public school in Rice Lake, and graduated in 1941.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and received his basic training at the Farragut Naval Training Station. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the USS Guadalcanal and attended the Point Loma Radar Training School in San Diego, Calif. The USS Guadalcanal was engaged in anti-submarine patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic. It was the only vessel in modern times to capture an enemy man-of-war, the German U-boat 505, off the East coast of Africa. Today the U-boat 505 is on display at the Museum of Industry and Science in Chicago. The Task Force was awarded The Presidential Unit Citation. After serving two years at sea, he was assigned to shore duty as Petty Officer in charge of the Naval Radar Base at Beavertail Point, R.I.

He was discharged from the Navy on Feb. 17, 1946. Joe was employed by the Wisconsin Conservation Department at Spooner, and in September of 1946 was assigned as a Conservation Warden serving at Hurley, Green Bay and Dodgeville. On June 1, 1958, he was promoted as a Special Investigator with the Bureau of Law Enforcement in Madison. On April 24, 1968, he was promoted to Chief of the Special Investigation Section, supervising operations directed at habitual and commercial violation in the state, and coordinating investigative efforts to curtail national illegal resource activities. He retired on Dec. 31, 1978, after serving more than 32 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Wisconsin.

Joe married Kathleen Russell on April 23, 1960, at St. Joseph's Church in Dodgeville. Joe was a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Dodgeville, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Brandt-Pache Post in Poynette and a member of the American Legion Post No. 0216 in Lodi. Joe was an honorary life member of St. Patrick's Knights of Columbus Counsel in Lodi and a 4th degree Life Member of the Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus Assembly of Waunakee. Other organizations with whom he was active are the Association of Retired Conservationists, Wisconsin Voyagers Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association, National Rifle Association, USS Guadalcanal Task Group Association, Wisconsin Conservation Warden's Association and the United States Naval Memorial.

Joe enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Western States and Canada, traveling in the motorhome, woodworking and time spent at the cabin on the Flambeau River. Joe also participated in being part of the honor flight for World War II Veterans in 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; a sister, Dorothy (LeRoy) Moore of Milwaukee; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Elaine Podoll of Milwaukee; and a brother, Francis (Joyce) of Spooner. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at BLESSED TRINITY CATHOLIC PARISH AT ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH, 521 Fair St., Lodi, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, with the Rev. Father Chad Droessler presiding. Burial will be at Northern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be at HAMRE GUNDERSON FUNERAL HOME, 157 S. Main St., Lodi, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, with a Rosary recited at 3:30 p.m. Online condolences may be made at

Hamre Gunderson
Funeral & Cremation Care
157 S. Main Street, Lodi
(608) 592-3201

Trow, Karen M.

Karen M. Trow, age 66, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 1, 2016. She was born in Stoughton on April 21, 1949, the daughter of Morris and Elizabeth Trow.

Karen graduated from Stoughton High School in 1967. She worked for the State of WI, DNR, for over 40 years until her retirement in January 2013. Karen enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by two sons, Bryant (Jennifer) Hofmeister, and Wes (Sarah) Gill; four grandchildren, Breezy, Brynn, Bentley, and Balen; father, Morris; two sisters, Diane Kelly and Julie (Kent) Belville; numerous nieces and nephews; many extended relatives; and friends. Karen was preceded in death by her mother; and brother, James Trow.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Christ Lutheran Church, 700 County Road B, Stoughton, with Rev. Paula Geister-Jones officiating. Friends may greet the family from 10:00 AM until the time of services Thursday.

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Cress Funeral Service
206 W. Prospect Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
(608) 873-9244

Fix, Steve

Steven M. Fix, age 69, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. He was born Jan. 11, 1947, in Madison, the son of Phillip and Eileen (Runey) Fix. He graduated from Central High School in 1965 and from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1969 majoring in History with minors in Geography and Secondary Education. He earned a Masters of Science in Cartography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.

Steve taught history classes at Tomah High School from 1969 to 1974. While at Tomah, Steve met Mary Fonstad. They were married on April 1, 1972. Steve taught geography at Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven Connecticut from 1976 and 1977 and worked for the Department of Defense in St. Louis, Mo., from 1977 to 1978.

Steve began a 30 year career with the State of Wisconsin in 1979 working on environmental issues with the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Public Service Commission. He continued to be active in the environmental arena after retirement working on a water resource management plan, a lake restoration project, and rain gardens. He was a citizen member of three City of Madison committees: the Board of Public Works, Long Range Transportation Planning Committee, and was Chair of the City's Committee on the Environment.

Steve had lifelong interests in Russian history, maps of all kinds, water resources, traveling back roads, visiting major and minor league baseball parks, birding, hiking in the woods, singing in the symphony and opera choruses and getting to wear great hats in opera productions, being kind to cats and dogs, playing sheepshead and bridge and chocolate desserts (without peanut butter, please). Steve is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary; children, Peter Fix and Ann (Fix) Taillon; grandchildren, Kyria and Liam Taillon; mother, Eileen Fix; brother, Stanley Fix; and sister, Linda (Fix) Guerin. He was preceded in death by his father, Phillip Fix.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. The family invites you for dessert and coffee immediately following the service at the funeral home.

Those wishing to express their sympathy with a memorial may wish to consider contributing to Opera for the Young, Madison Community Foundation, Foundation for Madison Public Schools, Madison Urban Ministry or Second Harvest.

Cress Funeral Service
206 W. Prospect Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
(608) 873-9244

2015 Obituaries

Schlimgen, Stephen Martin "Steve"

Stephen Martin "Steve" Schlimgen, age 65, of Poynette, passed away on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Poynette. He was born on May 1, 1950, in Madison, the son of Maurice and Mary Schlimgen.

Steve met the love of his life, Carol Caucutt, at the age of 15, and they married on Sept. 4, 1976, in Madison. He graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources. Steve was an exceptional DNR Warden, working for the State of Wisconsin from Jan. 3, 1984, to Feb. 27, 2004. He was a true steward of the resources of the State of Wisconsin and took great pride in his role in protecting the fish and game for future generations to enjoy, especially his grandsons and granddaughters, with whom he served as a tremendous role model and mentor. Steve was president of the Wisconsin Conservation Warden Association, led many youth programs, and was an instructor for ATV, boating, hunting, snowmobiling and trapping. He truly loved nature and the outdoors, including fishing and hunting. Steve also loved traveling and deep sea fishing trips.

He was loved by all who knew him, and had a unique way of "calming" any situation by bringing humor into it. At any party, you knew that Steve may bring out his inner "Frank Sinatra". He had a heart of gold and was known for putting everyone else first, before himself. He will forever be known for his sense of humor and smile.

Steve is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Laura Lin; son, Jason (Kristine); grandchildren, Ethan and Euan Lin, and Kylie, Kyndal and Ryan Schlimgen; sister, Kari Schlimgen (Dan Piorier); brother, Chuck (Donna); sister-in-law, Kathy; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Schlimgen.

A Celebration of Steve's Life will be held at EAST SIDE CLUB, 3735 Monona Drive, Madison, from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, with a time of sharing at 7 p.m.

Steve, you will be missed tremendously. We love you always.

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Palmer, Patricia "Pat" Ann (Chrisler)

Patricia Ann "Pat" (Chrisler) Palmer passed away on Saturday September 5, 2015. She was born on March 10, 1930, the daughter of Winifred and Herbert Palmer. Her Great Grandfather Isaac Palmer was the first settler in the City of Lodi. Pat lived in the Palmer home at the time of her death. She was a graduate of Madison College and worked for the Department of Natural Resources.

In 1955, Pat married L. Dudley Mehltretter and they had three children. In 1980, she married Norman Chrisler, who preceded her in death in 1988. Pat was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lodi and had served as an Elder. She was also a member of the Lodi Valley Historical Society. Pat loved her children and grandchildren dearly.

Pat is survived by her children, Louis Dudley Mehltretter II, Bradley Palmer Mehltretter, and Nancy Mae (Dennis) Stocks; Granddaughters Mae Ann Stocks and Summer Isabella Stocks. She was preceded in death by her parents, her aunt Alice, and her beloved dog Tara.

Funeral services will be held at FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 258 Lodi St, Lodi, WI at 2:00 pm on Thursday Sept 10, 2015 with the Reverend Jessica Scholten presiding. Burial will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:30pm until the time of service at the church. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staffs at St. Mary's Hospital and Agrace HospiceCare for their special care of Pat.

2014 Obituaries

Others Who Passed in 2014
Jim BarroneFire Control-Tomahawk
Leo Baur Forestry
Herb BehnkeNatural Resources Board
Joanne ChristensenProgram Assistant-Fitchburg
Bob DeerTribal Council
Gail FryCommunity Assistance-Madison
Norbert (Nubbs) GaleckeForestry
Richard HuntWildlife Management
Lil KraemerWoodruff
Benjamin KregelTomahawk
Eric MahringerForestry-Marshfield
Paul PeetersFisheries-Sturgeon Bay
Dan RyanFisheries-Duluth
Ted SchwobertOshkosh
Harry WelkeForestry-Tomahawk
Howard WenzelFisheries-WCD
Ruth Williamson Law Enforcement-Madison

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