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2018

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Charles Michael Hilt — Minneapolis, MN,  passed away August 23, 2021. Survived by parents Mike and Susan Hilt and siblings Calvin and Sawyer, Charlie was the beloved grandson of Robert and Elaine Hilt and Fred and Carol Stark, as well as uncles John, Ken, Geoff and Steve, and aunts, Genny, Stephanie, Becky and Tara, and cousins Clay (deceased), Ted and Allie, Amanda, Jacquie, Johnny, and Layla. Born in Wisconsin, Charlie was an avid Packers and Bucks fan. During his time living in Chicago, he got to see the Cubs win the World Series. His favorite thing to do was spend time with family and many friends from high school and Carthage College, where he was President of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After graduation Charlie went into investment banking. Charlie was a snappy dresser with a keen, eclectic sense of style. He loved sports, politics, music, working out and great food, especially his 'Momma's'. He loved the family poker games, which he always won. His parents count themselves very lucky to have had Charlie to dinner two or three times a week, including a Sunday dinner ritual, during the last few years. Charlie's enthusiasm for life and the love he had for everyone around him, including Fluffy, will live on. He will be forever missed, forever loved. 
Submitted: December 7, 2021

John Larsen
John Larsen

John Larsen — Sioux Falls, SD,  passed away on July 24, 2019 at the age of 22. Mr. Larsen was born May 9, 1997 in Sioux Falls to Karen Heiling and David Larsen. He attended Anne Sullivan, Whittier and Washington High School. He then attended Carthage, graduating in December 2018 with degrees in Environment Science and Geography and Earth Science. He moved back to SD after graduating and worked for the city of Sioux Falls as an Operator at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. If we had been given the chance to ask John what he would want said about himself, he would have given his classic shoulder shrug, “I dunno” answer. That was John for you, always an understated kind of guy, never one to brag or show off. He exuded a quiet leadership – showing up before he needed to be there, staying late, helping out behind the scenes and being a role model for those around him. John was profoundly loyal to those he cared about, the quiet depth with which he loved was remarkable. He was one of the most hard-working people this world has seen, never settling for anything less than his best. He frequently would get 100% on exams (we’ve always known he was the smartest of the bunch) yet would still do the extra credit if offered. This reflected his desire to learn and soak up knowledge in every aspect of his life. John had a love of animals of all kinds. From the wolves of Minnesota to the Galapagos tortoises, John had a fascination with learning about animals, and strived to make the world a better place for them all. At home, John had recently adopted 2 kittens from the humane society. Freya and Kumo had a uniquely special place in his heart, and the love, attention and play time that he showered on them characterized his kindness to all living things. In honor of this love he had for animals, we ask that any memorials be given to the Sioux Falls Humane Society, to further John’s desire to give all animals the love they deserve. John’s creative side found a home in music. He was an incredibly talented percussionist, with marimba being his instrument of choice. He made his own mallets and was in the process of building his own marimba as well. He enjoyed the challenge of breaking down a new piece, learning it inside and out, frequently having the entire thing memorized by the time came around for him to perform. John’s spirit lived outdoors, preferring to be out in nature whenever possible. He loved the woods behind our house, always hiking back there, discovering fox dens and bee nests and getting into who knows what. He even set up a trail camera to capture a glimpse of what goes on back there when the humans aren’t around. He incorporated his love of nature and the environment into his scholarship, doing his senior thesis on aquatic life in the Sioux River. John is survived by his parents, David Larsen and Karen Heiling, Sioux Falls, SD; two siblings, Eric Larsen and Eric’s wife, Amanda, Kansas City, KS, Sara Larsen, Sioux Falls, SD; his paternal grandparents, John and Charlotte Larsen, Sun Prairie, WI; a niece, Catherine Larsen; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and many other relatives and friends. John was preceded in death by his brother, Mark Larsen; and his maternal grandparents, Richard and Barbara Heiling. 
Submitted: August 7, 2019

2016

William Diehl , IV — North Barrington, IL,  passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017. Billy was born on December 21, 1993 and was a Lake Zurich High School graduate. He attended Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, where he obtained a Liberal Arts Degree with a Major in History. Billy was the most dedicated and fun-spirited Carthage College Red Men Volleyball fan. His loving family and many friends were his pride and joy. Billy's bright smile along with his kind and gentle spirit will be greatly missed.  
Submitted: August 4, 2017

Dawn Dukas — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on September 19, 2018 at the age of 53 after a brave battle with glioblastoma multiforme. Dawn was the daughter of Donald A. and Judy (Clark) Stanek. A proud milestone in Dawn's life was when she received her Bachelor's Degree in Business in May, 2016, from Carthage. On June 16, 1984 at St. Mary's Lutheran Church, she was united in marriage to Wayne Dukas. They were blessed with three exceptional children. Their union was later dissolved. Dawn was employed for 25 years as a Clinical Document Specialist with Abbott/Abbvie Labs. She was a devoted and proud mother and grandmother. Her family was her world and being with them is when she was the happiest. Many lifelong memories were made during family vacations to Hayward. Dawn will be remembered as a humble, kind hearted and compassionate sole. Dawn is survived by her three children, Danielle (Vincent) Leo, Jennifer (Kevin) Jordan and Derek (Trisha Rowland) Dukas; her mother, Judy Stanek; her grandchildren, Elise, David, Kevin "KJ" and Kaleb; her brother, Scott (Lori) Stanek; and her sister, Laurie (Scott) Smet. She is further survived by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends; her former father and mother in law, George and Margaret Dukas; and her canine kid, Daisy. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Stanek; an infant brother; her paternal grandparents, Albin and Ella Stanek; and her maternal grandparents, Emo and Selina Clark. 
Submitted: October 11, 2018

2015

Sharlene Bauer — Roscoe, Ill. ,  died Friday, August 29, 2014, in her home at age 64. Born Dec. 20, 1949, in Rockford, she was the daughter of Wesley and Shirley E. (Ostrom) Johnson. She married Lawrence M. Bauer Dec. 18, 1982, in Rockford. Sharlene was a teacher in the Harlem School District for many years and at Auburn High School, retiring in 2007. She was a choir director for several local churches and a member of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband, Larry; children, Laurel (Chris) Wright of South Beloit, Jessica (Nathan) Olson of Roscoe, and Tyler Bauer of Roscoe; grandchildren, Jacob and Ethan Wright; and siblings, Brian (Pam) Johnson of Pecatonica and Julie (Steve) Schellschmidt of Roscoe. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

Vera Clara Emilie Kuhn — Kenosha,  was called by the Lord to her home in heaven on Oct. 2, 2014. She reached the age of 100 years, one month, and 23 days. She was the daughter of the late Louis C. and Minnie (Niemuth) Hannemann and was born August 9, in the year of our Lord, 1914, in Saxeville, Wisconsin. She was baptized into the Christian faith September 16 of that year at the Lutheran Christus Kirche, in West Bloomfield, Wisconsin. The family lived in the town of Saxeville for about 6 years; then in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for 6 years; then in northern Minnesota for a year. Vera's mother died there in 1926. The family then moved to Waupaca, Wisconsin, and a year later to Antigo, Wisconsin. After instruction in the teachings of the Bible, Vera was confirmed in the Christian faith at Peace Lutheran Church, Antigo, on Palm Sunday, 1929. She graduated from Antigo High School and on April 17, 1933, married Henry Kuhn, a native of Switzerland. They settled in Appleton and became members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church. The Lord blessed their home with four children. In 1945 Vera and Henry became charter members of Riverview Lutheran Church. The first services were held in their home on River Drive, and Vera was the organist. She lived at her home on River Drive for 55 years. Vera was active in her membership at Riverview. She was a charter member of the Ladies Guild and served on the Altar Guild. She joined the Valparaiso University Guild of Appleton and was elected to a state office in that organization. Vera enjoyed working with the women of Riverview making quilts for the Apache mission in Arizona. She also enjoyed traveling with Henry and being at the cottage on Lake Arbutus. Most of all, she liked to take care of her and her family. She and Henry saw to it that their children attended Lutheran schools. For that the children are very grateful. Vera moved to Luther Haven, a retirement community in Milwaukee, in 1997. In September 2008, Vera moved to Brookside Care Center in Kenosha. There she and her family celebrated her 95th, 98th, 99th, and 100th birthdays. She enjoyed those family gatherings very much. Vera is survived by her children: Betty and her husband Bruce Marggraf of Muskego, Wisconsin; Rev. Henry and his wife Sandra, of Alta, Iowa; Ruth Ann and her Rev. Roger Sprain, of Sun Lakes, Arizona; and Barbara and her husband Greg Campbell of Tampa, Florida. Also surviving her are 12 grandchildren: Rev. Bruce, Rev. Paul, and David Marggraf and their wives Kathy, Meg, and fiancé Jeanine; Henry and Richard Kuhn and Laura Mullins and their spouses Francine, Debbie, and Scott; Rev. John Sprain, Becky Schoeneck, Debbie Spaude, and their spouses Vicki, Tim, and Rev. Martin; Fenton, Matthew, and Charles Campbell, and Matt's wife Allison and Charles's wife Amanda. In addition, surviving Vera are 29 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Vera was preceded in death by her husband Henry, in 1985, by two brothers, Gerald and Gary Hannemann, and by one sister, Verna Antes. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Richard A. Snyder — Kenosha,  died at 85 on Dec. 8, 2014, at St. Catherine's Hospital. He was born on May 28, 1929, in Enid, Okla., the youngest child of the late Charles and Frances Snyder. After graduating from high school in Enid, he joined the Marine Corps in 1946. He was honorably discharged in 1948. Dick attended Oklahoma State University, thanks to the G.I. Bill, graduating in May 1952 with a degree in accounting. On Jan. 31, 1958, he married Jean Appel in Chicago. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and worked for the public accounting firms of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and Arthur Young & Co., starting his career in Dallas before transferring to Chicago. After living on the north side of Chicago and then Morton Grove, Ill., the couple moved to Kenosha in October of 1961 when Dick joined the MacWhyte Company as an accounting manager. On June 1, 1969, he was promoted to secretary-treasurer of MacWhyte. After teaching evening accounting courses for several years, Dick joined the business department faculty of Carthage College full time in 1978, preaching the gospel of balancing the books and keeping your ledgers organized to thousands of students. Even after officially retiring from Carthage, he continued to teach courses there for several years. While living in Chicago, Dick was a Chicago Bears season ticket holder and was a proud member of the "APB" (anti-Packer backer) Club for decades. In recent years, however, he also cheered for the Green Bay Packers, though he never completely gave up on his first love. He owned cabin-cruiser boats for several years, spending summer weekends on Lake Michigan and being an active member (and the 1978 Yachtsman of the Year) at the Kenosha Yacht Club. He and his wife enjoyed several cruises, to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico and the Panama Canal, and in 1999 they took a family trip to Scotland, London and Paris. They also had season tickets for several years to the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Broadway in Chicago theater series. Dick was an avid reader, a devotee of Time magazine and a daily watcher of CNBC and stock market news. He strongly believed in the power of compound interest and investing your money for the long term. In addition to his wife of 56 years, Jean Snyder; he is survived by four daughters, Karen (Ralph Giannola) Snyder of Richmond, Va., Kathryn (Rev. Craig) Wolfgram of Wisconsin Dells, Elizabeth (Rex Davenport) Snyder of Kenosha, and Patricia (Steve Stockton) Snyder of Atlanta, Ga.; along with his grandchildren, Caitlin Wolfgram and Nicholas Stockton. He is further survived by his brother, Don Snyder of Tulsa, Okla. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Dr. Richard E. Werstler — North Canton, Ohio,  passed away on Jan. 2, 2015. He was born near Canton, Ohio in 1927, the son of H. Howard and Dessie Werstler. He graduated from Hartville High School, received his bachelor's at Wittenberg University, was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and finished his post-graduate work at University of Northern Dakota and Case Western Reserve. During his 44 year career educating our youth and teachers, Dr. Werstler served the Northwestern School District of Clark County, Lakewood Ohio Schools, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools, the School of Education at Central Michigan University and on the board of directors at Carthage College. For over 20 years of his career Dr. Werstler served as Chairman of the Professional Division of Teacher Education at Adrian College. In 1985 Dr. Werstler returned to Stark County to serve as the Executive Director of The McKinley Museum of History, Science and Industry and the McKinley National Memorial where he oversaw the restoration of the monument, construction of the Discover World exhibit and completion of the Street of Shops. In service to community Dr. Werstler participated in various capacities on the Wolverine Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis International, the Michigan State Board of Education, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Michigan, the Graduate Deans of Michigan Colleges and Universities and the State Department of Education in Ohio. He was also a founder of Lenco Credit Union in Adrian, Michigan. Dr. Werstler was honored to work on the development of Lake Township Historical Society as president and charter member working on the restoration of the one-room schoolhouse adjacent to Lake Local. He was a member of St. Jacob's Lutheran Church and his long time involvement and faith was a big part of his life. During his lifetime Dr. Werstler built, restored, or enhanced over 20 houses, and two large farms. Dr. Werstler is survived by his wife of 65 years, Wilma; sister, Rachel (Smith); daughter, Beth (Santell); and sons, Jeffrey and Mark. He has six grandchildren: Megan (Brandan), Stephen (Kelly), Erik, Alex, Rebecca and Jacob; and two great-grandchildren Landon and Tori. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lorene (Wymer); brother, Loren; son-in-law, Sam (Santell); and granddaughter, Rachael. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

Natalie "Nellie" Williams — Kenosha ,  Natalie "Nellie" Williams, 90, of Kenosha died peacefully on Oct. 15, 2014, at Hospice House in Pleasant Prairie, after a brief illness. Born on Dec. 24, 1923, in Kenosha, the daughter of the late Antonio and Carmela Aceto. She was educated in the schools of Kenosha and was a graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School Class of 1944. Nellie married Robert E. Williams on Aug. 10, 1946, in Detroit, Mich. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church until its closing and then joined St. Mary Catholic Church. Nellie worked for many years as a service representative for Republic Savings and Loan (TCF Bank). After leaving the bank she worked for another 10 years at Carthage College in the Office of the Registrar, until her retirement. Nellie volunteered for over 20 years at United Hospital System-Kenosha and Hospice Alliance in Pleasant Prairie. Nellie is survived by her three children, Elaine Williams, Robert J. (Joni Loveless) Williams, Brian (Carol) Williams, all of Kenosha; grandson, Robert (Katy) Williams; and two great grandchildren, Suzy and Leopold Williams, all of Fort Collins, Colo. She is also survived by a sister, Virginia Radtke, and a brother, Albert Aceto of Kenosha; also sisters and brothers-in-law as well as nieces and nephews. Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a granddaughter, two brothers and two sisters. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

2014

Robert "Bob" R. Carbone — Kenosha,  friend of the College, passed away peacefully April 28, 2014. Born Nov. 3, 1932, in Kenosha, he was the son the late Frank A. and Rose Marie (Gallo) Carbone. Bob was a lifelong resident of Kenosha, attending local schools and was a graduate of Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. On Nov. 6, 1953, he entered the United States Army serving in the Far East and Japan until his honorable discharge in 1955. He received the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korea Service Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal. On May 2, 1953, at St. Anthonys Catholic Church, he married his junior high sweetheart, June H. Modory. She preceded him in death on June 29, 2012. From 1957 until 1983 Bob was a coach, teacher, vice-principal and principal of St. Joseph High School. He then worked at Great Lakes Naval Base from 1983 until his retirement in 1997 as an Education Administrator and in 1990 he was declared US MEPCOM Employee of the year. Bob was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, St. Anthony's Parish Council, a lifetime member of WIAA Coaches Association and a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity at Lake Forest College. Bob served 19 years as a Kenosha County Supervisor for the 9th district. Bob was active and associated with many Civic, Education and Athletic Organizations and for which he received many accolades for his dedicated service over the years (too many to list). But his main focus in life was God, Family, Country and the relationships he formed through coaching and local politics. Bob lived by the creed "A man should not be judged by the money he amasses, or the job he attains, but rather by what he has done to make life better for his fellow man." Bob is survived by his three children, Kristina (John) Rudolph of Duluth, Minn., Laurence Larry (Stacie) Carbone of Dublin, Ohio, Karin (Peter) McCarville of Kenosha; his seven grandchildren, Joshua (Laura), Kaitlyn and Veronica Rudolph, Alexa and Paxson Carbone, Maximilian McCarville and a great-grandchild due in June. Bob is also survived by his brother, Frank M. (JoAnn) Carbone and sister, Jean C. Carbone both of Kenosha and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, June. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Helma M. (Brckel) Cerminara — Kenosha,  passed away at 74 on March 30, 2014, at St. Catherines Medical Center. Born in Ulm, Germany, on September 15, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Maximilian and Walberga (Zinnacker) Brckel. She was united in marriage to Gregory Frank Cerminara and immigrated to the United States as a young bride in 1962. Helma was a loyal employee at Carthage for many years. She proudly received the A. W. Clausen Center room dedication in 2004. Her most important job was being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was an accomplished cook, enjoyed flower gardening and created beautiful works of art with her crocheting and knitting. Helma is survived by her husband, Gregory; daughters, Gina, Deborah, Judy and Michelle; sons, Greg Butch, David, Joe and Danny; 10 grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Lucia Kuntz, Gertrude Ritchie and Walberga Kliebel; two brothers, Max Brckel and Gunter Brckel; and loving in-laws, many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ervin Brckel and Peter Brckel; two sisters, Rosa Brckel and Cecilia Brckel; and two great-grandchildren, Angel and DeNajeyah Cerminara. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Paul Geiseman , Sr. — Peoria, Illinois,  passed away Monday, May 5, 2014, at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria. He was born March 4, 1930, in Oak Park, Ill., to the Rev. Otto and Marie Lohnes Geiseman. He married Lorrie Birrer on Aug. 11, 1951, in River Forest, Ill. She survives, along with his children, Patricia (Edward Hunter) Geiseman, Polly (Richard) Eisenbarth and Paul (Mary) Geiseman Jr.; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother; and one sister.  
Submitted: October 13, 2014

Carol A. Kelley — North Charleston, S.C.,  died at 83 in the Summerville Medical Hospital, Summerville, S.C., on April 4, 2014. Her surgery a month earlier at the Trident Medical Hospital was successful, but complications afterwards led to her death. Carol was born on January 25, 1931 in Melrose Park, Illinois. The oldest of three children, her parents were Frederick C. and Grace (Roderick) Fenton. Her sister Sylvia Hills, of South Haven, Michigan, passed away in 2008. Her brother Frederick Fenton and his wife Chantal reside in Pensacola, Florida. Carol graduated from South Haven High School, in South Haven, Michigan, in 1948. She attended Carthage for two years in Kenosha. Carol was married and divorced twice (Jabez Baysinger, Leland Kelley). Carol is survived by children Grace Baysinger, Edith (Baysinger) Pierce, Frederick Baysinger, Steven Baysinger, and Lisa (Kelley) Ramlow. Her son Leland Kelley Jr. predeceased her. Carol had 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and four nieces. During her career, Carol worked in healthcare, managed an antique store, and was organist for a number of churches. She also was an active volunteer at the local courthouse and played hymns on Sunday mornings for a local nursing home. Carol lived in Michigan, New Mexico, and Nevada before moving to South Carolina in 1998. Carol loved to do a wide variety of crafts, enjoyed cooking, and was an avid reader. She also loved to swim. When her children were small, she took them to the beach daily so it was like going on vacation every day of the week. In addition to her children, her menagerie always included cats and dogs but also included a donkey and peacocks when she was in Nevada and goats when she lived in South Carolina. Per Carol's wishes, her body was donated to the Medical University of South Carolina. The family is very grateful for all of Pastor Ellen Younker's support, especially for being at the hospital with Carol when she passed away. The family is also thankful for the dedicated support provided by Steve Baysinger and Lisa Ramlow during the last months of Carol's life. Carol was a talented and amazing person who will be missed by many people. Instead of resting in peace we hope that she is playing the piano and jazzing up some hymns that are being sung by a dancing angelic choir. In addition to her lifelong love of music, she was also passionate about animals and their welfare.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

William B. Brent Kennedy — Kenosha,  passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sept. 9, 2014. Born in Zion, Ill., on Christmas Eve in 1963, he was the son of the late Charles T. and Irene G. (Keeling) Kennedy, Sr. Brent was employed with Carthage in the maintenance department. His love of music took Brent to earning numerous trophies for disco dancing competitions, he also enjoyed watching his favorite TV shows, "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune." Brent will be deeply missed by his two brothers, Charles Kennedy Jr. and Shane Kennedy, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Brent was preceded in death by a brother, Shannon J., and a sister, Trena L. Kennedy Robins. 
Submitted: October 8, 2014

Matthias Kern — Langenhagen, Germany,  friend of the College, passed away in September 2014. The composer and church musician from Hannover, Germany, served the Music Department twice as composer-in-residence, received a honorary doctorate from the College, and composed a couple of commission pieces. The most recent commission was for Richard Sjoerdsma's retirement celebration in 2007. He has been a friend of Carthage since 1974. 
Submitted: October 14, 2014

John Fredrick Kumbier — Naples, Fla.,  died peacefully at 75 on Feb. 2, 2013, after a short illness in Naples, Fla. He was born in Marshfield on Aug. 11, 1937, and graduated from Kimberly High School in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve. He married Barbara Ann on Sept. 7, 1957, in Appleton, Wis., and had been a resident of Burlington, Wis., for 39 years. He enjoyed serving his community, was an active member of Cross Lutheran Church, having served on the church council and singing in the choir. He was an associate member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Naples, member of Kiwanis, past member of the Lions, Burlington Masonic Lodge and Tri-County Shrine, a 25-year member of Barbershop SPEBQSA and the founder of the Tuesday Hackers. He loved South Florida and golfing and retired to Grey Oaks in Naples to pursue both. Fishing with family and friends on the Gulf, the Great Lakes, and in Canada gave him great joy. For years he and his wife enjoyed sailing on Lake Winnebago and boating on Browns Lake. Music held a major role in his life, from playing the piano and singing in barbershop to singing in the choir. Survivors include his wife; son, Timothy (Margaret) Kumbier; daughters, Beth (Robert) Barkhau, Amy (Nicholas) Findlay; grandchildren, Zachary and Michael Kumbier, Philip and Evan Barkhau, Mia and Ryley Findlay; sister, Janet Nicolai; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Selma (Bohman) Kumbier, and brothers, Leroy and Robert. He embodied the American dream. He started his business, Circle Incorporated, in 1977, based on honesty, integrity, and the principle to treat others as you want to be treated. One of John's mottos which lives on in his family today is "Always shake a hand, have a smile on your face and a shine on your shoes. May your days be filled with music. May your path be paved with song. May the sounds of forever lift you up and keep you strong."  
Submitted: January 6, 2014

Eugene Lehrmann — Parker, Colo.,  passed away at home in Parker, Colo., on Nov. 1, 2013. His wife of 69 years, Jane; daughter, Judy; and son-in-law, Jon, were at his side. Gene was born at home in Two Creeks, Wis., on April 8, 1917, to the late William and Lilly (Mattek) Lehrmann. He married Jane Doris Feldmann on Nov. 23, 1944, in San Antonio, Texas. He will be remembered as a dedicated teacher, devoted mentor and veteran of United States Army Air Forces. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural engineering from UW-Madison and taught agriculture courses in Stratford and Wausau, Wis., before moving to Kenosha in the 1958 to serve as the director of the then-Kenosha Vocational School. He was instrumental in creating and building the Gateway Technical College campus at its current location. Two months after it opened, in 1967, Gene was selected to be the Wisconsin State Director of Vocational and Adult Education, now known as the Wisconsin Technical College System. Gene was also instrumental in efforts to bring Carthage to the area while being director. Upon his retirement, he became active in many philanthropic organizations, serving as president of the Wisconsin Retired Teachers Association; chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging as well as chairman of the Wisconsin Board on Aging & Long Term Care. In the mid-1990s, he served as the national president of AARP. He was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church while living in Kenosha. In his spare time, he enjoyed camping, chopping wood and roasting marshmallows with his grandchildren when camping without parents. He will always be remembered for his genuine smile and always being true to his word. In addition to his wife, Jane, and daughter, Judy Griswold (Jon Mikesell), Gene is survived by sons Bill (Heather) Lehrmann of Midland, Mich.; Jim (Linda) Lehrmann and Kurt (Jan) Lehrmann of Racine, Wis.; grandchildren, Tammy (Fidel Rodriguez) Lehrmann; Shelley (Lee Anderson) Jepson; Josh Lehrmann; Chris (Christine) Lehrmann, Kyle Lehrmann, and Aubrey Lehrmann; great-grandchildren, Camille, Alyssa, Sydney, Carlie, Annabella and Addilyn; step great grandchildren, Layla and Emalee; sister- and brother-in-law, Mickey and Leo Newhouse, as well as nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Gene was preceded in death by his brother, Hank, and his wife, Grace; sister, Wilma Swagel, and her husband, David. Family lovingly called him Papa and will be remembered as a caring father and grandfather. His grandchildren at times used the name "Grosspapa" to remind him of his German descent, of which he was very proud. Many remember "Butch" as a special nickname from years ago. 
Submitted: January 10, 2014

Steven A. Muenchow — Roscoe, Illinois,  devoted husband and father, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at UW Hospital in Madison. Steve was born on July 6, 1958, the son of Ernest and Florence Muenchow. Steve graduated from Beloit Memorial High School and attended UW Platteville. On April 29, 1989, he married the love of his life, Amy, and together they had two wonderful daughters, Holly and Lindsay. He was employed for twenty-two years at Hagemeyer N.A. Steve had a passion for golf and tennis and lived his life with no regrets. As a two-time kidney transplant recipient, he was an advocate for organ and tissue donation. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Amy; daughters, Holly and Lindsay; father, Ernest; siblings, Linda (Gary) Secoy, Nancy (Dave) Pugsley, Michelle Muenchow, Mike Muenchow, and Dawne Muenchow; sisters-in-law, Elisa (Marshall) Onellion, Darlene Gilbertson; brother-in-law, Paul (Karen) Gilbertson; loving nieces and nephews; special family friend, Jill Schmitz. He is predeceased by his mother, Florence. At day's end, what remains of a man is his good name. Steve was honest, caring, and loving to all he met. His name and his humanity will be long remembered. 
Submitted: October 10, 2014

Herman A. Ogren — Lake City, Fla.,  died in Christ at 88, at Jenkins Veterans Domiciliary Home of Florida in Lake City, Fla. He is survived by brother, Dennis (Anita) Ogren of Kenosha, Wis.; daughters, Karen (Robert) Garren of Gainesville, Fla., Lorrie Ogren of Northborough, Mass., Sherrie Ogren of Union Grove, Wis.; grandchildren, Leif, Joshua, and Ashley Ogren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; ex-wives, Lorretta Ogren of Sturtevant, Wis., and Claudia Frank-Ogren of Racine Wis.; and step children, Michelle Frank-Englehart and Daniel Frank. He was preceded in death by daughter, Lisa Jean Ogren of Kenosha, Wis.; sons, Kim Helgar Ogren of Tempe, Ariz., Christopher Herman Ogren of Kenosha, Wis.; parents, Walter and Helga Ogren; brother, Kenneth Ogren; and sister, Rosemary (Robert) Vogel, all of Kenosha, Wis. At age 17 years during WWII, Doc volunteered to serve with the Army Air Corps aboard the 317th Troop Carrier as a pilot navigator in the Pacific Theater earning a Bronze Star and from which experience he proudly recounts many adventures. During a plane crash he sustained injury to his right leg which was later amputated below the knee. He was granted rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Reserves. Using the GI Bill, he obtained a Baccalaureate degree from University of Wisconsin, a Masters degree from University of Montana, and a PhD from University of Southern California in biology/mammology while researching big-horned sheep. In New Mexico he served as Deputy Marshal and as a field biologist for the US Fish and Game Department. He taught Biology at University of North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C., Elmhurst College, Ill., and at Carthage, where he also taught comparative anatomy, anthropology, astronomy, and ocean scuba diving, traveling with students to the Florida Keys and throughout the Caribbean. He was known for his passionate teaching style and was popular with students, influencing many to become involved with the earth sciences and conservation. With son Kim, he worked on and raced motorcycles and a Triumph 3 sports car. An avid hunter, he bragged about killing deer with every known weapon including a home-made black-powder muzzle-loader. He enjoyed water skiing and down-hill and cross-country snow skiing. He enjoyed boating and sailing. In 1970 he rebuilt a burned out steel-hulled tugboat into a cabin cruiser and he and his children toured the Lake Michigan coastline. During 1983-1984 Doc and Claudia traveled around Africa photographing mammals for a publishable field guide. They visited South Africa during the Apartheid Era and Doc climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Kenya in Kenya. They visited China and Peru. During 1994-2003 Doc and Dennis built a Lanceaire kit high-performance plane and, at age 74, Doc became the oldest person to obtain a pilots license. In 2001 Doc participated in an Antarctic Polar research expedition, diving a crater lake. He retired to Lake City, Florida where he continued an active lifestyle of hiking, biking, dating women, attending church, and participating in Veterans Day Parades. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Norma L. Peters — Baltimore,  a prominent educator, died Dec. 24, 2013 at the Village at Rockville, National Lutheran facility after a long illness. She was born Nov. 27, 1942, in Macomb County, Mich., to Arthur and Elsie Ploetz. She is survived by her husband, Louis O. Peters, Jr. '56, a stepson, Mark A. Peters, several nieces and nephews, and hundreds of children of her heart that she loved and taught over the years. Norma graduated from Concordia University, River Forest, Ill., and went on to teach at elementary schools in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Baltimore. While in Milwaukee she established LEAP, a pioneering preschool program. In Baltimore, she was principal and administrator of St.Peter's Christian Day School for 15 years. Mrs. Peters was a founding member and first president of the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association and was recognized in "Who's Who in American Education". While at the National Lutheran Home she wrote a children's book, "The Rabbit in Room 144," continuing in her mission to teach tolerance for those with disabilities. She was a longtime communicant of Christ Lutheran Church at the inner harbor. There, she continued to exhibit her deep care for children by teaching Sunday school and directing the children's choir.  
Submitted: January 6, 2014

Muriel Stielow — Phoenix, Ariz.,  peacefully departed this life on Oct. 2, 2013, after a brief illness. She was born in Kenosha on Feb. 19, 1923, and worked as a homemaker and administrative assistant at Carthage prior to her retirement in Surprise, Ariz. Mrs. Stielow was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Marland J. Stielow (US Navy, MR2 WWII, Korea). Mrs. Stielow is survived by daughter Deborah A. "Daisy" Anderson (David) of Wittmann, Ariz., and Nathalie, Virginia, sister Virginia J. Hunter of Colorado Springs, Colo., and brother Ralph Ruffalo (Shirley) of Kenosha, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She will be profoundly missed. 
Submitted: January 10, 2014

Marianne (Driscoll) Van Maren — Harvard, Ill.,  passed away Aug. 18, 2013, at her home in Harvard. She was born July 3, 1939, in Park Rapids, Minn., to Joseph Driscoll and Cecilia Ward Driscoll. Marianne grew up in Park Rapids and graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1958. After high school, she attended Marquette University in Milwaukee. Marianne had an enviable career in sales and sales management. She was one of the first female sales representatives for IBM in the early 1970s. Marianne went on to become a marketing executive at the Novell Corporation. She ended her career in the 1990s in an administrative position with Sears Corporate in Hoffman Estates. Marianne married Al Van Maren '65 in 1999 on the Carthage campus. They were married for 14 years. Marianne and Al enjoyed traveling. In addition to seeing much of the United States, they traveled to Egypt, Africa, China, Costa Rica, Europe, New Zealand, Peru and Ecuador. She was a member of Sales and Marketing Executives International and worked as an executive director of the Chicago affiliate. She earned a management award presented by Art Linkletter. Marianne grew up with and enjoyed all kinds of animals. She rode horses in Minnesota as a child, which was a big reason for her move to Harvard. She had three horses, three big dogs, five cats and fish. Marianne also enjoyed a pasture full of alpacas, rescue donkeys and chickens in the barn. She was known in the neighborhood as the "Animal Whisperer" because she could talk to and understand the animals. Another enduring nickname was "Mrs. Doolittle." Marianne was an avid reader, an expert swimmer and lifeguard, was active in her church, enjoyed snow skiing and was a volunteer with Junior Achievement and SMILES (Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills), where she served on the board of directors. Marianne was raised in the Catholic Church and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Harvard. Marianne is survived by her spouse, Al, of Harvard; her children, Dr. Maureen Kidd of Beloit, Wis., Kathy (Phil) Wuest of Madison, Wis., Michael (Joy) Kidd of McKinney, Texas, and Daniel (Terri) Kidd of Crystal Lake, Ill.; her sisters, Alice (Frank) Brown of St. Cloud, Minn., and Margie (Larry) Axelson of Baxter, Minn.; and her brother, Tom (Birdie) Driscoll of Winter Park, Fla. She loved her grandchildren, Julia and Myles Kidd and Jennifer and Justin Wuest, as well as a host of great-nieces and great-nephews. Marianne was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Cecilia Driscoll; and her brothers, Charles and Don Driscoll. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Mary June Ward — Kenosha,  friend of the College, passed away March 27, 2014, at the Harmony of Kenosha. June was born on Nov. 25, 1917, in Richland Center to Fred and Grace (Schlouch) Daly. Her family moved to Beloit when she was an infant. She graduated from Beloit High School and received her Bachelors degree in education from U.W. Whitewater. June married James Ward on Nov. 10, 1944, and the couple was married for almost 60 years until his passing on Dec. 20, 2000. She taught school for over 50 years, starting her career teaching for six years in Beloit and Columbia, S.C. She moved to Kenosha in 1946 where she taught the first grade for 20 years at Berryville and 20 years at Bose Elementary. June also taught at the Orthopedic School in Kenosha for one year, the Old Vocational School, which is now Gateway Technical, for five years, and English for the new Americans & Citizenship. She retired at 83 years old and received the Keno sha Unified Distinguished Service Award. June also received the perfect attendance award four years in a row from 1988 to 1991, and since her retirement she has taken 15 cruises to various places. She enjoyed tap dancing, traveling and especially reading childrens literature. She was also preceded in death by, her parents. June is survived by, her daughter, Carthage professor Marilyn Ward. In accordance with Junes wishes, private services were held. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Carthage College Center for Children's Literature would be greatly appreciated.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Susanne I. Wilczek — Salem, Wisconsin,  entered peacefully into the presence of her Lord and her God at her home on June 17, 2014. Susanne was born in Kassel, Germany, into a U.S. military family on April 13, 1958, and moved to the United States in 1962. She then lived, traveled extensively and attended schools around the U.S. and in Europe. She settled for a time in El Paso, Texas, and raised her three daughters Nichole, Missy and Angela. Susanne married Charles (Chuck) P. Wolbers, 1SG, US Army (Ret) on Nov. 11, 2000, at Trinity First United Methodist Church, El Paso, Texas. Susanne received her B.S. in Social Work from the University of Texas El Paso. She worked in the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department in gerontology social work as a senior citizens center director and transitioned to serve as RSVP director for the City of El Paso. While working with senior citizens, she served as a member of the National Senior Games Board and conducted the El Paso Senior Olympics as part of her duties. The couple moved to Salem, Wisconsin in 2004 to be closer to her family members and she served as development director at the Shalom Center for five years. While there, her presence will always be characterized by her tireless drive to create a pleasant, nurturing workplace and healthy organization. She wrote incalculable, successful grant awards and organized innumerable fund raising activities, all to benefit the homeless and displaced in Kenosha her interpersonal and organizational skills are unmatched. She was thrilled to pursue postgraduate study and received her M.S. in Social Work from Loyola University (at Carthage College). After completing her master's Degree, Susanne was led and answered the call into ministry, where she served as a pastor with the United Methodist Church in the Northern Illinois Conference. She deeply cherished her ministry professional development experience as she participated in her Course of Study cohort at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She was assigned as pastor to the churches in Capron and Chemung, Ill., on Sept. 1, 2012. Her honesty and loving heart enabled them to build strong spiritual foundations and connections in the local and neighboring communities, which are located between Harvard and Rockford, Ill. Susanne's greatest passion was serving the Lord through caring for people, and had a gift for making them feel loved and good about themselves. She preached the Word with honesty and joy - her faith message came from the heart. She loved to travel, visit the ocean-side at Cape Cod, read mysteries (especially Agatha Christie) and she enjoyed watching classic movies and her beloved companion Dachshunds. As if serving the community professionally wasnt enough, she continued to give back through her enthusiastic involvement in local performing arts, as a member of Radio Girl Audio Productions, in many old time radio theater performances, all staged and broadcast live in a number of local venues, complete with period accurate costumes, sound effects and props. She will be most often remembered as a widely respected, compassionate community leader and for the joyful spirit she brought to everyone with whom she came in contact. Pastor Susanne enters His halls as a good and faithful servant after a joyous life of obedient, spirit-filled service, despite a courageous 26 year struggle with metastatic breast cancer she had cancer, it did not have her. Susanne will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Chuck; her sister Kima (Scott) Picchietti, of Paddock Lake; and her brother, John (Jen) Schilling, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; as well as her daughters, Nichole (Carlos) Villalobos, of El Paso, Texas, Missy Parsons of Las Vegas, Nev., and Angela (Wes) Hallgren, also of El Paso, Texas; and her dear grandchildren, Enrique, Cielo, Gael and MacKenzie. Additionally, she will be deeply missed by her nephews, Alex, Sam and Nick and her niece, Grace, and many aunts, uncles and friends across the United States and around the world. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

2013

Armour T. Beckstrand — Rockford, Ill.,  died May 13, 2013, in his home at 85. He was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Rockford, the son of Dr. O. Garfield and Agnes (Anderson) Beckstrand. He graduated from East High School in 1947. He then graduated from Carthage College and received his law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he was president of the Law Review and the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. During World War II, he served as a pharmacist's mate in the U.S. Navy, stationed in San Diego. He married Elizabeth ""Betsy"" Broders on Oct. 28, 1950, in Rochester, Minn., and she predeceased him in 1995. He and Jan Sandahl were married on April 25, 1998. Upon graduation from law school, Armour served as a lawyer and vice president of Tennessee Gas Transmission Company (Tenneco) in Houston and Washington. While in Washington, he became the youngest attorney to appeal and win a case before the United States Supreme Court. He returned to private practice in Rockford in 1963 with Reno, Zahm, Folgate, and Skolrood. He was later a partner with Beckstrand, Ritz, and Wahm in 1968, and went on to form his own private practice in the former Amcore Bank building. He later served of counsel for the Law Firm of Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley, and Van Evera from 2003 to 2010, when he retired at the age of 82. Armour served on the boards of Swedish American Hospital, Scandinavian Cemetery Association, and the Pierce Packaging Company. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Illinois and Winnebago County bar associations, and the University Club. Above all else, his greatest joy in life was his family. Some of his happiest times were spent with his children, grandchildren, and friends at his cabin along the Rock River and at Stony Lake in Shelby, Mich. Armour's love of family and friends led to countless hours of philanthropic law counseling. Armour was most admired for his unforgettable sense of humor and his extraordinary love of life and the people he shared it with. He is survived by his wife, Jan; children, Debra (William) Brearley of Rockford, Thomas (Dr. Katherine) Beckstrand of Eugene, Ore., Sally (Mark) Myers of Carmel, Ind., and John Beckstrand of Klamath Falls, Ore.; stepchildren, Juli (Jeff) Margolin of Urbandale, Iowa, and Michael (Jeannie) Sandahl of Landrum, S.C.; granddchildren, John (Betty), Andrew (Sheila), Lucy, and Liz Brearley, Emily and Annie Beckstrand, Dr. Bailey (Dr. Kaveh) Tayebi, Marisa, Charlie, Maggie, and Lexi Myers, Nate, Meagan, and Abby Beckstrand; stepgrandchildren, Adam and Sarah Margolin, Sophie and Lucy Sandahl great-grandchild, Eleazar Brearley siblings, Margaret Roth of Minneapolis, Minn., Rev. Robert (Dorothy) Beckstrand of Stoughton, Wis., and Anne Dudycha of Racine, Wis. He was predeceased by his brother, O. Garfield Beckstrand II.  
Submitted: July 22, 2013

Amos Coffman , Jr. — Chicago,  friend of the College, died recently after a long illness. Mr. Coffman was born Aug. 16, 1940, to Amos James Coffman and Jean Stringfellow Coffman in New York. He graduated from Harvard College with his BA in 1962 and from the University of Michigan with his JD in 1965. While at Michigan, he was an editor of the Law Review. Earlier, he was a student at Hyde Park High School in Chicago. Mr. Coffman was an attorney in Chicago for more than 45 years. He is survived by his wife, Julie Weber Coffman, and by his sisters Kathleen Coffman Slater and Carolyn Coffman DeLuca. Mr. Coffman had two sons, A. James Coffman III and Nathaniel Ward Coffman, and five grandchildren: Matthew, Claire, Noah, Alana and Jenna Coffman. He is also survived by his first wife, Gretchen S. Coffman. 
Submitted: August 30, 2013

Theodora B. Felkey — Mesa, Ariz.,  passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, Theo lived in Kenosha from 1944 to May 2012. Theo was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on March 2, 1911, to Edwin and Esther (Pehrson) Hovey. She graduated from high school in Swea City, Iowa, in 1929 and Waldorf College in 1931. She taught speech in Halfa, Iowa, and sixth-grade and speech in Swea City. On June 21, 1936, she married Merle F. Felkey (of Red Wing, Minn.) in Algona, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 1992. Theo moved to Kenosha, where her parents and two sisters lived, when Merle was drafted into the Army on Jan. 1, 1944. She worked at Nash Kalvinator. Theo was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday school and Bible school. She was a member and president of Lutheran Church Women, Esther Group, served on the church council and served on the social ministry committee. She also sewed quilts for Dorcus. Theo was also a member of Gideons International. Theo was an excellent homemaker while her children were growing up. When they went to college, Theo taught Head Start in the Kenosha School District while taking classes at Carthage College to renew her teaching license. Theo is survived by her daughter, Susan Felkey of Boulder, Colo,; her son, James Felkey of Tempe, Ariz.; her brother-in-law, Marvin Fischer of Kenosha, and many nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: May 13, 2013

Marlin Long — Carthage, Ill.,  died May 20, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage. Born June 27, 1929, in Beardstown, Ill., he was the son of Kenneth and Lydia Culves Long. On June 26, 1949, he married Joan Leontine Ellison in Carthage. Mr. Long and his wife owned and operated many restaurants in Carthage, including the Carmanlough Supper Club, Joan’s Pizza Parlor and Appian Way Pizza, and owned the Tastee Freeze in Carthage for more than 20 years. They most recently owned and operated the Long Branch Restaurant/Double Deuce. He started by running the Carthage College cafeteria from 1949 to 1964. He also worked at Cargill Pellet plant, owned Long Insurance Co., and was still a real estate agent with Sharpe Real Estate. In 1947, he graduated from Carthage High School. He was a 50-year member of Oddfellows and Masonic Lodge and served many years on the Hancock County, Ill., Board and Carthage Planning Commission. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Marla Grossaint of Carthage and Marcia Jo Patterson of Quincy, Ill.; three sons, Randall Long, Ricky Long and Terry Long, all of Carthage; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister. 
Submitted: August 30, 2013

Arthur K. Piepenburg — Kenosha,  friend of the College, died June 7, 2013, at 92 at his residence. A retired major in the U.S. Army, he was born on Dec. 15, 1920, in Kenosha. He was the son of Arthur and Marie Henrietta (Buechner) Piepenburg. He was united in marriage to Lucy E. Kitchen on Nov. 23, 1946, at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenosha. She preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 1999, and is interred in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister. He is survived by two sons: Sheldon and wife Diane of Ebensburg, Penn., and Kurt and wife Kate Jerome of Kenosha; four granddaughters: Sheri and her husband, Jason Schwab, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Michelle of Ebensburg, Penn., and Lauren Margaret and Carly Eliza, both of Kenosha; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and two sisters-in-law, Nina Kranz of Kenosha and Mary Jo Kitchen of Bevier, Mo. He enlisted in the United Marine Corps in January 1942, and saw action in the attack at Dutch Harbor Alaska, June 1942. He was a member of the Fifth Motor Transportation Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Fifth Marine Division, during the battle of Iwo Jima. He was discharged in January 1946. He enlisted in the United States Army in June 1947. He retired from military service in July 1963 after 20 years of service. His awards include The United States Army Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Citation, United States Marine Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Occupational Medal, and the National Defense Medal. After retiring from the military service he worked for the Boy Scouts of America. After retiring from the Boy Scouts of America, he and his wife moved to Bevier, Mo. He was elected mayor of the City of Bevier and served for two terms. He moved back to the Kenosha Area in May 2002. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., with full military honors. 
Submitted: August 30, 2013

2012

Mary T. DiCello — Kenosha, Wis.,  Dec. 6, 2012. She was a lifelong resident of Kenosha who was a cook at Carthage from 1970 until her retirement in 1990. She is survived by a son, Anthony T., of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Cassandra Turco, of Lindenhurst, Ill.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gabriel, on Jan. 9, 1970. 
Submitted: December 21, 2012

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Henry L. Johnson — Delavan, WI,  passed away on October 8th, 2018. He was born on May 24th, 1954 in Elkhorn, WI. He was a proud graduate of Carthage College in 2012. He also helped with the football program for many years at Carthage. He loved his family and especially his grandchildren. Henry's three sons are all graduates of Carthage, Hank, Jacob, and Kurt. 
Submitted: November 18, 2018

2011

Ahmad T. Landrum
Ahmad T. Landrum

Ahmad Landrum — Kenosha, WI,  Passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020. The world shook and the heavens parted like the red sea to welcome a new guardian angel with the purest and largest heart (literally..it was like 500 grams). Ahmad aka a self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Grill Master” was born in Kenosha, WI on March 9, 1977. He “escaped” Bradford High School in 1995 and continued the training of his mind and talents by attending Gateway Technical College where he received his Associates Degree in Business Marketing. He additionally studied at Carthage College and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, and at Ashford University earning his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. Ahmad was a Supervisor Outreach Coordinator at DentaQuest for the last 10 months of his life, but his passion came from working as a Relations Director for the Kenosha Community Health Center. He was really able to make an impact and leave his footprint in the soils of the community. But don’t think it stops there, Ahmad felt like his life wasn’t being fulfilled to its full potential. He then created his own company, Tarfur Strategies (a public relations and marketing agency), out of his own blood, sweat and tears. I mean, this man was AMAZING! He was very proud to be a member of The Masons and was a mentor to the children of The Boys and Girls Club. Ahmad was a board member with the Racine/ Kenosha Big Brother and Big Sisters Foundation, the Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, and he was a marketing specialist for the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Foundation. There is so much more to Ahmad’s story that we literally had to cut out a large majority of his accomplishments it would blow you out of the water! This man was such a leader that he won the Positive Impact Award from the NAACP, presented by the State Senator himself. Ahmad enjoyed spending quality time at sporting events with his son, the warm tingling sensation from a good scotch on a cold day, the thrill of almost catching a fish in “good fishin weather”, was an occasional cigar enthusiast and had a knack for telling you EXACTLY how it is. Never in a rude way, of course, he always had a charming personality. Ahmad is survived by his mother, Sondra Landrum; his sisters Nadja Landrum, Savonté Walker, and Shlonda Walker; his son, Caden (Shari Roehl) Roehl-Landrum, and a vast variety of other family and friends. If you looked up the definition of socialite — right at the top would be a picture of this man. Although Ahmad’s ignited soul will be sorely missed, he is without a doubt resting and raising the roof in heaven with his grandparents, Donald and Mary Bardwell; and his second mother, Miss Virda Walker-Hayden. Rest Easy Ahmad, knowing that you have touched the hearts of many and that you were loved by all! 
Submitted: April 22, 2020

2010

Cynthia "Cyndi" Lola Holcomb — Burlington, Wis. ,  passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 10 2015, after a three year battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 10, 1956, to the late John and Shirley Holcomb. She graduated from Alden Hebron High School. Cyndi went on to earn a paralegal certificate from Carthage College. As a young girl growing up on a farm, Cyndi dreamed of becoming a nurse. She fulfilled her dream when she became an at home visiting nurse. A true "Florence Nightingale," Cyndi had such a desire to help people, that she worked as nurse as long as her health allowed, and later helped anyone else who needed something- especially those in need of clothes, food or consoling. Cynthia was a multi-faceted woman with many talents, passions, and careers throughout her life. Cynthia loved the outdoors and cultivated a beautiful garden with her friend, Joy. They grew all varieties of flowers, vegetables, and fruits, and canned some of their harvest. She also enjoyed bird watching. Not just a "green thumb," Cyndi was a member of HOG - Harley Owner Group-and even took her Westie, Jake, camping with her riding friends even when she could no longer ride. Cynthia was a strong-willed fighter who never complained, even as her health failed. Her family will remember her undefeatable spirit and all of the love that she gave them. Cynthia is survived by her beloved daughter, Kristin Rose Holcomb (Joseph Monticelli); her loving sister, Rebecca J. Holcomb; two aunts, Merilyn and Kathy; her beloved Westie Jake, who she adored, and Hades, Abigail, and Sparky, her "grandpuppies." She leaves behind many beloved friends too numerous to mention.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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Samantha Jo (Falcone) Reid — Antioch, IL,  passed away on March 1, 2022. She was born in Racine, December 11, 1984, daughter of Louis and Susan (Klyzub) Falcone. Samantha was a graduate of Wm. Horlick High School "Class of 2003." She furthered her education receiving a B.S. in biology, Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, "Class of 2007" and earned her M.S. in education from Carthage College. On December 30, 2006 she was united in marriage to her soulmate Michael J. Reid Jr. at St. Joseph's in Racine. She taught and served as Dean at Tremper High School in Kenosha. She was last employed in pharmaceutical sales at Abbvie. Mike and Samantha welcomed their son Dominic in March of 2012. She started Breathe Love to bring more awareness to CF and help families affected by this devastating disease. She was loved beyond measure. Samantha was the ultimate example of love, kindness, heroism, faith, and compassion to her husband, son, family, and anyone lucky enough to cross her path. Even in the worst situations she found good in everyone. Samantha helped make great strides toward a cure for cystic fibrosis. Left with broken hearts and a devastating void are her husband, Michael; son, Dominic; parents: Louie and Sue Falcone; in-laws, Diana Reid (Hector) Gonzales; siblings: Nathan (Katie) Falcone, Mario (Mariah) Falcone, Danielle Falcone (Greg), Gabby (Greg) Lauer; sister-in-law, Tiffany Reid; niece, Giuliana Lauer; other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Nicholas Frank Falcone (2015); Nana, Frances Klyzub (2022); and father-in-law, Michael Reid Sr. (2006). 
Submitted: March 9, 2022

2006

Heather M (Jefferson) Barker — Racine, WI,  passed away peacefully on December 24, 2018. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

Mary A. (Schmeltzer) Billstrand — Harvard, IL,  passed away on December 17, 2006. She was born July 8, 1948 , to the late Donald and Therese Ginestra Schmeltzer. Growing up in Rockford and graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1965. After two years of attendance at Carthage College, she married David K. Billstrand on July 27, 1968, in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Rockford. A person of many interests, Mary was known for her talent as an interior decorator, an excellent cook, and avid reader and above all her devotion to her family. An awesome friend of many she believed in helping people in any way she could. A great humanitarian she believed in the healing power of the natural arts. Survivors include her husband, Dr. David K. Billstrand ; daughter, Alicia Billstrand, brothers, Donald Schmeltzer, Leonard (Kathy) Schmeltzer, Lawrence (Carol) Schmeltzer, Texas, John (Carolynne) Schmeltzer, and Michael (Dawn) Schmeltzer; grandchildren, Javan Rodgers and Asha Billstrand. She was preceded in death by son, Adrian, on July 1, 1999. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

2005

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Kim Renee (Carlson) DeLaO — Racine, WI,  passed away on September 7, 2018 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Kim was born in Racine on February 27, 1958 to Evert and Shirley (nee: Green) Carlson. Kim graduated from Racine Lutheran High School in 1976 and went on to receive her B.A. in English from UW Parkside. Kim earned her Master's in Education from Carthage in 2005 with High Honors. Kim loved kids. When she was young, she worked as a park leader at several parks in Racine. Her love of children led to her life’s profession: education. She had been the principal of S.C. Johnson Elementary School from 2006 until last fall, and it was clear to everyone who knew her that this work was her calling. She had a passion for her students, their families and her staff. She positively impacted countless lives and was loved and admired in ways words could not express. It was no surprise that Kim, the ultimate “people person”, loved waitressing and bartending over the years, as she completed her education. She truly treasured the countless friendships she made during that time. Kim loved spending time with her grandsons, family and friends. She loved gardening, writing, going to Potawatomi, listening to live music and dancing with Dan. Kim had a love for dogs; most recently, her heart belonged to her bearded collie, Buddy. Kim was kind, smart, funny, generous and beautiful inside and out. Her smile would light up a room. She took chances on people and saw the best in everyone. Kim never let anyone’s past define them. She was looking forward to meeting Harry Chapin and Prince in Heaven. Kim wanted to be remembered for believing in each of you. She will be missed tremendously. Surviving are her mother, Shirley Carlson; sons, Eric (Beverly) Bohm, Alex (Clare) Bohm, Brian (Amy) Bohm and Jackson Bohm; foster daughter, Sirena Simpson; grandsons, Tyler, Travis, Carter and Elijah; loving companion, Dan Clark; sister, Judy (James) Martin; brother, Ronald (Toni) Carlson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Kim was preceded in death by her father, Evert Carlson; grandparents, Al & Elsie Greely and Herman & Margaret Carlson. 
Submitted: October 8, 2018

Andrea M. Durian
Andrea M. Durian

Andrea Durian — Racine, WI,  Passed away unexpectedly Monday, January 27, 2020, at the age of 37. Loving daughter of Sandy Crist and the late Jerry. Sister of Kimberly (Rick) Geyser and step-sister of Michelle Mendoza. Proud auntie of Madison, Nate, Richard, Brandon, Erik, Violet and great-aunt to Serenity. 
Submitted: February 11, 2020

Gayle Schultz — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at United Hospital System-Kenosha Campus. Born in Kenosha on March 13, 1968, she was the daughter of Thomas C. and Edna M. (Korb) Frye. A lifelong resident of Kenosha, she was educated in local schools graduating from Reuther High School and then from Carthage. Gayle was a case manager with Wisconsin Correctional Services and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include her two daughters, Amber (Brian) Beasley of Orange, Calif., Nicole Schultz of Kenosha; mother, Edna Frye of Racine; three brothers, Steven (Cristie) Frye of Amberg, Wis., Dave (Barb) Frye of Kenosha, Wayne (Cathy) Frye of Cocoa, Fla.; a sister, Deborah Frye of Kenosha; and a grandson, Brody. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Frye. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be greatly appreciated. 
Submitted: November 23, 2016

Geoffrey R. Sutich — Hayden, Idaho ,  died May 14, 2015 at Kootenai Health. Born January 4th, 1975, in Virginia, Minnesota to Jill (Marshall) Monroe, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Steve Sutich, Cotton, Minnesota Geoff lived in Mt. Iron, Minnesota from birth to 8th grade. He then moved with his family to Richland, Washington where he attended ninth grade. The family moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in 1990 where Geoff attended Coeur d'Alene School. Geoff went back to Minnesota to complete his Senior year with his life long friends at Mountain Iron-Buhl High School in Minnesota in 1993. Geoff attended college at Mesabi College and St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and graduated with a BS degree from Carthage College. Geoff married Lauren Jane Ramsden on September 4, 1999 in Lake County, Illinois. Geoff lived with his wife Lauren in Gurnee, Illinois as a Systems Analyst until moving his family to Hayden, Idaho in 2011. Geoff loved God, loved his family, and was loved by everyone around him. His big smile lit up the room when he came in. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He coached his son Dylan's little league baseball and basketball teams in Hayden. He and his children shared a love of sports and gave his all to be there every minute and cheer them on. Geoff loved the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and Gonzaga basketball. He loved music (Pearl Jam) but most of all he loved his wife Lauren and 4 little ones. Geoff is survived by his wife Lauren, and his precious children: Josselyn (10), Dylan (8), Marly (5) and Cody (3). Mother Jill (Rick) Monroe of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; father Steve (Sue) Sutich of Cotton, grandparents Keith (Dolly) Marshall of Winona, Minnesota; sister-in-law Stefany Sutich and children; sister-in-law AnnMarie and Frank Burke and children, brother-in-law Lenny and Kara Ramsden and children, brother-in-law Derek and Angie Ramsden and children, step brother Eric (Melissa) Dormanen; step sister Jennifer (Jason) Janisch all of Minnesota; aunts, uncles, cousins, and families. Geoff was preceded in death by his brother Greg (9-28-13) grandparents Nick and Marge Sutich of Mt. Iron, Minnesota. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

2004

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Douglas "Jake" Jacobsen — Ridgefield, WA,  and his brother-in-law, Richard "Rick" Streissguth, died in an automobile accident Sat., Dec. 5, 2009 in Montana. Family members were traveling to acquire a new addition to their family's passion for restoring antique fire engines. Doug "Jake" Jacobsen would do just about anything for the people he loved. Family and friends were the most important thing to him. Doug made his home in the Ridgefield, WA area where he pursued many of his passions: restoring cars and fire engines, traveling with friends and family, and raising animals on the farm. He graduated from Camas High School in 1978 and Carthage College in 2004, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Doug started his career with Snap-on Tools in the early 90's advancing to his current position as Business Manager. He would say, "Snap-on isn't a job, it's a way of life!" He loved the business and his extended "tool family". He was a great husband, son, brother, and uncle-always dropping whatever he was doing to help someone else. Survived by his wife, Kay, of 24 years; mother, Pat and Ken Price; father, Gary and Marilyn Jacobsen; three siblings, Gary Jacobsen, Laura Hanning (Lance), Dani Clifton (Todd); step-siblings, Carrie Cramer (Paul), Nicole Wedel (Rob), Vince Cramer (Maria); nieces and nephews, Trent, Gina, Alyssa, Denali, Kenny, Nicole Eddy (Jesse), Jacob Hanning (Sunny), Mckenzie and Sage. Doug's in-laws include, Kay's parents, Dick and Marilyn Streissguth; brother-in-law, Steve (Kathy); sister-in-law, Jen; nieces and nephews, Brian (Lisa H), Lisa, Mackenzie and Jacob. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

2003

David R. Gross — Burr Ridge, Illinois,  passed away at age 34. He was the son of Carolyn (nee Lakeberg) and Rick Gross; brother of Cara and the late Michael Gross; grandson of Barbara (late Frank) Lakeberg and Mary (late Karl R. Sr.) Gross; nephew, cousin, and friend of many. 
Submitted: October 14, 2014

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Michelle Lynn Harris — Naperville, IL,  passed away suddenly Sunday, March 18, 2018. She was born on June 22, 1978 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Michelle is survived by her loving parents, Albert and Judy (nee Lea) Harris; sister, Melanie Harris; niece Cora Harris-Lavigne; grandmother, Freda Lea; uncle Kenneth Harris; aunt Sandra (Lea) Hughes, several cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Arthur Lea, Albert P. and Ida Harris, Sr. Michelle was a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School and Carthage College. She was a member of the Waubonsie Valley High School soccer and basketball teams and a member of Carthage College’s women’s soccer teams. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Justin Jennings — Martinsville, IN,  died on June 16, 2017 after battling with an aggressive form of cancer in the previous months. Justin was an assistant swimming and diving coach at Colgate University. Among his duties at Colgate, Jennings helped with recruiting efforts and athletes in long distance events. Jennings joined Colgate as an assistant coach 2014. Before joining Colgate's staff, he spent eight seasons as Coe College 's head men's and women's coach in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jennings, an Indiana native who was a four-year member of the Wisconsin-Oshkosh swimming and diving team, started his coaching career at Carthage College . Jennings coached in NCAA Division III for 14 seasons before arriving at Colgate. 
Submitted: May 3, 2018

2002

Lucas Haberstich — Albuquerque, NM,  Passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2020, in his him in Albuquerque. He was born March 3, 1980, in Escanaba, MI the son of Eric Haberstich and Patricia (Patti) Schmitendorf Lucas grew up in Gladstone, MI, and was a 2002 graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. He had lived in Chicago for a couple of years then in Tucson, AZ with friends. He moved back to Hampshire with his mom and then Rapid River, MI with his dad. He had only moved to Albuquerque in Dec. of 2019 before his sudden passing. Lucas was an avid comic book reader, collector, and developer. He performed in Improv Theater and loved to make people laugh. He also was a gifted singer and shared his voice onstage. Surviving is his mother, Patti Schmitendorf; siblings, Rachel (Andrew) Benson, Gwen (Jason) Christianson, and Adam (Corinne) Haberstich; nieces and nephews, Zachary, Gabriel, Aurora, Geneva, Simeon, Ezekiel, Aiden, Paige, Oliver, and Ava; many cousins, extended family and lifelong friends. 
Submitted: April 22, 2020

Leslie Sobota — Racine, WI,  passed away on February 6, 2018 after a courageous battle with ALS. Leslie was lovingly cared for at home by her husband of 50 years, Drew Sobota. Leslie was born in Bronxville, NY, and lived in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Iowa before settling in Racine. A teacher for many years, Leslie will be remembered for her love of her students, and her sense of joy both in and out of the classroom. Apart from her family and her students, Leslie 's great love was for the Racine Theatre Guild, where she was an active volunteer for almost 40 years, acting in over a dozen plays. Since being diagnosed with ALS in 2015 Leslie was committed to living life as fully as possible, checking off experiences on her bucket list such as flying a plane, skydiving, target shooting, and travel. She and Drew fulfilled a lifetime dream of visiting Europe and took the extended family on a Disney cruise that the grandchildren in particular will never forget. Leslie is survived by her husband (Drew Sobota), her children (Amy Sobota and Scott (Sobota) Galabota, 4 grandchildren, numerous cousins and friends. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

2001

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T. Skeat Clark — Bradenton, Fla.,  formerly of Palatine, Illinois, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2021, surrounded by his family. Skeat is survived by his loving wife, Andrea Morano, beloved daughter, Gianna, parents, Tyce and Mary Clark of Bradenton, Florida, in-laws Pam and Steve DeWall of Muskegon, Michigan, and Greg and Lesley Morano of Norton Shores, Michigan, brother Eric (Susan Irey), both Carthage class of 1996, of Arlington Heights, Illinois, sister, Austin (Brandon) of Sarasota, Florida, nieces Sarah, Carthage class of 2024 and Emma of Arlington Heights, Illinois, and many other family members who dearly loved him. Skeat graduated Carthage College, class of 2001, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and served in the US Coast Guard before moving to Bradenton. He worked closely with his father in the real estate business. Throughout his life Skeat was active in sports including football, wakeboarding, snowboarding and skydiving. Skeat immersed Gianna in the BMX bike racing community and gave her the appreciation to explore and enjoy life. Skeat had such love and pride in her accomplishments. Skeat fought Thymoma Cancer and Myasthenia Gravis with courage, dignity and determination. Throughout his illness his wife, Andrea, has been invaluable in her love and steadfast support. His kindness and generosity will be remembered by family and friends and live in our hearts forever. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

2000

Ryan Hoskinson — Rockford, IL,  passed away on May 11, 2019. Mr. Hoskinson graduated from Boylan High School in 1995 and was a personal trainer at FitMe Wellness, 2595 N. Mulford Road. Mr. Hoskinson is survived by two young daughters. 
Submitted: May 29, 2019

Peter C Rosengren & Maura (Rosengrin) — Batavia, IL,  passed away March 30, 2021. 
Submitted: April 9, 2021

1999

Vicki J. Kuzia — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away unexpectedly at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints hospital on Monday, November 24, 2014. She was born in Kenosha on January 4, 1957 the daughter of Darryl B. and the late Jane E. (nee: Krahn) Cremer. Vicki was especially proud of the fact that she graduated with honors from Carthage College. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed everything and everybody. Surviving are her children, David Kuzia, Christy (Raven Lopez) Kuzia, and Laura (Warren) Anderson; father, Darryl Cremer; sisters, and brother, Chris (Pat) Rogan, all of Racine, Barbie (Steve) Krenzke, of Crown Point, IN, and Bill Cremer, of Racine; her loving companion, Kelly Doyle, of Racine, and her faithful dog, Lizzy. Her nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive her.  
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Daniel George Thornborough
Daniel George Thornborough

Daniel Thornborough — Pleasant Prairie, WI,  passed away peacefully from cardiac arrest on April 21st, around 11:00 pm. He was 55 years old. Daniel was always an unconventional man. Mere weeks before his passing he gave Sarah a coupon for a free bundt cake and told her very seriously, “If I die, make sure to use this coupon before it expires.” Don’t worry Dad, we did. We got a lemon one, and a chocolate one for Mom. He also mentioned that he would not want any funeral services, and instead, we should have an ice cream party with a bouncy house. Sadly, Congdon Funeral Home does not provide space for bouncy houses but rest assured that his wife and daughters and sons-in-law (not officially but basically) will make a trip out to Culvers for mini ice creams. Daniel had a large heart, both literally and figuratively. In the winter he often carried extra hats and gloves for anyone who looked like they needed them. When Kate was moving away for college he gave her a toolbox, which was the most useful present she had ever received. He also was “always building rocket ships” as Mom would say. He embraced every new project with excitement because it was an opportunity to buy a new tool, as well as to reinvent the wheel tackling the project itself. He once spent six hours helping Claire find a solution to her art project (the solution, of course, being a very simple contraption that Claire was suggesting the whole time). To bribe his family into going to the home improvement store he told his daughters they gave out free candy with every purchase. He loved watching movies and tv shows, to the point that he quickly ran out of the usual popular options and had to delve deeply into the weirder waters of cinema. Sarah would bravely sally forth with him, binge-watching all manner of tv shows, from sci-fi to family cartoons to foreign pieces d’art. Some became family classics, like the Finnish Christmas horror movie “Rare Exports”. Others didn’t stick. He is survived by his wife, Renee Thornborough (nee Abboud), and his three children, Kate, Sarah, and Claire, his mother Dixie Thornborough, and his brothers and sisters Lori Osbron, Pam, Jeff, Paul, John, David, Elizabeth Baruffi-Rinaldi, and Eric, and hosts of extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Gilbert Thornborough and his sister Therese Rogers. 
Submitted: November 18, 2019

1998

Donna Jean (Krenzke ) Andersen — Racine, Wis. ,  passed away at home on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Donna was born in Racine on June 6, 1948 to John and LaVerne (nee, Olson) Krenzke. She married Marvin E. Andersen on June 1, 1968 and celebrated 44 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on September 16, 2012. Donna was a 1966 graduate of Racine Lutheran High School. She attended Carthage College and earned a Paralegal Degree in 1988 and her Bachelor of Arts in History in 1998. Donna’s career was in banking, working for Southeastern Savings, North Shore Bank, Deutsche Credit, Transamerica, Elmwood Bank and Tri-City Financial. She was also a Longaberger consultant for many years. Donna was a long standing member of Grace Lutheran Church where she enjoyed singing in the Choir, attending Bible study and was a member of the Alter Guild. Donna loved her dog, Beau, but most of all she loved her children and grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Kristen (Steve) Schlicht and Erik (Andrea) Andersen; grandchildren, Joshua and Katelyn Schlicht, and Annabelle Andersen; mother, LaVerne Krenzke; brothers, John (Vicky) Krenzke and Tom Krenzke; sister-in-law, Marleen (James) Johnson; Donna is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

NaDean (Schwartz) Conrad — Kenosha, WI,  passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee. She was born on May 17, 1967, in Kenosha, the daughter of Marcia (Richard) Shaffer and Donald (Jill) Schwartz. She married Robert Conrad II on September 2, 1995 in Kenosha. Robert considered NaDean his Trophy Wife. NaDean was educated in the schools of Kenosha and earned a double bachelor's degree from Carthage College. She was a member of Journey Church and The Gideons. Her hobbies included swimming, scrapbooking, making cards, watching and ordering from QVC, spending time with her family especially her two daughters and her dog, "Snowflake Paige." Survivors include her husband, Robert, of Kenosha; children, Addyson Marie Conrad & Emma Claire Conrad; her parents; brother, Donald L. Schwartz; and her two sisters, Brook R. Davidson & Cara L. (Darren) Gorr. NaDean was preceded in death by her grandparents. 
Submitted: August 31, 2017

Joseph T. Ipavec
Joseph T. Ipavec

Joseph Ipavec — New Berlin, WI,  passed away on November 25, 2019, at age 43. Joe worked for the Elm Grove Police Dept. for the past 19 years, currently serving the department as a Sergeant. He will always be remembered by many loving family members and numerous friends. Loving husband of Tracy (nee Lemmermann) Ipavec, proud father of Lily and Michael, treasured son of John and Patricia Ipavec, cherished brother of John T. (Lora) Ipavec, uncle of Kyle and Rachel Ipavec, son-in-law of Gerald and Roselynne Lemmermann, and brother-in-law of Greg Lemmermann. Further survived by other relatives and friends. 
Submitted: December 6, 2019

Karen (Kitchen) Sax — Union Grove, WI,  passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Born in Superior, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of Maurice and Idalene (nee Burhans) Kitchen. She spent her early life in Superior and graduated from a Superior high school. Later in life she attended Carthage and received her bachelors degree. On August 18, 1962 she was united in marriage to Marvin K. Sax. They lived in Superior briefly, before moving to Wyoming. hey moved back to Superior in 1969 before settling in the Racine area. Karen worked for Goodwill Industries followed by Johnson Bank doing accounting. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Karen loved bowling, crafting, and of course her Green Bay Packers. She was the family historian and enjoyed genealogy, she was able to trace both sides of the family back many generations. Karen also enjoyed getting pictures of her family taken. She is survived by her children, Sheryl Sax and Michael (Sandra, nee Kusters) Sax; grandchildren, Nicholas (Lauren Schaefer) Frievalt, Megan (Tim) Lord (nee Verwey), Nathan (Rachel nee Bogue) Sax, and Courtney Sax; great-grandchild, Maxwell Lord, Mara Lord, Henry Frievalt, and John Sax; sister, Maureen Asbury; and many nieces and nephews. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Marvin, and infant sister Julie. 
Submitted: August 12, 2020

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Gary Lee Smith — Racine, WI,  passed away unexpectedly on April 6, 2018 at the age of 63. Born in Hillsboro, Ill., on Oct. 6, 1954, he was the son of Ralph and Phyllis (Van Ostran) Smith. He moved to Somers, Wis., as a child where he graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School and also from Carthage College with a degree in Business Administration. On Oct. 14, 1972, he married his high school sweetheart Terry M. Antes in Somers. Gary was formerly employed with J.I. Case for 20 years before becoming a probation and parole officer for the State of Wisconsin. He retired from that in 2016. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Racine and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and collecting guns. Most of all, he enjoyed his grandchildren. Gary had a wonderful sense of humor and his family and friends will cherish his memory. Survivors include his wife, Terry Smith of Racine; four daughters, Jo Ann (Harvey) Sernovitz of China, Karalyn (Thomas) Ciardo of Kenosha, Amanda (Jason) Hill of Stevens Point, and Catherine (Brian) Markovic of Menomonie, Wis.; his mother, Phyllis Smith of Milladore, Wis.; three brothers, David (Cherrie) Smith, Randy Smith, and Mark (Connie) Smith, all of Milladore, Wis.; a sister, Elizabeth (Jon) Murphy of Milladore, Wis.; and ten grandchildren, Jack, Zoe, Gabe, Xavier, Maria, Tony, Joey, Eve, Bella, and Milo. Gary is further survived by the many foster children he and his wife took care of over the years. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Smith; and a nephew, Joshua Lang. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

1997

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Kirsten A. Auld — Enoch, UT,  passed away June 6, 2021. She was 45 years old and was born to Bev and Dick Auld on August 6, 1975 in Urbana, Illinois. Kirsten grew up in St. Paul and Arden Hills, Minnesota. She graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a degree in studio arts and continued studying silversmithing in the MFA program at the University of Georgia in Athens. While in Georgia, she developed an interest in cooking, and received her Culinary Arts degree from the Art Institute of America in San Diego, CA. Kirsten pursued her cooking as Chef and Kitchen Manager in Athens, GA, San Diego, CA, St. Cloud, MN, and most recently in Cedar City, Utah. Kirsten loved nature, animals, and was a free spirit always giving of herself and helping others. She always had a brood of various pets: cats, her beloved dog Maggie and other dogs, rats, hedgehogs, frogs, fish, guinea pigs and so on. She treated them and cared for them as if they were her babies. Everywhere she lived she enjoyed the nature of that place, whether it was the beach in San Diego or the North Woods in Minnesota. Kirsten loved fishing, boogie boarding, camping, four wheeling, hiking, gardening, and just about anything outdoors. Everywhere she lived, she seemed to find stray animals. She would always make sure that she found those animals a forever home. Her love of nature and animals was a driving force in Kirsten's life. Kirsten is survived by her family: parents, sister, aunts and uncles, cousins, nephew and niece, Godparents and friends. 
Submitted: July 14, 2021

Roland D. Denman — Kenosha ,  passed away at 65 on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Franklin. He was a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, born on November 11, 1948, the son of Henry and Irene (nee: D’Aoust) Denman. Roland graduated from Washington Park High School and continued his education at Carthage College, where he received his Business Degree. He played football in high school and college. Roland also was active with the Boy Scouts throughout Wisconsin. He had been a member of the Racine Country Club for many years. Roland enjoyed golf, model trains and riding his Harley. Surviving is his brother, Ronald (Eileen) Denman, sister-in-law, Joan Denman; nieces and nephews, Cindy Bettine, Mark Denman, Michelle Denman, Laura Hart and Jennifer Denman. Roland was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Heather (Lincoln) Gorres — East Troy, WI,  passed away on January 15, 2018 at 42 years old. She was born April 21, 1975 to Les and Diane (nee Hansen) Lincoln in Minnesota. Heather is a graduate of Forest Lake High School and earned her Bachelor Degree at Carthage College. She married her husband Ben, August 14, 1999 in Minnesota. Heather and Ben made East Troy their home in 2001. Heather is a member of the All Conference Carthage Golf Team. She loved read, travel and also loved her pets. She loved watching the Minnestoa Twins baseball, but most rewarding was watching her daughter Chloe play softball and basketball. She is survived by her loving husband Ben. Cherished daughter: Chloe. Parents: Les and Diane. Sister and Brother: Shelley Lincoln and Matt (Jen) Lincoln Father and Mother in law: Larry and Jane Gorres Sister and Brother in laws: Michelle (Joe) Weiland Greg (Sarah) Gorres.. Nieces and Nephews: Allie, Ryan, Ethan, Graeme, Teddy and Sydney. Aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends also survive her. 
Submitted: January 16, 2018

Lisa M. Johnson — Pleasant Prairie, Wis. ,  40, of Pleasant Prairie, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, with her loving family by her side. Born on April 25, 1975, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Michael Lesniak and Isbelia Lugo. She graduated from Warren High School and Carthage College with a degree in Biology. She moved to Kenosha in 1995. On July 17, 1999, she married Thomas Johnson in Mosinee, Wis. Lisa was employed by Abbott Laboratories in the Human Resources Department for over 10 years. She was starting setter for the Carthage College volleyball team, enjoyed playing sand volleyball, kayaking, running and reading, but most importantly spending time with her sons. She loved attending their events. Lisa is survived by her husband, Thomas of Pleasant Prairie; her twin sons, Marcus and Alexander Johnson; her father, Michael; her mother, Isbelia; a brother, Michael Lesniak; her father-in-law, Verne Johnson; two brothers-in-law, Marc (Darcy) Johnson and Benjamin (Nicky) Johnson; and three sisters-in-law, Celeste (Jeff) Lutgen, Camille (Jay) Picconatto and Kyra (Ryan) Clark. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Karen Johnson. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Colleen M. McCormick — Racine, Wi,  lost her battle with ALS on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at her residence. Colleen was born in Viroqua, Wis., June 16, 1963, daughter of William and Janet (Nee Eichman) McCormick. Colleen was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1981”. Continuing her education she received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Carthage College in 1997 and became a Registered Nurse at Gateway Technical College in 2001. Colleen was previously employed at Wheaton Franciscan Emergency Room and at the VA Hospitals in North Chicago and Milwaukee. She had excellent culinary skills and a passion for reading, traveling, the outdoors and taking long walks. She will be sadly missed by her fiancé and caregiver, James Kroes II; her children, Meghan Shelby, Erin Shelby (fiancé, Juan Ramirez), Brendan Shelby; her grandchildren, Trinity and Francisco Ramirez; her parents, William and Janet McCormick; sister, Patricia Powell; brother, Kevin (Dena) McCormick; nieces and nephews, Bridget (Miguel), Colin, Sean, Cheyenne, Johna, Caden, Joseph, Lianet, Angel, Melanie; the father of her children, David Shelby; aunts, uncles, other relatives and dear friends.  
Submitted: October 6, 2015

W. Jean McCoy-Garner — Milwaukee, WI,  departed this life on Jan. 20, 2017, at the Burlington Rehabilitation Center. Jean was born on Sept. 16, 1949, to the union of Mildred D. Brown and James W. Harris Sr. in Gary, Ind. Jean attended UW-Parkside as a Paralegal major. She also attended Carthage as a Criminal Justice major where she received her degree in Paralegal Studies. Jean was the first African-American female prison guard at the Waupun Correctional Facility. She served as an Inmate Complaint Investigator at the Sturtevant Correctional Facility as well. She was also the 1st runner up for Alderman and Constable in Kenosha, Wis. Jean dedicated her life to helping others, she also worked as an advocate for abused women at the Women's Horizon Center in Kenosha, Wis. Jean is survived by her brothers, James W. Harris Jr (Sheila), Lucian C. Brown Jr, David E. Brown Sr. (Satyre), Audrian S. Brown (Cynthia). Her children, Rachael O. Sims (Scott), and Michelle O. McCoy. Her grandchildren, Taryn, Taliyah, Tamya, Teah, Tasia, Tatyanna, Mya, and Rj. As well as a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members She is preceded in death by her son Martin O. Harris and brother Winston D. Brown. Her parents Mildred D. Brown and James W. Harris Sr. Her stepfather Lucian C. Brown Sr. and her ex-husbands John Johnson and Elwood Garner. 
Submitted: January 25, 2017

Curtis B. Sanders — Kenosha, WI,  passed away August 22, 2021. He was comforted by his son, Brent Sanders, daughter-in-law Hannah Sanders, and partner Georgene (Gigi) Christensen. Curtis was born on January 19th, 1950 in Helena, Montana, where he spent the better part of his childhood and early adult years, growing up with many groups of friends, building, racing, and wrecking as many cars as they could find. He was truly a wild and fun-loving spirit. Curtis was well-educated and passionate about his studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Carthage College in Kenosha with his degree in accounting, all the while supporting his young, growing family. Curtis was the definition of a family man, devoting his time and focus to his two children, Brent and Bettina, and then-wife Debra. Life took him many places, oftentimes bouncing between his beloved Montana and Wisconsin, but his home was always wherever his family settled. In his later years, he enjoyed watching his family grow, seeing his two children find happiness in love, playing with and guiding his two young grandchildren, Lillian and Maximillian as well as continuing to provide a gentle, guiding hand to his children as they followed their own paths. Also, a product of the free-love era, maintaining his love of classic jams, he often participated in and organized karaoke and singing events to pay tribute to his outspoken and rebellious generation. Curtis was a friendly, social man who could have a conversation with anyone about anything and could find a friend in anyone. Curtis will be deeply missed by his remaining family - ever a steady, supportive, guiding light in their lives. His memories will be cherished, and legacy carried by his son and grandchildren. 
Submitted: September 7, 2021

Erik Schmidt & Heidi Schmidt (Collins) 1997 — Woodhaven, Mich.,  are very sad to announce the death of their son, Daniel Grady Schmidt. Daniel was 6 1/2 years old and the heart of their home. Daniel had cerebral palsy, and, in spite of this significant disability, lived an amazingly full life. He is survived by his parents and his brother and sister, Ethan and Katy.  
Submitted: May 13, 2014

1996

Kelly Sue Butzen — Elkhorn, Wis.,  died Oct. 9, 2013, at her home surrounded by family. She was born June 4, 1974, in Elkhorn, Wis., the daughter of Leslie and Janice (Lurndahl) Amidon. Kelly graduated from Elkhorn High School with the Class of 1992. She then graduated from Carthage in 1996, and obtained her master's degree in education in 2001. She taught fifth grade for the Elkhorn Area School District, at West Side Elementary School, for the last 15 years. Kelly also worked with her friends at the Apple Barn Orchard of Elkhorn. Kelly was united in marriage to Robert D. Butzen on July 22, 2000, at Sugar Creek Lutheran Church, where she was a member. She also was a member of Walworth County 4-H Reach Out Group. She enjoyed playing volleyball and scrapbooking with friends, but her greatest joy was having Disney experiences; she truly loved her trips to Disney World with her husband and friends. Kelly is survived by her loving husband of 13 years, Bob; her mother, Janice Thorpe of Elkhorn; her sister, Kim Amidon of Lodi, Wis.; her niece, Stacey Nielsen of Horicon, Wis.; nephew, Steve (Michelle Lynn) Moore of West Bend, Wis.; her great-niece and nephews: Makayla, Landon and Tyler. She was preceded in death by her father, Leslie; and her sister, Kristi. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

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Darrell J Erdman — Middleton, WI,  passed away February 11, 2020. Darrell was born on Aug. 5, 1960, in Milwaukee, Wis., the first of four children to Charles "Chuck" and Marilyn (Kubczak) Erdman of Waverly, Iowa. He married Teresa "Terri" Beasley on May 18, 1985, at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Murphysboro, Ill. Together they raised two beautiful, loving sons, Michael Travis of New York, N.Y., and Christopher Jordan Erdman of Columbus, Ohio. Darrell lived life to the fullest. He loved elk hunting in Colorado with family and friends, and he was at home fishing on either Lake Michigan or Lake Erie. He was an avid sports fan and supporter of the Packers, Badgers and Cleveland Indians. On his final road trip, the Packers defeated the Seahawks in the playoffs. He also loved music, making an annual pilgrimage to Chicago (2009–2016) with his sons and Terri for Lollapalooza with 90,000 of his closest friends. Darrell battled his disease bravely and was shy to tell others how sick he was. Ever optimistic, he only had "good" and "better" days, even in his final week. He was a kind, generous man, a loving and dedicated father and husband who will be missed by many. In addition to his devoted wife and sons, Darrell is survived by his parents and a loving family: brother, Scott (Karrie) Erdman of Oconomowoc, Wis.; sisters, Sheryl Dooley of Shelbyville, Mich., and Shelly (Michael) Suttles of Boyce, La.; plus nephews, Donald Dooley (Brittany), Cole Dooley, Jacob Erdman, Cody Suttles (Alexa) and Tyler Suttles and daughter, Paisley; a niece Jessica Lang (Steve) and Carson Dooley (son of Michael); and doting aunts, Shirley Huegli, Alice Hofmaier, Jean Aucutt, and Geraldine Ubick; plus many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; a nephew, Michael; a niece, Kayla; and aunts and uncles. 
Submitted: January 15, 2021

Karen Ruhle-Peterson
Karen Ruhle-Peterson

Karen Ruhle-Peterson — Pleasant Prairie, WI,  passed away on June 7, 2019. Mrs. Ruhle-Peterson was born in Kenosha and was the first child born to George and Catherine (DeAngelis) Ruhle. She received her early education in the schools in Pleasant Prairie and was a graduate of Tremper High School. She received an Associate's Degree in Accounting from Gateway Technical Institute and her Bachelors of Art Degree from Carthage; achieving cum laude. Karen received her Master's Degree in Education from Silver Lake College. On July 26, 1980, at the Historical Kemper Center Chapel, she married Robert Peterson. Their union was blessed with a beautiful daughter. She was employed and retired as a teacher from the Kenosha Unified School District. Previously, for 11 years, she was a Postal Clerk with the U.S. Postal Service and an Administrative Assistant with AMC. Mrs. Ruhle-Peterson was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. In her younger years, she was a member of the Shoreliners and Queensmen Drum and Bugle Corps and extensively traveled with them throughout the United States. She loved to fly with her husband, Bob in their Taylorcraft and later their Flight Design Aircrafts. She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing the piano and traveling. She was very close to her family and looked forward to spending time with them. She loved to attend her daughter and her granddaughters many events. Her biggest joy in life was making many lasting memories with her family. She is survived by her husband, Bob; her daughter, Sarah (Ryan) Nichols; her beloved granddaughters, Julia and Mya; her brother, David (Deborah) Ruhle, Sr.; her sister, Julie (Danny Galvin) Ruhle; her aunts and uncles; her nieces and nephews; and many close family friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents; and her many aunts and uncles. 
Submitted: June 13, 2019

1995

Robert Lee Duncan , Jr — Chicago, IL,  passed away on May 14, 2007. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

Christopher W. Hayes — Wheeling,IL,  passed away Thursday July 7, 2016 after a long illness. Chris was a 1991 graduate of Benet Academy in Lisle IL and a DON fraternity member and graduate from Carthage. He was employed with CDW as a website integration specialist and enjoyed watching, participating and organizing pools for sporting events. Beloved husband of Anne C. Hayes, nee Attardo and loving father of Zofia Samantha Hayes. Dear son of Halina and Gordon Engelbach. Cherished grandson of Zofia Iwaniuk. Caring brother of Edward Hugh (Renee) Hayes Jr., Sarah (Ben) Cooley, and Christopher (Amy) Engelbach. Loving uncle to Liam, Teaghan, and Ethan, who is also his Godson. Dear nephew of Teri & Randy Blocker, Christina & Ray Hays and Cousin of Steve (Monica) Blocker and Kevin (Jaclyn) Blocker, and Val (Otto) Stack. Son-in-law of Annette (late Sam) Attardo and preceded in death by his father, Edward H. Hayes Sr.  
Submitted: July 11, 2016

Jim Mannebach — Fort Myers, Florida,  passed away on June 15, 2015 
Submitted: October 6, 2015

1994

Patrick Heitman — Menomonee Falls, WI,  taken away too soon on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the age of 44 years. Loving husband of Nicole, proud father of Alex, Ben and Grace. Loving son of Donna (Gary) Grzesk and the late Ken (Dawn) Heitman. Dear brother of Kim (Gus) Powell. Dear Son-in-Law of Al and Yvonne Jagdfeld. Brother-in-Law of Shannon Brennecke- Jagdfeld and Sara Jagdfeld. Uncle of Isabella, Jake, Lauren, Owen, Daniel, Olivia, Ryan and Eli. Further survived by other relatives and many friends. Patrick was the proud owner of Heitman Inc. and longtime resident and active volunteer in the Menomonee Falls community.  
Submitted: August 29, 2017

Dean Knudtson — Racine, Wis.,  passed away July 23, 2013. He was born in Racine on Nov. 23, 1970, the son of George and Betty (Linse) Knudtson. Dean graduated from Case High School and received his bachelor's degree from Carthage. He is survived by his children, Rachael, Matthew, and Andrew Knudtson of Kenosha; his mother, Betty Schmidt of Racine, and father, George (Roberta) Knudtson of Union Grove; brothers and sisters, Susan Singh, and Keith Knutson, both of Racine, Linda Knudtson, and Cheryl Knudtson both of Upland, California, Connie Knudtson of Joplin, Mo., Beth (Mohamed Noman) Knudtson of Silver Spring, Md., Mark (Chris) Knudtson of Hustisford, Wis., and Brian (Michele) Knudtson of Elroy, Wis.; sister-in-law, Malissa Knudtson of Athens, Ala.; and former wife, Diane Knudtson of Kenosha; as well as many other relatives and friends. 
Submitted: August 30, 2013

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Jennifer Lynn (Wiltse) Liebenow — Crystal Lake, IL,  passed peacefully at 48 years young, January 27, 2021. First diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, she was in remission for five years when the cancer metastasized to the liver and then bravely fought another 5 year battle. It was a courageous and humbling fight with the dignity Jennifer possessed. Jennifer was born to James and Judith Wiltse in Des Plaines, IL on July 22, 1972, along with her twin sister Janet (Boksa). She grew up in Mount Prospect with two watchful older brothers, Patrick and Richard. She attended Carthage College and found her love of teaching. She planted roots in Crystal Lake, IL at Richard Bernotas Middle School, where over the course of her 25 year career she taught Special Education, Technology and STEM. Jennifer valued education, completing several educational certificates and a master's degree. Jennifer's selflessness was shown by her ever-present willingness for volunteering and coaching. Over the course of two decades at Bernotas, Jennifer consecutively coached boys' and girls' city league basketball. In addition, she coached and managed the track and cross-country seasons. A love of children, teaching and sports was not the only contribution she offered School District 47, at her passing Jennifer was Vice President of "CLETA", teacher's union. Her life experience drove her passion for health care for teachers and their families. Jennifer is survived by her daughter Camryn Rose Liebenow and Chad Spaulding '92 
Submitted: February 5, 2021

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Paula Neuroth — Ingleside, IL,  passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 11, 2016 at the age of 57 with family to comfort her after a courageous 6 month journey with cancer. Born Aug. 22, 1959, she was a long term resident of Ingleside. Paula was an active member of St. Bede Church, a graduate of St. Bede School, Carmel High School and received a Degree in Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Her work experiences included working for her father's printing business, Lee Litho Co., a stereo lithography technician at Baxter Labs and a dedicated customer service representative for Obenauf Auction Service Online. She was one of eight children and considered "the hub" of the Neuroth family - keeping everyone informed and connected. Family and friendship were integral to her personality; fun, bright and full of energy, she touched the lives of many throughout the community, volunteering for service with the Visiting Angels program, Cub Scouts, and church activities. Paula had a knack for gardening, and considered pulling weeds good therapy for the soul. Other interests included badminton, the arts, reading and capturing memories in her journals. A love for motorcycling to the local area back roads with her dear friend Dave, she captured photos of majestic oak trees and dairy barns of early settlers. On Independence Day, you would find her wearing the special striped America slacks. Paula was the anchor in the relationship with her son, one who made her extremely proud and provided a direction for each their lives. She advocated for peace in the world so that they may not know the injustices of conflict. She is survived by her son Craig (Brooke) and her grandchildren, Chase and Stella. Also her father and mother, Lee and Elaine Neuroth, her brothers and sisters, Linda (Dan) Smith, Lenette Peterson, Lee, Kirk (Rose), James and John Neuroth, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Thomas. 
Submitted: May 29, 2018

Bradley C. White — Beverly Hills, Calif.,  died at 41 on April 6 in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was a cancer victim who valiantly battled for life following surgery in June 2013. His adventures included travels to over 100 countries in a life filled with pursuits, and which he lived to the fullest. Many of his travels were conducted as part of his career as a pilot, most recently serving in a non-military capacity in Afghanistan. He also flew in a similar capacity in Colombia; Darfur, Sudan; and the Philippines. Bradley's flying career began in Alaska, where he flew single-engine prop planes, later as a medic in small jets and finally in C-130 planes, designed for carrying cargo. Bradley graduated from Barrington High School in 1990, and attended Carthage in Kenosha. He then worked as a bartender in Chicago's DePaul neighborhood, then as a silk screener of clothing near Denver before enrolling in flight school in Oklahoma and beginning his career as a pilot in Alaska. He appeared on Smithsonian Channel's "Dangerous Flights" series, the second of which will be seen soon in this country. He is survived by his brother, Donald J. White, sister-in-law Amy C. White and nephew Quinn White, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., his mother Barbara J. White of Palatine, his father Pierce F. White, stepmother Margaret E. White of St. Charles, step-brother Nathan Green of Chicago, nine cousins in Rockford, Elgin and Wisconsin, four aunts and four uncles. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

1993

Ann McDonough — Cudahy, WI,  passed with peace and grace on Sept. 14, 2016, her family at her side. Predeceased by her loving husband Jim in 2007 she is survived by her children, Colleen (Paul) DiBonaventura of Denton, Tex., Tracey (Ron) Lewis of Cudahy, Wis., Pat (Karen) McDonough of Anderson, SC, and Brian (Judy) McDonough of Cudahy, Wis. Her family grew by births and adoptions to more than 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Ann was born in Somers, Wis., youngest of 15 children, her parents George and Louise (Robers) Thomas. The Thomas family farm was located where UW-Parkside sits today. At the Somers Fireman's Ball she met the love of her life, Jim McDonough, was married July 30, 1960, and moved into a small flat in Kenosha. They purchased the house on 68th and Sheridan and lived there for 43 years. Family, friends and the people of Kenosha were Ann's passion. Homemaker, Alderwoman, Den mother, Literacy leader, Band Booster, Neighborhood Housing, Uptown and Lakeshore BID manager were some of the positions held. There were always enough hours in the day to take care of the people she loved. Ann graduated from Carthage College with two degrees, cum laude in 2004. Before her husband's stroke in 1984, Ann had never driven on the highway. She cared for him for the next 28 years – traveling together down the highways and byways of the United States. In 2006, Ann and Jim moved to Cudahy, Wis., to be closer to family. YMCA member, Literacy and Citizenship teacher, volunteer at the Sisters of St. Francis Card Shop and also Unity Food Pantry she will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother whose greatest passion was helping others. 
Submitted: September 27, 2016

Sandra M. Schaefer — Racine, WI ,  passed away in Aurora-St. Luke Medical Center, on Friday, May 31, 2013. Sandra was born in Racine on June 7, 1963, the daughter of David and Beverly (nee: Fiskum) Schaefer. Sandra had been employed by Western Publishing Co. for over 15 years in the purchasing department, until her health would no longer permit her to work. She was the fun loving aunt everyone wanted to have. She especially enjoyed the family gatherings. Surviving are her father, David Schaefer, sister and brother-in-law, Dawn and Tom Hall, all of Racine, nieces, Sara (Steve Paulausky), of Cedar Lake, IN, and Jena Hall, of Racine, great nephew, Mason, and great niece, Autumn. Her aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive her. Sandra was preceded in death by her mother, Beverly, brother, Donald Schaefer, and grandparents, Walter and Grace Schaefer, and Elmer and Mae Fiskum. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all at the Willowcrest Care Facility for all their services and support they have given Sandy over the past years.  
Submitted: September 27, 2016

Timothy John Stell
Timothy John Stell

Timothy John Stell — Kenosha, WI,  Passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, April 5, 2020. He was a loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle, coach, and friend to many. Tim was born to Thomas and Hilary Stell in Kenosha, Wis. The sixth of seven children, Tim spent his early years traveling around the country on family vacations, playing sports, and creating lifelong friendships. He was considered the patriarch of his friend group at St. Joseph High School in Kenosha, Wis., where he graduated. He went on to attend Marquette University but ultimately graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha. After college, Tim moved around the south and southwest before landing in West Linn, Ore. Tim founded Champsystems Inc. and served as its President for nearly two decades, employing dozens of people. He also invested in several other small businesses and was considered a valuable business partner. Outside of work he was an avid golfer and former President of the Oregon Golf Club. His first love was cheering on his kids in whatever sport they played and would be the first to tell you how proud he was of them. His generosity was legendary and he was always quick to help those he considered friends. He left an impression on nearly everyone he met and will be missed by many. Tim couldn't stand the sound of gum chewing and would often make those around him spit it out…so hopefully the next time you hear someone smacking their gum, it will remind you of him and put a smile on your face. Tim is survived by his wife, Mary Pechous Stell; their four children, Ashley, Katherine, Michael, and Carey; his mother, Hilary; and his six siblings and their spouses, Tom, Patty, Nancy (Manuel), Jim, Mary and Mark (Michelle). Tim was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Stell. 
Submitted: April 22, 2020

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Benito Vasquez — Zion, IL,  passed away on April 19, 2001. Ben was a veteran serving his country proudly in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Survivors include: Beloved parents, Gumecindo and Lydia F. Vasquez of Thrall, TX.,; Brother, Rudy Vasquez of Austin; Sisters, Gloria Vasquez of Austin, Mary Guerrero of Florida, Rita Vasquez of Thrall, TX. and Sylvia Buitron of Austin. He is also survived by a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. 
Submitted: July 31, 2018

Patrick Zuchowski — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Born on June 23, 1961, in Kenosha, he was the son of the late Zennon "Buzz" and Rose Marie (Iorio) Zuchowski. He graduated from Tremper High School in 1979. He attended Carthage graduating with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration Management. Patrick was employed at Boucher Imports of Racine until 2008. He volunteered at various civic organizations in Kenosha. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Susanne Zuchowski. 
Submitted: February 11, 2020

1992

Nancy McKillen — Waukegan, Illinois,  80, passed away peacefully at her home in Waukegan on Friday, November 27. She was born in Galesburg, Illinois on September 17, 1935, the daughter of George and Dorothy (Woolsey) Bruce. She graduated from Hampshire High School and attended Northern Illinois University, and eventually completed her degree in education at Carthage College some 30 years later after raising her family. Nancy taught at Mother of God grade school in Waukegan and its successor, Lake Shore Catholic Academy, for over 35 years. She loved children of all ages and was proud to have taught many different grades during her career, as well as music and physical education. During the 1970's and 80's she also owned and managed Barro's Pizza on Grand Avenue in Waukegan. In her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, babysitting grandkids, crossword puzzles, and watching the Chicago Bears, Cubs, and Bulls. She will especially be remembered for her humor, love of life, and kindness toward others. Nancy is survived by her brothers, Bob Bruce and wife Virginia of Phoenix, Arizona, James Bruce and wife Judy of Cave Creek, Arizona; her three children, Patrick McKillen and his wife Diane of Tower Lakes, Illinois, Beth McKillen and her husband Nathan Godfried of Orono, Maine, and Mike McKillen of Waukegan, Illinois; her five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, George and Dorothy Bruce. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Gary A. Zambo — Cudahy, WI,  passed away peacefully after battling cancer, Wednesday August 24, 2016 at the age of 61. Thoughtful husband of Karen (Nee Allen) Allen-Zambo. Loving dad of Melissa (Ron) Buckler, Andrea (John) Knibbs, Phaedra Allen, Jared Zambo and Mallory (Chris) Rout. Proud grandpa of Alexis, Christopher, Kailyn, Sebastian and Kaden. Beloved son of Betty and Late Bob Zambo. Sweet brother of Julie (Dan) Korczyk and Janet (Todd) Petry. Also loved by other family members and friends. 
Submitted: September 29, 2016

1991

Kathleen (Blasi) Doll — Racine, WI,  passed away on November 26, 2017 at the age of 79. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

Miss Ruth Grayson
Miss Ruth Grayson

Ruth Grayson — Racine, WI,  passed away on June 19, 2019 at the age of 75. She was born in Racine, May 25, 1944, daughter of Joseph Luxem and Borghild (Hostad) Ruilmann. She married Michael J. Grayson on September 22, 1962. Ruth Ann graduated from Park High School in 1962 and attended classes at Carthage College and UW Parkside later in life. She enjoyed reading, spending time with family and friends and spoiling her grandchildren. For many years Ruth Ann volunteered with the Girl Scouts of Racine County as a leader and trainer. She led the first Daisy Troop in Racine and was awarded the Thanks Badge, the highest honor for volunteers. She also volunteered with the Boy Scouts as a leader & trainer. Ruth Ann worked at Lange's Pharmacy, Culligan and Racine Unified Schools. She found her true passion at Big Sisters of Greater Racine where she was Big Sister from 1979-2018 and also Director of Volunteers from 1989 until her retirement in 2010. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Michael; her children, Kathryn (David) Bartel, Steven (Laura) Grayson, Donald Grayson; her grandchildren Marc & Sydney Bartel, Valerie & Trevor Grayson, Jacki Grayson; siblings Judy (Earl) Born, Sandra (Allen) Jensen, Peter (Karen) Luxem, Linda (Randy) Feest, Heidi Kappa; in-laws, Patrick (Bonnie) Grayson; special cousin, Susan (Gary) Goodsell and many nieces, nephews and special friends. 
Submitted: July 11, 2019

Judith M. Howe — Fort Myers, FL,  formerly of Kenosha, passed away Oct. 3, 2016. Judi was born in Dayton, OH., and grew up in Dayton and Cincinnati, OH., and in Skokie, Ill. After attending the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, OH., Judi was employed for many years as a commercial artist in Columbus and in New Orleans, La. In 1979, Judi moved to Kenosha, Wis., where she married Don Carpenter, owner of Wizzard Works, an automotive restoration company. In the 1980s, Judi studied Aviation at Gateway Technical College and obtained her pilot's license; she also studied Airframe and Power Plant Mechanics at Gateway. After her husband Don died in 1988, Judi became an accountant for Kenosha Liquor Company and Boat House Pub & Eatery in Kenosha. She also obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carthage. In 2006, Judi moved to Fort Myers, Fla. Judi was preceded in death by her husband, Don Carpenter; her parents, John Frederick Howe and Roselia Irene Howe; her step mother, Mary H. Howe; and her sister, Rosane I. Hogan. Judi is survived by her sisters Mary Joanne (Marc) Howe-Vachon, Diane L. Howe, and Patricia E Howe; her step-daughters: Deborah Carpenter and Bridget Desiree (Jeff) Zanzucchi; her grandchildren: Amanda Hall and Derek Hall; and her nieces and nephews: Donna Hancock, Mary Miller, Judy Miller, John Hogan, Robert Hogan, Thomas Hogan, James Hogan, Daniel Hogan, Jason Howe-Vachon, and Kyle Howe-Vachon. 
Submitted: October 18, 2016

Nancy Kaye — Kenosha,  passed away at 71 on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee. She was born on Jan. 1, 1943, in Kenosha to Charles and Marcella (Maloney) Schmidt. She grew up in Kenosha and graduated from St. Joseph High School and the University of Wisconsin Parkside, and obtained her master's degree from Carthage College. Nancy married Edward Kaye in Las Vegas in 1981, and they were blessed with 33 years together. She was an English school teacher who spent most of her career teaching at Reuther High School in Kenosha, but also taught at Tremper, Bradford and Burlington High Schools. Nancy retired from teaching in 2003. Nancy enjoyed going to her cabin up north, swimming, reading books (faster than anyone) and spending time with her family, friends and "club ladies." She was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. Nancy is survived by her husband, Edward of Kenosha; her children, Thomas (Michela) Anderson, Jr. of Kenosha, Barbara (Scott) Anderson of Racine and stepdaughter, Kimmy (Dennis) Hass of Wisconsin Rapids; grandchildren, Benjamin and Alaina Anderson of Kenosha and Megan and Ryan Anderson of Racine and step-grandchildren, Christina, Steffanie and Steven Hass of Wisconsin Rapids. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Schmidt. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

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Maryann (Caudill) LoGuidice & Tom (Loguidice) — Dubuque, IA,  passed away on July 02, 2021. Maryann was born on December 10, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan, where she lived until the end of high school. In her life she also lived in Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. For 25 years she served as a program assistant to care service professionals in the states mentioned. In 1991 she received the BA in sociology and religion from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Following graduation she became a Commissioned Lay Leader serving first in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque and then as a Liason to churches in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin for the Prairie Star District Unitarian Universalist. In Dubuque she was noted for serving as President and many other roles of Dubuque Congregations United (DACU). For several years she chaired the annual local Church World Services CROP Walk for Hunger relief. She was also a member of Dubuque Branch NACCP. At the time of her death, she was a continuing member of the DACU and Mission Boards. She was a “friend” of the Quad Cities Unitarian Universalist Congregation. The minister Rev. Jay Wolin and Maryann both appreciated the role of humor in the spirit of life. She was a longtime fan of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball team. Frequent visits to American Family Field, listening to sports announcer Bob Uker on the Brewer Network, and joking with Cub fans (“the flubbies”) were entertainment in life. Maryann helped others in all walks of life. She personified her life theme of “Humor and Grace will save us all.” Those left to cherish her memory include many members of the Dubuque religious communities, her husband and best friend Tom, Dubuque, and loved son “Tony” Clarence, Portland, Oregon. Maryann was preceded in death by her father Clarence Caudill and her mother Laura (Crump) Caudill. Her father was always remembered as the “cutest guy in the world”. 
Submitted: August 9, 2021

Thomas A. Martin — Columbia, Missouri ,  passed from this world on May 7, 2015 in Columbia, MO, and will be missed by his family, friends, and all the people he touched during his generous life. He was born on May 13, 1965 in Racine, WI, to Thomas and Sandra Martin. He is survived by his children, Lauren and Dalton Martin, his mother, Sandra Martin, all of Racine, WI, his dear companion Miranda Short of Mount Vernon, MO, as well as their entire families. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bradley Martin, and his father, Tom Martin. Dr. Martin was known for his exceptional love for and devotion to his children. He successfully encouraged them to follow him from Wisconsin to the University of Missouri from where they both graduated. His life centered around his children Lauren and Dalton who provided him with much joy and love throughout his life. They meant the world to him. He was a dear friend to many and was recognized and appreciated as an outgoing, generous individual with a wonderful sense of humor. Professionally, as a neuropsychologist Dr. Martin was known and highly respected for his commitment to advocating for persons with all types of disabilities. He served as President of the Missouri Brain Injury Association and initiated policies to ensure all persons with brain injuries and their families could attend conferences at no cost. During the latter part of his career he worked with the University of Missouri and high school coaches, staff, and athletes to develop guidelines to reduce the potential adverse impact of sports-related concussions. Clinically, he helped numerous individuals with brain injuries and diseases and their families across the state to return to full and productive lives. Dr. Martin earned his undergraduate degree at Carthage College, his master’s and doctoral degrees at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and completed his postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology at the University of Missouri. He served as Chief Psychologist at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center before assuming the positions of Director of Adult Neuropsychology and Interim Co-Chair of the University of Missouri Department of Health Psychology. He was the first Missouri psychologist to earn board certification in both Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology. He earned numerous national awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Missouri Brain Injury Association and the Early Career Service Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He served on numerous committees of the American Psychological Association and National Academy of Neuropsychology, served on the editorial and reviewer boards of numerous academic journals, and published numerous scientific research articles. His family, friends, and professional colleagues have all benefitted from knowing him and will sorely miss him. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Moses K. Ndjarakana
Moses K. Ndjarakana

Moses K. Ndjarakana — Windhoek, Namibia,  passed away on August 18, 2020. Moses served as the Namibian Secretary of the National Assembly from 2001-2005. Moses was one of the 100 students the ELCA brought to the U.S. from Namibia to study at Lutheran colleges. After he graduated from Carthage, Moses continued his education as Capital University obtaining a law degree. 
Submitted: August 28, 2020

Karen J Scholey — New Berlin, WI,  passed away November 24, 2020. Born in Kenosha, on July 23, 1956, the daughter of Gerald and Audrey (Brever) Schmalfeldt. She was educated in Kenosha schools, graduating from Gateway Technical College and Carthage College with an associate's degree in Computer Programming and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. On May 28, 1983, she married Jim Scholey. Karen brought brains and brawn to her several workplaces. She was a computer programmer for Snap-On, Triclover, Walgreens headquarters and Kohls headquarters. She worked in operations for Macwhyte and was a teller at Kenosha National Bank. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, cooking, and bowling. She was enthusiastic about vacationing and traveling. She was a life-long learner and devoted volunteer to many organizations including Southeast Wisconsin Kinship Care. Above all else she enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Jim; parents, Gerald and Audrey Schmalfeldt; siblings, Kim Oien, Gary (Kimberly) Schmalfeldt, Kathy Edwards, Phillip (June) Schmalfeldt, and Bret Schmalfeldt; and one aunt, Joyce (Dick) Flynn; she is further survived by other loving friends and family. She was preceded in death by her brother in-law, Jerry Oien; and two aunts, Dorothy Angelo and Jane Hoff. 
Submitted: January 15, 2021

David M Schultz — West Bend, WI,  passed away January 5, 2021. David was born October 10, 1969 to Donna and Darrell Schultz, Neenah. David attended Armstrong High School and graduated in 1987. While in school, he participated in Swing Choir, a number of plays, and also plays created through Neenah's Park and Rec. He was an excellent singer and piano player and could play the piano upside down. David attended Carthage College graduating with his bachelor's degree in business and continued his education at UW-Oshkosh receiving his master's degree in business. David was employed at American Sewer in Menominee Falls as their customer service and sales representative. Previous to this he held numerous other positions at Mayville Metals, Harley Davidson, Johnson Controls, and American Family. David is survived by his mother, Donna; his sons: Zachery and Isaac; sisters: Deb (Tom) Heller and their children Ryan, Andy (Kadi, Finley and Wyatt), David (Desiree and Delaney), Denise (Paul) Rasmussen and Denise's son, Eric (Becky, Jaxon, Mason) Kramer; and a brother, Darrell Schultz. He was preceded in death by his father, Darrell; and numerous aunts, uncles, and friends. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Sue and Pete Utecht and their family for their love, support and friendship with David. 
Submitted: January 15, 2021

Michael Simon — Des Plaines, IL,  passed away suddenly on Dec. 29, 2016, at age 48. He was a loving and devoted husband to Kelly (nee Whalen), adoring and proud father to Ashley and Danny, beloved son of the late Tom and Katherine (née Conley) Simon, and son-in-law of Tom and Sheila Whalen and the late Karen and Bill Town. He will be forever missed by his siblings Tom (Sue) Simon, Sue (Mike) Walters, and Jean (John) Lawlor. Brother-in-law to Tom (Shannon), Kevin, Patrick, and Timothy Whalen, and Paul (Carrie) and Scott (Ashley) Town. Jokester uncle to Jarron, Logan, Ellie, Tommy, Mick, Rylee, Kaylee, and Grace. Mike loved his Cubs and Bears. Larger than life, he brought laughter, love and cheer to all of our lives. In lieu of flowers donations to benefit Michael’s children’s education fund are appreciated. Checks may be made to the Simon Family Education Fund 
Submitted: January 10, 2017

1990

Jerry Terrell Baskin — Milwaukee,  passed away May 4, 2016. He was born on March 12, 1971 to the proud parents of Georgia Baskin and McKinley Smart. Jerry was raised and educated in Milwaukee. He gave his life to Christ at a young age at the Cornerstone Church of God in Christ. He received his high school diploma from John Marshall High School. He furthered his education at Carthage College and Sun Prairie Driving School. He later went on to meet the love of his life; he and Lovette were married on August 29, 2008. Jerry was a truck driver for over 23 years; he was dedicated and a very hard worker. He always knew he would be a truck driver, because driving trucks brought him tremendous joy. During his life, Jerry touched so many people, in so many ways. He was loving, caring, giving, and alway s willing to do whatever he could to help others. In his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing. He also loved to watch and listen to the rain. He also had an infectious smile that would light up the room. Jerry was also a dedicated family man; spending time with his children was his life. Jerry was preceded in death by his loving grandparents, Claudia Baskin, James W. Baskin, Tommie Smart, and Idella Smart. Holding on to every precious memory of a heart of love for his family and children are his wife Lovette Baskin; two daughters, Ashley and Zyia; six sons, DeJuan, Romance, Brandon, Cameron, Jerry Jr., and Brizell; mother, Georgia King and special friend (John Boothe Sr.); father, McKinley (Flora) Smart; one sister, Tiajuana (Emmitt) Smith; three brothers, Royce (Toi-Lisa) Lockett, Markeith Smart, John Boothe Jr.; two nieces, Ashlei and Taylor; five nephews, Deonte, Desmond, Tristan, John III, and Jari; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. 
Submitted: May 18, 2016

Susan Renee Cullen — Kenosha,  was born on August 27, 1964 and passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Susan was a resident of Kenosha, Wisconsin at the time of her passing. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Ronald Jilk — Kenosha,  died June 17, 2013. Born on July 19, 1958, in Niles, Mich., he was the son of Albert and Lillian (Lewandowski) Jilk. His family moved to Kenosha in 1964. Ron attended St. Peter Catholic Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph High School. He received an associate degree in accounting from Gateway Technical College and attended Carthage College. Ron worked at Kenosha Hospital before becoming a consultant for McKesson for 19 years. Flower gardening and keeping his yard beautiful was his passion. He will be remembered for holding annual garden parties. Ron enjoyed traveling, especially to tropical places, taking cruises, and he cherished his trip to Ireland in 2011. He loved animals, especially dogs and cats. Ron was a die-hard Packer fan. Ron is survived by his mother, Lillian; his brother, Robert Jilk of California; his nephews, Peter (Roxanne) Jilk of Milwaukee, Kyle Kahl of Madison, Wis., and Ryan Kahl of Madison; his nieces, Sarah (Adam) Nell of Milwaukee and Katie Kahl of Madison; his sister-in-law, Cathy Probst of Mankato, Minn.; his great-nephew, Joseph Jilk; and his canine companion, Goldie. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert.  
Submitted: August 27, 2013

Mr. Frank Matrise
Mr. Frank Matrise

Frank Matrise , Jr. — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on July 11, 2019. Mr. Matrise was born on January 1, 1966, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mr. Matrise graduated from St. Mary's Grade School, St. Joseph High School, Carthage and from Olivett Nazarene with his master's degree. Frank taught fourth grade at Frank Elementary for 8 years, and later was the Dean of Students at Tremper High School for 21 years. He coached football for 34 years, he was the head coach at Tremper for 19 years and then later coached at St. Joseph Catholic Academy. He was a member of the Roma Lodge, Italian Businessmen Association, Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, WFCA District Representative, President WFCA, WIAA Football Advisory Board, American Football Coaches Association, and St. Mary Excellence Education Committee. Frank won many awards over the years, but the most notable being the 2011 Dick and Marjory Rundle Positive Influence of Coach Award; SE Conference and WFCA Coach of the Year, which he was awarded on a few occasions. In 2016, he was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, joining his dad who was inducted in 2010. He loved all athletics, especially football. He was a Notre Dame, Wisconsin Badger, Cubs, and Packer's fan. He enjoyed attending family gatherings, reunions, and parish festivals, as well as, traveling to Walt Disney World and taking cruises. Christmas was his favorite holiday. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his children, Katelyn and Kyle. Frank is survived by his wife, Wendy Matrise; his twins, Katelyn and Kyle Matrise; his parents, Frank and Sandra Matrise, Sr; three sisters, Julie (David) Rivera of Kenosha, Gina (Adam) Wnuck, Kathy (Tim) Figlewski; mother-in-law, Dolores Hunkeler; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Minnie Matrise; maternal grandparents, Mike and Mae Silk; father-in-law, Lee Hunkeler; and sister, Marie Matrise. 
Submitted: July 29, 2019

Leslie (Culver) Sigmund — Somonauk, Illinois,  Passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at her home. She was born on July 9, 1968 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Robert Gene and Dana (German) Culver. Leslie was a member of the 1986 Graduating Class of Yorkville High School. She was united in marriage on January 20, 1990 to her former husband, Kenneth Sigmund, the father of her children. Leslie was employed for over twenty two years by Sweetener Supply Corporation in Brookfield, IL. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her significant other, Kenneth Sigmund and their children, Kendall Sigmund of Sandwich, IL and Dallas Sigmund of Somonauk, IL; her parents, Gene and Dana Culver of Sandwich, IL; her siblings, Russell (Sue) Nelson Jr. of Galesburg, IL, Candace (Leo) Simmons of Knoxville, IL, and Camille (Doug) Heggemenier of Greenville, SC; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents. 
Submitted: March 29, 2017

Shirley Gename Spence — Pardeeville, Wisconsin,  passed away on March 4, 2015, with her loving family by her side. Born Feb 11, 1939 in Kenosha, Wis., to Kenneth and Lucille Gename. She married Donald Spence in Kenosha on Feb. 21, 1959, and they recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. Don and Shirley moved to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1959 and then back to Kenosha in 1961. Shirley is survived by her husband Donald; her children, Kathy (Mike) Duffy, David (Karen) Spence, Michael (Linda) Spence, Jeffrey (Karen) Spence; her grandchildren, Joshua Duffy (Niki Bryant), Julie Duffy, Jeffrey Duffy, Jamie Spence, Christopher (Elizabeth) Spence, Sarah Spence, Samantha (Christopher) Larson, Jacob (Cassie Thomas) Spence, Lucas Spence, Dustin Spence, Nicole Spence, Danielle Spence, Jennifer Spence; and great grandchildren, Jordan and Serena. She is further survived by her siblings: Patsy (Vince) Shuler, James (Joan) Gename, Joann (Cliff) Johnson, and Carol (James) Schweitzer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucille and Kenneth Gename. While raising her four children she earned her bachelor's degree in history at UW Parkside and her master's degree in reading at Carthage College. She taught for ten years at St. Marks Catholic School and fourteen years at Frank Elementary in Kenosha Unified School District as the Title 1 Teacher. She presented at the International Reading Conference in Florida, where she met many authors including Sally Ride, the astronaut. She was listed in Who's Who in American Education. She was a lifetime member of the National Education Association and a member of the Wisconsin Education Association. In 1955 she began playing the organ at First Christian Church for the evening services. In 1970 she became the regular Sunday morning organist until her retirement in 1997. She made three separate 300 mile, week long bicycle trips across Wisconsin with SAAGBRAW. Don and Shirley retired to Pardeeville, Wis., and they attended Grace Bible Church in Portage, Wis. She volunteered at Pardeeville Grade School for ten years in their reading program and for twelve years at the community food pantry. Don and Shirley were also members of the Badger Antique Auto Club. Since retiring to Pardeeville they have spent part of the winter in Davenport, Fla.  
Submitted: May 28, 2015

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Alfredo Espinosa — Kenosha,  passed away peacefully at his residence May 17, 2016. Born in San Marcos, Texas, on April 30, 1945, he was the son of the late Jesus and Helaria (Martinez) Espinosa. He proudly served in the United States Army security agency for four years. In 1968 he moved to Kenosha and met the love of his life Elnora Arndt at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; they were married in 1973. Al earned his master's degree in education from Carthage. He retired from Racine Unified Schools in 2001, with 30 years of service as a Social Worker. In retirement he enjoyed travel, biking, spending time with family and friends, and founded the Kenosha Area Classic Volkswagen Club. Surviving are his wife, Ellie of Kenosha; his children, Stephanie (Vince) Orlando, Cindy Espinosa, Tony Espinosa and Jennifer (Pratip) Espinosa-Goswami; two sisters, Aurora Garcia and Theresa (Mario) Vargas; and also his grandchildren, Jade and Asha Goswami and Caleb and Chase Orlando. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Frank and Jesus; and a sister, Maria (Lupe) Schmidt. 
Submitted: May 20, 2016

Daniel Jordan — Antioch, IL,  passed away on February 27, 2019 at the age of 52. He was born October 14, 1966 in Dolton, IL the son of Donald Edward and Mary Lou (Holzman) Jordan. In 1990, he married Gwendolyn Fuja in Naperville and they settled in Antioch in 1999. Dan valued time spent with family and friends. He was especially proud of serving as both president and a member of the Emmons School Board of Education. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Gwen; daughters, Payton Jordan of Fox Lake, IL and Reagan Jordan of Antioch; his mother, Mary Lou Heinberg of Crete, IL; siblings, David (Beth) Jordan, Patti Valley, Mary Beth Woods, and Robert (Cathy) Heinberg Jr.; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Patricia Fuja and sisters-in-law, Jennifer Fuja and Karen Labiak. Dan was preceded in death by his father, Donald Jordan; step-father, Robert Heinberg; and father-in-law, Ronald Fuja. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

Patricia M. (Collver) Malikowski — Racine, Wis. ,  passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Ridgewood Care Center. She was born in Shiloh, Mich., on Sept. 24, 1927. Pat graduated Butterworth Nursing School (Michigan) in 1950 and Carthage College (Kenosha) in 1989. She maintained her dedication to nursing until the age of 73. Pat is survived by her children and their families; Lisa Malikowski-Predny of Kenosha, Dennis Malikowski of Arkansas, Carolyn Malikowski- Shoup of Vermont; Barb Hollister of Georgia; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Pat is preceded in death by her sons, Mark Malikowski, Michael Malikowski; and brother, Allan “Bud” Collver.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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William Edward Mitchell — Winthrop Harbor, IL,  passed away on July 26, 2018 at the age of 72. Bill had an enormously generous heart. On September 11, 1946, Bill was born in Racine, WI. He was a graduate of Horlick High School and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Carthage. Bill was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was lucky to have served in Germany. After 45 years of loyal service, Bill retired as a Corporate Project Manager from S.C Johnson, Racine. He loved traveling with his favorite spot being St. Lucia, West Indies, where he swam with the giant turtles. Bill was an incredible husband, loving son and brother, fantastic in-law, caring nephew, cousin and uncle. He was adored by his dogs; Angus, Alexis, Effie, Fergus and Fiona. Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Janet (Broderick) Mitchell ; his caring brother, Frank (Susan) Mitchell ; loving in-laws, Michael (Karen) Broderick, Mary (Thomas) McKillip, Kathleen ( William ) Spalo, Nancy (Gregory) Jones, Donald Broderick and Grace Vahst. Bill is further survived by 21 adoring nieces and nephews, and 30 great nieces and nephews. Other survivors include: Christine Mitchell Schertz, Mark Edward Mitchell , and their three children. Beloved son of the late Elizabeth (Reuille) and Frank Mitchell , devoted son-in-law of the late Madelene (Black) and Donald Broderick. Also, predeceased by his fishing buddy and brother-in-law, John Broderick. 
Submitted: July 31, 2018

Roxann Joy (Johnson) Pulice — Milwaukee,  died April 20, 2013, at 62 after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. She was born on July 2, 1950, and was the daughter of Henry and Myrtle (Bradford) Johnson of Racine, Wis., and Mary L. Crompton of Janesville, Wis. She graduated from Horlick High School in Racine in 1968 and continued her education from both Gateway Technical College in Racine and Carthage with degrees in social work. She worked as a social worker in the Milwaukee area until her death, including many years at Lincoln Lutheran Nursing Home prior to moving to the Milwaukee area. Roxann's joys were her family, traveling, reading, her pets, and her wonderful friends. She is survived by her 3 children: Michelle Jorgensen of Oshkosh, Wis., Michael (Sheila) Pulice of Green Lake, Wis., and Linda Pulice of Racine; four grandchildren: (Trevor (Katie) Jorgensen, Vincent Ishman, Lauren Pulice and Erin Pulice); three siblings: Robert W. Crompton of Janesville, Carole McCune of Johnson City, Tenn., and Mary L. Crompton of Roselle, Ill.; numerous nephews and nieces; and special friends Sally Cadirci (Weber), Eva Gartner and Joyce Tabaca. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Charles Crompton. 
Submitted: July 18, 2013

Michael F. Rein — Milwaukee, WI,  died unexpectedly on December 20, 2017 at the age of 53. Michael is survived by his brothers, Louis, George (Chris), Tim (Katherine), Joseph (Bernadette): Nieces/Nephews Frances Herka, Anthony (Rachael) Rein, Barbara (Peter) Honhke, Caroline (Steven) Lentz, Traci Bernal. Further survived by other family and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents George and Freda Rein, sister Catherine (Todd) Herka, fiancee Tresa Campbell, nephew Joseph, sister-in-law Linda. Michael was a graduate of Washington H.S. where he worked as a para-professional for 34 years. He was integral to the success of the city-wide Special Ed Prom which was held yearly at Washington High School, also acting as DJ at this and other dances. Students enjoyed Mike's presence at camp Side by Side yearly, as he gave of his time to supervise the week-long event. A kind heart and a creative force, Mike was involved in every Walk/Run and fundraising drive promoted at Washington. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. 
Submitted: January 23, 2018

Anna Rindfleisch — Franksville, WI,  passed away on June 29, 2020 at Hospice Alliance of Pleasant Prairie. She was the daughter of the James and Norene Rindfleisch, Jefferson, WI. Anna was born on March 19, 1957. She was baptized at St John’s Lutheran Church, Jefferson and confirmed in May 1971. After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1975, she then graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1979 with a degree in Special Education – Early Childhood. Anna taught in Belvidere, IL for one year, in 1980, she accepted a job teaching for Racine Unified School District and taught special needs preschoolers at Knapp Elementary and Garfield Elementary (Now Julian Thomas Elementary). She received her Master’s Degree in Classroom Guidance and Counseling from Carthage College in 1989. In 1994, she taught third grade at West Ridge Elementary until retiring in 2013. Anna was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS), and sang in the choir for 25 years. She also served on the preschool committee, Evangelism and Stewardship committees. Anna enjoyed golfing nine holes at Washington Park Golf course for many years. She also enjoyed playing 18 holes at Johnson Park Golf Course and Meadowbrook Country Club. She also served on the WWPLGA and WWSGA (State golf committees for women’s golf) for over 20 years. There were many times where you’d find her playing bridge in several places in Racine. She especially enjoyed playing duplicate bridge at The Lanes on HWY 20 as well as tournaments in and around the Milwaukee area. She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Rindfleisch, grandparents Harold and Marie Rindfleisch, Walter and Helen Frentzel and, godfather and uncle, Jack Frentzel. She is survived by her mother, Norene Rindfleisch, sister, Sara (Jim) Hilmer, and, niece Jane Neagley, in addition to cousins. 
Submitted: July 13, 2020

Judith A. "Judy" Shaub
Judith A. "Judy" Shaub

Judith (Lange) Shaub — Racine, WI,  passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Judith was born on February 11, 1947, daughter of the late Richard and Elinore (nee: Killips) Lange. Judy attended Jerstad-Agerholm Grade School and graduated from Wm. Horlick High School "Class of 1965". In her younger years, Judy was a flag bearer with the Racine Elks Band and a roller-skating car hop at the Park Inn. Furthering her education, she earned her BA and Master's degree in Special Education, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Carthage. While employed at Wisconsin belle, she found the love of her life, Thomas J. Shaub. They were united in marriage on November 2, 1968, and shared thirty-two beautiful years together before he preceded her in death on March 12, 2000. Judy was employed with Racine Unified as a Special Education Diagnostician for nearly forty years helping educate countless children throughout Racine before she retired in 2016. A free spirit with a zest for life, Judy will be remembered fondly for her sense of humor, her dedication to her work and her students, and her great love for her family and friends, especially her grandson, Nolan. Judy will be dearly missed by her sons, Craig Shaub and William (Suzanne) Shaub; grandson, Nolan; sisters-in-law, Julie (Jim) Mabis, Kris (Phil) Post, Jane Shaub; brother-in-law, James (Pat) Shaub; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Judy was also preceded in death by her sister, Karen Wortmann. 
Submitted: January 17, 2020

Pamela J. Anderson
Pamela J. Anderson

Pamela Skowronski-Anderson — Wauwatosa, WI,  passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at Froedtert Hospital, Wauwatosa, WI. Born in New Orleans on March 13, 1951, she was the daughter of Frank O. and Ethel M. (Haugaard) Skowronski. Pamela graduated from Bradford High School in 1969. She furthered her education and received her Bachelor's Degree from Carthage and her Master's Degree from U.W.-Milwaukee. Pamela began her social work helping children. She was then employed at Brookside Care Center and the Kenosha Department of Aging and Disability, until her retirement in 2017. She was a former member of St. Mary Lutheran Church and Holy Nativity Lutheran Church where she enjoyed volunteering as their Sunday School Superintendent. Pamela will be remembered as a strong tenacious lady. She had a love for helping people. She enjoyed reading and playing sudoku. Above all, she loved being a mother and grandmother. She is survived by her mother, Ethel Skowronski; her two children, Matthew (Heidi) Anderson and Sarah Anderson; her two grandchildren, Abigail and Samuel Anderson; and her two brothers, Randy (Jules) and Brian (Liz) Skowronski. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Skowronski. 
Submitted: January 15, 2020

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Jennifer (Lee) Bayler — Big Rock, IL,  passed away on December 26, 2017 at the age of 51. Jennifer was a beacon of light throughout her 51 years. Loving and nurturing, always determined and strong, she spent years teaching and advocating for special needs students at Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary School where she assisted fellow staff members at every turn and often performed interpretive dance in front of security cameras to entertain office staff. Along the way she took a 10 year break from teaching to raise two wonderful children and ran the Sunday School program at English Congregation Church where she was a life-long member. She remained upbeat to the end, teaching herself to knit and creating farewell gifts of scarves and hats for her nieces and children prior to her passing. She loved glitter in all things, and all those she touched in her brief life will forever carry forth her sparkle. Jennifer is survived by her mother and best friend, Susannah Lee; her husband David Bayler; her beloved children Sarah and Michael Bayler; her brother Mark (Marcia) Lee; nieces Megan (Drew) Augusten and Morgan Lee (Colin Goodson); great niece Delaney Ryan Augusten; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins. She was preceded in death by her father Wayne Lee. 
Submitted: November 30, 2018

Catherine (Wrought) Bergstrom — Aurora, IL,  passed away on November 24, 2005 at the age of 39. Catherine was the cherished mother of Madeline, Samantha and Caroline; precious daughter of William and Barbara ''Bambe'' Wrought; dear sister of Susan Gustafson, Christine (Rashed) Taher and Stephen Wrought; wonderful daughter-in-law of Bo and Ulla Bergstrom; loving sister-in-law of Mie Bergstrom, and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Christine Velez; treasured aunt of Shawn, Kyle and Brandon Gustafson, Noah, Isaac and Aaron Taher, and Emil Bergstrom; granddaughter of the late William and the late Edna Wrought; and the late Rev. R. Marshall and the late Elsie Bezanson; and a friend of many. 
Submitted: May 29, 2018

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Sandra (Kufahl) Boehlke — Madison, WI,  passed away on September 2, 2018 at the age of 52. Sandra was born on January 10, 1966 in Huntsville, Alabama to James Anton Kufahl and Joaine Darlene (Streble) Kufahl. She was baptized into the Christian faith at Grace Lutheran Church. In April of 1967 the family moved to Loves Park, Illinois. Sandra attended Concordia Lutheran School where she achieved high marks in her academic studies and won multiple awards for her artwork. She also participated in cheerleading and was instructed with private piano lessons. In 1980 she was confirmed in the Christian faith at Concordia and in the fall began her high school education at Rockford Lutheran High. During high school she was a competitor in the Miss Illinois Teen contest. In the summer of 1982 Sandra was in a severe automobile accident which left her in a coma for nearly 10 days. Doctors did not think she would survive. God had other plans. She fully recovered and finished high school with her original graduating class of 1984. In 1984 she began her college education at Carthage. In early 1985, Sandra contracted spinal meningitis and was hospitalized. Due to a high fever she lost her ability to hear. She continued her education at Waubonsee College in Aurora, Illinois and learned sign language. In 1988 she married Lyndon Boehlke and they moved to Long Beach, California. Sandra attended California State University Long Beach and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelors' degree in Psychology. In 2007 she once again contracted spinal meningitis and while hospitalized had a small stroke which left her partially paralyzed on her left side. Unable to return to her apartment she stayed in a board and care facility until 2010 when she moved to Fitchburg, WI to live with her brother, Mark. In June of 2018 she was diagnosed with stage 4, inoperable pancreatic cancer. She opted to live her remaining days with her brother, Mark, under the care of hospice and in-home companions. Sandra is survived by her brother, Mark Kufahl, her niece, Rose X. Richter, her aunt Carol Reich, her uncle Louis Streble and many cousins. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents James and Joaine (Streble) Kufahl. 
Submitted: September 14, 2018

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Dorothy (Schaefer) Buddenhagen — Waukegan, IL,  died on April 11, 2020. Dorothy Schaefer was born on June 24, 1933 in Topeka, Kansas, to Paul and Estella Schaefer (nee Oberhelman). The family moved to East Moline where her father worked in the Rock Island Arsenal during the war. Dorothy earned a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa where she met and married the love of her life, Jerold Buddenhagen. For many years she taught in the Waukegan public schools, including a lengthy stint as a regular substitute teacher. Following retirement Dorothy was a substitute in special education. Shortly after moving to Waukegan, Dorothy and Jerry joined Redeemer Lutheran Church. Throughout her adult life she was active in all aspects of Redeemer's ministry. For many years Dorothy was in charge of the youth choirs. In recent years she was involved in two Bible studies where her faith deepened. Dorothy was a talented seamstress. Many treasure her creations, especially the aprons with the towel attached. All of the proceeds from the sale of these lovingly crafted items went to MS research. She always had a place in her heart and home for one or more cats. Her other interests included reading cozy mysteries, tending to her flowers, and everything pertaining to music. For many years she was an avid supporter of Art Wauk and all aspects of the arts in Lake County. Dorothy was accomplished in both the piano and clarinet. For many years she served as principal clarinetist with The Waukegan Symphony Orchestra. Dorothy was a volunteer piano teacher at the Family Piano Store. Dorothy leaves to cherish her five children: Karl (Gay Cooper), Kathy Walter (Gregg), Paul (Heather), Ruth (Will Hughes) and Barb Cannon (David). She was so proud of her six grandchildren: Rachel, Karolena and Alex Hughes, Zac Buddenhagen, and Cody and Kara Cannon. Dorothy is also survived by her sister Mary Schaefer. She was predeceased by husband Jerold (2003). 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

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Scott Googins — Middleton, WI,  passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, at UW Hospital of a traumatic brain injury. He was born on June 7, 1965, in Madison, the son of Sharon and Dan Googins. A few years later he became a big brother to Dawn Googins. Scott grew up in Madison and was a graduate of Madison West High School in 1983. He completed coursework at UW-Madison and Carthage College and graduated in Computer Technology from Control Data Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. Scott married Theresa Aldrich on June 3, 1989. His first daughter, Kyra, was born in 1992, and second daughter, Amber, in 1995. He enjoyed going on trips with family and friends. Scott began working at Wisconsin Copy and Business Equipment, Inc. He then worked at US Cellular from 2006-2013 starting as a Network Operations Manager and then as a Senior Network Field Engineer. Scott started his own business in 2013 contracting technical and consulting services to Cellular Companies in the Midwest. He most recently worked for Quality Cellular and Cellular Sales. Scott had a love for muscle cars, and with a close friend, spent years rebuilding a 1972 Pontiac GTO which was featured on the front of Motor Trends Magazine. He took the GTO to car shows in the summers and won various awards. Scott was a loyal Packers and Badgers fan and would cheer them on any time he could. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, and for several years participated in the pen pal program. Scott made meaningful connections with 4th grade pen pals where eventually he shared his interest in fishing with them. Scott is survived by wife, Theresa; daughters, Kyra and Amber; mother, Sharon; sister, Dawn; and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Dan. 
Submitted: February 19, 2021

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Richard G. Kakouris — Janesville, WI,  passed away July 19, 2021. He was born in St. Louis, MO on September 4, 1962, the son of Gus and Irene (Sarich) Kakouris. He married Michele M. “Shelly” Momsen on September 24, 1988. Rick obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Carthage College, and went on to Cardinal Strich University where he received his Masters Degree in administration. He taught Social Studies at Parker High School for 5 years and then Craig High School, teaching in the SWS Program. He was the ultimate educator, who had a way of connecting with students (“his kids”). Every interaction with Rick was genuine; making people feel validated and “seen”. The lives he touched are immeasurable. He was a volunteer at St. Patricks’ Catholic Church for confirmation and retreats. He was a trivia whiz, football coach and referee. He started the Anime Club at Craig High School, enjoyed historical reenactments and was a co-owner of the Janesville Renaissance Fair. Rick was active with the technical productions in Janesville Little Theatre and volunteer-bartender at JPAC. He managed the scorebox for Janesville Hockey and also helped with security for numerous events around Janesville and the Bristol Renaissance Faire. He enjoyed camping and exploring new places, especially Hawaii. Rick is survived by his wife, Shelly; 2 children; Cody (Cattie) Kakouris of Madison and Avery (fiance, Lydiah Snyder) Kakouris of Janesville; mother-in-law, Nancy (Terry Hollenbaek) Momsen; father-in-law, Bob (Jeanne) Momsen; brother-in-law, Jeff (LeAnne) Momsen; his niece Mackenzie; his GSM family; and so many others who saw Rick as a mentor, a “big brother”, or a father figure. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: July 26, 2021

Cindy Lichter
Cindy Lichter

Cynthia Lichter — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on April 25, 2020 at the age of 73. Cindy was born on November 19, 1946, and was the daughter of the late Frank M. Holderness and Dorothy (Brown) Holderness Schmitz. She was a 1964 graduate of Bradford High School and received her Bachelor's Degree from Carthage College and her M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management. Cindy was the Director of Patient Business Services for United Healthcare Systems in Kenosha, WI, until 1990 and moved to a similar position at ProHealth Care in Waukesha, WI, until her retirement in 2008. Cindy was a past President and Board Member of the WI Medical Credit Association and a past Board Member of the Health Financial Management Association – WI Chapter. She volunteered at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Franklin following her retirement. Cindy enjoyed sailing, golfing, bowling, vacationing with the Elderly Eight, Tuesday afternoons with the Golf Girls, trips to Europe and spending winters in Hilton Head with her good friends. Her greatest joy came from watching her grandchildren grow up and participate in all of their activities and traveling to Disney World with them numerous times over the years. She is survived by her daughters, Julie (Mike Ortiz) Lichter and Beth (Greg) Walsh; her companion of over 36 years, Jerry Ruffolo; her grandchildren, Zachary, Kathryn and Margaret Walsh; her siblings, Frank (Marie) Holderness, Pat (Richard) Oberst and Pam Holderness, along with other relatives and many friends. 
Submitted: May 26, 2020

David W. Padlock — Coatesville, Pa.,  passed away peacefully at his residence Dec. 9, 2013, surrounded by family and friends, at 57 after a courageous multi-year battle with kidney and liver disease. Born on July 9, 1956, in Milwaukee, he was the son of Jim and Dianne Padlock, formerly of Kenosha, currently residing in Hot Springs Village, Ark. Educated in Kenosha schools, he graduated from Tremper High School in 1974. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1975 until 1978, spending his entire enlistment in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Upon receiving his honorable discharge he returned to Kenosha where he worked as a 911 dispatcher and then for Kenosha Memorial Hospital. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Carthage, David obtained a job as a buyer at Snap-On Tools. It was his work as a buyer that introduced him to his future wife, Laura Cassidy Vinci of Pennsylvania. David soon relocated to Pennsylvania, where he married Laura and obtained a job as a production manager with Endless Pools. He is survived by three stepchildren, Dean (Maryam), Sara (Brian), and Ian (Shauna); three grandchildren; his parents, Jim and Dianne; three brothers, Alan (Jane), Dennis and James (Colleen); and a sister, Susan Vigansky (Bob). David was preceded in death by his wife, Laura, in 2005. David was quite the lumberjack; he had seven chainsaws! He also loved to do yard work and grew fruit trees and flowers. He had quite the green thumb. He was known as the best brownie maker. David helped out a lot at the fellowship farm; from mowing and burning debris piles to clearing wooded areas and helping at the annual camp. He had a sweet smile and a kind heart. David will be truly missed. Not a day goes by the we dont think of him. He was so gracious during his last bit of time, inviting everyone to his house 24/7 to pray, visit, share a favorite meal or just to sit and talk with him. He gave us all a gift by sharing in his last days. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

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Christine (Mianecki) Rogers — Racine, WI,  passed away on March 1, 2018. Chris was born in Racine on September 30, 1950 to Edward and Rose (nee, Mintler) Mianecki. She graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Chris served in the U.S. Army Reserve. She retired from Modine Manufacturing after 31 years. In retirement, Chris moved to Clark, WY and worked part time for the Clark County Schools. She was active in Junior Achievement and the American Red Cross. Chris enjoyed being with her family and friends at a Living Memorial on January 25th. Chris is survived by her husband of 37 years, Randal Rodgers; her son, Fritz (Jessica) Larsen; her brothers and sisters, Phyllis Olsen, Ronald Mianecki, Richard (Ginny) Mianecki, Gary (Sue) Mianecki, Robert (Lin) Mianecki, Cyndi Phillips, Judy (Brian) Hanson and Girard (Cathy) Mianecki; and her former husband and dear friend, Allen Larsen. Chris is also survived by her cats, Baxter, Fingers, Pookie; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and one sister. 
Submitted: March 12, 2018

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Michelle Jean Smith — Waukesha, WI,  passed away January 5, 2022. She was born April 19, 1966 to Ervin Dale and Gloria Jean “Jimmy” (nee Graser) Smith in Waukesha. She was a Waukesha South High School graduate. She then attended Suomi College for 2 years and earned her associates degree in human services, she was grateful for the many friends she made there. She furthered her education at Carthage College and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her heart for people and strong determination led to a very full and rewarding career. Working as a Psych Tech first for Willow Glen, then Charter Hospital and finally Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She continued her career as a Mental Health Counselor, then as an Economic Support Specialist for Waukesha Co. Finally, she worked for Molina Health Care as an Iris consultant. No matter where she worked, or who she worked with, she was the “go to” employee. She was a devoted mother and friend to all; always thinking of others before herself. Her brother Curt is quoted saying, “she was the strongest person he ever met. Through all adversity, she remained strong and was a true leader.” She was a member of Bridge Church where she made great relationships and grew her already strong faith. Her love and passion for others was apparent throughout her entire life. She will be immensely missed by her children Kayla A. (Lawrence) Glymph and Chandler J. Smith. She was the beloved sister of Lynne (Robert) Brandt, Ervin Loren Smith Sr., and Curt Dale Smith. Her special nieces and nephews Tracie (Brian) Zimmer, Ervin Loren Smith Jr., Colleen (Michael) Reinelt, Bradley (Beth) Brandt and 8 great-nieces and nephews. She is further survived by her dear cats Bella, Riggs, Reggie, and Jaxson. She was preceded in death by her parents Ervin and Gloria “Jimmy” Smith and her dear cat, Gizmo. 
Submitted: January 13, 2022

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Christine Wright — Sturtevant, WI,  passed away on July 12, 2018 at the age of 71 after a hard-fought battle with endometrial cancer. She was born in Racine on December 8, 1946 to the late Carl V. and Lucille M. (nee: Yerdon) Nielsen. Chris graduated from William Horlick High School. She attended UW-Madison and Carthage earning a degree in primary education. She worked several years in the Unified School District. Christine was a faithful member of Faithbridge Church. Spending time with her family and with her Lord is what made life most meaningful for her. She enjoyed life by cooking, helping, listening, reading and visiting. Chris will be remembered as a wonderful partner, loving daughter, devoted mother and grandmother, caring sister, affectionate aunt and outstanding cook. Her love, her friendship and her commentary will be dearly missed. Chris is survived by her life partner of 25 years, Scott Olsen of Sturtevant; her beloved dog: Angel; her children: Lisa Wright of East Peoria, IL; Jennifer (Tom) Cramsie (nee: Wright) of Wake Forest, NC; Michelle Wright of Kenosha; Lindsey (Adam) Tippery (nee: Olsen) of Fayetteville, NC; Bryan Olsen of Racine; her grandchildren: Athene Meekma, Maddie Duchac, Bjorn, Augustin and Kai Tippery; her sisters: Carla (Jim) Wilks, Cathy McDowell and Connie (Mike) Suwalski all of Racine; her father-in-law: Vern (Marie) Olsen; her sisters-in-law: Diane (Dave) Beck of Union Grove, Nancy (Bob) Gustin of Sebring, FL; her uncle: Arnie Froode of Racine; as well as many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Tom McDowell and her mother-in-law, Elaine Olsen. 
Submitted: July 16, 2018

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Renee Jean (Johnson) Adamson — Medfield, Massachusetts,  passed away peacefully in Norwood Hospital on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at age 51. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts on December 2, 1964, Renee moved with her family in 1968 to Cadillac, Michigan, where she spent most her childhood. She graduated from Cadillac High School with the Class of 1983 and went on to attend Carthage in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Renee graduated from Carthage in 1987, with her Bachelor's Degree in both Political Science and Spanish. After college, Renee moved back east to Waltham, Massachusetts and took a position with the New England Insurance Company in the policy writing department, later moving up to the position of supervisor. While living in Waltham, she met her soon to be husband, John Adamson, and they were married on September 13, 1992. They initially made their home in Brookline before settling in Medfield in 1993. After welcoming her son, Sean, in 1996, Renee left the working world to fully become a stay-at-home mom, raising and caring for her young family. Her family grew again in 1999 after welcoming her daughter, Sara. Renee's family meant the world to her, she enjoyed several family cruises and cherished her trip to Guatemala with her children. She had a strong devotion to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and as a member of the Call Committee, helping to find the new pastor. After being re-diagnosed with cancer in 2011, Renee found alternative remedies that helped her during her treatments. In an effort to help others in similar situations, she became a health coach, focusing on holistic healing. Beloved wife of the late John Adamson. Loving mother of Sean Michael Adamson and Sara Elizabeth Adamson. Devoted daughter of P.T. Calvin and Audrey E. (Wilbur) Johnson of Marstons Mills. Cherished sister of Craig A. Johnson and his wife Marjorie of Cadillac, MI, Jeffrey S. Johnson and his wife Penny of McBain, MI, and Janice K. Bennett and her husband Bill of Falmouth, ME. Also adored by several nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: December 14, 2017

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Carmen (Tower) Anzalone — Racine, WI,  passed away on January 12, 2019 at the age of 82. She was born in Lyons, WI on December 13, 1936 to the late Horace and Olive (nee: Wyman) Tower. She graduated from Washington Park High School in 1954. Mrs. Anzalone went on to graduate from Dominican College (the last graduating class) and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Carthage. On February 9, 1957 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church – Racine, she was united in marriage with Dominic C. Anzalone. With a passion for teaching the children in our community, she served as an educator with Racine Unified Schools, retiring from Gilmore after 30 years of teaching. She was a longtime member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church where she volunteered as a catechism teacher and bus-trip coordinator. Mrs. Anzalone was also a member of Vittoria Colonna. Among her interests, she enjoyed staying active with water aerobics at the YMCA & Razor Sharp; and was a computer game fanatic. Above all, she loved spending time with her entire family. Surviving are her loving husband of 61 years, Dominic; son, Rick (Leslie) Anzalone; daughter, Lisa Miller; grandchildren, Jessica, Nikolas & Dominic Anzalone; Erica (Dan) Jensen & Jacob (Melissa) Miller; great-grandchildren, Bryce & Jayce Jensen; and Raegan Miller; sister, Patricia Remus; brother, Richard (Sally) Tower; sister-in-law, Lynn Tower; brother-in-law, John (Joyce) Anzalone; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty (Patrick) Bever and Virginia (Bob) Jensen; brother, Horace Tower Jr.; and brother-in-law, Richard Anzalone. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

Susan Dunk
Susan Dunk

Susan Dunk — Oak Park, IL,  passed away on June 17th in her home, surrounded by love, her husband Christopher and family after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born in Oak Park, IL on January 13, 1965, later moving to Wisconsin, she is the daughter of Ralph and Janet Snead of Genoa City.Susan graduated from Badger High School in 1983 and went on to earn her degree in International Business from Carthage College. On August 19, 1989, she was wed to Christopher Dunk at St. John’s Catholic Church in Twin Lakes, WI. They started life’s journey together living in Racine. Later, building their dream home together in Pleasant Prairie and spent 25 wonderful years enjoying the peace and nature she loved that surrounds that home on the lake. Her first son, Aaron Patrick, was born on July 25th, 1991 and on December 3rd, 1992 the birth of Brandon Christopher completed their family. She brought them up and taught them by example to be wonderful caring son’s and persons. They were her pride and joy and what she felt was her life’s greatest accomplishment. She was so proud of them. They have been by her side throughout this tough journey surrounding her with immeasurable love and support. During her career, Susan was employed by Monroe Systems for Business, and then as the president of her own business, Business Technologies, Inc. until she chose in 2007 to devote all her time to her family. She tutored, volunteered at her son’s schools, served on the governance boards of both St Joseph’s High School and on the Kenosha eSchool, brought school supplies and back packs to local children in her “happy place” in Mexico in her passion to try to give back to the community and to education in any way she could.Susan and her husband shared the love of life with a zest for adventure and travel. Whether it was her final college year studying and exploring in Spain, her dream trips with her husband on safari in Kenya, exploring caves and cenotes in the Yucatan, swimming with the Whalesharks in Holbox Mexico, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, ATVing and repelling cliffs in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and islands in the Caribbean. She also loved her family trips camping, snorkeling, diving, hiking, exploring Mexico’s Mayan ruins and history and numerous Caribbean trips with her boys, always enjoying life to its fullest. Susan is survived by her loving husband, Christopher; her sons and daughter in-law, Aaron (Katie) and Brandon Dunk. Her father and her mother, Ralph and Janet Snead, her brothers Timothy and Brian Snead, her brother in-laws and sisters-in-laws, Michael (Diane) Dunk, Tom (Susie) Dunk and Jim (Sara) Dunk, Eileen Gales, Colleen (Cliff) Kogutkiewicz, Cindy Centell-Dunk, many nieces and nephews (who throughout the years where treated to “special time” with her), and so many wonderful friends with whom she shared so much laughter and shed few tears with. Susan was preceded in death by her grandmother, Connie Ward, mother in-law, JoAnne Larson, brother in-laws Kevin Dunk and Randy Gales, nephew Eli and great niece Kaylee. 
Submitted: July 8, 2020

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Donald Hildebrandt — Sturtevant, WI,  passed away unexpectedly on August 28, 2018 at the age of 60. Donald was born in Kenosha on January 17, 1958, son of Melvin and Doris (Lockard) Hildebrandt. Don graduated from Carthage with a degree in Biology. On August 8, 1981, he was united in marriage to Debra Roycroft at Santa Maria Del PoPolo Church in Mundelein, IL. Don had been employed with SC Johnson since 1980. He began his career in the Entomology Research Center and advanced to his current position as Project Manager in Global Pest Control Research and Development. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, now North Pointe United Methodist, and was a Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge #18. A Boy Scout and Eagle Scout himself, Don dedicated his time and energy as a Boy Scout Leader and 4-H leader. He guided each of his children and their friends to become Eagle Scouts or Gold Award recipients. In his spare time, Don enjoyed working in his orchard and the family evergreen nursery. He found great joy working on and teaching his children about fixing engines. A very selfless man, Don will be best remembered for his love and dedication to his family. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of thirty-seven years, Debra; his children, Matthew Hildebrandt of Maiden Rock, WI, David (Hillary) Hildebrandt of Luck, WI, Kristin Hildebrandt of La Crosse, WI, Benjamin Hildebrandt of Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX; his mother, Doris Hildebrandt of Zion, IL; sisters and brother, Donna (Bruce) Hart, Doris (Jim) Waters, Dale Hildebrandt; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Charles Roycroft, Kelly Roycroft, Kerry (Mike) Quist; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends all around the world. He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin W. Hildebrandt. 
Submitted: September 14, 2018

Trista C. Holland — Burlington, Wisconsin,  passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 31, 2016, at the age of 51. Preceded in death by her parents T. Shandy and Maryclaire Holland. Survived by her sister Shan (John) Jensen and beloved nephew John T. Jensen.  
Submitted: April 11, 2016

Lori J. Mueller — Loves Park, Illinois,  50, Loves Park, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016, in her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 11, 1965, in Rockford, the daughter of Arley and Joann Hendrickson. Lori married Dr. John H. Mueller in Rockford on June 18, 1994. She was a social worker for Children's Home and Aid Society, involved mostly in adoptions. Lori was an active member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd where she was involved in many areas. She volunteered with Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries from 2001 thru 2010, and served as vice president from 2005 thru 2006, and as president from 2007 thru 2010. During that time Becca's Closet was added to their ministries. Lori was a 1983 graduate of Guilford High School and finished her undergraduate degree from Carthage College in 1987, continuing on for her MSW from the University of Minnesota. Special thanks to the physicians, nurses, and staff at OSF Cancer Center, 4 West, OSF Hospice Care, and the many loving friends, especially Rita Huwe for their kind and compassionate care. Survived by her loving husband, John; her daughters, Jana and Leah Mueller; her parents, Arley and Joann Hendrickson; her brother, Ron Hendrickson, her mother-in-law, Miriam Mueller; her brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Martha Mueller, Rev. Dr. Steven (Nina) Mueller, and Sarah (Dr. Dan) Manzanares. Predeceased by her infant brother, Larry and her father-in-law, Roland Mueller.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

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Heidi Ann (Henschel) Pellett — Ellensburg, WA,  passed away February 25, 2022. Heidi, daughter of Floyd and Gail Hope Henschel, was born September 19, 1964 in Beaver Dam, WI. Heidi loved and excelled in sports, particularly tennis, where she was a multi-year state qualifier graduating from BDHS in 1983. Heidi continued her tennis success while attending Carthage College where she played collegiate tennis, graduating in 1987 and being inducted into Carthage's Hall of Fame in 1997. At Carthage, she met the love of her life, Tracy Lee Pellett and they were married, July 24, 1988. Heidi helped others learn to love sports and activities by teaching physical education and health, and by coaching in the public schools for over 10 years. Heidi earned her Master's degree in Teaching at Ball State University and Doctor of Education degree at St. Mary's University of Minnesota. Heidi worked the last 20 years of her career at the university level as a teacher educator and achieved tenure and the rank of full Professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. Heidi actively published and presented her research and scholarly works regionally, nationally, and internationally. Heidi's true passion was teaching. She was a caring educator who put her heart and extraordinary effort in seeing students succeed in and out of the classroom. Heidi's skills as an educator were recognized when she was awarded the Washington state Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (WAHPERD) – College/University Professor of the Year in 2012. Heidi was a bright and positive force with her colleagues as they elected her their Department Chair in Physical Education, School Health and Movement Studies. Most recently, Heidi was selected to lead the College of Education and Professional Studies at Central Washington as Interim Dean from 2020-2022. Heidi was most proud of the family she helped raise with her husband Tracy. Her daughter Abigail and son Avery were the true joys of her life and she was happiest when all four of them were together. Always ready for a new family adventure, Heidi was the trip planner, making all the arrangements for travel to sunny and distant vacations. Creating special moments and memories was vital to her life. Often displaying her radiant smile, Heidi enjoyed laughing, especially with Tracy, as they found humor in many things great and small. Heidi will be so terribly missed by her husband Tracy; daughter Abigail and husband Phillip Montoure; and son Avery; and her beloved parents, Floyd and Gail Hope Henschel. Heidi's four sisters and brothers-in-law: Holly and Charles Ledvina, Hope and Kim Kuck, Heather and Steven Bruemmer, and Hayley and Kris Jensen will forever feel incomplete without their chica Heidi. 
Submitted: March 4, 2022

Nadine D. Thorn
Nadine D. Thorn

Nadine Doloris (Regel) Thorn — Zion, IL,  passed away peacefully of complications of chemotherapy, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Nadine was born June 6, 1961 at Victory Hospital in Waukegan, IL; the daughter of Margie and David Regel. Nadine was raised in Winthrop Harbor. After graduating from Zion Benton Township High School class of 1979, she went on to attend Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL from 1980 to 1983 and Carthage College in Kenosha, WI where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts in 1984. In college, she was a member of Little Sisters of Sigma Phi Epsilon. On June 8, 1985, Nadine married the love of her life, best friend and high school sweetheart, Mark Thorn, at Our Lady of Humility Church in Beach Park. Together they made Zion their home. Nadine was a faithful parishioner of First United Methodist Church in Waukegan where she was a member of the Bell Choir. She worked several places in her life where she touched the lives of many. In high school she was a server at Long John Silvers, where Mark was a cook; later, she worked for Waukegan Blueprint in the Art Supply area. She did beach water testing for North Shore Sanitation and worked at Abbott Laboratories, making a difference in the lives of many, in AIDS and Hepatitis Research. Most recently, Nadine worked alongside her husband Mark, as the General Manager for Olson Comfort Services Heating and Cooling in Waukegan. She was a sponsoring mother of Rotary International to exchange students and young adults. Nadine was a gifted artist; sketches and stipple art being some of her favorites. She was also an exemplary athlete playing volleyball, softball, tennis and golf. Nadine had a gift for gardening; flowers from Mark’s grandmother still grow in their yard. She was a fantastic cook and loved animals, especially giraffes. Nadine served as a member of several organizations over the years. She was an original member of the Zion Liquor Commission, the Douglas Chapter of the Waukegan Garden Club and Zion Benton Moose Lodge. She was also lovingly referred to as the ‘heart and soul’ of Lake County Heating and Cooling Association. Nadine was a tutor at East Grade School, and a Sunday School Teacher for more than 25 years. She was a member of Ontonagon Valley Sportsmen’s Club in Bruce Crossing, MI and part of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed hiking with Mark and her dogs, bonfires, kayaking, black licorice and snorkeling during her many travel adventures. She was a stargazer and loved watching the shooting stars. Out of her love for crafting, “Nadine’s Notions” created many treasures that she sold at craft fairs in the area. Most importantly, Nadine was the founding mother of “Team Thorn” and “The Boys”. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother that will be missed by all who knew her. Nadine leaves behind to treasure her memory, her husband of 36 years, Mark Thorn; sons, Luke Grayson (Angie Sue) Thorn, Matthew Elliott (Devan Reneeʹ) Thorn, and Paul Nicholas (Jennifer Marie) Thorn; grandchildren, Leo Grayson, Payton Nicholas, Lillee Nevaeh, Knox Graham and Beckett Jeffrey; mother, Margie Regel; brother, David Regel, Jr., sister, Kathleen Regel; brother, Anthony “Tony” Regel; mother and father in law, Sharron and John Thorn; many cousins, grand dogs and grand cats, and a host of special friends. She was met at the gates of Heaven by her father, David where she joined the aunts, uncles and cousins gone before her. Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Northwestern Hospital and all of those involved in her care and treatment; Rev. Dr. Barbara Morgan for her prayers and love when they were needed most. 
Submitted: May 11, 2022

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Greg Chastain — Springfield, IL,  passed away on February 3, 2018 at the age of 54. he was born on January 13, 1964 in Springfield, Illinois to Bennie Chastain and Sharon Chastain Thady. He graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Mr. Chastain later worked for Brinks for 10 years as an Armored Car Driver. He was a member of the Westside Christian Church in Springfield. He was also a drummer for several bands in the area. Mr. Chastain is survived by his wife Kathy, his children; Blake and Morgan Chastain, mother; Sharon (husband Danny) Chastain Thady, sister; Dawn (husband Jerry) Oltmanns; two nieces, Ashton Oltmanns and Erika Oltmanns Sherertz; and brother-in-law, David (wife Laura) Hausaman. He is preceded in death by his father, Bennie Chastain in 2004. 
Submitted: January 17, 2019

Wayne Johnson — Rockford, IL,  passed away on February 11, 2011 at the age of 84. He was born on February 3, 1927 to Gunnar B. and Irene (Peterson) Johnson. Mr. Johnson served in the U.S. Marines and married Ruth N. Lindstrom in 1952 in Beloit, WI. He owned a dental practice in Rockford for many years. Member of First Evangelical Free Church. He had his pilot's license and enjoyed flying. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Dick (Linda) Johnson of Cherry Valley, Dan ( Lynn ) Johnson of Dana Point, Calif., and Julie Ann (Randy) Leek of Byron; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Gayle (Cliff) Linhart; and sister-in-law, Janet Johnson. Predeceased by brother, Gerald, and niece, Cindy Johnson. 
Submitted: January 17, 2019

Anne R. Jummrich — Richmond, IL,  passed away on March 20, 2016 at the age of 53. Anne was born Dec. 10, 1962 in Evergreen Park, IL the daughter of Edward & Ruth Pfeiffer Jummrich. United in marriage to Alexander W. Geron May 30th, 1998 in Kenosha, WI. Member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Richmond, IL. Surviving is her husband Alexander, Daughters Ava & Ana Geron. Sister Barbara Jummrich, brothers, Albert Jummrich, and Mark ( Lisa ) Jummrich. Sisters-in-law Pamela Ruff. Nieces, Marisa & Mariah Jummrich. Preceded in death by her parents, Sister Marilyn Alexander and a Brother, John Jummrich. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

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Gary Lamberty — Racine, WI,  passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, with his two girls by his side. Gary was born in Racine, Wisconsin, on November 29, 1949, the second son of the late Francis and Helen (nee Johnson) Lamberty. After graduating from Washington Park High School in 1967, Gary enlisted in the U.S. Army. He proudly served with the 5th Special Forces Group. Upon completing two tours in Vietnam, he returned stateside as a member of the Army Reserves. In 1986, Gary graduated from Carthage College with a degree in Physical Education. He was employed by the Racine Unified School District teaching PE and Health at the Brown Alternative Center, McKinley Middle School, and Dr. Jones Elementary School. He retired in 2012. A lifelong Martial Arts enthusiast Gary was versed in many forms. He held black belts in Jiu Jitsu and TaeKwonDo which he studied in South Korea. Gary is remembered as a loyal, honorable, generous, and respected man. In 1991, he was awarded a Carnegie Medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission for risking his life to protect others during an attack near his home. Gary deeply valued his Catholic faith, and more than anything, his family. He loved babies, jokes, deep conversations, and working on his personal gym. He was a night owl who enjoyed chess, sudoku, listening to music, and his coffee and smokes. Gary’s greatest joy in life was being what he called a “3-D”–a devoted, doting dad. He was an incredible father who fiercely protected, loved, supported and inspired his children. He is survived and tremendously missed by his daughters, Courtney Lamberty Heide and Megan (Igor) Lisica. 
Submitted: October 5, 2020

Ethel Mae Lofton — Racine, Wis. ,  passed away at All Saints Hospital on Saturday, August 1, 2015. She was born in Minter City, Mississippi on August 11, 1950, daughter of the late Louis and Mary (nee: Collins) Lofton. Ethel relocated to Racine in 1967. She completed her GED at Gateway Technical Institute and then graduated from Carthage College with a degree in accounting along with several other degrees. She taught in the Racine Unified school District for 13 years; and also enjoyed working at Case Company and McDonalds. Ethel was an active and faithful member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Richard "Dick" Polzin — Racine, WI,  passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Dick was born in Racine on January 24, 1942 to the late Vernon C. and Ruby V. (nee: Allert) Polzin. He was a graduate of Washington Park High School (where he was honored to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1998), Racine Technical College, Carthage College and the FBI National Academy. On May 25, 1962 in St. Edward Catholic Church, Dick was united in marriage with Mary “Sheila” Carolan. He served our community with the Racine Police Department for over 36 years from 1964 until retiring as Police Chief in 2000. Dick was a member of the Racine County Law Enforcement Executives Association, Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, National Chiefs of Police Association, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates, International Police Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Naval Academy Review Board, Treasurer of the Racine Community Outpost and was awarded the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Executive of the Year (1997). During his tenure as Chief of Police, Dick instituted the Community Policing model in the City of Racine. His efforts were responsible for improving the quality of life for countless residents in the Racine Community. He maintained that vision through his retirement as a member of the Racine Community Outpost Organization, a non-profit group dedicated to purchasing and maintaining COP houses in the greater Racine area. Those accomplishments often resulted in the opportunity to share Racine’s success with communities across the country. Among his other interests, he enjoyed riding his horse “Max” and golfing at Ives Grove and Johnson Park with retirees, as well as the annual FBI-NA Golf Outing with family members – where, in 2006 he shot a hole in one. Dick was an avid runner who participated in a number of marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and charitable running events. Dick also enjoyed coaching and attending the numerous activities in which his children and grandchildren participated. He especially enjoyed planning and taking family vacations, most notably time spent together at Walt Disney World. Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years, Sheila; their children, Michael Polzin, Ann (Tim) Pettit, Mark (Elizabeth) Polzin and John Polzin; grandchildren, Michaela, Delaney and Callahan Polzin; Andy and Libby Pettit; Abby and Jack Polzin; Matthew, Meghan and Michael Polzin; sisters, Jeanette (Tom) Seefeldt and Sandy (Dave) Hansen; Sheila’s parents, Laurence and Betty Carolan; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry (Cynthia) Carolan, Mary Cronin and John Carolan; nieces, nephews, other relatives, as well as protective service family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, and brothers-in-law Tom Cronin, Robert Budney, and Richard Saynay, nephew David Saynay, and niece Jodi Doepke. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Racine Community Outpost, which helps fund the Community Policing Programs in the greater Racine area, or St. Lucy Congregation have been suggested. Special thanks to the members of the Racine Fire & Police Departments and ER staff at Ascension All Saints Hospital for their life saving efforts. 
Submitted: January 10, 2017

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Kevin Rehfeldt — Loves Park, IL,  passed away on August 14, 2018 at the age of 54. He was born on March 29, 1964 in Rockford, the son of Robert and Frances (Crone) Rehfeldt. Kevin received his bachelor's degree, was a youth director at Trinity Lutheran Church for over 20 years and most recently, employed at General Mills. He is survived by his children, Cortney and Makenzie Rehfeldt; parents, Robert and Frances Rehfeldt; sister, Kimberly Rehfeldt; and the mother of his children, Rebecca Rehfeldt. 
Submitted: August 23, 2018

Geoffrey A. Sparks — Marinette, Wis. ,  died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 20, 2014, while in Chicago, Illinois. He was born June 28, 1964 in Marinette to Lee and Elizabeth (nee Pestrui) Sparks. Geoff was a 1986 graduate of Carthage College with a bachelor's Degree in criminal justice and a 1991 graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He had practiced law in Marinette for over 20 years and was part of the law office of Schwaba & Sparks. He was a coach in Peshtigo for Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball. Geoff also coached girls and boys basketball in Peshtigo, youth soccer and played slow pitch softball in Peshtigo. Having strong roots in Illinois, he loved to go to Wrigley Field for Cubs baseball with his son, Nick. He was also an avid golfer and gardener and enjoyed walks at Red Arrow with his dog, Piccalo. Geoff is survived by a son, Nick; a daughter, Danielle; the mother of his children, Donna Hildebrandt; a sister Stephanie Miller, her husband, Scott, and their sons, Mark, Matthew and Sam; a brother, Stephen Sparks, his wife, Sophie, and their children, Victoria and Gabriel; a cousin, Chris Stuart, his wife, Laura, and their children, Keisha and Tyler; and an aunt, Mary (Pestrui) Murphy and her son, Tim. He was preceded in death by his parents and an aunt, Nancy (Pestrui) Stuart. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

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Wayne Baker
Wayne Baker

Wayne Joseph Baker — Oak Lawn, IL,  , 53, of Downers Grove, IL, passed away on May 12, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Oak Lawn, IL on May 24, 1963. He was a graduate of Downers Grove South in 1981, and Carthage College in 1985 with a degree in Chemistry. Wayne graduated from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996 and specialized in Emergency Medicine. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Rebecca Sue Crawley. Dr. Baker was affiliated with Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL. He also volunteered at the Kaneville Fire department and served as their physician. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents Louis Baker Jr. and Ruth B. Baker and oldest brother Louis III. He is survived by two brothers, Lawrence (Mary) and Scott, and three nieces, Jennifer, Lauren (Nick) and Amanda. Additionally, his extended family: Michael Crawley (Aimee), Nanette Crawley (John Emser), Brenda Crawley (Andrew Schermer), Mark Crawley, Mona Crawley, Matt Crawley (Christine) and was the loving uncle of: Eric Schermer, Audrey Schermer, Nicolas Emser, Charlene Emser, Matthew Arnold, Scott Arnold, Nicole Arnold, Luke Crawley, Olivia Crawley, and Caitlin Crawley. 
Submitted: May 31, 2017

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Marlaine Cruz — Waunakee, WI,  passed away on February 5, 2019. Ms. Cruz was born on May 8, 1939, in Chicago, IL, to Joseph and Evelyn Straub. She received her nursing degree from South Chicago Hospital and her Master's in Education from Carthage. Her career in nursing brought her great joy and fulfillment and included surgical and ER nursing, hospital management, nursing education, and auditing for the State of Wisconsin. While working at South Chicago Hospital, she met a physician, Nazario Cruz, to whom she was married for 54 wonderful years. They moved from Chicago to Kenosha, Wis., where they raised four children and enjoyed many happy years in their house by Lake Michigan. She formed many close friendships while volunteering at her children's schools, church, and medical auxiliary. She also traveled extensively with her family, enjoying many special trips to the Philippines and Disney World. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, going to their sporting and music events, and taking them on adventures. One of her favorite mottos was: "Grandma's: a place where cousins become friends." Surviving her are her four children and their families: daughter Mercedes Ranum, her husband Bill, and their children Tylor, Carly, Elly, and Jordan; daughter Marcelline Peterson, her husband Dave, and their children Aria, Ella, and Willa; son Joseph, his wife Laura, and their children Joey and his wife Bri, Julianna, and Cooper; and son Ricardo. Marlaine was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Nazario, with her sister, Dorothy Rupp, surviving her. 
Submitted: February 8, 2019

Thomas Demith
Thomas Demith

Thomas Demith — Chicago Heights, IL,  passed away on June 6, 2014 at the age of 76. Tom retired from Columbia Tool, the Chicago Heights Park District, a member of the Polish American Club and avid golf player. Survived by his loving wife Barbara (nee Tarquino); beloved sons Tom and Jeffrey; cherished grandfather to Spencer and Kailyn. Dear brother to Dorothy, Loretta, Jean, MaryAnn, Mickey and the deceased Jerry, Eugene and Sparky. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

Steven Griffus — Thompsons Station, Tenn.,  peacefully passed from this life on August 24, 2015 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tn. He was surrounded by family, friends and clergy. He was currently employed at CHS, Brentwood, Tn. and held a B.S. from Carthage College and an MBA from Lake Forest College. He attended Thompsons Station Church and was active in church Bible Studies and served as a teacher, which he loved. Services were Friday, August 28, at 3 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Vina, Al. with Bro. Chuck Bailey and Bro. Duane Murray officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, Al. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Al. was in charge of arrangements. He is survived by his wife of 24 years – Carla Griffus, Thompsons Station, Tn.; one son – Andrew Griffus, 17 years of age, Thompsons Station, Tn.; his father and mother – J.W. Griffus and Cleo Griffus, Decatur, Al.; one sister – Barbara Baccus; brother-in-law – Bob Baccus, Braselton, Ga.; one uncle – Bill Griffus, Vina, Al.; one aunt – Birda Mae Gann, Golden, Ms. and numerous in-laws, relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Arlie Griffus, Hank Johnson, David Maxwell, Murvin Elrod, Danny Elrod and Nelson Elrod. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Larry Lawler — Wadsworth, IL,  Passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020, in his home. Larry was born April 7, 1958 to Joseph and Lillian (nee Hoban) Lawler in Decatur, IL. He graduated with Zion Benton Township High School Class of 1976 and Carthage College where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. Larry was employed by Amazon. In addition, at ZBTHS he was the official scorer and timer for the last 25 years and a former freshman basketball coach. He will be remembered for his vast knowledge of various subjects and as the captain of the trivia “Got Milk” team. He loved the game of golf and was in charge of the Player’s Club for many years at Shepherd’s Crook. He is survived by his 6 siblings, Lee Gates of Lilburn, GA, Pat (Mary) Lawler of Lake Havasu, AZ, Mike of Wadsworth, Fran McCormick of Winthrop Harbor, Dorothy (Larry) Fowler of Zion, IL and Mark (Brenda) of Gurnee, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Larry is preceded in death by brother John, brothers in law, Jim Gates and Danny McCormick and niece Erin Lawler. 
Submitted: April 22, 2020

John P. Melis
John P. Melis

John Melis — Mount Pleasant, WI,  passed away on October 21, 2019, at the age of 56. He had been extraordinarily courageous in battling several serious medical issues over the last few years. His quiet dignity and unflagging optimism were remarkable given the challenges he faced, and stand as a lesson in grace to us. It is our fervent hope that he is now in a better place. John was born in Barrington Il, and at an early age, the family moved to Racine. He attended school in Racine, graduating from Case HS, and later from Carthage in Kenosha. He resided in Racine for the rest of his life. He worked in the foodservice industry until his untimely passing. John's passions were the Green Bay Packers, listening to music, and doing word puzzles. He was a kind and gentle soul to everyone who knew him well. He is survived by his 3 brothers, Stuart, David, and Stephen, and niece Evelyn Melis. He was the son of Lloyd and Miriam Melis, who preceded him in death. 
Submitted: November 1, 2019

Paul E. Peterson — Grayslake, Illinois,  passed away at 53 Friday May 1, 2015 in Lake Forest, IL. He was born March 3, 1962 in Waukegan, IL to Howard and Shirley Peterson. Paul had worked for Abbott Labs/Abbvie for over 27 years. He was a graduate of Warren Township High School in 1981 and Carthage College in 1985. Paul was an avid Bears fan. He was a very loving and caring family oriented man, who will be forever loved and missed by family and friends. Paul is survived by his wife of 19 years, Susan, his parents Howard and Shirley Peterson, his children Jesse, Stephanie, Erik, and Rachel, his brother Craig Peterson '88, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his in-laws Barbara and Glen Sizelove. 
Submitted: May 8, 2015

Charles "Chuck" Portilia
Charles "Chuck" Portilia

Charles Portilia — Kenosha,  died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Wheaton Franciscan-Franklin. Born in Kenosha on Oct. 21, 1961, he was the son of the late Romano and Loretta Mae (Klacynski) Portilia. Chuck was a product of local schools, first attending St. Mary Elementary School and was a 1979 graduate of St. Joseph's High School. Following high school Chuck went on to Carthage, where he was a 1985 graduate and had proudly played football under Coach Art Keller.  On Sept. 8, 1990, at St. Mary Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Beth Venn. For many years, Chuck owned and operated The Distillery Bar and Restaurant on North Sheridan Rd., after which he began his insurance career as an Independent Insurance Agent with Schlax, Christensen & Lee Insurance Agency in downtown Kenosha.  Chuck was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was passionate about football and had coached youth football in Kenosha for many years. Chuck enjoyed cooking, fishing and was an enthusiastic Chicago Bear fan. He will always be remembered as a passionate family man. He is survived by his former wife, Beth Portilia; his daughter, Alexandra Mae Portilia of Green Bay; his brother, Brian Portilia of Kenosha; his two nephews, Brian (Jennifer) and Brock (Nadia) Portilia, both of Kenosha; his great nephews, Brian and Oliver; his great nieces, Zoe and Phoebe; and a grandson on the way. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Nancy Portilia 
Submitted: November 1, 2017

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Scott William (N/A) Staven — Helenville, WI,  passed away December 22, 2021. He was born on Jan. 8, 1959, in Madison, the son of Roger and Patricia (Finn) Staven. Scott graduated from La Follette High School, Carthage College and the Police Academy. He worked as a police officer in East Troy and in Darlington, then worked construction, and ended his working career in sales. Scott was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Winnequah Gun Club. He loved trap shooting, hunting, fishing, vacationing at the family cabin up north, taking trips to Canada and cheering on Wisconsin sports teams. Scott is survived by his son, Michael (Sarah Papenfus) Staven; mother, Patricia; two brothers, Mark (Ellen) Staven and Chris (Bonnie) Staven; two nephews, Kyle Staven and Dane Staven; and three aunts, Carol Magnuson, Gayle Langkamp and Elaine Finn. He was preceded in death by father, Roger; and three uncles, Elmer Magnuson, Vince Langkamp and Bruce "Bud" Finn. 
Submitted: January 10, 2022

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James M. Booth — Pleasant Prairie, Wis.,  died Thursday, April 2, 2015, at his residence. Born on Aug. 10, 1948, in Reedsburg Wis., he was the son of the late Melvin C. and Isla L. (Miller) Booth. James came to Kenosha as a young boy and was educated in the schools of Kenosha. He graduated from Bradford High School and earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Whitewater in Education. James went on to earn two master's degrees; the first in Guidance and Counseling from Carthage College, and the second in Adult Education from National Louis University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1972. In 1977, he married Louise Valentine in Kenosha. They would later divorce. On June 10, 2005, he married Maria Theresa "Tess" Tecson in Kenosha. James dedicated 29 years to teaching, most recently employed by the Waukegan Public School District 60 as a vocational special education teacher until he retired in 2005. A former member of First Assembly of God, he most recently attended St. James Catholic Church with his wife. James lived a life of service and was a former member of the Little Fort Lions Club in Waukegan. He was an avid reader and lifetime member of Friends of the Kenosha Public Library. James enjoyed fishing, especially at the family cottage on Irogami Lake in Wautoma, Wis. He was a loyal Packer fan and also enjoyed watching boxing matches and spending time in Door County. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, a loving father, and a loyal and caring friend. He is survived by his wife Tess of Pleasant Prairie; one son, Joseph Booth of Mt. Pleasant; one daughter, Lauren Booth of Kenosha; and two brothers Donald (Lynnette) Booth of Benton Township, Ill., and Steven Booth of West Allis, Wis.  
Submitted: May 29, 2015

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Susanne (Sperduto) Doe — Racine, WI,  passed away at age 72 from lung cancer on January 21, 2017. Sue was born on January 28, 1944 in Canandaigua, New York to Rev Frank and Ruth Roth Sperduto. She grew up in Syracuse and Ithaca, New York and Wichita, Kansas. She was a graduate of SE High in Wichita in 1962. She attended the College of Emporia and finished her undergrad at MIT in Milwaukee. She met Keith at MIT and they were married June 11, 1966. Sue earned her Master’s of Education in Nursing at Milton College. Her early nursing roles included visiting nursing and mental health. Later she taught nursing at St Luke’s School of Nursing in Racine, Gateway and UW- Parkside, and was also a parish nurse. Sue loved people, she cared for and helped anyone she met. Sue drew personalized greeting cards and enjoyed providing humor to everyday life. Sue is survived by her husband Keith, and daughters Jen (Tim) Figlmiller, Robyn (Jason) Gardner, Heidi (Ernesto) Lopez, brother Ted (Mary) Sperduto, nephews Aaron and Tim, grandchildren Ian and Evan Figlmiller, Jordyn and Madilynn Gardner, Xavier and Isandro Lopez, sister-in-law Sigrid Doe and niece Christina. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws, beloved aunts and uncles, and her brother- in-law James Doe. 
Submitted: April 18, 2018

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Chester A Felsing — Kenosha, WI,  Mr. Chester A. "Chet" Felsing -- (Class of 1984) passed away October 29, 2020. Born in Milwaukee, on August 6, 1927, he was the son of the late Edward and Thekla (Pagenkopf) Felsing. He graduated from Boys Technical High School in Milwaukee and furthered his education with a Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University; a teaching certificate from UW Milwaukee and his Master of Education from Carthage College. Chet proudly served in the United States Army, from 1945 until his honorable discharge in 1947. On October 2, 1955, he was united in marriage to Myrna Richardson at Bethany Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. They made Kenosha their home and were blessed with three children; together for 65 years. He started his working career at the Felsing Service Station in Milwaukee. With his talent as a commercial artist and his education; Chet touched the lives of many children as an elementary art teacher with the Kenosha Unified School District. He brought the love of art to all those he instructed from 1965 until his retirement in 1990. A member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Chet served as a Church Elder, choir member and on the Evangelism Committee. He enjoyed being involved with card clubs; playing with friends and family. You could find Chet fishing at his parents' cottage on Lake Nagawicka or working on home renovations. He used his artistic abilities to design and layout signs for area businesses, creating stained glass art, as well as sculptures and paintings. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who cherished the family camping trips in Green Lake. He will always be in the heart of his wife, Myrna; his children, Donna (Bryan) Menarek, Mark (Julia) Felsing and Brian (Debbie) Felsing; grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Sarah and Rachel; his brother in-law, Ralph (Doris) Richardson, his sister-in-law, Joann Felsing; and many nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald and Richard Felsing; and sisters and brothers-in-law. 
Submitted: December 4, 2020

Ruth Johnson — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Born on August 17, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Johannes and Kate Johnson. Ruth was employed with Carthage for many years. She began her employment on the Carthage, IL campus in January 1965, making her the longest-serving Carthage employee. While the Kenosha campus was under construction, she opened the College's first office in Kenosha. In 1962, when the campus first opened, Ruth worked not only in the registrar's office but also in the admissions office, the mailroom and as a housemother. In 1964, she was named Recorder and in 1971 Associate Registrar. Ruth earned her bachelor's degree in art in 1984 while working full-time as the Registrar. She was elected to Gamma Kappa Alpha, the highest all college honorary at that time. She was a member of Holy Nativity Lutheran Church and was active at the district and synod levels. Ruth was a past member of the Kenosha Executive Board of the Republic Party, and a member of the PEO Sisterhood; an educational organization that supports women who wish to further their education through continuing education programs. She is survived by her brother, James Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin and two sisters, Mary Alice and Matalie. 
Submitted: February 11, 2020

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Cynthia (Aul) Keister — Beach Park, IL,  passed away on August 7, 2018. Cindy was born on December 25, 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA. She grew up in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, attended Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois and received her Master's Degree from Carthage. Cindy married her high school sweetheart, James Keister, and was the proud mother of sons James and Kevin. Cindy taught in the Waukegan school district for over 30 years specializing in children with learning disabilities. She spent most of her career at Oakdale Elementary School and will be remembered for her dedication to her students and her quick wit. She was an avid golfer for many years, and enjoyed traveling abroad with family and friends, visiting over 30 countries during her travels, noting Switzerland, Germany and Italy as her favorites. Cindy proudly served on the church council of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. She is survived by her sons, James W. Keister and Kevin M. Keister, her aunt Beatrice Faux, cousins Sally Chontos and Ray Black, Jr. She was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Aul and father, Addison Aul. Cindy's husband, Jim, died shortly after her own death on August 24, 2018. 
Submitted: October 22, 2018

Heidi (Wells) Schmidt — Wheaton, IL,  was 53 yrs. of age, at rest November 22, 2015. Beloved wife of David. Loving mother of Annah and Leah. Daughter of Helene (the late Arthur F.) Wells of Wheaton, Illinois. Sister of Scott M. Wells and Mark M. (Sondra) Wells. 
Submitted: December 20, 2016

Charles Sehl — Leesburg, GA,  passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Phoebe North Hospital. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Mr. Sehl was born to the late Harold Sehl and Marie Spencer Sehl. He served and retired in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1975 serving in Vietnam in 1968. He moved to the Albany, GA area in 1995 and worked as a golf professional at the Twin Oaks Golf Course until retiring in 2004. He was an avid automobile racing fan and worked as a volunteer starter at race tracks throughout the southeast for the SCCA. Once a Marine, always a marine, he enjoyed spending time and socializing at the logistics base in Albany, GA. He was a member of the VFW Post # 2785 and The Loyal Order of Moose. He was a member of St. Teresa's Catholic Church. He is survived by his three sons, Louis Charles Sehl (Pat), Gordon F. Sehl (Beth), Stuart J. Sehl, a Paul Sehl, two sisters, Margaret Allard, and Verda Sehl, and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Victoria C. Gratz. 
Submitted: January 13, 2020

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Scott Sutton — Tampa, Florida,  Scott Sutton, class of '84, passed away on Wednesday November 4, 2020. Scott was born in Litchfield, Illinois on January 16, 1962 and grew up in Tampa, Florida, attending King High School. He received his BA from Carthage College and his MBA from the University of Indianapolis. Scott was an accountant and financial executive in both Elkhart and Indianapolis, Indiana concluding his career as the CFO of Driver Holdings for 12 years. He was married to Angella Castille for 21 years and raised two sons, Alex and Nick. Scott loved life, from family and cooking to travel and sports, he embraced it all. Scott prioritized the family and had a generous spirit, opening his home and heart to a big, blended family. He was an avid golfer who loved to walk 18 holes and watch the Masters. He was a longtime and devoted Cubs, Notre Dame football, Bucs, Colts, and Pacers fan and loved attending the Indianapolis 500 with friends every May. Scott relished diving into a good book, music from jazz to opera and every conceivable rock band. He also embraced travel, with trips ranging from Italy to Scotland to Spain inspiring both his cooking, his beverage selection and his daily life. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, movies, and reminiscing about his glory days on the college gridiron as a linebacker and one of the few barefoot kickers (frequently reminding his patient family of his 49-yard school record kick). Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Marsha and father, George (Sam) Sutton. He is survived by his wife, Angie; his sons, Alex and his wife, Danielle, and Nick and his wife, Holly; his brother, Eric; his sisters, Robin, and Katie and her husband, Jeff. 
Submitted: November 19, 2020

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Daniel Wilson — Sheboygan, WI,  passed away tragically in a car accident due to a medical condition on September 18, 2018 at the age of 56. Daniel was born on September 6, 1962 in Lake Worth, Florida to Raymond and Louise E. Wilson. In 1964, the family moved to Chicago, IL and then settled in Sheboygan in 1970. He attended local area schools and graduated in 1980 from South High where he played varsity football. He continued his education interests at Carthage and Southwest State University. Upon leaving college, he went into sales for several companies including Sears Corporation. It was there that he met his future wife, they were wed May of 1987 at Fountain Park United Methodist Church. They remained together until 2007 but continued to be good friends and support mates for each other up until his passing. Dan enjoyed sports, building things, playing the guitar and composing folk/gospel songs. He also had a strong interest in the health and nutrition field and blessing others through tithing and faith-based causes. His Christian beliefs were an important part of his life's work. He is survived by his brothers Steve (Sue) Wilson, Mike (Shirley) Wilson, sisters Cheryl (Mike) Eggen, all of Sheboygan, and Audrey (Avraham) Bercovice of Chicago. Additionally, he is survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends, and his baby dog Sheba-Lee. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and mother. 
Submitted: December 11, 2018

Joanne (Riess) Zmuda — Dublin, Ohio,  passed away on December 23, 2017. 
Submitted: July 27, 2020

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Mary Geraghty — Kenosha,  passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016, following a brief illness. Mary was born on November 9, 1959 in Yonkers, NY the fifth child of the late William J. and Carmen A. (Zofrea) Troy. She received her BA Degree from Carthage College and her Master’s Degree from U.W.-Parkside. On April 25, 1992 at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Racine she was united in marriage to Timothy J. Geraghty. Mary enjoyed serving her community working with various not for profit agencies including the Development Office at U.W. Parkside, as a physician recruiter at St. Catherine’s Hospital, as a Transition Specialist with ADRC, and with the IRIS Program. There is no question for anyone who knew Mary that her passion in life was caring for her three sons, Conor, Patrick, and Joey. Survivors include her husband, Timothy, her three sons, Conor, Patrick and Joey Geraghty; her siblings, Kathleen (Jim) Amidei, William (Paula) Troy, Joseph (Kris) Troy, Michael (Cynthia) Troy, Timothy (Jacque) Troy, and Maureen (Jason Latus) Troy. 
Submitted: September 29, 2016

Steven M. Griffiths
Steven M. Griffiths

Steven 'Beaver' M. Griffiths — Kenosha,  passed away unexpectedly at 54 on March 22, 2016, at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in Bolingbrook, Ill. Born in Fort Dix, N.J., on Nov. 25, 1961, he was the son of the late Joseph S. and Dolores E. (DeRose) Griffiths. A lifelong resident of Kenosha, he was educated in local schools. He attended Mt. Carmel Grade School, where he was an altar boy, and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1979. Steve also attended Carthage, where he played baseball. On April 12, 1986, he married Jennifer "Cookie" Allemand at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Steve was formerly employed with Jones Intercable/Time Warner Cable, Triangle Appliance and was currently the manager at Ashley Furniture. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was a coach, umpire and a past board member with Little Leaguers of Kenosha. Steve was a past board member of CYC/Boys & Girls Club, was a mentor at Whittier Elementary School, an avid bowler, a die-hard Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan, a sports enthusiast and a lifelong coach. Steve will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer of Kenosha; two children, Eric Griffiths (Tricia Reichenbach) of Rockford, Ill., and Sara Griffiths of Kenosha; a brother, Bill Griffiths (Jolynn) of Gurnee, Ill.; three sisters, Julie Lux of Kenosha, Lori Lux (Victor) of Sturtevant, Lisa Griffiths of Georgia; and his mother-in-law, Mary Lou Allemand (Bill Hafke) of Kenosha. He is further survived by several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Fred J. Allemand, Jr. 
Submitted: April 11, 2016

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Lisa Heinze — Kenosha, WI,  passed away May 8, 2021. Lisa was born on June 2, 1961 in Kenosha to Dr. Thomas and Joyce (Vignieri) Heinze. She was educated in Kenosha schools and graduated from Tremper High School and Carthage College. She worked for many years for Kenosha County at both the Courthouse and the Jobs Center. Lisa was an excellent cook and baker and will always be remembered for her great food. She was preceded in death by her parents. Lisa is survived by, her brother, Thomas Heinze; her cousins, Sandy and Kimmy as well as other relatives and friends. 
Submitted: May 24, 2021

Diane C. Lasko — Racine, Wis. ,  passed away peacefully after an illness with COPD and other health problems on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Diane was born on August 23, 1946 to Irvin and Dorothy (nee: Nelson) Woiteshek. On September 22, 1962 Diane was united in marriage to Dennis Lasko. They were married for 51 years until his passing on January 28, 2014. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Carthage College and graduated Cum Laude. Diane also obtained an accounting degree from Gateway. Before becoming ill Diane loved travelling. She enjoyed going on cruises and travelling in her RV. She liked sewing and she enjoyed shopping on QVC.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Doris (Jones) Lichty — Van Buren Township, MI,  passed away on November 24, 2017. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

Fay (Taylor) Miller — McHenry, Ill.,  died in her home Nov. 9, 2013. She and her husband, Pastor Charles E. Miller, celebrated 56 years of marriage in May. Born on April 29, 1936 in Greensburg, Pa., she is the daughter of the late Harry W. and E. Louise (Dietz) Taylor. She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy David Miller. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Laurie (Phillip) Almeraz, Lisa (Gary) Johnson, and Leigh (David) Adler; six grandchildren, Steven and Courtney Adler, Taylor Almeraz, Bradley (Torie) Johnson, Robert (Jennifer) Johnson, and Joshua (Kelly) Johnson; five great-grandchildren, Zane and Zoe Johnson, and Luke, Logan and Abigail Johnson; two brothers, Thomas (Margaret) Taylor, and Harry (Marsha) Taylor. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Violet Pore and Dorothy Heltebran, as well as her brother-in-law, Alfred (Ada) Miller, and many nieces and nephews. Fay graduated magna cum laude from Carthage with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She was a purchaser for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for many years and then a real estate agent for 15 years, retiring in 2001. She was a member of Saint Stephen Lutheran Church in Antioch and an associate member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in McHenry. A member of the Centegra Hospital Auxiliary, Fay volunteered at the Pink Door Shop in McHenry. 
Submitted: January 10, 2014

Roger W. Risberg — Palm Harbor, FL,  passed away on April 5, 2019. Mr. Risberg's wife, Janice, survives him. 
Submitted: May 10, 2019

Catherine F. Rochau — Kenosha,  died on Friday, June 19, 2015, at Aurora Select Specialty Hospital, West Allis, Wis. Born in Kenosha on Aug. 23, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Estelle (Gabron) Rochau. Cathy attended St. Anthony Elementary School and graduated in 1967 from St. Joseph High School. She graduated from Carthage College with degrees in education and sociology. Cathy spent her career teaching elementary education at St. Therese, St. Casimir and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Schools primarily 1st and 5th grades. She also taught in the KUSD in summer school and as a substitute teacher.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Timothy Roddam — Ben Wheeler, TX,  passed away on November 7, 2015. Tim was born in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from Ferris High School. He met his wife while attending Dallas Bible College and they were married in 1972. Together, they traveled across the county, ministering in churches in Houston, Texas, New Bedford, Massachusetts, Waukegan, Illinois, Wray, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, Waterbury, Connecticut, and at several congregations in and around East Texas. Tim survived by his sons Tim, Chris, Steve and Rick, grandchildren Stephen, Willie, Brianna, Britnie and great-granddaughter Alexis. Tim was preceded in death by his parents, R.J. and Margaret Louise Roddam. 
Submitted: October 18, 2019

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George Sechler — The Woodlands, TX,  passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at his home in The Woodlands, Texas. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 4, 1961 and graduated from Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois. George attended Carthage College and later received a Masters' degree in Business Administration at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. He had a long career in management at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas before working for GE Capital Modular Space in Houston. In recent years, he enjoyed retirement while working towards his doctorate. George was an avid reader, loved traveling, enjoyed outdoors, doing activities like golf, fishing, long distance bike rides, and hiking/camping with his son's scout troop. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Darlene Sechler; and his wife, Karen Sechler. He is survived by his son, James Sechler (19); daughter, Nikki Sechler (18) of the Woodlands, Texas; sister, Andrea Matthews; brother-in-law, Troy Matthews and daughter, Victoria of Conroe, Texas. 
Submitted: February 14, 2018

James Straulin
James Straulin

James Straulin — Johnsburg, Illinois,  passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at age 79, surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 27, 1938 in Chicago to Paul and Ragahild (Bland) Straulin. On October 5, 1963 he married Joan Pauly at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ingleside. Jim was raised in Lake-In-The-Hills and graduated from Dundee High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in accounting at Carthage. Jim moved to Pistakee Highlands in Johnsburg in 1963. He worked in accounts payable for International Harvester for 25 years. Jim served on the board and coached for the Johnsburg Boys Baseball League for over 20 years. He also umpired softball and baseball in the Johnsburg area for 20 years. Jim was an avid sports fan, his favorite teams were the Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years Joan; two sons, Jeffrey (Lisa) Straulin and Jay (Amy) Straulin; six grandchildren, Jefferson, Kaitlyn, Garrett, MacKenzie, Jackson and Jamison. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Tom Straulin; step-mother, Anzelma; and a brother, Tom Straulin. 
Submitted: October 27, 2017

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Lois L Topping — Lubbock, TX,  Mrs. Lois L. Topping -- (Class of 1983) passed away November 30, 2020. Lois Laverne (Griffith) Topping was born September 3, 1929 in Wellman, Iowa to Floyd and Gertrude Griffith. Lois attended Wellman schools graduating with the Class of 1947. She met and married William ("Bill") Topping of Wellman on August 20, 1950 at the Asbury Methodist Church in Wellman. Bill, a U.S. Army veteran, served from 1951-1953, in the Central Intelligence Corps at Fort Holabird, MD. They then relocated back to Iowa from 1953-1967. During those years Bill was teaching and coaching in several Iowa school districts. Bill then taught at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha WI. Bill died on December 25, 2003. Lois received her Library Science degree from Carthage College, Kenosha WI, and worked in the college library for several years. She was involved with Wesley United Methodist Church (Kenosha), singing in the choir, and taking part in many more church activities. She was an avid bridge player and loved hosting guests. She was a member of the "Lois Club" (birthday cards), a group of women from all over the U.S. whose name was "Lois." Lois returned to Coralville/Iowa City, Iowa in 2006 to be closer to her brother Richard Griffith and other family members. Back to Iowa, the state she always loved and where she felt "at home." She was active in aquatic exercise classes, walking club, researching family genealogy, scrapbooking, photo albums, and much more. Bill and Lois loved the Iowa Hawkeyes and had season tickets for over 40 years. Driving to Iowa City from wherever they lived to spend the weekend, attending regular season games and several bowl games. Her nephew Andrew Topping accompanied her to many, many Hawkeye games, riding the Hawkeye Express Train. He was her "Buddy." Everyone who met Lois commented on how sweet and happy a lady she was. "Everybody loves Lois" was a common refrain. Lois is survived by her children: Jeffery Topping (Phoenix, AZ), Stuart Topping (Madison, WI.), Susan Topping Crowder (Lubbock, TX). Grandchildren: Samuel and Joseph Topping; Samantha Villalba, Sharayah, Caleb, Emma and Joshua Crowder.. Great grandchildren: Hunter, Kyleigh, and Madison Villalba. Brother: Richard Griffith (Gilberta). Brother-in-law: Bob Topping (Judith). She also is survived by several nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: January 15, 2021

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Kathryn (Snyder) Wolfgram — Wisconsin Dells, WI,  passed away on December 1, 2018 at the age of 57, after a three year battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 8, 1961, in Morton Grove, Ill., the second of four daughters born to Richard and Jean Snyder. The family moved to Kenosha when Kathy was a young child. She grew up in Kenosha, attending local schools and graduating from Bradford High School in 1979. She then attended Carthage, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in art education in 1983. On Sept. 8, 1984, she married Craig Wolfgram in Siebert Chapel at Carthage College. After a honeymoon in Somerset and London, the Wolfgrams moved to different towns in the first years of their marriage as the Rev. Craig Wolfgram served at Lutheran churches in Utica, Mich., Rock/Perkins, Mich., Shawano, Wis., and Rosendale, Wis. In 2000, they moved to Wisconsin Dells, where Craig is the pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church. Kathy worked as an art teacher in the Mid-Peninsula School District and Shawano School District. She also worked at Land's End. She was a talented seamstress and made beautiful dresses and Halloween costumes for her daughter, Caitlin, when she was young. Kathy was also known for being a wonderful baker. Her family and friends will forever miss her Christmas cookies and cheesecakes. Kathy, Craig and Caitlin enjoyed traveling and took cruises to Alaska and Hawaii. They also made trips to Europe, visiting France, Greece, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, among other destinations. Kathy was an avid reader and enjoyed British TV shows, including "Masterpiece," "Inspector Lewis" and British comedies. In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by her mother, Jean Snyder, of Kenosha, and three sisters: Karen Snyder (Ralph Giannola) of Kenosha; Elizabeth Snyder (Rex Davenport) of Kenosha; and Patricia Snyder (Steve Stockton) of Atlanta, Ga., along with a nephew, Nicholas Stockton. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Diane Toonen (Tom) of Greenville, Wis., and her mother-in-law, Betty Wolfgram of Appleton, along with niece Jessica Toonen and nephew Josh Toonen. 
Submitted: January 9, 2019

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Todd Diener
Todd Diener

Todd Diener — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on May 20, 2020 at the age of 66. Born in Kenosha on January 12, 1954, he was the son of the late Fred and Ethel (LaFond) Diener. He attended St. Marks and was a 1972 graduate of Tremper High School. Todd furthered his education and received his bachelor’s degree in business from Carthage College in 1982. Todd was a retired long-time employee of Snap-On Tools and then enjoyed his work through the Kenosha Achievement Center. He was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Todd was a professional sports photographer. He enjoyed bicycling, walking by the lake, and playing cribbage with his sister and brother-in-law. Todd looked forward to his monthly get-togethers with his buddies for breakfast. He was incredibly proud of his two children, who both served in the military. Matthew is a veteran of the Marine Corps and is a police officer in Milwaukee. Katherine is a lieutenant in the Navy, currently stationed at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. Above all, he loved his grandchildren and would spoil them with Kopps Ice Cream. Todd will always be remembered by his son, Matthew (Maria) Diener; his daughter, Katherine (Seth) Diener; his brother, Rod (Bonnie) Diener of Sierra Madre, CA; his sister, Karen (Richard) Taskonis of Kenosha; his two grandchildren, John Diener and Ava Diener; his sister in law, Nancy Diener; and former wife, Kathy Diener. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Scott Diener. 
Submitted: May 26, 2020

Astrid Flowers — Menomonee Falls, WI,  passed away on April 21, 2017 at the age of 57. Astrid was employed by State Farm Insurance Company for the past 30 years. She was a Property Claim Team Manager. Astrid is survived by her husband Victor Flowers; their son Jason Flowers, daughters Alexandria Flowers and Danielle Carter (Bruce) Riley. Also survived by a host of other loving relatives and friends. 
Submitted: September 14, 2018

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Martha (Sackett) Fowler — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on February 4, 2019 at the age of 81. Martha was born to Howard and Margaret (Wood) Sackett in 1937. After graduating from Port Leyden Central School in New York, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s in Education from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and her master’s degree from Carthage. She continued with advanced course work that would enrich her teaching, thus her students. Learning and questioning were lifelong projects for her. A common expression from her was, “I got’sta know”. Martha and Leonard Benton Fowler were married in 1960. He preceded her in death in 2011. Martha’s greatest loves were foremost her family, followed by learning about the development of religion and how it relates to today’s living, gardening, camping, the theatre, and her great thirst for knowledge. During her lifetime, she was very active in church and school activities. A much admired and outstanding teacher she was awarded the Jr. High Teacher of the Year for Kenosha, WI in 1994. She was active in the Orchestra and Choral Booster Organizations, serving in several leadership roles. She was active in 4-H and for several years taught the 9th grade confirmation class at First Presbyterian Church, in Racine. In addition, she was an adjunct teacher at Carthage, while her children were little, an innovative day care provider, and an active member of KEA, NEA, and WEA. She was a firm believer in the rights and responsibilities of all people and the need for a learned and informed electorate. She believed that life is to be enjoyed, but there is also a great responsibility to those less fortunate than one’s self. She leaves her much loved and admired children; William E (Pamela) of Kenosha, Katherine A of Vernon and Suzanne R Morrison (Eric) of Cape Coral, Florida. She also leaves her grandson, Alexander, of Vernon. He greatly enriched her life with his exuberance, inquisitiveness, humor, many varied conversations, unconditional love, and his great love for music. In addition, she leaves her sisters, Ellen S Post, Willis, TX and Margaret Ann Leonard (Edward), of Delmar, NY. She also leaves many cousins, nieces and nephews, who enriched her life. She was preceded in death by her much loved daughter, Elizabeth L, her parents, her brother John E Sackett, and an infant daughter. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

Mildred (Burnett) Futch — Waukegan, IL,  passed away peacefully at her home in Waukegan, IL on May 27, 2017. She was born in Laurel, Mississippi on April 9, 1946. She was a retired teacher/counselor of Waukegan Public Schools for 34 years.  
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Katheryn Heide — Kenosha, WI,  was born into eternal life on November 1, 2019. She was born on July 12, 1931, in Steele, North Dakota to Rev. Eugene G. Hinderer and Melva C. (Woodwick) Hinderer. She began her education in Tappen, North Dakota and moved with her family to Bristol, Wisconsin in 1938 and continued her schooling in Bristol and Kenosha. In 1947 her family moved to Hartland, Wisconsin where she graduated from Hartland High school in 1949 as class valedictorian. After completing teacher training at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, in 1952 she received a call to establish a parochial school at Grace Lutheran Church in Yakima, Washington where she taught for two years. Following the death of her father, Kathryn moved to Kenosha in 1954 and taught at Southport Elementary School for one year. On December 20, 1955, she was united in marriage to Charles H. Heide at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland, Wisconsin. They were blessed with over sixty-three years of marriage and four children. From 1955 through 1965, Kathryn taught music in the schools of Kenosha County, enthusiastically sharing with her students music of all genres from classical to rock and helping to establish the annual Kenosha County Musical Festival. She received her education degree from Dominican College of Racine, Wisconsin in 1961 and returned to the elementary classroom, teaching at Berryville School from 1965 to1980, followed by Bose School until her retirement in 1993. Kathryn was a master teacher, serving on many curriculum committees and mentoring student teachers. Her students were motivated to pursue excellence in the classroom with her favorite motto, "Good, better, best! Never let it rest 'til your good is better and your better, best!" She was a member of the teaching sorority Delta Kappa Gamma, the Racine/Kenosha Reading Teacher Council, and the Schubert Music Club. Kathryn received her Masters of Arts in Education degree from Carthage College in 1982. After her retirement in 1993, she continued inspiring students as a Battle of the Books coach at Bethany Lutheran School. During her "retirement" she was able to enjoy many years of travel with her husband Charles and "snow-birding" in Apache Junction, Arizona. Kathryn is survived by her children Kathryn (Timothy) Thompson, Krista (Lloyd) Reck, Charles, Jr. (Ann) Heide, Paula (Louis) Heide-Poggenburg; grandchildren Emma Jung, Marra (Gregory) Dietsche, Petra Jung (Tony Travanty), Kristen (Joel) Diestler, Loren (Maggie) Thompson, Adam Reck (Anna Johnston), Steven Thompson (Exie Lambert), Madeleine Heide and William Heide; great-grandchildren Jackson, Owen and Clayton. Kathryn is further survived by her nephew Danna (Donna) Hinderer and niece Jeana (Darryl) Sturino; great-nephew Daryle Sturino (Amy Vanderheyden) and all other members of her extended family. She is also survived by her dear friend Janet Hermann and her many other beloved colleagues in the Kenosha schools. She was preceded in death by her father Eugene and mother Melva, brother Daryle, niece Christine, and her dear friend Iris Helman. 
Submitted: November 4, 2019

Christine (Krodel) Moritz — Anaheim, CA,  passed away on October 30, 2018 at the age of 57. 
Submitted: November 7, 2018

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Randall S. Bednar — Seneca, SC,  passed away on February 1, 2019. Mr. Bednar was born in Racine, WI to Norman and Helen (Barry) Bednar. At 19 he joined the United States Army and served as an Infantryman in the 3rd Infantry Regiment “Old Guard”, Fort Meyer Virginia, performing military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. On April 1, 1972 he married his high school sweetheart Georgia Ann Paton. After his military service, he earned degrees from Carthage College and Marquette University while working for Wisconsin Electric, Twin Disc, Allen-Bradley, Gates Rubber Company, and AO Smith. His entire career was in information technology and he advanced to become SVP, CIO at AO Smith for 17 years until his retirement in 2016. He then moved to South Carolina and during his retirement years he managed a charitable trust along with Georgia and traveled the world. He enjoyed golf, running, playing guitar, riding his Harley, cooking, was a wine connoisseur, but especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Georgia Ann (Paton) Bednar, daughter Erica (Nathan) Grunst, daughter Rebecca Bednar, son Anthony Bednar, daughter Lenora (Adam) Herrera, grandchildren Henley, Daxton, Layke, Layla, sisters Barbara Bednar and Julie Rasmussen and ten nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Norman Frank Bednar, Helen Evelyn (Barry) Bednar. 
Submitted: February 6, 2019

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Janet L. (Faber) Behling — Antioch, IL,  passed away June 20, 2021. Janet, daughter of Gene and Jacob (Ruth) Faber, was born October 1, 1943 in Waukegan, Illinois. In 1964 she was brought into the kingdom of God's grace through the sacrament of Holy Baptism at Christ Lutheran Church of Paddock Lake, Wisconsin. Janet publicly confessed her faith in Christ in the rite of Christian Confirmation at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Wilmot, Wisconsin in 1967. She spent most of her childhood in Kenosha, Silver Lake and Paddock Lake, Wisconsin. After graduating from Wilmot High School, Janet worked in banking in the Kenosha area. On June 17, 1967, Janet was united in marriage to Donald Behling. They made their home in Antioch, Illinois, raising four children Bartley (Carla), the late Susan (Randy) Appleby, Bradley (Erika), and Sarah (Adam) Johnson. Janet spent the early years of her marriage raising her children but returned to school first at College of Lake County graduating with an Associate of Arts degree and then continuing at Carthage College in Kenosha graduating with an education degree in 1981. She returned to school later in her career, graduating with a Master of Education degree in 1996 from National Louis University and an Education Certificate of Advanced Study from the same institution in 1999. Janet was a dedicated early childhood educator in local public and private schools working first as kindergarten teacher and then working to develop the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) for Antioch District 34 where she served as its Early Childhood Coordinator and grant manager. She retired from teaching in 2008. After her retirement she continued to contribute to the field as an adjunct instructor of early childhood education for Kendall College. A woman of deep faith, Janet was an active member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church for over 50 years. She also volunteered as a board member with the Lake County Literacy Program working as their Family Literacy Chairperson and she served as a member of the Antioch Woman's Club. Most of all, Janet cherished time spent with family and friends. Her compassion and empathetic nature along with her willingness to listen and support made her the person many called upon when needing a sympathetic ear. Her favorite place to be was wherever her grandchildren were. Janet is survived by sisters: Betty (Dennis) Avery and Rita (Tom) Tucker; sons: Bart and Brad; daughter, Sarah; daughters-in-law: Carla and Erika; and sons-in-law: Henry, Randy, and Adam. She is further survived by 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Janet is preceded in death by her husband, Donald; daughter, Susan; and sister, Katherine Heffernan. 
Submitted: June 30, 2021

Kathryn "Kay" (Rotkis) Cottone — Racine, Wisconsin,  age 77, beloved mother of Vicki Cottone-Schultz and devoted Nana of Sidni Schultz, passed away on Dec. 2, 2015 at her home with Vicki and Sidni by her side. Kay was born August 31, 1938 in Racine, WI, the daughter of the late Mike and Agnes Rotkis. She graduated from St. Catherine’s High School - class of 1956. Her first job was in the financial industry as a bank teller at American Bank and Trust Co. However, she sought greater opportunity and became a secretary working for a number of companies in Racine, including Johnson Wax, Belle City Malleable, Massey Fergusen and Walker where she worked in the research development department. Kay decided to change careers again and get back in the financial field, this time as an accountant. Although it was difficult being a single parent, Kay went back to school full time and in two years received her associate degree in accounting from Gateway Technical College. She joined Modine Mfg. upon graduation as a Sr. Accounting Clerk. Her first day was December 19, 1977. She felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity for several promotions; to Jr. Accountant, General Accountant, Financial Analyst, Financial Accounting Supervisor then Financial Accounting Manager. While working full time and raising a daughter Kay went back to school to earn a four year BA in accounting and business management from Carthage College. Kay’s career with Modine spanned 23 years retiring August 31, 2000. Kay had several hobbies that she enjoyed. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and watching tennis on TV. She also enjoyed watching the Packer games with Vicki. Her favorite time of year was Christmas and it gave her great joy to make the holidays very special for Vicki and Sidni. What gave Kay her greatest joy in life was spending time with Vicki and Sidni. Kay, Vicki and Sidni did everything together and had the strongest bond ever! She was not only a devoted mom and best friend to Vicki she was an amazing role model. Kay was a strong determined loving woman. Kay was an amazing Nana to Sidni. Sidni was the light of her life. Sidni and Nana spent part of everyday together. Kay spent countless hours volunteering at Sidni’s school in the lunch room, the book fairs and as a Girl Scout Leader. One of her favorite activities to do with Sidni was to bake. She taught Sidni how to bake and passed on some of her favorite recipes to Sidni. Sidni enters these recipes in the Racine County Fair every year. Sidni and Nana also shared a love of reading. She was Sidni’s biggest cheerleader and attended all Sidni’s activities since she was born. She especially loved to watch Sidni skate; whether it was in the ice show, her lesson or competing at her synchronized skating competitions. Kay was so very proud of the beautiful young woman that Sidni has become. She believed that Sidni would go on to do great things. Kay LOVED Disney (Mickey Mouse in particular)! Kay, Vicki and Sidni took several trips to Disneyworld together usually for several weeks at a time. It was their favorite place in the world. Her favorite ride was It’s a Small World. Kay made sure that Vicki and Sidni had the chance to experience everything on these family vacations. These memories of the Disney trips are priceless. Kay was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John and oldest sister Rose. She is survived by her daughter Vicki, granddaughter Sidni and sister Monica Ply and several nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Harriet (Peterson) Goetluck — Venice, FL,  passed away on May 9, 2019. Mrs. Goetluck's husband, William J. Goetluck '77, survives. 
Submitted: May 29, 2019

Bradley W. Hahn — Jackson, Wis. ,  passed on to eternal life on December 7, 2014, at the young age of 55. Husband and best friend of Kimberlyn Lea (nee Freyer). Fun-loving dad of Meghan (fianc Ryan Doty), Kaely (Chris) Forston, Kristan (fianc Dan Schmidt). Beloved son of Robert Dale and Patricia Rae Hahn. Admired brother of Dean Hahn and Stacia Hahn. Cherished son-in-law of Rev. Ellsworth and Korene Kay Freyer. Respected brother-in-law of Joellyn (Tom) Hammond, Kristin (Dave) Mages, Jay Freyer and MAJ. Jonathan (Jacqueline) Freyer. Treasured uncle of Kelsy and Linzie Hahn; Jeff, Doug and Jake Hammond; Josh and Amanda Mages; Robert, Kennedy and Tillman Freyer. Brad will be further remembered by many other relatives and friends. Brad was born and raised in Woodstock, IL and a graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha. He earned respect and trust across Aurora Health Care, which was reflected by his increasingly broad responsibilities over 25 years, most recently as Executive Vice President of Finance of the North Region. When Brad wasn't working, he filled his life by sharing his many passions with friends and family, among them snowmobiling, boating, golfing, music, creating projects and entertaining. Whether it was in Manitowoc, Beaver Dam, Hartford, Slinger, Jackson, Waupaca or Milwaukee, Brad's desire to share his passions knew no bounds. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Linda (Pizza) Inendino — Park Ridge, Ill.,  passed away July 25, 2016. She graduated Carthage with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is survived by husband James '82; daughters Rosalee, Angela and Francesca Inendino; parents Gregory and Judy Pizza; and brother Gregory Pizza '86.  
Submitted: July 29, 2016

Mr. Roger Jeffery
Mr. Roger Jeffery

Roger Jeffery — Hilton Head Island, SC,  passed away on August 5, 2019, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Roger was born March 11, 1959, in Kenosha, Wis., son of Muriel Jeffery and the late Chester R. Jeffery. On Sept. 25, 1982, he married Rachelle Johnson. Roger and Rachelle have two children, Kristin Payne (Travis) and Kyle Jeffery. Roger was a three sport athlete at Bradford High School class of 1977 and a collegiate athlete (basketball) at Carthage. After graduating from Carthage in 1981, Roger had a business career in logistics and distribution management with Frito-Lay, Sara Lee, Snap-on Tools, Saddle Creek Logistics and Electrolux Home Products. His hobbies included recreation basketball, tennis, hiking and biking. He loved to travel with his wife and family. Many great trips included hiking to the summit of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Italy, Costa Rica, Greece, the Canadian Rockies, Sedona and a trip to Israel and Egypt for a tour of the Holy Land. He is survived by his wife Rachelle Jeffery, daughter Kristin and her husband Travis, son Kyle, mother Muriel Jeffery, brother Chester D. Jeffery, sisters Debbie Vieth (Tom), Shari Perrine (Nick), Susan Leissner and 8 nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: August 16, 2019

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Jane (Frye) Barnes — Sun Prairie, WI,  passed away Aug. 31, 2020, after a courageous two-year battle with breast cancer. She was born on May 17, 1958, in Dodgeville, Wis., to Rev. Harvey and Anna Frye. She graduated in 1976 from Adams-Friendship High School and was a proud graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., earning a B.A. in History in 1980. She earned her M.A. in Library Science in 1981 from UW-Madison. Jane married Bruce Barnes on Aug. 2, 1986, at East Lemonweir Lutheran Church in rural Elroy, Wis. She served as the library director in Mauston, Wis., from 1981 to 1987 and then worked faithfully for General Casualty Insurance/QBE for the past 33 years in Sun Prairie, Wis. Her greatest joy were her children: son, Scott (at home) and daughter, Kimberly of Dubuque, Iowa. Those left to cherish Jane's memory are her husband; children; pug, Tiger; her brother, Loren (Sharon) Frye of New Berlin, Wis.; sister, Julie (John) Busch of Bellevue, Iowa; sister-in-law, Sandy (Gurdarshan) Gurm of Morrow, Ohio; mother-in-law, Jacquelyn Barnes of Sun Prairie, Wis.; and beloved nephews and nieces. Jane was preceded in death by her parents; and in-laws, Robert and Virginia "Ginny" Barnes 
Submitted: September 15, 2020

Eileen Gallo — Pleasant Prairie, WI,  Earned her BS in History and graduated in 1980 passed away on November 15, 2019, at the age of 93. She was a lifelong learner and was very proud of earning her degree at the age of 54. She and her husband Mike raised 3 sons all of whom went on to college. She has 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed and remembered for her passion for learning. 
Submitted: January 28, 2020

Eileen Theresa Gallo
Eileen Theresa Gallo

Eileen Gallo — Pleasant Prairie, WI,  passed away Friday, November 15, 2019, at Brookside Care Center, Kenosha, WI. She was born on February 5, 1926, in Kenosha, WI and remained a lifelong resident. Eileen was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (DeRose) Frulla. She was educated in Kenosha schools and went on to graduate from Carthage with a bachelor's degree in History. On May 17, 1947, she married Michael Gallo at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Kenosha. Mike and Eileen were lovingly married for 68 years. He preceded her in death on January 31, 2015. She supported her husband for over 40 years while he owned and operated Gallo Pharmacy. Eileen was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church for many years. She was an active patron of the arts and enjoyed traveling the world. She was also a long-time member of the AAUW. Eileen was an avid reader and writer, contributing Letters to the Editor, and often challenged her family and friends for their opinions. Eileen cherished raising her three sons, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her sons, Gary R. (Peggy Schubert) Gallo, James M. (Judith Loy) Gallo, and Michael J. (Adrienne) Gallo; eight grandchildren, Rachel (Marty) Slamon, Leah (Jason) Gallo, Dani Gallo, Evan Gallo, Roslyn (Rick) Berger, Madeline Gallo, Samuel Gallo, and Amelia Gallo; eight great-grandchildren; Carmella, Aubrey, Elliot, Colin, Layla, Nora, Bianca, and Phoenix; nieces, Gilda (Roger) Smith, Traci Day, and a nephew Gino Schiaffino, as well as many friends, especially her longtime friend, Carolyn Gagliardi. Eileen loved her family dearly, in addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Gilda Schiaffino, and her brother, Orland Redo. 
Submitted: January 30, 2020

Janice R. Hand
Janice R. Hand

Janice R. (Braun) Hand , PhD — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away at 63 on March 22, 2016. Jan was born in Antigo, WI on November 17, 1952 to Martin and Eleanor (nee, Parham) Braun. She married Leonard F. Hand at St. Edward Catholic Church on March 25, 1972. He preceded her in death on February 5, 2010. Jan earned her bachelor’s degree from Carthage, master’s degree from Carroll College and her PhD in Hospital Administration from Marquette University. She was a grant writer and Director of the HIV Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Survivors include one brother Romuald (Betty) Braun, and two sisters Elizabeth (Les) Richards and Theresa (Rhea) Braun. Jan is also survived by other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lenny, and brothers Bernard (Laverne) Braun, Joseph (Bonnie) Braun, Jack (Fran) Braun and Greg (Bobbie) Braun. 
Submitted: April 11, 2016

Cynthia J. (Steffen) Kuszewski — Franklin, WI,  passed away on November 9, 2009 at the age of 51. Cindy was a special education teacher for 20 years. She taught in the Wautoma School System and then St. Francis. Cindy was on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance and was a strong advocate for continued research. Beloved wife of Matthew. Cherished mother of Jacob, Caytlin, Rachel, Nathan and Seth. Precious daughter of Harvey and Maralyn Steffen. Loving sister of Randall (Ann), Lisa and David Steffen. Dear niece of Marilynn Steffen, Bernita Hougum, Lee (Marge) Bramer and Gary (Mariann) Bramer. Further survived by nieces, nephews, numerous cousins, other family and special friends. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

Daniel Mackey — Summerville, SC,  passed away on December 28, 2018 at the age of 63. Originally from Beloit, WI, Mr. Mackey graduated from Carthage with a degree in Music Ed and Performance. He is survived by his wife Jill(Jones) (1976-78) of 8.5 years and her 5 children (Kimberly, Matthew, Nathaniel, Niki and Tyler Sadlier) whom he embraced and loved as much as any man could love his children. 
Submitted: April 3, 2019

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Arlan Coulter — Fox Island, WA,  passed away in Gig Harbor, WA on May 19, 2018. He was a resident of Fox Island, WA for 15 years. Arlan was born in 1944 in Chicago to Monroe and Fannie Coulter. Arlan spent his early years in various locations – San Bernadino, CA; Colorado Springs CO; and Rome, NY. He attended the University of Maryland and returned to the Midwest to earn a BA in Psychology from Carthage College. He worked his entire career in Information Technology as a Systems Analyst in the Chicago area. Retirement brought him to the Pacific NW in 2002 with his wife and daughter. He and Donna decided this area of the country was where they wanted to spend their golden years. Arlan had several interests and pastimes. Being near water always gave him pleasure. He enjoyed baseball, having played in high school in Rome, NY. Music relaxed him. He was an avid pinochle player and was hard to beat. He delighted in watching irreverent comedic TV like “The Honeymooners,” “Married with Children,” and Marx Brother’s movies. In his younger years, he really liked to cook, and he followed programs such as “Iron Chef” and “Chopped.” Model Railroading was his favorite hobby. He attended many auctions and national conventions and belonged to the N Scale National Organization. He had two very impressive N Scale layouts which were featured in 2011 in the magazine “N Scale Enthusiast.” Arlan was a person of integrity. He had very high standards and expected the best from everyone. He was a perfectionist who pursued every project with a tenacity that was unwavering. He was a fighter who could not tolerate injustice. He was a very sensitive soul who relished beautiful things. He had an eye for decorating and surrounded himself with artwork and collectibles. His home was his castle. Each house he lived in was custom built according to his specifications. His latest dream project was to design and build a one story open concept house on a beautiful view property overlooking Vashon Island. His spirit will be there. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Donna M. Coulter, and his daughter, Ashley Coulter. 
Submitted: May 31, 2018

Susan Marie Fillo Stuber — Raleigh, N.C.,  died June 15, 2014 at the Oaks at Mayview in Raleigh. She was 70. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

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Lorraine Hollingsworth — Kenosha,  passed away May 31, 2020. Though her given name was Lorraine, most people in the Kenosha community knew her as "Holly". Lorraine was born on February 27, 1929, in Elma, Iowa to Alfred and Ella Bachmann. She was the oldest of three girls that grew up on the family farm. She graduated from Riceville High School in Riceville, Iowa in 1947 and from Allen Memorial Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Waterloo, Iowa in 1950. Lorraine did post-graduate work in Maternity care at the Margaret Hauge Maternity Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. She also received NAACOG Certification as a Certified Nurse in Obstetrics in 1976. Lorraine graduated from Carthage College with a BA in Social Work in 1979. Her passion for nursing and helping others began during high school when she worked summers with her Aunt Erma Bachmann Manning, a Nurse who managed the Elma, Iowa Hospital. She began her RN career as the PM Supervisor at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa from 1951-1953. It was at Allen Memorial Hospital she met her future husband John W. Hollingsworth who also happened to be an RN and the Head Surgical Nurse at Allen Memorial. They were married on April 11, 1953, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Maple Leaf, Iowa and later moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1954 their only son John was born. Lorraine's career as an Obstetrical Nurse and Obstetrical Supervisor at both Kenosha Memorial Hospital and St. Catherine's Hospital began in 1953 and ended when she retired in 1999. Her passion for nursing never really ended. If anyone was blessed to have given birth in Kenosha during those years, there is a good possibility that Holly helped to care for you and your baby and maybe eventually your grandchildren. In 1970, Lorraine saw a need for prenatal care for mothers. To meet that need she volunteered her time to offer "Holly's Childbirth Classes" that met at Grace Lutheran Church. Lorraine founded a nonprofit organization, Pregnancy-Childbirth-Childcare-Parenting Inc. that provided prenatal education to families in Kenosha from 1980 to 1986. St. Catherine's Hospital eventually named her the Maternal-Child Outreach Coordinator in 1987 and PCCP was dissolved. Lorraine was a volunteer member of the Kenosha Unified School District School-Aged Mother's program that started in 1970. She provided medical information to the expectant teenaged mothers enrolled in the Kenosha School System. She was very proud to be a part of this program. She was recognized by the community as Kenosha Woman of the Year in 1979 for her volunteer work providing prenatal care to families and students in this program. Retirement fostered her passion for volunteer work in the community and for dancing. She served on the Board of Directors for the Easter Seal Society, drove for the Volunteer Transportation Service, volunteered at Aurora Hospital and the Kenosha Senior Center, and her beloved Grace Lutheran Church--the Food Pantry, Baby Moses program, Church Council, Dorcas (quilting group) and Bible Study Group J. The week after she retired she declared that she was going to take tap dance lessons. She was part of a group of women that would perform a tap-dancing show anywhere, anytime. She also performed in numerous dance recitals in Kenosha and Northern IL. She loved ballroom dancing. On most weekends she could be found dancing with her friends at VFWs in Antioch and Kenosha, the Hiawatha in Racine, the Kenosha Senior Center, and the Moose in Kenosha. Lorraine met a new dance partner Roy Anderson. They got engaged and planned to marry. Tragically Roy had an accident at his home and passed away. She loved working in the yard, putting puzzles together, driving her John Deere lawnmower, and nursing her raspberry patch so she could make pies and lately talking with family on Face Time. Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband John W. Hollingsworth, her parents Alfred (Ella Groth) Bachmann, sister and brother-in-law Avis, and Melvin Johnson, brother Fred Bachmann, fiancé Roy Anderson and many close friends. She is survived by her son John A. Hollingsworth (Debbie) Harvard, IL, granddaughter Emily J. Hollingsworth of Fort Atkinson, WI, Emily's boyfriend Michael Winters of Fort Atkinson, WI, her sister Ila (James) Van Kilsdonk, Phoenix, AZ and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She will be especially missed by her very dear friends Mike and Trish Cannon and their children Jordan and Jenna, who provided unending assistance and support to Lorraine. 
Submitted: January 25, 2021

Paul Alexander Kruger — Philadelphia,  died suddenly of a heart attack on August 9, 2017. Born in Mason City, Iowa on October 24, 1956, Paul was an artist and highly skilled craftsman. He loved both fine art and architecture, antiques of all kinds, classical and chorale music, silly jokes, travel, lobster rolls, dark beer and democratic ideals. But most of all, Paul loved his wife of 34 years Barbara Lea-Kruger whom he first met at the age of 16. In addition to his wife, he will forever be remembered by his mother Jacqueline Meekins Kruger, brothers and Carthage alumni Mark (Sarah) and Jon (Melanie), brother-in-law Mike Lea, his nieces, nephews, and his beloved godson. Paul was preceded in death by his father Harold Kruger, a professor of theology at Carthage, and will be missed and loved by family and friends around the globe. 
Submitted: September 28, 2017

Sue and Deb at their Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Raiser 2013
Sue and Deb at their Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Raiser 2013

Susan C. Lynn — Springfield, Ill.,  was called into the Church Triumphant on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the age of 55, following a courageous four-year battle with ovarian cancer. Born November 21, 1957 in Oak Park, Ill., she was the daughter of Richard A. and Mary Jane E. (Luschen) Lynn, and the sister of Debra (Lynn '78) Futris. Susan graduated from Forest View High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Carthage College and a Master of Science Degree from Indiana State University. Susan was employed by Glenwood High School in Chatham, Ill., as a physical education teacher, and later as a mathematics teacher until the time of her passing. She was also a certified athletic trainer and a coach. Susan participated in two biathlons, two triathlons, and raised significant funds for ovarian cancer research. She was an inspirational and dedicated teacher who was highly respected by her students and colleagues. Susan was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church, where she served on the church council. In addition, she was a Carthage College Torchbearer and a member of the Illinois Athletic Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association. She enjoyed many activities, such as cycling, photography, cooking, gardening, traveling, exploring nature, sculpting, woodworking, and spending time with her treasured family and friends. Survivors include her mother, Mary Jane Lynn of Des Plaines, Ill.; one sister, Debra Lynn (Thomas) Futris of Crystal Lake, Ill.; two aunts and one uncle; one niece; one nephew; four great-nephews; several cousins; and many friends. 
Submitted: December 7, 2013

Carol Peltier — Sheboygan, WI,  died November 15, 2016. She was 74. She was born in Sheboygan to the late Waldemar and Ruth (Baumann) Stroshane. Carol graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1960; she received degrees in Nursing from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing in Milwaukee, and Sociology and Business from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin. She married David Peltier in 1965. In 2003, she was re-married to Ted Leiterman. She is survived by her husband; three children, Michael Peltier (Iris) of Belton Missouri, Jennifer Mayes of Olathe, Kansas and Daniel Peltier (Jeanne) of Kenosha, Wisconsin; stepchildren, Gretchen Leiterman of St. Louis, Missouri and Hans Leiterman of Chicago, Illinois; ten Grandchildren. Also surviving are Carol's siblings Betty Hardy (Tom), Susan Lau (Dewayne), Joan Awe (Ronald), Ann Fale (Robert) and Eugene Stroshane (Elaine). Carol touched many lives throughout her beloved work in nursing. In 1983 she started Kenosha Hospice Alliance. She was Executive Director of Kansas City Hospice from 1986 until 1993 when she started Hospice of Baltimore and helped develop the Gilchrist Inpatient Hospice Center. In 1998 she moved to Barrington, Illinois to manage Hospice of Northeastern Illinois. She retired in 2003 returning to her home town of Sheboygan and enjoyed wintering in Gold Canyon Arizona. She had a lifelong, profound love of books and rarely was seen without one or her iPad which facilitated her role as a fierce "Words" competitor. She loved to golf and (in rare moments of self-congratulations) spoke proudly of her hole-in-one. Carol was a long-term studier of spirituality and philosophy. She also put her heart and creativity into beautiful stained-glass and hand-made quilts which will be forever treasured. Carol was a maverick - an intelligent, imaginative, gentle-spirited go-getter who marched to the beat of her own drum. Her legacy of love and spirit will forever live on in the hearts, voices and memories of those who call her Wife, Mom, Nana, Sister and Friend. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Baltimore. 
Submitted: November 23, 2016

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Patricia Pfarr — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on August 4, 2018. Patricia was born in Fond du Lac, WI on Dec. 4, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Kalous) Moses. She graduated from St. Mary Springs Academy, Marquette University and received her Master's degree from Carthage. Pat enjoyed teaching in Kenosha beginning with St. Mary's High School, then St. Mark Elementary School, McKinley Junior High, Lance and Jane Vernon. She loved art, antiquing, archeology, writing, reading and the theatre. She served on the board of the Kenosha Art Association, the Archeology Society, and Friends of the Library, Kemper Center, Kenosha Museum, and the Junior Women's Club. She was a volunteer at Kenosha Hospital and Kenosha Art Center. The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and her neighborhood book club were favorite activities that she enjoyed with friends. She is survived by her daughters Mary (Michael) Burnett of Racine, Wis. and Ann (Michael) Wade and granddaughter, Ashley Wade of Roscoe, Ill. and her brother, James Moses. Along with her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her brothers John and Herbert. 
Submitted: August 9, 2018

Catherine L. Popham — Louisville, Ky.,  passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 6, 2014. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Nunnelley, Sr. Survivors include her soul mate and loving husband of 30 years, Gregory J. Popham, their beloved sons, Charles Gregory and Michael Gerard, and the newest joy in her life, grandson Sacha Ethan. She is also survived by her brothers and their wives, Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Nunnelley, Jr. (Carrie), and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher A. Nunnelley (Margaret); and her husband's family, Dr. and Mrs. Bernard I. Popham (Elizabeth), Mr. and Mrs. Daniel T. Goyette (Kathleen), Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Gross (Suzanne), Dr. and Mrs. Timothy B. Popham (Elizabeth), Burch V. Popham (Linda), Daniel P. Popham, and Dr. Julia A. Popham. In addition, Catherine had many nieces and nephews, all of whom were very special to her. Catherine was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy; Carthage College in Kenosha, WI; and the University of Louisville, where she received her Masters in Education. She taught special education in Jefferson County Public Schools for several years. Most recently, Catherine served as the Human Resources Director for Broadway Management Group. Catherine's accomplishments in life were many, but what truly made her special was her sweet and caring nature. Catherine filled all of our lives with gentle love and kindness. She was a blessing and a special gift to all who had the good fortune of knowing her.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Ms. Jo Ann Saculla
Ms. Jo Ann Saculla

Jo Ann Saculla — Lake Havasu City, AZ,  passed away on June 6, 2018. Jo Ann was born in Racine, Wisconsin to Joseph and Mary Saculla on June 7, 1940. She grew up in Racine, attended Sacred Heart School, St. Catherine's High School and Carthage receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude. She also attended Marquette Univerity, becoming a registered medical technician. Jo Ann also sold real estate in Racine before moving to Lake Havasu City. Jo Ann worked at Havasu Regional Hospital specializing in Blood Bank, from where she retired. Wherever Jo Ann lived or worked, she was the highlight of so many people's lives. For she was always the one to be a friend, a shoulder, an advisor, was always a good laugh, and just fun to be around. She had a knack of telling you how things are in such a nice way. She loved to dance, enjoyed a variety of music and always a good joke. Loved to play keno and was after her pursued jackpot to be won on June 7. She is survived by two sisters, Frances Speca (Angelo) and Angeline Stafford (Eugene) and many loving family and friends, especially best friend forever, Debbie Froeschke. Jo Ann was preceded in death by her mom, dad and her brother Frank. 
Submitted: August 16, 2019

Scott H. Schmidtke — Naples, FL,  passed away on March 4, 2019. He is survived by his husband of 26 years, George Pauley, his sister Judy Latman, her husband Steve Latman and his nephew and godson, Brett Latman. 
Submitted: April 18, 2019

Meredith Villup — Racine, Wis. ,  passed away at 57 on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, following a valiant fight with breast cancer. She was born in Detroit, Mich., on Jan. 30, 1957, to Harry and Patricia (nee: Jennings) Brown. Meredith was a Kenosha resident for many years and had lived in Racine since 2011. Meredith is survived by her loving husband, Scott Villup of Racine; her children: Andrew (Ashley) Villup of Kenosha, and Allie Villup of Racine; her mother, Patricia Brown in New Hampshire; her sister Stacie Forbes in Minnesota; and brothers Thomas (Carol) Brown in Maryland, and Robert Brown in New Hampshire. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

Scott Villup — Racine, Wisconsin ,  passed away unexpectedly at 58 at his home on May 4. 2016. He was born in Wahoo, Neb., on Sept. 9, 1957. Scott graduated from Carthage and went on to a successful career as a bank manager. Mr. Villup is survived by his children, Andrew (and Ashley) Villup of Kenosha, and Allison Villup of Racine; his brothers Glenn (and Tami) Villup of Kenosha, and Kent (Kym Lund) Villup of Colorado; his niece Fallon Villup; nephews, Colvin and Virgil Villup; as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Artur and Violet (nee: Berg) Villup; and his wife, Meredith Villup. 
Submitted: May 11, 2016

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Chris Behm — Agoura Hills, CA,  passed away on May 23rd in Agoura Hills. Chris was born in Fairbanks, Alaska on June 3rd, 1956 to Larry A. Behm and Carol A. Behm while Larry was stationed in Alaska with the army before Alaska was a state. An avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan having grown up in Racine and Kenosha, Wisconsin, Chris graduated from Carthage in Kenosha in 1978. He began his career with Domino’s Pizza in Denver, Colorado, moved to Dallas, Texas as a store manager, and then moved to California in 1983 where he continued his career as a store owner in Burbank and North Hollywood. An avid poker player and lover of card games and board games, he could often be found teaching his many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews new games to play. A creative man, Chris combined these passions to create the board game called “Poker’s Wild,” published and sold in stores internationally. He also recently completed his book about micro-brewery art across the U.S. now seeking a publisher. Chris loved to road trip, especially to the lakes of northern Wisconsin, and he has visited all 50 states. Road tripping is a love he shares with his family. He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his mother and stepfather, Carol and Lloyd Ness, brother and sister-in-law Tim and Andrea Behm, sister and brother-in-law Karen and Chris Ryan, five nephews, three nieces, two great-nephews, three great-nieces, many cousins, his aunts Arlene and Betty, and his aunt and godmother Evelyn Dedinas. He was proceeded in death by his brother Tom Behm. He was a true and loyal friend to many. 
Submitted: November 15, 2019

Peter M. Jonas , PhD & Nancy (Jonas) — Milwaukee, WI,  passed away April 22, 2021. He is survived by his wife Nancy; daughters Katie (Andre) and Melanie (Sean); son Kevin (Katie); grandchildren Elyse, Clara, Davis, Nina, Ian, and Cole; one grandchild-to-be; mother Nancy; sister Sara; and brothers Jack, Tim, and Dan and their spouses. He was preceded in death by his father Jack. Peter was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and professor. His greatest pleasures in life were helping and spending time with his family, the Green Bay Packers, and his Harley motorcycle. Peter was born and raised in Ripon, Wisconsin, before earning a bachelor's degree from Carthage College and doctorate from Marquette University. Peter was committed to his career in higher education and loved using humor in his teaching pedagogy. He served in a number of roles during his 41 years at Stritch: associate dean in the College of Business, director of institutional research, and coordinator of strategic planning and assessment. In 1998, Peter helped launch Stritch's doctoral program. As a professor, he shaped the lives of countless students, forging lasting friendships with many along the way. 
Submitted: April 28, 2021

Rev. Gary P. Landsness
Rev. Gary P. Landsness

Gary Landsness — LeMars, IA,  passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 at the age of 63. Gary Peter Landsness entered this world on Oct. 26, 1956, in Madison, WI., the son of Gerhard and Violet (Amacher) Landsness. He graduated from Monana Grove High School in 1974. He continued his education at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN., with the intent to major in pre-medicine with an eye on pediatrics. In 1975, he transferred to Carthage in Kenosha, WI., and changed his major to religion and philosophy. Following graduation from Carthage, he attended Luther Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He completed his internship at dual sites, First Lutheran Church in South Sioux City, and St. Luke's Hospital in Sioux City. It was at St. Luke's that he met a nurse named Rosezanna Ray. They were united in marriage on Nov. 7, 1981. Gary graduated with a master's degree in 1982. His first parish was St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Pender, Neb. He was ordained at St. Peter's on Jan. 23, 1983. He was later installed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Pastor Gary served the St. John's flock until 2013 when his health placed him into early retirement.Inspired by Martin Luther, Pastor Gary read his works daily along with the scriptures. He also followed Luther's direction: "Know the scripture backwards and forward, know your congregation and know when to shut up and let the spirit of God take over." Pastor Gary traveled to Germany and stood in the pulpit of Martin Luther. Along with serving God and his congregations, Pastor Gary was an avid train enthusiast and traveled to many locations to witness their powerful beauty. He was also a homebrewer and a certified beer judge. His crowning glory was winning "Best of Show" at the Iowa State Fair among hundreds of entries. Grateful to have shared his life is his wife of 38 years, Rosezanna Landsness; son, Daniel Landsness and his wife Heidi and their children, Shelby Axe and Dylan Rasmussen; daughters, Sarah Landsness, and Rachel Landsness; two sisters, Carol Anderson and her husband Dan, and Cheryl Kritch and her husband Denny; a sister-in-law, Claryce Welch and her husband Mike; and a brother-in-law, Daniel Ray and his wife Penny; and four nieces, six nephews, five grandnieces, and ten grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerhard and Violet. 
Submitted: January 27, 2020

William Logue , Jr. — North Barrington, IL,  passed away on December 13, 2017 at the age of 61. Mr. Logue was born in Chicago to William and Norma Logue. Loving husband and father survived by his wife Nancy (Malburg), daughter Morgan, son Matthew, and goldendoodle Noah. 
Submitted: June 13, 2019

Karla J Nygren — Marinette, Wisconsin,  59, of Marinette, passed away Sunday, Jan. 3 at Aurora Bay Care in Green Bay. Born July 29, 1956, to the late R. Robert and Susan (DePatie) Nygren in Marinette, she graduated from Marinette High School in 1974 and attended Carthage College. She served in the United States Army. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. An active member of the Marinette Jaycees, she was recognized for involvement on both state and national levels. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and watching her granddaughters in the Crivitz Ski Cats. She is survived by a daughter, Nicole (Nicholas) Smith of Marinette; two brothers, Mark (Julie) and John (Maggie); a sister, Susan (Mitzi); grandchildren, Bryttnee (Nathan), Brietta, Brennan, Bryeli, Kaden and many more and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Robert and a grandson, Brayden. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Douglas B. Simpson — Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.,  was a resident of Franklin Grove, Illinois when he passed away on Oct. 23, 2015. He graduated from Franklin Center High School in 1974 and from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. in 1978.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Carol J. Stoehr — Shawano, Wis. ,  passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at her home. Carol Jean was born on April 16, 1936, to the late Gertrude (Bartelt) and Edward Paiser in Gresham. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Gresham. She graduated from Gresham High School and went on to graduate from U.W. Oshkosh, and Magna Cum Laude from Carthage. On Aug. 4, 1956, she married Keith W. Stoehr at Zion Lutheran Church in Gresham. He preceded her in death on July 24, 1994. Carol taught elementary school in Kenosha for many years and she went on to own and operate a business in Eagle River with her husband. In 1999, she moved to Shawano and became a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Carol enjoyed shopping and spoiling her granddaughter. She loved taking cruises and traveling with her daughter around the world, she especially enjoyed her trips to Germany. Survivors are her son, Patrick (Shannon) Stoehr of Louisville, Ky.; her daughter, Jeanne (Mike) Novak of Lake Villa, Ill.; her granddaughter, Brooke Stoehr of Louisville, Ky., and a niece. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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Robert Bruch — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on December 6, 2018 at the age of 81. Robert was born on June 29, 1937, in Kenosha to Felix and Hazel (Sorensen) Bruch. He attended local area schools and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School. He also attended and graduated from Carthage. Robert served in the U.S. Army then the National Guard and was discharged in 1962. He worked for AMC/Chrysler for over 40 years until his retirement in 1998. Robert was a member of the U.A.W. Local 72, the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #286 and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed ham radio, computer games and golfing. Robert is survived by, his niece, Kathy Haraway. He was preceded in death by, his parents and two brothers, Richard and Raymond Bruch. 
Submitted: December 11, 2018

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Mitchell Engen — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on February 4, 2019. Born on Jan. 23, 1954, in Sparta Wis., he was the son of the late Howard and June (Storandt) Engen. He was educated in the schools of Black River Falls and was a graduate of Carthage with a degree in history. On June 28th, 1980 he married Nancy Burns in Black River Falls. He was employed as the Supervisor of Inspections for the City of Kenosha. He was also employed for a time at State Construction. As an employee of the city he was dedicated to preserving the older neighborhoods and had a great relationship with the aldermen who represented the older neighborhoods. He was a confidant to selected aldermen whom he always gave the "real story" to regarding city hall. He was an avid golfer and was very proud of the "hole in one" he made on the 17th hole of the Spring Valley Golf Course. He was in various golf leagues throughout the city. He enjoyed cooking and gardening and liked to travel with his wife. He authored a book about Lee Plumbing Mechanical Contractors Inc. titled a history of Lee Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric 1976-2011. He enjoyed his Friday lunches with his former co-workers at various "socializing venues". He was known to support his wife's love of rickshaws. He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Kenosha; one son, Bradley (Sandi) Kodl of Paris,Wis.; three grandchildren, Preston, Parker and Delaney; one brother, Michael Engen of Texas and two twin sisters, Marla (Frank Harp) Koranda of Oregon, Wis., and Maya (Lee Farrell) Lee. He is further survived by many friends who will all miss him. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

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Thomas A Frederickson — Pleasant Prairie, WI,  passed away November 25, 2020. He was born on August 10, 1946, Thomas was the son of the late Frederick and Edith Fredericksen. He was a graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School and Gateway Technical College. On February 14, 1997, Thomas was united in marriage to Cynthia Oros. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Thomas proudly served his country in Vietnam in the US Navy from 1964 until his honorable discharge in 1966. After being discharged from active duty he served in the Naval Reserves until 1970. Thomas was employed as a Detective with the Kenosha Police Department and retired after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Navy Club Ship 40, VFW Post 7308, American Legion, Kenosha Explorer Scouts and Danish Brotherhood Lodge 14. Thomas was very active in Veteran's Affairs, enjoyed working on old cars and tractors, and loved spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne (Brian) Vergenz; his brother, James (Linda) Fredericksen; his father-in-law; Lee (Beverly) Oros; his brother-in-law, Rick (Angela) Oros; his sister-in-law, Kathy Oros and many cousins, nieces, godchildren and friends. In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia (Oros) Fredericksen and his sister, Mary Christensen. 
Submitted: February 12, 2021

John R. Glesne — Minneapolis, Minnesota,  passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on March 12, 2015. Survived by loving wife of 30 years, Sue; children, Drew (Natalie), Sara; grandson, Roman. Born in Grinnell, Iowa to parents Mary Ann (who precedes him in death) and Edmond Lee. John graduated St. Charles High School in 1973, Carthage College with a BA in business in 1977. John worked as a computer programmer for years, among other jobs. He is best remembered steering the family boat on Woman Lake or grilling up dinner. His knack for puns and his unforgettable pot roast dinners are already missed. Also survived by brothers, Mark (Arlene) and Reed (Sue); sister, Linda (Denny) Fitz; and nieces, nephews and many friends.  
Submitted: June 1, 2015

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Ruth Pauline (Spitzer) Hoefer — Oro Valley, AZ,  passed away December 26, 2021. She was born on June 11, 1922 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Gustav and Agnes Spitzer. Following the high school graduation of her son William, Ruth returned to college at the age of 54. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in business administration from Carthage College in Kenosha. She was a devoted mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandma, and great-grandma. She dedicated her life to the service of others. For many years, she enjoyed working as a beautician in the small town of Kenosha. Upon graduating from college, she began working for Tri Clover Credit Union where she built lifelong relationships with the people and families she met. Ruth was an avid card player, cherished spending time with her family and friends, and loved attending church and fellowshipping. Ruth embodied the purest of hearts and spread joy and happiness to everyone who knew her. She had an infectious smile and unabated generosity that was extended to everyone she met. She will be forever missed, forgotten never, and loved always. Ruth is survived by her granddaughter, Stacy Kraft (Daniel); great-granddaughters, Savannah and Sadie and a great-grandson, Jason. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Roland "Roly"; son, William "Billy"; daughter-in-law, Judith "Judy" and grandson, Troy. 
Submitted: January 10, 2022

Jacquelyn Hopkins — Lake Frederick, Virginia,  died unexpectedly on May 26, 2016, at her home in Lake Frederick, Virginia. Jacquie was born March 24, 1955, in Denver, Colorado, to the late Robert and Genevieve (Hermstad) Hopkins. She graduated from Brownell-Talbot High School in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1973 and received her bachelor's degree in cartography from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Jacquie began her career in cartography for the NGA (National Geospatial Intelligence Agency) in St. Louis, Missouri, and retired from the agency in Reston, Virginia, having achieved a GS15/Band 5 as Chief of Staff for the Office of Military Support. In addition to her parents, Jacquie was preceded in death by an infant brother, Michael Hopkins. She is survived by her brother James A. Hopkins and his wife Jann; nieces Schyler Hopkins and Joslyn Hopkins, and nephew Robert Hopkins, all of Omaha, Nebraska; as well as many loving cousins, co-workers, and friends-especially Dorothea DeHart, Janet Greenwald, and Ceacy Cook. Jacquie lived life to the fullest with special interests in reading, fly fishing, wine tasting, traveling, and making new friends. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Memorial donations may be made to Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, 2650 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68131. 
Submitted: March 29, 2017

Frederick "Fred" A. Johnson — Rockford, Ill. ,  passed away Monday, July 20, 2015. He was born January 1, 1955, in Rockford, Ill., son of Milton O. and Rosemary J. (Anderson) Johnson. Fred graduated from Guilford High School in 1973; received his BA from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis; later in life he earned his MBA. Fred was married to Frances Reynolds in 1988; she predeceased him in 1999. Fred worked many years in consumer credit. Most recently he was employed with Rockford Public Schools. Fred had a lifelong love of music and had enjoyed golfing, bowling, and fishing. He was a faithful, dedicated, member of his church, Greater New Unity, where he played guitar or sang in the choir every week.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Denis E. Morrison — Erwin, TN,  passed away May 7, 2020. He was the son of the late Edwin and Elaine Williamson Morrison. Denis lived most of his life in Zion, Illinois before moving to Erwin in 1988. He was a United States Army Veteran. Denis was a police officer in Zion, Illinois with twenty years of service before his retirement in 1988. He also worked as a probation officer for five years, working under General Sessions Court in Washington County and Unicoi County. Denis attended Fishery Community Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Golda Morrison in 2010. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of eight years, Theora "Teddy" Morrison; her children: Phyllis Dyer, Lewis Hitts, Paul Hitts, Foster Hitts, Walter Hitts and Jeffery Hitts; step-son David Milligan (Anna); one sister, Karen Anderson; thirty grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 
Submitted: May 7, 2021

James "Jim" Vincent Parlante
James "Jim" Vincent Parlante

James Parlante — Hazelwood, Mo,  passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 11:44 p.m. in Hazelwood, MO. Mr. Parlante was born on April 26, 1955, in Prescott, AZ to the late Dr. Vincent J. and Kathryn M. "Kay" (Morgan) Parlante. He graduated high school from Missouri Military Academy, received his BA from Carthage; MBA from University of West Florida; and MHA from Ohio State University. Mr. Parlante worked as a Health Care Consultant. He married Diana Jones, at Martha's Vineyard, MA in 1990, and they later divorced. During his lifetime Mr. Parlante lived in Altoona, PA; Hillsboro, IL; Pensacola, FL; New Orleans, LA; Cleveland, OH; Honolulu, HI and San Francisco, CA. Mr. Parlante is survived by two brothers, John Parlante and Dr. Joseph Parlante, sister, Patricia Hise and nephew, Josh Hise. 
Submitted: September 20, 2019

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Donald Puschak — Phoenix, AZ,  passed away on February 18, 2019 at the age of 65. He was born to Edward and Leona Puschak. Growing up in Palos Park, IL he attended Carl Sandburg High School. He slung hamburgers at Pooch's, his brother Tom's restaurant. He graduated from Carthage with a BA Degree in Business Administration. He attended World Campus Afloat and toured the world while going to school. He opened and operated Charlies restaurant in New Lenox IL. He had a passion for cooking, gardening, Opera and the stock market. He is survived by his brother Garry (Kay). Nephews, Jason (Christine) and Christopher (Hilary). Nieces, Shawna (Ben), Danielle (Oliver), Jaclyn, Kim and Traci (Frankie). He was preceded in death by his brother Tom (Patti) and sister Sandy (Don). 
Submitted: April 8, 2019

Dawn Raabe — Pleasant Prairie, WI,  passed away on August 14, 2018 at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer. Dawn was born on September 25, 1955 in Milwaukee. She was the daughter of the late George F. and Jean J. (Ritger) Raabe, Jr. She was educated in the schools of Kenosha, graduating from Mary D. Bradford in 1973. Dawn graduated from Carthage with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science/ Sociology. She started her career on Aug. 22, 1977, as a social worker with the Kenosha County Department of Social Services. The next year the child protection team was founded in which she worked for eight years. Dawn then established the Woman's Touch Painting Company and proudly sponsored local softball, volleyball and bowling teams that had many winning seasons. She played on local softball teams for thirty years and officiated volleyball and softball for twenty five years. Dawn was a member of the Ellis Island Foundation who refurbished the Statue of Liberty. She was a "seven gallon" donor at the Wisconsin Blood Center, donating from 1978 to 1998. Her patriotism was demonstrated by accompanying her uncles Bill and Chuck Raabe on their honor flights and through her participation in Warrior Watch Riders. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where she held a trustee position until her illness. She is survived by her niece, Jennifer (Dale) Milkus; nephews Daniel and Michael Perkins; cousins in Denver and the extended Raabe family in Milwaukee. Along with her parents, Dawn was preceded in death by her sister, Debby Downing and twin sisters in infancy. 
Submitted: August 29, 2018

David A. Steenrod — Freeport, Illinois,  passed away while fulfilling a long-time dream of biking from Everett, Washington, to Freeport. Dave passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Townsend, MT. Dave was born November 27, 1954, in Freeport. Following graduation from Freeport High School, Dave attended Carthage, where he competed on the Redmen football and swim teams. Upon graduating from college in 1977, he began his teaching career as a special education teacher in West Bend, WI until moving back to Freeport in 1980, where he taught until his retirement in 2013. Before returning to Freeport, Dave married his college sweetheart, Ellen Jean Galvin in Sheboygan, WI on June 17, 1978. During his time with the Freeport School District Dave served as a high school classroom teacher and later as the Special Education Department Head. He earned his Master's degree from Northern Illinois University. A one-time swim coach and long-time football coach with Freeport High School, Dave was also in large part responsible for "Operation Home Turf Advantage." For the past seven years, Dave managed the Read Park Family Aquatic Center. As an active member of Freeport's community, Dave was involved in numerous local organizations. Dave was a member of Freeport's First Lutheran Church, where he served as Church Council President and later its property committee. He was also a long-time member of the Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois of which he was a past board member. Recently, board involvement allowed him to be instrumental in the continuous development of Park View. Sports competition and fitness were a large part of Dave's life. He was an avid bicyclist, swimmer and runner and competed in all but one of the Freeport YMCA triathlons. He also participated in several other races in the community and was the number one supporter of his son's athletic endeavors. He was affectionately known as "The Coach." Preceded in death by his parents, Alex H. and Betty N. Steenrod, Dave is survived by his wife, Ellen Steenrod; sons, Andrew David (Kelli), Christopher Dean, both of Racine, WI and Daniel Alexander, brothers, Steven, Terence (Linda); sister, Laurie; grandsons, Zack and Evan of Racine, WI; in addition to his "little girl," Briley the dog.  
Submitted: October 10, 2014

Janet Lee Hamm Teeters — Laurel, Mayland,  passed away on August 15, 2014. She was the loving wife of Joseph L. Teeters, daughter of the late Kenneth L. and Janice Hamm, sister of Diane Katt and husband Bill, and aunt of Kendra Katt and Ryan Katt. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

Jeffrey Vanko — Hampshire, IL,  passed away peacefully on January 23, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Patti for 39 years; and the loving father of Joe and his wife, Melanie (nee Laird). Jeff graduated from Adlai E. Stevenson High School and attended Carthage College. He worked for the United States Post Office for 41+ years. He started as a letter carrier in Deerfield, was a delivery analyst at Carol Stream and Postmaster in St. Charles and Elburn. He retired in 2012. Jeff enjoyed cooking- especially for a crowd, planting vegetables in his garden and numerous fruit trees in his yard. He was happiest when he was outside on his John Deere tractor or lawn mower. Jeff is also survived by his brothers, John and Jim (Kelly); nieces, Barbara Beal, Susan Beal (Mark Swenson), Jennifer Vanko, and nephew, Jimmy Vanko. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Julie; parents, John and Shirley (nee Hanson); and sister, Jayne. We'd like to thank the many doctors and nurses at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital for taking such good care of Jeff over the years. His family and friends will miss his sense of humor, sage advice and culinary skills. 
Submitted: February 5, 2021

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Ralph Wilcox — Vacaville, California,  passed away peacefully on April 4, 2017, after a 3 year illness. He was born to the late Charles & Eleanor Wilcox in Kenosha, WI on Jan. 2, 1929. He entered the US Army in 1946, serving two years in Gen. MacArthur's headquarters in the Occupation of Japan. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1949 and served through the Korean War. In 1953, he joined the US Air Force Reserve in the 440th Troop Carrier Wing, Milwaukee, and was called to active duty for the Cuban Missile Crises retiring in 1968. In September of 1957 he married Carol Joyce Schneider in Kenosha. In 1998, they settled in Vacaville where Ralph was active in the community. He belonged to AMVETS, volunteered with the Vacaville Police Dept. and had a passion for genealogy. Ralph is survived by his wife, Carol and one son, Brian (Maritz) of San Jose, CA and daughter, Beth Ellen Dovi (Robert) of Davis, and one grandchild, Liam Cory Wilcox of San Jose. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Hubert and 2nd Lt. Charles F. Wilcox, and four sisters, Lois Wilcox, Eleanor Doherty, Helen Smith and Grace Vicek. 
Submitted: November 8, 2017

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Jacqueline C Erickson — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on June 15, 2012. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

Douglas Grant — Eden Prairie, MN,  passed away on February 2, 2019. He is survived by his mother Elaine Grant ; wife of 43 years Vicki Grant ; his two sons, Daniel (Tamzyn) and Stephen; three grandchildren, Sienna, Kade and Kean; brother Steve (Pam) Grant ; brothers-in-law Fred (Helen), Gary (Robin), Kim (Amy); and many special nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Robert Grant ; mother-in-law Lucille Shockey; and father-in-law Kenneth Shockey. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

Barbara Kleeman — Mystic, Conn.,  passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Ormond Beach, Fla., after a courageous three year battle against breast cancer. She was born on Feb. 9, 1954, in Sheboygan, Wis., the daughter of Herbert and Elsye (Condon) Kleeman. Wisconsin held a special place in her heart, especially for the beer, cheese and the Green Bay Packers. Barbara graduated from JFK Prep and attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Carthage College and the National University of Health Services. She received her degree from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Ill. and opened her chiropractic practice in New London in 1978. She practiced in the New London, Groton and Mystic area until 2013. She was a member of the American and Connecticut Chiropractic Association and the Chi Rho Sigma Professional Fraternity. Barbara felt especially alive on the water, fishing and was an avid fly fisherwoman. She enjoyed traveling to Ireland to honor her ancesters heritage. After 9-11 she felt profoundly honored to volunteer at ground zero treating first responders at St. Paul's Chapel. Barbara was a woman of great faith who served with tremendous generosity, kindness and selflessness. She had been a member and deacon at Pleasant Valley Community of Prayer and Praise in Groton. She then was a member and lector at St. Patrick Church in Mystic. She also had volunteered at the church during the Mystic Art Festival and the silent auction as well as serving in a leadership position of the ACTS retreats, locally and for the Connecticut Chapter. Barbara is survived by her daughter, Colleen Alana Griffin of Groton; her brother, Eric Kleeman of Pawcatuck; her sister, Nancy Kleeman of Cedarsburg, Wis.; her beloved grandchildren, Elsie Maeve Zimmerman and Owen Kane Griffin; and her longtime partner, Robert Benware. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be directed to the go fund me page set up for her grandchildren's education at GoFundMe.com/barbarakleemaninlieu. 
Submitted: March 6, 2017

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Laurie (Hrdlicka) Knudson — Volo, IL,  passed away September 12, 2021. She was born in Beloit, Wisconsin on July 21, 1954 to the late Bernice (Coppersmith) and Glenn Hrdlicka. She was a graduate of Maine Township High School West in 1972 and attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, graduating in 1976. Laurie's career of over 40 years was spent in the insurance industry. Laure enjoyed vacationing in Jamaica and the islands each year, bringing the tropical feeling back into her home. Her favorite downtime activities were her love of her dogs and her home. She also loved gardening, holiday decorating, and was known for her collection of Barbie Dolls. She leaves behind two older sisters, Diane Hrdlicka of Washington state, and Sherry Swickard of California, brother-in-law Joseph Swickard, niece Gail Swickard of California, and a nephew Mark Swickard of Tennessee. Laurie was preceded in death by her husband Kevin Lee Knudson. Laurie will be greatly missed by many friends who all had a special place in her life and heart, especially her long-time friend Kris Welk. 
Submitted: March 23, 2022

Margaret "Peggy" Miller
Margaret "Peggy" Miller

Margaret Miller — LaGrange, Illinois,  passed away on April 6, 2017 after a courageous battle with lymphoma. Beloved mother of Sara (Ross) Page, Adam (Nicole) Jansta and John (Whitney) Jansta. Loving grandmother of Alexa and Campbell Page, Izabella and Rowan Jansta.  Devoted sister of Joan (Ken) Becker, Sue Miller, Julie (Ken) Jarabek and the late John Miller. Dear aunt and great-aunt of many.  Peggy was not only a passionate quilter, in addition to knitting, smocking, costumes and crafts of all kind. Founding member of the American Stitcher’s, Smocker’s and Embroiderer’s Society.  She was highly involved in the National Safety Council and 25 years of devoted service to College of Lake County’s Judicial Services. 
Submitted: November 1, 2017

Timothy Morse — Wheeling, Illinois,  went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 9, 2014. He was born September 17, 1952 in Waukegan, the son of J. Lowell Morse and Betty Lou Davis Morse. Timothy graduated from the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL and Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. He spent about 20 years at Great Lakes Naval Base as a musician and contracted vendor. He was music director for Forrestal Village Chapel in Naval Housing. In addition he had played organ and piano at Zion Faith Home and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Chicago. He ran the soup kitchen at Our Lady of Lourdes for over 15 years. Besides music, his hobbies included genealogy. He was the 12th generation from pilgrim Edward and editor for Edward O’Doty Society. Timothy is survived by two brothers, Andrew Scott Morse and Todd Neal (Christine) Morse; sister-in-law Hazel Morse; 4 nieces, Dana, Dawn, Celeste and Angel Morse; numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and his beloved dog, Lady McDuff. He was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, David Bruce Morse. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

Kim L. Strand — Green Lake, Wisconsin ,  passed away at 60 on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at his home. He was born on June 5, 1954, in Burlington, WI, a son of Alfred Martin and Rita Helen (Szydlowski) Strand. He married Kim Louise Brueggen on May 26, 1984 at St. Patrick ‘s Catholic Church in Ripon. They celebrated their 30 year anniversary privately at home. Kim worked for Michels Corporation of Brownsville for over 30 years, retiring as a supervisor. He enjoyed recreational boating and spending time with his family was very important to him. Kim enjoyed the many family trips to Destin, FL. Kim and Kim were inseparable to the end. Kim is survived by his dedicated wife of 30 years, Kim Louise Strand of Green Lake; devoted children, Sarah Strand of Green Lake, Justine (Scott) Naparalla of Berlin, Garrett (special friend Heather) Strand of Neenah; grandchild, Easton Matthew Strand; mother, Rita Strand of Destin, FL.; 3 brothers, Marty (Sandi) Strand of Oshkosh, Kevin (Barb) Strand of Poynette, Keith (Brenda) Strand of Forest City, NC; mother-in-law, Lorraine Brueggen of Berlin; 3 brothers-in-law, Doug (Linda) Brueggen of Ripon, Ted Brueggen of Edmond, OK, Paul (special friend Amy) Brueggen of Berlin; 4 sisters-in-law, Dawn (special friend Kevin) Brueggen of Surprise, AZ, Cheryl (Kurt) Vergin of Berlin, Sandy (Mark) Hess of Berlin, Pam (Bob) Alf of Berlin; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Strand; sister, Karen Strand; father-in-law, LuVerne Brueggen.  
Submitted: February 3, 2015

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Chuck Tomkovick — Eau Claire, WI,  died on July 25, 2013 after battling cancer. Chuck was born on November 10, 1953 in Waukegan, IL. He grew up in North Chicago, IL, lived in Madison, WI and Houston, TX, before settling in Eau Claire, WI. He married Maria Bergevin on April 3, 2004. Chuck received a PhD in marketing from Texas A&M University (1993), MBA and MS degrees in marketing and industrial engineering from UW-Madison (1982), and a BA from Carthage College (1976). Chuck had a passion for travel, all sports, and loved to play golf and poker with his friends. Chuck taught undergraduate and graduate marketing courses for UW-Eau Claire where he engaged students in collaborative research, instilling in them a love for scholarly inquiry. Chuck was generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in every person and situation. He garnered many awards including receiving the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Teaching award twice. Chuck also received national media recognition for the Super Bowl advertising research he conducted. Chuck used his talents to help others become better teachers. He was a charter member of UWEC Network for Excellence in Teaching Council and was a mentor to new faculty members. Chuck left behind his wife, Maria Bergevin; children, Ria Sharon, Peter Ault, Graham Tomkovick; brother, Jack (Nancy) Tomkovick; sister, Julie Tomkovick; sister, Joanne (Jack) Zimmerman; sister-in-law, Christine (David) Longville; brother-in-law, Anthony Bergevin, and many other relatives and friends. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Wanda (Ryskiewicz) Tomkovick; and his brother, Norman Swanson. 
Submitted: March 28, 2018

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Mr. Milous Earl Adams, Sr.
Mr. Milous Earl Adams, Sr.

Milous Adams — Racine, WI,  passed away on December 23, 2019. He is the son of the late Louise Wardlaw Adams and Tecumseh Adams, was born in Abbeville, South Carolina, on September 18, 1937. He received his elementary and high school education in Abbeville County Public Schools. He received his undergraduate degree from Carthage and earned two master's degrees from Webster University. Upon leaving high school in Abbeville, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served honorably for over 20 years, reaching the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, the highest position for an enlisted person. After his retirement, he worked at Miller Brewing Company and Met-Al, Inc. Mr. Adams was a man vitally interested in and committed to service in both his church and community. With tireless efforts, he served Wayman AME Church as a Trustee, member and President of the Lay Organization, member of the Stewardship and Finance Committee, Men's Choir President, Secretary to the Official Board, as well as playing his harmonica as a part of the musical team for Wayman's Music and Fine Arts Ministry. He was the Wayman AME Church Long Range Planning Committee Chair. In September 2019, he was honored by the "Sons of Allen" of the Fourth Episcopal District of the AME Church as one of their "Men of the Year." He was a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Gamma Tau Boule'. Milous enjoyed Thursday morning breakfast with his Sigma brothers and the numerous activities and community services they provided. He was recognized in appreciation of commitment and service to the 25th Anniversary Founder's Day Celebration and Scholarship Dinner in June 2012. He loved the Monday Afternoon Book Club and their activities and those of Coming Together Racine. He was a life member of the NAACP and was a board member of the United Way. In February 2019, he was presented the Military Award for professional integrity, leadership, and service to the community by the Racine Heritage Committee. In May 2014, he and Callie were celebrated as a part of the Marriage Hall of Fame for over 50 years of marriage. Milous loved his family dearly and was an outgoing person who loved being around people. He especially enjoyed attending family reunions as well as golfing, fishing, hunting, and dancing. He was a caring person who knew the meaning of true friendship. Milous consistently demonstrated his love for his family. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. One of his favorite pastimes was celebrating and sharing with others the achievements of his children and grandchildren. Milous was his family's hero. We loved him dearly and will miss him. Milous would not want us to spend a lot of time grieving. He would tell us to "get on with our lives," for he is at restful peace, and his spirit shall live forever. "May the work I've done speak for me ... ". Milous is survived by his wife of 55 years of marriage, Callie Ethridge Adams. During this union, they were blessed with two sons; Milous Adams, Jr and Reginald Adams (Kenge Jenkins Adams) and two grandchildren, Sabrina Adams and Maxwell Adams. Mr. Adams is survived by 4 sisters and 1 brother: Glenda Adams Cleveland, Janet Adams Ansley, Mary Al Adams Smith, Leo Adams, Vera Adams and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Calvin Adams. 
Submitted: January 15, 2020

Dan M Alex — Lisle, IL,  passed away June 20, 2019. Dan retired in 2017 from Canon, and spent the past two summers working at Cantigny Golf Course-every golfer's dream. He also enjoyed spending time at his home in Arizona, and traveling to many exciting destinations throughout the world. Dan was the loving husband of Sandra (Leonchik) Alex, loving and very proud father of Brent, dear son of Bernice Alexeyuk, loving brother of Nancy (Tom) Smith, and Margaret (Rocco) D'Alessandro, dear uncle of Mark (Kristen) Smith, Tom (Kelly) Smith, Nicole (Scott) McCloud, and Deana D'Alessandro, fun great-uncle to Trip, Mitchell, and Amelia Smith, and Scottie and Mia McCloud, and fond brother-in-law of Karen (Vitaly) Muzyka and Tom Leonchik. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Alexeyuk. 
Submitted: October 21, 2020

Elda M. (Harms ) Bennett — Grayslake, Illinois ,  passed away on January 13, 2015. She attended Bethel Lutheran Church in Gurnee, St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Wadsworth and Village Church of Gurnee. She was active in church and directed the church choir for many years. Elda was in private practice for family counseling in Wauconda. She is survived by 3 children, Tim (Sue) Bennett, Jody Bennett, Tom (Patty) Bennett; and daughter-in-law, Karen Bennett; 6 grandchildren, Ryan, Chris and Amy Bennett, Jessalyn (Foster) Lake, Miles (Elizabeth) Bennett and Madison Bennett; 1 great-grandchild, Noah Bennett. Preceded in death by her son, Jim Bennett; 3 sisters, Beata, Vera and Lota; and 1 brother, Erhart.  
Submitted: June 5, 2015

Mark Bishop — Virginia Beach, VA,  passed away on October 16, 2017 at the age of 64. Mark's wife, Marina, preceded him in death. 
Submitted: June 13, 2018

Sharon S. Blacik — Waukegan, Ill. ,  passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Highland Park Hospital. She was born Dec. 17, 1945 in Pine Bluff, Ark., was raised in Fort Atkinson, Wis., and had been a Waukegan resident for the past 42 years. Sharon was a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn., and received her Bachelor's degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. She was a devoted member and church secretary of St. John Lutheran Church in Libertyville. Surviving are her husband, Lawrence Blacik; 2 daughters, Aurore Blacik and Victoria (Clinton Adam) Blacik; a granddaughter, Paige Adam and also by her sister, Dorothy (Robert) Ryan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harland and Edith Von Haden and by her sister, Laurie Frigo.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Jean Burkee — Milwaukee, Wisconsin,  died on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at St. Anne's Home, Milwaukee. Born on June 20, 1926, in Kenosha, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Ella (Merrill) Mattson. Jean attended Kenosha schools and following her youngest child's enrollment in Kindergarten, she earned her teaching certificate from Union Grove Teachers College and went on to receive her BA Degree from Carthage College. Her Commencement followed her daughter Christine's by one year. In 1950 she was united in marriage to Wallace E. Burkee. Wallace became Mayor of Kenosha in 1967 and served until 1976. She taught at Forest Park Elementary School in Kenosha and Audubon Middle School in Milwaukee. Jean was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenosha and of J.U.S. Jean was a generous, creative and much loved person. She enjoyed painting, quilting, and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her two daughters, Christine (Richard) Hobbs of Milwaukee and Allison (Scott) Plous of Higganum, Conn; her son, James (Mary) Burkee of Milwaukee; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Michael, Alexander, Matthew, Christopher and Fijare; and two great grandchildren, Lillian and Nikola. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Roehr, and two brothers, Edwin and Wayne Mattson. 
Submitted: June 9, 2015

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Fay (Timm) Christensen — Racine, WI,  passed away on March 30, 2018. Fay "Dolly" was born on October 7, 1932 in Mondovi, WI to Fred and Ella (Thomson) Timm. She was married to Richard Charles Christensen on May 24, 1952 in Racine. He preceded her in death on July 2, 1992. Fay was a graduate of Park High School, Racine Teachers College and Carthage College. Last working for Racine Unified as a Reading Specialist before retiring. She was a member of The League of Women Voters, WREA and REA. Survived by her daughter, Bonnie Christensen-Lee (John Lee) Grandson, Richard Hagopian (Cynthia Schutz-Fiancé) of Racine, WI, Granddaughter, Raechel Rowland of Los Angeles, CA and a Sister, Marge Wendt (John Wendt) of San Antonio, TX. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard, brothers Ed, Tom and Harry as well as her parents and grandparents. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Dorothy DeVolt — Racine, WI,  passed away on July 15, 2019. Ms. DeVolt was born on October 20, 1929. She graduated from Carthage College. 
Submitted: July 29, 2019

Carolyn L Fenske — Racine, WI,  passed away December 4, 2020. Carolyn was born on July 2, 1937, in Kenosha, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Vega (Tolf) Loewen. She was a graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School, Racine Kenosha County Teacher's College, and Carthage College in 1975. In the late 1950's and early 1960's, she taught second grade at Paris Grade School. Later, Carolyn worked as a secretary for the Chancellor of UW-Parkside for 22 years until her retirement. She attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and keeping busy around the family farm. Carolyn is survived by her two sons and their wives, Mike and Mary (Arbet) and Glenn and Jan (Swoboda) Fenske; six grandchildren, Mitchell, Marcus, Lynden, Michael, Aaron and Madison; three great-grandchild, Makenna, Owen and Kimber, and one more on the way. She is further survived by many nieces and nephews in the Kenosha and San Francisco areas. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Russell "Butch" Fenske in 2016, and her sister, Jean Guthrie last month. 
Submitted: January 15, 2021

Mary Heidt
Mary Heidt

Mary Lea (Springer) Heidt — Slinger, WI,  passed away on September 25, 2020 at the age of 67. Mary Lea Heidt (nee Springer) age 67 of Slinger, Wisconsin passed away after a courageous 5-year battle with brain cancer on Friday, September 25, 2020 in her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mary Lea was born August 8, 1953 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Carolee (nee Devins) and Larry Springer. She resided in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin for most of her childhood and graduated from Hamilton High School in 1972. Mary Lea attended Carthage College in Kenosha, WI where she excelled in basketball and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. She then joined the United States Navy and served honorably as a hospital corpsman for eight years. In the Navy, she met Brian C. Heidt in Bethesda, Maryland and they were married on September 2, 1978 at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Their careers relocated Mary Lea and Brian and their growing family to Charleston, South Carolina; Portsmouth, Virginia; and Mystic, Connecticut where she worked for South County Laboratory in Westerly, Rhode Island. They returned to Wisconsin in 1992 and made Slinger their home since 1994. Mary Lea retired in October 2018 after working for Aurora Health Care in Menomonee Falls and West Allis as a medical technologist with a special interest in microbiology. She enjoyed everything about the outdoors: birdwatching, biking, camping, hiking, gardening, traveling, and off-roading in the family’s collection of Jeep’s. Mary Lea had an immense soft spot for animals. Her love for her family and friends, especially her grandchildren, will never be forgotten, but forever missed. Mary Lea is survived by her beloved husband of 42 years, Brian; loving children, Sarah Lea (Daniel) Follett and Matthew (Erin) Heidt; adored grandchildren, Hazel Marie, Levi Patrick, Henry Thomas, and Lillian Madison; loving mother, Carolee Drewieck; dear siblings, Kristin (Glenn) Baldwin, Carl (Cindy) Springer and Mark (Donna) Springer; and dear sister-in-law, Carol Hall. She is further survived by other loved relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her grandmother, Katherine Devins; parents-in-law, Marguerite and Eugene Heidt; and brother-in-law, Russell Hall. We remember Mary Lea with the following passage: She is always with you. She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the warmth of a blazing fire, and the fragrance of life itself. She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well, she’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, all the colors of the rainbow, she is Christmas morning. She lives inside your laughter, your smile, and your heart. She’s the place you call home and the compass which guides you on your journey. Nothing on Earth can separate you from her. Not time, not space, not even death… 
Submitted: May 13, 2022

Robert A. Hertel , Sr. — Whitewater, Wis. ,  passed away Dec. 23, 2014. He was born in Kenosha to William and Martha Hertel. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from January 1961 to January 1965. With the aid of the G.I. Bill, he earned a B.A. degree with majors in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Carthage. While at Carthage, he was the Vice-President of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, a national fraternity devoted to the professionalism for active police officers in the area of criminal justice activities. Bob was a Lieutenant with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department. He was later selected to be the Chief of Police for the City of Reedsburg, Wis. Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Wisconsin Chief of Police Association and the American Legion, Post # 0173. His wife Donna preceded him in death on Nov. 5, 2008. He is survived by daughters, Kimberly (Earl) Richtmyre of Lake Tomahawk, Wis., and Susan Hertel of Kenosha, Wis.; and sons, David Hertel and Robert (Jennifer) Hertel, both of Kenosha, Wis. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

Jean Hockett — Sonora, CA,  passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Adventist Health Sonora. 
Submitted: September 20, 2019

David J. Marshall — Edelstein, Ill. ,  63, of Edelstein, passed away at 1:18 a.m. Sunday, October 4, 2015, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist. David was born April 30, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the adopted son of John Woodrow and Nellie Holmes Marshall. His parents preceded him in death. He is survived by many relatives and friends. David was a United States Navy Veteran, serving July 1, 1983 to June 12, 1987. He graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in May of 1975. David worked at Kroger’s for over 10 years. He previously attended the Edelstein Congregational Church. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Dale Olesen — Racine, WI,  Mr. Dale Olesen -- (Class of 1975) passed away October 26, 2009. Dale was born in Racine, June 19, 1953, son of Raymond C. and Myrna M. (Nee: Nelson) Olesen and was a lifelong resident of Racine. Dale was a graduate of William Horlick High School 'Class of 1972' and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors Degree in art. On May 24, 1985 he was united in marriage to Robin K. Hansen. Dale co-owned O & H Danish Bakery, a family business, with his two brothers, Michael and Eric. He oversaw the facilities, operations, and equipment of the three bakery locations. Dale was a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church. Dale had a love for art that he shared with his daughter Ashley. He was an avid outdoorsman whose passions included fishing, hunting, and especially spending time teaching and guiding his son Nathan. Dale also enjoyed his friendship with his hunting buddies, Chris Lie, Mark Pawlowski, Gary Martin and good friends and neighbors, Tom Harty and Andy Kothe. He belonged to the Winchester Gun Club, West Allis Bowmen, Little John's Archery, and All Rock Prairie Goose Club. Most of all Dale will be forever remembered for his warm smile, generous heart, and his many memorable hunting and fishing stories. He will be deeply missed. Survivors include his wife, Robin; his two children, Ashley (Nicholas) DeBaker, Nathan Olesen; his parents, Raymond (Myrna) Olesen; brothers, Michael (Mary) Olesen, Eric (Lisa) Olesen; 
Submitted: November 24, 2020

Bruce Powell — Antigo, WI,  passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020, at home. He was 68 years old. He was born December 13, 1951, in Kenosha, a son of Richard and Mary Etta (Holmes) Powell. He was a graduate of Prairie High School in Racine. He attended Ripon College and Carthage College where he received a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in German. He continued his education at Oregon State University, where he graduated with his Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. After graduation, Bruce lived in Germany for five years teaching English to professionals at a business college and playing basketball with a close group of friends. He was married to Christine Vincent in 1985 and moved to Antigo in 1987 where he raised his family and had a decades-long career at Antigo High School. During that time, he taught English, advised the National Honors Society and school newspaper, coached Forensics and oversaw the yearbook. His last seven years at the high school he also taught German, retiring in 2012. “Herr Powell” was passionate about learning and constantly challenged himself to improve his knowledge on behalf of his students. He began writing stories at an early age and continued throughout his life. He also wrote political essays and created a number of board games. He enjoyed many sports and outdoor activities and instilled a deep respect for nature in his children. He will be rightly remembered by many for his steadfast dedication to environmental and social justice causes. In retirement, you could find him tending his garden, playing pool, and meeting friends to watch Jeopardy (which he won every time he watched). He is survived by his three sons, Shane (Soulivan Vongmany) Powell, Vientiane, Laos, Jesse (Stacy) Powell, Escanaba, Michigan, Christopher “Kit” (Rachel) Powell and grandson, Theodore Powell, Seattle, WA; four brothers, David (Kathleen) Powell, Chicago, IL, Jim (Mira) Powell, Albuquerque, NM, Paul (Carol) Powell, Pleasant Prairie, WI, John Powell, Tampa, FL; a sister, Margaret “Maggie”(Jim Stephens) Day, Gillett, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: April 22, 2020

Allen Prier — Clearwater, Fla.,  passed away March 26, 2013. Allen was a retired Navy chief and professor of Hillsborough College, a world traveler and a master bridge player. He was born in Springfield, Mo., on March 22, 1938. He graduated from Pine Island High School in 1955. Allen is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of Clearwater; children, Steven Prier, of Panama City, Fla., Deborah Alba, of New York, and Karen Bachtel, of Tampa, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, EuniceAnn Opfer (John), of Byron, Minn.; as well as many nieces and nephews.  
Submitted: May 13, 2013

Cecelia (Barnes) Sinclair — Riverview, FL,  passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2012. 
Submitted: January 20, 2020

Nicholas Stokovich — Libertyville, Illinois,  62, passed away on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 at Advocate Condell Medical Center. He was born May 10, 1953 in St. Louis, MO and a Libertyville resident for most of his life. Nick was a 1971 graduate of Libertyville High School and a graduate of Carthage College. He was a Steward at St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church in Lake Forest and was employed and a part owner of the Libertyville Manor Extended Care Facility. Nick enjoyed traveling, boating but especially his family. He is survived by his wife Debra Stokovich and children Nicholas and Alyssa; 2 brothers, Milan and John Stokovich; nephews, Matthew and John; his aunt Marian Zelenovich and many cousins, both here and abroad. He was preceded in death by his parents, Slavko and Dragica "Dorothy" Stokovich.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

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Cynthia (Traeder) Vitale — Racine, WI,  passed away on March 29, 2018 at the age of 64. She was the wife of Vincent for 41 years. Her children included Jennifer (Matthew) Stoffel and Heather Vitale (David Bohn). She was a proud grandmother of Cooper Stoffel. Survived by her mother Jane Traeder, sister Karen (Bruce) Guenther and brother Kurt (Sandra) Traeder. Further survived by other family members and friends, especially her teacher family. Cindy was a respected and loved teacher. She retired after 32 years from teaching at Irving Elementary in West Allis. 
Submitted: May 3, 2018

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Jean Alice (Gruettner) Baukus — Brookfield, WI,  went home to Jesus on April 26, 2017 at age 64. Loving and devoted wife of 34 years to Tom Baukus. Loving sister of Jim Gruettner and Ann (Kyle) Krueger. Also, loved by cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was a graduate of Brookfield East High School (1970) and Carthage College (1974). In 1979, she was transplanted with her Mother’s kidney, a kidney that never failed her. Jeanne was “her father’s daughter”, what she cherished the most was the many relationships she developed over her life. Some of these lasted her whole life, others were over long distances, and still others were just developed recently. Many activities in life were not easy for her, activities that we take for granted, but she went through life with a determination to accomplish them, and she did them in a very cheerful manner. She loved keeping her home well organized and spotless. Also, she enjoyed traveling, it could be a “road trip” that lasted a half an hour to traveling all the way to Europe, and everything in between.  
Submitted: May 11, 2017

Mary "Maria" Benavides — San Diego,  passed away May 15, 2013. Mary, who later was called "Maria", Benavides, grew up in and around Zion, Ill. She graduated high school in 1970 in the top 10 of her class. Colleges sought out to recruit her, and she landed at Carthage College. In 1974, on an academic scholarship, she graduated college in 3 1/2 years before AP classes with a double major, one course short of a minor and a 3.87 GPA. She was the concert committee chairman for two years and the president for one for the campus Student Activities Board. She was the student representative to the Board of Trustees her senior year. She began the Spanish club, Los Cartagineses. She belonged to numerous other clubs and organizations. She volunteered in the community serving breakfast at 7 a.m. in the barrio to Spanish-speaking kids before they went to school. She fought for worthy causes — picketed against non-union lettuce for the United Migrant Opportunity Services and supported Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other causes to end the war in Vietnam. She worked 30-40 hours a week work study for minimum wage on campus. From 1975–1987, except for time off to have children, Maria began as a service representative and left her career as a branch manager, at Social Security. Her unit and offices of up to 40 employees were known for exceeding goals and expectations and exceptional service to the public - she had many awards and appraisals to show this. In 1993, Maria graduated No. 1 in her class at age 40 with a master's degree in psychology. At the same time, she ran a day care for 12 and volunteered in her children's' schools and at church. From 1993 - 2000, Maria worked part-time teaching middle school Spanish and grade school Solomon's Ministry while working 20+ hours a week at Children's Hospital. She completed 3000 MFT internship hours, studied for and passed her licensing exam in 1997. At Children's Hospital, she received outstanding appraisals and full merit pay increases for productivity. She worked on several grants that involved community contacts with schools, social agencies and group homes to coordinate. She also trained other professionals at national conferences, for the State of California childcare licensing agency, and for High School Teachers and staff on issues related to child trauma and abuse. From 1997-2012, she managed a private practice, caring for 20-25 patients per week. She made her own appointment schedule and did her own accounting. She kept medical files for each patient in accordance with the standards set by her profession. She completed continuing education courses, billed insurance companies, and submitted treatments plans to them for authorization for treatment. She consulted with doctors, psychiatrists, school counselors and teachers, social workers, court-appointed attorneys and case managers, not to mention parents. From 2000-2008, she worked at PLNU for 15-32 hours per week. She supervised MFT Interns and trained faculty, staff, and students on innumerable topics. She taught 1-2 sections of PSY-101 for 4 years. She completed student development reports and compiled statistical summaries of services provided. She consistently exceeded expectations and had outstanding appraisals to show it. Throughout her life, Maria strove to live with integrity, initiative, resourcefulness, analytical ability, and, most of all, love. Career aside, Maria considered her family to be her crowning achievement. She loved her "handsome, hand-picked, highly intelligent, humble, responsible, humorous husband" and three exceptional children deeply. She raised children she sought "to make of strong moral character, to have good work ethics, and to be outstanding citizens, who were all are of high integrity, trustworthy, responsible and reliable....and compassionate and loving towards others." Maria was a strong Christian her entire life. 
Submitted: July 18, 2013

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Patricia Beth & Clint 1974 — Kenosha, WI,  passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, Monday, December 21, 2020 at her residence. She was born on September 12, 1948 to the late Norbert and Marjorie (Meyer) Hansen in Kenosha. Her mother passed away when she was a young girl. Her father remarried Agnes Fellner. She was educated in the schools of Kenosha County and graduated from Central High School in 1966. Pat received her teaching license at Racine-Kenosha Teachers College, in Union Grove. She taught second grade at Bristol Elementary for eight years. Pat received her BA in Education from Carthage, furthered her education at UWM and received her Master’s in Education from National Louis University. She was the librarian at Somers Elementary for 20 years, retiring in 2007. On July 31, 1971 she married Clint Beth in Kenosha. Pat was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Pat loved reading, baking, cooking, arts and crafts, playing the piano and was extremely talented in sewing, knitting and crocheting. She would make clothes, accessories and kids doll clothes for her loved ones. Most of all, Pat loved spending personal time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her friends. She always had a smile on her face, and loved doing for others. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Pat is survived by her loving husband Clint, her son Timothy (Ellen) Beth, her daughter Tracy (Scott) Lambrecht, her grandchildren Austin and Taylor Lambrecht and Gretchen and Everett Beth, her siblings Jim (Sue) Hansen, Peter (Pam) Hansen, Michael Hansen, Paul (Sue) Hansen, Jane (Larry) Jenner john, Julie Hansen and George (Pam) Hansen. 
Submitted: September 27, 2021

Bill Brockmann — Shawnee, Kan. ,  passed away at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Kansas, on July 8, 2015. Bill graduated from Hinsdale Central High School, Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., and Loyola University School of Dentistry. Upon graduating, he served as Captain in the United States Air Force Dental Corps. He then practiced dentistry in Houston for 17 years. Always a life-long learner, Bill returned to school at the UMKC School of Dentistry and pursued a PhD in Pharmacology/Oral Biology. He joined the faculty at UMKC in 2004 where he taught Pharmacology and Dental Therapeutics to pre-doctoral dental students, dental hygiene students, and Advanced Education Residents. Bill was a loving husband to his wife, Lorraine, and amazing father to Katie and Charles, a faithful son to his mother, Lillian, and a caring uncle to nieces Lindsey Bell and Karolyn Huber, and nephew Kristofer Huber. He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard, his sisters, Barbara Anne Brockmann, Susan Lynn Brockmann-Bell, and brother, Dr. Robert Brockmann. Bill was a family man, and had a wide variety of interests including astronomy, science, history, NASCAR, flying, sailing, and movies. He loved fireworks, his dog and cat (Baxter and Maizy), his country, and had a strong faith in God. His favorite past time was watching Katie play soccer and Charles wrestle and play baseball. Bill will be greatly missed by his friends, colleagues and the School of Dentistry community.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Albert Clasen — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away peacefully on November 4, 2017 at the age of 85. Loving husband of Jean Clasen (Nee Hughes). Loving brother of Mary Ruth (Late David) Liegler, Robert (Donnarae) Clasen, Don (Susan) Clasen, Rae (Late Leslie) Lunsford, and Lee (Nancy) Clasen. Further survived by lots and lots of nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by his parents Albert and Ruth Clasen, and sister Joy (Chuck) Williams. Albert retired in 1996 as a Captain from the Oak Creek Police Department. He also served in the U.S Army. 
Submitted: November 7, 2017

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Kent A. Gaertner — Aurora, IL,  passed away March 2, 2022. He was born on July 15, 1952 in Blue Island, IL. Kent is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Mary; his children, Jerrod Gaertner, Kristen Henry and Stefanie Henry; his brother, Todd (Cindy) Gaertner; his nieces, Karin Davis and Kim Pliskin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Audrey Gaertner. Kent grew up in Naperville, IL and graduated from Carthage College. He obtained his law degree from the Nova Southeastern University of Law in Florida. He practiced bankruptcy law for over 35 years and was well respected in his field of expertise. He was very active in the DuPage County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He was a former President of the DCBA. He was a longtime delegate to the ISBA and was a hearing board member of the IL ARDC. In his spare time Kent enjoyed fishing, golfing and watching baseball. In his younger years he loved playing both baseball and softball. Kent will be remembered as a loving husband and father, as well as a great friend who will be deeply missed by all. 
Submitted: March 9, 2022

Jim Gillen — Lake Bluff, IL ,  loving husband of Sherry and proud father of Jack, Caroline and Cassie, passed away peacefully at the age of 64 after a courageous eighteen-year battle with cancer. He is also survived by his sister, Maralee Murphy, nee Gillenberg, and countless loving relatives and friends. 
Submitted: January 31, 2017

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Emily (Dill) Johnson — Lake Forest, IL,  passed away on November 21, 2018. She moved from Alabama to northern suburbs of Chicago in 1953, grew up in Winthrop Harbor and Zion, and graduated from Zion-Benton Township Highschool in 1969. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Zion. She went to Florida College for two years, transferred to Western Illinois University, then landed at Carthage and graduated with her degree in Elementary Education. She and Chuck were married in August of 1972. She taught 4th grade in Zion for a few years, then had Tiffany, Brent and Adam. She went on to be elected to the Zion Benton High School board in the 90's and held that same passion, championing the best interest of the students and not backing down if she thought her voice needed to be heard. Each summer she went to her happy place, Sea Island, GA with her family. She played with her kids at the beach, hunted for seashells, made them get very dressed up to have dinner. After she retired from teaching, she spent as much time there as possible with family and friends making cherished memories. Emily is survived by her husband, Charles (Chuck), children and their spouses, Tiffany and Guy Meikle, Adam and Deborah Johnson, her two grandchildren, Luca and Giovanni, her mother, Evelyn Dill, her siblings Eddie Dill, Mary Elaine Dill, Kay (Steve) Kreutzer, her in-laws Dennis and Ann Johnson, Eddie and Dianne Moore, a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and friends who she considered her chosen family. She was preceded in death by her son, Brent, father, William, father and mother in-law, Jack and Charlotte, and many others. 
Submitted: December 5, 2018

William "Bill" J. Kucera — Johnston, Iowa,  celebrated his own independence day from fighting renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) when he passed away July 4, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. He fought long and hard since the diagnosis in July 2011 but also found victories along the way, as he was able to walk his daughter down the aisle and give her a proper send-off with one of his famous speeches during her wedding on June 22, 2013. Bill also hopes to have another victory by donating himself to Des Moines University so researchers may learn from his illness and keep someone else from suffering. Bill was born Sept. 24, 1952, in Chicago to Bernice and Edward Kucera. He graduated from Luther North High School in 1970, attended Carthage College in Kenosha, and graduated in 1974. His first job in sales was in the Chicago area working for Westinghouse Electrical Supply Company, which later transferred him to the Quad Cities, where he met his wife, Pamela (Paper) Kucera. As the story goes he was the traveling salesman and she was the farmer's daughter, so when they married in 1979 it was on her family's farm. Bill is survived by his wife, Pam; son, Gavin; daughter-in-law, Adriane Gilbert; grandsons, Vaughn and Lucian; daughter, Alexis; son-in-law, Matthew Van Zante; and step-grandson, Dawson. Bill has an older brother, Terry. He has four brothers-in-law: Randal (Lisa) Paper, Russell (Heather) Paper, Loren Paper, and Nyle (Teresa) Paper and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Bea, and Pam's parents, Elmer and Loretta Paper. Bill and Pam transferred to Des Moines in 1990 with W.W. Grainger and settled into the Johnston area. After being a manufacturer representative for Progress Lighting for many years, Bill formed his own lighting agency, Oak Leaf Lighting LLC, and was proud when Alexis joined him to carry on the business. Bill was a member of the DMVR SCCA and raced a spec Miata. Bill belonged to the Elks Lodge 98. He is a past member of the Johnston and Walcott Jaycees. He was a guy with many friends who he loved to share a story or joke with. No one was ever a stranger for long when Bill was around.  
Submitted: August 27, 2013

Stephen Lawrence — Lockport, IL,  passed away Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at his home in Lockport. Stephen was a member of Calvary Church in Lemont. He was a brilliant student of military history; hired by a museum in Chicago to paint and set up a diorama of Desert Storm. Stephen was an avid War Gamer who had developed and published War Gaming battle scenarios. He was renowned in the United States and England for his painting skills regarding War Gaming figurines. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

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Sarah Bryan Miller — Kirkwoodrest, MS,  Ms. Sarah (Bryan) Miller -- (Class of 1974) passed away November 28, 2020. Bryan (as she was always called) was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Thomas Wade Hampton Miller III and Eleanor Cosens "Dolly" Simons Miller. She grew up in Prairie Village, Kansas. The family relocated to the Chicago area in 1967, and she graduated from John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois. In 1974, she graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a BA in English and history. She also studied voice while at Carthage College, and upon graduation she took a job as a member of the chorus at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. While there, she participated in the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists for three years; she also sang several featured roles, including that of Cherubino in Chicago Opera Theater's first production of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro in 1975. In the mid-1980s, while still singing with the Lyric Opera, Bryan began writing feature articles for the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Chicago Reader, and the Chicago Tribune. She also wrote a weekly column on classical music for AOL. A music critic with the New York Times took notice of her writing, and she became a regular contributor to both the New York Times, writing on classical music, and the Wall Street Journal, writing on a variety of topics. In 1998, Bryan left the Lyric Opera chorus and relocated to St. Louis to become the classical music critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She reviewed hundreds of orchestral, choral, and opera performances in the St. Louis area. She also accompanied the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on tours to Europe and within the United States. In 2001, Bryan was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the financial difficulties of the SLSO. In 2019, she was honored as one of the St. Louis Press Club's Media Persons of the Year. Bryan was a panelist on the Metropolitan Opera quiz, broadcast worldwide during the Met's Saturday matinee radio programs, for six seasons beginning in 1999. She was an honors graduate of the Episcopal School for Ministry in St. Louis. In 2019, a setting of Psalm 121, written by noted English composer Judith Bingham, was commissioned in Bryan's honor by a consortium of six St. Louis choirs. Bryan is survived by her daughters, Louisa B. Rix and Eleanor M. Rix; her brother, Thomas Wade Hampton Miller IV (Lynn); her nephew, Thomas Wade Hampton Miller V; and her niece, Celia J. Miller (Bill Forsko). 
Submitted: December 2, 2020

Bruce A. Ponx — Geneva, Ill. ,  age 62, of St. Charles, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015 at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, with his family by his side. He was born February 14, 1953, in Chicago, the son of Eugene and Juanita (Holstrom) Ponx. Bruce was a graduate of Carthage College. He worked as a project manager for JWP, Communication Contractors Inc., Blackbox Network Services, Miller Electric and Communication Zone Inc. in Schaumburg. Bruce was an avid sports fan who also enjoyed traveling, fishing, practical jokes, and playing cards, but most importantly he enjoyed spending time with family, friends and his two dogs Figgy and Newton. Bruce put a high level of devotion, love, and passion into everything he was involved in and he was a great source of support, inspiration and encouragement for everyone who knew him. He left a legacy of memories, inspiration, smiles of joy, and hugs of support. Bruce had a heart of overflowing love and generosity and lived a life full of passion and dedication. He is survived by his wife Diana (Everett); sons Reid (Antonia) Ponx of Ohio, Eric (Bryanna) Ponx of Aurora, Erik (Anna) Everett of Minnesota, and Ryan Hammerberg of Wisconsin; mother Juanita Ponx of Florida; grandchildren Anna, Alexis, Zachariah, Kyler and Madison; and siblings Richard (Myra), Craig Sayner, and Bonnie (Quinton) Reiner. Bruce was preceded in death by his father Eugene Ponx and his first wife Linda (Meyers). In lieu of flowers Bruce would love you to “Pay it Forward” with an act of kindness, however small, that will make a difference to someone in Jesus’ name. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Richard "Dick" Schneider — Chicago,  passed away Oct. 21, 2012. He recently had retired from Kraft Foods, having worked there 22 years as a senior financial analyst. Dick was enjoying retirement with his photography. He loved taking pictures of nature and candid photos of people. He was a board member of the Bicycle Club of Lake County and worked with several agencies as an advocate for the bicycling community. Dick is survived by his wife, Lynne (Lathrope ’73), his two sons, Russell and Steve, and his siblings, Ken Schneider, Dr. Linda Schneider Vieth and Kathy Schneider Molve…all Carthage graduates. 
Submitted: July 17, 2013

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Thomas R Schuelke — Estero, FL,  passed away February 22, 2022. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Robert and Melva Schuelke and a graduate of Carthage College. Tom was the founder and owner of Prestige Exteriors, Inc. doing residential and commercial business in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Tom was a member of the Lions Club for 45 years and loved golfing, boating, fishing, and traveling in his vintage RV to various state parks. He married the love of his life, Alice Schuelke on June 8, 1974, she survives. Tom is also survived by his sons, Andrew (Camille) and Mark Schuelke; sister, Kathy (Dewey) Senger; many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends from Fort Wayne and Estero, Fla. 
Submitted: March 2, 2022

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Ethel I. (Weyrauch) Seno — Burlington, WI,  passed away October 4th, 2021. Born in Burlington on July 14, 1944, she was the daughter of Russell and Isabelle (nee Barhyte) Weyrauch. Her early life was spent in Burlington, where she graduated from Burlington High School. She graduated from the Wisconsin State Teacher College in Union Grove and received her bachelor's degree in education from Carthage College. On July 13, 1963, in Burlington, she was united in marriage to Roger Seno. Following marriage, they lived in the family home in Slades Corners. She was a lifetime resident of the Burlington area. Ethel worked as a teacher for Wheatland Grade School and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Slades Corners. She also served on the Altar Guild and Ladies Aid and was very active in her community. She enjoyed doing many crafts, but most important in her life was spending time with her family. Her husband Roger preceded her in death on April 13, 2021. Ethel is survived by her daughter, Tracey Seno-Coleman; grandsons, Tyler (Paulette) Coleman and Dusty (Emily) Coleman; great-grandsons, Marcus and Ryan; sister, Jo Weyrauch; brothers, Chuck (Arlene) Weyrauch and Donald (Terry) Weyrauch; sisters-in-law, Deloris (Nick) Kueber, Betty Seitz, LaVon (Michael) Ziebell and Cheryl Weyrauch; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Fred Weyrauch. 
Submitted: October 7, 2021

Mahesh "Max" Shah — Kenosha,  passed away peacefully at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, with his family at his side. Born on April 4, 1947, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he was the son of Parshotam and Narbada Shah. He was educated in the schools of Ethiopia before coming to Kenosha in 1970 to attend Carthage College. On Aug. 6, 2015, he married Susan Jensen at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha. For over 28 years he had been a Systems Analyst for Abbott Laboratory in North Chicago, Ill. He was an avid Green Bay Packer Fan; he had a very good social life. Max enjoyed vacationing up North. He was a member of the Kenosha Country Club and traveled to Mexico every year. Surviving are his wife, Susan of Kenosha; his mother, Narbada Shah of Kenosha; two children, Jasmin Shah of Chicago, Ill., and Stephen Shah of Madison, Wis.; and a step son, Kyle Rauen of Kenosha. He was preceded in death by his father, Parshotam Shah; a brother, Vinod Shah; and two sisters, Chanden Hansen and Nayna Shah.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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LynnEve Beth Sturm — Phoenix, AZ,  passed away December 14, 2020. Born Feb 29, 1952, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Received a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Education from Carthage College, Kenosha, WI Upon receiving her Bachelor degree in 1974 she began her teaching career in the Kenosha Unified School District. She then continued on to get her masters degree. She also took additional graduate classes at Cardinal Stritch College and the University of Wisconsin both in Milwaukee. Her entire teaching career was in Kenosha, teaching special education (elementary grades) from 1974 to 1999 when she began to teach regular 3rd grade education. During her career she also served on a number of school committees. She retired in 2007. She also served a number of years as a Commissioner on the Village of West Milwaukee's Civil Service Commission, and was a long time member of the Council for Exceptional Children. In 2009 she moved to Phoenix, AZ where her brother, Dennis, lived. She volunteered for 8 years as a Navigator at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport answering questions from arriving and departing passengers. She loved to travel, attend live theater performances, and also did quilting. She attended church Bible classes both at Nain church in West Allis, WI and here at Emmanuel in Tempe, AZ. 
Submitted: October 22, 2021

Arthur W. Walker & Elena — Lake Bluff, IL ,  died July 30, 2016. Arthur was born September 1, 1937 at St. Therese Hospital, Waukegan, IL. He attended Holy Family Church and School in North Chicago, as well as Waukegan and North Chicago High Schools. Arthur served in the US Army from 1957-1960 and proceeded to marry, raise a family that included five children, and earn a BA in Criminal Justice from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. He earned his degree while working full time as a police officer for the City of Lake Forest, where he served for nearly ten and one half years, leaving in March of 1975 to accept the then newly created position of Chief Investigator for the Lake County States Attorneys' Office. His first duty, working for then States Attorney, Jack Hoogaisian and funded by a federal grant, was to establish a complete criminal investigative unit. Within thirty short days, the unit was in place and it remains in operation today. Walker often said that "The year and a half I worked for Jack Hoogaisian were the best years I ever worked. Jack was a great boss and a wonderful person to have as a friend." Mr. Walker is preceded in death by his second wife, Nicki M. Walker (nee Romcevich) in 2001, his father, Paul Walker in 1944, his mother, Wanda Hanzel Walker in 1970, his sister Bernadette Walker Maloney (1994) and his two, locally famous dogs, "Bing" in 1976 and "Butler" in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Elena Walker, his three daughters, Maria Walker Robinson (Raymond), Kathryn Walker-Eich, Betsey Walker, as well as his two sons, Paul Walker (Pamela) and John Walker. Additionally, eight grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and cousins survive his passing. 
Submitted: August 8, 2016

Sadie L. Watts — Zion, IL,  passed away at age 101 on August 22, 2020. Sadie was born October 26, 1918 in Leighton, AL. Sadie was a founding member of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Zion, IL. Sadie attended Moody Bible Institute, Trinity Christian College, and the American Baptist Theological Seminary. Sadie received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Carthage College in 1974. 
Submitted: September 7, 2020

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James Blake — Libertyville, Ill.,  died August 3, 2013 in Libertyville. He was born in New York and had retired from the U.S. Navy after 26 years of service. He was an avid reader, a proficient pool player, a skilled bridge player and an expert dancer. He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years of marriage, Marlene; his children, James K. Blake, Brian F. Blake and Robert A. Blake; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  
Submitted: May 13, 2014

Gary Paul Bucholz — Darien, Ill.,  passed away at 64 on April 14, 2016. Born on July 27, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. Attended Lane Tech HS in Chicago and Carthage in Kenosha. Beloved husband of Bonnie nee Lowe. Beloved son of the late John and Vivian Bucholz. Loving father of Bradly (Erin), Brett (Koryna) and Brandon. Cherished grandfather of Johnathan and Matthew. Fond brother of Robert (Leona), and the late Jeannine Kunz, Suzanne (Fred) Gioe and Aimee (Michael) Poppenga. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.  
Submitted: April 20, 2016

John A. Duncanson — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away at Elizabeth Residence on Thursday, September 1, 2011. John was born in New Jersey on August 15, 1936, to John A. and Eveleen (nee: Riddagh) Duncanson. John married Jean Johansen on January 30, 1960. She preceded him in death on April 24, 1994. He served in the United States Navy. He was an accountant for Felle and Beck. He is survived by his sons, Mark, Scott, and John (Gretchen) Duncanson; grandchildren, Sarah, Nick, Missy, Nina (Jeff), Drew, Thomas, Jed, Chris, Carter, Ashton, Jeremy, Jordan, Lily, Cayden, and Hailey; brothers, Norman (Shirley), William (Elaine), and Robert (Dale); brother-in-law, Jerry Johansen; and sister-in- law, Betty Johansen. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. 
Submitted: October 10, 2014

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John Eilers — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away unexpectedly, in the Ascension-All Saints Emergency Room on Sunday, December 3, 2017. John was born in Milwaukee on November 1, 1942, the son of the late Bernard and Vivienne (nee: Andersen) Eilers. On August 4, 1967, in Christ the King Lutheran Church, he was united in marriage to the former Marion Jane Miller. John had been employed by S.C. Johnson and Son for over 38 years, until retiring. He was a graduate of Carthage. John was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, in Racine, Peace Lutheran Church, in Arbor Vitae, WI, the Johnson 20 Year Club, the J.M.B.A., and the Kiwanis Club of West Racine. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Marion, their son, James (Sandi) Eilers, of St. Germaine, grandson, Nolan; sister, Anne Marie (Melvin) Walker, of Cable, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by their son, John, in 1986. 
Submitted: December 11, 2017

Anthony Fick — McHenry, Ill.,  died June 30, 2013, at Crossroads Care Center in Woodstock, Ill., of complications from a stroke. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Geneva Fick; and a sister, Patricia Catalano. Tony was born in Chicago on June 25, 1949, to Oscar and Geneva (Sobieski) Fick. He graduated from Grant High School in Fox Lake, Ill., in 1967. During his years in high school, he was all-conference in football and wrestling and a member of the varsity band (saxophone), thespians, a cappella and student council. After high school, he attended the Merchant Marine Academy. He worked summer construction to pay for his education and graduated from Carthage College in 1973 with a degree in elementary education with a minor in mathematics. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. He married Mary O'Laughlin on June 27, 1987, at Grace Lutheran Church in Richmond, Ill. He obtained his insurance license in 1974, serving the McHenry County area for 39 years. He was a former member of the Jaycees and the Moose Lodge. He coached peewee football in McHenry and defense at Marian Central High School. He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Church in McHenry. He was an excellent card player, enjoyed a game of chess and playing golf with his many friends. He was a diehard Bears and Cubs fan. Survivors include his wife, Mary; his children, Matthew (Julie) Fick, Shannon (James) Darling, Sara (Daniel) Bowman, Kristie (Joseph) Demayo and Sandra (Jaime) Gladish; three brothers, Oscar (Jeanie) Fick, Curtiss (Sherri) Fick and Michael (Mary Ellen) Fick; a sister, Bonnie (Craig) Stratton; 13 grandchildren, Raegan, Kaitlyn, Austin, Logan, Ryann, Miles, Daniel, Arabella, Nathanial, Edward, William, Arthur and Shea-Leigh; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: August 27, 2013

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John "Jack" Fordham — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on December 8, 2018 at the age of 79. Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on July 23, 1939 to Harry and Betty Fordham (née Host), Jack grew up in Rogers Park on the north side of Chicago, was educated by the Christian Brothers and a 1957 graduate of St. George High School in Evanston, IL, attended Loyola-Chicago and graduated from Carthage. A proud American and Marine, Jack joined the Corps in 1961, served during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, for which he relayed that his bags were packed and he was ready to deploy with wife Jane (née Guarascio) and infant Traci at home before tensions abated. He served six years with the 3rd Reconnaissance Company at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. An expert Sharpshooter Rifleman, he was awarded the Organized Reserve Medal with bronze star and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. Jack lived most of his life in Racine WI, enjoying the love (and food!) of the Guarascio family and raising two daughters, Traci and Beth Fordham, there. Jack moved to Clemmons, North Carolina in 2006 to be near Beth and son-in-law Mark Meier and enjoyed many years of retirement playing golf and Schafskopf and watching his beloved Green Bay Packers (usually) win with family and many good friends. Jack loved time with his family and friends, including camping at Camp Anokijig, fishing in Canada and on Lake Michigan, vacations to FL, golf trips to KY, holiday feasts, jigsaw puzzles and Scrabble, and much laughter. A gifted athlete and fierce competitor, Jack won golf awards in the Racine and NC Triad area and many racquetball tournaments, often against younger competitors, at the Racine Racquetball Club. Notably in 2007 he hit a hole-in-one at Hole #2 (160 yd) with a 7-wood at the Tanglewood Championship Course, buying a celebratory round for friends afterward. He also played competitive tennis and, at St. George HS Jack was the point guard on the basketball team. Raised Catholic, upon moving to NC Jack joined and was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem, where he enjoyed the love and care of its pastor and many friends and where his smile, gregarious nature and humor will be sorely missed. Jack’s faith in Jesus Christ remained steadfast and we celebrate his entering into a new life, perfectly whole, no longer suffering from the anxiety and confusion of Alzheimer’s and the ravages of cancer. Left to mourn are his family: daughter Traci Fordham and grandchildren Miguel and Xander Hernandez of Portland OR and daughter Beth Fordham-Meier and son-in law Mark Meier of Advance NC, special cousins (the Hosts) and nieces and nephews, and many devoted friends including Ron and Jane (Guarascio) Semple and the Tom Loke family. Jack was predeceased by his parents Harry and Betty Fordham, sisters Jill Tessmer (Alexandria, MN) and Ann Small (Las Vegas), and cousins Jerry and Eddie Host (Kenosha). 
Submitted: December 13, 2018

Kathleen J Gienko — Palatine, IL,  was the beloved wife of the late Mitchell P. Gienko; loving mother of Beth (Daniel) Stowell and Susan Gienko; daughter of the late George and Lillian Kauffman; sister of Nancy (Bradley) Nelson; aunt of Lance and Ryan Nelson, and Robert and Lillian Serwa; daughter-in-law of Josephine (the late Mitchell) Gienko; and sister-in-law of Sandra (Robert) Serwa. She is also survived by many relatives and friends. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

Randal K. Rev. Gullickson
Randal K. Rev. Gullickson

Randal Gullickson — Butler, PA,  died at home Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, surrounded by his family and friends and embraced in their love. In the weeks before falling ill, Randy was traveling in Switzerland and France, riding trains through the Alps, visiting the Matterhorn, and living his maxim, ex-prime Diem, squeezing every day to the very last drop. He earned his bachelor's degree from Carthage in Kenosha, WI, and his Master of Divinity from Luther-Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, MN. After completing seminary, he served as assistant minister at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, WI, and then as executive director of Luther Park Bible Camp in Danbury, WI. In 1985, Randy moved his family to Pennsylvania, where he fulfilled the role of executive director at Camp Lutherlyn in Prospect, for 31 years until his retirement in 2016. Over the years, he served on many National Lutheran Outdoor Ministries committees, as president of the Association of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Professionals, and on the board of directors of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. Randy had a deep and abiding love for God's creation, and he spent much of his time adventuring in the great outdoors. He made it his life's purpose to teach and challenge others to show God's love by making life-giving choices and living with open hands in God's grace. During his years at Lutherlyn, he changed the lives of thousands of campers and staff by listening, inspiring, and loving, with a passion for making the Gospel come alive. He was known for his abilities to engineer, invent, build, and fix almost anything. He was an inspirational thinker, who was called to create things that awaken the spirit. He loved camping, canoeing, travel, music, wood, and leatherworking, telling stories, writing poetry, crafting pottery, philosophizing, mastering just about any skill that caught his interest and making jokes, especially bad puns. His wit and sense of humor were gifts he freely gave to everyone he met, right up to the end. Randy is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Tracy Baker Gullickson; his son, Jason (Jessica) Gullickson, and grandson, Malcolm; his daughter, Anna (Rob Morris) Gullickson; and his brother, Jeff (Mary) Gullickson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Arlene Gullickson; and the infant brother he never met, David. 
Submitted: November 15, 2019

Kenneth Johnson — Plano, IL,  Mr. Kenneth Johnson -- (Class of 1973) passed away May 6, 2018. 
Submitted: November 24, 2020

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Noel Johnson — Mount Pleasant, WI,  passed away at the age of 78 after a six-year battle with Alzheimer's. Noel was born in Racine April 13, 1939, son of the late Herbert and Mary (nee: Immal) Johnson. Noel graduated from St. Edward’s grade school, Park High School “Class of 1957” and Carthage College. On March 16, 1963 in Lawton, OK, Noel was united in marriage to the love of his life, Doris Fiori. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Aschaffenburg, Germany. While stationed there, he enjoyed traveling with Doris throughout Europe. Noel was employed with SC Johnson for forty years last employed as credit manager before retiring in 2004. He was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church, Racine Yacht Club, SC Johnson “20 Year Club” Roma Lodge and Moose Lodge. An avid golfer, Noel was also a member of the Johnson Men’s golf league and was proud of his hole in one. In his spare time, Noel enjoyed time spent with his family, tending to his roses and flower garden, playing the guitar and photography. He will be best remembered for his dry sense of humor, his green eyes that are now looking down on all of his loved ones, and his great love for his family, especially his loving wife, daughter and grandchildren, whom he was especially proud. Noel will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 55 years, Doris; his wonderful daughter, Chris Kamakian; grandsons, Tyler and Niko Kamakian, his brother Terry Johnson, cousins William and Judy Penn; and other relatives and dear friends. 
Submitted: February 19, 2018

Robert "Bob" Kasper — Zion, Ill.,  died July 11, 2015, at United Hospital System in Kenosha, Wis. Bob was born April 12, 1931, in Chicago, Ill. He graduated from Kelly High School in Chicago and graduated from Carthage College in 1973 with a bachelor of science. He married his wife Lillian on Nov. 1, 1952, and was married for 62 years until her death in 2014. Bob was a member of Our Lady of Humility Church in Beach Park, IL. After working for Fansteel, he spent 28 years at American Motors/Chrysler. He enjoyed rummage sales, fishing, spending time with family, loving life, laughing and reading books.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

James E. McCullough — Ingleside, Illinois,  77, a resident of Ingleside, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015, in Libertyville, Ill. He was born January 5, 1938 in Toledo, OH, to Theodore and Magdelyn McCullough. James worked for Abbot Labs for 24 years in the diagnostic division as a principal computer analyst. He was a member of the Lake County Astronomical Society, the Abbotts Canoe Paddlers club, and the Happy Travelers Campers club and loved to fly fish. James is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol, his sister Gladys (Norman) Zaenger, his nephews Randy( the late Eileen) Douglas, Robert (Vickie) Raw, and Kenneth Zaenger, his niece Kay Norman, and his great-nephew Matthew Raw. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Robert McCullough and Terry Lee McCullough.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Lynette M. McNeill — Lake Villa, Ill. ,  passed away peacefully after a long illness on May 15, 2014, at the family home her husband, Roy, built in Lake Villa in the 1960s. Born in Gages Lake, Ill., as the first daughter of six children to Jennie and Jeremiah Porter Duell of Grayslake, Ill., she graduated Libertyville Township High School in 1937 and attended one year at North Park College in Chicago. Prior to her marriage, she worked at the Frank G. Hough Company in Libertyville and for the Grayslake Gelatin Factory. She married Roy Joseph McNeill on June 22, 1946, at the Grayslake Congregational Church on Center Street and was a life member of the United Protestant Church in Grayslake. Lynette was an avid genealogist, taking many trips to find her long-lost relatives. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Grayslake, and also a member of the Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She worked many years as a substitute teacher in the immediate area of her home in Lake County and received her bachelor's degree from Carthage in 1973. Lynette retired teaching from the Avon Grade School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jennie (nee: Halvorson) and J. Porter Duell, Sr. of Grayslake, her brother J. Porter Duell Jr. of Libertyville and sisters Audrey Duell Hall, Jean Duell Stickles both of Grayslake, Henrietta Duell (Floyd) Thibodeau of Appleton, WI, and Charlotte Duell Osborn Nelson of Rice Lake, WI. Lynette is survived by her children Marie L. (John) Bidney of Fairhope, AL, James R. (Cathy) McNeill of Lindenhurst, John D. (Mary Kay) McNeill of Antioch, William J. (fiancee Darcy Hertel) McNeill, her 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews a loving caregiver, Cveta. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Mr. Ross Meader
Mr. Ross Meader

Ross Meader — Washington Island, WI,  passed away on August 22, 2019 at the age of 69. Mr. Meader was born August 6, 1950 in Racine, Wisconsin, son of the late Daniel and Clarice (Hagen) Meader. He was a graduate of William Horlick High School, Class of 1969, and received his BA in Physical Education from Carthage. Ross began his teaching career with Racine Unified School District. While there he completed his master’s work in Education Administration and Guidance Counseling, where he remained a Guidance Counselor in the same district. He retired after 34 years in education, the profession he loved. He was very passionate about helping the youth he taught making several school trips to Washington Island offering experiences they would not otherwise have, to the place he loved his entire life. Ross married his soulmate, Catherine Bohm in 1973, and they spent their summers on Washington Island retiring there in 2007. Ross served ten years as a volunteer firefighter with the Washington Island Fire Department. He was a member of the Lions Club, Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, and a lifetime member of the Washington Island Sportsman and Conservation Club. He spent his free time with his family and friends, going on boat cruises along with bass and walleye fishing. He was an avid pheasant, turkey, and deer hunter. Ross is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Cathy. They had two children, Garrett (Katie Brown) Meader, Kiersten (Eric) Spinn: three grandchildren, Kennedy and Gage Meader and Bryce Spinn; siblings, Chris Meader, Kim (Katie Kidder) Meader, Pam (Rick) Bonanno; along with several nieces, nephews and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Daniel and Clarice; in-laws, Robert and Martha Bohm; and nephew, Anders Meader. 
Submitted: August 27, 2019

Carol A. Merten
Carol A. Merten

Carol Merten — Burlington, WI,  Passed away Friday, March 27, 2020, at Oak Park Place. Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on July 27, 1935. Carol was the daughter of Charles and Velma "Bernice" (nee Brown) Neu. Her early life was spent in Kenosha, where she graduated from St. George Grade School, Bradford High School, Racine and Kenosha County Teacher's College, Carthage College, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She taught at Silver Lake Middle School for over 30 years. On July 28, 1956, at St. George's Catholic Church in Kenosha, she was united in marriage to Roger Merten. Following the marriage, they lived on their farm in Burlington. Roger preceded her in death on March 17, 2012. She was a 20-year member of the Women's Health Initiative, a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, and a 4-H leader for the Racine County 4-H Explorers. Carol was also a member of the Homemakers neighborhood group and bought one of the first microwave ovens in the neighborhood. She loved to read, sew, and was the best cook. She assisted in preparing large meals for weddings at the Veteran's Building every Saturday for years and was renowned for her German potato salad. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Carol is survived by her children, Margaret "Peggy" (Dale) Isaacson of Malone, WI, Steven Merten of Lynnwood, WA, Lawrence Merten of Burlington, WI and Patricia Merten of Texas; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Dustin) Brunn of Horicon, WI, Rebecca Wilberding of Milwaukee, WI, Paxtyn and Noah Merten of Lynnwood, WA, Thaddeus Merten, stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army and Miranda DeFranco of Union Grove, WI; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Lindsay, and Anna DeFranco, and Ethan Brunn; and sister, Linda (David) Poisl. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Oak Park Place along with Dr. Twardy for their care and compassion. 
Submitted: April 22, 2020

Mark Timothy Meyer — Canyon Lake, Texas ,  passed away on February 22, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas of an enlarged heart. He is survived by his daughter Amanda, his brother Philip, and his nieces Pamela and Megan. Timothy led a colorful and intense life. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive man, his compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing his charm and warm demeanor. He was kindhearted, gentle, and organized in what he sought to accomplish. Mark was a mentor, a natural "teacher" capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in those around him. He sought harmony and peace. Mark was born on January 16, 1950 at the St. Theresa Hospital in Waukegan, Illinois. His parents were Jeanne & Henry Meyer. Mark was raised on Burgess Farm. When he was young, Mark's friends and family found that "straightforward" and "honest" were perfect words to describe him. Even as a child, Mark demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability, and was a natural entertainer and storyteller. Mark grew up with two siblings. He had an older brother Philip, a younger brother Brian (deceased), and a sister Dawn (deceased at 2 days old). Mark was involved in all sorts of activities with his family. He was even-tempered, taking care not to get in the middle of too many family conflicts. This quality served him well, and made him the peacekeeper of the family. Mark carried these traits into his adult life, which served as one of many reasons why family and friends found him fun and delightful to be around. Mark was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making and maintaining powerful connections with those he knew. As a young boy, Mark was imaginative, ingenious, clever, and a "novel" thinker. Regardless of whether his peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Mark could easily relate to other kids. He was an active child who took part in wrestling, track, and football. He was a hard worker on the farm. In his spare time he liked comic books and fishing. Mark's memorable achievements included much of the work he had done on the farm. However, to Mark, the most fun to be had was simply spending time with his many friends. During his high school years, Mark had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. He was constantly offering his support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which he participated. He graduated from Salem Central High in 1968. He did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to him. In this way, Mark had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Mark was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being "the life of the party." Teachers and classmates knew Mark as an excellent listener. He placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for him just around the corner. The teachers he enjoyed learning from the most were Mrs. Vassler and Dorm Grams. He was the MVP in Football and Track. He also participated in Pep Club, Drama Club, the School Paper, C-Club, Letterman Club, Homecoming Court, and Forensics-Debating. Mark did well in college, as a result of his being intuitive and finely organized. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. His favorite course was English, and his favorite professor was Dr. Bill Miller. He attended Lakeland Jr. College, but graduated from Carthage College. The skill of being a good communicator helped Mark immensely during his college days. He was comfortable with abstract ideas and theories and tended to thrive on the subjects that forced him to think. No matter what class it was, Mark was always highly perceptive and embraced the mental challenges that his college experience provided. Always considered a good friend, Mark sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason, Mark always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Mark's friends found him easy to know and get along with because of his talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and amiable in his dealings with others. Mark would always seek to learn what his friends enjoyed, and he would go out of his way to make sure that their needs were met. Mark was seen as the type of person who was a gracious giver. In fact, he sometimes felt ill at ease when he was the one on the receiving end. Throughout his life he had many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Mike Wagner, Jim Eppers, Mike Tremonte, Todd Sanchez, and Don Ellingson. Later in life, he became friends with Gary Epping, Kathy Kofoed, Lisa Madden, and Julie Eridesen. Mark's quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was accepting of others translated to being a good father to his child, especially later in life. Mark shared these values with his one child, Amanda Meyer. Mark related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved him, and he was devoted to them. Mark experienced success in his work life over and over again. His primary occupation was in high tech software sales. Mark always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by his colleagues as a team player. Mark took pride in managing his professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Mark was one to take the initiative, and his skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Mark continually sought to learn what his co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled him to help them develop their own potential. Because he was organized and methodical, Mark took great pleasure in his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were riding his custom hog, working out, and writing. Mark enjoyed sharing his passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time. Mark derived much satisfaction from sports. Because he was so instinctive and could always grasp the big picture, Mark delighted in the strategy and inner workings of competition. In high school, Mark was involved in wrestling, track, and football. In his college years, Mark continued to stay active by playing football. His recreational sports included working out. Mark was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams' events whenever he got the opportunity. The top on his list was football (Go Packers!). Throughout his life, Mark was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Mark was known to his peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called upon, Mark was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting his own needs aside. Mark's involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Mark's ability to bring valued principles along with him. Throughout his later years, Mark was an active member of The Knuckleheads. Mark was well known to others for his ability to naturally and conscientiously move to action to help others, a quality that placed him as an active contributor to many community activities. Charismatic by nature, he was always viewed by others as someone who built bridges, connected people, and upheld his personal values. He served on numerous committees at Silverlake Community Baptist Church. Though he did not often do things solely for individual recognition, Mark was given accolades for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. If the truth were known, Mark was always a little uncomfortable with being singled out for recognition. One of his most prestigious accomplishments was his inclusion in The President's Club. Mark enjoyed traveling, and because he was so well organized, he would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling family vacations. His gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Mark were always enjoyable. His favorite getaway was taking motorcycle trips. Mark was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Mark's favorites was Jackson, a Jack Russell. When Mark's retirement finally came in December 1, 2013, he was well prepared. Being the focused and organized person that he was, Mark had taken care to plan for this part of his life. When that time eventually arrived, Mark knew exactly what he wanted to do. His new life involved relocating to a cabin on Canyon Lake in Texas to be closer to his daughter. In retirement, he found new pleasure in riding his motorcycle and spending time with loved ones. Even in retirement, Mark continued to stay in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new ones too. His most recent trip to visit loved ones past and present was a fond memory for him. Throughout his life, Mark was a gregarious and enthusiastic man. He was generous in sharing his personal attributes, giving and helping those he knew and loved. He would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. He was imaginative, original, tender-hearted, and fun to be around. Mark leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives he touched will dearly remember Mark Timothy Meyer. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Christine (Francis) Patterson — Arvada, Colorado,  passed away on February 23, 2016.  
Submitted: February 1, 2017

Jon Reiss — Sussex, WI,  died on February 6, 2016. 
Submitted: August 2, 2017

Jill Marilyn (Pryse) Svoboda — Kenosha, WI,  Passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Born on July 20, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Mabel (Miller) Pryse, Sr. She was a 1954 graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School, attended Lake Forest College and was a 1973 graduate of Carthage College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. On May 11, 1974 at First Congregational Church of Kenosha, she was united in marriage to Woodrow “Woody” J. Svoboda and they were blessed with 41 wonderful years of marriage. Jill was employed with S.C. Johnson Wax & Sons, Inc. for 23 years and a “20 Year Club” Member. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Kenosha for over 50 years, a lifetime member of Mary D. Bradford High School and Carthage College Alumni Associations, Chi Omega Society, Lake Forest College, Johnson Wax and Froedtert Hospital Foundation. Jill was a Friend of the Kenosha Public Museum, Jr. Princess on the Mary D. Bradford Homecoming Court, member and former council member of Job’s Daughters Bethel 30 and a sponsor of the Kenosha Dream Playground Project. Jill loved to read, especially history, mystery and biography books, playing cards and gardening. She loved being with her wonderful family and friends and truly felt blessed to have so many loving and caring people in her life, she lived her life by observing the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. She will be remembered by her children, Susan (Edward) Bezek of Texas, Kevin (Lynda) Svoboda of Colorado and Elwood (Jody) Svoboda of Racine; her six grandchildren, Justin (Steph) Svoboda, Erin (Derek) Hebrink, Natalia Svoboda, Mark Woulf and Natalie Woulf; her six great-grandchildren, Kendall, Landon and Griffin Svoboda, Kaelyn and Adrie Hebrink and Ryder Markman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woody, her brothers, Alvin Pryse, Jr. and Edward (Jack) Pryse; and her grandson, Greg Svoboda. 
Submitted: April 22, 2020

Christine Swannell — Milwaukee, WI,  was born to Eternal Life December 14, 2016. Preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Shirley (nee Lueck) Swannell. Dear sister of Robert (Carol) Swannell. Devoted aunt of Melanie, Paul and Brett. Also survived by other relatives and friends. Christine was a graduate of Carthage College, and active member of Ascension Lutheran Church and she taught at Manitoba Elementary School for 33 years. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Ascension Lutheran Church would be appreciated. 
Submitted: December 20, 2016

Landis K. Thompson — Stone City, IA,  passed on to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 8, 2016, which ended his battle with cancer. He was adamant that he wanted this time to be a celebration of his life, instead of a sad mourning of his death. So in that spirit we hope that you be present and love those close to you. Landis is survived by his wife Lois of Stone City; children, Landis Thompson and Kirsten (Chris) Economy; and sisters, Claudia Burk, Judith Hoevet, and Charlene Thormodsgard. Also surviving are many loving family members and friends. Landis was born January 1, 1951, in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of Dr. Wallace and Mildred (Taylor) Thompson. He graduated from Ralston High School in Nebraska and Carthage College in Wisconsin. He then spent two years at Wartburg Seminary. On September 13, 1975, in Grand Island, Nebraska, he married Lois Griffin. Landis was employed at J.C. Penney and American Family Insurance. He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, Marion Masonic Lodge #6, and Stone City Foundation.  
Submitted: November 16, 2016

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Richard C. Anderson — Brookfield, WI,  passed away August 3, 2021. 
Submitted: August 9, 2021

Carol (Lehman) Bender — Tucson, AZ,  passed away on April 25, 2018. Carol was born on Feb. 12, 1937, in Berlin, Wis. She was the daughter of Arthur C. and Grace Lehman and has been a long time resident of Racine, Wis. She has been living in Tucson since 1999. She was united in marriage to LaVern L. Bender on Aug. 24, 1957, and they had celebrated 36 years of marriage before LaVern's death in 1993. Carol attended Berlin High School graduating with honors in 1955. Also that year she was crowned Wisconsin State Honey Queen and made national appearances for the National Bee Keepers Association. Carol received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage College. She taught first grade and Special Education for KUSD for many years retiring in 1993. Mrs. Bender was teacher of the year in 1979. She was very well known for her dedication to her students. In addition, Carol serviced ten years in the Kenosha Association Board of Directors. She served as treasurer of the KEA Legislative Committee. She served five years on the WEAC Legislative Committee. She was an active member of political action in Kenosha. She chaired the WEAC Special Education and Ad Hoc Gifted and Talented Committee, also serving on the Curriculum and Instruction Committee. She was elected by Kenosha Educators and attended the WEAC Representative Assembly for 15 years. She was elected by Wisconsin Teachers and represented them at the National Education Assembly for 12 years. She was a long time member of Phi Delta Kappa and Alpha Delta Kappa as well as the American Association of University women. She was a member of Association for early Childhood, Racine Kenosha reading council, Wisconsin Reading Association, Internation Reading Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Wisconsin Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, Wisconsin Council for Gifted and Talented. Carol was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church from 1959 to 2000, serving on the church council, service as the Women of Church secretary, and teaching Sunday School. She was a member of the Board Parish Education and Alta Guild. Carol has been a member of Tanque Verde Lutheran church in Tucson since 2001 where, again, she was involved in many church activities. Also, while in Tucson she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit John P. Burns Post #36 in Tucson. Survivors include her two adult children, Cynthia Ann Nielsen (Don) and Lonnie Lee Bender of Racine; three grandchildren, Paul Nielsen of Milwaukee, Emily Nielsen and Jessica Bender of Racine; sister, five nieces and nephews; special friend, Allan Johnson of Racine. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Robert Lehman in March of 2011; and sister-in-law Shari Lehman of Wenetchee, Wash. 
Submitted: May 3, 2018

Timothy Cagle — Tempe, Arizona,  died November 18, 2016. Tim was born on December 1st, 1949 in Racine WI. He attended the Racine Unified School District schools and graduated in 1968 from J.I. Case High School with its' first graduating class. Tim attended Carthage College where he met the love of his life, Faye. The two were married May 6th 1972. Tim always had a love of airplanes which led him to his Associates Degree in Airline Management. In 1975 Tim and Faye welcomed their son Josh. Being a husband and father truly allowed Tim to understand the depth of the human heart. Throughout Tim's life, Family was always at the center. Living in Racine there was always family around or a function to attend. Whether it was holiday gatherings, bowling leagues, trivial pursuit, or Friday night movies, Tim lived his life to the fullest. Professionally, Tim explored many different occupations. He worked for Walker Forge, a steel foundry, until he was laid off in 1982. He then entered the wonderful world of wastewater treatment at the Racine Wastewater Treatment Plant. Tim worked at the plant until he left Wisconsin in 1988. Upon moving to Arizona Tim was finally able to enter the airline industry with a security position at America West Airlines. Throughout the years Tim moved around and rose through the ranks of America West, and into the transition to US Airways. In 2013 Tim retired from the Executive Liaison position in the Customer Relations Department after 25 years of service. Tim didn't just have co-workers, they were truly his second family. Even throughout his retirement and his medical struggles, he still stayed close with that core group of people that made him smile every day at the office. The same is true of his friends. Once he laughed with you, and he always laughed, you were always on his heart and a part of his prayers. Travel was extremely important to Tim and who he was. He made many trips back to Wisconsin to reconnect with friends and family. He also took every opportunity to travel with Faye. From weekend hiking trips, week long driving excursions, cruising through some amazing ports, and even a European adventure, Tim made a point to keep moving. Throughout all of his travels and amazing destinations, it was with his family that he truly was content. As he experienced a place or event on his travels, his first thought was how he could share that with everyone he loved…and share he did! Tim was proud of many things in his life. He was proud of his wife for all of her accomplishments and for putting up with him for over 40 years. He was proud of his son for becoming the man that he knew he could be. And he was supremely proud of his grandsons and all of their many adventures. Tim was also proud of himself. He was proud of the fact that he was the greatest grandpa EVER! The last two woodworking projects that Tim was able to complete were a rocking horse for Grayson and the Jeep bed for Jameson. His blood, sweat, tears, and love, went into every cut with the saw, every nail, and every coat of paint. The look of pride upon the delivery of these heirlooms will never be forgotten by all of those present. Tim's heart was full, and he shared that with everyone he met. Unfortunately Tim was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2008. As the years progressed and the disease took its toll, Tim kept his positive attitude and high spirits. In the past few years Tim slowly regressed to the point that he was placed in a skilled nursing facility to best provide him with care. He was surrounded by his family and all of your love and went peacefully into his eternal rest. 
Submitted: November 30, 2016

Joyce Dahlquist — Lead Hill, Arkansas,  passed away January 17, 2012, at Lead Hill at the age of 61. She was born December 12, 1950, at Racine, Wisconsin the daughter of Raymond and Margaret Schlicke Dombrowski. She married James "Jim" Dahlquist on August 21, 1971, at Racine and was a business woman. She received her Bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin. Joyce lived in Lead Hill since 1999 moving from Buffalo, Missouri. Joyce is survived by her husband, Jim and 4 children, Steven, Rebecca, Amanda and Michael. She was preceded in death by her parents. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

Kathleen M Dermody — Oconomowoc, WI,  passed away on December 3, 2018. 
Submitted: October 21, 2020

Kendall Gentz
Kendall Gentz

Kendall M. Gentz — Pleasant Prairie, WI,  died on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Brookside Care Center. Born in Kenosha on July 1, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Leoma (Voster) Davis. She attended St. Joseph High School and was a graduate of Kenosha Teachers College. She did her undergraduate studies at Carthage College and received her Master's Degree from U.W. – Whitewater. On Sept. 10, 1965, in Waukegan, Ill., she was united in marriage to Keith Gentz. Sadly, after 30 years of marriage, Keith preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 1995. Kendall was employed as an elementary school teacher with the Paris Consolidated School District. She was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where she involved herself in many of the church's activities. Kendall loved all things Irish; especially Celtic music. In her younger years, Kendall played league volleyball. She liked playing cards, reading and for over 40 years, she owned and loved the "Gentle Giant" canine breed, Great Dane. She is survived by her son, Kenneth (Joy) Gentz and her aunt, Betty Edquist. 
Submitted: February 20, 2017

Carla E Haubrich — Sterling, IL,  passed away October 19, 2020. Carla was born on October 21, 1950 in Kenosha, Wis. the daughter of Lothar and Ione (Hansen) Haubrich. She graduated from Carthage College with a bachelor's degree. Carla was employed as the Director of Self Help Enterprises in Sterling. She was very active in her community and church having served on several boards. She is survived by one sister, Karen (Dennis) Zander of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; one niece, Ashley Zander; and one nephew, Steve Zander. 
Submitted: October 28, 2020

Gregory A. Huster , Sr. — Ingleside, IL,  passed away on March 25, 2019 at the age of 70. Mr. Huster was a graduate of Grant High School, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Carthage College. Retired from working in printing sales after 30 years. He was active in his church and community for many years. Survivors include, his wife Rosann (nee Fragassi). His children, Robert, Gregory (Sarah), Matthew (Elizabeth), Kathleen (Evan) Zillich, Lindsey (Peterson) Huster and Heather (Michael) May. His grandchildren, Kameron, Amber, Gavin, Nolan, Harrison, Caroline Huster, Morgan and Peyton May and Jamie Zillich. Preceded in death by his son, James Huster and his parents, Cecelia Abruzzo and Joseph Huster. 
Submitted: April 11, 2019

Susan M Koopmans — Columbia, MO,  passed away February 1, 2014. 
Submitted: October 21, 2020

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Bruce Mahone — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on November 8, 2018. He was born on December 26, 1951 and was the eldest son of Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone. After attending local public schools, Weiskopf Elementary and McKinley Jr. High School, he was the first African American male student to attend St. Joseph's High School (now St. Joseph's Catholic Academy), where he earned his diploma. He excelled in academics and athletics. He starred on the basketball team, played on the football team and competed in the broad jump and shot put on the Track and Field team. A great lover of music, he played the trumpet and coronet, and later became the drum major of the CYO Band. Years later, he played the harmonica. He served in the US Air Force from December 8, 1970 – September 16, 1971 with an honorable discharge. He went on to study criminal justice and political science at Carthage. His work in the nonprofit sector began as the Activities Director at the Christian Youth Council (CYC) and later he worked as an intake specialist at the Community Action Program. Over the years, he coached several local youth basketball and softball teams. His work at the Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) program was devoted to training low-income and unskilled workers, and providing them with jobs in the public service. He also worked at the Division of Motor Vehicles. He moved to California and later to Florida, In his final years, he found great joy in his gemstones; he became a certified gemologist and took up jewelry design as a hobby. He returned to Kenosha to be with the family. He is survived by four daughters, Kisha (Paul) Lazaris, Bree Craig Mahone, LaToya Watson, and Patrice Mary Mahone; five grandchildren: Ashe, Aurelius, Lola, Drake and Baron. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone. 
Submitted: November 16, 2018

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Gregory Price — Chicago, IL,  passed away on April 6, 2019 at the age of 70. He was born Nov. 1, 1948, to Alfred J. and Marion Louise "Mary Lou" Price in Bloomington, Illinois. Greg graduated from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn in 1966 and attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Greg was a kind man with a gentle soul. He enjoyed painting, reading, learning about history, writing poetry, listening to his extensive collection of music and spending time with his family and friends. Greg is survived by his mother, Mary Lou, of Lake Forest; a sister Patricia (Ken) West, of Woodstock; brothers, Bradford (Pam), of Cedarburg, Wisconsin and Geoff (Stephanie), of Crystal Lake. He is also survived by nephews, Justin (Brittany) West, Alex West, Jeremy Price, Trevor Price, Colin Price and Benjamin Price; nieces, Amy Ann (AJ) Burton and Heather (Andrew) Erickson; and four great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Alfred J. Price. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

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Donna Ryberg — Beloit, WI,  passed away on January 8, 2022. 
Submitted: January 13, 2022

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Geraldine "Gerri" Ann (McMinn) Simon — Sandy, UT,  passed away on April 4, 2016 at the age of 80 from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). Gerri was born on July 5, 1935 to Kenneth F and Anna Irene McMinn in Waukegan, IL. She married Charles Keith Simon, Jr., January 21, 1955. They had three children, Diana, Charles and Kenneth. They lived in Kenosha, WI until they retired to Largo, FL. After the death of her husband in 1996, she lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Salt Lake City, UT. She was a wonderful mother, loving wife and generous caring friend. Gerri loved to teach and was a gifted kindergarten teacher for 30 years. She was an accomplished pianist. Gerri was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a faithful member who loved serving in the Primary (children’s Sunday School). Gerri remained true to her love for the Savior and was unwavering in her journey to return to Him. Her determination, childlike innocence, generosity and playful sense of humor will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Keith and brothers, Kenneth and Douglas McMinn. She is survived by her children, Diana (Ted) Parsons, Chuck and Kenny Simon, grandchildren Jessica, Melissa and Vanessa, great grandchildren Andre and Damon, her brother Roland McMinn, brother-in-law John Simon and her nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: August 23, 2018

Marjorie A. Smith — Kenosha ,  78, passed away on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at her home. Marjorie was born on Oct. 23, 1936, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the daughter of the late Gerald and Olive (Powers) Linn. She was educated in the schools of Kenosha, graduating from Bradford H.S. and Carthage College. She married James Smith on Aug. 16, 1958, in Kenosha. Marjorie was employed as a Grant Writer for the State of Wisconsin for many years. Her hobbies included traveling the world, gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her husband, James Smith of Kenosha; children, Claudia Sockness of Kenosha, Philip (Chris) Smith of Beach Park, Ill.; a brother, H. Keith Linn of Brooklyn, NY; and a grandson, Brian Sockness. Marjorie was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Linn. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Larry Anthony Theis — Venice, FL,  passed away at home on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Larry was born October 14, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Anthony (Tony) and Helen Theis. He grew up in Chicago and attended Falconer Grade School until he was 13 years old. At Falconer he was a Crossing Guard who helped the younger children cross the street. His family moved to Park Ridge, Illinois, in 1959 where Larry attended Maine Township High School East, graduating in 1964. He then attended Carthage in Kenosha, Wisconsin but left to serve in the Air Force for four years. After his service, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago, then returned to Carthage to earn his Bachelors degree in Marketing and Art. He worked for United Fruit Company in Chicago and New Orleans. He then went to work for the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in New Orleans. In the late 1970's, he moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado and started a furniture-making company. In the late 1980's, he moved to Venice, Florida and started CT Woodcrafting with David Clarkson. They made and installed custom furniture in the Venice area for commercial, as well as residential, customers for almost 30 years. Larry was always civic-minded and participated in student council in his schools. As an adult he was on the South Venice Civic Association as a board member for ten years. He is survived by one sister and two nephews and his partner David Clarkson. He was preceded in death by his parents Helen and Anthony Theis who will be interred with him at Sarasota National Cemetery. 
Submitted: November 22, 2016

Marion (Werbie) Widmar — Kenosha, WI ,  passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the age of 86. She was a beloved mom, mother-in-law, and nana. She is survived by her daughter, Mary; son-in-law, Franklin; and granddaughter, Amanda. Per Marion's wishes, there were no funeral services or visitation. In keeping with Marion's philosophy of life and caring and gentle nature (manifest both in her being vegetarian and always giving of herself), instead of flowers or contributions, the family suggests you do a random act of kindness for a stranger: hold the door open for someone, do something nice for the environment, eat a veggie burger, give a compliment, or speak kindly. "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." (Leo Buscaglia) 
Submitted: September 20, 2016

Janice Wilson
Janice Wilson

Janice Wilson — Orangeville, IL,  passed away on January 8, 2020 at her home. She was born on August 13, 1950 in Freeport, IL, the daughter of Harold and Marilyn (Stamm) Wilson. Janice was a 1968 graduate of Orangeville High School. She received her degree in Education from Carthage in 1972. Janice was a teacher at the Pearl City Elementary School for 36 years, retiring in 2008. She was a member of Alpha Mu a retired teacher’s organization. Janice enjoyed knitting, crocheting and making crafts. She was a former member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Rock Grove. Janice is survived by her sister Carolyn Wilson; cousins- Donna Wilson, Darrell Wilson, Neva Wilson, Gary Wilson, Sandy (Duane) Knox, and Naomi McCool; friends Kerry and Tina Schlueter. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Brian in 2017, cousins- Delbert Wilson, Dr. V.D. McCool, Donald Wilson, and Fern Wilson. 
Submitted: January 17, 2020

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Brad Anderson — Roscoe, IL,  passed away on September 19, 2018 at the age of 69 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. Brad was born on April 10, 1949 in Rockford, the son of Edward W. and Hazel J. (Heacock) Anderson. Brad graduated from Harlem High School in 1967, and Carthage College. He was employed in the banking industry for almost 40 years. Brad began his career with the First National Bank & Trust Co. in 1971, worked at the First Bank of Loves Park from 1974-1993, and retired from the Alpine Bank & Trust Co. in 2010. He worked in a variety of positions during his career including President of the First Bank of Loves Park, the First Bank of Roscoe, and The Belvidere National Bank and Trust Co. He was fortunate to work with many wonderful people along the way. He served on numerous board of directors with local nonprofit organizations. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Ellen; children, Marc (Dr. Sara) Anderson and Julie Anderson; grandchildren, Ellie, Lucy, Garrett and Sophie, all of whom he was very, very proud and caused him to smile a great deal; sisters, Leigh Ann (David) Heidemann and Wendy (Al) Hollenberger; and several nephews. 
Submitted: October 17, 2018

Cynthia (Brusko) Black — Racine, WI,  passed away January 16, 2021. Cynthia Kirkegaard Brusko Black was born in Sturtevant, WI, on November 15, 1948 to Paul and Erna Brusko. She was predeceased by : her parents, Paul Brusko and Erna Brusko; her cousin Jeanine Rich; her nephew Christian Skoglund; and her son-in-law Drew Papillon. She is survived by : her children, Amy Elizabeth, Nathan Black (Veronica) and Alissa Miller (Isaac); her husband Ken Black; and her grandchildren, Josiah, Elizabeth Black, Hudson, Lydia, Cynthia Alyse Miller, Judah and Tovi Papillon. 
Submitted: September 28, 2021

Catherine Butterfield Urban
Catherine Butterfield Urban

Catherine Butterfield Urban — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on May 26, 2019 at the age of 76. Born, May 10, 1943, in Ashland, Wis., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Urban. Cathie graduated from Ashland High School, class of 1961. She attended Ashland County Normal Teachers College and later graduated from Carthage College. She was a very special person and loving mother. She was married to George Butterfield of Ashland, Wis., for many years. Together they raised five children; Brian Butterfield, Tammie Coln, Leanne Butterfield, Jamie Butterfield, and Corey Butterfield. Surviving are her five children, sixteen grandchildren; Dustin, Eric, Kyle, Riley, Kaden, Lexi, Corinne, Desmond, Francesca, Geneva, Drake, Brailyn, Constance, James, Ryelund, and Catalina, as well as several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Catherine is also survived by her two siblings, Carolyn (Bill) Peltonen and Jim (Kay) Urban. Catherine has donated her body to science. 
Submitted: May 29, 2019

Patricia "Hooter" Calvert
Patricia "Hooter" Calvert

Patricia M. Calvert — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on April 24, 2022 at the age of 78. Patricia “Hooter” M. Calvert, 78, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully, Sunday, April 24, 2022 at her residence. She was born on November 1, 1943 to the late Frederick and Violet (Sundberg) Calvert in San Francisco, CA. She was educated in the schools of Kenosha and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1961, graduate from Gateway Technical College in 1968 and received her BA in Business from Carthage College. Pat worked at Snap-On Tools for a few years, then for AMC/Chrysler for 10 years and worked at Gateway College as an administrative assistant for 28 years, retiring from there. Pat was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and was very active being a Sunday School Teacher and singing in the choir for many years. Pat volunteered and ran team Gateway for the Relay of Life for the American Cancer Society in Kenosha for many years. Pat enjoyed bowling, tennis collecting stamps, coins comic books, traveling and loved owls. She was also a Wisconsin sports fan. Pat lived life to the fullest with having loving concern for others. Pat is survived by her brother Andrew Calvert, her dear friend and caregiver P.J. Rupp, her aunt Florence Wieske and many other relatives and friends. 
Submitted: May 4, 2022

J. M. Cline — Waukegan, IL,  passed away on November 23, 2017 at the age of 68. Beloved brother of Sharon (Michael) White. Son of the late John N. and Lillian H. Cline. Fond Uncle of Geoffrey (Sarah), Nicholas (Brenda), and Patrick White. Loving great uncle of Brian, Jack, Hope, Isaiah, Jason, Josiah, and Kelly. 
Submitted: June 13, 2019

Alice Dabkey — Grayslake, IL,  died Wednesday April 6, 2016 at Libertyville Manor. Alice enjoyed sewing, beading, reading, bowling and baking. She was a retired school teacher from Mundelein School District #75. She taught at Lincoln, Jefferson and Carl Sandburg Grade schools in Mundelein for 24 years. Alice was also a member of the Libertyville Eastern Star.  
Submitted: August 13, 2017

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Ronald Derge — Jasper, AR,  passed away on June 30, 2018 at the age of 69. Ronald was born on March 25, 1949 in West Bend, Wisconsin to Melvin and Rosella (Engeleiter) Derge. Ron spent his early life in the Hartford, Wisconsin area farmlands before his family moved to Hartford proper in 1961. He graduated from Hartford Union High School in 1967, an outstanding debater and president of his senior class. In 1971, he graduated with honors from Carthage with a BA in English. In college, spent a semester at sea with the World Campus Afloat and a semester in Germany. Following graduation, Ron was an English professor at Edgewood College. When the wunderlust bug bit Ron, he moved to Eugene, Oregon. Upon returning to Wisconsin, Ron joined Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor living history museum. Here he developed his carpentry and cabinetry skills, building historic replications for the vintage buildings. Ron moved to Blue Mounds, Wisconsin and established a cabinetry shop. He designed and built custom kitchens and home furnishings. Ron was also passionate about buying old homes and restoring them to their original glory. Ron prided himself on doing quality, historically accurate restorations and Mt. Horeb enjoys two of his major renovations; the conversion of the old Ace Hardware store into the Mustard Museum, and the facade of the Mt. Horeb Area Historical Museum, both projects set the bar for quality restoration in the downtown. In 2005, the wanderlust bug returned, shortly after his youngest’s high school graduation, Ron dropped daughter Sara off at college and the next day drove to Eureka Springs, AR. There Ron continued woodworking, rescuing and renovating old homes and became involved with Eureka arts, partnering in an art supply store and gallery with his wife. He was known as Southwindcome, The Pepper Man, and Ron the Woodworker. He hated cold weather, okra, forsythia bushes, hashtags, and unnecessary noise. He loved his mom, his wife, his kids, family, pets, good books, peaceful solitude, public radio, and cooking. He was a straight shooter, a realist, and he always gave honest reviews about the important things in life. He saw the value and potential in well-worn items, and he found beauty in the mundane. He surprised himself by enjoying morning glories almost as much as his vegetable gardens. Ron found joy each season in the feathered visitors that he made sure were well-fed. He was always willing to lend an ear or a favorite recipe. On October 5, 2009 Ron was united in marriage with Raven (nee Natalie Hill) who survives him of the home. He is also survived by his mother Rosella of Whitewater, Wisconsin, three children, son Nathan (Theresa Kuehl) of Madison, Wisconsin, son Benjamin of West Allis, Wisconsin, daughter Sara (Al Wilson), granddaughter Evelynne Wilson of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, two siblings, Judith Pesetski (William) of Lubbock, Texas and John (Dr. Shirley Butler) of El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain and many beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his father Melvin Derge. 
Submitted: July 12, 2018

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Frances A Fornero — Waukegan, IL,  passed away May 18, 2015. Beloved wife of the late George R. Fornero; preceded in death by her granddaughter, Tessa Prideaux; loving mother of Norman, Charles, George Fornero & Francesca Prideaux; proud grandmother of Joseph (Laura) Fornero, Laura (Bryan) Slowick, Matthew (Liz), Sarah & Tim Fornero, Ray & Madeleine Prideaux and great-grandmother of Seleste, Jayla & America Prideaux, Julia & Anthony Fornero, Andrew, Nathan & Caitlin Slowick, and Dominic Spagnotti 
Submitted: September 30, 2020

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John B. Franklin — Byron, IL,  passed away on April 10, 2019 at the age of 69. Born October 24, 1949 in Oregon, the son of John W. and Patricia (Hilger) Franklin. Jay was a graduate of Oregon High School and Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. He was associated with Bemis Motor Co. in Oregon and Byron for nearly 50 years, lastly as owner/operator and continued dealing with cars after retiring. Jay enjoyed hiking, nature and learning history and had a passion for travel, especially to Arizona. Survived by his mother, Pat Franklin; son, Andrew Franklin; daughters, Whitney Franklin and Maddie Franklin; brother, Todd (Lori) Franklin; and sister, Leslie (David) Sadowski. Predeceased by his father. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

Stanley A. Ginkowski — Mt. Pleasant, Wis. ,  age 66, died unexpectedly on Monday, November 30, 2015 at his vacation residence in Ft. Myers, Fla. Stan was born in Kenosha on December 1, 1948, a son of the late Stanley B. and Frances (Cerqua) Ginkowski. An incurable storyteller, he joked that he graduated from “Wales” but eventually got his GED. Actually, he attended Carthage College and received his degree in accounting from Gateway Technical College and was enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. On December 12, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nev., he was united in marriage to Louise A. Hackbarth, who was not only his partner in life but in his business, Ginkowski and Ginkowski, an accounting and income tax preparation firm started by his father. Also like his father Stan was an accomplished guitarist, playing in younger years with the Imperials and later with Bjorn, Ginkowski and White and before his passing with Rusty Nail. He also enjoyed hunting, woodworking, bargain hunting on eBay and golf. An active member of the Kenosha Country Club, Stan had served as a board member and on the house and finance committees. Survivors include his wife Louise; sons, Scott Ginkowski, and Brian (Alissa) Ginkowski, and his brother Richard (Judy) Ginkowski. Along with his parents, Stan was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Ginkowski 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Carlene (Johnson) Grigg — Denver, CO,  passed away on April 29th, 2017.  
Submitted: May 19, 2017

Pete R. Householder — Glenview, IL,  Peter Rene Householder, class of 1971, passed away on November 14, 2005. Beloved husband of Beatrice; proud father of Jonathan and Ashley; fond brother of James (Margaret), Michael (Carole) and Patricia (Jerry); uncle of many. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

Rebecca A. (Nehr ) Kenney — Kenosha,  passed away peacefully at home Feb. 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Born Oct. 8, 1948, in Kenosha, Becky was the first child of P. Donald and Audrey (Keckler) Nehr. Becky attended Southport Elementary, Lincoln Junior High, Tremper High School, UW-Extension, and UW-Oshkosh. Becky's lifelong dream was to be a teacher. She graduated from Carthage in 1971 and began her teaching career in Kenosha. Becky taught at Jane Vernon and Roosevelt elementary schools and Washington Middle School before retiring from teaching. Her love of children, reading, writing and music and her boundless creativity lasted throughout her life. In 1972, Becky married Theodore Leinenweber of Kenosha. Their marriage was blessed with three children, who have followed their mom's career path into teaching. Becky's love of the piano led her to be choir director and organist at Wesley Methodist Church, playing piano at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, directing Kindercor German Childrens Choir, and teaching piano lessons. Becky was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary through which she met her husband of 23 years, Ned. She was a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine. Becky will be greatly missed by all who were touched by her beautiful spirit and kindness, especially her husband, Edward Ned Kenney of Racine; son, Matthew Leinenweber of Kenosha; daughters, Mary (Kevin) Skillings and Maggie Leinenweber of Corvallis, Ore.; mother, Audrey (Nehr) Cassiani of Kenosha; sister, Valerie (Robert) Conner of Franksville; brother, William (Jane Wochos) Nehr of Whitefish Bay; aunt and uncle, Kay and Dick Daum of Hemet, Calif.;, and her loving nieces, nephews, great-niece, great-nephews and dear friends. Becky was preceded in death by her father, Don Nehr; brother, Jeffrey Nehr; nephew, Daniel Conner; grandparents, Dorothea and Lawrence Keckler, Harriet Heller and Peter Nehr. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

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Rosalie (Pechulis Morris) Kipp — Allen, Texas,  passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in Pleasant Prairie, WI, surrounded by her family. She was 79 years old. Rose is survived by her daughters, Sherry Ludwig, Kelly Pechulis McClellan and Shelly Maestranzi; Rose’s brother, Max Morris and sister-in-law Carol Morris, brother, Jan Morris (deceased) as well as eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many cousins, all of whom deeply respect and treasure her. Rosalie was born in Farmer City, IL, on April 12, 1938, to Geneva Morris (nee Kirkland) and Edward Morris. Rosalie grew up under the influences of her beloved Grandmother and namesake, Rosa Kirkland. Grandma Kirkland was Rosalie’s teacher of values, a strict work ethic and instilled in her a reverence of family. Rose (as she later became known as) began teaching at the age of 19 and dedicated more than 30 years to the classroom. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Carthage. After teaching 2nd grade for several years in Antioch, IL, she married Joseph Pechulis in 1957 and had three girls. She stayed home to raise her family until they were grown then taught 4th grade at BJ Hooper in Lindenhurst and Pleviak School in Lake Villa, IL. Her values of discipline and integrity in the classroom became guiding principles of her home; balancing her daughters’ activities and lessons, teaching and family functions. Her zest for life and ever present red lipstick caught the attention of Edward Kipp, who would become the love of her second phase in life. Her bubbly flair was a perfect match to his witty, curated cynicism. They wed in 1989 in an intimate ceremony surrounded by family. Equally plucky and prudent, she retired young in 1994, and Rose and Ed moved from Gurnee, IL, to Plano, TX, to focus on her second calling — leisure. Rose truly loved life and enjoyed gardening, dancing, traveling, music, piano playing and singing. Daughter Kelly and her son, Kevin followed them to Texas in 1996, where they lived nearby for the next 20 years. Daughter Shelly and her 3 children joined the move to Texas in 2010. One of the most discerning dessert enthusiasts around, Rose’s table was a gathering spot for both unflinching honesty and authentic, snorting laughs, shared over sweet treats and coffee. After Edward passed in 2009, Rose’s circle of friends helped her with shopping, dinners, neighborhood parties and handyman fixes. In 2016, Rose moved back to the Midwest to live with her daughter Sherry and her husband, Dale who were steadfast in their care for her. It was Rose’s continually peppy personality and sunny disposition which made a lasting impression on all of the lives she touched throughout the years. 
Submitted: November 27, 2017

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Edmund D. Krunfus — Clarkston, MI,  passed away on January 22, 2022. Edmund was born July 18, 1949 to Edmund W. and Malinda (Winkelhake) Krunfus in Elgin, IL. On August 15, 1970 Edmund married Tracy Laura Davis in Brown Deer, WI. They were married for 37 years before Tracy passed on September 26, 2007. After Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, Edmund graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. He retired after 35 years as a mechanical engineer for Ford Motor Company in Michigan. Survivors include siblings Judy Pfingsten of Harvard, IL, Janice (James) Reinecke of Bolingbrook, IL, nieces/nephews Joyce (Jeffery) Freres & family of Genoa City, WI, James (Andrea) Susong & family of Colorado Springs, CO, Jeffrey (Sherry) Susong of Avalon, WI, Joanna Reinecke (Randy Mikutis) & family of Bolingbrook, IL, Brian (Julie) Downey of Santa Fe, NM, Greg Downey (Julie Yendrek) & family of Madison, WI. He was preceded in death by parents Edmund W. and Malinda Krunfus, and wife Tracy. 
Submitted: February 7, 2022

Odelle M. Leonard — Milwaukee, Wis.,  who was born Oct. 21, 1932, in Woodford Wis., went home at 83 on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Mrs. Leonard taught in Rockford, Ill., and Kenosha, Wis., school districts for 37 years. Odelle received her Bachelor's degree from Carthage College, and Master's from Rockford College. She was a very active member at Fox Point Lutheran Church, participating in the choir, bell choir, ladies group, and quilting group. Odelle enjoyed her travels to over 60 countries for pleasure and missions work. Cherished wife of the late Rev. Dr. Ralph S. Leonard for 56 years. Dear mother of Mark (Dawn) Leonard, Jodelle Thomas, and Matthew (Susan) Leonard. Grammie of Kristine (Ryan) Deane, Amanda (John) Deetz, Emily Murray, Zachary (Stephanie), Brittany, Nicholas, Olivia, Levi, Victoria, Christopher Anderson, Brandon (Edivania), and the late Joshua. Great-grammie of Madeline, Abigail, Paris, Nadia, and Christian. Aunt of Gary Monte and Debra Monte Dolan. Survived by other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents William and Marie Monte; and brothers, Glenn and Pastor Lenwood (Donna) Monte. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Carthage College, for a scholarship fund in her name appreciated.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

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Steve Lindblom — Dixon, IL,  passed away in Florida on February 27, 2020. He was born in Dixon, IL on June 28, 1949, the son of the late William and Lucille (nee: Heckman) Lindblom. Steve proudly served his nation with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as a civil engineer for Oakes and Sons and JI Case and retired from Abbott Laboratories. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and riding his Harley. However, he was happiest in the company of his family. Steve is survived by his son and daughters, Travis (Mackenzie) Lindblom of Wauwatosa, Victoria (Seth) Carlson of Racine, Stephanie (Michael) Ziemba of Kenosha; his grandchildren, Alexander, Jackson and Zachary Ziemba; his former wife and best friend, Barbara Lindblom of The Villages, FL; as well as many dear nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Linda Downey. 
Submitted: September 27, 2021

Patricia J Mentink — New Port Richey, FL,  passed away February 27, 2021. She was born on May 27, 1941 to the late Kenneth and Erma (Brown) Mentink in Woodstock, IL. She graduated from Central High School and Columbia Hospital School of Nursing as a RN. She did post graduate studies at Carthage College. She worked at Kenosha Memorial Hospital, Trinity Hospital in Cudahy, WI, and Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center in Hudson, FL. Pat is survived by brothers: Keith (Shirley) Mentink and Daniel Mentink of Kenosha, and Craig (Mary) Mentink of Holmen, WI. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters: Beverly Mentink, Jacqueline Mentink, and Kathleen Mentink Gibson. 
Submitted: March 15, 2021

George Mergili — Arlington Heights, IL,  died on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. He was born March 2, 1945 in Yugoslavia to Georg and Apolonia (nee Spiesl) Mergili. He was the beloved husband and soulmate of the late Holly C. Mergili; loving father of Robin (James) Layton; cherished grandfather of Cheyenne Drew; adored uncle of John Beckmann, Mary Uyetake, John Mergili, Joe Mergili and Patty Hagar plus many more nieces and nephews; and treasured by countless family and friends. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Kathleen M. Mueller — Arvada, CO,  passed away October 12, 2020. 
Submitted: July 26, 2021

James M Oakley — Ashland, WI ,  died peacefully at home in Ashland, Wisconsin on May 24, 2016, after a dogged and frustrating struggle with ALS. Jim Oakley was born Nov. 20, 1949, in West Bend, the son of Barbara (Matteson) and John Oakley. He was raised in Beaver Dam, where he was a boy scout, drum major and an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Beaver Dam. He acquired a love of the Spanish language from his grandmother, Mary, during frequent trips to California. He graduated valedictorian from Beaver Dam High School in 1967 and from Carthage College in Kenosha in 1971 with a BA in Spanish. Throughout his life, he traveled extensively through Mexico, Central and South America, and other countries. He served in the Peace Corps from 1972 to 1974, on the island of Grenada, teaching Spanish. He returned to Grenada in 1976 after earning an MA in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He married Doreen John of St. Georges, Grenada in 1977. They had one son, Bill Oakley, born in 1978. They were divorced in 1988. Jim returned to Wisconsin in 1980 where he taught Spanish in the West Bend Middle Schools for 23 years. He was active in WEAC (Wisconsin Education Association Council), serving as president of his local. He was State President of WAFLT (Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers) and a member of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. He was involved with the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra, the Musical Masquers of West Bend and the River City Irregulars. Jim married Anne Chartier in 2002 at the family cabin that he loved and cared for in Vilas County, and was his favorite place to be and jump in the lake. He retired from West Bend schools and moved to Ashland, where he was a substitute teacher, a Spanish instructor through WITC, and an elected member of the Ashland County Board of Supervisors. He volunteered for Faith in Action doing many hours of yard work and snow shoveling. He was on stage at StageNorth and CTA, played percussion with the Chequamegon Symphony and demonstrated his deep love of the arts by supporting many local performers and artists. Jim was an enthusiastic and dedicated educator. He organized several exchange visits between students in Wisconsin and Badajoz, Spain. He maintained contact with over 500 family members, former students and friends through semi-regular email updates. He was always supportive of family and friends. He enjoyed reading news, listening to public radio and watching the PBS NewsHour. He loved Scrabble, crossword puzzles and puns. Jim’s concerns included social justice and the environment, and he was a member of the League of Women Voters. He was a life-long progressive Episcopalian, talented gardener and was noted for his patience, generosity, understanding, discretion and keen sense of humor. Jim is survived by his wife Anne; son, Bill Oakley of Chicago; brother, Charles Oakley of San Diego; aunt Ilene Matteson of Nevada; Anne’s siblings; and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.  
Submitted: June 16, 2016

Edward J Plagemann — Racine, WI,  passed away May 23, 2021. He was born July 20, 1949. Loving husband of Suzanne (nee LeGrand) for almost 47 years. Loving dad of Douglas (Kelly) and Ruth (Jeremy) Sohre. Proud Papa of Connor, Carson, Keyari, Landon, and Noah. Dear brother of Mary (Michael) Frank and the late Walter (Sandy) Plagemann. Further survived by other relatives and friends. 
Submitted: January 24, 2022

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Shirley Ricker — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on May 12, 2018 at the age of 71. Shirley was born on April 10, 1947, to Lester and Lucille Ricker in Kenosha. From a young age Shirley knew that she would one day become a teacher. She graduated from St. Joseph High School and in fact did go to Union Grove Teachers' College. She graduated at the age of 20 and began her teaching career. In 1972 she earned her bachelors' degree from Carthage College. She followed with a masters' degree from Cardinal Stritch College in 1993. After 42 years and over 1,200 students, St. Mary's school was the one and only place that was blessed with Shirley's teaching abilities. Shirley taught many different grade levels, focusing on math, reading and religious education.She also opened St. Mary's first computer lab. She was a teacher who taught with her mind but even more so, taught with her heart. She held the belief that any child (and adult for that matter) could learn. "Use it or lose it" was a familiar phrase one would hear. Shirley followed in her father's footsteps and became a life-long Sears employee, working part time in the business office for over 40 years until the store's closing this past year. As an avid reader, Shirley attended a woman's book club for several years. She was also an avid bowler, bowling in a league for many years. Shirley enjoyed traveling to Door County with family every year. Outside of teaching, Shirley was a very involved aunt, sister, niece and friend. Her family was very important to her, as was her lifelong walk with God. She walked the walk of Jesus in her life. Shirley was a proud breast cancer survivor, having beat the disease in 2006. She could often be seen with breast cancer survivor apparel, blankets and other items. Shirley was also an animal lover, having several special dogs over the years including Annie, a small Schnauzer, and Alaskan Huskies Nikita and Alaska. She will be overjoyed to see them in heaven. Since retiring Shirley didn't stay away from teaching as she tutored several special kids. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Ricker, Lucille Ricker and a special friend Scot Miller. She is survived by a sister Roxanne (Dave) Cieszynski of Milton, Wis., a brother Fred (Kathy) Ricker of Kenosha, an uncle, Marvin Ricker and an aunt, Betty MacLaurin. She is also survived by nieces, Joy (Craig) Torpy and Amy Vincent, nephews, Nick Albertson, Brent (Louisa) Ricker and Jay Ricker, great nieces Jordan Richardson and Faith Vincent and great nephews Austin Richardson and Blake Vincent along with many cherished friends. 
Submitted: May 17, 2018

Nels Ritola — Leesburg, VA,  passed away on November 8, 2018 at the age of 71. Mr. Ritola's wife, Gretchen (Schlichter) Ritola '71, survives. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

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Elaine (Dracos) Rompella — Fort Myers, FL,  passed away December 7, 2021. Elaine is survived by her husband of fifty years, John Rompella. They married on September 11, 1971 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Waukegan, IL. She was born in October 1949 to Peter & Ellie (née Mohn) Dracos in Waukegan, IL. Elaine graduated from Waukegan Township High School in 1967. She received her bachelor's degree from Carthage College (Kenosha, WI) in 1971. She was an English teacher at St. Anastasia School in Waukegan and Kenneth Murphy Jr. High School in Beach Park, IL for more than 15 years. Elaine was a lifelong member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Waukegan/Libertyville, IL until she retired to Fort Myers, FL where she was a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Elaine was a wonderful, loving wife, mother and yiayia who devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. She loved playing card games with her many relatives and friends. Elaine was a world traveler whose favorite destination was Aruba. Cooking and baking were her passions. Elaine especially enjoyed baking and often delivered delicious treats to everyone she knew. She loved and lived for her family and friends. In addition to her husband John, Elaine is survived by her children, Kristine Wolski (Kirk), Joseph Rompella, and John P. Rompella (Kaitlin Davis); grandchildren, Anthony, Ethan, Kyla, Nathan, Harper, and Haleigh; siblings, Thalia Chresanthakes, Mary (Evange) Bozinis, Peggy (John) Pann, Doris (Tom) Iskalis, Carole Scheve, Nicki (Chuck) Coxon, Bill (Colleen) Dracos; and brother-in-law, Themy Gliatis. She was preceded in death by her parents Peter & Ellie; sister, Margaret Gliatis; brothers-in-law, Chris Chresanthakes and Dan Scheve; nephews, James, Tommy, and Billy; and niece, Lisa. 
Submitted: December 14, 2021

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Thomas L Sarnowski — Wind Lake, WI,  passed away January 17, 2022. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 6, 1947, he was the son of Leonard and Dorothy (nee Bednarek) Sarnowski. His early life was spent in Milwaukee, where he graduated from Bay View High School and Carthage College. He also served in the US Army Reserves. On October 30, 1970, he was united in marriage to Maureen Stanczyk. Following marriage, they made Milwaukee their home. He has been a resident of Wind Lake for 30 years. Thomas was a true leader. Beginning his career as an elementary teacher, he later became an entrepreneur. He had a keen sense of humor, could mediate any situation and always treated everyone fairly. He loved spending time with this family, especially his grandchildren. Thomas is survived by his wife, children Paul (Karissa) Sarnowski and DeAnna (Tim) Delimat, and grandchildren Nicholas Delimat and Ava Sarnowski. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother John Sarnowski. 
Submitted: January 21, 2022

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Pamela Sherer , Ph.D — East Providence, RI,  passed away on April 7, 2019. Dr. Sherer was an educator, author and specialist in pedagogy and faculty development, while mentoring the next generation of caring, responsible leaders. She was a well-known scholar and consultant, presenting her pathbreaking findings at national and international forums. Born July 7, 1949 to Esther and Earl Sherer, Pam grew up in Zion, Illinois. Her small-town roots contributed to her lifelong commitment to building a sense of community in all her professional and personal pursuits. Pam earned her B.A. in Sociology from Carthage College, where she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2011. She also earned her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University; the M.B.A. from Clark University; and a Ph.D. from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sherer's professional career in student affairs began at Quincy University in Illinois. She then moved to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts as their first female administrator, serving as Assistant Dean of Students. Her second career in academia, as a professor, began at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell where she taught organizational behavior and directed the Doctoral Program in Management Engineering. In 1991, she joined the Providence College faculty as a member of the Department of Management. During her time there, she won several teaching awards, expanded her research to focus on the incorporation of technology into instructional design, and founded and directed PC's Center for Teaching Excellence. She retired in 2018 as Professor Emerita. Throughout her life, Pam loved to travel, visiting all 50 states and over 40 countries. In 1980-81 following her marriage to Leon Graubard, she joined him in a 6-month trip to Dalian, China where they helped establish a modern industrial management academy through a joint venture of the U.S. Department of Commerce and China. As Sherer neared retirement, she expanded her horizons by completing a certificate in Digital Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. Over the next few years her worked appeared in over 60 juried local, regional and international photography shows resulting in numerous awards. Dr. Sherer leaves her husband of 38 years, Leon Graubard; her sister and brother-in-law, Gael and David Butcher; a niece and nephew, Vanessa and Michael; her step-son and daughter-in-law, Lincoln and Sandra Graubard; two-step-granddaughters, Chanelle and Gabriella; and many dear friends and colleagues. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

Michael Steinmiller — Yorktown, VA,  passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Michael was a native of Chicago, Illinois and a peninsula resident since 1985. He retired from Casey Auto Group in 2015 after 20 years of service. Michael enjoyed history and carving walking sticks and always had a camera for taking photos of all most everything he saw. He is survived by his daughter Lindsay Tanner and her husband Joshua and two grandchildren, Aubrie and Atlee Tanner. He is also survived by his brother Robert (Bob) Steinmiller and his wife Georgine and his nephews Eric and Brian. He was preceded in death by his parents Louis Steinmiller and Martha Steinmiller and a grandchild, Breelynn Tanner. 
Submitted: February 11, 2020

Lyla (Nelson) White — Port Charlotte, Florida,  died July 28, 2016. She was born and raised in Montevideo, Minnesota. Formerly of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, and Port Charlotte, Florida, Lyla was the wife of the late Ralph White, her beloved husband of 70 years. She moved to the Twin Cities from Florida following her husband's death to be near family. Lyla worked in the family retail business before completing her BA degree and becoming a social worker for the Lake County, Illinios, Department of Human Services. In retirement, she volunteered at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, Port Charlotte. Lyla was known for her indomitable spirit and affinity for writing humorous poetry.She is survived by her three children, daughters Janis Dees and Jacquelyn White-Reimer, and son Steven White; five grandchildren, Auburn, Jonathan, Joel, Laura and Emilie; four great-grandchildren, Mandy, Laurel, Calvin and Teagan; son-in-law Al Dees and daughter-in-law Suzanne. She was predeceased by a grandson, Jeremy. 
Submitted: November 1, 2017

Gail Winter — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the age of 80. After dealing with failing health for several years, Gail was diagnosed with heart failure in January. She was hospitalized briefly in early May, and died peacefully in her home, surrounded by people she loved. Gail graduated with honors from Carthage College while raising her four children. She taught in the Racine Unified School District for 30 years, and was a strong believer in the importance of organized labor to provide teachers with the ability to provide a quality education to students. Many underprivileged and learning disabled children in Racine owe their ability to read and function in society to Mrs. Winter. She delighted many a former student by remembering their name when she saw them on the street. After her retirement, she volunteered for many years at Gifford Elementary School in Racine. Gail traveled extensively throughout North America, frequently in the company of her friends, aka "the usual suspects." She was a strong supporter of progressive politics, social justice, and animal rights. Gail was an avid reader, and a well-informed and highly opinionated commentator on current events. She was also a devoted sports fan, cheering for the Packers and her beloved Cubs. Gail is survived by her four children, whom she considered her best friends, and their families: Anthony Winter of Racine, WI (Tessa, J.D. and Ivy Leilani); Dianne Winter Brookins of Kaneohe, HI (Jessica); Susan and Brian Page of Kenosha, WI (Alexander and Miranda); and Julie Winter of Brisbane, Australia. Gail's 'Ohana included Kay Andersen, who was her "fifth child" and a tremendous support during her later years.  
Submitted: June 9, 2015

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Carol (Barina) Baer — Racine, WI,  passed away on August 15, 2018 at the age of 71. Carol was born on January 27, 1947. She graduated from St. Catherine's High School in 1965 and later earned her Master's Degree in Education from Carthage. 
Submitted: August 23, 2018

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Allan Oliver Baldwin — Oak Park, IL,  at the age of 71, former chairman of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, died unexpectedly on May 21, 2019, long before his life’s many adventures were over, in Oak Park, where he was a lifelong resident. The son of the late Albert and the late Virginia Baldwin, he graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School, class of 1966, then earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois Chicago and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Before retirement, he was vice president of Information Technology at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to that, he was chief information officer at the University of Illinois Medical Center, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing one of the first electronic medical records in the U.S. He was also key in the implementation of the first statewide trauma registry, a computerized program that became a model for data collection systems for all international trauma centers. A dear friend to many, he continually expanded his circle of friends along with his worldwide adventures. An intrepid traveler with an outgoing personality, he didn’t believe that any destination was too distant or too dangerous. From Mt. Everest to Antarctica, with his loving wife, Jan, at his side, every place was a new adventure. An expert sailor and avid scuba diver, he loved the ocean, logging more than 500 dives in waters across the globe and was well known for his videos which he documented family and travels. A loyal regular at Poor Phil’s and Barclay’s, he spent hours with old friends, new friends and staff. In the spirit of giving back to his community, he was a longtime volunteer and board member of the Hemingway Foundation, serving at varying times as treasurer and chair. But the most important thing of all was family. He loved and took great pride in all his children and grandchildren and their many accomplishments. Allan Baldwin is survived by Jan, his wife and soulmate of 30 years; his children, Steve Lowe, Jennifer Baldwin, Jeremy (Alinda) Baldwin, Matthew (Kristen) Baldwin, and Katherine (Jeremy Ott-Holland) Baldwin; his grandchildren, Kailey Baldwin, William Raskovich, Casey Baldwin, and Jack Raskovich; his siblings, Judith (David) Voigt; Patricia (David) Moschner and Sandra (Ralph) Searles; and his in-laws, Daniel Di Vito and the late William (Mary Jo) Di Vito. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

Jane Barsch — Vadnais Heights, MN ,  passed away at 67 on June 4, 2016. Survived by husband Pastor James, daughters Pastor Amie (Scott Odahl) Barsch Odahl and Gretchen (Brian Holbrook) Barsch; grandchildren Nathan, Thomas & Magdalena and Jorgen & Katrina; nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: June 7, 2016

Marguerite Wilson Best — Kenosha ,  was born on July 18, 1919 and passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015. Marguerite was a resident of Kenosha, Wisconsin at the time of her passing. She graduated from Carthage College in 1968. She was married to O.M. II.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Sheryl Edmunds — Clinton, Iowa,  passed away at 75 on August 5, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics – Iowa City, Iowa. Sheryl Ann Edmunds was born on February 2, 1941 in Clinton, the daughter of Frederick and Helen (Bjornas) Edmunds. She was a 1959 graduate of Clinton High School. She received her AA from Mt. Saint Clare College in 1961 and graduated from Carthage in Kenosha in 1970. Sheryl taught 1st grade at Prophetstown Elementary School for 37 years retiring in 1999. Sheryl was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association. She also volunteered many hours with Mercy Auxiliary and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. Sheryl is survived by two brothers: Larry (Rose Mary) Edmunds of Clinton, and Gary (Marianne) Edmunds of Glasgow, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother: Fred, Jr. 
Submitted: December 21, 2017

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Richard Finley — Lindenhurst, IL,  passed away on July 4, 2017. He was born in Waukegan, IL on December 26, 1937 to the late Howard and Tina Finley. Richard was a lifetime resident of Lake County, a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church since 1959, and worked for Abbott Laboratories for 35 years. He was a “Mr. Fix-it”, a self-taught machinist, and a private pilot. He crafted brass scroll clocks for family and friends and even built a 1941 Porter Field airplane from the ground up while being a member of the Porter Field Airplane Club. He often brought his entire family, including his grandchildren, to Canada where he taught them the patience of fishing. He is survived by his high school sweetheart of 58 years Margaret ‘Peggy’; children Dave (Sue) Finley, Dawn (Pat) Schwartz, Gary (Kathy) Finley, and Steve Finley; grandchildren Matt (Megan) Finley, James (Katrina) Finley, Sarah Finley, Tina Finley, Sig Finley, Alex Schwartz, and Nathan Schwartz; his brother Thomas Finley and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother George Finley. 
Submitted: May 3, 2018

John Norman Freedlund — Batavia, IL,  passed away on Saturday, September 26 at Mercy Hospital in Aurora. He was born to Norman and Virginia (Anderson) Freedlund on June 20, 1948. John was a longtime resident of Batavia, graduating with the high school class of 1966, and was proud of the friendships he maintained with many of his classmates. He graduated from Carthage College in 1970, where he met his wife Lynn (Christiansen) with whom he recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. John taught history and coached basketball for many years at Carl Sandburg Junior High School in Mundelein, Illinois. After which he worked as a commodities broker at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. After retirement, John volunteered for many years at the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and more recently, at the Batavia Depot Museum. John was an avid Cubs fan and a proud father and grandfather. In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children, Emily Freedlund (fiance Adam Michalak), Daniel (Megan) Freedlund, Amy (Edward) Frankowski, and Anders (Kara) Freedlund; two grandsons, Oscar Frankowski and Otis Freedlund; his brother, Jim (Kathy); and nephew JJ. 
Submitted: February 19, 2021

Martha Genung — Columbus, OH,  passed away on January 29, 2019. Mrs. Genung's husband, Lewellyn Genung, survives. 
Submitted: May 29, 2019

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Anne Katherine Grasee — Denver, CO,  passed away on November 23, 2017. Anne was born on August 24, 1948 in Wisconsin. Anne was a loving devoted daughter, caring sister, loyal friend and exemplary social worker to all fortunate enough to encounter her in life. She strove and succeeded in exemplifying the best that humanity has to offer, always sympathetic and friendly to all. Working to help others right up to the end, her passing leaves a void in the lives of all of us privileged to know her. 
Submitted: May 14, 2018

Ann (Davis) Hair — Lincolnton, NC,  passed away on April 22, 2022 at the age of 74. Ann was born on February 19, 1948 in Greensboro, Alabama to the late Sarah Lee Davis Swartwout and the late Donald Wyley Davis. Ann was married for 37 years to Arthur Gregory Hair, who preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Carthage College and worked as an elementary physical education teacher for 36 years in both the Berkeley County School District in South Carolina and the Lincoln County School District, from which she retired in 2013. Ann was an avid reader, a master gardener, an excellent seamstress and quilter and, in her earlier years, enjoyed horseback riding. She loved spending time with family and most especially her grandchildren, to whom she was known as “Grann”. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Mason Mood (Frank) of Columbia, South Carolina; her son, Donald Gregory Hair (Beth) of Lexington, North Carolina and her four grandchildren, Palmer Mood, Charlotte Mood, Daniel Hair and Jacob Hair. She is also survived by her two brothers, Don Davis of Clarkston, Michigan and Lee Davis of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and numerous cousins with whom she was very close. 
Submitted: May 11, 2022

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Dustin E Harris — Inverness, IL,  passed away November 22, 2017 at the age of 72. He was a beloved husband of June D. Harris, nee Kohlmeyer; loving father of Jennifer (Nick) Wilhelm and Melissa Harris; brother of Mark (Joyce) Harris; cherished master of Cooper, Madison, Bentley and Sophie. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

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Philip R Jaeger — Zion, IL,  passed away October 26, 2020. He was born on Aug. 20, 1948, in Cedar Rapids, IA, the son of the late Ray C. and Rose E. (Meadows) Jaeger. They later settled in Zion and he graduated from Zion Benton High School in 1966. He graduated from Carthage College in 1970 with a BA with honors in English and Speech. He received his Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University in 1972. As a child, Philip spent as much time as he could at the movie theaters immersing his imagination in whatever story Hollywood had to tell. This was the beginning of his passion for the theater and his obsession with movie memorabilia/trivia. Phil was known throughout regional community theater as an actor, director and mentor. His final curtain call took place in March just before the COVID emergency shut down theaters. He reprised his role as George in Lakeside Players production of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Wolf. Phil treasured classical dramatic theater but some of his finest performances were in comedy. Philip is survived by a niece, Denise Dodd of Phoenix, a nephew and several great-nieces and nephews as well as his significant theater families at Lakeside Players, P, M & L, and RG Productions among others throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. "Uncle Phil" will be greatly missed by his Tappa-Mattner family. He was preceded in death by a sister Bronwen and a nephew Gregory. 
Submitted: January 15, 2021

Kim D. Jordan — Clermont, FL,  passed away on July 19, 2021 at the age of 73. During his time at Carthage, he was a member of Tau Sigma Chi and the Men's Wrestling Team. 
Submitted: February 11, 2022

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James Francis Kaiser — Bloomington, IL,  passed away on March 20, 2022. Jim was born in Racine, WI on March 7, 1940, to Susan and Vincen Kaiser. He is survived by his dear wife, Rita; his children: James II (Cate O'Hara), Daniel (Joni Lego), Deborah (Wayne) Eads, Sarah (Todd) Lindsey, Karen (Corey) Walker, and Rebecca (Ralph Webb); fourteen grandchildren: Ben and Anna Kaiser, Jacqueline (Justin Lynch) Kaiser, Ella Kaiser, Courtney (Jonathan) Waltz, Samantha (Jonathan) Williams, Tyler Eads, Joshua (Melissa Shinke) Lindsey, Jason Lindsey, Jhori Walker, Khori Brycen Walker, Reece Walker, and Maxson and Madeline Kaiser-Webb; six great-grandchildren: Kadin and Austin Lynch, Adalynn and James Williams, Mia Lindsey and Rowan Walker; five step-children: John (Jackie) Ganser, Therese (Brandon) Bossard, Gabriel (Lisa Maul) Ganser, Carmen (Michael Blackledge) Ganser and Stephen Ganser; and a step-granddaughter, Brianna Ganser. He was predeceased in death by his parents; his sisters: Iola Murphy and Harriet Ferraro; his first wife, Rae Anne (Niesen) and his and Rita's dog Rudy. Jim led a wonderful life filled with family, friends, and service. He joined the Marine Corps Reserves at the age of 17 before becoming a tool and die apprentice. During this time, he married Rae Anne and started their family while working and taking night classes at Carthage College before earning his Bachelor's degree. He transitioned from tool and die work to accounting and moved his family to Gridley, Illinois in 1971. Later the family moved to Bloomington, where he received his Master's degree in Political Science at Illinois State University. He retired from the City of Bloomington as the Assistant Finance Director. In addition to his professional and family life, Jim was active in the Optimists Club and was the treasurer of the McLean County Wheelers (later as a "Yoostabees"). He was involved in the Red Cross for many years, deployed to disasters throughout the US and locally, and received Volunteer of the Year in 2009. He also volunteered at Illinois CancerCare. Throughout it all, he was a devout Catholic who served at his parish in various capacities all his life. He and Rita enjoyed attending services together. Jim left a legacy of love and humor. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. 
Submitted: March 23, 2022

Jeanette V. (Franda) Klappauf — Racine, WI,  passed away July 5, 2021. She was born at home in the Township of Gardner in Door County on October 7, 1929, the daughter of the late George and Vera (nee Vogel) Franda and grew up on their family farm. On April 25, 1953, she married Leonard Klappauf. As the oldest of five children in a farm family, Jeanette knew how to drive a team of horses, cook on a wood burning stove and milk cows by hand. After high school and earning her teaching certificate, she taught in a one-room school house until she married Leonard. While raising their five children and teaching at the Racine Unified School District, she earned her B.S. in Education from Carthage College and her M.S. from UW Milwaukee. She dedicated her working career as an elementary school teacher, from the one-room grade school in Brown County until retiring with (Racine) Giese Elementary in 1989. She was a proud member of A.A.U.W., RAREA and WREA. Jeanette was devoted to her family and loved being in the company of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending her time golfing and traveling with her husband. Jeanette was a woman of strong Catholic faith. She prayed the Rosary daily and was longtime member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Anyone who knew her will remember her genuine kindness, sincerity and thoughtfulness. In addition to her husband, Leonard, Jeanette is survived by her children, John (Debby) Klappauf of Racine, Craig (Maggie) Klappauf of Albuquerque, NM, Laurie Klappauf (John Hoornbeek) of Hudson, OH, Bruce Klappauf of Austin, TX and Ruth (Chris) Retzlaff of Ripon. She is further survived by 12 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Judy Franda, Joanne Franda and Lou (Kitty) Neuville; as well as many dear nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Delores (Bernard) Pierre, Theresa Neuville, Ray Franda and Robert Franda. 
Submitted: July 12, 2021

Gerald Larsen — Sioux Falls, SD,  passed away December 7, 2020. 
Submitted: February 15, 2021

Charles J. Martens — Erie, Ill.,  died April 30, 2013, at his home. Charlie was born Jan. 4, 1948, in Moline, Ill., the son of Albert and Dorcas Prins Martens. He graduated from Erie High School in the Class of 1966. He attended Carthage College in Carthage, Ill. Charlie married Beverly R. Allen on May 1, 1971, in Prophetstown, Ill. He worked for the East Moline Correctional Center, retiring as a sergeant. Before and after his time as a correctional officer, he drove truck, which he loved. He and Bev also owned the bowling alley in Erie from 1975 to 1982. Charlie had a wonderful sense of humor, frequently playing jokes on his family and friends. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing football and baseball in his younger years. He was a regular around the card table at Russ' Cafe in Erie, where he enjoyed the camaraderie. Survivors include his mother, Dorcas Cole, Erie; children Mark (Kimberly) Martens, Morrison, Ill., and Melissa (Jim) Farley, Morrison; siblings Jerry (Carla) Martens, Erie, Helen (Ron) Null, Morrison, and Richard (Janice) Martens, Erie; and grandchildren Justin Erik Wiersema and Mariska Leigh Martens. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert, and his wife, Beverly, in 2011. 
Submitted: August 27, 2013

Lee Meyerpeter — West Allis, WIsconsin,  passed away on December 9, 2016 at the age of 68. Beloved brother of Judith Miller and Donald (Erma). Uncle of Robert A. (Patricia) Hutson, Donald Jr. (Paulette), and Sherrie Meyerpeter. Further survived by other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the church appreciated. 
Submitted: January 18, 2017

Martha Melinda (McCarty) Meyers — Glenview, IL,  beloved wife for 47 years of Michael Meyers, social class of 1970, passed away Nov. 7, 2020, after suffering a stroke while vacationing in coastal Georgia. Devoted daughter of the late Dr. William and Ruth McCarty. Dear sister of William Kelly (Delaine) McCarty. Loving daughter-in-law of Loretta and the late Earl Meyers. Caring sister-in-law of Paul and Mark (Kathleen) Meyers. Admired aunt of Morgan McCarty (Angelo) Petrucco, Melissa Meyers and Patrick Meyers. Proud great aunt of Marcus Petrucco. Melinda was born in Chicago and graduated from Calumet High School where she captained the cheerleading squad. After graduating from the University of Arizona and earning a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Illinois, she embarked on her 30-year professional career providing speech and language therapy to pre-school, elementary, and special needs children. Since the age of 7, she spent several weeks each summer at the family cabin on Eagle Lake, Ontario, where she became an accomplished water-skier, developed a love for reading that grew throughout her life, and enthusiastically fished for walleye – liked catching, hated cleaning. She saw life as an adventure, and with her husband embraced canoeing in the Boundary Waters wilderness, hiking in the Canadian Rockies, walking on glaciers in Alaska, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, climbing Scotland's highest mountain, riding the Orient Express from Venice to London, going new places, meeting new people. She took flying lessons so she could help with the hundreds of flying trips she and her husband took to discover interesting places throughout the US and Canada. She loved entertaining and time with good friends. And she always did it with style. She loved fashion, elegant clothes, wearing hats, decorating the house and the table for festive occasions. She believed that if anything was worth doing, it was worth looking good while you were doing it. 
Submitted: April 21, 2021

Elizabeth (Lyons ) Nelson — Waukegan, Ill. ,  passed away at home on Sept. 26, 2014. She was born August 25, 1923, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Charles and Emily Lyons. She was raised by her maternal aunts, Kitty, Marie, and Rachel Gleason. Betty was a graduate of both Denfield High School and St. Scolastica College, Duluth, Minnesota. In 1951, she married James Nelson. Betty worked as a dietician at the VA Hospital in North Chicago and later at St. Therese in Waukegan. She attended Carthage to obtain her teaching certification. She taught at both Spaulding and West grade schools. Betty enjoyed flower gardening, golf, and her bridge group. She played cards and did line dancing at the Senior Center and attended the retired teacher luncheons. She was a lifelong learner, an avid reader, and liked to watch the Chicago Bears games. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, in 2004. Betty walked her dog, Lucy, and played cards with friends and family members up until her last few months. She will be fondly remembered by her daughter, Susan (Tom) Murphy of Russell, Illinois; and her son, David (Dawn) Nelson of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. In addition, she was lovingly referred to as "Granny" by three stepgrandchildren; and was "Granny Granny" to seven. 
Submitted: October 8, 2014

Alene C. Peterson — La Crosse, Wis.,  passed away Feb. 9, 2013, at Gundersen-Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse after a three-year challenge with lung cancer. She was born on June 26, 1942, at home on a farm in Vernon County to Lawrence and Virginia (Gardner) Shepard. In 1944, the family moved to a farm near Rising Sun, Wis., where she grew up and attended grade school. She was baptized and confirmed at the Freeman Lutheran Church, rural Ferryville. In 1960, she graduated from Seneca High School and in 1962 graduated from Vernon County Teacher's College with a teaching certificate. She moved to Kenosha, where she taught elementary school in the Kenosha Unified School District for 12 years. In 1970, she obtained her BA degree in education from Carthage. In 1965, Alene married Lee Peterson, and they were divorced in 1990. In 1974, she moved to Cuba City, Wis., and spent 13 years working with the business offices of Southwest Health Center. In 1987, she accepted a position with McDonnell Douglas (later owned by American Express & McKesson) as a hospital computer system implementation trainer and consultant. In this position, she traveled weekly to various states throughout the country, training and consulting with hospital business and financial staff. Over the years, she lived in the Wisconsin communities of Waukesha, Madison, Mt. Horeb, and La Crosse. She retired in 2007 from McKesson after 20 years. Alene's hobbies and special interests included reading, sewing, crafting, flower gardening, antiquing, quilting for Lutheran World Relief, visiting historical sites, and entertaining family and friends. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in La Crosse. Alene is survived by two brothers; Leon (Karen) Shepard of Onalaska, Wis., and Jerome (Kristine) Shepard of Stoddard, Wis.; eight nieces and nephews; Angela (Steven) Mutch, Gregory (Erin) Shepard, Kristine Miller, Robert (Sarah) Shepard, Matthew (Alissa) Shepard, Mandy (Kyle) Rupprecht, Holly (Levi) Bechtum, and Rebekah (Joshua) Gramenz; 14 great-nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
Submitted: May 13, 2013

Daniel Plautz — Columbia, MO,  passed away early morning, November 25th, 2016 at his home with his wife of 48 years, Gayle, at his side. Daniel was born on October 17th, 1946 to Ralph Albert and Mary Louise Fairchild Plautz. He is survived by his 95 year old mother, Mary Lou, two sisters, Becky and Gloria, his wife, Gayle Elizabeth Pestell Plautz, six children, two sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions are suggested to be sent to: Welcome Home, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202. 
Submitted: December 20, 2016

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Deborah (Molentin) Plutko — Elmhurst, IL,  died on December 26, 2017 at the age of 69. Deborah was the beloved wife of the late Glenn A. Plutko; loving mother of Gregory (Alice) Plutko; cherished Nana of Andy and Beth; dear daughter of the late George and Margaret Molentin. Deborah was a graduate of Carl Schurz High School, Chicago and most recently helped organize her 50th high school reunion. Deborah was one of the 1st women to graduate from the Carthage College in the business program. She was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Chi sorority. Deborah enjoyed traveling through China, hiking through Europe and seeing most of the US. She had many hobbies including gardening, ceramics, cross stitching, cooking, art and took pleasure in visiting the Morton Arboretum; a lover of pets of all kinds, but really delighted spending time with her grandchildren. 
Submitted: January 3, 2018

Jacqueline J. (Baumgart) Reich — Waterford, WI ,  passed away in Neillsville, Wisconsin on July 18, 2016 on her way to her favorite vacationing spot with her family at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota. Jackie was born in Burlington, Wisconsin on November 17, 1948, the daughter of the late Raymond and Doris (nee. Noll) Baumgart. She spent her early life in Waterford where she was a Waterford High School graduate and also attended Carthage College. On May 3, 1969 she married Charles P. Reich whom preceded her in death January 20, 1994. Jackie was a homemaker and food service supervisor at Waterford Graded School for over 30 years. She was a member of Norway Lutheran Church where she helped with the food pantry: Helping Hands. She also delivered Meals on Wheels for a few years. Jackie loved to camp and spend time in the outdoors, especially trips to the north woods. Her greatest joys were her children and grand- children. Jackie is survived by three children: Todd (Sandra) Reich, Megan (Tom) Polzin and Erin (David) Olson; seven grandchildren: Cade and Marena Reich, Marissa Adelle and Austin Polzin, D.J. and Tyler Olson; also survived by her canine friend Murphy; and by other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Charles and golden retriever Tandee. 
Submitted: August 2, 2016

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Martin G. Schultz & Myrna (Schultz) — Wautoma, WI,  passed away June 23, 2021. He was born March 15, 1947. He grew up in Midlothian, Illinois, and graduated from Bremen High School in 1965. He continued his education at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, graduating with a major in biological sciences and a minor in theology. It was during that time, while working in the college cafeteria, he met the love of his life, Myrna Barroga. After graduating from college in 1970, he was drafted into the army. A conscientious objector, Martin spent his service years as a medic. He and Myrna married in 1970. After his military service, the couple moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Martin initially worked for the county in various botanically related positions including nursery technician, gardener, and arborist. Continuing education, self-study, and work experience allowed him to later create his position as the grounds manager for the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida in Milwaukee. Working there over 17 years, he successfully managed the acres under his care in an environmentally sustainable manner while willingly sharing his rich biological knowledge with anyone inquisitive of his world. After retirement, Martin and Myrna moved near Wautoma, Wisconsin, and built a home next door to Martin’s best friend from college, Ralph, and Ralph’s wife Ann. Though his house was filled with books, Martin became a regular visitor at the Wautoma Library. A voracious reader, he continued to be a student of the environment and his faith in God. His joy of working for the plants, land, and animals continued to flourish throughout his retirement. He volunteered many hours in the city gardens of Wautoma; helped his neighbors with grounds maintenance, prairie restoration, and controlled burns; and worked to restore native flora and curb invasive species on his property and other’s. Through the years, Martin belonged to numerous zoological and botanical organizations, sometimes serving on their boards. He was active in the churches he attended. Although he was not a musician, he learned to love and appreciate music more after living with Myrna, who was a gifted musician. His zest for life and work died when Myrna did in August 2020. They were married just short of 50 years. Martin died in Neenah, Wisconsin, at the age of 74. He is survived by his siblings, Linda, Kay, and Jarvis (Gabrielle); sibling-in-laws, Ken, Jeannie (Tony), Vicki (Chris), Norita (Richard), and Jimmy; cousins; and his best friend Ralph. 
Submitted: July 21, 2021

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Myrna A. (Barroga) Schultz & Martin (Schultz) 1970 — Wautoma, WI,  passed away August 10, 2020. She was born on September 29, 1948 in Los Angeles, CA to James and Rita (Focson) Barroga , siblings Jeannie (Adelaide), Kenneth, Victoria, and Norita followed over the years as they settled in to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While the family wasn’t devout, or rich, Myrna talked her parents into sending her to Holy Angels Catholic School since she noticed those students seem to have more days off. Money ran out for all the kids, but Myrna was able to enroll in Carthage College when time came. She helped develop what little Newman Center the Lutheran college had, planning music, assisting the visiting weekly priests at mass in the former park out house. She majored in mathematics and minored in Russian literature, in Russian. She was one of only a couple female students chosen to work with the first computers on campus, programming in those primitive days. Her adult relationship started when she and Martin Schultz found themselves working in the college cafeteria. Martin found a woman willing to serve him food and she found a man willing to wash pots and pans; a lifelong partnership that worked, they were married on December 19, 1970. Myrna worked for Wisconsin Bell for many years. But she then decided music was more important, if we skip the financial rewards. She started back to school based in Cardinal Stritch College with various studies and classes at other Roman Catholic colleges in the area including both seminaries. After her master’s degree was completed, she worked at various parishes, mostly in NW Milwaukee, NE Waukesha, and S Ozaukee County. She also became a member of the archdiocesan choir where she had the honor to sing with them at a taped Christmas concert nationally broad cast during one Christmas season. While she didn’t get to travel as much as she liked she went to some computer meetings early on but mostly later traveled summers to music workshops, religious and harp around the country. Medical problems seemed to develop, so she ‘cashed it all in’ and got property here, had a house built and she loved looking out the windows to hear and see turkeys and many other critters moving about the property. Myrna’s health declined more in spite of a kidney transplant from a loving member of St. Joseph’s parish after moving to this area. She worked with St. Joseph Wautoma weekend masses, English and Spanish, planning music, practicing with voice and instrumental musicians, going to workshops periodically. Up to this year she liked fishing with the arrangement still working. Martin scaled the fish, Myrna filleted and cooked them, and Martin cleaned up the mess. She is missed. 
Submitted: July 30, 2021

Mary Tilton — Sanford, Florida,  joined our Lord on October 29, 2016, four weeks before her 100th birthday. She was raised in Kansa City, Mo. In 1934, she received an Associated Degree from Northeast High School and Northeast Junior College in Kansas City under the New Plan. In 1937 she married Fletcher Sandford Tilton, Jr in Annapolis, Md. They enjoyed a marriage of over 71 years. While raising two daughters, Patricia Hammond Bell and Judith Sandford DeVito, she continued her education, graduating with her BA in 1970 from Carthage in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Throughout this time, teachers were in great demand and she was able to teach in elementary schools in both Baltimore, Maryland and Lake County, Illinois. She and her husband retired in 1970 and moved to Maitland, Florida. She and her husband loved playing bridge with friends and watching Jeopardy. She excelled at sewing, making many clothes for her daughters. She was especially talented with crafts and gardening where her creativity shined. Jeanette and Fletcher were two of the first residents at the Heritage at Lake Forest, now Atria Park where the activity department was busy making plans for Jeanette's 100th Birthday Party. She is predeceased by her husband, Fletcher, daughter, Patricia and grandson, Gregory Bell. She leaves her daughter, Judith and son-in-law Arthur, grandsons, Douglas Bell, Andrew Bell (Yuka), great grandsons, Fong Bell, Tyler Bell, Douglas Bell, Jr, and Christopher Bell along with several nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: November 30, 2016

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Willard Uhler — Reading, PA,  Mr. Willard Uhler -- (Class of 1970) passed away November 27, 2020. He was the husband of Charlotte E. (Paulson) Uhler. They were married June 14, 1969 and celebrated 51 years of marriage. Born in Abington, PA he was the son of the late Willard J. Uhler, Sr., and Marjorie A. (Snyder) Uhler. He graduated from Wilson High School (Easton) in 1965. Following high school, he attended Soumi Junior College from 1966-1968, Carthage College from 1968-1970, and finally Hamma School of Theology, at Wittenberg College, in Springfield, Ohio from 1970 to 1974. He was ordained as a Lutheran Minister on May 24, 1974. Pastor Uhler began his career at St. Luke’s Church in Archibald , and St. Paul’s in Carbondale from 1974-1978. He was then called to serve St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua from 1978-1990; and then was called to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hamburg from 1990 until retirement in 2014, where his is currently a member and Pastor Emeritus. Pastor Uhler retired from ministry on June 1, 2014 shortly after celebrating 40 years of ordination. He was an honorary member of the Hamburg Rotary club, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He had fond memories of playing the Tuba in High School. Surviving in addition to his wife are two children: Christian G. Uhler, husband of Amber L. (Janosa), Saylorsburg; and Merideth E. (Uhler) Saul, wife of Justin M., Mohrsville; four grandchildren: Che A. Narvaez, Victoria E. Uhler, Bella P. Uhler, and Charles D. Saul; and a sister: Lenora M. (Uhler) Della Franzia, widow of Ronald, Horsham. 
Submitted: December 2, 2020

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Donna (Drews) Vanous — Allen, TX,  passed away January 17, 2021. Donna was born on March 5, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and history from Carthage College, where she was a proud member of the Omicron Phi Alpha Sorority. She moved to Dallas and married Kevin Vanous on November 25, 1983. Donna was an accomplished writer and editor and later transitioned to instructional design. She worked for various companies including National Textbook Company, DLM, Excel Telecommunications, Bank of America, and Texas Capital Bank. She served on the City of Allen Library Board, volunteered with the Friends of the Allen Public Library, and was a co-leader and volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. A lover and patron of the Dallas Zoo, Donna also enjoyed the ocean and was passionate about reading, bird watching, and spending time with family and friends. She will be dearly missed. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Robert F. and Lorraine Anthony Drews. She is survived by her devoted husband Kevin, daughter Courtney, and siblings Vicki and John. 
Submitted: May 17, 2021

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Larry Aden — Prescott, Ariz.,  passed peacefully, but unexpectedly on Nov. 13, 2013. He was born to Victor and Dorothy Waddill Aden in Quincy, Ill., on Jan. 25, 1942, and grew up in the Bowen, Ill., area. He graduated from Central High School in Camp Point, Ill., in 1960. He then studied and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Carthage. He went on to attend Northeast Missouri State College (Truman State University), where he obtained his master's degree in education. On Sept. 17, 1967, he married Mary Junk, and from this union, sons Timothy and Justin came. Throughout his life, he enjoyed his multiple Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Corvettes. He had recently been an active member of several classic car collector associations and enjoyed participating in their activities. He is survived by his sons, Timothy of Denver and Justin of Springfield, Mo.; his brothers, Ronald of Franktown, Colo., and David and his wife, Marilyn, of Prescott; and his sisters, Elaine Raines and her husband, Gary, of Salt Lake City, and Annette Yates and her husband, Glenn, of Sandy, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Anna Marie Anne Bierdz — Silver Lake, Wis.,  died Friday, July 19, 2013, at the Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington. The former Anna Marie Carey was born on Dec. 22, 1922, in Wilmot, Wis., the daughter of the late James E. and Ruby Ludwig Carey. On Sept. 25, 1942, she married Henry Bierdz at St. Pauls Chapel in Madison, Wis. Anne attended Mount Mary College in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin in Madison and graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha. Anne taught at Holy Name School in Wilmot for two years and then at Riverview School in Silver Lake for 17 years. Anne continued demonstrating her commitment to education as a member of the Kenosha County School Committee for 15 years. One of Anne's interests was playing bridge whenever the opportunity arose, both contract bridge and duplicate bridge with her friends and with her husband, Henry. She also enjoyed golf and played in leagues at Twin Lakes Country Club and at Rockledge Country Club in Rockledge, Fla. Anne enjoyed reading and the challenges of crossword puzzles, knitting, crocheting and sewing and spending time with friends and her family of four generations. Anne is survived by Henry Bierdz; her devoted husband of 70 years; their daughters, Ellen (John) Osterhart of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Elizabeth (the late Glenn) Camp of Melbourne, Fla.; grandsons, Daniel (Tracie) and Stephen (Nardos) Osterhart; great-granddaughters, Abigail, Natalie and Rachel; and sisters, Peggy (David) Wiseman of Twin Lakes, Wis., and Kay (the late Ed) Stucka of Lincolnshire, Ill.  
Submitted: August 30, 2013

John Carlson — Coeur d'Alene, Idaho,  passed away on December 24, 2015 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He is survived by his brother, William Carlson. 
Submitted: April 11, 2016

Douglas Clark — Peoria, IL,  at the age 69, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at 1:45 p.m.. He was born Aug. 7, 1946, in Sterling, Ill., to Werdell and Arlene (Lickhard) Clark. They preceded him in death. He married Florence Morris on June 21, 1969, in Rock Falls, Ill. She survives along with one daughter, Connie Clark of Peoria. Doug was a cost estimator for M & O Insulation Co. for 18 years, retiring in 2006. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

Helen M. Darre
Helen M. Darre

Helen M. (Kiefer) Darre — Spring Grove, IL,  passed away on January 7, 2018. She was born in Chicago on August 17, 1932, the daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (nèe Ellis) Kiefer. She met the love of her life, Roy Darre, while they were both working at Sears and married in Chicago on January 30, 1954. They moved to Wisconsin, eventually settling in Salem where they raised a family of 4 children together until Roy’s death in 1975. Helen was an inspiring teacher for 34 years, most recently at St. Peter’s School in Antioch, retiring in 1997. She had a gift for seeing and developing the hidden talents in each student. This was true in all her life. She loved to hear people’s stories. She was a good listener and a wise counselor. Always optimistic and with a good sense of humor, she was most often laughing at herself. She also had a strong faith in God that helped her survive tragedies like the premature losses of Roy and her son Tom with strength and grace. Most of all she was the most loving and supportive mother and grandmother that anyone could ask for. She is sadly missed by children Annie (Gary), Pete (April) and Susie; grandchildren Mike, Stephanie (Greg), Zachary, Kristen, Tony (Emma), Megan, Mallory, Katie (Josh) and Erik; great-grandchildren Keller, Azveraynia, Zellarreya , Zachary and Jackson. In addition to her parents, husband, Roy, and son, Tom, she was preceded in death by her six siblings. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

Jay Arthur "Papa" Eggert — Temecula, California,  passed away at age 67 in Temecula, California, at home surrounded by family on the evening of May 17, 2015. “Papa Jay," as lovingly known to family and friends old and new, fought an intense 6 month battle with characteristic positivity against an undetermined diagnosis, which turned out to be a Neurodegenerative Disease as well as Parkinson’s, preceded by a 6 month battle with Lymphoma. From the beginning, he comforted us with his belief that “I am fortunate for all that I have, and I will beat this”. Jay was born September 6, 1947, and was brought home to Mason City, Iowa when he was adopted by his parents Emmanuel “Manny” John Henry Eggert and Gladys Wilhelmina Pusch Eggert, for whom throughout life he expressed the greatest amount of love, respect, and admiration. Their first child and only son, he was joined by sister Kathryn Christine Eggert for a very happy childhood and loving family. A beautiful example of Jay’s young life is from his Cousin Delmer Eggert, who remembers their families always together in church and for dinner on Sundays and holidays, and that Jay's loving qualities were genuine, and that there was no one sweeter than his mother, no one more generous than his father. Those who know Papa Jay can attest to the fact that he emulated his parents through all life experiences. Jay’s sister Kathy laughingly recalls learning to overcome being ticklish from being pinned down in sibling tickle challenges, and endless evenings at the dinner table on stewed tomato night while they both heartily resisted. Kathy entered school known as “Jay’s sister”, and was proud of it. Her big brother protected his little sister, and through thick and thin, she remembers her brother as loving unconditionally, and expresses thankfulness for being blessed with him, as he truly was grateful for everything he had. Few funny stories from Jay’s life do not include the names and antics of his longest and dearest friends, Kenny Steil and Bob Zea. Friends for life, these three have always supported each other through childhood shenanigans and major life events, even while separated by great distances. It was obvious this bond has never lessened when Bob traveled to spend time with Papa Jay recently, and Kenny will be representing this dear friendship in giving his eulogy. In 1969 Jay joined the Army, and through the years and tours became a medic and paratrooper with the elite Green Berets, serving his country and making his family proud, and continued to serve with the Reserves for years. In 1972, after he graduated from Carthage College in Wisconsin, Jay came to San Diego. On December 29th, 1973 he married Marisol “Mari” Dolores Morales, and had a daughter, Marisa, and a son Jason. Over the years he was employed by Carnation, then Knudsen Dairy, where he was loved by his coworkers and spoiled by the customers on his route. Though Jay and Mari eventually divorced, the family first enjoyed several years living in San Diego and took regular camping trips, with favorites being Yosemite and Yellowstone. He was a hardworking family man who was very involved with Penasquitos Lutheran Church and the Rancho Penasquitos Golf Club, who had a great love of golf, watching all sports, and the outdoors. Fortunate to find love a second time, on May 23rd, 1998 Jay married Antonia “Toni” Eggert. He gained a large family including a stepson and stepdaughter, and soon the first grandchildren on whom he absolutely doted. Toni worked at Pechanga Resort and Casino and Jay soon joined her, gaining another very close and caring “work” family. Both families quickly adopted him as their own “Papa Jay”. Jay and Toni very much enjoyed traveling, with visits to see family in Iowa and Mexico, and trips they planned together to Europe. Jay continued to enjoy the outdoors, doing some local fishing with his son Jason and dreaming of taking his canoe out on the water, and for his 60th birthday, his wish was to skydive… and so he did. Jay and Toni shared as much time together as possible, and loved spending time with their children and grandchildren. Until his last day, Toni and her family took the greatest loving care to make Jay comfortable and remind him how loved he was. Jay was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Emmanuel and Gladys Eggert. Jay is survived by his loving wife Toni Eggert, and her children and grandchildren, whom he adored; her daughter Danielle and husband Jason Guttirez and their girls Ariana, Sabrina, and Olivia, and her son Arthur Ayala and his fiancee Krystal. He is also survived by his sister Kathryn Eggert, his son Jason, and his daughter Marisa and her husband Paul Rudge, along with their sons Rylan Brian and Hudson Jay, who shared special bonds with Papa Jay; the former by being his first grandson, and the latter by taking his name. A man could not have been more adored by his friends and family than Papa Jay; he truly was a rare gentle soul, calm and kind and generous, who never raised his voice, and had the ability to make you feel like you were already a far better person than you ever thought you could be. Papa Jay will be immeasurably missed. 
Submitted: June 9, 2015

David Engstrom — Kenosha,  lost his long and very hard fought, yet courageous battle with cancer Nov. 29, 2012. The Honorable David J. Engstrom, Silver Lake municipal judge, was 65. He passed away peacefully at his residence with his wife and family by his side. Born in Kenosha on Jan. 3, 1947, he was the son of the late Roy and Alice (Walesstad) Engstrom. He was a graduate of Bradford High School and Carthage, where he served on the debate team. On Aug. 23, 1969, he married Marlene Morgan, his loving wife of 43 years. For 34 years, he was employed with Snap-On Tools Corporation. After retirement, he was employed with LeMay and Palmen Motors as a courtesy vehicle driver. From 1984 until 1986, David served as the village treasurer of Silver Lake. He was the longest-reigning judge in the history of the Village of Silver Lake. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. David and his wife also owned and operated Mars Trading Post Inn in Wilmot, Wis., from 1997 until 2011. In the 1960s, he was a member of the Scout Leaders Rescue Squad. David's hobbies included watching the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers. He also enjoyed fishing and assembling his model railroads. David will be missed by his adoring wife, Marlene; his brother, Gary Engstrom; his brothers-in-law, George and Joseph Neu; his nephews, Steven and Joseph Neu, Jr.; his sisters-in-law, Patti (Tony Lemke) Neu, Schar Neu, and Lynn (George) Slivon; three great-nieces, one great-nephew, and many loving and caring friends.  
Submitted: May 13, 2013

John A. Erickson — Shorewood, Wisconsin,  passed away May 13, 2016, at age 68. John was the dear brother of Jeffrey (Esther – his amazing sister-in-law and friend) Erickson, Winfield, IL and Julie Erickson of Berlin, Germany. He was the proud uncle of Steven, Hamilton, MA and Mark of Seattle, WA., and a very special cousin of Patti (Les) Philaja, Muskego, WI. John was also blessed with an abundance of friends and cared deeply about each one. John was a devoted member of North Shore Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of Carthage and a retiree of UW-Milwaukee. 
Submitted: May 18, 2016

Bernice Brockway
Bernice Brockway

Berniece (Brockway Halverson) Finley — Kenosha, WI,  passed away peacefully at Home Inspired Senior Living on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. She was born on September 30, 1928, in Mount Sterling, WI, the daughter of the late Fred and Pearla (Halverson) Brockway. On August 4, 1952, she married Gerald John Finley, the love of her life. Sadly, he passed away 11 short years later. After graduating high school, Berniece received her teaching certificate at LaCrosse State Teacher's College. Her first year teaching was at the Brockway School, a one-room schoolhouse in Mount Sterling, Wisconsin, where she taught first through eighth grade students. After moving to Kenosha, Berniece taught at Riverview School, Highland, and St. Mark's Catholic School. After Gerald died, she pursued her four-year teaching degree at Carthage while teaching at Jane Vernon School. Berniece taught at Jane Vernon from 1964 to 1991 when a back injury forced her into retirement. Teaching was everything to Berniece. She loved each of her students and was devoted to them. In all, Berniece taught for 42 years, educating hundreds of children. Her classroom management was filled with kindness and her unending sense of humor. Throughout the many years after her retirement, Berniece could not go out in public without being greeted by her former students or their parents. It delighted her to see them again. Above all, Berniece treasured her children and grandchildren. She was thrilled for each precious little one that was added to her family. Berniece will be sweetly remembered by her daughters, Laura (William) Cook, and Theresa (Jay) Serpe; five grandchildren, Lisa (Gregory) Eschenbauch, William (Summer) Cook, Jamie Serpe, Katelyn (Jason) DeBruin, and Laena (Mark) Mueller. Berniece's 14 great-grandchildren include Abigail, Claire, Laura, Anna, and Liam Eschenbauch; Richard, Cailyn, William, and Jaxon Cook; Ionie and Aurora DeBruin; Quinn, Rhys, Penelope Mueller and two more on the way. Her great great grandchildren are Levi and Emery Eschenbauch. Berniece is further survived by her brother Frederick (Deanna) Brockway, several nieces, nephews, and friends. 
Submitted: November 15, 2019

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James Hermann — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away on November 7, 2017 at the age of 71. Jim was born June 28, 1946 in Sheboygan, WI to Frederick and Leona Hermann. Having married Jamie Rae Fennell on January 17, 1970, they were blessed with 47 love-filled years together. He was a confirmed member of Epiphany Lutheran Church, attended Racine Lutheran High School, and graduated from Carthage. Jim served as a Fire Direction Controller in the Racine Army National Guard. Jim was a chemist and expert witness for S.C. Johnson for many years and retired as a Senior Research Fellow from Diversey. After forty-five years of faithful service, he became a consultant for Diversey and then S.C. Johnson. Courageously battling cancer, he endured radiation and chemotherapy without complaint. He was a hero to his family and friends. Being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009 didn’t detour him from golfing, boating, target shooting or family gatherings. He always enjoyed visits from family, friends and workmates. In addition to his wife, Jim will be missed by his loving sons and daughters-in-law Jeffery & Michelle and Joel & Sarah and very precious grandchildren Liam, Isabelle, Elijah, Cecilia, Levi and Ezra. 
Submitted: November 17, 2017

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Dale Hittman — Oconomowoc, WI,  passed away on December 17, 2017 after a two year battle with cancer. Dale was born in Milwaukee on July 16, 1946. Dale and his wife Jackie were married for 43 years. Dale was an entrepreneur, real estate broker, teacher and coach. He enjoyed being on the lake, playing golf and tennis, watching and coaching his children and grandchildren in life and in sports. He was a man of faith and brought a smile and love to all who knew him. Dale is survived by his loving wife Jackie; children Kristi (Terry) Kloos, Shawn Hittman, and Kaelyn (Scott) Benham; grandchildren Cassidy Kloos, Jackson, Noah, and Violet Benham; and Baby Benham (due June 2018); brother Lance (Shelia) Hittman; brother in law Pat Manders; nephew Ryan (Monica) Luxon and their children Raleigh and Grace Luxon; best friend Bob Richter, and other family and friends. Dale is preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Ruth Hittman, as well as twin sister Dawn (Richard) Luxon. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Hope Lynn Hoenig — Schaumburg, IL,  passed away Jan. 6, 2016. Hope was a resident of Friendship Village of Schaumburg. Loving sister of Gail (Ronald) Peterson. Dear aunt of Samuel (Tiana) Peterson and Ellen (Jason) Swanson. Dear daughter of the late Rosalind and Milton Hoenig. Hope retired from Sears after 35 years. Memorials will be appreciated to Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation or the church. (Prince of Peace Church, Schaumburg). 
Submitted: October 3, 2016

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Thomas E Hubbard — Batavia, IL,  passed away on September 13, 2016. He was born November 24, 1947 to the late Paul and Ruth (nee Nelson) Hubbard. He grew up in Batavia, IL and was married in Wheaton to Carol Hahn on August 23, 1969. Tom dedicated 36 years to SC Johnson, where he was a Senior Corporate Auditor. His work there allowed him many enjoyable international travel opportunities. Tom and Carol also enjoyed traveling around the world. He treasured the memories of going camping while growing up and with his children across the U.S. Tom and Carol continued their U.S. travels in their RV in retirement. He used his talent as a photographer for family photos and weddings, and capturing the beauty of nature. Tom also enjoyed fishing, and looked forward to the annual Canadian fishing trip with his buddies. Above all, his family was the most important to him, and he loved the time shared with his granddaughters. Tom is survived by his wife Carol Hubbard of Mt. Pleasant; their children Scott (Kay) Hubbard of Hartland, Karen (Scott) Andrew of Woodbury, Minnesota, and Laura Hubbard of Mt. Pleasant. 
Submitted: September 30, 2020

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James P. Iaquinta — Wauwatosa, WI,  passed away on February 18, 2022 at the age of 74. James Paul Iaquinta was born to eternal life on Friday, February 18, 2022 at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, WI after hospitalization on Christmas Eve. Born May 20, 1947 to James ("Jay") and Shirley (Weyrauch) Iaquinta, Jim attended Bain Elementary, McKinley Jr. High and Tremper High School, graduating in 1965. He earned a B.A. from Carthage College, in 1969, as a math and theater arts major. Jim devoted his life to his acting career, performing in many productions by many theater companies in the southeastern WI area and founding the Wisconsin Actors Ensemble. He later earned an Accounting degree from Gateway Technical College to expand his theater administration skills. Before pursuing his acting career, he taught drama and English in the early 1970's at Tremper High School. Jim, a committed stage actor, was well known for his many character roles, especially in "A Dickens of A Christmas Carol" and "An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe - Tales From the Dark Side". Over the years, Jim performed at theaters and venues in Minneapolis MN, and in southeastern WI including Broadway Baby Dinner Theater, Memories Dinner Theater, M&W Children's Theater, Apple Holler Dinner Theater, Uncorkt, and Hob Nob. Jim also acted in both feature and industrial training films. For years at Christmas time Jim relished his role as Santa Claus at the mall. In later years Jim worked for Lad Lake of Milwaukee as a youth counselor, where he helped many young people and was highly respected for his success. Jim was an avid and knowledgeable sports fan, devoted to the Packers, Bucks and Brewers. He was proud to be a Packer stockholder since 1991 and often watched games with his close friends. In retirement, Jim was employed at Warnimont Golf course club house in Cudahy. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother Timothy. He is survived by his sister, Alice Iaquinta, West Bend WI, and brothers, David (Pam) Iaquinta, Lincoln NE, and Peter (Annie) Iaquinta, Madison WI; many nieces, nephews and loving extended family. Additionally, he is survived by his "family" of close friends, Lori Minetti, Joe Burton, Ted Tyson, Jerry Shawl and Peter Shuttleworth, as well as many members of the Milwaukee theater community. 
Submitted: February 28, 2022

A. Ronald Kazlo — Arlington Heights, Illinois,  was brought to rest May 28, 2015. A resident of Arlington Heights for 29 years. Beloved husband for 44 years of Susan A. Kazlo nee Spannenberg. Loving father of Jonathan (Christy) Kazlo, Jeffrey (Kathryn) Kazlo and the late Christine Kazlo. Cherished grandfather of Luciana Kazlo. Devoted son of the late Lillian nee Milne and Algird Kazlo. Dear stepson of the late Marjorie Kazlo. Fond brother of Karen (Ken) Volpert and Steve (Lisa) Kazlo. Born December 7, 1947 in Chicago. Attended Park Ridge Military Academy, Luther High School North, Carthage College and Northwestern University where he received his MBA. He was also a CPA. He had a successful career in corporate finance. He served our country in the US Marine Corps Reserves. He was a long time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. 
Submitted: June 9, 2015

John C Krug — Racine, WI,  Mr. John "Jack" C. Krug -- (Class of 1969) passed away December 6, 2020. Jack was born in Racine on August 5, 1935 to the late Albert and Ruth (nee: Casper) Krug. Proud alumnus, he was a graduate of St. Catherine's High School in 1953. Shortly after, Jack enlisted to serve our country with the United States Air Force, eventually attaining rank of Staff Sergeant in Fort Knox, Kentucky. While serving in Kentucky, Jack met Bobbie Lou Sizemore, who would become his wife. They were united in marriage on October 20, 1956 in London, Kentucky. After his honorable discharge, they moved back to Jack's hometown here in Racine. While raising a family and working full-time, Jack enrolled at Carthage College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He was most notably employed by Massey-Ferguson and Jacobsen Mfg., before starting his longtime career with ASI Technologies, where he retired as Senior Vice-President. Jack was also an inventor, a draftsman, a handyman, a store owner and will be remembered by all for his exceptional work ethic. During his incredible life's journey, Jack was always able to take care of anything a family member, friend, or stranger needed. Jack loved traveling with family and friends, whether up north or abroad. Above all, family was everything to Jack…they were his world. He loved spending time with his loved ones, especially during Christmas, Jack's favorite time of the year. Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of nearly 65 years, Bobbie; their daughter, Terri (Tom) Seitz; their son, Rob (Terri Tylla) Krug; adored grandchildren, Laura Seitz; Joshua, Dylan & Delanie Krug; and Addie Adams; brother, Tom (Judy) Krug; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jack was greeted in Heaven by his parents, Albert and Ruth Krug; and by Bobbie's parents Thelma and William Sizemore. 
Submitted: January 15, 2021

Henning J. Larsen — Seattle, WA,  passed away on July 19, 2017. 
Submitted: February 6, 2019

Donald Mathson — Racine, WI,  passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019. He grew up in Kenosha and graduated from Bradford High School in 1963, then went on to graduate from Carthage College. 
Submitted: September 30, 2019

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John M Peacock — West Dundee, IL,  passed away January 26, 2021. Dr. Peacock was a gifted dentist and practiced in Elgin for over 40 years. Dentistry was his passion. John received the Clinical Excellence Award in his graduating class at the U of I Chicago College of Dentistry, and he continued to study and expand his skills throughout his career. John is survived by his wife Chery of 50 years; daughter, Jeanne Hergert (Matt) of Hawthorn Woods, IL; son, John III (Sue) of Milwaukee, WI; granddaughter, Sylvia Hergert and her baby brother due to be born this February 26; grandson, Lowell Peacock; and brother, Dr. Thomas Peacock of Marenisco, MI. John had many interests, skills, and hobbies including golf, fishing, bridge, classic automobiles, listening to music, playing the organ, and singing. He was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Elgin where he sang in the choir for 45 years. 
Submitted: February 1, 2021

Eugene Sieb — Algonquin, IL,  passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Gene was a wonderful husband to Judith (Piszczek), loving father to Tim (Kari) Sieb, Cynthia (George) Schaupp and doting grandfather to Kyle Sieb, Kevin Sieb, Allison Schaupp and Kenny Schaupp. Brother of Robert (Debra) Sieb, also survived by his nephews, Robert Jr. (Missy) Sieb, David (Beth) Sieb, Richard Sieb and Kenneth Sieb. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mayor Joseph Sieb and Estelle (Gnievek) Sieb. He was born Aug. 8, 1944, in Chicago, and grew up in Norridge. He lived in Schaumburg for 30 years, then Algonquin for 14 and retired in Del Webb, Huntley in 2014. Gene was a graduate from Maine West High School. He attended Carthage College in Kenosha but decided to join his father as an electrician with Henry Newgard & Company. Eventually he became a project manager until the company closed. He worked for other companies and retired after 10 years of service with G& M Electric in 2010. He was involved in his children's lives, coaching both in baseball and bowling. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, golfing, good restaurants, Vegas and his many friends. Some of his best memories were vacations with his whole family, giving parties, barbequing and taking pride in his grandchildren's sports and academic accomplishments. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Lynn (Barker) Stutsman — Cherry Valley, IL,  died on Monday, April 17, 2017. She was born in Detroit, MI on April 23, 1947, to parents Pierce Jr. and Mary (Ferguson) Barker. Lynn married her husband Steven Stutsman on November 5, 1968, in Belvidere, IL. Lynn 's warmhearted nature drew her to the care and education of young children. She was instrumental in the formation of the Bell School Elementary and New Milford Elementary Kindergarten programs. After retiring from teaching, Lynn continued to care for young children in the Cherry Valley area. Lynn loved traveling, collecting different children's toys for her "kids", spending time at their family lake home, and her time with her family. Lynn will always be remembered for her love and care for her family, as well as the many children's lives she impacted over the years. She is survived by her husband, Steven Stutsman ; children, Steven "Chris" Stutsman , Matthew Stutsman , Kari (Brandon) Gladson, and Cassie (Steven) Reed; grandchildren, Breanna and Madilynn Stutsman , Lillie and Maxton Reed, and Kaitlyn Gladson; sister-in-law, Dail Stutsman ; siblings, Mary (John) Kohlmeier, Pierce (Rise) Barker III, Susan Barker, Anne (William Everett) Adams Everett, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Lynn is predeceased by her parents. 
Submitted: November 1, 2019

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David Unger — Big Rock, IL,  passed away December, 20, 2013 at the Hospice Inpatient Center at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs, AR, surrounded by love and comfort with his wife and caregivers by his side. David bravely fought Alzheimer's for 10 years. He was born September, 4, 1947 to the late Earl Unger and Thelma Mott Unger. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betsy) Rankin Unger; one stepson, Jeremy (Lorelli) Deml; two beloved grandsons, Elijah and Caleb of Maumelle, AR; his brother, Michael (Barb) Unger of Newbury Park, CA. David retired from Alcatel/Lucent in Lisle, IL after 30 years as an Electrical Engineer, a job which he truly loved. During the last half of his life, he had the opportunity to travel to many different countries for his job helping with the electrical communication of the newly installed cell towers. He was so proud to be a part of that. He loved working with and meeting new people from other countries. No one was a stranger to him. 
Submitted: October 8, 2020

Elizabeth 'Ann' Woldt
Elizabeth 'Ann' Woldt

Elizabeth Woldt — Mt. Morris, IL,  Passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2020. Ann was born on Feb. 7, 1947 in Park Ridge, IL, to Thomas O. Megan and Laura M. Sheffield. She married Ralph J. Woldt on June 1, 1968 in Park Ridge, IL Ann earned a liberal arts degree at Carthage College, Kenosha, majoring in English and Education. She worked in the Oshkosh Public Library, was chair of Milwaukee League of Women Voters, and worked for Advocacy of Disabled Persons in George and Wisconsin. She lived with multiple sclerosis for 38 years but remained strong and active. She loved her cats and built and designed her own cat village of miniature houses and wrote a saga, identifying each cat owner and residence. Ann is survived by her husband, Ralph; brother, John Mehan of Martin, TN. Ann was proceeded in death by her parents, Thomas and Laura; brother, Rev. James Mehan. 
Submitted: April 22, 2020

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Carol (Shaw) Bachler — Zion, IL ,  passed away in July 2016. She was born February 17, 1926 in the family home in Zion, IL. Carol joined and was baptized in the Christian Catholic Church in 1936. She graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School and attended Lake Forest College, Carthage College, National College of Education, and the University of Wisconsin. She earned a BA and an MA in Elementary Education and did advanced study, CAS, in Education Administration. Carol taught at both West and East Schools in her hometown and later was principal of each. At the request of the Board of Education, she developed the school district’s Gifted Program and an innovative “hands-on” kindergarten curriculum. She married Marvin in 1980, and after retirement they traveled much of North America in their R.V. They moved to Springfield, MO in 1998, and made many new friends there. A highlight of these later years was a mission trip to Bolivia, South America, where Carol taught Vacation Bible School in Spanish and Marvin oversaw the building of a church. Carol loved children, teaching and enjoyed Bible study, making greeting cards, scrapbooking, and counted cross-stitch. She collected cookbooks and was an avid reader. Preceded in death by her loving husband and best friend, Marvin Bachler; her parents, George and Lutie Leech Shaw; her brother E. Walter Shaw; and beloved children Cynthia, Walter, and Nelson Revis; and twin grand daughters Carol and Elsie Revis. Survived by her children, Susan Revis, George (Xing Ming) Revis; grand daughter, Kathleen Cowsert; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Revis; and family, Stephen, Geoffrey, and Lisa Revis. Also survived by her “bonus” children, Andrew (Sharon) Bachler and family, Kevin (Deborah) Bachler and family, Martin Bachler, Kerrilyn (Michael) Connor and family. Also by her loving sister, Rosemary (Leo) Benson and son, and her brother’s family, Matthew (Diane) Shaw and family, and Wilma (Michael) Tidwell and family. 
Submitted: August 10, 2016

Mark W. Behrens — Moline, Ill. ,  69, of Moline, died unexpectedly Friday, November 13, 2015, at his residence, after a brief illness. Mark was born on February 23, 1946, in Sterling, IL, the son of Dr. Lee and Clara Louise (Wallace) Behrens. He married Mary Ann L. Jensen on May 26, 1979 at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Van Meter, IA. Mark was retired. He graduated in 1968 from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Mark served in the USAF from 1969-1973. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Moline. Mark enjoyed fishing and camping. Survivors include: Wife Mary Ann, Sons Brent Behrens, Molin, and Bryan Behrens, Las Vegas, NV; Daughter-in-law Alysa Grimes, Las Vegas, NV; Sister Louise (Skala) Burkholder; Brother-in-law Howard Burkholder; Nephew Matthew Skala; Niece Rachael (Skala) Aprill; and his buddy Jimmy Duncan. He was preceded in death by his father (1968); mother (2007); son, Tim (Behrens) Henderson (2014); brother-in-law, Larry Skala (2001). 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

George Martin Bezik , Jr. — Lisle, IL,  passed away August 28, 2021. Beloved husband of Sandy, nee Loyd; devoted father of Marci Morgan and Matthew (Rachele) Bezik; proud grandfather of Amanda, Kayleigh, Nathan and Christopher; loving brother of Bob and Tom Bezik, Barbara Bergantino and the late Rick Bezik. 
Submitted: September 7, 2021

Jack T. Brooking — Geneva, Illinois,  died Aug. 24, 2014, in St. Louis. He was born April 27, 1946, in Geneva. "Brooks" was the son of Morris and Edith Brooking. He is survived by a sister, Jill T. Gronberg, of Geneva. He graduated from Batavia High School (1964), and Carthage (1968). 
Submitted: October 8, 2014

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Patricia Joy (Wamboldt) Dobberstein — Tacoma, WA,  passed away July 17th, 2020. Patricia (Pat, Patty) is survived by her four children, Joel Dobberstein, Aaron Dobberstein (Jessica Dobberstein), Rachel Dobberstein Austin (Mikal Austin) and Micah Dobberstein; and her five grandchildren Ainsley, Camden, Levi, Micayah, and Kashdon. She was preceded in death by her courageous soldier medic daughter, Hannah Noel Dobberstein, who died in Kuwait in 1999. Patricia was born on January 25, 1946 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry and Elaine Wamboldt. She moved to Washington state in 1976, where she built a life caring for her five children, as well as working full time as a veterinary technician. Referred to by a longtime friend as an “aircraft carrier” undeterred by the storming seas around her, Patty relied on her unwavering faith in her Lord to guide her through the many challenges that she faced. She was a life-long nature lover, who found joy in the simplest pleasures, such as a bird’s feather found on a walking path or a newly discovered tuft of sheep fur stuck in barbed wire fence to tuck in her pocket for later viewing. She was an avid gardener, nurturing a small oasis in her home and yard, with hundreds of potted plants and flowers, each of which held its own unique story. She always yearned to see the world and was able to travel in later years with her children to Europe, Australia, and numerous adventures throughout the United States. Adopting the fanciful saying Mathom Keep, meaning “Collector of Life”, she filled her home with treasures that were her life’s collection, each with a story to convey its meaning and intention. Leading a simple and fulfilling life, she was a genuine, caring, and engaging human being, who loved her children, grandchildren, and the mystery of life most of all. 
Submitted: October 7, 2021

Daria (Uglianitza) Faber — Whitehall, WI,  passed away in September 2021. 
Submitted: March 8, 2022

Robert Felber
Robert Felber

Robert Felber — Wendell, NC,  passed away on July 30, 2019 at the age of 83. Bob was born July 29, 1936, in Two Rivers, Wis. He was the son of the late Robert Abraham Felber and Marie C. Ruchoeft Felber. Bob was a graduate of the Manitowoc Teacher's College and earned his master's degree from Carthage. Bob was a veteran of the USMC and was well-respected educator for 33 years in Kenosha as the Dean of Students at Bullen Jr. High School and as the Dean and social studies teacher at Washington Jr. High School. Survivors include three sons, Bradley J. Felber (Sharon), Michael J. Felber (Trisha), and Jonathan L. Felber (Ronnie); two step-sons, Robert E. Osmon Jr. (Carol), and Christopher D. Osmon (Stacey); a brother William Felber; two sisters, Bette Pankratz, and Pat Peper; and ten grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife of 32 years, Elizabeth Jane Felber, and a son Paul S. Felber. 
Submitted: August 7, 2019

Janice Hamm — Racine, Wis.,  passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at Meadowmere, in Kenosha. Janice was born in Flushing, N.Y., Feb. 4, 1930 and was the daughter of the late Jesse and Sara (Nee: McCollam) VanZile. On June 18, 1949, in Oak Park, Ill., she was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Hamm '47, who preceded her in death, Nov. 13, 2008. Janice was a graduate of Carthage and taught fourth grade at Dr. Jones Elementary School for 25 years. She was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church, former member of the Woman's Club, and had a great passion for traveling the world. Janice cherished time with her family and will be fondly remembered for her quick smile and gentle ways. Survivors include her two daughters, Diane (William) Katt of Kenosha and Janet (Joe) Teeters of Laurel, Md.; her grandchildren, Ryan Katt of Waukesha and Kendra Katt of Kenosha; sisters, Linda (Charlie) Walker of Florida, Lois Jean Shalda of Michigan; sisters-in-law, Joan Mercer of Illinois, Barbara (Jim) Rife of Indiana, Ernestine Hamm of Georgia; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lou (Raymond) Elliiott. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Donald Hill — Waukegan, IL,  passed away peacefully after a long illness on August 20, 2020. Don was born on October 11, 1945 in Waukegan, IL, his father was Theodore D. Hill, and his mother was Josephine E. Hill. Don graduated from Z-B High School class of 1963, graduated from Carthage College with a BA degree in 1968, joined the Army in the same year with an Honorable discharged in 1972. Don was a member of the Sports Car Club of America, Z-B Moose, and Z-B Kiwanis Club. Don retired from AAA Motor Club after 35 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Barbara Siddon. 
Submitted: September 28, 2020

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Kathryn (Goodwin) Philo — Medford, OR,  passed away on December 31, 2018. Mrs. Philo was born on September 23, 1946 in Kenosha to John and Reeva Goodwin. She was known for her vivacious and exuberant personality reflected in her love for people, passion for music, and stage musical productions throughout her high school years and education at Carthage. She was married to US Marine pilot David Leet Aug. 2, 1968, until his declaration of PFOD after three years of MIA status - lost while on mission over Viet Nam. Kathy married Steve Philo on Dec. 27, 1975 and they served in pastoral ministry together over 43 years of marriage. Kathy served alongside her husband at Penngrove Community Church, Eagle Life Valley Church, and in the Healing Rooms Ministries of Medford, Oregon. She founded the Love Company Ministry in 2006 and dedicated her years to passionately "setting the captives free" by encouraging and inspiring the broken and hurting in nursing homes, cancer wards, and to the homeless in streets. She touched lives wherever she went with her genuine love and her "holy Squeezie-Beezie" hugs and her uplifting "love songs." While fighting carcinoid tumors she began a heartstone ministry, touching lives with a gift of a red heart for each one to carry as a reminder of God's love for them. Mrs. Philo is survived by her husband, Steve, her sons, Jason, Nathan, and Ian, daughters-in law, Kathy Reed Philo and Theresa Philo, sister, Sandy Jefferies, brother, Craig Goodwin, and grandsons, Seven, Jarran, Deacon, and Tinnlee. 
Submitted: January 24, 2019

Elaine (Sprunk) Pittenger — Tennessee, IL,  passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at Wesley Village Health Care, in Macomb, Illinois.  She was born May  12, 1929 in Chaffee, North Dakota, to Walter H. and Luella Miller Sprunk.  Elaine was united in marriage to John Louis Pittenger on August 23, 1959 in Chaffee, North Dakota, he preceded her in death on February 27, 2014. Elaine was born and raised in North Dakota, where she attended rural schools.  She is a graduate of Leonard High School in North Dakota, Valley City State Teachers College in North Dakota and Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Elaine had taught school in the Nauvoo Colusa School District, and the Colchester School District of which she taught 22 years.  She had also been employed with the McDonough County Health Department, where she was given the Woman of the Year award.  She was a past president of the Church Women United, United Methodist Women, Homemakers Extension, Colchester Teachers Club, McDonough County Retired Teachers, and Hills Grove United Methodist Church of which she had played the piano for over 50 years. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Wayne Rosentrater — DeMotte, IN,  passed away on April 19, 2019. Mr. Rosentrater was born on May 30, 1944. He was a resident of DeMotte, Indiana at the time of passing. After graduating high school, he attended Carthage where he earned his Bachelors degrees in Biology and Chemistry. 
Submitted: May 1, 2019

Gail (Karlovsky) Warren — Kenosha, WI,  passed away peacefully on April 1, 2018, in Kenosha. She was born on April 22, 1946, in Cicero, Ill., and was the daughter of the late George and Elsie (Pospisal) Karlovsky. After receiving a degree in special education from Carthage, Gail went on to teach in the Kenosha Unified Public School District for a decade. An advocate for the mentally disabled, Gail was involved with the Kenosha Achievement Center for many years. Most recently, Gail taught ESL for several years at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha. She was a lover of dogs, the waters of Lake Geneva, and the shores of Door County. Gail is survived by her husband, the Honorable Wilbur Wesley Warren III; son, W. Wesley (Mindy) Warren IV of Libertyville, Ill.; daughter, Stacy (Bob III) Flannery of Glenview, Ill.; and cherished grandmother of Wilbur "Wils" Wesley Warren V, Hadley Warren, Brooke Flannery and Kelly Flannery. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Edmund Stanley Weisbrod
Edmund Stanley Weisbrod

Edmund Stanley Weisbrod — Racine, WI,  born June 21, 1943 in Racine, Wisconsin, passed away reluctantly on May 17, 2017, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints. Ed was a man of many words (usually spoken at higher decibels) and many tears (usually brought on by some toast he was making). His wife, Dawn, was the love of his life and the center of his world, along with his grandkids, of whom he was fiercely proud: Erik, Allie, Ethan, Elliot, Phoebe, and Callum. Also in his huge heart were his kids: Christy, Pete (and Sheila), Jen, and Stef (and Josh). He was loved by his brothers, Larry (and Judy), Bernie (and Jackie), and his sister, Rosemary (and Tom Rice), and the rest of his family and friends. If Ed wasn’t reading detective novels or watching Jeopardy, you might have found him fishing, boating, golfing, traveling, while all the time looking around and asking, “Where’s Mom?”. In his youth he was a bugle player and drum major with the Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and was a two-time National Jamboree attendee, earning both Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow honors. Ed graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1961, and received his B.A. at Carthage College. After graduating, Ed taught school for a few years. He then went on to a successful career in sales. Before retiring in 2005, Ed spent his last 15 years with EcoLab as the director of North American Sales, textile division. Aside from Wisconsin, Ed also lived in Chicago, Philadelphia, Florida, and St. Thomas USVI. He and Dawn most recently spent three cozy months together in a cottage in Dingle, Ireland, and they loved it. He lived fully, loved well, and will be missed more than he will ever know. 
Submitted: May 22, 2017

Richard A. Welton — Gurnee, Illinois,  passed away July 31, 2015, surrounded by his wife Debby and loving family. Dick was born on Sept. 6, 1942 to Arthur and Mary Welton of Gurnee. Dick passionately loved his family and his community of Gurnee. He was a lifelong member of the Gurnee Community Church. Dick graduated from Warren Township High School in 1961. He was elected to the WTHS Hall of Fame in early 1990s. He graduated from Carthage College in 1965, later serving on their board. Dick went on to take over management responsibilities of the Welton’s Food Mart, on top of the hill of Old Grand Avenue, and drive the growth to become a five store chain employing over 1,000 dedicated team members. He was appointed as a Village of Gurnee Trustee in 1971. Two years later, he was elected Mayor of Gurnee at the age of 30, the youngest mayor in Illinois at the time. He retained this position for the next 28 years and led the expansion of Gurnee from a small village to a thriving community bringing in Great America, Gurnee Mills and virtually every major residential and commercial development. He was the first Lake County mayor to serve as President of the Illinois Municipal League. He took great pride in his work with the Lake County Joint Action Water Agency and served as the first president. He was also responsible for the formation of the Lake County Storm Water Management Commission following the 1986 record flood in Gurnee. He was a member of PACE board for past 20 years and was on the Gurnee Economic Development Committee. He was an active member of the Gurnee Exchange club for over 35 years, being honored with the “Book of Golden Deeds” award. He was instrumental in the development of Gurnee Days Corporation, Gurnee Park District and Warren Newport Library. Along with his best friend, Bob Depke, Dick worked on the “Save Great Lakes Naval Station” campaign. Dick’s greatest source of pride and joy was his family. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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Peter Andersen — Marquette, Mich.,  died unexpectedly, but peacefully Oct. 20, 2013. Peter was born to Howard and Dorothy Andersen on Jan. 17, 1945, in Wheaton, Ill. Pastor Andersen was baptized at the College Church of Christ in Wheaton. He was raised and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wheaton and graduated from Wheaton High School in 1963. Pastor Andersen graduated with a B.A. from Carthage in 1967 and with a M. Div. from The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1971. Pastor Andersen was ordained in Rock Island, Ill., on June 6, 1971. Pastor Andersen married the former Marilyn Reuschel '67, whom he met at Carthage, on July 21, 1968, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Golden, Ill. The Andersens have one son, Philip, who graduated from NMU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and continues to live and work in Marquette. Pastor Pete spent 40 years in the ministry as a servant of the Lord; serving in St. Charles Ill. (1971-1976), Murphysboro, Ill. (1976-1984), Quincy, Ill. (1984-1994) ; and Escanaba, Mich. (1994-2009). Peter served his Lord in many capacities: served on the Transition Team and first Synod Council of the Central Southern Illinois Synod, and on the Board of Directors at Augustana College, Rock Island (8 years). While in Escanaba, he served a term on the Synod Council of the Northern Great Lakes Synod and served as chairman on the Board of Directors at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp. He was a member of the Synod Candidacy Committee and frequently served as pulpit supply. Peter was an active member at Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette where he served part time as the Interim Associate Pastor for one year and also one year in Gwinn, Mich. One highlight this past year was the privilege and honor of being in the processional for the inauguration of Carthage's new president, Gregory S. Woodward. Pastor Andersen's favorite avocations included gardening, fishing and bird watching. He sang with the Marquette Choral Society and was a member of the Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Marilyn, and their son, Philip. He has many cousins from the Wheaton area: Fran Todd, Jon Walters, Pauline Driscoll, Cindy VanDeviere and Beverly Balzhiser Gallagher. He has three sisters-in-law: Betty Kleen (Vernon), Elaine Foss (Larry) and Lois Mansell (Jack) and four nephews: Andrew, Aaron, and Michael Foss, and Alexander Mansell. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

William Brooks — Polo, IL,  died Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at his home. William was born on Sept. 25, 1943 in Dixon, the son of Harold and Goldie (Pope) Brooks.    He married Merla Willstead on June 27, 1965 at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Polo, where he was currently a member.  He served as pastor of several churches over the years in Illinois and Missouri.  William and Merla spent many years as campground hosts. Survivors include his wife, Merla Brooks, Polo; his brother, Wayne (Joannie) Brooks, Mt. Carroll; and several nieces and nephews.   He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Elizabeth, in infancy. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Lawrence Coots — Sycamore, IL,  passed away on September 30, 2017. He was born June 23, 1945 in Beloit, WI. to Clarence and Mildred (Marks) Coots . He married Trudi L. Ambler on June 22, 1972. Larry started his teaching career in South Beloit and enjoyed coaching basketball and football. In 1978, he began working at the Sycamore High School, District 427 as a social studies teacher and basketball coach, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Sycamore Education Association- where he held various leadership roles, along with the Teacher's Union. Larry enjoyed coaching all sports. He ran many camps over the years at the University of Illinois and was inducted into the IHSA Hall of Fame. Survivors include his 3 children, Corey Coots , Casey (Kendra) Coots and Kelly (Anne) Coots ; 7 grandchildren, Anna, Audrey, Sam, Bennett, Griffin, Owen and Mack; one brother, John (Laurray) Coots ; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Trudi in 2002; and one sister, Fran. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

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Colleen (Seffrood) Deininger — Kenosha, WI,  passed away suddenly on June 10, 2018, in a plane crash in Green County, WI. Colleen would have been disappointed to see her age displayed in the newspaper, as she had maintained she was 39. Born Dec. 16, 1936, in Warrenville, Ill. to Vernus and Kathryn Seffrood, Colleen was born to win and lived her life fiercely and with great joy. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1954, where she met the love of her life, Franklyn "Frank" Deininger. They moved to Kenosha in 1961. She went on to graduate from Carthage where she was a proud member of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority, and taught grades [K-8] at the Gammon School in Madison, Wis. Colleen eventually began a career in real estate, founding Century 21 Colleen Realty in Kenosha, Wis. She ran the successful company for over 40 years and loved to teach and help others in the real estate business. During that time, she served as president of the Kenosha Board of Real Estate, became a real estate developer and verified investment member, and earned the prestigious Susan B. Anthony Women of Influence Award for her work toward equality for women. She will be remembered for all that she gave back to the community, especially Easter Seals, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, St. Joseph Catholic Academy and as a founder of the Women's Network of Kenosha. Colleen was above all devoted to her family. She married Frank on July 27, 1957 and stayed home to raise her children for 8 years. She loved to travel with her large family, and took many trips to Central and South America, Europe, and Australia. She was an avid golfer and member of the Kenosha Country Club for 49 years. A skilled pilot, Colleen flew for over 25 years and logged over 4,800 hours in the air. Colleen was always in control. She is survived by her husband Frank; four children: Cheryl Deininger, Calla (Joe) Ricciardi, Michael Deininger (Amanda Guerrero), and Curt (Becky) Deininger; 8 grandchildren: Lindsey (Eric) Huberty, CJ (Emily), Amy, and Tony Ricciardi, and Michelle, John, Jake, and Samantha Deininger; and 2 great-grandchildren: Daniel and Jonathan Huberty. She is also survived by sisters Sharon Clark, Rita (Bill) Reid, and Vicki (Howard) Moore; Cody and Katie Moore, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Roger Seffrood and sister-in-law Joanne Seffrood, and brother-in-law Kenneth Clark. Colleen tragically perished alongside her daughter, Lisa Dickman, and grandchildren Emma and Alex Dickman. 
Submitted: June 14, 2018

Diane Esther Everson — Schaumburg, Illinois,  passed away July 9, 2014. Survivors include a number of Carthage alumni: her brother, Roy Everson '59, and his wife, Leah (James) Everson '58; nieces Gretchen (Everson) Crist '82 and her husband, Thomas Crist '85, Kristin (Everson) Cyko '85, and their families; and sister -in-law Willa (Trapp) Everson '65. Diane was preceded in death by brother, Bob '65. Diane is also survived by nephews Gregg and Michael Everson, their wives and families; niece Krislyn (Everson) Sutherland,her husband, and sons. Diane was a proud member of the Carthage College Athletic Hall of Fame. 
Submitted: August 24, 2014

Gary Fink — Poplar Grove, IL,  71, died on Feb. 24, 2017. Born in Elgin to Richard and Mary Lou (nee Harper) Fink on May 25, 1945, he graduated from Barrington High School in 1963 and Carthage College in 1967. He played football as an offensive guard and long snapper, setting records and winning numerous awards. He won the coveted Players' Player Award presented by the late sports announcer Jack Brickhouse, and he also played baseball and basketball. At Carthage, he belonged to Tau Sigma Chi fraternity.  Mr. Fink taught physical education in Forest Park School District 91 and was elected a park commissioner in Forest Park and later became president of the park board. He also belonged to the local Kiwanis Club. After teaching, he was a manufacturer's representative and a real estate broker. He had many interests in his life — volunteered at "Hoo" Haven, a wildlife rescue sanctuary; Assisi Animal Foundation, a dog and cat shelter; Audubon as a state director; and many other animal groups. He loved photography, spending time with his grandkids, and ballroom dancing with his wife Janet (Bill) Fink '67.  Gary Fink is survived by his wife Janet (nee Bill) of 48 years; their children, Jill May Smentek and her son Kolton, Cory Robert and his wife Angela (nee Del Monte) and their children Hannah and Tyler; and his siblings, Richard Fink, David (Suzanne) Fink, and Rosie (Richard) Dreger. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Deanne Fink.  After the profound impact Alzheimer's had on his family, they decided to donate his body to science in hopes of medical research finding a cure. 
Submitted: August 4, 2017

Margaret (Nyman) Hausler — Saint Paul, MN,  passed away on August 31, 2017. Peggy was born and raised in Minnesota, & retired in Las Vegas. Survived by older brother, Rev. Tom Nyman, and daughters Kathryn Aaker-Salant and Anna Hu. 
Submitted: September 30, 2019

Steen Heimke — Las Vegas, Nevada ,  passed away April 14, 2015 in Las Vegas NV. Beloved husband of Janet, nee Belke, married in 1967 in Oak Park, IL; loving father of Kenneth (Kimberly Finley) & Jennifer Heimke; proud grandfather of Charles, Stanley & Grace Elise Heimke; fond brother of Kathleen (Daniel) Close; brother-in-law of William (Maria) Belke, Linda (Michael) Maratea, Penny DDS. (John DDS.) Borello & Ralph (Marlene) Belke; uncle of many. Steen graduated from Carthage College in 1966. Retired President of Belke Mfg. Co. in Chicago, IL.  
Submitted: May 28, 2015

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Gary Roy Johnson — Lombard, IL,  passed away November 20, 2019. Gary R. Johnson, beloved husband of the late Joyce (nee Nieman); devoted father of Jennifer (Nick Salzano) Johnson; loving son of the late Roy and Sylvia Johnson; dear brother of Janice (Bill) Hicks; and dear uncle of Steve (Sheryl) and Dave (Kathy) Hicks. 
Submitted: April 28, 2021

Carol R. Kempner — Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin,  passed away on July 3, 2014, in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Carol was born in Alden, Ill., and graduated from Hebron High. She received her masters from Carthage College in WI. Carol was a teacher for many years in Illinois and then in California. Carol retired in Tucson, Ariz., where she was a volunteer for Northwest Medical Center. Carol was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tom Kempner. She is survived by her former husband, Tom Kuecker.Also survived by her son, Gary Kuecker; and her daughter, Laurel (Raymond) Hernandez; her stepchildren, Elisabeth (Phil Thompson), Scott (Caralyn) Kempner, Steven Kempner, Laura (Kurt Giese). Carol will be deeply missed by her grandchildren, Nicole and Raymond II, Casey Gina and Jamie; great-grandma will also be missed by Ariana, Joshua and Anastasia.Carol is survived by her loving sister and brother-in-law, Dick and Dorothy Nopar. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

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Daniel John Koby — Woodstock, Illinois,  passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017. He was born June 8, 1944 in Chicago to the late Stephen and Stella (Iwaniec) Kobylinski. Dan was the loving husband of Pam; cherished father of Danielle (Daniel) Rucci and Stephanie Koby; proud grandfather of Maximilian; beloved uncle of Dana (John) Doran, Laura (Buddy) Koby-Zuckerman, Linda Kolby, Michael (Kathy), David, Justin (Holly), and Spencer (Kat); and adoring great-uncle to many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Roberta and Stephen. Dan graduated from Carthage in 1967 where he was not only the president of his class, but also of the Beta Phi Epsilon fraternity. He proudly served in the United States Army in Vietnam, and earned two Purple Hearts plus the silver Medal of Honor. Dan then became a sales executive for the CBS television network for 27 years. During retirement he enjoyed fly fishing with the Anglers Club and his daughters, hunting with his German Short-haired Pointers, and cooking delicious dinners for his family and the neighborhood. He was a tremendous storyteller, enjoyed entertaining and always knew how to lift others’ spirits and make people laugh. 
Submitted: December 20, 2017

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Catherine Margaret Koester — Laurel, MD,  passed away on April 25, 2018 at the age of 72. Catherine was born on May 14, 1945, to Wilbur and Althea Koester, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Juneau High School and then obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from Carthage. She worked in counseling prior to attending law school in 1973. She received her law degree from Catholic University of America in 1975. She went on to start her own law office, Law Office of Catherine Koester, in 1975. She was admitted to practice in Maryland in 1975, in the US District court, District of Maryland in 1978, as an attorney of the Supreme Court in 1980 and in Colorado in 1989. She was active in Pro Bono work and received Recognition of Outstanding Service as an ADR Volunteer from the District Court of Maryland in 2009. Cathy was an accomplished jewelry maker and enjoyed sewing. She was witty, smart, reliable, loyal and never afraid to speak her mind. She was always there to help anyone who needed it and was beloved by her family and friends. Catherine is survived by her brothers Fred Koester and Bill Koester, nieces Penny Stapleton, Jill Koester, Pam Greer and nephews John Koester, Joe Koester and Dan Koester. She was preceded in death by her parents Wilbur and Althea. 
Submitted: August 23, 2018

Dennis K. Leaf — Rockford, Ill. ,  died June 20, 2015, after a struggle with cancer. Born March 29, 1945, in Rockford along with his twin brother, David, to Lloyd M. and Susana V. (Vernberg) Leaf. Moved to Wisconsin when 10 years old and graduated from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis., in 1967, where he was on the conference championship and 8th place NCAA cross country team in 1966. Served proudly in the US Marine Corps 1968-1971, including one year in Vietnam. While stationed at Cherry Point, NC, he met Anna Garish, Navy nurse. They were married in Philadelphia in 1971, and over the next 44 years raised 3 sons. Dennis worked as a field engineer for Factory Mutual Engineering Assoc. from 1972 until retired in 2005. He was an avid distance runner, competing in over 200 races, including 24 marathons, several with Carthage teammate, Tim Yanacheck. He also donated 121/2 gallons of blood at the Rock River Valley Blood Center, volunteered at the Rock River Valley Food Pantry, and at Severson Dells Nature Center with the fantastic Tuesday Strike Force. Survivors include his wife, Anna; sons, Christian (Angela), Andrew (Danyel), and Jonathan; and granddaughter, Lilah. Predeceased by his parents and brother, David. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

David Lister — Coon Rapids, Minnesota,  died unexpectedly at 69 on November 6, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

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David Mueller — Rockford, IL,  passed away on Tuesday, August, 4 2020. He was born April 26, 1945 to Rev Luther C and Alice Mueller in Harvard, Illinois. He graduated Carthage College in 1967and obtained his Master of Divinity from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1971. David served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Syracuse, IN, Bethany Lutheran in South Bend IN, St. Paul Lutheran in Oregon, IL and St. Paul in Nachusa, IL. In 1986, he began work with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, and later was program director of the general counseling and substance abuse programs. Before retiring in 2006, David worked with Sinnissippi Centers in Sterling as a program director and therapist. David enjoyed traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his sons, Christopher (Traci) Mueller, Dixon, IL, and Michael Mueller, Oregon, IL; four grandchildren, Danielle, Bryanna, Ashlyn, and McKenzie; and two great grandchildren, Charlotte and Wyatt. David was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jean Haldeman. 
Submitted: August 12, 2020

Audrey E. Ohrwall — Evergreen, Colo.,  passed away peacefully at the Life Care Center on Feb. 6, 2014. Audrey was born on Feb. 26, 1926, in Chicago, Ill., to Ingeborg (Larsen) and Frank Mack. She grew up in the Chicago area, attended Carthage and was admitted to law school in Chicago but decided to marry Clayton Ohrwall of Crystal Lake, Ill., on May 24, 1947, instead. Audrey and Clayton later moved to the Twin Lakes, Wis., area, where they raised their four children, Jeff, Kirby, Carol and Scott. Audrey taught fifth grade at Riverview Elementary in Silver Lake, Wis., and then moved to Lakewood Elementary in Twin Lakes, Wis., where she taught junior high English for more than 10 years. Audrey was respected by her peers and well-liked by her students, and was known for setting students on a college-bound path. Audrey and Clayton retired to Ellenton, Fla., until Clayton's death in 1987. She then moved and spent time with family in Racine, Wis., and San Antonio, Texas, until finally moving to Evergreen with her daughter's family in 2009. She enjoyed quilting, ceramics, art, reading, crossword puzzles, Shanghai and measuring people for clothes that were never made. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Ohrwall; brother Frank Mack; and grandsons Michael Pyszka and Paul Ohrwall. She is survived by children Carol (Robert) Henry of Evergreen, Jeffrey Ohrwall of Racine, Wis., Kirby (Ellen) Ohrwall of Palmetto, Fla., and Scott Ohrwall of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren Jeffrey (Cindy) Ohrwall II, Jon (Chris) Ohrwall, Jaime (Randy) Nelson, Laura (William) Chambers, Shannon Henry, Brianne (Liston) Hills and Joshua (Megan) Henry; great-grandchildren Brett, Brady, Brandy and Steven Ohrwall, Joey and Leah May, Isabella and Neko Nelson, Holly Chambers, Molly and Jillian Hills, and Logan Henry; and sisters-in-law Kathryn Wolfarth and Loretta Mack.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

William C. Shumway — Hendersonville, North Carolina,  passed away February 14, 2015. Born in St. Paul, MN to the late John and Helen (Dokmo) Shumway. Bill practiced law in the Chicago area before moving to Hendersonville in 1986, where he continued to practice law. He also volunteered his time as a member of the Kiwanis Club, the United Way and other civic organizations. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church and served as a youth baseball coach and Scout leader. In his retirement, he enjoyed walking his dog along the Davidson River in the Pisgah National Forest, woodworking, touring the Blue Ridge Mountains and spending time with his family. Ron is survived by his wife Patti (Bauer) Shumway of Hendersonville, his mother-in-law Lolita (Johnson) Bauer of Hendersonville, his daughter Cindy Jerome and her husband Mike of Lakeville, MN, his son Christopher Shumway and his wife Christina of Hendersonville, his son Stephen and his wife Lauri of Tomah, WI, seven grandchildren and many cousins. He is also survived by his brother Jack and his wife Jean of Columbus, NC. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

David Tanner — Arlington Heights, Ill.,  passed away on June 4, 2015. David started college on the Carthage, Ill. campus and graduated from the Kenosha campus in 1967. He was a member of Tau Sigma Chi (Turtles) fraternity. He played on the college football team under Art Keller's coaching.  
Submitted: October 6, 2015

Kenneth Thompson — Fairhope, AL,  passed away September 28, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Carol (Johnson) Thompson '66, two daughters and five granddaughters. Carol has moved back to Minnesota to be closer to her family. 
Submitted: August 23, 2021

Ellen Tossey — Antioch, Ill.,  passed away Friday, June 8, 2012 at her home. She was born Dec. 17, 1921, in Richwood, Ohio, the daughter of the late Emory and Ada (Davis) Taylor. Ellen settled in Antioch more than 50 years ago, and since then has been a member of the Antioch United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and was involved with various bridge clubs. She married Dr. Carrol Tossey, DVM, and he preceded her in death July 27, 1968. Survivors include four sons, Thomas (Kathy) of Huntington Beach, Calif., Jeffrey of Bloomington, Ill., Gregory of Montgomery, Ala., and Bruce (Cindy) of Lake Villa, Ill.; three grandchildren, Sherry (David) Mann, and Jennifer and Tamara Tossey; one great-grandchild, Evan Mann; and a sister, Marilyn Shanks. 
Submitted: May 13, 2013

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Robert Unglaube — Woodstock, IL,  passed away on December 31, 2018 at the age of 74 after a short battle with cancer. He was born February 4, 1944 to Carl and Magdelene (Bruder) Unglaube. Mr. Unglaube grew up in Milwaukee and started at Carthage in 1962. It was at Carthage in 1963 that he first met the love of his life, Beverly. They married and recently celebrated 51 years together. They moved to Woodstock, Illinois to start their careers in teaching and begin their family. Mr. Unglaube was a 7th Grade Social Studies teacher at Northwood Middle School for 34 years and during achieved his master's degree at Northern Illinois University. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church for over 30 years. After his retirement he worked for G. Schmitz delivering new cars to journalists, publicists and many special events around the United States. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and skiing. Throughout his life he continued his love of history, collecting model airplanes and cars, reading, watching the history channel and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He was a fun, loving, happy man and always the life of the party. He loved and cherished his family and friends. He will be remembered as a devoted husband and father and his memory will be held dear by all those that knew him. He is survived by his beloved wife, Beverly; his children, Chris (Dara) Unglaube and Becky (Dan) Solley; brothers, Carl "Bill" Unglaube and James "Jim" (La Rue) Unglaube; many nieces and nephews and many very close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister, Carol Unglaube. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

Joyce Vande Bunt — Whitewater, WI,  formerly of Racine, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Fairhaven in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Joyce was born in Kansas City, Kansas on February 27, 1922, the daughter of J.B. and Rose (Trayer) Maloney. On December 31, 1941, Joyce married John M. Vande Bunt in Racine, Wisconsin. She raised her two children before going back to college to receive her degree in social work. Joyce received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work from Carthage College and her Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Joyce was involved in many of the beginning stages of social programs in the Racine area. Joyce was a member of the Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine, WI and enjoyed hobbies that involved animals. Surviving are: Two Children: Michael Vande Bunt, Milwaukee, WI and Joan (Chuck) Leitermann, Milwaukee, WI. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. 
Submitted: September 26, 2016

Joyce Vande Bunt — Racine, Wisconsin ,  passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Fairhaven in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Joyce was born in Kansas City, Kansas on February 27, 1922, the daughter of J.B. and Rose (Trayer) Maloney. On December 31, 1941, Joyce married John M. Vande Bunt in Racine, Wisconsin. She raised her two children before going back to college to receive her degree in social work. Joyce received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work from Carthage College and her Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Joyce was involved in many of the beginning stages of social programs in the Racine area. Joyce was a member of the Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine, WI and enjoyed hobbies that involved animals. Surviving are: Two Children: Michael Vande Bunt, Milwaukee, WI and Joan (Chuck) Leitermann, Milwaukee, WI. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Fairhaven Staff and to the Rainbow Hospice Staff for the care they gave to Joyce. 
Submitted: December 2, 2016

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David Walther — Davenport, IA,  passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Genesis Medical Center. David was born on August 6, 1943 in Beloit, WI, the son of Harry and Loretta (Rindfleisch) Walther. He graduated from Beloit High School and from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1967 to 1970, including a year in Vietnam. He was very glad to have been able to go on the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities in September 2019. David married Betty Ruth Deters on June 21, 1980, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, just 40 short years ago. David spent most of his working career as an insurance inspector, eventually incorporating as D. Walther, Inc. In retirement, David enjoyed time spent with his family, involvement in church activities, yard work, reading, and three wonderful vacation trips/cruises. He is survived by his wife; Betty, son, Shawn; daughter, Katherine; all of Davenport. He is also survived by his sisters, Susan Brovak, Bellingham, Washington, and Diana Clark, North Palm Beach, Florida, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: July 21, 2020

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Mr. William Weisendanger

William Weisendanger — Freeport, IL,  passed away on August 22, 2019 at the age of 76. He was born February 26, 1943 in Freeport to William Louis Weisendanger and Pauline Lucy Werkheiser. On June 28, 1964 he married his high school sweetheart and wife of 55 years Florence Joy "Bunny" Tedman. Willie was a 1961 graduate of Freeport High School, 1967 graduate of Carthage with a bachelors degree in education, and a 1971 graduate of Northern Illinois University with a masters degree in education. In 1963 Willie was a member of the University of Wisconsin Badger football team that played in the Rose Bowl. He was a teacher at the Freeport Junior High School, coach, and master gardener. He enjoyed trips to the family cabin in northern Wisconsin, fishing, traveling, gardening, exercising, upholstering furniture and built ten houses. Most of all he was a great and lovable father to his girls and family. Surviving are his wife Florence of Freeport; children Wendy Sue (James) Gehlhoff; Ginger Ann (Gregory Brant) Poole; grandchildren Gina May, Alicia Joy Gehlhoff, Liam Tyler and Colin Brandt Poole; sister-in-law Kathleen Wise; and niece and nephew Ty David Weisendanger and Nikole Weisendanger. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother David. 
Submitted: August 27, 2019

John W. Wetterling — Stronghurst, Illinois,  age 70, died at 8:07 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. He was born February 23, 1945 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Wendell E. and Alberta L. Pearson Wetterling. On October 2, 1966, he married Rose A. Peterson in Stronghurst. John was a 1963 graduate of Stronghurst High School and a 1967 graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was a member of the Carthage football team and Art Keller was a role model in his career as a teacher and coach in some of the area schools in Illinois. After college, he taught school and coached football, basketball and track, first at Clifton Central High School in Clifton, Illinois, and later for Roseville, Illinois Junior High and High Schools. He then farmed for many years near Raritan, Illinois, then was employed by the former Southern School District in Stronghurst, and the current West Central School District. He served on the boards of several county and community organizations and local school boards. He attended River Of Life Fellowship in Dallas City, Illinois. He rejoiced in being in the outdoors, and participated in and enjoyed sports all of his life. Faith, family and friends were paramount in his life. Survivors include his wife, two sons, Scott (Nicole) Wetterling of Macomb, IL, Todd (Vanessa) Wetterling of Monmouth, IL, five grandchildren, J.W., Stephanie, Donald, Daniel, and Dylan Wetterling, three great grandchildren, Brixton Wetterling, Adalyn and Aliyah Tate, one sister, Jerilyn Powers of Libertyville, IL, and one brother, J.D. (Karen) Wetterling of Mason, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jean Mares. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

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Judith Ann (Musselman) Anderson — Westerville, OH,  passed away on April 5, 2018 at the age of 74. Judy was born on January 14, 1944 in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Wheaton Academy and then went on to graduate from Carthage College with a degree in education. Judy was a hardworking, fair, honest, bright, witty and giving wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend. Judy was a fighter until the end of her life and would always stand up for what was right; she would fiercely defend her loved ones or a helpless stranger if she believed in the cause. Judy enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and getting together with friends. She had a quick wit and people continue to exchange funny stories about her. Judy was a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church. Judy had several careers throughout her lifetime, but her favorite “job” was caring for her grandchildren. Judy is preceded in death by her parents George and Ethel Musselman, brother Ken Musselman and late husband Stephen Miller. She is survived by her devoted husband David Anderson, children Christopher (Amy) Miller and Jennifer (Ron Jacobs) Maynard, brother Terry (Pat) Musselman, sister Nancy (John) Faust, cousin Carolyn (Wally) Miller, beloved grandchildren Nate, Ben, Maggie, Chloe, Bryn and Makenna and stepchildren Julie, Jill, Jennifer, Eric, Noel and Sheila. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

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Nancy Jo Carrington-Schmidt — Cape Girardeau, MO,  passed away August 29, 2021. Rev. Nancy Jo Carrington-Schmidt, daughter of Margaret Louise Anderson-Carrington and Emery Eugene Carrington, born January 22, 1939 in Jonesboro, IL passed away at the age of 82, on August 29, 2021 at St. Francis Medical Center, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Paul William Schmidt of Dongola, her brother Fred Emery Carrington, and her parents Margaret and Eugene Carrington. Nancy is survived by her son John Paul Schmidt (Rhonda) of Jonesboro; three grandsons: Aaron (Mindy), Jared, and Daniel Schmidt; three great-grandchildren: Autumn, Michael, and Oliver Schmidt; and her sister Betty Jean Hunter (Berry). While educated in the Biological Sciences at Carthage College and having worked as a medical technologist near Chicago and at Community Health in Cairo, her passion was the world of faith, arts, and letters. She worked in oil paints, candle making, wood burning, and stained glass; she published poetry, and was a voracious reader. Her greatest love was her journey of faith in the Lord, which saw her through great tragedies as a young adult, and sustained her through illnesses and Paul's long goodbye in these later years. She was ordained as a minister on July 25, 1993 and ministered in a variety of communities including Carbondale, Cairo, and Dongola where she was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She was one of the founding members of the Dongola Public Library, and Nancy and Paul established Share & Care in 1978 as a local ministry to provide assistance for the residents of Southern Illinois. 
Submitted: September 7, 2021

Mary (Gross) Clark — Quincy, IL,  passed away at 5:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Sunset Home in Quincy. Mary was born July 20, 1943, to Harold W. and Vera L. Youell Gross. She married James Clark on Dec. 20, 1980, at Luther Memorial Church in Quincy. Mary graduated from Quincy High School in 1961 and later went on to receive her bachelor's degree from Carthage. Mary became a schoolteacher for Quincy Public Schools and later joined the Adams County Retired Teachers Association after retirement. A proud alumna of Quincy High, Mary also became a member of the Quincy High School Alumni Association and enjoyed attending QHS Blue Devil basketball games. Mary was talented at scrapbooking and card making. Reading, traveling, and keeping up with St. Louis Cardinals baseball were a few of her other favorite things. Mary attended Luther Memorial Church in Quincy. Mary is survived by her husband and only son, David H.B. Clark (Tara) of Texas. Mary is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Larry K. Gross. 
Submitted: November 8, 2019

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Horace Case Cook , Jr — Mount Pleasant, SC,  passed away on March 10, 2018 at the age of 73. Horace was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 10th, 1944. He was the only son of Horace Case Cook Sr. and Margaret Cook of Philadelphia. Horace met his wife, Holly Sue Cook '67, at Carthage. Horace was a member of the first full graduating class in 1966 (Kenosha). Horace was the first member of his family to have graduated from college. Upon completion of college Horace served in the US Marines (reserves) and Horace and Holly were wed in 1967. Horace spent a distinguished career in the pharmaceutical industry, spending most of his career with Glako Smith Kline. With GSK, Horace moved throughout the United States and spent time in Philadelphia, Yardley PA, Malvern PA., St. Charles, Ill., Scottsdale AZ, and his beloved Ocean City New Jersey. Upon retirement, Horace and Holly moved to Ocean City NJ full time. After several year they decided it was time for warmer climates and moved to Venice FL, where they spent about 10 years. In their time in Venice, Horace’s passion was boating. He and Holly were active members of the Venice Yacht Club, where Horace served as Commodore of the Fleet from in 2008. Horace will be forever remembered by his wife of 50 years Holly Sue Cook, two sons Jonathan (Richmond, VA.), Wife Barbara and Jeffery (Mt. Pleasant, SC.), wife Jennifer and four adoring grandchildren; Cameron (19), Gabrielle (16), Case (14), Emma (11). Horace was a loving husband, devoted father, adoring grandfather and a friend to all he came in contact with. 
Submitted: March 28, 2018

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Esther Lee (Schafer) Finton — Warsaw, IL,  passed away on March 29, 2018 at the age of 82. Esther was born on September 26, 1935, in Warsaw, Illinois, the daughter of John and Mabel Egley Schafer. On December 31, 1953, she was united in marriage to Daniel Finton in Warsaw. He preceded her in death on December 7, 2017. A lifelong resident of Warsaw, Esther was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Warsaw. She graduated from Carthage College with her bachelor’s degree and went on to teach elementary school until her retirement. Esther is survived by her daughter Deborah (Mike) McLaughlin of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her daughter-in-law Margaret (Craig) Finton of Warsaw; two sisters: Dorothy (Robert) Kunz of Quincy, Illinois; and Doris (Charles) Stoneking of Warsaw; four grandchildren: Erin (Jason) Anderson, Zach McLaughlin, Christina (Billie) Bavery and Robert (Jessie) Frank; three great-grandchildren: Cooper Anderson, Katherine Bavery and Madeline Bavery; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Esther is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Daniel, her son Craig and her sister Evelyn Drain. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Robert B. Graham — Tampa, FL,  passed away March 28, 2010, after valiantly fighting prostate cancer for several years. A realtor, he owned Graham Realty for more than 30 years, and owned Extra Extra Newsstand for 25 years, retiring in 2000. In addition to his wife, Karen, he leaves his son, Adam and wife, Andrea, grandchildren, Riley and Piper; son, Scott and wife, Heather, and grandchildren, Jackson, Lena and Garrett; his uncle, Lloyd Nybo; and cousins, Sherry Lynch, Linda Russo and husband, Mike, Bill Nybo, and Larry Nybo and wife, Barbara. An avid scouter, he became a Cub Scout at the age of eight and stayed active in scouting for the rest of his life. He served in Pack 246, Troop 246, the Ucita District and the Gulf Ridge Council. He also attended a national jamboree and led a contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He was very proud of being appointed course director for a Council Wood Badge course. He earned the Ucita District Award of Merit and the Gulf Ridge Council Silver Beaver Award, the highest volunteer awards at the district and council level. 
Submitted: July 11, 2016

Richard Knecht — Warrenville, Ill.,  passed away June 1, 2013. Born in Pontiac, Ill., on Sept. 15, 1944, he was loved father of Steven (Jennifer), and Michael (Amber); adored grandpa of Drew, Quinn, Claire, and Eloise; cherished brother of Ronald (Eileen) and Randall (Sally); and also uncle, cousin, and in-law. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara '64 and his parents, Delmar and Dorothy. "Mr. Knecht" was best known for the 37 years (1968-2005) that he was mainly a fourth-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary for District 200. During this time, he served on numerous committees, coached "Battle of the Books," organized the students who were bussed, and, most importantly, positively impacted the lives of many students and families. A graduate of Carthage College, Richard was an enthusiastic alumnus and proud of his alma mater. His hobbies included yard work, and he was a car connoisseur of antique automobiles through future concept vehicles. Richard was a very involved member in the communities of Wheaton and Warrenville, Ill., and when time permitted, enjoyed being around friends, going out to eat, taking in a movie, and, above all, spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren. 
Submitted: August 27, 2013

Richard Ervin LaFave — Eau Claire, WI,  was taken to his Heavenly Home at Azura Memory Care, Eau Claire, August 19, 2016. Richard was born on August 28, 1926, in Manitowoc, WI, the son of late Joseph and Hilda (Mathies). Richard was raised in Two Rivers, WI and later the family moved to Racine, WI. On August 16, 1946, in Racine, WI, he was unit4ed in marriage to Antonia J. Zore. Richard proudly served with the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Loyal American Legion Post 175. After the Navy, Richard was a general laborer working for several companies in Racine driving truck. He later decided to go school at Carthage College in Kenosha where he earned his B.S in education. In 1967 he graduated and was employed with the Racine Unified School District for 22 years until his retirement in 1988. Richard was an active member of Pentecost Luther Church in Racine. He was in the Men’s Club, choir, Bible Study, co-founder of the 55 Plus Senior Club, and served on the church council in a number of positions. Richard also served on the Racine County Board as a Supervisor and as County Board Chairman. He spent many years as a volunteer for Gideons International. In his retirement years, Richard and his wide did Hymn Sings at various nursing homes in Racine and later on, in Eau Claire. Richard and Antonia made their home in Racine until 2004 when they moved to Eau Claire, WI, to be near family. Richard and Antonia became members of St. Mathew Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Survivors include sons: Ervin (Linda), David (Anne) and Stephen (Darlene). Grandchildren: Richard (Allyson) LaFave, Kristin (Chad) Thompson, Aimee (Michael) Fournier, Chad LaFave, Cassandra (Josh) Buckberg, Julie LaFave, Jessica (Daniel) Pickett, and Michael LaFave. Great-Grand- children: Abigail and Clare LaFave, Anya and Anniston Fournier, Ryker Thompson, Claire Buckberg, and Ollie Mae Pickett. Step Great-Grand- children: Gabrielle and Isabelle Thompson. Sister: Carol Redding. Richard was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Antonia, and his parents, Joseph and Hilda LaFave.  
Submitted: August 24, 2016

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Bonnie (Smith) Lair — Lomax, IL,  passed away on September 20, 2018 at the age of 89. Bonnie was born April 6, 1929, in Lomax the daughter of Charles Ernest and Edith Shanks Smith. On February 14, 1950, she married Keith Gibb. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1985. On September 16, 1988 she married Clarence “John” Lair. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2012. Bonnie was a graduate of the Dallas City High School. She attended Western Illinois University and graduated from Carthage. She first taught in the Melville country school, near Lomax. Later, she taught in the Lomax Grade School and Gladstone and Oquawka grade schools. Bonnie taught for a total of 32 years, retiring in 1988. She was a member of the Lomax Christian Church where she served as a Diaconate, Elder, Sunday School Teacher and played piano and organ. She was a member of the Women of the Moose in Fort Madison, volunteered at Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab, Stronghurst, IL and at the Dallas City Grade School. Survivors include one daughter, Sheila Sly of Lomax; two sons, Charles “Dick” (Erin) Gibb of Dallas City, IL, and Randy Keith (Becky) Gibb of Lomax; three step-children, Karen (Jim) Clough of Alpha, IL, Greg (Laura) Lair of New Boston, IL and Fred (Julie) Lair of Clinton, IA; ten grandchildren; five step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Erma Jean Gilbert of Petersburg, IL. Mrs. Lair was preceded in death by her husbands; two sisters, Bernice Guy and Marie Eileen Smith; one brother, Paul Smith; and one son-in-law, Larry “Barney” Sly. 
Submitted: October 17, 2018

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Elaine (Petersen) Lucht — Racine, WI,  passed away on July 23, 2019. Ms. Lucht was born in Racine on April 10, 1944, daughter of the late Elmer and Esther Petersen. Elaine was united in marriage to the love of her life, Eric T. Lucht, on October 17, 1970, at Atonement Lutheran Church in Racine. Elaine graduated from Washington Park High School in 1962. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage in 1966. Elaine then received her Master of Education degree from Aurora University in 1992. She was a teacher in the School District of Menominee Falls and then for the Racine Unified School District retiring in 2004. Elaine loved to sing in choirs. She toured Europe with the Carthage College Choir and sang with her church choir for many years. Elaine was a longtime member of Atonement Lutheran Church, now Living Faith Lutheran Church. She enjoyed tending to her vegetables and flowers in her garden. Elaine truly had a green thumb. She was an amazing seamstress and even made her daughter Pam's wedding dress as well as all the dresses for the rest of the wedding party. Elaine loved to play golf and travel. She and Eric visited places all over the world including Alaska, South America, Ireland, Africa, the Mediterranean, all over Asia, and many others. She loved her family tremendously and will be dearly missed. She survived by her husband, Eric Lucht; daughter, Pam (Brad) Kauth; son, David (Christen) Lucht; grandchildren, Lainnie Kauth, Katlynn Kauth, Eric Lucht, Hayden Lucht, Ethan Lucht; great-granddaughter, Parker Callahan; sister, Ellie Petersen; other relatives and friends too numerous to mention. In addition to her parents, Elaine is preceded in death by her aunt, Irene Anders. 
Submitted: July 29, 2019

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Walter Tredwin Messick — Columbus, OH,  died in his sleep February 28, 2022, surrounded by family. Walter was born on January 25, 1938, in Philadelphia PA, and raised in Linwood, NJ. He was the son of the late Walter Tredwin Jr and Alberta (Pacha) Messick. He will be missed and is survived by his son Jason Tredwin & Mary (Sayre) Messick and grandson James Tredwin of Reynoldsburg,Ohio, his loving partner Dee Evangelisti (Sommers Point, NJ) and his son’s mother Margaret (Lombardi) Messick (Reynoldsburg, OH). Walter graduated from Ocean City (NJ) High School in 1955. Soon after, Walter enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1956 serving the United States as a presidential guard while working for the JAG at the Marine Barracks, Washington DC. He received an honorable discharge from the Marines as a Lance Corporal in 1959. In 1966, Walter received his BA from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1970 received his Masters in Divinity from the Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary. Walter received his first call to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Sellersville, PA. During his career Walter answered calls to Muhlenberg Lutheran Church in Philadelphia PA, St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Konnarock, VA and Faith Lutheran in Whitetop, VA until his retirement from the ministry. Walter’s second career and passion was creating and selling handcrafted dulcimers and a variety of other folk instruments. He studied under renowned master craftsman Albert Hash. Walter’s instruments won numerous awards and accolades during his career and were sold to musicians around the world. His goal? Bringing music to every single one of his customers until his retirement in 2021. Walter had many interests over his many years including the Philadelphia sports scene, camping and traveling, but his one true love was Americana music. This spoke to him and brought much joy over the years. It was not uncommon to see him at Merlefest, an Americana music festival in Wilkesboro, NC on a yearly basis. Walter did not want a viewing or funeral. Instead, Walter asked you toast him with your favorite drink(s) and turn up the volume on your favorite artist. 
Submitted: March 7, 2022

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Fay Niedermeyer — Union Grove, Wisconsin,  died on November 8, 2017. Fay Leona Christiansen Niedermeyer, was born to Alfred and Leona Christiansen on December 26, 1939 in the city of Racine. She was educated in the Racine School system including Washington Park High School in the class of 1957, graduated Racine Kenosha County Teacher College in 1959, and finished Carthage in 1966. Fay married Robert Niedermeyer, her high school sweet heart, on August 12, 1961 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Racine, WI. Her first school was a one room school before teaching in Franksville, WI. She and Robert then started their family in Union Grove, WI. Family, friends, church, and community were very important to her. Fay was the first female elected to the village board in Union Grove for two consecutive terms, and taught for many years in the Union Grove school system. She loved her students and enjoyed being a part of their lives. Fay and Robert traveled all 50 states as well to 14 countries.      Fay leaves behind husband, Robert and two wonderful sons and wife, Todd and Maureen of Franklin and Nedd of DePere, WI.  They have three very special grandchildren, Nolan and Molly of DePere, WI and Anna of Franklin which were the joys of her life. She leaves one brother Glenn, and his wife, Karen Christiansen of Racine.   Fay wrote, “I leave behind many friends which I greatly enjoyed.  If I have not made you smile today or given you a grin today, I have not done my job.  I have been truly blessed. Please send flowers to a friend or loved one instead of to me.” 
Submitted: November 17, 2017

Ralph Ohde — Nashville, TN,  died on January 8, 2018. Ralph taught at Vanderbilt University. Survived by his wife, Kathleen; siblings Patricia Beyers, Judith Ohde, Gretchen Stine, and James Ohde; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Verna Ohde. 
Submitted: January 16, 2018

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Phyllis M Paulson — Silver Lake, WI,  is residing in Heaven as of May 29, 2019. She was born on January 3, 1927, to Arthur and Georgia (nèe Breul) Panknin. She married Clarence Paulson on June 20, 1953, and they had one daughter. Phyllis loved her job as a teacher, her many crafting activities, and her church. After her love for God, the greatest enjoyment in her life was spending time with her family and many pets. Her remaining family includes her daughter, Kris (Ron) Schick; her grandchildren, Kaila (Joe) Miller, Nick (Julianna) Schick, Dan Schick, and Rachel Schick; her great grandchildren, Larissa Miller, and Kasey and Ryan Schick; and her brother-in-law, Lawrence Paulson. She joined her husband, her parents, and her sisters, Judy Thomson and Argia Sobbe in Heaven. 
Submitted: September 27, 2021

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David Alexander Powell — Chicago, IL,  passed away on September 10, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of Carthage College, Vanderbilt University, University of Vienna, Austria and the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, he built a busy psychiatric practice. He enjoyed helping patients, attending theater, and traveling the world. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen Behner, three brothers, John Powell, Paul Powell (Carol Weiss), Jim Powell (Mira Chuang), and sister Maggie Powell Day (Jim Stephens). He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard A. Powell, MD and Mary Etta (Holmes) Powell and brother, Bruce Powell. 
Submitted: September 27, 2021

Frank Roth — Carmel, IN,  passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017.   Bud was born July 6, 1942 in Chicago to the late Harold J. and Josephine M. Roth.  He was a graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and a veteran of the US Army, discharged in 1969.  Bud was a certified executive coach and consultant with Roth Consulting Group LLC, which he started in 2001.  Bud was a member of Cornerstone Lutheran Church, the Rotary Club of Carmel and many other professional organizations. Bud is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cathy; children, David Roth (Brittany), Cindy Leake (Bart), Amy Roth, 7 grandchildren and brother, John Roth (Patty). 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

John Schroeder — Dallas, TX,  passed away on January 10, 2019. He attended Miami University in Oxford, OH and graduated from Carthage in 1966. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

Sidney M. Truckenbrod — Menomonee Falls, WI,  passed away April 14, 2021. Devoted dad of Kent (Melissa), Brad (Kate) and Alicia. Proud grandpa of Kyle, Cal, Elle, Ava, Katrina and Eli. Brother of Larry, Stan, and Alice (the late Ray) Lauer. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Sid worked in the Menomonee Falls School District for 36 years as a teacher, high school principal, middle school principal and director of human resources. In his retirement, he started ACT Prep Plus/WI Test Prep, providing classes and tutoring to several area school districts preparing students for ACT college entrance test. Sid was an active member of the Menomonee Falls Scholarship Foundation and Optimist Club. 
Submitted: May 7, 2021

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James Ufkes — Carthage, Illinois,  passed away on September 23, 2017. Jim was born on November 6, 1943, the son of John G. and Mildred (Aden) Ufkes in Carthage. After graduating from Carthage College, Jim served in the U.S. Army where he saw heavy combat as a Vietnam veteran. He later guarded the Czechoslovakian border, where he had the opportunity to spend time with actress Shirley Temple Black. On April 24, 1982, he was united in marriage to Lori Lencioni Soderstrom.  Jim farmed and was the bus mechanic and driver for the Carthage School District until his retirement in 2002. Previously, he had been a union operator for the Operating Engineers. Jim enjoyed attending auctions, talking and telling stories and taking care of his animals. Jim never knew a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in any way.  Jim is survived by his wife, Lori Ufkes; three children, Jeremy (Teresa) Ufkes, Molly (Zaza) Tugushi, Mo., and J. Chase (Rachel) Ufkes, Mo.; four grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jenna Ufkes and Lucca and Emma Tugushi; and a sister, Carol Bersani. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: November 8, 2017

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Randolph Paul Osbourne Vickers — San Antonio, TX,  known to all as Randy, passed away Aug. 7, 2020. He was born in Monmouth, England. His father, Aubrey Vickers, was an American soldier based in England during World War II, when he met Randy's mother, Margaret Jenkins. They married and eventually settled in Sherman, Texas, along with Randy's brother, Marty. Randy earned his BA from Carthage College in 1966 and his M.B.A from Indiana University in 1968. The Army then gave him the outstanding opportunity to join them, which he graciously accepted and served in Korea until 1970. Randy found the kindness in everyone. He was patient and fair almost to a fault in business, and found his way to developing a successful printing company, as well as spending time on passion projects. He was a true entrepreneur at heart and ever the optimist. To quote him, he "hit the jackpot the third time around" when he married his wife, Linda, in 2003. In total they were together for over 20 years and loved and supported one another without reservation. Randy was blessed with three children (and their respective partners), whom he loved with all his heart: Deborah Jenrick (Chuck); Kelly Stepanek (Mike), and Brett Vickers (Amy). He was also grateful to have three stepchildren, Matt Stanton (Denise), Lindsay Tucker (Kevin), and Laura Smith. Additionally, his many grandchildren gave him immense joy. Randy was extremely proud of his family. In life, Randy found zen on the golf course, fun competition on the basketball court, and cuddles from his favorite animals (Coco and Hobbes). His dry sense of humor never faltered, even through the tough times. His goal was to make every nurse laugh, and he was always successful. His patience and love were never-ending for those who spent time with him. Randy departed this life after a long health battle at the age of 75. He had long dubbed himself a cockroach based on his unique ability to cheat death at every turn.Those of us who love him are forever grateful to the wonderful doctors and staff at the Texas Transplant Institute at Methodist for the many years of life he was allowed to spend with family and friends following his transplant. Life will never be the same without Randy. Those who had the honor of spending time with him felt an aura of gratitude, kindness, humor, and love. Though Randy will be missed, we know he is off on his next adventure. A Celebration of life will be planned at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance or the San Antonio Food Bank. In the wise words of Calvin & Hobbes, "It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy... Let's go exploring! 
Submitted: February 19, 2021

Kathryn (Breting) Zeeck — McMinnville, OR,  passed away on September 10, 2015 at the age of 71 after a difficult battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 5, 1944, in Dayton, Ohio, to Melba and Richard Breting and raised by Melba and Walter Stouse. Mrs. Zeeck was known for her strong faith, and she was an active member of her church, St. John Lutheran Church in McMinnville, Ore. Throughout her life she gave back to her church in any way she could, including singing in the church choir, playing the organ for services, or volunteering at the Ysleta Lutheran Mission in El Paso, Texas. She and Robert had spent their retirement years traveling around the country, visiting family and friends, while residing in McMinnville, Ore. She loved quilting, reading and music. More than anything, though, she loved her family and friends with such enthusiasm, loyalty and empathy that she couldn't help but endear herself to everyone she came to know and who came to know her. She touched the lives of many people in many places, and she will be incredibly missed. She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Zeeck; brother, Timothy Stouse; four children, Deanne (Tony) Rankins, Steven Zeeck, Sharon (Jason) Jackson and Brian (Jessica) Zeeck; and six grandchildren. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

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Colleen (Smith) Barker — Park Forest, Illinois,  Colleen (Smith) Barker passed away on December 31, 2016. She graduated in the class of 1965. 
Submitted: May 9, 2017

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James Beaumont — Appleton, WI,  passed away on January 1, 2020. He was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. He then moved to Carthage Illinois to attend Carthage College. It is there he met his wife of 57 years JoAnn Wagner. Jim and JoAnn were married in November of 1962. Their son James Kenneth was born in February of 1964. In 1965, having relocated to Kenosha Wisconsin Jim graduated from Carthage College with a BA in Psychology and minor in business. He was a member of the Tau Sigma Chi fraternity. Jim and JoAnn settled in Rolling Meadows, a suburb of Chicago where Jim worked as an executive with United Airlines. Jim and Joann welcomed their daughters Sheree Michelle in 1967 and Heather Ann in 1970. Jim moved the family a short distance to Mount Prospect where they lived until 1976. Longing for mountains, water and milder winters, Jim and JoAnn moved the family to Washington State. Settling in the then small town of Woodinville Washington. Jim had an instrumental roll in the forming of Wooden Cross Lutheran Church and served as the first Council President. Jim worked as an investment banker for Seattle Trust, Peoples Bank and US Bank. Jim went into business for himself opening Woodinville Office Supply serving businesses around the Woodinville area for several years. Jim sold Woodinville Office Supply to Kenney’s Office Products and returned shortly to US Bank before retiring early in 1998 so he and JoAnn could follow their passion for travel. During the next 20 Years Jim and JoAnn travelled around the world on cruises, train trips around Europe and many road trips in the US. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family most of all. He had a passion for sailing, woodworking and feeding a yard full of birds. Jim is survived by his wife JoAnn, son Jim Beaumont, daughters Sheree Zwar and Heather Kelly. 
Submitted: October 1, 2020

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Berdella (Sather) Grass — San Francisco, CA,  passed away on January 15, 2018. A veteran of WWII, she served in the WAVES. She married Lorn Grass in 1946 & had 4 children. She got her Master's Degree in 1977 & taught for over 30 years in WI. She moved to Mpls in 1989. Here she maintained a strong community of friends & family at the Augustana church & the Southside Singers until her passing. Her loves were singing, dancing & typing. She is survived in death by 3 of her children; John, Carma & Kristin & daughter-in-law Deena. She will be missed by her grandchildren; Dan, Andy, Tena, Randi & Heidi; & her great-grandchildren Griffin, Easton, Alex, Aaron, Olivia, Haley, Sydney, Jolee, Noelle & Gratia. She is preceded in death by her husband Lorn, son Steve & son-in-law Gene. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

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Ronald Cleon Grotegut — San Jose, CA,  died peacefully in his home in San Jose on Sunday, January 14, 2018. He was president of his junior class and a 1948 graduate of Sparks High School in Nevada. He began his career in the US Army after graduation, met Henriette Mouton in Paris and married her shortly afterward in Orleans, France, served in Korea, Vietnam, and retired, with numerous commendations including the Bronze Star, after almost 24 years. During his time in the Army, Ron earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education at Carthage College and, after his military career ended in 1972, earned a Master's in Education at the University of Southern California. In 1976, Ron began his second long, prosperous, and rewarding corporate career at FMC in San Jose. As patriarch of a large, loving, extended family, he is survived by his wife, Henriette, their daughters, Viviane Thompson, Ninon Littleton, Noelle Grotegut, Nicole Grotegut, their son, Richard Grotegut, their spouses, and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Niki Derby, and nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: January 25, 2018

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Horst (N/A) Hackemer — Spring Hill, FL,  passed away January 14, 2022. Horst was born on January 10, 1940, at the beginning of World War II. His dad had already been drafted into the German army; Horst and his mom became refugees early on, escaping to the American zone at the end of the war. His dad rejoined them in 1949 after his release from a Russian prison camp in Siberia. In 1952 they immigrated through Ellis Island to Chicago. Horst graduated from Luther North High School in 1958. He met Kathy at Carthage College; they were married on June 15, 1963. After graduation, they settled in Zion, IL, and a few years later relocated just across the state line to Kenosha, WI. Horst first taught German and then moved to the administration at Zion-Benton Township High School, where he enlisted students to pass a referendum to build Horizon Campus which had failed twice previously. In October 1981, Horst was disabled in an auto accident with a drunk driver. For the rest of his life, he experienced severe headaches and numerous other physical limitations. He also knew he had to find another way to support his family. From childhood on, Horst had been an “animal whisperer,” and now this inborn sense, especially with racing pigeons, came into play. He and Kathy developed a home business that bred and sold pedigreed racing pigeons to fanciers in the USA and eventually around the world. Horst was recognized by his customers and contemporaries for his honesty and knowledge. He amassed a consistent and excellent flying record, both in Kenosha and later in Spring Hill, FL. In 2015 the national organization, the American Racing Pigeon Union, awarded him the Breeder Elite Award. In 2002, Horst and Kathy moved full-time to Spring Hill, FL, enjoying being a part of the pigeon community centered around the Gulf Coast Homing Club. It was difficult for him to travel, so visits from the family were always a highlight. One of the after-effects of the 1981 accident was not being able to tolerate sound. Horst could not attend church services, Kathy’s concerts, his children’s programs, banquets, etc. His family saw his bravery every day as he offered laughter, conversation, and a “normal” face to the world in spite of the physical pain. Horst had a special regard for Martin Luther. He carried a copy of “A Mighty Fortress“ handwritten in German in his wallet for years. His faith in Christ was unwavering and strong. Horst is survived by his wife Kathy; his children Kurt and Susan Hackemer, Erika and Michael Willkomm, Elli and Tony Dai, Heidi Hackemer and Ty Montague; his grandchildren Jordan Dai, Jakob Willkomm, Anja Willkomm, Elena Dai, Luke and Anna Willkomm, Anna Hackemer, Julia Dai, Will Hackemer; and great-granddaughter Natalie Dai. His love, pride, and support for his four children and their families were constant and solid. His ashes will be taken to his long-time Wisconsin home. 
Submitted: January 21, 2022

Thomas J. Hardt — Fort Lauderdale, FL,  passed away in May of 2016. An online obituary is unavailable at this time. 
Submitted: October 3, 2016

Frances Hassler — Princeton, IL,  passed away peacefully of natural causes on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, surrounded by family, at the Tender Reflections assisted living facility in DeForest, Wis. She was 95 years of age. Born on Dec. 12, 1923, in Carthage, Frances was a graduate of Carthage High School and of Carthage College. With diverse interests in education, music, and the sciences, while a student, she performed often as a vocalist, including singing the title role in Verdi's opera "Aida." She and Donald L. Hassler were married on July 15, 1945, and raised their family on a dairy farm south of Princeton, where she lived until 1999, moving to the Clark House following Donald's death and later relocating to Madison, WI. Active in Bureau County for many years as a 4-H Fair judge and leader of the Busy Snaps 4-H Club, Frances was an elementary school teacher in the LaSalle-Peru, Princeton, and Oglesby school districts, including having taught in 1947-48 at the one-room Bryant Country School, located on the family farm. She also was a Sunday school teacher and member of St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Bureau County Genealogy Society, Covered Bridge Quilting Club and the University of Illinois Extension unit in Princeton. As a musician, Frances performed with the Bureau County Chorus, Homespun Singers, Homestead Players, the Sharps & Flats a cappella ensemble, and with St. Matthews' church choir. Ever the teacher, she received a "Volunteer of the Year" award in 1995, at age 72, for having taught the most people to read through Illinois Valley Community College's adult literacy program. She is survived by five children and their spouses: Ronald E. and Mary Beamish Hassler, Richard D. Hassler and Debbie Archuleta Hassler, Lucinda L. and George E. Prucnell, B. Suzanne Hassler and Karen E. Hassle; eight grandchildren: Steven M. Hassler and Robert W. Hassler, Regina M. Hassler, Eric B., and Jolie Meshbesher Hassler, Nadia J. Hassler and Angelina R. Hassler, Nathan C. Prucnell and Rachel E. Prucnell; and by nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents, Mildred and John Hubbard of Carthage; and a son, Roger Lee Hassler. 
Submitted: July 29, 2020

David Kallio — Midlothian, VA,  passed away June 15, 2016 at the age of 73. David received a Masters of Divinity from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary. He was a pastor for 20 years and served his country honorably as an active duty and reserve Army Chaplain, attaining the rank of Lt. Col. David loved his family and his pastoral and chaplaincy duties. He was kind, warm, humorous and talkative, and loved helping friends and family. Survived by three children, Laurel Jacobson, Brian Kallio, and Katherine Krasne, and their spouses; five grandchildren; sister, Sharyn Gemelos, and best friend of 16 years, Erica Oliver. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

David K. Kehl — Williamsburg, VA,  Mr. David K. Kehl died on February 11, 2017. He was a Carthage graduate in the class of 1965. 
Submitted: May 9, 2017

William "Bill" Klenke — San Diego,  passed peacefully from this life surrounded by his children June 19, 2015 in San Diego, CA from advanced ALS. He was 74 years old. Bill Klenke was born November 9th, 1940 the eldest of three children to Henry and Delores Klenke in Manitowoc, Wis. Upon completing high school he served four years in the U.S. Navy and then began to pursue his career as an educator, receiving his undergraduate degree from Carthage College. During his time as an undergraduate he married his first wife, Carol Deffke, and began a family with two daughters Lisa and Lora. Bill earned a masters degree from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and completed his education in 1975 at the University of Wisconsin Madison with a P.H.D. in Educational Administration. While doing post graduate research at UW Madison, Bill met his second wife, Alison Kinsey, marrying in 1979. Bill then filled the position of principal at Ruch Elementary and moved to the Rogue Valley in 1980. Bill and Alison had two children together, Jonathan and Brian. In 1985 he became the principal of Roosevelt Elementary and served as the Medford School District Director of Elementary Education from 1992 until his retirement in 2002. Dr. Klenke loved working with children and was known to many throughout the school system for his professionalism, aptitude, kindness, intelligence and humor. After his retirement Bill enjoyed life to the fullest, riding horses and driving cattle in the mountains, lounging on the beaches of St. Martin, drinking Rouge Valley wine, traveling extensively and researching family history. Bill continued his public service in retirement by regularly volunteering with the Red Cross and playing an active role with the Ashland Elks Club. In 2012 Bill was diagnosed with ALS and moved to San Diego, Calif. to be closer to his children Lisa and Jonathan. Throughout his debilitating illness he kept a remarkably positive and inspiring attitude. He will be remembered for his warmth, intellect, uniqueness, good nature, love of life, and amazing polka dancing. He is survived by his children; Lisa Redwine, Lora Klenke, Jonathan Klenke, and Brian Klenke; as well as his siblings, Judy Klenke and Mike Klenke.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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Jacqueline Kruger — Geneseo, NY,  died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Brookdale of Pittsford Assisted Living in Pittsford, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold G. Kruger and son, Paul A. Kruger. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Mark (Sarah Daniels) Kruger of Kasota, MN, Dr. Jonathan (Melanie Blood) Kruger of Geneseo, daughter in law Barbara Kruger of Philadelphia, PA, 4 grandchildren, Katelyn and Kelly Kruger, Miranda Blood and Alexander Kruger, sister, Joan Pennini of Greensboro, NC, several nieces and nephews. Jacqueline was born October 27, 1930 in High Point, NC the daughter of James H. and Mary S. Melvin Meekins. She earned her Bachelor Degree from Carthage College and her Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She married Harold Kruger on December 20, 1952 in Davenport, Iowa. Jackie was a retired elementary school teacher at the Grant Elementary School in Kenosha, WI. She was a member of the Geneseo Garden Club, Geneseo Monday Evening Class and the Geneseo Reading Group. 
Submitted: March 1, 2018

Eleanor "Anne" Meyer — Dallas,  71, passed away peacefully at her home on November 6, 2015. She was born November 23, 1943 in Olney, Illinois to Harry and Marion (Evans) Kribbs. Anne graduated from Carthage College in June of 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in sociology. Anne then moved to Rhinelander, the day after graduation, to pursue her career in social work. She was employed by the department of public welfare working as a social worker in adoptions and foster care for about a year. She was then hired by the Department of Corrections as a Probation and Parole agent where she worked for 32 years retiring from the Department of Corrections as Wausau Corrections Supervisor of Probation and Parole in 1999. During her social work career she was part of creating The Lakeland Council, a program for AODA treatment, and then Northwoods Council, an AODA program for juveniles. She also initiated and gave workshops for The Second Chance Program for shoplifters who were first time offenders. Anne was preceded in death by the love of her life Michael A. Meyer. They met October 1965 and were married on January 29,1966. They shared 47 years of love. Anne is survived by her son Dan (Kelly) Meyer and daughter Beth (Shannon Hauser) Meyer, six grandchildren Samantha Olson, DeMara Meyer, BreAnna Leitl, Andrew Kurth, Madison Meyer, and Joyce Hauser, two sisters Cindy (Ron) Combs and Amy (Gary) Packer, three sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews, and many great friends. Anne was involved in several volunteer groups in the community including Meals on Wheels, The Food Pantry, NATH, Philanthropic Educational Organization, Jaycees, Luther League, Warm for the Winter, Nicolet College Learning in Retirement and many more. Anne was a caring and generous person who dedicated most of her time to helping others. In her spare time Anne had several hobbies including crafting, Nicolet Choraliers, sewing, beading, reading and book clubs, playing cards and card groups, traveling the world, and Life After Work Group. She will be missed by many.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Mervin Mikkelson — Reno, NV,  passed away on October 22, 2019. 
Submitted: July 8, 2020

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David F Powers — Lewes, DE,  passed away December 25, 2020. He was born on August 15, 1943 in Freeport, IL, son of the late Gerald S. and Anna M. (Deuth) Powers. In 1965 Mr. Powers married the love of his life, Barbara Jean Powers (Gatz) in Oregon, IL, and they shared 55 adventurous and wonderful years together. He built a lifelong career as a senior data systems analyst for the Department of Defense. Mr. Powers was particularly fond of travelling with his wife, family and friends, volunteering with his church and the community, reading, biking, and all sports. Above all, he cherished time spent with friends and family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Powers was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. In addition to his parents, Mr. Powers was preceded in death by his sister, Martha. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Gatz) Powers of Lewes, DE; his sons: Christopher Powers (Stefanie) of Silver Spring, MD; and Jonathan Powers (Amy) of Laurens, NY; his grandchildren: David and Dylan of Silver Spring, MD and Carter and Jackson of Laurens, NY; his brother, Michael Powers (Sallie) of Reston, VA; his aunt, Marge Powers of Mount Morris, IL; his brother-in-law, Ron Gatz (Gini) of Hot Spring Village, AR; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. 
Submitted: January 15, 2021

Susanne (Koos ) Rasch — Naples, Fla. ,  died from a side effect of an arthritis medication in Naples, Fla. on Friday, October 15, 2015 at the age of 74. Suzanne was born on November 1, 1940 in Beloit, WI to Mary Ann Klimas Koos and Edward Joseph Koos. She graduated from St. Catherines High School in Racine, WI in 1959 and attended Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. In 1961 she met her life partner, Everett Earl Rasch and they married that fall on November 4th. Shortly thereafter, they had two children, David and Kathleen. Suzanne was a devoted mother and raised her children within the church while the family moved seven times in the first decade of her marriage. After her family settled in Kenosha, WI she spent almost 20 years owning and operating the most successful Dairy Queen in the State of Wisconsin in Kenosha. In doing so, Suzanne touched many lives of the young people that worked for her over the years. A number of her young employees became life-long friends. Countless dilly bars, ice cream cones or other confections went through the service window and into the mouth of an impatient child, neighborhood dog and their owners. She had long been fond of her own dogs, Mitsy, Buttons, Pretzel, Scooter, Sammie, and her final dog, Teddie. Shortly after the passing of her husband, Everett, in 1991, Suzanne left Wisconsin for sunny Naples, FL. She immediately grew to love the community. Suzanne was generous with her time and dedicated many volunteer hours ushering at St. Peter the Apostle church, Avow Hospice Care and The American Red Cross. She spent much of her free time taking cruises with her friends and doting on her three grandchildren, Joseph, Jonathan, and Aaron. Suzanne was a devoted, kind and generous individual who loved Teddy, her rescue dog, who was her very best friend in her final years. Suzanne is survived by her children, David Scott Rasch of Gays Mills, WI and Kathleen Ann Schwan of Colorado Springs, CO; siblings, Patricia Gonnering of Naples, FL, Carolyn Manion of Lillian, AL, and Bette Land of Washington, DC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Earl Rasch of Kenosha, WI. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

James Shawl — Racine, WI,  passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019. 
Submitted: January 13, 2020

Richard Snyder — Mountain Home, AZ,  passed away on July 20, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, daughters, Kristen Flierl, and Michelle. 
Submitted: January 13, 2020

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Al J. Van Maren — Harvard, IL,  passed away July 13, 2021. He was born on December 26, 1942, in Des Plaines, IL to Albert and Ida (Hoffman) Van Maren. Al graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. In college he played football and was on the wrestling team. In 2003, Al moved to Harvard, IL. Albert worked as a professor at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, where he taught Sales and Marketing. He was the president of Sales and Marketing International (SMEI). Al was known for his entrepreneurial spirit. Albert had a love for traveling and learning about different cultures around the world, especially Africa and Europe. He also was an alpaca farmer and enjoyed educating others about alpacas whenever he could. Throughout his life Al owned many businesses and enjoyed the field immensely. Survivors include his wife, Connie Maples of Florence, AZ; former wife Kathleen (Buchmann) Van Maren, mother of sons Todd Van Maren of Cary, IL and Ryan Van Maren of Harvard, IL; daughter Sheri (LaRue) Oswald of Oakhurst, CA; brother Thomas Van Maren of Lake Geneva, WI; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and step-sister Grace (Van Zanden) Durham. 
Submitted: July 26, 2021

Frances von der Ehe — Chicago, IL,  went to be with Jesus on March 16, 2017. Born February 24, 1929 in Chicago Ill to Martha Annette Stein- Cleveland and Orin Byron Cleveland. Frances had a younger sister, Audrey Lorraine Cleveland who died of pneumonia at 18 months of age. Known for loving God and her family. Frances attended National College of Education, Chicago Teacher’s Collage in Chicago Ill., Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and UW Steven’s Point. She married Carl Max von der Ehe on January 15, 1949 in Chicago, Ill. They had 4 children together, Erwin James von der Ehe, Walter Carl von der Ehe, Ralph Paul von der Ehe and Martha Ann von der Ehe-Mann. After all of her children were in school she began her teaching career. She taught elementary school in Kenosha, WI, Neillsville, WI, and Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Frances thought of herself as a “preacher’s wife” as she and Carl traveled to many churches to share the Good news of Jesus Christ. Frances and Carl moved to Tampa, Florida in 1977 and worked at a Western Clothing store and then as a computer electrical harness builder until her retirement in 1991. After her retirement, Frances and Carl bought a home and moved to Tomah, WI. After Carl died in December 1997, Frances moved to Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Frances had several hobbies; she enjoyed gardening, reading and especially horses. She was a key person in developing the Rapids Riders 4H Club to help children with the “Horse and Pony Project” (both those with their own horses and the horseless rider) in Wisconsin Rapids. She was knowledgeable in training and care of horses and enjoyed helping others to do so. In her later years she enjoyed crocheting afghans, doing crossword puzzles. Frances liked being with friends and playing cards and bingo. Her last years were spent at Arborwood Lodge where she was known as “the puzzle lady” for all the jigsaw puzzles she completed while enjoying life there. Thanks, Mom for your life of love. We will miss you until we meet again. 
Submitted: March 29, 2017

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Don Welke — San Diego, CA,  passed away on September 19, 2018 at the age of 76. During his long career in baseball, Welke worked for the Dodgers, the Reds, the Phillies, the Orioles, the Blue Jays and the Royals in addition to the Rangers and Padres. Among his many awards was the Legends of Scouting Award he received in 2011 from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation. He also won the inaugural Rangers Scout of the Year Award. 
Submitted: October 12, 2018

Karen (Ecklund) West & Gary West 1966 — Scottsdale, AZ,  77, went home to be with Jesus on August 19, 2020. Karen was born to Harry and Irene Ecklund on July 9, 1943, in Harvard, Illinois. She graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin in May 1965 as an education major and went on to be an elementary school teacher. In college is where she met the love of her life, Gary West. They were married on July 31, 1965, and recently celebrated 55 years of marriage. She is survived by her husband Gary, son Andrew, and daughter Anne. 
Submitted: September 7, 2020

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Douglas L Wohn — Streetsboro, OH,  passed away January 11, 2021. Doug was born and raised in Chicago. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Hamma School of Theology in Ohio and was ordained as a Lutheran minister. He served numerous churches in north and central Ohio. After retiring from the ministry, he worked at Allstate Insurance in Hudson, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Heidi Wohn and brother, George Wohn. Survivors include his wife, Martha (Marti) Wohn; daughter, Heather (Kevin) Dean; grandchildren, Miranda Dean and Ethan Dean; sister, Sandra (late Sigi) Beyer; his children acquired through marriage, Keith (Nancy) Dishong, Jason (Michelle) Dishong, Michele (Nick) Hunter, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. 
Submitted: January 29, 2021

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Dr. Charles T. Bell, Jr.
Dr. Charles T. Bell, Jr.

Charles Bell , Jr. — Fort Myers, FL,  Passed away on April 9, 2020. He was born in Keokuk, Iowa on August 30, 1941. He graduated from Carthage High School in Carthage, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois, and continued his studies to complete his Master of Science from Western Illinois University. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Guidance and Counseling from Columbia University, New York City, New York. Dr. Bell achieved the 32nd Degree: Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret. Dr. Bell started his career as a founding member of Robert Morris College and held the position of Sr. Vice-President. Robert Morris College went on to become Robert Morris University with 6 locations in the Midwest. He continued his professional career as a joint partner in establishing Excell Personnel Services Corporation in Chicago, Illinois. The business grew to become one of the largest Human Resources/Executive Search Firms in the Midwest with over 600 employees. After retiring to Fort Myers, Florida he launched a commercial real estate company, ArrowHead Partners, Inc. His company built, owned, and operated apartment complexes in South West Florida and West Central Illinois. Dr. Bell fulfilled his dream of establishing a foundation known as DreamCatcher Foundation of SW Florida. DreamCatcher provided the basic necessities of shelter, food, and clothing along with opportunities for career training and educational development to single mothers in need. Charles, better known as Tom, was a devoted son to his mother Maxine, and a loving husband to Aurelia. He was very proud of his children and their families: Gay Lynn(Bryan) Hoffman and Bradley(Julie) Bell along with four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. He was a caring brother to his sister Linda. He will always be remembered for his infectious laugh, contagious smile, and how he seemed to make everyone around him happy. 
Submitted: April 22, 2020

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Carolyn Benanti — Springfield, IL,  passed away on April 24, 2018. Carolyn "Cokie" was born on April 24, 1942 in Springfield, the daughter of the late John and Clara Ilene (Nation) Benanti. She graduated from Pleasant Plains High School and Springfield College in Illinois with an A.A. Degree. She then received her B.A. Degree from Carthage College and she was in the first graduating class in 1972 at Sangamon State University (now UIS). She went to Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield since 1947 and at one time she sang in the choir and was a member of Grace Circle. She was an Eastern Star and National Honor Society. She taught in Riverton and Pleasant Plains school districts and she retired from Logan Correctional Center as a teacher. She also worked at the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. Cokie loved playing the piano, working with her flowers, and doing word search. She survived by her brother J. Curt (wife Valerie) Benanti; nephews Matthew Benanti and Nathaniel (wife Paula) Benanti; and niece Vanessa (husband David) Ervin; great-nephews Michael Benanti and Drake Ervin; great nieces Alaina Ervin and Denmark Foor; her special first cousins, Susan (husband Ray) Cane, Wayne (wife Sandy) Benanti, and Russell (wife Wendy) Nation and many cousins; and special couple Pat and Richard Long. 
Submitted: May 3, 2018

Lavena (Cosgrove) Clark — Billings, MT,  passed away on August 15, 2004 at the age of 88. Ms. Clark was born on October 10, 1915 to George A. and Anna E. Mays Cosgrove. On May 30, 1937, she married Loren E. Clark. She was known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as "Beana". She was a teacher at St. Vincent's School in Keokuk, Iowa, and retired in 1983 as a second grade teacher at Hamilton Elementary. She spent many years as organist for St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hamilton. Following retirement, she and her husband moved to Billings in 1984, where they managed Laurel Gardens Apartments. She volunteered as a Pink Lady at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings and was active with the Billings Symphony Associates. After her husband's death in June 1994, she divided her time between the homes of her children. She is survived by four children, Nancy (Jerry) Simmons of Bainbridge Island, Wash., formerly of Billings, Mont., Lynn (Tom) McNew of Fort Clark Springs, Texas, Douglas Clark of Bainbridge Island, formerly of Hamilton, and Dennis (Sandy) Clark of Hamilton; 12 grandchildren, Clay Simmons, Brad Simmons, Andrea Simmons Cyphers, Jami Simmons Qu, Cpt. Tom McNew, Tami McNew, Tim McNew, Angela Clark Kinney, Jessica Clark Steinkuhler, Lou Clark, Terri Clark Helm and Jason Clark; 20 great-grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers, Hubbard and Russell Cosgrove. 
Submitted: January 17, 2019

Mardene Derry — Colusa, Illinois ,  passed away at 1:35 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. Mardene was born on April 7, 1925 in Colusa, Illinois the daughter of Walter and Alta Shaw Dorsett. On June 15, 1947 she married Forrest Derry in Colusa. He preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 2011. Mrs. Derry graduated from Colusa High School. She attended Western Illinois University for one year before being urged to take the teacher exam. Because of WWII, teachers were in short supply, so she became a teacher at age 19. She taught in a one-room school, where some of the students were fairly close in age to her. She went on to teach at Nauvoo Grade School and Nauvoo-Colusa JH for almost 30 years of teaching. During this time, she continued her studies and graduated from Carthage College and gained a master’s degree from WIU. She had also worked as a Postmaster, telephone operator, and with her husband operated a small grocery, Derry’s Store. Mardene was a loyal helpmate to her husband during their years of farming and raising their family. She also was his devoted caregiver in later years. She served as church treasurer for many years and assisted with the Harris Cemetery. “Grandma Dene” was loved by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was known for her encouragement of education, wise counsel, and incredible pies, cookies, and homemade noodles. She left an endearing imprint with those who knew and loved her. Survivors include one son, Wayne (Peggy) Derry of Keokuk; one daughter, Linda (Jeff) Wilson of Colusa, Ill.; four grandchildren, Ryan (Beate) Wilson, Adele (Brian) Langworthy, Isaac Wilson and Paul Wilson; and four great-grandchildren, Hunter and Sophie Wilson and Rachel and Drake Langworthy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest; one granddaughter, Suprayasi Wilson; and great-granddaughter, Angelica Wilson. 
Submitted: June 8, 2015

Gerald W, Dulaney — Maynard ,  died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. He was 72 years old. He was the beloved husband of Sandra (Colley) Dulaney. Mr. Dulaney was born in Rock Island, Illinois to Hawley Clayton and Margaret Ella (McIlmoyl) Dulaney in 1941. He grew up in Carthage, Illinois and was a graduate of Carthage College, Purdue and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Dulaney worked over 30 years for the Digital Equipment Corporation and most recently worked for Microfinancial in Burlington. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading and fishing. His favorite hobby was researching genealogy with his wife and dear friend Paul Collins of Virginia. Mr. Dulaney is survived by his wife Sandra (Colley) Dulaney, his former wife Beverly (Grant) Dulaney and his seven children: Dawn Kelley and her husband Jeff, Darci Gonzalez and her husband Javier, Michael Dulaney and his girlfriend Nancy, Andrea Eppel and her husband Michael, Theresa Sadauskas, Troy Dulaney and his wife Karyn, and Sarah Dulaney MacNeil and her husband Nicholas. He was the grandfather of Mark, Pam, Don, Josh, Helene, Eryn, Jonathan, David, Timothy and two special grandchildren Julia and Olivia. He was the proud great-grandfather of Rayden, Matthew and Kailey. 
Submitted: October 10, 2014

Eileen Icenogle — Macomb, IL,  passed away at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb. She was born on May 28, 1927, to George and Corda Parsons Cousins. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

Kay (Zarn) Ivarson — Palatine, IL,  passed away on June 16, 2019. Kay is survived by her husband of 55 years Dave Ivarson '63; children Kristina (Jeffrey) Ahlgrim and Jeffrey (Kjersten) Ivarson; grandchildren Danielle, Anna, Matthew, Andrew, Joseph, Emma; her brother Richard (Molly) Zarn. She is preceded in death by her parents Ed and Lila Zarn and her brother Gerald Zarn. 
Submitted: July 11, 2019

Roger Jones — Park Ridge, IL,  passed away on August 21, 2016. Beloved husband of 55 years to Linka M. Jones née Kirst; loving father of Kimberly Jones, Mark Jones (Sharon) and Mary Jo Marchetta née Jones ; cherished grandfather to Christina Smith née Jones, Daniel Jones, Jonathan Jones and Michaelene Marchetta; dear brother of late Warren Jones; friend to many. 
Submitted: October 22, 2018

Bill Julian — Rhinelander, Wisconsin ,  passed away at 87 on Monday, October 13, 2014, at Milestone Senior Living. He was born March 12, 1927, in Spurgeon, Indiana, to Jake and Ruth (Faries) Julian. Bill attended Carthage College and married his wife, Loretta Miller on May 14, 1948, in Princeton, Indiana. He entered the U.S. Army where he served for twenty years; retiring as a First Sergeant. During his service, Bill earned many medals and commendations including a Bronze Star during a tour in Vietnam. Following his honorable discharge, Bill began a career with Boy Scouts of America which led he and Loretta to Rhinelander where Bill served as Camp Director at Camp Tesomas for thirteen years until retiring in 1988. Bill was very involved in service to the community and was a leader in the start of the United Way program in Oneida County, serving from 1976 until 1996. He was chairman of the Oneida County Emergency Food and Shelter Board from 1989 until 1992. As a member of the First United Methodist Church, he served in the Usher Corps and as a member of the Finance, Audit, and Communion committees. He was an avid stamp and coin collector and served three years as president of the Northwoods Stamp and Coin Club as well as co-chairman of the annual Stamp and Coin Show. Bill was also very involved in the Masonic Lodge beginning in 1959. While a member of the F&AM Rhinelander Lodge #242, he was twice Worshipful Master and Secretary for over twenty years. He was a fifty year plus member of Eastern Star; serving five terms as Worthy Patron. He was also a longtime member of the York and Scottish Rites. Bill and Loretta owned and operated Der Hinterland Tree Farm located in the Town of Newbold which was recognized as a Certified Tree Farm by the American Forest Foundation in 1992 and again in 1997 and was named Oneida County Tree Farm of the Year in 1995. Bill will be fondly remembered as a man who was quick with a smile, loved his community, and held close the virtues and principles of Masonry. Bill is survived by his wife, Loretta Julian of Rhinelander; a grandson, Todd Julian of Madison, WI; great grandson, Soljin Julian; sister, Peg (Joe) Jenkins of Princeton, IN; three brothers, Jack Julian of Evansville, IN, Bob Julian of Spurgeon, IN, and James (Eddi) Julian of Modesto, CA; and many nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his Brother Masons and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Eva and Maxine; and two brothers, Byron and Kenneth. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

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Bruce A. Lakamp — East Peoria, IL,  passed away April 19, 2021. He was born October 26, 1942 in Jacksonville the son of Clarence S. and Ruth L. Nortrup Lakamp. He married Karen Strang and she preceded him in death. He later married Deborah Rippon and she survives. He is also survived by his children, Captain Mark A. (Faith) Lakamp of Denton, NE, Dr. Jonathan (Rita) Lakamp of Wildwood, MO and Monica (Steven II) Blunier of Metamora; step-children, Rob (Young Yoo) Rippon of Bettendorf, IA and Kate (Dave) Wilson of Eureka; 13 grandchildren, Kareleen, Paul, Caleb, Nathaniel, Madison, Jared and Lauren Lakamp, Emma and Steven Blunier III, Henry and Julia Rippon and Max and Stella Wilson; two brothers, David (Becky) Lakamp of Murrayville and James (Susan) Lakamp of Chapin and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Steven Lakamp. Rev. Lakamp graduated from Chapin High School, Carthage College and Concordia Seminary in Springfield in 1964. He was ordained on June 23, 1968 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Chapin. He served as Vicar at Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney, NE and served at Pastor at Salem Lutheran Church in Gurley and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Potter, NE, Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial, NE, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown, IL, Trinity Lutheran Church in El Paso, IL and retired from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Boone, IA. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin. In his retirement, he served many congregations as a vacancy Pastor. He enjoyed watching baseball and various grandchildren’s extracurricular activities and loved trivia. 
Submitted: April 28, 2021

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Mary J (Peterson) Lewis — Kenosha, WI,  passed away January 26, 2021. Born in Beloit, WI on November 28, 1943, she was the daughter of Lester and Anna (Nielsen) Peterson. She was a graduate of North Boone High School and received her bachelor's degree in Education from Carthage College. On June 14, 1969, Mary Jane was united in marriage to Donald C. Lewis, Jr. at Jefferson Lutheran Church and they shared 38 loving years together. Donald preceded her in death on November 24, 2007. Mary Jane was employed as a teacher for the Kenosha Unified School District for 35 years, retiring in 1999. Mary Jane was a member of the KEA, WEA, NEA and the KCREA. She also was a member of the PTO Board and Fund and the Kenosha Literacy Council. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, reading, traveling and volunteered as a sub-driver for Meals on Wheels. Left to smile about the great times they had are those who survive her: her siblings, Carol Krupke and John (Haidy) Peterson; her stepchildren, Deborah Lewis and Linda (Peter) DeRose; her eight grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Mary Jane was preceded in death by her stepchildren, Sandra Constabile and Dawn Lewis. 
Submitted: February 19, 2021

Richard E. Linson , Sr. — West Lafayette, Ind. ,  died February 18. He was born January 23, 1942 in Keokuk, Iowa, to the late Opel and Bertha (Ingledue) Linson.He graduated from Carthage Community High School, Carthage, IL in 1960 and attended Carthage College in Carthage Illinois. On November 15, 1975 he married Susan Lynne Hunnicutt and she survives. He served in the United States Navy from April 1962 until July 1966. He became a licensed nursing home administrator and worked seven years for Americana Healthcare, Inc. In 1974 he purchased Comfort Retirement and Nursing Home in Lafayette and owned and operated it for 19 years. From 1993 to 1996 he worked for Tippecanoe County and operated the Tippecanoe Villa. In 1996 he joined his wife, Susan, at Road Works Manufacturing, Inc. and was the purchasing agent until he retired in 2005.He was a member of University Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He participated in mission trips to Morocco, Turkey and to the Ysleta Lutheran Mission in El Paso, TX. Mr. Linson was active in the West Lafayette Kiwanis Club serving one term as president. After retirement he volunteered in the pharmacy and in the gift shop at St. Elizabeth East Hospital. Also surviving are his children, Richard E. Linson, Jr. of Louisville, Ky., Bertan P. Linson (Sabina) of Ramstein, Germany, Christine Linson Ernst (Warren) of Mountain House, Ca., Paul F. Smith (Robyn) of Lafayette, IN., Aaron M. Smith (Tracey) of Tucson, AZ., grandchildren, Aaron Linson (Ashley) of Louisville, KY. David Linson of Danville, IN., Tirzah C. Linson of Louisville, KY., Christine Linson Ford (Kyle) of Lafayette, Jacob R. Linson (Hannah) of Lafayette, Brody Ernst of Mountain House, CA. Matthew R. Smith (Brittaney) of West Lafayette, Daniel E. Smith of San Francisco, CA., Angela Smith Mishler (Luke) of West Lafayette, Elizabeth P. M. Smith, Lila J. A. Smith, Joshua A. Smith of Lafayette & Heather M. Smith of Tucson, AZ. and great grandchildren, Laell, Claire, Quinn & Everett. He was preceded in death by a sister, Georgene Linson & granddaughter, Natalie Josephine Smith.  
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Joel Mitchen — Deerfield Beach, Fla.,  died March 30, 2014. He earned his bachelor's degree from Carthage and his master's and doctorate from Purdue University. He dedicated his life to scientific research, developing over 30 patents and publishing numerous articles in scientific journals. In the later years of his life, he worked as a consultant for other researchers. He will be missed by family and friends. He was born March 25, 1942, to Joseph and Dorothy Mitchen. Survivors include his two brothers, Laurence (Marcia) Mitchen of Gurnee, Ill., and Jacque (Joan) Mitchen of Monona, Wis. In addition he is survived by eight nieces and nephews as well as 9 great-nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Ruth Irene (Kolberg ) Newton — Powellton, Illinois,  age 73, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the end of life program at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois. She was born on October 19, 1941 in Elmhurst, Illinois a daughter of Elmer and Dorothy Koehn Kolberg. She married William Richard Newton at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wheaton, Illinois on June 10, 1961. Ruth grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, graduating from Glenbard High School in 1959. She graduated in 1964 from Carthage College, Carthage, Illinois where she met Bill. She was a supportive farm wife and loving mother and grandmother who was very involved in her family's lives. She was active in various groups including: Hancock County Republican Women, PEO and Monday Study Club, and Southeast Iowa Parkinson's Support Group. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Nauvoo, Illinois, and had worked outside the home at Dana Bushong Jewelers. Ruth served others in many ways including Sonora Township Election Board, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Christ Lutheran Church secretary and Sunday school teacher, and various other church, school, and community activities. Ruth is survived by her husband, Bill; their four children: Bill (Pam) Newton, Jr. of Ft. Madison, Iowa; Cynthia (Kirk) Barlow of Apache Junction, Arizona; Laura (JW) Stinson of Powellton, Illinois; John (Monica) Newton of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; their thirteen grandchildren: Jason (Nicole) Crowner of Carrboro, North Carolina; Matthew (fiancé Brandy Buchanan; Blake, Gage, and Braxton Scott) Crowner of Nauvoo, Illinois; Bradley (Jessica) Moffitt of Ft. Riley, Kansas; Brennan Moffitt of St. Louis, Missouri; Jackalyn, Jack, Samuel, John, and James Stinson of Powellton, Illinois; Benjamin, Zachary, Paige, and Megan Newton of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

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Janet Nicholas — Carthage, IL,  passed away at her home Thursday, September 17, 2020 in Carthage. Janet was born December 28, 1941, the daughter of Robert and Rosalind Nicholas. She graduated from Carthage Community High School in 1960 and then attended Carthage College. She worked at the Carthage Public Library beginning in 1972 and served as director from July 1973-Dec. 1976. Beginning in 1977 she attended the Leeds Polytechnic School of Librarianship in England, where she received her Master's Degree in Library Science. She then served as the librarian at the correctional facility in Mt. Sterling for several years. She worked part time at the Carthage Public Library District from 2005 until her death. She was President of the Friends of the Carthage Public Library. Janet was an active member of P.E.O. Chapter J in Carthage, Illinois, since 1972. Over the years, she served as president, vice president, recording secretary, corresponding secretary, chaplain, and guard of Chapter J. Janet served as president of the area Roundtable. She worked on planning groups for Illinois conventions and was a delegate at State and International Conventions. She served on the Illinois P.E.O. Home Fund Board 2015-2018 and was chairman 2018. Janet had a love for P.E.O.-supported Cottey College and regularly attended Cottey Vacation College for adults since 2013. She was currently enjoying a virtual book club with friends from Cottey. Janet will be deeply missed by her sorority sisters. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Warsaw and served as organist. Janet was preceded in death by her parents. 
Submitted: September 25, 2020

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Grace (Dovemuehle) Parkhurst — Lisle, IL,  passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019. Grace Ann and Edwin were married on July 6, 1963. Grace Ann was a long-time resident of Lisle. She served on the HSO board for Lisle schools, Active in Booster club at Lisle High school, taught Sunday school at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Naperville for many years, where she was an active member since 1971, active in the Lisle/Naperville chapter of Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and served as their president. She loved to play her piano, travel, reading, crossword puzzles and enjoyed going to watch her grandchildren play sports & perform theatre as well as her ladies' lunches. She enjoyed their 2nd home in Longville, MN where she served as Zone One director of the Long Lake Property Owners Association, was a member of the Red Hat Society and a long term member of Salem Lutheran Church in Longville, MN. Grace Ann graduated from Carthage in 1964, taught high school PE, then stayed home to raise 4 children and host 6 exchange students from abroad. Survived by her husband of 56 years Edwin W. Parkhurst Jr. receded in death by her parents, the late Reverend Darwin Paul & Ruth Dovemuehle (nee Anderson). 
Submitted: October 25, 2019

Al Rother — Watkinsville, GA,  died peacefully at his home March 19, 2022, with his beloved wife, Phyllis, by his side. Al had many fond memories of Carthage College with the friends and fraternity brothers he met there. He shared those stories only with family and close friends as no one knows whether the statute of limitations has expired yet. Al and Phyllis spent 55 years together traveling the US and the world. As lifelong educators, they both touched the lives of many students, friends, and family by sharing their love of travel, gardening, the outdoors, and learning. 
Submitted: March 28, 2022

Ronald Shook — Frankfort, WI,  passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the age of 77. Ronald was a graduate of Carthage College and a grade school teacher for 34 years. Survived by his loving family, wife, Margaret Shook whom he married on October 19, 1963 in Macomb, IL; son, Jason (Patty) Shook; granddaughters, Ashley, Katie and Jenny Shook. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Thelma (Graham) Shook. 
Submitted: July 24, 2018

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James W. Spence , Sr. — New London, WI,  passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the age of 75. He was born on June 12, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Samuel and Ruth (Treichel) Spence, attending Austin High School. After high school, Jim Sr. attended Carthage College where he earned a degree in Political Science, met his wife and went on to work in careers in sales and construction. While at Carthage, Jim was president of Circle K and was a member of Tau Sigma Ci fraternity. He married Adrienne Ruth Lutz who shared a passion for the outdoors, camping with friends across the midwest, the south and the western national parks. They served as leaders in both the Girl and later, Boy Scouts as well. Jim Sr. and Adrienne gave significant time to the Boy Scouts in Illinois, serving some of the closest family friends’ sons in Bensenville, Illinois. Jim Sr. went on to attend the College of DuPage, earning his Master’s Degree in Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling. He served 15 years in the counseling profession and was a 34-year sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous. In that role, he sponsored younger colleagues, and served in board and chair positions in northern Illinois and later Wisconsin, including most recent service as the statewide Corrections Chair, taking sobriety “inside the walls” to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections’ inmate population. Grandpa Jim will be dearly remembered by family and friends for his great attitude; his quiet, strong faith in the Lord; his quick-witted sense of humor; his passion for serving others, changing broken lives through AA; and most importantly his gratitude and deep love for his family. He is survived by his son, James Spence Jr. and grandchildren Allison and Nathan Spence of Calumet, Michigan; his sister Jeannie (Spence) Godbold and husband Stanly of Starkville, Mississippi; his niece and family, Heidi and Scott Rives and sons, of Newark, Ohio; his two grandchildren, Aliison and Nathan Spence, Michigan; his special friend Lynn Rieckmann of New London, Wisconsin and other cousins across the Midwest and Florida. 
Submitted: January 16, 2018

William Stewart — Amery, WI,  passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019. Rev. Stewart was a resident of Amery, Wisconsin at the time of passing. After graduating from Carthage in 1964, he attended Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary. 
Submitted: November 8, 2019

Mona Alberta (Bryan) Strand — Anamosa, Iowa,  died Oct. 29, 2013, at the Anamosa Care Center. Surviving are her daughter, Mona Burns of Anamosa; five grandchildren, Allen (Lauri) Burns of Mora, Minn., Michael (Anna) Burns of Hills, Mona (Sam) Reimers of Fort Wayne, Ind., Penny (Michael) Wagner of Ankeny and Kathryn Williams of Anamosa; 11 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; a great-great granddaughter; two step-great-great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands; her daughter, Esther McGriff; her parents, three sisters and two brothers. Mona Alberta Bryan was born March 25, 1916, in Mahaska County, Iowa, the daughter of Ernest and Effie Evans Bryan. She grew up near Barnes City and graduated from Carnes City High School and later from Carthage's Illinois campus. She married Henry Allen Ahlsclager on June 6, 1936. They lived and raised their two daughters in Olds, Iowa. Allen died Oct. 11, 1954. On March 22, 1962, Alberta and Charles Strand were married. They made their home in LaHarpe, Ill., and later in West Burlington, Iowa. Charlie died May 3, 1981. Alberta loved teaching kindergarten and first grade in Olds, Iowa, and LaHarpe, Ill. She also loved to travel, visiting every state except Alaska, and also Germany, Austria, Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. She was a member of First Congregational United Church. She took the greatest delight of all in her family. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Genevieve (Vass) Whitson — Champaign, IL,  passed away on October 6, 2018 at the age of 96. Born Dec. 11, 1921, at the Myers family farm in Pontoosuc Township, near Colusa, Ill., she was the daughter of Jacob Clay and Corinne Parmalee Smith Vass. She married James Robert Whitson on Aug. 28, 1943, in New York City while he was on shore leave from the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mrs. Whitson was an elementary teacher for 25 years, with the last several years at Carthage. During WWII, she was employed for two summers at Indian Point Park, N.Y., along the Hudson River near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home. After her marriage, she worked as a Social Security clerk for New York Central Realty Company in Manhattan, returning to Illinois when the war ended in Europe. She was a graduate of Colusa High School, Class of 1939. She attended Indiana Central College in Indianapolis for her teacher’s certification and received her bachelor’s degree from Carthage in 1964. A lifelong member of the Colusa United Methodist Church, where she served as pianist, financial secretary, and a lay delegate to the church’s annual conference, she transferred her membership to Faith United Methodist in Champaign after moving from one side of Illinois to the other to be closer to family. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, past president of the Hancock County Retired Teachers Association, Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority, and the Hancock County Historical Society. Survivors include her sister, Patricia Lynch of Lakewood, Colo.; and three children, Roxanne Frey in Oakland, Valerie Johnson in Rockford and Michael (Bonnie) Whitson in West Des Moines, Iowa. She is also mourned by five grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, six great-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren as well as several brother and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons-in-law (David Johnson, John Frey); five brothers-in-law (Owen Marshall, Robert Peter, Tom Dipping, David Lynch, Walter Whitson) and three sisters-in-law (Lorraine Whitson, Sarah Dipping, Bonnie Whitson). 
Submitted: October 22, 2018

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George Michael Agrimis — Escondido, CA,  passed away January 11, 2021. 
Submitted: May 21, 2021

Charles Carlson — Mount Pleasant, Wis. ,  died Jan. 6, 2013. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Paul E. Flesner — Wheeling, Ill. ,  74, died on January 1, 2016 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Paul was born on September 21, 1941 to Dorris and Ruth (Flack) Flesner in Clayton Center, Iowa. His growing up years were spent in Valparaiso, Indiana and St. Paul, Minnesota. Paul graduated from Carthage College, received his divinity degree from Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and was ordained on June 6, 1967. Paul married Myrtis Niederbaumer on April 16, 1966. Paul's first call was a mission church at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois. After 10 years, he took a second call to Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield, Illinois. His last call was to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Prospect Heights, Illinois. After 38 years in the ministry, Paul retired in 2005.Paul had a zest for life that was contagious and his laughter and presence filled a room. He pursued many passions at various times in his life including, photography, woodworking, gardening, camping, racquetball, piano and guitar playing, and computers. Above all, his abiding faith in God and his love for his family sustained him.Paul is survived by his daughters, Julie (Dean) Bacon, Rock Island, Illinois and Joy Sourou, Cary, Illinois; granddaughters Jessica, Claire, and Anna Bacon, Giselle and Alexie Sourou; father of Giselle and Alexie, Franck Sourou. He is also survived by his brother David Flesner, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and his sister, Lois (Art) Goetz, Sun City West, Arizona; nieces Carolyn and Diana Flesner.Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Dorris and Ruth, and his wife Myrtis in 2003 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Fredrick Friedlieb — Henderson, Nevada,  passed away on Sept. 7 in Henderson, Nev. Fredrick was a retired Captain of the Chicago Police Department after 30 years of service. 
Submitted: October 6, 2015

Richard Gronning — Northfield, MN,  passed away on February 21, 2019 at the age of 78. Dick was the son of Ole Gronning and Violet Maresh of Racine, WI. He attended Washington Park High School class of 1958 and graduated from Carthage College class of 1963. He married Sigrid Stephan in 1963. He attained rank of Captain in the Air Force, serving 1964-1969 (Aircraft Commander of the C-130 Hercules). He completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. He moved to Minnesota to be a pilot for Northwest Airlines. Dick had many passions including building Renaissance musical instruments (acclaimed and played by some professionals), discussions of faith, philosophy, and social justice, and researching and advocating for alternative health and environmental solutions. He is survived by his wife, Sigrid, son, Dan and wife, Maria; son, Ari, daughter, Bettina and husband, Sawad, and their daughter, Siri. He is preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Sun Wells-Gronning. 
Submitted: March 28, 2019

Gerald Henriksen — Peoria, IL,  passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017. He was born in Lena, Illinois to William and Margaret Henriksen. Jerry grew up in Lena, Illinois, and graduated from Lena-Winslow High School in 1959. He graduated from Carthage College in 1963 and received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1966. Jerry owned and operated Mt. Hawley Animal Clinic in Peoria, Illinois, until he retired in 2004. In addition to running his own business, he served on the board of PAWS and the Tri-County Veterinary Medical Association. Upon retirement, he relocated to Depoe Bay, Oregon. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

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Kent L Hodges — Midland, MI,  passed away October 18, 2020. He was born Jan. 17, 1941 in Sterling, Ill. to Walter and Fern (Keinlen) Hodges. He graduated from Burlington High School, class of 1959. He attended Burlington College and Carthage College. He graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from Carthage in 1963, where he was a member of Delta Omega Nu Fraternity, played intramural sports, served as a dorm officer of the Central Avenue Dorm, was a member of the Honorary Fraternity Phi Mu Epsilon for majors in physics, engineering and mathematics. Kent began working for The Dow Chemical Co. in Midland in June 1964. He was well recognized for his developments in odor and taste analysis and his contribution to the development of food packaging products that contributed no undesirable odors and tastes to the products contained within. He was promoted to analytical chemist in June 1966 and promoted to lead the Odor and Taste Group in the Analytical Laboratories in June 1968. Kent retired from Dow Chemical in 1997 after 33 years. Kent received the following awards: The Scientists' Award in 1988, given by the Michigan applied Science and Technology Laboratories of The Dow Chemical Co. "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of a scientific approach for odor/taste characterization;" Norman E. Skelly Award in 1991 for "Excellence in Separation Science" toward understanding odor and taste problems in food packaging; Vernon A. Stenger Award in 1987 in analytical chemistry for pioneering work in odor and taste technology; Special Recognition Award for "championing the transfer of the Atomic Emission detector." Kent married Barbara Ann Jones, daughter of Charles Jones and Dorothy Heinze of Manitowoc, Wis., Aug. 1, 1964. They were the parents of Beth Ann Hodges, Matthew Scott Hodges and Katherine Michelle Hodges. Kent married his second wife, Eileen M. Bieszke on Dec. 30, 1988. Kent enjoyed golfing and downhill skiing. He was a member of the Snowdrifters Ski Club for many years, planning and participating in multiple ski trips around the country and internationally. Kent was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; aunt, Dorothy Jane Hodges of Tucson, Ariz.; uncle, Robert Glenn Hodges of Burlington, Iowa; and his daughter, Beth Ann Hodges of Madison, Wis. Surviving are his children, Matthew and Jennie Hodges of Kentwood, Mich.; Katherine and Joe Tonnos of Okemos, Mich.; grandchildren, Ryan and Kyle Hodges of Kentwood, and Gavin and Amelia Tonnos of Okemos. 
Submitted: June 2, 2021

Yvonne (Pfabe) Juhl — St. Louis, Mo,  went to sleep with Jesus on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. She was born April 15, 1942, in St. Louis, the daughter of Kort and Henriette Pfabe. Yvonne was baptized at Messiah Lutheran Church in St. Louis and confirmed and married at Ascension Lutheran Church in St. Louis. She attended Lutheran High School Central in St. Louis and Carthage College in Carthage, Il. She worked at the Food and Drug Administration in St. Louis as an analytical drug chemist, where she met her husband, William (Bill) Juhl, who also was a chemist there. They were married on Aug. 21, 1977, in St. Louis. Bill preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 2016. Yvonne enjoyed travel and visited 51 countries. She was a dedicated and skillful family genealogist and loved to read. She was active in her church, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Mo., and a long-time member of the choir. She dedicated many volunteer hours at the Alzheimer's Association Office. During retirement, Yvonne and Bill continued their farming activity in southeastern Iowa with their partner Bob Galle. She is survived by her brother Jerrald and his wife Esther Pfabe of Seward, Neb.; her nieces, Rebecca Pfabe (husband Maury Higgins); Susan Pfabe Wiggans (husband Scott Wiggans), and Kristin Pfabe; uncle and aunt, Eldon and Betty Anne Pfabe; her uncle Ollie Eckert; and her close and dear friends Bob and Lori Galle. Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents. 
Submitted: September 20, 2019

John Kenneth Knutson — Dallas,  accepted his Lord's invitation to come home on Thursday, November 19, 2015. He was born on February 22, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to Kenneth and Margaret Knutson. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from Foreman High School. In 1963 he graduated with a BA from Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois and in 1970 a Masters in Inorganic Chemistry from Idaho State University. On August 17, 1963 he married Sandra Joy Genszler. For several years, John taught high school chemistry in Pocatello, Idaho. In 1970 he went to work for American Micros Systems in Pocatello where he managed the chemical department. For the next thirty plus years he worked for Sematech, INTEL and Texas Instruments. In 2002, he retired from Air Liqude America where he had been responsible for electronic specialty gases, on-site bulk gases, on-site services of gas management and world-wide benchmarking. John was known for his involvement in Dallas Area Interfaith as well as his activities within the North Dallas Democrats where he served as a precinct chair. He was an avid handball player, hunter and fisherman. He will be remembered by many for his ability to engage in lively political discussions and still maintain close personal friendships with those whose political leanings were opposite of his. He also developed a unique bridge bidding system which he delighted in using. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Margaret Knutson. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Knutson of Dallas, his sons, Erik Jon Knutson and Leif Kjell Knutson, both of Dallas, two sisters, Barbara Wooddroffe of Victoria, British Columbia and Kristine Meyer of Paris, Tennessee and four granddaughters, all of Dallas, Texas. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Margaret Leona Martyn Swain — Milan, Illinois ,  passed away Monday April 6, 2015 at her home. Margaret was born June 21, 1930 in Roseville, IL, a daughter of Mable Gilbert Martyn and Augustus Cooper Martyn. During her early life, she was raised by her mother in the home of her grandparents, Frank and Eva Holeman Gilbert. Following her mother's marriage to Jim Fillman, she moved to Monmouth, IL. Margaret graduated from Monmouth High School. She attended Western Illinois Teachers College, Macomb, IL, and later graduated from Carthage College, Carthage, IL. Margaret pursued her graduate studies in Special Education at Illinois State University, Normal, IL. She married William E. Swain on September 6, 1952 in Carthage, IL. They moved to Milan, IL in 1966. He preceded her in death on May 24, 2005. Margaret taught Elementary and Special Education at Carthage Illinois schools for 10 years. She later taught at Sherrard School District in Coyne Center for 24 years. She enjoyed genealogy, art, traveling, and most importantly time with her family, grandchildren, and special friends. She will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, all of whom will miss her greatly. Surviving are her sons (and spouses), Tony (Hollie) Swain, Davenport, IA, Terry (Debbie) Swain, and Troy Swain, all of Milan; grandchildren, Theodore Swain, Melissa (Steven) Knepp, Matthew (Marisol) Dean, Jason (Beth) Dean, Chuck Dean, Krista (Mike) Scaia, Amy (Greg) Hagman, Ty (Michelle) Arp; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Don (Kathy) Fillman, Monmouth, Cheri Fillman Stanton, Monmouth; sister-in-law, Anita Fillman; and many nieces, nephews, and other family. Margaret was preceded in death by her father, mother, stepfather, brother, Joe Fillman, and great-grandson, Hunter Dean. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Robert J. Mouritsen — Chagrin Falls, Ohio,  passed on Monday, July 27, 2015 at home. He graduated from Carthage College where he met his wife, Lynn (Henson), of 49 years. Robert spent his entire working career with General Electric. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and sister. He leaves behind his wife, Lynn, and his three children; John Mouritsen (Kristen), Carrie Pye (James), and Christine Fogel.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

John Naylor — Crawfordsville, Ind. ,  was born on December 12, 1940 and passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. John was a resident of Crawfordsville, Indiana at the time of his passing. He is survived by his companion Lanni Senn.  
Submitted: January 30, 2015

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Thomas Porter — Herrin, IL,  passed away on May 24, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 16, 1941, nine days after Pearl Harbor, to the late Eugene H. and Ellen (Albers) Porter in Murphysboro. Thomas grew up in Murphysboro, attending Murphysboro High School and graduated from there in 1959. He attended Carthage College and graduated in 1963. He then completed his education by getting his doctorate from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine in Chicago. Following his doctorate he did his internship in Cook County Hospital in Illinois. From 1972 to 1976 he worked at Herrin Hospital. While in practice there, he delivered 200 babies in three years. He later had his own private practice in Goreville, from 1976 until he retired in 2007. Thomas was an avid hunter and trapper, who enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada. He was also an avid runner and biker. He enjoyed and excelled in many road races as well as triathlons, including the River to River races. Later in life, Thomas was inducted in the 1958 Murphysboro High School Hall of Fame as part of the undefeated football team. Survivors include wife, Beverly Bible; daughters, Laura Kobrick, Melissa Morley (Mark), Angela Janczak (David), Diana Porter; grandchildren, Kaci Wooldridge, Abby Wooldridge, Alec Morley, Ty Morley, Asher Morley, Taggart Morley; great-grandchild, Theodore Sheets; brothers, William Porter and Richard Porter. He is preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: June 6, 2018

Louis "Luke" J. Smith , Ph.D & Sharon Smith — Chicago, IL,  Louis J. "Luke" Smith, a Department of State historian for 34 years until his retirement in 2005, died unexpectedly of respiratory failure on Monday, May 1, 2017. He was 77. In 1971 the Department of State recruited Luke Smith from university teaching to serve in its Historical Office. He wrote historical studies and memoranda for policy makers, but his most significant contribution was as an editor of the State's official documentary series, Foreign Relations of the United States. Over his 34 year career he produced 17 FRUS volumes beginning with President Eisenhower and ending with Nixon presidency. His most notable volume documented the formerly unreleased details of the Bay of Pigs Invasion and Operation Mongoose, the covert plan to overthrow the Castro Government. His choice of transcripts of the Cuban exiles pleading in vain from the beach for CIA air support for their invasion gave the volume a poignancy rare in such collections. The volume marked the beginning of the U.S. Government's effort to present the full extent of its stormy relations with Cuba in the early 1960s and highlighted President Kennedy's obsession with Castro. A native of Chicago, he remained loyal to all its sports teams throughout is life. He excelled at basketball leading his high school and Carthage College teams to winning seasons. A talented student with a formidable memory and an ear for the cadences and rhythms of good writing, he earned a M.A. from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in history from Michigan State. He played competitive softball into his fifties. His long sweeping swing launched towering home runs. Luke Smith had an open smile and a quick laugh. He loved opera. A man of diverse interests, he was universally liked by professional colleagues and teammates. He is survived by his wife, Sharon and two children, Deborah and David. Services will be private.  
Submitted: May 9, 2017

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Arlene R. Truckenbrod — North Aurora, IL,  Arlene R. Truckenbrod, class of '63, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at her home surrounded by the love of her family. She was born October 15, 1939 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Arthur and Frances (Locascio) Houtsinger. Her career was in education for 35+ years; as a teacher in Batavia and as an administrator in Elgin School District; Streamwood High School. She is survived by 2 sons, Douglas (Kelly) Truckenbrod of North Aurora, IL and Gregory Truckenbrod of Mesa, AZ; 4 grandchildren, Zachary, Taylor, Jordan and Elizabeth. 1 brother, Arthur (Chris) and 2 sisters, Judy Leith and Marlene Robbs. She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Arta Mae (the late Richard) Henson and Arvey Sharpe. 
Submitted: February 5, 2021

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Robert Austin & Susan Austin — Palatine, IL,  Mr. Robert L. Austin -- (Class of 1962) passed away September 7, 2020. Bob was born in Carthage, Illinois on April 6, 1940 to Bundy and Grace Austin. He went on to graduate from Carthage College in 1962 with a Bachelor's in Science and later from San Jose State with a Masters in Education. Bob led a career that spanned over 60 years in the insurance industry. He was married to Susan (nee Wilkinson) on August 22, 1964 and was a member of Palatine United Methodist Church for 20 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Susan; his children, Pamela (David) Disselhorst, Robert (Lorianne) Austin, Debra Austin; and his grandchildren, William, Taylor, and Kevin, Tom, Matt, Nick, and Jacob, Sophi, Sammi, and Lexi. Bob is preceded in death by his parents; and his four siblings. 
Submitted: November 20, 2020

Bruce Becker — Port Washington, Wis. ,  passed away in the afternoon hours of Thursday, March 6, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was 73. Bruce was born in Chicago, son of Charles Becker and Katherine Meberger Becker. He grew up in the Chicago area and graduated from Forman High School in 1958. He then attended Carthage in Carthage, Ill. Bruce graduated from Carthage with a triple major in 1962. On Jan. 14, 1967, he married Mary Bellon in Horicon, Wis. In 1971, the couple moved to Port Washington to raise their family. Bruce was the owner and Executive Vice President of X-Cel Tooling, Inc. in Iron Ridge, Wis., one of the premier metal stamping tool and die shops in the state of Wisconsin. He was very proud of his company, having rescued it from bankruptcy in 1987 and growing it to over 50 employees today, all of whom Bruce considered family. Bruce was a member of St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church in Port Washington and also a member of the Port Washington Police and Fire Commission. He had a passion for the game of golf, enjoyed playing bridge, fishing, traveling to Eagle River, dining out and was also a die-hard Chicago Bears fan and a staunch conservative. Bruce is survived by his wife, Mary, of Port Washington, his two children Dan (Karen) Becker of Port Washington and Trish (Adam) Poull of Belgium, six grandchildren: Alex, Abby & Nick Becker and Emily, Matthew and Olivia Poull. He is further survived by his brother Robert (Sydna) Becker of Vero Beach, Fla., his sister Carol (Ron) Howard of Chicago, three sisters-in-law: Phyllis Becker of Edmonds, Wash., Peggy (Scott) Schroeder of Fond du Lac, Kathleen (Stan) Plageman of Fond du Lac, three brothers-in-law: Daniel Bellon of Beaver Dam, John Bellon of Fond du Lac, and Edward Bellon of Sarasota, Fla., nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Charles Becker, one nephew Conrad Becker and his in-laws Patricia and Francis "Bud" Bellon. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Larry R. Bohn — Woodstock, Illinois,  75, of Woodstock, passed away November 21, 2015 at the Kindred Care Hospital in Sycamore Illinois. He was born October 29, 1940 in Woodstock to Ernest A. and Betty G. (Grobe) Bohn. He married his wife of 47 years, Deanna K. Rahn on February 20, 1968. Larry was a 1958 graduate of Woodstock High School. He graduated from Carthage College in 1962 with a degree in business. He was a Veteran, serving in the Army as an Administrator stationed in Anchorage Alaska from 1963 to 1964. A life member of Grace Lutheran Church, Larry served as an usher, a Deacon, and as President of the Sunday School, and taught Sunday School as well. He also served on many Woodstock City boards including the Library Board,and the Site Plan Review Board. He was co-owner of Bohn’s on the Square, and Bohn’s Ace Hardware from 1964 to the present. He was a dedicated Rotary member since 1978 and had a 36 year perfect attendance record. He served as President in 2002 and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Larry thoroughly enjoyed working at the store, and also spending family time at their cottage on the lake. He is survived by his wife, Deanna Bohn of Woodstock; two sons, Leon (Jennifer) Bohn, Seth (Caitlin) Bohn; grandchildren, Tristan Bohn, Melia Bohn, and Jonnie–Rose Bohn; a brother, Harold (Jill) Bohn; two sisters in law, Ruth Bohn Hodges, and Maggie Bohn; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; and two brothers, Kenneth Bohn, and Ernest E. Bohn. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Jim Carlson — Moab, Utah,  fought a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and died Feb. 21, 2013, at 73. Less than a week before his death, he was still saying his wife's name, Ginny, drinking his Cokes, and eating his beloved M&Ms; however, by then, Alzheimer's had stolen almost everything else from him. Jim grew up in Illinois and lived in Chicago, Berlin, New Jersey, Seattle, Olympia (Wash.), Romania, Wisconsin, and Albuquerque, before moving to Moab in 2000. Jim graduated from Carthage and was a German linguist for the U.S. Army. Professionally, he was employed in the computer field, managed a golf course, and performed years of volunteer work. He loved to golf, hike, and joke around. He was a sports fan with a deep loyalty to his Chicago Cubs and Bears teams. Jim and his beloved wife, Ginny, had many life adventures in their 45-year marriage. He leaves behind his wife, Ginny; son, John and wife Jenn; his daughter, Sharon and her husband John and their children, Zack and Rachel. His 13 nieces and nephews, along with their spouses and children and their parents (Jim's "in-laws") will miss their "Uncle Jim." Ginny and Jim had been living in Olympia, Wash., since October 2012, to obtain health care for Jim not available in southeast Utah.  
Submitted: May 13, 2013

Douglas Donoho — Arlington Heights, IL,  passed away October 15, 2020. Gary Douglas "Doug" Donoho was born on January 19, 1940 in Dixon to Donald and Helen (nee Smith) Donoho. Mr. Donoho attended Carthage College in Wisconsin. During his college career he met his wife, Charla and was inducted into the Carthage Football Hall of Fame. Doug worked as a College and Career Counselor for High School District 214 for 35 years. Then Doug worked for St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights for seven years. He had a passion for reading, education, the outdoors, traveling, fishing, and meeting up with his friends. Doug loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren who called him "Papa," and was loved by all. Doug is survived by his children, Todd (Colleen) Donoho, Kurt Donoho and Nina (Terry) Gill; grandchildren, Jake Donoho, Zachary Gill, Trent Gill, Katie Donoho and Kylie Gill; siblings, Gene (Rosie) Donoho, Jim (Jane) Donoho, Greg (Pam) Donoho, and Becky (Ray) Johnson; brother-in-law, Alan Spotts; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charla (nee Walters); his parents; siblings, Donny (Darlene) Donoho and Linda Spotts. 
Submitted: October 30, 2020

Howard "Howie" Fintzen — Sheboygan, Wis.,  passed away unexpectedly on May 22, 2013 at home. He was born in Milwaukee on April 11, 1940, to Elsa Ruth and Howard K Fintzen. In the early '50s, his family moved to Black River, Wis., south of Sheboygan. He graduated from Central High School in Sheboygan in 1958, Carthage College in 1962, and Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, and was ordained into the Lutheran Ministry at First United Lutheran Church in 1966. Rev. Fintzen earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, in 1977. On Dec. 22, 1962, he married Frances Budlong in Minneapolis. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012. During his parish ministry, he served at Atonement, Racine, Wis.; Ascension, Allouez, Wis.; Geneva Lutheran, Geneva, Ill.; Redeemer, Trenton, N.J.; Lincoln Park, Milwaukee; and interim ministry at Wellington Park, Milwaukee. In 2003, he retired from active parish ministry and returned to Sheboygan to restore the cottage in Black River. The couple resided in a home on Sheboygan's south side. He also returned to First United Lutheran to help with ministry and sing in the choir. During his retirement, he served as on-call chaplain at St. Nicholas Hospital and as a shut-in visitation pastor for St. Andrews Lutheran Church. Howie's favorite past times were days at the cottage with family and friends, striking up conversations and going camping. He could also be found cheering for the Green Bay Packers and anticipating more decorations for the house and cottage during the holidays. While a preacher, he never preached, instead witnessing his faith through his actions. He loved all people and lived his life in service to others, especially those ignored by society. He is survived by his wife, Fran; three sons, Scott (Susan) of Geneva, Ill., Tim of Sheboygan and David (Ginzee) of South Orange, N.J.; four grandchildren, Ethan and Anna of Geneva, Ill., and Zoey and Emme of South Orange, N.J.; one sister Carol (Carl) Jensen of Kingwood, Texas. He is further survived by nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.  
Submitted: July 18, 2013

James Friend — DeMotte, IN,  passed away on October 30, 2016 at the Riverside Medical Center. Born on November 23, 1931 in East Chicago to the late Ivan(Margaret) Freind. James was a graduate of East Chicago Roosevelt High School, James proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, during the Korean War on the U.S.S Essex, as well as an employee for the United States Postal Service for 30 years. He was a member of the Loyal order of the Moose Lodge, and VFW Post 7781. James is survived by his loving wife; Anne of DeMotte, stepdaughters; Karen Sklanka, and Marlene Slicko, and many loving nieces and nephews.  
Submitted: August 28, 2017

Robert Halsey — Milwaukee, WI,  passed away on May 4, 2020 at the age of 80. He was born on March 21, 1940 in Amboy, IL to parents Herbert and Ella (Eisenberg) Halsey. Bob was united in marriage on March 28, 1959 to Carol Lorraine Boehle. He excelled as a multi-sport athlete in high school and college, earning inductions into Amboy High School and Carthage College Halls of Fame. Bob carried his passion for sports into a career of teaching and coaching high school sports for well over three decades. Bob built one of the most successful girls basketball programs in the state and coached the 1992 Hartford Lady Orioles to the state championship, earning the 1992 Wisconsin Coach of the Year and in 2000 was inducted into the WI Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Bob impacted the lives of many students, athletes, teachers, coaches, friends and family throughout his lifetime. Bob is survived by five children; Jacki (Dan) Bakker, Michael, Jodi (Steve) Anderson, Janet (Greg) McKnight and Jill (Dan) Gehring; thirteen grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren; siblings, Tudy Gum, Lee Carroll and Terry Halsey; and other relatives and friends. Bob is preceded in death by his wife Carol on October 29, 2019; parents; and infant son, Robert. 
Submitted: May 26, 2020

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Evalie Diane Hare — Quincy, IL,  died at 5:48 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, at Good Samaritan Home in Quincy, Ill. Evalie was born March 24, 1940, in Carthage, Ill., a daughter of Aubra and Esther (Flemming) Vest. She married Norman W. Hare on June 5, 1960. She was a graduate of Augusta High School, and in 1964 she received her bachelor of education degree from Quincy University. Her greatest joy was her 35-year teaching career in the Quincy School District teaching at Adams and Baldwin schools. Evalie enjoyed and performed music all of her life. She was a charter member of the Quincy Symphony Chorus. She enjoyed playing the piano, French horn and singing with the Mark Twain Chorale and the Monroe City Singers. A highlight was when she sang with the Mark Twain Chorale at a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She was well-known for her homemade pies and as an avid reader, enjoyed belonging to several book clubs. She also was a member of music clubs and the Hannibal Women's Club. Evalie volunteered at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra, playing the piano. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and embroidering. Surviving are her husband, Norman Hare of Marion County; a daughter, Diana Lee Hare of Springfield, Ill.; a son, Scot N. (Kristi) Hare of St. Louis; and four grandchildren, Aiden and Emma Hare, Scot's children, and Aubriana and Alina Hare, Diana's children. Cousins also survive. Evalie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Gary Vest. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

Richard Hentschel — Fennimore, WI,  passed away on November 16, 2018 at the age of 77. 
Submitted: January 9, 2019

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Dorothy Maaske — Lena, Illinois,  passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at her home in Lena. She was born on August 4, 1940 to Russell and Alberta (Fritz) Whitaker in Sterling, IL. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1958 and graduated from Carthage in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She married Larry Maaske '63 on July 14, 1963, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sterling. Dorothy taught physical education in the Pearl City School District, Franklin Grove School District, and Lena-Winslow School District. On August 1, 1976, she began working for Citizens State Bank in Lena, first as a teller, and later as a bookkeeper. After 30 years with the bank, she retired in February 2006. She was an active member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lena. She was on the altar guild for many years, taught Sunday school, and helped with the annual bazaar for many years. She also volunteered at My Friend’s Closet and was a bus aide for the Adult Day Center. Dorothy loved to read, work crossword puzzles, and spend time with her family. She is survived by her husband Larry; one son, Jeffrey (Beth) Maaske of Brentwood, TN; two grandchildren Kylie Phillips and Zackery Maaske; one sister Joanne (Herb) Reed of Tavaras, FL; two brothers, Russell (Jim) Whitaker of Fort Collins, CO, and John (Cheryl) Whitaker of Sterling, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents. 
Submitted: November 8, 2017

James Martin
James Martin

James J. Martin & Renee Martin — Blaine, MN,  formerly of Richfield, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2017. Life long devoted Pastor serving over a 45 year career. Jim was called to many churches including Bethlehem, Christ and Wooddale Lutheran. Survived by loving wife Renee C.; first wife Amy (Richard) Larson; children Timothy (Tony) Johnson, Andrew (Mollie) Wulff, Eve (Bryan) Skajewski, and Philip Martin; grandchildren Nicholas and Madelynn Skajewski, Grace and Elizabeth Martin, Aidan and Brady Wulff and Josh Fish; sister LeAnn Sullivan; and her children Ruthie, Mike and Julie; many relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor's choice.  
Submitted: January 23, 2017

David Charles Mewis — Troy, MO,  died in a motorcycle accident on June 13th, 2018 at the age of 78. David was born on June 28, 1939 in Johnson Creek, WI to Gertrude (Wilson) and Alfred Mewis. He was one of four children: Mary (Mewis) Hansen, William Mewis, and Tom Mewis, all deceased. David grew up in Jefferson, WI and went on to study Fine Arts at Carthage College where he met Kathy Christensen, whom he married in 1962 in St. Paul, MN. David and Kathy raised two children, Peder Christensen Mewis and Mary Jane Mewis Poynter in St. Paul MN. David had three grandchildren: Abigale Mewis, Michael Mewis, and Fernie Poynter. Dave went on to get a degree from Metro U in St. Paul with a focus on computer programming. He held many jobs including working in bakery when he was very young, truck driving, working in the family greenhouse, teaching, and computer programming. Dave’s passions were gardening, baking, computers, continuously learning, biking and motor cycling, horses, dogs, and painting. He was always busy and you would rarely see him sitting and watching TV. He gave much of his time to others who were struggling with recovery and spent time volunteering with his Church, Probation and Parole, the Salvation Army and the AA Program. He extended a hand to those who needed help during the lowest times of their lives. He lived life to the fullest and always said that he was ready to go when it was time. He leaves behind many friends, his family, and his special friend Val Stuckel. 
Submitted: July 16, 2018

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Jon Novak — Loves Park, IL,  passed away December 28, 2017. Born July 27, 1940, in Lancaster, WI, the son of John Philip and Zoa (Witzig) Novak. He graduated from Freeport High School, Class of 1958. Jon attended Carthage (Illinois) in 1958-1959 and transferred to Platteville, WI. Jon graduated from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and received his Masters Degree at Nothern Illinois. Jon married Janet B. Truttmann in 1961. He was formerly employed as a carpenter. Jon retired from teaching industrial education at Harlem School District in 1994. Jon spent many years coaching football, basketball, and baseball. Jon and his wife, Janet, loved to travel, visiting 48 states, the Panama Canal and Europe. Jon loved the fact that he shared his birthday month, day and year, with the creation of Bugs Bunny. He loved fishing with his buddies at Balsam Lake, playing poker with his friends and never went anywhere without a book. Survivors include his wife, Janet; daughter, Heather Novak; son, Allan (Shawn) Novak; grandchildren, Caroline (James) Lamb, Adam Kohout, Mackenzie Novak and Gannon Novak; sister, Kathryn (Robert) Nielsen; brother-in-law, Dwight (Dianna) Truttmann; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents. 
Submitted: April 12, 2018

Josephine A (Ewen) Peitzmeier — Evansville, IN,  passed away February 6, 2022. JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Andrew E. Peitzmeier on Sept. 20, 2004. She and Andy were wed on Dec. 30, 1952, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warsaw, Illinois. She was born Sept. 22, 1934, and since the age of 5, JoAnn was either working, helping others through volunteering or just making friends. The grocery business was part of her life from a young age as her grandfather owned and operated Filz Finer Foods in Warsaw. She and Andy owned and operated The Country Food Fair in Warsaw for many years. JoAnn taught at Rockford School where there were eight grades in two rooms, and earned her Elementary Education degree from Carthage College in 1962. She went on to teach in the Warsaw school system until her retirement in 1992. She taught Title I for most of that time. She was active on the Warsaw Public Library Board and helped in the building of the new library. After retiring, JoAnn volunteered for Birthright and Meals on Wheels. A life-long Catholic, she was a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Warsaw before moving to Evansville in 2006 and becoming a member of Holy Redeemer. Retiring from teaching at an early age left JoAnn time to dote on her grandchildren, which she and they both enjoyed. She never seemed to meet a stranger and loved cutting up and spending time with friends. She was a world traveler, having visited Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China and most of the United States. One of her most treasured trips was a transcontinental train trip across Canada with her sister and sister-in-law. The trip was topped off with a New England cruise. She enjoyed biking, walking, and working in her yard. She loved culture, music, arts, plays, movies and musicals, which she passed on to her children and grandchildren. Surviving JoAnn are her son Mark A. (Flora) Peitzmeier; daughter Michelle (Thomas) Ramacciotti; grandchildren, Michael (Sarah Bradley) Peitzmeier, Sarah (John Silberholz) Peitzmeier, Brianna (Dylan) Deputy and Victoria Ramacciotti; and great-grandchildren, Auden and Eleanor Silberholz and Andrew Peitzmeier Bradley. Also surviving are her sister Janet (John) Rater; sisters-in-law, Deanna Ewers and Anne Peitzmeier; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Andrew, JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Charlotte Ewers; a brother Michael Ewers; and a daughter Melissa. 
Submitted: March 9, 2022

Howard Reblitz — Leesburg, VA,  passed away on April 6, 2020. 
Submitted: May 26, 2020

Joseph "Don" Donald Roland
Joseph "Don" Donald Roland

Joseph Roland — Crivitz, WI,  passed away on October 16th in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family. Don was born May 5, 1940, in Marinette, WI to the late Joseph and Eunice Roland. Don graduated from high school in 1958 and Carthage in 1962 where he excelled at basketball. Upon graduation, earning a business degree, he worked at AC Electronics in Milwaukee until 1966 when he then joined the Ansul Company in Marinette. He served as Supervisor and Manager of Cost Accounting, Manager of Corporate Accounting, Treasurer and Controller, and Vice President before being named President in 1987. Don was active in city affairs serving as Chairman of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority and also served on the Marinette Catholic Central Foundation. When Don retired in 1990, he spent time with his family enjoying the outdoors, fishing, camping, golfing, hunting and traveling. He and his wife Mary enjoyed going to Packer games tailgating with family and friends and will be truly missed by those who knew him. He is survived by his wife , Mary of 62 years, sons: Mark (Denise), Mike, David (Michelle) and Daniel (Carrie). Don is also survived by brothers, Jan (Linda), Russel (Debbie ) sisters: Beverly (Bill) Kelly, Carol (John) Meyers, and Linda (Jerry) Truitt; and brother in law, Gary (Terri) Bearson and was preceded in death by his sister, Joan Bearson. 
Submitted: October 25, 2019

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Thomas Spannraft — Huntley, IL,  passed away on March 26, 2019 at the age of 80. Tom will be forever remembered by his wife of 58 years and best friend Dawn (nee O'Meara), and their children, Scott (Gail), Randee (Mike) Theile, and Curt (Michele), and by his sister Mitzi Behnke. Tom will also be fondly remembered by his 7 grandchildren Abigail (Pat) Leigh, Sarah, Kelsey, Haley, Benjamin, Kelly, and Bridget, and numerous extended family and dear friends. Preceded in death by his parents Louis and Bertha Spannraft (nee Kaehler). 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

Robert Swanson
Robert Swanson

Robert G. Swanson , Jr., PhD & Caryl Swanson — Johnstown, PA,  died at home on January 21, 2017. Born on November 3, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of Robert G. Swanson Sr. and June Swanson-Wegner. Survived by wife of 55 years, Caryl; brother, William Swanson, and wife, Carolyn; children, Bradley Swanson, and wife, Christine; Kristin Davenport, and husband, Alex; Amy Uveges, and boyfriend, Shawn Helsel; and Erin Stauffer, and husband, Robert. He will be missed by granddaughters, Ellen Swanson, and fiance, Andy McCardell, Sarah Swanson, Kayla and Taylor Uveges, Anna and Olivia Davenport, and Peyton and Kendall Stauffer. Pastor Swanson (PS) was an ordained minister and served at First Lutheran Church for 41 years. He also was an adjunct professor in the education department of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for almost 30 years. He was a graduate of Carthage, received a Master of Divinity from Northwestern Seminary, and a Doctorate of Education from The University of Pittsburgh. Bob was devoted to the Johnstown community and enjoyed serving with many organizations throughout his life including, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, the American Red Cross, Walnut Medical, Johnstown Symphony, Lee Initiatives, the United Way, Lions Club and Westmont Hilltop School Board. As an expression of sympathy, please consider memorial donations to First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St, Johnstown, PA 15901 or the Swanson Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 115 Market St. #4, Johnstown, PA 15901. 
Submitted: January 25, 2017

Bruce W. Viernow — Chicago,  died Feb. 25, 2014. He was born in Chicago on April 23, 1939 to William and Martha (Helmken) and grew up on the Northwest side in the Belmont/Cicero neighborhood. He graduated from Foreman High School in 1957 where he was captain of the basketball team. Bruce earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Carthage and a Master of Science in management from Northern Illinois University in 1967. A professional educator, Bruce had a passion for the underdog and focused his energies on helping students that needed extra encouragement and support to succeed. He began his career in 1962 in the Elmhurst School District teaching and coaching at Field, Yorkfield and Bryan schools. Bruce moved to Glenbard West High School in 1967. He once described the "rungs" on his 27 year "career ladder" at West as lunchroom supervisor, teacher, coach, coordinator, department chair, administrative assistant, dean of students, assistant principal for student services and again lunchroom supervisor. It was always a beautiful day on the hill! After retiring from Glenbard West in 1994, Bruce closed has career as Principal of the Mooseheart Middle and High Schools until 1997. In addition to being an educator, Bruce was the Elmhurst Park District Softball Program Commissioner from 1963-1976. In the first seven years, he transformed a struggling league of 10 teams to an energized league with three divisions and more than 30 teams. Bruce was a member Moose Lodge 1368 in St Charles for over 30 years. He enjoyed regular poker games, the annual football pool, Friday afternoon dice in the back room and traveling to college football games with his "Moose Group" of friends. With, Julie, his wife of 22 years, Bruce enjoyed travel, theater, movies and entertaining family and many cherished friends. Of late they have taken great pride in the academic and athletic achievements of their grandchildren. A resident of Glen Ellyn, Bruce passed away on February 25 at Central DuPage Hospital after a long and courageous struggle with Neuropathy and Parkinson's Diseases. He is survived by his wife Julie (Brusca) Dagnon; children Tyler, of Evergreen, Colorado; Lisa Acord (Bruce) of Carol Stream; Julie Siebel (Charles) of Aurora; John Dagnon (Amy) of Oak Park and Michael Dagnon (Laura) of Kenosha and grandchildren Brad Acord, Kathleen Acord, Trey Siebel, Cassidy Siebel and Drew Dagnon. He is also survived by a sister Sandra (late Ronald) Piper of Morton Grove and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Kathleen (Bock). 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

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Marilyn Sue (Driskell) Behrendt — Bath, MI,  formerly of Litchfield, Illinois, passed away on November 7, 2016, at the Willows of East Lansing, at 10:05pm. Sue was born on September 13, 1939 in Litchfield, IL, a daughter of the late James E. Driskell and Virginia Adala Arnold. She married John N. Behrendt on November 4, 1961 in Litchfield, IL and he survives. Sue graduated from Litchfield High School and went on to further her education at Carthage College in Wisconsin and then earned her Masters Degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL. She was a school teacher for the Litchfield Community School District where she retired as a Special Education Teacher in 1999. One of her proudest moments was receiving the Teacher of the Year Award. Mrs. Behrendt was an active Rotarian serving with the Litchfield Club and belonged to the Eastern Star and P.E.O. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, IL where she served as an elder and clerk. Along with her husband, John Behrendt of Lansing, MI, formerly of Litchfield, Sue is survived by her daughters, Amy Catherine Moore of Texas and Beth (Jon) Lundy of Lansing, MI and 5 grandchildren: Jennifer Moore, Sarah Lundy, David Moore, Claire Lundy and Christian Lundy. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.  
Submitted: February 15, 2017

John Behrendt — East Lansing, MI,  died on Monday morning, Jan. 20, 2020, at Burcham Hills Retirement Community. Mr. Behrendt was born July 23, 1939, in Dixon, to Alvin Charles Behrendt and Vernice Lula Gale. He married Marilyn Sue Driskell on Nov. 4, 1961, in Litchfield, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2016. He graduated from Sterling High School and obtained his bachelor's of science in business administration at Carthage. During his career, he worked for Litchfield Grocer Company for 40 years. Throughout his life, Mr. Behrendt was an active member of many community organizations. He participated as a Rotarian at both local and district levels, as well as on several international projects and advisory boards. He was also a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Litchfield, later joining the First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, PA, and The Peoples Church in East Lansing, MI. He is survived by two daughters, Amy Moore and Beth (Jon) Lundy; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Eric) Krzak, Sarah Lundy, David Moore, Claire Lundy, and Christian Lundy; a brother, Dwight (Lynne) Behrendt; niece, Sara Jacklin; and nephew, Jay Behrendt. In addition to his wife, Mr. Behrendt was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: January 27, 2020

Kenneth J. Bohn — Greenville, Michigan,  passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at his son's home near Greenville. He was born Aug. 15, 1938, in Woodstock, Illinois, the third son of Ernest and Betty (Grobe) Bohn. He attended Woodstock Public Schools, graduating in 1956. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Order of DeMolay, and worked as a teenager with his parents and brothers in the family business, Bohn's Ace Hardware. On Sept. 7, 1959, he married Mary Margaret (Maggie) Smith in Princeton, Illinois. He graduated from Carthage in 1961. As an adult he worked for several manufacturing companies in the area of material control. He and his family lived in several states where Ken joined and served in a variety of civic organizations and at local churches. He enjoyed working with people who were helping children. Upon retirement he served as Child Care Chairman of the Saladin Shrine Temple in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he coordinated appointments and trips for the children of western Michigan who needed care at Chicago Shrine Hospital. He sometimes drove the van carrying children and parents back and forth. He is survived by his wife, Maggie; children and grandchildren, Jim and Eve Bohn of Greenville, Michigan, Chris, Katie, AJ and Elyse: Beth and Terry Lewis of Hudsonville, MI, Terrence and Teresa; Becca and Thommie Retter of Rego Park, NY, Liza and Bella; brothers, Harold and Jill Bohn of Corvallis, OR: Larry and Dee Bohn of Woodstock, IL; sister-in-law, Ruth and Jim Hodges of Woodstock, IL; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his eldest brother, Ernest E. Bohn; and an infant nephew. His Celebration of Life service was held at Grace Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids on Sept. 27, 2014. 
Submitted: October 8, 2014

Gail Lillian Carr
Gail Lillian Carr

Gail (Mitchell) Carr — Lostant, IL,  passed away Thursday, June 18, 2020.Mrs. Carr was born June 26, 1939 in Chicago to Bertram and Adeline (Madary) Mitchell. She was a graduate of Carl Schurz High School in Chicago and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Carthage College. She married Dennis Carr on August 19, 1961 at the First United Methodist Church in LaGrange. Mrs. Carr was a secretary for Herbolsheimer, Henson, Duncan, Gift, Eiten, and Hintz Law Office in LaSalle and Teamsters Local 722. She was a member of the Lostant United Methodist Church. Survivors include her loving husband, Dennis; her devoted children, Scott (Beth) Carr of Arlington Heights, Lori (Steve) Hensler of Elgin and Cathy (Brian) Blackmore of Lake in the Hills; her adoring grandchildren, Megan and Matthew Carr, Zachary and Owen Hensler and Alison, Ethan and Natalie Blackmore and a beloved sister, Dolores Dean of Prospect Heights. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Carol Renkosik. 
Submitted: July 8, 2020

Otto Gaus — Albuquerque, NM,  passed away on November 18, 2016 at the age of 77. Mr. Gaus worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield as a CPA. He had a passion for jazz music, old books and decadent desserts. While living in Albuquerque, he developed a profound appreciation for Native American culture. 
Submitted: January 15, 2019

Vivian Mae (Smith) Herdman
Vivian Mae (Smith) Herdman

Vivian (Smith) Herdman — Battle Creek, MI,  passed away on July 3, 2020, in Battle Creek. She was born in Anna, Illinois in 1939 to Everett and Vesta Smith. Her education continued at Carthage College of Carthage, Illinois and at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. She married the Reverend Donald Herdman, he survives. In August they would have celebrated 54 years together. They have one son, David of Olympia, Washington. As a minister’s wife, she often was a Sunday school teacher, choir director, organist or all three at once. They served churches in Iowa City, Iowa, Redford, Michigan and Battle Creek at Trinity Lutheran. In addition she taught elementary music at Prairieview School. She was a talented musician and a creative people person. 
Submitted: July 13, 2020

David C. Hoffman
David C. Hoffman

David C. Hoffman & Susan — Rockford, IL,  passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016, in OSF St Anthony Medical Center. He was born May 31, 1938, in Rockford, IL the son of David G. and Myrtle S. (Carlson) Hoffman. He was a graduate of East High School class of 1957 and Carthage class of 1961. He married Susan C. Larson on October 9, 1965. David served in the United States Army where he was a Corporal. He was employed with the United States General Accounting Office where he worked as an auditor from 1961 to 1993. He was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church. David was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, and was blessed to be able to see them win the World Series. He loved going to his grandchildren's sporting events. He is survived by his wife, Susan of Rockford; daughter, Christine L. (Dennis) Riemer of Loves Park; grandchildren, Cameron and Nicole Riemer; sister, Mary MacDonald of Rockford; and brother-in-law's, Roy E. (Barbara) Larson of Cherry Valley and Donald McDonald of Rockford. Predeceased by parents; sisters, Dorothy Peterson and Louella McDonald. 
Submitted: December 9, 2016

Nancy J. Huseth — Gurnee, IL ,  passed away of a heart attack in Gurnee, IL on June 6, 2016 at the age of 77. Nancy is predeceased by her parents, Vern and Irene, stepmother Genevive and sister Cynthia Haas Reed. Nancy is lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews and cousins. She graduated from Central High School in St Paul and Carthage College, IL. She spent 3 years teaching English in Japan and then went to Stanford University, CA and Northwestern University in Il. She was a passionate Speech Pathologist until she retired.  
Submitted: June 28, 2016

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Mary Louise (Anderson) Jackson — Fowler, IN,  , 81, passed away after a year long illness on June 18, 2020. Mary was born January 27, 1939, in Rockford, Illinois, to Henry and Florence Anderson. Mary graduated from Rockford East High School in 1957. After high school, Mary attended Augustana College and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English and Minors in History and Secondary Education. She later attended the Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development at Loyola University of Chicago and earned a Masters of Education. During her professional career, Mary taught Child Development at Loyola University and Elmhurst College, as well as many Junior Colleges. She was also the Director of Woodstock Day Care, Woodstock, IL and later the Director of Northern Illinois Medical Center's Child Care Center. On July 15, 1961, she married Brady Ward Jackson, a union that lasted 57 years. They had two sons. Mary loved her family, friends and her dogs…especially her dogs. She had a strong sense of humor and could laugh with friends for hours. Mary loved seeing her grandchildren and on extended stays, would pick berries, make jam, read books and play with the dogs and cats. The grandchildren absolutely loved it. She was active with her church community, Fowler First Presbyterian and also enjoyed visiting at Green Hill Manor with her dog Charlie. Mary also enjoyed spending time with her very good friends at the Fowler Community Center. Mary is survived by her sons, Mark (Rae Lynn) and Paul (Nancy), granddaughter's Rachel (Royce) and Nicole, grandson's Conor and Cole, two great grandchildren Henry and Evelynn, her sisters Audrey Risley, Janet Witt and her very best friend Karen Phillips. She is preceded in death by her husband Brady, and her great grandson Cash. She will be greatly missed. 
Submitted: March 24, 2021

Brady Jackson — Fowler, IN,  passed away on February 27, 2018. Jackson attended Butler Grade School and graduated from Hillsboro High School. He went to Carthage College, where he met his wife, Mary. Continuing his education at Augustana College, he went on to University of Chicago for his master's degree in social service administration and later to the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Child Therapy program. He spent many years in private practice treating adults and children. Later in life, the family bought a horse farm in Harvard, where he enjoyed the outdoors and farm life. In 2013, he retired from his practice and sold the farm and moved to Fowler, IN. He is survived by two sons, Mark (RaeLynn) and Paul (Nancy); granddaughters, Rachel (Royce) and Nicole; two grandsons, Conor and Cole; and his sister, Jean (Robert) Woodworth and Marshall (Jill) Marsh. 
Submitted: March 28, 2018

Beverly Keller
Beverly Keller

Beverly Keller — Racine, WI,  Passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020, with her daughters by her side. She was born in Rockford, Illinois on November 17, 1923, the daughter of the late Charles and Julia (nee: Thomas) Hand. On March 3, 1944, Beverly was united in marriage to Arthur 'Art' T. Keller in St. Louis, MO. She worked for Racine Unified as a teacher at Starbuck Junior High for 19 years. Beverly was a long time member of Christ Church United Methodist. She was a member of the Racine Women's Club, Racine Symphony Guild, PEO, and DAR. Beverly was a pillar of Carthage College for over 60 years, one of the three Legacy Ladies. Surviving are her five daughters, Carol (Lee) Dubs, Sharon (Alex) Mastusevicius, Julia Ann (Mark) Ferris, Laura (Thomas) Devine and Martha (Alan Jones) Fergus; nine grandchildren, Susan (Scott) Kocen, Michael Heffernan, David (Karen) Ferris, Carrie (Casey) Lauer, Jessica (Nick Sander) Devine, Melissa (Rick) Devine-Brenner, Sharon (Kit) Wobeter, William Fergus III and Thomas (Regina Hiroaka) Fergus, 14 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Ellen Hand and brother-in-law, Rev. John Norman Keller. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, and many friends. Beverly is preceded in death by her husband, Art on February 3, 1990, brother, Thomas Hand, and her sister, Carolyn (Wayne) Thoensen, sister-in-law, Patricia Keller, brother-in-law, William (Edna) Norman and two grandchildren in infancy. 
Submitted: April 22, 2020

Gary A. Larson
Gary A. Larson

Gary Larson — Kenosha,WI,  passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Born in Marinette, WI on April 12, 1937, he was the son of the late Willard and Meta Ann (Linser) Larson. He was a graduate of Marinette High School, attended The University of Wisconsin-Madison and in 1961, Gary graduated from Carthage. On June 29, 1963, Gary was united in marriage to Marjorie L. “Marge” Goulden. Gary and Marge were members of Grace Lutheran Church and Gary was also the past President of the Church Council. He was a member of the Milwaukee Area Purchasing Managers (MAPM) and volunteered at Hospice Alliance. Gary was employed with Reiss Steamship Lines until 1959, he then began his career in 1961 with Carthage College and was elected First Governor of the Illinois Eastern Iowa District of Circle K International. Gary was the first employee at Carthage’s new Kenosha Campus and as admission counselor recruited its first class. He later served as Alumni Director, Asst. Director for Development and Purchasing Agent until 1978. After Carthage College, Gary accepted a position as Supervisor of Merchandise Division with Snap-On Tool Corporation, until his retirement in 1999. Among Gary’s interest, he enjoyed gardening, cooking, loved grocery shopping and spending time with his dog. Above all he mostly enjoyed his cottage up in Egg Harbor in Door County. Gary is survived by his loving wife, Marge of 57 years, his children, Paul David (Judy Fredericks) Larson, Thomas Charles Larson and Krisan Marjorie (Rich) Knapp; his sister, Rita (Walton) Brandt. In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his brothers, Ray E. Larson and John W. Larson; and his sisters, Janet Royer and Grace Larson. 
Submitted: August 12, 2020

Caryl (Koepke) May — Gurnee, IL ,  passed away on August 16, 2016 at the age of 76. She was born on October 3, 1939 in Chicago, IL to Herbert and Grace Koepke. She was a graduate of Woodland Grade School, Warren Township High School and then went on to attend Carthage College where she graduated in 1961 with a BA in Education. Caryl taught Home Economics at Warren Township High School from 1963 to 1967. While teaching at the school she met Dr. Edward May with whom she married on June 25, 1966. After raising her four children she worked at Matigian pre-school and The Camera Bag. Caryl was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was an award winning photographer, a honorary member of the Waukegan Rotary Club and a huge supporter of Warren Township High School. She enjoyed traveling, playing bingo and most of all cheering on her beloved Chicago Cubs. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years Dr. Edward May; children: Mary, David (Dawn), Marjorie (Bill) and Jennifer. Her grandchildren: Kayleigh (Josh), Brandon (Kelly), Aaron, Cameron, Joshua, Lucas, Ross, Riley, Zachary and Casey; great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Oliver and 1 great-grandbaby due in November; brother David (Patti) Koepke; cousins: Jim Tansor and Tom (Jean) Tansor and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Grace Koepke, brother and sister-in-law Donald & Karen Koepke, and aunt Marjorie Tansor. The family would like to especially thank every nurse and PCT at Condell Hospital, her CNA's over the years: Pam, Hershey, Puri, Carol, Danielle, Andrea, Jennifer P, Holly, Jennifer L, Amanda and Aishia.  
Submitted: August 22, 2016

Ramon Dale McCleary — Chicago, IL,  passed away August 22, 2017. R. Dale was a veteran of the US Navy and a longtime employee of Underwriters Laboratory. Loving father of Eric John McCleary; cherished brother of Mark (late Beverly) and the late David (Winnie) McCleary; dear uncle of Scott (Kelly), Shawn, and Steven (Elizabeth) McCleary; fond great uncle of Ian and Kara.  
Submitted: August 28, 2017

Jon Peterson — Ellison Bay, WI,  died on Friday December 16, 2016 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. 
Submitted: January 18, 2017

Roberta (Dake) Price — Marlton, NJ,  passed away on July 7, 2017, at the age of 79. Beloved wife of Donald Price. Loving mother of Julie, Dave and Tim Price. Dear grandmother of Angela, Nicole, Tyler, Zachary, Emily. Roberta had her Masters in music and was a music teacher for many years and a member of the organist guild. She was an active member at her church where she was in the choir. She loved crossword puzzles and was very artistic and enjoyed making many types of crafts, especially crocheting. She received great joy in giving her crafts as gifts to family and friends.  
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Gary Quamen — San Francisco,  died July 8, 2013, after a long illness. He was born and raised in Woodstock, Illinois. In 1968, he moved with his family to the San Francisco Bay Area. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Long Quamen; two sons, Eric Quamen and Ed Quamen; two daughters, Ann Engbrock Quamen and Hilary Clark; and Allan Quamen, Debra Blechle Quamen and Eleanor Kraft Quamen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rohl Quamen and Charlene Amborn Quamen. He is loved and will be greatly missed.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Earl Stanley — Sterling, IL,  passed away on May 15, 2017. Earl was born September 4, 1939 in Coleta, the son of Clark and Macie (Hogge) Stanley. He worked as an engineer with GE until his retirement in 1995. Earl had many hobbies and interests including gardening, nurturing his flowers and sports cars, but his greatest joy came from his family, and many friendships. Survivors include two daughters, Tracy (Doug) Gamm of Sterling and Linda (Rachel Remmel) Stanley of Rochester, NY; one son, Michael Stanley of Chicago; two sisters, Jean Stillman and Patricia (Charles) Fischbach, both of Sterling; two brothers, Kenneth Stanley of Coleta and Willard (Ruth) Stanley of Sterling; five grandchildren, Macie Sinn, Callie Sinn, Kyle Sinn, William Remmel and Benjamin Remmel; and several nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: April 18, 2018

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Nancy Ruth Althafer — Tucker, GA,  passed away peacefully on June 16, 2016. Nancy was born in Chicago, IL, on February 21, 1936 to Martha and Reinhold “Holly” Krinker. She attended the Luther Institute and then Carthage College, where she met her beloved husband of 52 years, Charlie Althafer, who proceeded her in death in 2009. Nancy spent her life helping others. She had a giving and loving heart, tutoring inner city children, fostering refugee families through her church, and volunteering with AAL Lamplighters. The great joy in her life was raising her children and then having the supreme blessing of helping to raise her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly and were a great source of pride. Nancy is survived by sister Dorothy Buccholz; son Charles Althafer and wife Karen; grandson Tyler Althafer and fiancé Chelsea Wallace; granddaughter Emily Althafer and Ian Draper; daughter, Holly Quinn and husband John; and daughter Martha Althafer and her beloved Chesapeake Bay Retriever granddog Brodie. 
Submitted: July 6, 2016

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Leta (Merle) Behling — Urbandale, IA,  passed away peacefully on January 26, 2018. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 14, 1938, to Elmer Merle and Nettie (Thiesse) Merle. She married John Behling, Sr. in 1960. She raised her family in Rockford, Illinois. Leta and her husband retired to Pahrump, Nevada. She moved to Urbandale in 2015 and was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her daughter Cheryl (Bruce) Bjurstrom, son John (Robin) Behling, Jr, and grandchildren Serick (Jen) Bjurstrom and Ashley (Nate) Kloxin. 
Submitted: March 28, 2018

John Cummings — Huntley, IL,  passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 at his home in Huntley.  He was born June 28, 1938 in Chicago to Chester and Mary (nee Taylor) Cummings. John attended Forman High School and attended Carthage College. He worked at L&V Distributors in Crystal Lake for many years, a job that suited his warm and outgoing personality well. After retirement, John owned and operated K&J Limousine, also a great opportunity to socialize and try out one of his many jokes he loved to tell. A true Chicago-born man, John was a diehard Bears fan, Sox fan, a fan of any team that played the Packers, and truly despised the Cubs. His love of sports extended to the community, and he was a longtime supporter of Crystal Lake South Athletics, even after his children graduated. John also made time to be involved singing in chorus and performing in plays, with his last role as Mayor Shinn in "Music Man" at Woodstock Opera House. Among all of the things John loved, nothing could surpass his pride and love for his family. He will always be remembered as a proud husband, father, and PaPa who will be dearly missed. He survived by his wife, Karolyn "Kay" (nee Klemeyer) Cummings; his children, Becky (Kyle) McCaughn and Joe (Heather) Cummings; his grandchildren, Caleb and Morgan McCaughn; his sister, Deborah Morgan; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Judith K Eastman — West Bloomfield, MI,  passed away on January 6, 2011. Judy is survived by her beloved husband of 4 years, Robert Smith; children, Michael (Dawn) Eastman, Mark (Deborah) Eastman and Lori (David) Wigler; sister, Carol (the late Patrick) Higgins; step-children, Kevin (Jola) Smith and Mark (Dawn) Smith; four grandchildren, four step grandchildren, and three step great grandchildren. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Eastman in 2005, and step-daughter, Kerri (Bob) Weickel in 2006. 
Submitted: October 21, 2020

Donald Eberly — Gibson City, IL,  passed away September 9, 2021. Don was born in Dixon, Illinois on October 4, 1933 to Isabelle Eberly. He graduated from Dixon High School in 1951. Don attended Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois and, after an interruption of three years to complete his military service in the Army, received a B.S. in Education. Later, he attended Northwestern University in summer sessions and earned his M.S. in Education. While attending college, Don worked at a local restaurant with his future wife, Nadine McClanahan. They were married on October 10, 1954, and had two children, Jon (deceased) and Lori (Karen), of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Nadine preceded him in death after 61 years of marriage. Don lived in the Gibson City/Champaign area from the early 1960's until his death. On March 18, 2017, Don and Sallie Hutton married and their family includes Sallie's daughters: Kathy (Alan) Thomas of Champaign, Laura (Brian) McCranner of Holland, Michigan; and grandchildren: Scott McCranner and Molly McCranner. Don's first profession was teaching. He worked 20 years at Gibson City High School as the primary teacher for Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry. The advent of computer technology made him change directions; at nearly 50, he decided to embark on a new career and worked at Eastern Illinois University and later University of Illinois as a computer programmer and system analyst. Don was an avid gardener, growing his own fruit and vegetables, researching the best varieties and hybrids for the tastiest crop. Later in life he started woodworking and made many beautiful items for his home and family. He was also passionate about photography and enjoyed the quest for the perfect shot of scenery. Don was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City for over 60 years, serving at different times as Treasurer, Elder, and church board member. Don and Nadine were heavily involved in church activities and enjoyed traveling throughout the country, especially to National Parks. Bridge was another shared passion, playing with friends and for the Gibson Area Hospital marathon, and they square danced with the Shufflin' Shoes club of Gibson City. Don and Sallie traveled and he was delighted to visit new, interesting places including Canada, Pakistan, and Maine. They enjoyed their church group events and outings with Sallie's social groups, the Traveling Gourmet, Wine Club and Tailgate group. Don was preceded in death by his wife Nadine and son. He is survived by his wife, Sallie; sister, Martha Henley of Amboy; daughter and stepdaughters: Kathy, Laura, and Lori. 
Submitted: September 21, 2021

Marianne Gahle
Marianne Gahle

Marianne (Mosley) Gahle & Martin (Gahle) — Carthage, IL,  passed away at 82 at the LaHarpe-Davier Care Center on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at 11 p.m. Marianne was born Nov. 28, 1937, the daughter of Dr. Kenneth and Ruth E. (Walton) Mosley, in Macomb, Ill. She attended Carthage High School, graduating in 1955. She then went on to receive her degree in elementary education from Carthage College in 1960. On Dec. 20, 1959, she was united in marriage with Martin Gahle. Marianne had worked as a sales clerk for many years at Ben Franklin and TruValue stores in Carthage. She had also served as a substitute teacher in the Carthage School District. Marianne was a life-long member of the First Christian Church (DOC) in Carthage and a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship. She had also served as a deaconess and church board member. Marianne is survived by her husband, Martin Gahle of Carthage; two daughters, Ann (David) Kutcher of Pewaukee, Wis., and Melissa (Don) Moede of Raleigh, N.C.; two grandsons, Andrew (Abbie) Kutcher and Iain Moede; a sister-in-law, Arlene Mosley of Ontario, Canada; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, W. Jerome Mosley. 
Submitted: August 27, 2020

Donald Lemke — Munroe Falls, Ohio,  passed away May 6, 2016. He was born in Milwaukee and has resided in Munroe Falls for the past 16 years. Donald graduated from Carthage with a BA in business administration. He began his telephony career with Illinois Bell in Chicago, and then moved on to become a vice-president with Mid-Continent Telephone (Alltel) in Hudson, Ohio. After his telephony career Donald went on to work at J.C. Penney's, retiring in 2004. He was a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Lions' Club and the Christ Community Chapel in Hudson. Donald loved music, and was an avid baseball fan, loved to play golf, and dabbled in art work. Preceded in death by his parents, Clarence "Speed" and Evelyn; grandparents, Frank and Mary Ulrich. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen "Ginger"; sons, Douglas (Karen) and their sons, Cody and Brett of Stow, Michael (Lori) and their sons, Benjamin and Nathaniel of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Christopher (Stephanie) their children, Madeline, Nina and Justin of Indianapolis, Ind.; step-sons, Mark Engelsman of Tempe, Ariz. and Michael Engelsman of Reno, Nev. 
Submitted: May 10, 2016

Thomas Glendon Lindblad — Menominee, Michigan ,  passed away on March 30, 2015, at Bay Area Medical Center. Tom was born on February 25, 1935 in Stillwater, Minn. to the late Glendon and Lorriana (Benson) Lindblad. Tom graduated from Lindstrom-Center City High School in Lindstrom, Minn. in 1953, than in 1955 he joined the United States Army for two years, serving his country honorably during the Korean War. When he returned home he attended Lutheran Seminary. Tom was ordained as a Lutheran Minister on May 17, 1963. He served as pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Norway, Mich., then was transferred to Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Wallace until his retirement. On June 3, 1995, Tom married Oradell Pomrenke at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Menominee. Tom was an avid reader, loved to travel and enjoyed being in many organizations including being on the board of directors at the Luther Home. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Oradell; one daughter, Joanna Lindblad; one son, Peter Lindblad, both of Madison, Wis.; two step-daughters: Lori Forton of Peshtigo, Wis. and Sharon Pomrenke; and one step-son, Gary and Tracie Pomrenke of White Plains, Md.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Susan (Lyle) Nelson of Lagrad, Ore.; two nieces and his fellow Pastors. Along with his parents, Tom was preceded in death by one step-daughter, Patricia Schinderle. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

The Rev. Frederick G. Overdier
The Rev. Frederick G. Overdier

Frederick G. Overdier — Traverse City, MI,  passed away on April 13, 2019 following an extended battle with cancer. Formative years growing up in Rocky Boy, MT, and Phillips, WI provided a foundation for Fred’s life of service to others. Whether participating in the Boy Scouts of northern WI; migrant ministry for the National Council of Churches in Toledo, OH; serving on the Interfaith Round Table of greater Detroit, and the Executive Council of the Michigan Synod; or acting as a liaison for community issues in Kalamazoo township and Traverse City, MI - he was always interested in finding creative ways to serve the community and the ministry of the whole church. Pastor Fred, as he was known to his friends, attended Carthage College where he met his wife Ruth. Fred continued at Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN and was ordained in 1963. He served as a full-time pastor at Lutheran churches in Milwaukee, WI; Southampton, PA; Kalamazoo, MI; Traverse City, MI; and Birmingham, MI; and as an interim or part-time pastor to numerous Michigan congregations following retirement in 2001. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the Rev. Ruth Kilgus Overdier; by his four children and their families: Frederick C. Overdier (Magic),; Joel Overdier (Bernadette Caldwell), Barbara Overdier (James Muratzki), and Michael Overdier (Roxana), by his siblings: Faith Pfeiffer (Rod), Grace Deibert and Carol Overdier, Timothy Overdier, and Beth Overdier, by his grandchildren: Sarah Hudson (Brad), Anna Caldwell-Overdier,; Jacalyn, Michael I., and Eric Overdier. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. George M. Overdier and Adeline Groenke Overdier, and by his sister, Cynthia Overdier Boyd (David). 
Submitted: April 23, 2019

Wayne Gordon Stegman — Colorado Springs, CO,  passed away at 78 in his home after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Barbara L. Stegman; his three children, Gretchen, Peter, and Heidi; a sister, Karen (John) Chapman; as well as twelve grandchildren and a great-grandson. Wayne was born in Racine, Wisconsin and attended Carthage College, graduating in 1960. He received his Master's in Education from the University of Wisconsin, and continued his education at the University of Colorado. Wayne and Barbara moved to Colorado in 1968, where Wayne worked for thirty years for school District 11. After retirement, Wayne and Barbara joined the Peace Corps and spent nearly three years in service to Latvia. Wayne had a love of travel, was a talented tennis player, and a serious wine and cooking enthusiast. He was also a passionate collector of southwestern Indian art and artifacts. He was also docent for many years at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. To Wayne, family was everything. He was a loving and devoted husband, an affectionate and caring father, and was particularly fond of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was greatly loved and will be genuinely missed by his family, friends and colleagues. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made in Wayne's memory to Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, or the charity of your choice . 
Submitted: December 20, 2016

Thomas Alan Stoner — Austin, Texas,  passed away July 23, 2011. He began his career teaching public school vocal music in Hagerstown, Md., studied composition and theory with Louis Cheslock at Peabody Conservatory with satisfaction and encouragement, then received a National Education Act Fellowship to complete his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Maryland. He received the degree in 1972 and began a 31-year career in the Music Department of Connecticut College that fall, teaching music history and theory. When the College’s American Studies program needed a music component, he, ever interested in American music and the work and life of composers, undertook research on American composer Arthur Farwell, pivotal figure in developing regard for American Music and the American composer. This work culminated in the publication of the book "Wanderjahre of a Revolutionist," which sets forth Farwell’s role as a visionary and crusader for American music and echoes issues central to the history of American music. With a member of the Theater Department, he led one of Connecticut College’s first SATA (Study Away-Teach Away) semesters to India, taking a group of 12 students to the University of Mysore. For 40 years he was a church organist-choir director in Iowa, Georgia, Maryland, and Rhode Island, assignments with a ready field for his composing, arranging, improvising, and conducting. In retirement, as possible, he developed his experiments with electronic music, creating a body of more than 250 compositions. In 2007 he and his wife moved from Quaker Hill, Conn., to Austin, Texas, where they undertook duties as caretakers of SPURS Ranch Retreat Center, a facility affiliated with their spiritual practice. Tom expected the highest of himself and characteristically met life with uncommon grace and a ready wit. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Meinders’60), their daughter, Mary Claire, and son-in-law Stephen Greineder of East Greenwich, R.I.; their son, Nathan, and daughter-in-law Susan Christensen of West Hartford, Conn.; six grandchildren, and his sister, Rosemary Martin, Portage, Wis. 
Submitted: October 31, 2013

Michael K Taylor — Nashville, IL,  passed away July 31, 2020. He was born July 20, 1937 to the late Paul and Arcele (nee Depew) Paulus. He was united in Marriage to Marilyn Swain Williamson on December 25, 1973 at the First Presbyterian Church in Nashville and she survives his passing. Mike attended Carthage College in Carthage, IL graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. He worked as a teacher and coach in Rossville, IL, Mt. Zion in Decatur, IL and Newman, IL. Mike then started teaching at Nashville Community High School in 1967 and was the Head Football Coach for 11 years and he also was the assistant coach for the boys basketball and track teams. He won 60 % of the football games and won 2 Conference Championships. Mike was the 1970 Coach of the Year in Football and had 4 young men play football at Southern Illinois University. He later became Head Girls Basketball Coach for 13 years. He won 76% of the games 251-78, was District 21 Coach of the Year 3 times and Illinois Girls Basketball Association Coach of the Year in 1990. He took 3 teams to State placing 3rd in 1989 and 2nd in 1990. Mike was Boys Golf Coach for 16 years winning 87% of his matches; 225-35. He was SICA Coach of the Year in Gold 6 times and took 8 teams to State Placing 4th in 1991 and 1992. He won Conference Championship 16 times, Regional Championship 11 times and Sectional Championship 5 times. He also took at least one golfer to State 11 times. Left to mourn his passing is wife of 47 years Marilyn Taylor of Nashville: six children (the Brady Bunch) Jennifer Hoyt and husband John of Walnut Hill IL, Stacey Selz and husband Peter of Sherman TX, Todd Taylor of Qunicy, IL , Ricki Heggemeier of Nashville, Jason Taylor and wife Cheryl of Nashville and Chris Williamson and wife Stacey of Olive Branch, IL; 9 grandchildren, Keith (Jessica) Cameron, Brad (Chelsea) Grueninger, Isaac Selz, Ethan Selz, Emily Heggemeier, Jessica (Frank) Heimann, Cameron (Jimberlea) Grueninger, Mackenzie Williamson and Miles Taylor; 7 great grandchildren, Karissa Bolam, Madalyn and Chesney Cameron, Luke and Will Grueninger, Liam Heiman and Audrey Grueninger; sister Judy Clausen of Port Charlotte, Fl; brother Zach Taylor and wife Phillipa of Austin, TX. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and step-father Kenneth (Kie) Taylor and sister Theodocia Ballenger. 
Submitted: October 7, 2020

Ruth Ufkes — Des Plaines, IL,  passed away on January 6, 2019. She graduated from Carthage High School, Carthage College, and received her master's degree in organ performance from Northwestern University. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

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Fredrick Waldbusser — Rock Island, IL,  died August 30, 2017 at Unity Point Trinity, Rock Island, IL while surrounded by his family. Fred was born November 23, 1938 in Springhill, IL, the son of William “Bill” and Leo (Combs) Waldbusser. Fred first went to work for the Rock Island Railroad where he became a journeyman electrician. Later, he worked at John Deere Harvester for over 32 years. He married LaVerne Tolle on May 30, 1980 in Port Byron. He and LaVerne owned and operated the “Ole Brick House” Bed & Breakfast in Port Byron. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, antiquing, and tinkering with his tractors. Fred had the gift of gab, he knew no strangers. Fred is survived by his wife, LaVerne; children; Jeffery (Sharon) Waldbusser, MI, Shari (Mark) Loy, Port Byron, Randy Waldbusser, (Michele), CA, Timothy (Lori) Waldbusser, Moline, Mark (Denae) Waldbusser, Bluegrass, IA; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; very dear friends, Joe & Sue Knapp; and special cousins, Terry & Gloria Waldbusser. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: March 2, 2018

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Donald Waugus — Germantown, WI,  passed away on March 7, 2018. Donald "Don" was born to late Gustav and Lillian (nee Gunderson) Waugus on March 27, 1935 in Marinette, Wisconsin. Don married Marlene Behrens on May 16, 1959 in Marinette. Survivors include his wife, Marlene; children, Susan (Cheri Noll) Kerr and Lynn (James) Anderson; grandchildren, Evan (Jessica Dallmann) Kerr, Ethan Kerr, Eric (fiancee Raelyn Shambeau) Kerr, Calvin Anderson, and Cameron (fiancee Elsa Barnaby) Anderson; great-grandchild, Sydney Kerr; his brother, Everett (Pat) Waugus; sister-in-law, Helen Kleemann; and brother-in-law, Al Behrens. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his son, Gregg Waugus; sisters, Doris (Leonard) Schomer and Dorothy (Jerry) Kitzinger; brother, Clyde (Glenne) Waugus; sisters-in-law, Mary Behrens and Jean (Loren) Bannow; and brother-in-law, Thomas Kleemann. 
Submitted: March 28, 2018

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Richard E. Bloemke — Fort Atkinson, WI,  passed away on January 26, 2021 at the age of 85. 
Submitted: March 23, 2022

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Gilbert Boese — Pewaukee, WI,  passed away from cancer on March 22, 2018 at the age of 80. Boese was born in Chicago on June 24, 1937. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry from Carthage College, a master's degree in biology from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in pathology, behavior and ecology from Johns Hopkins University. Gilbert was an internationally known wildlife conservationist who studied bonobos and baboons as well as migrating birds, was a former director of the Milwaukee County Zoo who spearheaded major expansions there. Boese was a biology professor before he started working for Chicago's Brookfield Zoo in 1971. His career path included experiences as a Maya cave explorer, educator, photographer, film consultant, author and leader of more than 75 natural history safaris to Africa, Belize and other nations. His legacy in Milwaukee rests on the $60 million worth of zoo remodeling and expansion projects he helped the county pull together after he became president of the Zoological Society, said Zoo Director Charles Wikenhauser. The list includes the Apes of Africa exhibit, an animal health center, Big Cat Country, Aquatic Reptile Center, aviary and Giraffe Experience. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; a son, Peter, of New Orleans; daughters Ann, of Savannah, Ga., and Sara Ramaker of Los Angeles; stepson Jay Ramaker of Springfield, Mo.; grandchildren; and a sister Judy, of Estero, Fla. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Dennis Bryan
Dennis Bryan

Dennis Bryan — New Franken, WI,  died on August 21, 2020. Dennis began college planning to become a Forester but changed to Education after being a counselor at a YMCA summer camp and enjoying working with the young people. His Freshman and Sophomore years were at Carthage College and then transferred to Western Michigan University where he earned a B.S. degree, Masters Degree, and a teaching license. After teaching 6th grade for three years in Portage, Michigan, the family moved to Lansing, MI where Dennis attended Michigan State University where he earned a Ph.D. in Education. Dennis was one of the first faculty members in the Education Department at the University of WI-Green Bay. During his 27 years as a professor, he helped to build the department from a two-year institution into a 4-year program with a master's program. Dennis is survived by his wife, Ann, and their four children. 
Submitted: August 28, 2020

Leonard Glenn Cloninger Jr.
Leonard Glenn Cloninger Jr.

Leonard Glenn Cloninger , Jr. — Elk Grove, CA,  passed away May 29, 2017 at his home in Elk Grove attended by his wife and four daughters. Leo was born on February 18, 1938 in Billings, Montana and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He earned his undergraduate degree in History at Carthage College in Illinois. While teaching, he earned his Master's Degree and later earned a Doctorate in Special Education. He was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. After relocating to Sacramento, he secured a job teaching 7th and 8th grade at Archoe Elementary School. He retired from Archoe after teaching there for 20 years. Leo was loved by everyone who knew him. He was friendly, kind and full of good humor. Leo is survived by his wife Christie of 52 years, his four daughters and their spouses, his 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  
Submitted: July 5, 2017

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Roy C Everson , Jr. — Montgomery, IL,  passed away January 17, 2021. He was born in Chicago on April 12, 1936, and passed away peacefully in Aurora, IL Roy attended Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, IL and graduated from Carthage College in Carthage, IL in 1957. There he met and married Leah James. Roy is a member of the Carthage College Athletic Hall of Fame, excelling as a football player and track team member. As a geography and history teacher at Waldo Jr. High in Aurora for 35 years, Roy has had a lasting impression with countless students and teachers. At Waldo he was an Athletic Director and coach. Roy traveled the world extensively during his teaching career and when he retired. Roy and Leah were married for 63 years, and were loving parents to their four loving children Gregg (Terri), Gretchen (Tom) Crist, Kristin (Jim) Cyko, and Michael, as well as to their nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Those who knew Roy found him to be funny, caring, hard-working, and a person of solid character. Roy will dearly missed and fondly remembered. 
Submitted: January 25, 2021

Oltman "Sonny" Goldenstein — Crete, IL,  died Oct. 23, 2016. He was born Feb. 22, 1937, in Quincy, the third child of Wilbur and Eva Goldenstein. He married Pat Smith on April 20, 1956, and they had three sons, Mark, Phil and Tim. Sonny graduated from Quincy High School and went to Carthage, where he received his bachelor's degree in English and history. Following college, he entered the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and was ordained three years later in 1962. He was called to First United Lutheran in East St. Louis and served there for six years. While in East St. Louis, he met with and worked with a group of young black men called the Warlords. He was instrumental in involving the police to work with the young men. He organized Saturday night dances in the church basement that became a neighborhood staple. He also established the first preschool center in East St. Louis that involved mothers as well as siblings. In 1968, Sonny moved to Southern Illinois University to pursue a master's degree in crime and delinquency. He was asked to establish a drug crisis center on campus called Synergy. He recruited 25 students and street people to staff the center. Synergy was a 24/7/365 crisis center for people struggling with drug abuse. During that time, Synergy received a large grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to perform drug education counseling. Sonny's focus at Synergy was to educate young people about drugs, not just to blindly say "no," but to understand what effect drugs had on them. This policy raised many eyebrows, but enjoyed a great deal of success. Also during that time, he raced a modified (open wheel) race car that he raced most Friday and Saturday nights. In 1972, he accepted a position at Governors State University in University Park to create bachelor's and master's programs in criminal justice. He received his Ph.D. in education in 1976. He taught for several years, became program chairperson and later department chair. Sonny retired from GSU in 1998. In 1989, he helped to establish the Upward Mobility Program that was a coordinated program between the state of Illinois and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He and Pat worked as field counselors for 25 years and talked with thousands of state employees about education and job training. After retiring, he and a grandson built a house in southern Colorado outside of Westcliffe that was enjoyed by many friends and family. Sonny had a lifelong fascination with cars and trucks, going to races and watching them on TV. His greatest interest outside family and cars was people, everyone from babies to the elderly. Sonny had the remarkable ability to make everyone feel like they were the most important person in the world and to always make them smile. It didn't matter what color, race or creed, Sonny wanted to understand what mattered to you. Sonny is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pat; sons, Phil and Tim (Joan); and grandchildren, Chris, Kiley, Josh, Hannah, Caleb (fiancee Kiera), Nathan and Robin. He is also survived by his sisters, Eloise Gallaher and Phyllis Sanders, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Sonny was preceded in death by his son Mark in December 2012. 
Submitted: December 20, 2016

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Charlene A. (Weber) Hanson — Prophetstown, IL,  passed away April 12, 2021. Charlene was born July 31, 1937 in Sterling, IL to Warren and Edna (Meier) Weber. She and her family lived on various farms around the Prophetstown community; initially living on a farm located on the Prophetstown-Rock Falls blacktop for several years then later moving to a farm in Sandytown. In 1944 her family moved to the farm that her father's parents, Samuel and Alix Weber, farmed. The farm was located on the Henry County-Whiteside County line, 7 miles south of Prophetstown off of Highway 78. Her parents farmed there until 1975 when they retired and moved to town after which her brother farmed the family farm until 2012. Charlene attended Pleasant Ridge School, Woodward's Bluff School, and graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1955. She attended Carthage College in Carthage, IL for a year prior to returning home to Prophetstown to help her dad farm. In 1957 she started working at Soliday Farm Equipment as a bookkeeper. In November 1958, Charlene married Howard Hanson at Leon United Methodist Church. They farmed in the Yorktown area from 1958 to 1977, until Howard passed away in the fall of 1977. While helping Howard with the farm she also started working in 1960 at the Eclipse Lawn Mower Company which was later sold to Penberthy, International. She initially worked as a bookkeeper in the Accounts Receivable Department and later worked as a computer operator. Charlene retired from Penberthy after 40 years in July 2000. Charlene was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown. She was also an avid and longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Beginning in 1957 and spanning the next 60 years. She started with the Hooppole Chapter in March 1957, moving to the Morning Star Chapter in Tampico in 1984, merging with the Minerva Chapter No. 6 in Prophetstown in 1994, which later merged with the Sterling Chapter in 2011. In 2016, Charlene transferred from the Sterling Chapter No. 354 to the Moline Chapter No. 258 and established dual membership with the Clinton Chapter No. 65 as a life member. In addition to being a very active member in Eastern Star, attending numerous meetings and conferences, which found her driving across the Midwest any time of the day or night, she held a significant number of leadership positions. Positions held, often multiple times, over the years included: Associate Conductress, Conductress, Associate Matron, Worthy Matron, Chaplain, Organist, Secretary, Esther, various installing officer positions, Grand Organist, Grand Representative, Grand Lecturer instructing other Chapters, and held the honorary title of Grand Lecturer Emeritus of The Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star of Illinois. Charlene was active in numerous other organizations and like Eastern Stars assumed leadership roles: President of the local Prophetstown AARP Chapter and Secretary for the Prophetstown High School Alumni Association. She was at one time a member of Prophet Hills Country Club and thoroughly enjoyed golfing with friends. She also enjoyed attending performances with friends at the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island. In addition, Charlene enjoyed crafts, gardening, cooking, and helping at her church, First Lutheran Church, Good Samaritan, and Pat's Table in Prophetstown. Survivors include one niece, Bethany (John Butemeyer, PhD) Toppert, PhD of Grapevine, TX; three Nephews, Mark (Jane) Toppert of Mullin, TX, Colonel Kent A. (Gaye) Toppert, USAF, Retired of New Braunfels, TX, Lt. Col. Gary (Marcy) Toppert, USAF, Retired of Abilene, TX; fourteen great nieces and nephews; two great great nieces, one great great nephew; numerous beloved cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Edna Weber; her husband, Howard; one brother, Lt. Col. Arlyn (Betty) Toppert, USAF, Retired. 
Submitted: April 30, 2021

Gordon L. Johnson — Gaithersburg, MD,  passed away on May 5, 2018. 
Submitted: February 6, 2019

Sally (Sprightly) Marshall — Rockton, IL,  died on June 11, 2018 at the age of 81. Sally was born on January 19, 1937, in Beloit, WI. She attended Hononegah High School. Sally worked as a Medical Technologist for Swedish American Hospital for many years prior to joining OSF St. Anthony and retiring in 2007. Sally loved her family, her music and Jesus. Her service to others and her dedication to her faith defined her throughout her entire life. An accomplished musician she played the flute, piccolo, piano, banjo, ukulele, recorder, and was always ready to try a new instrument to create music for the enjoyment of all. Sally played in several local/community bands including; Rock Valley College Old Towne Band and Rockford Christian Band amongst others. She frequently could be seen at a number of local churches creating music on Sunday morning worship services. A lifelong resident of Winnebago County between Rockton and Rockford, IL, she touched many lives through her service to her career and her music. She will be missed my many of the people who helped her through her journey of life from birth to death. Predeceased by her parents, James and Dorothy Sprightly. Survivors include husband, Bruce Marshall; sons, Ian and Matthew (Susan) Marshall; grandchildren, Sara and Alex Marshall; sisters, Cynthia Gregorich and Jo (Don) Durbin; and her beloved cat, Tillie. 
Submitted: June 21, 2018

Thomas McGuine — Woodstock, IL,  passed away on May 2, 2019 in Woodstock, IL. Mr. McGuine was born on February 14, 1932 in Harvard, MA. He graduated from Harvard High School in 1950. He then went into the Navy and served our country for four years during the Korean Conflict. He started college in 1955 at Carthage, where he met Carol J. Nelson. They were married on Aug. 3, 1957, in Racine, WI. He finished his B.S. degree in business and graduated in 1959. Upon graduation, he began his career in accounting and went to work for Bear Brandt Hosiery in Chicago. Then in 1961, Tom and Carol moved to Woodstock, Il., and he went to work for AutoLite and then in 1964 for TC Industries in Crystal Lake. Then in 1977 he helped establish McClain Corp. and worked there until retiring in 2007. Tom was very active in Lions Club. He was also an usher and greeter, and served on the financial committee at Grace Lutheran Church, of which he was a member for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Woodstock Country Club for over 50 years and served as a bookkeeper for a period of time. He was also a life member of the Harvard American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son James (Kathy) McGuine and daughters Amy (Roger) Armstrong and Betsy McGuine; grandchildren Mark (Katie) Wilkerson, Brandon and Sierra Armstrong, Sydney and Shane McGuine; and great-grandchildren Brady and Peyton Wilkerson. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Marcella and brother Raymond Jr. 
Submitted: July 29, 2019

Geneen Roberta (Cassens) Morgan
Geneen Roberta (Cassens) Morgan

Geneen (Cassens) Morgan — Columbia, MO,  passed away on November 22, 2019. Geneen was born in Golden, Illinois on July 11, 1937, to Monroe and Lucille Cassens, who preceded her in death. On June 24, 1961, she married Perry Morgan in St. Louis. She graduated from Ritenour High School, St. Louis, and Carthage, Carthage, Il. Geneen received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri, Columbia and retired as Director of Social Work from a local nursing home. A member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, she was also very active in her daughters’ schools serving, as PTA President and Room Mother. Geneen was on the boards of Meals on Wheels and Lutheran Family and Children’s Services (LFCS). She instilled the love of music and theatre in her daughters and grandchildren. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend. Geneen is survived by her loving husband, Perry and their two daughters, Lisa Honz (Robert) and Michelle Morgan (Billy Fisher); three grandchildren, Rachel Honz Rebischke (Sean), Lauren Honz and Kevin Honz. Geneen was also preceded in death by her siblings, Bonnie Houston and Robert Cassens. 
Submitted: February 11, 2020

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Audree (Asmus) Nielsen — Libertyville, IL,  passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Lake Zurich, IL. She was born March 23, 1936 in Woodstock, IL and has been a Libertyville resident since 1961. She was a graduate of Carthage College and was an elementary school teacher in Bensenville and at Adler School in Libertyville. She was a member and former Sunday School Superintendent at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mundelein, a member of the Lutheran Church Women, enjoyed gardening and was an active participant at Vacation Bible School for many years. Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Donald Nielsen; 2 sons, Thomas Nielsen and David Nielsen; brother-in-law, Robert (Beverly) Nielsen; sisters-in-law, Rita (Gary) Gunther, Carolyn Doughty and Lorraine Nielsen. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Alice Asmus and brother-in-law, Arthur Nielsen. 
Submitted: March 16, 2018

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Jack C Ufkes — Carthage, IL,  passed away August 5, 2021. Jack was born Oct. 24, 1937, in Keokuk, the son of Henry J. and Alpha F. (Faulkner) Ufkes. He attended Carthage High School graduating in 1955. He then attended Carthage College from 1955-1956 before entering the United States Marine Corps. While stationed at Camp Pendleton he was in charge of taking care of the decorated Korean War Horse Sgt Reckless. He served as a Corporal receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1958. On Sept. 4, 1960, he was united in marriage to Beverley E. Cochran at the United Church of Christ Church in Sutter. Jack was a life-long farmer and an auctioneer for 54 years retiring in 2016. He was a member of the Illinois and National Auctioneer's Association, and his auctions were always a show. His love of farming showed through his actions serving as a founder and first president of the Beef Association of Hancock County, Cattleman of the Year, and awarded Family Farm of the Year. He also served on the Illinois Board of Directors with the Illinois Polled Hereford Association. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Carthage where he served on the church council, having served as president for several terms. Jack had many interests including getting his pilot's license and flying and owning classic cars. His properties were pristine, and he could always be found mowing and painting fences. He loved traveling to visit grandchildren and great grandchildren and going to their sporting events. In 2018 he enjoyed a trip on the Great River Honor Flight with his daughter, Traci, serving as his guardian. Jack is survived by his wife, Beverley, of Carthage; four children, Brent (Angie) Ufkes of Carthage, Brad (Anne) Ufkes of Carthage, Traci (Ronnie) Johnson of Blandinsville and Tonya (Eric) Boyer of Carthage; grandchildren, Ashley (Dillon) Darbyshire, Austin (Gera) Ufkes, Addison Ufkes, Tyler (Kristy) Ufkes, Cody Ufkes and Brittany (William) Ufkes, Haeli (Jake) Lerdal, Skyler (Jacob) Howd and Ethan Johnson and Braxton and Bailey Boyer; ten great grandchildren and one on the way. 
Submitted: August 23, 2021

Richard Walter — Blakesburg, Iowa,  died Feb. 18, 2014, at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born Jan. 14, 1937, in Keokuk, to Herman J. and Lucille V. Walter. He married Patricia Louise Mullen June 14, 1958. Dick was a graduate of Keokuk High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in business from Carthage in 1959. He began working at John Deere Ottumwa Works in 1959, holding various positions including purchasing manager, general supervisor of assembly, traffic manager and industrial engineering division engineer. He retired in 1987 and continued farming for the next 20 years.He enjoyed gardening, cooking and woodworking. He had been a member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 347, and participated in the Elks bowling team in his younger years. Dick also bowled with the John Deere bowling team and had played tennis while in high school and college. He was a member of John Deere Retirees and a social member of Knights of Columbus.He enjoyed spending time with family and especially enjoyed traveling to China twice with his daughter and son-in-law when they brought home their two daughters.Survivors include his wife, Pat; two daughters, Kathy Gates of Ottumwa and Deb (David) Shawley of North Aurora, Ill.; four grandchildren, Susan Gates, Michael Gates, Hope Shawley and Joy Shawley; brother-in-law, Ed (Jean) Mullen of Burlington, Mass.; two nephews; several cousins and many friends.He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Van Gates; and grandparents 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Norman F. Weiskopf — Springfield, Ill. ,  passed on July 28, 2015. He was born Feb. 14, 1937, in Springfield, the son of Arthur F. Weiskopf and Virginia M. (Etherton) Weiskopf. He was married to Louise Britton Weiskopf, who preceded him in death in 1996. He was also preceded in death by both parents; his granddaughter, Kelsey L. Stumpf; his daughter-in-law, Mona Stumpf; his sister, Janet R. Flexsenhar; and his nephew, Scott D. Weiskopf. Mr. Weiskopf was a 1955 graduate of Springfield High School and attended Carthage College. He was formerly the owner and operator of J.F. Weiskopf and Son Plumbing and Heating in Springfield. He later worked for the State of Illinois, Central Management Services, retiring in 1998. He then moved to Naples, FL. Mr. Weiskopf was a past member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 137. He was President of the Illinois State Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association from 1971-1973. He was a past member of the Jacksonville Country Club; Tyrian Lodge 333; Springfield Consistory; ANSAR Shrine and the Elks Club 158. He was also a member of the Imperial Golf Club in Naples, Fla. He is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Springfield and an affiliate member of First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, Fla.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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Mary Ann (Baer) Wiberg — Marshalltown, Iowa,  passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Lake Zurich, Illinois. She had received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease several years ago and succumbed to a sudden illness. She is survived by her beloved husband Richard, her five lovely daughters: Kim (Don) George, Lisa (Alex) Fosses, Holly (Tom) Scharringhausen, Joy (Damon) Stuart and Dana (Aaron) Anthony, her dear sister Delores (Jerry) Vojtko, her adored grandchildren: Ami, Eric, Bryan, Carrie, David, Katlyn, Samuel, Alaina, Katherine, Gillian, Devon and Nils, and six great grandchildren: Caleb, Cameron, Trasen, Lilia, Ethan and Nolan. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Rev. Garland (Betty) Baer and Rev. Paul Baer, her sister, LaVerne (Karl) Bottke and her granddaughter Kelsey Scharringhausen. Mary Ann was born and raised in Haysville, Indiana, the youngest of five children. She was the Valedictorian of Dubois High School, graduating class of 1955. Mary Ann then graduated from Carthage with a degree in teaching in 1959, the same year she married Richard, who she met while working together in Chicago, Illinois. She and Richard raised five daughters in Northbrook, Illinois area before moving to Marshalltown, Iowa in 1980. In addition to being a wife and homemaker, Mary Ann had a heart for hospitality. She and Richard opened their home to foster children and traveling ministers. In the church, she volunteered in many capacities such as greeter, bible study leader, librarian and choir member. She was also a member of the La Leche League and Women’s Aglow which was the foundation of many of her lifelong friendships. In her later years, she was the Co-Director of the Caring Center for 30 years (charitable organization) along with being a political and social activist for conservative Christian causes. 
Submitted: October 27, 2017

Arthur Winking
Arthur Winking

Arthur William Winking — Springfield, IL ,  died at 8:40 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. Bill was born February 16, 1933 in Quincy, the son of Arthur Frank and Florence Damhorst Winking. Bill was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Quincy Notre Dame High School for football, baseball, and basketball and graduated in 1951. He attended George Washington University on an athletic scholarship and went on to earn his B.S. in Business Administration from Carthage College. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was employed by Illinois Bell until his retirement after 35 years of service. Bill was a member of the Springfield Elks Lodge 158. An avid golfer, he played in the local Grasshacker and Elks golf leagues. He was a member of the Church of the Little Flower. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his significant other, Jean Dowell of Springfield; children, Todd Winking of Springfield, Tracey Beagle of Portland, OR, and Teri (husband, Paul) Flynn of New Canaan, CT; six grandchildren, Sarah, Joshua (wife, Megan), and Lydia Beagle, and Chase, Hayden, and Preston Winking; sister, Kay Adair of Belleville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial contributions may be made to: Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, 57 Country Place, Springfield, IL 62703 or Church of the Little Flower, 800 Stevenson Dr., Springfield, IL 62703. 
Submitted: January 17, 2017

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John Artman — Carthage, IL,  passed away Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage. The teacher has left the classroom. John was born in Paducah, Ky., June 1, 1931, but spent his Tom Sawyer-ish childhood across the Ohio River in Metropolis, Ill., a name that produced more than one superman. After graduating high school, he served honorably in the Korean Conflict. Upon discharge, he journeyed to Carthage where he attended Carthage College and met the woman of his dreams. It can be said that John, with his incredible mind, was born to teach. He began his career in Dallas City, Ill., then went to Keokuk Senior High for the remainder of his professional life. John taught German, English, Journalism, Humanities and Images of Man. He led a team of teachers to Nepal as part of an exchange program. John was a teacher for the ages and revered by his students. It is no exaggeration that he inspired thousands of his charges to challenge and better themselves, putting the lessons across with his dedication, imagination and humor. He was so memorable as a teacher that his former students created a Facebook page, Fans of John Artman, in tribute. In addition, he was an accomplished novelist and writer of education books. John also loved his family life with his wife and two sons. He is survived by those sons, David and John; his daughter-in-law Krista; grandchildren Adam, Connor, Kailee, Karli and Kennedy; his great-granddaughter Charlotte ("Charlie"); his nephew John Hardy; and nieces Connie, Susie and Paula. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances and his grandson Evan. 
Submitted: February 19, 2021

James W. Barr — Ft. Madison, Iowa ,  passed away Thursday morning, April 30, 2015 surrounded by his family, at his home in Ft. Madison, Iowa. Jim was born the day after Christmas, 1936 to Jack Alvin and Lila Leola (Horan) Barr in Grand Island, Nebraska. After moving to Ft. Madison he met the love of his life, Charlotte Zuber, their senior year at Ft. Madison Senior High. They graduated in the spring of 1954, and were married on September 25, 1955. In 1955, they both attended Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois, and both graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in Chicago, Illinois in 1956. They served their internship from 1956-1958, at Wilton Mortuary, Peoria, Illinois. They returned to Ft. Madison and established their family funeral business, Barr Memorial Chapel. He operated it with his wife, Charlotte, his parents, Jack and Lila, brother, Walt, children, Tom and Margo. As a youth Jim loved racing his Soap Box Derby. He won the 1952 Soap Box Derby City Championship. He shared his interest of the soap box derby with his son, Tom. He enjoyed boxing and won the 1954 & 55 Quincy Regional Golden Glove Welterweight Championship. Jim, like his youngest brother, Mike, loved horses. He bred his Registered Quarter Horse mares to his stallion, Boston Mac; and to others like, Sonny Dee Bar, Poco Blue Rip, and Impressive. Jim and Charlotte traveled with their daughters: Carolyn, Kathy, and Margo, across the United States competing in American Quarter Horse and Junior Quarter Horse shows and ending their year at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Jim and his wife were licensed funeral directors for over 50 years in Iowa and Illinois. He was a licensed pilot and established an air/land ambulance service in southeast Iowa. He was a 50 year member of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association serving as officer/director 1985-1990, President 1989-1990 and was Recovery Coordinator for United Airlines flight 232 crash at Sioux City, Iowa. In 1991, he was selected for the DMORT Team to go to Desert Storm and embalm. Jim was also involved with the National Disaster Medical System - DMORT Team for Hardin, Missouri during the Mid-west Flood of 1993. He served on the Iowa Board of Mortuary Science 1992-2001, and as Board Chairman 1995-2001. He was President of the Fort Madison Jaycees; State Vice-President of Iowa Jaycees; National Director United States Jaycees; Chairman Fort Madison Chapter American Red Cross and Community Chest (United Way); member, treasurer and chairman of the administrative board of the First United Methodist Church; 1992 - 2002 member of the Rules Review Committee of Iowa Board of Mortuary Science. He was a charter board member of the North Lee County, Iowa Foster Care Review Board. He was a 50 year member of the Fort Madison Rotary Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Fort Madison Masonic Lodge #13, A.F. & A.M., and Kaaba Shrine of Davenport, Iowa, and also a member of the Chetek Masonic Lodge #0277, A.F. & A.M. Jim and Charlotte made their home at Fish Lake in Chetek, WI for the last 20 years. From 2007 - 2010 he was the Deputy Coroner for Rusk County, Wisconsin. In 2011, he was elected Town Clerk, of Rusk County, Wisconsin. He was appointed to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board in 2012 - retiring on April 25, 2015. He loved fishing and tinkering around with his friends Bob and Woodchuck. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family, trolling for Northern Pike, and bonfires with his grandchildren. Jim is survived by his wife Charlotte, of 59 years; son, Tom (Deanna) Barr; daughters: Carolyn Krone, Kathy (Andy) Meardon, Margo (Pete) Eicher; 13 grandchildren: Jason Van Houten, Cara (Leo) Gilliland, Jack (Heather) Van Houten, Cassie Holtkamp, Elyse Meardon, Andrea (Cory Findlay) Meardon, Daphne (Wes) Bowen, Levi Meardon, Amanda Eicher, Clayton Eicher, Nick Krone, Elizabeth Barr and Joshua Barr; 7 great-grandchildren, Jeret, Asher, Lydia, Judah, Lila Caroline, Elena, Ephraim; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lance Cpl. Michael McKee Barr and Walter Clements Barr; granddaughter, Emily Van Houten and son-in-law, Joseph Van Houten. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Carlene Fitz-Hugh — Mundelein, Illinois,  passed away May 8, 2016. She was 81. Carlene was born in Chicago on February 21, 1935. She grew up in Skokie, IL. She attended Carthage, University of Illinois, and College of Lake County. In 1956 she married Charles (Chuck) Fitz-Hugh. They raised three daughters, Kathe, Kim, and Keri. Carlene later received her B.A. and M.S. from National-Lewis University, Illinois. She practiced marriage and family counseling in her home office. Carlene also was an active volunteer in the Mundelein community. Carlene and Chuck were leaders in St. Andrew's " youth high league" where she also served on the Social Ministry Committee. She was a troop leader with the Girl Scouts of America. Other volunteer activities included: PADS, Connection Telephone Crisis Hotline, Mundelein Little League, Loch Lomond Women's Club, and PTA. Carlene enjoyed cooking (she and Chuck were members of their neighborhood "Gourmet Club" for 25 yrs.), gardening, interior design, crafting, playing cards, attending plays and musicals, traveling, bowling, playing golf and spending winters at “the condo” in Scottsdale Arizona. Her favorite most recent activities included: babysitting one of her great-grandchildren, "Maddie", welcoming her two newest great-grandchildren into the brood, enjoying time with friends, and spending quality time together at family reunions. She is survived by her husband of sixty years, Charles (Chuck) Fitz-Hugh Jr., her sister-in-law, Jean Fitz-Hugh, her three daughters, Kathe Swanson, Kim McManus, Keri Fitzhugh-Jobe, her son-in-laws, Donald Swanson, Jeff McManus, Charles Jobe, her grandchildren, Jeremi McManus (Kathleen) Naomi Dycus (Jonathan), Megan Maloney (Danny), Josiah McManus, Hannah Amburgy (Scott), Laurel Jobe, Heather Jobe (deceased), Matthew Jobe, great-grandchildren, Emilyn Dycus, Noah Dycus, Melody Dycus, Malaya Amburgy, Avery Amburgy, Madelyn Maloney, Everley Amburgy, and Grace Maloney. She was preceeded in death by parents Wayne and Yvonne Sistrom and infant brother. 
Submitted: May 10, 2016

Ellsworth E. Freyer — Cedarburg, Wisconsin,  left this earth to join his Heavenly Father on May 25, 2016, at age 81. He leaves his faithful and devoted wife, Kay; loving children Kimberlyn Hahn, Joellyn Hammond (Tom), Kristin Mages (Dave), Jay Freyer, and Lt. Col. Jonathan Freyer (Jacqueline); proud grandchildren Meghan Doty (Ryan), Kaelyn Forston (Chris), Kristan Schmidt (Dan), Jeffrey, Douglas and Jacob Hammond, Joshua and Amanda Mages, Robert, Kennedy and Tillman Freyer; great grandchild Jack Forston. Dear brother of Charlotte Maile, Bernice King, Virginia Borck and Darlene Kleinow. Ellsworth was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Olga (Splett) and sister Alvera Box. Also survived by many other relatives and numerous friends. Pastor Freyer was born on March 25, 1935 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He graduated from Carthage in Carthage, IL, and from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, MN. Ellsworth was very proud to have received an honorary Doctorate degree from Carthage College. He was the Pastor of Christ Church in Mequon, WI for 30 years, retiring in 1997. He was also proud to have volunteered over a 30-year span as a team motivator for football teams at Carthage in Kenosha, Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, and Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin. 
Submitted: May 31, 2016

Donald F. Gibson — Palatine, Illinois,  passed away on March 5, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Gibson.  
Submitted: April 13, 2016

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Carol J. (Schuster) Gronau — St. Louis, MO,  passed away June 2, 2021. Carol Jean Schuster Gronau was born August 26, 1936, in Golden, Illinois, to parents John and Jennie Herren Schuster. She was a member of St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clayton, MO. Carol enjoyed volunteering for the St. Louis Zoo, SSM, and Washington University, and was president of Readings is Fundamental. After she retired, she enjoyed traveling, having been to all seven continents and too many countries to count. Survivors include her step-children, Jane and Gary, and many loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Axel Gronau, MD, and her sister Inez Schuster Koch. 
Submitted: June 30, 2021

The Rev. Daniel L. Hamlin
The Rev. Daniel L. Hamlin

Daniel L. Hamlin — Fort Wayne, IN,  passed away on March 9, 2019 at the age of 83. Born Jan. 18, 1936 in St. Paul, Minn., he was the sixth son of the late Francis and Violet Hamlin. A graduate of Concordia College and Carthage, he received his Master of Divinity Degree at Northwestern Theological Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1962. He served as a parish pastor in the Indiana/Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 50-plus years, including St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Frankfort, Ind. and Zion Lutheran Church, North Manchester, Ind. In 1976, Pastor Hamlin joined the staff of Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, where he remained until his retirement in 2003. During his years at Trinity English Lutheran Church he served as Pastor of Outreach which included teaching the Bethel Bible Series, moderating the Enneagram Personality Theory workshops, and facilitating the Stephen's Ministry program, plus other ministerial responsibilities. Upon his retirement from Trinity English Lutheran Church, the honorary title Pastor Emeritus was bestowed. In the following years he remained a faithful and active parishioner in the parish and also served as supply pastor to parishes in the area. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Nancy; son, Eric (Truly) Hamlin of Fort Wayne; daughter, Krista Hamlin of Fort Wayne; and grandson, Carter Hamlin of Fort Wayne; brothers, Rev. Dick (Jayne) Hamlin of Phoenix, Ariz., DeWayne (Betty Enright) Hamlin of North St. Paul, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Irene Hamlin of Roberts, Wis. and Betty Hamlin of North Manchester, Ind.; and cherished nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Douglas, Donald and Dale. 
Submitted: March 28, 2019

Troy Hedrick — Rockford, IL,  passed away September 28, 2019, in his home. Born Dec. 6, 1936, in Springfield, the son of Troy C. and Helen E. (Riddell) Hedrick. Troy married Janis Stevens on August 18, 1962. He received his Bachelors of Arts from Carthage and his Masters of Divinity from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He served several congregations throughout Illinois, ending his service as a corporate Vice President of Trinity Health Care System in the quad-cities, retiring in 1999. Survived by his wife, Janis; children, Stacy (John) Mose and Dylan Hedrick; three grandsons; Andrew, Walter, Steven; and sister, Thelma “Rickie” McClure. 
Submitted: October 4, 2019

Joanne G. (McHugh) Hildebrandt — Beloit, WI,  passed away on March 26, 2019 at the age of 82. She was born July 4, 1936 in Berwyn, the daughter of Leonard and Edith (Gray) McHugh. Joanne was a 1958 graduate of Carthage. She married Harold Hildebrandt on Feb. 3, 1962 in Carthage. He predeceased her on September 10, 2007. Joanne was employed as a teacher for the Beloit Public School Systems. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Carthage and the Beloit Marine Corp League Auxiliary and the Beloit Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include her three children, John (Bonnie), Dennis (Mary Geng), and Ann (Randy) Gauvin, six grandchildren, Kelsey, Daniel, Micole, Megan, Scott and Kris; four great-grandchildren, Aryn, Amber, Breckyn and Colton. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Robert. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

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Thomas James — Noblesville, Indiana,  passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020 at his home. He was born on October 1, 1935 to William and Astrid (Stohl) James in Cadillac, Michigan. Thomas graduated from Evanston High School of Evanston, Illinois where he played football. He continued playing football at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He briefly worked for GD Searle, and for 34 years as a manager for GTE Corp. After retirement, Tom loved his job as a school bus driver for 20 years for Carmel Clay Schools. He was a member of Cornerstone Lutheran Church where he sang in the church choir. Tom was a member of SVEA Swedish Club, the Stone Harbor Board, and served as a Scottish Rite Mason. He was an active volunteer at Riverview Hospital for 10 years where he was a dispatcher, a spiritual caregiver, and was a Stephen Minister. Tom enjoyed boating on Lake Michigan, golf, travel, and building WWII airplanes. He was a life-long loyal fan of the Michigan Wolverines. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Suzanne; children, Cindy (Jeff) Larson, Linda (John) Gagyi, and Tom (Marsha) James Jr.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a niece & nephew; and his cousins, John James and Dr. Charles James. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy & Stephen. 
Submitted: July 27, 2021

Tatsuo Kobayashi — Lihue, Hawaii,  passed away at home on September 25, 2015 at the age of 78. Born on December 19, 1936, in Koloa, he was a meteorologist technician with NOAA. He was survived by his wife, Julia Kobayashi; sons Duke Kobayashi of Lihue and Lance (Lisa) Kobayashi of Honolulu; daughters, Darlene (Christopher) of Maryland and Tammy Kobayashi of Lihue; three grandchildren; four brothers, Toshio (Setsuko) Kobayashi of Koloa; Shizuo Kobayashi of Kaneohe, James (Lillian) Kobayashi of Wailua, and Stanley (Bette) Kobayashi of Koloa; sister Kikuyo Inouye of Honolulu; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Tatsuo is preceded in death by his parents, Ryuichi and Okiyo Kobayashi. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

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Peter Kolettis — West Bend, WI,  passed away October 15, 2021. He was born in Chicago, IL, son of William and Artemis Kolettis. Peter served in the 101st Airborne Division from 1953-1954. He was united in marriage to Marge Pascolini on August 17, 1957. While attending Carthage College he was a member of Circle K Kiwanis, co-director of the annual variety show, participated in musical stage shows, sang in the choir, served on the student government, wrote for the yearbook, and worked in the public relations office. After graduation he held positions in advertising and public relations. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir, served on the church council, and was a scripture reader. He sang in a barbershop quartet and chorus, and enjoyed woodworking, wine making, and was a member of the Wisconsin Woodworkers Guild. He taught the technique of marquetry and specialized in turning bowls featuring his marquetry skills. He also constructed furniture and worship pieces for his church. Peter is survived by his daughter Linda (Philip) Berger, two grandsons Adam (Hope) Graff, and Tyler (Lauren) Graff, and three great-granddaughters. He will be dearly missed by his many friends and neighbors. In addition to his wife and son, he was preceded in death by his parents and brother George (Sophia). 
Submitted: November 2, 2021

Mary R. (Park) Krull — Lac du Flambeau, WI,  passed away June 14, 2021. She was born on July 24, 1936 in Peoria, the daughter of John and Marie (nee Rosenbohm) Park. Mary was a teacher for 35 years for the Peoria Public School district. She volunteered for 17 years at the Lac du Flambeau grade school and assisted with the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) at Howard Young. She was also an active member at Ascension Lutheran Church in Minocqua. Mary married Larry H. Krull and together they shared 63 years of marriage. She is survived by her loving husband, Larry; two sons, Fred (Joan) Krull and Matt (Karen) Krull; grandchildren, Brendan (fiancé Madey Anderson), Kathleen and Elizabeth Krull and Karl, Nikolaus, Katarina and Christian Krull and sister, Lois (Gene) Wensel. Mary is further survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. 
Submitted: June 30, 2021

Frederick "Fred" Lesher
Frederick "Fred" Lesher

Frederick Lesher — LaCrosse, WI,  passed away on November 13th, 2019. He was 83 years old. He was the husband of Jolene F. Lesher. They shared sixty years of marriage. Fred was the son of Maurice Edwin and Iva Maude Lesher. He graduated from Clinton High School, Clinton Iowa in 1954 and went on to attend Carthage in Carthage, Illinois where he obtained Bachelor's degrees in English and Biology and met Jolene. They married in June of 1959. Fred continued his education at the University of Iowa where he earned a Masters of Liberal Arts in 1962. He taught at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and later at Augsb