We fondly remember the classmates, teachers and staff, and Academy friends, who have passed from our presence on earth. Family members may contact Director of Donor Relations Kelly Neuert H`17 to advise us of the passing of a loved one that we might include them in our remembrances.
*** Listed below are the most recently deceased members of our community, submitted by family and friends of our alumni.
December 18, 1921 - April 30, 2021
Olympia, Washington - Virginia Beatrice Drake Raddatz (Ginni) was born in Beaver Dam, WI on Dec 18, 1921, the youngest of 3 children. Ginni graduated from Ottawa University in 1941, with a BA in Music. She met Eugene Raddatz one day, and although at first meeting she told her mother he was "just a kid," she married that kid on April 28, 1950 – turned out that kid was the love of her life. They had five children and moved to Lacey in 1966.
Ginni loved music and had a beautiful soprano voice. She sang professionally in English, German, and Italian, appearing in concert and on the radio. She could be quiet and reserved; however, she had a wonderful sense of humor and a youthful attitude.
Ginni is survived by 3 children (Julie, Anita, Paula), 2 grandchildren (Taryn, Jessica), and 2 great grandchildren (Cora, Gwyneth). Her husband of 60 years, 2 children (Robin, David), and a grandchild (Shane) predeceased her, as did her 2 older brothers. Ginni lived a long life and we all love and miss her very much.
- Robert A. Gollwitzer `42– January 29, 2021
- Betty Hackbarth `48 – December 27, 2020
- Margaret “Hootie” Huth Hegerich `44 – February 5, 2021
- F. Addison Jones `46 – June 18, 2021
- Audrey Kachelski `43 – August 13, 2021
- Lavonne Weber Moblo `49 – April 22, 2021
- Judith Johnson Wymer `47 – January 30, 2022
GOLLWITZER, Robert A., 96, died January 29, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Betty Y.; daughter, Lynn G. (Greg) Steele; one niece, one nephew, one great-nephew, one great-niece and many cousins. He received his B.S. in Business from U of R and his Juris Doctorate from U of R School of Law. He was employed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a tax attorney until he retired.
April 3, 1929 - December 27, 2020
Hustisford, WI - Betty Ann Hackbarth went home with her Heavenly Savior at the age of 91 years on December 27, 2020. She was the daughter of Ernst H. and Cora M. (nee Seifert) Zilisch, born on April 3, 1929, in Hustisford. After attending high school, she went to Wayland Academy. On October 7, 1950, she married the love of her life, Everett R. Hackbarth. They raised 2 children, Susan and Mitchell. Betty Ann was a wife and mother first, but also worked part-time for over 30 years for the US Postal Service in Hustisford, WI.
Betty Ann enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards and socializing. She was very opinionated, feisty and most importantly she loved Jesus andattended church regularly. She especially loved her grandchildren and her great-granddaughter!! Betty Ann is survived by her daughter, Susan (George) Spang, her daughter-in-law, Pat Hackbarth, her granddaughter, Jennifer (Mitch) Torres, her grandson, Nick (Melissa) Hackbarth, and great-granddaughter, Isabella Grace Torres. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Betty Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Everett, in 1998, and her son, Mitchell, in 2013, her sister, Carla Minning, brother, Ernst F. Zilisch, and brother-in-law, Robert Minning.
The family wants to acknowledge the loving care and friendship that Jolene Schulz gave her the past several years. Betty Ann looked forward to seeing her every morning!!
Margaret went home to be with the Lord on February 5, 2021. She was born on June 9, 1927, in Beaver Dam, WI, and has lived in Tampa since 1965. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Kathryn Huth Newton `43; husband, Joseph F. Hegerich and granddaughter Kristina Pidala. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara H. Pidala and Genna Hegerich, both of Tampa; sons, Joseph D. Hegerich of Lilburn, GA, and Dr. David J. Hegerich (Elizabeth) of Waynesville, NC. Also survived by grandson, Anthony I. Pidala, III; great-grandson Dylan Pidala, of Wesley Chapel, FL; and several nieces and nephews.
Margaret was a very active long-time member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, having sung in the choir, served on altar guild, Martha circle, and was a Stephen Minister. She lived her life devoted to Christ and enjoying her family and friends. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers from Bayada Home Health Care and Seasons Hospice.
In addition to her sister Kathryn, several of Margaret’s extended family members attended Wayland including her nephew, George Newton `72; brother-in-law, George Newton, Jr. `44; and cousins, Caroline Beatty `29, Peter Brutis `33, and Gretchen Chapman `31.
On Thursday, June 18, 2021, F. Addison Jones, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of 92 at the Mayflower Community Health Care Center in Grinnell.
Addison was born on December 17, 1928, in Tama, IA to Fred A. (F. A.) and Alice Josephine Jones. He moved to Grinnell with his parents in the summer of 1940 which would become his lifelong home. Addison attended school in Grinnell from seventh grade through his sophomore year in high school before he attended Wayland Academy in Beaverdam, WI. As he recalled throughout his life “My folks had decided I’d go to Grinnell College and thought it would be a good experience if I had some time away at school.”
Addison graduated from Wayland Academy in 1946. As a proud Grinnellian, his Grinnell High School graduating class of ’46 always welcomed him to class reunions over the years even though his junior and senior years were spent at Wayland Academy. “Going to Wayland turned out to be very important in my life. I met my wife, friend, love…my everything to me.”
Following high school, Addison returned to Grinnell to play football at Grinnell College and was awarded as an All-Conference Center in ’48-’49. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College in 1950.
On August 12, 1950, Addison married the love of his life, Marion Austin Jones. They raised three sons, Stephen Jones (’53), David Jones (’56), and F. Austin Jones (’64). Together they raised the boys in the house Addison built for them in 1960.
His professional career began at Ottumwa High School from ’50-’51 where Addison taught math. He then worked at a bank in Chicago from ’51-’52 before becoming a Lieutenant in the Coast Guard. During his two years in the Coast Guard, he served out of Cleveland, OH, and Grand Haven, MI.
He returned to Grinnell in 1954 to begin his nearly lifelong career at Grinnell State Bank. During his 67 years, he attended the Graduate School of Banking Madison, WI from ’55-’58, was named the Bank President in ’72, and named the CEO and Chairman of the Board in ’76. He was proud to work alongside his father, sons, and grandchildren. Addison continued to work at the bank through January 2021.
Addison had many passions including boating on the Mississippi River, fishing, and woodworking. Not only did Addison build his home but he also built two boats, Ad’s Venture and Ad’s Venture II. He enjoyed “snowbirding” to Northern Mississippi in Guttenburg, IA as well as exploring the world with Marion and friends. He enjoyed meals spent with his family, dancing with Marion, playing bridge and hearts with friends, and, of course, indulging in the occasional Manhattan.
Throughout his life, Addison was involved in Greater Grinnell Development, Kiwanis, Free Masons, Iowa Bankers Association, and the American Institute of Banking (AIB).
Addison was preceded in death by his wife (Marion), oldest son (Steve), father (Fred), mother (Josephine), and sister (Florence). He is survived by his two younger sons, Dave (Lori) and Austin (Kim), seven grandchildren, Tony, Rusty, David Aric, Hillary, Alyson, Kelsey, and Miranda as well as ten great-grandchildren, Brent, Cole, Carson, Bella, Peyton, Finn, Laney, Tessa, Jaxon, and Emilia, one great-great-grandchild, Peyton, and his sister, Esther (Jones) Bethel.
Audrey Kachelski , 95, of Beaver Dam passed away peacefully on Friday, August 13, 2021 at the Beaver Dam Memory Care. Audrey was born on October 4, 1925 the daughter of Frank and Martha (Rataczak) Kachelski in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. She was a graduate of Beaver Dam High School, Wayland Junior College, UW-Madison, Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and Case Western Reserve University. She had enjoyed her career as a nursing professor at UW of Oshkosh. She was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Beaver Dam.
Lakeview-Lavonne Shirley Moblo passed peacefully away on her 90th birthday, April 22, 2021. She was born in Beaver Dam, WI where she attended Wayland Academy. While Attending Western Michigan University she met Richard, the love of her life. Together they had ten children who they loved dearly, Lisa (Michael) Johnson, Diana (Gary Sr.) Jensen, Mary Sue (John) Blumberg `73, Richard (Catherine) Moblo, Christopher Moblo, Matt Moblo, Steven (Charis) Moblo, Andy Moblo and Molly (Ed) Perusse; and over 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren who survive her.
She was preceded in death by her adored husband; son, Tony; grandson, John Blumberg Jr., her parents Earl and Elda Weber; and 2 brothers, Robert and Warren.
On January 30, 2022, Judith Wymer, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully in Gainesville, Florida surrounded by her loving children at the age of 92. "Judy" was born on March 20, 1929 in Rio, Wisconsin, the youngest of 4 daughters to Otto and Ruth Johnson. In 1947, she graduated high school from Wayland Academy. A strong advocate for education, she earned a BA in Education from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) in Glendale, Pennsylvania in 1951, and a MS in Education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1955.
Judy was a dedicated educator, beginning in Long Beach, California and moving on to Panama City, Panama where she met her husband William (Bill). Together they raised five children and eventually settled in Potomac, Maryland where they lived for 50 years.
Judy taught in the Montgomery County Public School system as a reading specialist and elementary school teacher. She was an active member of the American Association of University Women, Emmanuel Lutheran Church and held multiple positions with the Rural Women's Republican Club. She and Bill traveled the world extensively covering seven continents. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her sisters, Rhoda Lorton, Frenda Gilbert and Ruth Louise Johnson.
She is survived by her children Dr. William E. Wymer (Amy), Frenda A. Levin, Dr. James P. Wymer (Susan), Frederick J. Wymer (Nancy) and Sarah L. Havenstein (Preston), 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She will be remembered fondly for her dedication and devotion to family, faith and education.
- Donald F. Bunge `50 – June 4, 2021
- Aron R. Klink `50 – July 16, 2021
- Kristin Kelly Laas `50 – June 10, 2017
- Mayna Avent Nance `50 – May 13, 2020
- Louise Thorne Matson `51 – June 20, 2020
- Donald Yahn `51 – October 2020
- James D. McDaniel `52 – December 16, 2021
- Truman L. Sturdevant `53 – March 9, 2021
- James Burgess `54 – December 20, 2021
- Elizabeth “Betsy” Beglinger Olson `54 – November 22, 2020
- William M. Hoag, Jr. `55 – November 7, 2021
- Frederick Kapelle `55 – March 26, 2020
- Patricia Barkhuff H`56 – September 7, 2021
- Lewis R. Elin `56 – September 30, 2021
- Patsy “Patty” Vaughn Gartley `56 – January 4, 2021
- Jean Elser Leritz `56 – May 3, 2021
- Susan Engle Sydnor `56 – June 15, 2021
- Ann Hoyer Fisher `57 – January 20, 2021
- Jay E. Brown `58 – May 13, 2020
- David William "Dave" Geffert `58 – November 11, 2021
- Laura Fairbank Sudler `58 – August 18, 2021
- Fred R. Flom `59 – June 23, 2021
- MaryAnn Miller `59 – January, 2021
June 18, 1930 - July 16, 2021
Clyman, WI - Aaron R. Klink, Sr., 91, of Clyman, died on Friday, July 16, 2021, with family and loved ones always with him during his final days.
Aaron was born to Vincent Paul and Isabel Katherine (Schultz) Klink on June 18, 1930, in Juneau. He grew up in the Juneau area, as his parents managed the Dodge County Hospital from 1938-66.
He graduated from Juneau High School with the Class of 1948. He also attended Wayland Academy college preparatory school in Beaver Dam.
He proudly served in the U.S. Marines from 1950-55, aboard the USS Princeton aircraft carrier (CVA-37) during the Korean War.
Aaron and Shirley Mae (Torke) Klink married at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clyman on June 19, 1965, after they first met at "The Blew Inn." It was rumored he went there to see the beautiful new waitress, and they remained together until his death.
He graduated with a teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His first teaching position was with the Tripoli School District in Lincoln and Oneida counties. He moved back south during the 1960s, teaching high school biology at Oak Creek High School in Milwaukee County for almost 30 years before retiring in the early 1990s.
Many of his summers were spent Up North in Sawyer County, at the cabin on Blueberry Lake. It was there he relaxed, fished, swam, drank beer and participated in countless unforgettable moments with his family.
In fall, he was often found in front of the television when the Green Bay Packers were playing. His shouts of "Go! Go! Go!" could be heard through the house whenever the Packers were headed for the end zone.
Later in autumn, his attention always turned to deer hunting. He would leave in November for "the deer hunting shack" near Pittsville and stayed in the blind from sunup to sundown to get his buck.
When school let out for the summer each year, the trailer was packed, covered with a tarp and tied down for the 365 mile journey north. The family again was headed for another unforgettable summer at Blueberry Lake.
Aaron did whatever was necessary to keep the family together, from getting part-time jobs when times were tough to buying all the best toys he could afford for birthdays and Christmas. His family always came first, and that will always be remembered about him.
After retiring from teaching and having had his fill of life around the big cities of southern Wisconsin, he returned to his Dodge County roots. Aaron and Shirley settled back in Clyman, eventually buying a home in the small, rural village where they were married.
Aaron is survived by his wife, Shirley of Clyman and his children, Curt (Holly) of Cheyenne, Wyo., Luke of Ladysmith, Vin (Veronica) of Upper Marlboro, Md., Theresa of East Troy, Aaron Jr. of Watertown and Nick of Clyman. He is also survived by his sister, Carol (William "Bud"-deceased) Gahlman and Ken Klink, both of Juneau. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Matthew, Brandon and Joey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Florian "Jack" and his sister, Karen (Quinn-deceased) Zingsheim. The family thanks nurses and staff who cared tremendously for Aaron at Watertown Regional Medical Center, Highland House Assisted Living in Watertown and Rainbow Hospice Care in Watertown.
Mayna Avent Nance, of Sewanee, Tennessee, passed away May 13, 2020 in Signal Mountain, Tennessee at the age of 87 from complications after a fall late last year. She led a full and eventful life and, until late last year, was living independently with her husband Walter Nance.
Her story is one that is intertwined between Tennessee and China with paths via New York and Virginia.
Mayna Rose Avent was born on June 17, 1932 in Tientsin (Tianjin) China, the daughter of Standard Vacuum Oil of China (later Mobil Oil) manager James Avent, Sr., of Nashville, Tennessee and Jeanette nee’ Nelson of Dekalb, Illinois. Apart from the interregnum of the Second World War, the Avents lived in several cities in China until 1949, including Tientsin, Tsingtao, and Shanghai. During the Second World War, Mayna lived with her family in New York and returned to Shanghai after the war, living there until 1948. In 1949 her parents returned to the town of her father’s alma mater, the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. There they purchased a grand house overlooking Lost Cove, establishing a long-term family base from that time until 2020.
It was during the China years that Mayna’s Auntie Harriet met and married a young Annapolis graduate named Dudley “Mush” Morton. Morton went on to command the famed WWII US submarine Wahoo. While the Avents were living in Tsingtao, China, in a house on the coast of the Yellow Sea, Jim Avent flew an American flag on a flagpole overlooking the ocean. In 1943, during the height of war between Japan and the US, Morton was able to clandestinely reveal Wahoo’s patrol area, which are normally secret, when he wrote in a letter home to Mayna and the Avents “I saw your flagpole today.”
Mayna’s children grew up hearing stories of China from this time ranging from military battles and epidemics to Mayna’s father meeting local leaders and facing mortal danger. Many other stories were more lighthearted. Such as how her father ended up in China in the first place in 1919, after going to the wrong personnel department at Standard Oil in New York. Or when, after the War, Mayna, her mother, sister and brother arrived back in Shanghai via ship from New York to rejoin her father, bringing a frozen turkey and an air conditioner - the latter they believed was one of the first in Shanghai. The summer heat and humidity in the city were so unbearable that Mayna, her sister, and brother would quietly sneak into the master bedroom at night where the air conditioner was located. She would brag that she paid 200,000 dollars for a hotdog in Shanghai in 1948 (hyperinflated Chinese dollars that is).
Mayna was an active artist throughout her life. Drawing inspiration from her father’s mother, noted artist Mayna Treanor Avent, Mayna Nance expressed herself in a variety of media including oil painting, drawings, pastels, ink etching, watercolors, photography, and printing of various types using wood block, linoleum, and metal etching. She attended the Parson’s School of Design in New York.
Mayna met her first husband, Daniel MacKinnon of Oshkosh, Wisconsin while attending Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. With Dan, she had three children, Michael, Andrew, and Bryan, all born in Los Angeles. They later settled in Sewanee and then in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Mayna’s second husband is Dr. Walter E. Nance. The Nance and Avent families have been friends for many years, starting from the days in China before the War. Walter was Professor and Chair (emeritus) of the Department of Human Genetics of the Virginia Commonwealth University. Walter and Mayna lived in Richmond, Virginia and finally Sewanee, and traveled the world while Walter would lecture, conduct research, and photograph anything and everything and Mayna would pursue her artistic projects. They both shared a great love of cooking and entertaining friends and family.
One of Mayna Nance’s lasting contributions was the establishment of her grandmother’s cabin-studio on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 as the Mayna Treanor Avent Studio, also known as the Avent-Ownby Cabin. The Avent family have been visitors and explorers in the Great Smoky Mountains since the early 20th century. In 1918, her grandparents purchased an authentic pioneer mountain cabin built around 1850 that Mayna Nance’s father James converted to a summer studio for his mother Mayna Treanor Avent before the establishment of the Smoky Mountains National Park. After the Cabin was returned to the National Park in 1992, Mayna Nance led a successful drive to have the structure listed on the National Register. You are welcome to go visit, provided you can find it after a slightly strenuous hike up the side of a mountain and across a creek deep into the woods. Just remember to sweep the floor and close the doors before you leave!
As China began opening up in the 1980s, Mayna was one of the early Western travelers back to China, first as part of semi-official delegations and later jointly with her husband Walter. Both were contributors to their Alma Mater, The Shanghai American School, and were invited lecturers there.
Though Mayna’s passing was not due to COVID-19, the current global situation restricted who could be at her bedside. Nonetheless, technology greatly assisted as Mayna’s overseas and Tennessee families were able to be with her in her final hours. She was shown her artwork and photos of her family and was able to listen to a recording of her father and mother recounting life in China.
Mayna is survived by her husband Walter, her sons Michael (Carol) MacKinnon and Bryan (Chikako) MacKinnon, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents James and Jeanette Avent, her sister and brother Jacqueline and James Avent (Jr), her first husband Daniel MacKinnon, her son Andrew MacKinnon, and her granddaughter Tiffany MacKinnon Allen.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Mayna’s memory to either of
• The Jacqueline Avent Sewanee Summer Music Festival Scholarship Prize at the University of the South. Contributions can be sent c/o the Office of Advancement, 735 University Ave. Sewanee TN 37383 (http://ssmf.sewanee.edu/about-us/support-the-festival/)
• Hearth Hospice, 513 Georgia Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403 (www.hearthhospice.com).
Matson, Louise T. Age 87 of Mpls. Died June 20, 2020.
Preceded in death by parents, Rev. Charles and Helen (Rutledge) Thorne; husband Robert McAnulty; and brother Charles Thorne, Jr. Survived by husband, William; children Helen (Steven) Emslander & Carlton (Anita) Matson; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Louise was born Sunday, May 7, 1933, in time to be announced by her father at the Presbyterian Church of Albion, IL.
She grew up where her father served as pastor: Elmwood, IL, St. Louis, MO, Beaver Dam, WI, and graduated high school in South St. Paul.
Louise attended Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, WI, Macalaster College and William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.
In 1954 she went to Turkey with SPAN, the Student Project for Amity among Nations. In her younger days Louise was an avid knitter.
Don passed away on Oct. 12, 2020. After graduation, Don attended the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked for 46 years as an electrical engineer, working in various data processing fields (aerospace, printer union admin. support, bookstore retail sales & inventory process). During his time in the aerospace field, Don worked at NASA and was involved in all of the Apollo fights. He is survived by his wife, Faye, four children, and 6 grandchildren.
September 20, 1934 ˜ March 9, 2021
Truman L. Sturdevant, beloved son, husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at the age of 86. Truman was a loving, supportive, and caring man with an incredible work ethic, always the provider. He loved being with his family, had passion for the outdoors, bird hunting with his German Shorthaired Pointers, working in his yard, sports and traveling. Truman was born in Presho, SD, on Sept. 20, 1934, to Dorothy and Marion Sturdevant.
At the age of eight they moved to Libertyville, IL, where he often helped in his parents’ dry cleaning business. Truman also joined the Boys’ Boxing Club and spent summers on his grandparents’ farm in Draper, SD, often sharing memories of his horse and the round barn his grandfather built. Truman obtained his high school diploma from Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, WI, in 1952. Over the years, he shared what a wonderful opportunity it was and how grateful he felt for the experience. Truman also played football at Wayland Academy, a sport he loved for many years. In 1956, Truman graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, where he won the 1956 NCAA Collegiate Heavyweight Boxing Championship.
Truman served in the US Army Transportation Corps, as a Second Lieutenant, before spending most of his career in the paper manufacturing industry, retiring as President of Smurfit Newsprint Corporation in 1998. Truman was happily married to Marilynn (Koch) Sturdevant for 56 years until her passing in September, 2012. Together they had three children, Cindy Turry (Tom), Laurie Schiele, and Tom Sturdevant (Candace). He also leaves behind six beautiful grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Angela Garcia (Chris), Rachel Stenach (Mike), Ryan Turry (Danielle), Nick Sturdevant, Kate Sturdevant, Travis Schiele, Zelda and Rita Turry, and Sloan Garcia.
MADISON - James Edward Burgess passed away on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at the UW Hospital in Madison. His death fell on the 63rd anniversary of his wedding to Catherine E. Burgess, who, together with his four children, was present to love and support him as he passed.
Jim was born in La Crosse, Wis., on April 5, 1936, to William T. and Margaret F. Burgess. He grew up in La Crosse, second of three Burgess boys. It was a youth marked by memories of lots of mischief with his lifelong friend, Dr. Jerome Gundersen. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and throughout his life was a significant financial supporter of the University and a regular attendee at Badgers football and basketball games.
Professionally, Jim was a consummate journalist... until the end. He was a paperboy as a kid, worked on the UW campus newspaper, The Daily Cardinal, as a student, eventually becoming its business manager. His journalism career was briefly interrupted by four years of service in the U.S. Air Force after graduation when, stationed in Germany, he served as an aircraft controller monitoring flights over eastern Europe in the early days of the Cold War.
Upon completion of his military service, he returned to journalism and began working for Lee Enterprises, as his father and grandfather had done before him. He held senior positions at the Quad City Times in Davenport, Iowa, at the Missoulian, in Missoula, Mont., at the Independent Record, in Helena, Mont., and at the La Crosse Tribune, where he was the third generation Burgess to hold the position of publisher.
Jim might have remained at the La Crosse Tribune, but he was called to higher service as Executive Vice President of Newspapers at Lee Enterprises, the parent company of both the La Crosse Tribune and the Wisconsin State Journal. As Vice President of Newspapers, he was responsible for 19 newspapers in the Midwest and Western U.S. during a period when the company became highly successful. Then, after 13 years at the executive level, Jim left the corporate office and returned to his first love, the daily running of a great newspaper in a dynamic town, becoming publisher of the Wisconsin State Journal where he remained for the next 10 years until his retirement. "Retirement" brought new interests and involvement in the Madison community. Jim was an active and engaged board member for Edgewood College, the UW Hospitals and Clinics, and the Madison Center for the Arts, as well as a key donor for the Overture Center.
A crowning achievement of Jim's career was his work with the UW School of Journalism and Mass Communication to create the James E. Burgess Chair of Journalism Ethics. The Chair was the cornerstone of what would become the Center for Journalism Ethics, now an internationally recognized hub for reflection, education and activism in the field. Under the leadership of its current director, Kathleen Bartzen Culver, the center has come alive with events and programs that question, challenge and advance the ethical well-being of journalism and journalists.
Since boyhood, Jim devoted his free time to the outdoors. He was a bird hunter, a fisherman, and a super-putzer, who always had a tree to cut up or something to "fix." Jim followed his father's lead by building a home on Lac Courte Oreilles Lake near Hayward in northern Wisconsin. He dragged his large-ish family to that beloved place at every possible occasion: for summers, long weekends and all holidays, the old station wagon pulling a trailer for the eight-hour drive from Davenport, Iowa, overflowing with a family of six and all its gear. He worked to establish a conservancy for the land around the lake and was active in COLA, the Courte Oreilles Lake Association. He sailed, pulled water skiers, toodled around on his pontoon boat, and never failed to assist other boaters in distress.
Jim also loved "the farm," a large property he bought near Portage, in an uncommonly rich part of Wisconsin, full of creeks, ponds, trails, and trees. In other words: a source of endless outdoor projects! He built a log cabin there, bought a few tractors, revitalized ponds, put up birdhouses and mowed, over and over. Jim was father to four adult children: Kary Deuel (Jim), Peter (Karen Hostens), Sydney (Al McMillian) and Curtis (Donna Peota). He was grandfather to 11: Benjamin and Elizabeth (Kary); Åsne, Tale and Jonas (Peter); Virginia, Cullen, Tait and Rebekah (Sydney); and Quinn and Aiden (Curtis). To them he was known as Gampie. He taught them naughty words, sneaked them treats, but most of all gave each of them unconditional acceptance and love, according to each one's particular needs and situation. He is also survived by two brothers, Steve (Joan) of Naples, Fla., and Tom of Hayward, Wis.
Jim loved a good wind, a sharp chainsaw, his family, Johnny Walker Red, Good & Plenty candies, bathing in the lake, his dogs, his toys, holding forth at the dinner table, Madison journalism, his lifelong friends, and, of course, his wife, Cathie, or "Catherine!" as he frequently called her.
For those wishing to make a memorial gift at this time, we ask that you consider Jim's cherished organizations: Courte Oreilles Lakes Association (COLA), P.O. Box 702, Hayward, WI 54843, or Center of Journalism Ethics, School of Journalism and Mass Media, 5115 Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706.
The family also wishes to acknowledge the extraordinary professionalism and care provided by the Madison Police Department, the Madison Emergency Medical Services, the Emergency Room staff of the UW Hospital, and especially the care team in the Trauma and Life Support Center (TLC) of the UW Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
Betsy attended Carroll College where she obtained her Associate's Degree in Journalism.
She is survived by her four children Erik (Kelly), Scott, Julie Schoenborn (Danny Bennett), Carrie Macy, her seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Betsy was preceded in death by her husband William Olson and her sister Gretchen Klotzbuecher.
William M. "Bill" Hoag, 85, of Beaver Dam passed away on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Marvin's Manor in Horicon.
William was born the son of William H. and Emerene (Miller) Hoag on October 10, 1936 in Green Bay. He was a graduate of Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam and also of UW-Madison. Bill was married to Jeaniene Berent on October 3, 1959 in Madison. Bill worked with his father in the family's car dealership in Beaver Dam and later worked in insurance locally.
Bill was a member of Trinity Church – United Methodist in Beaver Dam. He served as a Stephen Minister for over a decade. He was a member of DeMolay International and volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader. Bill loved cars and knew every make and model by sight. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and was active in their lives.
Bill is survived by his wife Jeaniene of Beaver Dam; his children: Brian (Jennifer) Hoag `78 of Fort Collins, CO, Jeana (Victor) Guardiola of Racine, and Brent Hoag of Port Washington; his sister Phyllis Knaup of Beaver Dam; seven grandchildren: William and Sean Hoag, Vincent Guardiola, Emma, Ethan, Carmen, and Wesley Hoag; two step grandchildren: Alyssa and Isaiah Ho; three great grandchildren: Atli, Ciaran, and Finnian Hoag; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Janice Jaffe.
Frederick Charles Kapelle, Age 82, passed away on March 26th, 2020 with his loving wife by his side. He was born on May 17, 1937 in Beaver Dam, WI, the cherished, only child of Merlin Charles and Alma Henrietta (Miller) Kapelle. He grew up in Wisconsin, attending school at The Wayland Academy where he excelled in academics as well as sports. He attended college at University of Wisconsin and proudly flew his Badger flag next to his Green Bay Packer flag at home. He received his Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver. It was there that he met the love of his life and wife of 59 years, Beverly Davis Kapelle. They married on April 21st, 1961, and their love story has been an inspiration to all that knew them.
Fred spent his life serving God and dedicated to making the world a better place. He began his career as a case worker supervisor in Fond du Lac, WI. In 1970, he moved his young family to Kalamazoo, MI to work as Director of Family and Children's Services. He established the first drug prevention program in Kalamazoo in the 1970's, where he implemented the first methadone program and the 24 hour HELP-line for suicide prevention and mental health support. In 1972, he began his work as Executive Director of Lakeside Children's Home, a 24 hour residential program for children, where he helped them and their families to live healthier lives. Fred and Bev were active members in the First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo for 25 years.
Bev and Fred retired to Kerrville, TX in 1994 and spent their next 25 years enjoying being closer to Bev's Texan family, golf, GB Packer football, some hunting (though mostly with a camera), and traveling. Fred was an accomplished potter and continued to enjoy his art and the strong friendships that came with his craft throughout his life.
Fred had two passions in life that he was dedicated to above all else; family and God. He was blessed with his wife, Beverly, and their three children who he is survived by; Leslie (Dean) Burns of Irons, MI; Amy (Dave) Spindler of Northville, MI; and David (Teresa) Kapelle of Lacey, WA; as well as his nine grandchildren; Anna, Stuart, and Samantha Burns; Haley, Reagan, and Tess Spindler; Chase Kapelle; and Crystal and Robert Becan. He was never happier than when his family was together and there was laughter in the room.
His strong faith in God helped guide his steps in spending his career helping others, and extended into his retirement where he helped to launch and lead the Stephen Ministry work at First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville, TX. He was able to use his skills and Christ-like compassion to help care receivers in need of support.
Fred lived an admirable life, where he was as cherished at its end as he was at the beginning.
August 31, 1929– September 7, 2021
Pat was born in Hanover, NH, and educated in New Hampshire, Ohio, Wisconsin and SUNY Albany – plus a summer fling in Oslo. How did she end up in Saugerties, NY? Pat’s answer, ‘I met Barky’.
Pat and Barky spent 31 years in the Saugerties school system. She taught high school English for all those years. Her absolute favorite of the literature she taught was Steven Vincent Benet’s poem, “John Brown’s Body.” Pat packed a lot within those years. She was the first woman to run for Town Council in 1968, before many women did that kind of thing. Their overarching commitment was to their churches, in Saugerties and Florida. For their 36 years in Sarasota, they have been hardworking members of the United Church of Christ, working as deacons, in the library, in the Women’s Fellowship and on various committees.
Pat and Barky loved their summers in their home in North Creek, NY and later at their condo in Rutland, Vermont.
It really has not been all work and no play: reading, of course, painting, cooking, concerts, plays and musicals, bridge, movies. Pat had a love of rabbits – real and stuffed – and, following an old English tradition, she said ‘Rabbit, Rabbit’ on the first day of each month – for ‘good luck’.
Pat was pre-deceased by her husband, H. Graham Barkhuff (Barky), their stepchildren Andy and Pammy. The doors in the Chapel at Plymouth Harbor were made by Barky in the woodshop and given in memory of Andy and Pammy. Within the stained-glass windows in the chapel doors are two rabbits.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Marcia Turner; nieces and nephews, Melinda Blodgett; Mac and Doug Smith; Gary, Peter, Sue, and Andy Cornell; and her cousin Virginia Stark. She was predeceased by her sisters Doris Smith and Janice Cornell; her brother, Courtney Cornell and her nephew, Tom Cornell.
Lewis Elin passed away September 30 at home at the age of 83. His wife, Martha, and children, Jessica, Jennifer, and Greg were with him. He's missed terribly by his five grandchildren, Eve, Ben, Mollie, Sophie, and Alan. Friends and extended family will miss his quick wit, personality, and genuine interest in their lives. He will be remembered for many things including his love of being in the woods especially in winter. Donations to Chicago Voyagers (chicagovoyagers.org 630-283-0146) or Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, WI (920-356-2120) are appreciated.
After graduating from Wayland, Patty continued her education at Indiana’s DePauw University, where she majored in French and Spanish, with a minor in Secretarial Science.
A born philanthropist, Patty's passion was contributing to non-profit day programs that supported adults with developmental disabilities. Near and dear to her heart was Hollis Adams, an organization serving central Indiana. In addition to her work at Hollis Adams, Patty also volunteered at Noble Services of Indiana, a school for children with special needs.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Emory and Virginia; daughter, Angie West; brother, Richard Vaughn; and step-grandson, Nate Sabel. She is survived by her daughter, Kerry Lynn West; son, Andrew "Andy" West; stepson, Mike Gartley; stepdaughter, Kristin Sabel; and many other extended family members and beloved friends.
Shortly after Patty's death, on January 5, 2021, her husband of 32 years, Richard Gartley, passed away.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Jean Elizabeth Leritz (nee Elser), 82, of Centennial, Colo., passed away May 3, 2021, after a bout with Parkinson's disease.
Jean was born on Dec. 8, 1938, to Elmore and Bess Elser of Beaver Dam, Wis.
Jean grew up on a dairy farm in Beaver Dam where she gained an appreciation of all animals and their welfare. This prompted her to donate to many animal and wildlife charities later in her life.
Jean attended Jefferson Rural School for grades one through eight, Wayland Academy for four years of high school, and Valparaiso University in Indiana where she received a bachelor's degree in elementary education. A distant cousin who taught school had inspired Jean to pursue a teaching career.
Jean accepted a position in the Littleton School system in Colorado (the city name was changed to Centennial in recent years). For 13 years Jean taught second and third grade before retiring to become a stay-at-home mom. She lovingly raised her two children to ensure that they could experience all the school-age offerings in academia, as well as sports, where daughter, Liz, showed a talent for swimming and son, Chris, chose to play soccer.
Jean also volunteered at Peabody, Newton and Littleton High School when her children were older.
Jean loved to cook and was always experimenting with new ingredients and methods to improve her knowledge of culinary arts.
Jean is survived by her husband, John Leritz; daughter, Liz (husband, Ron); son, Chris of Colorado; her brother, John in Maryland; and her cousins in Wisconsin, Ellen Wheeler, Peggy Wheeler Stone, Glen Wheeler and Pearl Wheeler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmore and Bess Elser; and other relatives and dear friends.
Ann Hoyer Fisher 1939 - 2021
Rancho Bernardo Ann Hoyer Fisher, a longtime resident of Rancho Bernardo, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 20, 2021.
Ann was born on January 21, 1939, in Beaver Dam, WI, the second of four children in the family of Charles and Lois Hoyer. Ann's father was a revered family physician adored by Ann and the community for his kindness and generosity. Ann's mother was an active Girl Scout volunteer, known for her creative and energetic spirit. These traits were easily apparent in Ann as well.
Growing up on a lake in rural Wisconsin, Ann was very active and athletic. She enjoyed water skiing and was a high school cheerleader and athlete at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam. After graduation, Ann attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and Arizona State University in Tempe. Ann met Bob Fisher at ASU and they were married in 1959.
After Bob's service in the Army, the Fisher family settled in San Diego County, where Ann's many talents emerged.
Ann was a loving and nurturing parent who also enjoyed working with young children. She opened a preschool in Rancho Bernardo and was an active volunteer, recognized for her support of the community. She served on the boards of Home Owner Associations and RB Little League.
Ann was also very creative. She enjoyed playing the piano and was a skilled, hands-on interior designer, working for individual clients as well as corporations, including Teledyne Ryan of San Diego. Ann also became certified as a massage therapist, another service she provided to reach out and help others, her most favorite pursuit. Family and friends describe Ann as selfless, generous, thoughtful, agile, resourceful and fun-loving.
Ann traveled extensively after her marriage in 2006 to David Rousseau, M.D., of Rancho Bernardo. She and Dave took many trips as a couple but also enjoyed travel and visits with sons Steve and Greg, spouses Tiffany and Amy, and grandchildren Trace, Camden, Blane, and Kelby. Cruising with Dave was a favorite activity, and locally Ann was often seen "cruising" the neighborhood in her shiny, red Alfa Romeo convertible.
Ann recognized the challenges ahead as her memory began to decline, but handled her diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease with dignity, humor and grace. Ann always treated every person, no matter what their circumstances, with love, kindness and respect. This will be her legacy.
Ann is survived by her husband, Dr. David Rousseau; her two sons and their spouses, Steven and Tiffany Fisher, and Greg and Amy Fisher; her four grandchildren, Trace, Camden, Kelby and Blane Fisher, and her siblings, John Hoyer of Riverside, CA and Jean Hoyer McPhee of San Diego. Anne is preceeded in death by her sister Karen Phillips `59.
Jay E. Brown, born in Beaver Dam, WI., age 75, of Stickney. US Vietnam Veteran. Beloved father of Pat ( Karen) Brown, Jon Brown, Matt (Kristine) Brown and the late Jeff Brown; fond grandfather of Angela, Samantha, Nicholas, Alyssa, Emma, Breanna, Ethan, Emily, Michayla, Austin and Brooklyn Brown; dear brother of Gail Cantu and the late Scott Brown; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation, Thursday November 5, 2015, 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Friday November 6, 2015, 10:30 A.M. to Time of Service 11:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield, IL 60513. Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Memorials appreciated to Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Hospital, 5000 S. 5th Avenue, Hines, IL 60141 or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
David W. “Dave” Geffert, age 81, passed away peacefully November 11, 2021, at Sonrisas Assisted Living in Verona.
He was born to Clarence and Charlotte (Hilton) Geffert on May 23, 1940, in Madison, WI, but all his childhood memories were of growing up in Beaver Dam, WI where his family moved early in his life.
Dave loved being outdoors. He was active in Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout. He attended Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam for high school where he met the love of his life, Karen Minton. Dave and Karen were married for close to 57 years before Karen passed away in 2015. They raised their family of four children in the Madison area, with the majority of their years together spent in the treasured home they built in Fitchburg.
Dave was a hard worker who was absolutely devoted to caring for his wife and family. He worked at a number of jobs over the years with many years spent at Wick Homes, followed by another long-term position working at Famous Fixtures. He was a valued employee, but family was always most important to him.
Dave was happiest when taking care of his home or working in the yard. He greatly enjoyed looking at and walking in and nearby Dunn’s Marsh. He also loved music of all kinds, but especially jazz. He loved electronics and spent many hours building things from kits, including the family’s first color TV. He also loved reading, especially science fiction and adventure stories by favored author Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Dave had a great sense of humor and loved joking around. Although Alzheimer’s Disease changed him from the man we knew in his younger years, he always brought joy and dancing to the lives of those who knew him in his later years.
Dave will be greatly missed by those who survive him, children Kelly Olson, Lisa Geffert, Kris (Dave) Owens, Greg (Amber) Geffert; his grandchildren Nic Schwark, Stephanie Arnold, Kyle Owens, Alec Owens, Ryan Owens, and Alexandra Geffert; his great-grandchildren Eva, Silas, and Arlo Arnold, and Thora Schwark, sister-in-law Elizabeth Geffert, brother John, brother in-law Gerald Minton, and many nieces and nephews.
Tremendous thanks to the wonderful caregivers at Sonrisas in Verona where he spent his final months. He was truly cherished and thrived there. The ability for his family to share many hours with him in a family atmosphere during his last days was priceless. Thanks also to the superb folks from Agrace HospiceCare for their assistance in his care.
Per Dave’s wishes, no services will be held. A celebration of his life will be held in spring 2022, date not yet determined.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association or to another charity of your choosing.
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”
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Laura Fairbank Sudler passed away on Wednesday, August 18th at her home in Chicago at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Chicago, Laura was the second of six children of Kellogg Fairbank, Jr., an industrial Realtor, and June Fairbank Taylor, Founder of the Lincoln Park Zoo Society. Laura grew up in Chicago's Near North Side and spent her summers at "Butternuts," the family home on the shores of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin built in 1890.
Laura felt great pride in her family's deep Chicago roots. Laura's great-grandfather, N.K. Fairbank came to Chicago in 1855, and became a successful industrialist with companies that manufactured soap as well as animal and baking products. He was the original owner of the land that comprises Streeterville in downtown Chicago and engaged in a 20-year court battle to evict the legendary squatter, "Cap" George Streeter. N.K. founded many of the city's cultural institutions including The Chicago Club and the Commercial Club of Chicago, and was an original trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Laura attended Francis W. Parker School, followed by the Baldwin School, Wayland Academy, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. But a 1959 trip to Africa to collect mountain gorillas with Marlin Perkins, Director of the Lincoln Park Zoo and star of the television program, Zoo Parade, was the catalyst for her real education. Laura's African adventure sparked a lifelong passion for learning about others, culture, and community through traveling the world.
In 1961, she married William S. Ames and had three daughters. In 1969, she married Louis C. Sudler, Jr., a retired Navy Captain and partner in Sudler & Company, one of Chicago's largest and most prestigious real estate firms at the time. Together, they had a son. Also in real estate, Laura was a top luxury broker for more than 30 years.
Laura believed that it is our civic responsibility to actively support the organizations that make Chicago great. She served as President of the board of the Chicago Academy of Sciences (now the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum), SOS Children's Villages Illinois, and ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists), and tirelessly in leadership roles for several other organizations.
After retiring from real estate, Laura, along with her husband Louis, went into the travel business. Together, they led groups to unlikely destinations on every continent including Africa, India, Iran, Syria, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bhutan, Nagaland, Antarctica, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, and Spitzbergen. They traveled the world so many times that their flight paths would wrap the globe like a ball of yarn. Their goal was to explore places that were out of the way, learning about unique cultures and people. While traveling, Laura collected original textiles, many of which were donated to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum. Most importantly, they opened doors, changing the lives of the people they met, and the perspectives of the people who traveled with them. Always ready for adventure, she was planning her next family vacation right up until she died.
Laura led her extraordinary life with bravado and candor. She was colorful, outspoken, caring, principled, generous, and full of determination. She valued her friends and cherished her family. She loved deeply, was passionate about learning, and had a boundless commit to making a difference in the world. In recent years, she enjoyed spending time at their home in Colorado.
Laura is survived by her husband, Louis, as well as her children, Jennifer Ames Lazarre (Paul), Mary Ames Kivell (Tom), Nathalie E. Ames, and Stewart Zachariah "Zack" Sudler (Violet), her stepsons, John Sudler (Karolyn) and David Sudler (Sandra), and eight grandchildren: Chase, Emily, Laura, Griffin, Holden, William "Max," Alexander, Erik and a step grandson, Nathan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an organization that is dear to her heart, SOS Children's Villages of Illinois at www.sosillinois.org/giving/donations.
Waupaca - Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes towards the sky. January 9th, 1941, Fred was born. His life would prove to be extraordinary. He was the youngest of four children born to Russell C. Flom and Lois Trossen Flom. He was adored by his teenage siblings Dick, Betty, and Jerry. The family lived on Park Street across from Smith Park in Menasha,WI. As a young boy it was obvious that sports would be a huge part of Fred's life. His lifelong love of tennis began on the courts in Smith Park. Friendships were born that lasted a lifetime.
As time went on, it was decided Wayland Academy was in the best interest of the family. Fred spent his high school years being a reluctant student, an avid sportsman, and with an eye on the sky. He knew from a young age he had the "need for speed" and dreamt of becoming a pilot.
Summers were spent on the Chain O' Lakes as his parents had a cottage constructed on Rainbow Lake when Fred was a child. This was probably when his reputation as a Maverik began. His mischief was harmless, but no question he was a rule breaker.
College took him to Lawrence University where he lettered in four sports, but more importantly where he joined the ROTC and continued to follow his dreams. Upon graduation the U.S. Air Force beckoned and he was on his way.
He married his college sweetheart, Ginny McKee, and they were off to a life with the Air Force. He was no longer a rule breaker, but a proud Air Force fighter pilot. A beautiful little girl, Julie, came along and all was right with the world.
He was sent to Takhli Air Force Base in Thailand where he flew eighty-six combat missions before his life changed dramatically. On August 8th, 1966, his F-105 Thunder Chief was hit. He was forced to eject and was captured immediately. After Six and a half years as a POW in Vietnam, thousands of people gathered in Appleton, Wisconsin to welcome him home. Upon his return he met his adorable son Erik for the first time, who was born the month after he was shot down.
Fred never wanted this experience to define him, of course friends and acquaintances often could not comprehend how it could not. It is called being a patriot, choosing honor and duty over self. It is being given the ultimate test and passing with flying colors because you stared death in the face and walked away. The best revenge is having a wonderful life. He used to say "I've had the best life… Well, except for maybe those seven years".
To most people the sky is the limit, to those who love flying the sky is home. Fred decided a full time Air Force career was a hardship on his family so he satisfied his flying dreams through the Wisconsin Air National Guard and eventually flying his beloved F-105 and later the F-4 at Carswell Air Force Base in Texas. He had a twenty five year career as a commercial pilot with American Airlines and was able to continue flying fighters with the Air Force until he was almost 50. Life continued to challenge Fred during his early years in Texas. He lost his wife Ginny in a car accident in 1981 and his son Erik who was on a trip to Thailand in 1996.
On January 1st, 1986 he married Kay Fleck with whom he shared thirty five years of adventure. Their relationship was defined by "Don't ever let any day be ordinary". Fred was as at home in a neighborhood bar as he was on the Orient Express. He was as cool in his Pantera as he was in his twenty-two year old pick up. This Wisconsin boy developed an affinity for cowboy boots, concerts, and the Dallas Cowboys, but always kept the Green Bay Packers dear to his heart.
In August of 1997 his family grew by one when his daughter Julie married John Pereira in what Fred turned into a military dining out in all its glory. Soon afterwards, Fred welcomed in his three grandchildren, Kodiak, Maxwell, and Quinn. As his grandsons say… The coolest Grandpa was created.
In retirement his flying dreams had been fulfilled and after years of remodeling his Texas home on Manning Lane, he and Kay set out to remodel a 100 year old cottage on Round Lake in Wisconsin. He was not a trained builder, but during his time as a POW he spent countless hours building structures in his imagination. Camp Flom was born.
This man was a warrior, a patriot, a family man and a friend who embodied the best. He had been to Hell and back, but was never bitter. He had a zest for life and was always able to see past differences in search of common ground. He knew that we all need to commit to something bigger than ourselves. He never treated anyone differently because of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Fred hoped we would all learn from our mistakes and realize that the war we need to be fighting is the one right here in the United States… our divided nation, our dislike of those different from ourselves. "All men and women are created equally".
Fred returned with honor. He believed you do what is right, even if you are flying solo. On June 23rd, 2021 the world lost a beautiful soul. A soul that had an enormous impact. A soul that is loved and admired by many. Fred, "Everything's waiting for you".
JUNEAU — Dodge County Supervisor MaryAnn Miller of Beaver Dam, who served since 2006, died this past weekend.
Miller died Saturday morning, but no further information was made available.
Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson said Miller was her friend.
“MaryAnn also called to talk with me quite often, not as the county clerk, but as her friend and I will miss her,” Gibson said Monday. “Her service on the county board meant a lot to her and she always served her constituents as best as she could.”
Dodge County Board Chairman Russell Kottke said Miller was a “good board member” and “served her constituents well.”
Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt said Miller was a friend not only to him, but to all law enforcement. “She always had the best interest of the citizens she served in mind, and was very calculated in her decisions,” Schmidt said. “I will personally miss MaryAnn as she was not only a co-worker, but a valued and trusted friend. I am honored and blessed to have been able to be part of her life and I can honestly say that she will not soon be forgotten.”
Schmidt said he has already begun making the arrangements for an angel to be placed in Miller’s memory at the 2021 Rotary Lights Christmas light display to remind everyone she is there looking after them from heaven.
At the time of her death, Miller was serving on serval committees, including audit, commission on aging and disability services, health facilities and library planning. She also spent time on the judicial and public protection committee where she worked with Schmidt.
- Holly Meyer `60 – October 7, 2020
- Nancy Ferguson Robinson `61 – September 28, 2021
- Warren M. Zuehls `61 – November, 2021
- Victor "Vic" S. Falk III `63 – February 9, 2021
- Beverly Dohmann H`64 – December 7, 2020
- David Frederic Zoerb `64 – April 23, 2021
- Robert S. Greenebaum `65 – February 4, 2021
- Vaughn Friday `67 – November 13, 2020
- Gregory S. Meyer `68 – January 27, 2022
- Thomas M. Brown `69 – March 3, 2021
I have thought about this for some time, it gives me peace of mind and quality time to think back on what really mattered. What mattered: The birth of my two children, Timothy James Meyer (wife, Latha and granddaughter, Hali) and Elizabeth Briand Angiuli (husband, Tony and grandchildren, Mikelle and Marcus).
I was born on Dec. 23, 1941, to “Betty” Morainville Johnson Oaks and Claude Johnson. My great-grandparents were Gertrude and Augustus Spies. I moved to Oshkosh in the late 40s where I later graduated from Wayland Academy and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I worked for over 60 years beginning as a camp counselor and ending as the manager of Programs and Membership at the Marinette-Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce. I LOVE (loved) Menominee and returned to my hometown in 2009 from the Seattle area.
I cannot forget my lifelong devoted friend, Kae, who is still with me in spirit. We have 70 years of friendship. I am honored to have had several other women friends that I call “sisters.” Vicki and Pat, I love you! I am so thankful for their friendship. I also have two half-sisters in the area, Claudia Schoener and Johanna Lewis. It has been heartfelt knowing them as adults. I have two half-brothers, Ken and Tom Oaks, who live out of the area.
Aristotle and Sophia — my beautiful dogs. You will be taken care of by your loving and treasured “foster parents,” Tricia and Ben. Without you, my life would have been void of white hair on everything.
I will find my final resting place in the Spies plot at the foot of my grandmother’s grave, Elizabeth Spies Morainville, next to my grandfather, Victor Morainville. And, Daddy you are not far away in the Henes plot. I wish I had more time knowing you. I have lived and loved, cried and laughed, and now I find some eternal peace. If you knew me, I hope this made you smile!
Nancy V. Robinson, nee Ferguson, 78, passed away September 28, 2021 at her home in Glenview with her son, Eric N. Robinson, and daughter-in-law, Jennifer L. Harder, at her side.
She was a devoted mother of Eric (Jennifer) (Sacramento, CA) and grandmother of Henry (Sacramento) and Leigh Robinson (Los Angeles). Nancy dedicated her life to rearing her son and to 32 years of public school teaching in East Main Township District 63.
Nancy grew up at 6557 N. Tahoma Avenue in the Edgebrook neighborhood on Chicago's North Side.
After graduating in 1961 from Wayland Academy high school in Beaver Dam, Wis., Nancy attended Western Michigan University, earned a B.A. in 1965 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and later earned a Master's Degree from National College of Education in Evanston.
She married Dennis Robinson (Buffalo, NY) in 1965 and was divorced in 1975. Meanwhile, Nancy started teaching at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in 1969 and taught fourth grade at Washington Elementary School in Glenview for most of her career, retiring in 2001.
Nancy shared her enthusiasm for life-long learning, travel, sports, and outdoor adventures with her family, students, and many beloved friends. She traveled the world, hiked and camped the Rocky Mountains, skied Sierra Nevada powder at the age of 70, played tennis and golf, biked Chicago's lakefront and the Botanical Gardens with her friends, enjoyed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, opera, ballet, and theater productions large and small.
Nancy's zeal for life was fierce, particularly as she battled with Parkinson's disease over the last three years.
Nancy was preceded in death by her brother, James Ferguson (Sandra) (Woodstock), and by her mother and father, Margaret and Burton Ferguson (Edgebrook). She is survived by her son (Eric `85), daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and nieces, Krista Ferguson (Tuscson) and Lori Nitzsche (Richard) (Westchester) (Rachel, Conlan, Ethan).
Victor S. Falk, Ill passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2021 after a two-year battle with cancer. Linda, Vic's wife of forty-nine years, was by his side until the very end.
To know Vic was to love him. A gentleman in the truest sense of the word, he was humbly brilliant, quietly confident, soft-spoken and incredibly sweet. He had a subtle, dry sense of humor and an unforgettable, contagious laugh.
Born on March 20, 1945, to Dr. Victor and Marjorie Falk, Vic grew up on a farm in the small town of Edgerton, Wisconsin. At age thirteen Vic studied for a year at Institut Dr. Schmidt in Lausanne, Switzerland. He attended high school at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and upon graduation, he matriculated at Princeton University. Vic's four years at Princeton were interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Army, being honorably discharged with the rank of ES (Sergeant). Following graduation from Princeton, Vic married Linda (Spooner) and they moved to Madison, Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin Law School. Upon receiving his law degree, Vic and Linda moved to Miami, Florida and he earned a Master's in Tax Law from the University of Miami.
Vic and Linda settled in Miami and he began his career at Wometco Enterprises, a large media company with diversified holdings. He worked in the company's legal department for many years and eventually became General Counsel. During the last eight years of his career, Vic served as Vice President of Wometco Cable Corporation and retired in 1994.
After living in Miami for twenty-four years and raising their family there, Vic and Linda moved to the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida in 1997. They are also members of Card Sound Golf Club and Key Largo Anglers Club. Vic served on the board of the Ocean Reef Rod and Gun Club for many years and received the club's Sportsman of the Year Award in 2018. Vic and Linda split their time between Ocean Reef and their beloved log cabin in Wisconsin. Vic was a lifelong sportsman with passions for skiing, waterfowl and upland bird hunting, fishing, and playing golf. In his teens he was not only a three-time Wisconsin state waterskiing champion but also a competitive tennis player. Vic's love of the outdoors took him on many adventures—marlin fishing in the Bahamas, downhill skiing in the West and in Europe, and salmon fly fishing in Canada, to name a few. In later years his favorite pastime was grouse and woodcock hunting with his English setters in the woods of Northern Wisconsin.
Vic is survived by his wife Linda, son Christian (Morgan), daughter Megan Burley, brothers Tom and Fred, and grandchildren Beckett, Finn, Thad, Dexter, Reeve, and Wallis.
Beverly, or Bev, taught at Wayland Academy for 25 years and was a parent to three Wayland alumni (Bonnie `70, Steven `73, and David `79). In her tenure at the school, she and her students won state and national awards each year for their creative talents. She was honored with a special award from the National Art Education Association, the Wisconsin Art Supervisor, and the Wisconsin Art Education Supervisor for providing a climate of exemplary support for a balanced curriculum and the arts in education. She traveled throughout the Midwest evaluating school art programs.
Bev organized the first elementary school art show and initiated a movement that resulted in the hiring of Beaver Dam’s first elementary art teacher. Appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin, she served on the board that set the foundation for the Wisconsin Arts Board. She was a founding member of the Beaver Dam Art Association Exhibit, Chair for the Seippel Center for the Arts, and lectured and demonstrated the art of creativity to numerous schools and organizations. And the list goes on.
Bev is survived by her son, David `79; son-in-law, Roland (Lorna) Moll; her grandchildren, Robert Goes, Joshua Goes, Ryan Moll, Derrick Dohmann, and MacKenzie Dohmann; and her great-grandson, Scott Goes; as well as many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; son, Steven `73; daughter, Bonnie `70; and numerous other relatives.
David Fredric Zoerb, 74, died suddenly on April 23, 2021 at UW Hospital following complications from heart surgery.
A beloved husband, father and grandfather, he grew up in Kiel and never lost his love for the “small town in mass society.” He graduated from Wayland Academy High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Dave and his wife Carol spent their 52 years together living in Beaver Dam, West Bend, Oostburg, Sister Bay and Waunakee. His family was the center of his life, and he supported his wife, daughters and grandchildren in all their pursuits.
Dave appreciated a good story and great storytellers. He took time to learn about everyone in his life and he remembered what was important to them. At parties he could always be found telling a story to at least one lucky listener. He was curious, well read and fiercely loyal.
Dave’s enjoyment of popular music was palpable and contagious. He frequently sang aloud to the car radio and appreciated many genres, particularly oldies and folk music.
During his career in advertising and marketing, Dave worked for Regal Ware and DCI Marketing before starting his own business which later became part of Frank Mayer and Associates.
He was passionate about education, especially higher education. Nearly everyone who met him knew he was a dedicated Badger, serving in numerous volunteer roles at UW-Madison, including as the national president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. He loved helping young people find their path to college.
A lifelong athlete, Dave played football at Claremont Men’s College (California) before transferring to UW-Madison and playing for the Madison Mustangs. Later in life he ran several 5K races throughout the state with his family and also enjoyed golf. He believed organized sports were a fundamental aspect of being a scholar, and proudly served on the University of Wisconsin Athletic Board. He was also an avid fan of Badger sports and the Packers. He eagerly followed his grandchildren’s soccer, swimming, and diving careers.
With a deep belief in the importance of civic engagement, he was active in every community where he lived, serving as a volunteer on local park and economic development boards. Most recently, Dave volunteered with the MERLIN Entrepreneurial Mentoring Network, helping new businesses launch.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Zoerb Pope; his wife, Carol; his daughters, Heidi (Bret Payseur) and Mari Hansen (Dan); his grandchildren, Ethan and Megan Hansen; and his brothers, Hans `66 (Jan) and Erik (Laurie).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a gift to the David Zoerb CALS QuickStart Scholarship fund at the University of Wisconsin Foundation or the Friends of Pope Farm Conservancy. Most importantly, listen to, remember, and share your stories and don’t be afraid to sing along to a great song.
Robert Stuart “Stu” Greenebaum, age 74, of Hartland, found peace on Feb. 4, 2021, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital due to complications with diabetes.
He was born on April 16, 1947, to parents Louise M. Greenebaum (nee McClure) and Robert S. Adelman, and adopted at a young age by Louis J. Greenebaum.
He was preceded in death by his loving mother, biological father and adopted father.
Stu is survived by Sharon, his loving wife of 43 years; his children R. Louis, Tyler and Clinton; and daughters-in-law Callie, Theresa and Lynae. Stu’s boastful legacy lives on in his five grandchildren: Ariana, Gaborik, Xavier, Zanon and Coz.
Graduate of Wayland Academy. Globetrotter. Peace Corps member. Linguistic tactician. Vinyl audiophile. Accumulator of art and trinkets. Fair weather fan of many sports. Tank top enthusiast. One-time Disneyland actor. Volunteer popcorn colonel to Cub Scouts Pack 24. Volunteer chain gang official to the Lake Country Chiefs football team. Unapologetically himself. The life of EVERY party.
Stu’s services will be held at Evert-Luko Funeral Home in Hartland on Wednesday, Feb. 9, with the visitation starting at 11 a.m. and the funeral at 1 p.m. Burial to follow.
In lieu of flowers, send memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association.
Vaughn F. Friday, age 72, of Fitchburg, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020, at Crossroads Care in Mayville.
He was born on Oct. 17, 1948 at Madison General Hospital, the son of John and Edythe Friday. He grew up in Madison’s Vilas Park neighborhood where he went to Longfellow grade school. He attended Central High and Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam but would graduate from Monona Grove in 1967. Vaughn worked at the family business, Andrae Automotive, where he gained his knowledge and love of cars. After high school, Vaughn attended the Wisconsin School of Electronics and achieved a 2-year degree. He would open his own HI-FI stereo company and become well-known for selling equipment that was sure to impress. He would later use his electronic mastery at WISM radio station, WI State Patrol Radio Shop and General Communications.
A severe auto accident in 1999 left him with life-threatening injuries. He was determined to survive and although he would be wheelchair bound for life, he was a living miracle. Vaughn had a strict routine that kept his mind and body alert. He started every afternoon off with a fruit plater from the Sun Prairie Diner and worked out at the Princeton Club, where he was one of the strongest handicap men they had ever seen. His strength, mental perseverance, and witty humor were admirable and an inspiration to everyone around him. Vaughn loved music, his favorites being rock, soul, and blues. His nickname was Grabber, after his favorite candy apple-red Grabber Maverick. He loved his vehicles and always made sure they had the top of the line stereo systems so he could blare Johnny Lee Hooker or Bob Marley while he swayed in his chair. Vaughn also loved NASCAR, WWE, and Westerns. He was married and became a father in 1975. Although his marriage only lasted a few years, he would gain an extended family that he would love and celebrate holidays with. He was stubborn, but a real people person who loved hard and made everyone feel welcome. Vaughn will be deeply missed by his friends and family.
He was proceeded in death by his parents John and Edythe Friday.
He is survived by his daughter Becki, 2 granddaughters: Alex and Charlee and Brother John (Ursula).
Gregory “Gregg” S. Meyer, 72, of Watertown, passed away Thursday, January 27, 2022, at UW Health University Hospital in Madison surrounded by his wife and children and Facetiming grandchildren and family until his passing.
Gregory was born November 15, 1949, in Madison, son of Martin Jr. and Barbara (nee Stilp) Meyer. Gregg graduated from Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam in 1968, and went to play baseball and graduate from Northwood University in Michigan with a degree in business. While attending, Gregg was drafted into the United States Army and served during Vietnam. Gregg made the most of his business degree cultivating a long and successful career in manufacturing sales. Gregg married Cheryl Cutler on October 20, 1979, in Claremont, South Dakota. Together, they raised three children. Until retirement, Gregg continued his work in national and international sales, while becoming the MHI and MHEFI President.
He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church. In his free time, he used to play softball, would be seen fishing for the elusive muskie at his cabin up north, or was known to take a few swings out on the golf course. He also loved to escape to the warm sun of Cancun with his wife at least once a winter. Most of all, Gregg loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and watching them learn and grow. He spent many days during his retirement being babysat by his grandchildren and preparing feasts on the grill for friends and family.
Gregg is survived by his wife, Cheryl Meyer; children, Erin (Cory) Hanson, Scott (Courtney) Meyer, and Todd Meyer; grandchildren, Olivia, Landon, Callahan, and Alia; sister, Kim (Doug) Weisenberger; sisters-in-law, Sheri Meyer, Deanna (Gary) Junso, Debra Oleson, Susan (Gerald) Corbin, brother- in-law, Timothy (Sara) Cutler as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Gregg was preceded in death by his parents (Martin J. Meyer, Jr H`81 and Barbara) and brother, Kirk Meyer. No services will be held. In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations can be made “For the Martin Meyer Jr. Memorial fund in honor of Gregg Meyer ’68” at Wayland Academy – https://www.wayland.org/support-wayland.
Thomas MacRae Brown passed away Wednesday evening, March 3, from leukemia five days short of his 70th birthday.
Big T, Tall Tom, T, the Pied Piper of puppies, copious contributor to canine causes, leaves behind a contingent of compatriot dog walkers.
Tom attended the Latin School, Wayland Academy and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity at Arizona State. He had a weekly Northwestern University sports radio show and because of his vast knowledge of sports, was often a celebrity call-in guest on local radio sports shows. His mastery of sports trivia was nonpareil.
Predeceased by Rusty, Buddy and Harry, Big T was a generous contributor to many Chicago animal charities and also a loyal parishioner of St. Chrysostom's Church. He leaves his entire estate to these charities and to local supporters of these causes.
Big T was even more generous with his time, not only for his canine companions but also for those he met on the jogging and dog walking paths in Lincoln Park.
His remarkable memory for names allowed him to greet each person individually. Everyone along these routes knew Big T.
Tom also leaves behind a healthy horde of hoopsters he met at the Chicago Athletic Association. Big T played basketball in high school, his freshman year in college and continued to play at the CAA for the next twenty five years.
An avid golfer, he would hone his game at the Diversey driving range for play with the CAA golf group. If there were a more kind, generous and considerate soul, it would be news to all of us.
- Jeff “Rocco” W. Emanuel `70 – January 27, 2021
- James “Jimmy” G. Cowles `70 – January 4, 2021
- William R. Hartzell `72 – August 14, 2021
- Sarah Verstegen `75 – April 21, 2021
- Jeffry C. Laing `76 – April 20, 2020
- Lawrence "Larry" Lithgow Smith, Jr. `77 – September 28, 2021
- William G. Richards, Jr. `78 – February 21, 2022
Jeff William “Rocco” Emanuel, age 68 of rural Fox Lake, died peacefully at home with his wife at his side on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.
Rocco was born in Sheboygan, WI on May 10, 1952 the son of William Henry and Lois Ione (Tornow) Emanuel. Rocco attended several school districts, including Juneau and Cambria while his father worked as school superintendent. He graduated from Wayland Academy in 1970. Following high school he enrolled with the U.W. Madison in the Electrical Engineering Dept. Over the years, Rocco pursued a career in music and joined several bands. He had a keen ear to sound and opened a sound studio in Oregon, WI. With his talent for music and sound, his bands opened for many big artists of today and operated the sound system. In the late 1970’s through the mid 1990’s, Rocco operated his road side assistance business, Flash Transit Road Service as a diesel mechanic with a motto: “If we can’t fix it – it isn’t broke”. In his later years, he worked in maintenance at Little Amerricka Amusement Park and at apartment complexes in the area. His hobbies included remodeling his home and helping others with their maintenance or remodeling projects. He found great pleasure in teaching and helping others. Rocco met the love of his life in 1984 and started dating Michelle “Shelly” Ann Dyreson. They were united in marriage on Aug. 9, 2014 in Fox Lake.
Rocco will be sadly missed and mourned by his wife, Shelly of Fox Lake; two children, Mitchell (Heather) Hubbard of Dubuque, IA and Alysha (Scott) Klassy of New Glarus, WI; his grandchildren, Isabella and McCoy Hubbard and Degan and Avril Klassy; his best buddy, Jeff “Hippie” (Lynn Hopkins) Barrette; sister-in-law, Denise Smith-Emanuel; two uncles, Ed Emanuel of Texas and Dave (Jessie) Emanuel of CA; one aunt, Doris Peters; several other relatives and many friends.
James G. "Jimmy" Cowles, 68, Suamico, passed away at home surrounded by family on January 4, 2021, following a six month journey with glioblastoma. The son of the late Robert L. and Margaret (Lindstrom) Cowles Jr. was born on July 15, 1952 in Green Bay.
Jim was the middle of the three Cowles boys, and attended grade schools in Allouez. He graduated high school from Wayland Academy, followed by a Bachelor's Degree at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. In college, he was a founding member of the Mutated Members Trivia Team for the annual 54-hour, World's Largest Trivia Contest. The first years of participation were held at Jim's apartment, and their team continues the tradition to compete each year in Stevens Point.
Post-graduation, he traveled the country looking for Shelby Mustang parts, during these years he met some of his oldest and dearest friends, who became family. In 1977 he founded the Northwoods Shelby Club in Northeast Wisconsin with several of his Shelby friends. In 1978 he founded Shelby Parts & Restoration. After forty three years of operating his business, he was known worldwide for his skills in restoring cars and ability to acquire hard to get, original parts.
On July 13, 1995, Jim welcomed his daughter Emily LaViolette Cowles. Not many fathers take their daughter to school in a Cobra LeMans race car. He raised her to have an affinity for Door County sunsets, dogs, beautiful cars, and the Green Bay Packers.
In 1996, Jim became one of the founders of the Shelby American Collection Museum in Boulder, CO. He was instrumental in building the museum's memorabilia collection, and continuously supported the museum in procurement and fundraising capacities. Today, you can still 'visit' the historic Cobra Jim owned, model CSX2138.
On September 15, 2001, he married the love of his life, Sharon Buenger. They spent nineteen years of building wonderful memories, a home, and a life together. Their favorite place to be was on the beach with friends in Marco Island, FL or at the cottage in Door County, WI.
In 2016, Jim was appointed to be a judge for the Shelby American Collection, and SAAC Councours Chairman, travelling the country to inspect and judge with his decades-long authority on all things Shelby. He also followed his father's footsteps with a love for Road America in Elkhart Lake. He will continue to be a legend and a giant in the Cobra and Shelby world, as he was a mentor to many around the nation who will carry his legacy forward.
Jim had a wicked sense of humor and he could command a room with his wit. Despite his gentle demeanor and kind heart, many friend's kids endearingly called him, 'Mean Jim'. He was also a dedicated Jeopardy fan, when you had a trivia question, he was your guy. For sport, he enjoyed barefoot golfing and fishing at the Alpine resort - he even had his captains license to earn money taking people on a charter in his teens. Jim was dedicated to carrying on his dad and grandfather's legacy of wearing 'loud' clothing to events, no pants were too obnoxious!
With all of this, his main priority in life was taking care of 'his girls', which he did better than anyone could.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Emily; step-children, Jonathan and Katherine Laes; brothers, Sen. Robert L. Cowles `68 and David F. (Lisa) Cowles; nieces, nephews, other extended members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Margaret; good friend John McCoy Jr. The family would like to thank the Nurse Navigator Program at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic, specifically Lindley Mauer, as well as the doctors and nurses involved in his care, including: hospice caretaker, Holly Runquist, Hospice Nurse, Jessica Anthes; Hospice Physical Therapist, Sheona Carne; Team Assistant, Tina Kinjerski; and CNA, Mary Escota-Rolefon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation at P.O. Box 5010, Elm Grove, WI 53122 or www.lombardifoundation.org <http://www.lombardifoundation.org>.
William Robert Hartzell, "Bill," age 67, died peacefully Aug. 14 at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., after a brief and valiant battle with cancer.
Bill was born Nov. 21, 1953, to Dr. Richard Hartzell and Janet Hartzell in Boise, ID. Bill grew up in Grantsburg with his three siblings, Rick, Sharon, and Susan Hartzell.
Bill graduated from Wayland Academy, then attended the University of Wisconsin-River falls. He met many lifelong friends at these learning institutions. Bill was extremely successful in his business career with the JH Larson Company setting and exceeding sales records and goals for many years. He retired from JH Larson after 31 years to his lake home in Siren in 2017.
Bill had a lifelong love of wildlife and all things in nature. He found much joy watching the ever-changing lake views of seasons, skies, and wildlife. He was a member and donor to many conservation organizations. Bill was also an avid hunter and fisherman and often spoke of the many good times he shared with friends and family on hunting trips out west and fishing trips to Canada.
Those who knew Bill know he was a car guy from the word go, and go he did, taking many long (and sometimes very fast) drives. Bill loved checking out new vehicles to acquire, always looking for his next best ride.
Bill will be remembered as a very kind, loving, successful, intelligent, generous man. He took great interest in mentoring young people and seeing them become successful. Bill had a caring nature and was someone who could be counted on to give support and lend a helping hand to those in need.
Those who knew Bill found him a man full of life, often entertaining friends and family with stories of his many life experiences. His very recognizable laugh was unforgettable.
Bill will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Special thanks to Bill's lifelong friend, Priscilla Bauer, Dr. Vitale and staff at Burnett Medical Center, United Hospital staff, and Good Samaritan Home Care.
September 07, 1957 - April 21, 2021
Sarah Verstegen, an impeccably honest, clear soul, died on Earth Day, April 21st.
Sarah was born in Sioux City, Iowa, the fourth child of Richard and Faith Verstegen. After graduating from Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wis., in 1975, she attended Stanford University, graduating in 1979, and the University of San Francisco for a Master's Degree in 1990.
Sarah cofounded SeaChange Marine Conservation Society in British Columbia, which is dedicated to restoration of local waterways, and she educated school groups about marine ecology.
In January 2021 she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer. She believed in life until the very end. She leaves behind her daughter, Perry, nine-month-old granddaughter, Mira, and her beloved spouse of 33 years, Nikki, as well as sisters Laura Kasser and Nancy Verstegen, brother Peter Verstegen, nieces Katy Kasser, Rose Diamond, nephews, Peter Kasser and Aaron Diamond. Her family in all its myriad forms was paramount to her. Sarah possessed a quiet understated confidence and an uncomplicated straightforward nature. She was a passionate, skilled mariner. Sarah was the Captain of the Pumpty Dumpty, a sewage pump-out boat she operated on the Saanich Inlet for ten years on behalf of the Saanich Inlet Protection Society. She was the Facilities Operator for 24 years for SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, realizing all the Society’s visions for a healthier Salish Sea. She possessed the unique gifts of a good mind and grounded spirit. She could build and fix almost anything, including the Teaching House in the Inlet, a 24’ barge and crane, the Collective Effort, skiffs, SCUBA diving gear and underwater cameras. She was the best dive buddy having received her SCUBA diving ticket at 15.
She leaves behind many fond memories of training summer staff to care for and to teach others about the ecological and cultural riches of the Place of Blue Grouse, known as Tod Inlet. She loved the ocean and used her academic and practical skills gained over years of experience on and under water to conserve its life within coastal communities, Many, many people had the privilege to work with her and were able to know her generous soul.
Sarah is survived by her wife Nikki Wright of Brentwood Bay, British Columbia; daughter Perry Pearson of Woodacre, Calif.; brother Peter Verstegen of Hudson, Wis.; sister Laura Verstegen Kasser of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; sister Nancy Verstegen of Portland, Ore.; her granddaughter; two nephews; and two nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A small workboat named the Sarah V. will be purchased by SeaChange Marine Conservation Society to continue Sarah’s marine conservation work. Contributions could be sent to: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/124 26/donation
Lawrence ("Larry") Lithgow Smith, Jr. passed away peacefully on September 28th in the presence of his loving wife and son.
Larry was born on September 24, 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky.
He was an All American athlete at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where he won a State Championship. He went on to achieve national recognition as a collegiate All American wrestler at Ripon College and Ball State University.
Early in his professional career, Larry moved to Washington DC to work for Brooks Brothers and Cuffs. It was there he met Nicole Atkinson, his future wife and the love of his life. Larry and Nicole married in 1985 at St. John's Church, Lafayette Square in Washington DC.
Larry and Nicole moved to Columbus, Indiana where he joined the family business, Rodes Clothing, as the general manager of the company's Columbus store.
In the spring of 1989, Larry and Nicole moved to Louisville where he assumed the role of men's clothing buyer and merchandise manager for Rodes. Later that summer, the couple welcomed the birth of their son, Lawrence ("Trey") Lithgow Smith, III.
In the mid 1990's, the family moved to Washington, DC to support Nicole's dream of becoming an attorney. In 1997, Nicole graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with Larry and Trey proudly by her side.
The family settled down in the D.C. area where Larry continued to be a pillar of support to Nicole as her law career started and blossomed. Nicole never hesitates to credit Larry's selflessness and dedication to her and Trey as the reason she was able to pursue and realize her professional dreams.
Larry went on to coach for the Capital Area Wrestling League where he cultivated several champions including his son, Trey, and Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Maroulis.
He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, an avid hunter, and especially enjoyed training his beloved Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Larry loved being known in the neighborhood as the house that handed out full sized candy bars on Halloween, a fourteen thousand bulb Christmas light display, and fireworks for every occasion.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents Jane Ulferts Smith, and Lawrence Lithgow Smith, Sr., and his grandparents, Mary and Ray Ulferts, and Hanford and Elizabeth Smith.
In addition to his wife and son, Larry is survived by his sister, Susan Vogt, brother-in-law, Howard Vogt, and their son Howie Vogt, as well as beloved cousins, aunts, uncles and family and friends across the country.
Ellyn lost her life to COVID-19 after a nine-day hard-fought battle. Ellyn was reared in Menasha, Wisconsin, the much-loved daughter of former Wayland trustee Cheryl and Peter Humleker. She graduated from Wayland Academy in 1994 and then attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
She was intelligent and curious; she loved to read and remembered everything she ever read. She was a good friend to many and cared deeply for the less fortunate among us. She met the challenges of her life as best she could and never gave up.
She is survived by her mother, Cheryl, her life companion Roy Rosenberger (Appleton), and her sister, Katie Humleker Knicely `96 of Sterling, VA. She was preceded in death by her father, Peter, in May 1998.
Her family expresses deep appreciation for the skillful and loving care she received at Aurora Medical Center – ICU in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, during the last nine days of her illness. They lovingly recognize those who cared for her: Tom W., Jen F., Liz, Kate, George, Dr. Dona Konda, and Dr. Michael Flately.
Ellyn would ask that you do a good deed without recognition, pass on your blessings, and WEAR A MASK!
Bridget (35) passed away peacefully on July 20, 2021, in Sioux Falls, SD after a courageous battle with Wilson’s Disease. Although cut short, she lived a fulfilling life as a loving mother to her children Sophia (7), Nessa (6), and their family dog, Grimm. She will be greatly missed. Memorial donations may be made to Wayland Academy.
- Vernon Aaroen - August 26, 2020
- Jenanne Anderson - March 3, 2021
- Dr. Richard “Dick” Anderson - February 19, 2021
- Donna Ripley Bailey P`69, `72 - August 17, 2021
- Reverend John Blythe - December 26, 2020
- BJ Chimenti P'86 - February 22, 2021
- Ray P. Dinsmore, Jr. P`73, `74 - August 4, 2020
- F.J. Foster P`90, `95 - February 12, 2020
- Gerald Greenspan - June 22, 2021
- Carroll Howes - June 25, 2021
- Jane Jahn P`79 - June 15, 2021
- Katharine F. McMillan P`76, `78, ` 79 - September 1, 2020
- Violet McMillan - March 27, 2021
- Donald H. Rumsfeld P`86 - June 29, 2021
- Thomas Stebbins P`14 - October 25, 2020
- William Thieman P`75, GP`02 - May 19, 2020
- John Powless - March 3, 2021
- Jamie Steuer P`77 `78, GP`93 - December 11, 2019
- Cecilia Vrabec P`69, `70, `72, `73, `75, `79 - November 11, 2020
- Dewey G. Westra - September 13, 2021
- Doris Bolton GP`13 - March 22, 2020
Vernon, the husband of Peggy Berg `57, was a 1956 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Signal Corps. He served as CEO of Farm Credit Services in Juneau and Janesville, Wisconsin, for 34 years before retiring in 1992. In 1997, Vernon moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and had been a year-round resident ever since, enjoying retirement with his wife and friends of Mountain Brook Village.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy; his children, Dave (Shar) Knapp, Doug (Pam) Knapp, Ann (Todd) Sobrilsky, Mark (Marcy) Aaroen, Joan (Kevin) Hernke; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Marlene (Rev. Carl) Peters; along with other relatives and friends.
Jenanne (nee Erickson) earned a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked as a librarian/media specialist for the Randolph and Cambria-Friesland School Districts from 1988 until her retirement in 2010. She previously served as a library staff member at Wayland Academy from 1982-1985 and a tutor for the Beaver Dam Unified School District from 1979-1981.
Surviving are her children (twin daughters and a son): daughter Jessica (David) Rodin; daughter Karin (Brandon) Johnson; and son Joseph (Lisa) Anderson; grandsons Kendall and Beckett Rodin and Charlie Johnson. She is survived by her sister; her niece, Kristina Sterling; and her nephew, Daniel Deitrick; as well as by an aunt and several cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Dennis in 2013, her in-laws, Herbert and Jean (Dennis) Anderson; and several aunts and uncles.
Married for 60 years, Dick was husband to Martha Lentz Anderson `56, and brother-in-law to Judith Lentz Mickler `54 and Edgar Lentz, Jr. `65. He was a devoted father of Kenneth (Jill) and Karl (Shawn). Proud grandfather of Catherine (Trent) Moody, Margeaux (Hunter) Oberbroeckling, Anna Anderson, Cole Anderson, Spencer Anderson, and Mitchell Anderson. Dear brother of Sue (Al) Martens. Also loved by cousins, nieces, nephews, godsons, and other family and friends.
Appleton - Donna Ripley Bailey, 96, died peacefully on August 17 at The Heritage in Appleton, where she had lived for the past 15 years.
She was born in Evanston, IL, on July 4, 1923, and spent her childhood in the Chicago area before moving to Boston in 1935. She graduated from St. Margaret's School in Waterbury, CT (which she loved and stayed in close touch with her entire life) in 1941. She studied theatre at the Erskine School in Boston before attending and graduating from Pine Manor Junior College and "Katie Gibbs" Secretarial School. Always an art lover, Donna spent 5 wonderful years working at the Childs Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston before marrying Henry Bailey of Hyde Park, MA, in 1951 and moving to Nashua, NH.
Donna and Henry had 2 girls, Lesley `69 and Candis `72, whom they raised first in Nashua and then, starting in 1960, in Appleton. They had many happy years as part of the paper industry community here, in addition to which Donna was active in the First Congregational Church UCC of Appleton, the King's Daughters Infant Welfare Circle, the Appleton Curling Club, North Shore Golf Club, and Over the Teacups.
Upon Henry's retirement as president of Fox Valley Corp in 1981, he and Donna spent 22 winters living on Anna Maria Island, FL, where they were full-time residents for the last several years. Donna was very active in the South Florida Natural History Museum in nearby Bradenton.
Soon after Henry's death in 2002, Donna moved back to Appleton full-time to join old friends at the Heritage.
"DB" (as she's known to her grandkids) is survived by her sister Connie Yohr of Newberg, OR, daughters Lesley Bailey `69 of Tucson, AZ, and Candis (John) Hickey `72 of Wilmette, IL, grandchildren Alison (Scott) Girard, Jack (Nora) Hickey , Patrick (Chrissy) Hickey, Matthew (Gwen) Hickey, and Claire (Jack) Cameron, and great-grandchildren Shea, Molly, Jeanne and Mary Kate Girard and John and Mae Hickey, all of the Chicago area.
For most of her life, Donna had the energy of 3 people, a strong, generous and mischievous spirit, and a sense of humor that was a pleasure to those around her especially in these last couple of years. She was an avid reader, a committed friend to many near and far, and will be greatly missed by family, friends, and her wonderful caregivers at the Heritage, to whom we are deeply grateful. We also deeply appreciate the contribution of the ThedaCare Hospice team. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.
John Daniel Blythe, a retired American Baptist pastor and chaplain, died at the age of 91 at the Saint Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.
John was born in Atchison, Kansas, the son of Samuel Judson and Lucy Christina Crawford Blythe. He is survived by his children: Carol Beth Blythe (Rick Goodman) of Silver Spring, MD; Chris Blythe (Diane) of Madison, WI; David Blythe (Jeff Allen) of Brooklyn, NY; Julie Blythe Peterson (Kent) of Westwood, KS and Gretchen Blythe (Elliott Schimmel) of Kansas City, MO. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Laura Beth Blythe-Goodman (Mike Sexton), Susie Blythe-Goodman (David Delgado), Sean Blythe (Jami Riley), Ryan Blythe, Jack Peterson (Heather Nyheim), Kathryn Peterson, and Jessica Peterson. Klaus Fischer of Bonn, Germany was an AFS exchange student with the Blythe family, 1974-75. John is also survived by his brothers, Sam and Paul Blythe.
John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Donna Beth Noren Blythe as well as his parents and his sister, Mary Blythe Brown.
John and Donna Beth met their first year at Ottawa University when they discovered they shared a birthdate. He was a track star at Ottawa but Donna Beth was able to catch him! They were married August 23, 1952 in Superior, NE. He was a wonderful caregiver for her and enabled her to travel and enjoy a rich life despite having M.S. Their family was the center of their lives together as they shared many special events and trips, including a wonderful 50th anniversary celebration with the extended family in Maine in 2002.
John graduated from Atchison High School in 1947; from Ottawa University with a B.A. in 1951; and from Andover Newton Theological School with a Master of Divinity in 1955.
He was ordained in 1954 as a student minister at First Baptist Church of Wollaston, MA.
He served as associate minister at First Baptist Church of Lewiston, ME and First Baptist Church of Madison, WI and as minister at First Baptist Church of Marengo, IL and First Baptist Church of Winfield, KS. He also served as Chaplain at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, WI and as Chaplain and Director of Church Relations at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS.
In retirement, he preached in several churches including the Cuchara Chapel in Colorad
o. John also served in various leadership or membership capacities at the Winfield Council of Churches, Winfield Ministerial Alliance, Rotary Clubs of Winfield, Ottawa and Lawrence, American Baptist Churches of the Central Region, Ottawa University Alumni Association, Diabetes Association and AFS Winfield.
John received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Ottawa University in 2003.
He and Donna Beth were advocates for peace and justice throughout their lives in many organizations. They were early and longtime supporters of the Koinonia Farm, a Christian community committed to racial equality, pacifism, and economic sharing, from which Habitat for Humanity evolved. They hosted its founder, Clarence Jordan, in their home when John brought him to speak at Wayland Academy in the 1960s.
John helped initiate a series of dialogues for racial justice in Winfield in 1968 following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He preached about the injustice of the Vietnam War and he and Donna Beth marched for peace in Lawrence before the Iraq War. He celebrated the life of his gay son and he and Donna Beth were members of the Association of Affirming and Welcoming Baptists.
He lived his life following the words of Jesus, “Love one another the way I have loved you.” John’s proudest accomplishments included his children and grandchildren who care for and support one another, who care about others, who are active in their churches, who are advocates for peace and justice and who are good Democrats (his words!).
John was especially proud of his and the church and community’s special ministry with Laotian refugees who were resettled in Winfield, KS in the 1970s. And he loved spending time at the Blythe Spirit cabin near La Veta, Colorado with family and friends.
John had an unbounded love for all those he encountered, and he treated each person he met as a unique and special individual. Even as dementia reduced his memory and as the pandemic limited his visitors, he asked the staff who cared for him questions about where they were born and to whom they were related. He loved a good joke or prank, and his beaming smile and sunny spirit did not leave him in these last days.
Barbara Jean Morgan Chimenti died peacefully on February 22, 2021, surrounded by family and beloved pets, after courageously fighting a rare cancer for several months. BJ was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on October 30, 1943 to Edward Morgan of Troy, Kansas and Barbara (Morey) Morgan of Clay Center, Kansas. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Norm (former Wayland Trustee), her sons Derek and Chad, daughters-in-law Marybeth (Marzewski) and Katie (Lynch), and her grandchildren Savanna, Dante, Madeline and Siena. It is not possible to capture all that BJ was on this earth. She brightened every life she touched with her warmth, her beauty, her charm, her wit, her many talents, her elegance and her compassion. She embraced all living things. She was the sun and the moon to her husband and family. A graduate of St. Joe Central High, she put herself through college and became a flight attendant for TWA. She and Norm met on March 16, 1965 on a TWA flight, and were married five months later. BJ's career with TWA spanned many years and took many forms, including at the corporate marketing level. Later, BJ served on numerous non-profit organization Boards and tirelessly, joyfully and selflessly engaged in countless volunteer charitable activities in the Hinsdale area. Most recently she served on the Boards of Family Shelter Service and Hinsdale Humane Society. BJ loved all animals and they loved her. The Volunteer of the Year Award of Family Shelter Service is known as the BJ Chimenti Award. She owned and operated Biondi women's store in Hinsdale. As one of the founders of The Community House Players, BJ appeared in all performances of Community Revue since 1997, including a cameo appearance last year while undergoing chemotherapy. Her cancer was incurable, but she chose to battle it all out with her customary determination and positivity, earning the title "badass" from the infusion nurses. Until her illness, she and Norm attended 40 consecutive Community House Christmas Balls. BJ's light shined at the many parties she so loved. Her passion for exotic travel was unmatched. BJ's and her family's travels took her to every continent. She embraced penguins in Antarctica, fed and bathed elephants in Thailand, swam with sharks in the Galapagos Islands, frolicked with newborn Humpbacks in Baja and climbed African mountains to bond with gorillas.
All of this barely scratches the surface and does not do the amazing BJ justice. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in BJ's name to Hinsdale Humane Society/Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale, IL 60521 or https://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org/. She will like that. BJ's interment was private. A virtual memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
To attend please use the following link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85883835983?pwd=QnhvY0RZMkN6eng0c0tTUFZyM2JLQT09 Meeting ID: 858 8383 5983 Passcode: 157211 A social event celebrating BJ's shining life will be held at a later date.
DANVILLE — Franklin Jay Foster, 77, of Danville, formerly of Gibson City, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 12, 2020) at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Jay was born July 29, 1942, in Seymour, Ind., to parents Raymond Duane and Luella Mae (Rasor) Foster. He married his wife, Rita Kaye Gosser, on Oct. 11, 1963, in Gibson City.
Surviving are his three daughters, Kristine Kaye (Gregory) Curry of Lexington, Ky., Kimberly Jayne `90 (Scott Parry) Foster of New York, N.Y., and Kathleen Kelsi Foster `95 of Champaign; one sister, DuAnne (David) Edwards of Madison, Wis.; one brother, John David (Gloria) Carson of Dana Point, Calif.; close friend and companion, Karen Boland; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother and stepfather, John Harnit Carson, as well as his wife and a brother, Douglas Alan Carson.
Mr. Foster earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1973 and became a certified public accountant shortly thereafter. Later that year, he joined Clifton, Gunderson & Co. in Danville, where he eventually became a partner. Jay later served as partner in charge until his retirement in 2007.
During the nearly 50 years he lived in Danville, Jay carried a strong sense of community and an impressive generosity of spirit, providing leadership and acting as an adviser for many organizations, businesses and charities in and around the area. A few of his notable positions included serving on the board of directors for Provena USMC (now OSF) from 1998 to 2006, president of the Danville Country Club from 1988 to 1989 and again in recent years, and serving as treasurer for both the Kiwanis Club and Hubbard Trail Country Club during the 1970s. He was also listed in the Who’s Who Registry of Worldwide Business Leaders. Most recently, Jay held the executorship of the Julius W. Hegeler II Estate and served as the director of the Hegeler Foundation.
A lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and season ticket holder for the Fighting Illini, Jay rarely missed catching the game. He spent his free time golfing, playing cards with friends and going on fishing trips or attending the theater with family. He also enjoyed singing in the local chorale or whenever he felt the urge to share his booming tenor. He held an unwavering commitment to his golf game and could be found on the course on any day the weather permitted.
Jay was only recently diagnosed with myeloma, which he faced with courage and strength, buoyed by the love of his devoted daughters and his many friends within the community. His generous heart, strong will and steadfast support will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Memorial contributions may be made to OSF Sacred Heart Cancer Center, 812 N. Logan Ave., Danville, IL 61832.
AUBURN – Dr. Carroll W. Howes, B.S, M.Ed, Ed.D, 86, a resident of Canton, passed away on June 25, 2021. Dr. Carroll W. Howes was a man of integrity whose motivation was to live up to the values he believed in. These values included devotion to family, public service, military service, and education.
Carroll was born in Jay, Maine, on Sept. 8, 1934, to Wilfred Howes and Carrie (Harlow) Howes. Carroll graduated from Jay High School in 1952. He loved sports and was a talented athlete. While in high school, he played baseball, basketball, and football all four years. Carroll was a gifted baseball player; batter left, throw right. He played baseball on the Jay town team at the age of 15, with players in their 20s and 30s.
Upon graduation he worked at Bass Shoe Company before enlisting in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1953 to 1957. While in the service, he was stationed along the Defense Early Warning System (DEW) in Alaska. He spent one year at a remote radar station in Central Alaska, and the remaining years of his duty at Blaine AFB in Washington. Upon completion of enlistment, he attended the University of Maine in Orono and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1961.
His early career in education included coaching and teaching at Leavitt Institute in Turner, Maine, coaching at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, teaching and principal in Shelton, Washington, and counselor and assistant principal at Shoreline High School in Seattle Washington.
The day of the Lunar landing, July 19, 1969, Carroll and Sandra J. Schneidewind were married in Orange, California. They spent 52 wonderful years together. In 1971, he returned to Maine and accepted a principalship at Dirigo High School in Dixfield, Maine. He then was offered the Superindency and led S.A.D. 21 for half of its existence, from 1975 to 1997 (22 years).
During his tenure, he received his Doctorate in Educational Administration from Vanderbilt University, oversaw the building of a new innovative middle school with solar station as a teaching area, championed multiple upgrades and additions to Canton Elementary and Dixfield Elementary schools, and approved a major addition to the Dirigo High School.
In 1996, S.A.D. 21 honored his service to the community by dedicating the new Dirigo High School wing in his name. He loved S.A.D. 21 staff and supporting staff and the citizens of Canton, Carthage, Dixfield, and Peru. They were always supportive and there was never a budget failure in his 22 years. He gave 100% to the educational well-being of all the students.
Dr. Howes was a member of the National Education Association as well as Maine School Management Association and numerous state agencies. He started the first school district newsletter that was sent to all citizens. He provided real estate agencies with updated information on the school district to encourage families to settle in S.A.D. 21, which was viewed as one of the outstanding school districts in the state. In retirement, Carroll and his wife Sandra spent 16 wonderful winters in Cocoa Beach, Florida enjoying golfing, walks on the beach, and cruising.
During the summer, they returned to Lake Annasagunticook, in Canton, Maine where he enjoyed antiquing with Sandra, landscaping, and gardening. In later retirement, Carroll and Sandra moved back to Maine full time to be closer to family and friends.
Carroll is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 52 years, Sandra Howes of Canton, Maine, and their two children, his daughter, Shelley Gresham and her husband Ian from Boston, Massachusetts, and his son, Jeffrey Howes, and his wife Becca from Falmouth, Maine and their children Zoe, Omri, and Isaac. He is also survived by his three daughters from an earlier marriage, Kathi Salser and her husband Steve from Canfield, Ohio, and their children Amber and Linden, Vicki Grillo and her husband John from Knoxville, Tennessee and their children Michael and Lauren, and Sally Beck and her husband Mark from Canfield, Ohio, and their children Drew, Tyler, and Cameron. Dr.
Howes was predeceased in death by his father Wilfred, mother Carrie, infant brother Robert, sister Gloria Luciano, sister Madeline Barnes, and brother Rodney Howes.
Carroll was a dedicated friend, father, and husband. He will forever be in our hearts.
Beloved wife of 68 years of the late Loren. Devoted mother of Loren D., Paul, Peter (Pat), Louise (Bill) LaRue, David `79 (Colleen), and Martha (Lee) Martin. Proud grandmother of 12. Adored great-grandmother of 6. Dear daughter of the late Carl and Dorothy Hanke. Loving sister of the late Carl (Ellie) Hanke. Cherished aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Katharine was the mother of Mark `76, Stephen `78, and Susan `79. She was a long-time supporter of the academy, including starting the Mark Anderson McMillan Memorial Fund after her son’s passing. Known as Penny for most of her life, she attended elementary school in the Hyde Park (Chicago) schools and graduated from Hollins College with a BA in English (1955).
In 1945, Penny was diagnosed with polio but she never let this interfere with an adventurous life. She continued to volunteer for many church groups and ministries. She enjoyed traveling on many medical missions to Haiti and the Dominican Republic and served on the Board of Trustees of the Bishop Anderson House in Chicago. Penny volunteered at the Hinsdale Humane Society and was a Girl Scout leader for several years, leading camping and canoeing trips to the Boundary Waters and the Smokey Mountains, not to mention encouraging the sales of thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies. She was a board member at the Peoria Children's Home (1979-1995) and was SCUBA certified. She was a certified travel agent and owned Quality Travel, Inc. from 1987-2000.
Penny leaves two children, Stephen (Linda) `78 and Susan (Becky Roberts) `79; three grandchildren, Daniel, Nicholas, and Ella McMillan; a brother, Lester; two sisters-in-law, Jean and Ann; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by Bob, her devoted husband of 58 years; their son, Mark `76; her brother, Charlie; and many dear friends and cousins.
Thomas Stebbins – October 25, 2020
Thomas "Tom" H. Stebbins, age 49 of Beaver Dam, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.
Tom was born in Beaver Dam on February 5, 1971, the son of Cecil H. and Marion M. (Mulligan) Stebbins. On December 30, 1995 he was united in marriage to his wife, Brenda Heding. He loved his job and the people he worked with as a waste water consultant for Sebright Products. Being in the waste handling business all of his life gave him experience and expertise that was sought by many others in the industry. Tom was always ready to help anyone in need and cared deeply about his community, as evidenced by the many boards, committees, and programs in which he served. He was a current member of the Beaverland Must-Skis, where he served as vice president over the years, as well as a board member for the Dodge County Fair Association, first supervisor for the Town of Calamus, and president of the Beaver Dam Community Fire and Rescue Association. Throughout his life, Tom participated in and organized many other community and individual events, such as Beaver Dam Lake Days and the Beaver Dam Elk's Christmas basket program. He walked the caparisoned horse in many memorial parades, was part of the Leipsic Horse Club, was an officer of the Dodge County Horseman's Association, and was also a Dodge County 4-H Leader. He took pride in being a hunter education instructor and even chaperoned for the Badger Honor Flight. Tom enjoyed farming with his long time friend, Harvey Linde and being a ring man for Dave Bell Auctions. In what little free time he had, he also loved hunting and shooting trap.
Tom is survived by his wife, Brenda Stebbins; daughters, Morgan `14 and Margaret Stebbins; siblings, Pam (Greg) Hansen, Rick (Lois) Korth; Kathy (Jerry) Steinke, Tracy (Randy) Rabata, Toni (Mike) Shiels, Troy (Sue) Ferron, Todd (Tracy) Ferron, and Tanya (Chris) Kircher; parents-in-law, Jim and Maxine Ferron; and further survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Cecil Stebbins; brother-in-law, Brett Heding; and other relatives.
If desired, memorials in Tom's name may be directed to the Beaver Dam Elk's Christmas Basket Program, Beaver Dam Fire and Rescue, or the Beaverland Mustskis waterski team.
Elkhart Lake - William Robert Thieman "Bill", age 97, of Elkhart Lake, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2020.
Bill was born in Sheboygan as the second child of Robert and Esther Thieman.
Bill attended U.S. Grant School, Sheboygan Central and North High School before graduating from the Hill School in Pottstown, PA. He attended college at the University of WI-Madison until he was drafted in 1943. He served as a combat medic in the European Theatre of Operations until the war ended in 1945. After his service, he returned to Madison to complete his studies.
After college, Bill joined his father as a salesman at the Thieman Ford dealership in Sheboygan. In 1953 he married Peggy Molan. That same year he purchased the family automobile business and became the youngest Ford dealer in Wisconsin. Bill and Peggy raised their family in Sheboygan. In 1978, Bill and Peggy retired to Elkhart Lake.
Bill was proud of the Eagle Scout Badge he earned after attending the 1937 Scout Jamboree in Washington D.C. Over the years he enjoyed sailing, fly fishing, golfing, spending time with his family and Peggy's sauerbraten. Bill took pride in being a founding director of the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association, an association committed to maintaining the health and beauty of Elkhart Lake for future generations. As a skilled sailor, Bill loved a windy day on the lake. He also enjoyed helping others learn to sail.
Bill was preceded in death by his brother Bobby, sister Joan, grandson Michael `02 and wife Peggy.
He is survived by his sister Charlotte; children Tamra, Joan `75 (Steve) and Bill; grandsons Samuel and Ryan; and many nieces and nephews.
Bill's family is grateful for the care provided by Ruth Williams of Hope Inspired Home Care to Bill in his final years.
If desired, memorials can be made to the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association.
John Dale Powless, 88, passed away at home Thursday, May 20th from end-stage colon cancer.
He was born August 24, 1932 in Flora, Illinois, the eldest son of Cecil “Kayo” James and Mildred Marie Powless. Throughout his young life, his father’s employer, John Throgmorton, the owner of Flora’s pharmacy and soda fountain, helped him greatly, employing John as a soda jerk and serving him extra meals to help build up his lanky frame.
John was a three-sport athlete in high school, playing football (his favorite), basketball and tennis. He learned the latter with his father on their homemade court, Frog Island, and competed with and against his father and friends. John’s highly competitive reach extended from Midwestern junior tennis competitions to the national championships (today’s US Open) as a young man in the open and in each progressive age division since. He coached, captained and competed in International Cup competition until senior 85-and-older tournaments ceased due to the 2020 pandemic.
John had attended the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on a basketball scholarship his freshman year, then spurred by a coaching change, transferred to Kentucky’s Murray State where he played basketball and tennis. During his senior year, he was undercut while attempting a dunk in a game resulting in broken vertebrae in his neck and two months in traction. He played tennis that spring and completed an undefeated collegiate tennis career in team match play.
John married high school sweetheart Delores Heater of Flora and had one son, John, before they divorced. Before coming to Wisconsin, he coached at a Paducah, KY, high school, Florida State University, and the University of Cincinnati, where he assisted the two-time NCAA champion and one-time runner-up Bearcat basketball teams.
In 1963, John joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison athletic staff as head tennis coach and assistant basketball coach. In 1967, he married UW grad Sheree Williams of Wauconda, IL. In 1968, he stopped coaching UW men’s tennis and became the Wisconsin men’s head basketball coach. In 1970, he welcomed his second son, Jason. John left UW-Madison after the 1975-76 basketball season and worked as a tennis pro and director at Cherokee Country Club, Madison, until 1979 when he and Sheree began operating the John Powless Tennis Center on Madison’s west side. Over the years he taught then led youth summer camps first in basketball, then later in tennis.
John will be greatly missed by family and friends, past players and competitors, and his tennis community in Madison and around the world. He participated in several community groups, served on multiple national and international boards, and was a lifelong member of the Flora Elks club.
John was preceded in death by his parents, former wife Delores, and great-nephew Teddy. He is survived by former wife Sheree, son John (Helen) of Olney, IL, and grandchildren Cord (Springfield, IL), Heidi (Seattle, WA) and Taylor (Michelle - Stoughton, WI); son Jason (Laura Jeanne) of Madison and grandchildren Jack, Cecil, Clara, Joe, Gladys, Linus, Amos and Augie; sister Kay (Darrell), of Champaign, IL, and nieces Robyn (Mike) and Chris (Michelle); brother Robert (Judie) of Flora, IL, and nephews Andy (Willa), Chris (Ellen) and Joel (Shauna); aunts Opal, Katherine and Helen, and 11 great nieces and nephews.
MADISON/NAPLES, FL - Jamie G. Steuer, age 88, reunited with her husband of 65 years, Joe, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Jamie was born on September 24, 1931, in Wausau, WI, to Frederick and Dorothy Genrich. She grew up in Wausau but spent her summers in Tomahawk, WI on Clear Lake. Jamie attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and later graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
She married the love of her life, Joseph Steuer Jr., on April 23, 1954.
Jamie started her career as a first-grade teacher before staying home to care for her growing family. Jamie spent many hours volunteering in Madison and Naples.
She was a reader, a golfer, an avid gardener, and a world traveler who sought new adventures-but equally loved spending quiet time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jamie unequivocally loved life. She bought flowers often, simply because they made her happy. She ate her meals very slowly-sometimes to the chagrin of her dining partners-so she could savor every bite. Jamie had an easy-going nature, a great sense of humor, and always had a smile on her face.
Jamie is survived by her children Dorothy (Archie) Degnan, Joseph III `77 (Carmen), and Jamie (Bill) Wacek `78; grandchildren, Anna (Andy Sailing) Cardarella `93, Rosalie Cardarella, Alex (Kayla) Degnan, Joseph IV, Hilary (Chaz) Krueger, Michael Degnan, Laura (Matt) Mueller, Andy, and Christine Wacek; nine great-grandchildren; and niece Marion Stenz.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe, who served on Wayland Academy’s Board of Trustees from 1977-2001; daughter, Louise Frame; siblings, Virginia (Sam) Sammon and Freddie Genrich.
HOLLAND, MICH./WAUPUN - Dewey Gordon Westra was born in East Friesland, Wis., on May 31, 1929, and he went to glory on Sept. 13, 2021.
Dewey was the son of William and Susie (Schregardus) Westra. He is survived by his loving wife, Lois, (DeGroot); and his three sons, Steve (Kathy Bille), Paul (Sharon Visscher) and Jonathan (Karen Lagerwey); as well as a step-daughter, Mary Buwalda Soodsma (Scott). Dewey loved his family and immensely enjoyed spending time with his 11 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. He was also uncle to alumna Aaron Westra `96. Dewey was preceded in death by his parents and by his son, David.
Dewey was very active in his church, his community and his business. He served faithfully for many years as an elder and a deacon, taught Sunday School and led Cadets. He served on the boards of Waupun Christian School, Central Wisconsin Christian School (including serving on the committee to form the school), and Wayland Academy. He also served on the Foundation Board for Christian Schools International. He formed Westra Construction in the late 1940s with his father. Additionally he was a charter member of the Wisconsin branch of Associated Builders and Contractors, served two terms as the president of the association, and served on their national board as well. He was a recipient of the Wes Meilahn Award through ABC. He was also a People to People Ambassador to China representing the construction industry.
Dewey, with Lois, was an active volunteer. He was an active member of the Gideons for over 20 years and participated in distributing Bibles in Ethopia. He served at Wycliffe Bible Translators in Tuscon, Ariz., volunteering for more than 23 winters. He helped build housing and similar projects for missionaries.
Dewey was deeply loved and appreciated by his family and will be greatly missed. However, the family is reassured by the testimony of faith that he consistently gave throughout his life and know that he is now in the presence of his Heavenly Father.
Memorials can be given to Wycliffe Bible Translators or the Christian School of your choice. To leave a condolence and more information, please visit www.langelandsterenberg.com.
Doris Mae Bolton was born in Forsythe Georgia on July 26, 1923 to the late Dock and Mattie Lyons. Doris was the second youngest of six children. Doris received her early education in the Atlanta Public School System. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1941.
Doris continued her education at Morris Brown College for two years, then Reed Business College for one year.
On June 3, 1946, Doris married the love of her life, Ernest Willie Bolton. Their union flourished for 39 beautiful years until his passing in 1985. To this beautiful union, two daughters, Ameshia and Yvonne, were born. During their life together, Ernest and Doris were inseparable. They both were social butterflies, always enjoying life and having fun as members of many social groups.
During 1958, Doris began employment with Mount Sinai Hospital. She devoted 28 years of service commitment until her retirement in 1986.
Doris was a faithful member of St.Felicitas Catholic Church for 50 years, until its closing.
Doris had an unwavering devotion to her family. Doris’ love for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was immeasurable. Doris selflessly helped her daughter Ameshia raise her two children, Donnis and Jeneen. Understanding the complexities of being a young mother and single parenthood, she refused to allow her grandchildren to bear any burden. Doris did not stop there. Doris tirelessly helped her granddaughter, Jeneen, raise her first-born son Jordan, as she pursued her nursing studies. For this, her granddaughter dedicates her entire nursing career to her beloved grandmother. Doris always made birthdays and Christmas special, she attended most, if not all, athletic events, school performances, and graduations, even up until she was 93. Doris religiously picked up her great-grandchildren from school daily, well into her 80s. The great-grandchildren will cherish fond memories of Nana’s thoughtfully prepared snacks they enjoyed during the ride home.
Doris leaves to cherish her memory, her two daughters, Ameshia Hardison and Yvonne Jones; three grandchildren, Donnis Roberts (Diane), Eric Jones, and Jeneen Lomax; seven great-grandchildren, Jason Roberts, David Roberts, Erin Roberts, Eric Jones, Jordan Roberts-Lomax `13, Devon Jones, and Nasir Lomax; two great-great-grandchildren, Eric Jones Jr. and Bryson Jones; four sisters-in-law, Fannie Lyons, Katie Cohn, Betty Majors, and Annie Ward; three nephews, Harold Lyons Jr., Leonard Lyons (Joann) and Edwin Lyons Jr.(Jeanette); three nieces, Cynthia Glass (Phil), Evelyn Dillard (Wayne), and Celeste Lyons (John); cousins, a host of other relatives, two special friends, Viola Ballard and Anne Spinks, her special buddies Mitchel Spears and Richard Lomax III, and many friends.