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Friday 04/24/2015
Alice A. Fay
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 11:39 am

DEFOREST – Alice A. (Jensen) Fay, age 77, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at her home. Alice was born to Ernest and Arline Jensen on July 21, 1937 in Marshfield, WI. On May 10, 1958, she was united in marriage with Kenneth Fay.

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Friday 04/10/2015
Trygve A. Strand
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 9:53 am

DAYTON/DEFOREST – Trygve A. Strand, age 67, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at his home in DeForest.

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Dorene K. Quam
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 9:54 am

DEFOREST/BEAVER DAM – Dorene Kay Quam, age 75, peacefully passed away surrounded by family on Monday, April 6, 2015.  Born August 6, 1939 in Wahpeton, ND, to George and Myrtle (Jacobson) Kunkle.  Dorene grew up in the Beaver Dam area.  After marriage, she raised her family in DeForest, WI.  She ran a family day care for many years, worked at EVCO Plastics, and enjoyed a part-time position at the DeForest Times-Tribune.  Most recently she was a devoted volunteer at DeForest Senior Center and at her church.  Dorene supported music as a Band Mother and school athletics for her children and grandchildren.  She loved sewing, gardening, canning, reading, singing, rock collecting with her grandchildren, and rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers. 

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Darlene D. Gove-Beyer
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 9:50 am

MORRISONVILLE  – Darlene D. Gove-Beyer, age 81, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Meriter Hospital following a brief illness. She was born on March 13, 1934 in Fox Lake, WI, the daughter and youngest child of Otto and Minnie (Kruger) Siedschlag. She grew up on the family farm in Fox Lake and in Casa Grande, AZ. Among her happiest childhood memories was riding her beloved horse, Duchess, with her best friend Shirley. Darlene graduated from Fox Lake High School in 1952. She married Ryan F. Gove, March 19, 1954; he preceded her in death in 1997. She married David Beyer, June 5, 1999. Darlene was an active member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, including the Zion Dorcas Society and former choir member. She was a former member of Christ Lutheran Church, DeForest. Darlene was very proud of being a charter member of a WELS Mission Church Trinity in Mountain Home, AR. Darlene loved to travel, and some of her favorite destinations included Germany, Ireland, Israel (where she was baptized in the River Jordan by Reggie White), Glacier National Park, Arizona for Spring Training, and especially her yearly trips to Door County with “The Gove Girls”. Darlene loved animals of all kind and had many pets over the years, including horses, dogs, cats, and birds. She also loved gardening, antiquing, reading, sewing, interior decorating, “Downton Abbey”, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family and many friends.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Arlene Grace Warmuth
Posted: December 12, 2014 - 3:29 pm

LAKE DELTON - Arlene Grace Warmuth, age 75, of Lake Delton, formerly DeForest, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, December 5, 2014 at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage.  She was born July 4, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Peter N. and Martha (Fertikowski) Dielen.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Richard D. Mihlsimmer
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 3:39 pm

DEFOREST - Richard D. “Dick” Mihlsimmer, age 75, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. 

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Ruby Ann Schmidt
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 3:37 pm

DEFOREST – Ruby Ann Schmidt, 85, went to her heavenly home on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 with her loving family by her side. 

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Obituary: Emily Holm
Posted: November 19, 2014 - 9:23 am

DEFOREST – Emily Holm, age 83, passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Emily was born October 20, 1931 in Eau Claire, WI to Kenneth and Ethel Thorn. She grew up in Eau Claire and graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1949. Emily attended two years at Eau Claire State Technical College.  

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Obituary: Donald J. Laes Jr.
Posted: November 19, 2014 - 9:14 am

DeForest – Donald J. Laes Jr., age 65, died on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was born on March 10, 1949 in Green Bay, the son of Donald J. Sr. and Jacqueline (Wood) Laes.  Don graduated from Riverdale High School in Milwaukee.  He was united in marriage to Diane S. Ziesch on August 18, 1979.  

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Obituary: Judith Kaye Grimme
Posted: November 12, 2014 - 3:38 pm

DeForest – Judith Kaye Grimme, age 64, passed away unexpectedly at home on November 5, 2014.

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Obituary: Richard D. “Dick” Mihlsimmer
Posted: November 12, 2014 - 3:36 pm

DeForest - Richard D. “Dick” Mihlsimmer, age 75, passed away on Thursday, November 6, 2014. 

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Friday 10/10/2014
Obituary: Raymond L. Steventon
Posted: October 10, 2014 - 10:40 am

DeForest – Raymond L. Steventon, age 88, passed away on September 15, 2014 at Skaalen Nursing Home.  He was born on April 17, 1926 in Merrick, NY, the son of Franklin B. and Alice Steventon.  He married Harriet G. Magnus on March 12, 1948 in Memphis, TN.

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Monday 09/29/2014
Obituary: Rosalie A. “Rose” Pongrat
Posted: September 29, 2014 - 9:03 am

WINDSOR –  Rosalie A. “Rose” Pongratz, age 76, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on September 16, 2014. She was born on August 5, 1938, the daughter of Rudolph and Irene (Weiseke) Krebs.  Rose was an avid Badger, Packer and Nascar fan, and enjoyed collecting teddy bears.  She enjoyed garage sales, shopping, and sewing. She loved her cats, Sassy and Smokey, Sunday afternoon rides with Bill and spending time with her granddaughters and great-granddaughters. She is survived by her longtime friend and partner, Bill Leuthner; her daughter, Susan Pongratz (Richard) Fischer; two granddaughters, Lisa Marie Poole (fiancé, Chris Bengry), and Amy Sue (Matt) Zuehlke; two great-granddaughters, Taylor Lynn King and Alyssa Mary Ann King; and other family members.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph Pongratz; and other family members. A funeral service was held on Monday, September 22, 2014, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest, with Pastor Roger Eigenfeld presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Agrace HospiceCare, Inc.  The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Karmenta Center and Agrace HospiceCare for their care of Rose.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Obituary: Kenneth E. Ripp
Posted: September 17, 2014 - 4:24 pm

DeForest – Kenneth E. Ripp (Grandpa), age 77 passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena. He was born on December 18, 1936 in DeForest, the son of Mathias and Grace (Brabender) Ripp. He graduated from DeForest High School and spent most of his life in DeForest. Ken was a farmer in his earlier years and later worked at Chase Lumber in Windsor and DeForest for over 40 years. He retired from Chase Lumber in 2011. After living in East Bristol for almost nine years, he moved his family back to DeForest. Kenny became a Volunteer Fireman in DeForest – something he was very proud of. He enjoyed playing baseball, softball, trap shooting, and bowling for many years. Dad was an avid Brewers fan and never wanted to miss watching a game. He was also known for his love of dancing and card playing. Kenny looked forward to his annual deer hunting trips and many fishing trips with his friends. Later in life, he enjoyed throwing horseshoes and going on an occasional casino run. 

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Obituary: Mark L. Newell
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 2:29 pm

DEFOREST - Mark L. Newell, age 64, passed away peacefully at home on September 6, 2014 after a valiant battle with cancer and many related illnesses. Mark was born on December 7, 1949 to Clare and Luella Harvey Newell. He grew up in DeForest in the tiny white house that his parents built on S. Main Street and graduated from DeForest High School. He was a proud member of the Boy Scouts and, following in the footsteps of his father and brothers, earned his Eagle Scout rank as a high school junior.

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Obituary: Gary R. Noggle
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 2:32 pm

MADISON - Gary R. Noggle, age 62, of Madison, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at Agrace HospiceCare, of bladder cancer. He fought a long, hard battle. He was born on January 21, 1952, in Madison, the son of Calvin and Dolores Noggle. The loves of his life were his wife Darlene, his daughters Jen, Stephanie and Tina, son Andy, step-son Kyle, and his four grandchildren. Gary would want to be remembered for his love of family, friends and the Packers. He was a meat cutter for 26 years before starting his second career in customer service, most recently at PNC. Gary enjoyed life to the fullest, traveling, boating, bowling, softball, playing cards and especially his family camping trips to Castle Rock Lake for 30 years. He is survived by his wife Darlene; daughters Jen (John) Cook, Stephanie (Matt) Hafermann, Tina Jaeke and special friend Scott Oetzman; son Andy Noggle and special friend Taylor Andaverde; step-son Kyle Williams; grandchildren  Ethan, Evan, Isaac and Braeden; brother Calvin Noggle, Jr.; sister-in-law Cathy Gilligan; and other relatives and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Greg Noggle. A Celebration of Life will be held at his daughter’s home, W4828 Bradley Road, Rio, on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. with a short service at Noon. A celebration will follow the service. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Obituary: Jerome “Jerry” Meyers
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 1:02 pm

The family of Jerome “Jerry” Meyers sadly announces that on Saturday, August 30, 2014 he passed away suddenly at his home in DeForest, Wisconsin. 

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Alberta M. “Bert” Edwardson
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Alberta M. “Bert” Edwardson

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Loraine A. Kvale
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Loraine A. Kvale

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Douglas Russel Reigstad
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Douglas Russel Reigstad

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Byron Smith "Barney" Holmes (1927-2014)
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Byron Smith "Barney" Holmes, age 87, passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Obituary: Delores Rose Motiff
Posted: August 06, 2014 - 2:38 pm

DeForest - Delores Rose Motiff, age 87, of DeForest, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Artisan Assisted Living.  She was born February 25, 1927 in Madison, the daughter of William and Ottilia (Geier) Kaltenberg.  She married Robert Motiff in 1948 and he preceded her in death in February 2004 after 55 years of marriage.  Delores was a caregiver much of her life; taking care of her siblings after their mother died; her father in his later years; and raising five children while Bob was on the road for work.  Once they purchased their own business, K-M Cooler Service, she worked side by side with Bob.  Delores was a very good gardener, and loved working in her flower, vegetable and strawberry gardens.  She was also a wonderful seamstress, sewing many of her children’s clothes and was very crafty.  She will be remembered as a spunky lady whose sense of humor kept her family laughing.  She loved and enjoyed her grandchildren; and could always be counted on.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Obituary: Lawrence A. “Larry” Ringelstetter
Posted: July 23, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Lawrence A. “Larry” Ringelstetter, age 92, died on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.

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Obituary: Russel “Ross” Jon Berna
Posted: July 23, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Russel “Russ” Jon Berna, 71, passed away July 12, 2014 in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife Donna of 14 years by his side.  Russ was born on July 19, 1942 in Elgin, Illinois to Henry “Hap” Joseph Berna and Marion Elizabeth Liedberg.  He spent his younger years stirring up harmless trouble in Burlington, Illinois before graduating from Central High School in 1960.  He attended Elgin Community College for one year, prior to starting work at American Breeders Service (ABS).  He worked at ABS for over 30 years allowing him to travel the world, and live in several different states.  He also had a brief employment with Worldwide Sires.  Russ was charismatic, had a love for animals, especially dogs and horses and displayed a great sense of humor and wit.  He enjoyed traveling, spending time in the great outdoors, and fishing.  He was a remarkable businessman and mentor to many.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Jeanne Knudtsen, 1929-2014
Posted: July 18, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Jeanne Knudtsen, 85, of Northwood, ND, passed away Wednesday, July 9 at Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood.  A memorial service was held Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center Dining Room Chapel in Northwood.

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
Obituary: Marilyn M. Haas
Updated: June 04, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Marilyn M. Haas, age 79, of Poynette, passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at her home in Poynette.  

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
Dennis “Denny” R. Hron (1951-2014)
Posted: May 28, 2014 - 11:10 am

WINDSOR – Dennis “Denny” R. Hron, age 63, of Windsor, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014. He was born on May 14, 1951 in Madison, the son of Eugene J. and Jane E. (Schott) Hron. Denny graduated from LaFollette High school, Class of 1969. He was married to Charlotte Pollock on September 26, 1970 in Madison. She preceded him in death in 2010. Denny served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He worked for many years for Wisconsin Porcelain  (Washington Mills) until his retirement in 2013. Dennis was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt, fish, and spend time up north at the family cabin. He is survived by his son Jeff (Candi) Hron; mother, Jane Hron; brothers, Dan (Jane) and Dale Hron. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends and close friends, Karen Corbett and Greg (Linda) Gardiner. He was preceded in death by his son Gregory in 1994; wife Charlotte in 2010;  brother David in 2011; father Eugene in 1998; and close friend James Corbett in 2009. 

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
Obituary: Virginia M. “Ginny” Anderson (1921-2014)
Updated: May 21, 2014 - 4:25 pm

DeForest – Virginia M. “Ginny” Anderson, age 93, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014 at The Willows Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sun Prairie.

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Obituary: Ricky Howard Johnson (1964-2014)
Updated: May 21, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Ricky Howard Johnson was born on Feb. 26, 1964 to Raymond and Patricia Johnson in Shell Lake, Wis. He passed away on May 16, 2014 in Madison, Wis. after a long battle with cystic fibrosis.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
Obituary: Steven D. Horne
Posted: April 10, 2014 - 12:00 am

WINDSOR - Steven D. Horne, age 47, passed away on Monday, March 31, 2014.  He was born in Madison on January 18, 1967, the son of Darrell and LaVonne (Esser) Horne.  Steve married Jennifer Aschbrenner, on one of the happiest days of his life, on October 14, 2000 at Christ the King Church in McFarland.   Steve was a family man, his son Ryan was the center of his life and nothing pleased him more than watching Ryan in all of his sports and school activities.  Steve was an avid football fan.  He played football growing up at Sacred Hearts, Sun Prairie High School (where he also wrestled) and in college at UW Stout.  He coached football at Menomonie High School and officiated football throughout the state.  He was an avid fan of the UW-Stout Blue Devils, Badgers, Packers and DeForest Norskies.  His Dad was his best friend.  They enjoyed golfing together as well watching the Badgers and Packer games and going hunting up north. Steve also supported his nephews during their sporting events and could always be heard cheering in the stands. Steve was proud of to have served his community as a Loaned Executive for the United Way.  Steve’s faith was also a very important part of his life.  Steve shared many fond memories of high school friends (especially the “Big 8”) and fraternity brothers (FOB’S).   He was a child at heart.  His bear hugs and laughter will be missed and Christmas will not be the same without “Santa Steve.” 

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Obituary: Pauline Barbara (Disch) Duerst
Posted: April 10, 2014 - 12:00 am

DEFOREST - Pauline Barbara (Disch) Duerst, age 92, passed away on March 31, 2014 at Waunakee Manor.

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Obituary: Jackie L. Zander
Updated: April 10, 2014 - 11:33 am

DEFOREST – Jackie L. Zander, age 54, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014 at UW Hospital in Madison with her loving family by her side.  She was born July 8, 1959, in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Thursday 04/03/2014
Death Notice: Lorraine M. “Lori” Karcz (1944-2014)
Posted: April 03, 2014 - 12:00 am

Lorraine M. “Lori” Karcz, 69, DeForest, died peacefully Friday, March 28, 2014, at Bethel Home in Oshkosh.  Karcz was born December 30, 1944, in Green Bay.  

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Thursday 03/20/2014
Obituary: Catherine “Katie” Bradley
Posted: March 20, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Catherine  “Katie” Bradley

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Friday 02/14/2014
DeForest – Obituary – Virginia "Ginny" M. Olson – 1929 - 2014
Posted: February 14, 2014 - 3:26 pm

DeForest – Virginia “Ginny” M. Olson, age 84, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Pine View Living of Windsor.

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DeForest – Obituary – Angie L. Gratz – 1970-2014
Updated: February 14, 2014 - 3:21 pm

DeForest – Angie Lee Gratz, age 43, of DeForest, died on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at The Willows Care Center in Sun Prairie following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 26, 1970, in Stoughton to Lanny and RaAnne (Chase) Oren.

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Wednesday 01/29/2014
Death Notice – Wade L. Ellingson – 1941 – 2014
Updated: January 29, 2014 - 2:29 pm

FOND DU LAC – Wade L. Ellingson passed away Jan. 26, 2014. He was born in Columbus and has relatives in the DeForest Area. A celebration of life will be at noon, Saturday, Feb. 1, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fond du Lac. The family will greet friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agnesian Hospice Hope or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

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Obituary – Valborg "Val" Marcela Kvalheim – 1921 – 2014
Updated: January 29, 2014 - 2:25 pm

DeForest – Valborg “Val” Marcela Kvalheim, age 93, DeForest, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Lodi. She was born Jan. 11, 1921, in Rio, the daughter of Christian and Ingeborg (Olson) Jacobson.

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Wednesday 01/22/2014
DeForest – Obituary – Isabelle M. Levinson
Updated: January 22, 2014 - 1:50 pm

DEFOREST – Isabelle M. Levinson, 74, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Meriter Hospital, Madison, while surrounded by her family.

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Wednesday 01/15/2014
Obituary – Arnold M. “Arnie” Nordeng – 1928 – 2014
Updated: January 15, 2014 - 3:41 pm

DEFOREST/POYNETTE – Arnold M. “Arnie” Nordeng, age 85, passed away after a brief illness Jan. 11, 2014.

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Thursday 01/09/2014
Obituary – R. Bernice Van Sant – 1917 to 2014 – (Clinton, Iowa)
Updated: January 09, 2014 - 5:24 pm

R. Bernice Van Sant, 96, of Clinton, Iowa, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at the Alverno. 

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Obituary – Edwin “Eddie” Wipperfurth – 1926 - 2013
Updated: December 09, 2013 - 7:44 pm

DEFOREST – Edwin “Eddie” Wipperfurth, age 87, passed away peacefully at his home farm on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

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Friday 11/29/2013
Obituary – Earl R. Steffenson – 1939 – 2013 – Waukon (Iowa), Poynette, DeForest
Updated: November 29, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Earl R. Steffenson, 74, Waukon, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Nov. 25, 2013, at his apartment in Poynette. Memorial services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon, with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Friends called from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, at Martin Funeral Home, Waukon.

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Wednesday 11/20/2013
DeForest – Obituary – Donald E. Rublee – 1933 – 2014
Updated: November 20, 2013 - 4:47 pm

ROCKFORD - Donald E. Rublee, 79, of Rockford, Ill., passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. He was born Nov. 29, 1933, in DeForest, the son of Emery and Goldie (Skaar) Rublee.

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Wednesday 09/18/2013
Memorial Service – Celebration of Life For Molly Phillips to be Sept. 28
Updated: September 18, 2013 - 4:16 pm

A Celebration of Molly Phillips’ life will be hosted at the Oxford VFW Hall at noon, Saturday, Sept. 28. Refreshments will begin to be served at noon with lunch beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing throughout the day. Please come and share a memory with family and friends. 

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Windsor/Columbus – Obituary – Kenneth Charles "Kenny" Womack – 1940 – 2013
Updated: September 18, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Windsor/Columbus – Kenneth Charles “Kenny” Womack, age 73, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at his home and was able to give the gift of organ donation.

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Wednesday 09/11/2013
Obituary – Stephen "Steve" C. Ryan
Updated: September 11, 2013 - 3:26 pm

DeForest – Stephen “Steve” C. Ryan, age 60, passed away at home unexpectedly from a cardiac event on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. He was born on May 26, 1953, in Madison, the son of Ivan and Verlee (Klopfenstein) Ryan.

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Friday 08/30/2013
Obituary – DeForest, Daniel Raye Frosch – 1954 – 2013
Updated: August 30, 2013 - 8:27 pm

DEFOREST – Daniel Raye Frosch, age 59, reunited with his brother and dad on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Meriter Hospital.

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Obituary – DeForest, Molly Manske Phillips, 1956 – 2013
Updated: August 30, 2013 - 8:24 pm

DEFOREST – Molly Manske Phillips, of DeForest, age 57, passed away at UW Hospital on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Molly was born on March 1, 1956, at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage. She was the daughter of the late Ned and Vera (Quinn) Manske. Molly graduated in 1974 from Westfield High School. After high school, Molly graduated in 1978 from the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Wednesday 08/14/2013
Obituary – Harold V. Patton – Dane – 1917 - 2013
Updated: August 14, 2013 - 4:17 pm

DANE – Harold V. Patton, 95, of Vienna Township, Dane County, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.

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