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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Sheila Suzanne “Sue” Carlson, 77
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 10:20 am

Sheila Suzanne “Sue” Carlson, 77, died April 9, 2015, in Mountain View, AR., after a long illness. She was born Jan. 20, 1938, in Madison, WI, to the late Kathryn and Everett Decker of Milton. After graduating from high school she enrolled at Michael Reese, Chicago, where she earned her certificate as an x-ray technician. She spent many years in the medical profession and became active in the Wisconsin chapter of A.A.M.A., and was elected president in 1981-82. She earned many awards through the years, lecturing at various colleges in Wisconsin. 

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Darlene Zanton, 92
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 10:20 am

Darlene Zanton, 92, passed away April 20, 2015 at the Agrace Center, Janesville, WI. 

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Larry Lee Schroeder, 68
Posted: April 08, 2015 - 12:34 pm

Larry Lee Schroeder, 68, of Milton, died at his home on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. He was born on April 7, 1946 in Shawano, WI, the son of Marvin and Virginia (Wruck) Schroeder. Larry would marry Candace deVeau on June 4, 1966 in Whitewater, WI. Larry owned his own CPA business in Arlington Heights and Rolling Meadows, IL for 25 years after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He had a love of boats and owned one before he even had a driver’s license. His mother had to transport it to the water.

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Ruth Marie Love, 65
Posted: April 08, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Ruth Marie Love, 65, of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away Feb. 22, 2015 at her home with her husband, James; son, Shawn Hopland; and friends by her side. 

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Marsha A. Brenneman, 79
Updated: April 09, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Marsha A. Brenneman, 79, of Janesville died on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Agrace HospiceCare, Inc., Fitchburg. She was born in Janesville on March 13, 1936, the daughter of Delmar and Alice (Lenz) Reid. She married Mearl E. Brenneman in Dubuque, IA on June 12, 1954, and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2012. Marsha had been an Avon Lady for over 30 years, and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Milton. She was a mall walker, loved being with her family, enjoyed reading, old movies, old TV shows, and loved Ruckus, her little Prince.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Orpha Boehm, 79
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 9:58 am

Orpha Mae Boehm, age 79, of Loveland, Colorado, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was born to Oscar and Olga Johnson on February 23, 1936 in rural Wisconsin. Orpha graduated from Milton High School, in Milton, Wisconsin. Early work life included car hop work at an A&W Root Beer stand, Parker Pen and the Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Department. In 1956, Orpha married the love of her life Clifford Boehm. In 1973 they moved to Loveland, Colorado. Orpha worked for many years as a secretary at Titan Homes, which later became Summit Crest Homes. Many of the mostly male workforce referred to her as Mom. In addition to raising their four children, she was an active member of Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Loveland where she sang in the choir and volunteered in the church office for many years.

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Nancy Lee Marzahl, 74
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 9:54 am

Nancy Lee Marzahl, of Janesville, WI went to be with the Lord peacefully at home with family on Sunday March 29, 2015. Nancy was a devoted and a loving wife and mother to her children and grandchildren; and a pillar of strength to all. 

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Fred W. Berger, 94
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 9:57 am

Fred W. Berger, age 94, of Janesville, died Friday March 27, 2015 at Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Janesville. He was born Nov. 19, 1920 in Fennimore, WI, the son of Elmer E. and Mae Helena (Wiedmann) Berger. Fred married Rose Eileen Lasse on March 18, 1946 in Janesvillle, WI. He was a 1938 graduate of Janesville High School and was employed for 43 years at the Burdick Corporation in Milton, retiring in 1983. He and Rose spent 14 years of their retirement in Eustis, Florida before returning to Wisconsin. He served three years as a Sergeant in the US Army Air Corps during World War II, both stateside and in the Philippines, working maintenance on B-24 and B-29 airplanes, and in Tokyo after the war. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton, serving many years as a trustee and was also a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters as financial secretary for many years. Fred was an avid golfer and was proud of his hole-in-one, something his children have yet to accomplish! He bowled in leagues for many years. He and his wife Rose enjoyed square dancing for over 20 years with the Milton Squares and 14 years with Florida clubs, traveling often to national conventions.

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Gladys L. Quade, 96
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 9:57 am

Gladys L. Quade, age 96, of Milton, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Evansville Manor. 

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Matthew Kyle Peabody, 46
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 9:48 am

Matthew Kyle Peabody, 46, passed away at Janesville Mercy Hospital on March 13, 2015, from complications of asthma. 

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Mary Alice Bier, 95
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:49 am

Mary Alice Bier, 95, of Janesville, died on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care. 

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Elisabeth van Dalen-de Graaff, 87
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 10:50 am

Elisabeth van Dalen-de Graaff, 87, of Milton, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Edgerton Care Center.  

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Robert L. “Bob” Stair, 73
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 10:57 am

Robert L. “Bob” Stair, age 73 of Janesville, died on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville, after a brief battle with ALS.

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Steven J. Sharpe, 68
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 10:50 am

Steven J. Sharpe, 68, formerly of Wisconsin, passed away In Tampa, FL on March 4, 2015. He was born April 27, 1946 in New London, WI, the only child of Rev. Wesley and Ardys (Oberg) Sharpe. 

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Wednesday 03/11/2015
Lois Jean Godfrey, 86
Updated: March 11, 2015 - 10:13 am

Lois Jean Godfrey, 86, passed peacefully on March 4, 2015, at Agrace Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Janesville. Lois was born in Janesville in 1928 to Willard and Inez Davey. She attended the old Janesville High School and worked at Parker Pen before marrying Frank Godfrey on August 14, 1948. They farmed on Tarrant Road, Milton, until 1976 when they moved to Janesville. Lois loved square dancing, bowling, growing flowers, quilting and all forms of needlework, but in her later years she most enjoyed her role as a super-grandma and great-grandma. She was known by her friends, family and especially her many close pals at Wesley Apartments for her huge and varied collection of frog figurines.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
Mary Lee (Sunby) Astin, 82
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 11:38 am

Mary Lee (Sunby) Astin, 82, Green Bay, passed away peacefully, March 1, 2015. 

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Maribeth O’Neill, 67
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 11:39 am

Maribeth O’Neill, age 67, of Janesville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 with her family by her side. 

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Clarence Albert Vierck, 91
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 11:38 am

Clarence Albert Vierck, 91, of King, WI/formerly of Milton, WI, passed away on March 1, 2015 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, WI.  Mr. Vierck was born in Johnstown, the son of Henry and “Minta” (Tess) Vierck. Clarence was a long time resident of the Milton area. He entered the US Navy on Jan. 6, 1942 and served on the island of Banika in the Russell Island Group. He was discharged from the Navy on Oct. 10, 1945. On July 27, 1946 he married Hope Hudson and they had seven children: Raymond of Durango, CO, Carole Miller of Milton, Lorraine (Brian) Mass of Baraboo, WI, David of Milton, Karen (Keith) Moen of Janesville, WI, Dawn Bradshaw of Milton, and Wayne of Edgerton. He had 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Vierck was employed by Liberty Trucking, The Burdick Corporation, Hufcor, and McFarland Pheasant Farm.  He also served his community as a part-time Police Officer and EMT.

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Colleen A. (Fry) Ristau, 66
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 11:26 am

Colleen A. (Fry) Ristau, age 66, of Oregon, WI, passed away Friday morning Feb. 13, at Agrace Hospice Center in Fitchburg, WI due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis.

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Edmund R. “Butch” Braun, 81
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 11:27 am

Edmund R. “Butch” Braun, 81, passed away peacefully on Feb. 20, 2015, at his winter home in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Even while battling cancer, Butch always had a smile and a bad joke to share with anyone who would listen. 

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Stanley ‘Stub’ Hergert, 83
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 10:14 am

Stanley “Stub” Hergert, 83, of Milton passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at Golden Living in Fort Atkinson. His long journey with Alzheimer’s is over.

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Phyllis Jean Souviner, 86
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 10:14 am

Phyllis Jean Souviner, 86, mother of Jenny Souviner Hallett, passed away January 4, 2015 in Milton. Phyllis was born on March 7, 1928 at home in Indianapolis, Indiana to Earl and Luella (Bechert) Durbin. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and had a great interest in genealogy, puzzles, and sudokus. Phyllis loved to travel and visited all 50 states, seven Canadian Provinces and 19 Countries. She lived with her daughter, Jenny Hallett, in Milton for the last three years. 

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
Isabel Ruth Reuterskiold, 95
Updated: February 18, 2015 - 10:57 am

Isabel Ruth Reuterskiold, 95, of Fort Atkinson, passed to eternal life on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Milton Senior Living in Milton, Wis.

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Wednesday 02/11/2015
William Mark Topp, 48
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 10:14 am

William Mark Topp, 48, of Whitewater, Wis., passed away on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at his home.

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Wednesday 02/04/2015
Claricy Dee Seese, 81
Updated: February 04, 2015 - 9:53 am

Claricy Dee Seese, age 81 of Whitewater, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in Watertown, WI. She was born Dec. 16, 1933 in Libertyville, IL, the daughter of Burnard and June (Reiniger) Jones. She married Charles Seese on Feb. 17, 1952, and he preceded her in death in May of 1991. 

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Robert C. Thoms, 86
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 10:55 am

Robert C. Thoms, age 86, of Whitewater, passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at his home with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 16, 1928 in Milton, Wis., the son of the late Carl and Edna (Hilker) Thoms. After school Robert joined the Army in 1950. He was honorably discharged in 1952 as a sergeant. Robert married Marian Russell on Dec. 6, 1952 in Janesville. 

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Matthew Scott Silveus Sr., 50
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Matthew Scott Silveus Sr., beloved husband, father, son and brother, died on January 26, 2015 at the age of 50.

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Allen F. Brown, 80
Updated: January 21, 2015 - 11:45 am

Allen F. Brown, 80, of Milton, died unexpectedly Jan. 7, 2015 in a tragic car accident. Allen was born in Chicago, IL, to the late Frank and Rose (Straka) Brown on July 9, 1934. Allen worked in the insurance field for many years, working his way up to vice president of his company. On Oct. 23, 1954, Allen married Virginia Freed in Downers Grove, IL. Virginia and Allen spent 60 wonderful years together, doing everything together. He was very proud of this as his license plate “60 YRS” displayed. He loved hunting and fishing, going to Canada fishing for 58 years and taking Virginia for 40 years. He was a member of Milton United Methodist Church, and was extremely active at The Gathering Place. 

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Helene Charlotte “Leni” Horn, 94
Updated: January 21, 2015 - 11:46 am

Helene Charlotte “Leni” Horn, age 94, of Milton, formerly of Edgerton, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at the Heartwarming House, in Milton. She was born on May 13, 1920, in Arnstadt, Germany, the daughter of the late Alwin and Anna (Schmidt) Eckhardt. She was united in marriage on June 27, 1941, to Roy Horn, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Edgerton. He preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 2005.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
Virgina “Ginny” A. (Wobig) Davis, 76
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 11:14 am

Virginia “Ginny” A. (Wobig) Davis, age 76, of Milton, formerly of Janesville, was welcomed into the loving embrace of our Father in Heaven and reunited with her parents, special grandfather, Godfrey Holst, and her beloved sister, on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Golden Living Center in Fort Atkinson, Wis., after a brief illness. 

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Alberta M. Crichton, 85
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 11:16 am

Alberta M. Crichton, age 85, a long-time Janesville/Milton area resident passed away Jan. 10, 2015 at Edgerton Care Center with her family by her side. 

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Lorraine R. Chojnacki, 87
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 11:12 am

Lorraine R. Chojnacki, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at Milton Senior Living Center in Milton, after a short battle with cancer. 

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
Clayton Thomas Wilson, Sr., 78
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 10:04 am

Clayton Thomas Wilson Sr., 78, of Janesville, WI passed away at Agrace Center for Hospice and Palliative Care on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 surrounded by his family. Clayton was born on Dec. 29, 1936 in Richland County, WI, the son of Leonard and Violet (Sherman) Wilson. He served in the U. S. Army from 1954 to 1956 and married Beverly Ann Holloway on June 17, 1956. Clayton was employed for 42 years by General Motors in Janesville. He formerly attended Faith Community Church, was a former member of the Milton V.F.W. and was a member of U.A.W. Local # 95 Retirees. He was an avid Packer and Brewers fan. Clayton enjoyed to hunt and fish, but above all else  his happiest times were spending time with family, especially his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his beloved dog, Wilson.

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Anita S. Weber, 70
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 10:04 am

Anita S. Weber, 70, of Janesville, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at the Agrace Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Janesville. She was born in Nacogdoches, TX, on Jan. 16, 1944, the daughter of Fred and Gladys (Phillips) Weber. Anita was raised in California and following graduation from high school in El Monte she moved to Janesville. She was employed by Boston Store in the Janesville Mall selling cosmetics for Estee’ Lauder for over 27 years before retiring four years ago. Anita attended St. William Catholic Church. She was very devoted to her friends, family, beloved dog, Zorro as well as loved listening to Neil Diamond. 

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Robert William (Skip) Townsend, 86
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 10:00 am

Robert William (Skip) Townsend, 86, of Milton, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, due to complications of Parkinson’s disease.  He was born in Portage, Wisconsin on Sept. 29, 1928, to Fredrick and Florence (Wanderer) Townsend.  He graduated from Portage High School with the class of 1947.  He excelled on the boxing team and was undefeated for three years.  He married Donna Klavon Gray on Oct. 9, 1949, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Portage, WI. Together they established the Carpet Mart Inc. in Janesville, Wisconsin, in 1966.  They worked side-by-side until Bob’s health forced him to retire. His sons then took over the business. Bob was a hard worker and enjoyed the carpet business. Bob was a member of Faith Lutheran for over 45 years. He was a former member of the Noon Lion’s Club, Kiwanis Club, and the South Side Business Association. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. One of the things he enjoyed most was spending time at his cottage at Wood Lake with all of his family members around him. 

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Tuesday 12/30/2014
Robert “Bob” Lawrence Schmidt, 88
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 8:07 am

Robert L. “Bob” Schmidt 88, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 at home after a long courageous battle with cancer with his family by his side.  Bob will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.  

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Larry “Loveable” Lee Liebel, 59
Updated: December 30, 2014 - 8:07 am

Our hearts are empty as we have lost our husband, father and friend. Larry had a way that touched many in the most unique way with his crazy, witty, gruff sense of humor. Gone way too soon, but no doubt left a legacy of compassion, unconditional love and generosity. Larry was a true inspiration to those he touched; we will miss him in body but will always have him in spirit.

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Tuesday 12/23/2014
Rodney Allen Wilson, 48
Posted: December 23, 2014 - 9:33 am

Rodney Allen Wilson, age 48, of Whitewater, WI died peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife and children after succumbing to his battle of lung and bone cancer.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Randall C. “Randy” Marsden, 64
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 10:08 am

Randall C. “Randy” Marsden, 64, of Janesville, passed away on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at his home, with his loving friends and family by his side. He was born on Sept. 26, 1950, in Edgerton, son of Lois Marsden and the late Lowell Marsden.

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Marguerite Esther Brewer, 96
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 10:09 am

Marguerite Esther Brewer, 96, of Milton, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at the Edgerton Care Center. She was born on March 5, 1918, in Waukesha, WI, daughter of the late Edward and Esther (Brahmer) Molitor. She was united in marriage on June 28, 1941, to Charles L. Brewer. He preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 2006. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Edgerton. Marguerite had worked for Gibbs Manufacturing in Janesville. She enjoyed reading, her flowers, crossword puzzles, ceramics and playing bingo. She had taught bible studies, was a member of the ladies aid and a past member of Evansville Eastern Star.

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Tuesday 11/25/2014
Leann R. Stluka (Johnson), 55
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 9:43 am

Leann R. Stluka (Johnson), 55, of Milton left this world to be with her maker on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Agrace Hospice after her five year battle with breast cancer. She was born on Dec. 7, 1958 in Monroe, WI, the daughter of the late David Peterson and the late Mary (Kauk) Peterson. Leann grew up in Footville, WI with her five siblings on her parents farm. She was daddy’s little helper and enjoyed spending time with her father who taught her how to fix things and drive the farm equipment. She was happiest when helping others, providing meals to the homeless shelter, most of all spending time in the outdoors.  Leann was very involved with her church, Milton United Methodist.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Charlene M. Burkheimer, 81
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 10:26 am

Charlene M. Burkheimer, 81, died Nov. 14, 2014 at home surrounded by her family and her beloved dog, Frio. She was born in Milton, WI on Sept. 28, 1933, the daughter of Leo M. and Anna M. (Stearns) Manogue. Charlene graduated from Milton Union High School, class of 1951. She and her classmates celebrated their 60th class reunion in 2011.

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Robert J. Ries, 76
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 10:25 am

Bob Ries, 76, of Milton, died suddenly while touring in Italy on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Bob was born to parents Harold and Margaret Michaely Ries Aug. 30, 1938 in Milwaukee. Bob spent his boyhood in Greendale, WI and graduated from Greendale High School. He attended Ripon College and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1961.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Brittany R. Hallett, 26
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 10:00 am

Brittany R. Hallett, 26, of Milton, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. 

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Edward H. Langer, 82
Posted: November 12, 2014 - 10:00 am

Edward H. Langer, a true patriarch, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at the Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville with his proudest accomplishments, his wife, and children, by his side. He led his life by demonstrating hard work, strength, and courage, all in the face of abundant adversity. He was 82. 

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Wednesday 11/05/2014
Mary Eileen (Griffin) Wright, 92
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 10:00 am

Mary Eileen (Griffin) Wright died Oct. 31, 2014, at age 92. She was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in 1922. After the death of her parents, Frank and Cecelia (Fitzgerald) Griffin, in her infancy, she moved to Janesville and was raised by an uncle and aunt, John and Ethel Griffin. She attended area schools and graduated from Milton High School in 1940. Mary attended Marvel School of Cosmetology and worked in Janesville and Whitewater before her marriage to Hubert Wright on Oct. 18, 1947, at Saint Mary Parish in Milton Junction.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
John Gordon Godfrey, 86
Posted: October 29, 2014 - 9:26 am

John Gordon Godfrey, 86, of Sunset Drive, Milton, died Oct. 22, 2014 at Edgerton Hospital. He was born Dec. 30, 1927 to John F. and Lula May (Hobbs) Godfrey. He graduated from Milton Union High School in 1946. John entered the Air Force shortly after graduation. When he retired from the service he made Galena, Alaska his home. He spent many years living in Alaska and wintering in Wisconsin before moving back to Milton.

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Catherine A. (Mans) Peterson Wenham, 71
Posted: October 29, 2014 - 9:24 am

Catherine A. (Mans) Peterson Wenham, 71, of Janesville, entered into her eternal heavenly home on Oct. 25, 2014. She was born in Edgerton, WI on Oct. 4, 1943 to Henry and Catherine (McFarland) Mans. Her parents moved to Nekoosa, WI when she was two years old. She attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and Alexander High School in Nekoosa, WI. Cathy was united in marriage to Raymond (Gene) Wenham on July 5, 1987, in the First United Methodist Church in Milton. 

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Robert (Bob) C. Rabyor, 82
Updated: November 06, 2014 - 10:32 am

Robert (Bob) C. Rabyor, 82, passed away on Oct. 21, 2014, at Renown Hospital in Reno Nevada. He was the son of Ethel and Harry Rabyor, born on Jan. 5, 1932 in Edgerton, Wisconsin. 

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Gerald Passer, 78
Posted: October 22, 2014 - 9:53 am

Gerald Passer “Jerry,” age 78, found peace on Sunday, Oct. 19 surrounded by family in West Bend. He was born on Feb. 1, 1936 on the family farm in Jefferson County to Hugo and Ethel (nee Schmidt) Passer. Jerry was raised in Whitewater, attended Whitewater University, and spent most of his adult life in Milton. Jerry was a member of the Army National Guard and served the Rock County Sheriff’s Department for 16 years.

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