Miscellaneous Walworth County, Wisconsin Obituaries


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Alderman, Charles C. "Chuck" 
December 18, 1924 - July 4, 2002 
SPIRIT LAKE, ID--Charles C. Alderman, age 77, formerly of Roscoe, IL, and Albany, WI, died July 4, 2002, at the Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. Chuck married Helen Eleane Irish Sept. 13, 1944, in Galena, IL. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force from May, 1943 until March, 1946. He was employed by the Herst Allen Corporation of Chicago, IL. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Rathdrum, ID and was devoted to his faith, dedicated to his wife of 58 years, and dearly loved by his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Eleane; 2 daughters, Charlene (Bill) Everhart and Kari (Robert) Meyer of Rathdrum, ID; his 2 sons, Bill of Janesville and Pat (Joan) of Orfordville; 2 brothers, Donald and Robert Alderman; a sister, Lanore Jones; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and 2 brothers, Mike (Ray) and Richard Alderman.
A visitation will be held at 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at noon, on July 12, 2002, at the SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME, 18th Ave. and Mansion Drive, Monroe, WI. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Albany, WI.

Anderson, Daniel R. 
November 17, 1962 - July 5, 2002 
JANESVILLE--Daniel R. Anderson, age 39, of 2610 Citation Drive, Janesville, died Friday morning, July 5, 2002, in the emergency department of Mercy Hospital. Daniel was born in Viroqua, WI, on Nov. 17, 1962, the son of Harold "Dewey" and Joann (Blaha) Anderson. He graduated from Parker High School in 1981 and attended Northern Illinois University and UW-Whitewater. Daniel married Mary Allen on July 1, 2000. He was employed for the past 4 years by Trek U.S.A. in Whitewater as a supervisor. Daniel was a member of Beloit Moose Lodge #191 and was a H.O.G. member. He enjoyed riding his Harley, hunting, fishing and working in his yard.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Anderson of Janesville; 2 children, Kristen Anderson and Cody Anderson, both of Waunakee, WI; 2 stepchildren, Jessie Hanan and Nickolas Hanan, both of Janesville; his parents, Harold "Dewey" and Joann Anderson of Janesville; a sister, Deborah (Mark) Stanek of Janesville; 2 nieces, Shelby Stanek and Jolene Stanek; and a nephew, Jordan Stanek. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Geraldine Anderson and Agnes and William Blaha; and an aunt, Donna Overboe.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME, 1010 N. Wright Road, Janesville, with Rev. Ann Spindt of Asbury United Methodist Church officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Hillsboro, WI, with burial there to follow. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME.

Anderson, Gregory G. 
January 27, 1960 - July 4, 2002 
ELKHORN, WI--Gregory G. Anderson, age 42, of Bay Road, Elkhorn, WI, died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack Thursday, July 4, 2002. Greg was born Jan. 27, 1960, in Elkhorn, WI, the son of Eugene T. and Ruby (Bulow) Anderson. He married Kathleen S. Dewart on April 22, 1985, in Elkhorn, WI. Greg was employed with Generac Corp. of Eagle, WI.
Greg is survived by his wife, Kathy; 2 sons; Eugene and Wayne Anderson, both of Elkhorn, WI; his mother, Ruby Clark of Madison, WI; 2 brothers, Tim Anderson of Milton, WI, and Robert Anderson of Lakewood, CO, and a sister, Ruth Clark of Middleton, WI. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Monica Lynn Anderson; his father; and his grandparents.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at HAASE-DERRICK-LOCKWOOD FUNERAL HOME, 730 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, WI. Burial will be in Hazel Ridge Cemetery, Elkhorn, WI. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements completed by HAASE-DERRICK LOCKWOOD FUNERAL HOME.

Babler, Evelyn E. "Evie" 
April 28, 1933 - July 30, 2002 
JANESVILLE--Evelyn E. "Evie" Babler, age 69, a Janesville resident for over 50 years, died Tuesday evening, July 30, 2002, at Rock Haven. She was born in Argyle, WI, April 28, 1933, the daughter of the late John and Alice (Rickli) Aeschlimann. On Oct. 18, 1952, in Monticello, WI, she married Donald Babler; he died Feb. 22, 1979. A long-time member of First Lutheran Church, Evie volunteered her time during the Rock County Fair, working in the First Lutheran food tent for many years before her illness. She also worked at the former Elliott's Clothing Store and Arts Food Store. She and her sisters enjoyed singing together and even had a couple of records made!
She is survived by 3 children: Steve Babler of Iron River, MI, Janet (Dean) Vanderlip of Fond du Lac, WI, and Matthew (Annette) Babler of Janesville; 5 grandchildren: Deena (Jack) Nett, Russell Vanderlip, Daniel, John and Kelly Babler; 2 sisters, Hulda (Fritz) Rieder of Monticello, WI, and Pearl Aeschlimann of Waunakee, WI; a brother, John (Phyllis) Aeschlimann of Albany, WI; sisters and brothers-in-law: Bev and Darrell Hilliard of Monroe, WI, Jean and Ronnie Shippy of Middleton, WI, and Al Babler of Aurora, IL; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Besides her husband and parents, she was also predeceased by her sister, Ruth Aeschlimann.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sat., Aug. 3, 2002, at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, with Rev. James Melvin officiating. Burial will follow at Milton Lawns Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. at the WHITCOMB-LYNCH-OVERTON FUNERAL HOME, 15 N. Jackson St., and on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

Baker, Mildred E. 
May 5, 1923 - July 13, 2002 
BURLINGTON, WI--Mildred E. Baker, age 79, died July 13, 2002, at St. Lukes Medical Center, Milwaukee. She was born May 5, 1923, the daughter of Howard and Helen (Hegemann) Gilson in Racine, WI, and grew up in the town of Dover. Mildred graduated from Racine Co. Teacher's College and taught in a one-room school for 6 years before she was married. She married James Erling Baker June 12, 1948, at St. Thomas Aquinas, Waterford, WI; he preceded her in death Feb. 5, 2000. She was a homemaker and actively farmed with her husband and son, was a custodian at the Seymour High School, and was an active volunteer at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Seymour, WI. They dairy farmed in Spring Prairie until 1977 and then DePere, WI, until 1999. She was a member of the A.M.P.I., working with women on dairy promotion, a member of the Walworth Co. Homemakers and the Seymour Sugar & Spice Homemakers, a member of the Honey Creek Supper Club, and St. Charles Catholic Church in Burlington. She lived in Burlington for 4 years.
Surviving are her daughters, Joy Held and Julie Baker, both of Burlington, WI; her son, Keith (Angela) Baker of Seymour, WI; a sister, Carol (Don) Boettcher of Waterford, WI; a sister-in-law, Margaret Gessert of Madison, WI; 7 grandchildren: Joanna (Brian) Wagner of Madison, Robb (Joy Focacci) Held of Chandler, AZ, Brian Held of Burlington, John Held of Madison, Tina (Joe) Wager-Smith II of Seymour, WI, Nathan Baker of Wauwatosa, WI, and Tricia (Jason) Werner of Seymour, WI; and 3 great-grandchildren: Taylor and Bailey Wager-Smith and Alex Pearce. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 2 sisters, Jean Gilson and Mary (Red) Faitinson; and a brother-in-law, Don Gessert.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 7 p.m. on Wed., July 17, 2002, at ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC CHURCH, 456 Kendall St., Burlington, with Rev. Jan Kieliszewski officiating. Interment will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the German Settlement Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 until 6:30 p.m. at SCHUETTE-DANIELS FUNERAL HOME, 625 S. Browns Lake Drive, Burlington, WI.

Bates, Wilma "Billie" Sara 
January 29, 1915 - July 10, 2002 
DELAVAN, WI--Wilma Gile Bates, age 87, of Vintage on the Ponds, Delavan, died on July 10, 2002, at Williams Bay Care Center. She was born on Jan. 29, 1915, in Boone County, IL, daughter of Harry Gile and Hattie Mae Powers Gile. She married Judson Bates and they lived in Harvard and Marengo, IL before moving to Bonita Springs, FL. After his death, she moved to Delavan, WI. During her lifetime she ran a pet shop in Harvard, IL and waited tables at the Harvard Cafe and the Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI.
Survivors include a sister, Laverna Sissons of Bonita Springs, FL; a brother, Frank Gile of Naples, FL; and many, many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Fred Gile; and 5 sisters: Norma, Iva, Orpha, Dorothea and Helen.
Billie has chosen to be cremated and buried at sea. A memorial service is being planned at The Vintage on the Ponds in Delavan, WI, where she will be missed very much by her many friends as well as her very large family. TOYNTON FUNERAL HOME in Walworth, WI is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Vintage on the Ponds or Delavan Methodist Church.

Beals, Patricia "Pat" 
March 23, 1949 - July 20, 2002 
CLINTON, WI--Patricia "Pat" Beals, age 53, died Sat., July 20, 2002, in the Beloit Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Her family was by her side. Pat was born in Edgerton, WI, March 23, 1949, the daughter of Lloyd and Evelyn (McBride) Johns. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1967. She also received a veterinary assistant certificate. She had worked at SSI for the past ten years. She enjoyed riding her motorcycle and working with her flowers, and most of all enjoyed being with her grandchildren.
Pat is survived by her mother, Evelyn (McBride) Johns of Clinton; a very dear friend and companion, Raymond Buckingham of Clinton; 2 daughters, Angela Elick (Darrel) and Heather (Ted) Easterday, both of Huntington, IN; 8 grandchildren; a brother, William (Elaine) Johns of Clinton; 2 sisters, Mary Lynn (Mike) Puckett of Beloit and Sue Diderich of Walworth; a special friend, Sue Fisher; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wed., July 24, 2002, in ST. STEPHEN'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Clinton, with Fr. J. Thomas Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the East Side Cemetery in Dodgeville, WI. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 10 until 11 a.m. in the church. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Rock County Humane Society. SCHOENFELD FUNERAL HOME, Clinton, is assisting the family.

Bilbao (Kempen), Rose M. 
May 29, 1941 - July 13, 2002 
AURORA, IL--Rose M. Bilbao (Kempen), age 61, passed away unexpectedly July 13, 2002, while vacationing with her family. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville, WI, and went quietly to be with her Lord with her entire family at her bedside. She was doing what she liked to do most; being out close to nature and surrounded by her family and close friends. She was born May 29, 1941, in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, the beloved daughter of Lucille and Vincent Kempen. She was the wife of Mario Bilbao for 41 years and the best mother anyone could have ever been blessed with.
She leaves behind her 4 loving children: a son, Allan (Cindy) Balbao of Rome, WI, and 3 daughters: Mary (Robert) Hartkopp and Terri (Wayne) Blume, both of Oswego, and Julie (Gerard) Leganski of Darien, IL. As a grandmother of 9 she will be greatly missed, as will her good heart and warm smile.
Visitation for Rose will be held from 3 until 8 p.m. on Wed., July 17, 2002, at the DIETERLE MEMORIAL HOME, Montgomery, IL, with a prayer service following at 5:30 p.m. Funeral services will be on Thurs., July 18, 2002, from the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. to ST. THERESE CATHOLIC CHURCH at 10 a.m. Fr. Joseph T. Muller, M.S.C., will officiate, with interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, contributions may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church.

We cannot dwell on our pain over our loss; instead Rose
would want us to rejoice and be at peace, knowing that
she is in a much better place in heaven.

Bothun, Judith A. 
August 12, 1944 - July 26, 2002 
JANESVILLE--Judith A. Bothun, age 57, 615 N. Pine St., died Friday evening, July 26, 2002, following a long courageous battle with cancer. Judith was born in Janesville Aug. 12, 1944, the daughter of Reinhard and Anita (Bartz) Krause. She graduated from Janesville Senior High School in 1963. Judith was married to James A. Bothun May 25, 1963, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. She was very active doing volunteer work for the elderly. Judith enjoyed traveling, crafts, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving are her husband, James A. Bothun; a daughter, Carrie (Ron) Shelton; 3 grandchildren: Ryan, Samantha, and Christina Shelton; 2 sisters, Marjorie Krause and Nancy (Al) Lembrich; sisters-in-law, Marlene Krause and Jeanine (Marv) Schlicht; a brother-in-law, Bob (Judy) Bothun; all of Janesville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Judith was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Krause; and a nephew who was her godchild, Tom Krause.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tues., July 30, 2002, at MT. CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2940 Mineral Point Ave., Janesville, with Pastor R. Thomas Colgrove officiating. Entombment will be in Milton Lawns Mausoleum. Visitation will be on Monday from 5 until 7 p.m. at HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME, 1010 N. Wright Rd., Janesville, and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.

Bucholtz, Marion A. 
September 22, 1909 - July 28, 2002 
JANESVILLE--Marion A. Bucholtz, age 92, of 2615 Vail Court, died Sun., July 28, 2002 at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home. She was born on Sept. 22, 1909, in Oshkosh, WI, the daughter of Richard and Margaret (McCaffrey) Hammond. Marion has been a Janesville resident since 1936, moving here from St. Paul, MN. She married Raymond A. Bucholtz on Oct. 27, 1934, in Waupun, WI. Marion was employed at the Bostwick Store for 20 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Altar Society. Marion enjoyed sewing, knitting, and going to Janesville Cub games.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond; a daughter, Kathryn (Richard) Hilt of Janesville; 3 sons: Bruce (Mary) Bucholtz of Whitewater, WI, Douglas Bucholtz of Madison, WI, and Patrick (Patricia) Bucholtz of Edgerton, WI; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Berkley; and a brother, Bob Hammond.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tues., July 30, 2002, at ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Mausoleum. Friends may call on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service at St. Mary's Catholic Church. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family with arrangements.

Burkett, Lester D. 
August 28, 1976 - July 20, 2002 
JANESVILLE--Lester D. Burkett, age 25, of 806 Alpine Dr., died Sat., July 20, 2002, from the result of an automobile accident. He was born in Janesville on Aug. 28, 1976, the son James and Norma (Garbe) Burkett. Lester attended St. William Catholic School and Milton High School. He was employed at various concrete contractors in the area as a concrete finisher and loved to work on cars and trucks.
He is survived by his parents, Jim and Norma Burkett of Beloit; a brother, Lonnie J. Burkett of Beloit; a grandmother, Marcella Garbe of Milton; numerous aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary and Menzie Burkett and Paul Garbe.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tues., July 23, 2002, at the SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME, Janesville, with interment in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Milton. Friends may call on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the hour of services at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME.

Chekouras, Mark A. 
March 28, 1949 - July 11, 2002 
EDGERTON--Mark A. Chekouras, age 53, of 210 Albion St., died Thurs., July 11, 2002, at home. He was born March 28, 1949, in Beloit, the son of Dean Mark and Dorothy Jane (Dressel) Chekouras. Mark graduated in 1967 from Beloit Catholic High School and attended UW-Whitewater. Mark had worked for various construction companies.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Chekouras of Beloit; his father, Dean Chekouras of Ft. Atkinson; his brother, Peter (Jamie) Chekouras of Janesville; 2 sisters, Rebecca Chekouras of California and Margaret (Kim) Morewood of Janesville; 4 nephews: Dan, Zach, Alex and Mitchell; and a niece, Heather.
A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. on Tues., July 16, 2002, at HANSEN FUNERAL HOME, 211 S. Main St., Janesville, with Fr. Steve Umhoefer officiating. A memorial visitation will be held Tuesday from 6 p.m. until time of the memorial service at the funeral home.

Christensen, Mary 
September 8, 1915 - July 21, 2002 
WHITEWATER/RACINE--Mary Christensen, age 86, of Whitewater and formerly of Racine, died Sun., July 21, 2002, at the Glenn in Whitewater. She was born on Sept. 8, 1915, in Nottingham, England. She married Alfred Christensen on May 25, 1942, in Sutton Coldfield, England; he preceded her in death on July 17, 1980. Mary came to the United States in June of 1946 and was a 56-year member of the Cosmopolitan Club and the Trans-Atlantic Overseas Brides Club of Kenosha.
She is survived by 2 sons, David Edward (Jackie) Christensen and Andrew Scott (Mary Ellen) Christensen, both of Burlington; 2 daughters, Lucy Martine (Jeff) Eysnogle of Whitewater and Saran Ann (Pat) McCarthy of Pittsburgh, PA; 4 grandsons: Matthew Scott Christensen, Morgan Luke Christensen, Peter Daniel Christensen and Edward Andrew Christensen; 3 granddaughters: Lindsay Martine Eysnogle, Laura Ann Eysnogle, and Lianna Lynn Eysnogle; 2 great-granddaughters, Anya Marie Christensen and Natalie Ellen Christensen; and a great-grandson, Zachary Francisco Scott Christensen. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Peter Christensen; and a brother, Dennis Edward Twohig.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Sun., July 28, 2002, at the HEART PRAIRIE LUTHERAN CHURCH in Whitewater with Rev. Jerald Wendt officiating. Burial will be in the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in Union Grove. Friends may call on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. OLSEN FUNERAL HOME of Whitewater is assisting the family with arrangements.

Crosby, Malcolm B. "Bennie" 
July 24, 1929 - July 11, 2002 
DELAVAN--Malcolm B. "Bennie" Crosby, age 72, formerly of Delavan, died Thurs., July 11, 2002, at Lakeland Health Care Center, Elkhorn, where he was a resident. He was born on July 24, 1929, in Ventura, CA, the son of Eber and Margaret (Wright) Crosby.
He is survived by a brother, Robert Crosby of Palmyra, WI; a sister-in-law, Rose Mary Crosby of Delavan; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wed., July 17, 2002, at MONROE FUNERAL HOME, Delavan, with Fr. Scott Leannah officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delavan.

Crull, Rosalie I. 
September 16, 1926 - July 31, 2002 
McFARLAND, WI--Rosalie I. Crull, age 75, died Wed., July 31, 2002, at St. Mary's Care Center in Madison, WI, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Sept. 16, 1926, in Beloit, WI, the daughter of Charles and Gertrude (Hamilton) Miller. Rosalie married James Milton Crull Dec. 17, 1944, in Little Rock, AR; he preceded her in death Jan. 20, 1996. She worked as an administrative secretary for both Rock and Dane Counties. She loved attending picnics and all the friends at Williams Town Bay apartments in McFarland.
Rosalie is survived by 3 sons: Gordon (Mary Baker) Crull of Albany, WI, Bruce (Donna) Crull of Madison, WI, Greg (Linda) Crull of Albany, WI; a daughter, Sandra (Paul) Crull-Deschand of West Bend, WI; a sister, Jean Smith of Durand, IL; 3 grandchildren: Mike (Stephanie) Crull of Wisconsin Dells, WI, Abbe (Matt Thompson) Crull of LaValle, WI, Erika Bradley of West Bend, WI; and a great-grandson, Matthew James Crull. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service with casual dress will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 3, 2002, at ROSELAWN MEMORIAL PARK CHAPEL, 601 East Broadway, Monona, with Reverend John Bass of Cedar Springs Church in West Bend officiating. Intombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. The family wishes to thank HospiceCare, Inc. and St. Mary's Care Center of Madison for everything they did to support Rosalie and her family. WARD FUNERAL HOME of Evansville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Cunningham, Virginia L. 
November 3, 1928 - July 5, 2002 
JANESVILLE-- Virginia L. Cunningham, age 73, of 208 S. Lexington Dr., died Fri., July 5, 2002, at her home. She was born in Janesville on Nov. 3, 1928, the daughter of Robert and Edna (Millis) Liddell. Virginia was a graduate of Janesville High School and the Nursing School at Rush Hospital, Chicago. She married David Cunningham on March 2, 1954, in Janesville. She was a nurse, but also helped with the family bakery business. Virginia was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. She enjoyed golf, bridge and bowling.
She is survived by her husband, David; 5 children: Mary (Robert Milton) Cunningham of Sacramento, CA, Arch (Mary Wang) Cunningham of San Francisco, CA, Sarah Cunningham of West Allis, WI, John (Catherine) Cunningham of Watchung, NJ, Liz Cunningham of Spring Green, WI; 4 grandchildren: Alex Delgado, Colin, Julia and Isabel Cunningham; and her mother, Edna Thompson of Merrillan, WI. She was preceded in death by her father.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tues., July 9, 2002, in ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Janesville, with Fr. Mike Doro officiating. Burial will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park, Janesville. Friends may call at the SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME on Monday from 5 until 7 p.m.

Dampier, Brad Thomas 
July 2, 1959 - July 6, 2002 
MILTON--A man of extraordinary wit, humor and zest for life, Brad Thomas Dampier, age 43, passed away quietly at his home Sat., July 6, 2002, following a brief battle with cancer. The youngest son of Mary (Tischendorf) and Charles "Fritz" Dampier, Brad was born July 2, 1959, in Janesville, WI. Brad grew up near Camp Rotamer, attending Milton area schools, graduating from Milton High School in 1977. After a lengthy engagement, Brad and his longtime sweetheart, the former Sherri Heth, were married May 1, 1988, in Janesville, WI. Utilizing an incredible skill for fixing things, Brad worked as a maintenance mechanic for 24 years at Morgan Corp. and part time at United Alloy; briefly residing in Arizona, Texas and Pennsylvania while working for Morgan Corp. His joyous laughter and bright smile were never more contagious than when his beloved daughter, Cortney Lynn, was born in 1992. A kid at heart, Brad loved sharing his gifts and exploring the world with Cortney. Brad indulged his passion for collecting at swap meets and flea markets; loved attending car shows; doing projects with his friends; enjoyed camping with his family and spending time at the computer.
He was predeceased by his father, "Fritz" Dampier; and his sister-in-law, Clarie Heth-Amundson. Brad is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his wife, Sherri, and daughter, Cortney, at home; his mother, Mary Dampier of Janesville; his brothers, Charles "Chuck" Dampier Jr. of Janesville and Rock Dampier of Hollywood, FL; his sisters, Jane Willman of Hendersonville, NC and Sarah (Randy) Luebke of Janesville; his brothers-in-law, Darcie Heth and Jeff Amundson; many nieces, nephews and friends. We love you Brad.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wed., July 10, 2002, at ALBRECHT FUNERAL HOME, Hwy. 26, Milton, with Pastor James Melvin officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Davis, Patricia Jean 
January 20, 1936 - July 22, 2002 
EAST TROY, WI--Patricia Jean Davis, of LaGrange Township, formerly of Janesville and Waukesha, died Monday, July 22, 2002, at her home following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Pat, as she liked to be called, was born in Janesville on Jan. 20, 1936, the daughter of Melvin and Sylvia (Fancher) Boos, where she spent her childhood. She married James Taafe in 1958 and divorced in April, 1962. Patt married James E. David on Sept. 15, 1962. After attending Clerical School in Minneapolis, Patt was employed as a secretary for Burlington railroad in Chicago. She then worked as a secretary for Borg Equipment in Janesville. After her marriage, she was a homemaker and raised her children. She and her family moved to Waukesha in 1963 where her children received their early education. In October, 1972, the family moved to rural East Troy in LaGrange Township. Patt then worked as secretary for Dreser Industries in Waukesha. Prior to her retirement, Patt was a home caregiver for Lutheran Social Services of Lake Geneva.
Pat is survived by her husband, James; 4 children: Cynthia (Steven) Luisi of Golden Valley, MN, Karen (John) Davis of St. Francis, WI, Anthony (Lois) Davis of East Troy and Michael Davis of St. Francis, WI; 8 grandchildren: Sarah, Kelly, Jim, Erin, Scott, Matt, Fallan and Katie; 2 sisters, Audrey (Jack) Paul of Fairfield Glade, TN, and Vonnie (Vince) McKeown of Janesville; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 26, 2002, at ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Janesville with Fr. Stephen Umhoefer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of Mass. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dederich, Frank M. 
August 20, 1923 - June 30, 2002 
ARIZONA--Frank M. Dederich, D.P.M., 78, of Green Valley, AZ, and formerly from Delavan and Racine, WI, died June 30, 2002. He was born Aug. 20, 1923, son of Frank and Amanda (Briske) Dederich. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served as a medic during World War II. He graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatry in 1950 and practiced in Delavan, WI, for 40 years. Frank married Hertha Zilke on Nov. 22, 1951. Throughout the years, Frank was active in Boy Scouts, religious education and various ministries within the Catholic Church. Upon moving to Green Valley in 1993, he and Hertha became members of the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, where Frank served on the Board of Trustees for several years. He enjoyed fishing, curling with the Blackhawk Curling Club in Janesville and was a member of a German men's chorus in Racine.
Frank is survived by his wife, Hertha; a son, Frank (Colleen) of Windsor, WI; four daughters: Mary (Michael) McElligott of Greenfield, WI, Ellen (Richard) Engebretsen of Janesville, WI, Claudia Grabow of Madison, WI, and Amy (Jon) Morgan, of Madison, WI; 9 grandchildren; and sisters: Delores Wozniecki of Racine, WI; Virginia Anderson of Abrams, WI; and Leona Culligan of Sun City, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, John William; and sisters: Lucille Eckmann, Viola Morgenroth and Marjorie Shoop.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2002, at RISEN SAVIOR CHURCH. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to the church or Bethesda Lutheran Home of Watertown, WI.

Disch, Betty Jean 
August 2, 1927 - July 21, 2002 
MT. VERNON/VERONA--Betty Jean Disch, age 74, of Mt. Vernon, WI, passed away Sun., July 21, 2002, at St. Mary's Care Center in Madison after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The former Betty Jean Holcomb was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Janesville, WI, to Forrest and Hattie (Gower) Holcomb. She graduated from Janesville High School in 1945. She was employed by the Janesville Telephone Company and Parker Pen before she was united in marriage to the late Waldo "Duke" Disch on June 15, 1946. They lived in Belleville, WI, and later moved to Mt. Vernon. They bought the Mt. Vernon Mill in 1953 and operated it until 1978. In 1967, they purchased the Jack Bischoff farm and converted the dairy barn into a hen laying operation for 5,600 laying hens. In 1970, they built a bigger chicken house, which housed 20,000 laying hens. In June, 1996, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She enjoyed bowling and puzzles. She was a member of the Zwingli United Church of Christ of Mt. Vernon and a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.
Betty Jean is survived by her 7 children: Dennis (Phyllis) Disch of Mt. Vernon, Cheryl Disch of Cambridge, Linda (Robert) Sies of Belleville, Judy (Dave) Ross of Mt. Vernon, Debra (Curt) Herfel of Verona, Terry (Melody) Disch of Mt. Horeb, Deanna (Bob) Prochaska of Blue Mounds; 17 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Betty Jane Disch of Verona and Charlotte Holcomb of Janesville; many nieces; nephews; and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duke; her mother and father; and her 2 brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wed., July 24, 2002, at ZWINGLI UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST in Mt. Vernon with Rev. Glenn Danz officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens in Madison. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the ELLESTAD FUNERAL HOME, 500 N. 8th St., Mt. Horeb.

Dittmer, Nora Mathilda 
January 29, 1906 - July 12, 2002 
EITZEN, MN/JANESVILLE--Nora Mathilda Dittmer, age 96, passed away at the Bethany-Riverside Nursing Facility of La Crosse, WI, on July 12, 2002. She was born to Adolph and Nicolena (Nelson) Nelson on Jan. 29, 1906, in Mathew, SD. Nora grew up in Timberland, WI, and graduated from Cumberland (WI) High School in 1924. She moved to Janesville in 1927 to work as a bookkeeper at General Motors. While she interrupted her career there for several years to rear their daughter, she returned to GM in 1957 and worked until her retirement in 1970. Nora married Clarence Dittmer on June 18, 1938, at First Lutheran Church in Janesville. She has been a member of First Lutheran Church for 75 years and was actively involved in many church activities for 67 years, until she and Clarence moved to Eitzen, MN, in 1994.
Nora is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Richard Faivre of Eitzen, MN; by 4 granddaughters: Lynn (Ken) Schulte of La Crescent, MN, Kim Faivre of Eitzen, MN, and Nancy and Jane Faivre of La Crosse, WI; and 2 great-grandsons, Mitchell and Bradley Schulte of La Crescent, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Clarence Dittmer; by her brother, Roy Nelson; and by her 4 sisters: Lillian Nelson, Edna Carlson, Clara Dittmer and Mabel Forslund.
Services for Nora will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wed., July 17, 2002 at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 612 N. Randall Ave., Janesville. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5 until 7 p.m. at the HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME, 1010 N. Wright Rd., Janesville, and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Foundation or to the Christian Children's Fund.

Ehlers, Harry J. 
November 12, 1913 - July 28, 2002 
JANESVILLE--Harry J. Ehlers, age 88, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, July 28, 2002, at his home. He was born Nov. 12, 1913, in Ft. Atkinson, WI, the son of the late Henry and Margaret (Forrest) Ehlers. On April 27, 1946, he married Norma H. Wenzel in Hanover, WI; she preceded him in death Oct. 10, 1985. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country during World War II in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. At the time of his discharge, he had attained the rank of Sergeant. Before his military service, he worked for several years with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. After his discharge he returned to this area and was employed at Highway Trailer Co. He then started working as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 1975. Harry was a man of many talents! He very much enjoyed carpentry, and loved being able to help his family and friends with projects around their homes! He also enjoyed gardening, bird-watching, and stargazing. He loved camping and spending time outdoors! He was a longtime member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.
Harry is survived by his 6 children: David Ehlers of Rockford, IL, Jeanette (William) Spence of Camden, SC, Gloria (William) Bassett of Beloit, WI, RaNae (Michael) Jewell of River Falls, WI, Timothy (Sue) Ehlers and Darlene (Dennis) Heider, both of Janesville; 2 sisters, Margaret Garst of Janesville and Evelyn Zebell of West Bend, WI; his 12 grandchildren: Melisa and Forrest Spence, Matthew (Jodi), Emily, and Abbey Jewell, Jennifer, Michael, and Christopher Ehlers, and Michelle, Jacob, Nathan, and Caitlin Heider; many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Charles Ehlers and Richard Ehlers; a sister, Virginia Wirkus; and a granddaughter, Hannah Jewell.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wed., July 31, 2002, at MT. CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2940 Mineral Point Ave., with Rev. Thomas Colgrove officiating. Burial with Military Rites by VFW Kienow-Hilt Post 1621 will be in Old Johnstown Cemetery, Johnstown Center. Friends may call on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the WHITCOMB-LYNCH-OVERTON FUNERAL HOME, 15 N. Jackson St., or at the church on Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

Harry will be dearly missed by all whose lives
were touched by this gentle and caring man.

Ehrhardt, Abner G. 
Dec. 13, 1898 - July 13, 2002 
ELKHORN--Abner G. Ehrhardt, age 103, of N7043 Sycamore Lane, Elkhorn, died Sat., July 13, 2002, at Willowfield Nursing Home, Delavan. He was born Dec. 13, 1898, in Chicago, IL, the son of George and Pauline (Spielvogel) Ehrhardt. Abner married Florence M. Krause Sept. 1, 1932, in Chicago, IL. Florence died March 28, 1999. Abner was employed with Western Electric Co. as an industrial engineer for over 45 years, retiring in 1963. He was a former Mason and Shriner and a member of the Telephone Pioneers.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Jane (James) Parchem of Elkhorn; 5 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence; a son, William Richard; 3 brothers: Earle, Herman, and Walter; and a sister, Nina.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wed., July 17, 2002, at HAASE-DERRICK-LOCKWOOD FUNERAL HOME, 730 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Tibbets, WI. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until time of services. Arrangements were completed by HAASE-DERRICK-LOCKWOOD FUNERAL HOME.

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