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Fisher, Georgia Lee (Broyles)
April 20, 1947 - November 19, 2002
JANESVILLE--Georgia Lee (Broyles) Fisher, age 74, of 1801 E. Milwaukee St., died Tues., Nov. 19, 2002, at Haven House Hospice. She was born in Franklin County, Columbus, OH, the daughter of Oliver and Ida (Clepper) Broyles, and graduated from Marengo High School, Marengo, OH. Georgia married John M. Fisher on April 20, 1947, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Cardington, OH. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the Spring of 1997, prior to John's death on Oct. 13, 1997. She and John moved from Ohio to Wisconsin in 1958 and engaged in farming. She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Janesville, for 24 years before moving to the Horizon Senior Housing Apartments in 1999. Since then she has been a member of First Lutheran Church. Over the years she has been active in the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Ladies Aid, Vacation Bible School, volunteering for the Rock County Health Care Center, working the bazaar, rummage sale, taking part in many years of Bible study and participating in the quilting club. She has always had a passion for cooking. It brought her great pleasure to cook for her family and friends.
She is survived by her children: Gary (Linda) Fisher of Milton, Nancy (Larry) Roberts of Dublin, CA, Ernie (Connie) Fisher of Milton, Carol (Lt. Col. William) Thompson and Brenda McKibben, both of San Antonio, TX; 11 grandchildren: Dan (Trisha) Fisher, Shelly Roberts, Stacey Roberts, Melisa (Cal) Castleberry, Jodi (Tom) Myers, Ryan Fisher, Lance (Chiaki) Thompson, Lindsay (Justin) Bradley, Jamie McKibben, Ashley McKibben and Meghan McKibben; and 5 great-grandchildren: Alexis Fisher, Sawyer Myers, Megan Castleberry, Courtney Castleberry and Dontae McKibben. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 4 brothers: Homer, Mitchell, Carl and Ernest Broyles; 4 sisters: Della Harding, Iona Henry, Dorothy Mathews and Cora Dumitras.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Fri., Nov. 22, 2002, at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, with Rev. Gordon Folke and Rev. James Melvin officiating. Interment will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park. Friends may call on Friday from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at the church. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family with arrangements. 
She was dearly loved by her family and many friends,
and will be dearly missed. Like the Sun and Stars,
May her spirit shine on.

Hagerman, Catherine "Kay" A.
August 23, 1915 - November 23, 2002
JANESVILLE--Catherine "Kay" A. Hagerman, age 87, a resident of Golden Acres, died Sat., Nov. 23, 2002, at Beloit Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Aug. 23, 1915, in Edgerton, WI, and was the daughter of James and Mabel (Dunham) Cunningham. Kay was a graduate of Edgerton High School, Class of 1933. She worked in the Nunn Bush Shoe factory in Edgerton before leaving for Clinton, IA, where she lived the next 49 years. She married Glen Curl in St. Frances Catholic Church in Clinton, IA, in May of 1945; he passed away in 1964. She later married Charles Hagerman in 1972 in Nasuha, IA; he passed away in 1992. Kay was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, playing cards and bingo.
She is survived by nephews: Bobby, Mike and David Cunningham, James and Larry Schumacher, and Mark Popp; and stepchildren: Helen Mensinger, Joan McDonnell, Nancy Guest, Judy Goos, Donald Hagerman, and Richard Hagerman. She was preceded by her parents; 2 sisters, Mary Jane Popp and Grace Schumacher; and a brother, Robert Cunningham. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wed., Nov 27, 2002, at ST. JOHN VIANNEY CATHOLIC CHURCH. Interment will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park. Friends may call from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family.

Holford, Elmer A.
February 9, 1909 - November 23, 2002
WHITEWATER--Elmer A. Holford, age 93, of Whitewater, died Sat., Nov. 23, 2002, at Fairhaven Residential Facility. He was born on Feb. 9, 1909, in Waupaca, WI, the son of Ethran and Ida (Lant) Holford. He married Marie Gibbons on Sept. 26, 1931, in Sharon, WI. Elmer was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Holy Name Society. Elmer obtained a masters plumbers diploma and received an associate degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He worked for the U.S. Gov't. Geological Coast Survey Service along the eastern coastal area, was formerly employed by the Dahlman Hardware Store in Clinton, WI, and Winchesters Hardware Store in Whitewater, WI. Elmer was also a police officer of the Whitewater Police Department and was a radio dispatcher with the Wisc. State Patrol. He was also a member of the Whitewater Volunteer Fire Dept. After attending MSOE, he was employed with Johnson Controls and worked in the Sales Promotion Dept. until his retirement.
He is survived by 4 children: Johanna (Paul) Wilke of West Bend, WI, James (Theresa) Holford of Lake Geneva, John (Carol) Holford of Whitewater, WI, and Veronica (Dan) Hanauer of Shawano, WI; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; other relatives, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Preceding him in death were his wife; his parents; 3 brothers; and a sister.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon Tues., Nov. 26, 2002, at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Whitewater, WI. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Whitewater, WI. Memorials may be given to the St. Patrick's Church Endowment Fund or the Fairhaven Foundation. SKINDINGSRUDE FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family.

Ingala, Santina M. ``Sandy''
March 1, 1914 - November 22, 2002
JANESVILLE/OSHKOSH--Santina M. ``Sandy'' Ingala, age 88, formerly of Janesville, died peacefully Friday morning, Nov. 22, 2002 at the Bethel Home, Oshkosh, WI. Sandy was born March 1, 1914 in Chicago, IL, the eldest daughter of the late Jenny and Joseph Moccero. On April 22, 1933, she married Concetto ``CJ'' Ingala at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Janesville. Sandy was a longtime member of both St. Patrick's Catholic Church and St. William's Catholic Church in Janesville. She also was a faithful and loving member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Oshkosh for the last 6 years. She was a faithful and loving Catholic/Christian woman who dedicated her life to her family, her friends, her community and her God. Sandy was employed by Mercy Hospital for many years, and later with the Janesville Public Library, until retiring to Florida in 1986. She was also an active volunteer to many organizations in the Janesville community.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, Concetto of Oshkosh; her 2 sons, James (Karen) Ingala and John (Shelley) Ingala, both of Oshkosh; her grandchildren, Candy (Tim) Warriner of Roscoe, IL, James Ingala, Jr. of Port Charlotte, FL, Debra (Mark) Saunders of Janesville, Teresa (Doug) Henning of Crystal Lake, IL, and Robby Schroeder of Oshkosh; her great-grandchildren: Tanner and Connor Warriner of Roscoe, IL, Danny Saunders of Janesville, and Mandy and Emily Henning of Crystal Lake, IL; her 2 brothers, Jack Moccero of Janesville and Sam Moccero of Evansville; her sister, Patricia Worden of Janesville; and by many nieces, nephews and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Joann Ingala Bauer; a grandson, Charles Ingala; and her youngest brother, Frank Moccero.
A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Sandy's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002 at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 315 Cherry St., with Msgr. James Gunn, of Waunakee, WI, and Fr. Dan Felton, of Oshkosh, co-officiating. Burial will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday morning from 9 until 11 a.m. at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials in Sandy's name would be appreciated to the Apostolate to the Handicapped, Monroe, WI, Mercy Assisted Care Hospice, 901 Mineral Point Ave., Janesville, or St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 315 Cherry St., Janesville. The WHITCOMB-LYNCH-OVERTON FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kauth, Donna Jeanne
December 13, 1929 - November 21, 2002
EVANSVILLE--Donna Jeanne Kauth, age 73, of Evansville and formerly of Chicago, IL, died Thurs., Nov. 21, 2002, at her home. She was born on Dec. 13, 1929, in Beloit, the daughter of Peter and Ida (Zimmer) Kauth. She taught for several years in the Elizabeth and Freeport, IL, school districts, before writing textbooks for Scott Foresman & Company in Chicago. In 1990 she returned to Evansville and retired.
Donna is survived by her sisters, Beth (Kenneth) Flood of Brooklyn and Marilyn (James) Cook of Evansville; a niece; and 6 nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Rollyn Kauth.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Mon., Nov. 25, 2002, at WARD FUNERAL HOME, Evansville, with Rev. Eric Neilsen of St. Paul's Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Kessler, Valerie A. (nee Fink)
October 6, 1949 - November 17, 2002
JANESVILLE--Valerie A. (nee Fink) Kessler, age 53, of 302 N. Pearl St., died Sun., Nov. 17, 2002, at home. She was born on Oct. 6, 1949, in Edgerton, and was the daughter of Odin and Shirley (Brendon) Fink. Valerie married Albert Max Kessler on July 5, 1968, in Rockford, IL. He died on Nov. 18, 2000. She was employed by K-Mart and was a member of the Women of the Moose.
She is survived by her son, Victor (Denise) Kessler of Las Vegas, NV; her 3 daughters: Amy Kinsey of St. Louis, MO, Beth Kessler, and Odessa Kessler, both of Victorville, CA; 9 grandchildren; her father, Odin Fink of Janesville; her 2 sisters, Linda (Robert) Kleba of Belvidere, IL, and Peggy Forrett of Janesville. She was preceded in death by her mother and husband.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 21, 2002, at the SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME, with Rev. John Hagen officiating. Friends may call on Thursday from 2 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Kilmer, Wanda Maxine
August 9, 1919 - November 15, 2002
JANESVILLE--Wanda Maxine Kilmer, age 83, of 1120 Elida St., died Fri., Nov. 15, 2002, at Haven House Hospice. She was born in Janesville on Aug. 9, 1919, the daughter of Wandell "Rosy" and Margaret (Semrow) Kilmer. A lifelong Janesville resident, Wanda was a 1937 graduate of Janesville High School and was employed by Parker Pen for over 40 years before her retirement in October, 1981.
She is survived by her brother, John "Jack" (Mildred) Kilmer; and sister, Doris (LeRoy) Keegan; both of Janesville; 2 brothers-in-law, Gene Frye of Afton and Norman Johnson of Madison; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and 2 sisters, Billie Frye and Betty Johnson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 19, 2002, in the SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME, with Rev. James Melvin officiating. Burial will be in the Town of Rock Cemetery. Friends may call at the SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

Lilja, Sharon L.
June 19, 1943 - November 21, 2002
PECATONICA, IL/JANESVILLE--Sharon L. Lilja, age 59, of Pecatonica, IL, died at 8:57 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 21, 2002, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. She was born on June 19, 1943, in Portage, WI, daughter of Palmer and Geraldine (Dutcher) Peterson. She lived the past 11 years in Pecatonica, moving there from Janesville, WI. She was married to Larry Lilja in the First Lutheran Church, Janesville, on March 10, 1991, and was a member of First Lutheran Church, Pecatonica. She graduated from Janesville Senior High School, Janesville.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Lilja of Pecatonica; a brother, Larry (Marilyn) Peterson of Darlington, WI; 4 stepchildren: Robin Lilja, Jana Lilja, Krista (Ed) Gellis, and Bjorn Lilja; 7 stepgrandchildren: Kyra, Corbett, Etienne, Madeline, Keziah, Adah, and Israel; a niece, Kristin; 2 nephews, Chad and Todd; and many very special friends.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Mon., Nov. 25, 2002, at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, Pecatonica, with Rev. Tom Jacoby, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Pecatonica Cemetery after cremation rites. Arrangements by KENNETH L. COUNTRYMAN FUNERAL HOME, 529 Washington St., Pecatonica, with visitation on Sunday from 3 until 4 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial fund will be established in her memory.

Luethy, Rosemary
November 15, 1934 - November 21, 2002
JANESVILLE--Mrs. Rosemary Luethy, age 68, of Janesville, died Thurs., Nov. 21, 2002, at home. She was born on Nov. 15, 1934, to Frank and Elsie (Brunhoeffer) Bundy in Beloit, WI. She attended Beloit Memorial High School. Mrs. Luethy was united in marriage to Frederick Luethy on Jan. 9, 1963, in Rockford. She was employed by the Freeman Shoe Co. for 22 years as a joiner. She also worked at the Rock County Health Care Center as a supervisor for the Housekeeping Dept.
Mrs. Luethy is survived by her husband, Frederick of Janesville; 3 children: Lonnie (Sue) Luethy of Beloit, David Krohnke of Janesville, and Greg (Melanie) Luethy of Janesville; 5 grandchildren: Michele Hazeltine of Janesville, Robert Hazeltine of Janesville, Adam Hazeltine of Janesville, Brook Luethy of Madison, and Christopher Luethy of Janesville; 2 sisters, Barbara Abbott of Black River Falls and Patricia Frederick of McHenry, IL; 2 special sisters-in-law, Marcy Bundy of Clinton, IA, and Jean Luethy of South Beloit, IL; special niece, Jeanne (Michael Henzl) Boschi; and several other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother; 2 brothers, David (Sue) Bundy and their son, Michael, and Frank "Jack" Bundy; 3 sisters: June Broderson, Mrs. A. J. "Bea" Boschi, and Laura Jean Barrett; and daughter-in-law, Cindy Krohnke.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Mon., Nov. 25, 2002, at the ROSMAN-UEHLING-KINZER FUNERAL HOME, Beloit, WI, with Rev. Dave Meding officiating. Burial will be in Shopiere Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 6 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Matthews, Lavina Martha Ann
February 5, 1926 - November 27, 2002
JANESVILLE--Lavina Martha Ann Matthews, age 76 of 703 E. Centerway, died Wed., Nov. 27, 2002, at home. She was born in Milton, WI on Feb. 5, 1926, the daughter of Otto and Alice (Stelter) Paul. She married Maurice G. "Matty" Matthews on Oct. 13, 1956, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church; he preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1997. Lavina worked for Parker Pen, Borg Instruments and Oaks Manufacturing. She and her husband owned and operated the South Side Cheese Shop for several years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and she enjoyed working at the Janesville Flea Market, sewing, cooking, crafts and gardening.
Lavina is survived by her 3 daughters: Grace (Nels) Becker of Janesville, Paulette (Russell) Tinder of Orfordville and Viola (Roger) Helgesen of Green Bay; 2 sons, David (Tami) Matthews of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Charles (Pamela) Symonds, III of Whittier, CA; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 3 sisters: Elrena Heminover and Carmen Mattingly, both of Janesville, and Lenora Wenham of Little Chute, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 2 brothers, Eldon and Harlow Paul; and 3 sisters: Arvella Alverson, Viola Paul and Verna Nelson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 30, 2002, at ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, with Fr. Steve Umhoefer officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Mausoleum. Friends may call on Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME.

McKearn, Gerald A. "Grub"
October 9, 1919 - November 24, 2002
DURAND, IL--Gerald A. "Grub" McKearn, age 83, of Durand, IL, died at 9:20 a.m. Sun., Nov. 24, 2002, in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, IL. He was born on Oct. 9, 1919, in Beloit, WI, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. and Anna G. (Clark) McKearn. He lived over 50 years in Durand, IL. He was married to the former Dorothy Green in Beloit, WI, on Nov. 9, 1946. He retired as a plant superintendent at Greenlee's in Rockford, IL. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marine Corp. in 2nd Airdrome Battalion 17th AA Battalion. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Durand, and taught CCD classes there. He was a former member of the Durand School Board for over 10 years. He graduated from Beloit High School.
Survivors include his sons: Jim (Anne) McKearn of Aurora, IL, Thomas (Patricia) McKearn of New Hope, PA, and John (Cassandra) McKearn of Glenco, MO; 9 grandchildren: Pamela, Kate, Nathan, Julie, Joseph, David, Marissa, Katharine, and Elizabeth; and 3 great-grandchildren: Channing, Ashley, and Aaron. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a daughter, Patricia; 3 brothers; and a sister.
A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wed., Nov. 27, 2002, in ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, with Msgr. Eric Barr officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Durand, IL. Prayers will be said on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at MCCORKLE FUNERAL HOME, 101 Main St., Durand, IL. Friends may call on Tuesday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home. A scripture service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Mihel, Joseph J.
March 18, 1918 - November 23, 2002
ELKHORN--Joseph J. Mihel, age 84, of W3930 County Road NN, Elkhorn, died Sat., Nov. 23, 2002, at Lakeland Health Care Center. He was born on March 18, 1918, in Racine, WI, the son of Frank and Sophia Mihel. Joe was a salesman with Sexton Foods and Milwaukee Cheese Co. for over 40 years, retiring in 1999 due to ill health. Joe served as a Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Army from October, 1942, until February, 1946. He married the former Laurienne Traver in Elkhorn on May 29, 1964.
Joe is survived by his wife of 38 years, Laurienne; a daughter, Donna (Walter) Janke of Waukesha, WI; a son, Dale Mihel; 3 stepchildren: Bruce Wauters of Scottsdale, AZ, Sue Gibson of Elkhorn, and William (Judy) Wauters of Madison; and 8 grandsons. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers; and 3 sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Mon., Nov. 25, 2002 (TODAY), at HAASE-DERRICK-LOCKWOOD FUNERAL HOME, 730 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, with Fr. Juilo Mirables officiating. Visitation will be at 5 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Arrangements completed by HAASE-DERRICK-LOCKWOOD FUNERAL HOMES.

Oberley, James D.
October 7, 1917 - November 19, 2002
JANESVILLE--James D. Oberley of 1421 Maple Ave., died Tues., Nov. 19, 2002, at Mercy Hospital. He was born in Westfield, IL, on Oct. 7, 1917, the son of Charles and Minerva (Miller) Oberley. He married Ruby Moore on April 19, 1941, in St. Charles, MO. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. James was employed by General Motors as a millwright, retiring in 1980. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Loyal Order of the Moose #197, UAW Local 95 retirees, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, gardening, and fixing things. He especially enjoyed helping family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby; 2 children, Dr. Larry (Kathleen) Oberley of Iowa City, IA, and Dr. Terry (Edith) Oberley of Madison, WI; 4 grandchildren: Matthew (Khanh) and Alex, both of Madison, Rebecca and Christopher, both of Iowa City; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Fri., Nov. 22, 2002, at MT. ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, with Rev. Deborah Thompson officiating. Entombment will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park Mausoleum. Friends may call on Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME. Memorials are preferred to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church or HospiceCare Inc.

O'Leary, Ben W.
June 19, 1919 - November 17, 2002
EAST TROY--Ben W. O'Leary, of East Troy, WI, found peace Sun., Nov. 17, 2002, at Lakeland Health Care Center at the age of 83 years. He was born to parents Bernard and Mary (nee Utter) on June 19, 1919, in East Troy. He also attended school in East Troy. On Sept. 11, 1948, he married his bride, Jeanette (nee Loth) at St. Peter's the Apostle Parish, East Troy, and has continued to be a lifelong resident. For all of his 83 years, Ben was a cattle farmer and also worked for Trent Tube for 30 years.
Ben is survived by his wife, Jeanette; his children: Dennis (Margaret) of East Troy, Christine Ziemendorf of Lake Mills, Nancy (Jim) Lightfield of East Troy, and Dick (Kathy) of Mequon; grandchildren: Roberta, Jamie, Todd, Laurie, Angela, Amy, Brian, Katie, Hannah, and Elizabeth; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, a brother, 3 sisters, and a son-in-law.
A funeral Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 20, 2002, at ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1981 Beulah Ave., East Troy, with a visitation from 4 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Fr. Larry Chapman will officiate. Private interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery. Memorials to Lakeland Health Care Center are appreciated. HERITAGE FUNERAL HOMES, East Troy, (262) 642-5057, is assisting the family.

Pennycook, Warren S.
April 8, 1948 - November 24, 2002
JANESVILLE--Warren S. Pennycook, age 54, Janesville, died Sun., Nov. 24, 2002, at University Hospital, Madison, from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident which occurred on Nov. 12, 2002, near Milton. Warren was born in Janesville on April 8, 1948, the son of Stanley and Edna (Kersten) Pennycook. He graduated from Milton High School in 1966. He married Phyllis Van Landingham on March 6, 1971, in Janesville. Warren farmed in the Janesville-Milton area and was also employed as a salesman for A.B.S., Terra, Landmark and more recently Bullseye Agronomy Services. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Janesville, Community Antique Tractor Pullers, and Wisconsin C.C.A. Warren formerly served as a Janesville Township supervisor.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Pennycook of Janesville; 4 sons: Adam (Audra) Pennycook of Milton, Jason (friend, Heidi Olson) Pennycook, Greg (Tiffany) Pennycook and Mark Pennycook, all of Janesville; 2 grandchildren, Justin and Courtney Pennycook; 3 sisters: Ruth Pennycook of Rockton, IL, Jane Pennycook and Lois Pennycook, both of Janesville; his mother-in-law, Marguerite Van Landingham of Janesville; his brother-in-law, Phillip Van Landingham of Beloit; and an aunt, Dorothy Smyth of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Warren was preceded in death by his parents; and his father-in-law, Richard Van Landingham.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Fri., Nov. 29, 2002, at ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH, 302 N. Parker Dr., Janesville, with Pastor Judi Huseth officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Center Township. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 until 8 p.m. at HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME, 1010 N. Wright Rd., Janesville.

Potter, Jennifer L. Spencer
August 4, 1965 - November 29, 2002
JANESVILLE/MADISON--Jennifer L. Spencer Potter, age 37, of 3109 Churchill Dr., Madison, a longtime Janesville resident, passed away Friday morning, Nov. 29, 2002, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Center, Fitchburg, WI. She was born Aug. 4, 1965 in Janesville, the youngest child of Harold T. and Marjorie H. (Glende) Spencer. She attended school in Janesville and was a graduate of Janesville Craig High School, Class of 1983. She attended Blackhawk Technical College and received certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant. At the time of her death, Jenny was employed as a CNA at the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Center in Fitchburg for HospiceCare, Inc. Jenny loved the outdoors and especially loved her pets. She also enjoyed projects around her home and had remodeled her home with her own skills and talents. She also very much enjoyed spending time on her computer and playing computer games. She was an advocate for those with autism and spent countless hours working on their behalf.
Jenny is survived by her loving partner, Michelle Mackey of Madison; her daughter, Caitlyn Potter; her 2 step-children, Gerald and Kendra Mackey, all at home; her mother, Marjorie Spencer; her 2 sisters, Pamela (Michael) Schroeder and Kimberly (Anthony) White; her grandmother, Helen Glende; her nieces and nephews: Heather, Adam, Sarah, and Spencer White, all of Janesville; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. She will be especially missed by her faithful companion, her dog Keelo. Jenny was preceded in death by her father, Harold T. Spencer; her grandfather, Adolph O. Glende; and by her brother, Randy Spencer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 3, 2002, at the GRACE MINISTRIES, 1509 S. Grant Ave., with Rev. Mike Bachmeyer officiating. Burial will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park. Friends may call on Monday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. at the WHITCOMB-LYNCH-OVERTON FUNERAL HOME, 15 N. Jackson St., or on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. at GRACE MINISTRIES. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials in her name may be made to HospiceCare, Inc.
Jenny's family would like to express their sincerest thanks to the staff of Meriter ICU for all their care and support, and also to her second family and co-workers at the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Center for making Jen's last couple days so peaceful and loving. You made it "home" to her in many ways.

"Fly me up to where you are, Beyond the distant star
I wish upon tonight, to see you smile, if only for awhile,
To know you're there, a breath away's not far
To where you are."
"To Where You Are"
Josh Groben

Rose, Virginia Elizabeth
April 30,1909 - Nov. 25, 2002
MADISON--Virginia Elizabeth Rose, age 93, passed on to the other side peacefully on Monday, November 25, 2002, at the Meriter Health Center, with her daughter Virginia Jean Rose by her side. Born in Chicago on April 30, 1909, she was the daughter of William James and Margaret Lamont McGowan of Belfast, Ireland. A woman of extraordinary generosity, grace, and elegance, Virginia was a creative spirit who loved art, music, sewing, and interior design. She graduated from Janesville High School in 1927 and subsequently attended business school in Madison prior to her employment at Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (American Family). Her love of music included voice lessons, piano, and a performance in the opera "Madame Butterfly". In her later years she was known for her spontaneous singing, especially her mantra "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean".
One of 7 siblings, she is survived by her brother, William J. McGowan of Milwaukee; her sister, Kathlyn Zitzer of Janesville; cousins, nieces, nephews, and a grandson, Nicholas Lamont Rose-Meyer (UW-Platteville). She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jean Fred Rose, whom she married in 1943; her sisters, Gertrude Struebin and Margaret Truesdill; and her brothers, James and Hamilton McGowan.
A small family gathering will be held at a later date in Janesville where she will be buried next to her parents. GUNDERSON FUNERAL HOME, Madison, is assisting the family. Her daughter wishes to extend her gratitude and appreciation to the staff and residents of Meriter Health Center for their dedication and compassion.
"My mother is my mentor, the most unpretentious, tolerant, giving and and gracious of human beings I have known. Angels sing thee to thy rest. Shalom."

Schwenk, Bernard E.
October 31, 1923 - November 25, 2002
GENOA CITY, WI--Bernard E. Schwenk, age 79, of Genoa City, WI, passed away Monday morning, Nov. 25, 2002, at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. He was born on Oct. 31, 1923, in Harvard, NE, the son of the late George and Melba Mickel Schwenk. On March 1, 1947, in Kelso, WA, he was united in marriage to Ila B. McNannay; she preceded him in death on July 24, 1998. They lived in Mundelein, IL, before moving to Bloomfield Township in 1975. He formerly worked as a senior manufacturing engineer for the Cherry Electric Co. in Waukegan from 1972 until 1996. He then worked as an engineering consultant for the American Championship Aircraft Co. in Burlington, WI. He attended the United Methodist Church in Genoa City. He was a licensed pilot, a member of the Civil Air Patrol, and he enjoyed airplanes. He was a former member of the Bloomfield Town Board, the republican party, a board member of the Walworth County Farm, and a member of the Harvard, NE Masonic Lodge #44 A.F. & A.M. He also enjoyed woodworking.
Mr. Schwenk is survived by 2 sons, Randall (Sandra) of Kenosha, WI, and Terry (Fiancee, Jean) of Kenosha, WI; 5 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Lorraine Voyles of Lincoln, NE. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Schwenk, on July 27, 1988.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 30, 2002, at the HAASE-DERRICK-LOCKWOOD FUNERAL HOME in Genoa City with Pastor Kenneth Lyerly officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Spafford, Donald Duane
February 8, 1940 - November 18, 2002
MICHIGAN/JANESVILLE--Donald Duane Spafford passed away in his home Mon., Nov. 18, 2002, after a long, hard, courageous battle with heart and lung disease. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his death. He was born in Janesville on Feb. 8, 1940, to Louise Vogel Spafford and Dwight D. Spafford. He grew up in Frankfort, MI. As a boy he hunted, fished, and explored the bluffs of Lake Michigan. As a young man he worked as a golf caddy for the Country Club, as a pin setter at the bowling alley, and as a telegraph operator for Western Union. He graduated from Frankfort High School in 1958. After high school, he proudly served in the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he drove a D.U.C.K. He married Gail Jorgensen on April 3, 1962; together they had four children, and now have five grandchildren. Don worked for GM for several years, and also for Dana Corp. and Fairbanks Morse. He was a sales associate in his later years. He was an outgoing man who loved people and enjoyed many hobbies: playing cards, fishing, playing pool, and spoiling his cats. He loved spending time with his best friend of 40 years, Gail, his children, his grandchildren, and his cats who watched over him throughout this struggle. He also enjoyed cooking for all his family and friends, grilling steaks, and going to rummage sales looking for antiques and other treasures. He refinished many beautiful pieces of antique furniture. Don had a great interest in lighthouses, carferries, and other ships on the Great Lakes. He collected paintings of ships and the sea. He enjoyed watching football, baseball, pool games, auto racing, cooking shows, game shows, and the animal planet channel. He enjoyed feeding and watching birds, squirrels, and rabbits. Don enjoyed helping those who needed a hand, including homeless cats. He also loved working on projects in his garage.
He is survived by his ex-wife and best friend, Gail; his 4 children: Cheryl Spafford, Cindy (John) Spencer, Sandy (Ken) Jacobson, and Dan Spafford; grandchildren: Mike Spafford, Courtney Jacobson, Ryan Jacobson, Samantha Spencer, and Skylan Spafford; 2 sisters, Eta Mae and Thelma; a brother, Henry; nieces, nephews, friends, and other relatives. He is also survived by his cats: Chessie, Whiner, and Ginger. He was predeceased by his parents.
The loving and caring people of Beloit Regional Hospice played a huge part in helping Don find peace throughout his struggle; they became a part of his family. Many thanks and love, and God bless them from Don and his entire family.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sat., Nov. 23, 2002, at FLORAL LAWNS CEMETERY CHAPEL, South Beloit, IL. HANSEN FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family.

Don, Dad, Grandpa: You will forever be in our hearts and loved
by so many. Thank you for all the love you gave us. May peace and
love always be with you, God's special angel. We love you forever
and always. God bless you, and we will meet again one day....

Vermillion, Rosalie Ellen
May 17, 1922 - November 25, 2002
FORT COLLINS, CO--Rosalie Ellen Vermillion, age 80, of Fort Collins, CO, died Mon., Nov. 25, 2002, at her residence. She was born on May 17, 1922, in Akron, OH, daughter of Ida May Mills and Melville Shaffer. She married Harry Vermillion on Jan. 6, 1943, in Alexandria, LA. Rosalie attended Central High School in Akron, OH. She lived in Akron until 1979, when she moved to Colorado Springs, and then later to Fort Collins. She was a member of the bowling league in Akron. She liked to sew.
Surviving are her spouse, Harry Vermillion; sons: Mel Vermillion of Wray, CO, Harry Vermillion and Joe Vermillion of Carr, CO; daughters, Sue Ellen Mattingly and Harriet Rose Flugel of Manitou Springs, CO; brothers, Melville Shaffer and John Shaffer of Akron, OH; sister, Ida May Molea of Dayton, OH; 9 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Marjorie Maneval.
Cremation will be conducted. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 100 E. County Rd. 30, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

Wiskia, Jilleen A.
March 14, 1940 - November 22, 2002
JANESVILLE--Jilleen A. Wiskia, age 62, of 308 N. High St., died Fri., Nov. 22, 2002, at Beloit Health and Rehab Center. Jilleen was born in Janesville on March 14, 1940, the daughter of Clare and Evelyn (Perleberg) Jones. She graduated from Milton High School in 1958 and later graduated from Mercy Hospital as a radiology technician. Jilleen managed Club 708 in Janesville for many years. She also operated her own craft business, Whimsies In Wood.
Survivors include her father, Clare Jones of Janesville; 2 daughters, Amy C. (Michael) Messerschmidt of Orfordville, Rodeena A. (Jeffrey) Pluhar of Louisville, KY; and 2 stepgrandchildren, Andrew and Stephanie Messerschmidt. Jilleen was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn Jones in 1997.
Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 26, 2002, at HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME, 1010 N. Wright Rd., Janesville, with Rev. Craig Peach officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 p.m. until the time of services at HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME.

Wyssman, Mary Eleanor
April 16, 1927 - November 14, 2002
BRODHEAD--Mary Eleanor Wyssman, age 75, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born April 16, 1927, the daughter of James and Mary (Cochrane) Locast in Janesville, WI. On Oct. 18, 1944, she married Herman Wyssman at the St. Victor Catholic Church in Monroe. Together they farmed in the Orangeville area. After Herman's death, she moved to Brodhead, where she has resided ever since. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crafts and playing cards with her friends and had a passion for crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her children, John (Susan) Wyssman of Bloomington, IL, Nancy Zunker of Stillman Valley, IL, Robert Wyssman of Orangeville, IL; a brother, James Locast of Janesville; a sister, Mildred Gruenewald of Juda, WI; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 3 brothers.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at ST. VICTOR CATHOLIC CHURCH, Monroe. Fr. Michael E. Klarer will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 4 until 6 p.m. at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME in Monroe. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. Tuesday until time of service at the church. STEIL-CAMACHO FUNERAL HOME of Monroe is assisting the family. A memorial fund is being established in memory of Mary.


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