Gloria E. Rake

Gloria E. Rake, 84, of N5043 Hwy 151, Columbus passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Columbus Community Hospital surrounded by her family. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Ron Rank officiating. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 30th from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home and again on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Columbus.Gloria was born the daughter of Orrin and Della (Warber) Stofflet Sr. on September 22, 1929 in Springvale, WI. She was married to Robert E. Winter in Columbus. Later, she was married to Melvin C. Rake in Columbus. Gloria was employed with Monarch Range in Beaver Dam and later with John Deere in Horicon where she retired. Gloria was a member of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Columbus. She enjoyed gardening and had a love of animals. Gloria enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Apple Tree Family Restaurant in Columbus. She will be remembered for her witty sense of humor. She especially enjoyed family gatherings and thought the world of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gloria is survived by her eight children: Donna (Rosie) Winter of Ogden, UT, Ronald Winter of Columbus, Deb (Walter) Wendlandt of Randolph, Denise Winter of Beaver Dam, Dennis (Colleen) Winter of Columbus, Donald (Deanne) Winter of Columbus, Daniel (Bobbie) Rake of Columbus and Dale (Shelly) Rake of Columbus; two sisters: Teena Schmidt and Joan Fehr; 22 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren with two more one the way; her special friend, Lynn Kreyer of Poynette; a special niece, Cheryl Henderson of Rio; and further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Melvin in 1997 and seven siblings. Memorials may be directed to the Columbus Community Hospital-Columbus or to the Dodge County Humane Society.

Kevin Roy Purves

Kevin Roy Purves, age 60, of Columbus, passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014 after an arduous battle with cancer. Throughout his illness, Kevin consistently shared his wish to be with those he loved most as much as he possibly could. And in honor of those wishes, those same people were with him in the last moments of his life.Kevin (aka “Big Kev”) was born on December 25, 1953 to Forest ‘Babe’ and Evadene (Fuller) Purves. He was united in marriage to Susan Scudiero on August 27, 1992 in Portage. Kevin and Sue made their life in Poynette for several years until they moved to Columbus after purchasing the ‘Overtime’ bar about 10 years ago. In his spare time, Kevin enjoyed golf, shooting pool, and nature while fishing. Big Kev was known to have a humorous side, brightening up any story with a quick joke and an infectious chuckle. Kevin loved the time he spent with his family and was proud to be a husband, father, and grandfather. Kevin is survived by: His wife Susan of Columbus. His mother Evadene of Poynette. His children- Juanita (Casey) Tomlinson of Poynette, Michael Bankers of Columbus, Kevin Purves, Jr. of Columbus, and Kayla (Spencer Johnson) Purves of Columbus. His sister- Karen (Bruce) Radewan of Poynette. His brother- Kim (Special friend Jill) Purves of Poynette. His 5 grandchildren- Leah, Jesse, Wyatt, Josie, and Maurice. His in laws- Mary Scudiero (special friend Andrew) Laura Scudiero, Michael Scudiero, Julie Drinkwine. He was further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his father Forest and his sister in law Jodi Purves.

Kathryn L. Hermanson

Kathryn L. “Kay” Hermanson, 92, of Columbus passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at “At Home Again” Assisted Living in Columbus.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 8, 2014 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. Daniel Sims officiating. A visitation will also be held on Monday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. Inurnment will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Columbus. Kathryn Louise was born the daughter of Benjamin and Florence (Essex) Herbst on December 12, 1921 in Dalton, WI. She was a graduate of Columbus High School. Kay was married to Lawrence Hermanson on September 20, 1943 in Columbus, GA. She was employed with the Columbus Water and Light and later with the Columbus School District for many years. Kay was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus. She was active with the Beaver Dam Arts Association, the Columbus Country Club and the Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary. Kathryn enjoyed time spent with her Bridge Club. She had a love of dogs and always had at least one dog. She enjoyed watching the Badgers, Packers, Brewers and QVC. Kathryn will be remembered as having a quiet and quick sense of humor. She will be missed.Kathryn is survived by her four children: Merry Anderson of Columbus, Jon (Deb) Hermanson of Knoxville, TN, Diane (Gary) Schuhmacher of Waterloo and Paul (Teresa) Hermanson of Milton, WI; seven grandchildren: Sara (James) Hanna, Samuel (special friend, Sarah Elliott) Schuhmacher, Erik Hermanson, Josh Monhollan, Matthew (Merissa) Hermanson, Hanna Hermanson and Jake Hermanson; five great-grandchildren; her best friend, Mildred “Millie” Kindschi of Columbus; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lawrence in 2004, her brother Wallace, her granddaughter, Macey Hermanson and two great-grandsons. Memorials may be directed to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church or the Columbus Community Hospital both of Columbus.

Hattie Schallert

Hattie C. Schallert, 99, a lifelong resident of Columbus passed away peacefully on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Columbus Community Hospital.Hattie Clara Emma was born on March 15, 1915 the daughter of Robert and Emelia (Lange) Wodill in Columbus. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus. On May 25, 1939, she was married to Harold Schallert.Hattie worked as a waitress at several restaurants and at the Stokley Canning Factory. She had also been employed for 23 years at McNulty’s Grocery Store. She had been a member of the Busy Lizzie Homemaker’s group in Columbus for 25 years. Hattie had a great faith and was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran ChurchHattie touched many lives throughout her lifetime and will be greatly missed.Hattie is survived by her daughter Barbara Schade of Edgerton; three grandchildren: Rick (Ann) Schade of Sun Prairie and their children: Hewan and Berhan, Roxanne (Gregg) Andler of DeForest and their children Corey (Lisa) and Austin and Donald (Heidi) Schade Jr of Weyauwega and their children: Nicole and Donald III; her special friend Beverly Herold of Columbus. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1990, son-in-law Donald Schade Sr. and nine brothers and sisters.A visitation for Hattie will be held on Wednesday, September 10th from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral Home in Columbus. A funeral service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Wilke officiating. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Columbus, Wisconsin.Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral and Cremation Services in Columbus is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com

Miles Voss Jr.

Miles Voss Jr., age 89, rode on his beloved John Deere tractor into the sunset on September 3rd, 2014 with his cows following.Miles was born on August 26, 1925 to Miles, Sr. and Meta (Bortz) Voss in Milwaukee, WI. In the early years of his childhood, the family moved to Dekorra briefly before settling at the farm in the Township of Hampden (Columbus, WI). Miles attended the Wisconsin School for the Deaf but did not complete his high school diploma during the World War II as his father and neighbors needed his help to operate the family farm as well as the neighbors’ farms.Miles was a proud owner of the dairy farm, an achievement that was unheard of for a deaf person at that time. In his younger years, his passion was basketball and he played with the Madison Association of the Deaf basketball team, as well as, served on Madison Association of the Deaf club as a president. In 1958, Miles married Patricia L. Boehler, and raised five daughters. Both Miles and Pat enjoyed traveling with the deaf senior group and were actively involved in the Happy 55 club. Miles is survived by his daughters, Karen Dishno (Daniel), Kristine Voss, Kathryn Voss (David Binning), Meta Cucinotta (Jeff) and Pamela Marhefke (David). He is further survived by 12 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren and 2 nieces and a nephew, as well as, other relatives. Miles was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Voss, a daughter, Greta Voss, a grandson, Rowan Dishno, his parents, Miles, Sr. & Meta Voss, and a brother, Ralph Voss.A memorial service will be held at the Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, W6906 County Road K, Arlington, WI 53911 at 4:30 p.m. on September 29th with visitation beginning at 3 p.m. Private burial will be held at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in South Leeds. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to www.nad.org (National Association of the Deaf) or to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, W6906 County Road K, Arlington, WI 53911.The family wishes to thank the Serenity Homes of DeForest for their wonderful care of their Dad.Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral and Cremation Services in Columbus is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com

April K. Hallberg

April K. Hallberg, 36 years old, of Columbus, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at her home.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 13th at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, 812 Western Ave., Columbus, with the Rev. Daniel Sims and the Rev. Robert Wilke officiating. A visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 12th from 3:00 -6:00 p.m., and also on Saturday, Dec. 13th from 9:30 -11:00 a.m. Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus.April was born the daughter of David and Joann (Parton) Schimmel on November 20, 1978 in Alexandria, VA. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, VA. April was united in marriage to Mike Hallberg on November 15, 2000 in Alexandria, VA. Together they raised their five children. April loved being a mother and referred to taking care of her family as her greatest blessing. She cared for her family and they were her highest priority. April had a great outlook on life and enjoyed making other people happy. April was very artistic and liked music. She felt it was important to share those qualities with others. April is survived by her husband Mike of Columbus; her five children: Hannah, Nathan, Rebecca, Addison, and Emma, all of Columbus; her parents David Schimmel of Columbus and Joann Schimmel of Columbus; three sisters: Alisa, Julie, and Kristen; her father & mother-in-law Don & Cherie Hallberg of Elgin, IA; her brother-in-law, Doug (Kristi) Hallberg; her sister-in-law Vicki Durnan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. April was preceded in death by her grandparents.Memorials may be directed to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church – Organ Fund in Columbus.

Clifford E. Tjugum

Clifford E. Tjugum, 94, of Columbus passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at The Meadows Assisted Living in Fall River.Clifford was born the son of Charles and Clara (Halverson) Tjugum on February 24, 1920 in Sun Prairie. He was married to Ethel M. Donkle on August 23, 1941 in Madison. Clifford was employed as a truck driver and owned his own milk route. He later retired from FS in Columbus. Clifford served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus and a member of Columbus American Legion. Clifford enjoyed the outdoors especially camping, fishing and hunting. He will be missed.Clifford is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Ethel of Columbus; his sons: Kieth (Pat) Tjugum and Jerome Tjugum both of Columbus; four grandchildren: Tonja (Tom) Perry of Columbus, Colleen (Chad) Dykstra of Fall River, Stephanie Vick of Columbus and Michelle (Jerry) Burns of Columbus; his sisters: Hazel Buss of Beaver Dam and Shirley (Robert) Konkel of Mondovi; nine great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; two step great-great grandchildren; and further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters: Gladys Hauge and Virginia Roisum and his daughter-in-law, Rosemary Tjugum.A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. Robert Wilke officiating. A visitation will also be held on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Columbus with graveside military honors conducted by the Columbus American Legion. Memorials may be directed to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church or to the Columbus Community Hospital both of Columbus.

Peter O. Drolshagen Jr.

Peter O. Drolshagen, Jr., 80, of Columbus passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Lakeview Nursing Home in West Salem, WI after a long battle with Parkinson ‘s disease.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Columbus with the Rev. Steve Kortendick officiating. A visitation will also be held on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Columbus with military honors conducted by the Columbus VFW #8090.Peter was born the son of Peter Oscar and Leona (Wodill) Drolshagen on March 11, 1934 in Dodge County, WI. He was married to Rachel Wendt was preceded him in death. He later married Jeanette Drzonek on April 11, 1989 in Columbus. Peter was a graduate of Columbus High School. He retired as sergeant from the Columbus Police Department after 20 years of service to his community. Peter served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Columbus. Peter loved the outdoors especially deer hunting. He also enjoyed gardening and kept a large garden. He will be remembered as a handyman who could fix almost anything. Peter is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jeanette of Columbus; his children: Gary Drolshagen of Theresa, Angela (Charles) Kunde of Colgate, WI and Amy (Bryan) Reed of McFarlane; two grandchildren: Kasey and Dakota; his step-children: Gerrie (Michael) Waldon of Texas and Michele Gaudes of Fall River; his step-grandchildren: Mikaela and Annabelle; and further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Rachel, his infant son David, his brothers and one sister. Memorials may be directed to the Columbia County Humane Society or the charity of one’s choice.

Laurene E. Benisch

Laurene E. Benisch, 92 years old, beloved wife and mother, returned home to Jesus on Jan 17, 2015 at her home, the Charleston House in Beaver Dam, surrounded by her family.A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, 812 Western Ave., Columbus with the Rev. Daniel Sims officiating. A visitation will also be held on Wednesday from noon until 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Columbus.Laurene was born on September 13, 1922 in Madison, WI to Nels and Alma Smithback. She attended school in Columbus. WI.Laurene married Rainhold Benisch of Elba Township in Wisconsin on September 24, 1942. As a Navy wife she had the chance to live in Florida, where her first son Donald was born; in Washington state where Ronald was born; as well as California, Texas, Tennessee, and Bermuda. She and Rainhold enjoyed numerous trips to both coasts and Canada.As a resident of Columbus, WI, she was active in the Columbia County Homemakers, rising to president of the organization. She also volunteered at the Columbus Community Hospital and was a member of the Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus for over 50 years.Laurene is survived by sons: Donald Benisch and Ronald (Song) Benisch; her grandchildren: Cindy, Robert (Alicia), Donna (Craig), Ronald II, and David; her great grandchildren: Tiffany, Ronald III, Natalie, Chayton, Kevin, and Dylan; numerous nieces and nephews around the country.She was preceded in passing by her husband Rainhold, her brothers David, Russell (Loras) and Robert Smithback; and her sisters Marlene (Bob) Bills and Nancy (Alvin) Kopplin.Laurene would always end family visits with a “God bless you”. Those of us fortunate enough to be a member of her family know the best blessing was knowing Laurene.

Eugene L. Hatzinger

Eugene L. Hatzinger, 86, of Columbus was called home to heaven to be with his Savior and the love of his life on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from the Columbus Nursing and Rehab Center.Eugene was born the son of Leo F. and Ida (Kehl) Hatzinger on August 3, 1928 in Columbus. He was a 1946 graduate of Columbus High School. Eugene was married to Mary Anna Stenberg on November 18, 1951 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus of which he was a lifelong member. He was employed as an auto mechanic and later as an auto mechanic instructor at MATC in Madison.Eugene served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He was fascinated with all things mechanical and could fix almost anything. Eugene loved his God and his family. He had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eugene is survived by his three children: Vicki (Wayne) Hoffman of Cambridge, WI, Bruce (Joyce) Hatzinger of Columbus and Gary Hatzinger of Rio; his sister, Mary Jane Premo of Columbus; his grandchildren: Joshua (Katie) Hoffman, Mathew (Chimene) Halfmann, Jeni (Adrian) Arians, Aubrie (Ryne) Franz, Austin Hatzinger; eight great-grandchildren: Taylen, Lydia, Asten, Alexa, Aiden, Avery, Myles and Nolan; his sister-in-law, Lorraine Beers; his brother-in-law, Donald McKay; and further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Anna in 2003, his sister Joe Ann and his granddaughter Leesa Hoffman. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral Home in Columbus from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., and on Saturday, January 31st from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 am at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus. The Rev. Daniel Sims will officiate. Inurnment will take place at Hillside Cemetery at a later date.Memorials may be directed to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus or to the charity of one’s choice.