Harold Dobrowa, age 91, of Reeseville, died on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Marquardt Health Center in Watertown. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Harold was born on May 14, 1923 in Lansing, Michigan to Edward and Katherine (Chrusczyk) Dobrowa. He graduated from Lansing Central High School and continued his education at Michigan State University. Harold served in the United States Army during WWII. On June 14, 1947, he was united in marriage with Elfrieda “Ellie” Bothe. Harold enjoyed Big Band music, reading history books, and photography. Harold was a member of Senior Companion Service and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Survivors are his sons, Alan Dobrowa of Reeseville and Dennis (Holly) Dobrowa of Cedar, MI; grandchildren, Angela Brandt, Jake (Sarah) Tisdale and Derek Dobrowa; great granddaughter, Isabella Brandt; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Annella Czubak; and brother, John Dobush. The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.
Edna A. Laing, age 77, of Reeseville, WI passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014 at her home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville, WI with Walter Walk officiating. A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, Reeseville. Burial will take place at Reeseville Cemetery in Reeseville, WI. Edna was born the daughter of Reinhold & Anna Hornick on April 3, 1937 in Marshfield. She was a Certified Psychiatric Aide. She was united in marriage to James Laing on September 28, 1985 in West Bend. Edna was very talented and creative and enjoyed doing art and wood working projects with her husband, James. She also enjoyed cooking and camping. Edna is survived by: her husband-James of Reeseville. Her children- Steven Backhaus of Kewaskum and Adriane (Don) Weiss of Two Rivers. Her grandchildren. Her sibilings- Andrew (Elaine) Hornick of Marshfield and Mary Ann (Richard) Heinzen of Cedarburg. Further survived bynieces & nephews, other relatives & friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Lucille Zellner, Dorothy Nikolai, and Catherine Merkel
Mabel L. Ludtke, age 98, formerly of East Troy, died on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Clearview Nursing Home in Juneau. The memorial gathering will be at First United Church of Christ in Reeseville on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The memorial service will follow at the church at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Lois Rosko officiating. Inurnment will be at Oakridge Cemetery in East Troy on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. The former Mabel Lillian Springer was born on August 8, 1916 to William H. and Nora E. (Peterkort) Springer in Grayslake, IL. On December 21, 1941 she was united in marriage with Ellis F. Ludtke. Mabel was a caretaker all of her life. She loved caring for her children, husband, and even residents of Walworth County Nursing Home. She continued to care for everyone well into her 80’s. Mabel was a longtime member of First Congregation United Church of Christ in East Troy. Survivors are her children, Larry Ludtke of Reeseville, and Linda Tauchen of Reno, NV; grandchildren, Stephanie Ludtke of Grafton, Matthew (Rebecca) Ludtke of DePere, Ryan (Lea) Tauchen of Reno, NV and Erika Tauchen of Reno, NV; great grandchildren, Sam and Jonah Ludtke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Helen and Clara; and daughter-in-law, Barbara Ludtke. If desired, memorials in Mabel L. Ludtke’s name may be made to First United Church of Christ, 215 Lincoln Ave., Reeseville, WI 53579. The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.
Bev J. Price, age 77, of Reeseville and formerly of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 9, 2015 at her Home. The visitation will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. To honor Bev’s memory, please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to The Gathering Source Food Pantry in Reeseville. Bev Jean Sazma was born on September 26, 1937 in Savana, Illinois to Thomas and Elsie (Oakes) Sazma. On October 18, 1960, she was united in marriage with Michael Price. Bev enjoyed bowling as well as going to Casinos and playing Bingo. She loved to travel, especially to Deadwood each year, or anywhere else her car would take her. Bev would camp at St. Germain each summer and considered other campers as her second family. In her 77 years of life she didn’t really seem to slow down much. Each year she would go to Michigan and participate in the Mackinac Bridge Walk. She was currently working full-time at BASO Gas Products in Watertown. Bev is survived by her children, Billy (Theresa) Slade of Eatonton, GA, Deborah (Greig) Thompson of Harrisburg, MO, Michael (Lynda) Price of Beaver Dam, Jeri (Mark) Schlatter of Watertown, and Patty (Rory) Wianecki of Reeseville; sisters, Patricia (Arnie) Outzen and Barbara (Gene) Greene, both of Clinton, IA; sister-in-law, Leita Reinke of Ardmore, OK; special friend, Marie Drolshagen of Columbus; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; several grand-dogs and grand-cats; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and granddaughter, Ginny. If desired, memorials in Bev Price’s name may be made to Neff Farms/Caine Warehousing Relay for Life Team, c/o Becky Neff, N3781 O’Sixteen Rd., Lowell, WI 53557 The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.
Frederick G. Lambert, formerly of Reeseville, died on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Beaver Dam. He was 95 years old. The graveside service will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Lowell on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. with Chaplain Jim Wehrheim officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Lowell VFW Post #9392 and the Reeseville American Legion Post #190. Frederick George Lambert was born on May 23, 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Frederick and Dorothy (Hayden) Lambert. He and his brother Edward joined the United States Army on September 25, 1941 during WWII, and he was honorably discharged on October 6, 1944 with several decorations, including a Bronze Star. On June 1, 1948 he was united in marriage with Dorothy M. Pickhardt of Reeseville. They moved to California to work and, eventually, raise four children. Fred was a skilled carpenter and craftsman. With Dorothy at his side, he built three homes and remodeled three others. Always well-tended and welcoming, their homes were a reflection of their hearts. Fred loved burls and old hardwood, delighting everyone with his carvings of dogs, cats, birds, seals, elephants, rhinos, people,… and zany rabbits. He also taught himself the art of stained glass, repairing and creating lovely pieces. He enjoyed collecting coins, guns, old bottles and oddly shaped rocks or driftwood. Before Dorothy died in 2008, they took daily walks and remodeled their final home in Reeseville. The last five years of Fred’s life were spent in the care of hard-working aides and nurses at Golden Living Center in Beaver Dam. Their warmth and humor buoyed Dad’s spirit, every day of his time there. His three surviving children are profoundly grateful to Jennifer Fellin (ACU Director), Lee, and the entire staff of the Alzheimer’s Care Unit for respecting and loving Dad so well. He was truly “at home”. Thank you. Fred is survived by his daughters, Marilyn (Gary) McNabb of Eugene, OR, Susan (Peter) Flanders of Watsonville, CA; his son, Robert (Bridgette) Lambert of Anacortes, WA; six grandchildren, Grace McNabb, Casey McNabb, Emily Flanders, Alan Flanders, Claire Lambert and Michael Lambert; four great grandchildren; dear in-laws, nieces and nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son, Edward Lambert; sisters, Irene and Helen; and brother, Edward. The family suggests that memorials be made in Frederick’s name to Golden Living Center, 410 Roedl Court, Beaver Dam, WI 53916. The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.
Phyllis J. Schoenwetter, age 77, of Reeseville, died on Monday, February 2, 2015 at Clearview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Juneau. The visitation will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. There will also be a visitation at Lowell United Church of Christ on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The funeral service will follow at the church on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Sandy Schieble officiating. Burial will be at Lowell Cemetery. The former Phyllis Jane Greinert was born on November 20, 1937 in the Town of Clyman, the daughter of Herbert and Alice (Borck) Greinert. She was a 1955 graduate of Juneau High School, followed by Milwaukee Cosmetology School. Phyllis was united in marriage with Ronald Schoenwetter at Zion Lutheran Church in Clyman on June 6, 1959. She worked at the National Beauty Salon in Watertown for many years. Phyllis was a Sweetheart of the Lowell VFW and was a longtime member of the Lowell United Church of Christ, where she was involved with the ladies aid for a number of years. Phyllis had a love for nature. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, tending to the yard and watching the wild life that their country home had to offer. She enjoyed watching the many species of birds that she fed from her back deck. Raising her family and enjoying the outdoors brought peace to her life. Survivors are her husband, Ronald Schoenwetter of Reeseville; children, Denise (James) Wild of Reeseville, and Michael Schoenwetter of Corpus Christi, TX; grandchildren, Samantha (Deven) Adams, Alexandra Wild, and Stephanie Wild; great granddaughter, Emelia Adams; brother, Richard (Rita) Greinert of Clyman; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Schoenwetter of Johnson Creek; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, William Schoenwetter. If desired, memorials may be made in Phyllis Schoenwetter’s name to Lowell United Church of Christ. The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.
Judith E. Wendt (nee Lacaeyse), age 69, of Reeseville, died Thursday, January 29, 2015 at UW Hospitals in Madison. In keeping with Judy’s wishes, there will be no services. Judy was born on March 1, 1945 to Cyril and Helen Lacaeyse and later graduated from Reeseville High School. While in high school, Judy baby sat and worked in both a grocery store and canning factories; the money she earned helped pay her parents taxes and some of the family bills. She was the oldest and was depended upon to watch the younger kids while mom and dad worked. Judy also helped her younger brother with his paper route and tutored some children that needed help with their studies. After graduating in 1963, she worked at the shoe factory in Watertown, then at Koplin in Fox Lake, and then at Johnson Controls (Baso) for 36 years before retiring in 2012. Survivors include her daughter, Tonia Arpke of Tennessee; her best friend, Lesli Narr of Beaver Dam; her dog Livy; and her nephews, Mike and Mark Loeck. Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her devoted sister, Margie Loeck in 1970; and her dearest brother, Larry Lacaeyse, who was killed in the Vietnam War in 1969. Donations may be made in Judy’s name to Lesli Narr, and she will direct them to a worthy cause. The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.
Ralph “Hoot” K. Gibson, 80, of N3134 Hwy G, Reeseville, WI passed away peacefully on Friday, May 29, 2015 at the William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital in Madison. Visitation for Hoot will be held on Wednesday, June 3rd from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Reeseville Community Center in Reeseville. The Lowell VFW and Reeseville American Legion will meet at 6:30 p.m. to pay their respects. Visitation will also be on Thursday, June 4th from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Lowell. Funeral Service will be on Thursday, June 4th at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul Vander Galien officiating. Interment will follow at Grove Prairie Cemetery in township of Lowell. Graveside military honors will be conducted by the Lowell VFW Post 9392 and the Reeseville American Legion Post 190. Ralph Kenneth was born the son of Kenneth and Erma (Reinhardt) Gibson on August 6, 1934 in Reeseville. He was a 1952 graduate of Reeseville High School. He was united in marriage to Patricia L. Kasper on October 3, 1959. Ralph “Hoot” proudly served his country in the United States Army. Hoot owned and operated Gibson Barber Shop for over a half a century; serving as many as four generations in some families. Hoot was a pillar of the Reeseville community. He took pride in serving the Reeseville residents in all capacities. Hoot believed in “small town America”. He was involved in many areas of the Reeseville community some of which include: member of the Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Fire Department for 37 years, American Legion Post 190 for 35 years and also company commander for the past 10 years, Lowell VFW Post 9392 and managed the Grove Prairie Cemetery. Ralph is survived by his children: John Gibson of Beaver Dam, Dennis Gibson of Reeseville and Sue (Mike) Lange of Oak Grove; his grandchildren: Emily, Evan, and Victoria Gibson, Kenny Gibson, and Kelsey and Mason Lange; his brothers: Howard Gibson of Beaver Dam and Donald (Bonita) Gibson of Reeseville. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, many other relatives and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia, daughter-in-law Rhonda and his sister Virginia Gessert. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Legion Post 190 of Reeseville, Wisconsin. Koepsell-Murray Funeral and Cremation Services Reeseville is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.
Georgene Margaret (Rennock) Yelk, 81, of Lowell was called to heaven on May 27, 2015 after a courageous battle against cancer. Her first concerns were directed toward her husband and family. Her joy in life was her unconditional love and care for others. She was the master holiday maker with Christmas being the highlight of the year. Her wish was to give her family one last traditional Christmas. She pulled it off perfectly with her usual grace and strength. Jean was a wife and mother first. She was there for grandchildren, and great grandchildren encouraging and celebrating their successes. She never missed a birthday and knew the individual taste of each family member. She actively participated in all aspects of running the farm while raising six kids. Jean owned and operated Z & G Calf-a-teria in the late 70’s until the early 90’s. She was an active member at Holy Family Catholic Church where she was involved with the Altar Society, funeral luncheons, and fish fries. She had a green thumb which was obvious by her large gardens and flowerbeds which she thoroughly enjoyed. She and her husband grew so many fruits and vegetables they decided to sell their produce at the local farmers market. Jean was an animal lover and enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, canning, going on gambling trips, traveling with her husband, Brett Favre and watching NASCAR. She had a natural ability to spot a bargain like no one else. She went to rummage sales before they were fashionable. Georgene is survived by her husband of 64 years, Zeno; six children, Karen (Dave) Christianson, Margie (Charlie) Kline, Janet (Michael) Yelk-Kenitz, Doris (Bill) Yelk-Wilberg, Donny (Lori) Yelk and Ken Yelk. She is further survived by eleven grandchildren, Paul (Laura), Frank, and Gary; Nathan, K.C., and Donnie; Emily and Colin; Willie; Ed (Amber) and Karlene; eight great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws; brothers, Alfred in infancy, Edward, William, Harvey “Tony”, Robert “Bob”, Louie “Pete” Stanley “Jim”, and Alexander “Bud”; sisters, Myrtle “Pat” Marson and Lucille Reed. The family would like to thank all of Georgene’s Hillside Hospice team for their exceptional care. The visitation will be at Holy Family Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at church on Tuesday at 12:00 noon with Fr. Michael Erwin officiating. Burial will be at Lowell Cemetery. The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.
Rhonda L. Gibson, age 41, of Reeseville, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek. Visitation for Rhonda will be at the Reeseville Community Center, 406 North Main Street in Reeseville, on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Funeral Services will follow at 7:00 pm with Carrie Schuett officiating. Rhonda Lynn was born on September 6, 1973 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin to Gerald and Joyce Byers. She graduated from Whitewater High School in 1991 and was united in marriage with Dennis Gibson in Reeseville on December 29, 1991. She spent every day at their business, D&R Auto Repair in Reeseville, where, as Dennis says, “She was the tippity-top dog”. Rhonda was active in the Reeseville community; she was a member of the Reeseville Chamber of Commerce, the Reeseville Fire Department Auxiliary, she was a First Responder for 13 years and was co-coordinator for the past several years. Rhonda was always happy and had a smile on her face. When she got involved with something, she gave it her all. She was always there to help others; when someone was in need, Rhonda was the person who would coordinate a benefit for them. In her spare time, she enjoyed hunting, fishing, and caring for stray animals. Survivors include her husband, Dennis Gibson of Reeseville; her son, Kenneth Gibson of Madison; her parents, Jerry and Joyce Byers of Whitewater; her brother and sisters, Bob Byers of Waupun, Vicki Byers of Whitewater, Debbie Byers of Madison, and Sharon (Gary) Stimmell of Missouri; her father-in-law, Ralph “Hoot” Gibson of Reeseville; aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends, and many pets. Rhonda was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Patricia Gibson. If desired, memorials may be made in Rhonda Gibson’s name to the Dodge County Humane Society. The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Reeseville is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.