Obituaries

Wed
03
Jun

Betty Jean Pigott

Betty Jean Pigott, age 70, passed away unexpectedly, on Monday, June 1, 2015, after a brief illness. 

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of a wonderful wife, mom, grandma, and friend. 

Born Dec. 27, 1944 in Madison, to Sanford “Sandy” and Elnora “Eleanor” (Janke) Wick. Betty spent her childhood on her parent’s farm off of Lake Farm Road in Oregon. She graduated from Oregon High School in 1965. After high school, Betty attended and graduated from UW Platteville with a bachelor’s degree in Education in 1967 and went on to UW Madison for her Master’s in Education. 

Wed
03
Jun

Kassia Leigh Long


Kassia Leigh Long

Kassia Leigh Long, age 25, of Oregon, went to be with her twin sister, Alexis, on Thursday, May 28, 2015. She was born on Aug. 20, 1989, the daughter of Martin and Martha (Sholts) Long. 

Kassi’s family’s life has centered around the care of Kassi and her sisters. Her family is forever grateful to the many caregivers, medical professionals and therapists for their wonderful care and support during Kassi’s lifetime. 

Kassi is survived by her parents, Martin and Martha Long; a brother, Creighton; younger sister, Mercedes; maternal grandparents, Erwin “Bud” and Joyce Sholts; and paternal grandparents, Donald and Lorraine Long and Karen (Kaltenbrun) and Don Taufer. Kassi is further survived by her aunts, uncles and cousins.  

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Alexis Anne Long.  

Wed
27
May

Joyce A. Brayshaw

Joyce A. Brayshaw, age 62, of Apache Junction, Ariz., passed away peacefully at her home on May 7, 2015. Joyce was born in Superior, to Dale and Clara Pearson. She went to high school at North Western High School and graduated in 1971. She worked for the city of Apache Junction for the last 18 years and planned to retire this year. She was involved with the American Legion as well as the VFW. Joyce enjoyed spending her time with family and friends while truly enjoying every aspect of life to its fullest. Her selfless dedication to her family, friends and career along with her infectious personality has truly touched the lives of so many. 

Joyce is preceded in death by her father, Dale Pearson.

Wed
27
May

Sandra Jean (Kreisler) Ace

Sandra Jean (Kreisler) Ace, age 75, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 21, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on April 3, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, to the late William and Edith (Hoerner) Kreisler. Her family later moved to Madison where she met and married Romaine Ace on July 28, 1956. 

Sandy loved her job and caring for her patients for over 40 years at the Four Winds Manor and Lodge. She loved having breakfast with friends, the Dallas Cowboys, reading and spending over 40 years watching her children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren showing sheep at fairs. Her family meant the world to her. 

Wed
13
May

Patrick C. Lawry

Patrick C. Lawry, age 74, entered eternal life on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born in Milwaukee on Oct.  14, 1940, the son of Nathaniel and Margaret (Drea) Lawry. He married Eleanor Krantz on March 27, 1963.

Pat and Eleanor lived in the Oregon area since 1970. Pat belonged to Holy Mother of Consolation Church where he renewed his faith 14 years ago. Pat owned and operated the Main Tap. He ran field trial dogs and was a member of the Wisconsin/Northern Illinois Field Trial Association. He enjoyed playing pool, traveling, visiting with friends, spending time with his dogs and especially being with his family. Pat would help anyone in need as long as he was able. 

Wed
06
May

Stuart Cameron

Stuart “Stu” Cameron, age 67, of Oregon, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2015.

He was born on Feb. 8, 1948, in Madison, the son of Fritz and LaVonne Cameron. Stu married Loralee “Lora” Thiemann on June 15, 1968, in Madison. He was actively involved with his five grandsons and the Oregon Sportsman’s Club.   

Stu is survived by his wife, Lora; daughter, Stacy (Tim Sikes) Sergent-Sikes; son, Bryan, (Amy Spilde) Cameron; grandchildren, Mason and Tanner Sergent and Jacob, Andrew and Tyler Cameron; sisters, Sandy (Gary) Champagne and Sara (Nick) Pumilia; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; and numerous relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sharon Jenkins; and brother, Scott Cameron.  

A Celebration of Life will be held at Gunderson Oregon Funeral Home, 1150 Park Street, Oregon, at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 7, with the Rev. Susan Schneider presiding.  

Wed
06
May

Randy Paul Owens

Randy Paul Owens, age 67, of Madison, formerly of Oregon, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family and friends.  

He was born on Feb. 7, 1948, in Madison, the son of Paul E. and Joyce E. (Swann) Owens.  Randy married Janey Miller on April 6, 1979, in Madison. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1968-1974.  

Randy worked for the City of Fitchburg Water Department from July 1, 1969 until his retirement on Feb. 7, 2005.  He was a member of the Oregon Masonic Lodge No. 151 F & A.M., American Legion Post No. 487 in Cable, Wis., and was a union steward for the Teamster’s Local No. 695 in Madison.  

Randy loved volunteering at the VFW Post No. 7591 omelet breakfasts, fishing and picking blueberries near his cabin in Canada and  spending time at his cabin in northern Wisconsin.  

Wed
29
Apr

Teresa Clark-Pestor

Teresa was born in Flint, Michigan on Oct. 22, 1954. Our Lord called her home April 15, 2015. She was a loving mother, grandmother, friend, daughter, and sibling. 

Teresa is survived by her six children, Tracy Pestor, Stacie Robey, Kristina Meyer, Steven Pestor, Jennifer Pestor and Brandon Richardson; as well as her father, Dave Clark; and four siblings, David Clark, Steven Clark, Rick Clark and Kimberly Bignell. Also by 10 grandchildren, Mia Polowski, Jagger Polowski, Cheyenne Harmon, Marcus Robey, Whitney Alexander, James, Madelyn, Alexia, Rhea and Hunter Meyer. 

Preceded in death by her mother, Joan Clark. 

Wed
22
Apr

Margaret A. Erfurth

Margaret A. Erfurth, age 83, of Oregon passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at St. Mary’s Care Center, Madison. She was born on March 31, 1932, in Madison, the daughter of Hjerman and Ada (Johnson) Dvergedal. She married Ronald L. Erfurth on June 3, 1950, in Stoughton.  

Margaret has been a longtime resident of Oregon. She was the bookkeeper for Erfurth Body Shop for 62 years. She was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and of the Altar Guild. Additionally she was a member for over 50 years of The Eastern Star Chapter #49, the Daughters of The Nile, Oregon Historical Society, Elks Club and Zor Shrine Ladies. 

Wed
15
Apr

Mary Patricia Dottl

Mary Patricia Dottl of Brooklyn passed away on April 7, 2015. Mary was born Mary Patricia Dvorak on Feb. 14, 1947, a Valentine baby, in Madison. She attended McFarland High School. 

Mary was a very giving person, she sent cards for every occasion -- holidays, birthdays, sickness, weddings -- you name it! She was a people person, avid bowler, golfer, card player and a wiz at internet games. 

Mary was a great traveler and loved to see new places -- Europe, South America, United States on golfing vacations. She enjoyed it all. Mary was a shoe, purse and sandal lover! Yikes! She loved her winter home in Key Largo, Fla., and engaging with her Rock Harbor Club extended family. Our thanks to our condo friends for the wonderful times and to Father Healy, a great and loving friend, for all their warmth and friendship which we felt in our hearts. 

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