Obituaries

Wed
25
Feb

Abree Ellinger (Gardner)

Abree Ellinger (Gardner), born Sept. 8, 1986.

On Feb. 8, 2015, our family, friends, congregation, and communities unexpectedly lost a wonderful person. Abree Ellinger fell asleep in death. Abree will be missed and remembered for so many positives; her laughter, her smile, her friendship, her love, and her giving heart. 

She leaves behind her husband, Ryan, whom she married June 9 2007; their new baby girl, Everly; her parents, Del-Rey and Lucreeta; sisters, Merissa and Kaylie; brother, Joe; grandma, Gloria; mother-in-law, Diana; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.

Wed
18
Feb

Todd A. Casanova

Todd A. Casanova, age 54, of Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a long and courageous battle with ALS. He was born on Aug. 25, 1960, the son of Donald and Grace (Schulz) Casanova. 

Todd attended Craig High School in Janesville and UW-Madison, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity and an Athletic Trainer for the Badger Football and Basketball teams. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in bacteriology. Todd was employed at Becton Dickinson for 28 years in development, manufacturing and quality assurance and recently with Sigma-Aldrich Fine Chemical in quality assurance. 

Wed
11
Feb

Robert William Berman

Robert William Berman age 91 died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Agrace HospicCare in Fitchburg. He was born on Feb. 22, 1923, in Oregon, the son of John and Marion (Manson) Berman. He attended and graduated from Oregon High School. He married Kathleen Kennan and she preceded him in death in 1991. 

He worked for the Oregon School Distinct as a custodian for 36 years until his retirement. Robert was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Evansville. He enjoyed music, especially banjo and accordion, and watching squirrels and birds. He was an avid Milwaukee Bucks, Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers fan. He loved to travel up north to his brother’s cottage. 

Wed
04
Feb

Richard David Matthews

Richard David “Pastor Matt” Matthews, age 81, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at St. Mary’s Care Center, Madison. He was born on May 16, 1933, in Van Wert, Ohio, the son of Dale and Evelyn (Riley) Matthews. He served in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller during the Korean Conflict. He attended Moody Bible Institute and was awarded a ThD. by the Clarksville School of Theology.

Richard was united in marriage to Marie Manera on Feb. 13, 1954. He served as an ordained minister for 54 years, including work as a missionary, family counselor and Christian radio broadcaster and a former pastor at Memorial Baptist Church. Richard was an amateur radio operator, hunter and outdoor enthusiast. He was also a commercial pilot and flight instructor.

Wed
04
Feb

Edwin S. Root Jr.

Edwin Sheldon Root Jr., age 79, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was born on July 12, 1935, in Ellsworth, Kan., the son of Edwin and Nellie (Keck) Root Sr. He attended Radium High School, Hays State College, Kansas State University and received a degree in Architecture. 

Edwin served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He married Mary B. Glore on Jan. 24, 1961, and they enjoyed 51 years together. In 1964, Edwin and Mary moved to Madison, where he practiced as an architect. Over his lengthy career, Edwin had his own firm and also worked for several prominent Madison architecture firms. His specialty was correctional facilities.  

Thu
29
Jan

Betty Ann Henning

Betty Ann Henning, age 80, of Oregon, formerly of Oswego, Ill., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Agrace Hospice in Madison. She was born Jan. 24, 1934, the daughter of Wayne and Effie nee Pierce Fuller.

She was a 1954 graduate of the Copley School of Nursing and worked for 35 years at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora, Ill. Betty was able to travel the world as a volunteer with Able Trek Tours. She was a member of the Madison Knitters Guild and volunteered at the American Girl Doll Hospital.  

Betty is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Mike) Scholz of Fitchburg; son, Robert Henning of Sandwich, Ill.; grandson, Jacob Scholz of Fitchburg; brother Lyle (Nancy) Fuller; sisters, Zan (Bob) Wunch, Linda Franks and Cherie (Jim) Craig.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Robert Henning (whom she married on May 14, 1954) and brothers Dean Fuller and Duane Fuller.

Thu
29
Jan

Anna Schulz

Anna Schulz, age 101, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Stoughton Hospital. She was born on April 5, 1913, to Kristian and Johanna (Lien) Elvekrog. Anna married Clarence Schulz on Feb. 10, 1937, at her parents’ home. They farmed together until he passed away in 1998.  

She was known for her baking, especially her rolls, krumkaka and divinity. Anna moved to Rosewood Apartments in Stoughton after Clarence passed away and enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She enjoyed visiting Norway.  

Thu
29
Jan

Larry Kessenich

Larry Kessenich, age 75, of Brooklyn, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in his home. He was born on Dec. 21, 1939, in Dane, the son of Michael and Kunigunda (Karls) Kessenich. He married Lullubelle “Toots” Thomas on April 12, 1958, in Spring Green. 

In 1961, Larry started working in the tire business. In 1989 he opened his own business, Larry’s Tire, located in Oregon. He retired in 2010 due to health issues. 

Larry loved to play Euchre, Dirty Clubs, Blackjack and Pai-Gow Poker. He mostly enjoyed family gatherings and trips, especially in northern Wisconsin; and also casinos, motorcycle trips, riding his ATV, camping, fireworks, bon fires and snowmobiling. He was also a member of the Sno-Blazers snowmobile club which he took many trips with up north in the winter. 

Thu
29
Jan

Mitchell Todd Compton

Mitchell Todd Compton, age 50 passed away on Jan. 24, 2015, at Agrace HospiceCare, surrounded by his wife and children, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on April 9, 1964, at the Methodist Hospital in Madison. Mitch graduated from Oregon High School, attended MATC (now Madison College) taking courses in metals, automotive, woodworking and refrigeration. He worked as a sprinkler fitter, shop foreman, apartment caretaker and a roofer. He was a jack of all trades and a master of many. It wasn’t broke until dad couldn’t fix it.

Mitch married the love of his life, Kate Erfurth Dill, daughter of Harland and Nona Erfurth, on Nov. 3, 1990, at the Concourse Hotel in Madison.

Wed
14
Jan

Karey L. Clark

Karey L. Clark, age 38, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

He was born on Feb. 5, 1976, in Monroe to Deb Clark. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1994 and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in Criminal Justice. In both high school and college he excelled in sports, specifically football and track. 

Karey’s sense of humor and willingness to lend a hand touched many lives. On Nov. 3, 2001, he married the love of his life, Megan Graves. Together they have three children, Mallory, 9, Jack, 7, and Sam, 4. 

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