Obituaries

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. 

Wed
08
Apr

Charles H. Silbaugh

Charles Harlan Silbaugh, age 67, slipped into heaven at home on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He was born on Dec. 26, 1947, in Richland Center, the son of Raymon and Winifred (White) Silbaugh. 

He graduated from Oregon High School. He married Jan Lynn Anderson Crotty on Dec. 17, 1983. Charles proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 until 1973 and he was a lifelong member of the VFW. He drove for Certco, then owned his own truck before becoming an over the road truck driver for Schneider Transport, Inc. where he was employed for 25 years until his retirement in 2003. Charles received a 25-year Safe Driving Award and belonged to the Two Million Mile Club. In his spare time, Charles enjoyed camping, traveling, following youth sports, UW Badgers, San Francisco 49ers, sprint car racing and spending time with family and friends. 

Wed
08
Apr

Bernard R. “Bernie” or “Buzz” Brickner

Bernard R. “Bernie” or “Buzz” Brickner, age 89, passed away on April 1, 2015, at home in Oregon with his beloved wife at his side.

Bernard was born in Scott Township, Crawford County, on Dec. 23, 1925, to Ora Lando and Clara (Peck) Brickner. His family struggled during the Depression, and he learned early the meaning of hard work and the value of a dollar. When he could be spared from the farm, Buzz attended country schools in Crawford County, Belleville and Stoughton.

Bernie proudly joined the U.S. Navy in February 1944, and was honorably discharged as a machinists’ mate second class in June 1946.

On Feb. 22, 1947, Buzz married Emily Theresa Briggs of Oregon at Peoples’ Methodist Church. They celebrated their 68th anniversary in February.

Wed
25
Mar

Jeremy M. Schnabel

Jeremy M. Schnabel, age 27, passed away unexpectedly in an automobile accident on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. He was born on Dec. 26, 1987, in Madison, the son of Michael and Penny (Powers) Schnabel.  

Jeremy graduated from Oregon High School in 2006. He worked as a machinist at Kelsch Machine Corporation since 2010. 

Jeremy was an avid hunter and collected sheds. He loved to fish, bowl, watch racing, gamble and hunt for Morels. His passion was having family dinner every Sunday. Jeremy was an all-around handyman; he was always there to lend a helping hand or shoulder to lean on.  

Wed
04
Mar

Geraldine A. “Sue” Newton

Geraldine A. “Sue” Newton, age 87, of Oregon, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Sienna Meadows in Oregon.  

She was born on May 26, 1927, in Madison, the daughter of Arthur and Jessie (Taylor) Newton.  

Sue was a graduate of Oregon High School, class of 1945, and Edgewood College in 1964. She received her Master’s Degree in Business Education in 1968 from UW-Madison. 

Sue taught business classes at various high schools in Wisconsin during her career. She also volunteered as an E.M.T. with the Oregon Fire Department for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed doing bird carvings, which she attended classes for and created many beautiful carvings. Sue followed the Packers, Brewers and especially the Badgers, attending the 2000 Rose Bowl. 

Wed
04
Mar

Colleen A. Ristau

 Colleen A. (Fry) Ristau, age 66, of Oregon, passed away Friday morning

Feb. 13, 2015, at Agrace Hospice Center in Fitchburg due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Colleen was born Aug. 31, 1948, the daughter of Ervin and Beverly (Graskamp) Fry of Milton. She is a 1966 graduate of Milton High School. 

On Jan. 20, 1968, she married her longtime sweetheart, Wayne Ristau of Oregon. After his service in the U.S. Army and time in Vietnam was done, they moved to Oregon and began growing their family in 1972. 

Colleen worked at the Bank of Oregon from 1974-1992. And then moved on to the State of Wisconsin, DHFS/DWD where she played a key role in the Work Not Welfare program until 1999 when MS forced her hand into disability retirement. 

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. 

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