Obituaries

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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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