Obituaries

Wed
02
Jul

Betty M. Keller

Betty M. Keller, age 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 26, 2014, with her loving sister at her side. Betty’s fun, lively and kind spirit will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Betty was born Elizabeth (Betty) Magdalena Keller in Hollandale on Nov. 2, 1920. Her parents Alfred and Elise (Schmid) Keller emigrated from Switzerland to Wisconsin.

Thu
26
Jun

Gerald F. Peterson

Gerald F. Peterson, age 82, entered into eternal peace surrounded by his adoring family on Sunday, June 22, 2014. He was born on July 28, 1931, on a farm in Morris, Ill., the son of the late Martin and Agnes Peterson.

Jerry graduated from Lewis High School and attended one year at Lewis College before the call of the river just became too strong to ignore. Typical of the high achievement that punctuated his life, he became the youngest Captain on the upper Illinois River at the age of 19. He later graduated from Lewis University. Jerry met the love of his life, Barbara Frobish, in February of 1951, and for the next 63 years they built a life together that was filled with love and adventure.

Thu
26
Jun

Tara Lynn Bunner

Tara Lynn Bunner, 60, of Morgantown, W.V., passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born March 4, 1954, in Morgantown, W.V.  

Tara was a 1972 graduate of Morgantown High School, and completed her bachelor’s degree in Education at The University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2011.

Tara loved gardening, teaching children and caring for animals. She was an accomplished seamstress, dancer and choreographer; she adopted anyone and anything in need of a loving home.

She ran her own business, Tara’s House Daycare, for many years. She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Wed
11
Jun

Keri L. (Behnke) Evert

Keri L. (Behnke) Evert, age 51, of Brooklyn, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. She was born on Feb. 9, 1963, in Madison, the daughter of Wallace and Donna (Bjerk) Behnke. Keri grew up on the family farm and attended school in Oregon and UW-River Falls.

She was a dedicated employee for the Oregon School District for many years and a member of Brooklyn Lutheran Church. Keri enjoyed quilting, animals, attending her children’s activities, sports, especially playing volleyball, the Brewers and cooking. She was nurturing and caring and whether on the farm, at work, with her children or the community she was always busy. Keri’s greatest joy was to be with her children and her family.

She is survived by her children, Sterling and Tori; parents, Wallace and Donna; siblings, Roger (Lisa), Brian (Tami), Robert (Denise) and Brenda (Alan) Murphy; nieces and nephews, Morgan, Taylor, Rebecca and Carter; and numerous relatives and friends.

Wed
11
Jun

Keith T. (Yogi) Olson

Keith T. (Yogi) Olson, age 45, of Brooklyn, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at UW Hospital, after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on June 23, 1968, in Madison, the son of Thomas and Lana (Blomstrom) Olson. Keith graduated from Oregon High School in 1986 and had been attending Madison College prior to his illness.

He was passionate about playing baseball, loved coaching his son’s baseball team and was a life-long suffering Cubs fan. Keith also enjoyed watching hockey, participating in fantasy sports leagues, outdoor activities and always looked forward to the annual waterfowl and upland game bird hunting trip with his father, uncles and friends in Canada. His greatest joy was spending time with his sons and family.

Wed
11
Jun

Leslie J. “Les” Roys

Leslie J. “Les” Roys, age 77, of Oregon, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. He was born on April 27, 1937, in Volga, Iowa, the son of Dale and Florence (Dorher) Roys. Les married Mary Durbin on July 12, 1958, in San Diego, Calif.

He attended High School in Iowa and then Miami University of Ohio. Les served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 until 1975 and was a member of People’s United Methodist Church. He was a supervisor at Wisco Industries for 25 years and at Dorn True Value Hardware in Oregon for several years. Les enjoyed fishing and hunting, reading, watching old westerns, tinkering, helping people, but most of all, spending time with family and his grandchildren.

Wed
11
Jun

Jeremay M. Buol

Jeremay M. Buol, age 36, of Stoughton passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at his parent’s farm in rural Belleville. He was born on Dec. 6, 1977, to his parents John F. and Louella (Bollig) Buol at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Jeremay graduated from Belleville High School in 1996 and was active with the FFA club and track and field. He had worked as a delivery driver for Norandex for fifteen years along with working at Borland’s in Belleville. On March 23, 2013, he was united in marriage to Nicole Koeller at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Appleton.

Wed
28
May

Leoris “Lee” Meyer

Leoris “Lee” Meyer, age 84, of Brooklyn, passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at her home with her family. She was born on Aug. 14, 1929, in Beaver Dam, the daughter of Ernest & Edna (Busse) Jaehnke. Lee married the love of her life, Eugene Meyer on June 23, 1951, in Beaver Dam and they spent 61 wonderful years together.

Lee worked at Brooklyn Elementary for 30 years, retiring in 1997. She enjoyed reading, baking, and gardening. Lee and Gene enjoyed traveling together. Their favorite places included Alaska, Spain and Thailand. Lee had a very active social life and loved spending time with family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and wife. Lee and Gene exemplified the true meaning of marriage and commitment in loving and caring for each other.

Wed
21
May

Herbert Urban Haas

Herbert Urban Haas, age 84, of Fitchburg, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born Dec. 16, 1929, the son of Norbert F. and Adelia (Fass) Haas and grew up on the home farm in Roxbury. Herbert and Frances Meicher met while they were in high school and were married on Feb. 12, 1952, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Sauk City.

Wed
21
May

Marie Deegan

Marie Evelyn (DeVoss) Deegan, age 85, of Brooklyn, passed away peacefully into God’s open arms surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. She was born on Oct. 6, 1928, in Chetek, the daughter of Arthur and Lula (Grey) DeVoss. She married William Deegan Jr. on July 17, 1948, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Janesville. Marie cherished her husband, her family and her life.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (John) Deegan-Adams and their children, Cassandra (David) Slater, Guenevere Adams and Elizabeth Adams; daughter, Susan Deegan-Crawford and her children, Heather, Adam and Christopher Crawford; daughter, Deborah (Dane) Albright and their children, Lindsay (Hayford) Adjavor, Lana Albright and Landon Albright; son, William Deegan III and his children, Marshall Deegan, Joseph Deegan and Courtney Deegan-Fender; her sister, Leota Hammel; and many other relatives and friends.

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