Obituaries

Wed
16
Apr

Doris L. Hanson

Doris L. Hanson, age 87, of Brooklyn, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the Oregon Manor. She was born on March 9, 1927, in Brooklyn, the daughter of Casper and Myrtle (Krause) Elmer. She married Melvin Hanson on Oct. 23, 1952.

Doris drove a school bus for special education in Monroe and farmed for many years. She was also a cook for Kounty Korners in Brooklyn. Doris was a talented wood carver and quilter. She loved to hunt, bake and grow vegetables.

She is survived by her son, Billy (Marcia) Hanson; sisters, Grace (Lowell) Neath and Jean Anderson; brother-in-law, Alton Erickson; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin; sisters, Ruby West and Lila Erickson; and nieces, Marcy and Randy Anderson.

Thu
10
Apr

James C. McGrogan

James C. McGrogan, age 39 of Chesterton, Ind., passed away in Eagle County, Colo. He was born on Nov. 11, 1974, in Valparaiso, Ind., to William J. and Arlene J. (Nover) McGrogan, who survive of Porter, Ind.  

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Welsh, and children, David and Alaina McGrogan of Chesterton, Ind.

Jim was an Emergency Medicine Physician from 2006 to 2013 with Southern Wisconsin Emergency Associates in Janesville. In 2013 Jim and Sharon returned to Chesterton, Ind., to be closer to their families and Jim joined Valley Emergency Physicians in Mishawaka, Ind. Jim was a devoted husband and father who loved his wife and children and who was in turn loved by them. He will be greatly missed.

Thu
10
Apr

Robert Y. Keenan

Robert Y. Keenan, age 91, of Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Oregon Manor. He was born on Sept. 14, 1922, in Fitchburg, the son of Nathan and Mary (White) Keenan. Robert married Janet Stoneman on Sept. 27, 1947, in Oregon and was a lifelong resident of the Fitchburg/Oregon area.

He served in the U.S. Army for 3-1/2 years during WWII with the 9th Armored Division and the 19th Tank Battalion. Robert fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Remagen Bridge. He was a member and past commander of VFW Post 10272 in Oregon and a member of Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church. Robert was a faithful employee of Madison Kipp Corporation for over 46 years. He was instrumental in taking an old building and turning it into a new building, the Oregon History Museum. Robert’s most special times were those spent with his family.

Thu
10
Apr

Patricia A. “Patty” Kleifgen-Kelbel

Patricia A. “Patty” Kleifgen Kelbel, age 54, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at her home from a cancer recurrence after 16 years. Patty was born on Jan. 9, 1960, in Baraboo, the daughter of Joseph and Mae (Gobert) Kleifgen. Patty was united in marriage to Scott Kelbel on Dec. 28, 1990, in Madison.

Thu
03
Apr

Eleanor E. Schultz

Eleanor E. “Tuffy” Schultz, age 92, of Fitchburg, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at All Saints Memory Care surrounded by family members. She was born on March 22, 1922, in Madison, the daughter of Arthur and Thelma (Otis) Lawry. Eleanor married Donald Schultz on Dec. 28, 1945, in Oregon.

While Donald “Musky Don” served our country in World War II, Tuffy proudly served our country making shells and sending him letters while waiting for him to come home. She attended school in Oregon and worked at Crescent Lighting for 10 years. Eleanor enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and surrounding herself with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She and Donald loved to camp, travel, bowl, and play cards with friends and family. True to her name, Tuffy taught us values of strength, love, laughter, kindness and “Schultz Power.”

Wed
26
Mar

June Adelia Ross

June Adelia (Eberdt) Ross, age 89, of Tucson, Ariz., went to be with the Lord March 6, 2014. Born June 4, 1924, to Theodore and Eunice (Orchard) Eberdt in Warrens, she was a 1942 graduate of Tomah High School. During WWII, June first worked for the telephone company in Madison and Chicago, then with the U.S. Weather Bureau in West Lafayette, Ind., and Louisville, Ky. After the war, she married Dale Ross, also a Tomah graduate. After several moves, the two finally settled in Oregon, raising three children, Jackie Wallace, Madison, Steven (Elizabeth Owen), Eagle, Colo., and Suzann (Nicholas) DaWalt, Tomahawk.

Wed
26
Mar

Ferne Frederickson

Ferne E. Frederickson, formerly of Stoughton, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Silver Sky Assisted Living.

She was born on Feb. 11, 1925, in Belleville, the daughter of Walter and Evie (Shafer) Zweifel.  Ferne was married to Arlo Frederickson on April 25, 1945, in Oregon. Together they operated the family farm.  

Ferne was employed at Carnes Mfg. in Verona and Graber Mfg. in Middleton.  She was a member of the Oregon Presbyterian Church for several years.  Ferne enjoyed Bingo, cooking, baking, playing cards, sewing and crossword puzzles.  

Thu
13
Mar

Helen Kundert

Helen Kundert passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Helen had been called many things over the last 80+ years of her life, but her proudest titles were Mom, Grandma, Great-

Grandma, and Grandma Helen. She was a loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandma, who truly enjoyed spending time with her family, but her love didn’t stop there. Helen touched everybody she met with a hug, a word, a gesture, or simply a smile.

She worked in food service most of her life and her most rewarding position was her job at Netherwood Knoll Elementary where she worked in the kitchen for many years until very recently due to illness.

Helen loved seeing the faces of all the children every day. When told by teachers and parents how much the children enjoy seeing her in the lunch line every day, she always replied, “They bring me way more joy than I could ever give them.”

Wed
26
Feb

Miriam “Mimi” Gail (Mackin) Bentley

Miriam “Mimi” Gail (Mackin) Bentley, age 82, of Montello, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She was born on Feb. 14, 1932, in Madison, the daughter of George and Loretta (Cotter) Mackin.

Mimi graduated from Madison West High School in 1950.  She married her childhood sweetheart, Gordon Emmett Bentley, on June 30, 1951. They moved to Norfolk, Va., for three years while Gordon served in the U.S. Marines. They lived near Milwaukee for ten years before moving to Oregon in 1964.  There they owned and operated The Archery Center of Madison, raised their four children and built a world class hunting camp, Bear Paw Landing, in Wabigoon Ontario, where Mimi was “chief cook and bottle washer” as she liked to call herself. Mimi and Gordon retired in 1989 and moved to their beloved “Arrowood” near Montello.

Wed
05
Feb

Alfred F. “Bud” Russell

Alfred (Bud) Russell passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, Jan. 26,, 2014. He was born on his mother’s birthday, March 23, 1937, in Endeavor, the fourth child of Irving and Wilda (Eyers) Russell. He spent much of his childhood in Madison with his Uncle Louis and Aunt Irma Russell.

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