Elsie Mildred (Emmer) Millard Neath, age 94, passed away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Harmony Living Center. She was born on Sept. 25, 1919, in Fond du Lac County, the third child of Mike and Sadie (Sass) Emmer.
She married Gerald J. Millard. To this union was born three children; Wanda, Gerald Jr., and Janet. Elsie married M. Eldon Neath on Oct. 2, 1982. They enjoyed 18 happy years together before his passing in January 2000. Elsie was employed for 30 years at Oscar Mayer Company until her retirement in 1981. After retirement Elsie was an active volunteer at Lakeview Lutheran Church.
Ross Patrick “Pat” Swinehart, age 86, of Spring Green passed away on Thursday Nov. 21, 2013 peacefully at home with his loving wife, Alice, at his side.
He was born March 17, 1927 to Ross & Jenny (Clary) Swinehart of Avoca and was raised by Ada and Julius Kopps.
He graduated from Arena High School in 1944. After returning home from his service in World War II, he was united in marriage to Zona G. Jones on Dec. 4, 1948 in Arena. They settled in Oregon and enjoyed over 52 years of marriage until her death. He became a toolmaker early in his career and went on to become Chief Engineer at WISCO Industries in Oregon, WI.
After he retired from WISCO he founded Metalcraft Industries in 1985 in Oregon. He worked at there for 20 years designing machinery and tooling. He loved what he did and Metalcraft still continues with the work he started. He was well respected by his peers.
Maurice D. “Smitty” Smith, age 98, of Brooklyn, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at the Oregon Manor. He was born on Sept. 15, 1915, in the Town of Brooklyn. Maurice was the son of Frank and Jessie (Bliven) Smith. He married Erma Wittenwyler on June 12, 1937. He attended Brooklyn High School.
Maurice was a mechanic at Martinson Implement for many years as well as an employee for the Village of Brooklyn in the maintenance department for numerous years. He also served as chief of the Brooklyn Area Fire Department. Maurice enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and building anything you could imagine. He especially enjoyed watching sports with his grandkids.
Maurice is survived by his children, Dean (Dianne) Smith of Texas, Judy (Garry) Pass of Janesville and Shelley (Tom) Barry of Fitchburg; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and dear neighbors.
Demonstrating beauty and strength of spirit until the very end, Leanne Marie (Speth) Hunt, 46, of Phoenix passed away on Thursday, Oct. 31, as a result of injuries sustained in a fall.
She was born on March 21, 1967, in Madison to Jerry Speth and Lorraine Stamm and graduated from Oregon High School in 1985. Always brave and adventurous, she left for Texas immediately upon graduation and began a successful, multi-state career in sales and marketing. Although she had many accomplishments including owning several successful businesses, her biggest thrill was becoming a mom in 2010 to Samantha (Sam) Marie Campuzano. Sam was the light and love of her mother’s life.
Guided by the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “for it is in giving that we receive,” the final act of Leanne’s life was giving the gift of life through organ donation.
Carol E. Cross, age 87, passed away on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Our House in Lodi.
Carol was born on Sept. 5, 1926, in Cambria, the daughter of Charles Fredrick and Cecelia Cathryn (Graves) Kovalaske. She was married to Roland James Cross for 57 years. Carol enjoyed hunting and fishing, traveling around the world, and telling stories to anyone who would listen to them. She loved her family and had a strong connection with the Lord throughout her life. She had belonged to Holy Mother of Consolation Church in Oregon, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Madison, St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Brooks, St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Stoughton, and most recently, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Poynette.
LiLa Mae Stone, age 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. She was born on May 26, 1924. LiLa grew up in the Oregon area and lived there her entire life. She had a love of photography and worked at Riererson Studio and DeLong Studio doing touch ups. LiLa won numerous awards for her work. She loved to travel with her husband, Jimmy, and to spend time with her family.
LiLa is survived by her sons, Dennis of Briggsville and Jim of Oregon; four grandchildren, Crystal (Rick), Amanda (Ryan), Lindsay (Darren), and Danny; eight great-grandchildren, Ian, Leah, Braydon, Brooklyn, Kingston, Jaydon, Logan, and Abigail; brother, Dean Joppa; as well as many nieces, nephews, and many close family friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy, and 11 brothers and sisters.
On Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, we lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Paul L. Keenan, age 85, passed away at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg with his family by his side. He was born on July 21, 1928, in Fitchburg, the son of Nathan York and Mary Theresa (White) Keenan. Paul was united in marriage to Lois Y. Campbell on Feb. 17, 1951. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 until 1952, during the Korean War. Paul worked 33 years for the Wisconsin School for Girls/Oakhill Correctional Center as a craftsman painter. For 28 years, he held a second job at Wisconsin Power and Light. After his retirement in 1989, he enjoyed traveling, especially his trip to Ireland, fishing with his grandsons, working in the yard and garden, baking, visiting with neighbors and friends, and most importantly, spending time with his family. He was a dedicated, caring, compassionate man, who always put people first.
Dennis P. Stein, age 61, of Oregon, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at his home.
He was born on March 4, 1952, in Madison, the son of Lloyd and Rose (Spataro) Stein. Dennis was a union electrician with I.B.E.W. #159 of Madison. In his spare time, he enjoyed helping others with their electrical projects as well as boating, shooting pool, football and hockey.
Dennis is survived by his son, Samuel (Devon Chalmers) Stein; daughter, Jennica Stein; mother, Rose Stein; mother of his son, Dorthy (Andy) Mueller; brothers, Mark (Ginger) Stein and Bruce (Lisa) Stein; sister, Kathy (Denny) McCain; special aunt and uncle, Georgia and Jerry Brassard; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father.
A memorial service was held at Gunderson Oregon Funeral Home, 1150 Park St., Oregon, on Saturday, Oct. 19. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com.
John L. Dalberg, age 78, of Albany, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at home after several years courageously battling with cancer. A private memorial will be held. Special thanks to Dr. Hegeman and staff at Monroe Clinic, and Monroe Clinic Hospice for all their compassionate care and support.
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