Obituaries

Wed
13
May

Patrick C. Lawry

Patrick C. Lawry, age 74, entered eternal life on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born in Milwaukee on Oct.  14, 1940, the son of Nathaniel and Margaret (Drea) Lawry. He married Eleanor Krantz on March 27, 1963.

Pat and Eleanor lived in the Oregon area since 1970. Pat belonged to Holy Mother of Consolation Church where he renewed his faith 14 years ago. Pat owned and operated the Main Tap. He ran field trial dogs and was a member of the Wisconsin/Northern Illinois Field Trial Association. He enjoyed playing pool, traveling, visiting with friends, spending time with his dogs and especially being with his family. Pat would help anyone in need as long as he was able. 

Wed
06
May

Stuart Cameron

Stuart “Stu” Cameron, age 67, of Oregon, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2015.

He was born on Feb. 8, 1948, in Madison, the son of Fritz and LaVonne Cameron. Stu married Loralee “Lora” Thiemann on June 15, 1968, in Madison. He was actively involved with his five grandsons and the Oregon Sportsman’s Club.   

Stu is survived by his wife, Lora; daughter, Stacy (Tim Sikes) Sergent-Sikes; son, Bryan, (Amy Spilde) Cameron; grandchildren, Mason and Tanner Sergent and Jacob, Andrew and Tyler Cameron; sisters, Sandy (Gary) Champagne and Sara (Nick) Pumilia; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; and numerous relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sharon Jenkins; and brother, Scott Cameron.  

A Celebration of Life will be held at Gunderson Oregon Funeral Home, 1150 Park Street, Oregon, at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 7, with the Rev. Susan Schneider presiding.  

Wed
06
May

Randy Paul Owens

Randy Paul Owens, age 67, of Madison, formerly of Oregon, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family and friends.  

He was born on Feb. 7, 1948, in Madison, the son of Paul E. and Joyce E. (Swann) Owens.  Randy married Janey Miller on April 6, 1979, in Madison. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1968-1974.  

Randy worked for the City of Fitchburg Water Department from July 1, 1969 until his retirement on Feb. 7, 2005.  He was a member of the Oregon Masonic Lodge No. 151 F & A.M., American Legion Post No. 487 in Cable, Wis., and was a union steward for the Teamster’s Local No. 695 in Madison.  

Randy loved volunteering at the VFW Post No. 7591 omelet breakfasts, fishing and picking blueberries near his cabin in Canada and  spending time at his cabin in northern Wisconsin.  

Wed
29
Apr

Teresa Clark-Pestor

Teresa was born in Flint, Michigan on Oct. 22, 1954. Our Lord called her home April 15, 2015. She was a loving mother, grandmother, friend, daughter, and sibling. 

Teresa is survived by her six children, Tracy Pestor, Stacie Robey, Kristina Meyer, Steven Pestor, Jennifer Pestor and Brandon Richardson; as well as her father, Dave Clark; and four siblings, David Clark, Steven Clark, Rick Clark and Kimberly Bignell. Also by 10 grandchildren, Mia Polowski, Jagger Polowski, Cheyenne Harmon, Marcus Robey, Whitney Alexander, James, Madelyn, Alexia, Rhea and Hunter Meyer. 

Preceded in death by her mother, Joan Clark. 

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. 

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