Obituaries

Thu
27
Aug

Douglas H. Pettit

Douglas H. Pettit, age 61, of Oregon, passed away Aug. 20, 2015, after a two-year battle with gastric cancer. He was born the son of Donald and Lillian (Puckett) Pettit of Boscobel. 

Doug was a 39-year member of the Oregon Police Department, serving as Police Chief for close to 30 years. As Chief, Doug held many leadership positions within the International Chiefs of Police Association and Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, including serving as president and vice president of the WCPA. He was devoted to improving the Village of Oregon and the State of Wisconsin through his work in developing the capabilities of the Oregon Police Department, community policing and legislation to reduce gun violence. 

Thu
27
Aug

Vern Arzt

Vern Francis Arzt, age 71, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. He was born on March 4, 1944, the first of two sons born to Francis and Winnie Arzt. 

Vern’s family moved quite often as his dad worked for various farmers at many locations including: Hillsboro, LaFarge, Lime Ridge, Wonewoc, White Pigeon and Sauk City; Cromwell and Fort Wayne, Ind. As a result, Vern never attended the same school for two years in a row. When he was 15 years old, he worked detasseling corn for $.25 an hour and saved enough money to buy himself a new bike. 

Vern was drafted into the U.S. Army on Sept. 7, 1965, and served two years, which included the Vietnam War. After the army, Vern farmed with his dad and brother. He married Sharon Barto on March 15, 1975, and they had three daughters, Prudy, Teresa and Val. Sharon passed away from cancer on July 4, 1989. 

Thu
13
Aug

Robert E. “Bob” Strous

Robert E. “Bob” Strous, Jr., age 62, of Brooklyn, passed away peacefully from pancreatic cancer on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his home.  Bob was born on Aug. 15, 1952, in Madison, the youngest son of Dr. Robert and Marjorie Strous.

He graduated from Dodgeland High School, Juneau, in 1971, and then served in the U.S. Army from 1972-74. He went on to complete a B.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1983 and a M.S. from Oregon State University in 1985. Upon graduation, he began his career with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources where he worked for 25 years, retiring in 2010. 

Wed
22
Jul

Anita Jean Rowe

Anita Jean Rowe, age 85, of Oregon passed away peacefully, on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Woodlands Senior Park, in Fond du Lac. She was born at home on Sept. 5, 1929, in Loganville, to Arthur and Estella (Neumann) Michael.  

Anita graduated from Prairie du Sac High School in 1947, and attended UW-Whitewater. She was employed as a medical secretary at the Wisconsin State Hygiene Lab prior to marrying George Rowe. Anita and George were married on Oct. 6, 1962, in Madison. Together they farmed for 40 years in Oregon and Paoli. Anita was affectionately called the “fruit cake lady” as she was internationally known for her delicious fruit cakes. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt.

Wed
08
Jul

Audrey L. Aylesworth

Audrey L. Aylesworth, age 82, of Rhinelander and formerly of Oregon, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015, at Milestone in Rhinelander. She was born on Nov. 3, 1932, in Dent, Minn., the daughter of Frederick and Emilie (Wilschewski) Bunkowski. 

Audrey graduated from Devils Lake High School in North Dakota and then took business courses at the junior college in North Dakota. She married Robert Aylesworth on Sept. 2, 1951, in Devils Lake, N.D. 

Mon
06
Jul

William (Bill) John Clark Sr.

William (Bill) John Clark Sr., of Albany, passed away on June 25, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Clark, and parents, John and Mary Clark. 

Bill was survived by his sons, William Jr. (Donna) Clark and John (Victoria) Clark; grandchildren, Sarah, Garth and Brandon; great-grandson, Adrian; and his very special adopted grandchildren, Benjamin Mead, Sarah Rose, Anna Rashbaum and William Prinkey. Bill was also survived by his nine siblings as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mon
06
Jul

Annatta E. Tollefson

Annatta E. Tollefson, age 81, of rural Belleville passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She was born on Feb. 21, 1934, on her parents Marion and Florence (Kutzke) West’s farm in the Town of Brooklyn. Annatta graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1952. On Oct. 16, 1954, she was united in marriage to Russell Tollefson at the Brooklyn Methodist Church. 

Annatta was a homemaker and farmer; she had her preferred John Deere 2440 tractor for raking hay. Annatta and Russell enjoyed dancing several nights a week after making sure the farm chores were done, and she was also an accomplished seamstress. She was a member of the Zwingli United Church of Christ in Paoli, Madison Packer Backers, Tuesday Coffee Klutch Bowling League at Swiss Lanes, Exeter Just for Fun Club and the New Glarus Home Board.  

Mon
06
Jul

Phyllis K. Hubert


Hubert

Phyllis K. Hubert, age 85, of Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was born on July 6, 1929, in Tomah, the daughter of Ray and Bessie (McKane) Shutter. Phyllis married Arlan Hubert on Nov. 4, 1950, in Tomah. The couple made their home in Sheboygan and Horicon prior to coming to Oregon in 1965. 

Phyllis and Arlan owned and operated Hubert Trailer Sales, celebrating 50 years this year. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Phyllis loved to camp and travel with Arlan. They were travelers on the Concord on one of their trips. Phyllis especially enjoyed spending time with her family. 

Wed
03
Jun

Betty Jean Pigott

Betty Jean Pigott, age 70, passed away unexpectedly, on Monday, June 1, 2015, after a brief illness. 

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of a wonderful wife, mom, grandma, and friend. 

Born Dec. 27, 1944 in Madison, to Sanford “Sandy” and Elnora “Eleanor” (Janke) Wick. Betty spent her childhood on her parent’s farm off of Lake Farm Road in Oregon. She graduated from Oregon High School in 1965. After high school, Betty attended and graduated from UW Platteville with a bachelor’s degree in Education in 1967 and went on to UW Madison for her Master’s in Education. 

Wed
03
Jun

Kassia Leigh Long


Kassia Leigh Long

Kassia Leigh Long, age 25, of Oregon, went to be with her twin sister, Alexis, on Thursday, May 28, 2015. She was born on Aug. 20, 1989, the daughter of Martin and Martha (Sholts) Long. 

Kassi’s family’s life has centered around the care of Kassi and her sisters. Her family is forever grateful to the many caregivers, medical professionals and therapists for their wonderful care and support during Kassi’s lifetime. 

Kassi is survived by her parents, Martin and Martha Long; a brother, Creighton; younger sister, Mercedes; maternal grandparents, Erwin “Bud” and Joyce Sholts; and paternal grandparents, Donald and Lorraine Long and Karen (Kaltenbrun) and Don Taufer. Kassi is further survived by her aunts, uncles and cousins.  

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Alexis Anne Long.  

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