Obituaries

Wed
03
Feb

Grace B. Youngblood

Grace B. Youngblood, age 105, of Oregon, passed away on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at the Oregon Manor in Oregon.  

She was born on March 29, 1910, in Brillion, Wis., the daughter of Harry and Angie Coleman.  Grace was married to Vance Pluntz as well as Floyd Youngblood, both preceding her in death.  Mrs. Youngblood was a Pharmacy Technician for Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Co. for many, many years. In retirement, she and Floyd resided in Indiana. Grace enjoyed ballroom dancing, trips to Florida and being surrounded by her friends and family. 

Grace is survived by her grandson, Richard Pluntz; four great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Maddie, Ellie and Teo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Pluntz; and other relatives and friends.  

Wed
27
Jan

M. Carol Cybart

Marion Carol (Hoffman) Cybart, 79, of Oregon, passed away on Jan. 12, 2016, at Agrace HospiceCare in Madison.  

She was born on June 20, 1936, in Pontiac, Ill., the daughter of Donald and Hazel (Knobeloch) Hoffman. She graduated from Pontiac High School in 1955. 

Carol earned her nursing degree from Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago in 1958 and worked as a registered nurse for 43 years. She began her career at Illinois Masonic Hospital, then worked at St. James Hospital in Pontiac. From 1963 to 2001, Carol worked as a registered nurse and head nurse at Mennonite Hospital and Bro-Menn Medical Center in Bloomington-Normal, Ill. 

Wed
13
Jan

Shirley A. Beecher

Shirley A. Beecher, age 79, of Oregon passed away on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at Agrace HospiceCare. She was born on Jan. 11, 1936, in Madison, the daughter of LeRoy and Bernice (Lau) Kohn. 

Shirley married Robert Beecher on Jan. 29, 1955 in Reeseville, Wis. Shirley worked for many years for the State of Wisconsin at the UW Hospital/Clinics. She was an active and long-time member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Madison and most recently at St. John’s Lutheran in Oregon. 

Shirley supported her grandchildren in their many activities and was an active volunteer of numerous organizations.  She loved nature, spending time at the cabin and especially enjoyed the time spent with her family.

Wed
13
Jan

Edward C. Perkl

Edward “Ed” C. Perkl, age 81, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. 

He was born to Alice (Kolbeck) and Edward Perkl in Madison, WI on August 29, 1934.  Ed married Virginia Higgins on Aug. 31, 1963. They lived in Madison until 1976, when they moved to the Town of Oregon. Ed was in the Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955 as a jet mechanic during the Korean Conflict. He worked 42 years in construction and belonged to Local Union 464.

Ed spent a lot of time in the summer fishing and swimming the lakes of Madison and going to his grandfather’s farm near Pittsville, Wis. He loved fishing, gardening, cutting wood, watching and feeding birds, and his cats.  Ed enjoyed playing and watching sports, especially the Green Bay Packers, and visiting with his children and grandchildren.

Wed
06
Jan

Jane A. Sheffy

Jane Ann (Shedivy) Sheffy, of Fitchburg, passed away peacefully in her sleep in Stevens Point Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. 

She had recently celebrated her 70th birthday with friends and family on Oct. 11, 2015. Jane had many reasons to celebrate. She lived a vital active life that took her to many interesting parts of the world. 

Born to Mildred (Ouradnik) and a young Air Force Lieutenant Paul Shedivy, her first cross-country trip was in utero on a train from Glenview, Calif., to Kewaunee, Wis. Mildred wanted to give birth to her firstborn child in her home community. Jane spent her early years with her military family in the mountains of Japan. Blond-haired little Janie was a curiosity as the only Caucasian child on base. Within four years, sister Susie arrived in Fukuoka. Then brother, Paul (Ricky) a year later in Shreveport, La. 

Wed
30
Dec

William “Bill” Wayne Knickmeyer

William “Bill” Wayne Knickmeyer, age 62 – God got a good one – lost his second battle with cancer Dec. 22, 2015. As with everything he did, Bill fought a good fight. He will be missed deeply by his family, many friends, co-workers, and patients. 

Bill was born on Sept. 24, 1953, to Wayne L. and Jean M. (Kelly) Knickmeyer. He joined his older brother, Jim, who was his best friend. Lake Waubesa was home to Bill and he attended Oregon Schools, graduating in 1971. He then attended the University of Wisconsin and was accepted into Marquette University Dental School in 1974, graduating in 1978. He started his dental practice in Prairie du Sac and has called the Sauk Prairie area his home for the last 37 years. He always said that he chose a profession that he truly enjoyed; especially getting to know his patients and their families.

Wed
23
Dec

Vera G. Putnam

Vera G. Putnam, age 91, of Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 at Oregon Manor. 

She was born on Sept. 30, 1924 in Oregon, the daughter of Charles Elwyn “Buck” Pledger, Sr. and M. Belle (Devine) Pledger. 

After Vera graduated from Oregon High School in 1942, she married Richard Putnam on Sept. 27, 1942 in Oregon. For eight years, she was employed by Dawes and Newton of Oregon as their bookkeeper. Vera then joined the Bank of Oregon, starting as bookkeeper and retiring after 36 years as an assistant vice president and cashier. 

Wed
23
Dec

Lawrence D. Drake

Lawrence D. Drake, age 62, of Oregon, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. 

He was born Jan. 26, 1953 to Nancy (McCoy) and Byron Drake in Indiana. He graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School in 1971, where he was a cross country and track star. He had three children, Angela, Andrew, and Jennifer. Larry worked in the healthcare field, as he always was willing to help and care for others. He was a past member of the Oregon EMS.  

He will always be remembered for his love of animals, and will especially be missed by his dogs. Larry enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycle, throwing darts with his dart team, fixing anything that needed fixing and taking his dogs for walks. 

Wed
23
Dec

Donald John Haggerty

On the evening of Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, Donald John “Don” Haggerty passed away in the arms of his devoted wife. He was 66 years old. 

Don was born in Grand Forks, N.D., and grew up in Little Falls, Minn. 

He was the second child, and the first son of Lois (Cleveland) and Virgil Haggerty. Don served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1971. 

He was a pastor and minister from 1972 until he passed away. Don was a great man for God and everyone who knew him will tell you he was the kindest man they knew. He was loved and respected by many. 

Wed
23
Dec

Wilma Fechter Erway

Wilma Fechter Erway, age 92, died on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at home. She was born on May 24, 1923, in Chicago, Ill., the only child of Joseph and Alma (Lefren) Fechter. 

Willie graduated with honors from Lindblom High School in 1940 and received a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) from Kalamazoo College in 1944 with a major in zoology and an M.A. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin in 1945, where she was a research assistant in endocrinology. 

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