Obituaries

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Joanne L. Graham

MIDDLETON – Joanne L. Graham, 89, of Middleton, WI., lover and writer of poetry, joined the love of her life Arthur in their next life on Feb. 26, 2019.

Joanne was born in Salina, OH, on July 23, 1929, daughter of Ervin and Edith Otto. Among the many places she and Art lived were Saginaw, MI., Green Bay and Baileys Harbor, St. Simmons Island and Brunswick, GA. and, finally, Middleton. She was heard to say, “I’m not moving again!” Jo was a devout Christian woman and the daughter of Lutheran Minister.

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07
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Dan Pawlak

WAUNAKEE–Dan Pawlak, age 60, of Waunakee passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Feb. 25, 2019 at home. He was born on March 20, 1958 in Hammond, IN the son of Frank and Josephine (Schuster) Pawlak. He married Lynn Miller on Oct. 9, 1987 in Reno, NV.

Dan graduated from University of Michigan, Kalamazoo, with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He was the V.P. of Operations for a pharmaceutical company until his retirement in April of 2017. Dan’s hobbies were endless, but his favorites included flying, woodworking, competitive shooting, and riding motorcycles. Next to his family, Dan’s second love was being in the North Woods.

Survivors include his wife, Lynn; daughter Kelsey (Jake) and son, Stuart; sisters Renee (John) Reback, Karen (Bill) Ross, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Dan’s Life will be held May 4, from 12-4 pm at Morey Airport, 8300 Airport Road, Middleton. 

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03
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Helen Lucille Regan

MIDDLETON-Helen Lucille Regan, age 101, passed away on Feb. 23. She was born on July 3, 1917 in Chaseburg, WI., the daughter of John Henry and Matilda (Ericson) Krause. In 1938, she married Joe “John” Regan.

Helen grew up on a farm in Valley. She graduated from High School in Hillsboro as valedictorian of the class of 1935. She then worked as a waitress in La Crosse, and in 1945, during WWII, she began work at the Post Office of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant. She later became Post Master at a time when very few women held such a position. She remained there until 1957 when they closed the plant. She then came to work at the Middleton Post Office as a clerk until retiring in 1979 after serving 30 years. Also, during her time in Middleton, she worked for Gimbels Department Store which became Marshall Fields and retired from there after 25 years.

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21
Feb
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Mary Parrell

CROSS PLAINS/BLACK EARTH–Mary Parrell, age 89, passed away on Feb. 16, 2019, at Agrace HospiceCare. She was born on Jan. 20, 1930, in Vermont Township, the daughter of Frank and Josephine (Bowar) Brunner. She married Martin Parrell on Aug. 17, 1949, in Vermont at St. James Catholic Church. Mary is survived by children, Kathy (Jim) Haack of Deerfield, Bob (Donna) Parrell of Belmont, Mark (Bonnie) Parrell of Scottsbluff, N.E., John (Janet) Parrell of Red Granite, Donna (Carl) Ketelboeter of Mazomanie, Pat (Mark) Sonnenberg of Mazomanie, Wayne (Audrey) Parrell of Black Earth, Carol (Gary) Hollfelder of Black Earth, Joe (Donna) Parrell of Cross Plains, Mike (Jennie) Parrell of Jacksonville, N.C., Marty (Janet Jo) Parrell of Mazomanie and Brian (Lisa) Parrell of Black Earth and son-in-law Rob Berge of Cross Plains; 36 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Don (Goldie) Brunner of Mt.

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21
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Cynthia E. “Cindy” Albertson

CROSS PLAINS–Cynthia E. “Cindy” Albertson, age 62, died on Feb. 13, 2019, at Agrace HospiceCare, after a courageous battle against Ovarian Cancer. She was born on Dec. 10, 1956 in Cross Plains, WI, the first child of Roman and Margaret (Ballweg) Ripp. Cindy attended Middleton High School and graduated in 1975. After graduation, Cindy continued to work as a teller in a local bank while taking classes at MATC. On Aug. 18, 1979, she married James C. (Jim) Albertson at St. Francis Xavier Church in Cross Plains, and a few months later purchased their first of four homes in Cross Plains. Together, Cindy and Jim raised three children: Elizabeth, Christine, and Andrew. In the spring of 1986, Cindy began her 33-year career at the State Bank of Cross Plains. Over the years, Cindy climbed the corporate ladder and became a senior vice president in 2004. She did this all while wearing her signature high heels every day, and not backing down to any challenge.

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08
Feb
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Rudolph C. “Rudy” Krofta

MIDDLETON-Rudolph C. “Rudy” Krofta, age 98, of Middleton, passed away on Feb. 2, 2019, at All Saints Memory Care. Rudy was born on Sept. 13, 1920, the son of late Rudolph and Mary (Kraus) Krofta. He graduated from Mishicot High School in 1939 and UW Madison Farm Short Course in 1941; and was employed at the University of Wisconsin Agriculture Experimental Farms of Madison and Arlington for 42 years as a mechanic and welder. Rudy married Florence A. Becker on May 10, 1947; they were married for 69 years at the time of Florence's passing in 2017. Rudy and his wife enjoyed going to dances, mainly in New Glarus where they enjoyed old time waltz and polka music. They traveled to places of interest, and their grandson, Matthew, looked forward to joining them on his summer vacations from school. Rudy served his country in World War II with the 541 Ordinance Company in England, France, Belgium and Germany.

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08
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Bill von Rutenberg

SAVANNAH, GA/MADISON–William E. “Bill” von Rutenberg passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah Georgia on Jan. 12, 2019 after a brief illness. He was just a few weeks shy of his 91st birthday. He is survived by his wife, Jane von Rutenberg, her son Jim Godron, and daughter Linda (Allan) Julliard (children Walker and Hayden), and sons Bill (Debbie) von Rutenberg (Kimberly), Jack (Tammy) von Rutenberg (children Jeremy, Jordan, Marina), and Robert (Kris Kalb) von Rutenberg. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty von Rutenberg, his grandson Ryan von Rutenberg, and his parents William E. von Rutenberg, Sr. and Jeanette (Moe) von Rutenberg. 

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Dolores Mary Ann (Laufenberg) Simon

MIDDLETON/MARTINSVILLE/CROSS PLAINS-Dolores Mary Ann (Laufenberg) Simon, age 92, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Jan. 23, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Dolores was born July 15, 1926, in the town of Springfield, the daughter of Adolph and Christina (Krantz) Laufenberg. She attended St. Peter’s Catholic School in Ashton. Dolores married the love of her life, John M. “Jack” Simon, on Aug. 5, 1947, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Madison. 

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Anita Lou "Ann" Schlough

Anita Lou "Ann" Schlough, age 88, of Fall River, passed away on Jan. 18, 2019, at Home Again ALF. She was born on Oct. 18, 1930, in Lansing, WV, the daughter of Guy Workman and Mamie Lewis. Anita graduated from Ansted High School in West Virginia in 1948. She and Leslie Schlough were married in June 1948 in Mazomanie until he passed in November 1979. She worked as a nursing assistant for the VA Hospital. She loved old country music and watching her children and grandchildren playing sports in the summertime. You could often find her singing either by herself or with her sisters.

Anita is survived by her children, Gilbert (Karen Voth) Schlough, Dixie Shaw, John Schlough, Leslie (Paramjit Singh) Schlough, and Gary (Elizabeth) Schlough; sister, Lois (David) Wilkinson; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.

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Catherine Clevie Hatcher

CROSS PLAINS-Catherine Clevie Hatcher, age 85, of Cross Plains, passed away on Jan. 13, 2019. She was born on Sept. 19, 1933, in Newsoms, VA, the daughter of Bennie and Iola (Atkinson) Hatfield. She married Frank Hatcher on Sept. 17, 1983, in Middleton. Catherine worked as a CNA for Brookdale Assisted Living until retiring in 1998. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, word searches, ceramics, bowling and dancing to country music with her late husband. 

Catherine is survived by daughters, Vickie Pailing, Nickie (Vadney) Hanson, Cathy (Tracy) Lombardi and Lori Cutrell; son, Ron Cutrell; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. 

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