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Katherine J. “Katie” Barrios

BARNEVELD/MIDDLETON–Katherine J. “Katie” Barrios, age 44, passed away April 25, 2019, at home with her husband by her side. She was born, Feb. 6, 1975 to Steven and Sharon Klein of Cassville, WI. Katie graduated from Cassville High School in 1993 and MATC with a degree in business management. After working in the banking industry, Katie attended the police academy to pursue a new career. She was an accomplished police officer at the Middleton Police Department, and the Warminster Police Department in the Philadelphia area, the Mount Horeb Police Department and the Iowa County Sheriff’s Department where she worked previously. Katie was, and continues to be, an inspiration to all.

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Cécile C. Druzba

MIDDLETON/SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–The Druzba family sadly announces the passing of beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt and best friend, Cécile C. Druzba, on March 22, 2019. She was 57 years old.

Born January 25, 1962 to Jeannine and Paul Marton, Cécile Claudine Marton grew up in Neshanic Station, NJ, attending Branchburg Public Schools and Somerville High School. Cécile graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck) in 1984 with a degree in communications and public relations.

Career and life events moved Cécile from her native New Jersey to New York’s Hudson Valley/Catskill Mountain area. In New York, Cécile met the love of her life, Matt, as well as some of her lifelong best friends. In 2003, Matt and Cécile moved to Middleton, WI to raise their family. Four years ago, the pull of extended family lured them to Vermont.

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James W. "Jim" Weber

MIDDLETON–James W. "Jim" Weber, age 67, passed away on Dec. 14, 2018. A Celebration of Life will be held at Rex’s Innkeeper, 301 N Century Ave, Waunakee, from 1-4 p.m. on May 5, 2019. Casual clothes are suggested. Please share this celebration with friends and family. Memories and stories of Jim can be shared at www.gundersonfh.com and on May 5.

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Lulumarie “Lu” (Elkinton) Baitinger

MIDDLETON-Lulumarie “Lu” (Elkinton) Baitinger, daughter of Francis “Frank” Elkinton and Genevieve Marie “Jayne” Schmitz, was born on Aug. 28, 1929 in Oshkosh, WI and died on April 9, 2019 in Madison. She was married to Kenneth George Baitinger at St. Paul’s Catholic Chapel on the UW-Madison campus on July 28, 1951. She lived with her family in Houston and other Texas cities as a child and in Winneconne, WI where she attended high school. She was a graduate in 1951 of UW-Madison with a major in Speech Education. She earned membership in Wisconsin Players and National Collegiate Players. She also had membership in Zeta Phi Eta National Professional Speech Fraternity for Women. Lu earned a master’s degree in Library Media in 1972 at UW-Madison. She was employed by WKOW-Radio and WKOW-TV until her children were born. Lu lived in Middleton, WI from 1955 and was an active member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Middleton Community.

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James W. "Jim" Weber

MIDDLETON-James W. "Jim" Weber, age 67, passed away on Dec. 14, 2018. A Celebration of Life will be held at Rex’s Innkeeper, 301 N. Century Ave., Waunakee, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on May 5, 2019. Casual clothes are suggested. 

Please share this Celebration with friends and family. Memories and stories of Jim can be shared at www.gundersonfh.com and on May 5.

 

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Lois Hietpas

MIDDLETON/APPLETON–Lois Hietpas died peacefully on March 25, 2019 in Appleton, WI at age 84. 

She was born on August 13, 1934, and grew up in Kimberly, WI. She graduated from Kimberly H.S and soon began office work at Kimberly Clark. She married Claude Hietpas of Little Chute, WI in 1956. Lois and Claude lived in Milwaukee for five years, then moved to the Madison-Cross Plains area where they raised four daughters. As the family grew, they were overjoyed to welcome four grandchildren.

After many happy years together, Lois’s husband died in 1993. She continued to devote herself to family, her work managing a convenience store in Middleton, outings with dear friends, and her church. Almost 50 years after settling her family in Cross Plains, Lois moved back to the Fox Valley and enjoyed being near her sister and many relatives.

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Eleanor Hugins Asmuth

BLACK EARTH -Eleanor Hugins Asmuth of Black Earth, WI. passed away peacefully April 1, 2019 at Sauk Prairie Hospital after a short illness. She was 96.  

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Ronald H. Gorst

WAUNAKEE/CROSS PLAINS—Ronald H. Gorst, age 81, of Waunakee, passed away on March 19, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born on June 30, 1937, in Madison, WI., the son of Harold and Beulah (Farr) Gorst. Ronald attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic school in Cross Plains. He enlisted in the U.S. Army while in high school and later served two tours during the Vietnam War. Ronald was a member of Cross Plains American Legion Post 245.

Ronald was a life-long independent trucker. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with family. He was most comfortable at home, having friends and family visit. He reluctantly enjoyed his retirement, having given up the road too soon.

Ronald is survived by son, Jason (Jessica) Gorst; brothers, Francis Gorst and Roger Gorst; and sister, Margaret Mason. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Services for Ronald will be private.

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David J. “Dave” Fehr

David J. “Dave” Fehr

BLACK EARTH/CROSS PLAINS–David Fehr died unexpectedly at home in Black Earth on March 16, 2019. Dave was born July 8, 1942 in Chicago, IL., to parents Ardath (Streed) and Alfred Fehr. In August 1965 Dave married Roberta Reich. They raised their family in Cross Plains, WI. 

Dave graduated from the University of Illinois in 1966 with a M.S. in Civil Engineering. With degree in hand, he was off to Wisconsin to build roads and bridges for the DOT. It was a short career of about two years when he was offered a position in the newly organized computer section of the Division of Motor Vehicles. That's where he found his niche, writing programs and systems for the DMV and the engineers building the roads and bridges.

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Bette M. Johnson

MIDDLETON/BLUE MOUNDS–Bette M. Johnson formerly of Blue Mounds and Mount Horeb died on January 19, 2019 at Attic Angel Health Care Center where she had been a resident the past five years.

A celebration of Bette’s life will be held at Attic Angel Care Facility on April 5, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. A short service will begin at 1:15 p.m. If you knew Bette, volunteered with her or were touched by her outpouring of caring and compassion, please feel free to join the family at this tribute.

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