Obituaries

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Dr. Rene M. Dupuis

WAUNAKEE–Rene M. Dupuis, age 77, passed away on May 23, 2020 at Agrace HospiceCare with his family at his side. He was born on June 25, 1942, in Wausau, the son of LaVern and Gertrude (Moss) Dupuis. 

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Lee Orvin Bollenbach

MORTON, IL–Lee Orvin Bollenbach, age 75, of Morton, IL, passed away on June 5, 2020, with his family at his side. Born on August 13, 1944 in Madison to Orvin E. and Vanita R. (Voss) Bollenbach, he married Kathleen Ann Zimmerman on April 30, 1966 in Middleton. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Shaun (Melissa) Bollenbach of Morton, IL and Shelly (Bill) Joseph of Peoria, IL., five grandchildren, Connor, Katlin, Alyssa, Zachary and Sage, and two brothers, Gary (Robie) Bollenbach of Whitewater and Charles (Beverly) Bollenbach and sister-in-law, Joan Bollenbach, all of Middleton. 

He was preceded in death by one brother, Paul.

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Virginia Butler-Haugen

MIDDLETON / BLACK EARTH–Virginia Butler-Haugen, age 93, passed away on May 21, 2020, at Ingleside Manor. She was born on Oct. 13, 1926, in Brothertown, the daughter of William and Alvina (Lefeber) Ecker.

Virginia attended Oshkosh State Teachers College. She married Robert Butler on Feb. 2, 1949 in Redwood City, CA. After his passing, she moved to Wisconsin where she met her second love, Norman Haugen. The two were married on May 25, 1974, in Durward's Glen. She was the editor for the Middleton Times-Tribune for many years.

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David A. Wieckert, Professor Emeritus

MIDDLETON–David A. Wieckert, age 88, passed away on May 17, 2020. He was born on Aug. 7, 1931, the son of Walter Hans and Anita (Brockman) Wieckert of Appleton. David obtained a Ph.D. at the UW–Madison in 1963. The next 33 years were spent as a professor in the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin, where he taught 10,228 students.

On June 30, 1963, David married Joan (Engle) Wieckert in Abilene, KN. They met in 1952 when they traveled to Sweden and Denmark, respectively, as International 4-H Youth Exchanges. This interest in people of other nations continued for a lifetime of travel and entertaining internationals in their home.

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Mary Jo Matz

EDGERTON–Mary Jo Matz, age 86, of Edgerton, passed away on May 11, 2020, at home. She was born in Madison on February 11, 1934, the daughter of Vernie and Florence (Stormer) Miller. She married Donald A. Matz on March 21, 1953 at St. Luke Lutheran, Middleton. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2009. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and babysitting. She was well known to be stubborn “on occasion.” Her biggest passion in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. She was a member of Central Lutheran Church.

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Richard R. Myers

MIDDLETON/JANESVILLE–Richard R. Myers of Middleton and formerly of Janesville passed away peacefully at Heritage Senior Living on January 11, 2020 at 91 years of age.

He was born in Madison, N.J. on September 6, 1928 to Waldo and Ruth Myers. The youngest of five siblings, Richard attended Madison schools and Phillips Preparatory School in Andover N.J. before entering Cornell University in Ithaca N.Y. He graduated with a BA and MBA. Richard was active in glee club, played sax in a jazz and big band, and played on the last Cornell soccer team to win the national championship. There he met his wife-to-be, Ursula Sennewald. He and Ursula were married on June 12, 1951, in Elmira N.Y.

Richard served in the US Air Force as a Lieutenant during the Korean War. He was sent to Okinowa, where Ursula joined him and their first child was born.

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Norton Brown Hubbard

MIDDLETON–Norton Brown Hubbard, 97, of Middleton, died peacefully April 24, 2020, at Waunakee Manor Nursing Home, Waunakee.

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Muriel Jane (Smith) Eid

MIDDLETON–Muriel Jane (Smith) Eid, age 90, of Middleton, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s on April 23, 2020, at Sebring Assisted Living/Memory Care in Madison. 

Muriel was born on June 20, 1929 to Fred J. and Margaret (Wilkinson) Smith. She grew up in Sherrill, NY across the street from her father’s hardware store where she often led her schoolmates past the candy counter for a treat and helped herself to a doll baby buggy at Christmastime.

Following graduation from Sherrill High School, “Smitty” graduated from Plattsburgh Teachers College with a BS in Education and later earned her MS in Education at Queen’s College in New York, NY

Muriel taught kindergarten in Great Neck on Long Island, NY, and Monterey, CA. In 1960, she met her special husband, Vernon Walter Eid, at an officer’s club dance in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where they both were teachers at the US Military base.

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Francis G. "Frank" Ryan

MIDDLETON–Francis G. ("Frank") Ryan Jr., died unexpectedly on April 10, 2020 of cardiac arrest.  Born and raised in Chicago, Frank graduated from Sullivan High School in 1954 and enlisted in the United States Army in 1955 where he served nearly three years.

He graduated from Marquette University in 1962 and married Claire McMahon, a teacher at Marquette, in New York City later that year.

Hired by United Press International (UPI), Frank spent two years in their Milwaukee Bureau and transferred to Madison in 1966. As Bureau Chief and political reporter, he covered the Governor's Office and State Legislature, news stories of a tumultuous era, and sports. Frank's twice weekly commentaries appeared in newspapers statewide, and he wrote for Madison Magazine.

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Edna Kathryn (Schroeder) Healy

CEDAR FALLS, IA–Edna Kathryn (Schroeder) Healy, 95, went home to be with her Lord and Friend on March 30, 2020.

Edna was born on April 30, 1924, to August and Elsie (Koepcke) Schroeder on a farm near Verona, and six months later her family moved to a farm on University Avenue in Middleton.  Edna graduated from Middleton High School in 1941 and attended Madison Business College.

In 1944, Edna married Harry Burdette Healy from River Falls. They were married for 63 years.  She worked for 25 years at the Middleton Piggly Wiggly (later Eagle) where she was head cashier. Edna cherished her many friends and she always enjoyed remembering them with a card or with her famous cookies.

Edna and Harry were blessed with two children, Annelle Eickhoff (Ben) and Michael (Billie), six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

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