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David Roy McQueen

MIDDLETON–David Roy McQueen, 77, of Middleton, passed away on July 25, 2021, at UW Hospital. He was born on April 3, 1944, in Beaver Dam, the son of Ernest and Evelyn (Herr) McQueen. David graduated from Middleton High School in 1962. He married Carolyn Faust on July 26, 1990, at West Middleton Lutheran Church.

David worked his entire career as a master plumber. He was a member of West Middleton Lutheran Church. He loved spending time with his family and long-time friends. In his free time, he also enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and gardening.

David is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children, Heidi (Mike) Fafard, Mark (Jen) McQueen, Dayna (Tim) Cannon, Jodie (Ken) Parker, Cindy Danz and Holly Tierney; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and siblings, Mike McQueen, Steve (Ann) McQueen and Vicki (Ron) Homburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Jo Jeanne Frisch.

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Richard J. “Gundy” Gunderson

MIDDLETON–Richard J. "Gundy'' Gunderson passed away peacefully on July 28, 2021, surrounded by family. Richard was born in Madison on June 5, 1943, to John and Viola Gunderson. After school, he spent four years in the US Navy, where he enjoyed seeing the world. While growing up he had a paper route with the Wisconsin State Journal, winning trips to New York and Montana. Richard married Joann Hellenbrand on June 4, 1966, and together they raised three children, Vicki (Kendall) Dresen, Catherine Gunderson and Jason (Rosalee) Gunderson. He worked many years for Northwestern Construction and L&L Foods, where Gundy was well known and loved by so many along his route through Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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Donald Ralph Harrop

MIDDLETON–Donald Ralph Harrop, 104, of Middleton, passed away on July 19, 2021. He was born on April 24, 1917, the son of Ralph and Martha (Schuldt) Harrop in Arena Township. Don graduated from Arena High School in 1935. He married Veronica Statz on Feb. 11, 1939.

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Thomas Henry Ullsvik

MIDDLETON–Thomas Henry Ullsvik, 79, died at home in Middleton on May 29, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Tom was a special person who always had a twinkle in his eye. He was born in Madison on Dec. 26, 1941, to Henry and lone (Bosser) Ullsvik.

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Wanda Kathryn Sonnentag

MIDDLETON/JANESVILLE–Wanda Kathryn Sonnentag of Middleton, formerly of Janesville, passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison on April 29, 2021, at the age of 86.

Wanda was born on June 7, 1934, in Janesville to Floyd E. and Beatrice (Tewalt) Smith. She graduated from Janesville High School on June 4, 1953 and was employed in the office at the General Motors Plant and later worked as a title searcher for Modern Abstract and Title.

She married James William Sonnentag, a US Navy World War II veteran, on June 16, 1951, at First Christian Church in Janesville. They were together for 54 years until Jim's death on June 20, 2005. The musically talented young couple created a local band known as The Tiny Kay Orchestra. The name came from Wanda's petite four-foot ten-inch stature. However, due to family and work obligations, she soon retired from the music business and the orchestra disbanded.

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Christine Schoepp Miller

VERONA–Christine (Christy) Jo Schoepp Miller passed away on Tuesday afternoon, May 18, 2021, after a courageous three-year battle with lung cancer in the comfort of her home in Verona, surrounded by family.

Her vibrant personality, sense of humor, and her "tell it like it is" honesty was genuine and loved by all who knew her.

Christy was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison on April 28, 1961, the second child of Shirley (Allely) Schoepp and her husband David J. Schoepp, the founder and owner of Schoepp Motors in Middleton and Madison. 

As a child, Christy loved boating on Lake Wisconsin, snowmobiling, and skiing with her family. She graduated with many lifelong friends from James Madison Memorial High School in 1979.

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Robert Monthey

Robert Monthey, 77, of Middleton, Wisconsin, passed away on May 26, 2021.

Bob was born to parents Robert and Madonna (Garvey) Monthey on Oct. 1, 1943, in Lakeland, FL. Bob graduated from Portage High School and went on to receive his Business Administration degree from Madison Business College. He spent 25 years working in programming, operations and management for the Graber Company and left to purchase and run his own businesses and franchises. He spent 31 years applying his business acumen, creating many successful endeavors. He was an incredibly hard worker whose service-oriented mentality, keen intelligence and industriousness influenced many and earned him various service awards.

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Doris Mae Schroeder

MIDDLETON–Doris Mae Schroeder, age 83, of Middleton, passed away on May 26, 2021, at Ingleside Manor. She was born July 4, 1937, to Harold and Veronica (Rommelfanger) Schroeder in Sheboygan Falls. She earned degrees from UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison. From 1963 to 1994, she enjoyed working as a counselor and principal at Middleton High School.

Since retirement, she volunteered three years at the MOM food pantry. She worked 20 years at the Middleton Senior Center serving as RSVP driver escort, receptionist, newspaper assembly and member of the Commission on Aging. In 2004, she was recognized by the Middleton Good Neighbor Board for service to the community. In 2015, she was nominated by RSVP and received the National and Community Service Award for more than 4000 hours of volunteer work.

Her leisure activities included reading, exercising, bowling, playing cards, casino trips, watching the Badgers, Packers and Brewers and visiting friends and neighbors.

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Dolores G. (Hilgendorf) Acker

WAUNAKEE–Dolores G. (Hilgendorf) Acker, 1601 Dover Drive, Waunakee, passed away at age 94 on March 19, 2021. She was born at home on January 22, 1927, in Cross Plains as the first child of eight to Carl William and Catherine A. (Virnig) Hilgendorf. Early in her life, Dolores attended St. Francis Elementary School in Cross Plains and later graduated from Middleton High School.

Dolores married Waunakee native Henry Anthony Acker, Jr. on October 11, 1947 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Cross Plains. She previously worked at the Farmer's Mutual Insurance.

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Norbert W. Bernards

WAUNAKEE - Norbert W. Bernards, 79, of Waunakee, passed away on May 1, 2021, at St. Mary's Hospital. He was born on March 30, 1942, in the Town of Springfield, the son of Andrew and Adelaide (Wagner) Bernards.

Norbert was born and raised on the family farm in Ashton Corners. He attended Middleton High School. Norbert married Wilma Johnson on June 8, 1963. They celebrated 51 years of marriage before her passing in 2015. He was employed as a landscaper for Watts Landscaping for over 25 years and then began working with the Dane County Highway Department and retired from Dane County Parks in 2005. 

Norbert was a hard worker and very humble man throughout his life. His family was his greatest joy and he loved spending time with them. Norbert and Wilma enjoyed traveling and one of his fondest trips was to Germany. He was a lifelong and devoted member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Ashton.

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