Obituaries

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Warren H. Stolper

MIDDLETON–Warren H. Stolper died peacefully on April 1, 2022, at age 100.  He was one of the last members of the “Greatest Generation,” those whose lives were shaped by both the Great Depression and World War II.

Warren was born in Plymouth, the son of Herbert and Selma Stolper, on July 4, 1921, making him a “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” After graduating from high school in Plymouth, he attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison and graduated in 1942 with an accounting degree. Like many from the Greatest Generation, Warren answered his nation’s call to service in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest battle in the history of the US Army. This experience shaped his life for the next 75 years, cementing his belief in God and in the greatness of the United States.

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Becky Dvorak

 

Becky Dvorak passed away peacefully on April 12, 2022 after a five-year battle against cancer, which she fought with courage, dignity and grace.

Becky was born in Clatonia, NE to Ivan and Birdene DeBoer on May 2, 1954, where she grew up on her family farm with her three sisters and brother.

She met her lifelong love, Gerald Dvorak, in 1968 where they dated for seven years before marrying in 1975. They celebrate 47 years of marriage on May 10 of this year.

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Eunice Mae Christianson

MIDDLETON–Eunice Mae Christianson passed away peacefully on March 7, 2022. She was born on March 3, 1933, in Mazomanie, to Alvin Schumann and Fenella (Ketelboeter) Schumann. There, they raised Eunice, Arlene and Judy. The three sisters would become lifelong best friends.

Eunice met the love of her life, David Christianson, at a football game in DeForest, and went on to have four children, Cyndie (Sorum), David Christianson, Amy (Miller) and Jay Christianson in Middleton, in a house that they built. At that home, they invited Adam Malueg into their lives, and he instantly became a member of the family.

While raising her children, Eunice worked for many years with the Middleton School District where she touched many lives and gained many friends. Eunice loved and cherished her family and looked forward to any get-togethers with her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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William J. Frisch

MIDDLETON - William J. "Bill" Frisch, 77, of Middleton, passed away on March 15, 2022, at home with family by his side. He was born on June 29, 1944, in Madison, the son of Ralph and Ruth (Punswick) Frisch.

Bill graduated from Middleton High School a long time ago. He married the love of his life, Jo Jeanne McQueen. Bill delivered fuel for Middleton Farmer's Co-Op for many years, and retired working for MCI plumbing. Bill's true love was landscape maintenance with his father and son. He was a member of the Middleton Fire Department for 16 years.

Bill was an avid hunter, fisherman, and sports fan. He loved playing Euchre with family and friends and donated to many casinos along the way.

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Michael J. Grosse

LA CROSSE/CROSS PLAINS–Michael J. Grosse, 66, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Mike was born on June 5, 1955, in Madison, the fourth of five children of Wilbert and Lucille (Kuehn) Grosse. He was raised on the family farm near Martinsville, where he grew to love nature and the outdoors. He graduated from Middleton High School in 1973. He worked a variety of jobs in the construction industry where he learned to build and fix anything and everything.

In 1980, Mike met the love of his life, Kimberly Brooks. They were married on Oct. 19, 1985, and together they raised their two daughters in the home he built for them. In 1986, after earning his degree in electronics, he began his employment at Tracor Northern (Thermo Fisher Scientific) as an electronics technician until he retired in 2013.

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Elizabeth "Betty" Ahlstedt

MIDDLETON–Elizabeth "Betty" M. Ahlstedt, 6430 Pheasant Lane, Middleton, passed away on Jan. 26, 2022 at the age of 100. 

She was born Elizabeth Schrade on Feb. 16, 1921 at St. Mary's Hospital in Orange, NJ. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Thure Edward Ahlstedt Jr., a Navy radio technician veteran of World War II., on Dec. 30, 1994 in Wilson, NC. 

Elizabeth is survived by her beloved daughter Deborah Ann Ahlstedt of Marquette, MI, her son Steven C. (Helen) of Ramsey, NJ; a granddaughter, Mary Ellen (Erik) Endress of Ramsey, NJ, and two great-grandchildren, Griffin Endress of Boston, MA. and Jillian Endress of Ramsey, NJ; as well as her very dear friend, Michael Breunig of Middleton.

No services for Elizabeth were held. Informed Choice Funeral Home, 3325 E. Washington Ave., in Madison, served the family. Memorials may be made to Middleton Outreach Ministry, 3502 Parmenter St., Middleton, Wis. 53562.

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John Rahman

John Rahman

MIDDLETON–John Rahman passed away on March 5, 2022. He was born the son of Ed and Marion Rahman in 1946, and was raised on the family farm in Elgin, MN, with his two sisters and three brothers.  

Following graduation from Elgin High School, John attended Winona State University, where he studied industrial arts and education. While at Winona State, he also exceled at running both cross country and track and competed nationally in the NCAA Cross Country Championship. It was also there that John, “the fastest (running) man on campus,” met the love of his life, Judy Jones, on the dance floor. 

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Thomas G. Grosse

DEFOREST–Thomas G. Grosse, 70, of DeForest, passed away peacefully at his home on January 31, 2022. 

Tom was born at Madison General Hospital on September 5, 1951 in Madison. to Wilbert and Lucille (Kuehn) Grosse. He grew up on the family farm in rural Cross Plains and graduated from Middleton High School in 1969. Tom served in the Army Reserves from 1969 until 1976.

On June 6, 2004, Tom married the love of his life, Colleen Wilde, in Bear Valley. He was a lifelong builder, eventually becoming a general contractor of his own company, Trend Construction in DeForest.

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Astor A. Garcia

MIDDLETON–Astor A. Garcia, affectionately known as “Tochy”, with family and friends, was born on April 23, 1959, to Susana Torralbas Garcia and Astor Garcia in Holguin, Cuba. Astor emigrated from Cuba to the United States during the Freedom Flight missions in 1966. He proudly received his United States citizenship in 1987.

Astor graduated from South Miami High School in 1977 and then went on to graduate in 1982 from the University of Florida, with a degree in Psychology. While attending the University of Florida, Astor became a Sigma Chi brother and a UF cheerleader. He went on to judge National Cheerleading competitions.

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Stella Dresen

CROSS PLAINS–Stella Dresen, 87, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2022, at her home, surrounded by family. Stella was born on March 23, 1934, in Middleton, to Bernice and Clarence Breunig. 

Stella graduated from Middleton High School and began working at Madison Gas & Electric, where she met her future husband, Richard “Dick” Dresen. They were united in marriage on April 22, 1961, and settled in Cross Plains, where they built their home on Hickory Street, raised their family and enjoyed being part of the Cross Plains community. Stella and Dick enjoyed 55 years of marriage, until his passing on Nov. 14, 2016.

Her love of children inspired Stella to become a daycare provider for many years. She was fortunate to remain close to many of those families and was proud of the amazing adults they had become. She would often comment after their visits, “so many of my kids sure did well for themselves.”   

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