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Gloria J. Darragh

MIDDLETON - Gloria J. Darragh, 92, of Middleton, passed away on Feb. 26, 2022, at Waunakee Manor. She was born on Jan. 26, 1930, in Cedar Rapids, IA, the daughter of James and Jeannie (Usher) Taylor.

Gloria graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts. She enjoyed traveling around the world, especially to Nepal and Thailand. She had a love of animals and enjoyed seeing ones from other countries, but she loved her cats and dogs the most. Gloria was a proud gardener, avid reader and crossword puzzle enthusiast. She enjoyed the holidays and decorating. She was kind and touched the lives of many people with her friendly demeanor and smile. Gloria was very active in the Episcopal church and was involved in P.E.O. She was a resilient woman and overcame many physical adversities during her life. Gloria adored spending time with her grandchildren more than anything and moved twice to be close to them.

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Richard R. Fayram

CROSS PLAINS–Richard Roberts Fayram, 73, of Cross Plains, passed away on Feb. 10, 2022 at home surrounded by family following a two year challenge with neuroendocrine tumors. He was born in Flint, MI, the son of Jerome and Gwen Fayram. He married Elizabeth Stockwell on June 19, 1971. They had two sons, Nathan and Justin.

Dick attended the University of Michigan where he met Liz. He earned a BS in Landscape Architecture at Michigan State and did graduate work at UW-Madison. He worked as a Landscape Architect at firms in the Chicago area, Rockford, and at UW-Madison. He was proud of his work on the Rockford Sportscore Complex and the UW Campus Master Plan. His landscape designs often featured native plants.

Dick, Liz and the young boys moved from Rockford, joining Dick’s brother David and his family in Madison. Gwen joined them there after she retired. Many events, holidays and family dinners were spent together.

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Veronica Mary “Ronnie” (O’Connell) Weber

MIDDLETON–Veronica Mary “Ronnie” (O’Connell) Weber, 95, of Middleton, passed away on Feb. 12, 2022, at Ingleside Manor. She was born on May 18, 1926, in Vermont Township, the daughter of David and Frances (Handel) O'Connell. She married Wayne F. Weber on June 21, 1950, at St. James Catholic Church.

Ronnie attended Edgewood College for two years and graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in Education. She took great pride in teaching home economics and spent the majority of her career at Middleton High School. Ronnie had a love of quilting, knitting, playing cards and going to the casino, and she could always be counted on to attend her kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events.

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Barbra Ann Williamson

MOUNT HOREB–Barbra Ann Williamson (Olson/Covert) was born to Richard and Betty (Wiberg) Covert in Chicago, IL on March 5, 1957. She spent her childhood days with her four loving and adventurous siblings, Bonnie, Rick, Ron, and Becky. They all remained a close support system for one another throughout their adult lives and shared many great experiences.

Barb graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in 1975. At age 19, Barb married Knute S. Olson of Oregon. They both worked hard, enjoyed nature, camping, music, travel and their two daughters, Angie and Emily. In 1993 they parted ways, but always made their children a priority.

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Rose Marie Morgan

MIDDLETON–Rose Marie Morgan, 80, of Middleton, passed away with her daughter by her side, on Feb. 13, 2022, at Wisconsin Dells Health Services. She was born on July 11, 1941, in Bardwell, KY, the daughter of Paul and Lillian (Viniard) Jett. She married Frederick E. Morgan on April 8, 1961.

Rose attended Lone Oak High School and Murray State University. She was the owner of Heritage House Fine Furnishings and Design and later worked as a supervisor of Whitehaven Welcome Center in Paducah, KY. Rose was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and a member of the Sarah Circle. She was the former President of Kentucky Presbyterian Women prior to moving to Madison. She had a fun sense of humor and loved nothing more than trying new recipes and shopping at Macy’s.

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Gary Earl Miller

MIDDLETON–Gary Earl Miller passed away on Feb. 4, 2022, after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81 years old.

Gary leaves behind his wife, Lori; children, Guy (Lisa) and Jill (John); grandchildren, Jessica, Zack, Nick, Grace, Bibi, and Maddie; great-grandchildren, Aden and Parker; and sister, Laurel (Bob) Dove. He is preceded in death by his mother, Elsie, and father, Earl. Last, but not least, he leaves behind his feline friend, Elsa, who liked to cuddle with him on his favorite chair.

Gary was born Aug. 22, 1940. He grew up in Bakersfield, CA, and he spent his youth getting “greasy,” working on cars and racing his ‘32 Ford Coupe in the heyday of drag racing in Famoso, CA. This love of cars would stay with him for the rest of his life.

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Eugene LaVerne “Gene”Spindler

MADISON–Eugene LaVerne “Gene” Spindler, age 76, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving wife and family, on Feb. 3, 2022. He was born on March 31, 1945, in Marshfield, the first of eight children of the late Norbert and Delores (Bell) Spindler. He grew up on the family farm in Rozellville, where he attended Columbus Catholic High School, graduating in 1963. 

In December 1967, Gene graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. During college, he met and married the love of his life, Bonnie Rusch. They married on June 10, 1967, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Wausau.

Shortly after graduating from UW-Madison, Gene was drafted into the US Army. He was honorably discharged from service in 1970 after serving in both the United States and Germany for two years.

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Virginia “Ginny” (Esser) Faust

CROSS PLAINS–Virginia “Ginny” (Esser) Faust, 93, of Cross Plains, passed away on Jan. 30, 2022, at Girlies Manor. She was born on July 18, 1928, to Frank and Martha (LaCrosse) Esser. She married Raymond J. Faust on Aug. 16, 1947, who died March 7, 1999.

She is survived by her four children, Allen (Janet Bouchard) Faust, Ronald (Gail Conner) Faust,

Sandra Faust (Wayne Buschmann) and David (Cheri Richter) Faust; eight grandchildren, Janet, Adrea, Tom, Theresa, Brian, Caroline, Michael, Michele and Rachel; several great-grandchildren, Anna, Maya, Natalie, Alex, Abigail, Chelsea, Brandon, Riley, Zane and Blake; sister-in-law, Ramona and her husband, Richard; and many relatives and friends.

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Gary A. Trappe

CROSS PLAINS–Gary A. Trappe, 79, died on Jan. 26, 2022, at Homestead Living in Waunakee, after many years battling Alzheimer’s. He was born in Seelyburg., on Sept. 7, 1942. He was the sixth child of Benjamin and Zelma (Risen) Trappe. Gary graduated from West Lima High School in 1960. He married Karen Rognholt on April 4, 1964, at Five Points Lutheran Church in Richland County. They celebrated 52 years of marriage before Karen’s death in 2016.

Gary worked in Janesville, before landing in Madison to work at American Scientific Laboratories (ASL). After ASL closed their Madison location, Gary worked at Valley Bank, CBI, Kennedy-Hahn and finally as a park ranger for Dane County Parks.

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Gale W. Meyer

MADISON–Gale W. Meyer, 79, of Madison, died January 30, 2022 at UW Health in Madison. He was born on September 13, 1942 to Otto and Susan (Hillyer) Meyer in Sparta. He graduated from Sparta High School in 1960.

Gale continued his education at the University of Wisconsin Madison receiving his bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1965, and his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1970. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kandahar, Afghanistan from 1966-1968. He was a social studies teacher in Stoughton and Highland. He then was a school counselor in Middleton Schools from 1969 until 2019, a career he loved.

Gale is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins along with a special friend, Barbara Melchert. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Susan Meyer; brother, Elmer (Ellen) Meyer; and sisters, Esther (Joe) O’Neil and Lillie (Roy) Pfaff.

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