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Emogene M. (Simon) Frederick

MIDDLETON–Emogene M. (Simon) Frederick, age 90, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Feb. 3, 2020, at Brookdale Middleton Stonefield. Emogene was born on March 7, 1929, to John and Emma (Schmitt) Simon in Springfield Corners. She grew up in Springfield Corners, attended St. Martin’s Grade School and graduated from Middleton High School with the class of 1947.

Emogene married Vern Frederick on Jan. 16, 1951, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Martinsville. She worked for the Wisconsin State Revenue Department. Emogene was then a stay at home mom with her children. She was a supervisor for the Middleton School Library Services. Emogene enjoyed going to U.W. football and basketball games and also enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in sporting events. She really liked boating, snowmobiling and going on many family vacations, as well as playing in her ladies bridge groups.

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Robert Adam “Bob” Bong

MIDDLETON/ASHTON–Robert Adam “Bob” Bong, age 85, of Middleton/Ashton, passed away on Feb. 19, 2020, after a hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on Feb. 6, 1935, in the Township of Berry, the son of John and Anna Bong. He married Patricia Mash on March 21, 1969, and they enjoyed their 26 years together, always welcoming family and friends to their lake cottages.

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Mary Wells

He who binds to himself a Joy Doth the winged life destroy;

But he who kisses the Joy as it flies Lives in Eternity's sunrise.

MIDDLETON–After a lifetime of adventures, varied careers, travel, hobbies, and lots of laughter, Mary Wells, age 69, died of complications due to the cancer she'd lived with for more than 15 years on Feb. 11, 2020.

Mary loved music, reading, riding her bicycle, sewing and writing. She delighted in the "gobble and gab" lunches with friends Jean Kringle and Rena Askey, occasions she said were too infrequent but always marvelously invigorating. Though her last years were less dramatic than those that went before, she was never lacking in activities, including, at the age of 66, deciding to study Greek.

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Stanley Wagner

MIDDLETON/ASHTON–Stanley Wagner, age 94, passed away on Feb. 13, 2020 with his granddaughter by his side. Stanley was born on October 16, 1925 to George and Lena (Laufenberg) Wagner in Middleton. He lived his entire life and farmed within one mile from where he was born. He married Evelyn Koch in August 1950. Stanley was fortunate enough to still be cutting lawn at the age of 93 with the help of his daughter-in-law. After retiring from farming he worked for the concrete remover doing computer/book work. For many years was a driver for RSVP. He was also a member of the Catholic Knights and Knights of Columbus.

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Ronald P. Schaefer

MIDDLETON/MADISON–Ronald P. Schaefer, age 82, of Madison, passed away on Feb. 6, 2020, in Wickenburg, AZ. He was born on July 25, 1937, in Madison, the son of George and Genevieve (Hoven) Patzer.

Ronald graduated with the Central High School class of 1956. He worked for the State of Wisconsin Division of Highways for many years. He enjoyed playing for various softball and basketball leagues, and he proudly coached boys little league and girls softball teams. He also coached Cross Plains Home Talent baseball. Ronald loved being a youth leader at Mount Olive. He was a hardworking handy man and he loved playing golf and cards, riding dune buggies, and being around dogs.

Ronald is survived by his son, Jim; granddaughters, Teal and Brooke; sister, Jacci Overland; and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Randall Schaefer; and sister, Sandy Husby.

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Dr. Thomas Michael Julian

MIDDLETON–Dr. Thomas Michael, age 70, of Middleton, passed away on Feb. 14, 2020, of pancreatic cancer. He was born on June 30, 1949, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Earl and Pearl (Passi) Julian. Tom graduated from Silver Lake High School and went on to graduate from St. Cloud University. He married Kathy Chalupsky on June 12, 1971, in Silver Lake, MN. and they moved to Brainerd, MN., where he was a social worker.

They then moved to Minneapolis, where Tom attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1978. He was a physician there until moving to Middleton in 1988. He finished his career at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, retiring in 2011. He was a member of many professional organizations and did much speaking, editing and writing of papers and books. He greatly appreciated the patients, students, interns, nurses and staff that he worked with throughout the years.

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Alfred J. “Al” Nonn

MIDDLETON–Alfred J. Nonn, “Al” to all who knew him, was born on Oct. 19, 1922, to Theador and Susan (Faust) Nonn and died on Jan. 25, 2020. He grew up on the family farm just outside of Cross Plains. That farm has always been an important part of his life. On June 7, 1947, Al married Rita Ziegler, and shortly thereafter moved to Middleton, and went to work for Madison Gas and Electric as a lineman along with his brother, Romuald. Work has always been a major part of his life, whether on call for MGE (he responded to nearly every power outage in his 38 years) or on the family farm where he helped out almost every Saturday and most of his vacation days from MGE. This continued after his retirement and into his 80s. 

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Gale Ruth Kooistra

CROSS PLAINS–Gale Ruth Kooistra, 75, of Cross Plains, passed away on Jan. 30, 2020. She was born on March 31, 1944, in Milwaukee, WI, to Richard and Ruth (Neitzke) Gramza. Gale had a brother, Keith, whom she lost to cancer in 1987. Gale graduated from Shorewood High School in 1962, and from the UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1966.

Gale worked for the Middleton-Cross Plains School District for many years as a substitute teacher for all grade levels while her three daughters attended school. She continued her career at the Lands’ End Call Center in Cross Plains for 18 years until it’s closure in 2012. After retirement, Gale worked at a local deli, enjoying a charitable and active lifestyle supporting both her church and community.

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Gale Ruth Kooistra

CROSS PLAINS–Gale Ruth Kooistra, 75, of Cross Plains, passed away on Jan. 30, 2020. She was born on March 31, 1944, in Milwaukee, WI, to Richard and Ruth (Neitzke) Gramza. Gale had a brother, Keith, whom she lost to cancer in 1987. Gale graduated from Shorewood High School in 1962, and from the UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1966.

Gale worked for the Middleton-Cross Plains School District for many years as a substitute teacher for all grade levels while her three daughters attended school. She continued her career at the Lands’ End Call Center in Cross Plains for 18 years until it’s closure in 2012. After retirement, Gale worked at a local deli, enjoying a charitable and active lifestyle supporting both her church and community.

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Gene E. Gray

MIDDLETON–Devoted husband, father, bumpa and papa, Gene E. Gray succumbed to cancer with his wife by his side at Agrace HospiceCare on Jan. 23, 2020. Gene was born on March 14, 1939, in Sparta, WI. to Ioen and George Gray. Prior to moving to Madison, he lived his earliest years in various communities due to his father’s work with the Milwaukee Road Railroad. During his school years, Gene developed close friendships that were fostered and lasted his entire lifetime. A 1957 graduate of the former Central High School, Gene briefly served in the US Army National Guard before studying education/PE and history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During the summers, he followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, working for Milwaukee Road as part of the line crew. Gene graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1962. 

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