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Jenna (Vanden Brook) Baker

MIDDLETON–Jenna L. (Vanden Brook) Baker, 33, of Middleton, passed away on July 6, 2021, at University Hospital in Madison after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Jenna was born March 31, 1988, in Madison the daughter

of Julie and Mark D. Vanden Brook. She married Jesse Abraham Baker on June 22, 2013 in Bedford, VA.

In May of 2006, Jenna graduated from Waunakee High School where she was active with concert choir, girl’s tennis, and vocal jazz performing. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Liberty University and her Master of Business Administration earned at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA.

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Mary Ann “Mae” Wipperfurth

WAUNAKEE–Mary Ann “Mae” Wipperfurth passed away at home surrounded by family at age 97 on July 13, 2021.

Mae was born in Marxville, Wisconsin on April 26, 1924, to Louis Mathias Meier and his wife Theresa (Meinholz) Meier. She married Town of Roxbury native and US Navy veteran Robert J. Wipperfurth on Sept. 26, 1946, after his return from serving in the Pacific during World War II. 

Later, they settled in Waunakee where the couple lovingly raised their 10 children, and where Bob owned and operated Wipperfurth Excavating, Inc. He was also an original partner in the development of the InnKeeper restaurant and Country Aire.

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Ellen (Mack) Schmitt

ROXBURY–Ellen Louise (Mack) Schmitt, 67, of Roxbury, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2021, at Meriter Hospital in Madison after battling lymphoma and pneumonia.

Ellen was born on May 3, 1954, in Baraboo, to Herman J. and Blanche M. (Breunig) Mack. After attending Sauk Prairie High School, she married the love of her life Dane Township native DuWayne P. Schmitt at St. Norbert's Catholic Church in Roxbury on Sept. 30, 1978, just 11 days after the sad passing of her father. At the time, she was employed at Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Mutual and Credit Union Member Insurance Services (CUMIS) Insurance Co., in Madison.

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Ronald "Rex" Endres

WAUNAKEE–Ronald (Rex) Gerard Endres of Waunakee passed away unexpectedly at age 64 on July 5, 2021.

Known to many as Rex, he was born on March 1, 1957, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, to Laverne M. Endres and his wife Jeanette Ann (Wagner) Endres. He grew-up on the Endres family farm in rural Waunakee, and later was a 1975 graduate of Waunakee High School.

He married Debra Theresa Pulvermacher, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Robert and Bernadette (Annen) Pulvermacher, on Sept. 26, 1981, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Martinsville with a reception held later that day at the Dorf Haus in Roxbury.

Rex learned his work ethic early, growing up on the family farm in the Waunakee area. During high school he began laying carpet and he later co-owned a local carpet business.

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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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