Obituaries

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David P. Shanahan

CROSS PLAINS–David Patrick Shanahan, of Cross Plains, passed away on April 2, 2021, at the age of 41 in Los Angeles, CA. David was born on March 17, 1980, in Madison, to Michael R. and Christine Anne (Adams) Shanahan.

After graduating from Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School in 1994 and Middleton High School in 1998, David attended UW-La Crosse where he graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in sports medicine, exercise fitness and nutrition. After a number of years in the field of athletic training, David returned to school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ to pursue his love and passion for photography, where he earned a B.A. in fine arts.

David is survived by his beloved parents, Michael and Christine Shanahan; older brother, John W. Shanahan (fiancée, Beth Lundberg); a niece, Lucy Mae Shanahan; his grandparents, Kenneth and Violet Willis; as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Larry G. White

MIDDLETON/PLATTEVILLE–Larry G. White, 72, of Platteville; formerly of Branch Street and Parmenter Street in Middleton, passed away on April 6, 2021, at Edenbrook assisted living facility in Platteville. Larry was born July 10, 1948, in Savannah, Tenn., to James and Hazel White. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois in the mid-1950s, then Hazel and the kids moved to Linden, Wis. (in Iowa County) in 1966. 

Larry received an associate degree from Madison Area Technical College in the early 1970s and started work at the historic Stamm House restaurant, 6625 Century Ave., in Middleton, shortly after that. He worked there for 31 years before moving to Platteville to be closer to his brother, Ed, in 2004. In 2005, Larry started working as a Walmart greeter and continued in that position and maintenance until his cancer diagnosis in October of 2020.

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Hubert C. “Sonny” Brabender

MIDDLETON–Hubert C. “Sonny” Brabender, 84, of Madison, passed away on April 16, 2021, at University Hospital, Madison, after a massive stroke suffered on March 29. He was born May 16, 1936, in Madison, the son of Hubert P. and Rosalia (Friedl) Brabender.

Hubert, better known as Herb, spent the first five years of his life in Madison with his parents, until moving to the family farm in Ashton in 1941. He graduated from Ashton St. Peter’s Catholic elementary school, and then graduated from Middleton High School in 1955 after lettering in baseball, basketball, football, and track. Herb was a member of the 1954 Middleton High School basketball team that went to the state tournament. School Principal Meyer often chided him, “If only you would work as hard on your academics.” During the summers Herb starred on the Ashton Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) baseball team and hung out with his buddies, Joel Larson, Kenny Bram, Jim Shaksted and others, creating havoc and having fun.

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Lynn Miller

CROSS PLAINS–Lynn Miller, age 56, of Cross Plains, passed away on April 14, 2021. She was born on Jan. 6, 1965, in Manila, AK, the daughter of Carol Brandt and Wade Bradford.

Lynn loved her job working in the deli at the Piggly Wiggly in Cross Plains and enjoyed spending time with her coworkers. She recently found a passion for doing Diamond Art in her spare time. She had an unparalleled generosity and spent countless hours working on designs to give to her loved ones.

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Elizabeth Johanna “Betty” Schroeder

MIDDLETON–Elizabeth Johanna “Betty” Schroeder, age 88, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2021. She was born on June 3, 1932, in Madison, the daughter of John and Mary (Wagner) Meier.

Betty was a 1950 graduate from Middleton High School. She worked at Oscar Mayer in Madison, Eagle Foods as a head cashier, The Flower Shop, Lands’ End and National Guardian Life where she retired in 1999. 

Betty was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Middleton Senior Center. She enjoyed going to NASCAR races in Florida and Michigan, swimming with her friends at Swim West, hunting, fishing, and searching for morel mushrooms.

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Karen Kathleen Urbainzick

CROSS PLAINS–Karen Kathleen Urbainzick, age 77, of Cross Plains, passed away on March 4, 2021, at Meriter Hospital. She was born on May 28, 1943, in Cambridge, the daughter of Erich and Catherine (Stohler) Wechter. She married Gale Urbainzick on April 30, 1962, and moved to Cross Plains with their son, Lee, where they resided.

Karen is survived by her son, Lee Urbainzick; sister-in-law, Margaret Wechter; niece, Megan (Aaron) Statz; grandniece, Avryana Statz; and many extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gale Urbainzick; parents; brother, Phil Wechter; and nephew, Matthew Wechter. 

Per Karen's request, there will be no funeral services. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com.

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Patricia Ann Woods

MADISON–Patricia Ann Woods, 80, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2021 surrounded by family and friends after a short battle with cancer. Pat was born on March 17, 1940 in St. Louis, MO, the third of seven children. The family moved to Cape Girardeau, MO in 1946.  She graduated from Cape Catholic High School in 1957. After graduation, the family moved to Springfield, MO where she met and married Stanley Woods in 1961. In 1962 they settled in Madison and raised a family of three boys.

Pat had a wide range of interests and entrepreneurial skills which she learned while working for her father in his restaurants in Cape Girardeau and in his floral business in Springfield. With those skills she had a successful business career including starting her own boutique store in Madison selling interior design merchandise.

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Gordon Edward Helmeid

MIDDLETON–Gordon Edward Helmeid, age 84, of Middleton, passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2021, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital after battling complications from lung cancer. He was born on Dec. 3, 1936, the son of Eddie Helmeid and Selma (Gilbertson) Helmeid.

Gordon “Gordy” was raised on the family farm in Blue Mounds and graduated from Mount Horeb High School in 1954. He served in the US Army from 1956-58. He was trained to be a radar repairman. He spent the first year in electronics school on the East coast and the second year in the Chicago area working on the Army Radar installations that controlled the 120-millimeter guns that surrounded the City of Chicago at that time.

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Ronald J. Kalscheur

CROSS PLAINS–Ronald J. “Kully” Kalscheur, age 90, of Cross Plains, passed away on Feb. 25, 2021. He was born on April 17, 1930, in Madison, the son of Frank and Dorothy (Schmitz) Kalscheur.

Ron graduated from Middleton High School in 1948 where he served as the class president. He married Sarah “Sally” (Coyle) Kalscheur on Feb. 19, 1949, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Ron worked as an auto body supervising technician for Zimbrick Automotive where he retired after 32 years of service.

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Susan Harris Shapiro

MIDDLETON–Susan Harris Shapiro, 70, formerly of 7777 Elmwood Ave, in Middleton, passed away at UW-Madison Hospital in Madison, on Jan. 13, 2021 with her family at her side.

Susan was born on Jan. 31, 1950, in Racine, the daughter and the second youngest of six children for John Francis and Mary Ann (Mayme) Harris.

In 1968, Susan graduated from St. Catherine's High School in Racine and later received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UW-Madison. 

During college, she held a spectrum of jobs that included bartending at the Edgewater Hotel, working as a page at the Wisconsin State Capitol, and employed in retail sales at a men's shoe and boot boutique, the Boot Barn, at 438 North Frances Street in Madison, which still stands today.

North Frances Street would also be an important part of her life after meeting Madison native Marshall Stuart Shapiro, who she married in 1975. 

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