Obituaries

Wed
27
Aug

Grant Olson

Grant Olson of Fairfield Bay, Ark., passed away quietly on July 25, 2014, after a short fight with cancer. He was 74 years young. Grant was born on Dec. 4, 1939, in Stoughton to Alverda and Giles Olson. He grew up in Stoughton on his family’s farm and graduated from Stoughton High School in 1958. In November of 1959 he married Sandra Weiland at Mt Zion Methodist in Janesville.

Grant was drafted into the United States Army and served his country for two years. Grant and Sandra have three children: Steven, James and Susan; and three grandchildren: Shannon, Halley and Parker.

Wed
27
Aug

Dorothy Hermundstad

Dorothy Hermundstad passed away peacefully on Aug. 22, 2014, at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg, surrounded by her family.  She was 81 years old.

Dorothy was born on July 27, 1933, in Roodhouse, Ill. She was the middle child of Leonard and Violet Johnson, with older sister Marilyn and younger sister Patricia completing the family. The Johnson family moved to Bessemer, Mich., when Dorothy was young, and Dorothy grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  

Dorothy attended nursing school in Duluth, Minn. While there, she met Orin Hermundstad, who was a medical intern at St. Luke’s Hospital. Dorothy and Orin were married on Jan. 29, 1955. During Orin’s service in the Army, they lived in Texas, Colorado and Germany, and then settled in Stoughton, to start Orin’s medical career and raise their family.  

Wed
27
Aug

James Percy Olson

James Percy Olson, age 49, passed away quietly at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. He was born in Stoughton on Sept. 6, 1964, the son of Roger and Donna (Leslie) Olson. A lifelong Dunkirk resident, Jim graduated from Stoughton High School in 1983 where he was active with the Norwegian Dancers, 4H, FFA and lettered in wrestling, track and cross country. He continued his education at UW-River Falls and received a degree in Animal Science in 1987.  

Wed
20
Aug

Viola G. Anderson

Viola Anderson, age 93, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Skaalen Nursing and Rehabilitation following a lengthy illness. Viola Geneva Olson was born on April 4, 1921, at home on the family farm near Blanchardville, the youngest of three children, to Melvin and Carrie (Moen) Olson. Viola attended the Biggs grade school. She married Arvin C. Anderson on March 24, 1942, at the Adams Lutheran Church where she was also baptized and confirmed.

After Arvin returned from serving overseas during WWII, they decided to move to the Stoughton area to farm and start a family. Viola also worked at Tibbie’s Restaurant in Indianford. She later worked 18 years at the Nygaard Nursing Home in Stoughton as a nurse’s aide.

Wed
20
Aug

Carol N. Rand

Carol N. Rand, age 94, of Stoughton, passed away on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare. He was born on April 20, 1920, in Minneapolis, the son of Fred and Ethel (Nevill) Rand. Carol was united in marriage to Ruth Lacy in 1947. Ruth passed away in 1959 after a long illness. Carol then married Maureen Miller in 1968.  

He graduated with a BS degree from UW-Madison in 1949. He was employed by the Milwaukee Railroad and later by the State of Wisconsin Public Service, retiring in 1982. He enjoyed gardening, wood carving and playing in the city band. Carol was an active member of Covenant Lutheran Church where he participated in the bell choir for many years.

Carol is survived by his wife, Maureen; children, Tom (Jackie), and Sue (Keith); step-children, Peter, Paul Jr. (Judy) and Mary; grandchildren, Trisha (Steve), Heidi, Scott, Jennifer, Jacob (Becca) and Joshua; and siblings, Roger (Dorothy) Rand and Shirley Gander.

Wed
20
Aug

Marion Doris Flamm

Marion Doris (Wright) Flamm, 95, Belton, Mo., passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Inurnment will follow at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, Stoughton. Marion was born Sept. 22, 1918, in Stoughton, the daughter of Kenneth and Tilla (Sveum) Wright. She was a member of the 1936 Stoughton High School graduating class and later a 1941 graduate of LaCrosse State Teacher’s College (now University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse) where she majored in Physical Education. Marion moved to Kansas City in 1948 and was a kindergarten teacher.

Her parents and one daughter, Denna Sue Flamm, preceded her in death.

Marion is survived by her children, Bill (Joan) Flamm, Paul (Michelle) Flamm and Michelle (Jerry) Gorman all of Missouri; her sisters, Agatha Wits of Green Bay, Betty Colden of Stoughton and Jackie Kittelson of Stoughton; and her eight grandchildren. Eleven great-grandchildren also survive her as well as many nieces and nephews.

Wed
13
Aug

John Eugene Lauretic Jr.

Our loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather John Eugene Lauretic Jr. entered into eternal life on Aug. 9, 2014.

John was born in Illinois on Aug. 25, 1929, to John and Gladys (Bowen) Lauretic. He was raised in rural Stoughton and graduated from Stoughton High School in 1949. John joined the U.S. Army after high school, serving in the Army Band during the Korean War.

On Nov. 28, 1952, John married the love of his life and soul mate Shirley Ellen Cole. Together they lived in Stoughton where they raised their seven children.

John worked for many years as a Tool and Die machinist. John took great pride in his work and his creations. After his retirement, John joined Shirley driving a school bus for the Stoughton Area School District.

Wed
13
Aug

David Lawrence Kneebone

David Lawrence Kneebone, age 66, of Stoughton, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 7, in the year of our Lord, 2014.

David was born on March 28, 1948, in Madison to his parents Maxwell and Almyra Kneebone. He attended Paoli grade school and Belleville and Verona High Schools. On May 18, 1970, he was united in marriage to Georgene Fink at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Dave was a printer by trade. He was a member of the International Typographical Union. He served as Madison ITU chapel chairman and later treasurer of the Milwaukee chapter. He worked at Madison Newspapers Inc. and was very proud of his later involvement with the Madison Press Connection. He was currently serving the City of Stoughton as an Alderman.

Wed
06
Aug

Isabel Gretebeck

Isabel Gretebeck, age 96, passed away on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Stoughton Hospital. She was born on the family farm in Janesville on June 6, 1918, the daughter of Walter and Lenore Broege.

On Oct. 26, 1940, Isabel married Joseph Gretebeck in Dubuque, Iowa. Together they farmed in the Town of Albion until the Century Farm was passed on to their son Tom in the early 1970s. Isabel was a member of First Lutheran Church. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed quilting and sewing for missions. Isabel was active in many community organizations including 4H, Mothers Club and Philomathean Club. Isabel enjoyed travelling with her husband and friends, playing cards and most of all spending time with her family.

She is survived by her three children, Stanley (Kathy) of Westby and Tom (Sharon) and Bette Schieldt, both of Albion; five grandchildren, Gunnar, Tucker (Becky), Danika (Nathan), Paul (Mandy) and Sarah (Michael); and 10 great-grandchildren.

Wed
06
Aug

James C. Anderson

James C. Anderson of Janesville, formally of the Edgerton/Stoughton area, passed away at his residence July 21, 2014. James was born on Jan. 9, 1970, in Edgerton to the late Raymond & Norma (Schenck) Anderson.

He is survived by his brothers, Raymond (Sheryl), Arne (Candy), David and John (Kathi) Anderson; and sisters, Rosanne and Lori Anderson. 

A private service was held.

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