Obituaries

Wed
21
Jan

Lois R. Gilbertson

Lois R. Gilbertson, age 73, of Stoughton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at St. Mary’s Care Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1941, in Madison, the daughter of Rodney and Erna (Quamme) Ellestad. Lois attended East Madison High School and graduated in 1959. 

She married David Gilbertson on Sept. 2, 1972, in Madison. Lois was employed at Anchor Savings and Loan. She was a longtime member of West Koshkonong Lutheran Church. 

Lois enjoyed playing cards, watching TV and laughing and sharing stories with family and friends. She also enjoyed babysitting her nieces and nephews, and although she didn’t have children of her own, she considered her nieces and nephews her own. 

Thu
15
Jan

Lois R. Gilbertson

Lois R. Gilbertson, age 73, of Stoughton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at St. Mary’s Care Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1941, in Madison, the daughter of Rodney and Erna (Quamme) Ellestad. Lois attended East Madison High School and graduated in 1959.

She married David Gilbertson on Sept. 2, 1972, in Madison. Lois was employed at Anchor Savings and Loan. She was a longtime member of West Koshkonong Lutheran Church.

Lois enjoyed playing cards, watching TV and laughing and sharing stories with family and friends. She also enjoyed babysitting her nieces and nephews, and although she didn’t have children of her own, she considered her nieces and nephews her own.

Wed
14
Jan

Rae Skibrek Ladd

Rae Skibrek Ladd, age 95, passed away on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at the Agrace HospiceCare Center. She was born in the parsonage in Stoughton (now the Stoughton Museum) on Feb. 18, 1919, the daughter of Claude and Ada Skibrek. Her parents owned and operated Ski’s for 36 years, where Rae worked once she was tall enough to see over the counter. 

She attended Stoughton Schools and graduated from UW-Whitewater with a teaching degree. Rae taught fifth grade in Waukesha and Madison. 

In 1949 she married Ludwig Ladd at the home of Royal and Beulah Ladd in Edgerton. Rae was a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star. 

Wed
07
Jan

Olga Aaberg

Olga Aaberg, age 92, passed away on Jan. 3, 2015, at Meriter Hospital. She was born on Sept. 14, 1922, in Stoughton, the daughter of Erik and Gertrude (Yttri) Anderson. She married Lloyd Aaberg on May 16, 1942.

Olga was born and raised in the Stoughton area. In her early years she raised 15 children on a dairy farm. She enjoyed quilting, canning, cooking, and gardening throughout the years. For anyone who knows mom, they know she loved her jewelry, gambling, listening to music, and all of her friendships.

Wed
07
Jan

Joan Edith (Moxley) Krause

Joan Edith (Moxley) Krause, age 89, of Stoughton, and formerly of Pinehurst, N.C., and Middleton, Mass., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Stoughton Hospital.

She was born on July 31, 1925, in Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Frank Moxley and Mary McFadden.

Joan was born on the prairie of western Canada, and grew up in Le Pas, Manitoba. She completed a bachelor’s degree in commerce from University of Winnipeg and worked for the Canadian National Railroad in Montreal, Quebec. 

There, she met the love of her life, Paul Krause, a native New Yorker. They married on June 1, 1959, in Laramie, Wyo., en route to relocating to San Francisco. 

Tue
30
Dec

Robert Edward Erstad

Robert Edward Erstad, age 69, of Stoughton died on Dec. 20, 2014 at UW Hospital in Madison.

He is survived by two sons, Robert and Kevin; his brothers, Randy Erstad and Jeff, Mark and John Thompson; and mother, Lorrayne Thompson.

A memorial will be held at the American Legion Hall, 803 N. Page St. in Stoughton on Jan. 6 at 1 p.m.

Tue
30
Dec

Mary Ann Kathleen Shea

Mary Ann Kathleen Shea passed away on Dec. 21, 2014, in her home in Rapid City, S.D., at the age of 70 following a long battle with COPD. Mary Ann was born the daughter of Herman Blanchard Clark and Kathleen Rose Anderman on Aug. 20, 1944. 

Mary Ann is survived by her loving husband, James Michael Shea of Rapid City; her two daughters, Kimberly Marie Shea (Csani Varga) of Newton, Mass., and Kelly Lynn Bessette (Shawn) of Gettysburg, S.D.; her grandchildren, Kellan James (age 7), Kiaria Rose (age 4), and Addison Rhys (age 23 months); several nieces and nephews; and members of the Shea Family.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her father, Herman Blanchard Clark (1892-1982); her mother, Kathleen Rose Anderman (1904-1974); and her brother, William Joseph Clark (1946-2006).

Tue
23
Dec

Patricia Kay Olson

Patricia “Patty” Kay Olson, 69, of Black Mountain, N.C., passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County.

A native of Stoughton, she was the daughter of the late Julian and Lois Croft Olson.  She was an alumnus of the University of Southern Maine where she received a bachelor’s degree in social work. Until her illness, she enjoyed employment with Hospice of Rutherford County for the last 18 years, and had worked as a volunteer with Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary in Black Mountain. She was a believer and support of the Lakota Nation.  

Tue
23
Dec

George J. Baltes

George J. Baltes, age 67, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was born in Burlington on Dec. 5, 1947, the son of Dominic and Madeleine Baltes. 

George grew up in Kenosha. He attended UW-Madison, where he met his future wife, Kathi. On May 18, 1974, they were married. Together they lived in Milwaukee and Alaska, before returning to Wisconsin and settling in Stoughton where they raised their family. 

George worked for many years as an internal auditor for Rock County. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and vegetable gardening. 

George is survived by his wife, Kathi; son, Geoffrey; daughter, Jennifer; and aunt, Olga Heiden. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Tue
23
Dec

Patricia Marie Ehle

Patricia Marie Ehle, age 70, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was born in Mazomanie on Feb. 14, 1944, the daughter of Bernard and Evelyn Deneen. On June 16, 1962, Pat married Ronald Ehle. 

Pat worked in environmental services at Stoughton Hospital for over 30 years, retiring in January. She enjoyed travelling, especially to Jamaica, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great granddaughters. 

Pat is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ron; two daughters, Holly (Virgil) Paulson and Abby (Dan Seffens) Fosdal; four grandchildren, Lesley (Brad) Halverson, Colin (Kacie) Fosdal, Jamie (Greg) Kent and Jillian (Mike Iverson) Fosdal; four great-granddaughters, Halley, Charlie, Kyley and Catalynn; sister, Kathleen (Tom) Cantwell; brother, Tim (Kathy) Deneen; and many relatives and friends. 

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