Obituaries

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15
Oct

Marilyn Joan Midthun

Marilyn Joan Midthun, age 86, passed away on Monday September 29, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.  She was born on May 27, 1928 in Stoughton, WI.  The daughter of Wilmer and Norma (Moe) Rein.  She married Thorlife Midthun on February 20, 1949.  Together they farmed in the town of Pleasant Springs for many years.

Marilyn was a stay at home Mom that raised three children and helped out with the farm chores.

Wed
15
Oct

Elaine Ruth Krueger Hale

Elaine Ruth Krueger Hale, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, died on Sunday, Oct. 5 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.  She was 94. The causes were pneumonia and sepsis which developed after a traumatic fall.

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Dec. 13, 1919 to Louise (Nowitke) Krueger and Richard Krueger, she grew up there. Elaine attended Roosevelt Grade School and East High School, both of which were located near her home on East Mason Street. She hoped to attend college, but the Great Depression and the outbreak of World War II prevented her from achieving that goal. Nevertheless, she inculcated her children with a passion for learning and encouraged them to go to college and graduate school.

Wed
15
Oct

Kathryn C. “Katie” Everson

Kathryn C. “Katie” Everson, age 81, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 surrounded by her family.  

She was born in Bloomer on Jan. 18, 1933 the daughter of Milton and Mabel Stelzer. Katie graduated from Stoughton High School in 1951. On Aug. 16, 1951 she married Robert Everson Jr.  

Katie was a life member of Order of the Eastern Star. She was a charter member of Covenant Lutheran Church and active in Bell Choir, Women of the church, and made wonderful Rommegrot for the annual Syttende Mai church breakfast. Katie was a hard worker and was exceptional at handiwork, her talents showed in her dedication to the family farm, upholstery projects and countless volunteer hours of mending for the residents of Skaalen for over 10 years. She was very competitive and enjoyed playing games and completing puzzles.  

Wed
15
Oct

Mary K. Vosberg Kruckenberg

Mary K. Vosberg Kruckenberg, age 52, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Oct. 8. She was born in Platteville on November 15, 1961 the daughter Francis L. and Anna J. Vosberg.

Mary graduated from Platteville High School, attended UW-Madison, graduated from UT-Austin and received her Master’s degree in business from Texas State in San Marcos.

In June 1984, Mary married Brian Kruckenberg. She worked as a computer programmer and was proud of her career with Computer Sciences Corp.

Mary enjoyed gardening, being on the family farm and reading.

Wed
15
Oct

Lawrence E. Skar

Lawrence E. Skar, age 75, of Stoughton, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.  

Survivors include his wife, Lois Skar; children, Michael Skar, Kelly Skar, Toni (Bret) Anderson, Larry (Natasha) Skar, Lennart (Samantha) Skar, Luke (Anne) Skar and Jason (Lisa) Skar; brothers, Martin (Judy) Skar and Richard (Cathy) Skar; plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Mary Skar.

Funeral services were held at Gunderson Stoughton Funeral Home, 1358 Highway 51 N. at Jackson St., Stoughton, on Oct. 11, 2014.

Memorials may be made to the family.  

Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson Stoughton
Funeral & Cremation Care
1358 Highway 51
873-4590

Wed
15
Oct

Rev. Richard Rem

Rev. Richard Rem was born Aug. 21, 1928, in Brainerd, Minn., to Rev. Oscar and Marie Rem. He was united in marriage to Darleen Mae Helgerson in 1950.

Richard graduated from Luther College in 1951 and from Luther Seminary in 1955. He served parishes and nursing homes in Wisconsin during his 37 years in the ministry. Richard continued to volunteer and do visitation until his death on Sunday, Oct. 5.

He is survived by his wife Darleen of 64 years; daughter Ruth (the Rev. Richard) Thickpenny; sons, Paul (Erica Fishman), Dave (Margie) and Steve (the Rev. Michelle) Rem; grandchildren, Stephen, Jon (Sarah), Emily, Jonathan (Lani), Heather, Rachel and Anna; great-grandchildren, Emma Grace and Andrew; brothers, John (Mari), Don (Mary); sister, Karen (the Rev. Monrad) Mandsager; sister-in-law, Betty Rem; brother-in-law, Fred Wright; and sister-in-law, Laurayne Solberg.

Wed
15
Oct

William C. Fiedler

William C. “Bill” Fiedler joined his long-time dancing partner, his bride, Charlene Krueger, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, while surrounded by his family and close friends. Bill was born on Jan. 12, 1930.

He was a longtime farmer in the Albany and Stoughton areas and spent his last 20 working years at Famous Footwear.

Bill is survived by his five children, Connie (Russ) Phillips, Lynn Hubert, Kristy (John) Dobel, Jim (Laura) Fiedler and Mary (Bruce) Meister; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, with two more to come early next year; sister, Dolores Mauerman; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene (Krueger); parents, Clarence and Marcella Fiedler; son-in-law, Steve Hubert; and great-grandson, Phillip.

Mon
13
Oct

Edward Joseph Eisele Jr.

Edward Joseph Eisele Jr., 91, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 20, 2014. In 2011, several area newspapers chronicled his life and described it as “fascinating” and “remarkable.”  

Ed was born in 1922 in Madison to Edward Eisele Sr. of Madison and Dorothy Evans Eisele of Stoughton. He was a grandson of Joseph Eisele of Madison. He attended East High School and graduated from Edgewood High School in 1940. During the depression, he worked summers at the Morris Collins farm in Newville.

Ed interrupted his UW-Madison studies to serve in the U.S. Army from 1942-46. While with the Army Signal Corp., he was stationed in Moscow, Russia, to operate a critical radar line needed by Allied forces.

Mon
13
Oct

James Burrill Thornton

James Burrill Thornton, age 67, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare, after a long battle from Lewy body and frontal temporal dementia. He was born on March 8, 1947, in Stoughton, the son of Kieth and Ruth (Burrill) Thornton. He married Marcia Bieri on July 13, 1968.

Jim grew up on the dairy farm in Brooklyn. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1965. After school he enlisted in the Army Reserves for six years. In the fall of 1965 he began working for Uniroyal, which he did for 43 years until his retirement in 2010. Upon retirement he enjoyed gardening, flea markets, his many cats and dogs, friends and family, playing cards and feeding the backyard critters. He also enjoyed cruising in his car with Marcia on the many day trips they would take.

Thu
02
Oct

Barbara Catherine Skavlen

Barbara Catherine (Collins) Skavlen passed peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was born Nov. 16, 1944.

She leaves behind her son, Frank Lloyd Abela, daughter,  Teresa Rix (Skavlen) and daughter, Leanna Marie Fenneberg (Skavlen).

She was blessed with seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Her spirit will live on in her grandsons, James Abela, Aidan Rix, Griffin Rix, Addison Fenneberg, and Kellen Fenneberg, her granddaughters, Jessica Abela, Elizabeth Abela and great granddaughter, Ciara Craig.

Born in Madison, she spent her childhood moving across the states with her Air Force family. She eventually settled in Wisconsin.

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