Obituaries

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Brian S. Brown

Brian Scott Brown, age 38, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville. 

He was born on July 16, 1977 at Stoughton Hospital, the son of Kenneth and Debra (Carlson) Brown. He graduated from Evansville High School in 1996. In 1999, he went to work for Varco Pruden Buildings, now Blue Scope Buildings, where he was currently employed. Brian married Amanda VanFossen on Oct. 31, 2009 in their hometown of Evansville.

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Ruth C. Kaupanger

Ruth Clarise Kaupanger, age 89, went to be a star in heaven on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. 

She was born May 21, 1926 in Stoughton, daughter to Theodore and Inger (Bhole) Johnson. Ruth graduated from Stoughton High School in 1944. After graduating, Ruth married her high school sweetheart, Alvin Kaupanger, on Dec. 16, 1944 in Stoughton. Together they raised two children. 

Ruth was very active in Christ Lutheran Church. She enjoyed hardanger, nature and being outside where she could golf. Golfing was a passion of Ruth’s and she loved to golf at Coachmen’s, where she won the citywide award. Ruth also enjoyed the good times and the couple golf outings with Alvin and her friends.

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Lorna May Benjamin

Lorna May Benjamin, age 93, from Tucson, Ariz. and formerly of Stoughton, passed into the presence of the Lord on Jan. 30, 2016, under the care of hospice.  

Lorna was born Aug. 4, 1922 to Bert and Madge (Van Skiver) Miller in Amherst. She completed high school at Manawa in 1940. Lorna married Orville Benjamin on Nov. 21, 1942 in Blaine, Wis. They lived in Waupaca and Sturtevant prior to moving to Stoughton in the early 60’s. 

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03
Feb

Udo Schmidt

Udo Schmidt of Walpole, Mass., formerly of Stoughton, passed away on Dec. 23, with the love of his life, Mary, by his side.

He was born in Swinary, Poland, to the late John and Julianna (Reichenbach) Schmidt on Oct. 26, 1942. The family moved to Germany in 1944, and immigrated to the United States in 1951. Udo attended school in Chicago and graduated from Tarkio (MO) College. It was there that he met the “smiling blondie,” Mary Edwards, who would become his wife.

Udo’s career in Christian education began as fourth and eighth grade teacher, then principal, of St. Luke’s Lutheran School in Chicago. He refereed the school’s athletic teams and played in softball and basketball leagues. He also worked part-time as a security guard for the Chicago Cubs.

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Feb

Karen M. Trow

Karen M. Trow, age 66, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.  

She was born in Stoughton on April 21, 1949, the daughter of Morris and Elizabeth Trow. Karen graduated from Stoughton High School in 1967. She worked for the State of Wisconsin DNR for more than 40 years until her retirement in January 2013.  

Karen enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by two sons, Bryant (Jennifer) Hofmeister and Wes (Sarah) Gill; four grandchildren, Breezy, Brynn, Bentley and Balen; father, Morris; two sisters, Diane Kelly and Julie (Kent) Belville; numerous nieces and nephews; and many extended relatives and friends. Karen was preceded in death by her mother and brother, James Trow.  

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Jan

Debra Kay Spangler

Debra Kay Spangler, age 58, of Stoughton, passed away on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, surrounded by the love of her family. 

She was born in Stoughton on Feb. 9, 1957, to Edward and Beverli Spangler. Deb was the oldest of five children and survived the trials of having four younger brothers. She graduated from Stoughton High School in 1975. 

Deb was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling, campfires and spending time with her grandchildren. Deb was an excellent cook and we will miss her Easter lasagna, pasta salad and potato salad. 

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Jan

Violet "Vi" Osland

Violet “Vi” Osland, a longtime resident of Stoughton, died suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 10 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She passed peacefully after watching the Packers beat the Washington Redskins with husband Clarence Osland and several of her children.

Born in 1924 in Benson, Minn. to Hans and Anna Peterson, Violet moved to Stoughton in 1942 with then husband William L. Smith, Sr. and son William L. Smith, Jr. They went on to have six more children; Steven R., Dennis O., Timothy J., Susan K., Marc A. and Cathryn C.

Vi retired from a career as a tax assessor for the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue in April 1986. She was very active with the VFW Post 328 in Stoughton and served as the president and treasurer for several years. She enjoyed watching sports with husband Chink and numerous friends and family around the Stoughton area.

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Jan

Clifford P. Burgess Sr.

Clifford “Cliff” P. Burgess Sr., of Stoughton, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Jan. 15.

He was born on Aug. 23, 1934, in Darlington, the son of Albert and Hazel (Clayton) Burgess. 

Cliff was the first one to offer a helping hand. He especially enjoyed helping people in his complex. Cliff was loved and appreciated by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. 

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Jan

Lennis A. Christensen

Lennis A. Christensen, age 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 8 at the Stoughton Hospital. 

He was born on July 26, 1931 in Madison, Wis., the son of Leslie and Leota (Short) Christensen. He married Edith Kopke on Jan. 22, 1955 in Edgerton, Wis. at the Central Lutheran Church.

Lennie grew up on a Dairy Farm in Oregon, Wis.  He enlisted in the Navy early in life and served his country during the Korean War, until his Honorable Discharge in October of 1952. Lennie and Edie raised their family on a tobacco farm in Stoughton. In 1961, Lennie began a career with Uniroyal and worked until his retirement on his 65th birthday. He enjoyed camping at the outpost in Tomahawk, snowmobiling, and spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed watching the Brewers and the Packers.

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Maralee J. Thomas

Maralee J. Thomas, age 72, passed away on Jan. 6 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. 

She was born on February 7, 1943 in Freeport, Illinois, the daughter of William and Olga Heid. Maralee had lived in Stoughton since 1988, working for the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration until her retirement. She was a member of Stoughton United Methodist Church, for which she wrote liturgy and served as a long-time member of the prayer team.

She is survived by her two children, Joelle (David) Reedy and Daniel Thomas; four sisters, Velda Schoenfeld, Joyce Keenan, Doris Busch and Bonnie Anderson; two brothers, Galen Heid and Sheldon Heid; and by many extended family members. 

Maralee was preceded in death by her parents, and by her sister, Linda.

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