Obituaries

Wed
26
Nov

Kathleen Marie (Iliff) Korthuis Ehle

Kathleen Marie (Iliff) Korthuis Ehle was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. 

She will be remembered for her great kindness and generous heart. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She was pre-deceased by her daughter, Dianne Marie Korthuis, her first husband, Dr. Dick Korthuis, and her second husband, Mr. Claire Ehle.

Kathleen is survived by her daughters Barbara (Rev. David) Anderson, Carolyn (Geo) Sipp, Darlene (David) Gallman and Kathleen (Randy) Squier; and by her stepchildren, Kathleen (Paul) Campbell, John (Rosemary) Ehle and Steve Ehle.

Her 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren will also lovingly miss her.

Wed
26
Nov

Glen Alden Gauper

Glen Alden Gauper, age 89, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was born in Duluth, Minn., on March 22, 1925, the son of Harold and Julia (Norman) Gauper. 

Glen graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in electrical engineering, and was a sales engineer with Westinghouse his entire career. 

On Oct. 8, 1955, he married Joyce A. Flugum, and together they made their home in the Chicago area until retirement in 1986 when they moved to Stoughton. They were active members of Covenant Lutheran Church and in the Stoughton community. Glen was a dedicated volunteer with RSVP. 

Wed
26
Nov

Michael Kevin McCormick

Michael Kevin McCormick, age 55, of Stoughton, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at home. 

He was born on Oct. 27, 1959, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of William and Carol McCormick. He married Laura Buth on March 5, 1983, in Two Rivers. Mike attended college and met his wife at UW-Eau Claire. He earned a master’s degree in Business Marketing from UW-Whitewater. 

A lover of sports, history, Monty Python quotes, cooking and loud music, Mike turned his career in the wine industry into a passion, becoming a Certified Specialist of Wine and sharing his knowledge with anyone and everyone. He was known for his love/hate relationship with Wisconsin sports, as well as his generous ability to spend his time making sure everyone’s glass was full before filling his own. Mike will be missed. 

Wed
26
Nov

Mildred T. Gjertson

Mildred T. Gjertson, age 96, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare.  She was born on Dec. 10, 1917, in Stoughton, the daughter of Alfred and Margit (Anderson) Thompson. 

As a child Mildred loved the outdoors and swimming in the Yahara River but also found time for studies, graduating as the valedictorian of the 1935 class of Stoughton High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Chester Gjertson, on July 5, 1942. 

Wed
12
Nov

Richard Nelson

Richard “Lefty” Nelson, age 98, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Nov. 6, with his family by his side.  He was born on Oct. 25, 1916, in Stoughton to Helmer and Minnie (Hermanson) Nelson. 

He married Arlene Strommen on March 28, 1938, and they were married for 66 years. 

Richard and Arlene farmed in the town of Dunn for 60 years until his retirement.  They raised tobacco and had dairy, beef, chickens and pigs.  He took great pride in his farm. 

Richard was a pitcher on the Stoughton Home Talent baseball team, and they won the pennant in 1945.  

Wed
05
Nov

Ila E. Schultz

Ila E. Schultz, age 78 of Black Earth, died on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. 

She was born Oct. 25, 1936, in Vermont Township to Orlando and Esther (Gunhus) Bakken.

She was united in marriage to John “Jack” Schultz on Jan. 20, 1955, in Mazomanie. Ila took great care of Jack in his later years with his illness. Jack preceded her in death on July 27, 2013.

She was a day care provider in Black Earth for 18 years. She also worked for Black Earth Grade School as a lunch server for 17 years.

She is survived by her children, Steve (Carolyn) Schultz, John (Jackie) Schultz, Susie (Rodney) Loger, Phil (Jane) Schultz, Bret (Amy) Schultz, Sheila (Roy) Maier and Sandi (Tim) Salava; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren;  her sister, Donna (Neil) Moldenhauer; special friends, Terese Batz, Paulette and Neil Glunn; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Wed
05
Nov

Joni Harvey

Joni Lynn Harvey, age 59, of Stoughton, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.

She was born in Stoughton, Aug. 14, 1955, the daughter of Morris and Viola Hanson.  

Joni was a talented pianist, created lovely crafts, treasured her pets and still continued her education, graduating from Patricia Stevens College.

Joni worked in a variety of fields.

She moved to Baltimore, Maryland after her marriage to Robert (Bob) Lee Abrams.

Joni had two sons with Bob, Brian and Brandon.

Joni returned to Stoughton after the death of her husband, Bob, reuniting with her long time friend and High School sweetheart, Wayne C. Harvey. They married in 2005 and settled in Stoughton.

Wed
05
Nov

Eugene Crisman

Eugene E. Crisman, of rural McFarland,  passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Gene (also known to his friends as Cris) was born to Fred and Blanche (Harris) Crisman, on Aug. 21, 1929, in Richland Center but soon moved west with his family.

They lived briefly in South Dakota and then bought a ranch near Sundance, Wyo., where they settled permanently and where Gene grew up, working the ranch with his father.

He attended a country school and then high school in Sundance, riding his beloved horse, Rex, to town through the snowdrifts in winter when the roads became impassable for vehicles. He spent his junior year of high school in Richland Center, where he met the girl he would later marry, and returned to Sundance for his senior year, graduating in 1947. 

Wed
05
Nov

Robert D. Stenjem

Robert D. Stenjem, age 75, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 30, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 30, 1939 in Stoughton, WI, son of Herbert and Vernel (Lund) Stenjem.

Robert was a lifelong resident of the Stoughton area. He worked as a heavy equipment operator in road construction for many years. He was a member of the Operating Engineers, Local 139.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great granddaughter.  Robert loved going to the midget races, visiting with friends, including those he had breakfast with at Nora’s, and trips to Arizona with his cousin Lowell.

Wed
05
Nov

Douglas L. Jones

Douglas L. Jones, age 92, a resident of Stoughton for 11 years, passed peacefully in his sleep Oct. 28. Doug was the fourth of five children born in Silverton, Ore. to parents Charles Fredrick Jones and Clara Van Voorhees Feb. 18, 1922.

He attended public schools in Salem and Taft, Ore. As a high school student, he was a member of the US National Guard and was mobilized for active duty in December of 1941.

Doug spent five years in the U.S. Army, saw 36 months of action in the Pacific and was granted an Honorable Discharge as Sergeant.

Doug returned to Oregon and worked four decades as an electrical lineman with Portland General Electric Company, a career he dearly loved, until retirement at 65.

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