"Faces of Whitewater"

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A (Very) Brief History of Whitewater By Carol Cartwright, Whitewater Historical Society

A Guide to Touring Historical Whitewater (1836-2004)

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Local Media

UWW Royal Purple
Daily Jefferson County Union
My Walworth County
Walworth County Today (Janesville Gazette)
Janesville Gazette
Wisconsin State Journal
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Newspapers

Whitewater Community TV - Channel 98/990 Schedule
Channel 3 Madison
Channel 4 Milw.
Channel 6 Milw.
Channel 12 Milw
Radio AM 940 WFAW - Fort Atkinson
Jefferson County Living/
Government - Education


Urban Forestry Committee

CITY - 2016 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections

TOWNSHIP - 2016 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections
School District
/High School
/Middle School
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library
Walworth County
Jefferson County


Aquatic Center
Chamber of Commerce

Community Development Authority

Dog Park
Downtown Whitewater Inc.
/Greater Whitewater Committee
Historical Society

Makerspace Whitewater - Calendar
Rainbow Hospice Care - Whitewater plus

UWW Young Auditorium
Movie Theater
Whitewater Police Department Face Book
Whitewater Country Club
Whitewater Police Department Newsletters
Whitewater Area League of Women Voters Newsletters
Whitewater Arts Alliance Newsletters
For Seniors in the Park Newsletters

Assembly of God
B'nai Abraham Congregation
For Area Jewish community - Beloit

Christus Ev. Lutheran Church
Community of Christ the Servant
St. Patrick Catholic Church
CrossPointe Community Church
/Congregational - United Church of Christ
Church of the First Born
First English Lutheran
First United Methodist
Kettle Moraine Baptist
LaGrange United Methodist Church
Living Word Fellowship
Millard Community Church
Richmond United Methodist Church
St. John Evangelical Lutheran (WELS)
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lakes - For area Unitarian members - Elkhorn
Banks and Credit Unions

Associated Bank
Commercial Bank
First Citizens Bank
Fort Community Credit Union
University of WI Credit Union

Any City Organization that would like a link in this column please use Email at the bottom of the page to request a posting, thanks!
Whitewater Arts Alliance
Bassett House
Bethel House - Ecumenical Program for Families in Need
Community Cat
Cub Scouts Pack #173
Friends of Noah - Animal Rescue
Greater Whitewater Committee
Fourth of July Committee
J-Hawks Swim
Kiwanis Breakfast Club
Pig in the Park - Event
Rotary Club

Touched By A Paw -No kill cat shelter and rescue.
Studio 84

UWW Women's Ultimate Frisbee Club
W3 - Working for Whitewater's Wellness
VFW Post 5470 will be meeting at the American Legion/Veterans Building on Wisconsin Street the 3d Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Whitewater Fiber Guild
Whitewater Hang Gliding Club
League of Women Voters - Whitewater Area
Whitewater Lake Association
Whitewater Youth Basketball Club (WYBC)
Whitewater Youth Football League (WYFL)
Whitewater Youth Soccer Club

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National Newspapers

Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles Times
NY Times
Roll Call Capitol Hill
USA Today
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
Washington Times


The Wheeler Report
Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance

CBS Sports
CNN Sports
Fox Sports WI
NCAA Div 3
WHS Whippets Facebook


Help Wanted - Snow Plow Driver The Town of Whitewater is hiring a part-time seasonal snow plow driver. CDL is required. Experience preferred. Applications available at www.townofwhitewater.org, at Town Hall, W8590 Willis Ray Road, or call 262-473-4639. Apply by October 24.

Creative Balance Massage and Wellness Receptionist wanted: 3 Nights a week and 1 Saturday a month. If interested, please contact us at: 262-903-9948 or stop in at 543 S. Putnam St., Whitewater to fill out an application.

Creative Balance Massage and Wellness Massage Therapist wanted: 3 Days a week and 1 Saturday a month. If interested, please contact us at: 262-903-9948 Or stop in at 543 S. Putnam St., Whitewater to fill out an application.

Multiple Jobs listing from members of Whitewater Chamber of Commerce CLICK HERE

Bellezza Hair Design & Spa is looking for talented stylists and massage therapists. Email inquiries and resume to bellezzaemployment@hotmail.com

Evening cleaning help needed in WHITEWATER! Full or part time. Dusting, vacuuming, mopping, bathrooms, etc. Shifts available from 4:00 p.m. NO WEEKENDS! Apply at DIVERSIFIED BUILDING MAINTENANCE, 1105 Touson Drive, Janesville WI 53546 or call 608-752-9465.

Basin Precision Machining LLC

Brotoloc South Inc.

Bus Driver Openings - Nelson's Bus Service
City of Whitewater Job Openings
Fairhaven Senior Services/

Fort HealthCare Job and Provider Openings
Generac Power Systems Job Opportunities

iPacesetters - data management, and CRM sectors

UWW Job Opportunities

Whitewater Unified School District Job Opportunities
ZINGG Motors - Jobs
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(Oct 20) TODAY - State of the City Address and Whitewater Unified School District Referendum Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM City Council Chambers

The League of Women Voters of the Whitewater Area will welcome Whitewater City Manager Cameron Clapper as he delivers a State of the City address in the City Hall Council Chambers. This is an opportunity for Whitewater citizens to become informed about the condition of our community and to learn about future projects and goals for the city of Whitewater.

The League of Women Voters of the Whitewater Area will also welcome Dr. Mark Elworthy, Whitewater Unified School District Administrator and Nathan Jaeger, District Business Manager as they will explain the District $23.5 million Facilities Referendum that will be on the November 8th ballot. They will address the proposed needs for District-wide safety and security improvements, ADA compliance updates, maintenance and infrastructure upgrades and the renovation of current instructional spaces.

There will be opportunities after each presentation for question and answer sessions. Please join us and invite your friends. This is a wonderful opportunity to obtain meaningful information about the future of Whitewater and the Whitewater schools.

(Oct 20) TODAY - Sweet Spot Cafe new Book Signing by Bill Stork Thursday, Oct 20th 6:30pm

(Oct 19) The Thrift Shoppe of Whitewater will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, October 22, with an OPEN HOUSE from 10 am to 3 pm at 123 Church St., Whitewater. All are invited to enjoy food, music, prizes, shopping and FUN!

For 50 Years, the Whitewater area has found its best bargains at The Thrift Shoppe. Customers are likely to see something they wanted -- even if it isn't what they came for. Open weekly Tuesday through Saturday, a non-profit group affiliated with First English Lutheran Church, the Shoppe is operated by volunteers and a part-time manager.

On October 25, 1966, a group of First English Women opened a one-room Shoppe to raise funds for children's Sunday School. Now it is a two-story house filled with consigned and donated resale clothing, household and misc.

A new 'Bargain Barn' added in 2015 offers furniture, small appliances, tools and so much more.


Besides donating to church related work, contributions have been made to community programs and church fundraisers.

The Thrift Shoppe has indeed been blessed with fifty years of successful growth and wish to sincerely thank faithful customers, consignors, donators and friends.

In the kitchen Nancy Cole, Shoppe Volunteer and Kayla McCulloch of Fort Atkinson, Shopper

Kayla was also clothes shopping.

Checking out, Deb Ryman of Janesville, Irene Puentes of Whitewater with Marge Wallin Volunteer Cashier

(Oct 19) Innovation Center Program Funding for Startups and Small Business Friday, Oct 21st, 7:30-9am - Public welcomed and registration required.

(Oct 19) Controlling Invasive Plants within Oak Habitats - Featuring Bernadette Williams Department of Natural Resources' Invasive Species Specialist Monday, October 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, Whitewater Municipal Building 312 W. Whitewater Street. A free public program cosponsored by Whitewater's Urban Forestry Commission and the Friends of the Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve

(Oct 19) The Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the seventh annual Ghouls Night Out from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Whitewater's west side business district.

Businesses such as Mercy Medical Center, Culver's and everything in between will be hosting activities, contests, entertainment and trick-or-treating for people of all ages. Activities include pumpkin bowling, bean bag toss and more! Verizon BeMobile will be playing games with candy and gift cards for lucky participants! Pick up goodie bags and candy at other participating locations during the event!

This is a list of participating business ( for updates) :
Robin's Nest -Pumpkin Bowling
Anytime Fitness- Candy
First Citizen's Bank- Candy
Mercy Medical Sandwich- Treat bags
Verizon BeMobile- Bean bag toss, gift cards, candy
Police Department- Handing Out Candy (By Old Sentry Building)
Mulberry Glen- Cookie Decorating & Hot Chocolate
Glenwood- Handing out candy
Culver's- Free scoop for dressed up kids
Pizza Hut- Chicken Game (Prizes are: Free pizza & Wings for a year, buy one get one pizza, coupons & candy)
Zingg Motor Corp- Handing out candy
McDonald's- Handing out Ice Cream Cones
Main Street Subway- Handing Out Cookies & Treats
Winchester True Value- Inflatable Bounce House

(Oct 19) Downtown Whitewater 9th Annual Trick or Treat Event - Saturday Oct 29th 2- 6pm

Love Halloween, bounce houses, and candy? Pumpkin carving aficionado? Looking for a family centered Halloween party that is free and full of fun? How about prizes for the best costume? Downtown Whitewater is hosting their 9th annual Trick or Treat the Triangle on October 29, 2016. Trick or Treat the Triangle runs 2 pm to 6 pm on October 29th and features the following activities:
Trick or Treat from participating local businesses 2 pm to 4 pm
Activities 4 to 6 pm: Play in the bounce house and Decorate pumpkins
Costume judging contest that begins at 5:30 pm, and features 4 different age groups each with its own prize

Trick or Treat the Triangle is a free event for the community to come out and enjoy with their children of all ages.

(Oct 19) The Whitewater Lions Club is conducting their Annual Halloween Pancake Breakfast Sunday, October 30 from 7:00 to Noon at the Lions Clubhouse at N7462 Kettle Moraine Drive. Net proceeds go to the Whitewater Food Pantry.

(Oct 19) Happy Halloween! City of Whitewater Trick or Treat hours will be 4-7 pm on Halloween (Oct 31st).

(Oct 19) The Whitewater Unified School District is extremely grateful to Maclean Fogg Component Solutions Corporation for the generous donation of school supplies for our students in need.

Anna Modica and Tim Dye, General Manager Maclean Fogg Component Solutions Corporation

The box loads of school items used everyday in the schools help families who are not able to provide them, especially as the supplies need to be replaced throughout the school year. The School District thanks you again for the demonstration of generosity and support for educating the next generation.

(Oct 19) Fundraiser - By placing an order through Schwans.com a portion of the sales will come back in support of Valley of the Kings and you get great food delivered right to your door. Valley of the Kings Sanctuary provides a home for abused, abandoned, retired and injured large felids, exotics, farm and domestic animals. More on Valley

(Oct 19) REMINDER - Helen Silvernail Springs, retired Lincoln Elementary teacher, is going to be celebrating her 99th birthday next month. She retired in 1982.

After 40 years of marriage, her first husband Jack passed away in 1978. She had intended to be a substitute teacher on retirement but Charles Springs, her former neighbor and classmate who drove her to high school in Marion High School, Crittenden County, KY renewed their friendship and married in KY. They travelled extensively and after 10 years of marriage he passed away in 1992. She has made her home in Marion, KY.

For a lengthy article from the Crittenden Press KY last May on Helen including Whitewater comments

(Oct 18) UW-Whitewater is celebrating How Sweet It Is To Be a Warhawk! with this year's Homecoming Festivities. Community invited!

The community is invited to participate in any of the following ways:
Window Painting Viewing - more than 30 campus groups put their artistic skills to the test - view the results in the University Center Windows October 17th through October 23rd!
**Parade - UW-W's annual parade includes more than 60 entries - horses, fire trucks, floats, marching, mascots (Racing Sausages, Jelly Belly, Willie Warhawk), and CANDY! The parade begins at 10am and runs from Main St/Prince St to Main St/Fremont St.
Football vs. UW-Stevens Point at 1pm on Saturday, October 22nd in Perkins Stadium

**For the safety of all participants and guests of the parade, Prince Street will be closed to traffic 8am-11am on Saturday, October 22nd and Main Street will be closed from 9:30am until the conclusion of the parade.

UWW Professor Ozgur Yavuzcetin - free workshop on kinetic energy and bike-generated power at Oct 25th City Market.

(Oct 17) Looking for a solution to electrical needs at special events, Downtown Whitewater, Inc. and the Whitewater City Market have teamed up with UW-Whitewater physics professor Ozgur Yavuzcetin and United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties to give a free workshop on kinetic energy and bike-generated power.

As part of the last Whitewater City Market of the season, Yavuzcetin will show how to build a human-powered generator and allow the public to try it out! Participants will also be able to charge their electronic devices or light the tent while getting a little exercise on a stationary bike.

This event, titled Public Power, will take place on Tuesday, October 25th at 5 p.m. at the Whitewater City Market at Cravath Lakefront Park Funding for the project was provided by the United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties Pillar Grant Program.

Once completed, the bike will be available for outdoor events that need additional lighting, a charging station, or mobile electricity. A public, indoor charging location is also being considered.

(Oct 17) Whippet Volleyball excels at conference tournament, placing 5th

"Work on getting better every game, every play, every practice, and every drill, and it will pay off"……these are the words Whitewater High School head volleyball coach, Kathy Bullis has been saying all season long-and it did pay off in a big way on Saturday for the Whippets.

"We played the best volleyball we have played all season long, and saw our best finish (5th of 12) in years!". The Whippets saw some tough opponents and pulled together as a team both offensively and defensively to place in the top 5.

In the first round of play, the Whippets faced Beloit Turner and fought hard for a three set game win (25-20, 23-25, 16-14). Statistical leaders included Payton Hintz, Jen Douglas and Lorynn Hollingshead with 2 aces a piece, Kate Reimer with 9 kills, Anna Reimer with 13 assists and Catherine Yang with 14 digs.

With that win, the Whippets placed themselves into the silver bracket facing a very tough McFarland team (currently ranked 9th in the state). Despite playing tough, the Whippets fell to McFarland in a 2 set match. Statistical leaders: Hintz with 2 aces, Hollingshead with 5 kills, Miranda Reynolds with a solo block, A. Reimer with 6 assists and Yang with 13 digs.

Trying to fight back from the loss, the Whippets would face a very tough Big Foot team who received Honorable Mention in state rankings. In addition, they came in ranked 1st in the Rock Valley South side of the conference. Whitewater played some tough volleyball and beat Big Foot in a comeback from behind 3 set match, 19-25, 25-22, 16-14. Kathy Bullis commented, "The mental toughness we have been working on all season came to fruition in this match. We were down 10-3 in a 15-point game and came back to win it. It was a team win. We served tough, we blocked, and we didn't back down when we got behind. I couldn't be prouder of the way our team put it all together!" Statistical leaders included: Douglas and Hintz with 2 service aces, Hollingshead with 11 kills, Hintz with 2 blocks, and K. Reimer with 12 digs.

Vying for a fifth place finish, the Whippets would face Jefferson. Having lost both times in conference play, the Whippets were finally playing with an all healthy squad. The Whippets quickly pulled in front of the Eagle team and never looked back. "We were dominant in this match. I saw great leadership, communication, and selflessness from our entire team" stated Bullis. The team won in a two set match 25-18, 25-22. Statistical leaders included Hollingshead with 3 aces, Hollingshead and K. Reimer with 6 kills apiece, Hintz with 6 blocks, A. Reimer with 9 assists, and K. Reimer with 12 digs.

Speaking to the strength of the Rock Valley North side of the conference, the top 6 teams came from the North side. "I cannot say enough about our team today. We finally showed what we are capable of on the court. We didn't back down, we played aggressively, and most importantly, we played as a team. It was simply a great day for Whippet Volleyball!"

The Whippets will travel to and face a very tough Edgerton Team on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00 PM in the first round of Regional play.

(Oct 17) A mini-look at local history

Whitewater Register Headline Oct. 17, 1991

(Oct 16) The Whippet senior pair of Milena Maroske and Whitney Treder finished up a very successful WIAA State Tennis Tournament with two tough 3 set wins on Saturday.

Asst. Coach Greg Stewart, Milena Maroske, Whitney Treder and Coach Tim Nelson

Coach Tim Nelson: "The two wins placed Milena and Whitney 5th place in the State, the first Whippet players to win a medal at the state tournament in over 20 years.

The early match of the day saw the girls win the first set 6-2 over Kelsey Taugher and Margaret Diedrich of Catholic Memorial, but things didn't go as well in the second as they dropped that set 3-6. The Whippets then got off to a huge 5-0 lead in the third, but Catholic Memorial was not about to give in. The Crusaders fought back to shrink the Whitewater lead to 5-4 before the Whippets pulled out the last game for the victory.

The fifth place match seemed like a replay of the opening match of the day. Milena and Whitney cruised through with an easy 6-1 first set win. Right back came the Kohler duo of Jamie Lewis and Evelyn Heun with an equally easy 6-1 second set win of their own. The third set became a bit of a back and forth affair. Whitewater started out up 3-2, but then fell behind 3-4. At that point it was enough for the Whippets as they stepped it up a notch and completely took control of the last 3 games to win the match.

The medal winning performance by Milena and Whitney was a perfect ending to a successful season for the Whippet Tennis Team. After losing six of ten players from last season's Rock Valley Conference Championship Team, the Whippets weren't expected to finish as well as they did. Whitewater finished the year with an overall record of 17-5, a second place finish in the conference, and a tie for the Rock Valley Conference Tournament Championship."

The Maroske Family Brother Jan, Milena with mother Susanne.

Treder Family - Whitney with parents Craig and Shelly.

(Oct 15) Randy Marnocha Named UW-Whitewater Interim Athletic Director Effective Oct. 17th.

Randy Marnocha will begin serving as Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Chancellor Beverly Kopper announced today. Amy Edmonds will return to her previous position as associate athletic director, and will assist with the transition.

"Randy Marnocha is a familiar member of the Warhawk family. He served our campus for 27 years in various capacities, including 2006 until 2010 as Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs. He then took a position with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Department as associate director for business operations," Chancellor Kopper said. "Randy has experience at one of the nation's premier athletic departments, and I am pleased that he will bring his skill-base and knowledge to Warhawk Athletics."

A national search for a new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics will begin in the spring.

For more from UWW Sports


(Oct 13) The Whitewater Arts Alliance (WAA) will celebrate 2016 at an annual meeting on Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center on 402 West Main Street.

The meeting will feature a review of 2016, the election of board members, and plans for 2017, including the plans to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Whitewater Arts Alliance's Cultural Arts Center!

WAA President Linda Long said, "The WAA has had a terrific year, and we always look forward to sharing our success with our members. The annual meeting is also a great time for members to share their ideas for the future and any concerns they may have. We will also hold a drawing for a free individual membership for 2017 from the folks that attend! So we hope to see everyone there."

The board members of the Whitewater Arts Alliance invite artists, art-lovers and community members to join them at the annual meeting. Anyone interested in serving on the board or as an officer should plan to attend the meeting. Nominations will be accepted from the floor.

The members of the Whitewater Arts Alliance include artists and people who enjoy art. Artists and art-advocates alike are invited to join the Whitewater Arts Alliance. Members receive regular communication from the Alliance regarding art-happenings in the area. By becoming members, they also are helping to support an active thriving arts alliance in our community. Please check out the WAA website or on Facebook. All members are invited to renew their membership for 2017 and help bring the arts to life in Whitewater!

(Oct 12) The City of Whitewater - Water Utility's semi-annual water main and hydrant flushing program will begin on Monday, October 17th and conclude on Friday, October 21st.

Flushing of water mains is necessary in order to continue to deliver clean, safe water to our citizens. If we have repairs more than expected throughout the week, we may have to continue flushing into the following week.

Flushing of water mains and hydrants can cause some discoloration of the water. Caution should be exercised in washing of white clothing. Discoloration of the water due to flushing WILL stain white clothing. We notify the public in all local media outlets; therefore, we cannot be responsible for stained clothing. If discoloration is detected, run the cold water faucet until the discoloration clears. While we are still flushing in your area the water may take a little while to clear up. You may want to wait until we have left the area and the water settles down before running your water tap. If reduced pressure is experienced after flushing, you may have to clean the aerators on your house faucets.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during water main and hydrant flushing.

(Oct 12) Reverend Blair Ann Hull is the new pastor at the Congregational Church United Church of Christ (UCC).

Pastor Hull has prior Church Ministry as pastor Campbell UCC at Campbell, CA 2014 until 2016 and as Congregational Church of Deerfield, Deerfield, IL 1995-2014. She received her Masters of Divinity / Fellowship from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Pastor Hull has trained in Non-Violent Communication, divorce recovery (Rebuilding with Bruce Fisher), and pre-marriage counseling. She was a cluster dean for 9 years and served on the church and ministry committee for the CMA of the Illinois Conference. She has taken writing workshops at the University of Wisconsin -Madison. She attended a week-long Alban Institute training on the Long Term Pastorate in Grand Rapids Michigan and Reimagining Christianity in Minneapolis, MN. She took a week long church revitalization training course at The Center for Progressive Renewal in Atlanta, GA. After graduation, Rev. Hull audited classes at Chicago Theological Seminary. She was awarded a Lily Sabbatical Grant and traveled to holy places in Ireland, France, Spain, and the US. She is an Oblate at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, Wisconsin.

Pastor Hull went on a work mission trip to help rebuild after Katrina, where she was instrumental in helping to put an emergency medical and food depository together for the people affected by the fourteen tornadoes that were spun off from the hurricane. Additionally, she was part of a youth work trip to help repair houses at a Native American reservation in South Dakota. She participated with church members at various food banks, soup kitchens, and the Night Ministry of Chicago. Rev. Hull participated in an interfaith clergy association where she developed and implemented two successful concert venues at two different churches that had singer-songwriters perform monthly. The purpose was to provide wonderful music, display the church's hospitality, and encourage people to join the church.

(Oct 10) J-Hawk Annual Holiday Wreath Fundraiser now through Oct. 28th. Three ways to order: For products, sizes and costs order form
1. Call 262-473-7103 or 608-449-5150 (mail payment separately)
2. E-mail your order to j_hawkswim@charter.net (mail payment separately)
3. Complete and mail the order form, along with payment.

Whitewater, Wisconsin, weather forecast


Harriet Lynn Meacham age 74, passed away on Saturday, Oct 15th, at home with her daughter by her side.

Harriet was born in Milwaukee WI on November 19th 1941, the daughter of Leo and Florence Reba.

At the age of 18, she moved to California and there met Wayne King. Harriet and Wayne married in the Summer of 1964.

On January 2, 1968, they welcomed their only daughter, Dedi, born in Long Beach, California.

Harriet then met and married Ellis (Al) Meacham on Sept. 6th, 1973 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He predeceased her Oct 10, 2013. Harriet worked at Universal Electronics until she retired in 2006.

She enjoyed playing guitar, working on her stained glass pictures and counted cross stitch. She also loved her animals very much.

Surviving are her daughter Dedi (Curt) Young, Whitewater, sister Sandee (Don) Stuczynski, East Troy, grandsons Adam Pitt, Madison, and Noah King, Whitewater plus many other cousins living in Milwaukee WI and California.

Harriet was predeceased by her parents, first husband Wayne King and second husband, Al Meacham.

No formal services will be held, per Harriet's wishes.

The family of Harriet would like to give a sincere heart felt thank you to Rainbow Hospice. We could not have managed without you!

Memorials may be given to Touched By A Paw Cat Shelter in Whitewater WI

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family

(Oct 19) Joy Belle Haas was born on Friday the 13th in July, 1934, behind the family’s woodstove in Woodman Township, Grant County, Wisconsin. Her father Kenneth Albert Haas worked as a carpenter and shoe cobbler and later at Borden’s milk plant, while her mother Wanda Lurline Fisher Haas was a schoolteacher in one-room schools for most of her career.

Two mothers were walking in downtown Fennimore around 1940. Mrs. Haas was holding the hand of each of her little girls. Mrs. Mulrooney was holding her son’s hand until they passed the family, then she released his hand. He quickly turned around and pulled the pigtail of the older girl. This was their first meeting.

Joy and her younger sister attended one-room schools through the eighth grade, often with their mother as their teacher. Joy graduated from Boscobel High School in 1952.

Many years later, Ed’s Mt. Hope 4-H club invited Joy’s Woodman 4-H club to a meeting. That was the beginning of the young couple’s becoming acquainted and dating.

After a year in Florida due to a Borden layoff, Joy attended one year of higher education at Palm Beach Junior College in West Palm Beach. When the family returned to Wisconsin, she began working in the health field in Madison.
On February 16, 1957, Joy married Edward Paul Mulrooney in St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church on Irish Ridge outside of Mt. Hope. They have four children: Tess (Paul Eastwood) of Madison; Pam Kennedy (Jim) of Aurora, CO; Dave (Holly) of LaPorte, CO; Marcie Thayer (Keith) of Whitewater; granddaughters Shannon and Bridget Kennedy of Boynton Beach, FL; grandson Cody Mulrooney of LaPorte, CO; sister Jean Simmons of Madison; and sisters-in-law Marcella Mulrooney (Mt. Hope) and Mary Evans Manhart (Papillion, NE) also survive.

Her parents and husband predeceased her. Also deceased are her husband’s five brothers (Len, Dick, Jerry, Mike, and Lucky) and her sister’s husband Maynard.

Joy’s life revolved around music. She had played the cornet in her high-school marching band and played her organ nearly every day for years. She was a Country Western fan and enjoyed dancing. A member of St. Mary’s Church in Milton, she also sang in its choir.

While a stay-at-home mom initially, she enjoyed her Craft-of-the-Month club deliveries. Joy worked in area nursing homes for 20 years as her children reached high-school age. For a brief time she was a member of the Janesville Curling Club, exploring her Scotch-Irish heritage. She enjoyed two trips to Europe and was looking forward to a trip to the Iditarod in 2017.

For many years, Joy and Ed volunteered with the Lima 4-H club. Two of her daughters sang in a 4-H choir competition with their mother conducting; they were awarded first place. In later years, Ed and Joy went canoeing on area lakes. After reaching a pretty spot, Ed would fish, while Joy would read. Ed died in 2009.

Joy died peacefully at her Lima Township home with her family on October 16, 2016. Her Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, October 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater, WI. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Inurnment will be at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at St. Lawrence O’Toole, Mt. Hope.

Those wishing an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial to the American Stroke Association or Boy’s Town of Omaha.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family


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