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Positions Available: Registered Nurses (RN)Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) Laundry, Dietary and Activities Aides at Atrium Post Acute Care of Williams Bay 146 Clover St Williams Bay WI, 53191.

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

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(July 25) The Whitewater Unified School District (WUSD) School Board heard a construction update from district administrator Dr. Mark Elworthy on Monday.

Area preparation for new gym for Lincoln Elementary School. it will be ready for the 2018-19 school year. It is a WIAA regulation-sized gym and is designed for after-hours use/access. Lincoln will now be able to have all-school assemblies in the new gym and a separate dedicated lunchroom.

For this and more on the School Board meeting by Chris Welch for the Daily Jefferson County Union

(July 25) Tacos for Haiti Five local and surrounding area residents are teaming up for a Mission trip to Haiti in August.

Team members: Lisa, Morgan, Maggie, Bridget and Matt

Taco Fresco is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, July 27th, downtown Whitewater, from 11am-9pm. Come and eat tacos!!!

The team is looking to raise money to help offset some of the cost of their mission trip, but they are also looking to raise funds to bring a community meal to one of the local villages and bring some supplies down to local residents.

For more information including where they will be going, the Missionary group they will be with, supplies they are hoping to bring, as well as some of their other fundraisers:

Special thanks to - Cub Scout Pack #173 - for helping to collect some of the supplies that will travel down with this mission group. If you'd like to help, too, view the link above.

(July 25) The Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual downtown Maxwell Street Day event on Main Street Saturday, August 5th from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Dale's Bootery!

Businesses in the downtown and uptown areas of Main Street will be hosting their sidewalk sales offering great deals and savings! There will also be a large variety of street vendors selling everything from Pampered Chef to hand-painted Ukrainian Eggs.

Listen to live music provided by Sweetland from 10:30 AM-1:30 PM.

Watch a thrilling dance performance by the Whitewater Parks and Rec's Youth Summer Dance Program at 1:00 PM, and don't miss appearances from your favorite local mascots from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM!

There will be plenty of activities to keep your children busy like giant inflatable bowling, a dinosaur bouncy house, temporary tattoos & more!

The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their brat sale from 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM. With each purchase of a brat or hot dog, customers get a Chamber Buck to use at any of the participating vendors/businesses.

Here are some of the stores participating in the sidewalk sales:
Dale's Bootery- 20% off in-stock merchandise (Birkenstock excluded) & hundreds of shoes starting at $10!
Bergey Jewelry - 50 % off everything outside & 20-50 % off selected merchandise inside!
Quiet Hut Sports - Sale prices on new and used bikes & many other in-store specials
Woodland Quilts- 25% off cut fabrics, kits & bundles. 75% off select fabrics!
Leon Furniture - Mattress, rugs, blankets, all furniture 20-25 % off!
ARANDA - Store-wide sales / some items up to 50% off!
Aropa Designs - Whippet & Warhawk Apparel & much more!
McCullough's Pharmacy & Gifts - Summer savings up to 50% off!
Reflections of the Past - Inside Sales 50% off Summer Clearance!
Winchester True Value - In Store Specials!

Local businesses, along with street vendors selling anything from Pampered Chef to custom wood burning, will fill the downtown area of Main Street during Whitewater's Maxwell Street Day!

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(July 25) A Warhawk For Life: Bob Lanza to Retire after 32 Years at UW-Whitewater

Bob Lanza, a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Intercollegiate Athletics staff for 32 years, will retire from his position of Associate Athletic Director for Finance/Business Operations effective Friday, August 4. Bob, who served as the department's business manager starting in 1985, was responsible for budgets, purchasing, travel and game administration. He oversaw the budgets for all 20 Warhawk sports and all other divisions of intercollegiate athletics and was an integral member of the athletics administrative team.

Bob served as interim athletic director in the summer of 2005 and was promoted to associate athletic director in July 2006. He received the UW-Whitewater Academic Staff Excellence for Non-Instructional Staff award for outstanding performance by a member of the non-instructional academic staff in 2014 and was recognized with the 30-Year Service Award in 2015.

A resident of Fort Atkinson, Lanza and his wife, Linda, have three daughters - Amy, Courtney and Meghan.

UW-Whitewater Athletics will host a celebration of Lanza's career on a date to be determined.

Thursday, July 27, 5:30pm - Community Development Authority Board Meeting at Room 105, 1221 Innovation Drive Agenda

(July 18) NOTICE OF PROPOSED LANDMARK DESIGNATION - Walton Oaks Park, 654 N. Stonefield Lane.

A Public Hearing will be held in the Cravath Lakefront Room, 2nd floor of the City of Whitewater Municipal Building, 312 W. Whitewater Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin at 6:00 p.m., August 3, 2017. Anyone wishing to comment for or against the designation of this property will be heard at that time. Written comments can be sent to: the City of Whitewater, c/o Michele Smith, City Clerk, P.O. Box 178, Whitewater, WI 53190.

(Rare 2.6 acre white oak woodland located in northwestern part of City. Some trees are as much as 250 years old and there are several second generation younger oaks.)

Walton Family at the Park dedication August 2008.

(July 24) Whippet Athletics - Save The Date Fall Sports Meeting - Sunday July 30th at 6:00 pm in the HS auditorium

This is just a reminder to all the families with fall athletes that the Fall Sports meeting is Sunday July 30th at 6:00 pm in the HS auditorium. This meeting is for all athletes who intend on participating in a fall sport and their parents. The general session will be from 6:00-6:45. Following the general session, each individual sport will have their parent/athlete meeting.
First practice dates:
Football - August 1st Coach Pease - peaso23@gmail.com
Girls Tennis - August 8th Coach Nelson - tnelson@wwusd.org
Girls Swim - August 8th Coach Foucault - gfoucault@wwusd.org
Cross Country - August 14th Coach Carstens - ccarstens@wwusd.org
Volleyball - August 14th Coach Bullis - kbullis@wwusd.org
Boys Soccer - August 14th Coach Chenoweth - chenowej@uww.edu
*If you have any questions, please contact your coach.

Remember to have all of the athletic participation requirements taken care of and turned into the office before practice begins. These requirements, including the Family Athletic Handbook and physical form, can also be found on the WHS athletic webpage -
1. Current physical (good for 2 years)
2. Parent/Athlete Consent Form (last page of the Family Athletic Handbook)
3. Concussion Agreement (back side of the Parent/Athlete Consent Form)
4. Athletic Fee

Downtown Whitewater, Inc has a cleanup scheduled for August 4, 2017 7 am to 10 am.

Participants who would like to help clean and beautify the downtown area are encouraged to meet at anytime during the cleanup event at the Discover Whitewater office on Main Street to pick up supplies to assist with the cleanup. All supplies are provided and all ages and abilities are welcome!

Maxwell Street Days - Saturday August 5th.

(July 24) The Whitewater Lions Club was recently honored by the attendance of Lion Sharon Eberhardt, First Vice District Governor.

Lion Sharon reviewed the history of the Lions International and provided an update on the current Lion activities throughout the State of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Lions Camp, a camp operating for the betterment of challenged individuals. Melvin Jones, a Chicago insurance executive called an organizational meeting of what would later be known as today's "Association of Lions Clubs International" at the old La Salle Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Since its humble early beginnings, the International Association of Lions Clubs has grown to include approximately 1.4 million community service minded men and women in more than 46,000 clubs located in approximately 193 countries and geographical areas.

The Whitewater Lions Club was initiated in 1936. Lion Sharon presided over the installation of the new members and the incoming officers of the Whitewater Lions Club for 2017-2018. Additionally, Lion Eberhardt presented the highly regarded Melvin Jones Award to members for outstanding service to the Lions and the community.

(L-R) Bob Strand-Past Pres., Steve Malone-Pres., Don McComb-1st VP, Larry Runnoe-2nd VP, Tim Bieneck-3rd VP, Sharon Eberhardt-1st Vice Dist. Gov., Eydie Strand-Secy., Dan Schutt-Treas., Rick Pfier-Tail Twister, Tim Ryan-Lion Tamer.

(L-R) Melvin Jones Award Recipients: Bernie Tangney, Dan Schutt, Eydie Strand, Steve Malone, Ken Nehring

(July 23) Middle school sidewalk and pavement projects start Monday, July 24th. Main Entrance closed. Please follow signs if you visit the MS.

(July 21) Fundraising efforts continue for longtime Whitewater resident Tom Hapka, a traumatic brain injury survivor.

Tom Hapka was injured when a chiropractor tore an artery in his neck, and he continues to suffer from severe neurological complications. He has long needed specialized physical therapy, neuro-optical rehab, and occupational re-training as well. Tom has only been able to work limited hours since his injury, and he recently lost his regular part-time job due to issues directly related to his brain injury. The fundraising campaign is intended to help pay for specialized care and offset the enormous medical expenses and lost wages Tom and his family have incurred.

Tom Hapka with his mother Shirley Hapka and his sister Kathy Brady at the May fundraising kick-off event at Rocky Rococo's.
They raised awareness about this important subject and also raised more than $2,800. They give special thanks to the management and staff at Rocky's for their kindness and support, and the many members of the community who stopped by, contributed, and expressed their support. Tom is encouraged. "I am profoundly grateful for the outpouring of positive messages and support from the community. Things are off to a good start, and I am hopeful. "

Additional events have been scheduled for July, and those wishing to participate are encouraged to for a current calendar of events.

Next event - Wednesday, July 26th 5:30 to 8 BARN PARTY / SOCIAL The Cooper's Barn, 1055 W. Walworth Avenue. Please join them for a barn social at the historic Cooper family barn. Stop by for snacks, conversation, and a chance to meet Tom Hapka and socialize with some of his supporters.

(July 21) Whitewater High School, Class of 1967, 50th Reunion - Potpourii

Activities: July 13 - pizza at Gus's Pizza Palace; July 14 - Fish/Chicken Fry dinner; July 15 - Some golfing at Whitewater Country Club, tour of city and their high school (now Whitewater Middle School); banquet at Brewhouse 841 and July 16 - a picnic

Alums living in Wisconsin unless state added.
(Front L-R) Randy Cruise, Bonnie Beck Nations (South Carolina), Jean Coburn Johnson, Phyllis Markham Millard (Oregon), Sue Stubbs Wendt, Linda Ellison Lovas (Missouri), Shari Wolfe Wessels, Sharon Wolfe McKenzie, Sandy Hodge Thies, Alice Kuhnke Roemer, Karolyn Kettwig Tscharnack, Karen Talbert Krohn, Robert Koszyezarek and Patricia Pizzichini Converse (Oklahoma)

(Middle L-R) Becky Mason Hahn, Jean Bromley, Connie Stanton Witt (Ohio), Michael Isbell, Philip Shober, Christine Kienbaum, Lowell Hagen, Jerry Kollwelter, James Zanton, Cheryl Stelse Cain, Barbara Droullard Olson and Ken Keske

(Back L-R) Mark Light (California), Erlene Ochs Delano, Larry Niquet, Lynene Bowen Harmon, Dona Salske McGraw, Ron Rutzen, Linda Harris Smith, Larry Hartung, Rodney Earle (South Carolina), Robert Essock (Pennsylvania), Ken Kreklow, Barb Lewis Harkonen (California), Wendell Refior (Massachusetts), Joseph Kuhnke, Barbara Brock (New Mexico), Edie Cordio Becker and Maureen Christen Petak.

Banquet at Brewhouse 841

Pictures and comments courtesy of Tom Ganser

(July 20) It's a Christmas in July Open House at Bellezza Hair Design and Spa, 1132 W Main Street!

Stop in July 25th for tons of Christmas fun and refreshments! Be sure to bring in nonperishable food items to donate to the Whitewater Food Pantry and receive a free sample of Moroccanoil treatment and free chair massages from 4-7!

Checkout special deals throughout the day on products and gift certificates!

Purchase a special Deep Conditioning certificate that includes the service, a $5 product credit, raffle ticket and a $10 donation to the Food Pantry for just $30!

Also, be sure to purchase a raffle ticket to win a product basket,valued over $200, featuring Moroccanoil products, Poo-Pourri, and a Bellezza service certificate (proceeds go to the Whitewater Food Pantry).

Come in to treat yourself and support your community!

(July 19) A Public Involvement Meeting to discuss the proposed reconstruction of Clay Street, from Dann Street to Rice Street, located in Walworth County, Whitewater, Wisconsin will take place at the Municipal Building in the Community Room from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on August 8, 2017.


Parking will be available in Parking Lot A located on Whitewater Street across from the Municipal Building and along Fremont Street. The meeting is an “Open House” format to allow for dialogue, individual questions, and comments. The City of Whitewater and consultant representatives will give a brief presentation and be available to discuss the proposed project and address any questions or concerns.

Approximately 0.6 miles of Clay Street will be reconstructed, from Dann Street to Rice. A portion of the project corridor is currently a rural section with no curb and gutter and the reconstructed facility will be an urban section with new curb and gutter, sidewalk, and pavement. In addition to the proposed surface improvements, sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer will be installed as part the project. Improvements to Dann Street and Esterly Street as part of a separate City contract will also be discussed. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and solicit input from the public or other project stakeholders. Information regarding historic and archaeological sites adjacent to the project will also be available. Persons with concern for or knowledge about historic buildings and structures or archaeological sites along the project are encouraged to attend this meeting or provide comments to the City of Whitewater.

The design work on the project is scheduled for completion by December of 2018. Construction is currently scheduled for 2020 and it could change based on the funding availability.

The meeting location is wheelchair accessible. Citizens who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or speech impaired are encouraged to use the Wisconsin Telecommunication Relay System by dialing 711. If you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to attend the meeting. If you cannot attend this meeting or would like additional information, feel free to contact the project staff listed below:

Chuck Nass
Streets, Parks, and Forestry,
City of Whitewater
303 N Fremont Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: (262) 473-0560

Zach Simpson
Consultant Project Manager
Strand Associates, Inc.®
910 W. Wingra Drive
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 251-4843

(July 19) The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club program speaker was Peter Underwood, a Pharmacist at Fort Memorial Hospital, who also devotes his spare time as a Hobbyist Beekeeper and Beekeeper Educator, along with his wife, Mary.

Peter spoke to the Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club about the huge impact that honeybees make on the food supply, with about 1/3 of food products relying on pollination by honeybees. In Wisconsin, the cranberry growers require migratory beekeepers to come for about three weeks and bring honeybees to pollinate their crops. The honeybee is facing a lot of difficulties, including mites, pesticides, loss of habitat and loss of food resources. Peter and his wife Mary are nurturing honeybees with their colonies, and have actively worked to create an ordinance allowing backyard-beekeeping in Whitewater. Honeybees, being docile creatures that only feed off nectar, honey and pollen, are often mistaken for the more aggressive but very different wasps, hornets and yellowtails. Peter and his wife Mary sell "Honey from the Woods", with a portion of their proceeds benefiting local charities.

Peter Underwood and Jerry Grant with beekeeping equipment.

(July 19)THE JULY AND AUGUST SHOW The show is on display in the SweetSpot Gallery, 226 W. Whitewater Street in Whitewater, inside the SweetSpot Cafe.

Participating Photographers and Painters; Elizabeth Simpson, Fran Kelly, Stacey Joseph, Debra Hall, Wendy Gomez, Sarah Batibich and Karolyn Alexander.

(July 19) Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club is pleased to present $500 to Studio 84.

A couple of Studio 84 Artists took a break from their Creative Activities to be a part of this impromptu photo. From left to right are Nicholas Bursh, artist; Irene Potocki, Kiwanis member presenting Check to Deborah Blackwell, Executive Director & Founder of Studio 84 and Jimmy Scharf, Artist.

Kiwanis continues to support the wonderful work and creative opportunities taking place at Studio 84. Studio 84 specializes in working with all people, including those with Autism, physical disabilities, cognitive limitations and mental illness. It truly is a wonderful corner of the world to visit and be inspired by the awesome art and creative energy generated at Studio 84. Be sure to put this on your list of fun, creative and interesting things to do in Whitewater = Visit Studio 84 in person or online where they nurture "A Creative Focus on the Abilities Through the ARTS"

(July 19) No decision was made Tuesday on how to divide the duties of two civic bodies within the City of Whitewater that have oversight of the Birge Fountain.

The council debated for nearly an hour over the five ordinance changes brought forward by Whitewater Common Council member Chris Grady.

For more on the actions of the Common Council at this meeting check the article written by Chris Welch for the Daily Union - .

A University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student was appointed as the new District 2 representative on the Whitewater Common Council Tuesday.

James Lawrence Schulgit replaces James Langnes, who resigned from the position in May. He will fulfill Langnes’ term, which will expire in April 2018, at which time the seat will be up for election.

There were two applicants for the position, Schulgit and Dustin D. Hartl, also a UW-Whitewater student.
For more check story by Chris Welch for the Daily Union

Members of the class of '82 at their 35 year class reunion.

(July 17) When planning the WHS Class of '82's 35 year class reunion, the group decided to do something a bit different: choosing a poker run as a number of classmates were motorcycle enthusiasts.

Hearing the Whitewater Police Dept had retired their K9, they thought the timing to support the replacement would be a great opportunity. "This year we opened the run to the public and are now planning our second annual Poker Run. When planning the run, we had no idea what to expect. As it turned out we had about 25 bikes and 38 riders" according to Paul Essock, Poker Run Chair.

The Whitewater High School Class of '82 was pleased to present the Whitewater Police Dept K9 unit a check for $550, proceeds from the 35 year class reunion Poker Run. (L-R) Officer Justin Stuppy, K9 Officer Ruso, '82 graduates; Jamie Gwaltney and Ronnie Walenton, Police Chief Lisa Otterbacher and Paul Essock, Poker Run committee chair and '82 graduate.

"What an honor to have been selected by the Class of '82 to partner with the community in support the Whitewater K9 program. Thank you for the very generous donation of $550.00, but even more important, thank you for supporting the K9 program; a program that remains 'By the Community for the Community.' The K9 program cannot remain a sustainable program without the community's ongoing support, we are so thankful that the Class of '82 provided such an engaging fundraising event that supported the K9 program, and also helped to welcome in our newest K9, Ruso." We are already looking forward to next year's ride; by his position in the motorcycle side car, clearly Ruso is excited too!" said Chief of Police, Lisa Otterbacher

"Next year we will be seeking sponsorship to make the event even more exciting" said Jaime Gwaltney. Ronnie Walenton, Road Captain stated, "I am thankful for a peaceful and enjoyable ride. We had a perfect day for it and I'm looking forward to our second annual Poker Run next year."

The class of '82 would like to thank their stops & door prize presenters: Whitewater Country Club, Rick's Eastside Pub, Real MacCoys, Fat Boyz, Sunset Bar and Grill, Rockdale Bar and Grill, Rosati's Pizza and Bright Nights Electrical. Look for information in the spring regarding a mid July event date for 2018.

IF you would like to be a part of next year's Poker Run for the Whitewater Police Dept. K9 unit, please contact Paul Essock, 920-650-0088, Jamie Gwaltney, 262-751-8125 or Ronnie Walenton, 262-370-2641. (Courtesy Rita Hookstead)

(July 18) An exhibit of unique and creative costumes designed by Marshall Anderson from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Theatre and Dance Department will be featured in the August exhibit at the Whitewater Arts Alliance's Cultural Arts Center on 402 West Main Street.

Athena 1 costumes from THE FURIES (2015)

The show opens on Thursday, August 3 and runs through Sunday, August 27, and will be accessible Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. during those dates. A free reception, open to the community, will be held Sunday, August 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"I have always loved creating costumes for theatrical characters - trying to reach the essence of those characters through the use of color, line, shape, and texture. While costumes only truly 'come to life' onstage on actors in performance, I am very happy that Linda Long and the Whitewater Arts Alliance have given me the opportunity to show some of my work from UW-W 'up close'. I hope the community enjoys the exhibit as much as I did in creating it," said Marshall Anderson of the UW-W Theatre and Dance Department.

Linda Long, president of the Whitewater Arts Alliance, said, "I love theater! And I love the set designs and costumes! It has been a goal of mine for several years to host an exhibit of costumes. And all it took was one call to Marshall Anderson of the UW-W Theatre/Dance Department. Marshall was more than willing to help make this happen. We are so appreciative of the great working relationship that the WAA has with the College of Arts and Communication. This exhibit will be great fun!"

Costumes from MILES GLORIOSUS (2008).


Walworth County Lakes Association is a group of people interested in lake health and welfare in Walworth County. They meet to provide a resource of information for Walworth County lake communities to share lake-related concerns among one another. There are 36 member lake groups.

The public is invited to come and see what other lake groups and municipalities have accomplished with their waters. Perhaps this will give residents in Whitewater ideas as to what they might address and accomplish with Trippe and Cravath Lakes.

(July 18) Big BASH featuring the 10th anniversary of the Whitewater Arts Alliance at the Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street.

(July 17) REMINDER - The Alzheimer's Association Family Caregiver Support Group meets on the Fairhaven campus in the Hearthstone building, the first Thursday of every month, 1:30-3:00.

The support group has been meeting for a number of years. The group provides an opportunity for family and friends of persons with Alzheimer's disease or dementia to meet and share experiences and to receive education and emotional support in a group setting. If needed, respite for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is offered in the Hearthstone Memory Care Residence while the family caregiver participates in the support group just next door. No advance notice required to attend.

For more information about the group, please call Pam Hatfield, facilitator, at 608-201-6675, or email her at hatfield.pamela@yahoo.com.


Rock-Walworth Head Start/Early Head Start is accepting applications for services. Serving pre-natal to 5 years of age. All services are free to enrolled families. Apply Now 1-800-774-7778

Head Start services -
We serve children between 3 and 5 years of age, turning 3 by September 1st.
Families must reside in Rock or Walworth County and meet income eligibility requirements by providing income documentation.
Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood education program which promotes child health, parent involvement, nutritious meals and school readiness.

Early Head Start services -
Services are provided year round.
We serve pregnant women, infants and toddlers to age 3.
Families must reside in Rock or Walworth County and meet income eligibility requirements by providing income documentation.
Home base or center base (Rock Co. only) services are available.
Early Head Start provides families with child development, health, nutrition and other needed support services.

(July 15) Whitewater Area-League of Women Voters - Miscellaneous Rummage Sale at 230 S. Cottage Street, Saturday, July 29 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Make-us-an-offer table (s) Other items priced to sell!

(July 14) St. Patrick's Country Fest - Save the dates - Sat. and Sun. July 29-30!

(July 10) The Whitewater Unified School District Leadership Team, comprised of school principals, district coordinators and administrators, is hosting the 3rd Annual Golf Fore! Whitewater Kids Outing on Sunday, August 20, at Prairie Woods Golf Course.

Consider registering a foursome, sponsoring a hole, donating silent auction items/prizes, or attending the dinner reception following the outing.

(July 10) Reunion Reminders:

Whitewater High School Class of 1977 - 40th Reunion ~ Save the dates July 28-29, 2017

~ July 28th at Rick's Eastside Pub ~ Friday night 7:30 cash bar dinner/fish fry (if you desire)

~ July 29th at Second Salem Brewing ~ Saturday night 6:30 cash bar dinner/appetizers

For more information Email whitewaterhighschool1977@gmail.com


WHS Class of 1955 - 62nd Reunion ~ Save the date Sat. July 29, 2017, noon at 841 Brewhouse. Details and Registration .

(July 10) St Patrick Catholic Church Vacation Bible School

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(July 26) James "Jim" Raffini (1941-2017)

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. Jim Raffini passed quietly at his daughter's home on Monday, July 24, 2017 in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Earlier this summer Jim developed rather quick onset of memory loss and confusion. He was ultimately diagnosed with a brain tumor known as a glioblastoma (GBM). This quick-moving form of cancer took everyone by surprise as he was otherwise healthy and had just completed a transcontinental move from California back to Sarasota, Florida, which he and his wife Carol considered “home". A strong proponent of "Death with Dignity", Jim chose to face his impending deterioration and death on his own terms by refusing water and food. He was surrounded by his family during this time under the care of home hospice.

A memorial celebration of Jim's life and the spreading of his ashes into the Pacific Ocean is currently being planned and will be announced on this website in the weeks to come.
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(July 24) Marlene Ella, known to her family as Molly, (Grant) Folts, 74, of Aurora, IL passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 15, 2017 after a very courageous battle with cancer. Marlene was born March 10, 1943 to Guy and Myrtle Grant in Fort Atkinson, WI. She graduated from Whitewater High School in 1961. While in high school Marlene was actively involved in marching band, sewing in 4H, yearbook staff, Future Nurses Club and Future Homemakers of America where she earned Homemaker of Tomorrow award. Marlene balanced her life raising her daughters and supporting her husband in the United States Air Force until settling in Aurora in 1972. Marlene worked in the Trust Department at various local banks until her retirement in February 2008. After retiring she contemplated working part-time yet she chose to devote her time to some of her greatest passions; reading, bowling and her "Precious" great grandson Kaden. Marlene was very active in bowling not only as a participant but holding positions on several Associations. With her daughters in junior bowling it was only natural for her to become involved in Young America Bowling Association. Marlene was involved in the Aurora Women's Bowling Association for thirty-one years where she served as vice president, treasurer, and director. Greater Aurora Bowling Association for ten years where she served as director as well as the first president. Marlene held the #1 charter member card for the Illinois State 500 Club where she served as first president, a lifetime member and served on the board. On a larger scale, if local and state weren't enough, Marlene joined the Women's National 500 Club in 1989 where she served as president for the past six years. With all her accomplishments and devotion it came as no surprise when she was nominated for the Bowling Hall of Fame on both the local and state level. Marlene made many lifelong friends and memories during her forty-five years in the sport of bowling.

Marlene was preceded in death by her father and mother, her sisters and brother-in-law's Mildred (Donald) Brown, Harriet (Raymond) Stritzel, Lois (Gerald) Kitzman, Ruth (William) Parker; Her brother Charley Grant and her nephew Dean Kitzman. She is survived by her husband Frank of Aurora, IL. She is also survived by her daughters Deanna Line of Fountain, CO and Tracy (Randy) Riskus of Plano, IL; granddaughters Courtney Geers of Joliet, IL and Katie Geers of Plano, IL; grandson Jason Line of Tacoma, WA; great grandchildren Kaden Geers of Plano, IL, Annabelle and Ezra Line of Tacoma, WA; Karen (Craig) Hummel of Oregon, IL; Betty Ann Grant of Castle Rock, CO; 16 nieces and nephews; 31 great nieces and nephews; 29 great-great nieces and nephews; as well as several Grant, Ferguson and Swan cousins of Wisconsin. Marlene came from a very large, loving family who were her whole world.

A celebration of Marlene's life was held in Illinois on Sunday, July 23 with her family and friends present.

Marlene "Molly" will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater, WI on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 1PM.

Molly's family would like to extend an invitation to all who knew her to join us as we share special memories of her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First National Bank 109 W. Veterans Parkway Yorkville, IL 60565 in memory of Marlene Folts for great-grandson Kaden Geers' future education.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16


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