On March, 13, 2018, William G Wilson Jr., at the age of 84 years, six months, ten days and two hours passed away, with Jesus leading him by the hand saying, “It’s time to go.” It was that and many prayers on his behalf, that Bill left this world for heaven, with his loving wife at his side. Bill resided at The Gardens of Ridgestone, Elkhorn, WI.

Bill was born on September 3, 1933, to William and Margaret (Dunn) Wilson Sr. in Guilford, Maine. Bill spent his childhood in Bangor, Maine. His favorite number was 13, married for 13 years and died on the 13th. Three’s also played a role with his birth date and the month he died.

Bill proudly enlisted and served his country in the US Army during the Korean War 1953-1956. He was stationed in Japan. Bill was proud of being part of The Far East Honor Guard. The family tradition of service extends to his son and grandson in the Navy. Both served in the nuclear sub program. Bill received his Honor Flight to Washington D. C. on November 7, 2015, accompanied by his son, (Gary) William G Wilson III.

Bill drove semi for many years for many years, like his father, on the east coast. Bill’s other occupations included security guard and maintenance in New Jersey. When residing in Wisconsin, Bill was manager of Blackhawk Manor Senior Living in Whitewater, WI.

Bill was his own man with a stubborn, eastern streak. But he also had a heart of gold. His smile was contagious and would light up the room. Everyone loved his personality. He will be sorely missed by all.

Survivors include his loving wife of 13 years, Donna of Jefferson. Son, (Gary) William G Wilson III (Chris), Daughters, Jill Fischer (Shawn) and Amanda Ware (Bob) of Fort Atkinson. Grandsons, William G Wilson IV (Kendra) Fort Atkinson and Joshua Wilson of San Diego, CA. Bill has four great-grandchildren of Fort Atkinson. He is further survived by his beloved cats, Whispy and Patch.   He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, and daughter, Terri; Sisters: Arlene of Bangor, Maine and Dorothy of New Jersey; brother, Roscoe of Bangor, Maine; his beloved dog, King and his cat, Joker. Bill was the last member of his immediate family.

Bill loved animals. When adopting, Whisper came into our lives. She was his baby. Patch showed up shortly after as a stray. He walked in the door and never left. Bill enjoyed the visits from the Lakeland Animal Shelter in Elkhorn every month. It would bring a big smile to his face to play with the puppies. He also enjoyed the Music Men, the singing preacher and the UW-Whitewater student visits. Bill also loved birds. His favorite was the eagle, but he had forty finches outside his window at Ridgestone. After making arrangements for his funeral, an eagle flew over my car on the way home. It was Bill telling me that everything will be ok. As I had told him on his deathbed, “I will be ok, you can leave with Jesus.”

Bill enjoyed collecting many things. He had belt buckles, pocket knives, especially lighthouses, Maine memorabilia, baseball cards, coins and $2 dollar bills. Other interests included puzzles, little kids, Frosty Freeze in Fort Atkinson, building car models, car and motorcycle magazines, John Wayne movies and western TV shows like “Gunsmoke.” He loved working with tools and could fix anything. He loved old cars and could identify a car’s model and year by a single glance. I was always amazed at that. He liked old country western and trucker songs. He loved growing tomatoes and peppers. He loved motorcycles and enjoyed riding his Kawasaki with his son.

Bill was fanatic of The New England Patriots. He loved watching football and watching WWE on TV two times a week. He thoroughly enjoyed when we attended a live show of Monday Night Raw in Milwaukee. One of his favorites was the viper, Randy Orton.

As everyone knew, cabins and camping was a favorite pastime and passion. Bill could cook anything over an open campfire with a cast iron skillet. Some of the items were eggs, pancakes, and sausage. We also enjoyed making pudgy pies and smores. Hot rocks from the fire kept us toasty warm in the sleeping bags. Bill was an excellent horseshoe thrower. He won many championships. He also bowled candle pins in Maine with his sister Arlene. He was very proud of her, winning the state championship three times. She bowled right up to her death for fifty years.

Bill was truly loved by the Ridgestone family. He was a one-of-kind guy. He had many friends, families of residents and staff that loved him so. He called the director, Emily, “The Boss.” He was paid weekly to manage the building. He was the “official” supervisor of Ridgestone. Blessings to each and every one of them at Ridgestone for their thoughtfulness and love. We are especially grateful for the compassionate care of Kayla, Shannon, and Terri. Donna was selfless in caring for Bill until the end. The love they shared will be forever and ever till they meet again.

I would like to thank Dr. Shauna Meyer for her compassionate care of Bill over the years.  The Ridgestone family for the last three years of his life, the Lakeland Hospital Emergency Dept. staff, Aurora physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The ladies were wonderful to him. I would also like to thank the UW Heart Clinic and Rainbow Hospice for their care.

A private memorial service will be held in Fort Atkinson with military honors. A gathering will follow in Whitewater. Bill would be happy if you didn’t dress up. He would prefer “Up Nort” or Maine attire to be comfortable like he was.

Memorials may be made to the Jefferson County Humane Society/Lakeland Animal Shelter or the Alzheimer’s Association in Wisconsin.

Bill’s biggest joys in life were the love for his wife Donna, wearing motorcycle/cowboy boots where ever he went and most of all, “A Good Cup of Coffee.”

My course is run.  Praise God my course is run,

My Jesus welcomes me.

Farewell my friends, my work on earth is done,

The heav’nly goal I see.

My dear Redeemer’s praises voicing, I leave this world with great rejoicing.

My course is run.  My course is run.

My Jesus welcomes me.  Fare-well, my friends, my work on earth is done,

The heav’nly goal I see.  Freed from all trouble and repining,

I see the open heaven shining.  My course is run.  My course is run.  Amen.


The Nitardy Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson, WI is assisting the family, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

The Honorable Judge James “Jim” Lynn Carlson, OFS, 74, Whitewater passed away peacefully on March 14, 2018 surrounded by loving friends and family at Glenwood at Mulberry Campus, Whitewater, WI.

Jim was born on January 24, 1944, in Kenosha, Wisconsin to the Hon. Harry V. Sr.  and Corinne (Schmitt) Carlson.  He graduated from Kenosha Bradford High School in 1962,  from UW-Madison with his undergraduate degree in 1966, and his law degree in 1970.  Following law school, Jim began his career as an attorney at the Clark Dempsey Law Firm in Whitewater, also serving at that time as the Assistant City Attorney for Whitewater.  In 1976, Jim was elected District Attorney for Walworth County.  During his tenure as District Attorney, Jim focused on building the capabilities of the office to better serve the interests of Walworth County.  In 1978,   Governor Lee Dreyfus appointed Jim to fill a judicial vacancy for Walworth County.  Following his appointment, he was regularly elected to the court until his retirement on July 31, 2016.  In 2013, the Walworth County Bar Association recognized Judge Carlson’s long and dedicated professional service to the community by awarding him a Lifetime Achievement Award.  By the time of his retirement in 2016, Judge Carlson had become the longest-serving judge in Walworth County history.

Jim was a faithful, active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater.  He was passionate about his faith.  He was a 4th order Knights of Columbus and a 3rd order Franciscan, and invested much time and effort in advancing the missions of both organizations, and acquired many close friends.  Jim traveled on missionary trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to provide assistance to needy people. He was also very involved in numerous community and charitable organizations and served in leadership positions, as well as foot soldier activities such as parking cars and selling food at the Walworth County Fair.  He was widely known for his compassion and generosity and readily accepted invitations to serve the community.

Jim was a loving and devoted brother, uncle and Godfather.  He made time for everyone and was a great listener.  He lived a full life of service in his professional, community and religious involvements, yet always made time to show up for family dinners, holiday and birthday celebrations or to watch his nephew and niece’s sporting and school activities. He had a passion for travel, skiing, golf and playing board and card games which he never liked to lose.  He loved the Badgers (longtime football and basketball season ticket holder) and Packers.  He always showed a smile, maintained a calm demeanor (excluding after Packer and Badger losses), and through all his accomplishments and recognitions, remained an unaffected, humble man.

He is survived by his brother Harry (Karen) Carlson, Genesee Depot, WI; nephew Matthew (Clare) Carlson, Cambridge, WI; niece Esther (Robert) Sumner, Kenmore, WA; grandnieces and grandnephews Grace, Thomas Carlson and Ella, Ian Sumner.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the care provided by the UW Carbone Center, the Mulberry and Glenwood Community staff and Rainbow Hospice, as well as to the St. Patrick’s Church faith community and Jim’s brother Knights and friends for their loving vigil.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at 11:00 am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1225 W. Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190.  A visitation will be held on Monday, March 19, 2018, from 4:00 -7:00 pm at St. Patrick Catholic Church and on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 10:00 am until the time of the service.  Burial will follow at the Green Ridge Cemetery, Kenosha, WI.  In lieu of flowers, please direct any gifts in Jim’s name to St. Patrick Church, UW Carbone Center or Rainbow Hospice

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, WI is assisting the family, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Carol Emmaline Siddons passed away on March 8, 2018 at Ridgestone Assisted Living in Delavan, Wisconsin.

Carol was born on May 24, 1925, to Albert and Nora (Kobelman) Smith in the Town of Sugar Creek, Wisconsin. Carol graduated from Elkhorn Area High School in 1943 and from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1947 with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught first grade at Caswell Elementary in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin for four years and second grade at Wileman Elementary in Delavan, Wisconsin for 36 years, retiring from her beloved profession in 1988. She married Howard Francis Siddons on October 14, 1961, in the Historic Heart Prairie Church on the shores of Whitewater Lake. Reading, gardening, bird watching, ceramics, and needlework were just a few of her special interests. Carol loved her animal companions and was a devoted supporter of animal shelters and environmental conservation. She volunteered for Lakeland Medical Center for 17 years, Meals on Wheels, and Lutherdale Bible Camp. Carol was a member of Sugar Creek Lutheran Church and the Walworth County Retired Teachers Association.

Carol is survived by Steven and Judith Jacobson, Elkhorn; Lloyd and Julie Romie, Elkhorn; Madalyn (Ryan) Reichert, Elkhorn; Rebecca (Jedadiah) Terpstra, Delavan. Hannah (Lars) Heggernes, New Richmond, WI; Maren Jacobson and Emmaline Jacobson. Special great-grandchildren that brought joy to her life include Rylie, Madison, Levi, Owen, Arie, and Anders.  Carol will be remembered by her best friend and college roommate, Helen Lippitt, Oconomowoc, her extended family, dear friends and teaching colleagues. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and an infant brother.

Visitation will be at 9:30 AM on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Sugar Creek Lutheran Church, N5690 Cobblestone Road, Elkhorn.  Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday at church. Interment will follow services at Sugar Creek Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials in memory of Carol may be made to Sugar Creek Lutheran Church. Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory is assisting the family. Online guestbook at www.haaselockwoodfhs.com.

The Jacobson family would like to extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to the amazing staff of Ridgestone Village, St. Croix Hospice Care,  the doctors, and nurses, most importantly Dr. Michael S. Hobbs, and Dr. Kenneth B. Bortin for taking care of Carol.

Charles Edward Kearns, age 73, passed away in Fort Atkinson on Monday March 5, 2018.

Charles was born July 19, 1944, in Davenport, Iowa the son of the late Charles Raymond and Mary Estella Maria (Edwards) Kearns. Ed moved to Whitewater in 1945 with his family and remained until 1982 when he moved to the Tucson Arizona area where he lived until returning to Wisconsin in 2003 where he remained until his death.

Ed is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Warner, of Dodgeville, WI; his ex-wife Sharon Burow of Watertown; two children, Kevin of Lake Mills, WI and Michelle of Watertown, WI; five grandchildren and five nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his stepfather, George Egnoski in 1981, sister Jane Hsuan of Grass Valley, CA in 2016 and nephew, Anthony Hsuan in 1994.

Burial will be held at a later date at Iron Hill Cemetery in Maquoketa, IA.

Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family.



Joseph (Joe) Tenpenny, born on September 26, 1941 to Charles and Doris Tenpenny died on Monday, February 19th in Abrazo Heart Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.

Joe graduated from Whitewater High School in 1959. During his 23 years in the United States Navy, he graduated from Southwestern College in 1975. After retiring he and his wife, Jan, settled in Arizona. They enjoyed 41 wonderful years together and went on a lot of cruises seeing many countries of our world.

Joe is survived by his wife Jan; step-son and buddy Bill Stephens; sisters Ellie (Wayne) LeMacher of Fort Atkinson and Mary Lou (Bob) Domiter of Las Vegas; and son-in-law Patrick Hurst of Pekin, IN. He was also survived by his favorite granddaughters Sally (Kevin) Palmer and 2 sons of Chesapeake, VA; Katherine Hurst of Pekin, IN; Victoria (Mark) Hurst Norvell, USN and son of Virginia Beach, VA; and Victoria Davis of San Diego, CA; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, younger brother Jack, step-daughters Susan Hurst and Laurie Davis and first wife Carleen.

Joe will be inurned in a private ceremony at the Prescott (AZ) National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on March 14, 2018, followed by a celebratory party with food, friends, and frolic at his home in North Ranch, AZ.

Paul Louis Underwood, 76, passed away February 21st, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his father Carl Paul and his mother Louise. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carolyn Ann, his three children, Michael Paul (Karla), Heidi Lynne Stewart (Michael), Jeffrey Carl (Candy), his brother Ron (Barbara), his grandchildren Kinsey Fournier, Alex Zalewski, Lauren and Nicholas Doedens, Maylin and Andrew Underwood, and his nieces Valerie Mitchell, Vicky Tasopulos, and nephew Steve Underwood.

Paul was born in Minneapolis, MN on October 26, 1941. He grew up in Rockford, IL, Springfield, OH, and graduated from Belmont High School in Dayton, OH, in 1959. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and played college football under coach Forrest Perkins. Paul served his country in the US Navy from 1963-1967 and was involved in the Arab-Israeli 6-Day war in June of 1967. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he lived in Anacortes, WA where he learned the plumbing trade. His family moved to Whitewater, WI, in 1972 to live near his parents. There he founded his own company, Underwood Plumbing, and he was actively involved in the Lions Club and sponsored a local women’s softball team. In 1985, Paul and his family moved to Milwaukee where he worked for Central Heating and Plumbing Company until his retirement in 2006. While in Milwaukee Paul purchased his prized possession, a 1973 Corvette, in which he won numerous local and regional car show awards over the years.

Paul and Ann retired to Sun City, AZ in 2006 and became active members of the Willowbrook United Methodist Church and avid members of three different bowling leagues. A celebration of his life will take place on Friday, March 2nd at Willowbrook United Methodist Church at 1 pm, 19390 N. 99th Ave. Sun City, AZ 85373.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Menke Funeral & Cremation Center, Sun City AZ is assisting the family CLICK HERE  http://www.menkefuneralhome.com/obituaries/paul-louis-underwood/

Claudine Henry, 92, of Whitewater, Wisconsin, formerly of Abilene, Texas, passed away on February 24, 2018 at Fairhaven in Whitewater.

She was born on January 29, 1926, to William Jasper and Mary Ann (Herring) Stuteville.

Claudine married Franklin Harold Henry on December 26, 1943, in Albany, Texas. They were happily married for 74 years. Claudine was an award-winning floral designer and dressmaker and worked as a ward clerk at Fairhaven with Franklin in her later years. She enjoyed playing cards, dominos, spending time with family. She was a long time member of Millard Community Church as well as a member of the Red Hat Society.

Claudine is survived by her daughters Gwendolyn Gail Henry, Anita Ann Sartorius and Marie (David) Lanell Brei; son-in-laws Chuck “Bear” Janulewicz and David Otto Brei; grand-children Candi (James) Jean Julson, Cindi (Jerry) Sue Principe, Robert (Charlene) Russell Adams, Conni Jo Murphy, Heidi (Chris) Marie Miksanik, William “Billy” (Shelia) Stephan Sartorius, Heather LaVelle Barnett, Sandra Ann Sartorius, Benjamin (Carrie) McGraw Brei, Lindsay Rae Brei and Jacob Jasper Brei as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Claudine was preceded in death by her parents William and Mary, brother Clyde, twin sister Claudia, daughter Gloria (Chuck) and her late husband of 74 years, Franklin Henry of Whitewater, Wisconsin.

A memorial service will be held at Fairhaven, 435 W Starin Rd in Whitewater, Wisconsin at 1 pm on Saturday, March 3. Private Burial services will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Fairhaven for their support in her final years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to Hearthstone Memory Care, 426 W North St, Whitewater, WI 53190.

Condolences may be left on Nitardy Funeral Home’s online guestbook at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com.

Virginia (Weiss) Stamm, age 89, passed on to the next life on February 22, 2018, as a result of a broken hip.

Virginia Rose Weiss was born in Lima Township, Wisconsin to Leonard and Clara (Turner) Weiss on July 31, 1928.  A 1946 graduate of Whitewater High School, she married Douglas Zuill Stamm on October 9, 1948.  In 1967, the family moved from Whitewater to Waukesha, where Virginia continued to be a loving mother and she worked for Automatic Electric and later for K-Mart.

She was survived by five children: Paul Douglas Stamm, Laura (Dan) Berge, Jo Ellen (Stanley) Larson, Peter (Diane) Stamm, and Dean Leo Stamm and six grandchildren: John Stamm, Karl Stamm, JoAnne (Berge) Weber, Emily (Larson) Erman, Ruth (Larson) Diekmeier, and Dayna (Stamm) Olson, and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug Stamm (d. 7/17/07), her parents and brother Edwin Weiss, and former daughter-in-law Anne Forkes.

Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Waukesha.

David Peter Schafer, age 61, passed away on February 20, 2018.

David Peter Schafer was born September 1, 1956, in International Falls, MN, to Joseph and Rosemary (Pfau) Schafer. He was 61 years old when he died from Cancer. He graduated in 1975 from Milton High School. David was in the Navy before he married. On July 9, 1983, he married Dawn Engelbrecht at St. Mary Catholic Church in Milton. They had two children. He was a student at UW Whitewater, where he was completing his degree when he died.

He is survived by his two children, Tyler and Alyssa Schafer; and by one granddaughter, Cassandra Schafer; his mother, Rosemary; one brother and eight sisters: Joe, Kathy, Carol, Jackie (Jeff) Eggen, Barbara (Bruce) Spreen, Mary (Jim) Slowey, Lois (John) Severance, Theresa (Ed) Mathews and Linda (Rich) Jass; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph; nephew, Johnny Severance; and niece, Lisa Slowey.

There will be a celebration of his life at a later date this spring.

Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 828 S. Janesville Street, Milton is assisting the family. 608-868-2542. www.albrechtfuneralhomes.com

Donna Mae Frodl, 73, Whitewater passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Rainbow Hospice inpatient center in Johnson Creek, WI.

Donna was born on March 30, 1944 in Marshall, WI to Clarence and Ada (Frank) Stark. She graduated from Marshall High School. On July 6, 1963, she married Eugene Frodl at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater. Donna enjoyed reading, sewing and crafts. She collected American Girl dolls and would make dresses for them. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donna was a breast cancer survivor. She and Eugene were dairy farmers and enjoyed the times they were able to get away and camp.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene; children James Frodl Sr., Julie (Jeff) Frie, Daniel (Colette) Frodl all of Whitewater; grandchildren James Jr.(Amanda) Frodl, Randall and Courtney Frie; great-grandchildren Grayson and Lorelai Frodl. She was preceded in death by her parents, and half-brother Gayle Stark.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 7:00 pm at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190 with Father Mark Niehaus officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5:00 pm – 7: 00 pm. As an expression of sympathy, you may wish to consider memorials to Susan G. Komen Cancer Research. The family would like to thank the Whitewater Rescue Squad, Fort Memorial nurses, and doctors as well as the staff at Rainbow Hospice.

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