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Obituaries

Dr. John F. Kozlowicz, 77, of Elkhorn, WI, passed away Wednesday, Dec.19, 2018.

He was born June 1, 1941, the son of the late Frank and Esther Kozlowicz. John married the love of his life, Joan Aniszewski, on June 13, 1970 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Whitewater, WI.

John was a Professor of Political Science and chairman at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 1968 until his retirement in 2005, where he was fondly known as “Koz”, “Dr. Koz” and “Prof Koz”. Following his retirement, as Professor Emeritus John continued to teach both in person and online through the Fall Semester 2018. His teaching spanned curriculum such as American Government and Politics, Constitution, the Judicial Process, Constitutional Law, Resources for Legal Research and Police, Criminal Justice Administration among other related topics. John was on the forefront of incorporating technology and web-based teaching in the 1990’s with the emergence of the internet, and also designed two new programs for UW-Whitewater, which passed through the curricular process and became part of the academic offering: The Legal Studies Minor and Paralegal Certificate. John was also the Internship Program Coordinator for UW-W, pairing students with legislators, campaign staff for public office candidates, law offices and governmental agencies both in Wisconsin – as well as in Washington, D.C to allow students to view the national political process in action. Throughout his career he advised all Pre-Law students as well as a significant number of Political Science Majors in his 50-year career as a Professor. He found great joy in navigating students to pursue their highest potential.

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Shirley Underwood passed away peacefully at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Florida, on January 11, 2019.

She was a wonderful mother, wife, sister, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother who truly represented the best of “the greatest generation.”

Shirley was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 21, 1928, to Harry and Pearl Traxler. She would call Milwaukee home until graduation from high school. During high school, classmates knew her as “Trixie” Traxler. She was interested in sports and music. After graduation, Shirley was accepted to and attended Bob Jones College, the first in her family to go to college. This decision would profoundly and happily change her life. She met a handsome ex-Air Force navigator and fellow student, Bob Underwood, at Bob Jones; they fell in love and were married in Milwaukee on December 28, 1946, a marriage that lasted almost 66 years until Bob’s passing in 2012.

Bob’s career was as an educator, which took he and Shirley to different colleges and universities as they grew as a family. Son Steve and daughter JoAnne were the lights of their lives, as were their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

While married, Bob and Shirley lived in many parts of the country, including many years in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where Shirley taught second grade at Washington School, and in retirement at Bella Vista, Arkansas. Shirley loved to play golf with her friends and Bob and Shirley enjoyed their life in Bella Visa. While teaching and during retirement, Bob and Shirley had many great travels together. In 2005 they finally settled in Santa Barbara, California where their son Steve lived. Shirley later moved to Cape Coral in 2017 to be near her daughter JoAnne.

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Betty Joyce Hardy, 76, of Whitewater, answered the call of her father in her dream to come home on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Betty was born on August 24, 1942, in Vesper, WI, daughter of the late Charles and Marie (Fruin) Strooisma. She married Thomas Hardy on May 23, 1970, in Whitewater.

Betty worked at UW-Whitewater for 34 years as a Classified Payroll Specialist and received several awards for her service. She was a diehard Packer fan and enjoyed sewing and gardening. She also enjoyed art and culture, visiting many museums.

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