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Obituaries

Bruce Wayne Hogue, 67, of Whitewater passed away on June 15, 2018.

Bruce was born on August 9, 1950 in Sheboygan to Virgil Karl and Shirley (Kline) Hogue.  He graduated from Concordia High School.  On March 27, 1976 he married Katherine Margaret Moraski.  They spent eight years in Caledonia before moving to Whitewater.  Bruce was a self-employed mechanic for a couple years and then worked at Converse Equipment for 10 years, and Briggs and Stratton and Generac for 15 years.

In his free time, Bruce enjoyed working on cars, antique cars, ATVing, snowmobiling, watching NASCAR and playing Santa Claus for children’s events.

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Shirley L. Stekel died on Friday, June 15, 2018 at SSM St, Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.  This was amid loving calls from far-away family and chapters of a James Herriot Book being read aloud by her husband and daughter.

Shirley was born to Alma (nee Madsen) and Verge Dow in San Francisco, California on June 10, 1936.  After the end of WWII, the Dow family moved to Rogue River, Oregon where she graduated from high school.  She always considered herself to be an Oregonian; this was reinforced when she earned BA and MA degrees in Physics from Oregon State University. 

Her first teaching position was at the Yakima Valley Junior College in the state of Washington.  After a couple years, she went on to Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan for additional graduate work in physics and a part-time teaching appointment.  She left Wayne State in January 1963 for a position as an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department of (what is now) the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  She was on the faculty here until her retirement in 2000.  At UW-W she did a lot of work with prospective elementary teachers in a physics class emphasizing hands-on, activity-oriented science instruction.  Shirley also developed and taught a popular course: Physics of Sound & Music.  In 2000, She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

At Whitewater, in 1965 Shirley met a newly hired physics instructor, Frank Stekel.  After working together for several years, they were married in August 1967.  They were still working together right up to the present time.

After retirement, Shirley became a Master Gardener.  She had a special interest in prairies and was a volunteer at Rotary Gardens in Janesville in the presentation of programs for elementary school students.  Shirley loved nature, animals (especially cats) and travel.

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William Harold Rabenhorst, 62, Whitewater, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 13, 2018 at his home where he was raised and worked his whole life as a dairy farmer.

Bill was born on August 21, 1955 in Fort Atkinson to Harold William and Edith Grace (Uglow) Rabenhorst.  He graduated from Whitewater High School in 1973.  Bill enjoyed bowling, history and reading, friends and family, farming and taking day trips to get away from the farm.  Bill liked to road farm and shoot the breeze with the neighbors. He also enjoyed riding his Harley. He loved his grandchildren. 

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Cora M. Forbush, age 91, of Whitewater, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

She was born on October 8, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Earl Franklin Forbush and Mildred Ella Ogle.

Cora spent her entire professional life in education. She received her BS degree from UW La Crosse in 1948, her MS degree from UW Madison in 1952 and her Ph.D. from UW Madison in 1971.  In 1967 Cora attended the University of Colorado for 1 year of coursework. She began her career in Oconomowoc public schools, teaching Physical Education to students in grades 1-12 during 1948 and 1949.  Cora moved to Milwaukee in 1950 and taught PE and Health at Bayview High School for two years.  Cora became Dean at Carthage College, Carthage, IL during 1952-1956.  Cora was hired as Associate Dean – Women at UW Whitewater in 1956 and retired 32 years later in 1988. Cora was an avid outdoors person and thoroughly enjoyed her YMCA Camp Manitowish (Boulder Junction, WI) experiences.  She served in counseling and administration roles and participated in camping and chapel activities including navigation of the over 1300 lakes in Villas County, Canadian fishing, and canoe tripping.   Cora is remembered fondly by the Camp staff and is recognized as a memorable role model for the younger campers. She participated in social/honorary fraternity and sorority activities in her spare time.  Cora was also an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Elkhorn, WI.

Above all, she cherished time spent with her family.

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