Charter to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households

STAMFORD, Conn. – In the coming weeks, many Americans will be affected either directly or indirectly by COVID-19 and Charter is focused on serving and supporting our 29 million customers. Americans rely on high speed broadband in nearly every aspect of their lives and Charter is committed to ensuring our customers maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need. To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:

  • Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
  • Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
  • Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.

As the country works collaboratively to contain this pandemic, broadband internet access will be increasingly essential to ensuring that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, that businesses can continue to serve customers, and that Americans stay connected and engaged with family and friends. 

Charter’s advanced communications network will ensure our more than 29 million customers – including government offices, first responders, health care facilities, and businesses – across 41 states maintain the connectivity they rely on. The network is built to sustain maximum capacity during peak usage which is typically in the evenings, so a surge during the day would be well within the network’s capabilities to manage. Charter will continue to closely monitor this dynamic situation, and is well-prepared to continue delivering reliable connectivity. Charter has extensive business and workforce continuity plans in place that will be adjusted as needed to best serve all our customers and employees.

Warhawk Athletics Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Season

WIAC Statement

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has canceled all athletic events, including contests and practices, for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Athletic Directors agreed to cancel all athletic events, including conference and non-conference competitions and WIAC spring championships, for the 2019-20 year.

In addition, any organized athletic related activities, including practices, strength and conditioning and athletic training, an all on- or off-campus, in-person athletic recruiting activities are suspended indefinitely.

“Our department is taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously, and we as leaders decided that the health and well-being of those in our campus community comes first,” Interim Athletic Director Ryan Callahan said. “We encourage our student-athletes, coaches and support staff to be safe in the coming months.”

“My heart breaks for all of our student-athletes, especially our seniors from fall and winter sports who were not able to close their careers competing for championships, and all our spring teams who are unable to play out their traditional seasons and qualify for individual and team championship events.”

Last Thursday, the NCAA canceled all remaining winter and spring national championship events, including the Division III wrestling and indoor track and field championships.

UW-Whitewater announced last week that Spring Break will begin one week early and run through Sunday, March 29. Beginning Monday, March 30, face-to-face instruction will be suspended, and the campus will move to alternative delivery of classes through at least Friday, April 17. All campus events are canceled through at least Friday, April 17, with limited exceptions.

Campus will remain open, and the university will continue daily operations.

Questions about the COVID-19 situation can be directed to 262-472-1362 or The phoneline and e-mail will be monitored during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Source: Jake Kumerow will Return to the Packers in 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 23: Jake Kumerow #16 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

The Packers have given WR Jake Kumerow the minimum salary tender as an exclusive rights free agent, according to a source. So the UW-W fan-favorite is back for another go in Green Bay. ‪Teams must tender ERFAs by 3 pm CT 3/18 or they become free. Allen Lazard, Robert Tonyan and Tyler Lancaster are also in that category.

Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer

They Came & Got It! 1100 Meals Served on Wednesday / ¡Vinieron y lo consiguieron! 1100 comidas servidas el miércoles

Pam Duerst and Patty Germundson are hoping for more “customers” at the High School on Wednesday!

NEW INFO: (1) Lincoln School replaces Conger St. location. (2) Adults need not be present for children to pick up meals. (3) Adults do not have to be accompanied by their children to pick up meals.

While schools are closed due to COVID-19, WUSD will be providing free breakfast and lunch for children.  Meals will continue as long as the closure lasts, as long as it is deemed safe to do so.  Meals will not be provided during the original spring break week (March 23 – 27). 

Meals will be available from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday.  One take-home breakfast and one take-home lunch will be distributed daily during this time.

Please practice social distancing when picking up meals and thorough hand-washing with soap and water before eating the take-home meals.  Distribution of meals is available for one hour at each location.  Please wait to approach the distribution vehicle if you notice many people waiting.

– Whitewater High School, in circle drive
– N. Tratt Street, along Garden Apartments
– N. Newcomb Street, along Whitewater Woods
– N. Walton Drive, north of W. Bloomingfield Drive
– N. County Line Road, into Wright’s Mobile Home Park
– Fonda Street, along Washington Elementary
Lincoln Elementary School (NOTE: This replaces the W. Conger Street location)

All children 18 and under.

What community resources are available for other family members?
Please refer to the Community Resources page for more information.

En Español

NUEVA INFORMACIÓN: (1) Lincoln School reemplaza la ubicación de Conger St. (2) Los adultos no necesitan estar presentes para que los niños recojan las comidas. (3) Los adultos no tienen que estar acompañados por sus hijos para recoger las comidas.

Mientras que las escuelas están cerradas debido a COVID-19, WUSD proporcionará desayuno y almuerzo gratis para los niños. 
Las comidas se continuará mientras dure el cierre, siempre y cuando se considere seguro hacerlo.  
No se proporcionarán comidas durante el original semanas de vacaciones de primavera (marzo 23 de – 27). 

Las comidas estarán disponibles 11 a.m.-12 p.m., de lunes a viernes. 
Un desayuno para llevar a casa y un almuerzo para llevar a casa se distribuirán diariamente durante este tiempo.

Por favor, practicar el distanciamiento social al momento de retirar las comidas y lavarse las manos a fondo con agua y jabón antes de comer las comidas para llevar a casa. 
Distribución de comidas está disponible durante una hora en cada lugar. 
Por favor, espere a acercarse al vehículo de distribución si se nota mucha gente esperando.

– Whitewater High School, en la unidad de círculo
– N. Calle Tratt, junto Garden Apartamentos
– N. Calle Newcomb, junto Whitewater maderas
– N. Walton Drive, al norte de W. Bloomingfield Drive
– N. County Line Road, en el parque de casas móviles de Wright
NUEVA UBICACIÓN: Lincoln Elementary, esquina de S. Prince Street and W. Peck Street
YA NO SE ESTARÁ DISTRIBUYENDO EN LAS CALLES W. Conger Street, S. Whiton Street and S. Summit Street

¿Quién es elegible para estas comidas?
Todos los niños de 18 años y menores.

Lo que están disponibles para otros miembros de la familia recursos de la comunidad?
Por favor refiérase a la página de Recursos de la Comunidad para más información.

WUSD 3-Part Plan to Support Students/Families During School Closure – UPDATED 3/17 – WUSD desarrolló un plan de tres partes para apoyar a los estudiantes y las familias durante el cierre de la escuela. – REVISADO 3/17/2020

Dear Families:

Our first concern is the health and safety of students. To curb the spread of COVID-19, schools will remain closed until April 6.  We appreciate your understanding and support throughout this difficult time. We are consistently receiving new information and developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

WUSD developed a three-part plan to support students and families during the school closure  

Part 1 Student and Staff Safety
Our first goal is to protect students, staff, and community from the spread of the virus. No children will be permitted in schools during the closure. Staff will be permitted to enter schools in small numbers and for prescribed periods of time on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday March 18.  No children, families, or staff will be allowed to enter any school building after that time. All schools will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized during the closure.

Part 2 Home-Based Learning
School District teachers and administrators are preparing a Home-Based Learning Plan to support continued student learning during the closure. Students are able to continue to practice and maintain skills that have been taught up to this point in the school year and extend their learning going forward. If your child has access to a digital device at home, you can access a Google Document with the lessons from each school. All high school and middle school students have access to a District-provided Chromebook. Elementary students will not be receiving a District Chromebook.  Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student  households.

UPDATED 3/17: We appreciate your support and flexibility as we work with you to navigate the school closure due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus. In order to minimize the negative impact on students’ academic learning during this closure, teachers have developed home-based learning opportunities for students to work on from home. Most high school and middle school teachers are providing materials and projects online. Elementary schools are providing home-based enrichment packets for pickup at each school on Wednesday, March 18. Information for all lessons and links to resources will be made available on our COVID-19 website the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18:

Student expectations for Home Based Learning

  • Completion of assignments and projects to the best of their ability
  • Teachers will provide feedback, not grades, on newly-assigned projects
  • Students continue to work on previously-assignment projects, which will be graded
  • Bring home learning materials, including devices, when appropriate

UPDATED 3/17: Students or Parents can pick up home-based enrichment learning materials at the following building pickup times. Families that are unable to pick up their child(ren)s learning packets can have them mailed to their home.

Pick-up details are below.

1. All Elementary Schools – Wednesday 10am to 6pm

2. MS – Wednesday from 7am to 5pm (If necessary)

3. HS – Wednesday from 8am to 10am (If necessary)

● Lakeview: Outside the front of the building. Please stay in your vehicle.

-Lincoln: Stay in your car, loop through the staff/visitor parking lot, and form a car line at the Main Office Doors (under the Great Happens Here sign). Staff will ask your child(ren)’s name and gather the packet and deliver to your car.

● Washington: Pick-up will be drive-thru style and take place on Fonda St. (west side of building). You are asked to pull alongside the sidewalk and remain in your vehicle as families will be assisted one at a time. A staff member will meet you at your vehicle where you will be asked your child’s name(s) and classroom teacher. Staff will gather materials and deliver them to your vehicle.

● Middle School: If materials need to be picked up, parents are to park in the circle drive and press the buzzer. We will gather your child’s belongings and bring them to you. If you are able to call ahead and let us know what to gather, the process will be quicker.

● High School: If materials need to be picked up, students should report to the main office and one of our staff will retrieve items for them.

Thank you for your help and support as we work to provide the best learning experiences possible for your child(ren) while schools are closed

Part 3 Food Distribution
To learn more about our efforts to provide meals to students, please visit our COVID-19 webpage:
We are preparing for an unprecedented and perhaps extended period of closure. Working with families and community, we are striving to protect health and safety, while sustaining student learning. Thanks for your help and support.  

Dr. Jim Shaw, PhD
District Administrator

Estimadas Familias:

Nuestra primera preocupación es la salud y seguridad de los estudiantes. Para contener la propagación de COVID-19, las escuelas permanecerán cerradas hasta el 6 de abril. Apreciamos su comprensión y apoyo durante este momento difícil. Estamos recibiendo constantemente nueva información y desarrollos relacionados con el brote COVID-19.

WUSD desarrolló un plan de tres partes para apoyar a los estudiantes y las familias durante el cierre de la escuela.

Parte 1 Seguridad de Estudiante y el Personal
Nuestro primer objetivo es proteger a los estudiantes, el personal y la comunidad de la propagación del virus. No se permitirán niños en las escuelas durante el cierre. El personal podrá ingresar a las escuelas en pequeñas cantidades y por períodos de tiempo prescritos el martes 17 de marzo y el miércoles 18 de marzo. Ningún niño, familia o personal podrá ingresar a ningún edificio escolar después de ese tiempo. Todas las escuelas serán limpiadas y desinfectadas a fondo durante el cierre.

Parte 2 Aprendizaje en el Hogar / REVISADO 3/17/2020

Hola familias y estudiantes de WUSD. Apreciamos su apoyo y flexibilidad mientras trabajamos con usted para navegar el cierre de la escuela debido a la amenaza del virus COVID-19. Para minimizar el impacto negativo en el aprendizaje académico de los estudiantes durante este cierre, los maestros han desarrollado oportunidades de aprendizaje en el hogar para que los estudiantes trabajen desde casa. La mayoría de los maestros de middle y high school están proporcionando materiales y proyectos en línea. Las escuelas primarias están proporcionando paquetes de enriquecimiento para el hogar para que los recojan en cada escuela el miércoles 18 de marzo. La información para todas las lecciones y enlaces a recursos estará disponible en nuestro sitio web COVID-19 la tarde del miércoles 18 de marzo: Los estudiantes o los padres pueden recoger materiales de aprendizaje de enriquecimiento para el hogar en los siguientes horarios de recogida del edificio. Las familias que no pueden recoger los paquetes de aprendizaje de sus hijos pueden tenerlos enviados por correo a su hogar. Los detalles de recogida están a continuación.

1. Todas las Escuelas Primarias: miércoles de 10 a.m. a 6 p.m.

2. Middle School: miércoles de 7 a.m. a 5 p.m. (si es necesario)

3. High School – miércoles de 8am a 10am (si es necesario)

● Lakeview: fuera del frente del edificio. Por favor, quédese en su vehículo.

● Lincoln: quédese en su automóvil, pase por el estacionamiento de personal / visitantes y forme una línea de automóviles en las puertas de la oficina principal (debajo del letrero Great Happens Here). El personal le preguntará el nombre de su (s) hijo (s) y reunirá el paquete y lo entregará en su automóvil.

● Washington: La recogida será de estilo drive-thru y tendrá lugar en Fonda St. (lado oeste del edificio). Se le pide que se detenga junto a la acera y permanezca en su vehículo, ya que las familias recibirán asistencia de una en una. Un miembro del personal lo recibirá en su vehículo, donde se le preguntará el nombre de su hijo y el maestro de la clase. El personal reunirá materiales y los entregará a su vehículo.

● Middle School: los padres deben estacionarse en el círculo y presionar el timbre. Reuniremos las pertenencias de su hijo y se las llevaremos. Si puede llamar con anticipación y hacernos saber qué reunir, el proceso será más rápido.

● High School: Los estudiantes deben reportarse a la oficina principal y uno de los miembros de nuestro personal reunirá las cosas.

Gracias por su ayuda y apoyo mientras trabajamos para proporcionar las mejores experiencias de aprendizaje posibles para sus hijos mientras las escuelas están cerradas.

Los maestros y administradores del distrito escolar están preparando un Plan de Aprendizaje Basado en el Hogar para apoyar el aprendizaje continuo de los estudiantes durante el cierre. Los estudiantes pueden continuar practicando y mantener las habilidades que se les han enseñado hasta este momento en el año escolar y extender su aprendizaje en el futuro. Si su hijo tiene acceso a un dispositivo digital en el hogar, puede acceder a un documento de Google con las lecciones de cada escuela. Todos los estudiantes de middle y high school tienen acceso a un Chromebook provisto por el Distrito. Los estudiantes de primaria no recibirán un Chromebook del Distrito. Charter ofrecerá acceso gratuito de banda ancha y Wi-Fi de Spectrum durante 60 días a hogares con estudiantes de K-12 y / o estudiantes universitarios que aún no tienen una suscripción de banda ancha de Spectrum en cualquier nivel de servicio de hasta 100 Mbps. Para inscribirse llame al 1-844-488-8395. Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes..

En un esfuerzo para asegurar que nuestros estudiantes continúen aprendiendo académicamente, cada maestro en todos los niveles de grado y en todas las escuelas ha desarrollado lecciones de aprendizaje en el hogar para sus estudiantes. La mayoría de los maestros de middle y high school proporcionarán materiales y proyectos en línea. Las escuelas primarias proporcionarán paquetes de aprendizaje en el hogar y PDF para recoger en cada escuela el miércoles 18 de marzo..

Todas las lecciones y enlaces a recursos estarán disponibles en nuestro sitio web COVID-19 el miércoles por la tarde.

Expectativas de los estudiantes para el Aprendizaje Basado en el Hogar

  • Realización de tareas y proyectos lo mejor que puedan
  • Los maestros proporcionarán comentarios, no calificaciones, sobre proyectos recién asignados
  • Los estudiantes continúan trabajando en proyectos previamente asignados, que serán calificados
  • Llevar a casa materiales de aprendizaje, incluidos dispositivos, cuando corresponda

Parte 3 Distribución de Alimentos
Para obtener más información sobre nuestros esfuerzos para proporcionar comidas a los estudiantes, visite nuestra página web COVID-19:

Nos estamos preparando para un período de cierre sin precedentes y quizás extendido. Trabajando con las familias y la comunidad, nos esforzamos para proteger la salud y la seguridad, al tiempo que mantenemos el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Gracias por su ayuda y apoyo.

Dr. Jim Shaw, PhD

Administrador de Distrito

Municipal Building Only Open for Limited Purposes; Municipal Court Postponed; Last Day for Online Voter Registration; Absentee Voting Encouraged

In our efforts to take a proactive approach to reduce the potential for transmission of the virus causing COVID-19, all city facilities will be closed, with limited exceptions, to the public beginning at 8:00 a.m. on March 18, 2020.

In our efforts to take a proactive approach to reduce the potential for transmission of the virus causing COVID-19, all city facilities will be closed to the public beginning at 8:00 a.m. on March 18, 2020. Facilities will be closed until further notice, but the status of this closure will be reevaluated on March 30, 2020. The Office of the Clerk will remain open for in-person voter registration and absentee voting. Residents are encouraged to utilize online resources to prepare for election day.

The City will continue to provide updates on municipal operations via the City website and Facebook page in addition to other social media outlets as appropriate. The City will also work with local news sources, including the Whitewater Banner ( to supply the community with additional information as it becomes available.

Contacting City Staff
Whitewater staff will continue to report to work throughout the closure period. Phone lines will remain operational and staff will answer calls during normal business hours.

Making Payments

In-person payments will no longer be accepted at the municipal building until further notice. Property Taxes, Utility Bills, and Citations can be paid online by clicking here: . Payments can be placed in the drop box located in the Whitewater Street entrance or sent by mail to: PO Box 690, Whitewater, WI 53190.

Elections // Voter Registration // Absentee Voting
ALL residents are being urged to vote absentee via the mail. Voting through the mail reduces public contact with our poll workers, many of whom are senior citizens. Seniors have so far been more susceptible to complications from the virus. Absentee voting also enables the voter to avoid the large crowds and lines at polling places on April 7, 2020. Visit to both register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Ballots are typically mailed within a day of your absentee ballot application submittal. After March 18, in-person voter registration may be required. The Office of the City Clerk ( will be open to allow for in-person voter registration and absentee ballot requests moving forward.

March 18, 2020– Deadline to Register by Mail – Your voter registration form, along with proof of residence must be postmarked to your municipal clerk no later than March 18, 2020. Find your Municipal Clerk’s Contact Information here. 

March 18, 2020– Deadline to Register to vote online. – Voters who are able to match their name, date of birth, Wisconsin Driver License or State ID number, and address with the Wisconsin DMV can register to vote online through March 18, 2020.

April 2, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot- Regular and Permanent Overseas Voters-  If you are a regular or a Permanent Overseas Voter, your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2020. 

Public Works Services
All public works divisions will continue in the normal course of operations. Facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. Questions or requests for appointments can be directed to 473-0560.

Police, Fire and EMS Services
The Municipal Building lobby will remain open for those in need of public safety assistance.

Municipal Court:
Municipal Court has cancelled all court activities beginning immediately. Court dates will be postponed until May 13, 2020.
See the Municipal Court web page: for more information.

Planning // Zoning // Building Inspection // Code Enforcement
Permit applications and associated fees can be submitted electronically or by mail. See web page for details: Questions regarding permits, plan submittals or inspections can be directed to 473-0144.

Public Meetings:
All committees and commissions have been discouraged from holding public meetings until further notice. Staff is currently evaluating the application of technology to help avoid public gatherings while still holding meetings to take necessary committee actions in April. More information on public meetings will be forthcoming.

Do You Think You Might Have COVID-19 (Coronavirus)? Symptoms: Fever, Cough and/or Shortness of Breath – SSM Health Offers Free Online Screening

You can help stop COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by knowing the signs and symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Coronavirus (COVID-19): SSM Health is offering free virtual evaluations.  
We are currently experiencing a high volume of virtual visits at this time. Thank you for your patience.
We’ve created a screening questionnaire based on CDC guidelines to help you determine the most appropriate level of care for you. Thank you for your patience as we are handling an extremely high volume of virtual evaluations at this time. START SCREENING NOW

Gov. Evers Orders Closure of Restaurants (Except Delivery/Takeout), Bars, Gyms, Malls, Theaters, & Gatherings of More than 10 People – Effective 3/17 at 5 p.m.; UW-Madison Goes to Online Classes for Remainder of Semester

In response to the increased spread of COVID-19 in the state, with currently 72 cases reported, Governor Evers ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, gyms, malls, theaters, and gatherings of more than 10 people effective Tues., 3/17 at 5 p.m. Restaurants may continue to provide food by take-out and delivery. Retail establishments “where large numbers of people are present but are generally not within arm’s length of one another for more than ten minutes” are exempt from the order. The order also applies to churches, raising the question as to whether Easter services may be held in person, as celebrated by most churches on April 12.

To view a copy of the Governor’s order click here.

The Banner wishes to support local restaurants during this extraordinarily difficult circumstance, and will be happy to post information about those establishments that will be providing take-out and/or delivery. It is hoped that some may even be willing to provide curbside pickup. You may also wish to consider purchasing gift cards for future use. Proprietors should send info to or use the “submit a story” button on the website masthead.

Mary Ellen Pope lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the age of 91, at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville

Mary Ellen Pope, a long-time resident of Whitewater, Wisconsin, lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the age of 91, at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville, Wisconsin. Born to August and Helen (Wellnitz) Frei on March 8, 1929, in Chewelah, Washington, she was the fifth of eight children. When she was a toddler, the family packed up everything they could fit in their 1927 Chevy sedan and traveled back to Wisconsin during the Great Depression. She attended Finch School in La Prairie, a one-room schoolhouse through 8th grade, and even though she was bothered by her lack of a high school diploma; it never stopped her from going for something she set her heart on achieving. While working on the family farm with her parents and siblings, she learned a strong work ethic, which showed when she was named the Chicken Plucking Champion at the Rock County Fair as a teenager. Mary Ellen was a fun-loving girl who loved to dance and it was at a barn dance she met Charles Donald Pope and fell for him and his motorcycle. In 1950 they married in Janesville at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and in 1965 they moved their family to Whitewater. Each time Mary Ellen had one of their nine children, she was back in the barn, with the baby in a stroller, helping milk cows and finish chores. After Donald’s death in 1967, Mary Ellen ignored popular opinion about a woman in business and continued to run the farming operation with her sons. In 1971, Mary Ellen married Robert James McCulloch at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and in 1972 they had a daughter, Yvonne. Even though the marriage ended in divorce, they remained great friends until his passing in 1985. Mary Ellen was a very active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Whitewater and through the 55 years she attended she served as a Parish Council Member, Parish Trustee, Acolyte, and on the Christian Women’s Altar Society. One thing was always clear that St Patrick was a second home to Mary Ellen.

Mary Ellen will be missed by her children: Charles (Linda), Michael (Karen), Kevin (Nancy), Virgil (Sandra),Craig (Cathleen), Anne (Brian) Morgan, Serena (Lance) Elliott, Donald (Sally) and Yvonne (Scott) Fanshaw; daughters in law: Betty, Kathy, and Lisa; as well as her grandchildren: Carrie (Jason) Mathison, Christopher (Jill) Pope, Nathan (Carrie) Pope, Abigail Zinzow, Charles J.(Liz) Pope, Michael A. Pope, Olivia (Chris) Hale, August Pope, Ryan Pope, Anson (Sara) Pope, Wade (Shalanna) Pope, Shane (Rebecca) Pope, Angie Pope, Rebecca (Paul) Morris, Sarah Pope, Virgil S.(Marissa) Pope, Elyssa Pope, Emma Pope, Audrey Pope, Jonathan Pope, Helena Pope, Ashlee (Jacob) Prochnow, Torrin (Angela) Thatcher, Madeleine (Craig) Spangler, Carli Pope, Peyton Pope, Savannah Pope, Gabriel Pope, Jenna Pope, Kenley Pope, Grace Fanshaw, and Sophia Fanshaw; 24 great grandchildren; her sister, Linae Frei; sisters in law: Agnes Frei, Shirley Thompson, and Darlene Pozin; plus many beloved nieces and nephews and close friends. She will be greeted in heaven by her sons, Mark and Paul; son in law, Thomas K. Thatcher; daughter in law, Sonja Isaacsen; grandchildren-in-law, Jason Zinzow and Teresa Pope; her parents; and siblings: Cecelia Sowles, Joseph Frei, Leo Frei, Marguerite Frei, Cletus Frei, and Patricia Clark.

Through all the hard times and tragedies in her life, Mary Ellen’s faith in God and Jesus sustained her and held her up. Her strength is an inspiration to everyone who knew her and she will be greatly missed.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic a private burial will be held at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery. A Mass of Christian Burial and a Celebration of Life will be held at later date. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family with arrangements. Donations in Mary Ellen’s name can be made to the UW Carbone Cancer Center and Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, Janesville. For online condolences and guestbook, please visit:

The family would like to thank Dr. Natalie Callender, Michelle Lackner, and the team for Multiple Myeloma at the UW Carbone Cancer Center for giving us two years longer with Mom. A grateful thank you to Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care in Janesville for their caring and kindness through the loss of mom and helping her make a dignified passing to Heaven.