Christian Daniel Valdez, 7, Whitewater, passed away as a result of an accident.

Christian was born on April 22, 2012 in Fort Atkinson to Israel and Ana (Jimenez Tagle) Valdez. He was a second grader at Lincoln Elementary School in Whitewater. Christian loved playing with his brother, sister, cousins and his cat. He was a happy child who loved giving his mother hugs and kisses. He is survived by his parents and siblings Erick and Brianna. He was baptized at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church 1225 W. Main St. Whitewater, WI 53190. Burial will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Whitewater. A visitation will be held on Wednesday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Donations may be made to the family.

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

Paul Zimmerman, age 93, long-time resident of Whitewater, passed away on August 29, 2019

Paul H. Zimmerman was born in Nebraska on April 27, 1926 to Rev. Walter and Helena (nee Rich) Zimmerman. He joined sister Ruth (Ewoldt), brother Kenneth and they were soon to welcome baby sister Betty Lou. Having lived in several Methodist parsonages as a child, Paul told stories of crawling under the pews to the back of the church to escape worship services as his father preached and his mother accompanied hymns on the piano. He was, however, generally a dutiful son and, with sister Betty Lou, would hurry home to set the type for newsletter publications of his father’s sermons, thoughts, and musings.

Walter bought one of the first automobiles in their county in Nebraska, which may have inspired Paul’s lifelong love of cars. He worked on cars as a teen, and after his time in WWII in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, he met and married Clarice Benn of Ord, Nebraska. They moved to Michigan where Paul worked as a mechanic at a Massey-Harris tractor plant.

Tragedy struck the family as Paul’s mother, father, younger sister as well as a foster child died in a private plane crash in Kansas. Paul, Clarice, and their first born child Marsha returned to Nebraska where they lived and farmed the rental farm belonging to Clarice’s parents Henry and Julia Benn. After their son Ron, daughters Laurel and Colleen were born, they moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where Paul began his career working in sales. After a transfer by Freeman Shoe Company to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (T.E. Aherns) and then to Dubuque, Iowa (Roshek Department Store), daughter Rhonda was born. By that time, Paul was a housing inspector for the city of Dubuque. After retirement, the family moved to Epworth, Iowa where Paul found it difficult to stay retired, so he worked as a security guard at Kennedy Mall in Dubuque. Later years found them in Whitewater, Wisconsin and a few years after Clarice died in 2007, Paul moved to the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in King, Wisconsin.

Over the years, Paul enjoyed playing on a bowling team, golfing, working on cars and watching the Green Bay Packers. He kept things organized, clean and consistent in his car, his garage and in his home. He passed along some of those interests to his children and grandchildren.

At the age of ninety-three, Paul passed on to the next great adventure when he died on August 29, 2019. Many thanks to the staff at King for their loving care throughout his time there, and to those who participated in the Red, White, and Blue ceremony at the time of his passing. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sisters, his wife Clarice and son-in-law James Rooks. Mourning his loss and celebrating his life are his children Marsha (Tony) Starcevic, Ronald (Donna) Zimmerman, Laurel Rooks, Colleen (Peter) Kwong, Rhonda (Daryl) Pollock, ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

A Graveside Service of Remembrance will be at King Veteran Cemetery, Waupaca, WI at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2019.

Julian Lee Stinson, Jr., age 71, passed away on September 18, 2019

Julian Lee Stinson Jr., 71, Whitewater passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek, WI.

Julian was born on November 22, 1947 in Americus, GA to Julian and Gladys (Hart) Stinson. He married Anne D’Antonio on November 21, 1983 in Apple Valley, CA. In 1997 they moved to Whitewater where Julian worked for the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. He was a huge Warhawk football fan and never missed a game. He enjoyed fishing when he was younger, softball, and gardening. Julian played and sang in a gospel group named The Lighthouse Messengers for many years. He was a member of the Highlands, New Jersey and Whitewater Lions Clubs and his guilty pleasure was watching every episode of the soap opera Days of Our Lives since 1965.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Anne of Whitewater; son Jay Stinson, Chicago; daughters Chandra (Mike) Wiesner, Americus, GA and Ashley Stinson, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Janice (Art) Whitington, Americus, GA; mother-in-law Carol D’Antonio, Atlantic Highlands, NJ; brother-in-law Ralph (Missy) D’Antonio, Atlantic Highlands, NJ; sister-in-Law Carolyn (Howard) Lazerson, Jackson, NJ. and many other cherished relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1225 W. Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Nitardy Funeral Home 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190 and on Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church.

As an expression of sympathy you may wish to consider memorials to the Whitewater Dream Fund. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, Janesville and Rainbow Hospice for their care of Julian.

“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.”

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Carol Ann Gevaart, age 82, passed away on September 10, 2019

Carol Ann (Clossay) Gevaart, age 82, a former long-time Janesville resident passed away on September 10, 2019 at Fort Health Care, Fort Atkinson. She was born on March 29, 1937 in Jamaica, NY, the daughter of George and Marion (Law) Clossay.

Carol was a phenomenal woman, wife, mother and grandmother. She knew no strangers and was a friend and “light” to so many. Throughout her youth she lived in Glens Falls NY, Elkhart IN and Marinette WI before starting her college education. She attended Lawrence University in Appleton WI, where she met her husband, and graduated from Ball State in Muncie IN, where she was a sorority sister and member of Delta Zeta. Professionally, Carol specialized in communicative disorders.  She also attended Clark School for the Deaf in Northampton MA. Carol completed her Masters’ Degree in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. She was a member of: the WI State Teachers Association since 1960, the National Speech, Hearing & Language Association, and the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC). Carol was a Speech Pathologist in the Milton school system for over 27 years.

Carol was married to Goodrich “Jack” Gevaart in Augusta GA on July 2, 1960. Carol coordinated many family outings and adventures that included camping trips throughout the United States and Canada during the summer months. She was a proud, energetic and enthusiastic cheerleader for all the kids’ and grandkids’ athletic and performing arts activities. Carol enjoyed traveling with Jack and had fond memories of trips to Europe and Canada. Her last big vacation was in 2007 when the entire Gevaart family (kids and grandkids) enjoyed a cruise to Alaska.

After Jack’s passing, Carol spent six years living and receiving care at Fairhaven Retirement Community. She enjoyed the numerous resident activities including political discussions with other residents, spiritual services, watching Turner Classic Movies, arts and crafts activities. She enjoyed visits from all of her grandchildren and frequently adorned her door and walls with Marcela and Trayton’s artwork. She kept photos of her family throughout her room and would proudly share stories to anyone willing to listen. The halls and walls at Fairhaven will never be the same without her.  

Carol was preceded in death by her husband Goodrich “Jack” Gevaart and her parents George Clossay and Marion (Law) Clossay. She is survived by her children Mark G. Gevaart (Cindy) Fort Wayne IN, Glen A. Gevaart (Melinda) Portage MI, Gretchen M. Gevaart-Torres (Alex) Elkhorn WI and her grandchildren Goodrich Jack Gevaart II, Neely Gevaart, Tyler Gevaart, Lauren Gevaart, Jacob Gevaart, Trayton Torres, Marcela Torres, all of whom will miss her very much.

Carol is now enjoying renewed life, free of MS (Multiple Sclerosis) with the body of Jesus.

Visitation will be Saturday September 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a service to follow at 11 a.m. at Henke-Clarson Funeral Home at 1010 N. Wright Road Janesville WI.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations in Carol’s honor be made to the Fairhaven Employee Fund or the Fairhaven Foundation at 435 W. Starin Road, Whitewater, WI 53190.

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George E. Scharfenberg, age 65, passed away on August 20, 2019

George E. Scharfenberg, age 65 of Whitewater, passed away Tuesday, August 20, at his home. George was born March 30, 1954 in Edgerton, Wisconsin.  He was the son of Robert and Helen (Liston) Scharfenberg.

George graduated from Edgerton High School in 1972.  He earned his Master of Library Science degree from the UW Milwaukee.  He moved to Whitewater in 1992 from Edgerton.  He worked for the UW Whitewater as a Library Services Assistant until his retirement.  He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he participated in the choir, and was active in the Historical Societies of Edgerton and Whitewater.  He also enjoyed reading, trivia, photography and traveling, especially through Europe.

He is survived by his brother Mark (Elaine) Scharfenberg, of Libertyville, IL; niece Amanda Scharfenberg; nephew John (Jenny Hamlin) Scharfenberg.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Helen. 

A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Whitewater, WI.  Burial will be held at Jensen Cemetery in Edgerton, WI.  Visitation time will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church.  The Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Edgerton is assisting the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in George’s name to the National Kidney Foundation.

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Louella Jean Zahn, age 76, longtime resident of Whitewater, passed away on August 26, 2019

After a more than 20-year fight with cancer, Louella Jean Zahn (Badzinski) found peace with the Lord in heaven on August 26th. She was accompanied in her final moments by her children and grandchildren at Fairhaven in Whitewater.

Lou was born October 27, 1942 in Thorp Wisconsin. She was the 8th child from a family of nine brothers and sisters of Louis and Rosella (Duss) Badzinski.

Lou graduated from Thorp high school in 1960 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Wisconsin State College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1964. She married Donald Zahn of Sullivan, WI in May 21, 1966 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thorp, WI. Together, they completed their Masters degrees from Northern Arizona University in 1969.

While going to graduate school and working as a teacher she gave birth to two sons, Shane in New London, Wisconsin in 1967 and Travis in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1970. While devoting full time to being a mom she gave birth to a daughter Sally in Madison, WI in 1975. After a brief 2-year stay in Georgia, Lou and her family settled in Whitewater in 1978.

Lou worked for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater from 1978 until her retirement in 2007 almost exclusively with the Continuing Education Department. In addition to the regular work week, she spent many Saturdays and Sundays on campus helping out with all of the various camps and conferences. Originally hired as a typist for the University, she started many days in the early hours around 2 a.m. with a side job typing theses on an electric typewriter for foreign students pursuing their MBA’s. Lou loved working for the University and with all of the wonderful staff.

Lou was a devoted member of St. Patrick Catholic church in Whitewater. She enjoyed singing in the choir and cantering. She was a founding member of the University Optimist Club and still assisted with volunteer events such as ticket taking at all home Warhawk football games into 2018. She was an avid Warhawk sports fan, especially football, making several trips to the Stagg Bowl in Virginia.

Lou was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996. Despite battling this disease through double mastectomy, losing the use of her left arm, and continuous daily pain, she rarely complained and made the most out of every day. The family would like to thank ProHealth Care oncology in Oconomowoc for their dedication and support in helping Lou battle cancer over two decades.

Louella was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Bob and Eugene, and husband Don. She is survived by her sons Shane (Amy) and Travis of Whitewater and daughter Sally (Kevin) of Whitewater; and six grandchildren, Scott, Isabelle, Emily, Allison, Celine, and Trenten; as well as one brother and five sisters.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 30th at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Whitewater. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. with mass at 11.

If desired, memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church of Whitewater, or in her name to the Cancer fighting organization of your preference.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Dale Edgar Bornick, age 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2019

Dale Edgar Bornick, age 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Dale Edgar Bornick

Dale is survived by his children; Janet (Mike) Bennett; Glen Bornick; Scott Bornick; stepson Wayne (Andrea) Graham and family; grandsons Jacob and Brady Bennett; brother Gary (Mary) Bornick and family; Sister-in-law Sherry Bornick and family.

Dale is preceded in death by his wife Amy; parents Elmer and Mildred Bornick; sister Nancy and brother Wayne Bornick.

Dale’s happiest moments were spent growing old with his wife Amy and spending time with his family and friends. Life is only worth living if you are with those you love. His last wish was to be reunited with his wife Amy. May his wish be granted. We will miss you both.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019 in the Kratz Funeral Home-Portage (www.kratzfuneralhome.com) 302 E. Conant St., Portage, WI. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m.

Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Portage.

Jean L. Steinhoff, 88, of Palmyra, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at UW Hospital

Jean L. Steinhoff, 88, of Palmyra, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at UW Hospital.

Jean L. Steinhoff

Jean was born May 1, 1931, in Pleasant Valley, the daughter of Albert and Edna (Lundt) Emery. She grew up in rural Jefferson County and was a 1949 graduate of Palmyra High School. Jean married John Steinhoff on September 16, 1950, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Eagle. The couple enjoyed 37 years of marriage until John’s death in 1987.

Jean worked in the lunch program at Palmyra Elementary School. She was the Friday night fish fry hostess at the Nite Cap Inn for many years and later the Cornerstone Restaurant. She enjoyed seeing her regular customers each week and hearing about their families. 

Jean enjoyed gardening and was proud of her colorful flower gardens. She also enjoyed decorating her home for every holiday, especially covering her Christmas tree with angels. Her front porch was always decorated with lights for the season.    

Jean was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmyra. She served as a Parish Council member and was a member of the St. Mary’s Women’s Club. Over the years she baked countless desserts for parish events.

The most important thing in Jean’s life was her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grammy, and great-grammy. She loved baking cakes for birthdays, weddings, and graduations. She hosted the entire family for holidays and always made an assortment of delicious desserts. Jean’s recipes will live on as her grandchildren make delicious food from her hand-written cookbooks which she gifted them. She made sure her family and friends received a Hallmark card for every special occasion. Jean was a caring, thoughtful, and determined woman. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren miss her dearly.

Jean is survived by three children, Bonnie (Glen) Schaefer of Fort Atkinson, Steven (Linda) Steinhoff of Palmyra, and Susan Mehring of Fort Atkinson; seven grandchildren, Michael Steinhoff, Juliana (Timothy) Gebhart, Alex (Emily Bralick) Mehring, Benton Steinhoff, Jonathan (Laura) Schaefer, Eric (April) Mehring, and Lacey Mehring; a great-grandson, Connor Gebhart; six step-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; a special sister-in-law, Janice Emery; and a special cousin, Sister Ellen Shannon. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, a brother-in-law, and friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Steinhoff; her brother, Roger Emery; sisters-in-law Carol Foelker and Catherine Eaton; and a brother-in-law James Foelker.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at Gibson Family Funeral Home in Palmyra from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmyra. Jean will be laid to rest on Friday at 3:00 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in Eagle.

Memorials in Jean’s honor may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmyra in lieu of flowers.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff on D6 at UW Hospital for their compassionate care.

Gibson Family Funeral Homes of Eagle and Palmyra, WI is serving the family. To place an online condolence please visit gibsonfuneral.com.

Eleanor Ann Reeb, 92, of Whitewater passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

Eleanor Ann (McCutchern) Reeb was born on July 31, 1927 in Macomb, Illinois, the daughter of Ralph McCutchern and Wilma (Koontz).

She graduated in 1945 from the Western Training School and Western Academy at the Western Illinois State Teacher’s College in Macomb. She married on November 28, 1947 at the Methodist Church in Hebron, Illinois to Louis Reeb. They started farming in Waterford in 1951 and then bought their own farm in Fort Atkinson in 1959.

Lou had a heart attack in 1971, so they gave up farming and moved to an Arizona retirement community. Lou golfed with their youngest daughter, Gina, and Eleanor gardened in the Arizona sunshine. Then they moved closer to family in an Arkansas retirement community. Lou had two 18-hole golf courses and a lake to fish. After Lou’s death, Eleanor moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to family. She restored an abandoned home and lived there for thirty years.

Eleanor loved being close to family, farming, gardening and quilting.

Eleanor is survived by four children, John (Jean) Reeb of Whitewater, Stanley Reeb of Eastman, Ted (Becky) Reeb of Whitewater, Gina (Dennis Bookout) Ivey of Ash Flat, Arkansas; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Dick McCutchern of Tucson, Arizona; sister, Shirley Weeks; brother-in-law, Kenneth Reeb; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Louis Reeb and Daughter, Carol.

A memorial service for Eleanor will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 145 Prairie St., Whitewater, WI 53190, on August 31, 2019 at 11 AM. Visitation will take place from 9:30 AM until the time of services. Burial will follow services at Cold Spring Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Eleanor’s name to Rainbow Hospice Care or the First United Methodist Church in Whitewater.

Nitardy funeral home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Rhonda Rae Cook, 62, Fort Atkinson, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, after a determined fight with cancer, at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek, WI.

Rhonda was born on October 3, 1956 in Fort Atkinson to Harry Jr and Rosemarie (Wenger) Phelps. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1974 and attended UW-Madison where she was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. On May 7, 1977 Rhonda married Alan Cook. She started her career as a travel agent and later co-owned Fort Travel Center. After closing the business, she formed Help Me Rhonda Travel and dairy farmed alongside her husband and daughter Stephanie. She was a long time active member of the Fort Atkinson Junior Women’s Club and a lifetime member of the Fort Atkinson FFA Alumni Association. Rhonda enjoyed traveling extensively, gardening, caring for her grandchildren, and spending time with her family and close friends. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Alan; children Kylene (Mark) Anderson, Gregory (Chevon) Cook and Stephanie (Ryan) Hitt all of Fort Atkinson; grandchildren Isabelle, Kiefer and Kirk Anderson, Heston and Lana Cook; brother James (Ann) Phelps, Madison, WI; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 314 Barrie St., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. A visitation will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church and on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. As an expression of sympathy you may wish to consider memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church or Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.

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