Grosskreutz, 64, passed away at his home in Whitewater, WI, on
January 2, 2020. He was born on September 25, 1955, to Richard and
Beverly (Blaedow) Grosskreutz at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital. He
spent much of his childhood in Little Prairie and Palmyra before
moving to Whitewater and graduating from Whitewater High School in
1973. On June 14, 1975, he married his wife of 44 years, Janet Marie
Cooper, at North Lima Presbyterian Church in Whitewater.
Upon graduating high
school, Brian went to work as an auto mechanic. He worked for
multiple car dealerships throughout his life. He spent the last 13
years at Ketterhagen Motors, where he worked as a Service Writer
Manager, before retiring in 2017.
Brian loved spending
time with his family. He put his family first and did everything he
could to make sure they were taken care of. He also enjoyed listening
to rock music and watching TV, especially old Westerns. His sense of
humor and willingness to help someone out or listen when someone
needed to talk will be greatly missed.
Brian is survived by
his wife, Janet; daughter, Kelly of Johnson Creek; parents, Richard
and Beverly of Whitewater; brother, Steven (Patrice) of Whitewater;
brothers-in-law, Walter Cooper, Jr. (Carol) of Big Fork, MN and John
Cooper of Janesville; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in
death by a daughter, Kimberly; maternal grandparents, William and
Orfa (Klix) Blaedow; paternal grandparents, Gustav and Hilda
(Polensky) Grosskreutz; parents-in-law Walter and Elizabeth (Fisch)
Cooper; sisters-in-law Sylvia (Cooper) Holbach and Carmella (Rose)
Cooper; and nephew Aaron Grosskreutz.
A private family
burial will take place at Little Prairie Cemetery on January 10,
Donna Mae Chamberlain, 85, of Whitewater, WI was called to her home in Heaven on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at Linden Court Waukesha.
Donna was born on
May 25, 1934, in Barre Mills, WI to Fred and Mary (Niedfeldt) Hemker.
Donna graduated from West Salem High School in 1952 and Whitewater
State Teachers College in 1956. On June 24, 1956, Donna married
Richard Chamberlain at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Barre Mills,
She was active in
their church and was a teller at a local bank for 17 years.
She is survived
by her children: Debra (Glen) Heuer of Pewaukee, WI, John (Wendy)
Chamberlain of Green Bay, WI, Ruth Chamberlain of Waukesha, WI; 6
Grandchildren, 2 Great-Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 116 Church St., Whitewater, WI. Friends may call at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Mark Lee Grundahl, age 71, of Whitewater passed away at home on Monday, December 30, 2019. He was born on June 22, 1948, the son of the late Amos and Isabel (Wright) Grundahl. Mark grew up on a dairy farm in Rock County where he was actively involved in 4-H and showing Jersey cattle. He received his B.S. in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After 3 years working as a herdsman in the dairy industry he returned to academia, earning his Master’s Degree in Dairy Nutrition from the University of Georgia. He went on to manage Jersey herds and teach at N.C. State University and Berry College in Rome, GA. Mark returned to school at UW Madison to get his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He worked in the veterinary field for 30 years. Mark enjoyed watching and attending Badger basketball and football games. He continued to be active in the Jersey cattle industry, owning and showing cattle for most of his life. Mark especially enjoyed his time watching his daughter, Sarah, showing her horses.
Mark is survived by his daughter, Sarah Grundahl; good friend and neighbor, Justin Meyers; sister, Nordis (Andy) Olson; nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Grundahl.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 12:00 noon, to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME LIFE CELEBRATION CENTER, 1800 East Racine Street, Janesville, with a time of sharing at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Mark’s name to the Rock County 4-H Fair Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or the America Jersey Cattle Association Scholarship Fund. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family. For online condolences and guestbook, please visit: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com
Scott A. Astin, age 66, passed away peacefully on
December 30, 2019.
Born in Fort Atkinson on June 21, 1953 to Albert and Ruth
(nee Foelker) Astin, Scott is survived by his beloved wife Georgianne ‘Tutty’
(nee Lenardos), loving son Andrew, brother Charles (Barb), brother-in-law
Robert Kraiss, sister-in-law Evie Lenardos, nephews Steven (Sandra) Zach and
Justin Astin and many cousins and friends.
During his retirement he enjoyed fishing, hunting,
golfing, traveling, and especially vacationing in Gulf Shores, AL. Something
very near and dear to his heart was the Brewer Community Foundation. Scott is
known for his compassion, kindness, love, and above all his sense of humor.
There will be a gathering at Krause Funeral Home, 21600 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, Wisconsin on Monday, January 6th from 10 a.m. until time of Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m., with a celebration of Life, to follow, at Alioto’s Restaurant on Mayfair Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the Brewer Community Foundation, One Brewers Way Milwaukee, WI 53214 or a charity of your choice.
Jeffery Evans Nelson December 2, 1947-December 10, 2019
Jeffery Nelson, 70, of Milton, passed away at Oak Park
Place of Janesville with loved ones by his side. He was born in Frankfort, IL
to Marvin and Naomi Nelson. The family came to Wisconsin and settled in
Whitewater from Indiana in 1952. Jeff then graduated from Fort Atkinson H.S. In
1966 and the following year was drafted into the United States Army, serving in
Germany during the Vietnam War.
Jeff became a plumber for Bryan Nelson Plbg. And later
had a partnership with his nephew Brent under J & B Nelson Plbg out of
All the Nelson family, including Jeff, loved to play
cards and he especially enjoyed golfing and bowling, having a “300” game once.
Jeff could also be found heading to a casino to gamble when looking for
something to do.
Jeff is survived by a sister, Sherry Plucinski and
brother, Wesley Nelson both of Elkhorn and sisters-in-law Joan Nelson and
Jeanette Nelson-Milleson, along with many nieces, nephews and great nieces and
nephews that he was quite close to. Those who preceded him in death were both
his parents, his brothers Dale and Bryan, sister Karen Dinsmore, and
brother-in-law Robert Plucinski.
The family wishes to thank Agrace Hospice of Janesville for helping with Jeff’s care near the end.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at The Real MacCoys, N1431 County Rd N, Whitewater, WI 53190. Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton is assisting the family with arrangements.
Victor F. Shober, age 94, formerly of Whitewater, WI, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019 in Appleton, WI.
Victor was born on July 14, 1925 in Monroe, WI. He spent his early life in Southeastern Wisconsin and Whitewater with his parents, Harry O. and Martha L. (Wolfe) Shober. He graduated from College High and was inducted into the Army Air Corp on October 5, 1943. He served with the 8th Fighter Group in the South Pacific during WWII until he was honorably discharged January 6, 1946. He was a member of the VFW.
On June 12,
1948 Victor was united in marriage to Lorena May Adams at the Whitewater Bible
their marriage Victor went to work for Hawthorne Melody Dairy. After completing
his course work in Radio and TV electronics at the Illinois Technology
Institute he opened his own TV and Appliance business, initially out of his
home, then on West Main Street and eventually several locations. In the 60’s he
branched out into real estate, fixing up properties for sale or rent, including
apartment complexes, farms, recreational properties, motels, and hotels.
Lorena enjoyed gardening, hiking, boating, camping, and flying around the state
to meet friends for breakfast. Victor loved flying and had various planes
through the years such as Luscomes, Cessnas, and Pipers.
He had a deep faith, and church was a big part of his life. He was a past member of Whitewater Bible Church, Fond du lac Bible Church, and Bethel Baptist Church. Victor served as an elder, deacon, and trustee. He enjoyed attending missions and Bible conferences. He gave gifts to start churches in Southeast Asia and Central America and would supply pastors with reference libraries in Africa and a small Bible school and orphanage in Myanmar.
He is survived by his son Philip F. (Jan) Shober of Appleton, WI and family; Arnold F. (Megan) of Appleton, WI and their children Clara, Gretchen, Naomi, and Josiah; Alicia M (Brad) Coffey, Colorado Springs, CO and Charles (Kim) Shober of Fort Collins, CO.
L. (Stacey) Shober and son Kolton Witkowski of Brandon, WI and Robert’s family,
Jason W. (Sarah) Shober of North Fond du lac, WI and their children William,
Dillan and Spencer; Mandy L. (Jeff) Griffin of North Fond du lac, WI and their
children Haily, Eric, Hannah, and Tanner; and Robyn P. Shober of Lomira, WI and
her children Carson, and Beau Grace.
preceded in death by his parents and his wife Lorena.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Nitardy Funeral Home 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI. Friends may meet the family from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. He will be laid to rest at the Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater, WI.
Jon Anthony Feucht, 42, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Fond du Lac Lutheran Home.
Jon was born June 17, 1977 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac the son of Alan and Janet Weber Feucht. Jon was a graduate of Waupun High School, class of 1996. He furthered his education and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in English writing in 2003 from Whitewater, and then a Master of Science in Education in 2008 also at UW Whitewater. Jon had been working on a Doctorate degree online with East Tennessee State University in Educational Leadership and Public Analysis. He was also working on his dissertation until his health prevented him from continuing. Jon was employed at UW Whitewater and also Blue Sky Designs Inc. On June 17, 2006 Jon married Sarah Faulkner. The couple resided in Whitewater until Jon’s health was failing and he since has resided at the Lutheran Home in Fond du Lac. He extremely enjoyed fishing, writing, and music with his favorite song being “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Jon wrote two books, “The Tan Car” and “Straight Talks From My Desk.” He also co-authored along with two professors from UW Whitewater, “Disability, Augmentative Communication, and the American Dream.” On the campus of UW Whitewater Jon founded the Authentic Voices of America Summer Camp for young augmentative alternative communication device users. The goal was for young people, ages 12-19 with severe speech disorders, to learn ways to use their devices while hanging out and having fun. In 2000, Jon received the Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports Award from Temple University in Pennsylvania where he was employed as a mentor. In 2017 Jon received the UW Whitewater Outstanding Alumni Award.
Jon is survived by his wife, Sarah Feucht, daughter of Jerry and Kathy Faulkner of Toledo, OH; father and mother, Alan and Janet Feucht of Waupun; brother, Jeff (Raelynn) Feucht of Fond du Lac; sister, Janeen (Tim) Patterson of Fond du Lac; niece and nephew, Brandon and Robyn Patterson; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Jon was preceded in death by a stillborn brother, Scott Michael in 1970; his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Gladys Feucht; his maternal grandparents, Greg and Angie Weber; an aunt; four uncles; cousins; and several friends.
A celebration of Jon’s life took place Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Rev. John Radetski officiating.
Jon’s family would like to thank his aides, teachers, professors, attendant care providers, and a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Fond du Lac Lutheran Home and Marquardt Hospice for the care and compassion given to Jon. Thanks also to those who supported the Authentic Voices of America in the annual golf outing at Rolling Meadows in Fond du Lac.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home, 244 N. Macy St. Fond du Lac WI 54935 or Marquardt Hospice, 1045 Hill St. Watertown WI 53098.
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”-Jon’s way of life.
Werner Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family. Please visit our website at www.wernerharmsen.com for further information and to send condolences.
Rodney Dean Berg, 84, died peacefully at home on December
10th with his wife and daughters at his side. He was born on
December 13, 1934 to Chester and Irene (Sievert) Berg. He was raised on the
family farm on Berg Road, Lima Township in Rock County. The second of four
children, he went to Lima Center School then on to Whitewater High School
graduating in 1952.
Rod joined the Wisconsin National Guard, then volunteered
for the draft in 1954 and served in the army for two years in Europe. Upon his
return, he worked on the family farm for a time, but his earlier interest in
woodworking led him to the construction business in 1961.
On June 24th, 1961 he married the former Donna
Matson of Eagle River, WI. They made their home in Whitewater, raising two
daughters there. He built an enviable reputation as a respected home builder,
being hands on until he was 70 years old.
His building craft also led to building 2 boats, neighborhood
floats and elaborate decorations for his daughter’s proms and homecoming
dances. These included a stagecoach, carousel and paddle wheel boat to name a
few. Always a car enthusiast, he built motorized cars for his kids as well as a
Model T truck. In addition to all his building projects, Rod was a volunteer
firefighter with the Whitewater Fire Department for 25 years, head usher and
church council president at First English Lutheran Church. As Rod loved sports,
he enjoyed playing softball, golf and went snowmobiling in his younger years. He
then became a fan supporting UWW men’s athletics, and loved watching his
daughters and later, granddaughter compete in sports. The family enjoyed many
spring break trips to Florida.
Although he was known for his built in cabinetry in the
homes he constructed, in retirement he took the furniture building to another
level. A charitable man, he donated many
chests, often engraved, and other items to organizations around the community
including Whitewater High School, UW-Whitewater, First English Lutheran Church,
Milton FFA, Evansville FFA and even fundraisers for people he didn’t know. He
was rewarded for some of this charity work when inducted into the UW-Whitewater
Hall of Fame with the Distinguished Service Award in 2003.
Rod appreciated good music and enjoyed going to concerts. His interests ranged from ABBA to Engelbert, Tom Jones to Mickey Gilley and he looked forward to trips to Branson to see several entertainers in a few days’ time.
Rod is survived by his wife of 58 years, Donna of Whitewater, daughter Brenda Lowry and only grandchild, Logan Lowry of Appleton, and daughter Sandra Miller of Fitchburg. He is further survived by his sister, Audrey Kaasa, Phoenix, AZ, brothers Alan (Barbara) Berg, Dacula, GA and Bill (Cindy) Berg, LaCrosse, WI. Cousin, Robert (Mary) Berg, Oak Park, IL and Cousin through marriage, Diana Berg (Richard dec.), Oak Brook, IL. Sisters-in-law Lolita Kachel, Whitewater, Bunny (Rolf) Grimsrud, Superior and Mia Matson, Poway, CA. He had several nieces and nephews and had the pleasure of seeing many of them, as well as his three siblings, just this past September. He was predeceased by his parents, Chet & Irene, father & mother-in-law, John and Laura Matson, brothers-in-law John Matson and David Kachel, cousin, Richard Berg and both sons-in-law, Judson Lowry and Matthew Miller.
Rod was most proud of his farming roots, his service to
his country, and his attention to detail in his construction of homes and later
furniture. He treasured his family, friends, and work partners over the years. He
enjoyed weeknight visits to local watering holes to catch up with friends as
well as dinner out on Saturday night. His favorite night of the year became the
‘Rod & Wally’s Warhawk Auction’ that he started with his late friend, Wally
Schilberg, 24 years ago.
The family sincerely thanks the many friends, family and neighbors for their calls and visits these last several months. Thank you to Drs. Kontny and Porter, and the nurses at SSM Health Oncology in Fort Atkinson for your tremendous care and concern for Rod. Many thanks to Agrace Hospice Care for helping our family keep dad at home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First
English Lutheran Church or the Whitewater Food Pantry.
Visitation will take place on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at First English Lutheran Church, 401 W Main St, Whitewater, WI. Visitation will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Bernhard “Sonny” Weinberg, Ph.D., passed away December 11, 2019 in his hometown of Rehovot, Israel at the age of 83. He graduated from: (Whitewater) College High School, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin. He went on to become a professor of Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University and retired to Rehovot, Israel. Leaving behind his wife and two sons. He always believed that Whitewater, his birthplace, was the center of the universe.
Gareth P. Betts, age 71, of the Town of LaGrange, passed away at his home on Friday December 13th 2019.
Gareth was born on February 3, 1948. He was adopted at the age of one by Francis A. and Josephine (Mlodzik) Betts, Portage, WI; where he spent his early life. He took great pride in his Welsh ethnicity, but was never able to make a trip to Wales in the United Kingdom.
He received a Master’s Degree from UW-Milwaukee.
On September 14, 1985 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in West Allis, WI, he was united in marriage to Theresa Marie Datka. Following their marriage they resided in the Town of LaGrange, WI. Gareth was a Tenured Professor of UW-Extension in Elkhorn, WI, with Emeritus Professor distinction upon retirement from the UW-Milwaukee Continuing Education Department.
He was a member of the St. Pius V Roman Catholic Church, Mukwonago, WI for more than 28 years. He served, with honor, as Sacristan for several years. Gareth was an artist with a remarkable God-given talent. He enjoyed history, and imparting his knowledge of that history to those who were interested; along with his knowledge of our faith, Church history, and vital information on the current crisis in the Church to help save souls.
Gareth is survived by his wife, Theresa. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The Rosary will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a Requiem Mass to follow at this Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius V Roman Catholic Church, 509 Grand Ave., Mukwonago, WI. The Mass will be offered by Fr. Frank Kurtz, along with the faithful in attendance. Burial will follow at South Heart Prairie Cemetery, LaGrange, WI.
Memorials Offerings may be given to either the: Universal Living Rosary Association, P.O. Box 1303 Dickinson, TX. 77539 or to the SSPX USA District, PO Box 206, Farley, MO 64028 and specify for the Foreign Missions Trust.
Theresa would like to thank all members of the Hospice Team of Mercyhealth at Home in Janesville, WI for all the wonderful care, compassion, and support Gareth and she received for the last 20 weeks of his life.
Theresa would also like to express Gareth’s and her extreme gratitude to all those who prayed for them throughout his battle with lung cancer.
Nitardy Funeral Home , Whitewater, WI is serving the family.