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

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.

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,

On Saturday, August 3, Aureljean “Jeani” Gustafson-Erdmann died peacefully of complications from 13 years of Alzheimer’s.

As Mrs. Rexroat, Ms. Gustafson, and Mrs. Erdmann, she taught in the Whitewater Junior High and Middle Schools from the 1960s to 1998. 

Among her mourners are her daughter, Dawn; her son, Christopher, and her sister, Cheryl.  Her husband Ed mourns gently and joyfully, for he knew Aureljean to have been of the highest motives and integrity in all she did.  This angel has gone to home.  

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Gary Keith Stone, 83, Whitewater, WI passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Fairhaven Senior Living in Whitewater.

Gary was born on January 21, 1936 in Waupaca, WI to Benjamin and Zelma (Barton) Stone. He graduated from Whitewater City High School in 1955. On July 28, 1956 Gary married Janet Stelter at First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater. He served his country in the National Guard for 6 years. Gary was employed at General Motors for 36 years. He and Janet loved to golf and spending part of their retirement in Florida. Gary enjoyed ice fishing and playing cards.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Janet, Whitewater; children Jodeen (James) Kienbaum, Whitewater, Linda Jacobs, Janesville, Brett Stone, Madison; grandchildren Brittany (Blake Zimmerman)Kienbaum, Eric (Chaya) Jacobs, Valerie (Nemesio) Alvarez; great-grandchildren Andre, Willian and Roman Alvarez, Dash and Capri Jacobs. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandson Michael Kienbaum.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 11:00am at First English Lutheran Church 401 W. Main St. Whitewater WI 53190. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:30am until the time of the service. As an expression of sympathy you may wish to consider memorials to First English Lutheran Church. Gary will be deeply missed by all who knew him. We all love you!

Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater is assisting the family.

Kenneth Vernon Krumm, age 85, of Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

Ken was born in McIntyre, Iowa on August 19, 1933, the son of Otto and Johanna (Reich) Krumm. On February 15, 1957, Ken married Janet Luebke in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. He was employed with General Motors for forty years.

Ken was a member of the First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater. Ken loved his family and enjoyed watching them grow. He loved playing cards, fishing, hunting, farming, joking around with everyone, collecting treasures from auctions and sales, and having a few beers with family and friends.

Surviving are: Children: Robert Krumm, Michelle (Jeffrey) Cannon; Grandchildren: Desiree Lueloff, Jade Ritter; Great-grandchildren: Anika Lueloff, Ayrton Ritter; Two siblings: Lois Meier and Elroy Streich.

Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Krumm, his parents and three brothers.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 PM on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Nitardy Funeral Home Chapel, 550 N. Newcomb Street, Whitewater, WI 53190. A visitation will take place from 10 AM until the time of services.

Nitardy funeral home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Stanley A. Vesely, age 78, of Whitewater, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019 at So. Wisconsin Veterans Home, Union Grove, WI.

He was born February 14, 1941 to Arnold and Dorothy (nee McLellan) Vesely and raised by Arnold and Emily (nee Komrska) Vesely in Chicago, IL. Stan spent his early life in the Chicago suburbs and graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, with a master’s in education. On August 20, 1966 he was united in marriage to Valerie Ann Tilgner in Villa Park, IL.

He proudly served his country in the United States Marines from 1959 through 1963. Stan worked as a salesman selling Aerial Lift Products. He was previously employed at Mi-Jack Products in Hazelcrest, IL and at National Lift Truck in Franklin Park, IL. He loved his work in sales, bringing in a new era of lift equipment. The past two years Stan and Val have resided in Whitewater, WI. Stan also enjoyed the outdoors; he loved hunting and was an avid golfer.

Stan is survived by his loving wife Val, and daughter Trisha (John) Washburn, grandchildren, Ryan Marincic and Jaxson Washburn. He is further survived by other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son Ryan Vesely, his parents, a brother Arnold Vesely and a sister Lillian (Larry) Laznovsky.

Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory
908 – 11th Ave.
Union Grove, WI 53182

Sharon D. Wisch, 67, of Whitewater passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Janesville.

Sharon was born on December 2, 1951 in Fresno, California to James and Paulette (Dearman) Frasier. Her father was an iron worker and they traveled around a lot during Sharon’s early childhood. She remembers traveling across the desert with a water bag hanging on the front end of their car. Sharon enjoyed having fresh California produce including avocados, pecans, strawberries and oranges, and was able to pick her own oranges in their backyard. In grade school, she was able to look out her classroom window out to the Ocean and see the whales going by. Sharon graduated Fresno High in 1969. On November 27, 1971 Sharon married Richard Wisch in Fresno. Before leaving Fresno, Sharon worked as hotel linen staff at Motel 6. After moving to Wisconsin, she worked at the Sears store in Whitewater. Sharon and Richard worked together for twenty years as custodial staff at UW-Whitewater.

Sharon enjoyed crocheting, gardening, traveling back and forth from California with Richard, and visiting casinos on their trips.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Wisch; brother, David Frasier; brother-in-law, Ray Wisch; several nieces and nephews.

Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Pauline Frasier and sister, Ginger Berry.

Funeral services will take place at 6 pm on Friday July 26, 2019 at Nitardy Funeral Home, 1008 Madison Ave. Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. A visitation will take place from 4 pm until time of service.

The family would like to give special thanks to Mercy Medical Center in Elkhorn, Holton Manor in Elkhorn and Mercy Hospital in Janesville for doing everything they could to keep Sharon with us.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marvin Davis Free, Jr. of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, passed away on July 13, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family and dog, Abby.

Marvin was born on September 16, 1947 in San Francisco, California, son of Marvin D. Free and Julia (Frierson) Free.  He earned a BBA (‘70), MBA (‘72), and MA (‘77) from Baylor University and a PhD (‘85) from the University of Denver.

In July 1979, Marvin married his wife, Sandra Gardsbane.  They were married for forty years. Together they had two children, Jonathan Free and Benjamin Free. Marvin was involved in his children’s lives as an active volunteer and leader in Boy Scouts.  He never missed a sporting event or school event in which they participated.

He began his teaching career at UW-Marathon County in 1985. In 1996, he accepted a position at UW-Whitewater, where he worked as a Professor of Sociology and Criminology until his retirement in January 2015. He was the author of many books and articles, where his research primarily centered on wrongful convictions.

Following his retirement, he traveled with Abby, his beloved dog, as a team visiting nursing homes, group homes and day care centers.  They were also a part of the Reading Program at the Fort Library.

Marvin spent his time diligently training Abby to compete in American Kennel Club Obedience and Rally events.  They were quite the team, winning many first place ribbons as Abby acquired 6 titles.

Marvin was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister, Faye Deaton, brother-in-law Ray Deaton and brother-in-law, Brian Gardsbane.  He is survived by his wife Sandra, sons Jonathan and Benjamin, sister, Kaye (Don) Ellison, and many family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held graveside at Evergreen Cemetery, in Fort Atkinson on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11 am. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson, P.O. Box 205, Fort Atkinson WI 53538.

Dunlap Memorial Home, Fort Atkinson, is assisting the family with arrangements.