Lucy T. Conway, 92, of Whitewater passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019

Lucy T. Conway, 92, of Whitewater passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019 at Our House Senior Living in Whitewater. Born on May 15, 1927 in Kenosha, she was the daughter of the late Ignatius and Barbara (Justis) Steponitis.

Lucy attended local Kenosha schools and worked at LaBlanc Musical Instruments in Kenosha until early 1960. On May 20, 1960 she was united in marriage to Hugh R. Conway at St. Mark Catholic Church.

Hugh and Lucy moved to Whitewater in 1979 where they made their home. After Hugh died in 1997, Lucy continued working as a housekeeper for a number of local Whitewater businesses until her retirement in 2008.

Lucy is survived by stepson, Dennis Conway, nieces Carole Miller and Barbara Schmitz, nephews Tom Conway, David Steponitis, and Lawrence Steponitis. She was pre-deceased by her brothers Peter, Anthony and Stanley.

A special thank you to the entire staff at Our House and to Rainbow Hospice for their care and compassion and to the doctors, nurses and social workers at Fort Memorial Hospital.

As per Lucy’s wishes there will be no services with burial to be determined at a later date.

Nitardy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Rodney D. Berg, 84, of Whitewater passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Rodney D. Berg, 84, of Whitewater passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will take place on Friday, January 3, 2019 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. www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Duane Smith of Whitewater passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019

Duane Smith of Whitewater passed away Monday, December 2, 2019 at Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn, after a long illness.


Duane was born in Fort Atkinson, WI on November 27,1955 to Harry Smith and Helen Delaney.
He was long time retired from the Heating and Cooling business.  In his spare time he enjoyed doing wood working.  Duane had a very kind and caring heart.  He enjoyed spending time with family and his long time soulmate of 13 years.  Duane had a very special little girl in his life, Aaliyah, she called him poppy.   
Duane is survived by his soulmate, Connie Miller; his mother and stepfather, Helen and Larry Delaney; two brothers, Stan Smith, Steve Smith (Gail); a niece, Haley Smith; a sister, Deborah Blumenberg(Gordon); two stepsisters, Barbara Bigler (John), Sandy Delaney; two stepbrothers, Bob Delaney (Mary), Steve Delaney and other relatives. Duane is preceded in death by his father, Harry Smith; and a brother, Larry Smith.

Per Duane’s request, there will be no service and there will be a memorial service with family at a later date.

Shawn D. Spoo, 57, of Delavan passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019

Shawn D. Spoo, 57, of Delavan, WI passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at his home.

Shawn was born in Exira, IA on October 21, 1962 the son of David and Margaret (Farstrup) Spoo. Shawn graduated from Whitewater High School in 1981. He worked as a lineman for CenturyLink Phone Company for the majority of his working career. On October 22, 1983, Shawn married the love of his life, Jeanne Donahue in Kapaa, HI. Shawn was an avid outdoorsman. He was happy when he was outside hunting, fishing, and training his dogs. Shawn also was an excellent cook and made delicious meals for his wife during her battle with cancer. He could be stubborn, but had a good heart and loved his family and friends. Above all else, Shawn loved his wife, Jeanne. She was the apple of his eye and he would do anything for her. Shawn’s family takes comfort in the fact that they are together again, forever.

Shawn is survived by: his brother, Shane Spoo; his nephew, Taylor Spoo; his mother-in-law Barbara Donahue; and his siblings-in-law, Anna Donahue, Margaret Donahue, and Rita (Paul) Ristow. Shawn is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by: his beloved wife, Jeanne Spoo; his parents; and his father-in-law, Thomas Donahue.

A funeral service to honor Shawn’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Gibson Family Funeral Home (320 W. Main Street, Palmyra, WI 53156). Visitation will take place from 12:00 Noon until the time of service at the funeral home. Shawn will be laid to rest next to his wife, Jeanne, in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Palmyra, WI immediately following the service.

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

Herminia R. Vasquez of Whitewater passed peacefully on November 26, 2019

Herminia R. Vasquez of Whitewater, Wisconsin passed peacefully on November 26, 2019, surrounded by family and friends.

Herminia, or Minnie, as many people called her, was born in Laredo, Texas on July 19th, 1936 to migrant farmers Abraham and Elvita Rossell. She married her husband Eutimio Vasquez in 1958 and in 1959 they moved from Texas to Whitewater to build a new life in Wisconsin. Herminia at first was a stay at home mother, then worked at the Whitewater Foundry until she eventually found a permanent position at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater food service as a checker/cashier, where she retired after 30 years of dedicated service in 2012. Herminia loved her job at the University, especially the students who greeted her every day! She touched many students’ lives as she was the first face they would see in the morning prior to getting their breakfast. Always quick with a sweet smile and some funny comment, she was voted “favorite employee” many, many years in a row, not only from the company for which she worked, but campus wide! She was always very proud of that achievement! At the beginning of her retirement, she missed her job immensely but eventually settled in to be happy at home with her husband, either planning trips with her sister around the United States or going shopping or to the Casino on a whim. Minnie took pride in being an amazing cook, she loved plants and to landscape her yard but also took time on the weekends to watch her favorite sports teams: the Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, as well as a good boxing match.

Herminia was a very strong, funny, and hardworking woman. She and her husband took great pride in being one of the first Latino Whitewater residents to build their very own home on the corner of E. North and Newcomb St. where they lived for over 35 years. She was a completely selfless wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved babysitting her grandkids and loved dogs. She lived her life to make her entire family happy at all times. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to get a good education and to work hard. Her wisdom and her ability to make us all laugh, will be forever missed!

She is survived by her siblings: brother Jesus (Maria Guadalupe) Rossell, Juana (Avelino) Rodriguez, Eustulio (Eva) Rossell, Maria (Juan) Ramos, Gloria (Donato) Rios, her children: Jose (Elizabeth) Vasquez, Yolanda (Daniel) Hollenbeck, Arturo (Lina) Vasquez, Gloria (Michael) Vasquez-Leemkuil, grandchildren: Vanessa and Alessandra Hollenbeck, Gabriela, Sebastian, and Gianna Vasquez. She was preceded in death by her husband Eutimio Santos Vasquez, and her mother and father: Abraham and Elvita Rossell as well as five half-siblings.

We would like to give an immense thank you to Agrace Hospice from Janesville as well as Saran Bathchuulun, John Hethorn, their daughters: Kima and Oka, caretakers: Urna, Sunny, and Nimka, and all the other wonderful, kind, sincere caregivers who made it possible for both our parents to live out the last days of their lives together with dignity and respect! We will be forever grateful for the care and kindness you bestowed upon our parents and our family.

Visitation will be at the St. Patrick’s Church in Whitewater, Wisconsin at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019 with the funeral service following at noon. Herminia will be laid to rest following the funeral service at Hillside Cemetery alongside her husband in Whitewater.

Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, Wisconsin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jean Marie Leedham, 86, a long-time resident of Whitewater, died on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Jean Marie Leedham, 86, a long-time resident of Whitewater, died on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Fairhaven Senior Services.

Jean was born on April 22, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY to Cajus Elsworth and Nina (Gist) Leedham.  She received a degree in Christian Education and Psychology from National College in Kansas City, MO.  She furthered her education at the University of Kansas with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  Jean was a psychiatric social worker for 40 years in the Chicago area.  She retired to the Whitewater community in 2000.  Jean was a life-long Methodist and participated in many ministries at First United Methodist Church, Whitewater.  She served on the Resident Council at Fairhaven and as a board member for the League of Women Voters.  She was a prolific reader, enjoying world history, religion and psychology and biographies.  Jean was preceded in death by her parents and life-long friend Winona Campbell.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:30 in the Fairhaven Fellowship Hall at 435 W. Starin Rd., Whitewater, WI. with Rev. Susan Bresser officiating. In lieu of flowers you may wish to consider memorials to the First United Methodist Church or to the Fairhaven Foundation.  Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater is assisting the family.

Ismael “Mike” Aranda, 22, Whitewater passed away on November 24, 2019

Ismael “Mike” Aranda, 22, Whitewater passed away on November 24, 2019.

Mike was born on October 26, 1997 in Fort Atkinson to Martin and Maria Antonia (Villegas) Aranda.  He graduated from Whitewater High School.

Ismael “Mike” Aranda

Mike was very respectful and hardworking, and family and friends were very important to him.  He liked working on cars and worked at Basin Precision Machining, which he enjoyed a great deal.  He had plans for his future and was getting ready to buy a house.  Everyone around him loved him a lot.  He was a very good man.

Mike is survived by his parents,Martin Aranda and Maria Villegas; two sisters; Brenda and Marisol; brother-in-law, Rosember;  niece, Isabel; and two nephew, Gabriel and Leonardo. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 11:00am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1225 W. Main St. Whitewater, WI 53190.  A visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 9:00am until the time of the service.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Whitewater.  

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Ralph Gordon Mundinger, 89, of West Bend received his offer to heaven on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

Ralph Gordon Mundinger, 89, of West Bend received his offer to heaven on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 to head off to the major leagues. Upon hearing this news and with unbelievable emotion, his family cheered him knowing he is going to have the game of his life and that they’ll all catch up with him down the road.

Ralph was born on February 1, 1930 in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada and grew up in Whitewater, Wisconsin. After proudly serving in the United States Air Force (603 A/C Squadron), he attended the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater where he received his B.A./M.A. After graduating Ralph taught in Warren IL, Livingston WI, and St. John’s Military Academy before coming to West Bend. Ralph taught Business Education at the high school and coached multiple sports from 1961-1992.

Ralph’s greatest gift was his ability to help you understand your potential and ability to reach your goals through hard work not only in sports, but in everyday life. He also taught the importance of learning from your mistakes and quickly moving forward. Over the years, he cherished the success stories of those he invested in. The updates were priceless. Thank you, West Bend.

Ralph leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving and caring wife, Sally; his devoted children, Jay (Kim), Mark (Julie) and DeAnn (Joe) Seaman. Papa to: Jase, Sally (David) Syzdek, Charlie, Jack, Daniel, and Lydia; Nicholas (Brittany), Molly, Mark II, Darren and Cassady; Ben, Michael, and George Seaman; and great-grandsons, Lincoln and Oliver. He is further survived by a sister-in-law, Barbara Larson; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A “Celebration of Ralph’s Life” will be held at Kettlebrook Church on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.(NOON). Visitation will be at Church from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. There will be a private inurnment at Washington County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight or West Bend Columns Scholarship.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with Ralph’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.

Bernard (Ben) Jean Lucien Chaput of Whitewater passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019

Bernard Jean Lucien Chaput

April 27, 1946 – November 15, 2019

Bernard (Ben) Jean Lucien Chaput of Whitewater, WI passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving wife and children on Friday November 15, 2019. Ben was born to Lucien and Therese Chaput in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. After graduating high school he attended St. Paul’s College and received a BA with majors in English and French Literature in 1968. That same year, he was hired by Great West Life Insurance Company and married the love of his life Patricia Louise Hogan. Together they raised 5 beautiful children: Lisa, David, Jennifer, Julie and Matthew.

In 1982, he was given the opportunity to head up the company’s individual operations for its US home office in Denver, CO where he moved his family. In 1988, Ben took a job with Washington National as the Chief Underwriter and moved his family to Chicago, IL. In 1993, the company moved their operations to Whitewater, WI. Ben and Pat bought a home in the Scattered Oaks subdivision by Whitewater Lake, where they enjoyed many family occasions, lake days and watching their grandchildren grow.

Ben is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Patricia; children, Lisa (Richard) Pye, David (Cindy) Chaput, Jennifer Chaput, Julie (Brett) Todd, Matthew Chaput; Grandchildren, Emma and Trevor Wielert, Carly and Olivia Pye, Michael, Benjamin, Elise and Sam Chaput, Elena Chaput, Chloe and Colin Todd, Capri and Charlotte Chaput; Sisters, Paulette (Ray) Brunet of Victoria, BC, Simone (Craig) Cameron of Winnipeg, Manitoba; brother-in-law, Louis (Penny) Hogan of Calgary, Alberta; Godfather, Uncle John (Flora) Poirier of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and many nieces and nephews.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to extend their gratitude and thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Rainbow Hospice Care, for their compassionate care; Unity Health Point Meriter Hospital, Intensive Care Unit Oncology, The Carbone Cancer Center and UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Ben Chaput will be held Saturday November 30, 2019, at 12 PM at ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC CHURCH. Visitation will take place from 11 AM until the time of mass at the church. Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery following mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1225 West Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Gerald Wynn, 85, Whitewater, passed away last year on November 6, 2018 in Sun City, AZ.

Jerry was born on October 18, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Joseph and Nora (Walsh) Wynn. He graduated from Chicago Vocational School in 1951. On June 7, 1958 Jerry married Hildegard “Hildy” Schwab in Chicago. She preceded him in death on October 31, 2005. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1951-1954 and was stationed in Korea. Jerry was employed as an electrician for 39 years and was a member of the IBEW #134. Jerry was a member of the Whitewater Lions Club and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater. He enjoyed many years around Whitewater Lake and in Arizona. He traveled often to Aughaward, Mayo Ireland to visit his dearest cousins John and Mary Murphy. He was very close to his niece Myra Kay Wynn.
He is survived by his children Mark Wynn and Kelly Smith; granddaughter, Nora Wynn; brother Arnold Wynn. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, siblings Gertrude Wynn, Mary Louise Denny, Ann Peterson, Catherine Wynn, Frances Rymus, and Joseph Wynn.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Nitardy Funeral Home 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190. A Prayer Service will follow at 3:30. Burial will be in the Cold Spring Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Whitewater Lions Club.
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