Scott A. Astin, age 66, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2019

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.

Scott A. Astin

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.

Krause Funeral Homes and Cremation Services
(414) 464-4640

Jeffery Evans Nelson, 70, of Milton, passed away on December 10, 2019

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.

Jeffery Evans Nelson

Jeff became a plumber for Bryan Nelson Plbg. And later had a partnership with his nephew Brent under J & B Nelson Plbg out of Milton.

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, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019 in Appleton

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 Church.

Following 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.

He and 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.

Son Robert 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.

He was 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.

Nitardy Funeral home is serving the family.

Whitewater Community Food Pantry Blessed with Generosity

The Whitewater Community Food Pantry has been very blessed with the generosity of so many individuals and organizations. This made it possible for us to be very generous with our patrons.

The Whitewater High School and Middle School students collected 1300 lbs. of food with their Homecoming Food Drive. Beth Babcock, the “Stuff The Bus” coordinator, accompanied the students October 14th to drop off the food donation at the Whitewater pantry.

Monday, October 14th, through October 18th, the FFA and elementary school students collected food as well for the Stuff The Bus event.

October 21st, the Nelson stuffed bus delivered to the pantry 6,507 lbs. of food, and Beth Babcock presented a monetary donation of $7,212.00 collected through the generosity of many Whitewater citizens. We are very grateful to Beth for all her work in putting on this yearly event and to Dave Nelson for providing the Nelson Bus.

Also this past October, Festival Foods donated $1,000.00 worth of food for Thanksgiving.

November 10th, the Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, and Alpha Sigma Fraternity donated 1400 lbs. of food and $824.10 from their Fall 2019 Food Drive.

St. John’s Masonic Lodge brought in 70 cases of canned vegetables.

The Stone School 4H Club and the Katzman Family held a fundraiser to purchase 150 fruit pies to give to the Whitewater Community Food Pantry patrons to go along with their Thanksgiving meal.

December 12th, Stuff The Squad Car organized by the Whitewater Police Officers collected over 1200 lbs. of food.

Maclean Fogg donated 18(20 lb.) turkeys.

Large donations came in from the Congregational Church. The Congregational United Church of Christ collected ‘Gift-of-Love-Bags’ to be given to our pantry for Thanksgiving. Richmond Methodist Church, St. John’s Church, and St. Patrick Catholic Church, and several other churches and individuals, too numerous to mention, also brought generous Holiday donations.

Derek Harvey, a young man from Waterford, and his mother collected 2 large cart fulls of groceries for the pantry.

Dardan Agushi, a young Whitewater University graduate bought 12 bags of groceries for The Whitewater Community Food Pantry. He was so happy to be able to make this donation to the pantry.

We wish to thank the Whitewater Community and Walmart for their support and generosity.    

The pantry will be open January 2, 2020, from 8:30 to 12:00 noon. Being the New Year, everyone needs to bring identification for all family members and a current address.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Submitted by Pat Chaput and Barbara Quast, Managers of The Whitewater Community Food Pantry

Three Whippets Reach Podium at Mid-States Classic

The Whippet Wrestling Team had the opportunity to host and participate in the Mid-States Wrestling Classic held at UWW on December 28 and 29. This is a long standing tournament that has been going on for over 40 years and has some of the top talent from WI and Norther Illinois participating. This year the athletes came from 37 teams partaking in the very talented pool.

This year the Whippets all wrestled will with 5 of the 11 competitors reaching day 2 of competition. Reaching day two included Jaden Salmieri, David Cushman, Carter Friend, Gehrig Monday, and Zach Porter.

Jaden wrestled through some illness and finished the tournament at 11th place in a strong pool of wrestlers at 132 pounds. Zach Porter coming back out for the sport to close out his senior year did very well at heavyweight for the Whippets. He had the number four seed on the ropes in the quarter finals before falling. He then came back on day two and lost a couple close matches, one in ride out overtime to take 12th place.

The Mid-States Classic honors the top 8 wrestlers in their weight class on the podium at the end of the night. This year Whitewater claimed 3 top six finishers. David Cushman wrestled a very good tournament going 5-2 on the weekend to claim 5th place. Carter Friend followed a close quarterfinal match and came back to close out the night in 5th place with a great overtime win. Gehrig Monday also battled some illness the morning of the second day but wrestled his heart out, winning two really tough matches to get onto the podium. He then dropped his last match to place 6th for the tournament.

Overall the coaching staff was happy with how the entire team wrestled, as this is a very competitive tournament; if you are not up for it, it can be a short lived competition. 

Full Results

Article and Photos Submitted by Coach John Schimming

“Why We Have Liberals & Conservatives & Why We Need Them Both” – Seniors in the Park, Friday, 1/3, 10:30 a.m.

Brian Bentel


Friday, January 3, 10:30 a.m.

Starin Park Community Building

504 W Starin Rd

Many Americans have become cynical in response to a perceived loss of civility in politics in recent decades. Social media and the 24-hour news cycle contribute to this seemly unbridgeable divide. Lines have been drawn, and heels dug in, as the left and right regularly square off for vicious exchanges in what now passes as American politics. We understand the frustration felt when facing an ideological opponent, but less understood is why the two sides exist in the first place. Brian Bentel takes on this daring question with the goal of increasing understanding between left and right, and adds another important question: are the values of either side reflected in the policies enacted by our two dominant parties? 

Speaker: Brian Bentel, Ph.D., Lecturer, Dept of Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology, UW-W

Jon Anthony Feucht, 42, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Fond du Lac Lutheran Home

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 for further information and to send condolences.

Meeting the Kikkoman Challenge — One Donation at a Time

Whitewater has a rich tradition of giving from within our community that ensures that we all have opportunities for happiness and success. The Whitewater Community Foundation (WCF) invites you to join us by investing in Whitewater. Our mission, “to enhance the quality of life in the Whitewater area through educational, cultural, charitable or benevolent expenditures,” depends on the generosity of people like you. 

In 2018, the Foundation and the Whitewater Unified School District were honored to receive a $100,000 endowment from Kikkoman Foods Foundation, Inc. establishing a fund within the WCF to provide scholarships for students graduating from Whitewater High School. To thank the Kikkoman Foods Foundation, our Board of Directors has committed to raise matching funds, and we are asking you to be a part of that.

A gift from you by December 31st, 2019 can provide necessary funding to ensure that the WCF can continue its original mission to award scholarships to graduating students from Whitewater High School. Through Community Action Grants given twice a year, WCF supports programs such as Lakeview School providing students with PE equipment, Trailhead Perspectives offering an SEL based summer school program, WALCO Bookworms providing sets of books for children, and Washington School which provided ukuleles to students for imitation, exploration and improvisation learning.

To donate, simply send a check made payable to Whitewater Community Foundation at P.O. Box 428, Whitewater, WI 53190, or donate online at by clicking the “Donate” button. You may donate to our General Fund or, if you prefer, you will have an opportunity to choose a designation for your gift by selecting a specific category or focus area that you are passionate about. For tax purposes, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation asks permission to announce your generous donation in future annual reports.  If you prefer to remain anonymous, please state your preference with the donation.  For more information, contact

Thank you for considering the Foundation as a part of your charitable giving for 2019. 

Bonnie Miller