Phyllis Masterson, 92, of Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2018 in at Fairhaven in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Phyllis was born June 21, 1925, to Raymond and Alta (Sleep) Chamberlain in Palmyra, Wisconsin.  She lived most of her life in Whitewater, Wisconsin.  She graduated as valedictorian from Whitewater High school in 1943.  She then attended and graduated from Whitewater State Teacher’s College (now UW-Whitewater) in 1947.

Phyllis married William Masterson, her high school sweetheart, in 1947.  Together, they spent 61 years together and had three children.  For 23 years, she taught math at the junior high and high school in the Whitewater school district.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, PEO Sisterhood and the Retired Teachers Association.  Phyllis enjoyed music, reading, knitting, weaving, crosswords and loved her family dearly.

She is survived by her three children, Kim Masterson of Whitewater, Karla Goodman of Severna Park, MD, and Bruce (Debbie) Masterson of Whitewater; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased in death by her husband, parents and daughter-in-law, Pam Schmitt-Masterson.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 145 Prairie St, Whitewater, WI 53190.  A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at First United Methodist Church, Whitewater, WI.  Her cremains will be interred at Hillside Cemetery.

Memorials can be made in her memory to Fairhaven Foundation, 435 W. Starin Rd., Whitewater, WI 53190.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, Wisconsin is assisting the family,

Marilynn Ruth Baxter, Ph.D., 81, of Rockford, IL, formally of Kewanee, IL, died at 4:34 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at her home in Rockford.

Marilynn was born June 28, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of George Byron and Ruth Quinn (Hurd) Baxter. She attended the State University of Iowa in Ames and graduated in 1958; she then did post-graduate work at University of Edinburgh in 1960 and the School of Actors Company in NYC in 1963; She received her MA from University of Wisconsin in 1965 and her PhD in 1973; She did post graduate work at Lee Strosberg and was Director of Actors Workshop 1968; Marilynn was Instructor Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater 1964- 1967. She was communications faculty and director at Parkside Players University of Wisconsin at Parkside, Kenosha in 1967. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

Dr. Baxter was always a theater buff and she enjoyed acting as well as directing. She did free-lance commercial work in Milwaukee and Chicago areas. Marilynn joined the Daughters of the American Revolution as a junior on April 15, 1967, and was a member for 51 years. She was a member of Kenosha WI Chapter DAR and was Chapter Regent 1974-1977 Dr. Baxter was Past Vice President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) 1990- 1993. She was Wisconsin DAR State Regent 1986-1989. When Marilynn became State Regent, a member of the Kenosha Chapter wrote a song in her honor, “Marilyn Our Marilyn” Her NSDAR services included being a member of the Long Range Planning Commission 1998-2007, Chair of this Commission 2004-2007. In addition, she was Chair of the Wisconsin Room 1989-2001, member of Speakers Staff 2001- 2013, She also served as Vice Chair (VC) American Heritage Committee – Literature and Drama 1998-2001, VC National Defense Committee 1998-2001, VC DAR Scholarship Committee-Mary Elizabeth Lockwood Beneventi-MBA Scholarship, VC North Central Division Historic Preservation 2010-2013. Dr. Baxter was a life member of the National Officers Club, NSDAR. While she was WSDAR Regent she organized a membership survey and printed a membership directory, encouraged all members to utilize computer technology and use videotapes and TV to promote DAR. One of her projects was designing a traveler’s decal which was sold in the NSDAR Store. The English lantern clock is the oldest clock in the DAR Museum’s collection; it dates from 1690 to 1715, coinciding with the reign of William and Mary of Orange, who were Dutch. The Dutch tulip motif appears in the middle of the dial and on the central fret above the face, flanked by the coat of arms of England. Lantern clocks were the first readily available domestic clocks in England. The clock which is on display in the Wisconsin Period Room, DAR Museum, was a gift to the room from Dr. Marilynn Baxter. Dr. Baxter supported Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters serving as chair of the Long Range Planning Commission. In addition, she served on the WSDAR State Board as Chaplain and Curator. Baxter’s ancestors were with the Pilgrims who sailed from England to the colonies in New England. It was from these ancestors she qualified to become a member of Patriotic Organizations including General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Colonial Dames of America, National Society of Magna Charta Dames, Plantagenet Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Marilynn’s commitment to Colonial Dames of America – Wisconsin included being a longstanding board member, Honorary President, and past Region II Museum Property Chair, Lady of Dumbarton, and Chair of Historical Indian Agency House, Portage Wi Committee.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

DAR Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Graveside Services will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Memorials may be made to Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters, 1824 State Road 33, Portage, Wisconsin 53901.

Please leave a memory or online condolence for Marilynn’s family and friends at

Fran K Parks, January 5, 1960 – April 8, 2018

Fran Killips Parks was born to Benjamin and Norma (DeMott) Killips on January 5th, 1960, in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. The family moved to Whitewater, Wisconsin in 1962. She graduated from Whitewater High School as part of the Class of ’78. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare at UW-Whitewater in December of 1984.

Fran married her high school friend, Howard Parks, on October 26, 1985, and the couple moved to St Louis, Missouri. They returned to Wisconsin in 1991, living in Whitewater, West Allis, Milwaukee, and Hartford. In 2006, the family offered to share their home with friends Mac & Thea McDonald. In 2010, the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska. Mac passed in 2015.

Fran enjoyed many creative activities: quilting, sewing, crocheting, gardening, photography, wood carving, singing and interior design. That is to say, she liked to move the furniture around. She enjoyed camping and traveling, visiting Idaho, da UP, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming on family trips. The highlight of her adventures was 3 weeks with her dear friends Leslie and John in New Zealand in 2015.

Fran’s delight was her four children: Sarah, Abbie, Katie, and Charlie. She was very fond of her dogs, Autumn and Penny. Fran was a member of Adat Hatikvah Tzion, a messianic congregation, in Omaha.  She was vocal about her love for Yeshua and His Word and generous with her time in service to His people. She was known for her hospitality to friends, family and strangers alike, her puns and for her hearty, joyous laughter.

Fran passed on April 8, 2018, from cancer. She was preceded in death by her father Ben, mother-in-law Helen, brother-in-law Tony and two unborn babies. She is survived by her husband, her mother, siblings Ben, Mike (Sue), Liz (John), Patrick, Marc (Christine), father-in-law Gordon, brothers-in-law Alan (Jean), Frank, Chris (SO Caroline), Matt (Linda), sisters-in-law Katie and Elizabeth (Willard), 18 nieces and nephews, 4 great-nieces and nephews.

On April 12, 2018, a graveside service was held at Voss Mohr Cemetery, in Omaha.

In Whitewater, a memorial service and potluck will be held on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at the Cravath Lakefront Community Center, from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Howard and his children are very grateful to family, church family in both Wisconsin and Nebraska, and Howard’s employer for support of many kinds during Fran’s illness and the days since.

Memorials may be made to any charity or organization in honor of Fran and her spirit to give and support others.

Denise R. Garlock, 64 of Fort Atkinson, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018. 

She was born on September 9, 1953. Denise was a very kind, fun loving, opened hearted woman who enjoyed laughing with family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Brandon (Angeles) Garlock of Milton and Blake (Mahri) Garlock of Fort Atkinson; grandchildren, Alexis, Tess, April and Vanessa; a great grandson on the way; one brother and four sisters.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

Following her wishes, private services will be held.

Dunlap Memorial Home is assisting the family

Margaret L. Bailey passed away peacefully in Lakeville, MN on May 11, 2018 at the age of 90 years old.

Margaret was born to parents Louis and Lorraine Kappel on December 19, 1927, in Madison, WI. In 1951, she married her Madison East High School sweetheart, Richard (Dick) Bailey. They resided together in West Milwaukee, WI, West Allis, WI and in 1968 they moved to their final family home in Whitewater, WI. Margie and Dick each retired from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1990 after long fulfilling careers. Through all those years there was also endless time spent with family and friends at John’s Lake in Wautoma, WI. In 2013, Margie moved to Lakeville, MN near her son Mark for the remainder of her years.

Margie’s family was blessed by a person that defined the true meaning of selfless love. Margie was a loving and devoted mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She welcomed and included with an open heart all others that were part of the family. Her greatest joy was being with her family, spending time together, and watching each of them grow. She was very proud of them all. Margie’s kindness and generosity also touched many friends, relatives, and acquaintances throughout her life. Those people as well had a special place in Margie’s heart. She often shared special stories of wonderful times and experiences spent together. These memories will be with us for generations to come.

Margie is survived by her four children, Gregg (Debbie) Bailey, Liberty Township, OH; Mark (Heidi) Bailey, Lakeville, MN; Nancy Long, Simpsonville, SC; and Jane (Dan) Becker, Whitewater, WI. She has ten grandchildren; Mitch Bailey, Amanda Bailey, Kristen Olson, Nick Bailey, Tori Bailey, Brandon Long, Jordan Long, Casey Becker, Cody Becker, and Chad Becker and six precious great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard; brother Herbert Kappel, and granddaughter Shelby Long.

The family is very grateful for all of the thoughtfulness and heartfelt condolences. A private burial is being held at a later date.

Any memorials in Margie’s honor can be directed to:

St. Croix Hospice, c/o Margaret Bailey Memorial, 7200 Hudson Blvd., Suite 230, Oakdale, MN 55128


UW-Whitewater Foundation, c/o Richard Bailey Endowment,  Hyer Hall 423, 800 W. Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190

Dennis “Goodwrench” Michael Gantz, 57, Whitewater, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at his home.

Dennis was born on September 20, 1960, in Rockford, Illinois to Robert and Kathryn (Kelzer) Gantz.  He graduated from Harlem High School in Rockford.  Dennis worked for Kunes Country Auto Group for over 30 years as an auto body technician. He was a kind man who would give the shirt off his back for anyone in need. He enjoyed fishing, shooting trap, restoring cars, NASCAR racing, and snowmobiling.

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Gantz, Whitewater; step-daughter, Heather Freund; Oshkosh, mother Kay Lindquist; brothers Benny (Brenda) Gantz, Kenny (Angel) Gantz; sister Rose Gantz (Rick); nephew Jacob Gantz; niece Brooke Gantz; former wife Kathleen (Mark) Sumnicht.  He was preceded in death by his father; sister Margaret Gantz; step-father Ty Lindquist.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Nitardy Funeral Home Chapel, 550 N. Newcomb St, Whitewater, WI 53190.

As an expression of sympathy, you may wish to consider memorials to the family.

Ralph Tyree Barton, AKA Rebel, Grasshopper, Scarecrow, 86, Whitewater, passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 02, 2018.

Ralph was born on May 9, 1931, in Kentucky to William and Virginia Lucille (Tyree) Barton.  He graduated from Boy’s Tech High School, Milwaukee, WI. Ralph married Alice Earsley Schuenke on March 13, 1965. She preceded him in death on June 14, 1994. He worked for the City of Milwaukee in their public works department.  He and Alice moved out to Whitewater after he retired and built their home which became known as Rebel’s Roost Ranch.  Ralph had a passion for horses, hunting, and guns. He drove a school bus for Lakeland.  He enjoyed driving all the sports teams from Palmyra to their games and became fond of all the children he got to know driving them to school.

He is survived by his children James (Betty) Schuenke, Merton, WI, Jan Lubasz, Whitewater; grandchildren, Christina (Justin) Meisenheimer, Nicole Lee, Sean Schuenke, Erik (Kathy) Schuenke, Dan Schuenke; great-grandchildren Tyler, Cody, Alex, Dylan, Savanna, Kaeline, Landon, Brayden, Gavin, Paxton; daughter-in-law, Rose Schuenke; several nephews and his niece, Gaye Lynn. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Richard Schuenke; grandchildren, Anthony Schuenke, Traci Lee Lubasz; brother, Charles Barton; sister, Gloria Cash.

The family would like to invite family and friends to celebrate Ralph’s life on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 1:00 pm at his home.

Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater is assisting the family,


Michael L. Simon, age 73, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at  Fort Memorial Hospital, Fort Atkinson WI.

Mike was born June 17th, 1944 in Milwaukee, WI.  He was the son of Donald M. & Mary A. (Dufrane) Simon. Mike attended St. Patrick’s Grade School, grades 1-8, and St. Mary’s Springs Academy & graduated from Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac in 1963.

Mike married Maureen H. Lawrence of Fond du Lac in 1965.  They settled in Southern WI shortly thereafter. Mike worked for the A&P Food Stores before getting his insurance license.

He sold insurance for Mutual of Omaha Ins. Co. before becoming an independent agent and owning his own business, Simon and Associates.

Mike was a proficient pool player in his early years, loved to play sheepshead and had a passion for golf.  He also enjoyed fishing, baking bread, and fermenting foods.

Mike is survived by his wife of 53 years, Maureen.  Sons: Daniel (Virginia) Simon of Fort Atkinson, Patrick Simon of Fort Atkinson, and grandchildren Morgan and Logan Simon of Fort Atkinson.  He is also survived by siblings: Donnie (Barb) Simon from Lomira; Peter (Nury) Simon of Belmont, CA; Louie (Barb) Simon of Paducah, KY; Marcia (Billy) Long of Sevierville, TN; Sharon (Rob) Sharp of Fond du Lac; Rosanne Kowal of Fond du Lac;  Karen (Jim) Gallagher of Menasha, sister-in-law Ronde (John) Zoelle of Fond du Lac; Brother-in-law Michael (Michelle) Lawrence of Omro; Brother-in-law David Lawrence Thailand; as well as many cherished friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, a sister-in-law Dorothy Simon, a brother-in-law Leo Kowal, and a son Steven Michael Simon.

A celebration of life will be at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 North Newcomb, Whitewater, WI. on Saturday, May 12, 2018, starting at 10 am with a service following at 12 pm.

In lieu of flowers, direct donations to the American Heart Association ( would be greatly appreciated or a charity of one’s choice.

Robert Lawrence Ludeman, 69, of Whitewater, WI, passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at Mulberry Glen in Whitewater.

Robert was born March 27, 1949 to Lawrence and Barbara (Beguin) Ludeman. He graduated from Milton Union High School in 1967, and married Cora Maylord Ludeman on August 17, 1968, in Milwaukee, WI. Robert worked many jobs throughout his life, including working as a custodian at U.W. Whitewater, owning a pet and hobby shop in Whitewater, being a crossing guard for 19 years for the Whitewater School District until he retired. Robert enjoyed working with coins, guns and being a farmer. He also enjoyed deer hunting with his sons and cherished his time around his family.

Robert is survived by his wife, Cora; sons: Joseph, Karl, Raymond (Deana), and Wilford (Karen) Ludeman; brother-in-law, Herb Babcock; grandchildren, Kayla and Charles. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Nancy Branfort and Karen Babcock.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, April 26 at 11 a.m. at Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton. Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. to time of services at the funeral home. There will be a private burial at Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater at a later date. The Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services

828 S. Janesville Street, Milton 608-868-2542

Robert’s family wishes to thank Rainbow Hospice for the great care that was given to Robert, to SSM Health for their care as well as for the rides given to him, and to their granddaughter, Kayla with all his love.

Albert William Bilgen, 91, died on April 21, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Born in Hubbell, Michigan, he was the youngest of Henry and Albertina (Gunville) Bilgen’s eight children. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gloria (nee Bonifas); three daughters, Rev. Vicki Fink (David), Neenah, WI; Karil Bilgen Curran, Lake Villa, IL; Jan Bilgen Craggs (Jay), Whitewater, WI; six grandchildren, Margaret Fink, Emily Steele, John Fink, Claire Curran, Caroline Curran, and William Curran; a great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill graduated from Lake Linden-Hubbell High School in 1945 as class president. He was drafted into the Army, where he coordinated efforts for troops returning home. In 1950, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from the Detroit Institute of Technology and married his high school sweetheart. His 39-year career with Allstate Insurance Company began in Detroit, where he was a Clerical Supervisor; when he retired, he was Senior Executive Vice President of Operations nationwide.

From a young age, one of Bill’s passions was music. He took organ lessons early on and continued his musical pursuits as an adult by installing a theater pipe organ in his home, bringing enjoyment to many. He wrote and helped produce an operetta about the Copper Country where he grew up, “Boomin’ Copper,” which was performed at the Calumet Theater in Calumet, MI. As a board member of Opportunity, Inc., in Northbrook, IL, Bill helped provide jobs for disabled adults. He has also registered a patent for harnessing wind energy.

Over the years, Bill and his family have enjoyed the home he designed and had built in Egg Harbor, WI. The deck looking out onto the water was a favorite spot for visiting with his wife, children, grandchildren, and a variety of friends. Many family gatherings and celebrations were hosted at “The Rock House.”

The family is grateful for the dedicated caregivers at Hearthstone Memory Care and Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center. Quick to appreciate Bill’s dynamic personality, they offered attentive care and light-hearted companionship.

A funeral service will be held on April 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater, WI, Pastor Steve Hanson officiating. Visitation will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Moss Lake Cemetery, Isabella, MI.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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