Louise “Lou” E. Loomis, 78, of Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

Lou was the firstborn child of Erwin and Jeanette (Moyer) Travis on June 16, 1941 in the town of Elkhorn. Lou didn’t really have a nickname, but her family usually called her “Weezy.” She grew up with three siblings, on their family farm. Lou enjoyed being involved in the local 4H group at the Koshkonong community center. She entered the Jefferson County fairs in mostly the dairy category with her animals.

Lou was confirmed by Reverend Lewis Douglas at the First United Methodist Church in Whitewater. She sang in the children’s junior choir, and later went on to sing in the adult choir. Lou went to the Millard School for first grade and then to the Norman Horton Elementary school in Whitewater. When she was four years old, she began to study piano. She later learned to play the accordion. She continued on with these musical instruments through high school at College High School in Whitewater. One of Lou’s many achievements in high school was being elected to senior class president. She served as president throughout the whole senior year, but it turned out she was the final president, as the high school closed permanently after the last semester of school. During high school, Lou attended Janesville Vocational College, where she studied cosmetology, and happily began her first job as a beautician at Janet’s Beauty Service in Whitewater. After high school, she went to Blackhawk Technical College and also attended MATC in Fort Atkinson to study to be a Certified Nursing Assistant.

On June 18, 1960 Lou, 19, married John Loomis, 23, at the First United Methodist Church in Whitewater. Together, they had two sons. In 1970, Lou and John became foster parents and opened their hearts and home to many children for over forty years. An opportunity arose to adopt two of their foster children, which they gladly accepted. Lou and John have said that sharing their lives with the children has been one of their greatest accomplishments.

Lou was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Whitewater. She spent years in many of the different positions at the church. Lou taught third grade Sunday school and also was a liturgist. In earlier years, she chaired the Mother and Daughter banquets on Mother’s Day. In 1981 Lou and Carol Vannoy began a program at the church called the Prayer Chain, which is still greatly needed and utilized. Lou was also the president of the United Methodist Women for many years, and belonged in Esther Circle.

Lou was involved in the Bazaar Harvest Dinners, the Jr. Women’s Club, Homemakers, and also a leader in the 4H group, and many more unrecorded activities.

Lou enjoyed, traveling, camping trips with her family, meeting new people in new places, reading, sewing and gardening. Some of the vacation destinations John and Lou visited were Texas, Colorado, Florida, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Panama, and many more. They even got to stop by Johnny Cash’s house in Nashville and took his mail in for him.

Lou is survived by her husband, John Loomis of Whitewater; sons, Chad (Sherry) Loomis of Jefferson, Shane (Amy) Loomis of Kenosha, Eric Loomis of Johnson Creek; grandchildren, Brandon Loomis of Milton, Danielle (Travis) McCartney; sister, Linda Travis of Lake Geneva; brother, Neal Travis of Whitewater; and nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Joan Travis.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison for their exceptional care.

Evening visitation will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 5 PM until 7 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 145 Prairie St, Whitewater, WI 53190. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at First United Methodist Church. A visitation will take place from 10 AM until the time of services at the church. A burial will follow services at Hillside Cemetery. Memorials can be made in Lou’s name to the First United Methodist Church.

Nitardy funeral home in Whitewater is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mary Shea Peters, 72, passed away on October 16, 2019.

Mary Shea Peters

Mary Shea Peters passed away peacefully on October 16, 2019 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.  During her final days, she was surrounded by many family members who helped to care and comfort her as she made the transition to being with her Lord and Savior, as well as other loved ones, in heaven.

Mary was born in Dodgeville, WI on August 20, 1947 to Leone (Wiest) and James Francis Shea.  She graduated from Dodgeville High School.  She was married to Roger Flanagan for 26 years and was blessed with two children, Kari and Kathleen.  She married the love of her life, Ralph Peters, on March 5, 1997 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson, WI.  They were blessed with 22 years together until Ralph’s passing on October 3, 2019.

Mary pursued different careers throughout her life including legal assistant, real estate agent and executive assistant.  She is retired from WD Hoard & Sons.

Mary is fondly remembered for her strong faith, her love and enjoyment of her family, her close family ties and her dedication and loving care for her husband, Ralph.  Mary was proud of her Irish Heritage, enjoyed Irish Music especially the Irish Rovers and loved to collect family recipes.  Everyone loved Mary’s krispie treats.

Mary is survived by her daughters: Kari Flanagan of Mukwonago and Kathleen (Marc) Harris of Salem, South Dakota, her step-children, Ralph (Ilse) Peters Jr. of Fort Atkinson, Marian (Eric) Jacobsen of Menomonie, and Kurt (Rebecca) Peters of West Bend.  Mary is also survived by her brothers and sisters including Jim Kiley of Rowlette, TX, Janet McGuire of Verona, John (Diane) Shea of Barneveld, Pat Shea of Madison, Carol Higgins (Ken Laufenberg) of Dodgeville, Julie (Lyle) Farnsworth of Fort Atkinson, Mike (Sharon) Shea of Dodgeville.   Finally, she is survived by 15 grandchildren:  Amber, Allison, Kailey, Benedict, Kirsten, Nicole, Sarah, Shanna, Michelle, Amber, Brittney, Stephanie, Sean, Kellie, Katherine, 18 great grandchildren, her Godmother, Glady Starry, her Aunt, Margaret Wiest and her brother-in-law, Thomas Peters.

Preceding Mary in death was her beloved husband, Ralph Peters, her step-daughter, Debra Jean Peters, her parents, Leone (Wiest) and James Francis Shea and her grandchildren Faith, Michael, Joy, Hope, Andrew, Claire, Grace and Lucy Harris, sister-in-law, Myrna Kiley, brother-in-law, Paul McGuire, nephew, Paul James McGuire and her sister in law, Carol (Edward) Van Cleave.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1225 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190 from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Funeral services will begin right after the visitation at 11 am. 

Memorials can be made in Mary’s name to the charity of one’s choice.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Robert A. Riedel, 81, of Palmyra passed away on October 11, 2019

Robert A Riedel, 81, of Palmyra passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019. Robert was born on December 17, 1937 in Edgerton to Clarence and Lillian (Elsing) Riedel. He spent his young life working on the family farm and graduated from Whitewater High School in 1955. In December of 1959, he married Judith Smith at Fort Atkinson. They have three children, Timothy, Sandra, and Daniel.

Bob started his career as a semi-truck driver and then later became a diesel truck mechanic. Bob was a member of the local Lions Club and Snowmobile Club. His hobbies include, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, racing cars, tractor pulls, NASCAR races, and Packer Games.

He is preceded in death by his parents, older brother, and great-grandson. Bob is survived by, his three children, seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life in Bob’s memory will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Squidy’s II Bar and Grill in Palmyra from 1PM until 4PM. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Fort Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson and the staff of Dycora Nursing Home in Fort Atkinson. The family would also like to give special thanks to Rainbow Hospice Care of Jefferson for their exceptional care.
Nitardy Funeral Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sclyndia “Sindy” Kay Leibbrand, age 62, of Delavan, WI died on October 11, 2019

Sclyndia Kay Leibbrand “Sindy” age 62 of Delavan, WI died on October 11,
2019 at Mercy Hospital of Janesville.  Sindy was born on March 25, 1957,
daughter of the late Mickey and Caroline Hagg.  Sindy married David
Leibbrand in Cloudcroft, New Mexico on October 28, 1997.  Some of
Sindy’s favorite things were being a fitness instructor, downhill
skiing, the beach, and the color red.  Sindy is survived by her husband;
David; children; Whitney (Lance) Petrie, Samuel Liebbrand, and Willem
Leibbrand; grandchildren; Aiden, Westlee, and Kamden Petrie.  She is
preceded in death by her parents; a son; Todd Keenan McAlees; a sister;
Sabrina Hagg and father-in-law, Wilbur Leibbrand.  A Visitation for
Sindy will be held at Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home and
Crematory 730 N. Wisconsin Street Elkhorn, WI on Saturday October 19,
2019 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be
directed to The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation 302 Ridgefield Court,
Asheville, NC 28806.  Online guestbook can be found at

Jerry Schoen, 83, passed away on August 25, 2019

Jerry Schoen, 83, passed away peacefully on August 25th, 2019, surrounded by family. Born May 9, 1936, in Caroline, WI, he was the 4th of 6 children of Leonhart and Amanda Schoen. He attended Caroline Grade School and graduated from Marion High School in 1954.

Jerry studied at the Wisconsin State College (now University of Wisconsin) – Stevens Point, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education in 1959 and a Master of Science in Teaching in 1970. He was a member of a school-record setting relay for the track team and also active in the glee club. Following graduation, Jerry taught U.S. history at Menomonie for three years where he participated in the restoration of the Mable Tainter Theater and met Bernadette (Bunny) Stehr. They married in 1961 and moved to East Troy in 1962, where he taught history for 30 years.

In addition to teaching, Jerry was very involved in the advancement of sports programs in East Troy. He was the inaugural coach for the wrestling and cross country programs, coached track and field for 10 years, and was instrumental in construction of the school district’s first track. He was also the Athletic Director for five years. He served on Senator Herb Kohl’s nominating committee for applicants to the United States Naval Academy and served as a Blue and Gold Officer recruiting high school students to the Academy.

Jerry retired in 1992 and directed his energies to travel, birding, and related activities. He became skilled in carving birds and for many years made an annual pilgrimage to Maryland to enter the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition. His carvings often won ribbons, but he found more joy giving his creations as gifts or donating them to charitable organizations to be put up for auction.

Jerry and Bunny traveled extensively in their retirement, taking in more than 40 Road Scholar programs to Denmark, Germany, Austria, Costa Rica, Italy, Norway, and other destinations. Their travels allowed Jerry to identify more than 500 different species of birds. They moved to Whitewater in 2001 and spent many an evening together in their basement, Jerry carving a bird and Bunny weaving a basket. An avid outdoorsman, Jerry was always happy to be hunting, fishing, or otherwise enjoying nature. He served on the City of Whitewater Urban Forestry Commission, was active at Old World Wisconsin, and maintained multiple bluebird trails in collaboration with the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin.

Jerry will be greatly missed by those who knew him. He was very committed to family and friends, and despite his occasionally gruff countenance, his sense of humor never stayed hidden for long. He is survived by his son Kurt (Jennifer) of Auburndale and their children Alexa and Lucas; and his daughter Karin (Locke) Wasler of Los Angeles. He is further survived by his brothers Dennis and Bill Schoen and sister Mary Leder. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonhart and Amanda Schoen, sisters Jeanette Bielke and Joyce Strehlow, and Bunny, his wife of 55 years.

In lieu of flowers, Jerry would like his memory honored by donations to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 13th at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from noon until the time of the service. A celebration of Jerry’s life will continue at the Cravath Lakefront Community Center following the service.

Nitardy Funeral Home in Whitewater is assisting the family with arrangements.


Sharon Lee Splinter was born July 17, 1939 in Sullivan, Wisconsin

Sharon Lee Splinter, daughter of Harold and Lora (Rowe) Grant was born July 17, 1939 in Sullivan, Wisconsin. She graduated from Whitewater High and worked as an accountant in Indiana until her retirement. 

Sharon Lee Splinter

She was united in holy matrimony to Richard Splinter in May 1986, and together they combined households and raised their children.

Her beautiful life will be forever cherished by her beloved children, Connie Collins and Dale (Kelly) Splinter, and eight loving grandchildren. Also surviving are children Steve Splinter, Ron Splinter, and Rich (Deb) Splinter as well as siblings Doris Spiess, Ellen (Dean) Tucker, and Jerry (Shirley) Grant.

Sharon was preceded in death by daughter, Cheri Hudgins; siblings, Eugene Grant and Margie Massie; and her parents. Her generous spirit and pleasant personality left her loved by many. 

At her wishes, she will be donated for full-body medical research leaving no funeral services to be held.

Bryan Nelson, age 84, of Janesville, passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019

Bryan Nelson, age 84, of Janesville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, WI.  Born in La Grange Park, IL to the late Marvin and Naomi (Paulson) Nelson.  Having lived around the southern Chicago area before moving to Crown Point, IN, the family settled in Whitewater, WI in 1952. Bryan graduated from Whitewater High in 1954 and attended college in Whitewater as well.  He was soon drafted into the United States Army and completed his obligation later to return home and start his plumbing apprenticeship and receive his Masters of Plumbing while working for LeRoy Kepp.  Bryan met his future wife and his love to the very end, Joan (Harris), while bowling at The Hawk Bowl in Whitewater.  They were married on July 8, 1961. Together they built a life around raising their family and running Bryan’s plumbing business, first with his brother in-law, Bob, in Ft. Atkinson in 1968 and then on his own in Orfordville and in Milton/Janesville, before retiring in 1997.

Bryan Nelson

Bryan is survived by his wife, Joan Nelson; and their children: Tracey Fox of Janesville, Terry Nelson of Marshfield, MO, Brent (Susan) Nelson of Janesville, and Toni (Steve) Rowley of Brodhead; grandchildren, Nicholas and Sarah (Dillion Woollums) Rowley of Brodhead, Catherine and David Nelson of Janesville; great grandson, Weston Rowley; sister and brothers, Sherry Plucinski, and Jeffrey and Wesley Nelson; along with in-laws, Tom and Barbara Dosemagen, Rod and Linda Sandleback, and Jeanette Milleson; long-time friends, Larry Williams and Paul Kulinski; and many extended family members and friends.

Bryan is preceded in death by his parents; mother and father in-law, Lyle and Catherine Harris; siblings, Dale Nelson and Karen Dinsmore; brother in-law, Robert Plucinski; and son in-law, Thomas Fox.

We would like to give our upmost gratitude to Agrace Hospice in Janesville and Fitchburg for all of the love and support they’ve offered and a special thank you to Amy Olson and Erika Schultz for all of their love and help they provided to Bryan at home.  Without any of them he would have never been able to stay at home for as long as he did.

A celebration of Bryan’s life will be held from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Schneider Funeral Home Life Celebration Center, 1800 E. Racine Street, Janesville.  Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com

Judson Michael “Jud” Lowry, age 66, of Appleton passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019

Judson Michael “Jud” Lowry, age 66, of Appleton passed away after a brief illness on Monday, August 12, 2019, at University Hospital-Madison, with his family at his side.  Jud was born on May 25, 1953, the son of the late Robert and Marjorie (Cox) Lowry in Janesville.  He was raised in Janesville and attended Janesville Parker High School. He had three children while living in Janesville, two daughters, Jennifer and Jessica and a son, Adam. In 1999, he married the former Brenda Berg in Whitewater. They made their home in the Fox Valley and had one child, a daughter, Logan. He had numerous jobs in his lifetime, but sales engineering became his passion, finishing his career at Kenrich Industrial/EMS of Waukesha where he worked for the last 20 years, retiring in January of 2018.

Judson Michael “Jud” Lowry

An avid sports fan, Jud enjoyed his Packers and Brewers as well as Nascar. He was thrilled to watch his son, Adam play baseball and even coached him in his younger years.  Not always a fan of basketball, he became Logan’s biggest cheerleader during Wisconsin Flight AAU tournaments and at Appleton East High School.  Harley and snowmobile trips with friends were a favorite activity as well as camping with their fifth wheel over the last few years. 

Judson is survived by his wife, Brenda and daughter Logan of Appleton; daughter, Jennifer (Ken Richards) Lowry and their children Alexis, Morgan and Evan; daughter, Jessica Garrido and her children Austin and Mia; son, Adam Lowry of Appleton and his children Noah and Luke; brother, Jeff Lowry of Edgerton and his children, Amber (Mark) Warmke and Ashley (Ken Schuur) Lowry; brother, Josh (Deb) Lowry of Janesville; mother and father-in-law, Rod and Donna Berg of Whitewater; and sister-in-law, Sandra Miller of Fitchburg; as well as great-nieces and nephews. Jud was predeceased by his parents, Bob and Marj of Janesville; brother, Matt of Edgerton; and brother-in-law, Matt Miller of Fitchburg.

The family would like to thank the medical care team at Appleton Medical Center ICU, especially nurses Cassie and Kim as well as nurse Katie in the TLC unit at UW Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.

A family celebration of his life will take place at the ELKS LODGE, 2100 N. Washington St., Janesville, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson Fitchburg
Funeral & Cremation Care
2950 Chapel Valley Road
(606) 442-5002

Lynton M. Piatt, age 90, longtime resident of Whitewater, passed away on August 19, 2019

Lynton M. Piatt, age 90, long-time resident of Whitewater, WI, peacefully passed away at St. Therese Care Center, New Hope, MN on August 19, 2019.

Lynton M. Piatt

He was surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. He lived a long life, and more importantly the life he wanted. He loved old movies, travel, gardening, listening and dancing to music (genre Nate King Cole and Big Band sounds) and owning a pet, but mostly being with family and friends. He served proudly in the United States Air Force and was a Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for over 24 years. We will always remember his love of laughter, silly jokes, and his huge heart.

Survived by wife of 66 years, Mary Kay (Jacobs) Piatt; children, Pam (Larry) Hansen, Julie (Richard) Enerson, Tim (Heidi Sonnenburg) Piatt and Darcie (Richard) Payne and grandchildren who were so special to him: Breanna, Cassandra, Justin, Chelsey, Kajsa, Olivia, Malina, Seth, and great-grandchildren Quinn and Tristan. He also leaves behind his little dog, Oliver.

Celebration of Life at St. Therese Care Center, New Hope, MN on Sunday, September 15th. Interment at a later date in Whitewater, WI, where the family will have another gathering for those who knew him.

Dale Edgar Bornick, age 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2019

Dale Edgar Bornick, age 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Dale Edgar Bornick

Dale is survived by his children; Janet (Mike) Bennett; Glen Bornick; Scott Bornick; stepson Wayne (Andrea) Graham and family; grandsons Jacob and Brady Bennett; brother Gary (Mary) Bornick and family; Sister-in-law Sherry Bornick and family.

Dale is preceded in death by his wife Amy; parents Elmer and Mildred Bornick; sister Nancy and brother Wayne Bornick.

Dale’s happiest moments were spent growing old with his wife Amy and spending time with his family and friends. Life is only worth living if you are with those you love. His last wish was to be reunited with his wife Amy. May his wish be granted. We will miss you both.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019 in the Kratz Funeral Home-Portage (www.kratzfuneralhome.com) 302 E. Conant St., Portage, WI. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m.

Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Portage.