Savannah Marie Sloniker (Polich), 20, of Whitewater Wis., received her angel wings too soon on Oct. 13, 2018.

She was born on June 27, 1998, in Woodruff, Wis. to Petrina Sloniker and Josh and Angie Polich. As a junior at UW-Whitewater, Savannah was majoring in Early Education with a Special Education Certification and was a member of the UW-Whitewater chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi.  She was passionate about student teaching and looked forward to interacting with children of all ages.  Savannah aspired to be a DoDEA teacher after obtaining her masters.

She is survived by her loving parents and the siblings she adored, Pvt. Brandon Sloniker, Katie Sloniker-Tribolet, Robert Tribolet and James Polich; grandparents, Jane and Sky King, Glen Polich and Lisa Brickson, Dennis Sloniker and Lynn Engman and James and Patricia Neises; and a multitude of aunts, uncles and cousins, Katy Polich (Juno), Danielle and Barry Richardson (Riley and Remi), Molly Neises and Kimberley and Brian Mingus (Charlotte and Hope). Savannah was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Miracle (Tribolet) Sloniker; and grandmother Patricia (Reichenbach) Sloniker.

A celebration of life will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at PINEWOOD SUPPER CLUB, 1208 Half Moon Lake Dr., Mosinee, Wis., from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., with a time of remembrance beginning at 11:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, her loved ones ask that donations be made to OAR: Organization for Autism Research (  – a cause near and dear to Savannah. She touched the heart of everyone she met…  Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Stoughton

Funeral & Cremation Care

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(608) 873-4590

Joan Rose Saelinger, 86, Richmond, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018 at Delavan Health Services in Delavan, WI.

Joan was born on January 1, 1932, in Chicago, IL to Andrew and Mary (Houlihan) Grotz.  She married Ralph Saelinger on June 30, 1951.  Joan enjoyed reading and watching old movies, especially John Wayne movies.  Joan and Ralph loved to dance and she enjoyed gardening.  She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Whitewater Lions Club.

She is survived by her sons, Michael (Cindy) Saelinger, Addison, IL,  Edward (Josefina Saelinger, Melrose Park, IL; grandchildren Lee, Anna, and Bianca; siblings Eleanor OBoyle, Kathleen Toman, Lucy Feldmann, Andrew Grotz, Theresa Barlow, and Thomas Grotz. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son: Tom Saelinger, and a sister; Mary Emrich.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 1:00 pm at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St. Whitewater, WI 53190.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00 am until the time of the service.  Burial will follow at Richmond Cemetery.

Barbara Jean (Lewis) Harkonen passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 6, 2018 in San Francisco, CA.

At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by her family in her home of the past 30 years. Her death marks the end of a rapid onset battle with lung cancer.

She was born January 28, 1949, in Whitewater, WI to Eri Junior Lewis and Jean Alice (Henderson) Lewis. She was the youngest of four children.

After graduating from Whitewater High School, Barbara attended Drake University. She lived in Denver, CO, Paris, FR, and Washington DC, before settling in San Francisco.

Barbara was an avid hiker, reader, and volunteer. She enjoyed swimming at Lauderdale Lake in the summer with her sister and exploring new recipes for family dinners. She was a member of two book clubs.

Barbara is survived by Kirsten Harkonen (daughter), Wesley Alan Harkonen (son), Nancy (Lewis) Cassano (sister), David Lewis (brother), Ryan Recht (son-in-law) and Dr. W. Scott Harkonen (ex-husband). She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary Lewis Desobe.

Barbara was a loving mother, sister, and friend and will be truly missed.

Funeral service will be family only followed by an open reception at Nitardy Funeral Home Chapel, 550 N. Newcomb Street, Whitewater, WI on Monday, October 15, 2018, from 2pm-4pm.

Memorials can be directed to any of the following:

Ice Age Trail

Touched by a Paw

Lung Cancer Research

Douglas Howard Parker, age 89, passed away of natural causes, on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek, WI.

He was born December 26, 1928, in Whitewater WI, and is the son of Benjamin and Luella (Schoechert) Parker. Doug was raised in Whitewater, WI, where he graduated from Whitewater High School in 1947. Immediately after high school, Doug became a member of the Home Guard, which then was changed to the Wisconsin National Guard. Member Headquarter Company, 3rd Battalion, 127th Infantry. Promoted to Sergeant T/5. He was honorably discharged in 1951. During this time, he attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering, graduating in December 1950 with a Technical Degree in Thermodynamics. His first job was with Lipman Refrigeration, Beloit WI, as a repairman, disassembling ammonia compressors for recycling, and eventually promoted to foreman then assistant to the chief engineer. He also worked with Fairbanks-Morse and Company, as a parts technical writer then service manual writer for diesel engines. The family then moved to Galesburg, IL, where he worked as a service manual writer and assistant department manager. Later, the family moved to Kenosha County, where he worked with Modine Manufacturing Company in Advertising and Sales Promotion. He was later transferred to an assembly line as a foreman, then to Wonder Lake, IL as an Assistant Factory Manager.

In 1969, Doug started a career with State Farm Insurance. During his time with State Farm, Doug earned Legion of Honor, Agent of the Year and Traveling Millionaire. After more than 23 years of service, he retired from State Farm in December 1992. He thoroughly enjoyed his career as a State Farm Agent, especially in his efforts to help clients and associates and the friends he made along the way. After “retirement,” Doug and Winnie moved to Sun City West, AZ, where he started a new career as a real estate agent with Ken Meade Realty. He enjoyed hobbies such as photography, history, genealogy, and computer club. He also loved trains, travel, and visits from family and friends. After 21 years in Arizona, they moved back to Whitewater, where he spent time working on a couple of novels started when he was in Arizona. He and Winnie married in 1950 and celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this year. He was very proud of his family and loved them dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Winifred (Stacey) Parker; and eight children: Michael, Stephen (Jill), Bruce (Theresa), David, Roger (Marie), James (Dorothy), Kristine Presley (Michael), Cynthia Dupuis (Henry); fifteen grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Luella (Schoechert) Parker; brother, Lawrence; two sisters, Jeannette (Bradley) Eames, Audrey (Richard) Cushman; and son, Jeffrey William Parker.

There will be a Celebration of Life in his honor Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the 841 Brewhouse in Whitewater, WI between 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Marilyn G. Olm, 93, of Whitewater died on October 9, 2018.

Marilyn was born on May 19, 1925, in Menno, South Dakota to Frederick and Mabel (Christopherson) Rittershaus.  In 1947, she graduated from Lakeland College with a B.A. in Music and German, after which she received voice training at the New York Metropolitan Opera.  She was recruited by the renowned Westminster Choir at Princeton, New Jersey, and then spent much of her life as a featured soloist at churches and other concerts.

On June 15, 1948, she married the love of her life, Carroll Olm.  This past June, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with their family.

One of the kindest, most selfless people you could ever meet, Marilyn infused her love into everyone she met and everything she did.  Her life was devoted to her family, friends, church, and the Fairhaven ministry.

She is survived by her husband, Carroll; her children, Mark (Germaine) Olm, Elizabeth (Steven) Eberhardt, and James Olm; grandchildren Daniel Eberhardt, Leah Olm, Erin Hageman, Christopher Olm, Rachel Olm, Chelsea Olm, and Jameson Olm; and great-grandchildren Gabriel and Harmony Hageman.

A Memorial Service will be held at Fairhaven on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Fairhaven or Lakeland College.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, WI assisted the family,

Earl Joseph Findlay, 85, of Fort Atkinson, WI, passed away on October 08, 2018, after a very brief illness.

Earl was born to Earl and Jane (Monahan) Findlay on November 22, 1932.  Earl was a dairy farmer in Cold Spring.  He was called home to the farm at the age of 15, upon the death of his father, Earl Sr.  Earl farmed full-time from 1947 until 1997.  His farm was very special to him.  The Findlay Farm is a homestead farm, established in 1840, by Thomas Findlay, Earl’s great grandfather.

Earl married Mary Ellen Merrill of Darien on October 10, 1964.  Earl and Mary Ellen worked side-by-side for their entire time on the farm.  They were blessed with a daughter, Karen and son, James.  Upon retirement in 1997, Earl and Mary Ellen continued to live on the farm until 2008 when they moved to Fort Atkinson.  From 2008 and until his passing, he was well known to drive to the farm, always wanting to keep an eye on things!

Earl’s greatest joy was his family and his farm.  He was always pleased to know that the farm would continue through his daughter, Karen, her husband and their five children.

Earl was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Atkinson, Fort Rural Life Association, various farm organizations and was active in the Watertown Roller Skating Club.

Earl enjoyed anything farming, travel, and outings with his wife, reading, polka dancing and music, roller skating and his daughter and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; daughter, Karen and husband, Tim; their children, Thomas, Sarah, Michael, Mark and Kathleen; sister, Doris Findlay of Whitewater and sister, Joan (Jerry) Olson, of Osakis, MN and their children, Julie, Jane, Jon and their families.

Earl was preceded in death by his son, James; father, Earl Sr.; mother, Jane; brother, James; sister, Betty and in-laws, James and Lovida Merrill.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 13, at The First United Methodist Church, 320 South Main Street, Fort Atkinson, WI.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family. |

Thaddeus E. Andrysiak Sr., age 71, of Whitewater, WI

We all lost a great man on Sunday with the passing of my husband, Ted

Seventy-one years ago, Ted was born to Ted and Sophie with a new sister, Genevieve.  Educated Catholic, he went to college at St. Mary’s in Winona, Minnesota to become a secondary educator of English, continued to teach special education for thirty-six glorious years.  He had one son, Ted, who he adored and loved.  Married Nancy in 1984 and together they shared 35 years of love.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Whitewater; his son, Ted and wife Ninette of Oak Forest, Illinois; our four beautiful grandchildren, Melanie, Nadia, Henry and Rigby; Ted’s sister, Gene (Paul) Garber of Tavares, Florida; our immediate family of nieces and nephews, Cindy Vinci, Paul (Susan) Garber of Orland, Illinois, Betsy  Garber, Paul Jr. Garber , Cheryl (Joe) Simmons , Will Simmons of Rock Hill, South Carolina; and Ted’s goddaughter, Carrie (Joey) Abig of Pineville, North Carolina.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, WI assisted the family,

David Stanley Meyer, 62, Whitewater passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Dave was born on December 18, 1955, in Fort Atkinson to Stanley and Elizabeth (Speed) Meyer.  He attended Whitewater High School before entering the United States Army in 1972.  On May 10, 1974, Dave married the love of his life, Christine Welter in Kitzingen, Germany.  Together they owned Meyer’s Bumper to Bumper auto parts store.  Dave enjoyed fixing houses, old cars and going for rides.  He also enjoyed the Northwoods, his children, grandchildren, and his special friends; Mickey Mouse and John.

He is survived by his wife, Chris; children Angie (Tommy) Meyer, Clintonville, WI, Carrie (Brad) McDermott, Whitewater, WI, Jeremy (Kori Kincaid) Meyer, Whitewater; grandchildren Logan Lizak, Colten and Kylie McDermott, Dylan, Olivia and Jaymason Meyer; siblings Dennis (Mary) Meyer, Wisconsin Dells, Sandra Frye, Bethel, ME, Linda Kieffer (Hal), Lake Tomahawk, WI, Ellen (Jim) Streib, Milton, Jim (Vickie) Meyer, Whitewater, Brenda (Fred) Roloff, Indiana; numerous nieces and nephews and many sisters and brothers-in-law.  He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Reinhard and Ruth Welter; 2 sisters-in-law; 2 brothers-in-law; a great nephew and great niece.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at a later date.

As an expression of sympathy, you may wish to consider memorials to Rainbow Hospice, Jefferson, WI.  The family would like to thank Rainbow Hospice for their loving care.

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

Bernard “Bernie” Partoll, 79, Whitewater, passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Bernie was born on September 27, 1939, in Palos Park, IL to Joseph and Mary (Schmid) Partoll. Bernie and his family moved to Whitewater in 1956. He was a member of Coach Crummey’s championship football team, referred to as “the team with a heart.” Bernie excelled in athletics, lettering in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He graduated from Whitewater High School in 1958 and was offered an athletic scholarship, but instead chose to take over the family farm. Bernie took his small farm and grew it into a successful farming business that is still thriving today under the direction of his son, Philip. On September 28, 1963, he married the love of his life, June Deuel, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Palmyra. They just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Bernie and June enjoyed hunting, trap shooting, and fishing, as well as annual trips to Canada with their family.

Bernie is survived by his wife, June; children, Philip (Lori) Partoll, Whitewater, Lyn (David) Meske, Knoxville, TN, Janet (John) Dettmann, Madison, Tina (Tom) Lechnir, Kimberly, WI; grandchildren, Devon (Blake, fiancé), Peighton, Zach, Drew, Alex, Jordan; brother, John (Deanna) Partoll, Rome, WI; sister, Mary (Russell) Wickler, Palmyra. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joseph Partoll.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 7, at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St. Whitewater, WI, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, October 8, at 11:00am with visitation starting at 10:00am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1225 W. Main St. Whitewater, WI 53190.

Patricia Ann Welch, 76, of Lima Center passed away on September 21, 2018.

She was born on April 26, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois to Frank and Helen (Reinhardt) Bellgrau.  Patricia grew up on her family’s farm in Lake Zurich, Illinois and graduated from Grayslake High School in 1960.

On July 29, 1961, Patricia married Frank Welch in Mundelein, Illinois and together they had two sons and a daughter.  They moved to their farm in Lima Center in 1973.

Patricia worked on their family farm and then later became a nurse’s assistant at Fairhaven Assisted Living in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Patricia enjoyed horses, baking homemade bread, sewing, Christmas trees, and her dogs.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Helen (Reinhardt) Bellgrau.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Frank; sons, Bryan and Dwayne; daughter, Jennifer (Brett) Laucke; brother, Frank (Ruthland) Bellgrau; and sister, Sue (Ron) Mateja.

In honor of Patricia, a memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190 at 6 P.M. with visitation prior from 4 P.M. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, WI is assisting the family.