Mildred A. Van De Bogart (Webb) age 89 of Whitewater died Monday, August 6, 2018 at Fairhaven Nursing Home in Whitewater.

She was born October 28, 1928, to the late Arthur and Otelia (Heir) Webb in Bloomer, WI.  Millie graduated from Bloomer High School as Valedictorian.  She earned her undergraduate degree from UW Madison, Magna Cum Laude.  She then attended law school at UW Madison and received her Master’s degree in Biology from UW-Whitewater.  She married James A. Van De Bogart on November 20, 1950, in Bloomer, WI.

Millie worked at the UW Enzyme Research Laboratory in Madison for several years as a research assistant.  After she and Jim moved to Whitewater, she taught Biology to Nursing Students at Milton College.  She then taught Jr. High Science at Whitewater Jr. High until her retirement.  Millie loved traveling with her daughter and friends, reading, gardening, canning and making wine.  She enjoyed walking, swimming and being outdoors.  She was active in the Community of Christ the Servant Church and many clubs in Whitewater.  In 2009, Millie suffered a debilitating stroke and moved to Fairhaven Nursing Home.

She is survived by her four children and the spouses; James E. Van De Bogart (Nancy) of Beloit, WI, Thomas F. Van De Bogart (Donna) of Lafayette, CO, Clay A. Van De Bogart (Susan) of Lakeville, MN, and Mary L. Golike (Bob) of Burnsville, MN, as well as her nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and her sister, Eunice Berg of La Crosse, WI.  She was predeceased by her husband James A. Van De Bogart, her parents, her brother and sister-in-law George and Laverne Webb, and her brother-in-law Marion Berg.

A Celebration of Life for Mildred Van De Bogart will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24, 201,8 at Fairhaven Nursing Home, 435 Starin Rd., Whitewater, WI.  Gathering of friends and visitation will be at the Fairhaven Fellowship Hall from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. with the funeral following.  In lieu of flowers the family, asks that memorials be made the Whitewater Food Pantry of Special Olympics.  Please share a memory or a condolence with the Van De Bogart family on our website.

BRIAN MARK FUNERAL HOME, Beloit, WI is assisting the family,

Lorraine Marlyn Krieser, 92, of Fort Atkinson, died August 12, 2018, at Reena Assisted Living Facility.

Lorraine was born on July 27, 1926, in Fort Atkinson to Loyal and Malinda (Buchholtz) Kump. She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and graduated from the Fort Atkinson High School in 1944.

On August 18, 1945, she married the love of her life Louis Krieser in Fort Atkinson. Louis passed away August 28, 2011.

She was a dedicated member of the American Legion Auxiliary. In August of 2017, she was awarded a distinguished award of 65 years of membership.

Lorraine was a stay at home mother to raise five daughters. She spent many hours crocheting making things for her family and friends. The crocheted hangers she made were a big hit with everyone. She was on a Lutheran bowling league for many years. She enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting with Louie and her family.

Lorraine was strong in her faith and was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson.

Surviving are her five daughters, Connie (Doug) Zimmerman of Whitewater, Sherry (James) Rodgers of Mukwonago, Colleen Brahmstadt of Fort Atkinson, Debra (Gary) Zebell of Fort Atkinson, and Wendy (Michael) Taylor of Fort Atkinson; 12 grandchildren, Deanna (Dennis) Karbowski, Leslie (Bev) Zimmerman, David (Jamie) Rodgers, Rebecca (Noel) Schrotenboer, Steven (Jackie) Brahmstadt, Mark (Kalli) Brahmstadt, Kevin Brahmstadt, Vicki (Brian) Aarstad, Pamela Hansen, Timothy (Jodi) Zebell, Jamie (Jacob) Stedman, and Chad Belzer; 29 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; a sister Verna (Arnold) Schlegel of Waukegan, Illinois and a sister Carrie (William) Viola of Mukwonago.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband Louis; her brother Mervin Kump; a grandson Brad Zimmerman; and a son-in-law George Brahmstadt.

The funeral service will be held at 11 am on Thursday, August 16, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson, with burial to follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Atkinson.

Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

The Nitardy Funeral Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family.

She will be greatly missed by her family who loved her dearly. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Rainbow Hospice and Reena Assisted Living for all the care they provided to Lorraine and her family.

If desired memorials may be given to Rainbow Hospice Center, 1225 Remmel Drive, Johnson Creek, Wisconsin 53038 or to Bethany Lutheran Church, 404 Roosevelt Street, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin 53538.

Jaime Calvillo Velasco, 43 of Whitewater passed away at his home on Sunday, August 5, 2018. | Jaime Calvillo Velasco, 43 de Whitewater falleció en su casa el domingo 5 de agosto de 2018.

Jaime was born on December 1, 1974 to Francisco Antonio Calvillo Angel and Maria Consuelo Velasco Lopez in Rosa Morada Nayarit, Mexico.  At a young age he would go out to the fields to work with his dad. Jaime moved to the United States when he was 18 years old. His first job when he arrived to California was working out in the fields, this was only temporary until he could get another job. His time in California is what led him to meet his wife, Susana Mendoza. They met around the Fresno, California area. After time, they fell in love for each other and ended up getting married in California. They gave birth to their eldest son, Nelson, after 2 years of being married. He later had his daughter Emily and youngest son Cesar, he was a loving and caring father. He was always a hard worker starting from his teen years until his final days, owning his own landscaping business for more than 15 years. He managed to see his father but had not seen his mother since he left his hometown.

He is survived by his wife Susana Calvillo, Whitewater; children Nelson (19), Emily (14) and Cesar (8); sister Ramona; brother Francisco Jr, Alonso, Javier; parents Francisco Antonio and Maria of Mexico. He was preceded in death by his sister Dalia.

A Mass will take place on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 11:00am at St. Patrick Catholic Church 1235 W Main St, Whitewater, WI. Visitation services will also take place later that day on Tuesday at V’s Waterfront Venue LLC 292 S Wisconsin St. Whitewater, WI from 6:00-9:00pm. Burial will take place at a later date in Jaime’s home town in Mexico.

Jaime nació el 1 de diciembre de 1974 a Francisco Antonio Calvillo Angel y María Consuelo Velasco López en Rosa Morada Nayarit, México. A una edad temprana él salía a los campos para trabajar con su padre. Jaime se mudó a los Estados Unidos cuando tenía 18 años. Su primer trabajo cuando llegó a California fue trabajando en el campo, esto fue solo temporal hasta que pudo conseguir otro trabajo. Su tiempo en California lo llevó a conocer a su esposa, Susana Mendoza. Se conocieron en el área de Fresno, California. Después de un tiempo, se enamoraron el uno del otro y terminaron casándose en Calfironia. Ellos dieron a luz a su hijo mayor, Nelson, después de 2 años de estar casado. Luego tuvo a su hija Emily y otro hijo, Cesar, era un padre cariñoso y afectuoso. Siempre fue un gran trabajador desde que era un adolescente hasta sus últimos días, dueño de su propio negocio de jardinería por más de 15 años. Siempre un hijo al pendiente de sus padres. A su padre logro a verlo y a su madre desde que se vino no la volvio a ver.

Le sobreviven su esposa Susana Calvillo, Whitewater; sus hijos Nelson (19), Emily (14) y Cesar (8); hermana Ramona; hermano Francisco Jr, Alonso, Javier; los padres Francisco Antonio y María de México. Le precedió en la muerte su hermana Dalia.

La misa tendrá lugar el martes 14 de agosto de 2018 a las 11:00 a.m. en la Iglesia Católica St. Patrick, Whitewater. Habrá los servicios de visitas en V’s Waterfront Venue LLC 292 S Wisconsin St. Whitewater, WI ese mismo martes de 6:00-9:00pm. El entierro se llevará a cabo en una fecha posterior en la ciudad natal de Jaime en México.

Joseph George Svec, age 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 27, 2018, in his home in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Born in Cicero and raised in Berwyn, Illinois, by first-generation Czechoslovakian immigrant parents, Joseph and Marie Svec, Joe went on to establish a career in academics as Professor of Theater Arts. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts, English and History at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and his Master’s degree in Theater Arts at The University of Wisconsin in Madison where he wrote his dissertation, “Czech Theater 1918-1938”. He then taught briefly at Minot State University, North Dakota and Valparaiso University, Indiana before returning to Cornell as Professor of Theater for the duration of his career. In addition to directing and designing sets for all college productions, he established a summer community theater and a well-loved student-directed children’s theater program.

During his summer months off from teaching and directing theater, Joe’s interests in architecture and history were employed in the restoration of historic homes in Mt. Vernon. He took great pride and care in rehabilitating them to their original appearance and greatly contributed to the preservation of Mt. Vernon’s beauty and appeal. After retirement, he embarked on his final project, restoring an Opera House in West Branch, Iowa.

He also had a deep passion for music and visitors could expect to hear the local classical music station played throughout the day. He enjoyed collecting vintage recordings, eventually selling to customers worldwide.

He married colleague, Karen Coburn, who had assisted him often with his musical theater productions. After retirement, the couple enjoyed traveling, residing for many years in Tucson, Arizona with several extended stays in Prague, Czech Republic and eventually settling in Karen’s hometown of Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Joe is survived by his wife, Karen, two sons from a previous marriage, John Svec and Joe Svec III (Teresa), and grandchildren Joe Svec IV, (14) and Thalia Svec (11) all of Iowa City, Iowa.

Joe was a kind, generous and creative man, and will be dearly missed.

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


Norman Arthur Crosby Godfrey, 81, Fort Atkinson passed away after a sudden illness and entered his heavenly home on Friday, July 27, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison surrounded by his loving family.

Norm was born on September 5, 1936, in Milton Wisconsin to Norman and Janet (Anderson) Crosby.  He attended Whitewater High School. Norm married Stephanie Thompson at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater, WI.  They recently celebrated their 61st anniversary. If you asked him what made his marriage successful he would say, “Yes dear”. Norm was so in love with Stephanie and would do so many special things for her.  Norm worked for 48 years for Crepaco in Fort Atkinson which became APV Crepaco in Lake Mills.  He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Atkinson.  He and Stephanie were very active at the church.  Norm was a family man that enjoyed supporting his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Stephanie; loving children, Kathleen Godfrey Cordio, Fort Atkinson, James Godfrey, Whitewater, Stephen Godfrey, LaValle, WI, Phillip Godfrey, Verona, WI, Susan (Gabriel) Hall, Baraboo, WI; grandchildren Frank Cordio, William and Garrett Godfrey, Ashley Kutschenreuter,  Ben and Cassandra Godfrey, David, Grant and Gavin Hall; 8 great-grandchildren; brother Stanley (Carolyn) Godfrey, Fountain City, WI; close family friend, William Malsch.  He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father David Godfrey, grandson, Joshua Cordio; brothers Ronald and Thomas Godfrey.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1660 Endl Blvd, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.  Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Palmyra, WI.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, from 4:00-7: 00 pm at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 1008 Madison Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI and on Wednesday from 9:30 am until the time of the service.  As an expression of sympathy, you may wish to consider memorials to the family for future designation to charities to be determined. The family would like to thank the medical staff at Fort HealthCare emergency room and helicopter staff, EMT’s and St. Mary’s MCIU staff for their care. A special thank you to Father Peter Auer, Monsignor Duane Mollenberndt, and Father Pat of St.Mary’s for their compassion and caring.

Leonard R. Plucinski, age 83 of Whitewater, WI, left his earthly home to be with God on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Leonard was born June 9, 1935, in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Harry Sr. and Violet (Wilks) Plucinski.  He graduated from Whitewater High School in 1953 and enlisted in the United States Army from 1957 -1960.  Leonard married Carolyn Groshek on December 2, 1961.  Len was employed at Hough Mfg. in Janesville and later at Weiler Co. in Whitewater working in the field service and product engineering depts.  Len worked at Waukesha Fluid Handling as a technical writer-illustrator from 1991 until his retirement in 1999.  He was actively involved with the Lauderdale LaGrange Volunteer Fire department and served as captain of the rescue squad from 1960-1974.  He served on the LaGrange town board from 1973-1974.   He was a member of the Whitewater Lions Club from 1984-until his time of passing, receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award and Birch Sturm Fellowship Award.  Len enjoyed playing guitar and harmonica; he shared his talent with St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Folk Group, St. Mary’s Catholic Church Choir, proud district song leader for the Lions Club 27-A1 for 21 years,  and especially enjoyed playing with his friend Terry Lee.

Len is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Whitewater; children, James (Wendy) of Fort Worth, TX, Gregory (Lissa) of Lexington, KY, and Donna (Mark) Cuyler of Cudahy, WI; granddaughters, Mayah and Susannah; brother, Harvey (Phyllis) of Elkhorn; sisters-in-law, Sherry Plucinski and Charlotte Guzman.  Len was loved and will be remembered by other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harry Jr. and Robert; brother-in-law George Guzman.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 30, 2018 at Haase Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home 320 W. Main St. Palmyra, WI from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM and on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church 919 W. Main from 10:00 AM until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM.

Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider memorials to illnesses that affected Len or organizations that are dear to him:  the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Palmyra, Lauderdale LaGrange Fire Dept. or Whitewater Lions Club.

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Jon A. Witkins, 69, passed away on Tuesday morning July 24, 2018, at the Loft Assisted Living after a long illness.

Jon was born in Madison on December 22, 1948, to John W. and Helen M. (Orlowski) Witkins.

Jon farmed in Palmyra for over 50 years.  He had been named the winner of the Wisconsin division of the National Corn Growers Association corn-growing contest, winning the award with an impressive 178.07 bushels per acre.  He also scored well in the Palmyra Future Farmers of America corn shows and other exhibits.  Jon also drove his Peterbilt truck for the Canning Co. in Fort Atkinson for many years.

Jon graduated from Palmyra High School in 1967.  He enjoyed mechanics and farm machinery.  Jon was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting.

Jon will be dearly missed by his partner of many years, Evelyn Portman.  Jon and Evelyn spent many years together, farming and enjoying life.  Jon is also survived by his sister, Ann (Ron) Rein of Fort Atkinson; nephew, Brian Rein of Fort Atkinson; niece, Tammy (Michael) Boyd of Footville; two great-nieces, Lilly and Brooke Boyd; and other relatives and friends including very special friend of 15 years, Jerry Laxton, whom he stopped by every night after the farm to talk about his day.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen (Orlowski) Witkins.

A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 4 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 313 Main St., Palmyra, WI 53156, with Reverend Steve Blyth officiating.  A visitation will take place on Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. until time of service.  Burial will take place at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Loft Assisted Living.

LeRoy Richard Carlson of Whitewater, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Sunset Ridge of Jefferson Wisconsin.  He had been struggling with Lewy Bodies Dementia for 3 years. 

LeRoy was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 24, 1940.  He graduated from Southern Illinois University and taught woodshop in Wheaton, Illinois.  Leroy, however, was an entrepreneur at heart and moved to Richmond, Wisconsin to create and design products for the craft and gift industries until his retirement in 2015.  He was known as a “Master Craftsman” in the miniatures industry and 2 of his dollhouses are on display at House on the Rock in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

Although LeRoy lived in the Whitewater area for half his life he remained an avid Chicago sports fan. He cheered and jeered countless Bears, Cubs and Bulls games from his recliner.  He enjoyed playing horseshoes, bowling, softball, pool, and ping pong as well as mowing lawn in the sun and relaxing on the pontoon boat on Whitewater Lake with an icy beverage.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; 2 daughters, Lisa (Paul) Pope of Clinton, WI and Mindy Carlson of Janesville, WI; his brothers, Michael (Julia) Carlson of Whitewater and James (Sally) Carlson of Boca Raton, Florida; 2 step-daughters, Amy (Pat) Keelty of Fort Atkinson, WI and Katie (Bob) Vaughan of Frankfort, Illinois and 7 grandchildren, Carli and Peyton Pope, Jimmy, Paddy and Evie Keelty, and Charlie and Vinny Vaughan.  He was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Loretta (Hansen) Carlson and son-in-law Paul Pope.

We want to send a huge thank you to our Care Wisconsin team, Marquardt Hospice and all the staff at Sunset Ridge for treating LeRoy with respect and tenderness during his last months.  Friends of LeRoy are invited to share hugs and happy memories with his family at the Whitewater Lion’s Club on Whitewater Lake on August 4, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson, WI assisted the family,


Susan G. Schulte (Mrs. Max Taylor), age 68 of Whitewater and Franklin, WI left embodiment July 4, 2018 in her Whitewater home.

She was born on November 16, 1949 in Cedar Rapids, IA, a daughter of Harold and Marie (Bigge) Schulte.  Susan was the 8th of 13 children growing up on the family farm in Watkins, IA.  She married Max Taylor April 22, 2012.  They made their home in Whitewater.  Max left embodiment August 5, 2016.

Susan was an analytical thinker and teacher of many things.  Her passion was to share her insights with others.  She enjoyed nature, reading, taking walks and visiting with family and friends.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her dog Bliss as well as with her grand-dogs Wilson, Bentley and Smokey. She was a loving mother of three daughters, Leigh Anne (Steve) Kohls, Annalea Madison and Kendra (Tyler) Bittner.  She cared deeply for her family with her daughters always in the forefront of her thoughts.

Susan is further survived by three grandchildren, Anna and Isaac Kohls and Madison Grindall; step-son Mark (Jill) Williams of Flagstaff, AZ; three step-grandchildren Ian, Mallery and Lindsay; eleven siblings, Arnold Schulte of Cedar Rapids, IA, Cecilia (Wayne) Becker of Marshalltown, IA, Janice Tranberry of Plymouth, MN, Vincent (Karen) Schulte of Norway, IA, Annabel (Walt) Oakley of Libertyville, IL, Francis Schulte of Amana, IA, Harold Jr. (Renate) Schulte of Amana, IA, Christine Volz of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jolene (Frank) Randall of Ames, IA, Brenda (Tim) Kapucian of Keystone, IA and Valerie Schulte of Phoenix, AZ; sister-in-law SueAnn Schulte of Phoenix, AZ; many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents and one brother, Alan Schulte.

A celebration of her life is being planned for a later date in Iowa.

The Nitardy Funeral Home assisted the family,

Roberta “Bobbi” Sommers, 75, Whitewater passed away on Monday, July 09, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI.

Bobbi was born on November 2, 1942, in Elkhorn, WI to Walter and Bernice (Hurdis) Ferguson.  She graduated from Elkhorn High School in 1960.  Bobbi married Paul Sommers on November 3, 1962.  He preceded her in death on May 19, 1981. She was a legal secretary for Godfrey Law Firm in Elkhorn for 12 years.  Bobbi also worked as a Program Assistant in the Financial Aids office and the Theatre/Dance Department for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater until her retirement.  Bobbi enjoyed all Wisconsin sports, Nascar, crocheting and knitting.  She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.

She is survived by her children; Tammy (Bill) Beaver, Fort Atkinson, Ken (Patricia) Sommers, Elkhorn; granddaughter, Carrisa (Alex) Matz; many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Mary Strouse and brother Thomas Ferguson.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 11:00 am at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:00 am until the time of the service.  A private burial will take place at the Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for their loving care.