Linda Kay Niemuth, 69, of Hustisford, passed away July 11, 2020 at UW Hospital in Madison

Linda Kay Niemuth, 69, of Hustisford, passed away July 11, 2020 at UW Hospital in Madison.

A private service will be held on the shore of Lake Sinissippi on Thursday, July 16th for family and close friends. Memorials, if desired, may be directed to UW Carbone Cancer Center (600 Highland Avenue, K4/658, Madison, WI 53792-6164). Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

Linda Kay Kuehni was born June 29, 1951 in Stanley, WI, daughter of Warner and Jennie (nee Thoreson) Kuehni. She graduated from Cadott High School. Linda married Daniel Niemuth on October 19, 1968 in Cadott, WI. Together, they shared 51 blessed, wonderful years. Linda worked at Spacesaver in Fort Atkinson and then Fairhaven in Whitewater, where she retired.

Linda was a member of the Garden Club in Hustisford, and was in the various ladies’ circles at church. She was known for her smile that lit up a room. She crocheted countless blankets and gifted them to her family and loved ones. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and baking pies and cookies. She loved being on the water and watching the lake. Linda appreciated a well-made bed. She helped people without needing to be asked and could make friends with anyone. Together, Linda and Dan attended the Packers Super Bowl victory in 1997 in New Orleans. Most of all, Linda loved spending time with her grandkids and granddogs.

Linda is survived by her husband, Daniel Niemuth; children, Jeremy (Cori) Niemuth, Melissa (John) Seamonson, Jason (Kerry) Niemuth, Laura (Seth) Nagy; Grandchildren, Chelsea and Tyler Niemuth, David and Joshua Seamonson, Savannah and Charlotte Nagy; siblings, Ruth Ramsier, Karen (Ken) Habedank, Clarence (Eileen) Kuehni, Rodney (Darlene) Kuehni, Jon (Ruth) Kuehni, David (Carla) Kuehni; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janet (Roman) Bourget; brother, Jerry Kuehni and sister-in-law Betty Jacobson; brother-in-law Ronnie Ramsier.

Our Readers Share – Ginny Coburn: East Gateway Prairies are Blooming

East Gateway Prairie – Photo courtesy of Ginny Coburn

Ginny Coburn writes, “Shown here are purple prairie clover and coreopsis, two of the native Wisconsin plants growing in the mini-prairie surrounding a public art piece at East Milwaukee St.  A matching sculpture and prairie is found across the street at East Main and together the area is known as the East Gateway to Whitewater.  Other plants found in the landscapes are white prairie clover, silky Canadian rye, black-eyed Susan, rattlesnake master, butterfly weed, bee balm, liatris, milkweed and more.  The growing of native plants benefits the environment by hosting caterpillars and pollinators.  Birds need protein to feed their babies and caterpillars are a great source but some species of caterpillar are “specialists” and will only feed on one plant family. The monarch caterpillar, for example, only feeds on milkweed leaves.  Growing a variety of native plants benefits birds and encourages a variety of butterflies and moths. 

The pair of sculptures by Richard Taylor is titled “Ascent and Bloom” and suggests a tree with branches, each of which has symbols of Whitewater history such as agricultural implements, native birds, flowing water, Esterly Reaper factory parts and a wooly mammoth representing the Ice Age which shaped our Kettle Moraine topography.  Pedestrians enjoy interpreting the various symbols for themselves, then making a visit to the Whitewater Depot Museum to see the actual artifacts.

The sculptures and prairie were made possible by a generous grant from Fort Community Credit Union.”

— Our thanks to Ms. Coburn for sharing this beautiful photograph and interesting information with us.

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Whitewater Marketing Alliance shares survey results: “Whitewater is…” (in one word)

(Whitewater Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Whitewater Press Release) In February, the Whitewater Marketing Alliance, a collaborative group whose goal is promote Whitewater as a place to live, learn, work and play, prepared a survey to begin to find out how residents of Whitewater feel about their community. The survey asked for one-word answers to the question “Whitewater is….”

The results of the survey, which received nearly 150 responses, can be seen in this graphic, commonly called a word cloud. Words that were used fewer than five times were not included in the graphic. Top responses include UW-Whitewater, community, home, small, quaint and friendly.

This sign can be downloaded, printed and displayed as a way to show pride in and support for Whitewater. Here is a link to word cloud: 

The Whitewater Marketing Council includes representatives from the City of Whitewater, Downtown Whitewater, the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce, the Whitewater Unified School District, UW-Whitewater, and the Greater Whitewater Committee.

COVID-19 Testing Today & Wed. – No Symptoms Required / Pruebas de COVID-19 Hoy, Gratis Desde su Auto

If we lived in Arizona, Texas, or other states where COVID-19 cases are rising very rapidly, we might have to have symptoms in order to get a test, and we might have to wait for hours in the hot sun. We’re fortunate to have two more events in Walworth County. We suggest you go as early in the day as possible, as they sometimes run out of testing supplies, but chances are you won’t have to wait more than 1/2 hour if this follows past experiences.

The Walworth County Health Department and Sheriff’s Office are partnering with the Wisconsin National Guard to offer two additional community testing events. The first testing event will be held at Big Foot High School in Walworth today and Wednesday, July 14th and 15th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Big Foot High School is located at 401 Devils Ln in Walworth. The second event will be held the Lake Geneva Middle School on July 28th and 29th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Lake Geneva Middle School is located at 600 N Bloomfield Rd in Lake Geneva.

Symptoms are not required for testing and no appointments are necessary. Most people say that the test is somewhat uncomfortable but not really painful. Those receiving tests will not be charged. Members of the Wisconsin National Guard will administer nasal swab tests and will manage the specimen samples.
“Many people with COVID-19 symptoms have experienced challenges getting tested. We also know that not everyone that contracts this disease shows symptoms,” said Elizabeth Aldred, Health and Human Services Director. “The goal of this clinic is to provide easy access to testing for anyone in the community.”

Message from Chancellor Watson on International Students and New ICE Guidance / BREAKING NEWS: Trump Administration Rescinds Rule

From the International Students page on the UW-W website

UPDATE – 7/14 @ 2:40 p.m., per the Wisconsin State Journal and other media outlets, as a hearing was getting underway before a federal judge on a lawsuit contesting the policy, ICE announced that the Trump administration is rescinding the policy. For the story in the Wisconsin State Journal click here.

Message from Chancellor Watson on international students

Dear Campus Colleagues,

Earlier this month, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released its Fall 2020 operational guidance that prohibits international students from returning to or remaining in the United States this fall if the college or university they attend adopts online-only instruction models amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Monday, July 13, 18 states, including Wisconsin, filed a lawsuit that challenges the rule. This is a dynamic situation and we are monitoring it closely, as is the UW System administration.

UW System President Tommy Thompson said, in a statement, “International students are welcomed here at the UW System. We fully support the Attorney General’s action today joining the lawsuit challenging the ICE rules regarding international students. While we provided background for the lawsuit, our belief is that our universities’ planned hybrid model of teaching delivery during the fall 2020 semester ensures our compliance with the rules if they are upheld.”

As a university that embraces diversity and inclusion — in all its forms — we find this order by ICE troubling. UW-Whitewater deeply values and appreciates our international students and staff. Our campus is a more engaging and vibrant place because of our international Warhawk family members. These valued colleagues represent more than 40 different countries contributing to the richness of our university. It is our hope that our international students and staff always feel that they belong on the UW-Whitewater campuses. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure their presence and success at UW-Whitewater.

Currently, campus leaders and the staff in the Office of International Students and Scholars are working to support our international students. We are in contact with students at both campuses to ensure that the students feel supported, valued and cared for as well as receiving critical information that they need. We are also reaching out to instructors and administrators to explain the potential impact these rules could have on our students.

As members of the Warhawk family, I encourage all of us to take the time to reach out to students or friends impacted by these new rules to check in with them and to offer support.

Dr. Dwight C. Watson

Banner addition: The following statement was issued by UW System Regent President Andrew S. Petersen:

“The value of international students to our universities extends beyond the financial and research support they provide Wisconsin. Their presence on UW System universities contributes to the learning opportunities and cultural enrichment provided to all of our students.”

Wayne A. Saxe, 88, went to be with the Lord on July 8, 2020 at his home with his loving wife by his side

Wayne A. Saxe, 88, went to be with the Lord on July 8, 2020 at his home with his loving wife by his side.

Wayne was born in his grandparent’s house on September 5, 1931 in Lima Center, WI the son of Glenn and Kathryn (Hunt) Saxe. The Saxe farm was a homestead that Wayne’s grandparents bought from the State of Wisconsin. Wayne was very proud of his home farm. He went to grade school in a one room school house in Lima Center and attended high school in Whitewater, WI, graduating in 1949. While Wayne was in high school, he was able to take the train from Lima Center in to Whitewater for 10 cents. After graduating high school, Wayne enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1950 and was stationed in Las Vegas, NV. While in Las Vegas, Wayne met Patsy Scott and the two were married. After an honorable discharge, the couple purchased a farm that neighbored his parents’ farm. The couple farmed together until Patsy’s death on January 20, 1975. Wayne was given the honor of Farmer of the Year two times during his farming career. In the 1950’s Wayne and some of his friends formed a snowmobile club called the Snow Seekers. After his 25 year farming career, Wayne purchased the Lone Star Inn of Twinkling Star Road and operated the bar and restaurant for 35 years. In 1991, Wayne met Edith Allen and the two were married in 1999. The couple ran the bar together until their retirement. They loved to attend NASCAR races, and were season ticket holders for the Badgers and the famous Green Bay Packers. The two traveled to Hawaii and all across the United States to the Meadowlands, attending two Rose Bowls. They also attended a host of Packer games, including the 1998 Super Bowl. Wayne and Edith also enjoyed a trip together to Las Vegas with a highlight being their visit to Nellis Air Force Base. For leisure, Wayne enjoyed playing cards, especially with his family. He was a member of the Whitewater Country Club for a number of years and golfed very well. It must be mentioned that for 25 years, the Lone Star hosted the UW-Whitewater Quarterback Club and Tip Off Club for their meetings and socials. In 2017, UW-Whitewater awarded Wayne and Edith a Distinguished Service Award for their support over the years. Wayne lived a full life and he will be dearly missed.

Wayne is survived by: his loving wife, Edith Saxe; his daughter, Nancy (Mike Ilg) DeSpain; his daughter-in-law, Kandie (Reed) Fulton; 3 stepsons, Kyle (Lori) Allen, Karl (Jessica Thorson) Allen, Joe (Becky Palmer) Allen; 5 grandchildren, Nathan (Jordan) DeSpain, Summer (Bobby) DeSpain, Mary (Chase) Ervin, Michael (Alisha) Saxe, and Hunter Allen; 6 great-grandchildren, Payton, Jayci and Dayvee DeSpain, and Charlie, Bailey and Emerson Ervin; and a sister, Dorothy (Dale) Pieper. Wayne is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Patsy, and his dear son, Scott Saxe.

The family would like to extend a special, heartfelt thanks to Rainbow Hospice for the loving care they provided to Wayne and his family the last few months.

A Friends and Family Gathering will be held to honor Wayne’s life at a later date.

Gibson Family Funeral Homes of Palmyra & Eagle, WI is serving the family. To place an online condolence please visit

Fairhaven and Staff are Hometown Heroes

Fairhaven Senior Services is a WUL Hometown Hero “For taking action in early March in an attempt to keep its 420 residents and staff safe from COVID-19 by prohibiting in-house visitors to its main campus; for handling the social/emotional concerns of the residents and their families who have not been able to make in-house visits; and for graciously seeking viable alternatives for connections with loved ones.”

Paul Kuenning, President/CEO of Fairhaven said, “Our results are thanks to the extra effort of staff, residents, and their families to keep everyone safe.”

In the photo are: Nancy Denzin, Irving Sedano, Amy Crandall, Jessica Ward, Dawn Blazier, Stephanie Zwitter, Cindy Jolliffe, Tonya Zwitter, Shelly Kavanaugh, Sue Morse, Betty Schelb, Janet Hardt, Millie Zarate, Talon Kieffer, Brian Smith, Jasmyne Hauger, Karen Boyle, Terrie Munger, Paul Kuenning, Brian Robinson

He credits staff members being extra attentive to safety procedures — even when not at work — as one of the main reasons for the positive results.

“Our staff has done an outstanding job of protecting themselves for the benefit of our residents.  They have gone out of their way to take precautionary measures at home,” said Kuenning. 

Kuenning has high praise for the residents and their families, too. “Our residents and families have continued to be a great support,” he says, including Fairhaven’s Residents’ Council starting a “Keep Us Safe” fund that so far has collected $12,180. Funds will be used to support staff and provide needed protective equipment, including masks, washable protective gowns, shields, surgical masks, and movable carts.

Kuenning says that, thanks to everyone working together, Fairhaven is ready — no matter what the future holds. “Each day now, as businesses are opening, it will get more challenging to keep the virus at bay,” he says, “but I believe we are prepared for the eventuality, and will treat it and manage it as carefully as we have other difficult things in the past.”

Additional nomination comments included, “A large number of skilled nursing facilities and other senior residences around the state and the country have unfortunately struggled with keeping COVID-19 out of their buildings.  Fairhaven took timely action in early March in an attempt to keep its residents safe, prohibiting in-house visitors to its main campus.  The decision, though difficult, has paid off.  All 420 residents and staff of Fairhaven, including Prairie Village residents, tested negative for COVID-19 in May.”

“There are signs on the property stating, ‘Heroes live here,’ and the residents, staff and family members have all played a part in helping to keep everyone healthy.  It has required a great deal of patience, and recently Fairhaven responded by constructing a special area where visitors can be sheltered from the sun while seeing their loved ones through the windows and chatting on their cell phones.”

The staff has also worn masks at work throughout the pandemic, and has been cautious in their personal life in order to protect the residents. 

WUL (Whitewater Unites Lives) is a locally-focused civil and human rights group that works to connect the people in our community and to create opportunities for all people to learn and support each other in our common humanity.   

Anyone who would like to nominate a local hero of any age should send their nomination, with a short description, to 

Savory Sounds Concert on July 16 Features “A Rose Among Thorns”

(WHITEWATER – Whitewater Arts Alliance Press Release) – The first of three Savory Sounds Concerts to take place at the Cultural Arts Center on 402 West Main Street on Thursday, July 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. will feature A Rose Among Thorns. All concerts will be outside at the Whitewater Arts Alliance’s Cultural Arts Center. In case of rain, the concerts will be live-streamed.

Las Chicas, 1170 W. Main Street, will provide lunches with pre-orders.  Attendees are invited to call 262-458-2303 to pre-order lunches for pick up prior to the concert.

July 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

A Rose Among Thorns

A Rose Among Thorns

Called A Rose Among Thorns, this quartet of local musicians offers pleasing melodies, tight musicianship, and stirring renditions of songs from folk, pop, blues, country, and Celtic traditions. The foursome includes Jeff Mason on acoustic guitar, bass, and vocals; Perry Baird on vocals and acoustic guitar; Tom Cook on bass, mandolin, banjo, and a host of other stringed instruments; and Angela Martin Licari on violin and vocals. Fort Atkinson natives Jeff and Perry played as solo acts and as a duo in the mid-1980s, renewing their musical partnership about five years ago. Tom, retired band teacher at Fort High School, came on board in 2015, and a violin was added in 2016, with Angela capably taking over that duty last year. All are familiar to local audiences as members of other musical ensembles, some of which include Jeff with the Merry Horde, Expanded Waist Band, and Blue Stew; Perry with The Buzzards; Tom with Madison Brass and Guitarcheology; and Angela with Madpolecats. The Rose Among Thorns collaboration gives each a chance to contribute favorite—often eclectic—songs for interpretation by the group. Songs featuring moving stories and themes, energetic instrumentals, soothing vocals, and singable choruses are all part of typical Rose Among Thorns musical sets.

Roberta’s Art Gallery Presents: ‘Summer Memories’ Photo Contest

Roberta’s Art Gallery is pleased to announce a social media photo contest. We invite you to submit your favorite photos of summer fun. We look forward to viewing the creative submissions from Warhawks and friend of UW-Whitewater!

– Can be a UW-Whitewater student, faculty, staff, or community member to enter**Roberta’s Art Gallery employees are not eligible to enter the contest.- ENTER ONLINE BY WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020- Submission limit of 3 photos (must fill out one form per submission)- PHOTOS WILL BE POSTED ON THE UW-WHITEWATER UNIVERSITY CENTER FACEBOOK PAGE (uc.uww)- There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners for Viewers Choice and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners chosen by Guest Judges- WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY, JULY 31

Photos can be of favorite summer memories, people, summer festivities, nature, etc. We ask that all photos depict appropriate content as they will be posted on our social media. Upload Photo – no major editing or digital enhancing, photo must be taken between 2018 to present time.