Rodney D. Berg, 84, of Whitewater passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Rodney D. Berg, 84, of Whitewater passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will take place on Friday, January 3, 2019 from 5PM to 7PM at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI. A memorial service will take place at 11AM on Saturday, January 4, 2019 at First English Lutheran Church, 401 W Main St, Whitewater, WI. Visitation will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2019 from 10AM until the time of services.

Duane Smith of Whitewater passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019

Duane Smith of Whitewater passed away Monday, December 2, 2019 at Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn, after a long illness.

Duane was born in Fort Atkinson, WI on November 27,1955 to Harry Smith and Helen Delaney.
He was long time retired from the Heating and Cooling business.  In his spare time he enjoyed doing wood working.  Duane had a very kind and caring heart.  He enjoyed spending time with family and his long time soulmate of 13 years.  Duane had a very special little girl in his life, Aaliyah, she called him poppy.   
Duane is survived by his soulmate, Connie Miller; his mother and stepfather, Helen and Larry Delaney; two brothers, Stan Smith, Steve Smith (Gail); a niece, Haley Smith; a sister, Deborah Blumenberg(Gordon); two stepsisters, Barbara Bigler (John), Sandy Delaney; two stepbrothers, Bob Delaney (Mary), Steve Delaney and other relatives. Duane is preceded in death by his father, Harry Smith; and a brother, Larry Smith.

Per Duane’s request, there will be no service and there will be a memorial service with family at a later date.

Dr. Aurelio “Paul” Yvarra Jr., 85, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Paul was born on January 15, 1934 in East Los Angeles, California to Aurelio Sr. and Guadalupe (Romo) Yvarra. Paul completed his undergraduate and master’s degree at UCLA and then received his PhD at Claremont University in California. On September 5, 1964 Paul married Teresa Sanchez. He served in the United States Army in the Vietnam conflict as a Captain.

In 1974 Paul moved to Whitewater to teach at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and was a wonderful mentor to his students. During his time at the university he served as coordinator of various programs, chaired on many committees and served as a consultant to many of the area school districts. Paul’s work involved the study of Dr. Edwards Deming’s Theory. Based on this theory he worked with big corporations to install quality management systems. Paul loved to travel, enjoyed baseball and was an avid UCLA Bruins fan. He was a member of the Whitewater School Board and was a Walworth County Supervisor.

Paul is survived by his daughter, Tracey (Ben) Vitale of Bancroft, Wisconsin; granddaughter, Mercedes Vitale; and brother, Robert Yvarra of California.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Aurelio Sr. and Guadalupe Yvarra; wife, Teresa Yvarra; infant son, Dennis Yvarra; three sisters, Vera, Mary, Petra; and brother, Steven.

A funeral service for Paul will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190. Visitation will take place from 11 a.m. until the time of services. A burial will take place following the services at Calvary Cemetery.

Nitardy Funeral Home is serving the family.

Shawn D. Spoo, 57, of Delavan passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019

Shawn D. Spoo, 57, of Delavan, WI passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at his home.

Shawn was born in Exira, IA on October 21, 1962 the son of David and Margaret (Farstrup) Spoo. Shawn graduated from Whitewater High School in 1981. He worked as a lineman for CenturyLink Phone Company for the majority of his working career. On October 22, 1983, Shawn married the love of his life, Jeanne Donahue in Kapaa, HI. Shawn was an avid outdoorsman. He was happy when he was outside hunting, fishing, and training his dogs. Shawn also was an excellent cook and made delicious meals for his wife during her battle with cancer. He could be stubborn, but had a good heart and loved his family and friends. Above all else, Shawn loved his wife, Jeanne. She was the apple of his eye and he would do anything for her. Shawn’s family takes comfort in the fact that they are together again, forever.

Shawn is survived by: his brother, Shane Spoo; his nephew, Taylor Spoo; his mother-in-law Barbara Donahue; and his siblings-in-law, Anna Donahue, Margaret Donahue, and Rita (Paul) Ristow. Shawn is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by: his beloved wife, Jeanne Spoo; his parents; and his father-in-law, Thomas Donahue.

A funeral service to honor Shawn’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Gibson Family Funeral Home (320 W. Main Street, Palmyra, WI 53156). Visitation will take place from 12:00 Noon until the time of service at the funeral home. Shawn will be laid to rest next to his wife, Jeanne, in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Palmyra, WI immediately following the service.

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

Herminia R. Vasquez of Whitewater passed peacefully on November 26, 2019

Herminia R. Vasquez of Whitewater, Wisconsin passed peacefully on November 26, 2019, surrounded by family and friends.

Herminia, or Minnie, as many people called her, was born in Laredo, Texas on July 19th, 1936 to migrant farmers Abraham and Elvita Rossell. She married her husband Eutimio Vasquez in 1958 and in 1959 they moved from Texas to Whitewater to build a new life in Wisconsin. Herminia at first was a stay at home mother, then worked at the Whitewater Foundry until she eventually found a permanent position at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater food service as a checker/cashier, where she retired after 30 years of dedicated service in 2012. Herminia loved her job at the University, especially the students who greeted her every day! She touched many students’ lives as she was the first face they would see in the morning prior to getting their breakfast. Always quick with a sweet smile and some funny comment, she was voted “favorite employee” many, many years in a row, not only from the company for which she worked, but campus wide! She was always very proud of that achievement! At the beginning of her retirement, she missed her job immensely but eventually settled in to be happy at home with her husband, either planning trips with her sister around the United States or going shopping or to the Casino on a whim. Minnie took pride in being an amazing cook, she loved plants and to landscape her yard but also took time on the weekends to watch her favorite sports teams: the Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, as well as a good boxing match.

Herminia was a very strong, funny, and hardworking woman. She and her husband took great pride in being one of the first Latino Whitewater residents to build their very own home on the corner of E. North and Newcomb St. where they lived for over 35 years. She was a completely selfless wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved babysitting her grandkids and loved dogs. She lived her life to make her entire family happy at all times. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to get a good education and to work hard. Her wisdom and her ability to make us all laugh, will be forever missed!

She is survived by her siblings: brother Jesus (Maria Guadalupe) Rossell, Juana (Avelino) Rodriguez, Eustulio (Eva) Rossell, Maria (Juan) Ramos, Gloria (Donato) Rios, her children: Jose (Elizabeth) Vasquez, Yolanda (Daniel) Hollenbeck, Arturo (Lina) Vasquez, Gloria (Michael) Vasquez-Leemkuil, grandchildren: Vanessa and Alessandra Hollenbeck, Gabriela, Sebastian, and Gianna Vasquez. She was preceded in death by her husband Eutimio Santos Vasquez, and her mother and father: Abraham and Elvita Rossell as well as five half-siblings.

We would like to give an immense thank you to Agrace Hospice from Janesville as well as Saran Bathchuulun, John Hethorn, their daughters: Kima and Oka, caretakers: Urna, Sunny, and Nimka, and all the other wonderful, kind, sincere caregivers who made it possible for both our parents to live out the last days of their lives together with dignity and respect! We will be forever grateful for the care and kindness you bestowed upon our parents and our family.

Visitation will be at the St. Patrick’s Church in Whitewater, Wisconsin at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019 with the funeral service following at noon. Herminia will be laid to rest following the funeral service at Hillside Cemetery alongside her husband in Whitewater.

Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, Wisconsin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marilyn (Mike) Taylor (born Marilyn Jane Wiemer) died on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Marilyn (Mike) Taylor (born Marilyn Jane Wiemer) died surrounded by family on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. She was born in Burlington, WI on March 19, 1932 to Carolyn and Raymond Wiemer. At 18, she married her high school sweetheart, Merwyn (Mert) Taylor and moved to the family farm where they raised five children. They were later blessed with 16 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren all of whom she loved dearly.

Marilyn loved refinishing furniture, gardening, and sewing, but most of all quilting. It was her passion. When she ran out of children, their spouses, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to give her quilts to, she donated them to people she never met and would never know. She was thrilled to see photos of Columbian children waking up from surgery wrapped in one of her quilts.

She was a quiet woman of great patience, gentle kindness, and self-giving. We are all richer for her loving example.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Mert, sister, Joyce Zimmerman, children, Dianne (Dick) Dunham, Sally (Steve) Watson, Donna (Scott) Allenstein, Steve (Chelli) Taylor, Frank (Lisa) Taylor, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, December 7 at Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater. Visitation begins at 10:00 with service at 11:00. Burial will follow at the LaGrange cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Milwaukee Medical Mission.

Special thanks for the kindness of the emergency room staff at Mercy Hospital, Janesville.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Frawley, 88, died November 28, 2019

Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Frawley, 88, died November 28 at Fairhaven in Whitewater. Betty was born May 4, 1931, at home on a dairy farm in Bassett, Wisconsin, to Henry and Tillie Nienhaus.

Betty graduated from Wilmot High School, attended Racine-Kenosha Teachers College in Union Grove, State Normal Teachers School in Whitewater and earned a degree from UW-Whitewater with magna cum laude honor. Betty first taught school in a one room schoolhouse in Bassett and then in a two room schoolhouse in Twin Lakes. On October 16, 1954, Betty married John H. Frawley at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Wilmot, Wisconsin.

Betty substitute taught for many years in Whitewater and the surrounding area. Eventually she taught 6th grade at Washington Elementary in Whitewater. While teaching, Betty’s other job was bookkeeping for her husband. After retiring from teaching she worked at Frawley Oil Co., Inc. where she was a full partner. Betty took great pride in her job and thrived at working until April of 2019.

In 1995, Betty was a founding director of the Whitewater Community Foundation. The purpose was to provide high school students a mechanism to receive scholarships for college. The foundation has grown to sponsor various community cultural and charitable programs.

Surviving are Son: Michael J. (Jo Anne) Frawley, Whitewater, Daughter: Ellen K. Hartley, Anna, TX. Grandchildren: Paula Frawley, Rockford, IL, Justin Astin, Whitewater, Philip (Jeanette) Frawley, Ixonia, Brian (Danielle) Frawley, Whitewater, Holley (Scott) Hartley Tiemann, Melissa, TX, and William (Devon) Hartley, Anna, TX. Sister: Dorothy (Stanley) Kerkman, Waterford. Great-grandchildren: Trinity, Regan, Audrey, Brady, Peyton, Harrison, Levi, and Britta. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Jack Frawley, parents, sister Eleanor Ketterhagen, brother Leon Nienhaus and son-in-law Gary Hartley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 4th, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1225 W. Main Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin, with Father Mark Niehaus celebrating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Whitewater, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3rd, at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Memorials may be made to the Whitewater Community Foundation or Fairhaven Senior Services.

The family wishes to express extreme gratitude to the staff at Fairhaven Senior Services.

Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater is assisting the family

Jean Marie Leedham, 86, a long-time resident of Whitewater, died on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Jean Marie Leedham, 86, a long-time resident of Whitewater, died on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Fairhaven Senior Services.

Jean was born on April 22, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY to Cajus Elsworth and Nina (Gist) Leedham.  She received a degree in Christian Education and Psychology from National College in Kansas City, MO.  She furthered her education at the University of Kansas with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  Jean was a psychiatric social worker for 40 years in the Chicago area.  She retired to the Whitewater community in 2000.  Jean was a life-long Methodist and participated in many ministries at First United Methodist Church, Whitewater.  She served on the Resident Council at Fairhaven and as a board member for the League of Women Voters.  She was a prolific reader, enjoying world history, religion and psychology and biographies.  Jean was preceded in death by her parents and life-long friend Winona Campbell.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:30 in the Fairhaven Fellowship Hall at 435 W. Starin Rd., Whitewater, WI. with Rev. Susan Bresser officiating. In lieu of flowers you may wish to consider memorials to the First United Methodist Church or to the Fairhaven Foundation.  Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater is assisting the family.

Ismael “Mike” Aranda, 22, Whitewater passed away on November 24, 2019

Ismael “Mike” Aranda, 22, Whitewater passed away on November 24, 2019.

Mike was born on October 26, 1997 in Fort Atkinson to Martin and Maria Antonia (Villegas) Aranda.  He graduated from Whitewater High School.

Ismael “Mike” Aranda

Mike was very respectful and hardworking, and family and friends were very important to him.  He liked working on cars and worked at Basin Precision Machining, which he enjoyed a great deal.  He had plans for his future and was getting ready to buy a house.  Everyone around him loved him a lot.  He was a very good man.

Mike is survived by his parents,Martin Aranda and Maria Villegas; two sisters; Brenda and Marisol; brother-in-law, Rosember;  niece, Isabel; and two nephew, Gabriel and Leonardo. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 11:00am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1225 W. Main St. Whitewater, WI 53190.  A visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 9:00am until the time of the service.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Whitewater.  

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Robert Howard Wright, age 100, of Whitewater, died November 12, 2019

Robert Howard Wright, age 100, died November 12, 2019 at Fairhaven in Whitewater, Wisconsin. He
was born in Chicago, IL October 12, 1919 to Howard B and Mary A (Ramsgard) Wright. He grew up in
Glen Ridge, NJ. He attended Cornell University and was also involved in Army ROTC. In 1942, after
graduation, he was enlisted in the Army as a First Lieutenant. After boot camp, he married Connie Mae
Hollister on August 18 in her parents’ home in Painted Post, NY. He was stationed in Fort Sill, OK where
he taught new recruits shooting techniques. He went to Denton TX for a short time before being
shipped to England in 1944. He spent the rest of his service time fighting in WWII in Europe. He was in
Belgium when the war ended.

After the war, he worked for the US Graphite Company while living in Syracuse NY with his wife and 2
daughters. After 4 years, he was transferred to Wisconsin, settling in Pewaukee. He eventually started
his own business as a sales representative. He retired in 1988 and so moving to a cabin on the
Millecoquins River in Naubinway, MI in the upper Peninsula.

In 1989, he met up with Marguerite (Powell) Asher whom he had known for a long time in Pewaukee.
They were married in October, 1989 and he eventually settled Royal Oak, MI where Marguerite and her
daughter, Elizabeth were living. They had a wonderful time together, wintering in Florida until
Marguerite died in 2001. He had become close to his stepdaughter, Elizabeth Asher, and they decided
to live together. They eventually moved to Whitewater, WI in 2002 as that was where Marguerite and
Elizabeth’s roots were. Many winters were spent in Naples, FL.

He was an avid golfer and didn’t mind sharing his secrets with Elizabeth and daughter, Sandy. He also
was an accomplished watercolor artist starting lessons at age 50. His works are displayed at Elizabeth’s
condo and with other family members. Bob was a gentle, kind soul who was revered by all of his
extended family and community members. He was smart and influential with those who would listen
and take his advice. His quick wit kept all laughing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard B and Mary A (Ramsgard) Wright, his first wife
Connie M (Hollister) Wright, and second wife, Marguerite (Powell) Wright, his 2 sisters, Dorothy (Wright)
Hockenberger Galley of Oconomowoc and Michigan, and Barbara J (Wright) Fisher of NJ and N. Carolina.
He is survived by his daughters, Sandra L (Wright) Schaefer of Hot Springs Village, AR, Connie Jean
Wright of Tomah, WI and stepdaughter, Elizabeth M Asher of Whitewater, WI, and his two Grandsons of
Minneapolis, MN: Bradley John and Bruce Robert Berge. Elizabeth was his caregiver for many years as
his health declined. She was his social partner for 18 years and is credited, in part, for his long, enjoyable

There will be no ceremony at this time. His ashes were buried in Hillside Cemetery. There will be a
service in the spring, to include Military Honors.

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