WHITEWATER – Donald E. Carlson, 88, of Whitewater passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at home.
Mary Louise Kohn, 73, of Janesville passed away on Wednesday May 13, 2020 at Mercy Hospital surrounded by her loving family.
Mary was born on January 25, 1947 in Chicago to Chester and Grace (Hayes) Kurowski. On June 1, 1965 Mary married the love of her life John Francis Kohn and together they had three children.
Mary was a devoted catholic and a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her children, David Kohn, John Kohn, Alisha Kohn; grandchildren, Ashley Kohn, Cameron Kohn, Nicole Kohn, Brandon Graske, Jacob Graske ; great-grandchildren, Jakob Metzinger, Kynzlee Metzinger, Jack Graske; close friends of the family, Lena Watts (Alyssa, Amanda, Emily, Jacob, Andrew, Kyle), Kimberlee Fiegel, Sheri Puttkamer (Kylie and Corey), and Brandon Streib.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Grace (Hayes) Kurowski; husband, John Francis Kohn; and daughter-in-law, Barbara Mae Kohn.
A private burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.
Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences can be made at nitardyfuneralhome.com.
Virginia “Bunny” L. Randall, 87, of Whitewater, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Our House Memory Care of Whitewater.
Bunny was born on April 4, 1933, in Mauston, the daughter of Louis and Mary (Wurba) Vasilas.
On May 15, 1978, she married Charles Randall in Pine Ridge, S.D. The couple enjoyed just five years of marriage until his death in 1983.
Bunny was a home care worker and was employed at various companies over the years.
She was a simple lady who loved to read.
Bunny had a deep devotion to her Catholic faith and was very religious. She will be missed by those who knew her.
She is survived by two daughters, two sons, her 12 grandchildren, other family members and friends.
She also was preceded in death by her parents and a son.
With respect to Bunny’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.
The Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home in Jefferson is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, please visit:
Eric Paul Zipp, 96, Whitewater, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg, WI.
Eric was born on July 24, 1923 in West Allis, WI to Paul and Wanda (Miller) Zipp. He graduated from West Allis High School. Eric served his country in the United States Army from 1943-1945 during World War II including landing on Omaha Beach a few days after the invasion. He also was called up and served during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1951. Eric married Lois Scharfenberg in Hartland, WI on October 3, 1959. He worked for the State of Wisconsin as an assistant superintendent for the state parks and forestry department. Eric enjoyed archery, bowling, gardening, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the American Legion Post 173 and the Whitewater Seniors in the Park. He was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Whitewater, WI.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Lois, Whitewater; children Kurt (Barbara) Zipp, Darien, WI, Alan (Mary) Zipp, Waukesha, WI; Grandchildren Erik (Erica) Zipp, Alex (Jodi) Zipp, Aaron Zipp, Benjamin Schultz, Nancy Schultz; Great Grandchildren Malory, Gunner, Bode Zipp, Logan Zipp, Ruby Zipp, Lucas Zipp, Brittany Schultz. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Walda O’Hara.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 116 Church St, Whitewater, WI 53190
The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, WI is assisting the family, to add a condolence to the family visit our website at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com
Dennis K. Rohrs died on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Hearthstone Memory Care, Whitewater, of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was born on November 26, 1929 in Johnson, NE to Vern and Ellen (Rademacher) Rohrs. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska and the University of Iowa and his PhD from the University of Iowa. Dennis taught music for 40 years with the last 27 years at UW-Whitewater as the Director of Bands and Chairman of the Music Department. He helped organize the first summer band camp and established the Dennis Rohrs Music Scholarship. He also directed many musicals and performed in many plays. When Dennis retired in 1990 he was designated Professor Emeritus of both Music and Theater.
He was married for nearly 70 years to the former Margaret Ritchie and had three children: Roxann (Gerard) Hamblin, Elaine (Tom) Younger, and Rex (Connie) Rohrs. He had five grandchildren: Chad Hamblin, Katie Marzinske, Caryl Ayanwale, Bobbie Mac Millan, and Kevin Rohrs and two great-grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater is assisting the family. Online Condolences may be made by going to www.nitardyfuneralhome.com
Pearl M. Grosskreutz, 95, of Whitewater and previously of Palmyra, WI passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Fairhaven Retirement Community of Whitewater.
Pearl was born on August 11, 1924 in Palmyra, WI the daughter of Lawrence “Tink” and Mary (Holm) Carpenter. She married Edmund Grosskreutz on October 9, 1945 in Fort Atkinson, WI and the two would go on to enjoy 58 years of marriage together until Edmund’s death in 2004. Pearl was a fixture at the Palmyra Pharmacy for many years and spent most of her life in Palmyra until health issues preceded her move to Fairhaven. Pearl will be dearly missed by those she leaves behind.
Surviving are her sons, Harry (Lauren) McGavran of White Rock, NM, and Edmund (Sandra) Grosskreutz Jr. of Whitewater, WI, and her daughter Galen (John) Schilling of Palmyra, WI. She is also survived by four grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Edmund; a sister, Laura; brothers, Otto, Alvin, Charles, Richard, and John; and her half-sisters, Jenny and Celia.
Pearl will be laid to rest next to her husband in Hillside Cemetery of Palmyra, WI. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Gibson Family Funeral Homes of Palmyra & Eagle, WI is serving the family. To place an online condolence please visit http://gibsonfuneral.com
Doris Elaine Wutke, 94, Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at her home.
Doris was born on September 28, 1925 in Whitewater, WI to Walter and Martha (Schmidt) Ludeman. She married Ivan Wutke on December 4, 1948 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Whitewater. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2000. Doris and Ivan operated a family farm in the Whitewater area. She was very involved at St. John Lutheran Church and volunteered for many things. She was active in the Whitewater Seniors in the Park and the Sunshine Club.
She is survived by her sons Roger (Gloria) Wutke, Whitewater, James (Sharon) Wutke, Whitewater; grandchildren Sarah McClellan, Brian (Quinn) Wutke, Andrew (Cindy) Wutke, Alyssa Wutke; great-grandchildren Erika, John and Rosalee McClellan, Chase and Jade Wutke, Aaron Topel, Axel and Layla Boero; great-great grandson Kory Munoz.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters: Adele Gergen and Wilma Ludeman; nephew Richard Gergen.
A private burial will be held at Richmond Cemetery. The family would like to thank Home at Ease, Rainbow Hospice, Dr. Wedl, Whitewater Rescue and Rev. Rossman for the care and kindness they showed to Doris.
Online condolences may be placed by going to www.nitardyfuneralhome.com
Robert Nelson Burrows passed away peacefully on April 14, 2020, at Hearthstone, Fairhaven, in Whitewater. Bob was born on December 21, 1923, in North Reading, Massachusetts, the son of Frederick Nelson Burrows and Mary McIntosh.
Reared in New England, a veteran of four years’ service in the Marine Corps in World War II, he was educated at Colorado College (B.A.); the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), receiving a Diploma in Studies in British Civilization; and the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., PhD. In American Civilization).
After teaching at colleges and universities in Texas, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, he served as Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he taught undergraduate English courses as well as graduate courses in Emerson and Thoreau, Melville, Steinbeck and Hemingway, Mark Twain, Wordsworth, Dickens, and Thomas Hardy. In the undergraduate American Studies program his main research and teaching undertaking for a decade was a course in Contemporary American Society, He also taught for one semester at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria) and for a year each at LaTrobe University (Melbourne, Australia) and Keimyung University (Daegu, South Korea).
At UW-Whitewater he was granted the first David Saunders Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities and The Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he was the recipient in the first year of the University of Wisconsin System’s Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching. His work as a Fulbright Professor in South Korea was recognized by the program’s director: “Dr. Burrows’ contribution to the Fulbright program in Korea far exceeds that of any other Fulbright scholar in recent memory. The quality of his contribution far outshines its quantity. His lectures have illuminated and inspired, propelling his audiences beyond stereotyped images of American culture to fundamental human values.”
His publications include studies of major American authors, including Hawthorne, Whitman, and Mark Twain. He also published a political novel, entitled “The Great American Parade.”
Bob believed in what he saw as the best that is America, “which I define as a nation dedicated to fulfilling Lincoln’s vision of our nation as one truly OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people. Only to the extent that America takes to heart that vision are we true to the best that we should be.” He supported civil rights and was a champion of freedom of speech during the Vietnam War era. Throughout his life he supported many liberal causes and ardently campaigned for Democrats.
Bob met the love of his life, Marion, at a summer language program in Mayrhofen, Austria, offered through the University of Innsbruck in 1950. They were married February 24 ,1951, and began a life filled with joy and adventure. In 2010, reflecting on their long marriage, Bob wrote, “My family has always been my central love and concern, especially my remarkable wife Marion and our four children—David, Mark, John, and Linda—along with their families, our six grandchildren, and our four great grandchildren.” He was an outstanding planner, both in his work and in his family life. He especially enjoyed planning vacations, particularly camping trips to State and National parks across the country. In 1967 he planned a marvelous 3 month camping tour of Europe and Great Britain in which the family camped the whole summer with their newly purchased VW bus and their new German tent. Many other August vacations were spent wilderness canoeing and camping in the Quetico Provincial Park (Boundary Waters) in western Ontario.
Bob was a man with a deep and abiding faith. Forty-nine years ago, Bob and Marion joined a group of friends to found The Community of Christ the Servant, an interdenominational church in Whitewater with a strong commitment to social justice in the spirit of Christ’s love and calling to serve humankind.
Bob is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marion, his son David (Lynn) of Oriental, North Carolina, his son Mark (Ute) of Camden, Maine, his son John of Rockland, Massachusetts, and his daughter, Linda Jennings (Perry) of Peyton, Colorado, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations can be sent to the Robert and Marion Burrows English Scholarship Fund c/o UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc., 800 W. Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190.
OR Fairhaven Foundation, 435 W. Starin Road, Whitewater, WI 53190, designating the Fairhaven Benevolence Fund in memory of Robert Burrows.
Kieth Randall Seward, 86, Whitewater, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
Kieth was born on August 19, 1933 in Williamsfield, IL to William and Myrtle (Morgan) Seward. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois. On September 3, 1960 he married Elisabeth Therese Ulbert. Kieth worked for Wisconsin Power and Light, Swiss Colony, Avonmore and Bytec. He served in the US Marine Corps. He served the Monroe, WI community as President of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and United Fund, and as New Glarus Town Chair for 10 years.. Kieth enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Elisabeth, Whitewater; children Christopher (Carla) Seward, Mary (Michael Ebsen) Trelstad, Beth (Dan) Bowie, Daniel (Cheryl) Seward, Michael (Chauncey Dunn) Seward, Nicholas (Mike Horan) Seward; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister Joyce Hudson. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Elaine, Iolene and Barbara; brother Claire.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater with burial to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Palmyra, WI. The family would like to thank the staff at Rainbow Hospice for their loving care. As an expression of sympathy you may wish to consider memorials to Rainbow Hospice or to the Carbone Cancer Center- UW-Wisconsin.
Online condolences may be made through Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, by visiting www.nitardyfuneralhome.com.
Larry was born on March 23, 1958 to George and Beverly (Gumz) Pechous. They moved to Whitewater when he was 3 years old where he grew up on the family farm. Larry spent 40 years working at Weilers/Provisur in Whitewater as a machinist. He always enjoyed his hunting and fishing. Larry also liked riding his Harley and moped through the country.
He is survived by his wife Sherry; mother Beverly; his children Brandon (Molly), Tyler (Katie), Kenzie (Jordan), and Randy; his grandchildren Kaleb, Emma, Bria, Braelynn; brothers, sisters and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father George and brother-in-law Steven.
A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Online Condolences may be placed at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com