A heart heavy with the loss of Brent P. Alwin age 69 who passed away unexpectedly on October 24, 2019.
Our grief is lightened by the knowledge he is being welcomed home with loving, open arms by his mother Joie and father “Big Walt”, sister April and brothers Scott and Craig. He was a loving father, skilled artisan, sensitive soul and wonderful storyteller. “Brento” was a man who did not always live his life conforming to or confined by what society ordained and expected. He was a “free spirit” with a generous nature and a wonderful creative ability. He leaves another hole in the fabric of our family that will not be mended until we are once again reunited in that longed for place of peace and rest. “Ride On…”
He is survived by his sons; Shane Alwin of Jefferson, Jessie (Dah-ve) Alwin of Apple Valley, CA, Jacob (Rebbecca) Alwin of Milton, Lucas (Christine) Alwin of Fort Atkinson, Casey Alwin of Palmyra, daughters; Emily Alwin of Fort Atkinson, Addison Alwin of Palmyra, grandchildren; Maxwell, Samuel, Meadow, Walter, Alexander, Sapphire, Walter, Dylan, Amy, Emily, siblings; Elaine Robinson of Watertown, Jeannine Davis of Michigan, Dennis Sohns of North Carolina, Lee Sohns of North Carolina, Gabrielle Alwin of Whitewater, Penelope (Jim) Alwin of Whitewater, Pamela Fullerton of Wausau, Deb (Roy) Rockwell of Whitewater, Lanee (Nancy) Alwin of California, Jill (Matt) Simmons of Whitewater, Sean (Laura) Alwin of Fort Atkinsons, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Captain Scott Alwin, Craig Alwin; sister: April Alwin; nephews; Tyrone Alwin and Tyrone Kleinhans.
Burial will take place on November 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. for close friends and family at the Cold Spring Cemetery followed by a Celebration of life at Brock’s River Walk in Fort Atkinson from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Memorials made to the family would be greatly appreciated.
Fannie Hicklin, the fierce and beloved theater professor who became the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s first African American faculty member and who left a creative legacy that both transformed and transcended campus, has died at the age of 101.
She passed away Friday at her home in Madison, Wisconsin, according to her daughter, Ariel Ford. A memorial service will be held in the spring.
During her tenure at UW-Whitewater, Dr. Hicklin taught speech and theater courses, directed more than 50 productions, and earned the respect of students and colleagues alike for her passion for the arts and dedication to teaching.
“It’s difficult for any of us to imagine a world without Fannie Hicklin,” said Chancellor Emeritus Richard Telfer. “She was clearly devoted to UW-Whitewater, not just in her time on the faculty, but even in retirement. From her attendance at theater productions, to participating in scholarship fundraisers, to helping guide the College of Arts and Communication forward as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board — she gave of herself in countless ways.”
Born in Alabama in 1918 on the campus of Talladega
College, where her father taught, Hicklin grew up in the racially
segregated south. She taught at public schools and universities
throughout the region and eventually made her way to Wisconsin,
where she earned her Ph.D. at UW-Madison.
Hicklin arrived at UW-Whitewater in 1964, the same year President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law.
In a recent interview, she spoke proudly of the welcoming and supportive culture on campus.
“Not once did I feel any type of discrimination by faculty, staff or students’ parents. I never thought about being the first black professor there because I was treated like anybody else.” The hiring committee “cared a lot about the teachers, and really looked at people for their qualifications. They weren’t concerned with your race,” she said.
“There’s often a great burden placed on people who
are blazing a trail,” said Eileen M. Hayes, dean of the College of Arts
Hicklin embraced the responsibility with courage, heart and intellectual gusto — providing a diverse intellectual perspective.
“The fact that she was the first African American
faculty member means a great deal to successive faculty of color,” said
Hayes. “It’s a great reassurance when members of your group have gone
before you so that you aren’t ‘the first.’”
Whether in the classroom or on the stage, students deeply respected Hicklin and the professional discipline she tried to instill in them.
“She was firm, but always caring,” said alumna Leslie LaMuro, who earned a B.A. in theatre. “I remember she had superb diction and wanted the same for her students. Breathing exercises and keeping the body in shape were part of our training. She encouraged us to be good listeners — to be in the moment.”
In addition to teaching speech and theatre, Hicklin served as the associate dean of faculties, director of affirmative action, and chair of the Department of Theatre/Dance. She established a summer theater program and a touring children’s theater program.
Hicklin loved UW-Whitewater and quickly would let people know it, her daughter said.
“Despite efforts of other colleges and universities
to recruit her, she remained dedicated and committed to the
university,” she said.
Hicklin’s service extended beyond the boundaries of the UW-Whitewater campus. She served on a number of volunteer boards, including the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Board of Curators, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, WHA Madison Public Radio, and Fairhaven Retirement Community.
In 1970, she received UW-Whitewater’s highest teaching honor — the W.P. Roseman Excellence in Teaching award. The
Hicklin Studio Theatre in the Greenhill Center of the Arts was dedicated and renamed to honor Hicklin on Founders Day, April 21, 1996.
In 2016, Hicklin — clad in a purple hat and gloves —
served as the grand marshal of the Homecoming parade, smiling and
waving vigorously to people along Main Street. A year and a half later,
she donned purple once again to ring in UW-Whitewater’s
150th anniversary at the Purple and White Gala, held at the University
Center. At the event, everyone in attendance sang “Happy Birthday” to
her in honor of her 100th birthday.
Her legacy also lives on through the Fannie Hicklin Theatre Education Scholarship,given to a junior or senior majoring in theatre who is well-rounded
in both technical and performance areas. Memorial contributions can be
made through the
UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc.
At last year’s scholarship celebration, Hicklin reflected on her love for campus.
“Whitewater is very dear to me. I am so proud to tell people about it.”
Kay L. Gustafson, 71, of Whitewater passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Kay was born on July 21, 1948 in Milwaukee WI, the daughter of Forest and Esther (Jacobson) Eagleburger. She worked as a mail clerk for Northwestern Mutual Company for the majority of her working career. Kay was a kind lady with a big heart. She had a special connection to cats and she spent much of her time volunteering at Touched by a Paw Cat Shelter in Whitewater. For leisure, she liked to walk and also enjoyed getting lost in a good book. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Kay is survived by: her brother, John (Barb) Eagleburger of Akron, OH; her sister, Barb (Tom) Lloyd of Palmyra, WI; and her special cat companions, Hector and Daisy. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister in infancy.
Those wishing to express sympathy may consider a donation in Kay’s honor to Touched by a Paw Cat Shelter (182 W Main St. Whitewater, WI 53190).
Kay will be laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Eagle, WI during a private family service at a later date. Gibson Family Funeral Homes of Palmyra & Eagle, WI is serving the family. To place an online condolence please visit gibsonfuneral.com
Mary Shea Peters passed
away peacefully on October 16, 2019 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. During her final days, she was surrounded by
many family members who helped to care and comfort her as she made the
transition to being with her Lord and Savior, as well as other loved ones, in
Mary was born in Dodgeville,
WI on August 20, 1947 to Leone (Wiest) and James Francis Shea. She graduated from Dodgeville High School. She was married to Roger Flanagan for 26
years and was blessed with two children, Kari and Kathleen. She married the love of her life, Ralph
Peters, on March 5, 1997 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson,
WI. They were blessed with 22 years together until Ralph’s passing on
October 3, 2019.
Mary pursued different
careers throughout her life including legal assistant, real estate agent and
executive assistant. She is retired from
WD Hoard & Sons.
Mary is fondly
remembered for her strong faith, her love and enjoyment of her family, her
close family ties and her dedication and loving care for her husband, Ralph. Mary was proud of her Irish Heritage, enjoyed
Irish Music especially the Irish Rovers and loved to collect family recipes. Everyone loved Mary’s krispie treats.
Mary is survived by
her daughters: Kari Flanagan of Mukwonago and Kathleen (Marc) Harris of Salem,
South Dakota, her step-children, Ralph (Ilse) Peters Jr. of Fort Atkinson,
Marian (Eric) Jacobsen of Menomonie, and Kurt (Rebecca) Peters of West
Bend. Mary is also survived by her
brothers and sisters including Jim Kiley of Rowlette, TX, Janet McGuire of
Verona, John (Diane) Shea of Barneveld, Pat Shea of Madison, Carol Higgins (Ken
Laufenberg) of Dodgeville, Julie (Lyle) Farnsworth of Fort Atkinson, Mike (Sharon)
Shea of Dodgeville. Finally, she
is survived by 15 grandchildren: Amber, Allison, Kailey, Benedict, Kirsten,
Nicole, Sarah, Shanna, Michelle, Amber, Brittney, Stephanie, Sean, Kellie,
Katherine, 18 great grandchildren, her Godmother, Glady Starry, her Aunt,
Margaret Wiest and her brother-in-law, Thomas Peters.
Preceding Mary in
death was her beloved husband, Ralph Peters, her step-daughter, Debra Jean Peters, her parents, Leone (Wiest) and James Francis Shea and her
grandchildren Faith, Michael, Joy, Hope, Andrew, Claire, Grace and Lucy Harris,
sister-in-law, Myrna Kiley, brother-in-law, Paul McGuire, nephew, Paul James
McGuire and her sister in law, Carol (Edward) Van Cleave.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1225 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190 from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Funeral services will begin right after the visitation at 11 am.
Memorials can be made
in Mary’s name to the charity of one’s choice.
Nitardy Funeral Home
is assisting the family with arrangements.
Sharon Lee Splinter, daughter of Harold and Lora (Rowe) Grant was born July 17, 1939 in Sullivan, Wisconsin. She graduated from Whitewater High and worked as an accountant in Indiana until her retirement.
She was united in holy matrimony to Richard Splinter in May 1986, and together they combined households and raised their children.
Her beautiful life will be forever cherished by her beloved children, Connie Collins and Dale (Kelly) Splinter, and eight loving grandchildren. Also surviving are children Steve Splinter, Ron Splinter, and Rich (Deb) Splinter as well as siblings Doris Spiess, Ellen (Dean) Tucker, and Jerry (Shirley) Grant.
Sharon was preceded in death by daughter, Cheri Hudgins; siblings, Eugene Grant and Margie Massie; and her parents. Her generous spirit and pleasant personality left her loved by many.
At her wishes, she will be donated for full-body medical research leaving no funeral services to be held.
Bryan Nelson, age 84, of Janesville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, WI. Born in La Grange Park, IL to the late Marvin and Naomi (Paulson) Nelson. Having lived around the southern Chicago area before moving to Crown Point, IN, the family settled in Whitewater, WI in 1952. Bryan graduated from Whitewater High in 1954 and attended college in Whitewater as well. He was soon drafted into the United States Army and completed his obligation later to return home and start his plumbing apprenticeship and receive his Masters of Plumbing while working for LeRoy Kepp. Bryan met his future wife and his love to the very end, Joan (Harris), while bowling at The Hawk Bowl in Whitewater. They were married on July 8, 1961. Together they built a life around raising their family and running Bryan’s plumbing business, first with his brother in-law, Bob, in Ft. Atkinson in 1968 and then on his own in Orfordville and in Milton/Janesville, before retiring in 1997.
Bryan is survived by his wife, Joan Nelson; and their children: Tracey Fox of Janesville, Terry Nelson of Marshfield, MO, Brent (Susan) Nelson of Janesville, and Toni (Steve) Rowley of Brodhead; grandchildren, Nicholas and Sarah (Dillion Woollums) Rowley of Brodhead, Catherine and David Nelson of Janesville; great grandson, Weston Rowley; sister and brothers, Sherry Plucinski, and Jeffrey and Wesley Nelson; along with in-laws, Tom and Barbara Dosemagen, Rod and Linda Sandleback, and Jeanette Milleson; long-time friends, Larry Williams and Paul Kulinski; and many extended family members and friends.
Bryan is preceded in death by his parents; mother and father in-law, Lyle and Catherine Harris; siblings, Dale Nelson and Karen Dinsmore; brother in-law, Robert Plucinski; and son in-law, Thomas Fox.
We would like to give our upmost gratitude to Agrace Hospice in Janesville and Fitchburg for all of the love and support they’ve offered and a special thank you to Amy Olson and Erika Schultz for all of their love and help they provided to Bryan at home. Without any of them he would have never been able to stay at home for as long as he did.
A celebration of Bryan’s life will be held from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Schneider Funeral Home Life Celebration Center, 1800 E. Racine Street, Janesville. Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com
Judson Michael “Jud” Lowry, age 66, of Appleton passed away
after a brief illness on Monday, August 12, 2019, at University
Hospital-Madison, with his family at his side.
Jud was born on May 25, 1953, the son of the late Robert and Marjorie
(Cox) Lowry in Janesville. He was raised
in Janesville and attended Janesville Parker High School. He had three children
while living in Janesville, two daughters, Jennifer and Jessica and a son,
Adam. In 1999, he married the former Brenda Berg in Whitewater. They made their
home in the Fox Valley and had one child, a daughter, Logan. He had numerous
jobs in his lifetime, but sales engineering became his passion, finishing his
career at Kenrich Industrial/EMS of Waukesha where he worked for the last 20
years, retiring in January of 2018.
An avid sports fan, Jud enjoyed his Packers and Brewers as
well as Nascar. He was thrilled to watch his son, Adam play baseball and even
coached him in his younger years. Not
always a fan of basketball, he became Logan’s biggest cheerleader during
Wisconsin Flight AAU tournaments and at Appleton East High School. Harley and snowmobile trips with friends were
a favorite activity as well as camping with their fifth wheel over the last few
Judson is survived by his wife, Brenda and daughter Logan of
Appleton; daughter, Jennifer (Ken Richards) Lowry and their children Alexis,
Morgan and Evan; daughter, Jessica Garrido and her children Austin and Mia; son,
Adam Lowry of Appleton and his children Noah and Luke; brother, Jeff Lowry of
Edgerton and his children, Amber (Mark) Warmke and Ashley (Ken Schuur) Lowry;
brother, Josh (Deb) Lowry of Janesville; mother and father-in-law, Rod and
Donna Berg of Whitewater; and sister-in-law, Sandra Miller of Fitchburg; as
well as great-nieces and nephews. Jud was predeceased by his parents, Bob and
Marj of Janesville; brother, Matt of Edgerton; and brother-in-law, Matt Miller
The family would like to thank the medical care team at
Appleton Medical Center ICU, especially nurses Cassie and Kim as well as nurse
Katie in the TLC unit at UW Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.
A family celebration of his life will take place at the ELKS LODGE, 2100 N. Washington St., Janesville, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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M. Piatt, age 90, long-time resident of Whitewater, WI, peacefully passed away
at St. Therese Care Center, New Hope, MN on August 19, 2019.
was surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. He lived a long life, and
more importantly the life he wanted. He loved old movies, travel, gardening,
listening and dancing to music (genre Nate King Cole and Big Band sounds) and
owning a pet, but mostly being with family and friends. He served proudly in
the United States Air Force and was a Professor of Psychology at the University
of Wisconsin-Whitewater for over 24 years. We will always remember his love of
laughter, silly jokes, and his huge heart.
by wife of 66 years, Mary Kay (Jacobs) Piatt; children, Pam (Larry) Hansen,
Julie (Richard) Enerson, Tim (Heidi Sonnenburg) Piatt and Darcie (Richard)
Payne and grandchildren who were so special to him: Breanna, Cassandra, Justin,
Chelsey, Kajsa, Olivia, Malina, Seth, and great-grandchildren Quinn and
Tristan. He also leaves behind his little dog, Oliver.
of Life at St. Therese Care Center, New Hope, MN on Sunday, September 15th. Interment at a later date in Whitewater, WI, where the
family will have another gathering for those who knew him.
Dale Edgar Bornick,
age 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
Dale is survived by
his children; Janet (Mike) Bennett; Glen Bornick; Scott Bornick; stepson Wayne
(Andrea) Graham and family; grandsons Jacob and Brady Bennett; brother Gary
(Mary) Bornick and family; Sister-in-law Sherry Bornick and family.
Dale is preceded in
death by his wife Amy; parents Elmer and Mildred Bornick; sister Nancy and
brother Wayne Bornick.
moments were spent growing old with his wife Amy and spending time with his
family and friends. Life is only worth living if you are with those you love.
His last wish was to be reunited with his wife Amy. May his wish be granted. We
will miss you both.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019 in the Kratz Funeral Home-Portage (www.kratzfuneralhome.com) 302 E. Conant St., Portage, WI. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m.
Burial will follow at
the Oak Grove Cemetery in Portage.
Jean L. Steinhoff, 88, of Palmyra, Wisconsin, passed away on
Sunday, August 18, 2019, at UW Hospital.
born May 1, 1931, in Pleasant Valley, the daughter of Albert and Edna (Lundt)
Emery. She grew up in rural Jefferson County and was a 1949 graduate of Palmyra
High School. Jean married John Steinhoff on September 16, 1950, at St. Theresa’s
Catholic Church in Eagle. The couple enjoyed 37 years of marriage until John’s
death in 1987.
in the lunch program at Palmyra Elementary School. She was the Friday night
fish fry hostess at the Nite Cap Inn for many years and later the Cornerstone
Restaurant. She enjoyed seeing her regular customers each week and hearing
about their families.
gardening and was proud of her colorful flower gardens. She also enjoyed
decorating her home for every holiday, especially covering her Christmas tree with
angels. Her front porch was always decorated with lights for the season.
Jean was a long-time
member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmyra. She served as a Parish Council
member and was a member of the St. Mary’s Women’s Club. Over the years she
baked countless desserts for parish events.
important thing in Jean’s life was her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grammy,
and great-grammy. She loved baking cakes for birthdays, weddings, and
graduations. She hosted the entire family for holidays and always made an
assortment of delicious desserts. Jean’s recipes will live on as her
grandchildren make delicious food from her hand-written cookbooks which she
gifted them. She made sure her family and friends received a Hallmark card for every
special occasion. Jean was a caring, thoughtful, and determined woman. Her
children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren miss her dearly.
survived by three children, Bonnie (Glen) Schaefer of Fort Atkinson, Steven
(Linda) Steinhoff of Palmyra, and Susan Mehring of Fort Atkinson; seven
grandchildren, Michael Steinhoff, Juliana (Timothy) Gebhart, Alex (Emily
Bralick) Mehring, Benton Steinhoff, Jonathan (Laura) Schaefer, Eric (April)
Mehring, and Lacey Mehring; a great-grandson, Connor Gebhart; six step-grandchildren;
ten step-great-grandchildren; a special sister-in-law, Janice Emery; and a
special cousin, Sister Ellen Shannon. She is also survived by a number of nieces,
nephews, cousins, a brother-in-law, and friends.
preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Steinhoff; her brother,
Roger Emery; sisters-in-law Carol Foelker and Catherine Eaton; and a
brother-in-law James Foelker.
will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at Gibson Family Funeral Home in
Palmyra from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral
services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019, at St. Mary’s
Catholic Church in Palmyra. Jean will be laid to rest on Friday at 3:00 p.m. at
St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in Eagle.
Jean’s honor may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmyra in lieu of
wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff on D6 at UW Hospital for
their compassionate care.
Gibson Family Funeral Homes of Eagle and Palmyra, WI is serving the family. To place an online condolence please visit gibsonfuneral.com.