Charles Edward Kearns, age 73, passed away in Fort Atkinson on Monday March 5, 2018.

Charles was born July 19, 1944, in Davenport, Iowa the son of the late Charles Raymond and Mary Estella Maria (Edwards) Kearns. Ed moved to Whitewater in 1945 with his family and remained until 1982 when he moved to the Tucson Arizona area where he lived until returning to Wisconsin in 2003 where he remained until his death.

Ed is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Warner, of Dodgeville, WI; his ex-wife Sharon Burow of Watertown; two children, Kevin of Lake Mills, WI and Michelle of Watertown, WI; five grandchildren and five nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his stepfather, George Egnoski in 1981, sister Jane Hsuan of Grass Valley, CA in 2016 and nephew, Anthony Hsuan in 1994.

Burial will be held at a later date at Iron Hill Cemetery in Maquoketa, IA.

Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family.


Joseph (Joe) Tenpenny, born on September 26, 1941 to Charles and Doris Tenpenny died on Monday, February 19th in Abrazo Heart Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.

Joe graduated from Whitewater High School in 1959. During his 23 years in the United States Navy, he graduated from Southwestern College in 1975. After retiring he and his wife, Jan, settled in Arizona. They enjoyed 41 wonderful years together and went on a lot of cruises seeing many countries of our world.

Joe is survived by his wife Jan; step-son and buddy Bill Stephens; sisters Ellie (Wayne) LeMacher of Fort Atkinson and Mary Lou (Bob) Domiter of Las Vegas; and son-in-law Patrick Hurst of Pekin, IN. He was also survived by his favorite granddaughters Sally (Kevin) Palmer and 2 sons of Chesapeake, VA; Katherine Hurst of Pekin, IN; Victoria (Mark) Hurst Norvell, USN and son of Virginia Beach, VA; and Victoria Davis of San Diego, CA; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, younger brother Jack, step-daughters Susan Hurst and Laurie Davis and first wife Carleen.

Joe will be inurned in a private ceremony at the Prescott (AZ) National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on March 14, 2018, followed by a celebratory party with food, friends, and frolic at his home in North Ranch, AZ.

Paul Louis Underwood, 76, passed away February 21st, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his father Carl Paul and his mother Louise. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carolyn Ann, his three children, Michael Paul (Karla), Heidi Lynne Stewart (Michael), Jeffrey Carl (Candy), his brother Ron (Barbara), his grandchildren Kinsey Fournier, Alex Zalewski, Lauren and Nicholas Doedens, Maylin and Andrew Underwood, and his nieces Valerie Mitchell, Vicky Tasopulos, and nephew Steve Underwood.

Paul was born in Minneapolis, MN on October 26, 1941. He grew up in Rockford, IL, Springfield, OH, and graduated from Belmont High School in Dayton, OH, in 1959. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and played college football under coach Forrest Perkins. Paul served his country in the US Navy from 1963-1967 and was involved in the Arab-Israeli 6-Day war in June of 1967. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he lived in Anacortes, WA where he learned the plumbing trade. His family moved to Whitewater, WI, in 1972 to live near his parents. There he founded his own company, Underwood Plumbing, and he was actively involved in the Lions Club and sponsored a local women’s softball team. In 1985, Paul and his family moved to Milwaukee where he worked for Central Heating and Plumbing Company until his retirement in 2006. While in Milwaukee Paul purchased his prized possession, a 1973 Corvette, in which he won numerous local and regional car show awards over the years.

Paul and Ann retired to Sun City, AZ in 2006 and became active members of the Willowbrook United Methodist Church and avid members of three different bowling leagues. A celebration of his life will take place on Friday, March 2nd at Willowbrook United Methodist Church at 1 pm, 19390 N. 99th Ave. Sun City, AZ 85373.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Menke Funeral & Cremation Center, Sun City AZ is assisting the family CLICK HERE

Arthur D. VanderKoy of Whitewater, Wisconsin passed in to the presence of the Lord on February 25, 2018.

Arthur had devoted his life to the love of his life and wife of 61 years Carleen (Bittner) VanderKoy, his daughters Lisa Henschen (Kent) and Jenifer Kemp (Brian), his grandchildren Lauren Beach (Jonathan) and Colin Henschen (Kelsey), and his great-grandchildren Jackson Arthur Beach and Bennett Andrew Beach.

Arthur was an accomplished and recognized organist and pianist. He had served as a church music leader for over 6o years, was a life-long member and leader in the American Guild of Organists, and was a devotee of classical music.

Services in memory of Arthur will be held Sunday, March 4th at Whitewater Congregational United Church of Christ, 133 S. Franklin Street, Whitewater, WI 53190 (; Friends & Family Gathering 2:00 pm, Memorial Service 3:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorials to Whitewater Congregational United Church of Christ. Nitardy Funeral Home is serving the family.

Claudine Henry, 92, of Whitewater, Wisconsin, formerly of Abilene, Texas, passed away on February 24, 2018 at Fairhaven in Whitewater.

She was born on January 29, 1926, to William Jasper and Mary Ann (Herring) Stuteville.

Claudine married Franklin Harold Henry on December 26, 1943, in Albany, Texas. They were happily married for 74 years. Claudine was an award-winning floral designer and dressmaker and worked as a ward clerk at Fairhaven with Franklin in her later years. She enjoyed playing cards, dominos, spending time with family. She was a long time member of Millard Community Church as well as a member of the Red Hat Society.

Claudine is survived by her daughters Gwendolyn Gail Henry, Anita Ann Sartorius and Marie (David) Lanell Brei; son-in-laws Chuck “Bear” Janulewicz and David Otto Brei; grand-children Candi (James) Jean Julson, Cindi (Jerry) Sue Principe, Robert (Charlene) Russell Adams, Conni Jo Murphy, Heidi (Chris) Marie Miksanik, William “Billy” (Shelia) Stephan Sartorius, Heather LaVelle Barnett, Sandra Ann Sartorius, Benjamin (Carrie) McGraw Brei, Lindsay Rae Brei and Jacob Jasper Brei as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Claudine was preceded in death by her parents William and Mary, brother Clyde, twin sister Claudia, daughter Gloria (Chuck) and her late husband of 74 years, Franklin Henry of Whitewater, Wisconsin.

A memorial service will be held at Fairhaven, 435 W Starin Rd in Whitewater, Wisconsin at 1 pm on Saturday, March 3. Private Burial services will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Fairhaven for their support in her final years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to Hearthstone Memory Care, 426 W North St, Whitewater, WI 53190.

Condolences may be left on Nitardy Funeral Home’s online guestbook at

Virginia (Weiss) Stamm, age 89, passed on to the next life on February 22, 2018, as a result of a broken hip.

Virginia Rose Weiss was born in Lima Township, Wisconsin to Leonard and Clara (Turner) Weiss on July 31, 1928.  A 1946 graduate of Whitewater High School, she married Douglas Zuill Stamm on October 9, 1948.  In 1967, the family moved from Whitewater to Waukesha, where Virginia continued to be a loving mother and she worked for Automatic Electric and later for K-Mart.

She was survived by five children: Paul Douglas Stamm, Laura (Dan) Berge, Jo Ellen (Stanley) Larson, Peter (Diane) Stamm, and Dean Leo Stamm and six grandchildren: John Stamm, Karl Stamm, JoAnne (Berge) Weber, Emily (Larson) Erman, Ruth (Larson) Diekmeier, and Dayna (Stamm) Olson, and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug Stamm (d. 7/17/07), her parents and brother Edwin Weiss, and former daughter-in-law Anne Forkes.

Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Waukesha.

David Peter Schafer, age 61, passed away on February 20, 2018.

David Peter Schafer was born September 1, 1956, in International Falls, MN, to Joseph and Rosemary (Pfau) Schafer. He was 61 years old when he died from Cancer. He graduated in 1975 from Milton High School. David was in the Navy before he married. On July 9, 1983, he married Dawn Engelbrecht at St. Mary Catholic Church in Milton. They had two children. He was a student at UW Whitewater, where he was completing his degree when he died.

He is survived by his two children, Tyler and Alyssa Schafer; and by one granddaughter, Cassandra Schafer; his mother, Rosemary; one brother and eight sisters: Joe, Kathy, Carol, Jackie (Jeff) Eggen, Barbara (Bruce) Spreen, Mary (Jim) Slowey, Lois (John) Severance, Theresa (Ed) Mathews and Linda (Rich) Jass; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph; nephew, Johnny Severance; and niece, Lisa Slowey.

There will be a celebration of his life at a later date this spring.

Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 828 S. Janesville Street, Milton is assisting the family. 608-868-2542.

Donna Mae Frodl, 73, Whitewater passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Rainbow Hospice inpatient center in Johnson Creek, WI.

Donna was born on March 30, 1944 in Marshall, WI to Clarence and Ada (Frank) Stark. She graduated from Marshall High School. On July 6, 1963, she married Eugene Frodl at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater. Donna enjoyed reading, sewing and crafts. She collected American Girl dolls and would make dresses for them. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donna was a breast cancer survivor. She and Eugene were dairy farmers and enjoyed the times they were able to get away and camp.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene; children James Frodl Sr., Julie (Jeff) Frie, Daniel (Colette) Frodl all of Whitewater; grandchildren James Jr.(Amanda) Frodl, Randall and Courtney Frie; great-grandchildren Grayson and Lorelai Frodl. She was preceded in death by her parents, and half-brother Gayle Stark.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 7:00 pm at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190 with Father Mark Niehaus officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5:00 pm – 7: 00 pm. As an expression of sympathy, you may wish to consider memorials to Susan G. Komen Cancer Research. The family would like to thank the Whitewater Rescue Squad, Fort Memorial nurses, and doctors as well as the staff at Rainbow Hospice.

Lauren Raymond Miller, 81, Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Lauren was born on October 21, 1936, in Cold Spring Township to Joseph and Lois (Zimmerman) Miller.  He married Patricia Sarow on March 15, 1958, in Whitewater, WI.

Lauren worked on the Junie Piper farm prior to working for Nestles/Carnation in Jefferson for over 20 years.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and his children but most of all he loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Lauren J (Mickie) Miller, Whitewater, Cindy (Steve) Garbe, Milton, Scott (Trudy) Miller, Melrose, WI, Julie Miller, Whitewater; grandchildren, Jamie Dowling, Jennifer (Josh) Gleaser, James  Sontag, Jessica (Mike Poehler) Sontag, Jeffery (Heather) Miller, Miranda Garbe; great-grandchildren, Jayden, Grayson, Brandon, Lincoln, Nora and Zeke; brother, Allen (Sandy) Miller, Evansville, WI; sisters, Pauline Fero, LaPine, OR, Joan Gunderson, Elkhorn, WI.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Joe Miller and sister Darlene Dobson.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 11:00 am at the Congregational-United Church of Christ, 133 S. Franklin St., Whitewater, WI 53190.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of the service.  The family would like to thank Rainbow Hospice for their loving care.  As an expression of sympathy, you may wish to consider memorials to Rainbow Hospice.

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


JoAnne Soffa, age 87, of Whitewater, passed away at Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater, Wisconsin on February 9, 2018, surrounded by her family. 

She was born on September 26, 1930, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, the daughter of Esther and William Seymour.

Anne graduated from Elkhorn High School and attended UW-Stout and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a degree in Food Sciences.  She was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority.  She was a registered dietician and practiced in this area for many years, including at the VA Hospitals in Madison and Milwaukee, Fort Memorial Hospital, and Countryside Nursing Home in Jefferson.  She married Sam J. Soffa on November 17, 1956.  She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Whitewater and later joined the First English Lutheran Church, also in Whitewater.

She was dedicated to making sure people in her community had access to good food, and she generously dedicated her time to the Gathering, a free community meal program at St. Luke’s.  She also volunteered at the Whitewater Food Pantry and was a member of Whitewater Chapter CI of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization).  She enjoyed knitting with her friends in knitting club, working in fiber arts, cooking, canning, baking, gardening, traveling with her husband, swimming, and playing bridge. With her family, she adopted several Gordon Setters through Gordon Setter Rescue.

She is survived by her husband Sam, daughter Dianne, brothers William Seymour (Marlyne) and Daniel Seymour, and sister Kathryn Larson (Roger).  She was preceded in death by her sister Mary French (Clayton), with whom she often traveled, knitted, and played bridge.

Services will be held at the First English Lutheran Church, 401 W. Main Street in Whitewater, at 11:00 a.m. on February 24, 2018, with Pastor Steve Hanson and Father John Splinter presiding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Whitewater Food Pantry, c/o Jacki Hale, 599 S. Franklin Street, Whitewater, WI  53190.