Mrs. Avis Ada Shober, 98, Whitewater went home to be with her Lord and personal Savior on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Fairhaven Senior Living in Whitewater, WI.

Avis was born on August 7, 1919, in Baudette, MN to Lafayett and Mary (Larson) Hake. She graduated from Whitewater High School in 1939 and was married to Arthur Shober a few weeks later. He preceded her in death on September 24, 1990. They both loved working together farming for 25 years in Ferryville, WI. She was a member of the Whitewater Bible Church. She loved her family and was always grateful.

She is survived by her children, Mary (Earl) Gutzmer, Whitewater, Sharon Gutzmer, Whitewater, Stephen (Ruth) Shober, Waunakee, Rebecca (Roger) Wippich, Mauston; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 great-grandchildren; brothers Percy and Glenn Hake.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 11:00 am at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St. Whitewater, WI 53190. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater. The family would like to thank Avis’s friends, doctors, Rainbow Hospice and the Fairhaven staff who helped her through the years.

PFC Ethan Andrew Barclay-Weberpal, age 18, currently serving in the United States Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Camp Pendleton.

He was born July 10, 1999, in Janesville, the son of Scott Weberpal and Casey Barclay. Ethan attended school in Janesville, Whitewater, and Almont, MI, where he was a graduate of Almont High School, Class of 2017. Ethan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in July 2016 in the delayed entry program and entered into boot camp in July 2017. After graduating in October, he was assigned to Camp Pendleton for Infantry Training.

Ethan was an amazing young man, compassionate and genuine to the core. The values instilled in him through the Marine Corps and his faith in God showed in his everyday life. Ethan enjoyed hunting, fishing, airsoft, spending time with family and friends, playing practical jokes, being a big brother and cousin, and living life to its fullest. He participated in many school activities throughout his life including football, baseball, basketball, track & field, cross country, show choir, a cappella choir, and band.

Ethan will be remembered for his bright and witty sense of humor; his desire to surprise people with a little startle any time he could, and his love of God, his family, and his friends. There is no way to properly express the kind of person Ethan was. The words will always seem inadequate for the legacy he leaves behind.

While in Almont with his grandparents, Ethan became very involved with his church and the We Are One youth group at Gateway Assembly in Imlay City. Ethan chose to embrace the truth of Jesus Christ. His faith wasn’t just lip service; he lived it. Ethan was an outstanding young man who was constantly looking for an opportunity to help others. He was fond of taking the time to sit and talk with someone down on their luck. He used those opportunities to share his faith and bring others closer to Christ. Only now are these stories becoming public as Ethan kept them mostly secret. He made a much larger impact than the short time he was given would have seemed to allow.

Ethan spent the last few months in California, making memories, and enjoying life. Many of those memories were shared with two great friends, PFC Robert Zimmers and PFC Rhett Glubka. The family would like to extend a special thank you to his Marine brothers who attempted to render aid and were by his side until he was accepted into the loving arms of God.

He is survived by his Mom, Casey (fiancé, Mike Knueppel) Barclay, of Janesville; his Dad, Scott (Bethany Schmidt) Weberpal, of Whitewater, WI; his 4 siblings – Logan, Dylan, Abigail, and Alexander; his maternal grandparents, Lewis and Lisa Barclay, of Almont, MI; his paternal grandmother, Debra Weberpal, of Whitewater, WI; his paternal grandfather, Andrew (Carol) Weberpal, of Janesville; his maternal great-grandparents, Harold and Betty Barclay, and Linda Witsman; his paternal great-grandfather, Ralph Weberpal; his aunts, SSGT Danielle Barclay (USAF), Amber (Brad) Allen, and Annie (Dan) LaValley; his cousins, Lucy and Griffin; and by many other extended family and friends. Ethan was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandfather, Errol Witsman, his paternal great-grandmother, Dorothea Weberpal, and his paternal great-grandparents, John and Patty Griffin.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, January 29, 2018, at NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD, 2416 N. Wright Rd. Janesville, WI, with Pastor Dave Krist officiating. Burial with Full Military Honors will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Milton. Visitation will take place from 2:00 until 6:00 P.M. on Sunday at the WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES.

A scholarship fund to support veteran/military students at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has been established in Ethan’s memory. Gifts may be made by check to the “Ethan Andrew Barclay-Weberpal Memorial Fund” and mailed to UW-W Foundation, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190, or online to the fund at 

Donald F. Brown, 83, of Fort Atkinson, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Fort Health Care after a short illness with his family at his side.

Born in Whitewater on July 1, 1934, to Freeman and Odelia (Robers) Brown, Don grew up in the Jefferson area where he attended Jefferson High School. He always had several jobs while in high school and bought his first house when he was 16 years old – the start of his building career.  Even though he was building houses on the side, he had his own carpet installation business for a few years and then became a carpet sales rep. for World Carpet and some other smaller companies.  He ended up being World’s second largest selling sales rep. in the U.S.

On December 15, 1973, he married Judy Stelse. After a little over a year into their marriage, Don decided he had enough of the road life of a salesman, so they purchased the Hadinger Furniture Store in Fort Atkinson and ran it for about 2 ½ years as Brown Furniture. Following a huge going out of business sale, he and Judy went full-time into the building business (Don Brown Builders).  Over the 44 years of their marriage, they built homes and businesses in Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Lake Mills, Watertown, Oconomowoc, Janesville, Lauderdale Lake, WI and in Melbourne and Port St. Lucie, FL.

The only thing Don wasn’t successful in was retiring.  It took him three tries.  They moved to Florida twice but always ended up coming back home to Fort Atkinson.  Their last building project was the Waterford Condos on the river in Fort Atkinson which they finished in 2014 and Don finally retired at the age of 80. Over his lifetime he built or remodeled over 225 residential or commercial projects.  His favorite motto was “it only costs a buck more to go first class.”

Don was a member of First Congregational Church in Fort Atkinson.  He also enjoyed old cars and could be seen in the summer driving around in his 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. But most of all he just enjoyed being around and socializing with people.  He suffered many health issues over the past five years but never gave up and always said “it is what it is.”

He is survived by his wife, Judy; sisters, Delores (Jack) Willegal of Jefferson and Darline (Lloyd) Andrews of Fortville, Indiana; sisters-in-law, Linda Fromader and Shirley (Steve) Erdman; 6 nephews, 2 nieces, 1 great-niece, 3 aunts, several cousins and his little dog, Daisy.  He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Vernon and Erna Stelse; and niece, Diane Bloom.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at First Congregational Church, 31 Milwaukee Avenue W. in Fort Atkinson.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the church and from 10 a.m. at the church until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Congregational Church or Tomorrow’s Hope.

Special thank you to everyone at Alden Estates and Fort Health Care Intensive Care Unit for the excellent care Don received.

Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family.

Rosetta A. (Kraut) Bealhen, 86, of Whitewater, formerly Palmyra, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

Rose was preceded in death by Phil, her loving husband of 64 years.

Rose is survived by their children; Debbie (Tom) Ball, Pam (Glenn) Quast, Mark (Reilly) Bealhen, Scott (Lisa) Bealhen & Todd (Peggy) Bealhen; along with 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. She is further survived by her brother Dale Kraut along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral Mass for Rose will be held on Tuesday, January 30, at 12:00 PM with a visitation for family and friends to start at 10:30 AM, all to take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmyra. There will be a luncheon to follow the Mass.

The most important thing is Rose’s life was family, especially her grandchildren. She will be missed by her family and all that knew her.

Memorials may be made to “Agrace Center for Hospice” in Janesville. Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information call 262-567- 4457 or visit

Lyle H. Bogard, age 63, of Whitewater, WI, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at his home in Whitewater.

He was born July 13, 1954, in Woodstock, IL, the son of the late Edward and Beatrice Bogard. He grew up on the family farm and developed a love for raising hogs and cattle…a love that lasted his entire life. Lyle worked on various farms throughout the area. Lyle was the owner and operator of Bogard’s Hereford Hogs and Beef. Lyle felt strongly about family gatherings and was instrumental in helping plan many family get-togethers. He loved to see the joy on the faces of those that attended the gatherings. He frequently cooked whole hogs as the main course, to the delight of all. Lyle was very active in the 4-H, and always encouraged children of family and friends to show animals at county fairs. He regularly attended many county fairs, providing direction and support to those showing their animals at the shows. Lyle also felt committed to community activities that could be enjoyed by families. He frequently umpired community-based softball games in several communities.

Lyle is survived by his three children: Timothy (Dana) Bogard of Italy, Edward Bogard of Lake Geneva, and Kimberly (Cody) Pillman of Linn; three grandchildren: Kelby Bogard of Italy, Ameila and Claire Pillman of Linn, and seven siblings: Edward Bogard of Burlington, Arlene Hoffman of Delavan, Karen Crotteau of Eau Claire, Wayne Bogard of Springfield, Jerry Bogard of Thorp, Robert Bogard of Montello, and Kathleen Wrzesinski of Walworth. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home, 730 N. Wisconsin St. Elkhorn, WI. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Laura Fladten. Inurnment, near his parent’s graves, will be Monday, January 29th at Oakland Cemetery in Woodstock, IL.

An online guestbook is available at Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home and Crematory assisted the Bogard family in providing arrangements.

Rosemary Elizabeth (Baker) Metzdorff – June 1, 1926 – January 19, 2018

Rosemary Elizabeth (Baker) Metzdorff passed away peacefully on January 19, 2018 after a short illness, just 8 hours after the birth of her first great-grandchild.  Unfortunately, the cruel disease of senile dementia, complications of which caused her death, prevented her from witnessing this wonderful occasion, and many others over the past few years.  Her family takes some solace in the symmetry of these two events.

Rosemary was born June 1, 1926 to Albert and Elizabeth (Berryman) Baker and grew up in Racine, Wisconsin.  Her father owned an office machine business in Racine which provided for the family through the Great Depression.  She was a graduate of Washington Park High School and attended class reunions well into her later life.

A proud member of the “Greatest Generation,” Rosemary did her part to win WWII.  While her brother Bob fought in Europe in the Infantry, and brother Deane became an Air Force bomber pilot, she worked at the Massey-Harris factory in Racine where M-5 tanks were manufactured.  Not quite “Rosie the Riveter,” her work was clerical in nature but no less important to the war effort.

Toward the end of the war she attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.  She remained a loyal UW supporter throughout her life, attending two Rose Bowls both of which the Badgers won.  She and husband Terry were football season ticket holders of many years and loved attending games with a group of friends.

After college she worked for the YWCA in Janesville, Wisconsin and it was here that she met her husband Terrance J. (“Terry”) Metzdorff.  Despite a subsequent transfer to Cleveland for Rosemary, the romance bloomed and they were married on August 15, 1953.  They settled down in the town of Whitewater, Wisconsin where Terry began his career in accounting and business, and the couple began their family, which grew to include three children, Mark, Marsha and Bill.  A pioneer in the concept of the working mother, Rosemary did bookkeeping for several firms in Whitewater as her children grew.

Rosemary and Terry loved living in a small town and were intimately ingrained in Whitewater life.  Rosemary was a lifelong member of the Congregational Church of Whitewater, while Terry and the children attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, but there was frequent crossing of these boundaries as life progressed.  Proximity of family made for rich holiday traditions with visits back and forth to brothers and sisters, and cousins growing up happily together.  Rosemary and Terry were charter and long-time members of Whitewater Country Club and were both frequent champions of the annual tournaments held.  They cultivated a large circle of friends, many of whom migrated annually at Spring Break to Gulf Shores, Alabama where everyone got a head start on the golf season and beach bonfires were a great occasion for sing-alongs of the old songs.  Rosemary made sure that the family took the classic American road trip vacations east and west to learn about our country’s history and great natural beauty, and to attend several World’s Fairs.  All three children were standouts at Whitewater High School and went on to great success in life thanks to the idyllic childhood provided by their parents.

Ever the restless, motivated woman of accomplishment, when the nest was emptied Rosemary went back to school at the local institution, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, to get her teaching certificate and begin a second act in life as a high school Spanish teacher at Whitewater High.  She taught for more than a decade before retiring with appreciative recognition and a nice pension.  A great feature of her tenure there was organizing an annual summer trip for students to see the sights of Spain and practice their Spanish in its natural environment.  Her interest in Spain and Spanish further prompted the organization of a family trip to Barcelona for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Rosemary and Terry were stalwarts of the Walworth County Republican Party and the First Congressional District of Wisconsin.  Although a swing seat through the child-rearing years, to Rosemary’s great pride and ultimate reward for hard work over many years, when Paul Ryan was elected it became a reliable Republican seat.  Her service led to her appointment as an alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention of 2000, and after her beloved George W. Bush was inaugurated and won the election, she attended the inauguration and one of the Inaugural Balls in Washington, DC.  Her sense of patriotism and outrage following the events of 9/11 prompted her to make a pilgrimage to Ground Zero for the 5th anniversary observances in 2006.

After Terry passed away in 1996, Rosemary remained firmly rooted to the family home in Whitewater but continued to enjoy the attentions of her family, golf at Whitewater Country Club and the joys of travel.  She remained remarkably and successfully independent in her home until September 2015 when a fall and subsequent treatment severely exacerbated what we now recognize was an underlying dementia.  She moved to Belmont Village Memory Care in Carol Stream, Illinois, just 5 minutes from Marsha, and was very well-cared-for by the kind staff there for the duration of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband Terry; a brother Donald who died in infancy, and her brothers Robert (Frances) Baker of Racine, Wisconsin, and Deane (Marilyn) Baker of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She is survived by her children Mark (Marie-Louise) Metzdorff of Tigard, Oregon, Marsha (Chad) Beste of Carol Stream, Illinois, and Bill (Susan) Metzdorff of Chicago, Illinois; grandchildren Alex Metzdorff, Tom (Alyssa) Beste, Sarah Beste, and Marissa Beste; newborn great-grandson Rowan Thomas Beste; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Arrangements are being made by Nitardy Funeral Home of Whitewater, Wisconsin.  Visitation will be on Monday January 29 at the First Congregational Church in Whitewater from 9 to 11 AM.  A funeral service will follow at 11 AM with interment to follow the service at Hillside Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of America or the UW Foundation.

Allen L.J. Quast, 81, died unexpectedly at home, sitting in his favorite recliner, on January 20, 2018.

Allen grew up in Greenwood, WI, where he graduated high school. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-61 and enjoyed playing drums in the Army Band. Allen met the love of his life, Barbara, in Loyal, WI, and they married February 3, 1962. Allen worked 34 years at Hawthorn Mellody Dairy and ended his career as a lab technician at Crystal Farms in Lake Mills. Allen has always enjoyed camping with his TowLow, traveling to unique destinations, and playing cards with family and friends.

He will be missed by many loving friends and family members.

Allen is survived by his wife of almost 56 years, Barbara; son, Tom of Whitewater; son, Bob (Becky) of Blue Grass, Iowa; five grandchildren – Chris (Haley), Brian, Jase (Kellie), Lacey, and Savanna; five great-grandchildren – Lillie, Zoey, Owen, Emery, and Rowan (plus Jase & Kellie’s twins due any day); plus many nieces and nephews, including Linda & Tom Hett with whom Allen & Barbara enjoyed traveling the world! Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Hilda & Martin; Barbara’s parents, Julia & Emil; sister, Bev; and loving daughter, Lynnette (who has waited over 18 years to be reunited with the dad who loved her endlessly).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am on Saturday, January 27, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Whitewater. Visitation will be immediately beforehand from 9-11am. Burial with military honors at the Hillside Cemetery will occur after the funeral mass.

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Robert Ray “Bob” Morrow, 85, of Whitewater, Wisconsin passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 17.

Bob was born on July 16, 1932, in Town of Troy, Wisconsin the son of Willard & Pearl (Holzworth) Morrow. He was the second youngest of nine children.

Bob married Nancy Paynter Morrow on January 6, 1968.  Bob graduated from Jefferson High School in 1950. After graduation, he moved to Whitewater to work at Art Cummings Pontiac Dealership. On January 15, 1957, he started work at Wisconsin Energy Company until he retired 37 years later. While working at Wisconsin Energy Company, Bob obtained an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gateway Technical School in Racine. Bob was a Whitewater Volunteer Fireman for 33 years. He was on the Board of Directors for the Whitewater Red Cross and the Whitewater Country Club for several years. He volunteered as a Boy Scout Master for Troop 138 in Whitewater. Bob loved hunting, golf, the Packers, the Badgers and the Brewers.

Bob is survived by his wife Nancy and their three children, Meredith McCord of Portland, OR, Jim (Teri) McCord of Portland, OR, and COL Joseph (Susan) Morrow currently stationed at Watervliet Arsenal NY; two granddaughters, Brittany (Matt) Reader, Krista McCord, and one great-grandchild, Annabelle Reader and several nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Willard and Pearl (Holzworth) Morrow, and all of his siblings, Carol (Howard) Carnes, Lyle Morrow, Elaine (Hine) Schnitger, Lucille (Laverne) Glaznap, Joyce (Melvin) Streich, Ione (Allen)Krieser, Bill Morrow, and Duane (Janet) Morrow. Visitation will be from 9:30 until 11:00 AM and Funeral Services will follow at First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater on Saturday, January 20. Bob will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater on Monday, January 22 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Return of the Nightingale Project (A project to honor nurses and can be mailed to: Return of the Nightingale Project C/O Meredith McCord P.O. Box 83126 Portland, OR 97283), Rainbow Hospice Care Johnson Creek, WI, First English Lutheran Church Whitewater, WI, and Whitewater Volunteer Fire Department.

A special thank you to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison, and Rainbow Hospice Care, Johnson Creek, WI for their exceptional care during his brief illness and final days. Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family,