Maribel Yessenia Ruiz Flores, 36, of Whitewater entered eternal rest Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Maribel was born in Morelos, Mexico on June 17, 1981, to Guadalupe Flores Rocha and Ramiro Ruiz Flores.

Mrs. Ruiz Flores studied at Secundaria Tecnica 33 and graduated as valedictorian of her class as a medical secretary in 1998.

Maribel had two daughters Brittany (16) and Evelyn (14) with her childhood love. She is survived by her daughters, parents, siblings, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and close friends.

Maribel’s passion was to spend as much time as possible with her family, especially attending school events with her daughters, reading, watching Netflix, gardening, but most importantly making sure everyone around her was always smiling.

Funeral services will be held at United Methodist Church 145 S Prairie St. in Whitewater on Tuesday, February 6th at 6 pm.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 pm until the time of the service at the church.  A visitation will also follow the service at V’s Waterfront Venue LLC (formally known as Rocha’s Waterfront) 292 S Wisconsin St. Whitewater, WI from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Nitardy Funeral Home of Whitewater is assisting the family.

A fund to support her children has been established at the school district. People interested in donating make checks payable to the WUSD Family Emergency Fund and send to 419 S. Elizabeth Street, Whitewater, WI 53190.

Silvestre Ramirez Linares, 36 of Whitewater, entered eternal rest Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018.

Silvestre was born in Morelos, Mexico on December 31, 1981, the son of Heriberta Linares Arellano and Angel Ramirez Rojas. Like many other immigrants, he came to the United States looking for the American Dream in 2004. He now follows his father in the road to the Lord.

Mr. Ramirez Linares met Maribel Yessenia Ruiz Flores in 1998. He leaves behind his two daughters Brittany (16) and Evelyn (14) who he was very proud of. In Mexico, Silvestre is survived by his parents, siblings, aunts, cousins and many friends.

Mr. Ramirez Linares’ passion was to provide the best possible for his family and keep everyone around him happy. He enjoyed working, snowmobiling, soccer, and classic cars, among many things.

Visitation will be held at V’s Waterfront Venue LLC (formally known as Rocha’s Waterfront) 292 S Wisconsin St. Whitewater, WI on Tuesday, February 6, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Nitardy Funeral Home of Whitewater is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting needed donations.


Margaret “Maggie” A. Gies, age 82, of Whitewater (formerly of Palmyra) passed away peacefully with her family by her side on February 2, 2018.

Maggie was born on October 11, 1935, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of the late Richard and Katherine (Dwenser) Vogelsberg. On November 8, 1958, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Woodstock, IL, she married James “Jack” J. Gies.

Maggie was a member of the Red Hat Ladies, and she enjoyed bowling and euchre.  She was happiest spending time with her family.

Beloved wife of James “Jack” of Whitewater, WI, dear mother of Kathleen (Greg) Werth of West Suffield, CT, Eric Gies of Whitewater, WI, and Laurie (Phil Hack) Forseth of Hebron, WI.  Cherished grandmother of Angela (Nate) Hack of Fort Atkinson, WI, Paul Werth of St. Louis, MO, and Taylor Werth of Dover, DE.  Margaret is further survived by her cousin Richard Shours of Oxford, WI, other relatives, and many dear friends.

She was predeceased by her son Michael and her siblings.

At Maggie’s request, there will be no services.  Instead, she would want you to celebrate times you shared and celebrate your own life, family, and friends.  The family has designated Rainbow Hospice Care for memorial contributions.

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Irvin L. Young Memorial Library Upcoming Programs- Week of February 5th through Februrary 11th

Rhyme Time

Ages Birth-3 years

Tuesday, February 6th 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Rhyme Time offers caregivers and children the perfect opportunity to engage with songs, rhymes, and simple stories.  Each 20-30 minute class period is followed by a play time.

Growing Readers

Ages 3-5 years

Thursday, February 8th 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Growing Readers allows children and their favorite adult to engage with songs, rhymes, stories, and play.  Each session includes picture books, movement activities, and nursery rhymes.  Each 30 minute class period is followed by art or activities and a play time.

Stories at the Market

Saturday, February 10th 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Read a story with Miss Deana at the Whitewater Winter Market!  Participants will receive an extra raffle for the Winter Read Program.  This event is open to all ages and no registration is required.

Community Assistance Sought after Family Tragedy

From Police Chief Lisa Otterbacher:

For those who may not have heard there was a very tragic homicide/suicide (full story from the Daily Union, link to story added by editor) that occurred outside our community and deeply impacted two young girls who reside in our community.  These young ladies are in need of our collective help.

The services for the girls’ mother will be at 6:00 this Tuesday at the United Methodist Church – Cristo la Rocha Ministerio.  Following the services, their mother will be brought to Rocha’s (VFW Hall) to join their father’s gathering and service. Letters, cards of support and any financial contributions can be mailed to the First United Methodist Church and Pastor Susan (who will collect and deliver them to Cristo la Rocha Ministerio) to ensure they are delivered to the girls.

Additionally, for those wishing to contribute to the girls directly, donations can be made to the Family Emergency Fund (Ramirez girls) through the Whitewater School District at the District office or the High School during business hours.


Whitewater Girl’s Basketball 61 Evansville 29

Abby Grosinske with 24 points for the Whippets.

Photo by Bob Mischka.

Whippet girls use firepower and defense second half to run away with a win at Evansville.  Locked 20-20 at the half, Whitewater held Evansville to 5 points the majority of the time after the break, ending with an impressive 41-9 overall run.

Abby Grosinske led Whitewater with 24, and Allison Heckert 15.  Kacie Carollo dished out a team high 8 assists.

Whippets are looking to carry tonight’s momentum into Jefferson, the RVC leaders, this Tuesday in a make-up game.  Whippets faced the Eagles in their second game of the season, and then the rematch was postponed due to weather conditions.

JV1- Evansville won 29-28

Whippet Gymnasts Compete in Elkhorn

Photos by Bob Mischka

On Tuesday, January 30th, the Whippets took on Elkhorn at Elkhorn Area High School. In the Varsity competition, junior Nicole Tomomitsu led the team on the uneven bars swinging her way into a 6th place finish with a score of 7.45. Junior Katherine Staniszewski carried the Whippets on the balance beam with a score of 7.8 leading her to a 6th place finish. Junior Autumn Lesar tumbled her way into a 6th place finish on the floor exercise with a score of 7.875. Lesar also took 4th in the all-around competition with a score of 30.525.

In the Junior Varsity competition, senior Caitlin Zimdars led the team on the floor exercise with a score of 5.5 placing 6th. Zimdars also took 5th on the balance beam with a score of 5.2. Junior Jocelin Beecroft vaulted her way into a 3rd place finish with a score of 5.9. Right behind her placing 4th was teammate Carina Casillas with a score of 5.6.

The Whippets will be back in action on Tuesday, February 6 at Waterford High School in a triangular meet against Waterford and Elkhorn.

***Updated Date*** Fort Community Credit Union hosting First Home Buyer Happy Hour – Thursday, February 15th, 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM

FCCU loan officers will give a short presentation followed by a reception where attendees can ask one-on-one questions with loan officers, appraisers, and real estate agents. The seminar is complimentary to all attendees.

Topics covered during this seminar include:

  • How to prequalify
  • How to apply for grants
  • Your rights as a home buyer

When: Thursday, February 15th from 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: 841 Brewhouse, Whitewater

Please RSVP on the FCCU website.

5th Annual Optimist Trivia Night, February 16, 2018

Photos from last year’s event.

The 5th Annual Optimist Trivia Night will be on February 16, at 7:00 pm on the UW-Whitewater campus. The UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club and the UW-Whitewater Student Optimist Club invite you to join the fun in the Hamilton Room on the first floor of the James R. Connor University Center.

Proceeds from the event will support a number of youth-focused projects in the Whitewater community, including the Whitewater Middle School Outdoor Classroom, the WWUSD Family Emergency Fund, the UW-W Children’s Center Sensory Room, Whitewater Food Pantry, Bethel House, and youth events sponsored by the clubs.  Doors for the event will open at 6:00 pm.

Optimist Trivia Night is full of team competition and individual trivia.  Prizes will also be awarded to the first and second place teams, as well as to the team that displays the most spirit and to the team that boasts the best costumes. In addition to trivia, there will also be a silent auction, bucket raffle for a variety of gift baskets, a cash raffle, other drawings, delicious refreshments, and a cash bar.

The registration fee for a team of 8 is $120 ($15 per person), and up to two additional players may be added for $25 per person.

Free childcare is also offered during the event.

To register, 

For more information, contact Kim Adams at or 608-201-2151.