Obituary: Vinton L. Anderson, 97

Vinton L. Anderson, 97, of Whitewater was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He went to his eternal home on Friday, February 3, 2023 at his home.

Vinton was born on January 3, 1926 in Whitewater to Randolph and Harriet (Shuman) Anderson.  At an early age, Vinton started working on his family’s farm, which he later would purchase.  On January 22, 1949 Vinton married the love of his life, LaVerne Grandt, and together they had five children. 

He enjoyed being able to be out in the fields farming.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family. 

He was a faithful member of First English Lutheran Church. He was also a charter member of the Whitewater FFA Alumni, and involved with the Whitewater FFA his whole life. He was a board member of the Badgerland Co-Op, and the ASCS. In his early years, during WWII, he was a member of the Civil Air-Patrol. At times, he would assist the township in snowplowing.

Vinton is survived by his children, LeRoy Anderson, Glen (Lynn) Anderson, Arthur (Juli Wilson) Anderson, Erna Mae (Steven) Keil, Jane (Stanley) Pluemer; grandchildren, Michele (Thad) Elmore, Steven Anderson, Robert (Heather) Anderson, Angela (Johnathan) Atkielski, Vinton (Breanna) Anderson II,  Donald (Amy) Anderson, Christopher (Kelsey) Keil, Jason Keil, Timothy (Rachel) Keil; great-grandchildren, Alissa, Alexander, Aiden, Evan, Vinton III, Augustus, Alexis, Holland, Arthur “AJ”, Wyatt, Olivia, Callan, Kennedy; sister, Lois (James) Benes; brothers-in-law, Richard (Rose) Grandt, Ralph Grandt; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, Randolph and Harriet; wife, LaVerne Anderson; daughter-in-law, Leslie Anderson; siblings, Gwen Vandiver, Berwyn Anderson; sisters-in-law, Adeline Anderson and Belinda Anderson, Irene Pevonka, Eunice Grandt, Helen Grandt, Carol Grandt, Evelyn Grandt; brothers-in-law, Lawrence Grandt, George Grandt, Harold Grandt, Orville Pevonka; mother-in-law and father-in-law, George and Elsie Grandt; and stepmother, Iva Anderson.

The family would like to give special thanks to Agrace Hospice Staff for their exceptional care for Vinton.  Also special thanks to his home care individual. 

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made in Vinton’s name to a charity of your choice.

An evening visitation will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 6, 2023 at First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater.  Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of services.  A private burial will take place following services.  Guests may view the recorded service at https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/7025331315.

Online condolences can be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Joseph Israel Bushey, 13

Joseph Israel Bushey, 13, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 after a valiant fight against Huntington’s Disease. Joseph passed 11 days after his dear sister, Grace, passed from the same disease.

Joseph was born on November 19, 2009 in Madison, WI. He was the son of Chad and Kim (Raatz) Bushey. Joseph was a sweet, gentle and happy boy. He had a smile that would light up the room. He was a NASCAR super fan and loved racing and race cars. He was especially fond of blue race cars and every year for his birthday, race cars were at the top of his list. Joseph was also a very prayerful boy and was excited to meet Jesus. Another one of Joseph’s interests was sand dunes. He thought they were beautiful and interesting. One year, Joseph went on a trip with this family to Michigan where he was able to experience the sand dunes around Lake Michigan and also do some fishing. They all had a wonderful time together making memories that both Joseph and his loved ones cherish deeply. Joseph was a beautiful little boy and his family takes great comfort in the fact that he is with Jesus in Heaven where there is no such thing as Huntington’s Disease. 

He is survived by: his loving parents, Chad and Kim Bushey of Whitewater, WI; his maternal grandparents, Suzanne and David Roth of Tomahawk, WI; his paternal grandparents, Dennis and Peggy Bushey of East Troy, WI; and his loving siblings, Kari, Elizabeth, Jeremiah, Perpetua, Ezekiel, Justice, Ava, Hannah, Ezra, and Emily. He is also survived by a number of other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Samuel, his sister, Grace and his maternal grandfather, Lee. 

Memorial Donations may be made to Chad and Kim’s ministry for the children:  “The Carpenter’s Flock”  (a tax deductible entity) in Joseph’s honor. W5621 Tamarack Trail, Whitewater, WI 53190.

A Funeral Service to thank God for Joseph’s life will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 12:00 Noon at The Gibson Family Funeral Home in Eagle, WI (499 Elkhorn Road, Eagle, WI 53119). Pastor Kevin Tranel will officiate the service. Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Joseph will be laid to rest following the service next to his sister Grace in Oak Ridge Cemetery of Eagle, WI. 

Gibson Family Funeral Homes of Palmyra and Eagle, WI is serving the family.  To place an online condolence, please visit gibsonfuneral.com

Obituary: Paul M. Bartness, 81, of Palmyra

Paul M. Bartness, 81, of Palmyra, WI passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Holton Manor of Elkhorn, WI.

Paul was born on July 28, 1941 in Milwaukee, WI the son of Theodore and Mary (Winiecki) Bartness. He grew up in the Milwaukee area and graduated from Messmer High School in 1959. Paul married the love of his life, Phyllis Brzezinski on November 11, 1967 and the two would go on to enjoy 49 years together until Phyllis’ passing in 2016. Paul worked as a laborer building electrical transformers for the majority of his working career. He loved his job and enjoyed working hard and providing for his family. Paul was never afraid of work or being busy. When he wasn’t at his day job, he was hunting, fishing, golfing, roofing, painting or any other activity he could think of. He was at his best when he was busy and around people. Paul loved to be social and he had a quick wit and sarcastic personality. He truly was a people person and was fun to be around. Paul was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he served as an usher. He also was a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus and rose to the rank of 4th degree. For leisure, Paul greatly enjoyed spending time in northern Wisconsin with Phyllis at their mobile home. Paul was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and he will be dearly missed by those he leaves behind.

He is survived by: his children, Tom (Diane) Atkielski of Manitowoc, WI, Bob Atkielski of Memphis, TN, Mike (Adelaide) Atkielski of La Grange, WI, Jim (Lynne) Atkielski of Tullahoma, TN, and Joan (Joel) Kaczinski of Eagle, WI; and his grandchildren, Jennifer, Shaun (Lisa), Johnathan (Angela), Brandon, Jacqui (Andrew), Tara, Michael, and Katie; and 5 great-grandsons. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Jack and Teddy, his sister Beverly, and his loving wife of 49 years, Phyllis Bartness.

Memorials in Paul’s honor may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, The Knights of Columbus, or The Salvation Army.

A funeral service will be held to honor Paul’s life at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the Gibson Family Funeral Home in Palmyra, WI (320 W. Main St. Palmyra, WI 53119). Visitation will take place from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Paul will be laid to rest next to his wife in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Palmyra, WI immediately following the service.

Gibson Family Funeral Homes of Palmyra & Eagle, WI is serving the family. To place an online condolence, please visit gibsonfuneral.com

Obituary: Albert C. Banker of Bonita Springs, FL

Albert C. Banker of Bonita Springs, Florida passed away January 23, 2023, at Gulf Coast Hospital, Ft Myers, Florida. He was a four-year veteran of the US Air Force. Al taught chemistry and physics at Crystal Lake High School. He retired as the head of the Science Department at Crystal Lake Central. He also coached football, baseball, and golf. After retirement he and his wife, Valary, enjoyed dividing their time between the Midwest and Florida.

Al is survived by his wife of 64 years, his sons, Jeffrey (Eileen), and Bradley, grandson Eric, sister Henrietta Dickson. He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Matilda, daughter Annalisa, and grandson Kevin.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
www.stjude.org

Obituary: Gregory E. Aprahamian

Gregory E. Aprahamian

Greg died suddenly on January 18, 2023, due to an enlarged heart.

Greg was married to the love of his life, Tammy (Iverson) Aprahamian for 34 happy years. He was the proud father of Brittany (Dan) Dubnicka Aprahamian, Ryan (Daysi) Aprahamian, Tyler Aprahamian, and Megan (Dan) Edwards. He was ecstatic to be Grandpa to Raylee Hope (22 months old), Maxton Gregory (14 months old), and Andrew Roger (almost 8 months old).

Greg is additionally survived by his mother, Patricia Aprahamian, his brothers, George, Leonard, Steve, Charles, and Michael. He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. Charles Aprahamian and his mother-in-law, Bonita Iverson.

Greg was a highly respected teacher and wrestling coach for over 30 years at Muskego and Kettle Moraine Schools.   He was a positive influence on the lives of many of his students and wrestlers as well as a mentor to so many others. As head coach, Greg led Muskego to a team state title in 1994. Wrestling was a family affair as Greg coached both his sons, and his daughters were team managers, at Mukwonago High School. He also coached football and track through the years, but wrestling was always his passion.

Even in “retirement,” he kept himself more than busy. He invested in properties in Whitewater and made great strides in revitalizing the downtown area. He also kept building onto his dream house on the lake. Even with all that, he always found time to help with his children’s home renovations.

Whenever he could relax, Greg loved swimming in the lake, playing fetch with his dogs, and going to his condo in Ormond Beach, Florida. He was an avid Wisconsin sports fan and enjoyed having a beer and watching the Packers, Badgers, Bucks and Brewers.

Greg accomplished many things, but anyone that knew him could tell that he was most proud of being a grandfather.  He loved his three grandkids more than anything and was looking forward to spending as much time with them as he could.

Greg lived his life for his family and passing due to an enlarged heart was painfully fitting. Everything he did was for them. The only thing greater than his work ethic was his love of his family, whom he never stopped loving and supporting.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mukwonago High School Wrestling.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home (930 Main St. Mukwonago) from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m.

After the funeral service at the funeral home, a Celebration of Greg’s Life will follow at The Venue in East Troy with open bar as Greg would have wanted.

Obituary: Grace Suzanne Bushey, 16

Grace Suzanne Bushey, age 16, left her earthly home for Heaven on Friday, January 20, 2023 at her home with her loving family by her side.

Grace was born on December 20, 2006 in Madison, WI. The loving daughter of Chad and Kim (Raatz) Bushey, Grace was blessed with 11 siblings, whom she loved very much. Grace was quiet and confident in her own way. Her family was the most important thing in her life. She was also very passionate about travel. Her trip to Sea World was one of her favorite memories and Grace hoped to do much more traveling in the future. Grace’s favorite color was purple and her favorite animal was the Beluga Whale. While with her family at SeaWorld, she was so enthralled by the Beluga Whale that she had to be reminded there were other animals to see! Grace was a sweet young lady and will be dearly missed and forever remembered by her family and friends. 

She is survived by: her loving parents, Chad and Kim Bushey of Whitewater, WI; her maternal grandparents, Suzanne and David Roth of Tomahawk, WI; her paternal grandparents, Dennis and Peggy Bushey of East Troy, WI; and her loving siblings, Kari, Elizabeth, Jeremiah, Perpetua, Joseph, Ezekiel, Justice, Ava, Hannah, Ezra, and Emily. She is also survived by a number of other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Samuel and her maternal grandfather, Lee. 

Memorial Donations may be made to Chad and Kim’s ministry for the children:  “The Carpenter’s Flock”  (a tax deductible entity) in Grace’s honor. W5621 Tamarack Trail, Whitewater, WI 53190.

A Funeral Service to thank God for Grace’s life will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, January 28 at The Chapel in Whitewater, WI (445 Warner Road, Whitewater, WI 53190). Pastor Kevin Tranel will officiate the service. Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at The Chapel. Grace will be laid to rest following the service in Oak Ridge Cemetery of Eagle, WI. 

Gibson Family Funeral Homes of Palmyra and Eagle, WI is serving the family.  To place an online condolence, please visit gibsonfuneral.com

Obituary: Ronald Leon Ortelle, 77

Ronald Leon Ortelle was called home to be with his lord and savior on Thursday, January 19, 2023 surrounded by his loving family.

Ron was born on September 12, 1945 to Fred and Leone (Hoffman) Ortelle of Rome, WI.  He married his late wife Charlene Ault on November 7, 1964.  He then married Tina Sukowski on May 20, 2017.

He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1963.  Ron and his father-in-law, Ervin Ault, started a business painting and refinishing floors which he did for over 15 years.  He had a true passion for painting.  Ron then was employed at Fairhaven in Whitewater for 31 years in maintenance before retiring.

He was an avid hunter and NASCAR fan, who had a true passion for tending to his beloved lawn and gardens.

Ron is survived by his wife, Tina; children, Dawn (Guy) Dempsey, Tammie (Melissa Marshall) Ortelle, Brittany Sukowski, Nick (Courtney) Sukowski, Tabatha Sukowski; grandchildren, Brandy and Bailey Dempsey, Justin Krantz, Gage Sukowski, Ryder Sukowski, Reign Sukowski, Rhett Sukowski, Blake Sukowski, Miles Sukowski, Alex Turley, Izzy Turley, Hunter Turley; sisters, Bonnie Jean (Dave) Ault, Connie (Jerry) Jansen; seven great-grandchildren; many others loving family members and friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents; parents, Fred and Leone Ortelle; son, Bradley Ortelle; first wife, Charlene; and infant great-grandson.  

The family would like to give special thanks to SSM Home Health and Hospice Team for their care and compassion for Ron.

An evening visitation will take place on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.  Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Nitardy Funeral Home, 1008 Madison Avenue, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.  Services will be officiated by Martin Wilson and Terry Ault.  Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday. A burial will follow services at Riverview Cemetery in Sullivan.

Online condolences can be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Thomas L Hoffman, 68

Thomas L Hoffman, 68, born 9/16/54 has passed unexpectedly 1/20/23 at home.

Tom was a sweet caring man with a smile for all, a big teddy as we say.

He graduated from Whitewater High School in 1972, & later graduated from MATC in computer technology; he worked for Randix and Nasco.

In 1990 he married the love of his life Connie (Jackson) Hoffman, enjoying 20 happy years together before she passed in 2010.

He is survived by his devoted sister Debra and brother Gary and his partner Barb all of Whitewater, many cousins, aunt, nieces & nephews, and Mother-in-Law Shirley Jackson, special friend Sarah, last but not least his beloved beagle Nikki.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Dorothy Hoffman, grandparents Emil & Lena Hoffman & Clarence & Maise Olson.

Arrangements by Nitardy Funeral Home in Whitewater. Visitation Friday, January 27, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., followed with 2 p.m. service. Please join the family at Jessica’s Restaurant downtown Whitewater at 3 p.m.

Private burial Monday.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Winifred June (Stacey) Parker, 92, of Edgerton

Edgerton, WI – Winifred June (Stacey) Parker, 92, left this world on December 31, 2022. She was born in Summit, WI on June 17, 1930, to Daniel and Myrtle Ann (Pett) Stacey. Winnie was orphaned at age 3 1/2, but she was given a loving home by her Aunt Jessie and Uncle Clifford Pett. She lived with them on a farm outside of Palmyra, WI and then moved to Whitewater in 1944. She attended Palmyra school from grades 1-8, then attended Whitewater High School where she graduated as an honor student in 1948. She then attended college at the Milwaukee Business Institute.

She married Douglas Howard Parker on January 20, 1950 at Summerfield Methodist Church, Milwaukee, WI. When Doug passed on October 5, 2018, they had been married 68 years. They lived in Petrifying Springs, Whitewater, Beloit and Edgerton in WI, Galena, IL, and Sun City, AZ.

Winnie worked at Community Welfare Council of Milwaukee County; Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital as a switchboard operator, admissions, patient accounts and secretary to the personnel manager; First National Bank of Beloit as an Executive Secretary; and Blakely and Blakely Law Firm as a Legal Secretary. She was a member of BETA CHI RHO International Honorary Business Sorority, member #642; Order of the Rainbow Girls 1945-1950 and volunteered for United Blood as well as Del Webb Memorial Hospital, Sun City West, AZ for 13 years where she received a distinguished award for number of hours volunteered. She was proud to be a Blue Star Mom with son David’s military service.

Winnie was inspired to have a large family. She nurtured her seven sons and two daughters, giving them many opportunities to join organizations and attend events that would help them learn and explore their talents and be adventurous. She loved her family and loved being surrounded by them and always wanted to be a part of what was going on in their lives.

She was always up for adventures and trying something new. She enjoyed travel, camping, ceramics, bird watching and caning antique chairs. Winnie was a kind, caring, generous, thoughtful person who loved people, always making them feel welcome and important. She had a positive outlook on life and a great sense of humor that many can attest to sharing side splitting, belly ache and infectious laughs with her. She loved the beauty of all the seasons and what they held. She had a gift for expressing thanks and wrote wonderful notes of appreciation in her beautiful handwriting. She loved watching sporting events and followed the Packers, Badgers, Brewers, and Milwaukee Bucks. She was always up for a fun event or celebration. In everything, Winnie was always a lady!

She is survived by her children Michael Parker, Stephen (Jill) Parker, Bruce Parker, David Parker, Roger (Marie) Parker, James (Dorothy) Parker, Kristine (Michael) Presley, Cynthia (Henry) Dupuis, 15 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and six nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Daniel and Myrtle (Pett) Stacey, sister Hazel, husband Douglas Howard Parker, and son Jeffery William Parker.

An open house celebration of Winnie’s life will be held on Saturday, June 17th, 2023 from 12-6 p.m. at Cravath Lakefront Community Center, 341 S. Fremont St., Whitewater, WI 53190. A sharing of memories will be at 2:00.

Her ashes will be placed by her marker with her husband Doug and son Jeff in Hillside Cemetery, Palmyra, WI.

Nitardy Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements. Online Condolences can be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com.



Obituary: Lavena Pauline (Smith) Mc Donald, 90

Lavena Pauline (Smith) Mc Donald was born May 5, 1932, in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Edward Alexander & Elsie Viola (Farrand) Smith. She was married to John Joseph Mc Donald, February 17, 1951, in Springfield. In 1965, they moved to Buffalo Grove, a Chicago suburb. After nearly 33 years, they moved in retirement to Antioch, Illinois. John died shortly after, and Lavena remained there until 2007. She then took up residence in De Forest, Wisconsin. She remained in her home until the effects of aging and failing memory compelled a move into residential care. Lavena died at Hearthstone, a part of Fairhaven Senior Services, in Whitewater, Wisconsin, on January 10, 2023.

Lavena enjoyed collecting antiques, particularly dolls. She reupholstered and refinished furniture for the house. She was capable in the kitchen, and was a talented seamstress. She was especially adept at, and took great joy in, caring for the children in her family, both as a young aunt for her nephew and nieces, as the mother of five, and as a grandmother.

Lavena was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and eldest son, John, Jr.; her brothers, Harold & Ed Smith, Jr., and her sister, Eleanor Tolan. She is survived by four children: Mary Beth & Vito Van Ornum, of Maysville, North Carolina; Tom & Tricia Mc Donald of Gurnee, Illinois; Kathleen & John Serkowski of Buffalo Grove, Illinois; the Rev. Dr. David Mc Donald & Dr. Jennet Shepherd of De Forest, Wisconsin; and a daughter-in-law, Terrie Mc Donald, of Antioch, Illinois. There are 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, along with 9 nephews and nieces and their families, and an extensive array of cousins.

The family is grateful to the caregivers at Hearthstone and Fairhaven, and to Rainbow Hospice for their assistance and support. Memorials may be made to the Congregational Church, 133 S. Franklin Street, Whitewater.

A private committal service will be held at Liberty Cemetery, Salem, Wisconsin. A memorial service will be held in early May at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Whitewater.

Nitardy Funeral Home in Whitewater is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com