Obituary: Edwin Earl Thele, 94

Edwin Earl Thele of Whitewater, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully at Fairhaven on July 29, 2022 with his loved ones at his side. 

Ed was born on March 5, 1928 in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the son of Herman and Margetta Thele. After completing high school, Ed enlisted in the military and served in the US Army during World War II, stationed in Germany. It was there that he met the love of his life, Elizabeth. They were married on September 21, 1948. After completing his military service, Ed returned to Oklahoma, where he earned both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University. 

Ed went on to pursue a career as an Accounting Professor, teaching at universities in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas before making a permanent move to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. After several years of teaching, Ed’s career path led him to become the Assistant Dean of the School of Business and Economics. 

Over the years, Ed was involved in numerous organizations and community activities. He was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, served as Commander of the VFW and was active in Kiwanis and The American Legion. He was also a member of the Accounting and Management Associations, ROTC representative for UW-Whitewater, Advisor to the Delta Sigma PI Business Fraternity and served Meals on Wheels. 

Ed enjoyed several hobbies in his free time. He was a talented woodcarver and loved to travel (especially cruising). He also liked to garden, read, bake, refurbish clocks and spend time outdoors. 

He is survived by his daughter Cathy (Glen) Strum, his brother Robert Thele, his sisters Emma Oswalt and Margaret (Robert) Romer, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was a great husband, father, brother, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed. 

A memorial service in Ed’s honor will be held on Monday, October 10th at 11:30 a.m. at the First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery following the service. 

Obituary: Donald W. McCready Jr., 95, of Monona

Donald W. McCready Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 95 on September 25, 2022 at Heritage Monona assisted living with hospice care from Bristol Hospice.

Born on January 17th, 1927 in Menasha, Wisconsin to Donald Sr. and Henriette McCready.  Shortly after that the family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan,where his father Don Sr accepted a position as an associate professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan from 1929 – 1966.

Don enlisted in the Army, towards the end of WW2, in the Cavalry division, and was stationed in Germany after the war.

He married Sally Helen Wyman on Aug. 17, 1948, in Ann Arbor. Sally was the love of his life and they met in high school and were together until her death in 2008.

At the University of Michigan, Don received degrees in vision research (a specialty within Experimental Psychology) and got master’s and Doctorate degrees in Psychology as well.

He is one of the leading authorities on the science of the moon illusion and on size, distance, and visual angle perception.  He was a guest on NPR Science Friday.

In 1963 the family moved from Ann Arbor to Park Forest, Ill., when Don accepted a position at the University of Chicago, and in 1965 the family moved to Whitewater when he accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as a psychology professor.  In 1992, Don retired from the UW-W and began to devote more time to painting.

Don is an award winning artist and received art training early and in high school. He painted as often as his full-time teaching and research career allowed. After retiring he spent more and more time painting and taking art classes at UW-Whitewater. 

Don exhibited in regional, juried shows and sometimes earned top awards. His paintings can be found in homes and offices from coast to coast.

He also accepted commissions: In 1985, the Apple Computer Co. had him paint a large portrait of their “new” Apple IIe and Apple IIc, to hang in the main office of the Apple Division. In exchange he received a complete Apple IIe system. And, in 1988, SuperAmerica commissioned a large painting of one of its stores to hang in the foyer of the corporate headquarters near Minneapolis.

Don was preceded in death by his son Matthew George McCready in 2013 and his wife Sally (Wyman) McCready in 2008.

He is survived by his sons Sam McCready of Monona, WI, and his son Ben (Anne) McCready of Georgetown, TX, as well as eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

No memorial services are planned at this time.

Obituary: Richard Alan “Rick” Hartmann, 68

Richard Alan “Rick” Hartmann, 68, of Whitewater passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at his home.

Rick was born on August 14, 1954 in Fort Atkinson to Carl and Emmy (Geitner) Hartmann. He graduated from Whitewater High School in 1972, and in 1988 he purchased Rick’s Eastside Pub. On November 7, 1992 he married Ellie Bigelow and together they raised two children.

He enjoyed music, watching all Wisconsin sports, golfing, driving around with Ellie, and shopping for electronics.

Rick is survived by his wife, Ellie; children, Shelli (Roger) Barrett, Buddy (Brandi) Luebke; grandchildren, Levi, Aaron, Justin, Megan, Brandon, Cody, and Lindsey; siblings, Jeff (Gina) Hartmann; Cort (Steph) Hartmann, Todd Hartmann; brothers-and-sisters-in-law, Nancy Bigelow, Susan Stork, Tom Jordens, Tom (Judy) Bigelow and Donna Lewis. He is further survived by his uncle Jerry Hartman, his aunt Gloria Hartmann and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Emmy Hartmann; grandparents, Carl and Alice Hartmann and Herman and Mae Geitner; and mother-and-father-in-law, Clarence and Catherine Bigelow.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2022 at First English Lutheran Church. A visitation will take place from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. In Rick fashion, casual attire would be appropriate for the visitation and service.

There will be a gathering at Rick’s East Side Pub immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Rick’s name to Whitewater Music Parent Association (WMPA) c/o Mike Dugan, 254 N. Park St., Whitewater WI. 53190 or the Whitewater Food Pantry, P.O. Box 63, Whitewater, WI. 53190

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

Obituary: Jeannie C. Patrick, 84, of Fort Atkinson

Jeannie C. Patrick, 84, of Fort Atkinson, passed away on Friday, September 23rd, 2022 at her
home after a lingering illness.

Jeannie was born on November 21st, 1937, in the city of Janesville, to James and Elinor (Perry)

Jeannie worked 40 years as a CNA at Countryside/Alden until the age of 70. After retirement
she continued to work in the home health field for a few years. She was very dedicated to
caring for others.

Jeannie loved the Milwaukee Brewers, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Green Bay Packers. She
enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Jeannie is survived by her son, Gregg (Kim) Patrick of Mountain, WI; Sheri (Steven) Brandt of
Utah; Jeff (Debbie) Patrick of Fort Atkinson, WI and Mike Patrick of Fort Atkinson, WI;
grandchildren, Jamie (Matt) Strasburg of Jefferson, WI; Jenny (Shaun) McKelvey of Whitewater,
WI; Jody (Osiri) Ogando of Fort Atkinson, WI; Tim (Shannon Race) Patrick of Janesville, WI;
Connor Patrick of Fort Atkinson, WI; Stephanie Patrick of Mukwonago, WI and Aaron Patrick of
Georgia; Sister Joanne Bruch of Whitewater, WI; Seven great grandchildren; many nieces and a
nephew and many dear and close friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Elinor Larson, and brother, James Larson.

A visitation will take place at 10:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, October 3rd, 2022 at the Nitardy
Funeral Home, 1008 Madison Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI. A memorial service will follow at noon at

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Rainbow Hospice for their
exceptional care.

Online condolences can be made at

Richard and Arlene Trewyn Celebrating 65th Anniversary

Richard and Arlene (Geske) Trewyn of Whitewater will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on October 5, 2022. They were married October 5th, 1957, at the First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater.

The couple’s family includes two children, Donna, and Bill, and three grandchildren. Donna (Trewyn) and William Knilans have two children, Kayla (Angus Wan) and Jason (Melanie Hayes). Bill and Bridget (Coogan) Trewyn have one child, Signe. They plan to celebrate their anniversary with immediate family.

Obituary: Craig A. Garbisch, 62, of Fort Atkinson

Craig A. Garbisch, 62, of Fort Atkinson, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday,
September 22, 2022.  He was born in Watertown, WI, on June 3, 1960, son of the late
Eugene A. Garbisch and Ruth M. Garbisch (Lueder).

Craig had many struggles and hardships in his short life, but he always had a positive
outlook and he never wavered in his faith.  He was an active member of Bethany
Lutheran Church.  Craig worked many jobs, probably most notably Bienfang’s Bar.  Prior
to his car accident and cancer diagnosis, he was employed at the University of
Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Volunteering and service to others was his focus after his
disability didn’t allow him to work.  He volunteered at St. Vincent’s and the Senior
Center.  He cherished his time spent with family and friends.  He was always thinking of
ways to make someone else’s day brighter. 

Craig is survived by his siblings, Julie (Jim) Laferriere, Tami (Roy) Magsamen and Todd
(Cathy) Lueder; 4 nieces and 1 great niece.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 3, 2022 at Bethany Lutheran
Church in Fort Atkinson.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. at the church until time of
service.  Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  A luncheon will follow at the church.

Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family.

Obituary: Douglas John Hoekman, 68

On the evening of Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Douglas John Hoekman passed away surrounded by family at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center.  He was sixty-eight years old.

Doug was born on July 13, 1954 to John and Darlene (Minkey) Hoekman, joining older sisters Kathy and Doreen.  He graduated from Whitewater High School with the Class of 1972 and met Kristi Senhenn at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  They married on August 16, 1975 at First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater.  Doug and Kristi had three children: Jessica, John, and William.

For most of the ’80s and ’90s, Doug could be found in the kitchen of the Edge of Town restaurant that he and Kristi owned in Palmyra, Wisconsin. After selling the restaurant in 1997, Doug worked at Ewald Automotive Group in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, until his retirement in September 2021. His employees and co-workers remember him as a man with an easygoing personality and a drive for excellence in his work.

Doug’s family and friends remember him as a patient and warm-hearted husband, father, son, and brother. In addition to his two sisters, Doug was proud to discover a brother, John (Mary), of Colorado, later in life. He connected with people easily and made friends wherever he went. Doug’s favorite pastimes were spending time with his family and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.     

Doug is survived by his wife, Kristi, daughter Jessica (Joseph) Coburn, son John (Shan) Hoekman, William (Emily) Hoekman, and grandchildren Aidan, Kate, and Nola Coburn, Ji and Vera Hoekman, and Maple Hoekman as well as extended family, friends, and colleagues. He is greatly missed by his dog, Carmel.

A memorial service will be held on September 30, 2022 at The Chapel at 445 Warner Road in Whitewater. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. until the service at 5:00 p.m.  An informal dinner will be hosted by the family after the service at 6:00 p.m. Donations in his honor may be directed to Paddy’s Paws at or Lola’s Lucky Day at

Online condolences may be made at

Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater is assisting the family.

Obituary: Audrey (Johnson) McLay, 92

Audrey (Johnson) McLay, 92, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2022, at the Prairie Home Assisted Living facility in Menasha, WI. Born July 17, 1930, the youngest of five siblings, she grew up in Whitewater, WI, and graduated from Whitewater High School. She participated in some nurses training before marrying Malcolm (Mac) McLay from Janesville (later owner of McLay Auto Parts) in 1953. A devoted homemaker, she decorated her house for the holidays, took pride in her yard, and took numerous photos that went into carefully labeled photo albums. She also enjoyed reading, listening to music, and watching classic movies. At the same time, she brought up and kept in touch with her four children, who are grateful for the many fond memories of family gatherings she gave them over the years.

She is preceded in death by her parents Austin and Anna Johnson; her husband Malcolm, her brothers Royce (Georgette) and Robert (Joanne), and her sisters Shirley Storck (Raymond) and Betty Brown (Clarence) as well as her niece Patricia Storck and nephew James Brown.

She is survived by her daughters Deborah (Bob) Meyer, Ann McLay, Lynn Knott, and Mary (Dale) Frampton; grandchildren (Ronan Frampton, Nessa Frampton, Daniel Prisk), and great-granddaughter Emberlyn.

Per the wishes of the deceased, no memorial services will be held.

Special thanks to the staff of Prairie Home for their services to Audrey in her remaining years.

Obituary, Larry Edward Heesch, 75

Larry Edward Heesch, 75, residing in Whitewater, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.   Larry was born August 21, 1947 in Inglewood, California. He grew up in sunny southern California where he enjoyed time at the beach riding the waves and playing volleyball.  He was an accomplished amateur photographer, even learning how to develop his own film.  Additionally, Larry enjoyed not only driving sports cars and off-roading, but also maintenance and repair; his prized 1984 Bronco is still running.  His family and friends always will remember his sense of humor.   

After graduating from Mount San Antonio Community College in Walnut, California, Larry attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.  He graduated in May 1971 with a business degree. Larry was fortunate to work in a life-long career in finance that melded his expertise in his field with personal job enjoyment and fulfillment.

After moving to Colorado, Larry transferred his love of the beach to love of the mountains.  In the winter he went downhill, cross-country, and telemark skiing. In the warmer months, he enjoyed backpacking, hiking and camping as well as fly fishing for rainbow trout. He became a cycling enthusiast, biking in Colorado, California, and Venezuela. 

He is survived by his mother, Phyllis Heesch; daughter, Ashleigh (Corey) Bruns; granddaughter, Emilie Bruns and grandson, Dean Bruns.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Emil and Elsie Heesch.

Celebration of life service will be at Millard Community Covenant Church in Elkhorn, WI on September 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm.  For online condolences and guestbook, please visit: Nitardy Whitewater, WI.

A special thank-you to the staff at Our House who lovingly cared for Larry and to Agrace Hospice for providing contentment and comfort for Larry as he prepared to join his Father in Heaven.

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

Obituary: Doris Faith LeGault, 91

Doris Faith LeGault of Delevan, Wisconsin passed away September 9, 2022.  She was born on December 23, 1931 to Charles and Emma Wiler. 

Doris loved her family, music, teaching, and needlework.  Doris’s giving spirit led her to donating gift boxes to children in need.  Doris had a beautiful voice and loving spirit.

Doris was preceded in death by beloved daughters Colleen and Karla LeGault.  Doris is survived by her siblings Robert (Barbara) Wiler, and Nan Roach, children Pixi Jean LeGault, James (Elizabeth) LeGault, Sean (Norma) LeGault, Loren (Debra) LeGault, Collin LeGault and Bill LeGault.  Loving grandmother of Brande, Jason, Jim, Frank, Ethan, Jacob, Tammy, Jennifer, Jonathon, Jaena, Melissa, Christopher, Juliana, and Gabriella and great-grandmother of 25.   Doris will be greatly missed by her family and all the many friends she made throughout her life. 

Visitation will be September 17, 2022 at Westosha Baptist Church, 35300 Bassett Rd, Twin Lakes, WI at 1:30.  Service to follow at 2:30 with Pastor Jeff Graff officiating.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online Condolences can be made at