Obituary: Patricia (Pat) S. Johnson, 73

Patricia (Pat) S. Johnson (Welter) passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 21, 2024 with her loving family by her side.

Pat was born on March 24, 1951 in Edgerton, WI., the daughter of Stephen and Florence (Koscyczarek) Welter.

Pat attended Whitewater High School graduating in 1969.  She attended UW-Whitewater.

Pat worked at Schweiger Industries in Jefferson, WI, where she met her first husband Frank Heth.  They had two sons Shane and Todd.

 In 1990 she married Maynard (Skip) Johnson.  They moved to Atlanta, Georgia where Pat was employed by Wal-Mart.  After a number of years in Georgia they returned to Wisconsin to be closer to her sons and grandson and family.  Upon returning to Wisconsin they moved to Stoughton where Pat continued her employment with Wal-Mart in the Human Resources Department.  Pat worked for Wal-Mart for 20 years. 

While in Georgia Pat and Skip enjoyed many wonderful trips into the Georgia mountains.

Pat loved the outdoors; you could always find her in her garden planting flowers, evergreen trees, and listening to the birds.  She found peacefulness and beauty creating new flower beds with stones forming hearts which were her passion; her home was adorned with many hearts.

Pat was a faithful member of Covenant Lutheran Church. She served on the Hospitality committee, Funeral coordinator and volunteered at St. Mark’s church in Madison serving meals to anyone who needed one.  Pat always made sure everyone’s needs were met; even when she could no longer be in the kitchen, she always made sure her family and friends were welcomed.

Pat is survived by her husband Maynard (Skip), Sons Shane (Tracy) Heth, Cambridge, WI., Grandson Max Heth, son Todd Heth, Fitchburg, WI.  Sisters: Stephanie Beran, Fort Atkinson, WI., Barbara Agnew, Green Bay, WI., and Mary Perkins, Shell Lake, WI.  Brother: Marty Welter, Green Bay, WI.

Niece Cindy (Brandon) Pietruszynski, Stoughton, WI.  Nephews: Jay (Sami) Perkins, Hammond, WI., Jon (Nikki) Perkins, Shell Lake, WI.,  Michael (Tiffany) Agnew, Green Bay, WI., and Christopher Agnew, Plymouth, WI.

Great nieces and nephews: Oliver, Samuel and Milo Pietruszynski, Brayden and Olivia Perkins, Ethan, Aleya and Ruby Agnew, Sean and Delaney Agnew.  Many other family and friends and Pat’s faithful companion Dixie.

Preceding her in death were her parents Stephen and Florence Welter.  Maternal and paternal grandparents.

Funeral services will held on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Visitation at 10 a.m. with service at 11 a.m., at Covenant Lutheran Church 1525 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton, WI.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Covenant Lutheran Church, the Children’s Program at Covenant or Rainbow Hospice.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to Rainbow Hospice Care, especially Jody, Lisa, Kendra, Debra, Karen and Nicole.  Pastor Wendy for her support, visits and prayers, to Covenant Lutheran Church, family and friends for the outpouring of love, support and prayers Pat received on this difficult journey.

Cress Funeral Home assisted.

Obituary: Lawrence E. “Larry” Schauder, 79, of Punta Gorda, FL

Lawrence Edwin Schauder (Larry) of Punta Gorda, Florida passed away on April 12, 2024, at the age of 79. He was born January 28, 1945, in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

Larry graduated from Rhinelander High School and attended classes at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He took a break to serve two years in the military and returned to UW to graduate in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He established Schauder Building, Inc. in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1974 which was in operation until his retirement in 2008.

He was very active in the South Central Builders Association, and he was the 1989-1990 President of the Wisconsin Builders Association. His many outdoor interests included golfing, hunting (especially duck), boating, fishing, snow skiing, and listening and dancing to music. He especially loved being on or near the water and driving fast boats.

He is preceded in death by his father, Edwin; mother, Ruth; and sister, Sandi Larson.

He is survived by his wife, Amy; sister, Jill Schauder; son Brandt Schauder (Kim); daughter, Brooke Schauder (Eduardo Ribeiro); granddaughter, Emily Schauder; nephews Brian Schauder (Lisa), Chris Larson, and Chad Larson (Maribel); and former spouse, Bonnie Schauder.

Larry requested that his ashes be spread over “any body of water.” Various family members will do so at his favorite locations. No memorial service will be held. Condolences and memories are gladly accepted online at www.robersonfh.com. Donations may be made to the American Legion, 2101 Taylor Rd., Punta Gorda, FL 33950 or online.

Larry will be remembered as someone ready with a laugh and a smile, for his quick wit, creativity, huge personal presence, and drive to succeed. He will be greatly missed.

Obituary: Donald Lee “Donny” Deegan, 76

Donald Lee “Donny” Deegan, 76, of Whitewater passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2024 after a short stay at Alden Estates of Jefferson.

Donny was born on October 19, 1947 to Daniel and Ada (Fitzpatrick) Deegan. He was raised in a family of 13 children and was very close to all of his siblings. Donny worked many years in construction, mostly roofing, until he had to retire due to health issues.

Donny spent his whole life fishing and hunting. He was such a marksman that he once saw a buck while driving down the road, pulled over and parked, aimed his gun and hit the buck without hesitation. Above all, Donny enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Donny is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughter, Dawn; sisters, Betty, Mary, Rose; brothers, Louie, Danny, Ron; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and many special friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Ada Deegan; and six siblings.

A memorial service at 11 AM on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at First English Lutheran Church. A memorial visitation will take place from 10 AM until the time of service.

The family would like to give special thanks to Alden Estates and Rainbow hospice staff for the care they gave Donny.

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

Obituary: Teta Hoerman, 74, of Antigo

Teta Hoerman, of Antigo, died peacefully on April 15, 2024 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by her family. She was 74 years old. She was born on December 24, 1949 in Whitewater, a daughter of Donald and Dora “Pat” (O’Connor) Platner. She married Dale Pellmann; they had three children. The couple later divorced. She married James Hoerman on June 12, 1992; he preceded her in death on November 16, 2014.

Teta graduated from Whitewater High School in 1968. She was employed at Schweiger Furniture in Jefferson for over 20 years. She then received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and her Master’s in Education from Viterbo University.  Mrs. Hoerman taught special education at East Elementary in Antigo for 22 years.

She was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Antigo. She enjoyed her flower gardens and antiquing, but her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include three children, Patty (Darwin DeClark) Pellmann, Stacy (Randy) Fermanich and Cory (Meghan) Pellmann all of Antigo; eight grandchildren, Natasha, Xavier and Callista Fermanich, Jessup, Tavia and Delaney DeClark, Rhys and Sawyer Pellmann; five sisters, Janet Bishop of Janesville, Mary O’Connor of South Milwaukee, Sue (Dennis) Latini of Chiefland, FL, Ann Wood of Chiefland, FL, and Nancy Platner of Edgerton; five brothers, Tim (Donna) Platner of Green Bay, Nic (Linda) Platner of Whitewater, Dik (Sharon) Platner of Whitewater, Sam (Inna) Platner of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Dan Platner of Madison; and special friends, Jackie and Roseanne. She held a special place in her heart for her nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son and brother-in-law, Ronnie Wood.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20, at 12 p.m. at Bradley Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Hoffmann officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at a later date at the Calvary Cemetery in Whitewater.

The family would like to thank all the amazing medical staff who worked with Teta throughout the years. Special thank you to Dr. McKenna, the staff at Wausau Aspirus ICU and Palliative Care.

Online condolences at www.bradleyfh.com.

Obituary: Perry Douglas Moyer, 91

PERRY DOUGLAS MOYER, 91 of Whitewater, Wisconsin passed away peacefully at Fort Memorial Hospital surrounded by family on April 8, 2024.

He was born to John and Myrtle (Brokmeier) Moyer in Whitewater on March 23, 1933.

Perry grew up farming most of his life. He graduated from Whitewater High School in the class of 1950. Perry married Dorothy Kramer on October 25, 1958 at St. Patrick Catholic Church by the late Father Berry. Perry served in the Army from March of 1958 where he served 16 months in Germany.

Perry’s Ayrshire cattle played a large part in his life, leading to a lot of friendships and memories. He was a lifetime member of the National Ayrshire Association. Perry loved to show his Ayrshire cattle almost as much as he loved to watch his children and grandchildren show them at many shows. Perry’s cattle won awards at the local, state and national level including World Dairy Expo, Royal Agriculture Winter Fair, and North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Perry had many All-American heifers and cows; he was a well-known Ayrshire breeder not only in WI but all over the U.S. and Canada. During the 1985 National Convention in Wisconsin, his family held a farm tour. In 1999 he received the A.C. “Whitie” Thompson Memorial Award which is presented to the herdsman/showman who exhibits exemplary leadership and sportsmanship throughout the current World Dairy Expo.

On September 8, 2001, the Moy-Ayr herd dispersal took place. Perry had an impressive sale average of $3524. At the time of the dispersal, he held the highest selling Ayrshire on public auction at $15,000. In 2004, Perry had the Grand Champion Ayrshire at World Dairy Expo, Moy-Ayr Bonaparte Licorice. In 2007, Perry and Dorothy were honored as the Master Breeders at the Illinois Convention. In 2012, Perry and Dorothy were co-chairs of the National Convention in WI where breeders came from all over the U.S. and Canada. Perry served six years on the Wisconsin Ayrshire Board of Directors. Two different years Perry’s cattle were selected for the Hoard’s Dairyman Judging contest. Perry and Dorothy also attended over 30 National Ayrshire Conventions all the way to Maine and down to Oklahoma.

Perry was a big fan of watching the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Wisconsin Men’s Basketball team and he had a love for polka music.

Perry is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy; children Mary (Tim) Gillette of Whitewater and Pauline (Steve) Schmidt of Delavan; grandchildren Rebecca and Emily Schmidt of Delavan and Katie Gillette of Whitewater. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and other friends and relatives.

Perry is preceded in death by his son, Gary; mother and father John and Myrtle (Brockmeier) Moyer; sisters Jeannette Travis, Beaulah Brotz and Olive Martin; brothers Chester at age 2, Russ, Art, John and Phil Moyer; grandparents and his in-laws Les and Ruth Kramer.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at Nitardy Funeral Home in Whitewater. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until time of service.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery. A gathering at Cravath Lakefront in Whitewater will follow the burial.

Online condolences may be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Celebration of Life, Bob Obney, April 20, 2024, from 3 pm to 6 pm, 841 Brewhouse, Whitewater

A Celebration of Life will be held for at Robert “Bob” Obney of Whitewater on April 20, 2024, from 3 pm to 6 pm, at 841 Brewhouse, Whitewater, WI .

Whitewater, WI – The man, the myth, the legend – Robert “Bob” Clayton Obney Jr., 82, took his final bow on the stage of life on March 10, 2024. Born with a twinkle in his eye on July 8, 1941, in Barberton, Ohio, Bob was infamous for his dad jokes, his green thumb, and his ability to fall asleep in any chair known to mankind.

Bob leaves behind his soulmate Karen, his wonderful daughter Leslie (Mike) Grether, and his favorite grandson, Patrick, who inherited his granddad’s love for reading. His siblings, Jerry (Betty) Obney and Sue Roberts, will miss his uncanny ability to remember obscure family anecdotes. Preceding him in the great parade of life were his parents, Clarine and Robert Sr., and his brother-in-law John Roberts.

Bob was filled with an impressive lack of discipline and an abundance of charm. The Whitewater Lion’s Club will sorely miss Bob’s roaring laughter and less-than-lion-like mane. 

He was a vegetable garden enthusiast, a jazz aficionado, and a Buffet “Bash” concert groupie.

Bob was a philanthropist at heart, and now we are all left to fill the enormous gardening gloves he left behind.

A Celebration of Life will be held on April 20, from 3pm to 6pm, at 841 Brewhouse, Whitewater, WI, where we will swap tales, and honor the man who taught us that life doesn’t have to be serious to be seriously well-lived. In lieu of flowers, send a joke to someone who needs a laugh or make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Whitewater Lions Club, or Shriners Children’s Hospital in Bob’s memory.

Bob, We’re pretty sure you’re out there somewhere, tending to the pearly gates’ garden. Keep the laughter going until we meet again.

Obituary: Tiiu (Rodima) Gray-Fow, 82

WHITEWATER, WI—Tiiu (Rodima) Gray-Fow, age 82, died at home on April 6, 2024, from the late effects of a heart attack that she suffered several months earlier. She was born in Tartu, Estonia, and spent her childhood in the shadow of World War II. When Tiiu was three years old, her family fled Estonia between the retreating Nazi army and advancing Soviet forces which were to occupy Estonia for the next fifty years. Young as she was, she still recalled their wild flight from midland Estonia to the harbor at Tallin, and the red glow in the sky from Tartu burning in the distance. She grew up in various German refugee camps, most notably the Estonian camp in the Alpine village of Geislingen where she spent almost three years and developed an abiding love of the mountains. At age ten, she emigrated to America with her parents and settled in the Lakewood area of New Jersey where a community of Estonian exiles was forming. Both Tiiu and her father contracted tuberculosis in America. Her father responded to antibiotics, but Tiiu did not recover until she underwent a risky new lung operation in her late teens. Tiiu matriculated at Douglass College in 1960 where she majored in history and met her lifelong friend Linda Alfonso. Afterwards, she moved to Madison to pursue graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. She taught European history at Carroll College, Marquette University, and then UW Whitewater where she met and married Raleigh Williams and started a family. Later, she returned to school for a masters in counseling and worked as a guidance counselor in Williams Bay and then the Palmyra Eagle school district. In 1983, she married Michael Gray-Fow with whom she shared a happy life for over forty years.

More than anything, Tiiu loved camping in the mountains and spent many summer vacations in the national parks, most notably in the Rocky Mountains. She was a passionate defender of trees and was responsible for planting and protecting many terrace trees in Whitewater. She was instrumental in forming the Whitewater Tree Commission and served as its chair for ten years. The City honored her service with a day named in her honor and a tree planting ceremony at Cravath Lakefront Park where a plaque now bears her name. She was active in local politics through the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party of Walworth County. Democracy, she often said, is not a spectator sport. She loved to travel and returned to visit Estonia several times after it finally became independent in 1991, once with her cousin Maret Henrikson and twice with Michael. She was very serious about home maintenance and spent a lot of time fixing, painting and repairing the rambling old farmhouse that she shared with Michael and their many dogs. She loved her dogs, always and deeply: Muri the cherished dog of her youth, then Buster, Chester, Kalju, Rufus, and finally Puck and Sophie. She was a fierce spirit, a fighter, and a lover of natural beauty.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eino Rodima and Aino (Keder) Rodima and all of her maternal first cousins including Juhan Urm. She is survived by her husband Michael Gray-Fow; daughter Susan Maaja Williams (partner Bryan James); step-daughter Emily Gray-Fow; cousin Juhan’s wife Carol Urm and their sons Erik and Matthew (Robbi) Urm; and Matthew’s children, Rebecca, Nicholas and Nathan Urm.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 on Saturday, April 20 at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Fort Atkinson. Lunch to follow at the church. Flowers are welcome, or donations may be made to the Walworth County Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at www.firstwisconsincremation.com.

Obituary: Jayce Xavier Rocha, 21

Jayce Xavier Rocha, our beloved son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew, and friend, passed away unexpectedly in a boating accident on March 9th, 2024 at the age of 21.

Jayce was born on March 4, 2003, to Benny and Casey Rocha in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Jayce attended Milton schools throughout his youth where he participated in many activities and built lifelong friendships. Jayce was a three-sport athlete excelling in hockey, lacrosse, and football. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where he played football. Stevens Point is also where he met the love of his life, Mara. After his time at Stevens Point, he spent the summer and fall working for K&W Greenery doing landscape work before deciding to follow his dreams and move to Florida. Jayce was enrolled in Northwest Lineman College in Edgewater, FL, studying to become an electrical lineman and obtain his CDL. He was leading his class and excelling in the program, scheduled to graduate in May of 2024.

Jayce had a deep love for the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. If he wasn’t sitting in a duck blind, shooting his gun, launching his fishing boat, or casting a line, you could find him scouting a pond, practicing his bird calls, or getting his gear set up for the next day. The outdoors is where he was happiest.

Jayce also had a love for sports. He played on various youth and club teams all the way through high school and into college. Whether on the ice or on the field, Jayce’s competitive spirit and love for the game shone brightly. Through sports, Jayce created countless memories with lifelong friends.

Jayce was known for his infectious laughter, vivacious personality, and zest for life. His presence was undeniable, lighting up every room he walked into. Nobody could make friends faster than Jayce. Everyone who interacted with Jayce felt his ability to make you feel like the most important person in the world. Every one of Jayce’s days were filled with doing the things he loved most: being with friends or family, spending time with Mara, hunting, fishing, playing sports, listening to music, or making people laugh. He left an indelible mark on those who knew him.

To know Jayce was to love Jayce. Though Jayce may no longer walk among us, he is with us in our hearts and the memories we have with him. When you’re hunting in a field, fishing on a pond, or spending time with friends and family, think of Jayce and smile. May his memory be the source of many smiles, laughter, and fun for generations to come.

Jayce is preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Richard and Margaret Bailey, Alvin and Jane Becker, and Adelaida Vasquez; his second cousins Shelby Long and Andrew Rocha, and his uncle, Max.

Jayce is survived by his parents, Benny and Casey Rocha and sister, Emelia Rocha. His grandparents, Dan and Jane Becker, Grandfather Ramon Rocha, and Grandmother Susy Hernandez. Aunts and Uncles, Cody (Kari) Becker, Chad (Teegan) Becker, Ramon Rocha Jr, Felipe (Britnei) Cervantes, Stacey Rocha, Mari Rocha and Ashley Gonzalez as well as many other family and friends.

A celebration of life will take place at Rock River Heritage County Park on Saturday, May 18th, 2024 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Rock River Heritage County Park

5801 N River Rd.

Janesville, WI 53545

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Delta Waterfowl in Jayce’s honor.

Obituary: Shirley Lorraine (Drays) Sweno, 85

Shirley Lorraine (Drays) Sweno, age 85 of Whitewater, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2024. She was born January 8, 1939 to the late William and Lydia (Stork) Drays. Shirley was united in marriage to Howard Sweno Jr. on November 8, 1958 in Whitewater. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Whitewater. Shirley retired in 2007 from Fairhaven Senior Services after 27 ½ years as their cook.

Shirley will be greatly missed by her daughters, Brenda (Al) Raglin, Denise (Phil) Jones and deeply loved by 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; son, Brent; daughter, Penny Jo; sister, Darlene Lee; brother, Marvin Drays.

Shirley will be remembered by many as the sweetest lady. So many things will come to mind when her loved ones think back. They will remember their many conversations. Whether it be in person or over the phone. Some will remember and miss her ability to give a relaxing and much needed neck and shoulder massage. She loved her family and nothing made her happier than spending time with them.

Memorials will be distributed between these charities or a charity of one’s choice.

  •  JCOCC – WIGS Program
    • This program and all of the staff at Studio 8 in Fort Atkinson were part of the healing process when mom was diagnosed in 2015. Shirley and her family are grateful.

To mom and grandma:

We miss you terribly but when we see you again, we will go for that walk. Love You

Services to be announced at a later date. Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Mary Lee Mazurkiewicz, 81

MARY LEE MAZURKIEWICZ 08.18.1942 – 04.06.2024

Mary Lee (Floo) Mazurkiewicz, 81, of Whitewater, Wisconsin, peacefully passed away on April 6th at Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek, surrounded by her family. Mary was born on August 18th, 1942, in Milwaukee to Leona and Clarence Floo. She grew up with 3 sisters: Patricia, Sharon (Earl) Beranek, and Eileen (Robert) Shaffer. Mary attended Riley-Hayes Elementary School. She met her future husband, Richard Mazurkiewicz, at Pulaski High School and they married on June 13th, 1964. Before dedicating herself to the most important job of all, being a mother of 5, Mary worked for Brills Brothers and Hack’s Furniture Company in Milwaukee. Later, she worked for Sunny Day Dry Cleaners and Laundry in Mukwonago.

Mary was a kind and loving mother to 5 children: Patricia (Henry, deceased) Orton, Richard (Martha) Mazurkiewicz, Daniel (Lisa) Mazurkiewicz, Cathleen (Timothy) Swartz, and Timothy (Amanda) Mazurkiewicz. She was also a cherished grandmother to 12: Cassandra (Logan) Markko, Josephine (Jadon) Long, Haley (Zack) Starner, Isabelle Mazurkiewicz, Emily Orton, Alexandra Mazurkiewicz, Victoria Mazurkiewicz, Andrew Swartz, Matilda Mazurkiewicz, Eleanor Mazurkiewicz, Jolene Mazurkiewicz, and Lucille Mazurkiewicz. She also cherished her time with her 4 great-grandchildren: Ryleigh Starner, Theodore Long, Finn Markko, and Gemma Long. Known for her kindness, generosity, and love for her family, Mary enjoyed a good novel, movies, and many beloved television series. She enjoyed traveling to visit her family across the country, and vacationing in Las Vegas. Mary loved dancing with her forever partner, Richard, to the music of Elvis, Neil Diamond, and Conway Twitty.

Mary is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a wide circle of friends who will dearly miss her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her three sisters.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic parish in Whitewater.

Please join us in remembering and celebrating the life of Mary Lee. A memorial mass will take place at 1 PM on Friday, April 19, 2024 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. A memorial visitation will take place from 11 AM until the time of mass. “With love, we remember and honor Mary’s life, finding solace in the beautiful memories she leaves behind.”

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