Vivian “Marie” Luebke, 84, of Whitewater passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison

Vivian “Marie” Luebke, 84, of Whitewater passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison.

Marie was born on April 15, 1936 in Shellsburg, Wisconsin to Donald and Margaret Thomas. On September 14, 1960 Marie married Ron Luebke and together they had five children. She worked as a telephone operator in Benton, Wisconsin. Later, Marie worked as a nurse for over 40 years at Fort Health Care Center.

She loved going to craft shows and doing crafts with Ron, plus playing Bingo and crocheting.

Marie is survived by her husband, Ron Luebke; children, Ron Thomas of Fort Atkinson, Rhonda Berge of Deerfield, Kay (Bryce) Knox of Fort Atkinson, Mike Luebke of Jacksonville, NC, Jane Luebke of Fort Atkinson; grandchildren, Rachel Luebke, Matt (Danni) Luebke, Andy (Katy) Berge, Ashley Berge, Kyle (Cassie Fibish) Knox, Meredith Harrison; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Judy Thomas; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Margaret Thomas; Brother, Joe Thomas; three granddaughters, Jenny Knox, Anna Berge, Clare Harrison; daughters-in-law, Janet Thomas and Sue Luebke.

Funeral Services will be private to the family.

A donation in Marie’s name can be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Fort Atkinson Health Care Center for taking good care of Marie. She loved to visit with her old coworkers. Also, special thanks to St. Mary’s Hospital and staff for their exceptional care.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Marie will be greatly missed.

Earl J. Johnson, 79, of Whitewater passed away on October 15, 2020 at Fairhaven in Whitewater

Earl J. Johnson, 79, of Whitewater passed away on October 15, 2020 at Fairhaven in Whitewater.

Earl was born on March 11, 1941 in Whitewater to John and Helen (Madsen) Johnson. After graduating from Whitewater High School, Earl enlisted in the United States Army at 17 in 1957 and served until 1960. While in the Army, he received commendations for rifle and pistols and served time on the border of Germany. Afterward, Earl married Sandra Anderson on December 23rd at First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater. For many years, Earl owned and operated Tri-County Pump, a business he was incredibly proud of.

He enjoyed horses immensely and working with the 4-H horse program in Jefferson County was one of his passions. He was also a true outdoorsman that loved hunting and fishing and a loving grandpa that looked forward to spending time with his grandkids.

Earl is survived by his wife, Sandra Johnson; children, Tamila (Bill) Johnson-White, Valarie (Al McKenna) Johnson, Delaina Johnson, Melissa (Bradford) Zipse. He is also survived by his sister Robin Johnson-Sagen.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Johnson and Helen (Arthur) Sellnow Sr., Arthur Sellnow Jr. William Sellnow, and Rodney Johnson.

At this time no services will take place.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Earl’s name can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Fairhaven for their exceptional care.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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John “Jack” W. Bray, 86, of Madison entered Eternal life on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison

John “Jack” W. Bray, 86, of Madison entered Eternal life on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison.

Jack was born on September 25, 1934 in Madison to Wallace and Clara (Larson) Bray. Immediately after graduating from Whitewater State Teachers College High School in 1952 he enlisted in the regular Army. He became a member of the 82nd Airborne, then the 187th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean Conflict. He jumped over 24 times and received several commendations including the Combat Infantry Badge.

Following his military service he attended the UW-Madison where he earned several degrees: B.S. Applied Math and Engineering Physics (1962), B.S. Electrical Engineering (1967), and MAJ Chemistry (1990). He was employed as an engineer with Univac Sperry Rand, served aboard the U.S. Geophysical Polar Center ship and worked for the UW – Madison, retiring as a chemist from the Wisconsin Occupational Health Laboratory.

Jack was a quiet caring person with a witty sense of humor. He especially loved celebrating holidays with family and friends, and was always giving unique items which he selected for each person, then photographing the recipient’s surprise look. He enjoyed animals and birds, especially his beloved cockatiel Sassy.

He was an avid reader, researching a myriad of ideas or theories in science, history, and had never-ending questions about various newsworthy items.

Jack is survived by his siblings Colleen Reddy (Whitewater) and Tom (“T.E.”) Bray (Milwaukee). He was Uncle to Mary Walker, Tom Bray, Sue Siebert, Steve Bray, Julie D’Agostini, Lynn Dickinson and Nancy Epling, and cousins Martin, Gerry, Donald, Ronald Larson and Mavis Dillehay. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace E. Bray, MD and Clara Bray Reddy, RN.

A graveside service with military honors will take place at 11:00 a.m. on October 26, 2020 at the Calvary Cemetery in Whitewater. Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

In lieu of flowers donations are appreciated  to: Clara Bray Reddy Scholarship Fund (Nursing), c/o Pam Sonmor-Wintz, Whitewater High School, 534 S. Elizabeth St., Whitewater, WI, 53190; OR Madison VA Hospital Hospice Unit, Wm. S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Attn: Community Relations 135, 2500 Overland Terrace, Madison, WI, 53705, {check to Madison VA Hospital; memo CLC Hospice Unit: Memory of Jack Bray}

Dean Elting Taylor, age 96, passed away on September 29, 2020, at Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater


April 24, 1924 – September 29, 2020

Dean Elting Taylor, age 96, passed away on September 29, 2020, at Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater. He was born April 24, 1924, in Whitewater, Wisconsin, the second of two children of Lloyd and Elsie (Uglow) Taylor. He lived in LaGrange, WI, and graduated from Whitewater High School (City High), class of 1941. Dean attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, majoring in agricultural engineering, but after completing three semesters, he was obligated to return home to run the family farm due to an extended illness suffered by his father. On June 28, 1947, Dean married Shirley Bromley, and they spent nearly 69 wonderful years together until her death in early 2016. Other than when they were away at college, Dean and Shirley lived almost their entire lives in LaGrange, with Dean moving to Fairhaven only in late 2019. Dean and Shirley farmed until their retirement in 1986. After retiring, they wintered in Apache Junction, AZ, where they made many enduring friendships.

Dean was an exacting and successful farmer. He built one of the top ten herds in Wisconsin based on production per cow, and in 1964 he received the national Ford Farm Efficiency award in the area of farm management. Dean was very active in working with American Breeders Service (ABS) in DeForest, Wisconsin, to improve the genetic quality of his Holstein herd, and through the years, ABS often brought busloads of farmers from across the United States and from overseas to learn about his dairying operation. Dean was especially proud when a bull calf from his herd was purchased by ABS and was eventually recognized as a Gold Medal Sire.

Dean loved music. While in college, he played sousaphone in the University of Wisconsin marching band. In the early 1950’s Dean and three other farmers from LaGrange who all sang with the Janesville Barbershop Chorus formed a quartet appropriately named The Agriculturists. They won the Land-O-Lakes District quartet competition in 1952 (wearing striped bib overalls and straw hats!) and advanced to international competition several times. Dean was also a lifelong member of the LaGrange United Methodist Church and sang in the choir there for more years than anyone can remember.

After selling his cows and becoming solely a crop farmer in 1974, Dean added two new “careers.” He joined the Lauderdale-LaGrange Fire Department where he became a firefighter/EMT and served for over twenty years, and he took up woodworking. Between 1974 and the time he built his last piece in July of 2019, Dean built hundreds of items for family and friends – clocks, tables, hutches, cabinets and much more. Each piece showed the same attention to detail that had characterized his farming. And, true to his character, no matter how intricate or large the project, while he would likely agree to build it for you, and he might allow you to purchase the materials, he would never take a dime for the work. His woodworking projects, like his life, were truly a labor of love.

Dean is survived by his son, Chuck (Barb) of LaGrange; his granddaughter, Carrie (Jeff) James, and their children Landon and Kailyn, of Olympia, WA; and his grandson, Mike (Carlye), of Odenton, MD. He is further survived by his sister-in-law, Martha Dawson, of Indianapolis, IN, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many, many friends. In addition, he is survived by several very special host family students whom he considered to be his children: Joe and Eva Fok of Minneapolis, MN; Lai-Ming and Chi-Sing Man of Lexington, KY; Yee-Lih (deceased) and Tsung-Ping Chen of South Salem, NY. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley; Connie, a daughter who died in infancy; his parents; his sister, Joyce Dougherty and husband Jim; his in-laws, Frederick G. and Ruth Bromley; his brother-in-law, Frederick W. Bromley and wife Barbara; his sister-in-law, Beth Bromley; his sister-in-law Phyllis Dunham and husband Wally; his brother-in-law, Jim Dawson; and Francisco Larach (a foreign exchange student who lived with the family for a year) and wife Coca.

Dean worked long and hard, yet always found time to help others when they needed it. He shared his time, energy, talents and resources with many – those who asked and those who would never have asked, those he knew and those he would never have an opportunity to know. Dean was not gregarious, but quietly made, and kept, friends everyplace he went. Always a farmer at heart, he chose to grow wherever he was planted.

A private, family burial service was held on Friday, October 2nd, at Round Prairie Cemetery in LaGrange with the Rev. Dr. Don Norman officiating. In accordance with Dean’s instructions, a memorial service will be held at a later date when folks can “visit afterward and be fed!” If desired, memorials may be made to the LaGrange United Methodist Church, Bethel House (Whitewater), or The Time is Now (Lake Geneva).

Many heartfelt thanks to the staff at Fairhaven who so lovingly cared for Dean during his time there and to those from St. Croix Hospice who made his final weeks so much easier.

UPDATE: Memorial Service for Lavona Hartman is Postponed

October 2, 2020

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, the family of Lavona Hartman has determined it is in everyone’s best interest to postpone the memorial service for Lavona until the virus is under control.

Please stay safe.

Jerry Hartman and family

Lavona (Uhe) Hartman, born 12-22-1938, died peacefully at the hospital on September 26, 2020, with her family by her side.

Lavona was born in Elkhorn, WI and raised in Milton and Lima Center, WI.  She met Jerry Hartman while they both attended Whitewater High School, and they were married on August 24, 1957.  Lavona worked at Hawthorn Mellody while she raised her children.  She later opened a florist shop and a hair salon, before obtaining a real estate license and working for Tincher Realty until her retirement.

She will be dearly missed by her family, including her loving husband, Jerry; children Kim (Marc) Taylor, Kevin (Amy) Hartman, and Kori Hartman; her beloved grandchildren Douglas Wilde, Adam Taylor, Kate Hartman, and Gerry Hartman; brothers Ralph Uhe and Bill Uhe, and many wonderful nieces and nephews who meant the world to her.

Lavona was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Dorathy Uhe; brother Norman Uhe, and three sisters; Elores Hulen, Sharon Kitsembel, and Noreen Kesterson.

Her husband and family were the most important aspects of her life.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many.  She will be missed beyond measure and loved endlessly.

Lavona received excellent care at Mercy Hospital in Janesville through each step of her journey after being diagnosed with leukemia only recently. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to:                           Mercy Health Foundation   
Hospice and Palliative Care Department
903 Mineral Point Ave.
Janesville, WI 53548  

All Faiths Funeral and Cremation Services of Janesville is honored to be assisting the Hartman family. Online expressions of condolence and support may be made at:

Rev. Carroll J. Olm, 95, of Whitewater died on September 26, 2020

Rev. Carroll J. Olm, 95, of Whitewater died on September 26, 2020.

Carroll was born on January 30, 1925 in Marengo, Iowa to Paul and Hulda (Pohl) Olm. He earned his undergraduate degree from Mission House Theological Seminary (now Lakeland University), where he met the love of his life, Marilyn Rittershaus. After their marriage on June 15, 1948 they moved east to Princeton University, where Carroll earned his Master of Theology.

After 13 years of parish ministry, Carroll became the first Executive Director and Chaplain of Fairhaven Retirement Community, a position in which he served from 1960 – 1990.

A leader in the burgeoning field of health and human services for the elderly, Carroll was appointed by Presidents Nixon and Carter and Wisconsin Governor Knowles to national and state commissions on aging. In addition, he served on boards for the White House Conference on Aging, the American Association of Homes for the Aging, the United Church of Christ National Council for Health and Human Services Ministries, and the Wisconsin Association of Homes for the Aging.

Locally, Carroll served on the First Citizens State Bank Board of Directors for 40 years, was active in many local charities, and served on the City Council and sundry Boards.

While proud of the recognition that he received, Carroll never failed to acknowledge Marilyn’s part in the achievements.

Throughout their 70 years of marriage, Carroll and Marilyn exemplified their belief in God’s love working through us.

Carroll is survived by his children, Mark (Germaine) Olm, Elizabeth (Steven) Eberhardt, and James Olm; grandchildren Daniel Eberhardt, Leah Olm, Erin Hageman, Christopher Olm, Rachel Olm, Chelsea Olm, and Jameson Olm; and great-grandchildren Gabriel Hageman, Harmony Hageman, and Felix Jahn.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Fairhaven for the loving and compassionate care that they provided to Carroll and Marilyn.

If desired, memorials may be sent to Fairhaven or Lakeland College.

Mary Lou Lein was born 11/15/1930 in Menominee, WI. Died 8/02/2020

Mary Lou Lein was born 11/15/1930 in Menominee,WI. Died 08/02/2020. She was the youngest of 4 children, Bob, Bill, and Arliss(all deceased). Mom came to Whitewater in 1950 to attend UW-Whitewater to obtain a teaching degree. She met my father Art and they were married in 1953. She had 2 children…Kevin (me) and Eric (deceased 2016) and spent her entire adult life in Whitewater. She was active in the Congregational Church UCC since her marriage. She taught for a few years and then became a fulltime housewife/mom. She was a cub scout den mother and was active in many organizations in the area. She helped Dad in his store, Art Lein’s Mens Wear during the 60’s and 70’s. Dad and she were bigtime supporters of UWW and attended many football and basketball games over the years. Dad was one of the founding members of the Quarterback Club in the 1950’s. She led a long and fulfilling life with her husband, Art, for 67 years. As her and Dad’s health declined they ended up in Fairhaven, a local nursing home. They spent their last days together there. Dad is still there but on hospice care and will be writing about him very soon as well. I’m obviously a wee bit biased but I don’t think I ever knew a kinder more genteel person than my Mom. She will be greatly missed. RIP Mom.

Barry Edmund Wescott passed away September 22, 2020 at Agrace Hospice, Fitchburg, WI

Barry Edmund Wescott passed away September 22, 2020 at Agrace Hospice, Fitchburg, WI. Barry or “Bear” as he often liked to be called was born in Watertown, WI October 15, 1945 to Donald and Agnes (Hedrick) Wescott. He is survived by his wife Bridget (King), twin sister Jeanne (Wescott) McKenna, daughters Samantha (Gullikson) Montana, Joanna (Wescott) Esposito and son Christopher Gullikson, and granddaughters Alyssa Montana, Sophia Montana, Caroline Esposito, and grandson Henry Esposito.

He was a Vietnam Navy veteran and after his discharge in 1969 returned to school at UW Whitewater and UW Madison to pursue art and teaching degrees. 

Barry taught art for many years in Clinton, WI and was the recipient of the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship, Elementary Teacher of the Year, and recognition for his years of service in Rock Valley United Teachers.

Barry touched many lives with his generous giving of time, service and resources; he was described as having a “big heart.” Barry was known for his songs created in the moment to mark special events in the lives of his friends and family and accompanied himself on guitar. He loved blues, jazz and country. 

A gathering of friends and family is deferred to a time when all can be present. Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at Memorials in Barry’s name may be made to the local animal welfare organization of your choice or

Kayla Marie Boehning, 24, of Whitewater passed away on September 8, 2020

Kayla Marie Boehning, 24, of Whitewater passed away on September 8, 2020.

She was born on November 5, 1995 in Fort Atkinson to James and Stephanie (Gosh) Boehning. She enjoyed working as a cashier at Casey’s Convenient Store in Whitewater.

Kayla enjoyed being with her family, and her fur babies more than anything. She loved family gatherings.

Kayla is survived by her parents, James and Stephanie Boehning; brother, Scotty Boehning; grandfathers, James Boehning, Ronald Gosh; fur babies, Blaze, Smokey, Little Kitty; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her grandmothers, Donna Kay Gosh, Linda Boehning; and great-grandparents.

Kayla was a very generous and giving person, and because of that she donated her organs to give others life.

A memorial service will take place at 1PM on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190. Visitation will take place from 11AM until the time of services.

Online condolences can be made at

On Sunday September 20, 2020, Larry Lee Peiffer, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 86

On Sunday September 20, 2020, Larry Lee Peiffer, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 86.

Larry was born on November 15, 1933 in Milwaukee, WI to Agnes (nee Leitzman) and Clarence Peiffer, the youngest of three children. He attended West Division High School for three years, playing percussion in the band and orchestra. He also played in the Milwaukee Youth Orchestra. He transferred to Whitewater City High School for his senior year, graduating in 1951. He worked as a plumber’s helper and electrician before enlisting in the Navy in November of 1953. After basic training at Great Lakes, he attended the Navy School of Music in Washington D.C. and served four years as a musician attaining the rank of Musician’s First Class. During his tour he served on board the USS Wisconsin and at the Naval Air Station in Millington, TN. He married Mary Warner on June 18, 1955 in Whitewater at the First United Methodist Church. After finishing his tour in 1957, he and Mary and their baby daughter, Carol, moved back to Milwaukee.

He entered Marquette University in August 1957, and transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and graduated in January 1962 with a degree in science (physics, mathematics, and economics). Larry went to work at Norland Associates, a product design firm, in Fort Atkinson, WI as a project engineer and then in 1969 went to work for Sta-Rite Industries as project engineer for two years. During his years at Norland, he was the project leader for Bergstrom Manufacturing in Rockford, IL. He left Sta-Rite in 1971 and worked for Bergstrom for the next 28 years, retiring in 1999. During his tenure he was Chief Engineer, Director of Engineering and finally Director of Research and Development. He was granted three patents, and made many improvements to the plant facility and improved manufacturing efficiency. Throughout their marriage, Larry and Mary enjoyed traveling to many countries around the world, and their wintering in Green Valley, AZ.

Larry is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary; three daughters, Carol (Steve) Ottowitz of Nekoosa, Jean (Tom Donahue) Peiffer of Edgewater, FL, and Mary Jo (Paul) Unger of Madison; five grandchildren, Morgan (Dan Kahut) Gaffner of Fond du Lac, Brianne Unger of Madison, Erin (Kevin) Acker of Muskego, Mitchell (Megan Charles) Gaffner of Neenah, Isaac (Janie Triebold) Unger of Madison; big sister, Carol Bergman of Greendale; sister-in-law, Ann Warner of Dodgeville; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence, mother, Agnes; mother-in-law, Ethel Warner; brother, Clare Peiffer; sister-in-law, Mick Peiffer; brothers-in-law Jim Bergman, Harley Warner, John Warner.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 5PM until 7PM at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb. St. Whitewater, WI 53190. A memorial service will take place at 11:30 on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Rainbow Hospice, Badger Honor Flight, the National WWII Museum, or the Whitewater Food Pantry.

Online condolences can be made at