William “Bill” L. Cushman, 96, passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at Fairhaven

William “Bill” L. Cushman, 96, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 at Fairhaven in Whitewater.

Bill was born on June 23, 1924 to Cyrus Leland and Flora (Zuill) Cushman in Whitewater. His early school days happened about 200 yards up the road from his home in a one room schoolhouse. The stories of snapping turtles put in the teacher’s desk, pine cones on her seat, and lizards in the water bucket were just a few stories he loved to share. Of course he never admitted to being the instigator in any of those, but we knew he was. Bill graduated from Whitewater High School (City High-Class of 1941). He did not have to walk the 8.5 miles uphill both ways, but he did have to find creative ways to get to Whitewater. Stories of hitch hiking, walking, and one time even ice skating after an ice storm to school have been told, changed, and tweaked over the years. After graduating from Whitewater, he attended UW-Madison to study Chemical Engineering. One of things he was most proud of was making the prestigious UW­ Madison boxing team. When WWII began, he left college to run the family farm with his parents.

Bill was an extremely proud, 5th generation farmer. His homestead is the first framed house (1840’s) in Jefferson County and it was originally used as a half-way house between Janesville or Madison to Milwaukee. He regaled anyone who was interested with stories of what he thought might have happened up in that ballroom on the second floor.

He has been a member of the St. John’s #57 Masonic Lodge for the last 72 years and has served as the Worshipful Master twice. He was also a member of the Shriners since 1989. There are countless stories from his years as a Mason and fortunately for Bill, his brothers are sworn to secrecy.

Bill is survived by his son Lee (Shannon) Cushman, Whitewater, grandsons James (Milwaukee), Thomas (Whitewater), David (Whitewater) as well as his sister-in-law Dawn Weckler (Ft. Atkinson) and cousin Jean Rosewall (Oregon)

Preceding him in death are his wife, Joanne (Weckler) Cushman, parents Cyrus Leland and Flora, and infant brother Kenneth.

A Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the Nitardy Funeral Home 550 N. Newcomb St. Whitewater, WI 53190. The family asks that masks be worn during the visitation to follow Covid guidelines. Burial with a Masonic Service will follow at the Cushman Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or memorial donations, we all know how tight Bill was with his money, so we would prefer that you save it. If you must, buy a drink, raise a toast to a life well­ lived, and share a good story full of half-truths and embellishments just like Bill would have done.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, WI is assisting the family. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Marcelaine Jeanette “Marcey” Clark, 92, of McPherson, Kansas passed away on November 11, 2020

Marcelaine Jeanette “Marcey” Clark, 92, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 8:01 a.m., Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 while in the company of family members at McPherson Hospital .

Marcelaine was born in Dousman, Wisconsin on May 4, 1928, a daughter of Lucille A. (Zick) and Walter F. Miller.

Marcey attended Dousman Elementary School, Dousman, Wisconsin, and graduated from Hartland High School, Hartland, Wisconsin in 1946.  She then attended Whitewater Teachers College, Whitewater, Wisconsin.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in McPherson and was a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Kenosha, WI

Marcey was a homemaker and she took great pride in providing for her family in this Manner.  She then became a Special Education Teacher having taught in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.

Marcey was a member of the Wisconsin Teachers Association.

Marcey enjoyed her job as a teacher, traveling, was a veracious reader, knitting clothes and sweaters, mittens, for her family, and spending time with her family and friends.

Marcelaine J. Miller was united in marriage to Merlin Ralph Clark on May 15, 1948 at Whitewater, Wisconsin. The young couple established their first home together in Whitewater. This union was blessed with the birth of five children born to this union, Constance, Sally, Martin, Gwen and Janis.   

She is survived by her children, Sally Thigpen and her husband John, of Franklinton, Louisiana, Martin Clark and his wife Rita, of Gilbert, Arizona, Gwen Gately and her husband Bill, of Windom, Kansas and Janis  Beliunas and her husband Harry, of Burlington, Wisconsin; her brother Edwin Miller and his wife Annette, of Hartland, Wisconsin.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren – James Thigpen(Karen), David Thigpen, Michael Clark(Carry), Beth Ramsey(Joe), Cheryl Schroeder, Rachel Sain, Karen Jonas,(Jeremy), Wendy Allan, Scott Allan, Mitch Allan, and Philip Hawes and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Merlin; brother LeRoy Miller; daughter Constance Vlasak.

Private family burial will be at a later date.

Memorials are to the Cedars and they can be sent to Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid, McPherson, Ks. 67460.

Donald Henry Tomten, age 89, Milton, died Sunday, November 1, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital Janesville (Updated with obituary)

Milton, WI

Donald Henry Tomten, age 89 passed away Sunday, November 1, 2020 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Janesville, WI.  Donald was born on March 19, 1931 to Gilbert and Selma (Bekkum) Tomten in Westby, Wisconsin.

He graduated from Westby High School in 1949.  He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving  in the Navy from 1949 to 1954.  He was an Aviation Electrician Airman stationed in the South Pacific where he worked on the returning aircraft. He was a member of the Janesville VFW Club. He married Margaret Genevieve Warner on July 14, 1956, later he married Gloria Davis in September 1982.  Donald worked as an auto carrier for JATCO in Janesville, WI before retiring in 1991, after 33 years.  

Donald enjoyed bowling and playing card games such as Cribbage, 500, Hearts, and Rummy.  He was a big fan of the Packers, Brewers and the Milwaukee Bucks.  In High School he excelled in football as an offensive guard, in which he lettered.  He grew up on the family dairy farm in the Timber Coulee area and was very proud of his Norwegian heritage. He grew up as a Norwegian-speaking American who didn’t start learning the English language until he attended Kindergarten. Music was a very prominent part of his personal and family life, where he played the fiddle, and was gifted to play by ear.  His children remember very fondly the family gatherings where his brother, and he, would play music until late at night.  

Donald  is survived by his children; Robert (Kona) Tomten (Viroqua,WI), Deborah (Alan) Gillespie (Whitewater,WI), Richard (Becky) Tomten (Milton, WI), step-children, Suzette (Dave) Goodin, Ted (Kim) Davis, Doug (Lori) Davis, brother Sherman Tomten, nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, his wives Margaret (Genny) and Gloria, his daughter Cynthia Benner, siblings Annibelle Tomten, Blaine Tomten and Anton Tomten and a grandson, Timothy Lauer.

Public Graveside Services will be held at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Friday November 6, at 11:30 am with Military Honors and Father David Wanish officiating. The Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton is assisting the family.

Phillip E. Huebner, 73, of Whitewater passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at his home

Phillip E. Huebner, 73, of Whitewater, WI passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at his home.

Phil was born on October 30, 1947 in Waukesha, WI the son of Robert and Lorraine (Kipp) Huebner. He grew up in the Waukesha area and graduated from Waukesha South High School. After high school, he enlisted and faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era. On December 11, 1984, Phil was united in marriage to Donna Schmidt in Waukesha and the two enjoyed 22 years of marriage together until her unexpected passing in 2006. God blessed Phil with 3 loving children, Nicole, Phillip, and Joshua. First and foremost in Phil’s life was his family. He was a great husband and father and loved his children and grandchildren dearly. For leisure, Phil’s favorite thing to do was read the newspaper, specifically, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He would read the paper every day and was always current on the news of the day. In addition to reading the paper, he enjoyed reading novels about the old west. He was an avid sports fan and could fill you in on the Brewers, Bucks, or Packer game if you missed it. Phil enjoyed listening to music and was a fan of Frank Sinatra and also classic Country Music. Phil will be missed, but his memory will live on in those he leaves behind.

He is survived by: his 3 loving children, Nicole Hildebrandt of Milwaukee, WI, Phillip Huebner of Fort Atkinson, WI, and Joshua (Emily) Huebner of Whitewater, WI; his grandchildren, Gabrielle, Mackenzie, Quinn, Hadley and Harlow; and his siblings, Dennis (Gerda), Michael, Mary Ellen, Richard (Sharon), and David (Sharlene). He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his dear wife, Donna, and his siblings, James, Thomas, William and Howard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Phil’s family would be appreciated.

A Funeral Service to honor Phil’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020 at the Gibson Family Funeral Home in Palmyra, WI (320 W. Main St. Palmyra, WI 53156). Rev. Duane Goetsch will officiate the service. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Phillip will be laid to rest next to his wife in Hillside 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

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.

Online condolences can be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com.

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.

Online condolences can be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

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 www.nitardyfuneralhome.com.

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: www.866allfaiths.com.

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.