Gordon “Doc” Donnelly Friedrichs, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, passed away on July 10, 2020 at the age of 91 at the WI Veterans Home in Union Grove

Gordon “Doc” Donnelly Friedrichs, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, was born on June 10, 1929, and passed away on July 10, 2020, at the age of 91 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove, WI

Formerly of Whitewater and raised in Lake Geneva, Gordon graduated from Lake Geneva High School in 1947, having lettered three years each in football and basketball. After playing freshman basketball at Oberlin College during the 1947-’48 season, “Doc” joined the US Marine Corps and earned a berth on the Parris Island Basketball tour team. Between 1950 and 1952 the team won consecutive All-Marine championships on both East and West coasts, posting season records against collegiate and military teams of 55-6 and 41-8.

Entering UW-Whitewater in 1954, Doc was chosen President of his Sophomore class and won three letters in basketball, being honorably mentioned Little All-American his Senior year. Gordon received the Citizen of the Year award in 1961 from the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce. He received the Hall of Fame award in 1982 for Basketball at UW-Whitewater.

Upon graduation in 1957, Doc entered the insurance business and in his role as a Northwestern Mutual Life agent, he was named one of the company’s three Young Men of Distinction in 1959. Gordon is a past-present of the Whitewater Jaycees and was presented the Distinguished Service Award by that organization in 1965.

In 1967, Gordon joined a professional management consulting firm and moved to Brookfield, WI, where he coached three years in the Elmbrook Little League Baseball and Bucketeer Basketball recreation programs. He remained a partner in the firm for 31 years while serving as Vice President and retired in 1998.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (nee Torrent), of 58 years, of Waukesha, WI; his children, Elizabeth (Louie) Vasquez, Waukesha, WI; James (Elaine) Friedrichs, Weeki Wachee, FL; Heidi Friedrichs; Wauwatosa, WI; and John Friedrichs, Waukesha, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hans and Gladys Friedrichs, brothers Donald (Esther) Friedrichs, Robert (Pauline) Friedrichs, and Edward (Lucy) Friedrichs; his son, Peter G. Friedrichs; and his brother-in-law, Frederick (Patricia) Torrent, Brooksville, FL. He is survived by 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, and many more relatives throughout the country.

He wishes God’s blessings to you all. “Be not afraid – “Semper Fi.”

A private burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Geneva, WI.

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Linda Kay Niemuth, 69, of Hustisford, passed away July 11, 2020 at UW Hospital in Madison

Linda Kay Niemuth, 69, of Hustisford, passed away July 11, 2020 at UW Hospital in Madison.

A private service will be held on the shore of Lake Sinissippi on Thursday, July 16th for family and close friends. Memorials, if desired, may be directed to UW Carbone Cancer Center (600 Highland Avenue, K4/658, Madison, WI 53792-6164). Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.

Linda Kay Kuehni was born June 29, 1951 in Stanley, WI, daughter of Warner and Jennie (nee Thoreson) Kuehni. She graduated from Cadott High School. Linda married Daniel Niemuth on October 19, 1968 in Cadott, WI. Together, they shared 51 blessed, wonderful years. Linda worked at Spacesaver in Fort Atkinson and then Fairhaven in Whitewater, where she retired.

Linda was a member of the Garden Club in Hustisford, and was in the various ladies’ circles at church. She was known for her smile that lit up a room. She crocheted countless blankets and gifted them to her family and loved ones. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and baking pies and cookies. She loved being on the water and watching the lake. Linda appreciated a well-made bed. She helped people without needing to be asked and could make friends with anyone. Together, Linda and Dan attended the Packers Super Bowl victory in 1997 in New Orleans. Most of all, Linda loved spending time with her grandkids and granddogs.

Linda is survived by her husband, Daniel Niemuth; children, Jeremy (Cori) Niemuth, Melissa (John) Seamonson, Jason (Kerry) Niemuth, Laura (Seth) Nagy; Grandchildren, Chelsea and Tyler Niemuth, David and Joshua Seamonson, Savannah and Charlotte Nagy; siblings, Ruth Ramsier, Karen (Ken) Habedank, Clarence (Eileen) Kuehni, Rodney (Darlene) Kuehni, Jon (Ruth) Kuehni, David (Carla) Kuehni; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janet (Roman) Bourget; brother, Jerry Kuehni and sister-in-law Betty Jacobson; brother-in-law Ronnie Ramsier.

Wayne A. Saxe, 88, went to be with the Lord on July 8, 2020 at his home with his loving wife by his side

Wayne A. Saxe, 88, went to be with the Lord on July 8, 2020 at his home with his loving wife by his side.

Wayne was born in his grandparent’s house on September 5, 1931 in Lima Center, WI the son of Glenn and Kathryn (Hunt) Saxe. The Saxe farm was a homestead that Wayne’s grandparents bought from the State of Wisconsin. Wayne was very proud of his home farm. He went to grade school in a one room school house in Lima Center and attended high school in Whitewater, WI, graduating in 1949. While Wayne was in high school, he was able to take the train from Lima Center in to Whitewater for 10 cents. After graduating high school, Wayne enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1950 and was stationed in Las Vegas, NV. While in Las Vegas, Wayne met Patsy Scott and the two were married. After an honorable discharge, the couple purchased a farm that neighbored his parents’ farm. The couple farmed together until Patsy’s death on January 20, 1975. Wayne was given the honor of Farmer of the Year two times during his farming career. In the 1950’s Wayne and some of his friends formed a snowmobile club called the Snow Seekers. After his 25 year farming career, Wayne purchased the Lone Star Inn of Twinkling Star Road and operated the bar and restaurant for 35 years. In 1991, Wayne met Edith Allen and the two were married in 1999. The couple ran the bar together until their retirement. They loved to attend NASCAR races, and were season ticket holders for the Badgers and the famous Green Bay Packers. The two traveled to Hawaii and all across the United States to the Meadowlands, attending two Rose Bowls. They also attended a host of Packer games, including the 1998 Super Bowl. Wayne and Edith also enjoyed a trip together to Las Vegas with a highlight being their visit to Nellis Air Force Base. For leisure, Wayne enjoyed playing cards, especially with his family. He was a member of the Whitewater Country Club for a number of years and golfed very well. It must be mentioned that for 25 years, the Lone Star hosted the UW-Whitewater Quarterback Club and Tip Off Club for their meetings and socials. In 2017, UW-Whitewater awarded Wayne and Edith a Distinguished Service Award for their support over the years. Wayne lived a full life and he will be dearly missed.

Wayne is survived by: his loving wife, Edith Saxe; his daughter, Nancy (Mike Ilg) DeSpain; his daughter-in-law, Kandie (Reed) Fulton; 3 stepsons, Kyle (Lori) Allen, Karl (Jessica Thorson) Allen, Joe (Becky Palmer) Allen; 5 grandchildren, Nathan (Jordan) DeSpain, Summer (Bobby) DeSpain, Mary (Chase) Ervin, Michael (Alisha) Saxe, and Hunter Allen; 6 great-grandchildren, Payton, Jayci and Dayvee DeSpain, and Charlie, Bailey and Emerson Ervin; and a sister, Dorothy (Dale) Pieper. Wayne is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Patsy, and his dear son, Scott Saxe.

The family would like to extend a special, heartfelt thanks to Rainbow Hospice for the loving care they provided to Wayne and his family the last few months.

A Friends and Family Gathering will be held to honor Wayne’s life at a later date.

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

Nancy A. Cassano, 77, of Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at home after a mercifully short illness from cancer

Nancy A. Cassano, 77, of Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at home after a mercifully short illness from cancer.

Nancy is survived by her children Brad Cassano, Scott Cassano, and Kim Cassano.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Cassano, sisters Mary DeSobe and Barbara Harkonen, and sister-in-law Barbara Lewis.

Per Nancy’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.

The family would like to give special thanks to Nancy’s family and many friends in Monticello, Prairie Village, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the League of Women Voters, Lauderdale Lakes, Monticello High School, the Friends of Lake Maria, and the Class of ’61.

In honor of Nancy, donations may be made to:

In Wisconsin:
Ice Age Trail Alliance
Community Space
Bethel House

In Minnesota:
Lake Maria State Park
Monticello High School

Denise D. Scharine, age 53, of Johnstown/Whitewater passed away from complications of diabetes on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital of Madison

Johnstown/Whitewater, WI — Denise D. Scharine, age 53, of Johnstown/Whitewater passed away from complications of diabetes on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital of Madison. She was born at Fort Atkinson Hospital on August 2, 1966, the daughter of Donald and Donna (Stradinger) Scharine. She grew up on the family farm in Johnstown Township. Denise graduated from Whitewater High School in 1984. She attended cosmetology school in Janesville, and was employed as a hair stylist. She worked for Cost Cutters for many years until her health failed. Denise was a lifelong member of Christus Lutheran Church at Richmond, WI where she was baptized, confirmed and served as a Sunday School teacher. She loved animals, enjoyed crocheting and knitting. One of her greatest joys in life was getting together for family dinners.

Denise Scharine is survived by her parents, Donald and Donna Scharine of Whitewater; her brother, Derrick (Lynette) Scharine of Whitewater; her nephew, Cameron (Erin Wedig) Scharine; and her niece, Natalie Scharine. Her grandparents and her uncle preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Christus Lutheran Church, Richmond, N6116 Delaney Road, Delavan, WI. Pastor Bruce Wietzke will officiate. Burial will follow in Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the time of services at the church. Memorials may be made to Christus Lutheran Church. The family is being assisted by Henke-Clarson Funeral Home, Janesville. 608-741-1713.


Beatrice (“Bea”) Perich (nee Beatriz Martinez), formerly of Whitewater and New Berlin, was born to eternal life at her daughter Joni’s home June 22, 2020 at the age of 97 years young

Beatrice (“Bea”) Perich (nee Beatriz Martinez), formerly of Whitewater and New Berlin, was born to eternal life at her daughter Joni’s home June 22, 2020 at the age of 97 years young. 

Bea was born on February 23, 1923 in Cachipay, Colombia and came of age in Bogota where she studied accounting and became a full-charge bookkeeper. She liked numbers and professional sports for as long as she could remember.  Marrying these two interests, she invested in Colombia’s professional futbol team. At one time, she hoped to go to Paris, to live there but her mother discouraged her, or may have outright forbid her from leaving Bogota. Years later, she communicated with friends who had emigrated to the U.S. and decided to cash in her soccer team stock holdings and pursue the American Dream. The United States would soon be her home.  She arrived in America in 1950 and lived for a short time in Milwaukee at the Convent of the Sisters of the Divine Savior.  She answered a classified ad for a bookkeeper at Falk Corporation in “the valley.”  During her interview, the manager called Falk’s international sales manager in to continue the interview.  Both were very impressed with Bea’s skills, poise, professionalism, and perfect grammar. Apparently, an expansion was afoot, and Bea was told of Falk’s growing international sales in Colombia and other South American countries. Falk was in need of a bilingual sales assistant.  She was asked if, instead of the finance department, would she be interested in translating RFPs to English and sales quotes to Spanish.  She said, “Of course!” They asked her if she could start right away and she pulled a half peanut butter sandwich from her pocketbook and said, “I am ready to start today, I have my lunch here.”  And so, she did. In those days, Bea rode the Milwaukee County Route 35 bus from the convent to Falk, where she deboarded at the 16th St Viaduct, and traversed the steep steel grate stairs.  Only once did she allow her leather bound high heels to slip through the steel grates. The grating ripped the leather from a heel and her beautiful Italian pumps were ruined.  Then, snow fell one day, and she hadn’t thought to bring overshoes to protect her pumps, so she climbed the snowy stairs to board her bus home and was sad to find another of her beautiful imported shoes was ruined.  One day a gentleman friend who had settled in Chicago called to say hello and Bea confided in him that the commute was lethal for her treasured imported leather shoes, and with that conversation a plan was hatched to move to Chicago. He greeted Bea at Union Station with a ring in hand.  Mom explained she was just a friend. 

In short order, Bea enrolled in an evening citizenship class at Lakeside Elementary School where she met Zivan, the love of her life.  When she walked in the classroom, she gave her characteristic wink and smile to Zivan and found an open seat near him.  He was smitten.  At times the instructor would catch them whispering to one another and call out, “Who is the instructor here, Mr. Perich?” They began dating, going out for dinner and after 3 months, Zivan asked, “Bea why not get married, we will save money on rent and eating together.” They married and on day one, Zivan asked what she could cook. Bea replied,  “I can boil water and make you a cup of tea!”  At that he taught her to cook and bake. Bea had a natural talent, intuitively combining herbs and ingredients and became a fabulous cook. Her family endlessly enjoyed delicious home cooked meals and feasts. Her knowledge of nutrition, along with her love of and natural talent in cooking, came into play beyond the Perich family—in the 1960’s Bea found herself employed at the UW Extension office in Walworth County. There, Bea would travel to low income and migrant farm worker families to teach nutrition, cooking, and how to economize at the grocery store. Teaching others energized and gratified her.

Bea and Zivan had a beautiful life together, were endlessly devoted to one another, and were married for 56 years. Coming from distinct cultures and religions might have been difficult for some, but their marriage seemed to be stronger despite the differences. They married three times—first in the civil court, then when his fellow Serbs learned of this they insisted on a Serbian Orthodox ceremony. Next, Bea’s family, devoutly Catholic, protested and the pair wed again in a proper Nuptial Mass receiving the Rite of Marriage sacrament.

The next chapters of life played out in the Chicago suburbs of Glen Ellyn and Wheaton, then later in Wisconsin in Whitewater, New Berlin, and finally in Milwaukee County. They held on to their little farm even while the family moved to New Berlin to make Zivan’s daily commute more manageable. Upon retirement, they returned for a decade to “the farm” where grandchildren were always welcome. There the grandchildren learned to drive, enjoyed climbing trees and playing in the hay loft, driving the golf cart, shooting free throws with their Grandma, and going to Whitewater Lake to fish. The most treasured memories came from those times on the farm where together Bea and Zivan enjoyed tending to their magnificent vegetable garden, cherry, apple, pear, plum and peach trees, grapes and beautiful flowers. Bea was a critical thinker, lifelong learner, fabulous cook, skilled knitter and embodied an infectious joie de vivre—everyone she knew loved her. Her grandchildren brought her tremendous pride and joy and she was delighted with the arrival of her great-grandchildren. She was super patriotic and voted in every election no matter how small, with one exception—due to COVID and having recently moved to the Jewish Home, Bea’s absentee ballot never arrived on time and she missed the April 7th vote in which she was bound and determined to vote for a new Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge. She was very disappointed the ballot never came but afterward remarked with delight when she learned her lady won!

Bea’s final year on earth was filled with enjoyment—at 96 Bea loved her weekends at Joni’s little farm. It reminded her so much of the treasured times on her own piece of paradise in the country. She gardened pulling weeds and planting with the same energy and determination she had displayed years earlier. No one could believe this kind of strenuous work could be performed by little Bea in her advanced age, so Joni memorialized much of her activities in photos. When asked what her secret was to her long life and beautiful complexion, Bea urged ladies to have an avocado each day—one half to eat, and the other for a facial mask. During weekends at Joni’s she would sit for hours under a big oak tree and enjoy God’s bountiful nature where an abundance of birds kept her company. Even at this age, she could easily walk a quarter mile. Bea loved her weekends with Joni, out in the country where she enjoyed a queen’s treatment of pedicures and hair styling. Bea enjoyed her last glorious vacation in her final year too—she and Joni travelled to Cabo to escape the wintery spring and she was the fan-favorite of the resort. A vacationing nurse made a daily poolside check on Bea, and Joni made sure she kept drinking enough water to stay happy, healthy and hydrated. Every day she was greeted with smiles, birthday treats, and even a personal singing waiter.

Bea was a grateful, generous woman of faith and praised God’s blessings in all living things. Among her virtues were an immeasurable enjoyment of life, endless generosity, compassion, and the ability to clown around for the mere purpose of giving the gift of laughter and joy to others. Laughter always emanated from any room Bea inhabited. Everyone who met her loved her.  Bea was always ready for any new adventure and expended endless energy in pursuit of enjoyment—joy in anything at all—like conversation, beholding natural beauty, eating and quiet reflection. When in isolation visiting on FaceTime, we would talk about the pandemic and how terribly lonesome people were in lockdown and she would comment, “Well nobody likes the isolation, but we have to be patient, so the virus doesn’t spread.” She always had compassion for others and accepted the sacrifice of isolation for the greater good of protecting others from sickness. When the horrible murder of George Floyd happened, she conversed with compassion and an understanding of the pent-up frustration in the Black community with hundreds of years of inequity and injustice.

Bea will be deeply missed and never forgotten. She is forever remembered by her daughters Helen (David) Peplinski, Mary (Luke) Perry, Johanna Perich, grandchildren; Tyler (Anna) Willingham, Rachel (Andrew) Schneider, Dr. Roman (fiancé Stephanie Marin Kayser) Peplinski, Jordan (AJ) McCormick, Jacob Peplinski; and great-grandchildren Blake Zivan, Grace Beatrice and Shelby Margaret Willingham;  and Silas Finn Schneider. She is reunited in everlasting life with her beloved husband Zivan, cherished grandson Garrett Willingham, darling sisters Blanca Auza and Elvira Hebel, and dear parents Luis and Cristina Martinez.

The family wishes to thank Jewell Falkenberg for helping to bring Bea home, Barb Berg, Vitas Hospice and the caregivers who loved Bea at Ovation Jewish Home.

The family will gather at Utters Corners Cemetery for a private graveside service and follow with a day at Whitewater Lake in memory of Bea. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Jewish Home and Care Center, Attn: Foundation, 1400 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee WI 53202 or go to https://ovation.org/foundation/make-a-donation/ (or to a charity of donor’s choice).

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences can be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Jay S. Tuinstra, age 54, lost his battle with cancer and passed on June 9, 2020

MADISON – Jay S. Tuinstra, age 54, lost his battle with cancer and passed on June 9, 2020. At his request there was no funeral service, but his family and close friends had a celebration of life in his honor on June 21, 2020. Jay was born on the 4th of July 1965 in Fort Atkinson, WI and was raised in Whitewater where he attended Whitewater University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Jay was a very dedicated family man and experienced his greatest joy watching his three children participate in sports. He also showed his love and devotion by raising his wife’s four older children as his own from the day they met. He was an avid sci-fi toy collector, loved Frank Sinatra and loved dogs, especially his dog Gideon. Jay loved to tell stories of his experiences driving the Madison metro bus and singing karaoke. He lost his battle with cancer but lived a happy and fulfilled life until the day he passed. He was preceded in death by his father, John Tuinstra II and brother-in-law, Patrick L. Blacks. He is survived by his mother, Audrey Tuinstra; siblings, John Tuinstra III, Melody Vemeister, and Merille Tuinstra; wife, Rita Tuinstra; their three children, Elliott, Abby, and Aiden; four step-children, Nicholas, Timothy, Jenna, and Jamie Webster; in-laws, James Bond (Todd), Archie Blacks, Alberta Jennings (Cindy), Aaron Blacks; several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and many other family and friends. He will be especially missed by his close friends, Calvin Tucker, John Mankowski, and Daryl Gugel. Jay will be missed beyond words and loved forever by us all.

William R. Miles, 97, of Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Fairhaven Senior Living

William R. Miles, 97, of Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Fairhaven Senior Living.

Bill was born in Elkhorn, WI on May 26, 1923 to Reuben and Norma (Green) Miles. He was a graduate of Whitewater College High School and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He served as a lieutenant in the Army during World War II. He was also a member of the National Guard. Bill worked for the State of Wisconsin as a public health officer and was a member of the Walworth County Board for 25 years. On May 26, 1961 Bill married Dorothy L. Kitzman. She preceded him in death on September 22, 2008. He was a member of First English Lutheran Church. FB enjoyed traveling, volunteering for veterans’ groups, visiting casinos and having a whiskey.

He is survived by his daughters Darcy Partin of Florida and Becky Anton of Palmyra, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brothers David, Ray and Jim.

Per Bill’s request there will be no services. Memorials in Bill’s name may be made to First English Lutheran Church, Whitewater. “Raise a glass to kindness and fly the flag.”

Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater is assisting the family.

Julia (Kozlowski) Stark, 62, of Mount Pleasant, WI passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Hospice Alliance

October 24, 1957 – June 20, 2020

Mount Pleasant, WI — Julia (Kozlowski) Stark, 62, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Hospice Alliance. She was born in Baraboo, WI on October 24, 1957, the daughter of the late Clarence and Loretta Kozlowski. Julia was a 1976 graduate of Whitewater High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and her Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin Parkside. In Las Vegas on December 26, 1994, Julia was united in marriage to Russell Stark. She was an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice for the University of Wisconsin Parkside, and also worked as a Corrections Field Supervisor, for the State of Wisconsin. Julia was a member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, and the Polish Center of Wisconsin. She enjoyed being a stained glass artist, and loved being a mother and grandmother.

Surviving are her husband, Russell; twin daughters, Jessica Ann (Brandan) Peterman, and Courtney Marie (Branden Villagrana) Stark; two grandchildren, Jack William Peterman, and Leilani Rose Villagrana; and aunt, Arlene (Harold) Meyer. She is further survived by cousins, friends and colleagues. Julia was preceded in death by her brother, Alexander Scott Kozlowski.

Visitation will be held at STURINO FUNERAL HOME in Racine on Saturday June 27, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. She will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in Whitewater, WI.

Julia’s family would like to thank Hospice Alliance for the care and compassion they gave Julia.