Pearl M. Grosskreutz, 95, of Whitewater and previously of Palmyra passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Fairhaven

Pearl M. Grosskreutz, 95, of Whitewater and previously of Palmyra, WI passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Fairhaven Retirement Community of Whitewater.

Pearl was born on August 11, 1924 in Palmyra, WI the daughter of Lawrence “Tink” and Mary (Holm) Carpenter. She married Edmund Grosskreutz on October 9, 1945 in Fort Atkinson, WI and the two would go on to enjoy 58 years of marriage together until Edmund’s death in 2004. Pearl was a fixture at the Palmyra Pharmacy for many years and spent most of her life in Palmyra until health issues preceded her move to Fairhaven. Pearl will be dearly missed by those she leaves behind.

Surviving are her sons, Harry (Lauren) McGavran of White Rock, NM, and Edmund (Sandra) Grosskreutz Jr. of Whitewater, WI, and her daughter Galen (John) Schilling of Palmyra, WI. She is also survived by four grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Edmund; a sister, Laura; brothers, Otto, Alvin, Charles, Richard, and John; and her half-sisters, Jenny and Celia.

Pearl will be laid to rest next to her husband in Hillside Cemetery of Palmyra, WI. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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

Doris Elaine Wutke, 94, Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at her home

Doris Elaine Wutke, 94, Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at her home.

Doris was born on September 28, 1925 in Whitewater, WI to Walter and Martha (Schmidt) Ludeman. She married Ivan Wutke on December 4, 1948 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Whitewater. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2000. Doris and Ivan operated a family farm in the Whitewater area. She was very involved at St. John Lutheran Church and volunteered for many things. She was active in the Whitewater Seniors in the Park and the Sunshine Club.

She is survived by her sons Roger (Gloria) Wutke, Whitewater, James (Sharon) Wutke, Whitewater; grandchildren Sarah McClellan, Brian (Quinn) Wutke, Andrew (Cindy) Wutke, Alyssa Wutke; great-grandchildren Erika, John and Rosalee McClellan, Chase and Jade Wutke, Aaron Topel, Axel and Layla Boero; great-great grandson Kory Munoz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters: Adele Gergen and Wilma Ludeman; nephew Richard Gergen.

A private burial will be held at Richmond Cemetery. The family would like to thank Home at Ease, Rainbow Hospice, Dr. Wedl, Whitewater Rescue and Rev. Rossman for the care and kindness they showed to Doris.

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Robert Nelson Burrows passed away peacefully on April 14, 2020, at Hearthstone, Fairhaven.

Robert Nelson Burrows passed away peacefully on April 14, 2020, at Hearthstone, Fairhaven, in Whitewater.  Bob was born on December 21, 1923, in North Reading, Massachusetts, the son of Frederick Nelson Burrows and Mary McIntosh.

        Reared in New England, a veteran of four years’ service in the Marine Corps in World War II, he was educated at Colorado College (B.A.); the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), receiving a Diploma in Studies in British Civilization; and the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., PhD. In American Civilization).

        After teaching at colleges and universities in Texas, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, he served as Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he taught undergraduate English courses as well as graduate courses in Emerson and Thoreau, Melville, Steinbeck and Hemingway, Mark Twain, Wordsworth, Dickens, and Thomas Hardy.  In the undergraduate American Studies program his main research and teaching undertaking for a decade was a course in Contemporary American Society,   He also taught for one semester at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria) and for a year each at LaTrobe University (Melbourne, Australia) and Keimyung University (Daegu, South Korea).

        At UW-Whitewater he was granted the first David Saunders Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities and The Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he was the recipient in the first year of the University of Wisconsin System’s Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching.  His work as a Fulbright Professor in South Korea was recognized by the program’s director:  “Dr. Burrows’ contribution to the Fulbright program in Korea far exceeds that of any other Fulbright scholar in recent memory.  The quality of his contribution far outshines its quantity.  His lectures have illuminated and inspired, propelling his audiences beyond stereotyped images of American culture to fundamental human values.”

        His publications include studies of major American authors, including Hawthorne, Whitman, and Mark Twain.  He also published a political novel, entitled “The Great American Parade.”

         Bob believed in what he saw as the best that is America, “which I define as a nation dedicated to fulfilling Lincoln’s vision of our nation as one truly OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people.  Only to the extent that America takes to heart that vision are we true to the best that we should be.”  He supported civil rights and was a champion of freedom of speech during the Vietnam War era.  Throughout his life he supported many liberal causes and ardently campaigned for Democrats.

        Bob met the love of his life, Marion, at a summer language program in Mayrhofen, Austria,  offered through the University of Innsbruck in 1950.  They were married February 24 ,1951, and began a life filled with joy and adventure.  In 2010, reflecting on their long marriage, Bob wrote, “My family has always been my central love and concern, especially my remarkable wife Marion and our four children—David, Mark, John, and Linda—along with their families, our six grandchildren, and our four great grandchildren.”  He was an outstanding planner, both in his work and in his family life.  He especially enjoyed planning vacations, particularly camping trips to State and National parks across the country.  In 1967 he planned a marvelous 3 month camping tour of Europe and Great Britain in which the family camped the whole summer with their newly purchased VW bus and their new German tent.  Many other August vacations were spent wilderness canoeing and camping in the Quetico Provincial Park (Boundary Waters) in western Ontario.

        Bob was a man with a deep and abiding faith.  Forty-nine years ago, Bob and Marion joined a group of friends to found The Community of Christ the Servant, an interdenominational church in Whitewater with a strong commitment to social justice in the spirit of Christ’s love and calling to serve humankind.

Bob is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marion, his son David (Lynn)  of Oriental, North Carolina, his son Mark (Ute) of Camden, Maine, his son John of Rockland, Massachusetts, and his daughter, Linda Jennings (Perry) of Peyton, Colorado,  6 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

        Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

        Memorial donations can be sent to the Robert and Marion Burrows English Scholarship Fund c/o UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc., 800 W. Main Street, Whitewater, WI  53190.
         OR  Fairhaven Foundation, 435 W. Starin Road, Whitewater, WI  53190, designating the Fairhaven Benevolence Fund in memory of Robert Burrows.

Kieth Randall Seward, 86, Whitewater, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Kieth Randall Seward, 86, Whitewater, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Kieth was born on August 19, 1933 in Williamsfield, IL to William and Myrtle (Morgan) Seward. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois. On September 3, 1960 he married Elisabeth Therese Ulbert. Kieth worked for Wisconsin Power and Light, Swiss Colony, Avonmore and Bytec. He served in the US Marine Corps. He served the Monroe, WI community as President of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and United Fund, and as New Glarus Town Chair for 10 years.. Kieth enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years Elisabeth, Whitewater; children Christopher (Carla) Seward, Mary (Michael Ebsen) Trelstad, Beth (Dan) Bowie, Daniel (Cheryl) Seward, Michael (Chauncey Dunn) Seward, Nicholas (Mike Horan) Seward; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister Joyce Hudson. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Elaine, Iolene and Barbara; brother Claire.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater with burial to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Palmyra, WI. The family would like to thank the staff at Rainbow Hospice for their loving care. As an expression of sympathy you may wish to consider memorials to Rainbow Hospice or to the Carbone Cancer Center- UW-Wisconsin.

Online condolences may be made through Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, by visiting

Larry G. Pechous, 62, Whitewater, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Larry was born on March 23, 1958 to George and Beverly (Gumz) Pechous. They moved to Whitewater when he was 3 years old where he grew up on the family farm. Larry spent 40 years working at Weilers/Provisur in Whitewater as a machinist. He always enjoyed his hunting and fishing. Larry also liked riding his Harley and moped through the country.

He is survived by his wife Sherry; mother Beverly; his children Brandon (Molly), Tyler (Katie), Kenzie (Jordan), and Randy; his grandchildren Kaleb, Emma, Bria, Braelynn; brothers, sisters and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father George and brother-in-law Steven.

A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Kenneth Roger Heckert, 87, of Elkhorn, passed away peacefully on Mon., April 6, 2020

Kenneth Roger Heckert, 87, of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 6, 2020. Kenneth (Ken or Kenny as those who knew him would refer) was born to Elmer and Althea Heckert in Elkhorn, WI on December 23, 1932. He graduated from Antigo High School in 1951 and played semi-professional football for the Merrill Foxes for a few years and then enlisted in the Air Force. He is survived by his loving wife Janet (Jansen) of 62 years, sons Bret (Kris) of Smyrna, TN, Mark (Karen Phillips) of Elkhorn, WI, and Kevin (Sally) of Whitewater, WI. Aside from being a wonderful father to his sons, Ken was also an amazing Grandpa and Great Grandpa to Justin (Melissa), Kendyl and Kiersten Kreuziger, Logan (Whitney), Maverick, Troy, Emily, Allison, Meredith, Clare and Liam Heckert. Ken will also be survived by another Great Grandchild to be born in October. He is further survived by sisters Shirley Zalewski (Green Bay, WI) and Laura Fleming (South Beloit, IL), sister-in-law Mary (Tyke) Rice (Sun City, AZ) and brother-in-law Don (Darlene) Jansen (Whitewater, WI) and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and brother Russell (Carol) Heckert and a sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to everyone. He was best known for his bright smile, funny jokes, old stories and infectious laugh. Ken loved sports, especially football and college basketball. He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger fan.

Ken proudly served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He was an Air Traffic Controller with the AACS Squadron during the Korean War. His last day of service was December 14, 1955 where he left Otis Air Force Base, MA. He returned from active duty and met his beautiful future wife. Ken and Janet were married on October 24, 1957 in Elkhorn where they raised their sons. Ken worked for A.O. Smith Harvester in Elkhorn and the last few years of his career in DeKalb, IL. He retired from AO Smith in 1991. In 2018, Ken had the extreme privilege to be part of the Vets Roll project on a four day bus trip. They visited numerous locations including the US Air Force Museum, Korean War Memorial and then to Washington D.C.

When he wasn’t working, Ken enjoyed working on small engines, gardening, fishing, hunting, attending his sons’, grandchildrens’ and great grandchildrens’ many sporting events, school/church activities and the occasional round of golf with his buddies. He loved getting together with friends for breakfasts at Elizabeth’s Café (Delavan WI) and Friday fish fry’s at Tubby’s (Elkhorn WI) or card games at home. Ken could often be found on his homemade lawn roller around town rolling lawns and roto-tilling gardens in the spring. When he wasn’t using it as a lawn roller, Ken and Janet could be found in many local parades with the roller converted into the “Flintmobile” as Fred and Wilma Flintstone. He loved seeing the smiles on faces of people as they rolled down the parade route and hearing his “Yab-ba-dab-a-doo!” Ken was an active member of United Church of Christ (Elkhorn WI) where he faithfully served the Lord as a Church Trustee, maintenance and yard crew member along any other odd jobs. He enjoyed sitting outside in his lawn chair after a long day of work sipping on an ice cold Old Milwaukee, playing ball with his sons’ English Springer Spaniels, petting his Miniature Schnauzers over the years (Cricket, Holly and Lilly) and watching the birds. He enjoyed deer camp in Waupaca with his brother-in-law (Stan Zalewski), sons and nephews. He also enjoyed spending time in Readstown, WI on the back porch of friends Ray and Jeanine Hummel. This was one of his favorite places to have a cocktail or two and take in all of Mother Nature’s “million dollar views.” Ken was always there to help relatives and friends with household projects, fixing yard equipment and many other things. Ken was loved dearly by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Ken’s family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Vintage on the Pond (Delavan WI) who cared dearly for Ken over the last few years and especially during his final days. They would also like to thank Pastor Scott McLeod, Dr. Fehling and the Cardiology teams of St. Luke’s Hospital, Lakeland Hospital and Aurora Healthcare. He passed away knowing he was loved by many. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Haase Lockwood Funeral Home and Crematory for being very accommodating and understanding during this difficult time. A Celebration of Life and Burial with military honors will be held at a later date due to the Safer at Home orders.

Memorials can be made in Ken’s name to the Vets Roll project. Donations can be made online at or via mail to:, c/o Finnegans’ RV, 1777 Gardner Street, South Beloit, IL 61080.

David Arthur McComb, 63, Whitewater, lost his life on Mon., April 6, 2020 in an accident while doing what he loved

David Arthur McComb, 63, Whitewater, lost his life in an accident while doing what he loved; working on the farm while listening to music on his headphones.

David was born on October 2, 1956 in Pittsburgh, PA to Arthur and Vera (Lynd) McComb. He served his country in the United States Coast Guard and later received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from Penn State University. David married Barbara Jane Arnold on April 28, 1984 in Bethlehem, PA. He and Barb moved to Whitewater in 1988 to live on the Lynd family farm. David worked for Associated Spring Company in Milwaukee for 23 years. Of the many projects he was involved in, the making of springs for the Mars rover and the Webb Space Telescope were the most notable. He and Barb owned and operated Amramp of SE Wisconsin since 2016. David enjoyed running Amramp and helping others to maintain their independence. He is remembered by his family for his strong family values, smile, love of laughter and his quiet manner. He was a wonderful example of father and husband to all the men in the family.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barb, Whitewater; children Tom McComb, Whitewater, Libby McComb, Elkhorn; Brothers Donald McComb, Whitewater, Scott (Cathy) McComb, Chugiak, Alaska, Jay (Kim) McComb, Hendersonville, TN, Mark (Autumn) McComb, Whitewater; special friends Ken and Karen Foye (Portsmouth, NH), Ken Latzko and Louise Rheem (Carmel,NY); 21 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private graveside service with military honors will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater. A celebration of David’s life will be held on the family farm later in the fall. The family would like to thank the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Whitewater Rescue Squad for their service.

He will be missed!

Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater is assisting the family.

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Carol A. Ott, 66, of Whitewater, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at her home

Carol A. Ott, 66, of Whitewater, WI, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at her home.  Carol was born on March 6, 1954 to the late Eugene and Dorothy (Pollock) Robbins.  She was a 1972 graduate of Whitewater High School and then attended Blackhawk Technical College and received an Associate’s Degree in Food Science.  On December 2, 1972 in Fort Atkinson, WI, Carol married Roger Ott.  She worked for many years in Jefferson at the Tyson Food Plant.  She also worked in the Purina Plant and most recently at Nasco.  Carol loved to go deer hunting, garden, ride motorcycles, sew and was a classic car enthusiast. 

Carol is survived by her loving husband, Roger Ott, son: Levi (Sarah) Ott and their son, Vallyn; brothers: Eugene and Dale Robbins; sister: Kathy Knaack; 2 brothers-in-law, 2 sisters-in-law, 5 nieces, 5 nephews, and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a niece, Christine Robbins.

A private family burial will take place.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton are assisting the family with arrangements.

Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton

Wallace Merle Robeson died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Fairhaven

Wallace Merle Robeson

November 24, 1930 – March 21, 2020

Wallace Merle Robeson died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday March 21, 2020, at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Wallace, known as Wally to all, was the only child of Paul D. and Mary (Doubleday) Robeson, born on November 24, 1930 at home in Bradford Township, Rock County, Wisconsin.

Wally studied in one-room country schools and graduated from Clinton High School in the class of 1948. He attended Milton College for three semesters and after completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Science Education, Wally graduated from Wisconsin State College in 1952. He served as a student pastor of the Methodist churches in Jasper and Trosky, Minnesota for one school year.

In August, 1953, Wally and twenty other collogues sailed for Turkey. Wally’s assignment was to Tarsus American College (TAC), a secondary boarding school for boys in Tarsus, Turkey, the hometown of St. Paul, the apostle. Wally taught classes in health, general math, chemistry, biology, bookkeeping, and was school treasurer during his three years there.

Wally met Ruth C. Sowter at an annual meeting between board schools in Istanbul, Turkey. After a short courtship by letter, they married on June 13, 1955 in Izmir, Turkey. In 1956, Wally and Ruth returned to the United States where Wally enrolled in the Graduate School of Theology at Oberlin College in Ohio. Ruth worked in her librarian profession while earning her PHT (Putting Hubby Through). Wally was awarded his Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1960.

The couple were given career appointments to the Near East Mission by the United Church Board for World Ministries and returned to Turkey in August 1960. From 1960 to 1965 they lived in Izmir where Wally was the business manager of the school. In December, 1961 they welcomed to the world their one and only daughter who was the light of their lives. From 1965 to 1966, Wally was the principal of a boarding middle school in Talas, a small town in central Anatolia. Much to his dismay, he was forced to close the school in 1966 due to a lack of funds. For the next year, the family lived in Madison, Wisconsin where Wally earned his Masters of Administration in Secondary Education.

Wally spent the majority of his career as the principal of TAC from 1967 to 1988. He touched the lives of many through his years of service. He taught his students the importance of being individuals and worked hard to raise independent thinkers. Many of Wally’s students went on to become prominent businessmen, doctors, CEO’s, and politicians in Turkey. Wally and Ruth opened their home to international teachers to make them feel at home and were like parents to the students whose families were far away. Wally and Ruth retired to Fairhaven Retirement Community in 1996.

Wally is survived by his daughter, Mary Heather (Dogan Satir); three granddaughters: Ayse Celik (Ural Celik), Zeynep Goktepe, and Ipek Goktepe; Troy Marinkovic who was like a grandson; and his pride and joy Aria Celik, his beloved great granddaughter; he is also survived by many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Ruth. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Barbara Anne Roth Hill, 85, was called to Heaven and died peacefully on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Barbara Anne Roth Hill

June 3, 1934 — March 22, 2020

Barbara Anne Roth Hill, 85, was called to Heaven and died peacefully on Sunday, March 22, 2020. After battling kidney disease for many years, Barb is finally at rest. She was a loving wife for 64 years to Charlie “Chas” Hill, wonderful mother to Steve and Lori Hill, Sheryl and Keith Brunette, and Sarah and Bob Geisthardt, devoted “Grandma” to Stephen, Matty and Coley, Nick and Kena, Jackie and Jereme, Jon and Ally, Mikey and Hope, Steph, and Anna, and loving ‘Grandma Grandma’ to Max, Maya, Brody, Emi, Liam, Eva, Allie, Ryan, Charlie, Tommy, Madeline, Henry and Calvin.

Besides husband Charlie, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Barbara is survived by brother Charlie Roth and Anna, and sisters-in-law Margaret ‘Peggy’ Simons and Karen Lee as well as beloved and special nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Silas Martin Roth and Sarah Eleanor Moore Roth; mother-in-law and father-in-law Mildred and Neal Hill; brothers Martin and wife Ardis, John and wife Bonita, Sam and wife Romelle, and Paul A. Roth; sister Rosemary Hadrath and husband Sterling “Bud” Hadrath; sister-in law Dorothy Frutiger and husband Richard Frutiger; and brother-in-law Richard Simons.

Barbara was born in Mauston on June 3, 1934, where she attended and graduated from Mauston High School. Upon graduation, Barbara went to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she earned her degree in education and later her master’s in special education. Barb was a dedicated Warhawk! Barb taught in the Edgerton, Mauston, Whitewater and Waukesha school districts and was a dedicated teacher for many years before retiring. She was also an active member of the Whitewater Jaycettes and was even elected state president of the Wisconsin Jaycettes.

Barb loved entertaining guests and family with delicious meals and activities such as the yearly game dinner and annual Easter egg hunt. Later, nearing retirement, Barb and Charlie bought, remodeled and rebuilt a lovely cottage on Wheeler Lake in Lakewood, Wisconsin. They made sure there was plenty of room for their ever-growing family, since the family was at the center of Barbara and Charlie’s lives. Upon retirement, Barb and Charlie traveled the 3 1/2 hours to Lakewood countless weekends as well as attending family sporting events and various family activities in between.

“Grandma Grandma” put family first and was happiest when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were around!

She was the organizer and the center of many, many family gatherings and events through the years. She was the glue in our family and will be greatly missed.

Our family would like to thank DaVita Dialysis Center in Waukesha, Brookfield Rehabilitation Center and Summit Woods Senior Housing for their kind and loving care of Barbara. A celebration of Barbara’s life will take place at a later date, yet to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Barb’s memory are appreciated to the family to be designated to a charity at a later time.