Obituaries

Wed
12
Nov

Richard Nelson

Richard “Lefty” Nelson, age 98, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Nov. 6, with his family by his side.  He was born on Oct. 25, 1916, in Stoughton to Helmer and Minnie (Hermanson) Nelson. 

He married Arlene Strommen on March 28, 1938, and they were married for 66 years. 

Richard and Arlene farmed in the town of Dunn for 60 years until his retirement.  They raised tobacco and had dairy, beef, chickens and pigs.  He took great pride in his farm. 

Richard was a pitcher on the Stoughton Home Talent baseball team, and they won the pennant in 1945.  

Wed
05
Nov

Ila E. Schultz

Ila E. Schultz, age 78 of Black Earth, died on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. 

She was born Oct. 25, 1936, in Vermont Township to Orlando and Esther (Gunhus) Bakken.

She was united in marriage to John “Jack” Schultz on Jan. 20, 1955, in Mazomanie. Ila took great care of Jack in his later years with his illness. Jack preceded her in death on July 27, 2013.

She was a day care provider in Black Earth for 18 years. She also worked for Black Earth Grade School as a lunch server for 17 years.

She is survived by her children, Steve (Carolyn) Schultz, John (Jackie) Schultz, Susie (Rodney) Loger, Phil (Jane) Schultz, Bret (Amy) Schultz, Sheila (Roy) Maier and Sandi (Tim) Salava; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren;  her sister, Donna (Neil) Moldenhauer; special friends, Terese Batz, Paulette and Neil Glunn; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Wed
05
Nov

Joni Harvey

Joni Lynn Harvey, age 59, of Stoughton, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.

She was born in Stoughton, Aug. 14, 1955, the daughter of Morris and Viola Hanson.  

Joni was a talented pianist, created lovely crafts, treasured her pets and still continued her education, graduating from Patricia Stevens College.

Joni worked in a variety of fields.

She moved to Baltimore, Maryland after her marriage to Robert (Bob) Lee Abrams.

Joni had two sons with Bob, Brian and Brandon.

Joni returned to Stoughton after the death of her husband, Bob, reuniting with her long time friend and High School sweetheart, Wayne C. Harvey. They married in 2005 and settled in Stoughton.

Wed
05
Nov

Eugene Crisman

Eugene E. Crisman, of rural McFarland,  passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Gene (also known to his friends as Cris) was born to Fred and Blanche (Harris) Crisman, on Aug. 21, 1929, in Richland Center but soon moved west with his family.

They lived briefly in South Dakota and then bought a ranch near Sundance, Wyo., where they settled permanently and where Gene grew up, working the ranch with his father.

He attended a country school and then high school in Sundance, riding his beloved horse, Rex, to town through the snowdrifts in winter when the roads became impassable for vehicles. He spent his junior year of high school in Richland Center, where he met the girl he would later marry, and returned to Sundance for his senior year, graduating in 1947. 

Wed
05
Nov

Robert D. Stenjem

Robert D. Stenjem, age 75, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 30, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 30, 1939 in Stoughton, WI, son of Herbert and Vernel (Lund) Stenjem.

Robert was a lifelong resident of the Stoughton area. He worked as a heavy equipment operator in road construction for many years. He was a member of the Operating Engineers, Local 139.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great granddaughter.  Robert loved going to the midget races, visiting with friends, including those he had breakfast with at Nora’s, and trips to Arizona with his cousin Lowell.

Wed
05
Nov

Douglas L. Jones

Douglas L. Jones, age 92, a resident of Stoughton for 11 years, passed peacefully in his sleep Oct. 28. Doug was the fourth of five children born in Silverton, Ore. to parents Charles Fredrick Jones and Clara Van Voorhees Feb. 18, 1922.

He attended public schools in Salem and Taft, Ore. As a high school student, he was a member of the US National Guard and was mobilized for active duty in December of 1941.

Doug spent five years in the U.S. Army, saw 36 months of action in the Pacific and was granted an Honorable Discharge as Sergeant.

Doug returned to Oregon and worked four decades as an electrical lineman with Portland General Electric Company, a career he dearly loved, until retirement at 65.

Wed
05
Nov

Ralph A. Kuntz

Ralph A. Kuntz, age 64, of Stoughton, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at his home. He was born Nov. 1, 1949, in Mitchell, S.D., the son of Raymond and Ruth (Putzke) Kuntz.

He married Tammy Leopold on Sept. 27, 1986, in Evansville.

Ralph was a former employee of Zalk Joseph Fabricators and Stoughton Hospital.

He loved astrology and enjoyed fishing, target-shooting, hunting, golf, the Green Bay Packers and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy; children, Shawn (Samanthia) Kuntz, Steve Kuntz, Christina Kuntz and Jennifer Kuntz (David Wentela); grandchildren, Ryan and Kaleigh Kuntz; brothers, Raymond (Christine) Kuntz and Rex (Ellen) Kuntz; and best friend, Dave (Peggy) Harvey.

Fri
31
Oct

Ila Schultz

Ila E. Schultz, age 78 of Black Earth, died on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. 

 

She was born Oct. 25, 1936, in Vermont Township to Orlando and Esther (Gunhus) Bakken.

 

Wed
22
Oct

Carl V. Anderson

Carl V. Andersen, age 86, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 15, surrounded by his family. He was born on June 2, 1928, in Rutland, the son of Victor and Alta Andersen. 

He married Betty Stone on June 7, 1952 in Oregon.

Carl farmed in the Town of Rutland until 1956. After farming, the family moved to Stoughton where he worked for the streets department for five years and then for the Dane County Highway Department until his retirement.

He was an avid Badger, Packer, and Brewer fan. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren at their events.

Wed
22
Oct

Sheri L. Nelson

Sheri L. Nelson (nee Smithback) , age 55, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, Oct. 7, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on Jan. 25, 1959, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Jon and Lillian (Armendarez) Smithback. 

Sheri graduated from Stoughton High School.

She was a waitress at Koffee Kup in Stoughton until her illness. She enjoyed her cats, Cleo and Miss Kitty, and traveling up north to Phillips for camping. The greatest joy was spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.

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