Obituaries

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Sep

Lillian M. Lenz

Lillian M. Lenz, a longtime resident of Cambridge, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at Mount Olivet Home in Minneapolis, Minn.  

She was born in Stoughton on Jan. 3, 1927, the daughter of Andrew and Corrine Severson.

Lillian loved the rural farm life growing up in the Stoughton area.  She was particularly fond of her horses. Lillian was a 4-H participant and attended Stoughton High School where she was an active member of the Drama Club.  

During the war Lillian worked as a telephone operator in Madison. She worked as a teacher assistant in the Cambridge Elementary Schools for 31 years where she impacted the lives of many students and staff. She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church.

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Sep

Dorothy Mae Brannon

Dorothy Mae Brannon, 88, of St. Brides Road, West, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Chesapeake.

Dorothy was born March 3, 1926, in Milwaukee to the late Mabel Erdall. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Lawrence, Iver, George, Peter, Ole and Ernest Wersland, Myrtle Berge, Ina Havey, Lillian Wersland and Marie Jerdee. She retired from Chesapeake Regional Medical Center as the Assistant Director of Housekeeping. She was an avid gardener and doting grandmother who had a smile that would light up any room.

Left to cherish her memory is her son, Kenneth Dale Brannon and wife Martha; two granddaughters, Kris Brannon France and husband Tim, Kathy Johnson and husband Jonathan; five great-grandchildren, Brian and Jason France, Kynzie, Seth and Tyus Johnson and was the "adopted" great-grandmother to Candice and Danielle Smith, Cole and Courtney Emmons.

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Sep

Jon Alan Tondryk

Jon Alan Tondryk, resident of Stoughton, died from small cell carcinoma on Sept. 4, 2014. Jon was born Jan. 22, 1951, to the late Joseph Adam Tondryk and Lucille Lillian Joshua, in Milwaukee. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point with a BA in Psychology/Sociology. After graduating, Jon lived in Bay View while helping his Dad run Bay View Printing. After that, he worked for the State of Wisconsin for 30 years. At first, he was a Manpower Specialist in Rhinelander, helping the unemployed find jobs. Later he served as Veterans’ Assistant, and then moved to Central Office in Madison as an Information/Tech Specialist doing statewide training in computer reporting systems for Welfare Assistance Programs. His last post before he retired was Systems Leader for computer reporting systems for job programs.

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17
Sep

Robert R. Halverson

Bob “Beaner” Halverson, age 92, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

He is survived by son, Jack of Stoughton; daughter-in-law, Nancy of Ashland, Ore.; son, Jay (Karen) of Sanibel, Fla.; grandchildren, Jeff, Lori, Dan, Maia, Jacob, Kari, Emma and Samuel; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Daniel, Abbigail, Heidi, Lillian and Finley; brother, William “Bud” of Stoughton; and a bunch of great cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Stoughton United Methodist Church, 525 Lincoln Ave. Friends and relatives are invited to a  luncheon immediately following the services, in the church fellowship hall. Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Monday at church. Memorials may be made to the Stoughton Senior Center. Please share your memories at: CressFuneralService.com.

Cress Funeral Service
206 W. Prospect Street
Stoughton, WI  53589
873-9244

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17
Sep

Vera J. Harried

Vera J. Harried, born Oct. 15, 1915 in Minong Wis., passed away on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.  She was the daughter of John and Lucy (Richard) Flattem.  On Nov. 21, 1933, she married Truman Harried, Sr. He preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 1986.

Vera is survived by seven children, Marjorie (Herman) Knoy of Athens Tenn., Truman (Sally) of Stoughton, Hjalmer (Loraine) of McFarland, Robert (Marleen) Somerset, Frederick (Eva) Capitola, Calif.,  Douglas (Sharon) Trenton, Ill. Richard (Barbara), Stoughton.  

She is also survived by twenty-three grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, three step grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  Vera is also survived by a sister Marion Blabaum and a brother Donald Flattem.  

Thu
11
Sep

Carrie L. Bjordahl

Carrie L. Bjordahl, age 34, of Stoughton, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at her residence in Stoughton. She was born on Jan. 11, 1980, in Stoughton, the daughter of Richard and Nancee (Ward) Bjordahl.

Carrie attended Stoughton High School and MATC, graduating with a degree in nursing.

She is survived by her parents; brothers, Dan (Sally) Bjordahl, Chris (Ann) Bjordahl and Andy (Jacqui) Bjordahl; sister, Becky (Jim) Heisig; and 11 nieces and nephews along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Carrie was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Russell and Janet Ward and paternal grandmother, Pearl Bjordahl.

Private family services will be held with burial at Lutheran South Cemetary at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carrie’s memory are suggested to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com.

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11
Sep

Elaine E. Wickline

Elaine E. Wickline of Stoughton, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. She was born on Jan. 20, 1931, in Sauk City, the daughter of Milton and Esther (Hoppe) Meyer.

Elaine was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church in Stoughton and a member of Honey Creek Church in Sauk Prairie. Elaine retired from GM and was very involved in United Auto Workers (UAW). She was an avid bowler, enjoyed needle point and euchre and grew flower gardens. Some of Elaine’s happiest times were family gatherings at her sister, Eunice’s, home in Lake Kegonsa to ski and picnic.

Elaine is survived by her children, Joan (Dennis)Trinrud of Madison, Jim Wickline of Cottage Grove and Jeff (Lisa) Wickline of Madison; grandchildren, Billy Brightenstein, Garrett Trinrud, Todd and Jamie Wersland and Lacy Wickline; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Eunice Kriedeman.

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11
Sep

Diana Lynne (Swenson) Printiss

Diana Lynne (Swenson) Printiss, born Aug. 23, 1958, passed away at home in Gulf Breeze, Fla. on Aug. 9, 2014, at the age of 55. She had battled cancer for over 13 years. Diana fought courageously and defied the odds that her doctors gave her time and time again. Regardless of what she was going through, her focus and concern was always on those around her and never herself. For such a small package, she was a true Warrior and rarely let on the depths of the suffering that her cancer and treatments brought her. She finished her fight with grace and composure at her home, just as she had hoped to.

Diana is preceded in death by her father, Dean Swenson; her maternal grandparents, Gerhard and Ruth Kittleson; and her paternal grandparents, Ernest and Mary Belle Swenson.

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11
Sep

Anthony E. “Tony” Totleben

Anthony E. “Tony” Totleben, age 83 of Manteno died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at his home. He was born March 4, 1931, in Chicago to Alexander and Marie Jannotta Totleben. He married Virgene “Chris” Christensen on July 6, 1952, in Ft. Worth, Texas. She died on Aug. 17, 1993. He married Sharon Leathers on Sept. 1, 1994, in Las Vegas, Nev.  

He was retired as an Appliance Service Manager for Sears 1956 to 1988. He was a veteran of the Air Force. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and was an avid reader, enjoyed travelling and loved cruises. He was also a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and Chicago Bears fan.

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11
Sep

Merton E. “Mert” Graffin

Merton E. “Mert” Graffin, age 73 of Stoughton/Cottage Grove, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at his home. He was born on Aug. 7, 1941, in Deerfield, the son of Milo and Merlyn (Emerson) Graffin. Mert was united in marriage to Corrine Schmidt in 1961.

Mert would want to be remembered for his love of family, friends and farming, and that he enjoyed raising tobacco. He was employed at Uniroyal, retiring from there after 40 years of employment.

Mert is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Marvin) Tanner; son, Brian (Sarah) Graffin; grandchildren, Alec and Dana; stepgrandchildren, Jessica and Josh; stepgreat-grandchild, Bryce; sister, Myrna (Paul) Viney; brother, Jerry (Laura) Graffin; and many nieces and nephews.

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