Obituaries

Wed
16
Apr

Janice M. Skube

Janice M. Skube, age 46, died unexpectedly the morning of Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in her home in Stoughton. She was born in Lakewood, Ohio on Nov. 18, 1967.

Jan came to Madison to attend graduate school and received an MA in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1996. She married Jim Wildeman on Sept 10, 2000, and together they settled in Stoughton in 2003. She worked in several libraries in the area including Madison, Sun Prairie and Stoughton.

She enjoyed hosting parties, riding horses and was continually working on her tennis game. Friends enjoyed sharing her wry sense of humor, keen intelligence and her fabulous food. She brought style, beauty and elegance to everything she did. Jan was deeply loved by her friends and family and will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband Jim Wildeman, sisters Marybeth Moore, Karen Denise Skube and Debora Lynn Skube Antos; neices Elizabeth Dodson Moore and LeeAnn Rose Shea; and a nephew, David Moore.

Wed
16
Apr

Arthur Sveum

Arthur Sveum, 94, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2014, at his home.

Art was born in Stoughton on Nov. 15, 1919, the son of Oscar and Mabel Sveum. He graduated from Stoughton High School and Madison Business College before serving in the Army during both World War II and the Korean War.  

When he returned to Stoughton, he married Irene Seamonson on Nov. 25, 1945.  They made their home in Stoughton where they raised their children and were active in Covenant Lutheran Church.

Wed
16
Apr

Susan Jean Gundlach

Susan Jean Gundlach, age 71, of Stoughton, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare. She was born on July 19, 1942, in Madison, the daughter of Charles and Lorayne (Jenson) Smythe.

Susan Smythe married Harold “Tommy” Gundlach on Dec. 19,, 1967, in Madison. She retired from American Family Insurance, after 20 years, in 2009. Following her retirement she volunteered weekly at the Stoughton Senior Center. She enjoyed spending time with her nine grandchildren and her dog Ben.

Susan is survived by six children, Steven (Jill Schwarze-Gundlach) Gundlach, Dichelle Gundlach, Lisa (Ron Anderson) Gundlach, David (Lisa) Gundlach, Tracy (JR) Szabo and Shannon (Scott) Davison; eight grandchildren, Erika, Alexia, Jake, Morgan, Gwen, Henry, Maggie, Lily; mother, Lorayne; sister, Stef Murray; brother, Jon (Rosanne) Smythe; sister, Kim Smythe; along with many nieces and nephews.

Wed
16
Apr

Clarence A. Johnson

Clarence A. Johnson, age 78, of Stoughton, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Madison Veterans’ Hospital. He was born on Feb. 20, 1936, in Stoughton, the son of Clarence and Adeline (Halverson) Johnson. Clarence was united in marriage to Delores Mellor on July 9, 1960, in Stoughton. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959. Clarence worked at the Shoe Factory in Edgerton, and then went to work for Uniroyal for 44 years, retiring in 1997. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tractor pulls and golfing. Clarence was a master of many trades (he could fix anything), and was a passionate Massey-Harris collector.

Fri
11
Apr

James C. McGrogan

James C. McGrogan, age 39 of Chesterton, Ind., passed away in Eagle County, Colo. He was born on Nov. 11, 1974, in Valparaiso, Ind., to William J. and Arlene J. (Nover) McGrogan, who survive of Porter, Ind.  

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Welsh, and children, David and Alaina McGrogan of Chesterton, Ind.

Jim was an Emergency Medicine Physician from 2006 to 2013 with Southern Wisconsin Emergency Associates in Janesville. In 2013 Jim and Sharon returned to Chesterton, Ind., to be closer to their families and Jim joined Valley Emergency Physicians in Mishawaka, Ind. Jim was a devoted husband and father who loved his wife and children and who was in turn loved by them. He will be greatly missed.

Thu
10
Apr

Janice A. “Jan” Laumann

Janice A. “Jan” Laumann, age 71, of Stoughton, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was born on Dec. 6, 1942, in Milwaukee, where she was raised by her parents, Michael and Drusilla Bahr. Jan was united in marriage to Dennis J. Laumann on June 28, 1975.

She was a bookkeeper for many years at the churches where she was a member. Jan was a passionate golfer and bowler, and longtime member of the Stoughton Country Club. She loved being with family and friends and was a devoted fan of the Badgers and Packers. Jan also enjoyed traveling and cruising.

Jan is survived by her daughter, Michelle Laumann; step-son, David (Denise) Laumann; two grandchildren, Conor and Kirsten; and two brothers, Ken (Betty) Bahr and Lee Bahr. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis; and her parents.  

Thu
10
Apr

Herman W. Theiler

Herman W. Theiler, age 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation, with his family at his side. He was born in New Glarus on March 13, 1923, to Swiss immigrants Fred and Freida (Hugli) Theiler.

Herman graduated from New Glarus High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country during WWII on the U.S.S. Enterprise. On Nov. 17, 1946, Herman married Pauline Horner at the Blanchardville Methodist Church. They settled in Stoughton in 1948, and became members of Stoughton United Methodist Church. Herman retired after 30 years of service to Seybold Floor Coverings. He was a life member of the Stoughton VFW Post 328, member of Stoughton American Legion Post 59, and longtime member of the Kegonsa Masonic Lodge #73 of Stoughton.

Thu
03
Apr

Susan “Jill” Schutz

Susan “Jill” Schutz passed away peacefully at Rest Haven Nursing Home on Thursday, March 28. She was born on Nov. 5, 1943, in Salt Lake City to Dr. Weston Schutz and Jeanne McKown. She attended UW-Oshkosh where she received her master’s degree in special education. She taught for over 30 years and spent her last 16 years of teaching at Stoughton High School.

Jill was a teacher by nature and occupation and always went above and beyond to help her students succeed. Jill was also an avid nature lover and could often be found working on her garden or making sure the local wildlife were well taken care of.  

She is survived by her daughter, Bridget Schutz-Ducklow, who she always supported and pushed to follow her passions. She is also survived by her sisters Mary Pederson, Debbie Sachen, and Judy Weso, and her brothers David Schutz and Paul Schutz.

Thu
13
Mar

Frances K. Paolo

Frances K. Paolo, age 95, of Cottage Grove, passed away with family by her side on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was born on Jan. 23, 1919, in Dodgeville, Mich., the daughter of Frank and Mary (Chop) Vukonich.

Frances was first united in marriage with Nathan Martin and then Tony Paolo. She loved cooking, baking, and going through recipe books. Frances also loved canning and enjoyed crocheting and knitting.

While married, she enjoyed traveling and visiting family and friends. She was also a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary in Hibbing, Minn.

Frances is survived by a niece, Carol “Sparky” Huck; great-nieces and a great-nephew.

She was preceded in death by her first and second husband; sisters; brothers; and her beloved dog, Mickey.

Thu
13
Mar

Shirley Ann Thorsen

Shirley Ann Thorsen, age 67, passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare. She was born on Oct. 18, 1946, in Bemidji, Minn., the daughter of Wayne and Viola Derby.

Shirley was a longtime hairdresser in Stoughton and she touched many people’s lives. She enjoyed going to Vegas with her husband Leo and spending time with her sons at Camp Randall Stadium.

Shirley loved to watch the Packers, Badgers, NASCAR, and spending time with her grandkids.

Shirley is survived by her husband Leo, her mother Vi, five sons Michael (Susie) of De Pere, Christopher (April) of Oregon, Aaron, Jasen, Dorian and her daughter Becky (Craig) of Stoughton. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Austen, Kaley, Laken, Jacob, Gage, and Jacob; and three sisters, Sharon (Neil) Lewis, Bonnie (Garen) Emrick and Donna (Tom) Phillips.
She was preceded in death by her father Wayne.

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