Obituaries

Thu
29
Jan

John Ralph Buechner

John Ralph Buechner, age 50, from Stoughton, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. John was born on May 22, 1964, in Sturgeon Bay. He married Lisa (Luft) Buechner on June 6, 1987. 

John and Lisa were together for more than 30 years and married for 27 years. John was a charismatic, social man who loved his toys. His love of snowmobiles, dirt bikes and motorcycles will be remembered by all. John was an active member of the Madison Motorcycle Club and was an expert rider. All who knew John enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor and generous nature. 

John was the owner of Badger Blade and Chain and previously worked in construction. John was an organ donor and through his selflessness, six lives were changed in a single night. In keeping with the way he lived, his spirit lives on now within those people. 

Thu
29
Jan

Otho “Jeff” Foote

Otho “Jeff” Foote, age 51, passed away on Jan. 23, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Dec. 1, 1963, in Madison, the son of Robert and Barbara (Bonner) Foote.

Jeff was a very dedicated roofer. He lived life without excuses and enjoyed spending his time around his job. Jeff was also a car enthusiast, whether it be fixing them or watching NASCAR. He also enjoyed X-Games and football. A dream of his was to become a guitarist. Jeff loved to be social and to try keep people happy and always having fun. He will be deeply missed by his family.

Jeff is survived by his mom, Barbara; son, Tyler Foote; daughter, Lauran Foote; brothers, Rob and Jamie (Tanya); sister, Marcia; and stepbrothers, Bill and Bob.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert.

Thu
29
Jan

Anna Schulz

Anna Schulz, age 101, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Stoughton Hospital. She was born on April 5, 1913, to Kristian and Johanna (Lien) Elvekrog. Anna married Clarence Schulz on Feb. 10, 1937, at her parents’ home. They farmed together until he passed away in 1998.  

She was known for her baking, especially her rolls, krumkaka and divinity. Anna moved to Rosewood Apartments in Stoughton after Clarence passed away and enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She enjoyed visiting Norway.  

Wed
21
Jan

Lois R. Gilbertson

Lois R. Gilbertson, age 73, of Stoughton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at St. Mary’s Care Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1941, in Madison, the daughter of Rodney and Erna (Quamme) Ellestad. Lois attended East Madison High School and graduated in 1959. 

She married David Gilbertson on Sept. 2, 1972, in Madison. Lois was employed at Anchor Savings and Loan. She was a longtime member of West Koshkonong Lutheran Church. 

Lois enjoyed playing cards, watching TV and laughing and sharing stories with family and friends. She also enjoyed babysitting her nieces and nephews, and although she didn’t have children of her own, she considered her nieces and nephews her own. 

Thu
15
Jan

Lois R. Gilbertson

Lois R. Gilbertson, age 73, of Stoughton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at St. Mary’s Care Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1941, in Madison, the daughter of Rodney and Erna (Quamme) Ellestad. Lois attended East Madison High School and graduated in 1959.

She married David Gilbertson on Sept. 2, 1972, in Madison. Lois was employed at Anchor Savings and Loan. She was a longtime member of West Koshkonong Lutheran Church.

Lois enjoyed playing cards, watching TV and laughing and sharing stories with family and friends. She also enjoyed babysitting her nieces and nephews, and although she didn’t have children of her own, she considered her nieces and nephews her own.

Wed
14
Jan

Rae Skibrek Ladd

Rae Skibrek Ladd, age 95, passed away on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at the Agrace HospiceCare Center. She was born in the parsonage in Stoughton (now the Stoughton Museum) on Feb. 18, 1919, the daughter of Claude and Ada Skibrek. Her parents owned and operated Ski’s for 36 years, where Rae worked once she was tall enough to see over the counter. 

She attended Stoughton Schools and graduated from UW-Whitewater with a teaching degree. Rae taught fifth grade in Waukesha and Madison. 

In 1949 she married Ludwig Ladd at the home of Royal and Beulah Ladd in Edgerton. Rae was a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star. 

Wed
07
Jan

Olga Aaberg

Olga Aaberg, age 92, passed away on Jan. 3, 2015, at Meriter Hospital. She was born on Sept. 14, 1922, in Stoughton, the daughter of Erik and Gertrude (Yttri) Anderson. She married Lloyd Aaberg on May 16, 1942.

Olga was born and raised in the Stoughton area. In her early years she raised 15 children on a dairy farm. She enjoyed quilting, canning, cooking, and gardening throughout the years. For anyone who knows mom, they know she loved her jewelry, gambling, listening to music, and all of her friendships.

Wed
07
Jan

Joan Edith (Moxley) Krause

Joan Edith (Moxley) Krause, age 89, of Stoughton, and formerly of Pinehurst, N.C., and Middleton, Mass., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Stoughton Hospital.

She was born on July 31, 1925, in Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Frank Moxley and Mary McFadden.

Joan was born on the prairie of western Canada, and grew up in Le Pas, Manitoba. She completed a bachelor’s degree in commerce from University of Winnipeg and worked for the Canadian National Railroad in Montreal, Quebec. 

There, she met the love of her life, Paul Krause, a native New Yorker. They married on June 1, 1959, in Laramie, Wyo., en route to relocating to San Francisco. 

Tue
30
Dec

Robert Edward Erstad

Robert Edward Erstad, age 69, of Stoughton died on Dec. 20, 2014 at UW Hospital in Madison.

He is survived by two sons, Robert and Kevin; his brothers, Randy Erstad and Jeff, Mark and John Thompson; and mother, Lorrayne Thompson.

A memorial will be held at the American Legion Hall, 803 N. Page St. in Stoughton on Jan. 6 at 1 p.m.

Tue
30
Dec

Mary Ann Kathleen Shea

Mary Ann Kathleen Shea passed away on Dec. 21, 2014, in her home in Rapid City, S.D., at the age of 70 following a long battle with COPD. Mary Ann was born the daughter of Herman Blanchard Clark and Kathleen Rose Anderman on Aug. 20, 1944. 

Mary Ann is survived by her loving husband, James Michael Shea of Rapid City; her two daughters, Kimberly Marie Shea (Csani Varga) of Newton, Mass., and Kelly Lynn Bessette (Shawn) of Gettysburg, S.D.; her grandchildren, Kellan James (age 7), Kiaria Rose (age 4), and Addison Rhys (age 23 months); several nieces and nephews; and members of the Shea Family.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her father, Herman Blanchard Clark (1892-1982); her mother, Kathleen Rose Anderman (1904-1974); and her brother, William Joseph Clark (1946-2006).

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