Obituaries

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Ellen Veronica Johnson

Ellen Veronica Johnson (nee Steinhauer) passed away peacefully on Feb.16, 2015, at the Nazareth House in Stoughton, age 96. Ellen was born in Fitchburg on Feb. 27, 1918, to Irvin Arthur and Ellen Nell (Byrnes) Steinhauer. 

The family farmed in the Bosco and area communities. Ellen and her three sisters performed as a musical singing group at various functions, including the WLS Radio Barn Dance. This talented group was known as the “Steinhauer Sisters.”

While working at the Stoughton Hospital in the kitchen, she met Elwood Norman Johnson, who delivered bottled milk to the site. They were married shortly before Elwood was deployed by the U.S. Navy to serve in World War II in Oct.1941.

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Dorothy Brown

Dorothy Brown found peace on Feb. 19, 2015, at the age of 87. 

Preceded in death by her husband, Alfred. 

Survived by many loving family and friends. Sole owner of Brown’s Landing Boats and Bait on Lake Kegonsa.

Memorial Services will be held at West Koshkonong Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2633 Church Street, Cottage Grove, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. with gathering beginning at 1 p.m.

WITKOWIAK
414-645-2467

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Robert D. Sperstad

Robert D. Sperstad, age 84, of Stoughton, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at Agrace HospiceCare, in Janesville. 

Private services will be held. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson Stoughton
Funeral & Cremation Care
1358 Highway 51 N. 873-4590

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Herman J. Tiedeman

Herman J. Tiedeman, age 69, of Watertown, died of cancer on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at Sunset Ridge Assisted Living in Johnson Creek with Rainbow Hospice.

Herman John Tiedeman was born on March 2, 1945, in Stoughton; the son of Herman H. and Dorothy (Stenjem) Tiedeman. He married Julie A. Reinstad on June 17, 1967, in Stoughton. 

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Chad James Burress

Chad James Burress, age 25, of Stoughton, passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. He was born on Aug. 2, 1989, in Reedsburg. The son of Hank R. and Charlotte (Helsing) Burress. 

Chad worked for Electrical Solutions and had just finished his apprenticeship. Chad enjoyed cars; especially, his Honda’s and 1972 Chevy Short Box C10. He had an infectious smile and was always helping everyone. He enjoyed canoeing, camping, fishing, sitting around a campfire with family and friends, and hanging out with friends at Deak’s. 

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Helen S. Bitter

Helen S. Bitter, 98, of Edgerton, passed away early on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at Nazareth Home in Stoughton. Helen was born on March 12, 1916, in Stoughton to the late John and Karen (Tronnes) Strandlie. She attended school in Stoughton and went on to work at the Stoughton garment factory and later at the Nunn Bush shoe factory in Edgerton. 

On March 11, 1939, Helen married John “Harry” Bitter. She was a member of Central Lutheran Church and the Krazy Quilters, loved her cup of coffee in the morning, enjoyed sewing and gardening, and cherished her time being a grandmother and great-grandmother.

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Elmer J. Lewton

Elmer J. Lewton, age 99, passed away on Feb. 18, 2015 at Skaalen Nursing Home. He was born on April 30, 1915, in Stoughton, the son of Stener and Ida (Offerahl) Lewton.

Elmer was born and raised on the family farm in Stoughton. His whole life was dedicated to working and running the farm. There was not anything he could not grow. He particularly enjoyed growing tobacco and tending to his gardens. Elmer enjoyed the hard work of farm life and fixing just about anything mechanical. He was a gentle soul and kind person to everyone he met.

Elmer is survived by his two nieces, Barbara (Donald) Peterson and Sandy (Richard) BonDurant; and many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister.

Services will be held privately at a later date.

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Robert L. “Bob” King

Robert L. “Bob” King, age 67, of Stoughton, and formerly of Madison, passed away peacefully with his family and friends by his side, on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at Agrace HospiceCare.  

He was born in Madison, the son of John B. and Arlene M. King. Bob was a very kind and loving person, always reaching out his hand to hold yours and pat your cheek. His warm smile and welcoming personality made him a friend to everyone he met.  Bob was easygoing and appreciated the simple things, such as a good laugh, singing, bowling, and dates with his girlfriend, Rachel.  

Bob is survived by his beloved brother, Tom; sister-in-law, Sandy; and niece, Denise King. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and niece, Shannon King.  

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Francis A. Doherty

“To know me is to love me”

Francis A. Doherty, age 93, of Boynton Beach, Fla., died Feb. 17, 2015. He was born Feb. 6, 1922 in Milwaukee to John Doherty and Harriet O’Connell. 

Frank graduated from Marquette University in 1939 and then served 3 years in the Navy in the South Pacific during WWII.  He married Virginia Mae Johnson on June 28, 1952, in Stoughton and raised three children, while working for 30 years for INA Insurance Company, which later became Cigna. Frank and Ginny built a house in Brookfield and after nine years, Frank was transferred to Detroit where they lived for 21 years. In 1974, they purchased a travel trailer, which they christened “Frank and Ginny’s Escape House” that they used to travel the country. 

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Lorie M. Skeels

Lorie M. Skeels, age 63, passed away at her home on Feb. 16, 2015. She was born on July 29, 1951, in Columbus, the daughter of Donald and Laverne (Haskins) Madsen. She met Donald Skeels, the love of her life, in Denver, Colo., and married him one year later on Feb. 16, 1979 under a rock in Red Rocks Park. They were married 36 years.

Lorie was a very talented artist. She created beautiful watercolor paintings and pencil drawings. Lorie authored and illustrated a comic strip called Spike and Jamison for the Stoughton Courier Hub. She also loved taking photographs and spending time decorating her home. Cooking was a passion for Lorie and something that she has passed on to her children. She was a great entertainer and enjoyed creating fancy table settings and preparing delicious meals for her friends and family. 

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