Obituaries

Wed
22
Apr

Gretta B. Pugh

Gretta B. Pugh, age 73, went to be with her mother, Janet; her son, John; and her granddog, Franky Roo, on Saturday, April 18, 2015. She passed away peacefully at the Agrace HospiceCare Center with her partner, Mickie; her daughter, Marcie; and her sweet boy, Charlie by her side. 

A celebration of her life will be held at the Gunderson Stoughton Funeral Home, 1358 Hwy. 51, Stoughton, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., on Friday, April 24. The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Agrace HospiceCare for all of their loving, gentle care and support. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com.

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

Wed
22
Apr

Elaine A. Speckmann

Elaine A. Speckmann, chronologically age 94, but always young at heart, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1920, in Stoughton to Harold and Bernice Halverson. The family lived on a farm originally belonging to her great-grandfather, Stener Halverson, who came to the U.S. from Norway in 1845. 

When she was eight years old, her father started a business renting fishing cottages and serving food and drink at a small restaurant and bar, which became Halverson’s on Hwy. 51. Halverson’s was later expanded by her brother-in-law Bob Montague. The family moved to that location where Elaine, her sisters and brother helped out by cleaning the cabins, doing the laundry and helping in the restaurant business. 

Wed
22
Apr

Thomas N. Tarrant (Sparky)

Thomas N. Tarrant (Sparky), age 64, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at University Hospital. He was born Feb. 26, 1951, to Robert  and Virginia Tarrant in Beloit. 

Tom married Colleen Glover in 1970. 

He is survived by his brothers, Robert (Sue) Tarrant of Wisconsin, David (Mary) Tarrant of Arizona and Phillip (Kathy) Tarrant of California; his children, Angela (Brad) Hupf of Medford, Toby Tarrant of Fond Du Lac, and Ben Tarrant of Ripon; along with nine grandchildren, Devin, Morgan, Brady, Chloe, Brendan, Ariel, Tiffany, Cheyenne and Aerionna. 

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Virginia Tarrant; his wife, Colleen Glover; and nephew, Cory Tarrant. 

Wed
22
Apr

Sylvia C. Kennedy

Sylvia C. Kennedy, age 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Azura Memory Care on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was born in Stoughton on Nov. 9, 1924, the daughter to Theodore and Inger (Bohle) Johnson. 

Sylvia was united in marriage to Phillip Kennedy on May 12, 1951, in Stoughton. Together they raised three children. 

Sylvia was a lifetime resident of Stoughton, graduating from Stoughton High School in 1942. She then continued her education and graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in 1946. 

Sylvia enjoyed visiting her cottage on Lake Camelot with her family and friends. She also enjoyed knitting and making quilts. 

Sylvia is survived by her children, Gary, Barbara (Tom) Bollig and David Kennedy; two grandchildren, Tim Kennedy and Shelby Bollig; two great-grandchildren, Zaerik Kennedy and Keira Bollig; sister, Ruth Kaupanger; and brother, Ted Johnson. 

Wed
15
Apr

James W. Wedeward

James W. Wedeward, age 99, passed away Friday morning at Nazareth Rehabilitation Center in Stoughton.

Jim has been a Stoughton resident for the last 40 years and lived in his own house, 705 Eisenhower Road, until five weeks before his death. Before that, he was an Edgerton resident for more than 30 years. 

Jim was born Jan. 27, 1916, in Marshall, the son of the late Walter and Viola (Bredow) Wedeward. He grew up in Lake Mills, where he was a star high school athlete and Junior Olympic participant before graduating in 1934. 

Wed
08
Apr

Michelle Marie (Donnelly) Gfrorer

Michelle Marie (Donnelly) Gfrorer, age 34, of Stoughton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Agrace HospiceCare in Madison, due to a yearlong battle with cancer. She was born on Aug. 9, 1980, the oldest daughter of Joseph and Teena Donnelly. 

In the early part of her life, Michelle was raised in Johnson Creek and Jefferson and later moved to Fort Atkinson before settling in Stoughton. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1998 and continued her education at MATC in Madison while also being a full-time student at UW-Madison. 

On June 13, 2002, Michelle married Andrew Gfrorer in Arlington, Texas, and was the proud mother to Clayton (16), Isabella (12), Olivia (11), Emma (10) and Ethan (9). She was an extremely dedicated mother and wife. 

Wed
08
Apr

Susan Johanna Klepinger

Susan Johanna Klepinger passed away on March 12, 2015, in Stoughton of natural causes. Johanna was born on March 8, 1958, to Kent and Barbara (Spitler) Klepinger in Oshkosh.

Johanna graduated from Stoughton High School in 1976. She also attended Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. 

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Carlisle; her mother, Barbara Klepinger of Stoughton; sisters, Gretchen Burkett (Jefferson) of Granville, Ohio, and Jill Zinke (Robert) of Sacramento, Calif.; and brother, Jonathan Klepinger (Jeanne) of Woodinville, Wash. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Kent Klepinger.

A celebration of Johanna’s life will be held on Saturday, April 11, at the Skaalen Home Chapel at 3 p.m.

Fri
03
Apr

Louise J. Femrite

Louise J. Femrite, age 84, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2015, at Skaalen Nursing & Rehabilitation. She was born in Stoughton on Sept. 10, 1930, the daughter of Henry and Olivia (Offerdahl) Leikness. Louise married Robert “Bob” Femrite on March 24, 1951. 

She enjoyed bingo, puzzles and playing cards. Louise was a member of Covenant Lutheran Church. 

She is survived by her children, Wayne (Brenda), Larry (Diane) and Diane (Mark) Lunde; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; siblings, Phyllis Porod, Jim (Louise) Leikness, Beverly (Bill) Hefty, Linda (Bill) Olson, Sue Foye, Kathy Jacobs and Steve (Cindy) Leikness; and many nieces and nephews. 

Fri
03
Apr

Russell Louis Woodstock

Russell Louis Woodstock, age 82, passed away at his home in Richland County, where he resided for the past 20 years, on Thursday, March 26, 2015. He was born on Dec. 1, 1932, in Center Township of Rock County, the son of Leonard H. and Edith (Bratzke) Woodstock.

Russell graduated from Stoughton High School in 1951. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was in the conflict zone during the Korean War and received a Purple Heart for his injuries and bravery. Russell married Loretta Leikness on Feb. 3, 1955. Together, they had six children, one of whom, Jeffrey, was called home six days after his birth. 

Fri
03
Apr

Claire “Kelly” Sperle

Claire “Kelly” Sperle, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Stoughton Hospital.  He was born on the family farm on Feb. 12, 1923, the son of John and Ella (Otteson) Sperle. On April 27, 1946, Claire married Phyllis Clark at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oregon.

Claire was a dedicated farmer and enjoyed custom farming in the area. For 18 years he was a seed corn salesman. Claire was a tobacco buyer for many years. He enjoyed socializing with friends and family. 

Together with his wife, Claire enjoyed many travels and meeting new friends along the way. He was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church. Claire’s body wore out but his mind was sharp. He always enjoyed the back porch gatherings with the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. 

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