Obituaries

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Donald C. Hellum

Donald C. Hellum, age 86, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.  

He was born in Stoughton on June 17, 1928, the son of Maxwell and Jennie Hellum. On March 26, 1946 Don married Delores Pickarts in Manchester, Iowa. Together they enjoyed traveling.  

Don worked for the City of Stoughton Streets Dept. for over 30 years. He was a volunteer fire fighter for the Stoughton Fire Dept. for 13 years. Following his retirement Don enjoyed making donuts and lefse, hunting and fishing. He was a member of First Lutheran Church.  

Don is survived by his wife of 69 years, Delores; two daughters, Janice (Bob) Niblo of Winnebago, Ill., and Diane (Gary) Kirby of WI Dells; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant brother, Maxwell Dean Hellum.  

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Melvin O. Christianson

Melvin O. “Muggs” Christianson, 87, of Janesville, a former Stoughton resident died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Janesville. 

He was born on Oct. 17, 1927 in Stoughton the son of Christian and Alice (Burlingame) Christianson. He graduated from Stoughton High School in 1945 where he excelled in track. 

He served in the U.S. Army during the post World War II occupation guarding borders and was called back up to active duty during the Cuban Crisis. Melvin was employed as a sheet metal worker by Dorsey Trailers for 44 years. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Stoughton, the Stoughton V.F.W. Badger Post # 328 and Otis Sampson American Legion Post # 59. He was a past commander of the Stoughton V.F.W. Post. He was a part of the group that set up the original Syttende Mai race. 

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Julie A. Gunderson

Julie A. Gunderson (neé Gjermo), age 60, surrounded by her family and friends, was taken from us too soon on May 14, 2015, after a battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Julie was born in Stoughton, to Sanford and Elaine (Bredesen) Gjermo. She was a graduate of Stoughton High School, class of 1973. On April 27, 1974, Julie was united in marriage to Benjamin Gunderson. She enjoyed being a homemaker and caring for her family.  

She is survived by her husband, Ben; mother, Elaine; sons, Josh (Kami) Gunderson and Jeremy (friend Sherry Weissman) Gunderson; four granddaughters, Jadyn, Hannah, and twins, Laney and Alyssa Gunderson; brother, Steve (Kelly) Gjermo; sister, Samantha Gjermo; pet boxer, Jasmine; and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Sanford; and her grandparents.

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John Philip Castronovo

John Philip Castronovo, age 49, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015, in a motor vehicle accident. He was born on Dec. 28, 1965, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Ronald and Joyce (Eldridge) Castronovo. He married Marisa Lukesic on Sept. 28, 1996, in Madison.

John graduated from Janesville Craig High School in 1984. After school he enlisted into the United States Air Force. For the past 25 years he has worked with UPS. He was a member of the Italian workers club.

John is survived by his wife, Marisa; and children, Samuel, Raya Kate, Anna Hope and Isaac.

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Ronald W. Ehle

Ronald W. Ehle, age 73, passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. He was born in Stoughton on May 6, 1942, the son of Wilmer and Ruth Ehle. On June 16, 1962, Ron married Patricia Deneen.

Ron worked as a machinist for many local factories. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Ron is survived by two daughters, Holly (Virgil) Paulson and Abby Fosdal; four grandchildren, Lesley (Brad) Halverson, Colin (Kacie) Fosdal, Jamie (Greg) Kent and Jillian (Mike Iverson) Fosdal; four great-granddaughters, Halley, Charlie, Kyley and Catalynn; four siblings, Rick (Marylou), Gene (Rhonda), Joan Heimlich and Sharon (Terry) Anthoney; and many relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 52 years, Pat; and daughter, Loni Ehle. 

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Carol L. Olson

Carol L. Olson, 73, of Fort Atkinson, passed away Monday, May 4, 2015, at her home.

Carol was born on July 27, 1941, in Wisconsin Rapids and graduated from Stoughton Senior High School.

Carol moved to Fort Atkinson over 30 years ago and enjoyed her retirement taking care of the Erdman and Mayer children.

Carol is survived by her children, Brian (Jean) Olson of Maryland, Daniel Olson of Alabama and John (Samantha Schwalbach) Olson of Wisconsin Rapids; granddaughter, Kristen Pecher of Stevens Point; great-grandson, Owen Pecher; and sisters, Donna (Glen) Hansen of Wisconsin Rapids and Virginia Carpenter of Stoughton. 

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Richard Allan Hunt

Richard Allan Hunt (Tex) age 60, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at his home in Red Wing, Minn.  

He was born on Feb. 24, 1955 in Stoughton, to William and Joyce (Davis) Hunt and he graduated from Stoughton Senior High School in 1973.  

He served in the U.S. Army. 

He worked at Stoughton Trailer, Gould in Lake City, Lakeside Cannery Company, Bowman Tool & Die in Rochester, DBI/Sala and Treasure Island.  He was united in marriage to Judy Everett on Aug. 18, 1979 in Madison.  

He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, watching Wisconsin Badgers and NASCAR racing.  

He is survived by his wife Judy, three sons Ryan, William and Thomas, brothers Steve (Andrea) Hunt and Dean Hunt, sisters Martha (Arnold) Fischer and Linda (Rick) Zaleski, Aunt Ruth Olson and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

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Henry J. Hanson 

Henry J. Hanson was born in Stoughton on June 18, 1949, to Obert and Kathleen Hanson. Henry graduated from Stoughton High School in 1967, then attended UW-River Falls earning a degree in Elementary Education. 

Henry lived in River Falls most of his life. Henry was an avid sports fan also enjoyed fishing, camping, kayaking and bicycling. 

Henry was preceded in death by his parents. 

Henry is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Stephanie and Carolyn (Dan) Nichols. Henry is also survived by his siblings, Dean (Stoughton), Colleen (Tim) Sauer (Green Bay), Jeannette (Bill) Fried (Stoughton) and Patrick (Stoughton); as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and an uncle and aunt. 

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Dennis (Ole) Olson

Dennis (Ole) Olson age 72 of Milton, died at home surrounded by his family and loved ones on Monday May 11, 2015.  

Dennis was born in Stoughton, on February 10, 1943, eldest son of Ward and Doris Olson.  He married Elaine Gibbs on June 22nd 1963 at St. Paul’s Liberty Lutheran Church, Deerfield. 

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Rhonda Lee Heisz

Rhonda Lee Heisz, age 47, died Tuesday May 5, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, ending her brave battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 22, 1967, in St. Charles, Ill., the daughter of Gerald and Marilyn (Johnson) Vanthournout. Rhonda married Joseph Heisz on Aug. 27, 1994, in
Barron. 

She worked as a CNA for Home Health until her health made it too hard to work. She enjoyed several hobbies: sewing, baking, crafting, working in her flower garden and watching the birds. She loved her animals, raising chickens, goats and ponies. Rhonda loved her family deeply, treating her nieces and nephews like her own children. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 

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