Obituaries

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22
Jul

George E. Howard

George E. Howard, age 96, of McFarland, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He fought a courageous battle with cancer. George was born on Dec. 9, 1918, in Charlevoix, Mich., the son of David and Cora (Cook) Howard. 

He was a quarterback for the 1937 Muskegon High School State Football Championship in Michigan. George was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941-1945. He served in Africa and England during World War II. George married Violet Storton on Nov. 27, 1947. 

He was a member of Lakeside United Methodist Church in Muskegon. George was active in bowling, golf and shuffleboard. He and Violet were Michigan State Champion shuffleboard players. 

Wed
22
Jul

Charlotte L. Jacobson

Charlotte L. Jacobson, age 98, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2015, at Skaalen Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born in Cottage Grove on Oct. 23, 1916, the daughter of Benjamin and Marie Quale. On Feb. 6, 1934, Charlotte married Lester Jacobson. Together they farmed in Wheeler Prairie.

She worked as a clerk in the Stoughton Store for 20 years. Charlotte was active in the Stoughton Hospital Auxiliary, Sons of Norway, First Lutheran Church ladies aide and quilters. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and baking, providing the community with lefse and donuts. 

Charlotte is survived by her five children, Lois Dybevik, Lowell (Jeanne), Leroy (Barbara), Linda (Duane) Bratzke and L’Jean (Larry) Olson; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Douglas (Eloise) Jacobson. 

Wed
22
Jul

Delores P. Daacon

Delores P. Daacon, 94, died July 13, 2015, at Brookdale Retirement Center in Peoria, Ariz.

“Dee” as her friends called her was a native of Stoughton and was the daughter of Bennie and Clare Larson.

Delores married John Daacon in Stoughton in 1941 and they enjoyed 56 years together until his passing in 1998.

Delores was a resident of Phoenix at the time of her death, having moved there in 2014 from her prior home in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where she led an active and amazing life. She enjoyed golf, line dancing and cards well past age 90. She loved helping others and was a willing volunteer for many organizations.

Wed
22
Jul

Lois R. (Homburg) Hagen

Lois Rachel (Homburg) Hagen entered her heavenly home on July 13, 2015. She was born May 24, 1936, to Violet and Edwin Homburg of Cottage Grove. 

Mom was caring, compassionate, very generous and giving, she prayed without ceasing in all circumstances, her faith was unshakable and she remained steadfast in adversity and times of trial. Mom was a builder at heart and was naturally inclined to improve and add beauty to her world. She loved music, the outdoors, the farm and gardening. 

But mostly, she loved her husband Glenn and dedicated her life and years with him to helping him, in sickness and in health, and made it possible for him to stay on the farm they both loved. Mom also loved dearly her twin sister, Louise; her family; children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; her friends and neighbors; and her Church Family.

Wed
08
Jul

Marian N. Taplick

Marian Nettie Taplick, age 100, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at Harmony Assisted Living Center in Stoughton. She was born on Nov. 23, 1914, in North Freedom, to John W. and Nettie (Nehls) Warne, the second of five daughters. 

She attended grade school and high school in North Freedom and graduated in 1932. Marian graduated as a R.N. from the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1936. She did private duty, worked at the old Wisconsin General Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Gisholt Machine Company as an industrial nurse, and the Madison Veteran’s Hospital. 

Marian married Paul E. Reineke, Robert C. Rurup and Walter L. Taplick, all who preceded her in death. 

Marian enjoyed her family, singing (first with her sister, Doris, and then with her younger sisters) in the North Freedom Methodist Church Choir, with two friends as a trio while in nurses training and in Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison. 

Wed
08
Jul

Judith “Judy” Anderson

Judith A. “Judy” Anderson, age 61, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Azura in Stoughton. She was born in Stoughton on Sept. 14, 1953, the daughter of Sheldon and Mildred Stiff. 

Judy graduated from Stoughton High School. She married the love of her life, Dennis “Denny” Anderson. Judy worked for WPS for 26 years, and for the Stoughton VFW as a bartender for 10 years. 

She had a passion for horses, loved playing BINGO, and was an avid Packer and Badger fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. 

Judy is survived by her son, Craig (Kris); daughter, Becca (Todd) Arvold; five grandchildren, Dylan, Samantha, Zachary, Brooke and Jacob; two step-grandchildren, Jill and Jerry; brother, Chuck (Carol) Stiff; and special friend, Jim Fosdal. 

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11
Jun

Ruth N. Kvalheim


Ruth N. Kvalheim

Ruth N. Kvalheim, 91, of Stoughton, passed away, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at her home in Stoughton surrounded by her family. She was born in South Milwaukee on April 3,1924, to George and Ruth (Blackmun) Petzold.

Wed
27
May

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.  

Wed
27
May

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. 

Wed
20
May

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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