Obituaries
 

Allan Matthes

Prairie du Chien, WI

Weldon R. McGraw

Boscobel, WI

Carolyn Benson

Soldiers Grove, WI

Shirley V. Updike

Boscobel, WI

Barbara J. Maybee

Adams, WI

Roger L. Carlin

Adams, WI

Margaret Ann Schmidt

Wauzeka, WI

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Shirley V. Updike
 

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Shirley V. Updike, age 89, a life-long resident of Boscobel, passed away on Thursday February 26, 2015 at Boscobel Care and Rehab.
   She was born on November 3, 1925 in Boscobel, the daughter of Clyde and Frances (Ward) Rice. She married Alfred Johnson on June 30, 1947. He preceded her in death on July 26, 1977. She married Delbert Updike in July 1979. He preceded her in death in January 1992. 
   Shirley worked as a cashier and bookkeeper for Gudie's and Dick's Supermarkets in Boscobel.
   She is survived by her son, Richard (Suzanne) Johnson of New York, her daughter Dianne Griswold of Madison, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and close friend Harry Brechler of Boscobel. She is also survived by Delbert’s son David Updike of Omaha, daughters Glenda (Melvin) Zemlicka of Madison, Connie (Mike) Skala of Madison and Sheila (Al) Zinkle of Wauzeka, son-in-law Jerry Fischer of Boscobel and Delbert’s seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Ralph and Paul Rice and sisters Betty Updike and Ruth Ellenbolt, also by Delbert’s daughter Sherri Fischer.
   Funeral Services will be held on Monday March 2, 2015 at 11:00 A.M, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boscobel. Pastor Charles Koester officiating. Burial in the Boscobel Cemetery.
   Friends may call on Sunday March 1, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel and at the church on Monday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service. On line condolence can be sent to www.kendallfuneralservice.com


Carolyn Benson
 

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Carolyn Benson, 89, of Soldiers Grove, WI passed away on January 28, 2015, at Sannes Skogdalen Heim. 
   She was born on July 28, 1925  to  John and Minnie (Johnson) Iverson.  She attended school in Soldiers Grove and graduated in 1943.  After graduation, Carolyn began working as a secretary for Will Ward Insurance Co. She was quite the entrepreneur, and while many young men were going off to war during the peak of WWII, Carolyn began her career in retail marketing.  She opened her first clothing store called “Carolyn’s Young and Gay.”  The reoccurring floods of the Kickapoo River, caused her to move to a different location, but it was  the devastating flood of 1951 that nearly wiped out the little town of Soldiers Grove, and put an end to many local businesses.  After watching the store mannequin, the latest fashions, and her days earnings, (safely stored in a “girdle box”) float down the Kickapoo River,  she decided to close up shop.
   She married Larry Benson on December 28, 1950 and they moved to Memphis, TN in 1951 where Gary was born.  They soon moved to Benton, AR where Larry began his career  as a mining engineer for Reynolds Aluminum, and Carolyn would start up in the retail clothing business again.  Her stores in Benton included The Kiddie Koral, The Penthouse, and Carolyn’s Casual Cove.  She had a flair for fashion, and decorating.  One of the most talked about attractions  was when she hung the  Christmas tree  upside down in the store front window.
   In 1969, Larry’s job took them  to British Guyana. Carolyn was not real keen on spending 2 years in the middle of the jungle, but learned to love the people, the culture and the music. An appreciation for  calypso and steel drum music continued with her and Gary to this day.  Carolyn loved to sing and dance, and could pick up a mic and sing “Won’t you come home Bill Bailey” at the drop of a hat.  She did Karaoke long before anyone knew what that was!
   Upon returning to the United States, she and Larry moved to Denver, CO. It was there that Carolyn began a career in real estate. In 1974 they moved to St. Louis, MO.  Carolyn loved to entertain and her doors were always open to friends and family alike.  She went up in the St. Louis “Arch”  47 times,  as she insisted everyone that came to visit, must see all the treasures  St. Louis had to offer. 
   After retirement, Larry and Carolyn moved to LaCrosse, WI where they enjoyed living on the Mississippi River, renewing old friendships, and spending time with family. Carolyn eventually returned to her hometown of Soldiers Grove.
   She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary Wm. Schoville Post 220 of Soldiers Grove, WI.
   Carolyn is survived by a son, Gary (Kathy) Benson, a sister Janice (Bill) Kobach, a brother, Donald Iverson, brother-in-law, Fredrick (Loreda) Benson, sisters-in-law,  Phyllis (Tess) Iverson, Diane (Hanson) Iverson, Grandson, Justus (Samara) Benson, Granddaughter, Shaelyn (Chad) Crutchley. Carolyn so enjoyed her Great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Zyon and Nataliya Benson, and Vonn Crutchley.  Carolyn had many fond memories of fun times spent with her many nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Larry, grandson, Daysun, and brothers, Roger, David and Edward and  sister in law, Helen (Sproul) Iverson.
   A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove.          Visitation 11:00  until time of service. Pastor Lorie Betz will officiate.  Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Soldiers Grove.


Barbara J. Maybee
 

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Barbara J. Maybee  (Kenner), 83 years old, of Adams, Wis. went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. 
   She was born on July 10, 1931.  She was married 66 years to Logan Maybee.  They married on October 15, 1948.
   She is survived by her husband and her 5 children:  Susann Copus-Maybee (Cesar Ramirez) of Kansas City, Missouri, Kathleen Maybee of Independence, Missouri, Connie Bagshaw (Doug) of Liberty, Missouri, Dawn Edwards of Liberty, Missouri, John Maybee (Rosie) of Adams, Wisconsin, 12 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, her sisters Eleanor (Donald) Krysinel of South Carolina and Marabeth (Phil) DeVille of Naples, Florida, her brothers Don (Karen) Kenner of Grafton, Wis., and Paul (Debbie) Kenner of Menominee Falls, Wis. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Gladys Kenner, and sister Evelyn (Ann) Pettis (Kenner).
   Barbara was involved in the Milwaukee/Waukesha Counties Auxiliary Rural Letter Carriers and the State Rural Letter Carriers.  She was also an Amateur Radio Operator kb9vyy and was involved with the Adams County ARES. 
   The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Wausau Aspirus Hospital ER, Cardio Unit, and Hospice.
   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 1 PM at the Community of Christ Church at Montgomeryville. Elder John Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in the Montgomeryville Cemetery. 
   Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 11 AM until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.  Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.


Allan Matthes
 

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Allan Matthes, 66, of Prairie du Chien, Wis. passed away on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at Crossing Rivers Health Care in Prairie du Chien.
   He was born in Viroqua on Dec. 25, 1948 to Ray and Peggy (Turner) Matthes.  He attended Kickapoo High School in Viola. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany. 
   He operated a gas station in Viola for many years.  He also hauled livestock with his business partner and longtime friend Theron Helt. 
   He loved to travel with his daughter and son-in-law.  They traveled all over and met many famous people at Branson and other places.  He was a big collector of antique toy tractors.
   He is survived by 1 daughter:  Kim (Bill) Schaefer of Prairie du Chien; 1 brother:  Ed (Linda) Matthes of Viola; 1 sister:  Roxanne (Randy) Hayes of Rolla , Missouri; many, many nieces and nephews; and a very special friend Roger Stozey of Prairie du Chien.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 brother:  Leslie Matthes.
   Military graveside services will be conducted on Sunday Feb. 15, 2015 by the Hamilton Harris Post #447 at the Viola Cemetery at 1 PM. A lunch for friends and family will be held at the Legion Hall in Viola following the service.
   The family is being served by the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com

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Roger L. Carlin
 

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Roger L. Carlin, age 76, of Adams, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 31, 2015 with family and friends by his side in his beautiful log home that meant so much to him and his wife Paula.
   Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin.   Rev. Tim Berlew will officiate.             Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at First United Methodist Church.
   Roger was born in Grant County, Wisconsin to Joseph and Gladys (Hardy) Carlin on February 25, 1938.  He grew up on the farms of Southwestern Wisconsin and worked hard in the fields which he loved.
   He moved to Kenosha, WI in 1958 where he was employed as a machine set up man at Chrysler until his retirement in 1996.
   In 1960 he married Linda Gilbertsen with whom they had four children, Joseph (Beckie) Carlin of Tucson, Arizona, Bruce Carlin of Tucson, Arizona, Debra Carlin of Kenosha, and Diane (Tim Cook) Carlin of Kenosha.  They later divorced.
   On July 2, 1983 Roger Married Paula (Munson) Doerflinger and they built a beautiful life together along with 7 grandchildren, Kim Maginn of Milwaukee, Kristen Maginn of Oshkosh, Tom Johnson of Kenosha, Mike Smick of Kenosha, Laura Funk of Madison, Dan Funk of Madison, and Samantha Funk of Kenosha.  Also two step-daughters, Heide (David) Magrim of Kenosha, Suanne (John) Funk of Kenosha.
   Roger enjoyed reading Pluggers cartoons in the paper.  He loved gardening, doing home repair work, planting trees, camping in their Jayco, boating in their Chris Craft  “JOINT VENTURE” on Lake Michigan, touring Wisconsin and Mackinac Island on their Gold Wing motorcycle and lastly after retirement purchasing his 40 acres of woods in Adams County where they built their beautiful log home where all family and friends were welcome.  He also loved riding his golf cart around all the trails he made in the woods. They were truly blessed with a wonderful life says his wife Paula.  Roger was a kind, soft spoken gentleman who had a kind word for all and a smile.
   He was a member of Local 72, Kenosha Sports Fishermen, Kenosha Yacht Club, and The Arbor Day Foundation.
   Roger will be sadly missed by his wife Paula;  his two sons, Joseph (Beckie) and Bruce Carlin of Tucson, Arizona, his two daughters, Debbie Carlin and Diane (Tim Cook) Carlin; Two step daughters, Heide (Dave) Maginn and Suanne (John) Funk all of Kenosha.  He is also survived by his precious Grandchildren, Tom Johnson, Mike Smick, Dan Funk, Laura Funk, Samantha Funk, Kim Maginn and Kristen Maginn, his sister, Maxine Shields of Blue River, Wisconsin, nephew Dale Gunderson of Blue River and niece Brenda (Dave) Gallo of Kenosha.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and step-son Gary John Doerflinger.
   Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church.


Weldon R. McGraw
 

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Weldon R. McGraw, age 69 of Boscobel, passed away in his sleep the morning of Monday February 2, 2015 at his home in Boscobel.
   He was born on January 6, 1946 in Rockford Ill to Harry and Virginia (Harriman) McGraw Jr.  They moved to WI a year later and settled on a farm near Fennimore where Weldon attended school.
   Upon graduating from high school in 1964, Weldon enlisted in the US Air Force.( Vietnam Area), and was stationed in Thailand and Okinawa, Japan. 
   In November 1968 after his military discharge he met  Rita Siltala and they were married on June 14, 1969 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fennimore.
   Weldon developed an early interest in computers and furthered his education in that field, specializing in jobs in the food and dairy industry working on computer programing.  His jobs took him all over the US, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Columbia, Panama, Peru, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
   In 2006, Weldon took a job in Egypt with Rita joining him for almost 6 years.  They enjoyed their special time together there and were joined for awhile by their son Mitch.  They were in Egypt at the time of the Revolution.
   Upon their return stateside, Weldon took part time jobs that took him to Tennessee and Wisconsin and he also built control for projects going over seas.
   He is survived by his wife Rita McGraw of Boscobel. Two sons Michael (Lisa) McGraw of Avoca, Mitchell McGraw and fiancée Kala Hilby both of Fennimore. Two daughters; Michelle (Michael) Leichti of Layton Utah Martina Stauffer and Todd Grimm both of Muscoda. 10 Grandchildren. One brother Marvin McGraw of Fennimore. One sister Mary (Bruce) Rhodes of Fennimore, brother-in-law Richard Siltala of Baraboo, and a sister-in-law Renee' Robinson of Muscoda. 
   He was preceded in death by his parents along with a brother in law Richard "Dick" Robinson and special friend Marvin Salisbury.
   Memorial services will be held on Saturday February 7. 2015 at 12:00 noon at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel. Pastor Jen Johnson officiating. Burial in the Boscobel cemetery at a later date.
   Friends may call on Saturday February 7, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the family.
   Military honors accorded by the Blake-Semrad American Legion Post #134 and the Gilbertson-Pitzer- Radley VFW post #10393 both of Boscobel. On line condolence can be sent to www.kendallfuneralservice.com

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Margaret Ann Schmidt
 

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Wauzeka, WI
In loving memory of Margaret Ann Schmidt (nee Walker) who went to be with our Lord on January 21, 2015.
   Marge had an aneurism in 2000 and lived at home, but more recently lived in an assisted care home until her death near her children in Beaver Dam, WI. Marge was surrounded by her loving family at her passing.
   Margaret was born November 27, 1935 in Eastman, WI. She was the daughter of Charles and Anna (Mara) Walker. On June 5, 1955 she was married to Gerald Schmidt of Wauzeka, WI. To this union four children were born. One daughter Teresa Ann passed away in 1958. Marge attended the two year Dodge Country Teachers College and got her Master’s in education in Oshkosh, WI. Marge taught 4th Grade in the Horicon, WI School system.
   Margaret was active in her community as Union President, Christian Mothers, and Secretary of the Lions Club, Wauzeka, WI.   Marge and Jerry raised their family in Horicon, WI and later built their retirement home on Wauzeka Ridge, an area they loved.
   Margaret loved gardening, bowling and bingo and was a loving mother to Bob, Dennis and Ed.
   Left to mourn Marge are her sons, Robert (Laurie) Schmidt of Beaver Dam, WI, Dennis (Jeanne) Schmidt of Mayville, WI, Ed Schmidt of Horicon, WI, her grandchildren, Jeremy, Kevin, Brock, Stacey, Katie, Becky, Tiffany and Brittney along with a great grandchild Aylah, her  sisters; Marolyn (Phillip) Scott of Ft. Worth, TX, Angela Savinelli of Austin, TX, Charlene (John) Adler of Laguna Vista, TX, Susan Walker of Rapid City, SD, her brothers; Charles (Joyce) Walker of Eastman, WI, John Walker of Eastman, WI, Don (Mary) Walker of Wauzeka, WI and Ron Walker of Battle Ground, WA.
   She was also preceded in death by her husband Jerry, Mother and Dad, Anna and Charles Walker, brothers; Bobby and Joe Walker.
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, January 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rev. Victor Feltes officiating, with burial in the Wauzeka Cemetery both in Wauzeka, WI.
   Friends may call at the church on Monday, January 26, 2015 from 10:00 AM until the time of services. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.
   www.garrityfuneralhome.com

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