Obituaries
 

Emma Jean Wall

Platteville/Eastman, WI

Fay L. McCullick

Wauzeka, WI

Carolyn Benson

Soldiers Grove, WI

Keith D. Trumm

Boscobel, WI

Pauline Skrede

Soldiers Grove, WI

Roberta M. Marfilius

Prairie du Chien, WI

Margaret Ann Schmidt

Wauzeka, WI

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Keith D. Trumm
 

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Keith D. Trumm, age 89 of Boscobel, passed away on Wednesday January 21, 2015 at the Boscobel Care and Rehab in Boscobel. 
   He was born on December 13, 1925 in Crawford County Wisconsin.  The son of Daniel and Hazel (Grimesey) Trumm.  He married Mary Swatek on June 18, 1966 in Minnesota. She preceded him in death on October 26, 1990. 
   He is survived by 3 sons; Keith Jr. "Punk" (Mary) Trumm of Boscobel, Steve (Diana) Trumm of Boscobel, Joe Swatek Trumm of Boscobel. 4 daughters; Judy (Dennis) Reiger of Blue River, Rita (Roger) Thompson of Boscobel, Penny Mischel of LaValle, Jennifer "JJ" Trumm of Fennimore. 21 Grandchildren, 31 Great-Grandchildren, 8 Great-Great-Grandchildren. 3 sisters;  Renata Winch of North Dakota, Lucille Gauger of Endeavor Wi., Lois Swenor of Bagley. 1 sister in law; Diane Trumm of Boscobel, 1 brother in law; Darrell Hackett of Boscobel.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter Pam Cruz, 1 Grandson; Mathew Dilley. 2 Great-Grandsons; Anthony Kapinus, Ashton Rooney. 4 brothers; Jake, Frank, John, and Clayton Trumm. 2 sisters; Emma Koresh and Reita Hackett.
   Funeral Services will be held on Monday January 26, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boscobel. Pastor Charles Koester officiating. Burial in the Union Hill Cemetery Mt. Zion.
   Friends may call on Sunday January 25, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel and also 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.

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Pauline Skrede
 

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Pauline Skrede, 89, of Soldiers Grove, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2015 at Sannes Skogdalen Heim in Soldiers Grove.
   She was born August 6, 1925, to Roy and Florence (Hutchcroft) Maybee. She attended school at North Clayton School and graduated from Soldiers Grove High School. She married
Lawrence Skrede on July 25, 1942. They began their life together farming in the Soldiers Grove area and later moved to Beloit, Wisconsin.
   Together, she and Lawrence, also known as “Scratchy,” managed a restaurant in Beloit, and later returned to Soldiers Grove to manage a restaurant there. It was during that time that Lawrence was killed in a car accident. Pauline’s quiet strength persevered throughout the years. She wore many hats throughout her life as she worked hard to provide for her family.
   She retired from North Crawford School after working 22 years in food service, but had also been a City Bus driver in Beloit, worked at a canning factory in Janesville, became a Real Estate agent and worked for Uglum Realty in Mt. Sterling, and Hall Realty in Viroqua. She earned her Broker's license and worked with her husband in the auctioneering and sales business. She was also substitute Postmaster in Soldiers Grove for many years.
   It was after retirement that Pauline found the time to be a dedicated volunteer in her community.  Being of service to others is what gave her purpose in life. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and received the Thanks Badge, which is the highest adult award given in Girl Scouts. She helped many area girls receive the Silver and Gold Awards in scouting and traveled with them on trips to New York, Savannah, Georgia, and even Jamaica.
   Pauline loved to travel and enjoyed taking trips with her sisters and friends. Her favorite trip was having the opportunity to travel to Norway to meet her husband's relatives and visit his father's home place.  She enjoyed corresponding with these relatives and was still keeping in touch with them through email and Facebook. She enjoyed keeping in touch with her family and especially her grandchildren through Facebook.
   She was an active member and has served as treasurer of the WELCA at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, an active member, membership chairman and served as treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 220, for many years. She served on the North Crawford Rescue Squad for 36 years and was twice awarded EMT of the Year. She received the “Friend to Education” award and was known as the “Campbell Soup Lady” as she assisted with collecting, clipping and sending in labels to earn equipment and supplies for North Crawford Schools.
   She also enjoyed volunteering at Sannes Skogdalen and assisted the residents in activities and playing Bingo for many years.
   Pauline was preceded in death by her parents and step mother, Hazel Maybee, her husband Lawrence, two sons, Roger and Ronald, a brother, Walter Maybee, two sisters, Beverly Sokolik and Shirley Maybee, daughter-in-law June Skrede, grandson, Daysun Benson, sister-in-laws, Betty Maybee, Clarice Lewison, Kathryn Anderson, Norma Miller, brother-in-laws, Fred Sokolik, Otto Lewison, Gordon Anderson, Jerald Turben, Kenneth Skrede and Russell Miller.
   She is survived by 2 sons, Robert and special friend Sherry, and Andrew (Jeanne) Skrede, a daughter Kathy (Gary) Benson, grandsons, Dylan Skrede and friend Sarah, Justus Benson (Samara), and Chad Measner, granddaughters Tami Skrede, Dawn (Mike) Palmisano, Shari (Tony) Barlow, Tammy (Bill) Kontny , Angie (Mike) Clapper, Misty (Don) Bomkamp and Shaelyn (Chad) Crutchley. She also had 18 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be held Monday, January 19 at 11:00 am at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove. Pastor Lorie Betz will officiate and burial will be at the Belgium Ridge Cemetery in rural Viroqua. Friends may call on Sunday from 6-8 pm at the church with an Auxiliary and prayer service at 7:30. On Monday, friends may also call from 10:00-11:00 at the church.
   Memorials may be given to Our Saviors Lutheran Church. the Auxiliary of the William A
Schoville Post 220 of the American Legion, and Vernon Hospice.  Online condolences may be sent to simefuneralforum.com.

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Emma Jean Wall
 

 

Platteville/Eastman, WI
Emma Jean Wall age 87 of Platteville and formerly of Eastman passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the SW Health Care Center in Platteville, WI. 
   She was born October 17, 1927 in Wauzeka, WI the daughter of Frederick and Mabel (Maxwell) Borth.  She married Mitchell Wall on November 9, 1947 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman.  He preceded her in death on March 21, 2006. 
   They farmed in the Eastman area until 1978, later retiring and moving to Seneca, WI.  Emma loved gardening and was renowned for her beautiful flowers. 
   She is survived by her children, Mitchell (Paulette) Jr. of DeSoto, WI, Merton of Madison, WI, Terry (Greg) Walsh of Blanchardville, WI, Marlene (Duke) Kramer of Beaver Dam, WI and Tami (Tim) Feyen of Platteville along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her brothers, Harold and Kenny Borth.
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, January 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman, Rev. Victor Feltes officiating with burial in the church cemetery. 
   Friends may call at the church on Monday, January 19, 2015 from 9:00 AM until the time of services. 
   The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.
   www.garrityfuneralhome.com


Fay L. McCullick
 

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Wauzeka, WI
Fay L. McCullick age 95 of Wauzeka passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Crossing Rivers Hospital. 
   He was born August 29, 1919 in Seneca, WI the son of Charles and Sadie (Comstock) McCullick.  He served in the US Army during WW II in the European Theatre where he was the recipient of four Bronze Stars. 
   He married Dorothy Eckleberry on June 20, 1945 and she later preceded him in death on October 5, 2004. 
   Fay worked as a heavy equipment operator for Becker and Tuckwood Construction in Lancaster, WI.  He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish with his family.  He was a member of the Wauzeka American Legion and was proud to have taken the Honor Flight with his son this past May. 
   He is survived by his son Thomas (Sandy) McCullick of Wauzeka, his sisters, Betty Crusan and Mavis Jeidy both of Prairie du Chien, his granddaughters, Lacy (Kurt) Lucey and Mara (Terry) Hird along with his great grandchildren Bristol and Abbey. 
   He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his brothers, Ivan, Arnold, Charles and Max along with his sisters, Delores and Naomi.
   Funeral services will be held graveside on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Wauzeka Cemetery in Wauzeka, WI with Rev. Lynn Schreck officiating.  Military honors will be accorded graveside by the Wauzeka American Legion. 
   The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. 
   www.garrityfuneralhome.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


Roberta M. Marfilius
 

Prairie du Chien, WI
Roberta M. Marfilius age 79 of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Crossing Rivers Hospital. 
   She was born July 15, 1935 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Robert and Carmen (Campbell) Gillitzer.  She married Lyle Marfilius on May 5, 1954 at St. Gabriel’s Church.  She and her husband farmed in rural Prairie du Chien and were active members of St. Gabriel’s Parish. 
   Roberta was a member of the Farm Bureau and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and most of all spending time with her family. 
   She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Lyle of Prairie du Chien, her children Bob of Boscobel, WI, Becky (Mick) Rooney of Prairie du Chien, Randy of Evansville, IN, Rick of Sheboygan, WI and Rod (Sandy) of Prairie du Chien, her brothers, Don (Carolyn) Gillitzer of Prairie du Chien and Jim (Joan) Gillitzer of Madison, WI, 18 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Rev. James Weighner officiating, with interment in the Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien.
   Friends may call on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Prairie Catholic Schools or the Holy Family Parish. www.garrityfuneralhome.com

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