Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Harold J. Pink

Harold J. Pink, age 90, of Fennimore, died on Sunday evening March 19, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Harold was born on March 12, 1927 in Lancaster, WI the son of Edward and Florence (Bazinet) Pink. He married Marilyn Edwards on Nov. 12, 1949 in Lancaster.

Following graduation from Lancaster High School in 1944, Harold farmed until being drafted into the U.S. Army in Jan. of 1952. Harold proudly served his county until being honorably discharged in Dec. 1953. After returning home, Harold continued his passion of farming in the Platteville and Lancaster areas until moving to Fennimore in 1978. He then worked for Rossing Construction until retiring. Harold enjoyed the simple things in life like conversation, reading, scenic drives in the county and spending time with grandchildren. He was a hardworking man who believed in an honest days work and his dedication to family will forever be cherished.

Harold is survived by his five children; Harold E. “Jr.” (Theresa) Pink of Highland, Roger (Jane) Pink of Platteville, Tom (Kay) Pink of Lone Rock, Larry (Sharon) Pink of Platteville and Linda (Dan) Schlee of Rochester, MN; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Becky Pink of Highland, Trudy (George) Hitz of Pocatello, ID with children Gus and Sam, Cory (Kim) Pink of Platteville with children Dylan and T.J., Cary (Jon) Savage of Black Earth with children Declan and Rilynn, Chris (Danelle) Belz of Edgerton with children Owen and Landon, Kelly Belz of Lone Rock with daughter Kayley Bauer, Brandon (fiancé Sarah Gorree) Pink, Jared Pink and Ryan Pink all of Platteville; step-grandchildren and great grandchildren, Amanda (Dan) Kirby of Menomonie with children Rosalie and Malachi, Justin (fiancé Katie Ecklind) Schlee of River Falls, Philip (Stephanie) Schlee of Mankato, MN, Evan Schlee of Rochester, MN, Carter Schlee of River Falls, Laura Schlee of Rochester and Andrew and Marcus Schlee of River Falls. Harold is also survived by four sisters, Sister Claire Pink “Mary Ellen” of Milwaukee, Bernadine (Ron) Millin of Sun Prairie, Irene (Frank) Buhl of New Hampshire and Betty Pink of Lancaster.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marilyn on March 26, 2002, son Bruce Pink in 1961, daughter-in-law Dawn Pink, brothers Paul and David Pink and sisters Ruth Ann Haines and Monica Eversoll.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday March 25, 2017 at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. on Friday evening March 24, 2017 at Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Saturday morning.

Darrell L. “Mayor” Jeidy

Darrell L. “Mayor” Jeidy, age 83, of Mt. Ida, died on Thursday evening March 16, 2017 at his residence in Mt. Ida. Darrell was born on April 4, 1933 in Mt. Hope, WI the son of Adolph and Coral (Hore) Jeidy. He married Betty Grimesey on Sept. 11, 1952 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.

After graduating from Mt. Hope High School, Darrell farmed and worked for Croft’s. Mayor Began working for John Deere in Dubuque in 1960 and retired after 30 years of service in 1990. He was very active with the Wings Over Wisconsin raising pheasants in Fennimore for many years. Mayor enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and making his famous horseradish sauce.

Darrell is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty of Mt. Ida; five children, Bill (Debra) Jeidy of Fennimore, Vicki Jeidy of Simpsonville, SC, David Jeidy of Mossyrock, WA, Cheryl Roberts of Simpsonville, SC and Jim (Bridgett) Jeidy of St. Cloud, MN; six grandchildren, Christy (Blake) Peuse of Waukesha, Mark Olson of Fennimore, Johnie Ray (Alysha) Snodgrass of Chehalis, WA, Coral (Jordan) Hunter of Greybull, WY, Mitchell (Alysaa) Jeidy of Mossyrock, WA and Travis Roberts of Simpsonville, SC; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Janet (Bob) Bucher of Waukesha, John (Kathy) Jeidy of Cary, NC and Judy (Frank) Mathison of La Crosse.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Dallas and Dale Jeidy.

A celebration to honor Darrell’s life will be held at a later date. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family.

Karen F. Novinski

Karen Faye (Witzig) Novinski of Minong, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Monday, March 13, 2017, at Rochester Mayo Methodist Hospital with loved ones by her side.

Karen was born on October 8, 1942 at a birthing house in Fennimore, Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph and Virginia (Huffman) Witzig. On August 2, 1986 Karen married Gerald “Huck” Novinski and settled in Barron, Wisconsin. Karen’s legacy will be the fond memories she created with her family, friends, co-workers, and students.

Karen’s education began in a one room schoolhouse in Werley, Wisconsin. She was a 1960 graduate of Fennimore High School and later graduated from University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She worked several years for Edward Kramer & Sons, but found that teaching was her passion and joy. She touched the lives of many students in the Iowa-Grant and Barron school districts for many years having a positive impact with her students. Karen and Huck later moved to Minong after her retirement from teaching.

Karen truly enjoyed the endless fishing trips with her husband, winters in Texas, golfing, ATV-ing, trips with her sister and niece, crossword puzzles, reading, and having a good time with family and friends.

Karen is survived by many loving family members including her beloved husband Gerald “Huck” Novinski of Minong, stepchildren Scott (Bobbi) Novinski of Denver, CO, Stacy (Nikki) Novinski of White Fish Bay, and Sheila (Jason) Erb of Barron, brother William (Candace) Witzig of Jonestown, TX, sister Kathy (Richard Hanson) Witzig of Fennimore, WI, sister-in-laws Mary Ellen (Ron) Karnitz, Char (Jerry) Larson, Elaine “Bink” (Jerry) Sevart, grandchildren Tyler (Bridgit) Novinski, Talon Novinski, Trey Novinski, Drew Novinski, Ella Novinski, Elizabeth Erb, and Jacqueline Erb, great-grand-daughter Melani Novinski; niece Natalie Luhman, great-niece and nephew Madison and Austin Witzig and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-laws Bill, Walter and Gord Novinska; sister-in-law Florence Halverson, and nephew Brett Witzig.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Church in Barron with Father Bala Raju Policetty and Father Gerard Willger officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, March 17, 2017 from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M. at Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron and one hour prior to the service on Saturday morning at the church. Additional visitation will be held Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore, Wisconsin followed by a private burial.

Audrey I. Simonsmeier

Fennimore, WI-Audrey I. Simonsmeier, age 89, passed away peacefully in her daughter’s home on Thursday morning March 2, 2017 with her family at her side. Audrey was born on June 27, 1927 in Greenbush in Sheboygan Co. WI the daughter of Francis Sr. & Alice (Prindle) Bonnett.

Audrey’s legacy will remain one of patience, kindness, and astounding unconditional love for others. She was an artistic painter by trade, composing artwork of Native American heritage and prophetic scenery. The family wishes to extend enormous gratitude to Abby Tredinnick of Fennimore for her unwavering devotion to Audrey and our family. May Gods goodness and grace shine on your face as you paint.

Audrey is survived by her beloved daughter Carol (James) Belland of Fennimore, four grandchildren; April (Larry) Deese, Alison (Don) Wallace, Allen (Sue) Laack, Matthew Belland, six great grandchildren; T. Ryan, Anthony “Tony”, Anna Mae, Christopher, Andrew, and Emily, two sisters; Carleen Thiel (Twin of Kenneth) and Virginia Marten.

Audrey was preceded death by her parents, five brothers; Jack, Francis Jr., Glen, James and Kenneth (Twin of Carleen) Bonnett, two sisters; June Schmitt and Doloris Bonnett.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date at the Greenbush Cemetery in Greenbush, WI. The Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore is assisting the family.

Lawton A. Alderson

Fennimore – Lawton Albert Alderson, age 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Center.

The only child of William and Ethel (Hunter) Alderson, Lawton was born at the Iowa County Hospital in Dodgeville, WI on November 11, 1929. He spent his youth on the family farm in the Mt. Hope/Mt. Ida area, attending school at Irish Ridge and Mt. Hope.

On February 28, 1949, Lawton married Lorraine Frances Yanna of Castle Rock Township, WI at St. John’s Nepomuc Catholic Church, Castle Rock Ridge. From this union, 11 children were born: Linda (Eldon) Washburn, LaVon (Robert) Broihahn, Larry (Diane) Alderson, Loretta Alderson, Loren (Teresa) Alderson, Leone Alderson, LeeAnn (Alan) Wagner, Laura (David) Anderson, Leonard Alderson, Lisa Bollant, and Lynn (David) Holzinger.

Since marriage, Lawton and Lorraine farmed in the surrounding Fennimore area. In addition to farming, Lawton also hauled canned milk for Carl and Steve Bahl at the Fennimore Cheese Factory (12 years), and drove cement, sand and gravel trucks for Concrete Products and Kowalski-Kieler (13 years).   1997 marked a well-deserved retirement from farming, with the couple continuing to reside on their beloved farm on County Trunk T in Marion Township until their move to Fennimore in 2011.

Lawton loved his Lord and Savior and often commented on how “blessed and fortunate” his family was; never taking any of it for granted. He was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fennimore.

Lawton was happiest in life with Lorraine at his side; enjoying the love and laughter of family, pride in his farm and fields, listening to classic country music, a good dance band, pulling old-fashioned pranks along with reminiscing of his escapades from the early days, hitching up his team of Belgian draft horses, traveling down the back roads in either his pick-up truck or on his bright red 1950 Farmall H tractor – stopping along the way for chance visits with friends and neighbors, telephone chats with his pals, and of course chocolate cake, Schwan’s ice cream, and pie of any sort – all in no particular order.

In addition to his 11 children, their spouses and significant others Amy Phillips, Jim McDevitt and Jerome Gilles, Lawton is survived by 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws Marcella Delkamp, June Yanna and Alice Yanna, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Lorraine of 67 years on August 15, 2016, his parents; his father and mother-in-law John and Nora (Nowak) Yanna, and brothers- and sisters-in-law: Dorothy and Robert Minter, Eleanor and Bernard Whitish, Gertrude and Lyle Weichmann, Hank and Helen Yanna, John Yanna Jr., Arnold Yanna, infant Mary Alice Yanna, and William Delkamp.

The family would like to thank Betty Muhs (caregiver), the Grant County Hospice Nurses, along with the staff at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Center for their attentive care. As well as the spiritual comfort and support provided by Father Miguel Galvez and Father Tom Kelley.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, February 24, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fennimore with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00 til 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore. Online condolences may be made at

The family is comforted knowing Dad and Mom will once again be “Waltzing Across Texas in Each Other’s Arms” on their wedding anniversary February 28th.

Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and forever dear.