Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Leila M. Schmitz

leila-schmitz-1Leila M. Schmitz, age 81, of Lancaster and formerly of Bloomington, passed away on Sunday morning Sept. 25, 2016 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. Leila was born on July 11, 1935 in Beetown, WI the daughter of Vernon and Alta (Bishell) Laufenberg. She was united in marriage to Robert Schmitz on Feb. 6, 1952 in Lancaster.

Following graduation from Lancaster High School in 1952, Leila and Robert worked hard farming in Beetown Township and raised their family of 10 children. In 1974, Leila and Robert started Schmitz Sanitary Service, which is now owned by their son Tim. Leila began working for Lancaster Hospital as a ward clerk beginning in 1975, retiring in 2005 after 30 years of service. Leila was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church where she taught catechism for several years. She enjoyed gardening, canning her famous pickles and traveling throughout the area cheering on Robert in truck pulling competitions. Later in life, she found enjoyment playing cards and bingo, traveling to the casino and hosting numerous family gatherings. Leila’s dedication to family, hard work and strong will has left an everlasting memory.

Leila is survived by her nine children; Bonnie (Fred) Maughan of Lancaster, Larry (Linda) Schmitz of Stitzer, Diane (Doug) Haufler of Mt. Hope, Betty (Darwin) Pierce of Potosi, Ron (Nancy) Schmitz of Bloomington, Jim (Shelly) Schmitz of Lancaster Barb (Lynn) Millard of Lancaster, Tim (Charlene) Schmitz of Bloomington and Teresa (Greg) Fry of Mesa, AZ, 23 grandchildren; Travis, Michelle, Doug, Jeannie, Tonia, Jeremy, Jen, Jamie, Dan, Ryan, Tabitha, Jon, Eric, Dusty, Jesse, Jake, Sara, David, Keith, Kyle, Brittany, Travis and Cory, 39 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, five sisters; Rosella (Don) Hosch of Dubuque, Marsha (John) Pace of Lancaster, Gloria (Jim) Cooley of Lancaster, Alverna (Robert) Esser of Cassville and Joyce (Kenn) Zenz of Potosi, sister-in-law Opal Laufenberg of Mauston, son-in-law Tony (Cathie) Brendemuehl, special friend Dr. Robert Railey and beloved cat Fluffy.

Leila was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in 2009, daughter Mary Jane Brendemuehl in 2001 and brother Orville in 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday Sept. 29, 2016 at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with burial to follow in the Hurricane Cemetery in South Lancaster Township, Grant County, WI. Visitation will be held from 4:00- 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday evening Sept. 28, 2016 at St. Clement Catholic Church and from 10:00 until the time of service on Thursday morning. In lieu of plants and flowers, a memorial fund is being established in loving memory of Leila M. Schmitz. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family.

George J. Wilkinson

george-wilkinsonFennimore, WI-George J. Wilkinson, age 90, died on Thursday Sept. 22, 2016 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society. George was born on Feb. 2, 1926 in Mt. Hope the son of Lewis and Hannah (Peterson) Wilkinson. He was united in marriage to Mary Sunney on Sept. 10, 1945 in Lancaster.

George was passionate about farming his entire life, farming in rural Lancaster, Bagley, Mt. Hope and Fennimore until retiring in 1978. George enjoyed helping others and began volunteering at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society for eight years until 1986. He enjoyed watching the news, keeping up with today’s current events, old western television shows, and loved tinkering in his garage.

George is survived by his six children; Jim Wilkinson of Fennimore, Sharon (Bob) Wood of Mt. Hope, Louis (Rachel) Wilkinson of Fennimore, Dick (Diane) Wilkinson of Fennimore, Larry (Judy) Wilkinson of Fennimore, Sandy (Vernon) Stanfley of Stoughton, nine grandchildren, five step grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, four step great grandchildren, sister-in-law Wilma Wilkinson of Boscobel, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

George was preceded in death by an infant son, parents, wife Mary on Feb. 16, 2007, granddaughter Carrie Wilkinson in 1997, daughter-in-law Kathryn Wilkinson in 1991, three brothers; Orville, Kent, and Lloyd Wilkinson, and three sisters; Marie Cliff, Ada Updike, and Norma Slack.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday Sept. 26, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore with burial to follow in the Hermitage Cemetery rural Mt. Hope. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 P.M. on Sunday Sept. 25, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore and from 10:00 A.M. until time of service on Monday morning.

Ruby H. Novinski

ruby-novinskiRuby H. Novinski, age 93, of Lancaster and formerly of Fennimore, died on Sunday morning Sept. 18, 2016, at Orchard Manor in Lancaster. Ruby was born on Feb. 19, 1923 in Wingville Township, Grant Co., WI the daughter of Albert Sr. and Marie (Henry) Molzolf. She married Cletus F. Novinski on Feb. 1, 1950 in Dubuque, IA.

Ruby attended rural county school and then worked at Robertson Nursing Home as a nurse’s aide. After moving to Fennimore, Ruby worked for Parker Pen, the telephone company, and waitressed. She retired from Loud Speaker Component after suffering from a heart attack. During retirement, Ruby enjoyed volunteering at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ebenezer Cemetery Association, Women’s Relief Corps and Royal Neighbors. Ruby enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, and teaching her granddaughters how to make all of her delicious Christmas goodies.

Ruby is survived by her three children; Patricia Collins of Menomonee Falls, Betty (Terry) Schwantes of Bloomington and Harold Novinski of Linden, five grandchildren; Lisa (Greg) McGuire, Billie Jo (Vincent) Walmer, Doug Schwantes, Cindy (Eric) Irish and Jeff (Mary) Hirsch, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, sisters Emma Ford and June Schafer both of Dodgeville, brother-in-law Vernon Olrick of McFarland, sister-in-law Naomi Novinski of Tucson, AZ and many nieces and nephews.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, husband Cletus, infant daughter Mary, daughter-in-law Donna Novinski, brothers; Edwin (Mary) Molzolf, Robert (Shirley) Molzolf and Albert Jr. Molzolf, sister Eldean (Donald) Popp, sister-in-law Josephine Olrick and brothers-in-law; Norbert Novinski, Joseph Schafer and Wayne Ford.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday Sept. 22, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fennimore with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at St. Mary Church Hall.

Leonard J. “Len” Mulrooney Jr.

leonard-mulrooneyLeonard “Len” Joseph Mulrooney Jr, age 87, of Mount Hope passed away on September 16, 2016 at Orchard Manor in Lancaster. He was born May 8, 1929 in Council Bluffs, Iowa the son of Leonard and Mary Ruth (Rooney) Mulrooney. Len graduated Fennimore High School class of 1947. He was the town chairman of Mount Hope for many years and a board member on the Scenic Rivers board. He belonged to St Lawrence O’Toole parish of Mount Hope and an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Len farmed in the Mount Hope area all of his life. He was a 100% Irishman and he sang with the Irish Tabernacle Choir. He liked to fish. He was an avid football fan and a high school referee.

Len was united in marriage to Marcella (Schmitz) Mulrooney at St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church in Mount Hope on November 17, 1951. Together they had eight children: Tom (Arlene) Fennimore, Rick Patch Grove, Dennis (Linda) Bagley, John Mount Hope, Mary (Ron) Koenen Mount Hope, Linda deceased, Dan (Heidi) Fennimore, Steve (Julie) Lancaster. 16 grandchildren; Tonya (Tony Gratz) Monica (Jon) Hauser, Shaun Mulrooney, Lisa (Mike) Jakubowski, Matt Mulrooney, Brian (Samantha) Mulrooney, Tim (Amber) Mulrooney, Erin (Glenn) Shisler, Andy (Sarah) Mulrooney, Gary (Carissa) Koenen, Sarah (Ryan) Dexter, Todd Koenen, Camille (Logan) Chappell, Justin Mulrooney , Ryan Mulrooney, Noah Mulrooney. 8 great grandchildren Alexander, Telina, Benjamin, Irelyn, Theresa, Addilyn, Taralyn, Aislyn and 4 on the way. In-laws: Marion Swab, Carol (Maurice) Parkins, Jim (Marlys) Schmitz, John (Danielle )Schmitz, Joe (Kay) Schmitz, (Myra) Schmitz, Bob (Connie) Schmitz, Mary Evans Manhart, Joy Mulrooney.

Len was preceded in death by his daughter Linda, parents Leonard and Mary Ruth, Brothers Richard, Jerome, Michael, Edward and Robert. In-laws Maynard and Loretta Schmitz, Mark and Jeanette Sweeney, Roger Swab, Maynard Jr. Schmitz.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. on Friday Sept. 23, 2016 at the St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church in Mt Hope Township Grant Co., WI with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3-7:00 P.M. on Thursday Sept. 22, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore. In lieu of plant and flowers a memorial fund is being established in loving memory of Leonard J. “Len” Mulrooney Jr.

Ralph A. “Bud” Davies

ralph-daviesFennimore WI-Ralph A. “Bud” Davies, age 88, died on Monday Sept. 12, 2016 at Orchard Manor in rural Lancaster. He was born on Nov. 1, 1927 in Platteville the son of George & Rowena (Bitney) Davies.

Ralph went to work throughout the Platteville and Lancaster area until being drafted in the U.S. Army in 1952. After being honorable discharged, Ralph was united in marriage to Mary Hach on May 29, 1956 in Highland. Ralph went to work for John Deere dealership until purchasing a farm in rural Platteville. After selling his farm, Ralph worked for Fennimore FS for over 20 years until his retirement. He adored his family and was a dedicated employee. Ralph had the ability to fix or build anything and his wonderful sense of humor attributed to this great man.

Ralph is survived by his four children; Vicky (Kevin) Graf of Lancaster, Bonnie Davies of Lancaster, Ralph Jr. (Sheila) Davies of Cobb, Pete (Chris) Davies of Sherrill, IA, 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, brother Daniel Davies of Barneveld, and a sister Beverly (Bernard “Buzz”) Hartnett of Lancaster

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary on Sept 5, 2011, grandson Kevin Christopher Graf, infant brother, sister Betty Trollop, sister-in-law Sandra Davies, niece Sandy Jewett.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday Sept. 16, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore with burial to follow in the Stitzer United Methodist Church Cemetery, rural Stitzer with Military Honors. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the funeral home on Friday morning.