Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Emmeline J. Brun

Ammeline J (1)Emmeline J. Brun, age 100, of Rochester, MN entered eternal life on July 25, 2016 after a brief stay at Samaritan Bethany Rehabilitation. Emmeline has made her home at the Shorewood Senior Campus in Rochester for the last eight years. She married Gordon Brun, April 27, 1940, and the two of them farmed near Livingston, Wisconsin for over 50 years.

She was born September 5, 1915 in Livingston, Wisconsin, the oldest child of six to Luetta and Mortimer Allen. Emmeline graduated from Livingston High School and then attended Madison Vocational school before returning to Southwest Wisconsin where she married Gordon. Emmeline and Gordon began farming near Stitzer, Wisconsin and then moved to a farm near Livingston in 1945. It was here they farmed until full retirement in 1983. Emmeline felt fortunate to enjoy 35 winters at Deserama, Mesa, Arizona. Riding a bike, learning to swim, shuffleboard, and many dances were part of enjoyable life.

Emmeline took pride in her Midwestern heritage. Emmeline was active as a homemaker on the farm cooking for large thrashing crews in the 40’s and 50’s to doing her share of dairy milking and always taking care of “her” chickens . She was a dedicated member of the Livingston United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Rebekah Lodge, and Iowa County Homemakers. For many years she loved creating ceramics and a variety of craft items and became excellent at crocheting.   Gordon and she enjoyed traveling the United States plus they had fun seeing Mexico, and Europe with their lifetime friends, the Grunow’s. Emmeline was always ready for a good game of Bridge and always looking for people ready to play. She always thoroughly enjoyed family picnics and gatherings at holidays with the extended family. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who was always willing to help where needed.

Emmeline is survived by one son, Gary, and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Brun of Fort Meyers, FL, Three Grandchildren, Daniel (Susie) Brun of Rockford, MN, Andrea Brun of Edgewater, Co, and Bryan Brun or Denver, Co. She is also survived by six great grandchildren; Everett, Sophia, Harrison, Charlie, Lorelei, and Courtney. She has been preceded in death by her husband, Gordon, of 51 years, her three younger brothers, Keith, Walt and Don Allen, and 2 sisters, Dorothy Harris and Ruth Weittenhiller and their spouses.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Livingston United Methodist Church with burial following at the Rock Church Cemetery. Pastor Ty Hines will be officiating. A visitation will be held from 4-7:00 P.M. on Friday evening, July 29, 2016 at the Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort and from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the church on Saturday morning. In lieu of plants and flowers a memorial fund established in loving memory of Emmeline will benefit the Rock Church Cemetery Association. The family would like to thank the staff at Samaritan Bethany for loving care and compassion shown to Emmeline.

Audrey J. Karasek

Audrey Karasek (1)

Fennimore/Boscobel, WI-Audrey J. Karasek, age 80, died peacefully on Wednesday evening July 20, 2016 at Boscobel Care & Rehabilitation. She was born on June 18, 1936, in the Cobb area, the daughter of Ed and Mary Laufenberg. She was united in marriage to Cletus Karasek on Sept. 10, 1955. They worked very hard and made their living farming together on 50 acres just outside of Fennimore and together raised three children.

Audrey was a very social person and enjoyed spending time with friends over coffee, euchre games, and selling Avon. She also loved all sports and thoroughly loved watching games with her family. She truly loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and held their visits very dear to her heart.

Audrey is survived by her Son Donnie (Darla) Karasek of Blue River, daughter LuAnn Mathews of Boscobel, daughter-in-law Pam Karasek(Dave Witter) of Lady Smith, five grandchildren; David (Cindy) Karasek, Dustin (Anna) Karasek, Jason (Amy) Mathews, Janelle Mathews (Matt Miller), Jamie Mathews, two great grandchildren Jackson and Chloe Karasek, brother Jim (Priscilla) Laufenberg, and a very special friend Stacey Ottman.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, husband Cletus on March 3, 2006, infant son David Karasek and son Dannie Karasek on March 18, 2012.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday July 25, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fennimore with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-8:00 P.M. on Sunday July 24, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore where a Parish Rosary will be said at 8:00 P.M. Sunday evening. Visitation will also be held from 10:00-10:30 A.M. on Monday morning at the funeral home and online condolences may be made at www.larsonfuneralhomes.com. Memorials may be given in loving memory of Audrey Karasek to the Boscobel Care & Rehabilitation Memory Care Wing.

Margaret E. “Peg” Lynch

Margaret LynchMargaret E. “Peg” Lynch, age 85, of Montfort, died on Friday, July 15, 2016, at her residence in Montfort surrounded by her family.  Margaret was born on Jan. 14, 1931, in Montfort, the daughter of Christopher and Lottie (Ferris) Frankland.  She married James Lynch on Feb. 5, 1949 in Mineral Point.

Margaret lived in Montfort all her life except for two short years spent in Mineral Point when her and James were first married. As a young women Margaret worked as a telephone operator and was the matron at the swimming pool.  For the majority of her working career she worked as a CNA at Bloomfield Manor in rural Dodgeville, retiring in 1994.  Margaret enjoyed dancing during her younger days and having coffee at Culvers with her Bloomfield co-workers in later years.  She was a very outgoing women and her spunky personality will forever be cherished.

Margaret is survived by her two children; Rick Lynch (Karla Caygill) of Highland and Tari Lynch of Blue River, five grandchildren; Rick (Kevin) Lynch-Curran of Cuba City, Chris Lynch of Dodgeville, Jonna Rakowski of Milwaukee, Ross Rakowski (Ashley O’Kane) of Cross Plains and Jessica Ford of Mineral Point, two great-grandchildren, Oliver Rakowski and AlicZander Rakowski and a brother Jack (Susan) Frankland of Dane.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, husband James and brother Bob Frankland.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at the Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort with burial to follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Montfort.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the funeral home on Thursday morning.

Charles S. “Chuck” Weist Jr.

Chuck WeistFennimore, WI – Charles S. “Chuck” Weist Jr., age 45, died on Tuesday afternoon July 12, 2016, in the town of Sterling in Vernon Co., WI as a result of an automobile accident. Chuck was born on May 7, 1971, in Lancaster, WI, the son of Charles Sr. and Barbara (Watchorn) Weist.

Chuck attended Fennimore High School and was in the class of 1989. He went to work for Croft’s Lime and Gravel and Mathy Construction as a heavy equipment operator until 2005. Chuck then worked for Pattison Sand in Clayton, IA until being employed for the past three years at Town & Country Sanitation in Boscobel. Chuck also enjoyed working during planting season at Reddy Ag in Stitzer. He learned to put his family first and became an awesome Dad who had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. He loved watching his children participate in activities and sports. Chuck also enjoyed cheering on the Packer’s, watching NASCAR, especially Earnhardt Sr. & Jr., and attending truck pulls and demolition derby’s with family and friends. Chuck was a dependable person who would do anything for anyone. True to his word and generosity, Chuck kept giving until the end by being an organ & tissue donor. Chuck was an active member of the Fennimore Fire Dept. for over 20 years and his dedication to his family and dept. will truly be missed.

Chuck is survived by his beloved parents of Fennimore, two children; Torie Richardson of Boscobel, Hayley Weist of Fennimore, soul mate; Angie Ruchti of Fennimore, three sisters; Vicki (Bryan) Pitzen, Karen (David) Mahr, Brenda (Tommy) Taylor all of Fennimore, brother Todd (Dawn) Weist of Morris, IL, maternal grandmother; Ruby Watchorn of Muscoda, along with other loved children in Chuck’s life; Taylor Richardson of Boscobel, Emma Merz of Fennimore, Aiden and Anika Kreul of Fennimore. He is also survived by many special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Chuck was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; Oscar and Marie Weist, and maternal grandfather Henry Watchorn.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday July 18, 2016 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church in Fennimore with burial to follow in the Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-8:00 P.M. on Sunday July 17, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore and from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the church on Monday morning. In lieu of plants and flowers a memorial fund is being established for his children at; American Bank, 1055 Lincoln Ave. Fennimore, WI 53809.

Douglas C. Jenks

Doug Jenks

Montfort – Douglas C. Jenks, age 82, of Montfort, died peacefully on July 3, 2016 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, from injuries received in an automobile accident in Knoxville, TN. Douglas was born on June 17, 1934, in Mifflin Township, the son of Orval and Laura (Holmes) Jenks. He was raised on the family farm south of Cobb. Upon his graduation in 1952, he attended UW Madison in Agriculture short course. After graduation he returned to farm with his parents. On October 10, 1953, he married his high school sweetheart Mary Wienkes at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Highland, WI.

Doug and Mary farmed with his brother and father south of Rewey until 1966. They moved to Cobb to run a beef operation and also worked at the Canning Factory in Cobb and Tel-A-Market in Fennimore and Dodgeville sorting cattle and pigs. He enjoyed auctioneering at the sales barns and ran his own auction service for several years. In 1972, they purchased the farm where they lived for 44 years in Wingville Township.

Doug enjoyed hunting, bowling, collecting antique irons, cameras and cheering on the Packers and Badgers. Dancing every Friday night with friends at Huckleberry’s in Prairie du Chien was one of Doug and Mary’s favorite past times. Doug loved working outdoors. He enjoyed working in his garage and and building wood working projects. Doug was known for his sense of humor and his love of making individuals laugh.

Doug is survived by his seven children; Debbie (Dave) Winkers of Fennimore, Susan (Terry) Vavricka of Cobb, Bev Heiman of Pewaukee, Tom (Sandy) Jenks of Cobb, Brian (Faith) Jenks of Green Bay, Ken Jenks of Green Bay and Lori (Bill) Vanni of Sahuarita, AZ, 16 grandchildren; David Winkers, Dan (Shannon) Winkers, Doug Winkers, Melanie (Mark) Cuper, Justin (Jenny) Moon, Jaime Vavricka, TJ (Cassie) Vavricka, Jason (Nicole) Heiman, Chad Heiman, Christine Albiter (Finance Josh Stedman), Eric Jenks, Kurt (Daisy) Jenks, Jordan Jenks, Nicole Jenks, Mindy (Aaron) Cadotte and Tracy (Kelly) Gunderson, and 26 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews along with special dancing friends Carol and Jerry Bertram.

Doug was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary, his parents, brothers, Dale (Doris) and Junior (Carol) Jenks and sisters, Marion (Harold) Grunewald, Jen (Don) Nagel-Olson and Virginia (John) Weaver.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday July 8th, 2016 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Montfort with burial to follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Cobb. Father Jim Murphy will be officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Thursday July 7th, 2016 at the Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort and from 10:00 – 10:30 A.M. on Friday morning at the funeral home. In lieu of plants and flowers, a memorial fund is being established in loving memory of Doug Jenks.