Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Randal G. Williams

Randal G. Williams, age 59, of Wauzeka, died on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Vernon Manor in Viroqua. Randal was born on Oct. 21, 1957, in Rockford, IL, the son of Jack and Annette (Hines) Williams.

Randal graduated for Kirkland, IL High School and then attended UW-Platteville. He worked as a motorcycle mechanic in Dodgeville for many years and was an avid racer. In recent years, he was self-employed delivering welding supplies throughout the tri-state area.

Randal is survived by aunt Beverly Hines, uncle Mel Nelson and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles on the Williams and Hines sides

As Randal wished, no funeral services will be held. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family and donations may be made to your favorite charity in loving memory of Randal G. Williams.

Wilfred J. “Willy” Udelhofen

Wilfred J. “Willy” Udelhofen, age 82, of Cassville, died on Wednesday May 31, 2017 at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. Willy was born on August 31, 1934 in Cornelia, WI the son of Frank and Mary (Richards) Udelhofen. He married Julaine “Junie” Kowalski on September 4, 1958 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville.

Willy enlisted in the US Army in 1954. He was stationed in Japan and honorably discharged as a Sargent in 1956. Upon returning home, Willy began working for Kowalski-Kieler as a heavy equipment operator, and soon met his future wife Junie. Kowalski-Kieler opened its first ready-mix plant in 1958 and would continue to grow throughout Southwest Wisconsin over the coming decades. Willy became president of the company in 1980 and maintained that role until his retirement in 2005. Kowalski-Kieler had ready-mix plants in Dickeyville, Lancaster, Fennimore, Dodgeville, Platteville, Highland, Cassville and Blanchardville in addition to two crushing plants and one sand processing plant.

Willy loved hunting, especially the trips out west with his buddies. He enjoyed spending time both playing and working on his hobby farm in Stitzer. He also loved spending time with his family on holidays and on winter getaways in Florida. Willy was a hard working man who led by example. He was truly a gentle giant and a man of few words, but when he spoke everyone stopped to listen.

Willy is survived by his beloved wife Junie of Cassville; five children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Kelly Udelhofen (Holly Jones) of Stitzer, and their children Zachary, Haylee and Logan Udelhofen and Christopher (Danielle) Bartow and their daughter Adriana Bartow, Kimberly (Robert) Govier of Fennimore, Dena (Shawn) Wood of Cassville and their children Brandon, Blake and Brinley Wood, Ky (Kevin) Ruchti and their children Jacob and Lucas Ruchti and Coco (Torey) Schauff of Belleville and their children Alex and Max Schauff. Willy is also survived by brother and sister-in-laws; Mitz (Roger) Droessler, Betty (Wayne) Kruser and Jim (Charlotte) Kowalski, all of Dickeyville, Donna (Larry) Bernhardt of Cassville, Collette Kowalski-Hallowell of Angora, MN and Colleen (Wayne) Ploessl of Cassville, several nieces and nephews and special hunting buddy Bernie (Anita) Heileman of Dickeyville.

Willy was preceded in death by his parents, siblings; Stella (Walter) Timmerman, Merlin (Ruth) Udelhofen, Ralph Udelhofen and Mabel (Bill) Tobin, mother and father in-law Doc and Irene Kowalski and brother-in-law Tom Hallowell.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, June 5, 2017, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville. Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Monday morning. In lieu of plants and flowers, a memorial fund is being established in loving memory of Wilfred J. “Willy” Udelhofen. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family

Joseph C. Hoelzel

Joseph C. Hoelzel, age 82, from Port Republic Virginia, died on Tuesday morning May 30, 2017 at ManorCare in Platteville. Joe had recently moved to the area to be closer to his children. He was born on May 23, 1935 in Beloit, WI the son of Albert and Lydia (Langer) Hoelzel.

Joe served in the US Army from 1951 – 1954. He farmed in the Delevan, Wisconsin area until moving to Port Republic, Virginia in 1975. In 2015, he returned to Wisconsin and resided with his son Tim in Blanchardville.

Joe is survived by his four children; Deb (Bill) Wilson of Livingston, Joe (Andrea) Hoelzel of Minneapolis, MN, Laurie (Don) Kirschbaum of Fennimore and Tim (Cathy) Hoelzel of Blanchardville, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a sister Pat Beanie of Delavan, WI.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife Bobbie, brother Pete Hoelzel and sister Bertha Kutz.

At request of the family, no funeral services will be held at this time. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family.

Arlene F. Fry

Arlene F. Fry, age 89, of Fennimore, passed away on Sunday morning May 14, 2017 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. She was born on April 10, 1928, in Patch Grove the daughter of George and Millicent (Dubel) Shepherd. Arlene was united in marriage to Kenneth S. Fry on Jan. 20, 1946 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church.

Arlene graduated from Mount Hope High School in 1945. She and Kenny resided in Preston from 1950 until 2005. Arlene was a true homemaker; while Kenny was out delivering the mail, she loved taking care of her family. She considered entering the work force after receiving her CNA license but decided to continue to be at home with her family. Arlene was a wonderful seamstress and made many Barbie Doll clothes. She enjoyed babysitting children in Preston, made the best cinnamon rolls and loved to bake pies. Arlene was a member of the Fennimore United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Preston Mothers Club, and the Boscobel Antique Club. Her dedication to family will be cherished forever.

Arlene is survived by her four children; Gary (Sue) Fry of Oregon, Greg (Kris) Fry of Fennimore, Jeff (Anita) Fry of Warren, IL and Debi Fry of Platteville, eight grandchildren; Teresa (Rusty) Raatz of Madison, Stephanie (Adam) Whitehorse of Madison, Elizabeth (Dale) Martini of Wake Forest, NC, Kim (Russ) Pope of Dubuque, IA, Gabe (Heather) Fry of Fennimore, Matt (Ingrid) Fry of Fennimore, Karrie (Kip) Sabinson of Warren, IL and Nicholas (Bobbie Kline) Fry of Evansville, 15 great grandchildren, three sisters; Connie Stimpson of Machesney Park, IL, Myrna (Don) Bowen of North Folk, VA, half sister Linda Smith of Dixon, IL, Sister-in-Laws; Rita Shepherd of CT, Helen Fry of Fennimore and Phyllis Fry of Onalaska along with several nieces and nephews.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth on June 12, 2005, brother Raymond Shepherd, daughter-in-law Patricia Fry and brother-in-laws Carlos Stimpson and Bob Smith.

Eastern Star and funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday May 20, 2017, at the Fennimore United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M until time of service at the church on Saturday morning. In lieu of plants and flowers a memorial fund is being established in loving memory of Arlene F. Fry. The family would like to thank the Good Samaritan Society for the wonderful care provided to their mother and grandmother.

Connie R. Edge

Connie R. Edge, age 70, of Mt. Ida, died on Friday May 12, 2017 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. Connie was born on May 2, 1947 in Prairie du Chien, WI the daughter of Charles and Ivanelle (Galbrieth) Lull. She married Walter Edge on Oct. 1, 1966 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fennimore.

Connie graduated from Boscobel High School and then began working at Loud Speaker Component in Lancaster. She then worked at the Cobb Canning Factory before tending bar in Werley for many years. After the Werley Tavern burned down, Connie became a waitress at Hickory Grove Golf Course until the late 1990’s. Connie also did bookwork for Edge Brothers Construction. She and Walter loved to travel and spent their winters in Florida beginning in 1995 and in Arizona for the past 10 years. Connie enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, cross county skiing, deer hunting, participating in muzzle loading competitions, and spending time with her late German Shepard Tasha. She also liked cheering on the Packers and Badgers, painting, and bowling in different leagues throughout the area. Connie thought the world of her grandchildren and cherished the time spent with them. Her witty sense of humor and ability to make the best of everyday despite her courageous six-year battle with cancer will forever be remembered.

Connie is survived by her beloved husband of 51 years, Walter of Mt. Ida, son John (Traci) Edge of Boscobel; four grandchildren, Courtney Oates, Shannon (Kyle) Cathman and Logan and Jordin Edge; two great-grandchildren Ryker and Rowyn Cathman; twin sister Kay (Bill) Brendemuehl of Kerkhoven, MN; sisters, Charlene Hampton of Rochester, MN, Sandy Collins of Madison and Terri Lull of Fort Lauderdale, FL, along with several special nieces and nephews.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fennimore with burial of the remains to follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Thursday morning. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family.