Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Marilyn M. Gibson

Marilyn M. Gibson, age 91, was reunited with the love of her life, George H. Gibson on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Marilyn was born on April 22, 1926 to J. Frank and Marita Wilkinson in Hampshire, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in business education, she started her career in teaching at Montfort High School. While raising her family she continued her teaching at Southwest Technical College until her retirement in 1991.

She was married to George H. Gibson on June 10th 1950 and soon after started her family, together they raised six children. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband George Holland (1981), beloved son James Holland (Melanie) (2014) and brother Kenneth Wilkinson. She is survived by five of her six children, Robert (Marian), Bruce (Laura), Gary (Lori), George (Angela), and her last child finally being a daughter Barbara Gibson-Dann (Mitch). She was blessed with 10 grandchildren; Erik, Scott (Emily), Ryan (Meghan), Kerry, Jarrad, Brendan, Caitlin, Nicholas, Nathan, and Alexandra. She also had the pleasure of holding her three great-grandchildren; Isaiah, Anaiah, and Harrison. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Melanie Gibson and dear friend Ruth Paul.

The family would like to send it’s sincerest thanks to the Light House of Sun Prairie where Marilyn lived the last three years of her life.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday Nov. 4, 2017, at the Montfort United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday evening Nov. 3, 2017 at the Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort and from 10:00 A.M. until the 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 Marilyn M. Gibson.

Donna M. Bickford

Donna M. Bickford, age 82, died on Wednesday evening Oct. 4, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 10, 1935 in Walworth County, WI the daughter of Hiram and Lodema “Deem” (Matthews) Baker. Donna’s early years were spent on a farm in rural Burlington, WI, then moving into town where she attended Burlington Elementary and High School graduating in 1953. She was active in school activities as well as church and community, especially involving music. Donna then enrolled in St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Racine, WI graduating in 1956 as a Registered Nurse and remained active in many areas of nursing service for the next 40 years.

Donna was united in marriage to Lloyd R. Bickford on July 20, 1971 and they moved to Fennimore in April of 1974. She worked at Lancaster and Cuba City Hospital and then as the nurse for Fennimore Community Schools for 14 years until retiring in 1991. Donna was also well known for her skills as a seamstress. In 2002, she and Lloyd retired to Hot Springs Village in Arkansas where she was active in Village groups as well as groups at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. Donna returned to Fennimore in 2012 to be closer to her family.

Donna is survived by her four children; Debora Hoelzel (Bill) Wilson of Livingston, Joseph (Andrea) Hoelzel of Minneapolis, MN, Laura Hoelzel (Don) Kirschbaum of Fennimore, Tim (Cathy) Hoelzel of Blanchardville, nine grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and a step daughter Kathy Bickford (Jeff) Hubbard.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Lloyd on Feb. 7, 2009

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday Oct. 12, 2017 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church with a private burial of the cremated remains in the Mifflin Cemetery in Mifflin Township, Iowa Co., WI. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 P.M. on Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church and from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the church on Thursday morning. In lieu of flowers and other expression of sympathy, memorials may be given in loving memory of Donna Bickford to the Fennimore United Methodist Church. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family.

Evelyn R. Calvert

Evelyn R. Calvert, age 85, died on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at her residence in Fennimore. Evelyn was born on Feb. 28, 1932 in Woodman, WI the daughter of James and Clara (Weir) Elliott. She married Robert Calvert on Oct. 24, 1953 in Boscobel.

Evelyn graduated from Boscobel High School with the class of 1950. She was employed at Rayovac in Fennimore from the early 1970’s until retiring in 1994. Evelyn had a love for life and kept very active line dancing, playing bingo, shopping, going to the boat and tending to her many flower gardens. She enjoyed cheering on the Packers and Badgers and never missed a grandchild’s or great-grandchild’s sporting event. Evelyn’s zest for life, fiery spirit and infectious smile will forever be cherished.

Evelyn is survived by her four children, Deb (Dan) Carns of Fennimore, Kim (Jim) Welsh of Boscobel, Kathy (Randy) Nelson of Moberly, MO and Rob (Lisa) Calvert of Boscobel, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; Autumn Carns of Fennimore with children Bryce and Barron, Jess (Amanda) Carns of Fennimore with children Calvert and Hudsyn, Jaime (Scott) Kovars of Woodlands, TX, Aaron (Kelly) Welsh of Cottage Grove, Casey (Wendy) Nelson of Noblesville, IN with children Alex, Jack and Max, Devon Calvert of Brodhead and Dalton and Reece Calvert of Boscobel. Evelyn is also survived by her sister Marian McKnight of Boscobel, sister-in-law Laura Walker of Boscobel and brother-in-laws, Kenny Kauffman of Fennimore and Vernon Kjos of Boscobel.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Robert on March 12, 1994, sisters Annabelle Kauffman, Carol Marks, Joanne Trumm, Dorothy Kjos and Bernice Galer, brothers, Jimmy, Allen and Bernard Elliot and special friend Glenn Fry on Dec. 31, 2011.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fennimore will burial to follow in the Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 P.M. on Monday evening Oct. 2, 2017, at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore.

Robert “Bob” G. Mueller

Robert “Bob” G. Mueller, age 89, died on Thursday morning Sept. 28, 2017, at his residence in rural Livingston surrounded by his family. He was born on June 16, 1928, in Platteville the son of John and Lillie (Schuster) Mueller. He was united in marriage to Mary Knutson on Feb. 10, 1951, at the Livingston United Methodist Church.

Robert graduated from Livingston High School and then took an agriculture short course at U.W. Madison. Bob returned to what he loved, farming. He farmed in the Livingston area his entire life. After the many years of hard work, Mary and Bob wintered in Ft. Myers, FL for the past 20 years. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, deep-sea fishing, singing and mowing lawn on the family farms. Bob enjoyed singing with the Indian Creek Choir for the past 20 years in Ft. Myers. Bob adored his family; loving to spend time with his wife, supporting his children, and watching the grand and great grandchildren grow. He also appreciated their rodeo family. He loved watching his children participate in rodeos, starting them out as youngsters. Bob was a lifelong and active member of the Livingston United Methodist Church, holding various church positions for the past 30 years. He also devoted many hours to the Iowa-Grant FFA, along with being an officer of AMPI. Bob’s dedication to his family, work, friends, and passion for life will be cherished forever.

Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Mary Mueller of Livingston, four children; Kathy (Rick) Holle of Hammond, Jon (Shelly) Mueller of Montfort, Dan Mueller of Livingston, and Jeff Mueller of Chetek, seven grandchildren; Ryan (Emily) Holle of Whitewater, Ellyn (Norm) Hotz of Eagle, Garrett Holle of Whitewater, Jessica (Riley) Routier of Buffalo, SD, Adam (Karsey) Mueller of Montfort, Jake Mueller of Phoenix, AZ, Kyle (Dana) Mueller of Bagley, and his grand dog Waylon, 13 great grandchildren; Xander, Garyn, Micah, and Emery Hotz, Cody Nelson and Jase Holle, Krossyn and Kynree Mueller, Braden, Payton, Rose, Rayna, and Charlie Routier, and two sister-in-laws; Evelyn Mueller of Montfort, and Alice Mueller of Cobb.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters; Helen (Jack) McLimans, Ruth (Douglas) U’Ren, two brothers; Charles and twin Raymond Mueller, and a special cousin Donna Tibbitts.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017 at the Livingston United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Rock Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-8:00 P.M. on Monday evening Oct. 2, 2017 at the Livingston United Methodist Church and from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the church on Tuesday morning. The Soman-Larson Funeral Home of Montfort is assisting the family.

Patrick W. Keyes

Patrick (Pat) Keyes, age 77, of Verona, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Pat was born on March 24, 1940 to Bill and Velma (Levake) Keyes. Patrick married Corrine Esser of Highland and together had five children: Kevin (Julie) of Verona, Dan (Kelly) of Verona, Kathy (Steve) Kalscheur of Cross Plains, Kelly of Verona and Kim of Madison.

Patrick and his three brothers; Dave, Steve, Dan and sister Donna, grew up in Cobb, WI. Patrick was a talented athlete in several sports and was recruited to play basketball for the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. After college, Patrick worked at an insurance company, then at Carnes for almost 30 years as a Plant Supervisor.

He enjoyed the outdoors, cooking, biking and possessed an entrepreneurial spirit, which led him to start several small businesses, including Keyman Cleaning Service (Verona), Patrick’s Bar (Montfort) and Plaza Pizza and Deli (Madison) that he co-owned with his brother Dan. Patrick also enjoyed gardening, playing cards with his buddies, and watching and attending sporting events. He was an avid Badgers and Packers fan.

Patrick had a loving passion for children and was very proud of his eleven grandchildren. Mackenzie (Joe) Ziebarth, Kaitlyn, Danny and Jake Keyes, Zach (Katelynn) Williams, Kenny, Kori and Kasie Keyes, and Brody, Shea and Ky Kalscheur. Grandpa Pat was very involved with his grandchildren. He loved attending their sporting events and birthday parties, and will be greatly missed by all. Even in his final day, children could make him laugh and bring a smile to his face.

Patrick is survived by his ex-wife, five children, eleven grandchildren, brother-in-law Ron Melville, brothers Steve and Dan (Doris) Keyes, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Donna, and brother Dave.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday Oct. 1, 2017 at the Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort with Pastor Kathy Jacobson officiating. Burial of the cremains will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held from 2:00 P.M. until the time of service at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon. In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.