Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Francis “Michael” Lenz

Francis “Michael” Lenz, age 26 of Lancaster, joined the angels in heaven on Friday morning Dec. 8, 2017, in an accidental house fire at his residence in Fennimore. Michael was born on Jan. 7, 1991 in Dubuque, IA the son of Francis J. and Sandra (Winkers) Lenz.

Michael graduated from Platteville High School in 2009 and then received his degree from the Southwest Technical College as a lineman. He worked underground construction for Holtger Bros. Inc. for a short time until being employed by Mi-Tech as a field engineer for a couple of years, where he created a lasting friendship with his coworker Brandon. After which, he joined his cousins working on the family farm, the Flying W, last year. He also enjoyed farming, and being mischievous with his cousin Ben. He loved sports, especially the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Braves, and four-wheeling with the family Muddy Badgers ATV Club. He also liked hunting, doing electrical work with his dad and carpentry work with his Uncle Pete. Michael was a charismatic, delightful young gentleman that was easy to talk to and was a joy to be around.

Michael is survived by his son Owen Francis Lenz, parents Francis and Sandra Lenz of Lancaster, sister Jennifer Lenz of Wake Forest, NC, formerly of Platteville, grandparents Carl and Bess Winkers of Fennimore along with many special aunts, uncles, cousins, especially his beloved God daughter Mackenzie Winkers, along with Owen’s half brothers; Brennan and Parker and their mother and friend of Michael’s Kayla.

Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents Donald and Marie Lenz and a very special uncle Lyle Lenz and aunt Dorothy Beechey.

Prayer service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday Dec. 15, 2017, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Hall in Fennimore with burial to follow in the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery in Liberty Ridge Township Grant Co., WI. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until time of service at the church hall on Friday morning. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family.

Norma Neuroth

Norma Neuroth, age 98, of Fennimore, died on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. Norma was born on Oct. 19, 1919, at home in North Lancaster Township, Grant County, WI, the daughter of Oliver and Ruth (Wagner) Alexander. She was united in marriage to Charles Neuroth on Feb. 16, 1944 in rural Fennimore.

Norma lived all but the last nine years of her life within the same one mile stretch of Mt. Ridge Road. Her father died when she was seven years old leaving Norma, along with her mother and sister, to continue farming. The work ethic she learned as a young girl continued with her each and every day, as Norma was always busy with work, chores at home or helping others. She attended teachers college in Platteville and taught in various rural schools before starting her own family. She later obtained a bachelor degree from UW- Platteville and returned to teaching in 1965 at Lancaster Middle School while continuing to farm alongside her husband Charles. Norma retired from full time teaching in 1986, but continued as a substitute teacher into her late 70’s. She loved working outside in her yard and gardens, playing cards, sewing and volunteering at the local museums and church. She cherished spending time with her family and looked forward to gathering for holidays and special occasions. Her strong faith, work ethic and devotion to family will live on through her children and grandchildren.

Norma is survived by three children; Ann (Dave) Schneider of Brookfield, WI, Doug Neuroth (Pam Bausch) of Fennimore and Laura (Jim) Kloosterboer of Fennimore, daughter-in-law Laurie Neuroth of Fennimore, 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; Kevin (Kristin) Schneider of Menomonee Falls and their children, Katlyn, Kelli, and Kari; Beth (Darren) Dewing of Menomonee Falls and their children, Megan and Cameron; Kim (Jeff) Maples of Brookfield and their children, Samantha, Ashley, and Taylor; Craig and wife Heidi Bosch Neuroth of Verona and their children, Logan and Will; Corey (Shari) Neuroth of Fennimore and their children, Trevor and Breelyn; Curt (Jena) Neuroth of Stitzer and their son Jacob; Matt Tollefson of Fennimore and his son Whitley; Mitch (Natalie) Tollefson of Fennimore and their children Trenton and Allie; Erin Neuroth of Dubuque, IA, and Ben Neuroth (Fiancé Morgan Hach) of Fennimore; and two special nieces, Gail (Bob) Shimpach of Boscobel, and Patti (Ron) Gobeli of Texas.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband Charles, son Dan Neuroth, granddaughter Heather Neuroth and sister Alberta (Gordon) Gilbertson.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Prairie Cemetery. Rev. William “Bud” Budzinski will be officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at the church on Monday morning. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family

Janet R. Kohlenberg

Janet R. Kohlenberg, age 72, of Livingston, died on Tuesday morning Dec. 5, 2017 after a brief stay at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. She was born on Jan. 23, 1945, in Lancaster the daughter of Charles and Francis (Udeloven) Breihan. Janet was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart James Kohlenberg on April 2, 1966, at the Lancaster United Methodist Church.

Janet graduated from Lancaster High School in 1963 and was diagnosed with MS in the spring of 1964. She lived with a strong faith and loved her family to the fullest. Janet showed determination while displaying great courage each and everyday; never complaining and showing no worries. She enjoyed raising her family and supported all their endeavors and also liked cooking, canning, reading and watching TV. Janet enjoyed meeting family and friends for a warm cup of coffee. She was an active member of the Livingston United Methodist Church and her dedication to her family will be deeply missed.

Janet is survived by her beloved husband James Kohlenberg of Livingston, three children; Jill (Jim) Jentz of Platteville, Jean (John) O’Neill of Benton, John (Tammy) Kohlenberg of Livingston, seven grandchildren; Dusty (Carli) Jentz, Danielle Jentz, Shane and Caleb O’Neill, Dakota, Zachary, and BreAnn Kohlenberg, brother Charles (Cecilia) Breihan of Lancaster, mother-in-law Lorraine Kohlenberg of Lancaster, brother and sister-in-laws; Bob (Norma) Kohlenberg of Verona, Greg Kohlenberg of Sioux Falls, SD, Bruce (Cathy) Kohlenberg of Montfort, along with numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews and a very special life long friend Nola Sitts of Lancaster.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Patricia (Jim) Addison, nephew Mark Addison, father-in-law J. Carter Kohlenberg, sister-in-law Cathy Kohlenberg.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. on Saturday Dec. 9, 2017, at the Livingston United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Rock Church Cemetery, rural Livingston. Visitation will be held from 4-8:00 P.M. on Friday evening Dec. 8, 2017, 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 is being established in loving memory of Janet R. Kohlenberg.

Steven L . Zart

Steven L. Zart, age 57, of Fennimore, died on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 3, 2017, at UW Hospital in Madison. Steven was born on Feb. 5, 1960, in Lancaster, WI the son of Robert and Norma (Burton) Zart. He married Eileen VanNatta on Oct. 14, 2000.

Following graduation from Fennimore High School in 1978, Steve began farming with his brothers in Mt. Ida Township. He had a passion for farming and especially enjoyed looking after his dairy cattle. Steve was a simple man who enjoyed the little things in life like Sunday rides to scout out the crops, enjoying a cold beer on the flatbed of his ford truck, fishing, a Packer’s win, telling stories around a campfire and above all else, making memories with his grandchildren. He was spontaneous in everything he did and would always find time to help a friend or neighbor in need. His generosity, dedication to family and love for farming will forever be cherished.

Steven is survived by his wife Eileen of Fennimore; three children, Sarah Halfhill of Dubuque, IA, Kevin (Chelsey) Zart of Fennimore and Megan Zart of Fennimore; step-children, Jessica Nelson of Boscobel, Kyle Nelson of Madison, Curtis Nelson of Madison, Daniel Nelson, Rebecca Nelson (Fiance Kendall Tempski) and Tonya (Jason) Waterman all of Fennimore; 13 grandchildren, Kali, Cassie, Elijah, Amber, Isaiah, Kate, Kadance, Xander, Kendrick, Harper, Kyle Jr., Tatum and Parker; siblings, Glenn (Linda) Zart of Fennimore, Beverly (Jerome) Laugeson of Fennimore, Shirley (Joe) Devlin of Mt. Hope, Alan (Ernie) Zart of Fennimore, Susan (Brian) Pennekamp of Stitzer, Jim Zart (Janet Blindert) of Fennimore and John Zart (Amy Prochaska) of Fennimore, and mother-in-law Arlene VanNatta of Platteville.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents and sister Patricia Zart.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 until 7:00 P.M. on Friday evening, Dec. 8, 2017, at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore. A time of sharing and remembrance will follow visitation at 7:00 P.M. In lieu of plants and flowers, a memorial fund is being established in loving memory of Steven L. Zart.

James W. Soman

James W. Soman, age 72, of Fennimore, died on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society. James was born on August 12, 1945 in Green Bay, WI the son of Walter and Elizabeth (Wedewart) Soman.

Jim moved to Livingston in 1959 and graduated from Iowa-Grant High School. He received his degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and then graduated from U.W. Madison Law School. Jim married Jane Hazlewood on June 7, 1975 in Fairwater, WI. He worked for Conrad Frantz until starting his own practice in 1981. Jim owned and operated Soman Law Office until retiring in 2003. He was very active in his community and church. He was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church where he was a Sunday school teacher and member of the Praise Choir. Jim also served on the Dwight T. Parker Library Board, the Fennimore Scholarship Foundation and the Fennimore American Legion. He also enjoyed traveling, able to visit all 50 states, gardening, was a Civil War enthusiast, and an avid baseball fan and card collector. Jim adored his family, loved his grandchildren and always loved visiting with people. Jim’s enthusiastic personality and his zest for life will truly be cherished forever.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife Jane of Fennimore; three children, Rebecca (Dion) Burkholder of Oregon, WI, Ben (Noel) Soman of Fond du Lac and Peter (Erin) Soman of Verona; five grandchildren, Austin, Emmitt and Callum Burkholder, Josephine Soman and Graham Soman; and siblings, John (Sharon) Soman of Jackson, WI, Fred (Nancy) Soman of Eden Prairie, MN, Bill (Jean) Soman of Pinecrest, FL, Dan (Kitty) Soman of Livingston and Sara (Ron) Flack of Owatonna, MN.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fennimore with burial to follow in the Rock Church Cemetery in rural Livingston. Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. on Thursday afternoon at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Friday morning.