Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Norma J. Groom

Norma Groom

Cassville, WI – Norma June (nee Andrew) Groom, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. Norma was born June 13, 1929, on her family’s farm in rural Livingston, WI, the youngest child of Frank and Bertha (Gundlach) Andrew. She attended East Crow Branch Grade School and graduated from Livingston High School in 1947. She received her Teaching Certificate from Platteville State Teacher’s College in 1949 and taught at the New California and West Crow Branch country schools. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the Wisconsin State College (now UW-Platteville) in 1954 and taught 3rd and 4th grades at Cassville Elementary School. She was united in marriage to Lewis W. Groom of Cassville on July 28, 1956 at the Rock Church, near her family’s farm in rural Livingston. He preceded her in death on December 13, 2009.

Lewis and Norma farmed his family’s Century Farm in Cassville and also owned and operated L&N Transfer, a freight and livestock trucking operation. Norma left teaching to raise her family but remained a teacher to her children and grandchildren, home schooling one grandson for some years. Norma was a voracious reader and passed her love of writing and reading to her children. She read her newspapers and worked her jumble puzzles until she could no longer hold her papers, just three days before her death. She and her sister performed duets throughout their childhood and her glorious alto voice often entertained her family. Quick with a clever phrase, she wrote poems and stories in her beautiful cursive handwriting and composed witty songs for her family’s enjoyment. A meticulous housekeeper, she loved to cook and bake and her family will fondly remember her delicious pies.

Norma is survived by her seven children, Lorraine Groom Ashmore of Cassville, Larry (Carla) Groom of Cassville, Gayle (Kevin) Koeller of Dubuque, IA, Glenda (Andrew) Kunz of Stitzer, Julie Groom of Cassville, Joan (Dean) Mish and Nancy (Bill) Goforth both of Potosi; 12 grandchildren, Marcus and Martin Groom, Amy (Tommy) Ming, Matthew, Alan (Sabrina), Anthony (Katie), Christopher, Nicholas, Andrea and Joshua Kunz and Cole and Kate Mish, a step-grandson Michael Goforth, four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lewis Groom, three brothers, Dale, Osmer and Melvin (Lil) Andrew, sister Laura Jean (DeWayne) Cushman and sister-in-law Patricia (LeRoy) Schauff.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Livingston Free Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Rock Church Cemetery in rural Livingston. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Saturday morning. In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be given to the Cassville Fire Department and Rescue Squad or the Lancaster Community Band. The Soman-Larson Funeral Home of Montfort is assisting the family.

The family especially wishes to thank Dr. Thomas Schreiber and the staff at Grant Regional Health Center for the kindness and compassion shown to both Norma and her family at this difficult time.

Jonathan L. Martin

Jonathan Lee Martin, age 28, of Fennimore, WI, passed away on Monday June 20, 2016 at his parents farm due to a farming accident. Jonathan was born on January 4, 1988 in Narvon, PA the son of Albert and Arlene Martin. On August 9, 2008, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Burkholder in Memphis, MO.

They were members of the Shady Grove Mennonite Church and he was farming with his family. He was a loving father and husband and will be dearly missed.

Jonathan is survived by his wife Ruth Ann Martin of Fennimore, WI and three children, Rylan Scott, Kendall Shane and Alesha Ranelle all at home. His parents Albert and Arlene Martin of Fennimore, WI; four brothers, Quentin (Betty) Martin of Livingston, WI, Jay Lloyd (Krista) Martin of Livingston, WI, Burnell (Amanda) Martin of Memphis, MO and Randall Martin of Fennimore, WI; seven sisters, Christine (Sanford) Martin of Rutledge, MO, Rosie (Bryan) Martin of Milton, IA, Louise (Lavon) Oberholtzer of Memphis, MO and Rhonda Martin, Joanne Martin, Rhoda Martin and Janita Martin all of Fennimore, WI; father-in-law and mother-in-law Kenneth and Marlene Burkholder of Baring, MO and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 9:30 A.M. on Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Shady Grove Mennonite Church in Fennimore Township, Grant County, WI. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. and from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. on Thursday June 23, 2016, at the Albert and Arlene Martin Farm located at 5480 Pine Rd. Fennimore, WI. The family request no flowers are given.

John A. “Jack” Petrick

Jack PetrickFennimore – John A. “Jack” Petrick, age 80, died on Wednesday afternoon June 8, 2016 at HCR Manor Care in Platteville. Jack was born on June 9, 1935 in Fond du Lac, WI the son of John and Ellen (Utter) Petrick. He was united in marriage to Karen Fritz on May 27, 1958.

After graduating from Fennimore High School, Jack joined the US Army, serving from June 1958 thru June 1960 and earning the rank of sergeant. Upon returning to Fennimore, Jack began working for 7-UP as a delivery driver until being employed at the First Sate Bank in Fennimore. He was a dedicated employee, working as a loan officer until retiring in 1998. During his retirement, Jack meticulously maintained the Badger Car Wash in Fennimore until the fall of 2015. Jack was a simple man that found many joys being with his wonderful family, friends, and always had time to watch and talk about athletics. He loved supporting, and never missed, his grandchildren’s activities. Jack was also an avid golfer, loved to play euchre and cribbage, and always cheered for his Chicago Bears, Cubs, and Brewers. Jack was an active member of the Fennimore Lion’s Club and the St. Peter Lutheran Church. Jack’s dedication to his family, work and friends will forever be cherished.

Jack is survived by his three children, Julie (Chris) Kaelin of Lakeland, FL, Vicki (Randy) James of Livingston and Jim Petrick of College Station, TX, seven grandchildren; Stephanie and Geoffrey Kaelin, Miranda (Kyle) Gonner, Cassandra (Aaron) Dreyer, Ronica James (Fiance Logan Bollant), Maddie and Marley Petrick, great-granddaughter, Kamren Gonner, sister, Barb (Jack) Gardner of Las Cruces, NM and a wonderful friend Gayle Anderson of Fennimore.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and wife Karen on Aug. 27, 1994.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fennimore with burial to follow in the Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Monday evening June 13, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Tuesday morning. In lieu of plants and flowers, a memorial fund is being established in loving memory of Jack Petrick.

Carol M. Christiansen

Fennimore, WI-Carol M. Christiansen, age 93, died on Monday evening June 6, 2016 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society. She was born on April 8, 1923 in Clifton Township, Grant County, WI the daughter of Harvey and Delia (Weinbrenner) Ellis and the descendant of the very earliest settlers to Grant County. Carol was united in marriage to Gordon Christiansen on June 11, 1944 in Fennimore.

Carol grew up during the Great Depression on the Ellis family farm. She walked to Ebenezer School and drove the family car to Livingston High School. Despite living in the middle of a depression, her parents insisted she attend Platteville Teachers College. Her teaching career began at Martinville School and later Annaton School. Following her husband’s return from WWII, the Christiansen’s began farming when they took over ownership of the Ellis family farm.

In 1967, Carol and Gordon sold the farm and moved to their new home in Fennimore. Carol returned to Platteville and earned a Bachelor’s Degree. Carol began working as the librarian at Dwight Parker Library in Fennimore. She would become the media specialist at Boscobel Elementary School and concurrently commute to LaCrosse, earning her Master’s Degree in Library Science. Her excellent grades resulted in a membership in the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.

Carol retired from Boscobel Schools in 1988. Carol and Gordon enjoyed traveling and visiting with family and friends. She was a scholar of the Bible and prayed daily for her family and friends. Carol had impeccable style and was considered a special lady by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Carol is survived by her four children; Lynn (David) Hollenbach of Casselberry, FL, John (Marilyn) Christiansen of Waukesha, Mary (Richard) Touchton of Ocala, FL and Paul (Andrea) Christiansen of Ocala, FL, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gordon and sister, Elaine Brodt.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday June 11, 2016 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church. Carol will be laid to rest beside her beloved Gordon on their 72nd wedding anniversary in the Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 P.M. on Friday evening June 10, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore and from 9:00 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 Carol M. Christiansen.

Lyle Molzof

pix 6-7-16Lancaster, WI formerly of Cobb, WI- Lyle Molzof, age 76, died on Monday morning June 6, 2016 at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. He was born on July 2, 1939 in Annaton, WI the son of Edward and Elnora (Kitelinger) Molzof. Lyle was united in marriage to Mary Ann Klais on May 6th, 1967, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Lyle worked as a licensed cheese maker and milk truck driver for several cheese factories thru out Grant and Iowa Counties. He later worked at Walnut Hollow Farms is Dodgeville before retiring in 2002. Lyle was a fun and loving man who enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching old movies and playing euchre and Arizona rummy. There was rarely a dull moment when spending time with Lyle as his stories and jokes kept everyone entertained. Lyle’s love of family and wise guy personality will forever be cherished.

Lyle is survived by his beloved wife Mary Ann of Lancaster, two sons Edward (Sharon) Molzof of Stoughton and Jeffrey Molzof of Lancaster, three granddaughters; Tamika (Logan) Swinehart of Oregon, WI, Tara (Tanner Ness) Wunsch of Sun Prairie, and Tanessa Wunsch of Madison, great-grandson Tucker Ness and special aunt June Klais of Stitzer.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Wilbur, Ernest, Harry, Steve, and Arkie Molzof and sisters; Dorothy Kitelinger, Norma Molzof and Catherine Tucker.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday June 11, 2016 at St. Paul’s Liberty Ridge Church in Liberty Township Grant Co., WI. Visitation will be held from 9:00 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 Lyle Molzof. The Soman-Larson Funeral Home of Montfort is assisting the family