Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

James L. “Jim” Blotz

Jim Blotz

Mt. Hope – James L. “Jim” Blotz, age 75, died on Thursday morning Feb. 26, 2015 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society. Jim was born on Nov. 3, 1939 in Dodgeville, WI the son of Paul and Genevieve (Laufenberg) Blotz. He married Mary L. Beecher on Sept. 9, 1962 in Hollandale, WI. Following graduation from Dodgeville High School in 1958, Jim was engaged in farming most of his life. He had a love for all animals and enjoyed helping his daughters show their prized Ayrshire cattle, especially his favorite cow, Crystal. Jim was a hard working man. When free time became available, he enjoyed fishing, playing euchre and dirty clubs, socializing at Home-A-Gins in Mt. Hope, his dogs and giving the grandkids a hard time. Jim is survived by his seven children and 23 grandchildren; Mark Blotz of read more.. - Leave Condolences

Robert H. “Bob” Brugger

Bob Brugger 2

Fennimore – Robert H. “Bob” Brugger, age 79, died on Saturday evening Feb. 21, 2015 at UW-Hospital in Madison.  Bob was born on Aug. 4, 1935 in Platteville, WI the son of Henie and Marion (Altenburg) Brugger. He married Donna Shepard on Nov. 30, 1957 in Platteville, WI. Following graduation from Platteville High School, Bob served in the US Army from 1955–1958. He then served as an Undersheriff in Grant County from 1960–1963 and then the Platteville police department until beginning work at the Fennimore Phone Company in 1966.  Bob worked for the phone company, which later became TDS, for over 30 years before retiring in 1996. Bob was a past president of the Fennimore Lions Club and Fennimore Railroad Museum. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors fishing, golfing, and sitting on the read more.. - Leave Condolences

John E. Walker

John Walker

After a valiant effort to stay with us, John E. Walker, age 60 of Montfort, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and loving family on Wednesday morning Feb. 11, 2015 at Meriter Hospital in Madison. John was born on Dec. 18, 1954 in Lancaster the son of Wilbur and Gladys (Weber) Walker. John graduated from Lancaster High School in 1973 and then married Sandy Wilkinson. After 18 years, John then united in marriage to Diane Rego on Dec. 5, 1998.  In 1981, John worked at Rayovac until retiring after 21 years of dedication. He than became self employed and worked out of his home as a computer consultant in addition to unloading trucks in the morning at Kwik Trip in Fennimore. John’s greatest joy was having family together at his home where laughter and love filled the house. He also read more.. - Leave Condolences

LaVaun Darlene Foley

LaVaun Foley

Fennimore- LaVaun Darlene Foley, age 82, died on Sunday evening Jan. 25, 2015 at her residence in Mt. Ida Township, Grant Co., WI following a long battle with cancer.  LaVaun was born on Feb. 8, 1932 in Fennimore to Harold “Spot” and Velma (Tollefson) Bray.  She married Clifton Foley on Oct. 2, 1949 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Following graduation from Fennimore High School, LaVaun made popcorn at the theater in Fennimore and waitressed at the Manhattan in Boscobel, and Fennimore Hills in Fennimore.  LaVaun loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherwoman. She also enjoyed hunting for morel mushrooms, asparagus, and horseradish.  LaVaun was a great cook, especially of the wild game she brought home, and enjoyed canning and sharing recipes with family and friends. read more.. - Leave Condolences

Jeanette M. Wagner

Jeanette Wagner

Livingston – Jeanette M. Wagner, age 88 of Livingston, died unexpectedly on Thursday Jan. 15, 2015 at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville. Jeanette was born on Sept. 2, 1926 in Wingville Township, Grant Co., WI the daughter of Arnold Sr. and Margaret (Vogel) Biefer. She married Howard Wagner on May 27, 1952 in Lancaster, WI. Following graduation from Montfort High School in 1944, Jeanette worked as a nanny until her marriage to Howard in 1952. Jeanette was truly dedicated to her husband and family and was sure to carry out all daily tasks as needed. She loved working with their show horses, dancing, going out to eat, and watching birds, especially cardinals and hummingbirds. She also enjoyed her weekly trip to the beauty parlor and great conversations with the wonderful group of friends read more.. - Leave Condolences

Rosemary K. Mulrooney

Rosemary Mulrooney

Rosemary K. Mulrooney, age 88 of Madison and formerly of Mount Hope, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning Jan. 14, 2015 at her Chamomile Assisted Living home in Madison. She was born in Mount Hope Township on July 31, 1926, the daughter of Leo and Elizabeth (Bessie) Mulrooney. Rosemary attended Edgewood College in the nursing program but later changed her career goal to the business world.  She retired from UW-Madison Physical Sciences Lab/Graduate School after 30+ years of service. Rosemary was Christian, soft spoken, well mannered and a classy lady in all things.  Always gracious and serene, Rosemary’s Irish humor often surfaced to the delight of her friends.  She was notoriously passionate about and proud of her love of ice cream!  Her unselfish compassion and kindness will read more.. - Leave Condolences

Patrick C. “Pat” Shemak

Pat Shemak

Muscoda/Castle Rock, WI – Patrick C. “Pat” Shemak Jr., age 57 of Castle Rock Twsp., Grant Co., WI died on Tuesday evening Jan. 6, 2015 at U.W. Hospital in Madison. Pat was born on Aug. 5, 1957 in Dodgeville, WI the son of Patrick Sr. and Mary (Zwolanek) Shemak.  He married Connie Kreul on Sept. 29, 1979 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Highland, WI. Pat and his wife Connie owned and operated the Castle Rock Ridge restaurant for 16 years from 1980-1996.  During that time Pat also operated the kitchens at Southwest Technical College and Rayovac in Fennimore, and Red’s in Highland.  After selling the Ridge, Pat worked at the Hodan Center in Mineral Point where he created Papa Pat’s Farmhouse Recipes, which are still created and distributed by the individuals at the center today. Pat later read more.. - Leave Condolences

Lawrence J. Schurz

Lawrence Schurz

Rewey, WI - Lawrence J. Schurz, age 89, died on Saturday afternoon Dec. 27, 2014 at his residence in Rewey. Lawrence was born on Jan. 9, 1925 in Prairie du Chien, WI the son of Roy and Nettie (Weighner) Schurz. He was united in marriage to Claris Meyer on Sept. 25, 1946. Lawrence was enlisted in the U.S. Marines from March 10, 1943 until being honorably discharged on Jan. 20, 1946. He served during WWII as a proud Marine of the “War Dog Platoon”.  Lawrence’s love for dogs, especially Doberman Pinschers, continued throughout his life. Lawrence was engaged in farming his whole life. He farmed with his uncle for a few years until buying his farm in Rewey in 1960.  He continued dairy farming with registered Holsteins until selling the cows in 1988. Lawrence had a great love for music and read more.. - Leave Condolences

Kevin L. Glasbrenner

Kevin Glasbrenner

Kevin Lee Glasbrenner, age 59 of Fennimore passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, December 22, 2014.  Kevin was born December 17, 1955 at Scott Air Force Base, Mascouta, IL, the son of James and Donna (Feakes) Glasbrenner. Kevin was the son of a military father and spent his childhood traveling the world with his family.  As a child, he loved playing baseball and judo and continued to be an avid baseball fan and football fan.  Kevin served his country in the United States Navy for three years.  He loved life, family, fishing (not catching any), golfing, bowling, reading and sitting on the deck visiting with friends and family. Kevin is survived by his loving wife, Sara Glasbrenner of Fennimore, three daughters; Greta (Pete) Fishnick, of Lancaster, Hanni (Jeremy) Bahls of Prairie read more.. - Leave Condolences

Berniece R. Bagley

Berniece Bagley

Berniece R. Bagley, age 92, of Platteville and formerly of Montfort, died on Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 at ManorCare in Platteville.  Bernice was born on Feb. 4,1922 in Livingston, WI, the daughter of Emil and Rose (Whitish) Nechkash.  She married Norman Bagley on Nov. 25, 1947 in Milwaukee, WI. Berniece grew up on a farm and continued farming for much of her life. After selling the farm and moving to Montfort, Berniece went to work at Nelson Ice Cream until her retirement. She moved to ManorCare in Platteville in 2011. Berniece was an avid gardener and enjoyed sewing. She was very proud of her family and supported all the grandchildren with all their endeavors. Berniece took great pride in serving her Lord and was an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. Her strong will, putting others read more.. - Leave Condolences