Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Lawton A. Alderson

Fennimore – Lawton Albert Alderson, age 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Center.

The only child of William and Ethel (Hunter) Alderson, Lawton was born at the Iowa County Hospital in Dodgeville, WI on November 11, 1929. He spent his youth on the family farm in the Mt. Hope/Mt. Ida area, attending school at Irish Ridge and Mt. Hope.

On February 28, 1949, Lawton married Lorraine Frances Yanna of Castle Rock Township, WI at St. John’s Nepomuc Catholic Church, Castle Rock Ridge. From this union, 11 children were born: Linda (Eldon) Washburn, LaVon (Robert) Broihahn, Larry (Diane) Alderson, Loretta Alderson, Loren (Teresa) Alderson, Leone Alderson, LeeAnn (Alan) Wagner, Laura (David) Anderson, Leonard Alderson, Lisa Bollant, and Lynn (David) Holzinger.

Since marriage, Lawton and Lorraine farmed in the surrounding Fennimore area. In addition to farming, Lawton also hauled canned milk for Carl and Steve Bahl at the Fennimore Cheese Factory (12 years), and drove cement, sand and gravel trucks for Concrete Products and Kowalski-Kieler (13 years).   1997 marked a well-deserved retirement from farming, with the couple continuing to reside on their beloved farm on County Trunk T in Marion Township until their move to Fennimore in 2011.

Lawton loved his Lord and Savior and often commented on how “blessed and fortunate” his family was; never taking any of it for granted. He was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fennimore.

Lawton was happiest in life with Lorraine at his side; enjoying the love and laughter of family, pride in his farm and fields, listening to classic country music, a good dance band, pulling old-fashioned pranks along with reminiscing of his escapades from the early days, hitching up his team of Belgian draft horses, traveling down the back roads in either his pick-up truck or on his bright red 1950 Farmall H tractor – stopping along the way for chance visits with friends and neighbors, telephone chats with his pals, and of course chocolate cake, Schwan’s ice cream, and pie of any sort – all in no particular order.

In addition to his 11 children, their spouses and significant others Amy Phillips, Jim McDevitt and Jerome Gilles, Lawton is survived by 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws Marcella Delkamp, June Yanna and Alice Yanna, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Lorraine of 67 years on August 15, 2016, his parents; his father and mother-in-law John and Nora (Nowak) Yanna, and brothers- and sisters-in-law: Dorothy and Robert Minter, Eleanor and Bernard Whitish, Gertrude and Lyle Weichmann, Hank and Helen Yanna, John Yanna Jr., Arnold Yanna, infant Mary Alice Yanna, and William Delkamp.

The family would like to thank Betty Muhs (caregiver), the Grant County Hospice Nurses, along with the staff at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Center for their attentive care. As well as the spiritual comfort and support provided by Father Miguel Galvez and Father Tom Kelley.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, February 24, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fennimore with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00 til 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore. Online condolences may be made at

The family is comforted knowing Dad and Mom will once again be “Waltzing Across Texas in Each Other’s Arms” on their wedding anniversary February 28th.

Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and forever dear.

Glennie M. Rewey

Lancaster – Glennie Marie Rewey, age 96, of Lancaster, formerly of Fennimore, died on Monday Feb. 20, 2017, while a resident of Orchard Manor, Lancaster.

Glennie was born August 12, 1920, the daughter of Roy and Ethel (Culver) Klinger. She married the love of her life George Clark Rewey June 30, 1951 in Dubuque, IA.

Glennie will be remembered by her smile, chocolate chip cookies, banana bread and a friendly wave from her kitchen window. One would never know what she’d say with her quirky remarks. While living in Madison, Glennie was a waitress in many well-known supper clubs of the time; Hoffman House, Cuba Club, Hogan’s and Herbie’s. She always called herself a tip-top waitress. If you didn’t tip her, she’d blow her top! She was a cosmetician at Rennebohn’s and managed the card/candy store J.M.C. Glennie enjoyed canning, collecting roosters and spending time with her grandchildren. Her family was her world.

Glennie is survived by her two sons; Larry McDowell of Madison and Robert (Peggy) Rewey of Cassville, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, sister Loretta Schmitt of Sheboygan Falls, brother-in-law Dick (Betsy) Rewey of McFarland, sister-in-laws, Wilma Wilkinson of Boscobel and June Rewey of Dodgeville and many nieces and nephews.

Glennie was preceded in death by her husband Clark, two daughters, Loretta Jean Swenson and Karen Dougherty, son-in-law Bill Dougherty, her parents, father and mother-in-law, Ed and Ruth Rewey, four sisters and three brothers.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Morningside Assisted Living and Orchard Manor. They greatly appreciate all the loving care you gave to her. It will never be forgotten!

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday Feb. 25, 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 the time of service at the church on Saturday morning.

Vern D. Lewison

Fennimore, WI-Vern D. Lewison, age 82, died on Saturday morning Feb. 18, 2017 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. Vern was born on Nov. 22, 1934 the son of Orvie & Mamie (Ames) Lewison. He married Gretchen Simmons in 1958 until 1978, and then was united in marriage to Sue Mittelstadt in 1982.

Vern graduated from Viola High School the class of 1952. After a brief two years in the US Army, Vern farmed in the Viola area from 1960 to 1969. He then received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics from U.W. Platteville in 1973. He continued his education, receiving his Master’s Degree in Agriculture and Futures Marketing. From 1973 thru 1996, Vern taught at the Southwest Technical College as a Farm Business and Production Management instructor. Vern not wanting to fully retire, continued working part time as security at the House on the Rock in Spring Green, Fennimore Foods doing records, and The Springs Resort as the golf course host. Vern believed in being dedicated to his profession along with his communities. He was the District representative to the State for Farm Business and Production Management program from S.W.T.C from 1980-1988, the WAVAI district IV Second Vice President, 1976-1978; State Teaching Aids Committee Chairperson in 1981, WI Agri-Business Council, 1974-1982, Lafayette Co. Ag Workers, 1972-1982 and the Grant Co. Ag Workers Chairperson from 1983-1984, U.W. Platteville Ag Alumni Association. Vern also served the community of Fennimore–serving on City Council, Alderperson, starting in Jan. 1998, Personnel Committee, Utilities Committee, Economic Development, F & M Bank-Grant Co. on the Board of Directors, 1991-1999, Fennimore Lion’s Club and the Fennimore United Methodist Church holding various positions within. Vern enjoyed golfing, fishing, deer hunting, cheering on the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers and cooking on the grill. Vern’s dedication to his community and organizations is unmatched and he will be sorely missed by all of his family and friends.

Vern is survived by his wife Sue of Fennimore, two children; Tom (Dawn) Lewison of Marshall, and Brenda (Terri Gabriel) Lewison of Milwaukee, granddaughter Amy Lewison of Ames, IA, three siblings; David (Miriam) Lewison of Westby, Dorothy Gillet of Atlanta, GA, Conrad (Margaret) Lewison of Viroqua; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Marcia Mittelstadt of Memphis, TN.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law James Gillet, and his former wife Gretchen.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday Feb. 24, 2017 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church with burial of his cremated remains to be held at a later date in the Viola Cemetery in Viola. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 P.M. on Thursday Feb. 23, 2017 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church and from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the church on Friday morning. Memorials may be given in loving memory of Vern to the Southwest Technical College Foundation for agriculture related scholarships. The Larson Family Funeral Home of Fennimore is assisting the family and online condolences may be made at

Mildred G. Vine

Mildred G. Vine, age 99, of Mt. Horeb and formerly of Mt. Hope and Fennimore, died on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Ingleside Manor in Mt. Horeb. Mildred was born on Sept. 6, 1917 in Barneveld, WI the daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (Phiel) Binius. She married Charles Vine on May 20, 1936 in Montfort, WI.

Mildred and Charles farmed in the Mt. Hope area until his untimely death in 1974. Mildred then moved to Fennimore until moving to Mt. Horeb to be closer to family in 2009. Mildred enjoyed raising chickens on the farm, knitting, and crocheting.

Mildred is survived by her three daughters; Judith (Charles) VanValkenburg of Blue Mounds, WI, Joanne (Richard) Plimpton of Bloomington, IL and Marilyn (Duane) McCullick of Richmond, KY, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Charles, two sisters, Augusta Baily and Ruth Witzig, and three brothers, Herman, Walter and Joseph Binius.

A private graveside service will be held at the Prairie Cemetery in Fennimore.

Rollande J. Krandall

Rollande J. Krandall passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in the early hours of the morning of February 5, 2017 from a pulmonary embolism.  She had been away from home, helping her father in Minnesota.  She was 52 years old.

Rollande was born on August 17, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan to Norman and Rosalie Krandall.  She spent her early childhood in the Detroit area.  When her parents divorced, she went with her mother to Denver, Colorado and attended grade school and high school there.  She then returned to Michigan and briefly attended college, but did not then graduate (Antioch College in Ohio in 1982, and Wayne State University in Michigan in 1983).

In 1984, she and a friend packed up a popup camper and for three years travelled around the country performing at various Renaissance Faires.  Rollande was a street performer (busker). She had a beautiful soprano singing voice, and sang the traditional ballads of the British Isles and played the mandolin and ocarina. After the Faires, she moved to California to become the lead singer in an all-woman Celtic band.

While in California, she met David M. MacMillan in 1988.  We moved back to Michigan in a complicated process about two years later so that she could help a beloved great uncle through his final years. Rollande and David were married on May 1, 1993.

Rollande started college again, at Oakland University in Michigan, in the late 1990s.  She completed her Bachelor of Music (B. Mus.) degree with a specialization in Composition in 2004.  Overlapping this, she and David moved to Mineral Point, Wisconsin, in 2003.

Rollande had by then taken up glass bead making (“flameworking”) and jewelry making.  After so many years in music, she wanted to create art that you could touch with your hands.  She developed a small business, Singing Lemur Jewelry, making jewelry for sale at conventions around the country and online.

Rollande is survived by her husband David M. MacMillan, her father Norman Krandall, and her sister Dawn.  There will be no funeral, as her friends were many and deep but they are scattered all over the country.  Donations in lieu of flowers are not requested and no specific arrangements have been set up, but should you wish to do so, a donation mentioning her to the Duke Lemur Center would be appropriate.