Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Barbara J. Birchman

Barbara Birchman

Fennimore, WI-Barbara J. Birchman, age 91, died on Sunday morning May 24, 2015 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. She was born on Feb. 7, 1924 in Fennimore the daughter of Walter & Erma (Maso) Ashmore. Barbara graduated from Fennimore High School and then was united in marriage to John Birchman on April 26, 1947. Barbara lived in Shawno and Beloit after getting married before returning to Fennimore in 1956. Barbara’s love of cooking for others led her to working in the kitchen for the Fennimore school district for over 20 years. She also enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends and was ready to entertain. Barbara looked forward to the holidays, super bowl parties, or gatherings with close friends. She also liked to travel and was able to visit such read more.. - Leave Condolences

Daniel Ivan Aultman

Daniel Aultman

Highland, WI – Daniel “Danny” Ivan Aultman, 42 years young, passed away of natural causes on Wednesday May 6, 2015 at his residence in rural Highland. He was born Sept. 16, 1972 at Winnebago, IL the son of the late Leland Aultman and Carol (Highbarger) Aultman. He moved with his family to rural Highland in July of 1977. Dan is a graduate of Iowa-Grant High School. He worked at the Summer Kitchen with James Schroeder as a youth, teenager, and young man. After James’ death, Dan was the owner of Summer Kitchen known for the popular jams and jellies, which he sold at the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, to grocery stores and other businesses. Many customers came to his farm to buy the well-known product and if Dan was not home they used the honor system to go to his back kitchen to read more.. - Leave Condolences

Charles F. Schrader

Charles Schrader

Fennimore, WI-Charles “Chuck” F. Schrader, age 85, died on Thursday morning May 7, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. Charles was born on Aug. 14, 1929 in Dodgeville the son of Charles F. & Vera (Witzig) Schrader. He was united in marriage to Joann Macke on June 5, 1954 in Lancaster. Chuck graduated from Livingston High School in 1947. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Nov. 1950. He served 25 months in Naples, Italy as an aviation radioman. He flew in transport planes in the Mediterranean area. Charles returned to the U.S. in Jan. 1954 where he was stationed at Patuxent River, MD, and received an honorable discharge in Sept. of 1954. Chuck farmed in Clifton Township for 39 years until he retired. He then worked nights at the Fennimore Foods Meat Dept. and worked as a read more.. - Leave Condolences

Vicki L. Waterman

Vicki Waterman

Vicki Waterman, age 59 of Fennimore, died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning May 5, 2015 at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital.  Vicki was born on Nov. 18, 1955 in Moline, IL the daughter of James and June (DeRammelaere) McBee.  She married Jerry Waterman on August 24, 1973 in Boscobel, WI. Vicki grew up in Neponset, IL until moving to Mt. Zion, WI with her family in 1966.  She attended grade school in Mt. Zion, middle school in Boscobel, and graduated from Boscobel High School in 1973. Vicki and Jerry lived in Boscobel until moving to Fennimore in 1987.  In 1984, Vicki graduated from Southwest Wisconsin Technical College with a degree in Food Service Management.  She previously worked in the kitchen at the Boscobel Hospital as well as Advance Transformer and Walnut Hollow.  Vicki has been read more.. - Leave Condolences

Bernice M. Orton

Bernice Orton

Livingston, WI – Bernice M. Orton, age 102 of Livingston, died on Saturday evening May 2, 2015 at Upland Hills Nursing and Rehab Center in Dodgeville.  Bernice was born on Sept. 5, 1912 in Beetown, WI the daughter of Bernard and Bessie (Franklin) Taylor.  She married Clifford Orton on June 14, 1939. Following graduation from high school, Bernice taught at several Potosi area rural schools.  She later received her teaching degree from Platteville Teachers College in 1932.  Upon getting married in 1939, Bernice stayed home to raise her family until returning to teach at the Hopewell School 1958.  Bernice finished her teaching career as a third grade teacher at Livingston Elementary School, retiring in the late 1970’s.  Bernice was an excellent cook and baker.  She enjoyed spending time in read more.. - Leave Condolences

Edwin T. Klais

Ed Klais

Fennimore – Edwin T. Klais, age 85, died on Thursday morning April 30, 2015 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society.  Edwin was born on March 26, 1930 the son of Joseph and Barbara (Smith) Klais.  He graduated from Fennimore High School in 1948. Ed married Arlene Wilkinson in 1954 and together they had a son Stanley.  Ed was divorced and remarried Etta Wenger on Jan. 14, 1961 in Verona, WI.  They had three children; Susan, John, and Joe. Ed and Etta owned and operated Fennimore Lanes from 1970 to 1991. He was a director of the Grant/Iowa Tavern League for many years and a member of the local Kiwanis Club.  Ed enjoyed fishing and playing cards.  He had a love for children and many would describe him as having a heart of gold.  This was evidenced by his endless pursuit of aluminum cans, read more.. - Leave Condolences

Breanne M. (Conley) Klar

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Fennimore, WI-Breanne M. (Conley) Klar, age 29, died unexpectedly on Monday morning April 27, 2015 at her residence in Fennimore. Breanne was born on Jan. 1, 1986 in Boscobel, to Brian Conley and Bonita Palmer Gotzinger. She graduated from Westby Area High School in 2004 and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in 2006. Breanne was united in marriage to Michael Klar on Oct. 18, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Together, they had a beautiful daughter, Maci; She was her pride and joy! Bre worked in customer support at TDS Telecom in Lancaster as well as a bartender at the Second Shot in Fennimore. She enjoyed deer hunting with her father and brothers, along with playing golf and shooting darts. Bre’s wonderful personality and infectious smile could light up a room. We all know, Bre read more.. - Leave Condolences

Melvin G. Klais

Melvin Klais

Fennimore, WI-Melvin Gene Klais, age 66, died on Saturday April 25, 2015 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA. Melvin was born on Oct. 9, 1948 in Liberty Township Grant Co., WI the son of Charles and Dorothy (Cooper) Klais. He was united in marriage to Lavon Fritsch on June 6, 1970 in Cobb. Melvin attended Liberty Ridge, Stitzer, and then Fennimore and graduated in 1967 from Fennimore High School. He was drafted in the U.S. Army in Jan. of 1969 until being honorably discharged in Nov of 1971 serving as a helicopter and truck mechanic in Vietnam. Upon his return, Melvin went to work at John Deere in Dubuque on Feb. 10, 1972 until his retirement on Sept. 30, 2001. He also was employed at Reddy Ag Service of Stitzer, until having to retire due to his declining health. Melvin enjoyed fishing, read more.. - Leave Condolences

James H. Gay

Jim Gay

James Howard Gay, 96, Fennimore, passed away on April 11, 2015, at the Lancaster Care Facility. He was born January 17, 1919, to Carl Orville and Irene (Davidson) Gay in Seneca, WI. He went to school and graduated from Seneca High School.  Jim was united in marriage to Leora Mae Bell at the Steuben Congregational Church on November 17, 1942. They moved to Fennimore in 1943 where Jim started farming and continued until his retirement. Jim was a long-time member of the Fennimore United Methodist Church where he held various positions over the years. Jim was a member of Eastern Star (Worthy Patron in 1959) and a long-time member of the Masons since 1945; he held every office up through Worthy Master. Jim was a member of the AS Soil Conversation CS for Grant County, a committeeman for read more.. - Leave Condolences

John E. “Baldy” Kauffman

Baldy Kauffman

John Edwin “Baldy” Kauffman Jr., age 90, died on Friday April 3, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Madison. John was born on August 30, 1924 in Millville, IA the son of John Sr. and Opal (Miller) Kauffman. Baldy was a WWII Army veteran serving from Feb. 14, 1946 – Aug. 12, 1947 where he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant in the 11th Airborne Division.  He was a bull rider in the rodeo circuit and entertained with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.  He was a member of the carpenter’s union and worked for John Deere.  He was a 43-year member of the Fennimore American Legion Post #184 and a member of the Fennimore United Methodist Church. Baldy enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.  He was a kind, caring man who will be missed by all. John is survived by his two sons; Richard Kauffman of read more.. - Leave Condolences

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