Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Lorraine R. Becker

Lorraine Becker (Hat) (1)Fennimore, WI-Lorraine R. Becker, age 88, died on Saturday afternoon Aug. 27, 2016 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. Lorraine was born on June 19, 1928 at home in Preston, IA the daughter of Edward and Elma (Kiel) Eggers.

Lorraine graduated from Maquoketa, IA in 1946 and then was united in marriage to Ira Propst and then Paul Becker. Lorraine lived in Wyoming, Delmar and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Hope and Fennimore, Wisconsin. Lorraine has been a farmer’s wife, worked for Clinton Engines, Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Home Health Care and a seamstress in Fennimore. Lorraine loved spending time with her Dog Sam, liked horses and enjoyed quilting and reading. She also loved traveling to such places as Alaska, Ireland, England, and Switzerland. Lorrain’s determined and tough personality along with her quick “one liners” will be truly missed.

Lorraine is survived by her six children; Peggy (Joseph) Schott of Vinton, IA Bonnie Berens of Fennimore, Brenda (David) Ghaffari of Lewisville, TX, Diane Laughlin of Fort Worth, TX, David Propst of Clarkston, MI, Bill Becker and Barb Keller of Boscobel, 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and her brother Dale (Mary) Eggers of Maquoketa, IA and several nieces nephews.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, and infant twin brothers.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday Aug. 31, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore with burial of cremated remains at a later date. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the funeral home on Wednesday. We would like to express a special “Thank You” for the wonderful care our mother received from the staff of the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society.

Jerry D. Wepking

Jerry WepkingFennimore, WI-Jerry D. Wepking, age 84 died on Thursday morning Aug. 25, 2016 at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. Jerry was born on May 24, 1932 in Lancaster the son of Delbert & Helen (Johnson) Wepking.

Jerry attended the Plum Valley School until coming to the Fennimore public schools graduating from Fennimore High School. He then attended one year at the Fennimore Vocational School. Jerry began his employment at the Insurance Exchange in Chicago, IL until taking early retirement to help with the care of his parents. After the death of his parents, Jerry then took a job at the Boscobel Library where he was employed for several years.

Jerry had great culinary skills that were taught to him by his mother. He was very good at making bread, coffee cake, and yeast donuts. He was also an active member of the Fennimore United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir, and a Masonic Lodge member for over 50 years. Jerry loved music and accompanied many musicians for numerous weddings throughout the Chicago area.

Jerry is survived by his nieces, nephews, cousins, and was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Robert (Lois) Wepking, Stewert (Georgia) Weking and Joseph (Carol) Wepking.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday August 30, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore with burial to follow in the Prairie Cemetery. Renee Thomas with the Fennimore United Methodist Church will be officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the funeral home on Tuesday morning.

Richard D. Havlik

Richard HavlikMontfort, WI-Richard David Havlik, age 72, went home to join his son, Dale, on Tuesday morning August 23, 2016. Richard was born on April 14, 1944 in Boscobel the son of Sam and Mary (Volenec) Havlik. He was raised on the family farm and completed eight grades in the one room Oak Grove School. He graduated from Iowa-Grant High School in 1962 part of the second class to graduate from the consolidated school. After graduation, Richard attended Dubuque Beauty Academy in Dubuque, IA. He relocated to Richland Center and opened the House of Richard Salon. He then opened salons in Montfort, Lone Rock, Muscoda, and purchased Huffmans Beauty Salon in Richland Center.

Richard was appointed by Governor Lucey to the Department of Regulation and Licensing Board where he served as Vice-President for eight years. He also served as a Cosmetology Examiner for over 16 years. After selling his salons, Richard and wife established the Grab a Cone ice cream stand in Montfort and a few years later the Arthur Haus Supper Club in Arthur. Years later, he returned to barbering opening Downtown Barber and Beauty working side by side with his wife, Cheryl, for 20 years. Richard and Cheryl (Tews) married on Feb. 15, 1987 in West Allis.

Richard is survived by his best friend and wife Cheryl, brother-in-law Daryl (Carol) Tews, nephew Riley Tews and nieces Hayley Tews and Diane Kappe, and leaves behind his Great Danes; Rusty and Rosie.

Richard was preceded in death by his son Dale, his parents Sam and Mary Havlik, in-laws Vernon and Gertrude Tews, brother Leo Havlik, sister-in-law-Rita Havlik and a nephew-in-law Gary Kappe

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday Aug. 27, 2016 at the Montfort United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Montfort. Visitation will be held from 4-8:00 P.M. on Friday Aug. 26, 2016 at the Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort and from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the church on Saturday morning.

Lorraine F. Alderson

Lorraine AldersonFennimore – Lorraine Francis (Yanna) Alderson, age 86, passed away at home on Monday, August 15, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. The daughter of John and Nora (Nowak) Yanna, Lorraine was born on June 13, 1930 at the family farm on Castle Rock Ridge in rural Muscoda WI. The seventh child of an eventual family of nine, she joined Hank, Gertrude, Eleanor, Marcella, Dorothy and John Jr., with Arnold and Mary Alice to follow in later years.

Lorraine had fond memories of her childhood on the family farm with the big bungalow house, back in simpler times with walks to grade school with her neighboring cousins, singing and dancing with her siblings to country tunes during chores, berry picking, making rosettes and playing checkers with her Mom. She was proud of her Bohemian heritage and treasured her lifelong friendships formed during her early years on “The Ridge”. She enjoyed school, being a cheerleader and was a 1948 graduate of Montfort High.

On February 28, 1949, Lorraine married Lawton Albert Alderson of Mt. Hope, 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, Lorraine and Lawton farmed in the surrounding Fennimore area. 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. Lorraine also enjoyed working alongside Pat Shemak in his catering business at both Southwest Tech and Ray-O-Vac in Fennimore, with a later stint as a kitchen aide at the Good Samaritan Center.

First and foremost Lorraine loved her Lord and Savior and provided that foundation to her family, and was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fennimore.

Lorraine enjoyed the simple pleasures in life with Lawton at her side: the love and laughter of family, pride in their farm and weekend dances to classic country music in the area. She made her house a home filled with love, her infectious laughter and wit, and often a sweet treat baking in the oven. Her work ethic was second to none. She truly was humble and kind.

In addition to her beloved husband Lawton of 67 years, her 11 children, their spouses and significant others Amy Phillips, Jim McDevitt and Jerome Gilles, Lorraine is survived by 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sister Marcella Delkamp, sister-in-laws June Yanna and Alice Yanna, along with several cherished nieces and nephews.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law William and Ethel Alderson, the following sisters and brothers along with their spouses: Dorothy (Robert) Minter, Eleanor (Bernard) Whitish, Gertrude (Lyle) Weichmann, Hank (Helen) Yanna, John Yanna Jr., Arnold Yanna, infant Mary Alice Yanna, brother-in-law William Delkamp.

The family would like to thank the Grant County Hospice Nurses for their visits during Mom’s illness; they were a blessing to the entire family. As well, the spiritual comfort and support provided by Father Miguel Galvez and Father Tom Kelley will be remembered always.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday August 19, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fennimore with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. on Thursday evening August 18, 2016, at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore. Online condolences may be made at

In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories; your love is still our guide. And though we cannot see you, you are always on our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same. But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Lory J. Fordney

Fordney CroppedLory J. Fordney, age 63, of Fennimore, died unexpectedly on Sunday August 14, 2016, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. Lory was born on April 26, 1953, in Fennimore the daughter of Russell and Eileen (Huffman) Fordney.

Lory graduated from Fennimore High School in 1971 and then moved to Madison where she attended cosmetology school. Lory had an amazing talent in hair coloring and styling and worked as a beautician for 25 years at JC Penny in East Towne Mall. Lory later moved back to Fennimore but continued working in Madison, in addition to being employed with Land’s End in Dodgeville in the monogramming and hemming departments. She gained many wonderful friendships at Land’s End and was currently employed there at the time of her passing. Lory’s creativity was evidenced in everything she did including her colorful craft projects and in the vibrant make-up and unique hairstyles she created while assisting with numerous dance recitals. The greatest joys in her life came while spending time with her family, especially her precious grandchildren. Her infectious smile and soul-warming laugh will forever be cherished.

Lory is survived by her beloved daughter Brittnee (Scott) Peterson of Fennimore, two grandchildren Brynn and Treysen Peterson, siblings; Mike (Norma) Fordney of Fennimore, Pattie Wells of Fennimore, Joy (Mike) Baker of Vero Beach,FL and Dixie (Al) Bock of Dubuque, IA and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lory was preceded in death by her parents, brother Lynn Fordney and stepfather Kenneth Seim.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday August 18, 2016, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fennimore with burial to follow in the Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday evening August 17, 2016, at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Thursday morning. In lieu of plants and flowers a memorial fund is being established in loving memory of Lory J. Fordney.