Janis M. Hunt

Janis Mary Hunt, 91, of Madison, and formerly of Sun Prairie, Fall River and Horicon, WI, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2024 under the care of Oakwood Preferred Hospice. A graveside service will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon, on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Rodney Serbus officiating.

Janis was born January 7, 1933 to Alphonse and Lillian Krueger. She was raised and educated in Horicon where she met the love of her life Richard Hunt. Dick loved to tell the story of how he saw Janis working behind the soda counter of her uncle’s pharmacy and was immediately smitten.

They married on September 12, 1953 and raised four children. She was an accomplished homemaker and family caretaker; every guest was welcomed to her beautifully decorated home and treated to wonderful meals and homemade desserts. She made holidays magical, and birthdays were celebrated with love. She and Dick were happiest together, ‘bumming around’, hunting for hickory nuts and enjoying drives in nature. She was an avid bridge player, playing with the same group of ladies for more than 40 years. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, and collecting Rowe pottery.

She was an active member of Horicon’s St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church for more than 60 years, serving on the Fellowship Board and Alter Guild. She was a community volunteer for the local food pantry and the annual Bethesda Country Fair.  After moving to Sun Prairie following her husband’s passing, she became a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Survivors include daughters, Rebecca Hunt (Jim Koch) of Middleton, Christine (Dan) O’Connell of Bristol and Amy Hunt of Madison; three grandsons, Rob Snyder, and Brice and Zachary O’Connell; sister-in-law Phyllis Hunt; sister Lois (Jim) Asmus; four nieces, Nancy, Lori, Cyndy, and Dawn; and three nephews David, Greg and Mike.

Janis was preceded in death by husband, son Kim, brother-in-law Bob, sisters-in-law Dorothy and Marian, and her parents.

We thank all the caregivers from Oakwood Hospice and Oakwood Rise Assisted Living who so compassionately cared for Janis and supported our family. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Oakwood Hospice through Oakwood Foundation.

Loraine L. Leistico

Loraine L. Leistico, age 94, of Beaver Dam, died on Monday, June 10, 2024 at the Christian Home in Waupun.

The visitation will be at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam, on Friday, June 14, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The funeral service will follow on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dennis Meier officiating. Burial will be at Reeseville Cemetery on Friday at 1:00 p.m.

Loraine Louise was born on May 26, 1930 in Reeseville, Wisconsin to Edwin and Hattie (Steindorf) Yerges. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Reeseville. Loraine was the Valedictorian of Reeseville High School, class of 1947. She was united in marriage with William Leistico on March 2, 1957. Loraine worked as a teller for the State Bank of Reeseville and later, the American National Bank of Beaver Dam, until her retirement. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam.

Loraine is survived by her children, Lynn “Ed” Leistico of Beaver Dam, Lori (Frank) Mittelstadt of Beaver Dam, and Jean (Ken) Brown of Rhinelander; granddaughter, Erika (Kellen) Smith of Rhinelander; brother, Gerald (Marlene) Yerges of New Berlin; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill, on January 14, 1997; and sister, June Neuendorf.

Memorials may be made in Loraine L. Leistico’s name to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Audley G. McGhie

Audley G. McGhie, 89, of Waupun passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at the Christian Home in Waupun.

Audley was born on March 9, 1935 in Maroon Town St. James, Jamaica to Baron and Pearl (Stevens Bowers) McGhie. He was married to Debra Kaye in 1977. Audley was a hardworking man. He grew up as a farmer by trade. He retired from the Wisconsin Southern Railroad after many years. After retirement, he continued to work for Senica Foods in Beaver Dam.

In his spare time, Audley loved to tell stories. He enjoyed mowing his lawn, taking walks, and having an occasional drink of Jamaican rum. Audley loved his family very much.

Audley is survived by his wife Debra of Waupun; his daughters: Althea (Pablo Franco) McGhie of NY, Clover (Hugh) Rhoden of NY, and Sonia McGhie of Jamaica; his sons: Jack McGhie of Fond du Lac and Vinroy McGhie of FL; many grandchildren; his brother Merrick; and sisters: Una, Neltha, Delores, Madge, Nanan, Claudette, Mildred, Vilma, Marcia, Ruth, Opal, Faith, Adela, and Gloria; as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers.

A visitation will be held at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Friday, June 14, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:30 a.m.  Burial will take place at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

Audley’s family would like to thank Pamela and Chad Garcia for all their care and support.

Kay M. Froemming

Kay Marie Froemming, age 58, of Sun Prairie, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 24, 2024 at her home.

There will be a graveside service for Kay at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam on Friday, June 14, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jim Wendt officiating. A luncheon will follow at Bayside Supper Club.

Kay Marie was born on December 15, 1965 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to Orin and Diane (Pollesch) Froemming. She attended Beaver Dam High School. Kay worked at Oscar Mayer in Madison, for over 20 years, where she retired after the plant closed. She worked for Kobussen Bus Company after retirement, as she loved children and serving the community. Kay was an avid cruise lover, going on multiple Carnival cruises with friends and family.  She loved spending time with family and friends and was always up for a good talk.  When younger she also enjoyed crafts. She was a past member of First Lutheran Church of Beaver Dam

Kay is survived by her sister, Kim (Ben) Smith of Knoxville, TN; her aunts, Darlene Offerman of Oshkosh and Donna Winter of Beaver Dam; uncles, Bob Pollesch of Beaver Dam and Gene Pollesch of Hollywood, FL; other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and uncles, Jim, Larry, Wayne, and Curt Pollesch, Roland and Ike Froemming; and aunt, Ruth Kreiss.

Memorials may be made in Kay M. Froemming’s name to American Heart Association.

Arthur J. Boeck

Arthur J. Boeck, age 84, of Fox Lake, died Thursday, June 6, 2024, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison.

In keeping with Arthur’s wishes, there will be no formal services. Instead, there will be a celebration of life on Friday, July 12th at The Hive, W4786 WI-23 Trunk, Fond du Lac, WI from 4pm to 8 pm.

Arthur John Boeck was born on July 13, 1939, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Joseph and Sylvia (Islab) Boeck. He graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Technology with a degree in Engineering. In May of 1967, Arthur was united in marriage with Susan R. Anderegg in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served in the United States Army as the Vietnam War was beginning and remained in the Army Reserves for many years. He was a member of the Fox Lake American Legion.

Arthur worked as a manufacturing engineer throughout his life. He served his apprenticeship at Badger Meter in Milwaukee and then went on to work for Kelsey Hayes Brakes in the Milwaukee area, Speed Queen in Ripon, before retiring from ATACO Steel Products in Cedarburg. When he wasn’t working, Arthur enjoyed hunting and fishing; he also enjoyed working on the antique classic cars and tractors that he collected.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Boeck of Fox Lake; three sons, Michael (Rachel) Drake of Neenah, Kevin (Kimberly) Boeck of Fond du Lac, and Brian (Kathy) Boeck of Juneau; seven granddaughters, Alissa (Max) Schmidt of Appleton, Erin (Jared) Pethan of Menasha; Lydia Drake of Neenah, Ashley (Sheldon) Smith of Fond du Lac, Miranda Boeck of Fond du Lac, Brianna Boeck of Fond du Lac, and Marissa Boeck of Juneau; a great granddaughter, Sadie Schmidt; his brother, David Boeck of Colorado; and other relatives and friends. Arthur was preceded in death by his parents.

Arturo “Art” Garcia

Art Garcia, age 67, passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Marshfield Medical Center in Beaver Dam. He was born on August 15, 1956 in Jourdanton, Texas to Octaviano and Ancelma (Castro) Garcia.

Art received his GED at the age of 20. He worked at M & M Foundry in Waupun, then Westra Construction, and later, John Deere, where he retired in 2012.

On December 10, 1988, he married Sharon (Waldsmith) Shaw. Art truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures of playing tennis, golfing, camping, hockey and hunting. Art was one of the kindest people you could ever meet but he believed in respect.

After he retired, he helped his wife with her daycare, where he had a nickname for all the children and they all called him Artie. He also enjoyed his family time; vacations, holidays and weddings. In 2014, Arts health started to decline. His diabetes got the best of him. In 2019, Art was confined to a wheel chair and dialysis four days a week. This took a toll on him. He no longer has to suffer and there is another angel by the throne.

Art is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Elizabeth Garcia of Beaver Dam; stepchildren, Tonya (Brian) Lont of Waupun and Nicholas (Stacy) Shaw of Beaver Dam; five grandchildren, Haley, Brady, Grayson, Chase and Elijah; five sisters, Gloria (Michael) Brown, Elida (Greg) Browne, Eliva (Alan) Palmisano, Molly (Ruben) Rodriguez, and Rose Fairchild-Garcia; brother, Ruben (Leisa) Garcia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Laurie and Timothy Abhold, Sally and David Soravia; godchildren, Michele Wojahn and Teresa Garcia; many nieces, nephews and cousin; as well as his extended family and daycare families. He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law; sister, Dora Martinez; brothers, Jesse Garcia and Octaviano “Junior” Garcia; niece, Jocelyn McCann; nephew, Scot Berner; and special little friend, Bristol Bruesch.

The visitation will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The funeral service will follow on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. with Arts niece, Melissa Brown officiating. A meal will follow at the Beaver Dam American Legion, 300 Beichl Avenue.

Joyce A. Holden

Joyce A. Holden, 60 of Juneau, Wisconsin passed away unexpectedly at her home on Thursday, May 30, 2024.

Joyce was born on February 10, 1964 the daughter of Peter A. and Gertrude (Kooistra) Schaalma in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.  On December 12, 2009, she was united in marriage with Jeffrey L. Holden at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Juneau, Wisconsin.

Joyce was employed at Clearview Nursing Home in Juneau and had worked there for over 30 years in the Dietary Department.  Joyce was a skilled baker, enjoyed trying new recipes; and made “the best potato salad”.  She loved gardening, stand up paddle boarding and enjoyed crocheting blankets for family members.  Joyce and Jeff enjoyed going on motorcycle trips and canoeing in Eagle River. Joyce dearly loved her dogs and they truly were her faithful companions.

Joyce will be deeply missed by her husband Jeff; son Alex Holden and daughter Amanda Holden; grandchildren: Rylie and Alexander Levi; brothers: Dave (Linda) Schaalma, Len (Renee) Schaalma, Rob Schaalma, Steve (Judy) Schaalma, Ken (Kris) Schaalma and Gary (Jan) Schaalma; her sister Pam (Russell) Tallmann; sisters-in-law: Barb Schaalma, Gianna (Dean) Showers and Rae Marie (Pat) Holden.  She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: Alfred Schaalma and Chuck Schaalma daughter Angela Marie Holden and other relatives and friends.

A memorial gathering for Joyce will be held on Monday, June 10th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam. A Celebration of Life will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. David Brandt officiating. Inurnment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joyce’s name may be directed to the family.





Robert J. Manke

Robert J. Manke, 73, of Beaver Dam passed away on Monday, May 27, 2024.

Robert was born on March 14, 1951 in Beaver Dam to William and Elgene (Busse) Manke. He was a graduate of Beaver Dam High School. Bob served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He owned and operated TC Upholstery in Fox Lake for many years. After retirement, he worked for Taxiway Industries in Lomira.

Bob was a proud veteran. He was a member of the Mayville American Legion Post 69 and lifetime member of the DAV Beaver Dam Chapter. Bob was proud to be able to take the Badger Honor Flight. Bob was a very social person and loved being around people especially his JJ’s family.

Bob is survived by his lifelong companion Bonnie Cooper of Beaver Dam; his children: Mike Manke and Pam Manke both of Beaver Dam; three grandchildren: Haylee Schwark, Jada Kaminski, and Richard “RJ” Manke; six siblings: Donald (Faith) Manke of Oakfield, Linda Manke of Beaver Dam, Jeffery (Brenda) Manke of Randolph, Debra Wittnebel of Beaver Dam, Patricia (Robert Cupery) Pahl of Randolph, and Jeanne (Steve) Malone of Gloster, Miss.; further survived by Bonnie’s family: Garrett, Trevor, Dillon; Jerry (Ann) Luebke and Kathy Luebke; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law Gerald Wittnebel; and Bonnie’s brother Michael Luebke.

A private memorial service will be held at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam and inurnment will take place at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, WI.

Memorials may be directed to the Badger Honor Flight.

Beth E. Ingalls-Leisses

Beth E. Ingalls-Leisses, 86, of Beaver Dam passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at Bay Harbor Assisted Living in Beaver Dam.

Beth was born on September 8, 1937 in Danbury, WI to Merrill P. and Alice O. (Myer) Ingalls.  She was a 1955 graduate of Webster High School, Webster, WI. She was married to David H. Leisses on November 20, 1999 at Trinity Church – United Methodist in Beaver Dam.  Beth was employed with Burnett County Human Services for 14 years and later with Dodge County Human Services for 32 years until her retirement.

Beth was a member of Trinity Church – United Methodist in Beaver Dam.  She was active in her churches and sang in choir from age 10 until 75.  Beth loved music, both listening and playing. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and knitting.  She was a first cousin to Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of “Little House on the Prairie” and spoke to schools and other organizations on the “travels of the Ingalls family.”

Beth is survived by her three stepchildren: Kate (Tim Hartwig) Leisses of Denver, CO, Patricia (Brian) Hein of St. Charles, MO, and William (Alison) Leisses of Fond du Lac; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband David in 2012; stepdaughter Mary in 2019; and a sister in infancy.

A memorial gathering will be held at Trinity Church – United Methodist in Beaver Dam on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 from 12 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 1 p.m. Inurnment will take place at Highland Memory Gardens, township of Trenton.

Memorials may be directed to a charity in Beth’s name.

Betty Willihnganz

Betty K. Willihnganz, 95, of Beaver Dam passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Eagles Wings in Beaver Dam

There will be a memorial gathering for Betty at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Beaver Dam on June 10, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at church at 11:00 a.m. Fr. Will Arnold will celebrate the Mass. Inurnment will take place at St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in Beaver Dam.

Betty Kathryn was born on January 17, 1929, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to Frank and Kathryn (Janz) Andercheck. She graduated from St. Peter Parochial School in 1943 and from Beaver Dam High School in 1946. On June 18, 1949, she was united in marriage with Cletus Willihnganz at St. Peter Catholic Church in Beaver Dam. Betty worked at Newton & Wenz Department Store and Beaver Dam Wholesale before becoming a mother. She developed a seamstress business while the children were growing up, then worked at Briese Furniture Store sewing draperies. Betty was a life-long member of St. Peter Catholic Church, currently St. Katharine Drexel Parish where she was active with the Catholic Women, was past president of the St. Peter Band Guild, and sang in the New Life Choir for years. Betty was also active with the American Red Cross, the Beaver Dam Scholarship and Meals On Wheels.

Betty is survived by her sons: Charles (Linda) of Rochester, MN, John (Carol) of Oshkosh, Jim of Menasha, Michael (Ruth) of Westminster, CO, and Gary (Cathy) of Scottsdale, AZ; nine grandchildren: Dr. Katie (Dr. Michael) Willihnganz-Lawson of Minneapolis, Jennifer (Joe) Tenley of Rochester, MN, Jeffrey (Rina) Willihnganz of Minneapolis, MN, Kristin (Bryan) Burgert of Oshkosh, Rachael Willihnganz (boyfriend, Ricky) of Denver, CO, Lauren Willihnganz of London, Madison Willihnganz (fiancé, Chris Young) of Denver, CO, Zachary Willihnganz of Sacramento, and Connor Willihnganz of Scottsdale, AZ; ten great-grandchildren: Mariah and Chet, Caden, Asher, and Savannah, Beckett, Greyson, and Liam, and Eve and Niall; as well as other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband in 2017.

If desired, memorials may be made to St. Katharine Drexel Parish or Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation.