Fred E. Kasten

Frederick Ernst Kasten

Fred Kasten, 87, of Horicon passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at Marshfield Medical Center in Beaver Dam with his daughters at his side.

Fred was born on May 19, 1936 in Horicon to Carl and Alma (Michael) Kasten.  After graduating from Horicon High School in 1954, Fred served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1954 – 1958 where he was stationed aboard the USS Leyte. Fred tended bar at Fat’s Tavern, his parents’ bar in Horicon.   He was then employed with Gardner Manufacturing and later with International Harvester.

Fred was united in marriage with Mary Ann Marlock in 1960, and although their union didn’t last, they had five children together who they adored.

Fred enjoyed fishing, hunting, his friends, and family, but most of all loved being a grandpa and great grandpa.

Fred is survived by his children: Kraig (Kari) Kasten of Beaver Dam, Kevin (Patty) Kasten of Ripon, Kelly Kasten of Waupun, Korey Kasten of Horicon, and Kimberly Kasten of Horicon; seven grandchildren: Kolin Kasten, Kortnee (Chris Neuman) Kasten, Kii (Morgan) Kasten, Kyle Kasten, Kelsey (Jonathon) Lubbers, Katlyn Kasten, and Kristian Kasten; great grandchildren: Lyla, Graycen, Maisel, and Karoline; sister-in-law Janet Kasten; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters: Lorraine Rohloff, Carol ‘Kate’ Kasten, and Lois Plautz; and his brother Michael Kasten.

Fred was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Horicon.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Horicon from 10 a.m. until noon.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at noon with Fr. Justin Lopina officiating.  Interment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon with military honors to be conducted.




Joseph A. Lake

Joseph (Joe) Albert Lake or “007, Joe Cool or Missouri Joe” was taken too soon from our world to be with his Heavenly Father. His family honors his passing on January 12, 2024.

Joe was born April 25, 1967, to Howard and Carmen (Elder) Lake in Hannibal, Missouri. He graduated from Philadelphia, Missouri’s Marion County R-II high school in 1985. Over the years he earned numerous certificates, furthering his education in his fields of work.

Joe grew up in the Hannibal, Missouri. In his youth he was very active in riding and showing horses with the Tri-County Buffalo Rangers Saddle Club. He also raced cars, ran demo derby cars, and rode bulls in the local rodeo circuits. He loved farming with his dad and helping him repair farm equipment. Joe loved being out in the woods, hunting and fishing. He also played banjo and guitar in the Lake Family Band. Joe loved to restore farm equipment and he restored his grand dad’s John Deere GP, which is still running and used in many parades in Missouri.

Joe will be remembered for his outgoing, friendly personality. He never met a stranger, always making friends. You would know Joe was in the room before you saw him by his infectious and unique laugh. He was legendary for his card playing and board games winnings. Joe also had impressive cornhole bean bag skills, notorious for being able to drop air mail bags almost all the time. He was very active in local, Wisconsin, and Midwest tournaments.

Joe was a jack-of-all trades. In his life he worked various jobs in farming, trucking, cement work, railroad mechanic, security, and cable installation. He put his whole heart and soul into helping people out. His ability to trouble-shoot and come up with solutions was well-known and people sought his help on various projects. Joe was also active in his church, Sacred Heart in Horicon, Wisconsin. He loved to help with youth pizza making, always kidding around and telling jokes.

Joe and Melissa (Sette) met in February 2000 and were married in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin in June 2002 and eventually settled on her family farm in Juneau, Wisconsin. Joe loved his family and always looked for ways to celebrate together and help out when needed.

Joe is survived by his wife, Melissa and daughters Carmen and Rose Lake; Father-in-Law, Robert Sette (Juneau, WI). Sons, Aaron King (Sarah Hope, children: Samara Darlene Muller-King, Robert Lee King II, Malachai Maverick Odin King) (Collinsville, Illinois) and Tyler Lake (Moberly, MO). Daughters Ashton Lake (Aaron Speek, children: Granden Lake, Essence Lake, Kynsten Whisenand, Aurelia Speek)(Moberly, MO), Molly Lake (Korbyn and Kyzer Luckett) (Palmyra, MO), and Abby Stratton (Josh) and children, Genevieve and Edith (Osage Beach, MO). His father, Howard J. Lake; brother, Junior Lake (Linda); Christina Blair (James); Tonya Lake; Teresa Brown (Dennis); Dot Lake (Tami Lyons); Liz Donath (Mike); Cecelia Obert (Rick); Jenny Bemis (Ron); and brother, Stacey Lake. And numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe was proceeded in death by his mother, Carmen O. (Elder) Lake; mother-in-law, Rosemary Schulz; brother-in-law, James Blair; niece Lisa (Lake) Parshall and nephew, James Vincent Lake and several great aunts and uncles.

Visitation for Joe will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Horicon on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, there will also be a visitation at church from 9:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at church on Wednesday beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Justin Lopina officiating. Burial will be at Juneau City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the family (Melissa Lake) for Joe’s children and grandkids.

Robert Franklin Weiss

Robert Franklin Weiss, 94, of Horicon passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2024 at Marvin’s Manor in Horicon.

Robert was born on July 28, 1929 the son of Frank and Hulda A. (Key) Weiss in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.  Bob was a graduate of Juneau High School.  He proudly serviced his Country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.  Bob returned to Horicon and then served the Horicon Community in many ways.

Bob was a police officer for the City of Horicon for 26 years.  He was a former member of the Horicon City Council and was instrumental in the building of the Fire and EMS building.  He was on the Horicon Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council, and an alderman.  He was a member and served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Dodge County Parks.  Bob worked on building the Wild Goose Trail, the development of the Gold Star Trail and was instrumental in the establishment of the Horicon Marsh International Educational Center.

Bob was a faithful member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Horicon and enjoyed singing in the choir.  He was a member of the John Deere Retirees Spitfire Club.  Bob was a member of the Horicon American Legion Post #157 and was proud to be able to go on the Badger Honor Flight.  He was a member of the Pomeranian German Society Freestate. He was a lifelong avid Packer fan.  Bob was humorous, kind, proud of his Community and a true gentleman.  He will be deeply missed.

Bob is survived by his brother Allen Weiss of Beaver Dam; nieces and nephews: Loralee (Robert) Engels, Lee Allen (Kay) Weiss, Ellen (Mike) Christians, Marcia (Craig) Kadinger, Ryan (Nicole) Helmer and Teresa (Chris) Sawyer; great nieces and great nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Carol, second wife Delores and his niece Rachel Hammons.

A visitation for Bob will be held on Monday, January 15, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Horicon. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Mark C. Wilkens officiating. Interment will be at St. Malachy Cemetery. Graveside Military Honors will be conducted by the Horicon American Legion Post #157.

Memorials in Bob’s name may be directed to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 505 N. Palmatory Street, Horicon, WI  53032.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Marvin’s Manor and Heartland Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of Bob.  Also special thanks to Rev. Mark Wilkens for your visits and pastoral care which meant so much to Bob. Your kindness will always be remembered.




Anna “Lu” Pedigo

Anna LuElla “Lu” Pedigo, age 97, passed away on December 27, 2023 surrounded by her family.

She was born on September 28, 1926 in Stoddard County, Missouri to Therman “Bert” and Velma (Tate) Weaver.  When she was a teenager she moved to Lewistown, Ill where she graduated from Lewistown High School.

On June 25, 1949, she married Robert E. Pedigo.  They had four children Robert IV “Bob”, Elizabeth “Beth”, Margaret “Meg” and Julie.  She was very active in her children’s lives leading Girl Scout, Boy Scout and United Methodist Youth groups.

Lu was an avid homemaker.  She was skilled at sewing, quilting, knitting and doll making. She won several awards, including a second place worldwide in doll competition. She enjoyed crafting with her grandchildren and was able to meet all of her great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and son.  She is survived by her daughters Beth (John) Sullivan, Meg (Ted) Trumpp and Julie Pedigo; her grandchildren, Colleen Dunne, John Sullivan, Tim Sullivan, Kristen Johnson, Bob Pedigo, Austin Trumpp and Allison Beck and 13 great-grandchildren.

According to LuElla’s wishes a private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to Blank Children’s Hospital, 1200 Pleasant Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.




Earl J. Ritter

Earl Ritter, 89, of Beaver Dam and formerly of Horicon, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 19, 2023.

Earl was born on July 19, 1934, in La Crosse WI, the son of Jacob Robert and Viola (Jerue) Ritter. His passion for the visual and performing arts was cultivated in his youth with dance and art lessons. After graduating from Aquinas High School, he began college at UW-L and worked as a shoe salesman at Doerflingers Department Store until he was drafted into the United States Army.

After his military service, he returned to La Crosse to complete his degrees in history and art education. Thanks to his friend Jim Kerrigan, Earl was convinced to join Jim and his future wife Mary Lee, when they set him up on a blind date with Anita Langen.  Earl and Anita celebrated the anniversary of this first date for the next 62 years.  A year after that blind date, Earl and Anita were married in La Crosse on June 2, 1962.

Earl started his teaching career in Alma Center, WI and then he and Anita settled in Horicon, WI where he would spend the next 35 years teaching art, along with directing plays and musicals, coaching forensics, and being the advisor for the Junior Prom and the high school yearbook.

Family and friends were at the center of Earl’s life. Whether it was sitting at a baseball or softball diamond, attending a play and dinner with friends, spending time with his grandchildren creating the perfect Christmas gifts for their parents, or setting someone in a hand of Euchre, Earl lived for special moments with the people he loved.  His grandchildren were his biggest pride and joy and he always made the effort to stay connected to the people he cared about.

Earl’s faith was a very important part of his life and he was an active member of St. Malachy Parish in Horicon and was instrumental in the design of the new church that was built when the Sacred Heart Parish was formed.

His love of the visual and performing arts led Earl to become involved with the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association as a member of the Board of Directors, an exhibit chairperson, and an exhibitor; as well as the Beaver Dam Community Theater, being active on the Board of Directors, directing many summer musicals, and designing the sets for many others.

Surviving Earl are his wife of 61 years, Anita; his children, Cathy (Rich) Loomans, and Mark (Liz McFarland)  Ritter; Grandchildren: Amber (Rufus) Manual, Derek (Grace) Loomans, Holly Loomans, Courtney (Bobbie Stephens) Ritter, and Isaac (Janae) Loomans; and Great Grandchildren: Bella, Jordan, Mia, Giovanni, Charlotte and Noelle; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother-in-law Norbert and Marie Langen, and his daughter-in-law Gina Ritter.

Earl was very proud of the number of his students that pursued careers in the arts. He enjoyed following their careers and connecting with them through the years.  To honor his legacy, in lieu of flowers, Earl’s family requests that memorials please be made to the Fond du Lac Area Foundation, 1020 S. Main Street, Suite E, Fond du Lac, WI  54935, or online at  for the establishment of a fund that will support visual and performing arts, as well as, arts education in the Horicon and Beaver Dam areas.

Earl’s family welcomes friends and family to Sacred Heart Church, Hwy 33 Horicon, on Monday, November 27th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 28th from 10:00 a.m.  –  Noon for a time of visitation followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday at Noon with Father Justin Lopina officiating.


Steven E. Schoeffel

Steven E. Schoeffel, age 71, a resident of Horicon, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2023, at his home.

Steven was born the son of Elmer and Evelyn Schoeffel on November 21, 1951. Steven is survived by numerous cousins and was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, and uncles.

A graveside service is being planned for later this fall at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon. Rev. Daniel Schoeffel will officiate.

John P. Belisle

John P. Belisle, age 90, of Iron Ridge, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 4, 2023 at Crossroads Care Center in Fond du Lac.

The visitation will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Horicon on Monday, September 11, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The funeral service will follow at the funeral home on Monday at 11:00 a.m. and burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon. Military Honors will be provided by the Horicon American Legion.

John Patrick was born on July 19, 1933 in northern Michigan to Elmer and Adeline (Anderson) Belisle. He was united in marriage to Nancy Lieber on November 7, 1953 in Cudahy, Wisconsin. He proudly served in the United States Airforce during the Korean War. John had many jobs throughout his life; he worked in a few factories, was a truck driver, and worked as a roofer, while he operated a dairy farm too. He retired in 2010 and enjoyed spending time bowling and fishing. John especially liked to go dancing with his sweetheart throughout the Dodge County area and surrounding areas.

John is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons, David (Donna), Mark, and Gregg; daughters, Joy (Jeff) Wilson and Lynn (Rob) Beck; grandchildren Nicole (Jonathon) Tanksley, Dylan (Erin) Wilson, Jesse (Jennifer) Wilson, Shayna (Mike) Nelson, Miranda Zuege, Davey Stange, and Jeff Stange; great grandchildren, Hunter Menefee, Harlea Menefee, Jaelyn Menefee, Jonny Tanksley, Joenna Wilson, Grace Hanson, Claire Wilson, Gavin Nelson, and Brock Nelson; siblings, Jeff Belisle and Virgina Montbriand; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandsons, Nicholas Beck and David Belisle, Jr.; sister, Louise Miller; and brothers, Joseph and James Belisle.

Thomas J. Plaskey

Thomas J. Plaskey, 77, of Horicon, peacefully passed away on Thursday morning, August 17, 2023, at his cherished home. He was born on May 30, 1946, the beloved son of Julius and Helen (Staudenmaier) Plaskey. Thomas, affectionately known as Tom, TP, and Hotdog, was a graduate of Kewaskum High School and proudly served his country in the United States Army. Throughout his life, he found fulfillment as a farmer, welder, and dedicated member of the Boilmakers Union.

Tom’s diverse range of hobbies and interests brought him immense happiness. He took pleasure in working on cars, casting his fishing line, tending to his garden, and preserving his bountiful harvest through canning. His feline companion, C-A-T, was a constant source of companionship, perched faithfully on his shoulder. Tom is survived his grandchildren: Brittany Tock-Korslin and Cheveyo Plaskey; and his sisters: Betty Greuel, and especially Louise Plaskey, with whom he shared an unbreakable bond and countless cherished memories.

In addition to his sisters, Tom will be deeply missed by his niece, Annabelle Kelly, who lovingly served as his devoted caregiver during his final months. With unwavering support and boundless compassion, she guided him through his transition into the next phase of life, providing him with comfort and solace. Their profound connection held a special place in his heart. Tom also shared an unbreakable friendship of 15 years with his best friend, Bob Bob Bob, who was always there for him, ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice. Tom’s faithful friend, Fred Albrecht provided him with unwavering support and companionship. He leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends who will forever cherish his memory.

Tom was preceded in death by his loving parents, Julius and Helen Plaskey, as well as his beloved son, Jason Plaskey. He also mourned the loss of his sister, Eileen, her husband Delbert Nyhouse, and his brothers Stan and Bernard Plaskey. Additionally, he mourned the loss of his brother-in-law Chester Greuel, as well as his nieces Kelly Plaskey, Paulette Brown, and Barbie Heule, and his nephew Vinny Greuel.

A memorial gathering to celebrate Tom’s remarkable life is currently being planned, with details to be shared among family and friends in the near future. During this time, let us remember Tom for the joy he brought to our lives and the indelible memories we shared with him. His absence will be deeply felt, but his spirit will forever reside in our hearts.


Gene R. Bertelson

Gene R. Bertelson, 74, of Horicon passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at the Bedrock Watertown Health Center.

A visitation for Gene will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Pentecostal House of Prayer, W3941 WI-33, Horicon.  A funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Steven Beauprey officiating.  Military honors will be conducted by the Horicon American Legion Post #157.  Interment will be at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia, Wisconsin on Monday, August 21st.

Gene was born on August 5, 1949 the son of Raymond and Margaret (Fulmer) Bertelson in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He was a graduate of Oconomowoc High School.  Gene proudly served his country in the United States Navy during Vietnam War.  On September 16, 1972, he was united in marriage with Christine A. Pilgrim in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Gene had been employed in metal fabrication at Mayville Metal for over 30 years.  He had also worked for Brownberry Ovens for several years.

Gene was a founding and faithful member of the Pentecostal House of Prayer-Horicon.  He was active in many aspects of the church from the construction of the existing church to playing guitar for services. He had a deep faith and shared this with his family.  He was a member of the Horicon American Legion Post #157.

Gene also enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and just tinkering around.  He will fondly be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and snacking on his signature snack of popcorn.

Gene will be deeply missed by his wife of 50 years Christine; his children: William (Karen) Bertelson of Horicon, Patrick (Ellen) Bertelson of Rubicon, Candace (Edward) Gromowski of Clyman, Aaron Bertelson of Horicon; grandchildren: Gracelyn, Ariannah, Jadrien, Ethan, Vaughn and Lucas Bertelson; step granddaughter Morgan (Bill) Miller; step great granddaughter Leah Miller; sister Kathryn Renz and brother Michael (Lisa) Bertelson.  He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in-law and his brother-in-law Donald Renz.

Linda M. Schweitzer

Linda M. Schweitzer, 60, of Horicon passed away on Friday, July 7, 2023 at her home surrounded by family and friends.

Linda was born on February 9, 1963 in Beaver Dam to Gerald and Marie (Werner) Frank.  She was a graduate of Beaver Dam High School.  Linda was married to David Schweitzer on June 3, 1989 in Milwaukee.  Linda was a dedicated homemaker.  She worked several years in food service with the Horicon School District where she enjoyed being around the kids.  Linda was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Horicon and was very proud to be a leader with the Girl Scout Troop in Horicon.

Linda is survived by her husband David of Horicon; three children: Brian Schweitzer of Sussex, Adam Schweitzer of Fox Lake, and Heather Schweitzer of Horicon; her parents: Gerald and Marie Frank of Beaver Dam; her siblings: James (Joanne) Frank of Beaver Dam and Lisa (Mark) Weiland of Washington State; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her in-laws: Tom and Delores Schweitzer.

A private funeral service will take place at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Horicon.  Interment will take place at St. Malachy Cemetery in Horicon.