Chester O. Margelofsky

Chester O. Margelofsky, 92, of Mayville passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Charleston House in Beaver Dam.

Chester was born on November 28, 1931 to Arthur and Lilly (Groth) Margelofsky at their home outside of Mayville. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Chet graduated from Fond du Lac Technical School in Tool and Die Making.  He retired from Mayville Metal as the manager of the tool and die department.  Chet was married to June Heschke on September 18, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mayville.

Chet was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Mayville.  He was a member of American Legion Post 69 of Mayville and former commander of the VFW.  Chet was very active in the formation of the Veteran Memorial Wall in Mayville.  He loved the outdoors and taught many to hunt.  He was instrumental in the creation of Wings Over Wisconsin and continued to be very involved over the years.  Chet was an active member of the Mayville Golf Club.  Chet and June enjoyed traveling near and far and spending winters in Arizona.

Chester is survived by his daughters: Linda (Ken) Hale of Roscoe, IL and Karen (Curt) Sorensen of Madison; grandchildren: Stacy (Shawn) Money, Brian Ward, Kathryn (Ryan) Anderson, and Kara Hale; six great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife June in 2023; and his siblings: Wallace Margelofsky, Florence Heuer, Leroy Margelofsky, Alice Bartsch, Leola Roggenbauer, and Patty Bertel.

A celebration of life will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Mayville on Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 12 p.m.  Rev. Dr. Mark J. Cutler will officiate.  Inurnment will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Mayville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church or Wings Over Wisconsin.





June E. Margelofsky

June E. Margelofsky, 93, of Mayville passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at Marshfield Medical Center in Beaver Dam surrounded by her family.

June was born on January 17, 1930 in Fond du Lac to Albert and Lydia (Sasse) Heschke.  She was a 1945 graduate of Mayville High School and a 1949 graduate of Prospect Hall Secretarial School in Milwaukee.  June was employed as a secretary for Maysteel Products, then with Theil, Allan and Storck Law Office, and later with Hartwig’s Bookkeeping and Tax Service.  June was married to Chester Margelofsky on September 18, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mayville.

June was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mayville having been baptized, confirmed and married.  She was active with Sunday school and gathering historical information on the church.  June was an avid reader and enjoyed doing counted cross stitch.  She loved to cook and bake and will be remembered for baking up to 20 different varieties of Christmas cookies.  June and Chet enjoyed traveling near and far and spending winters in Arizona.

June is survived by her husband Chester; her daughters: Linda (Ken) Hale of Roscoe, IL and Karen (Curt) Sorensen of Madison; grandchildren: Stacy (Shawn) Money, Brian Ward, Kathryn (Ryan) Anderson, and Kara Hale; six great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Ione Schwantes.

A memorial gathering will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Mayville on Monday, November 20, 2023 from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 12 p.m.  Rev. Joshua Frazee will officiate.  Inurnment will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Mayville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mayville.

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles



Noreda G. Hanni

Noreda G. Hanni, 85, of Mayville passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

Noreda was born in Dodge County on August 17, 1937 to Arnold and Mabel (Pahl) Pagel.  She attended Horicon schools.  She was married to Roland “Rollie” Hanni on June 21, 1959 in Mayville.  Noreda was employed many years with Mayville Metal until her retirement.

Noreda was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Mayville.  She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed cheering them on in their baseball, softball, and hockey games.

Noreda is survived by her children: Karen (Bob) Wendt of Mayville, Tim Hanni of Mayville, Randy (Sherri) Hanni of Mayville, and Connie Hanni of Horicon; her sister Elaine Birr of Beaver Dam; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Roland in 2001; son Jerome Hanni; sisters: Donna Neitzel and Lois Pagel; brother Duane Pagel; one granddaughter; and one great grandson.

A private family funeral service will be held at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Mayville.  Interment will take place at St. John Cemetery in Mayville.

Lillian E. Schneiter

Lillian E. Schneiter, 88, of Lomira passed away on Monday May 29, 2023 at Hope Health and Rehabilitation where she resided for the past 10 months.

Lillian was born on May 16, 1935 to the late Albert and Magdalena (Budahn) Brinkman.  She grew up on the family farm in the Town of Wayne/Kohlsville, the oldest of three children, followed by siblings Raymond and Bernice.  At a young age she took an interest from her Aunt Elsa in making meals and baking.  After graduating from West Bend High School, she used her acquired sewing/alteration talents at the JC Penney clothing store in West Bend.

Music was a very expressed interest of Lillian’s.  She played some piano, dabbed with the accordion, and enjoyed going to dances.  It was at a dance that Lillian met her husband.  Lillian was united in marriage to Milfred Schneiter on August 25, 1956 at Zion Church.  Together they raised their five children around farming until they moved into the village of Lomira in 1974.  Once out of farming, Lillian gained employment seasonally at a local canning factory  while maintaining her custodial role at Midwest Livestock until 1998. Upon her husband’s retirement in 1999, they were able to settle back and enjoyed residing in the Lomira area.

Lillian was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lomira.  Her knack of talents included sewing outfits, gardening, wine making, baking, preparing the family meals and canning.  Her favorite items to bake were pies, Schaum tortes, donuts, and especially cream puffs.  Lillian loved talking with people and always welcomed people into her home serving cake and coffee.  Lillian will be missed by all those knew her.

Survivors include her children, Marilyn Boswell of Lomira, Lucille Hein (Special Friend Paul Resch) of Manitowoc, Darlene Mangan and her husband Lee of Sheboygan, Gregory Schneiter of Lomira, and Michael Schneiter of Lomira.  Also surviving are her grandchildren, Elliott Boswell, Emily Boswell, Anna Boswell, and Andrew Hein. Lillian is further survived by two great-grandchildren, Albert Dehler and Elliott Boswell Jr.  Lillian is further survived  by brothers in law James Schneiter of Horicon, Kenneth Schneiter of Mayville, and Jerold Stern of Kewaskum, and sisters in law Lillian Wondra of Mayville and Georgia Schneiter of Waupun.  Also survived by  many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her husband Milfred in 2013, her parents, one brother Ray Brinkman, one sister Bernice Brinkman.   Her brothers in-law:  Maynard, Norman, Orville, Gerald, and Jay Schneiter, Earl Wondra and William Zirbel. Her sister in-laws Renate Brinkman, Geraldine Zirbel, Donna Mae Stern, Violet, Lorraine, Florence, Pat, Kathy and Marjorie Schneiter.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday June 3, 2023 at 12:00pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lomira.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of the service at 12:00pm.  Burial will follow later at Union Cemetery in Theresa.

Koepsell Funeral Home of Mayville has been entrusted with Lillian’s arrangements.  The family would like to thank Hope Health and Rehabilitation for their care of Lillian during the past 10 months.


Marcella R. Christian

Marcella R. Christian, 96, of rural Mayville passed away peacefully on Friday, May 26, 2023 at Froedtert West Bend Hospital.

A visitation for Marcella will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church (River Church). A funeral service will begin at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Douglas Zahner officiating.  Interment will follow at Hochheim Cemetery.

She was born the daughter of Robert and Leonora (Pamperin) Nickel on March 1, 1927 in the town of Wayne, Washington County, Wisconsin.  She was baptized at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church and confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran church both in the town of Wayne.

Marcella went to a one room grade school.  She needed to learn English when she started school. Her parents were German and German was their primary language.  She went to Summer school for learning the bible, hymns, catechism and the Christian religion. Marcella was a very hard worker. She helped her parents on the farm doing many chores such as: milking the cows, planting and hoeing sugar beets, helping with the crops, driving tractor when they got one.  She was also in charge of raising the chickens, feeding them, gathering their eggs, wiping the eggs and putting the eggs in cases to sell for a little extra money.

On August 29, 1948, she was united in marriage with Carl E. Christian at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Town of Wayne.  Together with her husband Carl, they farmed in the town of Theresa until 1972.  They milked cows, planted and harvested crops and raised chickens.  Later moved to their home in the town of Theresa where she lived until December of 2021.

After their marriage, she and Carl became members of Immanuel Lutheran Church (Hochheim) until 1956 when the church burned down and they joined Immanuel Lutheran Church (River Church) where she was a faithful member until her death.  She had been a member of the Ladies Aid and the Immanuel Lights. Marcella had a strong faith and loved her Lord and Savior.

Marcella’s family was the most important thing to her.  She attended as many events as she could of the grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She loved all of them dearly.

She had a passion for quilting.  She sewed many quilts for Immanuel Lights missions and even many more for her family.  She was known for her cooking and baking especially for her raspberry kuchen (using raspberries from her garden) date bars, apple slices.  She enjoyed cutting the lawn and keeping it looking nice.  She also enjoyed gardening vegetables, flowers and her raspberry patch.  She also loved canning the vegetables from her garden.  She enjoyed researching genealogy and talking about the old days.  Marcella and Carl enjoyed traveling to many parts of the U.S. and to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for their granddaughter’s wedding.

She is survived by her daughters: Joyce (Lee) Reklau of Theresa, Susan Keller (Barry Beske) of Mayville and Louise Tilson of Brookfield; her sister Arlene Rusch of Jackson; her grandchildren: Brian (Angie) Reklau, Mark (Terry) Reklau, Becky (Jacob) Hintz, Kimberly (Matthew) Luehring, Corey (Noelle) Reklau, Amy Keller, Mike (Randi) Keller, Toby (Michelle) Keller, Nathan (Kelly) Keller, Adam (fiancé Zara) Keller; great grandchildren: Kaley (Fiancé Jake) Mariah, Owen, Chloe, Connor, Zachary, Mackenzie, Jaxson, Marlee, Maddox, Miles, Jolene, Brooklyn (friend Tanner), Dylan, Jedda, Liam, and Preston; step great grandchildren: Desiree, Carsen, Cyrus, Peyton (fiancé Jordyn) Presley (friend Trent) Parker (friend Logan) and Piersten.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl, daughter Karen Christian, son-in-law Kurt Tilson, Gary Keller, grandson Bradley Keller, brothers and sisters and in-laws: Roland, Bernice and Shirley Nickel, Gilmer and Evelyn Christian, Melvin and Betty Nickel, Marvin Rusch, Richard and Eva Christian, Erwin and Lucille Troeller, Joe and Marcella Streblow, Melvin and Pearl Christian, and Martin and Gertrude Kuep.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Crossroads Care Center, West Bend Froedtert Hospital and to Horizon Hospice for their compassionate care.

The Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made at





George E. Lechner

George E. Lechner, age 88, of Mayville, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2023, at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

A private family memorial service for George will be on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at the Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville, Wisconsin with Rev. Fr. Joe Dominic presiding. Following the service, Military Honors will be conducted by the Mayville American Legion Post #69. Inurnment will be held at St. Andrew’s Cemetery in LeRoy, WI at a later date.

George was born on June 4, 1934, the son of Ed and Ester (Kliefoth) Lechner. George was united in marriage to Norma Oechsner on February 14, 1956, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in LeRoy. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. George proudly served his county in the United States Navy from 1956-1958 on the USS Wisconsin Battleship 64. George started his career at Maysteel as a welder and went on to retire from MEC as a purchasing buyer.

George was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a skilled woodworker. He was a lifetime member of the Mayville Gun Club as a trap shooter. George also loved to travel with Norma and Lujack to various places. George and Norma looked forward to cheering on the Green Bay Packers as they were season ticker holders for over 50 years.

George will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 67 years, Norma; sister-in-law, Elinor Zahn, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ed (Lujack) Lechner; his sister Joan (Roger) Wild; in-laws, Jack (Edna) Schraufnagel, Milton (Marion) Youngbeck, Glen Zahn; and other dear relatives and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to St. Agnes Hospital staff and doctors and to the staff at Hope Nursing in Lomira. Wonder care was given to George by all involved in his care.

Geraldine Zirbel

Surrounded by loved ones, the Lord extended His hand to Geraldine “Geri” Zirbel on November 14, 2022, when she peacefully entered her eternal home.

A funeral service for Geraldine will take place on Monday, November 21 at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Browns Corners with the Rev. Allen Behnke officiating. A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 20 from 2-4 p.m. at the Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville and again on Monday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Burial will take place at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Browns Corners.

Geri was born on December 1, 1936, to Ernst and Hilda (nee Schwartz) Schneiter in the Town of Knowles. She grew up in Leroy and shared fond memories of climbing trees, reading books and playing with the neighborhood kids.

She met the love of her life, William ‘Willie’ J. Zirbel, in 1953, at Zivko’s Ballroom in nearby Hartford. They were married on June 18, 1955, at Zion Lutheran Church in the Town of Theresa and continued to waltz and polka throughout their 65-year marriage.

Geri was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church, Browns Corners, serving on multiple committees, including the quilting circle where the group made quilts for both international charities and local homeless shelters. She coupled this with her love of rummaging, always on the lookout for sheets and blankets which she meticulously washed to be repurposed for much-needed comfort.

Geri also brought comfort through her delicious desserts. She tediously made from scratch butterhorns, birthday cakes and dozens of various batches of Christmas cookies during the holidays. She was best known for her schaum torte, which delighted family, friends and church luncheon attendees.

She was an avid gardener and devoted much time to her beautiful perennial gardens. Her green thumb meant that plants often needed to be ‘thinned’ and she generously shared plants with family and friends. In this sense, a part of her will live on and bring joy for years to come.

Known for a strong work ethic, Geri worked at several companies and made lifelong friends along the way. This includes the furniture company, Rilling-Endlich, and Tab Products, from which she eventually retired.

Geri is survived by six children, Dennis (Laura) Zirbel; Debra (Roy) Hale; Cindy Zirbel Wrucke; Brian (Nancy) Zirbel; Mark (Susan) Zirbel; and Jodi (Douglas) Marose; 13 grandkids (Justin, Kelly, Brandon, Ben, Sarah, Nick, Megan, Ian, Erica, Tyler, Sawyer, Stephanie and Cassie); and 21 great grandkids (Ainsley, Willa, Hayden, Charli, Seth, Myles, Myka, Addison, Noah, Owen, Shea, Alex, Wiley, Aubrey, Brody, Claire, Quinn, Brynn, Thatcher, Blakeleigh and Watson). She is further survived by two sisters, Lillian Wondra and Georgia Schneiter; two brothers, James and Kenneth Schneiter; and one brother-in-law, Richard (Judith) Zirbel.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Willie; her parents; brothers, Maynard, Milford, Norman, Orville, Gerald, Jay; sister, Donna Mae; and infant grandson, Nathaniel.

Special thanks to Geri’s neighbors John and Sue Shoettel for their care and support.

Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church, Browns Corners.

Mathias ‘Matt’ Hoffman

Mathias ‘Matt’ Standford Hoffman, age 104, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at his home in Neda.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon with the Rev. Fr. Justin Lopina presiding. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the church in Horicon. A private family burial will be held at Graceland Cemetery in Mayville.

Matt was born the son of Anton and Anna (Kohler) Hoffman on October 2, 1918 in Ohio. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Weginger on March 7, 1938. They shared 74 years of marriage before her death in 2012. The couple welcomed seven children- Mathias, Jr., Gerald, Patricia, John, Beverly, Robert, and Tony. They lived in several places in Dodge County before settling in Neda.

Matt was a member of the Rock River League Hall of Fame and an honorary member of the Mayville American Legion Post #69 because he was spending so much time there with his friends shooting the breeze and having some refreshments. He loved playing sheepshead (everyone had to have assigned seats) and enjoyed taking gaming trips. Everyone that knew Matt cherished his smile and sense of humor. Matt was still independent and drove his own vehicle up until a few months ago and continued to live independently in his own home until his death. Matt loved his wife deeply and when she was admitted to a nursing facility, he made sure to be there from early in the morning until late in the evening, only taking a short break for lunch.

Matt is survived by his children- Matt Jr. of Brookfield, John (Beve) of Markesan, and Beverly Weinheimer of Beaver Dam. His daughters in law- Taddy Hoffman of Horicon, Norita Hoffman of Iron Wood, and Bonnie Hoffman of Montello. His many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Further survived by other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Evelyn, sons Robert, Tony, and Gerry, daughter Patricia (Jack) Grissman, son in law Chet Weinheimer, his daughter in law- Carol. His great granddaughter Casey Schwartz, great grandson Cody Laufenberg, granddaughters Jessica and Nichole Grissman great great grandsons Octavius and Earl Schwartz and David Echeverria, and his granddaughters husband Mark Rantala.

In lieu of flowers- memorials in memory of Matt can be directed to the Mayville American Legion Post#69, St. Jude’s, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Sandra L. ‘Sandi’ Kohrt

Sandra L. Kohrt, age 74, of Mayville passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Aurora Medical Center in Summit.

A funeral service for Sandi will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church (River Church) in Theresa with the Rev. Douglas Zahner officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will take place at Hochheim Cemetery.

Sandi was born the daughter of Walter and Marcella ‘Susie’ (Franke) Dewitz on September 15, 1948 in Hustisford. She was a graduate of Horicon High School and then went on to receive her master’s degree in Librarian Sciences. Sandi was united in marriage to Larry Kohrt on June 27, 1994. Sandi spent her career as a librarian in various places such as, St. Killian’s, Three Lakes, and the Mayville School District. She was a member of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church (River Church). In her spare time, Sandi enjoyed flowers and gardening. Alongside her husband Larry, they enjoyed collecting various vintage items such as local area Dairy bottles. She also loved crafting and making stamped cards. Sandi also volunteered for the Wisconsin Republican Party and was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary #10170.

Sandi is survived her husband Larry of Mayville. Larry’s daughter- Janelle (Marty) Strupp of Allenton. Nieces- Jackie (Chad) Westover of Princeton, Melanie (Tyler Killmon) Stratman of Oconomowoc and Angel Zurn. Her nephews- Dustin Bensley of Waupun and Joshua (Tammy Jahns) Dewitz. Her sister- Jean Singer of Big Falls. Her sister in law- Bonnie Legate of Mayville. Her brother-in-law- Rich Binkus of West Palm Beach. Her great nieces and nephews- Aaron, Mekenzie, Juliya, Jasmyn, Noah, Alyssa, Ethan, Lexi, and Marcus. Further survived by other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Travis Oresnik, brother Jim Dewitz, and sister Jean Binkus.

Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church (River Church).

Kaylee J. Dykstra

Kaylee Josephine Dykstra, age 15, of Horicon passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 3, 2022, with her family by her side at her home in Horicon after a 11 month hard fought battle with B-cell Lymphoblastic leukemia.

A celebration of Kaylee’s life will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 3-10 p.m. at the IAM Local 873, 258 Barstow St. Horicon, WI 53032

Kaylee was born the daughter of Barry and Nicole (Tucker) Dykstra on December 6, 2006. Kaylee was a strong, free spirited, and creative girl. Kaylee had a big heart and loved her family and the time she spent with them. She was attending Horicon High School and was active in the BSA girls’ troop 6838. Kaylee was always lending a hand and was always there to volunteer at council events. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed kayaking and doing outdoor activities with the scouts. Kaylee also loved camping and insisted the only way to camp was in a tent! She was also very artistic and liked to sketch, paint, and craft. Kaylee was protective of her friends at school and was considered the ‘mama bear’ of the group. She was always there to help them. Kaylee was also a big help at school with her teachers and at home with her family. She loved and adored her girlfriend, Abby Kamps.

Kaylee fought hard for more than 11 months and showed what true spirit means. Kaylee will always be remembered as a fun loving and smiling kid.

Kaylee is survived by her parents- Barry and Nicole of Horicon. Her siblings- Amber Dykstra of Green Bay, Hunter Schraufnagel of Beaver Dam, Lydia, Levi, Sawyer, Sutton Dykstra of Horicon, and Tucker Dykstra of Beaver Dam. Grandparents- Bob and Linda Tucker of Fond du Lac and Mike and Joanne Rubel of Horn Lake, Mississippi. Robert Dykstra of Ripon. Great Grandpa- Donald Schultz of Beaver Dam. Her uncle and aunts- Ashley Tucker of Fond du Lac, Joe (Amanda) Tucker of Beaver Dam, and Ben Dykstra of Orangeville, IL. Her nephew- Rylen Fry of Jefferson. Further survived by other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her great grandparents.

Kaylee’s family wishes to the thank the Horicon Community, Horicon School District, UW Children’s Hospital, Hillside Hospice and Homecare, her scouting family, and all the family and friends who have supported Kaylee and her family.

Memorials may be directed to Kaylee’s family.