Patricia A. Seufzer

Patricia A. Seufzer, age 59, died on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

There will be a gathering at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 10:00 a..m to 10:50 a.m. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at St. Henry’s Catholic Cemetery in Watertown.

Patricia Ann Seufzer was born December 20 1964, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin, the seventh oldest child of Richard and Annabelle Seufzer. She was baptized into the Catholic faith on January 3, 1964. Her schooling started at St. Paul’s in Genesee; when her parents moved to Pipersville, she attended and graduated from Watertown High School, in 1983. Trish had the most artistic talent in her family. She drew, sketched and painted the most beautiful sunrise and sunset sceneries, not to keep for herself, but to give them to many she loved. Trisha was a beautiful, kind, loving soul who loved her God. She loved cats, horses, and painting. Trisha always thought of others, but most of all, she was grateful for whatever she was given.

Patricia is survived by her siblings, Peter (Lisa) Seufzer of Ixonia, Christopher (Serene) Seufzer of Lowell, Mary Speidel of Florida, Kathryn (Robert) Cottone of Watertown, John (Jessica) Seufzer of Reeseville, Rita (Troy) Alvarado of Clyman, Queena (John) Buske of Ixonia, and Gregory (Darlene) Seufzer of Florida; her sister, Donna (Tom) Pederson and family; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Kristie; and nephews, Richie and Brian.

Memorials may be made in Patricia Seufzer’s name to Watertown Humane Society Renovation Fund or Jefferson County Human Services.

Franklin J. Lauersdorf

Frank Lauersdorf, age 74, died Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at his home in the Town of Lowell.

In keeping with his wishes, private family services have been held.

Franklin James Lauersdorf was born on February 21, 1950, to Arnold William Carl Lauersdorf and Ethel Elisabeth Rennhack in the Town of Lowell. He married the love of his life, Barb, and was a father to Jason (Carol) Lauersdorf, Troy (Jessica) Lauersdorf, Tracy (Janelle) Lauersdorf, Nicole (Craig) Wolff and Josh (Ami) Lauersdorf and stepfather to Michelle (Rob) Ellis-Hutchings and Christopher (Aldonza) Ellis. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers, and his stepfather, Raymond “Mac” McMillan.

His greatest loves were his wife Barb, his children, and his grandchildren (Cody, Sarah, Mitch, Keegan, Brooke, Briana, Brynlee, Braya, Joslyn, Eugene, Jayk, Levi, Lilli, and Caleb and Grace). He loved the smiles, giggles and antics of his grandkids when making gingerbread houses or playing cards. He enjoyed perfecting his bread making skills, roasting coffee, beer and wine making, rebuilding his ’39 Chevy, and marveling at the hummingbirds, orioles, blue jays, and cardinals.

He worked at Ptaschinski Construction Inc of Beaver Dam for 16 years before starting Lauersdorf Excavating in 1985 as a sole proprietor. After many years of hard work, he formed a Limited Liability Company and eventually a Corporation before retiring in 2014.

He was a firm supporter of Immanual Lutheran Church in Reeseville, the Reeseville Community Center, the Reeseville Library, the Lowell VFW, PAVE in Beaver Dam, Rawhide, and WWII Honor Flights. Frank loved talking to farmers and watching the progression through the years which was interesting and enjoyable to him.

He would never forget the support of local businesses, the community, and the people who helped make his success possible. Yes, in the United States of America, this is possible.

David R. Galston

David R. Galston, Sr., age 72, of Lowell, died on Sunday, March 10, 2024 at Watertown Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family.

The memorial gathering will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The memorial service will follow on Tuesday at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Nerswick officiating.

David Ronnie Galston was born on March 19, 1951 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to Herbert and Lila (Allen) Galston. He was united in marriage with Alvina “Bunny” Kueffer at United Church of Christ in Lowell, on October 4, 1980. David worked as a farm hand and was a truck driver. He worked for Terra Fertilizing and later for Caine Transfer. He liked to hunt and fish and was a member of the Wisconsin Bow Hunting Association. David was also an avid motorsports fan. Dave loved the companionship from his dog, Lucky, as well as the numerous good dogs he had over the years. He enjoyed time spent with family, especially with his boys.

David is survived by his wife, Alvina “Bunny” Galston of Lowell; sons, David (Jill) Galston, Jr. of Beaver Dam, and Matthew Galston of Lowell; grandchildren, Kyle, Victoria, Isabella, and Josephine; siblings, Dennis Galston of Sun Prairie, Joy Vander Sanden of Columbus, and Allan (Lori) Galston of Columbus; sisters-in-law, Marie Galston and Dinah Galston; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph Galston; and siblings, Loren Galston, Billie Galston, Jean Mayberry, Bernard Galston, Gerald Galston, Emajean Galston, and Herbert Galston.

 

 

 

 

David G. Westlake

David Glenn Westlake, 85, flew west on Friday, February 23, 2024.

David was born on June 5, 1938, to Glenn and Grace (Metz) Westlake in Geneva, Illinois.  Most of his youth was spent in Lombard, Illinois, where his father was superintendent of schools.  He was active in the Boy Scouts, earning the distinction of Order of the Arrow.  After graduating from Glenbard High School in 1956, Dave attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he became a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

He spent ten years in the U. S. Navy, having joined the reserves as a high school senior, and participating in NROTC at Miami University. He was called to active service in 1958 and deployed to Miramar Naval Air Station, San Diego.  While there, he applied and was selected to attend Naval Aviation Cadet training in Pensacola, Florida.  He was commissioned Ensign and awarded his Wings Of Gold on August 9, 1961.

On August 19, 1961, he married the girl next door, Sybil Peterson, in Lombard. (He opined that he was a bachelor officer for only ten days.) Their love would last for 63 happy years.

During his Navy career he served on five aircraft carriers: Bennington, Ticonderoga, Antietam (where he qualified for carrier landing), Randolph, and Lake Champlain.  While at Quonset Point Naval Air Station in Rhode Island, he flew jet helicopters in an anti-submarine hunter-killer task force.  In October of 1962, during the Cuban missile crisis, he took part in the blockade of Soviet ships in the Caribbean.

In 1965, Lieutenant Westlake was honorably discharged from the Navy and hired by United Airlines.  In his 33 years with United he flew DC-6, Viscount, Caravelle, Boeings 727, 737, 747,757,767, and retired as Captain on the Boeing 777 in 1998.

In 1972, the family settled on the farm near Reeseville, Wisconsin.  There they raised registered Angus cattle.  Dave was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Reeseville, where he served as an elder on the church council.  He belonged to the VFW Post 9392, Lowell, Wisconsin and the American Legion Post 90, Reeseville, Wisconsin.  He also belonged to the Midwest Field Trial Club. He was an avid hunter and loved spending time with his Labrador Retrievers in the field.

Survivors include his wife, Sybil; daughter Kristen Westlake (husband Don Armour); son Glenn (Karin) Westlake and their children: Andrew (Emily) Peterson and son Theo, Connor, and Claire Westlake; son David (Amy) Westlake and their children: Madison, Ben, and Zoë; and daughter Mandy Westlake.

A visitation for David will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. until Noon at Trinity Lutheran Church Reeseville. A funeral service will begin at Noon.  Interment will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Graveside Military Honors will be provided by the Lowell VFW Post 9392.

 

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds-and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence.  Hovering there

I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

Where never lark or even eagle flew.

And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee, Jr. September 3, 1941

 

 

 

Helene M. Kohn

Helene Kohn (nee Maas) passed peacefully at her home on Sunday, December 10th, 2023, surrounded by her immediate family and hospice caregivers.

Helene was born Helene Margaret Maas on April 17, 1935, to Emma and Herbert Maas of Markesan. She was the youngest of five children. As a child, Helene attended several one room schools in the Randolph/Fox Lake area. She graduated from Randolph High School in 1953 and was her class’s salutatorian as well as class president. She went on to earn her teaching degree from Columbia County Teachers College in Columbus. While attending, she was introduced by a mutual friend to her future husband, David Kohn. They married on August 2, 1958 at County Line Lutheran Church near Markesan. After David’s return from the Army, they moved to their farm on Highway G where Helene and David farmed together for over sixty years and raised their four children. Before her marriage, Helene taught in a one room school and after her marriage she substitute taught for many years. Helene enjoyed baking and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed tending to her flowers and especially enjoyed her field of sunflowers. Additionally, she was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aide organization, the general leader of Lakeside 4-H Club for many years and advocated for the reorganization of the local school district in the early 1970’s.

Helene is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, David. She was also a loving mother to her daughters Joy (Tim) Sellnow of Reeseville, Sue (Mike) Knowles of Irmo, SC; Holly of Reeseville and son, Kent (fiancée Laurie) of Lake Mills as well as 5 grandchildren, Alex (fiancée Meghan) Knowles, Hannah (Chris) Hennighan, Krista (Erik) Knowles, Jenna (fiancée Nick) Kohn and Christopher Kohn; 2 step-grandchildren, Michael (Michelle) Sellnow and Renata (Chad) Theis, 2 great grandchildren, Gabriella and Matthew Hennighan and 5 step great grandchildren, Emma and Cole-Sellnow and Ryli, Tripp and Croix Theis. She is also survived by her twin brother, Allen (Sally) Maas of Beaver Dam and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Edwin and Harold and her sister, Marilyn Davison.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 18 at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, Reeseville. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am at the church. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

The family would also like to express its appreciation and gratitude to Commonheart
Hospice services for the compassionate care they provided Helene.

Joanne E. Zirbel

Joanne E. Zirbel, age 82, of Lowell, died on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer.

The visitation will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church: Salem Lowell Campus in Lowell on Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. The funeral service will follow on Thursday at 12:00 noon with Rev. David Brandt officiating. Burial will be at Lowell Cemetery.

Joanne Elizabeth was born on April 5, 1941 in West Bend, Wisconsin to George and Sally (Besch) Penoske. She was united in marriage with David “Zip” Zirbel on April 10, 1965 at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Lowell. Joanne was a resident of Lowell for many years. She served as the Clerk Treasurer for the village and for sewer and water. Joanne enjoyed being a school bus driver for 42 years for the Dodgeland School District. She was an avid bowler for many years, enjoyed snowmobiling and gardening. Joanne and Zip had a Cabin in Florence County where she enjoyed hunting bear, deer and turkey. Joanne was one of the first women volunteer fire fighters in the nation and was honored by the State Historical Society with a marker placed by the village fire station in 1999.

Joanne is survived by her husband, David of Lowell; children, David (Lynn) Zirbel and Julie (Don) Regan; grandchildren, Dustin (Lisa) Zirbel, Chad (Jenny) Zirbel, Matthew Zirbel, Jessica (Mark) Kohnlein, Dominick Regan (Molly Michels) and Casey Zirbel; great grandchild, David “Riley” Zirbel; sister-in-law, Brenda Penoske; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Danny Zirbel; brothers, Eugene and Frederick; sister, Sally Miescher; brother-in-law, Fred Miescher; parents-in-law, Norman and Erna Zirbel; and special relatives, Clarence and Arline Bensley.

Dean E. Ziegel

Dean E. Ziegel, age 72, of Reeseville, died Thursday, November 2, 2023, after battling cancer for over three years.

Visitation for Dean will be at the Reeseville Community Center on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Funeral services will follow beginning at 4:00 p.m. with Rev Donald Steinberg officiating.

Dean Edward Ziegel was born on December 26, 1950, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to Edward and June (Joranger) Ziegel. He graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1969. On May 22, 1980, he was married to the love of his life and soul mate, Noreane Schmid in Beaver Dam. Dean worked for the Village of Reeseville for approximately 35 years serving as the Director of Public Works. Dean wore many hats working for the Village and loved serving the people of Reeseville. He formerly served as both a firefighter and a first responder for the Village of Reeseville. He enjoyed hunting with his wife, Noreane and his Grandsons, Jim and Kyle; deer, bear, turkey, trips to Montana, together they had many adventures. He taught many youths how to hunt and enjoyed participating in both the Learn to Hunt program and the Youth Hunts. Dean was active in the NWTF for 20 years and served as President of the Dodge County Chapter.

Survivors include his wife, Noreane Ziegel of Reeseville; three children, Mark Schmid of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Rene (Mark) Kussmann of Oshkosh, and Cindy Williams of Centennial, CO; four grandsons, Jim (Daisy) Chase of Omro, Kyle Chase of Oshkosh, AJ (Jamie) Williams and Ben Williams, both of Centennial, CO; five great grandchildren, Aiden, Sofia, Liam, Eli, and Casey; four siblings, Sandra (Bruce) Priewe of Beaver Dam, Julie (Gary) Hopkins of FL, Corey (Connie) Ziegel of TX, and Diane (Roger) Stieglitz of Beaver Dam; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Dean was preceded in death by his parents.

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Ronald David Mears

Ronald D. Mears, age 17, of Reeseville, died unexpectedly on Sunday, October 22, 2023.

A celebration of Ronald’s life will be held at the Reeseville Community Center on Saturday, November 25, 2023 from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m.

Ronald David was born on September 3, 2006 in Richland Center, Wisconsin to David and Laurie (Eauslin) Mears. He attended Dodgeland School District and was currently enrolled at Moraine Park Technical College to earn his HSED. Ronald was so kind and generous to all that he loved. He was always willing to give someone in need food, and even cook for them. Ronald could turn someone else’s trash into treasure. He was willing to take apart anything and tinker with it until it worked. He loved fishing, and especially loved being the best uncle to all his nieces and nephews.

Ronald is survived by his mother, Laurie Mears (Roland Trepanier) of Reeseville; brother and sisters, Dominick Eauslin, Rebecca Mears (Corey Lewis), Julie Mears (Austin Memmel) and Kiara Trepanier; special nieces and nephews, Layfon, Layla, and Laycee Lewis, Zariah, Eliyanah and Jaxon Memmel; grandparents, Mike and Carla Eauslin; aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, David Mears and his grandparents, Kathleen Gahl and Ronald Bass, Sr.

J. Nancy Dippong

J. Nancy Dippong, age 85, died Friday, September 22, 2023 at her home in Beaver Dam.

Nancy was born at Lowell, WI on April 2, 1938 to Louis and Ethel (Weigert) Firari, one of eleven children, seven brothers and 4 sisters. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Salem of Lowell, WI, first to Ralph Rennhack on March 16, 1957 and then to John Dippong on March 18th, 1988.

Visitation will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salem-Lowell Campus on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Funeral services will follow at church on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. David Brandt officiating. Burial will follow at Lowell Cemetery.

Nancy was an active member of Salem Ladies Aide and also the Altar Guild. She enjoyed visiting the shut-ins and serving for many funeral meals. She enjoyed gathering her sisters and brothers together at Christmas and reminiscing of days gone by. Then with her own family, lots of homemade goodies, family games and presents. Her many hobbies included; house decorating, painting, sewing, gardening (especially flowers) and cooking.

She is survived by her husband John, daughters Lori (Norio) Miyazato, Linda (Richard) Walsh, son Ronald (Kristine) Rennhack. Also her stepson John (Linda) Dippong and stepdaughter Diane (Ron) Meyers, 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 1 brother Herbert (Delores) Firari and special family member Kathy Strand. She was preceded in death by: her parents, her first
husband Ralph in 1981, 3 sisters and their husbands; Dorothy (Edwin) Schwoch, Shirley (Allen) Briet, Joanne (Ray) Briet and 6 brothers and their wives; Ray (Ginny) Firari, Robert (Gladys) Firari, Louis Firari, Edward (Dolores) Firari, Ronald (Rose) Firari, Milton (Lucielle) Firari and also her son-in-law Tery Vierck and mother-in-law Luisa Kaiser. Also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

If desired, memorials may be made in Nancy Dippong’s name to Hillside Hospice in Beaver Dam.

Sherri L. Weidman

Sherri Lee Weidman, 64, of Reeseville passed away peacefully on Monday, August 14, 2023 at her home after a trying battle with lung cancer.

Sherri was born on June 6, 1959 the daughter of Edwin and Dorothy (Firari) Schwoch in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Sherri was a graduate of Horicon High school.  In December of 2001, she was united in marriage with Robert M. Weidman in Juneau, Wisconsin.

Sherri has been employed as a forklift driver for Sussek Machine in Waterloo for many years until her retirement.  Sherri enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts and gardening.  She loved going fishing with Bob and also watching NASCAR.

Sherri is survived by her son, Joshua Pick (Danielle Rogge) of Reeseville; her siblings: Donald (Sharon) Schwoch of Juneau, Susan (Ken) Strahota of Reeseville, Judith Eichorst of Horicon, Jeffery (Beth) Schwoch of Horicon and Douglas Schwoch of Waupun. She is also survived by her beloved cats Fluff and Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Robert “Bob” in 2017, and her sister Cindy Schwoch.

A memorial gathering for Sherri will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2023 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center in Reeseville, Wisconsin.