David Montgomery

David Montgomery Obituary

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Age - 73

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September 12, 2023

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Oregon, WI

VERONA - David Paul Montgomery, age 73, of Verona, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, at Agrace HospiceCare. He was born on Oct. 29, 1949, in Louisville, Ky. , the son of Baines and Mary (Vaughn) Montgomery. David graduated from Madison East High School. He married Lynn Sura on April 24, 1971, in Madison. David worked as an insurance agent for over 50 years, owning his insurance agency, Independent Insurance Services Inc. He merged with Baer Insurance Company. David loved history and enjoyed playing games, with Bridge being his favorite. He loved traveling all over the world. David is survived by his wife, Lynn; sons, Geoffery Montgomery and James (Kristi) Montgomery; grandchildren, Cameron Montgomery and Madelyn Montgomery; brother, John (Mary Giemza) Montgomery; sister, Frances (Scott) Petersen; and sister-in-law, Carrie Montgomery. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Robert Montgomery. A funeral service will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 7435 University Ave. , Middleton, at 12 noon on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. A luncheon will follow at REX'S INNKEEPER, 301 N. Century Ave. , Waunakee. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a. m. until the time of the service on Thursday. A private interment will take place at Natural Path Sanctuary on Friday. Online condolences may be made at www. gundersonfh. com. Gunderson WestFuneral & Cremation Care7435 University Ave. (608) 831-6761

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MADISON - Patricia H. "Pat" Kok (nee LaFond) (formerly Koenig) passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023, in Madison, Wis. , at the age of 76. Pat was born to parents, Marian (Breivogel) LaFond and Gary LaFond on Sept. 9, 1947. Her birth mother passed away that day, and Pat was raised by her grandmother and parents, Marie and Gary LaFond. She shared many fond memories of her childhood living with her grandmother near Lake Michigan, where she cultivated a lifelong love for smoked fish. She grew up in Two Rivers, Wis. , and graduated from Washington High School in 1965. She attended Cosmetology School in Green Bay and was a hairdresser for many years in both Two Rivers and Madison. She went on to work for UW Health at 1 South Park Street in Madison for 30 years, where she made many lasting friendships prior to her retirement. She was blessed to be married to two wonderful husbands, Roger Koenig (1969-2000) and Robert "Bob" Kok (2019-2023). Pat and Roger were beloved parents to their son, Jason. Pat enjoyed watching the Badgers and Packers, relaxing in the screen porch (which she referred to as her studio), coloring, and solving countless crossword puzzles. She was a fierce Scrabble player and somehow always seemed to win when she played the penny machines or entered pools for various sporting events. She loved to read and attend summer art and craft fairs, festivals, and live music. She especially enjoyed time spent tending to her large flowerpots, enjoying a campfire with Bob in the evenings, and having "play days" with her grandson, Roger. Pat is survived by her husband, Bob Kok; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Sara Koenig; grandson, Roger Koenig; Bob's children, Dan, Jim (Christine), Jeff (Carol), and Matt Kok; Bob's grandchildren, Spencer, Seth, Molly, Mikey, Adam, Sam, Anna, and Tanner; Bob's great-grandchildren, Henry and Henry; sisters and brother, Kathy and Al Rogne, Suzanne LaFond, Rita Schilder, Andre and Kris LaFond, and Mary and Tom Stueck; Bob's sister and brother, Betty (Dave) and Don (Shelly); several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roger; and her parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A funeral service will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 12 noon on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a. m. until time of the service on Sunday. Memorial donations may be gifted in Pat's name to Agrace HospiceCare. Online condolences may be made at www. gundersonfh. com. Gunderson EastFuneral & Cremation Care5203 Monona Drive(608) 221-5420 Show more

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