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James Leghorn

Jun 26, 1948 - Nov 26, 2023

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Ripon, WI

James Duncan Leghorn of Canton, Georgia, born in Ripon, Wisconsin on June 26, 1948, passed away peacefully at the age of 75 on November 22, 2023. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, known for his selfless, loving, and friendly nature. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Judith Leghorn. James was survived by his wife of 55 years, Gail Leghorn; daughter, Lisa Leghorn; daughter and son-in-law, Erika Glaser and Chris; grandson, Tucker Barnett; step grandson, A...Read More

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Marvin Matulle

Jul 30, 1928 - Feb 20, 2024

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Ripon, WI

 Marvin “Marv” Matulle passed away on February 20, 2024 at the age of 95.  Marv married Phyllis Wabnitz in 1949. They had a great life together and were blessed with two daughters, Darlene Brandt and Nancy (Tom) Herbst; and three sons Roger, Ken and Wayne. Unfortunately, the Lord had another role for Phyllis and she passed in 1981. He was also preceded in death by his sons, Roger and Ken; daughter, Nancy; his parents, Ernst and Erna (Luebke) Matulle.  Marv was fortunate to find another love and married Donna Shea in 1982. After 40 blessed years together, Donna passed in 2023.  Marv farmed for several years and then worked for the Winnebago County Highway Department, where he retired after 25 years of service. In his retirement, Marv took pride in maintaining the Omro Cemetery.  He was an active member of the Omro Kiwanis, always ready to help with the annual chicken barbeque, roasting chicken and shucking corn.  Marv loved to kick up his heels to a good polka and play a good hand of sheepshead. He loved his family and was always there to lend a helping hand.  Marv is survived by his daughter, Darlene Brandt; son, Wayne Matulle; son-in-law, Tom Herbst; grandchildren, Cindy Matulle, Kayla Taylor (friend Scott Benoit), Trevor Matulle, Amy (Justin) Wolf, Ryan (Laura) Herbst; brothers, Harold (Shirley) Matulle and Robert Matulle; sister, Carol Shutta (friend Pat Giddings); five great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews, step-children and step-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.  A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Prairie Place Assisted Living, Ripon, SSM Hospice of Fond du Lac and Green Lake and Rev. Dr. Travis Shafer for their care, compassion, and guidance throughout his short end of lifes journey.  A visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, March 4, 2024 from 9AM to 11AM at the First Presbyterian Church, 955 N. Webster Ave. Omro, with the Rev. Dr. Travis Shafer officiating.  A service will follow at 11AM. Burial will take place at Lake View Memorial Park, Oshkosh. A memorial is being established.

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Joann "Auntie Jo Jo" Kornkven

Aug 24, 1957 - Feb 13, 2024

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Ripon, WI

Joann “Auntie Jo Jo” Kornkven was born on August 24, 1957.  She passed away at home in Ripon, WI on February 13, 2024 after a well fought battle with cancer.  Her husband Karl and daughter Lindsey were by her side and were being lifted up in prayer by family and friends.  She was a loving wife, mother, and friend.  Joann knew where she would be spending eternity.  She shared her faith with many during her treatment for cancer and let it be known that she trusted the Lord for the outcome.   Her greatest goal was to “ring the bell” and we know that bell rang the instant she stepped into glory.  Joann spent most of her growing up years in Helena, Montana.  She left Montana in her early 20’s and landed in Wisconsin where her adventure eventually led her to Karl Kornkven, the love of her life.  They celebrated 24 full and amazing years of marriage on October 8, 2023.   Their daughter Lindsey Jo completed their family on September 18, 2001.  After Lindsey was born, Joann took to the road to join Karl on his work assignments around the country.   With Lindsey as her travel companion, she navigated to so many different cities and would be with Karl until the job was done. She became famous for the meals she could whip up from a hotel room with a barbeque and a crock pot.  She often included many of the work crews on Karl’s jobs for a home-cooked hotel meal.  She was a born care-giver and she took care of them all; her family and their work family.  Those travel days ended when Lindsey was old enough to go to school.  After that Joann “held down the fort” at home while Karl was on the road.  She was able to get back on the road a few times with Karl after Lindsey headed off to college.  These ventures were all treasured memories. She had so many great stories. Joann had a yearning to be closer to her Montana family and in 2012 she, Karl and Lindsey packed up and headed west.   What an adventure!  River rafting, 4-wheeling, hiking, making new friends, and spending tons of time with family.   Wisconsin tugged on her heart though, and they returned to Ripon after three years.  The move back was followed by reconnecting with old friends, adding new ones, and the adventures of Lindsey’s high school years.  Joann had a full life and loved so many things.  She loved entertaining and taking care of her family and home.  When you were her guest, you were fed!  Brisket, prime rib, brats, and HoHo cakes were a few of her specialties.  She could whip up a feast in no time and there was always something delicious coming out of her kitchen. She was a natural at making sure her guests were well taken care of.  She loved her Green Bay Packers and rarely missed a game.  Sometimes, Karl and Lindsey wondered if the neighbors could hear her on game day.   For such a small person she was a ferocious fan!  She loved a great beach day…Florida and Mexico were her favorites with warm sand and sunshine.  She loved a day on the pontoon on Green Lake…which was even better if they were towing someone behind on the tube…laughing with her face to the sun and her hair blowing back.  She took great joy knowing others were enjoying themselves.  She loved “move in day” when Lindsey started college at Stevens Point and she was really good at it.  She could turn a simple dorm room into a luxurious abode in no time at all.  Having Lindsey in college brought her great joy and she was so proud.  Above all, she loved her husband and she loved her daughter.  The hardest part about leaving is that she had to leave them.  Joann is survived by her husband, Karl; and daughter, Lindsey; her loving in-laws; her mom and dad, Jim and Irene Newton; and sisters; and a brother in Helena, MT, so many nieces and nephews, and a host of long-time friends.  A private celebration of life will be planned at a later date.  Joann wanted for all of you to remember her as she was the last time you saw her.  “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow; May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”   Don’t be afraid to cry.  It will free your mind from sorrowful thoughts.  Joann is home with her Lord and Savior, just where she belongs.  

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Christine B. Lewis

May 09, 1943 - Feb 03, 2024

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Ripon, WI

Christine B. (Belfeuil) Lewis, age 80, passed away on February 3, 2024, in Ripon, Wisconsin. She was born to parents, Walter and Ethel (Buhrow) Belfeuil on May 9, 1943, in Berlin, Wisconsin. After high school, she reconnected with the love of her life, Armand Lewis Sr. They married on March 9, 1968, in Eureka, Wisconsin. Together, they raised three wonderful children. Christine worked as a seamstress at Sand Knit (Ripon Athletics) for many years. She made baseball jerseys and athletic gear for everyone. She also went on to be a beautician until her retirement. She was a life-long member of Grace Lutheran Church, leading Bell Choir, teaching Catechism, and held a leading position with Sunday School. Christine also enjoyed canning, gardening, playing cards, and hosting Avon parties. She loved watching the Brewers play and camping with her family. She will be remembered for being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Christine is survived by her children, Jerry Lewis, Anthony “Tony” (Lori) Lewis, and Armand (Angela) Lewis Jr.; grandchildren, Jamie Lewis, Jerry Lewis, Michael Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Taylor Lewis, Talia Lewis, and Armand Lewis III, and Paige Lewis; great-grandchildren, Braylin and Daisy; brothers, Eddie (Denise) Belfeuil, and Walter (Mary) Belfeuil; sister, Linda Hertzberg-Belfeuil; and many other family and friends. Preceding her in death, her husband, Armand Lewis Sr.; parents, Walter and Ethel (Buhrow) Belfeuil; and brother-in-law, Donald Hertzberg. Visitation will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 720 Jackson Ave., Omro, WI, 54963, starting on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, resuming on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, from 9:00am to 11:00am, service at 11:00am, with burial to follow at Eureka Cemetery at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family is establishing a memorial in her honor for the Grace Lutheran Music Ministry. The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Whispering Pines in Ripon, and Generations Hopice, for their care, comfort, and love they shared to their Mother.  

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James Leghorn

Jun 26, 1948 - Nov 26, 2023

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Ripon, WI

James Duncan Leghorn of Canton, Georgia, born in Ripon, Wisconsin on June 26, 1948, passed away peacefully at the age of 75 on November 22, 2023. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, known for his selfless, loving, and friendly nature. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Judith Leghorn. James was survived by his wife of 55 years, Gail Leghorn; daughter, Lisa Leghorn; daughter and son-in-law, Erika Glaser and Chris; grandson, Tucker Barnett; step grandson, Adam Glaser; sisters, Leslie Leghorn and Lindsay Leghorn; brother, Michael Leghorn; as well as beloved nieces, nephews, and many friends. As a U. S. Navy veteran, James served with distinction for 25 years, reaching the respected rank of Senior Chief. His commitment extended into his civilian life as a devoted Deacon at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Canton, GA, shaping and serving the community with devout compassion. Automobiles were his passion, specifically Corvettes. He was a devoted family man and reliable friend. James's life was filled with service, faith, and an infinite regard for family and friends. His vibrant spirit will be dearly missed, fondly remembered, and forever celebrated. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p. m. Monday, December 4, 2023 at Hopewell Baptist Church, 78 Ridge Rd Canton, Georgia 30114 with Rev. Kevin Huff officiating. Interment will follow in the Georgia National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Hopewell Baptist Church prior the service on Monday from 11:00 a. m. until 12:00 p. m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church, 78 Ridge Rd. Canton, GA 30114 or online at www. hopewellbaptist. comSosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the Leghorn family. Sosebeefuneralhome. com 770-479-2131

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Peggy Modrow

Oct 28, 1952 - Sep 17, 2023

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Ripon, WI

"Peggy Jo Modrow, age 70 of Ripon Wi, Passed away peacefully in her sleep, on Sunday, September 17th, 2023. Peggy was born October 28th, 1952, In Milwaukee Wisconsin to Robert and Joyce Westover. Peggy attended school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until she met her first husband and had her daughter Gina. After her divorce, she met the love of her life, Clarence (Roger). They married on July 28th, 1979. Shortly after, their son Roger was born. They went on to have Kari and Steven. Peggy loved being a mom but even more, she loved being a grandma. Peggy is survived by her 4 children. Gina Premetz of North Carolina, Roger(Jessi) Modrow of Wautoma, Kari Modrow and Steven Modrow of Berlin. Her grandchildren, Sadie Premetz of North Carolina, Aisling Snow, Rebeckah Rayne and Dalton James Modrow of Wautoma, and Alicia(Tyler) Darnick of Redgranite. Peggy is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Bobby and Jessi, her brother in laws Tommy and William, and her Husband Clarence. "

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Peggy Modrow

Oct 28, 1952 - Sep 17, 2023

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Ripon, WI

"Peggy Jo Modrow, age 70 of Ripon Wi, Passed away peacefully in her sleep, on Sunday, September 17th, 2023. Peggy was born October 28th, 1952, In Milwaukee Wisconsin to Robert and Joyce Westover. Peggy attended school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until she met her first husband and had her daughter Gina. After her divorce, she met the love of her life, Clarence (Roger). They married on July 28th, 1979. Shortly after, their son Roger was born. They went on to have Kari and Steven. Peggy loved being a mom but even more, she loved being a grandma. Peggy is survived by her 4 children. Gina Premetz of North Carolina, Roger(Jessi) Modrow of Wautoma, Kari Modrow and Steven Modrow of Berlin. Her grandchildren, Sadie Premetz of North Carolina, Aisling Snow, Rebeckah Rayne and Dalton James Modrow of Wautoma, and Alicia(Tyler) Darnick of Redgranite. Peggy is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Bobby and Jessi, her brother in laws Tommy and William, and her Husband Clarence. "

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Susan Kallas

Nov 13, 1953 - Nov 29, 2022

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Ripon, WI

Susan M. Kallas, age 69, of Ripon, WI, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, WI. She was born on November 13, 1953, in Ripon, a daughter of Leonard and Theresa (Chromy) Kallas. Sue graduated from Princeton High School in 1971. She continued her education at UW Oshkosh where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree. For 30 years, she was a police officer for the city of Ripon. In 1996, Sue was Officer of the Year for Fond du Lac County. Sue organized the first Shop with a Cop program and was the first DARE officer for the city of Ripon. She had been an EMT with the Ripon Ambulance Service and was a member of Trinity Evangelical Free Church of Ripon. Sue collected Longaberger baskets, she loved music, especially Bon Jovi and Cher. She also loved traveling. Her family was very important to her. Those Susan leaves behind to cherish her memory include her 7 siblings, Dan (Bonnie) Kallas of Princeton, Dennis (Linda) Kallas of Green Lake, Patty (Mike) McGrew of Fond du Lac, Rosy (Brian) Harvey of Wild Rose, Annie Irish of Fond du Lac, David Kallas of Mt. Morris, Marie Dudenas of Oshkosh; 12 nieces and nephews, Stephanie, Thomas; Adam, Sarah; Kerry; Daniel, Alan, Elizabeth; Katie, Hannah, Julia, Michael; special friends, Steve Swed and Doug Wick; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Theresa Kallas; brother-in-law, Mark Irish; niece, Angela. A Memorial Service for Susan M. Kallas will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 4:00 p. m. , with visitation beginning at 2 p. m. , at the Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home, 303 Harvard St. , in Princeton. Rev. Paul Ethington will officiate. Please visit our website www. wachholzandsons. com to send a condolence or to share a memory of Susan with her family. Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home Sunset Cremation Center in Princeton Serving the Family, 920-295-6631

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Paul Middleton

Jun 02, 1933 - Oct 13, 2020

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Ripon, WI

ObituaryPaul James Middleton, age 87, of Ripon, WI, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. He was born in Ripon, WI, on June 2, 1933, a son of George Innis and Rosebud Frances (VanLannen) Middleton. Paul attended Ripon High School. He was a United States Air Force Veteran who proudly served in the Korean War as an Aero Med Evac Specialist. Paul enlisted for 4 years and was decorated with the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, U.N. Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, he married. One thing Paul loved was to vacation. You could find him every weekend in the camper at the lake, camping, fishing and swimming. Paul moved to California where he built a molding and framing company in Burbank, CA. On the weekends, he loved to explore and find new places to camp, fish and enjoy the outdoors. St Jude's Episcopal Church was home to his faith serving as treasurer for many years. He moved back to Ripon in 1986, where he lived a quiet life in the place he loved and called home stretching from Princeton, Fond du Lac, Berlin, Oshkosh, Amish Country EE from Hwy 73 and Green Lake. You could catch him driving down the back roads he knew by heart. Paul would always show you a short cut and tell you the best places to eat out in the countryside. Those Paul leaves behind to cherish his memory include his daughters, Cassie Schreiber, Michele Middleton, Jill Lomax Lopez (the daughter he adored); adopted daughters, Patti Davies and Laura Moes; 2 sisters, Margaret "Muggs" Manning and Carrie "Punkie" Lembke; grandchildren, BJ, Jon Paul, Nathaniel, Nikolaus, Hannah, William, Linsdey, Katie, Marina, Shaun, and Megan; great grandchildren, Kendal, Finley, Brody, Nik Jr., Paxton, Mason, Cory, Opal, Elijah, Allarah, Olivia, Morgan, Mattie, Noah, Hazel, Logan, a baby boy and baby girl on the way; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Michele's fury family: Farah, Belle, Lily, Hannsum, Bunny and Honey (aka: The Boys). He was preceded in death by his parents, George Innis and Rosebud Frances Middleton; brother, Frank Middleton; sister, Rosemary. I confess as I write this simple description of my dad, no words can express my love for him. He was kind, thoughtful, giving, serving and always had a giggle and a skip in his step. It is true, Dad was dealing with memory loss for a few years and the fear did give way to anger. Although his personality changed, there are fond memories and captured events in all of our hearts. I hope you find peace and forgiveness as you journey along in life. I hold dear to you my daddy and I wish you well on the other side. I know God made you and loves you more than I can ever love you. You are in good hands Dad. I deeply miss you daily. Thank you for making memories that I will carry through this life and teaching me to love nature and adventure! (San Francisco, Shaver Lake, Dinkey Creek, Grand Canyon, Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo, Door County, Spooner, Green Lake....) Love your daughter, Michele. Due to Covid 19, a Celebration of Life for Paul Middleton will be held at a later date. Please visit our website www.wachholzandsons.com to send a condolence or share a memory of Paul with his family. If you would like to reach out to contact the family, we would ask that you contact the funeral home. Wachholz and Sons Funeral HomeSunset Cremation Center in PrincetonServing the Family, 920-295-6631To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Paul Middleton, please visit our floral store.

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