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Robert Lessl

Oct 17, 1928 - Oct 24, 2023

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Pardeeville, WI

Robert (Bob) F. Lessl was born in Milwaukee on October 17, 1928 and passed beyond our reach on October 24, 2023 at age 95. He was the second of three children born to Ann (nee Heinz) and John Lessl who emigrated from Austria-Hungary as children. His parents moved to Menominee Falls Wi. and later to Hartford Wi. during the Great Depression, but with World War II on the horizon, John Lessl was called back to the Falk Corporation and the family returned to Milwaukee. There Bob attended Pulaski high...Read More

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Ida V. Lagosh

Dec 13, 1925 - Feb 24, 2024

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Ida V. Lagosh, 98 of Pardeeville, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024. Funeral arrangements are pending. A complete obituary to follow. To to the family or in memory of Ida V. Lagosh, please

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Marjorie M. Trumbower

May 24, 1931 - Feb 24, 2024

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Marjorie M. Trumbower, 92 of Pardeeville, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024. Funeral arrangements are pending. A complete obituary to follow. To to the family or in memory of Marjorie M. Trumbower, please

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Wendy Werner

Jan 17, 1960 - Dec 09, 2023

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Wendy S. Werner, age 63, of Pardeeville, passed away on December 9, 2023, at her residence in Pardeeville. A complete obituary to follow. To to the family or in memory of Wendy S. Werner, please

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Delbert Langsdorf

Dec 08, 1930 - Nov 30, 2023

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Pardeeville, WI

Delbert "Deb" Andrew Langsdorf, age 92, passed away November 30, 2023. Deb was born at the family home in Doylestown, Wisconsin, December 8, 1930, the third son of George Martin and Elizabeth Lillian (Yonkee) Langsdorf. He attended Doylestown Grade School and Rio High School. He served our country in the Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1953. Deb married Ellen Roche October 23, 1954. Together, they raised 2 sons and 4 daughters. Deb had a passion for anything related to mechanics. He could fix just about anything! His occupations through the years included: Winkler's Auto in Portage, his own business "Deb's Garage" in Otsego, Stainless Tank & Equipment in Cottage Grove, FS in Fall River, subbing for his brothers' milk hauling routes, and until retirement he owned and operated "Langsdorf Sand & Gravel" in Doylestown. For many years his hobby was racing stock cars, both late-model and midgets. Deb earned "rookie of the year" honors when he raced midgets. He was a local "fan-favorite" driving car #98 and often carried the checkered flag. Watching NASCAR races was a favorite pastime. Deb was a lifelong member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Doylestown where he served on the church council and ushered services. Deb also belonged to the Fall River VFW organization and the Doylestown Fire Department. Deb is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ellen; his six children, Michael Langsdorf, Patricia (Pat) Bleich, Jeanne Langsdorf, Mary Ann Kranz (Steve), Janet Wiersma, and Robert Langsdorf; grandchildren Danielle Kranz (Craig), Dillon Kranz, Briana (Andrew) Ladwig, Gavin (Kristin) Wiersma, and Jessica Borde; great grandchildren Rylieh Morgan, Oliver Ramig, Kiley Baillies, Maggie & Ashton Ladwig, Caiden & Tegan Wiersma, Eliza & Emilia Iverson, nieces and nephews, as well as sister-in-law, Patricia Huggett. Deb was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Merlyn and Donald; in-laws Robert & Mary Ellen Roche; brothers-in-law Donald, Eugene, John Roche, LaVern Huggett, Dick Hepp, Bill Hemling; sisters-in-law Alice Hepp, Carol Jean Roche, Donna Roche, Mary "Bert" Hemling, Marion Langsdorf and Betty Langsdorf, nephews Dave & Dan Hemling, and Tom Roche. Our family would like to thank Dr. Sam & Dr. Rolf Poser for their personal care and support throughout Deb's life. We are grateful for the kindness, care, and compassion shown to Deb & our family during his short stay with AT HOME AGAIN in Rio. We would also like to acknowledge his recent caregiver, Max, of "Caring4you", and two nieces Susan Rechek and Mary Martin who provided their assistance and care over the past few years. Private family funeral services will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Doylestown. To to the family or in memory of Delbert "Deb" A. Langsdorf, please

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Grace Richter

Died : Nov 22, 2023

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Pardeeville, WI

Grace M. Richter, age 94, of Pardeeville, passed away on November 22, 2023, at her home in Pardeeville. A complete obituary to follow. To to the family or in memory of Grace M. Richter, please

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Mildred Uphoff

Jul 09, 1935 - Nov 15, 2023

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Pardeeville, WI

Mildred I. "Millie" Uphoff, 88 of Reedsburg passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at the Sauk County Health Care Center. She was born July 9, 1935, in Baraboo Wisconsin, the daughter of Ora J. and Winnifred I. (Burgess) Barnes. She graduated from Baraboo High School in 1953. After high school Millie went to work at Industrial Coils in Baraboo. She later held positions at Reedsburg Foods, Gerber, and Land's End. She had a great love for her family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and her beloved dogs. She also loved to garden. She was involved with the Reedsburg Wrestling Booster Club. Survivors include her children, Tammy Dorrance (Dave), and Rob Uphoff (Anne); Grandchildren; Emily Dorrance, Evan Uphoff, Clarice (Uphoff) Stoddard (Austin), Thomas Dorrance and Chloe Uphoff; one great grandchild, Grace Stoddard. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charles Barnes. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 21 at 11 AM at Grasse Funeral Home in Reedsburg with visitation starting at 10 AM until time of the service. Interment will follow at Zion Lutheran Stone Cemetery in Rock Springs. Visitation will be held Monday, November 20 from 4to 7 PM at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the Sauk County Humane Society. To to the family or in memory of Mildred "Millie" I. Uphoff, please

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Jean Dankert

Sep 24, 1956 - Nov 08, 2023

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Pardeeville, WI

Jean Dankert, age 67, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 peacefully surrounded by her loving family, after a 3-year struggle with ALS. A complete obituary to follow. To to the family or in memory of Jean Dankert, please

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Diane Grueneberg

May 10, 1947 - Oct 30, 2023

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Pardeeville, WI

Diane J. Grueneberg, 76 of Pardeeville, passed away October 30, 2023. Diane suffered a brain aneurysm while on her way to her great-granddaughter's basketball game on Saturday. She was surrounded by her family and friends following the medical event. Diane was born May 10, 1947 to Harry and Carol (Maynard) Lueptow. She graduated from Pardeeville High School in 1965. Following high school, Diane worked for many years at the Columbia County Healthcare Center. She retired from Rayovac in Portage. On June 19, 1965, Diane married her high school sweetheart, Lynn Grueneberg. Lynn and Diane are the proud parents of Carol Jean (Michael) Babcock and Julie Ann Grueneberg. They have four granddaughters: Heather (Matt Weatherwax) Miller, Emily (Chris) Woelfel, Kimberly (Tom) Kehoe, and Sarah Babcock. GG (Great grandmother) absolutely adored her five great grandchildren: Makensey, Kayden, Addison, Vada, and Hunter, along with her grand dog, Millie. Diane is survived by her sisters Nancy (Robert) Nichols and Kathy (Bud) Lawrence along with her brother Robert Lueptow. She is further survived by her brother-in-law Harold (Sharon) Grueneberg, sister-in-laws Jan Grueneberg and Sally Lueptow, cousins, nieces, nephews and countless lifetime friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lynn (on January 06th, 2023), brother and sister-in-law Dick and Sue Lueptow, brother Steve Lueptow, sister-in-law Lois Grueneberg, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Doris and Tom Sarbacker, and brother-in-law LaVern "Ernie" Grueneberg, her family dog, Babe, and, of course, her second love of her life, Elvis Presley. Services for Diane will be held Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 12 Noon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, W8267 STH 33, Portage. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 AM until the time of service at the church Saturday. Private burial will take place at Pardeeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and memorials, the family would appreciate family and friends to register as organ donors at https://health. wisconsin. gov/donorRegistry/public/donate. html With Diane's passing, 5 families received the Gift of Life. Diane was a fun-loving gal who was always upbeat and outgoing. Her greatest love was her family and friends. Whether attending a school function, sporting event, Fourth of July celebration, or preparing an oversized home cooked meal, Diane was the happiest. Her home was always open for anyone that needed a meal or a friend to talk to. The passing of GG will leave an enormous void in each of our hearts. Carol and Julie extend their heartfelt appreciation to RN Brittnee, along with the staff at Prairie Ridge Hospital, Columbus, and the staff at the UW Organ and Tissue Donation program, for their compassionate care of our mother. With Diane's passing, many people in need will benefit from her final gift of giving. Lastly, our family is forever grateful to Elliott and Nina Grasse, Grasse Funeral Service for truly treating us like family. To to the family or in memory of Diane J. Grueneberg, please

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Robert Lessl

Oct 17, 1928 - Oct 24, 2023

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Pardeeville, WI

Robert (Bob) F. Lessl was born in Milwaukee on October 17, 1928 and passed beyond our reach on October 24, 2023 at age 95. He was the second of three children born to Ann (nee Heinz) and John Lessl who emigrated from Austria-Hungary as children. His parents moved to Menominee Falls Wi. and later to Hartford Wi. during the Great Depression, but with World War II on the horizon, John Lessl was called back to the Falk Corporation and the family returned to Milwaukee. There Bob attended Pulaski high school where he competed in several sports. He was a state wrestling champion in his weight division and the president of his senior class. He then went on to play football and to wrestle for the University of Wisconsin--Madison while earning his bachelor's degree. In 1951 near the time of his graduation, he met a beautiful brunette farm-girl at a YAK club dance in Madison, Mildred Ann Eagan from Pardeeville, Wi. , and they married late that summer--just prior to his entry into the army. Their first child Joyce was born during his military service and the second Rob (Bob) shortly after when he and Mildred had returned to Madison so he could complete a master's degree in Physical Science. Bob had begun teaching science at South Division High School in Milwaukee in 1954 when their second son Tom was born. Two more came a bit later, Mary (1957) and Ruth (1960). Throughout his years at South Division, Bob coached football, gymnastics, tennis, pole vaulting, and wrestling. His wrestling teams won two state championships. In later years he taught physical education. An energetic handyman and amateur architect throughout his adult life, Bob began to pursue these activities full-time after his retirement in 1986. He had already designed the family home built in Brookfield, Wi. In 1956, and in the years from 1970 until 2000 he designed and built three more, two in Waukesha County and one on Mildred's family farm in Pardeeville, Wi. During his retirement he also played tennis and the piano, cultivated vast flower gardens, read hundreds of books, and worked in prairie restoration. During his military service, after reading several books about the Roman Catholic faith as he recovered from herniated disk in a Columbus, Georgia hospital, Bob received instruction from a local priest and was subsequently baptized. In his faith as in his personality he was learned, thoughtful, generous, and kind of heart. He is survived by his wife Mildred (Millie) and his five children, Joyce Paige of Nashotah, Wi. , Robert (Bob) Lessl of Waukesha, Wi. , Thomas Lessl of Athens, Ga, Mary Gorman of Pardeeville, Wi. , and Ruth Shively of Madison, Wi. Bob and Millie have ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his older brother Jack Lessl (1927 - 2009) and his sister Ruth (1930 - 1937). Mass of christian burial will be held Monday, October 30 at 11 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church in Pardeeville with Father Joji Reddy presiding. Interment will follow at Pardeeville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the church Monday. Online condolences may be made at www. grassefs. com. Grasse Funeral Service in Pardeeville is serving the family. To to the family or in memory of Robert F. Lessl, please

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Referd Raley

Jul 16, 1946 - Oct 22, 2023

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Pardeeville, WI

Referd A. Raley Sr. , beloved grandpa and father, passed peacefully at home from lung cancer October 22. Ref was the epitome of the phrase "be kind" before it became such a thing. A man of few words, he was comfortable with silence. Dad never judged, but he had little tolerance for ignorance or hatred. In fact, his kids were not allowed to say "hate" or "I don't care" growing up because "you should care about everything". Though Dad was not a religious church goer, he was very spiritual enjoying every sunrise he saw (he was very seldom awake for any sunsets). His kids never heard him swear. A lover of nature and gardening, he enjoyed raising his kids (and a few others along the way) on his hobby farm with chickens, goats, sheep, etc with a large garden with the love of his life, Sandra Lee Steinhoff whom he was married to for 40 years. Ref was born at the family home in Oklahoma on July 16, 1946, the second son of Doc and Myrtle (Spurgeon) Raley. His love of being outside began in his youth and his eyes lit up in his final days talking about fishing trips with his brothers. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1965, where his athletic abilities shown on the football field and wrestling mat. He served our country in the US Navy on the USS Chowanoc during the Vietnam War. After 30 years of working at Oscar Mayer, he retired and went on to run a country bar in Doylestown called Raley's Green Frog with his wife. After the sudden death of his son to meningitis, he and Sandy turned their anguish to devotion with the Dustin Raley Memorial Kickball Tourney, which raised funds for Columbia County Dept. of Public Health to administer meningococcal vaccinations free of charge. His gentle ways and never-ending supply of patience transitioned him from being the best dad on earth to the best grandpa in the universe. The recordings of his kids' youth wrestling matches show excellent footage of the gym's ceilings, which captures the ability Dad always had of living what he preached "to just be". We may have no memories of him cheering at our cross country meets or football games, but there is no doubt we knew he was there. Having had retired young, he was able to be very involved in his grandkids' lives. While his kids struggled with trying to find birthday gifts for the man that wanted nothing (except for peanuts!), his grandkids knew that any dandelion they picked would bring pure joy to Grandpa! He is survived by his children: Todd (Lisa), Tanya, Renee (Bob), Referd Jr. , and Dan and his 12 grandchildren: Taylor (Kyle), Mackenzie (Randy), Tiana, Dan, Owen, Hunter, Rachel, Brock, Lucas, Logan, Selena and Dustin; 6 great-grandchildren and siblings Wayne, Wanda, Jerry and Robert. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Sandy in 2015 and children Kassi, Dustin and infant daughter Sara, as well as siblings Donald and Mary. Dad did not wish to have a funeral so his family will hold a private celebration of life. The Raley family would like to thank Agrace Hospice for their care. Below is Dad's favorite poem: DESIDERATA Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. -- Max Ehrmann To to the family or in memory of Referd A. Raley, please

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