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Located in the heart of Janesville, Wisconsin, Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services has been a beacon of hope and comfort for families in their time of need. With a rich history and a commitment to excellence, this esteemed funeral home has earned a reputation for providing exceptional service, compassion, and care to the communities it serves.

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Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services has a long and storied history that dates back many years. Founded on the principles of integrity, respect, and compassion, this family-owned funeral home has built a legacy of trust with the people of Janesville and surrounding areas. Over the years, the funeral home has remained committed to its core values, continually adapting to meet the changing needs of the community while maintaining its unwavering dedication to excellence.

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Address: 21 S. Austin Road, Janesville, WI, 53548
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Walter J. Pakes - January 28, 1931 - February 21, 2021

Departed: 02/21/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Walter Pakes, 90, died Sunday morning, February 21, 2021 at Oak Park Place. He was born January 28, 1931 in Raeville, NE to the late Joseph and Anna (Moser) Pakes. Growing up the family had many residences before settling in Random Lake, WI where Walter graduated from High School in 1949. Walter enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1951 and was in active duty until December 1952 followed by being in the reserves until his honorable discharge in February 1957.
On July 3, 1954, Walter married Rosemary “Rosie” McCann at St. Mary Catholic Church, Janesville. She preceded him in death on August 13, 2020.
Walter was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the VFW Kienow-Hilt Post 1621, Janesville. He always looked forward to the travels around the country for reunions with his high school classmates, Army gang, or family. He had a passion for caring for his yard making sure it looked its best but this also went along with his vehicles, especially his 1951 Dodge pickup. Weekends tended to involve a Friday Fish Fry with Rosie, his twin brother and his wife and other friends and on Sunday watching the Packers. Family though was his great joy in life and his grandchildren were at the top.
Walter is survived by his three sons: Steve (Susi) Pakes, Dave (Karen “Beth”) Pakes, and Ron (Margie) Pakes; his grandchildren: Sacha and Zachary Pakes, Anna (Kyle) Gannon and Phillip (Jenna) Pakes, and Steven, Madeline, and Grace Pakes; great grandchildren: Dominik and Evan Gannon, Jackson Pakes, and Connor Pakes; brothers James (Rosemary) Pakes and Norm (Valeria) Pakes; sisters-in-law Virginia Kas and Celine McCann; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosie; his parents Joseph and Anna Pakes; grandson Benjamin Pakes; twin brother Eugene (Mary) Pakes; nephew Bob Pakes; Rosie’s siblings: Jerome (Barb) McCann, Phyllis McCann, Bob (Marilyn) McCann, Tom McCann, and Richard (Nancy) McCann; father and mother-in-law Hugh and Agnes McCann; brother-in-law Hartzell Kas; and other family.
Mass of Christian Burial for Walter will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Fr. Drew Olson officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday until time of Mass. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Apfel Wolfe Funeral Home (formerly Whitcomb Lynch) is assisting the Pakes family.
Without a question, we wish to thank SSM Home Health for caring for Walter when he was at home and after he moved to Oak Park Place but also to the staff of Oak Park Place and Heartland Hospice these last few years for all the care shown to Walter. Also, a special thanks you to the great neighbors Dad and Mom had through the years, they always remarked how blessed they were to have great neighbors.
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Michael K. Griffeth - April 14, 1951 - February 20, 2021

Departed: 02/20/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: JANESVILLE--- Michael K. Griffeth, age 69, of Janesville, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at his home with his loving family at his side. He was born in Portage on April 14, 1951, the son of Kenneth and Lucille (Wiskie) Griffeth. Mike graduated from Janesville Craig High School in 1969 and then served his country proudly in the US Marine Corps. He served from 1970-1972 and again from 1974-1976. Mike worked in material handling for Simmons Mattress Company for 31 years. He married Jayne VanNatta on May 18, 1985 at Cargill United Methodist Church. He was a member of VFW Post 1621 and PTTIS, a group that he and his friends formed as young adults and still were proud of today. Mike loved his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He also loved music, playing the guitar and was quite the funny dancer, always lighting up the room with laughter.
He is survived by his wife, Jayne; 2 children, Marea Griffeth of Janesville and Matt (Araceli) Griffeth of Beloit; and his beloved granddaughter, Isabella. Mike was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Pat Griffeth; and a sister, Sharon Schonig. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at ROXBURY ROAD CHURCH OF CHRIST. Rev. Jon Grice will preside and burial with full military honors will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Evansville. Visitation will take place on Friday from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of service at ROXBURY ROAD CHURCH OF CHRIST. The family is being assisted by the APFEL WOLFE FUNERAL HOME, 21 S. Austin Rd., Janesville. For on-line condolences:
Mike would like everyone to know that he appreciated all the love, support and help that family and friends gave to both himself and his family during his illness.
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Steven J. Sullivan - July 09, 1964 - February 15, 2021

Departed: 02/15/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: JANESVILLE----Steven “Steve” “Sully” J. Sullivan, age 56, of Janesville, died on Monday, February 15, 2021, at Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center, Janesville. He was born in Janesville on July 9, 1964, the son of Gerald and Julie (Kilmer) Sullivan. He was a 1982 graduate of Craig High School. He married Sandra “Sandy” M. Kakuske on July 25, 1988, in Portage. She preceded him in death on December 19, 2009. Steve was lucky to find love again marrying Maureen K. Steed on August 2, 2014. He owned and operated Sullivan Signs. Steve was a wonderful husband and a very chill step-dad. He loved his Harley’s, the Green Bay Packers and his beloved dogs. He always had a bad joke!! He enjoyed golfing in the Riverside Men’s Golf League, cooking and grilling out always with his best friend Duggie. If Legends was likened to Cheers, Steve “Sully” was its Norm…everyone knew his name. His wonderfully large personality was equaled by his outside voice and laugh, you always knew Sully was in the room. He was a big softy, wrapped in a hard candy crust, didn’t take much to break that and see the guy he was!
Steve is survived by his wife, Maureen; 2 step-sons; Arya and Darian; mother, Julie Sullivan of Milton; 2 brothers; Dan (Janie) Sullivan of Janesville and Mike Sullivan of Cross Plains; nieces and nephews: Abby, Autum, Erin and Sean; his beloved dog, Bella; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father; and 1st wife, Sandy. A Celebration of Steve’s Life may take place at a later date. Memorials may be made in Steve’s name to the Southern Wisconsin Humane Society, 222 S. Arch St., Janesville WI, 53548. WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 21 S. Austin Rd, Janesville is assisting the family. For on-line memories and condolences:
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James F. Stephenson - May 26, 1931 - February 02, 2021

Departed: 02/02/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: James “Steve” F. Stephenson, 89, Jefferson, died Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at his home with his family at his side. He was born May 26, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA to William and Helen (Simms) Stephenson. On September 26, 1969, Steve married the former Linda M. Paris in Malaga, NJ.
Steve was a devout catholic , he attended St. Patrick Catholic Church and was a member of St. Mary's catholic church in Malaga, N.J. along with the Knights of Columbus, and an avid Pro-Life advocate. He was a draftsman, owned an excavating company, and owned two mobile home parks, one in Vineland, NJ and one in Pine Lake, NY. In 2012, he moved to Jefferson, WI. His travels included a trip to the Holy Land and Guadalupe, Mexico. Steve also enjoyed all sports, especially being a gifted baseball player where he made a run at the pros. He also enjoyed running, dancing, and listening to Big Band music.
Steve is survived by his wife of 51 years Linda Stephenson, Jefferson; seven children: Steven (Sarah) Stephenson, Freeport, FL, Wendy (John) Currie, Janesville, Christie (Matt) Tooke, Jefferson, Jennifer (Jeremy) Brown, Janesville, Hope (Brian) Coleman, Janesville, Joseph (Brianna) Stephenson, Mullica Hill, NJ, and Ronald Stephenson, Janesville; 24 grandchildren; and a brother Martin Stephenson, Atlanta, GA. He is preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Steve will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Janesville with Fr. Drew Olson officiating. Visitation will be from noon to time of Mass. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Ft. Atkinson. Please visit to send condolences to the family.
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Richard A. Yates - October 21, 1940 - January 31, 2021

Departed: 01/31/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Richard A. Yates “Dick”, 80, of Janesville, WI passed away on Sunday January 31, 2021 at home. Richard was born on October 21, 1940 in Janesville, WI to Percy and Helen ( McCrea) Yates. He graduated from Janesville High School in 1959 where Dick was a stellar athlete and a recipient of the American Legion Athlete award. Dick also received the Gazette’s Silver Slugger Award. He then graduated with his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University. Dick was a purchaser for Ajay Enterprises in Delavan, later working in sales.
He is survived by his sister; Sue (Scott) Borre of Highland Park, IL; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Dick is preceded by his parents; sister, Sandra Quinn; special aunt, Florence (Carroll) McCrae; and uncle, Harold McCrae.
A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery. In lieu flowers memorials are appreciated in Dick’s name to St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Mercyhealth Hospice or to My Care of WI, LLC. Please visit to send condolences to the family.
The family wanted to give a special thankyou to the hospice nurses and staff at Mercy Hospice, as well as the nurses and staff at BrightStar Care and staff of My Care of WI LLC for the wonderful and attentive care given to Dick.
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Leeanna L. Wood - August 26, 1969 - January 31, 2021

Departed: 01/31/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: For a live-stream of Leeanna's funeral please click: HERE
Leeanna L. Wood, 51, Janesville, passed away unexpectedly Sunday. She was born August 26, 1969 in Hawaii to Robert and Edite (Plisis) Carter. She has been married to Jay Wood for 25 plus years.
Leeanna has been a nurse for the last 30 plus years and within that time she made it her mission to be a champion of patient advocacy.
In her free time, Leeanna was an avid knitter, gardener, loved canning fruits, vegetables and most recently homemade sauerkraut! She also enjoyed visits to Ho-Chunk Casino, going anywhere there is water and or a sandy beach. She was an eloquent speaker with a beautiful singing voice to go with it. But her greatest and proudest achievements are her daughters Kayla and Emily.
Leeanna is survived by her husband Jay Wood; two daughters: Kayla Wood and Emily Wood; father Robert Carter; sister Aimee Yakes (Dennis); niece Alissa Gruber (Zach); and nephew Adam Yakes (Mark Medinger). She is preceded in death by her mother Edite and her paternal and maternal grandparents.
A private family funeral will be held at the Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home. Please visit to send condolences to the family. Memorials are greatly appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Doctors without Borders.
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Berton J. Schenck - May 23, 1932 - January 30, 2021

Departed: 01/30/2021 (Janesville)
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Berton J. Schenck, age 88 passed away on January 30, 2021, at home, surrounded by his family. He was born in Avon, South Dakota on May 23,1932, the son of Emily (Perrett) and Roy Schenck. After graduating from Evansville High School in 1951, where Bert was a star member of the undefeated football team of 1951, Bert entered the Army in 1952, where he served as a cannoner in the 31st Field Artillery Batallion's Battery "B". Bert fought for the USA in Korea until 1954, achieving the rank of Corporal.
Upon returning from the service, Bert spent a summer helping build Hwy 12 between Middleton and Madison before enrolling in Barber School in Eau Claire, WI, which was the beginning of a long career. Bert married Shirley (Leikness) on March 7th, 1959 and together they had 3 children. Bert started his barbering career in downtown Evansville in 1958, before moving to Janesville in 1959, where he began working at Charlie's Barber Shop on North Main Street in downtown Janesville. Soon after Charlie's retirement Bert took over and the business which became known as Bert's Barber Shop. Bert retired at the ripe age of 80 in 2012 after spending 54 years at his famous shop located across from Looking Glass. Bert estimated that he cut over a quarter of a million heads of hair during his career. Bert was best known for NEVER having a phone, taking an appointment or never calling in sick. When Bert would arrive for work at 6 am there were always people waiting. While customers waited, they would be treated to a Cubs game or Mayberry RFD on his small 9" Black and White TV, they could grab a beverage of their choice and catch up on all the City of Janesville gossip. Bert would accommodate anyone who needed a haircut. He would go to local nursing homes on his day off to continue cutting customers of his hair or come in on a Wednesday, the day before Janesville Craig's boys basketball team was to play in the high school state tournament to give each team member one of his world famous flattops. Bert also loved bowling, where he bowled in the Tuesday Fraternal League and Thursday 900 League at EL-RA from their inception. Bert also was fond of a friendly euchre game, loved playing 6-5-4 with is grandchildren and always golfed on Wednesdays with his wife Shirley. Bert was also a life-long Bears and Cubs fan, where he was the brunt of many jokes from his customers. Bert finally got to see his Cubbies win the World Series in 2016!
Bert is survived by his three children: Robert (Sandra) of Janesville, Candace Schenck of Janesville and Micky Schumacher of Janesville,11 grandchildren: Stacey, Tiffany, Nicole, Arienne, Ben, Tyler (Lori), Alex, Megan, Dalton (Kirstin), Austin (Kylie), and Shantae. 13 great grandchildren Quientin, Destinee, Mayson, Logan, Bryson, Aaralyn, Kendall, Karsten, Mosley, Athena, Stellan, Liam, Brooks and his beloved dog "Buddy".
Bert was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Shirley, in August of 2020. He was also preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Mildred, Robert, Richard, Roy Jr, Gene and Raymond.
Bert was a beloved son, brother, husband, dad, grandfather and great grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
Bert was always a people person and one of his last wishes was that we celebrate his life not mourn his death. To grant his wish we will celebrate Bert’s life on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, which is exactly 6 months to the day after his wife, Shirley, of 61 years passed away. The celebration will take place at Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home from 4:00 to 6:30 PM. A private service will be held on Thursday, February 4. WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME, is assisting the family. Online condolences at and in lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Agrace Hospice.
A special thank you to ALL the caregivers from Agrace Hospice. During Bert’s 2 plus years in hospice care almost every person who worked at Agrace Hospice came in contact with Bert and his family at one time or another. Their care was always kind and compassionate and we cannot thank them enough.
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Randall I. Krohn - December 30, 1949 - January 27, 2021

Departed: 01/27/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Randall Irving Krohn, 71, of Janesville, WI passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday January 27, 2021.
Randall was born on December 30, 1949 in Cuba City, WI to Elmer and Martha (Russell) Krohn. He graduated from Potosi High School and from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. On September 16, 1972 he married his beloved wife Sharon. He was employed at Beloit Memorial Hospital as a medical technologist and later became a supervisor. He then became employed with Pierce Chemical Company in Rockford, IL where he worked as a product development scientist. He retired from Thermo Fisher Scientific (formerly Pierce Chemical) and spent his retired years with his grandchildren.
Besides spending time with his family and friends, Randall also enjoyed taking day trips with his wife, getting lost in a book, and spending quiet moments on the deck. Randall will be remembered for his kindness, strong work ethic, words of wisdom, gentle heart, and encompassing hugs. He was a loving and nurturing husband, father, and grandfather. He was the family's rock to lean on and the biggest encourager.
Randall is survived by his wife, Sharon, of 48 years; his three children: Shawn (Jenny), Zach (Kiara), and Erika; eight grandchildren: David (Anya), Anika, Liam, Jackson, Weston, Greyson, Jordyn, and Max; along with his three brothers: Gerald, Elmer, and Gordon and five sisters: Adele, Judy (Larry), Beverly (Dennis), Peggy (Duane), and Cheryl. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Shirley Runde, John Krohn, Debbie Krohn, and four infant brothers (deceased at birth); sister-in-law, Ruth Krohn; brother-in-law, Larry Merfeld; and brother-in-law Gerald Parsons.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home at 21 South Austin Rd Janesville, WI. Please visit to send condolences to the family.
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Brian V. Carhart - June 19, 1965 - January 25, 2021

Departed: 01/25/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: JANESVILLE---Brian V. Carhart, age 55, of Janesville, died on Monday, January 25, 2021, at home. He was born in Janesville on June 19, 1965, the son of Sidney and Jackie (Collicott) Carhart. He married Jennifer J. Troemner on July 8, 2017. Brian worked for Lycon for 5 years until his health forced him to stop. Then he owned and operated Carhart Glass Company, restoring boats. He enjoyed remote control boats, and his work, restoring boats from all over the country.
Brian is survived by his wife, Jenny; 2 children; Kyle Carhart of Janesville and Amanda Carhart of Wisconsin Dells; step-son, Alex Troemner of Janesville; 3 grandchildren; mother, Jackie Quaerna; 4 siblings: Vicki (Jerry) Yettaw of Tennesse, Linda (Keith) Cantwell of Florida, Terri (Brian) Lambert of Janesville and Patty (Bill) Duncan of Janesville; half-brother, Michael Quaerna; special aunt, Pat (Gerry) Bush of Janesville; and many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Brett Carhart; daughter, Amber Carhart; father, Sidney; and step-father, Bo Quaerna. No Funeral Service will be held. A Celebration of Brian’s Life will be held in June at the family’s home. Memorials may be made to the family. WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 21 S. Austin Rd, Janesville is assisting the family. Please share your memories to the family at:
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Grant M. Hirschfield - March 18, 1984 - January 25, 2021

Departed: 01/25/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: JANESVILLE---Grant M. Hirschfield, age 36, of Janesville, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021, at home. He was born in La Crosse on March 18, 1984, the son of Michael and Debby (Severson) Hirschfield. He was a 2002 graduate of Whitewater High School. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and spending time with his dogs, Sadie and Big Eddie.
He is survived by his father, Michael (Roxanne) Hirschfield of Whitewater; long-time girlfriend, Amy Franz of Janesville; 2 brothers; Justin (Shelly) Hirschfield and Kyle (Brooke) Farmer; 2 sisters; Cassy (Kyle Mcdermott) Hannes and Samantha (John ) Lois; niece, Ahlana (Jason Plourde) Hirschfield; nephew, Daymian Hirschfield; aunt, Dawn Severson; uncle, Danny Severson; and other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Debby. No Services will be held at this time. A Celebration of Grant’s Life will be held at a later date. WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 21 S. Austin Rd, Janesville is assisting the family. Memorials may be sent to the Funeral Home in the family’s name. For on-line condolences and sharing of memories:
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Curtis L. Larson - December 20, 1935 - January 24, 2021

Departed: 01/24/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: On Sunday, January 24, 2021, Curtis Leonard Larson, loving husband and father of four, grandfather of seven, great grandfather of five and great-great grandfather of one, passed away at the age of 85 after a valiant battle fighting Covid-19.
Curt was born in 1935 and raised on a small farm in Jackson County near York-halfway between LaCrosse and Eau Claire. It was a farming community with a large Norwegian population-his great grandparents were immigrants of Norway. He enjoyed attending the Lutefisk dinners at the holidays.
He graduated from Hixton High School in 1953 and went to work for a local milk Co-op. One year later he moved to Janesville where he worked briefly at GM, then Wurtz Mobile as a mechanic. In 1961 Curt started his career at Wisconsin Turf Equipment Corporation servicing lawn mowers and small engines, He retired in 2000 as the Executive Vice President. Curt served as Director of the Wisconsin Turfgrass Association and made many lifelong friends in the golf course industry. Curt Married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Mary Louise Boe on August 14, 1955. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Together they had four children-Brian, Bruce, Barry and Andrea. Curt was dedicated to his family and was so proud of them. Dad was always available at the drop of a hat to help out and offer advice. During his retirement Curt was an avid member of the Golden “K" Kiwanis where he dedicated his time to fundraising. He was almost always certain to sell a winning truck on ice ticket! Curt loved all sports, especially the Wisconsin Badgers basketball and football teams. He also loved golfing, walking in the park and any fresh baked treats he could get his hands on! Anyone who knew Curt knew how meticulous he was about his yard and when he was not able to get it done, he taught his
granddaughter Kailey to complete the task.
Anyone who knew Curt admired him. He was always calm and collected. He will be missed dearly by so many friends and especially his family.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, brother Palmer, sister Mary Jane Kleba (Jack), brother-in-law, Gordon Boe, sons Brian (Gail, Nicole, Kalista, Ki, Kamoni, Erik, Rebecca and Caleb), Bruce (Joy, Aidan and Karina), Barry (Jane, Jennifer, Ava, Jameson, and Sam) and daughter, Andrea Hughes (Chad and Kailey), many nieces, nephews, and many friends who are like family. Curt was preceded in death by his parents, Palmer and Mamie Larson, in-laws, Orville and Leona Boe, a brother, James Larson, sisters-in-law, Helen Larson, Joan Boe and Carol Larson.
The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center who worked tirelessly taking care of our beloved father and husband.
A private family service will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Please visit to send condolences to the family.
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Doris Ann Henschel-Stuhr - February 28, 1942 - January 19, 2021

Departed: 01/19/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Doris A. Henschel-Stuhr, 78, died Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Mercyhealth Hospital, Janesville. She was born in Janesville on February 28, 1942, the first WWII baby of Janesville to John Bushaw, who died in WWII, and Julia (Stanley) Courtney Cole. On July 18, 1959, Doris married Dean Henschel and he preceded her in death on August 17, 1996. She then married Robert Stuhr on August 11, 2001 and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2002.
Doris was an aide and housekeeper for Rock County Health Care Center and Rock Haven for over 30 years, from which she retired in 1996. She was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church and current member of St. John Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Women of Moose #477; she liked listening to Polka music and Lawrence Welk, watching tv, taking bus trips through Van Galder, and the occasional casino trips.
Doris is survived by her 3 children: Les (Brian) Henschel of Janesville, Shirlee (Scott) Myers of Janesville, and Janet (Robert) Schlegel of Janesville; her 3 grandchildren: Scott (Whitney Zweifel) Schlegel, Kayla (Dan) Gehin, and Autumn (fiancé Angel Saldana) Myers; and eight great grandchildren. She is further survived by her brother, Ray (Norma) Bushaw; sister-in-law, Evalee Bushaw; uncle, Jack Courtney; special cousin, Judy Taylor; goddaughter, Brenda Day; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Dean and Robert; brother Tom Bushaw; and sister Rita (Mike) Day.
Doris’ family will be holding a private funeral service on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at the Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home with Pastor Bond Haldeman officiating. Burial will follow the private service in Oak Hill Cemetery. Please visit to send condolences to the family.
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Sheila Rae Bender - August 11, 1952 - January 15, 2021

Departed: 01/15/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Sheila fought a courageous battle against metastatic thyroid cancer.
She was insightful, artistic, and unpretentious who loved road trips, books, music, dancing, movies, and gardening.
Sheila leaves behind her husband Glen of 27 years, her twin sister Cheryl Applegate; her niece and godchild Kimberly Applegate; 13 brothers and sisters; many nieces, nephews, and her beloved pets Chewy, Blackie, Dickens, Little Girl, Mona, and Jasper. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and three brothers.
Interment will be held in the summer at Mt Olivet Cemetery with a graveside service officiated by Fr. Jim Leeser of St. William Catholic Church. Please visit to send condolences to the family.
Memorials are appreciated to the Thyroid Cancer Research at Carbone Cancer Center- Madison, Child Fund International, Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, or St, Jude Children’s Hospital.
A special thank you goes to Dr Hartig-surgeon, Dr Diane Olson-endocrinologist who gave me time. To Dr. Rozac and many healthcare workers who gave me hope and finally to Agrace Hospice and all the staff there.
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Isaac J Welch - November 29, 1979 - January 15, 2021

Departed: 01/15/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Isaac J. Welch, age 41 November 29, 1979 January 15, 2021
Isaac passed away unexpectedly January 15, 2021. Isaac was born in Janesville WI to Parents Daniel and Carol (Johnston) Welch. He attended Janesville schools Graduating from Parker High in1998 He attended UW Eau Claire, then graduated from Chippewa Valley College with an associate's degree in Management.
October 8, 2016, Isaac married the love of his life Shauna Schuette in Brunswick, OH. Together they created their precious twin boys. Nathan and Carter born 8/13/2016.
Isaac was the type of man who could walk into any establishment and always ran into someone he knew. That statement alone, tells you what kind of man Isaac was. He loved people, he loved meeting new people and always made them his friend. He loved and lived life to the fullest. His favorite times were spent sitting around with family and friends on a Saturday or Sunday watching the Badgers and Packers play. He adored the ground his wife and boys walked on. He cherished every second of every day that he got to spend with them. He was a true hero, his love for sports came so naturally. His truest passion was being out on that Gridiron, where every game he gave it his all "Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it".
Isaac was a loving husband, father, son and big brother. He enjoyed spending time with his beloved grandpa and grandma Johnston. He liked family traditions, holidays, and hunting. Isaac will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Isaac is survived by his wife Shauna; twin boys Nathan James and Carter Michael; his parents: Daniel and Carol; brothers Dillon and Spencer; grandmother Patricia Johnston; mother-in-law Carol Schuette; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins; Shauna's family; and so many amazing friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Nathan C. Johnston Jr; paternal grandparents Donald and Jessie Welch, Sr; great grandparents William "Pete" and Louella Neely; father-in-law Keith "Butch" Schuette; and sister-in-law Meagen Schuette.
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John D. Weiland - March 25, 1966 - January 13, 2021

Departed: 01/13/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: ROANOKE, IN--- John D. Weiland, age 54, of Roanoke, IN, formerly of Janesville, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Janesville on March 25, 1966, the son of the late Robert “Bob” and Ann (Sherry) Weiland and was a 1984 graduate of Parker High School. He attended UW-LaCrosse for a brief time before beginning his employment at General Motors. He started at the Janesville Assembly Plant, transferring to Fairfax, KS, Orion, MI and lastly to the Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in 2009 where he was currently working as a supervisor. John married Cherry Menges on Oct. 28, 2000. They recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. He was previously married to Connie Hackett and they had two children.
Known to his close friends as Weils, he was affectionately called the “life of the party” by many who knew him and the “best boss ever” by those who worked for him over his 34-year career with General Motors. John loved to fish for walleye – especially on Lake Erie. He also enjoyed hunting, coaching youth flag-football and was an avid Wisconsin sports fan. John was happiest spending time with his family and friends. His quick wit and his ability to motivate everyone to have a good time will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Cherry; 4 children: Brittney Weiland of Janesville, Shelby Weiland of Madison, Justin and Drew Weiland, both of Roanoke, IN; a sister, Lynn (Bruce) Bandt and their children, Meghann and Johnathan; mother-in-law Margaret Menges, brother-in-law Dale Menges; his adoptive dad, Al Banner; three special life-long friends, Mike Hastings (Hasters), Brian Bailey (Bails) and Brian Wyss (Wysser), and many other close friends who are like family; as well as his granddogs, Blue and Matilda. He was preceded in death by his parents; special grandmother, Josephine Weiland; aunt, Pauline; uncle, Orin and father-in-law, Eldon Menges. A Public visitation will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME, 21 S. Austin Road, Janesville. Private services will take place earlier in the day. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials in John’s name can be made to either the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the American Diabetes Association. For on-line condolences:
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Donald M. Henley - May 23, 1934 - January 11, 2021

Departed: 01/11/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Donald M. Henley, 86, Janesville, passed away at home on Monday, January 11, 2021. He was born May 23, 1934 in Iowa to the late Leo and Myrna (Woods) Moore. While out at the local dance hall Don eyed and would ask to dance with a pretty lady but it took three months to get that dance and finally on September 7, 1991, Don married Lois Georgeson Crawford in Las Vegas, NV. Don worked a few different jobs including being a milkman, working the railroad for eight years and then at JATCO as a driver.
Donald was an avid bowler and bowled two 299 games. He was a man who always was working on his yard or anything to keep him busy. Every year he was Santa Claus for the Yuba Street Christmas, where he handed out candy canes on Christmas Eve to everyone and made sure his house was decorated to bring joy to everyone with the help of his wife, stepdaughter and son-in-law and stepson. Most of all though, he was a family man who was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather making sure he never missed a family event.
Don is survived by his beloved wife and dance partner of 40 years, Lois Henley; his children: Kathy (Gary) Huspeth, Mike (Tammie) Henley, Chris (Stan) Hammer and Randy Henley; stepdaughter Dawn and son-in-law Rick Laws, and stepson Curtis and daughter-in-law Cindy Crawford; his grandchildren: Brody (Mariah), Jordan, Logan, Sean, Dillon, Faith, and Trace; great grandchildren: his special boy Avery, Kaysen, Elsie, Norah, Lydia, and Hunter; and half-sister Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Bill; sister Bekcy, and half-sister Sarah.
Funeral Service for Don will be 3:00 PM, Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home with Chaplain Randall Booth. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home. Don will be laid to rest in Council Bluffs, IA later this year. Masks will be required in the building along with social distancing for the safety of everyone. Please visit to send condolences to the family. Whitcomb-Lynch YouTube Live Stream
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Kenneth R. Whitby - June 29, 1932 - January 09, 2021

Departed: 01/09/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Kenneth R. Whitby, age 88, of Janesville, formerly of Oak Creek, was called into Eternity with his Lord, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at Oak Park Place, Janesville. He was born in Milwaukee on June 29, 1932, the son of C. Richard and Adeline (Wendt) Whitby. Ken served his country proudly in the U.S. Army. He married Joan E. Fischer on June 7, 1958, in Helenville, WI. Together they lived in Oak Creek, Jefferson, Delavan, and for the past two years, in Janesville. She preceded him in death on March 29, 2020. Ken was a teacher at Oak Creek Jr. High School for over 30 years. He began his teaching career in Elkhart Lake, later retiring from Oak Creek in 1987. He was a former member of St. John Lutheran Church, on Howell Ave in Oak Creek, and was currently a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Janesville. He was known to be thrifty (cheap?) and checked every dollar in the budget. He enjoyed collecting stamps, playing sousaphone, baritone, and clarinet. He played in the American Legion Band in Milwaukee and the Houghton Community Band in Elkhorn. He also liked to travel the country and cooking.
He is survived by his four children: Laurie Whitby of Janesville, Mark (Koralie) Whitby of Loveland, CO, Nancy (Tom) Houghton of Rockton, IL, and Paul (Barb) Whitby of Lake In The Hills, IL; Five grandchildren: Paige (Jonathyn) Zapf, Eden and Grant Whitby, and Zach and Nate Houghton; a great granddaughter, Seneca; sister, Jeanette (Orland) Wagner of New Holstein, WI; and other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan; and sister, Joyce Huebschmann.
A Funeral service for Kenneth will be June 26, 2021 and held at Peace Lutheran in Janesville, WI. Details are pending. Memorials in Ken’s name may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or a Band/Music program of your choosing. The family is being assisted by the WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, Janesville. For online condolences:
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Edmond J. Bielarczyk - August 30, 1949 - January 07, 2021

Departed: 01/07/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Edmond (Ed) J. Bielarczyk, Jr. of Janesville passed away on January 7th at the Javon B Hospital of Rockford, IL. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, he was unable to be surrounded by loved ones, but the amazing hospital nursing team ensured he was not alone as he passed.
Ed was born in Chicago, IL on August 30th, 1949, to Edmund Bielarczyk Sr. and Delores Novak. He grew up near Wrigley Field in Chicago until the family moved to WI. Ed graduated from Wilmot Union High school in 1967 and enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving 4 years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his time in the service, Ed returned home and enrolled at UW Parkside and met the love of his life Margaret (Maggie) Shaffer. They were married on August 23, 1974, in Racine WI. Ed graduated from UW Parkside with degrees in Political Science and Business Management. In 1976, Ed graduated with an MS in Public Administration from Indiana University at Bloomington. After graduation, they moved back to Wisconsin where he accepted a position at the WI Department of Administration as a Test Specialist. Ed became a Mediator and Arbitrator with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission in 1980 and continued until he retired in 2005. Following retirement from the State of Wisconsin, he continued his work as an Arbitrator and consultant until his recent passing.
Ed’s entertaining stories, quick wit, impressive listening skills, and kind heart left a lasting impression on everyone he met. For those who knew him, they could always count on him to bring a differing perspective to any conversation, and always stressed the importance of doing what was right over what was easy no matter the obstacles that lie ahead. Ed was a die-hard Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs Fan and he instilled his Chicago team love within all three of his children. Although he lived in Wisconsin most of his life, and despite rivalries, he always used these games to bring his family and friends together. His love for those teams never wavered and he finally got to see his beloved Cubbies win the World Series in 2016, a moment his family will hold close to their hearts. Go Cubs Go!
Edmond is preceded in death by both his parents and brothers Raymond Smith and Gerald Bielarczyk. He is survived by his wife Maggie, sons Jamie and Matthew Bielarczyk, and daughter Andrea (Matt) Wittrup. Three sisters Adrienne (Ron) Bertrand, Dolly (Dale) Olsen, and Patty (Dan) Revoy. Two grandchildren Oliver and Eleanor Wittrup. Nieces and Nephews Diana, Susie and Ronnie Bertrand, Jessica (Ben) Dickerson, Amy Podskarbi, Chad Paul, Holly (Jim) Poulson, Ryan (Ashly) Revoy, April (Trent) Cox, and Brian Smith.
Memorial events are currently delayed at this time due to Covid-19 restrictions. A Celebration of Life and burial will be scheduled later this year.
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Marion Jean Keller - August 04, 1936 - January 04, 2021

Departed: 01/04/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Marion Jean Keller, age 84, of Beloit, formerly of Melbourne Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at The Suites Assisted Living in Beloit after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Aug. 4, 1936, in Rock County, WI, the daughter of Norman and Alice (Slinde) Thostenson. Marion married her childhood sweetheart, Eugene L. Keller on Oct. 14, 1955, in Brodhead, WI. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2018. Marion was employed as a secretary and administrative assistant for the majority of her working career. She worked for the Brodhead and Parkview School Districts. She retired from the Parkview School District after many years serving as the payroll and benefits administrative assistant. Marion and Eugene resided in Orfordville, WI until moving full-time to Melbourne Beach, FL in 2005. They loved the warmer climate and the ocean. They made friends which were like family while residing in Melbourne Beach. Marion loved entertaining in her home and was considered by many as “Queen Hostess”.
Survivors include her 2 sons, Keith (Patti) Keller of Red Lion, PA and Kirk (Kathy) Keller of Beloit, WI; 3 grandchildren: Karin (Tyler) Black, Korey (Bree) Keller, and Jennifer (Kris) Baumgartner; 8 great grandchildren: Kylin, Trenton, Wesley, Grant, Drew, Abigail, Isabelle, and Lucas; 3 sisters, Ellen Mickelson and Norma Riese both of Beloit; and Nancy (Richard) Norman of Edgerton; 2 brothers-in-law, Virgil (Judy) Keller and Allen Keller both of Brodhead, WI; and sister-in-law, Sharon (Curt) Newcomer of Juda, WI; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Marion was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Alice Thostenson; husband, Eugene; sisters, Carol Terpstra and Donna Creedy; brothers, Robert Thostenson and Dennis Thostenson; as well as brothers-in-law, John Terpstra, Gerald Mickelson, and Richard Riese; and sisters-in-law, Patricia Thostenson and Diann Keller. Due to COVID-19, there will be no services held at this time. A Celebration of Marion’s Life will be held at a later date. The family is being assisted by the WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME, 21 S. Austin Rd. Janesville. For on-line condolences, please visit:
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Lorraine Iva Davis - July 20, 1934 - January 03, 2021

Departed: 01/03/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Lorraine I. Davis, or as everyone called her “Ma”, 86, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Rock Haven Nursing Home. She was born July 20, 1934 in Richland Center, WI to the late Lyle and Julia (Hunt) Huffman. On July 20, 1979, she married Robert “Bob” Davis in Janesville and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2003.
Lorraine worked for Parker Pen Co. as an assembler and retired after 30 years working there. She owned and operated the Elbow Room in Footville as well. Her love for animals was immense and enjoyed dancing whenever she could.
Lorraine is survived by her two daughters: Debra Bouton and Judy (Mike) McGuire both of Janesville; daughter-in-law Misty Thomas of Janesville; her stepchildren: Ted (Kim) Davis, Doug (Lori) Davis, and Suzette (Dave) Goodin; her grandchildren: Ryan Thomas, Troy Thomas, and Amiah Thomas; Bob’s grandchildren and great grandchildren; her brother Leroy (Darlene) Huffman; and her nieces Kim and Penny. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Robert; son James Thomas; grandson Arlando Cardenas; and son-in-law Robert Bouton.
A Celebration of Life for Lorriane will be held later this year along with her burial in the Sextonville Cemetery, in Sextonville, WI. Please visit to send condolences and for updated service information as it come available. Memorials are appreciated to the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.
For all the years Lorraine was at Rock Haven, we wish to truly thank Steve, Tibbs, Melanie, Ann, Ken, Gail and all the staff for your compassion and care given to Lorraine.
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Erin L. Howard - July 04, 1981 - January 01, 2021

Departed: 01/01/2021 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Erin L. Howard, age 39, of Janesville, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Janesville. She was born in Valparaiso, IN, on July 4, 1981, the daughter of Martin and Cynthia (Swain) Ciotti. Erin was employed by the District Attorney’s Office as a legal assistant. She loved music, baking and cooking, hiking, camping and all things outdoors spending as much time as she could with her family.
She is survived by her 4 children: Richard Casarez, Autumn Casarez, Camille Howard and Forrest Howard; her fiance’ Keith Ziegelmann; parents, Martin Ciotti and Cynthia Scheidt; and a brother, Anthony Ciotti. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and a brother, Ryan Ciotti. No services are being planned at this time. A Celebration of her life will be held later this spring. Memorials in Erin’s name would be appreciated to the family to help with final expenses. The family is being assisted by WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, Janesville. Memorials may be made to the family to help with Erin’s funeral expenses. For on-line condolences and sharing of memories:
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Dorothy V. Decker - September 25, 1925 - December 31, 2020

Departed: 12/31/2020 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: JANESVILLE—Dorothy V. Decker, age 95, of Janesville, received God’s greatest gift, her heavenly wings on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Huntington Memory Care, Janesville. She was born in Janesville on September 25, 1925, the daughter of Harold W. and Ruth L. (Bloedel) Birkholz. She married Donald W. Decker on April 7, 1945, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Janesville. He preceded her in death on November 20, 2004. Dorothy was a wonderful mom and grandma. She worked as a secretary for JATCO for many years and later served as an aide at Parker High School. She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and active in their Bible Studies group. She was also a member of Knitting Grandma’s and the 41 Club. She enjoyed ceramics, sewing, cooking and square dancing.
Dorothy is survived by her 6 children: Nancy (Garry) Meister of Janesville, Robert Decker of Milton, Norma Otto (Pat Riley) of Janesville, Glen Decker of Stoughton, Roger (Bonnie) Decker and Ronald (Laurie) Decker of Janesville; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; brother, Gilman Birkholz of White Bear Lake, MN; and other extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; son-in-law, John Otto; daughter-in-law, Jeanine Decker; and brothers; Sylvester and Harold Birkholz. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021, at ST. PAUL’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, Janesville with Rev. Daniel Decker officiating. Burial will take place at Milton Lawns Memorial Park. Visitation will take place on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Unfortunately, at this time due to the health guidelines, there will be no luncheon or gathering to reminisce about Dorothy following the service. Memorials may be made in Dorothy’s name to the McCarthy Nursing Home, 124 S. Monroe St., Stoughton, WI 53589, where her son Glen is cared for. WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 21 S. Austin Rd, Janesville is assisting the family. For on-line condolences and sharing of memories:
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Edward J. Vopelak - January 13, 1931 - December 30, 2020

Departed: 12/30/2020 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Edward J. Vopelak, 89, died late Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Cedar Crest. He was born January 13, 1931 in Prairie du Chien, WI to the late Edward T. and Ursula E. (Martelle) Vopelak. Ed graduated from Prairie du Chien High School and took some courses at La Crosse Teacher’s College.
He then went on to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force from January 1951 to December 1954. On March 12, 1983, Ed married Judith Kerl in Beloit. He worked for GM for 30 years on the bumper line.
Ed was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, a member of CAP, and he enjoyed being a literacy tutor.
Ed is survived by his wife of 37 years Judith Vopelak; sister-in-law Margaret Vopelak; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Richard Vopelak; and his sisters Veronica (George) McKinney and Phyllis (Roger) Osterhaus.
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Margaret F. Schulz - June 14, 1944 - December 29, 2020

Departed: 12/29/2020 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Margaret F. Schulz, 76, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Mercy Hospital, Janesville due to COVID related symptoms.
Margaret was a locally recognized gardener, artist, and stamp collector. She enjoyed traveling with her family, line dancing, listening to Frank Sinatra, and going on picnics at state and national parks.
She worked in the retail industry for many years. She was one of the first woman teamsters and worked as a warehouseman. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts and at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, where she was a long, active member.
Margaret is survived by her daughter Shelley Kroll (James), her granddaughters Margaret and Elizabeth, her daughter Christine Hosmon (Robert), and her grandchildren Robert, Savannah, Sabrina, and Noah. She was preceded in death by her mother Doris Lemke, uncle Robert Lemke, and aunt Gladys Bouton.
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Russell E. Davis - March 29, 1953 - December 25, 2020

Departed: 12/25/2020 (Janesville)
Obituary Preview: Russell Everett Davis Obituary Born on March 29,1953 Died on December 24, 2020 Russell Everett Davis was born in Astoria, Oregon to Derwood and Mildred (Bud and Midge) Davis. He was raised in Portland with his older sister Barbara, and his older brothers Stanley and Gary. Russ came to faith and was baptized at summer church camp at age 16. Russ graduated from Parkrose Senior High
School in 1971, then attended United Electronics Institute, graduating in 1973. Russ began a long career in electronics, including jobs in Hillsboro, St. Helens, Oregon, and San Diego, California. Russ excelled in electronics ending his career as sales manager at JK Resources in Janesville, Wisconsin. After retirement in 2019, Russ worked at Home Depot to supplement his Social
Security, and loved his interaction with customers. Russ enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, boating, refurbishing old things, chocolate cake, and spending time with friends and family. He was a caring and giving person. After relocating to Janesville, Wisconsin, he became close friends with Jon and Simona Romano. Russ became a part of many Romano family activities, including their son Anthony’s boxing events, and was part of “Team Romano” in obstacle-course fundraising events for “Autism Speaks”. Russ loved his cat, Dracu, and also grew close to the Romano’s German Shorthair dogs
Zeke, Duke, and Chloe. Russ is survived by his son Kyle Davis, his parents Bud & Midge, his sister Barbara Higgins, his brothers Stan Davis and Gary Davis, and many nieces and
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including biographical information, achievements, and details about their life. It serves as a way to share the news of someone's passing with friends, family, and community.

What is the purpose of an obituary?

The primary purpose of an obituary is to inform others of a person's passing, provide details about their life, and offer a way for loved ones to pay tribute and share memories. It also serves as a historical record of the person's life.

Who writes an obituary?

Obituaries are typically written by family members, close friends, or funeral home staff. In some cases, a professional obituary writer may be hired to craft the notice.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, hobbies, achievements, and surviving family members. It may also include funeral service details and charitable donation information.

How long should an obituary be?

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Contact the newspaper's obituary department directly to inquire about their submission process and guidelines. Some newspapers may accept online submissions, while others require email or fax submissions.

Can I publish an obituary online?

Yes, there are many online platforms and websites that allow you to publish an obituary. These often include features such as guest books, photo galleries, and memorial donations.

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The cost of publishing an obituary varies depending on the publication or online platform. Some newspapers charge by the word or line, while others offer package deals or flat fees. Online platforms may offer free or low-cost options.

Can I edit or revise an obituary after it's been published?

In most cases, revisions can be made to an online obituary. However, printed newspapers typically have strict deadlines and may not allow changes once the notice has been published.

How long will my online obituary remain available?

The duration that an online obituary remains available varies depending on the platform. Some websites may keep notices active for a few weeks or months, while others maintain archives indefinitely.

Can I write my own obituary in advance?

Yes, it's possible to write your own obituary in advance. This can be a therapeutic exercise and ensure that your life story is told in the way you want it to be remembered.

Is it appropriate to include humor in an obituary?

Absolutely! Humor can be a wonderful way to celebrate a person's life and personality. Just be sure to consider the audience and tone when incorporating humor into the notice.

Can I include quotes or lyrics in an obituary?

Yes, quotes or lyrics that were meaningful to the deceased can add depth and personalization to the notice. Just be sure to properly cite any copyrighted material.

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If there's sensitive information you're unsure about sharing publicly, consider consulting with family members or close friends before publishing the notice.

What if I need to correct errors in an already-published obituary?

Contact the publication or online platform immediately to report any errors. They will work with you to correct the mistakes as quickly as possible.

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Absolutely! Social media can be a powerful tool for sharing news of a loved one's passing and connecting with others who want to pay their respects.

How do I find old obituaries from years ago?

You can try searching online archives, visiting local libraries or genealogical societies, or contacting the newspaper directly to inquire about their archives.

Are there any specific guidelines for writing an obituary for a veteran?

Yes, there are special considerations when writing an obituary for a veteran. Be sure to highlight their military service and any notable awards or achievements.

Can I include charitable donation information in an obituary?

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How do I handle multiple marriages or complex family relationships in an obituary?

Tread carefully when navigating complex family relationships in an obituary. Consider consulting with family members or close friends to ensure accuracy and sensitivity.

What if I'm struggling to write an obituary due to grief or emotional distress?

It's okay to take your time and seek support from loved ones or professionals if needed. Remember that writing an obituary is a celebration of the person's life, and it's okay to ask for help along the way.

Are there any specific cultural or religious considerations when writing an obituary?

Yes, different cultures and religions may have unique customs and traditions surrounding death notices. Be respectful of these differences when crafting the notice.

Can I include funeral service details in an online obituary?

Absolutely! Including funeral service details can help ensure that friends and family are aware of arrangements and can attend if desired.

How do I handle requests for memorial donations instead of flowers?

This is a common request in modern times. Simply state in the obituary that "in lieu of flowers" donations can be made to a specific charity or organization.

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