Obituaries

Leslie Karberg

5/8/13

Leslie "June" Karberg, 88, of Galena, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Monday, May 13, 2013 at the funeral chapel and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Galena. June was born July 10, 1924 in Berea Kentucky to Roscoe C. and Hedvig E. (Wahlstrom) Marcum and raised by her grandmother, Susan "Mammy" Brewer Marcum. She moved to Chicago and met her future husband, Richard F. Karberg, who preceded her in death on January 22, 1994. They were united in marriage December 11, 1948, and eventually settled in Galena to raise their 3 children: Philip, Susan (Don) and William (Stefanie). She was an avid bowler and was involved in the V.F.W. Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She leaves behind many good friends who knew her as lively, spirited and fun-loving. She worked in a variety of vocations over the years in Galena and especially enjoyed the many children and elderly she spent time with as a baby-sitter/caregiver. Her primary focus was always on being a good mother, grandmother and homemaker. She is survived by her three children, fifteen grandchildren: Heather, Kelley, Nathan, Michael, Cody, Lauren, Joey, Kathryn, William, Anna, Calvin, Richard, Thomas, Lily and Grant, four great grandchildren: Allie, Averie, Kate and Mason. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter in-law, Diane Karberg and two brothers, Edwin and Carl

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Donald Bell

5/2/13

Donald J. Bell, 91 of Shullsburg, WI passed away Thursday, May 02, 2013 at the Shullsburg Home. Funeral Mass will be 11 AM Monday, May 6, 2013 at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Shullsburg and where friends may call after 10 AM at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the mass and burial will be at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Home, Shullsburg is assisting the family. He was born May 21, 1921 in Shullsburg the son of Joseph and Ivy (Doyle) Bell. Donnie was united in marriage to Audrey Morrissey on July 26, 1941 at St. Matthew in Shullsburg and she survives. He farmed on the Bell Farm then worked at Calumet/Hecla Mining Company. After that he became salesmen for WR Grace Company until his retirement. He was active with Shullsburg Fire Department for thirty-two years. In 1981 Donnie and Audrey moved to Florida in April 2004 they returned to Shullsburg. He is survived by his wife Audrey of Shullsburg, two brother in-laws, Dick Morrissey and Denny (Nancy) Morrissey, a sister in-law, Kay (Ed) Jeffery, his nieces, Dorothy Lipska and Sharon Nead, his nephews, Derald Bell, Keith Bell and Phillip Russell and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Bonnie Ann Bell and a son, Donald Gerard Bell. His siblings, Harold Bell, Mildred (Bell) Hawthrone, Gertrude (Bell) Russell and Ernie Bell. His father and mother in-law, Harold and Laura Morrissey, a sister in-law, Phyllis Morrissey, brother in-law, Orville Morrissey. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the Shullsburg Home Staff for the excellent care given to Donnie and Upland Hills Hospice of Dodgeville. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

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Elizabeth "Bettze" Libson

4/25/13

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Galena, IL 61036                              Shullsburg, WI 53586

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Elizabeth "Bettze" M. (McCoy) Libson, 61, of Annapolis, Md., and formerly of Galena, Ill., passed away peacefully at her home from ALS on Thursday, April 25, 2013. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel in Galena with Pastor Patricia Allen-Stewart officiating. The burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel. Bettze was born on October 16, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of H. Franklin and Elizabeth Ann (Heron) McCoy. After graduating from Galena High School in 1969, Bettze received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Western Illinois. She earned her master's degree in dance from the University of Michigan and taught in the dance department at Wayne State University. After receiving an invitation to audition in New York City, Bettze danced professionally and toured internationally with the Pearl Lang Dance Theater. She went on to teach pre-school for 18 years at the Key School in Annapolis, Md., where she was passionate about helping her students learn and grow. She was a loving, supportive mother, who devoted her life until her final moment to her children's happiness. She will be sorely missed and remembered forever. She is survived by her son, Bradley Libson of Las Vegas, Nev., her daughter, Brittany Libson of Washington, D.C., two brothers, Marc (Michele) McCoy and Mike (Shelly) McCoy both of Galena, Ill., her nieces and nephews, Nate (Amy) McCoy of Galena, Ill., Emily (Mike) Jelinek of Naperville, Ill., Mat (Denise) McCoy of Savannah, Ga., Ryan (Amy) McCoy of Minneapolis, Minn., Bryan (Jolene) Bohnsack of Warren, Ill., and B'Ann (Dan) Dittmar  of Galena, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents, H. Franklin McCoy and Elizabeth Ann "B'Ann" McCoy, and her sister, B'Ann "Breeze" Bohnsack. Memorials may be given in remembrance of Bettze to: The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403 or The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, 5801 Smith Ave., McAuley #110, Baltimore, MD 21209.   

 

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Barbara Groom

4/24/13

Barbara J. Groom, 85 of Galena, IL and formerly Hastings, NE passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at her daughter's residence after a courageous battle with cancer. In keeping with her wishes cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be held at a later date in Hastings. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born July 15, 1927 in Galesburg, IL the daughter of William and Pearl (Friend) Dutton. Barbara is survived by her daughter, Toni A. (Mac) Klingler of Galena, her son, James A. (Ann Frame) Hunter of Council Bluffs, IA, two step children, Jeanne and Christopher Groom, five grandchildren, Josh (Jacqueline) Klingler, Lisa Klingler (Kevin) Manemann, Shannon Hunter (Ken) Futch, Savannah Hunter and Daniel Hunter and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, James D. Hunter and her second husband, Lawrence E. Groom. A special thank you to Barbara's caregivers, Dr. Gregory A. Vandigo, and her Hospice of Dubuque family, especially Megan, Heather, Lisa, Jessica and Roberta. Your care and compassion will never be forgotten. The family wishes memorials be given to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 John F Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa, 52002.

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Florence Houy

4/14/13

Florence Virginia Houy, 94 of Galena, IL passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. She was born August 3, 1918 in Hazel Green, WI the daughter of William and Emma (Bennett) Champion. She was united in marriage to Edmond L. Houy on August 12, 1939 and he preceded her in death. Florence was a homemaker most of her life. She enjoyed making quilts, sewing, yard work, trips to the casino, reading and especially enjoyed playing cards.  Florence loved being outside in her yard and sitting on her porch visiting with people about all her pretty flowers and anything that happened in Galena. She volunteered for the Galena Stauss Nursing Home for thirteen years. Florence was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Galena. She is survived by one son, Jerry (Jane) Houy, of Galena, two daughters Jean (Jim) Bautsch of Galena and Janet (Donald) Renner of Garden Prairie, three grandsons, Mike (Michelle) Houy, Jeff (Lynn) Bautsch and Donald (Tonya) Renner, five great-granddaughters, Jennifer and Amanda Houy, Devon and Hunter Renner, Brianna Bautsch, one great grandson, Bailey Bautsch. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Beulah, Iva, Melda and Opal, four brothers, Jacob, William, Earl and Kenneth. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

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Evelyn Beilke

4/7/13

Evelyn May Beilke (nee Faber) 87, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2013 at the Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, IA. Graveside services will be held 11 AM, on June 1, 2013 at Pilot Knob Cemetery, followed by a remembrance luncheon for family and friends at her home in Galena, IL immediately after the service. All of Evelyn's friends are invited to join the family to honor her memory. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born August 18, 1925 in Galena IL, beloved daughter of John and Margaret Faber. Evelyn was the youngest of six daughters. After graduating from the Galena High School she worked for the Northern States Power Company where she met a fun loving lineman named Otto Beilke and married in 1951. They made their home on a dairy farm near Merrill, Wisconsin. Evelyn and Otto were blessed with two children, Robert Leo and Christine Margaret. Evelyn was a true farmer's wife helping with the chores, gardening, cooking fabulous meals and raising children. She also worked as a Policy Rater for the Wausau Insurance Company from where she retired. After Otto died in September, 1992 Evelyn moved back to her hometown of Galena, IL to be with her family and friends.  Evelyn had two additional loves, oil painting and cats. She re-painted numerous statues and murals at churches in north central Wisconsin and her home, inside and out, was a canvas used to express her artistic talent. She was very proud of the many portraits she painted of people important to her. Believing animals were a gift from God, Evelyn adopted numerous abandoned animals and when she moved to Galena she cared for the last two remaining cats from the family farm for nearly 15 years. She then opened her heart further and adopted cats from the Safe Haven Humane Society who kept her company in the later years of her life. After a fall in her home, in November 2012, Evelyn moved permanently to the Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, IA. Evelyn is survived by her son Robert (Vicki) of Stella, NE; her daughter Christine of Madison, WI; one sister, Leona Schweitzer of Galena, IL, and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded her death by her parents, her husband Otto, four sisters, Lucille Faber, Carrie Spongberg, Viola Reynolds, and Grace Havens. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Safe Haven Humane Society in Elizabeth, IL or the Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Galena, IL.

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Guy Crow

4/7/13

Guy Hartford Crow, 79 of Galena, IL passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel. He was born on February 17, 1934 in Lowell, KS the son of Cecil and Coral (Williams) Crow. Guy graduated from Galena High School the class of 1953. He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict from August of 1953 until his honorable discharge in August of 1955. He was united in marriage to Nancy Cox on December 29, 1958 in Miami, OK and she survives. Guy was an independent truck driver starting in 1957 for Rowley Interstate. During his trucking career, he drove for over fifty years retiring from Hirschbach Trucking in 2007. He traveled to the forty-eight contiguous states throughout his career. Guy was an avid Cubs and Bears fan, enjoyed crossword puzzles, going for drives and just watching the birds. He loved Willie Nelson and one of his fondest memories came at a Willie Nelson Concert when Willie personally gave him one of his bandanas. Guy was a very kind and lovable man who met many people in his travels and will be sadly missed. He was a member of the Galena VFW and American Legion Cub and the Galena Elks Lodge. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, Jill Crow of Moline, IL, two brothers, Bill (Doris) Crow, Dubuque, and Jim Crow, Rockford, one sister, Dixie Davis, McKinney, TX, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Rayma Jean Mutascio and Ann Sullivan.

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Jack Johnson

4/6/13

Jack B. Johnson, 66 of Galena, IL passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. He was born November 20, 1946 in Dubuque the son of Percy and Jean (Selle) Johnson. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam serving from April of 1967 until his honorable discharge in January of 1969. He was united in marriage to Diane Houy on February 12, 1970 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Galena and she survives. Jack was a member of local #150 Heavy Equipment Operators for many years until his retirement in 2006. He was TRULY A "Jack of all Trades" doing many different things throughout his life.  In 1986, he built "The Shop" which became a gathering place for many of his family and friends. He loved to Bow hunt, fish and restore old cars. Jacks family was very important to him. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and he touched the lives of many and will be sadly missed. He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Diane, two daughters, Shelly (Jeremy) Smith of Jewell, IA and Jerri Walker of Galena, four grandchildren, Ryan and Maddie Hocking, Lexie Smith and Jalyn Walker, his mother, Jean Johnson of Dubuque, three brothers, Larry (Donna) Johnson and Bob (Cheryl  Katka) Johnson both of East Dubuque, IL, and Gene Johnson of Dubuque, six sisters, Nancy (Doug) Brady of Galesville, WI, Karen Johnson of Springfield, WV, Barb (Don) Painter of Dubuque, Barb (Mark) McKinney of Prescott, WI, Jeannette (Mark) Sage of Onalaska, WI and Janet (Brian) Fisher of Alliance, NE and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, his mother and father in-law and a sister in-law, Linda Phillips. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to their extended family and friends your love and support during this difficult time will be forever cherished.

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Arliss Coulthard

3/30/13

Arliss H. Coulthard, 95, of Shullsburg, WI passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Shullsburg Home, 204 East Water Street. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Home, Shullsburg and where friends may call after 10 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Shullsburg. He was born October 27, 1917 in White Oak Springs Township the middle of five children to John Wesley and Annie Ellen (Tippett) Coulthard . He attended White Oak School completing 8 grades. He farmed on the family farm. He took a correspondence course in calligraphy and had a flare for drawing and painting. His most notable piece of artwork was a mural of Badger Park. Arliss liked to read and was very interested in the activities of his nieces and nephews as well as his great and great great nieces and nephews. He also kept in touch with cousins down through the generations. Arliss became the resource center of history for his family and neighbors. Quiet and unassuming he never failed to evoke laughter from his devoted family. He celebrated his 90th birthday surrounded by most of his extended family and was especially pleased to share it with his name-sake Arlyss Hays from San Francisco. Again at 95 he was surprised with a party in his honor. Arliss was an original just like his paintings and the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by, Carol Spencer of San Francisco, CA; Joe (Helen) Spencer of Cold Water, MI; Gary (Kate) O'Connell of Fox Island, WA; Mark (Kathy) O'Connell of Irvine, CA; Jeff (Candace) O'Connell of Harrison, ID; Vicki Redfern of Watertown, WI; Joanie (Willy) Von Glahn of Shullsburg, WI. He was preceded in death by parents, one brother, Harlan, 3 sisters; Arlene Burns, Shirley O'Connell, Marion Spencer, and a niece Maria Bogan. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Mercy Hospital, Medical Associates, Dr. George Kraemer and Dr. Jennifer Mohr your care and compassion these last ten years will never be forgotten. Thank you to Upland Hills Hospice and the girl's at the Shullsburg Home for your wonderful care of Arliss in his final days.

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Brian Breed

3/29/13

Brian Eliot Breed, age 66, of Stockton, Illinois, passed away suddenly Friday, March 29, 2013 at home. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life gathering from 1 to 4pm Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Woodbine Bend Golf Clubhouse, 3500 East Center Road, Stockton. A short formal program to celebrate Brian's life will be held at 2pm. Cremation rites have been accorded; a private family burial will be held at a later date in Clay Cemetery near Willow. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are encouraged to the Stockton Fire Department/EMTs, the Hundred Club of Jo Daviess County, or a charity of your choice. Brian was born February 5, 1947, in Freeport, Illinois, the son of Charles and Virginia (Leverton) Breed. He was raised on the family dairy farm near Stockton. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1965 and attended Highland Community College. Brian married Nancy Clay, his high school sweetheart, on September 23, 1967, at their home church, Calvary United Methodist in Stockton. Self-employed most of his life, Brian owned and operated Breed Surge Dairy equipment, Prairie Junction Antiques and several other entrepreneurial ventures. His quick wit and sharp humor made him a natural salesman. He was most recently employed as a demonstrator/driver for Sewer Equipment Company of America in Chadwick, Illinois. Brian was an avid golfer and had the pleasure of playing his final round at the most scenic military golf course in the world, Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, near Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii, where he recently spent a week vacationing with his wife, brothers- and sisters-in-law. He loved telling stories and jokes, playing euchre, having coffee with friends, going to auctions, collecting antiques, and helping around his daughter's farm. He also enjoyed Standardbred horse racing and owned a small stable of race horses as a hobby in the 1980s. Brian served on the Stockton Volunteer Fire Department from 1974 to 1980, the Stockton School Board from 1984 to 1989, and as a Little League baseball coach for a number of years. In addition to his wife of 46 years, Nancy, he is survived by one daughter, Abigail, and one son, Benjamin, both of Stockton. Also his mother, Virginia Breed, of Stockton, one brother, Larry, of Stockton; three sisters, Barb (Dennis) Kuhl of Stockton, Nancy Buckridge of Sparks, Nevada, and Marsha (John) Hagen of Franksville, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles. Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews enjoyed hearing Uncle Brian's stories. He will be missed by family members in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming along with countless friends and business associates who will miss his hearty, infectious laugh.

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