Obituaries

John Duckwitz

11/5/12

John R. Duckwitz, 89 of Galena, IL died Monday, November 5, 2012 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. In keeping with his wishes there will be no public visitation. A private family burial will be in Madison, WI at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.  He was born November 5, 1923 in Madison, WI the son of Albert and Hazel (Callahan) Duckwitz. John flew  fifty missions in Italy as a P-38 fighter pilot during WW II and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was Vice President of Southern Wisconsin Produce Company. John loved sports, scuba diving, skiing and sailing. He enjoyed cross country skiing and ten times he skied the Berkebeiner in Hayward, WI and was a former Wisconsin ski jumping champion. John is survived by his wife, Ronna, three children, Jay (Magie) of Thousand Oaks, CA, Lee (Bob) O'Neill of Madison, WI and Kurt (Renee') of Naples, FL, three grandchildren, Matthew, Hannah and Hailey, one brother, Al (Alyce) of Madison, WI and sixteen nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a niece.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for their loving care of John for many years.

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Randy Wasson

10/24/12

Randy J. "Bert" Wasson, 55 of Galena, IL passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Finley Hospital, Dubuque after a courageous battle with cancer. Friends may call from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. In keeping with his wishes there will be no service and burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. He was born May 11, 1957 in Hazel Green, WI the son of Bert and Karen (Symons) Wasson. He graduated from Galena High School the class of '75. Randy was currently employed at the Lemfco foundry, Galena. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed watching NASCAR. He is survived by his mother, a brother, Kevin Wasson of Jacksonville, FL and his sister, Lisa Wasson of Galena. He was preceded in death by his father Bert O. Wasson on May 18, 1989. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann the staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine and Finley Hospital, Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena EMT"s as well as the Galena Police Department everyone's care and compassion will never be forgotten.

 

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Donna Miller

10/21/12

Donna M. Miller, 73 of Galena, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at home

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Furlong Funeral Chapel, where the rosary will be recited at 4 p.m.

Donna was born on April 26, 1939, in Galena, daughter of Walter and Isabelle (Brown) Dankbar. She was united in marriage to Howard H. Miller on April 8, 1961, at St. Michael's Catholic Church.

She worked at the Galena Nursing Home as a CNA for many years until her retirement in 2000. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church where she served as a greeter. 

Donna enjoyed playing cards and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband; a son, Jeffrey (Kimberly) Miller, of Galena; three daughters, Cindy (special friend, Lynn Meyers) Miller, of Rockford, Lori (Steven) Stangl and Lisa Kay Miller, both of Galena; nine grandchildren, Brian, Sarah, Stacy and Scott Miller, Andrew, Isaac and Natalie Stangl, Hannah and Frank Anderson Jr.; a brother in-law, Donald (Phyllis) Miller; and a sister in-law, Colleen (Cy) Thiltgen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister in-law, Doris Richards.

Online condolence may be left for the family at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com.

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Peter Gatto

10/16/12

Peter V. Gatto, 76 of Shullsburg, WI passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Southwest Health Center, Platteville, WI, In keeping with his wishes there will be no public services. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Home, Shullsburg is assisting the family. He is survived by two sons, Paul and Mario Gatto, three grandchildren, Nicholas, Christopher and Marcus, one brother, Mario (Sharon) Gatto, a sister, Bridgida (Patrick) Sullivan, his longtime companion, Kathy Becke.

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Violet Davis

10/14/12

 

Violet D. Davis 94, of Galena, IL passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Funeral service will be 11 AM Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where friends may call after 10 AM at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.  She was born February 13, 1918 in Chicago, IL the daughter of William E. and Lena Frye. Violet was united in marriage to Edward Davis and he preceded her in death on April 28, 1996. She worked as a retail sales representative for Marshall Fields for many years until her retirement. She is survived by her son, David (Jill) Davis of Galena, three grandchildren, Kristi, Daniel and David and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband and two sons, Daniel and Norman.

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Geneveive Hanson

10/13/12

Geneveive Pearl Hanson, 91, of Galena, IL passed away Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Funeral service will be 7 pm Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where friends may call after 4 pm at the funeral chapel. Graveside service will be 1 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at the East Side Cemetery, Stoughton, WI. Gen was born January 11, 1921 in Oldham SD the daughter of Aaron and Augusta (Kirstien) Showers. She attended high school in McFarland, WI. She was united in marriage to Stephen Foye of McFarland and he was killed on September 14, 1944 serving in the Marine Corp on Peleliu Island in the South Pacific during WW II. She was later united in marriage to Carl N. Hanson on September 1, 1965 in Madison, SD and he preceded her in death on September 15, 1989. Gen served as a secretary/ treasurer for the Brass Factory, Galena which was owned by her husband Carl and Shorty Schoenfeld.  Gen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Galena Golf Club. Her gentle and sweet disposition was a real asset as she volunteered for many organizations in the Galena area. Gen was a loving, caring and wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. Who will be lovingly remembered. She is survived by her son, Stephen (Erma) Foye, of Kent, WA and a step son, Norman (Carol) Hanson of Delafield, WI, a sister, Lucille Schroeder of  Evansville, WI, two step grandchildren, great grandchildren, a special niece, Joni (Wayne) Harvey, many nieces and nephews, special family friend, Stewart Earl. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Stephen and Carl, a sister, Viola Hanson, a brother, Luvurne Showers, four brothers in-law, Morris Hanson, Claude Turner, Herman Zweifel and Verne Schroeder, two step sisters, Christina Schultz and Hazel Helegson, one step brother, Art Mahoney.

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Marlian Basten

10/12/12

Marlian J. Basten 82, of Hanover, IL passed away Friday October 12, 2012 at the Elizabeth Nursing Home. Graveside service will be held 11:30 AM Saturday, October 20, 2012 in Evergreen cemetery, Hanover, IL. Military honors will be accorded graveside by the Hanover VFW. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. He was born June 22, 1930 in Aiken, rural Galena the son of Joseph and Josephine (Brown) Basten. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from October 8, 1951 until his honorable discharge on July 7, 1953. Marlian was a self-employed construction laborer. He is survived by four sons, Mike, Dan, Joe and Rob, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two sisters, Glendoris "Glenny" Basten and Elouese Hackley, his longtime companion, Pat Palmer and her daughter, Connie Palmer. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, William, a brother, Jim and a sister, Flossie.

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Carol Cole

10/12/12

Carol A. Cole, 72 of Galena, IL passed away Friday, October 12, 2012 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Funeral service will be 10 AM Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in the Log Church Cemetery, Elizabeth. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm on Monday, October 15, 2012 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel. She was born September 29, 1940 in Galena the daughter of Stanley and Jessie (Callahan) Sanderson. She was united in marriage to Edwin "Nubs" Cole on March 26, 1994 at the First United Methodist Church, Galena and he survives. Carol enjoyed reading, shopping, watching movies, crossword puzzles and penny slots. She loved spending time with her family and will be sadly missed. She was employed as a bank teller at the First National Bank of Stockton and later the Galena State Bank. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Ann Wilkinson of Orangeville, IL and Janet (Joey) Tipton of Galena, three grandchildren, Erica Mae Gillentine, Christopher Wasmund and Nick Wilkinson, two great grandchildren, C.J. and Jasmine Renee', a sister, Maureen (Wayne) Shepherd of Galena, one brother, Jim (Pamela) Sanderson of Santee, CA, a sister in-law, Ruth Sanderson of Willmar, MN, six step children, Terry (Vicky) Cole, Lynn (Bob) Karberg, Dan (Carrie) Cole, Marsha (Jim) Yokes, Steve (Theresa) Cole and Theresa (Eric) Cole-LeBoa, sixteen step grandchildren and eleven step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons in infancy, William John and John David Radabaugh, two brothers, Dale S. and Gary K. Sanderson, a sister in-law, Polly Sanderson, a step son, James "Goober" Cole. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at Finley Hospital and Dr. Gregory A. Vandigo for all your care and compassion throughout the years. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to Hospice of Dubuque and the American Diabetes Association in memory of Carol.

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Rose Oldenburg

10/10/12

Rose Frances Oldenburg, 95 of Aurora, IL and formerly Galena passed away October 10, 2012. Funeral mass will be 11 AM Friday, October 19, 2012 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena where friends may call after 10:30 AM at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. Rose was born and raised in Blue Island, IL the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Trybala) Barzycki. Rose attended school at St. Isadores in Blue Island. She was united in marriage to Robert B. Oldenburg on September 28, 1940 at St. Isadores Catholic Church and he preceded her in death on July 3, 1990. She was a homemaker and was employed at Burgess Battery Factory in Galena for a number of years. She was a volunteer for the Jo Daviess County Home Health Care, taught religious education and was a member of the St. Mary's Altar and Rosary. While living in Aurora, she was a member of Holy Angels Parish and also volunteered for Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. She enjoyed gardening and re-finishing old furniture.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She brought much joy to her family and she will be sadly missed. She is survived by a son, Richard (Catherine) Oldenburg of Washington, MO, a daughter, Roseann (Gary) Meinholz of Aurora, IL, six grandchildren, Heidi (Jay) Bolger, Alison (James) Senft, Christopher (Carolyn) Oldenburg, Daniel (Monica) Oldenburg, Thomas (Laura) Oldenburg, Jordan Meinholz, nine great grandchildren, Piper, Jonah and Naomi Senft, Clare, Dominic, Cecilia and Giana Oldenburg, Cora and Analiese Oldenburg, one sister, Frances Roche of Boise, ID. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Roger on April 19, 1945, four brothers, Emil, Walter, William and Ernest, two sisters, Helen and Angeline. In her memory memorials may be given to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena.

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Claretta Hoefer

10/4/12

Claretta C. Hoefer, 90 of Galena, IL passed away Thursday, October 4, 2012 at her home. Funeral mass will be 10:30 AM Monday, October 8, 2012 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery, Galena. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm, Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where a parish rosary will be held at 3 pm. She was born February 4, 1922 in Kieler, WI the daughter of John and Clara (Berning) Vosberg. She was united in marriage to Arnold Hoefer in Kieler, WI on February 10, 1942 and he preceded her in death on September 4, 1988. Claretta helped her husband on the family farm in Menominee, IL until they retired in 1975 and moved to Galena. She enjoyed quilting, playing euchre and loved to dance. She was a loyal member of the Galena Eagles Club and St. Michael's Altar and Rosary Society. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her son, David (Patti) Hoefer of Galena, two daughters, Jeanette (Wayne) Wienen and Janice (Ron) Furlong both of Galena, IL, nine grandchildren, Greg (Stacey) Furlong, Deb (John) Reese, Jeff (Ann) Wienen, Lori (Mike) Spillane, Amy (David) Henkenmeier, Katie (Damian) Stork, Kari (Brad) Johnson, Jeanna (Dan) Stark and Dean (Kristin) Holmes, nineteen great-grandchildren, a daughter in-law, Sue (Ron) Holmes of Freeport, IL, two brothers, John Vosberg of Nashville, TN and Gene (Darcy) Vosberg of Waunakee, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Robert, a great-granddaughter, Grace Wienen, two brothers, Vernon and Jerry, five sisters, three in infancy and Sister Helen and Sister Estelle. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to LaVon Buss and all of her friends at the Coatsworth Building Apartments, Dr Vandigo, the ladies from Jo Daviess County Home Health Care your compassion and kindness will never be forgotten

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