Barbara A. Barnish (Hendrix), 78, of Horicon passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at UW Hospital in Madison. Barbara was born the daughter of Robert and Alice (Driggs) Hendrix on November 1, 1940, in Moline, IL. She was a 1958 graduate of Horicon High School and then went on to receive a degree in sociology from Carrol College. She was first united in marriage to Arthur E. Irwin until his passing in 1965. She then married Merton Barnish in 1975. In her spare time, Barbara enjoyed golfing, bowling, knitting, and tending to her garden. She also volunteered with children in the Horicon School District. Barbara is survived by her children, Penny (Dave) Irwin of West Bend, Tom Irwin of Horicon, and Christy Barnish of Oshkosh; her brothers, John Hendrix of Ottumwa, IA, and Tom Hendrix of Miami Lakes, FL; further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Arthur, and her nephew, Johnny Hendrix. Visitation took place on Monday, July 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the fKoepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Horicon. Funeral services for Barbara were held on Monday, July 22, at 3 p.m. at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Horicon with the Rev. Sandra Schieble officiating. Burial took place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon. Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Horicon served the family. For online condolences and other information please visit www.KoepsellFH. com
Steven S. Bonlender, 63, went home to heaven where they need help with the farm fields Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Kathy Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer with his beloved family gathered with him. He was born December 5, 1955, in Fond du Lac, the son of Harold E. and Eileen A. (Steger) Bonlender. On September 30, 1978, Steve married Mary Lou M. Fell at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Ashford. Steve was employed at Kasten Mfg, drove milk truck, spent 25 years as a foreman/operating engineer for Michels Corporation and worked for many farmers throughout his life. He had a passion for farming and enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling, bowling, ATVing, tractor pulls and farm auctions. Most important to Steve was time spent with family and friends, especially his five granddaughters. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Mary Lou; son, Rick (Ashley) Bonlender and their daughters, Sierrah, Kennedy and Holland, daughter, Krystle (Adam) Helsell and their daughters, Mackenzie and Libbie; siblings, Darlene (Allen) Werkmeister, Loren (Gail) Bonlender, Sharon (Dennis) Hundt and Mary B. (Joseph) Spaeth; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Fell, Donald Fell, Randall (Tina) Fell and Gordon (Robin) Fell; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Steve was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and infant sister, Rita. Visitation will be Saturday, July 20, beginning at 9 a.m. until time of Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 331 Main St., Kewaskum. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, July 20, at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Mark Jones officiating. The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Burfeind and staff for their care and support during Steve’s illness. Twohig Funeral Home is serving the family with condolences and guestbook at www.twohigfunerals.com.
Jana Kay Mallon, 45, of Burnett, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Jana was born on November 20, 1973, in Waupun to Bernard and Janice Schmitz. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Burnett. She attended school in Horicon and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marian University. On April 18, 1998, she was united in marriage to Robert Mallon at Zion Lutheran Church in Burnett. They were blessed with two children, Hunter and Cassie. Jana worked as a registered nurse for 24 years both at Beaver Dam Community Hospitals and Watertown Regional Medical Center. She has been with Hillside Home Care and Hospice for the past three and a half years. Jana’s motto was to treat each patient as if they were a member of herfamily. Janawas also involved in her community as a Burnett First Responder and a Sunday school teacher. Jana is survived by her loving husband, Bob of Burnett. She is also survived by her children, Hunter and Cassie, at home; her parents, Bernard and Janice Schmitz of Burnett, as well as her mother-inlaw, Sharon Mallon of Horicon and her sisterin- law, Robin (Kari) Mallon of Wind Lake; her siblings, Karl (Kelly) Schmitz of Burnett, Janelle (Heath) Fishbaugher of Markesan, Bill (Christine) Schmitz of Horicon, Chris (Molly) Schmitz of Poynette, Jenny (Derrick) Weinberger of Burnett as well as nieces and nephews, Julianna and Nathan Fishbaugher and Lily, Jack, Jase, and Jacob Schmitz. Jana was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harvey and Maxine Thiede and Walter and Anna Schmitz; aunt, Dorothy Pautsch, and father-in-law, Robert F. Mallon. The visitation was at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Wednesday, July 17, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. There was also a visitation at Zion Lutheran Church in Burnett on July 18, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Tim Sallach and Rev. Dan Seehafer officiated. Burial followed at Highland Memory Gardens in the Town of Trenton. Memorials may be directed to Hillside Hospice of Beaver Dam, the Burnett First Responders, or the UW Carbone Cancer Center. The family extends special thank yous to the staff at Hillside Manor as well as the staff of Hillside Hospice, especially Kayla, Patty, and Kim. Also, thank you to Dr. Amy Muchow and Dr. Lindsey Buswell-Cleary. You have all been such a huge help to Jana and our family. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you’ve said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget the way you made them feel” -Maya Angelou The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam cared for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.
Debra Ann Koontz (nee Neckuty), 60, of Fond du Lac formerly of Campbellsport, passed away unexpectedly in her home on July 10, 2019. Debra was born on August 13, 1958, the daughter of the late John and Elaine Neckuty (nee Tomlinson). Debra graduated from Campbellsport High School in 1972. She worked for many years at All About life. Debra enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and watching wrestling along with watching her grandson wrestle. She was a longtime Packer fan and loved sitting outside, cookouts, and playing cards and dominos. Debra also loved the ID Channel. Those left behind to cherish Debra’s memory include her fiancé, Michael Smith; her four children, John (Amanda) Koontz, Angela (Cecelia) Koontz, Tanya Hoffmann, and Shawn (Kendra) Koontz, all of Fond du Lac; nine grandchildren, Jerrell, Brianna, Angel, Katie, Jacob, Tasha, Thomas, Zander, and Mia. She is further survived by her sister, Kathy Mamerow of Waupun; her brother, Joseph Neckuty of Campbellsport; her lifelong friend, Cheryl (Larry) Hartfiel of Fond du Lac, and many relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Debra was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Mark Mamerow; nephew, Andy Mamerow; and her cat, Oreo (AKA Fat Cat). A time of gathering was held on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Twohig Funeral Home, 305 Fond du Lac Ave Fond du Lac, WI. 54935. Burial will take place at a later date at St. Matthew’s Cemetery in Campbellsport. In lieu of flowers memorials are appreciated to the family to help cover funeral costs. Twohig Funeral Home is serving the family with online guestbook and condolences at www. twohigfunerals.com.
Patricia Jane Schoenecker, 78, of Theresa, passed away on July 9, 2019 at the Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac. Patricia was born the daughter of Herman and Margaret (Totsky) Kaufert on January 18, 1941, in Milwaukee. She was a graduate of Custer High School in Milwaukee. Patricia was united in marriage to Donald A. Schoenecker on June 18, 1960, in Milwaukee. She was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Lomira. In her spare time, she enjoyed taking gaming trips with her husband. Patricia also liked socializing and ran Pat and Don’s Beer House in Theresa and earlier at Hillside Liquor in Milwaukee. Patricia is survived by her husband, Donald of Theresa; her children, Craig (Tammy) Schoenecker of Milwaukee, Brian (Pam) Schoenecker of Markesan, and Kim (Jeff) Zylka of Theresa; her grandchildren, Andrew (Marlene) Cox, Michael Schoenecker, Savannah (Ryan) Doylen, Brian Schoenecker, Jr., Matthew Schoenecker, Emma Schoenecker, and Bridget Zylka; her great- grandchildren, Blake, Penelope, Annie, and Elliott; her sister-inlaw, Sally Kaufert; further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Geraldine (David) Bathke, Delores (Walter) Smithana, Florence (Harold ‘Harry’) Gildemeister, Beverly (Al) Straw and Virginia Gildemeister; her brothers, Gordon (Esther) Kaufert, Raymond ‘Ricky’ Kaufert, and Leroy Kaufert A visitation will take place on Saturday, July 20, at 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 12 noon on Saturday, July 20, at the church. A funeral service for Patricia will take place on Saturday, July 20, at 12 p.m. at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Lomira with the Rev. Matthew Kiecker officiating. Burial will take place at Union Cemetery in Theresa. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lomira or the Agnesian Hospice Home of Hope. Special thanks to the staff of the Home of Hope in Fond du Lac for their wonderful care and support. Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family. For online condolences and other information please visit www.KoepsellFH.com
Carl N. Tighe, 801 Dayton Street, Mayville, was called home to his Lord and Savior on July 12, 2019, at Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac after a brief battle with bone cancer. Carl was born September 23, 1939, in LeRoy to Walter and Elizabeth (Stadler) Tighe. He attended St. Andrews Catholic School and Mayville High School graduating in 1959. Carlie was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mayville, as well as the Mayville American Legion. Carlie began his working career as a roofer with his father and later years with his brothers “Pat” and brother Jerry and lastly his brother Ken Tighe and brotherin- law, Max Strasser. He proudly served his country in the Army Reserves from 1959 through the Berlin Crisis. Later he ran the Breeze Inn Bar between Mayville and Theresa and after that the Breeze Inn in Mayville. He became the co-owner of Woods Bridge on Lake Sinissippi and in 1986 bought The Pub Supper Club in Mayville. In 1990 he married his best friend and partner, Luanne Margelofsky Muche. Together they ran The Pub until their retirement in 2007. Carlie touched the lives of many people and made lifelong friends during the years he ran his businesses. He will be remembered for always having a smile on his face, making the best Old Fashioned, and lending an attentive ear to your problems and joys. He was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. Carlie was an avid Badger and Packer fan (even in the bad years), also a fan of stock car racing where he supported his nephews Sam Strasser, Pat Tighe, and Mike Tighe in their hobby. He also enjoyed playing cards, going to the casino and trying to beat his granddaughter, Mataya, in cribbage. Those Carlie leaves behind to mourn his loss and cherish his memory are his loving wife, Luanne; step-daughters, Janell (Bret) Loescher of Watertown, JoAnn (Scott Locks) Reed of Lomira; step-daughterin- law, Michelle Muche Trombley and her husband Todd; grandchildren, Jordan Muche, Gavin, Miles and Grace Loescher and his little “princess” Mataya Reed; mother-in-law, Verda Margelofsky; sisters, Phyllis Strasser, Patsy Rusch and Georgene (Dan) Kohli; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Tighe, Sue Tighe, Dick and Karen Spiering, Merle and Lorraine Margelofsky, Larry and Cindy Margelofsky, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews relatives and friends. Those awaiting Carlie in heaven are his parents, Walter and Elizabeth; step-son, Joel Muche; sisters and brothers, Sebastian “Pat” (Esther) Tighe, Irene (Frank) Youngbeck, Maxine Tighe, Alice (Melvin) Guse, Jerry Tighe, and Ken Tighe; brothers-in-law, Max Strasser and Freeland Rusch; and fatherin- law, Elmer Margelofsky. The family greeted friends and family at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mayville on Tuesday, July 16, from 11 a.m. until the time of Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial for Carlie was held on Tuesday, July 16, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 112 S. German Street, in Mayville with Rev. Tom Biersack officiating. Burial of Carlie’s cremated remains will be held at a later date at Graceland Cemetery. The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Carlie’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhumpatten.com.
Walter “Wally” E. Schwartz, 91, of Allenton, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019, at Cedar Community, West Bend after a brief illness. Walter was born on November 27, 1927, in the Town of Addison, to parents, Joseph and Agnes (Schmidt) Schwartz He was united in marriage to Agnes Van Beek on September 28, 1949, at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception, Barton. In his earlier years, he started hauling can milk and then in 1946 at the age of 19, he started his own business, Schwartz Trucking hauling livestock, grain and canning crops along with white washing hundreds of dairy barns. In 1947 he bought a farm in the town of Addison where he and Agnes farmed and ran the trucking company together. Then in 1972 they quit milking and started raising veal calves, steers and hogs. In 1979 Gary joined Walter in the livestock and grain business and in 1981 Rick joined Walter in the whitewashing business. A hard day’s work was Wally’s best day. Being devoted to his farming customers and which usually included a couple of stories of the old days and even when Walter was a little under the weather a quick gargle with kerosene was always his cure all. Even in his 90’s, Walter’s real passion was driving his tractor and working the land with polka music playing. Walter is survived by his loving children, Rick, Jacqueline (J.B.) Howard, Gary (Nancy) and Judy (Kurt) Goeman; cherished grandchildren, Austin and Tanner Goeman, Josh and Kinsey Birkholz, Gina and Ryan Iseler; great-grandchildren, Grace and Gabe Birkholz; dear siblings, Ed (Louise) Schwartz; sister-in-law, Rosemary Fickert; also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Walter was preceded in death by his loving wife, Agnes of 66 years; parents; brother, Herbert (Lucille); sister, Rosella (Clem) Langenecker; brothers and sister-in-law, Furdie Fickert, Florence (Kenneth) Hefter and Hubert Van Beek. Walter said many times how much he enjoyed living at Cedar Community where he spent many hours praying the holy rosary for all of us. The family would like to sincerely thank everyone at Cedar Community and the Cedar Community Hospice nurses for their love and great care of our dad. He will be sadly missed by all. Private family services will be held and committal at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Nenno. Condolences can be found at www.shimonfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the donor’s choice are appreciated.