Green County
Obituaries

Albany, Green County Wisconsin Vindicator
pub. Thursday, Sept. 16, 1897
Contributed by Christine M. Spencer

Mrs. Barbara GAARDER
Mrs. Barbara Gaarder was born June 10, 1810 in Sondre Aurdal, Valders, Norway.  Her she was baptized and later on confirmed as a member of the Lutheran Church.  When comparatively young she was married to Syver Gaarder who was ten years her senior.  In 1849 they emigrated to America and came almost directly to Albany, Wisc., where they lived until death called them away.  Thirteen children were born to them, and all lived to grow up.  Eleven are living still, a son having died at the age of 29 and a daughter at the age of 20.  Mr. Gaarder died in 1880.  Three years ago, Mrs. Gaarder had a stroke of paralysis and since then has been confined to her room the greater part of the time.  She failed gradually, and Friday, Sept. 10, she passed away.  Through her whole life, she was a faithful and devoted member of her church, and until sickness deprived her of her power of speech, she frankly confessed her faith in the atoning sacrifice of her Savior.  She was a true type of the Norwegian pioneer, true to her family, her country and her God.  The funeral was held at the church in the Norwegian settlement Sunday afternoon.

Monroe Times
pub. 17 July 1986
Contributed by Cathy Kubly

GAVIGAN, Jerome L. - Obit
Surnames:  FIELD, GAVIGAN, MARTI, REEVES
Jerome L. GAVIGAN, 66, 606 N. Oakhill Ave, Janesville, died Wed 16 July 1986 in Janesville.  Born 18 Feb 1920 in Argyle to Timothy & Marie (MARTI) GAVIGAN.  Married] Claryce REEVES 17 May 1946 in Oklahoma City OK.  Was a
foreman at General Motors Automotive Division, Janesville, until retiring in 1975.  Served in the US Army Air Force Air Transport Command in the South Pacific during WWII.  Was a member of St William Catholic Church, the Moose Club & the VFW.  Survivors include his wife, Claryce; a son, Timothy C., Columbus; his mother, Mrs Marie GAVIGAN, Monroe; two granddaughters; a brother, Regis, Monroe; & a sister, Mrs Helen FIELD, Monroe.  Funeral Fri 18 July 1986 at the St William Catholic Church, Janesville. Burial Calvary Cemetery, Monroe.

Monroe Times
pub. 26 Feb 1987
Contributed by Cathy Kubly

GAVIGAN, Regis - Obit
Surnames:  FIELD, FIGI, GAVIGAN, MARTI
Regis Gavigan, 63, 2522 10th St, died Thurs 26 Feb 1987 in Monroe.  Born 25 Mar 1923 in Lafayette Co.  Son of Timothy & Marie (MARTI) GAVIGAN.  Attended Argyle area schools.  Married Carol FIGI 8 Aug 1945 at St Victor's Church in
Monroe.  Farmed in the Argyle, Shullsburg & Monroe area until moving to Monroe in 1971.  Worked for the FS Cooperative in Monroe past 14 years.  Member of St Victor's Catholic Church & the Green Co Farm Bureau.  Survivors include his wife, Carol, at home; his mother, Marie GAVIGAN, Monroe; three sons, Ronald, Leroy & David, all of Monroe; a sister Mrs Arleigh (Helen) FIELD, Monroe, & five grandchildren.  Preceded in death by his father in 1980 & a brother, Jerome, in 1986.  Funeral Sat 28 Feb 1987 St Victor's with the Rev Roger NILLES officiating.  Burial Calvary Cemetery.

Monroe Times
pub. 15 Feb 1986
Contributed by Cathy Kubly

GEIGEL, George D. - Obit
Surnames:  GEIGEL, HALTER, MARTY
George D. GEIGEL, 88, Monroe, died 14 Feb 1886 in Monroe.  Born 14 Nov 1897 to John and Anna (MARTY) GEIGEL in Dutch Hollow, Sylvester Twp, Green Co. Farmed in Dutch Hollow until moving to Monroe.  A Pleasant View Nrsg Home
resident since Feb 1980.  Preceded in death by a sister, Pearl, in Aug 1937 and a brother, Ralph, in 1958.  Survived by a nieces (?) Leo GEIGEL and Cleo HALTER, both of Burbank CA.  Funeral Sun at the Schriner-Neushwander funeral
home.  Rev Laurence GOEBEL of the United Methodist Church officiated.  Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

Monroe Times
pub. 26 May 1987
Contributed by Cathy Kubly

GEMPELER, Ruth G. - Obit
Surnames:  DALY, DANKS, GEMPELER, GMUR, HOLCOMB, MEIER, MURPHY, REYNOLDS, SCHLITTLER, SCHMID, WILLIAMS
Mrs Ruth G. GEMPELER, 64, Monticello, died Sat 21 May 1987 at Pleasant View Nrsg Home where she was a resident since 28 Jan 1987.  The former Ruth G. MURPHY was born in Monticello 7 Jan 1923 to William and Daisy (LAMPHERE)
MURPHY.  Graduated from Monticello HS in 1940.  Married Harvey E. GEMPELER 7 Jan 1941 in Monticello.  They farmed in Washington Twp for many years.  Following the death of her husband 19 Oct 1970, she continued to reside in
Washington Twp until moving to Monticello in 1979.  Was employed as a quality control analyst at the Monroe Cheese Corp plant in Monticello from 1980 to 1986.  Surviving are four daughters, Mrs Robert E. (Karen) SCHLITTLER, rural Monticello; Mrs Donald (Elaine) WILLIAMS, Casa Grande AZ; Mrs Robert J. (Chris) GMUR, rural Monticello, and Kathy GEMPELER of Monroe; a brother, Warren MURPHY, Brainerd MN; two sisters, Mrs June DANKS, Madison, and Mrs Muriel DALY, Monroe; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, Mrs Leo (Dorothy) REYNOLDS, and a brother in infancy.  Was a member of Washington Reformation Church, charter member of its Esther Circle, and a long-time Sunday school teacher.  Funeral Wed 27 May 1987 in Washington Reformation Church, rural Monticello.  Rev Dan Herman officiated.  Interment in the church cemetery.  Funeral Notice (pub Monroe Times 3 June 1987)JoAnn HAWTHORN was organist.  Pamela YOUNG was soloist.  Pallbearers were Robert H. SCHLITTLER, Steven L. SCHLITTLER, Donald WILLIAMS, Jr., all grandsons, Monticello.  Also Robert C. HOLCOMB and Gilman SCHMID, Monticello, and Wilfred MEIER, New Glarus.  VOEGELI Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.

Monroe Times
pub. 11 Apr 1986
Contributed by Cathy Kubly

GESSLER, Roy E. - Obit
Surnames:  BAKER, GESSLER, LOSEY, MARTY, STRIDER
Roy E. GESSLER, 61, Woodland CA, a native of New Glarus, died Tues 1 Apr 1986 at his home.  Born in New Glarus.  Son of Henry and Louise (MARTY) GESSLER.  Graduated from New Glarus HS & UW Madison School of Pharmacy.  Married Ruth LOSEY of Monroe in the former Immanuel Church in Monroe.  Had been a pharmacist in WI, IL, and Scottsdale AZ before moving to Woodland, where he was a pharmacist until his death.  Veteran of WWII.  Entered service 1 Oct 1942 at Madison.  Discharged 3 Dec 1945 at Camp J. T. Robinson, Arkansas.  Served as a private with Co K of the 110th Infantry in the US Army.  Served overseas in the Battles of Rhineland and the Ardennes in the European Theater.  Received the WWII Victory Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with two Battle Stars.  Survivors include three daughters, Shari STRIDER, Brighton CO; Connie BAKER, Aurora CO, and Lori GESSLER, Pacifica CA, and three grandchildren.  His wife, Ruth, was killed in an accident 20 June 1984.  Was also preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Raymond, Clarence and Arthur.  Services Sat in St Paul's Lutheran Church in Woodland.  The family home is at 1308 California St, Woodland CA 95695.

Albany, Green County Wisconsin Vindicator
pub. late Dec., 1890 or early Jan., 1891
Contributed by Christine M. Spencer

Miss Mary GILBERTSON
Fatal Accident
An accident by which Miss Mary Gilbertson, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Jacob Gilbertson, who reside in the Norwegian Settlement, lost her life, occurred near Orford last Sunday.  On Wednesday of last week she, together with her brother and sister went to Orford to visit relatives, driving a spirited team of colts.  While out riding on Sunday with her brother and another young man, the team became unmanageable and running away, threw Miss Gilbertson out and breaking her neck, causing instant death.  The young man was also badly hurt.  Deceased was about 25 years of age and a general favorite with all who knew her.  Her parents, who are aged people, are prostrated with grief.  The funeral was held at the Norwegian Church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Shevrin.  The bereaved family and relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of all in their sad hours of affliction.


 

Albany, Green County Wisconsin Vindicator
pub. Thursday, Feb. 2, 1899
Contributed by Christine M. Spencer

GILL
Markie, only child of William and Mina Gill, of Attica, was born Dec. 4, 1898 and died Jan. 25, 1899.
Called early, ere summerís glowing heat
Should prove unfriendly to so frail a flower
Or autumnís chilling winds too rudely blow
Across itís garden bed.
Transplanted now, where kindred flowerlets bloom
It lives anew, a precious bud
In Godís own paradise.

Albany, Green County Wisconsin Vindicator
pub. Thursday, Sept. 16, 1897
Contributed by Christine M. Spencer

Herbert D. GODFREY
In Los Angeles, California, of appendicitis, Herbert D. Godfrey, oldest son of G.G. Godfrey, aged 42 years and 6 months.  Deceased was a resident of the town of Exeter until about 20 years ago, when he removed to California.  He was in the drug business.

Monroe Times
Contributed by Cathy Kubly

Obit of Alfred GOEPFERT [excerpts]

Alfred L. GOEPFERT, 74, 2719 Seventh St, died Thurs 25 Sept 1986 at his home. He was born in Green Co 21 Oct 1911, the son of Karl & Marie (RENNO) GOEPFERT.  He was married 14 July 1943 at St John's Unitied Church of Christ
in Monroe to Greta M. WEIGEL.  He was employed by the city of Monroe. Survivors include his wife, Greta, a daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Karen) PARKER, Ontario; a brother, Alfonso, Freeport; a sister, Mrs Stanley (Martha) SCHULTZ, Pecatonica IL; and two grandchildren...was preceded...by two brothers, Victor and Albert, both in 1977; and a sister, Mary in 1982.
Funeral...Mon [29 Sept 1986] at the Stuessy Funeral Home.  Burial...Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe...

Monroe Times
pub. 9 Feb 1988
Contributed by Cathy Kubly

GOEPFERT, Louise - Obit [excerpts]
Surnames:  GOEPFERT, KUBLY, ZELLER, VEENJI
Mrs Joseph (Louise) GOEPFERT, 81, Monroe, died Sun 7 Feb 1988, at Pleasant View Nrsg Home, where she resided for the past four years.  Born 4 Nov 1906 in Monticello...daughter of Henry & Anna (KUBLY) KUBLY...married Joseph C.
GOEPFERT 28 Dec 1926 at the Monticello Reformation Church.  They farmed in rural Monroe until 1932 when they retired...attended St John's United Church of Christ.  Survivors include one son, Alvin, of Monroe; one brother, A. Henry KUBLY of Monroe & two grandchildren...was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, 8 Oct 1968, & by two sisters, Edna ZELLER & Lillian VEENJI.  Funeral...Wed [10 Feb 1988] at Stuessy Funeral Home with the Rev Arthur ELLERSIECK officiating.  Burial...Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe...

Monroe Times
Contributed by Cathy Kubly

Obit of Mary GOEPFERT [excerpts]

Miss Mary A. GOEPFERT, 65, 2526 12th St...believed to have died Sun 2 May 1982...born Adams Twp, Green Co, 27 Mar 1917, the daughter of Karl J. & Marie RENNO GOEPFERT...had been employed at the Corner Cafe in Monroe...and
then...in the cafeteria at St Clare Hospital for many years, retiring in 1980.  Surviving are a sister, Mrs Stanley (Martha) SCHULTZ of Egan IL, and 2 brothers, Alfonso GOEPFERT, Freeport IL & Alfred GOEPFERT of Monroe. Preceding her in death were her father 2 Jan 1960, her mother 4 Mar 1971, & two brothers, Albert 24 Feb 1977 & Victor 20 July 1977...was a member of St Victor's Catholic Church, Monroe.  Funeral...Thurs 6 May [1982] in the Stuessy Funeral Home & St Victor's Church...Rev Richard LEFFLER will officiate...burial...Calvary Cemetery, Monroe...Funeral Notice of Mary GOEPFERT - Monroe Times. Funeral rites for Mary GOEPFERT, 65, Monroe, who died 3 May 1982 [Obit: "thought to have died 2 May 1982"]...were held...Thurs 6 May 1982] in the Stuessy Funeral Home &...in St Victor's Catholic Church.  Celebrant for the rite of Christian Burial was the Rev Richard LAFFLER.  Interment...Calvary Cemetery, Monroe.  Casket bearers were Roger, Harvey & Pete GOEPFERT, Monroe; Max ARCHIBALD, Seward IL; [A] Charles GOEPFERT, Browntown, & Jeff DRAKE, Monroe.

Albany, Green County Wisconsin Vindicator
pub. Thursday, June 15, 1893
Contributed by Christine M. Spencer

William Henry GOODRICH
William Henry Goodrich was born in the town of Windsor, Dane Co., Wis, Dec 2, 1863 and died at the home of his parents in this village on Wednesday, June 7, 1893, aged 29 years, 6 months and 5 days.  Thus has passed away one of the noblest, purest and truest young men to be found in our vicinity.  He was a model young man, free from profanity, vulgarity and intemperance, which characterizes the majority of young men of today.  He was one of the few young men from whose lips an oath was never allowed to escape.  While he was not a professed Christian, yet during his last sickness he gave evidence of a hope in Christ, both by verbal testimony and by a patient, uncomplaining resignation to the divine will.  He wanted to live to comfort his parents in their old age, but realizing that it was ordered otherwise yielded up his will, believing that death to him would be but the gateway to life and peace and joy.  C.
As stated last week, funeral services were held at the house Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. C. Carter, and the remains taken to the family burying ground in the town of his birth for interment.  The family has the deep sympathy of all in their bereavement.

Albany, Green County Vindicator
pub. Thursday, December 27, 1900
Contributed by Christine M. Spencer

Daughter of Andrew Goul
The little eight-year old daughter of Andrew Goul of Brodhead was killed by the east bound passenger train at a crossing in that city last Thursday afternoon.  The child, with two other girl companions, was returning from church where they had been practicing for Christmas exercises.  The others crossed in safety, but she seemed to become dazed when on the track, not knowing which way to go.  She was thrown in the air for some feet and lived half an hour after the accident.

Albany, Green County Wisconsin Vindicator
pub. Thursday, July 20, 1893
Contributed by Christine M. Spencer
Surnames: Owens, Graff
Annie Owens Graff, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. E. Owens, died at the home of her parents Saturday evening, July 15, 1893, after a short illness, aged 21 years, 11 months and 9 days. She was born and reared in the town of Albany.  She was married Nov. 14, 1891 to Robert Graff, who with a daughter ten months old are thus early called to mourn their loss.  Mrs. Graff was of a happy, cheerful disposition, and thus endeared herself to all who knew her.  Owing to the nature of the disease from which she died, blood poisoning, it was thought best not to have a public funeral, and the remains were therefore laid to rest in the Albany cemetery late Sunday evening, the funeral sermon being delivered by Rev. H.A. Rogers in the M.E. church at 10:00.  The sorrowing husband and parents have the deepest sympathy of the entire community in their affliction.


Albany, Green County Wisconsin Vindicator
pub. Thursday, November 17, 1898
Contributed by Christine M. Spencer

William W. GRIFFIN
Surnames: Griffin, Graves
William W. Griffin died at his home last Thursday night, after several weeks illness, aged 76 years. Mr. Griffin was born in Pittstown, New York. He was married to Esther M. Graves Feb. 12, 1843, came to Wisconsin in 1855 and has lived where he died for 43 years. Mrs. Griffin died in 1892. They were the parents of nine children, seven of whom are now living. Mr. Griffin was a man who had the respect of all who knew him. He was a kind father, an obliging neighbor, and being of a social disposition had a large circle of friends and acquaintances. The funeral was held from the M.E. Church Saturday, services being conducted by the pastor, Rev. H.B. Brenaman. NOTE: A poem follows which is not reproduced here.

Albany, Green County Wisconsin Vindicator
pub. Thursday, July 6, 1899
Contributed by Christine M. Spencer

Mrs. Harriet GRIFFITH
Surnames: Griffith, Keehner, Lewis, Comstock, Smiley
Mrs. Harriet Griffith Dies Without Warning  Mrs. Harriet Griffith of Jamestown, NY died suddenly at Mrs. Anna Keehnerís home in Monroe at 1:00 last Thursday.  Mrs. Griffith was a sister to Mrs. Sarah Lewis and Mrs. Lydia Comstock and the late Daniel Smiley, and had been visiting here since last January.  She had not been feeling well for several days and had gone to Monroe that day with her nephew and niece, Mrs. And Mrs. Charles Smiley.  Soon after arriving there she was taken with a fainting spell, but revived upon being given some stimulants and took a little nourishment at noon.  She was still feeling very badly and passed away very suddenly as above stated.  Mrs. Griffith was a lady of refined and gentle appearance and made friends of all who met her.  Her death is not only a great shock to her immediate relatives but to a very large circle of acquaintances.  A husband, one son and two daughters survive her.  The remains were embalmed and started for her eastern home Saturday.  Deceased was 72 years old.  We extend heartfelt sympathy of the entire community to the bereaved ones.

Monroe Times
Contributed by Cathy Kubly

Obit of Rosa GRUENEWALD [excerpts]

Rosa W. GRUENEWALD, 99, Monroe, died Sun 5 Mar 1989...[Monroe]...born 30 Jan 1890 in Monroe, the daughter of John & Sabina (ZOPFI) WAELTI...married Frederick GRUENEWALD in Monroe...cared for home-bound individuals for more than 30 years...member of St John's United Church of Christ...survived by a son, Norman GRUENEWALD of rural Monroe; a daughter, Mrs Edwin (Helen) KUMMER of Janesville; a sister, Mrs Conrad (Martha) ELMER of Monroe; six grandchildren & five great grandchildren...preceded in death by her husband in 1933, a daughter in infancy, a son, Willis 6 Mar 1983; and four brothers, John, Albert, Sam & Amil.   Funeral...Tues [7 Mar 1989] at the Shriner-Neushwander Funeral Home.  The Rev Dr Arthur ELLERSIECK of St John's United Church of Christ officiates.  Burial...Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe...

Monroe Times
pub. 6 March 1987
Contributed by Cathy Kubly

GUSE, Irene F. - Obit
Surnames:  GUSE, HEFTY, KUBLY
Irene F. GUSE, 88, longtime Footville resident, died Wed 4 March 1987 at Royal Terrace Nrsg Home in McHenry IL.  Born 24 Oct 1898 in Monroe to Fred and Lena (KUBLY) HEFTY.  Married Frank GUSE 16 Oct 1918 in Janesville.  He died May 1981.  They farmed in Plymouth Twp, Rock Co until retiring to Footville.  She was a member of the Footville Church of Christ.  Survivors include a son, Elmer, Crystal Lake IL, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Funeral Sat 7 March 1987 at Newcomer-Silverthorn Funeral Home in Orfordville.  Burial Grove Cemetery, Footville.

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