|May||Roy Pedretti||26||Human Resources|
|October||Mike Foy||30||Wildlife Mgmt|
Reuter, Judith C. (Anderson)
Judith C. (Anderson) Reuter, 83, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Judy was born on July 27, 1934, to Milo and Berdine (Ahrensmeyer) Anderson in Primrose Township, Dane County. Judy attended Nessa Rural School and New Glarus High School.
Her involvement in 4-H began at a young age, and she excelled at showing cattle in 4-H and Holstein Friesian Association, winning numerous awards in showmanship, including the inaugural Howard Clapp Memorial Award in 1949.
As an adult, she continued her participation as general and sewing leader for New Glarus 4-H Club. Robert and Judy shared their love of dairy farming, Holsteins and 4-H with their children through years of farming and participation in 4-H.
Judy united in marriage to Robert E. Reuter on June 28, 1953, at the Primrose Lutheran Church, rural Belleville. She retired in 1997, after years of working for the Department of Natural Resources. After retirement, she began working at the Swiss Historical Museum as a tour guide and cashier. She was a member of the Swiss Historical Society Board, serving as secretary and newsletter editor. She is also well known for providing the much loved bratzelis. She was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. She was a strong and beautiful woman, and will be deeply missed by all.
Her life’s legacy is honored by her children, Robin Reuter of Monticello, Rick (Jennine) Reuter of Menomonee Falls, Rolane (Rick) Kuhnen of Pewaukee, Roxanne (Richard) Klossner of New Glarus, and Rhonda (David) Kimmel of Oak Creek; her grandchildren, Rory G. (Nicole) and Kristin M. Klossner, Robert W. (Nicole Andresen), Ross A. (Elizabeth Hall), Rhett M. (Jenna) Reuter and Matthew R. (Emily) Kuhnen; and her great-grandchildren, Samantha A. Sherman, Olivia J. and Sydney C. Klossner, and Noelle B. and Rhett Harrison Reuter; a brother, Milo Anderson of Waunakee; sisters, Joy (John) Freitag of New Glarus and Jan Silbaugh of Oregon; and sister-in-law, Ruth Anderson of Belleville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Reuter; her parents, Milo and Berdine (Ahrensmeyer) Anderson; her brother, Thomas Anderson; brother-in-law, Charles Silbaugh; daughter-in-law, Belinda (Flanagan) Reuter; grandson, John R. Klossner; and granddaughter, Brittany A. Reuter.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at 11 a.m. at SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 506 12th Ave., New Glarus, with the Rev. Gene Talley officiating, and burial in the Swiss Church Cemetery, New Glarus, Wis. Relatives and friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at the ZENTNER-BEAL FUNERAL HOME, 29 6th Ave., New Glarus, Wis.
Memorials are suggested to the Robert and Judith Reuter Memorial Scholarship Fund. An online memorial with guestbook is available at:
Bruce Besadny, age 64, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
He was born on August 19, 1953, in Madison, the son of Carroll (Dennis) “Buzz” and Barbara (Aldrich) Smith Besadny. Bruce was married to Janet (Grosse Kottka) Besadny on June 23, 1984, in Middleton.
Bruce was an Eagle Scout and a Conscientious Objector to the Vietnam War. He graduated from Memorial High School in 1971 and the UW Madison in 1975.
Bruce worked on Workers’ Compensation for the Department of Natural Resources. He had a variety of interests and was an avid reader of varied subjects including Theoretical Physics and the Shroud of Turin, and many authors including Dean Koontz, Preston & Child, and Sigurd Olson. He was a horror movie buff and a poet, loved to learn, and especially enjoyed nature and music. Bruce was at his best being a Dad, and was part of a loving family, which he treasured most of all.
Bruce is survived by his loving wife Janet (Grosse Kottka) Besadny; son Ryan (Kottka) Besadny (Jennifer Loftus Besadny); daughter Caitlin (Besadny) Carton (Josh Carton); grandson William Besadny; mother Barbara Besadny; sisters Barb Roeber (Larry Black), Sarah Besadny (Jim Meiers), and Jean Garcia (Andy Garcia). He was preceded in death by his father C.D. “Buzz” Besadny and a niece, Andrea Garcia.
A Memorial Gathering for Bruce will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL & CREMATION CARE, 7435 University Ave., Middleton from 1 PM until 2:30 PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Memorials in Bruce’s name may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, bgcdc.org. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com
Mike Foy will 'officially' retire in November of 2017 with over 30 years of service. He started his career in the Bureau of Wildlife Management in 1985 as an LTE and then worked for UW Extension for a year as a Wildlife Management Outreach Specialist. From 1987 – 1992, Mike served as the Private Lands Biologist for the Lake Michigan District before transferring to a similar position in the Madison Area. Since 1992, Mike has served as the County Wildlife Biologist for areas within Dane, Iowa, Rock and Green Counties. In his spare time Mikes like to hunt and fish.
Speth, Jerome J. "Jerry"
Jerome J. “Jerry” Speth, age 81, of Dodgeville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Judi Speth; four children, Steve Speth of Tucson, Ariz., Paul (Andrea) Speth of Evansville, Wis., Stacy (Lori) Jones and Jason (Lisa) Jones, both of Dodgeville; six grandchildren, Hailey, Nicole, Courtney, Shelby, Sean Jones and Samantha Campuzano; as well as a younger brother, Joseph, in Houston, Texas; and many other family members and lifelong friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Julia Speth; a brother, Francis; and a daughter, Leanne.
Funeral services and Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville. Rev. Jim Droste will officiate.
Burial will be held in East Side Cemetery with Military Rites accorded by the Dodgeville Area Veterans. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services on Thursday at the funeral home. A lunch reception will follow at DODGE POINT COUNTRY CLUB in Mineral Point.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jerry’s name to the Iowa County Cancer Coalition, P.O. Box 36, Cobb, WI 53526 or Upland Hills Health Foundation, 800 Compassion Way, Dodgeville, WI 53533.
Conrad, John Grey
John Grey Konrad, age 76, died peacefully at home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. He was born on April 9, 1941, at Madison General Hospital to Walter G. and Jane (Morrison) Konrad. On June 1, 2007, he was united in marriage to Violet M. Stensby-Lehmann.
John is survived by his wife and best friend, Violet Konrad; his children, Marnie (Chris) Zander, Brian (Kristin) Konrad, and Dan (Kathleen Parsons) Konrad; his step-children, Candace (Kim Disrud) Lehmann and Tamar (Deena Ignatowski) Lehmann; his grandchildren, Sam Zander, Sydney Zander, Hannah Zander, Coby Zander, Nicole Konrad, and Alyssa Konrad; a brother, Richard (Barb) Konrad; a sister-in-law, Carol (Al) Antonson; his brothers-in-law, Glenn (Sandy) Stensby and Steve (Joan) Stensby; a niece, Linda (Tim) Bye; his nephew, Mark (Brenda) Konrad—Finley and Brody; step-nieces and nephews, Paul Antonson, Shanna Amble, Stacy Leverenz, Sarah Frosch, Scott Stensby, Angie Lombard, Allen Huseth, Peggy Santos, Linda Huseth, Sheila Booth, Leslie Steinberg, and their families.
John graduated from La Crosse Central High School and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
John worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in the Water Resources Research Program and for several years a joint appointment with the Soil Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was instrumental in developing programs for evaluating and managing the effects of land use activities on water quality in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the Great Lakes Basin including Canada.
John’s joy in life included adoring all of his children, step-daughters, and grandchildren. He loved attending their sporting events, especially soccer where he spent approximately 10 years as a referee for recreational and high school teams. John also enjoyed getting together for family outings and dinners. He was active in Amateur Radio since high school.
John and Violet loved doing the crossword and cryptoquote each morning in the paper as well as playing cribbage, euchre, hoss and pepper and dining out with friends, family, or just the two of them. John enjoyed his retirement years by being able to play golf all year round. In the summer, he always played twice a week at Pleasant View with his friends, Barry, Warren and Rick. In the winter, he would play in Arizona. He loved going on cruises with Violet’s family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7291 County Road PD, in Verona. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. A catered luncheon will follow the service.
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Widder, James J.
James J. Widder, age 82, of Dodgeville, died on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville. He was born on Aug. 21, 1935, in Sheboygan, a son of the late Reno F. and Audrey (Kolb) Widder.
Jim is survived by his wife, Joyce E Kieslich-Widder; his children, Brian Widder (Tom Gillen), Laura Widder and Lisa Paulson; his stepchildren, Marcia Kieslich (Dave Ramminger), Jan Kieslich-Janes (Terry Janes), Jill Kieslich, Mary Beth Burke (Jim Burke), Debora Kieslich and Anne Kieslich (Chris Frame); his grandchildren, Joe, Jade and Jasmine Paulson, Sarah, Sophie and Brenna Burke, Britta and Stina Rhude, Caleb and Jonah Shuda, Macie Janes, William Frame.
Funeral services for Jim Widder will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH in Dodgeville. The Rev. Mark Williamson will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by the Dodgeville Area Veterans. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday and from 10 a.m. until time of services on Monday at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to Upland Hills Hospice or a charity of your choice.
Holmes, John P.
John P. Holmes, age 77, passed away on June 3, 2017, at Divine Savior Healthcare ICU in Portage.
John was born on November 26, 1939, in Adams, Wisconsin, the son of Frank and Helen (Bischoff) Holmes. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army following the Korean Conflict. He married Sharon Lee Rice on March 11, 1962. He worked for the Grant County Traffic Police, the Boscobel Police Department, and as a Conservation Warden from 1968 to 1988, when he retired.
He is survived by his children, Christine Stanko of Nekoosa, David (Tammy) Holmes of Pardeeville; brother, David (Gloria) Holmes of Platteville; grandchildren, Brock Holmes, Cale Holmes, Kyle (Caitlyn) Stanko, Ryne Stanko; and special friend, Pat Halasz of Portage. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Helen; and his wife, Sharon.
Memorial services will be held at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 8, 2017, with Jeff Nania officiating. Private inurnment will be in Boscobel at a later date. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E Cook St, Portage, WI 53901 or the Aldo Leopold Foundation, E13701 Levee Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913.
The family would like to thank the staff at Divine Savior Healthcare for their care and support.
Roy Pedretti retired in August of 2015 after 26 years of state employment. His first three years were at Employee Trust Funds and the remaining twenty three years at WDNR. At DNR, Roy worked in Human Resources starting as a Benefits Specialist. Through the years he promoted until he became Chief of the Payroll and Benefits section, serving in that position from 1989 - 2015. Roy's shop handled anything to do with employee benefits, insurance and taxes. Since retiring Roy enjoys, hunting, hiking and fishing. His wife and he have taken recent trips to Alaska and Hawaii.
Martin Henert started with WDNR in 1976, and served in various positions in the Division Administrative Services (later, the Division of Management Services). In January of 2003, he was appointed to the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and served as Executive Assistant through both of Governor Doyle’s terms, retiring at the end of 2010. Marty and his wife Ellen enjoy traveling, watching Badger sports events, and going to Chicago Cub games.
Kurt Welke retired on Friday, May 13, 2016 with over 30 years of service to the Fisheries program. He spent 12 years in Prairie du Chien, as a Fish Biologist managing the lower pools of the Mississippi River. In 2000, he transferred to Fitchburg where he managed the Madison Lakes and the fishery areas in the driftless parts of Green and Dane Counties until his retirement. He now spends many hours on his 94 acres farm in Crawford County restoring his native goat prairies.
Scot Stewart, started his career with WDNR in 1982 as a fisheries biologist stationed in Baldwin. He transferred to Dane County as the Area Fish Manager. At the time of his retirement in September of 2015 his career had spanned 33 years. He retired as the Southern District Fisheries Supervisor for the counties in the old South Central and South East Regions.
WCOA letter to Joint Committee on Finance
regarding Self Insurance proposal.
Maureen Connors, after working for 37 years with WDNR retired in June of 2015. She started her career working for Finance in the old Pyare building. She then moved into word processing working with I&E and Legal. Maureen's next move was into the Water Division, working in the Office of Great Lakes. As a Program Assistant she worked with grants and helped maintain the Great Lakes and Water Division websites.
Dixie Maier, retired in January of 2017 after 36 1/2 years of service with WDNR. She started in June of 1980 as a word processing specialist and in 1988 moved into a program assistant opening in Finance. She transferred to Customer Service in May of 1996. After working in the Central Office for 30 years, in May of 2010 Dixie transferred to the South Central Region Headquarters located in Fitchburg where she remained until she retired this year.
Zaug, Dale Allen
Dale Allen Zaug, of rural Marion, age 76, passed away at home on Jan. 18, 2017, from Glioblastoma, Stage 4 Brain Tumor, which was first diagnosed in June of 2015.
Dale was born Jan. 3, 1941, on the family farm in the Town of Wyoming, Waupaca County, Wis., to Marshall and Evelyn (Block) Zaug and was the youngest of two children. Dale attended Big Falls grade school and graduated from Marion High School. After graduation he obtained an associate degree in Forestry from Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh. Dale married Lola Knaack on Sept. 8, 1962, and Dale then attended Michigan Technological University obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry.
Dale worked for the State of Wisconsin for 38 years, first as a forester then moving into technology as a systems analyst and data administrator. Dale and Lola lived in the Madison area for 35 years, raising their two children, Michael and Kristine in Waunakee, Wis. He retired to the Big Falls area in 2004 and started Zaug's Forest Enterprise.
Dale was active in many volunteer and environmental organizations including the National and Wisconsin Woodlands Owners Associations, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, The Big Falls Lions, St. Peter's and Mount Olive Lutheran Churches, Toastmasters, Local Planning Commissions and Boy Scouts of America. Dale enjoyed being outdoors, hiking, fishing and hunting, puzzles and cribbage, reading, playing cards, watching the Packers and Little Falls Baseball, playing with his grandsons and a good, strong cup of coffee. Dale traveled extensively with Lola and friends creating lasting memories visiting Alaska, Egypt, Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Korea, national forests and parks, and throughout the United States and Canada.
Dale is survived by his wife, Lola; his son, Michael (Kelly) of Forest Hills, N.Y.; and daughter, Kristine of Downers Grove, Ill.; sister, Sally Tschurwald; mother-in-law, Sadie Knaack; five grandsons, Quinton, Bronson, Cooper, Duncan and Colin; sisters-in-law, Anita (Ron) Kutella and Carolyn Knaack; as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Wilbert Knaack; two brothers-in-law, Ron Tschurwald and Dennis Knaack; and nephew, Scott Tschurwald.
The family is grateful to his amazing surgeon, Dr. Azam Ahmed, his gifted neurooncologist, Dr. Ian Robins, the doctors, nurses and aides at the UW Hospital and Hospice through Theda At-Home Care; family, friends and Pastor Janice Kuder who called and visited, as well as those that were so helpful during Dale's treatment in Madison.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at 12 noon at ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN CHURCH - BIG FALLS, N10685 Petersen Road, Marion, Wis., with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. The Rev. Janice Kuder will officiate and inurnment will be at Big Falls Cemetery in the spring. The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Marion, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dale's name to UW Carbone Cancer Center, National Brain Tumor Society, or St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Marion.
Joyce Kidd retired in 2006 after working her entire career in GEFF II. She worked in Tech Services and Finance dealing with data entry, JC coding and handled all the backup of digital information, at the time recorded on magnetic tape! Other than a three month period of building remodeling, Joyce spent her whole career on the first floor of GEF II. Joyce and her husband Gordon enjoy spending time on their 20 acre property located near Westfield with their five grown children
Gordon Kidd spent his first 30 years with the State of Wisconsin at DOA working in printing and publications. in 1995, he transferred to WDNR and continued working with publications as well as fleet management. If you ever reserved a vehicle from the motor pool, you probably worked with Gordon. Gordon and his wife Joyce enjoy spending time on their 20 acre property located near Westfield with their five grown children
Mary Jane Ziegler on July 8, 2016 retired from the Department after a 28 year career, 3 as an LTE and 11 in Customer Service and the remainder working in the Bureau of Technical services which became the Bureau of Information Services. In her IT position Mary Jane maintained the Recreational Databases’ including ATV's, snowmobiles and boats. She is active in volunteering for 'Meals on Wheels' and 'RSVP' a service providing trasportation to doctor appointments for the elderly. Mary Jane also likes to travel and scrapbook in her spare time.
Tim Mulholland worked with the Department, out of GEFII, for 13 years from 1990 to his retirement in 2003. Tim started in the Hazardous Waste Section as an Engineer, serving as a Team Leader and working with permitting. He transfered to the Secretary's Office working on special projects including the Annual State of Natural Resources report. Since retirment, Tim has followed his passion of photography and backpacking, many times mixing the two.
Tom Hauge retired October 17, 2016 after 37 years of service. He started his employment with DNR as an LTE working at the Poynette Game Farm, and after a variety of positions in Wildlife Management including biologist in Spring Green, a statewide Private Lands and Damage Specialist, and Section Chief, he ended his career as Director of the Bureau of Wildlife.
Kroehn, Thomas A.