February 2019

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Rudolph C. “Rudy” Krofta

MIDDLETON-Rudolph C. “Rudy” Krofta, age 98, of Middleton, passed away on Feb. 2, 2019, at All Saints Memory Care. Rudy was born on Sept. 13, 1920, the son of late Rudolph and Mary (Kraus) Krofta. He graduated from Mishicot High School in 1939 and UW Madison Farm Short Course in 1941; and was employed at the University of Wisconsin Agriculture Experimental Farms of Madison and Arlington for 42 years as a mechanic and welder. Rudy married Florence A. Becker on May 10, 1947; they were married for 69 years at the time of Florence's passing in 2017. Rudy and his wife enjoyed going to dances, mainly in New Glarus where they enjoyed old time waltz and polka music. They traveled to places of interest, and their grandson, Matthew, looked forward to joining them on his summer vacations from school. Rudy served his country in World War II with the 541 Ordinance Company in England, France, Belgium and Germany.

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Rudolph C. “Rudy” Krofta

MIDDLETON-Rudolph C. “Rudy” Krofta, age 98, of Middleton, passed away on Feb. 2, 2019, at All Saints Memory Care. Rudy was born on Sept. 13, 1920, the son of late Rudolph and Mary (Kraus) Krofta. He graduated from Mishicot High School in 1939 and UW Madison Farm Short Course in 1941; and was employed at the University of Wisconsin Agriculture Experimental Farms of Madison and Arlington for 42 years as a mechanic and welder. Rudy married Florence A. Becker on May 10, 1947; they were married for 69 years at the time of Florence's passing in 2017. Rudy and his wife enjoyed going to dances, mainly in New Glarus where they enjoyed old time waltz and polka music. They traveled to places of interest, and their grandson, Matthew, looked forward to joining them on his summer vacations from school. Rudy served his country in World War II with the 541 Ordinance Company in England, France, Belgium and Germany.

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Bill von Rutenberg

SAVANNAH, GA/MADISON–William E. “Bill” von Rutenberg passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah Georgia on Jan. 12, 2019 after a brief illness. He was just a few weeks shy of his 91st birthday. He is survived by his wife, Jane von Rutenberg, her son Jim Godron, and daughter Linda (Allan) Julliard (children Walker and Hayden), and sons Bill (Debbie) von Rutenberg (Kimberly), Jack (Tammy) von Rutenberg (children Jeremy, Jordan, Marina), and Robert (Kris Kalb) von Rutenberg. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty von Rutenberg, his grandson Ryan von Rutenberg, and his parents William E. von Rutenberg, Sr. and Jeanette (Moe) von Rutenberg. 

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UW Hospital to Exhibit Kirkpatrick Drawings

MADISON–Middleton resident, adman and illustrator, Scott Kirkpatrick scheduled an exhibit for his drawings at the UW-Health Gallery last year. Now, six months after his death, the exhibit has come to fruition.

The gallery wall, coincidentally, is right outside the transplant center at the facility, an area Scott knew well because after a heart attack that cause a car crash in 2017, Scott was in need a of a new heart. A heart was found relatively quickly, and Scott was on the road to recovery when he drowned in a separate car accident in August of 2018 after he and wife Carrie Kirkpartick accidentally drove off the Merrimac Ferry landing. 

“Scott was driving, and it was dark, we were lost, and the GPS wasn’t working,” Carrie recalled. “I looked up and we had hit water.” 

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Swimmers second at Big Eight meet

So much for pre-meet seedings.

Middleton’s boys swimming team — the No. 2 team in the state — was predicted to lose by 60 points to top-ranked Madison West at the Big Eight Conference meet based strictly on seedings.

But that’s why they swim the meet.

Middleton gave a sensational performance and nearly stunned the No. 1 Regents last Saturday. Madison West held on for a 554.5-543 win over the Cardinals in a meet held at Beloit Memorial High School.

“Being able to close that gap as much as we did was a huge accomplishment,” Middleton coach Danny Lynam said.

It sure was.

The Cardinals got a bevy of terrific performances from up and down the lineup.

Middleton senior standout Andrew Martin had a huge day, winning the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

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Wrestlers second at conference meet

Middleton’s wrestlers finished first in the Big Eight Conference dual meet season.

But the Cardinals couldn’t make it two titles in the same year.

Janesville Craig won the conference tournament held at Verona last Saturday with 262.0 points. Middleton settled for second at 215.0.

Madison Memorial (146.0), Janesville Parker (139.0) and Beloit Memorial (132.0) rounded out the top five.

Middleton senior Kevin Meicher finished first at 160 pounds, while Remington Lockwood won the title at 170 and Gavin Adler was first at 220.

The Cardinals’ second place finishes came from Jesus Quechol Ramirez at 138, Joseph Hoffman at 152 and Elliot Zanon at 182. Hunter Grimm finished third at 113.

Meicher opened with a pair of byes, then pinned Beloit Memorial’s Fernando Badillo in 1:32 in the semifinals. Then in the title match, Meicher pinned Janesville Craig’s Marshall Getchell in 1:27.

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Girls basketball team routs Parker

Size matters.

And for Middleton’s girls’ basketball team, size wins basketball games.

The Cardinals used their size advantage to spark a 24-0 run in the first half, then cruised to a 58-23 win over visiting Janesville Parker Tuesday.

Middleton won its fourth straight game and improved to 12-5 overall and 11-2 in the Big Eight Conference to remain in second place behind league-leading Sun Prairie (13-1, 15-3).

Parker fell to 2-16 overall and 2-12 in the Big Eight.

“We were a little bit sloppy and we’ve been off for over a week, (so) you can expect a little bit of rustiness,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “But we played pretty good defense in the first half and managed to get a decent lead. We were able to rest some people in the second half which was nice because we have a tough stretch coming up here.”

The win over Parker starts a stretch of six games in 11 days for the Cardinals to finish the regular season.

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Boys basketball team topples Beloit

BELOIT — Every Wisconsinite knows that at this time of the year, you have to knock the ice off your car before you start it. Middleton’s boys varsity basketball team is no different.

After a 10-day layoff due to the Polar Vortex, the Cardinals were back in action Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Middleton, it was still a little icy from the break. After the Cardinals got going, though, they were downright hot.

Middleton overcame a slow start, broke away from a 33-33 second half tie and posted an impressive 56-45 win.

The Cardinals won their third straight game and improved to 12-6 overall and 9-5 in the Big Eight Conference, good for a fourth place tie in the league with Madison Memorial. Beloit Memorial fell to 2-11, 3-13.

Senior guard Sam Close led the Cardinals with 19 points and senior post Jake Klubertanz added 15. Beloit junior guard Jaden Bell led all scorers with 20 points.

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Gymnasts shine at own invite

Amazingly, the postseason is just two weeks away for the state’s girls’ gymnastics teams.

And after a subpar performance at the Madison Memorial Invite recently, Middleton head coach Kari Steck gathered her Cardinals for a pep talk.

“After the Spartan Invite (on Jan. 26), we sat down with the team and discussed what their potential was and the effort needed to get there,” Steck said. “Every girl has added new, more difficult skills into their routines to up their start values.”

It paid off in spades last Saturday.

Middleton had one of its best performances of the year and finished third at its own eight-team invitational.

Waukesha West’s co-op won the title with 138.1 points, while Mukwonago/East Troy was second at 132.35 and the Cardinals were third at (131.875).

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