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Joanne R. “Jo” Conger

MADISON–Joanne R. “Jo” Conger, 88, of Madison, passed away at home on Sept. 20, 2021. She was born on Aug. 15, 1933, in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Rev. Clarence and Rosa Anderzon. She married Duane Conger in 1967 in Madison.

Jo graduated from East Rockford High School in 1951, Augustana Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, IL in 1955, Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, in 1957 (BSN), and Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY in 1964 (MSN). She went on to teach nursing students at the Swedish American Hospital School of Nursing in Rockford, IL, and was a clinical associate professor at UW-Madison School of Nursing from 1964-1991.

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John Leonard Riesch

MIDDLETON–John Leonard Riesch, 94, of Middleton, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 19, 2021. He was born on March 13, 1927, in Alma, the son of John and Anna (Florin) Riesch. The primary cause of death was too many birthdays.

John served in the US Army from 1945 to 1947. Upon discharge, he attended Winona State University where he met the love of his life, Violet Irene Jensen. John and Violet shared a love of fishing, hunting and spent many evenings playing cards and scrabble together. They celebrated 63 years of marriage before Violet passed in 2015.

John was a social studies teacher in Arcadia for 10 years, before moving his growing family to Middleton, where he purchased and owned Riesch Insurance Agency until his retirement.

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Jeffrey Curtis “Jeff” Nolden

MIDDLETON–Jeffrey Curtis “Jeff” Nolden, age 54, of Middleton, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 18, 2021. He was born on Sept. 3, 1967, in Sauk City, the oldest of four children to Donald L. and Mary (Curtis) Nolden.

Jeffrey graduated from Middleton High School in 1986 and received his bachelor’s degree from the UW-Madison. He worked for Pitney Bowes for his entire career. 

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James “Blue” Billmeyer

CROSS PLAINS–James “Blue” Billmeyer, 72, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 17, 2021, one day before his 39th wedding anniversary with Mary Frances.

He was born on Feb. 27, 1949, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Richard and Ruth (Mulligan) Billmeyer. He was united in marriage to Mary Frances (Pertzborn) on Sept. 18, 1982, in West Middleton.

Blue received his associates degree in civil engineering at MATC and worked as a survey crew chief for the Wisconsin DOT until he retired and kept himself busy with work as a mailman, crossing guard and a groundskeeper at St. Francis Xavier.

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Eugene "Gene" Arneson

MIDDLETON–Eugene "Gene" Arneson, 80, passed away peacefully on Sept. 4, 2021, with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law at his side. He was born in Stoughton and was raised by Carl and Anna Meyer. He proudly served his country in the US National Guard. Gene spent almost 53 years with the love of his life, Vicki, and together they built their life in Middleton, where they both operated one of the most successful towing and auto repair service stations in Dane County (Arneson's Auto Repair and Towing). Gene was an active member in the Middleton community where he was a former member of Middleton Sertoma, Middleton Optimist and the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival.

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Jean Elizabeth Boyle Jolin

SAN DIEGO, CA–Jean Elizabeth Boyle Jolin died on July 28, 2021, surrounded by her family after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in June 2021. Her survivors include her children Jennifer (Frank Konecny), Marc, Michelle MacLea (Rod), and Robert; and grandchildren Alexandra, Christina, Cole, Nick, Connor, Sharissa and Hannah and great-grandchildren. She also has four siblings Maurine Cloutier (Marc), Joe Boyle (Cathy), Colleen Mclaren (Wayne) and Kathleen Boyle. She often said she lived a wonderful life and felt loved by her family and friends. 

Jean was born on Jan. 25, 1935, in Sioux City, IA. 

She married Robert Jolin in 1955 and they moved to Middleton, WI in 1959. Jean was the first woman elected to the Middleton City Council serving from 1963-1968.

While raising her four children she returned to school and earned undergraduate and master’s degrees at UW-Madison.

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Ann (Faherty) Peckham

CHICAGO, IL–Ann (Faherty) Peckham, age 95, passed away on Feb. 9, 2020. She was born on June 30, 1924, in Chicago, IL, to Roger and Eliza (Kilman) Faherty. On Aug. 28, 2021, three generations of family gathered for a memorial and celebration of her life. She was laid to rest in accordance with her wishes in her family plot at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago. Ann was remembered through the words of her written memoirs and for her legacy of community service and political activism in Wisconsin.

Ann attended the Girls Latin School in Chicago for 10 years and graduated from The Knox School for Girls in Cooperstown, NY. Returning to Chicago in 1942, she entered St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. After marriage and motherhood, Ann was active in politics with the Dane County GOP and later the Wisconsin Republican Party. She was a delegate to the 1976 and 1980 conventions and received the Wisconsin Women’s Political Caucus award in 1977, 1980 and 1995.

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Mariann C. Miller

MIDDLETON–Mariann C. Miller, 80, of Middleton, passed away peacefully on Sept. 4, 2021, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, with her husband by her side after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on Jan. 3, 1941, in Stoughton, the eldest daughter of Gerald and Mary Osborn.

Mariann graduated from East High School. She married John Miller on May 11, 1963, in Middleton. Mariann’s life was centered around being a wife and mother. She had a love for crocheting, making many blankets for her children and grandchildren. She also loved sewing, ceramics, and needle point. Additionally, Mariann enjoyed collecting bells and angel figurines. Her favorite activity was going camping with her family and continuing that on with her husband to many destinations around the United States.

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Doris (Wagner) Maier

MARSHALL–Ms. Doris Maier,85, of Marshall, passed away on July 8, 2021, with family by her side.

Doris was born on July 21, 1935, to George and Lena (Laufenberg) Wagner in Middleton. On August 12, 1954, she married Army Staff Sgt. Earl William Maier, the son of Mathias M. and Susanna (Susan) Rose (Maerz) Maier, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ashton, and later they had a honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls, NY and Canada.

The couple first farmed outside of Westport, and then in 1969 they moved to Marshall where they resided and farmed for many years.

Doris’ enjoyments were with her family, the farm, and reading whenever she could. She was a gentle, loving person always willing to listen to her children’s and grandchildren’s concerns with the promise they would be in her prayers.

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Michael (Klink) Statz

CROSS PLAINS–Michael (Klink) Statz of Cross Plains, passed away from a short, but courageous battle with cancer on Aug. 22, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on Aug. 19, 1949, in Madison, the son of Herbert and Dorothy Statz. He married LouAnn Pertzborn on Aug. 4, 1990, in Madison. 

Mike attended Middleton High School and then he worked as a painter for the family business, Statz & Harrop, eventually becoming co-owner of Statz-Painting & Decorating with his brother. Mike was an avid outdoorsman. Hunting and fishing with his family and friends was his passion. He also enjoyed time at home driving his tractor and working on his land. His greatest joys were his three grandchildren, his beloved beagles and his home that he and his wife created to share with his family.

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