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Ronald J. Kalscheur

CROSS PLAINS–Ronald J. “Kully” Kalscheur, age 90, of Cross Plains, passed away on Feb. 25, 2021. He was born on April 17, 1930, in Madison, the son of Frank and Dorothy (Schmitz) Kalscheur.

Ron graduated from Middleton High School in 1948 where he served as the class president. He married Sarah “Sally” (Coyle) Kalscheur on Feb. 19, 1949, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Ron worked as an auto body supervising technician for Zimbrick Automotive where he retired after 32 years of service.

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Susan Harris Shapiro

MIDDLETON–Susan Harris Shapiro, 70, formerly of 7777 Elmwood Ave, in Middleton, passed away at UW-Madison Hospital in Madison, on Jan. 13, 2021 with her family at her side.

Susan was born on Jan. 31, 1950, in Racine, the daughter and the second youngest of six children for John Francis and Mary Ann (Mayme) Harris.

In 1968, Susan graduated from St. Catherine's High School in Racine and later received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UW-Madison. 

During college, she held a spectrum of jobs that included bartending at the Edgewater Hotel, working as a page at the Wisconsin State Capitol, and employed in retail sales at a men's shoe and boot boutique, the Boot Barn, at 438 North Frances Street in Madison, which still stands today.

North Frances Street would also be an important part of her life after meeting Madison native Marshall Stuart Shapiro, who she married in 1975. 

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Pauline B. Gehrmann

MIDDLETON–Pauline B. Gehrmann, age 88, passed away on Feb. 14, 2021, following a lingering illness and complications from COVID-19. She was born on Nov. 26, 1932 and was the daughter of Joseph and Bernice (Klinger) Gehrmann. 

Pauline is survived by her brothers and sisters, Barbara Wright, Carl Gehrmann, Patricia (Ken) Tjugum, Tim Gehrmann, Kathy (Larry) Anderson, and Don (Julie) Gehrmann; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Geraldine Goplin; and brothers, Rudolph and Dan Gehrmann. A private burial is planned.

We would like to thank Autumn Winds Assisted Living and Rainbow Hospice for the excellent care given to Pauline. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com.

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Timothy Robert Studer

MIDDLETON/ORO VALLEY, AZ–Tim Studer, long-time resident of Middleton, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Jan. 14 in Oro Valley, AZ.  Tim moved to Oro Valley after retiring from a 30-year career with the City of Middleton as Finance Director.

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Ruth Ann (Green) Haberland

MIDDLETON–Ruth Ann (Green) Haberland passed away peacefully on Jan. 28, 2021, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Franklin Haberland; three daughters, Mary (Jim Hengelbrok), Ann (Doug Cloutier) and Catherine; nine grandchildren, Kenny Hanway, David Hengelbrok, Tim Hengelbrok, Michael Hengelbrok, Lara Hengelbrok, Elizabeth Haberland-Ervin, Caroline Haberland-Ervin, Sean Cloutier and Jake Cloutier; sister, Donna Green; brother and sister-in-law, John and Sue Green; brothers-in-law, Martin Haberland and Bill Diedrich; and her niece, nephew, and many Green and Esser cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Marion Green; and her brother, Jim Green.

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Maurice Barnett (Barney) Webb

MIDDLETON–Dr. Maurice Barnett (Barney) Webb, age 94, formerly of 1805 Baker Avenue in Madison, passed away on Jan. 15, 2021 at the Brookdale Century Avenue assisted living facility, 6916 Century Ave. in Middleton, where he had lived the previous year.

Born on May 14, 1926, Dr. Webb was an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his alma mater (BS 1950, PhD 1956), up until his retirement in 2001. He was a native of Neenah and member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society at the university. Additionally, was the chairman of the UW-Madison Athletic Board from 1986-1989.

Dr. Webb is survived by his children: Richard of Inver Grove Heights, MN., Craig of Fort Collins, CO., and Kathryn of Madison; and his six grandchildren.

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Anne Vilas Irish

MIDDLETON–Anne Vilas Irish died on Jan. 26, 2021 at UW Hospital.  Anne died as she lived–with grace and a strong, steady will, driven by concern and compassion for the people around her and the world in general. All that knew her would agree that the world is a better place because of her. 

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Scott Googins

MIDDLETON - Scott Googins, age 55, of Middleton, passed away on Jan. 26, 2021, at UW Hospital of a traumatic brain injury. He was born on June 7, 1965, in Madison, the son of Sharon and Dan Googins. A few years later he became a big brother to Dawn Googins.

Scott grew up in Madison and was a graduate of Madison West High School in 1983. He completed coursework at UW-Madison and Carthage College and graduated in Computer Technology from Control Data Institute in Minneapolis, MN.  Scott married Theresa Aldrich on June 3, 1989.  His first daughter, Kyra, was born in 1992, and second daughter, Amber, in 1995.  He enjoyed going on trips with family and friends.

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Kendall M. Ripp

ORLANDO, FL–Kendall Martin Ripp (formerly known as Brother Simon, C.Ss.R., Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris) passed away at age 78 on Jan. 7, 2021 at home in Orlando, FL.

He was born in Madison on Feb. 18, 1942, his parents' sixth wedding anniversary. He was the third of 11 children for Olive Catherine Maly Ripp and her husband Martin Joseph Ripp, a successful farmer and multi-term elected Town of Middleton chairman and a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors in the 1950s and 1960s.

Kendall grew-up on the family farm in rural Black Earth and was a 1961 graduate of Black Earth High School, where he was a member of the Prep Club and was senior year class treasurer. The inscription with his senior portrait in the school's yearbook said, "An agreeable guy with laughter in his eyes."

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Willa Mae Faust

CROSS PLAINS–Willa Mae Faust, age 93, of Cross Plains, passed away on Jan. 9, 2021, at Milestone Senior Living. She was born on Oct. 22, 1927, in Custer County, NE, the daughter of John and Margert (Leonard) Brainard.

Willa graduated from Sargent High School, Sargent, NE., in 1945 and accounting school in 1950. She was united in marriage to Roman Rosen in 1952, raising five children, being married 39 years. She married Keith Faust of Cross Plains, in 1995, united for 25 years. 

Willa worked for several businesses as a bookkeeper, including Ballweg Chevrolet in Sauk City, making the leap from ledger paper to computer, retiring in 1990. She volunteered to teach religion classes, was on the prayer chain of her local congregation, enjoyed studying scripture, and embraced her faith in Jesus.

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