10 August 2022

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Joanne M. Hayward

Joanne M. Hayward


Joanne M. Hayward, 85, of Mayville, was welcomed by her Savior in Heaven on August 7, 2022, at Prairie Ridge Assisted Living in Mayville. Joanne was born the daughter of Harland and Magdalen (Schwandt) Hintz on February 5, 1937, in Horicon. She was united in marriage to Paul Hayward on July 20, 1963, in Waukesha. Joanne was a faithful member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Mayville.Joanne worked for over 20 years at WE-Energies as an assistant dispatcher. She was a member of church choirs and also the Ladies Aid. Joanne loved to get together with friends for their card club. It seemed that the cards were just an excuse to get together to chit chat and snack. She also enjoyed her Red Hat Society and took great pride in getting dressed up. Joanne had a love for lighthouses and their beauty.Joanne is survived by her children, Carrie (Mark) Metzger of Hartford, Lisa (Pat) Beaver of Oconomowoc, and Art (Michelle) Hayward of Kingwood, Texas; grandchildren, Maureen (special friend, Trevor Mundt), Paul Metzger, Rachel Beaver, Robert (Samantha) Beaver, and Isabella Hayward; and a brother, Tom (Lynn) Hintz, of Tennessee. Joanne is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.Joanne is preceded in death by her parents; hus ( band, Paul; granddaughter, Christine Metzger; and her sister and brother- in-law, Carol and Curtis Peters.Funeral services for Joanne will take place at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Mayville on Thursday, August 11 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Mark J. Cutler and Rev. Joshua Frazee officiating. Visitation will be at church from 10-11 a.m. Family burial to take place at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation and thanks to Prairie Ridge Assisted Living and Generations Hospice for all the love and care they provided to Joanne.Memorials may be directed to St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Mayville or the Disabled American Veterans Assocation.Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family. www.koepsellfh.com.
08 August 2022

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Steven Jay Coulter

Steven Jay Coulter


Steven Jay Coulter, 59, of Brownsville, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, August 5, 2022, surrounded by his loving family after a three-year battle with cancer.   Steve was born the son of Ronald and Janet (Giese) Coulter on September 5, 1962, in Fond du Lac. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Lisa Balmer, on October 5, 1996, in Hartland. Together they raised two amazing children, Samantha, and Jack.   He was raised Lutheran and remained in the Faith throughout his life.  Steve graduated from Lomira High School in 1980. Following graduation, Steve drove semi over the road anywhere from the Mississippi to the East Coast. He also drove milk truck before starting his 30-year career at Quad Graphics.    He also volunteered his time with the Theresa Ambulance Service and Fire Department for ten years.     In his free time, Steve had many interests and talents. He was very gifted in his ability to fix, maintain, and operate machinery and vehicles. He had a love for fishing with family and friends and took part in many tournaments and trips throughout the years. In Steve’s younger years, he played softball and developed many lifelong friendships. Steve loved golfing with his son, cousins, and friends. Racing was also a passion of Steve’s. He enjoyed working on race cars and was part of offroad and sprint car pit crews. A special bond was formed with his daughter attending sprint car races together. Steve enjoyed 4-wheeling up north with friends, playing sheepshead, working on the farm, and memorable family vacations to Three Lakes each summer.     Steve will be remembered by his distinct voice, quick wit, sense of humor, good story telling, ability to make friends easily, honesty, devotion to family, strong personality, and his ability to enjoy life.    Steve is survived by his wife, Lisa; daughter, Samantha; son, Jack; and his little buddy, Scooter; Siblings: Ed (Diane) Coulter, Dennis (Laurie) Coulter, Gary (Chris) Coulter, Sandy (Mark) Herman, Sharee (Jim) Fritz; mother-in-law, Harriet Balmer; sisters-in-law, Beth (Greg) Udelhoven, Linda Balmer; and brother-in-law, Daniel (Vicky) Balmer. He is further survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.    Steve is preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, David P. Balmer; brother-in-law, David “Sluggo” Balmer; and nieces, Haleigh and Courtney Coulter.    Per Steve’s request, no formal services will take place, however, a celebration of Steve’s Life will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at Dan’s Village Bowl in Brownsville from 4-7 P.M.   Inurnment will take place at Ledgeview Memorial Park in Fond du Lac at a later date.   Special thanks to SSM Cancer Center Team and SSM Hospice for all their special care and support.    Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family. www.koepsellfh.com
05 August 2022

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Dale Earl Hodgson

Dale Earl Hodgson


   Dale Earl Hodgson, 69, of Horicon, passed away on August 2, 2022, in the comfort of his own home under the care of his wife, Diane and son, Andrew.      He was born on November 2, 1952, in Hustisford.    On September 14, 1974, Dale married Diane Beske in Horicon.   Dale worked at Maysteel for 40+ years, following at Steel Craft and ending his employment days at Rumar. He retired in May of 2020 at the age of 67.    Throughout Dale's years, he participated in the board at St. Stephen's serving as treasurer of the daycare. Dale enjoyed his times being members of the bowling league, golf league and most recently dartball league. Dale also enjoyed participation in the NRA.    Dale spent his time devoting himself to his family and community. He took pride in being a Papa and lived out this role to the fullest. He would be found at any and all events involving his children and grandchildren. Although he was only one man, his love spread amongst them all and he never missed a moment. Yearly he would partake in deer camp with his children and grandchildren. Dale had a special love for animals and had many pets throughout his lifetime, most recently chihuahua Zues. Dale enjoyed taking many trips with his 2 Dianes (Diane Galbraith). He was sure to be found at the legion's Friday night fish frys and having dessert at the local ice cream shop. Dale lived to provide for his family and was always a reliable trusted source for his community.    He is survived by his wife, Diane Hodgson; brother, Dennis (Nancy) Hodgson; and sisters, Bonnie Hodgson and Betty (Wayne) Hildebrandt; brothers-in-law, Dave (Pat) Beske and Ricardo Gonzalez; sister-in-law, Sharon Beske.   Dale is survived by his children, Jonathan (grandchildren, Jenna and Sarah); Nathan and Becky (grandchildren, Cora and Kaleb); Chadwick and Kari (grandchildren, Nicholas and son, Katelyn and daughters, Hunter and Brookelyn); Andrew; and Angela (grandchild, Lavonnah).  Dale is also survived by many nieces and nephews, Jeremy Gonzalez, Tony Gonzalez, Tammy Villarreal, Eric Hildebrandt, April Lindert, Ashley Dylak, Jeanette Beske and Steve Beske.    He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilbert and Cora Hodgson; stepmother, Edna Hodgson; and parents- in-law, Eugene and Carol Beske. He was also preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Darlene Gonzelez and brother-in-law, Dennis Beske.    Memorial services for Dale were held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 4 p.m. at St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church in Horicon with Rev. Daniel Seehafer officiating. A visitation for Dale was held from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. the hour of the service at the church. Inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon at a later date.    A special thanks for Generation Hospice for all the time, love and care they provided for Dale and the family. A special thanks also for Koepsell's Funeral Home and The Village Flower Shoppe service for their care provided for Dale and the family.    Koepsell Funeral Home in Horicon is serving the family. www.Koepsellfh.com

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Eleanor Grace Allan Ball

Eleanor Grace Allan Ball


   Eleanor Ball of Edina, MN, and Naples, FL, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 22, 2022, at age 87. Eleanor was born in Sparta, as the first child to Lloyd Duard Allan and Janet Catherine (Newton) Allan on June 6, 1935. The family settled in Mayville, where her father practiced law with the Thiel and Allan Law Firm.    Eleanor was a woman who was fully committed to her family. She was a loving wife and strategic business partner to the love of her life, Scott Ball. She loved being a mom to her four children as she was always there for them every step of the way. And she was a devoted daughter who cherished her parents throughout their lives.    One of her favorite pastimes was building, and decorating houses with her husband. The two of them had so much fun together designing, overseeing the construction, and decorating new homes across the country. Their projects are still standing today in Illinois, Nebraska, Florida, Minnesota, Colorado, and California.    She was a huge lover of the beach. She loved the sunshine, the palm trees, and sitting on a beach chair next to her favorite people while watching the waves come in. She loved planning family travel adventures too. Surprisingly, the destinations were usually to a beach! Some of her favorite vacations were to: Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Istanbul, Hawaii, Interlaken, Paris, Greek Islands, California, Tuscany, and her childhood family cottage on Green Lake in Wisconsin.   Eleanor and Scott loved to entertain their family and friends. She loved to cook and the two of them “cooked up” crazy party themes. Just to name a few: “The Wisconsin Badgers Pep Rally” (with Bucky Badger and the Wisconsin Marching band), “Back to the 1950’s with The Four Tops,” “Disco with The Village People,” “Mark VII Backyard Olympics,” and their annual Santa’s reindeer theme, “Rudi and Vixen’s” Family Christmas Celebration.    Eleanor graduated from Mayville High School in 1953 and attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, graduating with a degree in Journalism in 1957. In college, she became a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority where she developed life-long friends. They stayed close, forever friends by writing Round Robin Letters to each other for nearly 60 years!    Upon college graduation, Eleanor landed a job in Park Ridge, IL, as a Journalism Teacher at Maine Township High School. She moved to the Chicago area to begin her teaching career and pursue her other dream of becoming a newspaper reporter for the Chicago Tribune. She wanted to write stories to help take down the Chicago Mob!    In the summer of 1957, soon after her arrival to Park Ridge, she went on a date to a party on the shores of Lake Michigan - hosted by her future husband, Scott Ball. Unfortunately for her date, Eleanor and Scott were introduced to each other and it was love at first sight! The two of them could not take their eyes off each other. A few days later, Scott took Eleanor out on their own date to Tony’s Cellar on Rush Street in downtown Chicago. The two of them continued the date for 63 years!! They were married in Eleanor’s hometown of Mayville, on June 14, 1958. They built a life and a family together in the Chicago suburbs, Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, Edina, Minnesota, and Naples, Florida.    Eleanor is survived by her husband of 63 years, Scott and her children, Jan Finken (Dave), Carolyn Holmes (Bob), Scott Ball (Colletta), and Nancy Schneider; the Finken grandchildren, Taylor, Kyle, and Jake; the Holmes grandchildren, Bobby and Catherine; the Ball grandchildren, Natalie and Steven; and the Schneider grandchildren, Tanner, Sadie, and Lucy.   She was preceded in death by her parents, Janet and Lloyd Allan and sister, Sally (Allan) Onan.    Eleanor will be remembered for her happy smile, positive attitude, quick-witted intelligence, and making friends wherever she went. She led a beautiful life filled with love, wonderful people and places, and FUN! She was a spectacular lady, and she will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.   The Celebration of Eleanor Ball will be held at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19. Interlachen Country Club (Porch Room) is located at 6200 Interlachen Boulevard, Edina, MN. (952) 929-1661    In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations to the Alpha Phi Foundation are preferred. https://www.alphaphifoundation.org/ways-to-give/donate/. Please include Eleanor Allan Ball’s name in the “this gift is in memory of” section.
01 August 2022

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25 July 2022

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Phillip “Phil’ George Delfeld

Phillip “Phil’ George Delfeld


   Phillip "Phil" George Delfeld was born Feb. 22 1929, just be­fore the De­pres­sion, son of Jerome and Paula Hoff­man Delfeld. He died in the early morn­ing of July 19, 2022 at age 93, after a long and happy life.    He was a life-long mem­ber of St. Mary’s Lomira, and his roots in the Brownsville area were very deep. He grad­u­ated from Lomira High School in 1947 and worked for 15 years at Tobin Tool & Die; he was a gifted me­chanic and rose to fore­man. In 1961 his life changed. Pres­i­dent Kennedy or­ga­nized the Peace Corps to re­cruit Amer­i­can men and women who could go to other coun­tries and help train peo­ple in use­ful skills. Phil vol­un­teered in the sec­ond group, teams of me­chan­ics, nurses, ar­chi­tects and oth­ers, who went to Tunisia in North Africa. At 34 he wasn’t quite the old­est in the group. The trainees spent a sum­mer at In­di­ana Uni­ver­sity learn­ing French, and Phil met Mar­garet Anne Tec­tor there. Phil re­turned safely, there was a happy re­union, and Phil and Anne were mar­ried in 1965 by Mon­signor Rear­don in Sher­brooke, Que­bec. Phil got a job as me­chanic with Chicago and North­west­ern Rail­road. They had five chil­dren, Carol Ann, Bruce Phillip, Neal Ray­mond (wife DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld), Helen Jean (part­ner Scott Dodds) and Mar­garet Marie (hus­band Dave Wentzell). While in Tunisia, John Mar­tinkovich taught Phil to fly a plane. As soon as Phil could af­ford it, he bought a Tay­lor­craft and built a hangar at Fond du Lac air­port to house it. There fol­lowed trips to visit Grandma Tec­tor in Canada, and to other rel­a­tives and Peace Corps friend all over the states. More chil­dren re­quired a big­ger plane, and Phil up­graded sev­eral times, even­tu­ally to a 6-place Beechcraft. Phil stayed in touch with some of the me­chan­ics he worked with in Tunisia. After a few years we and the kids took a (com­mer­cial) flight to Eu­rope, rented a car and spent a month stay­ing at bed-and-break­fasts in Eu­rope and in ho­tels in Tunisia. We re­peated this pat­tern every few years until the kids were old enough they didn’t want to come, then it was just us. We found the Ger­man vil­lage that the Delfelds came from a cou­ple of cen­turies ago, and met Otto and Maria Zehren, who more or less adopted us; we are still in touch with their son Ste­fan.    Every­one liked Phil, and the lan­guage dif­fer­ence didn’t seem to mat­ter. Even­tu­ally Phil re­tired as man­ager of the rail yards in North Fond du Lac. Since he de­cided his eyes were mak­ing it less safe for him to fly, he sold the plane and hangar. A friend, Ted Niemeyer, promptly of­fered him a part-time job with the Union Pa­cific as a safety in­struc­tor, mostly in Texas and Cal­i­for­nia. If a job lasted two weeks or more, Anne joined him on the week­ends. Even­tu­ally Phil de­cided to stay home and work on the house; there was noth­ing that man couldn’t do. But he re­fused to be vac­ci­nated, and fi­nally COVID caught up with him.    Phil is sur­vived by his wife, Anne, 89 years old, all five of his chil­dren, and four grand­chil­dren: Neal’s twins Anais and Mar­lena Delfeld, and Mag­gie’s boys Carter and Grayson Wentzell. Also by his brother Mark Delfeld, his sis­ters Jeanne Dal­ton, Gail Wiess and Kathy Delfeld, and by many, many rel­a­tives and friends.   He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; his broth­ers, Danny and Den­nis; and his sis­ter, Beat­sie.   Vis­i­ta­tion will be at St. Mary’s on Mil­wau­kee Street in Lomira on Fri­day, July 29, from 10 to 11 a.m.. Mass will be at 11 a.m., cel­e­brated by Fa­ther Mini­att, and bur­ial will fol­low in St. Mary’s ceme­tery.    The fam­ily is very grate­ful to the nurses and doc­tors on the fourth floor at Ag­ne­sian hos­pi­tal for the lov­ing care they gave to Phil and to the rest of us   Myrhum-Pat­ten Fu­neral & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice has been en­trusted with Phil’s arrange­ments. On­line guest­book and con­do­lences may be found at www.​myrhum-​pat­ten.​com.

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William “Bill” Randy Vollmer

William “Bill” Randy Vollmer


   William “Bill” Randy Vollmer (Troll), loving husband, cherished father and wonderful grandfather, passed away unexpectedly June 28, 2022.   Bill was born January 18, 1955, in Milwaukee, to parents William and Jane Vollmer.   On September 15, 1979, he married Julie Cornelius and spent 42 loving years together. Bill and Julie moved their little family to Iron Ridge in 1993. They watched their little family grow, which brought Bill much happiness and joy. Bill loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was very prideful of his family and loved to take any opportunity to have a get together. He was especially loving with his grandchildren and often felt they brought out the best in him. He also brought out the best in them by teaching them some of his many skills.   Bill had many interests and hidden talents. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, driving, dancing and rocking out to various genres of music. Bill always spoke his mind and sometimes came off too tough, but deeply, he loved helping people. He was our Mr. Fix it, our teacher and dear friend. If he considered you a friend, you were family. That was Bill, a badass with a big heart. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.   Bill is survived by his wife, Julie; daughters, Kristina (Jesse), Julia (Jory), Carol; grandchildren, Kasey (Teeghun), Jayden, Anton, Ciarran “Kenny” (John), Alizandria (Ashton), Aryssa, Julian; and great-grandchildren, Kora and Amira. He is further survived by his brothers, John (Dottie), Tom (Mary), Rick (Cheryl), Ronnie (Jody), Tony (Patti), Terry (Trisha), Allen (Tina), and many nieces and nephews.   He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Jane Vollmer; sister, Carol; and brothers, Jimmy, Randy and Rodger.   A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Sunday, July 31, at Riverside Park, 916 Labaree St., Watertown, WI 53098, starting around 2:30 p.m. Dedication around 3:30 p.m. Meal and socializing to follow. CASUAL ATTIRE preferred.   Flowers can be sent to the Vollmer Family via the Garcia residence at 727 N. Church St., Watertown, WI 53098.   Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family. www.KoepsellFH.com