Recent Passings

 

Richard Baker

Birthday (unknown) - June 17, 2022

Obituary: https://memorials.phillipfuneralhome.com/richard-baker/4959696/obituary.php

Thanks once again to John Ruhland for passing on the information about Dick.  In his "Message Forum" comments, John referred to Dick as being a bit "rough around the edges", but would do anything for a friend.  That certainly fits with my recollections of Dick back in our school days.  Dick was not a conformist but I remember him as always being friendly.  With 5 daughters (hey a basketball team!) granddaughters and great granddaughters, Dick certainly must have done something right and they more than likely knew all of his soft spots!

Maybe if your looking for more information about Dick's life, contact John through the "Message Center" and hopefully John can share what he knows.

 

 

 

Dennis Unterholzner

December 5, 1944 - May 29, 2022

Obituaryhttps://www.gundersonfh.com/obituaries/Dennis-Lee-Unterholzner?obId=25003315#/obituaryInfo

It is thanks to the thoughtfulness of Dennis' wife, Mary, that even in her time of mourning she shared the information about his passing with his classmates.  It's also a reflection of how Dennis led his life, dedicated to helping others ... as an academic librarian at Carthage College and in many roles he filled in his church.  Dennis was not one to seek the limelight at school but he always had a friendly smile.  If you were at the 55th class reunion, you would have found that same easy manner and quick smile from both Dennis and Mary.  (Of course there were those of us who hated Dennis for how well he had aged, putting many of us to shame!)  That same dedication was reflected in the pride he took in being a Dad and Granddad.

Again, we thank Mary for her sharing and our admiration for Dennis on a life well lived.

   Dennis and Mary at the 55th Class Reunion

  Dennis and Mary with son and wife at Devil's Lake

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James T. Krenz

April 19, 1944 - June 13, 2022

Obituary: https://www.jsonline.com/obituaries/mjs064236

Thanks to John Ruhland for pointing out James' obituary in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal.  We can only echo John's characterization of James as being quiet, friendly and highly intelligent.  James was not one to force himself on you but you always knew he was around because of his quiet, confident demeanor.  James certainly carried that same manner into his position at Cutler Hammer where he spent most of his professional life of 43 years.  While he wasn't in sports at Custer, James enjoyed his golf game as frequently as possible.

There are many of you who have personal stories involving James and it would be much appreciated if you share them on his page on "In Memory".

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Barbara Biesel Rank
Nov 13, 1943 - March 8, 2022

Barbara passed away on Tuesday the 8th after a long battle with an illness, according to our friend and classmate Mitch Heinrichs.  Mitch happily recounts the many days on which he picked up Barbara and friends for the daily trip to Custer in his overcrowded car.   Barbara married Judy Rank's brother Don, Judy being a classmate of ours and Don having graduated from Custer in 1961. Ironically, Barbara and Don moved to a small town in Door county a short distance from where Mitch built his bed and breakfast facility ... but didn't find out about it until years later!  They then reconnected.

Here's a touching obituary recounting the life adventure Barbara had through the years:

https://www.wenigfh.com/obituary/Barbara-Rank

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Dennis Sorenson
1944 to 2022
with wife Ellyn Steinbach Sorenson

We just learned of the passing of Dennis Sorenson, who married his Custer sweetheart, Ellyn Steinbach, and lived a remarkable life, including covering the Packers and the Bucks for the Assoicated Press.  It's hard to find a better example of a loving couple and our hearts go out to Ellyn, having lost her mate of 58 years.  Both Dennis and Ellyn are a couple of the sweetest people you'll ever meet and many are proud to call them friends.  If you want to read a really cute story of how and when Dennis first met Ellyn, he writes of it in his "school story" under his "classmate profile".  Answers the question of when did you know she was THE girl for you?  Ellyn is mum on the story but we believe she has a knowing, sly smile on the subject!

Once again we are left to read a lovely obituary which can hardly do justice to an extraordinary life well lived.  All we can say is, "Well done Dennis, well done" and send our caring hugs to our friend Ellyn.

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/pantagraph/name/dennis-sorensen-obituary?id=33003621

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Donna Karl Leitzke

June 30, 1944 to January 13, 2022

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Donna a couple weeks ago.  It’s hard to believe because those of you who were at the 50th reunion could see a vibrant, happy, energetic woman with the same cute dimples and broad smile she was known for all of her life. 

Donna and husband Jon at the 50th reunion

In speaking to Jon, Donna apparently contracted a very rare form of a blood disease which currently has just over 500 cases worldwide.  She fought valiantly for a year, had a lovely Christmas with her son, daughter and grandchildren, and then, according to Jon, slipped very quickly away.

I’ll always remember Donna because she lived near just north of Smith Park, near 33rd and Sheridan as a kid, having often walked passed her house on my way home on the other side of Silver Spring.  Hers and my families attended the same church and I don’t recall ever seeing Donna without her infectious smile!  She and Jon spent a good deal of time at their home on a lake near Eagle River, especially with their grandkids.  Jon is still at their long time Germantown home, trying to adjust to the loss of his partner of 57 years.

There’s a lovely memorial video of Donna on the Krause Funeral home website:
https://www.krausefuneralhome.com/obituary/donna-j-leitzke/
I know you will all join us in extending our heart-felt condolences to Jon and all of Donna's family.
 

 

 

A big thank you to Bill Nelson for sharing the information that we lost Jackie Neist back in August.  Jackie and I share the same birthday and almost every year I would send her some lame birthday joke about us getting older ... but for some reason I didn't this year.  She'd usually send me a good natured ribbing back.  She made it to our birthday this year and died the next day.  Apparently she was in serious liver trouble but they expected her to make it much longer.

Jackie was great fun at the 50th reunion, which ironically, they used her picture from the reunion in her obituary.  She does look like the upbeat person she was.   You'll always be with us, Jackie.

For more information, here is a link to her obituary.

https://www.bvfh.net/obituaries/Jacqueline-H-Naumann?obId=17997000

On another note:  I have been concerned that we've gone 3 years without another death notice.  I worry about us missing the passing of somebody such as we did with Jackie.  I especially worry about take liberties with people's names in the jokes that are published on the homepage and they might not be with us anymore.

If you know of any of our classmates who have passed on please drop me a note with the information.   Use the "Contact Us" tab to send me an email or my email at gsllrs818@yahoo.com.  I'll handle the details of getting the notification out.  Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

Darrell Dachelet

September 22, 1944 to September 19, 2016

    

We don't have many details of what happened but somehow we missed the passing of Darrell Dachelet back in September of 2016.  Darrell was very active in his Custer days, involved in sports such as track, golf and basketball and a number of the variety shows.  Darrell lost his first wife but was lucky enough to find another love and was married in 2011, a short while prior to attending our 50th reunion party.  The photo above with Darrell holding a microphone was from the reunion.  Not sure where the Sponge Bob photo was taken but it's clear Darrell is having fun.

There is a very nice write up of Bob's life in the following obituary:

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postcrescent/obituary.aspx?pid=181472787

It would be nice if those of you who knew Darrell well would share some of your thoughts and experiences with him in our "In Memory" section.

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Leonard Malvick

March 7, 1943 to May 1, 2019

I didn't know much about Len while in school which is certainly my loss, but most all of us know Nancy Lord Malvick.  Nancy was probably one of the classiest girls in our class and liked by everyone.  That says an awful lot for Len that she would build their life together.  Reading his obituary it is clear that they weaved lovely memories together and passed them along to their daughters.  We're terribly sorry for your loss Nancy and if there's anyway we can support you in your time of need our arms are open to you.

Leonard Malvick's obituary:  https://www.myrhum-patten.com/notices/LeonardLenny-Malvick

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Terry Engel

Born:  Jan 29, 1944 -  Died: Oct 3, 2013

Sharpsburg, Ga

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Nancy Homan Cagley - June 2, 1944 - Dec 17, 2018

                  

Nancy at the 50th reunion and part of the ladies dance team!

It's happened again!  We lost a wonderful friend from our class and are just learning about it now.  If you attended the 50th reunion it was hard not to notice Nancy, her enthusaism, her joy being with old friends and the fun she had with the hilarious dance routine some of the ladies performed.  It was the same time that Nancy had recently married Tom Cagley after having lost her first husband in 2004 when he suddenly passed away.  She had everything going for her, not the least of which was her infectious smile.

The word that comes to mind with Nancy is "involved".  She was so involved with life on so many levels; as a Mom, as a nurse, as a leader in her community and her church, and as a wife.  She was a remarkable woman.

No obituary was published, the family preferring to have a special memorial service for which they wrote her biography.  Here is a copy of the bio which details her life and her final struggles that they lovingly wrote.  (Click on this link:)

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In speaking to her husband Tom, he did indicate that life long time friend Kathy Piette Iwinski from our class came out to the Orange County area to visit Nancy last Fall while she was still in reasonably good spirits. 

The best we can say to Nancy is, "Well done lady, well done!"

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Ken Breckenfeld

Jerome Patrick Kelly Notice

Jerome Jerry Kelley

We lost two classmates on the same day, September 23, 2018, Ken Breckenfeld and Jerome Kelley.  Ken can be remembered as a fun loving member of the Custer Band, playing clarinet all through his days at Custer.  Jerry managed to make it through his senior year without posing for any pictures so we can't share one with you.  There are nice write-ups for both in the Journal/Sentinel:

Ken: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=190321077

Jerry: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=190321092

Once again, friends of Jerry and Ken are encouraged to share memories and thoughts on their individual pages in the "In Memory" section.

We also learned of the passing of a 1963 grad who many of you may know, Tom Knutson, who we don't believe is directly related to our 1962 classmate Chuck Knutson.  We don't have any further information as to obituary or dates for Tom.

 

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Meribeth Hodges Engelfried - July 6, 1944 - July 26, 2018

We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of Meribeth Hodges Engelfried on July 26th according to the obituary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  (We thank Randall Schopf for calling it to our attention.)  https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?n=meribeth-engelfried-beth&pid=189884015&fhid=8537

It's hard to know where to begin recalling our times with Meribeth.  Can anybody remember when she wasn't laughing and making the rest of us laugh?  Her friends, Sandy Wachs Oldham and Judy McConnell Anderson, formed a triumvirate of co-conspirators whose exploits and adventures are things of which legends are made!  It has always been a subject of much debate as to who led whom astray!  Regardless, any time you were around the three of them you were sure to come away with your sides in much pain from too much laughter. Even today there are many denials, flushed faces and knowing snickers.  We'll never know them all, will we ladies?

Meribeth certainly suffered from numerous physical ailments but you would never know it from her behaviors at our reunions and informal get-togethers.  She was always quick to smile and had an infectious laugh.  And she was a stalwart, loyal friend to many.

We hope many of you will share your particular adventure or story involving Meribeth on our “In Memory” page for her.

You will be missed, Lady.  The world is a sadder place without you.

You'd think the principal would catch on to these two ... nah!

They're planning something, I can tell!

 

Who me???  I'm completely innocent! (NOT!!!)

 

See, I told you so.  Caught in yet another fabrication!!!

 

Mary Jacobi Hartman tried valiantly to provide adult leadership to the triumvirate at the 50th reunion but it was a thankless task!

We love you to pieces Meribeth.  Your passing can't change that!

 

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Jack Ashenhurst

May 21, 1944 to January 18, 2018

We were saddened to hear of the loss of one of our classmates, Jack Ashenhurst, back in January. Jack's is one of the sweetest obituraries I've ever read.  He sounds like a lovely, gentle soul who lived a full life.  Read it for yourself, you'll be impressed:

http://www.hartsonfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Jack-Roy-Ashenhurst?obId=2905861#/obituaryInfo

Rest in peace, friend.  Well done!

We learned of Jack's passing in an indirect route.  A thoughtful classmate passed it on to us.  If you become aware of the passing of any of our classmates, please send the information whenever you get it.

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Christopher "Chris" Marx  July 20, 1944 to May 2, 2015

                 

We're terribly sorry to have learned that we missed Chris Marx's passing in 2015.  If you read his full obiturary you'll find what a remarkable person Chris became.  Chris personally posted the photo above of what I assume is his trophy crockodile when he wrote his profile.  I assure you that it was not in the vacinity of his home in Chico, California ... yes, yet another sensible escapee to California.   http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicoer/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=174804361

What I remember of Chris from our high school days is a guy who was quick to smile and always seemed to know more than he let on to knowing.  He was probably already planning some of the many adventures he carried out later.  Chris is the only person I ever knew who had a patch of white hair as a teenager.  It was really an awesome look!  It apparently was so good that he extended it to the rest of his hair later on!!!

I'm truly sorry I didn't get to know the Chris who traveled the world for adventures as well as a good family man.  Well done, Chris.  Well done old friend!

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Dennis Andert

March 24, 1944 to September 27, 2016

Dennis Ardent's daughter, Kimberly, thoughtfully informed us that Dennis passed away after a relatively short battle with pancreatic cancer.  I'm sure this comes as a shock to many of us who saw Dennis at the 50th reunion, looking great and having a good time.  Kim shared with us the very nice obituary at the following website:

http://www.vossfh.com/content/view/1629/34/

Please use the Message Forum and "In Memory" sections to relay your thoughts and memories of Dennis.

 

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Ken Walter

April 8, 1944 - August 30, 2016

Ken Walter has been dealing with serious health issues for the past several months, in and out of ICU, on the road to recovery only to have another relapse.  He finally passed this morning, August 30, with his family at his side.  Plans for his services are being finalized and will be posted as soon as we have details.

http://www.skylawnmemorialpark.com/obituaries/Kenneth-Walter-2/

Ken was an entirely unique person.  He was driven by a need for success and always expecting more from himself than anybody could reasonably deliver.  But he delivered .... in big ways.  He was always planning his next big adventure, whether attending a rock concert, athletic event or expanding his business.

Yet he was always "our Ken" to those of us who have known him since high school.  Our California Custer alums sheepshead nights at his home in Woodside (for about the same stakes we played for in high school) were riotous, full of laughter, insults, and braggadocio about athletic prowess well beyond the realities of it.  And it was always his wife Bonnie (Buck Walter) who was laughing the hardest at all the insults directed at her husband of 50 years.  Bonnie has been by Ken's side since our days in high school when she was forbidden to date him and had to sneak out of the house pretending to be on dates with other guys in order to be with Ken.

Ken was fiercily loyal to his friends and family ... and extended family which included most of his employees.  He sometimes ran his business as a social welfare agency, seeing to employees in time of special needs. 

Ken will be missed in so many ways by so many people.

 

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Angela Campagna Friday

August 24, 2016

New information from Angie's husband:

"The celebration of Angie’s life will begin with a visitation to be held this Wednesday, August 31, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 1836 Calhoun Road from 5-7PM (a service to follow).  The next day, Thursday, September 1, there will be a Mass at St. Margaret Mary, 3970 N 92 Street at 10AM."
 
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal Obituary - Sunday August 28, 2016:
 
 

Angela Campagna Friday passed on Wednesday, August 24th with her husband Jerry by her side.  We don't have many of the details at this point but will add them as they become known.  Angie and her infectious, bubbly smile will be missed.

A Facebook posting of Angie and husband Jerry

Angie as part of the dance group performing at the 50th reunion

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H. Doug Krueger

November 21, 1944 to  March 19, 2016

   

Doug Krueger, classmate and friend to many from our graduating class, sadly passed away on March 19th in Nekoosa, WI, near Wisconsin Rapids.  There are many memories of Doug but it usually involved a mischievous twinkle in his eye and a broad, warm smile. 

There is a marvelous obituary which appeared in the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune to which you can use the link below.  We really encourage his classmates to use the "In Memory" section of this website to share recollections and comments related to our friend Doug.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/wisconsinrapidstribune/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=178505341

 

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Jim Treutelaar

February 16, 1944 to October 7, 2015

Jim Treutelaar passed away on Wednesday, October 7th after a relatively brief bout with cancer.  Based partially on the number of emails and phone calls between classmates, Jim remained in contact with and a good friend of many of our Custer alums.  Throughout his life Jim was known for his easy going manner,  great sense of humor, and strong commitment to his family and friends.  He will be missed!

Details of Jim's passing and services can be found in the following obituary:

http://host.madison.com/news/local/obituaries/treutelaar-james-r/article_8457da79-6e36-5ac2-956b-abf0e461b31c.html

 

     

If you have an special stories, memories, anecdotes or comments to make about Jim you can send them to me, Garry Sellers, and I will post them here on this page as well as to Jim's page in our "In Memory" section.