In Memoriam

In the Fall of 2015 we lost three of our elders.  We no longer have a common burial ground and nowhere, to my knowledge, do we maintain a list for these beloved friends who have passed on. This then, until there is another more elegant one, will serve as that list, that common ground where we might come to pray, remember, and pay tribute to these dear souls who have exchanged their walking shoes for wings.  May we keep the fire of their lives alive in our hearts and minds and may their souls rest in peace eternal.  Amen.

  • Mrs. Irene Shady Irene M. Shady, 86, of Fond du Lac, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. She was born September 12, 1929 in Brothertown, a daughter of Thomas Quinney and Ilene Potter. On May 7, 1949 she married Herbert H. Shady Sr. at Presentation Church in North Fond du Lac and he preceded her in death on February 8, 1999. Irene worked for Infant Socks, Mammoth Springs Canning Factory, Purina Mills and the Freight House Supper Club. She was also a crossing… guard with the city Fond du Lac for 26 years. Irene was a member of Brothertown Indian Nation and was on Tribal Council for 12 years. She was also a member of Holy Family Church, the Saint Ann Society at St. Louis Church, and Marquis Drum and Bugle Corps. Irene enjoyed babysitting all of her grandchildren, playing Bingo, and canning with her son Herbert and daughter Linda.She is survived by her children, Mary (Brent) Broyles of Wautoma, Donna Shady, Herbert (Jackie) Shady, Jr., Linda Shady all of Fond du Lac, Sherry (Tom Charlier)Wightman of North Fond du Lac, Patricia (Troy George) Schreiber of Dallas, TX, Carol (Herman) Kempfer of Redgranite, and Robert (Dawn) Lefeber of Deforest; her grandchildren, Brett Behm, Cassandra Behm, Theresa (John) Pratt, Joshua (Beth Grube) Liedke, Tanya Liedke, Michelle (Russ) Frame, Courtney (Brendon) Schelke, Lt. James Wightman, Thomas (Heidi) Wightman, Renee (Mike) Hackbarth, Richard (Petra) Wightman, Natalie Schreiber, Nathan (Abby) Schreiber, Michael Kempfer, Stephanie Sast; her great grandchildren, Amber Behm, Ashley (Josh Marino) Behm, Nicole Copley, Justin (Kaitlyn Rost) Gray, Taryn (Mason Spencer) Mallon, Aiden Shady, Brianna Schelke, Larissa, Bentley, Cheyenne, Lannaya Wightman, Kaitlyn and Kylie Hackbarth, Caden Loughran, Benna and Jonathon Liedke, Austin Denzine, Caleb, Sierra, Jacob Frame, Brendon Janiak, Aaron Lefeber, and with a future grandson and granddaughter; her great great grandchildren, Faith, Xavier and Hunter Meyer,Trenton Marino, Derek Sost and Rylee Sost. Along with Barb (Byron) Van Egtern whom they both shared a special bond of the same birthday. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Darlene Drew, Mabel Pownell, Betty (Dale) Lemke, Ed (Lynn) Miller, Frank Miller, John Miller, Robert Miller, Eugene (Patty) Miller; her brothers-in-law, Dale McCullough, Donald Peterson, Michael Davis; her sisers-in-law, Marie Ohlrich, Lola Shady.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband Herbert; brothers, Ervin Miller and Marvin Miller; sisters, Margaret McCullough, Helen Peterson and Rose Davis; brothers-in-law, Robert Pownell and Richard Drew.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 6:00 pm on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the traditional services. Inurnment will take place in Avoca Cemetery in Oakfield.

Irene was soft hearted. She cared for all and wouldn’t say no to anyone or turn anyone away. She listened to everyone’s problems and through all of the years we knew her she never complained about any of her personal problems. Everybody knew she had a heart of gold. Everyone knew she was a lady that grew on you. Time passes as we sit in sorrow we miss our mother for her friendship. She lived her life to the fullest of her dreams. Mom we all love you and it will never be the same. Your canning and cooking will be missed by all. Mom and grandma gums rest in peace, as we weep, your memories will last forever.


  • Irv Bostwick

    Bostwick, Irvin W. “Irv” Age 72, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Loving husband of Linda. Proud father of Stephanie (Anthony “Tony”) Resch, Melissa Bostwick-Blazer, Connie Bostwick-Hankins and Natalie (Adam) Syvock. Adoring grandpa of Kelby, Jr., Jordan, Brady, Haylie, Marriah, Raeden, Marisah, Mason, Maddan, Tyson and Ireland and a great-granddaughter, Aaliyah, who is expected. Dear brother of Ralph (Judy)Bostwick, Wayne (Karen) Bostwick, Carol (Larry) Gaudette, Ray (Bev) Bostwick, Art (Cathy and the late Pat) Bostwick, Verlin (the late Dorothy and Debbie) and the late Phyllis Verhasselt. Irv also leaves his dear friend Lance (Mary) Buboltz whom he considered a brother, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Irv was preceded in death by his father Arlie Bostwick, his mother Donna Bostwick-Faller and his step-father Nick Faller. Born in the Town of Price, WI on April 17, 1943, Irv was one of eight children. He married Linda G. (Nee Weston) and together they raised four daughters. Irv worked as a mechanical assembler early in his career, but was the proud owner of the Family Pride Quick Wash for over 27 years, which he operated with his wife. Irv was active and instrumental in the BOLD organization, Blind Outdoor Leisure Development; and served in various capacities throughout his time with the group. He participated in rafting and canoeing, racecar driving, BEEP baseball as well as in Road Rally’s, all of which he won. One of his greatest accomplishments with BOLD was skiing in Switzerland in the 1982 World Cup. Irv was as civic minded as he was fraternal and served under Tommy Thompson on the Governor’s Council SERPAC. He was active with the Burleigh Business District Bid 27 Board, and served up until recently as its President. He was a longtime Lion, active in Antigo and Brown Deer clubs, and was a Past-President of the Brown Deer Lions. Irv was one of the first “campers” of the Wisconsin Lions Camp and was also an active supporter of the Brothertown Indian Nation. In addition, Irv and his wife were active members of Benediction Lutheran Church where he also held several posts. His tireless efforts to his family and community will be fondly remembered and forever missed. Visitation for Irv will be TUESDAY, November 17, 2015 from 10 to 11:45 AM at BENEDICTION LUTHERAN CHURCH (8475 W. Fond du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee). A funeral service will follow at 12 noon with the Reverend Don Hougard officiating. A second visitation will take place WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2015 from 10 to 11:45 AM at PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (300 Lincoln Street, Antigo, WI 54409). A second funeral service will follow at 12 noon with the Reverend Don Hougard and the Reverend David Korolus officiating. Irv will be laid to rest in Bent Cemetery, Town of Price. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Irv’s name are appreciated to the Wisconsin Lions Camp, Benediction Lutheran Church or Peace Lutheran Church. Zwaska Funeral Home of Brown Deer is serving the family.

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  • Willis Dee Ottery, Jr. Willis Dee Ottery, Jr., son, brother, cousin, husband, father, grandfather, neighbor, friend, and deacon, peacefully slipped from this earthly realm on October 2, 2015. With characteristic optimism, he endured many health issues over the last several years of his life.Born in 1927 in Fond du Lac, WI, the third and last child of Willis Dee Ottery and Irene Sampson Ottery, Will was raised on his parents’ dairy farm five miles east of Fond du Lac in the town of Empire, with his two siblings and surrounded by 13 cousins who lived on contiguous farms. He graduated from Fond du Lac High School in 1944 and that same year matriculated to the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His college career was interrupted for 18 months when, in 1945, he was drafted to serve in the Army Medical Corps at Fort Lewis, WA, and Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, Denver, CO. Upon his return to UW, he met and courted the first love of his life, RuEllen Hjella. They were married at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison shortly after Will’s January 1950 graduation from UW with a BS in Agriculture.

    Will initially worked for the Aeromotor Windmill Company, based in Chicago, IL, before being hired by International Harvester Company in 1952. He had a dedicated career of 30 years in advertising and product management with IH, which necessitated moving his family numerous times to many different states. Each move became a new adventure and was grounded by finding a community with the best schools and an

    Episcopal church to attend. Following the demise of International Harvester in the early 1980’s, Will and Rudi relocated initially to Middlebury, VT, and then to Weare, NH, when he assumed a position as New England territory manager for Cub Cadet. He held this position until his retirement at the end of 1995.

    Proud of his native American heritage as a member of the Brothertown Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Will coauthored and published with Rudi in 1989, A Man Called Sampson, a genealogy of his native family beginning with his five-times- great grandfather, Sampson Occum, a founding member of the Brothertown Tribe. During this same time, Will pursued a lifelong desire to be ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church by completing a Diaconal Study Program offered by the Diocese of Vermont.

    In 1992, Will lost his beloved wife of 42 years, Rudi, to cancer. A year later while serving as Senior Warden of Holy Cross Church, Weare, Will met what was to become the second love of his life, Linda Messenger Leonard who was serving as the Executive Secretary to the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of NH. Will and Linda were married at St. Paul’s Church in Concord in 1994. In 1997, Will was ordained the first permanent deacon in the Diocese of NH by The (late) Rt. Rev. Douglas E. Theuner. He went on to faithfully serve in this ministry first in the NH State prison and then in a ministry to the elderly in six nursing homes in the Concord area, where he brought the Gospel and the message of God’s love to residents by holding 10 services a month for over ten years. With declining health, Will was forced to “finally retire” at the age of 83 from this ministry.

    Will was predeceased by his parents in the late 1950’s and by his sister, June Ottery Ezold, in 2008, and his brother, James Ottery, in 2009. He is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Linda, and by his children, Dr. Faith D. Ottery of Vernon Hills, IL; Noel Ottery Liberty and husband, Bill and grandson, Bradan, of Slingerlands, NY; Theresa Ottery and husband, Tom Norris, of Hanover, MD; and Willis Dee Ottery, III, and wife, Aniko Szokody, and grandsons, Willis and Daniel, of Kiskoros, Hungary. Will is also survived by his stepsons, Keith Leonard and wife, Rebecca, and grandchildren, Catherine, Luke, and Grant, of Alexandria, VA; Brian Leonard and wife, Amanda, and grandchildren, Ian and Sarah, of Kennesaw, GA; and James (Jay) Leonard and wife, Heather, and granddaughters, Sydney and Emma, of Ipswich, MA.