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  • Raymond Wells

    Waterloo – Raymond J. “Ray” Wells, age 89, passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

  • Elaine K. Geiger

    VERONA-Elaine K. Geiger, age 88, of Verona, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2014 at St. Mary’s Care Center, after a brief illness.

  • Betty Lou Eaton

    Betty Lou Eaton, age 82, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Golden Living Center in Watertown, WI.

  • Victoria "Vicki" Lenz Joyal

    Vicki passed away at home on Wednesday morning at the age of 53 after a courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer.
    Vicki was born in Madison on June 23, 1961 to Lowell and Betty (Tschan) Lenz. Vicki was married to her husband Marc Joyal for 26 years. They raised their two sons Jake (25) and Kurt (23) on Madison's West side just blocks away from where Vicki spent her entire childhood. Her sons are the stars of her life and they were her inspiration in her battle with cancer. Vicki grew up at the Hill Farms pool and continued swimming at West. She loved horses and dogs and showed Arabians with her mom and sister and showed labs as an adult. Vicki loved to watch tennis and hockey and was a huge Badger hockey fan. She loved everything Badgers and the Packers.
    Vicki graduated from Madison West High School in 1979 and immediately started college at the UW in the summer. She received her master's degree from the UW in 1984 and pursued a career in Market Research with AAL in Appleton before relocating to Madison in 1988 to work for CUNA, Inc. After working for CUNA for 17 years, she hit the glass ceiling as the VP of Market Research with numerous publications to her credit. Vicki then coupled her talents with her friend Cyndi Vendon and the two founded CVJ Solutions, a consulting firm for financial institutions. Vicki was also the backbone of Crossovers Pro Shops which is her family owned business. She loved spending time at the rink and ordering all the "gitchy" things that kids and moms like to buy. She made new friends in the Figure Skating Club of Madison and the West Madison Polar Caps and really enjoyed the relationships she formed with them.
    She is survived by her husband Marc and her two sons Jake and Kurt, her father Lowell (Jean) Lenz of Prescott Valley Arizona, brother's family David and Jill Lenz and their kids Brandon and Taylor of Sun Prairie, brother's family Brad and De Lenz of Waunakee and sister's family Marsue and Mike Obremski and their daughter Alyssa of McFarland and her friend Colleen McCarthy.
    She was preceded in death by her mother Betty, with whom she will be happily reunited, as well as her grandparents, Stuart and LaVerne Bell and Sadie and Arthur Lenz.
    In honor of Vicki's affinity for hockey, the Badgers and Packers we ask that you show your colors and come dressed comfortably to this event in your favorite team wear, it's a celebration of life, dress for it. Visitation and a memorial service will be held at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Road in Madison on Monday, November 24. Visitation will held at 10:30 am followed by a memorial service at Noon.
    Memorials may be made to the Dane County Humane Society.
    Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
    3610 Speedway Road, Madison
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  • Barbara Jane Schmidt

    Barbara Jane Schmidt, age 79 died at Columbus Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 after a brief illness.
    She was born on December 2, 1935 in Little Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of the late Col. Frances William Bordeleau and Lola (Hamm) Bordeleau. She graduated from Darlington High School and continued with her education at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. There she met the late Richard William Schmidt and on February 4, 1956 they were married at St. Paul's University Church in Madison. They resided for 17 years in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin where they both were teachers at St. Anthony's Catholic School. Between the years of 1973 to 1982 the family lived in Schofield and Sun Prairie, WI and in Ft. Collins, CO where Barb continued to teach in Catholic Schools systems. In 1985, Barb and Dick had a lifelong dream realized when they were employed as teachers in Brazil at the Americana Escola de Belo Horizonte. Barb taught for 7 years at the Brazilian school before she returned to the United States to reside in Sun Prairie, WI. Once she retired from teaching she continued to serve her community as a Math and Reading Tutor, Activities Director at a local Nursing home and a Special Needs aide in the Middleton School System. When she moved into the Colonial View Senior Living Apartments she continued to serve on several committees and was a loyal friend to all.
    Barbara was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and extraordinary teacher. She will be especially remembered for her gift of drawing, painting and her extensive knowledge of football...She loved the game!
    Survivors include Gretchen (Steven) Eckes of Maple Grove, MN; Will (MariAnn) Schmidt of Chesterfield, VA; Marta (Brian) Blasczyk of DeForest; Maggie (Kevin) Dahmen of Sun Prairie; Kurt (Laurie) Schmidt of Sun Prairie; John (Carren) Schmidt of Verona; 19 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; brother, William (Darlene) Bordeleau of Germantown; sister-in-law, Arlene Schmidt of Sun Prairie; many nieces and nephews; and her dear friends at the View.
    Cress Funeral Home is serving the family, and a memorial service and private inurnment will be held at a later date.
    Memorial contributions in Barbara's name are welcome to the Dane County Humane Society or a Catholic Charity of choice.
    The family would like to extend a special thank you to Father Pat Wendler for his support and comfort to Barbara and the family during her final days. And thank you to all of the nurses and staff at Meriter Hospital, Heartland Hospice and Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the loving care they provided to Barbara and the family.

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