Argyle Obituaries
Fritz R. Baumann of rural Blanchardville, WI
Fritz R. Baumann, age 78, of rural Blanchardville, WI, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014, at his home. He was born August 29, 1935 in Chicago, IL, the son of Fritz and Bertha (Mathys) Baumann. Fritz was united in marriage to Anne I. Schwicht on May 14, 1955 in Millburn, IL. Fritz was raised in Antioch, IL, where he graduated from Antioch Township High School in 1954. He worked as a Meat Cutter for A & P Grocery Store from 1955 until 1968, when he moved to rural Blanchardville, WI, where he continued to be a Meat Cutter for Stricklerís in New Glarus, WI, and later for UW Provision in Middleton, WI. Fritz then cut meat for Gemplerís Market in Monticello, WI, for 10 years before opening his own business, Baumann Brothersí Meats, which was located at Brennanís Market in Monroe. He retired in 2001.

Fritz is survived by his wife: Anne at home; four sons: Kevin F. (Heidi) Baumann of West Bend, WI, Kirk F. (Carolyn) Baumann of Port Tobacco, MD, Kreigh F. Baumann and Kristopher F. (Valarie) Baumann both of Argyle; nine grandchildren: Andy (Michelle) Baumann, Kristin (Will) Natividad, Benjamin (Katrina) Baumann, Kristopher Ryan Baumann, Shawn and Brad Cissel and Kody, Kaleb, and Kaitlin Baumann; one sister: Gertrude Good of New Port Richey, FL; four sisters-in-law: Rose Baumann of New Port Richey, Evelyn Riley of Monticello, WI, Mary (John) Matteoni of Blanchardville, and Jane Schwicht of Idaho Falls, ID; and nieces and nephews: Ronald Baumann of Tampa, FL, Patricia Fredrik of Tarpon Springs, FL, Glen Baumann and Trudy Tancredi both of New Port Richey, Richard Good of Antioch, Linda (Verle) Johnson of Corydon, IN, and Larry Rubner of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Max; and one sister: Ruth Nushardt.

Fritz attended Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Argyle and Faith Evangelical Free Church in Spring Hill, FL. He was a past member of Moose Lodge #754 of Monroe and the Argyle Rod and Gun Club.

Fritz loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed trapping in his younger years, hunting, fishing, shooting trap at the Argyle Rod and Gun Club, planting trees, and working in his rose garden.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. The Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Fritzís name and may be sent to N7305 Postville Road, Blanchardville, WI 53516.

Delbert H. Ritschard of Argyle, WI
Delbert H. Ritschard, age 86, of Argyle, WI, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at Franís Place Adult Home in Wiota, WI. He was born December 4, 1927 in rural Monticello, WI, the son of Herman and Emma (Grossen) Ritschard. Delbert attended Loveland Grade School. He was confirmed at Washington Reformation Church and graduated from Monticello High School in 1945.

Delbert was united in marriage to Darlyne Boeck on December 3, 1946 and raised a family while farming. He was proud to say he had ďOne kid for everyday of the week.Ē He is survived by his children: Cal Ritschard of Columbia City, IN, Dean (Jackie) Ritschard of Monroe, WI, Tom (Dorothy) Ritschard of Argyle, Scott (Tammy) Ritschard of Argyle, Lorna Mick of Argyle, Ann (Jerry) Thompson of Dodgeville, WI, and Keith (Tina) Ritschard of Argyle; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Raland of Monticello and Mike (Sandy) of Juda, WI; two sisters: Darlyne (Elton) Segner of Monroe and Marlys (John) Hegge of Madison, WI; and a sister-in-law: Evelyn Ritschard of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Donald, Hank (Betty), and Bobby (Sun Bun); a sister-in-law: Leona Ritschard; two grandchildren: Nathan Mick and Kristi Ritschard; and a son-in-law: Dan Mick.

The family farm was located on Prairie View Road in Adams Township in rural Argyle. He later worked for Monty Chesebro and Monroe Cheese Corp. in Monticello, where he made many friends. After moving back to Argyle he worked with his family at Ritschard Brotherís Shirtprinting owned by his youngest son, Keith and his wife Tina. Delbertís hobbies included cracking walnuts and hickory nuts. His most enjoyable times however were playing and watching sports. He loved attending games, watching his own children, the grandchildren, and finally the great-grandchildren. He was an Argyle Sports Booster and loved the Packers, Badgers, Brewers, and Bucks. He never understood how a few of his brothers became Cubs and Bears fans. He naturally loved sports, because he grew up with the Grossen boys and they played ball all the time. Delbert also enjoyed gardening, dancing, Swiss music, and spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Washington Reformation United Church of Christ, N6026 Church Road, Route 1 in Monticello with Rev. Rick Fry of Argyle Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be the church cemetery with a luncheon to follow in the church basement. A visitation will be held Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Delbertís name.

The family would like to thank Monroe Clinic Hospice and Ray and Ginny Johnson for their exceptional care and kindness.

Joseph P. Granberg of Argyle, WI
Joseph P. Granberg, age 68 of Argyle, WI, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Monroe Clinic in Monroe, WI. He was born August 5, 1945 in Monroe, the son of Perry and Thelma (Gilbertson) Granberg. Joe grew up in the Argyle and Blanchardville area. He was united in marriage to Connie Ball on January 13, 1971 in Freeport, IL. Joe worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator at Nelson Excavating Company in Cobb, WI, and later for Henshue Construction, Inc. in Madison, WI. He officially retired in 2002, but because of his strong work ethic he continued to help his neighbors and friends do landscaping, snow removal, lawn care, and anything else he was asked to do right up until his passing. Joe also enjoyed cutting wood with his family and probably has the largest woodpile in Southern Wisconsin.

Joe is survived by his wife: Connie at home: three children: Betty Jo (Johnny) Hinojosa, Perry Granberg, and John (Tammy) Granberg all of Argyle; one step-daughter: Karen (Tom) Maynard of Arpin, WI; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; three siblings: Donnie Granberg of Blue Mounds, WI, Minnie Hendrickson of Blanchardville, WI, and Stan (Jodi) Granberg of Argyle; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Paul Gilbertson; two brothers-in-law: David Hendrickson and Lindell Ball; one sister-in-law: Judy Granberg: and three nephews: Michael Granberg, Denny Mason, and Tim Gilbertson.

Joe was a member of Yellowstone Lutheran Church, the Community Antique Tractor Pull Club, and The Operators Local Union 139. He loved spending time with his family and gave most all of them nicknames. Joe will be remembered for sharing life lessons with his grandchildren and showing them the importance of hard work. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, Euchre player, and deer hunter. Joe had many sayings, but one of his favorites was ďI hope you live forever and I never die.Ē

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Yellowstone Lutheran Church, 4472 Saints Road in rural Blanchardville with Rev. Daniel L. Bohlman officiating. Burial will be in Yellowstone Cemetery in rural Blanchardville. A visitation will be held Tuesday, August 5, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Erickson Funeral Home, 801 East Milwaukee Street in Argyle. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Joeís name.