Argyle Obituaries
Jill M. Steiner of Argyle, WI
Jill M. Steiner, age 75, of Argyle, WI, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at her home. She was born December 1, 1938 in Darlington, WI, the daughter of Robert and Lois (Campbell) Hawley. Jill graduated from Argyle High School in 1956. She was united in marriage to Phil L. Steiner on June 8, 1957 at Yellowstone Lutheran Church in rural Blanchardville, WI. Jill grew up and lived in Argyle until 2000, when she and Phil retired and moved to Hayward, WI. In 2013, they returned to Argyle where they have resided since.

Jill is survived by her husband: Phil at home; four children: Rick (Val) Steiner of Argyle, Jeff (Tina) Steiner of rural Blanchardville, Jada Penniston of Waukesha, WI, and Pam Steiner of Argyle; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother: David (Marcia) Hawley of Delavan, WI; one sister: Martha “Muffy” (Dan) Schober of Delafield, WI; and one sister-in-law: Jesse Fransen of Rockford, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson: Grant Berg in 2007; and one brother: Dick Hawley.

Jill was a member of Yellowstone Lutheran Church, its Women of ELCA, and a past member of the church council. Jill was a past Cub Scout leader. She was also a member of Argyle American Legion Auxiliary and the Argyle Kootie Klutch. Jill was an avid fisherman. She enjoyed spending time with her family, feeding the birds, reading through old cookbooks, crocheting Afghans, and playing Euchre. Jill loved traveling.

A memorial service will be held Friday, October 24, 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 Thursday, October 23, 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 Jill’s name.

Aden Riley of Argyle, WI
Aden Riley, age 9, of Argyle, WI, the son of Jason and Kasa (Daly) Riley passed away Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at his home. He was born March 17, 2005 in Janesville, WI.

Aden is survived by his parents: Jason and Kasa Riley of Argyle; two siblings: Jacob and McKenzie Riley both at home; his maternal grandparents: Connie (Ted) Henderson of Monroe, WI, and Patrick (Diana) Daly of Janesville, WI; and his paternal grandparents: Mark (Ruby) Butson of Argyle.

Aden will forever be remembered by the way he could brighten a room with his smile. His smile was truly worth the praises of the earth and could shine through the tears. He was fearless, strong, and taught everyone around him what it meant to truly love. He will always be loved and never forgotten.

Private family services will be held. The Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Virginia E. Emberson of rural Argyle, WI
Virginia E. Emberson, age 84, of rural Argyle, WI, passed away Friday, October 3, 2014, at Monroe Clinic Hospital in Monroe, WI, surrounded by her family. She was born April 6, 1930 in Blanchardville, WI, the daughter of Kermit and Esther (Severson) Thompson. Virginia graduated from Darlington High School in 1948. She grew up in the Blanchardville and Darlington areas until her marriage to Merlin Emberson on June 7, 1952 at Blanchardville Lutheran Church, when they began farming on the Emberson family farm.
Virginia is survived by three children: Harlan (Brenda) Emberson of rural Argyle, Sharon (Duane) Steiner of Lancaster, WI, and Steve Emberson of rural Argyle; three grandchildren: Carrie (Nik) Wahl, and Amanda and Bryon Emberson; one great-granddaughter: Annalise Wahl; one brother: Owen (Ruth) Thompson; and one sister-in-law: Delores Emberson of Bloomington, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; her husband on February 14, 2008; and one brother-in-law: Curtis Emberson in 2005.
Virginia was a member of Adams Lutheran Church and its Women of ELCA. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. Virginia’s hobbies included cooking, gardening, quilting, and word searches. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered for her sense of humor and her Norwegian goodies.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Adams Lutheran Church, N7148 County Road A, Argyle, 53504, with Rev. Rick Fry officiating. Burial will be at Adams Lutheran Church Cemetery. A visitation will be held Monday, October 6, 2014 from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle, 801 East Milwaukee Street. Online condolences may be shared with the family at
For those who prefer, a memorial has been established in Virginia’s name.

Mary Averill Harris of Blanchardville, WI
Mary Averill Harris, age 91, of rural Blanchardville, WI, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Ingleside Manor in Mount Horeb, WI, with her family by her side. She was born November 22, 1922, the daughter of Edward Charles and Mary Magdeline (Kiely) Lease, Vermont Township in Dane County, WI. Averill grew up in the Blue Mounds/Ridgeway area the oldest daughter of 11 children. She graduated from Ridgeway High School in 1940. Averill was united in marriage to Raymond Harris on March 3, 1943 in Darlington. They farmed near Edmund, WI, and later near Blanchardville for most of their lives. Averill worked at a cheese factory in Blanchardville and at Zim’s Cheese for 28 years, a part of her life she truly enjoyed.

Averill is survived by her five children: Donna Vanderhoof of Crystal Lake, IL, Beverly (Bill) Severson of Blanchardville, Jane (Tom) Witzman of Crestview, FL, JoAnne (Gary) Hufnagel of Blanchardville, and Ray (Coleen) Harris of Blanchardville; 17 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; two sisters: Virginia Lease and Betty (Tom) Sawle; two brothers: Ray (Margie) Lease and Gary (Diane) Lease; three sisters-in-law: Doris, Bertie, and Avis Lease; and one brother-in-law: Roger Gilbertson. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Ray on August 9, 2009; Ray’s family; two sisters: Dolores (Bob) Brunker and Lorraine (Bill) Haga; and four brothers: Edward (Virginia) Lease, Bernard Lease, Donald Lease, and David Lease.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 604 East Street, Blanchardville with Rev. Thomas Gillespie officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery in rural Blanchardville. A visitation will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass 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 Averill’s name.

The family wishes to thank Ingleside Manor for all the great care and friendships. She loved you all.

Fritz Rudolph Baumann of rural Blanchardville, WI
Fritz Rudolph Baumann
The angels came to escort Fritz to his heavenly home Monday, August 18, 2014, from his earthly home in rural Blanchardville, WI. He was born August 29, 1935 in Chicago, IL, the son of Swiss immigrants Fritz and Bertha (Mathys) Baumann. The family moved to the Chain of Lakes area of Antioch, IL, in 1947, where Fritz enjoyed his teenage years trapping, hunting, fishing, swimming, and sail boating. A Chicago butcher moved to the area where Fritz started working for him at the age of 14 learning the meat business which became his lifelong profession. Fritz married his high school classmate Anne (Schwicht) on May 14, 1955. They enjoyed many years traveling and camping with their young sons. They moved to Wisconsin in 1969 to enjoy the rural life and rolling hills of Green County.

Fritz raised beef cattle and had a passion for conservation planting trees by the hundreds, roses and irises by the dozens. He enjoyed cutting wood for the fireplace and his wood projects. He refinished many cedar chests, which were purchased at auctions. He had a natural sketch artist talent which he used in his senior years for bottle etching and wood burning designs. He cherished his Swiss heritage which was reflected in his crafts and love of Swiss music. Fritz’s lifelong dream to open his own butcher shop came true in 1991 when he opened Baumann Bros Meats. He retired in 2001 to become a snowbird in Florida to be near his siblings. He loved to cook especially making soup and tried to learn to bake. Fritz was a former AWANA leader with Antioch Evangelical Free Church for many years a member of the Moose Lodge #754 of Monroe and Argyle Rod and Gun Club. He attended Cornerstone Lutheran Church in rural Argyle and Faith Evangelical Free Church in Spring Hill, FL.

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 Fredrikson 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; a special cousin: Heinz of Switzerland; many other relatives, and special, special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Max; and one sister: Ruth Nushardt. Fritz will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Gnarly Oak Restaurant, 15750 Old Q Road, Blanchardville/rural Argyle.