Shullsburg Obituaries
Arlene "Betty" Kostner of Shullsburg, WI
Arlene Mary “Betty” Kostner, age 91, of Shullsburg, WI, passed away Friday, August 29, 2014, at Lafayette Manor in Darlington, WI. She was born August 18, 1923 in Spragueville, IA, the daughter of Arthur J. and Nina K. (Stromeyer) Downey. Betty graduated from Goose Lake High School in Goose Lake, IA in 1941. She was united in marriage to William Deppe on April 7, 1942 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Preston, IA. They were divorced in February, 1961. Betty married Walter Kostner in December of 1965 in Chicago, IL. He preceded her in death on April 16, 1986. Betty worked in the Maquoketa area at Clinton Engine, Maquoketa Newspaper, Furniture Store, Super Value, and Jack & Jill. She then moved to McHenry, IL, where she lived for several years. In 1984, Betty moved to Shullsburg, where she has resided since to be by her grandchildren.
Betty is survived by three children: William (fiancé Joyce Lansing) Deppe of Maquoketa, IA, Mary J. (Jim Gnade) Deppe of Mercer, WI, and Peggy Steger of rural Shullsburg; three grandchildren: Danielle (Chris Sperry) Steger, Laurel (Matt) Hartung, and Morgan (fiancé McKenzie Cunningham) Steger; four great-grandchildren: Wyatt and Greysen Sperry, and Anna and Hallie Hartung; and one sister: Delores Chenoweth of Tucson, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son: John Douglas Deppe; one son-in-law: Daniel Steger; and three brothers: Gerald and twins Allen and Hugo Downey. Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who knew her as “cookie grandma”.
A Celebration of Arlene’s Life will be held on Friday September 5, 2014 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at her daughter’s home (Peggy Steger, 25422 Aetna Rd, Leadmine, WI). Burial will be at a later date at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Preston, IA. The O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home in Shullsburg is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Robiolio, Lafayette County Health Dept. and Home Care, Shullsburg Home, Lafayette Manor, and Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County for all the special care given to Arlene.
Dawne Milestone of Shullsburg, WI
Dawne J. Milestone, age 82, of Shullsburg, WI, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Agrace Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Janesville, WI. She was born October 26, 1931 in Scales Mound, IL, the daughter of Burl and Grace (McGuire) Bleakley. Dawne graduated from Scales Mound High School in 1949. She was united in marriage to Carroll W. Milestone on November 24, 1949 at Scales Mound Methodist Church. Dawne lived and farmed in Seymour Township with her husband until moving into the City of Shullsburg in 1980. She worked at the Lafayette Manor Nursing Home in Darlington as a Nurses Aide and also at Advance Transformer in Monroe and Borg Instruments in Darlington.

Dawne is survived by one daughter: Diane (Jerry) Lux of Janesville, WI; one son: Clark (Denise) Milestone of Columbia City, IN; and seven grandchildren: Tammy Bastian, Tony (Tonia)Bastian, Tammy (Gregg) Kauffman, Sarah (Adam) Bilinski, Cody Milestone, Jason (Kari) Heidenreich, and Phil (Becky) Boylan; 11 Great Grandchildren; Mitchell, McKenzie, Tevan, Chad, Kyle, Travis, Payton, Piper, Davis, Dayne and Addison. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Carroll on August 2, 1986; and one daughter: Melody Milestone on January 12, 2008.

Dawne was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Darlington and of Wardsville Homemakers Club. She looked forward to spending time with her family and friends. Dawne will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home, 235 North Judgement Street in Shullsburg with Rev. Jeffrey A. Meyer of Centenary United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Shullsburg, WI. A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 17, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Dawne’s name.

Stephen F. Chandler of Shullsburg, WI
Stephen F. Chandler, age 65, of Shullsburg, WI passed away peacefully with his wife, Ellen, by his side at Upland Hills in Dodgeville, WI on Thursday July 31 2014 after an almost 5 year courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 21, 1948 in Washington D.C., the son of Joseph and Irma (Pybas) Chandler. He grew up in the Washington D.C. area and was drafted into the United States Army in 1968. He served as a medic in the Vietnam War, where he received the Silver Star before being honorably discharged in 1970.

Steve is survived by his partner, wife, and best friend of over 31 years Ellen Chandler Doyle; his wonderful children: Jennifer (Chris) of Virginia, Stephen Jr. of Washington D.C., Jessie (Rodney) of Shullsburg, Brooke (Ryan) of Maryland, William of Shullsburg, Anna (Adam) of Shullsburg; two grandsons: Garrison and Aiden; two granddaughters Allie and Maddy; brothers: Patrick, Kevin (Judy), Bruce, and Gordy of Maryland; sisters: Susan, Laura (Dave), Mary Kate (Billy), Leenie, and Bernadette of Maryland; nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Sonny.

After moving to Wisconsin, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. He worked at Lands’ End until his retirement.

Steve was a wonderfully talented musician who loved to write and perform his own music. He spent many hours helping others develop and pursue their own musical dreams. He was influential in making Shullsburg Music in the Park a reality and enjoyed helping with the Shullsburg Music Department. Steve was a storyteller in his music and writing. He spent many hours weaving tales he shared with friends and family through his short stories, novels, and songs.

He enjoyed being a member of the Shullsburg community, or as he referred to it Shullsberry, and embraced Shullsburg as his home and appreciated all the love and care. He spent countless hours with his friends and family and shared his passion for sports with everyone. He was a beloved coach in sports as well as a coach of everyone’s dreams. He enjoyed being a father, not only to his own children, but to anyone who opened their hearts to him, adopting many of his children’s friends as his own. He will be missed by his friends, family, and the entire community.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 226 West Church Street in Shullsburg with Rev. Jeffrey A. Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Shullsburg with military rites to be accorded by McCann-Richards American Legion Post #105 of Shullsburg. A visitation will be held Friday, August 15, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shullsburg Community Townsend Center, 190 North Judgement Street in Shullsburg. On September 27th, 2014, there will be a memorial celebration for Steve in Waldorf, MD, at his family home. The O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home in Shullsburg is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Steve’s name.

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