Shullsburg Obituaries
Kathleen M. Symons of Shullsburg, WI
Kathleen M. Symons, age 81, of Shullsburg, WI, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County in Darlington, WI. She was born October 27, 1932 in Shullsburg, the daughter of George and Clara (Weiskircher) Scott. Kathleen lived in Shullsburg her entire life, where she graduated from high school in 1951. She was united in marriage to Charles Symons on December 8, 1951 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg. Kathleen farmed with her husband in Dunbarton until 1972, when they moved into Shullsburg. She then worked at Shullsburg Creamery until her retirement in 1984.

Kathleen is survived by her husband: Charles of Shullsburg; three children: Bruce (Jody) Symons of Dickeyville, WI, Cindy (Merle Monahan) Symons of Brodhead, WI, and Todd Symons of Lena, IL; four grandchildren: Joshua (Erica) Symons, Tanya (Brian) Bigge, Jason Symons, and Travis Symons; four great-grandchildren; one brother: Raymond (Susie) Scott of Dubuque, IA; two sisters: Shirley (Albert) Gensler of Shullsburg and Janice (Tom) Welp of Dickeyville; and special friends: Kelly Cook of Warren, IL, and Jesse Rillie of Lena. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother: Elmer Scott; and three sisters: Betty Morrissey, Delores Tregloan, and Joyce Pahnke.

Kathleen was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg and its United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Dunbarton Homemakers. Kathleen loved spending time with her family and going to the boat. She enjoyed cooking and baking to which she will always be remembered for her brownies and all other desserts.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 25, 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. A visitation will be held Monday, March 24, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church. The O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home in Shullsburg is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Kathleen’s name.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Finley Hospital in Dubuque and Memorial Hospital Dialysis Center for all of their fine care.
Merl E. Thomasson of Shullsburg, WI
Merl Thomasson, age 85, of Shullsburg, WI, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Southwest Health Center in Platteville, WI. He was born September 25, 1928 in Warren, IL, the son of Alpha and Blanche (Musser) Thomasson. Merl graduated from Warren High School in 1946 and from Illinois State University in Normal, IL, in 1953. He lived in the Warren and Shullsburg areas all of his life. Merl was united in marriage to Shirley White on June 21, 1964 at Warren Methodist Church in Warren. He taught Junior High School in Gratiot, Benton, and Shullsburg, where he was the Junior High Basketball coach for over 40 plus years.

Merl is survived by one daughter: Tina (Greg) Cruse of rural Shullsburg; one son: Clifford (Melyssa) Thomasson of Evans, GA; five grandchildren: Jeremy Cruse, Albert Mysliwiec, and Rachel (fiancé Andy Bass) Mysliwiec, and Cassie and Gavin Thomasson; one great-granddaughter: Bella Sophia Bass; one brother: Leland Thomasson of Freeport, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on January 22, 2003; one grandson: Damon Thomasson; one brother: Clifford Thomasson; and three sisters: Hazel Borchardt, Leora Gross, and Vivian Thomasson.

Merl was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951 until 1953. Merl was also a member of McCann-Richards American Legion Post #105 of Shullsburg and Shullsburg VFW#10533, where he served as commander for a number of years. He was the Lafayette County Veterans Service Officer after his retirement from teaching for 10 years. Merl enjoyed golfing, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 24, 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 where military rites will be accorded by McCann-Richards American Legion Post #105 of Shullsburg. A visitation will be held Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home, 235 North Judgement Street in Shullsburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.

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