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Brandon Funeral Home

305 Wanoosnoc Road
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-4444
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Lt. Col. Tim Donovan was voice of Wisconsin National Guard - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Monday, February 20, 2017

And when Wisconsinites were killed in war zones, often it was Donovan working behind the scenes to help families of the fallen through the most difficult time of their lives.Donovan died Jan. 19 in Fitchburg from an aneurysm. He was 65.p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 17.0px Times}"He and his team really helped us at a time of need," said John Witmer, whose daughter Michelle was killed in Iraq in 2004.Michelle Witmer was the first female National Guardsman killed in battle and the media attention was intense.p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 17.3px 0.0px; font: 17.0px Times}"I just remember him for coming alongside us at a difficult time. There were dozens of news organizations clamoring at our door. He literally ran point for us and took the heat and pressure," Witmer recalled.p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 17.3px 0.0px; font: 17.0px Times}Donovan organized press conferences and send-off and welcome home ceremonies for deploying units. He briefed journalists on news involving the Wisconsin National Guard and ensured the stories of individual guardsmen and units found a wider audience. And he counseled leaders during a difficult time, as the National Guard changed from part-time soldiers working one weekend a month to thousands of Wisconsin troops making repeated overseas deployments."He is probably the most professional public affairs officer I ever met," said retired Brig. Gen. Kerry Denson, deputy adjutant general during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. "He was always on top of everything we did that was good for soldiers and airmen. He was truly an advocate for them."Donovan's Wisconsin Army National Guard career spanned 38 years, beginning in 1971 as a cannoneer in Battery C, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery in Stevens Point. Two years later, he transferred to the 112th Public Information Detachment, which later became the 112th Public Affairs Detachment in ...

Janice Elaine Schmidt - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

Monday, January 16, 2017

Janice Elaine Schmidt, age 79, of Fitchburg, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. She was born on March 27, 1937, in Maryville, N.D., the daughter of Peter and Viola (Prouty) LaFrance.She married Louis Schmidt on June 6, 1960, in Madison. Janice graduated from Mauston High School. After high school she attended MATC, where she studied bookkeeping. Janice worked as an accountant for many years at Zimbrick of Madison until her retirement. She loved to golf and played with many different clubs over the years. Janice enjoyed camping and traveling with her family. Her favorite was the many cruises they enjoyed after she retired. She was an exceptionally caring and giving person and volunteered many hours for Meals on Wheels and at the Fitchburg Senior Center.Janice is survived by her husband; daughter, Tammy (Tom) Gregg; sisters, Caroline Gallagher, Barbara Holien and Darlene Emery; brother, Jimmy Lafrance; sister-in-law, Charlotte Nelson; brother-in-law, Bill Schmidt; and many other good friends and relatives. She was pr...

Family of dead hiker struggles with 'deepest grief' - The Boston Globe

Monday, January 16, 2017

He was supposed to start at Fitchburg State University in February.He loved his family’s rescue dog, a mixed-breed named Rocky, and was close with his family.And he was always up to some adventure. He snowboarded and skied. He traveled all over Europe and spent 72 days on a leadership training program in the Yukon in 2011.Sally Holden can’t understand what happened Sunday. Her son was so experienced, so responsible. He had so many plans for the future.When rescuers found Holden, it was too late at night to move him. The temperature was dropping toward zero, and he was exposed on the windswept rock. So they set up a tent under the trees and spent the night on Bondcliff with his body, the Pemigewasset Wilderness spread out below them.Globe correspondent Dylan McGuinness contributed to this report. Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @EvanMAllen.

Metcalfe, Julie Bush - Madison.com

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Celebration of Julie's Life will be held at BLACKHAWK CHURCH, 9620 Brader Way, Madison, at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON FITCHBURG FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 2950 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, and at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

Roland Sardeson said one of his regrets in life was not dancing a lot more. - Madison.com

Monday, November 21, 2016

Scott said. “He was an ex-Marine but a pacifist, I would say. He was a gentle man.”Sardeson died of liver cancer that was diagnosed in August. He went to Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg early Saturday morning and died in the evening.Scott said Sardeson was a confirmed bachelor with a complex extended family.There will be a memorial party April 20, 2017, at Lind Pavilion, Mineral Point, Sardeson wrote in his obit: “I won’t be there, but you’ll have a good time.”...

In own obit, Mineral Point man regrets not dancing a lot more - Madison.com

Monday, November 14, 2016

Scott said. “He was an ex-Marine but a pacifist, I would say. He was a gentle man.”Sardeson died of liver cancer that was diagnosed in August. He went to Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg early Saturday morning and died in the evening.Scott said Sardeson was a confirmed bachelor with a complex extended family.There will be a memorial party April 20, 2017, at Lind Pavilion, Mineral Point, Sardeson wrote in his obit: “I won’t be there, but you’ll have a good time.”...

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Lt. Col. Tim Donovan was voice of Wisconsin National Guard - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Monday, February 20, 2017

And when Wisconsinites were killed in war zones, often it was Donovan working behind the scenes to help families of the fallen through the most difficult time of their lives.Donovan died Jan. 19 in Fitchburg from an aneurysm. He was 65.p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 17.0px Times}"He and his team really helped us at a time of need," said John Witmer, whose daughter Michelle was killed in Iraq in 2004.Michelle Witmer was the first female National Guardsman killed in battle and the media attention was intense.p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 17.3px 0.0px; font: 17.0px Times}"I just remember him for coming alongside us at a difficult time. There were dozens of news organizations clamoring at our door. He literally ran point for us and took the heat and pressure," Witmer recalled.p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 17.3px 0.0px; font: 17.0px Times}Donovan organized press conferences and send-off and welcome home ceremonies for deploying units. He briefed journalists on news involving the Wisconsin National Guard and ensured the stories of individual guardsmen and units found a wider audience. And he counseled leaders during a difficult time, as the National Guard changed from part-time soldiers working one weekend a month to thousands of Wisconsin troops making repeated overseas deployments."He is probably the most professional public affairs officer I ever met," said retired Brig. Gen. Kerry Denson, deputy adjutant general during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. "He was always on top of everything we did that was good for soldiers and airmen. He was truly an advocate for them."Donovan's Wisconsin Army National Guard career spanned 38 years, beginning in 1971 as a cannoneer in Battery C, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery in Stevens Point. Two years later, he transferred to the 112th Public Information Detachment, which later became the 112th Public Affairs Detachment in ...

Janice Elaine Schmidt - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

Monday, January 16, 2017

Janice Elaine Schmidt, age 79, of Fitchburg, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. She was born on March 27, 1937, in Maryville, N.D., the daughter of Peter and Viola (Prouty) LaFrance.She married Louis Schmidt on June 6, 1960, in Madison. Janice graduated from Mauston High School. After high school she attended MATC, where she studied bookkeeping. Janice worked as an accountant for many years at Zimbrick of Madison until her retirement. She loved to golf and played with many different clubs over the years. Janice enjoyed camping and traveling with her family. Her favorite was the many cruises they enjoyed after she retired. She was an exceptionally caring and giving person and volunteered many hours for Meals on Wheels and at the Fitchburg Senior Center.Janice is survived by her husband; daughter, Tammy (Tom) Gregg; sisters, Caroline Gallagher, Barbara Holien and Darlene Emery; brother, Jimmy Lafrance; sister-in-law, Charlotte Nelson; brother-in-law, Bill Schmidt; and many other good friends and relatives. She was pr...

Family of dead hiker struggles with 'deepest grief' - The Boston Globe

Monday, January 16, 2017

He was supposed to start at Fitchburg State University in February.He loved his family’s rescue dog, a mixed-breed named Rocky, and was close with his family.And he was always up to some adventure. He snowboarded and skied. He traveled all over Europe and spent 72 days on a leadership training program in the Yukon in 2011.Sally Holden can’t understand what happened Sunday. Her son was so experienced, so responsible. He had so many plans for the future.When rescuers found Holden, it was too late at night to move him. The temperature was dropping toward zero, and he was exposed on the windswept rock. So they set up a tent under the trees and spent the night on Bondcliff with his body, the Pemigewasset Wilderness spread out below them.Globe correspondent Dylan McGuinness contributed to this report. Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @EvanMAllen.

Metcalfe, Julie Bush - Madison.com

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Celebration of Julie's Life will be held at BLACKHAWK CHURCH, 9620 Brader Way, Madison, at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON FITCHBURG FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 2950 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, and at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

Roland Sardeson said one of his regrets in life was not dancing a lot more. - Madison.com

Monday, November 21, 2016

Scott said. “He was an ex-Marine but a pacifist, I would say. He was a gentle man.”Sardeson died of liver cancer that was diagnosed in August. He went to Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg early Saturday morning and died in the evening.Scott said Sardeson was a confirmed bachelor with a complex extended family.There will be a memorial party April 20, 2017, at Lind Pavilion, Mineral Point, Sardeson wrote in his obit: “I won’t be there, but you’ll have a good time.”...

In own obit, Mineral Point man regrets not dancing a lot more - Madison.com

Monday, November 14, 2016

Scott said. “He was an ex-Marine but a pacifist, I would say. He was a gentle man.”Sardeson died of liver cancer that was diagnosed in August. He went to Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg early Saturday morning and died in the evening.Scott said Sardeson was a confirmed bachelor with a complex extended family.There will be a memorial party April 20, 2017, at Lind Pavilion, Mineral Point, Sardeson wrote in his obit: “I won’t be there, but you’ll have a good time.”...