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Catherine (Kate) Louise Bliefnick, 84, of rural Waupun, died Monday, August 14, 2017 at St. Agnes Hospital following a brief illness.

Kate was born May 16, 1933 to Hubert and Myrtie Jones Neitman.  Kate graduated from Brandon High School and then on November 24, 1951 she married Robert Bliefnick.  Following their marriage the couple lived and farmed in the Waupun area. Kate actively volunteered her time to Waupun Memorial Hospital, the Brandon Historical Society, the local and county 4-H, Fond du Lac County Homemakers, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, holding leadership positions in several of these organizations.  She was an organist at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church for over 40 years and shared her gift of music by teaching piano lessons. She was an avid reader, solver of crossword puzzles, and loved many cats throughout her life. Kate always looked forward to visits from family and friends.

Kate is survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert; four children: Nancy (Victor) Schkade of Broken Arrow, OK, Amy (Craig) Andrle of Waupun, James (Linda) Bliefnick of Rosendale, and Louisa Bliefnick of Waupun; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two nephews: Kelly and Joel Gilmore; and other countless family and friends.

Kate was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, May Donna Gilmore; two nephews: Paul and Scott Gilmore; a niece, Kate Ann Gilmore; and an infant granddaughter, Tammy Michelle Andrle.

The family would like to thank Waupun Memorial Hospital, and later the Intensive Care Unit staff of St. Agnes Hospital for their tender and responsive care of Catherine.

Funeral services for Catherine Bliefnick will be held Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Rogersville, WI with Pastor Kimberly Stowell officiating. Friends and relatives may call on the family at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Cremation has taken place and a private family inurnment will take place at a later date.

Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family.  Please visit our website at for further information and to send condolences. 


Dianne M. LaHaye, age 73, of Beaver Dam, died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at her home.

There will be a memorial gathering at the Watermark in Beaver Dam on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a brief memorial service at 5:00 p.m. Inurnment will be at a later date at Highland Memory Gardens.

The former Dianne Mae Peterson was born on September 15, 1943 in Beaver Dam to Martin and Clara (Teletzke) Peterson. She was united in marriage with Adolf LaHaye and they raised their family in the Reeseville area. Dianne was a compassionate caretaker, not only for her family, but also working for homecare organizations. She spent a number of years caring for Eloise Dries, always holding a special place for her in her heart. Caring for others took a toll on Dianne physically, and she had to discontinue her work earlier than she would have liked to. Dianne was a devoted Christian and was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Reeseville.

Survivors are her children, Cheryl Peterson of Waupun, Michael (Brit) LaHaye of Phoenix, AZ, Mark (Juanita) LaHaye of San Diego, CA, and Peter (Mary) LaHaye of Marquette, MI; grandchildren, Jade and Kara Duguay, Eric and Nicholas LaHaye, Celena Toves, and Marten LaHaye, and Alexis, Bernadette, and Chloe LaHaye; sister, Shirley Ekus; sister-in-law,  Dorothy Peterson; longtime companion, Joe Kloostra; best friend, Lois “Bucky” Wright; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2001; brother, Frank Peterson; and sister, Marjorie Schneider.