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Class of 1961

Dodgeville, WI


Martha M. Beerkircher
(nee Biba)
Martha, age 79, peacefully passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2022. She was born on September 30, 1942, in Boscobel, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Anthony and Frances (nee Kuchar) Biba. She married Gary D. Beerkircher on May 30, 1964, at St. John's Nepomuc Catholic Church in Castle Rock Township.
She is survived by three children, Annette (Robert) Schoeberle {Edwardsville, IL}, Mark (Roseann) Beerkircher {Conroe, TX}, and Michele Schmid, {Waukesha}; seven grandchildren, Justin (Scotti) Schmid {Pewaukee}, John (Colleen) Schoeberle {Glen Carbon, IL}, Abigail Beerkircher {Portland, OR}, Katherine Schoeberle {Edwardsville}, Jordan Schmid {Knoxville, TN}, Natalie Beerkircher {Edmonton, AB, Canada}, and Jakob Schoeberle {Edwardsville}; and one great grandchild, Aidan Schmid; one sister, Theresa (Jeff) Bartosiak {Windsor}.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gary; parents Anthony and Frances; one sister Odelia; four brothers Anthony, Frances, Ambrose, and Gerald; and son-in-law, Doug Schmid.
Martha grew up on a dairy farm near Castle Rock (Bohemian) Ridge, WI and, as the oldest daughter, perfected her homemaking skills that she shared with many. She walked approximately two miles to the one-room Foley School for her early education and graduated from Muscoda High School in 1961. Thereafter, she lived in Madison and with Gary in Dodgeville, Port Clinton (Ohio), Janesville, and Waukesha.
She was a loving and supportive wife of Gary for 56 years, including managing the household of three children when Gary was on business travel for extended periods of time. Martha was a long-time volunteer with HAWS of Waukesha and a member of the choir at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Genesee Depot.
Her family remembers her best for her incredible baking, especially her "secret" chocolate birthday cake, a huge spread of Christmas cookies, and strawberry jam. She was an avid gardener and crafter. In her younger years she enjoyed sewing, snowmobiling with friends of the Wales-Genesee Snow Saints, gardening, and picking black-caps at the farm in the summer to make delicious desserts. She cherished winter retreats to Northern Wisconsin with her sister. In later years she enjoyed time at the Biba family farm, making special meals for grandchildren, providing baking advice, and visiting her grandchildren across North America for important events. Martha rarely missed anything going on around her, and had a jovial, spunky Bohemian personality that made her special and loved.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 8, 2022, at 10:00 AM followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, S38 W31602 Wern Way, Genesee Depot, WI and burial at St. Paul's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to HAWS of Waukesha,
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Martha, please visit our floral store.

Published by Church & Chapel Funeral Home - Waukesha / Pewaukee on Jul. 7, 2022.

We have been invited to the Dodgeville Hish School Class of 1962  for their 60th Class Reunion.

June 4, 2022

Dear Classmate,
Please mark your calendar for the upcoming reunion of the DHS Class of 1962:

When: Friday, August 19, 2022
Where: Red Room Bar & Restaurant, 108 E Merrimac St, Dodgeville
Time: 4:00 pm Gathering (Dinner on your own)
Who: Class of 1962 and guests

(Also, a special invitation to the DHS classes of 1961
and 1963, and guests)

We hope to see everyone there. A RSVP is not necessary, however if you have email, I
would appreciate it if you would send an email response so I can update our class
contact list.
Connie (Harrison) Sveum

I would like to THANK all the classmates at our Mini Reunion on May 3rd for passing the hat to keep our class website up and running.  As of May 15 we have had 91,826 visitors to our website that was set up on 04/23/2009.   Our site is now paid up through 08/31/2027.  

Our site will remain live on the FREE OF ADS plan.



We enjoy our mini-reunions and it was good to get together again on May 3, 2022 to chat and to catch up on the latest news. We like The Fifth Quarter in Verona as they are always glad to see us and treat us very special. We look forward to getting together again in the Fall, so do plan to come join the fun.

On Saturday, July 24th, 24 classmates and their spouses traveled to Ridgeway and held our 60th Class Reunion. 15 classmates were remembered on the Memorial Table.  Hi-:Point treated us well and there were great conversations going on at every table! We thank Dick and Sue Blotz, Jackie and Jim Heuer and Jan Fox Smith for being on the planning committee this year.

In memory of classmates who have gone before us.



                                                           Our 50th Class Reunion  Photo


  57 years ago on June 2, we the class of '61 graduated from good old DHS.

A video down memory lane.

Photo from mini reunion 4-13-2019







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