Lee Henschel served as the newspaper’s publisher, editor, reporter and business manager for more than 20 years — a run that lasted right up until his death.
After graduating from Gilman High School in 1948, Bonita Mrock worked in the area as a newspaper editor, a waitress and in a chiropractic office.
Robert Toerpe, who owned and managed the Washington Island Observer for 20 years, died Friday, Dec. 14, at age 85.
Jean Greenway, a Wisconsin native who in the 1980s served as a newspaper correspondent in southern Africa, died Tuesday, Nov. 27. She was 91.
Joann Renberg, who worked for more than 30 years as a reporter at the Kenosha News before retiring in 2005, recently passed away at age 83.
Dorothy Gessert, a former journalist, died on Dec. 2. Gessert wrote for many newspapers and periodicals in Rock County throughout her career.
Eugene Ringhand, who worked 42 years at the (Eau Claire) Leader-Telegram, including 12 as editor, died Monday, Dec. 3. He was 82.
Dale Dolson, an entrepreneur who owned and operated a newspaper route among several Lodi businesses, died Wednesday, Nov. 14 at age 75.
Larry Odean Larson, a former circulation manager for Madison Newspapers, died Saturday, Nov. 17 at age 82.
Jeff Hovind, a Milwaukee native and former Wisconsin newspaper publisher and owner, died Thursday, Oct. 25 in Lincoln City, Oregon. He was 62.