South Ridge News

Posted April 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

By ALICE BRANDAU

When you come around the sharp curve on County Highway P west of Kendall, you’ll see bushes of white lilacs already in bloom and lavender ones ready to put on their show any day. Lillian Pisha was able to enjoy them every spring. It’s where she lived until she and her husband Ray went to live in an assisting-living home in Hillsboro.

Always with a smile, “Lil” was easy to like. She was one of those good cooks from days gone by. Her homemade bread with butter was as good as it gets, and she was exceptionally skilled at making pies. Ill health forced her to leave her home, and that’s always a traumatic time.

My husband Bob and I attended the visitation Monday morning at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kendall, and we offer our sympathy to her family.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will attend the visitation for Hugh “Bugs” Murray. He was a true farmer, caring for the land he once owned just north of Kendall. How he longed to be on the tractor, doing whatever he could to help his son Tom, but ill health didn’t allow it anymore.

While the basketball season was still in full swing, ‘Bugs” got an award given to an outstanding fan. That he was, and how thrilled he must have been to watch grandson Nate playing his best on the Royall basketball team.

Now we remember his family and those who cared about him. There were many. Our sympathy to all.

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David and Cathy Brandau had a mini-reunion with Paul and Kristi Brandau, Rick and Carol Brandau, Sarah and Mary Ellen and Cade and Heather Brandau. It took place at the Rockton Bar, where barbecue chicken is already a Sunday affair.

Grandson Dakota spent spring break with David and Cathy.

Bill Seekamp stopped by for a visit with them. He is recovering from surgery but already has the South Ridge Cemetery mowed this spring.

Ray and Jeri Maack are treating Ray’s mom Carol to a 50th birthday dinner this evening.

Fifteen family members gathered around the table at Aaron and Hazel Pasch’s home on Easter Sunday.

Word came from California that the Pasches are great-grandparents again, making it twelve “greats.” Eric and Meg Larson have a new baby boy born Saturday night. His name is Zach Michael. Zach’s grandparents are Gary and Chris Larson.

Jeff, Lynn and Kelsey Martalock came by Saturday to do some gardening for Darlene Martalock, getting flowerbeds ready for spring.

Other visitors for Easter Day were Jon and MayAnn Hill of Marshfield, Wis.; their daughter Zoe; Aaron and Erin Gregory and three sons; Jeff, Lynn, Drew and Kelsey Martalock; and David and Myrna Fauska. It was a windy day, so the Easter egg hunt was transferred to a protected area to prevent the bright plastic eggs from flying.

Scott and Daguin Downing and family spent Easter Day with Lyn Downing (Eric’s wife) and her son.

Bob and I joined other family members and enjoyed a smorgasbord at Matt and Ann Hynek’s home on Sunday.

Sue and Gavin Peck of Marshall, Wis., came on Thursday to help me do some cleaning, and later Sue, Mary Jo and some of the grandkids got busy at the Round House Park in Kendall. Many hands make light work, and I was totally grateful.

Another Brandau-Hill small animal/consignment auction is set for Saturday. At the last sale, 275 bidding numbers were handed out, with more than 75 consignors. It is the biggest event in Kendall, and April’s sale promises to be another busy day.

And that’s it for April 9, 2012.