MONONA/COTTAGE GROVE- William J. “Bill” White, age 89, of Cottage Grove, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Thursday, November 28, 2013, after a long illness.

He was born on August 24, 1924, the son of William and Loretta (Lucey) White. Bill married Delores H. Mandt on December 7, 1974. He was employed by the Madison School District for over 30 years. Bill enjoyed the outdoors especially walking, was an avid reader and had a great sense of humor. He loved spending time with friends and family. Bill will be greatly missed by those whose lives he’s touched.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Delores; children, Pat (Tom) Cefalu, Barbara (George “Nick”) Meyer, Donna (Rick) Holton, Lynn (Dave) Saunders, and Carol Mandt; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sister, Ann Guth. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Icke; and daughter, Marilyn Schmidt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Bill at ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC CHURCH, 424 N. Main St., Cottage Grove, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, with Fr. Michael Tarigopula presiding. Burial will be at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for a fund to be established.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive