James Edward Ableman, age 77, of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at Don and Marilyn Hospice Care in Fitchburg.

James was born on Dec. 20, 1932 in Baraboo, the son of Ralph and Carrie (Dudley) Ableman.

James attended Baraboo High School and then enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving his country during the Korean War.

On June 30, 1956, James was united in marriage to Rosemary Rosenthal at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. He was employed at Baraboo News Republic newspaper and later at Teel Plastics. In addition, James was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary of Baraboo; six children, Michael, David, Mary (Paul) Gates, Douglas (Barb), John and Lisa Ableman; a grandchild, Cody James Ableman; a brother-in-law, Daniel Rosenthal; and several nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; one sister; and his stepmother, Barbara.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 300 Second St., Baraboo, with Father Larry Bakke officiating.

Visitation will be at the church on Friday, from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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