COLUMBUS—Pamela L. Hollander, age 67, died on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison. She was born on July 12, 1952, in Columbus to Charles and Lucille (Peters) Berg and grew up in a large extended family. Pam was a 1970 graduate of the Columbus High School, then began working at Earl’s Cafe. She was married to Donald Hollander on June 23, 1973, in Columbus and on December 7, 1974, their daughter, Kim was born. Pam was employed at the Columbus Community Hospital in the dietary department for 32 years. She enjoyed family gatherings, reading and flower shopping. Her correspondence by card, note or letters were lengthy and heartfelt.
Pam was an amazing mother, with wit, charm and a keen sense of humor. But most of all, she was a one of a kind grandmother. She loved Taylor, Micaela and Zoe more than life itself. She gave them advice, learned to text to humor them and gave the best embrace. Time with them, doing anything or nothing at all, was her greatest joy. She taught unconditional love, kindness, courage, patience and compassion. Survivors include her daughter, Kim (Jeff) Zittel of Columbus; three grandchildren, Taylor, Micaela and Zoe; a brother, Chuck (Ann) Berg of Fall River; two nephews, Jeffrey (Ashley Fischer) Berg and Douglas (Morgan) Berg and their daughter Madolyn; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. A private Celebration of Life service will be held at the Olivet Congregational U.C.C. Rev. Ruth Bradshaw will officiate. Inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery at a later date. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at KESTRAL RIDGE GOLF CLUB, 900 Avalon Rd., Columbus. Online condolences may be made at www.jensenfuneralandcremation.com. She had the eyes that saw the best, a heart that forgave the worst, a mind that forgot the bad and a soul that never lost faith.
FITCHBURG—Lois (Vesley) Rethard, 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Agrace in Fitchburg, Wis. with her family by her side after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on September 11, 1936, to Roger and Marjorie (Wilcox) Vesley. She graduated from Portage High School in 1955. Following high school, she went on to become a nurse caring for patients at Divine Savior Hospital and at Cook County. After her nursing career, she went on to own three Jolly Roger trucks, which started her lifelong career with Dairy Queen. This career included three different Dairy Queen stores in the span of over 50 years. While attending various Dairy Queen conventions, Lois discovered her love for traveling, which took her around the world. One of her favorite places being Australia.
When she wasn’t saving lives in her younger years, you could find her either bowling, camping, or snowmobiling on her spare time in the Sauk City area. As her years grew upon, if she wasn’t mixing blizzards, you could spot her at a local garage sale, Goodwill, or St. Vinnies trying to get a really good deal on something or at Ho Chunk trying to strike it rich. She also liked to journey down to Sam’s Club or Costco.
Lois spent a lifetime loving her family and friends, offering hospitality at every turn. She was always on her porch watching birds at the bird feeders or indulged in a good book. She loved company and always found something to give as they would visit, even if they didn’t know they needed it. Her generosity extended to her pets. While she had many pets along her journey, Meghan (her puppy) had to be her all-time favorite. If you were around her you could be certain that you would find out how much she loved Meghan. But her over all love for her family is what made her as special as what she was.
Lois is survived by her sister, Gail (Eckel) Strandemo; sister-in-law, Claudia Vesley; daughters, Pamela (Ace Gray) Natarus, Tammy (Dennis) Steinke, Wendy (Jeff Golliher) Mitchell; grandchildren, Travis (Cassandra) Steinke, Heather (Steinke) Frame, Dylan (Sarah Gardner) Mitchell, Reana (John Kosmatka) Mitchell, Jeremiah Gray, Ian (Justin Olmscheid) Gray, Ashley (Drew Bos) Gray-Bos; three great-grandchildren, Tamryn, Taya, and Jimmy; and five nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Paul Vesley; and her former husband, Red (Harles) Rethard.
A celebration of Lois’ life will be held on September 21, 2019, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at the VFW in Portage, Wis. In lieu of flowers, please give donations to the Columbia County Humane Society.
The family would like to give a special thanks to all of her doctors, nurses, and friends who took their time out of their lives for Lois. Especially Dr. Parks, Dr. Pogorelc (as Lois called her Dr. Jill), and Nurse Magan, as you all did an excellent job! A few special friends, Jackie Tarnutzer, Diane Smith, Sue Hamel, and to the wonderful staff at Agrace Hospice for the tremendous care they showed Lois.
CAMBRIA—John S. Whetstone, 102, of Cambria, formerly of Indiana, died Thursday, August 15, 2019. He was born March 9, 1917, in LaGrange County to Samuel J. and Lena (Shrock) Whetstone.
On January 31, 1946, he married Rosa M. Eash. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2011.
Surviving John are two sons, Glen (Alma Hochsteler) Whetstone, Topeka, Ind., and Orva (Emma Miller), Topeka, Ind.; three daughters, Orpha (Wilbur)Yoder, Topeka, Ind., Polly Anna (Clarence) Fry, Millersburg, Ind., and Marry Ellen (Ezra) Petersheim, Cambria, Wis.; 29 grandchildren, 137 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; four brothers, Joseph, Samuel, twin brother Henry, and infant brother Levi; six sisters, Anna, Gertrude, Ida, Elizabeth, Lydia, and Polly.
Visitation will be held Saturday, August 17, all day at the Ezra Petersheim residence, W3298 County Road P, Cambria, Wis. Visitation will be held Sunday, August 18, all day at the Dennis Yoder residence, 8465 W 55 S., Topeka, Ind. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 19, at 9:30 a.m. at the Dennis Yoder residence in Topka, Ind. He will be laid to rest at the Hawpatch Cemetery in Topeka. The family would like to express their gratitude to everyone. Grasse Funeral Service in Pardeeville is serving the family.
BARABOO - Gregg passed away unexpectedly, August 9, 2019. He was born in Manitowoc, Wis. on September 7, 1947, to Winford and Shirley Miller. He graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School and attended UW-Oshkosh. Gregg’s career took him all around the state in many capacities, but always in the direction of helping people, especially those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. He served as a therapist at Winnebago State Hospital, and was director at CASI in Appleton. In the mid 1970s, Gregg and his family moved to the Madison area, and Gregg worked for the State of Wisconsin Bureau of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. He then moved to the University of Wisconsin, where he served in Employee Assistance and later consulted business and industry. He retired Emeritus from the University after 32 years as a senior lecturer in the Department of Professional Development and Applied Studies, specializing in supervisory strategies and employee retention. He worked with employers statewide to improve productivity through support for procedures to enhance the employer’s greatest asset, their employees. He spoke nationally for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Safety Congresses, Employee Assistance Program Conventions, and American Foundry Society. He was also an AFSME union president. Gregg continued to be active in his retirement by continuing to work with businesses and managers, as co-director of ProfCen Consulting, Inc. He was a 47 year member of Waverly Lodge 51 of the Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin. As an organ donor, he was able to provide the gift of sight to allow another to see the world through his eyes. He was interested in history, supported area theater, engaged in community activities and especially loved grilling out with family and friends. Gregg is survived by wife, Annette Miller; daughters, Kelly Miller, Stacey Miller (spouse Marie VandeBerg), Mikki Maddox; grandson, Earnest Gillespie III; his sister, Nancy Duckert; niece, Dana (Jamie) Kornely; and nephew, Tim (Lisa) Duckert. A Celebration of Life memorial will be held from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., August 20, 2019, at the Baraboo Masonic Lodge, 108 2nd St. Baraboo, Wis. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wisconsin Public Radio and Television.
COLUMBUS—Raymond Franklin Lange, 93, entered his heavenly home on Monday, July 1, 2019.
Ray was born on Oct. 25, 1925, to Ernest and Viola (Poppe) Lange in Columbus. Ray’s mom passed away when he was eight years old. In October 1943, at age 18, he was handed his high school diploma and his military papers to serve in WWII, leaving home two days before Christmas.
Ray served as a gunner’s mate in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946, in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He then served as a Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1961, stationed in Japan, Labrador, and China. Ray is a member of the John E. Miller Legion Post #146. Ray stated, “the best day of my life was Sept. 24, 2016, when I went to Washington, D.C. on the Badger Honor Flight.”
In 1964, Ray married Betty Huebner. Together, they resided in Beaver Dam, and for a time owned Centennial Lanes serving Beaver Dam’s youth. He won many awards for bowling and golfing. Ray worked many years in health care. Ray was the “go-to-man” for haircuts and electric shaver repairs. He was a dedicated member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Ray is survived by his daughter, Jonnette (Michael) Robinson of Indiana.; his beloved sister, Rosalind “Rosie” Zeidler of Columbus; brother-in-law, John Huebner of Beaver Dam. We extend a heartfelt thank you to his friends, Sam Herringa and Dan Oliver for their weekly visits and letters; devoted friend, Joyce Mohr; and special niece and caretaker Linda Huebner. He is also survived by grandchildren; great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; sons, Craig and Michael; daughter, Roxanne; brother, Sam; and sister, Lucille.
A memorial gathering was held at First Ev. Lutheran Church, 311 W. Mackie St., Beaver Dam, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m. Rev. Robert Moberg officiated. Inurnment took place at Highland Memory Gardens, township of Trenton with military honors conducted by the John E. Miller American Legion Post #146.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Badger Honor Flight, Dodge County Wing, P.O. Box 258066, Madison, WI 53725.
Edward Gustav Buss, Jr., age 89, of Randolph, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Randolph Health Services, Randolph.
Edward was born on December 28, 1929, in West Allis, WI, son of Edward and Edith (Pfund) Buss. He attended Jordan Lutheran School in West Allis for eight years and graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Ed worked at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1947, and enlisted in the US Army in 1951-1954. He was united in marriage to Gladys Milarch on October 4, 1958, Fox Lake, WI. Ed started farming in Juneau in 1960, and moved to Randolph in 1965, and started Oak Point Dairy Farm. He enjoyed driving the bus route for Randolph from 1968-2007. He loved to play sheepshead with his grandchildren and dancing. Ed was a member of Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Ed is survived by his wife, Gladys; four children, Melanie (Michael) Zumwalde of Hudson, Edward Buss III, Steven (Lisa) Buss and Michael Buss, all of Randolph; eight grandchildren, Nick, Alex and Jade Zumwalde, Nathan, Nick and Austin Buss, Andrew (fiancé Stacey Dougherty) and Katelyn Buss; sister, Violet Schindel of Oconomowoc; sisters-in-law, Carol Krueger and Alice (John) Barstow; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Wilbur Schindel and Ivan Krueger.
Visitation for Ed will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 335 Jones Street, Randolph.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Church with Pastor Schumann officiating. Burial will follow in the Randolph Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Fox Lake American Legion Post 521 Honor Guard. A memorial fund has been established to the Randolph FFA Alumni.
Leona G. Loeffler, 88, of Beaver Dam peacefully went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac.
Leona was born on September 20, 1930 at home in Columbia County, the daughter of William and Augusta (Rahn) Rohde. She was united in marriage to Lee Loeffler on October 14, 1950 at St. Stephen’s Ev. Lutheran Church. Their marriage was blessed with three children. Lee preceded her in death in 2007 after 57 years of marriage. On August 19, 2011, Leona was married to Charles “Chuck” Schultz at Trinity Church United Methodist.
Leona had worked at Kraft Foods and in the bakery of both Orv and Wally’s and Piggly Wiggly. She enjoyed helping others and volunteering. She volunteered at PAVE for 10 years, rang bells for Salvation Army for many years and worked in Child Evangelism for several years serving as a hostess, teacher or a helper. She had been a past member of St. Stephen’s Ev. Lutheran Church and was currently a member of Trinity Church United Methodist in Beaver Dam.
Leona enjoyed traveling. She and her husband Lee traveled to Jordon, Israel, Egypt, Hawaii, Alaska, two cruises to Europe and Jamaica and visited several States. She enjoyed gardening and taking care of her home and family. She was happiest when her family was around her.
Leona is survived by her three children, Dale (Betty) Loeffler, Fall River, Connie (Tom) Murray, Neenah, and Laurie Hartl, Greenville; five grandchildren, Barb (Paul) Loeffler-Hartl, Beaver Dam, Michelle (LaDair) Radig, Menasha, Eric (Krista) Murray, Falcon Heights, MN, Kevin (Michelle) Murray, Waunakee, Jackie (Mark Kueppers) Murray, Madison; eight great grandchildren; her brothers, Roland Rohde, Pardeeville, Darwin Rohde, Waupun, and Donald Rohde, Waupun. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Lee in 2007; second husband, Charles in 2019; a brother in infancy; her brother, Kenneth Rohde; and her sister, Shirley Koenig; as well as other relatives and in-laws.
A Celebration of Leona’s Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Trinity Church United Methodist in Beaver Dam with Rev. Cherie Forret officiating. Visitation will also be held at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity Church United Methodist in Beaver Dam.
The KOEPSELL-MURRAY FUNERAL HOME in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online Condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com
NEW LISBON—Roger J. Pierce, age 86 of New Lisbon (Germantown township), died on Sunday August 11, 2019 at the Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston. Roger was the son of George and Faye (Schnieder) Pierce and was born on August 12, 1932 in La Crosse, WI. Roger was a graduate of the Tomah High School.
Roger served in the US Army in Germany from 1952 to 1954. He was a member of the New Lisbon American Legion Post 110.
Roger was united in marriage to Jacqueline Marie Maloney on January 10, 1959 in Milwaukee, WI where they resided for many years. Roger was employed by Harnischfeger Corporation in Milwaukee for 28 years. Roger and Jacqueline move to Germantown Township in Juneau County in 1995.
Roger enjoy gardening, in which you could see by the flowers at his house, he also liked to go fishing. Roger liked to socialize with friends at Wonderly’s and at the Body Shop in New Lisbon.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jacqueline on March 22, 2205, brothers Frank and George, and sisters Margaret Johnson and Catherine Pierce.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (2001 S. Main St.) in Necedah, WI. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment with Military Honors will follow in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery. The Hare Funeral Home in New Lisbon is assisting the family with services. Online condolences are available at www.harefuneralhome.com.
MAUSTON—Michael A. Babcock, age 67, of Mauston, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at his home.
Mike, the son of Arnold and Miriam (O’Day) Babcock, was born on September 5, 1951 in Mauston, WI. He married Shirley Straight in Mauston on November 13, 1993. Mike was a “retired” truck driver. He loved hunting, fishing, playing cards, garage sales, being on the farm and telling stories of his numerous past adventures. He was an avid Packers, Brewers, Badgers and Bucks fan; you always knew when a game was on by the volume in the room!
Mike is survived by his wife Shirley; daughter, Jenny (Andy) Babcock; son, Chad (Beth) Babcock; daughter, Amanda Babcock; stepson, Tom Perkins and stepdaughter Melissa (Scott) Putman; brothers, Rod (Patty) Babcock, Tony (Colette) Babcock and Harold (Amy) Babcock; sisters, Patricia Webber, Rosemary (Ron) Bobeck, Jeanette (Dan) Boehm and Gladys (John) Golden; grandchildren, Sidney, Kayla, Jacob, Joshua, Vivian, Skyler, Lexie and Michaela; 3 great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and his lifelong friend Gene Neve. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Miriam Babcock and an infant son, Mikey.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at The Emerald Lounge in the Mauston Park Oasis Hotel and Restaurant at 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. with a Celebration of Life to follow. Light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be served until approximately 8:00 p.m.
The Conway-Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Lyndon Station, Wisconsin assisted the family with arrangements. For On-Line condolences and information, go to www.pichafuneralhome.com.
Suzanne M. Piepenbrink, age 73 of Hustler, died on Sunday August 11, 2019 at the Elroy Health Services in Elroy, WI. She was the daughter of Martin and Margaret (Tegmier) Piepenbrink and was born on March 14, 1946 in Chicago Heights, IL.
Suzanne worked at several different factories in her life. She also took care of her parents when they got ill. Suzanne donated a kidney to her sister Sharin, which allowed her to live and extra 12 years.
Suzanne is survived by a brother, Victor Piepenbrink; two sisters, Joyce K. Mniszewski and Theresa A. Kazort; and by other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by two sister, Gail L. Bachmann and Sharin Smith.
Graveside memorial service will be held on Monday August 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Brewster Cemetery on County Rd A outside New Lisbon. Pastor Robert Gerke will preside. The HARE FUNERAL HOME in New Lisbon is assisting the family with services.
MONDOVI—Deacon Robert “Bob” John Hansen, 68, of Mondovi, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Bob was born to Norbert and Elizabeth (Burbach) Hansen, on Dec. 19, 1950, in La Crosse, Wis. He was the third child of four children; he has three sisters, Kathy, Mary and Patty.
Bob graduated with a teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1973. He taught middle school and coached at Lake Mills, before moving to Marshfield to teach physics at Marshfield High School. He later earned his Master’s Degree in Professional Development, in 1987, from UW-Stout. Bob taught physics and math at Chippewa Valley Technical College from 1983 until his retirement in 2011.
On July 2, 1983, Bob was united in marriage to Sara Jane Dieringer at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Marshfield, Wis. From this union, six children were born; Mitch, Heidi, Isaac, Kateri, Annie and Elizabeth.
Bob and Sara made their home in Mondovi, Wis., where Bob became active in church activities as a lay minister at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. He earned his Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from the Institute for Religion and Pastoral Studies and was ordained a Deacon in 2007.
Deacon Hansen ministered to those in the Tri-Parish communities of Durand, Lima and Mondovi through funerals, adult and youth catechesis, weddings and baptisms. He spent countless hours serving the church and its parishioners, cherishing each of them like his own family. He was currently serving as Prefect for Diaconal Life and Ministry in the deacon formation program for the Diocese of La Crosse.
Bob loved telling a good story and enjoyed interacting with people of all ages. He was a natural teacher and was always happy to help his children and their friends with their math and physics homework.
He found happiness in his roles as husband, father and grandfather. This love was shown through his dedication to providing for his family; there was nothing he wouldn’t do for them.
He is survived by his wife, Sara of Mondovi; six children, Mitch (Becca) of Cedarburg, Wis., Heidi of Lawrence, Kan., Isaac of Anchorage, Alaska, and Kateri, Annie and Elizabeth, all of Mondovi; two grandchildren, Natalie and Peter; two sisters, Kathy (Tony) Cummings and Patty (Mike) Jelinek; one brother-in-law, Sid Bateman; many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and dear friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary; and other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held at Talbot Funeral Home, in Mondovi, from 4 to 8 p.m on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, in Mondovi, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to Mass. The Rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Deacon Hansen and his family request Masses be celebrated in his name.
Talbot Family Funeral Homes, Mondovi Chapel, is assisting the family. Online condolences and memories can be shared at www.talbotfuneralhomes.com.
WAUPUN—Ryan William Bubolz, age 29 of Waupun, passed away unexpectedly Friday, August 9, 2019. Ryan was born in Portage on April 11, 1990. He graduated from Wonewoc High School in 2008, and was most recently employed at Federal Mogul Corporation in Waupun. Ryan was a man of God and enjoyed attending church services. Listening to music and attending concerts were a big part of his life. He also enjoyed fixing cars/stereos, disc golfing and skateboarding. He maintained several fish tanks and found relaxation in watching the many fish he cared for. Ryan’s kind and caring personality showed as he was always willing to help anyone in need. He greatly cared for his family and loved to spend time with them; Ryan was so loved and will be greatly missed.
Ryan leaves behind his mother, Amie (Mitchell) Deimund of Montello; and three siblings, Devon Bubolz, Matthew Bubolz and Sarah Bubolz, all of Montello; as well as his maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Janice Aberle of Pardeeville. He is also survived by his aunt, Sherry Aberle of Portage; and uncle, Mark Aberle of Sheboygan; as well as two cousins, Amanda Simonson and Jacob Aberle. Ryan is further survived by several extended family members; and many friends; including his four legged friend Otto.
A memorial service of Ryan Bubolz will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. at the Marquette Community Church, 610 Doty Street, Montello, Wis. 53949. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the hour of service. Pastor Mike Vargo will preside and inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the family for several memorials that will be established in Ryan’s name.
Crawford Funeral Home of Montello and Oxford is honored to be serving the family.
BARABOO—Eileen Jane (Wood) Barrett, 88, formerly of Camp Douglas, Wis., loved by her family and friends, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Oak Park Place in Baraboo, Wis. Eileen was surrounded by her loving family.
On January 16, 1931, Eileen was born to Maurice and Mary (Schlicht) Wood in Mauston. Eileen was the first of three daughters; sisters Maureen (Wood) Finger (deceased) and Chryl (Wood) Horstman of Menomonie, Wis.
Eileen grew up on the family farm outside of New Lisbon, Wis. during the war years, learning to drive the farm tractors at a young age. She loved her high school ride, a jeep, and told stories of the fun she and her sisters had with it. She graduated from New Lisbon High School in 1949. Eileen went on to work in the Madison area and then returning to work in the Juneau County Courthouse, Fort McCoy, and the United States Postal Service. Eileen’s career at the USPS included the position of clerk, rural carrier (first lady rural carrier in Wis.), in 1979, she became the Postmaster, first lady Postmaster in Wis. She helped deliver the mail for 34 years.
Eileen married James C. Barrett (Jim) on May 6, 1950, at St. James Catholic Church in Camp Douglas, Wis. They were married 61 years, until Jim’s death in 2011. Eileen and Jim’s gatherings of friends and family were always known to have merriment, laughter and plenty of delicious food. On her and Jim’s 50th family and friends were bountiful.
Education was very important to her, especially reading. Her unlimited reading was a gift she gave to the family and friends.
She was a member of the St. James Altar Society and made many cakes for the church. She also competed in Farm Wives speaking contests and received first in the competition more than once. She also volunteered her time for various hometown events and at the Mile Bluff Medical Center.
Eileen loved to travel with family and friends and was always adventuresome. Whether snowmobiling out West or home; going to Canada fishing and picking blueberries; or seeing Europe and Australia with her youngest daughter, Charlene, she was always glad to return to her beloved home. She learned to waterski in her 40’s and to golf in her 70’s with two holes in one, at the New Lisbon golf course. She gave the gift of swimming to her daughters and grandchildren.
Eileen’s doctor of late noted, “It sounds like you had a very active and wonderful life”. She replied, “No, I have had a fairy tale life”.
Eileen is survived by daughter, Christianne Williams (Gary), Baraboo; Sister Chryl (Wood) Horstman (Richard), Menomonie; brother-in-law, Hector Charles Finger, Venice, Fla.; and son-in-law, David DeLawyer, Deer River, Minn.;grandchildren, Heather Anne (Williams) Smith (Jason), Oconomowoc; James Wesley Williams (Jennie), Wausau, Wis; Adam James DeLawyer (Mollie), Lakeville, Minn; Tanner Johnathan Delawyer, Kochi, Japan; and seven great-grandchildren, Olivia, Isabella and Jackson Smith, August Williams, Lyla, Meara and Aubrie DeLawyer.
Eileen was preceded in death by Husband, James Charles Barrett; daughter, Charlene Jane (Barrett) DeLawyer; parents, Maurice and Mary (Schlicht) Wood; sister, Maureen (Wood) Finger.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 16, 2019, at the St. James Catholic Church, Camp Douglas, Wis. with visitation at 10 a.m. Mass at 11 a.m., with cemetery burial and lunch to follow. Father Robert Letona will preside over the Catholic mass and burial.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Eileen J. Barrett can be made to the New Lisbon Memorial Library, 115 W. Park St., New Lisbon 53950. The Hare Funeral Home in New Lisbon is assisting the family with services. Online condolences are available at www.harefuneralhome.com
MAUSTON—Eileen Powers, age 87, of Mauston, Wis. passed away Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, at Fairview Nursing Home, Mauston, Wis.
Eileen was born June 26, 1932, in New Lisbon, Wis., the daughter of Leo and Mary (Gromalak) Sumiec. She was raised on the family farm in rural New Lisbon and graduated from New Lisbon High School. Eileen Sumiec married Joseph Powers in Mauston in Aug. of 1959.
In addition to supporting her husband’s farming operation with bookkeeping and planning, Eileen worked as a bookkeeper for the Mauston Co-operative Creamery until its closing. Eileen then became Deputy Treasurer for the City of Mauston, a position she held until her retirement. After retirement, Eileen enjoyed traveling with her husband, gardening and birdwatching. After the passing of her husband, Eileen volunteered for many years at the local thrift shop and animal shelter. Eileen enjoyed numerous antiquing adventures with her sister-in-law, Betty Sumiec and became an ardent appreciator of the art of her granddaughter, Sydney Powers.
Eileen is survived by her sons, Nathan of Chicago and Ryan (Michelle) and their daughter Sydney of Aurora, Ill.; her brother, Bernard Sumiec of Janesville, Wis.; and her sister Lorraine Fugill of Germantown, Wis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Mary Sumiec; her husband of 54 years Joseph; and her siblings Marie, Walt, Anna, Bernice, Leo, Edwin, and Margaret.
Eileen desired no memorial services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Carl W. Nelson Animal Shelter of Mauston, Wis. or the American Cancer Society.
The Conway-Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Lyndon Station, Wis. assisted the family with arrangements. For online condolences and information, go to www.pichafuneralhome.com.
SAUK CITY—Patricia S. Mecher, 87, of Sauk City, Wis., passed away at home on August 7, 2019, with her loving family by her side. Pat was born in Chicago, Ill. on September 20, 1931, and adopted to Stanley and Victoria (Drumke) Krul. She attended schools in the Chicago Catholic Diocese. She was married to the late John Mecher in 1952, where they lived in the Chicagoland area for 40 years before relocating to Wisconsin for retirement.
Pat most enjoyed her time with family and friends. She enjoyed working on puzzles at home, crocheting afghans for the retirement community and volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul in Prairie du Sac. She was a talented musician; playing the violin, piano, and singing in various church choirs and community groups throughout the Sauk Prairie area.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, John; her daughter, Denise, and son, Michael. Pat was survived by her daughter, Susan (Mecher) and Greg Strzalkowski of Mt. Prospect, Ill.; son-in-law Wayne and Valerie (Banks) Schwarzkopf of Wisconsin Dells, and several nieces and a nephew. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Gregory Strzalkowski, John and (Crystal Hanrahan) Strzalkowski, Nathan and Jennifer Schwarzkopf, Chris and Minami Schwarzkopf, Paul and Emily Schwarzkopf. Pat was also survived by six great-grandchildren: Mia, Aylee, Lilia, Jazmin, Noelle, and Corrine.
The viewing ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Sac, Wis. There will be a luncheon directly following the ceremony at the church. The family requests that people make donations in support of Breast Cancer Research, in lieu of sending flowers. In addition, the family would like to thank Agrace for their unending kindness, care, and support, to Hooverson Funeral Homes for their assistance in arrangements and the luncheon provided by St. John’s Lutheran Church.
NECEDAH—Randolph Dohnke age 73, of Necedah, Wis., lost his battle to cancer on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at SSM Health St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo, Wis.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16th, 2019, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wis. Visitation will be on Friday, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. Following the ceremony and burial at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery, a celebration of life will be held at the Necedah Veterans Memorial Hall.
Randy was born January 21, 1946, in Fox Lake, Ill. to William and Sonia (Simpkins) Dohnke. He married his wife Ann, on October 8th, 1966, they lived together in Fox Lake, Ill. before relocating to Necedah, Wis., where they both resided for the remainder of their lives.
Randy owned and worked at his construction business, Dohnke Construction for 35 years, followed by retirement. He had great love for animals and nature, and was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, and ride ATV’s. In his early days he was known to race cars, and fly airplanes. Randy enjoyed spending time in his shop where woodworking and model building were some of his favorite activities.
Randolph was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Dohnke; and daughter, Christine M. Rattunde. He leaves behind his daughter, Robyn Keough.
Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit www.roseberrys.com to offer online condolences.
PLAIN—Victor C. “Vic” Brey, age 75, of Plain, passed away unexpectedly on Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, at the UW Hospital in Madison. He was born on March 6, 1944, in Richland Center, Wis., the son of Herman and Lucille (Gruber) Brey. Vic was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Plain, and the Plain American Legion Post #398. During Vic’s working years, he worked for Francis Bettinger as a Plumber Assistant and Gruber Brothers Cheese Factory. Vic also managed the Palace Bar & Bowl for over 18 years, was a manager of the Plain Indians Baseball Team, was a member of the Plain Fire and EMS Department for many years, and worked as custodian at St. Luke’s Catholic Church and school for 19 years. He was an avid Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Dodgers fan. Vic was very social and loved to visit with people and play euchre. Survivors include his wife, Jacquie Brey of Plain; a son, Brian (Mary C.) Brey of Plain; a daughter, Debra (Brian) Westerwelle of Reedsburg; a granddaughter, Addison Brey; 3 grandsons, Corey Brey, Austin and Garett Westerwelle; 6 siblings, Ray, Charlene Linscheid, Bobbie (Rick) Anderson, Randy (Teresa), Al (Mary), Sharon (Francis) Hrubes; a sister-in-law, Norma Nager; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Lucille Brey; 2 sisters, Marlene Brey and Bonnie Drone; 2 brothers-in-law, Thomas Drone and Donnie Linscheid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Plain, Wis. Fr. John Silva will officiate with burial in the church cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Plain American Legion Post #398. Visitation will be held on Mon., Aug. 12, 2019, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church from 4:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. and again on Tue. at church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Tuition Assistance Program, the Spring Green Food Pantry or to ALS organization. Online condolences are available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home in Spring Green is assisting the family with the arrangements.
IRON RIDGE—Thomas J. “Bootsy” Kanas, age 64, of Iron Ridge passed away from complications of ALS on August 9, 2019, at his home with his family by his side.
Thomas was born the son of Carl and Catherine (Huttner) Kanas on March 1, 1955, in Beaver Dam. He was a 1973 graduate of Mayville High School. Bootsy will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a “jack of all trades”. He was a man who didn’t like to sit still, and enjoyed working on many different things, and also enjoyed mentoring to others. Throughout his life, Bootsy worked various jobs and also farmed and worked on the land. Hunting and fishing were also a passion of Bootsy and he enjoyed taking trips with his brothers and dad. His hard work ethic was something that was passed down to the rest of his family.
Bootsy is survived by his longtime companion, Lisa Galgano of Iron Ridge; and her children, Billy, Theresa, John, and Fracesca Ersbo. His siblings, Diane Schuetz of KS., Carl (Sharry) Kanas of Lomira, David Kanas of Theresa, Robert (Lisa) Kanas of Mich., Ed Kanas of Mayville, James Kanas of Wash., Susan Berens of Oconomowoc, Connie (Mike) Joki of Ore., and Mary Tarr of Horicon. Further survived by nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Lawrence and Rick.
A memorial service for Bootsy will take place on Friday, August 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville, with the Rev. Fr. Tom Biersack presiding. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home in Mayville.
Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family. For online condolences and other information, please visit www.KoepsellFH.com
BARABOO—Judith Ann Reinfeldt age 79, of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at SSM Hospice House.
Judy was born on November 6, 1939, to Alexander and Ella (Zimke) Baumgarten. She united in marriage to Wayne Wright on December 12, 1956; he preceded her in death. On September 19, 1970, she was united in marriage to Charles Reinfeldt who preceded her in death on September 22, 2001.
Her main passion was that of a loving housewife, while raising six children, but she also worked at some of the finer hotels/resorts in the Wisconsin Dells area for many years. Following, she worked at Land’s End for several years, and found great pleasure in working at the Baraboo Public Library until her retirement.
She enjoyed playing bingo, playing slots at surrounding casinos, traveling, and playing cards. While spending time at St. Clare Meadows and Sauk County Healthcare Center, she took up putting puzzles together. Her faith was very important to her and she has been a long-standing member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo.
She is survived by her six children, Tim Wright, Rick (Rhonda) Wright, Ron (Lyneen) Wright, David Wright, Pam (Tom) Udelhofen, and Randy (Maribel) Reinfeldt; grandchildren, Shane, Jesse, Joshua, Samuel, Cory, Jaimie, Jordan, Ariana, Rhiannon, Andrea, Katie, Nigel, Nathan and Amber; great-grandchildren, Keegan, Jayden, Jayla, Rayna, Alex, Vinney, Montgomery, Carter, Connor, Tayler, Bennett, Keegan, Kaylee, Ethan, Arianna, and Champion; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Ella; spouse, Charles Reinfeldt; grandson, Ryan Wright; and stepson, Daniel Reinfeldt.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo, with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be held at Redlin Funeral Home on Friday, August 16, 2019, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as at the church on Saturday at 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Family urges those who are unable to attend the funeral service to attend a memorial service to honor Judy. A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Burial will be held at St. John’s Cemetery in Rock Springs on September 7, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.
The family would like to send a special thank you to the nurses and staff at St. Clare Hospital, SSM Health at Home Hospice House and to Dr. Stuart Hannah.
REEDSBURG—Mary Jane Vanderkin 73, of Reedsburg, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center.
Mary was born on September 5, 1945, in Sheboygan County to Lloyd and Arlene (Brasser) Gahagan. She was raised on the same farm that her mother and grandparents had lived on. She was especially close to her father and shared his Irish humor and zest for life, finding the funny side of most situations. Her love of music and dance filled her home with many reasons to smile. She attended a one room grade school and Waldo High School, where she met the love of her life, then graduated with honors from Sheboygan Falls High School. After graduation, she worked at Citizens Bank in Plymouth. On May 2, 1964, she married her high school sweetheart, James Vanderkin, their marriage was blessed with four beautiful daughters. Mary enjoyed being a wife, mother and homemaker, trying to do little things to make her family’s life special, full of laughter, good food, and usually surrounded with children.
She made the decision to follow Christ at the age of twelve, growing in her faith throughout her life, having the assurance that God was with her and her family, wherever they made their home. After raising her family, she started Vanderkin Insurance Agency, enjoying helping clients for 25 years until her retirement in 2014.
Mary loved family and holiday celebrations, gathering grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their home, making sure everyone felt special and had tasted the special treats that she created for them. Her and Jim’s favorite place was sitting on the back patio on a warm day and evening remembering all the blessings that they had been able to share over their 55 years of marriage.
Mary is survived by her husband, James; daughters, Toni (Jeff) Benesh, Jill (Darrick) Geitz, Bobbi (Tom) Richardson and Jodi Staniewski; nine grandchildren; their spouses; and twelve great-grandchildren. She is further survived by sisters, JoAnne Braun, Bette Gos; and brother, Daniel (Louise) Gahagan. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Dale and Loretta Vanderkin, Thomas Vanderkin, Russell and Darlene Vanderkin and Warren and Carolyn Vanderkin; sister-in-law, Denise Vanderkin; many nephews; nieces; extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Edward Staniewski; a niece, Chrystal; sisters-in-law, Roseleen Hanson, and Diane Vanderkin; and brothers-in–law, Roger Braun and Larry Vanderkin.
Funeral Services for Mary will be held Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at Trinity Baptist Church in Reedsburg. Pastor Mike Lopp, Senior Pastor, will officiate. Visitation will be on Tuesday, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg, and on Wednesday, at the church, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow services at Greenwood Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established in her name.
Farber Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
WISCONSIN DELLS—Howard Page, age 94, of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at his home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Wisconsin Dells, with Father Eric Sternberg celebrating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m.
Howard was born January 20, 1925, in Adams, Wis., the son of Charles and Martha (Evans) Page. He was a member of the Army Air Corps during WWII from 1943 to 1945, piloted P51 Mustang fighter planes, was stationed in England and was honorably discharged. He reinlisted into the Air Guard during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1953, was stationed in Japan, flew C140 cargo and rescue planes and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. Following his military service, he was self employed as a carpenter and farmer. At the age of 50, he sold his business and was employed at the Federal Correction Institute of Oxford.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret; infant son, Kenneth; daughter, Janis; grandson, Daniel and brothers, Roland, Harold and Charles.
The family would like to give special thanks to Heartland Hospice, especially to Mark Keller, Nikki Manthey and Patti Soter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Heartland Hospice (or any Hospice), Unbound or Badger Honor Flight.
The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Wisconsin Dells, Wis. assisted the family with arrangements. For online condolences and information, go to www.pichafuneralhome.com.
Ingrid (Bredesen) Booth, age 58, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, passed away on August 12, 2019 at her home.
A Memorial Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Dells with Pastor Craig Wolfgram officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m.
Ingrid was born on December 20, 1960 in Friendship, WI, the daughter of Harold and Giselle (Wöelfel) Bredesen. She graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School in 1979. Ingrid married Gary Booth in Portage, WI on December 22, 1989. Ingrid highly enjoyed spending time with friends and family. She also found joy in gardening, tole painting, crafting and spending time outdoors. She worked various jobs throughout the Dells growing up until she found her passion in cosmetology. She went to school and worked as a cosmetologist for many years until she fell into some health issues. After that she spent most of her time as a wonderful homemaker and always soaking up as much time as she could with her grandchildren.
Ingrid was always willing to lend a hand to others. She highly believed in “paying it forward.” She was a very creative, smart, caring, compassionate, generous and beautiful person. She loved Christmas and always filled the home with lots of love, decorations and presents. There was nothing she loved more than her family. Especially her best friend, the love of her life, her husband, Gary.
Ingrid is survived by her husband of 30 years, Gary; son; Erik Bredesen (Crista Didrickson) of Wisconsin Dells; daughters, Stephanie Bredesen (Sebastian Bulanda) of Portage, WI and Kirsten Booth (Andrew Swenson) of Clayton, WI; grandchildren, Devan, Kai, Reece, Aiden and Brianna; sisters, Bonnie (Tom) Brose-Horocks of Lincoln City, OR and Sue Buchan (Gordon Shaw) of Waterloo, WI; brother, Ralph Bredesen of Brooks, WI and nephew, Christoper Bredesen of California. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The PICHA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY of Wisconsin Dells, WI assisted the family with arrangements For On-Line condolences and information, go to www.pichafuneralhome.com.
Marianne Driese, 82, of Reedsburg, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019, at St. Mary Hospital in Madison.
Marianne was born January 29, 1937 in Hamburg, Germany to the late Frank and Ella Hummel. On March 20, 1955, she married Heinze Driese in Reedsburg, Wisconsin Together the couple immigrated to the United States in 1954. He preceded her in death June 28, 2018.
Marianne was well known for her cooking and operating several restaurants through the years. They both love to dance, traveling to Colorado and South Dakota with a polka band. They made one last trip to Germany to visit family with their youngest son, Tim. Mom enjoyed family gatherings, entertaining as often as she could. She loved family very much. She, as she would say “loved this country”
She is survived by her children, LaVern “Butch” (Deanna West) Driese, Ruth Ann (Dan) Hineman, Heidi Schlienger, Monica (Dave) Bergman, Rick (Tanya Henry) Driese, Peter (Penelope Durfee) Driese, and Timothy (Melonie Munson) Driese; grandchildren, Joe (Chrissy McNamara) Kinsman, Sheena (Joe Burdick), Joleen (Johnny) Williams, Andrea (Kevin) Johnson. Christina (Shawn Burdick) Hineman, Jamie (Mike) Heath, Kyle Schlienger, Aynsley (Debbie Stone) Lange, Analicia Henry, Dustin Driese, Aubin Driese, Brandon Henry, Jordynn Durfee, Conrad Kurtz, Austin Fuhrman, and Hunter Driese; great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Alexa, Kiera, Addison, Kaley, Megan, Lilliana, Everett, Oliver, Jenna, Alex, Taya, and Jace; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Warner and Linda Driese; niece and nephew, Tammy Grabmiller and family and Todd Driese and family.
We would like to thank the staff St. Mary’s Hospital for their great comfort and care for our mother.
A Memorial Service honoring Marianne will be conducted on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 5:30 p.m., at FARBER FUNERAL HOME, Reedsburg, with Chaplain Daniel Farber officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2:00 until 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name. Until we can waltz again, auf weidersehen.
LAKE DELTON—Henry “Hank” Braun, age 73 of Lake Delton, Wis. died Monday, August 12, 2019, at St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo, Wis.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Gathering will be held at Picha Funeral Home, 120 East Adams Street, Lake Delton on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Hank was born December 17, 1945, in Portage, Wis. In 1961 at the age of 17 he enlisted into the United States Army. His tours of duty included Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, Germany and Iceland. In March of 2006 he was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant. In May of 1997, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Hames in Baraboo. Hank was awarded numerous certificates of appreciation, achievement and his dedicated service to our country. He enjoyed being with family and friends and was an avid Nascar fan. His favorite drivers were Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon.
Hank is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen; family, Sue (Steve) Ebert of Ark., Peggy (Dave) Miller of Mauston, Robert (Ann) Klaetsch and Bill (Denise) Klaetsch both of Wisconsin Dells, and Peter (Tara) Klaetsch of Reedsburg; a sister, Beatrice Tully of Viroqua; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Jenny.
The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Lake Delton, Wis. assisted the family with arrangements. For On-Line condolences and information, go to www.pichafuneralhome.com.
RIO—Jerome “Jerry” D. Stankiewicz, 75 of rural Rio, passed away August 8, 2019 at home.
He was born August 12, 1943 in Chicago, IL to Ignatius and Anna Stankiewicz. He married Beverly Hahn Laper January 20, 1991 in Las Vegas.
Next to Bev, Jerry loved fishing and hunting. He’d be on a pier in his boat casting from sunrise to sunset daily. In his earlier years, he enjoyed duck and goose hunting with his buddies, nephews, and beloved dogs. He was a master gardener, you could always find the world’s greatest homemade pickles chilling in his favorite crock yearly.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife Bev of 29 years; daughters Sheila Freed and Jeannie (Jonathan) Bean of IL, Jena (Randy) Otto of HI; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by 2 stepdaughters, Teri (Wane) Stankiewicz of Fox Lake, Pat (Scott) McNabb of KS, one stepson Timm (Sue) Laper of Portage; 7 step-grandchildren and 16 step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother William “Bill,” and sister Geri.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Grasse Funeral Home, 401 Angel Way, Rio with Rev. Ann Walsvik officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Online condolences may be made at www.grassefs.com. Grasse Funeral Service in Rio is serving the family.
BARABOO — Kenlynn (Reimer) Faith, 77, of Baraboo, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at Oak Park Place in Baraboo.
Kenlynn was born at home on Jan. 6, 1942, in Reedsburg, the daughter of Leonard and Edna (Roecker) Reimer. She was a graduate of Reedsburg High School and started her first job as a switch-board operator at Wisconsin Bell phone company. In February of 1964, she married Richard Faith at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Reedsburg.
Kenlynn worked as a customer service representative for Land’s End Company and retired after many years of service. In her spare time, she enjoyed tending to her flower garden, shopping for bargains and spending time at the casino. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family and friends and will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her children, Rick (Lisa Rhodes) Faith of Baraboo, Michele (David) DeCono of Watertown, Amy Faith of Prairie du Sac; grandchildren, Joe (Jessi Weinberger) DeCono and Ricky Ann (Andres Vega) DeCono; brothers, Leonard (Nancy) Reimer and Ken (Pat) Reimer; ex-husband and good friend, Richard “Dick” Faith; sister-in-law, Irene Reimer; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Kenlynn was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Ron.
Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Noon on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 624 East St., Baraboo, with Pastor Tim Kuske officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of service. Interment will take place in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Reedsburg. Baldwin Funeral Services is assisting the family with arrangements.
MONTELLO—Joseph L. Smith, 51 of Montello, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at his home.
He was born February 7, 1968 in Portage, the son of Daniel and Barbara (York) Smith. He was raised in Poynette and graduated from Portage High School in 1986. Joe was employed at Sta-Care in Portage for many years, recently working as a purchasing supervisor for Covia, formerly Unimin. He was united in marriage to the love of his life Stacy Simonson February 17, 2001. Joe loved to hunt, fish, work on muscle cars, spend time with his family, and was an avid sports and Green Bay Packer fan. Graced with a clever sense of humor, Joe had a gift of making those around him laugh. Even bigger than his sense of humor, was the love he had for his family, the importance they held for him was unparalleled by anything else in Joe’s life.
Survivors include his wife Stacy; four children Spencer, Konnor, Saylor, and Bode Smith; parents Daniel and Barb Smith; sister Elizabeth Falk; brother Dan (Deb) Smith, and Kirk (Jenny) Smith; in-laws Harley and Gretta Simonson, sisters-in-law Sheila Cross and Tracy Marceau; brothers-in-law Tim (Tammie) Simonson and Kevin (Camille) Simonson; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Adolph and Gen Smith and maternal grandparents Curtis and Mamie York and several aunts and uncles.
A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, August 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Grasse Funeral Home, 119 Industrial Drive, Pardeeville. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund for his children will be set up in Joe’s memory. Online condolences may be made at www.grassefs.com. Grasse Funeral Service in Pardeeville is serving the family.
BARABOO—Mary A. Fuchs, age 93, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Aug. 8, 2019 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo. She was born at the Price Homestead in Ridgeway Township, Iowa County, Wis., the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Ward) Price. She was a graduate of Barneveld High School in 1942, and earned a two-year degree in Rural Education from UW Platteville in 1945, and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, also from Platteville, in 1956. She taught at Fairbanks rural school near Barneveld, at Barneveld Grade School, and at Grand Avenue School in Prairie du Sac for a total of 22 years. She was united in marriage to Wallace Fuchs on July 27, 1957, and they celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary together with friends and family on July 27, 2007.
Mary very much enjoyed teaching children, both in elementary education and in church, where she taught a Sunday School class for many years. Mary also enjoyed writing and directing the Christmas Program at church for nearly 40 years. She was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church. Her passion for teaching never left her, and right up to the end, she would ask her son Andrew if he was getting A’s in class.
Mary is survived by her son Andrew, and many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wallace; two sisters, Ruth Bawden and Esther Bawden; and one brother, Ward Price.
Special thanks to St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo for their wonderful care of Mary over the past two years, and to Meadow View in Baraboo for their excellent care of Mary for two and half years before.
Funeral services will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 309 Water St., Sauk City at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 16. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Harrisburg Cemetery, Troy Township. There will be a visitation from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church on Friday before the service. Memorials may be given to Calvary Baptist Church.
RANDOLPH—Edward Gustav Buss Jr. age 89, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Randolph Health Services, Randolph.
Edward was born on December 28, 1929, in West Allis, Wis., son of Edward and Edith (Pfund) Buss. He attended Jordan Lutheran School in West Allis for 8 years and graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Ed worked at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1947, and enlisted in the US Army in 1951- 1954. He was united in marriage to Gladys Milarch on October 4, 1958, Fox Lake, Wis. Ed started farming in Juneau in 1960, and moved to Randolph in 1965, and started Oak Point Dairy Farm. He enjoyed driving the bus route for Randolph from 1968- 2007. He loved to play sheepshead with his grandchildren and dancing. Ed was a member of Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Ed is survived by his wife, Gladys; four children, Melanie (Michael) Zumwalde of Hudson, Edward Buss III, Steven (Lisa) Buss and Michael Buss, all of Randolph; eight grandchildren, Nick, Alex and Jade Zumwalde, Nathan, Nick and Austin Buss, Andrew (fiancé Stacey Dougherty) and Katelyn Buss; sister, Violet Schindel of Oconomowoc; sisters-in-law, Carol Krueger and Alice (John) Barstow; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Wilbur Schindel and Ivan Krueger.
Visitation for Ed will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 335 Jones Street, Randolph.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Church with Pastor Schumann officiating. Burial will follow in the Randolph Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Fox Lake American Legion Post 521 Honor Guard. A memorial fund has been established to the Randolph FFA Alumni.
BEAVER DAM—When the Lord created Karen Klomsten (nee Rennhack), he crafted her to be one of the toughest, kindest, and most enduring servants on this Earth. Surrounded by her husband (Richard); children (Steve, Shari, Keith, Patricia); grandchildren (Ben, Stephanie, Brittany, Kaprice, Kelsey, John Michael, Zack, Jenny, and Jacob), and great-grandchildren (Gavin, Brooklyn, Scarlett, Dominic, Chloe, Carly, and Kimber) Karen went home on August 10, 2019, at 9:30 a.m.
Karen was born one of fourteen into the Rennhack family of Reeseville, Wisconsin. In her life, Karen demonstrated to all that knew her the values of a strong work ethic and continual honesty. The men and women of Wisconsin owe her a debt of gratitude for her time served as one of the first female firefighter’s in the United States. She chose her actions not for fame or money, but she served others because it was the right thing to do. Karen’s family and friends will be fighting over her cherished recipes for years to come.
Karen is welcomed into eternity by her parents, several of her siblings, as well as her son Karl and grandson Cody. Goodbye, our faithful Karen. Heaven has welcomed another good and faithful servant.
A private family service for Karen will be held.
If desired, memorials in Karen’s name may be directed to Anchor Communities, 209 Forest St., Fox Lake, WI 53933.
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com.
BEAVER DAM—Roy L. Marthaler, age 92, of Beaver Dam passed away on Aug. 2, 2019. He was born on Jan. 12, 1927, in Beaver Dam, Wis., the son of Marie and Harley Marthaler.
After completing high school, Roy enlisted in the United States Navy and served our nation from 1939—1949 during World War II. He was honorably discharged June 1949. Roy worked for Marcus Theatre for over 50 years where he started out as a Projectionist and retired as the Manager of the Beaver Dam Marcus Theatre. Blessed with the love of outdoors; he enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting, motorcycling and boating, especially Ice Boating on Beaver Dam Lake using the custom made Ice Boat he built.
Roy is survived by his two daughters, Ruth Pederson and Rose Yaroch; grandchildren, Marie and Roy Yaroch; many good friends in Wis., including Jane Janczk. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harley and Marie Marthaler.
To honor Roy’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. The family will have a private ceremony.
The Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home in Fox Lake is serving the family.
PORTAGE—Marion Rose Roesler, of Portage, Wis. went home to meet her Savior on Friday, August 9, 2019. Marion was born on January 28, 1929, in Briggsville, Wis. to the late Charles William and Anna Matilda (Schwanz) Lueck.
Marion was a member of the Portage Assembly of God Church. She was a successful businesswoman. She co-owned and managed the Best Western in Baraboo, and the Best Western Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Portage, Wis. with her late husband, Glenn. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother to her three children, an adoring grandma to her six grandchildren, and a great-grandma to her three great-grandchildren.
Marion is survived by her son, Rick (Janarl) Roesler; her daughter, Angela (the late Rick) Campbell; grandson, Scott (Katie) Austin; granddaughter, Tiffany (Brian) Campbell—Zybniewski; granddaughter, Krystle Campbell; grandson, Tyler Roesler; granddaughter, Victoria Roesler; her great-granddaughters, Leah, Erin, and Maggie Austin; as well as many other loved relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Anna; her husband, Glenn Roesler; daughter, Kathleen (Larry) Ketterer; son-in-law, Rick Campbell; her granddaughter, Krissy Rose Campbell; her sisters, Evelyn (Elmer) Preuss, Helen (Jake) Whittner, Gladys (Adam) Biffert, Norma (Don) Bernander; brother, Roger (Marilyn) Lueck; brothers-in-law, Leslie (surviving wife Barbara) Roesler, and Lyle (Rosemary) Roesler.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019, at CrossPoint Assembly of God Church in Portage, Wis. Funeral services will follow directly after the visitation at 5 p.m. with Rev. Randy Mantik officiating, with refreshments after services. Burial will be private in Oak Grove Cemetery. Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.
WAUPUN—Sena Marcella Andresen age 50, of Waupun, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at her home surrounded by family.
Visitation for Sena will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Kohls Community Funeral Home, 405 West Main Street, Waupun, and again on Thursday, August 15, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 525 West Main Street, Waupun.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Jeff Nicla officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up with Wells Fargo Bank, established as, Jessica Rosek Benefit Memorial Fund as well as Go Fund Me, Facebook.
Kohls Community Funeral Home is assisting the family.