Barbara J. Paris

Barbara J. Paris, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and child of God, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the age of 85.

She was born in Madison, Wisconsin on May 26, 1931, the daughter of George and Beulah Watson. She attended Madison East High School. On April 29, 1950 she was united in marriage to Broadus “Gene” Paris at Bashford Methodist Church in Madison.

Barbara was employed as a secretary by Oscar Mayer and Co. in Madison. Barbara and her family moved to Baraboo in 1953 where they purchased a Standard Oil Station and garage on 8th Street where Kwik Trip is now.

She worked in the Baraboo School District for 28 years as secretary to the School Nurse and later to John B. Young, Principal and other principals who followed. She retired in 1994.

She was an avid tennis player for many years and traveled to small tournaments playing singles and doubles, often bringing home trophies.

After retirement she worked 22 years part-time for Homeward Bound as a Supportive Home Care worker. She had many clients over the 22 years she worked there. She enjoyed spending time with her clients, taking them shopping, cleaning, cooking and doing various other tasks.

She was a member of Emanuel United Methodist church and served as a Sunday School Teacher, Emanuel School Teacher, Bible School Teacher and member of United Methodist Women. She was also Church Secretary at Emanuel during the building of the new church.

She is survived by her husband Broadus “Gene” of Baraboo; her son, Steven of Oakdale, MN, her son, Michael (Suzanne) of Lino Lakes, MN, her daughter Linda (Greg) Bauer of Champlin, MN. She is further survived by nieces, nephews and their families. She dearly loved her grandchildren; Matthew, Brian and Adam Schiesl, Kristin and Jason (Amy) Paris, Ken and Maxine Yamazaki, and Erin Bowe as well as her six beautiful great-grandchildren, Austin, Cayliegh, Alyssa, Brayden, Peggy and Ivan.

She enjoyed many different crafts and loved playing cards with friends. Her favorite pastime was taking her grandchildren to the activities in the Dells. She enjoyed their summer visits to Baraboo and loved taking them to the Circus World Museum, the Dells and Great America.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Beulah and George Watson; brother, Bruce and sister-in-law, Burnette Watson; an infant daughter, Susan Marie who died in 1958; daughter-in-law, Peggy Paris and brother-in-law, Charles Paris.

Barb and her family would like to thank Dr. Carlson, Agrace Hospice Care and all of their staff, especially Deb, as well as the members of Emanuel United Methodist Church and friends and family for their love and support.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Emanuel United Methodist Church in Baraboo with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church as well as from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday. Memorials preferred to SJS Cancer Support Team. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Madalynne L. Lyon, Baraboo

Madalynne L. Lyon, age 94 died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center after a brief stay. She had previously lived at Our House Assisted Living in Baraboo where after 92 years she was fondly given the nickname of “Maddie”. Madalynne, daughter of Roland F. and Selma M. (Stroede) LaMar was born in Fairfield Township April 30, 1922. On Oct. 12, 1940 she was united in marriage to Earl A. Lyon. Madalynne graduated from Baraboo High School and entered the work place at St. Mary’s Ringling Hospital as a nurse’s aide and eventually retired from St. Clare Hospital. Her hobbies included reading and history; particularly family history. Madalynne was a descendant of the Wallace Rowan family that settled in the Baraboo area in 1839; they were recognized as a sesquicentennial family of the Baraboo Valley on July 24, 1999. She was a longtime parishioner of West Baraboo Church of God and at one time was a Sunday School teacher. Madalynne also participated in their Bible Studies.

She is survived by her three children, Nancy L. (William) Haskins of Baraboo, Janice J. Newell of Lakewood, CO and Steven R. (Grace) Lyon of Pittsburg, PA; six grandchildren, Dale (Shawn) Haskins, Tamara (James) Mooney, Kirby (Jaimy) Haskins, Glen (Cara) Newell, Madalyn (John) Snyder and Steven A. Lyon; 12 great-grandchildren, D. Roland Haskins, Lindsay S. Haskins, Joshua T. Skilondz, Michael J. Mooney, Chantalle D. Mooney, Summer L. Mooney, Autumn J. Mooney, Ryan E. Haskins, Kyle E. Haskins, Riley I. Haskins, Audra N. Snyder and Hannah S. Snyder; she is further survived by her sister, Barbara (Les) Roesler of Wisconsin Dells as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Phyllis (Arthur) Hill and her brother, Vernon (Lucille Apker) LaMar.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. at West Baraboo Church of God with Pastor Derick Bacon and Pastor William Haskins co-officiating. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Joanne M. Pieper- Camden, Arkansas/ Baraboo, Wisconsin

Joanne M. Pieper, age 70, formerly of Baraboo, passed away peacefully at home on April 7, 2017 in Camden, AR., after a battle with cancer. She was born May 4, 1946 to Joseph and Geraldine (Lede) Obadal in Phillips, WI. On May 10, 1969 she married Edwin A. Pieper in Phillips, WI.

Joanne served two years in the United States Army. She worked at Badger Ammunition Plant outside of Baraboo, WI., for a few years. Joanne then went on to work for Flambeau Plastics in Baraboo where she worked as a shipping clerk for many years until retirement. She lived in Baraboo for many years until in 2012 she moved to Camden, Arkansas to be close to her daughter Pam.

Joanne is survived by daughter, Pamela (Jack Mitchell) Pieper of Camden, AR; sisters, Carol Ponshock, Barb (George) Meives; brothers, John (Maggie) Obadal, Tom Obadal all of Phillips, WI; brother-in-law, August (Bev) Pieper of Madison, WI.; sister-in-law, Lea (Tom) Goodney of Platteville, WI; step sister-in-law, Brenda Rotzoll of Baraboo, WI.; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She is proceeded in death by her parents; her husband, Ed; and son, Gregory.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 9 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. at Redlin Funeral Home.  A graveside prayer service and burial will follow at 11:00 A.M. that same day at Tucker Cemetery in Greenfield Township, WI.


Charles Henry “Charlie” Bair, Baraboo

Charles Henry Bair, 75, passed away Friday, April 7, at his home in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He was born October 13, 1941, at St. Mary’s Ringling Hospital in Baraboo to Harold and Evelyn (Grover) Bair.

Charlie grew up at his family farm in Fairfield and attended Lower Narrows School for grades one through eight. Charlie spoke fondly of working summers for the Litscher family on their farm. He attended Baraboo High School, where he excelled at basketball and football. Charlie received all-conference honors for basketball and  honorable mention all-state recognition for football. After graduating in 1959, Charlie attended UW-Stevens Point, majoring in secondary education. He married Jennifer Brannan and had three sons: Charles (Hank), Jr., Jason, and Matthew.

He taught at Columbus High School in Columbus, Wisconsin, but then returned to Baraboo and taught history and political science at Baraboo High School. He also coached football and track. He was proud to have played a role in the 1970 and 1971 undefeated football teams and the 1971 state championship track team. Charlie worked many summers as a policeman at Devil’s Lake State Park and enjoyed spending time with his family at their cabin on the South Shore of Devil’s Lake. On June 18, 1977, Charlie married Barbara Bates and they had one son, Jesse.

Later, Charlie accepted a position as teacher at the St. Clare Hospital adolescent alcohol and drug treatment program. He then worked in environmental services until his retirement. Charlie took great pleasure watching his sons participate in many sports, including football, hockey, basketball, and track. He also enjoyed watching and discussing Wisconsin sports, arguing politics, and traveling.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Allan, and is survived by his wife and four sons, two grandsons, sister Donna Meyer, brother Tom, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

In lieu of a public service, family has chosen to remember him privately. Donations may be made on his behalf to the Baraboo Blue Line Club, in support of Baraboo hockey. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Robert Leroy Sefkar

Robert “Bob” Leroy Sefkar, age 75 of Baraboo died on Friday, April 7, 2017 at St. Clare Hospital. Robert, son of Emanuel and Meta (Radke) Sefkar was born May 31, 1941 in Reedsburg. He was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Big Creek), LaValle. He graduated from Reedsburg High School, Class of 1959. On Dec. 8, 1961 he was united in marriage to Karin Meyer. He worked over 40 years in thermal insulation for various companies and was a member of Local Unions 19 and 127. Bob was a member of Lake Redstone Property Owners Association and served as vice-president for a period. He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. In his free time he loved spending time at ‘Bert East’ and Lake Redstone.

Survivors include his loving wife of over 54 years, Karin; son, Rich Sefkar; granddaughter, Maddy; sisters, Arnita (Ron) Templin and Marilyn (Dennis) Catterson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Redlin Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be held at a later date.

Jacques P. Heiner, Lake Delton

Jacques P. Heiner, age 50 of Lake Delton, went to be with the Lord Sunday, April 2, 2017 after a courageous 3 year battle with cancer.

Jacques was born Jan. 14, 1967 in San Jose, California to Gerold and Jacqueline Heiner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; older brother, George and sister, Jacqueline.

He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 25 years, Kathi; five precious children, Samantha (Jay) Pearce, Noelle, Jack, Gigi and Pierre Heiner; granddaughter, Rosie; siblings, Jeanette, Michelle, Christian, Thomas, Martin, Francis, Phillip and Catherine; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was always positive, persevering, fun-loving with an amazing sense of humor. But most of all he loved the Lord with all his heart, soul and mind. He was dearly loved and will be missed beyond words.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Living Hope Church with Pastor Dave Bauman officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Lake Delton Village Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Lloyd Thomas Byxbe

Lloyd Thomas Byxbe, age 85, of Baraboo, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Lloyd, son of Frederick and Mary Etta (Davis) Byxbe was born October 18, 1931 in Greenville, Illinois. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Lloyd loved spending time with his family. He was involved in many clubs over the years in Baraboo. For over 40 years he traveled all over the Midwest as a multiline representative for promotional products. He helped organize relief efforts during hurricane Hugo and Katrina.

Survivors include his loving wife, Karen (Frye) Byxbe; son, Rob (Karen) Byxbe of Baraboo, Tom Byxbe of Sebring, Florida, Sally Byxbe of Sebring, Florida; 9 grandchildren, Rachel, Jonathan, Stephanie, Brandon, Justin, Valerie, Grace, Tom, Caroline; 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Maxine Burke of Greenville, Illinois as well as many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers, Melvin, Earl, Bob and Gene.

Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Walnut Hill Bible Church, 1900 East Street, Baraboo, with Pastor David Hutchens officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery where military rites will be conducted.

Duane L. Jackson

Duane L. Jackson, age 59, of Baraboo, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Duane, son of Dale and Katherine (Rau) Jackson was born January 3, 1958 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Duane enjoyed snacking on Wheat Thins, Diet Coke and eating his sweets. He was a big Nascar follower and a huge Dale Earnhardt fan. He always enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.   

Duane is survived by his mother; children, Mindy Burton, David (Jennifer) Jackson, Chelsey Koch; sisters, Debbie Jackson Knight, Dianne (Chico) Blum; 7 grandchildren, Peyton Jackson, Ryland, Maddox Burton, Bobby, Dacoda, Dalton, Braxton Jackson; other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Duane was preceded in death by his father; brothers David and Dennis Jackson, and his favorite bird Jr.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo.

 Victor “Vic” J. Wedekind

Victor “Vic” J. Wedekind, age 81, of North Freedom, passed away March 30, 2017 at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo. Victor, son of Victor and Helen (Woefel) Wedekind, was born on February 15, 1936 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Victor married Ellen Remhof on August 6, 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. Vic loved fishing, beating everyone at cards, telling stories and reminiscing. He looked forward to hanging out at Arvin’s, and visiting with family especially when they brought him treats. Vic also enjoyed sitting on his porch swing and watching the birds and squirrels.

Survivors include his children, Tony (Mari) Wedekind of Baraboo, Theresa Wedekind of Sun Prairie, Vicki (Lee) Laurent of Redgranite, Tammy Smith of Baraboo, Sue (Jim) Crawford of Georgetown, Kentucky, William Wedekind of Sun Prairie, and Jonna (Troy) Bennett of Madison; 8 grandchildren, Becki (Mike) Hoppe, Danelle (Cory) Miller, Amanda Cone, Nicola (Justin) Beard, Don (fiancée Melissa) Cone, Jerid Hulberg, Jeremy Myers, and Mikayla Bennett; 16 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary (Glen) Schulz, Roland (Sandy) Wedekind, Bob (Pat) Wedekind, Karen Lange, and Joyce (Richard) Mueller; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen; parents; grandchildren, James Wedekind and Angela Bennett.

A Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, North Freedom.

“May the winds of heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear how much we love and miss you and wish that you were here.” ~ Unknown author  



Katherine Gonzagowski

Katherine S. Gonzagowski, 75, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

Katherine was born in Mauston on July 29, 1941. Her parents were Joseph and Myrtle Gonzagowski who preceded her in death. She spent most of her adult life in Madison where she worked for 40-plus years as a licensed practical nurse at the Central Wisconsin Center for the developmentally disabled. Following the death of her sister-in-law Patricia (Williams) Gonzagowski, she moved to Baraboo to be with her brother. They spent seven winters as snowbirds in Mesa before moving there in May of 2016. Katherine was very active in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary holding offices at the local, state and national level. In 1989 she was installed as the national grand madam president and spent 12 months visiting Aeries in Canada and the United States. She was also an avid sports fan and loved watching her Badgers, Brewers and Packers. She was a charter member of the Madison Packer Backers. In her 20s she played on a traveling fast pitch softball team for Red Dot Foods. She played in many tournaments in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. She loved to travel and spend time in Europe, Canada, Mexico and all 50 states. She also went on many cruises.

She is survived by her brother, Bruce Gonzagowski, of Mesa, Arizona; and many close friends and relatives.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Sunday, April 9, 2017, at the Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo. Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Chris Gernetzke officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of mass at 10 a.m. on Monday at the church. Inurnment will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Monona at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Memorials may be sent in Katherine’s name to Home on the Range, 16351 I-94, Sentinel Butte, ND 58654.