Reid A. Kiefer, Baraboo

Reid A. Kiefer, age 55 of Baraboo died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at home. Reid, son of Connie (Frances) Kiefer and Robert (Rita) Benson was born Sept. 1, 1961 in Portage, WI. He was a graduate of Portage High School. Reid worked as a contractor for many years but most recently was employed by Menards at the material desk. Reid was an avid hunter and fisherman; he especially enjoyed his hunting with his special hunting buddy, Cody. Anyone that ever was to the house was considered family. He loved his extended family also his many friends from Menards. Reid enjoyed participating with Outdoor Adventures for Disabled Hunters. On May 22, 1994 he was united in marriage to Lona Thornton.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lona; parents, Frances Kiefer and Robert (Rita) Benson; children, Whitney Kiefer, Ashley (grandson, Stephan) Kiefer, Deanna (Michael) Foss, Kristi (Ronnel) Deering, Stacey Meichus, Jacob (Molly Rondorf) Feick and Jason Feick; 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Robert (Diana) Kiefer, Brian Kiefer, Nicholas Benson, Tanya (Scott) Manley, Sasha Benson and Sara Benson; brother-in-law, Jerry (Mary Ann) Thornton; sister-in-law, Tammy (Tracy) Ebert as well as aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Reid was preceded in death by his mother, Connie Kiefer; and grandparents, Frank (Vivian) Kiefer and Louie (Doneen) Haller.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. Followed by a celebration of Life lunch at Baraboo West Hill Park, 625 Connie Road, Baraboo, WI 53913, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Arlene Shew, Baraboo

Arlene Martha (Swanson) Shew passed away after living 4 1/2 years at SCMCC on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at the age of 94; she was born Sept. 13, 1922 to Rex and Freda Swanson. She graduated in 1940. Arlene was married on Dec. 25, 1941 to Benjamin Franklin Shew. Arlene, along with her husband Ben, owned and operated the Park View Inn grocery store, bar and restaurant. They also owned the Shew Motel and cabins. At one time, Arlene worked for Darrow’s Super Market, as well as Pierce’s Super Market in the 1950′s. She used to babysit for a morning bowling league at Thunderbird Lanes. She also loved to go to garage sales, as well as have garage sales. Her love of knitting and crocheting produced many afghans, hand towels, and other items. Arlene and her husband Ben took many vacations and saw a lot of the United States from coast to coast.

She is survived by her three children, Sharon (Bert) Payne of Baraboo, Joy (Jim) Smith of Portage; Tom Shew of Baraboo; one sister, Gloria Koch of Poynette; six grandchildren, Mark (Cheryl) McWilliams of Waunakee, Kim (Brian) Sefkar of Baraboo, Jay (Kerry) McWilliams of Elroy, Steve (Amanda) Payne of Baraboo, Adam (Amy) Romberg of Baraboo, Wade (Kristi) Romberg of Friendship; 18 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren, many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben in 1987 and daughter-in-law, Konalee in 2011.

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Lisa Newberry officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. Remember, Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end; it simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Carol L. Blystad, Baraboo

Carol L. Blystad, 77, of Baraboo, died on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Carol, daughter of George and Margaret (Duncan) Lestina, was born May 6, 1940 in Wilmette, Illinois. On August 26, 1967, Carol was united in marriage to Charles Blystad in Wilmette, IL.

Carol graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison with a nursing degree.  She worked as a nurse at Medical Associates for over 20 years. In her free time she enjoyed knitting and quilting.

She is survived by her loving husband, Charles; daughters Laura (Scott) Weiler and Carrie (Michael) Piantoni; and grandchildren Samantha, Zachary, and Abigail.  In addition, Carol is survived by siblings Margaret (Victor Melville) Sellers, Alice (Jack) Gilhart, and Duncan (Emma) Lestina; sister-in-law Barbara Clark; brother-in-law Arthur Blystad as well as  nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services for Carol will be conducted at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 18, 2017 at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or PBS.

David William Baumgarten, North Freedom

David William Baumgarten, 73, of North Freedom, died on August 3, 2017. And because his savior Jesus Christ conquered death, he was welcomed into eternal life on that very day. We know, as Jesus promised Mary, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

He was born to Martin and Clara Baumgarten on September 5, 1943, in Town of Freedom, Sauk County, Wisconsin, who baptized him in Christ on September 26. He was confirmed in the faith in 1957 at St John Lutheran Church in Rock Springs.

David graduated from Webb High School, Reedsburg, in 1961. On August 17, 1968, he married Carol Behn at St. Peter’s, Loganville. Carol and David were blessed with two children, Jeff and Sara.

He lived the life of a servant, walking in the step of his Lord, serving his family, his neighbors, and his nation. He served his nation in the Army National Guard, as a husband and parent, in countless musical endeavors, and as a leader in his church and community. In his work he was conscientious, dedicated and loyal. Dave could talk to anyone, whether a friend, customer, or stranger, and make them feel comfortable.  He lived by example, and his example will stay with us always. “For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5)

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Lois Strobel, Lyle Baumgarten, and Charlene Lauersdorf, brother-in-law Richard Strobel, sister-in-law Lorna Baumgarten, and numerous aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife Carol; son Jeff, his wife Rebecca and children Liam, Koen and Lilah; daughter Sara Kreuter, her husband David, and children Elswyth and Thaleia; brother-in-law Bill (Tricia) Behn; brother-in-law Carl (Kay) Behn; brother-in-law Richard Lauersdorf; Aunt Violet Vinz; Uncle Melvin Baumgarten; aunt Mary Ellen Baumgarten; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by his family, church families and many friends and neighbors, so many of whom have given their support during this sad time

Funeral services for David Baumgarten will be conducted at 11:00 am on Monday, August 7, 2017 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Rock Springs with Rev. David Karow officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom where military rites will be conducted. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 4:00 until 8:00 pm at the Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo, and again on Monday morning from 10:00 am until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in David’s name can be made to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Rock Springs.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23


Sheri Lee Kujak, Baraboo

Sheri Lee Kujak passed on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 with her family at her side after a short battle with cancer at the age of 59. The bright light that Sheri carried with her dimmed just a bit on that day but will be carried on by her family and many friends.

Sheri was born to Fran and Sharon Hawksford on April 9, 1958 in Amery, Wisconsin.  She married the love of her life, Paul Kujak, on June 13th, 1981 in Hudson, Wisconsin.  Paul and Sheri met at Winona State University where Sheri graduated with a Bachelor’s in Nursing.  Paul and Sheri moved to Baraboo in June of 1981 where Sheri worked at Medical Associates for many years.  She made many friends while working at the clinic and her kind nature was shown to her patients. Prior to retirement in 2016, she was the elementary school nurse for the Baraboo School District for 10 years.  Sheri was admired for the special and compassionate care of many children throughout the years. She always talked about and smiled thinking of how special it was working with the amazing people that she came across throughout the years at the district.  

Sheri enjoyed making beautiful jewelry and many of us were lucky to receive her pieces as gifts. She could be found gardening and could make any yard look beautiful.  She loved swimming, reading a good book and kayaking with all of her kayak buddies.  She truly enjoyed her get togethers with her dear friends, Shelia, Brenda, Mary, Marsha and Susan, along with many other great friends.  She and her family took many family summer trips that are still reflected on today.  Sheri was a baseball coach’s wife for over 30 years and she loved being a baseball mom and supporting the kids/players in any way she could.  She thoroughly enjoyed watching Packer games on Sundays even if it were with her husband and Steve Kowalke.   

But, foremost important to her was family.  She could never spend enough time with her children, Aaron and Sam and was so proud of the young men they have turned out to be. She was even more elated to welcome into our family her daughter-in-law, Angie, and precious granddaughters, Hailey and Harper Lee.  She enjoyed finally being able to do girly things such as going to plays, getting pedicures, and shopping with her girls.  Sheri was the epitome of a grandmother and loved every minute of it. She cooked amazing holiday meals, could pick out just the perfect present for the occasion, and always made you feel special for the person you were.  It didn’t matter how long you knew her, she had a gift of always making you feel loved. 

She was preceded in death by Grandparents Ed and Marion Hawksford and Genevieve and Harlan Huset, Aunt Lynn Huset, and Mother-in-law Donna Kujak.  She is survived by her husband and best friend, Paul, her loving sons, Aaron and Sam (Angie), beautiful granddaughters Hailey Philipp and Harper Lee, brothers Tom (Mary) Hawksford and Jim (Alex) Hawksford, sister Lori (Rick) Peper, parents Sharon and Fran Hawksford, Brother-in-law Perry (Renee) Kujak, father-in-law Bud Kujak, many nieces and nephews, cousins, family, and friends.

A special thank you to angels, Angie Ebright and Sonia Carter, and to the kind and capable nurses at St. Clare’s; the care was immeasurable. Her sister, Lori, and sister-in-law, Mary, were a source of strength to Sheri and family in her last days as well as her Baraboo sisters that were always by her side until the end.  Thank you to Pastors, Blake Overlien, Doug Shepard, and Lisa Taylor for their spiritual guidance. 

Services for Sheri Lee Kujak are as follows; visitation at Redlin Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday July, 29th, 2017 as well as visitation at Emanuel Church from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 30th, 2017. Memorial Service will be held at Emanuel Church at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday with a lunch to follow at Emanuel Church.

Please come to the service to share a story of Sheri and her humor and/or inspiration. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to a scholarship fund in memory of Sheri for men or women pursuing a Nursing degree. 

Susan Wright, Baraboo

Susan Wright, age 78 of Baraboo passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Susan, daughter of Harold and Veronica (Dutch) Dunn was born April 10, 1939 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She worked as a food service director for Camp Gray and Camp Webb for 25 years. She was also an advocate for battered women and children, working as a house manager at a shelter for 10 years. In her free time Susan loved to cook, fish, draw, tend to her flowers and will be remembered for being a loving grandma.

She is survived by her children, Arnold (Cheryl) McCollister, Linda Eastman, Kelly (Sam) Moore and Daniel (Sandra) Wright; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Leland Dunn as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Alan McCollister; and her sister, Janet (Jerry) Jett.

Memorial services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. with Father David Mowers officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lawrence Richard Pratt

Lawrence Richard Pratt completed his 91-year journey on Monday, July 24, 2017 in his home he shared with his loving wife of 71 years, Bernadene.   His legacy will live on through his wife Bernadene and his children, Fred and his wife Priscilla, Rita and her husband Bob Steffes, Gary and his wife Vicki, and 6 grandchildren, Nicholas (Jen), Patrick, Lee, Amanda (Nico), Richard (Whitney) and Emily; 3 great-grandchildren along with his two younger brothers, Les Pratt (Jan) and Bud Pratt and his sister-in-law, Hazel Estervig.

   Lawrence, known as Dick to his friends, was a Bronze Star recipient for his service in the Battle of the Bulge and an escapee and survivor of a German prisoner of war camp.  After his war experience, Dick considered his remaining time as bonus years and lived the remainder of his life accordingly.  Dick shared his passion for life with his family assuring them never a dull moment.  His second passion was private aviation.  He was a member of the EAA and owned seven private airplanes during his life, including an airplane he hand-built and an open-cockpit aerobatic biplane.  Dick’s passion extended to his professional career where he won several national awards as top salesman for Motorola.  He retired early and moved to Florida to help his brother, Les, in the sheet metal fabrication business.  In later years Dick and Bernadene enjoyed winters in Jensen Beach, Florida and summers on Lake Wisconsin in Merrimac.  Dick maintained his passion for life to the very end.

 Dick was very active in the community as a founding member of the Baraboo Optimist club, Boy Scout leader, and active member of the Baraboo and Merrimac United Methodist churches.  Dick’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo with Pastor Roxi Gnatzig officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Military Rites will be conducted at the funeral home following the service by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard. Dick asked that his passion for life extend to his funeral with music, food and adult beverages that will be held after the service.  Presence at the celebration is the greatest possible present.  Memorials to honor Dick could be made to EAA Young Eagles or the Students in Aviation (SIA) at Baraboo High School. 

James “Jim” Isenberg

 James “Jim” Isenberg, age 83 of Baraboo passed away peacefully at home with family by his side Sunday, July 16, 2017. James, son of Oscar and Clara (Kruse) Isenberg was born Dec. 24, 1933 in Loganville. Jim was a graduate of Baraboo High School and furthered his studies by obtaining a degree in Business Administration from UW-Madison in 1956. On Aug. 20, 1955 he was united in marriage to Nona Isenberg; she preceded him in death on Sept. 30, 2000. On Oct. 3, 2003 he was united in marriage to Suzanne DeLine.

 He was employed in the accounting department of General Electric Company in Milwaukee until 1957 when he took over his father’s hardware business; Jim owned and operated Isenberg’s Hardware for over 60 years. Community members will fondly remember that if you couldn’t find it at Isenberg’s it didn’t exist. Jim proudly served his country in the United States Army in 1958 as a Private until his honorable discharge. Throughout his working career Jim held various positions in different organizations including director of the Baraboo Business Men’s Association, served on the board of the Baraboo Parks Dept. and on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Retail Hardware Association for many years, serving as Vice President in 1979 and President in 1980 to name a few. In high school Jim enjoyed playing basketball among other sports. He was an avid sports fan but especially loved the Green Bay Packers.

 He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne; sons David (Jinny) Isenberg and Mike Isenberg; step-daughter, Stacie Bonham (Trent and Serenity); grandchildren, Nicole, Jacob (Katie) and Eli; great-grandchildren, Ryan and Sawyer; sisters, Jeanne Hendricks and Helen Heberlein as well as other relatives and many friends.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Nona.

 Jim was a hardworking 7-days a week businessman that would always go above and beyond for any customer and took a handshake on a sale. Many will remember his dedication and support of various charities including the Special Olympics, St. Jude’s and the Badger Honor Flight. 

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Redlin Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the family to be used towards one of Jim’s favorite charities. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Heun for the house calls he made to see Jim and to Dr. Krszjzaniek for the wonderful care shown to Jim over the years as well as Home Health United Hospice and St. Clare Meadows.

June F. Seiler, Baraboo

June F. Seiler, age 72 of Baraboo passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017 after a long illness. June, daughter of Gordon and Lola (Hill) Anderson was born June 22, 1945 in Moline, Illinois. She was a Wisconsin Dells Graduate. On June 13, 1964 she was united in marriage to Raymond Seiler. June worked as a homemaker her entire life. In her free time, June loved to cook, bake and crafts including crocheting and sewing.

She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Ray of Baraboo; children, Scott (Penny) Seiler of Baraboo, Krista (Chuck) Blake of Reedsburg; grandchildren, Paul, Kyle, CJ, Ben and Max; sister, Sharon Field of Texas; brothers and sisters-in-law, Romanie Klassy, Harold (Linda) Seiler, Herb (Dianne) Seiler, Sue (Don) Doyle, Eileen Seiler, Peggy Seiler, and Marvin Simonson as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters; 4 brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.

Memorial Services will be held on, Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice or to the family.

Linda Kay Ironmonger, Baraboo

Linda Kay Ironmonger, long-time bartender/manager at Parish’s Bar and beverage server at Ho-Chunk Casino, passed away peacefully at her home in Lake Delton July 7, 2017 after a long fight with cancer.  She was born December 28, 1950 to Jesse and Theresa (Goerks) Leatherberry in Baraboo.  She loved to garden, cook, spend time with family and friends, travel to Florida, and fish, particularly in Canada.  She was well known for her unbelievable passion for hosting social events/dinners for friends and family that was only matched by her amazing heart and willingness to help others.

She is survived by her significant other, Bruce Lindauer, Lake Delton.  She is further survived by her, sister, Shirley Schroeder, Middleton, brothers, Dave (Dee) Leatherberry, Baraboo and Gary (Pat) Leatherberry, Rhode Island, stepsons, Tom (Amy) LaMarche, Cottage Grove and Dan LaMarche (Loganville),  many other loving family and close friends, and beloved dog, Sly.

Along with her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Nancy Leatherberry, and nephew, James VonBehren.

Linda’s family and Bruce would like to thank Dr. Mary Ellen Sabourin and Dr. Greg Hartig for their exceptional care given to her.

Memorials in Linda’s name may be sent to University of Wisconsin Foundation, U.S. Bank Lockbox 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807, or online to

It was Linda’s desire to further medical knowledge by participating in the UW Body Donor Program.  Per her wishes, there will be no services.  The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.