Jennie Frank, Baraboo

Jennie Frank, age 90 of Baraboo passed away on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at St. Clare Hospital surrounded by family after a brief battle with cancer. Jennie, daughter of Wesley and Goldie (Guist) Rice was born Oct. 12, 1927 in Ojibwa, WI. She worked as an assembler at Eagle Signal for 27 years and then as a home health aide for three years until her retirement. In her free time Jennie enjoyed dancing, baby sitting, country music, taking walks and taking drives or watching t.v. with her special friend, Betty Finn. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. 

Survivors include her children, Sharon (Gary) Schubring of Baraboo, Roger Frank of Baraboo, Kay (Robert) Griffin of Baraboo and Mike Frank of Baraboo; seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brother, Mike Rice of Florida; sister, Julia Leistikow of Franklin as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Judith Belter; brothers, Raymond Rice and Don Rice and sisters, Merladene Artz, Bonnie Kosharek and Josie Randall. 

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at New Life Community Advent Christian Church with Pastor Jesse Stevens officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service.  Inurnment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.  

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Carlson, the staff at St. Clare Hospital and Pastor Jesse Stevens for the care and concern shown to Jennie.

Jerry Bullard, Reedsburg

 Jerry Dale Bullard, 73, of Reedsburg, WI, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo, WI.

Jerry was born September 2, 1944 in Booneville, Mississippi, the son of Nelson O. and Ailene Whitfield Bullard.  Jerry married Patricia A. Ruda on July 9, 1977, in Pasadena, California, and they were blessed to enjoy forty fulfilling and joyful years together.  

Jerry grew up in Pisgah and Rienzi, Mississippi and graduated from Rienzi High School.  He began his college education at Northeast Mississippi Junior College and transferred to Mississippi State University in Starkville where he earned his B. S. degree in 1966.  Following graduation he enlisted in the US Air Force and entered Officer’s Training School. He served until 1974, and his duties provided an opportunity to travel widely.  

In 1974 he began his career as an Aerospace Engineer with TRW in Redondo Beach, a career that provided stimulating and challenging opportunities as he worked on several different company programs. During the early years, when the space program was still in its infancy, working on the design of a satellite through seeing it successfully launched at Cape Canaveral, FL was extremely exciting and rewarding. He retired from TRW in 2000 and valued the special friendships formed with his colleagues there. 

Jerry enjoyed life with enthusiasm. He was curious about many things and pursued with full-on dedicated effort whatever undertakings he decided to take up, and they were many and varied. He became interested in photography, built his own darkroom, and free-lanced for a short time as a wedding photographer’s assistant. Jerry became interested in sailing, joined the TRW Sailing Club, and co-owned a sailboat upon which were enjoyed many sails around Redondo Beach, CA and to Catalina Island. He enjoyed cooking, immersed himself in culinary techniques and cuisines, and took pleasure in creating elaborate meals for friends and family. He taught himself to crochet and made blankets and Christmas tree decorations which were given to relatives and friends. Jerry was interested in air craft of all kinds. He built several radio-controlled model planes and joined a model glider flying club in Redondo Beach for weekly flying sessions. His interest in personal finance led him to become a certified tax preparer.  He worked briefly with H & R Block during the tax seasons and later became an advisor in Turbo Tax’s on-line help forum.  In 2006 Jerry and Pat moved from Redondo Beach, CA to the Baraboo, WI area and purchased a home in the country where Jerry enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife and where he took up gardening with typical intensity, including battles with that same wildlife that enjoyed eating his crops.  He spent many hours in later years watching You Tube videos on cooking, gardening, and keyboard techniques and theory.  He joined Facebook and took pleasure in sharing news and experiences with friends.  Jerry enjoyed a life-long passion for organ music and learned to play as an adult.  His dream, which he achieved, was to play a pipe organ, and he loved playing the pipe organ at church.  For several years he also enjoyed playing the organ weekly at St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo during one of the lunch hours and for the weekly ecumenical service.

Jerry was a member of the Baraboo Fortnightly Literary Club and an active member of Baraboo First United Methodist Church where, in addition to playing the organ occasionally, he participated on various committees, played in the hand bell choir, and especially enjoyed the discussions in the adult Sunday School class.

Jerry will be remembered for his wry sense of humor, easy laughter, gentle and kind nature, love for his family and friends, his contentment with the simple pleasures of life, and his matter-of-fact way of meeting and accepting life’s joys and challenges. Former coworkers, friends and family will forever associate Jerry with his frequent use of the word, “Sigh,” which he found particularly apt for many circumstances.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Ailene, and by his sister, Billie Sue Bullard.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his sister Jackie (Jim) Johnson of Booneville Mississippi, his nephew Charles (Brittany) Lambert and great-niece Ava Margaret Lambert of Houston, Mississippi, and by several extended family members, nephews and nieces by marriage. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church of Baraboo, 615 S. Broadway St., with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Interment will follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, October 16, at Baraboo First United Methodist Church, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at church on Tuesday.

Those who wish to remember Jerry may consider memorials to Baraboo First United Methodist Church which will be designated for use toward maintaining the church organ.

Jerry’s family wishes to express gratitude to his physician, Dr. Christopher Wenninger for his concern and care. We thank Pastor Marianne Cotter for her supporting presence, and we are most grateful to special friends Peter and Mary Ellen Murray for their immeasurable help and caring. The family thanks the staff of St. Clare Meadows for the care and concern provided to Jerry. Redlin Funeral Home of Baraboo, WI is assisting the family with arrangements.


Jerome A. “Jerry” Verthein, Baraboo

Jerome A. “Jerry” Verthein, age 81 of Baraboo, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Jerome, son of Arthur and Gertrude (Bainbridge) Verthein was born Jan. 10, 1936 in Rock Springs. He was a graduate of Reedsburg High School, Class of 1953. On Sept. 17, 1960 he was united in marriage to Geraldine “Gerry” Egerer. After high school Jerry worked at Farmers Co-op in Rock Springs as a bookkeeper and eventually as manager. In June of 1960 he left the co-op and he and Gerry started J.A. Verthein Construction Company, Inc. which they operated together for over 50 years. With the help of this wife, he did the designing, building and managing of all aspects of his projects from start to finish of all jobs from custom homes to commercial buildings. Jerry was the first president of the Mid-Wisconsin Home Builders Association. In his free time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jerry had his pilot’s license and operated his own single engine plane for many years. His family will fondly remember him for being a dedicated hard worker as well as a jokester.

He is survived by his wife, Gerry of Baraboo; sister, Gloria Wharton of DeForest; brother, Chester of Mexico; cousin, Kathryn (Phillip) Hahn of Madison; sisters-in-law, Barb (John) Earl of Baraboo and Joan (Bob) Kuball of Baraboo as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude Verthein; father, Arthur Verthein; step-mother, Carrie Verthein; special uncle, Ervin Verthein; in-laws, William and Rufena Egerer.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home as well as on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jerry’s name.

Eilene “Arlene” A. Boyd, Baraboo

Eilene “Arlene” A. Boyd, age 86 of Baraboo passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at Our House Assisted Living. Arlene, daughter of Bert and Elizabeth (Falk) Collins was born Feb. 17, 1931.  She was united in marriage to Earl “Polly” Boyd on Oct. 25, 1948 in Baraboo; he preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 1995. Together with her husband, Arlene operated the Transport Gas Station for 14 years and then went on to work for the meat market for many years.

Survivors include two sons, Peter (Nobuko) Boyd of Collinsville, IL, Michael Boyd of Denzer; two daughters, Jan McClure of Baraboo and Kris (Greg) Hammermeister of Baraboo; daughter-in-law, Mary Boyd of Baraboo; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Orville, Pat, Dean and Gary Collins; as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, James Boyd; and 5 brothers.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, Oct. 16, 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. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

David Bruce Ament, Baraboo

David Bruce Ament was the personification of integrity.   He was born in Merrill, WI on October 24, 1944, where reportedly he had a perfect Tom Sawyer style life on the Wisconsin River.  His family moved to Madison when he began 7th grade.  Perfect he felt.  He left us on October 10, 2017.   He will be remembered for his dedication to his family, to education, the Packers, golf and for his wonderful sense of humor.

A lifetime Wisconsinite, David graduated from Monona Grove HS, where some teachers didn’t expect him to amount to much.   Decades later he returned to teach them a thing or two.  He had become a significant educator, receiving his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from UW-Whitewater and a Specialist Degree from UW-Milwaukee.  He received the John Melcher Award in 1997 in recognition of an outstanding contribution to Special Education.

He began his career as a high school social studies teacher in Sheboygan Falls, where he became interested in students with struggles.  Next he taught Emotionally Disturbed children in West Bend; later becoming Director of Special Education for CESA 5, and finally Assistant District Administrator of Baraboo Schools.  He guided a few small districts in Special Education after his retirement in 2000.  He served on the board for CASS (Counsel of Administrators of Special Education).

Meeting his wife, Deri, of 50 years on a blind date, he made all her dreams come true.  Together they worked their ways through undergrad and postgraduate degrees.  Before the birth of their excellent children, they spent two summers traveling and camping in the western US and Canada.  Parenthood was his crowning achievement.  His three grandchildren provided remarkable joy.

He loved history and was an avid reader.  He loved football, and had coached a winning team at the junior high level where all team members played.  He was not only a diehard Packer fan, but an owner!  David loved golf, serving on the Baraboo Country Club board for many years.  He enjoyed many years of deer hunting and fishing in WI and Canada.  He loved to gamble, and had many a trip to Las Vegas with pals.

Disabled by polio at 10 months of age, he was an inspiration of courage, persistence and determination.  He is sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife Deri; his daughter Darci (Andrew) Tronick of Seaside, CA; his son Douglas (Stephanie) Ament of Washburn, WI; his beloved grandchildren Daniel “Fletcher,” Grace and Hunter Ament; and many friends of many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Daniel and Dorothy Ament and his sister Christine.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Special Olympics, Planned Parenthood, or Hospice House in Baraboo would be appreciated.

A celebration of life will be enjoyed at Baraboo Country Club, Sunday November 19, 2017 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Esther Platt, Baraboo

Esther W. Platt, 95, of Baraboo passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at Meadow View.

Esther was born on Feb. 17, 1922 to William and Iva Martin of Merrimac. She graduated from Sauk City High School in 1939, then worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Mary’s Hospital. She married the love of her life, Harold A. Platt, on Aug. 2, 1941. They were married 58 years living in the same home until this past June. She was proud to be a homemaker, raising three daughters.

Esther had a great love for the outdoors, hiking, nature, and all creatures great and small. She dedicated much of her life as a volunteer, some being: the hospital coffee shop, church librarian, Jefferson Meadows shopper/bingo helper, and a special ski Olympics aide. Her most rewarding was helping Baraboo High School sophomores look for biology points. Over more than a 40-year span, she took over 200 students to the woods in search of birds and plants. She was

into her 80′s when she took her last kids out.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Gary) Henke of New London, Cheri (Tim) Lowe of Merrimac, Renee (Dan) Madden of Madison; grandchildren, Jodi (Kevin) Henke, Josh (Megan) Lowe, Meghan Madden, Adam (Andrea) Lowe; great-grandchildren, Ben Reardon, Norah Lowe and Simon Lowe. Esther is further survived by her sister, Helen Gollmar; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Will and Betty Jean (Joe) Wedekind as well as many beloved nieces and nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Iva Martin, husband, Harold A. Platt; sisters, Joyce (Ross) Genrich and Jean (Junior) Ziehmke and brothers-in-law, Wayne Gollmar, Art Will, Jim (Cora) Platt and Ronnie Platt.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ochsner Park – River Otter Exhibit or to the International Crane Foundation. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Kevin Cummings, Baraboo

Kevin J. Cummings, age 52 of Baraboo, died Monday, October 9, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center with family by his side. Kevin, son of Kenneth and DuVonne (Diske) Cummings was born Sept. 10, 1965 in Baraboo. He was a graduate of Baraboo High School, Class of 1983. In his younger years Kevin enjoyed public speaking and had a passion for the environment. Kevin loved boating, spending time with friends, driving and selling nice cars. Kevin had a love for animals especially dogs and horses.

He is survived by his parents, Kenneth and DuVonne; siblings, Jeffrey (Doris) Cummings, Kelly (Eric) Wilson, Angie Cummings, he is further survived by his nieces and nephews, Brittany, Cody, Jessica, Josey, Jack, Tyler, Alex, and Izabella as well as numerous other close family and friends.

Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Marcella Cummings and Mildred and Marvin Diske.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass. Inurnment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Tim, Nancy and Matt Cummings as well as Bonnie Kennedy for their constant vigilance during Kevin’s last days.

Michael D. Crotty, Baraboo

Michael D. Crotty, age 68 of Baraboo, passed away at home on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.  He was born on July 9, 1949 in Milwaukee, WI to Charles and Grace (Bannon) Crotty.

He worked 41 years as a railroad conductor- brakeman for Milwaukee Road, Soo Line and Canadian Pacific Railroad.

Michael is survived by his wife Kathryn, daughters Amy, Jennifer and Suzie.  In addition, he is survived by his brothers Patrick (Glenda), Charles, Jr. (Judy); sister-in-law Sue Dropp; brothers-in-law Raymond Leerar(Beverly), Marvin Leerar (Catherine) Roger Leerar (Marilyn);  4 nephews, 5 nieces and 5 granddogs.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, his parents Charles and Grace Crotty, brother Kevin, sister Monica,  nephew Hugh and in-laws William and Anne Leerar.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital and SSM Home Health United Hospice of Baraboo.  The family would like to thank Home Health United Hospice of Baraboo for their excellent care.  The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Dolores Yvette Baum Strohbeen, Wisconsin Dells









Dolores Yvette Baum Strohbeen, 86, often a soprano soloist at Walnut Hill Bible Church in Baraboo, Wisconsin, died Thursday, Sept. 28, after a decade-long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dolores had a voice and she used it — always “singing in the rain,” to quote one of her favorite Sinatra songs, “laughing at the clouds, and ready for love.” Dolores sang for her children and grandchildren.  Dolores sang in church choirs directed by her husband Donald Strohbeen, a professional musician and longtime high school band director. She sang for her church family at the First Baptist Church in Baraboo, now Walnut Hill. For years, Dolores, toting a portable karaoke machine and a case of accompaniment tapes, inspired the residents of Jefferson Meadows retirement home in Baraboo with her music.

Even as the amyloid tangles and plagues eclipsed her brain, Dolores held on to the lyrics of a few Christmas carols and a bit of Bing Crosby. She might dream of a “White Christmas” or “wish you a merry Christmas” – in April or in June. And she meant it.

Dolores was born on February 10, 1931, on a couch in the living room of her parents’ home in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Her father was Herbert Baum, a foreman at Doughboy Industries, and her mother was Margaret Peters Baum, a writer and homemaker.

Dolores graduated from New Richmond High School as the salutatorian of her class. She received a full-ride scholarship at Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee, where she planned to study journalism. She was homesick her first semester, and she missed her boyfriend Donald. She wrote home to her mother: “I just don’t feel like doing anything right now. I keep thinking of Donnie. It gets worse all the time.”

Dolores eloped with the curly-haired, trumpet-playing Donnie on Aug. 18, 1950. The practical 19-year-old wore a new wool suit that she planned to later repurpose. It was a hot day and a long drive across Iowa state line. Sweat ensued but love was served.

Donald graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and taught music in public schools across Wisconsin. The couple moved to Almond, Oxford, White Lake and Phillips. Dolores and Donald had three children — David, Deborah and Deidre. Dolores started a preschool program in Phillips. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and directed Christmas music programs at Trinity Lutheran Church in Phillips.

Donald, Dolores and Deidre moved to Baraboo in 1978 after the purchase of Out of This World Resort and Campground across from Devil’s Lake State Park. The family immediately rebranded the resort as Nordic Pines. Dolores worked as manager, receptionist, reservation coordinator, housekeeper, painter of cottages, accountant, vacation consultant, complaint department, interior decorator, chief cook and bottle washer.

Dolores was proud of her children and grandchildren’s education, careers, and relationships. She recorded her thoughts about family, the resort business and her relationship with God in dozens of handwritten journals until 2010, when she was no longer able to write.

Dolores gave countless hours of service at Our Savior Lutheran Church and Walnut Hill Bible Church in Baraboo. At both, she worked as a devoted Sunday School teacher and director of children’s musical programs. She adopted children in developing nations through a relief organization and was a faithful correspondent with each child and a generous giver of gifts.

Dolores’ family has been saying good-bye to her for many years as dementia stealthily stole her away. Her funny valentine Donnie kept her out of trouble, made sure she ate her breakfasts, entertained her by watching old movies on VHS tapes, and drove her on numerous trips around Baraboo to calm her.

The couple celebrated their 67th anniversary in the memory care unit at Our House Senior Living in Wisconsin Dells on Aug. 18, toasting the decades with sparkling apple juice and chocolate cake.  “That’s life, funny as it may seem,” as Sinatra sings. Dolores said the cake was delicious.

After weeks of final visits from friends and family who sang, prayed, and played music for her, Dolores died in her room at Our House with her sister-in-law Paula Zoe Baum at her side.

Dolores is survived by her husband Donald; her children David and Irene Strohbeen and David and Deidre Pike; grandchildren Benjamin and Patrick Strohbeen, and Daniel, Tabitha, Stephanie, and Jesse Pike; siblings Bettie, Robert and Gary Baum; and great-grandchildren Lilia and Lathan Pike and Coralee Miller. Dolores was preceded in death by daughter Deborah Ann Ball and grandson David Eric Pike.

A service for Dolores will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct 7 at Walnut Hill Bible Church in Baraboo.  Visitation with family starts at 10 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund,

Julia G. Halweg, Baraboo

Julia G. Halweg, age 94 of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at Meadow View Assisted Living. She was born on Feb. 16, 1923 in Kendallville, Iowa. Her parents, George and Gusta (Moe) Winnaberg, brought Julia to holy baptism and confirmation at an early age.

She was united in marriage to Robert Halweg on May 12, 1945 at the Christ Lutheran Church Parsonage in Greenfield Township by Rev. G. E. Gerth, where she remained a member and belonged to the church’s ladies aid. Julia and her husband lived and farmed in the Merrimac area for 30 years. In 1975 they left the farm and moved to Baraboo where they built a new home. In 2001 they transferred their church membership to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. Julia had been an active member of the Sauk County Homemakers Club and loved flowers, gardening and sewing.

Surviving are her sisters-in-law, Helen Wick of Baraboo and Muriel Halweg of Merrimac; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Julia was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Robert; her parents; her brother, Elvin Winnaberg of Cresco, Iowa;  her sister, Marie Winnaberg, Cresco, Iowa ; and her brothers-in-law, Donald Halweg of Merrimac and Clarence Wick of Baraboo.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church and Agrace HospiceCare in Baraboo. The family would like to do a special thank you to Meadow View and Agrace HospiceCare for their excellent care. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.