Eugene H. Kluender, Baraboo

Eugene H. Kluender, age 80 of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Eugene, son of Henry and Henrietta Inez (Hein) Kluender was born July 2, 1936 in Baraboo. On Aug. 30, 1957 he was united in marriage to Ruth Curry. Eugene proudly served his country in the United States National Guard and was honorably discharged. He worked at Eagle Signal and later retired from the Baraboo Post Office. Eugene was a member of the Baraboo Masonic Lodge and served as Master in 1987. In his free time he enjoyed cooking, gardening and going on cruises.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Ruth; children, Teresa Littlegeorge, Tracy Heidemann, Tammy (Donald) Ouimet, Todd (Sylvia) Kluender and Tim Kluender; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Carol) Kluender; brother-in-law, Donald Curry as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and sons-in-law, Bradley Littlegeorge and Mike Heidemann.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic service at the funeral home on Monday at 7 p.m. Burial will follow at Rock Hill Cemetery where military rites will be conducted.  Redlin Funeral is assisting the family.

Verna L. Goerks, Baraboo

Verna L. Goerks, age 97 of Baraboo passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Verna, daughter of Edwin and Leta (Welke) Kamrath was born Nov. 14, 1919 at the home of her family farm in Troy Township. In 1956 she was united in marriage to Russell Goerks in Baraboo. She worked as a waitress at Sprecher’s Café in Sauk City and then at the Alpine in Baraboo. In her free time she loved to cook and entertain as well as flowers.

Survivors include her niece, Nancy (Gary) Liegel; her nephew that she and Russell helped raise, Donald Goerks and his children, Julie (Morgan) Kennedy, Howard, Daniel and Glen Goerks; sister-in-law, Adeline Kamrath as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.   

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell; brothers, Lloyd (Iola) and Glen Kamrath; nephews, Ronald and Philip Kamrath; great-nephew, Daren Kamrath; and her best friend, Vi Erlandson.

Private graveside services will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at St. Clare Meadows for the wonderful care shown to Verna.

Mary E. Lusby, Baraboo

Mary Etta (nee Radel) Lusby, age 92, peacefully passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Meadow Ridge.

Mary was a WWII Veteran, serving in 1942 and 1943 as a WAC. On Dec. 20, 1946 she was united in marriage to Richard Dean Lusby in Baraboo. She worked many years in Baraboo at the Baraboo National Bank. Upon retiring, Mary and her husband spent many good years being snow birds with time spent between Baraboo and Sun Lakes, AZ. She enjoyed golf, sewing, making not only doll clothes for her nieces but clothing for herself and others. Mary had a sense of humor and a vault for a memory.

She was the dear sister of George Albert Radel and Rhoda (Platt) Radel; loving aunt to Donna (Gary) Grode, Robert (Kathleen) Platt, Cheri (Tom) Omnus; sisters-in-law, Kay Himden, Sheila Lusby and Sharon Lusby; great niece, Angela (Peter) Van Heesch, Kadejah, Renie and Maurice as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Cecil and Iris Radel and her loving husband, Richard Dean Lusby after 68 years of marriage.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Lodi. Military rites will be conducted following the committal prayers. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Meadow Ridge for their care and love of Mary; also, Home Health United Hospice. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Rodney L. “Bub” Williams

Rodney L. “Bub” Williams, of Baraboo, passed away on February 12, 2017 at the age of 93 and the world lost a great man and an even better husband and father.  He was born December 20, 1923 to Hugh and Ida Williams.  He graduated from Baraboo High School in 1941 and was a proud member of their undefeated football team and a Golden Gloves Boxer. He married Dorothy Deischer on April 26, 1947 and together they raised 4 children.  He was a kind, loving and nurturing father who never hesitated to be of assistance to his children or others in need. He ran the family farm with his brother until1964 when he and his family moved to Baraboo where he worked for the Farmers Union Co-op until his retirement.  He was a volunteer fireman for 19 years, served on the Baraboo Police and Fire Commission for 10 years and also provided prisoner transport for the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department.  Additionally, he was a long time member of The International Organization of Odd Fellows.

 A man of great faith, he was a member of Emanuel United Methodist Church where he served in various capacities including head of the Board of Trustees.  Rodney had the distinction in 1963 of being struck by lightning which traveled through a pole he leaned against while milking a cow.  Even though this eroded vertebrae in his back and doctors told him he would soon be in a wheel chair, he defied the odds with the help of the good Lord and a good chiropractor and continued to walk and work as hard as ever.

 Rodney was known for his endless supply of jokes and would often be asked to share a few at gatherings or meetings.  He enjoyed woodworking and could fix practically anything.  He was Mr. Fix-it to friends for many years, even into his 90’s.  Rodney greatly enjoyed fishing and made many trips to Canada with friends and his son-in-law, Denis, as well as other times at the Baraboo River and at Devil’s Lake.  But his greatest love was hunting and he was a terrific marksman.  Deer hunting was an annual tradition and he was extremely proud that he hunted on every opening day since the age of 14.  That included opening day this past November, one month prior to his 93rd birthday.  He generally got a buck the morning of opening day and was revered by his hunting companions when he shot 4 moose in one day on a trip to Canada.   

 Rodney was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy in 2010.  He was her constant companion and caregiver for over 5 years as her health deteriorated and due to his care she was able to remain at home until shortly before her death.  Rodney was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Maurice and a stillborn infant; his sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Robert Lindner; his brother-in-law and wife, Donald and Marcella Deischer and a nephew Ronald Williams.  He is survived by his children, Tom (Carla), Baraboo, who served as Rodney’s hunting partner, chauffeur, medical and electronics interpreter, and friend; Barbara (Denis) Sutton, Wautoma; Kathryn Mulhern, Madison; Jeane (Bill) Bovat, Johns Creek, Georgia.  He is further survived by his grandchildren Erin Sutton, Dane Sutton and Claire Bovat, several nieces and nephews, as well as a special friend, Betty Lou Nehring.

Visitation will be held at Redlin Funeral Home on Friday February 17th from 5 to 7 P.M. and Saturday, February 18th at 10 A.M. at Emanuel United Methodist Church with services to follow at 11 A.M. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Francis (Frank) Bernard Sterkowitz, Baraboo

Francis (Frank) Bernard Sterkowitz, age 76, of Baraboo, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017 at St Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI.  Frank, son of John and Stephanie (Opyt) Sterkowitz was born May 21, 1940 in Blue Island IL.  He married Sharon Martin in Illinois on January 6, 1962.  He was a devoted husband and father who took pride in his children and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Frank was a jokester who loved to tell stories.

Survivors include his loving wife, Sharon; children, Sons; Andrew (Kristine) Sterkowitz, Richard (Lori) Sterkowitz, Brian (Robin) Sterkowitz and sister; Carol Davis, grandchildren; Payton, Brady, Joel, Hannah and Abbey Sterkowitz.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Robert Sterkowitz and Michael Sterkowitz.

The family would to thank the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Home Health United for their wonderful care of Frank.  Memorial gifts can be made to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation as a Guardian Angel Gift in recognition for the care givers of Frank Sterkowitz, 700 S. Park Street, Madison, WI  53717.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Julianne Lynn Kieffer (Julie)

Julianne Lynn Kieffer (Julie) passed away in her sleep February 2, 2017 at home in Madison, Wisconsin.  Julie was born on September 27, 1981 to Dan and Cathy Kieffer. She graduated from Baraboo High School in 2000 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  At the time of her passing, she was employed at the Willy Street Pub & Grill and the Paradise Lounge where she enjoyed socializing with her patrons and developed many friendships. 

Julie was larger than life, cherished her family and friends, found joy in all situations, loved all sports, danced to all music genres, enjoyed travel and appreciated everything life had to give. She was a vibrant and caring soul, could light up a room with her beautiful smile and had a laugh that was contagious. Julie touched many people with her kindness and compassion, and with her welcoming personality could bring out the best in all. So many words have been used to describe Julie…witty, intelligent, fun, sweet, happy, adventurous.  A special thank you to all Facebook friends who gave comfort with their tributes to Julie and sharing the heartbreak of this unexpected loss.

Julie is survived by her loving parents, Dan and Cathy, grandmother, Dolores (Bill) Mossman, aunts and uncles: MaryAnne (John) Lochner, Bill (Sue) Kieffer, Bill Trant, John Trant, cousins: Tim (Crickett) Lochner, Scott Lochner, Troy (Tiffany Yizar) Lochner, Darcie (Mike) Holmstrom and their children Isla and Ian, Benjamin Kieffer (fiancée Tara Ellenwood), and Bill Trant, Jr.  Julie will also be missed by many other extended family members, numerous friends, and her beloved dog, Calvin.

Julie was preceded in death by her brother Justin whom she loved and missed dearly, her grandparents, Katherine and William Trant, and grandfather, William B. Kieffer, Jr.

She was a shining star that will glow in everyone’s heart forever. Julie’s life is best remembered as she lived it by following one of her favorite quotes: Life’s too short not to have fun. You’ve got to live life to its fullest.  If you don’t, you’re only cheating yourself. ~ David Wells

Private services are being held for the family. A Celebration of Life remembering Julie will be held in the Spring. 

Memorials can be made in Julie’s name to the American Diabetes Association.

Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


William J. Armstrong, Baraboo

William J. Armstrong, age 90, passed away Jan. 27, 2017. His wife of 68 years, Charlene along with son, Bob and grandson’s Brian and Scott at his side. Throughout life he taught his values of family, devoted faith, work ethic and love for the great outdoors. He was an expert pattern maker. Served in the US Navy during WWII. The family owned and ran South Shore Campground.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sons Richard and Dennis; granddaughter, Amy; extended relatives, Sharon, Dick and Jean.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Charlene; sons, James (Mary Lou), Robert; daughter, Sandra (Mark); grandchildren, Brian, Jennifer and Scott; great-grandchildren, Alannah, Eliza, Alexis, Keegan and Damien as well as other relatives and friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to St. Clare Meadows and Dr. Deering for their care and compassion.
Private services will be held. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Audrey Mae Wendt, Baraboo

Audrey Mae Wendt, age 97 of Baraboo passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Audrey, daughter of Louis M. Anderson and Anna (Clark) Anderson was born on April 10, 1919 in Baraboo at home. Audrey was loved by many people she worked for as a babysitter and cleaner. She also worked at Badger Ordnance until the second world war ended. Audrey was united in marriage on April 27, 1946 at her parents’ home to Raymond R. Wendt, who preceded her in death after 56 years of happy marriage. Ray died after a brave struggle with ALS Jan. 3, 2000.

She was an active member of First Presbyterian church and an ordained elder; she served faithfully in all of her duties. She was active in United Presbyterian Women, particularly the monthly birthday parties for the residents at Sauk County Health Care Center. Audrey was also very active in Eastern Star and held many offices. She volunteered at St. Clare Meadows for over 25 years and at the Commission on Aging for more than 15 years putting together their newsletters. For many years she was active in Church Women United of Baraboo. Most recently, she devotedly served at the Presbyterian/Ecumenical service at St. Clare Meadows each Friday.

She was most grateful to Tim (Terri) Markley, handyman for his support and care, during Ray’s illness and afterwards. She also loved her church family who loved her as family as well. She will be dearly missed by her church family and her many friends.

Audrey is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and brother, Glenn (Dori) Anderson.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. at First United Presbyterian Church in Baraboo with Pastor Lisa Taylor officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Mari Jo A. Stoll, Wisconsin Dells

Mari Jo A. Stoll, age 57 of Wisconsin Dells passed away at home on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Mari the daughter of and Henry and Josephine (Kapior) Hilleary was born September 23, 1959 in Illinois. On June 20, 1981 she was united in marriage to D. Gregory Stoll.  
She loved Disney, traveling to Door County and any excuse she had to go out shopping. She enjoyed working in the banking industry for over 35 years. She began her career in banking at the age of 17. 
Survivors include her husband, D. Gregory Stoll; children, Kelly (Brent) Henke, Ryan Stoll; grandchildren, Bennett and Makenzie Henke; mother, Josephine (Kapior) Hilleary; sister, Denine (Michael) Diece, as well as other nieces, nephew, relatives and friends.  
She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Hilleary. 
Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Nancy Lee Hinz, Baraboo

Nancy Lee Hinz, of Baraboo, born May 12th, 1943 to parents Virgil and Marguerite (Ott) Markley was called home unexpectedly Friday January 20th, 2017 at the age of 73.

Nancy was preceded in death by the love of her life, James “Jim” Hinz in 2014. The pair united in marriage at their home on September 15th, 1985. Between the two of them they shared 12 children, 20 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Survivors include: Jeff (Karen) Gonzagowski, Mark (Evie) Gonzagowski, Laurie (Terry) Coplien, Chris Fish, Linda (Don) Thomas, Richard (Cindy) Gonzagowski, Sam (Rebecca) Gonzagowski, Tim (Tammy) Hinz, Terry Hinz, Thomas (Wendy) Hinz, Todd Hinz, and Penny Rich; brothers Ricky Markley, Virgil Markley, and sister Janice LittleBear; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Quirky and carefree, this jokester made it her mission to fill the room with laughter, her presence warm and full of joy. Love came effortlessly for Nancy, it was in her nature to nurture and care for all people, from all walks of life. Her enjoyment of indulging in anything made of or with ham will always be remembered! You could often find her wearing any type of silly hat, disguise glasses, various wigs, or just about anything that would ensure a smile! Never one to turn down a game of Yahtzee or Dots and Boxes, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren! She had an array of interests including: gardening, bird watching, crafting & sewing, fishing, dancing, traveling, musical instruments, attending concerts, but most of all; cherishing moments with her loved ones. Her rather large, beautifully blended family, was known to bring her the utmost happiness. Nancy was sentimental, often caught photographing candid moments. She treasured her photos and loved to relive moments by storytelling. Her memories were very dear to her. Genuinely missing those that had passed before her, we are confident that Nancy has found comfort and sheer happiness being reunited with close relatives and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Greenbriar for the care you’ve shown Nancy over the last two years. She adored the staff as well as the other residents who became like family to her. We would also like to thank Home Health United and ContinuUS for all their support.

Visitation will be held at Redlin Funeral Home on Thursday January 26th, 2017 at 11 a.m. until the time of services beginning at 1 p.m. followed by burial at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.