Barbara Meske, North Freedom

Barbara Meske, North Freedom

Barbara Meske, age 75, of North Freedom passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at St. Clare Hospice House.  She was born on April 30, 1937, in North Freedom, to Glen and Ida (Nehring) Angle. Barb married Gary Meske on May 19, 1956 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of North Freedom.Barb worked as a secretary for Industrial Coils and North Freedom Elementary School.  She was an active member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Ladies Aid, she also enjoyed spending time outside and going on car rides.

Barb is survived by her loving husband, Gary of North Freedom; one son, Kevin Meske of Madison; brother, Dehman (Judy) Angle of Prairie du Sac, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Raleigh Angle.

Funeral Services for Barb will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 11:00A.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran church of North Freedom with Pastor David Karow officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at the church, from 9:30 A.M. until time of service. Burial will take place following the service at Oak Hill Cemetery of North Freedom.  Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Lola J. DuBois, Baraboo

Lola J. DuBois, nee Von Eitzen, passed away September 17, 2012 at UW Hospital, Madison, after a battle with lung cancer. Lola was born on December 16, 1927 in Baraboo to Helen (Turner) Von Eitzen Sconce and Carson Von Eitzen.  She graduated from Baraboo High School in 1945 and from Madison Business College in 1946.  In 1950, she married Alwyn D. DuBois in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They had two daughters, Marcia and Kristi.

Lola worked as a secretary at the Sauk County Welfare Department, W.R. DuBois & Sons, and the Badger Ammunition Plant.  Lola and Al moved to Palm Harbor, Florida in 1981 where they spent the winter months.  Lola, an avid reader, enjoyed volunteering at the Pinellas Library in Florida for over 20 years.

Lola took great pleasure in being a grandmother.  She passed her passion for reading on to her granddaughter, Hilary, by spending endless hours reading to her in her younger years.  No request for “you read” was ever turned down by Grandma.  Throughout Hilary’s life, Grandma was one her biggest cheerleaders and she took great pride in the wonderful young lady she has become.

Lola is survived by her husband, Alwyn; her daughters, Marcia DuBois of Emeryville, CA and Kristi (Tim Stone) DuBois of Baraboo; her granddaughter, Hilary Stone of Eau Claire, WI; her nephew, Jeff Judson (Lorie Laper) of Pasadena, CA; her brothers-in-law, Lloyd DuBois and Deane (Colleen) DuBois, both of Baraboo, and many good friends in both Wisconsin and Florida.

Lola’s intelligence, sense of decency and integrity have been an inspiration to her family and friends.  Her calm, loving presence will be sorely missed.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating.  The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.  As Lola was a life-long dog lover, memorials may be made to the Sauk County Humane Society in her memory (


George A. Reynolds, Baraboo

George A. Reynolds, born September 5, 1921, died September 14, 2012, at the age of 91. He was a long time resident of Fox Lake, IL and passed away in Baraboo, WI. He was born in Butternut, WI, the son of the late Claude and the late Frieda Reynolds. His wife Louise Reynolds and daughter Judith Ferrigan pre-deceased him. He is survived by his son-in-law, Robert Ferrigan of Lake Villa, IL; his four grandchildren, Michelle (Samuel) Truesdale of Chicago, IL, Jonathan Ferrigan of Lake Villa, IL, Mark (Regina) Ferrigan of Spring Grove, IL and Robert (Kristen) Ferrigan, Jr. of Geneva, IL; five great-grandchildren; his sisters Geraldine Schmidt of Park Falls, WI and Aggie (Harry) Steede of Independence, MO; and other relatives and friends. In addition to his wife and daughter, he was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Singer. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bede’s Church in Fox Lake, IL followed by a graveside sevice at Grant Cemetery in Fox Lake, IL. The Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo, WI is assisting the family.

Georgianna “Joy” Luebke, Baraboo

Georgianna “Joy” Luebke passed away on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. She was born on Sept. 10, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois to George and Elizabeth Quinn. She graduated high school and worked briefly before marrying Arthur Hughes. They had four children, Art, Judy, Pat, and Mike. After being widowed, Georgianna relocated her family to Baraboo. She later married Marvin Luebke and had two daughters, Chris and Polly.

She is survived by her children Judy, Pat, Mike, Chris, and Polly, thirteen grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and three nieces.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, her son Art, and her granddaughter Shelly.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and an active participant. Her volunteerism took many forms from making dounuts to sell after Mass to being a Den Mother, visiting shut-ins in their homes, working the county fair for Right to Life, and making blankets for newborns. She taught religion to Special Ed children for three years. She joined the Legion of Mary in 1969, working closely with the spiritual leader Father Joseph Henry. She worked with the homeless in Chicago and New Orleans with Father Henry and other members of the Legion of Mary. In her later years she assisted in getting residents at St. Clare Meadows to Mass and serving communion.

Mom’s genuine love for others, her energy, warmth and positive attitude enriched all who knew her. We will deeply miss her, but her loving spirit will live in our hearts forever. We love you Mom, take care.

Our family would like to thank the staff at St Clare Meadows for the compassionate care they gave our Mother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass, at the church.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Clare Meadows Care Center.

Lanette “Mickey” Simonds, Baraboo

Lanette “Mickey” Simonds, age 87, passed away peacefully at Hospice House in Baraboo on August 29, 2012.

Lanette was born on March 14, 1925 to parents Arthur and Elsa (Hanusa) Meyer of Loganville.  Lanette was united in marriage to Stewart Simonds on June 2, 1945.  Before moving to the farm on Johnson Road, they farmed in Greenfield Township on land that is now part of the Fairfield Marsh, about 5 miles east of Baraboo on Highway33.  She spoke of the trials of working land that flooded often but was pleased that it had been recently returned to the marsh it was meant to be.  She appreciated the natural beauty of Sauk County and made sure her family did too.

Friends and family always enjoyed her phenomenal cooking. Her talents were also served up to the inmates and staff of the Sauk County Jail for 27 years until her retirement in 1993.  With a set budget for each prisoner meal, she procured provisions and hired three capable cooks to help her prepare wholesome meals.  She didn’t judge, but instead showed respect for all human beings – even if they had made a bad decision that brought them to “the third floor”.

She is survived by her children; Scott (Patsy) Simonds and Pam (Steve) Andersen, granddaughter; Sarah Simonds, grandson; Peter (Laura “Lilly”) Simonds, great-grandchildren; Chase, Bryce, Calib and Bayli – all of Baraboo, niece; Nona Meyer of Des Moines, Iowa, nephew; Neil (Yasuko) Meyer of Toyohashi, Japan and many more cherished family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Arthur and Elsa Meyer, husband; Stewart and brother; LaVern Meyer.

To respect her wishes there will be no formal funeral service.  However, a memorial gathering will be held Sunday, September 23rd.  As details become available they will be posted on .   You are encouraged to visit the site and share stories, photos, even recipes that reflect how she may have touched your life. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to help install a bench in Lanette’s honor at Fairfield Marsh.

The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Clare Hospital ICU and St. Clare Hospice House.  “The compassionate way with which they cared for mom provided comfort for all of us.” 

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.