Connie Louise Perkins, age 51 of Baraboo, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at St. Clare Hospital.

Connie, the daughter of LaVern and Alice (Wirth) Gieck, was born on May 13, 1961 in Sauk City, Wisconsin.

She enjoyed collecting rings, puzzles, bugs and going for walks.

She is survived by her children, Lucas (Brandi) Perkins of Eastmon, Lynn Perkins (Jermaine), Rachel Perkins, and Jessie (Brad) Weirich, all of Baraboo, and Terri Benson of Pardeeville; 11 grandchildren; her parents, LaVern and Alice Gieck; siblings, Ronald (Theresa) Gieck, Cindy Summers, Chris Elliott, Carol Gieck, and Donald (Carol) Gieck; her companion, John Orth; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Connie was preceded in death by her former husband, Harold Perkins.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Walnut Hill Bible Church in Baraboo with Pastor David Hutchens officiating. Memorials to the family would be appreciated. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Stephen John Lobaugh, Baraboo

Stephen John Lobaugh, age 64 of Baraboo, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, Dec. 23, 2012, at St. Clare Meadows Care Center surrounded by family after a hard fought battle with cancer. Born in Baraboo in 1948, the son of Dr. John and Thelma Lobaugh, “Steve” graduated from Baraboo High School and the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Soil Conservation and Cartography. Early in his career, he worked as a Cartographer for the University of Nebraska and later was employed in a similar role by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed sailing, biking and cross country skiing. Steve had a wonderful mind and was renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge of many subjects. He enjoyed good times with friends, relished his visits with family and took pride in supporting his nieces and nephew in their youthful activities and endeavors.

He is survived by his mother, Thelma Lobaugh; brothers, Thomas (Irina) Lobaugh and Mark (Debbie) Lobaugh; sister, Mary (Mike) Luther; nieces Kara (Brad) Bjorklund, Melissa (Shane) Workman, Jenny Lobaugh, Cassandra Luther, Jessica (Andrew) Dye and Julia Lobaugh; nephew Nicholas Lobaugh; aunt, Joan (Jerry) Layman; uncle, Roland Sundberg.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy, and father, John Lobaugh. Steve will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of his life will be held in March. A notice will run in a later edition of Baraboo News Republic. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Shirley (Markley) Cushman, Baraboo

Shirley (Markley) Cushman, a lifelong resident of Baraboo, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, November 12, 2012. She passed at the Mayo Franciscan Healthcare Hospital in La Crosse, WI after succumbing to complications of pneumonia.

Shirley was born on August 14, 1922 in Fort Atkinson, WI to Hattie and Adam Markley. She attended school in Baraboo while working on the family farm. Shirley met the love of her life, Royce Cushman, in 1940 and married him on June 1, 1941.

Shirley and Royce were blessed with, and survived by, three children, Sandy (James) Steinbrecher of New Lisbon, WI, John (Amy) Cushman of La Crescent, MN and David (Kristine) Cushman of Earlysville, VA. Shirley was the consummate parent; she loved her children unconditionally while still being able to lead by example. Shirley is also survived by one sister, Betty Jean Rohde of Ocala, FL.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Royce; one brother, Virgil Markley; and two sisters, Madeleine (Tootie) Ward and Huetta (Blondie) Elkington.

Shirley reveled in her love and adoration of her six granddaughters, Gretchen Gibbons (Boyd Hillestad) of Madison, Julie Gibbons of Sun Prarie, WI, Keri Freng of Holmen, WI, Cortney Cushman of Onalaska, WI, Allison (Chad) Hardy of Louisa, VA and Meghan (Greg) Kramer of Bethesda, MD. Six great- grandchildren also had the pleasure of loving and being loved by their “Grandma Shirley.”

Shirley began her working life at the Industrial Coils Company in Baraboo, WI, and as she always did wherever she worked, she made many good and lifelong friends. Shirley also worked at The Gift Shop and then later, took the managerial position at the Town Shoppe. Both stores were located in downtown Baraboo.

In 1966 Shirley and Royce purchased the El Rancho Resort at Devil’s Lake in Baraboo, WI. They later added the Ranch Hand Gift Shop and operated both until 1978.

Shirley loved music, loved to dance and loved flowers. She was very active in the Garden Club and won numerous awards and ribbons for her flowers and presentations.

Although Shirley will be dearly missed, the world is a better place for her time here on earth.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 29th, 2012, with the funeral service immediately following at 11 a.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., in Baraboo. Shirley’s son-in-law, Dr. James Steinbrecher, will officiate. Inurnment will take place in the Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Janette L. Zimmerman, Baraboo

Janette L. (Hammer) Zimmerman of Baraboo died peacefully on Dec. 17, 2012 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Sauk City at the age of 90. Janette was born on January 2, 1922 in Gypsum, Kansas to Harry and Marion (Clark) Hammer.

Her family moved to San Pedro, California in 1929. She graduated from San Pedro High School 1940. She graduated from Mercy College of Nursing in San Diego, California in 1945. Janette met George Zimmerman while he was stationed in the Navy and they were married on Feb. 14, 1945. Janette and George moved to Baraboo in January 1946. Janette worked as a  Registered Nurse at St. Mary’s and St. Clare Hospitals, in the OB dept for approximately 30 years, and helped bring many babies into the world.

She is survived by her four children, George (Marite) Zimmerman of Germantown, Donald (Rosie) Zimmerman of Baraboo, Jane (James McGovern) Zimmerman of Baraboo, and Marcia (Steven) Pischke of Custer, SD; six grandchildren, Robert (Nicole) Zimmerman of Oregon, Eric Zimmerman of Germantown, Shaun (Keri) Zimmerman of St. Paul, MN, Angela (Aaron) Hoskins of Baraboo, Kristy ( Mathew) Gilbert of Baraboo, and Brian (Jill) Pischke of New Castle, WY; and eight great-grandchildren, Olivia, Zackery, and Zane Zimmerman, Kaylie Hoskins-Lobe, Arabelle Hoskins, Madilyn and Evan Gilbert, and Joslyn Pischke; brother-in-law, Donald Cole of De Forest; step-sisters, Sharon Goldstrom of Las Vegas, NV and Bonnie Clark of Las Vegas, NV. She is further survived by many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Janette was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George in 1985; grandson, Jonathan Zimmerman; sisters, Margaret Dews and Shirley Smith.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Baraboo with Pastor Donna Miller officiating. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home of Baraboo is assisting the family.

Janette was a warm unassuming woman with an unexpected, dry sense of humor. Her greatest joy was her family.




Virgil H. “Butch” Steinhorst, 81, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center.

He was born on December 8, 1931, in the Town of Excelsior to Pearl H. (Bittrick) and Herbert L. Steinhorst.  He resided with his parents on the family farm and worked at the Warren Hotel in downtown Baraboo as a busboy before and after school.  He enjoyed meeting the many famous people to have stayed at the hotel.  He graduated from Baraboo Senior High School in 1949.

After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army First Calvary Division.  He served in the Korean Conflict from 1950 – 1953, and while there, taught cross country skiing and snow shoeing.  He was honorably discharged attaining the rank of Master Sergeant.

On May 15, 1954, he married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Hayes, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo.  In 2010, they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. To this union, three children were born: William Scott Steinhorst, Laurie Ann Steinhorst Grill and Juliann Marie Steinhorst, all of Baraboo.

Upon the encouragement of his father-in-law, James Hayes, Sr., a retired Sauk County Sheriff, he applied to the Sauk County Traffic Patrol Department and on December 1, 1955, was hired as a traffic patrolman.  He served three years as a patrolman, and five years as a sergeant with the Sauk County Traffic Department.  During his tenure with the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department, he served five years as a lieutenant, and 21 years as chief deputy.

Duties within the Sheriff’s Department included: Deputy Director, Sauk County Emergency Government, organization and supervision of the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department Boat Patrol, Dive and Rescue Team, Snowmobile Patrol, and was instrumental in starting the Sauk County Firearms Training program.

He was elected Sauk County Sheriff in 1988 and was elected to that position five times, retiring in 1998.  While in office, he was instrumental in the planning and building of the original Sauk County Huber Center.  He was involved with the Sauk County Kops for Kids Christmas program, and the Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association.  He also served as president of the Sauk County Law Enforcement Officers Association.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He enjoyed his many fishing trips to Canada, starting first with his father, Herb, and fishing off Garrison’s Pier at Devil’s Lake with his friends, Walt Nelson and Al Clary.  He also enjoyed his fall fishing excursions to Little St. Germain with Phil Pointon and his sons.

He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Whitetails Unlimited and the North American Fishing Club.  He was a proud member of the American Legion Post 987, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a life member of the North Freedom American Legion, Post 172.  He was also a member of Koshwaga.

He drove school bus for Fullmer Transfer in his spare time.  This included driving the Baraboo Thunderbird Football and Track teams from 1969-1973.  He was an honorary member of the football coaching staff and proudly wore his “coach’s tie” each football Friday night.

Butch enjoyed watching the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers, playing cards, especially euchre, with family and friends, solving the world’s problems with Bill Wiese and friends at Table 24, Ho-Chunk visits with his wife, Mary, fishing on Lake Redstone with his good friend, Jerry Soenksen, and loved helping and giving advice to his neighbor of 30+ years, Jim Bohl.  He enjoyed playing slow pitch softball, first at Broadway field and then at Pierce Park, on a team sponsored by Glacier Valley Ford.  He especially was fond of the after game stops at the Eagles Club.

His first born grandson, Scott William Steinhorst, with great respect for law enforcement seen through the eyes of his grandfather and father, has continued the law enforcement legacy by becoming an officer himself.  Grandpa was never more proud of Scott then on the day of his graduation from the Police Academy in 2007.

His second and third born grandsons, Matthew James Herbert Grill and Nathaniel Christopher Fitzgerald Grill, brought enjoyment to their Grandpa through their sporting events and music concerts.  Grandpa always took credit for their various talents.  He was also proud to be a University of Wisconsin-Madison grandparent as Matthew graduated from the UW in May of 2012 with degrees in History and Political Science and Nathaniel is currently a sophomore studying Mathematics.  He was so very proud of the young men they are today.  His great-grandaughter, Madeline, brought a sparkle to his eyes and his grand dog, Cooper, was forever his best friend.

Survivors include his three children: Bill (Carole) Laurie (Leo) and Julie (Cooper), and three grandsons, Scott (Kayla) Steinhorst, Matthew and Nathaniel Grill. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Dorothy Steinhorst Brahmstead; many nieces; nephews; extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen, on March 27, 2011; his parents, Herbert and Pearl Steinhorst; his brother, Lester Steinhorst, Sr., and his niece, Sherri Steinhorst Ziemke.

A Prayer Service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Timothy Renz officiating.  Visitation will be on Friday, December 21, 2012 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. in  Baraboo from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m..  There is also visitation for an hour prior to the service on Saturday, at the church.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Pheasants Forever, or to the family to establish a scholarship in his name.

Adequate words cannot be found to express our sincerest thank you to Dr. Karl Hoffman, the staff and nurses of Reedsburg Area Medical Center, who are now and will forever be extended family members, for “going beyond the expected in healthcare” and to Home Health United Hospice for guiding us on Dad’s journey home.  Your kindness, compassion and love will never be forgotten.

The Little Ship

I stood watching as the little ship sailed out to sea.  The setting sun tinted his white sails with a golden light, and as he disappeared from sight a voice at my side whispered, “He is gone.”

But the sea was a narrow one.  On the farther shore a little band of friends had gathered to watch and wait in happy expectation. Suddenly, they caught sight of the tiny sail and, at the very moment when my companion had whispered, “He is gone, a glad shout went up in joyous welcome, “Here he comes!” – D. H. Lawrence

J. Hank Rathjen, Baraboo

J. Hank Rathjen, Baraboo

Justus H. Rathjen, born Dec. 26, 1928, passed to his lord in Heaven on Dec. 15, 2012. Hank, as he was known to his friends, was born in Portage to the late Olga (Lansendorf) and Justus C. Rathjen. He graduated from Portage High School in 1946.  Hank enjoyed running track in high school and won several track awards. After high school, he went to work for Wisconsin Power and Light (Alliant Energy) where he was employed for 45 years. During his time at WP&L he was drafted and served in the US Navy with the Fighting SeaBee’s. Hank spent 37 years on the City of Baraboo Police and Fire Commission. He was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Baraboo. Hank enjoyed curling and was an active member, playing with the Portage Curling Club for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene B. Rathjen of Baraboo; two children, Brian N. (Beverly) Rathjen of Mesa, AZ and Cheryl (Chris) Labeots of Baraboo;  his grandchildren, Nick and Jake Labeots and Kyle Rathjen; two sisters, Barbara (Larry) Kampe of Windsor and Grace (James) Timm of Tempe, AZ; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Thomas Fricke officiating.  Per his wishes, there will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society. The Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo is assisting the family.

Laureen A. Bender, Rock Springs

Laureen A. Bender, age 93, of Rock Springs passed away on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center. Laureen was born on June 25, 1919 to William and Elsie (Miller) Dwars. She married Floyd E Bender on November 22, 1942 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2006.

Laureen was a secretary for many years, eventually retiring from the ASCS-FSA office. She also worked alongside her husband, and was very proud of the farm they shared together. She was a very active church member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Rock Springs. She had a passion for playing the organ, sewing, and cooking.  Her best enjoyment came from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, Keith E. (Kathy) Bender of Rock Springs; one grandson, Brian E. (Dena) Bender; three great-grandchildren, Haley, Alisa, and Lacey Bender;  step-grandchildren, Sarah Davis, Beth Nemitz; step-great-grandchildren, Parker Davis, and Taylor and Brooke Pagel; she is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Laureen is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Floyd; and one daughter, Alice Bender.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rock Springs with Pastor David Karow officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. Memorials can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rock Springs. The Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo is assisting the family.



Lenora A. Bochler, Baraboo

 Lenora A. (Brooks) Bochler, age 76, of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at St. Clare Meadows of Baraboo. Lenora was born on October 5, 1936 to Roy and Hilda Brooks in Baraboo. She married Kenneth A. Bochler on April 27, 1957 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo.

Lenora was a graduate of Baraboo High School. She was employed for many years at AT&T (Bell)  where she worked as a telephone operator.  She also worked for a time at the Al Ringling Theatre and the Flambeau Outlet Store. Lenora was a very active member of the Baraboo community. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, serving in many capacities including Division D and past president of the Ladies Aid. She was an active member and former president of the Sons of Norway. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the former president of TOPS. She enjoyed helping others, and volunteered for several organizations including; Christian Women’s Society and the Meals on Wheels program. She enjoyed traveling around the U.S. including Hawaii. She also had a passion for crafts, scrapbooking, and collecting various items, such as; bears, cups, angels, butterflies, bells, etc. Family was very important to Lenora, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Lenora is survived by her husband, Ken; children, Mark Bochler of Baraboo, and Bryan (Carol) Bochler of Eagan, MN; grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, and Anna Bochler of Eagan, MN; sister Geraldine (Jerry) Todd of Vadnois Heights, MN; sister-in-law, Shirley Brooks of Madison, WI. She is further survived by numerous nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

She was preceded by her parents; her brother, Bud Brooks; sisters Carol Diece and Norma Wheaton.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at the Redlin Funeral Home from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Additional visitation will take place at the church on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, from 10 a.m. until the time of services.  Burial will follow immediately after the service at the Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom.




Delores Lopez, Baraboo

  Delores Lopez, age 82, of Baraboo, formerly of Milwaukee, entered into eternal life on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.  Delores was born on October 1, 1930 to Ralph and Lorretta (Campbell) Bork in Milwaukee, WI.  She married Chico Lopez on May 3, 1946, together they had two children; Laurie and Jim.

Delores enjoyed going to yard sales, flowers, and reading books. She loved going to church and to the library. She will be dearly missed, and always remembered, by those who knew her.

Delores is survived by her two children, Laurie (Lopez) Frederickson and James Michael Lopez; grandchildren, Lisa (Rob) Dixon, Tammy Halase, Kimberly (Curt) Loveland, Robert Halase, Nicole (Nick) Kolk, Douglas Halbrucker, and James Lopez, Jr; as well as many great-grandchildren, other relatives; and friends.

She is preceded in death her parents; and her husband, Chico.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 from 1-4 p.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home.



Orfeo John (O.J.) and Linda Befera

Orfeo John (O.J.) Befera, 93, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo. Orfeo Befera was born in Hibbing, Minn. on Nov. 20, 1919, he was the first child of Italian immigrants Delmo and Rose Befera. He graduated from Hibbing High School in 1937. He later received his degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1941.

Linda Marie (Offre) Befera, 91, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo. She was born in Torino, Italy on September 7, 1921. The oldest child of Carlo and Madelina Offre. She completed high school and junior college in Hibbing.

Linda and Orfeo were married on May 1, 1943 and enjoyed 69 beautiful years together.

Linda devoted her life to O.J., her family and her love for cooking. She was well known for her special Italian dinner parties for family and friends, and her world-famous fudge bars. She loved her bridge clubs, ladies golf league, Daughters of Isabella and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

O.J. was very active in the Baraboo community. He and Linda were members of St. Joseph’s Parish since 1951. O.J. was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 70 years, serving as Grand Knight in 1955-56. He was a member of the Elks Club for 70 years and a charter member of the Baraboo Country Club. He was very active in the Pro-Life movement and formation of the Memorial to the Unborn at the K of C building. He played hockey for the University of Minnesota and remained a proud Gopher fan his entire life. In 1972 he was one of a group who founded the youth hockey program in Baraboo. He loved to listen to Italian music and enjoyed playing the trumpet for many years, as well as, participating in various musical groups.

O.J. began his chemical career with Hercules Powder in 1942 as a trainee in military propellants manufactured at the U.S. Army plant in Radford, Virginia. He was transferred to the new propellant plant, Badger Ordnance in Baraboo for startup operations in January 1943. Following the end of WWII, he and Linda returned to Hibbing to manage the family coin machine business. In 1951 O.J. returned to the Badger plant in Baraboo which was reopened for the Korean conflict. After the plant shutdown in 1958, O.J. was employed by Flambeau Plastics in quality control. In 1962 he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin to earn his teaching degree after which he taught chemistry at Portage H.S. until 1968. He and Linda also owned and operated Delmo’s Pizza Palace in Baraboo from 1961 until 1972. Badger Army Ammunition Plant reopened in 1966 and O.J. returned to manage acid and nitroglycerine production. In 1974 he received the award for going over the million dollar mark in savings in the Olin Cost Reduction Program.

O.J. is survived by his brother, Victor in Palo Alto, Cali. Linda is survived by her brother, Rudy in Hibbing, Minn. They are survived by sons, Tom of Racine, Greg (Fran) of Baraboo; daughters, Mary of Baraboo and Susan (Marc) McKinney of Dallas, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Nicholas, Thomas, Lisa, Megan (Nels), Matthew (Melissa), Natalie (Chris), Joseph (Melissa), Michael, Christopher, Lindsay and Shannon (Don) and 11 great-grandchildren, Tony, Michael, Elise, Tessa, Tyler, Savannah, Chase, Robbie, Tanner, London and Damon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 304 East St, Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo, continued visitation will take place at church on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. The Daughters of Isabella will pray the rosary at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 with an additional rosary service at 7 p.m. conducted by the Knights of Columbus at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ethan Carlson, Dr. Randy Krszjzaniek, Dr. Michael Plooster, Hospice and staff of St. Clare Hospital and the staff at St. Clare Meadows for the extraordinary care and love given to Linda and O.J.

Donations may be made to the Pro-Life Foundation/KC Building or St. Joseph Catholic Church in O.J. and Linda Befera’s name.