David Donald Jahn, Prairie du Chien

David Donald Jahn passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 in Prairie du Chien. He was born in Baraboo on April 25, 1951, the son of Raymond and Marguerite (Brink) Jahn. Dave was baptized and confirmed in St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was an auto mechanic before Multiple Sclerosis struck him about thirty years ago. For some years, Dave made fishing lures to help support himself. He loved being in the country; hunting, fishing and camping. In recent years, his hunting was with his camera, taking many photos of wildlife. He especially liked eagle watching.

He is survived by his children, David A. Jahn, Stacy Imeri, Tracy Wade, Travis Jahn and Luke Jahn; several grandchildren; his mother, Marguerite Jahn; siblings, Susan (John) Lytle of Portage, Ronald (Aleesa) Jahn of Fayetteville, NC, Carol (John) Hagen of Sun Prairie, Stewart Jahn of Newmarket, NH; as well as nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Virginia; his father, Ray Jahn, his grandparents, Don and Ruth Brink and Herb and Lucinda Jahn and his uncle, Herman Jahn.

Memorial Services will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. in Baraboo with Pastor Thomas Fricke officiating. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

The Jahn family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and caregivers for their expertise and kindness.

Donald J. Fluette, Baraboo

Donald J. Fluette, born May 9, 1944, passed away peacefully and went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at the age of 68. He was surrounded by his loved ones.

Born in Nahma, Mich. to Harriet (Fosberg) Miller and John Francais Fluette. He graduated from Baraboo Senior High School in 1964. He was drafted to the Army and stationed in Germany from 1965-1967. He worked at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant and later at RR Donnelly. He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and the Milwaukee Brewers. If not watching sports, he had a great love for Western movies. He also bowled for many years at Thunderbird Lanes. Don went on three missionary trips to Guatemala. He was a member of One Life Assembly Church in Baraboo and the American Legion Post 172 in North Freedom.

Survivors include, two children, a son, Tony (Shelly) Fluette of North Freedom; a daughter, Tracy Fluette of North Freedom; grandchildren, Traton, Alexis, Autumn, Emma and Carter; three brothers, John Fluette of Arena, Richard (Tammy) Van Enkevort of LaValle, David (Maureen) Van Enkevort of Poynette; two sisters, Karen (Don) Guzek of Michigan and Serena Anderson of Ohio; he is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joan Fluette; his parents; and three brothers, Jerry, Larry and William.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. at One Life Assembly Church with Pastor Jon Arneson officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church as well as on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom with Military Rites conducted by Post 172 of North Freedom. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.



Rev. Alvin Lee “Al” Zipsie, Baraboo

Rev. Alvin Lee “Al” Zipsie died on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison at the age of 83.

Al grew up as a farm boy in Stephenson County, Ill. Throughout his life he extolled the lessons learned on the farm: hard work, persistence, resourcefulness. These lessons he passed on to his children.

Al graduated from high school in Dakota, Ill. He enrolled in Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill from which he received his B.S. degree in History and Biology. He earned his college funds by working summers on a Mississippi tow boat, an experience he cherished. While at Blackburn he also served as a Methodist local pastor with churches in and around Carlinville. After college he attended Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. but did not finish as he was called to serve by the U.S. Army in the Korean Conflict. Trained as an MP and Medic, he was sent to Korea as an Army Medic attached to a Marine Field Hospital. He was there only a very short time because he became ill and was flown back to Ft. Belvoir, VA Army Hospital for a 3 month stay and extended service time. Only years later was his illness defined as Ankylosing Spondilitis, a painful arthritis of the spine, with which he contended all of his life. While at Ft. Belvoir, he took the medical books out of storage and organized a medical library for the Doctors, residents and nurses. For this he received a letter of commendation. He also assisted the local catholic and Protestant Chaplains, even doing devotions over the hospital radio.

After his honorable discharge in 1957, he took a job as a Professional Assistant at the Cedar Rapids, IA Public Library and spent summers completing his library degree at U.W. Madison where he met his future wife Jo. They married in 1960. It was then he came to Wisconsin and both he and Jo received their Masters Degrees in 1962. Al was Director of the Reedsburg Public Library, then the Portage Public Library, and then with the great help of Marian Kraemer of Plain, his wife Jo, and other public librarians in Sauk County, he organized and operated the Sauk County Library System with the then “new” idea of having municipal libraries share resources and work together to provide better quality service. He also operated the Sauk County Bookmobile to schools and communities. In 1976 he was instrumental in organizing the South Central Library System in cooperation with Dane County, Madison Public Library joining later.

Al’s ministerial work continued throughout his life as an Ordained Minister for Christ doing non-denominational pastoral work officiating at many weddings, funerals and Baptisms. He served as a supply pastor at Big Springs Congregational Church, Adams Congregational Church and others. He emphasized faith-growth, not religious practices. He believed that the most sincere prayer was service to others.

As a librarian interested in promoting education, he and former Sheriff Ralph Hearn organized the first ever professional police training course in Baraboo. He also took that course and others and served as a Special Sauk County Deputy. He trained and worked as a nationally registered EMT and CPR instructor with the Baraboo Ambulance Service.

For 40 years and currently he served as the Red Cross Blood Drive coordinator and received a Direct Service Award from the Red Cross in 2007. Always interested in medical issues, he led an arthritis support group for years at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Al was a 50 year veteran of the Boy Scouts of America – Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, WoodBadge, Member of the Order of the Arrow. He received the District Award of Merit. All 3 of his sons were Scouts.

Al worked tirelessly to establish a homeless shelter in Baraboo, logging more than 1,000 hours of physical labor, hours of planning and promoting, and loaning his personal funds to salvage the project.

For a number of years he was responsible for planning, organizing and conducting community wide observance for Memorial Day and Veterans Day as well as many other activities designed to keep the Veterans as a visible community resource.

Al was a longtime member of Kiwanis and received the Dr. Al Dipple community service award in 1999. He was a former Lt. Governor. At the time of his death he was secretary of Kiwanis Golden K.

Pheasants Forever was the conservation group nearest his heart and in 2010 he received the “Sauk County Commendation Award” for his 20 years of service.

In the fall he was privileged to attend the 60th reunion of his Blackburn College graduation and received the Alumni’s “Service to Humanity Award”.

At the time of his death he was a member of the American Legion, Kiwanis Golden K, TRIAD, WCTU, Pheasants Forever and a trustee of the Westfield German Methodist Church.

As much as he cherished his work with people, he cherished his time in the field and woods. The “blaze orange pilgrimage” was sacred, as well as quiet moments sitting on a log at Pine Island sharing lunch with his favorite bird dog, Gunny. While hunting he stored images of nature’s beauty which he later captured on canvas in his oil paintings.

Al believed passionately that everyone should get involved in community service. With all the things there were to see, do, and learn in the world, “boredom” was not permitted. He was definitely not a spectator.

Al is survived by his wife of 52 years, Josephine “Jo” of Baraboo; children, Linda (Charles) Malone of Waukesha, Stephen (Marilyn) Zipsie of Middleton, Elizabeth (Thomas) Bradley of Baraboo, John (Luella) Zipsie of Baraboo, and Mark (Nicole) Zipsie of Kaneohe, Hawaii; grandchildren, Sarah (Steve) Anthony of Blanchardville, Benjamin, Robert, Kathryn and Katie Zipsie of Middleton, Elizabeth and Michael Zipsie of Baraboo, Thomas, Raeanne, and Jack Zipsie of Kaneohe, Hawaii; great-grandchildren, Evan and Vincent Anthony of Blanchardville; brother, Wayne (Norma) Zipsie of Blue Springs, MO; he is further survived by many other nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Winston; infant sister, Dorothy; daughters-in-law, Susan Zipsie and Linda Zipsie.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Hutchens officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home as well as on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 987.

Jane A. Diece, Baraboo

Jane A. (nee Fry, formerly Burton) Diece, age 73, of Baraboo passed away at her home on January 22, 2013. Jane was born on April 26, 1939  to Lewis and Mable (Cauffman) Fry. She was united in marriage to Gary K. Burton in 1960, and they had two children together. She later married Harold Diece in 1991 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo.

Jane was employed at Kmart for many years. She also worked for many years and eventually retired from Teel Plastics. Jane was known for her love of shopping. She also enjoyed time spent with her close friends.

Jane is survived by her two children, Carl Burton and Cheryl Norman; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brothers, Carl Fry and Larry Fry; sister, Norma (Gary) Freymiller; and dear friends, Violet (George) Flores. She is further survived by many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gary Burton; brother, Leo Fry; and sister-in-law, Mina Fry.

A Graveside Service will take place at Walnut Hill Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Tipton officiating. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Dennis James Luther, North Freedom

Dennis James Luther, age 57 of North Freedom, passed away on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at his home with Bonnie and Ron by his side.

Dennis, the son of the late Anthony and Alma (Haas) Luther, was born on November 26, 1955 in Baraboo.  He lived on the family farm his entire life where he enjoyed all of his animals, especially his chickens.  Some of his favorite pass-times were hunting and fishing with his brothers, shopping and “bumming” around with his sisters.  He enjoyed driving his mule, going up to his camper and challenging any visitors to a game of pool in his apartment. He loved the time he spent with all of his nieces and nephews, who were all his favorites. His great-nieces and nephews always held a special place in his heart.  He will be dearly missed by his dog, Buddy.

He is survived by his siblings, Ronny (Sandy) Luther, Wayne (Sally) Luther, Jean (Dave) Herritz, Judy Shelton, Dale (Lorene) Luther, Bonnie (Ron) Bell, Mona (Bill) Hilgemann, Tom (Mary) Luther, and Mike (Debbie) Luther; sister-in-law; Donna Luther, many special nieces and nephews ;other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Dennis was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Luther, and his brother-in-law, Tom Shelton.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Walnut Hill Bible Church in Baraboo with Pastor David Hutchens officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. in Baraboo; further visitation will be held at Walnut Hill Bible Church on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. until time of service.

“Dennis is now sweeping away in heaven.”



Kathleen R. Kohler, age 86, passed away on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo. Kathy was born on March 31, 1926 in the town of Scott, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Graack) Bortz. She was united in marriage to Le Roy Kohler on July 3, 1946 in Pardeeville.

Kathy worked at Del Monte in Arlington and at Research Products in Poynette for many years. She loved planting flowers in the spring time and traveling with her family. She was known as a great housekeeper for family and friends. She will be most remembered for her feisty/go-getter attitude.

Kathy is survived by her two sons, Calvin (Sue) Kohler and James (Abby) Kohler; one daughter, Victoria (Les) Schultz; eight grandchildren, Christine (Travis) Schmidt, Adam, Paige, Zachery, and Joshua Kohler, Thomas (Temple) Sutfin, Matthew Sutfin, and Heather Munch; eight great-grandchildren, Taylor and Mykena Schmidt, MacKenzie and Addison Kohler, Sean and Liam Sutfin, Jordan Deal, and Joslyn Munch. She is further survived by her dear friend of 25 years, Cletus Ring; two brothers, Tony (Mick)  Bortz, Kenny (Dorothy) Bortz; three sisters, betty (Robert) Lester, Annie (George) Schepp, and Lillian (George) Grimsrud; sisters-in-law, LuAnn Bortz, Pauline Bortz, and Lillian Kohler; brothers-in-law, Orris Kohler, Roger (Bonnie) Kohler, and Bruce (Barb) Kohler; as well as many nephews; nieces; and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Le Roy Kohler; four brothers, Freddie (Helen), Howard, Art, and Arnold Bortz; two sisters, Carol (Howard) Lang and Rose Roderick; one sister-in-law, Romona (Robert) Hartley; one brother-in-law, Irvin Kohler; two great-grandchildren, Cohen Schmidt and Desiree Kohler; niece, Sharon Bortz; and two nephews, Dennis and John Bortz.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Donnie Beckwith, Baraboo

Donnie Beckwith of Baraboo passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at home surrounded by his family and closest friends.

He was born in Reedsburg to Lyle and Ruth (Muchow) on October 23, 1939. He attended school in Mauston for ten years and then graduated from Baraboo High School. After high school Donnie joined the Army. Upon completion of his service to his country, Donnie became an Engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation until his retirement in 1997. On April 12, 1977 Donnie married Kandie Hill at the First United Methodist Church in Baraboo.

As a member of the North Freedom Rod and Gun Club Donnie enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as golf. He was also a long time member of The First United Methodist Church in Baraboo.

Donnie is survived by his wife Kandie of Baraboo; his children Shelly Smith of Baraboo, Jesse (Jean) of Madison, Stephanie Steinhorst of Baraboo and Amanda (Jason) Blum of North Freedom; eight grandchildren; his brother Ken (Sandy) of Middleton, sisters Betty (Victor) Markin of Baraboo and Lavonne Tangney of North Freedom.

Preceding Donnie in death are his parents Lyle and Ruth, a brother Dale and sisters Carol and Donna Faye.

A memorial service will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday January 24, 2013 at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Donna Miller officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 A.M. until time of services. The family requests that memorials  be made to the Baraboo chapter of Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO).

James “Jim” Berry, West Baraboo

  James “Jim” Berry, age 70, of West Baraboo passed away on Wed., Jan. 16, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Jim was born on Nov. 13, 1942 to Charles and Anne (Barkus) Berry. He married Milly Severson on April 19, 1969 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sauk City.

Jim was employed for 30 years as a dispatcher for Alliant Energy. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving in the Vietnam War.  Jim was a long time member of the Elk’s club. He enjoyed working on his old truck, but his biggest love was golf.

Jim is survived by his wife, Milly; son, Jason (Cary) Berry; grandchildren, Nicholas and Natalie Berry; brothers, Chuck and John (Barb) Berry; and many other relatives; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill; and sisters, Letitia and Margie.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sat., Jan. 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., with Rev. Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service, at the funeral home. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family


Benedict “Benji” Gasiorowski, age 92 of Fairfield died on Jan. 11, 2013. He was born July 9, 1920 in Chicago. In his free time, Benji enjoyed doing award-winning puzzles.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sylvia; grandson, Brent Haremza; sister, Esther Wiewira; sister-in-law, Evelyn; special niece, Charis; special family friend, Gary Dobratz; nieces; other relatives and friends.

Benji was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debra Adler and brother, Gene.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Tim Renz officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Verna M. Shook, Baraboo

Verna M. Shook, died peacefully January 8, 2013 with her loving husband of 70 years, daughters, grandchildren, Pastor Lisa Taylor and her companion Nuzzle by her side.

Verna was born August 20, 1922 in Ft. Atkinson the daughter of Lucius and Dorothy (Chadwick) Klement. She grew up in a household of 3 generations and spent her youth helping out in the family auto business.  Her Dad taught her to drive during the winter months on the ice on Lake Koshkonong.  She graduated from Ft. Atkinson Sr. High School in 1940. She married Donald Paul Shook, her high school sweetheart, on March 28, 1942 at the home of her parents on Sherman Avenue in Ft. Atkinson.  Verna managed the local Baker’s Ice Cream Co. and worked at the canning factory until Don entered the U.S. Military.  They moved to Colorado Springs, Co. and Verna served as a Nanny until her husband deployed to Italy with the 10th Mountain Division.  At that point, Verna moved back to Ft. Atkinson and waited for his return.  Don returned from WWII and they made their home in Ft. Atkinson from 1944 until 1958.  Their children were all born in Ft. Atkinson, Richard (deceased), Bonnie (Dave –deceased) Hibner, Francine (Bill – deceased) Schneider, Donna (Steve) Elliott, Chuck (deceased) and Bev.  In 1958, Don and Verna moved their family to Racine WI when Don transferred to supervise the drafting department at Wisconsin Electric Power.  Don and Verna became very familiar with the Baraboo area while camping at Devil’s Lake State Park and the Double KD Campground. In 1967 they purchased a home in Fairfield Township outside of Baraboo where they resided until 2012.  Verna spent her life devoted to her husband and family.  She thoroughly enjoyed being a wife and homemaker always making every holiday extra special for her husband, children and in later years for her grandchildren and their families.  She made everyone’s favorite baked goods for all to enjoy.   She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, ceramics, Avon, collecting and garage sales.  She knitted numerous baby booties and afghans for family and friends.  Her family was the highlight of her life and she was completely devoted to all activities that included her husband, children, grandchildren and their families.  She spent many years dancing the night away with Don, at a number of different venues including the Labor Center in Racine, the Elks Club in Baraboo and numerous other events as well as the wedding dances of their children and grandchildren.

Verna engaged her children and grandchildren in many different board and card games over the years such as Old Maid, Uno, Connect 4 and the electronic Simon game.  Summertime visits typically included a walk back to Reed’s cabin on the Aldo Leopold Reserve.  The family spent many years traveling to the Klement cottage on Big Bearskin Lake near Minoqua and camping in different areas of WI and the U.S.  including an annual trip to Florida to visit daughter Franki.

Their own backyard also served as a camping site for family and friends each summer.  Everyone enjoyed the outdoor pool, games of football, softball, horseshoes, croquet and campfires complete with pudgy pies and roasted marshmallows.  She and Don were wonderful hosts.  Verna was always happy to have her grandchildren by her side and she had a very special bond with her great-grandchild, Tyler.  The hugs of her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought a special joy to her heart.   In 1994, Don and Verna found the perfect campground along the White River Flowage near Wautoma, WI.   Once their children and families discovered that same gem, it became a family affair every summer for the entire family.  Verna was always glad to have her family surrounding her at any time and made sure there was plenty of food and beverage.   Among her many wonderful caring attributes, she was known for reading the latest Family Circle magazine to come up with new dinner and dessert recipes to surprise Don when he arrived home from work.  Don spent many years on the road for work and Verna held down the home front successfully.  After retirement, they spent many years leisurely traveling along while enjoying their SandBur Acres in Fairfield.  Verna has been a member of American Legion Post 166 Auxiliary for over 60 years.

Verna is survived by her loving husband of over 70  years, Don; 4 daughters, Bonnie, Fran, Donna and Bev; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren;  and 8 great-great grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.

Verna was predeceased by her parents, in-laws; sons, Richard and Chuck; grandson, Joshua; brother, Robert and other relatives.

A Celebration of Verna’s life will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home , 401 Madison Avenue, Baraboo WI, with Pastor Lisa Taylor officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Verna’s name to any charitable organization.

A very special thank you to the staff of HHU Hospice, Dr. Edwards, Pastor Lisa Taylor and everyone involved in the loving care for Verna.

Rest in peace dear Momma Pajama – we love you dearly. Our hearts will always be full of your love.