Donald Dean Gall, Reedsburg

Donald Dean Gall, 71, of Reedsburg passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 23, 2013 following a short illness. He was born August  11, 1941 in Baraboo, the son of Walter and Florence (Brecka) Gall. In 1963 he was married to Mary Nielsen and had four daughters. Don worked for Big Joe Manufacturing for 36 years and farmed all of his life. Over the years Don enjoyed playing euchre, getting cars ready for the demo derby, and going to the stock car races in Wisconsin Dells.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Buddy; daughter, Tammy ; sister, Elaine Crawford and nephew, Randy Crawford.

He is survived by his children, Tari (Dave) Miller, Trisha (Brian) Pfaff, Tracy (John) Niles all of Baraboo; grandchildren, Michael Miller, Jennifer (Craig) Richards, Spencer, Nicholas, Taylor and Carson Pfaff, Drake and Garrett Niles all of Baraboo; sister, Jean Shepard of Wisconsin Dells; special friends, Jeanne McHugh, Jake (Luci) McHugh, Jacob McHugh, Troy Spilde, Don Hunter, Dave Laukant and Bruce Borkenhagen along with other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Redlin Funeral Home with Michael Amberg officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Durlin B. Behnke, Reedsburg

Durlin B. Behnke, age 84 of Reedsburg, died on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at his residence. Durlin, son of Walter and Elsa (Pfaff) Behnke was born April 8, 1928 in Abelman (now Rock Springs). He worked as a painter for Badger Ordnance for many years until his retirement. Durlin was honorably discharged from the United States Army after serving during the Korean War. He was a member of the North Freedom American Legion and Reedsburg VFW. In his free time, he enjoyed watching the Brewers, Cubs, football and Nascar as well as gardening and producing maple syrup.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Joe, Jr.) Naquin of Baraboo; sisters, Elizabeth Severson of Kendall, Norma Caflisch, Joyce Karg and Donna (Jerry) Brooks all of Baraboo; brother James (June) Behnke of Reedsburg; as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

Durlin was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Pearl Edwards and Lois Hartung and an infant brother, Henry.

A Memorial Gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Coach House in Rock Springs from noon until 2 p.m.

Irene McElhatton, Baraboo

Irene C. (Faust) McElhatton, age 92, of Baraboo passed away Monday, March 18, 2013 in Baraboo. Irene was born on January 1, 1921 in Cross Plains to Hugo and Ottilia Faust. On September 25, 1940 she was united in marriage to Ralph ‘Mac’ McElhatton; he preceded her in death in 1999.

Irene led a very active life volunteering for many years at St. Clare Meadows Care Center, until one year ago. As recently reported in the Baraboo News Republic, she was in the first circus parade in Milwaukee in 1963. She loved to play cards and socialize with many friends at Corson Square. Mac and Irene spent many happy retirement years in Florida and Wisconsin.

Irene is survived by sons, Tim (Barbara Armstrong) McElhatton of Milwaukee and Terry (Theresa) McElhatton of Cambridge; granddaughter, Tammy ( Doug Stewart) McElhatton of Janesville; great-granddaughter, Taylor Stewart of Janesville; brothers, Curt (Dorothy) Faust and Bob (Lisa) Faust; sisters, Shirley (Larry) Knight and Mona (Dick) King; she is further survived by many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Ray; and sisters, Jeanette and Lucille.

Funeral Services for Irene will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11am at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo, with Sally Parish officiating. Visitation will be held from 10am until time of service, at the funeral home. A private burial will be held at the Sauk Prairie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Clare Hospice House, 915 12th St. Baraboo, WI, in Irene’s name.

Special thanks to Irene’s dear friend Lee Boyd and the wonderful support of the Home Health United Hospice.

 

 

Urk ‘Butch’ Prater, Wisconsin Dells

Urk ‘Butch’ Prater, age 69, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, following a long illness. Butch was born on February 17, 1944. He was a member of Laborers Local Union 268 and the NRA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping; and loved the outdoors.

Butch is survived by his wife, Linda (Diske); son, Wade (Missy) Prater of Wisconsin Dells; daughter, Wendy Prater of Wisconsin Dells; three grandchildren, Sierra, Montana, and Lane; sisters, Rebecca (Doug) Jessie of Rock Springs, Brenda (Danny) Thomas of Baraboo, and Delphine Newman of Reedsburg.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Duana Lynn.

Per his wishes, no services will be held.

Peter J. Klemm, Baraboo

Peter Jonathan Klemm, 38, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, his “vacation spot,” as he called it.

Peter was born March 3, 1975 in Boulder Colorado, the son of Ken and Karen Klemm.  Peter moved to Baraboo with his parents in 1979.  He graduated from Baraboo High School in 1993.

Peter loved his family, friends, pets, coffee, exploring in his car, films and music.  Peter was a creative artist, sketching and folding origami.  Another interest resulted in a black belt in martial arts.  He enjoyed his computer communication and gaming and so much more.  Peter valued his Canadian heritage.

Peter had a strong Christian faith.  It carried him through the many difficulties he faced in life.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends at Trinity Episcopal Church.  He touched many lives; his courage, determination, and tenacity inspired many people.

Besides his parents, Peter is survived by his sister Sarah; his brother Ian; and sister-in-law Rebekah.  He is also survived by his maternal grandparents; and by many aunts; uncles; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents.

Family and friends will gather later this spring in a celebration of Peter’s life.

“Say not in grief ‘he is no more,’ but live in thankfulness that he was.”

Iona Diske, Rock Springs

Iona C. Diske, age 98 of Rock Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo.

Iona, the daughter of the late George and Katherine (Zick) Lehman, was born on August 21, 1914 in the Township of Honeycreek.  On November 28, 1935, she was united in marriage to Wilbert Diske.  He preceded her in death in 1984.  Iona had been a homemaker her entire married life.  She enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens, caring for her chickens and cats, and watching the birds. Most of all, she enjoyed dancing.

She is survived by her children, Wallace (Rose) Diske of North Freedom, and Dorothy (Duane) Behnke of Rock Springs; her grandchildren, Terry (Audrey) Diske of Rock Springs, Christine (Jim) Bell of Hillpoint, Glenda (Lane) Wake of North Freedom, and Erin Crusan of Seattle, WA; her great-grandchildren, Katelynn and Trenton Diske, Jacob (fiance` Megan), Cody, and Tessa Bell, and Emilie and Sadie Wake; sisters-in-law, Florence Montague of New Berlin and Evie (George) Marks of Pennsylvania; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Iona was preceded in death by her sisters, Ruth and Norine.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo with Pastor Jonathan Tipton officiating.  Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom.  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services, at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sauk County Humane Society.

Helen Jenewein, Weyauwega

Helen W. (Neitzel) Jenewein, age 93, of Weyauwega, formerly of North Freedom, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Lake View Manor of Weyauwega. Helen was born on April 29, 1919 to Carl and Hazel (Springer) Neitzel. She was united in marriage to Earl Jenewein on August 25, 1934, he preceded her in death in October 1990.

Helen loved tatting doilies and making ornaments.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley (Marvin) Dunse of Madison and Gayle (Ron) Wiesner of Ladysmith; two sons, Gary (Wilma) Jenewein of Kenosha and Larry Jenewein of Baraboo; three daughters-in-law, Patricia Tiernan, Kathy Jenewein, and Nancy Jenewein; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her siblings, Kenneth Neitzel, Virginia Miller, and Maxine Schell; she is also survived by many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl; three sons, Earl Jr., Harley and Allan Jenewein; three granchildren; sister, Dorothy Montanye; one brother, Donald Neitzel; and sister-in-law, Helen Neitzel.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11a.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. Baraboo with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 10a.m. until time of service, at the funeral home. Burial will follow service at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lake View Manor, 912 Manor Dr. Weyauwega, WI 54983.

ELEANOR F. BEHNKE, SPARTA

Eleanor F. (Owens) Behnke of Sparta, formerly of Baraboo, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at the Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center in Sparta, at the age of 89.

Eleanor, the daughter of the late Alfred and Laura (Wilson) Owens, was born on June 17, 1923 in Baraboo. On Oct. 4, 1947, she was united in marriage to Robert Behnke. He preceded her in death in 1969. Before being employed by the Baraboo National Bank for 22 years, Eleanor loved being a homemaker and caring for their three children. She had been active in the community, having been a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and it’s Ladies Aid. She also belonged to the Bowling League at the Baraboo Elks Club, the Baraboo Country Club, her Bridge Club and Ladies Golf League. She also enjoyed volunteering at Circus World Museum, knitting, sewing, and doing crafts. Eleanor was a great cook and liked collecting recipes to try out on her family.

She is survived by her children, Richard (Dawn) Behnke of Little Rock, AR, Sherrie (David) Hein of Tomah, and Debra Hoffman of Madison; her grandchildren, Lea Cooper of Henderson, NV,  Lindi Behnke of Las Vegas, NV, Elizabeth (Brian Shelton) Hein of Arlington, VA,  Tyler Hein of Savage, MN, Laura Hein  of Tomah, Brett (Jenna) Hoffman of Grimes, IA, and Aimee Hoffman of Madison; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Marissa Cooper and another great-grandson expected in May; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Robert, Eleanor was preceded in death by five siblings, Alfred, Donald and Samuel Owens, her sister, Alice Francois, and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on on Sunday, March 3, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow in the Walnut Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, from 1 p.m. until the time of services, at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Rollings Hills Rehab Center for their care and compassion, and Pastor Mark Wessel for his spiritual support for Eleanor.