Clare L. Hankins, Baraboo

Clare L. Hankins, 83, of Baraboo passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at the Reedsburg Senior Life Center. Clare was born on Dec. 4, 1929 to Guy and Gussa (Williams) Hankins in Reedsburg.

Clare was a proud U. S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. For many years, Clare worked as a mechanic with most anything with an engine; cars, trucks, boats, etc. Some of his favorite past times were going to the Badger Steam and Gas Show, playing bingo, and going to flea markets.

Surviving him are his children; Timmy Hankins of Wisconsin Dells, Marilyn Hankins of Baraboo, Danny Hankins of Hayward, Sue Ramsey of Baraboo, Debbie Statz of Hixton, and Cindy Bagley of Baraboo; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sisters, Thelma Stickles of Waukesha and Janice Forbes of Platteville; and brother, Hilbert Hankins of Portage; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Clare was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandson, Zachary Meeker; 2 sisters; and 2 brothers, and his ex-wife, Jeanette.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a. m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo with Reverend David Hankins officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services, at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in the Butterfield Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard.

Richard ‘Petch’ Peczkowski, Baraboo

Richard ‘Petch’ Peczkowski, 56, of Baraboo passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Meriter Hospital in Madison.  He was born on September 16, 1957 to Michael and Alfrieda (Bucholz) Peczkowski in Chicago, Ill.

Petch worked as a process server in the Madison area for many years. Some of his most cherished past times were sports, bowling, spending time with his daughter, watching football on Sunday with his son, and vacationing in Florida.

He is survived by his children, Sean Caflisch and Shayla Schwister, their mother, Kelly Schwister; cousin, Greg Bucholz; his aunt, Lori; good friends, Mike Whye, Corey Hewitt, and Mark Nickeus; he is further survived by sister; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

Petch was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Stan Peczkowski.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 Noon on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. Baraboo, with Pastor Jonathan Tipton officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 from 10 a.m. until the time of service, at the funeral home.

Joyce Braithwaite, Baraboo

Joyce I. (Gunderson) Braithwaite, 95, of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 at St. Clare Hospital. Joyce was born on March 5, 1918 to George and Myrtle (Burroughs) Gunderson in Lone Rock. On April 29, 1944 she was united in marriage to Darwin Braithwaite, he preceded her in death on April 9, 1998. Joyce, along with her husband, owned and operated Baraboo Sporting Goods Store, until her retirement in 1977.

Joyce is survived by her cousins, Susan (Ken) Bischmann of Waukesha and Robert Strack of Galesberg, Ill; as well as dear friends, Colleen DuBois, Betty Smith, and Audrey Keiffer all of Baraboo; she is further survived by other relatives and friends.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at the Arena Cemetery in Arena, Wis. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special ‘Thank You’ to the caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care for their great care and compassion.

Mary L. Krueger, Baraboo

Mary L. Krueger, age 76, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 at her home with family by her side. Mary, daughter of Noble and Harriet (Hood) Sprecher was born Sept. 26, 1937 in Baraboo. She graduated from Baraboo High School. Mary worked as a dental assistant for many years. On Nov. 30, 1957 she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Krueger at Emanuel United Methodist Church in Baraboo.  Mary and Dick were married for over 51 years, throughout those 51 years they enjoyed spending time with their children and watching their family grow. He preceded her in death on March 29, 2008.

Survivors include her children, Matthew (Diane) Krueger of Baraboo, Kelley (Mike) Cory of Verona, Todd (Dana) Krueger of Wisconsin Dells, Jerry (Yogie) Krueger of Madison; seven grandchildren, Renee (Jason) Stelzer of Baraboo, Jacob (Sarah) Krueger of Reedsburg, Quinn Cory of Verona, Wyatt Cory of Verona, Joshua Krueger of Wisconsin Dells, Sabrina Krueger of Madison, and Alexa Krueger of Madison; four great grandchildren, Peyton and Isaac Stelzer of Baraboo, Kendall and Grant Krueger of Reedsburg; three brothers, John Sprecher of Baraboo, Rod (Jackie) Sprecher of Baraboo, Bud (Demi) Sprecher of LaValle; and two sisters, Nola Sprecher and Sheri Schell, both of Baraboo.

She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick; brother, George Sprecher; sister, Bonnie Cole; sisters-in-law, Barbara Sprecher and Rayta Hathaway;  and brothers-in-law, Bill Cole, Tom Schell and Skip Krueger.

Mary was a very loving, compassionate person who always put others first. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

In accordance with Mary’s wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.  The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Frank O. Shimniok, Rock Springs

Frank O. Shimniok, age 57, of Rock Springs passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Ann, Dustin, and Tanner Hinze; their mother, Connie Hinze; siblings, Claudia ( Richard) Galston, Carol (William) Koch, John (Jennifer) Shimniok, Mike Shimniok, Matthew (Sally) Shimniok, Jacob Shimniok, Andrew (Melissa) Shimniok, and Carrie (Ryan) Brinkman; he is further survived by aunts, Ruth Licht and LaDell Shimniok; uncle, Lyle Baumgarten; as well as many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

His parents preceded him in death.

A Devotional Service will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at 2pm at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. in Baraboo. Visitation will be held from 1pm until the time of service at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Kingston Cemetery.

Dolores Griffith, Reedsburg

Dolores J. (Herritz) Griffith, formerly of Reedsburg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at her residence in Verona.  She was born June 7, 1929 to Harry and Ella (Klukas) Herritz of North Freedom.  Dolores was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and homemaker.  And, she was one of the nicest persons you ever met.  She is survived by her daughters, Debra (Stan) Ball of Tennessee, Sandra (Steve) Schettl of Verona, son, Dennis Griffith of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Elia, Derek, and Taisa Griffith of Minnesota, Chelsey and Carissa Ball of Tennessee, Nichole Gawronski of Baraboo, Jay (Josie) Gawronski of Oklahoma; and many other brothers, sisters, relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gerald, brothers, Everett, Ron, Larry and sister Shirley, her son Michael Griffith; and daughter Lori Griffith.

Visitation services will be held on Thursday, October 17th at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo beginning at 10:00 AM, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM; burial to follow at the Walnut Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Agrace HospiceCare of Madison or the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

 

 

Michael J. Wise, Skokie, IL

Michael J. Wise, Skokie, IL

Michael J. Wise, 39, son of Terry and Deanna Wise passed away suddenly at his home in Skokie, Ill on Friday, October 11, 2013. He had bravely battled multiple sclerosis since he was diagnosed at 28 years old.

Michael was born on December 9, 1973 in Baraboo. He graduated from Baraboo High School and currently worked as a senior technical analyst at North Western Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill. He also owned his own photography studio in Evanston, Ill. He had a love of photography since he was very young and shared that love with friends and family whenever possible. Once, yearly, he would even travel to Redmond, Wa to take photos for the Got To Dance Studio because they appreciated Michael’s style of photography. He shared his home with the two loves in his life Diana Dittmer and his very photogenic cat, Bella.

Michael had no children of his own, but was ‘Uncle Mike’ to three nieces, Samantha, Emily, and Lela Wise; two nephews, Daniel and Chance Wise, and two great nephews, Drake and Dominic Heug. And, although not related he was the good ‘Uncle Mike’ to Chloe and Haley Scott, the children of his best friends Dan and Ruth Scott.

Mike is survived by his mother, Deanna Wise; two brothers, Tom (Angie) Wise of Hammond and Josh (Trisha) Wise of Baraboo; as well as many, many friends and followers of his photography.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Terry Wise; and his niece, Kaitlyn Wise.

Michael will be missed much more than we can express in words. His magnetic smile could light up a room and his gently nature completed the package. He was our photographer, our go to guy if we needed to talk, our internet guy, and a man we were very proud to call brother, friend and most of all son. He and his dad always wanted to plan a trip to Ireland, perhaps that is where the two of them are today.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. Baraboo with Pastor Jonathan Tipton officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of services, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Terrence ‘Terry’ L. Olson, Bear Valley

Terrence ‘Terry’ Lee Olson, age 68, of Bear Valley passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at his farm. Terry was born on September 7, 1945 in Richland Center to Carl and Geneva (Johnson) Olson. He was united in marriage to Jane Muma on Dec. 6, 1968, together they resided in Baraboo.

Terry spent four years in the Air Force and served in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He worked for 39 years for Alliant Energy, formerly Wisconsin Power and Light. He enjoyed motorcycling, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family. He enjoyed his retirement by taking care of the family farm in Bear Valley.

Terry is survived by children, Carl David and Teresa; siblings, Chris (Pat) Olson of Baraboo, Linda (Bill) Beisenstein of Madison, Judy Briggs of Bruce, Ruth (Duane) Whittacker of Americus, GA, Marianne (Dan) Baumgarten of Reedsburg, Cathie (Dwayne) Faber of Bear Valley; aunts, Phyllis Meister, Gloria Olson and Ruby Shelter; and special neighbors, Jerry and Laura Kast; he is further survived by many nieces; nephews; lots of relatives; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 at the Sandusky United Methodist Church in Hillpoint with Pastor Chad Hertler officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 15, 2013 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. Baraboo.  Continued visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 at the church. Burial will follow the service in North Otter Creek Cemetery in Lone Rock. Military Rites will be conducted at the cemetery. Memorials may be made to Sandusky United Methodist Church in Hillpoint.

Shirley A. Miller, Baraboo

Shirley A. Miller, age 83, of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.  Shirley, daughter of Leward and Frieda (Popp) Cook was born on May 8, 1930.  She was united in marriage to Earl Miller on Jan. 20, 1952 in Madison, WI.  Shirley loved to sew, bake and read books.  She also enjoyed gardening and taking care of her grandkids.

She is survived by her children, Sue Miller; Jeffrey (Nancy) Miller;  Barbara (Butch) Von Behren; Neil (Gloria) Miller; Kerry (Marie) Miller; Randell (Theresa) Miller;18 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Beth Miller; and daughter-in-law, Sandra Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Ralph; daughter, Angela; sisters, Dorothy Clark and Gyneth Kincaid; grandsons, Jered Smith and Cecil Miller; son-in-law, Robert Smith.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at 3pm at Kingdom Hall.  Visitation will be from 1:30pm until time of services at 3pm.  Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Neil William Stroesenreuther, Baraboo

Neil William Stroesenreuther, age 82, of Baraboo formerly of Lansing, MI died on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at St. Clare Hospice House. Neil, son of John and Fay (Hutchinson) Stroesenreuther was born May 23, 1931 in New London. On Oct. 18, 1958 he was united in marriage to Jeannette Patno in Blue Island, Ill. Neil was a soil scientist with the USDA in Lansing, Mich. from which he retired in 1989. He proudly served in the US Navy for 38 years and retired with the rank of CWO4 after serving time in Korea. Neil was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Baraboo as well as St. John’s Lutheran Church and Shepherd of the Hills in Lansing. In his free time, Neil enjoyed participating in the Baraboo Senior Center. He had a great passion for watching sports, including the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers and University of Michigan athletics.

Survivors include, his children, Patricia (Martin) Strobel of Baraboo; James (Veronica) Stroesenreuther of Tarzana, CA; grandchildren, Jedidiah, Emma, Abigail and Elizabeth Strobel all of Baraboo and Jeffrey Stroesenreuther of Tarzana, CA; he is further survived by his sister-in-law, Alice Stroesenreuther of Waupaca as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Jean; three brothers, Leo, George and Myrlon as well as one sister, Estella.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:30 p.m. until the time of services at the church. Military Rites will be conducted by Greenwood Memorial VJW Post 987 following the service. Neil’s final resting place will be next to his wife at Deep Dale Cemetery in Lansing. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.