Betty Welch, Baraboo

Betty Welch passed away on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at her home at the age of 96. Betty, daughter of Percy and Helen (Patchell) Lowe was born on Feb. 11, 1917. Alone at the age of 8, she knew great poverty and adversity, but grew to live a rich and rewarding life. With great affection we called her the ‘old warrior’ for she was that, a warrior. She was united in marriage to Albert Maurice Welch on March 18, 1938. After raising her family, she was employed at Flambeau Plastics. She enjoyed the friendships she made while working there. She also worked for many years as a volunteer at the hospital in the auxiliary shop. After retirement and the loss of her husband, she loved to get on the bus with fellow AARP travelers and see all she could, from Alaska to the Florida Keys. She saw 49 of the 50 states, and had a salt and pepper shaker to prove it!

Betty is survived by her children, John (Jan) Welch of Wichita, Kansas, Robert (Mary) Welch of Wisconsin Dells, Mary (Tim) Barnard of Bozeman, Montana, Patrick Welch of Mooresville, North Carolina; grandchildren, Alison (Patrick) Midden, Michael Welch, Tracey (Justin) Buck, Terry Welch, Kellie (Keith) Churchill, Randal (Becky) Benson, Jameson Patrick ‘J.P.’ Welch, Jessica (Taylor) Hubard, Kevin (Cari) Benson, Brandon Graham, Emily Koehn, John (Shannon) Barnard, Catherine (Nate) Good, Shanon (Matt) Engel, Britt Barnard; she is further survived by her great-grandchildren, Annabell and Daniel Midden, Bailey Welch, Natalie Buck, Kaitlin, Clint and Carson Hewitt, Katie, Aaron and Wren Benson, Pierce, Phineas and Dessie Koehn, Elizabeth and Darby Good, Harrison Engel, T. Hunter Barnard and Lauren Hubard; son-in-law, Maynard Benson; as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert; an infant brother, Robert; daughter, Nancy Benson and a grandson, Nicholas Midden.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Health United Hospice. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff from Home Health United Hospice and Bright Star. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Patricia K. Francisco, Baraboo

Patricia K. Francisco, age 60, of Baraboo, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 at Agrace Hospice Care in Madison. Patricia was born on Oct. 3, 1953 in Reedsburg. She was united in marriage to James Francisco on Sept. 16, 1972 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg. In her early years, Patricia sold cars for Burt Higgins V.W. and A.M.C.  She worked as a Dental Assistant at Dental Associates in Baraboo for over 25 years until her retirement. After her retirement she sold jewelry for Silpada.

Patricia was a very active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She was an officer for the Jaycettes and was Vice President of the South Central Irish Club.

She is survived by her husband James of Baraboo; two sons, Greg (Rebecca) Francisco of Minneapolis, Kyle (fiance Hope Schweiss) of Waunakee; two sisters, Mary (Art) Zammikiel of Rocky River, Ohio, Jean (Jerry) Apple of Dousman; sister-in-law, Nancy Manion of Reedsburg; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; brother Joe Manion; and her in-laws, Perry and Alberta Francisco.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at 11am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Burial will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at Redlin Funeral Home and on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 from 10am until the time of mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic church.  Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Muriel “Genie” Lange, Baraboo

Muriel “Genie” Lange passed away on Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at St. Clare Hospice House.  Genie was born June 9, 1922 in Montfort, WI, to the Rev. Walter C. and Marion L. Snow and her sister was Betty (Ivan) Kittleson.  She was the wife of Henry “Hank” Lange for more than 70 years.  They have two daughters, Nancy (Jerry) Rood and Barbara (Jerry) Traxler; three grandchildren, Stephanie (Gary) Martin, Sandra (Steve) Rohrer and Robert (Kara) Traxler; and nine great grandchildren, Patrick, Benjamin and Katie Martin, Kortney, Kayla, Josie and Julia Traxler, and Sam and Max Rohrer.  She was also survived by a niece, Karen VonAllman.

Many of her dearest friends came from her husband’s family.  She had a love for a lot of things, the love for God being the most important. She also loved family, music, animals and high school basketball.  If she couldn’t make it to a game, you could be sure she would be listening to it on the radio.  She was a true sports fan.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her grandson, Greg Rood; and her sister and brother-in-law Betty and Ivan Kittleson and many other relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank Amy Gavinski and her team for the wonderful care she received on the assisted living side of St. Clare Meadows.  They made it her home for seven years.

Private services were held.  Redlin Funeral Home assisted the family.

George G. Kopecky, Baraboo

George G. Kopecky, age 70, of Baraboo, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013. George, the son of George and Dorothy (Albrecht) Kopecky, was born on August 11, 1943 in Baraboo. George worked as a welder and was a member of the Boiler Makers Union #107 from Sept. 1976 until Oct. 2006. He worked with the Boiler Makers for 37 years, until his retirement in 2006; he was very proud to be a member of the Union. In his younger years, George enjoyed racing stock cars. He was an avid NASCAR and Green Bay Packers fan.

He is survived by his sisters, Karen (Don) Bader of Lodi, Kathryn Reynolds of Cape Coral, FL; brother, Rodney (Sharon) Kopecky of Baraboo; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, extended friends from the Boiler Makers as well as other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by an infant brother.

Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at Redlin Funeral Home with Chaplain Shirley Kelter officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home and on Thursday from 10am until the time of services. Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery following services.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be me made to Agrace Hospice.

Edward Joseph Borski, Baraboo









Edward Joseph Borski passed away Sunday Nov. 10 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Eddie was born as the first child of Alex and Stephanie (Klubacher) Borski on June 5, 1925 in West Allis Wisconsin.  As the oldest brother, he grew up running, ice-skating, cavorting with the neighborhood kids, setting his handsome, tough, work-hard example.  In 1942, Ed graduated high school early, in order to join the Marine Corps, becoming a front-line member of the 3rd Division fighting valiantly in tough campaigns on Okinawa, and Iwo Jima-something he rarely talked about.

After returning from war in Nov. 1945 Ed courted and married the lovely Betty Jane Johnson of Waupaca WI., on November 14 1946.

While working as a police officer in Waupaca, they started a family. He is survived by his wife, Betty of (just 4 days short of) 67 years; and children, Lynn Ellen (Randy) Webster of Baraboo, Son David Edward (Janice Busse)-Borski of Madison, Jean Carol (Don) Rogers of Baraboo, and Daniel George (Paula Riesch)Borski of Waunakee. He is further survived by 4 grandchildren, Kevin (Rhonda) Rogers, Scott Rogers, Katrina Borski, Jack Borski, along with step-grandchild, Dawn Duchnowski; also 3 great-grandchildren, Layne, Owen, and Emma Rogers.  Eddie was also survived by his brothers and sister who also ranged the West Allis neighborhoods, Albert Borski, Patricia (David) Komar, Bill (Peggy) Borski; and sister-in-law, Ann Borski.

He was preceded in death by brother, George (Ann) Borski and Albert’s wife (Patsy) Borski. Many other relatives, and friends completed parts of his life.

After Waupaca, the family moved to Baraboo in 1957 newly employed as a State Fire Marshal. Adding to his life as a public servant he spent many years in the Waupaca and Baraboo Volunteer Fire Department. A few years later, Ed joined the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department as a patrol officer, after thousands of miles, he worked to become a very committed Sheriff’s Detective paving his way to retiring in 1987 as Sauk County’s first Chief of Detectives–respectfully nick-named “J. Edgar”.  Adding these years, through 1000’s of crimes and fingerprint cards, uncountable hours on the phone hunting perpetrators, even being riot-squad leader, created worlds of stress, of which he worked his way through, to retire with honors and accolades.

After retirement, Edward also became an elected member of the Baraboo City Council for a term, fighting for the good tax-payers of his community.  Being involved with his comrades in the Eagles Nest Det. 1293 Marine Corps League, and becoming a member of the VFW and American Legion took him all the way to the end of his life of purpose.

Edward enjoyed reading mystery novels, detective magazines and history book about WWII.  Many woodworking projects were crafted for friends and family. Earlier years saw him taking photographs and developing the negatives for family prints.  Many hours were spent tinkering and repairing TVs, and radios trying to get the best signal possible. It gave him much pleasure cooking large meals, carving the Christmas ham, preparing the family-intensive yearly project of making hundreds of pasties, and compiling family recipes, including the “Famous Borski-Family Dip”.  Driving his young family to the weekly Sunday picnics at Devil’s Lake become a fun tradition.  Discovering the internet and computer late in life kept him connected and active.

Please join the Memorial Service which will be held Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 111 6th Street, Baraboo with the Reverend Scott Allen Seefeldt–Rector officiating the service at 12 noon. Visitation will be from 10am until the service at the church. The Marine Corps League, Eagles Nest Det. 1293 will provide an honor guard—Semper Fi. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

He will be greatly missed.

Jade Marie Myrick, Baraboo

Jade Marie Myrick, age 19, passed away on Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 as a result of an auto accident.  She was born on April 25, 1994 at St. Clare Hospital, the daughter of Annette Falk and Levi Myrick.  She graduated from Baraboo High School in 2012.

She is survived by her father Levi Myrick, mother Annette Falk, and step-father Brady Moore; siblings, Tryston, Sierra, Tyler Moore and Ryan Myrick; grandmothers Kathryn Falk and Cindy Tracy; step-grandparents Steve and Barbie Moore; step-great-grandmother, Sylvia Lynch; fiancé, Austin Smothers and many more close friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather James Falk and other close relatives.

May you continue to shine over us and guide us through our daily journeys.  You will be missed by all of us.  Love you Jade.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 7pm at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo, with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating the service. Visitation will take place from 5pm until the time of service, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Helen Zantow, Baraboo

Helen Zantow, age 94, of Baraboo passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 at St. Clare Meadows.

She was born on June 3, 1919, the daughter of Charles and Bertha Licht and was a lifelong resident of Baraboo.  She married Lawrence Zantow at St. John’s Lutheran Church on August 23, 1941; they were married for 71 years. Helen was employed by AT&T as a telephone operator her entire work life in Baraboo and later in Madison until her retirement in 1981.  She was a long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Helen is survived by her two sons Steve (Betty) of Scottsdale AZ, and Scott (Jan) of Brookfield WI, and one daughter Barb (Jim) Mayhew of Middleton WI; six grandchildren, Ryan (Jen) Zantow, Jessica (Eric) Maceyko, Derek (Traci Elton) Mayhew, Aaron (Brianna) Mayhew, Matthew Zantow, Emily Zantow; and four great-grandchildren, Noah Mayhew, Ethan Maceyko, Maddy Zantow, and Patrick Zantow.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Virgil, her husband Larry and her sons Thomas, Charles and Timothy.

Helen was always a kind generous person especially with her time.  She was always the first to help people who needed a ride to get to their appointments in Baraboo and Madison.  She always volunteered at church.  She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandma and will be cherished in our hearts forever.

The family will be holding a private service in her honor.  Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to give special thanks to the caring staff at St. Clare Meadows Care Center for their care given to Helen. 

 Through the darkness, I can see your light, And you will always shine, And I can feel your heart in mine, Your face I’ve memorized, I idolize just you, And after all is said and done, You’re still you.


Donald Dean Radel, Baraboo

Donald Radel, age 81, of Baraboo passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at Golden Living Center in Wisconsin Dells.  He was born on Sept. 1, 1932 in Baraboo.  Donald was united in marriage to Marjorie Pickarts on Jan. 13, 1993.  Donald enjoyed fishing and working on cars.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie; his children, Joseph (Kathy) Alvin of Rock Springs, Jeffrey Alvin of Hill Point, Lisa (Steve) Weldy of Wisconsin Dells, Lori (Greg Martin) Alvin of Baraboo;

10 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren; as well as cousins, Virgil Schneider, and Donna Roger; and many other relatives and friends.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and step-daughter Linda Alvin.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., with Father Mike Richel officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service, at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in the Walnut Hill Cemetery.  Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Romaine Stackman, Rock Springs

Romaine Ruth (Miller) Stackman, age 79, was released from the “Arms of an Angel” to be with her Lord on November 3, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison with her daughters by her side. Romaine was born on Oct. 2, 1934, in Wonewoc, the daughter of Leo and Ruth (Marsh) Miller. She was married to Arlin Stackman on November 14, 1953 and he preceded her in death on March 21, 2006. After a lifetime of work and endless sacrifice, she relished spending time with her grandkids, family and friends. She loved mowing her lawn, having parties at the farm, and enjoyed having neighbors come over for a cup of coffee.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Henry, Codger and Gerald; sisters, Claudine and Elizabeth; special friend and sister-in-law, Marvy; and her nephew, “Big” Randy.

Romaine is survived by her children, Dwan Schuck (Robert Dunham), Roxanne Olsen (Timothy), Susan Stackman (Foxy), and Jody Steiger-Leese (Nikolaus); and her four beautiful grandkids, Megan and Maddie Olsen and AJ and Samaya Steiger. She is also survived by someone she considered her son, Bob Timmons (Sandra) and her special nephew “Little” Randy, as well as other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom with Pastor Andrew Meyer officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom right after the service. A luncheon will be served at the church following the burial. Please no flowers. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Crystal Neuman, Baraboo

Crystal Neuman, of Baraboo, age 74, passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at St. Clare Hospice House.  Crystal was born on November 22, 1938 to parents Albert E. and Louise A. (Thurow) Neuman.

Crystal worked as a teacher for over 31 years.  She was a teller at Baraboo National Bank and also worked for JCPenny’s and Farm and Fleet.

Crystal was raised on a farm and enjoyed anything farm related.  She especially loved spending time in the woods on her property.

Crystal is survived by her brother-in-law Alan Sharpee, nephew Todd Sharpee, and great-niece Anna Sharpee, all of Ohama; an uncle; and many cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sister Jenny Sharpee; and niece Julie West.

Graveside services will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery at 11:30am on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating.  Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran School.  Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.