Ronald “Ron” E. Custer, Baraboo

Ronald “Ron” E. Custer, 87, of Baraboo passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at his home. Ron, son of Daniel and Fanny (Gibney) Custer was born on June 15, 1926. He was united in marriage to Mary Falk on October 23, 1948 in Baraboo.

Ron enlisted into the army in December 1944 and was honorably discharged in November 1946. He was a WWII veteran. He worked as a carpenter for many years. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing horseshoes.

He is survived by his wife Mary; son, Michael (Margery) Custer of Pardeeville; grandchildren, Cris (Brent Eggen) Custer of Wisconsin Dells, Jami (Jeff) Hebl of Portage; great-grandchildren, Drew Eggen, Jake, Jordan, and Madison Hebl; sister, Joyce Johnstone of Oak Creek; sister-in-laws, Shirley Falk of Lodi, Ruthie Falk of Baraboo, and Mary Falk of DeForest; brother-in-law, Tom Falk of Poynette; and many other relatives and friends.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Doug and Clark Custer, sisters; Wanda Schaefer, and Marge Mitchell.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11am at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Hutchens officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at the Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Health United Hospice or the charity of your choice. Military Rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard.

Esther S. Traxler, Rice Lake

Esther S. Traxler, age 97, of Rice Lake formerly of Baraboo passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Rice Lake.  Esther, daughter of Gustav and Bertha (Kamin) Glaser was born March 10, 1916 in Quinnesec, MI.  Esther was united in marriage to Perry L. Traxler on October 14, 1934 in Baraboo. Together they lived in Baraboo and moved to Waukegan, IL during WWII. After the war, they moved to Lake Delton. From there, they moved to Waukesha. After his death, Esther moved to Baraboo for several years before moving to Rice Lake.

Esther was a high school graduate of Iron Mountain, MI.  She was a homemaker and a Head Cook for the Hot Lunch Program at Lake Delton Grade School in the 1950’s.

Esther loved cooking and baking.  She was famous in the family for her delicious pies and angel food birthday cakes. She enjoyed cards, dancing, and country western music. She was an avid fan of stock car racing, basketball, and baseball, especially The Brewers, and even became a Packer fan in her 90’s.

She is survived by her children, Lorraine (Mike) Steinhorst of Baraboo, and Alice (Bill) Bhend of Birchwood; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; brothers, Alfred (Eunice) Glaser of Kingsford, MI, and Elmer (Lois) Glaser of Yakema, WA.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Perry; sisters, Alice (Millard) White, Lillian (Charles) VanKueren, Evelyn Glaser, Florence (Kenneth) Guhse; brother, Wallie (Norma) Glaser; and infant brother, Carl Glaser.

Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be held from 10am until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in Fairfield township. The family would like to thank the staff of Heritage Manor for their wonderful care while Esther was there. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Lillian C. (Nelson) Catterson, Baraboo

Lillian C. (Nelson) Catterson, 90, of Baraboo was reunited with her beloved husband in eternal rest, on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at the St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, surrounded by her family. On Nov. 11, 1923 Lillian was born the daughter of Oscar and Jane (Knutson) Nelson, on the family farm outside of Wisconsin Dells. Lillian was married to Marcel Catterson for 62 years, he preceded her in death in 2008. She was taught at a young age the value of respect and a strong work ethic. She worked in housekeeping at Jefferson Meadows, now St. Clare Meadows, until she was 80 years old. 

Lillian was the type of person that always saw the good side of a bad situation. She loved children, and even got to meet her first great-grandchild the morning before passing away. Lillian had a kind heart for anyone in need of help. She rehabbed many birds and small animals back to health; she also helped with many church dinners, activities, and fund raisers. For many years, she was also a cub and girl scout leader. She loved making crafts, telling stories, and singing; and had a great passion for reading. She had a wonderful gathering of family and friends for her 90th birthday. 

Lillian is survived by her five children, Dennis (Marilyn) Catterson, Kenneth (Jamie) Catterson, Phil (Carrie) Catterson, Edward (Christy) Catterson, and Pamela (Mark) Selje; 11 grandchildren, Nathan, Kimberly, Kevin, Sara, Ryan, Valerie, Justin, John, James, Jacob, and Lauren; one great-grandson, Tyler; sister, Jeanette Weidner; as well as many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and dear friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marty; brothers, Lawrence, Henry, and Vernon; and sisters, Ethel and Helen. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at St Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service, at the church. Burial will follow the service in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Baraboo. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to her friends and staff at Meadow Ridge and Dr. Kryszjzaniek  and the nursing staff at St. Clare Hospital for their excellent care and compassion.


Janelle S. Rhyner, Baraboo

Janelle S. Rhyner, age 61, of Baraboo passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013 at her home.  Janelle, daughter of William and Doris (Foster) Schlender, was born on April 21, 1952 in Baraboo.  She was united in marriage to Lee Rhyner on April 2, 2003 in Gatlinburg, TN. 

Wollersheim Winery was Janelle’s extended family; Her enjoyable working years were spent employed there as an administrative assistant. 

Janelle loved her family, especially her grandkids, nieces and nephews.  She also loved to travel and was known as the family poet.

She is survived by her husband, Lee Rhyner; children, Todd (Tracy) Rhyner, Scott (Lori) Rhyner; grandchildren, Madyson, Dayne, Justin, Nicholas, Marissa, Kaiden and Kendra Rhyner; siblings, Judy (Roger) Berry-Mislivecek, Cyndy Croft, Fritz (Julie Arendsee) Schlender; brothers-in-law, Gary (Julie), Mark (Carla), Joel (Lynn) Rhyner, Phil Jauch; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Kathy Jauch; and an infant nephew.

Funeral Services will be held on December 27, 2013 at 11am at First Presbyterian Church in Baraboo with Pastor Lisa Taylor officiating.  Visitation will be held from 9am until the time of service at the church.  Burial will follow at the Walnut Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the family.  Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Georgia L. Mason, Baraboo

Georgia L. Mason, age 67, of Baraboo passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at her home in Wisconsin Dells. Georgia, daughter of George and Elsie (Wolford) Kertzman, was born on June 30, 1946 in Wyoming.

Georgia was raised in Minnesota but spent most of her adult life in Wisconsin, where she enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

She loved woodworking, and sharing her talent with others.  She enjoyed messing around on her computer and had a skill of “harassing people”.

She is survived by her children, LaDonna (Josh Ladron) Pfaff, Don (Angie) Jerry, Raymond Hiatt; grandchildren, Amber, Lawrence, Rashell, Tim, and Mitch; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Pete Kertzman. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Georgia was preceded in death by her parents; son, Michael Jerry; and sister, Nonarae.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:30pm on Monday, December 23, 2013, at Redlin Funeral Home, with Pastor Jonathan Tipton officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:30pm until the time of service.  Special Thank You to Our House, EMTs and the staff at St. Mary’s and St. Clare Hospitals. Memorials may be made to the family.

Mary Elizabeth Keding, Baraboo

Mary Elizabeth Keding, 87, of Baraboo died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at her residence. Mary was the daughter of Lawrence and Edna Giebel, born on Oct. 2, 1926. On June 25, 1948 she was united in marriage to Eugene Keding in Baraboo.

Mary was a homemaker, she liked to garden and can most of what she grew. For many years she helped her husband take care of their farm together. She truly enjoyed traveling, especially to see relatives. Some of her favorite past times were doing word searches, putting together puzzles, and playing games. She was a 4-H leader, a member of Exdell Homemakers, and a long time member of Emanuel United Methodist Church in Baraboo.

Mary is survived by her children, Karen (Tom) Peterson, Barbara Keding, and Mark (Leticia) Keding all of Baraboo; grandchildren, Traci (Jed) Crouse of Baraboo, Tricia (Kris) Rasmussen of Kansas, and Kayleigh Johnson of Baraboo; great-grandson, Andrew Crouse; her brother, Eugene Giebel of Baraboo; sister, Eulaine Kohlman of Sauk City; and numerous nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at Emanuel United Methodist Church in Baraboo with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service, at the church. Burial will follow the service in St. John’s Cemetery in Rock Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials be made to a charity of your choice. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Donald P. Shook, Baraboo

Donald P. Shook peacefully left his earthly home to join his beloved wife Verna on December 14, 2013, with his loving family by his side.  Don was born November 27, 1922 in Ft. Atkinson, WI, the son of Paul M. and Harriet Quentmeyer Shook.  He attended Hoard Grade School, Emery Jr. High and graduated from Ft. Atkinson Sr. High School in 1940.  On March 28, 1942 he married Verna M. Klement, his high school sweetheart, at the home of her parents on Sherman Avenue in Ft. Atkinson.  Don was inducted into the U.S. Military at Ft. Sheridan, IL in January, 1943 and served his country in WWII as an Instrument/Scout Corporal for the 10th Mountain Division, Battery B, 604 Field Artillery.  He received 2 Bronze Battle Stars and the Purple Heart for action in the Italian Campaign and was honorably discharged in November 1945.  Don returned home to Ft. Atkinson, where he and Verna resided until 1958.  In that year, Don became the supervisor of the drafting department at Wisconsin Electric Power and the family moved to Racine, WI.  Avid campers, Don and Verna became very familiar with the Baraboo area during visits to 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.  Don was a devoted husband and father, dedicating his life to providing for them.  He instilled great values in his family, respected each member of the family for their individual personality and attributes, and always provided thought provoking insights, advice, and encouragement in every situation.  Don always looked for the positives in every situation, despite facing numerous medical obstacles throughout his life.  He was a “Don of All Trades”, enjoying a variety of employment opportunities such as short order cook, linoleum mechanic, bookkeeper, bank teller, insurance agent, production control clerk, electric utility supervisor, utility equipment salesman, furniture refinisher, manager of farm cooperatives and general contractor for rebuilding their Fairfield property after the fire in 1999.  Always active in the community, he was a member of several service organizations, including Life Membership in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans.  He was a Past Chef De Gare of the 40 and 8 Chapter in Ft, and, Golden Kiwanis and a Salvation Army Bell Ringer and a past member of the Baraboo Elks Club Lodge 688.  He enjoyed an abundance of hobbies; an avid bowler, golfer, fisherman, outdoorsman, gardener, artist, woodworker, daily solver of crossword puzzles and reader.  Don and Verna spent many years dancing the night away together at a number of different venues including the Labor Center in Racine, the Elks Club in Baraboo and at numerous other events such as the wedding dances of their children and grandchildren.  The family spent many years traveling to the Klement cottage on Big Bearskin Lake near Minocqua and camping in different areas of WI and the U.S.  After retirement, their travels always included an annual trip to Florida to visit their daughter Franki.  Their own backyard also served as a campsite 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.  He and Verna were wonderful hosts to family and friends.  In 1994, they 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.  Don was always glad to be surrounded by his family. Over the last few years, he stated many times that he was happiest when his family was around him, especially his 4 daughters.  His bucket list over the past months included a trip to North Carolina in May with Donna & Steve to visit granddaughter Jamie, husband Michael and grandson Steven J., weekend outings all summer long to the lake with Franki, Bonnie, Donna, grandchildren, extended family and friends and once-a-month outings to the Madison Symphony Orchestra with Bev.  The grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great‑great‑grandchildren lit up his world as well.  Don is survived by his daughters, Bonnie Hibner, Francine Schneider, Donna (Steve) Elliott, and Bev Shook, 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren along with many other relatives and friends.  Don was preceded by the love of his life Verna, sons Richard and Chuck, grandson Joshua, his parents, in-laws, two son-in-laws, David and William, along with other relatives.

A celebration of Don’s life will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Avenue, Baraboo, WI.  Services will be at 3:30 p.m. with Rev Bill Harris and Rudy Wegert co-officiating.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. and last until the time of service. Military Rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veteran’s Honor Guard.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Don’s name to People Helping People (PHP), Second Harvest, the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund’s Heat for Heroes Campaign or any other charitable organization.  The family would like to send a very special thank you to the staff of St. Clare Hospital, HHU Hospice, Dr. Edwards, and everyone involved in the wonderful care Don received.

Norma A. Aylsworth, North Freedom

Norma Anna Aylsworth, age 86, of North Freedom passed away December 13, 2013 at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie.  Norma, daughter of Edward and Hazel (Mularkey) Burkman was born on January 20, 1927 in Briggsville.

She was united in marriage to Warner C. Aylsworth on December 22, 1945 in Briggsville. 

Norma ran her own restaurant called Norma’s Nook.  She was also a medical technician for St. Clare Meadows. She was a long standing member of North Freedom Methodist Church. 

Norma enjoyed her family, gardening, music, and big cats.  She loved to write cards to all of her family members.

Our mother showed her family a deep unconditional love! No matter what each of us faced in our lives, she would encourage us to never give up.  She taught us to share what you have with family and friends. She would always be there no matter what.  She always had a smile, a kind heart, and love of life.

She is survived by step-daughter Ermadel (Dean) Ludwick of Bettendorf, IA; children, Chuck (Linda) Aylsworth of Rockford IL, Ed Aylsworth of North Freedom, Bill (Terry) Aylsworth of Reedsburg, Harvey (Theresa) Aylsworth of Rock Springs, Lloyd (Charlotte) Aylsworth of Grand Junction, CO, and Hope (Dominick) Silvestri of Elmhurst, IL; 8 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister Ruby (Fred) McNamer of North Freedom.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Hazel and Ed Burkman; husband, Warner C. Aylsworth; brother, Harvey Burkman and sister-in-law, Alice Burkman.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at 11 a.m. at North Freedom United Methodist Church with Pastor Carol Quinn officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom.

Frank Tirjer, Baraboo

Frank Tirjer, age 94, of Baraboo passed away Friday, December 13, 2013.

Frank was born on October 18, 1919 in Deta, Romania. He married Emma Tischler on October 31, 1942 in Linz, Austria. He is a WWII veteran. 


Frank brought his carpenter’s trade and family from Austria to Chicago in 1950 and moved to the suburbs of Broadview and then Hillside. He and Emma moved to Baraboo in 1994. He enjoyed working, gardening, dancing, putting together puzzles, crafts and laughing and will be missed by his family and many friends. 


Frank is survived by his wife of 71 years, Emma; son, Robert (Nancy) of Edgerton, WI; son, Herb (Laura) of Glendale, AZ; daughter, Fran (Greg) Befera of Baraboo; grandchildren, Vanessa (Rick), Rebecca (Adam), Bobby (Linda), Danielle, Jennifer, Missy, Shannon, Natalie (Chris), Joe (Melissa), Michael, Chris, Lindsay (Bobby); and 10 great-grandchildren. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mathilde; and his younger brother, Joseph.

A celebration of mass of Frank’s life will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11am. Visitation will be held from 10am until the time of mass.  Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Benjamin “Ben” L. Deitrich, Baraboo

Benjamin “Ben” L. Deitrich, age 31, of Baraboo, passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013.  Ben, son of Craig and Kathleen (Zimmerman) Deitrich, was born on July 10, 1982.

Ben enjoyed reading, writing, playing cards and online gaming.

He is survived by his father, Craig Deitrich; siblings, Anthony, Jennifer and Ashley Deitrich; maternal grandmother, Marge Zimmerman; many uncles, aunts, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

Ben was preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen; maternal grandfather, Leo Zimmerman; paternal grandparents, June and Frank Deitrich.

Memorial services will be on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10am until the time of service at the church.  Private burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery on Friday, December 27, 2013.  Redlin Funeral is assisting the family.