Dorothy C. Larson, Baraboo

Dorothy C. Larson, age 85, of Baraboo passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Dorothy, the daughter of Joseph and Laura (Haas) Fischer, was born November 1, 1928. She married Vernon Larson on February 7, 1948. Dorothy was retired from Industrial Coils in Baraboo.

She is survived by her 5 children, Terry (Susan) Larson of Melrose, Mary Ann (Gary) Marx of LaCrosse, Robert (Peggy) Larson of Decatur, Ill, Debra (Robert) Hazlett of Lititz, Pennsylvania, and Brian (Linda) Larson of Baraboo. She is further survived by 9 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Barb Estes, Lorraine Grell, Elaine (Charles) Keen and Lillian (Jim) Anderson; brothers, Louis Grell; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; 1 sister; and 3 brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11a.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 10a.m. until the time of service, at the church. Burial will follow the service in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

The family would like to thank St. Clare Meadows and St. Clare Hospital for all their loving care that they showed Dorothy.

Elisabeth Peidelstein (Taschelmeyer), Baraboo

Elisabeth Peidelstein (Taschelmeyer), age 86, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo. Elisabeth, daughter of Matthias and Theresa (Pfeiffer) Taschelmeyer, was born on May 15, 1927 in Vinkovci, Yugoslavia (now Croatia).

She was united in marriage to Anton Peidelstein in Linz, Austria on November 11, 1949. Together they moved to America in December of 1951 and settled in the Chicago area. They later moved to Baraboo in 1989.

Elisabeth enjoyed gardening, knitting, and crocheting. She was very talented with needlework and loved jigsaw puzzles.

Elisabeth had a great internal strength and a certainty for life and the way it should be.

She is survived by her three children, Josef (Linda Butler) Peidelstein of Toronto, Canada, Richard (Nancy) Peidelstein of Baraboo, and Anna (Cliff) Blackman of Matamoras, PA; five grandchildren, Alice Talerico, April Peidelstein, Theresa, Ryan, and Adam Blackman; two great-grandchildren, Sonya Vida Talerico, and Nora Ruth Blackman. She is further survived by a large extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Anton.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:00am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery will follow. Visitation will be held from 10:00am until the time of service. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to the staff at St. Clare Meadows Care Center for the fine care Elisabeth received during her stay there.

Robert Litscher, Baraboo

Robert Howard (Bob) Litscher passed away Mar. 23 after almost 90 years of life in Baraboo, Wis.—the area where he grew up, raced ponies, pulled horses at the county fair, fell in love, raised a family, ran a dairy farm and enjoyed his horses and carriage.

Bob was born on April 20, 1924 near Baraboo, Wis. He grew up on a stretch of prairie known as Sumpter between Baraboo and Prairie du Sac, surrounded with farm work, horses and the love of his parents Mae (Tooley) and John C. and his five siblings, Lorene, LeRoy, Evelyn, John and Elaine.

Bob met the love of his life and other half, Marjorie Dineen, on a blind date his sister Elaine set up at the local dance hall in 1949. The two were married on Sept. 29, 1951. They raised their children Kristine, Karen and Kurt with the same Litscher tradition of love and family.

Bob’s unwavering spirit, perseverance and genuine interest in people will forever inspire his family and loved ones.

He loved his wife and children, brothers and sisters, and horses—not always in that order.

Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marjorie, his daughters, Kristine Litscher-Lee (Brian) and Karen Litscher Johnson (Daniel), daughter-in-law, Margaret Walczak, and six grandchildren, Megan and Meredith Lee, John Litscher, Sarah, Jack and Emma Johnson, sisters Evelyn Trager and Elaine Pierce, brother, John, sister-in-laws Joann Litscher, Joyce Litscher, and Bonnie Nachreiner,  nieces and nephews, and close family friend Christy Luther. He was preceded in death by son Kurt; sister, Lorene Harrison; brother and best friend, LeRoy, and his parents.

Funeral Services will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 6:00-8:00p.m. at the church; continued visitation will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10a.m. until the time of service, also at the church. Burial will follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sauk County Fair. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Lucille Page, Baraboo

Lucille Page, age 86, of Albany, formerly of Baraboo, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 23, 2014 surrounded by her family at her side at St. Mary’s Hospital.

She was born on January 9, 1928 in Leoti, Kansas. She moved to Wisconsin to work in Baraboo at the Badger Ammunition Plant, and later moved to Prairie du Sac, where she worked in a flower shop; flowers were one of her passions which she had a natural green thumb in whatever she grew. She opened a children’s clothing store, Little Rascals.

She spent the past 27 years of life with her beloved partner, Richard Armstrong. They lived in Stoughton for many years and upon retirement, moved to rural Albany, WI and enjoyed spending the warmer months of the year traveling in their motor coach to parts of the states. She and Richard belonged to the Family Motor Coach Association, through which they met many good friends in the Midwest Bus Nuts and other chapters. She loved to cook and try new recipes. She loved spending time with her grandsons and watching them grow up.

 Lucille is survived by her beloved partner, Richard Armstrong of Albany; her daughter, Pam Born of Cross Plains; and her son, Dave Born of Mazomanie; two grandsons, Brain Born and David Born. She is also survived by her brother, Clement (Evie) Bauck; and sister, Margaret Weiser, both of Leoti, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Theresa (Goetz) Bauck; and six siblings, all from Leoti, Kansas; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Lucille will be very missed by her friends and family, and her dear Corgi, Bailey.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:00am at Redlin Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00am until the time of service.

 

Kathleen “Kathy” S. Labeots, Baraboo

Kathleen “Kathy” S. Labeots, age 71, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at her home in Baraboo. Kathy, daughter of Richard and Marion (Nye) Wittl, was born on November 27, 1942. She was united in marriage to John Labeots, Sr. on June 15, 1960 at Our Lady of Knock in Calumet City, IL.

Kathy recently retired from St. Clare Center as a patient care assistant. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where she helped teach catechism and put together bulletins. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and playing scrabble. She was well known as the “star garage saler”. She also liked her visits to Walmart, playing cards, crafting, and listening to Elvis. Her greatest joy was her family.

 Kathy is survived by her husband, John Labeots, Sr.; three sons, John (Lucinda) Labeots, Jr., Chris (Cheryl) Labeots, Tim (Robin) Labeots; six grandchildren, Kenneth (Bridget) Labeots, Jessica (Fiancé Adam Chester) Labeots, Nick Labeots, Jake Labeots, Brandon (Rachel) Labeots, Joe (Fiancé Katie Juran) Labeots; three great-grandchildren, Vanessa, Liberty, Bentley, and two due to come this summer;  brother, Richard (Gloria) Wittl; sisters, Theresa (Tom) Stedman, Laura (Roger) Williams. Further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Walter and Stella Labeots; brother-in-law, Wally Labeots.

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 1:00pm, at the Redlin Funeral Home, with Father Garrett Kau officiating. Visitation will be held at 12:00pm until the time of service.

A special thank you to all of her co-workers at the St. Clare Center, her Card Club Ladies, and the staff at Agrace Hospice for their care and compassion.

Cathleen R. Wagner, Baraboo

Cathleen R. Wagner, 62, went to be with her Maker on Sunday, March 16, 2014.  Cathy was born on October 10, 1951 in Baraboo, WI at St. Clare Hospital to Victor and Marie (Donovan) Carney of Sumpter Township. Cathy graduated from Sauk Prairie High School in 1969 and then the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1973. 

Cathy married Thomas Wagner on November 15, 1975 in a family ceremony at Durward’s Glen in Baraboo. They lived and worked in Sheboygan, WI for 3 years and then Milwaukee and Cedarburg, WI for 35 years.  While in Cedarburg, she was elected president of the League of Women Voters, to the Cedarburg School Board, and the prime mover in the construction of the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center. While at Manpower, Inc., she became manager of the Milwaukee Field Office. Cathy and Tom loved to travel and see the wonders of the world.  In 1977 they traveled around the world which took over one year to accomplish.  In her lifetime she has visited upwards of 50 countries. 

In 2011, they retired, bought a motorhome and toured the US and Canada, stopping along the way to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Father Robert Carney.

Cathy is survived by her husband Tom and their son Victor of Nashville, TN., sister Julie and Paul Troiber of Tomahawk, WI, brother Jim Carney of Sauk Praire, WI, sister Margaret and John Crahen of Baraboo WI, and many nieces and nephews.

Her endless generosity, passion for hospitality and expertise to take on a variety of projects, whether it was coordinating the annual Wagner family Christmas cookie bake, leading a troop of Boy Scouts through the Boundary Waters at summer camp and multiple outstanding home renovation projects. She met every challenge with strength and courage. Cathy’s greatest love was always for her family and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:00am at Emanuel United Methodist Church with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00am until the time of service. Friends may also call on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the Emanuel United Methodist Church in Baraboo, WI at 101 Fourteenth Street. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Geraldine “Geri” Anna Larson, Baraboo

Geraldine “Geri” Anna (Lange) Larson born to Eternal Life on March 16, 2014 at the age of 99. Dearly beloved mother of Harvey Gerald (Mary) Larson of Wisconsin Dells, Thoralee Ann Neau of Brookfield, WI, and the late Eugene John Larson (Lt. Col. US Army).  Treasured grandmother of Lt. Col. David (Milena), Mark (Lori), and Scott (Renee Breed) Larson, Kristin (Gerry) Larson-Rich, Lori (Larry) Terry, Stephanie (Gregg) Wieczorek, Michael (Dr. Yvonne), and Victoria (fiancé Robert Mull) Neau. Proud and adored great-grandmother of 16. Fond sister-in-law of Edna Lange of Superior. Further remembered and missed by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey R. Larson, son Lt. Col. Eugene John Larson, brother Dr. John D. Lange, parents Emma (Pfaff) & August Michael Lange, & special “sister”, Edna Stoeckmann.

Geri was born October 6, 1914 in the Town of Excelsior and raised in Ableman, WI (now Rock Springs). She was married to Harvey R. Larson on November 24, 1934, and they lived the rest of their lives in Baraboo.  She was an active member of the Baraboo community for the rest of her life. The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who helped Geri in the twilight of her life through their loving care & friendship. Special thanks to Drs. Krszjzaniek & Meier & the staff of St. Clare’s Hospital & Medical Associates of Baraboo; the staff of “Meals on Wheels”; the Commission on Aging; the fantastic staff of St. Clare Meadows Care Center; all staff & members of the First Presbyterian Church; Pastor Lisa Taylor; Din “Gus” Dovolos, & a multitude of other countless angels here on earth, all too numerous to mention.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 3 p.m. at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in the Activities Room. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2 p.m. until the time of service at the Meadows. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. A larger memorial service will be held in June. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo or St. Clare Meadows Care Center.

Rest in peace, our dear angel on earth, your incredibly-long journey is over, and we know that you are in a better place, reunited once again with your many loved ones who have gone before you. “Well done, good & faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21).

Wade David “Newbs” Newby, Baraboo

Wade David “Newbs” Newby, of Baraboo, born Sept. 22, 1968, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the age of 45.

He was a proud member of Local 139 where he worked as a main line Back Hoe Operator. He was currently employed with Parisi Construction. During the fall and winter months he was an instructor at the Wisconsin Engineers Training Center in Coloma. He was very instrumental in molding the next generation of operating engineers.

He was hard working and the Circle N Ranch was his pride and joy. He enjoyed raising beef naturally, chickens, and messing with his cat. His favorite past times were being with friends and spending time with Marsha.

He looked forward to the turkey and deer hunting seasons and fishing trips to Canada. He had many great memories of his many hunting adventures with his Iowa group. This made him a Hawkeyes fan. He lived by the saying, ‘A Day is never wasted if a Memory is made’.

He was a good man with a big heart. He would give his shirt off his back and would help anyone who needed it. His quick wit and joking ability is a quality that will be greatly missed by all that knew and met him. You were a better person by knowing him. He taught us to turn a negative thing into a positive, to be tough and never weaken.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lorraine Ziegler, who held a special place in his heart for all she did for him.

He left behind many loved family members, friends, co-workers and special nephew, Tylor Newby.

A Memorial Celebration of his life will be held at a later date on the Circle N Ranch.

Dorothy “Dot” Brownell, Baraboo

Dot Brownell, 67, of Baraboo passed away Friday, March 14, 2014 at St Clare Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dot was born August 4, 1946 in Lima, Ohio to Owen and Margaret (Dalton) Michael. Dot worked as an LPN at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo for many years, Maplewood Care Center in Sauk City, Golden Living Center in Wisconsin Dells, and St Clare Hospice House in Baraboo.

She loved spending time with family and friends and attending family events and functions at Devil’s Lake State Park. She enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren, attending her grandson’s football games, and Facebook. Dots personality and sense of humor drew people to her.

Dot is survived by her two children, Randy (Melissa Hachtel) Spaude and Cindy Spaude of Baraboo; first husband, Gerald Spaude of Eland; two stepchildren, Bobby Brownell and Becky Rachuj of Baraboo; three sisters, June Gruber, Sheila (George) Cook, Donna Lynne Kamenick all of Baraboo; one brother, William (Donna Kay) of Wisconsin Dells; two grandchildren, Brittany Spaude and Jacob Kimpfbeck of Baraboo; and a great-granddaughter, Emma Spaude of Baraboo; and many other nieces, nephews, friends, and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her second husband, Richard “Dick” Brownell; and brother-in-law, Fred Gruber.           

Memorial Services will be held at Redlin Funeral Home, Friday, March 21, 2014 at 6pm with Chaplain Karen Schilling officiating. Visitation will be held from 4pm until the time of service.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to Dr. Dubray, Doug Sheppard, Stacy RN, Maggie RN, and all the medical staff at St Clare Hospital for their great care and compassion.

Elaine D. Zellmer, Baraboo

Elaine D. Zellmer, 85, of Baraboo went to her heavenly home on Friday, March 14, 2014 at St. Clare Hospital. Born the daughter Edward and Eva (Harmon) Stieve on September 24, 1928 in Baraboo. Elaine was a long time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Baraboo. Her greatest joy came from taking care of her children and grandchildren.  

Elaine is survived by her 6 children, Diana (Ron) Rupert of Baraboo, Rae Litscher (Kirk) of Baraboo, Jeff Lauver of Sun Prairie, Guy Lauver of Madison, Roy (Angie) Zellmer of Baraboo, and Jennifer Emhoff (Chad) of Baraboo; 11 grandchildren, Brent Rupert, Stacy McDonough, Debbie LaPean, Jeremy and Justin Litscher, Josh Lauver, Eileen Johnson, Emily Zellmer, Roy Zellmer II, and Kayla and Kacie Emhoff; 12 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; family friend, Steve. She is further survived by nieces; nephews, other relatives; and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lester Stieve, and sister, Dorothy Zellmer. 

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 17, 2014 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo. Continued visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service, at the church.

The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Dr. Krszjzaniek, all of Elaine’s family at St. Clare Meadows Care Center, and the medical staff at St. Clare Hospital for their great care and compassion.