Virginia Dallmann, Baraboo

Virginia “Jean” Dallmann, age 90, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014 with her family at her bedside.

 Jean was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed singing with the Wisconsin State Homemaker’s Chorus and for her personal pleasure. She passed this on to all of her children. She casually played the piano, organ and guitar. As a teen she sang on WIBU radio. Jean was an active member of Diamond Hill Homemakers.

Throughout her years of raising children she worked side by side her husband Harold on the family farm. She also participated in and led several clubs and organizations for the advancement of farm products.

Virginia is survived by her husband of 73 years, Harold, her sister Marilyn Lemens (Lee), her sons David (Carolyn), Gary (Cherrie) and daughter Cheri (Leon) Eschenbach, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Curtis and her grand-daughter Kassi Jean.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo at 11 am. Visitation will be held at Redlin Funeral Home on Monday, June 30, 2014 from 5 pm – 7 pm, and an hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Thomas Llewelyn Osborne (1933-2014)

Thomas Llewelyn Osborne had a voice from heaven which uplifted sanctuaries and playhouses alike.  He lived a life distinguished by service, generosity, and integrity of character and act.  On June 25 Thomas added his baritone to the choir in the sky.  He was 80 years old.    

Thomas was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 25, 1933 to Julia (Daly) Osborne and Robert H. Osborne.  In 1935 his family moved to Baraboo, Wisconsin, where he lived most of his life.  He graduated from Baraboo High School in 1952.  He served two years’ active duty in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Shafter U.S. Army Headquarters Pacific in the Military Police Corps, followed by four years in the Army Reserves and an honorable discharge.  Tom met Jane Ilene Kulseth while he was stationed in the Pacific and they were married shortly after in the Episcopal Church in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 23, 1957. 

After his military service, Tom attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison; he joined the Theta Chi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1959.  He then embarked upon a successful 40 year career in the insurance industry — teaching, working in claims adjustment and as branch manager for Zurich American and in insurance sales for National Union Insurance Company, both in Sacramento, California, and as a partner in Lange, Wilkinson, Osborne Insurance Company in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  He completed a five course program and earned his Certified Insurance Counselor designation; this and other continuing education courses in insurance and law enabled him to better inform and advise his clients.  Upon retirement from the insurance industry Tom co-managed the Devil’s Lake Concessions for seven years with his wife, Janie. 

Thomas was exceptionally committed to civic organizations.  He received a service award from the Sacramento courts system for counseling adolescents serving in detention.  Also while in Sacramento he earned his Masonic and Scottish Rite degrees and became a member of the Ben Ali Shrine Temple in 1965, where he joined the A-Capella choir.  He later joined the Zor Temple of Madison, Wisconsin.  He was Vacationland Shrine President and Ticket Chairman of Vacationland Smorgasbord for five years.  He was a Charter member of the Baraboo Jaycees and the Baraboo Toastmasters, a former member of Kiwanis and the Baraboo Country Club, and current member of Koshawaga, where he served as Secretary-Treasurer. He served on various Boards of Directors, including for Devil’s Lake Concessions (President, Vice President and Secretary), Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park, Art Friends, Baraboo Business Improvement District, and the Al. Ringling Theatre.  A 50 year member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (B.P.O.E.) of Baraboo, Wisconsin, Thomas was an officer of the lodge, including Exalted Ruler and President of Past Exalted Rulers (P.E.R.).  He was head of the Children’s Christmas Party Committee for twenty of his forty years on the committee and a member of the Waiters’ Club for many years.  For eight of his twenty five years on the Wisconsin State Ritualistic Committee, he was Committee Chairman.  He judged several state ritual competitions in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota and was a Ritual Judge for the Elks National Convention in 1984 in Houston, Texas.  In recognition of his contributions, he won Elk of the Year and Past Exalted Ruler of the year.  And of course, he was a celebrated actor, as well as a director, producer, and officer for the Baraboo Theater Guild (BTG).

Thomas’ Welsh-Irish musicality and dashing looks may have won him his first leading role for the Guild.  Yet it was his wit and theatrical instincts that made him a local star able to turn “minor scenes into high drama or rollicking comedy with clever improvisation” (excerpted from Baraboo Sun).  His debut role as Frank Butler in the Guild’s 1971 production of Annie Get your Gun was played “to the hilt”’ (Baraboo News Republic).  His Harold Hill in Music Man (1973) “took the audience by the throat with his energized version of ‘We’ve got trouble – with a capital ‘T’ and that rhymes with ‘P’ and that stands for ‘pool!!’”  He played John Brown in The Unsinkable Mollie Brown (1976), Aristide in Can Can (1982), Bigelow in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1985). His 1991 performance as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha was a “triumph” which allowed the audience to share the character’s unbridled idealism and experience his “metamorphosis from … virtue and mania to solemn, nearly beaten realism” (excerpted from Baraboo News Republic).  As Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof (1980),his dramatization of the dilemmas of fatherhood and tradition amidst social upheaval resonated with a convincing Yiddish accent; the Baraboo News called it a “powerful and dynamic” portrayal.  He also starred with aplomb in  UW-Baraboo production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, acted for Portage Area Community Theatre, and produced a BTG-Baraboo High School production of Anything Goes (1997).  He directed and produced the 1998 BTG production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, an entertainment sensation which the Baraboo Sun called “amazing,” and broke all previous audience records of the BTG with its “sensational set,” “dazzling lighting,” “superb orchestra,” and the use of the talent of more than 90 Baraboo community cast and chorus members.  In total he directed 4 musical productions and produced 8 musicals and 21 plays.  He was elected Vice President and four-time President of the Theatre Guild and in 1990 he was named an Honorary Life Time Member of the Baraboo Theatre Guild. 

When not singing Irving Berlin, Tom shared his vocal gift at weddings, funerals, as a local area Barbershopper, and at Milwaukee County Stadium where he proudly sang the National Anthem (having been selected as a solo performer and electing Tom Madland to join him in a duet.)

Thomas was also an active, lifelong member of the Episcopal Church.  At St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Sacramento, he served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden.  He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Baraboo, Wisconsin for over 70 years.  As a youth he served in Trinity’s Junior Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s and as an Acolyte.  In recent decades, he was a Trinity choir member, member of the Vestry, Vestry Treasurer, and contributor to a variety of parish committees. 

Thomas chose to live in a small town, but in doing so he lived a large life full of love, art, duty, and family.  His presence offered a greater stage for the talents of his fellow community members.  He adored Devil’s Lake, but also traveled to much of the United States, Western Europe, and Canada. History fascinated him; natural landscapes awed him; dogs cheered him.  In his boyhood, his neighborhood baseball team, the Bobcats, held its club meetings in his Second Avenue basement.  His keenness for sports also extended to his support of the Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Green Bay Packers.  He loved social gatherings, playing chess or cards, and dinners out with friends.  But his greatest love was for his family.  An adoring father and husband and a devoted son, brother, and nephew, Thomas and Janie helped his daughter Connie raise their granddaughters Adrienne and Stephanie.  He took care of his granddaughter Olivia while her parents traveled twice to Russia and was present to welcome his granddaughter Viviana to her new life in the United States.  He believed in the virtues and founding values of his country.  He believed in fairness, non-discrimination, and civic engagement.  Like Quixote, he was an idealist who lived a life of honesty and charity. 

Thomas bore his illness with humor and grace.  He died peacefully with his family present, and they and his many friends will miss him tremendously.  He is survived by his wife and lifelong co-star, Jane Ilene Osborne; two daughters, Constance Ilene Osborne of Baraboo, Wisconsin and Theresa Kay (Francis) Osborne of Washington, DC; and four grand-daughters, Adrienne Rae Hitt of Baraboo, Wisconsin, Stephanie Theresa Hitt of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Olivia Miralda Osborne Vella of Washington, DC, and Yana Viviana Osborne Vella of Washington, DC; his sister, Jewel Osborne of Baraboo, Wisconsin; son-in-law Francis Gerald Vella of Washington, DC; sisters-in-law, Constance (Robert) Winn and Kay Alton of Seattle, Washington; and other relatives and close friends.

His father, Robert H. Osborne; mother, Julia; and brothers, James Ganzlin and Robert E. (Bert) Osborne pre-deceased him. 

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Baraboo with Father Scott Seefeldt officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, June27, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. following the visitation. Continued visitation will take place on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service, at the church.  Memorial contributions may be sent to: Trinity Episcopal Church, the Al. Ringling Theatre, or the Shriner Children’s Hospital.


Edria L. Halbach, Baraboo

Edria L. (Sontag) Halbach, age 90, went to be with her heavenly Father on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Born Louise Edria Bertha Sonntag on February 2, 1924 to her parents; Edward Sonntag and Louise (Gerber) Sonntag in St. Joseph’s Township, St. Croix County, WI.  

A graduate from ‘The Stout Institute’ (UW-Stout) with a BS in Home Economics; Edria worked for the UW Extension services –through which she met the love of her life – Richard Francis Halbach.  They married on October 2, 1948 and were blessed with four sons; Thomas (Joey Dykstra) Halbach, Andrew (ODonna Behrandt) Halbach, John ‘Jack’ Halbach, and Daniel (Annette Budig) Halbach. 

Edria taught second grade for the Baraboo School district for 23 years. After retiring, she and Dick led farm tour groups throughout Europe. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Baraboo. 

Edria is survived by 3 of her sons; Tom, Andy and Dan, 8 grandchildren; Emily (Jason) McIntyre, Cynthia (Keith) Shypulski, Justin Halbach, Nathan Halbach, Erin Ann Halbach, Matthew Halbach, William Halbach and Emerson Halbach, 3 great-grandchildren; Charlotte McIntyre, Corbin and Sacia Shypulski. Two sisters; Betty Roettger and Marion Hill, special friends; Sharon Rheaume and Heather Wood-Wegner, and many other dear friends, nieces and nephews.   

She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse; Richard, son; Jack, brothers; Walter Sontag, and Carl Sontag, sisters; Dorothy Nicolai, Norma Wiest, Elaine Juni, and Martha Orf. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo, with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, June 30, 2014 from 10 a.m. until the time of service, at the church. In lieu in flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Baraboo Indoor Pool or the Baraboo Public Library. There will be a Graveside Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Hillside Cemetery, in Somerset, WI. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Michael “Mushy” M. Mayer, Baraboo

Michael “Mushy” M. Mayer passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014 after a brief illness.  He was born in Baraboo on August 2, 1949 to Al and Dorothy Mayer. Mike loved the sport of softball which he played, coached and umpired for many years.  He was a team member on the Madison Area Senior Softball League and enjoyed playing with his teammates.  Mike loved to decorate for the holidays, especially Halloween.  Michael was employed at Bowling Green Softball Complex in Middleton for many years.

He is survived by his special friend, Geri Breunig; her children, Autumn Fuller, Forrest Fuller; and grandson, Maxwell Fuller.  He is also survived by his father, Al Mayer (Mary June); siblings, Patty (Larry) Pawlak, Jerry Mayer, Teresa Mayer, Tina Peters, Greg (Julie) Mayer as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Mayer; paternal grandparents, Leo (Amelia) Mayer; maternal grandparents, Leo (Mary) McGonigle; aunt, Mary “Aunt Boo” McGonigle; uncles, Robert “Bob” McGonigle and Eugene “Gene” McGonigle.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Fairfield Town Hall, E12891 County Road U in Baraboo from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Donations can be sent to the funeral home to be forwarded to the family. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family, 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo.

Daren M. Kamrath, Sauk City

Daren Michael Kamrath, age 27, passed away unexpectedly from a truck accident on Sunday, June 15, 2014 in the town of Troy. Daren was born on May 28, 1987 to Philip Lee Kamrath and Janeen Marie (Hehenberger) Kamrath.

Daren was a self employed farmer, auctioneer, and owned Kamrath’s Trucking LLC. He helped at Joe Keller’s farm and worked at Wollersheim Winery.

Daren was well known and respected by the Amish Community throughout the state of Wisconsin. He enjoyed his days hauling, buying, and selling cattle at Equity in Richland Center. He also enjoyed deer hunting, his ‘coon hunting dogs, and was active with FFA. Mark Fuchs, a family friend, hosted an annual get together at his cabin, which Daren loved, as well as took Daren on a hunting trip out West this past year. He loved playing cards in the milk-house, and four wheeling with friends. He was the care giver for Grandma and Grandpa Kamrath. He stepped up to help with Bailey, Kaleb and Kailey, after the loss of their father. He found great joy in helping other people which was evident by him always putting others before himself.

Daren is survived by his mom and step-dad, Janeen (Mark Rosenbaum) Kamrath; siblings, Jody (Michael) Rothe, Jaime Baker, and Daniel Kamrath; grandparents, Glen and Adeline (Zins) Kamrath; nieces and nephews, Mason and Adriane Rothe, Bailey, Kaleb, Kailey Baker, Aden Stewart, and Tessa Kamrath; aunt and uncle, Nancy and Gary Liegel. He is further survived by his girlfriend, Marie Frey; many friends; family; as well as auctioneer colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his father, Philip Kamrath; grandparents, Howard and Doris (Dunse) Hehenberger; nephew, Ashton Kamrath; and brother-in-law, Nathan Baker.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Tower Rock School on Hwy PF with Rev.  Kendall Schlittler officiating. Visitation 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, June, 19, 2014 at the school, also on Friday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Alice A. Bolstad, Baraboo

Alice Arlene (Gall) Bolstad, age 82, of Baraboo passed away on June 14, 2014 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Sauk City. Alice was born the daughter of Edward and Elsie (Brecka) Gall on June 1, 1932 in Baraboo. She was joined in marriage to Donald Kasten, together they had a daughter Patsy. She was later united in marriage to Jerold Bolstad, and two more daughters joined their family, Christine and Maureen. 

Alice was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Elks Club in Baraboo. She was a graduate of Baraboo High School; finishing school she started he working career at the Sauk County Court House. She then began working for Hill Top Dairy, which her family owned and operated. She continued her working career at Snow White Garment Manufacturing until they closed. Alice then began work as a bookkeeper for Isenbergs for many years; she finished her working career as a cashier at Ho-Chunk. Alice enjoyed working, she will always be remembered as a very hard worker. She enjoyed simple luxuries in life like music, dancing, and going out to eat; especially at Farm Kitchen. 

Alice is survived by her three daughters, Patsy (Scott) Simonds of Baraboo; their children, Peter (Laura) Simonds of Baraboo, and their children, Bayli, Bryce, Caleb, and Chase; and Sarah Simonds of Salt Lake City, UT; daughter, Christine “Kristi-B” (Paul) Barbian of Deerfield; children, Shaun (Robin Lytle) Hagany of Sun Prairie, and their children, Devyn and Landon; and Dustin (Lindsey Jackson) Hagany of Madison; and daughter Maureen (David) VanEnkevort of Poynette. She is further survived by many nieces; nephews, other relatives; and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerold; and sisters, Lorraine Warn and Eleanor Miller. 

A private family burial is being held. A Memorial Gathering in celebration of Alice’s life will be held at the Farm Kitchen on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 3-6p.m. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Deanna Ploof, Rock Springs

Deanna Ploof, age 49, of Rock Springs passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. Born the daughter of Bueford and Sharon (Horton) Foley, on April 28, 1965 at the Dodgeville Hospital. She was united in marriage to Tim Ploof on June 14, 1995 at Tim’s father’s house in the countryside of North Freedom. 

Deanna loved gardening, painting, and art and crafts. She also enjoyed spending time outdoors; hunting and fishing. Her greatest joy came from being with her children and helping others. 

Deanna is survived by her husband, Tim; children, Kimberly Zwolanek, James Ploof, and Faith Ploof; grandson, C.J.; parents, Bueford (Cheryl) Foley and Sharon (David) Gritzmacher; brother Jesse (Laura) Foley; grandmother, Elizabeth Eddy; and father-in-law, Evan Sorge. She is further survived by many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Melvin Foley and Emil Horton; daughter, Kathy Ann; step-grandmother, Shirley Foley; grandmother, Catherine Whitmore. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo, with Pastor William Haskins officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service, at the funeral home. Burial will follow service at Rock Hill Cemetery in Baraboo.

James V. Wedekind, Baraboo

James V. Wedekind, age 31, of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014. He was born on October 1, 1982 in Baraboo to Anthony and Mari Wedekind.  James was united in marriage to Nicole Putz on May 23, 2003.  He worked with his dad at Polar Air since he graduated from high school. 

His favorite pastime was fishing.  James was a very loving father and his kids were his greatest joy in life.  He will always be remembered as being a hard worker. 

James is survived by his wife, Nicole; his children, Logan and Aleah Wedekind; his parents, Tony and Mari; his sister, Danelle (Cory) Miller;   two nephews, Haydn and Zander Miller; his paternal grandpa, Victor Wedekind; many aunts; uncles; cousins; other relatives and dear friends. 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Ellen Wedekind. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at the Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, from 9 a.m. until the time of services, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. 

“James, we love you and you’ll always be in our hearts.”