William Andrew Roberts, Baraboo

William Andrew Roberts, age 88 of Baraboo passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Wisconsin Dells. William, son of George and Beulah (Garrett) Roberts was born Aug. 17, 1926 in Pennsylvania. William attended Baraboo High School and graduated in the class of 1944. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps; his intent was to be a pilot but being only 17 years old, they made him a heavy machine airborne gunner during WW II. During the Korean War he was tested and found to have the 7th highest IQ test at that time in the history of the Marine Corps. Even with knowing that, William still chose to be a gunner. After his time in the war, he became an engineer and worked with Wernher von Braun in rocket technology in the United States. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Catherine Slater. Together they had two children; Diane C. Roberts and William D. Roberts. Dorothy preceded him in death on Aug. 5, 2003. He later married Virginia P. Crane; who had three children, Douglas (Diane) Crane, Thomas (Patti) Crane and Mary (Dan) Schmitz. He is further survived by 4 grandchildren, Olivia, Joseph, Jennifer and Joshua; great-granddaughter, Sunny; brothers, Richard Roberts and Donald (Fran) Roberts; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Dorothy and wife, Virginia; brothers, George “Bob” Robert and Jack Roberts.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Walnut Hill Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by the Eagles Nest Detachment Marine Corps League. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Earl G. Zirzow, Baraboo

Earl G. Zirzow, age 94, of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. He was born on January 4, 1920 in Milwaukee. He was united in marriage to Doris Kollath in 1941 in Watertown.

Earl proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. In 1950 he and Doris moved to Baraboo. Earl worked 22 years at the Gisholt Machine Company in Madison. He then worked for Berning Motors until his retirement in 1982. He loved camping, fishing, but most importantly his family.

Earl is survived by four sons, Walter (Mary) Zirzow, Roger (Bonnie) Zirzow, Richard (Karen) Zirzow all of Baraboo, David (Deb) Zirzow of Illinois; daughter-in-law, Pat Zirzow; 9 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris in 1991; son, Carl in 2013; and granddaughter, Tracy in 1974.

A Private Family Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the nursing staff at Greenbriar and St. Clare Meadows, as well as Dr. Hamburg for their excellent care and loving compassion.

Paula L. Luetkens, Baraboo

Paula L. Luetkens, age 63 of Baraboo, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at St. Clare Hospice House. Paula, daughter of Paul and Dorothy (Cook) Rohde was born on Oct. 12, 1950 in Baraboo. She graduated from Baraboo High School, class of 1969 and later attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Nursing. In the early 1970’s she started working for Baraboo National Bank and continued her career holding many different positions with the bank for over 40 years. On March 27, 1976 she was united in marriage to Dennis J. Luetkens. Due to health complications she retired in February. She enjoyed being in the woods, camping, crocheting, was an avid reader and loved the Green Bay Packers. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and Bell Choir. Paula was a very loving and devoted wife and mother and spent years caring for her late husband. In her later years her free time was spent with her family and playing cards with family members and friends as well as feeding and watching the critters out the window. Paula was a great caregiver for her grand-dog, Cooper.

Survivors include her son, Brian (Chrystin) Luetkens of Baraboo; sister, Pat (Harland) Steinhorst of LaValle; sister-in-law, Karen (Verlyn) Schuette of Reedsburg; as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 2010; and an infant son, John William.

Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Inurnment will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Home Health United Hospice and the St. Clare Hospice House staff for the wonderful care and compassion shown to Paula the last three months.

 

Arthur A. Mason, Jr., Reedsburg

Arthur A. Mason, Jr., age 56, of Reedsburg passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at home. Arthur, son of Arthur A. Mason, Sr. and Jane Valier was born on Jan. 13, 1958 in Minnesota. When Arthur was a child his family moved to Wauwatosa and later settled in Portage where he graduated from Portage High School in 1976. He loved movies, music, fishing at Devil’s Lake and traveling as well as the Green Bay Packers. Most of all he loved watching his granddaughters play and grow together.

He is survived by wife, Patricia; children, Crystal A. Mason, Arthur A. Mason III, Jennifer M. Mason; granddaughters, Destiny A. Jahn and Anastasia L. Josett; siblings, Betsy (Paul) Adams, Robert Mason, and Molly Esme. He is further survived by his mother-in-law Lacretta Premo; sisters-in-law, Lynn (Reiny) Gardner, Tory (Sam) Kucharski, Jennifer Caldwell; brother-in-law, Michael Premo; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur A. (Jane) Mason, Sr., and his step-mother, Helen L. Mason; father-in-law, Floyd J. Premo, Sr.; sisters-in-law, Nancy Mason and Judy Premo; brother-in-law, Floyd J. Premo, Jr.; niece, Meghan Mason and his best friend, Neal Williams.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at First Church of the Nazarene in Baraboo with Rev. Phil Stein officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Edna E. Dunse, Baraboo

Edna Emma Dunse, age 91, passed away on Monday, August 25, 2014 at her home in Baraboo. She was born the daughter of John and Lydia (Zimmerly) Gibbs on November 1, 1922 in Sumpter. Edna was united in marriage to Robert W. Dunse on September 14, 1946; he preceded her in death in 2011. 

Edna enjoyed history and even discovered that her great-great-great uncle Isaac Gibbs, was the first white man to homestead on Badger Prairie, which is now the Sauk County Recreational area. He later donated the land to be used for the Pioneer Cemetery. Edna was born and raised on the old homestead in the original farmhouse. She attended King’s Corner Elementary School; which later become Badger Ordnance. In her teen years, she moved to Baraboo, where she graduated from Baraboo High School in 1941. Edna was an avid reader, she enjoyed reading just about anything, magazines, books, even newspapers. She also enjoyed doing word searches. Edna had been a longtime member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Baraboo. 

She is survived by her only son, David R. Dunse; dear friend, her cousin, Audrey Parker; as well as many other relatives and friends. 

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; and sister Ida Meyers. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor David Jensen officiating. Visitation will be held from 10am until the time of service, at the church. Burial will immediately follow the service at Walnut Hill Cemetery. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family

Clair W. Craighead, Baraboo

Clair W. Craighead, age 71, of Baraboo passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014 after a long battle with cancer, at the St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo. Clair was born the son of Gerald and Evelyn (Taylor) Craighead on January 22, 1943 in Alpena, Mich. During his first marriage he was blessed with two sons, Tim and Brian.  

Clair proudly served his country in the Navy on the U.S.S Hyman for six years. During his time in the military Clair was able to visit many places around the world, and was one of the first ships to arrive at the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was able to do many different jobs; most of his working career was at Isenberg’s in Baraboo for over 20 years. Clair was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He also enjoyed watching the Packers and the Brewers. 

Clair is survived by his two sons, Timothy (Barbara) Craighead of West Bend and Brian (Beckie) Craighead of Baraboo; grandchildren, Jacob, Allison, Justine, Tyler, Nathan, and Mikayla Craighead; a sister, Diane (Jerry) Anderson of Texas; and special friend, Bonnie Kennedy. He is further survived by many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; as well as his step-father, Gerhardt Schimdt; and sister, Peggy Bernhardt. 

He will be remembered as being a great dad, brother, uncle, grandpa, and most importantly friend. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11:30am on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. Baraboo, with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be held from 10am until the time of service, at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Rock Springs.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to United Home Health Hospice, all those who cared for him, especially his nurse, Amber; as well as the staff at St. Clare Hospice House for their loving care and compassion.   

Leon E. Laubscher, Baraboo/Mineral Point

Leon E. Laubscher, age 98, passed away on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Sienna Meadows in Mineral Point.

Leon, the son of Fred and Ida (Traeder) Laubscher, was born Feb. 15, 1916, in Wonewoc. He graduated from St. Paul’s Lutheran Grade School and Wonewoc High School. Leon then worked as a mechanic and for Northwest Refrigeration Co. until enlisting in the Army from 1942-1945, serving in the SW Pacific, Hawaii, New Guinea, Morotai, Philippines and Japan.

He was united in marriage to Verona T. Bisson, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo , on June 1, 1947. He then began his career at the US Post Office as a city carrier (18 yrs.) and a rural carrier (13 yrs.) in Baraboo, retiring in 1977. They then spent winters in Texas until 2006.

Leon was a member of the Baraboo Fire Dept. (27 yrs.) and an EMT for Baraboo Ambulance (12 yrs.). He was active in VFW, American Legion, Wis. Rural Letter Carriers, 4-H, and volunteering for many church activities and work crews. He was always willing to help a neighbor. His hobbies included woodworking, horseshoes, fishing, hunting, baseball, tennis and gardening.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol A. Palzkill of Mineral Point and Nancy K. Laubscher of Cumming, GA.; two grandchildren, Jim and Tony (Laura) Swanson; three great-grandchildren, Samantha (Isaac) Arten, Cassandra and Dayn Swanson; two nieces, Judy (Tom) Pluck and Kathy (Jim) Yaresh, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Verona in 1998; two sisters, Arline Laubscher and Navada Evans; brother-in-law, John Evans; niece, Barbara Franta; son-in-laws, Robert Ankenbrandt and James Palzkill.

A special thank you to the Sienna Crest Memory Care staff for the loving care and attention given to Leon. Also to St. Jude Hospice.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will follow the service at Walnut Hill Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 624 East St., Baraboo, WI 53913.

Arlene B. Rathjen, Baraboo

Arlene B. Rathjen, age 83, of Baraboo passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at her home. Arlene was born on Feb. 14, 1931 in Pardeevile, to Frank and Eva (Smith) Bortz. She was united in marriage to J. Hank Rathjen on Sept. 25, 1954 in Portage. 

Arlene worked for Thompson’s Jewelry, in Baraboo, for many years. She was also longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. Arlene bowled for many years. She was also an avid golfer, who played a large role in the Women’s Golfing League at the Baraboo Country Club. 

Arlene is survived by her two children, Brian N. (Beverly) Rathjen of Mesa, AZ and Cheryl (Chris) Labeots of Baraboo; her grandchildren, Nick and Jake Labeots, and Kyle Rathjen; brother, Jerald Bortz of Gainesville, FL; sisters-in-law, Mary Bortz of Pardeeville, Barbara (Larry) Kampe of Windsor, and Grace (James) Timm of Tempe, AZ.  She is further survived by nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hank; father and mother-in-law, Justus and Olga (Lansendorf) Rathjen; brothers, Frankie, Charles, Russell, Gordon, and Robert Bortz; and sister Anna Mae Becker. 

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. A Private Graveside service will take place at Walnut Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Baraboo. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

William “Bill” D. Vickio, Baraboo

William “Bill” D. Vickio, age 82 of Baraboo, formerly of West Allis, passed away on Friday, August 1, 2014 at his home after a courageous battle with COPD.

Bill, the son of the late William and Izabelle (Hunt) Vickio, was born on February 4, 1932.  As a young man, he was proud to have served in the US Army. Bill had been married to the love of his life, Rochelle Kadletz,  for 57 years.  He had been a welder at Rexnord for 36 years. Bill loved hunting and fishing, but most importantly, his family.

He is survived by his wife, Rochelle; his son, Steve (Colleen) Vickio; his daughters, Pat (Steve) Gavin, and Michele (Jim) Vershowske; grandchildren, Tony Vickio, Angela (Dan Schubert) Vickio, Jamie (Chrissy) Gavin, Jennifer     (Adam Chilson) Gavin, and Rachel, Jessey, and Tyler Vershowske; his brother, James (Marlyce) Vickio; and his sister-in-law, Ella Marie Vickio.

Bill is further survived by his parrot, Jade; many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Vickio.

A private, family gathering will be held at a later date.  The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.