Donna F. Green, Baraboo

Donna Faye (Hewitt) Green, age 77, of Baraboo died on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at the St. Clare Hospice House. Donna was born on March 6, 1937 in Baraboo to Ray and Emma (Krintz) Hewitt. On Sept. 19, 1953 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo, she married Charles E. Green; they were married for 61 years.

They were blessed with four daughters, Fay (William) Vertein, Susan Green, Sandra (Ken) Pierce, and Marsha Luther. Donna is also survived by six grandchildren, Holly (Randy) Brandt, William (Paige Kohler) Vertein, James (Veronica) Pierce, Travis (Megan Cummings) Pierce, Jacob and Kelly Luther; great-grandchild, Reid Brandt.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, June Pierce; brother, Floyd “Buck” Hewitt; sisters, Helen Kamensky, Audrey Kinney, and Norma Good; and son-in-law, Stephen Luther.

The family would like to thank Donna’s doctors and nurses, along with her friends of Division D of St. John’s Lutheran Church, her swimming friends, and her card playing gals, and many other dear family and friends for all their kindness and prayers.

Donna requested no formal services, a private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or school. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Kathleen Lange, Baraboo

Kathleen Lange, age 76, of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at St. Clare Hospice House. Kathleen, daughter of Norvin and Lucille (Conway) Ennis was born Jan. 1, 1938 in Hillsboro. She married Donald “Ted” Lange in 1956 and they had five children. Her greatest love was God and family. She looked forward to family reunions and celebrations and also enjoyed being on church and school committees in earlier years. After high school she worked at Badger Ordnance as a secretary when her children were in school. She worked in a downtown large department store for 20 years, and then for 17 years as a secretary for an auction/real estate company. Kathleen enjoyed reading books and listening to good music.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Donald “Ted”.

Survivors include her five children, Debra (friend, James Rick) Hall, Randal (Donna) Lange, Brent (Elizabeth) Lange, Matthew Lange, and Brian (Jean) Lange; five grandchildren, Genelle (Joel) Anderson, Gabriel (Susan) Hall, Dana (Chris) Davis, Sonja Lange, Matthew R. (Erika) Lange; and 9 great-grandchildren (and one more on the way). She is further survived by seven brothers and sisters, Eugene (Jane) Ennis, Patrick (Maxine) Ennis, Michail (Nona) Ennis, Sharon (Bill)  Bettinger Schmaltz, Renee (Curt) Hill, Gary Ennis, James Ennis; brother and sisters-in-law, Evan Lange, Mick (Carol) McIntyre, Mary Jean Lange, Donna Lange, Lois Munz, and Jeanette Lange as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mildred “Millie” K. Theisen, Baraboo

Mildred “Millie” K. Theisen, age 88, of Baraboo, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 0214 at her home. Millie was born on April 11, 1926, in Roxbury, the daughter of Carl and Lena (Magdalene) (Ballweg) Frey. She married James L. Theisen on Oct. 12, 1962, and lived with him for 52 years in the home they built together in Baraboo.

Millie was a loving wife, mother, grandma, and great-grandma. She loved to bake and her apple pies will be missed. She was also an avid card player and loved a good game of euchre. She loved football and wouldn’t miss a Packer game.

She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth P. McKinney in 1999; her parents; brother, Vincent Frey, and sisters, Magdalene, Florentine and Viola.

She is survived by her husband, James “Jim” Theisen of Baraboo; her grandson, Scott H. McKinney of Madison; granddaughter, Andrea (McKinney) Rodrigues Pavao of Verona; and daughter-in-law, Linda A. (McKinney) Carr of Merrimac. Millie has three great-grandchildren, Bram K. McKinney of Madison, Katherine A. McKinney of Madison and Kiria Rodrigues Pavao of Verona; she is further survived by one sister, Connie Meyer of Prairie du Sac and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Millie would like to be remembered as she lived. We will miss Tiger. our family is very grateful for Hospice and all that they do.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Garrett Kau officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 at Redlin Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at 11 a.m. Inurnment will take place on Monday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sauk City.

Judith A. Girling, Wyocena

Judith A. Girling, Wyocena  

Judith Alberta Girling, age 87, formerly of Baraboo, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena.  Judith, the daughter of the late Irving E. and Wilda M. (Eyers) Russell, was born on March 13, 1927 in Portage.  On March 28, 1973, she was united in marriage to James Henry Girling in Brooklyn.  He preceded her in death in March of 1997.   

As a child, Judith attended Endeavor Public Schools.  Throughout her life, she had been employed as a maid, in a shoe factory, drove bus, and at a dry cleaners.  She enjoyed music and dancing and liked planting her petunias.  She loved dogs, especially her two daschunds.   

She is survived by her children, Gloria (George) Melby of Pardeeville, Terry (Margo) Kluge of Colgate,   Richard (Sandy) Kluge of Pardeeville, and Sue Ann (Randy) Rogers of Montello; six grandchildren, Pamela (Tom) Eastman of Portage, Rachael (Michael) Gugluizza of DePere, Travis (Heather) Kluge of Poynette, Dr. Marie (Max) Bertman of Los Angeles, CA, Timothy (Jennifer) Kluge of Milwaukee, and Erica (Rudy) Avila of Pardeeville; two great-grandchildren, Jessica Eastman of Madison and Matty Gugluizza of DePere; her brother, Stuart (Rosemary) Russell of Oxford; her sister-in-law, JoAnn Russell of Fitchburg; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.  

In addition to her parents and her husband, Judith was preceded in death by her brother, Alfred Russell; her sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Harold Hill; her nephews, Don and Jeffery Hill, and numerous other aunts, uncles, nephews, and cousins.   

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m., on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Avenue in Baraboo with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.  until the time of services at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom.  The family would like to thank the Columbia County Health Care Center in Wyocena for the wonderful care shown to Judith over the last 13 years.

William Leon Guerin, Baraboo

William Leon Guerin, Baraboo

In the early morning of Friday, September 12, 2014, after a short illness, William “Bill” Leon Guerin died peacefully in his sleep, comforted by his wife, at his home in Baraboo, WI. Despite being a non-smoker, the cause was cancer of the lung. Bill was 85 years old. The oldest of two children, he was born in Milwaukee, WI on February 21, 1929 to Dr. Leon Henry Guerin and Thelma Cecille (nee Ladwig) Guerin.

 

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Katherine Francis (nee Milnamow) Guerin and sister Elizabeth Joan O’Reilly Blank of Phoenix. Bill and Kay have four surviving children: William Scott of Brooklyn, NY, James Steven of Boulder, CO, Susan Elizabeth Tracy of Eagle ID, and Charles Leon of Eden Prairie, MN. Grandchildren include Lily (daughter of Scott and Jane Dodds), Alex and Jack (sons of Jim and Mollie McGill) Stephanie and Kelly (daughters of Chuck and Jane Gebert) and Mac and Bill Tracy (sons of Sue and Tom Tracy). 

Bill’s is a descendant of John Guerin and Mary Ann Wilson who moved to Little Wolf, WI in 1865 from Ovid, NY in the Finger Lakes. Their son Peter Henry had three children with Joanna Heur: Freeman, Bill’s father Leon, and Ruby. Earlier ancestors lived through the Revolutionary War in Morristown, NJ where Washington camped on Guerin land in Jockey Hollow. Before that, Thomas Guerin and his brothers, Huguenot refugees from St. Nazaire, France, landed near Charleston, South Carolina in about 1690. 

A lifelong lover of the outdoors, Bill spent his childhood swimming, fishing, and sailing on Lake Michigan. He even spent a summer in an Oregon logging camp with cousin Jim Grootemaat. His father Leon instilled a love and respect for nature on hunting and fishing trips and these Bill also instilled in his family. He grew up with dogs and we always had one around the house that he was unsuccessfully trying to train to hunt. However, while the “boys” would go out with bow or gun on weekends, Sue’s November birthday often seem to be missed with opening day of the deer season.

 He was a natural athlete and an excellent skier and sailor. All of the children were on a boat before they could walk and skis when they could. Family trips often included sailing Taob (“boat” spelled backwards) or Spin out to see the Fourth of July fireworks on the lake, shooting clay pigeons thrown by hand, or racing across the lake in the Milwaukee to Ludington Harbor race which Spin won outright in 1971. The whole family of six would sail (and camp on) the boat from Milwaukee to Door County for a number of summers.

There are so many fond family memories but highlights include a ski trip to New Hampshire in the early sixties when Jim and Scott came down with chicken pox and it was bitterly cold, the ’69 Montreal Expo camping trip, the trip out west when we were photographed for nationwide Coleman camping ads, and for his 60th birthday, we all met in Sun Valley to ski and see the place where mom and dad honeymooned. Most recently, before he fell ill, he and Kay came to New York City to see a performance of Blood Wedding in a set that granddaughter Lily designed. 

In his youth, he attended Milwaukee Country Day School, and later Lawrence College in Appleton, WI where he met Kay. He received his degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St Paul and worked in several Milwaukee-based firms until setting out on his own. Coincidentally, or maybe not, his first office was in the basement of a building his father’s ophthalmology clinic was in some years before.  

Bill’s many friends will remember him as outgoing, willing to lend a hand, and fun loving. Our childhood was filled parties at home, visits to their friends, holiday dinners, and family meals where wild game was often on the menu. These fun times included a Theater in the Ground troupe of friends who performed plays in each other’s basements; a very 60’s scene!

In 1961 he designed and built our family’s home in Mequon on Oriole Lane. It still stands as one of his best and most modern architectural designs and was influenced strongly by the California modernists and Japanese architecture having spent part of his Marine Corps service in Hokkaido, Japan in the early 1950’s. Other notable buildings he designed include the Cedarburg Bank, and the comfort garden at the Hospital in Baraboo.  

Bill and Kay moved to Baraboo in 1985 where he took a position as head architect at Mid State Engineering. A long time member of the Kiwanis Club, he also volunteered on zoning boards etc. He love to read, listen to classical music, and he was an avid and serious photographer who worked with the Wisconsin Historical Society to photograph rare and endangered buildings throughout the state. He was fond of foraging for wild mushrooms (spending a night in the hospital at least twice) and for a land-locked Wisconsin lad, he developed a strong taste for clams, oysters, and seafood in general. He wasn’t much of a joke teller, (no telling where Chuck got his abilities from) liked his liquor brown (a little too much some say), and was sensitive, creative, and handy. He could draw, design, and build most anything and gave those skills to Scott and Jim in particular.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 300 East Street in Baraboo. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Avenue, in Baraboo and on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church.   

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baraboo Public Library or a charity of your choice.   

Our family wishes to thank his doctors and home hospice attendants for the graceful and attentive care he received in his last days. We also thank our Aunt Betty and cousins Tom and Jim who were able to see him the day before he passed.

Rose (O’Leary) Jauch, Madison

Rose (O’Leary) Jauch, age 100, passed away at her home in Madison on September 12, 2014.  She was born in Hancock, Michigan, on April 7, 1914, the daughter of Loyal and Rose (Schellman) O’Leary.  She married Christian F. Jauch in May of 1938.  They moved to Duluth, Minnesota, where Chris worked with the Corps of Engineers.  The family moved to Baraboo when Chris was transferred to Badger Ordinance in 1951.  Rose lived in her home until April 2005, when she moved to Madison to live with her daughter and son-in-law.  

Rose was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and an active member of Division B and the Ladies Aid, often serving meals for church functions, and also singing in the choir.  She spent many hours making “Chrismon” Tree ornaments in addition to making jeweled ornaments and crafts to sell at the annual Christmas bazaar.  She attended St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Middleton while living in Madison. 

Rose and Chris enjoyed working on projects around the house and in later years, Rose especially liked supervising others working on projects.  Some of her hobbies were sewing, crocheting, making hairpin lace afghans for her children and grandchildren, jigsaw puzzles, and playing the piano.

Rose would light up when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren would visit.  She loved to go out to eat, especially for breakfast.  She had a terrific sense of humor and was always smiling. 

Rose is survived by her children:  Christian Philip Jauch, Baraboo, WI; David (Margie Bartley) Jauch, Pembroke Pines, FL; Daniel (Jane Allen) Jauch, Madison, WI; Robert (Allison Bildsten) Jauch, Baraboo, WI; Rose (Randy) Vine of Madison, WI.  Florida grandchildren:  Andrew (Gayla) Jauch and Tiffany (Juan) Rodriguez, Pembroke Pines, FL; Aaron (Maria) Jauch, Weston, FL; Jennifer (Nathan) Cassity, Howards Grove, WI, Brian (Tara) Jauch, Baraboo, WI; Leslie Jauch, Portland, OR; and Christopher Jauch, Madison, WI.  Her great-grandchildren:  Shelby and Savanna Jauch; Laura and Ryan Rodriguez; Christian, Nicholas and Isabella Jauch; Beth, Hannah and Spencer Cassity; and Lauren and Cooper Jauch.  Rose is also survived by her nieces and nephew, Donna O’Leary-Steiner of Madison, WI, Ann Marie (Ron) Harma of The Villages, FL, and Loyal (Gretchen) O’Leary, Sun Prairie, WI, and many great-nieces and nephews. 

Rose was preceded in death by her husband and her parents; siblings: Julia O’Leary, Irene Haischer, Olive O’Leary, Robert O’Leary and Loyal O’Leary, II, daughter-in-law, Kathleen (Schlender) Jauch; sister-in-law, Ann O’Leary, and brother-in-law, Andrew Haischer; her nephews Andrew Haischer, Jr., and Paul Jauch; her nieces, Nancy (Haischer) Gasvoda and Jane (Jauch) Rynearson, and many of her dear close friends. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Burial will take place in Houghton, Michigan.  Visitation will be held on Monday, from 10 a.m. until the time of services, at the church.  The Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo is assisting the family.    

The family would like to thank the Comfort Keeper aides and Home Health United Hospice.  We’d especially like to thank the nurses from Home Health United for their wonderful care of Mother, enabling her to stay in her home.  We greatly appreciated Pastor Vomhoff traveling from Baraboo once a month to give Rose Communion. 

Memorials may be given to the choir and media fund at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 624 East Street, Baraboo, WI 53913. 

Brianna Faith Catterson, Reedsburg

Brianna Faith Catterson, age 24 of Reedsburg went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 after a 9 month battle with Melanoma Cancer. Brianna, daughter of James and Cynthia (Voigt) Schoch was born Jan. 30, 1990. Throughout her school years, Brianna played the alto saxophone with the school band. She graduated from Baraboo High School in 2008. On May 23, 2009 she was united in marriage to James D. Catterson at Walnut Hill Bible Church. In her free time Brianna loved to take photographs. She was very athletic and loved the outdoors. Her goal in life was to have a healing ministry and to spread the word of God. She spent her time studying the word of God daily. Brianna prayed for many people and had many people praying and believing for her healing.

Survivors include, her husband, James; parents, Jim (Cindy) Schoch; brother, Christopher Schoch; mother and father-in-law, Ed (Christy) Catterson; brothers-in-law, John (Christina) Catterson; Jacob Catterson; nieces, Mateya and Alyssa Schoch; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Living Hope Church with Pastor Dave Bauman officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Sherri Mack, Merrimac

Sherri A. Mack, age 53, of Merrimac passed away, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Sherri endured a brief battle with an extremely aggressive melanoma cancer. She fought courageously while maintaining her signature positive personality throughout her struggle. She strongly believed in the gift of life and was an organ donor. Sherri was born on August 17, 1961 to Willard and Vivian (Barr) Krintz, Sr. at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital. Sherri was united in marriage to Neil Mack on December 4, 2004 in Las Vegas.  

Sherri worked over 20 years at the Sauk Prairie Clinic; where she met many lifelong friends. Along with her family she cherished many days at their home on Lake Wisconsin; there they enjoyed boating, fishing, swimming, playing games, and visiting with one another. She was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, and attended many games at Lambeau Field. She had an adventurous spirit and loved traveling to Vegas and the Caribbean. Sherri enjoyed having fun at various casinos with friends and family.  

Sherri dedicated her life to her family and friends; she was very passionate about her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings, friends, and pets. She always took care of others, putting them before herself. Sherri was considered extended family and a second “mom” to many who knew her. Sherri is survived by her husband, Neil; her children, Justin (Jenelle Emery) Ganser, Lacey (Charlie Talbot) Ganser, Jaden (Matt Gorniak) Ganser, and Jody (Mike) Rothe; grandchildren, Mason and Adriana Rothe; siblings, Bonnie (Jerry) Ganser, Willard (Lisa) Krintz, Jr., and Kenny Krintz. She is further survived by many beloved nieces; nephews; brothers and sisters-in-law; other relatives; and many friends. She also left behind her loyal dogs Jackson and Jake; and numerous “granddogs”. Sherri lost her loving dog, Tanner, of 14 years in January 2014. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Marvin Krintz. 

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the First United Church of Christ, 504 Washington Ave., Sauk City with Pastor William Kapp officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm at the church.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire medical staff, especially the nurses of the oncology unit, at the St. Mary’s Hospital for their excellent care and compassion. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.  

Dennis M. Briscoe, LaCrosse formerly of Baraboo

Dennis Michael Briscoe, age 71, of LaCrosse formerly of Baraboo passed away on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Mayo Clinic Health Center in LaCrosse. He was born May 1, 1943 to Harry John “Jack” and Loretta “Jane” (Lenihan) Briscoe in Baraboo.  

Dennis was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Grade School, attended Baraboo High School, and finished his education in the service. In the fall of 1964, Dennis joined the U.S. Army. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). After his time in the service, he returned to Baraboo; where he began work as a maintenance worker for St. Clare Hospital and eventually the Sauk County Court House.  While he was living in Baraboo, Dennis was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He spent most of his leisure time at the shooting range. He also enjoyed archery and weight lifting.  

Dennis was a friendly person, usually ending a conversation with a handshake. He had a great personality and could make a joke of practically anything.  

Dennis is survived by his sister, Jacqueline Keister; and nephew, Derek Keister both of Baraboo. He is further survived by extended family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law.  

Dennis was a good man, a kind man, and a wise man. He was truly a good person, a “gentle soul” endowed with a smile that literally blew one away, “a million dollar smile”. Dennis was a kind man, always putting the welfare of others before himself. His generosity knew no boundaries. Dennis was a wise man, when unencumbered by the opinions and judgments of others.  Maybe, now he can rest in peace. A truly good person was taken from us- he will be sadly missed by his family.  

Funeral Services will be held at Noon on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo. Visitation will be held from 11am until the time of service, at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Baraboo. Military Rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo.