George M. Kalka, Wisconsin Dells

George Michael Kalka, age 65, of Wisconsin Dells passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 after a long courageous battle with MS. George was born the son of George F. and Fran (Russy) Kalka on March 12, 1949 in Chicago. He was united in marriage to Penny J. (Steinhorst) Henke on June 29, 1991.  

George was a 1967 graduate of Baraboo High School. He continued his schooling at UW Whitewater and MATC. George owned and operated, with his family, in the Dells area, the Holy Cow, Red Bull, and Kalka’s Family Restaurant. He was the former general manager for Devil’s Head Resort in Merrimac. He later founded his own payroll service PAYCHECK. George was an avid outdoorsman; who spent countless hours hunting and fishing, and enjoyed spending time at his cabin on Musser Lake in Phillips, WI. George was a sports enthusiast having played baseball, golf, and basketball, in his early years.  He always enjoyed watching the Brewers, Badgers, Packers, and the Golf Channel.

George had a way of creating a lasting impression with whomever he met. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and employer; he will be dearly missed.

George is survived by his mother, Fran Kalka of Baraboo; wife, Penny of Wisconsin Dells; sons, George (Melissa) Kalka Jr. of Oshkosh and Kraig (Jennifer) Kalka of Dane; the mother of his children, Kathleen Koenecke; step-children, Nicholas (Cindy) Henke of Wyocena, Gretchen (Wade) Teutschmann of Madison; grandchildren, Patrick (7), Sophie (5), Emmett (2), Blake (1), and Lukas (8 months). He is further survived by siblings, Cheryl (Marv) Finseth of Nevada, Patty Kalka of Chippewa Falls, Jeff Kalka of Wisconsin Dells, and Kim (Joe) Nehrkorn of Wisconsin Dells; as well as several nieces, and his loyal companion Brady Beagle.  

He was preceded in death by his father, George F. Kalka. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Redlin Funeral Home with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 9am until the time of service, at the funeral home. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Walnut Hill Cemetery.  

Robert “Bob” Skogquist, Baraboo

Robert “Bob” Skogquist, passed away at the age of 91 in Baraboo, Wisconsin with his family by his side. He was born in Gladstone, MI, but NE Minneapolis (Columbia Heights) MN was his home and where he raised his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene, and his son, Mark.

Bob proudly served in the Marines during WWII in the Pacific. He worked and retired from the Soo Line Railroad and the Soo Line Credit Union. He also served the Falldin American Legion Post 555 for many years as a member and as Commander.

Bob is survived by his two daughters, Mary (Harlan) Knoop, Kristine (Glenn) Skogquist-Walsh; three grandsons; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He lived a long and good life and made many positive contributions. We will remember and celebrate his good nature, his great sense of humor and his achievements. He will be deeply missed by his family and his large circle of friends. He loved jazz, big band music, golfing with his friends and spending time with family. He was loved by many.

His family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the wonderful nurses, aides and staff at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living and to his entire Hospice team and Dr. Kling for their daily loving care and kindness during his time at Meadow Ridge. We are truly appreciative of everyone including the residents and friends he has made while in Baraboo.

A private family service will be held at a later date.



Calvin Hill, Baraboo

The angels called Calvin E. Hill, of Baraboo on Wed., Oct. 22, 2014. Cal was born Nov. 12, 1924 to Max F. and Mabel (Schenck) Hill, of West Baraboo. He graduated from Lyons Grade School and Baraboo High School with the “class of ’42”. He was very active in sports in high school and lettered in basketball and track. He was with the US. Army Signal Core during World War II in 1943-45. It was while stationed in Bristol, England that he met the love of his life, Betty Bennett. His duty with the Army took him to the European theatre in France, Belgium, and Germany. After the war, he worked as the store manager at Hill Electric from 1945-46. He became the store owner in 1967 and later sold the business to his son, Jeff, in 1989. He has been a member of the American Legion since 1947, a member of Emanuel United Methodist Church, past member of the Kiwanis, and a member of the Central Komorner Tumbler Club Pigeon Club. In 1984, Tom Stephany as park manager, came to Cal and asked him if he would be interested in helping to get Friends of the Zoo organized. Cal did help and was its first president. Along with Roy Born and Pizza Hut, the Zoo Crew days are still a special event at Oschner Park.

He continued to love athletics on the radio or television, especially the Packers, Brewers, Bucks, and Badger football and basketball. He loved raising and showing pigeons and won many awards.

Cal is survived by his daughter, Lynda Bennin and husband Bob; son, Jeffrey and wife Diana; grandchildren, Josh Hill of Baraboo, Anne (Tyler) Halm of Great Falls, MT, Jonathan (Jonell) Bennin of Eau Claire, and Greg Bennin of Salt Lake City, UT; great-grandchildren, Bennett Halm and Amelia Bennin; brother, Bill (LaDorna) Hill; sisters, Caryl Scheurman and Janet Keylock; special niece, Lois Luethy; as well as other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Betty of 58 years; his brother, Max J. and wife Arlene Hill; brother-in-law, Art and wife Phyllis DeKoyer; and brothers-in-law Jerry Scheurman and Chip Keylock.

Memorial Services will be held at 11am on Tues., Oct. 28, 2014 at the Emanuel United Methodist Church in Baraboo with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10am until the time of service, at the church. Burial will take place at Walnut Hill Cemetery, and Military Rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veteran’s Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Emanuel United Methodist Church, Friends of the Baraboo Zoo, or the Humane Society.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Greenbriar Retirement Community for their wonderful comfort and compassion.

“Peace I leave you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

Terry R. Cejka, Baraboo

Terry R. Cejka, age 66 of Baraboo passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at St. Clare Hospice House. Terry, son of Robert and Betty (Howell) Cejka was born Sept. 13, 1948 in Prairie du Chien. He attended three years to Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1966. Terry then went on to earn his Associates Degree from MATC- Madison in Electronics. On Nov. 18, 1967 he was united in marriage to Hazel Gilbertson at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Baraboo Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Baraboo Elk’s Club, Baraboo Country Club, Eagles Club in Prairie du Chien, and Owl’s Club. In his free time he enjoyed hunting, bowling, golfing, fishing, traveling and being with his family and many friends. Terry started his own electronic shop called Audio Clinic in Madison. In 1976 he and Hazel moved to Baraboo and he then owned and operated Leisure World in Baraboo. He finished his working career at Madisound Speakers in Middleton.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Hazel; sons, Todd (Susan) Cejka and Tim (Tara) Cejka; mother, Betty Cejka; mother-in-law, Helen Gilberston; grandchildren, Benjamin, Logan, Matthew, Hunter, and Reagan Cejka; siblings, Charlene (Don) Roh, Tom (Karen) Cejka, Debbie (Jerry) Austin, and John (Penny) Cejka; god-daughters, Angela Foley and Shelly Brummel; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Cejka; brother, Robert “Bobby” Cejka; and father-in-law, Tilman Gilbertson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at Redlin Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at the church.

Donald L. Simonds, Baraboo

Donald LeMoine Simonds, age 65, of Baraboo passed away on Monday, October 13, 2014 at his home. Born in Baraboo, the first son of Harold “Burr” Simonds and Marilyn “Maxine” Simonds on April 11, 1949. He was a graduate of Baraboo Senior High School, class of 1967. Don went off to work for D. L. Gasser Construction as a heavy equipment operator for 34 years, leaving in 2005 to become a training instructor for seven years at the Operating Engineers Local 139 before retirement in 2012. Don was nicknamed “Buff” by his trucking friends early in his career. He married Beverly Ann Dischler on May 14, 1983 and they lived in Baraboo for 31 years.  

Don was a member of the Baraboo Elks #668, and Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 1502. He enjoyed community work with the Baraboo Jaycees, becoming a local and then state officer, and earning his JCI Senatorship in 1987. He worked the Bid Dig event in Baraboo, showing kids how running heavy equipment could be a great job. He made homemade bread for family and friends, had coffee with his morning group at Viking Village, and kept in touch with classmates through Facebook. He organized the class of 1967 reunions and the “Back to the 60’s” event in September. he participated in local, state and national level politics. He was a WWII history buff. Summer evenings he would watch the Milwaukee Brewers on television, and check out NASCAR racing on weekends. Winter and fall were times to travel with Bev and they frequently drove to their destination across the country. They took their 30th wedding anniversary trip to the Hawaiian Islands in 2013. Buff loved his union friends and will have the machines warmed up for the “Big Job” he is organizing. His feline ladies, Cricket and Cassandra Mae will be looking for him, and Muffin and Buddy are already on his lap.  

Don is survived by his wife, Bev; his mother, Marilyn; his sister, Lisa (Gary) Mason; brothers, Kevin and Kelley; as well as niece, Lisa Simonds; and nephew Anthony Simonds; and their mother, Jane Glynn; cousin, Francis (Gary) Erickson, and James (Francis) Brainerd ; and two aunts, Mid and Kay Brainerd. Don is also survived by his in -laws, Simon and Mary Jane Dischler. Lucille (Theodore) Danube, Keith (Jane) Dischler, Pam Dischler; as well as nieces and nephews, Michelle Dischler, Cinnamon (friend Matthew Zawadzki) Danube, Shana (Billy) Hirchert, and Timothy Dischler.  

Don was preceded in death by his father, Harold; his uncle, Stanley; and aunt, Cleo; cousins, Kristine Lehman and Judy Brainerd. 

A visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. A eulogy will be given by James Francisco at 5 p.m. followed by a time of sharing. Memorials can be made to the International Operating Engineers Local 139 Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 130, Pewaukee, WI 53072.

Michael S. Noennig, Baraboo

Michael “Milwaukee Mike” Noennig, age 66 of Baraboo passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at home with his family by his side. Mike, son of Arthur and Gertrude (Coyme) Noennig was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 17, 1948. He proudly enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 29, 1968. He spent the majority of his time as a gunner on a helicopter. Mike was discharged on Dec. 6, 1973; he was awarded the Purple Heart during his time in the service. After meeting Lucille Giese on Valentine’s Day, they were united in marriage on Nov. 14, 1998 at Rivers Edge.  Mike and Lucy were the love of each other’s life. Mike liked to travel, fish, work on cars, drink beer, and work around the yard. He enjoyed racing cars and even served as a first responder at the track during races.

Survivors include, his wife, Lucy; daughters, Denise (Ryan) Rego, April, Michelle Noennig and Christine Lewis; son, Tom Kleist; 13 grandchildren; brother, Daniel (Sue) Noennig; sister, Marty; best friend, Walter Schwetz; he is further survived by many nieces; nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was loved by everyone.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at New Life Community Advent Christian Church on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at noon with Pastor Jesse Stevens officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of services at noon at the church.

Puppy Buddy will miss you.

Clarence W. Haggstrom, Merrimac

Clarence W. Haggstrom, age 88, of Merrimac passed away on Wed, Oct. 8, 2014 at the Oak Park Place-Memory Care in Baraboo. He was born the son of Axel and Anna (Carlson) Haggstrom on July 9, 1926 in Maywood, Ill. Clarence was united in marriage to Virginia Blajoff on Aug. 30, 1947; she preceded him in death on Dec. 30, 2005.

Clarence proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Force, 38th Bomber Group during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Following his service career, Clarence worked as an airline maintenance mechanic foreman for United Airlines at the O’Hare Airport for 30 years, until his retirement. Some of Clarence’s favorite pastimes were fishing on Lake Wisconsin and golfing. 

Clarence is survived by his three children, Stephen and Christina Haggstrom both of Oregon, Wis., and Julie (Richard) Powers of Columbia, MO; as well as five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many other relatives and dear friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Virginia; granddaughter, Ginette Kazmir; and brother, Russell Haggstrom. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11a.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at the Redlin Funeral Home, with Pastor Jonathan Tipton officiating. Visitation will be held from 10a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Merrimac.

Ethel Adeline Steinke, Baraboo

Ethel Adeline Steinke, age 91, of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center with her family by her side. Ethel, daughter of Harry E. and Ella A. (Klukas) Herritz was born on July 11, 1923 in North Freedom. Ethel was united in marriage to Fred Steinke, Jr. on Nov. 9, 1946 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Parsonage by Pastor A. Loock. The Lord blessed their marriage with a son, Dale. 

Ethel was very active in her younger years. She and her husband ran a large farm on Terrytown Rd. She stayed busy on the farm and worked as a custodian and meal server at nearby Pleasant Valley School. Her love of children and her knack of bringing laughter and joy to all young and old, made her who she was. Heaven may have gotten a little louder. Ethel an her husband retired in 1968 and built their new house. In 1990 life changed for Ethel when she lost the love of her life, husband, Junior. She then moved to Black Hawk Trailer Park. She was very active at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom. She had also been a member of American Legion Post 172 Auxiliary. 

Survivors include, her son, Dale (Judy) Steinke of Baraboo; grandson, Robert (Dina) Steinke of Juneau, Alaska; also Robert’s mother, Patricia Steinke; siblings, Cliff Herritz of Mesa, Arizona, David (Jean) Herritz of North Freedom, James (Nancy) Herritz of Madison, Caroline (friend Don) Amadahl of Madison, and Judy Herritz Ellis of Indiana; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

In addition to her parents; and husband; she was preceded in death by her brothers, Larry, Ronald and Everett Herritz; and sisters, Shirley Herritz and Delores (Jerry) Griffith.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom with Pastor Andrew Meyer officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Our House Assisted Living and her dear friend Donna Greenwood for their loving care and compassion.

LaVida Mae Ironmonger, Baraboo

LaVida Mae Ironmonger, age 79 of Baraboo passed away on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at St. Clare Hospital. LaVida, daughter of John and Florence (Seeley) Oler was born Sept. 14, 1935. She graduated from Ithaca High School in 1973 and then went on to get her beautician license and worked in a beauty salon in Reedsburg. She was united in marriage to Oscar Ironmonger on Sept. 21, 1953 in Waukon, Iowa. In her free time she enjoyed camping, walking, cooking for her grandkids, and traveling. Recently she visited Branson with friends to enjoy country music. She went to many local shows with her friends; she never missed listening to Charlie Pride.

Survivors include her three children, Lawrence Ironmonger, Sandra (Mike) Holt, all of Baraboo, and Danny (Michele) Ironmonger of Oregon; four grandchildren, Brian, Luke, Danielle and Nathan Ironmonger as well as other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, LaVida was preceded in death by her husband in 2010; sisters, Lucy McCaskey, Delora Markin and Irene Kukonen; and brothers, Forrest and Lloyd Oler.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Oct.9th, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Derick Bacon and Pastor Bill Haskins co-officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8th, 2014 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home as well as on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will follow the services at Big Willow Cemetery in Willow Township, Richland County.

Maurine Hawbecker Fordyce, Baraboo

Maurine Hawbecker Fordyce passed away October 3, 2014 at her residence in MeadowView Memory Care, Baraboo, her home for the past 6 years. 

Maurine was born on January 27, 1918 in Sac City, Iowa, the daughter of Lorita and James Russel Hawbecker. She spent the first 7 years of her life on her parent’s farm in Sarona, Wisconsin.  Then, Maurine, her sister Lorraine and brother James, returned with their parents to Sac City where Maurine spent her formative years.  She enrolled in Iowa State College (now University) in 1936 where she received her degree in Home Economics. She worked as a registered dietician for the Stouffer Restaurant chain, first in Washington DC and then in Pittsburg.  It was in Pittsburg that she was visited by former Sac City beau John Fordyce.  He asked her to move out west to his new home in Los Angeles and become his wife.  They were married on September 10, 1946 and lived in Alhambra where they had their 2 children, Jack and Sara.  Another move took them to northern California where they finally settled down in Millbrae, a suburb of San Francisco.  They spent a total of 60 years in California.  After John’s death in 2006 a move to Baraboo, Wisconsin took Maurine full circle back to her mid-western roots.  Here she was able to live in close proximity to her daughter, Sara Fordyce Strozinsky, and they relished an abundance of time spent together. 

Maurine was a Presbyterian by birth but it was in Millbrae where she found her beloved Millbrae Methodist Church. Maurine was also very active in P.E.O. and valued these sisters with all her heart.  She often said that college would have been unattainable for her had it not been for this organization.  Maurine was a fantastic cook and seamstress. She loved to play golf and bridge, and spend as much time as possible with her 5 grandchildren: Jennifer (Pettitt) and Noah Fordyce; Abby (Rodriguez), Andrew and Anna Strozinsky. She was a loving and generous aunt to her nieces and nephews. Maurine was preceded in death by her father and mother, sister, brother, two nephews and her beloved husband John.

Maurine’s family wishes to thank MeadowView Memory Care for the amazing love and care they provided Maurine during her 6 years there.  This place truly was her home and she had a connection with her caregivers that went very deep.  We would also like to thank Trinity Episcopal Church, Baraboo, for their Lay Eucharistic Ministry volunteers who visited her weekly.  And we wish to thank Agrace Hospice for holding our hand during the end of her life.  What an amazing thing hospice care is. Maurine’s life was a blessing to all who knew her.