Marcella M. Gaetzke of North Freedom

 Marcella M. Gaetzke age 96, of North Freedom passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at The Sauk County Health Care Center. Marcella was born in the village of North Freedom May 23, 1918 to John and Sophia (Weinke) Brilliott. She was united in marriage to Erwin John Gaetzke on June 26, 1946.

 Marcella was a member of the North Freedom Baptist Church since June 6, 1943. She was a Sunday School teacher, a choir member, and was on the Church Kitchen Committee.

 Marcella is survived by a son, Don (Kathy) Gaetzke of Baraboo; grandchildren, Kristina (Ryan) Granger of La Crosse, Vicki (David) Banker of Madison. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 Marcella was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a sister, Genevieve Brilliott.

 Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday November 29, 2014 at North Freedom Baptist Church with Pastor Okey Cogar officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service, at the church. Burial will follow services at Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Freedom Baptist Church.

 The family would like to thank the staff at The Sauk County Health Care Center for their care of Marcella

Evan F. Schenkat, Baraboo

Evan F. Schenkat, Sr. age 83, of Baraboo and Jefferson, WI passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center.

Evan was born on Dec. 18, 1930 to Frank and Emma (Schara) Schenkat. He married Mary H. Hoppenjan of Benton, WI on May 15, 1951 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Benton.

Evan and Mary farmed in the North Freedom area for ten years after Evan’s discharge from the U.S. Navy. They moved to Jefferson, WI in 1964 where Evan managed the Jefferson County Farm and then worked at Jefferson County Farm-Co Cooperative. They recently returned to the Baraboo area.

Evan is survived by his wife, Mary; five children; Evan (Donna) Schenkat, Jr. of Ballwin, MO, Bonita (Cory) Carpenter of Bellville, WI, Ann (Don) Andringa of Portage, Mark (Sarah) Schenkat of Baraboo, Jean (Steve) Veum of Iron Mountain, MI; five grandsons, Matthew and Mitchell Andringa, Daniel Schenkat, Caleb (Alodia) and Mason Veum; three granddaughters, Melissa (Sergey) Tsvirko, Amanda (Zachary) Adams, Elizabeth Schenkat; three great-grandchildren, Zoey and Zayda Andringa and Torstein Veum; two sisters-in-law, Marguerite Hoppenjan and Ramona Hoppenjan and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bernard Hoppenjan, Francis and Jane Hoppenjan, Raymond and Gertrude McCabe and a granddaughter-in-law, Jessie Andringa.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in a private family burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom following the service.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Evan in a special way may direct memorials to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jefferson, WI or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo.

The family wishes to extend our appreciation and admiration to all of the staff at St. Clare Meadows Care Center for their loving, wonderful and compassionate care of Dad.

Roy “Buddy” Meyers, Baraboo

Roy “Buddy” Meyers, age 88 of Baraboo, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Roy, son of Roy E. and Ida (Zimmerly) Meyers was born March 17, 1926 in Baraboo. He attended St. John’s Lutheran School and Baraboo High School. He was a WWII Veteran; in 1943 he enlisted in the United States Navy. Roy was stationed on the battleship U.S.S. Massachusetts in Tokyo Bay next to the U.S.S. Missouri. During his time in the service he saw the Peace Treaty signed. He was honorably discharged in 1945. On Dec. 17, 1949 he was united in marriage to Betty Klemm. In 1945 he worked for Richardson Paint Co. traveling from Texas to Indiana working on power lines. Then in 1960 he went to work for N.G. Gilbert in Muncie, Indiana on substations and power line construction. He started his own company, Roy Painting and Decorating in Kokomo, Indiana in 1970, doing residential, commercial and industrial painting until moving back to Baraboo to be with family and friends in 2011. He got his private pilot’s license in 1960. During his lifetime, he owned four different planes; from a tail dragger to a retractable landing gear. This was the love of his life. He also loved traveling, especially cruises to Aruba, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Martinique, Virgin Islands, Panama, and the Bahamas. He looked forward every year to a trip with his wife, Betty; sister, Joyce and close friends Pat and Tom Hunn. Roy was a Life Member of VFW, Post 1152 in Kokomo, the American Legion of Indiana and Baraboo for 58 years; 40 N 8 #1103 in Kokomo for 58 years.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; foster sons, William Molden, David Molden; siblings, Curtis Meyers, Audrey Parker, Dean (Ann) Meyers, Wayne (Nancy) Meyers Joyce (Chuck) Hamilton, Jerry Meyers; as well as many, many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Duane Meyers, Edwin “Eddy” Meyers, Virgil Meyers as well as sisters, Arphalyn Boyd and Lois Cass.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Rock Hill Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard.

 

Shirley M. Baumgarten, North Freedom

Shirley Mardelle Baumgarten, age 86 of North Freedom, passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo.  Shirley, the daughter of the late John M. and Nellie (Hanon) Decker, was born on August 22, 1928 in Winterset, Iowa.  She was united in marriage to Oscar Baumgarten on September 3, 1944. He preceded her in death on November 7, 2000.  Shirley retired after 20 years of employment from Teel Plastics.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom.  She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She will fondly be remembered as never having said a bad word about anyone. 

She is survived by three children, Shari Luther of Madison, Jacki (Gary) Crawford of Baraboo, and Danny Baumgarten of North Freedom; a daughter-in-law, Linda Baumgarten of Baraboo; five grandchildren, Jill, Kevin, BreeAnn, Brady and Bailey; seven great-grandchildren, Clayton, Annika, Kianna, Grayson, Easton, Chloe, and Cameron; two sisters, Theda Jochman and Marti Gribbons; numerous nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, Oscar, Shirley was preceded in death by her son, Jim Baumgarten; a son-in-law, Ralph Luther; her grandson, Jeffrey Luther; a brother, Art Decker and a sister, Georgia Zindars. 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom with Pastor Andrew Meyer officiating.  Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 11 a.m. until the time of services, at the church.  The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

 

Lyla E. Agema, Baraboo

Lyla E. Agema, age 92, passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living in Baraboo.  Lyla was born on October 6, 1922, to Ernest and Frankie Sieg of Augusta, Wisconsin, and was united in marriage to John Agema on October 28, 1943.

Lyla graduated from Augusta High School in 1940 and the School of Cosmetic Arts in Eau Claire in 1942.  She worked in various salons in the Eau Claire area and in Baraboo, as well.  For several years, she worked at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant as a guard.  Lyla was a long-time committed member of Emanuel United Methodist Church having served the Lord in many areas.  She was also a dedicated member of the Odd Fellow Rebekah’s.

Lyla will always be remembered by her generosity and helping and caring for others.  She loved playing cards and spent many winters in Texas.  She attracted friends of all ages who described her as warm and friendly, kind and thoughtful, and a bit witty, too. Her happiest and most precious times were when she was surrounded by her family. 

She is survived by her children, Jim Agema of Alvin, TX, Janet (Ronald) Harrison of Boulder Junction, Sue (Arden) Kleinsasser of Fitchburg, and Becky (Richard) Giebel of Baraboo; grandchildren, Heather (Dave) Packenham, Shawn Gross, Amber (Joshua) Tilley, Dawn Monthei, Craig (Valerie) Harrison, Trisha (Michael) Dodd, Michael (Tara Beth) Giebel, Matthew (Heather) Giebel, Meagan (Eric) Nielson, Alissa (Drew) Teig; and 17 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by sister-in-law, Norma Sieg of Augusta; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; her brother and sister-in-law, Don and Jeane Sieg, her brother, Bill Sieg, and her daughter-in-law, Denise Agema. 

Memorial Services will be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Emanuel United Methodist Church in Baraboo with Pastor Blake Overlien and Pastor Dianne Vielhuber co-officiating. Visitation will be held from 10am until the time of service at the church. Inurnment will take place following the service at Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Emanuel United Methodist Church.

A special thank you to all of the amazing caregivers and support staff at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living…who truly made it her home.

Lorna M. Brecka, Baraboo

Lorna M. Brecka age 89, of Baraboo passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Our House Assisted Living in Baraboo. Lorna was born the daughter of Frederick and Louise (Waters) Zuch on November 1, 1925 in Township of Greenfield. She was united in marriage to Edward “Ed” Brecka on Aug. 16, 1947 in Greenfield Township.

Lorna was a long time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo and was a very active member of the Ladies Aid. Lorna was also a dedicated member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the VFW Post 2336. Lorna spent her working career with Schultz Brothers for over forty years and Wal-Mart for over ten years. Lorna enjoyed spending time with her family and travelling.

Lorna is survived by her sons, Gene (Patti) Brecka of Reedsburg and Gary (Nancy) Brecka of Altoona; six grandchildren, Tanya (Chris) Sulik, Erin Brecka, Allison (Ty) Novak, Travis (Tracie) Brecka, Tanner Brecka, and Tiffany Brecka; great-grandchildren, Adrienne, Eleanor, Talon, Jaxon, Drake, Titan, Reece, and Hayden; as well as special nieces, Sue Johnson and Nancy Jenewein; and special friend, Jeanne Sheppard. She is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ed; two sisters, Gladys Farnsworth and Dorothy Adams.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation with be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service, at the church. Burial will follow services at Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

William R. “Bill” Hill, Baraboo

William R. “Bill” Hill was born Dec. 24, 1921 in Baraboo to Matthew and Mabel (Schenck) Hill. He attended Lyons Grade School (now West Baraboo) and graduated from Baraboo High School in 1940. In October 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Base, Frederick, Okla. where he entered into the Twin-Engine B-25 Flying School, training pilots for combat. As an Electrical Crew Chief he was sent overseas in 1945 and was stationed in Nanking, China, the China-Burma-India theatre where his unit joined others. Bill was Honorably Discharged in 1946 and returned home. He was married Feb. 13, 1947 to LaDorna Jones and during sixty-seven years of marriage she was his partner in business, mother of his children and the love of his life. Their commitment “in sickness and in health” was honored many times over the years. Bill established an electrical business in 1955 and trained young men in the trade, setting high standards in their work. Bill was proud when several of the men later formed their own businesses. From childhood on, his children witnessed an exemplary work ethic, an example to follow in their own lives. He loved the Packers, praised them when they won, re-coached them when they lost, but always the ultimate loyal fan. He loved to bowl, golf, hunt and fish. When he could no longer participate he raised a huge tomato garden and shared the fruit with friends and neighbors. “The time has come to take off the tool pouch, put away the fishpoles and set aside the Veteran’s hat. His work is done.” He passed away on Friday, November 7, 2014 at St. Clare Meadow’s Care Center, Baraboo. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Max and Calvin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

He is survived by his wife, LaDorna; his children, Scott (Kathleen) Hill, Christine Hill (Dennis Bertz), Holly (Steve) Haas, Darcy (James) Schulze and William (Jody) Hill, sisters, Caryl Scheurman and Janet Keylock; sister-in-law, Clydella Meiller; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends.

He was a life member of Baraboo Elks Lodge No. 688, long-time member of Baraboo American Legion Post No. 26, Baraboo Country Club member since 1960, member St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus and past member of Baraboo Kiwanis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014   at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. Inurnment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery where Military Rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard.

The family would like to thank Dr. Krszjzaniek, Dr. Lepeak and the St. Clare Meadows staff for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tennessee 38101. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.